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ii'iii-TfllliffiWHff I -*— 9 War Bonds-to have and to hold! CECIL COUNTY MILLING CO. POGUE & ROBERSON HAINES & KIRK VESTA’S BEAUTY SHOP STEWART M. WARD CO. XHE NATIONAL BANK OF RISING SUN STHE MIDLAND JOURNAL Rising: Sun, Maryland WOODROW & JAMES Rising: Sun, Md. MIDLAND JOURNAL. RISING SUN. MT> •11 HIM* Now—when you're maybe making more money than you used to and it’s not so hard to keep on buying that War Bond every week or every month —is the time to insure your future plans. You may be able to fulfill them the hard way later on —by scraping up the money somehow. And again—you may not. If you’re wise—you’ll do it the easy way —with War Bonds now to have and to hold! IMPROVED UNIFORM INTERNATIONAL SUNDAY I chool Lesson By HAROLD L. LUNDQUIST, D. D. Of The Moody Bible Institute of Chicago. Released by Western Newspaper Union. Lesson for July 29 Lesson subjects and Scripture texts se lected and copyrighted by International Council of Religious Education; used by permission. GOD’S PROMISE OF A NATION LESSON TEXT—Genesis 17:1-10. GOLDEN TEXT—I will establish my cove nant between me and thee and thy seed after thee In their generations for an ever lasting covenant, to be a God unto thee and to thy seed after thee. —Genesis 17:7. God keeps His promises. It may have appeared that God had forgot ten, but He had not, and in our les son we find Him ready to fulfill His promise. We need to learn the lesson of patience, of awaiting God’s time for the carrying out of His purpose. He is not in any hurry, but He always arrives on time. If we travel life’s way with Him, all will be well. Abram found the fullness of God’s blessing because he sought His will for life and service. We find him I. Walking in God’s Plan (vv.J l, 2). I The place of blessing is not in some cloistered refuge where the circumstances of life and its prob lems cannot disturb us. It is out in the daily walk with God, in the home, the office, the shop. What is God’s plan for the life of the believer? Just what He told Abram: “Be thou perfect.” Noth ing less will do, for He is a perfect God. His law is perfect (Ps. 19:7). He requires a perfect obedience to the perfect law (James 2:10). This was His standard for Abram, and it can be no less for us. How shall we attain to it? Only in Christ can we meet and fulfill God’s plan of perfection. That means that as followers of the Lord we are to seek His power for the outworking of His grace in our lives. We are not to be content with a Christian life on a low stand ard or lacking any of the graces which God can give us. We, too, must recognize that if God is to givn us His full measure of blessing, we must walk in accord with His will, walking in the light as He is in the light (I John 1:7). Much of the failure and impotence of present day spiritual life is ex plained by the willingness of Chris tians to live imperfect lives. 11. Talking of God’s Purpose (w. 3-8). Abram fell on his face in adora tion and worship. Ineverence and humility, he put himself in the place of subjection and service. What happened? “God talked with him” (v. 3). This man was ready for a holy conversation with the Lord. His attitude of body was only the outward expression of an atti tude of heart which was right. So God and he talked about the purpose of the Lord for Abram’s life. He had been Abram, which means, “exalted father,” that is, of a family or a tribe; now he became Abraham, “the father of a multitude.” This is the first of many instances in Scripture where a name was changed by God to mark an impor tant event, or a change of heart. For example, Jacob “the supplant er” became Israel, “a prince with God” (Gen. 32:28); Simon became Peter, “a rock” (Matt. 16:17, 18). The letter to the church at Per gamos speaks of the one who over comes in Christ’s name as having a new name written which no man knows save he that receives it (Rev. 2:17). The believer on Christ is a changed man, a new creature, whether his name be changed or not. God wants to change men—has He changed you? The promise is renewed to Abra ham. It was to his “seed,” that la, his descendants. He took the bless ing from God’s hand, accepting things thut as yet were not, as though they were. God is able to make them come to pass (cf. Rom. 4:16-18). 111. Trusting God’s Promise (w. 9, 10). Down through the ages every man in the great host to descend from Abraham was to bear the outward token that he belonged to the cov enant people. This was to be a sym bol of and to lead the recipient into that attitude of heart which would bring outward rite into ful fillment as an inward reality. Observe that after Abraham, it was always the parent who thus brought the son into the covenant. This speaks of the parental respon sibility to bring the little children to the Lord, and it also gives us the precious assurance that God is in terested in the children and ready to receive them at the hands of par ents, taking them into His own ten der care. Thus down through the genera tions, Israel was to show their faith in God, their assurance that He would keep His promises to them, and their consequent eagerness that their families should be counted into the covenant with God. Christ is ready and eager to un dertake for our children. His grace is sufficient, not only for us, but also for those who come after us. His promise is to our “children’s chil dren” (Ps. 103:17, 18), “of such as keep His covenant.” Let us trust Him, and put ourselves and our chil dren in that place of obedience where He may bless us and them.