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How Each and All Carry the
Three Chief Burdens
j In the Christian life the forms of
;warfare may vary but the fight is one.
'Burdened people in apostolic days were
carrying just the same loads our bur
dened people are carrying through our
streets today. The burden may have
been done up differently, it muy have
had an unfamiliar cover, but if we
.stripped it of its wrappings we should
?find a modern commonplace. If a hun
jdved Romans of the olden days and a
hundred Britons or Americans of our
?own day could meet together like pil
grims at some friendly hostel along
life's way, and if they could just un
|wrap their burdens and display them,
they would look at one another in sur
prise, for their sense of nationality
'would be swallowed up in the profound
consciousness of a vital kinship.
And I will begin with the burden of.
sin. Sin is revolt against the holy
sovereignty of God; It is enlistment
and allegiance on the side of the
enemy of God. Sin is essentially a
change of flags; it is a deliberate de
sertion from the flag of the holy God
to the black - flag of mammon and
darkness. I need not elaborate this.
I would only repeat that at the root
of all sins we shall find the common
sin of rebellion. Now, the revolt
against the holy flag of God marks the
entrance into bondage. I know that
the bondage may be concealed, just as
we may intertwine flowers and green
ery through the links of a chain until
i't looks more like a garland than a fet
ter. But let any man try to escape
from the broad road and he will find
that the gay wreaths disclose them
selves as mighty chains. On the
broad way the present is a tyranny
and the past a debt. Such is the bur
den of sin. Well, how can we help to
bear one another's burdens? First of
all perhaps we had better say that we
cannot do it. No man can touch the
burden of his brother's guilt. We can
not get back into his yesterdays and
make the crooked straight. We cannot
go back and sweeten the fountain of
an evil from which guilt derives its
bitterness. We can do nothing for
souls who are burdened with the guilt
of sin except to' bring them to the
Savior, to the fountain that is open
for sin and uncleanness. But that is
a glorious sharing of the awful load.
We can share it by counsel. We can
share it by gentle guidance. We can
share it by mighty intercession.
Let us now look at another burden
which was found everywhere in the
ancient world, and is equally common
place in our own time. I will call it
the burden of temperament. And this
is what I mean : Even when a man has
found the cross of Christ, and sin has
been forgiven, and the great act of
renewal has taken place, he has still
to work out his own salvation. When
the seed of the regenerate life has
been imparted it has still to be nur
tured and matured, and it has to be
matured amid the special constitutions
and conditions of the individual life.
That is to say, conversion does not an
nihilate differences of temperament,
and thereby make us all alike, reduc
ing our warfare to one certain form of
strife. Every regenerate man has to
1 fight the good fight of faith.
Now can we help a brother to carry
the burden of his own temperament?
Most assuredly we can. Take the
man who is like a powder magazine,
explosive, inflammatory, full of dry
and touchy material, always ready to
go off. What can we do with that
nian's burden? Well, wc can very
easily increase it or we can relieve and
lighten it. We can help him into lib
erty, or we can help to sink him into
servitude. We can throw lighted
matches about his magazine, or we can
spray cooling influences about his life.
And the real meaning ol helping one
another is to consider one another
from the standpoint of chivalry and
love, and to determine that by our
conduct and demeanor we will help to
fashion the knight in our brother and
give him strength in the realms of
grace with holiness.
There is one more burden which I
will name, and which can be found
everywhere-the burden of incomplete
ness. And what I mean is this: No
man is an integer. No man is more
than a fraction. The New Testament
teaches that no man is the whole
body ; he is only a limb. Humanity is
the body, and the individual is only a
member. One man is an eye, another
is a foot. And so I speak of the bur
den of incompleteness. God has made
us dependent upon one another, and
every man is designedly incomplete. It
is therefore the love design of our God
that we surrender ourselves to one an
other in order that we may bear one
another's burdens, and by our own in
dividual fullness complete the gap in
another man's needs. To live a selfish
and exclusive life is to rob humanity
of its due. and to dwarf and sterilize
ourselves.-J. H. Jowett, ia the Chris
Plant Virtues to Overcome Evil.
You will find it harder to uproot
faults than to choke them by gaining
virtues. In every person who comes
nea? you look for what is good and
strong; honor that; rejoice in it; and,
as you can, try to imitate it ; and your
?faults will drop off, like dead leaves,
when their times comes.-Ruskin.
The Only Safe Place.
I Put your faith where it will be safe;
?and the only place where a faith over
ican be safe is in the shrine of an ac*
PASSION THAT MAKES THIEVES
Emerson's Declaration Concerning
Book Collectors Would Seem to
Have Been Arr.p'y Justified.
Ralph Waldo Emerson once declared
that book-collectors were all thieves.
"The passion of classification masters
the mind and makes rogues of honest
men." The case of a professor of the
ology in the University of Berlin, who
had just been convicted of stealing
books from the university, reminds a
writer in the Boston Transcript of Em
erson's saying and of the following in
"W. S. Shaw, the founder of the Bos
ton Athenaeum, used to steal from the
private libraries of bis friends any
hooks he wanted to make his darling
Athenaeum complete. Collectors of
shells steal 'ornngias* from the ftrin
nells' mantelpiece and Mrs. Collin's
house at Siaseonsot. Mellish Moore
told me that the books stolen from the
Boston Athenaeum are mostly from
the theological department, so that
i they are forced to keep those locked
up. But the hooks most often taken
are patent reports, by lawyers." Pro
fessional and collecting morals must
have improved since Emerson, wrote
those words in his Journal In th* bf ties ;
he goes on and adds: "But even in
comparatively late days I have seen
some queer instances of collecting zea1
-as, for example, this: A couple ol
respectable Boston business men, one
of whom collected weapons, visited n
very swell house in Rhode Island once
in the absence of the family; they
were admitted by the aged caretaker;
while in the drawing-room, one of
these reputable gentlemen engaged the
old custodian in conversation while the
other slipped under his coat the au
thentic tomahawk of a noted Indian
chief-and got away with it. And the
queerest part of the matter was that
the collector used to boast of the
achievement when exhibiting the toma
hawk as an item of his treasures.' "
LIGHTENS BURDEN OF GRIEF ?
Hard to Overestimate the Influence of
a Smiling Face on Those
It would be Impossible to deny that ?
love and sympathy possess a great
influence over the whole course of j
our lives. now many, let the readei :
ask himself or herself, are daily drift
ing astray for the want of these vir? j
tues? The thought of having no ono
to care for them, no one to listen to
their plans with a word of encourage
ment or sympathy in their failures;!
no one to soothe or heal bodily suf
ferings, or to whisper a word of com- j
fort when bowed down in sorrow, has
caused many hearts to fill with dark
ness and despair. The road to pro
mote love and sympathy is open to
all, there are no barrei". gates to pre- '
vent tin entry, no one ready to prose
cute for trespassing; all are free to
enter. Its best visible and invisible
advertisement is a smiling face and
a kind heart. As the sunshine is to 1
the Howers, so is the influence of the
face which meets you with a smile;
as the rain moistens the parched
ground and brings forth the fruit of:
the earth, equally so is the burden of '.
invisible grief lightened by the hcip
of a gentle heart.
For Lovers of Sardonix.
Tf you have an eye open for a good '
sardonix cameo you will be pretty
sure, sooner or later, to come across
one that will make you glad. There
are many imitations of sardonix and ,
it ought to be part of your search to
make sure that you know the real from '
imitation. Often you can come across
a good piece in a collection of old ,
jewelry that is being sold because the ,
owners do not appreciate its Intrinsic
artistic value. Sometimes-especially
if you travel in out-of-the-way corners [
of the glob?-you may come* across a
good piece in a little pawn shop. Per- !
haps in your own family, stowed away ;
in the bottom box or jewel case with
various articles of adornment of an-1
other generation and another taste, ,
you may be able to find the precious ?
cameo In sardonix you are looking for.
As a usual thing the old settings are I
the best, though if the cameo needs
a new setting any good jeweler will
put the right sort of frame or setting
on your piece.-Exchange.
What's the Answer?
A movie actress said at a Bar Har
"A girl can't dress in less than nine?1
ty minutes-and a ninety-minute toilet
is only an ordinary one at that. A real .
toilet, which includes a hair-waving,
manicuring, and massage, requires
"The less a girl puts on the longer :
it takes her to do it. Girls never wore
as little as they do today, and never!
was it necessary to be as careful and
thorough about one's dressing.
"Some men grumble because a girl :
takes so long to dress, but I say to [
them : ?
" 'Would you rath'-r walt for an at-.
tractive girl or have an unattractive !
girl wait for you?' "
Her Immediate Needs,
The other day a lady was knocked !
down in Regent street b a horse, but '
happily escaped with a few scratches, j
A gentleman rescued her and said: j
"Can I L'et you anything":"
She (much out of breath and gasp
ing with excitement)-"Oh-oh-can
you kindly get me-"
She--"No-not drink-some safety
pins. I feel I'm falling all to pieces,"
- London Til-Bits.
Ultimate Victory Will Crown the
World Work of the Son
"He went forth conquering and to
Time was when tho church dwelt al
most exclusively upon the sufferings
and sorrows of Christ, and overlooked
his majesty and glory. It thought of
him as the lamb of God, and forgot
to think of hun as "the lion of the tribe
of Judah;" it thought of him as a
weary man before his foes, and forgot
to think of him as a mighty conqueror,
who possesses invincible power. In
the book of Revelation he ls represent
ed in the latter aspect. He Is not rep
resented as coming to his kingdom. He
is already a king. On his head are
many crowns. Once he was scornfully
rejected by the people, who cried, "The
Crucified! may his name and memory
be blotted out." Now everything is
changed. He rides forth "conquering
and to conquer."
To this vision of Christ it behooves
us to turn in the present day when
the larger portion of the world is con
vulsed by fightings without and fears
within. He is the one upon whom the
hopes of humanity center; the one who
is at the head of the forces which
makes for the establishment of the
kingdom of God on the earth.
He is represented as taking the ag
gressive. Not satisfied with ucting on
the defensive, he goes forth. His army
ls not one of occupation, hut of aggres
sion. His presence as its leader and
commander is inspiriting. Someone
has said that an army of sheep would
have been formidable led by Napoleon ;
for he would have transformed them
into lions. So we, catching the spirit
of our leader, became heroic, and go
forth with him to meet the great world
struggles, without fear.
He goes forth to conquer. This idea
is put in the strongest possible form
"conquering and to conquer;" that ls,
victory succeeding victory. He tri
umphs over nil oppositions, but not nt
once. Many a fierce struggle is called
for before the forces of evil are van
quished. But the cause of righteous
ness will win in the end.
We follow a leader who has never
been be:iten. He came into this world
to destroy the power of sin. It was
a gigantic struggle, and at first he
seemed to be baffled. Looked at from
the human point of view his death
was a failure; but it was in reality
a victory. By it he vanquished sin
Through all his earthly life he was
a victor. He conquered disease; he
ruled the forces of nature; he cast
out evil spirits; he delivered men from
the power of evil. Never once did he
go down to defeat. The work of con
quest which he began upon earth he ia
now carrying on with greater power.
The power by which Christ conquers
is the same as that by which he con
quered when here In tho flesh. Ile
conquers by the power of truth and
love. His weapon of conquest is the
In the epistle to the Hebrews Jesus
is represented as making "one sacri
fice''of sin forever," and then sitting
down at God's right hand, "from
henceforth expecting until his enemies
be made his footstool" (Chap. 10:12,
1.'?). His expectation of coming vic
tory was based upon his sacrifice for
sin. He knew of no greater power
than the cross. It was the highest
revelation of divine suffering, redeem*
ing love, conceivable. No greater pow
er unto salvation can he brought to
bear upon the hearts of men. It ia
This is the weapon which we today
are to yield in the battle for righteous
ness. "Tho weapons of our warfare
are not carnal, but spiritual." They
may appear to be feeble, but they are
"mighty through God to the pulling
down of strongholds." The cross Is
no failure. Following the crucified,
we follow a conquering king.-Rev.
Jameg Campbell, D. D.
CHRIST'S SUPREME SACRIFICE
His Earthly Life, Strong and Beautl.
ful, Was a Journey Toward
Death on the Cross.
Onr Lord's life on earth, strong and
beautiful though it was, was really at
the same time lils procedure toward
death. He lived as one laying down
his life, not merely in one great sacri
fice at the close, but from step to step
along his whole earthly history. With
no touch of the morbid or the fanati
cal, yet his course, in practice, had to
be one of self-impoverishment, of lone
liness, of acquaintance with energetic
hostility of sin and sinners. It had to
be so if it was to be faithful. Ile knew
not where to lay his bend ; he endured
the contradiction of sinners against
himself ; he came unto his own, and his
own received him not. Even his
friends, whom he loved, and who loved
him in their imperfect way, did not
love him wisely or magnanimously,
and constantly became occasions of
temptation which had to be resisted.
Pain and trial were tho inevitable
characters of the work given him to j
do. It lay In his calling to put a strong
and faithful negative, on the natural
desire for safety, for happiness, for !
congenial society and surroundings,
for free and unembarrassed life. All j
this he had steadily to postpone to a
period bayond the grave, and mean
while make his way to the final crisis,
at which, under a mysterious burden
of extreme sorrow, accepted as the
Savior's proper portion, he died for I
our sins.-Robert Rainy.
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