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Life From the Dead Or the Valley of Dry Bones   7 comments

Life from the Dead

Above:  The Original Document

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Ezek. 37, 1-10

Israel’s condition here seen in a vision; fittingly illustrates the sinner’s spiritual condition.

I.

“Dry bones,” devoid of spiritual life.  Figure is not too strong.  Men are powerless to move Godward if life to themselves–are “very dry,” devoid of life.

II.

“Can these bones live?”  Is there any hope for a poor lost sinner?  Yes.  “The dead shall hear the voice of the Son of God and they that hear shall live.”  (Jno. 5, 21 & 25-26)  “He [is] able to save to the uttermost.”  (Heb. 7, 25)  No case is hopeless.

III.

Means to be used:

(1)  “Prophesy.”  “O ye dry bones, hear ye the word of the Lord” (v. 4).  “Preach the word” (2 Tim. 4, 2).  It pleaseth God by the foolishness of preaching to save them that believe” (1 Cor. 1, 21).  “The word of God is quick and powerful,” etc. (Heb. 4, 12).

(2)  Prayer for the Spirit to impart life.  “Come, O breath, and breathe upon these slain” (v. 9).  “Grieve not the Spirit” (Eph. 4, 30).  “Quench not the Spirit” (1 Thes. 5, 19).  We need his power to awaken and save sinful souls.

IV.

God waits to be gracious.  How concerned he is about our salvation.

Let us look with much prayer for his saving power.

GEORGE WASHINGTON BARRETT

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The Fellowship of Jesus Christ   4 comments

Fellowship of Jesus Christ

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1 Cor. 1, 9

I.  

Ours is a high calling into “fellowship of Jesus Christ, into participation with him of the glorious things of God,” an enjoyment in common “with Christ” (Rev. 3, 20, 1 Jno. 1, 3).

II.

Fellowship with him in all the graces of his eternal kingdom, as:

(1)  Victory over sin.  “I have overcome the world.”  Seven promises to the “overcomers”–Rev. chapters 1 & 2.  Faith is the victory.  Blessed triumph!!

(2)  Peace.  “My peace I give unto you.”  “Peace be unto you.”  “We have peace with God,” supplanting strife in the soul.

(3)  Love to God and man, until we are disposed toward all men as he is–all desires, aspirations and hopes held in love, born of love.

(4)  Service.  “He went about doing good,” ministering to men.  “The fellowship of his sufferings.”  “My meat is to do the will of him that sent me.”

(5)  The climax–fellowship in his eternal glory.  “That they may be with me…that they may behold my glory which thou hast give  me” (Jno 17, 24).

Can the heart wish for more?

This is our privilege through or in Christ.

GEORGE WASHINGTON BARRETT

The Enrichment of Life   8 comments

Enrichment of Life

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EDITOR’S NOTE:

I have had to reconstruct some text due to the fraying of the page at the right margin.

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

FEBRUARY 3, 2014 COMMON ERA

THE FEAST OF SAINT NICHOLAS KASATKIN, ORTHODOX ARCHBISHOP OF ALL JAPAN

THE FEAST OF SAINT ANSKAR, ROMAN CATHOLIC ARCHBISHOP OF HAMBURG-BREMEN

THE FEAST OF GIOVANNI PIERLUIGI DA PALESTRINA, COMPOSER

THE FEAST OF MILLARD FULLER, FOUNDER OF HABITAT FOR HUMANITY

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1 Cor. 1, 5

see 2 Cor. 8, 7; Rom. 11, 33; Eph. 3, 8; Col. 1, 27

I.

A pastor’s pleasure that his people receive grace from Christ.  He (Christ) came “that they might have live…abundantly.”  “What a wonderful change in my life has been wrought.”

II.

Paul thankful for their enrichment:

1.  In utterance, or speech, knowing what to teach.  Evil thoughts and utterance–charitable conversation no longer given place. But kindness, charitable, brotherly spirit holds sway.  “Love suffereth long and is kind…thinketh no evil.”  “Let the words…and meditations…be acceptable.”–Psalm 19

2.  “In all knowledge of God’s will.”  He opens our eyes to see what once was mysterious and dark.  Now “we behold worldly things in his law.”  The Spirit illumines his word as we study it.  “Thy word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path” (Psalm 119,  105).    Religious literature a great blessing.

Such a life increasing in understanding and love more and more.  Paul prayed to this end.  “The Lord make you to increase and abound in love” (1 Thes. 3).  See also 1 Thes. 4, 10:  “We beseech you that ye increase in love more and more.”

III.

The riches of Christ Jesus are unsearchable.  “The riches of grace in Christ Jesus are better than gold.”  They are for us as we press on to appropriate them and so be thereby constantly enriched in our experience.

Let us not fail to grow in grace constantly.  Who does not want to know more of him and extend the greater blessing to others?

More love to thee, O Christ and to all men.

GEORGE WASHINGTON BARRETT

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

1 Corinthians   1 comment

1 Corinthians

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

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Chapter 1:

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

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2014/02/03/the-enrichment-of-life/

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2014/03/10/the-fellowship-of-jesus-christ/

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2014/04/26/life-from-the-dead-or-the-valley-of-dry-bones/

Chapter 2:

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/01/26/pauls-preaching-at-corinth/

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

Chapter 3:

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/05/19/ye-are-christs/

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/05/19/gods-fellow-workers/

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/05/19/the-churchs-one-foundation/

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/05/18/saved-for-good-works/

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2014/03/10/the-only-sure-foundation/

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2014/04/19/christ-is-all-to-believers/

Chapter 6:

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2014/03/11/we-belong-to-god/

Chapter 8:

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/08/31/john-3-16/

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/06/10/my-brothers-keeper/

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/05/22/questioned-things/

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/05/18/redemption-through-his-blood/

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

Chapter 9:

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/05/20/subjection-of-the-body/

Chapter 10:

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/06/27/the-promises-of-god/

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/06/10/my-brothers-keeper/

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/05/20/take-heed-lest-you-fall/

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

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2014/01/29/peter-followed-afar-off/

Chapter 11:

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/08/20/the-lords-supper/

Chapter 13:

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/05/30/spiritual-religion-and-ritualism/

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/05/22/love-the-all-important-thing/

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/01/26/gods-hostility-to-all-sin/

Chapter 15:

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/05/22/christ-abolishing-all-enemies/

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/05/20/the-resurrection-of-jesus/

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/05/20/the-hurt-of-evil-associations/

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/01/26/gods-hostility-to-all-sin/

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

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2014/02/04/evil-associates/

Chapter 16:

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

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/05/20/responsibility-equals-opportunity/

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/02/06/mans-duty-to-love-christ/

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/02/03/the-great-and-effectual-door/

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2014/03/11/the-open-door/

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