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“Cast Thy Burden Upon the Lord and He Shall Sustain Thee.”   4 comments

Cast Thy Burden

Above:  The Original Document

Image Source = Kenneth Randolph Taylor

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EDITOR’S COMMENT:

My great-grandfather quoted “What a Friend We Have in Jesus,” which Joseph Scriven wrote circa 1855, at least according to Sing to the Lord, the 1993 hymnal of the Church of the Nazarene.  (I have over a hundred physical hymnals and many more digital ones, for I like to sample different hymnodies.  Thus I have a rather broad collection.)  The quote from that hymn brought to my memory a comment which a parishioner (now departed) of Christ Episcopal Church, Dublin, Georgia, told me ten years ago.  Betty explained why she disliked the song:

Do thy friends despise, forsake thee?

Anyone who would do that is not a friend, she said. Betty was correct about that point.  She pointed out a logical hole in the text, for if one has such “friends,” one might be like Job.

Jesus is, of course, the greatest friend anyone could want and have.

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

MARCH 16, 2014 COMMON ERA

THE SECOND SUNDAY IN LENT, YEAR A

THE FEAST OF SAINTS ADALBALD OF OSTEVANT, RICTRUDIS OF MARCHIENNES, AND THEIR RELATIONS

THE FEAST OF SAINT ABRAHAM KIDUNAIA, ROMAN CATHOLIC HERMIT, AND SAINT MARY OF EDESSA, ROMAN CATHOLIC ANCHORESS

THE FEAST OF SAINT GIOVANNI BATTISTA PERGOLESI, COMPOSER

THE FEAST OF MARTIN BOEHM, COFOUNDER OF THE CHURCH OF THE UNITED BRETHREN IN CHRIST

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1 Peter 5, 7

Ps. 55, 22

Gal. 6, 2

I.

All have cares, burdens, sorrows of [the] heart, afflictions.  He saw so many weak–the lame, the blind, the halt-afflicted [This makes no sense to me, but I have examined my great-grandfather’s handwriting closely, and that is what he seems to have written.], either self or loved ones, many bodily ills, the dead.

Could one look on and his heart not be stirred?

II.

What [to] do with them?  Bring them to Jesus.  No care was hopeless.

Jesus never turned a soul away who came in faith.  “He was moved with compassion”–suffered with them.  “Able to do exceedingly all we ask or think”–Eph. 3, 20-21.  John [the] Baptist’s disciples “buried his body and went and told Jesus.”

“I cannot bear these burdens alone.”  Some try, [but] break under the load and destroy their lives.

III.

Sometimes it is a real relief to tell some sympathetic friend one’s troubles.  Tell it to Jesus; he will help.

“What a friend we have in Jesus.

Carry everything to God in prayer.

He cares for you.  Your cares are his cares.

GEORGE WASHINGTON BARRETT

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Galatians   1 comment

Galatians

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

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Chapter 2:

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/06/08/dead-yet-alive/

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/05/29/the-sufficiency-of-the-bible/

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2014/03/14/the-indwelling-christ/

Chapter 3:

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/05/18/be-filled-with-the-spirit/

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

Chapter 4:

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

Chapter 5:

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/08/29/regeneration/

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/06/08/dead-yet-alive/

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/05/20/subjection-of-the-body/

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2012/12/30/intemperance-a-sin/

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2014/02/05/devotedness-to-christ/

Chapter 6:

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/08/29/regeneration/

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/06/10/my-brothers-keeper/

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/06/08/the-branded-servant/

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/04/28/sowing-and-reaping/

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/03/31/yield-not-to-discouragements/

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2014/03/16/cast-thy-burden-upon-the-lord-and-he-shall-sustain-thee/

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Regeneration   9 comments

John 3, 7

1.  This is an important doctrine.  One’s ideas here will influence all his other views.  Its relation to experience is of great moment.  Be correct in opinion and experience of it.

2.  The ground of the doctrine is that scripture reveals man as a sinner.  His sinful nature necessitates the experience.  All have sinned.  Gen. 6, 5 & 8, 21; Ps. 5, 15 & 58, 3; Jer. 17, 9; Isa. 1, 5-6; Rom. 3, 23.  That Christ died for all Paul uses to prove that all have sinned.  Else why should Christ die for all?

3.  What is regeneration?

Not mere reformation, or good resolutions.  “To cause to be born anew, to bring forth again.”  The change in man (Gal. 5, 6-6:15) wrought by the Holy Spirit dethroning sin and enthroning Christ.  A complete moral change (see Ezek. 36, 25-27).  Depravity and uncleanness acquired by transgressions necessitate “the washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Spirit.”

4.  How is it received?  By faith.  God’s grace is conditional; He does not impose it upon those who do not want it.  “Ask and receive,” but ask in faith.  Man’s first step in sin was through unbelief.  His last step in finding mercy is faith.  The terms are simple and so easy [that] anyone can meet them and be saved.  Are you thus saved from your sins?

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

The Branded Servant   1 comment

Gal. 6, 17

1.  The devil would keep men from the night if he could.  Failing in this he tries to switch them off unto a side issue.  Paul had this trial.

2.  He was sure he was right.  The Spirit aided his understanding.  How much it means to know one is right.

3.  He had fixed it in his heart to do the right.  I will debate it no more.  “My heart is fixed.”  “A double-minded man is unstable.”  I received not my gospel from man, but God; why should I think of changing it?

4.  “For I bear branded in my body the marks of the Lord Jesus.”  My experiences have branded me a slave in his service.  Shall I deny & renounce it all now?

5.  What are the marks of a Christian?

(1)  Repentant spirit.  “My sin is ever before me.”–Paul.

(2)  Devotion to the right.  Love of God and of one another.  An interest in all good & in the salvation of all men.  “If ye love me ye will keep my commandments.”

(3)  Humility–willingness to suffer for Him.  Paul suffered as a good soldier.  By all these he was branded His, all His, and His only.  Here I abide forever.

GEORGE WASHINGTON BARRETT

Sowing and Reaping   1 comment

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Above:  Oklahoma Wheat, 1937

Image Created by the U.S. Farm Security Administration; Transferred to the Office of War Information in 1944

Image Source = Library of Congress

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Reproduction Number =  LC-USF34-016874-C

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EDITOR’S NOTE:

My great-grandfather was an old school Methodist.  He disapproved of all card games, alcoholic beverages, and other pleasures of life.  I, for one, have never felt threatened spiritually by an occasional drink; I have always been sober.  And many card games are quite harmless.  But I am a very different (more relaxed) spiritual animal than my great-grandfather was–a relatively “dry” Episcopalian, actually.

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

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Gal. 6, 7-8

1.  “Be not deceived” by yourself or others; “God is not mocked” by pretended instead of real services.  He knows what is real.  Do not persuade yourself you are living right unless God approves.

2.  “Whatsoever a man soweth that shall he also reap.”  We operate under this universal law.  Darnel never produces wheat or wheat darnel.  “Do evil that good may come?”  Every act in life, every thought, word, or deed, are of he nature of seed who root themselves in the soul and produce after their kind.  We reap more than we sow!!

3.  “Soweth in the flesh.”  He who rejects the gospel, and follows the leadings of his own depraved lusts will reap endless disappointment and misery.  Sow whisky, cards, profanity, etc., and reap drunkards, gamblers, and blackguards.  The harvest is sure.  Certain roads lead to certain places, dead sure.

4.  “Soweth to the Spirit.”  Who trusts in Christ & receives the gifts & graces of the Spirit shall reap eternal life.  Aims [?–I think that he wrote “Aims.”–KRT] at the higher life reaps the same.  Devotion to God issues in heaven.

GEORGE WASHINGTON BARRETT

Yield Not to Discouragements   1 comment

Gal. 6, 9

Temptations to weariness in well-doing common lot of all.  Paul seeks to guard against it.

1.  What is well-doing?  See context.  

(1)  Sowing the Spirit.

(2)  Doing what God wills and approves.

(3)  Serving the church in helping man.

(4)  What he disapproves is ill.  Keep this in mind.

2.  Temptation from two sources.  

(1)  From within.  Inward inclination to give up.  Or the devil suggests further effort is hardly worthwhile.  False humility.

(2)  From without.  Untoward circumstances.  Not appreciated.  Misunderstood and opposed by good people.  Seeming failure–be faithful.  Christ apparently a comparative failure, till time elapsed.

3.  Why yield to the temptation?

Die in a noble cause.  Better wear out than rust out.  A blessing in death is the faithful soul?

4.  The harvest is sure and will be abundant.

“Whatsoever a man soweth that shall he also reap.”  God will not forget our labor of love.

By faith anticipate the reward and patiently await the harvest.

GEORGE WASHINGTON BARRETT