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RAJAHMUNDRY, India, March 27, 1912. League from 9.30 to 10.30. We then have two Mr. Louis Van Gilluwe, Pres. Luther League, or three addresses given by the boys and of New Jersey:
young men. Some of these young men are MY DEAR SIR-My first two months in India teachers in our boys' school. Thus you will have been very pleasant, and as the first im- understand when I say some very fine adpressions are to be received—and such there dresses are delivered, even in English. Last are many, when one comes to a land like India Sunday one of them gave a very excellent adfor the first time—this short space of time dress on “God's Love Revealed in the Cross has been mighty interesting, never to be for- on Calvary.” Another, a boy of fifteen, gave gotten. In one respect I may say I did not a very good address on "Christ's Sufferings," come into a strange land, or rather, surround- the introduction of which was amusing as ings, for my brother and family are here, a well as interesting. It is as follows: "Not few of my old schoolmates and other faces long ago, one who was called a great man, who have been familiar to me before, are my
died. There were columns and columns in con.panions in this vineyard. All of these I the newspapers about his last days, which were can see and visit from time to time.
Our first duty is to study the vernacular. While doing this there are a few things which we, the ordained missionaries, can do. As to myself I might say I preach in our Rajahmundry church every third Sunday evening in English. There are here in Rajahmundry native Christians, some of them teachers and students, and our missionaries who regularly attend an English service. I also have been street preaching with one of our evangelists. I would speak in English and he would interpret sentence by sentence. Mostly when I went with him I illustrated the life of Christ and he would speak. These pictures draw crowds of people and we can preach Christ and
MISSIONARY NEUDOERFFER, PRESIDENT VAN Him crucified to a large number of precious GILLUWE AND GENERAL SECRETARY KUHNS souls. If we had more lantern slides and lan- At the last convention of the Luther League of
New Jersey. terns we could reach still more people. Since my arrival a Luther League has been organized at St. Paul's Church, Rajahmundry.
read eagerly, even by boys and girls. I wonThey have chosen as their president.
der if you have ever fully read the whole acForty-four boys have signed the constitution.
count of the last hours of Him who loved us
so.” Then he continues to narrate the story There are two other boys' Luther Leagues among congregations of our district mission
of Christ's sufferings in simple but effective
words. aries. Miss Schade, the superintendent of our Rajahmundry girls' school, has among her 200
Shortly after my arrival my brother went attendants three Luther League divisions. into the district, where he serves more than Mine is the only one conducted in English- 9,000 souls. During the present months he is and that only to a large extent.
visiting his 250 congregations, to examine the I am very glad to help the boys in their spiritual life, to baptize the infants, to bapLuther League work. They are so sincere and tize or confirm the adults and to administer active. In fact, all our Christians are so de- the Lord's Supper. He is very much pleased voted to Christ that they would be good ex- with the success of his work, rather the blessamples for many people at home. My boys ing from on high. Since New Year's he bapwanted a devotional service. The congrega- tized 700 souls, old and young, 200 infants tion worships from 8 to a. m., and the... of Christian parents, all others heathen con
verts. You will agree that he has more than
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Second Week after Trinity. June 16, 1912. only in right living, but in providing for the Honoring Paronts and Superiore temporal and spiritual interests of their chilExodus 20:12; Eph. 6:1-9.
dren. In studying this lesson, if we are paTopic reviewed by Rev. Paul W. Koller.
rents, we should not forget our part, and This is the first commandment on the sec
strive to be worthy of our children's honor ond table, which table gives us the duties we
and respect. owe to our fellowmen. Rightly is that com
3. The Promise. This is the only command with regard to honoring our parents put
mandment that carries with it a promise, which first, for nothing is more inportant than filial
gives it special significance and interest, obedience and love. The family is the foun
“Honor thy father and thy mother that it dation, in a very true sense, of the State and
may be well with thee and thou mayest live the Church life, and if it is to be preserved
long on the earth.” children must honor and obey their parents
Modern commentators say that this promise and superiors.
is natural--the nation's days were to be "long 1. line du är best honor them.--In an
upon the land,” if the citizens generally were swering this question the mind of every Luth
obedient children. But the writer of the eran will naturally go back to what he Epistle to the Ephesians makes it a personal learned in his Catechism-Luther's Answers.
affair, and teaches that children who honor We honor them not simply when we protest
and obey their parents have the promise of our love in ardent terms of endearment, but
long life. Of one thing we are sure, and that by constant and cheerful obedience. This is
is, those who honor their parents will be richly the truest test of our respect for them.
blessed. We honor them by loving them and showing
Suggested Questions: that love in acts of tender devotion and ser
1. Did Jewish children try to keep this vice. Nothing is more beautiful in all the
commandment? world than strong men and women ministering
2. What was the example of Christ? to their aged parents, and doing all in their
3. What evils come out of disobedience on power to make comfortable their closing days.
the part of children? We honor our parents by listening to their
4. How may parents best teach this comadvice and giving heed to their counsel. There mandment? comes a time in almost every child's life when
5. What do you understand the long life to he thinks he knows more of the world and
mean? its up to date ways than his parents. This has been the danger time for many children.
Third Week after Trinity. June 23, 1912. Children do not know more than their parents Roputation and Character of the ways of the world, and they do well
Prov. 22:1-6; I Cor. 15:58. to heed their counsel, and follow their godly Topic reviewed by Rev. Paul W. Koller. example. Our Master, who was Lord of
1. The Value of a Good Name. There was heaven and of earth, honored with obedience
a time when Christian men cared little what and love His earthly parents, and so should other men thought and said of them. In fact, we.
they thought it belittled their piety to have 2. The Parents' Part.-This commandment men generally speak well of them. There was only reached a Jewish child through his a reason for this, which had its foundation in parents or superiors. What an opportunity it what our Master said in the sermon on the gave them and what a responsibility, too. mount: "Woe unto you, when all men shall They could not and did not use it simply to speak well of you! for so did their fathers to uphold arbitrary authority; it was a sacred the false prophets.” This was and is importhing and to be brought as God's word. Pa- tant advice, for the principles of the world rents therefore felt the obligation to be worthy and of Christ's kingdom are not alike, and of the respect and honor of their children, not those Christians who win the approval of The Luther League Topics, complete lessons (of which the above are outlines and reviews), in 32-page pam
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worldly men because of their likeness to the our Lord and Saviour. A heart made right world are not wise. But the having of a good with Him and a life put under His control name is greatly to be desired, as our Scripture cannot go far wrong. has it, “A good name is rather to be chosen
Suggested Questions: than great riches.” It does not mean that we 1. What is reputation ? have compromised with the world to win its
2. How is a good reputation acquired ? favor, but that men see and approve of those 3. In what ways is a good name better than who try to walk uprightly. The having of a riches? good name is a valuable asset. Reputation is of
4. How is a right character made? much account, for without it the best of men
5. What things help in the development of cannot do their finest and most influential character ? work. A good name, even in the popular 6. What is the value of character? sense, has a distinct social value, and may be a commercial asset. A good name, even in this superficial sense, is better than riches, for Fourth Week after Trinity. June 30, 1912. wealth is a material thing and empty and vain
Truo Liberty heside what is intellectual, moral or spiritual.
Gal. 5:1; James 1:25. Let every Leaguer value and cherish his good
Topic reviewed by Rev. l'aul W. Koller. name, and strive to keep untarnished his reputation,
Next to life the most precious thing in the
estimation of men is liberty. In fact, many 2. Character llore Than Reputation. - All
would rather not live at all than live in bondthat we have been saying about the desirability
age. To be free has been the goal of true of a good reputation is true, but character is
men and women ever since the first chains of more than reputation could possibly be. Char
bondage were forged; for liberty they have acter is a deeper thing and lies, not in the
sacrificed, suffered and died. name, but in the person. It is ultimately not
Liberty is of many kinds : a question of what people think the man is, but of what he really is in the sight of God.
1. National and Civil Liberty suggests itself “Thou, God, seest me” is a startling thought,
first to us on this Sunday near to our Indewhich punctures mercilessly that shell of pride pendence Day. This is a most precious thing. with which every man is tempted to surround
To gain it our forefathers left their homes in himself.
che fatherland, with great labor conquered the Character is essentially and emphatically an
wilderness and overcame hostile suvages. interior experience, or perhaps to speak more
Then with great sacrifices and heroism cast off precisely, the moral and spiritual resultant of
a tyrant's yoke and became a free people. Tosuch experiences, which have in the course of
day we are enjoying the joys and blessings of time crystallized into certain habitual modes
a free country because they dared all for the of thought and feeling, and trends of will.
sake of liberty. We should appreciate our The exterior of a man may to the hasty gaze
liberty more even than we do, cherish its of his fellows or the partial look of his
privileges and stand steadfast in our support friends appear fair and worthy, when within
of those things which make for the continuhe is far from being as he ought to be. The
ance and glory of our free land. There is eyes of people are mercifully holden that they
great need of this, for there are forces at work cannot see the inner life of other people. But
among us which threaten our liberty. There God sees straight through and through the
are selfish powers striving for the mastery, heart, and there is no satisfying Him unless
which if they gained it would put an end to the life is pure and good at its core as well
our enjoyment of true liberty. I refer to anas at its circumference. That is what makes
archism on the one hand and the money power the development of character of such great im
on the other. portance; it is our very life. It is the only 2. Our Religious Freedom.—When Luther thing we take with us into the life that is nailed the ninety-five theses to the door of the eternal.
Castle Church in Wittenburg, Christians genMany things aid in the making of character, erally did not have the right to worship God but the best help is found in living close to according to the dictates of their own con
sciences; the Church was bound by the will of the Pope; there was no religious freedom.
Luther's hammer sounded the first clear note of that great chorus of demands for religious freedom, which came from earnest hearts all over Europe. Before it did come, as it is ours today, nation after nation had to undergo the purification of blood and fire. But today men and women worship God as their hearts desire. It is a great privilege, and we should cherish it. Perhaps no power will ever again be able to enthrall men in the same way, but it will do no harm to be on our guard, and hold fast to what we have.
3. Spiritual Liberty.- This is the highest and best liberty of all, that freedom from the burden and tyranny of sin which has been won for us by Jesus Christ our Saviour, "If the Son shall make you free you shall be free indeed." Much has been written of the cruelty and oppression of the Egyptian bondage, but the slavery of sin is infinitely worse. Some men never come to feel this, they are satisfied to live in sin; but those whose hearts long for better things find sin a hard and cruel master. From that bondage we can be free, if we will, through Christ Jesus. What a joyous thing this is only the redeemed can know.
This freedom through Christ makes us frec indeed. The freest people in all the world are Christians. True liberty is to live bound by the cords of love to Jesus Christ our Lord and King; it is the "perfect law of liberty.”
Questions for Discussion:
3. What are some of the enemies of freedom?
4. Are there any people who do not have religious liberty?
5. How did Christ make us free?
6. Why do some people seem content to be slaves of sin?
where duties are not so urgent that they with Him might enjoy a season of rest. No one can question the necessity and value of a vacation. Every one who can possibly do it should take a vacation. Every employer who cares for the best results from those he employs should see that they have a vacation. Every congregation that values the services of its pastor and desires that he give them his best should give him a vacation. A vacation is not the invention or demand of those who are not willing to work, but it is a real necessity for everyone who works, either with brain or hands, in this strenuous age. This summer, as during other summers, Christian workers all over the country will take vacations. This is right, and if the yacation time is used aright they will return better fitted to carry on their work and serve their Lord and Master. To make the best of a vacation, however, a Christian must bear in mind certain things :
1. A Christian must not forget the Master's work at home. Every one who has tried to carry on the work of the church, Sunday school or Luther League during the vacation time knows the importance of this. Many who are splendid workers during all the rest of the year suddenly drop out of the work for four to eight Sundays without trying to put some one in their place while they are away. The result is the work is hindered and sometimes hurt seriously. A true Christian worker should try to have some one take his or her place while they are away. Your vacation may do much harm if you do not.
2. Remember the purpose of a vacation-to increase your ability to serve. That word "service” is much in men's mouths today and is sometimes overlooked. But it is a great thing, nevertheless. Service is the great purpose of our living, and when we go on a vacation we should not forget that we have done so in order to retain or increase our efficiency; not simply that we may make so many more dollars or help somebody else to make them, but that we may do our work and take our part for God and man as God has given it to us.
A vacation therefore is not to be a carousal or a mere throwing away of energies, but a true rest time.
3. Take God and Godliness with you. This is not idle advice, for not a few who are faith
Fifth Week after Trinity. July 7, 1912.
A Christian's Vacation
Mark 6:30-32. Topic reviewed by Rev. Paul W. Koller. Every worker needs a rest time. God wove this thought into His plans for the betterment and happiness of man. "The Sabbath,” which means rest, "was made for man." Here, in the incident of our Scripture lesson, our Master takes His fellow-workers-the Apostles