• The Joy of the Lord Article by Greg Barolet

    FROM TABLETALK | August 2008

    As I consider Matthew 20, I find that the laborers complained because they worked all day and received a certain wage. Then those who worked just part of the day received the same amount as the ones who gave it their all throughout the day. They grumbled because “they thought they would receive more” (v. 10). I can see them digging, wiping the sweat from their eyes, muscles aching with pain, saying to themselves or to those who worked the same amount of time: “I deserve a great deal more money today then those who worked just a few … View Resource

  • God Remembers Article by Greg Barolet

    FROM TABLETALK | March 2007 | Genesis 30

    God is sovereign, man is not, and sin distorts our understanding of this truth. God always keeps His promises to His people despite our shortcomings, as we see in Genesis 30. God blessed Jacob even though he was a cad. Laban was even blessed by God because He associated with Jacob in the business dealings (more like wheeling and dealing, actually). This is a very busy chapter, filled with lots of negotiations, re-negotiations; promises and breaking of promises, colored sheep, spotted sheep, goats and lambs — not to mention Jacob rushing ahead of God’s timing by having children with many … View Resource

  • He Has a Name Article by Greg Barolet

    FROM TABLETALK | September 2006

    We have been reading about the covenants these past few days, and it may prove helpful to look at a few chapters where God prepares Abram for His promise. The Greek and Hebrew verbs for covenant basically mean “to cut a covenant.” Covenants can be between fathers and sons, kings and subjects, and in our case, God and His people, or with an elected person like Abram. As a noun, covenant means “testament.” “This is the new testament in my blood,” or “this is the new covenant in my blood.” They are interchangeable. In this portion … View Resource

  • The Lordship of Christ Article by Greg Barolet

    FROM TABLETALK | September 2005

    Deus aut homo malus. Christ is either “God or a bad man.” It was C.S. Lewis who took it one step further stating that Jesus was either the Lord, a liar, or a lunatic. Why bother asking? Well, good men or sane men don’t go around claiming they are the truth (John14:6, “I am the way, the truth, and the life”), that they are God incarnate (John 1:14, “The Word was made flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, glory as of the only Son,” or “Whoever has seen me has seen … View Resource

  • Name Above All Names Article by Greg Barolet

    FROM TABLETALK | July 2004

    Before I was regenerate, I was degenerate. I never looked into names and their meanings. I was looking with the eye but not through the eye, and hearing with the ear but not through the ear. My mind was disengaged and disinterested until God saved me through faith in Christ. Now names mean everything to me, especially the name of Jesus. What’s special about this name? In Philippians 2:10–11, Paul writes, “at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth, and that every tongue … View Resource