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(Continued from pagf 7) Supplying human needs, which can not be supplied otherwise. Is far mor? Important than the jbsarvance of even the Sabbath law. But just here there is great danger. It is bo easy to feel that certain things are neces sary or that they must be done at certain times, when in reality they are not necessary, or they may be put off to some other time. An old uneducated man said that "Remember" in the Fourth Command ment meant to remember the Sab bath on Saturday and get ready for It before it came. There Is certainly a great deal of truth in what he said. If we are careful to make prep aration beforehand there will not be need for much work to be done on the Sabbath. If we are tempted to do work of any kind on that day, let us ask earnestly the juestion. Is this a work of necessity or mercy? "The Sabbath was made for man." It Is given to man as a means for bringing him a great blessing. Every hour of it should be used with that thought in view. It is intended to be the means of spiritual blessings. Whenever we are tempted or feel in clined to do anything on that day, let us ask ourselves the question. Will this be the means of bringing me or any one else a spiritual blessing? If an honest answer is in the negative, then do not do it. In the Synagogue the Saviour saw another opportunity of teaching this great lesson. This time he became the aggressor in the contest with the Pharisees. He propounds to them a question, which was adroitly put and which they probably did not see the force of at first. He asked whether It was lawful on the Sabbath day to do good or evil, to save life or to kill. In asking these questions, ho had in mind the fact that sins of emission may be just as grievous as sins of commission. If a man has the opportunity to save a life and he, does not do it, and the life is lost, he is Just as really guilty as he would bo if he had taken the life. There was among them a man with a withered hand. It would have been wrong to have done anything to have brought this trouble on him, so it would be wrong to let him remain In that condition. Therefore, the Sa viour called him forth and healed him. It is entirely right to do what is needed to relieve sickness or suf fering on the Sabbath day, but it is not right to wait till that day to send for the doctor or to take some medicine, when this could have been done beforehand. There is nothing today in the Christian life that needs to be guard ed more carefully than the observ ance of the Sabbath. Its proper ob servance is one of the greatest bul warks of the Christian religion. De stroy the Sabbath, and religion will be gone. THE PRAYER MEETING CHRIST THE ONLY SAVIOUR. W cck Beginning January 27, 1018. John 14:C. "Jesus salth unto htm, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man ?ometh unto the Father but my me." Jeaus and his disciples were gath ered around the passover table. Ju das had gone out. Jesus had told them of his approaching death. They were for the first time beginning to understand what he had told them, often before, that he wis to be put to daath. They were much troubled. He said to them, "Let not your heart be troubled." He gave as his reason for this their faith in God. They ought to be willing to trust God to do what was right and best. He then appeals to them to trust him also. He gives as another reason why they should not be troubled, that he was going to his Father's home of many mansions, where he would pro pare a place for them; and then he would return to take them to live with himself in this heavenly home. They ought not to be troubled be cause his going away for a little while would mean so much to them. He says to them there ought not to be any uncertainty on their part. They ought to know where he is going, for his Father's home is in heaven. They ought to know the way by which he Is to go there, for he has often told them that it will be through death. Thomas, no doubt voicing the sen timents of the others, said: "Lord, we know not whither thou goest; and how can we know the way." Jesus might easily have condemned them for their lack of understanding and dullness of comprehension, but in stead of that he Just tells thorn again what he had in effect told them be fore. But ha puts it into a some what different form. "I am the way, the truth, and the life." He knew that they all expected to go to heaven when they died. What they needed to know was how they were to go. A way is the means by which we go from one place to another. Jesus is the way by which we go from Satan to God, from sin to salvation, from death to life, from earth to heaven. He expresses the same idea when he calls himself the door. By his life and death he opened up a way of access to the Father. He adds that he is "the truth." He is not only the author of truth, truth is one of the characteristics of his being. They and we ought to have no question about accepting what he has to say. He is also "the life." He is the creator and source of all life. From him all life emanates. Life and death cannot abide together. A dead man is entirely lacking in life. A sick or diseased man has only an imperfect life. One of the striking things about Jesus' life on earth was that he never touched a dead body that life did not return to it, and that he never touched the sick or diseased that life was not entirely restored. It is doubt ful whether the dead or the diseased were ever in his presence without his giving them life. He seems to- say to Thomas and the others that those who have life will go to the Father, but the only life that will enable them to do so is that which comes from him. "No man cometh unto tha Father but by me." Men have tried in many ways to go to the Father. All men hope to go to the Father, or what is the same thing, to go to some place for better than this world when this life is over. The heathen expects to find a way through his sacrifice or some other act which he may do. The moralist expects to go by the way of his good deeds. The philanthropist expects to go by the way of tha benefits which he has done to many others. Jesus says there is but one way, and that he is that way. "There ia none other name under heaven given among men whereby we must be saved." In another place he gives the won derfully encouraging promise, "Him that cometh onto me, I will in no wise eaet out." YOUNG PEOPLE'S SOCIETIES wisirao ottucus to christ. M., Jan. 2R. Bringing othera. Mirk 2 1-5. T., Jan. 29. Persuading other*. Acta 26 24-32. W., Jan. 30. Winning by example. 1 Pet. 2 11-25. T.. Jan. 31. Winning bv prayer. Acta 1:14; 2:1-4. F., Feb. 1. Winning by kindncaa. Malt. 5 43 48. S., Feb. 2. Winning by preaching. Luke 10:1-0, 17-20. S., Feb. 3. Tonic? Christian Duty and Privilege. 2. Winning Othera to Chriat. John 1 35-46. (Consecration meeting. Christian Fndeavor Decision Day.) ITfcy thouW tr? to trin other* to Christ 7 How are *oul-\rinntrr God' t co-icork-er.>7 n hv it earnestnesi n etttmry in soul~*rinninol Bringing Others (Mark 2:1-5): The poor paralytic could not come to Jesus, so his friends brought him. Wo are told that Jesus saw their faith. This certainly included the faith of the friends. Because of their faith Jesus healed the paralytic. There are spiritual paralytics all about us. who need to be brought to Jesus. This can be done, through our faith and through our prayers and efforts. Persuading Others (Acta 26:24 32): Paul preaehed to Festus when there seemed as little opportunity of doing any good as we can well imag ine. But he would not let an op portunity pass. He told this Roman governor the simple story of God's love and His plan of salvation through a crucified Saviour. There is noth ing that will be more likely to per suade a sinner to accept the Saviour than the "old, old story of Jesus and his love." The sinner, however, must not be satisfied with being almost per suaded. "Almost will not avail, Almost is but to faiL Sad, sad that bitter wall, Almost, but lost." Winning by Example (1 Pet. 2: 11-25): There is no way in which a Christian can exert more influence than by living a godly life. No mat ter what a man may preach, If he does not live right, his preaching will be in vain. It was once said of a man, "His life speaks so loud we can not hear what he says." A mission ary had a Japanese man for a cook. He had tried very hard to win him to Christ, but seemed to make no impression upon him. He felt that there was no way to win him. The missionary was, therefore, much sur prised one day when his cook went to church and asked to be received into the church. He was asked who it was that had brought him to Christ. He said it was the missionary's old mother, who lived with him. The missionary said to him, "Why, my mother has never learned to speak Japanese. How could you hear about Jesus from her?" "I did not hear her," the Japanese said, "but I have seen her ever since I have lived at your house." He had seen her live the Christian life. Winning by Prayer (Acts 1:14; 2: 1-4): The great revival of Pentecost was begun in a prayer-meeting. The Christians were all together in one place with one accord engaged in prayer. The result was that they were all baptized with the Holy Ghost and thousands of souls were convert ed. Evory revival is born in prayer. An old minister was very much dis couraged about the spiritual condition of his church and was talking to one of his members about it. She said, "Doctor, you need not be discour aged. There is going to be a revival in our church." The pastor said he could see no Blgns of It. The old woman said, "Yes, but I have heard them. Every day I hear old Dteacon Brown over next door praying. You know he- is lame, and cannot get about much. He lores to sit by the open window and read hia Bible. Even now and then he'll stop and pray aloud. Lately he has been praying (or a revival in the church, and, oh! how earnestly he has prayed. I know thcro is going to be a revival in our church." And there was a great re vival. Billy Sunday was asked what was nocessary to have a revival. He said, "There are three things neces sary. The first is prayer. Yes, the first is prayer ? and I have forgotten what the others are." If we have prayer we need not trouble about other things. God answers prayer. Winning by Kindness (Matt. 6:48 48): The way to win men for any thing Is by kindness and love. We cannot force men to come to Christ; **-e must win them. If we tell them that he loves them, we must show them what we mean by love. It is no use to talk about love when we do not show it. We are not to love the sin, but we must love the sinner and show our love by deeds of gon tlenoss and kindness. Winning by Preaching (Luke 10: 1-#): Preaching Is not all done by ordained ministers. The seventy were not ordained, and no doubt what they said In personal conversation had as much influence as what they preached publicly. It would bo worth a great deal if all of the members of the church would go out individually or in twos or threes and tell about Jesus and his love. Many would be won to Christ In this way. Christian Duty and Privilege. Win ning Others to Christ (John 1-: 3 6 46): John's public preaching did not turn any to Jesus, so far as we know, but when he spoke personally to two of bis disciples, they followed JeuaB. So Andrew went personally to seek bis brother and brought Peter to Jesus. We do not hear much of Andrew, but suppose he never did anything but bring Peter to the Sa viour, would not that have been a great work? In the same way Philip brought Nathaniel to Jesus. This was hand to hand, face to face work. It was just telling others about Jesus. Go out and find some one to bring to Jesus. Any soul is worth saving. If God gives you the opportunity, He will give you the help to use it. Miscellaneous RALLY DAY BANNER CONTEST. The contest for the Presbyterlal Banner which the Publication Com mittee awards for the largest gift per member for Sunday-School Exten sion grows in interest and extent each year as the Sunday-schools come to understand more fully the purpose for which they are giving money. A de cided advance was made on lust Rally Day in October in the number of schools participating and in the total contributed. The records are held open until December 1 each year, as some treasurers are always tardy about forwarding checks for their BChOOlB. The gifts this year show a higher average per school and per member than ever before, and the spirit of sacrificial giving is evidently growing steadily. To illustrate, the Banner in one of the mountain Presbyteries goes to a school where the children earned their money by gathering and selling Galax leaves, and Instead of buying shoes, which they greatly needed, they came to Sunday-school through heavy frosts with their feet wrapped in rags In order that they might give their money to help supply Sunday school privileges to other needy chil dren. The successful schools are heartily congratulated and our grateful appre elation Is expressed to all the schools