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The Taylor House, October 1985   Leave a comment

Summerville House October 1985

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Devotedness to Christ   4 comments

Devotedness to Christ

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Jno. 11, 16

I.

Thomas knew of the opposition to Jesus at Jerusalem.  He verily believed it meant death to Jesus for him to return to Judea.  But Jesus went to help the sorrowing.

II.

Thomas’ love for Jesus was stronger than life.  He resolved to go with him and called upon the other disciples to go also.  What a beautiful devotion was his.

III.

Jesus calls us, as he had called them, to follow him, to learn of him, and to do his bidding, walk with him in service to others.  “He went about doing good.”  This was his “meat”–Jno. 4. 24.  “I am among you as he that serveth”–Lk. 22, 27.

“By love serve one another”–Gal. 5, 13.  “For ye serve the Lord Christ”–Col. 3, 24.

Great joy in serving him by doing good to others.  It helps a soul find peace to assist one in need.

IV.

But are we only fair-weather Christians?  Shall we not, like Thomas, go with him ever facing danger and sacrifice?  Is he not dearer than all else?  Suffering for Christ’s sake may not be easy, but it is far better to suffer with him than to dwell at ease without him.

May our hearts be brave to walk close to his side whatever may come.  Then all will be well and we shall triumph at last.

GEORGE WASHINGTON BARRETT

Nell Barrett Taylor, Late 1960s-Early 1970s   Leave a comment

Nell Taylor 1960s

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My grandmother (1915-2001)

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“If Any Man Thirst, Let Him Come to Me and Drink.”   1 comment

If Any Man Thirst

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Jno. 7, 37

I.

The physical man has needs and he is restless until they are met.  Thirst is a very strong desire–a painful death.

II.

Man’s spirit has needs even greater.  How restless they make him; this world can give no abiding satisfaction.

We were made for God and our souls find no peace till they rest in Him.  The moral faculties are nourished only by Him.

How restless are the ungodly!  They rush hither and thither seeking satisfaction in the perishable things of this world and find it not.

III.

Christ alone can bestow satisfaction.  He is the water of life–can still the restless spirit, give peace and rest.

(1)  The sense of pardon.

(2)  Reconciliation with God, till we delight in Him.

(3)  Bestow confidence and hope, strength for life’s needs.

“A well of water (within) springing up unto eternal life.”

All my life-long I had panted

For a draft from a cool spring

That I hoped would quench the burning

Of the thirst I felt within.

GEORGE WASHINGTON BARRETT

Posted February 5, 2014 by neatnik2009 in George Washington Barrett 1938-1942 A-L, Johannine Gospel

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Lucy Barrett   Leave a comment

Lucy Barrett

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My great-aunt (1912-2001)–sister of Nell Barrett Taylor (1915-2001) and daughter of George Washington Barrett (1873-1956) and Nellie Sequin Fox Barrett (1876-1958)

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Jesus and Youth   1 comment

Jesus and Youth

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“There is a lad here.”–John 6,9

I.

Jesus would feed the hungry people.  He seeks some food with which to begin.  Andrew tells him of a lad who has his lunch with him.  Jesus takes it, multiplies it and feeds them.  Satisfied people; happy boy!

II.

Today and always Jesus seeks for young people who will yield themselves to him, let him develop their powers and use them to bless others.  Many heed his voice when young and find that every step was an advance toward greater things.

III.

What a privilege to be one of his helpers as he supplies the needs of man.  Anything done in his name is helpful.  His blessings enlarging the gift is the best part of every life.

IV.

Will you let him direct and use you, take your powers, strengthen them, and make them a blessing to the world?

You will be happy in that you labor with him and help enrich the lives of immortal souls.

GEORGE WASHINGTON BARRETT

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John Dodson Taylor, Jr., 1950s   Leave a comment

John D. Taylor, Jr. BW

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My grandfather (1905-1976)

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John 4, 34   1 comment

John 4, 34

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EDITOR’S COMMENT:

This document comes with a clue:  “9.23. p.m.”  From 1938 to 1942 (the timeframe for this set of sermon notes, according to evidence I have mentioned elsewhere), September 23 never fell on a Sunday.  It did, however, fall on a Wednesday in 1942, according to online sources.

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

FEBRUARY 5, 2014 COMMON ERA

THE FEAST OF SAINT AVITUS OF VIENNE, ROMAN CATHOLIC BISHOP

THE FEAST OF EDWARD HAYES PLUMPTRE, ANGLICAN PRIEST

THE FEAST OF THE MARTYRS OF JAPAN

THE FEAST OF SAINTS PHILEAS AND PHILOROMUS, ROMAN CATHOLIC MARTYRS

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The will of God is the law of heaven and earth.  He is Creator, Preserver and Judge of all.  “What is his will?” the proper question.

Jesus recognized the Father’s will in all his life–it was constantly before him.  He will do nothing contrary to it.

II.

Jesus knew he was sent of the Father.  “As the Father hath sent me.”  “I came…not to do mine own will.”  A mighty purpose moved God to send him and he must be about the things of his Father.

III.

He is to accomplish (finish) his work–the salvation of the world.  What if he had turned from it?

IV.

His mission involved suffering and death.  Otherwise he could not have saved the world.

It is necessary to endure suffering yet men do it especially when it is for a great cause.  “He shall see of the travail of his soul and be satisfied.”

V.

“My meat is to do his will.”  It refreshes my heart like food nourishes the body.  How delightful to help others–Jesus found joy in helping this woman and others as well.

May we find our chief joy in doing God’s holy will.

GEORGE WASHINGTON BARRETT

Posted February 5, 2014 by neatnik2009 in George Washington Barrett 1938-1942 A-L, Johannine Gospel

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John Dodson Taylor, Jr., and Johnny Sandford   Leave a comment

John D. Taylor, Jr., and Johnny Sandford

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My grandfather (1905-1976), possibly circa 1915-1917, with Johnny Sandford, who worked for my grandfather’s uncle, Eugene Stoddard Taylor, Sr. (1890-1944), and aunt, Adeline Wright Taylor (born circa 1892), both of whom lived in the house next door; Johnny lived above the garage

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/12/14/john-d-taylor-jr-and-helen-taylor-later-caulkins/

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John 4, 31-38   1 comment

John 4, 31

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I.

Jesus found a great opportunity at the well–to lead a woman into the knowledge of the truth and through her to reach many in the village.  How his heart must have thrilled at it.  What a fine service it was!

II.

My meat to will of the Father.  He was sent “to seek and to save the that which was lost.”  The Father directed him daily and he pleased the Father.

III.

“Had to finish his work.”  Not that there was no more to do after he ascended, but to finish the work he gave me to do.  Well he is still working at it through the church.  In every age there is much to do.

IV.

We face a great work and it needs to be done.  Should we neglect it–the church of our day–God will seek elsewhere for someone to do it.

It is the Father’s cause–his work–and he calls us to do it for him.  It should be our meat to do it.

GEORGE WASHINGTON BARRETT

Posted February 5, 2014 by neatnik2009 in George Washington Barrett 1938-1942 A-L, Johannine Gospel

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