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Take Fast Hold of Instruction   1 comment

Take Fast Hold of Instruction

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Proverbs 4, 13


All of us alike begin the life void of knowledge.  All we ever know we learn from others.  None can know it all; there is too much and we also lack time.


Knowledge is power, the working tools of life.  We should equip ourselves for usefulness, learn all we can; we will need it and more.


Hence we should very much appreciate every opportunity to learn.  A good teacher is a great benefactor, a fine friend, a mighty blessing to the eager mind.

“Take fast hold of instruction,” be eager to learn every truth you can and make it your own.  It will make your life fuller, stronger, fuller, richer.


Let wisdom learn how best to use knowledge.  Walk in wisdom’s ways; avoid the evil, pass not by it, turn from it.  Not to do so will make one miserable, rob life of its joy.

“The path of the just is as the shining light that shineth more and more unto the perfect day.”


Posted April 26, 2014 by neatnik2009 in George Washington Barrett 1938-1942 M-Z, Proverbs

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A Good Name   1 comment

A Good Name

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Prov. 22, 1


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.


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.


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


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

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Evil Associates   4 comments

Evil Associates

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Rom. 12, 21

1 Cor. 15, 33


God created us social beings.  We hunger for associations with others.  “It is not good for man to be alone.”  Many of the fowls and animals follow this instinct.  God gave it and for their good.


But we are also moral beings, good or bad.  Our associates help make the moral atmosphere we breathe.  This hurts or helps our moral development.

(1)  Here is one of the perils of life, the hurt of evil associates–those who are content with less than the best in life.

One decayed apple will ruin all in the barrel in time.  One small speck of brown rot on a peach will soon rot all in the crate or basket.  Corrupt tree, corrupt fruit; so is the life.

When a boy or girl drops out of church and gangs with others who stay away he or she is on the road to some secret or open sin, to something bad.

Enter not into the path of the wicked (Prov. 4, 14-15).  “Gather not my soul with the sinners” (Ps. 26, 9).  “If sinners enter thee consent thou  not” (Prov. 1, 10).

(2)  Cultivate, choose good associates.  They will be helpful always.  Spurn the bad.  Abstain from all appearance of evil.”

“Cleave to that which is good.”  “Overcome evil with good” (Rom. 12, 21).


Romans 12, 9   2 comments

Romans 12, 9

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Love is the chief characteristic of the Christian–his highest commandment–nothing higher.

Let it be the deepest emotion–from the depths of the soul, a strong upsurge of our spirit, genuine with no mere pretense or show.


So love God and the good that you will abhor the evil, it being contrary to God’s holy will.  It harms the soul.  Hate, detest it with horror.  “Ye that love the Lord, hate evil.”  This is one manifestation of Christian love.  O, the horror of evil!

“Enter not into the way of the wicked and walk not in the way of evil men.  Avoid it, pass not by it, turn from it and pass on” (Prov. 4, 14-15.


“Cleave to that which is good.”  Prize it above all else, set your heart on it, seek it earnestly.

Nothing else so adorns and beautifies the life.  His ways are ways of pleasantness and all her paths are peace.

Dwell on it in your thinking, seek it every day.  Do good in all things.  “Overcome evil with good.”


Proverbs   1 comment


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Righteousness Exalteth a Nation   1 comment

Righteousness Exalteth a Nation

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I have entered item #4 nearly verbatim, adding only an “It” and making the capital “b” in “begets” lower case.  Making only these cosmetic changes does not change the reality of the odd subsequent punctuation and the evidently missing thought between the sentence and the sentence fragment.


And, on a different issue, I think of all the abuses of human nature which “Christian” cultures have perpetrated–Anti-Semitism, mysogyny, the Crusades, the Inquisition, slavery, racial segregation, et cetera.  Then again, I ponder the wondrous art and music which the Roman Catholic and Eastern Orthodox churches have inspired and sponsored.  On balance, I am convinced, that which Dr. Cornel West calls “Constantinian Christianity” is too respectable and insufficiently prophetic in society.  The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., made a similar critique in his 1963 Letter From a Birmingham Jail.






Prov. 14, 34

In proportion as people are righteous in life is the nation exalted.

1.  “Righteousness”–justice, holiness, conformity to law.

2.  It raises man’s ideas to ideals above the low and mean things–from low thinking.

3.  [It] elevates personality till the individual is respected as an immortal soul.  Men are not to be slaves, but free under law.  Hence Christian culture–put on the earth but heads above the clouds.

4.  [It] begets love of political and religious freedom.  till men make their laws and choose their rulers according to their own choice.

5.  How great has been the output of Christian civilization–the greatest governments and characters of the world.–done most to uplift humanity and enrich life.

The people should rally to religion and the church in great earnestness that Christianity may bolster all that is good and render the great service the world so surely needs.  “Sin is a reproach to any people.”


Repentance   2 comments


Above:  The Tower of Siloam, by James Tissot

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Luke 13, 5

A fundamental doctrine.  John and Christ and the Apostles preached it.

1.  Who must repent?  All who have sinned.  “All have sinned.”  Hence all must repent and turn to God.

2.  What is repentance?

(1)  Must be conviction of sin or man can’t repent.

(2)  Confession of sin–all must be confessed–nothing hidden.  Else one’s repentance is not genuine.  It is sin that disposes one to cover up his faults.

(3)  Forsaking of sin.  Pluck out right eye, cut off right-hand–hold on to nothing wrong.

(4)  Restitution of injuries if possible and forgiveness of others who may have wronged one.  Get right with man and God.

(5)  Then trust Jesus to pardon all and he will forgive most wonderfully and freely.

3.  But all must repent, or perish eternally.  If man holds on to sin it will ruin him eternally–Prov. 1, 31.


The Promises of God   12 comments

2 Peter 1, 4

1.  The goodness of God through Jesus Christ is the basis of every offer of mercy.  In him all the promises are yea and amen.

2.  His promises cover every need of heart and life.  “Where sin abounded grace did much more abound.”

(1)  Promises pardon and cleansing to all who repent.  1 Jno. 1, 9; Prov. 2, 8 & 13; Deut. 4, 29

(2)  The Spirit to abide forever as a helper.  Are not left alone.

(3)  In temptation He will make a way of escape.  1 Cor. 10, 13; Jas. 1, 12; Rev. 3, 10; Luke 22, 28

(4)  Will be their help in trouble.  Deut. 33, 25; Job 5, 19; Ps. 91, 15-16; Ps. 138, 7; Isa. 43, 2-5.  Will cause all to work together for their good.

(5)  The resurrection is promised.  Land & sea shall give up their dead.

(6)  Heaven is distinctly promised to the righteous.

All His promises are to the children of God.  None are to the unrepentant.

What great grace offered on such easy terms!


Jesus, the Faithful Friend   2 comments

Christ Pantocrator

Above:  Christ Pantocrator


Prov. 18, 24

1.  Man a social being.  God’s own statement is that he needs the presence & help of a friend.  Genesis 2, 18

2.  One should prize a true good friend, who is sympathetic & helpful.  “The friends thou has and their adoption tried , grapple them by the soul with hooks of steel.”

No one has a friend to lose, though many do it for sake of a whim or careless speech.  Yet they must be bought.

3.  But human friends necessarily disappoint us sometimes.  Perchance one must go alone into his Gethsemane a stone’s throw beyond human sympathy.  They can’t always appreciate our need.

4.  But there is a Divine Friend.

(1)  He understands us fully and sympathizes with us perfectly.

(2)  He is competent to supply all our need.  His grace is sufficient.

(3)  He is faithful.  His motive is pure, hence He is true.  Not a promise but that He will gladly fulfill.  Multiplied thousands testify in life and in death that He is true.

5.  Is He yours?  Have you opened the door and invited Him in?  You need Him to save and keep you.  Let Him in today.


The Heart, the Fountain of Life   1 comment


Above:  Fountain, Circa 1842

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Prov. 4, 23


Out of the heart issues character.

(1)  The various ends of life.  These come as result of endeavor for what one’s heart desires.

(2)  What is one in principle or feeling?

(3)  God’s estimate of one is as the heart.

Purify, elevate, and keep the heart from sin.


The sense of the original is:  Man’s happiness here depends upon the heart.

Like fountain, like stream.  Not environment, but the heart is the fountain.  The frendly have friends.  The happy dispositioned awakes a happy response.  “With what measure ye mete it shall be measured to you again,” here elsewhere.


Eternal issues are from the heart.  Character determines destiny.  The sinful here and sinful there.  From the sinful heart flow all kinds of evil deeds, which issue in eternal death.

How necessary that the heart be right in God’s sight?  It may be so.  Is it?