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John Dodson Taylor, Sr., Seated in the Living Room   Leave a comment

John D Taylor Sr seated in living room

Image Source = Randolph Fleming Taylor

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John Dodson Taylor, Sr. (1860-1936), my great-grandfather, was an intriguing man–an attorney, a judge, a businessman, a founder of a school, and a true public citizen–and the list goes on.  His world was quite different from mine, so I can only imagine what it must have been like to be him.

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

The Passion for God   1 comment

The Passion for God

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Image Source = Kenneth Randolph Taylor

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Matt. 5, 6

I.

The difference in men is in their motives, their longings, which color the whole life–something outranks all else.

The heart is a kingdom with some sovereign passion–that which receives [the] most thought & endeavor, gives the highest pleasure.

II.

Jesus says the man who hungers after righteousness is blessed–has a passion for God.  Religion is the autocrat of the heart.  Christ demands the first place in the heart.

(a)  A good appetite indicates a healthful body.  A hungering for God shows soundness of spirit.  The most religious strive after God more than any others.  This is the only life worthy the powers of the soul.

(b)  The passion for worldly pleasures while the church work languishes reveals a bad state of the heart–a loss of healthful appetite.  Such things can never satisfy the soul.

III.

Those who yearn after God and obey him are filled with peace and joy, are satisfied with him alone.

IV.

How may we have this warmth of affection?  By letting in the warmth of his love.

O for a yearning after God!

GEORGE WASHINGTON BARRETT

Posted January 18, 2014 by neatnik2009 in George Washington Barrett 1938-1942 M-Z, Matthew

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Our Two Years in Winder   Leave a comment

History and Directory fst Methodist Winder 1948

Above:  The Cover of the History and Directory of First Methodist Church, Winder, Georgia, 1948

Source for all images = Randolph Fleming Taylor

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George Washington Barrett (1873-1956), my great-grandfather, served as pastor of the Methodist Episcopal Church, South (1845-1939) congregation at Winder, Georgia, from late 1925 to 1927.  (The Methodists used to move their clergy close to Thanksgiving.)  In 1948 he had been retired for three years.  Here are my great-grandfather’s written recollections of his time in that town.

I wonder if these were the sermon notes he used that first Sunday in Winder.

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

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George W Barrett Winder

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“They…Followed Him”   1 comment

They Followed Him

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Image Source = Kenneth Randolph Taylor

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Matt. 4, 20

I.

Leave the old life, everything that is not Christ-like.  This is very important else one is defeated from the first.  Pattern the life after this.

II.

Pray like he did.  Seek God’s blessings in all things.  We need him.

III.

Make it your aim to please the Father in all things as Christ did.  What joy is in it.

IV.

Try so to live as to be a blessing unto others whom we may help.  Love rejoices in it.

V.

Let a forgiving spirit of love be an inspiration to all you meet.  Cultivate a kindly attitude and spirit.  Thereby you can help many.  “As I have loved you.”

GEORGE WASHINGTON BARRETT

Posted January 18, 2014 by neatnik2009 in George Washington Barrett 1938-1942 M-Z, Matthew

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My Great-Grandmother   Leave a comment

Sybil Tate

Image Source = Kenneth Randolph Taylor

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Sybil Hardaway Northcutt Tate (February 20, 1902-March 2, 1989) was grandmother of my mother, Sally Taylor.  I look at this image and see the family resemblance, for my grandmother, Barbara Northcutt Bishop Futch, and my mother look very much alike, and I look like them.

My great-grandmother lived in Oklahoma.

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

Live…By Every Word of God   2 comments

Live By Every Word of God

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Image Source = Kenneth Randolph Taylor

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Matt. 4, 4

I.

To “live,” physically, mentally, and spiritually, doubtless is here meant.  Each according to its nature is to be fed.  “Have life…more abundantly” (Jno. 10, 10b).  How abundant is the life he bestows!

II.

“By every word”

(1) Body nourished by ordinary physical food, air, & water.  He knoweth we have need of all these things.  Year by year the earth produces abundantly.

(2)  Truth from every source for the contemplation of the mind and our profit.  All truth is of God and it enriches life, makes it fuller.

(3)  Soul, spirit, feeds on, is nourished by things of the spirit–truth as revealed concerning God, man, sin, and salvation.  “I am the Bread of Life” is to the soul what ordinary bread is to the body, as:

(a)  warnings against sin

(b)  promises of his grace & of heaven

(c)  Communion with God and with good people

(d)  Guidance into truth & righteousness.

All these things feed the soul, strengthen the life & full us with heavenly manna.  Seek first his kingdom:  feed on these spiritual viands & prosper the soul.

GEORGE WASHINGTON BARRETT

My Mother, Uncle, and Aunt   Leave a comment

Debbie, Ronnie, and Sally

Image Source = Kenneth Randolph Taylor

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From left to right:

Deborah (Debbie) Bishop (born 1955), my aunt;

Ronald (Ronnie) Bishop (born 1949), my uncle;

Sally Bishop (Taylor) (born 1948), my mother.

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

Posted January 18, 2014 by neatnik2009 in Sally Bishop Taylor Stuckey

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Acts 26, 19   2 comments

Acts 26

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“Where there is no vision the people perish.”–Prov. 29, 18.  Paul’s vision changed his whole life and subsequent history.  In the light of it he walked and labored ever afterward.  It was a vision:

(1)  Of the nature of Jesus Christ as being the opposite of what Saul thought of him.  Divine and the Saviour of men.  How far-reaching is this truth.

(2)  Of his own sinful course.  Given a holy God, sin is very grievous.  “Against thee…have I sinned.”

(3)  Of God’s call to high and noble endeavor–to rise above the base things of the world and to render helpful service in Jesus’ name.

II.

Saul responded, obeyed God’s call, walked in the light given and climbed to high & holy living.  “His grace was not bestowed on me in vain.”  “I made most of it, used it and labored more abundantly than they all.”

III.

Whatever gleams of light & truth you have, grasp it eagerly, make the most of it.  Thereby life will be one of constant progress.

GEORGE WASHINGTON BARRETT

My Mother and Uncle   Leave a comment

Uncle Ronnie with Mom

Image Source = Kenneth Randolph Taylor

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From left to right:

Ronald Bishop (born 1949), my uncle;

Sally Bishop (Taylor) (born 1948), my mother.

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

Posted January 18, 2014 by neatnik2009 in Sally Bishop Taylor Stuckey

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The Macedonian Call   1 comment

The Macedonian Call

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Acts 16, 9-10

I.

Paul wanted to lead souls to Christ.  He had a passionate love for souls.  On his journey the vision came to him, “Come over…and help us.”  Here was an open door, an opportunity to help people.

II.

He immediately concluded the call was of God and thither he went and did a great work.

III.

Our call–God’s bidding and the knowledge that service is needed.  Do we need more than this?

(1)  The need of instructing and safeguarding the youth is great.

(2)  Telling the story to others, leading them to the Saviour.  Their great need is to know the Lord.  He alone is the hope of the world.

(3)  Helping the distressed of earth, especially helping to establish righteousness among men.

IV.

Shall we not, like Paul, conclude these needs are God’s call to us, to help them so far as we are able?  He beckons his church to help these straying, lost, distressed children of his to a better life.  He looks to us to build his kingdom on the earth.  What a great privilege is ours.  May we use it for Him.

GEORGE WASHINGTON BARRETT