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

Life from the Dead

Above:  The Original Document

Image Source = Kenneth Randolph Taylor

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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

“Abstain From Evil.”   1 comment

Abstain from Evil

Above:  The Original Document

Image Source = Kenneth Randolph Taylor

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EDITOR’S COMMENT:

I am honest person, one with no poker face.  That said, I have lied from time to time.  I have been polite and dishonest when being honest would have been rude and created a needless and awkward social situation.  I have gone along with what dementia patients have said contrary to reality.  To have done otherwise would have been to create an unnecessary argument, which the patient would have forgotten soon anyway.  And no, that dress does not make any woman look fat.

A timeless moral standard in dealing with other people is seek the best for that person.  Thus we ought never to create trouble for them.  Much lying casts blame onto innocent people, hence the great portion of fault with such dishonesty.  And, of course, if one lies often, how are the rest of us to know when he or she is telling the truth?  That is a valid point also.

As I wrote, I have no poker face, thus my default status is honesty.  That is the best default policy when dealing with a person in his or her right mind.  That said, the entire truth is not always necessary and proper.  And I suspect, given my absence of a poker face, that my socially polite white lies have been transparent.

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

APRIL 22, 2014 COMMON ERA

THE FEAST OF GENE BRITTON, EPISCOPAL PRIEST

THE FEAST OF CESAR CHAVEZ, LABOR UNION LEADER

THE FEAST OF CHARLES HAMILTON HOUSTON, ATTORNEY

THE FEAST OF SAINT FIDELIS OF SIGMARINGEN, CAPUCHIN FRIAR AND MARTYR

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1 Thes. 5, 22

I.

To fall a victim of evil is the world’s greatest tragedy.  Man was created for high and holy things.  Evil overthrows God’s good designs for man and brings in utter confusion and destruction.  One should thoughtfully determine to avoid it in all its forms.

II.

Avoid a flippant attitude of mind.  It drives away sober, sound thinking and encourages the fool in his folly.

III.

Flee irreverence.  Do not forget that God is holy and we should reverence him.  Never take his name in vain, nor smile when another does.  Profanity is extremely censurable.  There can be no excuse for it.  It plunges one headlong toward destruction, and makes his return difficult.  Would you say it if you knew it were your last utterance?

IV.

Refuse to tell lies.  You have to live with yourself.  A liar is a hurtful, unwholesome companion.  Speak the truth.  Be true.   Let men know your word is your bond.  A simple truth can place error in a very embarrassing position.  Truth is ennobling always.  Resist evil and be spared its blighting curse.

“Cleave to that which is good.”  In so doing there is great reward.

GEORGE WASHINGTON BARRETT

1 Thessalonians   1 comment

1 Thessalonians

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

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Chapter 1:

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

Chapter 3:

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/05/27/the-heart-established-by-love/

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

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

Chapter 4:

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

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

Chapter 5:

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/04/28/quench-not-the-spirit/

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2014/04/22/abstain-from-evil/

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

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Quench Not the Spirit   1 comment

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Above:  Design Drawing for Stained-Glass Tondo Window with the Holy Spirit

Created by J. & R. Lamb Studios, 1950-1990

Image Source = Library of Congress

(http://www.loc.gov/pictures/item/LAMB2006000221/)

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1 Thes. 5, 19

1.  This is the Holy Spirit come to convince the world of sin and to testify to Christ.  He alone does.

2.  He is to guide into all truth and impart needed grace daily.  Will impart more & more of the fullness of Christ to us.  Will impart power to resist evil and to serve God acceptably.  This is imperative for us.  If he should leave us alone we would be helpless and undone forever.

3.  But all this is possible only to those who would yield to his influence.  We may resist him–quench his influence–hence the text, “Ye do always resist the Holy Spirit as your fathers did.”  Why should we?  He seeks only our good.  We may yield to him and find peace and enlargement of soul.

4.  Be sure you do not resist or hinder the Spirit.  He is God; give Him the right-of-way in your life.  Follow gladly only where He leads.  At the peril of your soul do not quench Him.  Do now just what He impresses you to do.

GEORGE WASHINGTON BARRETT