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The Way Of Freedom
Ye shall know the truth and the truth will make you free. - Jesus. The words truth and free occuring in this famous sentence possess an importance that is almost impossible to overstate. They have been one of the most powerful motives of human progress. To the desire of the mind for truth nearly all the great philosophies and sciences may be traced.
The Mills Of The Gods
Having made known unto us the mystery of His will, that in the dispensation of the fullness of time He might gather together in one all things in Christ. - Paul. The philosophers have always been much perplexed when they attempt to find the right group of words to express their notions of space and time. All consent that they are present and present in great abundance, yet there is lack of agreement as to just what they are.
Lost Paradises
Therefore the Lord God sent him forth from the garden of Eden. Hebrew Scriptures. It is now well known that the story of which these words are a fragment is not peculiar to the Hebrew writings, With a few variations it can be found in many places. There may be various portraits of the same person. The view may be from the front or from the side; the eyes may be partially averted; the expression varies with each changing mood; and yet it is easily recognizable as the same person.
Applied Religion
Those things which ye have both learned and received, do; and the God of peace shall be with you. - Paul. Religion relates to life; and the life of religion is to do good. - Swedenborg. Human life is so large in itself and so varied in its contents, that it is impossible to include all its meaning in any definition. All descriptions of its significance are only relative and incomplete. Long ago it was asked: What is the chief good of existence? In answering this question there has never been very great harmony.
Devotion And Doubt
O come, let us bow down, let us worship before the Lord - Hebrew Poet. Selected from literature belonging to ages far removed from each other, these sentences invite us to a study of two sides of human life which may be called devotion and doubt or reverence and scepticism. Whether the first expressed the prevailing spiritual attitude of the time in which it was written and the second characterizes that of these more modern days, is is useless to inquire.
The Church Historic
And the multitude of them that believed were of one heart and one soul. The church of God throughout all the world. Some of you may remember that, at our last meeting, we grouped our reflections around the sentiment of reverence. The conclusion was reached that this sentiment is necessary to the completeness and happiness of an age or a soul. Closely related to that theme and following it naturally comes a more specific inquiry.
The Church Actual
'Ye have been called unto liberty; only use not liberty as an occasion to the flesh, but by love serve one another. ' - New Testament. Last Sunday some of the most prominent reasons were cited to account for the existence of the church. Four of these reasons are as follows: - The spiritual sentiment is natural in mankind; every idea seeks to clothe itself in some external form; man loves companionship; and the vast and ideal possess an undying attraction for the soul.
The Preacher
'He preached the word unto them.' - New Testament. Social custom sets its seal of disapproval upon all personal revelations. It is based upon the reasonable assumption that the public cannot take an absorbing interest in affairs pertaining only to an individual. An enactment, intended to have all the force of a prohibitory law, has been passed against talking of private business in a miscellaneous assembly...
Human Faithfulness
I have finished the work which thou gayest me to do - JesusWhatever may be thought of the personality of Jesus, all will agree that he was faithful to his life mission. His success was fairly won. Whether persecution or praise attended his efforts, he did not halt until he had done his best. Secure in the consciousness that all that was demanded of him was faithfulness in the performance of every task, he felt superior to all penalties and all rewards.
Capital, Labor And The Law Of Christ
Whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them - Jesus. A few years ago it was predicted that our world was about entering an era of great physical and social tumult. The prophecy was largely based upon the fact that this planet, for a group of years, would sustain some peculiar relation to the other celestial bodies, resulting in a disturbance of its accustomed order and serenity.
Inspiration And Duty
'I was not disobedient to the heavenly vision.' - PAUL. The men of science tell us that every form of force comes from some force preceding it. It is the same energy under a new name and with a new application. The power in an engine was in steam before it was in the engine, was in fuel before it was in steam, and was in the sun before it was in fuel. When burned, a pound of coal gives out the same quantity of heat that the sun gave it when, long ago...
The Religion Of Science
Present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy acceptable unto God which is your reasonable service. - PAUL. When one contemplates some great object in nature it is difficult to analyze and describe his emotions, but he realizes that he is brought into relation with something greater than himself and by this contact he is drawn into a more exalted condition. Something like this ought to occur when religion is the object of meditation. The heart should be filled with exultation.
Thanksgiving
Enter His gates with thanksgiving and His courts with praise. Be thankful unto Him and bless His name. - Hebrew Poem. That a heart or a nation should sum up its reasons for gratitude and recount the blessedness of existence, seems so rational that it easily escapes all fault-finding. Much may be said concerning the delight of duty. But, surrounded as we all are by such manifold tokens of good will, the question is worthy of consideration whether delight itself is not a duty.
Time And Life
We spend our years as a tale that is told.- HEBREW POET. Art is long; time is short. - GOETHE. Man could not have been very long on earth be-fore he began to notice the disproportion between time and the life of each individual. As soon as he began, with earnest purpose, to reflect over the conditions in which he found himself in relation to the world, he must have been impressed by the magnitude of the work to be done...
The Church's Opportunity
And Jesus said: I have compassion on the multitude because they continue with me these days and have nothing to eat. Lift up your eyes and look on the fields; they are white already for the harvest. - New Testament. We have all become familiar with the statement that we are living in an age of transition. Doubtless the same thing might be as truly said of any era. There is always some passing over from one condition of affairs to another. With more or less of haste the old order of things is always giving way to the new.
Belief Through Believing
'Lord, I believe; help though my unbelief.' - New Testament. According to the record these words were uttered by a man in great perplexity and mental anguish. His child was sorely afflicted. A victim of convulsions and having lost his reason and power of speech, in harmony with the prevalent ideas of the time, it was thought he was possessed of an evil spirit. Rumor had reached the father that there was one who could cure that kind of malady.
Revivals Of Religion
'Knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep.' - PAUL. One of the most interesting chapters of science, as interpreted by Herbert Spencer, is devoted to setting forth the law of alternation or rhythmic force. Nature abounds in that kind of phenomena. The currents of air, the motions of waves and tides, the tremors of the Northern Lights, the waving of a flag, the flutter of a leaf, the noise made by a cataract, the beating of the heart, the course of...
Judgment Days
He will judge the world in righteousness.- New Testament. The idea of a coming judgment day, in which all mortals are to be assembled for a final estimate of their earthly life, is so large and so impressive that it may well merit a separate study. It has engaged much of the religious thought of mankind and has been a fruitful source of hope and terror.
The Incentive Of Tomorrow
'The earnest expectation of the creature waiteth for the manifestation of the sons of God. We are saved by hope.' - PAUL. The doctrine of evolution possesses a two-fold merit. It is a rational explanation of the method of creation in the past and it is an encouragement and expectation for the present and the future. The scene that it presents to view is one of an endless advance. There is progressive change; the incessant unfolding of new energies.
A Religion Of Principles
Till we all come into the unity of faith, that we be no longer children tossed to and fro and carried about by every wind of doctrine. - PAUL. The writer of this sentence was not only an ardent reformer, but he was also in part a philosopher. Beneath all variations, he saw a fundamental unity. That which he saw in religion, nearly five centuries earlier, Xenophanes had seen in nature. He was the first to maintain the oneness of the universe.
Art And Religion
'Worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness. How amiable are thy tabernacles, O Lord of Hosts.' - Hebrew Poetry. One of the marvelous qualities of the world and the life of man is that of the beautiful. Difficult to define in exact terms, it may be partly described as something pertaining to nature and the soul. In the external world it exists in a thousand forms, sounds, and colors; in the inner realm it exists as a universal and powerful sentiment.
The Moral Crisis
Whose fan is in his hand and he will thoroughly purge his floor. - New Testament. History is a record of names and dates and events, but it is something more than a mere record. Going deeper than the fact, it seeks for its cause. A true history of the Greek Republics and the Roman Empire gives, not only an account of their origin and development and decline, but it also gives the causes which in turn produced the various stages in their career.
Choice And Destiny
'And the Lord God commanded man, saying, of every tree in the garden thou mayest freely eat; but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil thou shalt not eat.' - Hebrew Writings. The story, of which these words are a fragment, is not peculiar to the Jewish writings. With some variations it appears in the mythology of many early races. In the Persian legends it is said that man and woman were created in holiness and were commanded to cherish good thoughts, speak good words and not to sacrifice to evil spirits.
Herbert Spencer
'Behold God is great, and we know him not; touching the Almighty, we cannot find him out.' - Jon,The death of Herbert Spencer, whose fame as a writer upon science and philosophy and their relation to life and religion is world-wide, is, in itself, sufficient to arrest the attentions of all thoughtful persons. For making his life and work a theme of reflection, during our hour of worship, no apology need be offered.
Providence And Improvidence
The foolish man built his house upon the sand; and the rain descended and the floods came and the winds blew and beat upon that house; and it fell; and great was the fall of it. - Jesus. All readers of philosophy are familiar with the long debate between Fate and Freedom. It is as old as the history of human thought. Appearing under many different names and forms, it has invaded every department of life. In nature it is called law and chance. In philosophy it is known as necessity and liberty. In theology it appears as Divine Sovereignty and human choice.
The Individual
'What is that thee? Follow thou me.' - New Testament. These quotations, supplemented by common experience, ask us to reflect upon the fact that, for every human being, a separate path is appointed. If this is one of Nature's decrees, it follows that each mortal will find his greatest usefulness and greatest happiness in accepting it. No experience can be exactly duplicated...
Palm Sunday
When they heard that Jesus was coming to Jerusalem they took branches of palm trees and went forth to meet him. - New Testament. The fact that we have again reached that portion of time, by many thousands of our fellow mortals called 'Holy Week,' is sufficient, of itself, to claim our attention. Whatever else may be thought concerning it, there is an almost universal agreement that it symbolizes one of the most impressive events of human history.
The Literal Reign Of The Bible
The letter killeth, but the spirit giveth life. - Paul. In this sentence, from the writings of Paul, lies the idea that a strict adherence to the mere form of a thing is fatal to its beauty and its usefulness. Everything should be interpreted by its larger meaning. Its literal significance is narrow, partial, and temporary; its spiritual significance is universal and enduring. This is no more true in religion than it is in nature or art or law.
The Spiritual Reign Of The Bible
The letter killeth ; but the Spirit giveth life. - Paul. Last Sunday the attempt was made to point out some of the results that have come to society from the long and powerful administration of the letter of the Bible. History was asked to come forward with the facts bearing upon the case. A somewhat hasty survey was made-of the fields of worship, of human rights, of science and of morals...
Fabric Cleaning
1. WASHING FLUID. - Labor-Saving and Not Injurious - Concentrated lye, 1 lb., muriate of ammonia, and salts of tartar, each 2 ozs. rain water, 2 gals. DIRECTIONS--Dissolve the lye (here is a lie; indeed, as lye proper is a fluid, bat this concentrated lye is a solid potash) in 1 gal. of the water and the salts of tartar, and muriate of ammonia in the other gal. of water, and put all into a 2 gallon...
Fabric Care & Clothes Cleaning
Renovation, Clothes Cleaning, etc., Explanation of. - Renovation is the art of making new after injury or partial decay-remaking, from the Latin re, again, and novare, to make new. This word, then, may very properly be applied to the cleansing of wearing apparel of all kinds, gloves, hoots and shoes, paint and grease about the house; ink, paint, tar and grease spots upon clothing; also re-coloring...
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