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The Central Presbyter/ an The Southern Press y terjan VOL. LXXXVTL RICHMOND, NEW ORLEANS, ATLANTA, DECEMBER 25, 1918. No. 62 ""9/7 a Cbitorial potest mOi RING out the old, ring in the new, is often heard as the year draws to its close. This suggests the idea that we are glad the old year is gone and are equally glad the new year is coming. Ought we not to give this matter more serious consideration than the mere joyous ringing of bells. As we look back over the past year each of us will find many things over which we may well rejoice. God has spared our lives, most of us have had good health, our daily necessities have been sup plied, God lias guided us along the way of life, giving lis the help and the strength we have needed, and lie has often answered our prayers. He has not. only blessed us, but lie has blessed our loved ones lie has blessed us as a Church, giving to us much to be thankful for in the work lie has permitted us to accomplish. He lias blessed us as a nation. Though' He per mitted us to enter the world war, He spared us from much of the suffering and sorrow that has come to other nations. He is now permit ting us to take a leading part in establishing peace in the world. For these and many other blessings we ought to be thankful. Before we look forward to the future, let us see if there are not errors and sins of which we have been guilty. If so, let us confess them to God, and ask His forgiveness. Then let us turn our faces resolutely to the future, place our hands in God's hand, and ask Him to be our traveling companion through the year, giving us what help He sees that we need, and consecrating ourselves anew to His service. With such a program we may well rejoice as we look for ward, and we shall be able to rejoice all the more when we look back from the end of a year lived under such a program. ? + + BILLY SUNDAY is coming to Richmond for a six weeks' campaign beginning on Jan uary 12th. His advance representative, Rev. Dr. J. E. Walker, who is now here completing the campaign organization, says: "Mr. Sun % day is not coming to Richmond to tell the Mayor how to run the city, nor to tell the Governor how to run the State, nor business men how to run their business; but to preach the gospel of salvation for the sinner through a crucified Saviour." That is a program that every Christian can endorse, and we predict that Mr. Sunday will live up to it. + ? * CHRISTMAS GREETINGS to all of our readers. As the Presbyterian of the South goes out today to its many readers, its editors and all those connected with its management wish to express our best wishes to all of those into whose homes the paper goes. Our wish for you is that you may have all the blessings that were brought to earth by him, who came as the Babe of Bethlehem. May these bless ings be enjoyed to the fullest extent upon this glad day, and may the enjoyment not be limit ed to today. May they be greater and great er, and may the enjoyment of them be more and more as the year goes by. The best way to enjoy God's blessings is to share them with others. God did not intend for us to be selfish and self-centred, so He has placed us in fami lies, in communities, in countries, in the world, in the Church. Wherever we are, whatever may be our relations to others, if we live ac cording to God's plan the Christmas spirit will be with us all the year. + + - + "GOD'S SERVICE STAR." By Miss Virginia T. Moran. (Suggested by Miss Mildred Welch's little story.) Gleaming resplendent in radiant beauty Down thro' the ages from Judah afar, Symbol of sacrifice made by the Father, Lo, for His Son, shineth God's service star. Gold ? for the strength of his vigorous man hood Freely in service for others he gave. Not to be ministered unto his mission, Jesus, Redeemer, the Mighty to save. Gold ? for the price that he paid was his life-blood; Liberty purchased at infinite cost; Freedom forever from Satan's dominion; Peace for his people, war-sundered and tossed. Joy for the mourner o'ershadowed by sor row, Rest for the soldier war-worn in the strife. Home for the wanderer after long exile, Arms of the Father, and unending life. University of Virginia. CRITICISMS are easily made, and one of the striking facts is that the greater the man, the greater is the criticism. This is es pecially true if the man is doing a great work for God. He is the man the devil wants to injure, and he can always find plenty of hu man agents to do his bidding in such a case. Probably no man of the present day has been more criticized than Billy Sunday. It is a re markable fact that -almost all of the criticisms are made by people who know very little about him, and have laid hold of idle rumors that are floating around. A short time ago a man was abusing and villyfying him at a great rate, saying that he had no confidence in him. When pressed for a reason, he said that he had no use for a man that -would let his old father starve to death, while he himself was rolling in wealth, as was the case with Mr. Sunday. The fact is that his father died three months before Mr. Sunday was I i I. ABUNDANCE is ours through the kind providence of God. lie has given us plen teous harvests, which are so great that prac tically all food restrictions have been removed by the Government. In our prosperity and in our rejoicing over the end of the war, let ua not forget those who have not been so fortu nate. There are millions in Europe who are in want and suffering. In most of those coun ties their own governments, with the help of our Government, are doing much to alleviate distress. But there is one section of the world where the governments are doing nothing, and there the distress is greater than it has been even in down-trodden Belgium and overrun France. In the Turkish Empire the Armenian and Syrian Christians have experienced the horrors of war as no other people have. To day a race of 4,000,000 has been reduced by brutal murder to less than 2,000,000. These have been exiled from home and are literally starving to death. Beginning January 12th, a campaign lasting eight days will be conducted all over this country to raise $30,000,000 to save these people and restore them to their homes now in ruins or in the possession of the murderous Turks. These suffering people have been persecuted most ruthlessly and murdered most cruelly by the Turks at the instigation or with the approval of Germany, and their only offense was that they were peaceable and prosperous Christians. Let us help those who are left. ? + ? PRAYER has been offered for our President as it has probably never been offered for any other man in all the history of the world. And we believe that God has answered the prayers of his people in giving him great wis dom in dealing with the many difficult prob lems that have been presented to him. In all his experience he has never needed the prayers of God's people more than he does today, for there never was a time when he needed great er wisdom than he will need as he meets with the representatives of the other nations around the Peace Conference table. Those men will have to decide more important and greater questions than were ever before presented to any set of men in the world's history. What is wanted is a just and righteous peace, which shall be lasting. With all the complications involved there will be need for more than hu man wisdom. This can come only from God, and it will be given in answer to prayer. + + + LUTHERANS of this country have united in one great church of 800,000 members, un der the name, "The Lutheran Church in North America." This grew out of the consolidation of three churches known as The General Synod, the General Council and the United Synod ot the South.