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THE SUNDAY SCHOOL.
(Continued rrom page 7) asks the question about John's bap tism. It was a simple question, and they should have been able to answer it very easily. They refused to an swer it. Therefore they could not in sist upon his answering their ques tion. Let us remember that God's house, not only the building, but the Church that occupies it, should be kept free from sin and the business of the world. GROWTH OF THE SI X DAY SCHOOL. It is realized by leaders in Church and State in all countries that in the strategy of world reconstruction the Sunday-school, because of its mem bers, world-wide organization and leadership, can be trusted to put the right moral basis under the future. It has the needed message of world brotherhood, with the binding power of the Bible studied now by 35,000, 000 Sunday-school scholars the world over. This organization has pene trated every country, and the gain in Sunday-school membership in the last four years has been at the rate of a million a year. The principal gain has been in America, which has now 20, 000,000 in its Sunday-school member ship. In England and her colonies there are some 10,000,000 enrolled In the Sunday-schools. India alone has 600,000. In the Philippines, where sixteen years ago there was not a single Sunday-school, there are now well on toward 100,000 members. In Japan there has been an increase of 4 0,000 in the last two years. So alarmed indeed have the Buddhists in Japan become at the Sunday-school Increase in numbers and strength that they have organized a Buddhist Sun day-school Association in opposition to that of the National Sunday-school Association of Japan. They have taken outright some of our Christian songs* substituting "Buddha" where "Jesus" occurs. Korea enrolls 200,000 in Its Sunday-schools. China's membership of 200.000 is being pushed up by live American methods. ? The Christian Herald. THE PRAYER MEETING EDCCATIOX THE IMXHUVAY OF SERVICE. 2 Tim. 2:15; Luke 6:40. Paul is writing to Timothy, his "son in the faith"; and, in the verse here selected, he impresses two thoughts upon him. One is that he must study. The other Is that this is to be done in order that he may show that he is approved of God. We should take to ourselves the in struction that Paul gives to Timothy, and try to profit by it. To study is to use the mind that God has given us in order that we may obtain knowl edge, and then use it aright. The secret of success in the world is largely that of study. The .?ucce?H ful business man is the man who has studied his business, until he knows all that he can find out about it and then uses that knowledge wisely. The workman who succeeds at his work pursues the same course. If he does not do this and there is any grain of self-respect in him, he will be ashamed to show to his employer his poorly done work. God calls upon every one of His people to bo workmen for Him, and to each one He gives some work to do. We should try to find out what that work is and then do our best to do it well. . . H? hat given us our daily dutiea. and we ought to bo faithful in per forming them, no matter how humble, f we could once realize that oJr work is g veil us by God, how different it would be. The common work of the home would no longer seem drudgery. The work on the farm would no longer be burdensome. The labors of office or shop would lose their monotony. We should also remember that these works are to be done for God. There fore we ought to do them so that we would not be ashamed of them, if God came to examine them. God gives us spiritual works to do also These need study and thev need to .be done carefully and faithfully. All of God s children want to do some thing for Him. but in many cases they toflnH Thing- Th^^?tOStud; ?n ?ul what G?d "ants them to do. and if they find out what He has given them to do. they fail to find out how it is to be done. One thing that He has given to each one of His people to do is to live for Him. We can find out how this is to be done by the study of ,h?n ?/.?rd and b-v Prayer. Our "lives should be such that we will not be ashamed to stand before God It is only with His help that we can lead such a life. which fr KlVen US Special d"ties. He wants us to perform for Him and He will inspect us and our work. Shall He find works that we are ashamed of? Let us look at a few- of them. He wants us to read His word and pray. Can we stand before Him and present this part of our work with satisfaction? The result work should be that we grow m grace and i? the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, and so become more like him, rj,Ue.ndance uP?n the services of Gods house is one of the works God tian/ V6n "S l? d?" S? many Chris tians seem not to realize this fact, and attend church very irregularly. Thev would not think of being as careless about going to their business or their dally work, nor would they dream of making such excuses to earthly em Ployers as they make to their heavenly Master for not doing his work. A very small percentage of men and women * away from their daily work. A very small percentage attend the ser 1 ices of God's house. The keeping of God's laws and ordi nances is another work that God has f *e" U* to do" If men would violate the civi, laws as flagrantly as they do Gods laws, they would soon be con sidered outcasts in the community in ^h they live, and many of them ould spend most of their lives be hind prison bars. Take as an illus tration the way thousands of pro fessing Christians spend the Sabbath Here Is a point where we should study earnestly. Go to God's word and make an honest study of His law on this subject Then study carefully your ife and see how well you are keep ing he law. if Christians will all do this and then show themselves workmen that need not to be ashamed, here will be a wonderful transfor mation in this country. There will be no more Sunday newspapers. Sunday tra ns will not run. stores and offices not be open. Pleasure rides in automobiles will not be taken. Base >a and golf and other games will not done n *SOCial v,8,t,"K w,,i not be done. Sunday-school will be attend Th* churches will be filled with hose who are eager to hear the gospel preached. God's word will be read arid studied. The soul will be fed Works of mercy will be done. One of e great sins of the day will be re pented of and given up. The most Important of all the works that God has given ue to do is the winning of soul- This work requires the most careful study and work In many dirsctlons. We must see that our lives and our characters are right. If we are living in sin, we cannot win others. We must carefully find out the condition of the soul we want to reach. We must study to learn the fundamental facts of the plan of sal vation. We do not need to have a theological training, but we do need to know what God's plan of salvatidn is. Many fail in winning souls from lack of this knowledge. It is a glorious truth that in our study we have the Holy Spirit as our teacher, and in all of our work we have the Father as our helper. j YOUNG PEOPLE'S SOCIETIES ] | EDUCATION AND SERVICE. M., May 13. Moses' ("duration. Acts 7:20-34. T., Mny 14. Paul's opportunities. Acts 22:1-5. W., May 15. Timothy's preparation. 2 Tim. 1:7 T . May 18 Trainine utilised. E*od. 31:30-35. F , Mnv 17. Trained in the temple. 1 Sam. 3:1-4. S? May 18. Daniel at school. Dan 1:1-4, 17. S.. May 19. Topic ? Education: tho Doorway to Service. 2 Tim. 2:15: Luke 8:40. Ifo tr can trc fit ourstlrc* for srrricr? II" At/ ii spfcial education n wssary? Ti'AaJ doorway to trrtice attract ? yoiif Moses' F.ducat ion (Acts 7:20-34): It is sometimes said that God can take the most unpromising material and accomplish the most remarkable results. This is true, but ordinarily God puts a man through a course of training before He uses him for any great work. He may not always train His worker as man would train him. He gave Moses a thorough training before He gave him His great work to do. Forty years he was trained in all the learning of the Egyptians. Then for forty years God gave him a post-graduate course in the wilder ness. Let us train ourselves the best we can for God's work. Paul's Opportunities (Acts 22:1-5) : When God wanted to make the great est of all the apostles he took one of the most learned men of the day. Saul the Pharisee had no idea what he was being trained for when he studied under Gamaliel, the most noted teacher of his day among the Jews. Other things being equal, the more learning we have the better will we be fitted for any work that God may give us to do. Timothy's Preparation (2 Tim. 1:7): Paul was very thankful that Timothy had a sound mind. And we find (chapter 3:15) that even as a child he used his mind to obtain a knowledge of the Scriptures. And there is no better foundation for knowledge than the word of God. Training Utilized (Ex. 35:30-35): Moses said that God had given Bezelel skill in his trade, and for that reason he was qualified to do the finest work in building, the tabernacle. Each one of us has some aptness for some kind of work. Let us develop our talent along this line. God will find some use for it, and the more skillful we are, the better we can serve Him. Trained in the Temple (1 Sam. 3:1-4): What better place can there be for training any one, especially the young, than in the father's house? If this be true of an earthly father, how much more true of our heavenly Father's house. Those who are train ed in the services of the Church are practically the only ones who are worth anything in the service of God. This is the reason why it is so im portant to form the habit of attending church regularly. Daniel at School (Dan. 1:1-4, 17): As we think about the great men among God's prophets we are apt to forget that In many respects they were like other men. They needed to be educated. Daniel no doubt had been to school In his home land and had made use of bis opportunities, and that was one of the reasons he was selected under tho order of the king. Then he was put to school in Babylon. Here he was faithful, for he acquired the good will of those over him. And God rewarded his faithfulness by giting him great knowledge. There is no evidence that there was any thing specially miraculous in the giving him this knowledge, God help ed him as he used the means at hand. It was this knowledge with God's help that made him so powerful in the kingdom. Education the Doorway to Service (2 Tim. 2:15; Luke 6:40): Educa tion is the result of study. In what ever line of work we may be engaged in or may be looking forward to en gaging in. we ought to make it a point to study whatever pertains to it, in order that we may be prepared to do the work. Wo sometimes wonder why one man succeeds while another fails, who seems to be more likely to suc ceed. If we were to watch them close ly we would find that ono studies and the other does not. There never comes a time in any work when we do not need to study. How Can We Fit Ourselves For Ser vice? First by general study that trains us to use the minds that God has given us. One common mistake made by many young people is the effort to engage in study of some spe-1 cial subject before the mind is trained to think and reason. The athlete goes through a long period of general train ing before he begins special prepara tion for his particular work. When the general training has been obtain ed then do all that is possible to gain knowledge about the special work to be done. This is all just as true about work for God as it is about our ordi nary work. Why is Special Education Neces sary? Special education is necessary because each kind of work requires special knowledge, and no one can have all knowledge so as to do every thing well. What Doorway of Service Attracts You? Let your decision be carefully made. Do not select a Job because it is easy. A young man applying to be sent out as a missionary asked that he be sent to the hardest place because that was the place that needed him most. See what service needs you. C. E. KITE TOURNAMENT. By Karl Lehmann. The Christian Endeavorers of the Boys' Society in the Alabama State School for the Deaf at Talladega and members of the Junior Red Cross re cently gave a most interesting Kite Tournament, in which were exhibited kites made by the boys of the school and the city of Talladega. Prizes were given for the prettiest kite, the best historic kite, the highest Hying kite, etc. The prize for the best historic kite was won by Robert Fletcher, the seventeen-year-old presi dent of the Boys' Christian Endeavor Society in the school for the deaf. The tournament was a great success and the people of Talladega, who paid ten cents gdmission, made it possible for the boys of the society to con tribute $13.50 to the Red Cross work. The largest Christian Endeavor So ciety in Alabama is located in this great school, and these Endeavorers are doing a magnificent work and hold most interesting meetings. One Out of Throe In Service. Perhaps no Christian Endeavor So ciety in America can surpass the record of the society In the Presby terian church in Decatur, Ga., which has twenty-three young men who have enlisted, one out of every three mem bers of this society is in the uniform