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1 Peter 4, 17   2 comments

1 Peter 4

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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

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

Character Building   1 comment

Character Building

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Ps. 127, 1a

Except the LORD build the house, they labour in vain that build it….

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I.

A strong Christian character is the grandest edifice ever built.  It is more powerful than Gibraltar, more enduring than marble, and a greater blessing than all material possessions.  We should be very much concerned to build such.

II.

There are hurtful and helpful forces.  We must grapple with them.

(1)  The fear of the Lord is the bedrock on which we build.  Reverence and Godly fear are indispensable.  Be well-grounded here.  Irreverence is deadly.

(2)  Truthfulness must be inculcated.  No liar is a truly great man.

(3)  Personal purity–of thought, speech, and act are priceless.

Vileness is destructive of all character.  Evil thoughts are fatal.

Intoxication is a deadly foe.

Evil companions to be shunned.

III.

In all things seek the guidance and blessing of the God.  Else all effort fails.  He is needed in the house.

Family religion so important that one may start right.  His blessing the one great up-building power in the world.

He can save and keep men unto eternity.

Never dream you can succeed without His blessing.

GEORGE WASHINGTON BARRETT

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An Exhortation to Prayer   1 comment

An Exhortation to Prayer

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Ps. 122, 6-9

I.

Jerusalem, capital of the nation, and the place of the Temple–hence national and spiritual prosperity.

II.

Pray for the peace of Jerusalem–that it be saved, the the nation and church, from all strife, that peace and love may abound.  “Peace be within thy walls and prosperity within thy palaces.”  Peace is necessary to prosperity–war and strife are always disruptive.

True nationality and religiosity.  Hence “live peaceably with all men.”  “Let the peace of God rule (arbitrate) in your hearts;” Do nothing contrary to peace.

III.

“For my brethren and companion’s sakes” I will say it.  I want to see them enjoy peace and prosperity–I want their souls to prosper.  The salvation of immortal [souls] is dear to me; I would not say or do anything to harm their souls’ highest interest.  “Their happiness is my happiness.

IV.

“Because of the house of the Lord our God I will seek thy good.”  The public welfare is centered in the church and religion.  I want the church to prosper at Underwood and all around the world.  Its prosperity is my constant prayer and effort.  And the need is so great.

Let us, this Conference year, prayer as does the Psalmist for every public and private good, that souls may be built up in Him.

GEORGE WASHINGTON BARRETT

The Place of the College Today   1 comment

Place of the College Today

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Ps. 119, 130

I.

Educo, to lead out; hence to develop and furnish for larger service.  One learns where things are, where to seek for further equipment.

II.

This is a day of specialists, who devote themselves to special preparation–do research work.  Knowledge, when properly applied, is power.

III.

The church pioneered in education–believes that an intelligent piety is essential to the greatest usefulness, in pulpit and pew.  Some things can be done only by persons well furnished in head and heart–as Paul, Luther, Wesley.

IV.

Church schools have made a great contribution to Christian sentiment.

They have had to depend largely on small gifts:  of late a few large gifts have been received.

Most men who [have] had the call to preach are poor and need help to prepare for their life-work.  Hence the appeals from our schools for help to carry on.

They call for help now.

GEORGE WASHINGTON BARRETT

“Trust in the Lord”   1 comment

Trust in the Lord

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Ps. 115, 9-11

I.

Man looks beyond himself for needed assistance and strength, depends upon something or someone to bestow the blessings he seeks.  He feels his own insufficiency.  Sooner or later he will find that vain is the help of man.

II.

Some trust in earthly treasure or Godless pleasure for happiness.  How they are mooked thereby.  “Riches take wings” and the heart is surfeited by pleasure.

“A house is a vain thing for safety.”

Goliath fell before the youthful, trusting David.

III.

How often we are exhorted to “trust in the Lord.”  Many have fled to him in times of peril and found his help sufficient.  In the seventh century B.C. Sennacharib threatened Jerusalem.  Hezekiah sent a messenger to Isaiah and went to prayer in the Temple.   In one night the destroying angel slew 185,000 and Sennacharib returned home.  [The] next day he was slain by his sons.

God’s help is more anytime than all the forces of sin.  He takes sides with his people and causes, the right to triumph.

“Ye that fear the Lord, trust in the Lord.”

GEORGE WASHINGTON BARRETT

Praise   2 comments

Praise

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Ps. 100, 4

I.  

Praise to God becomes every child grace.  It “is comely for the upright.”  Jesus was grieved, saying, “Where are the nine?”  They too, should have returned to thank him for healing their leprosy.

II.

He “has done great things for us whereof we are glad.”  Think what a wonderful salvation he bestows, how blessed is our fellowship in Christ and what a glorious destiny is ours.

III.

In our ritualistic prayer in the Holy Communion service we join the angels in praising him.  What can more become us whom he has redeemed than to ascribe all honor any praise to him?

Let us draw near today with grateful praises and magnify his holy name together.

GEORGE WASHINGTON BARRETT