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A Lesson in Addition   1 comment

A Lesson in Additon

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2 Peter 1, 5

I.

“Well begun is half done.”  But many a good beginning is never finished.  There are many allurements by the way to turn us aside.  Many heed them and fall out.

II.

Peter exhorts that we be “diligent” as Christians who have started well.  He urges that we give heed, careful attention to our lives, so that with earnestness and wise activity we advance, grow.

(a)  Hold the grace already received.  Do not lose ground gained.  Use the means of grace–prayer, Bible study, public worship, etc., that our faith and love may be increased.  “Thou hast left thy first love.”  What a pity!

(b)  “Add to your faith.”  We begin with faith, or trust in God, and have peace with him.  “The just shall live by faith.”  But other graces are to be attained too.  We need them to help us meet life’s demands.

(c)  Labor diligently to realize the glorious possibilities opened out to you.  They will not be attained in a day but diligence under God’s blessings will add to your store as the days come and go.

III.

If thus you live your life will not be fruitless; rich results will be yours at last.  “Each tomorrow will find you further than today.”

GEORGE WASHINGTON BARRETT

Partakers of the Divine Nature   2 comments

Partakers of the Divine Nature

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2 Peter 1, 4

I.

Sinful man partakes of the nature of Satan, corrupted by sin, held in bondage thereto until liberated by divine power.  “Ye are of your father the devil.”  Adam begat a son in his won likeness.

II.

But when man repents and yields himself to God, his sins are forgiven and he is made a new creature, born of the Spirit.  He is delivered from the power of sin and corruption and he has a new heart.

(1)  New desires.  No longer averse to the will of God, he wants to obey.  Desires are pure, noble, and good.  “I delight to do thy will, O God.”

(2)  New affections sway his life.  He loves God and men.  He is concerned about the salvation of sinners.

(3)  Christ is now his great ideal.  He patterns his life after him, seeks to please God in everything.  More and more he has the mind of Christ.

He does good as he has opportunity.

Some day “we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is.”

“Of his fullness have all we received and grace upon grace.”

“But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory even as by the Spirit of the Lord.”  2 Cor. 3, 18

GEORGE WASHINGTON BARRETT

1 Peter 4, 17   2 comments

1 Peter 4

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I.

Every forward religious movement begins in the church–in the heart of believers.  It is to them men look for leadership.

II.

Hence they must be begotten ready for the work.

(1)  They must lay the cause to heart, must be deeply concerned about it.  Else no one will pay the price.  They must see the needs–the work to be done, must get it on their hearts.

(2)  There must be a deep searching of heart to see if we are in such state as God can use us.  Sin, even hidden sin, will defeat God in our hearts and lives.  It will insulate our souls.

Hence judgment begins at the house of God.  God begins there and men look there.  Any wrong attitude or spirit in us must be repented of.  We must not be stumbling blocks.

(3)  Do we allow anything that does not please our Lord?  So what we think of Christ is important.  Can a holy Christ find pleasure in all we are and do?  Our unkind, unbrotherly attitudes and deeds?

(4)  Pray him to look into your heart and see if there is anything there that should not be.   Ps. 139, 23-24

Let the great forward movement begin in our hearts today and continue until it sweeps all around the world.

GEORGE WASHINGTON BARRETT

Make Christ Lord of All   1 comment

Make Christ Lord of All

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EDITOR’S COMMENT:

I have two words–baptismal regeneration–for my great-grandfather.  But I am close to Roman Catholicism–a faith tradition he condemned–and he considered baptismal regeneration heretical.  C’est la vie.

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

APRIL 22, 2014 COMMON ERA

THE FEAST OF GENE BRITTON, EPISCOPAL PRIEST

THE FEAST OF CESAR CHAVEZ, LABOR UNION LEADER

THE FEAST OF CHARLES HAMILTON HOUSTON, ATTORNEY

THE FEAST OF SAINT FIDELIS OF SIGMARINGEN, CAPUCHIN FRIAR AND MARTYR

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1 Peter 3, 15

I.

“Without him was not anything made.”  Hence his Sovereign authority.  Creation invests him with the right to rule.

II.

He is also the Author of a new creation–the regenerated heart.  He redeems man.  He is the Lord of heaven and earth.   We are his new creation.

III.

We should so recognize him and by a supreme act make him Lord of heart and life.

(1)  Lord of the intellect, of all we think, pure, wholesome thinking.  Consecrate to him the powers of our minds.  We need him as an anchor of all our thinking.

(2)  Lord of our wills.  Sin is the anarchist of the soul.  we need to surrender the will to Christ.  This adjusts and oils life’s machinery.  “‘Tis best to let him have his way with thee.”

(3)  Lord of the emotions.  Satan would stir up evil passions.  Jesus would purify and rule them in righteousness and love, that holy emotions and desires for and pleasures in that which is good.

Bring forth the royal diadem

and crown him Lord of all.

GEORGE WASHINGTON BARRETT

Posted April 22, 2014 by neatnik2009 in 1-2 Peter, George Washington Barrett 1938-1942 M-Z

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Christ Is All to Believers   6 comments

Christ is All to Believers

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1 Peter 2, 7

I.

Christ the foundation whereon we build our spiritual house.  “Other foundation can no may lay”–(1 Cor. 3, 11).  “None other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved” (Acts 4, 12).  Christ alone!

II.

The condition is faith that yields all to him, trusts him fully for salvation–an act of the whole man–intellect, emotion and will.  None other has the authority and power to save.  None other has died to redeem us.  Look to him and live.  Christ or chaos.

III.

To all who believe, who trust in him for salvation, as Lord and Saviour, “he is precious”–an honour, is our sufficiency.

(1)  They have their sins forgiven by the blood of the Lamb.  Guilt no longer rests upon them.  “Though your sins be as scarlet” (Isa. 1, 18).  “He is faithful and jut to forgive us,” etc (1 Jno. 1, 9).

(2)  Become the sons and daughters of the Lord Almighty–adopted into the family of God.

What a blessed relationship, what an honour!  Who is not happy in such an experience?!

“My soul shall make the boast in the Lord.”  Ps. 34

“He that believeth on him shall not be ashamed” (v6).

GEORGE WASHINGTON BARRETT

“Whom Having Not Seen We Love”   1 comment

Whom Having Not Seen We Love

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1 Peter 1, 8

I.

The heart was made to love.  It is set on something all through life, and that governs our course.  How vital it is to everyone is revealed by one’s final destiny.

II.

Many things bid for our affection.  On every hand their voices are calling to us.  They paint in rich colors the rewards they promise.  This is especially true of evil, to deceive if it were possible the very elect.  Yielding is perilous.

III.

Jesus bids for our love that he may save us and greatly enrich our lives.  “Lovest thou me?”  He is worthy of our utmost devotion.  To set our affections on him elevates and purifies every relation in live.  To love him is to enjoy the greatest inspiration for all life.  What great and heroic characters it has produced!  By it men are lifted to the greatest endeavor.

IV.

God save us from the low, degrading things that enslave men.

May we love him with all our hearts and prove how glorious is such a life.

GEORGE WASHINGTON BARRETT

Posted April 19, 2014 by neatnik2009 in 1-2 Peter, George Washington Barrett 1938-1942 M-Z

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“Whom Having Not Seen Ye Love”   3 comments

Whom Having Not Seen Ye Love

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1 Peter 1, 8

I.

They believed in him as Lord and Savior because of his life–his manifest goodness and love.  “Thou art the Christ, the Son of the Living God.”  “These are written [that] ye might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing, ye might have life through his name.”  (Jno. 20, 31)

II.

This faith brings him into our hearts, and so we come to love him not only for love for us in his death but for what he is to us in our inner experience.  He is our salvation indeed.  We do not see him, but [he] is more real to us than he was to his disciples when he was in the flesh.  We love him because he first loved us and because [he] is so much to us now.  How loving and lovable he is!  Who can refuse to love such a Friend?

III.

“And rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory.”

Being accepted of God through him our hearts are filled with joy in him.

“Rejoice in the Lord always; and again I say rejoice.” (Phils. 4, 4)

GEORGE WASHINGTON BARRETT

“Cast Thy Burden Upon the Lord and He Shall Sustain Thee.”   4 comments

Cast Thy Burden

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EDITOR’S COMMENT:

My great-grandfather quoted “What a Friend We Have in Jesus,” which Joseph Scriven wrote circa 1855, at least according to Sing to the Lord, the 1993 hymnal of the Church of the Nazarene.  (I have over a hundred physical hymnals and many more digital ones, for I like to sample different hymnodies.  Thus I have a rather broad collection.)  The quote from that hymn brought to my memory a comment which a parishioner (now departed) of Christ Episcopal Church, Dublin, Georgia, told me ten years ago.  Betty explained why she disliked the song:

Do thy friends despise, forsake thee?

Anyone who would do that is not a friend, she said. Betty was correct about that point.  She pointed out a logical hole in the text, for if one has such “friends,” one might be like Job.

Jesus is, of course, the greatest friend anyone could want and have.

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

MARCH 16, 2014 COMMON ERA

THE SECOND SUNDAY IN LENT, YEAR A

THE FEAST OF SAINTS ADALBALD OF OSTEVANT, RICTRUDIS OF MARCHIENNES, AND THEIR RELATIONS

THE FEAST OF SAINT ABRAHAM KIDUNAIA, ROMAN CATHOLIC HERMIT, AND SAINT MARY OF EDESSA, ROMAN CATHOLIC ANCHORESS

THE FEAST OF SAINT GIOVANNI BATTISTA PERGOLESI, COMPOSER

THE FEAST OF MARTIN BOEHM, COFOUNDER OF THE CHURCH OF THE UNITED BRETHREN IN CHRIST

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1 Peter 5, 7

Ps. 55, 22

Gal. 6, 2

I.

All have cares, burdens, sorrows of [the] heart, afflictions.  He saw so many weak–the lame, the blind, the halt-afflicted [This makes no sense to me, but I have examined my great-grandfather’s handwriting closely, and that is what he seems to have written.], either self or loved ones, many bodily ills, the dead.

Could one look on and his heart not be stirred?

II.

What [to] do with them?  Bring them to Jesus.  No care was hopeless.

Jesus never turned a soul away who came in faith.  “He was moved with compassion”–suffered with them.  “Able to do exceedingly all we ask or think”–Eph. 3, 20-21.  John [the] Baptist’s disciples “buried his body and went and told Jesus.”

“I cannot bear these burdens alone.”  Some try, [but] break under the load and destroy their lives.

III.

Sometimes it is a real relief to tell some sympathetic friend one’s troubles.  Tell it to Jesus; he will help.

“What a friend we have in Jesus.

Carry everything to God in prayer.

He cares for you.  Your cares are his cares.

GEORGE WASHINGTON BARRETT

Christ’s Victory and Ours   14 comments

Christ's Victory and Ours

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Acts 2, 24

1 Cor. 15, 57

1 Jno. 5, 4

I.

The death & resurrection of Jesus were in God’s plan.  That he should die for man was necessary to salvation & God willed it.  But to consumate that plan he must live to carry it on.

II.

Hence God raised him up.  It was part of the plan & due to God’s direct intervention.  Acts 3, 15; Rom. 4, 24; 2 Cor. 4, 14; Eph. 1, 20; Col. 2, 12b; 1 Thes. 1. 10; Heb. 13, 20; 1 Peter 1, 21; & text = 10 times it is affirmed.

He was not to be [the] loser in the struggle but victor.  Life is stronger than death.  He submitted to it only to redeem us.  He arose no longer subject to death.  Death was vanquished by him; it is subject to his power.  “Have the keys to death.”–Rev. 1, 18

III.

He lives to give us victory over sin.  By his grace we may resist the devil, “overcome” him.  “He is able to succour them what they are tempted.”  Heb. 2, 18  “To him that overcometh.”  The plan of salvation wrought out by Christ is no failure.  The “gospel is the power of God unto salvation,” see Jude 24.

IV.  

He will give us victory over death.  We too, shall have our Easter morning–Jno. 5, 28.  “All that are in the grace shall come forth.”

Our resurrection body is to be fashioned after his, a spiritual body–Phils. 3, 21.

Redemption is completed in our resurrection and glorification.

Victory!!  “Death is swallowed up in victory”–1 Cor. 15, 54.

GEORGE WASHINGTON BARRETT

Luke 24, 26 & 46   6 comments

Luke 24 Sermon Notes

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Luke 24, 26 & 46

I.

The greatest undertaking– to work out man’s redemption.  “‘Twas great to speak the world from naught,” etc.

God gave his Son for this purpose.  The cost was great.  “He bore the sins of many.”

II.

To the two en route to Emmaus he opened the scriptures.  “Ought not”–was it not necessary?  Thus he expiated  sin.  Without it no soul could have been saved.

(1)  This was the course indicated for him by the prophets–Moses; Psalm 16 & 22; Isa. 53; Dan. 9; Mal. 4, 5; 1 Peter 1, 11.

(2)  More eminently back of all these lay the divine purpose, the will of the Father, which our Lord was to fulfill.  Can man discover fully God’s thoughts or mind here?

III.

By him atonement is made for all.  “He tasted death for every man.”  In offering salvation to man God does not ignore sin.  He is just and the justifier of the ungodly.

(1)  We see the enormity of sin–its deadly effect & power.  Heroic treatment for a fearful malady.

(2)  We see demonstrated God’s boundless love–he so loved “that he gave his only begotten Son”–his greatest possible gift.  “What wondrous love is this”!

IV.

The gift is free–“without money and without price.”  Yet one condition is made by God and must be met–“That whosoever believeth in him.”  All can meet it.  “Unspeakable gift.”  Is it yours?

GEORGE WASHINGTON BARRETT