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Genesis

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

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Chapter 1:

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/08/10/continuity-and-economy-how-many-loaves-have-ye/

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/06/26/equality-granted-and-denied/

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/05/18/saved-for-good-works/

Chapter 2:

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/06/10/god-or-satan-which/

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/05/26/jesus-the-faithful-friend/

Chapter 3:

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/06/10/god-or-satan-which/

Chapter 4:

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

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/06/10/my-brothers-keeper/

Chapter 6:

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/08/29/regeneration/

Chapter 8:

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/08/29/regeneration/

Chapter 1o:

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

Chapter 12:

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/10/25/i-will-bless-thee-and-make-thee-a-blessing/

Chapter 18:

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/06/08/the-christian-home/

Chapter 24:

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/10/25/youth-dreams-of-a-house/

Chapter 34:

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/05/18/missions-gods-eternal-plan/

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Continuity and Economy: “How Many Loaves Have Ye?”   2 comments

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Above:  Site of the Feeding of the Five Thousand, Between 1900 and 1920

Image Source = Library of Congress

(http://www.loc.gov/pictures/item/mpc2010007469/PP/)

Reproduction Number = LC-DIG-matpc-21987

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EDITOR’S COMMENT:

Galileo Galilei, that great scientist, devout Roman Catholic, and frequently blunt man, said it best (in Italian, of course):

The Bible tells us how to go the Heaven, not the way the heavens go.

That principle applies also to cosmology.  But on a major point I agree with my great-grandfather:  something comes from something else.  Creation, according to Jewish theology, was not the making of something from nothing.  No, it was the creation of order from chaos.  Read the earliest words of that myth, which contains much spiritual truth, closely.

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

AUGUST 10, 2013 COMMON ERA

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Matt. 15, 34

Herein are embodied two principles:

(1)  Continuity–that which is to be must spring from what is.

(2)  Economy, naturally resulting from the former.

1.  In six days God completed creation.  He then ordained that everything itself and of itself should produce after its kind (Gen. 1, 11).  Two or seven of everything were saved in the ark.  Say to nature, “Feed me” and she’ll answer “give me something with which to begin and I will.”  Crops are not created but from seed.

2.  This law obtains in the growth of character–progress in the good and triumph over the evil.  God casts out the evil and quickens the good.  “Washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Spirit.”  Man receives no new faculty after natural birth.

3.  In obedience to this law the missionary goes out.  God wants to feed the people, but some one who has it must take them the Bread of Life.  He multiplies the loaves in existence.

4.  Thus it is in the resurrection.  It is sown  a natural body; it is raised a spiritual body.  Not a creation but a resurrection.

Hence results economy.  That what is already is made to contribute to what comes.  Let everyone who is saved reach another and what a work is done!

GEORGE WASHINGTON BARRETT

Equality Granted and Denied   2 comments

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Above:  Edmund Pettus Bridge, Selma, Alabama, April 7, 2010

Photographer = Carol M. Highsmith

Image Source = Library of Congress

(http://www.loc.gov/pictures/item/2010646613/)

Reproduction Number = LC-DIG-highsm-07312

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God created human beings in his own image;

in the image of God he created them;

male and female he created them.

–Genesis 1:27, The Revised English Bible (1989)

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All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the state wherein they reside. No state shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any state deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.

–The Constitution of the United States, Amendment 14, Section 1

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If each person bears the Image of God,

with all the natural rights inherent thereof,

nobody has cause to discriminate against another

for a characteristic which one cannot change.

So to hatred, indifference, and fear one should not even nod

in assent, for divine love

us should not bother

or even enrage.

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The divine command

is not to understand

but to grant respect, dignity,

and, of course, equality,

despite the prejudices we might have learned,

which contradict divine love unearned.

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O that we humans would

cease from using the name of God

to justify cruelty, inequality,

and other forms of perfidy,

but instead open our arms

and begin or continue the healing of those we have harmed!

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

JUNE 26, 2013 COMMON ERA

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http://blogatheologica.wordpress.com/2013/06/26/equality-granted-and-denied/

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Saved for Good Works   7 comments

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Above:  The Recycling Center at St. Gregory the Great Episcopal Church, Athens, Georgia, Saturday, April 13, 2013

Image Source = Bill Monk, Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta

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Eph. 2, 10

1.  Material creation was made for a specific purpose–for man.  Genesis 1, 27-30; 1 Cor. 3, 21-23

2.  Christians are his spiritual creation.  He alone transforms our natures.  Eph. 2, 10 & 15; 4, 24; Col. 3, 10; Jno. 3, 3; etc.  All this is of grace–the ability & opportunity to believe.  To believe is man’s free act, after this grace is offered.

3.  God has one great purpose in saving us–“for good works.”  We are saved not because of good works, but saved to do them.  We work not to be saved, but because we are saved.

Works without faith are not religious from lack of pure motive.

Faith without works is dead.  But how many do not really believe it!!

God is not pleased with an idle professor.  Judges 5, 23; Matt. 25, 26.

4.  Men will be judged by their works.  See the Parables of the Pounds & Talents.  “Hungry and ye gave me not meat.”  Final salvation depends on obedience.  “Be thou faithful unto the death.”

5.  Then be admonished to do good.  Lay up treasure in heaven by doing every possible good.  “Do all the good you can, to as many people as you can, as long as you can,” for great is your reward in heaven.

GEORGE WASHINGTON BARRETT