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Buckeye Twig   Leave a comment

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Images Source = Kenneth Randolph Taylor

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I noticed that the teacher gave most of my father’s high school biology drawings good grades.  They do look indicative of concentrated effort.

My father graduated from Summerville High School, Summerville, Georgia, in 1962.

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

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Buckeye Twig

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“Abstain From Evil.”   1 comment

Abstain from Evil

Above:  The Original Document

Image Source = Kenneth Randolph Taylor

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EDITOR’S COMMENT:

I am honest person, one with no poker face.  That said, I have lied from time to time.  I have been polite and dishonest when being honest would have been rude and created a needless and awkward social situation.  I have gone along with what dementia patients have said contrary to reality.  To have done otherwise would have been to create an unnecessary argument, which the patient would have forgotten soon anyway.  And no, that dress does not make any woman look fat.

A timeless moral standard in dealing with other people is seek the best for that person.  Thus we ought never to create trouble for them.  Much lying casts blame onto innocent people, hence the great portion of fault with such dishonesty.  And, of course, if one lies often, how are the rest of us to know when he or she is telling the truth?  That is a valid point also.

As I wrote, I have no poker face, thus my default status is honesty.  That is the best default policy when dealing with a person in his or her right mind.  That said, the entire truth is not always necessary and proper.  And I suspect, given my absence of a poker face, that my socially polite white lies have been transparent.

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

APRIL 22, 2014 COMMON ERA

THE FEAST OF GENE BRITTON, EPISCOPAL PRIEST

THE FEAST OF CESAR CHAVEZ, LABOR UNION LEADER

THE FEAST OF CHARLES HAMILTON HOUSTON, ATTORNEY

THE FEAST OF SAINT FIDELIS OF SIGMARINGEN, CAPUCHIN FRIAR AND MARTYR

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1 Thes. 5, 22

I.

To fall a victim of evil is the world’s greatest tragedy.  Man was created for high and holy things.  Evil overthrows God’s good designs for man and brings in utter confusion and destruction.  One should thoughtfully determine to avoid it in all its forms.

II.

Avoid a flippant attitude of mind.  It drives away sober, sound thinking and encourages the fool in his folly.

III.

Flee irreverence.  Do not forget that God is holy and we should reverence him.  Never take his name in vain, nor smile when another does.  Profanity is extremely censurable.  There can be no excuse for it.  It plunges one headlong toward destruction, and makes his return difficult.  Would you say it if you knew it were your last utterance?

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Refuse to tell lies.  You have to live with yourself.  A liar is a hurtful, unwholesome companion.  Speak the truth.  Be true.   Let men know your word is your bond.  A simple truth can place error in a very embarrassing position.  Truth is ennobling always.  Resist evil and be spared its blighting curse.

“Cleave to that which is good.”  In so doing there is great reward.

GEORGE WASHINGTON BARRETT

Reproduction of Sypragyra   Leave a comment

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Images Source = Kenneth Randolph Taylor

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I noticed that the teacher gave most of my father’s high school biology drawings good grades.  They do look indicative of concentrated effort.

My father graduated from Summerville High School, Summerville, Georgia, in 1962.

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

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Reproduction of Spyragyra 01

Reproduction of Spyragyra 02

Reproduction of Spyragyra 03

Reproduction of Spyragyra 04

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Loyalty   1 comment

Loyalty I

Loyalty II

Above:  The Original Documents

Images Source = Kenneth Randolph Taylor

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EDITOR’S NOTE:

My great-grandfather served as the pastor of Underwood Memorial Methodist Church (now Tenth Street Underwood Memorial United Methodist Church), Atlanta, Georgia, from late 1938 to his retirement in late 1945.

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

APRIL 22, 2014 COMMON ERA

THE FEAST OF GENE BRITTON, EPISCOPAL PRIEST

THE FEAST OF CESAR CHAVEZ, LABOR UNION LEADER

THE FEAST OF CHARLES HAMILTON HOUSTON, ATTORNEY

THE FEAST OF SAINT FIDELIS OF SIGMARINGEN, CAPUCHIN FRIAR AND MARTYR

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To whomsoever I shall send thee thou shalt go.

–Jeremiah 1, 7 (Authorized Version)

I.

God has a place of service for every one of us.  To fill that place he calls.  Each one has his own duty to perform.  We ourselves must do it, or it will go undone.  Others can do no more than their own part.  Hence God’s cause will languish if we neglect our own work.

II.

The least God can expect is loyalty, fidelity.  His cause is so important that slight indifference hurts.

Be true to Christ:

(1)  By turning from every wrong.  A seemingly small sin may ruin our influence or wreck a soul.

(2)  Be loyal by zealously attending church services.

You expect the pastor to be faithful; is it less your duty to be equally so?

What sort of a church would Underwood be if every member were just like me?

Your zeal will help boost the church and help reach souls.

III.

“Thou shalt go.”

God looks to you.  How dare anyone be out of his place any time?  Will you be true?  Can your pastor and God depend on you?

If my hand slackened I should rob God–since he is fullest good, leaving a blank instead of violins.  He could not make Antonio Stradivari’s violins without Antonio.”–George Elliott

“You are God’s opportunity in your day.  He has waited for ages for a person just like you.  If you refuse him then God loses his opportunity which he sought through you, and he will never have another, for there will never be another on earth just like you.”

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“Bring to God your gift, my brother.

He’ll not need to call another;

You will do;

He will add his blessing to it,

And the two of you will do it,

God and you.”

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Will you go away from this service to forget this appeal from God, or will you bestir your soul and be in your place?

GEORGE WASHINGTON BARRETT

Jonah   1 comment

Jonah

Above:  The Book Heading from The New Revised Standard Version:  Catholic Edition (1993)

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Chapter 1:

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/06/07/what-meanest-thou-o-sleeper/

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2014/04/22/nineveh-spared/

Chapter 2:

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2014/04/22/nineveh-spared/

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Posted April 22, 2014 by neatnik2009 in Guide Posts A-J, Minor Prophets

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Nineveh Spared   2 comments

Nineveh Spared I

Nineveh Spared II

Above:  The Original Documents

Images Source = Kenneth Randolph Taylor

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EDITOR’S COMMENTS:

The Book of Jonah, contrary to what my great-grandfather preached, is ahistorical.  It is a satirical commentary on excesses of post-Exilic Palestinian Judaism, replete with exclusivism and too little concern for the goyim.  Thus the morals the text teaches are true and timeless, even though the story is purely fictitious.

God, in the Book of Jonah, succeeds despite–not because of–the prophet.  That, I think, functions as a commentary on how God continues to succeed despite–not because of–at least much of the time–many of us who profess to follow God yet care insufficiently or not at all about certain people quite different from ourselves.  If salvation is indeed ideally for all people, we ought not to block off certain populations as being beyond hope.

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

APRIL 22, 2014 COMMON ERA

THE FEAST OF GENE BRITTON, EPISCOPAL PRIEST

THE FEAST OF CESAR CHAVEZ, LABOR UNION LEADER

THE FEAST OF CHARLES HAMILTON HOUSTON, ATTORNEY

THE FEAST OF SAINT FIDELIS OF SIGMARINGEN, CAPUCHIN FRIAR AND MARTYR

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Jonah 1, 1-3

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Nineveh, the great and wicked city, whose sins became intolerable until its doom was impending.

II.

God cared, loved them despite their sin and sought to save them from doom.

God called Jonah to warn them.  What an honor it was, to even try to save the city!  But he ran from God (as he thought) and from his duty.  “He paid the fare” for passage on a ship to Tarshish (Spain).  Honest with man, but unfaithful to God.  Why not be glad to help men to higher things?

III.

Jonah ran into serious trouble. Neglect of duty is a sin.  “He that knoweth to do good and doth it not, to him it is sin.”  The storm endangered all on the ship.  [Jonah,] cast overboard and swallowed by a great fish, for three days he faced his sin while “the billows and waves passed over him.”  Chapter 2 tells us how deeply he repented.

IV.

[Jonah] cast ashore by the fish.  God revived the call and Jonah went to Nineveh with God’s warning message.  The king and the people repented in sackcloth.  God heard and spared the city.

V.

Will the church today carry God’s word to men in darkness?  Or will it dare neglect men and pay the awful price in future calamities?

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Jonah, a Galilean, prophesied about 800 B.C.

Nineveh, capitol of the Assyrian Empire, one of the most ancient cities of the world, built by Asshur, son of Nimrod, the first monarch, who built Babel and other cities (Gen. 10, 8-12).

Above sixty miles in circumference.  Walls 100 feet high, broad enough for three chariots abreast, 1500 towers 200 feet high.

Inhabitants about 600,000

Repented and spared for 150 or 200 years after Jonah, “their iniquity came to the full” and then the prophecy was literally fulfilled, [the city] destroyed by the combined armies of the Medes under Cyaxares and the Babylonians under Nabopolassur about 625 B.C.

GEORGE WASHINGTON BARRETT

Insects   Leave a comment

Biology Drawings Folder Top

Images Source = Kenneth Randolph Taylor

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I noticed that the teacher gave most of my father’s high school biology drawing good grades.  They do look indicative of concentrated effort.

My father graduated from Summerville High School, Summerville, Georgia, in 1962.

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

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Insects 01

Insects 02

Insects 03

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