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The Presbyterian of the South : [combining the] Southwestern Presbyterian, Central Presbyterian, Southern Presbyterian. [volume] (Atlanta, Ga.) 1909-1931, March 12, 1919, Image 7

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Amorites, or Hittltes or Philistines to
be continually making attacks upon
them.
Qod has commanded us to go up
and take possession of the rich sal
vation He has provided for us. He
has commanded us to destroy the
many sins in our heartB and lives.
He has promised to give us all the
help needed to accomplish this pur
pose. Israel often lost the blessings
of their land because of the presence
of these heathen neighbors. We fail
of the blessings of God's salvation
because of the sins we are allowing
to remain In our hearts. .
We should be courageous to keep
God's laws, and fight against our ene
mies, sin and Satan, trusting God for
help and strength and grace in ac
cordance with H1h promises to us.
| THE PRAYER MEETING |
i
THE WORD THAT STANDS FOR
EVER.
Week Beginning March 16, 1919.
Isa. 40:1-8.
"All things earthly change; Thou
changest not," is said of Qod. It
may also be said: "All earthly writ
ings pass away; Thy Scriptures
abide." Books are written, have their
day, and are lost forever. We do not
even know of any books that were
written at or preceding the time that
Moses wrote the first part of the
Bible. Yet other books must have
been written In these days. We can
not believe that Moses was the only
writer of books In his day. There
were many others, as well as he, who
were trained in all the wlBdom of the
Egyptians.
If there are any writings in exist
ence as old as the books of Moses,
they are only a few Inscriptions cut
Into stone or else pressed into' clay,
which was afterwards hardened by
fire. But how different "are these writ
ings from the" word of God. They
are of no value, except to give us a
little history of the people by whom
they were written. The world would
be Just as well off today If those in
scriptions had never been written.
But what difference it would have
made to this old world of ours had
God's word never been written, or
having been written, it Bhould have
been lost.
The very fact that the Bible has
been preserved through all these 3,
500 years is pretty strong evidence
that its origin is divine and that God
has taken care of it. The oldest man
uscripts in the world are copies of
the Bible, and the way in which God
has taken care of some of the copies
is almost conclusive proof of its di
vine origin.
It Is said that in some of the old
tombs of Egypt bits of parchment
have been discovered on which some
thought of an ancient Egyptian had
been inscribed. But during all the
centuries since it was written it has
lain there wrapped with a mummy,
and its very existence was unknown
to all the human race, until recently
brought to light.
During all these centuries the word
of God has been a living power in
the world, giving life eternal lo my
riads of sinners who would otherwise
have been lost. It has been the source
of comfort and Joy and peace to God's
children all along their earthly Jour
ney. It gave them courage in death
and holds out to them not merely the
hope, but the assurance, of an eternal
home in the glorious presence of God.
Tha Bible has been put to such
tasta as no othir book has ?v?r had
to pass through. Long before Its
writing was completed efforts were
made to destroy this Holy Book. And
these efforts have continued in some
parts of the world even down to the
present day. Sometimes It seemed as
though these efforts had been success
ful, but somewhere God always had
some copies of It hidden away in a
safe place to bo brought out at the
time that suited His purpose.
When Satan found that he could
not destroy the Bible he set his min
ions to work to destroy Its influence
in the world. They have tried in every
w?,y possible to show that it is not
the word of God, that it is not In
spired, that it is not true. Their ef
forts have been in vain. Never in
all the history of the world has faith
in the Scriptures as the inspired word
of God been stronger than it js to
day, and never have there been as
many people who held this faith.
Any attempt to destroy the word of
God will prove futile. Billy Sunday
says: "You might as well try to bat
ter down Gibraltar with green peas
shot from a pop-gun, or to dam Niag
ara with tooth-picks," and he is right.
Our Saviour said (Matt. 24:35):
"Heaven and earth shall pass away,
but my words shall not pass away."
All through the Bible this same truth
is taught.
Admit the existence of God and it
is not hard to argue the abiding of
His word. If there is a God who has
created sentient beings and who cares
for them at all after He has placed
them on the earth, it is to be pre.
sumed that He will make revelation
to them of His will concerning them.
If this revelation is made to one gen
eration, it is to be expected that it
will be made to all generations. To
accomplish this either the revelation
muBt abide or It must be repeated
from generation to generation. There
has been no repetition of the revela
tion, so it is necessary that the word
as revealed should abide. This is what
has been true in all the past, and it
will be true for the years to come.
YOUNG PEOPLE'S SOCIETIES
BITIUHNU CHARACTER.
M., Mar. 17. Building a new roan. Rom. 6:1-11.
T., Mar. 18. The true start. John 3:1-8.
W., Mar. 19. Building honesty. Prov. 11:1-11.
T., Mar. 20. Building integrity. Isa. 33:13-16.
F., Mar. 21. Building sympathy. Matt. 7:7-12.
8., Mar. 22. Christ, the model. Col. 3:9-17.
S., M?r. 23. Topio ? The Art of Building Char
acter. 1 Cor. 3:10-17.
What material* hart tre to build character xrithl
What habit* and detire* are we building into li/e?
Whv build upon Cod'* plan ? What i* ?<?
Building a New Man, Rom. 6:1-11:
There are some people who say that
the more we sin the more we give
God the opportunity of manifesting
His forgiving grace. Paul says we
are to consider ourselves dead to sin,
and It is our duty to see that we
come as near this condition as possi
ble. When we gave our hearts to
Jesus we received the benefits of his
death, and it was as though we had
died. He died for us and we receive
the benefits of his death when we ac
cept him and make confession of our
faith in him, of which baptism is the
outward sign. What is said of bap.
tlsm here has nothing to do with Its
mode.
Th? True fltarfc. John 3:1-8: It
would be useless for a dead body to
try to build up Its health. It 1b just
as useless for a dead soul to try to
build up its character. It should be
remembered that there is a great dif
ference between reputation and char
acter. Reputation is what other peo
ple think we are. Character la what
God knows we are. To be what God
wants us to be we must be born again,
bom of the Spirit. We must have
spiritual life. God promises to give
us His Holy Spirit, if we ask /or Him.
This is the point from which we
Bhould start if we would build up a
true character.
Building Honesty, Prov. 11:1-11:
There can be no character that la
pleasing to God or man in which hon
esty is not found. This is a much
broader term than some people are
in the habit of thinking. There are
many dishonest people who would
never think of stealing any material
property of another. Dishonesty is
shown in saying unkind things, es
pecially when they are not true; in
repeating rumors which affect the
character of others; in the excuses
that are offered for the failure to per
form duties to God and man, and In
many other ways.
Building Integrity, Isa. 33:13-16:
Integrity is moral soundness, freedom
from corrupting influence or practice.
He that has these characteristics is
the man that "walketh righteously,"
that Is, he is right before God, and
"speaketh uprightly," that is, speak
eth the truth in all things. He that
does these things shall dwell on high
in the estimation of his fellowmen
and of God.
Untitling Sympathy, Matt. 7:7-12:
Sympathy is feeling for others as we
would feel for ourselves under simi
lar circumstances. It also demands
of us that we put our feelings into
action and do for others what we can
to supply their necessities. A num
ber of people were standing by the
smouldering ruins of the home of one
of their poor neighbors, and were very
pronounced in their expressions of
sorrow at his loss. One poor man
said to the others of the group: "1
am sorry five dollars. How sorry are
you?" In a little while many pocket
hooks had been opened and the un
fortunate man found that he had a
good sum with which to begin the
rebuilding of his home.
Christ the Model, Col. 3:9-17: One
of the offices of Christ is that of Ex
empler, and he has set us a perfect
example by which to regulate our
lives. He lived close to God. He
spent his life doing good to others.
He lived and died that others might
be benefited. His life was free from
sin in every form. While we cannot
attain to his high standard of life and
character, we ought to set him before
us as our model and strive to become
as near like him as possible.
The Art of Building Character, 1
Cor. 3:10-17: No building worth
while can be erected without a good
foundation. We should have a foun
dation for our character, and the only
foundation that is sure is Christ
Jesus. Upon him we build our hope
for eternal salvation. Upon him, by
the help of the Holy Spirit, we bund
np the character which we should
have as Christians. We should re
member that whatever we build into
our character will be subjected to the
test of God's Judgment Are. Tf it is
not what it ought to be. It will not
stand the test.
What. Materials Have We to Build
Character With? We have mental and
spiritual powers. These include in
telligence, will, faith, hope. love.
What Habits and l>esires Are We
Building Into Ufe? Those that grow
naturally out of our character. We
should therefore see that our charac
ters are right.
Why Build Upon CJod's PUui? What
Is It? We should build upon God's
plan because no other plan is worth
building on, and God's plan I a per
fect. Hit plan Is that we take Jesus
Chrlat as our Saviour and tha Holy
Spirit as our guide and teacher in all
that we do.
"EARN AND GIVE"
For the ProRr?tsl*e Program.
A Plan for Southern Presbyterian
Sunday Schools and Young
People's Societies.
By Gilbert Glass, D. D., General
Superintendent.
In the great world-wide victory
campaign for Jesus Christ and his
kingdom, of which the Progressive
Program of the Southern Presbyterian
Church is a part, the "Earn and Give"
plan, used successfully in the recent
United War Work Campaign, offers
great advantages, educationally and
financially, to the leaders of our Sun
day schools and Young People's So
cieties.
The principle involved in the "Earn
and Give" plan is a splendid one ?
based on sound educational ideas. It
Inculcates independence, the sense of
stewardship and the spirit of sacri
fice. Boys and girls who have made
their contributions to the Church
causes iu terms of persoual service
cannot but feel a greater Interest in
those causes ever afterward.
Remember that the General Assem
bly asks $400,000 a year from the
Sunday schools and $100,000 a year
from Young People's Societies for the
greater service our Church must ren
der to the world In the new era.
Organized Sunday School Classed,
Boys' Departments and Girls' Depart
ments, Christian Endeavor Societies
and Missionary Societies should have
the 'challenge of the "Progressive
Program" brought vividly before them
In connection with the "Earn and
Give" plan, according to which they
agree to earn and give a definite
amount for the Progressive Program
In a definite time. Many boys and
girls will be familiar with the plan
through the activities of the War
Work Campaign.
The Department of Sunday Schools
and Young People's Work presents
the following detailed suggestions
taken from the United War Work lit
erature in order that local leaders
may use them at their discretion.
The chief aim of the "Earn and
Give" campaign efTort is the develop
ment of boys in intelligent, sacrificial
Investment of their lives in behalf of
the "great cause." The appeal is to
EARN and GIVE.
The gift of money should result in
a challenge to full preparation for the
largest usefulness in the reconstruc
tion days ahead and in a growing
consciousness of the spiritual signifi
cance of the gift of life and talent in
the cause of righteousness.
Every effort should be made to
make it clear that a real sacrifice is
necessary. However, each boy and girl
should be urged to pledge only an
amount that he fully expects to earn
and give.
No one should be allowed to se
cure gifts for any part of his pledge.
He may utilize his savings, provided
they represent his own earnings.
What Boys Can Do.
Digging gardens, planting bulbs,
cleaning silver, washing windows,
scrubbing floors, waxing floors, var
nishing chairs, running errands, sell
ing magazines, picking fruit, husking
corn, gathering nuts, picking cotton,
cleaning yards, cleaning sidewalks,
caring for furnaces, mowing and rak
ing lawns, sifting and dumping ashes,
making maple syrup, decorating show
windows, tutoring backward students,
beating carpets and rugs, sawing and
cutting wood, shoveling snow from
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