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His sons, and not only be called sons, but ac tually become His children. The world did not know that Jesus Christ was the Son of God, nor does it know that we are His children, and hence have great privileges ami honors, in this life. Hut we must be tested by trials and come up out of great tribulations, so that our robes may be washed and made white in the blood 01 the Lamb. Unspeakable privileges also in the future life, so great they cannot be fully re vealed here below. And all the privileges of the past, present and future How to us from the love of our heavenly Father. Let us then use all divinely appointed means that we may grow in grace and in knowledge of our Lord. Such wonderful love and su-li great privileges seem too good for poor worms of the dust; and we might well be satisfied to take the place of humble servants and weep over and kiss th<; blessed feet of our dear Lord. No Child Is Ever Adopted Unless He Has Cer tain Qualifications. A parent thinks a certain child can be de veloped and improved by education and train ing. and made fit to live in his family. Just so we must have certain qualifications, or at least certain attitudes toward God before we can be admitted into His family. 1. We must lxdieve in Jesus, for without this it is impos sible to please God. 2. We must have hearts broken for sin, for only such hearts does God delight in. 3. We must cease from our wan derings in sin and return to God, if we want a place in His family. And, of course, All Right- Thinking Parents Desire to Educate Their Children. And this is true of God. And He does edu cate His children. This He does by instructing them in I lis word by His Spirit, and also by the various experiences of life, both joyful and sad. All things work together for our good, and every trial educates for eternity. And just see The Glorious Reward Held Out to Us. Though from one standpoint the outlook is not very promising. Formerly, when we were in the depths of sin and condemnation there was not the slightest prospect that we would ever become what we are now, heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ. But as truly as the pr?s ent transcends the past, so the future will sur pass the present, and "we shall be like Him" and know each other in heaven. This much we are sure of, although "eye hath not seen, no ear heard, nor hath entered into the heart of man the things God hath prepared for them that love Him." But, ah! "If one could but look through the chinks in heaven's door and see the beauty and bliss of Paradise; if he could but lay his car to heaven and hear the ravishing music of those seraphic spirits, and the anthems of praise which they sing, how his soul would be exhilarated and transported with joy!" The Christian is under great restraints in. this life. The secrets of the spiritual world are for the most part hid from him. But he knows enough to make him surge forward like a race horse to leap some barrier and gain the heav enly prize, and then plunge himself into the mysteries of truth. He should be like an eagle dragging at its chains to get away and soar above the clouds. Let him sigh for purity and perfection, and long to be in the presence of his Saviour and Father. Death is the only bar rier between us and the unseen, and that will be overcome. But Who Are These "Sons of God?" who have such great privileges here, and to whom such glorious prospects are held out? All men are sons of God by creation and provi dence, but all are alienated from God. And two distinct and separate things must be done for them, else they will never be anything but ene mies of God. 1. They must be made partakers of the divine nature by a new and spiritual birth. 2. They must become sous by a special act of adoption. Those who are always harp ing on the Fatherhood of God generally leave out these indispensable things, the new birth and adoption, without which there is practi cally no Fatherhood and no salvation. Finally, All Christians Are Not Altogether One in This Life, But Will Be in Heaven. There will be no denominations in heaven, but many denominations in hell. John Wesley, in the visions of the night, found himself at the gates of hell, and inquired who were with in. "Any Catholics here?" "Yes, a great many." "Any Church of England men?" "Yes, a great many." "Any Presbyterians?" "Yes, a great many." "Any Wesleyans? '' "Yes, a great many." Disappointed and dis mayed, especially at this last reply, he went to the gates of Paradise and asked the same ques tions. "Any Wesleyans here?" "No." "Any Presbyterians?" "No." "Any Church of England?" "No." "Any Catholics?" "No." "Then, whom have you in here?" The an swer was, "We know nothing of those whose names you have mentioned. We know only the name that is above every name. We are all Christians here, and of these we have a great multitude which no man can number, of all nations and kindreds and peoples and tongues." May we all have the right to enter in through the gates into the city. Jonesboro, Ga. THE ROTARY ELDERSHIP. By an Elder. This question is to come up in our Presby teries, and 1 want light on it. Personally, 1 am in favor of it, that is, I am perfectly willing for the congregation to have an opportunity to elect some other man in my place, nor can I see that in this office the people must put up with a man till he dies or moves away. He may have changed, or the congrega tion may have different standards, and a much more desirable and efficient man might tak^ his place. The elder himself may have come to feel that it would be best to retire; and, if so, he would welcome a limit to his term, and would simply decline a renomination, exactly as any nominee may do at any time. The people not unfrequently feel that an elder has grown unacceptable to them for va rious reasons; and the end of his term gives a simple and quiet means of letting him drop out; and as they are the only two parties con cerned, why not allow the matter to be settled by the method of rotation? It is objected by some that it will create heartburnings in case an elder is not re-elected, that he and his friends will feel that the stamp of disapproval has been set upon him, and that this will make against the peace of the church. The proof of the pudding is in the eating, and we Presbyterians have as yet had no chance to eat this particular pudding. But it is hard to see why rejection in this instance should be taken to heart so much more seriously than the rejection that does not put a man into the of fice of elder at all. As the Bible has nothing to say on the mat ter one way or the other, it seems to be left to the churches to decide; and would it not be well for the people to express their opinion, inasmuch as it is they who do the electing? SIIE suggests that an elder might feel the stimulus to greater activity and efficiency if he knew that the people were watching him ? ? and there may be something in that. Our Form of Government, Par. 113, says the office is perpetual. Where does the New Testa ment say so? That same Par. 113 provides a way to have this "perpetual" relation dis solved, in case the officer becomes unacceptable to a majority of the church which he serves, but the plan seems to be unworkable, judging from the fact that it is practically never worked. Boys and Girls -J EASTER EGGS. (Concluded.) Behind the chapel rose a steep wall of rock, and in front stood a few pine trees, which formed a pleasant shade over the entrance. The place had such an air of quiet and repose that one felt a pleasure in staying tUerc. A grassy path between picturesque rocks and shrubs led to it, and it was the lady's favorite walk. This time, however, she was not en tirely without anxiety. She knelt down for a while with her children at the little stool at the entrance of the chapel. She prayed for a while, and then sat down upon the bench. The children meanwhile were gathering blackber ries and amusing themselves by comparing them to little black bunches of grapes, till by degrees they had strayed some distance away. While the lady sat thus alone, suddenly a pilgrim appeared among the rocks and ap proached the chapel, lie wore a long black dress, and a short eloak over it. His hat was adorned with scallop shells, and in his hand he carried a long white staff. lie appeared to be very old, but was still a stately, handsome man; his long, white hair, which flowed down upon his shoulders, and his beard, were as white as snow, but his cheeks still retained all the bloom of the rose. The lady was alarmed when she saw the stranger. He saluted her respectfully and addressed her, but she was very cautious and reserved in her conversation, and looked with great coldness upon him, as though she wished to discover whether she ought to trust a total stranger, of whom she knew absolutely nothing. "Noble lady," said the pilgrim at last, "be not afraid of me, 1 am not such a stranger as you tnn>k. You are Rosalind of Burgundy. I am well acquainted with the cruel destiny whicn drove you to take refuge amid these rugged rocks. Your husband, too, from whom you are near three years parted, is well known to me. While you have been living in this distant spot many changes have taken placc in the world. If you are anxious to hear about the good Arno of Lindenburg, and if his memory still lives in your heart, I can give you some good news about him. The war is over. The Christian army is coming home, crowned with the laurels of victory. Your husband has recovered the places that were wrested from him. The wicked Hanno escaped into the fastnesses of this mountain; but even from this last retreat he must soon be driven. The sole, the ardent wish of your husband is to find once more his be loved spouse." "0 God! what joyful news!" exclaimed the lady as she sank on her knees, while big tears rolled down her cheeks. "From my heart 1 thank Thee, O God," she said. "Thou hast seen my tears, Thou hast heard my silent sighs. Thou hast granted my ceaseless prayers. Oh ! Arno, Arno, may that happy moment soon com1, when I shall see you once more, and present to you those children who were babies when yon left us, and who now for the first time can call you by the endearing name of father 1"