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(Contiuued from page 7.) when they reach heaven to find that they have laid up these treasures that they knew nothing about. But there will be no treasures there unless there be work here. There may be some surprises also when some expect to find treasures there, and they find that there are none. We are told that the redeemed will come from the east and the west, from the north and the south. But not one will come except in response to some effort put forth by one of God's peo ple. There are those who are laying up many treasures. He who provides the means for sending a missionary into heathen lands will certainly have a right to share with him in claiming the souls that are saved through his ministry. What Joy it will afford to find that there are in heaven those who have been saved by what we did on earth, to have some loved one come and say that he is in heaven because of what we did, or some friend or acquain tance to credit us with his salvation, and then to have one from China or Africa or the islands of the sea to say that he was won to Christ by the missionary whom we helped to sup port. What would be our feelings if we should see others surrounded by those who were saved through their efforts, and there should be no one to come to us to thank us for what we had done? When we stand before the Saviour to render an account of the deeds done in the body, shall we have armsful of the sheaves we have gathered in life's harvest, the precious souls we have won for him; or shall we appear empty handed, showing that we have done nothing to show our appreciation for all that he has done for us? The fields are white unto the har vest, waiting for the reaping. Let us go to work earnestly, honestly, faith fully to gather sheaves for the Mas ter's garner that there may be many treasures laid up in heaven. THE SUNDAY SCHOOL NEHEMIAH'S PRAYER ANSWERED. Nov. 18, 1917. Nehemiah 2:1-11. Golden Text: "Ask and it shall be given you." Matt. 7:7. Nehemiah had learned of the sad plight of Jerusalem and of the Jews who were there. His heart was moved to go to their relief. The only way this could be accomplished was by the consent and with the aid of the king. He had prayed earnestly to God, but he realized that he had something to do to secure the answer to hf3 prayer. Many a prayer is not answered because the offerer of it sits down and doeB nothing, expecting God Just to send him what he has prayed for. Most prayers are answered by giving us the opportunity of answering them our selves. Nehemiah did not let his desire to do what he was anxious to do for God and his people interfere with his regular duties while he was waiting for the answer to his prayer. He held the office of cup-bearer to the king. Thin was considered a high honor. When the time came to perform the duties of his office, he was on hand. He tells us that he had always gone into the presence of the king with a happy countenance. Ought we not to have a bright and happy countenance when we go Into the presence of our King and undertake to perform the duties he has assigned us. Too many Christians go about their Christian duties in a sad, sorrowful and resent ful way. They ought to do the work God gives them gladly and with a merry heart. On this occasion Nehemiah may have assumed the sad countenance on purpose to attract the attention of the king. It had that effect and the king asked him why he was sad. He told him of the condition of Jerusalem and of his people there, and said that that was enough to make him sad. The king soon understood that he wanted to ask some favor and asked him what it was. Before he replied to the king, he lifted up his heart to God in a cry for help that went up from the depths of his soul. We do not know just what this prayer was, but we may feel sure that he asked God to help him in saying in the best way what he wanted to say to the king, and that He would move the king's heart to grant his petition. It was probably a very brief prayer, a cry for help In time of need, as Peter cried out to the Saviour when he was sinking in the waves. It would be of great help to us if we formed the habit of lifting our hearts to God in a cry for help whenever we under take anything that is at all difficult. It may be but a brief petition, but if it goes from the heart It will reach the ear of God and He will send the answer. It could certainly not be expected that a heathen king would be willing to let one of his trusted officers go off on such a trip as that, and es pecially when it was for the purpose of building up the defenses of a city that had been captured by a former king of Babylon at great cost. He would be putting the city into such a posi tion that it might revolt against the king at any time. But the heart of a king is in the hands of God, and He turneth it whithersoever He will. So in this case He turned it to the favorable consideration of Nehemiah's request. The king agreed to his going, but only upon the condition that he would fix a time for his re turn. This Nehemiah did. Encouraged by the king's granting his first request he made a second, which was that he might be given a safe conduct- through the king's provinces between Babylon and Jeru salem. He made also a third request, and that was that he might be given an order upon the keeper of the king's forest for such timber as he might need for repairing the wall, building up the gates, restoring the palace, and for building a house for himself. All this the king granted. He may have thought that he was doing it only as a favor to a faithful servant. But the fact was that God inclined his heart to do so. Nehemiah recognized whence the answer came, and used the expression which was used several times in the book of Ezra, "according to the good hand of my God upon me." God's hand may be upon the wicked and re bellious for punishment, but it is always upon the trusting, praying child for good. He gives help "just when we need Him most." Nehemiah received the help that he desired from the governors of the provinces through which he passed. But when he came to Jerusalem, he failed to get help where he might have expected it. The people of the neighboring country, later known as Samaritans, were a mixed race of Jewish and heathen blood. But they claimed to worship the true God. In stead of helping him in his work, they did all they could to hinder it. It la not an uncommon experience to find that peopla who ought to help on the Lord's work are really a hin drance to It, putting many obstacles In the way. Nehemiah, however, was not to be disturbed nor turned from his high purpose. He had a work to do for God, and the opposition and even tho threatens of others could not stop him. Lot us learn from him not to be discouraged or become faint hearted in any good work, but to press on earnestly and faithfully, looking to God icr help. After only three days of rest after his long journey of months, he set out to find what had to be done. As be was a stranger to the people, he acted wisely ia saying nothing of his purpose until he had secured the in formation as to what was needed. When he had secured this informa tion, he set to work to Inspire the people to do the work, and he soon had them all busily engaged. And God blessed their efforts and defended them against their enemies. YOUNG PEOPLE'S SOCIETIES HKNOM I NATIONAL BOARDS. M., Nov. 12. A board of elders. F.xod. 24:1-3. T? Nov. 13. A church board. 1 Tim. 3:1-13. W., Nov. 14. A board of leaders. 1 Chron. 13:1 14. T? Nov. 15. An apostle's report. Acts 11:1-18. K., Nov. 16. A sample mission. Acts 14:1-18. 8., Nov. 17. A missionary's support. Rom. 16: 22-33. 8., Nov. 18. Topic ? Our Denominational Foreign Mission Boards: Their History and Achievements. Isa. 55:1-13. How did our foreign missionary board originate ? What good has our foreign missionary board accom plished !? How can ire aid our foreign missionary boardl Many churches have boards for the conduct of their work, some for the work of the particular congregation, and others for the general work of the Church at large. The Southern Pres byterian Church does not have boards. It is governed by courts, and Its work is done either by the courts or by committees which the courts appoint. In the individual congregation there are two bodies of officers elected by the people. One consists of elders, including the pastor. They have gen eral charge of all of the affairs of the congregation, especially as to spiritual matters. The other body is the deacons, who have charge of the financial affairs of the congregation. The number In either of these bodies depends upon the size of the church and the wish of the people. The elders form the session, .which is a court of the particular church to which they belong. The deacons come nearer being a committee elected by the church, and are subject to the direction of the session. The court next above the session is the Presbytery, which has supervision of all the churches within a certain territory. It is composed of all the ministers living in that territory and one elder from each church erected by the session for each regular meet ing of Presbytery. It has general supervision of the ministers as well as the churches, and looks after the gen eral work of the Church in its bounds. The next court is the Synod. This usually covers the territory of a State, though not always. It is composed like the Presbytery, except that it covers a larger territory, of all the ministers and one elder from each church in its bounds. The highest court of the Church is the General Assembly. This includes the whole Church. It is composed of an equal number of elders and minis ters elected by the Presbyteries. Each Presbytery elects one minister and one elder. But if there are more than four thousand members in the churches of the Presbytery, Including all of the ministers, the Presbytery Is entitled to one other minister and an other elder for each additional four thousand members or fraction thereof. Each of these courts appoints com mittees to attend to certain parts of its work. The session usually only appoints them as they are needed. The Presbytery usually has a Committee on Home Missions, and it may have others. . The work of this committee is to look after the mission work in the bounds of the Presbytery and under the direction of the Presbytery. This is the most common commit tee also for the Synod. Its purpose is to aid the Presbyteries in the con duct of their Home Mission work. It never does any work in the bounds of a Presbytery without Its consent. The General Assembly has four Executive Committees. They are these: 1. The Executive Committee of Foreign Missions, located at Nashville, Tenn. It has charge of the Foreign Mission work of the Church. Work ing under plans adopted by the Gen eral Assembly it aids the churches in raising the money needed for this work. It selects and sends out mis sionaries and supervises their work. 2. The Executive Committee on Home Missions, located in Atlanta, Ga. The work of this committee is similar to those of the Presbytery and Synod. It helps the Presbyteries In their mis sion work in destitute sections of the country, especially on the frontier. It aids in establishing schools where they are needed, and does what it can for the education and evangelization of the negroes and the Indians and foreigners in our territory. 3. The Executive Committee on Christian Education and MinlsteLial Relief, located in Louisville, Ky. The committee does all that it can for the education of girls and boys, especially of those who are preparing them selves for the gospel ministry. It is also giving help through a loan fund to other young men and women in securing an education. This commit tee also has charge of the work of providing for aged and infirm minis ters, who are no longer able to preach, and for the widows and orphans of those who have died. 4. The Executive Committee of Publication and Sunday-schools, lo cated at Richmond, Va. This Com mittee has charge of the publication of Sunday-school papers and various books for the Church. And it sends out missionaries to establish new Sun day-schools. These committees are appointed by (he General Assembly for a year at a time. One or more secretaries is con nected with each of these committees. They do the greater part of the work of the committees under their direc tion. Every member of the Church ought to post himself as thoroughly as pos sible about the work of the commit tees. Write to them and they will send all the literature needed. Tell about their work. Pray for It. Give for its support. AN INTERESTING MEETING. The leader of a Christian Endeavor meeting adopted a new plan to test the attention that had been paid to his address. After he was through he divided those present into . two sides and began asking a Bet of well perpared questions on the subject about which he had been talking. No one was allowed to give any answer, except what could be gotten directly from the leader's talk. The jside an swering the most questions won the conteb* Some other society might try thia plan.