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PASTOR DRAWS LESSONS FROM LIFE OF iOASi
Continued from Page Five, the folly of putting off the day of saV ration, living on through life in sin. speculating all the while upon God's mercy, and planning to embrace re ligion at death's approach, simply and only for the sake of protection. "It would seem strange that any who acknowledges the value and one supreme importance of religion in life, should ever he found in Joab's place, Inlpenitent, w-hen he comes to die. And yet we do find that multitudes of people who are ready enough to admit the pow-er of the gospel, never think seriously of their own salva tion until the fear of approaching death drives them to the altar, thought that the Lord will delay his coming in judgment induces many to put off the day of salvation until it is loo late, and when they die they die like Joab, conscious of their guilt and fearful of impending doom, yet im penitent and without peace. "There are many inducements to such a life of folly. The heart by na ture, and in the great majority of cases by all the influences of early training and of irreligious compan ionship, is turned in the direction of selfish gratification. But to enter The upon the Christian life involves in :;.T' c ,r,Æ' £ra.'t changed, that the first place, which with self, ha given to another. It sometimes means actual relinquishment of worldly hopes and ambitions. It always re quires a willingness to give them up if found to stgnd In the way of a sue t-essful Christian life. For anyone whose whole attention has been ah sorbed in the pursuit of pleasure or wealth or worldly achievement of any kind to resolve to forsake all and fol low Jesus—that is to be ready to make any sacrifice necessary in order 1» follow him faithfully, requires ckmrage and determination. To be n Christian means to renounce, sin and to renounce sin moans to deny self, flow many young people, realizing this fact that to follow Resits Christ involves the relinquishment of every sinful pleasure and ambition, but fail ing to realize that It Involves also the acquisition of higher pleasures and loftier ambitions that are not sin ful, still ciing to the old life, putting off from day to day and from year to year the step which seems to require such self denial, yet fully expecting at, some future time to loosen their hold upon the world and seek the blessings of religion. ("Thus numbers of people Who are not without a sense of tneir need of religion neglect the altar af sacrifice. Simply because they are not willing t4 relinquish their hold upon this or that practice which they know to he sinful. The young ruler who went away sorrowful when told by the master, 'This one thing thou lackest,' Is a type of many in our day who would gladly be followers of Jesus but for some one thing which prevents them from making a complete surrender of their hearts to him. It does not require multitude of cherished sins to keep one out of the kingdom of God. One cTil habit cherished and clung to until it has become your master ,s " 1 enough to work the n, '® 0 • character. Joans heart 1 . wrong. He had some g a at and, but lor the «vil 1 Ta ■ s allowed tc master hi > might have spent 18 , .j at the altar, not as g - . , , IWfelng from jt^ce. bat « » hurante. penitent and grateful woish per. "Anyone who studies the cLaracte of Macbeth will find there noble traits that might have been developed Into grand virtues, but he, like so many others, allowed himself to be govertv ed by his besetting sin and that one sin worked his ruin. So easily arc before was »taken up an men and women induced to resist the strivings of God's spirit, persuading . that immediate action is thPtnselves not nt-cessary—that they may eon-1 ttnue to enjoy for a time the pleas-1 nres and temporary advantages of a > sinful life, and still find room at the last for repentanee and saving falfji. ( "Such a course, is unreasonable 1 qveng as regards your personal wel fare here and now are not the hlees IBgs of religion more to be desired j than all the temporary gains of s, sinful life? What doors of hope for a , truly happy and properous life are open to you now that will be closed I by your entrance upon a life of hum ble faith In Christ and obedience to j hls teachings? Some things must. In deed be given up but. after all. when looked at in a reasonable light, are they not such things as may easily, and to any one's advantage be done away with. Have you ever heard a true and earnest Christian express regret for the loss sustained in enter ing upon the life of faith, obedience and love toward Christ. On the con trary have not many testified in your hearing that the gain, even as cerna the present life, is infinitely greater than the loss, and that the life of faith is the only satisfactory llfo?| "Now if these things are true, which vout own reason constrains you to bc licm must you not admit that it is uni—asonable for you longer to ne gleet the altar af sacrifice. "Such neglect is also dishonorable. Think of the case of Joab. A man of splendid talents, capable of accom pushing groat good in the world, with an influence such jy* few around him possessed, what victories might he not have won for the Cause of re llglon. But. instead of throwing his powerful influence on the side of true religion, he neglected or scorned the sacred altar, and lived a selfish life. investing all for personal honor and aggrandizement. Then, without any real change of heart, he seeks to es cape the- consequences of his evil deeds by fleeing Irç the sanctuary and laying hold upon the horns of the altar. "Joab's case does not stand alone. He has many successors In the world today, who, through the best years of their lives neglect the altar and seek It at last. If they seek It at all, only for the protection they hope to find there tn the hour of death v My friends. Is such a course honorable? . "Here Is a young man of splendid talents, bright, affable, energetic. He has a wide circle of acquaintances and over them all he exert« a large Influence. He la admired and looked ta in many things as a leader, and what a fine leader he would be In any department of church work; in the Christian Endeavor Society or the Sunday School or the prayer meeting. But. strange to say, this.young man, whose Influence in most things Is good, has never connected himself, with the church, and here his influ ence is all In the wrong direction and many of bis friends, w-no might have been led Into the service of Christ, kept away from the church en y his example. And so he rnu a ic lircly .H livets on through the hctl vaars of hi, life, injuring Instead of helping the cause of religion, throwing away his splendid talents, and not only neglect ing the altar hlmaelf. but Inducing many others, through his example, to live prayerless. Godless lives, yet all the while this young man of splendid talents and rare opportuni ties fully expects, ere death comes, to embrace religion and claim the protection of the altar. In what way Is his course more honorable than that of Joab, who, through the years of his strength and freedom defied God's law and then, when all the op portunities of doing good were past and he saw the end approaching, fled to the tent of Jehovah and laying hold upon the horns of the altar cried, 'Nay, but I will die here.' "Shall we follow a course so dis honorable. putting oft the day of sal-, ration for the sake of worldly itain, and then, as we see the approach of death, hastening to the altar or shall we seek the altar now, while the hope of life, with its splendid op portunities of service for the Master, is still bright before us. What good is there in dying in a sacred, place, surrounded with heavenly Influences, If one has not a sanctified heart ana a pure conscience? "Think also of the peril of such a course. And - xhe Lord , g indped mer ciful, and •-«*-. .„ (1 In mercy. Buta his spirit, will not always strive with man. He will not continue forever to defer his anger. When his word has *een persistently rejected and his spirit grieved, he sometimes turns away in anger, leav lug the sinner to the consequences of his sins. It is dangerous to resist the spirit's striving If thon seek Him, He will be found of thee, but if thou forake Him, He will cast thee off forever, Over-Night Relief for Constipation 0 A Small Dose on Retiring and You trouble. You should have a full and free j movement at least once a day. If you j pass a day you are constipated, and the result will be that you will catch a cold easily or have a more seri ou8 ailment To cure the constipuatlon and forestall still graver trouble take a d0 se of Dr. Caldwell's Syrup Pepsin R t night before retiring and by morn lng rplief wlu comPi without disturb anPe frnrn *i eep or any inconvenience. Legions of people use it regularly in such emergencies, some of them' formerly chronic invalids who have suffered from constipation all their lives. Mr, A. B. Danner. 32G Riley St., Harrisburg, Pa., says: "Dr. Cald | well's Syrup Pepsin gave me almost ' insiant relief from stomach and bowel, I ib i e . I pow eat anything I | and Blppp we ll." Many other« will , tp u you t jj at they have tried piost .things recommended for this purpose But have found Syrup Pepsin the only onp always reliable. A bottle can bp obtained at any drug store for fifty PPn , g or one dollar, the latter Are Well and Happy by .Morning. It Is only natural that the simplest of ailments should be the most gen eral, and so we have a whole nation suffering from constipation and Indi gestion, for they are closely allied But common as constipation is many people do not seem to know they have it, headache, drowsiness or biliousness, all unconscious of t))e cause of the They will complain of a j j j j = j i Announcement HOTEL NILSBIT FRONT AND MARKLT STRtXTS OYSTER NEW QUICK LUNCH COUNTER JUST OPENED. Everything in First-Class Order. \ND BUI 'I Special Tables Reserved for Ladies. STANDARD PRICES, COMPETENT SERVICE. Entrance on Front Street. C. D. NESBIT, Proprietor. Leave It to The OXYPATHOR People are living In a continuous dread when there is positively no reason whatever. The OXYPATHOR will do the work and save all these troubles. If you are ailing in any way the OXYPATHOR will be a sure cure. Consultations free at. this office or at your home. Lady consul tant, Mrs. S. R. Strain, 1008 W. Eighth street. 'Phone, D. & A. 19C9A DeldtW&re Oxypathor Co., L. ,M. BBDADWAY. Mgr. 203-1 FORD BLDG. Office Hours, 8 a. m to 5 p. tn D. t A Phone 1233-D. February Reduction Sale I In order to reduce our stock before taking inventory. During the month of February we will give a discount of 10% to 50% On AH Our Goods Sterling Silver Tea Spoons, SOceach. Baynard, Banks 6 Bryan JEWELERS Market and Fifth Streets | | "The heart, too, may become so hard ened in sin as no longer to be sus ceptible to the spirt's influence, early life it Is easy to become a fol lower of Jesus. In middle life It is more difficult and requires a deter mined, heroic effort. In old age it is often well-nigh impossible. The power of God's spirit Is, Indeed, in finite, and nothing is impossible with God, but the choice between life and death is ours, not God's'and the will may become so enslaved as to refuse to make a determined choice. With every day's delay conversion is more unlikely, for the choice becomes more difficult—yield yourselvqs, therefore, now unto the Lord and enter his sanc tuary, which he hath sanctified for ever, and serve the Lord your God, that the fierceness of his wrath may turn away from you. "But this is not the only danger that confronts the Impenitent soul. What if death should come suddenly, Cutting off quickly and forever the possibility of a death bed repentance. It is uncertain whether another day or another hour will be meted out to us on earth. Our time« are in God's hands. We know not when the end In may come. "It has been truly said that the best way to be ready to die is to live with reverent fidelity today. Have you learned the supreme duty of life? Arc you a worshiper at God's altar, or have you yet to make your peace with God. There is peril in a day's delay. Ye know not what shall be on the morrow, for what is life. It Is even a vapor that appeareth for a little time and then vanisheth aw y. Be ye therefor ready, for ye know not ' the day nor the hour when the Son of M^n cometh.*' * . ,. ni\XPR *"* "• UA t-K bpjng Bought by families already fa m (u ar W itti Its merits Syrup Pepsin is tasting and non-griping. Mothers glvo it to tiny infants, and yet it Is efTec i live In grownups. It Is for everyone who Buffer» from auy form of atom ! rich, liver or bowel trouble, constipa i Hon, dyspepsia, biliousness, etc. Its , action « Hl so delight you that you ! will forever avoid harsh cathartics, • purgatives, pills and salts, 1 If no member of your family has want,ever used Syrup Pepsin and you would like to malt* a personal trial of it before buying ft in the re^u lar way o,f a druggist, send your ad dress—a postal will do—(o Dr. W B Caldwell, 417 Washington St., Monti j cello. 111., and a free sample bottle | sizclwill be mulled you. nl&f* \ v. 'J I ' m mk r f V ' mild. pleasant Delaware avenue and Dupont street, is the possessor of a fiddle that was brought to him from Ireland by his brother in IS«* The Instrument has been examined at the Smithsonian Institute Wash ington, where it was said to be the only instrument of its kind In exist ence. In the opinion of experts there that, the instrument was in India. bu,t the in Ireland. HASF,m " H " CAME FROM INDIA John D. Kelly, proprietor of the Logan House at made carving was done Mr. Kelly said the late Willard Hall Porter took the Instru ment to the World's Fair and was of fered $500 for it, which was refused. It is of peculiar shape and is similar to the East Indian "surusiga." Bids were opened in the United States engineer's office yesterday fpr dredging the channel to the Murder-j kill river, an annual expenditure, the; channel filling in during the winter months. The bids Were: River and Harbor Improvement Company, 10.3 cents a cubic yard; Atlantic Dreds-jtbe ing Company, 10.42 rents, and The Rickards Dredging Company. 9.5 cgaHv,. —-.—. OPEN DREDGING BIDS. j | We Challenge Our Competitors to Prove mm V., ÉjÊ JAMES Their assertions that these Gas Ranges are n,ot perfect and are not invite our competitor* expert, examine this enormous of a high-grade, standard make, along with the public to come to our store and stock ol Gas Ranges, and challenge him, or they, to question the reliabil ity of the manufacturer of these ranges. Why? Those very same makes of Gas Ranges were sold to the people of this city at a very much higher price by our competitors. Since the beginning of this sale we have in stalled over Two Hundred Gas Ranges in the homes of Wilmington, that are now giving satisfaction and are located in all parts of the city and speak for themselves. If you are interested in a gas range, stop and examine this stock, get our prices, let us kiow where >ou live and we will give you the name of a purchaser who is a user of one of these Gas Ranges that lives nearest to you and you can go and sec for yourself the working «1 this stove. We also will give you days' free trial. "Can you beat this proposition?" We New Process, Direct Action, Dangler i Gas Ranges are made in a variety of styles and sizes to meet the demands of the most exacting purchaser. These lines, in addition to the regular four burner, low oven stoves are replete with cabinet, elevated oven and table— ranges of every description, and embodies a new and convenient combination. POLICY —How good and not how cheap a range can be made has always been a policy of the manufacturers of these Gas Ranges and the uni versal popularity of the above lines is the best possible evidence that the years of stove manufacturing have been spent with this policy in mind. ECONOMY —Constructed on these principles they consume one-third less gas than other stoves and the distribution of the heat in the oven being instantaneous it is not necessary to heat the oven before using. Put your bak ing in the cold oven and light your burner. This saves from 5 to 10 minutes time, saves gas and greatly facilitates the baking. WE INVITE men who are connected with steel and metal trade, iron moulders v and plumbers, who are skilled mechanics, t* come to our store and examine this gigantic stock of Gas Ranges as to their construction and material used. (What will be the verdict?) A finished product that is perfect. We are not playing an open and shut game, nor through eur advertisements, do we attempt to condemn our competitors' stores' stoves. We only want to let you know that we can save >ou good money when you are ready to purchase a Standard Make Gas Range. I AS TO REPAIRS We guarantee to furnish part or parts for aay of the above makes of stoves that we sell at this sale free ot charge for five years. Why? We have one of the largest stove re. pair stores in the East—that is part ot our business. We can furnish you part ©r parts of any stove made east ot the Rocky Mountains in the last 25 years. "Try us and this is a posi tive fact and no advertising plunder. 9 * a \ ^ A \ McMAHON BROS. Sixth and King Streets. georue li MU. HPIKGEI/h ALTER WELL. Receipt of a letter Spiegel baiter, an engineer on the I Pennsylvania railroad who is now on j a southern trip,.,denied a rumor that ! he had been injured or was ill. Sev-1 P r a l days ago a rumor was current ! h ... 0 „,_u i u ^nhbèrf La in L- v vv . ? ^ hJ*thî lilt Li fft 1 "»»de by the local polie* failed ! from George | to locate him in tlint place. This morning his sister. Mrs. Willard A Springer, of Thirtieth and West nlreets heard from him. In his letter Mr. Splegelhalter said ho was well and would continue on his trip. 1 Elizabethan ELIZABETHAN COCOAMT M U \BOONS. i cocoanut i baknrv ""is ** n J" "'i'll nT " ; WC?' ,or f V . - " ' " • , e l . KSt n i a 12 r00l ? e j •' '* 5'', " J6 . j 80 . only JJ* ® ur Elizabethan pastry department. I url ' pr « Stelle, *tli and Market Sts.* . " ~ i ( MOSSING AGREEMENT. | The Baltimore & Ohio Railroad ; Company has gent to the Levy Court agreement regarding the Concord j crossing. The company will build the , bridge and the county will pay dam ages to abutting property ownera. macaroons VOTING IN VOITLAIUTY CONTEST The voHng place for the popular ity contest between members of the Alpha Male Choral Society will be at Hopkins and Hanlara's drug store, Twelfth and Walnut streets, between 8 and 10 o'clock tonight. 25 CENT "DANDERINE" FOR FALLING HAIR AND DANDRUFF-CROWS HAIR Don't pay 50 cents for worthless hal r tonics—l'»e old reliable, harmless "l»anilerlne"--Gef re«nlts. Thin, brittle, Colorless and scraggy ( h«''' 1* mute evidence of a neglected st a'P; of dandruff that aw ful scurf. There Is nothing so destructive loi (bf ba ir H „ dandruff. It roha the ba | r 0 f p,, lustre. Its strength and Its Ivory life; eventually producing a fev-j orishness and Itching of the scalp, which if not remedied muses the hair, roots to shrink, loosen and die—then the hair falls oiit fast. a little Danderlne tonight now—. nnytbne--wiU surely save your hair, (jet a 25 cent bottle of Knowlton's HAYDEN IS WATCHMAN. Joseph Hayden, whose name, was omitted from the list of 1-ievy Court appointments, was appointed night watchman at the county Court House. No one was appointed as fireman for tlie Court House to succeed Solomon Peterson, He Is an applicant for the position. Danderlne from any drug store or toilet counter, and after the first ap plication you will gay it was the best Investment you ever made Your hair will Immediately take on that life, lustre and luxuriance which Is so beautiful It will become wavy and (fluffy and have the appearance of abundance; an Incomparable gloss and softness, hut w hat will please you most will be after just a tew weeks' use, when you,ill actually seo a lot of fin», downy hair—new hair— growing all over the scalp.