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Revelation 22, 2 and Ezekiel 47, 12   2 comments

Revelation 22 and Ezekiel 47

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I.

Salvation likened to a river whose source is the throne of God.  Small at first, it becomes a mighty stream.  Along its banks grows the tree of life, whose fruit fails not.  Its leaves are a healing balm for all our ills.  This is “a balm in Gilead.”

II.

So there is hope for all who turn to God.  Man fails, but God never [fails].

(1)  Evil desires lead to evil deeds.  They need to be taken away and desire for good things made regnant.  How badly it is needed.  “Let brotherly love continue.”  “Love thy neighbor as thyself” that the Golden Rule may become our delight.

(2)  Ill will works so much hurt.  He came to take it away and replace it with good will.  This would cure the hurt of the nations, drive away war and establish peace.

(3)  He will destroy fear and give confidence, trust, and love to all.  The whole attitude of our lives will become new and Christlike.

God speed the day when salvation shall flow down as a mighty river, causing every good thing to live and beautify the whole life of our race in all the world.

GEORGE WASHINGTON BARRETT

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

Loyalty   1 comment

Loyalty I

Loyalty II

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EDITOR’S NOTE:

My great-grandfather served as the pastor of Underwood Memorial Methodist Church (now Tenth Street Underwood Memorial United Methodist Church), Atlanta, Georgia, from late 1938 to his retirement in late 1945.

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

APRIL 22, 2014 COMMON ERA

THE FEAST OF GENE BRITTON, EPISCOPAL PRIEST

THE FEAST OF CESAR CHAVEZ, LABOR UNION LEADER

THE FEAST OF CHARLES HAMILTON HOUSTON, ATTORNEY

THE FEAST OF SAINT FIDELIS OF SIGMARINGEN, CAPUCHIN FRIAR AND MARTYR

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To whomsoever I shall send thee thou shalt go.

–Jeremiah 1, 7 (Authorized Version)

I.

God has a place of service for every one of us.  To fill that place he calls.  Each one has his own duty to perform.  We ourselves must do it, or it will go undone.  Others can do no more than their own part.  Hence God’s cause will languish if we neglect our own work.

II.

The least God can expect is loyalty, fidelity.  His cause is so important that slight indifference hurts.

Be true to Christ:

(1)  By turning from every wrong.  A seemingly small sin may ruin our influence or wreck a soul.

(2)  Be loyal by zealously attending church services.

You expect the pastor to be faithful; is it less your duty to be equally so?

What sort of a church would Underwood be if every member were just like me?

Your zeal will help boost the church and help reach souls.

III.

“Thou shalt go.”

God looks to you.  How dare anyone be out of his place any time?  Will you be true?  Can your pastor and God depend on you?

If my hand slackened I should rob God–since he is fullest good, leaving a blank instead of violins.  He could not make Antonio Stradivari’s violins without Antonio.”–George Elliott

“You are God’s opportunity in your day.  He has waited for ages for a person just like you.  If you refuse him then God loses his opportunity which he sought through you, and he will never have another, for there will never be another on earth just like you.”

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“Bring to God your gift, my brother.

He’ll not need to call another;

You will do;

He will add his blessing to it,

And the two of you will do it,

God and you.”

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Will you go away from this service to forget this appeal from God, or will you bestir your soul and be in your place?

GEORGE WASHINGTON BARRETT

Christ Is All to Believers   6 comments

Christ is All to Believers

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1 Peter 2, 7

I.

Christ the foundation whereon we build our spiritual house.  “Other foundation can no may lay”–(1 Cor. 3, 11).  “None other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved” (Acts 4, 12).  Christ alone!

II.

The condition is faith that yields all to him, trusts him fully for salvation–an act of the whole man–intellect, emotion and will.  None other has the authority and power to save.  None other has died to redeem us.  Look to him and live.  Christ or chaos.

III.

To all who believe, who trust in him for salvation, as Lord and Saviour, “he is precious”–an honour, is our sufficiency.

(1)  They have their sins forgiven by the blood of the Lamb.  Guilt no longer rests upon them.  “Though your sins be as scarlet” (Isa. 1, 18).  “He is faithful and jut to forgive us,” etc (1 Jno. 1, 9).

(2)  Become the sons and daughters of the Lord Almighty–adopted into the family of God.

What a blessed relationship, what an honour!  Who is not happy in such an experience?!

“My soul shall make the boast in the Lord.”  Ps. 34

“He that believeth on him shall not be ashamed” (v6).

GEORGE WASHINGTON BARRETT

God of the High and the Lowly   1 comment

God of the High and the Lowly

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Isa. 57, 15

I.

The vastness of the universe impels us to think of God as the High and Mighty one.  We are confronted with limitless space and the mighty forces that hold the planets in their orbits, moving with the utmost precision.  He is of infinite power and greatness.

II.

The study of the microscopic world is also very impressive.  He also created the bacteria visible only through the microscope.  Wisdom and infinitude are revealed here too.

III.

God inhabits eternity, dwelling in the High and holy place.  We need a God of might to supply our great needs and embolden us in the presence of the titanic forces we confront–even death itself.  “And have the keys of death and the grave.”  “All power is given unto me.”

IV.

“I dwell…with him also that is of a contrite and humble spirit.”  Our infinite God who governs the universe delights to answer the prayer of the humble soul, he is inclined unto our cry.  He who marks the sparrow’s fall, and who numbers the hairs of our heads, who is of infinite love, delights to help us “to revive the spirit of the humble and to revive the heart of the contrite one.”

GEORGE WASHINGTON BARRETT

Our Divine Intercessor   1 comment

Our Divine Intercessor

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Isa. 53, 12b

…and he was numbered with the transgressors; and he bare the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors.

Authorized Version

I.

To redeem us our Lord bore our sins in his own body on the tree, died for us that he might win our love and save us.  All of this despite our sins, our unloveliness, our unworthiness.  Love led him to Calvary.

II.

He prayed for the transgressor, for those who crucified him.  “Father, forgive them; they know not what they do.”  He undertook for them.

Hence sinners have another chance as we seek pardon in his name and long to live righteous lives.

How very much we owe to his intercession for us!

III.

Jesus set us an example that we should follow.  We, too, should intercede for others, pray that they may be led to Christ for saving power.  Thereby many have been prevailed upon to come to him.  “The effected fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.”

Take somebody on your heart and pray for them.  What a privilege it is is.  God will use your prayers for his good.

GEORGE WASHINGTON BARRETT

Funeral Sermon Notes   Leave a comment

Funeral Notes I

Funeral Notes II

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EDITOR’S NOTES:

1.  The hymnal in question, I think, is The Methodist Hymnal (1905).

2.  I prefer Episcopal funerals, for the ritual focuses on celebrating life.

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

MARCH 17, 2014 COMMON ERA

THE FEAST OF SAINT PATRICK, ROMAN CATHOLIC BISHOP OF ARMAGH

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Isa. 38, 1

1.  It is certain we all must die, sooner or later.

2.  None of us has any time to lose.  God gives us our time for this one work.

3.  The important thing is to live well, then we will die well.  But how careless many of us are.

4.  Let us be wise while life lasts to make preparation for the great beyond.

GEORGE WASHINGTON BARRETT