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October 13, 1915] THE
that be has never really left the world at all, and that he is God. There is 110 escape from it. The means of propagating his kingdom have been utterly inadequate, and if considered apart from all else, unsuited to success. We are bound to believe that Christ has never left the world; that he has been with men all the time, unseen, but not unfelt; unrecognized, but almighty. A God has walked among the nations, lie has presided over wars, and made them serve him. lie has comnellefl results nn<i ;? spite of all opposition and persecution, has simply had his way because no man, nor combination of men, was strong enough to prevent it. We have here an effect, a tremendous effect, known to all men, the triumph of Christianity, and the only cause sufficient to produce such an eft'ect is God. So we find God in Christ, and believe that it has been as he said it would be: "Lo I am with you always, even unto the end of the world." But what is the philosophy of the triumph of Jesus, even granting that he is God? Men <lo not serve God because He is God, but because they get something thereby which no one else has given them. What has Jesus done for men that causes such multitudes to give their lives to his service? The answer is, Kest. .lesus has given mankind rest. That is to say, lie has satisfied the mightiest needs of men. The world is full of trouble, poverty, sorrow, Temptation, sin, and just before every man stands awful death. Man wants something which will enable him to have peace, comfort, happiness, and hope, in the midst of trial; something which will enable him to overcome temptation. Something which will make it practicable for him to die without fear. Now the millions of Christians hold to Christ because they believe that be can do all these things for them, not onty, but because they believe that he has done them. Thev have needed snmethincr ^ Q and the most important thing, and they believe they have found it in Christ and they are satisfied. Christ made the most tremendous offer and promise. He said, "Come unto me all ye that labor and are heavy laden and I will give you rest." Millions have taken him at his word, have come to Christ, and have found rest unto their souls. In him they have found all they needed to live by, to die by, and therefore they keep on coming, and do refuse to give up him who has been all in all to them. Some men have equipped and are supporting whole companies of soldiers who are fighting on the great battlefields of Europe. Some of the loyal members of our Church are individually supporting one or more missionaries, who are working as their substitutes in heathen lands. Can those whom the Lord has blessed find better ways of investing $1,200 than in giving it to pay all the expenses of a missionary for a year? Try it. THE TWO SELVES. When the prodigal left his home, his father, his quiet, safe and peaceful life, he pleased himself. Afterwards, when he came to himself, he returned to the home he had dis honored. In pleasing himself he had parted company with himself. During the time of his self-pleasing he had gone all the gaits with apparently little concern. After a time he came to himself and became greatly concerned about himself. Self led him away into the far country, where he spent his substance in riotous living, and was reduced to the point where he was compelled to eat the husks; and self brought him back a humble penitent to his father's feet. PRESBYTERIAN OP THE SC We speak of self-denial and also of selfrespect; evidently the self we deny is not the self we are urged to respect. To deny self is a virtue, and to respect self is no less a virtue. What is this self, or what are these selves whose actions and consequences appear so involved? The self we are called upon to deny is a seed or germ within the soul which develops away from God. It is in Scripture sometimes called the flesh and sometimes the carnal man. It is characterized by shallowness of vision, by indisposition to investigate, by inordinate confidence in itself, its judgments, its resources and its possibilities. It looks only at the visible, listens only to the audible, touches only the tangible. It lives only for the present. As a consequence it is utterly disqualified to be a safe guide to a soul that is immortal, for a soul cannot be confined within such limitations. And yet this self has a righteousness of its own of which it is very proud, and which it is always lauding to the utmost. The Pharisees of Christ's day are as good an example as any of this kind of righteousness. A Persian poet tells this story as related by Archbishop Trench. Jesus ouu u muiiK were togemer one clay when a youth who had fallen came and implored Christ to pardon. The monk was indignant. He told the youth he had sinned beyond forgiveness, then turning to Christ the monk said, "Grant me this one thing?that I may stand far from this man in judgment." Jesus replied, "It shall be even so; the prayer of both is granted. This sinner has sought mercy, and has not sought in vain. Ilis sins are forgiven; his place shall be in Paradise at the last day. But this monk has prayed that he may never stand near this sinner. His prayer, too, is granted ; hell shall be his place, which is far from heaven." The self we are called upon to respect is a seed or germ within the soul whose tendency is always God ward. Tennyson calls it "The 'royal in thyself." It is a question whether a man ever gets so debased that this royal in himself no longer strives for recognition. Men who have fallen very low bear witness that the voice of this inner force had never ceased to plead. Their very misery was caused by the perodic attacks upon the life they were living. Loyalty to this "royal in thyself" is the highest type of livinsr, for this is nothinc less th?n "Christ in you, the hope of glory." A high degree of loyalty to any person or cause is impossible to one who is not first loyal to the royal in himself. Every good is from within outward; "it is God who worketh in you," and 110 good thing can come from a heart in which no good thing dwells. There is no higher honor than genuine self-respect, a man cannot deceive himself, not even when the world acclaims him. When he can stand the careful, conscientious scrutiny of his own eye and come out of the ordeal unscathed he has honor greater than the combined honors of +1, ~ u nic wuuii; wunu. When a man comes to himself he comes to something worth while, and if he makes that companionship permanent he has nothing higher to seek, for all things great and noble and eternal come to him who truly comes to himself. R. H. What are the results of Foreign Missions? Last year we had 33,000,000 of people to reach, in seven countries, on four continents. In doing this work we had ten missions, with fifty-three stations and 983 outstations. We had 339 missionaries and 1,227 native helpers. In these fields there are 30,107 members, and 103,946 adherents. Of the members, 4.059 were received during the year. The native Christians gave $56,422 for the Lord's work. ) U T H. (685) 3 I "God loved the world," and loves it still. Shall we not love those who are so dear to our Father enough to be willing to share with those who are without it, the gospel of salvation which He has given to us? WORK AND PLAY. Vacation is over. School days have come again. Business people have buckled down once more to work. Still, there is room for play. "A merry heart doeth good like medicine." Good cheer is born of the precious hnnn nf tho ?,ner>iil - ? A1 r? V..U gvo|<v>. uuu nu.i [Jiauicu 111 US U1U spirit of joy and brightness. Not to exercise it is to stifle one of his finest gifts. Play is sometimes as needful as work. It is not dissipation, but the rightful indulgence of a legitimate capacity. One word for play is "recreation." Recreation expresses it well. It is sometimes the renewal of life. It is just as needful sometimes as work. Recreation is subject to certain definite laws just as is activity in work. Legitimately indulged in its products are not less happy. One has strikingly said that over-, work is the twisting of the spring of life till it breaks, overplay the untwisting^of the spring of life so far that it breaks. "Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with thy might." ^ - - ??nuic suuieu earnestness ana simple Hearted enjoyment in proper recreation cannot be displeasing to God. The play-spirit is sometimes much to be desired. The boy will do more down right physical work in some game than in twice the time spent in sawing wood. But the thing called play, and the spirit which enters into and determines it as play, transmute toil into delight. When delight in work comes toil ceases to be toil. The heart that loves the Saviour truly is in no danger of drinking deeply of the pleasures of the world. To insure legitimate enjoyment, let the heart be first given to Christ. He will renew a right spirit within us. Work may sometimes he overdone as well as play. Where one allows it to turn into worry, or to be completely absorbing, one is in danger. Duties do not conflict. No one is justified in overwork or undertaking more than one can do. In both work and play, the chief thing is to inquire if it is such that Christ would go into it with us, or if it is such that we could cheerfully and properly invite him to enter it with US. or if it is snob tluit wo oonl/1 oofnl" # - VMV ?? WUIVt OUIVIJ Ulll of it into his presence if suddenly called. If it is not, then it is not legitimate for us. Many a time work becomes recreation, just as often recreation is real work. There is a close connection between the two in a loving Christian heart. What greater joy docs it have than that which comes from acts of service which are pleasing in the Saviour's sight? Christ sympathizes with his people in what they enjoy no less than in what they suffer. Ilis first recorded miracle was wrought at a wedding feast, for the help of an embarrassed host and for the pleasure of the company gathered there. His smile has blessed many a feast and many a play since. The serious work of the Christian will be the better done for his proper indulgence in restful recreation. The Master himself urged his disciples to stop work for a time "Come ye yourselves into a desert place, and rest a while." He went with them to a quiet retreat of own The Christian people of this country give large amounts for religious purposes, but of every dollar given ninety-four cents is spent on themselves, and six cents is spent in trying to save the millions of earth who are dying in deepest darkness.