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Conduct Most Important   2 comments

Conduct Most Important

Above:  The Original Document

Image Source = Kenneth Randolph Taylor

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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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Posted February 23, 2014 by neatnik2009 in 1-3 John, George Washington Barrett 1938-1942 A-L

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Brotherly Love   2 comments

Brotherly Love

Above:  Part of the Original Text

Image Source = Kenneth Randolph Taylor

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Matt. 22, 39

1 Jno. 4, 11

I.

Love has one common origin, the nature of God.  The stream is of the same nature of properties as the fountain.  What God sows his children love.

II.

His love manifested in all his works.  More especially in Jesus Christ.  God and Christ “so loved the world.”  Wonderful.

III.

Love’s consumation is in Christ–in brotherhood.  Here is where it is perfected.  “If God so loved us we ought also to love one another.”  God’s Father love is in the love of his children, is realized to perfection only when man love one another in Christ’s fashion.

(a)  Ours should be an attitude of general good will to all men.  Not that we are to approve of their evil ways; but we are to maintain a prayerful interest in them–long to see them saved, pray for it, and be a good neighbor to all as we may be able.

(b)  This love casts out all bitterness, meanness, self-will, self-seeking.  Love is kind to all.  Jesus gave the sop to Judas and prayed for those who crucified him.

(c)  Christians should love one another.  What a beautiful bond it is!

GEORGE WASHINGTON BARRETT

Posted January 29, 2014 by neatnik2009 in 1-3 John, George Washington Barrett 1914-1956

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1 John   1 comment

1 John

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

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Chapter 1:

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/06/27/the-promises-of-god/

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/06/10/cains-offering-rejected/

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/06/10/pardon-and-cleansing/

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2014/03/10/the-fellowship-of-jesus-christ/

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2014/04/19/christ-is-all-to-believers/

Chapter 2:

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/06/27/the-care-of-the-soul/

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/06/10/life-eternal-for-the-obedient/

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2014/01/29/peter-followed-afar-off/

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2014/02/23/and-this-is-the-promise-that-he-hath-promised-us-even-eternal-life/

Chapter 3:

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/09/24/the-golden-rule/

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/06/10/cains-offering-rejected/

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/06/10/pardon-and-cleansing/

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/06/10/the-nature-of-sin/

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/05/30/spiritual-religion-and-ritualism/

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/05/30/the-witness-of-the-spirit/

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/03/01/genuine-love/

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/01/26/gods-hostility-to-all-sin/

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2014/01/30/heirs-of-god/

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2014/02/23/conduct-most-important/

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2014/03/10/the-gospel-of-love/

Chapter 4:

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/07/11/brotherly-love-proof-of-our-discipleship/

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/04/28/victory-through-christ-within/

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2014/01/29/brotherly-love/

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2014/02/23/conduct-most-important/

Chapter 5:

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/06/10/the-victory-of-the-church/

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/05/30/the-witness-of-the-spirit/

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2014/01/12/christs-victory-and-ours/

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2014/01/29/the-divinity-of-christ/

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2014/02/23/and-this-is-the-promise-that-he-hath-promised-us-even-eternal-life/

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2014/03/10/1-john-5-4/

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Posted November 14, 2013 by neatnik2009 in 1-3 John, Guide Posts A-J

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Brotherly Love Proof of Our Discipleship   4 comments

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EDITOR’S COMMENT:

The Revised Version of 1881, which many have long since forgotten, was part of my great-grandfather’s preaching library.

I, being both a history nerd and one fascinated by the sequence of English Bible translations, know about such things readily.

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

JULY 11, 2013 COMMON ERA

THE FEAST OF SAINT BENEDICT OF NURSIA, FATHER OF WESTERN ROMANTICISM

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Jno. 13, 35

1.  Jesus, “having loved his own,…loved them unto the end,” or uttermost (Ch. 13, 1).  So great was his love that he gave himself for them.  Love bound his heart to them and them to him.

2.  “His own” are like him, love him and each other as he loved him.  Discipleship is a question not of external relation but of similarity of character.  No matter what else we have or do, if we have not love we are nothing.  “When he shall be made manifest we shall be like him.”

(a)  “If a man say, I love God and hateth his brother, he is a liar” (1 Jno. 4, 20).  Love to God and man is one and the same thing and same act.

(b)  “We know we have passed out of death unto life because we love the brethren.”  His children love each other and what He loves.  See also Phils. 2, 3 & 2 Thes. 1, 3 (Revised Version).

3.  By this shall men know we are His disciples, seeing we have His Spirit and live a life above the power of this world.  How beautiful is this tie that binds our hearts in Christian love.  This is the “old commandment” he gives us which is ever new.  “Let us not love in word, neither with the tongue; but in deed and truth.”  Then to wash one another’s feet will be easy for us and a joy.

GEORGE WASHINGTON BARRETT

Victory Through Christ Within   1 comment

Christ Pantocrator

Above:  Christ Pantocrator

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EDITOR’S NOTE:

The Classic Theory of the Atonement, dating back to the first five centuries of Christian history, is the Conquest of Satan/Evil by means of the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus.  The Latin term for the resurrected Lord is therefore Christus Victor.  And the above image is most appropriate to that theology.

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

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1 John 4, 4

1.  The struggle of life is between the spirit of the world and of God.  One of the other rules in every heart.  There is either submission to Christ or opposition to Him.

2.  The result of it grows out of the spirit within one.  The spirit within is the citadel of the soul.  While there it dominates the whole life.  While evil is within the life will be evil.

3.  John says these overcame in the strength of Him who dwelt in them, for “greater is He” within you “than he that is in the world.”  Christ met and vanquished the devil and is ever Conqueror.  With Christ ruling in the heart we overcome the world.

4.  Hence appears the need of the soul–the Conqueror within.  Without Him the heart is enslaved by sin; so that freedom is impossible.  Think not to resist the devil if you fight a single battle unaided by Christ.  Come to Him and in Him find victory over sin.

5.  With Him in the heart we not only have victory, but joy and blessed companionship and heaven at last.  He is over all in all.

GEORGE WASHINGTON BARRETT