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Gospel of Luke   1 comment


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


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The Self-Surrendered Christ   4 comments


Above:  A Crucifix

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Jno. 10, 17-18

1.  Jesus came not to do his own will; but surrendered himself to do the Father’s will (Jno. 8, 29; 7, 16; 6, 57, etc.).  He lived a perfectly surrendered life.

2.  His death is a voluntary surrender of life.  “I lay it down of myself.” He did not die save by his own consent thereto, and as the Father willed.  [He] could have delivered himself by angels’ help (vs. 17-18; Matt. 26, 53; Luke 13, 32-33).

3.  This self-surrender was for the life of the world.  Nothing he did caused it.  He is the Good Shepherd who layeth down his life for the sheep (v. 11; Ch. 12, 24-25).  He did nothing worthy of death.  He “gave himself for us.”  (Titus 2, 14).

(1)  It effects deliverance from sin and its consequences–Ch. 3, 14-15.

(2)  It leads to the direct impartation to believers of his body and blood as the source of spiritual life (Ch. 6, 53; 3, 16).  “Have eternal life.”

4.  Because of his self-surrender he is the object of his Father’s love (v. 17).

Hence the Father is pleased to bless those who call for mercy in His name for mercy in His name–for Jesus’ sake.  What an encouragement to pray!


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 Death of Jesus   3 comments


Above:  Crucifixion of Christ, March 31, 1884

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Luke 23, 33-38

1.  Prophecy foretold the event, as did Jesus.  He laid down his life.  “No man taketh it from me.”  It was part of the Divine plan.

2.  Jesus chose the time of his death.  “Mine hour is not yet come” is used frequently.  At last he said, “the hour is come” (Jno. 17, 1).  “Go tell that fox”–Luke 13, 32.  “Not at the feast”–Matt. 26, 5.  “What thou doest do quickly”–Jno. 13, 27.  Jesus thrust it forward ere they were ready.

3.  The charge was blasphemy, making himself equal with God–his soul.  He either is, or else an imposter and false swearer.  To profess admiration for the man and deny his Divinity is to betray him with a kiss.

4.  They crucify him between two thieves at 9 o’clock.  Darkness from 12 to 3 o’clock.  The crowd mock him.

5.  His concern for others–prays for his slayers, provides a home for his mother, answers the penitent cries to the Father, declares it is finished & commends his  spirit to the Father & yields up his spirit.  The earthquake bellows & the tombs open.

6.  Why all this suffering?  He did no wrong, as said Herod once & Pilate six times.  It was for me & the whole world.  Shall I not love him and live only for Him?


The Barren Fig Tree   1 comment


Above:  Fig Tree after Devastation by Locusts, Palestine, Ottoman Empire, 1915

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Luke 13, 6-9

1.  The tree was fostered for a specific purpose–figs.  God has a purpose touching each one of us–a place for us to fill, a sphere of usefulness.

2.  Our highest interest can be realized only in connection with Him, doing His will.  He is not a tyrant to be shunned, but a Friend without whom our highest development is impossible.

3.  Hence He seeks our development, tries to lead us to repentance and conformity to His righteous will.  He has invested much in us and of right expects much–at least something of us.  Life is an opportunity under grace.

4.  Finding no fruit, no developments in things holy, he orders it cut down as a cumberer of the ground.  [It] bears no fruit and is in the way.  [It] does not justify its own existence.

5.  The dresser pleads for another year, suitable opportunity, that he may make special effort to secure the desired results.  It is granted with the understanding that in case of failure destruction shall follow.  This special effort may be sickness, business losses, exhortation of friends–all is to lead us to His will.

We may find the place he gives, small or great, fill it however cramped we may be, and please, if not ourselves, at least Him whose approval is sufficient.


Posted July 11, 2013 by neatnik2009 in George Washington Barrett 1905-1913 A-F, Luke-Acts

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Turned Away From the Beautiful Gate   1 comment


Above:  Last Judgment



My great-grandfather presumed to know more than he did.  What, for example, happens between a person and God after that person dies?  I, unlike, my great-grandfather, do not deny the possibility of extra grace between one’s earthly demise and one’s judgment in the afterlife.





Luke 13, 24

1.  Man is hastening to the day that shall seal his eternal doom.  He will be judged according to his works.  The record is forever unalterable then.

2.  Two classes will compose that mighty company–those who will be approved & those who will will be rejected.  “One shall be taken, the other left.”  It is an individual affair.  All may obtain mercy, but some will not seek it till too late.  “The saddest is,/It might have been.”

3.  Someone will be turned away from the beautiful gate because too late.  Will it be you?  To be sure about it you must seek Him now, while He offers mercy.  Who will be turned away?

4.  Therefore strive to enter in now.  Put off salvation no longer, lest you go one step too far.  Some offer of mercy will be the last one.  Are you sure this is not it?  Make sure work for heaven; your all for time and eternity is involved.


Posted July 11, 2013 by neatnik2009 in George Washington Barrett 1905-1913 S-Z, Luke-Acts

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Sons of God by Faith   4 comments


Above:  St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Newnan, Georgia, June 30, 2013

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My great-grandfather mixed Protestant revivalism with old-style anti-Roman Catholicism and opposition to ritualism.  All those elements were like circles in a Venn diagram.  I have expressed my thoughts about worship here:  And, regarding my great-grandfather and his indirect influence upon me, I have written here:

And he wrote this between 1905 and 1913, well before the times of Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin.  We, as it turns out, did lift ourselves to the Moon by means of technology–close enough to boot straps, I suppose.





Above:  Buzz Aldrin on the Moon, Apollo 11, July 1969

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John 1, 12

1.  “Sons of God.”  This relation is spiritual.  He created & preserves all; but not all are sons.  “Not all are Israel who are of Israel” is clearly a spiritual distinction.  Not all the descendants of Abraham are like him morally.  Once rebellious, unbelieving, etc., now they love what He loves–are new every whit–sons.

2.  But man is not able to effect this change.  Were the power inherent in man Christ & the Spirit would not be necessary.

Ritualism fails utterly.

(a)  Works change not the moral nature.

(b)  Neither can water.  It is no more than a ceremonial cleansing.

(c)  Morality as an anchor does not reach the bottom spiritually.

At best such is only almost a Christian & almost is to fail.  As well pull on is boot straps to lift himself to the moon.  Rom. 7, 24-25.

3.  But Christ has this power–all power in heaven & on earth.  He conquered the devil, death, & the grave.  “Which were born…of God”  (v. 13).  “The Son…hath power to forgive.”  See Rom. 8, 2.  Christians in all ages testify thereto.

4.  This power is given to all who by faith receive him; the Spirit imparts it.  See John 5, 12; Luke 13, 34; Jno. 5, 4 & 10, 10.  To do this his constant pleasure; his longing.

5.  The Spirit who imparts the power testifies to us of it.  Sons of God & rejoice in the consciousness of it.