Archive for March 23, 2013

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.


Angels Sing His Praises   1 comment


Above:  Live Nativity Scene, St. Teresa’s Episcopal Church, Acworth, Georgia, December 21, 2012

Image Source = Bill Monk, Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta


Luke 2, 14

Angels tell of his birth.  Their song is heaven’s interpretation of his mission.

1.  “Glory to God in the highest.”  His work is cause for adoration by the angels.  The results of his work will be the same.  It illustrates afresh the love of God for man.

2.  “Peace on earth.”  The Prince of Peace is come to bring peace to men.  He comes to reconcile the world unto the Father and to give men peace among themselves.  Under the benign sway strife shall cease.

3.  “Goodwill toward men.”   It all expresses God’s good will toward men.  Giving his Son we know he will wills us good.  It takes just whatever form our need suggests.

A.  Revelation of the Father’s love

B.  Revelation of our sinfulness

C.  Then he died to redeem us, opening up the way to heaven.

Then let us join the angels in ascribing praises to him who has shown us such good will; and catch the same spirit.