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His Presence Promised   1 comment

His Presence Promised

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Matt. 18, 20

I.

Were millions of worshippers assembled in thousands of places at the same time, Jesus is with each group to bless them in their devotions.  His presence is our inspiration as we seek his face.  His center is everywhere; his circumference is nowhere.

II.

“Where two or three are assembled in my name.”  Blessed promise.  Not large numbers, but the attitude of the worshippers is the important consideration.  The multitudes stirred his compassion as he saw their needs; but he heard the cry of every distressed soul who looked to him.  Small groups may receive great grace–the two en route to Emmaus.  As may husband and wife at the family altar, or one at secret prayer.  “If two of you” (Ch. 18, 19).

III.

“I am in the midst of them”–Not to spy upon them, but to enlighten, strengthen, comfort and save them.  His presence is assured!

Let his promise encourage us to seek his presence, open to him our hearts that we may be sweetly conscious of his presence.

GEORGE WASHINGTON BARRETT

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Posted January 29, 2014 by neatnik2009 in George Washington Barrett 1938-1942 A-L, Matthew

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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

Large Returns   2 comments

Large Returns

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Matt. 13, 8

Ps. 126, 6

I.

To serve the Lord Christ is the highest privilege–to help him establish righteousness in human lives.  He has a place for us, to undertake for him.

II.

All service has its reward.

(a)  At least the consciousness of duty performed.  This if nothing more; usually there is more.

(b)  Some seed fall by the wayside, etc., but “some into good ground.”  This is the common lot of his servants–“sow in tears, but reap in joy.”  Not every Sunday School pupil profits most, but some do.

Our giving to good causes yields fruit.  Enormous returns from the work of missions.  Godly parents wield a mighty influence.  1 Godly father; 10 children Christians; 42 grandchildren, 41 Christian, 1 a preacher.  That is at least 51-fold in only 2 generations.

III.

The results abide through the ages, right forces set a going operate on and on.  “Some 30; some 60; some 100-fold.”  No such returns assured anywhere else.

With this vision and assurance who need be discouraged?

“The day of small things” may ultimately result in large returns.

“Shall doubtless come again with rejoicing bringing his sheaves with him.”–Ps. 126, 6

GEORGE WASHINGTON BARRETT

“Learn of Me.”   1 comment

Learn of Me

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Matt. 11, 29

I.

He invites us to come to Him conscious he can render just the help we need–can give us rest from the toil and strife that tries us sorely.

II.

Then we have so much to learn of him and from him.  He is our Master (Teacher) and Lord indeed.  How marvelously many do develop under his tutelage.

(1)  Learn what he has to say to us:

(a)  In his written (inspired) word.  With a desire and prayer to learn of him, his word is most illuminating.  We constantly discover new beauties as we study it.

(b)  By his Spirit’s whispers to us–as he inly speaks.  He has many things to say unto us as we shall be able to hear & bear them.

(2)  Learn by observing and absorbing his spirit, till we have a similar outlook and bearing, till we have the mind of Christ–“meek and lowly.”

(3)  Learn how to be gentle and loving and kind toward all men–how to rule your own spirit.  Very helpful to associate with a great, good and wise character.  Our hearts become more and more like his.

“Make us more and more like Thee.”

GEORGE WASHINGTON BARRETT

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Posted January 28, 2014 by neatnik2009 in George Washington Barrett 1938-1942 A-L, Matthew

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All Service Rewarded   1 comment

All Service Rewarded

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Matt. 10, 42

I.

The motive determines the quality of the deed.  If meant as a kindness the deed is kind, whatever the results.  Hence the words, “only in the name of a disciple.”

(a)  Small deeds contain great principles.  “Faithful in little, faithful also in much.”  Honest in small affairs reveals the character.

II.

Jesus identifies himself with his own and accepts service for them as done unto himself.  “Ye have done it unto me.”

III.

“Shall in no wise lose his reward.”  What is it?

(b)  Consciousness of having shown a kindly deed.  All such enriches one’s own life.

(c)  Winning a place in another’s good will toward us–not to be despised at all.

(d)  Having the approval of one’s own conscience.  This is no small happiness.

(e)  Christ’s approval is won and added grace received.

He will welcome us at last.

Who would not eagerly seek it?

GEORGE WASHINGTON BARRETT

Posted January 19, 2014 by neatnik2009 in George Washington Barrett 1938-1942 A-L, Matthew

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Mother Mary   4 comments

Mary Figurine January 19, 2014

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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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