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(Ebii KACHING a class in Sunday-school af1 fords exceptional opportunity for personal appeal to its members. The teacher learns the pupil's tastes, temperament, habits of thought, moral convictions, religious tendencies and ties, and is in a position to stimulate wholesome tendencies and encourage righteous purposes. Second only to the parent. ordinarily, the teacher is in a position to ail vise the pupil in spiritual truth, interests ami duties, and especially to advise when the lime has come to confess Christ as a Saviour It is an exalted privilege to lead a young life into humble, trustful allegiance to its Lord We have sometimes seen the teacher come for ward with pupils who have made public pro fi ssion of their faith. It is always an impres sivo scene, one over which the angels rejoice a time when the Saviour confesses his loved ones before his Father, and surely it should b? a time when the hearts of the children of mer arc made glad. First of all let Christian par cuts advise their children early in life to con fess their Lord, and by teaching and prayer as well as by example, prepare them for this high privilege; but if for any reason the sacred utlice must devolve on another, let the teachei he sensitive to the divine guidance and the call ui opportunity. HE strongest appeal that the church cat make, outside of its strictly spiritua powers, through the Spirit, the Word of God ami the character, life, and work of Christ is its challenge to the heroic and the exalted in man. The offer of comfort and blist through subjective religious experience is no so effective as the offer of a means wherebj the best and noblest in man is to become en listed in the best and noblest of all causes that of securing personal righteousness and oi 5- '1 1 1 i'."muring i j^iiicuii?ness in tne woria, an or fer to fall in with the beat and highest thing* regardless of whether they are easy and pleasant, an offer to fight a battle for the right and to strive to lift men to a more ex ulted state. The common sense and instincl of thinking men make them revolt when the uPpeal is made to them through an attempted gratification of emotions or appetite. The} demand something more worthy of their des ll"y and character as a means of winning then -0 u faith that prOpOSes to seCui'e that (lestiu) a'?d character. The present prevalent resorl ?f many churches to semi-secular attractions to institutional methods, and the like, is driv mg many away instead of winning thought people. Men are to be persuaded, not en ticed. They will more quickly respond to ap P^als to their sense of need and obligation Such appeals lay hold upon that which is deep est and best in them. They bring results thai are permanent and productive. They ar< worth a thousandfold more than all the tem porary allurements of human devices. flOND. NEW ORLEANS, ATLANTA, MAY 12, 1 tonal j|oteg anb Con IN THIS number may be found a report on the Minutes of the General Assembly, adopted by the Presbytery of Mobile. The i report deals with measures referred to the Presbyteries by the Assembly, which it regards as involving extra-constitutional provisions. i Of one of the measures the report savs: "The Assembly authorized and directed the Council i of the Reformed Church to give careful and i full attention to the whole subject of eloser ! relations and more effective administrative coODeration between the severe! Preokv+erJa*. i and Reformed churches represented in the Council, with particular reference to the formation of an effective federation of their plans, work and executive or administrative agencies, both in the home and foreign fields! It is the , judgment of your (Presbytery's) committee 1 that the Assembly has no authority from the s constitution or the Presbyteries to convey such i power to any other body. The alliance commenced as a merely advisory body, but it seems in a fair way to become a supreme court, or , super-General Assembly. The power to superi vise, to set metes and bounds to our work and 1 to advise will soon become the power to rule. Advice and authority are distinct in theory I but often the same in nmntioo Wo thoi'ofnpo disapprove of the extra-ordinary authority (proposed to be conferred) on the Council." 1 We may well ask, whereunto will this thing ' grow??this constant straining to bring the ' affairs of the Church under foreign domina' tion.. For some years past there has been a ' distinct federalist element in the Church?an 1 element who woidd centralize administration * in the hands of a few. The proposed act looks far, and would travel far, in that direction, if adopted, while our people look mutely on. ? "Plans, work and executive, or administrative agencies, both in the home and foreign fields" is quite comprehensive?inclusive of all church 4 activities. Which of our "plans, work and ^ executive, or administrative agencies" would 5 we commit to a council of half a dozen denominations each totally independent of our^ selves in government, doctrine and ac! countability ? Would it be our Home Mis' sions, theological training, educational institutions, Sunday-school literature or Foreign Missions?one or all? Can it be 1 seriously sontemplated that these or any r of them shall be committed to the authority of ^ a fnroiffn oftimnit f V *v? VVfUMV*. I 1 ONE of the most remarkable utterances that has fallen from the lips of a man who is capable of seeing the facts, is that attributed to David Lloyd George, Chancellor of the Exchequer, in the British ministry, t "We are fighting Germany, Austria and ? drink, and, so far as 1 can sec, the greatest of these deadly foes is drink." From present appearances the movement in Great Britain GMOT westernpresbyter/afih 9al Presbyter/an e theffn Presbyter/an RECFi vr~ ; ~ MAY I l !0;1 . 915. VIRGINS* ~TA1. ^?* 18 i-i' ; \ imeiu | that is behind strong words like these, will, in a very short while, put down, at least temporarily, the traffic there in liquors. And a temporary suspension of the great evil will be apt to show such great advantages that the measure will become permanent. Just now it is put upon the ground of the great harm it is doing to the country in its eonHict with its enemies. The drink evil has shown such wastefulness 011 the people's part when all possible resources should he conserved and economized, such deterioration of the mAnhnrwl nf many addicted to drink, and such interference with the industrial interests of the country, especially in the production of war material, that the only remedy is simply to stop it. It will not be difficult to see that a traffic which is not good for the land in a time of conflict is hardly to be regarded as better in a time of peace. An evil is an evil all the time. WE have received a five page folder announcing a Big Membership Campaign of a Young Men's Christian Association. The attractions offered are numerous and are sure enough attractive. There are recreation games, including six varieties of ball, also polo and tennis. There are gymnasium classes, shower baths, a swimminc nool. bowline- nlWu bit. Hard and pool, reading room, library and dormitories, but not a word about leligiou in the whole program. Membership dues are given fair consideration aud are moderate Doubtless Christian influence and agency are contemplated in the campaign, but why utterly ignored? Bible classes, sacred song, the prayer hour and social worship arc surely features worth naming in a Y. M. C. A. program. Moreover they are attractive features to the young men who want to make the most of themselves and do the most for others. These "last days" are times in which the Y. Af r* A i 1.:? i 1- x- -i-- ? .... w. ii. 4UUU1U uc naiKiiiK imcK i? me ffrfHi mission for which it was originally foanded, in which it has wrought splendidly in the past and still works, but from which strong, subtle, hostile forces would lure it away. Bodily health, mental health and a life surrendered to Christ is the ideal; and the last of these is greatest. \ VALUED exchange puts the matter well. / 1 as to over-organization, when it says, "Why are we cluttering our churches with organization upon organization? The whirr of machinery is enough to run one mad, and it takes all the oil to keep the machinery going. I.et us return to the simplicity that is in Christ Jesus. The less life tfere is in a church the more organization there must he, and the more organization there is in the church the less life there will he. The pastor who cannot preach deafens the people to his own failure hy the buzz and roar of machinery."