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Evil Associates   4 comments

Evil Associates

Above:  The Original Document

Image Source = Kenneth Randolph Taylor


Rom. 12, 21

1 Cor. 15, 33


God created us social beings.  We hunger for associations with others.  “It is not good for man to be alone.”  Many of the fowls and animals follow this instinct.  God gave it and for their good.


But we are also moral beings, good or bad.  Our associates help make the moral atmosphere we breathe.  This hurts or helps our moral development.

(1)  Here is one of the perils of life, the hurt of evil associates–those who are content with less than the best in life.

One decayed apple will ruin all in the barrel in time.  One small speck of brown rot on a peach will soon rot all in the crate or basket.  Corrupt tree, corrupt fruit; so is the life.

When a boy or girl drops out of church and gangs with others who stay away he or she is on the road to some secret or open sin, to something bad.

Enter not into the path of the wicked (Prov. 4, 14-15).  “Gather not my soul with the sinners” (Ps. 26, 9).  “If sinners enter thee consent thou  not” (Prov. 1, 10).

(2)  Cultivate, choose good associates.  They will be helpful always.  Spurn the bad.  Abstain from all appearance of evil.”

“Cleave to that which is good.”  “Overcome evil with good” (Rom. 12, 21).


Christ’s Victory and Ours   14 comments

Christ's Victory and Ours

Above:  Part of the Original Text

Image Source = Kenneth Randolph Taylor


Acts 2, 24

1 Cor. 15, 57

1 Jno. 5, 4


The death & resurrection of Jesus were in God’s plan.  That he should die for man was necessary to salvation & God willed it.  But to consumate that plan he must live to carry it on.


Hence God raised him up.  It was part of the plan & due to God’s direct intervention.  Acts 3, 15; Rom. 4, 24; 2 Cor. 4, 14; Eph. 1, 20; Col. 2, 12b; 1 Thes. 1. 10; Heb. 13, 20; 1 Peter 1, 21; & text = 10 times it is affirmed.

He was not to be [the] loser in the struggle but victor.  Life is stronger than death.  He submitted to it only to redeem us.  He arose no longer subject to death.  Death was vanquished by him; it is subject to his power.  “Have the keys to death.”–Rev. 1, 18


He lives to give us victory over sin.  By his grace we may resist the devil, “overcome” him.  “He is able to succour them what they are tempted.”  Heb. 2, 18  “To him that overcometh.”  The plan of salvation wrought out by Christ is no failure.  The “gospel is the power of God unto salvation,” see Jude 24.


He will give us victory over death.  We too, shall have our Easter morning–Jno. 5, 28.  “All that are in the grace shall come forth.”

Our resurrection body is to be fashioned after his, a spiritual body–Phils. 3, 21.

Redemption is completed in our resurrection and glorification.

Victory!!  “Death is swallowed up in victory”–1 Cor. 15, 54.


1 Corinthians   1 comment

1 Corinthians

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


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Christ Abolishing All Enemies   1 comment


Above:  Christ in Majesty Mosaic, Circa 1300, Florence, Italy



Based on what my grandmother told me about my great-grandfather, I know that he would have classed my communion (in the form of wine), my occasional cooking with wine, and my handful of drinks during the calendar year as an enemy of Christ and man.  Then again, the New Testament does tell me that wine is good for my stomach.  My great-grandfather did not quote that verse back in his temperance sermon (



1 Cor. 15, 26

1.  The Father has authorized the Son to administer the affairs of the kingdom.  All authority is his.  The Father has put all things under his feet, subject to him, though this authority is not acknowledged by all as yet.

2.  Hence there are enemies of Christ and man to be put down–unbelief, worldliness, selfishness, intemperance–all that oppose the reign of Christ in any life or realm whatsoever.  Even death shall finally be abolished and He shall reign supremely, by his own kingly power.

3.  This gives an impressive view of sin.  It is rebellion outright against His government; in so far as it is stubborn willed, it is treason against God.  It delays the accomplishment to God’s purpose to make Christ the actual conqueror of all opposition.

4.  We can and do help or hinder in this great enterprise.  Our duty is to see that our own lives are wholly subject to Him and then to help as best we may to abolish every enemy, to bring every soul into willing, happy subjection to Him.


The Resurrection of Jesus   3 comments


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

Image Source = Bill Monk, Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta



1 Cor. 15, 12-19

1.  As his death was part of a divine plan so was his resurrection.  “I have power…to take it again.”  “This commandment received I.”  (Jno. 10, 18, also Jno. 2, 19-22 & Matthew 16, 4)  He must master even death–all of man’s enemies.

2.  Its importance can hardly be overestimated.  Paul stakes all on this fact.  It establishes all other Christian doctrine.  Man rejected & crucified him, the Father owns and approves him by raising him.

If he be not raised there follows:

(1)  Vanity of preaching; it “is vain”

(2)  Emptiness of faith–it “is vain”

(3)  Falsehood of testimony–“false witnesses”

(4)  Failure of redemption–“Ye are yet in your sins”

(5)  Collapse of hope–“They also that are fallen asleep in Christ are perished.”

3.  The witnesses to his resurrection are emphatic and had no motive to testify to a delusion or falsehood, but the reverse.  It is what saved them from despair and fired their hearts to endure all things for the sake of their testimony.

Our own proof is the presence of the Holy Spirit in the world.

4.  He lives to intercede for me and to give me and all men victory over sin and the grave.

Because he lives I shall live also, and be with him where his is.



This is post #300 of this weblog.–KRT


The Hurt of Evil Associations   1 comment


Above:  Second Avenue Bridge, Spanning the Oostanaula River on State Route 101 (Second Avenue), Rome, Floyd County, Georgia

Image Source = Library of Congress


Reproduction Number = HAER GA,58-ROM,2–3


1 Cor. 15, 33

1.  In war ’tis a serious blunder to underestimate the strength of the foe.  Men are prone to do this touching evil associates.  A great harvest may grow from a small seed.

2.  Familiarity lessens the sense of danger, as with carpenters and railroad men.  “Vice is a monster of so frightful mien,” etc.  Here is sure and real peril.

3.  Sinful suggestions are almost sure to damage one’s morals.  They are liable to grow be purposes.  Thus the devil hopes by temptation to reach men.  The sense of sin is dulled, thus the way to sin is paved.

4.  Evil, Godless associates are positively injurious.  Thus many a life has been ruined.

Parents need to be very careful to their children’s associates.

The Etowah & the Oostanaula Rivers, one clean and the other muddy, flow together at Rome & form a muddy river.  “Be not unequally yoked together with unbelievers.”  “No man liveth to himself.”

5.  The only hope of some men is for them to change their associates.  We all need the daily presence and help of the great Companion.  Know and commence with Him.


God’s Hostility to All Sin   3 comments


Typing the posts in this series of sermon outlines by my great-grandfather does function as a series of lessons in reading his handwriting.  I have endeavored to reproduce his notes accurately, with a minimum of editorial changes, most of which are in the realms of correcting spelling or adding punctuation marks where they are absent and needed.  Whether I agree with any given point is irrelevant; reproducing his thoughts is paramount.



1 Cor. 15, 25; 1 Jno. 3,8

1.  Jesus Christ reigns over all things by the Father’s purpose and authority.  (Matthew 28, 18)  He reigns in righteousness , and is set to defend and preserve all that is good.  He loves the good and will enthrone it.

2.  Conversely he hates every evil thing.  He is not so good-natured as to hate nothing.  Sin is extremely ugly in his sight and should be in ours too.

3.  Sin is the work of the devil.  “An enemy hath done this.”  God’s enemy and man’s one great foe & despoiler.  But our Lord will destroy both.

(1)  His blood cleanses the heart from sin–washes it white as snow.

(2)  He will loose the power or bands of sin and set us free.  We shall “stand fast in the liberty wherewith the Christ” shall “make” us “free.”

(3)  Death shall at last be destroyed.  The general resurrection will remove us beyond the reach of death.  Through Christ we shall have victory over it.  (1 Cor 13, 55-57)

4.  Satan shall finally be shut up in the bottomless pit utterly vanquished and Christ shall stand the undisputed conqueror of every evil will work, having destroyed every work of the devil.  Why cling to our sin & go down with it?