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Christmas Sermon   1 comment

Church of the Nativity

Above:  Church of the Nativity, Bethlehem, Palestine, Between 1898 and 1946

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Luke 2, 10-11

“Prepare thy timber without in the filed and here build thy house.”  The Lord prepared the world for Christ’s coming.

1.  His birth in Bethlehem.  The angels sing for joy at his coming.  Shepherds visit him.  Let us go with them.

Study him

(1) Condecension.  Became poor for our sakes.  From throne to manger.

(2)  Omnipotent arm, omniscient head, shoulders to bear the government of worlds, face to shed tears of light & sympathy, tongue to speak as never man spake, on his words men will hang their all, hands to cool the fevered brow and be pierced at last, heart to yearn over us & break at last in pity.  That form will carry our sorrows.

2.  “Fear not,” ’tis a message or love and tenderness; all is well.  For his sake God will hear the cries of sinful man.  “For a Saviour  is born.”  Just what we need.  Without him all would be despair.  “Christ the Lord,” “The mighty God.”

3.  “Bring x joy.”  The world has longed for a Saviour; now he is here.  Joy to sin-sick, helpless souls of men.

Brings institutions of Christianity for the bodies and souls of men, a home in heaven at last for all who believe him.


Consider and Provoke Each Other   1 comment

Hebrews 10, 24

No longer the priest only, but all may now approach God for themselves.  Hence the necessity of considering one another “lest we forget” to approach him.

1.  Who should do this?  “Let us” who have faith and are holding fast our profession.  This only equips us for it.  “As is the man so is his work.”

2.  “Consider one another.”  The Bible nowhere warrants unconcernedness for others; but enjoins Godly interest in them.  “Let each his friendly aid afford.”  The Spirit in the heart kindles this regard.

3.  “Provoke unto love.”  So act as to stimulate others to love of God and man.  This is religion.  Only love within us will enable us to influence others thus.

4.  “Provoke…unto good works.”  These are acceptable to God and man.  Without them one’s faith is shown to be dead and can’t save the soul.  By these we are to be judged finally.

Walk according to this rule!  Let this spirit dominate your life.


Posted January 29, 2013 by neatnik2009 in George Washington Barrett 1905-1913 A-F, Hebrews

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Paul’s Preaching at Corinth   1 comment

Ancient Corinth

Above:  Ancient Corinth

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A Photograph from 1898-1946

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1 Cor. 2, 2

Paul here reflects on his preaching at Corinth in the light of his success there.  He acted not blindly, but with a purpose and determination.

1.  To the Jews he did not preach the miraculous and greatness of his character; nor obedience to law.  This could not, did not save.

2.  To the Greeks he did not theorize and refer to the classics, though they sought wisdom.  Can speculation or knowledge save?  Had it done so?

3.  [He] Preached Christ, the rejected one.  To him all must submit.

4.  “And him crucified.”  His death availed for all.  Nothing else did.

II.  Why this preach Him?

1.  The gospel is to be accepted and obeyed, not merely admired.

2.  The atonement is our only hope; the blood redeems.

3.  To the sinner the cross is humiliation and shame.

Or, it [is] the Christian [who] sees Christ purchasing the salvation of all; and he sees there the trophies of the world.


God’s Hostility to All Sin   3 comments


Typing the posts in this series of sermon outlines by my great-grandfather does function as a series of lessons in reading his handwriting.  I have endeavored to reproduce his notes accurately, with a minimum of editorial changes, most of which are in the realms of correcting spelling or adding punctuation marks where they are absent and needed.  Whether I agree with any given point is irrelevant; reproducing his thoughts is paramount.



1 Cor. 15, 25; 1 Jno. 3,8

1.  Jesus Christ reigns over all things by the Father’s purpose and authority.  (Matthew 28, 18)  He reigns in righteousness , and is set to defend and preserve all that is good.  He loves the good and will enthrone it.

2.  Conversely he hates every evil thing.  He is not so good-natured as to hate nothing.  Sin is extremely ugly in his sight and should be in ours too.

3.  Sin is the work of the devil.  “An enemy hath done this.”  God’s enemy and man’s one great foe & despoiler.  But our Lord will destroy both.

(1)  His blood cleanses the heart from sin–washes it white as snow.

(2)  He will loose the power or bands of sin and set us free.  We shall “stand fast in the liberty wherewith the Christ” shall “make” us “free.”

(3)  Death shall at last be destroyed.  The general resurrection will remove us beyond the reach of death.  Through Christ we shall have victory over it.  (1 Cor 13, 55-57)

4.  Satan shall finally be shut up in the bottomless pit utterly vanquished and Christ shall stand the undisputed conqueror of every evil will work, having destroyed every work of the devil.  Why cling to our sin & go down with it?


A Rainy Day   Leave a comment

As I sit indoors on a rainy day,

water falls gently,

pittering and pattering,

making contact with the

ground, grass, and asphalt

then, obeying gravity’s call,

flowing downhill

as more rainwater continues the sequence

and the song of nature.

It is a wet and gray

indoors kind of day.


JANUARY 1, 2013

Strong in the Lord   1 comment

Eph. 6, 10

What can Good accomplish through a weakling?  Great tasks everywhere await him who is able to perform them.

1.  “Be strong” to resist the shifting scenes of life that lure one away from Him.  “Be not carried about by every wind of doctrine,” temptation and adversity.

2.  ‘Be strong” to do the will of God.  How much we need “strength to perform.”  Great service awaits us, service that shall be a great blessing to men.  But strength of soul is needed to perform it.  What a pity to face a task we would do if only we could.  Be strong.

3.  Our strength is not of ourselves.  It is received from without.  We eat, breathe and drink to live; so our spiritual energy is from God.  We must so relate ourselves to Him as to receive strength.  “Strong in the Lord”

4.  Knowledge contributes much.  Information of men and measures always helps.

(A)  The church needs intelligent [and] devout members–all should be so.

(B)  To be content with being less than our best, reaching out for everything that helps, [not] reaching out for everything that helps, is unworthy of ourselves and of our Lord.


Posted January 1, 2013 by neatnik2009 in Ephesians, George Washington Barrett 1905-1913 S-Z

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