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We Belong to Jesus   Leave a comment

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Above:  But With Her Babe Upon Her Knee, By Florence Edith Storer

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O we belong to Jesus,

With all our hearts we love

Him who a little baby

Came from his home above.

And when he grew to manhood,

He loved the children so,

That in his arms he took them,

His blessing to bestow.

Chorus:

Yes, we belong to Jesus,

We’ll live for him above,

And tell the old, old story

Of Jesus and his love.

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But there are little children

At home and o’er the sea

Who do not know the story–

For them we make our plea;

To them we give our pennies,

And though our gifts are small,

We know the dear Lord Jesus

Will bless and use them all.

Chorus

NELLIE SEGUIN FOX BARRETT

GAINESVILLE, GEORGIA

1923

WRITTEN FOR THE PRADLEROLL CHILDREN OF ST. PAUL METHODIST EPISCOPAL CHURCH, SOUTH, TO SING AT THE DISTRICT RALLY DAY EXERCISES

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Building the Kingdom   4 comments

Building the Kingdom

Above:  Part of the Original Document

Image Source = Kenneth Randolph Taylor

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Matt. 10, 7-8

Mk. 16, 15-20

I.

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.

II.

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.

III.

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.

IV.

Can the Lord depend on you?

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

GEORGE WASHINGTON BARRETT

Luke 10, 2   1 comment

Luke 10 Sermon

Above:  The Beginning of the Original Document

Image Source = Kenneth Randolph Taylor

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Luke 10, 2

I.

“Harvest”–souls to be led to Christ.  Everyone a possibility.   Christ died for them all.  How he yearns over them!  “His harvest.”  I have meat to eat ye know not of.

II.

It is “great.”

(1)  Great to save our soul.  God values each one above rubies.  “If this Academy shall save but one boy that will be ample return for all it cost.”  “Mr. Mann, were you not a bit extravagant in that statement?”  He:  “No, not if it were my boy.”  Shall save a soul from death and hide a multitude of sins!

(2)  Great in numbers.  Near a billion souls have not the name of Jesus.  Let none forget this!!  “Christians have the world on their hands.”  Do we realize this?–a staggering thought.  Will we rally all our forces for the mighty task and gather his great harvest for him?  Have we not come to the kingdom for such a time as this?

III.

“Pray the Lord of the harvest.”  We or ourselves are not equal to the task.  The call of the hour is enough to send us to our knees daily.  Your place to serve God is right where you are.  If God has other work for you he will open the way.  Now is the time for all of us to keep busy for him.

GEORGE WASHINGTON BARRETT

Prayer for More Laborers   1 comment

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Matt. 9, 37-38

1.  “The harvest is plenteous.”  The needs of men are great–beyond computation.  The basis of duty is need, not desire of the needy.  [There are] 1 1/2 billion people, only 1/3 Christian in name.  So deep is their sin.  They need Christ.

2.  “Seeing the multitudes He was moved with compassion,” etc.  Preyed upon by false teachers, they were distressed as sheep without a shepherd.

Our hearts ought to go out to there.

3.  Yet “the laborers are few.”  Everywhere the call is for workers.  The missionary societies of the U.S., Great Britain, Ireland, Scotland, British Colonies, and Continental Europe have not over 18,000 missionaries and 100,000 native helpers to reach 2/3 the people of the world.  Our church [the Methodist Episcopal Church, South, 1845-1939], assigned 40 million, has about 1,000 missionaries and native helpers, one worker to every 40,000 souls.

The Lord [is] deprived of His harvest for lack of workers to gather it for Him.  Should we be heartless about it?

4.  No wonder He would we should pray that laborers be sent into His harvest.

Let us pray that many may be called even today.

What are you going to do in life, live for self or others?

Does He call you?

GEORGE WASHINGTON BARRETT

A Passion for a Lost World   1 comment

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Above:  Ascension of Christ, by Benvenuto Tisi

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Luke 24, 46-47

1.  Jesus came to save the whole world.  He died for every man.  “Where sin abounded grace did much more abound.”  He “tasted death for every man.”

2.  Herein is revealed the passion of God and Christ for a lost world.  God cannot look on in indifference while a world perishes in sin.  He loves the world and makes the greatest sacrifice that He may save.  Jesus’ heart broke in Gethsemane.

3.  This suggests the attitude of His church.  Indifference to the lost is not Godlike, but a passion for sinners is.  The church ought to love men so much that it can’t rest short of its greatest effort to save everyone.  When this heartbreak takes possession of the church missions will result assuredly.

4.  This is the ground of the command, go.  Because of his death and passion, therefore he says, go.  “Go for my wandering boy tonight and tell him I love him still.”

Ours must be a world plan, even as is His.  We must act from love as does He–a love that knows no bounds.

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

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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

The Church Must Send the Missionary   1 comment

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Above:  Missionary House, the Congo, Africa

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Acts 13, 2-4

1.  Antioch’s greatest deed is here recorded.  She has become the mother of missions.  Not keeping but giving enriches and strengthens.  Such a church most prosperous at home and happiness.

2.  It was a spiritual church.  They fasted and prayed.  God needs & will use such a church.  He the Spirit calls the church to send out these men.  The church as emphatically called as were the men.

3.  The Spirit calls men to this work today and many have volunteered to go.  The same Spirit calls the church to send them.  Money, not more men, is the great need now.  It is God’s call, a command.  Whether we do it is not optional but mandatory.  To disobey is treason.  Dare the church disobey?

4.  The church may lay its gold at His feet.  Nothing short of this is worthy of the wealth of our day nor of our Christianity.  Nowhere else can we put it where it will do so much good and so long.

5.  His approval rests upon the work.  No one can object to the results.  They are clearly such as only God’s blessings can bring.

Are we honestly, prayerfully trying to do this great work, or are we seeking some excuse for not doing it?  How dare we meet Him if we refuse?

GEORGE WASHINGTON BARRETT