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VOL. LXXXIV. RICHM
000 (lubttl \ CHRISTIAN Education and Ministerial Relief has the right of way this month; and nothing ought to be allowed to interfere with the collections for this cause. As its name indicates there are really two causes in tfne. God's stowards are called upon to return to Him some of the treasure lie has intrusted to them in order that young men may Ikj prepared for the ministry of His gospel. Well trained men are needed all over the Church to fill the vacancies in the churches, and men are needed in the foreign field. It is said by those who have studied the case that there will be an enormous demand upon America during the next few .years for men to go to the foreign field, as it is not probable that the European countries will l>e able to keep up the supply needed in their fields because of the decimation of their young men by the war. The other part of this cause, and in many respects the more appealing, is the cause of Ministerial Ilelief. This is but a call upon (iod's children to take care of their older brothers and sisters, by giving them the necessities of life, which they are no longer able to provide for themselves. These old men have lal)orcd faithfully and have done much for the Master's cause. The widows through many years aided their husbands in their labors, and now, in many cases, have no one to look to for support, except to the Church. Shall they look in vain ? As you are planning for Christmas for your little ones, do not forget the orphans oi ine preacners who nave been called upon to leave their children to the care of the Church. Shall we care for them ? .j. -jCHRISTMAS presents are very much in demand just now, and many are asking what will make a suitable present for some member of the family or some friend. Let us make a suggestion. You cannot find a better present for most people than a years subscription to the Presbyterian of the South. Besides its own valuable contents it will fifty-two times during the year carry pleasant thoughts of the donor to the one to whom the paper is sent. The cost is only $2.00 a year. We will send an attractive card announcing the grft. Try this gift and see how happy you will make your friend. + + + PROHIBITION is gaining ground continually. Only a few years ago practically all daily newspapers carried liquor advertisements. Recently five hundred and fifty of these papers notified the Temperance Society of the Methodist Church that they now decline all such advertisements. Nearly every great magazine publishes nrsti linup.? nyf.lelo?'* nnd it ?? onir] that nn great daily now openly espouses the cause of liquor. May all Christian people unite, by their ' prayers and their works, in one mighty effort to drive the great, liquor curse from this land and from the world. ^gyTi ) The cent* The Sou, ? V OND, NEW ORLEANS, ATLANTA, DECEMBi mai Mates, anb Com Tl I1E public schools constitute about as large a constituency as any other class of the inhabitants of this country. Not counting any private institutions, there are about 20,000,000 teachers and scholars in tlio public schools. There are raoro than a half million teachers. Suppose all these teachers could be induced to read the Bible regularly with this vast host of students, what a ditfercnco it would make in tlin liifnrmntinn wln^li flio r\? on* lnr?/l ...W ?.AV*u*llViVit ?T V11V J VUtll Ul UU1 J (IUU would have, and we should remember that God has said, "The entrance of my word giveth light." Cfcristmas By S. Addison McElroy, D. D. Sing it out, the wondrous story, How the Christ, the King of Glory, Laid aside Heaven's adulation, For earth's base humiliation, rr* _ - - i - - i o secure our restoration, To the right?the only way. Ilark! the heavenly host adore Ilim! Angel bands arc hovering o'er Him! "Glory be to God!" they're singing. "On earth peace!" their song is ringing, "And good will to men" they're bringing In their fervent, joyful lay. Sing it out in joyful numbers1 Sing it, while the old earth slumbers' Sing it, 'til the wide creation Wakens, throughout every nation, With the joyful acclamation? Christ, the Lord is born to-day> Itasca, Texas. ((T WANT the paper in spite of hard times," X so writes one of our subscribers. We know that times are hard with some people, though Yvn qi Tiooa mon rnnnvf K/KUAUVC0 AKVU AVJJV/1 V tUttli O. UUl/iU Ui piUflpUlllJ is sweeping over tbe country. We hope it will soon strike all of our subscribers, and then it may bo it will reach us. In the meantime we hope that those who find it necessary to do so will make what sacrifice is needed to keep the paper in their homes. The minds and souls of all the family need to he fed as well as their bodies. + + 4DOCTORS and scientists are strong opponents of liquor. Alcohol has been stricken from the list of drugs in the United States Phnrmncopein. Its use is rapidly decreasing in nine-tenths of the hospitals of leading American cities. The great majority of physicians now * claim that alcoholic beverages shorten life and predispose to ill-health. Every reputable scientist classes alcohol as a poison. western presby 7eraa^ al Presbyter/an e rhern Presbyter/an I Si ~4 rR?CC>yr?ml \R 15, 1915.' 1 No. 49 i? \;\>\ r?rA'E\ I \ IIIUIU T HE country church is certainly coming into its own, so far as discussion is concerned. Conferences of various kinds all over the country are considering its various aspects?its needs, its opportunities, its responsibilities. It is a well recognized fact that the religious life of this nation depends largely upon the country church. This is due not only to the fact that it must pro\ ide for the religious life of the rural population, hut also to the fact that it has great inHucuce upon the cities. The country church is constantlv nonrinflf its -frpch Qtwvnrr li-fn ?-V.n J Q .VW il LV llilV tilV> city church, thus keeping it strong and virile. Able men are dealing with this subject with pen and voice, and many helpful suggestions have been made. One of the striking facts about this discussion is that almost all of those taking part in it are city men. Naturally some of the suggestions made are not practical and would not prove helpful. Some of those, who are trying to show what the country church ought to do, seem to want it to run the whole community. They would have it direct the educational work, plan the social life, take charge of all the benevolent activities, teach agricult\iral methods, instruct in hygiene and home economics, lead the rllilrlrnn linrl vnnn? r>nArvln ill a..;. ?i?- 5 ?? ....u j un.j, iu iuc11 sjioris, aau in short do everything that can be done for the betterment of every individual in the community. This question will force itself to the attention of the careful thinker, "What opportunity will the Church have for preaching the gospel, if it does all these other tilings + + + GOOD Tidings of Great Joy" is the title of a Christinas exercise nrensirod hv ("Vm. mittee on Ministerial Education and Relief, and sent out by them to pastors and Sunday-school superintendents. It is adapted to use in the Sunday-schools, and is intended to impress upon the hearts and minds of boys and girls the claims of Christ for their life's service. It consists of a fine selection of hymns, Bible readings and recitations. Many a Sunday-school worker finds it difficult to select suitable material for such a service. Here it is all done for him, and just as many copies of it as are needed may bo had without cost. All that is asked is that a collection shall be taken for Ministerial Education and Relief. Write to Rev. II. II. Sweets, D. D., Louisville, Kv. + + + TIIE shepherds found Jesus in a manger in a stable, because they obeyed the heavenly messenger and went tn 1< L- v*; tt ? WW XVI U1U1. llttVf W13 found him? He is not far to seek. He will never be found by any one anywhere, except as he is in the line of duty, and as he follows the heavenly command. "Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these, ye have done it unto me." So we may find the Christ in the hovel of poverty, as the shepherds found him in the stable. Let us go to Him as did the shepherds and carry gifts to Him as did the wise men.