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pie. If parents will go with their
children to Sunday-school, whenever
it is possible, there will be no diffi
culty in getting them to attend. If
they take the children to church when
they are young, and they may bo
taken much younger than some people
seem to think, and make them feel
that it is a privilege to go, they will go
gladly. It is grown people who first
suggest that the services are too long
or too uninteresting for children.
Sunday-school and church services
are short compared with the ordinary
day school session. The habit of going
to church formed in childhood is like
ly to last through life. And so will
the habit of staying away.
These are just a few of the things
that are needful in the family in order
that it may accomplish God's purpose
in putting it into the world. There
are also duties which husband and
wife owe to one another, and which
children owe to each other.
These duties faithfully performed
will make the home a place of happi
ness and joy, a source from which will
flow the power of the gospel to enrich
the world, and a stepping-stone to
THE SUNDAY SCHOOL
A PSALM OP THANKSGIVING.
Nov. 25, 1917. Psalm 103.
Golden Text: "Bless the Lord, O
my soul, and forget not all his
benefits." Ps. 103:2. .
David in this psalm addresses his
soul as though it were another per
son. In this way he makes what he
says more emphatic than it would be
otherwise. By his soul he means his
whole spiritual being.
In this address to his soul he calls
attention to the duty of thanksgiving
and gives his reasons for being thank
The first reason that he gives why
he should be thankful is the way in
which God deals with sin in His peo
ple. There are five steps in the pro
(1.) He forgives. "If we confess
our sins, He is faithful and just to
forgive us our sins." This is justi
fication. Life is brought into the dead
(2.) The old nature remains and is
continually at war with the new.
Under the power of Satan it is con
tinually wounding the soul. God's
Holy Spirit comes and heals the
diseases and wounds. This is sanctifi
(3.) The soul is redeemed by the
precious blood of Christ, and instead
of going down to destruction it will
be taken to heaven.
(4.) Not only will the soul be saved
and cleansed and redeemed, there will
be given to it a crown. A crown is
a mark of honor. God bestows honor
by giving us His loving kindness and
tender mercies. They follow us all
the days of our lives.
(5.) The result will be that the
soul will be satisfied. This satisfac
tion will be so complete that all weak
ness and infirmity will be removed
and the strength of youth will take
God looks after those that need His
help to protect them against those
who would do them harm. When
Israel needed guidance He gave the
necessary directions to Moses. So He
will guide us now through this wilder
ness of sin.
God bestows all these blessing*
upon all of us who have talren him aa
our God, not because we are worthy
of them. He does it because He is
merciful and gracious. He with
strains His wrath and shows mercy to
the sons of men. But the psalmist here
utters a warning. It will not do to
count too much on God's mercy. If
the sinner does not confess his sins
and ask for God's forgiveness, God
will not withhold His anger always,
though He may be very slow to show
God does not deal with us after our
sins. If He did we would be cut off
as soon as the first sin is committed.
"The soul that sinneth, it shall die."
But instead of dealing harshly with
us He shows mercy toward us. This
mercy cannot bo measured. It is in
finite. No man can measure the height
of the heavens above the earth, so no
man can measure the greatness of
In His great mercy God removes
our sins from us. The high priest at
the temple laid the sins of the people
upon the scapegoat, and it was sent
off Into the wilderness, so that it could
never return. God removes our sins
much farther than to the wilderness
"as far as the east is from the west."
Look out some clear night and see the
farthest away star in the east. In
imagination go to it. Look for the
star that is still farthest east and go
to it. Continue this process until
imagination is weary, and the east is
still before you. Now return and take
the same journey to the west. Untold
myriads of miles may in imagination
have been traversed, but you have not
measured the distance between east
and west, for it is infinite. God re
moves our, sins an infinite distance
from us, so that they can never return
God does this because, as our
Father, he pities us in our helpless
ness. We cannot get rid of our sins,
so He does it for us.
Man is weak and frail, like the
flower that blossoms in the morning.
When the hot blasting wind of the
midday comes upon it, it is soon
parched and withered and is blown
away. But Gods mercy is not evanes
cent. It is abiding. It is everlasting.
Man may change, but God and His
mercy change not.
The only condition upon which His
mercy is to be shown to us, is that we
shall obey Him, following His com
mands as revealed in His word.
God rules in heaven and makes the
earth His footstool. So we know that
all is well.
We who dwell upon His footstool,
as well as those who are around the
throne in heaven, ought to bless and
give thanks to God for all His good
ness to us and all the mercy He has
We have a great deal to be thank
ful for. It would be well for each of
us to follow the suggestion of the
hymn, "count your blessings, name
them one by one."
A little girl was sitting outdoors
with her father as the twilight crept
over earth and sky. As the stars be
gan to come out she told her father
that she was going to count her bless
ings by the stars. As each star ap
peared she named some blessing that
was hers. Presently she said: "Papa,
there aren't enough of them." Look
ing up he saw the heavens bespangled
with myriads of stars, so he asked her
if there were not enough blessings to
go around. She said: "Oh, no! There
are not enough stars for the bless
ings." Sit down and count your bless
ings, and see if you have not Just as
many, for which you ought to be
thankful to God. Bless His holy name.
"Reputation is what men think we
are; character is what God sees us to
THE SUNDAY-SCHOOLS HELPING
By Rev. J. J. Fix.
One of the most effective ways of
helping the young men who are repre
senting us in the training camps and
upon the battlefields, Is to enroll them
in the Home Department work of the
The daily readings and the thirty
minutes' study of the lesson each
week, would keep the life in regular
touch with God's word. The letters
from the representative of the Home
bepartment would keep the heart in
touch with the home church and Sun
day-school, and the letters from the
one away from church privileges
would keep the folks at home in sym
pathy with the trials and hardships of
him who tries to do right.
Everybody wants to help in some
way, can we devise a better method
than this? If we have the vision to
see the possibilities, and the desire to
prompt the effort, let us attend to this
matter at once.
YOUNG PEOPLE'S SOCIETIES
FOB WHAT AM I GRATEFUL?
M., Nov. 19. Grateful for health. Luke 17:11
T., Nov. 20. For spiritual sight. John 9::13-25
W? Nov. 21. For earth's blessings. Lev. 23:? 14.
T? Nov. 22. For God's gift. Jas. 1:1-8, 17.
F., Nov. 23. For divine protection. Pa. 100:1-5.
S., Nov. 24. For true friends. 2 Tim. 1:16-18.
S., Nov. 25. Topic ? For What Am I Grateful?
(Thanksgiving.) Ps. 34:1-22.
What part hat Ood in earth's good gifts!
Why should we keep gratitude fresh ?
What is the greatest cause for my gratitude this year!
,It is hard to see how anyone, and
especially a Christian, can be lacking
in thanksgiving. And yet how many
there are who just go along enjoy
ing the rich blessings that God gives
us and fail entirely to thank Him for
them. Someone has used this homely
illustration: The owner of a hog went
up into an apple tree and shook down
some apples. The hog ate them with
grunts of satisfaction, but did not
even look up to see where they came
from or who gave them to him. So
there are many people who enjoy' the
blessings that God gives them and
never lift their thoughts to Him In
thankful recognition of His goodness.
Grateful for Health (Luke 17:11
19): This leper showed his thank
fulness to the Saviour by turning back
at once and telling him .of his grati
tude. Too many people are like the
nine. There are many people who pray
earnestly when they or their loved
ones are sick, as did these lepers. But
many fail to thank God for recovery
from sickness. But a greater cause
for thanksgiving than that of restored
health is preserved health. The man
who has always had good health has
much greater cause for thanksgiving
than he has who has been restored
from illness. We ought to thank God
every day for the health He gives us.
It was noticed that an old minis
ter in almost every public prayer
thanked God for health of mind. It
was learned that at one time he had
lost his reason. After he was re
stored he never failed to be thankful
to God. But have not all of us a
reason to thank God that He has pre
served our minds?
For Spiritual Insight (John 9:13
25): The blind man expressed his
hearty thanks to the Saviour for
giving him his sight, but he recognised
in him more than a mere miracle
worker. When Christ'B enemies were
trying to find some ground of accu
sation against him, this man testified
that he believed him to be a prophet.
He showed his thankfulness by pro
claiming his faith In him, when it was
neither a popular nor a safe thin* to
For Earth's Blessings (Lev. 23:9
14): God required of the children of
Israel that they should present the
first sheaf of their harvests In sacri
fice to Him, and that this should be
done before they ate any of the crop.
This was done in order that they
might be reminded that what they had
was given by God, and that it belonged
to Him. It was also to express their
thankfulness for what He had given
them. Too many of us are entirely
satisfied, if we give Him some of the
fragments that remain, after we have
For God's Gift (James 1:1-8, 17):
Every good thing that we have is a
gift from God. If we have loved ones
and friends It is because God has
given them to us. If we have health
of mind and body, it is because of the
preservation work of His Holy Spirit.
If we have any spiritual blessings,
they are the gifts of His love. If we
have salvation it is because Jesus died
For Divine Protection (Ps. 100:1
5): God has made us and we be
long to Him. He takes care of His
people as a shepherd cares for his
flock. But the shepherd is finite. Our
God Is Infinite. His love is unchang
ing, and His mercy is everlasting. We
ought to be devoutly thankful that we
can count on His love and mercy every
day of our lives.
For True Friends (2 Tim. 1:16-18):
Paul was very grateful for the friend
ship of Onesiphorus. There are some
who are supposed to be friends who
are willing enough to claim friend
ship for us in times of prosperity, but
leave us in times of adversity when
friends are most needed. Onesiphorua
was not frightened away by Paul'a
chains, nor by the Roman prison. He
went to him and ministered to his
comfort and showed his love. No
doubt he will hear the Saviour say to
him at the Judgment bar: "I was in
prison and ye visited me." Paul has
put his thanks on record to teach us to
be thankful for friends.
For What Am I Grateful? (Ps.
34:1-22.) The psalmist here gives
some of the things that he was thank
ful for. Let us examine them and
ourselves and see If we have not Just
as great reason for being grateful. He
thanks God (vs. 4) for deliverance;
for hearing him when he called (vs.
6-17); for protection (vs. 7); for sup
plying his wants (vs. 10); for comfort
in sorrow (vs. 18-20); for redemption
(vs. 22). He calls upon us to show
our thankfulness by the lives we live
(vs. 13, 14). We should rejoice that
God sees and hears us (vs. 15); and
we should be warned against evil (vs.
16). We can scarcely imagine a more
causeless and Inexcusable form of evil
than Ingratitude to the God who loves
us, redeems us and provides us the
rich blessings of His bounty and His
What Part Has God in Earth's Good
Gifts? Every good gift comes from
God. If we make anything, we use
materials, time, wisdom and skill that
God has given us. So they come from
Him after all.
Why Should We Keep Gratitude
Fresh? Gratitude is like some kinds
of food. If It Is not fresh, it Is worth
less. If gratitude does not appear in
the heart when the gift is received, it
is not likely to be kindled later.
What is the Greatest Cause of My
Gratitude This Year? It will be a
very profitable exercise to make a list
of the greatest blessings you have re
ceived, and then study them carefully
to see which seems to be the greatest.
It may be that one of the -blessings
that we thought little of at the time
we received It, may have turned out to