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Judges

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

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Chapter 5:

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

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The Curse of Uselessness   1 comment

EDITOR’S NOTE:

By “professor” my great-grandfather meant “one who professes,” not one who teaches at a college or university.

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

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Judges 5, 23

1.  Why this bitter curse?  Meroz did not help in the Lord’s cause.  Thus it represents for all time those who do not assist in the Lord’s cause.  One must only not oppose, but be out & out for the right.  Priest and Levite withheld aid.

2.  The battle is raging all the time.  Every good cause is of God & opposed by every evil cause which is of the devil.  God wants us to come to His help.  “He that is not with me is against me.”  We are judged as much by what we not do as by what we do.  If all stop work the cause of right will perish.

3.  Of course they excused their neglect.   Possibly cowardice or a fancy that their little help amounted to but little.  Much often depends on the hep of one weak servant–as a lone professor in a godless house.  A little duty is none the less important.  A little gift must not be withheld because small.

4.  The foe is mighty.  Opposition to righteousness is great.  “The violent take it by force.”  The devil yields only under decided protest.  We will have literally to drive him from the field.  All help is needed.  Hence “curse ye bitterly” the inactive Meroz.

GEORGE WASHINGTON BARRETT

Posted May 27, 2013 by neatnik2009 in George Washington Barrett 1905-1913 A-F

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Saved for Good Works   7 comments

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Above:  The Recycling Center at St. Gregory the Great Episcopal Church, Athens, Georgia, Saturday, April 13, 2013

Image Source = Bill Monk, Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta

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Eph. 2, 10

1.  Material creation was made for a specific purpose–for man.  Genesis 1, 27-30; 1 Cor. 3, 21-23

2.  Christians are his spiritual creation.  He alone transforms our natures.  Eph. 2, 10 & 15; 4, 24; Col. 3, 10; Jno. 3, 3; etc.  All this is of grace–the ability & opportunity to believe.  To believe is man’s free act, after this grace is offered.

3.  God has one great purpose in saving us–“for good works.”  We are saved not because of good works, but saved to do them.  We work not to be saved, but because we are saved.

Works without faith are not religious from lack of pure motive.

Faith without works is dead.  But how many do not really believe it!!

God is not pleased with an idle professor.  Judges 5, 23; Matt. 25, 26.

4.  Men will be judged by their works.  See the Parables of the Pounds & Talents.  “Hungry and ye gave me not meat.”  Final salvation depends on obedience.  “Be thou faithful unto the death.”

5.  Then be admonished to do good.  Lay up treasure in heaven by doing every possible good.  “Do all the good you can, to as many people as you can, as long as you can,” for great is your reward in heaven.

GEORGE WASHINGTON BARRETT