General Good Will   1 comment

General Good Will

Above:  The Beginning of the Original Text

Image Source = Kenneth Randolph Taylor

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EDITOR’S COMMENTS:

With this post I begin a new round of George W. Barrett material.  I retrieved more documents from Americus, Georgia, over a week ago.

This page came from a journal.  I do not know who removed it from that book or when or why, but the page number “190” leads me to wonder what I might never read from the previous pages.  The other side, “189,” completes a sermon, but I lack page 188.

I have made an educated guess regarding the verse number for this sermon.

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

JANUARY 1, 2014 COMMON ERA

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Luke 2, 14

I.

Man’s heart is at enmity with God–rebelling against his will.

And it is at strife with his brother.  Sin and strife are the curse of the world.

II.

Religion is an experience of peace with God and man.  Strife is of the devil and contrary to the genius of Christianity.  Jesus came to destroy the works of the devil–to save man from sin and strife.  He who loves God loves all men.

III.

How the world needs this general good will toward all men!

(1)  Between man and man.  How hurtful is ill will and suspicion; how sweet is concord.  The golden rule is so fitting and helpful.

(2)  In the business world.  Shall life be one long warfare waged for self alone?  We are brethren.  “I pray thee let there be no strife between thee and me,” etc.  This is no time for stirring up strife.  Let good will be our slogan.

(3)  In political and national affairs.  If we do n ot bury our strife we cannot pay our debts.  Good will can stay much trouble as we labor the common good.

IV.

Suppose God were not kindly disposed toward us.  Are we willing for him to be hostile toward us?  Then let us be kindly affectioned one toward another.  “Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself.”  It is good business and good religion too.

GEORGE WASHINGTON BARRETT

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