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The Lamb Slain   2 comments

Lamb Slain

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Rev. 5, 6-14

I.

John saw the Christ as the sacrificed Lamb, standing and though it had been slain–suffering, sacrificed love in the midst of the throne.  The cross abides at the center of the whole Christian movement.  We owe all to the cross–the love that readies forth to help.

II.

Honors are paid him.  “Worthy art thou to take the book and to open the seals”–to reveal and unfold the future–“for thou wast slain and didst purchase unto God men of every tongue and people and nation,” etc.

How timely this song.  In a day of so much strife [Editor’s Note–He referred to World War II.], this song from heaven has in it no place for narrow nationalism.  He is the universal Christ, the Saviour of every soul that looks to Him.  “Many shall come from the east and from the west, and sit down in the kingdom,” etc. (Matt. 8, 11).  “And I saw a great multitude which no man could number…clothed in white raiment” (Rev. 7, 9-10).

III.

Christ is never caught off-guard by any conniving, scheming souls.

From on high he superintends the life and service of the church.  Today his [voice] is calling her to heroic effort to keep distressed lost souls.

His voice will be heard in the nations that a better day may dawn.  “I make all things new.”  Will not we gladly lend our aid in  so glorious a cause?

GEORGE WASHINGTON BARRETT

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A Good Name   1 comment

A Good Name

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Prov. 22, 1

I.

To make and hold a good name, to be well-spoken of.  We have a good or a poor reputation–name.  Everyone may have a good name.

II.

We are daily building a name.  Every word and deed, our very manner, enters into it.  You are ever becoming the kind of person you are going to be, so no word or act is of small moment.

(1)  Some inherit a fine name.  It should be highly prized.  Money can’t purchase it, one act may destroy it.

(2)  But everyone can make a good name, though his inheritance may not have been good.  It will take time and labor, but it is worth it.  A bad man may have wealth, but what of it without the satisfaction of having a good name?

Poor people may be rich in the fine name they have and the kindly good will of the people.

III.

It is better than great riches–above rubies.  It recommends religion to others and points them to the true values of life.

GEORGE WASHINGTON BARRETT

Posted April 26, 2014 by neatnik2009 in George Washington Barrett 1938-1942 A-L, Proverbs

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Go Forward   1 comment

Go Forward

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EDITOR’S NOTE:

There were mountains at the Sea of Reeds, a wetland?

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

APRIL 26, 2014 COMMON ERA

THE FEAST OF SAINTS REMACLUS OF MAASTRICHT, THEODORE OF MAASTRICHT, LAMBERT OF MAASTRICHT, HUBERT OF MAASTRICHT AND LIEGE, AND FLORIBERT OF LIEGE, ROMAN CATHOLIC BISHOPS; SAINT LANDRADA OF MUNSTERBILSEN, ROMAN CATHOLIC ABBESS; AND SAINTS OTGER OF UTRECHT, PLECHELM OF GUELDERLAND, AND WIRO, ROMAN CATHOLIC MISSIONARIES

THE FEAST OF CHRISTINA ROSSETTI, POET

THE FEAST OF SAINT PASCHASIUS RADBERTUS, ROMAN CATHOLIC ABBOT

THE FEAST OF ROBERT HUNT, FIRST ANGLICAN CHAPLAIN AT JAMESTOWN, VIRGINIA

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Ex. 14, 15

From the human viewpoint this was a gloomy time–the sea in front, mountains on either side.  Pharaoh’s host in pursuit.  No earthly power promised deliverance.

I.

It was God’s cause.  He is a God that takes sides, is not indifferent when the good of men is involved.  They cried to God, as did Moses.

II.

God directed them to go forward.  That was the one only way out.  “Theirs not to reason why.”  Let them heed God’s voice.  He would make a way of escape from the perils of the hour, and all would be well.

III.

This is God’s call to the his church–go forward to larger conquests and service.

(a)  The cause is his.  He needs the devotion of loyal hearts.  Righteousness must win, else all is lost.

(b)  We are his.  He has brought us to this hour for such a time as this.  He claims us for his service.  There must be no let up on our part.  The salvation of the world depends upon the loyal service of his people.  Shall his soldiers surrender to Satan?

IV.

In every crisis let the church arouse itself and stand true to him.  This is the way to impress the world for good.  It will give little heed to us in the future if we falter now.  Continue to press forward in every good cause.  God is calling for valiant service.

Be good soldiers of Jesus Christ.

GEORGE WASHINGTON BARRETT

Posted April 26, 2014 by neatnik2009 in George Washington Barrett 1938-1942 A-L

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God Liberates the Oppressed   1 comment

God Liberates the Oppressed

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EDITOR’S COMMENT:

I know that Moses was a prince.  Yet I have strong doubts that he was ever the heir to the throne.

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

APRIL 26, 2014 COMMON ERA

THE FEAST OF SAINTS REMACLUS OF MAASTRICHT, THEODORE OF MAASTRICHT, LAMBERT OF MAASTRICHT, HUBERT OF MAASTRICHT AND LIEGE, AND FLORIBERT OF LIEGE, ROMAN CATHOLIC BISHOPS; SAINT LANDRADA OF MUSSTERBILSEN, ROMAN CATHOLIC ABBESS; AND SAINTS OTGER OF UTRECHT, PLECHELM OF GUNDRLAND, AND WIRO, ROMAN CATHOLIC MISSIONARIES

THE FEAST OF CHRISTINA ROSSETTI, POET

THE FEAST OF SAINT PASCHASIUS RADBERTUS, ROMAN CATHOLIC ABBOT

THE FEAST OF ROBERT HUNT, FIRST ANGLICAN CHAPLAIN AT JAMESTOWN, VIRGINIA

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Ex. 3, 9-10 & 12a

“Now therefore, behold, the cry of the children of Israel is come unto me:  and I have also seen the oppression wherewith the Egyptians oppress them.  Come now therefore, and I will send thee unto Pharaoh, that thou mayest bring forth the children of Israel out of Egypt.”…And he said, “Certainly I will be with thee….”

The Authorized Version

I.

The children of Israel were in bondage, suffering intolerable conditions–driven like cattle, children had no prospect of opportunities worthy of a human being.

II.

God willed better things for them, that they, and through them, others, might be blest.  He would break their bitter bondage and make them a great people.

III.

He needed a man to lead them out.  It was a bold, daring undertaking to demand of Pharaoh to let them depart.

He had the man.  Moses was trained and had renounced his place as the heir to the throne and cast his lot with his peoplel.  He and God could deliver his people with a great deliverance.

IV.

God is mightily concerned about the sinful bondage that rules so many today.  He has better things for them all.  He would save everyone and lift them up into the freedom of gospel truth–make them free indeed.

This is the work to which he calls the church.  Her message is what men everywhere need.

He and the church, with her ministry of truth and grace, can uplift and save men everywhere.

May we, like Moses, hear and heed his call to lead and deliver man from the bitter tyranny of sin and oppression.

GEORGE WASHINGTON BARRETT

Posted April 26, 2014 by neatnik2009 in George Washington Barrett 1938-1942 A-L

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Life From the Dead Or the Valley of Dry Bones   7 comments

Life from the Dead

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Ezek. 37, 1-10

Israel’s condition here seen in a vision; fittingly illustrates the sinner’s spiritual condition.

I.

“Dry bones,” devoid of spiritual life.  Figure is not too strong.  Men are powerless to move Godward if life to themselves–are “very dry,” devoid of life.

II.

“Can these bones live?”  Is there any hope for a poor lost sinner?  Yes.  “The dead shall hear the voice of the Son of God and they that hear shall live.”  (Jno. 5, 21 & 25-26)  “He [is] able to save to the uttermost.”  (Heb. 7, 25)  No case is hopeless.

III.

Means to be used:

(1)  “Prophesy.”  “O ye dry bones, hear ye the word of the Lord” (v. 4).  “Preach the word” (2 Tim. 4, 2).  It pleaseth God by the foolishness of preaching to save them that believe” (1 Cor. 1, 21).  “The word of God is quick and powerful,” etc. (Heb. 4, 12).

(2)  Prayer for the Spirit to impart life.  “Come, O breath, and breathe upon these slain” (v. 9).  “Grieve not the Spirit” (Eph. 4, 30).  “Quench not the Spirit” (1 Thes. 5, 19).  We need his power to awaken and save sinful souls.

IV.

God waits to be gracious.  How concerned he is about our salvation.

Let us look with much prayer for his saving power.

GEORGE WASHINGTON BARRETT

Loyalty to Christ   2 comments

Loyalty to Christ

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Mark 10, 51-52

I.

Jesus responded to this man’s faith and healed him.  He believed Jesus could and in confidence asked him to do it. “Thy faith hath made thee whole.”  “According to your faith.”

II.

He followed Jesus–was henceforth loyal to him, clung to him, lived a new life.

(1)  Every man needs something beyond himself as the center and inspiration of life, something to give meaning and coherence to life.  Why?

(a)  We are made that way.  Men who deal with souls trying to help them find it true.  Without it life will break down.

Loss of faith in God and immortality may cause the nerves to shatter and the health to fail.

(b)  The Holy Spirit dwelling in us will “quicken our mortal bodies” (Rom. 8, 11).  He animates the body, and this helps even health.  Much more does his presence give peace and joy and power to meet life well.

III.

God in Christ is the only worthy, adequate object of our loyalty.  “Because he hath inclined his ear unto me, therefore will I call upon him as long as I live.”

He will help in every time of need.  “My grace is sufficient for thee.”

Let us reaffirm our loyalty to him and be true to him always.

“Holy is his name.”

GEORGE WASHINGTON BARRETT

Posted April 24, 2014 by neatnik2009 in George Washington Barrett 1938-1942 A-L, Mark, Romans

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“Have Faith in God.”   1 comment

Have Faith in God

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Mark 11, 22

“Without faith it is impossible to please God.”  “He that cometh to God must believe that he is,” etc.

I.

He is a God whom man can know.  He is not far removed, but near and approachable and will reveal himself to the trustful soul.  We will know him in a saving experience of his grace; His is a fatherly voice.

II.

We may have communion with him.  “I will sup with him and he with me.”  We may tell him our needs, our perplexities and sorrows, as well as our joys.  “He cares” and will incline his ears unto our cries.  “Everything to God in prayer.”

III.

Coming into our hearts he makes a great difference in our lives.

He makes all things new–our thoughts, desires, affections, deeds.

He gives us power to have victory.

Joy and peace are ours and comfort in all things.  O what a change he works.

Let us trust him fully in all things, have a strong, unshrinking faith.  Thus we will triumph.

GEORGE WASHINGTON BARRETT

Posted April 24, 2014 by neatnik2009 in George Washington Barrett 1938-1942 A-L, Mark

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