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All Service Rewarded   1 comment

All Service Rewarded

Above:  Part of the Original Document

Image Source = Kenneth Randolph Taylor


Matt. 10, 42


The motive determines the quality of the deed.  If meant as a kindness the deed is kind, whatever the results.  Hence the words, “only in the name of a disciple.”

(a)  Small deeds contain great principles.  “Faithful in little, faithful also in much.”  Honest in small affairs reveals the character.


Jesus identifies himself with his own and accepts service for them as done unto himself.  “Ye have done it unto me.”


“Shall in no wise lose his reward.”  What is it?

(b)  Consciousness of having shown a kindly deed.  All such enriches one’s own life.

(c)  Winning a place in another’s good will toward us–not to be despised at all.

(d)  Having the approval of one’s own conscience.  This is no small happiness.

(e)  Christ’s approval is won and added grace received.

He will welcome us at last.

Who would not eagerly seek it?


Posted January 19, 2014 by neatnik2009 in George Washington Barrett 1938-1942 A-L, Matthew

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Building the Kingdom   4 comments

Building the Kingdom

Above:  Part of the Original Document

Image Source = Kenneth Randolph Taylor


Matt. 10, 7-8

Mk. 16, 15-20


Jesus came to found a spiritual kingdom–himself the King–of truth and righteousness.  It opposes every evil thing and champions the right.  He is to guide and empower for service.


The building is to be done by his people–the church.  Hence he sent out his disciples (Matt. 10, 5 etc.), the Seventy (Lk. 10, 1), and gave the Great Commission (Mk. 16, Matt. 28).  It is our work.


How are we to build it?

1.  By preaching the gospel (1 Cor. 1, 21; Mk. 16, 15).  This has first place; it calls men to him–the first work of the church.

2.  By much prayer, calling down the power from on high–“Thy kingdom come.”

3.  By the help of personal influence.  Every act should contribute to this cause.

4.  By fostering every good cause.  Rejoice that so many things contribute to it, as tributary streams enlarge the river.

5.  Money consecrated to his cause is a great power for good.

Why do you desire money, for self or to help build the kingdom?

This vitiates or consecrates every act.  Let all be done for his kingdom.


Can the Lord depend on you?

Will you be true at all times and do what you can to help?


Gospel of Matthew   1 comment


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


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The Condition of Discipleship   1 comment


Above:  Procession at Haynesville, Alabama, August 9, 2013

Image Source = Bill Monk, Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta




Jonathan Myrick Daniels (murdered at Haynesville, Alabama, on August 20, 1965, while saving the life of one Ruby Sales), was an Episcopal seminarian who had taken leave to work in the Civil Rights Movement in Alabama.  For his trouble he suffered insults, imprisonment, and murder.  Charles Carpenter, the Bishop of Alabama, concerned that Daniels was causing trouble, committed to writing the possibility of requesting that the seminarian’s bishop recall him to seminary in New England.

Today Daniels is an official saint of The Episcopal Church.

I bring all of this up because of a quote Daniels committed to writing:

There are moments when I’d like to get a high-powered rifle and take to the woods, but more and more strongly I am beginning to feel that ultimately the revolution to which I am committed is the way of the Cross.

–Quoted in Taylor Branch, At Canaan’s Edge:  America in the King Years, 1965-68 (New York, NY:  Simon & Schuster, 2006). page 209

Daniels took up his cross and followed Jesus to martyrdom.




Matt. 10, 37-39

1.  Often different affections collide–one must be chosen.  These preferences reveal the man.

2.  Our Lord demands [that] we should love Him with all the heart.  He must be enthroned as Lord of heart and life.  He gave all for us; shall we do less for Him?

(1)  But sometimes one’s own people oppose his becoming a Christian.   While parents are to be obeyed “in the Lord,” yet the claims of God are higher and not to be set aside for parental opposition to God’s will.  Cease not to love them, but obey God whatever the cost.

Illustration:  Infidel’s daughter driven from home but was true & her father was converted.

(2)  Sometimes He calls to specific service that parents may oppose or may call one from from home.  Shall parental will outrank God’s?  If so, one is unworthy of His love who gave all for us.

3.  Such may be a cross, but it must be borne–following Him.

4.  It is no failure.  Denying self even of friends if need be, is the royal road to eternal fruition.

The heroic age of the church is at the door.  May it dawn today in all its glory.