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A Lesson in Addition   1 comment

A Lesson in Additon

Above:  The Original Document

Image Source = Kenneth Randolph Taylor

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2 Peter 1, 5

I.

“Well begun is half done.”  But many a good beginning is never finished.  There are many allurements by the way to turn us aside.  Many heed them and fall out.

II.

Peter exhorts that we be “diligent” as Christians who have started well.  He urges that we give heed, careful attention to our lives, so that with earnestness and wise activity we advance, grow.

(a)  Hold the grace already received.  Do not lose ground gained.  Use the means of grace–prayer, Bible study, public worship, etc., that our faith and love may be increased.  “Thou hast left thy first love.”  What a pity!

(b)  “Add to your faith.”  We begin with faith, or trust in God, and have peace with him.  “The just shall live by faith.”  But other graces are to be attained too.  We need them to help us meet life’s demands.

(c)  Labor diligently to realize the glorious possibilities opened out to you.  They will not be attained in a day but diligence under God’s blessings will add to your store as the days come and go.

III.

If thus you live your life will not be fruitless; rich results will be yours at last.  “Each tomorrow will find you further than today.”

GEORGE WASHINGTON BARRETT

“Peter Followed Afar Off.”   3 comments

Peter Followed Afar Off

Above:  Part of the Original Document

Image Source = Kenneth Randolph Taylor

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EDITOR’S COMMENT:

My great-grandfather used the word “professor” to refer to one who professes faith, not someone who teaches at a college.

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

JANUARY 29, 2014 COMMON ERA

THE FEAST OF SAINTS LYDIA, DORCAS, AND PHOEBE, COWORKERS OF THE APOSTLE PAUL

THE FEAST OF ANDREI RUBLEV, RUSSIAN ORTHODOX ICONOGRAPHER

THE FEAST OF SAINTS GENESIUS I OF CLERMONT AND PRAEJECTUS OF CLERMONT, ROMAN CATHOLIC BISHOPS; AND SAINT AMARIN, ROMAN CATHOLIC ABBOT

THE FEAST OF SAINT GILDAS THE WISE, HISTORIAN AND ROMAN CATHOLIC PRIEST

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Matt. 26, 58a

I.

“This expression used by Matthew, Mark, and Luke gets at a vital matter, tells one feature of Peter’s fall.  Overconfidence failed to pray in Gethsemane hastily, smote off the servant’s ear, rebuked by Jesus, who restored the ear; he seemed not to know what to do; followed his Lord afar off, cowered under accusation of being a disciple, he denied his Lord.

II.

Here is a great lesson for every professor.  There is grave danger at a distance from the Lord.  Near him Peter was brave; far off he fell into sin as any man is liable to do.

(a)  Such a course usually begins in neglect of prayer and Bible study, then neglect of the other means of grace, then of some duty then of bad company, then outright sin.

(b)  Overconfidence is dangerous.  “Let him that thinketh he standeth take heed lest he that fall” (1 Cor. 10, 12).  Our strength is in the Lord.  “Keep close to Jesus all the way.”

III.

Peter’s denial was not final and fatal.  Jesus caught his eye and it broke his heart, and he went out and wept bitterly.  “A broken and a contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise.”  “If any man sin we have an Advocate with the Father” (1 Jno. 2, 1).

“Go tell my disciples and Peter.”  Jesus recommissioned him and he preached a great sermon at Pentecost and was true until death.

“Draw near to God and he will draw near to thee.”  Keep near him, being constantly faithful.

GEORGE WASHINGTON BARRETT

Love Me More Than These?   1 comment

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Above:  St. Peter, by Andrea Vanni

(Image in the Public Domain)

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Jno. 21, 15

1.  To love Christ–God–is the highest privilege and the supreme duty of man.  God commands it.   [There is] no higher experience than this.

2.  But He will not have the second place.  Religion is the autocrat of the heart.  Where many things strive for the ascendancy He asks us which we love best.

(a)  He asks the businessman, “Do you love Me more than your business?  Which is first, your money or Me?”  How business sometimes rivals God in the hearts of men!

(b)  “You lovers of pleasure, which do you love most?  Which is your greatest ambition, receiving your greatest concern?  Does this life of pleasure crowd out the thought of Me?”

(c)  “You who are so much concerned about politics, do you forget Me, or neglect the church, your Bible, and prayer for political affairs?  Have you lost some of your former interest  in religion?”

3.  When anything drives or keeps Him out, it is one’s idol, his god.  There is a lot of practical idolatry in the church even, and more outside even in Christian lands.

4.  If we love Him He demands spiritual service, concern for the sheep of his fold.  Prove your love by a spiritual life.

GEORGE WASHINGTON BARRETT

The Crisis in Galilee   1 comment

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Above:  Saint Peter as Pope, by Peter Paul Rubens

(Image in the Public Domain)

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Jno. 6, 66-69

His teachings and miracles have gathered a great crowd.  He fed the multitude and they were about to crown Him king.  [The] next day in Capernaum, Jesus meets the crisis by the plain truth.

1.  Jesus does not accept superficial disciples.  Earthly motives unfit one for His service.  He repudiates selfishness.  Only those whose purposes are right are accepted.  He does not lower the standard for numbers.

2.  He turned to the twelve:  “Will ye also go away?”  What is your choice?  For that is your privilege.

3.  “To whom shall we go?”  Can we expect a deliverer and Saviour elsewhere?  Shall we seek a political Christ?  Shall we turn infidel?  Or shall we seek our peace in wealth and worldly pleasure?  Is there a ray of hope from some other quarter?  We must cling to Thee till some better help is found.

4.  “We have believed and know that Thou art the Christ, the Holy One of God.”  So we know [that] Thou only art our hope.

Happy the soul whose faith is thus founded.  It strengthens one for every vicissitude of life.  God helps us all to anchor now in this haven of rest.

GEORGE WASHINGTON BARRETT

The Church   1 comment

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Above:  St. John’s Methodist Church, Augusta, Georgia

Image Created by the Historic American Buildings Survey

Image Source = Library of Congress

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Reproduction Number = HABS GA,123-AUG,56–33

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EDITOR’S COMMENT:

If I read item #3 correctly, it is a reference to the doctrine of Christian Perfection, something I did not affirm when I was a Methodist.  And now that I am an Anglo-Lutheran-Catholic Episcopalian, I still reject it.  Yet perhaps I am misinterpreting that item.

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

AUGUST 9, 2013 COMMON ERA

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Matt. 16, 18

Jesus gladly endorses Peter’s confession.  He knows it only by revelation in answer to faith.  Now Christ has found faith in Himself and can found his ecclesia.

1.  The foundation is Christ.  He founded it on faith in Himself.  He is the chief cornerstone.  Save for Him there would be no church.  He is the inspiration of its work and worship.  His place in the church is secure.  It is hopelessly committed to Him.  He sits on high sending messages to the churches and dispensing the fullness of his grace to it.

2.  The character of the church is social.  It is amongst men–social beings–and for their good.  Hence [it] seeks those conditions that will be most helpful.  This is sufficient authority for the adoption of any expedient.

Different branches exert a helpful influence upon each other.  All may be Israel though of different tribes.  It uses ritual only for spiritual means.

3.  Its destiny.

The perfection of character.  A perfect man [is] the highest product of the gospel and all may be such.

But he who said the gates of death should not prevail, bade the church give the gospel to all the world.  Christ through the church shall yet take this old world and heaven will sing harvest home.

GEORGE WASHINGTON BARRETT

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In item #1 my great-grandfather wrote:

The foundation is Christ.

Then he placed an asterisk by “Christ.”  There is a matching asterisk at the bottom of the page.  At this second asterisk are these words:

“Rock” in scripture is always deity.–Morgan

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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

The Chief Places in the Kingdom   1 comment

NOTE #1:

I am certain that Sts. James and John Bar-Zebedee were our Lord and Savior’s first cousins.

NOTE #2:

This is post #250 of this weblog.

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

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Matt. 20, 20-28

They looked for a temporal kingdom.  Did not regard Peter first.  James and John had received some seeming favors.  Neither had lofty aspirations.  They were possibly His cousins.

1.  “Know not what you ask.”  Do not know the cost–what your request involves.  We ignorantly ask more than we know.

2.  “The cup.”  One must pay the price for the distinction in any kingdom.

3.  “Save to those for whom it is prepared of my Father.”

To whom given?

(1)  Not on unconditional election.

(2)  One condition only,–service.  “I am among you as he that serveth.”  “Chief servants.”  “First-slave.”  The reverse of the manner of the Gentiles.

(3)  “I came to minister and to give my life as a ransom for many.”

Thus drink this cut to be near me.

GEORGE WASHINGTON BARRETT