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Jonah   1 comment

Jonah

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

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Chapter 1:

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/06/07/what-meanest-thou-o-sleeper/

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2014/04/22/nineveh-spared/

Chapter 2:

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2014/04/22/nineveh-spared/

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Posted April 22, 2014 by neatnik2009 in Guide Posts A-J, Minor Prophets

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Nineveh Spared   2 comments

Nineveh Spared I

Nineveh Spared II

Above:  The Original Documents

Images Source = Kenneth Randolph Taylor

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EDITOR’S COMMENTS:

The Book of Jonah, contrary to what my great-grandfather preached, is ahistorical.  It is a satirical commentary on excesses of post-Exilic Palestinian Judaism, replete with exclusivism and too little concern for the goyim.  Thus the morals the text teaches are true and timeless, even though the story is purely fictitious.

God, in the Book of Jonah, succeeds despite–not because of–the prophet.  That, I think, functions as a commentary on how God continues to succeed despite–not because of–at least much of the time–many of us who profess to follow God yet care insufficiently or not at all about certain people quite different from ourselves.  If salvation is indeed ideally for all people, we ought not to block off certain populations as being beyond hope.

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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Jonah 1, 1-3

I.

Nineveh, the great and wicked city, whose sins became intolerable until its doom was impending.

II.

God cared, loved them despite their sin and sought to save them from doom.

God called Jonah to warn them.  What an honor it was, to even try to save the city!  But he ran from God (as he thought) and from his duty.  “He paid the fare” for passage on a ship to Tarshish (Spain).  Honest with man, but unfaithful to God.  Why not be glad to help men to higher things?

III.

Jonah ran into serious trouble. Neglect of duty is a sin.  “He that knoweth to do good and doth it not, to him it is sin.”  The storm endangered all on the ship.  [Jonah,] cast overboard and swallowed by a great fish, for three days he faced his sin while “the billows and waves passed over him.”  Chapter 2 tells us how deeply he repented.

IV.

[Jonah] cast ashore by the fish.  God revived the call and Jonah went to Nineveh with God’s warning message.  The king and the people repented in sackcloth.  God heard and spared the city.

V.

Will the church today carry God’s word to men in darkness?  Or will it dare neglect men and pay the awful price in future calamities?

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Jonah, a Galilean, prophesied about 800 B.C.

Nineveh, capitol of the Assyrian Empire, one of the most ancient cities of the world, built by Asshur, son of Nimrod, the first monarch, who built Babel and other cities (Gen. 10, 8-12).

Above sixty miles in circumference.  Walls 100 feet high, broad enough for three chariots abreast, 1500 towers 200 feet high.

Inhabitants about 600,000

Repented and spared for 150 or 200 years after Jonah, “their iniquity came to the full” and then the prophecy was literally fulfilled, [the city] destroyed by the combined armies of the Medes under Cyaxares and the Babylonians under Nabopolassur about 625 B.C.

GEORGE WASHINGTON BARRETT

“If Ye Shall Ask Anything My Name I Will Do It.”   4 comments

If Ye Shall Ask

Above:  The Original Text

Image Source = Kenneth Randolph Taylor

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John 14, 14

I.

Our need of divine aid.  We are unable to do the work before us if left to ourselves.  “Without me ye can do nothing” (Jno. 15, 5).  “Not by might nor by power, but by my Spirit” (Zech. 4, 6).

II.

Prayer is an opening of the heart to God, throwing off indifference, so essential.  How can God pour his Spirit into a heart closed against him?  “But their heart is far from me” (Matt. 15, 8).

III.

Prayer is a direct, earnest request for God’s help.  “Ask, seek, knock.”  Give the Holy Spirit to them that ask him (Lk. 11, 13).  “And when they had prayed the place was shaken where they were assembled together, and they were filled with the Holy Ghost, and they spake the word of God with boldness” (Acts 4, 31).

IV.

Have we any need of his help, of awakening of souls, of pardon, of guidance of power?  Does anyone about us need to know Jesus as Saviour and Lord?

May God breathe on us the spirit of earnest prayer?  And he prepares us and uses to help reach others that his kingdom may prevail over the forces of evil.

GEORGE WASHINGTON BARRETT

Luke 24, 26 & 46   6 comments

Luke 24 Sermon Notes

Above:  Part of the Original Document

Image Source = Kenneth Randolph Taylor

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Luke 24, 26 & 46

I.

The greatest undertaking– to work out man’s redemption.  “‘Twas great to speak the world from naught,” etc.

God gave his Son for this purpose.  The cost was great.  “He bore the sins of many.”

II.

To the two en route to Emmaus he opened the scriptures.  “Ought not”–was it not necessary?  Thus he expiated  sin.  Without it no soul could have been saved.

(1)  This was the course indicated for him by the prophets–Moses; Psalm 16 & 22; Isa. 53; Dan. 9; Mal. 4, 5; 1 Peter 1, 11.

(2)  More eminently back of all these lay the divine purpose, the will of the Father, which our Lord was to fulfill.  Can man discover fully God’s thoughts or mind here?

III.

By him atonement is made for all.  “He tasted death for every man.”  In offering salvation to man God does not ignore sin.  He is just and the justifier of the ungodly.

(1)  We see the enormity of sin–its deadly effect & power.  Heroic treatment for a fearful malady.

(2)  We see demonstrated God’s boundless love–he so loved “that he gave his only begotten Son”–his greatest possible gift.  “What wondrous love is this”!

IV.

The gift is free–“without money and without price.”  Yet one condition is made by God and must be met–“That whosoever believeth in him.”  All can meet it.  “Unspeakable gift.”  Is it yours?

GEORGE WASHINGTON BARRETT

Zechariah   1 comment

Zechariah

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

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Chapter 4:

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/06/07/the-spirit-the-source-of-power/

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/06/07/working-by-the-spirits-power/

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2014/02/06/if-ye-shall-ask-anything-my-name-i-will-do-it/

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Posted November 16, 2013 by neatnik2009 in Guide Posts K-Z, Minor Prophets

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Habakkuk   1 comment

Habakkuk

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

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Chapter 2:

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2012/12/30/intemperance-a-sin/

Chapter 3:

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/06/07/habakkuk-prays-for-a-revival/

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Posted November 14, 2013 by neatnik2009 in Guide Posts A-J, Minor Prophets

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Amos   1 comment

Amos

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

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Chapter 3:

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/06/07/on-walking-with-god/

Chapter 4:

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/06/07/prepare-to-meet-thy-god/

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/05/26/rejecting-gods-overtures/

Chapter 6:

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/06/07/the-indifferent-professors/

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Posted November 13, 2013 by neatnik2009 in Guide Posts A-J, Minor Prophets

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The Blight of Ignorance   1 comment

Hosea 4. 6

1.  Ignorance is a blight.  By it many a bright mind is held in the bondage of death.  It is a cruel slave-driver.

(a)  By it many a life is robbed of much happiness, kept in outlook and prejudiced in mind.

(b)  By it the world is robbed of much wealth of the lives of ignorant men.  An educated laborer is worth more than he would be if uncultured.

2.  Education is the handmaid of progress. Civilization creates wants and supplies them.

3.  To know mere facts is not to be really educated; for one’s mind & heart to be so trained as that he is in full possession of intellect, affections and will, is education.  Character is the test of usefulness, the end of it.

4.  God’s complaint by the prophet is that there is no knowledge of Himself in the land (v. 1).  Here still is a serious lack.  He is forgotten or neglected sometimes.  The church insists such shall not be done.

GEORGE WASHINGTON BARRETT

Prepare to Meet Thy God   1 comment

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Above:  Last Judgment Icon

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EDITOR’S NOTE:

My great-grandfather wrote:

We have only the present.  This is our only probation–death fixes the destiny of the soul forever.

I do not assume, however, that grace to do its work only while we have breath or brain activity.

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

JUNE 7, 2013 COMMON ERA

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Amos 4, 12

I.

Why this call?

1.  After all His efforts they had not humbled themselves in penitence.

2.  So He, the God of hosts, mighty in power, calls them to meet Him in some awful judgment, nothing but judgment left.

II.  

How may we prepare?

1.  Sin is the trouble, as always.

2.  Jesus’ blood is our only redemption.  His mercy is our only hope.

3.  So it is either penitence and mercy, or an awful judgment.

“Awake, thou that sleepest, and arise from the dead and Christ shall give thee light.”  Ninevah awoke and was spared.  Will you repent at the call of his spirit?

III.

When prepare?

1.  We have only the present.  This is our only probation–death fixes the destiny of the soul forever.

2.  Life is so uncertain, we can’t afford to risk delay.  Many have risked all and lost all.  Be wise in seeking Him today.

GEORGE WASHINGTON BARRETT

The Indifferent Professors   2 comments

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Above:  A Lazy Companion (1891), by William Thomas Smedley (1858-1920)

Image Source = Library of Congress

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EDITOR’S NOTE:

My great-grandfather used the word “professor” to mean “one who professes,” not one who teaches at a postsecondary educational institution.

I have become convinced that my great-grandfather shortchanged the Old Testament, spending too little time there with it as it is and rushing off instead to the New Testaments.  Both Testaments matter greatly, of course, but living with the Hebrew Scriptures in their original contexts has increased my understanding of appreciation for them.  They are far more than a prologue to the New Testament.

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

JUNE 7, 2013 COMMON ERA

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Amos 6, 1

1.  “Zion”–the church of God

2.  “At ease”–trusting in it for salvation; inactive, with a commission unused.  Content with church membership, folding the hands in ease and satisfaction, when so much needs to be done.

3.  Christ established the church and gave to it the work of leading the world back to him.  He commands us to go labor for him.  The fields are white unto harvest.  Dare we be content with a type of religion that does not respond to the world’s need?

4.  Jesus desires to save us and through us to save others.  Others need our efforts to save them and we need the blessing received in such service.  Such results stimulate the church as nothing else does.

5.  An attitude of indifference is utterly foreign to the spirit of genuine religion.  It indicates a state of serious lack that leads to self-flattery displeasing to God (Rev. 3, 17-18).  We must have an aggressive form of piety; else we lack the power of godliness.

He blesses many with seasons of refreshing & wants to do as much [as possible] for us, and will if we will seek Him and work.

GEORGE WASHINGTON BARRETT