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The Presbyterian of the South : [combining the] Southwestern Presbyterian, Central Presbyterian, Southern Presbyterian. [volume] (Atlanta, Ga.) 1909-1931, February 21, 1917, Image 19

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more we practice mercy the more we
will love It. (3) "Walk humbly with
thy God." Self pride and the service
of God cannot go together. Our ser
vice of God will not be acceptable, un
til we recognize our true condition be
fore God. We must recognize that we
are sinners by nature, that wo are
redeemed only by God's grace, and
that we do not deserve any blessing
at HiB hands. We must also recognize
the fact that we can do nothing good
of ourselves. In our weakness we
must depend upon God for strength.
Serving Men. Mark 10:35-45:
James and John wanted to occupy
high places in the kingdom of God.
There Is nothing wrong in this wish
in itself. Everyone ought to covet
the best things. But it is important
to see upon what ground we desire
Buch preferment and what use we
propose to make of it. James and
John were only selfish in their desires.
Jesus tells us how we may be great
others. Ho rewards every man ac
in his kingdom. It is by serving
cording to his work. Whatever we
do for others in the name of Christ we
do for him.
Undivided Service, Luke 16:1-13:
The unfaithful steward tried to serve
himself and his master at the same
time. The result was that he served
neither. A great many people try to
Berve the world, which is only an
other way of saying they are serving
the devil, and at the same time to
serve the Lord. This is an impossi
bility. The question for each one to
decide is which master will he serve.
Which pays the better wages? Which
is most to be desired, life or death?
Serving a Servant, 1 Kings 19:19
21: Elijah was a servant of God.
Elisha became his servant to give him
any and all help that was needed. He
followed him faithfully, even when
Elijah seemed to try to keep him from
doing so. The result was that Elijah's
mantle fell on him and with it the
office which his master had held, as
the prophet of God. When we are
faithful in doing any work that God
gives us to do, we may be sure that
He will call us to a higher work.
Serving Christ. Eph. 6:1-9: Chil
dren serve Christ when they are obe
dient to their parents and teachers
and others who have authority over
them. Parents serve Christ when they
treat them with loving consideration
and train them for Christ's service.
Servants serve Christ when they are
faithful to those who have employed
them, and all are servants who work
for another for pay. Masters or em
ployers serve Christ when they deal
justl^ with their employees, treat
them kindly, look after their welfare
and do not demand of them more than
is right. In dealing with others we
should remember that both we and
they have the same Master, even
Christ Jesus, and that we, as well
as they, are responsible to him.
Reward for Service. 2 Tim. 4:5-8:
Paul was always-a hard working ser
vant of the Master. When he came
to the end of his life he could loo"k
back over it and say that his work had
been faithfully done. He did not
boast of this, but only made an honest
statement about himself. As we look
back over any day we can tell whether
we have been faithful or not. This
does not depend upon what we have
accomplished, but upon how we have
worked. If we fight a good fight and
keep the faith, always putting our
trust In God. we may be sure that
we, like Paul, shall have a crown of
righteousness laid up for us. Our
Saviour says that ervery > man's re
ward Is to be according to his work.
The kind of crown that we receive in
heaven will depend upon the kind of
service we render the Master here on
Service. James 1:19-27: The apos
tle says that we are to be doers of the
word and not hearers only. There
are a great many people who go to
church and come away praising the
sermon, who are never moved by the
preaching to do anything. If we love
God, we ought to show our love in our
actions. The way to do this is to ren
der whatever service we can to those
who are in need of anything that we
can do for them.
Why Should We Serve Christ? Be
cause of what he has done for us and
because .we profess to love him; be
cause we belong to him, since he pur
chased us by his death on the cross;
because we have given ourselves to
him and have entered his service.
What Service Can We Perform?
There is no limit to the service which
we can perform for Christ. Wherever
wo can find any need, either material
or spiritual, which we can supply, we
have an opportunity of serving Christ.
We may serve him by the lives Chat we
live, by the deeds we do, by the gifts
we make, by the prayers we offer.
How Does Service Help to Develop
the Servant? Our spiritual faculties
grow and develop through exercise
just as our bodily faculties do. The
more we do for the Master, the more
wil we want to do. As we see our
prayers answered our faith will be
strengthened. As we see what can
be accomplished in serving others for
the Master's sake, we will be more
ready to render more service. Exer
cise is essential to growth.
| Miscellaneous jj
(From Charles G. Finney's "Lectures
on Revivals of Religion.")
"The prevalence of wickedness is
no evidence at all that there is not
going to be a revival. That is often
God's time to work. When the enemy
cometh in like a flood, the Spirit of
the Lord lifts up a standard against
him. Often the first indication of a
revival is the devil's getting up some
thing new in opposition. It will inva
riably have one of two effects ? it will
either drive Christians to God, or it
will drive them farther away from
God to some carnal policy or other
that will only make things worse.
Frequently the most outrageous
wickedness of the ungodly is followed
by a revival. If Christians are made
to feel that they have no hope but
in God, and if they have sufficient
feeling left to care for the honor of
God, and the salvation of the souls
of the impenitent, there will certainly
bo a revival. Let hell boil over if it
will, and spew out as many devils as
there are stones in the pavement, if it
only drives Christians to God in
prayer, they cannot hinder a revival.
Prayer for Revival.
"A revival may be expected when
Christians have a spirit of prayer for
a revival ? that is, when they pray
as if their hearts were set upon a re
vival. Sometimes Christians are not
engaged in prayer for a revival, not
even when they are warm in prayer.
Their minds are upon something
else ? they are praying for something
else ? the salvation of the heathen,
and the like ? and not for a revival
among themselves. But when they
feel the want of a revival, they pray
for it; they feel for their own families
and neighborhoods; they pray for
them as if they could not be denied.
"What constitutes a spirit of
prayer? Is it many prayers and warm
words . No. Prayer is the state of the
eart. The spirit of prayer is a state
of continual desire and anxiety of
mind for the salvation of sinners, it
is something that weighs them down.
It is the same, so far as the philosophy
of mind is concerned, as when a man
is anxious for some worldly interest.
A Christian who has this spirit of
prayer feels anxious for souls, it is
the subject of his thoughts all the
time, and maKes him look and act as
if he had a load on his mind. He
thinks of it by day and dreams of it
y night. This is properly praying
without ceasing. His prayers seem
to flow from his heart, liquid as
water 'Oh, Lord, revive thy work."
1 rnvail for Sinners.
"Sometimes this feeling is very
deep? persons have been bowed down
so that they could neither stand nor
sit. I can name men in this State of
firm nerves, who stand high in char
acter, who have been absolutely
crushed with grief for the state of
sinners. They have had an actual
travail of soul for sinners, till they
were as helpless as children. The
feeling is not always so great as this
but such things are much more com
mon than is supposed. In the great
revivals in 1S26 they were common,
mis is by no means enthusiasm It is
just what Paul felt when he says, 'My
little children, of whom I travail in
birth.' This deep, continual, earnest
desire for the salvation of sinners Is
what constitutes the spirit of prayer
for a revival. When this feeling ex
ists in a church, unless the spirit is
grieved away by sin, there will in
fallibly be a revival. This anxiety and
distress increases till the revival com
Sometimes ministers have had this
distress about their congregations, so
that they felt as if they could not live
unless they could see a revival. Some
times elders and deacons, or private
members of the church, men or wo
men, have the spirit of prayer for a
revival of religion, so that they will
hold on and prevail with God till He
pours out His Spirit.
Ministers and Revivals.
Another sign that a revival may bo
expected is when the attention of min
isters is especially directed to this
particular object, and when their
preaching and other efforts are aimed
particularly for the conversion of sin
ners Most of the time the labors of
ministers are, it would see, directed
to other objects. They seem to preach
and labor with no particular design
to effect the immediate conversion of
sinners. And then it need not be ex
pected that there will be a revival
under their preaching. There never
will be a revival till somebody makes
particular efforts for this end But
when the attention of a minister is
directed to the state of the families
In his congregation, and his heart is
full of feeling of the necessity of a
revival, and when he puts forth the
Proper efforts for this end, then you
may be prepared to expect a revival.
'A revival may be expected when
ministers and professors are willing
to have God promote it by what in
struments He pleases. Sometimes
ministers are not willing to have a
revival unless they can have the man
agement of It, or unless their agency
can be conspicuous in promoting It.
They wish to prescribe to God what
He shall direct and bless, and what
men He shall put forwflrd. They will
have no new measures. They can't
have any of this new-light preaching,
or of these evangelists that go about
the country preaching. They have a
great deal to say about God's being
a Sovereign and that He will have
revivals come In His own way and
time. But then He must choose to
h*Te it Just in their way, or they will
have nothing to do with it. Such men
will sleep on until they are awakened
by the judgment trumpet, without a
revival, unless they are willing that
God should come in HIb own way ?
unless they are willing to have any
thing or anybody employed that will
do good."
Oglethorpe University is the happy
recipient of a magnificent six-inch re
fracting telescope, valued at approxi
mately $2,000, but priceless on ac
count of its intimate association with
the history of old Oglethorpe.
Dr. James Stacy, who was an alum
nus of the University of the class of
1849, and who was noted as a lover
of astronomy during all the many
years of his ministry at Newnan, pos
sessed a telescope which was famous -
all over Georgia for Its clearness and
size, It being generally esteemed as
the finest telescope in the State.
Dr. Stacy was one of the last liv
ing members of the Board of Direc
tors of the old Oglethorpe, and when
he died, leaving the telescope to his
nephew, Mr. Thomas Stacy Capers,
now studying at Princeton University,
it Beemed to Mr. Capers the fitting
thing that this telescope should be
given to tho new Oglethorpe as a me
morial gift from the old alumnus and
The authorities of the University
in accepting the instrument have
named It the "Stacy-Capers" tele
scope, uniting the memories of the
uncle and the generosity of the
The telescope has arrived safely and
is being set up for the use of tho
classes in astronomy.
To provide adequately for every
cause for which It is responsible, the
Assembly earnestly request every
church within its bounds to put Into
1. The Every-Member Canvass to
the fullest extent, not stopping short
of having every one give for the sup
port of the local church and the whole
benevolent work of the Church on the
weekly basis as an act of worship.
2. Seek to have the members to set
apart a definite and proportionate
share of their income for the Lord's
work, emphasizing the fact that God
has not left man to do as he pleases,
but has a standard of giving as well
as a standard of living.
3. The Every-Member Canvass be
not considered as a "scheme" promot
ing something, but that It be linked
very vitally with the spiritual life of
the church, and in carrying it through
seek to place money In the spiritual
To accomplish this, by no means a
small task, at least a month of prep
aration must be devoted to the edu
cation of ct^i/assers and congrega
tion. Let there be an atmosphere
created by intercession and a real
study of the will of God productive or
the above results.
If the campaign is begun, contin
ued, and ended In the spirit of prayer,
no church can fail. Failure is almost
always found in the man and not in
the plan. ? Are you willing to pay the
price of service? If so, there is no
more Inviting field open to you.
Giving as God has prospered is an
act of piety as really as the slnglngor
Psalms or the preaching of the gos
pel, and is as essential to religious
life and growth as prayer Itself.
The Assembly's Campaign
Committee on Stewardship.
Jackson, Miss.

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