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followed and convention adjourned to the basement of the church, where dinner was served.

Second Session The Wednesday afternoon session began at 1.30 with devotional services by Rev. L. G. Deily, Toledo, Ohio. The delegates were then welcomed to the city, the church and the homes of Findlay by Mr. Ralph Schwartz. President Murray S. Moist responded to the address of welcome and also gave his annual report. In his report the President made many practical recommendations and reported much work accomplished during the past year. Three new districts have been organized in the State, making a total of nine districts now organized, each of these having held at least one convention since the last State convention.

Six local Leagues were added to the State organization. The convention then enjoyed a saxophone solo by Mr. F. C. Burk, of the local League. Rev. Paul Koller, Mansfield, Ohio, then gave a most excellent address on “Luther League Outlook.” He said:

I. The Luther League outlook is first great promise. As we view the future, from this point in our League's existence, it is bright with the promise of advancement and continued success.

We view no gloomy prospect with regard to the Luther League. It is a goodly outlook, however, not because we look through rose-colored glasses, or see a mirage of wonderful things through mists of imperfect knowl. edge or the heat waves of ardent liopes, but because the League stands upon the high ground of right princi. ples and faces those things which are best in the life of the individual Christian and the Church. Among those things that give certainty to the promise of blessed and successful future for the Lutlier League

(a) The steady growth of the organization and the splendid work that it has done and is doing give us the right to see a promising future.

Statistics are dull and dry affairs, but just these few to show that we are going ahead. Seventeen years ago at Pittsburgh (October 30 and 31, 1895) there assembled 381 delegates, representing 20 societies. At Chicago in 1908 there were fifteen States organized, $3 district organizations, 836 locals with a membership of 42,352 members exclusive of Juniors. At Pittsburgh in 17 States and four foreign countries represented, 53 districts, 1,000 locals, wit! a membership of nearly 50,000. There has been a constant and steady growth. It is no longer the Luther League of America only. India has a Luther League. Japan and China are interested. Porto Rico and Canada have Luther Leagues. In Lutheran churches and mission stations girdling the globe the Luther League is making its way. Then, too, during these seventeen years the League has not been idle in serving the Church and carrying out its mission. It has done more than any other agency in the Church to hold our young people and train them for service. The leaders and workers in the laymen's movement and the laymen's missionary movement, the men in our Brotherhoods who are doing things for the Lutheran Church have been for the most part trained in Luther Leagues, The young women who today are carrying the splendid work of our W. H. & F. Missionary Society are largely League trained. A loyal Church life has been fostered. If these have been done and are being done they can be done in the future.

The outlook is promising, in the second place, because the Luther League is of the whole

Church. That for which the Church has been praying and hoping is united Lutheranism in America. While the Luther League carries no purpose or desire to unite our Church it has the purpose of harmonizing all branches and co-ordinating all her energies for the glory of the Church and the welfare of the kingdom of God. It has done more to bring together Luther. ans in America than any other agency in the Church and its work is not done. The Luther League is of the future, because its vision is large. It is of no synod, of no language, but of the whole Church and for the whole Churcn.

(c) The outlook of the League is promising and full of encouragement because it is based on the prin. ciples that make both for stability and progress. It is of the Church and for the Church. God's promise of abiding presence and help was to the Church. N. other religious organization ever had that promise. The Luther League is of the Church. There are organizations that are supposed to be of the Church which are not always. But the League is, and it has 110 life or purpose away from the Church. It rests upon the word of God for its teaching and guidance. the only infallible rule of faith and life. It has as its purpose the purpose of service of our young people along the lines of intelligent active Christian ser. vice, a work no other agency is doing. Its spirit is conservative, but progressively so, proud of our Lu. theran heritage grounded in her doctrine, but living in the present of action and earnest living. These things. Leaguers, these principles and purposes assure stability and

progress and give certainty to our conviction of a glorious future for the Luther League.

II. The Luther League outlook is outlook of opportunity. We do not simply look into the fu. ture and see the promise of continued growth and success an organization. But before the League there is a wide vision of glorious opportunity to serve God and our Church. Some have fancied that the League has done its work and accomplished the purpose for which it was organized. Not so! The Luther League has a part to play and a work to do in our Church, and will have as long as the Church is as she is.

What is this outlook of ‘opportunity? It is an outlook having three horizons.

(a) First horizon, the congregation. It is to do that work for which it was called into life-the car. ing for and training of the young people of the Church, taking up the work with those who have just been confirmed. What a need and opportunity liés right here.

The personal piety of these young people must be develoned. There are too many who stop satisfied with their confession of Christ and who never rise to an adequate consciousness of their personal responsibility as a follower of Christ.

This matter of deepening the spiritual life is a fun. damental thing. We may make these young men and women into workers for the Church as far as outward activity goes, but if inner life does not keep pace we do it at a great risk. Children sometimes make the semblance of a garden by sticking branches in the sand, full of flowers and hanging heavy with fruii, but a few hours sees that garden faded and dead. So with a young Christian's life pushed to fruit bearing without a true development of the life within. It may show results for a while, but when the sun of life is not it withers and sometimes dies. This work of developing of the spiritual life and training in those. things that make for Christian character is one of the League's opportunities. The League prayer meetings. with earnest spiritual talks-a topic that reaches the heart--the word exalted and prayers that bless the soul, help greatly in this work.

They must also be trained for Christian vice, as this need is before us as a great opportunity. The development of our young people along the lines of intelligent active Christian service has been hier concern and for this she has worked and prayed.

To meet this opportunity there must be educationknowledge of the Church and her needs. One of the reasons why so little is done in some churches is because they know nothing of need or responsibility.

Work must be given to be done by these young people, for by work we are trained to work. The influ. ence of examples is also potent in the training of a worker. This is again the League's op portunity, and it is striving by God's grace to use it for the glory of Christ and the welfare of the Church.







(b) Second horizon, the Church. It is an outlook of opportunity to serve the Church in co-ordinating her energies and uniting her forces into a greater Lutheranism, minimize her differences, show her strength and worth, and throw the entire torce before the world of our great Church into the warfare for Christ.

(c) Third horizon, America. It is an outlook of opportunity to serve Anierica. America is the mee:ing place of races and nations. God's great crucibie where are fused all the customs, ideas and physical characteristics of the world. Here the religious conceptions and fads of men from the ends of the earthi are brought tog ther, Now here do earnest men appreciate the truth more, or fads gather more enthusiasts. The result of this commingling of men and ideas is much that is good and much that is transient, unstabl., temporary: Out of this only the stable and enduring will survive. Here is the Luther League's great opportunity in American life. To train men and women of the stable faith, sturdy character and in tense devotion that belongs to Lutheranism, in the things that make for true citizenship and project into society for America's highest welfare.

A realization of ihis promise of the future and opportunity which it presents depends in large measure upon our adherence to the princi les and purposes upon which and for which the Luther League was organized. It is and must be non-synodical, resting not upon the emotional but upon true knowledge of God and Ilis word. To care for the confirmed of the Church, train them for service and furnish the inspiration for service in the Church of Christ. To do things as a League was not the first aim of the League, but to mak: our young people better members of the Church of Christ. For that reason we are ot, by and for the Church.

Leaguers, the opportunities lie before our eyes like the fields waiting to be tilled or the harvest 10 be gathered. How shall we face them? How shail we face this outlook of promise and oportunity?

First, as seers. The man of prophetic soul is up. held by his vision of the finished achievement even amid the grind of initial labor. He sees even when digging the foundations of a city, the sunlight Aashing on its shining minarets and finished towers. John, on Patmos, a prisoner and encircled by an engiidling sea, saw the new Jerusalem coming down out heaven. When you delegates, back in our home societies, become discouraged by your tasks, reconstruct the inspiration of this convention. See the giorioris company of the redeemed marching on, and lift your eyes toward the city that is to be. Hope will rise in your hearts, strength will come to your tired faculties, courage to your heart.

Then we must view it as soldiers, as crusaders, Prayer on the lip and in the heart, vision in the soul, but with sword in hand. We must bear our part in saving the world for Christ and setting up Ilis king, dom on the earth. “Oh, Christians leagued together to battle for the right." We must be soldiers.

and finally, as watchmen. That is, like those watcliers for the dawn on Mount Seir who said “The morning cometh," who knew that the morning was coming, certain of it, confident of its dawning. So the king dom of God is most assuredly coming, that for which the Luther League is working and praying. Over the hilltops the daybreak can be seen. We Leaguers must not doubt it. God is marching on.

As seers, soldiers, watchmen, we will work an! study during this convention and go to 001 churches to labor and pray. With visions in our eyes. swords in our hands, hope in our hearts and a m ghly purpose running through our whole being like fire in our veins, let us go to the work of our Master.

The convention then enjoyed a vocal solo, "How Long Wilt Thou Forget Me?" by Miss Katherine Hull, of Findlay.

The Rev. J. Richards, of Lima, then addressed the convention on the subject, “Cultivating our Talents”: The Lord God has given


Luthern Church the five talents, not two or one. They are: (1) Her doctrinal principles. Our Ohio Luther League meets in the week of the Augsburg Confession, next to the general Creeds the most ancient and

accurate summary of Scriptural doctrine. With it Protestantism began and upon it we hope one day to stand united. For it the fathers risked goods and life, as for our American Declaration of Independ.

Study it and share it with others. (2) Her proprieties, in the ordering of church, chancel, choir and service, at baptism and communion, marriage and the grave.

Hers is a Christ-mass, not a heathen Saturnalia. The meinories of her Easter trombone choirs and chorals, her Pfingst-blumen, her Todten. sest, etc., inake her dear to us in desert places. These are the flesh of churchly life, clothing and sturdy bones of doctrine. (3) Her piety is not the showy kind of the experience meeting, or of the sham variety of a St. Ann. She has lived her religion at Halle and Kaiserswerth, Billefeld and Hermansburg. 1.1 America, while striking root, she has born such fruits

Hans Egede, John Campanius, Christian Fisher, Muhlenberg, Stoever, Walter, Hasselquist and Passa vant. (4) Her people come hither in a ceaseless stream, 150,000 each year. Not the unschooled and shiftless, but the thrifty German, sturdy Swede, world navigating Norwegian, noble Dane, fearless Finn, hardy Icelander and the Slovak so superior to the average "hunk.' Many denominations have 110 suci talent, unless they cultivate ours while we sleep.

(5) ller plenty. Too honest to boast many millionaires, or political leaders, our Lutherans belong to the substantial middle class, not the showy butterfly class. they are the home loving honey gathering bees. Our Lord bids us today devote more of our workers and richi stores to the spread of His Kingdom.

After a short but interesting discussion of these addresses and the singing of a hymn, Rev. J. 0. Schlenker, field secretary of the Slav Mission of the General Council, Allentown, Pa., spoke on “Lutheran Mission Work Among Slav Immigrants.” He presented the subject in a most forcible manner:

There are many problems that we must solve-polit. ical, social, educational and religious. There are five hundred million people working on the problem of the salvation and evangelization of the world.

This great problem was laid on the hearts of the disciples and on all mankind on the day of Pentecost. This was Luther's one thought and we are among those who must help. Mission work may be divided into two divisions -Foreign Missions, that is, making Christians of the heathen; and Home Missions, preventing Christians from becoming heathen. America is today the center of a world movement. Over one million strangers come to our land annually. At least 15 per cent. of these immigrants are Lutheran and are

scattered throughout our industrial centers like sheep without a shepherd. There are about 200,000 Slavs. One hun dred and fifty thousand of these are without churches, They are hungry for the word and sacraments and we sliould provide these. lle closed with a plea for assistance, asking each League to send an offering for the work.

Third Session The Wednesday evening session at 7.30 began with devotional services conducted by Rev. C. Miller, Cleveland, Ohio. Mrs. Kwis and Miss Baird, of Findlay, sang "God Is Love" (Marks).

The address of the evening was by Dr. W. A. Granville, Ph. D., president of Gettysburg College, “Lutheran Colleges for Lutheran Young People" :

Ile emphasized the need of college bred men and uomen as leaders in all walks of life. A college edu cation is the best financial investment that can be made The average colleg- man's income is $600 greater than that of a man of equal ability without the college education. lirom a purely business stand. point college education pays, but this should be a secondary consideration. ital attainment is the

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important object. Where should our young people go to college? Our Church Schools do more for us than and other institutions can do. They are not only for ministers, but much more for business and professional men. The schoolmaster is the third parent, and nothing is more important than Christian education. There can be no moral or ethical training without Christian education. Church colleges show a greater per cent. age of leaders than the larger institutions. These records show wonderful results. We have a Christian country because of these coll. ges-95 per cent. of our leaders of our nation have been educated in the Chris. tian colleges. Educational work is the most important of our Church. Men must be educated to do great work. If we are to do our mission here on earth we must take hold of the educational problem. He closed with a plea to the Luther Leaguers to discuss the college problem in their meetings and help the Chris. tian cause by making leaders.

This was followed by a reception given by the local League. A delightful social hour was spent making new and renewing old acquaintances.

Fourth Session Thursday morning the opening devotional services were conducted by Rev. S. P. Long, Mansfield, Ohio.

Rev. Wm. Brenner, Toledo, Ohio, then presented his subject, "Confirmation-Its Meaning":

The most precious gift of God to earth is a chill and the most holy and important duty of parents is to bring up children in the fear and admonition of the Lord. Many children in our homes are not taught the things that they ought to know regarding the love of our Lord Jesus Christ Too many children are put on their own responsibility. Pullic schools are a necessity, but have no power to produce Christian virtues. Intellectual rower has no influence over moral nature. The great Church problem is to awak. en to this solemn duty. Religious training is the meaning of confirmation and it is absolutely in cessa“y that the Church attend to this.

Miss Floy Denison sang “From Heavenly Heights” in a most pleasing manner.

“The Luther League as a Training School for the Confirmed” was then discussed by Rev. Long, Mansfield, Ohio:

The speaker gave a very practical demonstration of what he considered the most important lesson to bi learned, that of being on time. He said that he considered it a moral sin to take other people's time. Time is money and we should consider the great wrong we are doing when using other people's time unprofitably or trespassing on the time of others. Не gave us seven words that cover the training we are to receive in the League. We to l'arn to sing, speak, strike, serve, sacrifice and stick. Learn to sing doctrinal hymns. We should be able to get up and Seak. We are too lax to tell how good God has been to us. Search and study the Scriptures and history of the Church. Strike at sin. We must not he indifferent or ignorant, but must show our indig. nation. God saved us to serve Ilim. We must sacrifice. There are still 8,000,000 souls without Chrisi. We must have more workers. Then finally we must stick. What is the use to simply count numbers; we must be trained through the catechism; truths shoul:1 be strongly planted so as to withstand the storins of the devil.

Fifth Session On Thursday afternoon, the devotional services were conducted by the Rev. W. H. Shepfer, Defiance, Ohio.

“A Model Program" was the subject presented by Mr. H. A. Loe, Ohio City, Ohio, president of the Lima District. He said:

A model program is one that develops the spiritual life, increases efficiency and fits young Christians for work in the Master's vineyard. Prepare your program. Assign each Leaguer some part for that which he is responsible, ever seeking for that which is new, inspiring, impressive and uplifting. Prepare the hearts of your young people by prayer and song, for the reception of the lesson truths, for the Gospel will go lamely unless borne aloft by the strains of "Ein Feste burg," "My Church, My Church,”. “Nearer, My God, to Thee," or some other Gospel hymn. The Lutheran Church has ever been a singing Church, and

we believe in Lutheran preaching from Lutheran pulpits, Lutheran literature for Lutherans, so we believe in Lutheran hymns for Lutheran young people, The songs of our Church will prove a 'trusty shield and weapoir'' in many a fight with sin and Satan. The philosopher says: "Man, know thyself." The Luther League says. "Young Lutheran, know thy Church." Ilearts to love, minds to know and hands to work for the historic Church of the Reformation should be the object and result of every

Luther League.

This was followed by a general discussion, many active Leaguers giving their plan of work in arranging and carrying out the program at devotional meetings.

A violin solo, “Romanza," by Miss Alta Corrothers, was followed by Rev. H. B. Kildahl, rector of the Norwegian Lutheran Deaconess Home, Chicago, Ill. He spoke on the subject of "Deaconess Calling":

He traced the deaconess calling back to the time of tlie apostles, and its development, decay and restitution under Rev. Fliedner in 1836. Also its arrival in America in 1849 and its subsequent growth both her: and in Eurore. The statistics of the Keisrsworth Conference September 6, 1912, shows that there are 19,953 sisters working at 7.216 stations, of which 9,352 sisters are nursing the sick; 6,456 are parish sisters, 3,648 are teaching sisters and 501 are working in various vocations. In America there are 10 d'acon ess homes, with 366 sisters working in 79 stations. Because of the limited time allotted him he confined his address to the form of answering questions suc'

When did the deaconess calling begin? What is the difference between a nun and a deaconess? What is the difference between a trained nurse and a deaconess? What allowances do deaconesses receive? What is their training? What is the difference he tween a deaconess home and a hospital? What is this difference between a deaconess home and a theological s minary? lle closed his address with a strong appeal to the young women present to take up the work.

Mr. John H. Swoyer, of Ashville, Ohio, president of the Scioto Valley District, then spoke on “Enthusiasm in Service.” He said in part:

In this there are implied two facts. that we possess enthusiasm and also service. We know of the exist. ence of both. Yet we do not always find the two coupled together for united effort. They are of value separately, but each is made a greater and more pow erful force for good when used jointly. It is possible for us to render a somewhat passive service without enthusiasm and we can also possess enthusiasm that is not being used in service,

111 young people naturally are enthusiastic along some line Our mission is not to subdue this energy but to control and nourish it. Concentration. fired by enthusiasm is the secret to successful service in all lines of human endeavor.

And especially in our Luther League work must we have an aim and be vigorous. Otherwise we shall not be consistent with the vitality of American young peo



ple and particularly Lutheran youth.

"Pian your work, then work your plan” is an excellent motto for Luther Leaguers.

This service of ours, remember, is to be the enthusiastic kind. This is the best of all. The influence and environment of enthusiasm in service will bring others to God. People go where there is action and hence the more enthusiastic our endeavors the more plentiful will be our helpers and followers. Enthusiasin showing forth in our ettor's will be contagious to a degree beyond our expectation. Humanity respects any successful enterprise. and when your Luther League becomes active, it will be successful. A brisk, wideawake, energetic Luther League will command the attention of those in the neighborhood who are interested in improvements.

Vocal trio, selected, Misses Floy Denison, Nelle Gassman and Jeanette Terry, Findlay, Ohio.

Rev. Luther M. Kulos, general secretary of the Luther Leagrie of America, conducted a most interesting Round Tabie. Many practical questions were discussed in a brief, concise manner. "This added greatly to the practical knowledge gained at the convention.

The last speaker of the afternoon was the president of the Luther League of America, Mr.

Wm C. Stoever, Litt. D., Philadelphia, Pa.

Mr. Stoever's subject was, “The Luther League." His address was founded on practical suggestions found in the Luther League Hand Book. He said in part:

Our League aims not to learn differences of du. ferent parts of the Church, but that which is common to us all, Are we doing our duty? Are we learning history of Church and studying God's word? Our opportunity will soon be gone. We must be strong, not narrow, and stand true to the teachings of our own Church. We must know each other as Lutherans. We are not only to learn history, etc., in our League, but we are to learn to know each other. Loyalty is necessary to the success of every organization. We

to be obedient to the teachings of the Church and stand up and be proud of it. Give our bodies, our money and our prayers. Be whole-hearted Chris. tians. We must be good Christians to be good La. therans. The Luther League is a child of the Church, Every congregation should adopt the League as a child, and pastor and people should care for it an'i it will grow to strong Christian manhood and be a blessing to the Church and help ao Christ's work.

after each afternoon session, the various committees and officers gave their reports.

The treasurer reported a balance in treasury, June 21, 1911, of $266.79. Receipts during 1912, $220.97, making a total of $489.76, with expenditures of $297.81, leaving a balance of $189.95. There are 80 Leagues that pay dues to the Ohio State League, with only 9 in arrears for 1912 dues. The credentials committee reported. Local delegates present, 88; district delegates, 17; total, 105; with 73 visitors. Making a total of 178 delegates and visitors. The committee on resolutions recommended that each League be asked to pay 5 cents per capita to help the national convention. The president and secretary to send notices to each League in Ohio. It was also recommended that the LUTHER LEAGUE REVIEW subscription list be increased. Officers were elected as follows: President, Murray S. Moist, of Toledo; vice-president, Charles W. Bluthart, Zanesville ; recording secretary, Miss Susie Swineford, Ashland; corresponding secretary, Miss Emma E. Mast, Zanesville; treasurer, Mr. Charles E. Matthes, Mansfield; statistical secretary, Mr. J. F. Kramer, Mansfield; member of executive committee for five years, Mr. E. H. Grafton, Barberton,


Daily Biblo Roadings
Monday, July 29—Ex. 6:1-8.
Tuesday, July 30—1 Kings 9:1-9.
Wednesday, July 31-Isa. 62:1-12.
Thursday, August 1-Matt. 28:9-20.
Friday, August 2-Luke 15:1-32.
Saturday, August 3-Heb. 6:1-20.

Sunday, August 4-Joshua 1:8; Matt. 11:28-30; 12:50.

Monday, August 5-1 Sam. 8:1-22.
Tuesday, August 6-1 Kings 22:37-49.
Wednesday, August 7-Isa. 1:1-23.
Thursday, August 8-Acts 1:15-20.
Friday, August e-Acts 5:1-11.
Saturday, August 10-Rev. 3:14-22.
Sunday, August 1-Prov. 1:24-33.
Monday, August 12-Gen. 2:1-25.
Tuesday, August 13--Gen. 17:1-27.
Wednesday, August 14-Job 1:1-22.
Thursday, August 15-Job 42:1-17.
Friday, August 16- Jer. 33:10-26.
Saturday, August 17-Matt. 1:1-25.
Sunday, August 18—Luke 10:38-42; John 1:1-3.
Monday, August 19--Psalm 18:1-9.
Tuesday, August 20-Mark 16:14-20.
Wednesday, August 21-Heb. 4:1-16,
· Thursday, August 22--Rev. 4:1.11.
Friday, August 23-Rev. 21:1-8.
Saturday, August 24-Rev. 21:9; 22:5.
Sunday, August 25-John 14:2-3.

Sixth Session At the opening of the Thursday evening session the regular vesper service was used and a large chorus choir sang "Lead, Kindly Light."

The address of the evening was by Rev. Luther M. Kuhns, “Making Good.” He presented the subject in a pleasing and practical

He presented the spiritual and the social side of the League, and made an interesting and instructive address.

The convention then enjoyed the singing of a male chorus and the last session adjourned. The program was the strongest and best ever presented by the Luther League of Ohio.

At the business sessions which were held


Faith is the victory that overcomes the world, builds orphans' homes, sends out missionaries to the heathen, and blesses our American church with a founder fit for the task.

have done, time and again, what the world said was impossible. It is wonderful how a way opens for those who try. More than once in the history of the early Church it seemed as if the enemies of Christ had made it impossible for the preachers of the cross to proceed with their work. At different times they were put in prison and their work seemed stopped. But more than once an angel came and opened the way to freedom and the work went on. Let us Leaguers catch the inspiration of this great truth. Duty must be done many times under difficulty, but the difficulties can be overcome by us if we go forward in the name of the Lord. Questions:

1. What is the supreme duty of a Christian?

2. What are some of the difficulties that confront us in doing our duty as Leaguers?

3. How do we get God's help?

Eighth Week after Trinity. July 28, 1912.

Duty Under Difficulty

Acts 4:19-20; 5:29. Topic reviewed by Rev. Paul W. Koller. Difficulties are not uncommon in the life of every Christian who tries to do his or her duty. In fact, a great part of Christian duty is duty under difficulty. These difficulties are of many kinds. Sometimes they are of our own making, due to temperament, imagination or an unwillingness to let go some pet sin. Sometimes others make them for us, as in our Scripture lesson, Peter and John are opposed, threatened and even arrested when they try to carry out their duty of preaching the gospel. Satan is always active in planning ways to make Christian service difficult and trying.

At other times difficulties are part of God's plan to try our courage and faith. But no matter whence they come, those who overcome are richly blessed.

1. God and His service come first.

It helps wonderfully to remember that in all things of life God and His service come first.

We can see in the Scripture narrative how Peter and John were strengthened in their work by the feeling that they were doing God's will, and that His will was to be done no matter what men thought or how they opposed. When we come to that point in our Christian life where we absolutely and completely put God first and make His will supreme, difficulties of service will not trouble us very greatly. We will say, like Peter and the other apostles, “We ought to obey God rather than man," and if we truly feel that way we will do our duty in spite of all difficulties.

2. The Lord never asks what we cannot do.

Duty is sometimes so hedged about with difficulties that it seems almost impossible to perform it. Every earnest Christian worker feels at times that the duties God has set him to do are beyond him. But if God has really given us a duty to perform, we can be sure that it can be done by us, with His help. He never asks for the impossible, and what may seem impossible can be done by those who undertake it in the name of the Lord. Paul, who faced harder tasks than any other leader in the early Church, said: “I can do all things through Christ who strengtheneth me."

Men in earnest, with faith in their hearts,

Ninth Week after Trinity. August 4, 1912. Some Promises from the Word of God

Joshua 1:8; Matt. 11:28-30; 12:50. Topic reviewed by Rev. Paul W. Koller. It is said there are three thousand promises in the Bible, and every one of them will be kept by God, if we do our part and meet the conditions under which they are given. We can be confident that God will keep His word. The passing of time has seen the fulfillment of many of these promises to the very letter, and those that remain as yet unfulfilled will surely come to pass.

This lesson gives us three promises, one from the Old Testament and two from the New.

1. The first is a promise of success. It is made to Joshua, the new leader of the children of Israel. Moses, the great leader, is dead, and Joshua takes his place. How much he needed the assurance of God's help and of the ultimate success of his efforts. This God gives to him as, with his people, he stands by the Jordan looking into the promised land. How it must have cheered his heart and encouraged him to go forward. “Then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success." But like almost all the promises of God its fulfillment depended upon Joshua and his people meeting certain conditions. These conditions threefold. They must know and teach God's law, they must meditate upon it daily, and more, they must keep it.


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