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Fixedness of Purpose   2 comments

Fixedness of Purpose

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Ps. 57, 7

I.

To live in Christian life is certainly the wisest possible course to pursue–the richest life men know.  Revelation and the experiences of men emphasize it.

II.

But there are many allurements, influences, to draw men away from it.  There is need to watch and pray that one may escape these snares.

III.

Hence one should think seriously and make his decision for life, settle it in his heart to live right.  Take himself in hand and determine his course.  “A double-minded man is unstable in all his ways.”  Jas., 1, 8

(a)  “Looking unto Jesus” for wisdom and strength, remembering that we are weak and need help.  The choice and effort are ours.  God will supply all the grace we need.  “Keep close to Jesus all the way!”

(b)  Reflect how nothing is gained by living in sin, by conforming to the world.  All who have tried it found to their sorrow the hurt of sin.

(c)  This determination helps us when tempted to say no at once.  “No; I have settled it.  I am determined to live for God.  I shall spend my life in his service.”  It helped Joseph, David, and all whose hearts were fixed.

Is yours?

GEORGE WASHINGTON BARRETT

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“Cast Thy Burden Upon the Lord and He Shall Sustain Thee.”   4 comments

Cast Thy Burden

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EDITOR’S COMMENT:

My great-grandfather quoted “What a Friend We Have in Jesus,” which Joseph Scriven wrote circa 1855, at least according to Sing to the Lord, the 1993 hymnal of the Church of the Nazarene.  (I have over a hundred physical hymnals and many more digital ones, for I like to sample different hymnodies.  Thus I have a rather broad collection.)  The quote from that hymn brought to my memory a comment which a parishioner (now departed) of Christ Episcopal Church, Dublin, Georgia, told me ten years ago.  Betty explained why she disliked the song:

Do thy friends despise, forsake thee?

Anyone who would do that is not a friend, she said. Betty was correct about that point.  She pointed out a logical hole in the text, for if one has such “friends,” one might be like Job.

Jesus is, of course, the greatest friend anyone could want and have.

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

MARCH 16, 2014 COMMON ERA

THE SECOND SUNDAY IN LENT, YEAR A

THE FEAST OF SAINTS ADALBALD OF OSTEVANT, RICTRUDIS OF MARCHIENNES, AND THEIR RELATIONS

THE FEAST OF SAINT ABRAHAM KIDUNAIA, ROMAN CATHOLIC HERMIT, AND SAINT MARY OF EDESSA, ROMAN CATHOLIC ANCHORESS

THE FEAST OF SAINT GIOVANNI BATTISTA PERGOLESI, COMPOSER

THE FEAST OF MARTIN BOEHM, COFOUNDER OF THE CHURCH OF THE UNITED BRETHREN IN CHRIST

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1 Peter 5, 7

Ps. 55, 22

Gal. 6, 2

I.

All have cares, burdens, sorrows of [the] heart, afflictions.  He saw so many weak–the lame, the blind, the halt-afflicted [This makes no sense to me, but I have examined my great-grandfather’s handwriting closely, and that is what he seems to have written.], either self or loved ones, many bodily ills, the dead.

Could one look on and his heart not be stirred?

II.

What [to] do with them?  Bring them to Jesus.  No care was hopeless.

Jesus never turned a soul away who came in faith.  “He was moved with compassion”–suffered with them.  “Able to do exceedingly all we ask or think”–Eph. 3, 20-21.  John [the] Baptist’s disciples “buried his body and went and told Jesus.”

“I cannot bear these burdens alone.”  Some try, [but] break under the load and destroy their lives.

III.

Sometimes it is a real relief to tell some sympathetic friend one’s troubles.  Tell it to Jesus; he will help.

“What a friend we have in Jesus.

Carry everything to God in prayer.

He cares for you.  Your cares are his cares.

GEORGE WASHINGTON BARRETT

Salvation of the Righteous   1 comment

Salvation of the Righteous

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EDITOR’S COMMENT:

I have read of students in the United States of America who cannot read cursive or even italic, for many schools have stopped teaching pupils how to write either.  (My teachers taught me cursive in my early elementary years, but I modified it into italic by free will.  Thus my capital Q resembles a Q, not a 2, for example.)  And I have had some students in college courses I have taught who have not known how to read my italic comments.  (My handwriting was not that bad!)  They have admitted that they cannot read cursive or italic.  I thought of such matters while typing the text of these sermon notes, examining certain words carefully to ponder what they might be.  I figured them out, of course, but I have known people who would not have known where to start.  That is truly unfortunate.

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

MARCH 16, 2014 COMMON ERA

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Ps. 37, 39

I.

“Salvation” here in contrast with “the end” of the wicked in v. 38.   They “are cut off,” destroyed as the result of their sin.

The righteous are saved by the power and goodness of God.  It makes all the difference whether our lives [are] in sin or [we] turn to God.

II.

 Their salvation is of the Lord.  He saves them by his mercy and grace.  A great work beyond the ability of man to do.  The Lord can; he is stronger than Satan.  While on earth Jesus drove him out, overcame him and can do as much for us.  What a glorious fact this is!

III.

When trouble comes, for come it will, he will be their strength and stay–comes closest when we need him most, he cares and stands by us to help us.

(a)  He will give needed strength.  “Will be with us in six troubles and will not forsake us in the seventh.”

(b)  Will enable us to rise above it and triumph over it.  He “will help them and deliver them.” (v. 40)

All of this, of course, as we look to him for help.

“Because they trust in him.” (v. 40)

GEORGE WASHINGTON BARRETT

Posted March 16, 2014 by neatnik2009 in George Washington Barrett 1938-1942 M-Z, Psalms

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A Prayer for Divine Guidance   1 comment

Prayer for Divine Guidance

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Ps. 27, 11

I.

God, wise, holy, loving, knows what is best for all his children–knows what will be the result of every course of action.  “As for God his way is perfect.”  He never makes a mistake.

II.

Man is short-sighted at best.  He cannot see into the future.  His mind has been distorted by sin.  How needful he should pray the text.

(1)  “Teach me thy way, O Lord.”  Make known to me thy way of truth and righteousness.  Show me what is thy will concerning me.  I would live for thee in all things.

(2)  “Lead me in a plain path”–so plain that I will not doubt it is thy path for men.  Like a shepherd go before me, lead the way that I may follow close to thee.

(3)  “Because of mine enemies.”  On every hand evil forces, enemies of my soul, would ensnare my feet and work my undoing.  These evil forces do turn many to destruction.  Save me from them.

(4)  When I come to the end of the way take me by the hand and lead me to the home on high, assure me afresh of a blissful immortality.

GEORGE WASHINGTON BARRETT

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“Let Integrity and Righteousness Preserve Me.”   1 comment

Let Integrity and Uprightness Preserve Me

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Ps. 25, 21

I.

What you are is the most important part of you, equipment for life.

(1)  Technical training is necessary for many lines of service.  You will need it often–some more [than others].  Let no one minimize it.

(2)  But more important is a strong moral character.  Evil is constantly present and the pressure to yield to it is often very strong, until great strength is needed to adhere to the right.  In this realm are fought the great battles.

(3)  I suppose we agree that Daniel was fairly successful, although a captive in Babylon.  He took his religion with him, walked in his integrity.  He purposed in his heart that he would not defile himself with the portion of the king’s meat; his conscience disapproved of such a course.

III.

Integrity and uprightness can preserve us from the evils that confront us.

Money–all of it–cannot repay one for the loss of his soul.  “When honor dies the whole man is dead.”

“His word was his bond,” for his heart was true.

IV.

No wonder the Psalmist prayed to be preserved, saved from the evils of his day.  We need to follow his example and pray daily for needed strength of soul.

GEORGE WASHINGTON BARRETT

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The Blessedness of Avoiding Sin   1 comment

Blessedness of Avoiding Sin

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Ps. 1, 1 & 6

I.

All men desire happiness and blessedness.  All shrink from suffering.  Many seek it out in the wrong way.  It is had by all who seek it aright–“Blessed is the man”–blessedness is to the man.

II.

To be happy many things must be let alone.  Sin is the one evil and disturber in the world.  Something must be let alone.

(1)  Counsel of the ungodly–his advice touching any moral issue.  “If the blind lead the blind,” etc.  Perilous to advise a soul, as in the case of the woman  by mistake put off a train [at] a wood station out west in a blizzard and she and [her] babe froze.  Be sure you are right.

(2)  “Way of sinners”–Every sinner has his own way (a) drunkard, (b) covetousness, (c) unclean in thought and deed–lustful.

“Go not in the way of the wicked.”  At the peril of your soul turn from there.

III.

Why will one do wrong?

Why will one besmirch a good family name and embarrass his own offspring for a passing moment’s sin, and by his life turn others to destruction?  Let no one go on heedlessly, but think, and abstain from sin.

IV.

“The way of the ungodly shall perish.”

“Sin when it is finished bringeth forth death.”

The ungodly shall not stand in the judgment, but shall be cast out forever.

Let us avoid evil and be happy and dwell forevermore in blessedness.

GEORGE WASHINGTON BARRETT

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The King’s Children   1 comment

Songs from a Parsonage Kitchen

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To Mrs. W. T. Hamby, Who Always Makes Me Think of Psalm 45, 13

O, how shall we know the King’s children

Who, he says, are “all glorious within”?

In their souls this glory is hidden,

And our vision is clouded by sin.

There’s none who may enter the portals

Of a fellow-man’s immortal soul–

Then how shall we know the King’s children

From those under Satan’s control?

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Ah! this is the way you may know them

Who in truth are the King’s very own,

Who’re being changed into His image,

And obey his commands–every one.

Though while upon earth they are dwelling,

It is veiled by their flesh, yet ’tis true

From their eyes–the soul’s windows–this radiance

Unknown to themselves, will shine through.

NELLIE SEGUIN FOX BARRETT

GAINESVILLE, GEORGIA

JUNE 14, 1924 COMMON ERA

Posted February 13, 2014 by neatnik2009 in Nellie Sequin Fox Barrett--Writings, Psalms

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