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The Gospel of Love   3 comments

Gospel of Love

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1 Jno. 3, 18

I.

Ours [is] a gospel of new attitudes, of love, [and] general good will.  It unites men to God and to each other.  Divisions and strife have no place.  “Where there is neither Jew nor Greek, bond nor free,” but brethren all in Christ.

II.

Respect for personality as sacred in the sight of God.  Hence purity of conduct and of desire are exalted and lust not tolerated.

The higher values of life magnified faith, love, righteousness, loyalty, integrity, and service.  Such a strong grasp of these spiritual, moral values, such devotion to Christ, that becomes courageous men in the face of death itself.

III.

Brotherly care for one another.  “One is our Master, were Christ, and all ye are brethren.”  If one member suffers, all suffer with it.  Like the good Samaritan, we want to help those who are in trouble.  Here is “a whole world of sympathy and love.”

IV.

Hence the desire of the church today to aid those who suffer–the homeless, bombed, dispossessed people, suffering and dying from famine, filled with black despair.  Now we can do something about it.  The church is calling us to do the heroic thing.  A great opportunity to manifest our love for them.  Who can say no?  The distressed stand at our door.

“Ye fed me,” etc.

GEORGE WASHINGTON BARRETT

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Posted March 10, 2014 by neatnik2009 in 1-3 John, George Washington Barrett 1938-1942 A-L

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Conduct Most Important   2 comments

Conduct Most Important

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EDITOR’S NOTE:

My great-grandfather used “professor” in a way which has fallen out of common use in my generation.  He referred to

professors of religion,

meaning those who profess a certain religion, not one who teaches religion at an institution of post-secondary education.

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

FEBRUARY 23, 2014 COMMON ERA

THE SEVENTH SUNDAY AFTER THE EPIPHANY, YEAR A

THE FEAST OF SAINTS WILLIGIS, ROMAN CATHOLIC ARCHBISHOP OF MAINZ; AND SAINT BERNWARD, ROMAN CATHOLIC BISHOP OF HILDESHEIM

THE FEAST OF SAINT DOSITHEUS, ROMAN CATHOLIC MONK

THE FEAST OF SAINT POLYCARP, ROMAN CATHOLIC BISHOP OF SMYRNA

THE FEAST OF SAMUEL WOLCOTT, U.S. CONGREGATIONALIST MINISTER

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“He that doeth righteousness is righteous.”–1 Jno. 3, 7

I.

All religion issues in conduct.  When explicit professors of religion to live accordingly. as does God.

II.

“Keep them from the evil.”  This is negative but very important.  He came to save us from our sins.  “One that feareth God and escheweth evil?”  Job 1, 8

III.

Loves men.  This is identical with love of God.  “He that loveth God, loves his brother also.”

“He that loveth not his brother whom he hath seen, how can he love God whom he hath not seen?”  1 Jno. 4, 20

IV.

Doing good.  This is the practical expression of love.

1.  Kind in our general attitude toward men–not critical, cold, harsh, but gentle and wishing all men well.

2.   Charitable toward others.  Ready to minister to their needs as we are able.  It is a great grace.  We can’t do all that is needed, but we can do something and that will help them and us.

Men rightly judge us more by what we do than by our profession.

GEORGE WASHINGTON BARRETT

Posted February 23, 2014 by neatnik2009 in 1-3 John, George Washington Barrett 1938-1942 A-L

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Heirs of God   8 comments

Heirs of God

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Rom. 8, 17

I.

By repentance of faith we are born into the kingdom of God–become “sons of God” (1 Jno. 3, 1-2).  “Thou art no more a servant but a son” (Gal. 4, 7).

II.

Now we have the rights of a son and are so treated–an “heir of God.”  What treasures God has to bestow upon us.  We are to enjoy him, our God and Father.  How glorious is our heritage!

III.

“Joint heirs with Christ.”  We are to share with Christ the treasures that are his by virtue of his Sonship.

(1)  The love of God–may feast on it as did our Lord.

(2)  Life in its fullness, “abundantly.”  God’s grace encircles life so much, and is sufficient for all our needs.

(3)  The Holy Spirit to dwell within and to guide and aid us.  It was by his help Jesus cast out demons and labored so helpfully.

(4)  The glories of the eternal world.  “All that I have is thine” (Lk. 15, 31b).  The right of the inheritance is thine” (Jer. 32, 8).  You and I inherit a farm.  I can’t say this field is mine and that yours.  Both alike own it and share it.  All alike belongs to Christ and us.

Shall we not enter upon our inheritance and enjoy it?

“As many as received him to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name.  Which were born…of God.” (Jno. 1, 12-13)

“Behold what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us that we should be called the sons of God….Beloved now are we the sons of God” (1 Jno. 3, 1-2)

“And if children then heirs; heirs of God and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him that we may be glorified together.” (Rom. 8, 17)

“And if ye be Christ’s, then are ye Abraham’s seed and heirs according to the promise.” (Gal. 3, 29)

“Wherefore thou art no more more a servant, but a son, and if a son then an heir of God through Christ.”  (Gal. 4, 7)

“That the Gentiles should be fellow-heirs, and of the same body, and partakers of his promise in Christ by the gospel.” (Eph. 3, 6)

“That being justified by his grace we should be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life.” (Titus 3, 7)

GEORGE WASHINGTON BARRETT

1 John   1 comment

1 John

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

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Chapter 1:

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

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/06/10/cains-offering-rejected/

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/06/10/pardon-and-cleansing/

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

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

Chapter 2:

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/06/27/the-care-of-the-soul/

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/06/10/life-eternal-for-the-obedient/

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

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2014/02/23/and-this-is-the-promise-that-he-hath-promised-us-even-eternal-life/

Chapter 3:

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/09/24/the-golden-rule/

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/06/10/cains-offering-rejected/

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/06/10/pardon-and-cleansing/

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/06/10/the-nature-of-sin/

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

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/05/30/the-witness-of-the-spirit/

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/03/01/genuine-love/

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

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2014/01/30/heirs-of-god/

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2014/02/23/conduct-most-important/

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2014/03/10/the-gospel-of-love/

Chapter 4:

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

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/04/28/victory-through-christ-within/

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2014/01/29/brotherly-love/

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2014/02/23/conduct-most-important/

Chapter 5:

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/06/10/the-victory-of-the-church/

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/05/30/the-witness-of-the-spirit/

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

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

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2014/02/23/and-this-is-the-promise-that-he-hath-promised-us-even-eternal-life/

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2014/03/10/1-john-5-4/

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Posted November 14, 2013 by neatnik2009 in 1-3 John, Guide Posts A-J

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The Golden Rule   2 comments

Golden Rule Notes September 13, 2013

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EDITOR’S COMMENT:

Some aspects of the post trouble me.  Even possibly blaming mothers (the reference in the post is vague, so I might have misunderstood it) falls under that criterion, as does any indication of ethnocentrism, something I consider as erroneous as cultural relativism.  And I know the difference between being born again and being born from above.  I am the latter, not the former.  My path to God was so gradual that the only anniversaries I can mark along it are those for rituals, by which time reality had long-since changed anyway.

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

SEPTEMBER 24, 2013 COMMON ERA

THE FEAST OF ANNA E. B. ALEXANDER, EPISCOPAL DEACONESS

THE FEAST OF CHRISTIAN X OF DENMARK AND HAAKON VII OF NORWAY, KINGS

THE FEAST OF PAULINE SPERRY, POLITICAL ACTIVIST

THE FEAST OF ROBERT MCAFEE BROWN, ECUMENIST

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In the 8th Psalm we are told that God has made us “little lower than the angels.”  Like God we have power to think and create.

Picture some of man’s great accomplishments–from the horse and buggy to the airplane–the world is small.  Such power needs control.  Therefore God has given us a Rule of Action–the Golden Rule:  “Whatsoever….”  Men have tried to give us rules for correct living, such as:

  • Confucius–500 B.C.–to the Chinese–340,000,000 followers.  Negative Rule–“What ye would not that others should do unto you, do ye not unto them.”
  • Buddha gave to the Eastern part of the world a religion that has nearly 1/4 of the people of the world as followers.
  • Brahma to Hindus of India–1000 B.C.–200 million followers.
  • Mohammed to Asia, Africa, and Eastern Europe–225 million followers.  His philosophy of life was founded on the teachings of the Bible and written in the Koran.

Each has given its people a civilization.  But what a difference in many respects.

Compare their progress to that of Christian nations.

State Golden Rule again and emphasize that is is one of action for OTHERS.

1.  Has America kept this rule in our dealings with other nations?

Largely so–but we have neglected to give them the best that our civilization stands upon–Christ’s teaching of the Brotherhood of Men and the worth of the individual.  We have given to them freely the fruits of the teachings of Christ, but we haven’t imbued them with the spirit behind it all.

Illustrate by Lenin’s visit to New York.  He saw there the great industrial side but no God or Golden Rule.  He conceived the idea that greatness depended on materialism.  Result–Communism.

2.  Yes, America tried in a way to give the WORLD to Christ, but we fell far short.  Our greatest missionary effort was put forth in 1925.  Catholics sent 30,000 missionaries at a cost of $30 million.  Protestants sent 30,000 missionaries at a cost of $60 million.  But suppose that we had sent a million missionaries at a cost of $1,500,000,000.  What might have been the result?  That amount of money was spent in a few weeks to destroy, not to bless, in our world wars.  We are still reaping the results of not carrying out Christ’s command to teach all nations.  Our boys are having to deal with barbarians instead of Christians.

3.  Are we keeping the Golden Rule in our personal contacts in our social and business life?

1 John 3:14–“We know that we have passed from death unto life, because we love the brethren.  He that loveth not his brother abideth in death.

Dorcas of the Bible led a life “full of good works.”  When she died all the widows stood by, showing all the coats and garments she had made.

A beautiful philosophy of life–an interpretation of the Golden Rule–is found in a poem by Sam Walter Foss.  This is a very familiar poem but one it pays to think about very often.  “The House by the Side of the Road”–Recite.  http://www.poemhunter.com/poem/the-house-by-the-side-of-the-road-2/

4.  Are we keeping the Golden Rule in our home life?

The Modern Home–See page 1, where mothers are blamed.

Recite–AT THE DOOR.

Yes, we love our own, but do we always show it?

I want to picture you through another lovely poem, one abut a poor, but very happy home.  Recite–Which Shall It Be?

5.  How can we get the desire and power to live the Golden Rule?  By being born again.  This gives us new desires, new thoughts, new ambitions, new loves.

We have something to pass on–salvation.

Recite–Measure of a Man–and Abou Ben Adem, if you have time.

GEORGE WASHINGTON BARRETT

Cain’s Offering Rejected   4 comments

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EDITOR’S NOTE:

The great mythic tale of Cain and Abel does not explain why God rejected Cain’s offering, although one might surmise that attitude might have had something to do with it.  Or maybe it is a story about agriculturalist versus pastoral societies.

I do detect in my great-grandfather’s notes upon which I base this post his antipathy for formal worship.  As I have written already in this series, I adore ritualism.

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

JUNE 10, 2013 COMMON ERA

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Gen. 4, 7

1.  God is no respecter of persons–is without partiality.  Is of great mercy unto all who call upon Him.

Who can doubt his good will?  When one pleases Him he smiles?  His approval is man’s joy & peace.

2.  Cain is conscious [that] God is not pleased with his formal service, and is in an ugly mood about it.  God shows him the reason.  Heb. 11, 4.  1 Jno. 3, 12.  Matt. 15, 8.

3.  He need not be mad at Abel, nor complain at God.  Sin–his own sin–is the trouble.

What a truth is here.  Rid of sin, rid of all disturbance of one’s peace.  Would men really believed it.

Cain should be mad at himself, for he is the guilty one.

4.  Cain could yet remedy the trouble and all would be well.  If he offer a righteous sacrifice God would accept him.

Men need not go another day without peace (1 Jno. 1, 9).

Do you have peace, is all well with your soul?

If not, get right with God now and you too shall rejoice in Him.

GEORGE WASHINGTON BARRETT

Pardon and Cleansing   5 comments

1 Jno. 1, 9

1.  All have sinned and come short of the glory of God (1 Jno. 1, 8 & 10).  This is the why of Christ’s death and of offered mercy.

2.  But Jesus Christ is a Saviour from sin (Matt. 1, 21).  He earnestly desires all men to be saved.  Hence he calls them to repent and believe Him.

3.  If we confess and forsake our sins He will forgive us.  This repentance must be the giving up of every sin though as dear as a night eye.  “Who confesseth and forsaketh his sins shall have mercy.”  Wonderful is this deliverance from guilt–condemnation, without which we are forever lost.

4.  But does He stop here?  Does He leave the heart in the same sinful state, only imputing to the penitent sinner the righteousness of Christ, and really not changing the heart, only pardoning the guilt?  If so why the last clause of the text?  “If any man be in Christ he is a new creature?–all new.  Men are promised a new heart and the gift of the Spirit–Ezek. 36, 25.  Else what is the new birth.  Pardons & regenerates is the scriptural doctrine of conversion.  Heb. 2, 17 & 9, 14.  1 Jno. 3, 5.  Rev. 1, 5.

GEORGE WASHINGTON BARRETT