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Progress.— Human progress can only
be permanent under divine leadership. —
Rev. J. P. Stoffleb, Lutheran, Jersey City,
Polygamy.— Every time polygamy is
mentioned in the Bible, the sad results are
shown along with it. — Rev. W. H. Hop
kins, Congregationolist, Denver, Colo.
The Cross. —Today and for all days the
cross has become the rallying point of the
ages, and its message has become the in
spiration of the world.—Rev. D. S. Mackey,
Dutch Reformed, New Haven, Conn.
Life.— Life, after all, is the only real
teacher; we can see a truth in a minute,
but we have to live with it and sin against
it, to realize it. —Rev. Frank Crane, Unita
rian, Worcester, Mass.
Our Talk.— A perfect engine is meant
to do something in the world, and so are
we if coupled to the work that God gave us.
Some people dont want to pull, they want
to be pulley.—Rev. M. F. Stryker, Metho
dist, Clinton, N. Y.
The Clerical Function, — The chief
function of the preacher should be to set
forth the spiritual food, of which the Bible
contains such exhaustive abundance. — Rev.
R. F. Hurbert, Methodist, Burlington, la.
The P rfect Man.—The human body
came from the hand of the Creator perfect
in all its parts. "God made man upright."
Man's physical integrity seems to have
been maintained for a long time after the
fall. -Rev. C. C. Willett, Baptist, Los An
The Catholic Church. — Men do not
like the discipline of the Catholic church.
Men love liberty, and to them liberty means
absence of restraint. And they do not like
the Catholic church because she puts them
under the restraint of her laws. —Rev. J. F.
Jackson, Roman Catholic, Atlanta, Ga.
The City Church.— The city church
must adopt new methods to reach the
masses. In our cities the churches must
do more for the social, intellectual, physi
cal, moral and spiritual life of the people.
The city churches must be greater educa
tional centers.—Rev. W. G. Partridge, Bap
tist, Pitteburg, Pa.
Business —Men now go into business as
they go to war. They expect no concess
ion and make none. The survival of the
fittest, which means the survival of the
strongest, is the law of life and the excuse
for all hardness of heart and questionable
morality. —Rev. T. H. Lewis, Lutheran,
Life. —Man as a seeker after life is not
alone, for life is seeking him. He is not
rashly and unreasonably asking for and
seeking help, but he is reaching out after a
reality that is ready for him. He is likely
to succeed in his seeking, because he is be
ing as earnestly sought after. —Rev. D. C.
Eggleston, Congregationalism Sound Beach,
Capital for Life's Work.- God has
placed within our reach all that is necessa-
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ry to insure each of of us against failure in
life's work. There is no lack of capital for
the one who is determined to succeed. This
capital is found in what is below, around,
within and above us.—Rev. A. H. Herries,
Presbyterian, Union City, Pa.
Education.— Education is pre-eminent
ly a training of the mind. The value of it
is not what you carry in your memory at
any moment. It is the power you have to
analyze logically and to solve correctly any
ordinary problem of science, history, liter
ature, politics, or business. —Rev. W. D.
Hyde, Congregationalist, Boston, Mass.
Earthly Pleasures. — Can earthly
pleasures make one so happy as to leave
nothing to be desired? Assuredly not. They
that indulge in sensual gratifications are
forced to acknowledge that the deeper they
plunge the more they are enslaved, and the
less they are satisfied by them. The keen
edge of delight soon becomes blunted.—
Cardinal Gibbons, Roman Catholic, Balti
Building Character.—He who, by pro
moting education and religion, builds up
the young in character, does better than
he who, by promiscuous gifts, increases the
great swarm of beggsrs and tramps who
infest the land. In the perfected state we
will find neither poorhouses nor jails, and
asylums will be few if any.—Rev. J. H.
Lewis, Baptist, Lewisburg, Pa.
Mystery.—Who follows God follows a
leader whose goings are not known. Mys
tery enshrouds himself, his habitation and
his providences. He deals with mysteries.
Life is a mystery. Death is a mystery.
Sin is a mystery. Redemption is a mys
tery. ' 'And without controversy great is
the mystery of godliness. "— Rev. A. H.
Studebaker, Episcopalian, Baltimore, Md.
Worldly Concerns. —Men are apt to
become so absorbed in the concerns of this
life as to neglect God altogether, and when
they do think of Him it is often with the
desire chiefly to get something from Him.
How sordid and unworthy this all is. We
ought to have our relationship with Him
established on a higher level.—Rev. J. D.
Burrell, Presbyterian, Brooklyn, N. Y.
Talents.—l do not believe God ever
made a man to whom he did not give at
least one talent. We hear men speak of
the ten-talent man. I very much doubt if
there ever was a ten-talent man. I ques
tion whether the Lord ever intended any
man to spread his powers over ten different
fields of labor.-Rev. H. Hezlep, Presbyte
rian, Pittsburg, Pa.
Ideals. —No man can be a true Chris
tian without an inspiration after that true
physical, moral md spiritual culture which
is found in the gospel of the Son of God.
The highest ideal, the divinest standard of
culture ever presented to the race is that
found in the teaching of Jesus of Nazareth.
—Rev. A. C. Smither, Disciple, Los Ange
High Life. —Every once in a while the
common mass of humanity is shocked and
astounded by revelations of the low mor
als in high life. Some woman who sold
herself for a title to some foreigner asks to
be divorced, and it turns out that she had
thrown herself into the arms of a beast for
the sake of a name. —Rev. J. T. McCrory,
Presbyterian, Pittsburg, Pa.
Shirks.— The world is full of shirks.
They are in churches as well as anywhere
else. They don't come around when the
debt is being paid off —but when the jubilee
is being celebrated they are on hand and
drink more coffee and eat more and make
longer speeches than anybody. Of all
shirks Jonah is the finest example.—Rev.
Thomas Uzzell, Independent, Denver, Col
Heredity.—Heredity is mighty, but let
us not think it is almighty. Heredity gives
us tendency, but it gives us nothing else.
The children of good parents take in good
ness more easily than the children of bad
parents. The children of educated parents
acquire ideas more easily than those of ig
norant parents. —Rev. R. A. McFadden,
Presbyterian, Danners, Mass.
Municipal Corruption.—All political
officials are not to be confounded with
some dishonest rascals who fatten at our
expense. All city governments are not to
be represented as saturnalias of unspeaka
ble corruption, because some are notori
ously evil. Even St. Louis can produce a
fearless prosecutor of the lawless plunder
ers who make haste to get rich. —Rev. S. P.
Cadman,Congregationa!ist, Brooklyn, N.Y.
Mob Rule. —Miscarriages of justice in
matters purely local can be paitently borne
because the difficulties, when acute enough,
will usually right themselves. But the
taking of life by torture, the stake, the
gibbet and ,aU savage forms of bloody pro
cedure which have marked these occurren
ces the past six months, is a national mat
ter—. Rev. A. A. Berle, Congregationalist,
Personality.—Temperament is never
deeper than our ancestors, circumstances
never larger than the world, but life drives
us beyond both; it is more than ancestral,
more than circumstantial, it is individual.
We must each live our own life. We
must face responsibility and the world sin
gle-handed. This is inevitable; our divin
ity asserts itself -Rev- G. S. Eldrige, Meth
odist, Brooklyn, N. Y.
Motherhood. — The noblest ideal of
woman is motherhood. It is the mother
who links humanity with divinity. Heaven's
honor is bestowed upon the mother. ' 'Hail,
Mary!" No wonder, therefore, that her
children rise up "and call her blessed."
God's confidence in womanhood gives her
the privilege of child-rearing, when the
divine and the human meet and merge. —
Rev. L. M. Zimmerman, Lutheran, Balti
more, M. D.
The True Citizen.— A true citizen is a
man who puts his shoulder under the bur
den of the world's need and helps bear it.
On an average we pay $7.97 for taxes; our
share of the national debt if paid would be
$20. But this is the least part of our in
debtedness. We have a debt that money
cannot pay, an obligation that time cannot
cancel. We recognize the personal debt