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“If Ye Shall Ask Anything My Name I Will Do It.”   4 comments

If Ye Shall Ask

Above:  The Original Text

Image Source = Kenneth Randolph Taylor


John 14, 14


Our need of divine aid.  We are unable to do the work before us if left to ourselves.  “Without me ye can do nothing” (Jno. 15, 5).  “Not by might nor by power, but by my Spirit” (Zech. 4, 6).


Prayer is an opening of the heart to God, throwing off indifference, so essential.  How can God pour his Spirit into a heart closed against him?  “But their heart is far from me” (Matt. 15, 8).


Prayer is a direct, earnest request for God’s help.  “Ask, seek, knock.”  Give the Holy Spirit to them that ask him (Lk. 11, 13).  “And when they had prayed the place was shaken where they were assembled together, and they were filled with the Holy Ghost, and they spake the word of God with boldness” (Acts 4, 31).


Have we any need of his help, of awakening of souls, of pardon, of guidance of power?  Does anyone about us need to know Jesus as Saviour and Lord?

May God breathe on us the spirit of earnest prayer?  And he prepares us and uses to help reach others that his kingdom may prevail over the forces of evil.


His Witnesses   2 comments

His Witnesses

Above:  The Beginning of the Original Document


Lk. 24, 48

Jno. 15, 27


Believers have a rich experience of saving grace.  They have a new life and rejoice therein.  We know he is a Saviour, for he saves us.  This gives a great appreciation of him and his saving presence and power.


Consequently we are glad to witness for him.  The glad secret will [get] out.  “We cannot but speak the things we have seen and heard.”  “Tongue can never express the sweet comfort and peace of a soul in its earliest love.”


This gives us a disposition and desire to cooperate with others of good will to serve and save mankind.

“It is unthinkable that we civilized people should keep for ourselves alone the wealth of mans for fighting sickness, pain & death which science has given us.”–Schweitzer

How much more should we wish to give to men the balm in Gilead–the saving truths of the gospel!

“When Jesus finds you tell others the story.”–Witness for him.


Gospel of John: The Book of Glory   1 comment


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


Chapter 13:

Chapter 14:

Chapter 15:

Chapter 16:

Chapter 17:

Chapter 20:


Posted November 14, 2013 by neatnik2009 in Guide Posts A-J, Johannine Gospel

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Herein Is My Father Glorified   1 comment


Above:  Grapes on a Vine

Drawing Created Between 1800 and 1870

Image Source = Library of Congress


Reproduction Number = LC-DIG-jpd-00964 


John 15, 8

1.  To glorify God our Father is our one business here.

(a)  This is the true end of our existence.

(b)  Of all earth’s great questions this is the most important.  Other matters can be left undone, but we can’t afford to do so with this one.

2.  We must glorify Him by our bearing fruit, much fruit in our lives.  Thus we magnify His name and illustrate the beauty of His grace.

(a)  Fruit of the Spirit in the heart.  These adorn & beautify the life.

(b)  Bearing fruit as a church.  Saving souls.  This her best credentials, her real glory.  O that Zion may bring many sons and daughters unto God!

3.  The condition for doing these is to abide in him–the Vine.  That his life-giving power may be our strength.  Else he will cast us forth to be burned.  It is a life-and-death question.

4.  Those who do bear fruit will purgeth that they may bring forth more.  Seek the highest results in our own lives–much fruit.


The Sufficiency of the Bible   9 comments


Above:  A Family Bible

Image Source = David Ball




I, as an Episcopalian, follow not Sola Scriptura, but the Three-Legged Stool:  Scripture, Tradition, and Reason, with Scripture being the most important of the three factors.  My great-grandfather spent most of his life in the Methodist Episcopal Church, South (1845-1939), and the end of it in the merged Methodist Church (1939-1968), a predecessor of the current United Methodist Church (1968-).  Methodism has traditionally embraced four standards–the Three-Legged Stool plus experience, with Scripture carrying primacy.  Thus my great-grandfather’s final comment in this sermon outline surprised me.



2 Tim. 3, 16-17

1.  The one great object of the Scriptures is such a revelation of God & His will as that man may be saved from sin and get home to heaven. Evidently the Bible is no textbook on every phase of knowledge, as this is manifestly impossible.  They testify of Christ.  Jno. 5, 39; 15, 26; Luke 24, 25-27.

2.  The Bible is an inspired book:  such it claims to be.  Gal. 2, 2; Eph. 3, 3; 2 Cor. 12, 1 & 7, 2 Peter 1, 21.  We realize this because it inspires us.  Reading it in faith we feel the Spirit’s inspiration.  Great blessings attend its distribution.  It is not to be compared to any other book.

3.  Explicit instruction is given concerning all things needful to man’s salvation.  Man learns of God–His character and will and of His love and mercy.

[Man] also learns of his own sinfulness and its consequences.  Of salvation therefrom and how to obtain it; and of heaven, to which he may come at last.

He may have the Spirit to help understand it.  (Eph. 1, 17-18)  Man needs not more truth revealed but a deeper understanding of the truth already revealed.

4.  Thereby “the man of God is complete” in himself, his own character, and “completely furnished unto every good work.”  It is the only rule and the sufficient rule both for our faith and practice.  Revelation 22, 18-19