Well here are the basic details about “your’s truly”…
Born to Ewalt and Vera Bartel, LeRoy Robert Bartel, April 8, 1947 in Polson, Montana.
Dedicated to the Lord shortly thereafter by Rev. Wesley Fine, at Ronan Assemblies of God Church, Ronan, Montana.
“Born again,” baptized in water and “baptized in the Spirit” at a very early age through the ministry of the same church.
Attended Ronan Elementary School and graduated from Ronan High School.
Married to Sharon Martha Barnett, May 12, 1967
Four children, Tina, Robert, Shari and Philemon, 6 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren.
Attended and graduated from Trinity Bible Institute and College, as well as Assemblies of God Theological Seminary.
Served the Assemblies of God in several pastorates, as a university professor and dean, and a denominational leader.
Still alive at 71 years of age, happily married, serving the Lord, and awaiting either death, the resurrection, or the return of the Lord.
All of that personal history came to mind as I read the following words in my Bible as I enjoyed “coffee with the Lord” this morning…
“In You, O Lord, do I take refuge! … Be to me a rock of refuge to which I may continually come! … You are my rock and my fortress! Rescue me, O my God from the hand of the wicked, from the grasp of the unjust and the cruel man! For You, O Lord are my hope, my trust, from my youth! Upon You I have leaned from before my birth! You are He who took me from my mother’s womb! My praise is continually of You! You are my strong refuge! My mouth is filled with Your praise, and with Your glory all the day!
“Do not cast me off in the time of old age; forsake me not when my strength is spent! … I will hope continually and will praise You yet more and more! My mouth will tell of Your righteous acts, of Your deeds of salvation all the day, for their number is past my knowledge! … O God, from my youth You have taught me, and I still proclaim your wondrous deeds! So,, even to old age and gray hairs, O God, do not forsake me, until I proclaim Your might to another generation, your power to all those to come!” (From Psalm 71)
That’s my prayer! That’s my commitment! That’s my testimony … all life long! And I sincerely hope and pray that those words from Psalm 71 are your prayer, your commitment, and your testimony as well!