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The Presbyterian of the South : [combining the] Southwestern Presbyterian, Central Presbyterian, Southern Presbyterian. [volume] (Atlanta, Ga.) 1909-1931, October 04, 1922, Image 10

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YOUNG PEOPLE'S SOCIETIES
TRI E PATRIOTISM.
M.. Oct. 9. Patriotism acknowledges Cod. l'eut.
2t>:l-U.
T . Oct. 10. Patriotism is religious. IV 85:1-13.
\V? (Vt. 11. Patriotism prays. Ps. 122: 1 -It
F . (Vt. 12. Patriotism rebukes evil. Isa. 1:10-20.
F., Oct. 13. Patriotism is constructive. Nell. 4:
12-23
S., Oct. 14. Patriotism makes sacrifices. 1 Sam.
12:1-5.
8., Oct. 15. Topic? True Patriotism: What It
Is and Does. Isa. 1:16-20. (Citirenship Day.)
H'Ay ihould ?* /ore our counfry?
How can ice rrrrt our country?
How can uv curt our country's faults?
Patriotism Acknowledges (Jtxl, Deut.
26:1-11: Isreal was told to recog
nize the fact that God had given tlieni
the land in which they dwelt, with
all of its blessings, and that they
were to acknowledge that fact and
show their thankfulness by making
an offering to God. God has never
given to any people on earth a better
land than He has given to us. nor
has He ever bestowed more blessings
upon any people than He has upon
us. We ought to acknowledge that
fact in every way possible.
Patriotism Is Religious, Ps, 85:1
13: If this country of which we are
proud ever becomes what it ought to
be; if it ever had the peace and quiet
that we long for; if it ever has the
prosperity and the glory that it can
so well provide; it will be because
we recognize and perform our duty
to God, and as a people realize that
"it is righteousness that exalteth a
nation and sin is a reproach to any
people."
Patriotism I'rays, Ps. 122:1-9: Pa
triotism is often shown in fighting
for one's country, but a far better
way to show it is by praying for God'a
blessing upon it. Paul teaches us that
w? ought to pray for all in authority.
If Christian people would pray for
public officials of all classes, there
would not be so much to criticize in
them, they would perform their du
ties better, and the country would
have a far better government. If you
love your country, pray for it, its of
ficers and all of its people.
Patriotism Rebukes Kvil, Isa. 1:10
20: God rebukes Israel for their sln<-,
and calls upon them to turn from
them. He tells them that if they
turn from their evil ways and rebuke
others so that they shall do likewise,
they shall be greatly blessed, and
"shall eat the good of the land."
Nothing will so make for the pros
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perity of the land as the righteous
lives of the people. We have an il
lustration of this in the prohibition
law of this country. Where that law
is observed there is great improve
ment in the prosperity of the people.
The more sin is rebuked and sup
pressed, the more there will be of
peace and prosperity.
Patriotism Is Constructive, Neh\ 4:
12-23: Nehemiah came all the way
from Babylon, and labored hard to
rebuild the walls of Jerusalem, in or
der that the city might be made safe,
that the government and worship of
the people might be established. This
labor did not bring him any financial
return. So far as money was con
cerned. he was far better off in Baby
on than he was in Jerusalem. But
he loved his country, its traditions,
its history and its God. Nothing, save
true religion, is more needed in this
country than a patriotism that will
make men lay aside selfish aims and
ambitions and work for the welfare
of the country. We have a plenty of
war patriots, as was shown by the
recent great war, but what is needed
far more is patriots of peace, who
will work for the upbuilding of the
general welfare of the whole people.
Patriotism Makes Sacrifices, 1 Sam.
12:1-5: Samuel was a grand old
man. He had been a faithful judge,
and when he laid down his authority
on the choice of a king he challenged
the people to show that in any way
he had been unfaithful in the per
formance of Iris duties. There are
many office-bearers in this country
who can make the same challenge, for
they have been faithful and honest
in all of their dealings. But unfor
tunately, there are others who have
been more concerned about their own
selfish interests than they brave been
about the welfare of the people. A
statement appeared recently in one of
the papers in which it was said of
certain Congressmen, "They are more
concerned about votes than they are
about the Interests of the people."
Every effort should be made to put
into office true patriots and not poli
ticians.
True Patriot ism ? What It Is and
What It Does, Isa. 1:16-20: Patriot
ism is the love of country, devotion
to its interests, and zealously sup
porting its authority. He who strives
to advance the welfare of his country
is a patriot, whether he serve as a
soldier on the battlefield, in some of
ficial capacity, or in doing such work
as will make the country more pros
perous and peaceful and a better
place to live in. He who labors for
the overcoming of sin by the spread
of the gospel does more than any one
else to show true patriotism. The
true patriot will work, live and pray
for the welfare of his country.
SUGGKHTKD PIMX2RAM.
Hymn: "America."
Prayer for God's blessing on our
country.
Hymn: "O Beautiful for Spacious
Skies."
Daily Topics: Assign to seven
members, eachr to read Scripture ap
pointed for the topic and to comment
on It or read something appropriate
to the topic.
Assign to others these topics:
Why Should We Love Our Country?
What Can We Do to Show Our Love
for Our Country?
What Claases of People in Our
Country Are Not Patriotic, and How
do They Show Their Lack of Patriot
ism?
What We An Individuals Do to
Make Our Country Better?
What Can Our Society Do to Make
Our Country Better?
Sentence Prayers.
Hymn: "God Bless Our Native
Land."
The Long Meter Doxology.
The Lord's Prayer.
SENTENCE PRAYERS.
Our gracious Heavenly Father, we
thank Thee for this good country in
which Thou hast given us our homes,
and for all the blessings it brings to
us.
Father, we pray that Thou wilt
teach us how to love our country as
we ought to love it, and how to serv3
it as we ought to serve it.
O God, we pray for Tlry blessing
upon the President of the United
States. Give him wisdom to help him
in all the great work Thou hast given
him to do.
Father, we pray for Thy blessing
upon the Governor of our State. Wilt
Thou help him to do what is for the
best interests of all tire people.
Father, we ask thy blessing upon
all those who make and who adminis
ter the laws of our country. May
they be honest and faithful in all
things.
O Saviour, we pray that Thou wilt
bless all the people of our country.
May we all receive Thy salvation and
may we give it to others.
O Holy Spirit, we pray that Thou
wilt so guide all of tbre people that
we may live so that we shall make
this country known in the world as
a peaceful, law-abiding and Christian
country. We ask it all for the sake
of Jesus Christ our Saviour.
GREENBRIER Y. P. RALLY.
The annual Young People's Rally
of the Presbytery will be held Friday
and Saturday, October 27 and 28, at
Beckley. The Beckley young people
are planning to entertain at least 125
delegates. How many delegates is
your church going to send? Write
to James Pinkney, Beckley, W. Va.,
and let him know how many are
coming from your church, enclosing
$1 for each delegate you register.
SOUTHEAHTKRN FliORIDA C. E.
CONVENTION.
The Christian Endeavor Conven
tion of the Southwestern District met
in the church at Palmetto August
22-24. It was a most delightful and
helpful meeting. Rev. J. H. Patter
son, pastor of the Bradentown church,
led the singing and that means it was
good. He is a fine leader. Mrs. W.
R. McrMjffle of Orlando had charge
of the Quiet Hour and her talks were
inspiring and helpful, leading the
young people into t"he careful study
of the Word of God.
Amon* the speakers were Carl Mat
thews, C. E. secretary; Rev. O. W.
Benn, Rev. Henry .Poirrier, Rev. P.
W. DuBose and others. The address
of Rev. Henry Poirrier on Home Mis
sions in Canada was one of the best.
Brother Poirrier was reared a Fronch
Catholic and he knows the ne?d of
Christian work among the Catholics.
The Convention registered In at
tendance 346, though there are only
240 members In the district.
The charities that soothe and heal
and bless
Are scattered all about our feet, like
flowers.
? 8olected.
THE SUNDAY SCHOOL
THE MINISTRY OF JOHN THE
BAPTIST.
Oct. 15, 1922. Luke 3
John, whose coming had been foie
told, had grown up in the wilderness
of Judea. When he reached the age
of about thirty God called him to go
forth and fulfil the office of fore
runner of the Messiah in accordance
with the prophecy of Isaiah.
He was sent of God to announce
the coming of the promised Messiah
and to prepare the way for Him. The
figure here used is taken from a cus
tom that was very common in those
days.
In most cases the roads were very
bad in those countries. They wero
usually little more than crooked
paths, rough with stones and going
across hill and valley. When the
king wished to make a journey across
the country a messenger was sent
forth some time ahead to summon the
people along the way to broaden,
straighten, smooth and grade the
road, so that the king might travel
easily over it. And the people were
expected to be ready to receive him
when he came.
John told the people that they must
be ready to receive their King, who
would soon come, but the prepara
tion must be that of the heart. To
show them how unprepared they
were, he calls them a "generation of
vipers"; that is, they were children of
the old serpent Satan. As such they
were not ready to receive their King.
John calls upon the people to re
pent. But he says this must not be
a mere nominal repentance; the?
must show in their lives\that there
was repentance in their hearts. Sev
eral classes of people asked what they
should do, and he gave to each the
information needed.
The people began to aBk whether
John was the promised Messiah. He
told them that Instead of being the
Messiah, he was not even worthy to
untie His shoes. This was considerefl
one of the most menial duties that
the humblest servant could perform,
and yet Jesus said of John that he
was the greatest man born Into the
world.
Jesus came with others to bo bap
tized. John said (John 1:33) that he
did not know Jesus. Whether he
meant that he frad no personal ac
quaintance with Him, though he was
His cousin, as they had grown up In
different sections of the country, or
that he did not recognize Jesus of
Noznreth ns the promised Messiah, we
cannot tell.
The question is often asked, Why
was Jesus baptized? It can best be
answered by seeing just what Jof.Ti *
baptism meant. It was not an ordi
ppo admitting to membership in the
tfhuroh, for practically all those to
whom John preached, including Jesus
Himself, had been members of the
Church from their birth, this mem
bership being first officially recognized
when they were clrcumslzed on the
eighth day after their birth, and more
fully when, at the age of twelve, they,
were presented at the temple and be
came "sons of the law."
In the Jewish ritual there were
many ceremonials required, among
them many purifications before the
people could come into the presence
of God nt the temple. Many of these
consisted of or Included the pouring
or sprinkling of water on the would
be worshipper.
A striking illustration of this cere
monial cleansing \n given In the nine

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