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SEND TO THE SOLDIERS. ? When you finish reading this paper, place a 1-cent stamp on this notice, hand same to any postal employee,
and it will be placed in the hands of our soldiers or sailors at the front. No wrapping ? No address. A. S. Burleson, Postmaster-General.
VOL. LXXXVI.
RICHMOND, NEW ORLEANS, ATLANTA, SEPTEMBER 26, 1917.
No. 37
Cbttorial j?otes aub Comment
OCTOBER and Foreign Missions. The
cause and the month h^ive long been
wedded together in our Church. Let us make
the coming month a period in which to cele
brate this wedding. Shall we consider it a
Silver Wedding or a Golden Wedding? There
never has been a time when we ought to con
sider this subject as carefully as we ought to
just now. Begin by reading carefully the com
munications sent out from our Foreign Mis
sion Committee. They will give So me good
reasons for giving this subject serious thought
and prayer. God is wonderfully blessing the
work of our Church in mission fields. More is
being accomplished than ever before, and the
opportunities are greater than ever. Large
reinforcements are needed. High cost has
reached the foreign field, as it has affected us
at home. Most mission fields are in countries
where silver is the basis of currency. Silver
to-day is worth almost exactly double what
it was a year or two ago. For instance, our
missionaries in China have their salaries paid
in a certain number of Mexican dollars. Here
tofore these dollars could be purchased by our
Committee at about fifty cents each. Now
they cost about a dollar eacn. The missionary
gets no more, for his dollar to-day will prob
ably not buy as much as it did formerly,
though it costs twice as much to get it to him.
This extra cost must be provided for. We
should make special effort not to let the war
or anything else diminish our interest in the
cause of a dying world.
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RALLY DAY is a very important occasion
for the Sunday-schools. Remember, it is
Octoberl4th. An old man once asked us what
was the meaning of the word "remember" in
the fourth commandment, and then proceeded
to answer his own question by saying that he
thought it meant to remember the Sabbath
on Saturday and get ready for it before it
came. So in this way remember Rally Day.
Dr. Gilbert Glass, the superintendent of Sun
day-schools, has sent literature on this subject
to all the Sunday-schools. If you have re
ceived yours or want more, write to him at
Richmond and ask for it. Every superin
tendent should get all his teachers together
and plan for the best day possible. Plans
should be made to get all of the school and
as many others as possible to attend this ser
vice, which, with the consent of the pastor,
ought to take the place of the regular preach
ing service. But mere attendance is not all.
Plans should be put into operation for im
proving the school in every way possible. A
campaign should be started at once to secure
new scholars to be reported that day. Make
a special effort to increase the membership
of the adult classes. Rally Day ought to
mean a good deal for the individual school, but
it will require work and preparation before
hand. Do not forget that there are many
sections of our country where there are no
Sunday-schools, and see that a good offering
is made to help our Executive Committee to
give schools to these communities.
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A WRITER in an exchange asks the ques
tion: "What does the Church paper
mean to the pastor?" and proceeds to answer
it. Instead of giving his answer or answer
ing it ourselves, we would like to hear from
some of our pastor-readers as to what help
they find in having a Church paper in their
own homes and in the homes of their people.
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GENERAL PERSHING'S MESSAGE TO
THE SOLDIERS.
Major-General Pershing, who is in com
mand of the United States troops in France,
and who is a Presbyterian elder, has sent a
message to the American soldiers through
the New York Bible Society. It is to be
inserted in the small khaki-covered Testa
ments, which are to be given to the men.
This is his message:
"Aroused against a nation waging war
in violation of all Christian principles, our
people are fighting in the cause of liberty.
"Hardships will be your lot, but trust in
God will give you comfort. Temptation
will befall you, but the teachings of our
Saviour will give you strength. Let your
valor as a soldier and your conduct as a
man be an inspiration to your comrades and
an honor to your country."
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PROFESSING CHRISTIANS need to be
aroused in some way to the reality and
the seriousness of religion. Instead of being
placed first in thought and life, it too often
is the subject to which the least thought is
given. An earnest, consecrated and faithful
pastor, whose heart is much troubled, writes
to us: "With all my efforts to impress the im
portance of real religion, especially in these
times of stress and foreboding, it seems very
hard to woo people from worldly things and
lead them diligently to think of and seek after
the higher and the enduring." We fear that
this pastor's experience can be duplicated in
that of thousands of other pastors. God often
sent wars upon Israel, because they neglected
Ilim-and His service. Who can say that this
is not the reason why we have had this terrible
war sent upon us?
SOLDIERS are leaving home and gathering
in the training camps. It may not be long
before they are at the battle front. Now is
the time for the churches to get to work
earnestly in their behalf. The churches near
the camps are making strenuous efforts to
meet the demands that will be made upon
them by the presence of the thousands of
soldiers that will be gathered there. But the
churches at home have the opportunity of
doing much for these men. First they should
make a list of all from their own congrega
tion, and of those not definitely connected with
other churches. The various churches of a
community ought to unite at least in making
these lists, so that no soldier shall be over
looked. Have a committee of one or more
to see that this list is kept accurate, and that
the proper address of each one is secured and
needed changes are made. Plans should be
made so that letters, papers, books and maga
zines shall be sent regularly to each one. Send
also packages of such things as will add to
the comfort and pleasure of the men. Show
them that the Church is thinking about them,
and by all means pray for them, not merely in
the prayers that will be made for all the army,
but especially for each one on the list in
dividually. They need your personal interest
and prayers.
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PROPHECY is an interesting study. But it
is a dangerous study. God in His all
wise providence has not generally made His
prophecies so clear and definite that we can
see beforehand just when or how they are to
be fulfilled. Many people seem to think that
all the important events of the world's his
tory are foretold in the Bible.N This is a great
mistake. Many are now giving themselves
much concern about the bearing of prophecy
on the present war. Our judgment is that
God does not^ intend us to know much about
prophecies until they are fulfilled. We believe
that it is much more important for us to do
the duty that God gives us to do to-day, than
it is to spend time and energy trying to find
out what God is going to do in the future.
If He wanted us to know to-day what the out
come of the war is going to be, He would
have told us. As He has not, we can safely
leave it all in His hands. Each one of us can
find enough to do, in the demands made upon
us by our government and our God, to occupy
every moment of our time, to require the
putting forth of every effort in our power, to
call forth every prayer that we can offer.
"God is in heaven, and all is well with the
world." , ?

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