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The midland journal. (Rising Sun, Md.) 1885-1947, July 27, 1945, Image 3

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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>
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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.

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