Archive for November 9, 2013

John 13, 6-9   2 comments

John 13

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EDITOR’S COMMENT:

I have been adding some of my great-grandfather’s sermon outlines today.  With this post I conclude this round of that activity.  Quite on purpose I end today’s blogging session on a high note.  Although I argue with the man in my brain much of the time that I type his sermon outlines and even say so on occasion, I agree with him more often than not.  And I have a high regard for the Holy Eucharist.  So I make one comment about the following sermon outline:

I agree wholeheartedly.

That is why I partake of sacrament at least once–usually twice–a week.

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

NOVEMBER 9, 2013 COMMON ERA

THE FEAST OF MARTIN CHEMNITZ, GERMAN LUTHERAN THEOLOGIAN

THE FEAST OF BARTON STONE, COFOUNDER OF THE CHRISTIAN CHURCH (DISCIPLES OF CHRIST)

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Jno. 13, 6-9

In partaking of this sacramental fest we should be solemnly affected:

1.  With a sense of our unworthiness–our need of his pardoning and saving grace.  That he died for us emphasizes this.

2.  With a deep sense of reverence and humility.  We owe all to him and should be very grateful for his mercy.

3.  [We] should remember his death for us, because of our great need and because of his boundless love.  We should trust him fully.

4.  We should love one another and pray for one another.

GEORGE WASHINGTON BARRETT

“Blessed is He That Shall Eat Bread in the Kingdom of God.”   Leave a comment

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Lk. 14, 15

1.  We appreciate the blessings of food for the body.  It sustains physical life and health.  We labor constantly to secure it.  Jesus fed the hungry multitudes, then preached concerning spiritual food.

2.  It is more blessed to “eat bread in the kingdom of God.”  Grace is just as indispensable for the soul as is food for the body.

3.  It is needed to nourish the spiritual life and keep us strong.  How important this is!  God needs strong hearts for his work in the world.

We grow strong by prayer, reading of the scriptures, faith in Christ, worship and service.

4.  It satisfies the longings of the heart and gives us peace.  How restful it is–a blessed experience indeed.

5.  Let us feed on him by faith this hour and every day, that we may have victory over every foe.

GEORGE WASHINGTON BARRETT

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This is post #600 of this weblog.–KRT

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Ephesians 2, 10   1 comment

Ephesians 2

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Eph. 2, 10

I.  

Design is manifest in man’s whole being, the evidence of intelligence in all his make up.

II.

Christians are his new creation in Christ Jesus.  Only God can regenerate the heart.  But he does it.  “A new creature,” new creation.

III.

He has great designs in it all–“good works.”  [He] saves us not surely for our selves but for the good we may do.  “That ye might bring forth fruit.”  He cursed the barren fig tree.  The fruitless branch is cut off.

IV.

We are to work by ourselves but with him–to do those things he wills.

He is all the time working to great ends.  He is the senior member of the firm.  How could Paul, Luther, [and] Wesley have done their work without him?

V.

What may we think God is trying to do now in the world?  To reach the unsaved.  To instruct men in the way of life, to rid the world of war.  To relieve the sufferers.

Shall we not labor with him at such tasks?

GEORGE WASHINGTON BARRETT

2 Corinthians 5, 14   1 comment

2 Corinthians 5

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2 Cor. 5, 14

I.

The great word with Paul was “service.”  “Whom I serve.”  “The servant of Christ.”  What a service he rendered!  He put his all into it.  The word still feels its power.

II.

The secret of it was “the love of Christ”–for Paul and for all men.  “He went about doing good.”  Love led him to Calvary.

When that love won Paul it found his soul it fired his soul with strong desire to serve others.  He placed his all upon the altar in devotion to Christ.

III.

That service took such form as the needs of men suggested or occasioned.

(a)  Their greatest need was to follow Christ; so he preached Christ, mightily magnified him.

(b)  The new converts needed much instruction in things divine; hence his epistles and other instruction.

(c)  The poor needed assistance; so he took offerings for them.

IV.

We should be “constrained” by love to serve men our day.  Love wants to help.

The church opens many avenues of service.  All these enterprises are godly.

Do we love and desire to serve men?

GEORGE WASHINGTON BARRETT

Christ Within   1 comment

Christ Within

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Ephesians 3, 17a

…That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith….

I.

Not so much where do you live but does Christ dwell there with you?  Paul prays that our faith may be such that Christ may dwell in our hearts.

II.

Motto:  “Christ is the unseen guest in this house,” is not sufficient.  A guest dares not attempt to direct affairs of the house, and may depart.

III.

Where the heart is right Jesus dwells to direct and inspire the life–the greatest possible blessing.

IV.

Great results are expected to follow, as in this prayer.

(a)  Strengthened in the inner man in our Christian attitudes and convictions against the wrong, and our devotion to the life of righteousness, [the Holy] Spirit imparts divine power in our efforts toward God.

(b)  Will comprehend more and more of the love of God in Christ Jesus.  Communion with him will enrich our sense of the limitlessness of his love and strengthen our desires and purposes to abide in his love.

GEORGE WASHINGTON BARRETT

The Challenge of the Cross   1 comment

Challenge of the Cross

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Lk. 9, 23-24 and 24, 7

I.  

The Cross challenges us to repent of our sins.  Sin is the enemy of God and now of all good.  It crucified the Lord of Glory.  When one awakes to this surely he will repent.  How fearful sin in!

II.  

The Cross is a great appeal to man to accept the forgiveness of sin [which] God offers through his Son.  He suffered that we might have pardon and peace.  Will we not respond to such love?!  Who that thinks can reject it and turn from such a Saviour?

If he is so so much for us, shall we not also be concerned about ourselves?

III.

By the Cross we are challenged to live the sacrificial life–to deny self and do God’s will in living for others, as did Jesus.  This is Christ’s way.  He spent his life doing good, living to others!

How it enriched the life!!

May we respond heartily and fully to the appeal that comes to us from the cross!

GEORGE WASHINGTON BARRETT

Posted November 9, 2013 by neatnik2009 in George Washington Barrett 1914-1956, Luke-Acts

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Righteousness Exalteth a Nation   1 comment

Righteousness Exalteth a Nation

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EDITOR’S COMMENT:

I have entered item #4 nearly verbatim, adding only an “It” and making the capital “b” in “begets” lower case.  Making only these cosmetic changes does not change the reality of the odd subsequent punctuation and the evidently missing thought between the sentence and the sentence fragment.

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And, on a different issue, I think of all the abuses of human nature which “Christian” cultures have perpetrated–Anti-Semitism, mysogyny, the Crusades, the Inquisition, slavery, racial segregation, et cetera.  Then again, I ponder the wondrous art and music which the Roman Catholic and Eastern Orthodox churches have inspired and sponsored.  On balance, I am convinced, that which Dr. Cornel West calls “Constantinian Christianity” is too respectable and insufficiently prophetic in society.  The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., made a similar critique in his 1963 Letter From a Birmingham Jail.

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

NOVEMBER 9, 2013 COMMON ERA

THE FEAST OF MARTIN CHEMNITZ, GERMAN LUTHERAN THEOLOGIAN

THE FEAST OF BARTON STONE, COFOUNDER OF THE CHRISTIAN CHURCH (DISCIPLES OF CHRIST)

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Prov. 14, 34

In proportion as people are righteous in life is the nation exalted.

1.  “Righteousness”–justice, holiness, conformity to law.

2.  It raises man’s ideas to ideals above the low and mean things–from low thinking.

3.  [It] elevates personality till the individual is respected as an immortal soul.  Men are not to be slaves, but free under law.  Hence Christian culture–put on the earth but heads above the clouds.

4.  [It] begets love of political and religious freedom.  till men make their laws and choose their rulers according to their own choice.

5.  How great has been the output of Christian civilization–the greatest governments and characters of the world.–done most to uplift humanity and enrich life.

The people should rally to religion and the church in great earnestness that Christianity may bolster all that is good and render the great service the world so surely needs.  “Sin is a reproach to any people.”

GEORGE WASHINGTON BARRETT