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Go Forward   1 comment

Go Forward

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EDITOR’S NOTE:

There were mountains at the Sea of Reeds, a wetland?

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

APRIL 26, 2014 COMMON ERA

THE FEAST OF SAINTS REMACLUS OF MAASTRICHT, THEODORE OF MAASTRICHT, LAMBERT OF MAASTRICHT, HUBERT OF MAASTRICHT AND LIEGE, AND FLORIBERT OF LIEGE, ROMAN CATHOLIC BISHOPS; SAINT LANDRADA OF MUNSTERBILSEN, ROMAN CATHOLIC ABBESS; AND SAINTS OTGER OF UTRECHT, PLECHELM OF GUELDERLAND, AND WIRO, ROMAN CATHOLIC MISSIONARIES

THE FEAST OF CHRISTINA ROSSETTI, POET

THE FEAST OF SAINT PASCHASIUS RADBERTUS, ROMAN CATHOLIC ABBOT

THE FEAST OF ROBERT HUNT, FIRST ANGLICAN CHAPLAIN AT JAMESTOWN, VIRGINIA

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Ex. 14, 15

From the human viewpoint this was a gloomy time–the sea in front, mountains on either side.  Pharaoh’s host in pursuit.  No earthly power promised deliverance.

I.

It was God’s cause.  He is a God that takes sides, is not indifferent when the good of men is involved.  They cried to God, as did Moses.

II.

God directed them to go forward.  That was the one only way out.  “Theirs not to reason why.”  Let them heed God’s voice.  He would make a way of escape from the perils of the hour, and all would be well.

III.

This is God’s call to the his church–go forward to larger conquests and service.

(a)  The cause is his.  He needs the devotion of loyal hearts.  Righteousness must win, else all is lost.

(b)  We are his.  He has brought us to this hour for such a time as this.  He claims us for his service.  There must be no let up on our part.  The salvation of the world depends upon the loyal service of his people.  Shall his soldiers surrender to Satan?

IV.

In every crisis let the church arouse itself and stand true to him.  This is the way to impress the world for good.  It will give little heed to us in the future if we falter now.  Continue to press forward in every good cause.  God is calling for valiant service.

Be good soldiers of Jesus Christ.

GEORGE WASHINGTON BARRETT

Posted April 26, 2014 by neatnik2009 in George Washington Barrett 1938-1942 A-L

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God Liberates the Oppressed   1 comment

God Liberates the Oppressed

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EDITOR’S COMMENT:

I know that Moses was a prince.  Yet I have strong doubts that he was ever the heir to the throne.

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

APRIL 26, 2014 COMMON ERA

THE FEAST OF SAINTS REMACLUS OF MAASTRICHT, THEODORE OF MAASTRICHT, LAMBERT OF MAASTRICHT, HUBERT OF MAASTRICHT AND LIEGE, AND FLORIBERT OF LIEGE, ROMAN CATHOLIC BISHOPS; SAINT LANDRADA OF MUSSTERBILSEN, ROMAN CATHOLIC ABBESS; AND SAINTS OTGER OF UTRECHT, PLECHELM OF GUNDRLAND, AND WIRO, ROMAN CATHOLIC MISSIONARIES

THE FEAST OF CHRISTINA ROSSETTI, POET

THE FEAST OF SAINT PASCHASIUS RADBERTUS, ROMAN CATHOLIC ABBOT

THE FEAST OF ROBERT HUNT, FIRST ANGLICAN CHAPLAIN AT JAMESTOWN, VIRGINIA

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Ex. 3, 9-10 & 12a

“Now therefore, behold, the cry of the children of Israel is come unto me:  and I have also seen the oppression wherewith the Egyptians oppress them.  Come now therefore, and I will send thee unto Pharaoh, that thou mayest bring forth the children of Israel out of Egypt.”…And he said, “Certainly I will be with thee….”

The Authorized Version

I.

The children of Israel were in bondage, suffering intolerable conditions–driven like cattle, children had no prospect of opportunities worthy of a human being.

II.

God willed better things for them, that they, and through them, others, might be blest.  He would break their bitter bondage and make them a great people.

III.

He needed a man to lead them out.  It was a bold, daring undertaking to demand of Pharaoh to let them depart.

He had the man.  Moses was trained and had renounced his place as the heir to the throne and cast his lot with his peoplel.  He and God could deliver his people with a great deliverance.

IV.

God is mightily concerned about the sinful bondage that rules so many today.  He has better things for them all.  He would save everyone and lift them up into the freedom of gospel truth–make them free indeed.

This is the work to which he calls the church.  Her message is what men everywhere need.

He and the church, with her ministry of truth and grace, can uplift and save men everywhere.

May we, like Moses, hear and heed his call to lead and deliver man from the bitter tyranny of sin and oppression.

GEORGE WASHINGTON BARRETT

Posted April 26, 2014 by neatnik2009 in George Washington Barrett 1938-1942 A-L

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“Whosoever Liveth Believeth in Me Shall Never Die.”   2 comments

Whosoever Liveth

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Jno. 11, 26

I.  

This was spoken of the soul, man’s eternal nature; for we know the body dies.

Faith receives and trusts the Christ and he forgives our sins, makes his marvelous grace, feeds our hungry souls with heavenly manna, nourishes our souls and makes us strong.

II.

Natural death has no power over the soul.  Man has a conscious being aside from the body.  Moses and Elijah on [the] Mount of Transfiguration.  Jesus arose and the like may occur again.

Jesus prayed that they might be with him “where I am. that they may behold my glory.”  “Because I live ye shall live also.”  “That where I am there ye shall be also.”

III.

John saw the vast multitude that no man could number, clad in white (Rev. 7, 9-17).  May each of us be in that glorious company.

GEORGE WASHINGTON BARRETT

Luke 24, 26 & 46   6 comments

Luke 24 Sermon Notes

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Luke 24, 26 & 46

I.

The greatest undertaking– to work out man’s redemption.  “‘Twas great to speak the world from naught,” etc.

God gave his Son for this purpose.  The cost was great.  “He bore the sins of many.”

II.

To the two en route to Emmaus he opened the scriptures.  “Ought not”–was it not necessary?  Thus he expiated  sin.  Without it no soul could have been saved.

(1)  This was the course indicated for him by the prophets–Moses; Psalm 16 & 22; Isa. 53; Dan. 9; Mal. 4, 5; 1 Peter 1, 11.

(2)  More eminently back of all these lay the divine purpose, the will of the Father, which our Lord was to fulfill.  Can man discover fully God’s thoughts or mind here?

III.

By him atonement is made for all.  “He tasted death for every man.”  In offering salvation to man God does not ignore sin.  He is just and the justifier of the ungodly.

(1)  We see the enormity of sin–its deadly effect & power.  Heroic treatment for a fearful malady.

(2)  We see demonstrated God’s boundless love–he so loved “that he gave his only begotten Son”–his greatest possible gift.  “What wondrous love is this”!

IV.

The gift is free–“without money and without price.”  Yet one condition is made by God and must be met–“That whosoever believeth in him.”  All can meet it.  “Unspeakable gift.”  Is it yours?

GEORGE WASHINGTON BARRETT

Luke 22, 27b   1 comment

Luke 22 Sermon

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EDITOR’S COMMENTS:

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.

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

JANUARY 1, 2014 COMMON ERA

THE FEAST OF THE HOLY NAME OF JESUS

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…but I am among you as he that serveth.

–Luke 22:27b, Authorized Version

I.

[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.

II.

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.

III.

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.

GEORGE WASHINGTON BARRETT

The Transfiguration of Jesus   1 comment

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Above:  Church of the Transfiguration, Mt. Tabor, Palestine, Between 1920 and 1933

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Matt. 17, 1-8

1.  Place and conditions.  On the mountain at night while Jesus prays.  His divinity shines out till his garments look white as snow.  His humanity is perfected out of and by the divine.

2.  Moses and Elijah appear and talk with him.  Why these two?  Moses the lawgiver and Elijah the greatest of the prophets testify to his superiority of Moses & [his role as] the fulfiller of all prophecy.  Law and prophecy converge in and upon him.

3.  They talk of his death–of his exodus.  His death meets every demand of the law and fulfills every requirement and detail of prophecy, e.g., Jesus’ talk to the two en route to Emmaus.  Heaven’s interest in his death thus is shown by two messengers therefrom.  Three worlds are mightily concerned in his death.

4.  For the good of the disciples and all the world the Father speaks:  “This is my beloved Son…hear him.”

5.  Two teachings:

(1)  Immortality.  Moses & Elijah still live.  Our dead “in the Lord are not dead!

(2)  Chiefly is taught his divinity.  His glory, divine nature, bursts forth and the Father declares who he is.  Hear Him, all the earth.

GEORGE WASHINGTON BARRETT

Conservative and Liberal Christianity   1 comment

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EDITOR’S NOTE:

Last January I attended a lesbian wedding; the ceremony was at a church building.  It was a lovely rite and the couple is wonderful.  My great-grandfather would have kvetched endlessly.  He would also object to the fact that the officiating priest was female.  He would probably have called all of us deluded apostates.

My great-grandfather used the word “professor” to mean “one who professes,” not one who teaches at a college or university.

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

JUNE 8, 2013 COMMON ERA

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Matt. 5, 13-16

I.

1.  History demonstrates the downward tendency of character, e.g., the antediluvians, the Israelites under Moses, and their kings.  All earthly movements and civilizations manifest this weakness.

2.  In such a world the church is the one great conservative, restraining power.  It brings a gospel antagonizing all sin and quickening the conscience, offering grace to all.  Christianity has been this force.

3.  If only salt would keep its saltness.  This calls for the most diligent, personal effort.  But delusions and apostasies have come, e.g., the times of Luther & Wesley.  Losing its savour it is useless, harmful.

Yet its restraining power is prevented sometimes by professors & parents who come between it and their children, etc.

II.

1.  But the church must also quicken the dead & almost dead by giving the gospel light to all–aggressive Christianity.

2.  To do this no one should obscure or hide his light by a bushel–timidity, fear, wrong deeds.

It shines best in good works, not mere words.

3.  The desired end of it all is that men may be induced to glorify God.  This should regulate all the life and be uppermost in one’s desire.

GEORGE WASHINGTON BARRETT

The Power of Early Religious Training   3 comments

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Above:  Moses (1887)

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Ex. 2, 6-9 and Heb. 11, 24 & 26

1.  What Moses’ mother did must be done early.  He must soon be put in school.  Her only change is to do her work well before Egyptian training began.

2.  Hers certainly was a religious home.  Moses, Aaron, and Miriam came from one home.  When Moses was grown up he esteemed his mother’s God above the honor, wealth, and power Egypt could give.  Religious training prevailed.

3.  The early years are most valuable.  First impressions are the strongest.  Before the devil gets a chance at them fill their young minds with every noble truth and ideal.  Parents may wait but the devil never loses an opportunity.  “If you want to beat the devil you must fight him with the cradle.”–Gypsy Smith

4.  Such homes save the boy and save the nation.  “A hedge on the edge of a precipice is better than a hospital at the bottom.”–Smith.  “Save one old gray head and you save a multiplication table.”–Smith.  “The hand that rocks the cradle rules the nation.”  Moses’ faith rested upon the religious infrastructure of childhood and was reinforced by her prayers.

Happy boy, happy parents, happy nation.

GEORGE WASHINGTON BARRETT

Take Heed, Lest You Fall   2 comments

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Above:  Olive Tree Branches, 1916

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1 Cor. 10, 12

1.  The Jews had and used the means of grace, yet perished in the wilderness–all who left Egypt save two–Caleb and Joshua.

(a)  Were baptized unto Moses–the covenant made with him–thus obligated to obey it.

(b)  “Ate of that spiritual Rock–Christ,” signified by the manna given them.

2.  But God was displeased with most of them–all but two–because they sinned.  He is never pleased at anyone’s sins; let this be settled.  And they sinned grievously (vs. 6-9).

3.  They suffered the consequences of their sin–perished in the wilderness, failed of God’s good purpose concerning them.  It was a bitter harvest from what they had sown.  Sin defeats the object and end of our existence, and thwarts God’s purpose and endeavors concerning us.

4.  They were the natural branches and we Gentiles were grafted in (Rom. 10, 17-20).    If the natural branches were cut off, will not we who are grafted in be too, if like them we sin?

5.  Wherefore let us take heed to our lives, lest resting in mere outward appearances we fall.  We can stand, for He will help us in every temptation (v. 13).

GEORGE WASHINGTON BARRETT

Be Strong in the Lord   1 comment

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Above:  Depiction of Satan, by Gustave Dore

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1.  The Christian has a war to wage against a strong and subtle foe.  Religion is no child’s play, but a fight for the soul’s destiny.  There is need for valiance.  It is a defensive, but especially aggressive war.

2.  The foe is strong.  We fight not against flesh and blood; but against spiritual wickedness.  Satan will contest every inch of the way.  We will have literally to drive him from the field.  He is a usurper and they are always desperate.

3.  Hence the need of strength.  He [God] alone can arm us & equip us.  Conquest within and without is possible only as He helps us.  Peter was bold when near his Lord; weak when away from Him.

There is service that only the strong can render.  Moses and Paul were strong men, but they had all they could do.  Had they been weaker they could not have done their work.

4.  Paul wants them fully equipped.  “Take the armor of god.”  Don’t omit anything that can help you.  Use all the means of grace.  “Take to arm you for fight the [illegible word] of God.”

Then having done all this stand.  Stand for God and the right.

GEORGE WASHINGTON BARRETT