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Loyalty to Christ   2 comments

Loyalty to Christ

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Mark 10, 51-52

I.

Jesus responded to this man’s faith and healed him.  He believed Jesus could and in confidence asked him to do it. “Thy faith hath made thee whole.”  “According to your faith.”

II.

He followed Jesus–was henceforth loyal to him, clung to him, lived a new life.

(1)  Every man needs something beyond himself as the center and inspiration of life, something to give meaning and coherence to life.  Why?

(a)  We are made that way.  Men who deal with souls trying to help them find it true.  Without it life will break down.

Loss of faith in God and immortality may cause the nerves to shatter and the health to fail.

(b)  The Holy Spirit dwelling in us will “quicken our mortal bodies” (Rom. 8, 11).  He animates the body, and this helps even health.  Much more does his presence give peace and joy and power to meet life well.

III.

God in Christ is the only worthy, adequate object of our loyalty.  “Because he hath inclined his ear unto me, therefore will I call upon him as long as I live.”

He will help in every time of need.  “My grace is sufficient for thee.”

Let us reaffirm our loyalty to him and be true to him always.

“Holy is his name.”

GEORGE WASHINGTON BARRETT

Posted April 24, 2014 by neatnik2009 in George Washington Barrett 1938-1942 A-L, Mark, Romans

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“Have Faith in God.”   1 comment

Have Faith in God

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Mark 11, 22

“Without faith it is impossible to please God.”  “He that cometh to God must believe that he is,” etc.

I.

He is a God whom man can know.  He is not far removed, but near and approachable and will reveal himself to the trustful soul.  We will know him in a saving experience of his grace; His is a fatherly voice.

II.

We may have communion with him.  “I will sup with him and he with me.”  We may tell him our needs, our perplexities and sorrows, as well as our joys.  “He cares” and will incline his ears unto our cries.  “Everything to God in prayer.”

III.

Coming into our hearts he makes a great difference in our lives.

He makes all things new–our thoughts, desires, affections, deeds.

He gives us power to have victory.

Joy and peace are ours and comfort in all things.  O what a change he works.

Let us trust him fully in all things, have a strong, unshrinking faith.  Thus we will triumph.

GEORGE WASHINGTON BARRETT

Posted April 24, 2014 by neatnik2009 in George Washington Barrett 1938-1942 A-L, Mark

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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

Mother Mary   4 comments

Mary Figurine January 19, 2014

Above:  A Mary Figurine, January 19, 2014

Image Source = Kenneth Randolph Taylor

All images in this post come from the camera which is part of my laptop computer.

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Mother Mary, whose soul magnifies

the Lord, who treads the adder,

who reigns as Queen of Heaven,

you I thank whenever I rise

and think of the love of the Father

evident in Christ’s incarnation.

Mary Icon January 19, 2014

Mother Mary, your faithfulness

and strength I do ponder,

for you raised a unique Son.

That must have been a great mess

at time, but, based on the Master,

you did indeed get the job done.

Mary Picture January 19, 2014

Mother Mary, if you did not always

understand Jesus, we join your

company, for all of us in that

sometimes falter; he does us faze,

for we think that we know more

than we do; our answers are inadequate

Mary Statue January 19, 2014

much of the time; the truth exceeds

the bounds of our imaginations often;

reality proves more wonderful than

that which we ponder, of which we read.

The glory of God we ought not soften

or minimize; it we cannot fully understand.

Mary Wall Hanging January 19, 2014

Mother Mary, whom God did choose

for a life and mission most special

and full of great joy, risk, and sorrow,

may we, learning from you, never lose

the desire to love Jesus, of splendor full,

and him forevermore to follow.

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

JANUARY 19, 2014 COMMON ERA

THE SECOND SUNDAY AFTER THE EPIPHANY, YEAR A

THE FEAST OF SARGENT SHRIVER, U.S. STATESMAN

THE FEAST OF SAINT CAESARIUS OF ARLES, ROMAN CATHOLIC BISHOP, AND SAINT CAESARIA OF ARLES, ROMAN CATHOLIC ABBESS

THE FEAST OF SAINT HENRY OF UPPSALA, ROMAN CATHOLIC BISHOP

THE FEAST OF SAINT WULFSTAN OF WORCESTER, ROMAN CATHOLIC BISHOP

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Building the Kingdom   4 comments

Building the Kingdom

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Matt. 10, 7-8

Mk. 16, 15-20

I.

Jesus came to found a spiritual kingdom–himself the King–of truth and righteousness.  It opposes every evil thing and champions the right.  He is to guide and empower for service.

II.

The building is to be done by his people–the church.  Hence he sent out his disciples (Matt. 10, 5 etc.), the Seventy (Lk. 10, 1), and gave the Great Commission (Mk. 16, Matt. 28).  It is our work.

III.

How are we to build it?

1.  By preaching the gospel (1 Cor. 1, 21; Mk. 16, 15).  This has first place; it calls men to him–the first work of the church.

2.  By much prayer, calling down the power from on high–“Thy kingdom come.”

3.  By the help of personal influence.  Every act should contribute to this cause.

4.  By fostering every good cause.  Rejoice that so many things contribute to it, as tributary streams enlarge the river.

5.  Money consecrated to his cause is a great power for good.

Why do you desire money, for self or to help build the kingdom?

This vitiates or consecrates every act.  Let all be done for his kingdom.

IV.

Can the Lord depend on you?

Will you be true at all times and do what you can to help?

GEORGE WASHINGTON BARRETT

Jesus Revealed In Us   2 comments

Jesus Revealed in Us

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Lk. 23, 47 and Mk. 15, 39

I.

The death of Jesus made a profound impression on the Centurion, who was over the soldiers who crucified him–the seven words from the cross, & the natural phenomena as well.  Certainly he was a righteous man; nothing else could explain it.

II.

What we are & do impresses others about us–our spirit, our general deportment [are] our service to others; yes, & our death.

If we profess faith in Christ they expect us to live a new life, to be different from our former lives.

III.

How carefully ought we to live.

“Let your light so shine before men.”

“Neither do men light a candle and put it under a bushel.”

“By their fruits ye shall know them.”

“Does the world see Jesus in you?”

(1)  A consistently religious life.  This is so important, let we offend others.

(2)  In doing good, serving others where we are, in humility and love.  “Jesus went about doing good.”  Love finds a way.

IV.

Such people, in life and in death, impress others for good.

No one can gainsay such a life.  What a blessing all such people are!

GEORGE WASHINGTON BARRETT

Gospel of Mark   1 comment

Mark

Above:  The Book Heading from The New Revised Standard Version:  Catholic Edition (1993)

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Chapter 1:

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/08/29/leprosy-healed/

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/08/10/the-kingdom-of-god/

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/07/11/let-us-alone/

Chapter 2:

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/08/30/the-sick-of-the-palsy/

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/06/10/the-christ-of-sovereign-authority/

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/05/29/bringing-the-paralytic-to-jesus/

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/04/30/the-forgiveness-of-sin/

Mark 3:

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2014/01/19/mother-mary/

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2014/01/29/the-divinity-of-christ/

Chapter 9:

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/08/31/if-thou-canst-help-us/

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/08/31/hell/

Chapter 10:

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2014/04/24/loyalty-to-christ-2/

Chapter 11:

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2014/04/24/have-faith-in-god/

Chapter 12:

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/05/26/give-me-thine-heart/

Chapter 15:

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2014/01/02/jesus-revealed-in-us/

Chapter 16:

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/03/09/the-great-commission/

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2014/01/19/building-the-kingdom/

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Posted November 15, 2013 by neatnik2009 in Guide Posts K-Z, Mark

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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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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

The Sick of the Palsy   1 comment

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Above:  Christ Heals a Man Paralyzed by the Gout, by Bernhard Rode

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Mark 2, 1-12

1.  God has ordained means of saving sinners–through human instrumentality.  Thus “four” represent the church’s work.

2.  The “four”:

(A)  Had a personal knowledge of Christ–were sure he could heal.

(B)  Had sympathy for their palsied brother/

(C)  Had a cooperative spirit–“borne of four.”  Their one desire was to see their brother healed.

(D)  Knew no insurmountable difficulties; “tore up the roof.”

(E)  Had faith in Christ, shown in works.  “Their salvation is linked with faith, which earns nothing but elicits all like the touch which evokes electricity, but which no one supposes to have made it!

3.  Jesus saw and rewarded the faith of all the group–healed his body and forgave his sins.  Just like Christ to do it.  All hell can’t keep Him out when a soul is at His feet, trusting Him.  “Pardon does not lie concealed and doubtful in the councils of an unknown world.  It is pronounced on earth.”

4.  “They glorified God”–an honor to these four, a delight to the Christ, a needed blessing to the paralytic, and a great joy to sympathetic ones who beheld it.

This same Jesus will heal today all who approach Him in faith.

GEORGE WASHINGTON BARRETT

Posted August 30, 2013 by neatnik2009 in George Washington Barrett 1905-1913 S-Z, Mark

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