King's Business - 1955-11

On the Other Side of the Altar see page 13


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Yes, Jane and Harold had a wonderful vacation this year. They flew by TW A Constellation to Europe, roamed through narrow streets and quaint shops, stayed in beautiful modern hotels and wayside inns — and everywhere met the friendly people of other countries they had read about in magazines all their lives. They rode camels to the Pyramids in North Africa. They walked the sacred paths our Saviour trod almost 2,000 years ago. They traveled by boat on the Sea of Galilee from Tiberias to Capernaum. They visited both Arab and Jewish Palestine and many, many other places too numerous to mention. But the thrilling part was the collection of wonderful things they brought back with them — and at prices so low they would shock you. As a matter of fact the entire trip was an indescribable adventure they had dreamed about for years — yet it cost them so little. For complete information and free illustrated brochure, write RETZ I NGER WOR L D TOURS 1393 M A R V IS T A AVE., PA SA D EN A , CALIF.


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Revel in rich Bible study against the background of breathtaking scenery—under the tutelage of some of America’s outstanding Bible expositors. To Alaska you’ll sail the world-famous “ inside passage”—waterways banked with towering peaks and picturesque timbered shorelines; stop at bus­ tling ports with time to visit mission stations and historical points of interest. To Central America you’ll fly by Pan-American Airways on a mission study cruise known as the Maya-Aztec loop. Ten brim-full days of thrilling sights and specialized study of three distinctly different Latin-American cultures and civilizations.


1 10 Days A ir Cruise to Central America. Leave from Los Angeles December 25, 1955. Return January 3, 1956. Price: only $355, including tax.


2 12 Days by Steamship to Alaska and the Yukon. Leave from Seattle, Canadian Pacific Docks, Wednesday, June 6 , 1956, 8:00 a.m. Return Friday, June 15, early evening. Price: only $225 and up, including tax. CRUISE 3 9 Day A ir Cruise to Alaska. Leave Seattle June 23, 1956, 8:45 a.m. by Northwest-Orient Airlines. Arrive Anchorage 12:30 p.m. same day. Study missions in Kodiak, Valdez, Cordova, and Fairbanks. Return to Seattle July 1, 9 :30 p.m. Price: only $290, including tax.

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• Dr. Theron Chastain, a graduate of BIOLA and Executive Secretary of American Baptist Home Mission Society, will direct missionary observations on our air-cruise through Alaska. • Rev. W m . H . Walker, Director of the Central American Mission, and Rev. Benjamin Morales, President of the Spanish American Baptist Seminary, will direct our Central American tour. • Dr. and Mrs. J. Lester Hamish, Temple Baptist Church, Los Angeles, will assist on the air cruise to Alaska.

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This Greek grandmother and granddaughter lost their home and all their posses­ sions. This photograph was taken on the spot by Rev. Douglas G. Stewart at the time of the earthquakes. . -— p h o t o d . g . s .

EARTHQUAKES IN GREECE— DEATH TAKES ITS TOLL! Evangelical believers suffer the loss of loved ones, homes and all their posses­ sions.

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A Letter for You to Answer Dear Friend: Deeply moved in my soul and completely despairing of life, I have gotten out of bed to write to you. I am a young girl who for eight years has been going from one sanitarium to another because of the dread disease of tuberculosis, but to no avail. I burn daily with a high fever simply because I lack money for the necessary drugs. I have no one in this world to help me. My father is a drunkard, my mother died from tuberculosis and even my sister is tubercular. She has been put out of one sani­ tarium because they cannot keep her after three years. We are try­ ing to get her admitted here, at the sanitarium of Lamia, but she does not even have the fare to come, let alone money to pay for medicine. My three little brothers at home go about in the streets begging for bread. Some people help them; some chase them. Poor little fel­ lows, they often come home crying and go to bed hungry. They are ragged and barefoot because no one cares for them. My father is a slave of drink and does nothing for his motherless children. In spite of the seeming hopeless­ ness of our situation, I am looking to Jesus for help. I know that it is in His name that those of you who read this letter will want to re­ spond. I think I have said enough. There are no more words to de­ scribe our plight. May God have mercy on us. With love, EVA BAGGOU We have “ no more words” to describe this situation, either, but we know that you share our heart­ ache and deep pity for this suffer­ ing girl and her family. The medi­ cine for her and her sister will cost $50 to provide, and $10 will pur­ chase locally 80 lbs. of nourishing food. We invite you, our reader, to respond to this pathetic appeal and to hundreds of others like it. You may help through the American Mission to Greeks, Inc., Dept. K, P.O. Box 423, New York 36, N.Y., Rev. Spiros Zodhiates, General Secretary. (In Canada: 90 Duplex Ave., Toronto 7, Ont.) This Mission is also reaching the souls of the thousands of tuber­ cular people in Greece by provid­ ing Bibles and New Testaments for them in the Greek language. While we are concerned about the tragedy of the suffering body, we must not forget the plight of the sinful heart.

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A monthly column of names in the news There’s a new kind of experiment going on in Nevada this fall in the field of psychotherapy. Under the di­ rection of Dr. Cecil Stokes, sound re­ cordings are being made at various positions along the side of Hoover Dam of Johnny Desmond vocalizing on four sacred selections. Dr. Stokes says the unusual acoustic situation of Hoover Dam produces a soothing ef­ fect on mental patients when they listen to musical recordings made there. Desmond, with an organ and the various recording equipment, is stationed on a platform which is raised and lowered along the dam in an effort to locate the ideal acous­ tic situation. Recordings are being made of “ Rock of Ages,” “ The Lord’s Prayer,” “ In the Garden” and “He Leadeth Me.” The size of the dam, its topographical location combined with the water, produces one of the most natural echoes in the world. In Kansas City, Dr. Clifford Lewis has been appointed president of the Kansas City Bible College. Dr. Donald G. Barnhouse is one of several ministers that will be fea­ tured on a new TV series starting this fall. The telecast, “Man to Man,” will first be shown in the East and will reach the Far West by July. Evangelist Billy Graham has re­ ceived a pat on the back and good wishes from a leading Roman Catho­ lic weekly published by the Jesuits. The weekly said: “We rather like Billy Graham. We also wish there were more like him where he came from.” It also commented: “We have the impression that he is one of the vanishing race of Protestant divines with whom a Catholic scholar could actually sit down and talk theology.” “He is evidently intelligent, sincere and genuinely zealous. Undoubtedly he is doing a lot of good among Prot­ estants here and abroad.” The Amer­ ica felt that huge crowds gather to hear Mr. Graham, “not because they seek a show as some critics have suggested, but because millions of Protestants are hungry for God.” It added: “ They recognize a voice which speaks with the unmistakable accent of one who believes in the great doc­ trines of the Christian faith — the Holy Trinity, the Incarnation and the Resurrection.” “We wish Billy well in his mission of recalling God to the minds of a secularized world.”

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How to develop your talent T here’s a rather interesting account in the Bible about a boy and his lunch. Jesus was speaking up on a mountain quite a distance from town and a crowd of more than 5,000 had gathered to hear Him. In that crowd was this boy. The people were so captivated by the Master’s message that hours passed. Finally hunger overtook them and Christ became concerned about their hunger and He asked one o f His disciples, “ Whence shall we buy bread, that these m ay eat?” The question was calculated to teach a lesson. There wasn’t any bakery within miles. And if there had been there wasn’t enough m oney to buy such a large amount o f food. The lad with the lunch wasn’t concerned about such problems. His mother had fixed him a lunch and he started to eat. The puz­ zled group of men around Christ noticed the b oy and his lunch, and thinking of nothing better to do pointed the boy out to Christ. At least one in the crowd wasn’t starving. Then Jesus did a very strange thing. He walked over to the boy and asked him for his lunch. W ithout a word the hungry little urchin handed it all to Jesus. You know the rest of the story. Our Saviour blessed the lunch and perform ­ ing a miracle fed the entire crowd. And the boy ended up with far more than he gave away. H ow do we fit into such a picture today? Each of us wants life to have real deep-down meaning. W e want to make a success of living. W e want to contribute something worthwhile so w e w ill be appreciated and wanted. W e want the approval of our fellow men and of God. But we know ourselves. And we know we fall short. Our talent or our personality or our contacts just aren’t enough. And when we’ve tried everything we know we hear the voice of Jesus Christ saying, “ Give me what you have.” Can we refuse this gentle command? Dare we hug possessively to our breast the precious little we now have for fear of losing all? But Christ is calling . . . He is asking. And like the lad with the lunch we hand all to Him. And when we do a miracle happens. W e exchange our failure and sin and defeat for His salvation. Our cramped little life suddenly becomes an abundant, overflowing experience. That which was so worthless and so drab when w e clutched it so tightly is now so adequate in His hands. This is what we’ve longed for, hoped for. Jesus said, “ I am the way, the truth and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but b y me . . . I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.” W e can on ly know what real, abundant life is when we let loose and commit our life to Him. •— L.H . ( I f you desire m ore help on how to becom e a Christian, you are invited to w rite The Editors, The K ing’s Business, 55 8 So. H ope St., Los Angeles 17, C a lif.)

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What Constitutes Thanksgiving A s our national Thanksgiving D ay approaches once more, we naturally turn our minds and hearts to the blessed privilege o f “ counting our blessings” as a nation and as individuals. In this year of our Lord 1955 we look out upon a country which resembles Canaan as it was described in the W ord of God as a “ good land, and a large, a land flowing with m ilk and honey.” This has been the record year for prosperity, plenty and production. The “ lean years” of the war days are well-nigh forgotten. Greater numbers of young people are enrolling in colleges than entered high schools 50 years ago. Everything educational, cultural and scientific is on the ascendency. W e are a complacent, well-fed people, and peace “ like a river” spreads over our lush green countryside. But in this quiet lull between international and political storms — fo r that they are coming is inevitable — are we using the free gifts of God as He intended, for His glory; and are we offering genuine thanks­ giving to God? Or are we guilty o f one of the first sins o f race as described in that biography of declension and depravity, Romans 1 — “ Neither were thankful” (v. 2 1 )? The psalmist asked in the long ago: “ What shall I render unto the Lord for all his benefits toward m e?” The inspired answer to this ques­ tion reveals how much higher are God’s ways than ours, and that His thoughts are not our thoughts. M an ’s w ay is to return favor with favor, to exchange gift for gift. Not so w ith the Lord. Paradoxical as it may seem, we show our gratitude to God for His bounties b y taking more of them! Read it in Psalm 116:13: “ I w ill take the cup of salvation, and call upon the name of the Lord.” In other words, we can give on ly b y taking! And what a gift! The cup of salvation includes all that the Lord Jesus Christ accomplished in His incarnation, His death and His resurrection! If we receive this cup at His hands, we prove that we are grateful for everything, including the gift of existence itself. W e acknowledge that there is a life beyond this one; that “ a man’s life consisteth not in the abundance of the things which he possesseth.” “ You can’t take it with you ” applies to every precious material blessing, convenience and comfort wh ich we have mentioned. Our Saviour and Lord is the on ly One we can take with us; and if we miss knowing H im we have missed all. On every hand our people are partaking of God’s goodness without one thought of gratitude to Him , without asking themselves w hy such favors should be bestowed. W e rejoice in the “ religious movements” of our times and thank God for the thousands reached through the special evangelistic campaigns and personal work but w e as Christians must re-double our efforts to “ w in for the Lamb that was slain the reward of His suffering” in the never-dying souls of men and women who breathe the air o f freedom and may, if they will, worship H im in spirit and in truth. Genuine thanksgiving includes m any elements: humility, as one rec­ ognizes that God’s gifts are unmerited and undeserved; worship, as one acknowledges that He is God and we are but the creatures of His hand; love, because He first loved us and gave His Son; and faith because we believe that “ every good and perfect gift” comes from a personal God who claims our heart’s devotion. Let us then fo r 1955 “ offer the sacrifice of thanksgiving” and “ give thanks unto the Lord; for he is good: for his m ercy endureth for ever.”


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By E. F. Haight. A commentary on fifty-two interest-provoking, Bible- centered Uniform Sunday school les­ sons for 1956. A ll are based on sound scholarship, but are never technical. For each lesson there is a brief teaching outline, notes on the lesson passages, lesson interpretation, and emphasis on applying the lesson to life, and, this year, Broadman Comments contains a list of suggested visual aids for each lesson. $2.50 • • • • • For the Bible student: •


By Clifton J. Allen. Popular vest- pocket commentary on the Interna­ tional Uniform lessons for the Sunday school. Each lesson is presented in a concise and appealing form. Contains helpful, analytical, and explanatory notes. 75$ At all booksellers B R O A D M A N PRESS G. R. Welch Co.» Ltd.» Toronto



b y m a v i s C a m p b e l l

D k e O t l i er .S i d e

just how many problems does marriage solve?

Illustrations : M arvin Rubin



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on the other side o f the a l tar continued H nto the flushed and Polly- anna-clouded minds o f most new wives and brides-to-be is the half-formed assump­

marriage com ing along?” But after reading each o f m y own articles as they were published month after month, I used to ask it myself. Still, our tests indicated that we would be compatible. Our religious back­ grounds were similar. Our motiva­ tions almost dovetailed. W e both loved children, animals, a simple life, good music, Early American

where I was, in a comfortable, easy climate, among friendly neighbors and in a new and desirable home. Some o f our conflicts were petty, rather amusing even to us. M y hus­ band likes home-made bread, home- canned food, baked beans cooked eight horn's, vegetables that do not come in frozen containers. I could go along with most of these ideas

tion that success in marriage among Christians is a foregone conclusion. The young woman longing for marriage and preoccupied with preparations for it has a tendency to forget the problems on the other side o f the altar, and is apt to fall into the subconscious notion that there are no problems there. W ith marriage, she knows, w ill come the new esteem of n e ig h b o r s and friends; she w ill feel suddenly rec­ ognized. She believes (sometimes smugly) that marriage w ill put her into her proper place o f woman­ hood, giving her security and ma­ turity which comes from being loved and loving with abandon. And much of this is true. But to assume that m a r r ia g e between Christians is the end o f all frustra­ tions, failures and foozles is as naive as to believe that upon ac­ cepting Christ into our lives, we have wiped out all the obstacles, heartaches and conflicts o f living. Often it is on ly the beginning of them, but God gives us an armour with wh ich to face the old and new problems. M y romance and marriage two years ago was described in detail in a national woman’s magazine with a circulation o f over 4 million. M ine had been almost a show-case marriage, since I was one o f several selected to write in diary form the entire story o f m y husband’s and m y romance. For our benefit and the benefit o f millions of readers we had taken personality tests after our engagement to determine our mutual likes and differences. And it was gratifying to know how closely bound together were those interests. But the real story, to me, was not the highly-played romance and courtship which ended in marriage, but the marriage itself— and espe­ cially during those four months the articles ran in serial form. A t the time our personal lives were held up for public scrutiny, no one asked, “ Just how is your

we had moments of disagreement . . .

. . . our motivations dovetailed

but it seemed at times he was try­ ing to push me back into another era— where wives churned butter, mashed vegetables through colan­ ders, and stood elbow deep in flour and yeast for hours on end. W e had occasional moments of disagreement upon how to train our puppy, m y method of starching m y husband’s shirts, how many pieces o f toast one should eat at one meal­ time, what color shirt or tie looked best, what kind o f house dress I should buy, how to grow grass on alkali soil, how many marigolds to plant and where to put the stepping stones, how to invest m y pre-mar­ riage savings, what color o f dutch curtains to hang in the den, how many hours o f sleep per day seemed logical (m y husband works the 5:00 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. shift on a newspaper and falls asleep at the drop o f a pin outside o f work-' ing hours— even with eight hours’ sleep behind h im ). Most o f these little differences were solved easily and promptly. Others, including a difference in the w ay we each ex­ pressed ourselves verbally, needed more time, prayer and patience. This would probably fall under a heading of marriage adjustment which every newly-married couple

furniture, open country, good books. And we wanted our marriage to be a monument honoring our God in some direct service for Him. W ith c o u n s e lo r , psychologist, marriage advisor all giving the Go signal to our marriage, and with a desire in our hearts to put God first in our home, it would appear that life should bubble placidly on ever after. But we discovered that marriage doesn’t necessarily u n it e every thought^ desire and interest of a husband and wife. The man is still a separate entity; so is the woman. Ideas formed during a quarter of a century apart from each other do not mesh in the months o f engage­ ment and 30-minute ceremony. W e went through all the difficul­ ties other young married couples usually do. M oney handling seemed to fall high on the list o f conflicts. And every time we discussed where we eventually wanted to live, we wound up on opposite sides o f the county. I conceded this point, since I reluctantly admitted to myself that it should be up to the husband to select the location in which to earn his living, but it didn’t stop m y inner longing to remain right



Frequent prayer together is the actual key to our adjustment. W e pray regularly. In our case, any discord could rarely smoulder more than a few hours; irritations just must end when one faces Christ. W ith us, breakfast and dinner are occasions for a much fuller inter­ change with the Lord than a simple asking of the blessing. Then, while the Wheatena stops boiling, we ex­ pose our hopes, ambitions, concern for relatives and friends, as well as whatever trouble m ay be lingering in o u t hearts. And, in the last in ­ stance, when we are thoroughly honest, the healing is invariably immediate. Again at bedtime we meet with our Lord. The problems which took us by surprise at the beginning of mar­ riage have g r a d u a l ly dissolved. There w ill be new problems to take their place, but we have a basic un­ derstanding made possible through a prayerful three-way conversation with our Lord. W e have a growing feeling that these very problems, met w ith God’s help, are the bonds of a more nearly perfect marriage. Young people facing marriage or the hope of marriage might take cognizance o f the fact that a mar­ riage rooted in Christ is certain to better withstand the conflicts of everyday arisals, since two people dedicated to the desire o f serving and honoring their Lord are bound to try harder keeping their mar­ riage intact and happy. They are not merely trying to please them­ selves, their relatives and friends; nor are they particularly interested in improving marriage statistics for posterity. Th ey are also concerned with pleasing God. Certainly the harmonious relationship between two people in a discordant world is testimony to the peace and love Christ can instill. Paradoxically, there w ill always be temporary frustrating decisions to be made, very real problems to be faced down and prayed over. But most young couples seeking God’s will would affirm that it is these very problems, met with God’s help, that cement marriage and make a stronger, more perfect union. END.

perfect, flawless association between a man and a woman. W hen m y husband forgets to wash out the bathtub and accidentally empties the sandy cuffs of his levis on the new ly vacuumed living room rug, I don’t even grind m y teeth be­ cause I know he is essentially very neat, but a very busy man. I know that there w ill come the time when

I w ill ask him irrelevant questions just as he settles his mind on his favorite magazine. There w ill come another time when he w ill call to me from the bathroom and I will answer above the drone of m y m ix- master, “ Come on in here. I can’t understand a word you ’re saying.” This will, as it always has in the past, provoke him to retort, “ You ’re the on ly one who doesn’t under­ stand what I say. I think you should go to an ear specialist.” W h ich brings m y rather terse reply that I had m y ears tested in the elemen­ tary school in which I had pre­ viously taught. M y hearing, I will point out sweetly, was above aver­ age. He might benefit, however, from a speech class, I add not too subtly. He, in turn, w ill relate the story of the deaf copyreader who works on the copy desk of his news­ paper and who has no trouble un­ derstanding him by lip reading. W h ich leaves us nowhere, but we have learned to chuckle over this chronic conversation which seems humorous to us now. There is no bitterness in our remarks. W e have learned to live w ith each other, to laugh with each other and to pray often with each other.

/ am no longer an idealist . . . goes through, but had someone sug­ gested to me during m y single days that I would be faced w ith these differences, I would have found it difficult to believe what importance they assume in married life. There were moments in which I felt an intolerable loneliness dur­ ing the long evening hours m y hus­ band was at work. Thrust suddenly from an environment in which I had been busy almost every night o f the week, surrounded b y friends, working on various projects or be­ ing entertained, to an environment of strange neighbors, a deadly quiet house, an absence o f others m y own age and sex, was a shock. The mun­ dane truism that “ The first year is the hardest” has probably been echoed a m illion times and has been met w ith silent assent by most brides and grooms. I am no longer an idealist who believes that marriage must be a


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cisms made against Christians is that their minds are narrow and their hearts are small. This may not be wholly true, but that such a charge can be made at all is sufficient cause fo r serious heart searching and prayer. Godliness suggests Godlikeness, and to be Godlike is certainly to be magnan­ imous. God enfolds the world in His heart and contains the created universe. R e s t r i c t e d sympathies make us unlike God, and the brav­ est thing we can do is to admit it. Nothing is so futile as trying to defend our moral flaws against the sharp eyes o f the world. W e should remove the ground o f the criticism rather than deny it. Paul was a little man with a vast interior life; his great heart was often wounded by the narrow­ ness o f his disciples. The Christians at Corinth especially gave him much pain because o f their inward constrictions. The sight o f then- shrunken souls hurt him too much, and he once burst out in a cry of mingled indignation and love, “ Our mouth is open unto you , O Corin­ thians, our heart is enlarged. Ye are not straitened in us, but y e are straitened in your own affections. N ow for a recompense in like kind (I speak as unto m y ch ildren), be ye also enlarged” (2 Cor. 6:11-13, A SV ). If any wonder how they can en­ large their hearts w e hasten to tell them that they cannot do it. Paul said, “ Be ye also enlarged,” but he did not say, “ Enlarge yourselves.” That they could not do. Only God can work in the heart. The A rch i­ tect and Builder o f the soul alone can build it anew after the cyclone of sin has gone over it and left on ly one small room standing. If we surrender our hearts to God we m ay expect a wondrous enlargement. And who knows what He can do if we take our hands off and let H im work? “ H ow knowest thou what nobility God has be­ stowed on human nature,” asks Meister Eckhart, “ what perfections yet uncatalogued, aye, yet undis­ covered?” And one singular characteristic of the enlarging life is that it is quietly unaware o f itself. The larg­ est heart is likely to be heard praying, “ Narrow is the mansion of m y soul. Enlarge Thou it.” END. THE KING'S BUSINESS

narrow mansions

by A. W . Tozer

■ n y list o f the spiritually great must include Augus­ tine, Bishop o f Hippo. A h u n d r e d informed m e n who might vote on who were the mightiest Christians since Paul would be likely to differ widely, but it is safe to assume that every one o f them would mention A u ­ gustine. So great was he, intellect­ ually and spiritually. The ages have known how great a Christian Augustine was, but a p p a r e n t l y he himself did not know. A t the beginning of his famous devotional work, the Con­ fessions, he says, “ Narrow is the mansion of m y soul; enlarge Thou it, that Thou mayest enter in.” This was spoken in utter sincerity, and it may give us a hint o f the secret of his greatness. Augustine’s vision of God was so tremendous that his own little ca­ pacity to receive seemed to him intolerably restricted. God was to him so vast, so world-filling, that no temple could contain H im , no shrine enclose Him. He fills heaven and the heaven of heavens, and the world itself is too small to receive Him. And when Augustine looked within his own heart he saw on ly narrowness and constriction; and it made him sick. “ Enlarge Thou it!” was the involuntary cry of his soul. H ow vastly different is this from the self-satisfied s p i r i t we see everywhere these days. To be saved appears to be the highest ambition o f most Christians today. T o have eternal life and know it is the high­ est aspiration of many. Here they begin and here they end. Around this one theme they build their 16

narrow t e m p le s , and in these cramped confines they sing then- congratulatory songs and offer their cheery thanks. The widest thing in the universe is not space; it is the potential ca­ pacity of the human heart. Being made in the image of God, it is capable of almost unlimited exten­ sion in all directions. And one of the world’s worst tragedies is that we allow our hearts to shrink until there is room in them for little beside ourselves. Wordsworth la­ mented the fact that as we get older our world grows smaller and the “ light that never was on land or sea” dims slowly and goes out at last. Heaven lies about us in our infancy! Shades of the prison house begin to close Upon the growing boy, But he beholds the light, and whence it flows. ★ * 4c A t length the man perceives it die away, And fade into the light of common day. Of all persons Christians should have the largest hearts; to them the narrowing o f the heart should be an unthinkable calamity. They should seek for inner enlargement till their outward dimension gives no hint o f the vastness within. To be great outwardly and small with­ in is a kind o f hypocrisy, but the modesty that hides a spacious in­ terior under a simple exterior must be most pleasing to God. One o f the most stinging criti- About the Author Mr. Tozer is the pastor of a Christian , & Missionary Alliance church in Chicago and editor • , v ? ? .Alliance Weekly/' This article is included in "The Root of the Righteous/' Christian Publications, Inc.

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