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tainly vast throngs are lost to the Church and to her service every year. Here is a vast leakage that could and should be checked, by a careful look ing after both resident and non-resi dent members. If the government mobilized her soldiers and then left them in idle ness, and without proper official over sight, camps would soon become the hot-bed for homesickness and for phy sical if not moral and mental degen eracy. But they are put under com petent officers and the men are kept busy. Every day and hour is used in preparing the whole man for bet ter service. So in the Master's service. How diligently should pastors and officers obey the injunction: "Take heed therefore unto yourselves, and to all the flock, over the which the Holy Ghost hath made you overseers, to feed the Church of God, which He hath purchased with His own blood." It properly trained and kept em ployed, few would turn again to the world; our active forces would be mul tiplied and most of the problems of the Church and individuals would be solved. Here Is a tremendous respon sibility and an equally great oppor tunity for every church. Again, as to non-resident members. The government would not, for one MeShane Bell Foundry Co. BALTIMORE, HD. CHURCH. CHIME ?lid PEAL BP I I p- Memorials d k La Z3 i Specialty SECURITY ERVICE AVINCS = "it proves its:elf"| American Nafior\alBar\k CAPTTAIOKE MILlOtt RICHMOND VA S. H. H AWES & CO. DEALER IN COAL ALSO Lime, Plaster and Cement RICHMOND. VIRGINIA. "When in Richmond, Virginia, Stop- at The Lexington Hotel Centrally Located. American Plan $2.60 and up European Plan $1.00 and up T. O. JONES, JR., Manager. Via Bristol and the Norfolk & Western Railway The Shore Line Between NEW ORLEANS, BIRMINGHAM, MEMPHIS, CHATTANOOGA, KNOXVILLE AND WASHINGTON, PHILADELPHIA, NEW YORK. Solid Train Service Dining Car. All Information cheerfully furnished. W. B. BEVILL, Passenger Traffic Manager W. C. SAUNDERS, General Passenger A Kent. HOME acquires personality when fur nished through the store of service ? that waits your pleasure in the Heart of City. Sydnor & Hundley Heart of Grace at City Seventh. moment, tolerate the idea of a man remaining inactive in Kentucky and claiming membership in a Virginia regiment. He would be required to join his regiment or get a transfer to the other, and go into active service there. Here the Dook of Church Order makes wise provision. It speaks in 110 uncertain terms and lays the re pponsibility heavily upon the churches: "When a church member or of ficer shall remove his residence be yond the bounds of the court to whose jurisdiction he belongs into the bounds of another, if he shall neg lect for twelve months, without satis factory reasons given to both these courts, to transfer his ecclesiastical relations, the court whose bounds he has left shall be required to transfer them. And should that court neglect this duty, the one into whose bounds he has removed shall assume juris diction, giving due notice to the other body." (Ch. XV.) An army officer who would refuse even to try to round up the "slacker," and bring in the deserter, would him self be considered a traitor. How about our responsibility in the Lord's army? Truly, there is tremendous re sponsibility here. If "their blood is required at the watchman's hands," who is ready for the reckoning? If we lovingly call them, earnestly "com pel" them, and diligently hold them, we will save many a precious soul and will close the year with a mighty army of active, efficient "soldiers of the cross." THE ASSEMBLY'S STEWARDSHIP COMMITTEE, Approach to the Local Church. How can we bring the local church to the practice of systematic and pro portionate giving? This is a prac tical and vitai question. Though we are far from ideal, we must not falter, we must move forward with a fixed purpose if the end sought is ever at tained. The Captain of our salvation has given us an example here as he has in every department of his work. The subject of wealth with its responsi bilities and perils, occupies a promi nent place In his teachings. The chief need of the Church is that our people be instructed on the responsibilities of wealth and the right use of their income. Giving must again have its proper place in worship, if worship is to have its proper place in the heart of man. A Good Beginning. For the past few years special em phasis has been placed upon system in church finance. This has done a great deal of good. More than half of our churches have this system in some form. But unless these churches are fortified and reinforced by an aggres sive campaign on the principles of giving as taught in the word of God they are open to grave dangers and perils. The Next Step. A standard of giving must follow immediately the system of giving. The Every Member Canvass is the appli cation of the principles of steward ship. The application can only be made when the principles are known. The salvation of the Church's plan of finance as well as the life and health of every cause of the Church is de pendent upon a thorough and faith ful teaching of the Bible principles of giving. A Stewardship Revival. An occasional sermon will not bring this needed change.. There must be a prayerful planning for a series of Executor Administrator Trustee In the administration of all Trusts the service of this Compan> is prompt, efficient and complete. Careful attention is paid to every detail and large assets afford ample security for Trust Fund# Write for our booklet on Wills. RICHMOND TRUST Capital and savings CO. Main St.. ll.OM.m Corner 7th services which will embrace the whole subject. Let It be understood a stewardship revival "can come forth by nothing but by prayer and fast irg" Our A) in and Goal. Is for not less than five hundred stewardship meetings this year. A volunteer army of ministers, willing to thoroughly prepare themselves to teach what God has to say on the sub ject and ready to conduct at least two meetings, is now being called. Each church reporting an Every Member Canvass is asked to prepare for and conduct a stewardship revival before the next annual canvass. Volunteers Limited. Only those who agree to spend time and prayer in their preparation, and will take delight in offering a whole some sacrifice to the Lord need offer their service in this Church-wide en terprise. The call is for two hundred and fifty men whose hearts the Lord has touched with this message. No Coercing of Churches. Only those churches in which the spirit of stewardship has begun to live will open their doors to the coming of these men of God. From this kind only can we hope for a revival of Christian stewardship. Such churches will gladly provide the expenses of the speaker, and prepare the way for his coming through study and prayer. Stewardship Principles. Are already at work in hundreds of our churches, and because of this fact many doors are going to be open ed wide to a fuller and more compre hensive study of these fundamental principles. Every church must have a messenger, and every messenger must have a church. Write the Assembly's Stewardship Committee, Montreat, N. 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