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“Pray to Your Father.”   1 comment

Pray to Your Father

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Matt. 6, 6

I.

In one’s first broadcast over the radio one has a new feeling–he wonders if there is anybody to hear what he says.  Even so in praying it is vital questioning:  Is there anybody there?  Who is there?  Does he care?  Can he help?  The answer is far-reaching.

One in India was asked, “To whom do you pray.”  He answered, “To no one.”  “What then do you expect to realize from it?”  The reply was, “I don’t know; I hope somehow some good will come of it.”

II.

Take Jesus’ word for it:  “Pray to your Father who heareth in secret.”

“When ye pray say, ‘Our Father.’  How reassuring these words are!

(1)  He is God, Sovereign of al the forces of the universe.  He is able.  He “hearest prayer.”  He “inclines his ear unto us.”

(2)  He is our Father of infinite confession.  He yearns over us in love.  In all things he will be a Father unto us.  He cannot be indifferent to us in all our need.

(3)  When we cannot understand we can trust Him and await developments.  But if we can’t solve the mystery we can know he is our Father and loves us; he will not deny us fellowship with himself; only sin can interrupt that.

GEORGE WASHINGTON BARRETT

Posted January 19, 2014 by neatnik2009 in George Washington Barrett 1938-1942 M-Z, Matthew

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The Mission of the Church   1 comment

The Mission of the Church

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Matt. 5, 13-16

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The church [is] the main factor in maintaining high values and their application to mankind.  [They are] especially needed in a time of world upheaval.

II.

A light-house–keeps alive and holds aloft the flame of truth and love and righteousness.  Jesus is the Light of the world and the church carries that light int the darkened places and lives of men.

III.

The channel through which divine power is transmitted to others.  This power to uplift men to high living is indispensable.

IV.  

A citadel standing like a rock against the tides of evil which would dethrone God and drag men down to the lowest pit.  “Let us hold to what good we have and make it better.”

V.

It is a house by the side of the road ministering to the careworn, heart-sick, and afflicted, lifting the fallen and protecting the defenseless.

Valuable?  Beyond measure!

GEORGE WASHINGTON BARRETT

Posted January 19, 2014 by neatnik2009 in George Washington Barrett 1938-1942 M-Z, Matthew

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The Passion for God   1 comment

The Passion for God

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Matt. 5, 6

I.

The difference in men is in their motives, their longings, which color the whole life–something outranks all else.

The heart is a kingdom with some sovereign passion–that which receives [the] most thought & endeavor, gives the highest pleasure.

II.

Jesus says the man who hungers after righteousness is blessed–has a passion for God.  Religion is the autocrat of the heart.  Christ demands the first place in the heart.

(a)  A good appetite indicates a healthful body.  A hungering for God shows soundness of spirit.  The most religious strive after God more than any others.  This is the only life worthy the powers of the soul.

(b)  The passion for worldly pleasures while the church work languishes reveals a bad state of the heart–a loss of healthful appetite.  Such things can never satisfy the soul.

III.

Those who yearn after God and obey him are filled with peace and joy, are satisfied with him alone.

IV.

How may we have this warmth of affection?  By letting in the warmth of his love.

O for a yearning after God!

GEORGE WASHINGTON BARRETT

Posted January 18, 2014 by neatnik2009 in George Washington Barrett 1938-1942 M-Z, Matthew

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“They…Followed Him”   1 comment

They Followed Him

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Matt. 4, 20

I.

Leave the old life, everything that is not Christ-like.  This is very important else one is defeated from the first.  Pattern the life after this.

II.

Pray like he did.  Seek God’s blessings in all things.  We need him.

III.

Make it your aim to please the Father in all things as Christ did.  What joy is in it.

IV.

Try so to live as to be a blessing unto others whom we may help.  Love rejoices in it.

V.

Let a forgiving spirit of love be an inspiration to all you meet.  Cultivate a kindly attitude and spirit.  Thereby you can help many.  “As I have loved you.”

GEORGE WASHINGTON BARRETT

Posted January 18, 2014 by neatnik2009 in George Washington Barrett 1938-1942 M-Z, Matthew

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The Macedonian Call   1 comment

The Macedonian Call

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Acts 16, 9-10

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Paul wanted to lead souls to Christ.  He had a passionate love for souls.  On his journey the vision came to him, “Come over…and help us.”  Here was an open door, an opportunity to help people.

II.

He immediately concluded the call was of God and thither he went and did a great work.

III.

Our call–God’s bidding and the knowledge that service is needed.  Do we need more than this?

(1)  The need of instructing and safeguarding the youth is great.

(2)  Telling the story to others, leading them to the Saviour.  Their great need is to know the Lord.  He alone is the hope of the world.

(3)  Helping the distressed of earth, especially helping to establish righteousness among men.

IV.

Shall we not, like Paul, conclude these needs are God’s call to us, to help them so far as we are able?  He beckons his church to help these straying, lost, distressed children of his to a better life.  He looks to us to build his kingdom on the earth.  What a great privilege is ours.  May we use it for Him.

GEORGE WASHINGTON BARRETT

“Neither is There Salvation In Any Other”   2 comments

Neither is There Salvation in Any Other

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Acts 4, 12

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Having sinned, man is condemned.  Sin has dominion over him.  He is doomed if left to himself.  He has not power to free himself.  His only hope is in God.

II.

In his great love God provided for man’s deliverance.  “Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners.”  “To seek and to save that which was lost.”  He is become the author of eternal salvation (Heb. 5, 9).

(1)  Socially–man’s dealings with man.  Corruption abounds save when Christ is honored.  Morals depend on religion–can’t long survive if divorced from it.  “Feared not God was regarded man.”

(a)  “To preserve the government we must preserve morals.  Morality rests on religion.  If we destroy the foundation the superstructure must fall.”–Daniel Webster

(b)  “Why not give Christianity a trial?  After contemplating the world of human nature for nearly sixty years I see no way out of the the world’s  misery, but the way of doing God’s will.”–George Bernard Shaw

(c)  “The Church of Christ is the world’s only social hope, and the sole promise of world peace.”–Earl Haig

(d)  “Depend upon it, the world could not hold together without morals, nor can morals maintain their station in the human heart without religion.”–A British Journalist

(2)  He is the hope of Democracy.  She had kindly interest in every man.

“The paramount question underlying democracy is the religion of Jesus Christ.  Eliminate Christ and you leave the world to eternal war.

(3)  Government is is elevated by him.  Without religion corruption will rule and ruin the state.  Graft is rampant without proper restraint.

(a) “Now it is either Christ or chaos; either the kingdom of God or world revolution.”–Lord George

(b)  The world must come back to Christ, the greatest revolutionary that the world has ever known, a revolutionary that carries out his revolution, not by strikes and mobs and lawless slaughter, but by dying himself upon a cross.”–a labor leader

(c)  “Whoever does anything to depreciate Christianity is guilty of high treason against the civilization of mankind.”–McCauley

(d)  “Our civilization cannot survive materially unless it be redeemed spiritually.”–Woodrow Wilson

(e)  “Speaking of our efforts for peace McArthur said, “It must be of the spirit of we are to save the flesh.”

“I think I can find the money if you can furnish the men.”–Jones

(4)  He is the Saviour of the individual.  How wonderfully he saves!  Is he yours?

GEORGE WASHINGTON BARRETT

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“This Do In Remembrance of Me.”   2 comments

This Do In Remembrance of Me

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Luke 22, 19

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Our need of spiritual help.  We are helpless as we face life, hurt as we are by sin, til our souls are strengthened by grace.  “I can of mine own self do nothing.”  If Christ needed the Father’s help how much more do we?  We should always approach this Sacrament in this spirit–looking to Him.

II.

Jesus gave himself for us in sacrificial love.  He is our Passover.  Every privilege we have of seeking and finding grace we owe to him.  He is the Bread of life–only he can nourish the soul and build us up, making us good and strong.  What an unspeakable blessing is he to all who look to him.

III.

Let us trust him fully, praying that he will impart to us his grace–that he will today break to us the Bread of Life.

May we go from this service consciously strengthened, our love increased, our holy desires made stronger, our purposes to live for him settled and fixed, that in life we may fill the place he wills we should occupy.

GEORGE WASHINGTON BARRETT