Archive for April 19, 2014

Dining Room, Taylor House, Summerville, Georgia, 1969   Leave a comment

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Images Source = Kenneth Randolph Taylor

My mother’s family visited my father’s family at Summerville, Georgia, in 1969.

These images might also interest those involved in the restoration of that structure during the next few days.

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

APRIL 19, 2014 COMMON ERA

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Christ Is All to Believers   6 comments

Christ is All to Believers

Above:  The Original Document

Image Source = Kenneth Randolph Taylor

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1 Peter 2, 7

I.

Christ the foundation whereon we build our spiritual house.  “Other foundation can no may lay”–(1 Cor. 3, 11).  “None other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved” (Acts 4, 12).  Christ alone!

II.

The condition is faith that yields all to him, trusts him fully for salvation–an act of the whole man–intellect, emotion and will.  None other has the authority and power to save.  None other has died to redeem us.  Look to him and live.  Christ or chaos.

III.

To all who believe, who trust in him for salvation, as Lord and Saviour, “he is precious”–an honour, is our sufficiency.

(1)  They have their sins forgiven by the blood of the Lamb.  Guilt no longer rests upon them.  “Though your sins be as scarlet” (Isa. 1, 18).  “He is faithful and jut to forgive us,” etc (1 Jno. 1, 9).

(2)  Become the sons and daughters of the Lord Almighty–adopted into the family of God.

What a blessed relationship, what an honour!  Who is not happy in such an experience?!

“My soul shall make the boast in the Lord.”  Ps. 34

“He that believeth on him shall not be ashamed” (v6).

GEORGE WASHINGTON BARRETT

Rush Not Into Easter   Leave a comment

Rush Not Into Easter

Above:  The Original Text

Image Source = Kenneth Randolph Taylor

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Rush not into Easter;

let Jesus remain dead

liturgically for

slightly longer.  He said

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that he would rise again–

as he did so long ago.

On him our hopes we pin–

and salvation also.

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Easter will arrive on

schedule quite soon enough.

Until then think upon

his death painful and rough.

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Then, when Easter is here,

rejoice spiritually

and observe and adhere

to the season gladly,

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keeping Easter fifty

days–through Pentecost–

and marking time holy,

grateful for its high cost.

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

APRIL 19, 2014 COMMON ERA

HOLY SATURDAY, YEAR A

“Whom Having Not Seen We Love”   1 comment

Whom Having Not Seen We Love

Above:  The Original Document

Image Source = Kenneth Randolph Taylor

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1 Peter 1, 8

I.

The heart was made to love.  It is set on something all through life, and that governs our course.  How vital it is to everyone is revealed by one’s final destiny.

II.

Many things bid for our affection.  On every hand their voices are calling to us.  They paint in rich colors the rewards they promise.  This is especially true of evil, to deceive if it were possible the very elect.  Yielding is perilous.

III.

Jesus bids for our love that he may save us and greatly enrich our lives.  “Lovest thou me?”  He is worthy of our utmost devotion.  To set our affections on him elevates and purifies every relation in live.  To love him is to enjoy the greatest inspiration for all life.  What great and heroic characters it has produced!  By it men are lifted to the greatest endeavor.

IV.

God save us from the low, degrading things that enslave men.

May we love him with all our hearts and prove how glorious is such a life.

GEORGE WASHINGTON BARRETT

Posted April 19, 2014 by neatnik2009 in 1-2 Peter, George Washington Barrett 1938-1942 M-Z

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A Kitchen Scene   Leave a comment

Poem

Above:  The Original Draft of the Poem

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I noticed something mundane and beautiful in my kitchen about two weeks ago.

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

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Light from a cellphone charger

shines through a Cheerwine bottle

in a darkened kitchen,

dancing through leftover bubbles.

The red light announces its

presence prominently and

performs a Charleston with

the now-luminescent liquid bubbles.

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

APRIL 19, 2014 COMMON ERA

“Whom Having Not Seen Ye Love”   3 comments

Whom Having Not Seen Ye Love

Above:  The Original Document

Image Source = Kenneth Randolph Taylor

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1 Peter 1, 8

I.

They believed in him as Lord and Savior because of his life–his manifest goodness and love.  “Thou art the Christ, the Son of the Living God.”  “These are written [that] ye might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing, ye might have life through his name.”  (Jno. 20, 31)

II.

This faith brings him into our hearts, and so we come to love him not only for love for us in his death but for what he is to us in our inner experience.  He is our salvation indeed.  We do not see him, but [he] is more real to us than he was to his disciples when he was in the flesh.  We love him because he first loved us and because [he] is so much to us now.  How loving and lovable he is!  Who can refuse to love such a Friend?

III.

“And rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory.”

Being accepted of God through him our hearts are filled with joy in him.

“Rejoice in the Lord always; and again I say rejoice.” (Phils. 4, 4)

GEORGE WASHINGTON BARRETT