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Leprosy Healed   1 comment

ChristCleansing

Above:  Christ Cleansing a Leper (1864), by Jean-Marie Melchior Doze

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EDITOR’S NOTE:

1.  Leprosy, in the Bible, according to reliable sources (including a dermatologist in my congregation), was not Hansen’s Disease.  In the biblical context, however, it did carry social stigma and lead to isolation, regardless of the technical term we might apply to any biblical leper’s condition in 2013.  The psychological effects of such enforced isolation must have been devastating.

2.  There is a cure for Hansen’s Disease in 2013.  There was not one, however, when my great-grandfather wrote this sermon outline over a century ago.

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

AUGUST 29, 2013 COMMON ERA

THE FEAST OF THE BEHEADING OF SAINT JOHN THE BAPTIST

THE FEAST OF JOHN BUNYAN, PROTESTANT SPIRITUAL WRITER

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Mark 1, 40-42

1.  There are some 500,000 lepers in India.  There have been lepers since Moses’ day and before.  Man has no remedy for it.  The Rabbis treated the worse than brutes.  No one was to salute a leper.  But Christ was kind to them.  This one begged for help.  Jesus honored his faith, touched and healed him.

2.  It was even considered a type of sin.

(1)  It had a small beginning.  A little spot turned white, scaled off, and was raw flesh.  So sin begins with a mere trifle.  Satan dares not tempt one to a great sin at first.

(2)  Leprosy spread surely, often rapidly, especially in maturer years, till death gave relief.  Sin contaminates the whole moral nature and preys upon the vitals of character.

(3)  This dread disease was transmitted to one’s children.  Even so, the sinful nature is imparted to the children.  Most inebriates are children of alcoholic parents.

(4)  Man could not cure it, only God could.–2 Kings 5, 7.

To forgive and deliver from sin is God’s work; no one else can.

But Jesus can save to the uttermost.  His blood can make the foulest clean, can and does cleanse from all sin.

GEORGE WASHINGTON BARRETT

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My Grandfather and My Uncle   Leave a comment

Dad and Randy and Randys Plane

Uncle Randy sent this photograph of him (at his airplane) with his father (my grandfather), John Dodson Taylor, Jr., who was about to fly with him.  My grandfather died in 1976, having spent a few years in a nursing home.  So guess that this photograph comes from the late 1960s–certainly no later than the early 1970s.

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

AUGUST 29, 2013 COMMON ERA

Regeneration   9 comments

John 3, 7

1.  This is an important doctrine.  One’s ideas here will influence all his other views.  Its relation to experience is of great moment.  Be correct in opinion and experience of it.

2.  The ground of the doctrine is that scripture reveals man as a sinner.  His sinful nature necessitates the experience.  All have sinned.  Gen. 6, 5 & 8, 21; Ps. 5, 15 & 58, 3; Jer. 17, 9; Isa. 1, 5-6; Rom. 3, 23.  That Christ died for all Paul uses to prove that all have sinned.  Else why should Christ die for all?

3.  What is regeneration?

Not mere reformation, or good resolutions.  “To cause to be born anew, to bring forth again.”  The change in man (Gal. 5, 6-6:15) wrought by the Holy Spirit dethroning sin and enthroning Christ.  A complete moral change (see Ezek. 36, 25-27).  Depravity and uncleanness acquired by transgressions necessitate “the washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Spirit.”

4.  How is it received?  By faith.  God’s grace is conditional; He does not impose it upon those who do not want it.  “Ask and receive,” but ask in faith.  Man’s first step in sin was through unbelief.  His last step in finding mercy is faith.  The terms are simple and so easy [that] anyone can meet them and be saved.  Are you thus saved from your sins?

GEORGE WASHINGTON BARRETT

Nell Barrett Taylor in 1999 or 2000   Leave a comment

Mom Ready to Go Flying in Cessna 15F darker 1999 or 2000

Uncle Randy sent this photograph of his mother (my grandmother) in 1999 or 2000.   She is in a Cessna 15F.  He enjoys flying, an activity others I know also find rewarding.

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

AUGUST 29, 2013 COMMON ERA

The Temptation of Jesus   1 comment

Temptations_of_Christ_(San_Marco)

Above:  Temptations of Christ

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Matt. 4, 1-11

Introduction.

Adam was the federal head of the race.  Christ the second Adam–our humanity.  Adam sinned and was driven into the wilderness.  Jesus goes there to overcome Satan.  Contemplates his life’s work.  Satan insinuates his plans for His life.

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(1)  He first appeals to the bodily appetites as he did in Eden.  You were recently declared to be the Son of God, if so command bread ere you die.  But Jesus came to do his Father’s will.  When he says do it I will.

(2)  Subject my higher to my lower nature?  Not by bread alone, but by higher things.  He performed no miracle for himself.

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If your trust is so implicit, then cast yourself down from the pinnacle of the temple; He will preserve you and folks will believe you.  But I will not tempt the Father thus, when He says so I will.  This is an appeal to the spectacular, idle curiosity, something strange.  Such methods are not of God, but of Satan.

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Jesus came to establish a world empire.  So Satan offers him all if He will but fall down and worship him.  He offers a political kingdom.  Jesus bids him depart.  I will worship only my Father who sent me.  Mine is a spiritual kingdom and so are my methods through Calvary is in my path.

From that hour Jesus is Conqueror and we may conquer through him.  Then angels came and ministered unto him.  Blessed truth.

GEORGE WASHINGTON BARRETT

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Obituary of Richard Fox Barrett   Leave a comment

From the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, November 7, 2009

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He was the son of George Dickey Barrett (1910-1989), my granduncle, sister of Nell Barrett Taylor, and son of George Washington Barrett.

He was also a first cousin of the novelist Olive Ann Burns.  Carolyn Burns Barrett (April 4, 1913-May 4, 1996), Dick’s mother, was a younger sister of William (Arnold) Burns (1893-1973), father of Olive Ann Burns.

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

AUGUST 29, 2013 COMMON ERA

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RICHARD (DICK) BARRETT

Richard (Dick) Barrett, of Snellville, Georgia, passed away Thursday, November 5, 2009, suddenly of an apparent heart attack.  Dick is survived by his wife of 27 years, Linda Lee Barrett; two daughters, Christina and Andrea Barrett, both of Snellville, GA; sister and brother-in-law, Elizabeth and Wolf Seka of Rochester, NY; mother-in-law, Donna Hunt of Columbus, GA; other relatives and a host of many friends.  Dick was preceded in death by his father, George Dickey Barrett and mother, Carolyn Burns Barrett.  Dick was an Atlanta native, and attended Grady High School.  He graduated from the Georgia Institute of Technology, with a B.S. and Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering.  He worked for various Atlanta engineering firms, and most recently for the State of Georgia in Information Technology Management.  Dick was an active member of Cannon United Methodist Church, having served as secretary of the administrative board for many years.  Dick was a dutiful and devoted family man, and was always involved in and supported his daughters’ activities.  He loved to travel with his family, visiting many countries around the world.  The Service Celebrating the Life of Dick Barrett will be held Tuesday, November 10, 2009, at 4:00 P.M. at Cannon United Methodist Church with Rev. Tom Elliott and Rev. Amy Morgan officiating.  Interment Eternal Hills Memory Gardens.  The family will receive friends from 5:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M. on Monday at the funeral home.  Those desiring may make donations to Cannon United Methodist Church, 2424 Webb Gin House Rd., Snellville, GA 30078, in memory of Dick Barrett.

The Wedding Garment   1 comment

Matt. 22, 11-13

1.  The king made a feast–salvation is of God and for us prepared.

2.  All were invited to it.  Christ died for all and invites all–all can be saved since he is sincere in his call.  Some rejected [it] and others neglected the call.  This [is] the one reason some are still in sin.  Such are not worthy, who accepts it are.  Now he sends abroad the invitation.

3.  Many came–outwardly formally accepted the invitation.  Many join the church–an outward profession–this is good but not sufficient.

4.  The king came in to see the guests.  What a solemn moment.  He found a man without a wedding garment.  If we are not clothed in righteousness, robed in white, he will expose our folly and reject us.  Such neglect is a serious offense to all parties.

5.  He was speechless when asked the reason for his neglect.  Great was his consternation.  A neglect he could easily have avoided or corrected.  “Cast him out.”  God will reject all who are without religion.

6.  Then let us be sure of a genuine religious experience.  Attend to this at all hazards.

GEORGE WASHINGTON BARRETT

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