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The Inner Side of Every Cloud Postcard   Leave a comment

August 8, 1910

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Postmarked August 8, 1910

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“Cast Thy Burden Upon the Lord and He Shall Sustain Thee.”   4 comments

Cast Thy Burden

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EDITOR’S COMMENT:

My great-grandfather quoted “What a Friend We Have in Jesus,” which Joseph Scriven wrote circa 1855, at least according to Sing to the Lord, the 1993 hymnal of the Church of the Nazarene.  (I have over a hundred physical hymnals and many more digital ones, for I like to sample different hymnodies.  Thus I have a rather broad collection.)  The quote from that hymn brought to my memory a comment which a parishioner (now departed) of Christ Episcopal Church, Dublin, Georgia, told me ten years ago.  Betty explained why she disliked the song:

Do thy friends despise, forsake thee?

Anyone who would do that is not a friend, she said. Betty was correct about that point.  She pointed out a logical hole in the text, for if one has such “friends,” one might be like Job.

Jesus is, of course, the greatest friend anyone could want and have.

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

MARCH 16, 2014 COMMON ERA

THE SECOND SUNDAY IN LENT, YEAR A

THE FEAST OF SAINTS ADALBALD OF OSTEVANT, RICTRUDIS OF MARCHIENNES, AND THEIR RELATIONS

THE FEAST OF SAINT ABRAHAM KIDUNAIA, ROMAN CATHOLIC HERMIT, AND SAINT MARY OF EDESSA, ROMAN CATHOLIC ANCHORESS

THE FEAST OF SAINT GIOVANNI BATTISTA PERGOLESI, COMPOSER

THE FEAST OF MARTIN BOEHM, COFOUNDER OF THE CHURCH OF THE UNITED BRETHREN IN CHRIST

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1 Peter 5, 7

Ps. 55, 22

Gal. 6, 2

I.

All have cares, burdens, sorrows of [the] heart, afflictions.  He saw so many weak–the lame, the blind, the halt-afflicted [This makes no sense to me, but I have examined my great-grandfather’s handwriting closely, and that is what he seems to have written.], either self or loved ones, many bodily ills, the dead.

Could one look on and his heart not be stirred?

II.

What [to] do with them?  Bring them to Jesus.  No care was hopeless.

Jesus never turned a soul away who came in faith.  “He was moved with compassion”–suffered with them.  “Able to do exceedingly all we ask or think”–Eph. 3, 20-21.  John [the] Baptist’s disciples “buried his body and went and told Jesus.”

“I cannot bear these burdens alone.”  Some try, [but] break under the load and destroy their lives.

III.

Sometimes it is a real relief to tell some sympathetic friend one’s troubles.  Tell it to Jesus; he will help.

“What a friend we have in Jesus.

Carry everything to God in prayer.

He cares for you.  Your cares are his cares.

GEORGE WASHINGTON BARRETT

With Best Wishes Postcard   Leave a comment

July 19, 1910

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Postmarked July 19, 1910

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Salvation of the Righteous   1 comment

Salvation of the Righteous

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EDITOR’S COMMENT:

I have read of students in the United States of America who cannot read cursive or even italic, for many schools have stopped teaching pupils how to write either.  (My teachers taught me cursive in my early elementary years, but I modified it into italic by free will.  Thus my capital Q resembles a Q, not a 2, for example.)  And I have had some students in college courses I have taught who have not known how to read my italic comments.  (My handwriting was not that bad!)  They have admitted that they cannot read cursive or italic.  I thought of such matters while typing the text of these sermon notes, examining certain words carefully to ponder what they might be.  I figured them out, of course, but I have known people who would not have known where to start.  That is truly unfortunate.

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

MARCH 16, 2014 COMMON ERA

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Ps. 37, 39

I.

“Salvation” here in contrast with “the end” of the wicked in v. 38.   They “are cut off,” destroyed as the result of their sin.

The righteous are saved by the power and goodness of God.  It makes all the difference whether our lives [are] in sin or [we] turn to God.

II.

 Their salvation is of the Lord.  He saves them by his mercy and grace.  A great work beyond the ability of man to do.  The Lord can; he is stronger than Satan.  While on earth Jesus drove him out, overcame him and can do as much for us.  What a glorious fact this is!

III.

When trouble comes, for come it will, he will be their strength and stay–comes closest when we need him most, he cares and stands by us to help us.

(a)  He will give needed strength.  “Will be with us in six troubles and will not forsake us in the seventh.”

(b)  Will enable us to rise above it and triumph over it.  He “will help them and deliver them.” (v. 40)

All of this, of course, as we look to him for help.

“Because they trust in him.” (v. 40)

GEORGE WASHINGTON BARRETT

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The Biggest Show on Earth Postcard   Leave a comment

June 20, 1910

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A Prayer for Divine Guidance   1 comment

Prayer for Divine Guidance

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Ps. 27, 11

I.

God, wise, holy, loving, knows what is best for all his children–knows what will be the result of every course of action.  “As for God his way is perfect.”  He never makes a mistake.

II.

Man is short-sighted at best.  He cannot see into the future.  His mind has been distorted by sin.  How needful he should pray the text.

(1)  “Teach me thy way, O Lord.”  Make known to me thy way of truth and righteousness.  Show me what is thy will concerning me.  I would live for thee in all things.

(2)  “Lead me in a plain path”–so plain that I will not doubt it is thy path for men.  Like a shepherd go before me, lead the way that I may follow close to thee.

(3)  “Because of mine enemies.”  On every hand evil forces, enemies of my soul, would ensnare my feet and work my undoing.  These evil forces do turn many to destruction.  Save me from them.

(4)  When I come to the end of the way take me by the hand and lead me to the home on high, assure me afresh of a blissful immortality.

GEORGE WASHINGTON BARRETT

Posted March 16, 2014 by neatnik2009 in George Washington Barrett 1938-1942 M-Z, Psalms

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Lloyd Bishop Baby Book   2 comments

Lloyd Bishop Baby Book 01

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He was my grandfather.

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

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