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Why a Christian
Join the Church
3y REV. HOWARD W. POPE
Moody Bible Institute,
TEXT-And the Lord added to the
church daily such as were being saved.
Why does a soldier enlist In the
army? Because there he can render
the most effect
there his influ
ence will help,
and not hinder;
i h e r o h e can
have the sympa
thy and co-opera
tion of other sol
In every war,
are some soldiers
who refuse to
But guerilla warfare as a rule is.in
effective, demoralizing, and disreput
able. It damages the very cuuse lt
tries to help.
In like munner there are some peo
ple who claim to be Christians, but
who refuse to join the church. Like
guerillas, they unconsciously damage
the very cause they ought to help.
They cannot give a single good reason
for their position, but there are many
reasons why every Christian should
join some church.
I. There he can render the most ef
fective service. He ls one of many,
who are all working under one com
mander and for the same end, and
who, collectively, can accomplish ? hat
could not be done separately. If it Is
a good thing to have churches in a
community, then Christians should
Remove the churches from a town,
ard property would depreciate, busi
ness would decline, and all good peo
ple would move away. Sunday would
become a holiday, life and property
would be unsafe, and the town would
soon have such a bad reputation that
no decent person would move Into it.
For this reason every Christian owes
lt to himself, his family, to society,
and to his God, to join and support
II. lt is the only consistent position
for a Christian. In the church his in
fluence will help and not hinder; for
an outsider, who ought to be in the
church damages the cause of Christ
ju . as much as an Insider who ought
to be out. A Christian who refuses to
.join the church practically says to the
world that the commands of Jesus are
not binding or Important, which ls not
III. A Christian who does not Join
the church will soon lose his joy, and
perhaps his hope. If. knowing his
Master's wish, be refuses to comply
with it, he cannot be a happy person.
He may be a saved man. but he will ;
lose the joy ?>f bis salvation. And If ;
he loses his joy be will also lose lils ;
power, for "The j<>y of the Lord ls
IV. To be a member of Christ's |
church is the highest honor this world
affords. Its sacraments are the most
sacred, its literature the most sublime,
and its fellowship the most sweet nud
enduring. All lodges and other or- j
ganizations are man-made affairs, but
the church is a divine institution, |
founded by Jesus Christ, guided and j
guarded by the Holy Spirit, having ?
for its mission the evangelization of
the world, and for its destiny eternal
fellowship with God aud heaven.
V. If it be objected that there are
tonie hypocrites in the church, the an- j
Hwcr is: "Yes, it may be true, but
Jesus Christ is no hypocrite, and he is
the life of every church."
Remember also that when the j
church goes through the pearly gates j
there will be a sifting, and the hypo- ;
trites will be left on the outside of I
the gate, on your side, unless you obey
Christ, and you will have to spend all
eternity with them. Would it not be j
bettor tn liv.? with them a few years '
in the church than to spend all eter
nity with them elsewhere? You must j
spend some time with those hypocrites
somewhere. Where shall it Be?
VI. The Christian who refuses to
join the church, dishonors Jesus Christ.
It is like proposing a secret marriage.
He is willing that Christ should die
for him, but he lr not willing to live
for Christ, or even to acknowledge his
relation to him. He desires to be,
saved, but he is not willing to serve.
He wants the benefits of Christianity ',
without the sacrifices, whereas the
sacrifices constitute nine-tenths of the !
The meanness of it is well Illustrated
by the following story : Doctor Lorimer
once asked a man why he did not join
the church. The reply was that the
dying thief did not join the church
and he was saved. "Well," said the
doctor, "if you do not belong to a
church, you help support missions, of
"No," said the man. "The dying
thief did not help missions, and he
was saved, was he not?"
'Tes," said the doctor. "I suppose
he was, but you must remember that
he was a dying thief, whereas you are
a living one."
WHAT OUR DEFENDERS COST
At Home lt is $327 and Overseas $423
a Year for Each Man in the
Statistics have been collected by the
clothing and equipage, subsistence,
conservation, reclamation and hard
ware and metals division of tho Quar
termasters1 corps, United States army,
to Indicate just what it costs a year to
maintain a soldier overseas and in the
These, according to the Army and
Navy Journal, show that the cost is
*423.47 a year to equip and maintain a
soldier overseas and $327.7? to equip
and maintain one in the United States.
Subsistence, figured at G9 cents a day,
amounts to $251.S5 yearly for each
mun overseas; figured at 51 cents a
day in the United States, it amounts
to $IS9.S0. The cost of the initial
equipment for the soldier the first year
in the United States is $115.30. while
the cost of his additional equipment
for tlie first year overseas is $-12.-11.
Thus it appears that if tile soldier
going overseas did not take with him
a great deal of his equipment already
supplied in the United States the con
trast between the cost of equipping
and maintaining a soldier in this coun
try and abroad would be much more
marked. Not only Is the amount of
equipment needed abroad greater than
that needed in this country, but the
statistics of the conservation and re
clamation division show that equii>
ment ?nd clothing overseas are subject
to much harder use, wear out more
quickly and are less effectively re
claimed than similar material, cloth
ing and equipment used in the United
States. The amount of reclamation of
each individual soldier's equipment in
this country is $75.80 a year, while the
amount of reclamation of similar uiu
terial abroad is but $33.31.
TRAGEDY ABOVE THE CLOUDS
Individual Combats and Disasters That
Test the Nerves and Wits of the
Though airplane battles are tre
mendously exciting for all those par
ticipating in them, lt is not always In
actual conflict that the nerves and wits
nf flyers are tested to the utmost. Many
adventures may be met in tamer pur
Every now and then comes tho roar
of a gun from below, followed by flash
es of blue and red, harsh, angry explo
sions right and left, front and rear;
the disappearance ir flames sometimes
of what till then luid been a welcome
companion ou the wing, the drone of
some hardy adventurer strenuously en
deavoring to climb Into the night, nnd
now and then the awful spectacle of
a machine emerging safely from a
smoke cloud only to go smash into an
Dlher traveling In a different direction.
An awful smash, a hideous explo
sion, smoke, human cries, flames and
then, with volcanic Intensity, the sud
den plunging Into ?he abyss not only
of what a few moments previously
were two magnificently equipped bomb
throwers, but four human souls, brave,
proud, youthful and adventurous.
Blondln'a Feat Recalled.
In the whirligig of momentous
world events lt ls not strange that
there should pass almost unnoticed a
few days ago the fifty-eighth anni
versary of Blondin's exploit of cross
ing Niagara gorg<; on a four-Inch
tight rope, a feat that still stands as
the acme of daring and nerve, (?ne
nf the thousands of spectators that
lined tlie river bark was the prince
of Wales, lato King Edward. This was
the first time anyone had crossed Ni
agara gorge on a rope. Blondin car
ried a man on hi* shoulders on one
trip, wheeled a wheelbarrow over on a
second trip, and on a third trip car
ried a stove on his balancing rod and
fixing lt on tho rope, cooked cakes and
threw them to people in small boats
below on the river. P.londin was after
ward killed in Paris.
He made n test in 1850, and in the
following year successfully car
ried out his feat, October 10, 1SG0.
The Thirsty Sailor.
Here's one they are telling about a
British sailor and a civilian host:
The civilian brought out u bottle of
bourbon and took a drink, neglecting
to offer one to the sailor.
He did tills about titree times and
then thought that the sailor might like
to wet his whistle.
"Are you thirsty?" he asked the
"Yes, muchly so," answered the tar.
Whereupon the civilian went out and
got him a glass of water.
"I said I was thirsty," said the Bail
or, "not dirty."
Why cannot scientific persons who
undertake to be Informing to the pub
lic learn to display their learning less
ostentatiously and to convey their
raeunlug more Intelligibly? One health
authority tells us profoundly that "an
orexia" also ls present with Spanish
influenza. We take this, from the dic
tionary, to mean loss of appetite,
which really would not bo a bad thing
these days; but unless it ls assumed
that nobody but medical men are to
have the disease, lt might l>e well to
give the miscellaneous lay public a
chance to know what may all lt.
"The political ant? military situation
this month will be in ono respect like
the family one."
"There will be a carving up of Tur
key about Thanksgiving."
HIGHEST TYPE OF CITIZEN
He ls the Man Who Sees Tendency of
the Times and Helps Direct
Who Is he? A person who keeps his
eyes open and knows what is going
on, and who asserts a conviction from
what he sees. One may think lt Is very
difficult, considering the complexity
and multiplicity of events, to possess
oneself of a governing truth from thc
driftwood of the rapidly passing
stream of things. But that is not
what he has to do. If a person has
to wait fur every little particular he
will never reach a judgment or belief.
You can see such people in a commu
nity, mere peckers of bird seed, full
of vapid talk and controversy. They
are no more agents of truth than Old
You don't have to inspect each par
ticular straw to see what a haystack
i.s. You can look at lt. see its form,
understand Its purpose, and know all
there is in a haystack to know. So in
life, the small facts are endless and
shed no light.
One must turn from thora to the ten
dency or policy and make up his mind
from that. Such a discovery ls easier
than n Kingle fact. One cannot make
up one's mind from little things, for
they are endless, one suggesting an
other Infinitely. So a general view
thnt expresses a tendency provides the
opportunity for a conviction.
The civic duty, then, Is to get ac
quainted with the tendency of a meas
ure of policy, the influence It has on
other things and how lt affects the
habits of a community. This constant
jowering about particulars never con
structs a real faith. One has to take
his stand on an axion or self-evident
truth and then look out and see
whether a circumstance is coming to
him or going from him. That Is tho
way to get nt a tendency which is the
necessity habit of good citizenship.
It ls the small mind that is constant
ly looking for peanut facts and rea
sons. It is the larger mind that looks
for tendencies, and the field for Its
exercise includes all national, state
and city affairs. A man who doesn't
see tendencies there is a poor citizen,
and they are legion.-Columbus Jour
CONSIDER LOOKS OF THINGS
Any Number of Reasons Why Every
Effort Should Be Made to Make
"In traveling through a certain Bee
tloo of Illinois the other day I noticed
that most of the homes were cheerless
and desolate," Director Charles Adkins
told me the other day. "The yards
were full of weeds, there were no flow
ers nor vines, and tho majority of the
houses were unpainted.
"Who would want to live in such a
place? What attraction ls there to
keep the boys and girls on the farm?
I felt like asking these people why j
: they d'dn't paint up and clean up and
j make their homes look like something." j
Soldiers are required to keep their
equipment clean and their faces shaved
because of the effect on their morale.
I A clean, trim-looking soldier has more
j self-respect and fights better (han a
j slovenly one. The mau who takes
i pride in the appearance of his place
' is a better farmer and a better man
( ti that account. The whole family un
dertakes Its tasks more cheerfully and
! moro successfully because of lt
? Prairie Farmer.
Respect Other People's Property.
Attention to other people's property
! adds to the national wealth. The idea
j seems to have gotten abroad that
j wealth ls purely a personal matter. To
a certain extent that Is true. But
wealth produces for the common good.
The facts show that not dire poverty
but growth and development ls the oc
! easton of discontent You can do your
1 part tn tho upward march of progress
I by teaching men that every property
j loss brings calamity on the community,
j And the principle works both ways.
Men often sow for the other man what
I they themselves reap. Be a construc
j tlonist und learn to respect other peo
Houses From Barns.
In the growth of our towns and sub
urbs, especially In the older ones,
places of several acres are frequently
divided Into smaller building lots,
writes Holen BOWPO In the House
Beautiful. Such places usually have
barns or stables which aro often suffi
ciently well built and In sound enough
j condition to be remodeled into houses.
i In the present high cost of lumber and
lnhor, tho saving ls worth considering,
though it varies greatly In different
cases. If the barn bas a good founda
j tlon, a strong, sound frome, and does
? not require much altering in size or
shape, the saving will be considerable.
Trees to Honor War Heroes.
In the American Forestry Magazine,
the official organ of tho American For
estry association, an editorial is devot
ed to the move In several cities to plant
trees In honor of the war heroes. The
magazine urges thut this be made a
national movement. It is urged that o
boulevard be planted ns "Liberty Row"
or Une come special street with "vic
tory ouks," each to be named for a
I have agnin oppiied up my
market, and will carry a full
line of groceries in connection
with my market. I will have
fresh meat every day in thc
I A\ iii make a specialty ot
"White House" Coffee and
Tea. Also Swift's Gremium
and Montebello hams.
Hignest Prices Paid for
Do not allow the
poisons of undigested
food to accumulate in
your bowels, where they
are absorbed into your
system. Indigestion, con
stipation, headache, bad
blood, and numerous
other troubles are bound
to follow. Keep your
system clean, as thous
ands of oihers do, by
taking an occasional dose
o? iiie old, reliable, veg
etable, family liver medi
Mrs. W. F. Pickle, of
Rising Fawn, Ga., writes:
"We have used Thed
ford's Black-Draught as
a family medicine. My
mother-in-law could not
take calomel as it seemed
too strong for her, so she
used Black-Draught as a
mild laxative and liver
regulator... We use it
in the family and believe
it is the best medicine for
the liver made." Try it.
Insist on the genuine
Thedford's. 2oc a pack
age. E "'
to . i ; , < i
Buy War Saving
yon can't see.
Then see me.
Geo. P. Minis,
Edgefield, S. C.
I take this "means of letting the
people know that I have re-opened
my pressing club, and will appre
ciate their patronage. I am better
prepared than ever to clean and
press all kinds of garments, both
for ladies and gentlemen. All work
guaranteed. Let me know when
you have work and I will send for
it and make prompt delivery.
Sheppard Building Down Stairs
For Sale Ginning
One 15-horne power gas engine
One UO-saw Lammas gin.
One power cotton pres*.
Two mules, one l'JOO pounds and
one OOO pounds.
ir. (4. HUNCH,
North Augusta, S. C.
To Prevent Blood Poisoning
apply at once thc wonderful old reliable DR
PORTER'S ANTISEPTIC HEALING OIL. a sur
gical dressing that relieves pain and heals a
'he same titre. Not P 1iuii=cu?. ?5c. ^"Vr/
TO PUTA Ll
IN THE BANI
CooTii?ht 1909. br C. K. Zi?x>?roiP C0.--N0. 5J
THERE is no doubt about
money in the bank, it is
sure and positive. Maybe slow, but there
is the satisfaction that it is sure. Posi
tive in every way, both that it will grow,
and that it is safe.
BANK OF EDGEFIELD
OFFICERS: J. C. Sheppard, President; B. E.^NicholBon, vice-President
E. J. Mims, Cashier; J. H. Allen. Assistant Oashier.
DIRECTORS : J. C. Sheppard, Thos. H. Rainsford, John Rainsford, B. EJ
Nicholson, A.S. Tompkins. C. C. Fuller. E. J. Mima. J. H. Allen
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See our representative. C. E. May.
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activity. Concession from present values not
anticipated. We would suggest to thoie
contemplating construction work to complete
their plans at the earliest date possible.
We solicit your patronage and
shall be glad to serve you
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