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PROHIBITION is a matter of such great im portance to this country that every loyal citizen, and certainly every Christian, ought to see that the law now in effect in this country is strictly enforced. There is a double reason for this. The welfare of the country demands that the sale and manufacture of liquor be stopped. But it is scarcely less important that the people of the country be taught the sanc tity of the law and the necessity of observing it. * .j. .j. SUMMER resorts are filling up. Among the gnests will be many Christians. These va cation periods are often testing times for Chris tians. Some of them seem to think that their religion needs a vacation and so they leave it at home. They engage in many things that they would not do at home and they leave un done things they are accustomed to do. Sur prise was expressed when a business man was seen to ask a blessing before he began his meal at a restaurant. He replied that before he be came a Christian he did not hesitate to take the Lord's name in vain in public, so he saw no reason why he as a Christian should be ashamed to ask His blessing in public. There are some who are not as honest with their Lord. It is often said that one of the most difficult problems that churches near summer resorts have to deal with is that which grows out of the fact that so many visitors who are members of the Church do not attend church services on Sunday or during the week. Chris tian people often say they do not have time to do Christian work. What a splendid opportu nity, when all work has been left behind, there is to spend some time each day in Bible study, in personal work among fellow guests, in look ing about for opportunities to help somebody who is in need of a kind word or a friendly deed. On Sunday how much better it would be to try to persuade fellow guests to go with you to church than to spend the day in idle ness yourself. Think what an encouragement it would be to pastor and people of the little church to see the pews Tdled with "city folks," rather than being disturbed by the sight and sound of passing automobiles filled with these same people. METHODISTS are accustomed to doing great things in the work of the Master. They just now are carrying out a wisely con ceived plan for advertising the mission work of their Church and for awakening a deeper in terest in the work. At Columbus, Ohio, they have built up a great exposition, intended to teach all that can be taught about their work in various countries. The exhibit is attracting wide attention and many thousands of people are attending it every day. The eduoational and inspirational value of such an exposition can scarcely be measured. WORRY, anxiety, fear are great enemies to the health of both sonl and body. There is an old legend that an Eastern pilgrim met the Plague on his way to Mecca. "When asked where he was going, he said he was on his way to Mecca to kill five thousands people. Shortly afterwards the pilgrim" met him again and said: "You told me you intended to kill five thousand and you killed fifty thousand." "No," said the Plague, "I only killed five thousand; the others died of fright." Fear is* one of the conditions of mind that the doctors dread more than almost anything else. The hopeful disposition is the greatest aid to the recovery of the sick. Worry over present con ditions or over what the future seems to have in store has done much to injure the spiritual condition of many a soul. It shows a lack of faith in God. That soul is blessed which in the midst of the darkness of overhanging clouds can look up in confidence and say, "God is in his heaven, all's well with the world." * * * CHURCH services are often given up in the summer. This is specially true of the Sun day night and midweek services. "We have of ten wondered whether the arguments used to justify this course might not just as well be applied to business and to pleasure. There are generally two arguments used. One says that it is too hot to go to church. If it is only a matter of temperature, it would seem that it would be better to give up the morning service than the evening service. But the fact is that no factory, store or office closes because the weather gets hot. The other argument used is that so many people are away from home. This, of course, applies only to city churches. The same argument might be used as to busi ness houses. But who ever heard of these be ing closed on that account? Business some times is not so brisk, but when* some of the of ficers or employees are away on their vacations the others do a little extra work to keep things going as well as possible. Would it not be well for the church to adopt the same plan? One thing is very certain, the devil never takes holiday or closes up his business. Is not the Lord's business just as important as either man's or the devil's? <? ? 4? TITIIING is occupying the thoughts of a great many Christians today. There are some who say that the law of the tithe as given to Israel is still binding. There are others who say that the New Testament does not teach the law of the tithe, but teaches that all that God's people have is Ilis and they are His stewards. It would be interesting to know how many of this class render to God as much as a tithe in the fulfilment of their stewardship obligations. FUNDAMENTALS of the Christian religion as taught in the Bible seem to be of little value to some, even to some preachers. A cor respondent of Our Hope sends to that maga zine the following notes on a sermon he heard preached by a Presbyterian pastor in New York in a church that has formerly had pas tors who were sound in the faith : "The idea used to prevail that a Christian is one who has been saved; but I have long outgrown that. It is very simple to saw 'Be lieve on the Lord Jesus Christ and rived ; ' but that is not salvation. Jesus used the word 'saved' nine times and 'the kingdom of God' 1.26 times. "No man is satisfactorily saved unless he is a member of a saved home; there cannot be a saved home unless there is a saved community, nor can there be a saved community until there is a saved world. "Another idea of Christianity is that it is catastrophic, leading up to something to hap pen. The worst caricature of Jesus Christ is the pre-Millennial view, that Christ is coming to throw everything down, just so he can set it up again. "Salvation is social service. What Jesus meant by 'salvation' is in Matthew 25:41-46. Here are the only people he ever said would go to hell. In the story of Dives and Lazarus social service is made the basis of salvation: Evangelism is useless without social service." * + ? RUSSIA is one of the great problems of the world today. Not only is this true from a political standpoint. It is specially true from a religious standpoint. The policy of the Greek Church has been to keep the people in ignorance. And it has oftentimes been oppres sive in its "treatment of them. Now that they have thrown off their political tyrany they have also to a great extent thrown off their ecclesiastical tyrann}' also. The result is that they are drifting from the Church. They are naturally a religious people, but if they lose their connection with the Church and have nothing else to substitute for it, they will fall into infidelity. What is needed is that they shall have the pure gospel given them as soon as possible. This is one of the greatest oppor tunities as it is a great responsibility of the Protestant churches of the world today. + + + "Have you ever made friends with a plant? There is a man in America who from childhood has made pets of plants, just as most children have animals for pets. He is Luther Burbank whose name is known throughout the world for his feats in plant culture. He lives at San ta Rosa, Cal., on a big farm, which is the ma chine shop of his inventions. He has, through his labor with vegetation, given the Stat^ greater wealth than is dug from its mineral veins. ? Selected.