• Restoration and Reformation by John Sartelle

    FROM TABLETALK | December 2010

    From that time Jesus began to preach, saying, ‘Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand’” (Matt. 4:17). What was the first word spoken by John the Baptist and by Jesus as they came preaching? Each of them …Read More

  • Cynicism by John Sartelle

    FROM TABLETALK | February 2011

    Dear Shadow Guide, The enemy may now lay claim to your quarry, but he is still of great value to our cause. Our adversary, whom he now calls Lord, is not a realist. Idealism is the weakness of His kingdom …Read More

  • The Constant Struggle by John Sartelle

    FROM TABLETALK | August 2009

    But as for you, O man of God, flee these things. Pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, steadfastness, gentleness” (1 Tim. 6:11). It is as if he said, “As a man of God, you must live toward a definite end …Read More

  • Future Living by John Sartelle

    FROM TABLETALK | August 2005

    You therefore, beloved, knowing this beforehand, take care that you are not carried away … and lose your own stability” (2 Peter 3:17). This morning I was looking at a stock that has really “taken off.” I thought, “If only …Read More

  • His Glory Is Our Story by John Sartelle

    FROM TABLETALK | October 2010

    And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth” (John 1:14). I love being on a high mountain, on …Read More

  • The Altar of Cynicism by John Sartelle

    FROM TABLETALK | February 2008

    People lose their souls to many gods. There are the popular gods like money, sex, and power. But there is one unusual god to which men lose their souls, and maybe that god has seduced more people than any of …Read More

  • Committed Surrender by John Sartelle

    FROM TABLETALK | June 2005

    Therefore, let those who suffer according to God’s will entrust their souls to a faithful Creator” (1 Peter 4:19). Whatever happened to dating? I first noticed a decline in dating when our daughter, Jamie, was in high school …Read More

  • What Is a Holy Life? by John Sartelle

    FROM TABLETALK | April 2005

    But just as he who called you is holy, so be holy in all you do” (1 Peter 1:15 ). “Dear friends, I urge you, as aliens and strangers in the world, to abstain from sinful desires, which war against …Read More

  • One, Holy, Catholic, Apostolic Worship by John Sartelle

    FROM TABLETALK | June 2004

    What would you think if you went to your church Sunday morning and a child’s life was sacrificed as part of the worship? What would you think if you went to church this Sunday and discovered that a religious …Read More

  • Grace and Law? by John Sartelle

    FROM TABLETALK | March 2009

    You are severed from Christ, you who would be justified by the law; you have fallen away from grace” (Gal. 5:4). When one becomes a Christian there are certain changes that usually take place in his life. It was …Read More

  • No Little People by John Sartelle

    FROM TABLETALK | July 2009

    With God there are no little people.” So wrote Francis Schaeffer echoing the meaning of Paul’s words in the first three verses of 1 Timothy 5: “Do not rebuke an older man but encourage him as you would a …Read More

  • The Healing Word by John Sartelle

    FROM TABLETALK | February 2005

    The tongue is a restless evil, full of deadly poison (James 3:8). Remember the first time you heard yourself on a tape recorder? Most of us were inclined to say as we heard ourselves: “I don’t sound like …Read More

  • Inexplicable Love by John Sartelle

    By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another” (John 13:35). The fish symbol worn as a lapel pin or displayed as a bumper sticker — a gold cross worn as …Read More

  • Radically Contagious by John Sartelle

    FROM TABLETALK | September 2006

    When they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were uneducated, common men, they were astonished. And they recognized that they had been with Jesus” (Acts 4:13). I have always been leery of vaccinations. The …Read More

  • Passing the Baton by John Sartelle

    FROM TABLETALK | December 2005

    I have no greater joy than to hear that my children are walking in the truth” (3 John 1:4). I had been in a time warp. Janet and I had gathered with my family in Draper, Virginia, to celebrate …Read More