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“If Ye Shall Ask Anything My Name I Will Do It.”   4 comments

If Ye Shall Ask

Above:  The Original Text

Image Source = Kenneth Randolph Taylor

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John 14, 14

I.

Our need of divine aid.  We are unable to do the work before us if left to ourselves.  “Without me ye can do nothing” (Jno. 15, 5).  “Not by might nor by power, but by my Spirit” (Zech. 4, 6).

II.

Prayer is an opening of the heart to God, throwing off indifference, so essential.  How can God pour his Spirit into a heart closed against him?  “But their heart is far from me” (Matt. 15, 8).

III.

Prayer is a direct, earnest request for God’s help.  “Ask, seek, knock.”  Give the Holy Spirit to them that ask him (Lk. 11, 13).  “And when they had prayed the place was shaken where they were assembled together, and they were filled with the Holy Ghost, and they spake the word of God with boldness” (Acts 4, 31).

IV.

Have we any need of his help, of awakening of souls, of pardon, of guidance of power?  Does anyone about us need to know Jesus as Saviour and Lord?

May God breathe on us the spirit of earnest prayer?  And he prepares us and uses to help reach others that his kingdom may prevail over the forces of evil.

GEORGE WASHINGTON BARRETT

Zechariah   1 comment

Zechariah

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

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Chapter 4:

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/06/07/the-spirit-the-source-of-power/

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/06/07/working-by-the-spirits-power/

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Posted November 16, 2013 by neatnik2009 in Guide Posts K-Z, Minor Prophets

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The Spirit, the Source of Power   3 comments

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Above:  Trinity Episcopal Church, Columbus, Georgia, Pentecost Sunday, May 19, 2013

Image Source = Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta

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EDITOR’S NOTE:

I have become convinced that my great-grandfather labored under some false generalizations regarding Judaism.  He has hardly alone in this.  In fact, I recall hearing some of the same mistaken statements in churches when I was quite young.  So I implore you, O reader, not to mistake me for my great-grandfather, whose opinions are not necessarily mine.  I have expressed many of my opinions at BLOGA THEOLOGICA, which links into this weblog.  I recognize my great-grandfather as obviously a coreligionist yet one compared to whose standard I am an unapologetic heretic.  I have typed over 120 of these sermon outlines already, so I have something of a grasp of his theology.

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

JUNE 7, 2013 COMMON ERA

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Zech. 4, 6-7

1.  This is an encourgement to do His work and a warning against self-dependence.  All Jewish history emphasizes this.  They were a constant miracle of grace.  They need Him now.

2.  “Not by might,” as an army (Ps. 33, 16).  Here is an evil to be avoided.  Men do things in business and politics by numbers.  These are in the material realm and material laws obtain; but the work of the church is in the moral realm and only moral power obtains.

3.  “Nor by power”–personal or of position.  In business men accomplish much by the power of their position, prestige, or wealth.  It may require an effort not to look at such things in the work of the church.  Many a man of might in business is powerless in religion.  Souls will not be driven or compelled.

4.  “But by my spirit.”  To quicken the conscience, fear, emotion & will, certainly none but God can do.  Men are only instruments.  We beg, warn, exhort; but can’t do more.

5.  He is our sufficiency (Acts 1, 8).  By Him we shall succeed.  The shout of victory shall ascend:  “Grace! grace!”

GEORGE WASHINGTON BARRETT

Working By the Spirit’s Power   2 comments

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Above:  Church of the Common Ground, Atlanta, Georgia, May 26, 2013

Image Source = Bill Monk, Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta

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Zech. 4, 6

1.  The work of establishing and extending the church is a divine work.  A spiritual kingdom and spiritual methods.  We are to reach the lost and edify believers.

2.  But it can’t be done by might of ours.  Whatever may be our human equipment that alone fails.

Nor by power or authority of others.  The heart will not heed human demands.  Human ability at its best fails.

3.  God’s Spirit is our only & sufficient equipment.  Here is might & power such as is needed.  He can and does convict all hearts and save the penitent.  Where He is there is liberty.  We must have His help.  When He is honored he does a mighty work.  Uses human agents too.

4.  How is He to be received?  In answer to earnest prayer.  “Shall your Father give the Holy Spirit to them that ask him.”  By turning to God–Acts 3, 19.  “Tarry till ye be endued with power.”  “They were all of one accord in one place.

Then a multitude were saved in a day.

5.  Let us begin here; seek till we find Him.  Search our hearts, repent of all sin and prepare for his coming.

Then expect Him as promised.

GEORGE WASHINGTON BARRETT