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Eugene Stoddard Taylor, Sr. (II)   Leave a comment

AC February 3, 1921, Page 7

The  Atlanta Constitution, February 3, 1921, Page 7

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Eugene Stoddard Taylor, Sr. (1890-1944), was a son of my great-grandfather, John Dodson Taylor, Sr. (1860-1936), and the elder brother of my grandfather, John Dodson Taylor, Jr. (1905-1976).

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

The Only Sure Foundation   1 comment

Only Sure Foundation

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HISTORICAL NOTE:

The Roman Empire, if one counts the Eastern (Byzantine) Empire, lasted for close to 1,500 years, starting with Augustus.  The empire in the West ceased to exist in 476 C.E., having been successor to a kingdom then a republic–about 1,200 years in all, starting with the founding of the city of Rome.  Yet, strictly speaking, the (Western) Roman Empire stood for about 500 years, starting with Augustus.

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

MARCH 10, 2014 COMMON ERA

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1 Cor. 3, 11

I.

Every structure, to stand in the day of adversity, must have a secure foundation, whether [the structure] be a life, an institution, or a nation.  The house founded upon a rock–obedience to Christ–stood; that on the sand fell.  Men find [that] it works that way.  The Roman Empire, resting upon force, stood for 1200 years, but moral corruption worked its destruction.

II.

Character alone is abiding, unfailing strength of a nation–of all worthy institutions–the love of freedom, of home, of law, devotion to God and country.  These are the bulwarks of civilization.

III.

Faith in God through Christ is the one sure foundation of all greatness and goodness.  “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom.”  “It is above rubrics, is the principal thing.”

IV.

Are we concerned about the condition of the world?  Here is the only sufficient remedy–the knowledge of God through Jesus Christ.  It must be brought back to these fundamental virtues–to build on his sure foundation.  There is no other.  Here is our emphasis and security.

Those who forget God or fight against God wreck themselves by their own folly.

GEORGE WASHINGTON BARRETT

Eugene Stoddard Taylor, Sr., Judicial Candidate (II)   Leave a comment

AC April 2, 1920, Page 22

The Atlanta Constitution, April 2, 1920, Page 22

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Eugene Stoddard Taylor, Sr. (1890-1944), was a son of my great-grandfather, John Dodson Taylor, Sr. (1860-1936), and the elder brother of my grandfather, John Dodson Taylor, Jr. (1905-1976).

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

The Fellowship of Jesus Christ   4 comments

Fellowship of Jesus Christ

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1 Cor. 1, 9

I.  

Ours is a high calling into “fellowship of Jesus Christ, into participation with him of the glorious things of God,” an enjoyment in common “with Christ” (Rev. 3, 20, 1 Jno. 1, 3).

II.

Fellowship with him in all the graces of his eternal kingdom, as:

(1)  Victory over sin.  “I have overcome the world.”  Seven promises to the “overcomers”–Rev. chapters 1 & 2.  Faith is the victory.  Blessed triumph!!

(2)  Peace.  “My peace I give unto you.”  “Peace be unto you.”  “We have peace with God,” supplanting strife in the soul.

(3)  Love to God and man, until we are disposed toward all men as he is–all desires, aspirations and hopes held in love, born of love.

(4)  Service.  “He went about doing good,” ministering to men.  “The fellowship of his sufferings.”  “My meat is to do the will of him that sent me.”

(5)  The climax–fellowship in his eternal glory.  “That they may be with me…that they may behold my glory which thou hast give  me” (Jno 17, 24).

Can the heart wish for more?

This is our privilege through or in Christ.

GEORGE WASHINGTON BARRETT

Eugene Stoddard Taylor, Sr., Judicial Candidate (I)   Leave a comment

AC June 6, 1916, Page 5

The Atlanta Constitution, June 6, 1916, Page 5

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Eugene Stoddard Taylor, Sr. (1890-1944) was a son of my great-grandfather, John Dodson Taylor, Sr. (1860-1936) and the older brother of my grandfather, John Dodson Taylor, Jr. (1905-1976).

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

1 John 5, 4   1 comment

1 John 5, 4

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I.

“The world”–evil forces that war against the soul.  Invisible but strong.  Many destroyed by them.  Hence many have fear lest they be smitten by them.  But we may be victors.

II.

Faith is the victory.  It appropriates the blessings that make strong.

(a)  Faith in God.  “Must believe that he is.”  His empowering grace is given to those who trust him.  Christ resisted the evil, made no concession to Satan.  (1)  [God] consoles in grief, (2) protects in danger, (3)  transforms discord into harmony with God’s good will.

(b)  His goodness is over all his works.  He has a Father’s interest in us.

(c)  His many promises are given to encourage us to trust him.  “What more can he say than to you he hath said?”

III.

He expects us to overcome and enter upon the final reward of the righteous.  All of the means of grace look to that end.  See the seven “overcomers” in Rev. 2 and 3, Paul’s valedictory, and Rom. 8, 37, and Rev. 12, 11.  “O Lord, help me to understand that you ain’t goin’ to let nothing come my way that you and me can’t handle together.”

We must not fail; but fight the good fight of faith and lay hold of eternal life.

GEORGE WASHINGTON BARRETT

Kenneth Randolph Taylor, 2002   Leave a comment

Kenneth Randolph Taylor 2002

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Seldom do I like a formal portrait of myself, but this 2002 image, from the photographic directory of St. Matthew’s Catholic Church, Statesboro, Georgia, worked out well.

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR