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cause He has seen best to withhold them from us. It is sufficient for us that an all-glorious and gracious God, a wise and tender Father has done it, and it is well for us to be able to say, "Even so, Father, for so it seemed good in thy sight." 5. The ultimate purpose of this choosing must not be lost sight of. The immediate purpose is man's salvation or conformity to the image of Christ, but this itself is but a step to the real end, a means by which he desires to accomplish the true purpose. There are those who seem to believe that man was chosen in order that he might be delivered from the pains of an unending hell, and that be might ? j--? * * v..jv; ."v. lues ui ?n Humming nome in neaven. Either one of these things would be worth while and if this were all it would be worth striving for, but both of these things are a small matter compared with the real purpose. These are frought with everlasting consequences, but they are only a drop in a bucket. You remember the shorter catechism says: "Man's chief end is to glorify God and enjoy Him forever." The chief purpose of man's salvation is to glorify God, but being saved is a means to that end. He is glorified in the salvation of some, and in the reprobation of others. A human judge is honored by the care he takes of his children, but at the same time lie is honored in the punishment he metes out to the thief and murderer. More than this, lie must be as diligent to punish the criminal as to provide for his child. If it be so with an earthly judge, why may it not be so with God, the heavenly Father and Judge. The Holy Ghost tells us in Isaiah, speaking of man in this world, and speaking for the trinity: "I have made him for my glory." If man be made for the glory of God, then he must be redeemed for the same purpose. But the Scriptures say: To the praise of the glory of His grace, wherein He hath made us accepted in the beloved. Eph. 1:6. And as a oase of the opposite kind speaking of the Pharoah of Egypt, the Holy Ghost says: And in every deed for this cause have I raised thee up; for to show in them my power, and that my name may be declared throughout all the earth. Ex. 9 :26. Perhaps, should we have an eye more to the glory of God and less to the glory of men, more men would be saved, and more mA..u n?i i ? "" - - numu uuu ue uunorea. xnus, let us bonor him and help to answer our own prayer when we say Our Father who art in heaven; hallowed be Thy name. We are chosen "to the praise of the glory of His grace." Jacksonville, Ala. Selections DON'T WORRY. Why nott There are a great many "why nots." For one thing, it doesn't pay, and we all want to make paying investments of the capital God has given us. Can you recall an instance where worry and fret served a good purpose? We can't. It certainlv rHrln't we were ill and longing to be up and doing. Did our doctor prescribe a dose of worry to be taken once in two hours, with an application of fret every night and morning t Worry didn't help us when we got lost in the jungle of our mistakes, did itt We didn't get out of the tangle till we came to ourselves and dropped worriment. Just watch that man lose the train he was so anxious to catch. How you envy him the smile with which he hides his disappointment. Isn't that smile a paying investmentf He loses his train, but he doesn't lose himself; "and is . - i. ***---*?? ?1J PRESBYTERIAN OF THE SO not "himself" a great deal better than a train of cars! Somebody missed an opportunity once upon a time. What did he dot Why, he fumed and fretted and worried over it long enough to miss a dozen others. What would we have donet If we had been as wise as some great men who have succeeded in this world, we should have drawn one breath of regret and said: "Sorry to have missed it; but here goes for the next one that comes along, and we'll meet it on the way this time." That's the sort of spirit to attract oppor lumues; wnne worry and fret often scare them away. They say wc shall live longer if we don't worry. One can hardly speak from, experience on that point, but it's worth trying for, don't you think? One thing is sure, we shall live more if not longer! There is more real living for us in one sunny, wholesome, cheery day, than in a month of cloudy worrimcnt and stormy fretfulness. Don't worry!?Selected. REASON FOR ENCOURAGEMENT. ? The conversion of the entire world to the faith of Jesus Christ is.the consummation'toward which we are striving under our Lord's command to disciple all nations. The truth is to be preached to every creature. There is to be no thought of giving up the work until it is perfectly completed. But progress is being made. We call and instruct and entreat. But we do not know how to compel. It is a matter, with each individual, of his own personal volition, or personal option. We find ??i- ?J j " * uiav suiuc accept anu some ao not. it is h fact that whosoever will may come and does come, and it is also true that whosoever does not will to come stays away, and if he continues to stay away he must perish. There are today some so-called Christian nations in which there are many who follow Christ and some who do not, and there are some so-called heathen nations in which there are some who follow Christ and many who do not. But sometime there will be the conversion of the whole world to the Lord, and the whole earth will be full of the glory and the love of God. Toward this perfect condition we are advanc?1 1- ? mug, as mui v luuat sum!) auu individual countries are being won by the power of the Holy Spirit.?Herald and Presbyter. THE WORLD'S BIGGEST BUSINESS. What is it? Some would say it is iron and steel, others would allege it is oil and gas, and still others would think it is farming. All would be wrong. These are generally local interests, and even our great railway systems and steamship lines are limited and provincial. The biggest business must be universal and enmesh the whole globe around the equator from pole to pole. No republic or empire does this. Great Britain boasts that the sun never sets on her dominions, but her empire is only a few red patches on the map. The biggest business in the world is Christianity building the Kingdom of God. A recent writer in the World Outlook shows that foreign missions is the hi firmest, business l n +Vl n nrnvl/1 T+ ? DQ ? ... ?..v .iu.au. it. waa aiuw in starting, and at first gave small promise of universal conquest. Carey worked in India seven years before he made a convert, and Moffat in Bechuanaland eleven years to score the same result. It took fifty years in China to win the first fifty converts, and throughout the world it took ninety years to win the first million adherents, and twenty-three years to win the second million. But converts are now being added at the rate of a million in twelve years. Five thousand converts a month are vlH now being gained in India, and three thousand a week in Korea. An army of nearly fifty thousand missionaries is employed. The an- * nual amount spent by all the Mission Boards, including Protestant, Catholic and private agencies, is not far from $100,000,000. The cost of administration in all this vast enterpsise is only about eight per cent. Some boards do even better. Besides the making of converts, foreign missions maintain thirty thousand schools, have one and a half million students under instruction at the present time, and give four million medical treatments a year This is big business even from a financial point of view, but when viewed in its moral and spiritual significance, it is immeasurably the biggest business. Great things tend to impart to us some of their own greatness, and small things tend to make us small. If we throw ourselves into this world business and divine enterprise, it will lift us otit of our little lives, out of our ruts and holes and little aches and complaints, which are largely subjective and woud disappear if we would only forget them, into a Targe horizon and vast dome, into the life and energy, beauty and blessedness of God.?The Presbyterian Banner. WHAT DOES PRAYER MEAN TO YOU? What does prayer mean to you? Have you j learned yet that it must mean communion? .1 God speaking to you as well as you speafring to Him Do not use all your time on your knees in talking to God: wait there and give | Him time to speak to you. To the waiting soul what revelations are made by the still small voice! How it whispers to you of the sins that prevent the full indwelling of the spirit 1 How ? it takes of the things of Christ and shows them A?11 v - - iu you nil you Degm to comprehend the mystery of your blessed union with God in spite of your weakness and short-comings! How it I assures you that when you have trusted yourself to God He has taken you by the hand and * holds you so fast that though sometimes you stumble and fall you shall not fall utterly, but shall rise again, held by the hand that will not <3 let you go! Now it persuades you till you know that through no merit of your own, but all of grace, you can know whom you have be- ;j lieved and that you are.even now as safe in His keeping as if you were within the pearly .. gates. K. M. H. WANTED?A PPV. a r?Tn?i> 3 (At Hardscrabble Church; salary, $300 a year.) * Our church wants a preachef, a preacher ot fame,. Not too fond of sensation, nor prosy and tame; i But one who has learning, devotion and skill, J And can live on a pittance, will just fill the bill. 1 Wa fpnl Jn niir henrtn we can iustlv eXDect s He shall not be too young to command our respect; 1 Nor yet do we want one decrepit and old, But one who will add to the strength of the fold. The pastor we're seeking and hoping to find 1 Must be active and earnest and helpful and kind; 4 Not too conservative?fond of the past? Nor yet too progressive, too daring or fast. The success of our church on the preacher depends, * So we trust he will know how to win hosts of -* friends. He must not be frivolous. vaniH or n?rh? Nor yet be so solemn our souls to affright. There's one fault that all of our pastors have' shown? They expected^that part of the time was their own. | But we have a right, .for the money we pay. To call for their service by night or by day. An angelic pastor may wander this way, < d In fact, we are waiting and hoping some day Who can live, work and sufTer, yet never complain If sometimes he fails all his dues to obtain. *4 Quite humble and meek, not puffed up with pride, Nor greedy, nor selfish, nor dissatisfied, But thankful to take what the church can afford, -i Knowing patience is always its own best reward. ?Selected.