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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
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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.
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.
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
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
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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.
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"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?
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
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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
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."
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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
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
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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.

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