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(Continued from page 10) moro we practice morcy 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 rocognize that wo aro sinners by nature, that wo are redeemed only by God's grace, and that we do not deserve any blessing at His 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 such 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. lie 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 serve 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 olflce which bis 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 Ho 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 justly 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 every > 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 earth. 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 coine 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 ? Tie 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 Wo 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 fhat we live, by the deeds we do, by the gifts we make, by the prayers we offer. How Does Servico 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 | WHEN A REVIVAL IS TO 11E EX PECTED. (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 Hood, 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 sullicient feeling left to care for the honor of God, and the salvation of the souls of the impenitent, there will certainly be 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 prayerB and warm words? No. Prayer Is the Btate of the heart. 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 tho 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 fuels anxious for souls. It is tho subject of his thoughts all the time, and makes him look and act as if ho had a load on his mind. He thinks of it by day and dreams of it by night. This is properly praying without ceasing. His prayers seem to flow from his heart, liquid as water ? 'Oh, Lord, revive thy work.* Travail 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 sonl 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 re\ivals in 1S26 they were common. This 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 mences. "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 or 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 algn 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 tho 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 tho 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 forward. 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 have 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 His own way ? unless they are willing to have any thing or anybody employed that will do good." MAGNIFICENT GIFT TO OGLE THORPE UNIVERSITY. 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 1S49, 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 seemed to Mr. Capers the fitting thing that this telescope should be given to the new Oglethorpe as a me morial gift from the old alumnus and director. 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 nephew. The telescope has arrived safely and is being set up for the use of the classes in astronomy. THE ASSEMBLY IS COUNTING OX YOU. To provide adequately for every cause for which it is responsible, the Assembly earnestly request every church within its bounds to put into effect: 1. The Every-Member Canvass to the fullest extent, not stopping short of having every one give f^r the aup 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, empiiasizing 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 ot the church, and in carrying it through seek to place money in the spiritual realm. To accomplish this, by no means a small task, at least a month of prep aration must be devoted to the edu cation of ci^ivassers 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 singingor 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.