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“Whom Having Not Seen Ye Love”   3 comments

Whom Having Not Seen Ye Love

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1 Peter 1, 8

I.

They believed in him as Lord and Savior because of his life–his manifest goodness and love.  “Thou art the Christ, the Son of the Living God.”  “These are written [that] ye might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing, ye might have life through his name.”  (Jno. 20, 31)

II.

This faith brings him into our hearts, and so we come to love him not only for love for us in his death but for what he is to us in our inner experience.  He is our salvation indeed.  We do not see him, but [he] is more real to us than he was to his disciples when he was in the flesh.  We love him because he first loved us and because [he] is so much to us now.  How loving and lovable he is!  Who can refuse to love such a Friend?

III.

“And rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory.”

Being accepted of God through him our hearts are filled with joy in him.

“Rejoice in the Lord always; and again I say rejoice.” (Phils. 4, 4)

GEORGE WASHINGTON BARRETT

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High Thoughts   1 comment

High Thoughts

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Phils. 4, 8

I.

Man an animal that things.  Thought rules the world, for good or bad.

II.

Thoughts on a low, evil plain corrupt life and infect others for evil–they make it easy to yield to sin.

God save us from dwelling on evil in our thinking.

III.

The need of the age is for imperial thinking–on things that are pure, good, and ennobling.  They lift one up above the evil things.  Hence the text.  Direct and hold the mind to these good things.

(1)  They strengthen one against temptation until one spurns the temptation of evil.

(2)  They help fit us for noble living.

Fill the mind with every good, true, and beautiful thought possible.  And be happy and blest.

GEORGE WASHINGTON BARRETT

Things of Good Report   2 comments

Things of Good Report

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Phils. 4, 8

I.

Man an animal that thinks–wise or otherwise.  Many helpful lines of thought, others hurtful.  “As a man thinketh.”  Thoughts come to fruitage in character–come out in words and deeds.

II.

We should wisely choose our thinking.

(a)  Never dwell on low, course, vulgar, questionable, sinful things.  Flee from these–2 Cor. 10, 5.  Rise above all such.

(b)  Think on what is of good report–that which meets the approval of noble souls.  It is here–the beautiful, true, useful, good.  It elevates minds and character, makes right living easier.  Consecrate your best effort to these high things.

(c)  Reading choice literature a great help–the Bible, other devotional matter, the Hymn Book, output of the religious press, biographies of great, good men.  “Improve in the best things.”

“Reading makes a full reward.”  “Overcome evil with good.”  Crowd out the evil with the good.

Noble thoughts are helpful company.

Pray for help in your efforts.

GEORGE WASHINGTON BARRETT

Philippians 2, 6-8   1 comment

Philippians 2, 6-8

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I.

The coming of Christ was with real sacrifice.  God’s Son, on an equality with the Father.  But he left the courts of glory to dwell among us, subject to life’s limitations and sufferings.

II.

To appear in his glory was his right, or privilege; but he did not; he laid aside his glory, emptied himself of it, and appeared in the likeness of man, becoming a servant.  God clothed in human flesh!  What condescension!

III.

“Humbled himself,” submitted to the scoffs of man and the power of death, even the most shameful men could inflict–all out of love for us poor sinful creatures.

IV.

What must sin be in the sight of God, seeing [that] it required so deep abasement in Jesus Christ to make atonement for it.  Surely we can never again think lightly of sin!

Let us exalt his name, yielding our lives to him to serve one another in his name.

GEORGE WASHINGTON BARRETT

The Mind of Christ   1 comment

Mind of Christ

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Phils. 2, 5

I.

Christ Jesus, the divine-human person, is the highest ideal of the race,

1.  Love and goodness,

2.  Humility,

3.  Service–his meat was to do the will of Him who sent him.

II.

We should pattern our lives after him, strive in all things to be like him, catch his spirit and reproduce his life.

“Was Christ a man like us?  Ah! let us see

If we too can be such a man as he.”–Matthew Arnold

Our mental attitudes and our love shape our lives.

May we love like he did and seek to serve as did he, that “the world may see Jesus in us.”

GEORGE WASHINGTON BARRETT

The Lighthouse   2 comments

The Light House

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Matt. 5, 16

Phils. 2, 15

I.  

The lighthouse stands above in its place on the shore, amid calm and storm despite the gales.  It must be strong.

II.

Nothing can take its place.  It marks a certain danger point that seamen may be warned.  It is needed right where it is.

III.

At night its light shines.  That is its business.  Thereby many lives and much property are saved.

IV.

Christians are lighthouses.  Their light is derived from Christ, the original source of spiritual light and truth.

(a)  The place they occupy is important.  They should be true to Christ despite all opposition.

(b)  It is our business to let our light shine.  “Men do not light a candle and put it under a bushel,” but on a candlestick.

(c)  Thereby many are saved from going astray.

“Among whom ye shine as lights in the world.”

It is for Him we are to shine.  What a privilege!

GEORGE WASHINGTON BARRETT

Philippians   1 comment

Philippians

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

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Chapter 1:

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/03/24/live-as-becometh-the-gospel/

Chapter 2:

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/07/11/brotherly-love-proof-of-our-discipleship/

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/05/18/christs-great-humiliation/

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

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2014/03/13/the-mind-of-christ/

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2014/03/13/philippians-2-6-8/

Chapter 3:

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/06/27/grow-in-knowledge/

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/05/18/losing-all-things-for-christ/

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/11/09/the-gradations-of-life/

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2014/01/12/christs-victory-and-ours/

Chapter 4:

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/05/26/trust-in-the-lord/

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/05/18/womans-work-in-the-gospel/

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2014/03/14/things-of-good-report/

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2014/03/14/high-thoughts/

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2014/04/19/whom-having-not-seen-ye-love/

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