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Easter Island in Athens   Leave a comment

Easter Island in Athens

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This afternoon I did notice

close to home, in Ben Burton Park,

Easter Island-style statues

small.  Four of them did space mark

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on the cusps of waterfalls

tiny in the midst of a stream.

Somebody had stacked rocks small

in a fit of joy, it seems,

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conveying his or her mirth

to other park visitors

who came to enjoy the earth,

perhaps even to compose verse.

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

FEBRUARY 23, 2014 COMMON ERA

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Conduct Most Important   2 comments

Conduct Most Important

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EDITOR’S NOTE:

My great-grandfather used “professor” in a way which has fallen out of common use in my generation.  He referred to

professors of religion,

meaning those who profess a certain religion, not one who teaches religion at an institution of post-secondary education.

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

FEBRUARY 23, 2014 COMMON ERA

THE SEVENTH SUNDAY AFTER THE EPIPHANY, YEAR A

THE FEAST OF SAINTS WILLIGIS, ROMAN CATHOLIC ARCHBISHOP OF MAINZ; AND SAINT BERNWARD, ROMAN CATHOLIC BISHOP OF HILDESHEIM

THE FEAST OF SAINT DOSITHEUS, ROMAN CATHOLIC MONK

THE FEAST OF SAINT POLYCARP, ROMAN CATHOLIC BISHOP OF SMYRNA

THE FEAST OF SAMUEL WOLCOTT, U.S. CONGREGATIONALIST MINISTER

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“He that doeth righteousness is righteous.”–1 Jno. 3, 7

I.

All religion issues in conduct.  When explicit professors of religion to live accordingly. as does God.

II.

“Keep them from the evil.”  This is negative but very important.  He came to save us from our sins.  “One that feareth God and escheweth evil?”  Job 1, 8

III.

Loves men.  This is identical with love of God.  “He that loveth God, loves his brother also.”

“He that loveth not his brother whom he hath seen, how can he love God whom he hath not seen?”  1 Jno. 4, 20

IV.

Doing good.  This is the practical expression of love.

1.  Kind in our general attitude toward men–not critical, cold, harsh, but gentle and wishing all men well.

2.   Charitable toward others.  Ready to minister to their needs as we are able.  It is a great grace.  We can’t do all that is needed, but we can do something and that will help them and us.

Men rightly judge us more by what we do than by our profession.

GEORGE WASHINGTON BARRETT

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“And This is the Promise That He Hath Promised Us, Even Eternal Life.”   3 comments

And This is the Promise

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1 Jno. 2, 25

“And this is the record that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son.”  1 Jno. 5, 11

“These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life.”  1 Jno. 5, 13

“Fight the good fight of faith; lay hold on eternal life.”  1 Tim. 6, 12

“And these shall go away into everlasting punishment; but the righteous into life–eternal life.”–Matt. 25, 46

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Eternal life–28 times

Everlasting life–14 times

Eternal glory–3 times

Eternal salvation–2 times

Eternal inheritance–1 time

Eternal judgment–1 time

Eternal damnation–1 time

Eternal fire–1 time

Everlasting consolation–1 time

Everlasting habitations–1 time

Everlasting destruction–1 time

Everlasting punishment–1 time

Everlasting fire–1 time

Total–56

GEORGE WASHINGTON BARRETT

Weather Identity Crisis   1 comment

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Above:  Athens, Georgia, February 13, 2014

Image Source = Kenneth Randolph Taylor

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Officially we are in Winter;

we have experienced snow twice

and known many cold temperatures.

Yet despite all the snow and ice,

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we have had some pleasant Spring days.

The usual weather has a yo-yo

been; Mother Nature seems in a craze

to have fallen. Now what weather will follow?

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

FEBRUARY 22, 2014

An Easter Message   Leave a comment

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Above:  Easter Vigil, St. Martin-in-the-Fields Episcopal Church, Atlanta, Georgia, March 30, 2013

Image Source = Bill Monk, Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta

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Before the early day-dawn

Pushed back night’s sable pall,

The women, worn with weeping,

Came past the city’s wall.

Bereft and broken-hearted,

From their eyes sleep had fled,

And they could wait no longer

T’anoint their precious dead.

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With fragrant spices laden

They hasten toward the tomb

Forgetting in their eagerness

The guard and seal of Rome,

But one, at last, remembers–

“O, who shall roll away

The stone?” she cries.  The others

Gaze at her in disarray.

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But still they hasten onward,

Search knowing why they do–

Not one, nor all, could move it,

Rome’s seal forbade them, too.

In morning’s first faint glimmer

They reach their journey’s end,

And lo, the tomb is empty!

Oh where, where is their Friend?

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While stunned and terror-stricken

They stand in helpless grief,

A messenger from heaven

Brings to their hearts’ relief.

He said, “Fear not.  Why seek ye

The living ‘mongst the dead?

Your Lord’s not here, but risen,

Even as He hath said

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“Go ye:  tell his disciples

He goeth on before,

And if they will not follow,

They’ll find their Lord once more.”

We, too, may claim the message

To them by angels given–

We’ll find Him if we follow:

Here, first, and then in heaven.

NELLIE SEGUIN FOX BARRETT

My Dormitory Room, Valdosta State University, Valdosta, Georgia, February 15, 1996   Leave a comment

Brown Hall 115 February 15, 1996 I

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Brown Hall 115 February 15, 1996 II

Brown Hall 115 February 15, 1996 III

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Brown Hall 115 February 15, 1996 VIII

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To a Superannuate   Leave a comment

To a Superannuate (1)

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Image Source = Kenneth Randolph Taylor

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Long has been thy toilsome journey,

O thou veteran of the cross.

Bravely thou hast borne thy burdens,

Murm’ring not at pain or loss,

Whene’er these have been thy portion;

But in faith calm and serene

Thou hast looked beyond the earthly,

Into glories yet unseen.

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And now, O brave Christian soldier,

Upon this, thy natal day,

Hosts of souls whom thou hast rescued

Lift their hearts to God and pray–

“Bless, oh, bless him, Heavenly Father,

And his every need supply;

Many years yet may he linger

E’er he goes to dwell on high,

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“For we need his saintly presence;

Need to hear his shepherd-voice

Speaking unto us thy message,

Bidding penitents rejoice.

When for him swing wide the portal,

And before Thy judgment seat

He, with all the sheaves he’s garnered,

Stands in Christ our Lord complete,

Hears Thee bid him, ‘Welcome! Welcome!’

As his crown of life is given,

Grant that we his steps may follow,

Let us all meet him in heaven.”

NELLIE SEGUIN FOX BARRETT