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Nell Barrett Taylor, 1939   Leave a comment

Nell Taylor 1939

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My grandmother (1915-2001) was twenty-four years old at the time of this photograph.

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

JANUARY 30, 2014 COMMON ERA

Hebrews 7, 25   3 comments

Heb. 7, 25

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Heb. 7, 25

see Rom. 1, 16

I.

The cause of the world’s woe–sin.  What fearful havoc it has wrought.  Man sought to hide from the presence of God.  He lost his way in moral darkness and plunged into every evil work.  How deep was his sin and its stain.

II.

The need of the world–of every man in it–is salvation.  Without it all else fails.

(1)  No moral sense save as one has knowledge of a holy God.  The Romans attributed great sins ton their deities on Mt. Olympus and in turn plead those sins in defense of their own corruption.  There was not a gentleman on Mt. Olympus.   Hence men need to learn that God is holy, that they may have a sense of sin–Isaiah’s vision.  “Convict the world of sin.”

(2)  Men need power to become the sons of God–new creatures–delivered from the power and pollution of sin, from its enslavement.  Else man cannot walk uprightly before God and men.

(3)  Jesus Christ does just this.  “To them gave he power to become the sons of God” (Jno. 1, 12).  “Hath power on earth to forgive sins.”  Millions have experienced this.

III.

Here then is the work of the church–to give to the world the knowledge of God and his power to save, to solve their vexed problems.  “How can they believe on him of whom they have not heard?  How can they hear without a preacher?”  Jesus calls us to witness to all the world that he may save all men.

GEORGE WASHINGTON BARRETT

My Father, Late 1940s   Leave a comment

Dad as a Boy

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In the Crusade (1999) episode Each Night I Dream of Home, Captain Matthew Gideon says that he cannot recall the details of his late father’s face and asks First Officer John Matheson why that is so.  Matheson replies:

Maybe it is because we cannot decide which face to remember–the face of our father when we were children, the face of our father the first time we left home, the face of our father the last time we say him.  They all blend together; we lose the details.

I have memories of my father’s changing face over time.  Some of them are as recent as just over a month ago.  Then I add childhood photographs of him to the mix.  The details blend together.

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

JANUARY 30, 2014 COMMON ERA

Whole-Hearted Service   1 comment

Whole-Hearted Service

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Rom. 1, 15

“As much as in me is.”  Here is the secret of the mightiest [missing word] since the ascension of Jesus.  Nothing short of this can explain Paul’s greatness.

I.

Value of personal effort.  Without [it] there can can be no marked progress.  Songs, sermons, etc., by phonograph or radio are lacking just here.

(1)  The presence and force of character count much.  The flash of the eye, the fire of the soul and personal impact of the speaker count for much.  Most of this is lost if the speaker is not near.

(2)  Full effort is needed.  Half-heartedness gets nowhere.  Only when the soul is aroused and put into what one does can much be accomplished.

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Christianity is worthy of our utmost endeavor.

(1)  “Whatever is worth doing is worth doing well.”  “Things done by half are never done right.”  Christianity calls for all there is in us all the time.

“Cursed be he that doeth the work of the Lord negligently.”  We have a great and glorious work to do and the text should be our motto.

(2)  Those who seek to help are worthy of our best endeavor.  We deal with immortal souls.  Shall they perish because we are half-hearted?

III.

God will add his blessing and that is the best of all our efforts.

Shall we not pray and give with all our might?

GEORGE WASHINGTON BARRETT

Posted January 30, 2014 by neatnik2009 in George Washington Barrett 1914-1956, Romans

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Randy Taylor, Late 1940s   Leave a comment

Randy as a Boy

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It is interesting to look upon childhood photographs of relatives I have always known to be adults.  Often we humans lock a certain image of someone into our heads, as if that person was always that age.  In reality, however, each of us has many faces throughout life.

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

JANUARY 30, 2014 COMMON ERA

Heirs of God   8 comments

Heirs of God

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Rom. 8, 17

I.

By repentance of faith we are born into the kingdom of God–become “sons of God” (1 Jno. 3, 1-2).  “Thou art no more a servant but a son” (Gal. 4, 7).

II.

Now we have the rights of a son and are so treated–an “heir of God.”  What treasures God has to bestow upon us.  We are to enjoy him, our God and Father.  How glorious is our heritage!

III.

“Joint heirs with Christ.”  We are to share with Christ the treasures that are his by virtue of his Sonship.

(1)  The love of God–may feast on it as did our Lord.

(2)  Life in its fullness, “abundantly.”  God’s grace encircles life so much, and is sufficient for all our needs.

(3)  The Holy Spirit to dwell within and to guide and aid us.  It was by his help Jesus cast out demons and labored so helpfully.

(4)  The glories of the eternal world.  “All that I have is thine” (Lk. 15, 31b).  The right of the inheritance is thine” (Jer. 32, 8).  You and I inherit a farm.  I can’t say this field is mine and that yours.  Both alike own it and share it.  All alike belongs to Christ and us.

Shall we not enter upon our inheritance and enjoy it?

“As many as received him to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name.  Which were born…of God.” (Jno. 1, 12-13)

“Behold what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us that we should be called the sons of God….Beloved now are we the sons of God” (1 Jno. 3, 1-2)

“And if children then heirs; heirs of God and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him that we may be glorified together.” (Rom. 8, 17)

“And if ye be Christ’s, then are ye Abraham’s seed and heirs according to the promise.” (Gal. 3, 29)

“Wherefore thou art no more more a servant, but a son, and if a son then an heir of God through Christ.”  (Gal. 4, 7)

“That the Gentiles should be fellow-heirs, and of the same body, and partakers of his promise in Christ by the gospel.” (Eph. 3, 6)

“That being justified by his grace we should be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life.” (Titus 3, 7)

GEORGE WASHINGTON BARRETT

George Washington Barrett, 1899   Leave a comment

George W. Barrett College Graduate

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I was surprised when I saw this photograph for the first time.  After all, I have visualized my great-grandfather (1873-1956) as the retired minister portrayed here.  Now I have had a few days to look at this image, pondering my great-grandfather as a college graduate in his middle 1920s and a man about to begin his ministerial career.  We all age, changing physically and spiritually as time passes.  I am not the same man I was even a few years ago; neither was my great-grandfather the same person throughout his life.  I want to be clear; I understand this fact.  Although I have acknowledged part of the man’s dark side, I have not done to say that he was a bad man.  Neither do I idolize him.  No, I think of him as a complicated human being–a basically good one.

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

JANUARY 29, 2014 COMMON ERA

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This is post #750 of TAYLOR FAMILY POEMS AND FAMILY HISTORY WRITINGS.

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“Peter Followed Afar Off.”   3 comments

Peter Followed Afar Off

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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

Athens, Georgia, January 29, 2014 (II)   Leave a comment

Snowy Day January 29, 2014 II

Snowy Day January 29, 2014 III

Snowy Day January 29, 2014 VI

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The Man With One Talent   1 comment

Man With One Talent

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Matt. 25, 24-25

I.

The one talent belonged to God and was given according to man’s ability to improve it.  It was given to be used for God.  He expects everyone use helpfully the goods bestowed–this our duty.

II.

The servant hid his lord’s money–did not use it so as to increase it.  This is the temptation to many, maybe to the majority.  False modesty, fear, a failure to see one’s obligation, lead to inaction–did not squander it, he just did not use it.

(1)  Falsely accused God–“a hard master.”  But he is not.  He smiles even upon small success.  Nor increases the talent or talents.  It and the increase remain ours to enjoy.

(2)  But if he were “a hard master” all the more should he have used his talent.

III.

He accepts no excuse for failure to try.  “Thou wicked and slothful servant.”  The gift not used is taken away.  The sloth is condemned to utter emptiness–cast out.  What a spectacle!

Be glad of a chance to use your talent.  Never neglect an opportunity for good.  Direct your life toward better things.  There is growth and joy in so doing.

GEORGE WASHINGTON BARRETT

Posted January 29, 2014 by neatnik2009 in George Washington Barrett 1938-1942 M-Z, Matthew

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