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

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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

The Great Commandment   1 comment

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EDITOR’S NOTE:

My great-grandfather used the word “professor” to refer to one who professes something, not someone who teaches at a college or university.  It is, from the perspective of 2013, an antiquated use of the word.

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

AUGUST 31, 2013 COMMON ERA

THE FEAST OF SAINT AIDAN OF LINDISFARNE, ROMAN CATHOLIC BISHOP

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Matt. 22, 37-40

1.  The heart will love something.  It was made to love.  With many things the world would lure our hearts.  Man must be careful what he allows himself to love.

2.  God says [that] we must love Him.  He alone is worthy of our love.  He is a jealous God; He is much displeased if we love another instead of Him.

3.  [We] must love Him with all the heart.  [We] must have “a sovereign preference” for God–choose Him above everything else.  He will not accept a divided heart.  One must cut loose from sin.  An old oak [tree] on the creek bank washed down but id not float off because the log tap root still held to the bank.  Christianity appeals to all that is in us.

4.  With all thy soul–or life.  It must be given up to His service in all things.  Ready to suffer His will, rather than forfeit His approval.  A Godly life is a benediction to the world–God uses it.

5.  With all thy mind.  Studying to become more spiritually-minded and how best to foster the interests of our Lord.  Many professors break down here, and are worldly-minded, all spiritual thoughts gone.

 6.  And thy neighbor.  The common tie is Christ, the Golden Rule our law.

GEORGE WASHINGTON BARRETT

Posted August 31, 2013 by neatnik2009 in George Washington Barrett 1905-1913 G-L, Matthew

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If Thou Canst,…Help Us   1 comment

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Above:  The Exorcism

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Mk. 9, 22-23

1.  Jesus was anointed “to preach deliverance.”  His mission is to body, mind, and soul.  He healed and forgave and empowered his disciples to heal and cast out devils and raise the dead.

2.  Here is a distressed father whom the disciples failed to relieve by healing his boy.  He comes to Jesus believing yet doubting.  “If thou canst do anything.”  Some perchance bind God as they think, with law till He is helpless; then no wonder they turn their backs on such a weakling.  Then He can’t help them, for they disown Him.

“If thou canst.”  Who is He?  Creator and preserver of all things.  “All power hath been given unto me.”  God hath subjected all things unto him.

3.  Jesus can help us, no matter how sorely distressed.  “If thou canst.”  “All things are possible to him that believeth.”  “I have power if only you have faith.”  He would bolster up our faith when weak that He may bless.

He can answer a mother’s prayers and those of her Godless child.  He delighteth in mercy.  [There is] nothing He can’t do if trusted.

“I am on the mountain and my heart is at rest.”  You try him too.

GEORGE WASHINGTON BARRETT

Posted August 31, 2013 by neatnik2009 in George Washington Barrett 1905-1913 G-L, Mark

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John 3, 16   4 comments

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Above:  Jesus and Nicodemus, by Alexander Andreyevich Ivanov

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1.  Because of sin the world was in a ruined state, hurt beyond all hope of recovery save through divine help.  [It] was condemned and about to perish eternally.

2.  God through the impulse of His love provided for its rescue and salvation by giving his Son to die for it.  Not for any merit in man, but God’s unmerited love.  This is the fountain of it all.  Need arouses the better impulses of man’s heart; much more does our need move God to fly to our relief.

The disease must be great and dire to necessitate such great cost to redeem man from it.

3.  This sacrifice of Jesus is the only means by which men are saved (Acts 4, 12), but it is a sufficient sacrifice.  He can save all from sin (Heb. 7, 25).

4.  This salvation is for all on simple terms–faith in Jesus.  God has come as near as He can not to encourage man in sin.  Without this trust no man is benefited by the death of Jesus.  He must be accepted or all is lost.  Those may perish for whom He died (1 Cor. 8, 11).

5.  Two distinct blessings are those received:

(1)  “They they may not perish”–are saved from the awful effects of sin, and

(2)  They “have eternal life,” are brought to heaven in the end.

Then accept Him now.

GEORGE WASHINGTON BARRETT

Love Me More Than These?   1 comment

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Above:  St. Peter, by Andrea Vanni

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Jno. 21, 15

1.  To love Christ–God–is the highest privilege and the supreme duty of man.  God commands it.   [There is] no higher experience than this.

2.  But He will not have the second place.  Religion is the autocrat of the heart.  Where many things strive for the ascendancy He asks us which we love best.

(a)  He asks the businessman, “Do you love Me more than your business?  Which is first, your money or Me?”  How business sometimes rivals God in the hearts of men!

(b)  “You lovers of pleasure, which do you love most?  Which is your greatest ambition, receiving your greatest concern?  Does this life of pleasure crowd out the thought of Me?”

(c)  “You who are so much concerned about politics, do you forget Me, or neglect the church, your Bible, and prayer for political affairs?  Have you lost some of your former interest  in religion?”

3.  When anything drives or keeps Him out, it is one’s idol, his god.  There is a lot of practical idolatry in the church even, and more outside even in Christian lands.

4.  If we love Him He demands spiritual service, concern for the sheep of his fold.  Prove your love by a spiritual life.

GEORGE WASHINGTON BARRETT

Hell   4 comments

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Above:  Lazarus and Dives

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Luke 16, 23

Matt. 5, 29-30

Mark 9, 43-48

1.  Certainty of hell–Christ’s words.

2.  Who goes there?  The finally unrepentant.

3.  Nature of its punishment:

(1)  Banishment from God–“Depart.”  “These shall go away.”

(2)  Remorse of conscience–sense of guilt.  “Their worms dieth not.”

(3)  Sensibility of pain–“I am tormented in this flame.”

(4)  Sight.  Lost in sight of heaven.

(5)  Bottomless pit.  Sin plunges one deeper and deeper into ruin.  [Editor’s aside:  Someone–I do not know who or when–has marked through this item with a pencil.]

(6)  Associates–The wicked of all the ages–this is an awful hell itself.

(7)  Lake of unquenchable fire.  See Rev. 14, 10-11; 20, 10; 21, 8.

What depth of suffering and despair is in these several elements combined!

4.  How long shall this last?  Mat. 25, 46, etc.

God save us from such an awful doom!

GEORGE WASHINGTON BARRETT

Heaven   1 comment

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Above:  Christ Taking Leave of the Apostles (1300s), by Duccio

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Jno. 14, 2-3

1.  Its certainty.  “I will receive you unto myself.”  “These shall go into everlasting life.”  “I will that they be with me where I am.”

2.  Its inhabitants–the angels and the good of all ages whose robes are white by the blood of the lamb.  They are there–all there–a mighty throng.

3.  It is a place; also a state of happiness.  Nothing to destroy its peace.

(a)  Its inhabitants are delivered from all ills of the body and spirit.  Sickness never comes and temptations do not annoy.  God shall dry every tear.

(b)  They are blessed with the smile of his loving approval, and they need no light of the sun, for he is the light of the city eternal.

(c)  They meet again with those they have loved and lost awhile and meet to part no more.  “With sons on our lips and with harps in our hands,/To meet one another again.”

4.  We are safe at home forever.  Shall go out no more but will enjoy eternal, unending bliss.  One day shall pay for all we suffer here.

GEORGE WASHINGTON BARRETT

Posted August 29, 2013 by neatnik2009 in George Washington Barrett 1905-1913 G-L

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Leprosy Healed   1 comment

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Above:  Christ Cleansing a Leper (1864), by Jean-Marie Melchior Doze

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EDITOR’S NOTE:

1.  Leprosy, in the Bible, according to reliable sources (including a dermatologist in my congregation), was not Hansen’s Disease.  In the biblical context, however, it did carry social stigma and lead to isolation, regardless of the technical term we might apply to any biblical leper’s condition in 2013.  The psychological effects of such enforced isolation must have been devastating.

2.  There is a cure for Hansen’s Disease in 2013.  There was not one, however, when my great-grandfather wrote this sermon outline over a century ago.

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

AUGUST 29, 2013 COMMON ERA

THE FEAST OF THE BEHEADING OF SAINT JOHN THE BAPTIST

THE FEAST OF JOHN BUNYAN, PROTESTANT SPIRITUAL WRITER

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Mark 1, 40-42

1.  There are some 500,000 lepers in India.  There have been lepers since Moses’ day and before.  Man has no remedy for it.  The Rabbis treated the worse than brutes.  No one was to salute a leper.  But Christ was kind to them.  This one begged for help.  Jesus honored his faith, touched and healed him.

2.  It was even considered a type of sin.

(1)  It had a small beginning.  A little spot turned white, scaled off, and was raw flesh.  So sin begins with a mere trifle.  Satan dares not tempt one to a great sin at first.

(2)  Leprosy spread surely, often rapidly, especially in maturer years, till death gave relief.  Sin contaminates the whole moral nature and preys upon the vitals of character.

(3)  This dread disease was transmitted to one’s children.  Even so, the sinful nature is imparted to the children.  Most inebriates are children of alcoholic parents.

(4)  Man could not cure it, only God could.–2 Kings 5, 7.

To forgive and deliver from sin is God’s work; no one else can.

But Jesus can save to the uttermost.  His blood can make the foulest clean, can and does cleanse from all sin.

GEORGE WASHINGTON BARRETT

The Lord’s Supper   3 comments

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Above:  The Right Reverend Robert C. Wright, Bishop of Atlanta, at Grace Episcopal Church, Gainesville, Georgia, April 21, 2013

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Luke 22, 19-20

1.  The Jewish Passover [is] its predecessor and background and was supplanted by it.

2.  So Christ instituted this supper to commemorate his death and passion.  “This do in remembrance of me.”  It is well [that] we remember what he has suffered for us.

(1)  The bread signifies that he is the Bread of Life.  His body given for us.

(2)  The wine denotes that his shed blood brings salvation from sin.  “Ye are not redeemed by corruptible things as silver and gold…but by the precious blood of Jesus.

3.  It is a sign of a work done for us by his death & sign of our allegiance to him.

It is a seal of his covenant mercies to us.

4.  Who should take it?  All Christians.  If I am His child then I certainly have a child’s right at my Father’s table.  The Bible places no other barriers around it.  “But let a man prove (test; prove) himself, & so let him eat of the bread & drink of the cup” as a result of his own decision and not of another’s decision (1 Cor. 11, 28).

GEORGE WASHINGTON BARRETT

God or Mammon?   1 comment

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Above:  The Front of the U.S. $5000 Bill (1934)

Consumer Price Index, Adjusted for Inflation = $85,700.00 in 2012

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Matt. 6, 24

1.  No man can serve two masters.  The conflict between them necessitates a choice by man.  One must be subordinated to the other.  One may try to serve both, but he will really love only one.  He can’t divide his heart.

2.  Shall he choose mammon?  This is to prostitute his powers and waste his life on things unworthy of himself.  It is to choose the ways of sin and death.  It eateth as does a canker.

3.  Shall he not rather choose to serve God by the proper use of mammon and all things else?

(1)  Religious uses alone are worthy of man’s powers and that can save him from being ruined by the love of wealth.  Save a million souls or [a] million souls?  The redemption, or evangelization of the world is the only thing worthy of the great wealth of the Christian world.

(2)  We give up mammon for grace.  “The riches of God in Christ Jesus are better than gold.”  Moses “had respect unto the recompense of reward.”  “Godliness has the promise of the life that now is and of that which is to come.”

4.  What then is your choice?  God and his grace or mammon and eternal death?  Your destiny depends upon your choice.

GEORGE WASHINGTON BARRETT

Posted August 11, 2013 by neatnik2009 in George Washington Barrett 1905-1913 G-L, Matthew

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