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Why I Write   Leave a comment

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Above:  The Author on Sunday Afternoon, June 16, 2013

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I like to write

to express my soul,

the content of my character;

to comment and reflect upon

what I have seen,

from turtles to the sun;

to tell stories of where I have been,

of what I have read,

even of what others have said.

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I like to write

to free from my mind

some of the myriad thoughts up there

and to express them with care,

with the world them to share,

without being unkind.

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I like to write

because that is what I do–

try to say the right

thing the best way,

and through it all, to be true.

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I like to write

because of who I am,

because I am the person God created me to be;

so an outlet I must find

to be myself, to be free.

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

JUNE 28, 2013 COMMON ERA

Posted June 28, 2013 by neatnik2009 in Kenneth Randolph Taylor 2013

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Salvation Urged Upon You   2 comments

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Above:  Source of the Amazon River

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Acts 13, 26

1.  The “word,” or message is “sent”–not from man, though, sent by him, but from God.  As the Amazon could not flow from an island; so such a word of life could not come from man.  It is an inspired–God-given–message.  It concerns man’s spiritual state & destiny.  Man repeats it under divine influence and power of the Spirit.

2.  Its control is “salvation.”

(1)  This is man’s great need; and

(2)  God’s concern for us.

(3)  It is a present salvation of pardon.  “Peace and joy in the Holy Ghost.”  (Romans 14, 17)

(4)  It is an eternal Salvation of final deliverance and bliss.  He will perfect His work in us if we are faithful.

3.  It is sent to “you.”  It is an intensely personal matter.  You are urged to accept it–not to make light of it, to treat it as a small matter.  God moves mightily to help you.

Will you not accept it?  Do you dare neglect it?

GEORGE WASHINGTON BARRETT

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This is post #450 of this weblog.

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Willing, the Condition of Power   2 comments

Ps. 110, 3

1.  Displays of Divine power depend upon God’s readiness to bestow and man’s willingness to receive & use.

(1)  He is the great powerhouse of the universe.  Without Him nothing is, or can be–man can do nothing.

(2)  He would bestow His power upon man for his salvation and that of the world–for His every work.  How He helps man fight sin!  (Acts 1,8)

2.  With man rests the condition. “He delighteth in mercy”–is every ready to lend his aid.  But is man always as ready to receive?  There’s the rub.  Man’s deliverance is in his own hands as to receiving or rejecting help.  History illustrates this.  When did not God pour out a blessing when men moved Him by meeting the conditions?

3.  Is His blessing worth having?  Is it worthwhile, after all?  Do we need it?  Yea, how utterly hopeless without it!

Shall we not get rid of everything that hinders and open our hearts to receive His blessing?

GEORGE WASHINGTON BARRETT

In Him We Live   1 comment

Acts 17, 28

I.

The source of anything’s existence is constantly necessary to its continued existence.  The Creator of things alone can preserve all.

1.  In Him we live

(1)  Physically.  He gave us bodies and upholds those physical laws in obeying of which our bodies are preserved.  Unfolds nature’s secrets, provides for our necessities.

(2)  Mentally, else our minds increase our misery.  See the mental life of heathen nations and Christian lands.

(3)  Spiritually.  Without Him the soul dies.  When in sin He awakens us, calls us to repentance.  Then all depends on our course.  If we do turn to Him He forgives the past & renews the soul–quickens it.  A babe, but one that grows.  How blessed this life in Him.

II.

Reckon Him very near.  Let no care come between you and Him (v. 27).  Our lungs breathe the air; so we live in Him.

He desires to lead me into green pastures for our greater growth a fuller life.  We should follow and live in constant, intimate relation with Him.

GEORGE WASHINGTON BARRRETT

Posted June 28, 2013 by neatnik2009 in George Washington Barrett 1905-1913 G-L, Luke-Acts

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Religious Vows   1 comment

Ps. 76, 11

In view of God’s power He thus exhorts us.

1.  A vow is a pious resolution–a promise or oath made to God, as under some solemn influence the heart is moved.

They should not be regarded lightly.

2.  Some suitable subjects of vows:

(1)  Giving oneself to God–swearing allegiance to Him.  Why not?

(2)  Joining the church–a formal vow.  Who esteems it lightly?

(3)  Dedication of children to God, as did the Jews.

(4)  Religious devotion of sums of money.  God gave it and can use it for good.

(5)  Christians should vow greater zeal, viewing their scant service and His unbounded goodness to them.

3.  We should be solemnly affected that we have not lived up to our highest, noblest influences.  We should turn to Him afresh, renew our allegiance to Him, and seek His pardoning mercy.

4.  A rash, wicked vow should be repeated of and broken; a vow to do right should be solemnly kept that the greater good may come to us and others.

GEORGE WASHINGTON BARRETT

Posted June 28, 2013 by neatnik2009 in George Washington Barrett 1905-1913 M-R, Psalms

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Applying the Heart Unto Wisdom   1 comment

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Above:  1888 Calendar, New York Daily News

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Ps. 90, 12

1.  Our days pass swiftly by.  Time hastens us on to eternity.  What is done must be done quickly or life’s close will find us with little done.

2.  Man needs to number his days–to take cognizance of their flight and live to purpose.  He has no time to lose.  Each year, each day should stand for some distinct advance in life.  “Life is earnest” and each of us should be in earnest.

3.  Man needs to know the wrath of God, how that He is displeased at all sin and will bring man into strict account.  Every day is fraught with an eternity of interest.

4.  Hence man should apply himself to wisdom–seek diligently to know God’s will and do it.  “Fear God and keep His commandments.”  This is the one profitable pursuit in life.  This saves the life, does not waste it.  So much needs to be done [that] all lethargy should be thrown aside and life should be for Him with all our ransomed powers.

GEORGE WASHINGTON BARRETT

Posted June 28, 2013 by neatnik2009 in George Washington Barrett 1905-1913 A-F, Psalms

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The Church Must Send the Missionary   1 comment

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Above:  Missionary House, the Congo, Africa

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Acts 13, 2-4

1.  Antioch’s greatest deed is here recorded.  She has become the mother of missions.  Not keeping but giving enriches and strengthens.  Such a church most prosperous at home and happiness.

2.  It was a spiritual church.  They fasted and prayed.  God needs & will use such a church.  He the Spirit calls the church to send out these men.  The church as emphatically called as were the men.

3.  The Spirit calls men to this work today and many have volunteered to go.  The same Spirit calls the church to send them.  Money, not more men, is the great need now.  It is God’s call, a command.  Whether we do it is not optional but mandatory.  To disobey is treason.  Dare the church disobey?

4.  The church may lay its gold at His feet.  Nothing short of this is worthy of the wealth of our day nor of our Christianity.  Nowhere else can we put it where it will do so much good and so long.

5.  His approval rests upon the work.  No one can object to the results.  They are clearly such as only God’s blessings can bring.

Are we honestly, prayerfully trying to do this great work, or are we seeking some excuse for not doing it?  How dare we meet Him if we refuse?

GEORGE WASHINGTON BARRETT

Search Me, O God   1 comment

Ps. 139, 23-24

Man shrinks from introduction from self-examination, lest discomfort should result, but

1.  God knows him altogether.  He understands him afar off.  No matter when man dwells God knows every secret purpose.  He created him and has watched over him constantly.

2.  With Thy wonderful knowledge and understanding search me and know my heart.  “Try me and know my thoughts.”  Put me to the test.  “See if there be any wicked way in me.”  I want to be right while mercy may be had.

This is important to us as a church.  Would anything about us obstruct the Spirit’s power?  Are we non-conductors?  That we may be cleansed and fitted for helpful service!

3.  “And had me in the way everlasting.”  Rid my soul of all evil and lead me in the way of righteousness, that shall never perish.

I will follow Thy leading; do thou be the leader.  I do not know which way is best ; Thou art all-wise.

4.  Will you not heed His voice within you and seek Him?  If it is not well with Thy soul turn to Him now while He waits to be gracious.

GEORGE WASHINGTON BARRETT

Posted June 28, 2013 by neatnik2009 in George Washington Barrett 1905-1913 S-Z, Psalms

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Justification by Faith   2 comments

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Above:  Court, Between 1910 and 1926

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Acts 13, 39

1.  Man is a sinful creature.  Was created holy with a positive law to keep.  Able to stand free to fall.  He sinned and condemnation came upon him.  But God promised to deliver him from under the curse of the law, else he would have been doomed eternally.

2.  What is justification?  Facere, justus.  The term has reference to law & judicial proceedings.

(1)  One under charges may be justified by testimony.

(2)  Or by force of law, as such as an act is allowed.

(3)  Or by pardon, after guilt is established.  So the sinner is forgiven for Christ’s sake if he turn to God for mercy.

3.  On what condition are we justified?  The condition is wholly with God.  He offers it by faith.  All who believe in Jesus are freely justified; who does not is condemned already (Jno. 3, 16 & 36).  It is the only thing without which no one is justified.  But one must repent to be able to believe.

4.  What is the nature of that faith by which we are justified?  Must be a distinction for the devils believe & tremble.  It must be an act of the whole heart, “a sure trust or confidence that God pardons even me.”  A faith that results in obedience for “faith without works is dead.”

GEORGE WASHINGTON BARRETT

The Approving Conscience Not the Test   2 comments

Acts 23, 1

1.  Conscience is the inward sense of approval or condemnation of conduct judged by the light possessed.  Living up to the light one has, he will improve in deed as he gains more knowledge.

2.  Conscience may approve what is wrong.  Paul was sincere though mistaken while persecuting the Christians.  Who neglects to study the Bible may ignorantly violate its teachings & conscience approve.  Men should be very careful to know the old Book, that conscience may have a sure guide.

3.  Paul was obedient to the heavenly vision.  Seeing his sin he abandoned it at once.  ‘Twas a crisis; would he accept the light or sin on with his eyes open?  Sincere souls accept all the light given.  Who rejects the light dares not have an approving conscience.  God frowns upon all such–Rom. 1, 18.  They are doubly sinners now that they violate God’s revealed will.

4.  Till conscience is enlightened by the truth it is not a safe guide.  Does conscience approve only what God allows and approves?  That is the test.  Does your life conform to His will?  Are you living in all good conscience in the light of His word?

GEORGE WASHINGTON BARRETT