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Devotedness to Christ   4 comments

Devotedness to Christ

Above:  The Original Text

Image Source = Kenneth Randolph Taylor


Jno. 11, 16


Thomas knew of the opposition to Jesus at Jerusalem.  He verily believed it meant death to Jesus for him to return to Judea.  But Jesus went to help the sorrowing.


Thomas’ love for Jesus was stronger than life.  He resolved to go with him and called upon the other disciples to go also.  What a beautiful devotion was his.


Jesus calls us, as he had called them, to follow him, to learn of him, and to do his bidding, walk with him in service to others.  “He went about doing good.”  This was his “meat”–Jno. 4. 24.  “I am among you as he that serveth”–Lk. 22, 27.

“By love serve one another”–Gal. 5, 13.  “For ye serve the Lord Christ”–Col. 3, 24.

Great joy in serving him by doing good to others.  It helps a soul find peace to assist one in need.


But are we only fair-weather Christians?  Shall we not, like Thomas, go with him ever facing danger and sacrifice?  Is he not dearer than all else?  Suffering for Christ’s sake may not be easy, but it is far better to suffer with him than to dwell at ease without him.

May our hearts be brave to walk close to his side whatever may come.  Then all will be well and we shall triumph at last.


Luke 22, 27b   1 comment

Luke 22 Sermon

Above:  Part of the Original Document

Image Source = Kenneth Randolph Taylor



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.





…but I am among you as he that serveth.

–Luke 22:27b, Authorized Version


[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.


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.


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.


“This Do In Remembrance of Me.”   2 comments

This Do In Remembrance of Me

Above:  Part of the Original Document

Image Source = Kenneth Randolph Taylor


Luke 22, 19


Our need of spiritual help.  We are helpless as we face life, hurt as we are by sin, til our souls are strengthened by grace.  “I can of mine own self do nothing.”  If Christ needed the Father’s help how much more do we?  We should always approach this Sacrament in this spirit–looking to Him.


Jesus gave himself for us in sacrificial love.  He is our Passover.  Every privilege we have of seeking and finding grace we owe to him.  He is the Bread of life–only he can nourish the soul and build us up, making us good and strong.  What an unspeakable blessing is he to all who look to him.


Let us trust him fully, praying that he will impart to us his grace–that he will today break to us the Bread of Life.

May we go from this service consciously strengthened, our love increased, our holy desires made stronger, our purposes to live for him settled and fixed, that in life we may fill the place he wills we should occupy.


Gospel of Luke   1 comment


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


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“This Do In Remembrance of Me.”   2 comments

This Do in Remembrance of Me

Above:  Part of the Original Text


Lk. 22, 19b

This is my body which is given for you:  this do in remembrance of me.


Instituted by the Lord.  The church should remember him and his sacrificial love.  He is our only hope.


“In remembrance of me.”  We owe all to him and we are complete in him.  Surely then we will remain humble.

A memorial:

(1)  Not of the church through we should love it.  Without him there would be no church.

(2)  Not of our fellow church members–not with the thought of what he may be or do.

(3)  Not of anything we have done.  These cannot make us worthy to come.  “When ye have done all say, “We are unprofitable servants.”

(4)  Of him.  Let our thought be of him, our prayer made to him, our faith rest on him.

Let us seek communion with him, seek his grace, the hidden manna of the soul.


Posted November 12, 2013 by neatnik2009 in George Washington Barrett 1914-1956, Luke-Acts

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The Lord’s Supper   3 comments


Above:  The Right Reverend Robert C. Wright, Bishop of Atlanta, at Grace Episcopal Church, Gainesville, Georgia, April 21, 2013

Image Source = Bill Monk, Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta



Luke 22, 19-20

1.  The Jewish Passover [is] its predecessor and background and was supplanted by it.

2.  So Christ instituted this supper to commemorate his death and passion.  “This do in remembrance of me.”  It is well [that] we remember what he has suffered for us.

(1)  The bread signifies that he is the Bread of Life.  His body given for us.

(2)  The wine denotes that his shed blood brings salvation from sin.  “Ye are not redeemed by corruptible things as silver and gold…but by the precious blood of Jesus.

3.  It is a sign of a work done for us by his death & sign of our allegiance to him.

It is a seal of his covenant mercies to us.

4.  Who should take it?  All Christians.  If I am His child then I certainly have a child’s right at my Father’s table.  The Bible places no other barriers around it.  “But let a man prove (test; prove) himself, & so let him eat of the bread & drink of the cup” as a result of his own decision and not of another’s decision (1 Cor. 11, 28).


The Promises of God   12 comments

2 Peter 1, 4

1.  The goodness of God through Jesus Christ is the basis of every offer of mercy.  In him all the promises are yea and amen.

2.  His promises cover every need of heart and life.  “Where sin abounded grace did much more abound.”

(1)  Promises pardon and cleansing to all who repent.  1 Jno. 1, 9; Prov. 2, 8 & 13; Deut. 4, 29

(2)  The Spirit to abide forever as a helper.  Are not left alone.

(3)  In temptation He will make a way of escape.  1 Cor. 10, 13; Jas. 1, 12; Rev. 3, 10; Luke 22, 28

(4)  Will be their help in trouble.  Deut. 33, 25; Job 5, 19; Ps. 91, 15-16; Ps. 138, 7; Isa. 43, 2-5.  Will cause all to work together for their good.

(5)  The resurrection is promised.  Land & sea shall give up their dead.

(6)  Heaven is distinctly promised to the righteous.

All His promises are to the children of God.  None are to the unrepentant.

What great grace offered on such easy terms!