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Paul says: "They could not enter In because of unbelief." There are many today who are falling short of enjoy ing the blessings of salvation and of Christian experience because they are not willing to go forward at God's command and trust Him for guidance and help. A CORRECTION. Mr. R. E. Magill, Secretary of Pub lication, in announcing the "Banner Winning Sunday Schools," says that Bethel, Greenwood and Ginter Park schools "led the entire Assembly in the offering for Sunday School Exten sion." As the contest was based on the per capita offering and not on the absolute, is this statement not liable to be misunderstood? If these schools had given as much per capita as the Stamps', Ark., school, Bethel's offer, ing, instead of being $520, would have been $1,987.38, for Stamps' offering was $275, or $3.66 per capita. Is Arkansas money not as good as Vir ginia or South Carolina money? J. WALTER COBB. Stamps, Ark. THE PRAYER MEETING ?_ OUR EDUCATIONAL INSTITUTIONS AND STUDENTS. Week Beginning Feb. 23, 1919. Prov. 8:32-36. There are somo people In the world who pride themselves on their ignor ance, and thank God that they have never "rubbed their backs against a college wall." We may be very thank ful that this class of people is not very numerous and that it la getting smaller every day. Very few, if any, such people are found among the members of the Presbyterian Church. This Church has always been noted for its advocacy of education for both its ministry and its members. There was a time when Preebyte rians, through Presbyterlanly owned or Presbyterlanly governed Institu tions, led the way in educating the youth of the land. Comparatively speaking, the Presbyterian Church has lost much of Its leadership. It is a well recognized fact that other denominations and the State are making great advances in provid ing the means of education for the young people of our land. But this does not relieve us of our responsi bility. The question for us to oon sider is, ought religion in any way to be taught in our schools, and If It should be ought we not to teach it as we hold it. Education without religion had its full fruition in German kultur. We do not want that. A boy whose mind is not educated will be of little value in the world. He whose mind only is educated will be dangerous. He whose heart is educated will be a blessing. He whose mind and heart are both educated will be a useful citizen and a valuable asset to Church and oommunity. The State cannot educate the heart, -for it cannot teach religion. It is the duty of the Church to teach re ligion, and there Is no authority for saying that this teaching shall be limited to the Church and the Sun day school. Hospitals are used In heathen lands primarily to bring men under the influence of the gospel. Why not use the education of the mind for the same purpose? Here is a remarkable statement from Rev. Arthur Copeland, who at the time of his making It was ehap lain of the State prison at Auburn, N. Y. He aay?: "I have now been chaplain ot the State prison at Auburn (or six years. We have eighteen hundred men in that prison. They are as fine and athletic a group as you can find. They are a bright bunch; it would be dif ficult to find eighteen hundred men who would come up to their standard in brain power. They are young men; the largest number of any one age is at the age of twenty-two. "They are graduates of grammar schools, of high schools, of great uni versities and professional schools. There are a good many college men among them. I have made a diligent search in the records of those men, and during tbese six years there has not been among the prisoners a single graduate of any church college." One of our Presbyterian colleges made a report of its student body a year or two ago in which it was said that of Its students eighty-two were members of a Christian church and only six were not members of some church. Nearly all of the ministers of our Church have comj from our Church schools. Facts like these cannot be found to exist in other than Christian schools. For this reason these schools should be supported by Christian people. The State can and does Impose taxes to maintain its schools. The Church schools must depend upon the gifts of liberal people No better In vestment of money can be made than in the development of an educated Christian character in the young men and young women of this country. This presents therefore a wonderful opportunity for those whom Qod has blessed with means to use them for God's glory. Those who have boys and girls to educate ought to consider carefully the great advantages offered them by the Church schools. The equipment of these schools may not be equal to some others. The faculties In mental ability will compare favorably with others, and in character and life they are far above the average. The hearts of the young need education as well as the mind, and the Church school furnishes this well rounded eduoatlon. Another thing that Christian peo ple should do Is to Influence others, whether they are Christians or not, to support Church schools by gifts and patronage. Every Christian should pray for God's blessing upon these schools, their faculties and their scholars, that they may all serve Him In the up building of the Church and In the salvation of souls. YOUNG PEWITS SOCIETIES OBEYING. M., Feb. 24. God's will beat. Luke 22:39-46. T., Feb. 25. The obedient Ron. Heb. 6:1-10. W., Feb. 28. Deed* aa well aa word*. Matt. 7: 16-23. T., Feb. 27. One rule to obey. Matt. 22:34-40. F., Feb. 28. Happineaa through obedience. John 13:12-17. S., Mar. 1. Abiding by obeying. John 16:1-12. 8.. Mar. 2. Topic? Our Relation to God. III. Obeying. John 16:12-17. (Con serration meeting.) Why thould tee obey God? How dot* *tlfithne$e mum ditobedienct? Hoxt can IM rejoice in obeying God? To obey Is to do what is required by another who has the right to com mand. There may be obedience which comes from eompulslon. True obe dience is prompted and governed by willingness of mind and heart. God's Will Bdbt, Luke 22:39-46: So far as we know, this was the only time when Christ prayed to be deliv ered from any form of suffering. The suffering which he was enduring came from the burden of' the sins of the world that had been laid on him. The fact that he was forced In agony to cry out for such delivery was evidence of the greatness of the burden, and so of the greatness of the guilt of sin. But Jesus added: "Neverthe less, not my will, but thine be done." No matter what It coat, he would sub mit his will to that of the Father. How much more should we do this, when we know that God In our guide, and that He knowB just what Is best for us. The Obedient Son, tfeb. 6:1-10: Jesus the Son of God obeyed the Father, and he was perfect In this obedience. The result was that he became the author of salvation for all those that obey him. In what are we to obey him? He says that we are to put our trust In him, in order that we may be saved; that we are to give our hearts to him in order to have them cleansed from the guilt of sin. If our Saviour is willing to render a perfect obedience to the Father in order to provide salvation for us, ought we not to be willing to obey him in order to receive that salvation and all of its benefits. Deeds a a Well as Words, Matt. 7: 15-23: "Actions speak plainer than words." Some one said of another, "What you do speaks so loud I can not hear what you say." "By their fruits ye shall know them." Obedi ence to God in doing His will is the only means by which we can hope to gain His blessing and His salvation. One Rule to Obey, Matt. 22:34-40: When the Saviour was asked what was the great commandment, or what was the moBt important thing a man could do, he summed It all up in one word, "Love." He then made the manifestation of this love two-fold, love to God and love to men. When we love any one our actions towards him will be right as far as we can make them so. Happiness Through Obedience. John 13:12-17: Our Saviour said. "I came not to be ministered unto, but to minister." He teaches us that our duty is to serve. Our chief hap piness will come from serving him. He tells us that If we serve others for his sake, he will accept the ser vice as rendered unto him. Abiding and Obeying, John 15:1 12: If we keep Christ's command ments, It will show that we love and trust him, and therefore we will abide In his love; and if we have his abid ing love bestowed upon us, our joy will be full. Our Relation to God ? Obeying, John 15:12-17: Christ showed the greatness of his love for us by dying for us, and he calls us his friends. He says that all are his friends who obey him. To gain the personal friendship of our honored President, how gladly we would do anything he might tell us to do. Of how much more value Is the friendship of God. Why Should We Obey God? Be cause He Is our Sovereign Ruler, be cause He Is our Saviour, because we are His servants. How Does Selfishness Cause Dis obedience? It puts self in the place of God and makes us do what Is pleasing to self, rather than what is pleasing to God. How Can We Rejoice in Obeying God? Because of the honor of being subject to such a King, and because of the Inestimable blessings which come to us from obeying Him. Mr. Sunday Says. By the eternal God, I am dogmatic! Jesus Is the Son of God. There Is a heaven; there Is a hell. The Bible Is the word of God. God is dog matic; His doctrine is dogmatic, sir I A METHODIST'S VIEW OP UNION SEMINARY. By Rev. P. J. Murdock, of the Metho dist Church. The sense of satisfaction I am en joying in this school moves me to ex press my appreciation in this paper. I often think of the college man who has decided for the ministry and who desires to know the reality of his call, the great task he is undertaking, he weight of the responsibility In volved. I invite such a man to come to this seminary. I cannot conceive how it would be possible to bring together eight men, distinct in their personality, who can the weight of the responsibility in their respective tasks in the elass room, better qualified to lead young men into the riches of the gospel of Christ, than our faculty. Their scholarship, their personal piety, their grasp of the essentials, their reverent, constructive criticism, and the pro found seriousness of their outlook upon life, help make Christ In our lives more real and vital In the midst of such a godly set of men, I have learned In this my second year to think of my service for Christ as less of sacrifice and more of a glorious privilege. The fine fellowship and the spiritual uplift that permeates the student body is Inspiring. There is a co-operation between the students aud the faculty which cannot be excelled. The op portunity for religious service the city of Richmond offers, the location and environment of the school, all tend to a spiritual advancement and a deepen ing of one's consecration and devotion to the great work of the kingdom. FOREIGN MISSIONS AND THE THREE MILLION DRIVE OP MARCH, 1018. Edwin F. Willis, Treasurer. To apply on the regular work for the year we had received to Decem ber 31, 1918, $388,237.99, which Is $100,905.35 more than we had re ceived to the same date last year. Of this Increase $88,202.32, or about eighty-seven per cent, la credited to churches and seventy-five of our eighty-seven Presbyteries show an In crease over last year. Few church treasurers have offered any explana tion, but some have referred to the drive of last March. It Is my opinion that the larger part of this Increase is due to the work done by the As sembly's Stewardship Committee for Assembly benevolences. If a cam paign, which did not reach all the churches, produced the result ap parent this year, surely * Church wide campaign in which all are In terested will in time reach the goal sought in the Assembly's progressive campaign during the next three years. This campaign ought to have the loyal and enthusiastic support of every member of every congregation. Mr. Sunday Says. They seem to think that what a man needs is a new grandfather and new sanitation when the Bible says he needs a new heart. He needs a new heart! You can go to hell as quick with diamonds and sealskins as you can with homespun. You can go to hell as quick, my friends, In a Pierce Arrow as you can In a Tin Lissle.