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Amos   1 comment

Amos

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

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Chapter 3:

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/06/07/on-walking-with-god/

Chapter 4:

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/06/07/prepare-to-meet-thy-god/

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

Chapter 6:

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/06/07/the-indifferent-professors/

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Posted November 13, 2013 by neatnik2009 in Guide Posts A-J, Minor Prophets

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Prepare to Meet Thy God   1 comment

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Above:  Last Judgment Icon

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EDITOR’S NOTE:

My great-grandfather wrote:

We have only the present.  This is our only probation–death fixes the destiny of the soul forever.

I do not assume, however, that grace to do its work only while we have breath or brain activity.

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

JUNE 7, 2013 COMMON ERA

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Amos 4, 12

I.

Why this call?

1.  After all His efforts they had not humbled themselves in penitence.

2.  So He, the God of hosts, mighty in power, calls them to meet Him in some awful judgment, nothing but judgment left.

II.  

How may we prepare?

1.  Sin is the trouble, as always.

2.  Jesus’ blood is our only redemption.  His mercy is our only hope.

3.  So it is either penitence and mercy, or an awful judgment.

“Awake, thou that sleepest, and arise from the dead and Christ shall give thee light.”  Ninevah awoke and was spared.  Will you repent at the call of his spirit?

III.

When prepare?

1.  We have only the present.  This is our only probation–death fixes the destiny of the soul forever.

2.  Life is so uncertain, we can’t afford to risk delay.  Many have risked all and lost all.  Be wise in seeking Him today.

GEORGE WASHINGTON BARRETT

Rejecting God’s Overtures   5 comments

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Above:  Two Yoked Oxen Between 1860 and 1900

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Prov. 29, 1

1.  God reproves men in sin many times as by His providences the gospel conviction of the Holy Spirit, warnings of friend, etc.  He is in earnest about it all.  It is not mere advice but is a command.

2.  But men do not always heed him; they often “refuse and rebel,” reject the easy yoke He gives.  “Ye would not,” said Christ to Jerusalem.  “Ye would not come to me.”  “Ye do always resist the Holy Spirit.”  All who are in sin do just this.  They reject the messenger and his message; hence [they] reject Him who sent it.

3.  But man must “repent or perish.”  “Saul, it is hard for thee to kick against the goads.”  “He that hardeneth his neck shall suddenly be destroyed,” broken as a potter’s vessel that cannot He mend.  Jer. 19, 11; Isa. 30, 14.  Who rejects Christ rejects his only hope–thus the Jews destroyed their own nation.

4.  “Without remedy.”  What more can be done for those who reject the gospel?  There is nothing left for God to do but to let them suffer from their own folly.  Prov. 1, 31; Amos 4, 12; 1 Cor. 16, 1.

Then heed His warnings, yield to His overtures ere it be too late, and be saved eternally.

GEORGE WASHINGTON BARRETT