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Livestock Exchange, Fort Worth, Texas, Postcard   Leave a comment

Uncertain Date VII

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Season’s Greetings Postcard   Leave a comment

April 29, 1911

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Postmarked April 29, 1911

At the end of each year I hear and see nonsense about a “War on Christmas,” with sayings such as “Season’s Greetings” and “Happy Holidays” as alleged evidence.  I come from a long line of Christmas keepers who have had no hesitation using “Season’s Greetings” cards.  And I recall hearing the Andy Williams version of “Happy Holidays” at home when growing up.  None of this corrupted my soul with a secular, Godless agenda. Besides, with the grouping of holidays at the end of the year, “Season’s Greetings” does have the benefit of succinctness.

And I keep Advent for weeks before I observe all twelve days of Christmas.

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

MARCH 17, 2014 COMMON ERA

THE FEAST OF SAINT PATRICK, ROMAN CATHOLIC BISHOP OF ARMAGH

Prayer of Prime Importance   3 comments

Prayer of Prime Importance

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EDITOR’S COMMENT:

My great-grandfather referred to the 1940 General Conference of The Methodist Church (1939-1968), for these sermon notes come from late 1938/early 1939 to 1942 set, and the Methodist General Conferences meet every four years.

MARCH 17, 2014 COMMON ERA

THE FEAST OF SAINT PATRICK, ROMAN CATHOLIC BISHOP OF ARMAGH

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1 Tim. 2, 1

I.

The church faces the tragic needs of the world at home and abroad.  There are many and great needs.  The greatest is spiritual.  Only the church can be looked to to supply it.  “Ye who are spiritual restore such as one,” etc.  Others won’t and can’t if they would.

II.

Paul would have us all begin in prayer.  We, the church, need to draw near to God in prayer.  We need a fresh experience of his grace until our hearts are strangely warmed.  We can’t lead others into an experience we do not have.  “That I may know him,” etc.

III.

Pray “for all men.”  This is good and acceptable unto God.  The heart aglow with love for all men yearns for the salvation of the world.  Points for prayer suggested at the General Conference.

IV.  

It will take importune prayer to overcome the sinfulness of men’s hearts.  “Pray without ceasing.”  The effectual fervent prayer…availeth much.”  (Jas. 5, 16)  “He will avenge them speedily.”  (Lk. 18, 8)

God knows such strong cries for his grace, as the experience of many has shown.

It is time for the church to get about his work in all prayerful earnestness.

GEORGE WASHINGTON BARRETT

Best Wishes Postcard   Leave a comment

April 25, 1911

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Postmarked April 25, 1911

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His Promises Fail Not   1 comment

His Promises Fail Not

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1 Kgs. 8, 56

I.

God has great purposes concerning his people: “Will make thee a great and mighty nation.”  If we follow him he will accomplish his great purposes.

II.

But man is hesitant, fearful, slow to follow, fearing he may fail.

III.

To encourage and embolden him God has given many precious promises.  They cover every need of the soul.  Promises:

(1)  forgiveness

(2)  cleansing

(3)  guidance

(4)  wisdom

(5)  power

(6) his presence

(7)  comfort

(8)  victory

(9)  heaven at last.

IV.  

His character, his goodness, and love, his faithfulness assure us he will keep his promises.  He who died for us, loved us, will be true [to us].  Not one promise has failed–if there has been any failure it was ours, not God’s.

V.

Wherefore let us everyone cling to him in all confidence and fidelity.  Who would not be true to such a Friend and Lord!

GEORGE WASHINGTON BARRETT

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A Happy Easter Postcard   Leave a comment

April 9, 1911

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Postmarked April 9, 1911

Character Building   1 comment

Character Building

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Ps. 127, 1a

Except the LORD build the house, they labour in vain that build it….

Authorized Version

I.

A strong Christian character is the grandest edifice ever built.  It is more powerful than Gibraltar, more enduring than marble, and a greater blessing than all material possessions.  We should be very much concerned to build such.

II.

There are hurtful and helpful forces.  We must grapple with them.

(1)  The fear of the Lord is the bedrock on which we build.  Reverence and Godly fear are indispensable.  Be well-grounded here.  Irreverence is deadly.

(2)  Truthfulness must be inculcated.  No liar is a truly great man.

(3)  Personal purity–of thought, speech, and act are priceless.

Vileness is destructive of all character.  Evil thoughts are fatal.

Intoxication is a deadly foe.

Evil companions to be shunned.

III.

In all things seek the guidance and blessing of the God.  Else all effort fails.  He is needed in the house.

Family religion so important that one may start right.  His blessing the one great up-building power in the world.

He can save and keep men unto eternity.

Never dream you can succeed without His blessing.

GEORGE WASHINGTON BARRETT

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