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Did you ever hear, a man ascribe his re- demption f r om intemperance and sin and vice to the multiplication table, or the science of mathematics or geology? But I ean bring you not one man, or two, or ten, but men by the thousand who will tell you, " I was wretched; I was lost; I broke my mother's heart; I beggared my fam- ily; my wife was heart stricken and de- jected; my": children fled from the sound of their f a t h e r 's footsteps; I was ruined, reckless', helpless,, homeless, until I heard the words df that B o o k !" And he will tell you the very words which fastened • on his soul. It may be it was, ' ' Come unto me, all ye ti,at labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you r e s t " ; perhaps it was, "Behold, t he Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the wo r l d ; '' it may have been, ' '"God so loved the world .... f f o J ^ V ' " - CHRISTMAS DAY Wl TH JESUS. (By Bev. J. H. Sammis) No wreaths of red tipped holly, No spangles bright and gay, Adorned the Savior's cradle, Where rudely wrapped he lay. There were no Christmas dainties, No bright and pretty toys, Nor rang the joyous laughter there Of merry girls and boys. But in the dingy stable, Low on a bed of bay, The Prince of the House of David All uncomplaining lay. Sweet mother near to love him; Kind shepherds to adore; And his Father, God, above him; He did not wish for more. . I t is 1 not fine surroundings That Christmas joy imparts, Nor gifts of price and beauty, . But the love of gentle hearts. Christ comes to all the lowly, But the proud He passes by; And they sing, His angels holy, Only where the Christ is nigh.
that He gave His only begotten Son, t h at whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting l i f e . " He can tell you the very word t h at saved his soul. And since that word entered his heart, he will tell you that hope has dawned on his vision; that joy has inspired his heart; and t h at his mouth is filled with song. He will tell you t h at the blush of health has come back to his poor w i f e 's faded cheek; that the old hats have van- ished f r om the windows of his desolate home; that his rags ha/e* been exchanged f or good clothes; that his children run to meet him when he comes; that there is bread on his table, fire on his hearth, and cpmfort in his dwelling. He will tell you all that, and he will tell you that this Book has wrought the change. H. L. HASTINGS. And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and t he glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid. And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, which is Christ the Lord. And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find' the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.—Luke. CHRISTMAS SCRIPTURE.
For unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and His name shall be called Wonderful, Coun- sellor, the mighty God, the everlasting Father, the Prince of Peace.—Isaiah.
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