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The Presbyterian of the South : [combining the] Southwestern Presbyterian, Central Presbyterian, Southern Presbyterian. [volume] (Atlanta, Ga.) 1909-1931, October 03, 1917, Image 8

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Children's Sermon
The Giant Killer.
"Thy servant will go ami tight with this
Philistine/' 1 Sam. 17:312.
The Philistines were enemies of Israel ami
they had come into the land of Israel to fight
with tin m. In their army was a great big
giant, named Goliath. Hi* was almost twice as
high as other men. lie came ont in front of his
army and dared any our* of the Israelites to
come and light vi'ii him. They were all afraid
of him because he was so bi ?r and strong, and
none of them would go to tight him. One day
a young man name 1 David came to the army
and when he saw the giant, he told the king
that he would go ? ml tight him. The king
told him that lie vas too small to tight the
giant. But David told him that he was not
afraid of him because God would help him.
lie told the king that when he was taking care
of i-i* father'* she -n one day a lion came and
stole a little lamb, and another day a oear camc
and took one. He did not want them to kill
the little lambs, so he went after them and
killed the lion and the bear. He said he was
able' to kill them, because God helped.
He told the king that God would help him to
kill the giant. Then the king let him go. God
did help him. lie put a stone in his sling and
God gave him strength to throw it straight and
hard, so that it hit the giant in bis forehead
and killed him.
Every boy and almost every girl would like
to have been iu David's place and been able to
kill that wicked old giant, and some times they
are sorry that there are no giants like Goliath
in the world today for them to fight.
But there are some big giants for every boy
and girl to fight. They are very wicked and
are always trying to hurt boys and girls. If
you don't tight them and have God to help
you they will hurt you very badly. Now these
giants are not big men like Goliath, and they
don't come oui where everybody can see them.
They just get into your heart and fight you
there. There is not just one giant like David
had to fight, but there is a whole lot of them.
Here are some of them, but there are a great
many more :
One of these giants is Bad Temper. When
he gets hold of a l oy or girl he treats him
very badly. He changes his face, until it is
so ugly that his best friends can hardly recog
nize him. He gets mad and says means things
and uses ug'/ words. Sometimes the giant
?makes the boy hit somebody, or makes a girl
say something unkind to mother or someone
else. One trouble about this old giant is that
he is so hard to get rid of. You think you
have gotten away from him and the first thing
you know be has come back again. You will
have to watch him very carefully and be sure
that you have killed him and that he stays
A second giant that you will have to look
out for is Falsehood. This giant keeps boys
and ?ri i*ls from telling the truth and makes them
tell what is not so. Some times when mother
lias told you to do something and you did not
do it, did you say. "1 forgot," when you did
not forget ? When she asked you if you had
done something she told you to do, did you tell
her that you had done it when you had not done
it? When she asked you if you had gone to
some place that you knew you ought not to
have gone to, did you tell her you had gone
somewhere else? If you did, this old giant has
hail hold of you. Are you going to let him keep
hold of you, and make you so that people can't
believe what you say? Or, are you going to
kill that old giant, so people can always trust
what you say ?
Another giant is Disobedience. There arc
some boys and girls who do not like to do what
father or mother or teacher tells them to do.
They would rather go along and do what they
want to do. But you must remember that father
and mother and teacher know better than you
do what is best and right. And remember that
you are always obeying some one. If you do
not obey them then you are obeying this old
giant and every time you obey him you will
get into trouble. When you are told to do
anything by those that have a right to tell you,
do it quickly and willingly and if you will al
ways do this you w?ll kill this giant.
Here is another of those old giants, llis name
is Selfishness. He makes a boy or girl always
want to have the use of everything and have
more of it than anybody else has. It makes
him want to keep everything for himself, in
stead of sharing it with others. In a little while
the boy gets unhappy and is so mean that
other people dor t want to have anything to do
with him. The way to kill this giant is just
to start out and see how much you can do
for other people to help them or make them
There is just one more giant for you to think
about now. It is Laziness. Did you ever think
about that being a giant ? Well, it is, and some
times he begin-: work pretty early in the morn
ing. When mother calls you to get up and you
lie in bed and wait lor her to call you two or
three times, he has gut hold of you. When moth
er sends you somewhere or tells you to do
something, and you &re slow about it and waste
time this giant is after you. If you don't look
out he will make you miss your lessons at
school, he will keep you from being a good
ballplayer, and he will spoil your whole life.
Now, how are you going to fight and kill
these giants? And there are lots more of them.
You must watch and see which of them are
after you, then ask God to help you to fight
and kill them. Some of them are hard to kill,
and have more lives than they say a cat lias.
So keep on the watch, and, if he comes to life,
hit him again just as hard as you can with all
the strength that God gives you. And God
will help you every time you ask him.
"That was a hard lesson, son," she said
"Yes, 'twas, mother," Johnny answered.
"But drakes are somewhat like little boys,
mother; they learn faster when the lesson is a
hard task."
Mrs. Ilill smiled faintly and lovingly put
her arm about Johnny's shoulder. "Yes, dear,
I guess you are right," she said softly. "A
hard lesson, when once learned, is not easily
forgotten." ? Alice L. Whitson, in Boys and
Children's Letters
Dear Presbyterian : I am a little boy eleven
years old. I go to Sunday-school every Sunday
that I can. My teacher is Mrs. Poteet. I
thought as my sister was writing to you I
would write too. My pastor is Rev. Mr. Smith.
I like him fine. Please publish my letter, as
1 want to surprise my mamma and papa. I
will close by asking a question: Who was it
that struck the rock with an iron rod and made
the water conic out?
Your unknown friend,
Paul Wilhelm.
Cleveland, N. (\
Dear Paul : We are glad to have your letter
too. Do you boys have as good n mission band
as the girls? Tell us something about your
missionary work. Your question is a good one.
Watch for the answer. II. A.
Dear Presbyterian: After reading the let
ters in the last paper, I decided to write one
too. I certainly do like your fine paper. We
don't think we could do without it. I am a
small girl sixteen years of age. I am a mem
ber of a mission band in Fifth Creek Presby
terian church, and am a member of the church
also, and go to church and Sunday-school every
Sunday that I can. My teacher is Mrs.
Yaughan, and I think a lot of her. We or
ganized our mission baud in 1914. We now
have thirty-seven members. We named our
band Willing Workers. We are divided into
two classes. Miss Angie Montgomery teaches
all over ten years, and Miss Mary Bobbit all
under ten. We use the Missionary Survey in
our band. I play the songs that we sing in
the band. My sister is the secretary. Wc
change officers every year and ne\er re-elect
the old ones. Our pastor, Rev. Mr. J. II. Brady,
of Statesville, N. C., and Miss Robertson, of
Virginia, were married June 27, 1017, and have
gone to Japan as missionaries. We saw their
picture in the last issue of the Survey, and
they had not got to Japan yet but would arrive
soon. We all liked Mr. Brady fine. Last year
our mission band teacher gave her large class
five cents to make all we could out of it, and
the small class had mite boxes. Both together
made $11.94, which we gave this summer to
Mr. Brady before he left for Japan. lie said
he was proud of us. Some man gave us ten
cents to work with this year. It is some man
in the congregation, and we wondered if it was
Mr. Brady. lie gave the mission band a box of
things that came from Japan. Please publish
my letter, as I have never written before, and
tell me who II. A. is.
Your friend,
Blanche Wilhelm.
Cleveland, N. C.
My Dear Blanche: We are delighted to
have your splendid letter and to know about
the fine work your band is doing. I wonder
if you wouldn't like to collect some colored
pictures to send Mr. Brady. So many of the
missionaries give them to the chiklien in Sun
day-school. They help the missionary interest
the children in the Sunday-school. You must
feel that you have a missionary of your very
own now. WTrite to us again. I am just a girl
like the rest of you. Helen Argyle.
Dear Presbyterian: I am a little girl seven
years old. I have two brothers and two sis
ters. My father is the superintendent of the
church of Lignite, Va.
Lignite, Va, Virginia Stull.
Dear Virginia: You have written us a very
nice little letter and we are glad to hear from
you. Don't let this be your last letter, but
write again soon. II. A.

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