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“Trust in the Lord”   1 comment

Trust in the Lord

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Image Source = Kenneth Randolph Taylor

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Ps. 115, 9-11

I.

Man looks beyond himself for needed assistance and strength, depends upon something or someone to bestow the blessings he seeks.  He feels his own insufficiency.  Sooner or later he will find that vain is the help of man.

II.

Some trust in earthly treasure or Godless pleasure for happiness.  How they are mooked thereby.  “Riches take wings” and the heart is surfeited by pleasure.

“A house is a vain thing for safety.”

Goliath fell before the youthful, trusting David.

III.

How often we are exhorted to “trust in the Lord.”  Many have fled to him in times of peril and found his help sufficient.  In the seventh century B.C. Sennacharib threatened Jerusalem.  Hezekiah sent a messenger to Isaiah and went to prayer in the Temple.   In one night the destroying angel slew 185,000 and Sennacharib returned home.  [The] next day he was slain by his sons.

God’s help is more anytime than all the forces of sin.  He takes sides with his people and causes, the right to triumph.

“Ye that fear the Lord, trust in the Lord.”

GEORGE WASHINGTON BARRETT

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Luke 22, 27b   1 comment

Luke 22 Sermon

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Image Source = Kenneth Randolph Taylor

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EDITOR’S COMMENTS:

My great-grandfather made a note to himself.  He prompted himself to use a sermon illustration about one Mrs. Taft saying something to one Bishop Beauchamp.  That style of prompt is nothing new or rare; I use it in my teaching notes.  I have, however, tried to understand who the people were and what Mrs. Taft said.  I have been partially successful:

  • Virginia-born William Benjamin Beauchamp (1869-1931), from 1922 a bishop in the Methodist Episcopal Church, South (1845-1939), promoted ecumenical and missionary work, especially ecumenical missionary work.  He was especially involved in Methodist missions in Europe.  For a time he presided over the North Georgia Conference and the South Georgia Conference, USA.  My great-grandfather, being an official of the North Georgia Conference, would have known Beauchamp and heard some of his stories.
  • “Mrs. Taft” was probably Anna Sinton Taft, wife of Charles Phelps Taft I (1843-1929), brother of President then Chief Justice William Howard Taft.  Beauchamp apparently had a speaking engagement in Cincinnati in 1925.

Yet I still have no idea what she said to Beauchamp, assuming that she is Mrs. Taft of the sermon illustration.  If anyone can replace my ignorance with the light of objectively correct facts, please do.

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

JANUARY 1, 2014 COMMON ERA

THE FEAST OF THE HOLY NAME OF JESUS

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…but I am among you as he that serveth.

–Luke 22:27b, Authorized Version

I.

[There will be] need for service as long as there are needs, as food, raiment, intellectual needs.  To help supply these is helpful service.  Let all be done in his name, as unto the Lord.

II.

Jesus came not to be ministered unto but to minister.  Hence the text.  He founded a kingdom to be characterized by service.  Everything else [is] to be subordinated to service–to duty–illustration = Mrs. Taft to Bp. Beauchamp.

III.

How the lives of men have been enriched by service–Abraham, Moses, David, Isaiah, Paul, [John] Wesley & multiplied thousands–mothers, teachers, young lives devoted to helpfulness.

There is no end to the story.

“Whose I am and whom I serve.”  When is there a higher life on this earth?

How great is the need today!  The church, yea, statesmen, are concerned about the world’s need.

Love can’t pass by on the other side now of all times.

May each of us have this vision and count it a joy to help.

His “well done” will be glory forever.

GEORGE WASHINGTON BARRETT