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“Pray to Your Father.”   1 comment

Pray to Your Father

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Matt. 6, 6


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.”


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.


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

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Gospel of Matthew   1 comment


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God or Mammon?   1 comment


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Matt. 6, 24

1.  No man can serve two masters.  The conflict between them necessitates a choice by man.  One must be subordinated to the other.  One may try to serve both, but he will really love only one.  He can’t divide his heart.

2.  Shall he choose mammon?  This is to prostitute his powers and waste his life on things unworthy of himself.  It is to choose the ways of sin and death.  It eateth as does a canker.

3.  Shall he not rather choose to serve God by the proper use of mammon and all things else?

(1)  Religious uses alone are worthy of man’s powers and that can save him from being ruined by the love of wealth.  Save a million souls or [a] million souls?  The redemption, or evangelization of the world is the only thing worthy of the great wealth of the Christian world.

(2)  We give up mammon for grace.  “The riches of God in Christ Jesus are better than gold.”  Moses “had respect unto the recompense of reward.”  “Godliness has the promise of the life that now is and of that which is to come.”

4.  What then is your choice?  God and his grace or mammon and eternal death?  Your destiny depends upon your choice.


Posted August 11, 2013 by neatnik2009 in George Washington Barrett 1905-1913 G-L, Matthew

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God Our Father   2 comments


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Matt. 6, 9

1.  God is the Creator of our bodies and Father of our spirits.  Out of fatherly concern for our happiness He created us to embody Him.  This invests Him with the right of parental control of his children.

2.  As Father He loves us.  His very nature is love.  He is constantly blessing us and seeking our happiness.  Sendeth rain upon the good and the bad.  He “pitieth them that fear him.”

Seeketh to reveal himself to us and to impart some spiritual blessing.  Yearns over the prodigal and rejoices at his return.  “He so loved the world (kosmos) that he gave his only begotten Son.”  He would be a Father to all men and help them.  It is not His fault if He is not to them all a heavenly Father ought to be, for many reject His love.

3.  But Fatherhood means more than this.  He would be the Father of their spiritual nature.  “To them gave he power to become the sons of God.”  By sin men become aliens, prodigals, “children of the devil.”  By faith they become in nature the children of God.

4.  Hence results the brotherhood of man, not because of similar natures but because of our [illegible word] Father.  Christians are brethren in Christ & members of one another.


Posted July 14, 2013 by neatnik2009 in George Washington Barrett 1905-1913 G-L, Matthew

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Laying Up Treasure in Heaven   1 comment

Matt. 6, 21

1.  Earth’s treasures are temporal, pass away with the using.  No matter how much one has nor how fondly he loves it, he must part with it.

2.  But by devoting it to righteous ends–charity and religious deeds–it becomes in a sense eternal, is laid up in heaven.  If some were ushered into heaven today they would be heaven’s poor, [for] they have laid up so little treasure there.  Wealth of the soul is the only property we can take to heaven.

3.  Those who lay up their treasure here, either in property or worldly pleasures, are sure to find their hearts set on things here.  It is inevitable that they shall be earthly in their affections.  These as magnets bind the heart to earth.

4.  By investing money, time, and prayers in heavenly or righteous things,–laying up treasure there–the heart will surely be set on things above.  Your heart will surely be where your treasure is.

5.  What then do you value most?  What is the heart of your life?  In what are you investing?  Upon your answer depends your religious welfare forever.


Posted July 11, 2013 by neatnik2009 in George Washington Barrett 1905-1913 G-L, Matthew

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Thy Will Be Done on Earth as In Heaven   1 comment


Above:  The Lord’s Prayer

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Matt. 6, 10

Significant that this petition follows the request, “thy kingdom come.” As King His will is the law of His subjects.

1.  “Thy will be done.”  This clashes with our wills, till we consent do do His will.  Not man’s, nor the devil’s, but thy will be done.  Such is Christian.

2.  In everything.  Let nothing be done contrary to His will.  In business, social, or church life, let all be the dear, hearty expression of His will.

3.  All one’s life; not a moment’s disobedience, is the ideal of the text.  He will we should always obey him.

4.  In all the world.  God either does or does not will the folly of the race.  He never consents to sin nor the least compromise with it.  “He wills not the death of any, but that all come to repentance.  Hence we are to pray that his will be done everywhere, at home and abroad, “as in heaven”:  not one spirit in heaven disobeys him, neither should one being here.

But the angels obey not so much from command as from the common impulse of love; so ought we.

What a day where all love and obey Him!  Pray for it daily.


Posted June 23, 2013 by neatnik2009 in George Washington Barrett 1905-1913 S-Z, Matthew

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Deliverance from Evil   1 comment

Matt. 6, 13

1.  Evil–wrong dispositions and deeds.  Is in the heart, hence in the life.  It is a disturber of peace and enslaves us.

2.  Deliver us–liberate us.

(1)  Pardon past transgression–this delivers from guilt.

(2)  Help us resist evil–this keeps us in peace and liberty.  He will lead safely.  All this he in mercy does for us.  His grace is sufficient for us in all things.  We must lean implicitly on him.

3.  But we must help answer our prayer–must put ourselves in line with the right.  Must work out our salvation.

(1)  Must commit our all to him for pardon and peace.

(2)  Then trust in his grace.  Human weakness is insufficient.  “Trust also in him and he shall bring it to pass.”

(3)  Overcome evil with good.  Yet righteousness so fills the heart that there will be no room for sin.  By all possible diligence overcome evil.


Posted March 10, 2013 by neatnik2009 in George Washington Barrett 1905-1913 A-F, Matthew

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Seek First the Kingdom   3 comments


I have become convinced that the Kingdom of God/Heaven, as Jesus explained it, was not nearly as spiritual as many have made it out to be.  Our Lord and Savior, I think, was quite practical and literal.  The Roman Empire did not execute him for teaching the Golden Rule.  No, the Kingdom of God/Heaven was, among other things, a criticism of the imperial order, complete with the reality of occupation.  That same Jesus, the same yesterday, today, and tomorrow, remains revolutionary relative to a variety of socio-economic-political realities.  To relegate the Kingdom of God/Heaven to the spiritual realm is to attempt to domesticate a powerful, revolutionary, and properly disturbing (so some) and comforting (to others) message from God via Jesus.  But, be that as it may be….

I do have blogs devoted to my own opinions.  Each of my blogs links into the others.  BLOGA THEOLOGICA is the general depository, but I also have three season-defined blogs cross-referenced to specific days in the Church year.



Matt. 6, 33

Be not anxious about the future; be diligent and trustful.


1.  Kingdom is spiritual, in the heart, had for the asking.

2.  Church is the invisible kingdom.

3.  Righteousness is conformity to law, had by pardon, regeneration,and right-living.

II.  Seek first the kingdom.

1.  First in time, delay is dangerous.  Secure your place; there all is well.  Put off anything rather than this, for more is at stake, in fact all.

2.  Regard the church as of prime importance; help build it up and extend it; it represents the best interest of the community.  Economize not at the expense or loss of the church, for such is only so-called economy.  To do so is to rob God, our fellows and ourselves especially.  All such service–to the church–is an investment.

III.  “All these things shall be added.”  Accept the challenge and God will give spiritual good and add temporal necessities.  If he cares for the grass and hinds, how much more shall he clothe you?  He gave Solomon wisdom & added riches thereto.

Do right and then trust God.


Posted February 2, 2013 by neatnik2009 in George Washington Barrett 1905-1913 S-Z, Matthew

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