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The Problem of Suffering   1 comment

Problem of Suffering

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EDITOR’S COMMENT:

I, having read the Book of Job closely a few times during the last several years, feel qualified to issue a statement about that book and the larger problem of suffering.  The book does not provide an answer to that problem.  On the other hand, it does explain why the character of Job suffered.  God, the text tells us, allowed it.  So God was on the dock, according to the Book of Job.  Such is one of the basic issues with which intellectually honest Monotheists (a camp which includes me) must struggle:  there is no bad deity upon whom to cast blame for for pain and suffering while exonerating the good deity of deities of responsibility for them.

That text, however, provides a useful critique of we mere mortals, who, some more often than others, and often out of misguided yet well-meaning piety, presume to think that we know more than we actually know about God.  Job does it, as do his wife and his alleged friends.  The theodicy of the latter constituted idiocy.  On the other hand, Job is the only one asking serious questions of God.  The others are too busy defending their vain notions of God and divine justice to recognize what they see.  The cognitive dissonance which might result if they were to do that is too unpleasant for them, I suppose.

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

APRIL 24, 2014 COMMON ERA

THE FEAST OF THE MARTYRS OF ARMENIA

THE FEAST OF JOHANN WALTER, COMPOSER

THE FEAST OF THE SEVEN MARTYRS OF THE MELANESIAN BROTHERHOOD

THE FEAST OF TOYOHIKO KAGAWA, TEACHER AND EVANGELIST

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Job 23, 10

I.

Freedom was the problem God confronted in creating man.  Without it man would have no moral nature–no merit or demerit possible.  Yet he was under law.

II.

This [is] the best kind of world in which to develop character, to cultivate the grace of mind and heart.  Love and goodness enrich the life; temptations and afflictions endured strengthen and sweeten character and increase our faith.  “Whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth.”  His purpose is our development.

III.

Much of the sufferings of men results from his mistakes, oft times done in ignorance, as a child that touched a hot stove.  Oft times we bring our trouble by our willful sins.  Sometimes the innocent suffer for the sins of others, even more than the innocent suffer, for they feel it more keenly.

IV.

God does not forget us nor leave us alone.  He assured Paul:  “My grace is sufficient for thee.”  If we will we may rise above it, triumph over by his grace.

Let none rebel against God nor faint by the way.  Rather let everyone look to him for needed strength.  At last “we shall come forth as gold.”  “We shall receive the crown of life.”

GEORGE WASHINGTON BARRETT

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“The Lord Shall Deliver Me From Every Evil Work and Will Preserve Me Unto His Heavenly Kingdom.”   1 comment

Lord Shall Deliver Me

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The problem of life is fraught with grave possibilities of good and of evil.

What snares beset our unwary feet.  Many lives are wrecked.  Others are blest.  How shall we successfully meet its problems?

(1)  Temptations.  They often are exasperating, vexing, very trying.  Left to ourselves we are unable to meet and overcome.  He can succour, sustain us, give us victory.

(2)  Unjust treatment, unkindnesses, slights.  They are not pleasant.  But they need not touch and harm our souls.  We can keep sweet and escape all hurt, all scars.  Jesus did; so did Paul and many through the ages.  It takes grace, but that is what grace is for, to keep when we are in need.

(3)  Low ideals.  We can spurn them and cleave to the highest and best.  The low is beneath the dignity of an immortal soul.

(4)  Sorrow.  It must come, but we can triumph over it by grace.  Abide in Christ and all will be well.

II.

Preserve me to his heavenly kingdom.  What will it matter then?  Toil will be forgotten.

GEORGE WASHINGTON BARRETT

Prayer of Prime Importance   3 comments

Prayer of Prime Importance

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EDITOR’S COMMENT:

My great-grandfather referred to the 1940 General Conference of The Methodist Church (1939-1968), for these sermon notes come from late 1938/early 1939 to 1942 set, and the Methodist General Conferences meet every four years.

MARCH 17, 2014 COMMON ERA

THE FEAST OF SAINT PATRICK, ROMAN CATHOLIC BISHOP OF ARMAGH

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1 Tim. 2, 1

I.

The church faces the tragic needs of the world at home and abroad.  There are many and great needs.  The greatest is spiritual.  Only the church can be looked to to supply it.  “Ye who are spiritual restore such as one,” etc.  Others won’t and can’t if they would.

II.

Paul would have us all begin in prayer.  We, the church, need to draw near to God in prayer.  We need a fresh experience of his grace until our hearts are strangely warmed.  We can’t lead others into an experience we do not have.  “That I may know him,” etc.

III.

Pray “for all men.”  This is good and acceptable unto God.  The heart aglow with love for all men yearns for the salvation of the world.  Points for prayer suggested at the General Conference.

IV.  

It will take importune prayer to overcome the sinfulness of men’s hearts.  “Pray without ceasing.”  The effectual fervent prayer…availeth much.”  (Jas. 5, 16)  “He will avenge them speedily.”  (Lk. 18, 8)

God knows such strong cries for his grace, as the experience of many has shown.

It is time for the church to get about his work in all prayerful earnestness.

GEORGE WASHINGTON BARRETT

The Place of the College Today   1 comment

Place of the College Today

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Ps. 119, 130

I.

Educo, to lead out; hence to develop and furnish for larger service.  One learns where things are, where to seek for further equipment.

II.

This is a day of specialists, who devote themselves to special preparation–do research work.  Knowledge, when properly applied, is power.

III.

The church pioneered in education–believes that an intelligent piety is essential to the greatest usefulness, in pulpit and pew.  Some things can be done only by persons well furnished in head and heart–as Paul, Luther, Wesley.

IV.

Church schools have made a great contribution to Christian sentiment.

They have had to depend largely on small gifts:  of late a few large gifts have been received.

Most men who [have] had the call to preach are poor and need help to prepare for their life-work.  Hence the appeals from our schools for help to carry on.

They call for help now.

GEORGE WASHINGTON BARRETT

Response to His Grace   1 comment

Response to His Grace

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2 Cor. 6, 1b

…beseech you also that ye receive not the grace of God in vain.

Authorized Version

I.

Grace–divine favor–here especially that which comes through the death of Christ.  How unsearchable is its fullness–greater than we can ask or think.  It is offered unto all without money and without price.  God proclaims it by his ministers.

II.

Paul begs us not to receive it “in vain.”  It is in vain when we do not receive it by faith and let it produce in us needed results.

(1)  Believe it–accept it as true and respond to it from the heart.  We need just what it will do for us–deliver us from sin and make us more and more like our Lord in (a) love to God and man, (b) that we fall not short of the glory of God.

(2)  Become faithful servants of God–true to him and his cause in the earth.  To prove God’s grace to him had not been in vain; Paul adds:  “I labored more abundantly than they all.”

What reward has God for all he has done for us, if we do nothing for him?

May we respond to his grace and live for him in all things–keep busy serving him.

GEORGE WASHINGTON BARRETT

The Open Door   1 comment

Open Door

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1 Cor. 16, 9

I.  

Paul would tarry at Ephesus, for there he had a great opportunity–to preach the word–a willingness to hear the word.  A God-given opportunity.  This made it imperative for him.

II.

Then the need was so great.  The people needed the message, that they might believe and be saved.

“Faith cometh by hearing and hearing by the word of God.”  To proclaim the gospel is of greatest importance.

III.

We see something of our unfinished task–the sinfulness of the people at home and abroad.  So many are in sin and so many know not the good news–live so far below the standard of love set forth in the gospel.  What an appeal is here!

IV.  

We have confidence in our Lord’s power to save and solve the problems of the world.  With such a Lord and Saviour no case is hopeless, where he is properly preached.  Here is the rub–properly to preach him to the people.  Hence Paul’s resolve to enter this open door.

The church must so present Christ as to lead men to the high life in Him.

GEORGE WASHINGTON BARRETT

Posted March 11, 2014 by neatnik2009 in 1-2 Corinthians

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The Enrichment of Life   8 comments

Enrichment of Life

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EDITOR’S NOTE:

I have had to reconstruct some text due to the fraying of the page at the right margin.

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

FEBRUARY 3, 2014 COMMON ERA

THE FEAST OF SAINT NICHOLAS KASATKIN, ORTHODOX ARCHBISHOP OF ALL JAPAN

THE FEAST OF SAINT ANSKAR, ROMAN CATHOLIC ARCHBISHOP OF HAMBURG-BREMEN

THE FEAST OF GIOVANNI PIERLUIGI DA PALESTRINA, COMPOSER

THE FEAST OF MILLARD FULLER, FOUNDER OF HABITAT FOR HUMANITY

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1 Cor. 1, 5

see 2 Cor. 8, 7; Rom. 11, 33; Eph. 3, 8; Col. 1, 27

I.

A pastor’s pleasure that his people receive grace from Christ.  He (Christ) came “that they might have live…abundantly.”  “What a wonderful change in my life has been wrought.”

II.

Paul thankful for their enrichment:

1.  In utterance, or speech, knowing what to teach.  Evil thoughts and utterance–charitable conversation no longer given place. But kindness, charitable, brotherly spirit holds sway.  “Love suffereth long and is kind…thinketh no evil.”  “Let the words…and meditations…be acceptable.”–Psalm 19

2.  “In all knowledge of God’s will.”  He opens our eyes to see what once was mysterious and dark.  Now “we behold worldly things in his law.”  The Spirit illumines his word as we study it.  “Thy word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path” (Psalm 119,  105).    Religious literature a great blessing.

Such a life increasing in understanding and love more and more.  Paul prayed to this end.  “The Lord make you to increase and abound in love” (1 Thes. 3).  See also 1 Thes. 4, 10:  “We beseech you that ye increase in love more and more.”

III.

The riches of Christ Jesus are unsearchable.  “The riches of grace in Christ Jesus are better than gold.”  They are for us as we press on to appropriate them and so be thereby constantly enriched in our experience.

Let us not fail to grow in grace constantly.  Who does not want to know more of him and extend the greater blessing to others?

More love to thee, O Christ and to all men.

GEORGE WASHINGTON BARRETT