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George Washington Barrett, 1899   2 comments

George W. Barrett College Graduate

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I was surprised when I saw this photograph for the first time.  After all, I have visualized my great-grandfather (1873-1956) as the retired minister portrayed here.  Now I have had a few days to look at this image, pondering my great-grandfather as a college graduate in his middle 1920s and a man about to begin his ministerial career.  We all age, changing physically and spiritually as time passes.  I am not the same man I was even a few years ago; neither was my great-grandfather the same person throughout his life.  I want to be clear; I understand this fact.  Although I have acknowledged part of the man’s dark side, I have not done to say that he was a bad man.  Neither do I idolize him.  No, I think of him as a complicated human being–a basically good one.

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

JANUARY 29, 2014 COMMON ERA

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This is post #750 of TAYLOR FAMILY POEMS AND FAMILY HISTORY WRITINGS.

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“Peter Followed Afar Off.”   3 comments

Peter Followed Afar Off

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EDITOR’S COMMENT:

My great-grandfather used the word “professor” to refer to one who professes faith, not someone who teaches at a college.

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

JANUARY 29, 2014 COMMON ERA

THE FEAST OF SAINTS LYDIA, DORCAS, AND PHOEBE, COWORKERS OF THE APOSTLE PAUL

THE FEAST OF ANDREI RUBLEV, RUSSIAN ORTHODOX ICONOGRAPHER

THE FEAST OF SAINTS GENESIUS I OF CLERMONT AND PRAEJECTUS OF CLERMONT, ROMAN CATHOLIC BISHOPS; AND SAINT AMARIN, ROMAN CATHOLIC ABBOT

THE FEAST OF SAINT GILDAS THE WISE, HISTORIAN AND ROMAN CATHOLIC PRIEST

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Matt. 26, 58a

I.

“This expression used by Matthew, Mark, and Luke gets at a vital matter, tells one feature of Peter’s fall.  Overconfidence failed to pray in Gethsemane hastily, smote off the servant’s ear, rebuked by Jesus, who restored the ear; he seemed not to know what to do; followed his Lord afar off, cowered under accusation of being a disciple, he denied his Lord.

II.

Here is a great lesson for every professor.  There is grave danger at a distance from the Lord.  Near him Peter was brave; far off he fell into sin as any man is liable to do.

(a)  Such a course usually begins in neglect of prayer and Bible study, then neglect of the other means of grace, then of some duty then of bad company, then outright sin.

(b)  Overconfidence is dangerous.  “Let him that thinketh he standeth take heed lest he that fall” (1 Cor. 10, 12).  Our strength is in the Lord.  “Keep close to Jesus all the way.”

III.

Peter’s denial was not final and fatal.  Jesus caught his eye and it broke his heart, and he went out and wept bitterly.  “A broken and a contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise.”  “If any man sin we have an Advocate with the Father” (1 Jno. 2, 1).

“Go tell my disciples and Peter.”  Jesus recommissioned him and he preached a great sermon at Pentecost and was true until death.

“Draw near to God and he will draw near to thee.”  Keep near him, being constantly faithful.

GEORGE WASHINGTON BARRETT

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The Man With One Talent   1 comment

Man With One Talent

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Matt. 25, 24-25

I.

The one talent belonged to God and was given according to man’s ability to improve it.  It was given to be used for God.  He expects everyone use helpfully the goods bestowed–this our duty.

II.

The servant hid his lord’s money–did not use it so as to increase it.  This is the temptation to many, maybe to the majority.  False modesty, fear, a failure to see one’s obligation, lead to inaction–did not squander it, he just did not use it.

(1)  Falsely accused God–“a hard master.”  But he is not.  He smiles even upon small success.  Nor increases the talent or talents.  It and the increase remain ours to enjoy.

(2)  But if he were “a hard master” all the more should he have used his talent.

III.

He accepts no excuse for failure to try.  “Thou wicked and slothful servant.”  The gift not used is taken away.  The sloth is condemned to utter emptiness–cast out.  What a spectacle!

Be glad of a chance to use your talent.  Never neglect an opportunity for good.  Direct your life toward better things.  There is growth and joy in so doing.

GEORGE WASHINGTON BARRETT

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Using the Gifts Received   1 comment

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Matt. 25, 23

I.

Responsibility is measured by ability and opportunity.  These are our beginnings and test our devotion to any cause.  God never requires more than we are able, under his blessings to perform.

II.

“He delivered to them his goods, to each according to his several ability.  He knew what each one was capable of doing.  We should recognize!

(1)  That we handle another’s property committed to us for a time–a sacred trust.

(2)  We are to handle it for him–according to his pleasure–so as to increase his goods that he may have a return from his investment.

III.

He gives us time to increase the gift before he calls us to render account of our stewardship.

He is anxious that we succeed.  Let no one be careless about his life, nor the way he deports himself.  The day of reckoning will assuredly come.

IV.

“Well done.”  One can see his smile that his servant has been “good and faithful.”  He will pay it if only it is true.

That will be heaven for us.

Let us be encouraged to do our best for him.

GEORGE WASHINGTON BARRETT

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Brotherly Love   2 comments

Brotherly Love

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Matt. 22, 39

1 Jno. 4, 11

I.

Love has one common origin, the nature of God.  The stream is of the same nature of properties as the fountain.  What God sows his children love.

II.

His love manifested in all his works.  More especially in Jesus Christ.  God and Christ “so loved the world.”  Wonderful.

III.

Love’s consumation is in Christ–in brotherhood.  Here is where it is perfected.  “If God so loved us we ought also to love one another.”  God’s Father love is in the love of his children, is realized to perfection only when man love one another in Christ’s fashion.

(a)  Ours should be an attitude of general good will to all men.  Not that we are to approve of their evil ways; but we are to maintain a prayerful interest in them–long to see them saved, pray for it, and be a good neighbor to all as we may be able.

(b)  This love casts out all bitterness, meanness, self-will, self-seeking.  Love is kind to all.  Jesus gave the sop to Judas and prayed for those who crucified him.

(c)  Christians should love one another.  What a beautiful bond it is!

GEORGE WASHINGTON BARRETT

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Loving Service   1 comment

Loving Service

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Matt. 20, 28

I.

Jesus was conscious that the world needed to give.  It could add nothing to him, but he could greatly enrich the life of the world.  In him dwelt all the fulness of the Godhead bodily the riches of Christ are unsearchable.

II.

Hence he “came to minister”–to bestow upon men what they most needed–the knowledge of God, his nearness and love, his grace, his saving power, the most exalted view of life and destiny, to guide us unto the paths of wisdom and peace.  In him is the solution of the questions before us.

III.

This is the true mission of the church–to render needed service unto men.  What can we the church be worth to others?  If they need help of any kind, especially spiritual assistance, the church should strive to render it.

IV.

Hence each individual should strive thus to serve.  “As much as in me is.”  How help them?

Be Christ-like in all things in prayerful effort, as opportunity affords.

Then “Well done” at last.

GEORGE WASHINGTON BARRETT

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