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Life From the Dead Or the Valley of Dry Bones   7 comments

Life from the Dead

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Ezek. 37, 1-10

Israel’s condition here seen in a vision; fittingly illustrates the sinner’s spiritual condition.

I.

“Dry bones,” devoid of spiritual life.  Figure is not too strong.  Men are powerless to move Godward if life to themselves–are “very dry,” devoid of life.

II.

“Can these bones live?”  Is there any hope for a poor lost sinner?  Yes.  “The dead shall hear the voice of the Son of God and they that hear shall live.”  (Jno. 5, 21 & 25-26)  “He [is] able to save to the uttermost.”  (Heb. 7, 25)  No case is hopeless.

III.

Means to be used:

(1)  “Prophesy.”  “O ye dry bones, hear ye the word of the Lord” (v. 4).  “Preach the word” (2 Tim. 4, 2).  It pleaseth God by the foolishness of preaching to save them that believe” (1 Cor. 1, 21).  “The word of God is quick and powerful,” etc. (Heb. 4, 12).

(2)  Prayer for the Spirit to impart life.  “Come, O breath, and breathe upon these slain” (v. 9).  “Grieve not the Spirit” (Eph. 4, 30).  “Quench not the Spirit” (1 Thes. 5, 19).  We need his power to awaken and save sinful souls.

IV.

God waits to be gracious.  How concerned he is about our salvation.

Let us look with much prayer for his saving power.

GEORGE WASHINGTON BARRETT

“The Lord Shall Deliver Me From Every Evil Work and Will Preserve Me Unto His Heavenly Kingdom.”   1 comment

Lord Shall Deliver Me

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I.

The problem of life is fraught with grave possibilities of good and of evil.

What snares beset our unwary feet.  Many lives are wrecked.  Others are blest.  How shall we successfully meet its problems?

(1)  Temptations.  They often are exasperating, vexing, very trying.  Left to ourselves we are unable to meet and overcome.  He can succour, sustain us, give us victory.

(2)  Unjust treatment, unkindnesses, slights.  They are not pleasant.  But they need not touch and harm our souls.  We can keep sweet and escape all hurt, all scars.  Jesus did; so did Paul and many through the ages.  It takes grace, but that is what grace is for, to keep when we are in need.

(3)  Low ideals.  We can spurn them and cleave to the highest and best.  The low is beneath the dignity of an immortal soul.

(4)  Sorrow.  It must come, but we can triumph over it by grace.  Abide in Christ and all will be well.

II.

Preserve me to his heavenly kingdom.  What will it matter then?  Toil will be forgotten.

GEORGE WASHINGTON BARRETT

“Stir Up the Gift That Is In Thee”   1 comment

Stir Up the Gift Front

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2 Tim. 1, 6

I.

God has given us certain gifts or powers which, when used properly, are useful, helpful, and pleasing in his sight.  To know our lives are helpful adds much to the joy of living.

II.

God would have us use our powers for him.  We should cultivate, develop our gifts, that we may be the more useful.  “Stir up the gift” and use it.

(a)  Many have gifts for music–a gracious gift.  Cultivate it and let God use it.

(b)  Have you a gift for storytelling, for teaching?  God needs it.  Cultivate it by study of God’s word.  What a blessing you may become!!

(c)  Many are gifted in prayer.  What a power for good such are.

III.

Those who neglect such gifts as they have impoverish their own souls and rob others of the help they could render.  Is not this burying our talents?  God is grieved with all who thus act.

IV.

Give your whole self to God–you every power of soul.  Do all you can to develop it and let God direct you in using it.

He will bless you and make you a blessing–at last his “well done” will be heaven to you.

GEORGE WASHINGTON BARRETT

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I, Kenneth Randolph Taylor, found the following, separate text on the back side of the sheet:

Stir Up the Gift Back

A knowledge of history helps safeguard the presence and the future.  It teaches caution and shows evil tendencies as well as what is safe and wise and good.

How may one think of the new ideas that present themselves?

(1)  As far as may be try them in the light of experience.

(2)  Try to discover whether they promise helpful enlargement, enrichment of reverence, love, righteousness.  If they take away any portion of these they are evil, hurtful, and should be avoided.

Try the spirit of any movement, whether it tends toward God or away from him.

GEORGE WASHINGTON BARRETT

The Christian Home   1 comment

Christian Home

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2 Tim. 1, 5

We know nothing but what we have learned from others, or by observation and discovery. Our heritage has much to do with our development. Hence the great contribution made by the home.

I.

Physical well-being. This is necessary to a vigorous life. Hence diet, temperate eating, fresh air, and exercise, proper clothing, and play.

II.

Mental furnishing. The mind needs to be fed. Correct speech, wholesome reading to raise the ideals, love of the beautiful. Education, right or wrong, begins early. Make it pure and as helpful as possible,–tools for the life work.

Parents and teachers have a great responsibility here.

III.

Spiritual life. Great leaders have sought to use these forces. We teach by precept and example.

Truthfulness, honesty, reverence, prayer, reading the Bible, public worship—all in an atmosphere of love.

Shield from evil influences, bad associates. Wholesome music to be sought.

These help tie them on to God. “In thee and in thy grandmother Lois, and thy mother Eunice.” A great and enriching inheritance!! Give them to your children!!

GEORGE WASHINGTON BARRETT

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.

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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

“And This is the Promise That He Hath Promised Us, Even Eternal Life.”   3 comments

And This is the Promise

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1 Jno. 2, 25

“And this is the record that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son.”  1 Jno. 5, 11

“These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life.”  1 Jno. 5, 13

“Fight the good fight of faith; lay hold on eternal life.”  1 Tim. 6, 12

“And these shall go away into everlasting punishment; but the righteous into life–eternal life.”–Matt. 25, 46

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Eternal life–28 times

Everlasting life–14 times

Eternal glory–3 times

Eternal salvation–2 times

Eternal inheritance–1 time

Eternal judgment–1 time

Eternal damnation–1 time

Eternal fire–1 time

Everlasting consolation–1 time

Everlasting habitations–1 time

Everlasting destruction–1 time

Everlasting punishment–1 time

Everlasting fire–1 time

Total–56

GEORGE WASHINGTON BARRETT

The Divinity of Christ   12 comments

Divinity of Christ

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EDITOR’S COMMENT:

My great-grandfather’s use of “Jehovah” places him in time.  The American Standard Version of the Bible (1901) makes frequent use of that term, for example.  That term has fallen out of use in many circles, with “the LORD” of “Yahweh” taking its place most frequently.  For example, the Reformed Presbyterian Church of North America, in its 1973 hymnal, The Book of Psalms for Singing, uses “Jehovah” frequently.  Yet the denomination’s 2010 hymnal, The Book of Psalms for Worship, replaces “Jehovah” with other terms, usually “the LORD.”  (Aside:  I do find having a collection of hymnals helpful for research purposes.)  Nevertheless, on my way to church each Sunday, I drive past the building of a congregation which calls itself “Jehovah’s Temple.”  I guess they did not get the memo.

I note also that my great-grandfather had read up on developments in Christology during the first five centuries of Christianity.

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. 16, 16

Christian view:  two natures, humanity born of a virgin & died; divinity which was united with the humanity very and eternal God, in essence equal and one with the Father, truly & properly God.

I.  

Titles:  they can apply only to God

(1)  Jehovah,  Ex. 3, 14–“I am that I am,” the highest name of God.  Isa. 40, 5–“the glory of Jehovah shall be revealed.”  In Matt. 3, 3, this is applied to Christ viz:  “Prepare ye the way of the Lord.”

(2)  Lord of glory:  “Had they known it they would not have crucified the Lord of glory” (1 Cor. 2, 8).

(3)  “God”–Jno. 1, 1; Lord of hosts…the God of Jacob–Ps. 46, 7.  In Heb. 1, 8 this is applied to Christ.

(4)  Son of God:  “I saw and bare record that this is the Son of God” (Jno. 1, 34).  And unclean spirits…cried saying, “Thou art the Son of God” (Mk. 3, 11).  “This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased” (Matt. 3, 17).

(5)  “God with us”–Emmanuel.  Matt. 1, 23, “God over all.”  “Christ who is over all God blessed for ever” (Rom. 9, 5).

“God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into Glory” (1 Tim. 3, 16).  “And we know that the true Son of God is come.  This is the true God” (1 Jno. 5, 20).

Angels bear witness:

A Saviour (Matt. 1, 21); “Son of the Highest” (Lk. 1, 32); “Christ the Lord” (Lk. 2, 11).

II.

His attributes prove he is God:  All that are applied to God are applied to Christ–Eternity, Immutability, Omnipotence, etc.

Consciousness of his nature

III.

His works prove him Divine:  Creation, Preservation, Pardon of sin, Miracles, Judgment

We baptize and dismiss the congregations in his name, pray in his name and the Father hears us.

The mighty Lord from heaven, the Saviour of sinners

“If ever man was God or God man, Jesus Christ was both.”–Byron

“If Jesus Christ is a God

And the only God, I swear

I will follow him thro’ heaven and hell,

The earth, the sea, the air.”–Gilder

“Thou art the King of Glory, O Christ.

Thou art the everlasting Son of the Father.

Hail, great Galiean!–Great God.”–Woods

GEORGE WASHINGTON BARRETT