Archive for the ‘Psalm 119’ Tag

The Place of the College Today   1 comment

Place of the College Today

Above:  The Original Document

Image Source = Kenneth Randolph Taylor

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Ps. 119, 130

I.

Educo, to lead out; hence to develop and furnish for larger service.  One learns where things are, where to seek for further equipment.

II.

This is a day of specialists, who devote themselves to special preparation–do research work.  Knowledge, when properly applied, is power.

III.

The church pioneered in education–believes that an intelligent piety is essential to the greatest usefulness, in pulpit and pew.  Some things can be done only by persons well furnished in head and heart–as Paul, Luther, Wesley.

IV.

Church schools have made a great contribution to Christian sentiment.

They have had to depend largely on small gifts:  of late a few large gifts have been received.

Most men who [have] had the call to preach are poor and need help to prepare for their life-work.  Hence the appeals from our schools for help to carry on.

They call for help now.

GEORGE WASHINGTON BARRETT

The Enrichment of Life   8 comments

Enrichment of Life

Above:  The Original Document

Image Source = Kenneth Randolph Taylor

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EDITOR’S NOTE:

I have had to reconstruct some text due to the fraying of the page at the right margin.

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

FEBRUARY 3, 2014 COMMON ERA

THE FEAST OF SAINT NICHOLAS KASATKIN, ORTHODOX ARCHBISHOP OF ALL JAPAN

THE FEAST OF SAINT ANSKAR, ROMAN CATHOLIC ARCHBISHOP OF HAMBURG-BREMEN

THE FEAST OF GIOVANNI PIERLUIGI DA PALESTRINA, COMPOSER

THE FEAST OF MILLARD FULLER, FOUNDER OF HABITAT FOR HUMANITY

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1 Cor. 1, 5

see 2 Cor. 8, 7; Rom. 11, 33; Eph. 3, 8; Col. 1, 27

I.

A pastor’s pleasure that his people receive grace from Christ.  He (Christ) came “that they might have live…abundantly.”  “What a wonderful change in my life has been wrought.”

II.

Paul thankful for their enrichment:

1.  In utterance, or speech, knowing what to teach.  Evil thoughts and utterance–charitable conversation no longer given place. But kindness, charitable, brotherly spirit holds sway.  “Love suffereth long and is kind…thinketh no evil.”  “Let the words…and meditations…be acceptable.”–Psalm 19

2.  “In all knowledge of God’s will.”  He opens our eyes to see what once was mysterious and dark.  Now “we behold worldly things in his law.”  The Spirit illumines his word as we study it.  “Thy word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path” (Psalm 119,  105).    Religious literature a great blessing.

Such a life increasing in understanding and love more and more.  Paul prayed to this end.  “The Lord make you to increase and abound in love” (1 Thes. 3).  See also 1 Thes. 4, 10:  “We beseech you that ye increase in love more and more.”

III.

The riches of Christ Jesus are unsearchable.  “The riches of grace in Christ Jesus are better than gold.”  They are for us as we press on to appropriate them and so be thereby constantly enriched in our experience.

Let us not fail to grow in grace constantly.  Who does not want to know more of him and extend the greater blessing to others?

More love to thee, O Christ and to all men.

GEORGE WASHINGTON BARRETT

Psalms, Book V (Psalms 107-150)   1 comment

Psalms

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

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Psalm 110:

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/06/28/willing-the-condition-of-power/

Psalm 113:

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/07/14/god-our-mother/

Psalm 115:

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2014/03/17/trust-in-the-lord-2/

Psalm 119:

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/09/13/what-shall-i-do-with-the-bible/

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/06/23/the-word-laid-up-in-the-heart/

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2014/02/03/the-enrichment-of-life/

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2014/03/17/the-place-of-the-college-today/

Psalm 122:

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2014/03/17/an-exhortation-to-prayer/

Psalm 126:

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2014/01/28/large-returns/

Psalm 127:

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2014/03/17/character-building/

Psalm 138:

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

Psalm 139:

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/06/28/search-me-o-god/

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2014/04/22/1-peter-4-17/

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What Shall I Do With the Bible?   4 comments

Bible Translations

Above:  Five of My Favorite Bible Translations

Photograph Taken Via My Computer Camera, September 13. 2013

From Left to Right:

J. B. Phillips, The New Testament in Modern English (Revised Edition, 1972)

The New Revised Standard Version—Catholic Edition (1993)

The Revised English Bible with the Apocrypha (1989)

The New Jerusalem Bible (1985); and

TANAKH:  The Holy Scriptures (1985).

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EDITOR’S COMMENT:

To say to that my piety differs from that of my great-grandfather is to understate reality.  Although I respect the Bible and therefore take it seriously, my attitudes and many of my conclusions are quite different from his.  Some of these differences fall into the category of the merely subjective–with no right or wrong, just preferences one way or another–and others come under the heading of that which I will not defend, for they are legalistic, even if they are consistent with his cultural milieu and therefore historically understandable.  So know, O reader, that I am myself and my great-grandfather was himself.  And know which is which.  Then you will understand reality correctly.

And I, as a Neo-orthodox Christian, know the difference between the word of God (the Bible) and the Word of God (Jesus).  The former leads me to the latter, where I place my emphasis.  Yet often (as is the case here) I notice Evangelicals and others using “Word” to mean the Bible, not Jesus.  (I have numerous conversational examples to cite, so may nobody question the veracity of my statement.)  Language matters in communication.  If we use the same term to mean different things, a lack of communication results.

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

SEPTEMBER 13, 2013 COMMON ERA

THE FEAST OF ALL EXILED SAINTS

THE FEAST OF GODFREY THRING, ANGLICAN PRIEST AND HYMN WRITER

THE FEAST OF JANE CREWDSON, ENGLISH QUAKER POET AND HYMN WRITER

THE FEAST OF SAINT JOHN CHRYSOSTOM, BISHOP OF CONSTANTINOPLE

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Psalm 119:105-112

Our text says, “Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a lamp unto my path.”

Read Definition of the Bible

What shall we do with the Bible?

1.  We can refuse to own one.  

The Bible once occupied a prominent place in homes.

2.  We can let it lie on shelves and collect dust or we can use it to hide money, papers, etc.  

Moody said, “Sin will keep you away form the Bible and the Bible will keep you away from sin.”

3.  We can keep it in our pockets.

[Item #4 is erased.–Editor]

5.  We can admit it to be God’s word.  

Dare you to read the Bible if you don’t want to be a Christian?

It is the world’s bestseller.

Men have tried to destroy it.

The American Bible Society distributes it.

If there is something worrying you, read the book.

One doctor’s prescription to a wealthy woman was to read the Bible one hour each day and then come back to see him.

6.  We can commit it.  

Memorize its precious truths–one verse per day.

Jesus used word vs. Devil in His temptations.

7.  We can submit to its teachings:  Do what it says do.

There is no use to read or commit it unless we intend to obey it.

Recite some important commands–

Swearing–“Do not take the name….”

Sabbath Day–Hebrews 10:25

Biggest crowds at Sunday events–Baseball, Theatres, etc.

8.  We can transmit it.

We can tell it to others.

If you love the Word, there is opportunity to teach it.  One advantage of many churches is that that they give so many work to do.

The responsibility of Sunday School teachers is great.

GEORGE WASHINGTON BARRETT

SOMETIME AFTER DECEMBER 1952

The Word Laid Up in the Heart   2 comments

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Above:  Reading the Bible

A Currier & Ives Lithograph from Circa 1848

Image Source = Library of Congress

(http://www.loc.gov/pictures/item/2001703963/)

Reproduction Number = LC-USZC2-2949

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Ps. 119, 11 & Col. 3, 16

1.  The Bible is an inspired book revealing the truths of God we need to know.  Is of more consequence than man’s words.  As certainly His will as if we should hear Him audibly speak.

2.  It gives needed, explicit warning to all touching the fact of sin and its consequences.  Every evil known is dealt with either specifically or in clear and comprehensive generalities.

3.  It prescribes full, sufficient remedies for every sin, both as to past transgression and how to avoid it in the future.  It is the law of life to us, not mere advice.  It is the light for our path, our chart and compass.

4.  It has exceeding, great and precious promises for all who will heed its admonitions.  Thousands have gone home to glory rejoicing in their fulfillment.

5.  But it is not enough to own a copy of the scriptures.  We must “lay it up in our hearts” that we sin not.  There the Spirit will mightily help us thereby.  “If ye love me ye will lay my commandments to heart,”–keep them.  Pity we neglect it so.  We ought to lay it up in our hearts, meditate therein daily, to become mighty in the Scriptures, and our own lives be filled with its music!

GEORGE WASHINGTON BARRETT