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In the Stillness of the Night   Leave a comment

In the stillness of the night,

when I cannot sleep yet,

thoughts fill my head;

I must not remain in bed.

No, to write is my imperative;

only after I have done that

can I rest and feel alright.

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The air conditioning system cools my home

and fills the space with a soft background sound.

It is all that separates me from silence,

so now, as the stillness and quiet I treasure,

I have no desire to roam–

only to remain still, to enjoy

the stillness I have found,

the stillness which I lose

when I go elsewhere.

The absence of this stillness

I find difficult to bear.

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

MAY 27, 2013 COMMON ERA

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Morning Glory   Leave a comment

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Above:  May Morning (1886)

Image Creator = Hatch Litho. Co.

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Reproduction Number = LC-DIG-pga-01516

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A poem based on the view at my front door this morning

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The sky is blue and mostly clear;

a few wispy clouds have appeared.

The sun shines brightly upon the ground;

hardly an unpleasant sight is to be found.

The flowers so colorful are,

and lovely green grass is close, not far.

The trees, majestic and near,

comfort me; I have nothing to fear.

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

MAY 27, 2013 COMMON ERA

The Heart Established By Love   1 comment

1 Thes. 3, 12-13

He writes to Christians–those who in some measure love God.  He prays for an increase of love.

1.  Love is the one all-inclusive grace.  “The greatest is love.”   No religion where there is no love and no one can become holier than to love supremely.  It is the only grace adequate to the demands of the Christian love.

2.  Hence he prays that they may increase in love.  Though rich in experience they need more love–a recognition of greater needs.  This is Paul’s doctrine of growth in grace.

3.  Love is both subjective and objective.  It is a disposition or experience of the heart.  Not something assumed, to be put on as a cloak, but a real disposition of the soul.  The fruit of the Spirit within & not the pretensions of a hypocrite.  It is objective.  Who loves, loves men. Who does not love men does not love at all.  Impossible in experience & unknown to Holy Spirit to love God and not to love men.  Hence he prays their love may abound–overflow toward men, even as his love toward them.

4.  That they may be established by love unblamable in holiness.  That life may measure up to the required standard of heart & deed.

5.  The means is not the effort, but yielding to the Spirit of love to bear his fruit of love.  “More love to God & man.”

GEORGE WASHINGTON BARRETT

The Holy Spirit’s Power Indispensible   1 comment

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Above:  Design Drawing for a Stained-Glass Window with the Holy Spirit

Designed by J. & R. Lamb Studios

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Luke 24, 49

1.  The disciples were charged with the stupendous task of evangelizing a lost world.  They were to bear witness to the ends of the earth.  v. 48

2.  They must have supernatural aid.  The extent and difficulty of their task necessitated it.  “Without me ye can do nothing.”  “I can do all things through Christ.”  Jesus bids them advance not one step till the Spirit come upon them.

3.  We, too, have need of divine power.  We are to testify to Him and lead men to Him.  We are insufficient for it till he equip us.

We face:

(1)  The indifference of sinful hearts.

(2)  The power of sin that only He can break.  We certainly can’t accomplish the task ourselves.  He gives the power of passionate love for men.

4.  The Spirit is our sufficiency.  Hence He bides us seek and obtain the Spirit’s enduement.

This is the all-important thing.  So much depends upon it.  Will we pray till He comes?  Let hearts search and [let] repentance be made that the way for this coming be unobstructed.

GEORGE WASHINGTON BARRETT

The Walk to Emmaus   1 comment

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Above:  Emmaus, Between 1898 and 1946

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Luke 24, 32

1.  The distress of the disciples.  “We had hoped it was he that should redeem Israel.”  “If they ever did or would need him it is now.”

2.  He appears to them unrecognized and unfolds to them the scriptures regarding himself.  His death was in strict accordance with the Bible.

After he revealed himself at supper and vanished out of their sight they recalled how their hearts burned within them while he talked with them.

3.  We have our own cares, anxieties, and heart needs.  Life’s cares crowd upon us.

We very much need him; without help we are insufficient for life.  “I must have the Saviour with me,/For I dare not walk alone.”

4.  His help is our sufficiency.  As in Bible study & prayer we commune, He unfolds to us the riches of His grace till our hearts glow with His blessing.  We need this heart-glow, for life’s demands are many.  Let us be sure to enjoy this radiance of experience.

GEORGE WASHINGTON BARRETT

The Curse of Uselessness   1 comment

EDITOR’S NOTE:

By “professor” my great-grandfather meant “one who professes,” not one who teaches at a college or university.

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

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Judges 5, 23

1.  Why this bitter curse?  Meroz did not help in the Lord’s cause.  Thus it represents for all time those who do not assist in the Lord’s cause.  One must only not oppose, but be out & out for the right.  Priest and Levite withheld aid.

2.  The battle is raging all the time.  Every good cause is of God & opposed by every evil cause which is of the devil.  God wants us to come to His help.  “He that is not with me is against me.”  We are judged as much by what we not do as by what we do.  If all stop work the cause of right will perish.

3.  Of course they excused their neglect.   Possibly cowardice or a fancy that their little help amounted to but little.  Much often depends on the hep of one weak servant–as a lone professor in a godless house.  A little duty is none the less important.  A little gift must not be withheld because small.

4.  The foe is mighty.  Opposition to righteousness is great.  “The violent take it by force.”  The devil yields only under decided protest.  We will have literally to drive him from the field.  All help is needed.  Hence “curse ye bitterly” the inactive Meroz.

GEORGE WASHINGTON BARRETT

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Parable of the Talents   1 comment

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Above:  Parable of the Talents

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Matt. 25, 14-30

1.  What are the talents?  Anything above natural ability that can be used for good–opportunity to serve.  Time, position, money, or an opportunity to use for good any ability.

2.  Their source?  God gives them.  Every good is from Him.  He gives them for us to use till he comes.  We are His servants; these gifts are His property and He will reckon with us when He comes.  Given according to to our ability to use them.

3.  One class used them an d were blessed therein.  Given to be used.  “Heareth and doeth these sayings.”  Theirs was the joy of increased goods and their Master’s approval.  “The liberal soul shall be made fat.”  Service brings a sure and blest reward.  These are they who help save the world.

May their tribe increase.

4.  One did nothing and was impoverished and condemned.  His successors are far too numerous.  Whether great or small they are heaven-sent opportunities & he was obligated to improve them.  Of course, he offered [an] excuse.

The only way to rid oneself of a responsibility is to discharge it; else hurt is sure.

GEORGE WASHINGTON BARRETT