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Psalms, Book I (Psalms 1-41)   1 comment

Psalms

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

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Psalm 1:

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2014/02/04/evil-associates/

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2014/03/16/the-blessedness-of-avoiding-sin/

Psalm 2:

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

Psalm 4:

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/04/30/gods-answer-to-skepticism/

Psalm 5:

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

Psalm 8:

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

Psalm 9:

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/11/12/that-forget-god/

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2014/03/16/sing-praises/

Psalm 16:

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2014/01/02/luke-24-26-46/

Psalm 19:

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/06/13/righteous-speaking-and-thinking/

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

Psalm 22:

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2012/02/04/a-paraphrase-on-eleven-verses-of-the-twenty-second-psalm/

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2014/01/02/luke-24-26-46/

Psalm 25:

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2014/03/16/let-integrity-and-righteousness-preserve-me/

Psalm 26:

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2014/02/04/evil-associates/

Psalm 27:

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2014/03/16/a-prayer-for-divine-guidance/

Psalm 32:

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/06/28/the-christians-refuge/

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/02/06/the-souls-refuge/

Psalm 33:

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/06/07/the-spirit-the-source-of-power/

Psalm 34:

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

Psalm 36:

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/05/26/trust-in-the-lord/

Psalm 37:

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2014/03/16/salvation-of-the-righteous/

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This is post #650 of TAYLOR FAMILY POEMS AND FAMILY HISTORY WRITINGS.

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The Golden Rule   2 comments

Golden Rule Notes September 13, 2013

Above:  Part of the Original Text

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EDITOR’S COMMENT:

Some aspects of the post trouble me.  Even possibly blaming mothers (the reference in the post is vague, so I might have misunderstood it) falls under that criterion, as does any indication of ethnocentrism, something I consider as erroneous as cultural relativism.  And I know the difference between being born again and being born from above.  I am the latter, not the former.  My path to God was so gradual that the only anniversaries I can mark along it are those for rituals, by which time reality had long-since changed anyway.

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

SEPTEMBER 24, 2013 COMMON ERA

THE FEAST OF ANNA E. B. ALEXANDER, EPISCOPAL DEACONESS

THE FEAST OF CHRISTIAN X OF DENMARK AND HAAKON VII OF NORWAY, KINGS

THE FEAST OF PAULINE SPERRY, POLITICAL ACTIVIST

THE FEAST OF ROBERT MCAFEE BROWN, ECUMENIST

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In the 8th Psalm we are told that God has made us “little lower than the angels.”  Like God we have power to think and create.

Picture some of man’s great accomplishments–from the horse and buggy to the airplane–the world is small.  Such power needs control.  Therefore God has given us a Rule of Action–the Golden Rule:  “Whatsoever….”  Men have tried to give us rules for correct living, such as:

  • Confucius–500 B.C.–to the Chinese–340,000,000 followers.  Negative Rule–“What ye would not that others should do unto you, do ye not unto them.”
  • Buddha gave to the Eastern part of the world a religion that has nearly 1/4 of the people of the world as followers.
  • Brahma to Hindus of India–1000 B.C.–200 million followers.
  • Mohammed to Asia, Africa, and Eastern Europe–225 million followers.  His philosophy of life was founded on the teachings of the Bible and written in the Koran.

Each has given its people a civilization.  But what a difference in many respects.

Compare their progress to that of Christian nations.

State Golden Rule again and emphasize that is is one of action for OTHERS.

1.  Has America kept this rule in our dealings with other nations?

Largely so–but we have neglected to give them the best that our civilization stands upon–Christ’s teaching of the Brotherhood of Men and the worth of the individual.  We have given to them freely the fruits of the teachings of Christ, but we haven’t imbued them with the spirit behind it all.

Illustrate by Lenin’s visit to New York.  He saw there the great industrial side but no God or Golden Rule.  He conceived the idea that greatness depended on materialism.  Result–Communism.

2.  Yes, America tried in a way to give the WORLD to Christ, but we fell far short.  Our greatest missionary effort was put forth in 1925.  Catholics sent 30,000 missionaries at a cost of $30 million.  Protestants sent 30,000 missionaries at a cost of $60 million.  But suppose that we had sent a million missionaries at a cost of $1,500,000,000.  What might have been the result?  That amount of money was spent in a few weeks to destroy, not to bless, in our world wars.  We are still reaping the results of not carrying out Christ’s command to teach all nations.  Our boys are having to deal with barbarians instead of Christians.

3.  Are we keeping the Golden Rule in our personal contacts in our social and business life?

1 John 3:14–“We know that we have passed from death unto life, because we love the brethren.  He that loveth not his brother abideth in death.

Dorcas of the Bible led a life “full of good works.”  When she died all the widows stood by, showing all the coats and garments she had made.

A beautiful philosophy of life–an interpretation of the Golden Rule–is found in a poem by Sam Walter Foss.  This is a very familiar poem but one it pays to think about very often.  “The House by the Side of the Road”–Recite.  http://www.poemhunter.com/poem/the-house-by-the-side-of-the-road-2/

4.  Are we keeping the Golden Rule in our home life?

The Modern Home–See page 1, where mothers are blamed.

Recite–AT THE DOOR.

Yes, we love our own, but do we always show it?

I want to picture you through another lovely poem, one abut a poor, but very happy home.  Recite–Which Shall It Be?

5.  How can we get the desire and power to live the Golden Rule?  By being born again.  This gives us new desires, new thoughts, new ambitions, new loves.

We have something to pass on–salvation.

Recite–Measure of a Man–and Abou Ben Adem, if you have time.

GEORGE WASHINGTON BARRETT