Archive for March 2013

The Chief Places in the Kingdom   1 comment

NOTE #1:

I am certain that Sts. James and John Bar-Zebedee were our Lord and Savior’s first cousins.

NOTE #2:

This is post #250 of this weblog.



Matt. 20, 20-28

They looked for a temporal kingdom.  Did not regard Peter first.  James and John had received some seeming favors.  Neither had lofty aspirations.  They were possibly His cousins.

1.  “Know not what you ask.”  Do not know the cost–what your request involves.  We ignorantly ask more than we know.

2.  “The cup.”  One must pay the price for the distinction in any kingdom.

3.  “Save to those for whom it is prepared of my Father.”

To whom given?

(1)  Not on unconditional election.

(2)  One condition only,–service.  “I am among you as he that serveth.”  “Chief servants.”  “First-slave.”  The reverse of the manner of the Gentiles.

(3)  “I came to minister and to give my life as a ransom for many.”

Thus drink this cut to be near me.



Whose I Am   1 comment

Acts 27, 23


1.  I am his, for he created me.  By this act all men belong to God.  He has absolute right over them.

2.  All are the priceless purchase of his blood.  In this two-fold sense all belong to God.  When he asks us to give him the heart he asks for his own; but it all comes to naught if we reject him.

3. When we give him the heart we become his in the Christian sense.  We own his sovereignty.

II.  “Whom I serve.”

1.  Now we are to do his will, or else it is a mere pretense.  This was Paul’s highest conception of religion.  “Chief among you, your servant.” The chief men of history are men of chief service, not of profession.  Paul’s word is “bondslave.”  Such serves only his master.

2.  This gives the right to call upon him for aid at any time.   Paul prayed and the angel stood by him.  The prayer of a righteous man availeth much.  Holy living adds weight to prayer.

Own his sovereignty and know the bliss of his presence.


Yield Not to Discouragements   1 comment

Gal. 6, 9

Temptations to weariness in well-doing common lot of all.  Paul seeks to guard against it.

1.  What is well-doing?  See context.  

(1)  Sowing the Spirit.

(2)  Doing what God wills and approves.

(3)  Serving the church in helping man.

(4)  What he disapproves is ill.  Keep this in mind.

2.  Temptation from two sources.  

(1)  From within.  Inward inclination to give up.  Or the devil suggests further effort is hardly worthwhile.  False humility.

(2)  From without.  Untoward circumstances.  Not appreciated.  Misunderstood and opposed by good people.  Seeming failure–be faithful.  Christ apparently a comparative failure, till time elapsed.

3.  Why yield to the temptation?

Die in a noble cause.  Better wear out than rust out.  A blessing in death is the faithful soul?

4.  The harvest is sure and will be abundant.

“Whatsoever a man soweth that shall he also reap.”  God will not forget our labor of love.

By faith anticipate the reward and patiently await the harvest.


Enduring Temptation   1 comment

Jas. 1, 12

1.  Temptations or trials will come.  Sin is here and we must meet it.  Why we may not know.

2.  Who endures is blessed.  No one should rush into temptation; we are to pray “deliver us from evil and lead us not into temptation,” but when it comes to us we must endure combat and overcome it.  In this we are blessed.

(1)  Thus one knows himself, his weak point.

(2)  He learns the reality and power of divine grace.  “My grace is sufficient.”  Thus one’s faith is strengthened.  This is a great blessing.

(3)  Thus one’s will is tempered by the divine will, more submissive.  “Might sift thee.”  “Whom the Lord loveth he chastiseth.”  This refining process.

(4)  An eternal reward when his testing is over.  Refined as gold he shall forever enjoy deliverance from evil, and the glories of heaven.

Let no one dare meet temptation alone.  Lean upon God for grace to endure.


Posted March 24, 2013 by neatnik2009 in George Washington Barrett 1905-1913 A-F, James

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Live as Becometh the Gospel   1 comment


I have encountered two main challenges in preparing these posts based on my great-grandfather’s sermon outlines.  One is reading his handwriting correctly, for I do endeavor, as much as possible to provide his words and opinions.  This part becomes easier with experience.  I am striving to function as a family historian and chronicler.  The other challenge (related to the first) is that a literal transcription makes no sense sometimes.  In such cases I endeavor to render my interpretation of his words, based on context, in clear language.  So, O reader, know that I have changed the first item slightly.  The original reads:

The Philippians anxious list Paul’s imprisonment should hinder the gospel.  But it furthered it.

I trust that I elucidated that item.  I have also altered some punctuation for the sake of clarity.  My editorial function is a conservative one, for I strive to present the material as plainly as possible, with as few changes as possible.  Besides, I have my own blog platforms for my opinions.  This series of posts provides platforms for my great-grandfather.



Phils. 1, 27

1.  The Philippians, anxious, [fear that] Paul’s imprisonment should hinder the gospel.  But if furthered it.

2.  He exhorts them to act so that their own loves should help the cause. Be worthy citizens of an exalted kingdom.  In business, in society, at home, adorn the gospel.  See that they do not crowd out your attention to the inner man.  Keep thy heart right with God.  Let no unchristian spirit dwell in thy heart, nor unchristly deed be done.  Make this thy care.  This life will further the gospel.

3.  “Stand fast in one spirit.”  “Abide in my love.”  His spirit unifies all all Christian hearts in purpose.  Let one object under every life.

4.  “Striving together for the faith.”  Strong oppositin demands your best effort and hearty cooperation.  Heed no false teachers; cling to faith in Jesus for liberty and peace.


The Waiting Congregation   1 comment

Acts 10, 33

1.  The preacher was sent of God and was given a message.  What went before prepared him for that hour.

2.  “By…preaching to save the world.”  This was God’s ordained means and this men are being saved.

3.  He found a waiting congregation.

A.  A prayerful people

B.  An expectant audience.  How tense must have been their feelings.

C.  Waiting as “before the Lord” to hear the message he sent.  We wait not on man, nor his wisdom or message; but on God.  This ought to hallow the hour.  The attitude of the people furnishes the occasion and largely the conditions for the sermon.  They help or hinder the preacher and the Spirit.

4.  It is no wonder results followed.  The Holy Spirit fell on them.  When these conditions prevail the Spirit fills waiting hearts.

Oh, that people would go to church praying more and expecting great things from God.


Posted March 23, 2013 by neatnik2009 in George Washington Barrett 1905-1913 S-Z, Luke-Acts

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Saul’s Opportunity and Failure   1 comment

Saul and David

Above:  Saul and David, by Rembrandt van Rijn

1 Samuel 15, 22-23

I.  Saul’s Opportunity

1.  Israel’s first king could have moulded and stamped himself upon the nation.

2.  Physically endowed; such as the people wanted–reserved and winsome and was victorious in battle.

II.  His Folly

1.  Because proud and self-willed.  Pride goeth before destruction.

2.  Disobeyed God in war against the Amalekites.  Set up his own will against God’s will.   Reverses will come now.

III.  God Rejects Him.

1.  The disobedient are never acceptable to God.  Sin is treason against him.

2.  God left him to his own fate.  “Ate of the fruit of his own way.”

3.  At Endor.  Bows before a class he once hated.  (Chapter 28, verse 15)  To what straits he is reduced only to learn of his utter ruin to come apace.

IV.  Sin Will Ruin Any Life, Yea, a World.

Let us obey him and live eternally.