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Ecclesiastes 12, 1; 2 Corinthians 6, 2b   2 comments

Ecclesiastes-2 Corinthians

Above:  The Original Document

Image Source = Kenneth Randolph Taylor

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…behold, now is the accepted time; behold now is he day of salvation.

Authorized Version

I.

Proneness to forget our need of God.  Things of the world press upon us and demand our attention.  When we do think of him we yield to the suggestion of Satan to put it off.  He urges delay.

II.

We are very dependent on God.  We greatly need his blessings–providential and his his saving power.  We should give him our hearts without delay.  He wants the life–whole life.

(a)  “Remember now thy Creator.”  Don’t put off so great a matter.  Delay is dangerous.  It will add to our indifference, until after a while we will lose all interest in the matter.  Then it will be very difficult to arouse any concern about it all.

(b)  Choosing God as our portion while young, and the younger the better, has great advantages.  (1)  It saves from many offenses and other hurt.  (2)  It gives more time to become more like Christ and become strong.  (3)  It gives us more time in which to do good in his name.

III.

Why spend a day in sin?  There is no need of it.  “Now is the accepted time.  Today is the day of salvation.”  God is ready now.  Begun right now.  He will pardon and save now.

GEORGE WASHINGTON BARRETT

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Ecclesiastes   1 comment

Ecclesiastes

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

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Chapter 8:

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/05/22/emboldened-to-sin-by-long-suffering/

Chapter 12:

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/05/26/give-me-thine-heart/

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/05/22/the-quest-of-the-supreme-good/

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2012/01/11/thoughts-from-the-twelfth-chapter-of-ecclesiastes/

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2014/03/13/ecclesiastes-12-1-2-corinthians-6-2b/

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

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“Give Me Thine Heart”   3 comments

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Above:  Father and Son, Detroit, Michigan, July 1942

Image Creator = Farm Security Administration

Image Source = Library of Congress

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Reproduction Number = LC-USF34-110085-E

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Page 194 of the Sermon Outlines Book:

Prov. 23, 26

1.  God is the supreme need of the heart.  He alone is the source of spiritual life.  Separated from Him the soul dies.

2.  Hence he calls to all as a father:  “My son, give me thine heart.”  This is his speech to every human soul; give thy affections to God, as to love Him with all thy heart.

(1)  For our good He calls.  Would cleanse our heart for his own indwelling that we may rejoice in Him.  Would cast out Satan and reign there in love.

(2)  He is a jealous God.  It displeases God that man should dare love another.  Our hearts are His of right and He simply asks for his own.  He only can make us happy.

3.  This exhortation is a call to believe, love, and obey Him which is the sum of his exhortation and counsels to every child of man.  (Mark 12:30 & 33)

4.  When we do this, to serve Him is a delight.  We give up sinful and baser pleasures for higher, holier, even heavenly joys.

“Tongue can never express the sweetest comfort and peace,” one finds.

Then hear his call, give him your heart, and let heaven come into your heart.  Will you receive Him?

GEORGE WASHINGTON BARRETT

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Page 269 of the Sermon Outlines Book:

Prov. 23, 26

1.  God is the supreme need of the heart.  No one can afford to try to get along without his blessing.  He is the source of all and we need him every day.

2.  Hence He called us to give Him, to love Him and live for Him every day.  It displeases Him if we love the wrong instead of Him.

3.  We can love Him–our hearts were made to love.  We can decide now to live for Him henceforth.  He loves us & so we can love Him.

4.  While we are children is the time to decide for Him.

(1)  It is easier to do it now.  See Ecc. 12, 1.  Habits of wrongdoing are  not formed.

(2)  It is the only safe thing–there is danger in delay.  By delaying one gets farther away.  Now is the best time you will ever have.

5.  Don’t you want to live right, to love God and serve Him, and get home to heaven?  Don’t you want Him to bless you now?

GEORGE WASHINGTON BARRETT

The Quest of the Supreme Good   1 comment

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Above:  Some of the Possessions of Charles Foster Kane, from Citizen Kane

(A Screen Capture)

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EDITOR’S NOTE:

I, as a student of history and as an intellectual, have only supreme respect for history, science, and philosophy.  They do not seek knowledge selfishly, as a means to an end, alone.  There is much value in pure knowledge and applied knowledge alike.  As to seeking wisdom as a means to an end, what is wrong with that?

That said, I do recognize a superior wisdom.

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

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Ecc. 12, 13

This book is full of placards as to the Preacher’s quest of the supreme good.  An old question but important to all.  Why not heed his conclusions, with others?

1.  The supreme good in wisdom?  In questions of history, science, & philosophy?  These seek knowledge selfishly.  It is only a means to an end.  It fails when needs are greatest.

2.  Pleasure is sought.  After it is to invite bitter disappointment & maybe shame.  Often she is an absent goddess when needed most.  A sea of shallows & full of breakers.  See the many wrecks therein.

3.  Wealth is a special temptation.  Cares increase as does wealth.  It is too insecure.  It bringeth a snare.  Can’t buy happiness.  “Gain the world & lose his own soul?”

4.  Wisdom, wealth, and pleasure combined can’t give peace.  Many who possess them are not happy.  “All my possessions for a moment of time.’

5.  This is the end of the matter.  Only those who fear & obey God are happy and all such are.

(1)  This meets every need of the heart.  This is better than gold.

(2)  This religion is the supreme philosophy of man & God, never rivaled nor supplanted.  All else is valuable only as it leads to this discovery.

GEORGE WASHINGTON BARRETT

Thoughts from the Twelfth Chapter of Ecclesiastes   1 comment

Above:  Family Bible

Image Source = David Ball

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Remember thy Creator

In youth’s bright, sunny day;

Ere age shall come with sorrow,

And take thy joys away.

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Ere sun and moon be darkened,

And stars forbear to shine;

Ere clouds of doubt shall hover

And cares distract thy min’–

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The strong shall bow themselves

The mighty and the great

The voice of joy be silenced

And all be desolate,

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For when the cord is loosed

And broke the golden bowl,

Then dust to dust returneth

To God the living soul.

JOHN DODSON TAYLOR, SR.

Posted January 11, 2012 by neatnik2009 in John Dodson Taylor Sr.--Poems

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