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“Peter Followed Afar Off.”   3 comments

Peter Followed Afar Off

Above:  Part of the Original Document

Image Source = Kenneth Randolph Taylor

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EDITOR’S COMMENT:

My great-grandfather used the word “professor” to refer to one who professes faith, not someone who teaches at a college.

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. 26, 58a

I.

“This expression used by Matthew, Mark, and Luke gets at a vital matter, tells one feature of Peter’s fall.  Overconfidence failed to pray in Gethsemane hastily, smote off the servant’s ear, rebuked by Jesus, who restored the ear; he seemed not to know what to do; followed his Lord afar off, cowered under accusation of being a disciple, he denied his Lord.

II.

Here is a great lesson for every professor.  There is grave danger at a distance from the Lord.  Near him Peter was brave; far off he fell into sin as any man is liable to do.

(a)  Such a course usually begins in neglect of prayer and Bible study, then neglect of the other means of grace, then of some duty then of bad company, then outright sin.

(b)  Overconfidence is dangerous.  “Let him that thinketh he standeth take heed lest he that fall” (1 Cor. 10, 12).  Our strength is in the Lord.  “Keep close to Jesus all the way.”

III.

Peter’s denial was not final and fatal.  Jesus caught his eye and it broke his heart, and he went out and wept bitterly.  “A broken and a contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise.”  “If any man sin we have an Advocate with the Father” (1 Jno. 2, 1).

“Go tell my disciples and Peter.”  Jesus recommissioned him and he preached a great sermon at Pentecost and was true until death.

“Draw near to God and he will draw near to thee.”  Keep near him, being constantly faithful.

GEORGE WASHINGTON BARRETT

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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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The Promises of God   12 comments

2 Peter 1, 4

1.  The goodness of God through Jesus Christ is the basis of every offer of mercy.  In him all the promises are yea and amen.

2.  His promises cover every need of heart and life.  “Where sin abounded grace did much more abound.”

(1)  Promises pardon and cleansing to all who repent.  1 Jno. 1, 9; Prov. 2, 8 & 13; Deut. 4, 29

(2)  The Spirit to abide forever as a helper.  Are not left alone.

(3)  In temptation He will make a way of escape.  1 Cor. 10, 13; Jas. 1, 12; Rev. 3, 10; Luke 22, 28

(4)  Will be their help in trouble.  Deut. 33, 25; Job 5, 19; Ps. 91, 15-16; Ps. 138, 7; Isa. 43, 2-5.  Will cause all to work together for their good.

(5)  The resurrection is promised.  Land & sea shall give up their dead.

(6)  Heaven is distinctly promised to the righteous.

All His promises are to the children of God.  None are to the unrepentant.

What great grace offered on such easy terms!

GEORGE WASHINGTON BARRETT

My Brother’s Keeper   3 comments

Gen. 4, 9

1.  Am I in any way responsible for the welfare of my brother?  The query of the text a negative reply, originated in sin and a murderer was the first preacher of it.

2.  I am my brother’s keeper, because:

(a)  God created us both social beings with a common destiny.  What affects him touches me.  Each helps make the other’s environment.

(b)  I so conclude because I shall be judged for my conduct toward him.  “Inasmuch as ye did it to one of these ye did it to me.”  In serving my brother I serve Christ; in neglecting him I neglect my Lord.

3.  Then I am duty-bound to him to do him the good I can.

(a)  By trying to put evil out of his way.  “With thy meat destroy not him for whom Christ died….If eating meat cause my brother to stumble, I will eat no flesh forevermore.”  (1 Cor. 8, 13 & 10, 33)

(b)  By helping him over the rough places of life.  “If a man be overtaken in any trespass, ye who are spiritual restore such a one,” etc.  (Gal. 6, 1-2)

I must do what I can for his good.  Less than this is short of my plain duty not to mention my privileges.

GEORGE WASHINGTON BARRETT

Take Heed, Lest You Fall   2 comments

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Above:  Olive Tree Branches, 1916

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1 Cor. 10, 12

1.  The Jews had and used the means of grace, yet perished in the wilderness–all who left Egypt save two–Caleb and Joshua.

(a)  Were baptized unto Moses–the covenant made with him–thus obligated to obey it.

(b)  “Ate of that spiritual Rock–Christ,” signified by the manna given them.

2.  But God was displeased with most of them–all but two–because they sinned.  He is never pleased at anyone’s sins; let this be settled.  And they sinned grievously (vs. 6-9).

3.  They suffered the consequences of their sin–perished in the wilderness, failed of God’s good purpose concerning them.  It was a bitter harvest from what they had sown.  Sin defeats the object and end of our existence, and thwarts God’s purpose and endeavors concerning us.

4.  They were the natural branches and we Gentiles were grafted in (Rom. 10, 17-20).    If the natural branches were cut off, will not we who are grafted in be too, if like them we sin?

5.  Wherefore let us take heed to our lives, lest resting in mere outward appearances we fall.  We can stand, for He will help us in every temptation (v. 13).

GEORGE WASHINGTON BARRETT

Intemperance a Sin   8 comments

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Above:  Cover of Puck Magazine, August 28, 1907

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Summary from the Library of Congress page:

Illustration shows two men, one labeled “Georgia” and the other labeled “Maine”, both are holding bottles, one labeled “Orange Phosphate” and the other labeled “Cold Tea” which contain alcohol; their pockets are filled with such bottles, their method of subverting prohibition.

Image Source = Library of Congress

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I am, for the record, a practicing Episcopalian, albeit a relatively “dry” one.  I have no objection to the sale or use of alcohol yet do object to the abuse of that substance.  Abuse of anything is a sin, but alcohol is, in and of itself, morally neutral.  I think of an old (perhaps apocryphal) story about a lady who traveled on the lecture circuit for the Women’s Christian Temperance Union (WCTU).  At one town, she gave her stump speech about how God wants people to avoid alcohol completely.  Then she asked if anyone had any questions for her.  A young man raised his hand.  She called on him.  Then he asked,

If what you say is true, how do you explain Jesus turning water into wine?

The speaker replied,

I would like him better if he had not done that.

I also know the historical record regarding the unintended consequences of Prohibition in the United States.  Yes, alcohol consumption did decrease for decades, but Prohibition was a boon to corruption and organized crime.  There are limits to how much morality one can legislate effectively.

I recall a family story.  My great-grandfather, in his later years, received an unwelcome prescription.  His doctor told him to drink a small amount of wine with each evening meal.  My great-grandfather protested that alcohol had never passed his lips.  But my great-grandmother knew better; she had opened the packages containing fruit cakes when he had been elsewhere.  As we say in the South,

’nuff said.

Now, without further ado, are my great-grandfather’s thoughts on intemperance.

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

DECEMBER 30, 2012  COMMON ERA

THE FIRST SUNDAY AFTER CHRISTMAS, YEAR C

THE SIXTH DAY OF CHRISTMAS

THE FEAST OF SAINT ANYSIA, ROMAN CATHOLIC MARTYR

THE FEAST OF FRANCES JOSEPH-GAUDET, PRISON REFORMER

THE FEAST OF JOSEPHINE BUTLER, WORKER AMONG WOMEN

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Hab. 2, 12 & 15; 2 Jno. 11

1.  It is wrong to drink–beverages forbidden pigs make hogs; tipters make topers.  It is an evil for the (1) body (2) mind and (3) soul–damns it at the last.  “Is not wise,” is a fool (Prov. 20:1).  Drunkard classed with the thief & murderer (Gal. 5:19-21; Rev. 21:8)  Neither shall inherit eternal life.  “At the last it biteth like a serpent and stingeth like an adder.”

2.  Wrong to give it, or sell it.  (Hab. 2:15)  It hurts my brother whom I have no right to harm (1 Cor. 10:28 and 8:9; Romans 14:13).  Since I dare not touch the business, God’s curse is upon all who do.  We have no moral right to engage in that which destroys life eternally.

3.  It is wrong to endorse its sale–Hab. 2:12.  If one consents to murder, he is guilty of blood–2 Jno 11.  Shall we by vote or consent in any way to legalize the murder of souls.

God’s curse rests upon the whole traffic.  Let it alone in all its forms.  Do your duty for God and home  and native land.  If all the world goes to the bad, don’t you dare consent to it.  Live for God and the good of others.

GEORGE WASHINGTON  BARRETT