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YODNG PEOPLE'S SOCIETIES
buying and selling. M., Jan. 16, Buying time. Jus. 5:1-4. T? Jan. 17. ^ Deceit in selling. I n>v. 21 .16. W., Jan. 18. Principe of justice. Rom. 13.7. 8. T Jan. 9. Principlleof honesty. Acts. 5.1-11. F., Jan. 2<). Principle of service. II eo. 3:1-8. S. Jan. 21. Principle of love. .1 . . S J'in 22 Topic? Do Christian I'miciplcs Appl> S" to Buying and Selling? Prov. 20:10. 14. Amos 8:4-9: Luke 6:38. 7* the Golden Rule reasonable? Tell trhy. WAy should we give fair ralue whi n we tell our time to our employers ? , M'Aaf is the effect of honest u in business. Buying Time, Jas. 5:1-4: Nothing is more universally sold and bought than time. The man who employs another buys his time, and if he is honest he will pay what the time is worth. He who agrees to work for another for pay sells him his time, and if he is honest he will be just as careful to deliver him the time promised filled with work, as he would be to deliver goods for which he expected pay. Deceit, in Selling, Prov. 21:1-6: Honesty is demanded by God both in word and deed. A man who has an article to sell may misrepresent it by what he says about it. Or he may misrepresent it by covering up some defects which there may be in it. Honesty requires that, when an article is offered for sale, its defects, if it has any, shall be shown, as well as its good qualities. Principle of Justice, Rom. 13:7, 8: Justice should be rendered to all ac cording to the relations that exist between different persons. In finan cial matters we ought to be specially careful. "Pay as you" is a most excellent motto. It is never right for any one to buy what he has any reason to believe he cannot pay for. Debt has been the cause of much trouble and many sins. He who pays for what he buys is relieved of much temptation to extravagance, and he is saved from the dangers into which debt is liable to lead him. Debt has been the cause of the fall of many a man. Justice requires that you should not buy that which you can not pay for, because in doing this you take from another what belongs to him, without just compensation. Principle of Honesty, Acts 5:1-11: There was no impropriety in Ana nias' selling his land for anything that he could get for it. And he had a perfect right to give to the Lord any part of the receipts from the sale that he chose. His sin was tha? dishonesty In claiming to have gotten less for his land than he real ly received, and claiming that he was giving the whole to God's service. Honesty should control us in all of our dealings with our fellowmen and with God. Principle of Service, Heb. 3:1-5: Moses was faithful in the perform ance of the services to which he was called. He devoted his strength of body, mind and soul. He did not hesitate or make excuse because a service was hard to perform. But he put all of his energies into it. So when God gives us a work to do for Him we ought to perform it faithful ly, We should not allow our per formance of it to be hindered by in dolence, timidity or cowardice. Principle of liovc, 1 Cor. 6:1-8: In all of our dealings one with another we should be guided by the princi ples of love. Christians should strive to govern all of their actions by this principle, but if any misunderstand ing should occur, it ought to be set tled in the spirit of love. If those between whom a trouble has arisen cannot setttle it, then It should be referred to the church. If this were done many a case would be settled more justly than they are in courts of justice and there would be fewer bad effects to follow. Do Christian Principles Apply to lluying and Soiling? Prov. 20:10, 14; Amos 8:4-6; Luke 6:38: Christian principles should apply in buying and selling just as they should in all the other relations of life. The man who misrepresents the goods he is selling or who fails to state their real con dition and succeeds in making an other buy under a false impression in regard to them is going directly contrary to the principles of the Christian religion. He who puts a counterfeit nickel in the fare box on a street car is guilty of stealing from the company a nickel's worth of ser vice for which he has not paid. In all business transactions the Golden Rule should be our guiding princi ple, and it can be applied in all the relations of life. When employers generally have adopted its principle in dealing with their employes, and when employes are governed by it in the service they render, most of the labor troubles will be ended. And when this principle is applied to the social relations of life, there will be a different condition of affairs from what is often found. When nations apply its principles to their dealing* one with the other, there will be no more need for disarmament confer ences, and there will be no more war. THE SUNDAY SCHOOL ELIJAH'S CHALLENGE OE BAAL WORSHIP. i'an. 15, 1922. 1 Kings 18:1-46. In the epistle of James (5:17) 'we are told in reference to drought, about which we studied last week, that it lasted three years and six months. The year in Palestine is divided -into the wet and dry seasons. During the dry season no rain falls. It is prob able that Elijah delivered his proph ecy to Ahab at the close of the dry season, when all were expecting rain. He told him that from that time there should be no rain for three years. Add to that time the six months which had already passed without rain, and we have the three and a half years of James. God sent Elijah at the end of this time to return to Ahab. The drought had been so severe that the streams were all dried up. Ahab determined that he would go himself and seek for watetr for his horses and mules. While he went in one direction, ne sent Obadiah, the steward of his house, in another direction. Soon Elijah met Obadiah and told him to tell Ahab that he was there. This he was willing to do, only after he had received Elijah's promise that he would remain there. When Ahab came he repeated to Elijah the charge he had often made, that Elijah was responsible for Israel's trouble and suffering. He knew full well that it was his sins in establish ing idolatry in the land that had brought this trouble upon the coun try. People are generally very un willing to admit their guilt, and are ready enough to hold some one else responsible for the consequences ot their sins. Ahab thought, no doubt, that Eli jah had kept himself in concealment, because of his fear '*hlm. Instead of being afraid, he faced him and told Ahab that he was responsible for the trouble. Elijah then issues his orders to the king to make preparation for a test as to who was the God that gov erned that land. Aliab must have known that the truo God had with held the rain, but he had not been willing to give up the idolatry he had introduced when he married his heathen queen Jezebel. Elijah told him to gather all the four hundred and fifty prophets of Baal and the four hundred prophets of the grove. The prophets of Baal obeyed the order; the others did not. Mount Carmel was selected as the place at which the meeting was to be held. It is a mountainous pro montory, on the northern coast of Palestine, which juts out some dis tance into the sea. It had been at some time in the past a place for the worship of Jehovah, but it had be come probably the chief place for the worship of Baal. Elijah was de termined to give these false worship pers every advantage possible. Great multitudes of the people gathered there to see the great test tried. Elijah faces the people with a searching question, and yet one that made a perfectly fair proposition. If there was any question as to who was the true God, the mattetr could be decided by a proof which they could see. Baal was worshipped as a god of fire, ho it looked as though Elijah was giving him the advantage. The people agreed to the fairness of the proposition and the priests had to accept its terms. Elijah gives the first chance to get an answer from their god. Thev prepared their al tar and the sacrifice early in the morning. They continued their prayers and their appeals until 3 o'clock in the afternoon, when Eli jah claimed the right to make his test. He repaired the altar of God, which had been thrown down. Quietly he prepared the sacrifice and placed it upon the altar, around which he had dug trenches. He then had twelve barrels of water poured over it, so that the people could see that there was no trickery about it. Then he offered a simple, but earnest prayer that God would declare Himself to the people. There was a great contrast be tween the frenzied exercises of Baal's priests and the quiet and dig nified calm of Elijah, and there was just as great a contrast between the results. Baal made no response. God sent fire. That it was not ordinary fire was shown by the fact that it burned not only the wood and the sacrifice, but also the stones, the water and the dirt upon which the altar was built. The people were convinced, and Kiijah, ns the messenger of God, de manded the carrying out of the law, which said that one who led the peo ple into idolatry should he put to death. When this had been done Elijah told Ahab that there would soon be an abundance of rain, and in reply to his earnest prayer persisted in the rain came. God is always ready to hear those who obey His commands and who pray to Him in such faith that they continue to pray until the blessing comes. "Soy it With Flower*" HAMMOND "FI.OWERS OF GUARANTEED FRESHNESS" Flower* by Telegraph Anywhere Telephone Madison u.'* lat and Grace St., Richmond, Va. |_?jauuary ?*, ivz~. WOMAN'S WORK. (Continued from page 7) large. Shall we give ourselves any credit under point 6? If you have a Church paper and also a Survey in the homes of 20 per cent, of your members, you are entitled to afTix one seai; if in 40 per cent., two seals; but you should mark both Church papers and Survey and not separate them. The Woman's Auxiliary. HOW ONE PRESBYTERIAL IS WORKING FOR LIFE EN LISTMENT. In the new Standard of Excellence, Item No. 10, is as follows: "At least, one volunteer for Chris tian life service in the congregation." Already the women of the Auxil iary are busy with every item of the new Standard, but the above item has been selected for especial effort on the part of Montgomery Presbyterial and practical plans are even now working out for a marked increase of the number of volunteers in that Presbytery. The following is from a letter from the Presbyterial President, Mrs. C. H. Vaughn, outlining the plans which they are adopting. We are repro ducing these extracts from this letter in the hope that the suggestions con tained may encourage others to do likewise. "The Young People's Work has al ways been on my heart. After this Standard was adopted, I felt we must measure up to one of the hardest re quirements, so after much prayer I called Presbytery's chairman of Young People's Work, who is also Presbytery's chairman of Life En listment, to come to see me. I also asked the Presbyterial Secretary of Young People's Work to come. We three decided that, in addition to the ten volunteers Montgomery already had, we would ask God to give us ten new ones this year. We will pray daily for them, and we are asking every Prayer Band to add that peti tion to their list, and we are asking ten consecrated women in the Pres byterial to form with me a Prayer Band to pray definitely and daily for this one thing. In addition to draw ing on our "unseen resources," we have adopted the following plan: "Mr. Johnson, of Christiansburg, Presbytery's chairman, will write to tha pastors, as that is within the sphere of his duties as their chair man. Presbyterial's Secretary of Young People's Work will write all her local secretaries, and I will write all local Auxiliary presidents. "The pastors will be asked by "Mr. Johnson to preach a special sermon on Life Enlistment. The presidents and secretaries will be asked to do everything possible to interest some girl or boy to volunteer for life ser vice. "Dr. Sweets approves of our plan. 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