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“Cast Thy Burden Upon the Lord and He Shall Sustain Thee.”   4 comments

Cast Thy Burden

Above:  The Original Document

Image Source = Kenneth Randolph Taylor

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EDITOR’S COMMENT:

My great-grandfather quoted “What a Friend We Have in Jesus,” which Joseph Scriven wrote circa 1855, at least according to Sing to the Lord, the 1993 hymnal of the Church of the Nazarene.  (I have over a hundred physical hymnals and many more digital ones, for I like to sample different hymnodies.  Thus I have a rather broad collection.)  The quote from that hymn brought to my memory a comment which a parishioner (now departed) of Christ Episcopal Church, Dublin, Georgia, told me ten years ago.  Betty explained why she disliked the song:

Do thy friends despise, forsake thee?

Anyone who would do that is not a friend, she said. Betty was correct about that point.  She pointed out a logical hole in the text, for if one has such “friends,” one might be like Job.

Jesus is, of course, the greatest friend anyone could want and have.

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

MARCH 16, 2014 COMMON ERA

THE SECOND SUNDAY IN LENT, YEAR A

THE FEAST OF SAINTS ADALBALD OF OSTEVANT, RICTRUDIS OF MARCHIENNES, AND THEIR RELATIONS

THE FEAST OF SAINT ABRAHAM KIDUNAIA, ROMAN CATHOLIC HERMIT, AND SAINT MARY OF EDESSA, ROMAN CATHOLIC ANCHORESS

THE FEAST OF SAINT GIOVANNI BATTISTA PERGOLESI, COMPOSER

THE FEAST OF MARTIN BOEHM, COFOUNDER OF THE CHURCH OF THE UNITED BRETHREN IN CHRIST

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1 Peter 5, 7

Ps. 55, 22

Gal. 6, 2

I.

All have cares, burdens, sorrows of [the] heart, afflictions.  He saw so many weak–the lame, the blind, the halt-afflicted [This makes no sense to me, but I have examined my great-grandfather’s handwriting closely, and that is what he seems to have written.], either self or loved ones, many bodily ills, the dead.

Could one look on and his heart not be stirred?

II.

What [to] do with them?  Bring them to Jesus.  No care was hopeless.

Jesus never turned a soul away who came in faith.  “He was moved with compassion”–suffered with them.  “Able to do exceedingly all we ask or think”–Eph. 3, 20-21.  John [the] Baptist’s disciples “buried his body and went and told Jesus.”

“I cannot bear these burdens alone.”  Some try, [but] break under the load and destroy their lives.

III.

Sometimes it is a real relief to tell some sympathetic friend one’s troubles.  Tell it to Jesus; he will help.

“What a friend we have in Jesus.

Carry everything to God in prayer.

He cares for you.  Your cares are his cares.

GEORGE WASHINGTON BARRETT

Psalms, Book II (Psalms 42-72)   1 comment

Psalms

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

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Psalm 42:

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/08/30/morning-stillness/

Psalm 45:

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2014/02/13/the-kings-children/

Psalm 46:

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/05/29/the-good-soldier-and-his-reward/

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

Psalm 50:

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/05/22/emboldened-to-sin-by-long-suffering/

Psalm 55:

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/05/30/the-wages-of-sin/

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2014/03/16/cast-thy-burden-upon-the-lord-and-he-shall-sustain-thee/

Psalm 57:

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2014/03/17/fixedness-of-purpose/

Psalm 58:

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/08/29/regeneration/

Psalm 62:

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/06/26/the-spirit-of-commercialism/

Psalm 63:

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/07/01/morning-silence/

Psalm 72:

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/05/18/missions-gods-eternal-plan/

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The Wages of Sin   2 comments

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Above:  Whirlpool Rapids

Copyright Claimant = Detroit Publishing Co.

Image Source = Library of Congress

(http://www.loc.gov/pictures/item/det1994003455/PP/)

Reproduction Number = LC-D4-4069 B

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Rom. 6, 23

1.  He that worketh receiveth wages.  Every course of conduct brings its return.  “Whatsoever one soweth that shall he reap.”

2.  Who yields himself to sin becomes thereby the bondslave of sin.  Rom. 6, 16

The power of Satan masters him and he pays a daily wage as he himself wills.

3.  The wages of sin is death:

(1)  Death of the body is the the result of sin.  Violent deaths increase.  Bloody & deceitful men shall not live out half their days.  Ps. 55, 23

(2)  Death of character–becoming finally a worthless being, insensible of all good.

(3)  Of sensibility of sin.  The first oath brought the blush quickly, but later one swear before anyone without shame.

(4)  Of the power of resistance.  God and friends cry stop; but sin puts one where he can’t stop.  The current in the rapids catches him and hurls him over the precipice and all is lost.

5.  Of the soul.  To sink into eternal night and suffer forever the pains of an unending ruin.  Eternal punishment where there is the weeping and the wailing and the gnashing of teeth.

Will you not stop now?

GEORGE WASHINGTON BARRETT