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“Whom Having Not Seen Ye Love”   3 comments

Whom Having Not Seen Ye Love

Above:  The Original Document

Image Source = Kenneth Randolph Taylor


1 Peter 1, 8


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)


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?


“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)


High Thoughts   1 comment

High Thoughts

Above:  The Original Document

Image Source = Kenneth Randolph Taylor


Phils. 4, 8


Man an animal that things.  Thought rules the world, for good or bad.


Thoughts on a low, evil plain corrupt life and infect others for evil–they make it easy to yield to sin.

God save us from dwelling on evil in our thinking.


The need of the age is for imperial thinking–on things that are pure, good, and ennobling.  They lift one up above the evil things.  Hence the text.  Direct and hold the mind to these good things.

(1)  They strengthen one against temptation until one spurns the temptation of evil.

(2)  They help fit us for noble living.

Fill the mind with every good, true, and beautiful thought possible.  And be happy and blest.


Things of Good Report   2 comments

Things of Good Report

Above:  The Original Document

Image Source = Kenneth Randolph Taylor


Phils. 4, 8


Man an animal that thinks–wise or otherwise.  Many helpful lines of thought, others hurtful.  “As a man thinketh.”  Thoughts come to fruitage in character–come out in words and deeds.


We should wisely choose our thinking.

(a)  Never dwell on low, course, vulgar, questionable, sinful things.  Flee from these–2 Cor. 10, 5.  Rise above all such.

(b)  Think on what is of good report–that which meets the approval of noble souls.  It is here–the beautiful, true, useful, good.  It elevates minds and character, makes right living easier.  Consecrate your best effort to these high things.

(c)  Reading choice literature a great help–the Bible, other devotional matter, the Hymn Book, output of the religious press, biographies of great, good men.  “Improve in the best things.”

“Reading makes a full reward.”  “Overcome evil with good.”  Crowd out the evil with the good.

Noble thoughts are helpful company.

Pray for help in your efforts.


Philippians   1 comment


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


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Trust in the Lord   3 comments


Above:  Father’s Pride, Circa 1859

Currier & Ives : a catalogue raisonné / compiled by Gale Research. Detroit, MI : Gale Research, c1983, no. 2083

Image Source = Library of Congress


Reproduction Number =  LC-USZC2-2322


Prov. 3, 5

1.  God is the fountain of all good–Ps. 36.  He created &  preserves all things–is the fountain of all life.  “Every good and perfect gift” is from him.

2.  He has made his intelligent creatures dependent upon himself.  “Grace & truth came by Jesus Christ.”

3.  He has promised to communicate what they need.  “My God shall supply all your need.”–Phils. 4, 19.  Need grace to nourish the soul.  “Ask, seek, knock” and thus find.

4.  He commands them to believe his promise and look for the fulfillment.  He has obligated himself to respond to faith; this his nature to do it.  He would not arouse expectation just to disappoint it.

5.  But we are to do this without fear, or distrust–“with all the heart.”  We sinned by disbelieving him, now we return to him by believing.  He encourages us to do it.  Why should we not?


Woman’s Work in the Gospel   3 comments


Above:  St. Mary Magdalene (1899), by Viktor M. Vasnetsov



My priest is female.  I suspect that my great-grandfather would disapprove of this fact, based on the content of this post.

I do recall that his daughter and my grandmother, Nell Barrett Taylor, served on the Session of the Summerville Presbyterian Church, Summerville, Georgia.  My father (John Dodson Taylor, III) asked her what her father would think of that.  My grandmother replied that she thought that her father would approve.



Phils. 4, 3

God’s mercies appeal to her as well to man.  She had some part in the Jewish Church.  She was devoted to the Christ.  Last at the cross and first at the tomb.

1.  Women labored with the Apostles.  It was needed to reach the women who by custom were secluded from them.  She taught the scriptures, aided the poor, and entertained the Apostles.

2.  Like conditions exist today calling for her service & she alone can perform it.  Her service is of God and used of Him.  He is pleased that she breaks the box of spikeward still.

3.  As missionary she teaches and leads woman to Christ where man can’t.  She also trains the young in school, for God.

4.  She builds homes for his servants.  She provided the first parsonage.  2 Ks. 4, 8-10.

5.  As medical missionary she is signally used of God to reach the lost.

6.  As deaconess she is an angel of mercy.  This is her rightful place as in Apostolic days.  Thus she supplements the pastor’s work to great advantage.

7.  Who can’t see in all this the hand of God and hence a call to service.  The prayers & help of every woman in the church are needed.  Help those women who labor in the work.