King's Business - 1913-10



needed. Bible training schools are the best source of supply for such pastorates. • The Webb law in action has surprised a large number of different people in widely scattered sections of the country. In Kan­ sas City, Kan., for example,,.where brew­ ers have been in the habit of sending wag­ ons of beer from Missouri across the river, selling the beverage from door to door, one stop cost the brewers $500. There are no more wagons crossing the state line. In Iowa it is said that the new law revives a clause requiring a certificate from a clerk of court with each shipment show­ ing that the consignee is entitled to re­ ceive the goods. The Burlington road has decided to receive no shipments unless ac­ companies by this bothersome certificate. I do not know any service which one Christian can better render to another than to keep him in mind of the inexhaustible spiritual wealth which, lies banked for him iii the treasuries of Christ. We are all prone to forget the promises, and to sink iti our depressions and fears. Even Bishop Butler sank into a slough of despond to­ ward the end of his days. He called for his chaplain and said to, him: “Though I have endeavored to avoid sin and to please God to the utmost of my power, yet from the consciousness of perpetual infirm­ ities I am still afraid to die.” “My lord,” said the chaplain, “you have forgotten that Jesus Christ is a Saviour.” “T rue”, said Butler, “but how shall I know that he is a Saviour to me?” “My lord, it is written, ‘Him that cometh unto me I will in no wise cast out.’” This humble helper, un­ known to us by name, was a gracious min­ ister to this scholarly bishop who was ly­ ing in fearfulness in the Slough of De-, spond.— Dr. Joivett. It is not the abundance of sins (Spiff-' mitted, but the not coming heartily to God, by Christ, for mercy, that shütá’men out of doors. And, though their hot com­ ing heartily may be said to be bilt á "sin, yet it is''such’ a sin as ’causeth that all other sins ábide upon them unforgfvéif.

and we could not think, if we came within reach, but that they would presently tear us in pieces.” Christian, undeterred, passed on and found them chained and harmless. Such was the faith, too, of Caleb and Joshua at Kadesh-Barnea. Do we not often feel, that the drought of Kadesh is more real than the grapes of Eschol? Are we not sometimes tempted to bitter comparisons of the fair promises with the gloomy realities? Does our cour­ age never flag, nor our faith falter, no swirling clouds of doubt hide the inheri­ tance from our weary and tear-filled’ eyes? He that is without sin let him cast the first stone at these men (Num. 20:2-6) ; but whoever knows his own weak heart will confess, that if he had been among that thirsty crowd, he would, most likely, have been one _of' the murmurees.— Alex­ ander Mdclaren. On a dark and stormy evening an old man lay dying, and the relative watching by his side, distressed that she could send for neither doctor nor minister on such a night, offered to read to him a chapter from the. Book. But the old man was in sore pairr, and could not listen. “Na, las­ sie,” he assured her, “the, storm’s up noo, but I thatched my hoose in the calm weather.” We did not need to go search­ ing for his hope and refuge in an hour like that; it was all made sure long ago, when the pulse was even and the hrain clear. They cannot die unprepared and alone who, have lived with the Lord. Accurate estimates show fhàfcof the 2000 vacancies in Presbyterian pastorates at lèast half are in fields where the right sort of leadership could enable the Presbyterian Church to discharge a large responsibility. One thousand strong and capable churches could be* set at work where now the com­ munity Suffers for the lack of efficient spiritual ministry. This makes no reckon­ ing’ of thè new fields to be reached and new • churches to be organized. Verily some new and vigorous and intelligent re­ cruiting for home mission leadership is

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