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Evil Associates   4 comments

Evil Associates

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Image Source = Kenneth Randolph Taylor


Rom. 12, 21

1 Cor. 15, 33


God created us social beings.  We hunger for associations with others.  “It is not good for man to be alone.”  Many of the fowls and animals follow this instinct.  God gave it and for their good.


But we are also moral beings, good or bad.  Our associates help make the moral atmosphere we breathe.  This hurts or helps our moral development.

(1)  Here is one of the perils of life, the hurt of evil associates–those who are content with less than the best in life.

One decayed apple will ruin all in the barrel in time.  One small speck of brown rot on a peach will soon rot all in the crate or basket.  Corrupt tree, corrupt fruit; so is the life.

When a boy or girl drops out of church and gangs with others who stay away he or she is on the road to some secret or open sin, to something bad.

Enter not into the path of the wicked (Prov. 4, 14-15).  “Gather not my soul with the sinners” (Ps. 26, 9).  “If sinners enter thee consent thou  not” (Prov. 1, 10).

(2)  Cultivate, choose good associates.  They will be helpful always.  Spurn the bad.  Abstain from all appearance of evil.”

“Cleave to that which is good.”  “Overcome evil with good” (Rom. 12, 21).


Romans 12, 9   2 comments

Romans 12, 9

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Image Source = Kenneth Randolph Taylor



Love is the chief characteristic of the Christian–his highest commandment–nothing higher.

Let it be the deepest emotion–from the depths of the soul, a strong upsurge of our spirit, genuine with no mere pretense or show.


So love God and the good that you will abhor the evil, it being contrary to God’s holy will.  It harms the soul.  Hate, detest it with horror.  “Ye that love the Lord, hate evil.”  This is one manifestation of Christian love.  O, the horror of evil!

“Enter not into the way of the wicked and walk not in the way of evil men.  Avoid it, pass not by it, turn from it and pass on” (Prov. 4, 14-15.


“Cleave to that which is good.”  Prize it above all else, set your heart on it, seek it earnestly.

Nothing else so adorns and beautifies the life.  His ways are ways of pleasantness and all her paths are peace.

Dwell on it in your thinking, seek it every day.  Do good in all things.  “Overcome evil with good.”


Transformation of Life   1 comment

Transformation of Life

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Image Source = Kenneth Randolph Taylor


Rom. 12, 2


We are influenced in our thinking and acting by external influences about us.  Good influences help toward the good life.  We need to set our choice on being our best.


“Be not conformed to this world”–the spirit of the age.  It does not look up, is not thoughtful of good.  It is our for “a good time,” forgetting God and righteousness–cares not for the things that abide–lives for the day, not for eternity.  A bad school master.  “The way of the ungodly shall perish.”  It is downhill all the way.


“Be transformed”–set your mind on the better things.  Turn from frivolity, learn to love the good things, those that make for peace.  Think about them, strive for them, pray to attain them.  Dare to be different that you may attain the best life has to offer.  So live as to grow in grace.  “Love the Lord with all thine heart.”


Thus you will prove for yourself that “Godliness is profitable to all things”–the life that now is and that which is to come.

Certainly we should not desire less, and who can ask for more?  “He that doeth the will of God abideth forever.”


Posted February 4, 2014 by neatnik2009 in George Washington Barrett 1938-1942 M-Z, Romans

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The Call to Service   1 comment


Above:  The Grave of the Marquis de LaFayette, Paris, France


Rom. 12, 1

1.  Here is mentioned as an incentive to action the mercies–goodness–of God.  He has blessed us through His providence and grace.  What more can He say [than] that He has said?  He will freely give us all things.

2.  We are expected to show our fellow servants the same spirit He has shown us as taught in the Parable of the Unmerciful Servant.  “Forgive us as we forgive.”

3.  We should so appreciate His goodness as to be glad to pass it on in His name.  If we really appreciate His goodness we will want to see others blessed with the same salvation.

Ungrateful men despise ingratitude in others.

4.  But nothing short of giving ourselves can fittingly show our gratitude.  “We are debtors,” owe Him all we are.  We have no right to reserve anything.

There is so much to be done.  We  should law ourselves out in service for humanity and in His service and in His name.  How the world needs those who have a passion for righteousness!


Here, in a different color of ink from a later time, my great-grandfather added the following:

and who are mighty in prayer.

“LaFayette, we are here.”–Pershing at LaFayette’s grave in 1917