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'llsMi IsSSte.*' - .- And you’ll be doing the very things you dream of T<yil§p*L t* f|% today as you put your money into Bonds. >. hk You will—that is—if you've held on to your Bonds ; \ - Remember. . . Time goes so quickly. Mralggik War Bonds-to have and to hold! CECIL COUNTY MILLING CO. POGUE & ROBERSON HAINES & KIRK VESTA’S BEAUTY SHOP STEWART M. WARD CO. THE NATIONAL BANK OF RISING SUN THE MIDLAND JOURNAL Rising Sun, Maryland WOODROW & JAMES Rising Sun, Md. MIDLAND JOURNAL, RISING SUN, MD. improved UNIFORM INTERNATIONAL' SUNDAY I '‘. chool Lesson By HAROLD L. LUNDQUIST. D. D. Of The Moody Bible Institute of Chicaeo. Released by Western Newspaper Union. Lesson for August 12 Lesson subjects and Scripture texts se lected and copyrighted by International Council of Religious Education; used by permission. ISAAC’S TESTIMONY TO GOD LESSON TEXT—Genesis 28:19-33. GOLDEN TEXT—Blessed be the Lord God, the God of Israel, who only doeth won drous things.—Psalm 72-18. A man of peace in a wartorn world may seem to be a bit out of place, j but he assuredly is not if the peace he has and promotes is the peace of God. i Our world has seen anew a dem onstration of the awful results of the philosophy that might makes right. Violence and bloodshed have been man’s way of asserting his supposed or assumed rights. One could hope that we are now ready to recognize that we need a new viewpoint, that patience and meekness are not weakness, that kindness and love are Christian virtues worth emulating and cultivating. That result can come only if men will recognize Christ as the King of their lives and nations will receive His Word as their law. Let us pro claim His truth and the gospel of His grace anew, and win all we can to Him. Isaac was a man of peace. He was a rather ordinary man, one of the common people, but his life is both interesting and instructive. He had come through varied experi ences of victory and defeat before the time of our lesson. Fearing a famine, and apparently not trust ing God at the moment, he had gone down from the promised land to the country of the Philistines, there re digging the wells which his father Abraham had dug. The result was that he prospered. Ere long, how ever, envy on the part of his ene mies taught Isaac that one may ex pect I. Strife in the World (vv. 19-21). Isaac had prospered, but he was still out of the promised land, and while he was in the land of Philis tines he could expect no permanent peace. We are in the world. We long for peace, and would throw all our in fluence and service into the cause of bringing a righteous peace to the troubled peoples of the world. But let us not be misled by that desire into the support of unscriptural and impossible peace programs. This world is a sinful world, and as long as that is true, there will be strife and war. Our business in such a world is to preach the gospel of grace, win ning men to Christ, that they may become men of good will. Isaac was such a man, willing to yield even what seemed to be his right, rather than cause contention. Undoubtedly there are times when one must defend his name and his possessions, but all too often those who do “stand for their rights” have wrecked homes, churches, and na tions, and have gained nothing but an empty victory. The peace of this world is tem porary. Is there then no real abid ing peace and joy? n. Joy in God’s Fellowship (vv. 22-25). When Isaac came up into Canaan, the land which God had promised to him, he found real peace and an abiding joy in renewed fellowship with God. Even so, the Christian man and woman who will step out of a spiritually destructive fellow ship with the ungodly world and come over wholeheartedly into tho spiritual Canaan of full consecration and separate living, will find true peace and satisfying communion with God. 111. Testimony in Right Living (w. 26-31). These men were wicked men, even speaking falsehood in their claim of friendship toward Isaac (v. 29). Now that they perceived that God was continually blessing Isaac in spite of their repeated injustice to ward him, they decided it would be well to make a covenant of friend ship with him. Even those who fol low the way of war and aggression cannot deny the effectiveness of true Christian testimony. Observe also that by his patience and kindness, Isaac ultimately made friends out of his enemies. “It is better to turn enemies into friends than to beat them, and have them enemies still.” And so this man with the patient, self-sacrificing spirit brought peace not only to him self, but to those about him, because he believed and trusted God. “When a man’s ways please the Lord, he maketh even his enemies to be at peace with him” (Prov. 16:7). IV. Blessing in Service (w. 32, 83). The thing to do when the selfish ness of others is about to cause strife is to go and “dig another well.” If we will do that, we will find that God has been there ahead of us and prepared a rich flow of fresh water with which we may re fresh and encourage ourselves. Isaac’s men said, “We have found water,” and he then named the place Beersheba, which means “the well of the oath,” referring undoubt edly to God’s fulfilled promise to bless him. He had found the way of peace, fellowship and blessing, because he had gone God’s way.