Archive for January 2, 2014

John Dodson Taylor, III, Quite Young   Leave a comment

Dad National School Studios

Photograph Courtesy of Randolph Fleming Taylor

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This photograph is most likely from the early 1950s.

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

JANUARY 2, 2014 COMMON ERA

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This is post #700 of TAYLOR FAMILY POEMS AND FAMILY HISTORY WRITINGS.

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Luke 24, 26 & 46   6 comments

Luke 24 Sermon Notes

Above:  Part of the Original Document

Image Source = Kenneth Randolph Taylor

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Luke 24, 26 & 46

I.

The greatest undertaking– to work out man’s redemption.  “‘Twas great to speak the world from naught,” etc.

God gave his Son for this purpose.  The cost was great.  “He bore the sins of many.”

II.

To the two en route to Emmaus he opened the scriptures.  “Ought not”–was it not necessary?  Thus he expiated  sin.  Without it no soul could have been saved.

(1)  This was the course indicated for him by the prophets–Moses; Psalm 16 & 22; Isa. 53; Dan. 9; Mal. 4, 5; 1 Peter 1, 11.

(2)  More eminently back of all these lay the divine purpose, the will of the Father, which our Lord was to fulfill.  Can man discover fully God’s thoughts or mind here?

III.

By him atonement is made for all.  “He tasted death for every man.”  In offering salvation to man God does not ignore sin.  He is just and the justifier of the ungodly.

(1)  We see the enormity of sin–its deadly effect & power.  Heroic treatment for a fearful malady.

(2)  We see demonstrated God’s boundless love–he so loved “that he gave his only begotten Son”–his greatest possible gift.  “What wondrous love is this”!

IV.

The gift is free–“without money and without price.”  Yet one condition is made by God and must be met–“That whosoever believeth in him.”  All can meet it.  “Unspeakable gift.”  Is it yours?

GEORGE WASHINGTON BARRETT

My Father and Uncle, 1955   Leave a comment

Jack and Randy 1955 Courtesy of Randy

Photograph Courtesy of Randolph Fleming Taylor

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My father, John Dodson Taylor, III (born in 1943), with my uncle Randy (born in 1945)

It is a very good picture, is it not?

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

JANUARY 2, 2014 COMMON ERA

“Jesus Drew Near and Went With Them.”   Leave a comment

Jesus Drew Near

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Image Source = Kenneth Randolph Taylor

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Luke 24, 15b

Jesus himself drew near, and went with them.

–Luke 14:15b, Authorized Version

I.  

They were inn great perplexity over the death & reports that he was alive again.  They were in despair.  How they did need help.

II.

“Jesus drew near and went with them,” though they did not recognize him.  He seeks to draw near every distressed heart.

(1)  It was good for them to find a sympathetic listener to their story, that they might pour out their distresses into his ears.  It really helped them to do it.

(2)  He had things to say to them–just what they needed to hear.  God’s word casts light on those things that distressed them.  How it took hold of and warmed their hearts.

(3)  Their eyes were opened and they knew him.  He is the answer to our questionings and the healer of our broken hearts.

How could we do without him?  Don’t try.  Invite his presence and help in all things.

GEORGE WASHINGTON BARRETT

Two Brothers and a Cousin   Leave a comment

Richard Barrett-Jack-Randy Early 1960s Courtesy of Randy

Photograph courtesy of Randolph Fleming Taylor

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I estimate the date of the image to be from the early 1960s, based on other photographs I have posted on this weblog.

From left to right:

Richard Fox Barrett (died 2009);

John Dodson Taylor, III (born 1943), my father; and

Randolph Fleming Taylor, my uncle.

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

JANUARY 2, 2014 COMMON ERA

Jesus Revealed In Us   2 comments

Jesus Revealed in Us

Above:  Part of the Original Document

Image Source = Kenneth Randolph Taylor

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Lk. 23, 47 and Mk. 15, 39

I.

The death of Jesus made a profound impression on the Centurion, who was over the soldiers who crucified him–the seven words from the cross, & the natural phenomena as well.  Certainly he was a righteous man; nothing else could explain it.

II.

What we are & do impresses others about us–our spirit, our general deportment [are] our service to others; yes, & our death.

If we profess faith in Christ they expect us to live a new life, to be different from our former lives.

III.

How carefully ought we to live.

“Let your light so shine before men.”

“Neither do men light a candle and put it under a bushel.”

“By their fruits ye shall know them.”

“Does the world see Jesus in you?”

(1)  A consistently religious life.  This is so important, let we offend others.

(2)  In doing good, serving others where we are, in humility and love.  “Jesus went about doing good.”  Love finds a way.

IV.

Such people, in life and in death, impress others for good.

No one can gainsay such a life.  What a blessing all such people are!

GEORGE WASHINGTON BARRETT