Archive for February 2013

Jesus the Bread of Life   1 comment


Above:  The Right Reverend Robert Christopher Wright, Bishop of Atlanta (at the altar), and the Right Reverend Keith Whitmore, Assistant Bishop of Atlanta (to the right) with a Deacon and a Priest at the William Cannon Chapel, Candler School of Theology, Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia, January 22, 2013

Image Source = Bill Monk, Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta



Jno. 6, 32-35

1.  Jesus had fed the people, now meets their questions and objections.  They thought Moses gave the Manna, and want Christ’s sign.  God now giveth them the true Bread.

2.  All men are in need–they perish with hunger.

3.  Man’s help must come from heaven; this world cannot give it.  His wants are spiritual.  His soul seeks reviving and vitalizing.  What does this has the preeminent claim upon him.

4.  Jesus was the bread of life.  He came from above, brought life, pardon, peace, and sustaining grace.  These nourish the soul and preserve it unto life eternal–just what man needs.

By faith he is received.  Will you find in him your all?  He is life and health and peace.


Posted February 6, 2013 by neatnik2009 in George Washington Barrett 1905-1913 G-L, Johannine Gospel

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Man’s Duty to Love Christ   1 comment

Medieval Christ in Majesty

Above:  Medieval Christ in Majesty


1 Cor. 16, 22


It is a plain command–“Love the Lord with all thy heart.”  Based upon his nature.  Thus we acknowledge the testimony of the Father.

Not to live him is sin against our own souls, moral suicide to reject our only hope of salvation.

II.  What is it to love him?

1.  Renewing of the soul till one gladly obeys and adores him, a fruit of the Spirit.

2.  A recognition of his office and work.

III.  The penalty for not loving him.

1.  “Let him be accursed”–devoted to death.  He abides under condemnation and is exposed to danger.  Nothing else left him since he rejects his only Saviour.

2.  He will be devoted to death in the world to come.  “These shall go away into everlasting punishment.”

IV.  Give him thy heart; love him and honor him.

Why not love him?  He loved you and gave his life for you.  By so much you [are] obligated to love him.


The Soul’s Refuge   1 comment

Mammoth Cave, Kentucky

Above:  Mammoth Cave, Kentucky–Looking Backward, Circa 1891

Image Source = Library of Congress


Reproduction Number = LC-USZ62-96690

A Photograph by Frances Benjamin Johnston (1864-1952)


Psalm 32, 7

Man is conscious of his weakness which gives a sense of insecurity.  He would find shelter.  Jesus is the soul’s only refuge.  “Thou,’ not another, “art my hiding place.”

1.  From conscience.  A sense of pardon quiets all.  “Who shall deliver me?”  “I thank God through Christ Jesus.”

2.  From lust.  He enables us to triumph over it.

3.  From Satan.  “As a roaring lion he seeketh whom he may devour.”  Stage keeper in a N.Y. park trembles at the lion’s roar–seeks a sense of safety.  Jesus is our great deliverer.  He conquered Satan & will help us.

4.  From every ill of life.  As we trust and submit to him he will bring good out of it all to us.  He strengthens in temptation, sustains in affliction, and comforts in sorrow, that no harm results but only good.

5.  From God’s wrath.  For Jesus’ sake he pardons and will acquit at the last great day.

Seek refuge in Him, dwell safely and in happiness.


Posted February 6, 2013 by neatnik2009 in George Washington Barrett 1905-1913 S-Z, Psalms

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Christ’s Sacrificial Death   2 comments


Above:  A Large Crucifix



After saying this, Jesus raised up his eyes to heaven and said:

Father, the hour has come:

glorify your Son

so that your Son may glorify you;

so that, just as you have given him power over all humanity,

he may give eternal life to all those you have entrusted to him.

And eternal life is this:

to know you,

the only true God,

and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent….

–John 17:1-3, The New Jerusalem Bible

I am stickler for details.  So, based on the definition of eternal life in John 17:1-3, I state that there is eternity outside of God and that my great-grandfather misused the word “eternally” in his first point.  “Forever” would have been a good choice instead.



Titus 2, 14

1.  “Who gave himself for us.”

“Death passed upon all men”–left alone they were eternally doomed to death.  To live spiritually they must be forgiven.  But  it must be done in consideration of something.  Christ alone could pay the price.  John was about to weep at the unopened seal.  Christ’s life not the sacrifice; he shrank not from life, but the cross.  “Poured out his soul unto death.”  Why?

2.  “Might redeem us.”

(1)  Life the curse of the law & make possible our pardon.

(2)  Cleanse the soul, purify the people by the washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Spirit.  Peculiar people, living a righteous life.

(3)  “Zealous of good works.”  God’s people should abound in good works, no to be saved, but because they are.

Less than this zeal is short of his will.  As we value our own salvation seek that of others.  “Freely ye have received, freely give.”


The Preeminent Christ   1 comment


Above:  Design Drawing for Stained-Glass Window with Christ as King of Heaven and Throne, Crown, Lamb, Alpha and Omega, and Cross

Image Source = Library of Congress


Designed by J. & R. Lamb Studios


Jno. 3, 31

1.  Origin determines character.  That which originates on earth is earthy.  Religions set up by man are imperfect.  Finite man produces nothing perfect.  “As the man is so is his work.”  His word is never final.

2.  Christ is from above, co-existent with and co-equal with the Father.  His life on earth an incarnation of his deific nature.  Deity dominated his life and work on earth.  He is as far above other men as infinity is above the finite.

3.  Out of an infinitely perfect character came words of infinite wisdom.  ‘Twere but natural that virtue should go out of him.  His teaching the only complete system of ethics the world has ever known.  Man can not add one iota to his teaching.

4.  He did a divine work.  He created the world and undertook to redeem it.  “Who can forgive sins but God only?”  He accepted the challenge.  “If I do not the works of God believe me not.”

He will judge the world, which is the work of none but God.  Finite man can not, infinite God must do it.

How great this theme.  Surely he is the preeminent Christ–above all.


Posted February 4, 2013 by neatnik2009 in George Washington Barrett 1905-1913 M-R, Johannine Gospel

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The Ever-Present Christ   1 comment


Above:  Design Drawing for Stained-Glass Window with Text, “Lo, I am with You Always,” for St. Thomas of Canterbury Church in Smithtown, New York

Image Source = Library of Congress


Designed by J. & R. Lamb Studios


Matt. 28, 20

This is both a promise and a purpose.  They need him and he will aid them.

“I am with you:”

1.  At all times; he never forsakes his children, is here today and forever.

2.  In every thing.

(1)  In church work to guide and aid.

(2)  In business; he would be our greater partner in business.

(3)  In social life–he must be recognized there–let alone what he does not approve.

(4)  In times of danger to shield us.  “It is I; be not afraid.”  “Why were ye fearful, O ye of little faith?”–Pace, be still.

(5)  In trials and afflictions.

3.  If in all these things we will let him be our guide he will be with us to assist us as our need shall be.

Let us follow him.  As we meet the conditions, his own truthfulness is our assurance that he will fulfill the promise.


Posted February 4, 2013 by neatnik2009 in George Washington Barrett 1905-1913 A-F, Matthew

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Experience the Proof of Christ’s Divinity   1 comment

Christ Pantocrator

Above:  Christ Pantocrator

Jno. 7, 17

1.  In opposition to Him they denied his divinity.  He met their objection; they could prove it experimentally.

2.  The heart must be taught of God.  He appeals to the reason, but the will and affections must learn obedience.

Heart results must be realized.

3.  Inward aspirations after the divine prepares the eye to behold the divine reality in Christ.  The heart hungry to be loved knows where love is received.

4.  His teaching, when obeyed, satisfies the moral nature, conscience, unrest, etc.  Meets man’s every need.

5.  It leads up to God–pardon, peace and heaven.  Meets his wants in this and the next world.  Surely the true Christ could do no more.  He surprised the world, did more than they expected, and does yet.

6.  The conclusion is inevitable–He is the Christ.  Only a divine being could do all this.

Hence we know for ourselves that his word is truth and that he is divine.  We need not take another word now.

Obey him and prove him all divine and merciful.


Posted February 4, 2013 by neatnik2009 in George Washington Barrett 1905-1913 A-F, Johannine Gospel

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Obedience the Proof of Love   1 comment



“R.V.” refers to the Revised Version of 1881.



Jno. 14, 15 (R.V.)

1.  Calvary approaches, at supper He says so much that is on his heart.

How sacred forever is the hour.

2.  How they were drawn toward him.  Peter loved him and said he would die for him.

3.  To love God is his command.  Christians do it.  Fruit of the Spirit is love; without the Spirit we are not his.

4.  If ye love me we will obey me.   My words will be sacred unto you.  Who loves his wife regards her wishes, especially is this true as to her last requests.  Pleasure and test of love.

5.  His commands are simply the behests of love.

His love led him

(1)  To do what he did for the world.

(2)  To command what he did.

We must have that love that leads us gladly to obey unquestioningly.  Freely received, freely given.

That we do all we can, and then long to do more.

Do you love him?  If so you will keep–do–his commandments.


The Great and Effectual Door   1 comment

1 Cor. 16, 9

This is Paul’s reason for staying at Ephesus till Pentecost.

I.  “A great door,” opportunity

1.  Paul improved a God-given opportunity.

2.  He occupied strategic points.

3.  Christians today have a life opportunity.  All heathendom are Macedonia.  “The sides of the world are taken down.”  “Love God and man.”  Hence one’s interest in souls the index of his heart.

Expectation bright & responsibility great.

II.  “Effectual door.”  The gospel succeeds everywhere men are helped by it.  Is not ashamed of its fruits.  New Hebrides & Tigers.  Gospel’s jewels mark its path through the nations and ages.

III.  “Many adversaries.”  Another reason for serving the Ephesians.  A weak faith cries abandon those who persecute Christian laborers.  Opposition to the gospel stirred Paul’s heart; the greater need.  The devil never yields without protest.

IV.  He saw the result of his labor.  He shall too–a prodigal world brought back to Christ.  Let us enter every open door till the world is redeemed.


The Union of Christ and the Church   1 comment

Lang Wedding

Above:  Lang Wedding

Image Source = Library of Congress


Reproduction Number = LC-M34- 90129-x

Photograph Dated 1925-1946



My great-grandfather did come from a time before certain feminist advances in U.S. laws and society.  I rejoice in those advances and differ with him in certain subjective points, including some in this post.



Eph. 5, 32

1.  Man seeks the heart and hand of the bride .  Christ was with the daliance of a lover.

2.  In marriage the bride surrenders her property, is identical with his life.  Bears his name and claims his love and protection.

3.  Man is taught to regard her as the weaker vessel and protect her.  Christ is ever tender with his bride.

4.  Woman was formed from Adam’s side.  The church born from Christ’s pierced side.  By his side is her place forever.  She must go with him round the world while he will open the way.

5.  He left her in charge here while he prepares a place yonder.  She must not stay at home while he beckons her on to other conquests. God and the heathen are dependent on her for the spread of the gospel.

He demands fidelity to himself.  Does she dare entangle her affections with another?

6.  All his care is to purify the church.  Let us appreciate all that tends to purify.

7.  He will come for his lovely bride.  We will go to the marriage supper of the Lamb.  May we each be there.