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Lazy Saturday Draft

Above:  Part of the Rough Draft of This Poem


It is good to have and enjoy

a lazy Saturday,

to be free to remain home,

pursuing hobbies,

such as reading, writing, and, O boy!–

while keeping boredom at bay–

consulting a tome

to sate my curiosities.


It is good to have and enjoy

a lazy Saturday,

something I have not always had,

for leisure is good for us,

some idleness is helpful to this goy,

whatever some may say

in advice quiet bad

about idle hands–it is false fuss.


It is good to have and enjoy

a lazy Saturday,

for there is plenty of time

for labor and other work.

So I am far from being coy

whenever I say,

even in a rhyme,

that constant motion makes one berserk.



Christian Compassion   1 comment



With this post I complete the process of typing from the 1905-1913 volume of 271 sermon outlines.





Matt. 9, 36

Breathes there a man with heart so dead

Who never to himself hath said

As he views the needs of sinful men:

These are my brethren to whom I owe

The very best I can give to them?

1.  Our Lord was kindly disposed toward the children of men.  He had no disposition to pass by on the other side.  His eyes were constantly observing their customs, beholding their struggles, and appreciating their worth.  He saw man’s condition and knew his supreme need.  “He knew what was in man.”

2.  In every age the need is for a church that appreciates the needs of men, that knows and feels keenly the remedy for the ills of life.

Like her Lord the church must “see the multitudes.”

Is there need today?  Does man lack something, does he break down at any point in character, in life?  Has the world reached God’s ideal?

3.  Jesus’ heart responded to man’s woe.  Seeing men without a shepherd, scattered and preyed upon by the wolves of false teachers and unholy faiths, his heart was moved profoundly for them.  It was not in him to count the cost, to calculate, hesitate, and let men die.  Like a mother whose one all-absorbing thought is her sick child, he was all-concerned to save sinful man.

Here is the supreme need of the church–the passion of heart for the salvation of the world.  Only this spirit is sufficient for the task.  Without it the wings of one’s faith will tire, the heart fail, and the heroic in us perish.

With it the church will arise in her might–of which she is hardened by conscience–and soon take this world for Christ.


Posted August 31, 2013 by neatnik2009 in George Washington Barrett 1905-1913 A-F, Matthew

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The Great Commandment   1 comment



My great-grandfather used the word “professor” to refer to one who professes something, not someone who teaches at a college or university.  It is, from the perspective of 2013, an antiquated use of the word.





Matt. 22, 37-40

1.  The heart will love something.  It was made to love.  With many things the world would lure our hearts.  Man must be careful what he allows himself to love.

2.  God says [that] we must love Him.  He alone is worthy of our love.  He is a jealous God; He is much displeased if we love another instead of Him.

3.  [We] must love Him with all the heart.  [We] must have “a sovereign preference” for God–choose Him above everything else.  He will not accept a divided heart.  One must cut loose from sin.  An old oak [tree] on the creek bank washed down but id not float off because the log tap root still held to the bank.  Christianity appeals to all that is in us.

4.  With all thy soul–or life.  It must be given up to His service in all things.  Ready to suffer His will, rather than forfeit His approval.  A Godly life is a benediction to the world–God uses it.

5.  With all thy mind.  Studying to become more spiritually-minded and how best to foster the interests of our Lord.  Many professors break down here, and are worldly-minded, all spiritual thoughts gone.

 6.  And thy neighbor.  The common tie is Christ, the Golden Rule our law.


Posted August 31, 2013 by neatnik2009 in George Washington Barrett 1905-1913 G-L, Matthew

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The Sin of Bethsaida and Capernaum   1 comment


Above:  Ruins at Chorazin, 1900-1920

Image Source = Library of Congress


Reproduction Number = LC-DIG-matpc-01110


Matt. 11, 20-24

1.  These people had superior opportunities, Christ’s presence and ministry.   Christ is one’s greatest opportunity and blessedness.  How they should have appreciated Him.

2.  Where much is given much is required.  Noblesse oblige.  But do we realie it?  How indifferent many are though they have the best opportunities of this day of gospel light.  Does the fact of our greater privilege stir our souls to action?

3.  What was the sin of these cities?  They were not hostile to Christ; they simply let him alone, did not accept him by faith.  This [is] the fatal mistake of any life.  Who neglects Him neglects his only hope and dooms his life and soul eternally.  Dare we neglect life’s great opportunities?

4.  Those who neglect Him find that nothing is left them but utter destruction.  “How shall we escape if we neglect so great [a] salvation?”  “The wages of sin is death.”  “He that believeth not is condemned already.”

Have you accepted Him, or are you still neglecting Him?  An eternity depends upon the answer given.


Posted August 31, 2013 by neatnik2009 in George Washington Barrett 1905-1913 S-Z, Matthew

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The Seeking, Healing Physician   1 comment


Above:  The Calling of Matthew, by Vittore Carpaccio

(Image in the Public Domain)


Matt. 9, 12 & 35

1.  Here we behold the great Physician seeking those who need Him.  He goes about teaching, preaching, and receiving sinners and eating with them that He may reach them and draw them to Himself.

2.  He heals all who come to Him in faith.  He never turned a soul away.  He healed every case, did not fail once if man trusted Him.  It is faith that makes all things possible with God.  In all powers His one object was to stimulate faith that He might save the soul.

Then He keeps them well if they obey him.

3.  He will finally transport them to a land of eternal health and happiness.  What a wonderful Physician is He, bringing such a wonderful deliverance from sin!

4.  Is He yours?  Have you come to Him for healing of your soul?  He longs to help you; will you not let Him bless you now?


Posted August 31, 2013 by neatnik2009 in George Washington Barrett 1905-1913 S-Z, Matthew

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Prayer for More Laborers   1 comment


Above:  A Globe

Image Source = Christian Fischer



Matt. 9, 37-38

1.  “The harvest is plenteous.”  The needs of men are great–beyond computation.  The basis of duty is need, not desire of the needy.  [There are] 1 1/2 billion people, only 1/3 Christian in name.  So deep is their sin.  They need Christ.

2.  “Seeing the multitudes He was moved with compassion,” etc.  Preyed upon by false teachers, they were distressed as sheep without a shepherd.

Our hearts ought to go out to there.

3.  Yet “the laborers are few.”  Everywhere the call is for workers.  The missionary societies of the U.S., Great Britain, Ireland, Scotland, British Colonies, and Continental Europe have not over 18,000 missionaries and 100,000 native helpers to reach 2/3 the people of the world.  Our church [the Methodist Episcopal Church, South, 1845-1939], assigned 40 million, has about 1,000 missionaries and native helpers, one worker to every 40,000 souls.

The Lord [is] deprived of His harvest for lack of workers to gather it for Him.  Should we be heartless about it?

4.  No wonder He would we should pray that laborers be sent into His harvest.

Let us pray that many may be called even today.

What are you going to do in life, live for self or others?

Does He call you?


Crossbearing   1 comment


Above:  St. Anne’s Episcopal Church, Atlanta, Georgia, July 28, 2013

Image Source = Bill Monk, Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta



Matt. 16, 24-27

1.  Jesus announces that each one who would follow Him must bear his own cross.

(a)  “Deny himself”–his own selfish will.

(b)  “And follow me,” the lowly one.


2.  Whosoever would save his (natural) life shall lose it (his spiritual life).  The former wars against the latter.  Something must be given up; which shall it be?  The soul’s life and its graces are what we pay for worldly enjoyment.  The price is too great.

3.  “What is a man profited if he shall gain the whole world and forfeit his life?  The soul is too dear a price to pay for the whole world, not to say a small portion.  For it all can’t redeem the soul.  Its redemption is indeed precious.

4.  “The Son of man” will come in judgment and reward every man according to his deeds.

To the crossbearers he will grant a crown of righteousness; to the crossspurners he will assign as their due shame and everlasting contempt.

Which will you do, bear the cross for Him or spurn it for self?


Posted August 31, 2013 by neatnik2009 in George Washington Barrett 1905-1913 A-F, Matthew

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If Thou Canst,…Help Us   1 comment

©Photo. R.M.N. / R.-G. OjŽda

Above:  The Exorcism

(Image in the Public Domain)


Mk. 9, 22-23

1.  Jesus was anointed “to preach deliverance.”  His mission is to body, mind, and soul.  He healed and forgave and empowered his disciples to heal and cast out devils and raise the dead.

2.  Here is a distressed father whom the disciples failed to relieve by healing his boy.  He comes to Jesus believing yet doubting.  “If thou canst do anything.”  Some perchance bind God as they think, with law till He is helpless; then no wonder they turn their backs on such a weakling.  Then He can’t help them, for they disown Him.

“If thou canst.”  Who is He?  Creator and preserver of all things.  “All power hath been given unto me.”  God hath subjected all things unto him.

3.  Jesus can help us, no matter how sorely distressed.  “If thou canst.”  “All things are possible to him that believeth.”  “I have power if only you have faith.”  He would bolster up our faith when weak that He may bless.

He can answer a mother’s prayers and those of her Godless child.  He delighteth in mercy.  [There is] nothing He can’t do if trusted.

“I am on the mountain and my heart is at rest.”  You try him too.


Posted August 31, 2013 by neatnik2009 in George Washington Barrett 1905-1913 G-L, Mark

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The Self-Surrendered Christ   4 comments


Above:  A Crucifix

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Jno. 10, 17-18

1.  Jesus came not to do his own will; but surrendered himself to do the Father’s will (Jno. 8, 29; 7, 16; 6, 57, etc.).  He lived a perfectly surrendered life.

2.  His death is a voluntary surrender of life.  “I lay it down of myself.” He did not die save by his own consent thereto, and as the Father willed.  [He] could have delivered himself by angels’ help (vs. 17-18; Matt. 26, 53; Luke 13, 32-33).

3.  This self-surrender was for the life of the world.  Nothing he did caused it.  He is the Good Shepherd who layeth down his life for the sheep (v. 11; Ch. 12, 24-25).  He did nothing worthy of death.  He “gave himself for us.”  (Titus 2, 14).

(1)  It effects deliverance from sin and its consequences–Ch. 3, 14-15.

(2)  It leads to the direct impartation to believers of his body and blood as the source of spiritual life (Ch. 6, 53; 3, 16).  “Have eternal life.”

4.  Because of his self-surrender he is the object of his Father’s love (v. 17).

Hence the Father is pleased to bless those who call for mercy in His name for mercy in His name–for Jesus’ sake.  What an encouragement to pray!


Dwelling With Christ in God   2 comments


Above:  Christ Taking Leave of the Apostles, by Duccio

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Jno. 14, 10

1.  Jesus is so typical that what he was in life we may seek to become.  He is universal man–our humanity.  Here, as elsewhere, he is our Example.

2.  There was utmost unity between himself and the Father.  “I am in the Father and the Father is in me.”  The Father found no resistance in his Son to His will–“Not my will but Thine be done.”  “I do always the things that please Him.”  (Jno. 8, 29)

3.  This God desires of us.  He [is] in us and we [are] in Him, that He may accomplish His work in us and through us.  “Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.”  “Yet not I but Christ liveth in me.”

Then for us to live is Christ indeed.

But  a full surrender of ourselves is necessary–of our wills and all we are must be–“crucified with Christ.”

Then we must faithfully follow His leading, doing His work, speaking His words.

4.  This is unity with Christ in God.  Now “for me to live is Christ.”  “He doeth the work” now.  All is his.