• John Bartol

    Contributing sermons since Aug 8, 2012
John's church

Windsor Baptist
Windsor, *Province/Other B0N2T0

About John
  • Education: In 1952 I received the BA degree from Acadia University,Wolfville, Nova Scotia. In 1955 I was awarded the bachelor of Divinity degree from the Eastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Philadelphia PA. In 1990 I received the Dr. of Divinity degree from Acadia University. Over the years I've made an effort to improve through continuing education.
  • Experience: For 41 years I served full-time in pastoral ministry, in city, town and rural churches. Over the years I accepted many invitations to preach on the theme of revival in the church and evangelism through the church. I also am the author of three books. Since retirement, I have served in seven churches as Interim Pastor.
  • Comment to those looking at my sermons: I have found that I need to apply my sermons to myself, before I can pass them on to others.
  • Sermon or series that made a difference: Dare to Live Now!
  • One of my favorite illustrations: In the early 20th century 2 shoe salesmen were sent to central Africa. The first wired back, no one here wears shoes, please send money for ticket home. But the second salesmen saw things very differently. He wired back, no one here wears shoes, sales opportunities are unlimited. Please send five carloads immediately.
  • Family: This month Carol and I are celebrating our 59th wedding anniversary. We have four children and nine grandchildren. David, our oldest son is a lawyer in Halifax Nova Scotia. Stephen is an orthopedic surgeon in Detroit Michigan. Kathy is a schoolteacher in Porters Lake, Nova Scotia and Carolyn our youngest is a nurse at Victoria General Hospital Halifax.
  • What my parents think of my sermons: My father seems proud and my mother believes every word I speak.
  • What my spouse (really) thinks of my sermons: She is my best critic because he always tells the truth, as she sees it.
  • Best advice given to me about preaching: A lecture should appeal to the mind. Whereas a sermon should appeal to the mind, the heart and the will.
  • Books that have had an impact: A Quest for Souls by George Truett The Reconciling Gospel by C. G. Rutenber The Minister Looks at Himself by Wayne Clark.
  • Hobbies: Gardening and photography
  • If I could Preach one more time, I would say...: In spite of our hell deserving guilt, even though the justice and the holiness of God could not permit sin to go unpunished, yet his love yearned for us from the foundation of the world, and permitted that judgment to fall upon his own son. That there may be a gospel to preach that says, whosoever believes in him shall not perish but have everlasting life
  • Something funny that happened while preaching: On the first Sunday in my first church a pigeon got into the sanctuary and flew around during my sermon. Oerhaps I should have been preaching on the Holy Spirit descending like a dove.
  • What I want on my tombstone: Jesus paid it all, all to him I owe.
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  • The Four Winds And The Voice Of God.

    Contributed on Aug 20, 2013
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    Illustrations from Scripture showing how the North, South, East and West Winds all have a different message for us. Though we have sinned, there is mercy and pardon, for you and for me.

    The Four Winds and the Voice of God. Who has seen the wind? Where does it come from and where does it go? Let me begin by mentioning just a few of the many references to wind in the Bible. Genesis 8:1 – After the flood we are told that God remembered Noah, and made a wind to pass over more

  • Undeserved Trials –why?

    Contributed on Jun 1, 2013

    Job was bewildered by suffering that seemed undeserved. Here we see a good man suffering, not as punishment for past sins but as proof that he would not waver in the faith. Job was on the Devils hit list, and that was a compliment to his faith. Satan tri

    UNDESERVED TRIALS-WHY? Why do good people sometimes suffer greatly and evil people seem to prosper? Does it pay to be good? Does it pay to serve the Lord? We sometimes say about a very fine person who is having a hard time “ He doesn't deserve this! Or, she doesn't deserve more

  • Three Strikes But Not Out!

    Contributed on Jan 26, 2013

    Insights into the fall of Simon Peter through his threefold denial of Christ. How God used the crowing of a rooster, the look of Christ and the prayer of Christ to bring Peter back with tears of heartfelt repentance.

    Three Strikes But Not Out. In our Scripture readings we have seen this truth illustrated in the life of Peter, one of Jesus disciples. At the Last Supper, Jesus said to his disciples. “This very night you will all fall away on account of me, for it is written: I will strike the more

  • The Heart Goes Home For Christmas.

    Contributed on Jan 26, 2013

    When Jesus came to this world there was no room for him. But, because he came, now Heaven's Gate is open wide so that whosoever will may come. A more generous, open hearted, inclusive invitation has never been extended.

    The Heart Goes Home For Christmas. (Suitable for Christmas Eve). Just about everyone wants to go home for Christmas. There may be extra time and expense involved, but it is certainly worth it all. No one tries any harder to make it happen than Mom and Dad, because parental love has a way of more

  • Will You See Christ This Christmas?

    Contributed on Dec 19, 2012
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    From the story of Simeon and Anna in Luke 2:21 – 40 we learn: never to lose faith in the promises of God; God only reveals himself to hearts that are open to receive him; we are not ready to die until we have met Christ as Savior and Lord..

    Will You See Christ This Christmas? I want to turn our attention to a part of the biblical Christmas story which is seldom referred to but has a real message for us today. Luke 2:21-40 This beautiful part of the Christmas story centers around two people named Simeon and Anna. In verses 25-32 more

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  • A Non-Repentant Church

    Contributed on Nov 7, 2012

    A NON-REPENTANT CHURCH Lack of repentance is the root cause of powerlessness in the church, in this materialistic, self-indulgent age. There can be no spiritual more