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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

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John 14, 14

I.

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).

II.

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).

III.

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).

IV.

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.

GEORGE WASHINGTON BARRETT

Gospel of Matthew   1 comment

Matthew

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

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Chapter 1:

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/06/10/pardon-and-cleansing/

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/08/09/disappointed-in-christ/

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2014/01/19/mother-mary/

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2014/01/29/the-divinity-of-christ/

Chapter 2:

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/07/11/the-worlds-reception-of-jesus/

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2014/01/19/mother-mary/

Chapter 3:

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2014/01/29/the-divinity-of-christ/

Chapter 4:

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/08/29/the-temptation-of-jesus/

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/06/13/be-ye-also-ready/

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/06/13/the-body-vs-the-soul/

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2014/01/18/live-by-every-word-of-god/

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2014/01/18/they-followed-him/

Chapter 5:

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/08/31/hell/

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/08/17/the-passion-for-god/

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/06/08/conservative-and-liberal-christianity/

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2014/01/18/the-passion-for-god-2/

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2014/01/19/the-mission-of-the-church-2/

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2014/01/19/the-lighthouse/

Chapter 6:

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/08/11/god-or-mammon/

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/07/14/god-our-father/

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/07/11/laying-up-treasure-in-heaven/

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/06/23/thy-will-be-done-on-earth-as-in-heaven/

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/03/10/deliverance-from-evil/

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/02/02/seek-first-the-kingdom/

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2014/01/19/pray-to-your-father/

Chapter 7:

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/08/20/the-wise-and-foolish-builders/

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/08/11/the-teacher-with-authority/

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2014/01/19/standing-the-test/

Chapter 8:

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2014/04/27/the-lamb-slain/

Chapter 9:

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/08/31/christian-compassion/

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/08/31/the-seeking-healing-physician/

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/08/31/prayer-for-more-laborers/

Chapter 10:

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/08/18/the-condition-of-discipleship/

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2014/01/19/building-the-kingdom/

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2014/01/19/all-service-rewarded/

Chapter 11:

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/08/31/the-sin-of-bethsaida-and-capernaum/

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/08/20/the-easy-yoke-he-gives/

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/08/09/disappointed-in-christ/

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2014/01/28/learn-of-me/

Chapter 12:

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/07/11/conversion-is-proof-of-the-kingdoms-presence/

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2014/01/19/mother-mary/

Chapter 13:

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/08/10/parable-of-the-leaven/

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/07/11/limiting-gods-power-to-save/

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/06/10/prepare-the-way-of-jehovah/

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2014/01/28/large-returns/

Chapter 15:

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/08/10/triumphant-faith/

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/08/10/continuity-and-economy-how-many-loaves-have-ye/

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/06/10/cains-offering-rejected/

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/06/01/deliverance-from-the-body-of-death/

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/05/30/spiritual-religion-and-ritualism/

Chapter 16:

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/09/28/christ-and-the-church/

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/08/31/crossbearing/

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/08/09/the-church/

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/06/01/the-church-divine/

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/05/20/the-resurrection-of-jesus/

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2014/01/29/the-divinity-of-christ/

Chapter 17:

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/08/10/the-transfiguration-of-jesus/

Chapter 18:

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2014/01/29/his-presence-promised/

Chapter 20:

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/06/01/the-rejection-of-israel-and-adoption-of-the-gentiles/

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/03/31/the-chief-places-in-the-kingdom/

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2014/01/29/loving-service/

Chapter 22:

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/08/31/the-great-commandment/

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/08/29/the-wedding-garment/

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2014/01/29/brotherly-love/

Chapter 25:

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/08/31/hell/

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/06/10/the-christ-of-sovereign-authority/

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/05/27/parable-of-the-talents/

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/05/18/saved-for-good-works/

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2014/01/29/using-the-gifts-received/

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2014/01/29/the-man-with-one-talent/

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2014/02/23/and-this-is-the-promise-that-he-hath-promised-us-even-eternal-life/

Chapter 26:

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/08/31/the-self-surrendered-christ/

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/08/10/the-death-of-jesus/

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/08/09/thy-will-not-mine-be-done/

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2014/01/29/peter-followed-afar-off/

Chapter 27:

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/08/10/what-shall-i-do-with-jesus/

Chapter 28:

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/06/10/the-christ-of-sovereign-authority/

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/02/04/the-ever-present-christ/

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/01/26/gods-hostility-to-all-sin/

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2014/01/19/building-the-kingdom/

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Triumphant Faith   1 comment

©Photo. R.M.N. / R.-G. OjŽda

Above:  The Canaanite Woman

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EDITOR’S COMMENT:

My great-grandfather was a Pietist; I am not.  So I do not understand what is wrong with playing cards on Sunday.  The main fault with Pietism is that it establishes its own substitute for ritual purity codes with which Jesus argued.  Jesus said, in my paraphrase:

You don’t need to keep over 600 laws; two are sufficient.

Yet many professing Christians keep getting closer to 600 than to two.

I recall that, years ago, my grandmother, Nell Barrett Taylor (1915-2001), said that her father (my great-grandfather) found a deck of playing cards in her home in Summerville, Georgia.  He was not amused.

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

AUGUST 10, 2013 COMMON ERA

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Matt. 15, 28

The key to this passage is faith that triumphs over all difficulties.

I.

We trace her faith in her confession:

1.  Confessed her misery:  “My daughter is grievously vexed with a devil.”

2.  Confessed her weakness by asking his help:  “Have mercy on me.”

II.

[She] shewed her faith her faith in her prayer:

1.  Recognized his character–Messiah:  “Thou Son of David–a title popularly applied to Messiah.  Here her faith was thoroughly orthodox.

2.  She confided in his power, else she never would have approached Him.  Supplicants must believe he is able to answer prayer.

3.  She earnestly thought his blessing:  “Lord, help me.”  All her soul is in it.  Surely anyone can pray this prayer.

III.

We see her faith in her determined perseverance:

1.  She overcame the difficulty of approach.  [It] was difficult for a Greek and a woman to approach him at all.

2.  [She] overcame his apparent coldness.  “He answered her not a word.”  Still she pleads.

3.  She overcame the limits of his mission–to Jews only, not to dogs.

Faith is victorious; as in the conversion of Hudson Taylor, a boy going play cards on Sunday.

GEORGE WASHINGTON BARRETT

Continuity and Economy: “How Many Loaves Have Ye?”   2 comments

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Above:  Site of the Feeding of the Five Thousand, Between 1900 and 1920

Image Source = Library of Congress

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Reproduction Number = LC-DIG-matpc-21987

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EDITOR’S COMMENT:

Galileo Galilei, that great scientist, devout Roman Catholic, and frequently blunt man, said it best (in Italian, of course):

The Bible tells us how to go the Heaven, not the way the heavens go.

That principle applies also to cosmology.  But on a major point I agree with my great-grandfather:  something comes from something else.  Creation, according to Jewish theology, was not the making of something from nothing.  No, it was the creation of order from chaos.  Read the earliest words of that myth, which contains much spiritual truth, closely.

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

AUGUST 10, 2013 COMMON ERA

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Matt. 15, 34

Herein are embodied two principles:

(1)  Continuity–that which is to be must spring from what is.

(2)  Economy, naturally resulting from the former.

1.  In six days God completed creation.  He then ordained that everything itself and of itself should produce after its kind (Gen. 1, 11).  Two or seven of everything were saved in the ark.  Say to nature, “Feed me” and she’ll answer “give me something with which to begin and I will.”  Crops are not created but from seed.

2.  This law obtains in the growth of character–progress in the good and triumph over the evil.  God casts out the evil and quickens the good.  “Washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Spirit.”  Man receives no new faculty after natural birth.

3.  In obedience to this law the missionary goes out.  God wants to feed the people, but some one who has it must take them the Bread of Life.  He multiplies the loaves in existence.

4.  Thus it is in the resurrection.  It is sown  a natural body; it is raised a spiritual body.  Not a creation but a resurrection.

Hence results economy.  That what is already is made to contribute to what comes.  Let everyone who is saved reach another and what a work is done!

GEORGE WASHINGTON BARRETT

Cain’s Offering Rejected   4 comments

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EDITOR’S NOTE:

The great mythic tale of Cain and Abel does not explain why God rejected Cain’s offering, although one might surmise that attitude might have had something to do with it.  Or maybe it is a story about agriculturalist versus pastoral societies.

I do detect in my great-grandfather’s notes upon which I base this post his antipathy for formal worship.  As I have written already in this series, I adore ritualism.

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

JUNE 10, 2013 COMMON ERA

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Gen. 4, 7

1.  God is no respecter of persons–is without partiality.  Is of great mercy unto all who call upon Him.

Who can doubt his good will?  When one pleases Him he smiles?  His approval is man’s joy & peace.

2.  Cain is conscious [that] God is not pleased with his formal service, and is in an ugly mood about it.  God shows him the reason.  Heb. 11, 4.  1 Jno. 3, 12.  Matt. 15, 8.

3.  He need not be mad at Abel, nor complain at God.  Sin–his own sin–is the trouble.

What a truth is here.  Rid of sin, rid of all disturbance of one’s peace.  Would men really believed it.

Cain should be mad at himself, for he is the guilty one.

4.  Cain could yet remedy the trouble and all would be well.  If he offer a righteous sacrifice God would accept him.

Men need not go another day without peace (1 Jno. 1, 9).

Do you have peace, is all well with your soul?

If not, get right with God now and you too shall rejoice in Him.

GEORGE WASHINGTON BARRETT

Deliverance from the Body of Death   2 comments

Rom. 7, 24

1.  Sin, a bias thereto, the seed of sin, is born in us.  The seed is sure to develop into actual transgression unless the very highest religious pressure is brought to bear.  Conversion, change of heart, is an indispensable necessity.  Matt. 15, 19

2.  Actual sin produces bondage to sin.  Romans 6, 16.  The sinner is utterly unable to break the bondage of sin.

When convicted of sin man becomes painfully conscious of his sin and of his helplessness.  When he tries to resist the current he learns its strength.  He tries to extricate himself but wails out, “Wretched man that I am, who shall deliver me?”

3.  Who shall deliver the soul?

(1)  Can legalism do it?  It can’t impart the power to obey its mandates.

(2)  Can morality do it?  If so then man is his own saviour by lifting himself to an ethical plain.  But the pride of a Pharisee reigns in the heart of a moral man; so he still is a slave.

4.  Jesus alone can save.  He casts out Satan and gives a great salvation.  Thousands living and dying testify to His saving power and refuge in Him.

GEORGE WASHINGTON BARRETT

Spiritual Religion and Ritualism   8 comments

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Above:  Cathedral of St. Philip, Atlanta, Georgia, April 28, 2013

Image Source = Bill Monk, Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta

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EDITOR’S NOTE:

My great-grandfather was an old-style Methodist.  I, on the other hand, am an unapologetic and ritualistic Episcopalian.  I have found that

emphasizing…the manner of religious ceremony

creates a holy environment inside which

genuine religious experience

finds a natural home.  In fact, all who adopt a particular pattern of regular worship–liturgy–emphasize the manner of religious ceremony.  My great-grandfather adopted a particular pattern of regular worship–one simpler than mine–but he did adopt a liturgy.  So, even if he did not recognize the fact that he was doing so, he was, so he was guilty of transgressing his own statement at the end of this post.

I have had some negative encounters with people–very conservative Southern Baptists, mainly–who mistake the simplicity of worship for the purity thereof.  But I agree with a Presbyterian college professor who wrote an article about worship in Presbyterian Survey magazine in the 1920s.  Mustiness, he wrote, is not the odor of sanctity.  (If I could find the precise citation on that!)

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

MAY 30, 2013 COMMON ERA

THE FEAST OF SAINT EUSEBIUS OF CAESAREA, HISTORIAN AND ROMAN CATHOLIC BISHOP

THE FEAST OF APOLO KIVEBULAYA, ANGLICAN EVANGELIST

THE FEAST OF JOACHIM NEANDER, GERMAN REFORMED MINISTER AND HYMN WRITER

THE FEAST OF JOSEPHINE BUTLER, WORKER AMONG WOMEN

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Rom. 14, 17

1.  Difficult to appreciate small duties and still give proper emphasis to supreme questions.  Ritualism has attracted far too much attention.

2.  Christ’s kingdom is not eating and drinking–externals.  Man’s trouble first of all is an evil heart.  Jesus emphasized the need of the heart above conduct.  (Matt. 15, 8)  By birth & ritualism the Pharisees were the very best.  But He said:  “Ye are of the your father the devil.”  They made a fetish of externals.  Ritualism cannot change the heart; only the blood can.

3.  His kingdom is spiritual–within.

(a)  Righteousness–conformity to heart & life to the law of God–the heart rightly disposes toward God and man.

(b)  Peace with God & man and joy–a positive experience of heart-felt religion.

4.  How are these things realized, by eating and drinking?  Paul says:  In the Holy Spirit.”  The only divine agent used in the salvation of the lost.

5.  Hence appears the folly of emphasizing as some do the manner of religious ceremony, even baptism, and virtually saying only those are Christians who observe certain customs.  See 1 Cor. 13, 1-3 & 1 Jno. 3, 18.

The greatest thing is to have a genuine religious experience.  Walk by this rule.

GEORGE WASHINGTON BARRETT