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SOUTHERN STANDARD-M'-MINNVILLE. TENNESSEE. SATTJRD A V, AUGUST 9, 1890.
EDITED 11Y UKV. F. L. I.EKPKU.
Precious and uni;uest treiuure!
Book of nil books most denr!
Aud the righteous beyond measure
Prize it, and its precepts hear.
'Ts a pure and perfect mirror,
Set before a sinful race,
To discover what is error,
What is truth and saving grace.
'Tis a garden full of roses,
Yielding evermore perfume,
From the Genesis of Moses
E'en to John's "Lord Jesus, come."
'Tis a tree that neter fadeth,
Hearing fruit for nil on earth,
And the fainting pilgrim shadeth
Irrespective of his birth.
'Tis a fountain ever flowing,
Making deserts bud and bloom,
And on thirsty ones bestowing
Living waters to consume.
'Tis a pearl sent down from heaven
With a value never told,
And to each one it is given
Without silver, gem, or gold.
'Tis a star that ever shineth
While we cross the sea of life,
And its bright ray ne'er declineth,
Till we meet the earthly strife.
It is everything one needeth,
Whatsoever may betido,
And he'll find it thus, who readeth,
And who maketh It hisguide.
0 that all would dearly love it,
Both the Old part and the New,
Without wishing to disprove it,
As the unbelieving do!
St. Louis Presbyterian. .
The Rights of Children.
Free Church Monthly.
It is our children's right that we
should be acquainted with them, fco
that we can comprehend their heart
needs. They study us, and soon
learn to know us; but do we know
them? If not, a large share of our
well-meant efforts are beinjr misdi
rected. While we think of tiiera on
ly as children, just so long will we
fail to understand them. They
should be recognized as fellow human
beings, with rights ejual to, though
differing from, our own. We should
be frank and open with them, treat
ing them as reasoning creatures, not
breaking but directing their wills.
We should, so far as possible, give
them our confidence in both impor
tant and unimportant matters. It
will seldom be betrayed if the child
lias had proper training. Then will
they come to us with their secrets ;
and no more should we betray their
confidence than prove false to any
other trust. Children readily open
their hearts to those who enter their
little world with sympathy. They
da more than that. Repeatedly they
bring their most secret thoughts to
us, till we have again and again re
pelled them. Then, and not till
then, do they seal their hearts to us,
to be opened, perhaps, if opened at
all, to those unworthy to look there
in. The opportunity has gone from
us for ever, and who shall measure
the loss to our child ?
Children do not grow away from
us till we grow away from them.
Self-interest, if no higher motive,
should prompt us to be true to our
offspring. Every parent has two op
portunities of coming to honor
among men. His influence for good
may be so directly felt by the world
that it will be acknowledged, and his
name be cherished in the memory of
his fellow-men. But many of us fail
here, and will be forgotten, if we do
not live again in our children. Here
is our second opportunity, and who
of us can afford to bury this our
Every child has a right to a share
of the time and personal attention of
both parents. The father who is too
busy to give an occasional hour to his
children is robbing them of more
than he can ever will to them. To
think he has done his full duty when
he has made proper provision for
their physical and intellectual wants
is more than a mistak. It is a crime
v nen a iaincr becomes merely a
"provider," lie consents to a loss of
manhood ; and if he does not lose his
self-respect, he will, at least, lose the
respect of his children. Mothers are
expected to come in hourly contact
with their families (though the chil
dren in many beautiful homes in
modem life are denied this greatest
blessing), but who pleads for the
children's right to their fathers?
Not but what fathers are affectionate
and indulgent. Not unfrequently
does a father yield a desired point to
a child that the mother would un
hesitatingly refuse; not because lie
loves him more, hut becuse he is less
ivtiuaintcil with him. Many a fath
er would bo a hotter man if he lived
with his children a little more.
Fathers and mothers both, remem
ber that no ono can take your place
in your children's lives. It is your
mission to explain the object of liv
ing to your child. You should be
able to detect the slightest danger of
deviation from tho right path. This
does not mean that all your hours
are to be given to them. Children
are to learn that neither the home
nor the parents are exclusively theirs;
otherwise selfishness would bo fos
tered. No home should be so given
up to to younger members of the
household that the father is driven
away for the snke of peace, and the
mother becomes a perpetual slave to
noise and her children's wants. The
home is a community where equal
rights 6hould be enjoyed. Father
and mother must have some undis
turbed moments, and children must
learn to respect these rights; but
that does not Imply that every time
father comes into the house there
must be an Instant cessation of all the
hubbub that mother has uncomplain
ingly endured all day. The father
has no right to irapreas upon the
childrens' consciousness that ho is the
extinguisher of all their joys, making
them as glad to see him go as he is to
get away. Let him exercise his .own
rights In a spirit that will win and
hold his children's love and respect.
The children's rights having been
respected, they will learn to care for
the rights of others, and a tendency
to tyranny will not be cultivated in
them to embitter the lives of those
who come after them.
Preparation for Service.
BY REV. WILLIS TATCIIKX.
All sucessful work is preceded by
careful preparation. It becomes a
matter of importance to each one of
us what preparation is needed to in
sure success in the blaster's vine
1. The first great requisite in all
Christian work is that the worker
shall enjoy in his own soul the con
sciousness of pardon. Most of us are
familiar with the wise counsel of Dr
Lyman Ueecher to the young minis
ter who came to him for advice In re
gard to revival work, "First get
yourself revived." Into each heart
must settle the sweet consciousness of
that promise fulfilled "As far as the
East is from the West, so far have I
removed your transgressions from
you." The heart must be purified,
the mind enlightened, and the life
strengthed by the actual experience
of transgressions removed. This is
the fundamental principle which
must underlie and give character to
every form of Christian activity.
Nothing can take its place. No
amount of human genius, of brilliant
efforts, or of thoroughly organized
forces will do the work as it should
be done unless the foundation stone
of conscious pardon underlies and
gives stability to the effort. With
out this the work will be defective
in some of its parts, and will event
ually be branded by the impress of
2. The second great need which
prepares for. Christian service is en
tre dependence upon Christ. When
God called Moses to go forth as the
leader of his people, his gracious
promise was, "(ertainly I will be
with thee." The same blessed prom
ise wasjrepeated to his disciple
in the great commission, "Lo, 1 am
with you always, even to the end of
the world." The consciousness of
his presence with us is our incentive
to labor and our assurance hi ulti
mate success. It is natural for us to
depend on material things, on wel
organized forces, the help and sym
pathy of each other, our own state of
feelings. These become our depend
ence. True, we realize that (Jod
must help, but not always with that
entire dependence and absolute trust
which honors him and secures to his
personal presence and mighty power,
It is hard to rid ourselves of the
habit of self-dependence. But the
pressing need of all Christian work is
entire dependence on Christ, rcaliz
ing more and more in our own sou
and in all our work his promise ful
fille t to us, "Certainly I will be with
3. A third requisite) in Christian
work is that test of disci pleship which
the Master has made "By all this
ve know that ye have passed from
death unto life, because ye love th
brethren." Nothing better than thi
will destroy native seitiaiines. en
kindle enthusiasm, and call to action
in our best eneigies. A love for souls
hos at the loumlation of all (. hristian
efVort. It was the motive that filled
the Master's heart, sanctified all his
efforts, and .-jurad the glory of its
unfading halo around the ero and
sepulchre. To all his believing chil
dren the Master has bequeathed this
same powerful incentive to bo our in
spiration, our joy, and our exceeding
4. One other that wo must ever
carry with us the imperative need
of the Holy Spirit's enlightening and
sanctifying power upon all our efforts.
The early disciples were bidden
'Tarry ye in tho city of Jerusalem
until ye be endued with power from
on high." For us the need Is the
same. Without this there mav be
vigorous effort, but no great result.
The mightiest work that man has
ever wrought has been powerless to
good unless the Holy Spirit has sanc
tified it with divine power. Upon
all that our hearts and hands attempt
there must come the baptism of the
Holy Spirit before it can operate as a
mighty power of God. Enlightened
by the indwelling presence of the
Holy Spirit and sanctified by his
abiding power, there shall go forth
from devoted lives and consecrated
efforts an influence which shall be
mighty for the overthrow of sin, the
salvation of souls, the upbuilding of
Divinity of the Scriptures.
The scriptures are net dependent
upon tho testimony of great names
for their recommendation or credi
bility. They bear the divine impri
matur, and have pushed their way
through the generations in spite of
the contempt and opposition of earth's
potentates and savans. They have
an internal evidence which carries
conviction to the responsive mind
and heart as to their divinity. Their
adaption to human needs gives them
a commanding power over the in
tellect, emotion and life. Though,
therefore, they need not to be bolster
ed up with the opinions of statesmen
and literati, yet we are glad to see in
these days, when there is so much
onceited criticism of, and concerted
attack upon the Word of God from
the literary and scientific, that En
gland's most renowned orator, and
among her most eminent scholars.
Mr. Gladstone, thus most emphati
cally and unqualifiedly testifies to
their durability, truthfulness and ex
cellence: "Tho Scriptures are well
called Holy Scriptures; and though
assailed by camp, by battery, and by
mine, they are nevertheless a house
builded upon a rock, and that rock
is impregnable." Well may he thus
speak! Experience as well as the
voice of God show that they cannot
be overthrown. In and by them
have been brought miracles of grace
In all ages and among all classes of
mankind. Their suitableness to the
race has been attested by their trans
lation into all languages and in the
consequent transformations which
they have effected in individuals and
in nations. Christian Missions as
well as the Christian Church, which
they have quickened, developed and
maintained, are the living and stand
ing demonstration of their potency
for the world's regeneration.
Trifles are those things which of
themselves are of little moment;
therefore it is but natural that men
in the rush of business and work
should sometimes slight these com
apratively small matters, in their
anxiety for the main issue. With
many this is very apt to become a
confirmed habit, and they grow into
the way of habitually disregarding
any little piece of work, that of itself,
is trifling, and fail to look to the lit
tle wastes that are constantly going
on around them in consequence.
Such is the ease on the farm, es
pecially ; very few farmers are given
to considering how much these little
things amount to in the course of a
year. Although quite insignificant,
when considered individually, these
trifles count up amazingly, directly
and indirectly, in a twelve-month.
A little mouse hole In the grain
bin is not particularly alarming, and
the farmer thinks that in his hurry,
it is hardly worth noticing, but be
fore the year has closed, several
shillings will have crept out there.
A little leak in the roof is so com
mon, and, of itself, such a trifling
affair, that it is very seldom gets
proper attention in the way of re
pairs, yet the constant dropping of
water upon the plastering below may
cost several dollars worth of work to
be expended in repairs, when a few
minutes of time on the roof would
have prevented it
it is, and however tri
fling it may appear, it will surely
save much after loss and vexation to
attend to any little matters about the
farm, similar to the ones above men
tioned. If not attended to they will
absorb the profits, or perhaps prevent
any from ai'tTiiinjr.
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