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Christian Nurture   2 comments

Christian Nurture

Above:  The Original Document

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Deut. 6, 6-7; Eph. 6, 4


The child a bundle of possibilities for good or evil.  It responds to life about it and reproduces it.  Herein lives its destiny.

It is entitled to the very best.  It will respond thereto, as in music, art, religion.


The greatest influence for good is a devoted Christian home where father and mother teach by precept and example to fear God and love righteousness.  Nothing else in the world can equal such training.

Yet how many parents neglect it.  The results often are grievous.


The Sunday School is the effort of the church to supplement the efforts of the parents to teach and train the children to worship.  Most of those who join the church on profession [of faith] are from the Sunday School.

But why is there all over the nation a decrease in enrollment?  Parents compel their children to attend public school; why not also the Sunday School?

Let [us] do all we can to reach the children about us; give them every help and safeguard we can.  Do not leave them to the evils of the day.


Ephesians   1 comment


Above:  The Book Heading from The New Revised Standard Version:  Catholic Edition (1993)


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Christ Among the Candlesticks   5 comments

Rev. 1, 12-16

1.  Definitions–

Candlesticks are the churches.

Seven stars are the ministers–angels.

Two-edged sword is his word –Heb. 4, 12.

“Son of man”–the same Jesus, caring for, helping and counselling his people.  Kingly & priestly in his apparel.

2.  Jesus’ concern in heaven is for the churches.  On earth his works, sufferings and death were for it.  Now he intercedes for it, considers it state.  Would men could feel how he is concerned for it.

3.  Holds the seven stars in his hand.  Not for their own sakes simply, but for the sake of the church.  They must deliver his message, not their work and for the increase.  Through them he would send his message to the churches.

4.  Sharp two-edged sword–such is his word–Heb. 4, 12; Eph. 6, 17; Isaiah 49, 2.  This is the weapon with which Christ will subdue his enemies; no carnal weapon is needed–2 Cor. 10, 4.  May not be comfortable as it pierces the soul, but its work is salvation when heeded.

5.  Countenance as the sun in his strength.  Before Him no evil can stand.  Is the source of all life, reviving every drooping flower.  Shine on us, thou Sun or Righteousness!!


The Good Fight of Faith   2 comments


Above:  A Longsword

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I know that my great-grandfather would have disapproved of the milkshake with alcohol I sampled recently.  I passed on it after several sips because of the taste, not any moral objection.  I have consumed alcohol without ever becoming intoxicated.  Most of what I have sampled simply tastes too bad for me to want more.  So I prefer simple tea instead.




Eph. 6, 10-20 and 1 Tim. 6, 12

This is Paul’s favorite figure.  The Christian life is a warfare–not against flesh and blood but against “spiritual hosts of wickedness”–Eph. 6, 12.  To win this fight one must be in desperate earnestness.

1.  Fight a defensive warfare.  Sin assails us personally; we must repel its assaults.  To yield is death.  There is no hope for one who fails here.

2.  Fight an aggressive warfare.

(a)  Take the strongholds of sin for our captain.  Public evils that harm souls must be drive from our land.  e.g, the saloons and lawlessness

(b)  Sin in the hearts of others must arouse our hearts.  We must do all we can to bring them to Jesus that he may cast out Satan.  Somebody ought to care that others are unsaved.

3.  We must have spiritual weapons.

(a)  Take the sword of the Spirit, God’s word.  Without it we have no weapon with which to fight.

(b)  Prayer is indispensable.  In so doing we receive strength for the conflict.  The great battles are won through prayer.

4.  The soldier has a sure reward, even eternal life:  worth the greatest cost.  Be intelligent, brave & loyal soldiers.


Be Strong in the Lord   1 comment


Above:  Depiction of Satan, by Gustave Dore


1.  The Christian has a war to wage against a strong and subtle foe.  Religion is no child’s play, but a fight for the soul’s destiny.  There is need for valiance.  It is a defensive, but especially aggressive war.

2.  The foe is strong.  We fight not against flesh and blood; but against spiritual wickedness.  Satan will contest every inch of the way.  We will have literally to drive him from the field.  He is a usurper and they are always desperate.

3.  Hence the need of strength.  He [God] alone can arm us & equip us.  Conquest within and without is possible only as He helps us.  Peter was bold when near his Lord; weak when away from Him.

There is service that only the strong can render.  Moses and Paul were strong men, but they had all they could do.  Had they been weaker they could not have done their work.

4.  Paul wants them fully equipped.  “Take the armor of god.”  Don’t omit anything that can help you.  Use all the means of grace.  “Take to arm you for fight the [illegible word] of God.”

Then having done all this stand.  Stand for God and the right.


The Work of the Sunday School   3 comments


Above:  Fourteenth International Sunday School Convention, June 23-30, 1914, Chicago, Illinois

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Eph. 6, 4

I.  The necessity of teaching children:

1.  God commands it.  Deut. 6:6-7; Ps. 78, 2-7 & the text.

2.  The ends of life demand it.

3.  The child-nature responds to it.

II.  Who should teach them?

1.  Parents.  What a responsibility to train a soul!  Who else ought to feel so much interest in their best development?  But this is fearfully neglected.

2.  The church is commissioned to teach all men:  hence the Sunday School.  It certainly is of God and is being greatly blessed of Him.

3.  A great advantage to do it at the church.  Surroundings and memories aid in the work.

4.  The whole church should be engaged in the work.

III.  What are the ends to be attained?

1.  A knowledge of God’s word.   No education is complete without it.

2.  Self-surrender to Christ.  Here is the all-important work in all teaching.

3.  Fortifying the soul.  Built up in him and fitted for every good word and work.


Strong in the Lord   1 comment

Eph. 6, 10

What can Good accomplish through a weakling?  Great tasks everywhere await him who is able to perform them.

1.  “Be strong” to resist the shifting scenes of life that lure one away from Him.  “Be not carried about by every wind of doctrine,” temptation and adversity.

2.  ‘Be strong” to do the will of God.  How much we need “strength to perform.”  Great service awaits us, service that shall be a great blessing to men.  But strength of soul is needed to perform it.  What a pity to face a task we would do if only we could.  Be strong.

3.  Our strength is not of ourselves.  It is received from without.  We eat, breathe and drink to live; so our spiritual energy is from God.  We must so relate ourselves to Him as to receive strength.  “Strong in the Lord”

4.  Knowledge contributes much.  Information of men and measures always helps.

(A)  The church needs intelligent [and] devout members–all should be so.

(B)  To be content with being less than our best, reaching out for everything that helps, [not] reaching out for everything that helps, is unworthy of ourselves and of our Lord.


Posted January 1, 2013 by neatnik2009 in Ephesians, George Washington Barrett 1905-1913 S-Z

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