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The Presbyterian of the South : [combining the] Southwestern Presbyterian, Central Presbyterian, Southern Presbyterian. [volume] (Atlanta, Ga.) 1909-1931, February 13, 1918, Image 10

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THE SUNDAY-SCHOOL..
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mummies of Egypt where it haj laid
in the dark for three thousand years
When planted it grew and bore fruit.
It is our duty to pla.it the seed.
We may not find that 4.ney will grow
as fast as we expect. Often times
the mother is very much disheartened
because she does not see the effect
of her teaching on her son. He may
even wander far away into sin. Yet
in after years the truths sho had
taught him will come to mind. Many
a man has been saved in this way.
As we put the seed into the ground
and leave it to God to send the sun
shine and the rain, so as parents,
teachers, friends, workers for Christ
we must plant the seed of truth in
the heaets of all we can reach. Wo
have God's promise that it shall bring
forth fruit. "My word shall not re
turn unto me void."
Farther illustrating the growth of
the kingdom, he compares it to the
mustard plant. A very small seed is
planted, but from it comes after
awhile a large plant. This has been
the experience with Christ's kingdom.
He gathered about himself only a
very small band of followers, but their
number has steadily grown, the mem
bership has stretched out, until now
it reaches to almost all parts of the
world.
The same thing is true of many
things connected with the kingdom ot
Uou. Some people do not like the
idea of starting small churches. The
fact is that almost all of the churches
the world over, even the largest, had
very small beginnings. But under the
blessing of God they have grown. "De
spise not the day of small things."
"Great oaks from little acorns grow."
THE PRAYER MEETING
THE TRUE STRENGTH OF THE
YOUNG.
Week Beginning February 17, 1918.
1 John 2:12-14.
This epistle was probably written
when John was a very old man. He
is supposed to have lived to be at
least ninety-five years of age. It is
said that when he had gotten so old
that he could no longer walk to
church, he would have himself car
ried into the pulpit, and when he had
been raised up on the litter on which
he was carried he would stretch out
his feeble hand and say to the Chris
tians gathered before him, "Little
children, love one another."
In this epistle he uses the same
term to designate the Christians to
whom he is writing. He does this
in the first verse of this chapter,
where he colls them "My li'.tle chil
dren."
In the twelfth and thirteenth
verses, however, he is referring spe
cifically to young children. This is
shown by his contrasting them with
fathers and young men.
He is writing of "Jesus Christ, the
righteous," who is our "advocate
with the Father," and "the propitia
tion for our sins." He enjoins upon
his readers to perform tho duties
which they owe to the Saviour and to
one another because of their relation
to him.
John then gives his reasons for
writing to each of the classes of his
readers here mentioned.
He gives two reasons why he writes
to the children, "Your sins are for
given you for his name's sake," and
"Ye have known the Father." No
greater source of strength can be
found than these. The child whose
sins are forgiven has a strength which
is greater than any other that can be
possessed. It means that he has
taken Jesus as his Saviour. Jesus
has overcome the great enemy Satan
and gives to those who put their trust
in him strength to overcome him.
Those who have had their sins for
given learn to know the Father as
one who will be a father to them,
who will go with them all through
life and will supply all of their ne
cessities.
John gives also his reasons for
writing to young men, "Ye have over
come the wicked one," and "Ye are
strong, and the word of God abideth
in you, and ye have overcome the
wicked one."
A young man can have no greater
evidence of strength than that he has
overcome the wicked one. And at
the same time he can have no greater
source of strength than such a vie
tory, save Jesus Christ who has given
him the victory. There is a continual
supply of strength for him because
the word of God abides in him. He
is making God's will his will. He is
controlled by it, and, yielding himself
to it, he is strengthened for the duties
of life and the conflicts with Satan.
The strength of a young man places
him under obligations to God who
has given .it to him. God has given
it to him that he may use it. The
strength referred to of course is spirit
ual strength.
There are innumerable ways in
which a young man may use all the
strength that he has, physical, mental
and spiritual.
He ought to see that nothing mars
his strength or weakens him in any
way. If he allows sin to creep into
his life he will not be able to do full
service to God, because sin weakens.
In our army every effort is being made
to preserve the strength of the men.
This is necessary in order that they
may be efficient soldiers. The efTort
to preserve strength in them go so
far as to have everything possible to
preserve their morals. The man with
a strong mind and soul, as well as a
strong body, will make a far better
soldier than one who Is weak in any
of these particulars.
Young men are needed to fight the
battles against Satan. This may be
done by a consecrated life, by faith
fully attending to the duties which
God has assigned them, no matter
what they are. There is personal
work for a young man to do with
young men in bringing them to Christ.
It may be that God wants him to go
into the ministry, to preach the gos
pel. Many more young men are need
ed for the ministry, both for the home
land and for foreign lands.
The winning of the world for
Christ must be done very largely by
young men, but to do this requires a
life consecrated to- God.
PRAYER AND THE AUTOMATIC
EIjEVATOR.
By Rev. Edward A. Clarke.
I had my first experience with the
automatic elevator this week. No, I
had the first last week, but did not
know it. 1 went to the City Hospital,
to the newest building. The entrance
is in the basement. I went to see a
patient on the third floor; that's four
flights up.
I saw an empty elevator standing
there, with no attendant. There was
a sign on the door which read,
"Please don't slam this door."
I noticed that the glass in the door
was broken, but thought the sign
queer, especially as it was on the
outside where the elevator-bov could
not see it. I walked up the four
flights. Coming back, I stopped at
the elevator-well on the third floor;
and, thinking that perhaps the at
tendant had returned below, I pressed
the electric button; but, seeing no mo
tion of weights or cables, I did not
wait, but walked on down.
I went again this week. Again I
noticed the empty elevator, and the
sign, and still no attendant. I thought
it queer. This time I read also this:
"Don't use this elevator if you. are
going only to the first floor."
Well. I was not using It at all. So
I walked again up the four flights to
the third floor. Coming back, I saw
a boy and asked, "Is this elevator
running?"
"Yes. sir."
1 pressed the button, and waited
this time. Up it came, silently,
smoothly, swiftly, by itself, and
stopped at the third floor by Itself!
I looked at it, and I understood.
It was an automatic elevator. You
serve yourself.
I was afraid to get in, truly; but
the boy was looking. There wero two
doors; I opened the first, opened the
second, looked around, and stepped
in. I closed the outside one; I closed
the inside one; I did not slam them.
And there I was, a prisoner. And I
had done it myself.
I looked, and there were five, six
buttons in a row, one under another,
marked 5. 4, 3, 2, 1, B. for basement.
I was on 3, I recollected; I touched
B, with some misgivings. Down It
went, just as easily! 2, 1, B, stop
My! I touched 5. Up, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5,
stop. I touched B. Down, 4. 3, 2, 1,
B, stop.
I opened the inside door, ' opened
the outside door, stepped out. I closed
them in order. I did not slam them
And then I considered. "When I
touched that button on the third floor
last week that elevator started up.
And when it got to the third floor it
stopped. And when it found nobody
there, how disappointed it must have
been! And how faithless was I to
go without waiting for it!"
I considered, and I saw the whole
thing; that's prayer. Some folks don't
use it; they climb up their weary
way. Some ring up heaven, and then
don't wait for an answer; they
haven't time to pray. Some call the
blessing down, and are afraid to pick
it up. Some wait for It patiently,
take It gladly, and use It thankfully.
There are many points, I say, about
that elevator that I do not yet un
derstand. For instance, as I drew
near the ground floor I began open
ing the inner door, and, presto! the
elevator stopped. I closed the door,
and it started again. Then I remem
bered. "Kilter into thy closet, and
when thou hast shut thy door, pray."
I do not yet understand what pre
vents a confusion of signals, should
some one else ring whi.e the elevator
is In use. They tell us that this world
is governed altogether by inflexible
laws of nature; that Joshua of old
was entirely naive and beside the
mark when he prayed for the sun to
stand still upon Gideon and the moon
in the valley Qf Ajalon. But that
good old saint tells us that he had
full time in which to conquer his ene
mies. I shall look into this matter,
but meanwhile I shall use the eleva
tor. ? Christian Endeavor World.
A CLUSTER OP QUOTATIONS.
He that gatliereth, but not with
me. his gathering is Itself a scatter
ing. ? Stler.
"Curse ye Meroz!" (Judg. 6:23.)
What had they done to expose them
selves to this bitter malediction?
Nothing. Their neutrality was their
crime. ? H. Newton.
Evasions are the common shelter ef
the hard-hearted, the false, and the
impotent wh.en called upon to assist;
the really great alone plan instan
taneous help. ? Lavater.
YOUNG PEOPLE'S SOCIETIES
THE CROSS IX ASIA.
M., Feb. 18. The Cross foretold. John 3:14-21.
T., Feb. 19. In Jerusalem. Acts 4:32-37.
W., Feb. 20. In Samaria. Acts 8-S-13.
T? Feb. 21. In Caenarea. Acts 10:34-48.
F., Feb. 22. Hcalinfc disease. Acts 3:1-10.
S., Feb. 23. Stephen's power. Acta B:8-16.
S., Feb. 24. Topic ? The Power of the Cross in
Asia. Ps. 96:1-13.
IVAai has the Cross done for China"!
How dn missions help India T
TrAaf is the difference between Christ's pouer and
Mohammed's 7
The Cross in Asia Is Just the same
that it Is In America. It stands for
a crucified Redeemer and the salva
tion which he purchased by his death
upon It. Had there been no cross
there would have been 110 Saviour
and 110 salvation. It was hard for
the disciples to understand about the
cross. They had no conception of the
fact that Jesus would die any other
than a natural death. They were ex
pecting a living, ruling and conquer
ing king, not a dying Saviour.
The Cross Foretold, John 3:14-21:
It was In the early part of his pub
lic ministry that Jesus told Nicode
mus the Scribe that he would die on
the cross. He often told the disciples
that he would be put to death, but
it was hard to get them to realize
that he meant what he said. He not
only told Nicodemus that he would
die on the cross, but he also told
what power he would have, because
of the death on the crass, to draw
men to himself.
I11 Jerusalem, Acts 4:32-37: The
apostles preached Christ crucified in
Jerusalem until many were won to
Christ, end they came so much under
the power of the gospel that those
who accepted it were ready for his
sake to do anything in their power
for the advancement of his cause, even
to giving up their property for the
benefit of others. It is often said
that one of the best evidences of a
man's conversion is the conversion of
bis pocket-book. If a man's heart is
in his religion, he will be willing to
put his money into it.
I11 Samaria, Acts 8:5-13: Ordinar
ily the Samaritans and the Jews had
nothing to do with each other. How
ever. in the little town of Sychar the
Samaritans had heard Jesus gladly,
and it was said that many believed
on him. We wonder if some of these
believing people of Sychar had gone
to their capital city of Samaria and
told the people of that city about the
Messiah that had come to them. At
any rate, when Philip went there and
preached a crucified Savior there were
many who believed on him. The Sa
viour had said that when he had been
crucified he would draw all men to
him. What the world needs today is
the story of the cross.
In Caesarea, Acts 10:34-48: Pe
ter's preaching to the centurion at
Caesarea may almost be considered
the beginning of Foreign Mission
work. He was a heathen, although
he seems to have gained some knowl
edge of God from the Jews. Peter
went to him in accordance with God's
direction, and preached to him Just
as he would have preached to any
other sinner. This man was seeking
the forgiveness of his sins. The only
forgiveness that Peter could offer him
was through a crucified Saviour. The
Saviour of the Jew is the Saviour of
the Gentile. The Saviour of the Chris
tian is the Saviour of the sinner, who
will put his trust in him. "There
is no other name under heaven given
among men whereby we must be
saved."
Healing Disease, Acts 3:1-10: When
our Saviour was on earth he healed
many of their diseases. No diseased
man ever came to him and went away
unhealed. 80 far as we know, Jesus

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