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COMPENSATION. Dedicated to Mrs. D. by Emily J. Bryant. With a sunny face at seventy-six And a happy grace she said, "I took the sorrows that with earth's Joys mix And trust the hand that led And kindly soothed my selfish fears All through these restless years. I know full well what sorrow means And sacrifice for those we love; But I, too, know the joy that leans Upon the arm all arms above, Upon the power that swings this earth Around a track of mighty girth. Ills wisdom, love and justice true Has sent both pain and joy with years And shall I not accept them both as due And swiftly haste to meet arrears That Time's sure hand has marked for me, Lest I forget that pain of worth may be, Lest I forget that pain's a valued key? As Time sweeps on I find the gain Has far outrun the sacrifice, That larger power may come through pain And joy that satisfies the price. By larger gifts and finer gold Pain may bring joy fourfold. Nor would I lose the blessing of the pain, The years are measured by a friend, Who knows our need, and all have worked for gain And helped me nearer to the end For which the fulness of his love Has set apart in courts above. JESUS SAID. By Rev. N. B. Mathis. "Let not your heart be troubled." To be troubled in times of trial is both natu ral and right, lint to be distracted and in de spair is altogether wrong. And here faith comes to our rescue. God sent His Son to es tablish a kingdom on earth, and, of course, lie will not let it be destroyed. lie will surely take caro of Ilis-Son and of His Son's disciples, and make all things work together for their good. God is all-powerful and has bestowed all power upon Ilis Son, power which he exer cised over hard-hearted sinners, over demons, over storms at sea, over all kinds of sickness, etc. And, remembering this fact, we can sure ly trust him, and this will give us the assur ance of hope. Jesus said, "In my Father's house are many mansions." Not numerous small houses within one large house, but simply abiding places, that is, dif ferent apartments for different individuals, and possibly for the different races of men. In a complete earthly home we find a father's love and care, the companionship of brothers and sisters, a rest room, a library for knowledge, a music room for pleasure, an art gallery for aesthetical culture, a dining room for nourish ment and a sitting room for social intercourse. And just so ? in a sense which we cannot now understand ? it will be in heaven. And, of course, it will all be permanent. And this fact should make us put forth greater effort to reach that holy. and happy place. Jesus said, "I go to prepare a place for you." God knew from the beginning exactly who would be saved and who would not be saved, and built His house accordingly. Hence there will be no unoccupied apartments, nor will there be any lack of room. Now, Jesus knows exactly how many abiding places will be nec essary to accommodate his people, and will pre pare accordingly. And we may rest assured that if he goes and prepares a place for us he will also prepare us for that place. As stones in a quarry are shaped and dressed for a place in some magnificent palace, so it will be with us. And if this be true, let him prepare for us in his own way, though tlie process may be ex ceedingly distasteful and even painful to us. Jesus said, "I am the way, the truth, and the life." Jesus is the only perfect example of what every man should be. There is some truth in all the great religions of the world, but when placcd alongside of Christianity, they are as a tallow candle compared with the sun. They are systems of worship, and, to some extent, systems of morality. But Christianity is a sys tem of redemption.- They are the cry of the soul after God, but Jesus is the answer to that cry. Some of them exhort men to be good, but Christianity shows them how to be good. Jesus is the origin of all truth, and the only one who can tell man just what to believe in order to be saved. And in Christianity we find that sys tem of faith, including a perfect system of morals, which leads to eternal life. Jesus said, "lie that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do j because I go unto my Father." Marvels of conversion greater than any phy sical miracles, greater progress of the gospel, as at Pentecost, and as nation after nation has since that time been converted to Christianity. More extensive healing of the sick and reliev ing the poor and distressed, as seen especially in hospitals and asylums. No longer limited by time and space, Jesus is present with his disciples the world over, as he could not be in the days of his flesh, and through them reach ing and touching the hearts of men and draw ing them to himself in love, and fitting them for these mighty works. Yea, more: He is controlling the mightiest kings of earth today and has set up a wider and mightier kingdom than any emperor that ever lived. Let us be faithful and efficient, as we serve our invisible but ever present Lord, remembering that he has promised to grant us anything we may ask in his name. Yes, assuredly, for, "lie that spared not his own Son delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us A-L-L things." Jonesboro, Oa. OUR BOYS AT SATAN'S SECOND LINE TRENCH IN CHINA. By Rev. E. "VV. McCorkle, D. D. The first line of defence in China has been pierced by the artillery of evangelism, but the second line must be broken. Satan sees the danger and is facing our missionaries there with western weapons. He is teaching the Chinese to quote glibly from the destructive critics and feeding them on the vagaries of Strauss and the German rationalists made in Germany and imported through schools in Am erica where Satan's seat is. The blatant infi delity of Ingersoll, as well as atheism sugar coated with science and philosophy is there. Spencer, Darwin and Mill are diffusing their new gospel. Education is being linked with infidelity. The higher schools and universi ties are tainted with skepticism masquerad ing under the name of culture. Yes, "German culture." There isms are made plain upon the tablets in China today. Only our faithful men and women there know how busy are the emissaries of the devil sowing the tares in the mission field. He is actually furnishing the pagan with a coat, of mail with which to ward off the arrows of the truth. Our puny press, suffering from financial drought, sends its little rill of pure water into desert places. Satan's presses, with royal riches at their dis posal, are flooding the land with the poisoned streams of western skepticism. The unclean spirit has been cast out of the house of heath enism but we leave it empty when seven other spirits more wicked that the first enter in and dwell there. The last state is worse than the first. Oh, for a man or men who would give $20,000 to put a Bible Encyclopedia like Dr. Orr's into the tongue and pen of China. This would put the two-edged sword into the hand of many native workers and would demolish Satan's second line. If you know of any one who will help to hearten our people tell l)r. Henry M. Woods, Suowliead, Charlottesville, Va. Roekbridge Baths, Ya. A SOLDIER AND A TESTAMENT. By Grapho. A soldier recently made a talk at a reception given a number of them who had returned from France. One who had been ten days in a battle stated : I was a wild boy as you know about here. The Y. M. C. A. gave me a Testa ment. I read it through. At another place I was given another; I read it through. Then I bought a full Bible and read it. I surely did pray. I was in earnest. It did me good. Oth ers were benefitted, too, by the Bible and prayed amid the dangers and death in the awful war. It is refreshing to note these things of so many soldiers. So much good was the result, religiously, in the awful world strife. The Church should follow up these no ble results among the returning soldiers. PRAY FOR THE RULING ELDERS. Judge John Newton Lyle. The call on the ruling elders of our Church for teaching help during the world war got but little wool. Presbyteries called for them, Sy nods called for them and the General Assem bly called for them. But the response was so feeble that it is feared most of them are spir itually and officially dead. Hence, we ask the whole Church to pray that they: "Take heed unto themselves, and to all the flocks, in which the Holy Spirit hath made them bishops, to feed the Church of the Lord which he purchased with- his own blood." James 20:28, A. R. V. Waco, Texas. HOW HE KNEW HE WAS A CHRISTIAN. By L. S. Marye. The late Rev. James M. Rawlings, for many years the pastor of the Presbyterian church of Lynchburg, was one of the most lovable men I ever knew. On one occasion, at the Wednesday night service, he read the third chapter of the first general epistle of John. When he read the 14th verse of this chaptcr: "We know that we have passed from death unto life because Ave love the brethren," he paused and his face lighting up with a sweet smile he said: This is one of the evidences by which I know that I am a Christian, for I certainly do love the brethren. If ever there was upon this earth a true Christian Dr. Rawlings was one. Charlottesville, Va. 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