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The Brethren At Work. 

■'BehuU I Bring You Good Tidhu,s of Gh-eat Joy, wUA Shall he unto All P,oph." -Ukv. i: HI 

Vol. III. 

Lanark, 111., January 3, 1878. 

No. 1. 



MooiT, .S.H.Biishor, M.M.Esliolman, 


B. H. MlLLKll, - - 
J. W. BTEIN, - - 
n. TANIMAN. - - 
D, If. MliNI'ZKIt, - 
UATTIE A. I.KAlt. - 



- - VHtllKK, ILL. 

- UltHANA, ILL. 


OH! iiiimy lips nre aayin^r this, 
'Mill tiilliiig tears ttj-iliiy, 
Anil iniiiy hwirts art- atihing aore, 

Our mnthev's pnsst'd away. 
We watched her fadiug year by year. 

As they went slowly Ijy, 
But cast fai- from us e'eii tlie tear. 
That she could ever die. 

She sciemed so good, so pure, so true, 

To our admiring eyes, 
We never dreamed tliis glorious fruit, 

Wm ripening for the skies, 
Autt when ut hist the death-stroke came, 

Sn swift, so sure, so true, 
Tlie hearts that held her hero so fast, 

Were almost hroken tuo. 

We robi'd her in a puie, white dress, 

As her de.sire hiul been, 
Uave one last kiss, then laid her 'mid, 

The Summer leaves so green, 
Then eacli took up the broken thread, 

Of life and all its rares : 
How Slid our heart 'mid daily tasks, 

We miss our mother's i)rayers. 

We ne'er shall know from what dai-k paths, 

They may liave kept our feet; 
Yet hnly will their influence be, 

While eaeh fond heart shall beat, 
And as we tread the thorny way, 

Wbiih her dear feet have trod, 
Ever shall feel our mother's prayei"!*. 

Leading us up to God. 

And when the storms of sorrow come, . 

Tu each bereaved heart, 
Let faith glance upward to the home. 

Where we shall never part. 
Where one awaits with loving eyes, 

Tu sen her children come. 
As uue by one we cross the flood. 

Anil reach our heavenly home. 

Selected by Ada L Cokrell. 



l'" tin- Editors (fttd the Special Contrihittors of 
the Brethren at Work. 

MAY He who "made Himself of no repu- 
tation," and in meekness "went about 
iniiiy good," grant you grace, mercy and peace. 
i'li'l '■ wisdom from above." And let all the 
'''itlifiil say. Amen. 

I cannot say that '■ Ye have need that I write 

""f" you," but it seems good to send you an 

■'iiiiual message of Christian greeting, such as 

'"*v would dictate through the Spirit of Truth. 

w> were always encouraged in whatever wo 

- Hieio is no telling how far each' one of us 

J'dd unconsciously venture away from " the 

^)"iiy the Truth, aiid the Life,"— our Refuge and 

fiiit then we all need encouragement in every 
I'O'l work, and that encouragement should be 
''"■'■xpression of a Christ^foUowing, Christ- 
'"^'n^lieart. Love encourages, love cares for 
;""' Mt'mh the character of its object. Such 
'^ 'lif hive of true Christians. Unless "the love 
'" ''ud is shed abroad in our hearts," the spirit 
"' tlie worid has great possessions there, and 1 

the uiituift.' 
let us 

itations will evidi-nce the fact. 


This is indeed the religion of Jesus. By this 
the unbelieving world shall see the evidence of 
the Christinn religion. " Love is of God." — 
Shftuld we hearken to and be profited by the 
apostle Paul's admonition, " Be ye foUowei-s of 
God as dear children." we would love as God 
loves— love the good and hate the evil. This 
was the order in Eden, but sin revereed it.— 
The wicked "hate the good and love the evil." 
Conversion brings us back again, to hate evil, 
and " all appearance of evil," and to be "follow- 
ers of that which is good." .1 Pet. 3: 13. 

In this life we are daily surrounded with gowl 
and evil influences. Not only are we surround- 
ed by such opposites, but in our flesh dwells no 
good thing of our own. All the good that 
flows out into life's works, is the gift of God. 
and all theevil isof " that wicked one," through 
our flesh. Then we have great reasons to 
watch and pray continually, and yield to the 
implicit commands of " the Captain of our sal- 
vation " seeking to exemplify Him in evei-y 
thought word ;md deed. We have also abun- 
dant cause to sympathize with one another, 
hear each other's burdens as much as in us lies, 
and help one another over the rugged, narrow 
way that leads to that " Better country." 

You, my very deai- brethren, are entering up- 
on another year of editorial tabor. No one can 
tell how the yeai- will end. We know not who 
will be called from our Lord's family on, earth 
to that above. Eph. 3: 15. This is a solemn 
thought. Solemn thoughts are our beat 
thoughts however, for tliey I»ring us nearer to 
Him in whom wc believe, and to whose inimit- 
able image we are being fashiouetl by His gi'ace 
in US, through obedience to the Truth. There- 
fore let us earnestly. 


once delivered to the s.iints. In the God whom 
we serve, there is no variableness and no shadow 
of turning; and so must we beccme in our re- 
lation to the faith, the truth as it is in Jesus. — 
Be steiulfast in the faith at all times and in all 
things, defending the church and her glorified, 
all-adorable Hejul. 

Krom an experimental stand-point, I look up- 
on your liiboi-s a.s editoi-s, as being very resuons- 
ible indeed. The editing or the selection and 
preparation of manuscript for the compositor, 
and the consequent publication of the same to 
the church and the world, is a work, perhaps 
not second to the ministry of the Word. Some 
suppose that to he an editor is enviable, but 
iheif never were editors. Others it to 
be an honor, but theij do not consider its untold 
responsibility. To you it is the labor of serv- 
ants, and the sense of your accountability keeps 
you humble imd slow to venture on uncertiiin 
fmindations. May it be so henceforth and for- 
ever, that you niuy present to the brothei'hood 
and to the world a suiictijleil presn. 

If you serve in "singlene-is of heart," and in 
■' humbleness of mind," you can accomplish 
much good in the church hy sustaining and 
perpetuating her identity. It is claimed that 
the press moulds the people — its readei*s. Wc 
l)elieve this is true. Then let it be your anxious 
care so to edit your " copy." and so to select 
your matter, that your eutiiv patronage may 
be niiiulded into the mind of Christi who came, 
not to do His own will, but the will of HIM 
that sent Him. 

Be steadfast in the doctrine, immovable in 
the faith, " looking unto Jesus, the Author and 
Finisher of our fitith," the hope of earth and 
the joy of heaven. 

I have yet two New Year texts to offer, e.s- 
cially to our special contributors and all other 

Let this mind l>e in ijoii which was also in 
Christ Jesus." Phih 2: 5. 

To do good, and to ronimniiirate forget not, 

for with suth sacrifice--* God is well pleimed." 

Heb. 13: 16. 


The great need of the chinch to-< " men 
of God," who will deny themselves of all that 
is selfish, and worldly, and compromising with 
perverted Christianity— men wlio will practice 
the religion wc profess, and endeavor at every 
opportunity to spread the Truth, and peace, 
and good-will. Such ye are. we trust. Then 
let us put our hands firmly to the plow, and 
without looking back, or tarrying by the way, 
go forward in the work. A powerful enemy is 
ours, and the warfare is long and all importunt. 
let us come to " the help of the Lord against 
the mighty. 

Your contributors iire one me:ms to do your 
duty. May He who never wearies, and who is 
long-snfrering and of tender mercy, grant you 
wisdom, grace aiid stesidfastncss in the " Faith 
and patience of .Jesna." Think not that thii 
labor is child's play— a play of words. Whil< 
writing for the Christian press may be consider 
ed an exercise and tniining for the mind, it 
ought rather to be the expression of a heart 
full of love for the primitive cause of Christ, 
and the eflurt of a sin-pardoned soul going out 
after the lost. While we labor late or early 
when nthei*s are at eiise. and probably criticizing 
with undue severity our feeble Iaboi"s, let us re- 
member we serve the Lord, and expect our re- 
ward and honor of Him only. Let ua labor 
while it is day, for behold the uifjlit cometh. 


SPIRIT always makes its presence known in 
some manner of form, hut form, per .fc, is 
not always a certain indication of the Spirit's 
presence. The Holy Ghost descended "in a 
bodily shape like a dove upon Christ." 

" There came a sound from heaven as of a 
rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the 
where they (the disciples) were sitting," but 
the kiss of Judas and the long prayer of the 
Pharisees wjfre no sign that either the love or 
the .*pirit of God directed these actions. 

The language may be otherwise beautiful aiul 
even musical to the ear, but without the right 
spirit it will not produce fruit unto eternal life. 
The '• incorruptible seed," like everj- other seed 
will prorluce fruit only after its own kind. — 
Converts are like the spirit that accompanied 
the preachnig that converted them. 

A man may be " rude in speech." yet if the 
Holy Ghost accompany that speech, it may 
make a Felix tremble and cause thousands to 
" be priekeil in their hearts." 

On the other hand, there may be a form of 
godliness without the power. Even the tongue 
of an angel nmy be but as sounding brass, 
without that "charity that never faileth." 

Pharisees carried out the law to the letter, 
and gave tithes of mint and cumin, yet were 
threatened with the damnation of hell. In 
view of these facts, how careful ought those to 
be, who are so scrupulous to comply with every 
form of religion, that they do not lack the 


OU R attention was called to the four divi- 
sions of prayer in an article, written by 
Bro. IJ. H. Whitmer. and. thinking we could 
review each to advantage, we acconlingly offer 
a few thoughts on " Profane Prayer." aud hope 
some brother will write up the other subjects. 
Profane, to unhallow or take in vain the name 
of our God. Our mind naturally runs to 
Sinai's mount, where the awful tbundei-s roar- 
ed, and where Moses said: "I exceedingly fear 

aud quake." Tlu- tables of sl.iue, written by 
the finger of God himself, dechired; "Thou 
shalt not take the name of the Lord, thy God. 
n vaia. for tb.' Lord will not h.ddhim guiltlpM 
that tnketh His imiue in vain " (ExckImh 20). 

Yet how often in the face of thia, ns well, a» 
other conimimds, wc hear man, made in the 
image of his Maker, imprecating upon himself 
andothenj. the carses of God's hiw! How oft- 
en if mortal man had the \h,\,vx, would he 
hftvesent those with whom he bad to deal to 
the lowftst n'gions of dark despair! Th.- Lonl 
will not hidd these ■guiltless! 

Dear reader, art thou daily taking His holy, 
His exalted. His glorjous name in vain? Bat 
there is a probability that He will answer thy 
prayer. Thnu iuvokest upon thyMrlf in pmyer 
to Him. that He will shut thee out of Heaven, 
and shut thee up ui hell! Oh! fearful irai>reca^ 
tions. yet daily heard! "Out of the cume mouth 
proceedeth both curses and blessings." Oh! 
swearer, pray; but pray for forgiveness! God 
will hear thee. " He has promised to heal thy 
blackslidings, yea, to love thee freely." He 
hates thy ways, but loves thee ivith an evcriast- 
ing love. Jesus died to save all, yea. even the 
chief of sinners. Do not think thy sins are so 
great, thy guilt so black, tluit He will not 
love thee. Oh. remember His loving words, 
" Though your sins be iw scarlet, they shall be 
as white as nnow; though they be red like 
crimson, they shall he as wool " (Isaiah 1: 18). 
" He willeth not the death of a sinner, but 
rather that he turn from his ways and live." 

" Come unto mo," all ye that are weary ami 
heavy-laden, and I will give you real," The 
yoke of !?in is a galling yoke. Christ myn: 
"Take my yoke upon you and learn of me, and 
ye shall find rest unto your souls " (Matt. 11: 
2S: -29). Oh. come, come, COME ! 
Utifh, Euffland. 


GOD knows all our wimta and needs, Let us 
come boldly to a throne of grace, denying 
ourselves of all ungodliness tyid worldly lusUt. 
Let us watch and pray lest we enter into tempt- 
ation. When was on earth, and suffered 
for us, taking away our sins. He showed great 
love and kindness for all men. His sweet voice 
cheered the fallen and cast down. Now will we 
examine ourselves, whether we follow Jesus in 
this? Time will soon be no more with us. and 
we must go hence to reap the fruit of our labor. 
Jesus will soon appeal" and say, " Come ye bless- 
ed of my Father, and inherit the kingdom pre- 
pared for you from the foundation of the world." 
This will give us comfort in that day, aud n-st 
forever with Jesus. Let us double our diligence, 
and put (mr trust in God, who is all love and 
powerful. Dai'siiiA A, Bhowv. 



ing a fear either of 

^ ^, .A gentleman will 

) more swear, than go into the street and 

E ciui conceive of no reason why he 
should, but of ten why he should not: 

I. It is mean. A man of high monil stand- 
ing Would almost as soon steal a sheep as swear, 

'1. It is vulgar. Altogether too mean for a 
decent man. 

3. It is cowanlly. Impl 
not being believed or obi-yei 
It is ungeutlemaiity. 
re swear, than go ii>vu 
throw mud with a clodnopper. 

h. It is indecent, and offensive to delicacy. 

6. It is foolish. Want of decency is want of 

7. It is abusive— to the mind that conceives 
it. to the tongue that utters it. imd to the per- 
son at whom it is aimed. 

8. It is venomous. Showing a man's heart 
to be a nest of vipers, and every time he swears, 
one of them sticks out its heiul. 

i>. It is contemptible, forfeiting the n?si)ect 
of the wise and go«l. 

10. It is wicked. God will not hold him 
guileless who taketh His name in %'nin. 


•Toiiuary 3 


1,.1iiitic itge, 
. liU the mind Migagc, 
llu^ in-mj I'l.'ii-. I'ow many «chi|m». 
Aro nought but visioimrj' in-ams- 

How ra»i>T uwph- in our day, 
OTio. not "11011 the nnlToir way. 
An- driflinc r.iivvard in tht dark. 
Like nonv? foliation A^ilorV barkl 

The gatca of hell are open wide. 
And devils nod in plume and pride: 
The toys of fa«hiou «p«rklc brieli'. 
Korlho«c »hu walk not in the liijht. 
For the road is hrnail that leada iiNlrny. 
And Ihoiiisand", Ihcai.andi go timt way 
Unto the end of their i:areer, 
Hefore the judgment to api'Lur. 

The light of Hod is for us all, 

But wim eelipwd lhrou((h Ailaiu's fall, 

That if in dnrkue.'Ji we «houhl lie. 

The light of Uod we ran not -ee. 

Should we obey the Pope.s eomniand 

And have no llihle In the land. 

We noon would to destruetioii go 

To reap the fnliti pi enillesi woe. 

Nor l'0|ies nor Prelate., liriest-s norkiiiga, 

Nor devil, with Ahaddon'n wing», 

Can utterly that Hook destroy, 

Whieh did the mind of Hod emidoy. 

If we are in th.- light of Hod, 
llur influenee will he ^iiread abroad. 
The light in us will freely shine, 
And sjiivad its iuHuenee benign. 

If Christ be in us, we in Him, 
Our light of truth will not be dim, 
Arid we con walk the narrow way. 
That leadeth unto |uTfeet day. 

We will obi^y the Woiil of God. 
And lie who washed us in His blood, 
Will lead UB into perleet peace. 
Where we shall sec llim as Jle is. 
llarlriimnr. I'a. 



'■ Watch ye therefore, and pray always."— 

WATCHING is u iluty, iiiiiicratively 
eiijiiinod n]ion cvray tnn^ fnlkiw- 
(■]■ of Him ■nhoKe i-jfs are iw n fliinie of 
tile. We Clin no luofu be Cliviatiiins, 
witlioul thi» gvaci', than we enn 'le Chris, 
linns, .■tiiil omit praying; the two lire 
eurleliitive; Imt I lieliive we :nv apt to 
ignui-e pniyer, aiul unilertalvf to make 
i\ati:hilij;'l"'l"l''ileiluty, wherea-swateh- 
iin; it< nlwiiys aeconijmnii'il liy prayer, 
this forever nniiiila the wateliiiig nf erit 
ieisiii, luiil i;ivc8 tl« tht^ divinely npjioint- 
eel wnteliing wliieh is fealty to Christ'.* 
ilemnnils. We are to wateli tllat nolle 
of" tilings" (^woe.s) eoiiie upon us; 
tliis implies the wateliing <■!' both our- 
selves ami others. Wateli ourthouglit.s, 
ilesiros, aetious, ami inlUieiices. We 
must wateh opportunities, hist we 
h't pa.sis unheeiUnl some gohlen moment 
in whieh we might Imvc been instrument- 
al in saving a )ireeiou», blooil-bought 


Watch lest any root of bitterness 
spring up ami trouble us, ami tliere- 
by niaiiy be ilelilej: lest we fail to ilo 
all in our power for our liihtrul; lest 
we neglect to nourish the dear babes in 
Christ, and through our neglect some be- 
come weak and sickly, or even die. O! 
fur the love of heavi-n let us v\atcli the 
lambs! I-et us watch we fail to seek 
after the straying. Oh ! let us hitst™ to 
speak tlie kind, loving word of symjiathy 
which will help them to return to the 
fold, ere the wolf devours them. Evi-n 
tliough we may " sow in tears, " wateh 
the glorious promise, we shall reap with 
joy. We must watch lest we withhold 
the word of cheer from those whose 
lives are not so sunny as our's, or fail 
to visit and minister to the sick: lest we 

pray for enemies, 
to spring u|> 

neglect «Jie poor or aged: or fall fo aid 
to the ubiiost of our .-.bility iii the e.t- 
teusion of the Red.ienier's kingdom, or to 
and thus allow hatred 
hearts wliere only the 
genial mnlight of Chrisliaii love sliouhl 

Watch, lest the soul-thrilbng, heav- 
en-piercing Macedonian cries, which 
float on every breeze, are unnoticed aurl 
we receive for our temporal comforts, or 
lu.v:uries, that which should flow freely 
into the treasury of our KiVig; lest we 
forget to jiray for, .and assist, our dear 
mhiKlnrH who labor continually for our 
spiritual good and for the welfare of 
the Lamb's dear Bride. Said a brother 
to me a few weeks since; " It seems to 
me I can always tell when some one in 
the congrcgati.m is praying for me: 
when I get up to jireaeh, my heart glows 
with fervor and the Spirit sends words 
to my mouth, f;istcr than I can utter 

Oh ! then if we want to hear good ser- 
mons; want thee.iuse of Christ to pros- 
per, let us watch our ministers, be sure 
to «'<; when they need <i«nKtuiire and not 
lay ujiou them a double burden, while 
we reap llie beaelit of their labors. Let 
us watch and pray alimifs for the good 
of «»</.«, and the i/lmy of (rod; so shall 
the glorious Bride arise, deck herself 
witli beautiful garments, and go forth 
in the beauty to meet the Bridegroom; 
so shall we receive an abundant entrance 
into tlie Celestial City. 

Jesus ha.1 just hi-nled one there remainoth no more sairiSee f,„. ,;„ 

devil; the pcplo rec- but a certain ftiarful looking for juj„ 

' meat and tiery indignation, whieli 

' ' n 



lEIiEFOKK I say unto you, 

shall be forgiven unto men; but the 
blasphemy against the Holy fihost shall 
not be forgiven unto men. And who- 
soever sjieaketh a word against the Son 
of shall be forgiven him ; but who- 
soever siieakcth against the Holy Ghost, 
it shall not be forgiven him, neither in 
this world, neither in the world to come." 
(Matt. 12::il,:i2). 

Blasphemy, from the Greek Jilmplu- 
'tiiiii, properly denotes calumny, detrac- 
tion, reproachful or abusive language, 
against whomsoever it i* rendered. 
Wh'U such .abuse is uttered fiod, 
the significaton of the word is the same 
as when it is uttered against a created 
being; the degree of guilt depends upon 
its application, that is, as to what object 
it refers. As, therefore, the sense of 
the term is thj same, though different- 
ly applied; let us next inquire, what 
is essential to constitute this crime 
in either ease^ It is essential to this 
sin, when committed by one man against 
another, that there be in the injurious 
person the will or disposition to detract 
from the person abused. A mere mist- 
take in regard to character, especially 
when the mistake is not e(Uieeived by 
him, vvlni entertains it, to<-u the char- 
acter, however erroneously, to exalt it, is 
never construed by anyinto tlie crime of 

Now as bla.spheniy is in it.s es.seuce 
the same, however applied, what is fun- 
damental to the very existence of the 
crime, is the same wheu applied to God 
as when apjilied to man, namely a will, 
a desiirn, a purjiose to defame, to insult 
the Divine Majesty. Blasphemy then, 
against (tod is calumny, and to consti- 
tiite the crime it is necessary that the 
ealuniny be intentional, that the per- 
J petrator knows what be a.sserts is false. 

The circumstances which called forth 
the language of our text from our Sav- 
' ior, will perhaps throw much light on 

this subject, 
possessed with a 

ognized the hand of God in this, and 
anxiously incpiire<l, " Is not this the son 
of David! Is not this our long expect- 
ed Messiah!" But the Pharisees, 
Cthose religious guides to whom the peo- 
ple looked with iirofound respect, be- 
cause of their reputed sanctity and learn- 
ing) answered: " This fellow doth not 
caiit out devils, but by Heelzebub, the 
l.rinei' of devils." They could not de- 
ny the reality of the miracle. That some 
wonderful power had been display<'d 
was too manifest to be ignored. What 
then must be done? " These people look 
to us for instruction, we have griait pow- 
er and influence over them. We our- 
selves know very well that this miracle 
could onlv be performed through the 
aeency of God, but if we tell the peo- 
ple this, they will adhere to Him and 
we will lose our power over tliem. 
But the hold wdiich we have on 
this people is of great .advantage to us 
every way, wCmnst, and will retjiin 
hold' at any cost. We will therefore 
give them an an.swer which will scan- 
dalize this Jesus in their eyes; we will 
tell them that His miracles are perform- 
ed by magic arts, that He is in leag:ue 
with the prince of darkness. The ig- 
norance of this pe<i]ile, and their entire 
confidence in us, will prevent them from 
detecting this sophistry; we will take 
advantage of this ignorance, of this 
simplicity and bind our fetters more 
ilrmly upon them." 

" Jesus knows their thoughts." Me- 
thinks I can see the blessed Ma-ster cast 
upon those hypocritical leaders a look 
,]) [of mingled pity and indignation. After 
ex-|msiiig the ridiculousness of their po- 
sition, He addresses to them the scath- 
ing language ot our te.xt. 

"You know what youh.ave a.sserted is 
false, yonr knowledge of the literature 
of your nation, teaches you that such a 
miracle could only be performed through 
the power of God. Beware! you are 
now going too far; your extieme hatred 
of me, and your prejudices are leading 
ycHi int<i fatal errors. In the garb of 
humanity, which I have a-ssumed, I can 
bear all your malice, all your bla.sphemy, 
because it was fore-ordained that I 
should hear reproaches and insults (see 
Ps.alms 00: 9). But if you wilfully 
insult the Spirit of God, yon place your 
self beyond the reach of mercy." 

Oh how shocking tliat any cme should 
permit his prejudice, or his worldly in- 
terest to lead him to such fearful lengths, 
yet we find this warning not only ad- 
dressed to the Pharisees, but Paul alsc 
cautions his Hebrew brethren against 
this dreadful crime. See Ileb. 6: 4-8 

As we have already -seen it was those 
wretched Pharisees, wdio, instigated by 
worldly ambition and avarice, slander- 
ed what they knew' to be the cause of 
God; and against conviction, reviled His 
work as the operation of evil spirits, 
who alone could commit this horrid 
crime in the time of our Savior's cor- 
poreal stay on earth. But P.atil address- 
es the following language to the Hebrew 
brethren; " For it is imjiossible for those 
who were once enlightened, and have 
ta.sted of the heavenly gift, and were 
made partakers of the Holy Ghost, and 
have ta-sted the good word of God, and 
the powers of the world to come, if they 
shall fall away to renew them again un- 
to repentance; seeing they crucify t<i 
themselves the Son of God afresh and 
put Him to an open shame." Again, 
" If we siu wilfully after that we have 
recei\cd the knowledge of the ti-uth, 

'on, wlueli ,l,ai, 
ilev«)ur the adversaries." It is the s^i 
wilful, known sin placed the I>1,„. 
isees beyond the reach of mercy, tjj , 
places the once enlightened Cliristiaus i„ 
the same awful state. 

The above Scrijitures express a hi"! 
degree of 'heavenly light and kn„iv| 
edge. Oh can it be that any who hnv. 
been thus highly exalted, who have he,.,, 
permittetl to sit in heavenly places witl, 
Christ Jesus, have ta.sted the riches m 
His love, sjiould fall away, should fu, 
the .sake of some worldly object renounc, 
Christ, forego all their precious blooil. 
bought privileges, and turn again to tli,, 
weak and beggarly elements of tin 
world! The above Scriptures certaiab 
intimate that such is possible- 
Let us now notice the circnnistmut 
under which the above warning wa. 
given. In those early days of pei-seci,, 
tion under the Roman emperors, whciin 
person was arraigned ftir trial on tlic 
accusation of being a Christian, he w.v 
required to call upon the heathen god. 
.supplicate to the emperor's image, and 
curse Christ, " none of which things," 
says Pliny in his famous letter to tli. 
emperor Trajan, " can any of those wli,, 
eally Christians be compelled to do," 
But the cursing orblasphemiug of Christ 
under those more humane emperoiis siicli 
as Trajan, Adrian, and Antominus, wa. 
ufKeieut to procure their p,ardon, or iv 
lea-se. Those more cruel persecutors ;e 
Nero, and Domitian seem not to havr 
atlmitted of pardon, if once a persrn 
hail assumed the hated name of Cbvi. 
tian.i Paul foreseeing the danger and 
temptation that this possible escape from 
punishment would expose the Christians 
to, exhorts them to steadfa.stness, and 
warns them against apost.asy. He knew 
that when the question would be ask,, 
of them again ami again, if they wetv 
Christians, threatenings, being intermi.\ 
ed with the questions, as Pliny says the) 
were, he foresaw that a possible es«|ir 
from the cross, the burning fagots, tin 
playings and all sorts of torture wliidi 
were held up before them in all tlinit 
hitleousness, would cause the faith i>i 
some to waver, therefore he faithfidh 
points out to them the dreadful const- 
quences of denying Christ, of tretuliiiL' 
under foot the Son of God, of coinitin;; 
the blood of the covenant wherewill 
they were sanctified an unholy thing, 
and of doing despite to the spirit of gracf. 
Sin at any time, or under any eiroum' 
.st.ance is afearfnl thing.and thereisnolli- 
ingweshouldsu muehfear.but to sin wil- 
fully after having received the knowl- 
edge of the truth, to openly and avow- 
edfy renounce Christ, after experienc 
ingHis p.ardoning grace, the apostle tells 
us there remaineth no mm-e sacrifice I'"' 
sins. AVehave now wilfully rejeisR'il 
the only sacrifice that can be ofiml 
conseipiently we are left without a sai- 
rifice, without a propitiation and tlif 
apostle tells us what an awful doom 
awaits such (see Heb. 1 (1: 27). IgnoiW 
is the (Uily ]iossible palliation to sin. 
hence Paul says of himself that he n'- 
once a bla.sphemer, a persecutor, ami i» 
jurious, but says he obtaineil m''''''y "'; 
cause he did it ignorantly in mihrhf'- 
intimating, that iuit for this iguoranoe 
he could not have obtained mercy- A"|^ 
our dear Savior when He prayw' '' 
His munlerers, could only plea'' "";" 
ignorance. "Father forgive^^theni.b" 
they know not what they do.' 

highest tllings.- 

aiul sincerity ""•' 




IAll uiily gliid that tliu brclhruii ,ire 
catching more of the miwnimrv ! 
^|,hit, ni"' I ''"I* "'"*' that spirit will ■ 
bKome so great and imwerful i„ the j 
chim-h that she will send her ministers, ' 
not oidy into every i),irt of the United ', 
j;,,,(,.f, Imt also in every connty and 
jA'ery corner of countries, that the Gos- 1 
pel of Christ may be preached to all 
the hmnun race of our country, so that 
,ve will not have to meet daily, men and 
Monien, who will say: " We never heard 
aiiv of 3'""'' P'"'V^« preach," and 
others tell us we never saw n " Dunk- 
,„,r' before we saw yoit And some 
such v«re l)orn and raised to manhood, 
ill Pa., Va., Md., and Ohio where there 
„,.„ so ninny lirelliri'ii and organized 

Biitlnen, who is to hliime that those 
j„.„|,le have not the Cosp-l preached to! M,iy they not have cause in the 
juilu'inent day to accuse i!s that we have 
not done our d\lty in full i It looks to 
„ie lis though il ought to arouse every 
saint to a sense of his duty in this re- 
spect; for surely the word, "yoyeinto 
(lit the m/rld" stands yet on the page as 
itiiluiiy* did. And that is notall, breth- 
11-11 and sisters, I'aul says, (■' Cor (i: 8), 
■■ As deceivei-s and yet true." Now let 
us look how deceivers do, how zealous 
tiny are. They spend a ijreat deal of 
time an<l money to get n missionary in- 
to r^■ely land, State and county. You 
limy i^o where you will, tlierf you will 
tiiid tlie peoi»le taught some mode of 
wdivliip, but lanieutable to say, they are 
no! tauiiiit tile [line tJospel, nor the true 
iih.ile of worship, which Christ and the 
ajio>tles taught. Brethren will, not we, 
wlio know the terror of the Lord, put 
tiii'tli greater efforts to persuade men, 
am! e.vhiblt more zeal for the ingather- 
ing and saving of precious souls, than 
llioM' who go about to preach a part of 
llic tiosjiel for filthy lucre? And many 
of them make the trospel of Christ of 
iinii, eilect by their tiiulitious, or as Christ 
«iiil.(Matt. 13: H), " Teaching tor doc- 
tiiiie the commandments of men." He 
siiil. In vain they woi-ship me." 

bet us lieconu^ a little more Paul-like, 
and go where the Gospel is not known, 
I'l' at least is uot practiced. And we 
know that ony^soul is of more value, 
iliaii our silver and gold. And the 
I'n.plut Daniel said (Chap. 12:3)," And 
di-y that be wise, .shall shine as the 
' of the firmament; and they 
that turn many to righteousness, as the 
^ta Is forever and ever." Hence let us 
■ill do our iluty. Paul .says (1 Cm' SI; 
b'), ■• For tliough I preach the Gospel, 
1 liavf nothing to glory of, for necessity 



Iniil upon me; yea, woe is nntii me if 
' ineiich not the (iospel ; for if I do this 
tiling willingly, I have a reward; but if 
L'aiust my will, a dispensation of the 
bospel is committed unto me." May 
l'"d prosper and bless the missionary 
labors everywhere i.s my prayer. 



I(Y S. ,1. IIAlUtlsON. 

IME is 80 related to everything that 
it may he said to have a place in 

■'■ything. fiod did His work in a set 
timi'. He l)ei;anit at a certain time, and 
li'l'-^lit'd it at a certain time. He hcgan 
'''^ '"'st at a certain time and ended it at 

'■'■"■tail! time. He appointed certain 
Iiiitt-s t'ur His worship. He hasestaldisli- 
'■'' I'nvs tu govern all tilings. The wind 
"'"' ^'-a nl>uy Him. He makes the earth 
'"''" U|)un its axis in an exact time; He 

takes the earth an.iuul the sun, c.-ntiirj 
aft.i- centiiry in the same exact time. 
The moon pertormos her work as puiie- 
tiial and regular ilh her great Ruler w 
punctual and n.gular. Their move- 
ments art' punctual and regular to the 
snialh-st fraction of a second. It is there- 
for.- a plain case that punctuality and 
regulnrity are two of (lod's laws." 
^ ^ Sin is a transgression of the law. 
Those who are not punctual and regu- 
lar, transgress the law, and theret\jre 
sin. Sin cannot enter heaven. Thciv • 
fore those who arc tardy and irregular 
cannot go to heaven. 

I wa« at preaching not long :igo where 
a strange speaker Wiis cxjx-cted. Thi; 
speaker was a lady. She waited until 
the hour to hegin had tuUy ai-rived; but 
the people cam..- strolling in until ser- 
vices were nearly over. This was very 
annoying to the speaker, disgusting to 
the listeners and disadvautagcotis to the 
tanly person. I have seen the same in 
our meeting almost as often jis the occa- 
sion wiw unusual. AVell, what are the 
rea.sons tor this? I will tell you what a 
few of them are. 

Some go to meeting lat« to have a bet- 
ter opjjortunity for displaying some new 
garment or je>velry which they or their 
children have lately o})taiued; some to 
have people know that they live about 
there; some because so and so are to 
dine with them that day and everything 
must be nice, and it must be made so 
before they go to church. Some go to 
meeting late because they had work to 
do. " Must clean up onee a week you 

The next thing sonn- men do, is, they 
do uot go to meeting regularly, even the 
lights( i) of the church absent themselves 
for the most trivial causes. In a dis 
trict where there are from one to two 
hundred members, only about two-third.-* 
of the number are present at any oue 
meeting. And what .are the reasons for 
this? I suppose the absent ones can tel 
the rea-sous as well a* anybody, there 
fore I give what they say, " I wjts not 
feeling very well; I had to go to town 
on Saturday and I am getting old and, 
do not feel good to be out so much.'' 
Another says, " O, I'd sooner sit in the 
house than go out on the cold road to 
preaching." Another says, '* I wanted 
my hoi'ses to rest, I had been working 
tliein hard all week, and I had a big 
week's work for them again. I have so 
much work to do that I and (he horses 
need all the rest we can get. I cannot 
attend meeting until I get a little through 
with my work." Another say.'^, " It was 
nuuld)- and I diil want to s.>il my 
Ituggy." Another says, "The preach- 
ing is uot worth listening to." Others 
stay at home — away from \\'orshi]j — to 
entei'tain visitors. They love a talk 
idiout the prospects of fruit, the likeli- 
hood of cholera killing their hogs, the 
relative merits of tlie ditferent breeds of 
cattle, tlu' pro|)riety of feeiling stock, to 
.selling tlic feed, the advantages of cer- 
tain mo^vmg, reaping and threshing 
machines — they love this better than the 
worship of God. O, what depths of 
love for Christ! What a resolution to 
run the race with patience! to have 
" Thy will be done on earth as it is in 
heaven!" AVhat an example to the 
youth, th.' sinner, and the infidel! 

iiv K. rMiLvriiU, 

OX account of the great diveraity of 
opinion, in the world, nuiuy. y»-a, 
very many may wonder whether any 
other name than that of Chrktian should 

be assumed by the_ i.Uowe,-s of Christ, liook or NewTe^tament. He there lln.l- 
I here are many mm.slers wl.<. «ay that his symptone. explained. Next In-ol «■ • - 
no one who pr.t«ncU to be a follower him.-elF in the hands of a uum-, by ."■ 
of Chn.t, should be wilUus to be known ling to chureb and there the nuj ad- 
by any other name. We, however, I ndnistersn.edieine to him, bvt/.lliu" him 
should not conhde in such ,ncn. nor im- 1 what he must do to get u.-lfor fr,.- fi-om 
bd.e such sentiments, but U-ok into th. | sin. If he be a good nurse, he will t.ll 
IK-rfV-ct law of ourselves, lest we be de. him the same as the great Physician did. 
'^^'■u-^ ' 1 i. '^"'^ "^"^ *^"* t-'*'"** nui-se, Peter on the 

We learn from our pilot-the New day of pentec«st(Act^ - :jk). Ami he 
restament that the name Christian was Uvilldo;.sLe Wi^commamled to doby the 
first applied, at, to (he followers Physician in Matt. 28: 111, .JO- be will 
of our Redeemer, but l,y whon, it wa.s tell hin. to obey all the c<,n,maodment«, 
applied we cannot tell. We may learn take all the mediciae ami r^O-.t none, 
bom the history of the early followed liut, naturally, we find 
oi Jesus that the name was applied to 

them by way of epithet, hence it wa« 

not assumed. 

nurse that claims h.- thinks a great deal 
of the patient, and will not givi- all the 

,. , J^'^'y ^*'*''''' ^'^^^'■'' '^Ii>''«- . nu-ilicinc, but will reject what is bad t. 

lans because they folluwe.l Christ, for ; the taste. .I,Lst .o. we have th.-m sTmi. 
thesamerexsonthatac-rtain sect are ually .speaking. What do th.-y tell th. 
called Campbelbtes liecause they follow- - 

ed Campbell. 

A number of names have been applied 
to the followers of Christ by vien onlyj 
but one only by Christ Himself. Now, 
fellow-pilgrim, to wh.)m would ymt 
give the honor* To Christ or to men i 
Our Savior, while here among men, said 
\m His followers, " All yc arc brethren ;" 
and this is the only name He ever con- 
ferred which they cotdd with propriety 
apply to themselves. From this we 
may learn that if we wish to give (Jod 
the glory, with respect to His Son, we 
should assume His endearing name in 
preference to any other, ^\'e can see 
no impropriety in allowing othei-s to call 
us Christians when they apply the term 
to us because we follow or obey Christ, 
but we should never assert that no other 
name should be assumed by us, for we 
shoidd 7;/-€/'Vr and apply to each other 
the endearing name " brethren," because 
this is in aceordauce with the example 
of the holy ajiostlesond their luunediatc 
successor^, and because our bles.sed Sav- 
ior has said we are .such. 

Then kind reader, whenever you have 
.icciLsion to speak anything ctmcerning 
the people of God, keep the hoiior .>f 
your Savior nearest your heart by call- 
ing them by the name applied by Him 



KY S. llKl'MIIAirtH. 

TT is very natural when we get sick, 
■^ that we send f.n* a physician to ex- 
anune and give ns a remedy. First 
we feel bad, and we get worse and worse. 
until disease gets us down, then sen.l 
tor a physician. He eomes, examines us 
and (loses out a number of powders 
and drops, and appoints a luu'se to cave 
tor the patient, and administer the med- 
icine, charging the nurse very ]iarticidarly 
how t<» give the mclicini' an.l to be 
sure and give all lie has left. He leaves* 
the [)atieut in the care of the nurs<'. 
Now suppose the nurse does not a.lmin- 
ister the medicine as directed, and the 
patient dies, is the nurse clear? or must 
tile nurse bear part of tlii-blanu-; Now 
the ap|)lleation. 

First, we unilerstand Christ t.i be the 
great i*hysician (Matt.l'ilii); ami accor- 
ding to Matt. '.I: l^ the sinner is the jia- 
tient, and we understand the minister of 
the Gospel to >»e the nurse, according to 1 st 
Corinthians4 : 1 3 ; Eph.-t : :it> ;1 stIVt.4 : -1 : 
Josh. 1:1; 1st Thes. 11:7, and even 
the word minu*ter meaus one that admin- 
isters, a servant. Now we uudei-stan.i 
the nie.licine to be tlie coninian.lmenis 
of Ciirist found in the gi-eat lio.'k. thw 
Bible. The sinner is very sick; he 
feels that he ueeils aphysielan, and jis 
the Pliysician is gone, lie exannnes his 

patient or sinner? Why do wc find 
them sometimes leaching such command- 
nienta a-s are popular in the worhU they 
will say, the sinner need uot go to n 
str.-am ()f water to be baptized, but he 
will sprinkle him as it is not so much 
bother, and he can do a.s he pleases 
about ob.-ying all the commandments, 
he will get to heaven without <fec. 
lie pretends to think a great deal of his 
patient, or the sinner, and he can take 
or obey just such commandments as he 
feels like. But beware, may be if it 
wi-re not for the doUaiN, he would not 
think so much of you, l>nt of eoui-se the 
ea-sier he is, the more adherent-s he will 
get. If he wjis ('onuerned aliout ymir 
.s.nd, do you not think hewouhl depend 
more up.m the Doctor-booki D.k-s he 
know than the doctor? 

O! when that great day shall come 
when the patient and the nurse will lie 
exandned, what a lime that will be! 
AVhen the patient is examined by the 
great Physician and found incurable, 
what will he say when he is asked 
whether he t.u.k all tlic medicine he left 
him orolieyed all the commmanduients? 
He will be apt to say the nurse or min- 
ister did not give them or teach them 
then the nurse will be interrogatetl; 
what will he answer? Nothing can he 
.s;iy, but behold the nuise oi- nnnister 
tiiatgave all the ptMvdcis or command- 
iiHiits, left him to give, and his patients 
they are safe enjoyingheaven in its beau- 
ty. Then we will see which niUNe 
thought the most of his patient. <-)h 
sinner hunt the nurse that will give all 
the remedies prescribed by the great 
Doctor and take them, th.-n :il! will be 



HHJ'- the bright eyes of reason 
are full of piercing anil restless 
inlelligi-nce, his ear is closed to sound; 
an.l while faith has an ear of exquisit« 
ilelicacy, on hei- sightless orbs as she 
lifts them towards heaven, the sunbeam 
plays in vain. Hand in han.l, the broth- 
er anil sister, in all mutual love, pui-sue 
their way. through a worhl on which, 
like oui>, day breaks an.l night falls al- 
teiiiately; by day the eyes of rciison are 
the guide of faith, and by night the 
i-arof faith is the guide of reason. As 
is wont with those who labor under 
these privations respectively, reason is 
apt to be eager, impetuous, impatient 
of that instruction which his infirmity 
uill not iieiinlt him t.> readily appre- 
hend; while faith, gentle and docile, is 
ever willing t.) listen to the voice by 
whieh alone truth and wisdom can ef- 
fectuaUy reach her, — lltinnj Uogei'9. 

Regularity is unity; tuiity is godlike, 
only the devil is changeable. — JHchtti: 

T3IK >^i<K/rpii-ii-:>; .vr avokiv. 

January ;^ 

gbc grtthretf nt IVorh. 


J. [|. HOORE, 
M. M. KSHEl>MAIf, 

Tn. BiirTiii... At WoBK will be ••nt po.i-p.M, to ^ 
kddren in th# l*nU*d Sl*l«. or aimJ*. for (I •0 pw 
annum. Tbote .emling wn nnmw nml JI.-IIJI. *'" Tf 
nlr. u) •»!» copy rr« of «h»rne For nil o».r Ihi; 
nnmW tbr utnl "ill 1« ollo-fd 10 crnM fur e*ch mU. 
Uount i>rnnp. "hieh nmouni ain he ddiuclc'l trnm Iht 
in»nM, before »»n.ling U lo "•- M""*/ Orkw. Umtt", 
Ud Bejiil*rfd UtHT» nmy be 
■bonld be mudp pnjrnbl* to Moon 
8Dbf«riplion*. ■i"I MmmuniMll 

Jer, lu writ %i 
c* thoiiM W 

LuuLTk. CftCTolI Co., ni 

■ ri-k Thfy 
.. Hft-hir * E«hrlman, — 
[)■ inlcndod for the po- 

ll l><i>l>ir« 


JAKUAfiT 3, 1878. 

CoNMiURHAin.K miitt«r lnw Ih-ch crowdn! out 
this wewk: imiong them ii toiiple repurts, the 
Gleanings uiid Obitunriex. Will einleiivor to 
niako room for raowt of thi-m npxt wwk. 

Thk rniiiy weather mid muddy roads lire 
grently iriterfi'ri»« with the stiicccss tlmt would 
otherwise erown the efl'ort»« of our minist^-rs in 
their pnitmctfld meetings during this spiuioii of 
the ycjir. 

Tub present iiidieation*" are that Ilro. Stmn 
i» to engage in npiihlic diieuwion with Mr. Ii ay. 
editor of tli.- Baptist Battle Fltnj, to cominenci- 
Hometinif in .liiimary. Mon? can likely be «aid 
about it next week. 

di-ioveml. If nt'w snhscriljen* do not com- 
mence receiring thoir paiHTS within a few 
weeks after sending, they will please let w 
know; hut fintt inqiiin- of the postmaster Iw- 
foT¥ writing. Whi-n writing 1)c sure to give 
post office, eounty. and State in everv instnnce. 
The figures to the right of your name denot4>.s 
when your Bubscription expires. 

Tnr. horr.>rH and cnielties of war have been 
lately brought to light in the vicinity of Plev- 
na. The terrible »tat* of things is perhaps iin- 
liaralleled in modem warfare. After the town 
fell into the hands of the Russians, famishing 
dogs were seen feeding on the bodies of dead 
and wounded sohliem. t^-aring the Hewh from 
the hi>die3 of the still living wounded. The 
vnltures picked at the skull and hopped from body 
to body with fienrlish delight. The savage 
howls of the greedy bruf.e«, the cries and heiirt- 
rending groims of the wounded, as tliey vainly 
struggled with the dogs, could be he.nrd for 
miles around. The wounded that were able to 
crawl nbout. clutched at the odd morsels of fond 
in the hands of the dead. One thousand 
((risoners were huddled together in one place. 
The liviiiganddeuil were piled together promis- 
consly in heaps like wood, and carted nway. 
The scene was horrible beyond description. 
Tlicse are the fruits of war. May God gnint us 
peace on earth. 

Wk are again obliged to iwk those who have 
ordered Hymn Books to have patience. Though 
we orden-d sometime ago, the books have not 
rome. When onlering hooks or pamphlets the 
money Hliould always aceompany the order. 

OfH miswioniirios. now in Denmai-k. exi)i'ct 
to vinit GcniHUiy '"'d Knglmid before returning 
home. In company with brother HitiNKWouTH. 
they may wpend considerable tiiuc preaching 
in England, and reach home aonu-timein April. 

BliOTlIElt DaVII" Mahtin of Mai-shitll Co., 
Iowa, gave us a i all Iil-I Saturday. !!<■, and 
family are viditing relatives and accqimintances 
in this locality. Biiothkr John* Zook of Ce- 
dar Co.. was with lis in the same day. He seems 
■ to he enjoying himself. 

TiiK unusu;d state of the weather, for this 
season of the year, hna rendered traveling and 
outdoor work in this pait of the country ex- 
tremely diKagreoable. The last few months 
hare been more like Sjjring than Wintei-— 
niiuiiig coii-iidevable of tlie time, lieiieo giving 
II- unul ill abundance. 

LATKri'porls indiiatea!! Europe isarmiiig,an(l 
the (dd world is in a most critical condition. 
Russia luw called out another large army, and it 
is feuiyd that both Knghind and Germiuiy will 
soon become involved in the bloody conflict. 
Should they do so, it will doubtless more or less 
affect all Europe, 

On the liwt page of this issue, will he ftiuiid 
1111 interesting Imtchof correspondence ivgard- 
ing a jiublic discii*sion to have been held in 
Carthage, Mo. We do not blame the liajitists 
for not wanting to debate their side of the (pies- 
tjoii on baptism, for their iiackwanl single im- 
inci-sion is so young that they do not want it 
exposed to the public gaze. On Mr. CrN.viNfi- 
H \m"s pari it is a wjuare hael: down. 

A Uhotiikr writes: " Yesteiilay morning I 
noticed how happy the children felt over their 
presents, and as they were passing them to 
tach other 1'd them if they liked to read 
the HuETiiHtiN AT Work. They said they did. 
1 then told them that there are many who arc 
ton i)oor to pay for it, and I thought we ought 
to make them a little present: so at it we went, 
and I now send you §1,50 for tiie 'Charity 
Fund.' " ' 

At this season of the year, when .subscribers 
ure coming in at the rat« of a thou^iaud a week, 
it will be impossible to avoid making some 
mistukes, such n- leaving out an occiuional name 
wlio.'ie time of subscription hiisnot expired, re- 
tainiug names that ought to be omitted, or get 
some incorrectly inserted. Should any thing 
of the kind occur we want to he notified of it 
at once. Do not wait a month or too and then 
write, but attend to it a'* ^oon as the mistake is 


rrHHUlUJH a kind ami gnicious frovidence, 
i. we are enabled to greet you agmn, and we 
hope this, the U'fhering in of another year, finds 
us all ready and willing to step into the front 
ranks to live, proclaim and defend the holy re- 
ligiim brought to us by our Master. The CaiJ- 
tain of our salvation isjn.'st as ready, able and 
willing to loud us on to victory, as He was last 
year. Knowing this, not a soldier should de- 
sert, not one think of going to slpp]) on duty, 
and remember to continue in well-doing, and 
the victory over sin and Satan will be complete. 
We appeal to this noble band of workers, 
this army of the Itedeemer, to make a vigor- 
ous charge all along the lines and help us to 
carry the gind tidings of salvation over the en- 
emy's intrenchmont. We should not, cannot 
be satisfied with s-imply holding the forts we 
have taken, but should labor bard iuid patients 
ly to take many more. And as we go forth to 
oenqiier, let us bo sui-e that the flag we follow 
has on it the crurifird Christ as well as the ijlo- 
rljird Lord. This is the flag that leads to peace- 
ful, permanent victory. 

We feel grateful to the many contributors 
who liave helped us to enrich and enliven the 
columns of the Hiiktiimkn" at Wokk the past 
year with their lieaveii-born and soul-cheering 
thoughts, and ('(trdially invite them "to continue 
in sending forth sound words — words that have 
in them the power, honor imd glory of God. 
With pure motives, yj;v';ifiy)/c.N can he made to 
take deep root in the hearts of siunei-s and turn 
them to the living God. Let the glory of Tii- 
bor shine out from the top. bottom and side.s of 
evenr" word you write, and the world will ivit- 
ness such n stream of light as has not been seen 
lo these many yearn. 

And you who have steadily and patiently la- 
liored to extend the circulation of our paper, 
we also ask you to go on in the well-begun 
work, looking to Jwiis the great Rewarder for 
your toils and your perplexities. We hold you 
in grateful remembrance for what you have 
done, Hud hope you will find continual pleas- 
ure and spiritual profit in laboring with us. 

We can make j"ou hut few promises for the 
year, as the great Dispenser of evcnt-s iiloue 
knows what shall be. We desire, however, to 
devote our time and talents to the defense and 
maintenance of the pure and undefiled religion, 
the dissemination of cditying literature, and 
the preseiitntion of every fact, every command 
and i)romise of our heavenly Kiitlier. We do 
not expect lo plcjise all men. for our Master 
did not do that, but do desire to please Him 
who hath called all of us with His tender mer- 
cy and kindnewi to serve Him. Nor do we ex- 
pect to ph-ase oiii-selves iji all things. We. too. 
must bear and forbear; otherwis*' there 
would he no refining, no burning of dross. 
that we may cling to the whole truth, speak 
where God speaks, bridle the tongue where God 
bridles, honor G<k1, love all men, hat« sin, and 
" die daily "' is the wish and jjrayer of your 
humble servants. 


SOMETIME ago. brother D. D. Clark of 
(irant. WeM Va.. sent us a copy of Elder S. 
W.P. Richanlfion's objections to the doctrine of 
baptism for the remission of sins, taken from 
the Mnuntfiin Echo, published at Keyser, W. 
Vk.. with a request that they be reviewed in the 
Rrkthrkn at Work. This we will now <lo. so 
far as the objections are worthy of note. 

We give the Elder's article entire, proposi- 
sition and all, that our readers may hear both 
sides of the question, and learn how even min- 
isters will niisconstrue,either through ignorance 
or malicious intent, a doctrine which does not 
correspond with their preconceived opinions, 
or religious education. This we do. not because 
we love discussions, but because we love the 
truth, and do not want people misled or prej- 
udiced aaainst a doctruie of the Ne-v Testament, 
without a knowledge of what its teachings are 
on the subject opposed. 

Men can file objections to any doctrine or 
theory, or even the Bible itself, that on a super- 
ficial investigation, have a show of fairness and 
force about them, which in reality, when/iilltj 
investigated, are ohjections only, and stand 
without the least logic, much less of a scientif- 
ic or divine foundation. The article before us 
show.s the cunning of its author in dealing with 
a stpiare Gospel doctrine. He leaves both the 
Gospel and logic and swoops down on the sym- 
pathies of the peoi)le, witliout offering one sin- 
gle passage from Holy Writ, that has any bear- 
ing on the subject whatever. Tt is tlie old 
dodge of ITniver^alism he resoris to, in his en- 
deavors to prove his theory, not by Bible proof, 
biitbya misrepresentation of the one he opposes, 
and by reaching the sympathies of the people. 
We will without further comment, give the El- 
der's proposition and objections verbatim and 
review them in proper order. 

■■ Dlijcclions to ihe Uociriiic of bnptism in onlcr lo re- 

He means of coui-se the remission of past 
sins. The proposition is fairly stated, and tells 
in plain tenns what the doctrine is he objects 
to, and opposes. The doctrine contained in the 
affirmative of this proposition, is not of very 
recent origin, which the reader will readily per- 
ceive by turning to Acts 2: 38. "Repent and 
l)e baptized every one you in the name of Jesus 
Cbristyo;- tlie ri-itiisnion of sins, awl you .shiill 
rea-iif the gift of Ihe Holy Ghost." And in 
Acts 22: Ifi '■ And now why tarriest thou? Arise 
and he huptized and ivafh aimy thy sins. rnUimj 
on the nnme of the Lord." This is what the 
gentleman is opposing. These are the men 
wholiave dared to setup theclaims which have 
met the learned divine's disapproval. Notwith- 
standing they spake by counsel from on high, 
uttering only the things of the Lord's house as 
the Holy Ghost gave them utterance, yet they 
have, in the doctrine of baptism for the remis- 
sion of sins, met with opposition at this late 
date in the church's history. By " experience " 
and " teaching"' and " faith alone " and " heart 
religion." we are now told that this doctrine 
taught by men of God, instructed by the Holy 
Spirit, is wrong, has objectionable features about 
it and is damning. Why men oppose this part 
r)f God's Word, will be readily seen by refer- 
ring to 3 Tim. -i: 3, ■!. .A.nd now as the attack 
is not made on the apostles — oh no, not in the 
least, of course not; he will deny that, hut let 
the reader referto Peter and Ananias, and then 
to the Elder's statement and decide for himself. 
Do not turn to either him or us, but just loolt 
at the matter as it stands; firet read the apostles, 
then read the Elder's doctrine and that will de- 
cide the matter at once. They say: " Be bap- 
tized for the remission of sins," "Arise and be 
bai)tized and wash away thy sios;" but the Elder 
virtually says; " I denounce it as wrong and 
sound my objections abroad." It nced.t no com- 
ment, no linguist or theological disquisition to 
assist inaproperinterprctatiou of thedifferencc 
between tlie two systems of pardon. 

Either IVterand.Ananiaswere wrong, or else 
our modern ajwstles has missed themark, no 
use of trying to eviMletheconcluBion. Will the 
Elder tell the i-eaders of the Echo where he ve- 
(■eived his authority to denounce the apostles 
in this manner of teaching the design of bap- 
tism? Did the Holy Ghost make a slip of the 
tongue, when He informed them what to say V 
Is that it* Or has the Spirit of God changed 
tactics since then!' Can he tell ? Will he 
do it? You no doubt think this rough, but 
the nature of the case demimds all we can "ive 

and we do only our simple duty in statintr ty, 
issue in as plain words as our pen can inscnl 
There are no two truths in the universe th t 
will show a contradiction when contrasted axA 
yet the elder's article does crosji the apoa'ne' 
hence one or the other is wrong. Whether "t 
is man divinely inspired, who spake only i, 
the Spirit of Go<l, or whether it is an uninspii 
ed modern evangelist i)reaching in the back 
woods of Va., we leave our readers to judge 
Now here comes his firat objection. 
"OnjriTios No. l.-lfbftpli»m in "le proeurin|,n« „, 
pardon, il niiiat be repented every time we wiih pordon'' 

That this objection is a perversion of the 
proposition he so clearly states above, will h 
plain to all with only a few words of explann. 
tion. He says, " If baptism is the prorurinn 
at't of pardon " ^\ist as if the apostle Peter or 
Ananias or any other man, who holds the doc- 
trine he opposes, even taught that baptism pro. 
nirp!' pardon. Presume it will he best to preHch 
the Elder a short sermon as to what we do be- 
lieve, as he then can orPOSE the doctrine more 
lucidly. If he irill not understand the Bible 
probably he will this. One or two things ap. 
pear plain, after reading his objection No. 1- 
either he is woefully misinformed of the 
Bible on the subject or willfully misrepreseiitj 
it. This we say in justice to the readers of this 
article, as well as the first Gospel preachers 
The doctrine of baptism for remission, does not 
teach any more than elder K.thatit^jcon/jfjt 
pardon. The blood of Christ only could pro- 
cure pardon. Man's act cannot procure it, 
Remission of sins is an act of God, done in 
heaven for the believers, and not an act done 
in man. Of himself man cannot forgive sihs- 
God does that. Water docs not wash away sins 
literally, neither does faith procure pai-don; nor 
repentance either. After a man believes, re- 
pents, and is baptized, it takes the same pardon- 
ing act of God before our sins are remitted; 
the same as if man had done nothing at all. 
We repeat, God alone can forgive sins, but Hi> 
has never promised to forgive any man, while 
he is impenitent, while he refuses to he baptlzyd, 
Baptism does not procure pardou — is not of 
debt, but of grace— is a condition upon the 
performance of which God graciously griuit* 

The blood of Christ only cleanses from sin. 
but man has not the power to iT/y;/)/ the blood 
of Christ literally. This is done in a figuiv, 
hence Paul says (Rom. 6: 1-6), " baptized into 
the death of Christ," not into His burial, for 
His hlnod was not shed there; but was shed in 
His death on the cross, hence we are baptizpd 
into His death, and thus make a figurative ap- 
plication of the blood of Christ; and thus it is 
written: "The blood of Jesus Christ His Son 
cleauseth us from all sin." Neither does it 
follow that every time we need ])ardon, we must 
be baptized. This again shows the Elder's ex- 
treme misnnderanding of the idea embodied in 
the doctrine he is ojiposing. Bai)tism is notiin 
ordinance in the church to be regularly repejiled 
at stated periods as the Lord's Supper, but a'» 
Dr. Conaut of the Bihlp Ihiinn, remarks is the 
" initiatory rite of the new institution." It is thn 
consummating act which takes us into Christ. 
" It is the last step in the divi..e process of con- 
version." Paul in Eph. 4; 5 says, "One Lortl 
one faith, and one baptism." And in Gal. 3: III, 
" .4s many as have l)een baptized into Jesus 
Christ have put Him on." Not baptixed int(i 
Him three, four or five times, but once; this 
does forever. It brings m* in contact with the 
blood of Christ, " into Christ," into the one 
body, and then it is written. " His Idood cleafl*' 
eth us from all sin;" and we (the believei-s), Imvo 
an Advocate with the Father, when we do siii. 
We cannot Ofliecc into Christ, neither can wi' 
rrjirnt INTO Christ" — "the one body," " tl"- 
chuivh." but we believe in and »« Christ, iin«l 
repent of sin tonard God, and are htptizrd is- 
Ti) the church, into Christ, the only way th 
elder, or any man has any promise of, or ever 
can got into Christ. A man must believe and 
rep('nt before he is a proper subject forhaptisi". 
and baptism to an improper subject is wortli 
nothing or brings nothing. 

OnjEnios So, 2,— "None CKcepL.iniicrMwtiiiM l") 'I""'' 

What does he mean by this ? Does he mean 
that there are saints who never were baptizi'd' 
Or is he turning baby si)rinkler. and preteii'l* 
that while older persons need not be hniitiMa-- 
babies » Is that it? The doctrine tens- 
es that none but believers are fit subjects W^ 
hai.tisni, and when they believe and repent thuy 





(ilitieil subjects for baptism, no 


...111. ..^''' with thwidea, the Savior 
Lar^.-H-' tb'it bclieveth and is Wptiz,,! 
1,11 bL- ^"vod. and he tli.,t belioveth „ot. shull 
l.danimHl;" m^ .ignn. (-John 3: 5)." Kxcept 
, is born of wiiter and of the Spirit, he 

„iunt eiiti-i- tbe kingdom of heaveu." Any 
"In f"* "*" *'•*' l*'"g''"*"> '« >n "in unsaved stut^, 
"' sinner, and nothing short of an entra„cJ 
:;,„ thf kmg^l"!" or body of Chi-ist. will make 
j^.,,, 3 new creature. And we speak by the best 

illiority known to man. when we say, men 

„„„/ enter tlie kingdom without being born 

oiiin, n"* of "feeling" mid mourner's bench, 
tit of wi't^'' '*"'' °^ ^''^^ ^l''"*^- "orn of the 
g,,irit a\one will not suffice, neither will a birth 
p|- witter nlone do, and any man is outside 
dl' tlie promise of God, without a birth of 
Ijttlb: ^f"^*^^ '^°y ^"'^"' "^l^^Ptized. needs to 
iind as ba]>ti8m. the last act in conver- 
n, takes us into Christ, we iissunie man 
ist be baptized before he is whole: for 
„. s the Redeemer, " They that are whole nee 
^7 physician, but they that are sick." Thii 
tkn warrants the conclusion that none but 
giiiiiei-s neetl be baptized.for all who are not ba])- 
[ized, must ^^^ '° '"■'**"'' ""^ ""^-V to be saved, 
l,ut to •""•' ''""""""'*'" '" "11 churches of any 
note, the Elder's church not excepted. Why 
makes his church tighter than he does tin 
I,eiivens above, he will tell you a man can enter 
litMVon without baptism, but he cannot be a 
member of bif church mtliout it. Poor fellow. 
lieceitiiinly needs sympathy or a great change, 

OBJtmoN K". 8.—" The good of oil ages who worn not 

ipiiMil wi"' l''"* '"'en' were loal," 

Tlie holv of uo age were ever lost. The doc- 
trine condemns no man who is haly, no more 
tliiin oar law hangs law-abiding citizens. It 
only teaches baptism to sinners along with 
faith uiiJ reitentance jus conditions on which 
Goil hiis promised them pardon, and condemns 
110 good, no holy man of any age. God con- 
demns men with the words of Christ in the lust 
diiy. The Elder knew there was no ai'gument 
in this, but wrote it to blind people by a false 

jtrtioii, and to enlist their sympathies, but 
the intelligent reader will readily perceive the 
fik-iirdity of such a course. No man, or set of 
men, Cfui cunderan or preach men to hell. The 
ii(;;i(\are iu the bands of God, and according as 
thi',vJiiive hveil, their reward shivU he. All we 
cim do will avail nothing in their behalf. The 
|,iir[n)se of God towards them is fixed, and it is 
mijiliievous and wicked to thus play upon sym- 
pidhetic hearts. If the doctrine is false, prove 
it Iiy logic and Go>i)el. and let the sympiithies 
of men alone. 

UiUEi-tiON. No. 4. — "Daplisiumiiat be recuivoil willk the 
leiigQ ur piirdon. otherwise thu net is sinful, 

This is only a repetition of his third objection 
iml will need but few words to show its absurd- 
ity. Thereisonlyone way of administering tbe 
oniiaiuite, to be repeated hut once in life. To 
lake Ik man into the one church, and to do this. 
it must have ii proi>er design, a proper mode, 

Mjier r*ul)ject, and a proper administrator. 
Anything performed as baptism, outside of the 
GiH[n?| plim and Gospel design, is but au open 
nwkL'iy in the sight of God, and no baptism 
it 'til- It makes no difference what men think 
al"iut it; their opinions do not change it in the 
IfiL'-t. Truth is not changed by men's opinions. 
ui'iif iuiythiiig wa-i established by the Almighty 
I' ii li-Ked fact, as baiitism is in its design, mode 
mil subject, all the prayers of men and the 
ihockiug of hell itself cannot change it. God 
Jesses men when they do His will, and it is on- 
1 the one who does His will that shall enter 
Wvfii (Miitt. T: -21). And the eternal decree of 
JHiovah is, •' If the blind lead the blind, they 

I' l">tli fall into the ditch." This doctrine 
''"'"' "ot stand judging and condemning the 
'■■'"'■ '»it as a justifier of those who use it as a 
^i'*iiiiim of communientiou witli the blood of 
'"■"'•t- It leaves the dead in the hands of « 
iwt iind merciful God, wliich is more civil than 

''''■'" If., who is continually pulling them out of 
r.ave in view o^" sympathetic hearts, and 
'"( too, for the purpose only, of opposing the 

"'y lihost in its instructions to num how to 
p't'^e. and t() ^viu(l tironnd their henrts a sys- 

"' 'it leligion that has no tangible way in the 
W'Hld of t.„tt.ri,ig the churcli. That makes a 
Ji'iii a I'lirisliiiii in a way that no preacher on 
■"■■Ii tun tell him how. He only knows he is 
"istian because he feela flo, anil only feels 
!"• ''ecauae he knows he is in Clirist. Will El- 
'^- tell in a plain way just how to get into 

^"'t? He cannot do it, for he don't know. 

Ill,, i 

He will get a lot of poor, deluded «o.iIs around 
a mourner's Iwnch, mid when they seek Christ 
with all their might and cannot get through, 
he utterly ignores the old apostle's way of tell- 
themhowtodo: " Hppeut and be baptized in 
the name of Jesus Christ for tbe ivmission of 
sins, and yon shall receive the gift of tbe Holy 
Spirit." No air, not a hit of that; but ho will 
lay the Bible a.side. and tell great yarns of how 
long he sought, before God spoke jieace to his 
«oul, and of inauy others who sought longer; 
and after some of the honest but deceived crea- 
tures, have come night after night, and expe- 
rienced no change, be will as he and his breth- 
ren have often done before, say to them " Why. 
you're through and don't know it. YouVe a 
Christian, and haven't foimd it out." There 
never wiis a man in apostolic times who preach- 
ed such stuff; and in every instance when men 
inquired what to do, they were told in a few 
plain words, and were soon in the church 
rejoicing. Paul was the longest of any man 
on record in the Uible getting through. Hl 
prayed three days, and then had to be baptized 
befoe God would remit his sins. 

OiWKTios S.i. 5.— ■•Bnplismnlrcgcnonilioniulsncithor 
iiUiPTe or prnclico the doctrine lliey profosa. for they will 
rccmc pruocljlos who huve been bupliicd with other in- 

This cannot be said against those who simply 
baptize for remission of sins, for they oppose 
baptismal regeneration as strojigly jw men am 
oppose a false theory. Baptismal regeneration 
teaches that baptism inducts people into the 
kingdom of heaven without any preparation or 
change, as iu infant baptism where it is suppos- 
ed to save them, \vithout imparting faith, giving 
knowledge, or repentance— where the only thing 
the child receives in the worid is a few drops of 
water, and if it is saved by that, it is a water sal- 
vation, for all it gets is water, and but a iew 
drops at that; while the doctrine of baptism 
for remission of sins, teaches that baptism alone 
saves no man, teaches that nieii must believe and 
repent before baptism will do any good at idl, 
that baptism is one of the conditions of pardon, 
and no man can knowingly pas.s it by and enter 
into the kingdom. And even if the Elder's ob- 
jection did hit the miuk, it can be hurled hack 
on him with equal force, for he teaches that no 
niaii is fit to be baptized until he is pardoned. 
Thus to use his own weapon, he damns all who 
are baptized before they have experienced n 
■' feeliug," says, they are not nor never were con- 
verted, but he will take such, as proselytes, into 
his church by letter, without even a.sking them 
to go to the mourner's bench, that is, if he can 
get them. If they were not convei-ted, why 
does he not act consistent and demand that they 
should be, and then baptize them right on re- 
ceiving themV Will he tell us? His fifth has 
missed the mark, let him try again. " Igni 
ranee is bliss." He should not condemn others 
for doing as he does, ccrtianly not, but probably 
he is like the Scotch minister who told his peo- 
ple, " Now don't do as I do. but do as I tell yim 
to do.'' 

Objki^iok Xo. 0. — "Tlio promise has fnilcd iirxl lh< 
gntcs <jf bell pn'vail if tlio doctrine bo Iruo." 

What doctrine does he mean ? Is it the doc- 
trine that says, " Arise and be baptized and wash 
away thy sins — Repent anil he baptized for the 
remission of sins?" Is that it*' Does he mean 
that? If he does, then the clmrch in the apos- 
tolic age was weak, and the doctrine taught then 
wa'* unavailing. Will the Elder pleasi' tell u; 
just what he does mean? Give us a plain, tangi- 
ble idea of what he means, and is trying to say, 
for his objection as it is, is too remote to admit 
of criticism. 

OiMiri-miNs No. 7* ».—•• ll !if:id» lo hell all pcilo-bnp- 

'■ Unplittfi who do not hulioTu ua i]ivy do." 

The-'^e two objections being so near the same 
in significiition, we conclude to reply to both. 
What sends pedo-baptists to hell 'f The dot*trine 
that baptism is for the remis.sion of sinsy Did 
Peter on tlie day of pentecost when he preached 
it with such power, say any thing about pedo- 
baptists going to hell'r' No sir. for there wasn't 
a pcdo-baptist in the world for near two hundred 
yearn after that day, and mourner's bench bap- 
tists, until a dat* many years later, unless it be 
Paul who, after trying for three days to enter by 
faith and prayer alone, was informed by the 
Lord that, that wtw not the way to obtain for- 
giveness, but he must be baptized and t/fii h 
sins would be pardoned. 

If there be anything in his objections it wi 
apply with efiual force to the doctrine he preach- 
es, for that says, all who were baptized in order 
to the remission of sina weiv iiot, and are not 

onv.-rtod. and declarc-H that tbe micouverted are 

lost, hence all who were baptized for rominsion 

of are sins lost. This is the logical conclus- 

Tbe Elder should not sling stones, espec- 

hen his own house is glaw, nnd before hi 

iallv ^ 

objections will reaeh any one else, ho must bring 
a little Scripture in support of hia own position. 
Will he do it? Not he: no indeed, for the faet 
is he has none to bring. 

OiuKcrioKB No, II. 10 * n.— -II u slriotly sMWriM." 
"It ciclmlM the good nnd fellowihlpi the bfcil— in lunny 

" II divides lli» follower* of CbrUt." 

While these " objections " are only to fill up 
apace and s(-arcely worthy a notice, yet we give 
thorn a few words through respect to the broth- 
er who sent us the request, and its author, who 
is represented to \is as a man of ability. Of 
course we must reply to "ability" and "educa- 
tion"' whether there is anything in the produc- 
tion or not: 

That the doctrine of baptism for remission is 
taught in God's word, we positively know; that 
man has no promise of salvation without it, is 
another Gospel fact which the Elder daie not 
alSrm on Bible grounds. If the doctrine is sec- 
tarian, we might inquire what made it so? Cer- 
tainly not Christ or the apostles, for such a 
thing in their day was unknown, but lately men 
have departed from the original plan of conver- 
sion, tmd because God's people still adhere to 
the Gospel they are hissed at as "sectarian." 
"selfish," and anything but Christians. The 
gentleman should look higher thiui the flesh, 
should look up to God and inquire for truth and 
then practice it upon the ground of humility 
and let men alone. The doctrine in either right 
or wrong on the face of its simction by the Al- I 
mighty and not because men call it "sectarian." 
The Elder is guilty of sectarianism in his de- 
nunciation of the doctrine of baptism for re- 
mission. Snch men as he, are what makes the 
world sectarian, religiously. If he is so liberal 
and not sectarian, why does he not fellowship 
all and leave sectarians to do the oppo^iugy The 
doctrine Is of God and if Elder R. and all others 
would do just what the Bible teaches, we would 
have no dry-Iand-mounicr's-bencb route to glo- 
ry, and protracted seekings, but like the church 
in early times, and such a thing as sectarianism 
would be unknown. 

That it fellowships bad men in many instimc- 
es we admit. One among the twelve was a devil. 
That the Elder's church fellowships many who 
are bad, we presume he will not try to deny. 
This far we are even. That it ever excluded a 
saint he cannot prove. Let him do so if he can 
That many who are good morally, are excluded 
we also admit, but God hat not permitted us to 
invito any but His true fidlowers, the baptized be- 
lievers to His table, hence we cannot assume tc 
do 90. 

That it divides the foUowei's of Christ, we 
emphatically deny. He and his church, and 
those of like faith are as much to blame for this 
division as any one else, and more too; for it is 
they who make it by their departure from the 
plain way of f'lirist. The doctrine recognizes 
no man iia born of God until he has complied 
with the requirements of the Gospel. It makes 
no difference what he may aftirm of himself, his 
feelings will not do. Like the man who sings 
by ear, he does not know whether he is right or 
not: he only feels he is singing correctly, but 
when he learn^ the notes, then he knows he is 
singing correctly, for the notes show the way. 
So some men serve God, only by their feelings, 
and do not know whether they are right; they 
only feel so; but this doctrine rccngni;res no 
such Christianity as correct, but follows the 
notes, God's revelation. His commands; and they 
know they are right, lor tjie Go^itel will not 
lead them wrong. 

; oi>- 

changed in heart by faith or in hfe by rei>ent^ 
ance. is a mer.' nothing, obtaim* nothing, and a 
minisU'r may baptiae any man who hn*. not be- 
lieved and repented, one thcmnand times and it 
will do no gowl. Henct the reader can wv- that 
there is nothing in the Rider's objection unlesH 
it Ik- mi(«reprcwnt»tion of the doctrine he 
poses and perversion of Scripture Hev 

The minister has no power to admit any man 
into the mystic body of Chriat who ha.v n,A b^ 
lieved and repented. Neither has the man who 
wants into the kingdom until he lwliev«, n»_ 
pents and is baptiz.>d. It takes an admini'str»- 
tor and a proi)er subject before a lawful Gosp*l 
baptism is completed, and we might aild in thU 
connection, baptism performed by a proper 

Tbe gentleman now clases hia wonderful ti- 
rade against Peter and Ammia^ (Acta 2: .18 and 
22: Ifi) with the following jumble of language 
which has in it no intelligent argument against 
unything or any body in i)articular: 

a sliut.' 

Hy turning to R*v. 3: 8. the render will per- 
ceive to what a degree this man perverts the 
passage, " No man can shut it." This language 
is ased iu addressing a Christian church relative 
to their admission into heaven and nothing ia 
more foreign to the truth thim to svwert that it 
applies to the unhaptizcd or the administrator 
of the rite. The idea of baptism for remission 
gives the administr.ator no more power than any 
other faith. The power of admission into the 
church is not exclusive ot the candidate fur ba|>- 
tism. The doctrine teaches tlii^. tliat baptism peated mor 
is nothing to im improper subject. That a man other cirtu: 

W e are taught in God's word that tln-re ia 
one plan of j»ardon, that Christ forgave sias 
without baptism. We should be spirituallv 
minded when w'e are baptized, which i- lilr and 
ioy. ami peace in the Holy Ghost \V.- -.|,o,dd 
be dead before buried. iViv is no lurdiuru be- 
tween life and death, dead to sin. idive l,o n«ht- 
eousnetw. the Spirit quickemtb, the ^inn.-r's 
heart is an unclean place. God's Spirit does not 
dwell in an iiitcleaii olace— repent and Ijelieve 
tlu-(tos|.L.l. Iicbeveimd he baptized, they that 
gliully reLL'ived tliL- word were baptized. If thou 
behevcst thou niayest. No man cidleth .lesus 
Christ the Son of God but by the Holy Ghost 
Let the reiuler think thing-.," 

S. W. P. Itiru.vKDSitN. 
Missionary of the A. C. C. in \V Va 
Smith firhf, Pa. 

Wo admit that there is but one plan of par- 
don,'which God giants on the condition that 
man believes, repontt imd is baptized, no aooner, 
and no later. That Christ forgave sins while 
He was on earth without baptism, before Hia 
crucifixion, we also admit. But that He 
does flo now, we say there Is no Scripts 
ure to prove. His Inst command was. " He that 
believcth and is baptized shall be saved," but " h« 
that believeth not shall Iw! damned." This Is 
the law now, and no man ha« the jiromise of 
forgiveness since Christ's death without baptism. 
We reply that all arc dead out of Christ— dead 
in sin— dejid to God— and the Gospel of Christ 
i.s to make us alive and raise us up into heavenly 
places of Christ. Faith quickens the heart, re- 
pentance changes the life and baptism chmige« 
the relation— places him in the church or in 
Christ, which makes him a now creature, imd 
being a new creature, he is alive in Christ and 
dead to sin. And this is the death we die in 
eonvei-sion, die to sin, but we are not dead to sin 
until we are iu Christ and no man gets into 
Christ without being baptized into Him. This 
we have proved in renewing the Elder's first 
"objection." -The rest of Iiis ending is so re- 
mr)te from anything in particular that we pats 
it by, believing we have noticed more now than 
is worthy a space in our columns. Some, oq 
reading the Elder's article, no doubt will be 
deceived, hut the intelligent reader would at 
once aee'the weakness of his reaaoning and pass 
it by as flimsy and unscriptural.and in the main 
!is a total miscomprehension of the doctrine he 
op[Mwes. He sei;nis to be fighting an enemy he 
hardly knows who, but finally jumps on the 
apostle Petor and Anania>i for teaching baptism 
for remission of past sins, then tights upon them 
as "sectarian " — iis sending " IVdivbaptists" and 
the votaries of the mourner's bench "to hell," 
and says "they hold the keys" and shut the 
door, which, he says, Christ says no man can 
shut: thus declaring that Christ was guilty of 
untruth when He saiil, "no mu-i cmi shut it," 
(ihedoor). jVud to pnivc. that he is correct and 
Christ has ■'pokcn falTtely. he doctrine 
Peter preached has vhufiVcdn.;. Xow the fact 
is Elder H. was either doubly dishonest when he 
wrote his wonderful " objections." or did not 
know what he was opposing, and if he is an hon- 
eit man and loves the truth, he will come out 
and acknowledge his mistake. He eanuot prove 
any man forgiven outsiile of baptism, since the 
days of Christ or even the promisf.- of foi^ive- 
ness. Search the Scriptures, for ia them >■? 
think ye have eternal life, and they are they 
which will testify to the truth of this matter. 

Read what we have written, cloroiy, mid com- 
pare it with the Word of God. Wo have re- 
thau would he admissible under 
tances, but the repetition is uui^ 

must have repentance before he is fit to be bai>- voidable replying to such article; 
tized, and baptism to any man who ha^ not been I we have just reviewed. 

■ the one ts 
s. u. u. 


MKiri*iiJiK>r .\' 




ghc Sonic £ir£le._ 


■■«, loT» your »i»«." 
"WUh*. ohnf jour Jni»Unii«." 
I >it(er». prcioko tiol y«ur chilJixn lo wnlh." ^^ 
'■ CtiillrtD, olicy your pArcnn io all things-" 

Edited by M. M. Eshelnian. 

CiiARiTr ix n little dim-sightol nt timwt, but 
envy iind bitlcrac** have eagle eyes. 

Wr rT-jniw in GosiwI i.roKn-w. thet'iiliKhtt'n- 
lupiit of j^inl- «n<i IIh- fidelity of Cliristinn citnr- 
ȣieT; \mi m ttie dow-nfnll of wlint is not good, 

CnAiucTBB in always in the first iK-rxon. mid 
thf fii-jit slioiild care for it. Ilcpiitation is in tlie 
third iRTson, nnd ilie third person gfucrally 
UiU after it. 


i* "lirnAT*!!! pajA'i morif?" Mid a •WMl lidlcgirl, 
I y ¥ ilor bright laugli rvtealing h«r ie<ib whU« ab 
•• 1 IM* him. aixl kiw him, kml ail on hEa lineo, 
Dm ihc hiu«* don't iiuell gou'I when ho kiMca m* : " 

" Bill tuftmni*"— her cyc« opened widms fl>e ■i'»l(c — 
"Do you like nuly kipMn of 'luiccoand imoki-' 
They n)i|thl du l.i>y«, hut fir Indii-i" nnd girlii 
I Jont ihioV them nice," ns ilie tO!i>cil hir briglil curls. 

" Dgn'l iiol>o4y'> p>|>a hSTi- moiiff nico and cImd f 
Willi kli«CN like yotim, mniu inn— that 'n wbnt I mtunT 
1 trnnt (o kiu pnixi, I lore him eii ndll, 
but Liwr* d«u'l tiMle good thftt bate nuvli n »iuotl ! 

■' Il> nuly lo miinkn, nnd rnt 'bacco nod spit, 
And lh« kiiMt aim good, and tint ■wee), not iv bit ! " 
Aixl lipr blowmii'likc fncL' wore a look of dingutl 
An iho gave mil her verdict lo nrncAl and Just. 

Yrs, yea. Utile darling .' your wiaitom ha# iceu, 
Tlmt kU*es fiH' diiugliiera and wi«(;» »)iould bo ckan. 
For btxpx l«>e >umfibin|t of nc-rlar nnd blisx 
From iiiuiUhB that nri' alaiiir<l nnd iiiilii fur n kisa, 


To prBW tflf into wi nrtitle to (nich nn fxtoiit 
Jt^ to forc<( out Joaun, in o sad toiiditioii for any 
«ril«*r. Thill Houl nmlK convor^ihn, and amin- 
M-mary sont to his house miKht lie productive of 
gooii. _ 

Do that wliich is honest, though yon apiiear 
as ft mprohalr. Primiple weighs tons; polity 
ismigur-coiit'il: principle i« ili'-^-'mie imtaide ilh 
in«de, nnd is never " inillVd up." f.(df- willed, fin«y 
nor fpiitjien'd. 

Olk little wrilcTA iiulhI. !)<■ piitit-nt if Ihcir li- 
ters do not iippear iii orue. We Imve lu-iird 
from niiiny of yui, hut not from idl. Your Irl- 
I.M will appear jnst iw fjist iw wi- can find room, 
ill the iiieantinie continin- to send u«letti'ivfiill 
of love for .)e<iim and fdl men. 

.Vui. through this year, if spnivd, y\<- will ival- 
1/- ninny hle-isings whiVIi tire now unknown. 
< .lid is sn go(»d and kind that He never withholdN 
Itlr-Miugri. Ho does not want us lo hi- diMiijj- 
pointvd, bill to he hnpjiy- Godtiiii'ss hrinps 
LOiit«-ntnient, and is prolitahle to nil. 

Motive "is the kornd, and aeihni tlie shirll 
lioni GtuVs staudpniiit. In Hi.i great Btiok, 
Hioti'ir." !in' HTitten in eaiiitals and nrtloii.i in 
mill]] lettt'rs. With Him it is not only irhat 
was don^^ l)ut iihij wn.i it. done. Mothr may he 
strangled and drowued, Init either time or otei'- 
iiity will Iiriii!.' it to the surface. 

Thi:hk iirc four restti mentioned in God's Rook. 
The first is God's le'it when He luul tiiiished the 
work uferention. Thesei-niid is tluit of Ciuman. 
The third is the Sahhath rest; and the fmivtli i' 
"the rest that remains for the people of God.' 
This last is the Christian s strong hope. To ivst 
in .lesiui is the grand ctuiMiinimatiou uf all. 
Childa'U, early seek that rest, luid when you liud 
it, ahide in it. 

It is II fueti thiit nn human creed existed for 
about three Iiuudred years aftiT the birth of 
Clirist, The eliureh wjm gDVt'med whiflly by 
the law of God, pri>gres*<ed and llourishi'd in spite 
of all oppiihitioii. The apiistU?., uiinisters uiid 
teiiihci's went everywliea' prenchiug the Gospel, 
and that too whether men would hem- or wheth- 
er they would forbear. Tliey Ijelieved in (iod 
and wiint^d others to do that too. 

Pakrkts will ohserve that the BnKTiiitRX at 
\\\>i(K is a good family paper tit a low price. In 
it you will Iind matter for yourself nnd for your 
children. You are not called npcn to pay $ l.."»0 
for a paper lur yourself nnd .'•n ci-iits or ?l.i)0 
extra for a monthly paper for ytuir chihlreu. 
And then instead of a nionthty publication for 
the young folks, yon have a weekly. This the 
children appn'ciate. and we tn^t that tlirough 
it nuuiy may be induced tu seek Jesus early. 

liROTUEK J. W. UlTcilBY oF Williams Co.,0, 
Bftjs: " I have enjoyed myself very well since 1 
Iiave been ret^^ived into the church. I have been 
in the church over two years, and I was but ten 
3"i?ars old when I came to Jesns in o)M>ilienco to 
Uim. 1 rejoice to hear of others coming to 
Christ and hope many more will come before it 
Is too late. I am young in the cause, but have 
iio desire to turn back to the world again, hut 
want to go on through this unfriendly world to 
the end of the journey of life." 

That is the way we like to hear boys imd girls 
talk. Do not he afraid to go to Jtwus eoi-ly. and 
follyw Him. 


rpniS is f<a- children, and I want them to retwl 
J. it. I don't come to tell you that this is a 
Xew Year, for you all know that, but 1 eometo 
tell you what, to uvoid. Avoid had thoughts. 
They iiinke n bad heart. Avoid had wovdn. 
They make people — (lenslble people feel sad, imd 
sorry for yon. God is not in bad words, nor 
loes He smile iipmi yon for them. Avoid fro- 
ivanlmv's. Don't Ix- first to talk, lii-st to the 
table, fii-st in tlie dish iuid first in the easy chair. 
Avoid these iiimglity habits, and grow up good 
Hieii and women. 

Avoid the habit of speaking evil. As yon 
grow up. aud men ami women don't do juat as 
you command, avoid the degrading habit of go- 
ing nhimt the country and saying all manner of 
evil against tJiein. "Tho face of tlie Lord is 
against theui tlmt do evil." it is terrible to 
lutvi* the J'ttir (if t/ic Ijurd against you! It is 
bittvr lo have the face of men ugain-'*t us than 
to have the face of the Lord against us. 

Avoid telling in your writing and spealciug, 
what givat things yon have done. Tell what 
.lesus did, the holy men and women of old did, 
luid liow kind and good others are to you, hut 
never fall into the habit of holding yourself up 
as a center post, for idl others to revolve ju'ound. 
I have seen men get so hu'ge in their own esti- 
matiou that in noting their travels they stood 
■straight tip and nnulc cai-s, buggies, beds, vict^ 
iialw. rongregiitions, depots, time-tables, and a 
host of other things swing all around them. 
Tliey were the cenu-r pule, lUid what " [ saw." 
" I heard." " I did," was the I-pfmv all the way 
through. Now I want none of you little folks 
to get that big, I write this to you. Big folks 
won't rejul it, and it they do, they will say it is 
unly for little folks. They aiv right. And I 
; hope they will let you have it, for it belongs to 
you. Profit by these tilings, avoid all sin, 


Ikur Utile Folks: 
ViriLL ymi read a letter from Aunt Sallie? 1 
> } love to talk to the little folks at Sunday 
Sehool, but us we hate none this Winter, I will 
talk to you, Unmgh moat of you are strangers to 

We iviul ill the Hible of a good old man; his 
name was Elislia. As he was going from Jericho 
to Bethel, " tliere cmne little children out of the 
city and mocketl him and said: Go up thouhald 
heml; go up, thou bald heiul." There came two 
she hears out of the wood, and tai-e forty luiil 
two of them. Now children, 1 hope none of yon 
are likt- the ones I've been telling you about. 
Do not mock or make fun of ohl people. They 
were once as young as you are. and would walk 
as straight as you can; and could read and sing, 
with a< steady a voice us yon can. Always he 
kind and pteiiMiut to the aged. If ymi are iu 
church (or any other place) nnd an aged person 
comes in, nnd there is no v.icant seat, get up 
Olid give him your seat. You are young and 
can stand better than grandpa, or grandma. 
They will love and respect you for it. God will 
love yon too. 

I love to reiul your little letters. Write again, 
it will he encouraging to other little folks, and 
if the editor thinks my letter worth publishing, I 
will write again on luiother subject. I tnust hid 
yon good night. Aunt Salue. 

Morrisonrillf, III. 


BOV.S. I want to iell you n story about Hub- 
ert and his father, and I want you to think 
about it often. 

Kuljert's father had told him to keep out of 
bad coniiiiuiy. iuid yet Itobert W)uld sometimes 
go among bad hoys; boys who would use bad 
language, aud his father saw that his sou wa-s 
growing, worst.', but said uothing at the time. 

One evening he brought some very nice red 
apples on » plate .ind gave them to hie son, who 
wa»f much plesisod with them, mid thanked Ins 
father very kindly. Ilobert's father then told 
him to lay the apples iiway a few days, to get 
melloiv. Jast liS Itobert was carrying the plale 
of apides into the room that was seldom used, 
hi.s fatlier placed a rotten apple on tlio jdate, and 
told him to let it remain there. 

■■ But" said Kohert, "this apply will spoil all 
the otliei-s." 

'■Do you think so? Why should not the 
found ajtples rather make the rotten one fa'sb ? 
said his father. 

After some days he told his sou to g-'t the ap- 
ples. But what a sight! The f,ound apples 
were all rott<'n. and the i*oom was tilled with a 
bail odor. 

"Oh. father!" said Itobert: "Did I not tell 
you th>! rottvn apple would spuil the good ones? 
yet you did not listen to nie." 

" My boy." said the father: " Have I not often 
told you that the company of bad children will 
make you bad ? yetyou do not lieteu lo me. See 
in the ruin oi these apples that whicli will hap- 
pen to you, if you keep company with wicked 

IS'^ow, my dear boy.s, when any bad boys want 
you to join their compiuiy, I wimt you to think 
of the rotten apple. Boys, the story of the rot^ 
ten apple may do yon good in your boyhood, in 
ytmr manliood, and iu ytmr life beyond the grave. 
Boys, don't forget the rotten api)le. 

Unolk .loHN. 

Liiicohivillf, hill. 


SELK-DENIAL is an important Ies-( all 
should learn. If we do not learn it in youth, 
we may grow up to ])e very uubniipy men and 
women. It may be rather Inu-d sometimes to 
control our own sellish desires, hut we will find 
by so doing we will accomplish a great ileal of 

Have you ever noticed the difference among 
your playmates, between the one who always 
tries to make everyHiing pleitsant and everyone 
happy, and one who din's unt? Oit flie other 
hand notice a child of a selfish disposition — one 
that does not try to cultivate a generous tone, 
such an one will indulge in sin and folly more 
and more a.s he grows older, and will finally he- 
come miserable himself. No little children will 
go to such, expecting to find a place in their af- 
fections, for their very selfishness will canse 
every one to turn from them, feeling that in 
their lieiu'ts there is no warmth. We all like 
good, generous pL-ople. Then let us try to cul- 
tivate geuerosify, wliicli vie may do b^' first prttc- 
ticing self-deuial. May we ever remember this 
imitortant theme, for a great deal of the trouble 
in after life is the consequence of its neglect. I 
wiili we were all wise enough to know that a 
good-hearted, -ejt^l.uying and generous pei-son 
esert« an intiueme that will live throughout 
time and to all eternity. 

AsKiE Raffknsi'ekoeh. 


From S. J. Price.— Dear Editor :~~i tj,- 
BinTTiinES AT Work is a good i>ain.i. i'" *' 
through ever^- week, and ean hardly \vait"^^ -' 
it reaehe.i us; l)ut when it cfmin^ I io„. ""*'' 
I anxiety for news from brethren Hope, pt ^''' 
j Fry, who have crosBrd the deep watenlZ^'' 
I sinners home to Goti. May (.).kI invor r"^' 
work, and help all to hold out faithful 
Phir Creek. III. 

From Joseph Burgard.— i>«/i- Fri^iul--,] 
twelve yeai's old. aud one of the fatherliuu '^ " 
pleased the good Lnril to call my dear f tl 
home when 1 wa.s eight years oid. The 
mother was left a poor widow, so I was coi "'' 


]_)AHENTS, are we giving our children tlu- 
encouragement we should, that they may 
become workeif* in the Lonl's vineyard'?' How 
do we educate them to read and write? By 
%vaiting until they are grown up and then rea- 
sonably expect them to immediately become ac- 
ijuaiuted with a knowledge of itV Nn. but by 
study, ami a practical use of the pen they are 
niiule acquainted with these thijigs. How do 
they acquire the knowledge of neat, practical 
farming and gardening? By rumiingidly over 
the fields and gardens without restraint? No, but 
the industrious parent that follows those voca- 
tions has nmny little jobs for them to do. If 
there is work to he done in the iield we take the 
little boys along and have them do what they 
can. If there is work to do in the garden, we 
take them there and have them do what they 

Then why is it that we do not take them in- 
to tlie Lord's vineyiinl and educate them more 
there by iiointing out some special event or oc- 
currence and have them ruud it, or read it totheui, 
and, entering into a social conversation with 
them about i', help them to reason and to get at 
the idea, or lesson that is taught, A page has 
Ijeen opened ill tlie BiiETHKF.N at Wokk for the 
special reading and instruction of the little read- 
era. Help them write; help them to undewtand 
God's tmijs and Utu-s^ then we can say we have 
" brought up our children iu the admonition aud 
nurture of the Lord." W. K. Simuons. 

I'niun Citij,Itid. 

ed to go out, and am now staying with 
de I-suxic Srpyer.s jmd go to school with 

'"y uu. 

« M\i._, 

Katie. I hope I may grow up a good n 
that [ may meet my dear father in 
Aalfirin, III. 

From Freddie Horner,— J/y Dmr Fneudx- 
I am going to school and learning very Hu,[ ~[ 
am twelve yciii-s oM. aud go to Sunday Sclionl 
I love to write for the Chihirni nf Work i 
want all the little boys and girls who rend tV 
to do good and obey their pareuls, so thiitivli " 
death coniea they can (be in peace and d^.i'l 
with Jesus. I am trying to obey the will of G, i 

I/itifii-k, III, 

From Sadie Miller.— M«r /W/7f>r.'— Ynu vn- 

(Uice my dear t-acher when w,e livud UearLiai- 
ark. We now live in Iowa. I am tenyc;!reo|^ 
aud go to school to Mr. Zuek. I love my (eacU 
er. My pa, nm imd sister Minnie are niemlim 
of the chundi, and I hope when I grow in, r 
will too, imd be a good woman. Pa went t 
met^tiiig to-tlay twelve miles from heii>. J^^, 
walk.'d as the roads are rough. We do not "(.■( 
to meeting :ls often fus when we lived in 111," i 
often see my dear ma cry because wy cannot <>(i 
oftenor, but we hope for the better. 
Clamice, Iniru. 

From Katie fiyers.—lJcur Editor:~l bnvr 
read so nuiiiV ynud little letters written by tlii- 
littK- folks, aud I want to say a little tou. Whi-u 
the paper comes to our house we all wautitjSnt. 
Papa wants it, mamma wants it and I wniili! 
like to have it too: then pajju generally reads i( 
to us. I hear that j-ou are nearly all ftoiii-; t<i 
Sunday School, Where we live the BrethifB 
Iiave no Sunday School. I wish they hatk I 
would go. We live quite n ways from the meet- 
ing-house, anil sehhuu get to meotiug. I m 
eleven ycara old. 

Axfurlii, III. 

From George S. Shirk.- /Jmr Edihr.—l love 
to hear fnmi all the little folks, imd also froiu 
the bietlircii iu Denmark. 1 go to sdiool niiil 
like my t^-acher very well. I went to Sundiij' 
School Summer, but it has closed for tlit 
Winter. T am twelve yeai-s old. 

Palstjrotr Milh. Hi 

From Mary J, Bowers.— 7>m>' Edilur:—\ m 
ten years old, and go to school, I like uiy teach- 
er. I resiil in the Fourth Reader, study Geugi'ii- 
phy. Arithmetic ami spelling. I love to got" 
meeting, and read the Bible. I like yourpn|ier 
too. I have one little brother six yeai'soM.anii 
three sisters. One uf them is eiglit yeai^teld, 
and she intends to write to you too. My griiiKi- 
pa and gvauduia Bowel's live in Lena. They nn- 
quite old. 1 like to go to sec them, I stiiid 
with them three weeks last Spring. 

W'itdduiii's Grnn; III. 

From J. F. Snyder.— /M//- A'f///o/.-— You wiuit 
us little boy.s and girls to write for your worthy 
paper, which I love to read. I am going to 
school. My teacher's name is James McKenii. 
He is a very good teacher. My w<u'k moniiug 
mid evening is to feed the calves and cai-iy in 
wooci. I am ten yeai-s oid. At present my 
mamma is iu Illinois. I go to meeting with im 
and ma. I love to hoar them talk about Jesus, 
who blessetl little children and said, "of such tf 
the kingdom of heaven." 

Crdiir Uiqiids, I'lint. 

From Christie Kauffman. —/>«'• EiUlor:'-^ 
am a little girl eleven years old. I have OJW 
little brother, but no sister. I have a dear pnp« 
and mamma. 1 love them, and 1 love my little 
brother too who is only six years old. My niiuw- 
niu get« the Biif,thhkn at Wohk, aud I like to 
read in it of my dear Savior. I love Him. '«" 
cause He is so kind to me. I think everyboil.v 
ought to love Him. I go to Sunday School, mi'' 
there learn many things about my dear Jesws- 
I go today-school, and like my teacher ond plV* 
mates. I love everybody. 

limui-n, Ind. 

The most valued gift is the One given by God 
and laid iii the manger in Bethlehem. I' "j''"' 
giveu to every man, woman and child on eai'lH- 

Tan^ ^^^ 

^0RR E3T>01srD E]NrcrE. 


TMK hrktitkt:n- at avokk. 

Ihar ii'-^""-'"-— 
1 ;; coU wa\K:K to a. thimty bo»1, so ^ goud 
\ ,it'w:i from n far comitry (Provorlw 25: 
, Tfii« provei-b ii very sngg«,tive: nnd iaes- 
l.illv ai'i'l'f»''lL* t" 0'»- pijrpoiif> nt this time. 
I^.iiiu iu " '"'"' ''"""^'y- »"J ^'»viiii:gouil!n..w.sto 
triti^' ill reference to the tiiission in Denmiii-lt. 

-rhe ^nt Lovr-fcast evor hold in Denmnrlc nc- 
,„,,liiitr t*> the example of Christ nml His upos- 
,1,... (that we hiire any account n( at loast) was 
^,.i,,"l„atf<l on the evening, or night of the isth 
l^t. iiinl i" ""^v among the things of the piist; 
'l„it ilic<'ft'''t't'« *" '^"^ rcmemberc'l through life. 
,,,1,1 tlip fi""'* "* '* (eternal life) to bp reupe'l in 
f|i<- Viiig'l""' "^ *'"'' "*■ l''»tl"-'''s kingdom, where 
Ip^u" '^'li'l Hp would eat anew with His disciples 

Tlie morning of the ISth having come, we al! 
.iiiide mwly to journey townrda the house of 
]„,„[!i,.r C. Hoiie, (it being n fair day) the plnc(- 

|,iiiiitod for thp feast: iind having nbont fifteen 

li'S to go. we took the train twelve miles, at 
tl,,. L'nd of which we met n team. Some of the 

ipiiiiv (being about twelve in number) got on 
tlic \v;is:<'n while the rest of us went on foot. 
On ill-riving at the house at about nine o'clock, 
Hi". Hopp met us with several letters from our 
li iilivii and kind friends in northern Ill9.,con- 
iiHilTi!: ninch encouragement. Also a copy of 
,1,,. BuETRiiKN AT WoiiK in its enlarged form, 
cuntiiiniiig much interesting matter, and hiiving 
iilenty of latitude for our hrethron editor-s to de- 
vifttt' from their excellent, original platform. 
H.ilii- better things however, tliongh Me thus 

.;il;, imH things that accompany salvation. 
H(ij).> it will meet, the approbiition of nil. and 
liiiiie be patronixed by the general brotherhood. 
\Vf ;ilso rei^eive the Lvun Star regularly, giving 
11-; the news from near home. The fact of re- 
viving mnrh encouraging news at that time 
iiilili'd miu'h to our enjoyment at the meeting. 

The meeting commenced at ten o'clock, and 
;it1iT meeting we resorted to the water where 

■o pf iTions were buried with Christ by baptism, 

mnliug to Matt. 2S: 11), the one being ayoung 
mail who had embraced the principl&s of rel 

1, as Ijinght nnd practiced by the Friends, and 

■ some i.iinsi(lerable length of time traveled 

MUitl adviiftiting the doctrine he so fondly 
L-lipri-In'iI. but Mime way came in contact with 
n'tiMcIs published by the Brethren, and on 
cMiniiiiation found they contained more Script- 
ural truths flian the doctrine of non-resistance 
alone, which ho loved so much. He therefore 
licgau to distribute them; but upon further ex- 
amination he became convinced of the necessity 
nf hearing that Prnphvf, Jmu^ Clirisf, in all 
Tiiivi;-;. not only in purt, and cimie and said to 
Hi\i, Hope, that " it is not only hard, hut incon- 
?.iiteiit to sell one thing and practice .ind preach 
another." demanded baptism like the euuuch. 
anil i" now going on his wfly seemingly rejoii- 
ing. Thf other wius Bro. Hansen's wife, lately 
fimn Norway, thus adding two more to the lit- 
tle Hock, making in all fifteen, five brethren and 
tfu <istoi's. 

We then returned to the house, and afterdiu- 
ner wo called the members all together and in- 
structed them more fully in the order of thf 
(lit^pel iLs practiced by the church, and then 
[troi ceded to elect one l)rotlier to the niinistry. 
iiail one tn the ..fticc of deacon, the lot falling im 
Bro. t'. ('. Eskihlsi'ii for the ministry and on 
lira. (". Neilson for deacon. Brother Hope was 
iilso iidvancod to the second degree in the min- 
istry, Thi" members all seem to be very much 
ill hive and union, aiul seemed to act in church 
niiittcrs iisschuhu-s well iidvanccd, thus proving 
that Huy wt-re g.iing to the same school, nnd 

niing out of the -ame book, and from tlmsame 
Tc;uher that we have in America. 

There wa» excellent order at the meeting, and what we could sey iuul judge, some mon- 
w-n. de.ply imprcRseil, and arc counting the cost. 
H'pi- and pray that the Lord may give ii large 
"in..isi- to the little sister chui-ch in Denmark. 
Iliat her branchpH may spread like the green bay 
'I'e; ami that she may go forth clear as the sun. 
'"' It* tile moon, ami terrible a.-* an army with 
''■'mi.-is. and that the slain of the Lord may fall 
''> liimdreds at her feet, the rehelliou in Kurope 
•'S-'aii-i (he tJod of heaven may he subdued, and 
"" law iiii.l g..vernnieut of the Prince of peace 
may prevail, the fetters of vice and immorutity 
*l'-d bind its victims as with (t cort^rope to the 
Ki-'-iit engine of degnulation nnd destruction nniy 
'"■ I'fokeu. the soul let go free to rejoice in the 
u'luiiunsliheitvof the children of God. The 
''>'"eh being'the instniineut which the Lord 
'""'■■- us. uf In accomidi»b His work, it will 
""' do for hor to fold her arniH and he at ease. 
^'i'- must come .nit fmni her hiding plnce and 

meet the enemy boldly nud fnirlessly, .md fight 
the enr-my in every laini. for we sing. 
Th.- siiint* in uU that glorious war, 
Slmll eon(|npr (hough thpy dit*. 
iluch rem.-uns to k* done. »ud Uie time is 
ihort. Kvery brother iind sistor should f. el the 
same interest in spreading the Hospel nnd Having 
sinners (hat rtar Messed Lord did. And let «s 
for one moment consider tliework He did in so 
short a time, and then try ami imitate His ex- 
ample, thoiigh wo may not always hnve where- 
on to lay our hcjuln. He poor that we 
through His poverty might be ma-le rich. Wp 
have .sometimes thought how many might lie 
made rich in faith nnd hdi-s *-f the kingdom, 
who are now sitting in durknes* nnd starving 
for the want of the broad of life, if nil our breth- 
ren and sisters would only nppropriatp that 
which is only n hindrance to their own spiritu- 
al progress, to the spread of the Gospel nnd the 
salvation of sinnei-s. What a great blessing it 
might prove to mankind in general, and he 
dUiidvnntage financially to the donor, for he 
would not be roquiixHl to sacrifice any of the 
comforts of life, simply a small proportion of 
his surplus. Surely Huch a course would meet 
the smiles and approbation of our Heavenly 
Father, and receive a full reward, for a cup of 
cold water administered in the name of a disci- 
pic does not lose a reward. How much less a 
free-will otfcring thrown into the treasury of 
the Lord for the salvation of sinners. 

But we are aware of the fact that while many 
of our dear brethren and sisters are given to hoR- 
pitnlity. nnd liberal in communicating to the 
temporal wanta of the church, and even human- 
ity in general, they nevertheless do not seem to 
see and feel the necessity of administering to the 
spiritual wants of the church and the world us 
much as we think it would be their jtrivilege to 
feel. But we feel gratified with the increa.sod 
interest of the church on that point for the \mt 
ten yeai-s. Ks-oni Ehy. 

ed herdothes having all Wen rnnnumed. It i» 
said that the flames ran up for about eight feet, 
and no mortal eonld endure nuch a burning. 
She lived amid terrible suffering for seven hours 
when death brought Mn-t 'ISvo of the bwt 
physicians were employed, hut all to do pur- 

Hoire waj«ny<mng lady in the prime of life, 
twenty-one years old. with the hopes of a long 
nnd useful life, snatched away in an instant with- 
out a momeut'o wnrning. , Her parent.-* had gone 
UU before her. and ther*^ ivniuins only a dear sis- 
ter io brave the trials of life. The deceased was 
followed (« hor last rusting plnce by a largi- num- 
ber of people. There they laid her who Imro 
her terrible sntTerings with Christian patience. 
O dear render may tlus be a warning for un all! 
When we tliink pence nnd safety is ours, tlmn 
sudden destruction conies. This is given as a 
warning, that all umy \w pi-eparc<l to go henue, 
for " we shall die and not live." 

Hen.i. F. Millek. 
Clarenvc, Inua. 



WHKN I Inst wrote I was at Grant River, 
Gentry Co., Mo., where are seven mem- 
bei-s, and they ought to have a minister move 
among them and preach for them. I had some 
meetings with them and in my humble judgment, 
a church could soon be organized, had they a 
minister among them. From here I went to the 
North-east corner of Nodaway Co., near the Iowa 
line. Here were three members. 1 stayed with 
them nearly one week; preached only seven 
sermons for them, two evenings being too daik 
and stormy for meeting. There are now seveu 
members and three more applicants, nnd would 
have been baptized, but want their certificate 
from their former church (Camphellite) first. 
And there is a good prospect for a number more 
soon if they can have preaching. The above 
two places belong to White.sville church. Mo. 
Bro. Joseph Bnshor and Daniel Glick are the 

Thence I oame thirty miles to the South-west 
corner of Nodaway Co. Here are five members 
belonging to Bethel church. Holt Co., Mo., 
where .Joseph and Joel Glick nre the ministers. 
In this church T gave them nine ■ meetings at 
three different places. 

Now. what ministers will volunteer to go to 
the above named places in Gpntr\- and Nodaway 
counties, so churches may be organized soon ? 
John Forsri, Sen. 


ON the morning of the tenth of December 
beautiful young lady by the name of Eliza 
Mason, a teacher hy profession, met with a ter- 
rible death. She lived with her grandfather 
three miles North of Tipton. Iowa, but at tht 
time of the accident was stopping with her un 
cle. Mr. Reader. Mrs. Readerwa>= sick, and Miv 
Maa<m took upim hci-self the household dittie-^ 
On the morning mentioned she turned down the 
wick of the kerosene lamp, nnd finding the liglit 
rather dim. turned up the wick again whi;n the 
lamp instantly exploded, throwing it« contents 
(tver her, and pm-t* of the room. Being envel- 
oped in flames she still had presence of mind 
surticient to run out of the room where the sick 
woman lay, but Mrs. R. seeing two of the chil- 
dren following her, sjirang out of bed nnd 
brought them back, extinguishing the flames, 
then fell fainting on her bed. 

In the meantime Miss Mason ' picked lip a 
Idanket from n lounge and ran into the yard 
where her cries attcaeteJ the attention of two of 
her uncles who hiul just left the hous& They 
lioth ran to iL<«ist, the one to Miss Mtuson, and 
the other to the hou'^e to aiive his dear wife and 
children. But the flames had already done its 
work on Miss Mason, and she.lay terribly burn- 

jkitr lirilhrrn: — 

IT has been sometime since I sent you any 
news, but our dear brother Enoch Eby has 
kept you informe<l of the Inbore here. The nr- 
rivnl of the brethren nnd sisters and the jirepar- 
atory arrangements for our Love-fetvst kept me 
very busy, so that I had no time to write. God 
be thanked for sending them ami prospi'ring the 
cause here. We now have mi orgaiiizeil church 
numbering fifteen sonls. One sister was baptiz- 
ed shortly after the brethren and sisters arrived, 
and at our Love-feast brother Hansen's wife and 
a young Quaker were received into fellowwhip by 
confession nnd baptism. This young brother 
used to travel and preach, and for a time had 
worked hard against us, but on rcjiding Sabhut- 
ism and One Faith whs inducal to visit me. 
This visit was so pleasant that it brought forth 
several otlieni, and he was present to hear four 
discourses on the divisions of the Law nnd the 
Gospel, and practical obedience to the New Tes- 
tament requirements. Finally he wrote me a 
letter stating that he could resist no longer, and 
humbly begged to be received into the church. 
On last Sunday evening he, brother Hansen 
and I went ten miles south of this where this 
young brother had been working, luid held a 
meeting. The congregation was large, wid we 
addressed them from Heh. 1: 1, and so much in- 
terest was manifest<.'d that we wei-e constrained 
to make another appointment for the 22nd. 
Two persons, man and wife, could scarcely leave 
us. They both followed us a long distance, and 
only after an hour's conversation could we get 
away from them. The wonuin exclaimed in the 
jiresencc of many, that for five long yeaw had 
she waited patiently to see us, and thanked God 
that now He had permitted her this privilege. 
Both, no iloubt, will come to Jesus. 

Bro. Eby does well, speaking sentence by sen- 
tence, people are very anxious to come, see and 
hear the American brethren and sisters. All 
are favorably impressed with the manner and 
plainness of our people, and have good hopes of 
the success of the mission. This is good, and 
will go far towards helping along the work. 



11HE affairs of Zion are moviug along prosper- 
ously in this part of her territory at present. 
The different congregations seem to Ik- iictive 
and zealous in provoking one another to love and 
good works, au't its ministers generally nre la- 
boring to promote peace imd good will among 
the merahei-s. And while a higher standard of 
piety is labored for among those who have al- 
ready professed Christ, the important duty of 
canying on an nggresaivc warfare into the ene- 
my's country has not bei-n overlooked. Series 
of meetings have been held and mv in contem- 
idation in many, if not all. of ihe congregations, 
and have already been accomplishing much good. 
Bro. James Ridenour from West Virginia is 
heait and soul engaged in wielding the Gospel 
sword— that noble iutttrument before which dev- 
il.s (juake— in several of the congrugiitions, and 
other evangelists from abroad are expected to 
come during the Winter to itssist in besieging 
the strongliold of the enemy. 

The home mission labor has also been blesse.1 
with marked snece-« in its efforts to extend the 
borders of Zion. In Belmont Co. where but a 
single brotLer resided lu-retofnre. brethren John 
Niuholdon u-nd Joseph Beer, through their I'er- 
severing labors have succeeded in influencing 
quite a little flock (twelve or Rfb-en 1 believe) in 
accepting the grace of tiod to the joy of the 

Eld. Jnmes <iuinter hnring prvnehed s-veMl 
of his efri'(.tive wrmon.'* in tlw Ashland congr*- 
gation which were up by the honi.- 
minisUTs in their usually etW.tive manner, and 
the i-esult has bet-n a ghmous one fi.r the Mas- 
ter. The educational entwrpriw- at the latter 
place is still |ia'<he.l with vigor, iind fn.m preiwnl 
appearanres then* is not a -single clou/l tdther 
gr»>a(or small, overshadowing its fimd ttiid [«t- 
mimeut success, that has not a iriWer lining un- 
derneath. A imion of clTortB liy the friends of 
education in very desinihle.'bnt local self-inter- 
est is a poor thing lo unite on. "IJnit*4 wo 
stand." providijig we have u »olid foundation to 
stnnd upon. We conliatly invite all to unit* 
with us on the solid nnd broad foundation of 
dirintere.'»ted love for the cause, for its own sake. 

Maj- the cause of Christ continue to prmper, 
E. L. YonEii. 

Maditmhiirfj, Ohio. />«■. VO, 1S77. 


/>(»■ liielhrn,.— 

WHKX 1 consider how fast people lire, ■ 
how careless nnd unconcerned they ore 
about their soul's salvation, I am made totwiin- 
ble. It is sad when we behohi how many pro- 
fess to love Jesus and by their appearanee and 
actions you cannot tell them from the world, 
only when you see them in the church at wor- 

My prjiyer is, that God may seiid souie of Hi« 
people here to tell the true story of the Cross. 
I have prayed to God to sb dinxt that 1 may 
reach some place wViere 1 can hear at least one 
sermon from the Bnthren. When I n-ad in the 
Bbethrrn at Wokk of the many who turn un- 
to the Lord in other places. I rejoice, hut then I 
feel sorry that none at this place know the Lord 
by full obedience. I hope some of the bivthrvn 
will pn-ss through here and at leiwt stop over 
night and preach. We mv plain folks here. I 
think I saw one or two brethren pass through 
here on the train. I hope some will come. God 
will reward you. We need mis,sionarie.s in our 
land as well aa in Europe. 

M. K. Rose. 
AlFxandrifi, Mo. 

[Will some of the Brethren in Mis 
attend to this call?— Eus. | 

ourl plei 


IHIS is to inform the reudei*s of your worthy 
pajter that our church is still in n healthy 
condition, thank God. I can say. since brethren 
Bashor and Calvert were heix* there seenw to be 
more life thim there was before they came and 
labored for us so faithfully. While Bro. Bashor 
wiLS here, which was eight days, there were eight 
baptized and one recbumed. Hro. Jesse Calvert 
stayed one week after Bro. Biushor left and bap- 
tized six more, making fourteen, lUid oue restored. 
We thank tiie good Lord that He blessed the 
dear brethren that they came to us and labored 
so faithfully. 1 pray God to bless the laboring 
brethren, that they will travel more than ever 
in these last and dark days we have got into, as 
there are so many false prophets; and even many 
are deceived with the Bible in their hands. O! 
dear brethren is it not a pity that we have the 
rising generation educated, and then they will 
li.-t themselves he deceived with the Bible in their 
h;iinlsy How necoswry it is for us all to watch 
and fight valiantly. 

How good it is to have onr brethren preach 
and explain the truth as it is in Jesus in their 
papery! I the Primiiive ChrixlUtn and the 
HnErrilRES AT WonK coidd lie f<mnd iu all onr 
houi^es, at leaiit should they be found in the mem- 
liers' bouses, and the rich should help buy for the 
poor; and by having the ilntlia-n's [wriodicals 
to read, many will learn the truth that may nev- 
er hear oue true Gospel sermon preju-hed. and 
thereby mnny of our raembers that live away 
From the brotherhood eouM !iear the brethren 
preach. I have traveled and met with dear meto- 
Iwi-s that said they liwl not heard a brother 
preach for twenty year.*. May God bless us t« 
do more thnn ever. 




I HAVE ju: 
Kay Co., : 

souls. May the good work be conthiued iu this circunistimces. 


just closed a series of meetings iu 
_ Mo. They wei-e stopjied on nc- 

L-iiunt of the b,i<l st;i(e of the romU ami much 
nun, 'fhe congregations were good and the 
interest cxcellenL . Several nuide aiiplication 
for baptism. Their wants will Iv attendetl to 
hy the brethren there. I much ivgrvtt*xl fee 
necessity of chwing the meeting in the midst of 
such excellent prosi«cts. but Inid to submit to 

D. B. C.iBsos. 

mid other directions. 

Pen-in, Mo. 

TtiK BKK'riiHi'^isr ^T Avon<is:. 

' anuary 


[The fDllo-inu U lh« wrrwi ou'lcnw Mlaling W • puUio 
ducuaioo lh«i "M to b»W b««n held In (.'•rlhag*. Mo. be 
t*rt«o Ihr lUplUu Mil lUe llrvlliren ; but u Ihv Dspliil* 
ntnifi lo dcrund Iheir praclic* in a olwrly »l*l«d pnipo- 
liUor. thp .llMnwion will nol Ukp pine*. A Mrpfui rcwJ- 
B uf tho foIlowiDg iBltrm will b« nfficiMllj eipUniU.17. 

Ins of a 
-1.1. 1 

I W/A a« inxvmlion of the HolyTrmity. Will yoa I Justice, or reason, can yon ask us to affirm our ^■iew^ 
affirm? I willdcnv. | f«r you to deny, and at the same time refuse tonf- 

Prop *^nd. Ch'rMan BautUm m a^tminuttred | firm your views for us t« deny ? Are your views 
by immfTtingthsraufliJatt " voW or " ISTO" each l not called in question as well a» oure ? •''hould l 

5 .1 _.!_.- O.'.-'. .„.«:.. paili/r .Si^n ond an"""' our views aud you not ainroi youis, ine 

whole ducusaiou would turu (accordiug to proposi 
tion) upou our teacbiug Bud prnctice, throwing 

Letter No. i. 
Cabtjiaof, Mo. Ai'd. 15, W77. 
Mr, John Wajiiplcr: — 

Some wcvk« niucc I wm informed by Bro. W. M. 
Pljuk. that you diairwl to know whether I would 
di»cUM the mode (action) of haptiam, with Mr. 
Stein, one of your prcachor*? I t-^hl him to say 
to yoii that 1 would. A few days ulWr this I k-rt 
for the iMiwouri river, and bIUt an abwiiice nf 

nearlv two weekH I returned, and the followiug „,.-,., ,. <■ - ->n , ia 

rnk Z; :iph, Mr„. I.l«„k'.aiJ ■!,.. you dmrcll | Tho .,,„c; i,'i^l,irj^,;'^i!; J'^ -» •» -1» 
to know whcLhtT I wiu willing to hrtvo such a dis- 
CUHiou ill Cartlmt'f!' I informed Bro. I'hiuit that 

of the three divine 

Holy Spirit. I will affirm. Will you deny? 

Pboi'. 3rd. In adminitterins Ckri*Uan Bap- 
tism, tJic candidate i» Hrriptnally immcrtal by n for 
u^rd, bowing ponlure. I will affirm. Will you 
deny ? 

I'HOt'. 4th. In adtnini'teriny Christian Bapti/m 
tlir ciudiJafc m Nrriplurnlly laid bwkiDarda under 
the traler. Will you affirm? I will deny. 

Oct, wouhl suit mr hcsl for the debate wore it not 
for previous engagements, which I have about 
one hundred and fifty mile* north of up, extending 
from the early part of Oct. tu the middle of Nov. 
If other parlies are agreed, the L<jrd williugj 1 
will meet you in discussion the last week in Nov. 

if the congregation here desires! it, I wouhl be w 
ing to hold it. According to the mifwiigf received 
from you, Mr. .SloJu is to u/?in/i the ibllowing 

" That the Scripiuru aidhoriu Uir Trine immfr- 
gion, face for aiio't in watrr, of a believing penitent." 
I will negative it. Lnat Lord's day the subjccl 
wax brouL'ht before the congregation liero, and it 
was uunnimuiisly decided that such a discusaioil 
wouhl he approved of hy them, when your people 
shull have given Mr. Sieiu ft written cudoraomeiit, 
to oihrtu this proposition, (the congregation tlieii 
will do the sanio for njcj. I will be ready floniL-time 
iuOclober to meet him. I am so euiployi'd it will 
be impossible fur me todo so before. Such a dis- 
CUifliuu, of courso, muNl take place in the evening 
botwwn thohouni of 7:30 and 10 o'clock. 
Very reepectfully, 

W. K. CfNNINdllAM. 

Letter No. s. 

Home, xi;\B('AitTr!A(iK, Mo., Aua. Ifi, IS 

ha ,lis- I ""flock r. M. ThatwillnotHuitmeBtall. Ist. Be- 
cause ray habitual hours of rest come much earli- 
er than 10 o'clock, from which habit I ciinnot de- 
part without corresiiondiug impairmtnt of phys- 
ical uud mental vigor for the lime being. 2iid. It 
will he dcsifftble on several accounts for me to 
spend my rest at a brother's house a few miles 
from town, in order to rench which, I, would have 
to ride through the cool night air exposing 
vocal organs, as well as general health. 3rd. It 
would still he harder on our brethren and sisters 
and the country people generally, who live out 
miles from town nad will he anxious to attend, 
while the town people in either case will have but 
a few rods to go. I propose therefore that it shall 
take place between the hours of !) A. M. and noon, 
allowing each disputant three half hour speeches, 
for as many days as will be necessary to complete 
the argumeula pro and eon. 

Uesiiectfullv submitted, 

J. W. Stein. 

Frirnd W.n. Onnutiyhami— 
Vour note of llie l.'nh hiw been received, and I 
confcM that I am a little surjiriscd at one thing 
from the reading of your note. Any one hut my- 
«If would be led I" believe that I have challenged 
you, or that I wua the first lo oak such a discussion. 
VVe, a» a people, do not seek such disouasious, but 
lueclthuin, that is when our fiiith and practice are 
iisHuilcd, we defend jhem, believing it lone our duly 
lo be ready to give nn nnswer U> every niun who 
may ask us lor 11 ri'ujon of the hope that is in us. In 
ihi" la^e fri<.'ijd I'laiili lir^t told me that you pub- 
li>hed, thill "Hriif tune in tlie near fu lure you Would 
come oul lo our .Schoot-JioiHe and preach ngaiust 
trine immersion. I then remarked that if you did 
so, wc would defend the practice. 1 think 1 named 
Jiio.Sleinasoiie, able to defend the truth in this mat- 
ter, and nficr tVieud I'hiuk again saw you, he in- 
fonucd nil- that you said that you were ready lo 
disicuv Uic riiatter with Bro. SU'Ui, or any olher 
man, I fell ibal this was a very strong iLssertion, 
and caused me U> led astruiigde^ire that our peo- 
jiK- should nieel it : hut as Uie object of such dis- 
cus.«ions is or should he to enlighten the people 
and npread the truth, it niakc^ but liltlc ditleieuee 
to the people wlio first offers U> discuss. 

Bro. Stein has uotsiiid, whether he would or not 
diHcUM the mailer with you, but I give it as my 
own o]iiuion ihiit be will, butshuuldhe decline, we 
hope you nill siaiid by your proposition, to discuss 
it with nnij olhvr man. I sent your note to Bro, 
Klein, asking him to writo to you. If be is to as- 
sert that iriiie immeiwou as practiced by unr peo- 
ple, i» authori/A'd by ttic GosikI, and you negative 
tlii", llien Ihi- nialter should be reverted, ami you 
albiiii ihiil -■-in^de immei'sion as your church proc- 
tici', i* miihi)ii/.eil by the Uosiiel, and undouht- 
ediv I pi'i'iri it ilii'reisA discussion, it iucludeother 
piiiiii. i,i iiiil, r- iii-i' between us. However as 1 
si'iii voiir [i<<t< In Itro. Stein, I shull ut present say 
nulliiiig ninie, only that I wish you to write me if 
you tbiuk I have nol stalcd^yuur first propositions 

Ucepectfully yours, 

John Wami'Li;h. 

Letter No. 3. 

Newtoma, Newton Co., Mo., Atro-Sl, 1877. 

Mr.W, U. Cunningham, Carthage, Mo.: — 
I)i;ar Silt : 

Yours of the I5th inst, to Bn). John Wampler 
was sent rac by hiiu, some time ago, with a re(]uest 
for mc to correspond with you in regard to a pro- 
ix>sed debute. Tnie is my first ojiporluuity fordo- 
ing so, after ubiaiuiug the counsel of tlie flrethren 
here and with liim, in which the decision of both 
congregations is, that I should try and inLM;t you in 
discuBNion. The following language, however, in 
your letter to Hro. Wampler that " According to 
the message received trom you, Mr. Hteiu is to 
afiirin the lollowiug proposition, to wit; 'That 
the 'Scripturcj! aiithori:r thr trine innneriiion, face 
faremoxl, in wattr of a litlitfing penitent, ' I shall 
negative it," a]>i>eur3to me a little dictatorial for 
Chriatiau courtesy. I desire that we shull determine 
the propositions lor debate wilh mutual satisfaction 
and fairness, and inasmuch lus 1 am informed that 
tlie ijuestion did not originate with ouri>eople, but 
from a desire expressi^ed by one of your brethren 
(Mr. W. M . Piauk ) to hear the matter investigated 
and a remark from you to him (W. M. P.j that 

youwould-discussitwilbSteiuoraHyoMrrmaH;' and practice, as vou propose I shall do 

Letter No. 4. 

("ARTHAfJE, -Mo., Skpi'. 12, 1877. 
■ Mr. J. W. Stein:— 

Dear Sir: 
Yours of Aug. .'ilst received, examined and duly 
considered. It is useless to multiply words as to 
the origin of our present correspondence, for it in 
no way aliecta the truth for which we all should be 
searching, I could never consent to appear before 
the people with four propositions njwn ft subject 
that can be fully correct by one, specially since 
your declamtiou that we harmonize as to the believ- 
ing pcniteiil, wliich of course necessitates tlie drop- 
ping of the c-tpression, The proposition, of course, 
then, that would bring out the trutli, would be: 
TViHc immrmon i» Scriptnral baptimn. Yuu affirm. 
I deny. 

I've consulted with our congregation aa to the 
time for holding the discussiou. They do not ob- 
ject to Nov. but suggest it would be better to com- 
mence about the l!llh or 20lh, for the reason ihat 
it will then be the full moon. The time from 6:30 
to a-.'AO, P. M., then occupying time lor four half 
Lour speeches. It is a settled (juestion thai there 
C3in be no discussion if It must be held during the 
hours in which labor is performed, for we expect 
our audience principally in ihe town, from amoug 
those who perform daily labor in the shop, or at 
the counter. A comfurtable house will be pro- 
vided for you among our brethren lu the town, and 
eadi morning you can go to the country, if you 
desire. Your animal will also he cared for. 

As to the appoinlmeut of Moderators, I would 
BUggest that three are sufBcienl ; you selecting one, 
I one, and those eelecllug a third, who shall be 
their chairman. 

Respect fullv. 

W. It. Cunning II A SI. 

Letter No. 5. 

Newtonia, Mo., Sept. 21, Is"". 

Mi: W, H. Cnnningham: — 
Dear Sir : 

Yours of the 12th inst came duly to hand, and 
would have been promptly answered, hut for a 
protracted sickness of intermittent fever from 
which I have >ulfireil for some time. Accept 
thanks lor the proifen-d hospitiility of your breth- 
ren wliich will beiicceple<lif needed. Considering 
the circumstances I will accejit all the arguments 
proposed in your letter, except the proposition for 
debate. Your letter to Bro. Wampler of the Ifitli 
ult, fiT»l brought forward the subject of the for- 
U'urd r«. backward action in baplinm. (a vrry dis- 
tinct lAsue between iw, tiliich, J think, for truth's 
gakc Kkoufd be brought clearly before Ike public 
viiiid). Hence the propositions I olTered on that 
subject, which, I shall certaiuly not decline to dis- 
cuss on equal terms. You can do ho, if you mwA. 

Kcspectiug what lam lo affirm I prefer my own 
wording as before pro[K)8ed, viz : " Christian Bap- 
tism is administered by immersing the candidate 
foi or into each of the three divine name-f viz : Fath- 
er, .Son and Boly Spirit." This is a proposition 
that contains our position, and which, I insist you 
shall negative, unless you can point uut features, 
wherein it fails, correctly, dearly and Jully to state 
our teaching and practice on the subject. If one 
projiositiontully covers the question under consider- 
ation, as you intimate, then two aj/irtiiative proposi- 
tions (if your object is to save time) need occupy 
no more time than one, provided our matter is ar- 
ranged accordingly. Here I will state once for all, 
that if you will not consent to affirm your teaching 

the entire burden of proof unon myself, whil 
your teaching and practice might he wreciic*/ from 

Eoblic examination, if you wislied. Plea^ie let 
ear from you again at your very earliest conven- 

Respect fully, 

' J. W. S-rElN. 

Letter No. 6. 

Near Lamar, Barton Co., Mo. Seit. 28. '77. 

Mr. J W. Stein.— 

Dear Sir: 

Yours of the Slat inst. is at hand, was Ibrwfti-d- 
ed from Carthage, From youra I extract, " Con- 
sidering the circurastftpces. " I will accept all the ar- 
rangements proposed in your letter, cj:ccpt the 
proposition for debate, which then loaves ibc ques- 
tion as to whether I will accept your verbiage in 
the proposition : "Christian Baptism i8admiai.stei- 
ed by immersing the candidate /or or vUo each of 
the Oiree divine name«, viz: Father, Son aiid Holy 
Spirit." As you say, ■' this is a piojjoaition that 
contains our position and which I insist you shall 

I liK-refore inform you that you shullnotbedisap 
pointed for I will negative yoiirpri)pnsition. 
cording to your language, the above proposition 
"Contains our tyour) position," it therefore is un- 
necessary that we have a separate proposition on 
forward action, for if your position is correct hy this 
proposition it contains the "forward action." It 
will he soon enough for you to cry out, when in 
our discussion, I shall attempt to screen the doc- 
trine of the church of Christ. Now as you have 
my acceptance of your proposition as (|Uoted in 
this, it only remains for you to say whether it. the 
discussion, shall takejilace about thell^thof Nov. 
or the week following. Ad<lress me at Carthage, 


It docs seem to mc that you should reasonably ex- 
pect to entertain an "j/icHm^iCeproposiliou respect, 
mg the teaching and practice of your own church. 
Inasmuch llierefore as your proposition contains 
(1C0 distinct i^nes between us, ana we are agreed 
that "a believing penitent" is the Scriptua! subject 
of baptiiiu. 1 therefore submit the following prop- 
qaitioue, which us far as I am capable of judging, 
carer the wliole promises, define clearly and acCM- 
raUly the teaching anil praclice of both churches 
on (Af mbjeet, aud aretherelbre I'm/jord'a/ and jusl. 
PROI*. lirr. Christian Bautimn is adminintered 
by a tingk dip of tlic candidate under the water 

(lo which I have never yet objected) on the point 
U> be debated, the discussion as far as / am con- 
cerned \s at an end, and the Brethren may supply 
another disputant if they wish. lu all debates, 
the truth, itself supplies a nalural advantage in 
the premises. 

This should not only be desired, but should /«/- 
ly satisfy all, who love and wish to know the truth. 
Any other advantage sought, or obtained in the 
premise of a discussion, is tinci/ualand unjml, not- 
withstanding custom may be the contrary. Con- 
sidering the rule given us, by our blessed Master, 
(,Matt. 7 : I2j on what principal of christian right, 

Letter No. 7. 

Newtokia, Mc, Oct. 8, 77. 

Mr. W.Ji. Ciinningknm:— 
Dear Sir: 

Yours ot the 28th inst, at hand. When I said 
" except the proposition for debate," I did not 
simply mean to insist Ai the verbiage of my own 
proposition, but also that there mmt be another 
proposition affirming your position as my letter 
plainly stated. When I said " this proposition 
contains our posilion," I meant of course r.n the 
POINT u'hich it />lulrd, not on any which i! did not 
state, which itseems to me any rodoiiii^niind ought 
to understand. You have dropped the forward 
vs backward action. If you wish to take it uj 
again, do so in an intelligent form, dividing th. 
affirmalii'e labor and I will disctuii it with yon, or 
since you seem to have such strong antipathy to a 
plurality of propositions affirm the backward act! 
and I will negative it. The 2()th of Nov., at (i:30 
P. M. will suit Bie to commence, (the Lord will- 

I have never supposed that you hud any dispo- 
sition lo "screen" the " doctrine of the church of 
Christ," but your whole eourse during our corres- 
pondence in refimng to notice and respond (<» o7iy 
suggestioiui, proposition* or statement; IJiaremade, 
looking to an affirmallim on your part, of i/owr po- 
sition lias confrmcd me in the belief that you are 
disposed to screen ifrmr single-dip view of baptism 
ami this I must believe, unless in your next letter 
you agree to affirm a proposition in its support. 
In all^iy letters I have insisted that you affirm 
your proposition nn the single actinu (in baptism) 
and in my ia.Bl Idler I ni<Kt particular 1 11 /ilatid II. 
as a FINAL CONDITION of the debate (as far 
as I was ci'ncerncdj yet in no iiistiince have yoa 
sceuted to pay any attention to thv pari of the cor- 
rcjionilcnce whatever. I pmpoae again that ynu 
affirm the ibllowing ]»ropositi<in, m its eijUIVa- 
LENT, m: " Christian bojifism is admininterrd by 
a SINGLE DIP of the cindid-ife under the walrr with 
an invocation of the ITidij Trindy." If i/on will da 
this, the condidotts of the debute arc settled, as far 
(ifl I am concerned. If you will not, this Is my 
LAST LETrER and ihc cirresimudencegiies t<» pre-w. 
Your next letter will decide the matter. Please 
let me hear by return mail. 


J. W. Stkin. 
Letter No. 8, 

CARTOAdE, Md.. Of-r. 11, '77. 

Mr. J. W. Stein.— 

Dear Sir. 

Yours of theSth inst. is in my pi'ssession, and I 
must confess that I am much surprised t»iseey<inr 
equanimity so much disturbe^l, because I will nnt 
let you have your own way about this correspond- 
ence, tliat is, write your side of it and then have 
mc answer just to suit your whims. You would 
have me do just aa a certain farmer had bis color- 
ed boy Joe do, but your great trouble is, I will not 
be obedient unto your orders. As you seem di.*- 
posid to have our corresiiondeuce go to press, I 
"■'11 let the readers know iiow it was with the farin- 

und Joe, 

[The Ibtlowing is most too ridiculous to go he- 
fore a religious public, but it certainly shows to 
what some men will at times stoop when driven to 
the wail. — Ens.] 

The farmer had a field covered with snd made 
l)y the famous Kenluckv blue-grass, and when the 
Spring came, he decideti to have the sod turned 
over. S.. having supplied J. .e with a pairof hord- 
es, a set uf harness, and a suitable plow, the farm- 
er guided Joe with his equipments to the said field 
in which were grazing some cattle, and among 
them was a ccriam white cow, to which the farmer 
called the attention of Joe. for to plow a land 
must be marked out, and to accomplish this there 

must he some object by which the t)lo„,.^~~" 
be guided. ■■ Joe." said the farmer '-T'^" M 
ihat white cow?" " Yc* sah."snid J,w- ..'v" *** 
said the farmer, " I am going away and - "'.' 
gone, you'll just follow that whit* co^T. im' "* 
back in the afternoon to sec Low you am ' '* 
along. Do vou hear mc sir?" "Yes i^*"''' 
Joe, " and I'fl do juat zackly so you say ^, .'. ;- 
farmer took his departure, the cow gra'ied '" 
cuou&ly, Joe followed her with his plow n*7"^"' 
farmer returned according t« bit promia 1 ""^ 
his uniazerneni .Toe bad simply waml/'j '"" 
scratched all over the fiehl, bu! La donel? i'"^ 
ing. "Joe," shouted the iarmer, " w|im j P'<|>»- 
been doing sir?" "Just prezuckly wliai y'*?"" 
me sah : foUer dat cow all de day long ■ t" '"''' 
ways do what you tell him, sah," saidihenl T- "' 
negro. "-""euieui 

Now sir, from the time this corrcspondenco 
inenced with you, you have taken nu object '^"'" 
evant to the proposition you were toaffirm'^^' 
like that white cow, you have goncgrazino., '^"i'' 
cuously anmnd. and because I would mi'T"*' 
you desired, folhiw whithersoever you wauj "? 
then you become convinced that I am dispos!!!' 
screen my " single-dip " views of haptij^n i ' 
deed! but how did you come into the iXfltL.- " 
of your wonderful kuowledgeciinceruinirnix, ■< '■"" 
gle-dip views of baptism." When, a/y.J, ""■ 
know that prior to this time, I never wrote 
word to y<m about "single-dip baptienj- T] 
now is the first time in all my writing, or in\^\ 
that I ever made use of such an outlandiali u^ 
scriptural expresainn, for as the Bible tells n" 
nothing about "single-dip baptism," i ^^^^^ 
nothing of it. I suppose however if I wouiaj 
fer myself to wander out into Babylon, where v, 
are, I might learn something of iu My -^"" 

sir, of baptism are ftiund in the New Testumem 
and I am constrained to believe you wouli( C, 
much benefited if you would study that mnZ 
and tradithm less. From my first letter, you yf\\\ 
know that mir debating depended upon youraf 
firming " trine immersion, ' nud my denying ii 
and is you did not intend to ih) tliis, why didynu 
not say so, and let tlie eorreapnndeuce stop? ||, 
youi-3 of tlie 21st of Sept,, you say, " Respectin>. 
what lavi to affirm, I prefer my own wur(lint.^i 
before proposed, viz. Christian Baptism ns udoiin. 
isteredliy immersing the candidate /w. ov iij((, 
each of the three Divine miiHfl*, viz. Father, H,,, 
and Hull/ Spirit. This is a propiisititm ^i|j^|| 
contains our po-ition, and which I insist yousliall 
negative, unless you can poiiitont leatureg,wh^■re- 
^n it fails, correct/^, c/cuc/// ami fully to state (lur 
teaching, and practice ou the subject," In my 
letter of the 28th of Sept., I quoted your ]pr,|; 
isition, aud a jiortiou of the sentence that im- 
mediately followed it, and then said, " I tbere- 
iire iiif<>rm you that you shall not be disappoim- 
'd, for I will negative your propoiititm, In 
youis of the 8th of Oct. ytni say; When I siiiii, 
" this propositi. in conlaiiis our IJ*Jsition,,Iincamol 
course '.;; the I'OlNT which It stated, nol m 
any which it did iiol stale, which it seems to nir 
any Tuliunal mind ought to undei^tand." Nowilit 
quotation fmni the 2Ut of Sept, " correctly, clcjrhj 
and /i(//y states our tyour) teaching and practice 
im tlie subject " What subject? Of ctmrceyour \v~ 
silionoii the subjeot about which yuu were wriiiug. 
But when your pri>positioii i.-* accepted, aud ymi 
discoveryou are cornered, tlieuyou come inthettt- 
ter of Oct. Stli, and declare it" don't cover ynur 
position. Stein uf Sept. 21st, aud Stelu of Oct. K 
don't harmonize very well. I am comiielled tiia|i- 
ply Isniah 28 ; 20 to you. '" For the bed is sburter 
lliflii thatamuii can stretch himself on it; ami tlw 
covering narrower than that he can wrap himself 
iu it." 1 thought your letter of the 2l3t, was 1- 
be your last, but I now see that your Oct.8th, i? 
another lost. I can reconcile this in one way; yuur 
first letter was oue end, that Is the beginning end, 
tlic 21st Sept. is another end, which is two eQii;, 
aud Oct. Stn is another einl, which is three einl-, 
and miwyou have your correspcmdencc like yi'iir 
baptism, it is trine, llierflirc ready for the pres;. 
Respect fully, 


The reader \viU okserve from Mr Cuumnghimi 
Kentucky white cow story, his reason for nt 
agreeing (as I pru[»ised from the beginning) t*' 
bring his side of the question into debate, lestliM 
" Joe " lie would make bad work of it. He ihinl;* 
that "single dip views of baptism are oidlanduii 
and unscriptural." If so, what must the thing it- 
self be? a peculiarity of Baptism ftoi' ^ "'^ 
found there according to his language. Asadttulli 
for him. He will find that a single dip for bap- 
tisniNmnecU-'d with au invocation of the Iriui')- 
as he nitw practices it, fuuud its origin with Gf^ 
gory, the pi>pe of and the 4tb popish council "f 
ToledninSpaiu A.I). 633.1 Bingham's Antiquiiie*"' 
the Ch. Ch. Vol. 1. Book XI ch II.) It «""''' 
he well for all if such human traditions ff"uW '"' 
abandoned, for the "«;)oW«/ie traditions" "i W 
tism into each name of the Holy Trinity wlucli 
found its origin witli Christ, and is enf'^reed by 
His great imperative (Matt. 2S:19). Instead "1 
accepting my proposition as Mr. Cunuinghanip'" 
fesses to have done, it will be seen that hehasncv- 
er even responded U> the Jnain eondltionof m '= 
cussiou as proposed by me, iu a single letter, 
only accepted my verbiage of his own propi-""" 
after he had tlie matter entirely in his own 
and knew there would be no discussion ut 

.11. ^-' 

to his personal allusions ami the spirit of then"' 
might respon<l,if our holy religion ali<nved m-^ " 
" return evil lor evil " or " railing for roihng- 

A'ery truly 

J -w. Steis. 

The Brethren At Work. 

^'BehoU I Bring You Good Tidhuj^ of Great Joy, which Shall he unto All i'eopZtf." — Luke 2: 10. 

Vol. III. 

Lanark, 111., January lO, 1878. 

No. 2. 

§h(l §rcihreti nt ^or^k. 


j,H. MooiP, 8.H. Bashor, M.M.Eshelman, 


B. H. MU.LEK. 
j_ tt'. STEIN", - 


jIATriR.V. U'.Mi 





MY mother, words cannot, express, 
Tlie mfsisure of my love ;' 
Affect""" "f no eiirthly mould, 
But that of heaven above. 

could I tell thee how my heart, 
Is firmly hound to thine ; 

Thy feelings of my own aie pni't, 
Tliy sorrows all are mine. 

Can I repay thee us I ought, , 
Fov tliy unpeasiiig cave V 

1 ciiuiiot, hut my Savior will, 
III imswar to my prayers. 

When 'lie shall make his jew.?lB up, 
.\,mong them thou wilt stsuul ; 

And strike thy harp tolieavi'uly strands, 
With the angtiic baud. 

And wilt thou, in tliy fervent prityei^, 

Thy father's God beseech, 

His gnuious Spirit to impart. 

Thy erring child to teach ? 

Selected by H. C. Bdtterbalgh. 
Lannrk, III. 

difficult problems, hut for their diKpositiou on 
priuciples that admit of no questiou. At this 
point there is pi-rhaps undue rigidity in thedi>i- 
cnssious and di-cixions of our councils. We 
huve not the same right to insi.*it on fixed, un- 
changeiible forms of our own devising, lut on 
imptisni or feet-washing ; and we should he 
«-ry cautious not to net as thougli the authority 
wt-re the same in lioth instances, I bwlicve in 
item daily seU-denial in all that tends to losler 
the aclf-exalting, self-worshiping element in our 
natu;;e. For maJiy it is far more difficult to 
abandon the pipe and ([uid, than for fashiou- 
niongi-rs to don the round eoat. How many 
strain at a gnat and swallow a camel. Charac- 
ter comes firat.aud then the whole exteriorlife oa 
the natural pniduct. This cuts oft' the fashions 
and fiiitries, and vanities of the world as com- 
pletely as its grosis inmiorallties. Itis not dress 
IIS siirh that is befouling, and rending, and en- 
feebling the church, hut nnholiness ; and out of 
this springs pridp in all it« forms, like mush- 
rooms out of a Uung-hill. Flesh-pleasing, 
world-imitating aiiparel is a sore evil in the 
church, and should not be tolerated; but then- 
are other violations that reach deeper, are more 
debasing, more difficult to eradicate, and oft^n 
hold stubborn empire where the greatest sim- 
plicity iu dress prevails. Those who serve on 
committees can testify. " Be ye holy for I am 
holy" lays the axe to the root of the tree of in- 
iipiity, A garment of hemp may be spotted by 
the world as deeply as one of silk. " Kef.i' thy 





HEREVEB thtre is fruit thfre nmstbi' 
root to determiuc its quality. Persim- 
mons grow iiotou grape vines, noriieiirsoil the 
ivy, but a poor grape is a grape still, and an apple 
uf Gomorrali is none the less luirid aud iislij 
inside beeause of its blooming exterior. Tli 
world's gew-gaws and frivolities, do not grow 
.m (lie tree of Life. A holy, Christ-enshriuing 
lu'iu-t blossoms into '■ Twelve manner of fi-uits, 
always ripe .and always ripening, ever growing 
»we.'ter with the flavor of the Upper Eden, and 
more mellow with the grace of the Cross. No 
apple on the tree in the garden of Eternity is 
a model 1)1 nil resjiech to its fellow. It is only 
so in the principle of ll/c and ijmwlh and i/en- 
nvl ,'jtlfnuil featiirrs. The constituent ele- 
ments m-e the same iu all, bnt not their propor 
tioas luid arrangements. 

My recent article on " RrlhjlMs Shmr Diilh" 
was very sharp on certain violations of Christian 
|)rineiple, while I would not abate one jot of its 
severity for those ^vhose abominations it anath 
emali/.es. it was not intended to reach as far as 
siinic suppose. In amputating a nmnV hand, or 
fool, we must not feel ourselves obliged to am 
pulate his head. Between John 2: 15, 16, and 
an enforced ecclesiastical costume, there is plenty 
of room for all the simplicity which the Gospel 
enjoins. In the nature of things it is dangerous 
to a.lopt the method of the Medes, and Pereian. 
in our ecclesiastical legislation, where we have 
not an illustrative ciise in the inspired record. 
We have not enough Divinity in us to miJie 
fixed laws of inferences drawn frmn general 
liriueiples. But weshould haveso much wisdom 
as to know that when we lind a black-berry 
that it ha, dose relation with a brier. Blackber- 
fies and prickles go together. Principles are 
invariable as Deity, but our inferences may be 
erroneous,audthisinakesit a matter of pru- 
dence that we leave the door open for a deepei 
insight, and a worthier ap]dication. Dress is 
"0 exception to this rule. The province of An- 
"ual Conference is not only for the solution of 

teac'hers in the primary .school, in the high 
school, the college, and the nniversity are all 
engaged in the same work of leading the pupil 
up the so called " Hill of science." There is no 
contlict between the work of the parents and 
the other instructors ; between the parent who 
lays the foundatiou, imd the college professor 
who gives the tinishing touch to a moral ami 
intellectual editice that shall be for a blessing to 
mankiud, anil a gliuy to God. 


IiY s. c. H.vsnoa. 


A ba 


EDUCATION begins not, as some suppose, 
iu the pnmary school with the first lesson 
in the (dphabet, but at home iind in the luu-sery. 
The mother and the nurse are the fii-st teachers, 
they lay the foundation of nearly every branch 
taught in college or the university. The ele- 
ments of natural philosophy, mathematics, 
grammar, botany, zoology, etc., are all iu;quired 
l)efore the child enters the priumry school, 
long before the child can lisp an intelligible 
word, it investigates the principles of natural 
philosophy. It grasps eveiy object within 
reach, to ascertain its properties, turns it over. 
if possible, to learn its form and size, then in- 
variably ajipHes its mouth to it to discover its 
tjiste, in other words it is taking practical les- 
sons in natural philosophy. It is also nmking 
e-sperimeiits with matter which the professor in 
chemisby at the university is doing, only on o 
more extensive scale. 

The idea of unity, the ba^is of all calculation, 
is very early understood, while the idea of ad- 
ding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing by 
mtnna of objects, are understood by every in- 
telligent child before it reaches the proper 
school age. All the teacher can do afterward is 
to impai-t a knowledge of the rules by which 
these operations are pertbrmed, and lead th< 
pupil to a more comprchensive view of tlu 
subject, and instruct him to apply his knowl- 
edge to practical purposes. Napier and Xewton 
invented ox discovered nothing, and the profes- 
sor of nuithematics teaches nothing in this 
branch whose i>rimary elements, the mother 
can not t('ju.-h to lier boy on his fingers whih 
seated on her knee. 

The amount of knowledge early ac<|uirediu 
grammar, or huiguage. is ntill more wonderlnt. 
By the time a child of ordinary inUdligenee i.* 
six years old, it can nndei-stiuul the meaning ol 
about ten thousand words. Take a modern 
spelling book, count the words that a child Ci 
understand, aud you will be astonished at the 
result. The art of using language is learm-d 
before the child entere school : the scifuce of it 
at school. We need not mention other branch- 
es, let it suffice to say that the parents, the 

baptize by one dip, ami claim that you 
baptize by tlie authority of Father, Son, 
and Holy Ghuat. yon can have it th|it way if you 
choose ; but Christ is our Lord ; he is our au- 
thority, and by his authority we have the law 
of baiitism, and that tells us just how and wlu 
and all about it. He says ; " Baptize them in 
the name of the Father, (not by His authority, 
but m the name of the Father,) and of the Sou. 
(not by his authority, for He gave his authority 
when he said, "Go teach, baptizing etc., in the 
name of the Son,") and of the Holy Ghost, (not 
by His authority, but in the Holy Ghost.) In 
the three divine names we are baptized by a sep- 
arate act, into each name, into one God. He is 
not God without the Father, Fle is not God 
without the Son, He is not God without the 
Holy Ghost. 

When we address God, we address the three 
Divine beings, when we address the Fatlu-r 
in its full sense, \ve addreaH Him in the name of 
His Sou through the guidance of tlie Holy 
Spirit. These three cannot bo separated in the 
great work of mercy, neither can they bn uni- 
ted in the strict sense of individuality: there 
uiust be three, no more, no less. How then do 
we get into these threcV Paul says we are hap 
tized into Christ, docs this bring us into the 
Father? No, we get into the Father when we 
are baptized "In the name of the Father," does 
this bring us into the Son? No, we get into 
the Son when we are baptized in the name of 
tiie Son, KO says Paul, and so we get into the 
Holy Ghost when we are baptized in the name 
of the Holy Ghoat. So sure are we of this fact 
ius the Biblf is true. To get a man into Christ 
is reasonable ; to get a man into the Holy Ghost 
when lie hi baptized into Him, is re;LSoniibh' ; 
but to baptize u pei-son into the Holy Ghost, 
and then say that lie is bapti7A>d into Christ by 
the same action, is an luwertion not warnmted 
in the Bible. 

Lonijiiioiil, ( ''ilonn/o. 


BY I). E. PItlCF. 

rilHiS as a duty frequently taught in the Holy 
X Scripture, imd devolves more or lesson ev- 
ery humble followerof Chiiat. Whetheritisal- 
ways done from a sen.-*f of duty I am not able 
to decide, but this I do know, that it often re- 
sults in more evil than good. I have seen thi 
houses of sick families maile the houses of feiust- 
ing and pleasure, instead of going to relieve 
them of their caws and anxieties in watching 
over the sick. Perhaps they will gather their 
whole family together, from the largest to the 
smallest, aud take them along, imd i)robably on 
the Lord's day at that, and now their friends, ir 
addition to watching over and wiiifing on their 
dear .lick ones, are obliged to go to work and 
prepare to feast their sympathetic neighhoi-s. 
I have come to the conclusion that this kind of 
visiting does not meet the approbation ol thi 

If we do not go for the pnipose of comfort 
iug and consoling them in their afllictioms, al^o 
ministering to their temporal wants, if they are 

in need, we had Iwtl.T remain at home. 1 huve 
no doubt, the niotive is generally » good one, . 
but sometimes we do not think of th.- rvault of 
of our iictionft. We do not meim to discourag 
any one, from attending to their duty, for we 
that it is too much neglj-cted by mont of m. 
bat when we go, let u« go for a purpose, .ind let 
thiit be for the benefit of the alHict«l parties 
either in miuistering to their spiritual, or t.-m- 
pftral necejwitics, or both ; and when »ur pur- 
pose is accomplished let us leave the field for 

Dear Brother, what I have written hiw been 
rr(.m a good motive, and if any of uk have fiiil- 
etl in the piwt. let us be more careful in the fu- 
ture, in this us well a^ all other Christian 

M(. Mania, III. 


I DON'T see that going to the circua or 
theatre will hurt me," said a professor 

of religion. 

Hurt you ? why not ut all ! How can that 
hurt you if you desire to go ? The very fact 
that you want to go shows that you are «/.rWy 
hurt. Satan yielded, and your 
desire shows sin hiuj hurt you, Going can't 
hurt you any worse, though through your in- 
fluence you may caiuse others to be hurt. 

So with a desire to go to adance, or any woridly 
pliMie of pleasure ; the going can't hurt you. the 
desire to go only shows too plainly you are- 
hurt— badly bruiwd by Satan,— idrcady. 

Just so it is with evi'ry one who can't see 
how doing this and that, contrary to GoiPs will 
or commands, is a-going to hurt them. The 
hurting has already taken place in the aoul, aud 
nothing short of God's grace, which leailcth to 
repentance, can heal the hurt. Obedience to 
God, or rather the desire or love that you have, 
which leadcth thee to obedience, is what cures 
all these wounds, or hurts. That is when gen- 
uine love leadeth you to repentance and oliedi- 
ence, the merits of Christ make you whole. 

Says an other, "To don the habiliments of 
the fashionable world can't hurt me; no relig- 
ion in dress," Hurt you? why no! how cim it 
hurt you. wlio has a love for these things. The 
cry fact that you indulge in them, v evidence 
all the hurting htu been done before, and of 
coui-se there is uo religion in dress when it is 
eviileiit there is none in the ileitirat. There is 
no religion in externals, the adigion if any. is 
iu the heart,— or religious faith rather — and the 
externals only tell what kin<l of religion is in 
the htiart, that is all. When you see grapes 
hanging on a vine, you may be sure the heart 
of the vine is fffipe! and when you find a tree 
that is a crab-apple tree at hi'art ; you may be 
sure it will bear sour, crabby fruit. Not sweet 
golden j)ippins. 

"I don't see that neglecting or reftising to 
appciU- Iwfore God in prayer with my heftd un- 
covered will hurt me," saj-s a woman of the 
household of faith. Hurt you. sister, no '. 
The u n will ill giifjis tinday. shows that the hurt- 
ing was done previous, [f "shame" hurts, 
then you have been hurt, for it is a "sluuue" 
for a woman to jiray. or prophe-^y. with her head 
uncovered. And if you don't "pray" you are 
still hurt, for it is the duty of all children 
to pray. It is sin that hurts, and the hurting 
is done before the evidence comes to light. Now 
we can't always tell how much one is 'hurt by 
sin, but Gnd out. He knows alt about it. To 
iilff/, lifter hurtu, to ilisoliri/ahctiys hurls. Keep 
the shtirt rule belbre your minds. contiuuaWy, 
iiud observe it. and yuu will not get hurt. 

Thi; devil, in the lost day, shall rise against us 
.ncondemuatioii. for Ihnt he hath beeu more c»re- 
[> ' ful to get EouU thau we to save them. 


January \( 


When A.lHm wiw crHifa!«l B« 'l"oIt in KdenV 

,\sll<i'«''« hiul roliilod I.eiori'tlK-brifI<' wiW ma^C- 
Ti?n thouianJ timw twi tliHUsnnJ of crcntuw* 

swariiipd uroiind. 
Bcfon- til.' hritjo wad forme'I, or any omte waJ* 


Up hml no ronvprBation. but lived liko oni* Hlone. 
Till to Iiiw julmirfttion Lp fouiiil Iw lost n bone 
Givai wii't liiaesiiltfttion wlieii iinit Hiit bridi- 

he spied, 
Orcut was his clevnlion to sec her by bis »idi'. 

He ajHibc iw ill ft rapture, I know from whoncc 

you CtiTUC, 

From my K-fl side extractod and woiimn is tliy 

Thin ncenw tn be th« reason why man should 

love hiK lirido, 
A part of lii« own body, the jiroihiet of his side. 

The woman wiw not tnken from Adiim'a bend 

we know, 
Nor dhe mu^tt not rule over him it is evcutujilly so. 
The woman vav* not tiikeu from Adam's feel 

wc itce. 
Nor he niHui not nbu-ne her. the meaiiinn seems 

to bo. 

The woman she was talten from under Adam's 

And ahc mn«t be ijrott-cted from injury tmd harm. 

The woman she. wa>t taken, from ne,ir to Ad- 
am's heart, 

Thiswems to be the rcaMon wliy they should 
never part. 

tiun; Mie evil one, is making pretty 

And now, most noble bridegroom, to you I'd 

turn a.side. 
Don't let thi« little Volume Ix- ever laid ii^ide. 
The Book that's called the IJibb-, I pray you 

don't nt'plect. 
In i-vcry source of duty, it will you both direct. 

11. re's couiisel for the bridegroom, tind counsel 

for the bride, 
I ]ir;iy you, do prove faithful, and for y 

bouse provide. 
Ami to avoid corifention, don't sow the seed of 

Tlii'T me the solemn duties of every man and 


Sf}fih(l hij Vonrtul I-'ifz. 

Let us ratlierstnn<l firni, witli tlujile- 
tfi-iiiination timt wc will nut <I<» uxoiig:, 
if we know it, " (i<«l I'cing my h«!l|H'r." 
iiikI if we cultivjite thiN fnunt; of niiii 1, 
and trust in Him He will Iiclp n^. He 
has jn-ouiisi'd tolielp its in every time of 
ni-ed; l>\it wJien we rather try to justrfy 
our .sin.s. than to Ininildy nckiiowlcdge 
them to Ilini, we have no promise, t;itht;r 
of forgiveness or heli). Many things of 
this kind, have come under my ol);*crva- 
tion. Of late matter;* Iiave occurred, 
that have called jn-ofessing Christians, 
and those that thought the-mselves very 
Htrict, into companies that have met for 
■evelry, and these Chii'^tians would ex- 
ruse theniselve-!H, hy siijiposinL' tliere 
no harm; forgetting im)lml)ly that what- 
ever we do, must be done to the honor 
and glory of (»od. Dear reader, cease to 
make excuses; learn to do His -will, and 
if you shouhl fall short, do not make 
the mattei" worse by apologies, but ac- 
knowledge your fault and ask pardon. 
He is ever ready to forgive tlie truly 

means another covering too, besides the 



IIV rllAlU-OTTK T. llONli. 

riMIEllK is witliin us a disposition to 
^ lind a ready and rca.-^onable excuse 
Ji.r our own «hort-comings. FhuUm tliat 
niipear nunnitaius in others, we can find 
very jilausilde excuses for in ourselves. 
The hearl is indeed deceitful above all 
things; who can know \ti We natural- 
ly suppose wlien we do a wrong or com- 
mit an error i>v sin, that weare surround- 
ed by jieeuliar circumstances, and if we 
had been situatetl as othei's, we woiilil 
not have been tempted to have doni- so. 
This is only some of the stratagems of 
the wicked one to lead us furtlier into 
temptation, and tiunlly to ensnare us into 
some deejdy aggravated sin. God can- 
not look ujion sin with tlie least degree 
of allowance, in u« any morethan others; 
and when we begin to search for errors, 
let us renienilier the eye of God is up- 
on ns.auil if we have eomniittej sin, our 
ajiologiej^ only make the matter worse, 
and our trying to believe there is no 
great harm in it, makes it no better. If 
we are disobeying (iod's Law, nothing 
short of a true, lu-art-felt rej>entancecan 
remedy the evil. 

1 have iiften heard it said, " I do not 
think therein much harm in what I did." 
Much or little, it was harm. If it was 
disobeying the Law of(iod,jmd ns not 
thinking there was nincii harm, makes 
it uo better. Another excuse is, a gi-eat 
many others do so, why cauiint li This 
is the weakest excuse that can be brought 
forward, that others doing wrong, W(ndd 
jiLstify a wrong iu us. W)ieu we begin 
to give away to our «anial inclinations, 
pleading that there is no harm iu this 
or that, we are in a very critical condi- 

DAUGIITEH. Why is it that the 
Bi-ethren Churcli insists sostrongly, 
that all their female members should 
wear a covering on their heads, in time 
of wor.ship? 

Fatlur. liccause the ajiostle Paul 
commands it. 

Jhitiglitir. I believe the apostle had 
in view cmly the hair; for he says, " The 
hair is given for a covering," in 1st Cor. 
11: la. 

Father. If the apostle meant noth- 
ing more tlian the hah\ then it would 
have been supei-fluons to say anything 
al)out the covering, from the fact, that 
peo2)le knew long before the ajipstle 
wi-ote, that the hair was intended for 
the wit itral covering of the head. 

Jhmghter. But does not the apostle 
say, in the Scriptui-es al)Ove referred to, 
that her h<iir is given lier for a covering ? 
Father. Ye.**, he <loes;but he says a 
;ooil deal more too. In order to under- 
stand what the ajiostle meant in the verse 
you referred to, it is neeeHsary to notice 
some of the preceding verses first. Yoi 
have, perhaps, noticed that the apostl 
wrote about the uncovering of the man' 
head, as well tis the vovenng of the 
womari's head, iu time of worship? 
Jhiiiijliter. Yes! I have. 
Father. Does it not seem quite ])]aln 
that the unroreriiig pertaining to the 
man's head; and the covering pertain- 
ing to the woman's both refer to the 
sanu? object, /. «., if the coverimj of the 
woman's head is only the hair, then the 
uncovering iA' the man's head nn-ans the 
hair also? 

Daughter. AVell! I supiiose so. 
Father. Then, if the uncovering of 
the woman's head means the halvy then 
evei-y time they pray or jJi'ophesy they 
must take their hair off. 

Daughter. Oh! Since I came to 
think of it, the wncoveriiuj of the man's 
head means the hat. Of course! To 
take the hair otl', every time of worship 
Would certainly be very inconsistent and 

Father. Well now; accor<ling to 
your own admission, both the uncover- 
iiig of the man's head, and the covering 
of the woman's head means the same 
thing. Then if the uncovering of the 
man's head means removing the hal, the 
extra covering of the woman's head 

Daughter. I expected you would trap 
me: but what about the hair Iteing giv- 
en her for a covering in verse I.")? 

Fathrr. We are not iplite ready for 
that yet. The apostle say^in the ch.ipt- 
er referred to, inverse (itli: " For if the 
woman be not covered, let her afjso be 
shorn." Now do you know what the 
wonl aho means? 

Jhiughtt-r. I do not know that I do 
exactly, only that itgener.-dly stands be- 
tween two things of similar import. 

Father. Your definition is tolerably 
good, but to make this matter clear, let 
me use a .simple illustration. If I say, 
James! jiut on your socks, aUo your 
shoes, is it not clear that two coverings 
are meant? 

Daughter. Yes! surely. 
Father. If I say, put. also a shawl 
ou your head, would you not understand 
that another covering had already Iteen 
referred to? 

Daughter. Yes, but what has that 
to do with the argument? 

Father. A good deal! The word 
" also" — meaning two things of similar 
import, of course has t?iat meaning in 
the verse referred to. Then the apostle 
had in view in that verse, two nncover- 
ings in of disobedience. If the 
woman had off the religions covering 
in worship, then, aUo let the natural 
i-ovi-ring {the hair) be taken off, is hi; 
meaning. But according to your notion 
the word " also " is not needed, from the 
fact that you have but oue covering, and 
that is the hair, hence you can see the 
imjiropriety of your position. Or in 
other words, how can the apostle use 
the word " aha" when but one cover- 
ing is referred to? It would be entirely 
snpei-fluons. Acconling to your idea, 
but one covering could be taken off. 

Daughter. Yes, I see that the term 
" also to be shorn or shaven," is used 
by the apostles, only when the woman's 
head is not previously covered; other- 
wise there is no sense in the language. 

Father. The apostle had in view, 
in tlie l.oth verse, the inconsisten- 
cy of taking off the natural covering, /'. 
f*., the hair, " For her hair is giveu her 
for a covering." And now, to retain 
this natm-al covering, let Iier head l»e 
covered with the religious covering. 
This extra covering, i.s the apostle's mean- 
ing undoubtedly. 

D. Well, ivhy must that covering 
be one of these little ccmtemptible caps? 
M'hy won't a decent hat do as well? 

F. Unless the church decides on 
some mnforni covering, it will not be 
long till every woman will have just 
such a covering as will suit her own taste, 
and in a short time all the i^ishionable 
hats of the world will be woni by mem- 
bers of th<' eluirch. It is iu this way, 
that many of the churches, which once 
were noted for their plainness, have be- 
come so fiLihionable. 

J). I do not believe that ther-e will 
be any caps in heaven. 

F. Well! I do not believe there will 
be any hats there either. 

D. Then why contend for a cover- 
ing at all ? 

F. "Wliatever Christ, or the apo.stles 
commanded us to do, that we must do; 
and our disobedience to auythinc, even 
tlie covering, may be the means of us 
losing heaven. 

Now the substance of our talk is 
about this: 

1. The man's hair is given him for a 

covering as well as the woman's; both 

can retain their hair by being obedient. 

'1. The man is to have his head un- 



;i. The woman is to 
covered by a religion! 
thus honrtrher husband, 

his liatoff in tiui« of ft-^f 

havo her htaj 
covering, ^^j 

ii"l retain her 
n.'itural ci»vering (the hair). 

J>. I see plainly now that the apog. 
tie meant some other covering l>e^j,i 
the lukir — some covering that could h 
put on and taken off conveniently to 
suit the occasion, just as the man can 
take ofl', and put on his hat or covering 
to suit the occasion, and this I know 
could not be done were the hair the on. 
ly covering the apostle alluded to. 

F. Ye.s,I.uow see that yon understand 
the apostle clearly, and hope you will 
be obedient. 

D. I know that we should obey in 
all things, for so commands Christ, but 
then fur me to wear a cap, would make 
me look so odd. 

F. As to looking so odd, in this 
you are mistaken. You may only look 
a little odd in the eyes of those, whose 
own taste is as corrupt as their hearts- 
besides this, it is not in accordance with 
the spirit of Christianity; that its fol- 
lowers should so adorn their person as 
to please the corrupt taste of a wicked 
world; but rather adorn themselves so 
as to please God. Further, there is noth- 
ing that makes the sisters in a religions 
assembly, look so saintly and beconiiiie 
worshipers, jus the covering adopted by 
the Brethren church. 




I()R other foundation can no man 
lay than tliat is laid, which is 
Jesus Christ" (1 Cor. 3: 11). 

The apostle Paul, that great embas- 
sador for Christ, knowing nothing but 
Christ, and Him crucified, wa-s endeavor- 
ing to show the church at Corinth, that 
Christ alone wa.s the sure foundation; 
that iu Him only should they trust, 
that they could find refuge in none oth- 
er. Paul found the Corinthians in a 
confused condition, they w-ere not fully 
established in the cause of Christianity, 
that they were still carual and walked 
as men, w-hile one said, lam of Paul, 
ant! another, I am of Apollos. Who 
then is Paul, and who is Apollos, but 
ministers by whom ye believe, even a-^ 
the Lord gave to every man? Why 
all this strife and division? Yiui an- 
too much under the control and influ- 
ence of the carnal mind. But their feel- 
ings and desire-s, and their affections 
must be drawn to Christ, who is the 
great center of attraction, as Peter said 
to the Jews. " This is the stone that w;iy 
set at naught by you buildei-s, which is 
become the head of the corner. Neith- 
er is there salvation in any otlier, for 
there is no other name under heaVfii 
given among men, whereby we must he 
saved" (Acts 4: lis ];?). 

Tiien we undei'stami that if we desire 
happiness, and share with Christ in glo- 
ry, we must build our eternal hojies on 
the rock Christ Jesus, for there is no 
salvation iu any other; no deliveraucp 
from sin and its awful eonseciiienccs. 
(iod has made ample provision for fal- 
len humanity. The Lord kuew our 
condition, better than we knew what 
we stood in need of; there being noth- 
ing for us to >)ase our future happinc^'* 
on. God through the prophet I.'^aitt'' 
-says," Behold I lay in Ziou a foundation 
stone, a tried stone, a sure fimmlation, 

d no man lias any right to doubt its 
genuineness, it^ durableness, for it »'p 
stand, and upon it the church of Chri-sJ 
will stand, and the gates of hell shall 

notF^^-»'l ag.-iiiirt it.. But, says them-' 
quiring """^^./^l>P''e shall 1 go! My 
desire is to build upon a fouudntitm. tlia't 
^vlion the storm ap]ii-oaches, wIhm, th.- 
raius tU'scc'iul und floods arise, tlie build- 
iug limy stjnid secure. Many say, come 
niiii go with us, ut have found the roek 
of salvation. But perhaps when you ex- 
Hiiune closely, they have called in ques- 
titoi i^iTiifi of the material that composes 
tliat sure foundation, some that i« iudis- 
jicusable necessary to our salvation. I 
lu'.-ii- tlu' apoHtlesay," All Scriptui'eis giv- 
en b)' inspirjitiou of God, is iirofitable 
for doe-trine." You liave not obeyed from 
(lie heart that fiwni of doctrine, you 
lia^e pried out some of the sayings of 
,Ic.^''. an*^ flo t'l'eju not, consequently 
] fejir there is danger. Jesus says, " He 
tlijit hcareth these sayings of mine, and 
(loeth them, Ik like a man that dug deep 
.ii)d built his hau«f upon a rock." 

Then as (iod has a work for us to 
perform, in order that we may secure 
eternal life, we must labor consistent 
t.) His will. He has given us a rule, by 
whicli we arc governed. In a temporal 
point of view, the mechanic that under- 
take.s to frame a building, works aceord- 
iug to a rule or system, in order that the 
building may go together iiroi)erly, but 
should he not respect the system that 
sliould govern him, and work at 
random, what would the consequenei 
be, when all the material is reaily to go 
together? Why uiului-.btedly there is a 
great mistake. His work is imperfect, 
imd this is not all, when the inspector 
conu'S along to take ito."!' his hands, he 
will then fully realize his sad mis^ike; 
tlie luiilding will not liear inspection. 
Just so in regard to that Spiritual build- 
ing; they that are without Christ, being 
jdieiisfrom the commonwealth of Israel 
ami strangers ti-om the covenant of 
promise, having no hojic and without 
God in the world: must first realize their 
condition ; that if they remain away from 
God, and do not become His servants, 
and work in His vineyard, they will be 
jmiiished with everlastuig destruction 
liom the presence of God and the glory 
of His power. They must acquaint 
themselves ^vith'the-system, by which they 
must )ie governed. Go to the Architect, 
the great Mjuster builder; He is the 
great Law-giver, and as the Psalmist 
David says, " The Law of the Lord is 
perfect, converting the soul." 

lie at once lays hold of the promise 
■ipt before him, goes to work with a will- 
ing mind, is in posse.ssion of that faith 
that works "by love — that living faith 
that prompts us to obedience to the re- 
quirements of heaven. The carnal 
mind must he brought into subjection 
to the will of God. The penitent is 
willing to surrender all at the feet of 
■lesas, he want- to follow Him in all His 
Hppuinted ways; he wanta to go where 
•b'sus went. Well, says one, where was 
He? If you will consult your Bible, 
you will find Him down in Jordon, be- 
ing baptized of John, and ooming up 
out of the water, the heavens were open- 
«'d, and the Spirit descending in the bod- 
ily sliape of a dove, and a voice was 
heard saying, "This ismy beloveil Sonin 
whom I am wellpleai^ed." While tliere, 
God recognized Him as His Son, and 
there it is where God will recognize us 
«s His sons and daughters. We are His 
fhihlrenliy adoption, C^hrist became our 
Klder Brother, and we are n<J more 
'"trniigei-s and foreigners, but fellow-cit- 
izens with the saint,s. and household of 
*i"d, anil we are built upon the founda- 
tion of the apostles and propliets, Jesus 
Christ Hinis*-lf being the chief corner 
stone, by whom all the building iitly 

'ririK URtrrn \<\ . 


frauwl together, growctli unto a holy 
ti'mple ill the Lord. 

Tlicy have nothing to fear, because 
they are standing upon the rock; there 
is no danger of wiftVring low, when the 
time comes that every man's work shall 
be tried. When the great Inspector 
comes, we will not be found wanting, 
we will then fully realize ^he reward of 
lab(>rs,will hear thai welcome applaudit : 
" Well done good and faithful servant, 
enter thou in the joy of thy Lord." 
I>ear unconverted friends, where are you 
stamling? W^e ap])eal to you, to exam- 
im- the ground you occupy, remember, 
other fouud.ation can no man lay than 
that is laid, which is Jesus Christ. Work 
while it is called to-day, for the night 
of de:ith Cometh \\hcn no man can work. 
We submit these few imperfect though t.s 
to your consideration, and when you 
see that you have not done your duty; 
that you are found wanting, we kindly 
ask you, to commence the great work, 
that you may lay hold of eternal life. 


reveaUto ub the character and will of I by blessed in hib deed " (Janie« l-^>-.) 
our great Creator, and final Judge; that The apostU- Jumes ha., written id hi. 
opens us the way of salvation epUtle, mich clie^-ring woi-ds of cumfort 
through a Redeemer; unvails to wir ami eomw.latlon to the faithful in Christ, 
the invisible world, and shows \is and th 

rpHE wisdom of Goil, is the capacity 
-*- to make due use of His words. 
To do this, is to read the Bible; make it 
ytmr staff to lead you through this world 
and it will light you to the world to 
come where all will be joy. The 
wise man's eyes are in his head, and tlie 
grace of God is upon liim. As Moses 
was learned in all the wisdom of the 
Pigyittians, and was mighty in words and 
in deeds, likewise if we to-day in the 
sight of God, want to have that wisdom 
which e.vcelleth from on high, we must 
be workers in the vineyard. So as to 
teach us, to number our days and a|)ply 
our hearts unto wisdom. 

But where shall wisdom be found; 
We know not the price thereof, for it 
cannot be purchased with gold, neither 
issilvf'r weighed, f<iV the price thereof; 
for the price of wisdom is above rubies. 
Whence then cometh wisdom? Itcoui- 
eth from that spirit that departs from 
evil, and the fear of the Lord is upon 
him, and hajjpy is he that findeth that 
wisdom. Hide the commandments with- 
in yourselves: incline your ears.untothe 
W^ord of God. Then thou shalt have 
understanding and receive the wis- 
dom of God. 



OUR continuation on earth is of short 
duration. We are rapidly hiisten- 
ing through its many troubles. The sun 
of life will soon have .set. The darkness 
of deatii .settles over all that occupies 
our heart and hands, and our spirits 
pass into that world from whose bourne 
no traveler returns. 

W^hat then is so important to us, a.« a 
knowledge of ourselves — of our relation 
to God, and of a future state — how we 
may be pre|)ai'ed for the duties of this 
life, and foi- the scenes which are so soon 
to open upon us, iu another world? 

Books that iUisist us in the attainment 
of this knowledge, are of inestimable 
value. They relate to our most impor- 
tant interests, and ought therefore to 
have the first pliace assigned to them in 
a course of reading, especially must this 
besaidof theBible^ ThisBo.dUheoldest 
surviving offsjiring of the human and 
Divine intellect, the chosen companion 
and friend of patriarchs, prophets, 
apostles, and of the wisest and best men 
that have ever lived. This Book, that 


the final destiny of our race: thi.s 
Book which God has given expressly to 
teach us our character, our duty, and 
prospects, \\hieh has ccmducted, all who 
have obeyed it.t precepts, to the presence 
and endless enjoyment of its Divine au- 
thor, and must conduct us thither, if we 
ever enter thjit happy world. 

This Book ought surely to be held by 
us in the highest place of honor and re- 
spect; to be made the guide of our 
youth, the companion of our age, and 
our solace and support in all the pros- 
perous and trying pangs of life. Con- 
sidered as a mastx'r composition, 
the Bible is unquestionably the moat 
interesting Book on earth. It has truly 
been saiil of the Bible, by one of the 
greatest and best of men, That it con- 
tains, independent of its divine oriirin, 
more sublimity, purer morality, more 
imiiortant history, and finer strains of 
elo(iuenee, than can be called from all 
other books, in whatever language they 
may have been written. Embrace, then, 
my young friends, this Sacred Volume. 
Let it be a lamp to your feet, and a light 
to your path! With every morning 
dawn and evening shade, repair to the 
Book of God for counsel; peruse and 
practice its instructions; and the happy 
effect of it upon your present and fu- 
ture as.'fociations, you shall gratefully ac- 
knowledge at the right hand of God, 
and amidst the thanksgiving and praises 
of the heavenly world. 

liY J. I!. L.MR. 

A DISTI.XGUISIIKI) man (mee said, 
-^ " Tile longer I live, the more I am 
certain that the great difference between 
men — between the t'eeble ami tiie pow- 
erful, the great and the significant — is 
energy, invincible determination, apur- 
pose once fi.Ked, and then death or vic- 

That generally wiil ilo anylhing, that 
can be done in this world, and no talents, 
no circumstances, ut) opportunities will 
make a man a Christian without it. 

The r<'al dilfei'ence between the firm, 
deterinined, invincible, zealous profess- 
or, and the weak-kneed, puny, undeter- 
mined one, is energy; the one takes hold 
of the plow and presses forward ^vith a 
will, and all the noise and commotion, 
the flutter and glare of fiu^iion, and the 
ilisplay of gew-gaws, will not attract his 
attention or divert his purpose — but he 
looks steadily forward to the object be- 
fore him. while the other is contin- 
uaily looking back over his shoulders, 
undetermined whether to go forward or 
turn back. He has not the energy to 
jn-e.ssaway from the alluring scenes be- 
liind, and for shame will not turn back, 
until, by his nmcli looking back, he 
stunildes and falls; then he is rendered 
unworthy for the kingdom of (iod. 

Then let me entreat every Christian 
piofessor to be zealous, be firm, rally 
aroimd the l)lood-stained banner of 
Prince Emmanuel, and go on — not to 
victory or death, but to certain victoky. 



U 1)^ "^ whoso looketh into the perfect 
JL) law of liberty, and eontinuth 

lie prominent thought rev.-aled is 
this: that to obtain the blessings of God, 
all depend upon the full compliance <.n 
the believer's part, to the rfqui.iitions of 
the Gospel. By hearing the trutlw of 
the pei-fect Law, and reducing them U> 
practice ils faf*t iw learnetl; looking into 
the same, and also t« continue tlierein. 

The Word of God is their Law of 
Liberty, the truths of which if obeyed, 
become the means, by which the i^aints 
receive the blessing^ resulting from their 
their good deeds. Christ has given nntu 
us the bles.s4'd Gospt-l, a law complete 
in all its parts, and perfectly adapted to 
the spiritual wants of man, and is in- 
tended to restore him to the position he 
was designed to sustain in the primitive 
creation, by liberating him from under 
the bondage of sin. If the truth makes 
us free then we are free indee*l says the 
blessed MiLster. 

Man will woi-ship. He will also as- 
similate to the object that he wor- 
ships; therefore the law of the Bible 
requires us to love the Lord our God, 
and Him only are we to serve. How 
arc we to serve the Lord I Surely by 
obeying what He recpiires of us, that is 
to do justly to love mercy, and not be a 
forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work; 
obeying from the heart that form of doc- 
trine delivered unto the saints. Faith 
without works is dead. Faith and 
works go together in all our Christian 
iluties found in the Law of Gud. A 
law without a penalty attached, that 
will fidlow any infringement or violation 
is of no account. " He that knoweth to 
do good and doeth it not, to him it is 
sin." Therefore knowing the terror of 
the Lord, we persuade men to obey the 
perfect Law of Liberty, ivhich will 
make them free from the law of sin and 

Tiie Gospel is composed of purely 
jiersuasive ])rlnciples, iuteaded to enlight- 
en free moral agents, who are willing to 
be enlightl-ned by that true light that 
ligliteth every nmn that cometh into 
the vvorhl. " Whosoever will, may par- 
take of the water of life frcelv," which 
will cleanse us from all sin and its effects 
upon the soul, and consecrate and puri- 
fy our bodices, that they may be fit tem- 
ples for the indwelling of the Holy 
Spirit, that it may abide there,- and 
guide us into all truth, and bring to our 
ivmembrance all things recorded in the 
perfect Law. This may be accomplish- 
ed by obeying the truth as it is in Je- 
sus, governed and controlled entirely 
by His teachings. 

A correct knowledge of theScriptures 
in a great measure forms the true dig- 
nity ami hapj'iuess of the Christian, by 
which he is enabled to add to the felic- 
ity of hisfellow-standard bearer, because 
of the cross of Christ. 

There are five essential elements in 
every kingdom, and the kiiigdom of 
Christ has these, viz: Clu'ist the King; 
the saints His subjects: the heaven and 
earth, the territory; the Gosjiel, the 
perfect Law, and the Holy Spirit, the 
power e.xecuting the pertect Law of 
Liberty. "The liaw of the Lonl is 
perfect converting, the soul." May it 
i)e our life's greatest work to study this 
Law. and be fully brought to know and 
hive the truth for the truth's sake, and 
seeking for the wisdom which it im- 
parts, and '^o on to perfection in oiu* 
high and holy calling. 

rhei-i'in, he being not a forgetful hearer, 
but a doer of the work, this man shall 

Forgive us. Lord, as we torgivt; others. 

TMi'^ i?i<Ki^i-ii^i:>s' ^vr Avoi^iv. 


^"ary 10 


8. I]. BASltOK. 

Tn* HniTTiiBmx at Vo*it will b# ••m po»>-P«iJ. y> *°7 
•diliYH in Iht Uuil*.! SlnlM or (•«niul«. for fl M P"r 
Uiniini. TTiM« lenilinK loii niiino* nnJ fl^.OO, will re- 
o«tT> an cJili* copy ftw of chmfKB. Fflr nil orer lhi» 
numlwr tht «Kriii will \,v ID c*ni« for weh »dJI- 
lioonl n»inp. which «m«unl oto bp deduHr-l from Ihc 
mMi«>y. before .ending it lo «*. Montj Ordpw, 1'™"". 
■nd R*cUiprpJ I^it«Tii inoj •)» "'m "' ""*■ "'■'■ '"'J 
abould be ru«J«j pujnWf to Moore, llanbor A Eibulmnn. — 
»iib.oriplioD-. »«'J cominuolrolioD. ii.fcndrJ for the p«. 
ptr, ru well ft* oil lju«lnM« nmltom connMWd wiHi in* of- 
lie* •boiild lie iiililr«MP'l 

KOOBE, BA3H0B k S33ELlfAN, - 
Lfturk. Camll C4.. HI' 


JAMVAB? 10, IB78. 

Latkst ncwfl from Waterloo. lowii sitys, that 
brotlipr YorscE is tlierc prcnchinjir, tmd so far. 
i» mwtiiiB \vith good wit^ccM — soiila are turn- 
ing to (joii, _ 

Bid). .Ions ZooK, of lown. before leaving for 
liiH home liLxt wefk, preuclicd two able wrmona 
nt the Cherry Grovo m(eting-Iinii.Me, two miles 
North of Liuiaik. 

Bbo. .1. I*. Hctku- of Pliihwlt'lphin, Pii., has 
Ijcen hihm-ing at llie North Covt-ntry church, 
l';i,. ftiiilu-* 11 reJult thirly-two Imve been nddetl 
111 Ihe iniinlH-r of tho Mavcd, 

UsDKit tlu- heiuliug of " visiting the nick," 

on (imt prifie of this issue, IJro. I). E. I'ltlCB 

urfTPJt a reform thiit hasl)eeii tot) mueh neglected. 

I)oti't fail to read the nrtifle and then live iij) 

to it. 

— . ♦ • — 

LiPK is tlie im'j)nrat.ion day for the eti^mal 
ivAt Iwyond; then make good use of the pres- 
ent. Let your mutivc** be i)UiX' ojid your nets 
noble. Modwty and virtue are priceless gems; 
scc'thutyou poss&M theui. 

Iv yon would be h!iiij>y and enjoy life, look 
I the bright side of tllf pieture. IJe of good 
■'T. it is but a lew steps to the lund where 
iMcs are unkiinn'H. Look nheml; the futiin> 
■1 more value tlum tlie pjutt. 

love and gooil wiKhes throughovitnll the chnrrh- 
cs. We enter upon the work with great«rilil- 
igencc, prai-iag that much good may Iwnccom- 
plished and in the end. life everlasting. 

Eldbb John' Forshy called upon us again 
during the Holidayti, and spent sometime iu our 
Sanctum. On Monday liwt he started for his 
home in Xebriisk^i. expecting to stop in Bhick- 
hawk anil Benton counties, Iowh, to visit his 
hrolhert living tlu-re. and to liibor some in the 
cause of the Master. TniHt his visit may Ije 
plen«aut, and his labors successful. Hia viait in 
inois wiis not ns ph-osant to many as it would 
have been, had the ronds biwn in a Wtter con- 
dition ao that he could have preached more for 
us. We ulways welcome such brethren as Bro. 
FoitNEV among «s. If some of our '" wo«Id-he- 
retined." who shudder and turn the cold shoul- 
der to the name ot " [lioiieer pivHcher," could 
have the pri^-iiege of listening to brother I'ons- 
EY and such men as he, they no doubt would 
conclude that men on the frontier know Jesus, 
and ctui wield the sword of the Spirit ns effect- 
ually n-s " pulpit grammarians." In fnct they 
preach .lesus and the Gospel, and let grammar 
take care of itself: and while we listen to such 
men, the heart get« so full that the head for- 
gets to criticiac. Brethren, when you travel, 
don't forget Illinois utid our otrice here. 

avoid, in many instances, inconvenience an« 
delays. Parties di>ing this will havetheir bus- 
inKss attended to more promptly, and their nr- 
ticles inserts! without delay, if necessary. 

Both brother Moore, and Babhok are often 
called uway to labor in the ministry, and letters 
addressed to either of them would necessarily 
!«• neglected until they returned. Letters of 
eoninninicntion, intended for either of ns lU** pri- 
vate matter only, should ho iiddressed to the one 
for whom they are intended. 

We.-'hould like for all to take notice of this, 
and remember it wlu-u writing to us. 




0\V that the first of the year is past, many 

AiTEii reading Hro. BAenoit's Ilcvlew of Eld. 
nirH.Miusos's objections to Jiiiptium /or ivuiiii~ 
lihni nf shin, m last week's issue, liund it to 
your friends, espeeiully the lulvocates of the 
mourner's bench system of eonvei-sion. 

UnoTJiKit S. Z. SllAltr, of Tenne.'*sce hiL>! prom- 
ised to write n'gulnr fur the Brktiihkv at 
WoKK, imd is expected to furnish a series of 
vnluftble articles. His ex])erionce its teacher and 
raiuistcr, (lunlify him forgiving sojiie profitable 


Uiio. EsiiKLMAN left lust week for lowii, and 
will return sometime during the week. We 
wish him a pleasant trip, for it is at times com- 
forting to get away from the office work, and 
get a little fresh air. When he returns, lie will 
likely have something interesting to tell our 


. ♦ . — 

' OcR readers are continudlly calling for short- 
er articles, saying they are read more, and ac- 
complish more good thnu longer ones. Though 
the present issue sets a very good example 
in this direction, yet we hope to improve 
in the future. Short, well-wrjtt«n articles ai-e 
what we earnestly solicit, and they are usually 
given place in preference to longer ones. 

solicit suhscribei's, supposing that the time is 
over for such work, but we Jiope that our h'iends 
will not think that way, but continue to work 
for the i)aper. and when you meet with those 
who do not toke the BnETimEU at Work, show 
them the i)aper and ask them, " Please let me 
have your name for the paper one year." Sub- 
scriptions may begin at any time, though we can 
still supply some hack numhors. By work- 
ing fiu' the paper during the long Winter 
months, you may be the means of .saving souls, 
and at leiut sending good iiistnictiims to many 
wayward heoi'ts. Try, kind reader, and hee 
what you can do. If you have do extra papers 
to hand to your friends, drop us a card contain- 
ing your address in full ami we will send you 
samjile copies, prospectus, Kc, free. This 
and Fehruarj' arc llie best and most successful 
months to work for a pai)er, as the nights are 
long and all wiint something to read. 

Gather loo, what you can 'tor the Charity 
fund, as there are many members who would 
like to read the Bkkthbkn at Work, but are 
not able to pay for it. llemeiiiher the poor, and 
m-glect not the widows and orphans, for these 
We have amongst us, imd Hhould do them good 
and thus obey a divine injunction. 

THE following from the IfW% Infer Omin 
would seem to indicate an important move- 
ment among the Jews iu the United StMes : 
The Rev. David Hosenberg, of Columbus, 
Ohio, issued aeall for a national convention of all 
Israelites who are now willing to accept Jesus 
Christ as the promised Messiah of the world. 
The objects of this convention will be to form 
an alliance of all the converted Jews and of Is- 
rael throughout the world; to appoint a set time 
to confess the sin of the nation in rejecting 
Jesus Christ; to form a basis for a national ex- 
istence upon the New Testament Scriptures as 
the statute and law of the nation, and to im- 
plore the powers of the world to restore Pales- 
tine to the people of God. The date and place 
of holding this convention will he fixed by those 
In favor of the project." 

The return of the Israelites to their native 
land, is being looked for with much anxiety. 
Since their exile from Palestine, they have en- 
dured sufferings and privations beyond descrip- 
tion; yet amid all their misfortunes God has 
preserved them a distinct and peculiar people. 
Their return to their promised rest and privil- 
eges, will be as life from tlie dead. May God 
speed the time when the land of the prophets 
shall once more resound with the songs and 
praises to Him who doeth all things well. 

J. u. u. 

call, trusting that all will understand 

and Ur 


qiHISyear there is a 
■I- the expiring of Emi 
if the Board of Mana 

acancy occniTiiig by 
ii Ehy's time ils one 
ters, which vacancy 

WoKDS of encouragement flow in from near- 
ly all parts of the Brotherhood, and our agents 
are doing a good work gathering subscribers for 
1878. From many localities, where we last 
year had Init a single subscriber, we are now 
receiiing large lists. And now tliat the year 
lias foirly begun and our readers have grown 
so numerous, we realiw our editorial re- 
sponsibilities more and more, and trust by ihe 
help of our Master to stul out only such mat^ 
ter as will be to the eilificition of God's people; 
the union of our great Brotherhood, and the 
salvation of souls. We trust too that our con- 
tributors will dwell less on the minor dirtereni:e.H 
that may l>e existing among us. and so direct 
their articles as to establish a perfect bond of 

must be filled either by his re-election or tlie 
election of another to fill his place. Each do- 
nor isentitled to one vote for this purpose, there- 
fore those who have do.iated to the As.sociation. 
will Immediately send in their votes to tliis of- 
fice. They may be sent on a postal card, in 
lettei-s or otherwise. In each and every cose 
the donor must give his or her name antl jiost- 
oftice. Please attend to this at once, as we 
should know the result by the first of Febuary. 

The rules of the Associaton provide that the 
one elected to fill tliis vacancy, should he a well- 
established brother, residing in the Northern 
District of Illinois. Each donor will therefore 
be his own judge as to who that brother should 
be. For the benefit of those who are not fa- 
miliar with the workiMgs of the Association, we 
will next week publish their circular in full; 
would have done so this week, hnt lacked room. 

The donors mil please send in their votes 
immediiitely. A.ldre'-s this nfficp. 


pARTIES writing to this (tftice on business 
A relating to the firm; communications. sul>- 
scriptions, church news, orders for hooks, tracts, 
etc., should not address their letters to either of 
the editors individually, but use the firm's name 
of MooHE, Bashor, SEsnELsiAN-, as this will 


IT seems that a raisundei'stauding has been 
attained, regarding the import of what was 
said R few weeks ago, in relation to my name 
having been nsed as one of the directors of the 
missionary movement at Meyei-sdale, Pa., some 
having concluded that lamnot/H^'rf.v^'rfiuanv 
movement outside of ourowndLstrict. Thisview 
of tlie matter is incorrect, for I am hiteretti'ii in 
liny lawful efl'ort put forth for the promulgation 
of the truth, but am not at present connrdfil 
with any movement away from home. 1 do 
not generally engage Iu an enterprise until I un- 
derstand it, neither is it my motto to oppose 
any thine '"itil 1 know that it is wrong. 

It is evident that we, as a people, have been 
too slow In spreading the Gospel — have not done 
.IS much in our own land us ought to be done, 
hut whether the present movement will supply 
the wants in this direction remains to be seen: 
I trust, however that it will, and that it may 
work to the glory and honor of God and the 
salvation of many souls. If the project is a 
good one it will soon be apparent, and there- 
fore I do not want, what I liave said, to cause 
any one who may be connected with it, any un- 
pleasantness, as I did not mean to oppose it, but 
to correct a wrong impression. 

I would be glad to see every lawful mission- 
ary etlbrt succeed, and he a power in home mis- 
sionary work. Though there may be some 
things connected with the enterprise that are ho^ 
fully in harmony with my views of apostolic 
missionary work, yet the confidence I have in 
some of those who are in sympathy with the 
movement, forbid me to act hastely in this mat- 
ter. Hope the readers will not think that I am 
going to oppose a thing before I have time and 
opportunity to investigate its nature and work- 
ings. On last page is given a report of the 
convention. For the want of room it was 
crowded out of the last issue. 

J. H. M. 



S many are continually writing from differ- 
ent parts of the brotherhood, soliciting 
my services in evangelistic work, and my duties 
ami health being such that It is not only impos- 
sible to fill the calls, hut iu many Instances to 
write a satisfactory reply, I take this method of 
notitying all of the possibility of filling their 

fully reconciled. 

My health failing recently, caused many ,,„. 
ises in Indiana and southern Ohio, to ron '' 
unfilled, for the present at least, but will " 
memljer them in the future. AgreeahK 
l»romise. and no hindrance interfering we 
pcct to meet with the church in divine sen" 
at Dunkirk, Ohio, Feb. 14th, at 6:30 p \t' 
will, if health jjermits. remain sometime m tl '< 
port of the State, unless office duties call 
home. Something like thirty calls have b*. 
made in that State, but it will be impossible t 
fill them all. " 

Several lettei-s not yet replied to, will n,, 
receive a notice. Paul Wetzel. Gruudy Cent*. 
Iowa: Cannot possibly come now. Do aotet' 
pect me to come until I say so. as 1 do my on-n 
announcing, unless otherwise .irrauged, accord 
ing to the will of the Master, and from present 
indications I shall have to be careful on account 
of my worn out condition, in making appoint 
nients myself, too close together in time und 
too far ahead. 

Wm. Hertzler, Lancaster Co., Pa. My ^^^.. 
in Pennsylvania will be too short to hold ii 
series of meetings in each of the five charchf's 
your call embraces, hence will wait until thi' 
time I firet wrote you, next Summer or Full, 

Jackson Whitelatch, W. Va.; E. B, Shaver 
Vu.; S. Z. Sharp, Tenn.; Samuel Longanecker 
Iowa; D. L. Heplogle; S. P. Snider; D. NegW- 
Thomas D. Lyon; A. Puterbaugh; Thos. Suy- 
der; Jos. P. Hetric; Lena church. III.; Hi[.| 
Hamilton; Daniel Hardman; I. S. Berltey; E|^ 
Weaver; J. Ilife; J. H. Gish : cannot state anv ilef- 
inite timenow.asto when I can be with you.— 
Calls come to me most every day, and sonietimts 
all say, come soon. T]iis I cannot do. 1 woijij 
like to be able to fill every call that comes, hut 
cannot; even if my health were unbroken I 
could not fill one fifth of them. 

Some ev^n go so far as to send me five dollars 
in the envelope as an inducement to come and 
preach for them, hut as I do not preach for tln' 
"almighty dollar," but lor the Almighty Creat- 
or, that is useless. Yet those who have betn 
thus favoring me, will please accept my warm- 
est thanks for their Christian generosity. The 
raembei-s, where I have been preaching from 
time to time, have manifested great liberality in 
administering to my temporal wants imd ex- 
penses, and I feel satisfied that those who havp 
the Master's cause at heart, will not let thoii' 
suffer who come to labor among them. 

In Ohio, brethren J. P, Ebei-sole and S, T. 
Bossernian will luakearrnngenients, as to whiuli 
cluirehes I am to visit first after leaving Dun- 
kirk. Trusting that we will have the hearty ci- 
operatiou of all God's people in that part of His 
heritage, and that His blessings will attend tlip 
efforts, I look forward with pleasing emotions 
to our meetings there. 


THE echoes of yonr '* New Year's Greeting" 
have not all died away, but some of tlieni 
continue to fall upon more tlian one heart, fill- 
ed with the Image of Him who wils found " in 
a manger." The shepherds who " came willi 
hfLste," greeted the Lowly One, and then weut 
and spread abroa*l what they had seen and learn- 
ed. Such »f'Hw Could not bo locked up— cotild 
not be withheld from nil mm. And nil iheij 
that heard it, wondered at those things which 
were told them by the shepherd (Luke 2: 18). 
To-day wonder and amazement are depicted ou 
the countenances of the great multitude, be- 
cause of " THOSE THINGS." " Those things," 
the wondei-s of the Lord, His pure doctrine and 
its marvelous effects on men and women, cause 
the multitude to wonder. Though God, ht 
more than 1800 yean*, has permitted vast mul- 
titudes to see His living witnesses of the work 
begun in Bethlehem, yet the multitude pref'?'' 
to grovel in sin and iniquity. 

But God be pr.iised, wehave the same Father- 
the same Jesus, the same great Book to lead 

id direct us as all Christians have had. Out 
of the same Well, we draw the " living water. 
From the same store-house comes the living 
Bread. From the same Vine we gather fruit. 
The closet for prayer is the sanu- hallowed pli«« 
as when our Father declared He would meet uft 
there- As men were then fearless in holdi"i 
forth God's truth, so must we be. Policy v.m\ 
say, turn and twist to please men. Principle 



"n. wliflh^r men 
whetlitT they l'orl>ear," 

The news ofCxods mnrvclous doings wa-i 
,pn-,«I ""'f""'* throughout tho then known 
JorlJ. «'"• "" '"'"' '"■ '"**"*" ^'^ C""(Nl for so 
doing- "Those THim.8" were deRign,d to el- 
pTftlf iiift"!'''"'* to a high stmidnrd of divine 
.]I„„,i„ation. and " earthen vessels " wer« chos- 
^to tell it to all nation.. "Truth, aiid peace, 
aod gooti-ffill "—a triinty of virtues reaching 
from earth to heaven. 

jlotsiii'pli" "'"**■ '"' *'»""'y'" 'lear brother, but 
In(ert"''P'"''y^^'" f"lly express it here. While 
othe" nre at rest, editors must think, and write 
j^d arrange, pray and wrestle with God for 
-ace mid judgment, so that His name may be 
lionored and souls saved. Few pei-sonw know 
the weight and responsibility of publishing a 
jeligious paper. Experience alone can give the 
jaiawledge. The man wlio Ihhih it all sun- 
sUiue has got no farther thiui his thoughts. 
Tlie man who craves the position for honor, 
lifls one foot y*^t in the ditch and needs a few 
thorns ill tlie Hesh to help him out. To pul)- 
lish well, a man must stand on the Rock, be 
clothed with God*s mantle, and with tlie sword 
of the Spti-it in the fenr of God, and not of 

True, some may criticise " with undue sever- 
ity." That does not change anything with God. 
Criticism must needs be, that is, tlie criticism that 
flies with dove's wings. Tliat with eagle's wings 
never gets higher than the rocks and era^s. A 
thorn is g*>od for us oecasionally. Paul was 
peimitti?d to be exalted, and that was right; but 
lest he become exalted above measure, a thorn 
WHS given him in the flesh, a messenger of Sa- 
tan to buffet him. So with us. A thorn may 
be uistntniental in doing us good, though it 
come fvom Satan. Thus God turns Satau'.s 
messengers to our benefit. I have long since 
learned not to thorns. But then no 
maa should thrust in thorns simply because ho 
ciiH, but ijL'cause he is assured that Ihe thrust- 
ing is absolutely uacessary for the good of the 
editors. Such, however disagreeable to the 
flesh, are encouraged, welcomed and received 
with due respect, but if any ai'e disposed to 
thrust in clubs merely because they can. they 
ndd nothing to our labors of love, nor make 
ivTons things right. 

To simply conduct a pnjutlar nlurf is an easy 
matter. In such a case, the only thing is to 
cousiilt the pojitihtr ftisto, and give just what it 
calls for. To do this it is not necessary to know 
the mind of the Lord — how " to declare the 
ivliole counsel of God " — haw to *' know noth- 
ing but .lesu.s Christ'and Him crucified." These 
thiags do nut coneem the jiopiilar editor. His 
business is to feel the piihlir jmhr, and run as 
it Iwati. He does not maintain anything par- 
ticuLirly, but is always watching for somethmg 
to men/ or maintui'n htm. He permits public 
sentiiai'iit tu govern Am; he never helps to 
furiu publii- sfiitiment. Infact, he is astraw to 
show what way the wind blows, and not a real, 
live nugget of gold in the great Hou'^e of (iod. 
But to conduct a paper with " the marks oi 
the Lord Jesus " on it, is no child's play. He 
must know God and Christ, and the Spirit of 
Truth. He uiu:*t he firm, for the right imd 
iiiaiiitiiiu it. His paper must, like himself, be 
nuatsuDiing — not mere outward appearance. 
fine print, pretty paper etc, but it must have the 
pains of truth all over and in it. He must be 
«t thoroughly covered with the )w«*-A\s of the 

I toul Jesus as not to allow himself to ever talk 
about his paper being the cheapest, the hnnd- 

I imrst, the hryetit. People know how to com- 
pare with<mt lessons from an editor. Then he 
must nut seek notoriety, and self-distinction. 
It thire be luiy good iu hira, people will see 
"t. He must hf^fmrhsa to t«ll the ivhoJe truth. 
Annod with the strong weapons of God, he 
Kws forth not only to think riglit, but to do 

Your letter is full of comfort. May God 
thrniigb all this year, give all of us grace to do 
our duty in honor to His name. Pray that we 
■""yail draw continually from the well of Truth. 
Should we happen to step over upon the "miry 
•^'"y." c;il! OS hack with a gentle voice, and God 
'^11 not forsake. Peace be with you and all 
'^ats. „. If. K, 


Kisi) words like sunshine, ever enliven the 
''<'Wt, and scatter so- row, leaving only the re- 
"Deiuhraiice of the past, whxh assist in a projK 
^^ -'Ppreciation of the present. Such are len- 
«" wonls from a mother. 


From Jacob Mishlkr.— Last Sunday our ag- 
ed sist*r. Mary Mishler was buried: aged T.'i 
years. :j months and 8 days. She was truly a 
" mother in Isniel." Our series of meetings 
commenced at the same time in the Spring- 
field churL-h. and lasM day and night until last 
evening. We expect to commence another 
series at the same place on the evening of .Tan. 
Ist, 1S7S and continue four days. We have the 
promise of other ministering brethren to be 
with ns. A sister of Calhoon Co.. Mich., at- 
tended our meetings, and says she has been a 
member of the church for three years, but nev- 
er attended a Love-feast and heard but one ser- 
mon by the brethren since she became a mem- 
ber. A few of our members raised the money 
to have the paper sent to her. 

Our home mission in N. B. Ohio is doing a 
good work. There is a small body of isolated 
members in Bellmont Co. This will be a good 
place for ministei-s. traveling on the B. & 0. R. 
It., to stop olF and 'preach. Let liro. David 
Snyder, Wamock, know of your coming.— 
Moifddore, 0., Dec. 2r,, H^T, 

PiiOM J. S. F1.0RV. — Will say, that during 
Christma^i. (before and after) we were with the 
Brethren iu Boulder Co., had a series of meet^ 
ings tliat were well attended. It was remarked 
by one brother, that he wiu never in a church 
district where there was more Christian love 
manifested than among the members in Boulder 
Co. May this one, grand element of peace and 
prosperity ever characterize them! It is our 
expectation to locfite peimanently among them 
at no distant day. 

We have had most delightful weather for 
some weeks, until now we have some little 
snow and colder weather. Whilst we hear of 
so much rain and mud Eiust, wc congratulate 
ourselves on being in a climate where mud 
seldom seen, and the climate so pleasant and 
healthy.— ffj-ce/f I/. Ooh., Dec. .50, JW77. 

From Dakiel ViNlMAN. — After preacliing 
seven discourses in the Baptist church in Ten- 
nessee. McDonough Co., IU.. I left on the 17th 
for Prairie City: was taken about ten miles 
North-east to a school-house on Vinegar Hill, 
where I preached nine times. The .weather be- 
ing sometimes wet. and roads impassable, 
we had nevertheless good congregations and 
much interest was giveu to the Word preached. 
After baptizing those who believed, I went to 
.\storia, Fulton Co., on the 25th inst. Hail one 
meeting there, roads almost impassable, iind it 
is still raining, so I started for home. Ueaehed 
home Dec. 27, after an absence of twenty-seven 
days:fo»ndall well— Virdex, III, Dec )^S, /«77. 

FitoM T. Moitr-AN.— I came to Califoniia in 
ISO" with father and mother; joined the Breth- 
ren, and am now a soldier for Christ. I have to 
go about 40 miles to hear preaching by the 
Brethren. We have a glorious time at our 
camp-meetings on the San Joaquin. I enjoy uiy- 
self iu singing and praising God. I always 
feel good when 1 am with God's people, and I 
am glad liro. Bjishor is coming to California, 
we will all be happy to im-et him. — Aniiorh, 
CnL, Dec, 25, 1877. 

Frosi J. B. Penck. — The churches of Tennes- 
see are in the enjoyment of peace, so far as I 
know, and are refreshed by an occasional acces- 
sion to the fold. When some wandering soul 
returns to God there is joy among the angels in 
heaven and also among the saints on earth. We 
have had most delightful weatherforsometime, 
beautiful, clear nights and bright, sunny days. 
—Limestone, Teiin., Dec. 2n, 1H77. 

Frosi Peter P. Reeu. — This is one of the 
oldest churches in the Stato. The ark of the 
Lord is moving onward. Two have been added 
tu the church the past Summer by baptism. 
Paul may plant and Apollos water, but God 
alone gives the increase. We have four minis- 
ter and six deacons. The Lord bless all HLs 
dear people, and hold them in the bonds of love 
and peace. — Limestone, Tenn., Dec, 15, '77. 

FnoM J. M. Parker. — The great Preacher 
huth said: " ('aat thy bread upon the waters, 
thou shalt gather it aft^r many days." This 
the Ashland church has done, we trust, "in 
faith believing." and are now by the ingather- 
ing of souls realizing that the promises of our 
God are steadfast." Since our dedicatory and 
' Communion services, eight blood-bought sonls. 
some in youth and others in the prime of life, 

h»\-p come into the vineyard of our Master, to 
labor for a pnsa-port through the gat*s into the 
City. For these manifestations of divine grace 
among us, we desire to praise the Lord; for He 
has triumphed gloriously. — Aahlmui, 0., Dec 
2:,, m7. 

Fkom State Ckhtrr, Iowa.— We number 
about seventy memlwrs. The old ship of Zion 
has been sailing along with not the most favor- 
able wind, but still hoi>e that we are Hearing 
the port. With an occa.sional addition to our 
number we feel to tjike courage. Tliere were 
eight added during the summer, all of whom 
were young and seem to be setting a bright 
example. May the good Lord be their Shephenl 
and Guide, and safely land them on the other 

From Noah ICakly. — We love to hear of 
souls returning to Christ, — souls that have 
strayed away. We had no additions recently, 
though we are in peace and union with each 
other. I believe the church would feel very 
much gratified if some of our western brethren 
would come out this Winter and hold a series 
of meetings. We believe there might be much 
good done. The weather is as warm as in 
.\pril, and the roads are cxti-emely muddy, — 
The fniit buds are swelling ka in Spring.— /Jc.-, 
2H, 77. 

From James Y. Heckler.- We have remark- 
ably fine weather. No snow to whiten the 
ground yet, save snow and rain on the 211th of 
November, which melted as it fell. We fre- 
quently see dandelions in bloom. To-morrow 
will be Christmas, and from present indications 
it will be green yet, which, you know, speaks 
well for doctoi-s and undertakers. There is 
much sickness in the land. Scarlet fever, 
measles, diptheria and other complaints that 
flesh is heir to. are prevalent.— 7/«'7fy«ri7/e, Pa., 
Dec. 24fh, l^iTl. 

From J. J. SraEcnTKB. — I hope you may 
continue to hold up the banner of King Em- 
manuel, and ever bo ready to denounce error 
and defend the right. I do not feel able to do 
much of the sowing, but 1 can do some of the 

tervHt to the word preached erer>-where. May 
(be Li>nl give the increate.— ,Voc. '/J , tf<77. 

Fkom TnoMAs D. Lyon- — | commenciil meet- 
ings in the neighborhood of Bn). .lobn Ham- 
harfs near Mahomet. III., on the 7th ot I).-c«m- 
ber. and closed the 1 4th. Ha-l nine meetings in 
all. They were well att*-n.l«l and quite an in- 
terest manifested. While" we visiUJ from 
house to bouse during the day time, forming 
some acquaintances, we were well pleiiw?d with 
the people., found them sociable and kind. On 
Saturday morning. 15th, Ilro. John Bi.nihart 
acoompanied me to the Urbana chureh. Had 
meeting in the evening, and continued till Mon- 
day evening. In con-'jcquenceof rain i.nd bad 
roads, we by aBreenient, concluded to po,tptiae 
the meetings, and I returned home, regretting 
very much that I did not got to we our beloved 
brother and sister, John and Mattie A. Leu-, 
who could not attend the meeting.- //.(//aon' 
///., Dec. 23, IHTi. 

Fkom Jons FrxK.-Aflcr my warmi-«t greet- 
ings of love to yon and yours, 1 wi»h to inform 
you that 1 wish to renew my auUcriplion for 
your paper, which on its forehead. Wars the 
seal of God— "Do the commandments," 

We have pretty hard limes here, having just 
pa'jsed through one drouth, wth ever>- indica- 
tion of another dry year. Many are scared, but 
we thmk that we cannot get along without re- 
ligious lierature. Better have h-«s on the body^ 
and more in the heart. !»oov in purse, but rich 
in grace, is better than treasures of gold.— J?i. 
pon, Cai, Dec. 17, 1X77. 

From C. H. Bawiuvoh. — Amen and Amen 
to the proposition of a more Scriptural method 
of electing to the ministry. The result of any 
method that hi« a sound principle for its basi.-*, 
must be the expression of the i)reponderBnt 
mind of the Body of Chirst. if it is to In- the 
expression of the Mind of the Spirit. This 
presuppose-H the preponderant of the Spirit in 
the heart and life of the luembern, out of which 
the choice is to be determined. HoHiieas gives 
wbidom and discrimination, enabling to decide 
and su'X in exigencies of moment as by an in- 
ward personal whisper of the Holy Ghost. The 

binding. This church, (Middle Creek, Iji.), P^'^y^''^^***'^ '^I'^^^''"*™'"-'' the expression of their 
inimhers tliirty, one preacher and three deacons, 
and at present are progressing finely. We 
need more preaching however, and invito breth- 
ren who travel through here to give us a call. 
We have a good country, and anyone desiring 
to cunie and see it, can address or call upon the 
writer. — AVk' Sharon, la. 

From David Snydkb. — This is a new i)lBce; 
nut many of the people hero ever heard of the 
Brethren until recently. At our series of meet- 
ings the last of November, some few began to 
see the light, and thirteen tunied iu with us to 
serve the Lonl. Hope they M-il! continue faith- 
ful unto the end! — Wnrnock, 0. 

From J. B. Wauplkb.- Since the 2!>th of 
Oct. 1877, seven were added to the number of 
the di-sciples. in the Glade Run district, Arm- 
strong Co.. Pa. 

Since our fii-st visit to the above named dis- 
trict, to serve them in the ministry, (Feb. 12, 
1876,) fifty have been added by baptism, and 
seven reinstated, making in all fifty-seven. May 
the blessings of Heaven attend them and 
all the beloved in the Lord, and ultimately bring 
us all to praise Him, in full perlection in the 
church, triumi>hant in glory. — liurnl Vafleij. 
Pa., Dec. :il, 1H77, 

From Enoch Ery. — We 'had once thought 
we could be ready to return by January, but 
now think the time will be too short, and us 
Sidling is considered rather dangerous in Feb- 
niary and March, we think we shall not likely 
start home before April, especially if a door 
opens iu England so that we can be profitable. 
But if we can do no good, we will not remain 
here verj' long on expense. But more of this 
in the future. 

Latek. — Have nothing of interest this week, 
save that we, iuid all the members as far a.s we 
know, enjoy good health; had fair weather for 
a few days, rather cool, froze enough lust night 
to stop the plough; appeai-ances for snow to-day. 
for the first this Fall. We did not get around 
much this week. Mectiu;,' last Suuday about 
twenty miles ofl", did not go. Bro. Hope, and 
Bro. Eskildsen attended it. The meeting was 
in a new place, report good interest; next Suu- 
day I go South about eighteen miles, prospects 
for baptism: some near the Kingdom, good in- 

personal appropriation of the life of Christ: 
Liml nheit^— whether of these two thui ha*i 
c/iosch" Acts 1:2-1. Although the choice was 
made Ay //j<w, it was no less the choke 0/ God 
through their unity with Him in the Holy 
Ghost. This is what guarantees a Divine call 
to the Apostleship. Of nothing may we be 
more certain than of meeting the mind of God 
in the matter by beinij in Dim in the choice of 
a minister. If the Body of Christ is not all 
a myth— if it be really true that the Church h 
the embodiment of the Life and Love and Wis- 
dom of Jesus, why should wc not be able to 
elect an ambassador who is beyond que-stion 
" in Christ' « stead?" This cannot be done by 
a minority, unless that minority has the cre- 
dentials of superior holiness, and thus a right 
to claim the indisputable representation of the 
mind of the Spirit. If twenty-five souls have 
made selection of a certain brother, and seven- 
ty-five have been 8catt«i'Bd among Urn crc eleven 
others, where is our criterion to determine 
" whether of these twelve the Lord has chosen?" 
If Chrbt is the Heail of the Church, how shall 
it be known that the mind of the Head is in 
the result unless the predominating mind of 
the Body is in iti* There is neitlier reason nor 
Scrijiture to justify our present metho<l of min- 
isterial induction. The sooner we make the 
majority the representative of Christ, the bet- 
ter. A supernatural call apart from the in- 
strumentality of the Church, must be sustained 
by supernatural credentials. Uy the disi>ensa- 
lion of the Spirit, as the ImlwoUer of the 
Church, we are restricted to the influence 
through the ordinary life of the Bou^- of Christ; 
and in choosing a minister, we may not accept 
the decision of the minority unless theSpiritia- 
timutes, outof His veyidar course of operatioH, 
that the choice is His. Where this i..; wanting, 
further efforts are required until the baliuice of 
ihe Body's life turns the scale. 

From Newton Bi,oroH.— On the 19th of 
D<-c., brother Solomon Buekilew commenced 
a meeting with us, and closed on the 2^1rd. We 
had a refreshing season. Kight precious souls 
were made willing to come out on the Lord's 
side: and mimy more we think are countiug the 
cost. Brother Buckalew is devoting the most 
of his time to traveling and preaching. Mny 
God bless his labors and, crown him with 
success. — i>nake Sprin'j Chovh, Pa. 

riii: i>.HKTi-iKK>r ^T work:. 

January i , , 

" iltiit)«D<l*. loTP jwr wif»." 

■ I .Fliir-. |.rr.iuk«nol JO"' cbilitrcn lo "Tftlh- ' 
I .1 your poreou in "H Ihinp-" 

AV//Vr.f hy M. M. Eshehnaii. 

Bm>TnKR, sixter, ««c thiit pence reigns w^'^'* 
jou dwell. 

Now let ua «« how mimy of oiir little frii'mls 
cang.-lu«n (rnbacriber for the mtKTiiiii:N- at 

Ji:sT uow the little bml-«lre«w»« hiive rII fliey 
can do to keep the Inuls from l«irstiiij;tIir'.nRli. 
The warm wenther teniptd them strongly to 
come out. 

In ancient times each family hiul its own 
mill. It consij«ted of two circulnr stono-s. nbout 
the ci?/- of onr common grind stonM, pliiced 
oni- nltHve the otiier. Tlie lower one \\0!> fixed, 
llie iitluT revolvi-d Iiy meiuiB of ii hnndle and 
hi'twet-n the two the grain was ground. 

At thi« time of the year children have much 
time to rend, and as most of tlieni attend 
Bcliool they do read much. Si-e, that what you 
rand will make you better. I'ick out all the 
good and tlirow awuy the bad. Look at .lesus, 
love imd obey Him. God ia quick to reward all 
who di) good. 

The Dible tcUs m of fiery serpcnU. They 
wore SI) cidled on account of their flaming col- 
or. The Israelites were badly bitten by tlieni 
while piwfting through Arabia. A fierj- serpent 
in the form of .-.trong drink is biting thonsimds 
<»f people evrry day. Kvery child ahould be 
taught to abhor it,— not to touch it. 

pAltKVTH should point out to their children 
the evil eflVets of the use of tobacco. Not 
much can be done with older persons who nsi- 
it. but childn-ii whodo not, should be taught 
not tfl use it. We believe ull who use it, 
would advice against any one commencing 
it's uw, for none i-iui wiy it is u niee habit. 
We wero once in the tobacco ranks, but were 
determined to get out, mid did. 

IJno. Michael Gurber wrile-s: " I w<mld sug- (hilt you hftve the Chihlrrit iit Work to 
give the SiTipture timt wa.'* read nt the liwt 
meeting they attended. I do like to have them 
n-member what they hear. Quit* recently a 
IJaptisl niiuiMlei- told me, that in Knghind par- 
ents require their childreu to .ttate the minis- 
l.-r's t^'xt when they come home innii uieetiug." 

Wr accept the suggestion, dear bi-other. and 
hope our young readers will prolit by it. U is a 
blessed thing to rememlier the words of Goil. 
for in >io doing one is always preparud to ward 
i)ir the euemy's attacks. 

Dkoi' melti-d green glass into water, mid it 
will form drops which are called, " Prince Ru)>- 
ert's Drops," They were first brought to Eng- 
land iu the year I«00 by Prince Rupert, and by 
the people were cous^idered "a kind of luiraclo 
in nature." liut a little thought will soon pro- 
duce an easy explanation. Take one ol the 
drops and break otV ever so small a bit of the 
point, aud the whole will at once shiver to 
pieces. The connections of the particleji are so 
slight, that when oneisdisturbed allnreatfected. 
lireak one of the least comunuidmeuts of God's 
Word and its etVect npon you is just the iv- 
veree of nature. The drops lull to atoms, that 
is nature. You break God's law and you will 
full, that is the effect of the spirituid Law. 
when transgix'sscd. 

Is our home free from the storms, frets luid 
worries of life? iLsks more than one thoughtful 
child. Do we find conifiu't and pleasure at 
home? Or must we go to other places f«n 
kindness? Do you hear kind words and see lov- 
ing ffluiles on pn and ma's faces when you romn 
home from sehool';' D" you, my deoi- children- 
Are you kind and good to each other, or are yoi 
ftill of rudeness and stupid? Are, you my litth 
friends? When you see a real home,— a home 
inside as well as outside, you see a light, pleas- 
ant hpot, where every one is happy. do we not? 
In a true homi-. fn-tting, scolding and fighting 
are not found. The sunWama of happine^s 
shine in ev.-ry nook imd corner of a good und 
true home. Then make home pleasant and 
cheeri'ul. Be happy and that will make others 
happy. Keep a sunny temper; and then the 
sunny temper will shine all the brighter. 


SUPPOSKa little twinkling stsir, 
I'p in the deep-bluf sky. 
Should say, " What light e-an rwieh so far. 

From such a star m I i* 

Not many of my feeble rays 

On yonder earth can fall: 

The others so much brighter blii/^, 

/ will not shine at all." 

Suppose a bright, green leaf that gro^vs 

Ujion the rotse-bush near. 
Should say. " Because I'm not a r->se, 

I will not linger here." 
Or thsit a dew-drop fresh and bright, 

Upon that fragrant flownr. 
Should say, " Til vanish out of sight, 

Because I'm not a Rhower." 

Suppose a little child ahould say, 

" Beeause I'm not a man. 
I will not try in work or play. 

To do what good I can." 
My child, each star some light can give. 

Though faintly gleaming there: 
Each rose-leaf helps the plant to live, 

Kach dew-drop keeps it fhir. 

And ourgond Father, up in Heaven, 

Who doth all creatures view. 
Even to every child ha-s given. 

Some needful work to do. 
Kind wonis toward those vnth whom you live, 

Kind wonIs and actions right, 
Shall 'mid the de.-pwt darkness give, 

A pure and lovely light. 

— Selected. 


SEEING iu your excellent paper a few col- 
umns designed for the Home Circle, I 
thought that I. as a mother and sister in the 
household of faith, might !>.• pL-nuifcted to aild a 
mite, well knowing that in that circle much 
depends on the mother. 

A mother hiis much to do in moulding the 
character of her children. They learn to speak 
their mother's huiguage first, and if their homes 
are governed by kindness and benevolence, luid 
the low, selfish passions, arc not allowed to be 
■xercifted before them, they will almost invari- 
ably show the nurture they have received, un- 
less, OS i.s snmetimes the case, that the prenatal 
influences have been such the child's facul- 
ties may have been distorted, so nuieh so that 
it will take im extra amouTit of care and train- 
ing to lead it in the way it should go. 
Seeing and knowing that there are such cas- 
r, how great the responsibility resting upon 
mothers! The future destiny "f nations rests 
upon the mothei-s of our land. But some 
weary, care-worn, well-disposed mothers will 
tm\i: Do fathers have no responsibility? Are 
husbands without a charge in this matter of 
great importance? 

No, indeed they are not. Much more than 
they generally realize, depends upon them. — 
How few husbands, when they iii-st call their 
wives their own, realiw the charge that is com- 
mitted to their care; even men. professing god- 
lines-' often forget it. 

Mim has been set at the head of the family. 
What a po.silion of importance and trust! Not 
only hiLS the woman given hei-self. body t"i»d 
often soul too) to be ruled hy his despotic will. 
She may be his superior in mental development. 
but laekin.ii the will-power which he jjossesses, 
strengthened by the consciousness that he is 
"lonl of ereatir»n," she must yield implicit obe- 
dience, even though her whole soul revolts at 
the idea. 

In very many ways is the husband respons- 
ible for the disposition transmitted to his off- 
spring. Few husbands uudei-staud, or even try 
to understand the deep and tender feelings, the 
keen susceptibilities with which numy mothers 
are gilU-d. and it is through those feelings, that 
he often makes or nmrs the disposition of his 
future soil ov daughter. 

The heiul of the family, as Christ is the Head 
of the church, what an example to imitat*, 
and what on account there will be to render! — 
If husbands would lem-n to imitate their great 
Head more, fewer wive* would feel that their 
path through life had been strewn with thoras 
and watered with tears. But mothers should 
not give up. if they cannot always reverence 
their head: they should try to disehiuge their 
duties in the fear ot the great Hetul of the 

It is necessary tlii;t the mr.ther sbcmid inform 
hei-self on the many duties devolving upon her; 
for in her hand is the training of immortal 
souls. She hiks their earliest and leiidciest care; 
she should have clear and definite idciis of right 
and wrong, combined with lunsiderable forLc of 



eb^iract.r. Hrmne^< enough, that Avhen she 
knows she i^ in tb- right, to stick to it. She 
should have prvtty l.TTge benevolence, which 
\m\mrU kiudne-xs and gen.Toaity to her nature, 
but should be guided by good judgment. 

She should teai:h her wins what true moral 
courage is, and endeavor to learn their weak 
points, and be able to encourage and help them 
to overcome their weaknesses. She .should be 
like the sculptor with a block of marble belore ^ ^^ 

him. He knows just how he wants it to 'oojj i i ^^ad the children's lettei-s, _j 

after it is JUiished. He knows too, that it will | ^.^^ j^ ^.j^^. Summer I go to Sabbatli..»cr? 
take time, patience and skill to accomplish Ins i..,, .„„ i,„„„ „„„„ ;,. Wint^i- I „« ^. ^"H 
purpose; yet this does not discourage him. 
Energy and practice makes one more skillful. 

From Mary Stifler.— All the little bovn 
girU are writing letters, so I giie&H I ni«st\*- 
one too. This is not the finst letter I ^" 
wrote. lam thirteen years old. My c ' 
and mother belong to the church. I \^f^■^ 
en brothers and four sisters living, two deiul " 
!ovfc to *go to church and hear preaehiug i 

f have 

cliuivh near that I 

" An honest man is the noblest work of God. 
and she .should keep this ideal of manhood in 
her mind's eye. not only to be honest in his 
buying and selling, hut an honest purpose of 
doing his duty wherever he is place-l. whether 
it he the highest seat in the government, or a 
do(u-keei)er in the house of the Lord. She 
should try to im uleate high and noble aspirations 
and a tas'te for remling good books, which no , 
parents should neglect to supply their childmi ",' ■ . ,, 

Good and industrious habit* lie at the base of 
all other accomplishments, and whatever quali- 
ties the mother loves and desires to see in her 
husband, she should try to implant in the mind 
of her son, for if he lives, he too is destined to 
become a husband and father. 

I often think there is a greater responsibility 
in raising girls than boys, for upon the iutelH- 
gcnce and virtue of young women, depends, in 
a great measure, the virtue and morality of 
young men. Let the girls show by their words 
and actions that they will not countenance the 
attentions of young men of loose habits, or of 
doubtful morality, and I think that the effect 
would be.that they would at least trv to restniin 
their evil ways and cultivate better habits, and. 
through the influence imd society of women be 
miwie better. 

Iu Psalm 144: 15, we read, "That our sous 
may be as plants, grown up in their youth ; 
that our daughters may be as corner-stones, 
polished after the similitude of a palace." "Our 
daugbtei-b be as corner stones." Does this not 
imply strength and solidify? Woman is called 
the weaker vessel, yet she must be the founda- 
tion of society. Not only must she_ be strnng, 
but she must also be polished, which, I think, 
means a cultivated and refined minj, and adds 
much to the beauty and strength of woman, 
and will greatly tend to increase her influence 
at home and in society. 

L. Weaver. 


A HAPPY New Year to the Home Circle, to 
Grandpa, Uncle Ben, imd all the little 
correspondents! I like very much to read the 
Home Circle, and I expect to see some nice lit- 
tle pieces from you all in the first number of 
the New Year. Last week we did not get the 
paper, mid I was ever so lonesome, until pa 
wrote to the Brethren at Work, and sent us 
one. I rend all tlie letters and they were very 
nice. It seems a.i if I was acquainted with you 
all and would like to hear fi'om you every week. 
1 would like ti> see a letter from some of my 
cousins at Lanark, for I have quite a number of 
lliem up there. 

I was reading in the Bible this uioiiiing 
about a little boy. He was lying in hi-'* little 
bed. and heard some one call him, but he did not 
know where it wjis. When he heard the call 
three times, he knew that it wits the Lord that 
called him, and he said: " Speak, Lord, for thy 
servant heareth." And the Lord told him a 
great many things and he beianie a great 
prophet, and spake many wise things. 

But my letter Is getting too long, so I will 
let you find out who this little boy was. and 
where we read about hiui, and may be I will 
tell you more nbout him in my next letter. 

Cora B. Emmert. 
Sterlitiij, III. 


UnUFFER little children to come untn me. 
n for of such is the kingdom of God." — 
(Luke IS: Irt). Now, dear children, you have 
heard what your heavenly Father has to .*ay 
about you. Now try, and remain good, obey 
your parents when they tell you to do .some- 
thing, don't say. "Let Willie and Mary go," 
but go yourself. Then you will please y 
parents. Be good children, do not fight, Je.^us 
does not like such. Do not tell lies, or swear or 
steal, for that is all wrong. 

J. E. Sprixoeb, 

every day. When you come to Syracuse, co^' 
and see me. 
Syranw, Iii'f. 

From A. J. Robinson.— I am a little Ijoj-^ .^^ 
will be ten yeai-s old in January. I um gjaj"|] 
see your paper open to little folks. 1 ,visli l' 
could write something that would be of yoTi 
interest to them. I have never boon i 
day-school a day in my life. ■ I only go to Sm 
day-school and I can read any piuwage in g|„| [ 
Have started at Genesis to roii,] 
through the Bible, and have got to the lull 
chapter of Deuteronomy. 1 can't write got^i 
enough to write a letter fur myself, and hav.. t,, 
get pa to write it, but I will sign my name my- 
self. Pa is a boot aud shoe maker, and is i,, 
bad health: he is not able to take your pu[^,r 
I wish he wiis; it gives so much good talkuUmi 
Jesus. I want to tell all the yming f.ilks timt 
read your paper, to always tell the tmtli. >;,,, 
er say a had word, don't go with had boys, iinini 
your pa and ma. go to Sunday-shool, go |„ 
church and to prayer-meeting, and say your 
prayers every night. 

Sister Milligan takes your paper and that i, 
the way I get to see it. I can make figutp^ 
and add numbers, and now I will ask the littl,. 
folks a question: What name in the Bilil.: 
spells the same liiiek ward that it does foruani 
by placing the fourth letter before the tttthone'- 
It is a man's name. Let us see who Ciui iiiismT 

]\Jist'r!< Stiithv, Tnin. 

From Minerva Brumbaugh.— />«)■ EJih,:- 
I will try and write a letter this morning. I 
am nine years old. I like to go to ehurdi witli 
my pa and ma. I n-ad in the Fourth Header. 
I read over many letters in the Home Cink 
and I think they are very nice. I wish IcnaLi 
see all the little girls that write for your pyjier. 

lieflfm-fl, Ohio. 

From .Harry Warner. — I like to reuil (he 
children's lettere,and am glud.thei-e aresoniiui) 
good boys and girls that write for a good|)a[ici. 
I go tcr school and try to learn all I can. I n- 
pect to be a man some day, and I woidd tioi 
like to grow up and not have an education. Mv 
teacher says: "Youth is the seed-time of life ' 
We should store our minds with knowNs:^; 
and have our heart full of good thoughts, IIihi 
the Inid ones will find no room. S. H. Biislmr 
was at our house twice when he ]jreached \m 
Hy papa said, he wiis one of the editoi-s of jw 
paper. I like to go to church and hear (luin 
talk about Jesus, and how He bles-sed little clii!- 
dien. I want to be one of Hischildreu. I try 
to be a good boy, hut sometimes I am no! •'■' 
good as I .>!iould be. but hope I will gronbi'ttir 
JLS I grow older. 

Now, if you think it worth while to put tin- 
letter in your good paper, I will write you »"■ 
other letter. 

Ph/inouth, hitl. 

From Andrew Brumbaugh.- /Jwir Editor.- 
I will write a lettt-r for the Home Circle. I ;"" 
eleven rears old. I go to schoni and I Iwru 
very fast. 1 like to go to meeting and hear tli'> 
Brethren preach. I like to read in your m"' 
I send my love to all the little folks. 

limi/fiml. Ohio. 

From Ida B. Grove. — I have been reading n' 
your excellent paper, aud saw, you reciU''-" 
the young folks to write for the Home Cir<'|'- 
I thought I would be one to fulfill your req"''- 
I am young in years, but have come out troni 
among the world, and am now trying to *'"''' 
tb- Lord. I will also try to obey my pM^" ' 
in everything I can. . 

1 was hai.ti/ed in September, and ever m" 

I have tried to be faithful to the Master. ' ■ 

I love my bretlin--u; 

but fouvtoeu y 



sisterMm.l and will try uiul ^ » j 
gh-Uo the, ..ill l.nv me. 1 W" «■'"" "^|°.( 
<leiir scliool-iimtes who are jct mil ot the^ ^^^ 
safctv. will give their henrls to Iji" • ^^ ^^ 

I low "'>' 

oitt-e ill their conditiou, but now 
chiiuged und hope tlic.v will to"- • '_ jj. 
teticlier iind school-mutes, Mid you. luy" ^^,, 
tore. I hope you will pniy for im' <""' 
ever prove faithful. 
Sliiirtlltjit, 111. 

^^^"^ " A LETTER, 

, -OUK l"n? '""' '"tt'iesting U-tWr reached we 
I .,b..ut » week ugo. I wouKl 1,0 yh«i to 

/^,.vo.i o^'^- "'" t'-!";^" l^"sth. but am tooweuk 
I , 'iv I w'^''- ''"'"' "'" Pf«i*8«re of other cor 

'".' ..n.lo.H.--, «hi<Tli .leiuaiul the fir^t .ousidc-n.- 

Mo.. 1* ^'"^ ^'"■'' '" ' ^ '"^'"'^ *** "'^^t vuur 
lui"^ "* '*"'"*' *^"*"'''^ ^'"'^' ""•' *•■>■ t" prespiit n 
'■■ ,[,o,ights tliivt may apppiir of a little 

A 'I" WOlUv. 

;ii;,-meiil.even if I saiisty you not 

on tho 
topic yau desire elucidated. A great 
Jj,] snlf "111 wiilt is assigned yoii, in" which you 
jiiive more hope of all needed uid from God, 
,[^,„ ot" Muccfss with a sill-blasted. Eiii-blindod 


I, vou relate yourself rightly to Jeaus, 

j,^, ,vili i-^'nte Himself rightly to you. We need 

iint:-in'pIy.'lilig'-»Hy to search the Scriptures 

,,| till oiii" q'i'ver with arrows from God's ar- 

luoi?. l»'t ^^^°''^ '^'^ '^ '^^ "ecessary to "Crucify 

^i/flesli with tlie affections and lusts," «o that 

,„,ni be made tor the Holy Ghu?.t to wield the 

iittriid which we gather for our work. An 

,i,iMibrl!ieil temper, a single domiuiint element 

„| nur Irtllen nature, a single ruling world-made 

j„,l,utv. shuts out the presence of God, and 

lompplii' us to labor in our own strength. Small 

opiitiH liilly possessed by the Holy Gliost. will 

HUOUM'li"'^ ""''■^ *^"'" '^"^s"**- t'»au great gifts and 

jtqiiirerifuts under the dominion of arrogance 

,n,l splf-depondence. Deal honestly with your- 

j.|t iii'l your Gud, and thr-n hope for great 

tiling'- '^ne spaik of fire from the Brazen Altar 

mil Kiii'lle a Ingher and brighter Hanie for Jesus, 

til HI .1 whole volcano full of glowing ferren 

gntten from the heart of natural reason. The 

altar was built by imtn, and of Cfiitiinon mafn'inl 

but under God's direction, and kindled from 

iilxnr. Take the first and shape your ministry 

hy it, mid you will be gloriously blessed with 

[jre^eiit exaltations in Christ, and with a golden 

iiarvest. for the Celestial Garner. We cannot 

Impe too largely when we hope in the infinite, 

eitliaiiatles-s Jehovah, but this hope has holiness 

fur itt( condition. That minister who makes his 

life the duplicate of the ( 'ro.w, will have the Crit- 

cijifil iii the power and crown of liis life. To 

1 jouls for Jesus, we must iviu them by Je- 

, and this requires that we be a land of sec- 

oiulhnnd Jesus ourselves, 

C. H. Balsbaugh. 
Xoveiiil'iT 4th. 1^7. 


I WILL inform the nnmy readers of the Bbeth- 
iiKX AT Work, that.we, the Brethren of 
Ihi- Willamette Valley chureh, Oregon, are in 
usuiilliiMltli. thank God. We have had unusual 
net weiitluT this Kail; roads very bad, markets 
godil; still trying to serve the goml Lord. Bro- 
ther David Karly. of Lima. Allen Co., Ohio, ar- 
riti'ii ht're on the 5th of this month, to see us and 
iitry, and preached some, which gave us 
luiiih iiicounigemont. He also purchased a 
liinii adJDiniiig mine, expects to start hack to 
"lim tii-nmrrow and bring his family out here 
ii«t Siaiiig. May the good Lord speed and 
K^'-'ct him on his journey. 

There isiilenfy room here for more Brethren, 
"f luuch desire for them to come, especially 
lalipiriii^ hrethivn. Here is a Macedonian call, 
come „vur Brethren, and help us. There are 
pri'dous suiils licre starving for the bread of life. 
r fiebl is very large, nuuiy more c;dls than Wf 
Mn i-'oiMply with. X have promised to i)reaoh a 
fnioii ill the (Jerman language, on the coming 
Ciiristiiias day. With kind regards of brother- 
ly Iwc to all, I will close, hoping that the Breth- 
r^'i ''V'-rywhere will be earnestly engaged in 
' ir I'HiiiIf. 

Your* frHterually, 

Daviu Bhowkr. 
'^"^nii. Mnvion Co., (M'/un. Dfi:?(ltli. 1X77. 

From elder samuel Murray. 

I ^f HT «ith the Hi-t'thren. in the Middle Fork- 
■l ^Vilil (.'at district in Clinton Co., to lu.ld a 
'1 meetings. Conienced on Monday 
ev^uinntln-lTlh of December, prejichod eight 
J'^'.'', IVeaehed only of evenings, e-tcei.t 
'-ly- The result was eiifht baptized, and 
^nny iiioie almost persuaded to he Christians. 
p"iti the interest manifested, we were sorry to 
/'"'^ llie place, but according to promise, we 
"l ,/'.' '*'.''^^- "^^'^ lii"l promised the brethren 
.''""vi..\v, to meet with them the day before 
"iMiiKLs. nnd continue over New Year, but 

.-- „ aiiiimtipr >imri>;ii »1... ....J ..^1 :i i . .. . _.. ., . .... .1 • "-•■»■"'" "*i 


wouM l,a>v brought o„i« „ „„„Wr ,„„,. i„ u„. , „„d yot it »ouUl throrr ll,„,mml. of ,loll»nT,;. | ™«1, 

sermons with 
nt'ver heard from hii 

1 W^tl,;*.! "■--■"-■"■ — ""< ""'I "nayoT II would tiirowtnoimmU of dollars 
minWc;n,.„„dt„n,"y ;;:;hnh!;:h\tf'::!l!r''7^^^^ '.■^'"'^' """ -'•■'Wi„g|.„„.„..„.^,i,K..,l,. rep..,,,.,, 

.wl alive to tW cmK of the Master a, thev 
»I,o,.Mbe: that the love nf money is the root 

or all 

mtii-h power, 
, l-t..n-. He 
■ ■ ;iHii l<;4pti<lRl 

.'■■■- ■> th.d 

. . money is the root 

"f. > . "■, "^'*'»" (io they remember that 
Ood loveth a cheerful giver." or they would 
be more fr.e to iLHsi^t the poor br<.ther in his 
temporal affair,, so that he could devote more 
ot his time to prem-hing the wor.1. and saving 
sonls. I w;w at a church meeting not loilgsince, 
where a call waa made, for means to support the 
boutherii mission : quite a number of tho wealth- 
iest members, refused to give, saying, they were 
opposed to miwionary work. Where a man's 
treasures are. there will his lieart be also. May 
the Lord pity and help us all. 


BionrtCs f'm-A-, Iml.. Ihc. :^\ih. /,s77. 


Detfr Fripml : 

I CALL upon yon. without over seeing you. 
as I believe you and your co-partners are 
doing a good work through the instrumentality 
of your valuable paper. I have been well 
pleased with the missionary efforts made by you 
and your brethren, although T was greatly dis- 
appointed when I heard that the brethren, who 
traveled through Cimada.had been within about 
twenty eight miles of Clarence, and did not come 
and see us. If any of your brethren come so 
near again, come and see us; I am sure they 
would be welcomed, if they would stop. I 
think there is a good field in this place for mis- 
sionary labors. 

The harvest truly is great, and the laborers 
are few. Go on. friend Moore, in the good work, 
and may the Lord reward you witli a crown of 
glory in heaven, is my p'rayer. 

Yours in Christian Love. 

Thomas Lewis 

Chrencf Center. N. Y.. I),r. 2:i, 1S77. 

,,,.,,. - 1 — ■■ — . guve eaeh item in 

.-<!. and scattor the doctrine of the Brethren all «1I conld undervl;u.d him 1 
over the land; bwild churehes, et«. If this grpg« small velaK, 
meet« your approval, brethren, write it up. made on nil pr-H'tit.' We 1, 
if not. -show your contempt for it. by let- may U xpared to p«..ach J.-sus ui.U uiU.;-. m. 
tmgit alone. that they may U- e«u.truim.l to *ay: "ke 

We close our remarks by asking iin intervit ' here is wal.r, what doth hinder me to be bub- 

tized.' *^ 


*''"Mve got to Edna, we found they had post- 

I '"'^'^ Hie meeting on accoiintof had roads, and 


• learned this, we were 


I PRESUME the brethren and sisters would 
like to know on whom they are bestowing 
their charities when they send their money to 
us, to assist in building a house of worship for 
these strange brethren and sisters, of whom 
they know nothing. About seven years ago. 
'21st of last Sept. we landed in this county from 
Kosciusko Co., Ind, found nine members in the 
western part of Adams Co., twenty-two miles 
Kast of this place. Bro. Christian Haradcr 
preached occasionally for them ; he having the 
oversight of this congregation. By Bro. Hara- 
der's consent we went to work and did the best 
we could, he coining over occasionally and en- 
couraging us by his presence and f'atlierly admo- 
nititm. Having just been called to the ministry 
before leaving liid., we were inexperienced in 
everything pertaining to the niini-itry and 
church government, however we held our reg- 
ular meetings, with oppositon on every side. To 
day we number litty-five. Eleven have moved 
to other parts of the country. Four have gone 
to their reward. Five have returned to their 
wallowing in the mire. 

Every Sabbath, and during five mouths, com- 
mencing with May, we have preaching twice 
each Sabbath, and during Winter, preaching 
every Sabbath evening also. 

Every Thursday evening we have social nieet^ 
ings. conducted a.s tbllowa; Opened by singing 
luid prayer; then the rejuling of a chapter which 
is always selected by some member at the pre- 
vious meeting. Then follows exhortation by a 
number of the bretlircn and sometimes sisters. 
The brethren taltw U[) a portion of Scriptun-. 
read and speak upon it: then close by singing 
and prayer. The very best of feelings prevail 
at all our meetings; we often weep and rejoice 
together when we hear our members talk of 
their trials, their hopes, prospects and determi- 
nations. We believe our social meetings ac- 
coiii]ilish much good. There seems to be a 
growing interest on the part of the members 
and othej-s; congregations are increasing. Wi 
hold social meetings at the houses of thi 

We have a church treasury for home purpo.'f- 
es, imd it is remembered at all our council meet^ 
iugs. that each member cast into the churcli 
ti-easury as they feel the Lord Inis prospered 
them. We have another contribution for tlic 
poor fund, orghurch purposes generally. For 
this purpose every member pays five cents every 
six months. The amount thus collected is sent 
to the /'. C. office to be used as they think best. 
This last contribution we have adopted as a 

in the prayers of all the brethren and siatcnj 
that we may continue faithfid until death. 



-I'lHN \. SnA 

From Ualioniet* 111.— As wc rend your 
good paper, filled brimful of good news, we feel 
to thmik God mid take courage. We are still 
trying to do the best we can in the Master's 
cause, though it be but little, and the Lord will 
bless every lawful effort put forth for the imme 
of Jesus and His precious Word. We have IV- 
gular meetings the second and fourth Sunday 
of each month, 

1 am alone and have all the work to perform. 
and many calls go unfilled; get discouraged 
sometimes, then some good brother comes in to 
help us. 0! what encouragement when breth- 
ren come, filled with the spirit of love to cheer 
us up in our Christian warfare. This truly was 
the case a few days ago. when Bro. Tliomas D. 
Lyon came to visit and preach for us. We nev- 
er saw Bro. Lyon in a better spirit for speaking. 
He preached nine times at the Brick School- 
bouse to large and attentive congregations. 
We truly appreciate his labors and think hi 
has laid the foundation for a good work. Tliis 
I think is very necessary iu a place where we 
expect to buiUl up a church. We want the 
truth, imd the whole truth, and nothing hut 
the truth. 

We did not have the plea-snre of seeing any 
come out on the Lord's side, but were maile to 
believe by the many expressions of love from 
the iieople. that our ettbrts will be crowned 
with success in the sliort futui-e. Hope the 
Brethren will remember us. as they travel from 
place to place. We live fifteen miles North- 
west of Champaign City, on the Indianapolis, 
Bloomington and Western H. H. Brethren 
mshing to locate in Central Illinois, can't go to 
a better country than here. Sto|>, and make 
this your home. May God bless the Biiethrbn 
AT Work ! 

John Barnhart. 

Der. 2:1, 1X77. 

From Atirelia, la.— Inasmuch as we like 
to read church news, I thought, 1 would send 
in a brief account of our meetings here, in 
Cherokee Co., Iowa. Bro. Marcus Fowler cmiie 
to us Dee. 7th and commenced aseriea of meet- 
ings in the evening of the -Sth. Continued 
meetings every day. up to the 18th, (some day 
meetings) with good success. On the 14th, one 
sister came forward to be received. We went 
to the w.iter where she was buried in the liquid 
grave, and rose again, we trust, to walk in new- 
ness of life, and on tlie Kith (Lord's day) thrive 
moi-e precious sool-^ came fbrwanl. and, upon 
their confession were bapti/.ed, making four 
more to swell the ranks of the army of the 
Lord. The Brethren were much encouraged 
and built uj) in the inner man, and manyothei's 
seem to bo counting the cost, some expressing 
themselves about reiuly to come out on the 
Lord's side. 

So you see the great wheel of salvation is 
moving on even in our rather isidated country 
We have meeting to-«lay and that will etos. 
Bro. Fowler's labor with us. when he leave-* for 
another fiehl of labor in Chickasaw Co. May 
the Lord go with him, and muy hiH labors be 
crowned with success in winning aoul.* to Cnrist, 
and his eflbrts be fruitful in Imilding np the 
cauHC of our Master in its primitive ptirity. 


Prom <>osIi^ll, lull.— Our church is nt (hii 
time in a healthy condition. We had meeting 
on Lord's day. the %\\-A. Bro, Jacob Delp wjl* 
with us and luvachud. On Monday the Ll-ith, 
we had church council and felt that the Lord 
wjis with us; and on Christmas day we had 
meeting iigain in the forenoon and also in the 
evening. Our ministerial force was enlarged on 
Christmas by Ihe appearance of our dear broth- 
er Frederick P. Loelirfroin Biooniingdale.Mich.. 
who ix still holding forth the words of Eternal 
Life to a perishing world, and isdoin^ what his 
Ma.ster has commanded: " Go, intiich my Gos^ 

E. i'. 1'effi.y. 

Dte. Sif, 1X77. 


Ob.tuMiM should bu brief, wrilUn on but on« it<lf of th* 
pupcr, KQil Repnrnto from »11 olbtr bu>inua. 

HAUN'ISH.— In the Antioch chnrch, Ind., on 
the Vlth of March, sister Eli/jibeth Marnish. 
in the 37th year of her age. 

LEEDY.— In the name church. Nov. 10th. 
1877, sister Emma Leedy in the 20th year of 
her age, 

BIGELOW.— Also ill the Antioch church. Aug. 
2,5, IS77. Bro. Noah Bigelow in hi» 22nd 
year. Disease consumption. 

McINTYRE,— Also in the same church of con- 
sumption, on the 11th of Nov. 1877. brother 
James Mclntyre in his *J4th year. 

M. Bailkt. 

DILLING.— In the Cerro Gordo dmrch, Piatt 
Co., III., Dec. 7, 1877, agea 57 years and 18 

He united with tho church in 1843 and 
served as a deacon U years. He fiiiured quite 
prominently in the early history of the church 
in Champaign Co., III., and for many yean* wim the 
most intluontial man in that part of the coiin- 
trj-. The sister ha.t lost a faithful husband, the 
children an affectionate father, and the church 
an able counsellor. Diseiue, typhoid fever. — 
Funeral services by Eld. David Frantz. 

A. B. SsinER. 

MEYERS.— In the Falls City church. Neb.. 
Eld. Henry Meyers, aged 80 years. 9 days, — 
Funeral services by Jonathan Lichty and 
C. Forney, from Rev. 22: 5, 6. 

W. W. MiLLEE. 

MOVER.— Near Shippach, Montgomery Co.. 
Pa., frieud John Moyer, aged 77 years, 11 
months and 8 days. Funeral occasion was 
improved in the interest of the Menuonite 

Jaubs Y. Hbckleb. 

WEAVER.— In the Orrville church, Wayne 
Co.. Ohio, Dec. 20, 18T7. Lizzie Jane, daughter ■ 
of friend Jonathan Weaver, aged S years. 10 
months and 24 days. Funeral di^counie im- 
proved liy the writer, from 2nd Kiugs 4: 26. 
D. M. Ibvis. 

HORNISH.-Ida, daughter of John and Ere 
Hornish in Poplar Ridge church. Defiance 
Co.. Ohio, of diphtheria, December 7, 18T7, 
aged 1 year, S months and 28 days. 


AKERS.— In the Rod; River church. Ashton, 
Lee Co,, 111. our beloved sister Harriet Akers, 
aged 61 years, C months and 4 days. She 
suffered over two years with thedropsy. 

S.viun A. Daobtt. 

FUKRY,— In the Yellow Creek chureh. Bedford 
Co., PiL, Dec. 8th. 1S77. Eld. Leouanl Furry, 
aged 71 yefors, 4 months and 23 days. Dis- 
ease, jellow jaundice. 
He Icavesa jiorrowing wife, three children, 
twenty -^even grand-children suid U'n great- 
grand-children to mourn their loss. Five chil- 
dren, four grand-chi!drt?n. anil one grcat-gmud- 
rhUtl liave precedi'd him. II- -rved in tile 
HiiniBtry 2<i years. II « was ii'l.-.h'nI with oil 
in the name of tile l.ord ju>t '.'■■' weeks pre- 
viomi to his death. Funernl oc.';i»:ou improved 
by the Brethren from Phil. I: 21. 

H. Z. Replogls. 

HIGHBEA.— William, sod of brother and sis- 
ter Highhea; aged 12 yeant 5 months and 20 

NOFFSINGER.— Samuel, son of Henry and 
Anna Noffsinger, December 23. 1877. Aged 
28 years, 8 months and 27 daj-s. Funeral 
services by the writer and other brethren. 
SiMOS Loxo. 

SHOWALTEU.— Died in the South Waterloo 
churv.-h. Dlackhawk Co.. Iowa. September. 8th, 
iS7T. PhelK- Showalter, aged 73 years, 5 
mouths and 3 daj-s. Funeral Advices by 
Eld. J. A. Murray and othersfroin Rev. 14: 13. 
E. Showalter. 

a^HP: liREXHRE^r J^rv avokic. 

January ^^j 


iir*,lalr, Somrr*6l County. I'a.. Df^^inber 4(A. 
awl ^th W7. in rfjiporue to a eall tutud by 
Uofcar'l Miliar and ofUrt htUraUd in oroamt- 
iny an fffort to uUnd the borders »/ Ifir. Churc/i 
of the Jiiethrm. 

The riioctiDB wiw called toordcrby Kidcr Jimies 
Quu.ur..f Hmitii-gdon Fa., and ufu?r dcvotioDiil 
cxcrci«-^. thfi tomtiiiUecoiJ programme, ai'pointfd 
byii i>n-Iiminarv .nr>clii.),' ihe |>rr-\ioui- cvcmiig. 
annoim.v.l tin- t'ollowinj,' """"^ «" U;mp<.r«ry orti- 
c«n. : H. It. Bniuibautfh of Huritiiife'don, I'll.. Cimtr- 
mait, uiid K. L. Y'Kler of ilndiaonburg.Oliio.bec- 

On niolion the t«mporary officers were elected 
to act durinc llic meelius- of ihe prmnt conven- 
tion. The pMliknt m-xt called on Hro. Huwftnl 
MilK-r of SaIi>I'iiiy. I'u.. to «UiU- ihe object ot tho 
consv'ntion, wh.. exj.laiucd ihe object l« be. U^ more 
organic our prcwnt mistioii service and showed 
the iii»'<'»-«Jty for h« iloju;,'. 

Tlip itri.j,'r«ininc ii8 nmiotiiiccd by thecommitt*© 
wa* then iicUid upon an follows : 

Ul. Naminft of tho orKftni/jition. Btmlvcd : 
Thut ««-■ this duy organize " The Brethren'* Cburcli 
Kxl'-ruioii Uninn," and ibal wc do cordially invite 
all br.-thn!n and wVtn to cu-opemte with us. 

2nd. Tho followiuR committee wiw annoiincud 
to report condidat«fl for pcnuantnl orguuimtion : 
John Wine, P. J. Hrown, J. P. Hetric, Jftc. Con- 
ner and S. C. Kcim. Bro. Wit,o not beiug present, 
A. J. Sk-rling wua nuniinaU'd to take Ida pliice. 
Tho corninitU-r^ reporU-d immediately, ond Ibeir 
report wan acccpled. 

3rd. The foilowinj; ipieation wim on programme 
for disciiMioii ; Shall wehiivo a board of dircctr 
ont? After di-ciif«lon il wiL^* 7?fWiPC(i .- That we 
have a hoiird of directors composed of one mem- 
ber from each church di^lricL 

4lli. Heading of lutl«r8 addressed to tUo Con- 
vpnlion. lycllero were mid from C. H. Ualabaugh, 
Julia A. Wood ami D. C. Moomftw. 

The remainder of the aflenioon stssion wasspent 
in cleelinL' diri't-tors. Adjourned until 8 o'clock 
P. M. 


Klerlinn of directors was concluded. The (!il- 
lowin;; lomniiiiui' wii* then nppoiiiled to define the 
diilic-s of till- -liri'dont to which wasallerwards a.*- 
signid ihc rtdditiunal duty of defining tho duties 
of all Ihcoilim.-. Jum^H Quinkr. H. R. IIol- 
fein^'cr. Howard Miller. Convention adjourned till 
at-xl morning, 9 o'clock. 


CoDveation w:i« called to order and proceeded 
to hear report 00 definitions of duties of uflicers. 
The followiuf; was read and nJopted by the con- 

Definitions of tho Duties of the permanent offi- 
oea'of the Church KxtenBioa Union. 


Isl. They meet on 8u(urday preceding the 
A. M,, at such a ]daee aa may be louud convenient. 

'lw\. Du(ies. — They shnli assume a ccueral nd- 
viaory iiver.-it;lil of thealliiirs of the Union, and 
MJiall hold ihc purmancul ofHcenii l'c^'puut)il)lc for 
thi- tiiilhliil jH'rlornmnce of tbcir duties. And 
they (tho board J i<hall have presented a report of 
the financial and moral condition of the aaairs of 
the Union at each regular meeting. 

To receive and receipt for all money received. 
He sbiill pay out money to persons presenting or- 
ders, mich ordei'e to be jjroperly iiigned by the 
Prctiident, and attested to by tbc tiecrctury and 
ebull at all linie.i have bis books opcu to iuspcetioii 
or prnof; iind shall prepiire uu uunual report for 
the board "f Di leetiin-s. There shall be atpiarter- 
ly repi.rl ol ilir liuanci^ scut to tho church iiapera 
forpiiblicaliou. All letters coutaluing money to 
bu scut to llio treasurer. 


Ist. All corropondencu shall be attended to by 
the Secretary, to nlioiu nil communications re- 
apectin;; the business of Ihc Uuion shall be ad- 
dressed, excepting Icttei-^t coulaiidug money. 

2nd. Tu keep an accurate uccuunt of the work 
of tiie Union. 

3rd. lie shull take the field jiersonally; do all 
he can to hnvfully and houotably ntlvancc the in- 
tercTta of the Union. 

4tn. He shall represent the interests of the 
Union to the congregations he shall visit, 

5th. lie shall make hi.-« annual report to the 
board of Diroelors. 

(itli. He shall receive a just compensation for 
his service:!!, and necessary expenses shall be defray- 
ed. All money to beseul to the Trea.siirer who 
shall return the -tender his veceipt. He sliali re- 
port to the Disbursing Committee the work that 
require? attention us occosijn demands, and shall 
report progress iu cliurch work ijuarterly, 


1st. Slinll have power to fill miuisterial vacan- 
cies as far as it deems advisable and resources per- 

2Dd. Thii committee shall cend out only such 
men as minister mi&siunarius or laborers iu the 
church field as shall represeut ihu tcachiugj, faith 
and general order of the Brethren's Churcii, 

3rd. They shall conform to the cstabliiibed or- 
der of the Brotherhood iu regard to going into the 
territory over which a regularly orgaaizod churcli 

4th. Tliey shall direct the expenditur&i of 
moner in defraying the expenses for services iu 
traveling and iu sending out laborers: 

5;h. Thcv shall fix tbc compcnwition of those 
ennngrd in i'hurrh ^trvice. 

(lib. Three shall coaftituten quorum of this 
committee, Bnd shall tranwict businwoin the nee- 
oMtry or voluntary absence of the others. The 
committee shall all receive due notifications of pro- 
jKwed meetings. 

president's duties. 

The President shall up<>n occasion, call meetinga 
of the Union, and preside over them as its chief 


ReMolved: That the present officers hold llieir 
offices from Ihe present date, until one year from 
next Annual Meeting. 

Hewlred: That an auditing commilUe of three 
bf appointed by the <lirecU)rj from their number 
to audit the ncciiunts of the Church Extension 
Union, each yar and to present the result to its 
regular Annual Meeting. 

Hetohal: Thut the proceedings of this meeting 
be sent to "ur jienodicals for publication. 

Retohed : To call a meeting of the Board of dis- 
buraementi? and appointwcnts to-day in tbc absence 
and without uoiibcalion of Bni. Meyers. 

Rexalvcd : That the sistere be authorized to co- 
operate systematically and that workers among 
them may be appointed by the Secretaiy where it 
will cause no disturbance. 

Rt-goh'cd: That this meeting tenders its thanks 
to the brethren and sisters and friends of Meyers- 
dale, and vicinity, for the hospitality offered to 
those attending the ineetii4g during it sessions. 

The following are the names and addresses of 
the officers of the Union: 

President, James Quinter. Huntingdon. Pa. ; 
Secr«turv. Howard Miller. Elk Lick, Pa. ; Treas- 
urer, J. \>. Livcngood, Elk Lick, Pa. 


James Quinter. Huntingdon, Pa.; Grabill My- 
ers, Kldorndo, Pa. ; Jos. W, Beer. Huntingdon, 
Pa. ; A. iT. Sterling. Masoutown, Pa. ; Jonathan 
Kel.-o, Elk Lick. Pa. 


S. Z. Sharp, -Maryaville. Tenn. ; D. C.Moomiiw, 
Bhicksburg. Va. ; .L J. llorshbarger. Cross Keys, 
Va. : Sol. Buckalew, Clifton Mill. Va. ; J. D. Tros- 
tie, Liugniuore,Md. : Jeremiah Bucchly, Accideot- 
Md. ; J. T. Meyers. 1012 Marshall St. Phil'a.Pa,; 
.SiliLS C. Keim, Eik Lick, Pa. ; P. J. Brown, Con- 
's, Ohio ; Geo, Wine, Covington, Miami Co. O. ; 
K. Wnghtsmnn. South Bead, Itid. ; Heil Hamil- 
ton, Ervin, Howard Co,. Ind. , John Melzger, Cer- 
roG.)rdo, III. ; G. Krumbaugh. Grafton. Pa. ; E. K- 
Buechly. Waterloo. I'twa ; Samuel Longanecker. 
Panoru, luwa; D. D. Sell, Platuburg, Mo. ; J. W. 
Stein. Newtouitt, -Mo. ; C. Forney. P'alls City, Neb. ; 
.lames L. Swit^er, White Rock. Kan. ; F. P. Loehr. 
Bloumiugdate, Mich. ; J. S, Flory, Greeley, Colo. 
Joseph Ogg, Granger, Minn. ; Israel Poulson, Rin- 
gocs, Hunterdon Co.; N. J. ; David Brower, Salem, 
brci^on ; E. Heyser, Madison, Georgia ; Geo. 
Wolfe, Lathrop, Cal. ; Garrett Baily, Miller"? 
Mills, N. C. 

E. L. Yoder, Sec'y- 
Ma.idenahuT(j, Ohio. 


Rrpori n/ Sunday School Confermce of the North- 
ern Divtrirt of Indiana, hrJd at the. Union 
OiuTch, Marshall Co., Ind., Dcr. 7/A 1877. 
Conference was opened by singing the 283rd 
hymn. Exhortation and prayer by Bro. P. It. 
Wrightsman. Reading of Isl Tim. 2 chap, 
and the minutes "f former sessions. In the ab- 
ence of lim. .facub Berkey. President of the Con- 
vention, Bri). P. It. Wrightiman was chosen pm 
(ail. who made some very appropriate remarks 
ami declared the meeting open fur further business. 
It was uioiinned and seconded, that we first recon- 
ii<lcr the work of the previous meetings by sec- 
iims, and adopt, modify or amend as the Confer- 
!nce assembled, deemed proper. The motion car- 
ried, unanimou.>dy to reconsider. 

Tbe President jiroceeded to read Sec. Ist of for- 
mer rules and regulations. After some consider- 
able debating an amendment was oHered by W. G. 
Citok and it carried unanimously. 

Sec. 1st. Rexolved : That the school shall elect 
their own oHiecrs, electing only brethren or sisters 
as far ae practicable. 

See. 2ud read, after which a spirited discussion 
took place for some time, (here Bro. lieiler moved 
that no one be permitted to speak more than twice 
the same subject, and only fifteen minutes at 
each hearing. Carried,) finally Bro. Cook otTeied 
an amendment which wa^ read and unanimously 
adopted as follows ; RMolvtd : That every school 
shall be opened by singing and i)rayer, and read- 
ing of a dmiiter out of tlie Bible, and to be closed 
with prayei when pleaching does not follow soon 

Sec. 3rd read and passed unanimously as pre- 
viously adopted, OS follows, Rcsolred: That the 
school shall be I'ormed into classes, and read out of 
the Bible or New Testameiil, reading the books 
tbi-ough when commenced. 

Sec. 4th pa.ssed without discussion ; stands as 
follow*s : Resolved: That each teacher shall ask 
iiueslions from the Scriptures read that duy, and 
there mar also be general questions asked by the 
5th. Original re.<4olutiun stricken out. 
full. Resolution read and adopted without ameml- 
ment, as follows: Rr^olvud: That the doctrine of 
the Bible shall be defended by the teachers of the 
school, and that iu its purity, against opposition, 

7l!i. Read and discussed for some time, when an 
amendment was oflired by liro. J. B. Wrighl-sman, 
which passed unanimously as follows: Whereas 

we believe in a syslcnialic manner of teaching | 
Sabbath-school scholars. : Rr^ohrd .- That we may , 
adopt the lesson leaf. Adjourne«l for refnsbmeule, 
by singing the 7'^Olb hymn. 

Afternoon session opened by singing the 2S2 
hymn, and some appropriate remarks by the clrair- 

Sth. Read and stricken out. 

9th. Read and amended by striking out the sen- 
tence (and siicb foolishness as the world engages 
in) as amended : RewUed : That we take no part 
in picnics or Sabbutb-school celebrations, or getting 
upnanners, but we will opixuethem all. 

lOtb. Read, passed unanimously wilhoutdebate 
as follows: /?MO^r(/; That we maintain m the 
Sabbalb-^chool our bumble plain cbaraeU'r.both in 
manners and dress, us well as iu the chureh. 

11th. Itcad and adopted without discussion or 
amendment as follows : Rctolved: That ourobject 
be to teach and leacu theScriptures, and instill in 
the minds of the vouug the pure principles of the 

12Lh. Read, and after some discussion, an 
amendment was oHered by IJro, John Knisley, 
which was unanimously adopte<l as follows : RiaoIv- 
cd; That we believe it to be the duty of every 
meuiberof tho church, to take an active part in 
the Sftbbuth-school by the way of lending all their 
aid and assbtanee to the advancement of the cause. 
Bro. Wrightsman offered the following additional 
section, which wiLs uuauimousiy adopted wilhuut 
discu&siou, as follows : 

13th. Resolved: That the Northern Dial, of 
Ind. S. .S. Conference request said general Dist. 
meeting to request next A. M. to appoint a jmb- 
lishing cominitlee to prepare and publi-^h such 
S. S. papers, books and geiteal S. S. literature as 
the wants of our Sunday-schools reijuire. This de- 
partment being dispsensed with, the next m order 
was the election of officers for the year 1678. 

The result was as follows: President, P. R. 
WrigbLsman: Vice President, John Knisley ; Sec- 
retary, W. G. Cook ; Assistant Sec'y, John B. 
Wrigbtsman;Tri;asurei-. Margaret Cook. C'orres- 
pondiug Secretaries : P. R. \S'rigbtsman, O. W. 
Miller. S. C. Bciler, John Sturgis, Isaac Early, 
John B. Wrightsman, John Cissne, Manassii 
Summers, Byron W. Moore. Wm. Wilbourn, Sar- 
ah Miller, Lizzie Wrightsman, Hannah Apple- 
man, Emma Kabrich and sister Frank Hardman. 

The object of this great number of correspond- 
ing secretaries being appsinted, was to encourage 
articles to be written on the subject of Sunday- 
schools from diBerent sections of Northern Dist. 
of Ind., in behalf of the advancements of the 
cause, and this Convention asseiublerl. Recomen- 
ied thai all appointed to duty will be prompt to 
the discbarge of the same, and that many not 
mentioned assist, that the principles of the Sab- 
bath-school cause be firmly set lorth and encour- 
aged by all. The Conference then proceded to 
appi'int a conimiltee on general arangemeuls, 
which resulte^la^i follows: Dr. P. R. Wrightsman, 
Chairman, Sohth Bend, Ind.; Bro. Jacob Ap- 
pelmau, Plymouth, lod.; Bro. Davis Youuce, Sy- 
racuse, Ind.; Bro. A. Puterbaugh, Warsaw. Ind.; 
Bro. Isaac L, Dcrkey, Goshen, Ind.; Bro. .John 
Sturgis, Wawaka, Ind.; the committee to be or- 
dered in session by the Chairiuan, Raised by do- 
nation for the cause, S2..')8, all donations for cause 
to be forwarded to sister Margaret Cook. Treasur- 
er, Plvmouth. In<l. Appropriate remarks on the 
subject of Church charity, and then came in order 
the discussions of the propositions presented by 
the previous Conference, which resulted iu a lim- 
ited exposition of the propositions, on accimnl 
of all those assigned to that duty were absent, 
though many valuable instructions were given 
by the brethren, and sisters present. After this, 
there being nu further business before the Con- 
vention, with a general expression of good feeling 
for the advancement of the cause, and having 
realized the benefit of being amply paid fur our 
assembling together in the good cause, the Con- 
vention adioiirned with prayer by Bro. John 
Knisley, and singing of the D<ixulogy by audience. 

I Wm. G. Cook. See'y. 
j John" B. W«, Ass't. 
Primitive Christian and Pll'jriin will please 

George Bernard Tiinguay, a Roman Catholic 
priest, of Montreal, has written a letter to Arch- 
bishop Taschereau, declaring his withdrawal from 
the Church, on account of errors, and bis inten- 
tion to preach in the future "the holy Gospel of 
iTesus Christ." Defections from the Catholic body 
in t)ie province of Quebec, have been very large 
in the past five years. 

Such a December as the last one has hardly 
been experienced inthememory of thepreseutgtn- 
eration. In many places the ronds have been 
impassable for loads, and bu5inEt>s has been great- 
ly utTeetAid. The peach trees in Slichigau bloom- 
ed, and in many parts of the North flowers were 
found in the open fiehl. 

Since our last issue a considerable change has 
come over the weather. Up to the close of De- 
cember the weather was warm, and in some respects 
delightful, though the n)ad3 were wofully muddy 
But now tlie mud is froze hard, and the roads are 
extremely rough. The weather is cold and some 
snow has fallen. 

But few changes of importance have Uken 
place ill the Eastern war. The Russians have 
gained other advantages, but the snow iu tbeBal- 
kins, i»revenis much activity among the armies. 

Nothing certain ia yet known regarding the step 
to be taken by England. Otbei* powei-s remain 
firm £0 fiir. 

STANLEY.'the great African explnrt-r [)„, 
turned to Aldxandria, Egypt. He has pe.i, ^" 
penetrated Africa further thou any whit^ m 
His discoveries will be of great value \„ r^ 
graphical students. * 

Moody has been throwing8omemoreofhi».k 
into the camps of Secret Societies. Moody ig a 
on Secret Societies and so ought every preacher " 
be. ' 

It is reported that the Chinese have laieh 

cred 15,000 men, wo 

X and childrt 


It is said, that if all the papers now publu) 
in the United States were to fly u> their deatioatj^^ 
as they leave the press, that they wuulj j]^^ 
couslaullyhide the sun from our view. 

The eulir6 mass of tobacco which ia aunuau 
consumed in smoking, snuffing, and in chewing,/ 
on the earth is 4,000 millions of pouuds—niani' 
festly too high an estimate for from twelve to fir. 
leen hundred millions of inhabitants. Let uaiak 
the half as the more pmbable, and let us supp,,^ 
the tobacco leaves transformed into roll Uibatcn 
a tobacco serpent is created which, with a Jian^j' 
ter of two inches, and following the direction of 
the equator, could wind itself around the earth 
thirty times. 




Pengilly's Guide to Christian Baptism. — FricV) 
Quintar and Snyder's Debate on Immersion.— I'nc, 
Cruden'e Conoordanoe to tho Bible.— ISeai eJiiion^ j^, 

Ijeuiil Hvu, Clurli. i-i.',:>. Libniry Slietp. 83.60. 

History of Palestine, «'■ flic Holy Luud. By m. Rusjeu 
Ll.. U.. liiigniviiigs. If- m«., Clolh, 76 cenlB, 

ChriBtiaa Baptism.— Will its Anlcowlenta aud Came 
i[iicm.'es, lly AlestinJer CampboU. Cloth, 31.25. 

Anoient and Modern Ejypt. — View of Ancient md 
MmtiTu ligvpi »y M - Kussoll, LL. D. Kngrarini, 
ISmo. Clolli. 75 cvnl8. *' 

Nead'8 Theological Works, or n ViniUcntion of Primiiiit 
I'lirisiiiiiuiy- I'y liMcr Pctwr Neail. Buund in cloth 

Reason and Revelation— By B. Milltgnn. Thig wed 

sti.uiIJ iiul imly lie n.Ti'l, hiil cni-criilly Studied bVCYm 
minisltriii Ibe l.nilUtrbood. ?2,50. 

ChriGtianity UttFerly Ineompatilile Tith War, Being ont 

of Twenty lUiLtuiis, fur u cliiuigu in iny clmrdi rdi 
tioii.i By .1. W. Stein. I'rice. 25QOLt8; 25 co|iiti 

A Sermon on Baptism. — DcliTerd by Bro. S. H. Buhct 
in the Klk Lick Cungregiilion, SoiiiiTsot county. Pn. A 
nciiily priuiud i.iiii]]>Llcl uf tliii'ty-two pages, Price, 

Family Rules and aegulatioaa, — By J.w.siein. Bmu 

fully ]iriiilril 111 tliici' culurs on good cord board, 
iiitvii'leil i'<>r fi-iiiiiiiig, niiil sliuiilil be in ovury fami 

Voice of tho SeTen Thunders; Or, Leciurcs on rte 
Bouk uf I'.oveluiion^. li| J. L, Miii'tin. Aiiuinguiodum 
boukf. tbi:^ i? really ii ciivioBity. Von oiint help bui 
iin.Iersiiiud ii. =1.50. 

True Evangelical Obedience, its nntnre im.t necessity, u 
tnugbl luiil priicticoil iimoug the Ili'Otlireu or Qttma 
Bftlilists. l(y.l. W. Sti'in, being ono of liiB twenlyto- 
8on8 for u obioiBe in cliurcli veliil ioiiB. Tliifl is iin mm!- 
lent ivurk. i\n<\ sboutil be civculolcil by the liiousMid) ill 
ovci'ilio euiiiiirv. I'riec, I'U cents ; 7 copies, SI W; 
16 C01.11-S $2 UU* 

The Origin of Single Immersion-— Showing ilmi single im- 
mersion ttiis luvenu'il liy iJuiiumius niiJ as o pnidi", 
cnnitol he li-ncod beyond the iJiiildle of till' fourth cinl- 
ury. By Kldei- Jihijv! Quinter, It i.- ii inul ofaiiiMD 
pogc-s und the Brethren slmiit.I liiko uu ocliffl part in 
Kivingiiun cxi.-nniv.- circ.iilnlion. Price. 2 copiw. 1" 
cents ; ti cui.iv«. l!o cenis ; ;i« copies $1 llO. 

Certificates of Membership in Book Form— They «»''«'- 

ly printed on good paper, reudv to fill ouL. with rfup- 
licnlo nttiiehod and nil well hound together in ne»l ^f 
form, Moniowhnt nacr the style ol blnnk note boot' 
One of these books nhoulil be in llie hands of cnch ou- 
gregtiliun: tlien, when o membi-'r cull! for ii ccrlificil', 
oneuftliesd cm he tilled out. sigoed by Ihoofllcft^, 
(iiiloif from theduplicotenndlmndeJlo the niem'*'. 
The diii-liertte hns on it, in BubMiinoe, whntw'u"" 
curtiticnTr: this remninH in the book, thus eDsllice 
vauli cun^regntion to keep u rtcoril of lhi» purl ot I'" 
liiisinesi. Wc put lip two sixes of hooks: So. ll,'""' 
tiiining one Inindicil cenillculea, price 76 cents : ^•■ '- 
oonliiining llfiy uertificules, prico, 50 """'*■,-,■ 
wiinting boolf«. cnnlnining two hundred cerUBMi'' 
unn obtnin thuiii for S I. '.26. 

8®- Any of Ihe nhove works sent post-paid on tc«'P' 
of the annexed price. A'ldrcss : 


LANARK, Cumll Co., W' 

W. U. R. R. Time Table. 

Dny psasenger Iroiu going eiist leaves Lnaarl B 
P. M..nnJnmve»in Rociue ftl li:43 P. M. „, [gp. 

Duy piiasengor trnin going west lenves '■''""", 

M., iind nrrivea nt Rock Island nl 6;oO 1 . Jl. ^,, 

Nighl pnsacnger iruius, going cast nnd ««"•", 5:C0 
leave Lnnnrkai 2:^1 A. M . arriving m K "'!">« 
A. M.. nnd at Hook bUud nl ll:l» A.M. 

Troiufi "ill 

, well 'I 

Freight nnd Aecomniodniiou Troms "'" '"". ^j , 

viidb P. M.. It): r.u ,\. M , M,-\ '■--,-'!/■ " ' 

cnat nt 1 : It) A. M.. I 1'. M. "O'l ' ''" ' ' Piusfof" 
Tiokeia are sold for above irniiis '"!'^„ jHoeii"" 
iruins muke close connection nl Western tnio 

G. A. Skim, A*""-^ 

Pnssengers for Chicngo should tonve Ir»'""^1f "', Tttj 
P.M.; run to Ihe Western fnion J""' "" " Milim"^" 
need wnii hnt fivo minnlcs for Iho Chiongoj j^g„ ii 
and St. I'uul piisscnger Irniu. nnd thus 7'i™mChl»P'- 
7 : 4f> the aun>o evening. To reach Lnniirk '""",. .^.^ulirt 
gu te Ihe Ft. Wayne depot, take the ^^^^^'^'^^X^i). <^ 
ondSt, Paul train at five in the '■•^'^?"'^ V .nd •""* 
the W, i;. Jiiiiclioi]. cliange onra for Lannr"' 
liuiu at 2:21 in the morning. 

The Brethren At Work. 

Shall he unto All People.'''' — Li'ke 3; 10. 


Lanark, 111., January 17, 1878. 

No. 3. 


J.H.Moore. S.H.Bashor, M.M.Eshelmau. 


J. \Y. STELN. - 
p. R, iraNTZER. 




- URIIANA, Il,[,. 

FA U LT_FIN D : Wa. 

IX ^iictkluiig of a i)erso::"8 fanlte 
Pnty don't forget your own; 
KciiiHinbfi-. those with houses of gluss 

Should never throw a atone. 

If we hnve nothiug else to do, 

Than talk of those wlio sin. 

'Tin better we commence jit home, 

Ami from that point begin. 

We hnve no right to judge a mim. 

Until he's fairly tried; 
Should we not like his company, 

W<j know the world is wide. 
finmi' niuv hiivc iiiiilti!, and who hiw not' 

Tlie old as well (is yount;, 
Perl.nps we may. lor all we know. 

Have iifty tu their om;. 

I'll t-ll 


To fry 

\ii t . 



T.. t, 

Don't ; 

you of 11 l)eJ.ev phui, 
lind it worl,-R fnll well; 
your own defects to cniv, 

nth.-rMii.ilU you tell. 

. . ._Ii i -■.iii.iiiiu;!i hope to be 

,VM,-r tluii uiue I kugiy. 

'11 shiirl-cduiings hid iiu- Ii-f 
faults of others go, 

?t us (lU, when we begin, 
hmder friend or foe. 

f the harm one word may ilo, 
liMM' we liltli- know. 

iliiT cum"-! chieken-like, 

-tinii's to roorit, conic home. 

ijKHk of othei's faults until 

have none of your own. 

SriMr.i I;, M. S. Rwluml. 

I do not believe that the time of Christ's 
birth at that time was certainly known outside 
of .loscph and Mary. If it had been known, 
Herod surely need not embraee In his bloody 
edict all the male children in the period of two 
years. But let us search the Scriptures for a 
key to this mystery. 

" Three times thou shalt keep a feaat unto me 
in one year" (Ex 23: U). These were, the feiu^t 
of the PrtssotTi", the feaat of Prntrco^t. ami the 
fe:ist of T/iben,fichH. called also the feast of In- 
fjiiihnlng. The P -.tssover was celebrated in re- 
meinbmnce of the Hebrews' deliverance out of 
Efiypt. Pvnfaosl, called also the feast of Aim- 
lYvv^ alio the feast of iifrks. This feast was 
celebrated fifty days alter the Pnxmt'er. to com- 
niemorptt the giving ot the law on Mount Sinai 
which took plaw fifty days after. The feast o 
Ttilhninclps w!is celebrated on the 15th .lay of 
the seventh month (Lev. •2lh 3i), to commemo- 
rate the Israelite.-; dwelling in tents forty y 
in the wilderness. Dr. Chirk says, that this 
seventh month was Tisvi, and is the seventh of 
the ecclesiastical, and the first of the civil year; 
and auflwei-s to the hist half of our September. 
and the first half of, our October. Aiid miuk- 
Ihink tliut crfiitiiiii bcijan at this time. This teast 
took iteuame from the booths, tents made of 
brush, in which they must dwell seven days. 
(Lev. d3: 41'). These teiusts were distlnsuiKhed 
in tlieifr several peculiarities, by which they 
were olJSeiTed. The pHsmcr had its piwchal 
!aiul), tlie feast otlitirrest iti offering of the fiivt 
fruit-, nM Min fi-jiet nf Inhprtf'-lf it* hnolha (if 
!'■'■' -n-:-: before the 


rrilLtimeni which Christ was born, is con- 
1 sidered a subject of great importance by 
some professing i)eople, while the matter seonis 
not to have been of moment by the Holy Ghost, 
who inspired the Kvangelists to write the histo- 
ry of his birth, as they have not dropped a hint 
by which a gue-ss could be made of the time ex- 
cepting the " shepherds nbidiup hi the field, 
keeping watch over their flock by night." 

Of this we know, that " it was a custom 
Hiuong the Jews to send out their sheep to the 
plains, about the Passover, and bring theiu 
home at the cominencemc^ut of the first rain." 
During the time they were out, the shepherds 
watched them night and day. As the Passotfr 
occurred in the Spring mid the/rs/ rain began 
early in the month MeiHirmni, which answei-s 
to jiart of October ajid November, we find tiiat 
the sheep were kept out in the open country 
durhig the whole of Summer. And a.s these 
shepherds had not yet brought home their Hocks, 
it is a presumptive argument that October had 
not yet commenced, imd that eonseipiently. our 
Lord wiL^ not born on the 25th of December, 
when no flocks were out in the fields, nor could 
lie have been born later than September as the 
flocks were still in the fields by night. Thei-e 
ni'e no less than l.lfi dilferent opinions concern- 
ing the year of Chriat'a birth: and as to his 
^irthdity, tluit ha.>» been placed by Christian 
sects and learned men, in every month of the 
year. I'ln- Latiu church, supreme in pourr, and 
''ifalliljlf in j,t,hj,tumt placed it on the 35th of 
December, the very day on whicli the amrient 
Romans celebrated the feast of their goddess 

(east of tiO»-,-nnilf<. for seven days unto thi* 
Lonl. Who will venture to 3rt>\ that great 
things were not signified by these things? 
What are they? I believe the nativity of Christ. 
At this fea-it Israel must go out of the 
and dwell in /«wr/i.«; at the birth of Christ the 
she|iherds at least were out in the fields by 
night. At this, iBrael must rejoice before 
the LonI their God lor seven days; afc,the birth 
of Christ the luigels brought good lidiiigs of 
great joy, which shall be for all iieople. And 
if men failed to rejoice before the Lord their G«kI, 
the multitude of the heavenly bus! pcidsed God 
saying. " Glory to God in the highest^ on earth 
peace, good will toward man," ^ 

According to Clark, this month T^i, ans- 
wer to the last half of September, and'thefiwt 
half of October. If so, then the fitit day of 
Tisri, would be about the i:)th uf September on 
which was to be a memorial of blowing of trumi>- 
ets; and is the day which the early Christians 
nbaerved as the day of Christianity. Did not 
the angel's voice, Behntil Ibrimj ijmt ^oixl iieir.\ 
in trumpet sounds reach from earth to heaven, 
as weU as over all creation? for the good new* 
shall be for all men. Until I have pojrilive proof 
to the eoutniry I believe tliin is about the tin; 
Christ was born. , 



liV J. w. soLriiwuoii. 


uneouscious influenci'uataresilMii 
working upon the mind 

I iii-nn til" 

tliaii that of Cliristian while Christ, our only 
Captain says, "all ye are brethren." 

Very frequently, while opposing (rw imaur- 
»i'm, which is the only onf Ixiptium without hu- 
man origin, do we hear men say tliiif the it|KwtIe 
taught one baptism only, when he said, " one 
Lord, one faith, one baptism." whik-at thenaioe 
time thfij believe in and eneoiinige all the hap- 
tismsby fellowsliipiug. as brethren thowwho 
have Itewi spriiikWd. p«.urt'd. or inimerwd by itntt 
or three dips. They however fail to notice the 
fact that the same apoallerwommenilslme /«ilA 
only, as well as one baptism, and yet they i-n- 
eourage many different faiths by felluwshiping 
all the various denominations in existence. 

I heanla minister, while behind the pulpit 
with the Bible before him. dceljire that he wa» 
rciuly and willing to extend the right hand uf 
fellowship, and accept as a brother any one who 
believes that Josub Christ is the Son of Ood. 
I nnist admit that I felt somewhat grievial to 
think that men could he induced tn fi-llowship 
Satan and publicly lujcept him as a brother, bul 
this man did it, for no one will U- willing topi- 
pose his ignorance so much as to deny the (ikct 
that Satan believes that jmi» Christ in the S(in ■ 
of Ood. The difference between SaLin and n 
true believer in Christ is this; The true believer 
teiiehcs that men and women must hclim- in 
Christ, and obey Him in all His appointmeoLt, 
white Satan teaches that if men and womeu wilt 
b'-lieve in Christ, they ejj^Yiwil not obey Him 
iit all, or else only such otHa mimdiit^ra i» they 
rieciii iirnpiT. SiniiiT, will "you and i-li-^y 

■ id thfngr^ '^Pfrlt iH w trtrtT io ni g nw n . 

coaio, may we nut look for things to occur on 
these occasions which will usher in the new dis- 
pensation established on better promisesV Let 
us see. The fe;tst of the Pusr^ovcr, answers to 
(Kir Easter. It wiis at thjs feast Christ w:ui 
cniajicif, hnrieil, and roAe agniii. This Pn.saover 
fesut must be observed on the 14tli day of the 
month, which God said should hethe beginning 
of months; that is, "the fii-st month of the or- 
ganized church," This month Chirk av^s. "is 
Aliib, B.n<\ onswera to part of March and. April, 
whereas it is supposed that previous to this, the 
ycai- began with Ti^ivi; for in this month the 
.lews supposed God created the world, when the 
earth appeared at once with all its fruits in |ier- 
feetion. From this circumstance, the Jews have 
formed a two-fold commencement of the year 
itself, to which they aftenvards attended lu their 
reckonings; that which began with or 
September, was called their civil year: and that 
which began with AbHj, or Mai-cli was called 
their »aerfd or ecrk»ias(icnl year." The months 
then being luiun; the feast wa-s stationary on the 
14th day; and on the fiftieth daj' from this Uth 
daj- began the feast of /lurrent, known by us a-s 
Pniterost, or Whitsutuluy. It wa,s when Pnite- 
rast hnil fully come that the Holy Ghost cmiie 
down in all his power, and*clothed the apostles 
with power fully, to- preach Christ crucified to 
all nations. 

Thus we sec two very notable eveub* in the 
Christian dispensation occurring on two of tin 
three great feasts in the old dispensation. The 
mind natundlj enquires, what occuiTed on thi 
other, the feast oUabeniiirhs'f I have no pos 
itive proof, but in my mind I have no doubt 
that Christ was born; at least during this first 
n'fif, and seventh eirlesinxfiial month. 

It is not at all probable that such momentous 
things should occur in the Christian world at 
the time of two of the three great feasts, and 
this one should renmin neutral in the great dr 
ma of Christianity, especially the month. Git-at 
anil marvelous things tu-e crowded into this, tli 
seventh n-rifsiastiral, and first ciril month of 
the year. On the first day, there shall be a 
Sabbath, a memorial of blowing of trumpets, a 
holy convocation. On the tenth day. there 
shall be a day of atonement; it shall Ik- a holy 
convocation. And on the liftemth shall l»e the 

over others. Whatever they say or do others 
\viil try to imitate. Such influences can readily 
be seen. Hut there are influences tlnit seem to 
be silently doing their work, and yet their effects 
are deep and lasting; so powerful are their el- 
I'ect.s, that I doubt not that they have changed 
the Ctjur^e of many minds, and formed a basis 
on which many have built. 

It is said, that '" the mind of a, child is like 
lean snow." Then evei-y foot^print. touch of 
the hami, brush of a garment, or any and every- 
thing tliat comes in contact with it, has some- 
thing to do iu shaping and midciug impressions 
upon it. Now if the iustnimenls of impression 
are clean, all the impressions will be clean; but 
if the foot, the hand, or garment is unclean, the 
result is an impression with tilth or dirt remain- 
ing, which is almost, or quite impossible to re- 
move. So every filthy word spoken in the 
presence of a child leaves an imjiression tainb'd 
with uncleanness, likewise every deed and look. 
As we nre influenced more or less by all 
around us, how careful ought we to be in watch- 
ing infiue-uces, as they may be dragging 
us down, and we unconscious uf it. And while 
we are watching the influence others may have 
over lis, let ns examine ourselves and see what 
kind of an influence we are exerting over others. 
Is our presence a beuefit'or an injury? Does 
our conversation elevate or degrade? Does our 
conduct impreHsothers for good or evil? When 
we meet a stranger is there something about 
our looks, our words, and our actions tJiat will 
make good impressions un his mind? Let us 
examine ourselves and see what kind of iiil 
euces we are exerting. Are we " letting our light 
BO shine b»?fore men that they may see uur gooil 
works, and glorify our Father which is iu hwiv- 
on?" _ 




X be regretted that 

the world, and it is to 
'gretted that there are many, who are 
contuiually comphiining about inconsistcncits 
which they imagine Uiey see in others, which 
they themstdves are »outinualIy practicing in re- 
ality. How frequently they (human Iieiugs) tell 
us that \ve sJiouhl he known by no other name 

AXUMnEU of years ago, I heartl Hon. J. H. 
Wickei>«liam, Supt. of Public SchooU to 
PiL, say: that, of the 15(H) convicts in the i<m- 
tentiaries of his State, scarcely imy could both 
read and wrilc. This suggest.-i the idea that 
there must be come ndation bi-twi-en ignOniuce 
and crime; and to investigate the subject niorv 
fully I visited the atatc prison at Nashville imd 
found there 'J'JV convicts, onli* twenty-nine of 
whom could reitd and write. Here was a sad 
and living comment on the misfortune uf I)^iDg 
uneducated. Keurly IWU persons, wearingr the 
insignia of crime, u disgrace to their friends and 
an ononnouft expense to the State because their 
early training was neglected. It does not fol- 
low from this that every person who cannot 
reiul imd write will necessarily become acouvict, 
but it iloen show that crime, Uke cholera, will 
seiiie upon the victims beat mlapteil to itt> niT- 
ages and will flourish best among the ignorant. - 
Children unrestrained at home, and Iwiuj; tU»- 
re.straiut of school life will have little ivg-.inl fir. 
authority, even that of law, and are soon <*«> 
tUk«'n by it and punished. Xot so witfe llwse 
who are educated. They mv taught to rotniin 
their evil pa.s,sions at school, and will d«y>jvliiiB 
they enter public lifr. 

The frequent "strikes"' in the bmwsoI' Ph. 
»re uuide by ignorant ibieiguen.. The terrible 
destruction wf properly during the recent great 
riiilrotul sti-ike, which shook the tery nation, waB. 
not cause<l by the inttdligvut part of the nm- 
phijf*, but by the iguunutt rabble, ivho l<n>k 
advantage of the occasion to give vent to their 
unbridlr^l passions, 

Hiu] the four million 1>lack^ Uvn eilueat'O 
Iheiv o>uM have been no rebi-Uion in the ^'itU 
Kducation is tlu-ivfore not mily the j>'»nynti\t 
(if t-rinie, but the safeguai-d of' a nBti«Wf, ni^'. i^y 
l.-vs the siifeguai-d of a cliuah than ths^ ,.t' a 
iiiititMJ. One of tlie weidir-st ivli^iou-^ s.s.(s ja 
the I'nited States, not controling a schooi. aaA 
as a U«Jy. opnosinl to college e^liicntiou k nw- 
erthi-litis divided into five or six factioibi, whilp 
thesti-itngest -sect uuml>ering '>\vra million .;iid 
tree tiviii all internal dissenti(vus is th*- «mi<- 
wbiihhasthe ^ivati-st numWr of svhooU ;ind 
colleges under the control of th>* chnn-h. Tli-- 
exi»erieiiw of ages has shown that to prpv. n! 
crinK', a nation must wlucat*-. and to piwen- 
divisions H chun-h must have schools of it^ o\> u. 

THi-: >suK'rH]?K>r at avohk. 

aary i~ 


„rW " i;'°h.l... Ilcwla..a H,ll «l»<. wlic-n 

IW f,„lun. of .cvornl l...i.k.. .rc re|.ubl,.iie<l l.y 

IilAVE a nevi^r-fiiiling bunk. 
A nmrv than goKk-n store; 
No earthly bunk in biilf »o rich; 

Howciin I tlieii be poor:-' 
■ Tw wIiPH my stock in '•i^nt nnd Rone. 

Ami 1 without a groal. 
I'm triii'l (o liiist^'n to my bniik. 

And iM'g a little no(f. 
Somi'timP8 my BimkT smiling says: 

" Wliy don't ynu oftonrr cr>nie ? 
And when you dmw a little note, 

Why not ft larger mm':' 

" Why live HO nigganlly and poor? 

Vour bank contains a plenty; 
Why come and take aom-pound note 

When you might have a twenty? 

■■ Yea, twenty thousand ten times told 
. Is but ft trifling snni, 
To what your Father has laid uii, 
Seciin- in Christ His Son." 

Niijee then my Hanker is so rich. 

I have no cause to borrow; 
III live upon uiy cash to-day. 

And draw again to-raorrow. 

I'vi- Wen alhonnand times before, 

And never was reject«^'d; 
Sonu'fimes by IJnnker gives me more 

Than n-nked for or expected. 

Sometimes I've felt a little prond, 
I've managed things so clever: 
lint, ah, before tlic day is gone 

I 've felt as poor lis ever. 
Should nil the banks in Britain break, 

And that of England smiufh; 
Bring in your note to Zion's hank, 

You'll surely have your ca-sh. 

And if you have but one small note, 

Fear not to bring it in; 
Come boldly to the liank of Grace; 

The Banker is within. 

All forged notes will be refused. 

MaH'inerils are rejected; 
There's not n single note will pass 

That (Jod Iiiis not accepted. 

This bank is full of precious notes. 
All signed and sealed and free, 

Tlunigh many doubting souls nmysay, 
'• There is not one for me. 

The leper Inul a little note— 
■■ Lord, if you will, you can:" 

The Batiher cushed this little note. 
And iieiiled the sickly man. 

We read of one young nuin, indeed. 

Whose riches did abound; 
Hut in the Bunker's hook of Grace 

This man was never found. 

But M-e the wretched dying thief. 

Hani; by the Banker's side: 
He cried, "Dear Lord remember me;" 

He got his cash and died. 
— Fitiuk Tj-sUv'h Stiuflinj MiKjiiziiir. 


HY rlI,\ltI,OTTE T. TIOS"l). 

' • l]i;it is in tliy ln'other's eye, Imt 
cuiisiili-ivst not. the ln'jim tlmt is in 
tliinc own eye " (Mutt, (i: ;i). 

The language of the tt-xt i-iiiiihntieal- 
ly warns us against tlie principle of 
t'ault-finiling. This is a inattci" that is 
very iliflit'nlt to control in our natun-s. 
To niainigc tins trouble, tlu' tongue 
must lit! hridled, and kept so, for the 
apostle tells u.s if the tongue Is not bri- 
illeil (»ur religion is in vain. Thiw thing 
Iff watehing each sister, and stating just 
the lengtii of the cap strings, and how 
she tie.s it, the exact size of the bonnet, 
or just how this or that brother has his 
coat rounded, looks very much like a 
representation of the tithing of the mint, 
anise, cumin, and neglc-cting the 
weightier matters of the law, judgment, 
love, and nierey. You ihat are criticis- 
ing every little matter in diess, examine 
yourselves. Hn\e ynu dealt fairly with 

vour bn)thef in all your contr;ict« with 
himi Have you given just weight in 
every case( Have y«n not in your pos- 
session one dolhir ami tifty cents that 
you could send the Kiikthiekn at Wokk 
into some poor family next year; that 
you have intended to sjjend for some 
Heltish purj) 

While we are criticising othei-s, let us 
look within our o^nl he.-irts and see if 
all is right there, and when watching 
our ueighboi-s th<-ir hands, cups, 
and poti*, before they eat, accorditig to 
the tradition of the elders, let us not 
lay aside the commandments of (ioil. 
Peace and good will toward man, hits 
been proclaimed from on high. Our 
Savior said, " Peace be unto you." "My 
peace I leave with you." Do we still 
retain that i>eace in the church ? We 
are commanded to have forbearance to- 
ward one another, and to exercise pa- 
tience and foi'giveness toward each oth- 
er, and as near as we can live peaceably 
with all men. 

We think this continual fault-finding 
destroys our peace, and brings about im- 
pleasant feelings. We are told precise- 
ly what to do in case a brother offends, 
go to him, and only him. kindly, loving- 
ly, and tell him meekly of his fault. 
If he heai-s thee, matters .sh<mld stop 
l-ight there. Hut in many ea-*es the 
whole neighborhood knows it before the 
ort'ending party knows that he has of- 
fendeil any one, and sometimes the mat- 
ter is laid before the elder, as the first 
move. This is not the way we under- 
stand the Scriptures in these matters; 
and jiossibly if ^ve would look a little 
nu)re in our own hearts, and watch our- 
selves a little more closely, we would 
not have so much time to abuse the 
faults of others. May wh' all be able to 
examine ouselves, and walk before God 
blameless, is my prayer. 


rpH E term fool, is fi'equently, but 
-■- thoughtlessly made use of by 
numy. It has several meanings, such 
as a person clestitute of reason, an idiot, 
also one that acts unreasonably, and is 
fi-eqnently used as a term of reproach. 
But in the Scrijjture, it means a wicked 
pei'son. " The fool hsi-s said in his heart 
there is no God " (Ps. 14: 1). "But 
whosoever shall say, thou fool, shall be 
in danger of hell fire " (Matt. 5; i'}). 

Among the Jews the term fool, im- 
j)lied the highest enormity and most ag- 
gi-avated guilt. Among the Gentiles, 
such an expression Wfus punished by 
cutting out the tongue, and thru.sting 
a hot iron of ten finger's breadth into 
the mouth of the person who used it. 
A person who hears these sayings of 
the Savior and doeth themnot,is termed 
a foolish man. When a man puts up a 
building and does not lay a solid foun- 
dation, we conclude that he is a foolish 
man, for he has not acted wisely, but 
went contrary to the rules for building. 
Fi\ e of the ten virgins wei-e foolish, for 
they took no oil with them in their ves- 
sels. " And while they went to buy, the 
bridegroom eame; and tliey that were 
leady went in with him to the mar- 
riage, and the door was shut." 

There was a certain rich num whose 
ground brought forth }ilentifully. But 
he became alarmed alxmt not liaving 
sufficient room for his goods, and tlie 
fruit of his land. He pulled down his 
bainsandbuiltgreaterones. After havino- 
built greater barns, he stored awav his 
goods, and said to his soul, " Thou 
hast much goods laid up for many years, 

take thine t-iinc, eat, drink, and be mer- 
ry. "But (iod said untuhim, thou fool, 
tiiis niijht thy soul shall be retptired <»f 
tlu-e" (Luke 12: 11', 2i)). Oh! what a 
Miessajie,. death staring him in the face. 
He may have been honest, and not sloth- 
ful in business. He may have stood 
high in society, and was considered a 
wise man. But he fooled himself out 
of the sahation of his soul. So it is 
with him that is not rich towards God. 
'' W'here your treasure is there will your 
heart be also." 




A Jirotherhj Chris-tmas Greetiwj to all 
the Saints of Philadelphia. 

THE most solemn and august thought 
conceivable is moral beixo. This 
includes God and Angels, men and 
devils. Moral responsibility and inuuor- 
tality are inseparable. Being without 
beginning must necessarily be without 
end. All, inferior intelligences enuinat- 
iwjfwm Him, not only originated by 
Him, but made in His likeness, with His 
essence woven into their constitution 
share His prospective Eternity; Lite ev- 
erhusting is the Being of G^d, and the 
opposite is Eternal Death. The loss of 
the Divine character in us, is the loss of 
His life, though life continues in anoth- 
er qualify and relation and experience. 
The restoration of this character is Eter- 
nal Life and this life is LOVE. " God 
is hve, and hethut dwdleth in love Jwd- 
efh in God, and God in him'' 1 John 4: 
IG. " By tjiis ^hall all men know that 


TO oNK another" John 13: 35. 

The test is deep and comprehensive. 
It dissects the very heart of God, and 
lays bare the contents of His Uncreated 
Personality. To be like God is our ou- 
ly chance for Heaven. To make this 
community of nature and joy possible, 
the wonder of the Incarnation, the Cru- 
cifixion, the Resurrection, and the As- 
censitm had to intervene, and all these 
were ex^jre-ssious of lov e, both as grounds 
of reconciliation and patterns for imita- 
tion. Of all questions this is the most 
momentous, am I, or am I not a true dis 
ciple of Jesus Christ? To jiretend to 
love God, while we are vindictive in feel- 
ing, and cohl, distant, in conduct, is liase 
hypocrisy. To wear a smiling mask, 
and nmke profession of att'eetion which 
the conscience belies, is ditto. " Bv 
THIS SHAM, men know,'' by this test God 
Himself asks to be judged. He annuun- 
ees Himself a,s LOVE. He gave His 
only Begotten Son to all the dread lia- 
bilities of our apostasy, and appointed 
a -special functionary to cry out, " JJe- 
hold the i.AMii OF ooD." " By thin shall 
all men know that God is Love." The 
])riiiciple wliich opened the way, must 
also be the living controlling principle 
of all who pa.*w over it. None can be of 
God, or have part in His beatitudes, 
save those who are quickened and sus- 
tained by tlje principle that made God 
human. What an inconceivable stoop 
that was which exchanged the gloi-i(nis 
Throne of the third Heaven fur the man- 
ger, and the Swaddling-clothes ! This 
served the doulde purpose of expiation 
and example. AVe needed a Propitiation 
f«»r our sins, and a tyi)e of the Divine 
idea of human excellence. Christ is both, 
and we cannot have the benefit of the 
fii-st without confonnity to the last. 
"By thin shall all men know that ye are 
my disciples." 

AVe are so apt to lose the great and 
lofty idea of (Jod in Christ in the habit of 
thought, and feeling generated by con- 

ventionalism that we need, *' linp „, 
line, precept, upon precept, here a littl" 
and there a little " to jirevent the snirit 
ual from being overlaid and ohseuredb- 
the carnal. It retpiires unceasiuff v\„ 
ilauce. unbroken and desperate warfo^ 
with the world, the flesh, an^ the tlpvil 
to keep tlie new born Christ floniner 
isliing under the sword uf Herod. \, 
idle word, a fit of passion, the nursing 
of a forbidden desire, the I'eiidingof hu- 
morons or flesh-pleasing literaturo, ^n. 
tertaining or retailing gossip, e.xageei-. 
ating frailties, and caricaturing virtui,^ 
and misshapening motives, are all dii,,, 
inutions or destructions of the tpstof om- 
discipleship. Every aben-atlon fi-r,,,, 
the life of Christ is its own blight and 
damnation. No simple instance of self- 
preference escapes the curse of the law, 
We are dwarfeil, and maimed and mr. 
alyzed and dead, Itecause the supremacy 
of self the Holy Ghost retires, and re- 
signs the field to the Arch-deceiver 
whose prerogative it is to assume tlie 
cloak of Heaven to do the Avork of Hell. 
If we would know our relation to God 
we have but to ascertain our relation tu 
our fellows. God w^as in the flesh, ami 
has given us the true mould of all 
human relationship, outside of whiili 
there is no salvation. 

" He that hateth his brother, is ara\ir- I 
derer " and he that loveth not in Christ 
hates. '* Ye be born again " out 
of Christ all life is death. To love as 
brethren we must be generated by onf 
Father: self-sacrifice is the ruling clmr- 
acteristic of that Love which made a 
way through to opposing attributes ot' 
Jehovah for our redemption; and the 
same element among those thus redeem- 
ed is not only a badge of our Divine lin- 
eage, but the very essence of the Life 
Everlasting, " Me that loveth not, kumo- { 
eth not God ; for God is hve." Let 
these words as they are breathed out 
of the heart of Jesus by the Holy Ghost, 
sink into our souls like the knell of 
death, oh! what a bottomless hopele;^ 
Hell in these, three words, " knoweth 
xoT God." Between the love, of wliich 
the cross is the life, and the ignoiance 
of God and the depth of damnation, 
there is no middle ground. " By this 
shall all men know that ye are my dis- 
ciples, if ye have love one to another." 
Not the purest and loftiest affection that 
ever welled from the unrenewed heart; 
but the love that drew Je.sus out of the 
bosom of the Father, and impaled Him 
on the malefactor's stake, under tlie 
frowp of Heaven, and the terroi-s of 
Hell, and the scott's and railings of the 
very objects for whom all this humil- 
iation and agony was endured! Oh! the 
beauty of Holiness. Oh ! the depth and 
tenderness of the Divine Heart. Oh! 
the dignity ot human nature. Oh! the 
e.Kceeding sinfulness ot sin, the exceed- 
ing madness of the hunuui will, and the 
awful, God-defying obstinacy of per- 
verted inclination. So good is God, so 
great is man in make, and so mean m 
his character, who cannot love as Chnst 

loves, cannot be w^here Christ is. 


fellowship of the saints is the eternal 
unity of the Holy Trinity. Christ is 
the expre-ssiou o'f the uncreated All-Love, 
and we are ''the habitation of Ood 
through the A>mi " the jiropitiatioii of 
the IiK-arnation. us not cheat our- 
selves out of salvation, by discoimtiug 
the love of Christ, in our lit"-, ft""} ^^^' 
ing that for a copy of His, which isou- 
ly a misshapen, ghastly bii'th oi sin. '_ 
work of God goes (ieep, my\ when » 
plows up the subsoil of our being, »» 
mellows it under the harrow of disciP' 
line, and the rays and dews of Graf . 

,,e ,vill I'l; »''■'' '"' '^"flui-e the scouii-^ 
„,a llu- l."«i-ting niul the spitting, and 
,),e mocking, ami the kccratiiis; nnik, 
„„,! look up to God in trust, an.l down 
„,,on tlie cruel world in pity, „„rt j„j.^ 
J Father forgive them." So did feus, 

,ncl, '• V '""J "'"" '""" "'" "'e Spirit 
g Christ, he is none of Hi,;' j^.^^. 
ivlieliuing words! Who cm read thfui 
„-itliout being startled? Who cm en- 
Jure the (loom of the loveless, and who 
lo\e without the cross? 



II' is an awful charge that is brought 
against false teachers, in olden times 
(Isaiah A: 16). The leaders of this 
nooplc caused them to err, and they that 
are led "f ''"■'" '"''' 'lestroyed. 

Tlierc are many teachers in these last 
Ja.vs, chargeable with this guilt. And 
irrtiiKl a curse pronounced against them 
((iai. 1: S, *')• " l^"* though we, or an 
ji,2fl from heaven, preacli any other 
(gospel unto .vou, than tiiat which we 
liave preached unto you, let him be ac- 
cui-sed." As I said before, so say I now 
nsraiii, " If »"y """' preach any other 
tiospel uuto you than that ye have re- 
^.eived, let him be accursed. 

1. Tiiey i-ausp the children of men to 
t-IT.liy false doctrine. This was the case 
witli the teachers, iu the church at Gal- 
(itia. They preached ani>ther Gospel. 
Anil when we read the awful curse which 
tnnlcr the influence of inspiration pro- 
uomiced upon such; .surely all teachers, 
ought to tremble at the thought of preach- 
ing nnythiug else than the unadulterated 
Gospel of Christ. 

:>. Teachers cause men to en-, by not 
fully bringing forward all things com 
nianded, and not decharing the whole 
eounsel of God. 

.1. They cause men to err, ( 2 Pet. '1 ; 
i,'.\). "Through covetousness and with 
feigned words they nlake merchandise 
of them, and nuuiy shall follow thei; 
jiernitious ways; by reason of whom tin 
iviiv uf truth shall lie evil spoken of.' 
How far this has contributed to maki 
iiijiuy a poor, thoughtless creature, who, 
either was incapable of looking beyond 
tile surface of things, or would not take 
tile troulile to do so, concluded that re- 
ligion \va.s a trick of priestcraft, it is im- 
possible to conclude. We are told in 
2 Tim. 4::i, 4, "For the time will 
coiiie when they will not endure sound 
ilnctrine; but after their own lusts shall 
they heap to themselves teachers, hav- 
ing itching ears; and they shall turn 
away their ears from the truth, and shall 
l>e turned unto fables." 

Many e.vamples are to be met with, 
of the fatal influence of such teachers. 
Whcretheinhabitant.sof whole districts 
ale laid ush-ep under the fatal de- 
lusions, and are steeled against every 
•tteiiipt to direct their attention to the 
Wnistinnity of the Word of God, sure- 
l.v the thought of this, ought to e.xcite 
ill those, who to teach all things 
eoiiiinanded, much watchfulness and 
I'la.Ver, and to lead the children of men 
carefully to draw their instructions from 
'lie pure fountain of Divine Truth. They 
should e.xamiue with minute attention, 
'lie light in which things are represent- 
"■'1 in the Scriptures, and their iliseourscs 
slinuld be a faithful copy of what is 
'lieivin contained. The apostle Paul 
|leclares, under the influence of thespir- 
■' of prophecy, that " in the last days 
I'l-riloiis times shall come. For men 
*nll be luvers of their own selves, cov- 
'•'"Us, boasters, |n'oud, blasphemers, dis- 
ol'wlientto parents, unthankful, unholy, 


without imtur,al afl'ection, truce breakers, 
false accusers, tierce deapisers 'of 
that are good, traitors, heady, highmind- 
ed, lovei-s of pleiksure more than the 
lovers of God, having the form of god- 
liness, but denying the power thereof." 
And after giving the description of char- 
actei-s, he adds, as an iiyunction, and 
plainly binding on thedisci|iles of Christ, 
and records, for their instruction in 
these days, "From such turn 

Be it noticed in this passive, the char- 
actors that were to distinguish the last 
days. Such characters have e-xisted in 
every age; but the period referred 
to; they should be found with a form of 
godliness (Rom. IB: 17). " Now I be- 
seech you, brethren, mark them that 
cause divisions and offences, contrary to 
the doctrine which ye have learned ; and 
avoid them " (2 Thes. 3 ; 14). " And if 
any man obey not our word by this 
epistle, note that man, and have no com- 
pany with him, that he may be asham- 
ed " (2 ,Tohn lilO). "If there come 
any unto you, and bring not this doc- 
trine, receive him not into your house, 
neitherbid him God speed." Are the fore- 
going Scriptures to be obeyed? (Matt. 
5: 1(1). "AVliosoever therefore shall 
break one of least commandments, 
and shall teach men so, he shall be call- 
ed the least in the kingdom of heaven" 
(James 2; 10). "For whosoever .shall 
keep the whole law, and yet offend in 
one point, he is guilty of all " (Koni. 2: 
13). " For not the hearer of the law 
is just before God, but the doer shall 
be justified." Disobedience in these 
things tends to draw a veil over the 
peculiar doctrine of the Word of God, 
and not only to obscure their glory, but 
to e.vclude from the mind every impres- 
sion that the knowledge ami belief of 
them is es>culially necessary to our ac- 
ceptance in the sight of God. It tends to 
annihilate those distinctions which they 

I>ove is the life of the soul, and the 
principle regulating its action in its 
uoniial and abnorninl states, may be il- 
lustrated by two ]>assages of Holy Writ 
CKprcsscd by tlie Author of this reKgion : 
" Come uuto me all ye that labor." 
" Depart fnmi ine ye worken* of iniqui- 
ty." By rendering a voluntary, orwill- 
ing obeaience to the first, insures a com- 
plete lus-siniilation to Him who is the 
Author and FinisluT of our faith, and 
to the second there will be a compul- 
sory obedience rendered by all who 
spend a life in open rebellion to Him, 
who is their Sovereign King of kings 
and Lord of lords, as a rigid and just 
award. It is wisdom in those who are 
apprised of these immutable results, 
to comply with the invitation of their 
blessed Savior, and take His yoke up- 
on them ami learn of Him now, that 
they may find rest unto their souls, ami 
enjoy this throughout eternity. 

The religion of .lesus has for its ob- 
ject the inculcation of chaste virtues, 
pure morals, and spiritual and enlight- 
ening iuHuenccs. Th<' benefits of the Gos- 
pel are many, and are intended for the 
entire race, none need be exempt to the 
benefits conferred, only obey and enjoy 
spirilual life, or disobey and suffer spir- 
itual death. " E.xecpt you eat the flesh 
of the t^oli of man and driiikllis blood," 
there will be no spiritual life in the soul. 
The New Te.stament contains the histo- 
ries of the lives of those who exempli- 
fied the doctrine of our holy Christianity. 
They furnish us examples worthy of 
our admiratiou and respect, and to copy 
after the lives of such illustrious char- 
acters should be the desire of all Chris- 
tians, for it will enable them to jirogress 
in the divine life, by insiiiring them 
with a zeal to press forward toward the 
mark for the prize of the high calling 
of (lod in C'hrist. The Christian wil 
consider the laliors of the present lif 
as preparatory to a wider and c.xtendei 

battling on through this sinful world, 
trusting in Him who is able to save, anil 
hope by the grace of God to live this 
.vearbetterthananybefore, for if I meet 
none of you in this world, may I tie ao 
unspeakably happy toineel you in a better 
one, where many near and dear ones are 
waiting for us. JIny we ever live faith- 
'ully bound together with the bond of 
love is my prayer. 
iMfinrt Citijy Iowa. 



a ■ni.KSSEI) arc they Mliid. an- pn- 
-*-* secuted for riijhtonu'jncw »ake 
for thoir's is the kingdom of licavcn. 
Ulcssfii an- ye, when men shall rovile 
you, and ptTsi-eiitt' you, and sliaU say 
all manner of evil ag:ainst yon falsely, 
for my sake. Rejoice and he exepfding- 
ly glad; fen- great is your reward in 
heaven: for so persecuted they the projih- 
et.H which were In't'orc you" (Matt. 5: 
10, n,-J-_>). "He that will live godly 
must sutler pei-secution" (2 Tim. ;J: 12). 
Christ says, " If they pei-secuteniethey 
will also pei-secute you." 

There are very few Christians now-a- 
days who are imprisoned, killed or per- 
seeuted for their righteousneVssake, or 
for Christ's sake in this our free Amer- 
where we can woi-ship God as it 
were under our own vine and fig tree*, 
liut it is to be feared that some are 
persecuted for unrighteousuews, for their 
evil deeds, instead of good deeds 
or righteousness. Although I ac- 
knowledge that the true antl faithful 
Christians will lie tried more or leiw by 
the World and imgoilly people, and have 
their trials, temptations, diftieuUie-s and 
dark seasons; yet they will all work to- 
gether for good to those tluit love God, 
and enable them to shine brighter, 
and ft'el happier afterward, if they 

constantly maintain. Fr(mi sm-h field <.f usefulness among the redeemetl kj^,.^, ^.^^1^.,,^.^. j^^^^,,.,^^.^. ^,„^,y^,j (^ 

turnaway. Was tliis precept to be obey- 
ed? If so, all the supposed difficulty 
in obeying it can he considered in no 
other light than as involving a reflection 
on the wisdom of the Lawgiver. 




ills term embraces within its signifi- 

and contemplation; the primary defini- 
tion is the religion introdnced and taught 
by Christ and the apotttles. The object 
at pre-sent is, to notice the design and 
purposes of its iuti'oduction 

First, it is intended to reinstate man 
in favor and friendship with Ilis Creator, 
a position froni wliieh man had fallen 
in consequence of liis violati<ui of tlie 
Divine Liiw, and is now suft'cring the 
penalty annexed to the infi-iugement of 
this law. Hence its object is to redeem 
all implicated, from under the curse of 
a broken Law, Ity restoring them, that 
they may enjoy as in their primeval 
creation, thatsweet communion and com- 
panionship with their Maker. This is 
a fact none who are acquainted with 
the truths of IiLspiratiou will deny, and 
the e.vperience of all truly enliglUeued 
Chri.stians corroborate the statement. 
Blessed indeed arp they who enjoy e.v- 
perimental religion, fur it strengthens 
their love, their devotion or attachment 
to the ciiu-se of Christ, mother does it 
stop with the possessor of the Idessed- 
ness, but enlists their powers to bring 
others uutler the immediate iniluenct' 
our holy Cliristianity. 

pirits of "just men made jierfect 
theimmortal climes of spiritual freedom, 
and there forever sliow forth the praises 
of Him, who has loved and redeem- 
ed them with his own precious blood, 
enjoying tlu' fruitinn ..f Christianity. 




heels of time have made oi 
more revolution. Another ye 

has rolled into eternity, the deeds of each 
and all are recorded, whether for or 
against us; if against us let us make haste 
to retrace (mr steps, and make our calling 
and election sure. Another year comes be 
fore us as a olean white page, unsiiotted 
by the monster sin. Many are vowing 
to live true t,o each other, true to their 
counti'y, or true to some organization, 
but how many are vowing to live true 
to their God i How many have made 
such vows, and have broken them, have 
fallen asleep in .sin and feel easy in their 
jn-esent condition^ But awake, ye im- 
mortal souls to a sense of your duty, 
nuike haste to renew your vows to God, 
and repent of your sins wliile it is to-day, 
for the night of death will soon come 
when it will be too late. 

Many times, when I sit at home on 
Sunday, do I think of the past, when 
we gathered with you at the house of 
God at SliannonIll..and listened with in- 
terest to the Word preached, but cannot 
meet with you now. But tuice have I 
seen any of the brethren since we have 
been in Iowa, but nevertheless my faith 
is not shaken, my anxiety for the ca\ise 
of Christ is none the less. I am still 

the storm. Therefore the Christian must 
atch and pray, and shall " ecmntit all 
joy when he falls into divers temptations, 
knowing this, that the trying of las 
faith worketh patience." The Christian 
shoulil try and live so, that if the people 
will sjieak evil of him or her they, do so 
falsely; and if it is false, he shall rejoice 
in a ctMuing day. And if the Chris- 
tian professor does aaythiug contrary to 
the Scripture, the worldly pet)plc. or 
non-i)rofessors, have a right to tell him or 
her in the spirit of nieekuess. By the 
fruit we can know the tree whether it be 
good or evil, and by their actions, walk 
and conversation, the Christians show 
their religion: actions speak louder than 
words. So the (Christian jirofessor should 
be on his guard and live out the profess- 
ion in word and in deed, that he be no 
stumbling block in the way of othere, 
but a true light to the world, and as salt 
to the earth. 

The Christian is to come out from 
among the world, and be a separate and 
peculiar people, zealous tif good works, 
keeping himself unspotted from the 
world— is to be ilead mito the world, 
and alive unto God. The Christian is 
to become an active and faithful worker 
in the vineyard of the Lord, improve his 
talent antl time to the glory of God, and 
" pray for them that despitefuUy use and- 
pei"secute you." " Bless them that 
persecute you, and cui'se not." And not 
be lus we read, have a name to live and 
are dead, but try to save and win souls, 
for he that winneth souls is wise; " For 
if the righteous scarcely be saved, where 
shall the ungodly arid the sinner ap- 
pear V 


January \ y 

glie grefhreij at ^or*. 



8. a. BASHOR, > KDITOIia. 

M. U. £9IIEI'MAH, ; 

"t... Birrn^o *t WnN« will be wnl ,pw'-P»>;'- ?* •"/, 

eelT* .» .iir« copy frM of ch.r([«. For »« »»" « • 
^»l i.«n.f wbi'-h Amount wo b« .iHiirtf^I from the 

SooIjT, n..d. t..,.bl- .0 Moore. "."•*<-*,''-'' ''.7"- 
p«-. u well ». lill bu.inw u">"»r. c^iNnr^io-l Ibi' of- 
AoB ahouM l« ii<lilrcMV'l 

Uurk, CtrreU Co.. HI. 


JANUAB? 17, 1878. 

Bbo. IJaki[oh's ncMr<-s(!i until turtiipr iiotitc 
will be Fnin>Iii.v. WMliiiigt.>,i c. , M,l.. .iiro of 
KIder David Long. 

KiJ>KH William Ela«, of Honil Co., 111., hns 
pas8«l awiiv. He diwl .Inn. 4tli. T\\m one by 
one the iigfd ministfra are piissing iiway. 

Eldkh John Foknkv, ilnriiig his travels will 

act iw (igont for llic Hueturrn at Work, and 

wbntflvor bnaint-ss, respecting siibscrii)tions, 

the purclinsirig of piimpbletw. etc., nmy Iw 

tmnitiicti-<l with bini, will be all right with tliis 


.♦ ■ — 

Hiio. John Mktzobr saya: " I wonid like to 
vinit you this wint«r, but cannot tell yet. as 
there an- »o many calls. I am going all the 
time. ] expect to soon start on a preaching 
tour of about three weeks. Will tt-U you more 
iifliT while." ^ __^„__- _ 

(JKl'Utti.EirH do not work, neither do workers 
grumble. Men who work liave no time to stop 
and grumble, ami grumblers are generally too 
iincojieenied iibout matters to exiTt themselves 
niui;b atgood, healthy exercise. More workei-s 
jinil less grumblers i« what our land needs. 

The brethren, preaching in Denmark expect 
to utart homeward just as soon ils the neeessnry 
means reach them. hence those who contemplate 
sending more money for this purpose, will at- 
tend to it immediately. About three hundred 
dollar* are yet needed to defray the expenses of 
tilt mission. 

KvEUY nmn. woman and child ought to leani. 
not only to work, but to work well. A uon- 
■tnnt, useful employment is the best known 
BJitidotc against crime and wickedness. Give 
nie a working people every time for peace and 
piftty. \^^o^k and pray is as essential to purity 
ns watch and pray is to faithfulness. 

It is said that as late as A. D. 15.^6 the Bible 
was not yet translate)] into any lieathen lan- 
guage, and only twenty-two years ago it was 
iu but fiiU'-two languages; but to-day it is, in 
whole and in part, in two hundred and titty 
different languages of the lost. This shows the 
progress of the interest taken in circulating the 
Scriptures. _ _ 

If those ppo|de who sit around on goods box- 
K» and in i)ublic places, talking unbecomingly 
about their neighboi-s and friends, will stay at 
home imd devote a little more time to ivading 
the Scriptures, it will be much bett<'r for them 
aud the moral* of the people generally. Heaven 
speed the time when people will learn to quit 
speaking evil of each other. .1 AUE.S R. GisH. of Woodford Co.. Ill,, 
Is not pnu'tically a " t«nt-maker," but he is go- 
ing into the "tent-business," in a way that will 
evidently etlect the furtherance of the Gospel. 
lie has. at his own expense, purchased a tent 
about 4'i by :12 feet in siw. and proi)ose«i travel- 
ing, pitch his tent where it seemeth good, cull 
the people together and there preach the Gosjiel 
and labor to build up the Master's cause. This 
is a sttrp in the right direction, and tiro. Git^u is 
jast the man to take hold of it. God l)less thi 


— .■♦ . 

DAMAsrrs, situated on a beautiful plain, 13(i 
miles N, E. of Jerusalem, is one of thf most 
ancient cities in the world. It is i!,344 feet 

above the level of the «ea, and surr<iunded. for 
many miles by delightful, fertile tield."* and gar- 
dens, well watered with beuutiful streams. The 
city Ih about two miles long and one mile wide, 
and contains nearly 2*^)0,000 inhabitants, several 
thousands of whom are Jews. The streets are 
Jong and narrow, and though the houses out- 
side upi»ear rough and sometimes gloomy, yet 
within, many of them are neat and beautifully 
arranged. Nearly every house has a fountain. 
The place is yearly visited by many thousand 
pilgrims. ^_^^^^...^-^ 

Von an excellent plan for building a meeting- 
house with but little money see not^s of travel 
and preaching by KIder Johm Metzoeb on last 
page. Poor churches want to make a note of 
this. Then those who are in the habit of filling 
uj) their reporLi of travel with raildron/Is. good 
dinners and etc. want to read the article 
again. If any of our correspondents can put 
more news in leas space, with le-ss outside mat- 
ter they will please let us hear from them. 
Writing church news is a little like making 
maple molasses ; it wants to boiled down till 
there is nothing left but the good. 

MoL->T Ararat, the resting place of the Ark 
lifter the Deluge, is 17,260 feet above the level 
of the seii, iUid about I4,00iJ feet above the sur- 
rounding plain. The .summit is ct)vered with 
eternal snow for about 30ft(l feet. Though 
far from being the highest mountain^ in 
tlie world, yet very few persons have ever 
been able to reach its summit. Tradition 
points out a place on the side of the moun- 
tain, where Noah is said to have pliuited 
liis vineyard: and lower down, iu the plain, the 
stnmger is shown the plate where the venerable 
patriarch is snpposed to have been buried. The 
region just below the perpetual snow, is barren 
and desolate, unvisited by either beast or bird. 

this in order by cjireful. religious tmining and 
you will ha-^e done much toward helping the 
child on ite way to glor>-. Got! bless home cul- 
ture, and help parents to bring up their chil- 
dren in the feiu- of the Lord. 

We learn that Elder Daviij Keli-er, of Cum- 
l>er]and Co., Pa., eonterajdates locating a colony 
in Kansas, on the lands belonging to the At- 
chison. Topeka & Santa Fe R. R. This is a 
step in the right direction, and we wish him 
miccees in the enterprise. It would be a good 
idea to locate colonies in all the Western Stutes, 
md those of Texas, Kansas and Nebraska offer 
'xtra inducements. Locating colonies in new 
countries is an excellent way. of not only im- 
proving the country and morals, but of estab- 
lishing strong-holds in muinteuance of pure 
Christianity. It is hoped that influential breth- 
ren who think of going West, will give the 
matter some attention. Many of them could 
collect quite a successful little band, and thus 
be instrumental in building up influential 

Blio. LKMrEl. HiLLEKY favored ns with a call week. He spent a few weeks in lowu, but 
is now at his home in Shannon, where he is de- 
tained in consequence of the sickness of his 
M'ifp. She lias been quite ill for some time, and 
therefore Bro. Hu.leky cannot at present re- 
sume his missionary labors in the Central Il- 
linois Mission Field. He will again enter the 
tield iLs soon as circumstances will permit. Dur- 
ing the last year his labora were quite ardious. 
and his travels extensive, amounting to several 
thousand miles. Out of :J6.'> nights, 340 were 
spent in part, either traveling or preaching. — 
May God bless those who are sacrificing life, 
health and home comforts for the salvation of 
suuls. Brethren and sisters, pray for sister 
Hilleky that she may be comforted in her af- 
fliction. ^ 

Thkre is, perhaps no part «f our religion 
more MuUy neglected than family instruction 
mid culture. Children are left to grow up, al- 
most of themselves, with but little regard for 
their religious training, — the ilistinct ti-atures 
of tiible t<'achings are unknown to them; they 
are not brought up in the nurture and admoni- 
tion of the Lord; have not. like Timothy, learn 
ed to know the Scriptures from childhood. — 
They are turned upon the broiul earth like a 
ship upon the ocean, without a rudder, to be 
drifted about by every wind of doctiine. Every 
child should have a wel Mi reeled, religious 
training iw one of the essential qualifications of 
life. Better eend them from home with an 
empty purse and a full heart, rather thsm a full 
pui-se .ind an empty heart. The heart — the in- 
I ner part is the fii-st thing to be got right; set 

T«K Bible is said to be like a great moun- 
tain, that can be viewed from different stand- 
points, but from nn two of t^em will it look 
alike. I wonder how many different stand- 
points the apostles viewed it from? Wonder if 
if they saw and undei-stood it differently? 
Wonder if one taught sprinkling and another 
immersion? one, pride and another humility? 
Wonder it there was one thing one side of the 
Bible and something diflerynt on the other? — 
The Bible never contradicts itself, it never 
teaches differently on the same subject. This is 
the work of man and not of God, His teachings 
f perfectly harmonious and uniform through- 
t, adapted to the wants of all nations and 
kindred, and that, too, without an appaient 
confliction. The good book don't teach one 
■liiss of people a set of ))rinciples and then turn 
right round and teach another class so difVer- 
■ntly that the two jiarties cannot agree. Unity 
n faith and practice is one of the leading char- 
acteristics of the religion of Jesus Christ, 


"ELSEWHERE in this issue, will be found a 


plicity and beauty of the hymn gained for it 
considerable favor. 

While Mr. Sankbt was in Edinburgh, g,, 
land, he stepped up to a newsstand und puf 
chased a few papers, and in one of thenj found 
this hymn. He was then on bis way to Qlaa. 
gow. where he and Mr. Moody were to hold & 
farewell meeting. Mr. Sankey felt greatly 
elated over the hymn, and resolved to sing Jt 
at the meeting. He stepped into a friends bouBe 
sat down at the organ, placed the beautiful liu^ 
before him and began to sing: the tune came 
to his miud i.istantly. 

The meeting was a crowded one and quit^ 
solemn, but when Mr. Samkey sang that beau- 
tiful hymn, it sent a thrill into every heart 
One lady was greatly affected; it was her sis- 
ter who wrotethe hymn. After the meeting 
Sankky received from her the following note- 
" I thank you for having sung, the other day, 
my sister's words. She wrote them five yean 
ago. She is in heaven now." 

circular—" The Gospel Tract Associa- 
tion " —setting forth the plans for the working 
of an as.sociatiou, having for its object the pub- 
lishing and distribution of pamphlets and tracts, 
ably and clearly setting forth the faith and 
practice of the Bi-ethren. 

It is inexpedient at this time to argue the ne- 
cessity of such an association, for it is evident 
that much good can be done through the in- 
strumentality of good pamphlets and tracts, and 
is one of the best known ways of spreading the 
truth with a small amount of means. Much 
;ood has already been accomplished circulating 
good literature, and in several instances pam- 
jihlets and tracts have been of considerable aid 
in planting the stiuidard of truth where it was 
before unknown. 

For the want of time to attend to the laboi-s 
belonging to such an enterprise, the ivork has 
not been pushed much of late, but as our mat- 
ters are now in a good shape, we propose giv- 
ing the project considerable attention, and en- 
deavor to build up an institution that will not 
only aid iu the spreading of the truth, but he 
im honor to the Master's cause. 

The plan of the institution provides that the 
Association shall be superintended by three breth- 
ren, assisted by an elected Board of tive man- 
agers, and that in the case of a vacancy in the 
superintendency, it shall he the duty of the 
Board of Managers and the Heading Commit- 
tee to fill said vacancy. As Bro. J. T. Meyer.s 
has sold his interest in the oftice. there will be 
a vacancy to till when the Board meets iu Feb- 
ruary next. 

We hope ttj see our Brethren take hold of 
this work and push it forward as nmeh as pos- 
sible, that our people may be better supplied 
with suitable reading matter. We need a good 
publishing house, suitable for putting out every 
needed kind of books, pamphlets kc, that may 
be subservient to the jtdvancement of the Mas- 
ter's cause. Don't fail to let us hear from you. 
We want the minds of all our readei-s regard- 
ing the i)roje(:t, for we know that many have a 
personal knowledge of the good that has already 
been accomplished by the ur^e of good literature. 


THE Chicntjo Evening Journal, of Deeember 
8th. deserves credit for the bold and fear- 
less manner in which it severely denounces the 
extravagancies of church debts and vanities 
prevalent in large cities. After referring to u 
case, where a church building had been Hfted 
out of a debt of over one hundred thousimd dol- 
lars, the editor says; 

" But, pray, what earthly or heavealv giW 
is accomplished by the building of such costly 
church structures? Can the most ardent friends 
of religion suggest any interest subserved by 
these mussive piles of church architecture, 
otherthitnthegratification of an essentially wick- 
ed and selfish church pride? The Divine Foim- 
der of Christianity taught, both by precept and 
example, that true and pure religion consisted 
fundamentally in worshiping the great Father 
Spirit "in spiritand in truth," withoutauy ref- 
enence whatever to localities or church temples. 
And certainly no Wind devotee Of any tUith 
could be so blind as to believe that the 
existenceof these highly-ornamented cathedraU 
assist or promote the real, spiritual worship of 

" But more than this, the amount of money 
put into these costly churches can be regarded 
in no other light than as literally sunk iu an 
utterly non-productive investment. It is of m 
use forfrn'uds of religious extravagance to say 
that the dividends received from such invest- 
ments are spiritual, rather than financial, be- 
cause they, as well as all other, know that the 
spiritual and moral benefits to be derived from 
the public religious services held in these edifi- 
ces could be just as well, if not better secured 
at a much less cost iu the line of sacerdotiil 
display. Nor can it be avowed, without a 
blush of disingenuous shame, that this amount 
of capital thus invested has been given to the 
cause of God on earth, when the fact is. that 
Gr>d's cause has been more hindered than helj)- 
ed by the outlay- Think for a moment of thi- 
sum of money now locked up all over the lirnd 
in huge piles of brick and stone, in eliiboratc 
frescoes and stained glass windows, in high- 
priced himberand still higher priced trinnuiugsl 
And all the while hundreds upon hundreds of 
poor, destitute families within the range ol' 
these church shjidows are having the hunlest 
kind of a fight to keep the wolf of hunger from 
their doors, and are repelled from, rather tliaii 
attracted to, the solemnities of worship by these 
rich and gaudy edifices, with the unseeuiingly 
display of silks, satins and tine linen of those 
who frequent them." 


MOST of our readers have read that beauti- 
ful hymn known as the "ninety and 
nine," but have not, perha))s, heard of itsorigin. 
Sonieyearsago there lived in Melrose, Scotland, 
a lady who was led to see the beauty of Christ's 
character as portrayed in the parable of the 
Good Shepherd. Having a poetic turn of miud. 
she sometines expressed her thoughts and feel- 
ings in vei-se. Tlie thought of im Eastern 
shepherd, seeking a wandering sheep, touched 
her heart with poetic fervor, and she wrote the 
hymn beginning: 

" There were niuely nud nine ihnt safel; Iny, 
In [be shelter of ihc fold." 

The hymn was published in a local paper, 
and the lady died soon afterwards. The sini- 

What is most needed at this time is an era 


plainuness and good common sense; one turn 
will be characterized by a right-about face m\ 
a general reformation in church buildiug 
and religious vanities. A continuation of the 
present customs will prove woefully detiiinpn- 
tal to the cause of that meek and non-conform- 
ed system of religion introduced by Him whose 
actions as well as His teachings were models of 

The Jounuil hi\s taken a step in the vigW 
direction, and we hope to see other papers 

If the popular religious papers 

of the 

[lay, have not pluek and independence enougli 
to stand up against .'Uid expose sin in high plnct-'- 
may be the secular press of the country has 

J. H. M. 

Wf. want less of creeds, but more tra9t;l«f" 
ceremuny, but more of work; les.-* uf eolerou )■ 
but more genial honesty; less doctrine, o"t 
of love. 

"^ aMONG the brethren in 

* IOWA. 

^- ,i,e niorniiig uf tlic- 4th iust.. I wiw do- 

'-' j^ sister B. F. nnd Katie Millur. iu 
py With theni and fiimily mftiiy ideas- 
urs were spent, not a lew in reading the 

»f'','(„re9iind iustiictiug each other therein. 

^"Lr ■'"''" '^"^^^^ """^ *"™'''' *'^*' '° ^^^ '"^'"'^ 
'''" Iv. With them I was glad to talk of 
'^'^'," •'•ffrpnt thinss," and encouraged in the 

THK i^hethrk:n^ j\'r avouic. 

roUi'-^ " 




Tiiesi- brethren and sisters live in a heautif'ul 
. productive country, and those cont«mi)lat- 
^ (.lifinge of location, should visit or address 
I !,■ of the ahove named brethren, atCliirencp, 
I say this much hecause I tliiuk the breth- 
oii-rht to i)039ess that country. God bless 
T jeiu- ones that live there, lor being away 
the main body of the church they strong- 
feel the need of brethren luid sisters moving 

ful instruments in doing good to all around 

On Thursday morning brother Yomice. 
brother H.ishor and wife, luid I left Waterloo: 
brother Y. to go and meet his family at his 
home in Synicuse Ind: brother B. and wife 
to visit brethren and friend.i in Maryland and 
Pensylvania, and I to join the loved ones at 

I have in a brief way tried to give you some 
thingedifying from my visit amongthe brethren 
iu a few places in Iowa, but you will ol>3erve that I 
1 am a poor hand on " travels," this being my I 
first. 1 couldn't make my pen 9a>* what hour 
I left and arrived at the different points, the 
kind of victuals I ate, the color of (luilti under 
which I slept, how far 1 walked, whose wagon 
I rode in. who met me at the depot, and a hun- 
dred other spread-eagle I's. Do the best you 
can with it; pick out the kernels aiid throw 
away the husks. m. m. k. 

Communications and all bu*iines« matter per- 
taining to this Aswociation. ax well na contribu- 
tions, should W addressed to 


Lanark, Iu.. 


From .\aros Swih.uit. — It has only been a 
few years, since this church was organized. 


idst. 1 did no great things while 

ave thatjl tried to love them, and I gut 


tk <bs 

of that in return than 1 deserved. 
Oil Momhiy the 7th, reached Waterloo, At- 
|p,l meeting in the South Waterloo chnrch, 
, j|, jyjifs South of Waterloo on the evening 
t!if ^th. and heard brother John Forney of 
preach on the coming of the Lord. His 
words on the Lord's second advent 
■d the redeemed of God and warned 
ilient. While spesiking of the sin- 
's dotim and punishment, I thought that. 
Iriily brother Forney was content to remain on 
llif Lord's side of this question whether Beech- 
^.r Fiirrar, and Swing were or not. These 
hiive recently discovered; in their imaginations, 
timt there is no hell, but brother F., goes on 
sounding the old Gospel trumpet which declares 
there is a hell. That's nght. Always give both 
villus iuid then if people will dodge and doubt, 
you are cleai'. 

Spent the uight with brother Davis Younce 
of liul., who arrived here on the 27th of De- 
cember and commenced a series of meetings in 
till' Strayer meeting-house the same evening, and 
..oTitiuiipd until the night of January 2nd. Six 
pri'cious souls made the good confession and 
\Hre admitted into fellowship. On the 3rd he 
began to preach the Won! in the meeting-house 
four miles South of Waterloo. Bro. Younce 
Imii" unwell on Wednesday, the 9th, Bro. 
iiiishor addressed the congregation from John 
]4- o_^ at the conclusion of which, Bro. 
Vmuice made a few farewell remarks, when one I 
Clime forward desiring to put on Christ. Seeing 
the joy and happiness of the brethren and sis- 
tei-s, when even one sinner turned to serve the 
hviug God, T was reminded of the many similar 
scLTics ill hundreds of places iu this broad land, 
luid the joy iu heaven over the wanderer's re- 

One very commendable thing was visible 
;iuiong the brethren in this congregation, and 
tImt is, they acted as if they loved each other 
and those out of Christ. I do not say that they 
have no advei-sitios, no seasons of grief mid sor- 
row, because the bitter gets into their cnp too, 
luit 1 was glad to see theevidences of brotherly 
liivv and kindness there. If you would know 
nliether pure and uudefiled religion character- 
izes a body of believers, just observe how they 
treat each other. Their treatment of a broth- 
er who visits them, is hot alwsys a sure index 
of II loving congregation. 

On the evening of the 9th about fifty persons | 
assembled at the house of brother J. J. Weller 
to the raarriuge of brother S. H. Bnsh- 
or find Miss Cordii S. Weller. Brother Davis 
Vniiuce performed the nuptial ceremony iu a 
Tery brief ami neat manner. The best of or- 
'ler picvailedand the arrangements were siiniile 
"nd plain. The guests were served with a 
[iliiin, substantial supper and the quietness and 
■"'iililicity in and about the house reminded one 
ii a Brethren's Lovo-'oast. Brother and sister 
^V-llor, luid children, three of whom are 
"1^0 members, did everything they could to 
make all feel Imppy, and in the language of 
^"■"tlier John Forney we " never were at a wed- 
ding when, so much order, simplicity and kind- 
"'■-^ were shown." I say this in justice to 
l"'>tlier Biu*hor, imd companion and her parents; 
'■"I- no doubt they'll not get too many n's^-a 
"» their t.athway through life, for evil disposed 
I'l-rsous are ever n-axly to feast on the fruit ot 
■■"' luiruly tongue, Ood bless brother H. and 
'^^'npanion,and mnl;e them useful aiid power- 


1. This institution shall be permanently lo- 
cated in Lanark, Carroll Co., 111., imd known as 
the " GosprI Tract Assw.iation," having for its 
object the i)ublishing and distribution of books, 
pamphlets, and tracts, ably defending the doc- 
trine and practice of the Brethren. 

2. No work, in the form of a book, pam- 
phlet or tract, shall be published by this Asso- 
ciation until it has fii-st received the approval 
of the Heading Committee. ' 

3. The business of the Association shall he 
superintended by J. H. Moohk. J. T. Meyers, 
and M. M. Esuelmak, as^^isted by a Board of 
Managers consisting of five well-established 
brethren residing in the Northern District of 
Illinois, Said Board to be chosen by a vote of 
the donore, and shall hold office for a period of 
five years. Immediately after the election of 
the Board of Managei-s, they shall meet, and by 
casting lots, number themselves respectively 1, 
"2, 3, 4 imd 5. No. 1. shall vacate his office at 
the expiration of the fii-st year; No, 2, at the 
expiration of the second year, etc, so that an 
election to fill the vacancy may take place an- 
nually. All Viicaucies otherwise occurring shall 
be tilled iu the regular order by the vote of the 

4. It shall be the duty of the Board of Man- 
agei-s to appoint a Treasurer, who shall receive 
and care for all money belonging to the Asso- 
I ciation, imd apply it as directed by the Board of 
Mimagers; to Kx the price of each work pul>- 
lishedby the Association; to determine what 
compensation shall be allowed for handling 
them: to choose, for a period of five years, three 
well-informed and reliable brethren, who in con 
nection mth tbe Superintendents, shall consti- 
tute the Reading Conmiittee. They shall also 
cause to be made and published an annual re- 
port of the work and doings of the institution 

5. It shall be the duty of this Committee to 
carefully and faithfully examine all matter in- 
tended for publication by this Association, and 
approve of nothing that will be detrimental to 
the plain teachings of the Gospel as generally 
understood by the Brethren. 

6. The funds of this Association shall be 
known as the I'rinting and Distributing Funds, 
and shall be raised, perpetuated and applied m ^^^^\ g^p^jj ,,vell of it. 

the following manner: First. All donations in ■ 

sums of five dollars and over, shall be placed in 

j the Printing Fund, nndahall be used in publish- 
I ing such matter as may be approved by the 

Reading Committee; but on the death of the 

donor his or her donations shall pass into the 

Distributiim Fund. Second. All sums under 

five dollars shall be placed in the Distributing 

Fund, which shall be judiciously used in the 

free distribution of paniphletsaud tracts as may 

he dii-ected by the Board of Managers. 

7. Kach donor shall be considered a member 
of this Association during life, and may exer- 
cise the privilege of voting for the formation 
of a Board of Managers, and filling all vacan- 
cies occurring in that body. 

8. All votes shall be sent by mail (or other- 
wise if convenient) to the Superintendents, 
and the ones receiving the largest number of 
votes shall be declared chosen. 

9. Should the Superinteudency of this As- 
sociation become vacant, either from death or 
otherwise, it shall be the duty of the Board of 
Managers and Heading Committee to fill said 
vacimcy by appointment. 

years ago there were about forty mi>mber». 
now there arv about seventy. We now have 
an applicant for baptism, and thu<i you see the 
good work of the Lord is moving on. — U'rilnut 
Creek Church, Ind. 

Errata.' — Dear Brethren, in my article iu 
your issue of Jan. 3, present volume, eighth 
line from top of page, I uuiutentionidly invite 
the reader to " look into the perfect law of our- 
selves." This would be strange perfection! I 
meant we should look into the perfect law for 
ourselves. In 33rd full lino from lop of same 
page, instead of " Hia " read " this." 

E, Umiiauoh. 
From H. G. Brerse. — Brethren DierdorfT and 
Zollai"!* are with us now. They came the 24th 
of December, and have had but few meetings 
yet, owing to the bad state of the weather and 
roads. They will remain over Sabbath, There 
seems to be quite an interest taken in the 
meeting, and there would be a good attendance, 
if the romls were not so bad. May the Lord 
bless their labors. 1 wish you good success 
with vour paper.— //('Jin/, MmshnU Co., ///., 
Dec. 27, JK/7. 

From Eld. .Iacoh F. Moomaw.— I would give 
what the Bui-rrnRRS at Work costs, to see the 
report of the Brethren's success iu Denmark. 
I expected to have traveled some this Winter, 
but owing to the ill health of my wife, could not 
leave home at all. It has been raining neariy 
every day for three weeks, and consequently the 
roads are almost impassable. But little is being 
done as to meetings, yet there are umny calls, 
and some precious souls still coming out ou the 
Lord's side. We received three this Fall by 
baptism.— /*Hr;»/r Cfine, AH., Dec, 24, 1X77. 

Frosi S. Y. SorDER.— There are some poor 
brethren here, who are not able to pay for the 
paper, so I shall give my extra copies (one for 
each ten names) to them. Wishing you the 
blessing of God, and prosperity, both spiritual- 
ly and temporally, I remain your brother in 

From W. Petersos.— The Lord has blessed 
His cause here. The prospect looks bright for 
those who love Him and keep His command- 
ments. Some thirty have obeyed Matt. 28: lil, 
and are ^villing to follow Him as their pattern. 
May the Lord help us to be faithful a little 
longer and we shall reap, if we faint not. — 
Jaclc^muHlk, Fla., Dec. 34. /H77. 

FltoM L. SrTPHiN. — 1 have been receiving 
two copies of the Brethren at Work, and 
have been making good use of the extra one, 
by giving it to a friend who says it is the best 
religious pajwr he ever saw, and is so well pleas- 
ed, that he will suljscribe for it now. My wife 
and I are the only members in this part of the 
country. I am doing what I can to help build 
up the cause here, by way of distributing our 
paper, and all to whom I have given it, read it 
If there are any Breth- 

FromE. R. Stipler. — I have rpcfivHl th« 
fir^t numWr of your paper for 1H7>*, and am 
much pleawil with it. We are glud that th« 
children are willing to luwist in it. God Iovch 
the children, so must parents love and enconr- 
ttge the little onett by placing within their reach 
such goo«l and wholesome residing matter thai 
the soul will not starve. So pan'nts niukeyoor 
children a nia- New Yejir's present of the 
Brethren at Work for thin whole year. Place 
above all the Bible, the Book of all hooka in 
their hands, and teach them bow to study it. — 
They will bleiw you for it in atter-lite. 

From N. Bkkkeviui.e. — According to pre- 
rious announcement brother John Nicholson 
of Knox Co., Ohio came to U9 on Friday even- 
ing, Dec. Slat, and Itegan a series of meetings.. 
Glad to say that sinners were made to weep and 
saints rejoice. Eleven precious houIs Cimie out 
on the Lord's side, and were raadu willing ta 
walk in newness of life. Would say. as many 
of our Northern Ohio Brethren are otinuiinted 
with Joseph Short, and have offered up many 
prayenn for him, they can now rejoice with us, 
that he is a brother and the prayers of his * 
brethren and siNters, and his dear companion, 
(a sister worthy of imitation) have at last 
lK>cn anBwere<l. May God sustain him to hold 
out faithful, IV* well as all the deur one« who 
have come out on the Lord's side. May the 
Lonl continue His work. Bro. John will leave 
to-morrow, Jan. .'>, for another field of labor. — 
May tile Lord bless his labor* in our prayer. — 
Yours in Gtwpel love and affection. — Delta, 0., 
.'/rin. /, I><7s. 

From P. R. Wkrtz. — As letters have been 
addre.s.sed to me at Pilot Point, some think that 
I am still living there, but I am not. My ad- 
dress is changed to Martina Springs, GraysoQ 
Co., Texas. I live nine miles west of Denison, 
and onfc one half mile South of Nine MilePoHt 
on the new roiul running to Gansville. 

From Wm. D. Tysojt.— I like the Brkthrmi 
AT Work so well that I can hardly do without 
it, and can hardly wait till it makes its weekly 
visits. We are about forty-tive miles off from 
the nearest church of the Brethren, I oflea 
think if some of the ministering brethren could 
come and preach for us, how well we would feel. 
Brother Rshelman; the pamphlets, tracts and 
papers you sent me arc going from place to place, 
and I have heard of a man who says that he has 
been convinced by reiuling the Petted Plan of 
Salvation that the three-fold immersion was the 
only mode of Baptism, I like the Bhethrm 
at Work, on account that you do not publish 
controversies in its columns. Stick to your post 
and the Lord will bless you all. .S7. Pniil, Car- 
■oil Co. In. Dec. 2H Hm. 

ren traveling in this part of the West, we will 
be plea-sed to have them stop and see us. We 
have a beautiful country.— CVi-Zfl, SitUne, Co., 

From ELDKRS.MrBRAY.— This day closes 
another year of our mortal life. I have it to 
say, mine has been a very checkered one. So 
far have met with many troubles and trials and 
disappointiueiit.s. Notwithstanding all this 1 
must say, that the Lord has been very good to 
me. He has never forsaken me in all mysorrows 
and troubles, but has always provided a way for 
me. He has brought my yeare to the number 
of 71. the first day of Inst April; and was es- 
pecially good to me during this closing year. — 
He surely was with me in all my travels 
through the year, and protected mo from dan- 
gers seen and un-seen. Distance traveled in the 
year IftT", was 3735 miles and iu my great 
weakness preached Mt> discourBes. may God 
help us to commence the N'cw Year by living 
closer to our God and our Christiiui duty is my 
prayer. I ask an interest iu the prayers of all 
my brethren and sisters in Christ. — Uurnrtts- 
vi'lle, Ind., Dec. 31. 1^7. 

The world never keeps faith with the heart that 
trusts it. Its promises of happiois* are perpetually 
broken. Take it for what il is worili and set your 
affeclions on what is wortb more. 

H0PK8, aft«r they haveceasetl to coutaiu poau> 
bililies, are as the page* of some book, which may 
have had an unaccuuutable fascinaliou for us in 
earlier yeara. 

No statue that the rich man places ostentatiously 
in bis niudows is to be compared to the little ex- 
[tectant face prcsaing ngaiust tlie window pana 
watching for his fallier, whea bis day's labor ia 

A littlk misery sweetens life. It is the salt 
that makes it palatable and wholesome; thti shade 
that relieves, and sets off the monotony and briU- 
iaucy of sunshine. 

CiiEBRFVLN>3S.— Try fora single day, I beseech 
you. to preserve youreelf iu an easy and cheerful 
frame of mind. Be for one day instead of a fire- 
worshipper of passion and hell, lhesun-wor?hipp« 
of clear self-pnsseesiou; aud compare the day in 
which you have rooted out the wecQofdissalififaction 
with lliat on which vou have allowed it togrow up 
—and you will find vnur b<arl "p*'n to every goc« 
motive, your lifv sireiigtheiie<i. and your breast 
armed with a panoply Ht;aiiisl ev. ry trick of fate; 
truly you \vill wonder aiyouruiui imprxjvemenU 

" I NEVER complaiucd of my coadilioabut once" 
said au old man, " wbeu luy feet were bare, and I 
had no money to buy shoes; but I met a man with- 
out feet, and! became contented." 

I kSOW not why wc should dt^Iayour tokeusof 
respect to those who deserve them, uutil the he»ri 
that oursympathv could have gladdcticd, has ce^ed 
to beat. As men cannot the epitaphs inscribed 
npan the marble that eoveis tliem.aothe tombs that 
that we erect to virtue orteu pn>ve only our repent- 
anco that we neglected when with us. 

An attempt is being made to org* nize n colony of 
olio thousand colored pRople in Liberty, county, 
Ga.. for settleuieut iu Liberia. 

It is a glorious occupation, vivifying and self- 
suslaiuiiig in its nature, to struggle with iguorauoo 
aod discover to the inquiring minds of the d 
the clear, cerulean blue of heavenly truth. 

THK "BKETHl^l'^NT tVX A\^0]il<. 

> aniaai* 

V i: 


•■ HiuUn.U. loT* ymr ith«-.' 

" WWm, olify your huiib«nil»." 

■' Fiihcm, proiokv not jftur chiMt*n lo wwtli." 

" CbiUrcn, ol>ry your pkmtl' in all thing*. " 

Edited by M. M. Eshelman. 

"'fhp end r>f the commnnflmpnt is charity 
out fjf n pnrp hrart nnd of a good conscience, 
and of faith iinfi'ijrnpd." 

WiiT bIiouW the spirit of any proft's- 
Hfir III the ninek and hjwly rtdiglon of Chridt 
1)4- rude andovifr-lR'ariugi' God never ho willed 

What carM and anxietien mothent do liavel 
From morning till night thuy toil and think for 
th<*ir lovingchildn*n. Then be kind to your 
mother. Obey her. love her, rvspect her. 

Ciiii.dhkn learn to h^ar all things. Tliough 
othPDi niny wr-k (o df'>troy you — niny go from 
houM> to house and spnnk evil of you, find fiiult 
with you, and JioM up your wuaknesH. lenni to 
endure it. Our Father haw put peace in such 
emiuruiicc, and, 0, tlic bright i-rown that He 
Mill give you if you endure aud overcoinel 

has already made them \\\*. But we are plead- 
ing for those who know that they an.- ninner» — 
know that they need a Savior to , lead them 
through this world of ain, to keep tliem from 
IMTHoiial fauiti and digressions. Such are old 
enough to do right, and uo one should hinder 

Often we g«t very peculiar iiotion.s of things. 
We often look at things from our own titiindpoint, 
and not from (iod'K. We turn up the human 
aide, and with it eclipue God's, and then try to 
be wi.He; but O how often we fail! Then let 
the children come to .lesus. Forbid them not. 
What .Jesus ha-^ called. let no man overthrow. 
Get your children together, pray \vith them, 
sing with them. Point them to the Lamb of 
God, and when they call on you to help them 
to get into fellowship with the saint», forbid 
them not. Qod has much grace; and He will 
help the child just as well as you. Do not put 
it off with the plea that it is too young. If 
your child knowH that it is a sinner, by its own 
actions, it knows enough to follow Jesus in 
ob.-dieuce. God bless the dear ones and help 
them to live under liis government. 

)>eeu ; 


Urar parcnt.1, you who toil and suffer that 
your eliildn-n may be hai)i>y and comfortable, 
you nei'd enrouragemeiit too. Though your 
miml may be stvnntier tliiin tliat of your dear 
oIlNpring. yet you oftvn grow weary, and terf 
the burdens of lifi'. Look lo .lesns. your dear 
Ma;«ter who is full of love and sympathy for 
yon. K'>fit in Him. iluild on Him. Put Him 
ou, for He will never wear out. 

Do not keep the eliildren from meeting.' The 
moment tlley are able to read and understand, 
they are able to drink from tlie well of life. — 
Let .Irinli of that water, cat of that bread, 
and be clothed with tJiat garmeut — nW of wliich 
came from our Savior. ' In sowing in their 
hearU, alwiiy.-i sow good seed, and never try to 
force in the ehalT too. Tlie wind knows how 
to dispose of thnt. 

1 'niiNK a good way to get children or older 
oneH acquainted with the Seriptums. would be 
for some brother or nister to write que.'^tions 
from the Old and New Ttwtimieut for them to 
liiid and niiswer through the Home Circle. 

C. A. MooHR. 

Wo accept the HUggoation, and hope the 
lirethren and sistvnt will give the matter due 

One who had the mind of God — one who uf- 
ttred ns the Spirit dictated, said: "Let all 
your thingH be done with chiirity," Yoitr tbings 
There is sunshine in that, for charity always 
lets it out. liemember it does not read. " Let 
Home of your things be done with charity, but 
'"nil your things." Nor should we mistake and 
get on tlie other side of the fence where it 
reads: " Let a tew things be done with elmritv, 
and the rest with envy." That is a bad side to 
be on; those who get over there, generally use 
pitch forks, but never rakes. They pitch every- 
thing to othci's. but never lukr in anything for 
thoniNelves. The la»t stiite of that soul is worse 
than Hif (irst. 



LITTLK girl with golden head, 
Asked me to read a minute, 
A pretty story, as she said. 
For .leans' name was in it. 

The |)lea<^.int task was soon complete, 
And long I pondered o'er it, 

That -Jesus nmue should be so sweet, 
That even u child should love it. 

Oh, sweetest story ever told. 

What tongue would dare begin it, 
If it were riven of its gold. 

And Jesus' name name not iu it? 


rilO hold high principles, and live on low ones, 
J. is Christian inconsistency. We are all 
more or less inconsistent. There is no man 
whose practice is not worse than his profession, 
uo one who docs not live below his own stand- 
ard. Butabsoluteinconsistencyis when aman's 
life, taken as a wliole, is o|)posi(ion to bis ac- 
knowledged view,« and ]U'inciples. if a man 
says that it ia more blessed to give, than receive, 
and is forever receiving, scarcely ever giving, he 
is inconsistent. If he professes that to please 
God is the only thing worth living for, and his 
plans and aims and contrivances are most to 
jilease men, be is inconsistent. — The Guiilc. 

liill. but they persevered, 
nows<-.- the result 

Our greatest and most influential ministers 
were ouce Ijcginners. Though they can now get 
up before n large audience and speak with ease, 
many of them, when rising for the first tmie. 
were almost specehless; but they went on, they 
did what they could and great has been the 

Then, if such has been the case iu the past, 
it still remains so in the future. If we wish to 
improve ourxelveit, we must work and continue 
working, though we see nothing before us that 
is encouraging. All may look dark in the tut- 
nre; great clouds nuiy roll up before us and we 
may feel almost foi-sakeu, but don't give up. — 
Hemeniber, that whnt man has done, can be 
done ag.iin. Look up to King Emmanuel and 
itsk for strengtli to overcome our trials. Cast 
your all on Him and He will give you the de- 
sired help. 

Let ns all resolve that with this new year we 
will begin anew to work ipr Jesus. Although 
we cannot cross the ocean or preach like Paul, 
there is plenty of work at home for all of us 
that we can do, if we will but talce hold of that 
which presents itself to us. When once we 
have nmde a beginning, the lumlest part luis 
been accomplished and an opening is nuidc for 
us. Though it may be small, it is an opening, 
and like the little hole iji the great dykes of 
Holland that a little boy could cover with his 
linger, so with us. The opening is small and 
our work is Y\k& the little stream of water: if 
we continue to force it through the opening, it 
will gradually become larger and larger, until 
we can defy all the powei-s of Satan. But if we 
allow him to niake»an opening into our ranks, 
tlien destruction is near, and sad will be the re- 
sult. We can all do something, and though it 
be ever so small, we should begin at once, and 
look to God for strength, so that, when our 
time is ended, we m.ay know that we have done 
what we could. 

J. H. Ellis. 
Upper Dublin, Pa. 



I PROMISED to tell you som. 
little folk about Huilson. 
you the names of some of them. 
[ can remember all the uanies. 


come a man I may be a brother in tbi* A 
and a subscriln-r for the BKKniitF.N ai Iv"' ' 
I want to be a useful man and a child of l'^ 
I don't wiuit to lie like the foolish \-i ^^ 
When they started to meet the bridegrnriix. [l" 
tried to borrow oil. It is best for cad^ '^ 

have their own oil, and then there will i *^ '" 
need of borrowing. It should be bought in ' "" 
time, 80 that, when the time comes for i,,; ^^*^ 
and go. '"K 't- 

safely 1„, 

I'e can up 
"Tliere were ninety and nine that 

In the shelter of tlio fold. 
But one was out on the hills away 

Far olf from the gates of gold, 
Away on the mountain wild and bare. 
Away from the tender Shepherd's uiirc 
TnEonoRK Ha It Ma 


IT is astonishing how little some peoi)le Vfil 
spm-P nu>ments; and yet they are the"ff(,J 
dust of time." If we take care of the moment 
the hours will take care of themselves. Vp 
often there are a few spare moments in 'k\\\ 

we could read a chapter in the Bible, 

or one or 

two instructive pieces in some good paper. B„( 
instead of doing this, the spai-e moments an- 
wastej. If we spend the spiu-e moments iaH,; 
way, we will not lie likely to improve the lioiirs 
much better. But we find by ren<liiig the 

■e many young 

BnKTHHEN AT WoKK that there an 

folk making good use of the spare moments liy 

reading the paper, Jind writiug for it. 

We also find-that there are some young foil, 
that do not have tlie privilege of going to uhurth 
very often. Some people would suppose from 
this, that they would have nothing to do on 
Sabbaths. But they can read good book-s ami 
papei-s, by which they can learn a great deal, 

It is true, moment* ar^ very smalt, but if wo 
improve them well we nmy ob'iaiu muuli knowl- 
edge which we wfuild not obtain if they were 
wasted. It ia our duty to improve them to the 
best of our ability. Therefore, improve the 
spare moments and you wll not regret it, 

J. H. Nefp. 


'thing about the 

Fii-st. I mil teil 

I do not think 

Tliere is Ida, a 



JT seems good and expedient to treat this sub- 
ject briefly. At what fujf children should 
be received into fellowship, is not n Bible ques- 
tion. The Bible is lus silent as the grave as to 
that. Jesus who knew His mission well, said: 
"Suffer little children to come unto nie und 
forbid them not." Now, if Ho our Lord and 
Master commands us to suffer them to come, 
why say to miy of them, they are tiio young? 
Why urge the plea that they nmy not hold out 
faithful? Why judge or set at imught what 
God has not set at naught? Does it not savor 
of faithlessness to doubt the fidelity of the 
child before it lias been tried? Who Iuls set us 
to be judges over God's children ? And does it 
not appear iw if we had doubts of Goil's grace 
to sustain the child? O let us never prevent 
anyone who can know God's will, from doing it ! 
A child is old enough to oliey God, when it 
kuowa that it is u sinner. The moment that 
conviction pierces the heart, just that soon is 
that iierson ready to turn unto the Lord. 

We are not maintaining the baby doctrine, /. 
e., that babies must be made members of the 
household of faith, for a greater One than man, 

IN looking over, and penising the many good 
articles on the page devoted to the Home 
Circle, we were made to sorrow to think of 
the many deal- little children «ud bigger ones 
too. that have no home; no father to protect 
and support them: no mother to love, comfort, 
care and provide for them: no brethren imd sis- 
ters toiussociatewitb. OhI the dreadful thought., 
no home. 

You, dear children, wlio have all the coiu- 
forts of a good home, who have fathers and 
mothei^s, brothers and sisters to love and care 
for you, do not, by any means forget those who 
have uo home. 

And you, dejir children, who have no home 
on earth, no one to love and care for you, re- 
member you eau have a " Home in Heaven." — 
We find it written in God's Word. "Though 
your father and mother foi-sake yon, the Lord 
will take you up." Tlierefore wlien you are 
comjielied to wander in this unfriendly world 
without an earthly home, remember that you 
have a kind l''ather in Heaven, one who 
cares for yon, and who will never sufl'er yon to 
come to want, if you will jjut your trust iu 
Him. Hence be good children wherever your 
bit nmy be cast, and if deprived of the blessings 
and conifortjs of jui earthly home, may you 
secure that heavenly liome, where there is full- 
ness of joy, and pleasures for evermore at God's 
right hand. 

„ ., Uncle David. 

Mt Morris, ni. 


HOW luucb might be accomplished, that is 
left undone, if all would do what they 
could. Thougli it be ever so small a matter, 
yet by continually adding little by little to the 
first attempt, in a short time we will be surpris- 
eil to see the advancement that we have made. 
All of our great writers at one time were be- 
giimci-s, and their first etlorts may indeed have 

bright eyed little girl that has three little broth- 
ei-s. Otis, Edgar ami Ira. And there are Lydi: 
and Emma two sisters who have no little broth- 
Hi-s; and there is Uebecca, who has no mother 
Don't you pity her? And there are Hattie and 
Adaline with their little brother Arthur, who 
have such a good father and mother that brings 
them to meeting whether it rains or shines. 
.And Delia, she was lelt an orphiui. but she has 
been adopted into a family, who takes her to 
meeting and Sabbath-school; everybody loves 
Delia; there is another Ida that has little broth- 
ers and cousins, Maud and Lottie; and yet there 
is another little girl we call Sadie; she has two 
brothers Abbie and Eddie. 

Did you ever hear of so many names, and all 
good children? How did they all happen to be 
good children? Why God made them so, and 
they will be good till they learn to be naughty; 
but I do not think they will learn to benaughtv 
children, they have such good mothers, and 
some of them have older sisters that are oruii- 
menls in the church, who will keep those little 
jewels from becoming proud and naughty; little 
children would never be proud or naughty if 
older ones were more exemplai-j'. 

Now I think there is quite a number of the 
little folk who write for the paper that would 
like to make the acquaintance of our little Hud- 
sou folk. Well if ever you do, you will find 
them sociable and kind, and if you should go 
with them to meeting, you will see how .still 
they sit. I hope you will see lettere from them 
all and then you will see their other names 
which I have omitted to give. Now if grandpa 
down at Girard can name more good little chil- 
dren than I have, he must be a happy grandpa, 
mth such a host of little folks around him ; well 
if he is happy with his surroundings I will not 
envy him. for I think all grandpas ought to be 
happy. Well now our letter is about long 
enough. Good bye to all. 

Hm/son, HI. Ihc mh; IhTi 


AM not the j.rodigal son that we read of. 

I am not a lost boy, but an orphan. Mv 

father died when I was quite small. I have a 

good place to stay, and am going to school to 

reml and write, and I thought it good to write a 


Ikar br.-lUn-H:— 

PERMIT me, througli your worthy columns, 
to inform the church generally, that 
there is a little band of brethren living four 
miles North-west of Peabody, Marion County, 
Kan., and thougli small in numbers, zeal for 
the Miister's cause abounds in every heart, 
there are no sleeiiy members here. Having but 
one speaker, and one deacon, the culls lor 
|)reaching are more than we can possibly till, we 
can but repi-at the same old call that you luive 
lieard from Kansas so often, during the psist 
year, " Come over and help us." Brethren, when 
you meet to woi-ship, with four to seven niiu- 
isters behind the table, take one serious thought 
of Kansas, and her call. You have at least one 
talent, and no doubt more, nhall they be buried, 
or put to the exchange? 

I was surprised, and ghul to meet Eld. Dauiel 
Keller, of Cumberland Co. Pa., in our tomt, 
(Peabody) jtrospecting along our line of Rail- 
road for lands on which to locate a colony. 
That is a move in the right directitm ; let many 
more come. 

We have a beautiful country, mild climate, 
good water generally, society kind, obliging, aii'l 
moral. The country is healthy, etc. Remem- 
ber we are located ou the main line, of tlie 
Atehison.Topeka.A Santa Fe R. R.. which is 
running excui-sion trains monthly, and alniost 
weekly, during the traveling seiison, and selling 
round trip the East, at extremely 
low rates. Brethren if you come or pass along 
this line, stop off at Peabody without fail, andsee. 


I th( 

one faith, 

Geo. W. Thomas. 


ihm- linthrm:— 

11H ROUG H the mercies of a kind and Heaven- 
ly father. I was permitted to spend several 
days in Stai-k County, Ohio, where we 1 ived some 
over a year; from there we moved to this place- 
In June last, I hiul the privilege of meeting 
with the brethren and sistci-s at several mee'- 
ings, where I enjoyed myself very much, ni" 
ompmiy with those whom I nsed to mingle 
my voice with so often. I hailto think of the time 
when Christ shall call all of his children to- 
gether, nevermore to part. We enjoy ourselves 

lewlmesjor the "Home Circle." I read the I weirw'ith ourTreth^irand sis^^^^^^ 

paper with gladness, and hope when I am be- I world, and while so doing, we remember th. 



,t BBd precious promises, which God has lea 

f-^lUethatlivefaithful until ae,.th. and as 

KJoice when we meet to wonihip here in the 

"\cl"'^" "^ *''*"'■ '"''" ""''"^ '""'■'' *^'' «-« re- 
:,t when we we all gathere.l home into that 

l" ii9e w'''^** '^ ""'^ ™'"'^ ^^'^ '"'"*'• L't^r- 
!j in the Heavens, whose maker and huilder ia 
""^ We know that the meeting ani rejoicing 



oil be a glorious one ; and now dear 

thren iind sisters, m order that we may reach 
hiit final resting place, we have a great work 
vlfore lis. one that should make us daily feel the 
t responsibilities and the necessity of fear- 
f^Qod, an"! keeping his commandments. In 
'"Xr that we may finally have a right to the 
^^ree of Life," and enter in through the gates 
■„to fhe <:'ty- '•''^ nmst not forget the one thing 
' pPilful. Sometimes it seems to me that we are 
L much inclined after the perishable things of 
this life- Many of us are financially embarras- 
jed, and are striving hard to pay off these em- 
burrassments, which of course is right, but we 
must remember that right here is great danger. 
^hile striving ao much to pay off these woridly 
jcljts, ftiid laying up treasurers that are liable to 
corrupt, we become more or less careless about 
our souls salvation, and our chance if not close- 
ly wdtched, will be slim. " If the righteous will 
scarcely be saved, where shall the sinner, and 
the ungodly appear" ( 1 Pet. 4; 18). Our desire 
is to reach that place, where the streets are paved 
with gold, where the light of the sun is not need- 
ed hul the Lord God shall be the light thereof. 
j{ow brethren and sisters, this thought pre- 
sents itself, this being the last day in the year 
1S77, we feel that we should praise God that he 
has preserve! 

talked about like some that are in the church." 
This same mother was herself received in the 
church one night, when she was at death's door, 
some t*u or twelve years before. In a few 
years the daughter got raarried. and before !<he 
was married a year, she took sick and wished to 
be baptized, but her husband would not allow 
it, and she had to die in that terrible condition. 
In another case, a sister kept two of her chil- 
dren from joining the church. Soon after the 
sou took sick and died, and I dou'£ know wheth- 
er the oth«r one ever joined, but one son she 
could not keep back, he is now a minister. This 
same old sister had a few years before, submitted 
to let her daughter(who wa.^ not expected to live,) 
go three miles to be baptized. She recover- 
ed, and is now'a faithful sister as far as I know, 

I am glad that the brethren are not afraid to 
warn such parents. 

I was impressed with brother Buechley's ad- 
dress to the children, and I thought of so mar 
ny young members in the Wat^rioo church, 
that can carrj' on the Lord's work, when ' 
older ones are gone to the grave. 

Hannah Knaipf. 

Dec. 15lh, mi. 

;d our lives until now, while, during 

around the family iiltar; and whnt a pity if our 
children should «ay, " I never lieurd father nnd 
mother pray." Fathers uiid mothers, cast off 
this reproach at once, by calling your family U>- 
getlier at the beginning of this, another New 
\t'iir. and engage in family devotion to God. In 
The Almighty's eyes an* over you, and lie has 
said. His ears are open to your prayers. May 
God abundantly bless all our dear brethren and 
sisters in all tile good, effective resolutions they 
may engage in, and in your prayers remember 
especially the brethren here, for wefeel theneed 
of your prayei-s. 

I think the Hrbthkkn at Wokk is giving 
satisfaction, and may the standard of our church 
literature become magnified, and nuiy all the 
good efforts set forth, meet with unbounded 
success; may the principles and doctrine of our 
adorable Uedeemer, he set fortli in such a pur- 
suasive power, that the sinner's heart nmy soon 
yield to obedience. May the principle of thi 
missionary cause, meet the prayerful npproba 
tion of all our dear brethnm and sisters; that 


the piist jear. some have been called away whose 
loss we deeply feel, and the Lord only knows. 
how soon we will have to follow. 

This morning I read a letter from our dear 
brother, Enoch Eby, whom we have been ac- 
quainted with for a number of years. In his let- 
ter 1 notice where he writes, some have kindly 
remembered us etc.. and he aNo says but even if 
ive are forgotten by many, they are not forgot^ 
ten by us. Now to this, I must say a few words 
to all niy dear brethren and sisters, who may 
reiu.1 these lines. Let us not forget our dear 
brethren who have gone to Denmai^k, for they 
have left their dear children, their friends, breth- 
ren anil sistei-s, and many loved ones here in 
America, aud in obedience to the chureh. and 
fioil's wuril, have gone away yonder to preach 
the pure word of God to those people. We 
eiui't but help to often think of them, and now 
dear brethren and sistei-s, as we are about to 
step into this New Year, may we tli-i-phj feel, to 
be more and more engaged in the cause of our 
Redeemer, as we feel that we are in perilous 

A few days ago a friend handed me a news- 
paper prmted in Philadelphia, Pa., and in its 
columns, I noticed an article written on the sub- 
ject of " Hell." by a noted minister of Brooklyn, 
N.Y. In it he states that some of the great 
ilirines of England, are now discussing the sub- 
ject also, that in two sermons lately delivered 
by Canon Parrar, of England, at Westminster 
Abbey, to large congregations, he boldly said 
that the words Hell, Damnation and Everiasting 
oiiq;ht no longer to stand in the English Bible. 
ami if the revisei-s did their duty, all three would 
be stnckon out. Think of this brethren mid 
sistei-s, this should put us on guard, and as we 
st^p into the New Year, let ns say that we will 
bp more energetic, aud earnestly contend ior the 
true faith preached by Christ and his apostles, 
and we can rest assured that if we live up to 
our profession, and hold out faithful until death, 
we wdl escape that place of misery which we do 
believe in, and ciui feel sure of receiving that 
crown of eternal glory, beyond the river of 
death. Jesus has promised to be ivith us to the 
end, and then puss with us through the cold 
valley and shadow of death. These precious 
promises should make w^ feel now, to be more 
faithful, HO that we may he more perfect, even 
lis our Father whioh is in Heaven is perfect. 
The Saviour sajs be of good cheer. 
Much love to all. 


LEFT home on the morning of Dec. 12th, 
arrived at Lewiston, Winona Co., Minn,, 
next morning. I stayed until Dec. 22nd. Hatl* 
meetings twice a day, nearly every day. Two 
were baptized, and the church seeras revived. 
Bro. David Whetstone was ordained to the full 
ministry, and Bro. John Wirt forwarded to 
the second degree of the ministry. Brethren 
Jacob Wirt, aud James Sweezy, were elected to 
the office of deacons. The roads being very 
bad the meetings were not as well attended as 
they otherwise would have been. 

On the morning of the 22nd, ' in company 
with Bro. C. F. Wirt, Bro. David Buechly, and 
friend John Sadler, we started for Root River 
congregation, Fillmore County. Traveled over 
the worst roads we ever saw; arrived at the 
Brethren's meeting next day, just about the close 
of services. Meeting in the afternoon; tarried 
in this congregation until Dec. 30th. On ac- 
count of bad roads, and extreme dai'kness at 
night, we could have but few evening meetings; 
but met twice a day. At this place thirteen 
precious souls came forward and embraced 
Christ in Gospel order- 
To-day (Jan. 1, 1878), we started for home, to 
stay a lew days, and then, to start to Grundy 
County, Iowa. 

We return hearty thanks to our dear breth- 
ren and sistera in Minnesota for their kindness 
shown to us whilst with them; also for their 
practical sympathy manifested in our behalf, in 
this, our hour of severe atfiiction. 

W. J. H. Baoman, 
Liun- Spriiif/f', loirtt, Jan. 1st, If^S. 

they may be constrained by the love of God, to edgi 
open up the treasures of this world, and give 
abundantly to itsaupport. llememberthatGod 
is merciful and just in all his ways. 

With love to all, and malice to none,! I'enifun 
yours in Christ Jesus. 

Wu. G. Cook. 

I'lyimnth, Ind., Jan. hi, 1H7H. 

lam, when he aaid. if Halak would giv*' him his 
hou«- full of gold, he would not go beyond th<: 
word of the Lord my God, Ut do moijt or leiw. 
tNumben, 2'Z: IH.) He wiw right, but when In- 
ked God the aeconil time what he »hoiild do, 
.' started wrong, and he Irnveleii on until the 
angel met him, itud be promiw-d to go baek 
again; and every one that iwka Gixl for a second 
revelation, lays a foundation for error and de- 
ception, like the man that one time opened the 
Bible with the thirteenth ehupt^-r of John Ij«- 
forc him, mid knelt rlown und n^ked Goil 
if he were required to wiwh the Mtint's fcirt; 
the answer wa«. No (?). 

Our health since we have been in Denmark, 
has been very good, and the blessings of life 
needful to our comfort we we permitted to en- 
joy; and trj* to remeinlwr our Heavenly Father, 
from whom every good as well an every perfect 
giflcometh, with thankfulness, and to manifest 
a willingue«8 to porfonn any duty in our weak- 
ness, that might bring honor to hia name. 
The health of the meml)er» aa far as our knowl- 



AS church news is of much interest to me, 
imd not often seeing any from this arm of 


De<u- Edilor^.^ 

ON reiwling the remarks of brethren S. H. 
Bashor, and C. G. Lint, regarding luem- 
bers preventing their children from joinmg 
the church when young, or on the first call, 
my mind wa« carried back to circumstances 
that came under my own personal knowledge. 
One of our neighbor's daughter, (about fifteen 
01- sixteen years old,) was going to be baptized, 
iQd I went to talk about it witli her mother, but 
to my sorrow she said. " I will not let her, she 
is too young, and I will not have my children 

the general church, I thought I would droj; 
few thoughts from this vicinity. Weather 
pleasant, health exceedingly good. The chureh 
seems to be alive, to the interest of the Master's 
cause. The Sabbath-school Conference of the 
Northern District of Indiana, was held in this 
congregation; enjoyed a good meeting, though 
not largely represented from a distance; htipe 
uch good was accomplished. We are having 
desirable success in this church in the Sabbath- 
school work; not less than thirty of ourschol- 
ars have united with the church in the past 
two years, and they are principally quite young 
in yeai-s, and are obedient followers of the 

We have prayer meetings in dift'erent local- 
ities of the church; one on Tuesday evening, 
the other on Thursday evening: held at the res- 
idence of brethren, and we find them thus far, 
of much profit, in strengthening and encourag- 
ing us on our way Heavenward. Both young 
and old engage in the noble work, and may we 
never grow weary in well-doing, and as the old 
year is no more to us, only for rellections, may 
we all see where we have come -short of duty 
and promptly resolve that at the beginning of 
this New Year, that we will strive to improve. 
May the spirit of prayer be instilled abundantly 
into the heiuts of all our dear brethren and sis- 
ters; andmay#'ery house become a house of de- 
votion to God. if iiny 'have neglected family 
prayer, may the spirit speak to them this heau- 

Diur Brclhmi:— 

I HAVE just returned from Stenum, where I 
attended two meetings of usual interest. 
Bro, Hope, and family were with us all lust 
week, which was something unusual for sister 
Hope, as her health, in connection with her 
family charge, does not lulmit of her visiting 
much, and even going to preaching, and hence 
hears but little preaching, unless done in their 
o^vn house. 

The work is still progressing slowly but 
steadily. Last Friday, another sister was ad- 
ded by baptism, and we think some others are 
counting the cost, and hope will soon begin to 
build. We held meetings here in the villagi 
the hall, five evenings of last week, but did not 
have the interest we expected; hope however 
our labors will not be entirely in vain, an some 
in the small congregation, seemed to be favor- 
ably impressed. 

We have appointed another feast on the sixth 
of January, at Bro. Hope's, where we expect to 
finish the work assigned us, and then as soon as 
arrangement* can be made, start for Germany 
aud England. If no effectual door opens to 
preach, we will shake off the dust of our feet, 
aud turu towards America; this will we do if 
the Lord will, and the proffered means reach 
us in due time. This arrangement will add but 
little to the actual expense of returning home, 
but we will tarry here until we hear from the 
brethren in America, wliich we hope mil be 
before the feiist. I regret somewhat that we did 
not stop in England on our way here, and intro- 
duce our mission, and distribute our tracts. 
We think more good could have been accom- 
plished, and we would be better (jualified to dt-- 
cide on our arrangements now, but we hope to 
hear from brother Brinkworlh soon, which per- 
haps will assist us in determining what is best. 
and bow soon we expect to set sail. 

We feel, to some degree at least, a delicacy in 
talring any steps, or adopting any measures, that 
might be considered by any, outside of the act- 
ual, or at least the primary object of our mis- 
sion, { which was to organize a church), that 
would involve the church in more expenses, 
knowing that many of our dear brethren and 
sisters think, the expenses already incurred, are 
more than actually necessary, if the mission 
hiid been difl'erently managed; yet we cannot 
feel ourselves altogether justifiable in returning 
without making *oiu«' effort in the above named 
places, unless the Lord prevenis us, as he did 
the apostle at a certain tune when lie thought 
of going to Bithynia, and was forbidden by the 
Holy Gho.'*t to preach in Asia (Acts, 16: 6, T). 
if so. we will be willing to submit, and give 
heed to some of the Macedonian calls. Our 
feelings cannot always be relied uponasftguide 
in mattei-s of duty, as will clearly be seen in the above alluded to; they may l)e more or less 
perverted, and yet we may not be aware of that 
fact; and then the Lord may interiere in his 
own good way, to let us see our error, and lead 
us right, if it should be, to Send an angel with 
the swonl, to stand before the ass; and nothing 

■xteiids, Ls also giKrtl, iMith spiritually and 
physieially: tli.\ h .iii in .nj.iy the blessings of 
the Goapel in .i i inn. Ii . .i|m> ity very much with 
much -^n ili:ii i|i,\ ,,,,1 hardly be recon- 
ciled to the thought ol us leaving, especially so 
soon ; but more especially brother Hope and fiim- 
ily, having once been permitted to mingle with 
the dear brethren and sisters in America; and 
we think we feel, if not to the same, at least to 
»onie degree, the pangs of our separation, alrwidy 
piercing our hearts; for we feel much tosympar 
thi7£ with them in their isolateil and lonely 
situation, and heartily recommend them to the 
sympathies and prayers of the whole brother- 

The weather has been very favorable for trav- 
eling this winter, no snow to interfere, as fro 
queutly is the case; night before last about 
an inch of snow fell, and the weather was so 
mild hitherto, that we held meeting without fire 
until the night of the 12th., when we kindled 
a fire in the town hall; this morning Idth still 
mild and some indications for snow. 

By the time this reaches you, our work here 
will be finished, the Lord willing, and we will be 
ready to change our location, but our address 
from America, will continue to be thesame.and 
Bro. Hope will send our mail to us, wliich will 
take a week longer, esjiecially to Enghmd. 

We close with greetings of Christinn love luid 
Mendship to all our dear brethren and sisters 
in America. 

Yours Fraternally, 

Enoch Ebt. 
Hjorrinij, WensijxsfJ , Dfiimark, Dec. 17, 1S77. 



iful New Year's evening, and say. you ought to 
erect a faiuilv altar, and dedicate it to the ser- 
vices of God; imd let the offering he the humil- 
iation of self-sacrifice. Oh, what power there 
is exerted over the mind, by the prayers of 
father aud mother, with their children bowed 

De(ir lircllirPH. — 
rPHIS church was organized somewhere be- 
X tween the years 1805 aud 1810: brother 
John Garber having the over-«ight. Bro. John 
Garljer died in the year 1813 or 1814. In the 
Fall of ISl-l brother Christian Frantz moved 
from Botetourt Co., Va.. and took the oversight 
of the church, he being at that time sixty-three 
years of age. The church increasing in num- 
bers, by members moving from the Shenan- 
doah valley, Virginia, also several families from 
Franklin and Koanoke counties. 

Sixty-one years ago there were about thirty- 
five members, one minister and two deacons. 
From the best information we can get, there 
have been eleven ministers, andtwenty-onedea- 
cons elected in this church, and out of this 
numlier. one speaker and three deacons have 
moved out into other districts; this list does 
not include officiids who have moved here firom 
other districts. 

Our membership at present numbers about 
275, out of this number tliirty-five or forty live 
in Green and Madison counties. Our ministers 
are nlive io the work allotted them, filling 
iippointmenis in Green :md Madison counties. 
Several different places of nieetiug in our coun- 
ty. The numlier of official brcthivn at present is 
seven speakers and seven deacons. The officeis 
are all exemplary brethren, which is wortliy of 
note ; this being the case, we feel by the help of 
God, that the doctrine of the brethren will still 
be maintainetl among us in the future as in the 
past ; notwithstanding the church has passed 
through adversities nioiv or less at times. 

Our old fathei-s of Isr^u'l have labored much 
to keep the btnlv in the general order of the 
brotherhood, and we feel to rejoice that their 1»- 

, hore have not been in vain in tht? Lord. Many 

short of having a foot enished, or to be pitcheil (jr^thren and sisters have fiillen xsleep in Jesus, 
on theground, will stop many ofus in our path. I rp|^g,^^„^^^^J.^[•^pJ^^J^si^tJ^Js district the past 

,md change our course, especially when we 
scientiously think we aio right, and more e,s- 
pecially when honor, popularity, or some gift 
as a rewanl is offered, as was the case with Baa- 

sixtyH>ne years, has been a few over one htm- 
dred and forty. 

D. IV HiRT. 
Jui\. 3. J^7^\ 

TJrll-; 33RETIiRE?vr ^T AVOKK. 




ATOW the family cliBia U brokcu, 
J^^ One link from that happy bftnd ; 
She, wi- denrly loved, has left us, 
Left lis for a happier land. 

Like ihe roHC, her beauty farlc*). 
Short her pilgrimage below ; 

Sickiie»< has prevailea upoii her; 
JniiB called her, sho muBl go. 

Voin wore all their kind eDdcavors, 
To restore her health again , 

Friendd, physicians, none could help her, 
Why were all their laboni vain? 

Her earthly years were fi-w in number, 
O how sfioii they passed away ! 

With her brother? and horsistere, 
She could not prolong her stay. 

They have borne her to the church-ynrd, 
There her lovely form is laid ; 

There, among the fadiug relics, 
There her friends may find her grave. 

Wec]> not father, weep not mother, 

Tni?t in God to meet again ; 
Yes, dear Sadie's crossed the river. 

Free from sorrow, sickucss, pain. 

Brothers, sisters, tr\- to meet her, 

lu a belter world than this; 
Here is no abiding city. 

There's a land of perfect bliss. 

Run your race ivith faith and patience, 
While your lamp holds out to burn ; 
When the Savior comes to call yoti, 
Tlion you'll rest with Sadio at home. 

Selected byS. M. KsnEi,MAN. 
'imtrk, in. 


From Sciola, Iowa.— ^ few words about our 

meetings in rlio Mapli- Grovcchurch, Montgomery 

Co.,Iown. JJro. S. A, Garberof Decatur Co., and 

Bro. M. Thoiniui of Warren Go., lown came to us 
on the Slh of Dec. Gonimenccd ineelin^ unme 
e vening, and continued until the Itiili, preachio"' 
t he Word with power, giviogmucJicncouragcnipnt 
((, the diseijde, and warning the sinner, ifad tlie 
b est of order during the nref:tiug ; strict aflfnliun 
being paid to the Word prejiehcd Although none 

publicly confessid the Lord, yet we believe the j Huence of Catholicism never read the IJible until 
seed sown wjil take root and bring forth fruit that the age of uineteen. We fondly pray that he will 
will be galh(-re<l in the future. be active io his sphere of usefuIuL-^s in the church 

The brelhroM went from here to Ml, Etna, Ad- , whate'er it mav be. Another, n father who had 

to us. When the parting hour came we bid fiire- 
well perhaps never to meet again this side of the 
grave. Jessb Calvert. 

Coinvibiana Co., O. Jan. 2. 1878. 

From Little York, WxiQ.—Dcar Brethren : I 
will give you some news from this arm of the 
church. This church is known as the Wyandot 
church. We number about forty, and the mesi- 
bers are in peace with one another. Brethren Le- 
vi Dickey and Isaac Koisebarger were with us one 
week, and they held forth the Gospel in its purity. 
There was none added to the church, but there 
were some that were made to feel it their duty to 
become Christians, 

The members were revived and eneouraged- 
We look into the future with anticipation of reap- , 
ing the fruits of their labors. We feel to thank 
God for what we have heard and seen, and hope 
that those Brethren will not forget us. We pray 
that the blessings of our heavenly Father may 
rest upon them. Jacob Hgistand. 

From Duuen Creek Cliiii-ch, Pa.— Last 

night closed our series of meetings. Valentine 
Blough of Somerset, Pa, was with us, aud the 
Lord truly blessed his labors. Bro. Blough seems 
to have the good cause at heart ; he gave many 
good advices to both saint aud sinner. By his 
strong appeal to sinners, three were made willing 
to give tliemselves up to God, and many more 
were almost persuaded to become Christians. Ma- 
uy were the tears that were seen Dlling down the 
cheeke of saints and sinners, as the hearty appeals 
forth from the lips of the earnest minister, 
during the week he was here, we hope there 
has been much good seed so wn and that it may spring 
up and bring Ibrth fruit to the honor of God and 
to the welfare of pfjor souls. We pray that God 
may still be with us and tlo us all the good we 
need in time and eternity. 


Dec. ZUt 1877. 

From S»!?ar RiJ^o Clmrch, Ohio.— We 

are still " laboring and nave not faii'tcd," and un- 
like the church at Kph(«us, we hope we "have 
not left our fii-st love." Our experience is that 
the gold thai we are rccommeuded to buy, like our 
enrlhly treasury, will not allow profligacy. The 
ship of the clmrch will soon cease to move if 
we lay down onr oars ; aside from this, our little 
barks to get into the harbor, must sail up stream 
aud that too wiudward. If we fold our arms and 
lie on our cars, the strong current of the stream 
of time will swiftly land us in the waters below. 

As the result of our labors, we have recorded fif- 
t'>en accesr^ious during the year. One, a young 
man of marked mental abilitv, who under the ' 

ams Co., tlv Fuslirn part of our congregation, 
where they preached lor a weeli, apparently for 
the saiO'' )iur|, Ihut is lo build up tin; cljilrch 
aud brill" into the lold those ihutarL' without. The 
weather however was very d(-;ii.'i''Pjil,|,._ j-nads al- impa.Mftblp, considrni'il.' imIij -Im iii;; tlietime 
of meeting, mn.dorliccoii;.'ri'-;itinit,--hi:ill,^liiit those 
thulramc imidjjood attenliou (o tli.' p reaching. 
Thi- cliiir-!, iiiisiiR-iw transacted while thv bi'cthren 
WL-ri- Willi U-, Miis one brother received back into 
the Ht'uiiid dvgreo of |hu luiuhtry which office he 
once held, also one brother ordfiined to the elder- 

The brrjihrt-u'w labor with us »ve believe was 
much appreciated by the little Hock here. Mav 
God blejs them in their labors wherever they go, 
and whiu Ihcir labors arc over, mav they 'fully 
realize the promifie of Jeans " that where 1 am 
there ye may be also." N. C. WoiEKMAN. 

Jiin. 2h(/, I87S. 

From On-TiUi'. Ohio.— Dear Brethren : On 
the Sth of Dec. wc, the ( )rrvillc congregation, met in 
council. BusincKs pas.sed ofl'witb in(ere?i, and a 
goixl feeling |)rfvailcd among the Brelliren. Thc'c 
arc meetings of interest to me and have o;l proved 
a warning voice ill (rials and teni])[iitioiis. The 
nest day met ut the Sepo Valley meeting-house. 
Wc believe this meeting was aecce]>tabi(.' in ttie 
sight of the Lord, to the hungry Iambs of the fold. 
After nifrcdhment by a sister, went to vi.iit a 
family in LawrtJice. Here we met au Israelite, a 
sisU;r having proved faithful in the Master's cau'w. 
For thirtv-five years she lay paralvzi-d on her 
couch with no hope of recovery, but that the an- 
. gel might come aud carry hor' into the arms of 
our Kedecniei'. Here we spent about jin liuur in 
worehiji together, which si'i'iiiud a balni in iljcdiMi- 
sister, and will no ibmbl b,' li.iig renii'iiilnixd 
by all of us. There is a family in Uiis arm of ilic 
church, which deserve-s the sympaiiiy of oil, an 
aged father and mother. 

StJine of the brethren and sisters meet there 
once a wei-k aud have evening worehip, which 
seems to be apjireciatcd by the familv and strengtli- 
tiis their afteeliou among the bretbiV-n. 

MosEM Kl.\'DIo, 

From Samly Chui-fli, Ohio.— I came here 
Dec. lo. On the IGth held de<licatorv services in 
their new and larjje, commodious house ; it is 40x 
90 feet. The audience room is 40x8;j feet with a 
folding parlitiou. I Rup|jose it will seat at least one 
thousand peraons, but all could not be seated even 
then. We remaincfl here oi^e week, then went sev- 
en miles west in same dislriet t<» another meeting 
house, bought from theMcthodiBifraterHitv. Con- 
tinued our laboi-K there one week, and closed our 
meetings Jan. Ist at the new meetiug-house with 
a communion meeting. 

I need not say that it was a happy New Year's 
day. iucleed it was; forty-two were added to the 
church by baptism, and three restored to fellow- 
ship that had wandered away from the (old. and 
more promised they would soon come ; othere would 
have come if they had not been hindered. May 
God forgive them for their indiscretion and may 
nmny more be added the church aud be saved 
AU have our thanks for their kindness manifested 

been sprinkled when an infant; he was taken out 
of Rsiek-bedby a Methodist minister aud baptized 
by trine inuiier^iun. He was under conviction 
during IJio. Stein's visit last Winter, wanted to be 
received upon his baptism ; we told him he could 
not be received; 

1st. Bex;ause he was not baptized by a legal ad- 

2nd. His administrator having no faith iu the 
baptism, was committing sin while engaged iu the 

3rd. Was not baptized for the remission of aim. 

4th. Laying on of hands and praver were omit- 

He has since made an unconditional surrender 
lias been rebaplized, and at different times ex- 
prp*.sed himself a.'; undergoing the happie.«t relig- 
ion be ever enjoyed. There is an cHbrt being 
made iu Northern Ohio, to further the interests of 
the cause this winter ; hope the eHbrt will be crown- 
ed with abundant success. 

I. S. Rosen HKRGiiR, 

Gilhaa, 0. Dec. 21. '77 

From Brash College, lurt.— Our meeting 

began here December 24tli and continued till Jan- 
uary Ist. It wa.5 conducted by Bro. D. B. Slur- 
gis of South Beiul, Ind,, as-sisted by the ministers 
of. our own district, ^aven precious souls were 
made willing Ui follow the Lord iu liis example, 
and were buried with him in baptism aud arose to 
walk in newness of life. 

Othcre have confessed themselves almost readv 
to come. May the Lord bless the seed that hiii 
been sown, that it may bring forth fruit in abund- 
*■"•■*-'■ Wjluam Stump. 

to walk in newne^ of life, and we thiuk others 
were made lo thiuk over the mattet , and are count- 
ing the cost. The members have been refreshed 
and cheered on their way. Lasting impressions 
were made by our brethren who labored so earn- 
estly for the conversion of souls. The weather got 
very inclement the few last days of our meeting, 
which was a great hindrance, else we thiuk more 
would have joined had tlie weather been better, 
J. C. Lehman. 

Jan. stii, iff/S. 

From Southern Illiuois.— Mvself and wife 
started for Bond Co., III. the Tth'of December, 
met with the Brethren in the Hurricane Creek 
church the 8th. Had church meeting the same 
day, and a pleasant time of it. Found the mem- 
bers alive to their duty. Had some meetings 
while there, good attention, congregations large. 
Eight were made willing to be baptir-ed, aud one 
more applicant, Hope they wdl all prove faith- 
ful. Some more said they were nearly ready to 

From the Hurricane church we went to the 
Mulberry church, found the membei^ mostly well, 
Bro. Wni, Klam was very poorly. The members 
all seemed in good earnest iu serving the Lord, and 
iu love and union. While with the brethren and 
sisters at Mulberry had some meetings, good order, 
and exceUeut attention. Three were baptized and 
oue more applicant. 

From Mulberry Grove we went to Marion Co. 
and stopped with Brethren in the Salem church ; 
found the members all well and iu good spirit, as 
they lately built a good, comfortable meetiug-house. 
I just thought while there, if the Brethren at ev- 
ery place where meeting-houses are needed, would 
take hold like the brethren did in the Salem church, 
there would be mauy meeting-houses where there 
are none. They raised what njnney they were 
obliged to have to get the material, aud brought 
.^ all together on the ground. Two of the 
brethren laid of!" the frame, all the rest would go 
and work day by day till tlie house was finished. 
They built that house in the shortest time, and 
with less money than any house I have kuowu 
built by the Brethren. It is a good substantial 
house. Had some mceliugs while with theBreth- 
len. Daniel Neher is the elder. Had a church 
meeting to elect one deacon. The lot fell on Dan- 
iel Ulery. Audrew Keher was advanced to the 
second degree of office. Three were baptized dur- 
ing the meeting. On account of much rain, we 
had to close the meeting too soon. Landnd home 
safely, ibund all well thank the Lord. 

JoH.v Metzciik. 
Ccrro Gordo. III. Jan. i)th, 1S7S, 

colic. He leav&sa wifeandtivechihlrpr. 
their loss. Funeral services by broth «"^'"">ift 
er and J. P. Wolf, from John"llT25 "g ^- ^^t 
J. J. p. 


Please aimounee that the Diatrict IW 
the Northern District of Missouri forl^?'"*? ^.f 
held at the Long Branch school-house in,i'*'" >- 
Co., four mdes north of Martinsville ^■"'i^m 
aud 18th of May, 1878. A full reprM^" '^.^l' 
delegates, of all the churches, ia soUcitJl J"" ''J 
Home Mission work rei^uires and well da "^'"t 
attention of every congiegation in iig distri^** ^* 


Wooster Chureh, Ohio, . 

C. Wine, ; * Ui 

Codorus Church, Pa. LJO 

Rock River Church, III ' " ' ' " 4-35 

Waddams Grove Church, III., '"" Uaj 

Previously reported ]]" ',n^?5o 

'^''^'^^- *1385^ 
C. P. Rowland, Treasure, 
Lanark. III., Jan. lOth. 1878 *^- 

The following, since last report has been k 
ed at the Brethren at Work office 


Ob.Umriea should lie hi 
piipor, iiuil aej.a 

KEYSER.— Died Dec. 30th, 1877, in the Green 
Spring district, Seneca Co., Ohio, Anna Mary, 
infant dauglitei- of Eio. Amos aud sUter Aman- 
da KeysL'r. aj,'ed 4 luontiis. Funeial Conducted 
by Bro. S. T. Bossermau, accompanied by the 
writer, from Job 1 : 21. 

ELAM.— Died in theMuIberry Grove church dia- 
trict. Bond Co.. III., Jau. 4th, 187S, elder Wm. 
Elain, in the (JCtli year of his age. 

Th'' HibjrTt i.c tht' .ilir-pve notice was born in 
Virgii.i;: ill IN].:, h;,. |,.!,„,v,d to North Carolina 
inlsU :ii„l II, l^.;| 1„ 111.. wd to Fayette Co., Ill, 
where ],.■ n-i.l. .1(111 lu.. ,l,.,uh. Was married to 
Mary Andrews in the year of lS3(i. Unit*d with 
iheci^urchin 1S54, was elected deacon tiie same 
year and was chosen minister the fbllowiug year, 
was ordained to the iiill i/ilni-trxih tin- year l.'StiL 

which p'wition he lill.d 1j. ul4\ iilThis death! 

Funeral on the Gth iu^i.jn l1j>' (li i>!iun church, at 
Mulberry Grove by the Brethren to a large con- 
course of people. Text, John 12: 2ti. 

Luney's Creek church, W. Va,, 
Greenland church, W. \'a,. . . , 

S. F. Ileiman, 

Barbara Landis , 

E. Bishop, , 

Levi Stump 

Cora Belle Emmert 

John Laird 

Dr. P. Fahrney, , 

Benj. Bowman, 

W. G. Schrock, 

Emma S. Schrock, 

U. Schrock, 

Samuel Ross, 

A. Tunis, 

J. .T. Schecter 

James Kciser 

Jacob Hai-shmaii, 

J. M. Gibble, 

J. Emmert, 

Jacob Cral\, 

Martin Mycr, 

R. E. Reed 

J.S: Harley 

D. Meyers, 

Abrm. Whitmer, 

Bro. Slifer 

Sarah Berkley, 

J. O. Culler, 

W. Herrington, 

PxevJously reported, 






Total, .S7S 03 

From Fttlttiu Co.. Ohio.— A.eording to pre- 

vi-i.i« iirnui-iriueiil.-^, mel with the brelliren in Ful- 
ton Co., (H,i,.. lo couiiiieneea meeting on the 21st 
oi Dec. ltS77. 1 left home on the 'iOth and arriv- 
ed at Toledo on the 21st. Elder H. Beikeybile 
lives in this eity and he accompanied me to place 
oi meeting. H-; is a y<mng man of cou^idcrble 
talent, and a briglil |,i.,^p,,t bdore him in the 
ministry. Our m,.ehn;M.niNiJu4U'i.d near Swaiiton 
and we rcmamcd wiiii ilu.' br.ahren holding meet- 
ingsat some five or si.\ difiereni places, Afterthe 
usual method, when au interest is gotten up at a 
place, we must close our meeting and go to some 
other place, as though we were afraid some one 
luight join the church. 

Our meeting's closed on the evening of the 3rd 
inst. Eleven were made willing to obey the Gos- 
ImbI, and were baptized. Manv more were brought 
near the Kingdom. The Lord bless those dear 
lambs that have entered into covenant re- 
lation with the Father, Son and Holy Spirit 
May tlie Lard keep them near His side. The 
bi-ethren .and sisU-rs in this church are workers in 
the cause of Christ. God bless them in their la- 
bors m the vineyard. John Nicholson. 

From Rfistol. Ilill.— Brethren Isaac L.Ber- 

lii-y :iih| Bi.-njaniin Leer commenced meeting in the 
I iiir t reek eliureh-house on Saturday evening be- 
lore ^N ew \ car, aud continued one week. Preach- 
ed fifWn sermons, and the result was, four young 
jK-reons united with the people of God. and were 
buried with Christ iu baptism, and rose, we hope 


MILLER.— Died in Portage Prairie congregation, 
St. Joe Co.. Ind., Ilro. Sylvester Miller, son of 
Eld. James Miller. 

He had been sick {or over lour years with 
consumption. Seventeen months previous to his 
death, ho was converted and united with the breth- 
ren and became a zealous and active member of 
the church. Among his (^hristimi virtues, liberal- 
it<f was a prominent trait, though in moderate cir- 
cumstances, he was known at different times to 
give to his poor ministei's an entire good suit of 
clothe." as one bestowal. He loved God and His 
people, and God and Ili.^ people loved him " fbr 
the Lord lovelh a cheerful giver." •' I ivas naked 
ami ye clothed me," " Come up higher,'" " Thou 
hast been faitbfitl over a few things."' 

Fuueral discourse by the writer, from Psalm 116- 
1 o, ami while the worthy parents and friend ween 
It 18 uot without hope of a glorious reunion in tile 
glory land. Bro. Svlvesler Miller was born Julv 
12th, 1840, and died Dec. 23rd, 1877 aged 3"' 
yeai-s, 5 months aud 11 days. 

Q ,, T, J . , ^•^- ^'"IGHTSMAX, ' 

South Bend, Ind. 


John B. Shalier 

Family at AVnddaius Grove, 111 

Samuel Metzger, 

Lydia Fahnestock, , , . , 

Beijj. Bowmau. 

J. P. Lewcr, 

Dau. Meyer, , 

Catharine Supplee 

D. J. Hetrick, 

Isaac Rowland, 

J. B. Lehman, 

Sarah Berkley, 

J. O. Culler..' 

Previously reported,. 

— Victor Emmanuel, king of Italy is dead. 
His death has cast quite a gloom over the Impei- 
ial city. 

— The Turks are still meeting with disaslrdii' 
reverses. Sliipka Pass, the Turkish stwug-W 
ha.5 fallen intfi the hands <if the Kussiiins. Con- 
siderabje excitement prevails in England, thoiigli 
she, it seems, is not likely at present to tjuc 
any part in the wor. 

Moody is conducting a series of meetings m 
Hnrtfbrd. Conn. 

The emigrantion to Tesns, is said to be quite 
large. Many Brethren are looking that way n'fc. 
but we advisu them to be certain that the coiinii)' 
will suit them before pulling up and going- '■ !* 
no doubt an excellent place to live, but then 'i 
takes means there as well as elsewhere. 

SWIGHART.-In the Glade R„n co,K-..gari.,i, 
Armstrong Co., Pa. .June 3rd. ]S77. sisiei Smdi 
Swighart; aged 77 years and l" 
tei- Sanih was a consistent membei 

lay.s. His- 
the church 

i^'^^L^'^- . F"''^*"''^ s<,yvke^ by the write. 
1 Ihess. 4:ly. 


■gulino, on the 
;■'■ Lydia Helsel; 
-i'dav'', Funeral 
lui 11. latter clause 


HELSEL. — Also in same 

23rd of Septembe^ 1S77 

ngedTti years, 4 months -.u,. 

services by the writer, fn .m J 

of the 28th vei„e. 

J. B. Wampleii. 
^\^J';^;-»;;"«1'" -John F. Wolf, son of Jeremiah 

M olf of Stark Co.. Ohio, diedNov.23rd 1S77 

aged 44 years and 17 days. ^'>"'. i->n , 

He was only sick 12 hours. Disease bilious 

! W. U. R. R. Time Table. 

Diiy pn.ssengLT truin going cast lenvcs Lanark at l'^^'-' 
I'. .M., nn.l uiTiyi.-»in Itncine nt r>;-13 P. M. 

Uuy ptLascngcr train ggiiig west leiive^ Lunttrk ul l: lo'- 
M.. aud arrives ai Ituek Istaud al 5:50 P. M. 

Night pasaenger trains, going ciist nnil west. ""*' "^ 
leave Limnrk al 2:21 A. M . orri?ing in Bnoino •' ^■''' 
A. M., imd Bt Rook IslnutI at C:00 A. M. 

Freight and AcuommodatioD Trains will run vtst ' 
ia;6r,l'.M., 10:60 A.M.. nnd 12: 20 P. M., m^ 
fiwl at 4 : 10 A. M.. 1 I'. SI. and 4 : 50 V. M. 

Tickeia are sold for above tniins onl?. i<if^'^'- 

Irains nmko clusu conncclion al Woalcrn I'niun Juii<i" ' 
Q, A. Smith, Ag*"' 

Paasoiigers for Chicago ehouiil leatc I.""ark ol '-■- 
P.M.; rnntothe WeslcFn Union J""C'!"": '!'" k« 
noed wait but five miunles for the ChiaigOi W.^„ at 
iiml St, Paul }iiiS8ougor train, and thus rciicJi CiiWg ^ 
1 : '15 the same evening. To renoU Lniinrk fro" Y'"^', 
go tf tlio Pt. Wayao dei.ol, tnko (lie Cliicngo, M"" , 
"nd St. Paul ivnin at five lu the eveaiug : "" I""",,, 
'lie W. U. Junction, clinngc cars for Laniirk, on'" 

The Brethren At Work. 

Vol. III. 


jH.Moo"'. S.H.Ilashor, M.M.Eshelman. 


"MM^ I Ji,;„y You O ood Tid!ny, of &r«,l Joy, wkM Shall be unto All J'eople." - Lv^r. 2: 


Lanark, 111., January 24, 1878. 

No. 4. 

R. H. UILLEH, - 

J. ,V. STEIM, - ■ 

D.I), jikntzkh, 



- - VIHDEN , ILL. 




To KI'l. Eilninml Forney of ihe phie Creek 
Church, Oyh Co. in. 

DBAIl brother in CliTisl; I genJ greeliug lo you, 
JUeauae I beUeve jou are faithful nnil true 
To your eiilliugof God. You will pnraon me theD, 
For grueling you thus willi my nicirical pen. 

How oAen I tliink of the bretlircn' I love, 
Tlie liitic lliAl in Gomiag to meet ihem above: 
The »aiDls of nil ngcs shnll nolcorae us homo. 
To be with the Lord when His kingdoni has come. 

But few tbal iiro itiigluy. nnd few thnl nrc greot, 

AVill eomo to iulicrit the Savior's cslalo: 

TIioii|jli I'll ore invited to come and partake 

Ot tlic fciwi ivliich the Lord for His people will make. 

It thereforo behooves ua to wnich and lo pmy, 
Lo»t slipping or sliding out- feet by the way, 
TIio loiupter nllHrc u§ away into sin, 
To things that tire atraiigc and forbidden hiive been. 

My uyeshave been pained and my heart haa been grieved, 
To i<iii bow some brothieu themselves have deceived : 
W'iio seek their owji glory, aniliilioUB for fame, 
And strive for pro-eminonue to Iheir own ahnme. 

So lot us keep down to tbe lowly and meek, 
As no emulation noi honor to seek, 
Hilt rather like Jesus, and all for His sake, 
Seek ourMolfca " of no reputation " to make. 

By stooping and bowing in mildness and luve. 
We hope to be raised to the mansions above, 
Olieyiiig the Savior, enduring in faitli, 
IVill raise us to glory and honor iit dcalti. 

Wlinl ji'y and what gladness in heaven shnll be 
When the sniots of all ages their Savior will sc< 
lluw bigb will the rapture of praises aspire, 
Beholding the One whom they always admire! 

Tlicse lincf are submitted to you with a prayer, 
When you're al the altar, remember me there, 
Tliiit when for yourself you fairly got through, 
III fnilh mid assurance you speak fur uie loo. 



AUELIGION thatis to fjushion a fiilleii iin- 
niurtulity into the beauty of holiness, csui 
licitlii-r lit' uliginiiti'il nor coiisuinmnteil by (!■ 
Iiito imwer. Tlie hmu unil il'iiritil struggle.s of 
tlii-'gi(,':uitic intellects of uiiinspiretl heathen- 
'lum ill nttcmpts to solve the problem of hn- 
iiiaiulestiiiy. show the utter futility of self- 
"niiiu;lit rtHh'iuption from the bondt^e of cor- 
I'uiition. " Thv ivorhl by wisnou kni-iv not Got!" 
(I Cor. 1:21). Vtustiuitl higii iiud deep was the 
Ii'ie of heivtiieu sjiges, but lume i:ouhl approach 
tilt' iilea thiit the only possibility of healing the 
W'licli of itpustiisy, iiud eleviiting uiau to coni- 
"iiiiiity of niiture ami blessedness with his source, 
'"y in the inhiibitation of dual eoustitution by 
p«'i Himself, and a sin-offemig the uncreated 
in and for tlie created. This was the great un- 
suhpt'eti'il mystery hid from ages and generation; 

To transfer the supreme importance of Christ s 
iiiimuii from His death to His life, is to nuIH 
l"y the whulc siheme of Kedemption and leave 
'"Uhiiis unatoned, and our eternity unbles.-ied. 
" His powLT to save lay only in His holy ex- 
"">lde, there would be no necessity to put such 
'■uipliiwLs on His resurrection as. we find iu the 
'•^•flaratiou of Christ Himself and the apostles. 
^ siilvation solely depemkut on the moral force 

of example, needs no hteral revivification. Tlic 
same is true as to the manward influenc* of 
Christ's death. 

If the effect oncharacterwere all,itcould noi 
be augmented by a resurrection. But it ia ex- 
plicitly affirmed that " if Christ he not kawkd. 
(ioicr ftiith is vain; ye aiie tkt is YOUR 
SINS " (I Cor. 15: IT). This same apostle con- 
nects his authority as a teacher, not oidy with 
the Eternal Fountain of Light, bnt with the 
■esurrecfion of Christ (Gal. 1: 1). All this de- 
monstrates that iu the Death of Emmimuel 
there was an object aud efficacy wholly apart 
from its transforming efiect on the htiman mind 
and heart. Man needed not only redemption 
from subjective ruin, but from the retributions 
of an objective Eternal Law. This I,»w d< 
nounced death on transgression, and less than 
death will not suffice. Whose death shall it 
be? It cannot be the death of the fallen, foi 
that is the wages of sin, and instead of bring, 
mg deliverance, seals his doom in remediless 
damnation. The Being who is offended and 
dishonored by sin needs propitiation no less 
than the offender needs forgiveness. This pro- 
pitiation can be nothing short of the complete 
satisfaction of the original penalty agaiu-tt sin. 
Man cannot efiect it, as in the very sict of pay- 
ment he consummates his eternal alienation 
from God. Angels meequally powerless, for they 
cannot render double satisfaction to the Su- 
preme Law which challenges all their resources 
in pcrmnal obedience. There is only one other 
avenue open for the escape of mau from mer- 
ited perdition. God Himself must become flesh, 
aud live the Uie that comports with the prim- 
eval dignity of human nature, aud die the death 
which alona can atone for human iniquity. 
Less than this would degrade the Diviue char- 
acter, and invalidate Divine Law, instead of el- 
vating aud ennobling num. Hud Christ given 
His spotless example, and multiplied His mir- 
acles, and revealed ten thousand times more of 
the majesty of the Divine characler.and enlarg- 
ed the volume of inspiration a hundred-fold, so 
as to insert an absolute solution for every per- 
plexity in human life, and then ascended to 
Heaven without "■ tasting death for rrmj man," 
His mission would not have been worth a straw. 
The breach between God and man would have 
been as wide as before. The awful gloiy of 
Holiness, and the direful, damning nature of 
sin, are seen alone iu the dreadful death-throbs 
of the Sou of God on the Cross, Except wo 
eat His flesh, and drink His blood, we have no 
life in us (John 6: 53). 

To reject God's owii satisftiction for His vio- 
lated Law. is to court the wrath of Omnip- 
otence, and whelm body and soul in the fiery 
horrors of Eternal Death. To make Christ 
less than God, and His death less than the 
grriujid of remission from the penalty of sin, is 
to make our damnation as certain as the H»>- 
liue.'^s of God and the inlegrity of His Etttmal 


»V II. H. IlltlXKWultTH. 

your sins were laid, and for you Ht- bore that 
cruel, insulting and ignominious of all deaths; 
the death of the cros«. OhI how He must Imve 
uillVrcd. Htiw torturing must huve bc-n that 
leath! How puiiiful! Ami the more bo be- 
cause He was the innocent One of the most 
high. Header, Ho suffered this for you; and 
while upon the cross He saya, " F.ither forgive 
them! This InUKuage is for you. Yes, to you! 
You have transgressed ngmnst your Kutlior's 
will; have incurred the divine displeaaor*, and 
your Savior cries for you, " Father forgive." 
Have you crucified your Lord, your Savior 
again? Have you opened afresh those bleed- 
ings wounds? Have you set at naught His 
sacrifice? Have you trampled under foot the 
blood, the preciouB blood of Christ? You have. 
If you have not becouie reconciled to your 
Fatliertmdyour God, oh. " I beseech in Christ*; 
steiul be ye reconciled to God!" tipiirn not 
the call, but receive Him, and then the news to 
you shall come inglorious news, lu glml tidings. 
The Savior shall be yourn; and God shall be 
your God, a reconciled Father; an All-snffieient 
and wise Creator. Oh, dear reader, hear imd 
your soul shall livel Whosoever belipveth, 
trusteth, mid followeth Christ, shidl receive a 
glorious — a rich reward (rom heaven. 


U givej 

a child is born; unto us 
glorious news: glad 

it hon IS 
unto us." Do we realize that to us is born 
this Child, Jiwus the Savior of the world? "A 
Son is given;" ctm it be? Yes. glorious news! 
God has not spared any good thing: He has 
freely given tons His own Son. His beloved 
Son, His only Son — Je.-ius. And why? Sim- 
pl>- because we were under the law. the curse 
ol sin. transgression. How could we e.scape? 
Could we proenre our own redemptitm from the 
fall? Could we not siitisfv the demands of a 
justly oHered God? Oh no! Nothing could 
we do; :md while in this state, a l^edeeme^ ap- 
pear— a Savior is born, a Son is given? Yes, 
reader for you He came, for you He lived, for 
you He suffered the reproach of many; on Him 

D.MI.Y do we offer up prayers and petitions 
to the Almighty to have mercy on the 
poor, the needy, the sick, and the atllicted, but 
if we neglect doing our part, our prayere mil 
not be misweretl. .Some may say, that the 
prayei*s of the poor will not bo answered, for 
they have become so reduced, that they cannot 
do their part. Have they not done their part 
Have they not made it known unto them that 
are of the hoitsehold of faith through the 
I'limitiir Chrigtiiin and tbe BitETilUKN 
WoTtK. that they are in want? Yet could we 
all realize the feelings of gratittide, that the 
needy and the afliicted feel wheu they receive a 
gift of relief we tertainly would not with- 
hold that which we cjm so easily spare. When 
the impotent or lame mim, iu the temple receiv- 
ed what Peter and John gave him, be leaped, 
walked, and praised God. So it is to this day 
when ivlief is given to to the needy and alllict- 
ed. they feel, like going on and praising God. 
Their prayers being answered, they have cause 
to rejoice more than if they had heard the 
greatest sermon preached. 

Let us consider well the circuinstaacc of the 
poor, wore we to be iu tlu-ir condition. Is it 
not often the case when there is something to 
be done for the poor, that many who are worth 
their Ciiousimds ot this world's goods, am 
scarcely be persuaded to give one dollar for 
their relief, and some that are worth less can 
scarcely be persuaded to give anything at all? 
It is true that siuiie persons are liberal, and 
vmy liberal too, but often in the time of need, 
ihey arc not prepared to give. Some will di- 
vide with what they have, imd pray that it 
may be applied lo its intended use. " Give 
alms of thy substimee: mul when Ihou gtvest 
alms, let not thy eye be enviou.s neither turn 
thy face Iroin any poor, aud thu face of God 
shall not be turiieil away from thee." If thou 
hast abundance, give alms aceortUugly;if thou 
hiLst but a little, he not afriud to give accord- 
ing to that little." "Fur if theiv be first a 
willing mind, it is accepted acconting to that 
a man hath, aud not aceonling to that he ha(h 
not "('2 Cor. S: 12). The poor shall never 
cease out of the laud: theri'fove I eommttnd the 
saying, thou shalt open thine hand wide unt< 
thy brother, to th>- poor, mid to tliy ueed,v in 
thy hand" (Deut. 15: 11). " Ye have the poor 

Mose.^ .md in tbe time of Christ. And if we 
examine the Word of God. we find that in all 
ages of the world, it was the will of God that 
His people should admininter to the wantu of 
the poor. If there be any poor aiuuiig the 
hildren of God. wo that are Uf^n.^] with 
abimdanee of thii^ world's goods, shall not har- 
den our hearts, nor shut our h:in(b. from thera, 
but shall open wide our hands unto them. 

" Let us thi?refore come boldly unto a throne 
of gnu-e, that we inay obtain mercy and fi,id 
grace to help in time of need" (Hob. 4; 16). 
"And to defend the poor and fatherless " and 
to "do justice to the afflicted aud nmly" (Pk. 
S2: :i). Despise not the poor. " Hath not God 
chosen the iK)or of this worbl rieh in fnith.and 
heir^ of the kingdom which He hath promised 
to them that love Him?" (.lames 2: 5). " Blesa- 
ed are the poor in spirit, for theiw in the king- 
dom of heaven" (Matt. 5: :{). If «e love God 
we will keep His commandments, worship Him 
ill sjiirit imd in truth, and live by every word 
thiit proceedeth out of His mouth. If we live 
by every word, we must not neglect the poor 
il needy. For il" we only obey in part w- 
may as well forsake all, for he that traasgre-*- 
thin (methint;, is guilty of all. " I have shew- 
ed all things, how that so laboring ye ought to 
support the weak, and to remember the wonls 
of tbe Lord .le.sus, how He said, it is more Mew- 
ed to give than to receive" (Act* 20: :J5). "As 
wi' have therefore opportunity, let us do good 
unto all men. especiidly unto them who are of 
the household of faith" (Gal. 8: lo), "But 
whoso hath this world's goods, ami seeth hia 
brother have need, and shutteth up his bowels 
of oompiuwion from him, how dwelleth the lova 
of God in him?" (1 ,Iohn 3: 17). "He that 
giveth unto the poor shall not lack: but he that 
hideth his eyes shall have many a curse " (Prov. 
2S: 27). '• He that hath pity on the poor, 
lendeth unto the Lonl, and that which he hath 
yiven, will he pay him again" (Prov. 19:17). 
" .\Md whosoever shall give to drink unto one 
of thcie little ones, a cup of cold wiiter only 
in the name of a discipl*-. verily I ^ay unto you, 
he shall in no wise lone hia rewiml " (Matt 10: 

Xow we will see the example of the apostolic 
churches on this subject. " For it huth pleased 
them of Macedonia mid .\chaia to midie a cer- 
tain contribution for the poor saints which are 
at .lenisalem" (llom. 15: 26). " Moreover, 
brethren, we do you to wil of tbe grace of GoJ 
In-stowed on the churches of MaceiUmia: how 
that in the great trial of affliction, the abtin- 
daiice of their joy. luid their deep poverty, 
abound unto the riches of their liberality "(3 
(.'or. S: 12). Being enriched in everj- thing to 
all bouiitifulness which causeth through us 
thnnkfulness to Goil. For the odministratioa 
of this service, not only siipplieth the want of 
the saints, hut abundant also by many thaulcs- 
givinss unto (iod; while by the cxiH-rience of 
this ministration, they glorify Gotl for your 
professed subjectiou unto the Gospel of Christ, 
and for your lihend distribution uuto them and 
imtoal! mtm(2t;or. &:I1.13). 

Let us not neglect tlie poor, but let their 
ejLies be judiciously attended to, for if we neg- 
lect the poor we will be held accoimtable in the 
day of judgment. Think of brother Work- 
man's one penny propo.<ition. and others who 
aiv iu wiuit. Where the work has not boeu at- 
tendeil to, take hold of it immediately, mid if 
it does take a few of our dimes, we will only 
he depositing our money in the bank of heav- 
en. May the Lonl give us grace to do His will, 
aud when our eiu-thly i-areer is end^^l He will 
take us home to sing His praises witli M the 
btoiid^WEL-iluvl s;uuts. is mv prftj'er. 

.\ugustiuc's advise was: "never resent a sup- 
posed injury till you kmnv the moU%-es of the 
always with you." From these words we can I aiithor of it. On uo occasion rvtaliiite." It 
plainly see that there were poor in the time of ' would be well it" more would follow- this adrice. 

Tt-lV: liltKTilliKiSr ^T AVOltK. 




lirK- hiive Ih'CH without a pastoj j 
\| S)inc<iphtwii months or more; 
Aji^ tli'.iigli .iUi-iiciaU-i nn- plenty— 

UV'v liad "* '»'"**' " '^<"^'' 
All c)t (li«m '■*i|>-top"' pn'ricluT*, 

Or i:o their lctt*-ni ran— 
We're jiwt ns ffir ever 

Fr<mi i*-ttlinK on the miin. 

Thtfinil'ifboxJime among iw 
By no nieiuiN was the won't. 
Hut th«n wp didn't think of him, 

BiTiuiHO he wiLH the first: 
!t \>i-\j\ii quit/- file cuwloiii 

To "at-rifiw ^ fpw 
Bffor<> the chnnh in eariiff 

I)etrrminc8 what to do. 
Thcr« WM a smart young fellow 
■ With Mirioutt. eum&it wiiy. 
Who but for one great blunder 

Hiul Hun-ly won the day; 
Who left «ogr)od impression. 

On Monday, one or two 
Went round iimonn the people 

To WW if he would do. 

The pioii.i. godly portion 

Hiwl not u fnult to find; 
His elear and spjirohiiig iire;i(:hing 

Thev thonght the very kind: 
And all went smooth and pleasant 

Until they heard the views 
Ot" some inlluentiid sinners 

Who rent the highest pews. 

On tlie^c hi« pungent dealing 

Made but a sorry hit; 
The eoat of Oospel IcncliinK 

Was quite too tight a fit. 
Of courBe liif fate was settled; 

Attend ye parsons all! 
And preach to please the sinners 

If you would get a call. 
Next came it sjtniee youiij: 'lnnd.\ ; 

He wore \m hair too long; 
Another^ eo«t WiW i^habby. 

And his voiee not over strong: 
And one New Haven student 

W.ui wori'e tliun all of those. 
We couldn't heed the sermon- 

For thinlting of his uose. 

Then, weai'>*ing oi eanilidaten 

Wc looked the country through, 
' Mid doctors and profe^:«oi-s. 

To find one that would do; 
And after much discu>t^ion 

One who iliould the ;irk. 
With toli;ral)lo ngremnent 

Wcfixeilon Dr. Parke. 

\Vi,n :lnili-;.-l> (I,..Li;:hl ihi.t .-.M-y'.- 
Had elainis alpove our elmn b, 

N.-xt we divp;.!. 1 . 


His tone^ were > 

I b\ 

I r.,m\ line: 

' !'■■ tjave i;v. 
Iniiceeiifi ekjir .i.i.l loi;.i. 
The;;i..l..stpr.>.Me-.T ;.M... -ed 
To;Uienliiil.t.-n e .ro«.l. 

He preuehed ;: dimUle -i 111011. 

And gave us aiiy-rs fdod 
On 8ueh a lovely topic — 

"The joys of solitude." 
\il full of sw(»«'t de.-n-ript-ons 

Of lioweiv iUid pearly streams, 
(If warbl'g binls, and moonlight irroves, 

.-Vnd golden sum^et beams. 

Of faith and tnie i-ppentance 

He notliirij; liiul t)» say: 
He rounded ;ill the eorners, 

Ami sni'iothi'd the rugged way; 
MiLnft2<-''l "'ill' grenl iidruitiuv"* 

To entertain and please. 
\nd leave the sinner's eonsoienee 

Completely at its e; 

Six hundred is the salary 

We gave in former day:*; 
We thought it Very liberal. 

And fonnd it hnrd to raise: 
But when we took the paper 

We had no nee<i to urge 
To raise a cool two thousiind 

For the Kev. Shidlow Splurge. 

In vftin were all the efiorts— 

We had no change at iJl— 
We found ten city churches 

Had given him a call: 
And he. in prayerful waiting, 

Wsv keeping them all in tow; 
But where they jiaid the highest 

It was whisperefl he would go. 

And now. good Christian brothers, 

We ask your earnest prayers 
That God would .-^end a shepherd 

To guide our church aftiiirs. 
With this clear undei-standing— 

A man to meet our views 
Must preach to plcjise the sinners. 

And fill tlie vacant pews. 

— Viudiralor. 

under IlisilispfiMBtinn. The shew br«..l so far from being ashaine.1 of our Ma<. 
- ' '■' ■ - -1 T_..- ! tcr's sufferings, we glory in them. 

When our Savior iustiUited this or- 
:liuance. He said, this is uiy Itlood of 



SHEW lircail was lireail oftered every 
Snl)1)ntli day upon the goklen taWe 
in the holy plaice, or sanetum. These 
were twelve'in number, according to the 
twelve tribes, in wliose names they were 
oft'ere<l. Kvery loaf was composed of 
a little more than five pint.s of flour, 
■they were unleavened. Tliey were pre- 
sented hot every Salibath day, the old 
ones being taken away and eaten by the 
priests only. This offering was accom- 
panied with salt, and f]anl;incense (see 
Lev. 2; l;!;'24: 5, .S). Some think it 
was also accompanied witli w inc, tliougii 
tliis is not nicutioued in the Scriptures, 
but as wine was used in many of the 
saerificc-s and offerings of the Jews it is 
presumeil tliat it was used ilere. These 
twelve loaves, because they stood before 
the Lord were called of faces, or of the 
presence, that is bread whicli stands in 
iIk* presence of God. 

The sliew bi'ead is peculiarly interest, 
ing to us, as being a striking type of 
Christ. We will now try to notice some 
of tile points of coincidence. 

1 . This bread was first offered as a 
sacrifice to Jeliovah, .and afterwads eaten 
l)'y the priests. How forcibly this shad'- 
owed I'ortli Christ, "who hath given 
llimself for us, an offering and a sacrifice 
to Clod for a sweet smelling savor," af- 
terwards becoming spiritual food to such 
as in and through Ilim are spiritual 
priests t<) God, even Hisl'ather ( iPet. 
2: o;Kev. 1: ti, audo: Hi;. Clu-isthath 
told us not only that lie would be the 
spiritual iiouriahment of His s.niuts, but 
that niile.-w tlley would feed on Him, they 
could liavi) no spiritual life. " For my 
flesh is meat indeed. ^JJo that eateth my 
flesh, and driuketU my bIoftiJj_ dwclleth 
in me, ami I in Him." But, ''Except 
ye eat the llesli of the Son of man spiV 
drink His blood, ye have no life in you." 

2. This lireacl must be eaten iS the 
holy jilace, it unlawful to remove it 
fi-om the sanctuary. With what solemn- 
ity and awe those priests must have par- 
taken of that hallowed bread, that broad 
taken from the presence of Jehovah, and 
then to eat it in such a sacred place, on- 
ly the embroidereii veil separating be- 
tween them and the holy Shecliinnh, or 
manifestation of the divine presence in 
the holy of holies. Melhinks with bow- 
ed heads, and deep reverence, they must 
have eaten such sacred food, in such a 
holy jilaee. But «hile thus engaged, 
the mind of the enlighteiiiiil priest, was 
perhaps wholly engros.s<'d with the deep 
mysterious signification of the act. They 
could ])erhaps dimly see in it, the im- 
molation of their future Messiah, the 
wondrous stores of gi-ace and wisdom 
that should be opened nj) to the chm-ch 

Aviw line of the many things of the .Tew- 
ish economy that pointed to Christ, de- 
signed to keep before the minds of the 
peoj)le the great reilemptioii that God 
was preparing for the human family- 
Man is prone to forgetfulness, and for- 
getfnlnesa is the parent of negligence, 
and finally of apostasy and ruin. Onr 
dear Master,' knowing our frailty, our 
proneness to al>athy and indifference, 
the night ■>f His betrayal, the night of 
His most dreadful sufferings instituted 
an ordinance in His church, and au ordi- 
nance most solemn and impressive, well 
calculated to keep before the minds of 
His people, the awful tragedy of Geth- 
semane and Calvary. While seated at 
the talile with His disciples, partaking 
with them His la-st meal, and conversing 
with them of His approaching trial and 
sufferings. He took up a piece of bread 
in the most solemn manner, blessed it, 
brake it, and gave it to His disciples, 
and said, " take eat this is my boihj" 

How emphatic! This bread which I 
have just lu-oken represents ray body 
which will soon be broken for you. 
Eat this bread, it is symbolical of the 
spiritual nourishment you will derive 
from my awful sufl'erings. I am soon 
to suffer, and through that suffering y 
an- to procure spiritual aliment. Mer- 
ciful Jesns! AVas every comfort, every 
l>lessiiig, all the happiness, all the iieacc, 

all the joy that is mine, wrung fi l 

thee! Didst thou procure them for me 
at such an awful cost? Well may the 
apostle say, " Ye were not redeemed 
witli corruptible things, as silver and 
gold, but with the precious bloo.l of 
Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and 
without spot." " And lie took the cuii, 
and gave th,ailks, and gave it to them, 
saying, drink ye all of it, for this is my 
blood of the ifew Testament, ,\vluch is 
shed for many for the remission of sins." 
Prink ye all of this cup, it represents 
iny blood of the New covenant, the cov- 
enant of grace, and redemption, long 
a"o entered into by the triune God, and 
now to be ratified and sealed by my 
blood. Drink ye all of this cup, it sym- 
boliaes that the blessings, the privileges, 
the immunities that have been so long 
preparing and maturing, are now about 
to He eonfirnied and scaled to yon by 
my blood. The shedding of my blood 
will release you from the dominion of 
the law, l)ut under grace. Sweet Savior, 
all the suffering is thine, all the benefit 
is ours. The eliurch militant can even 
now sing " There is, therefore, now no 
c<mdemiiatiou to them which arc in 
Christ Jesus who walk not after the 
fle.sli, but after the Spirit." While tlie 
ti-iumphant anthems of the redeemed 
will ever be, unto him that loved \is, and 
washed ustroinoursiiis in hisownlilood, 
and hath made us priests and kings un- 
to God and his Father; to him be glory 
and dominion for everaud ever; .\meii." 

These emblems of our Savior's suffer- 
ings are only to be partaken of in tlie 
chni'cb, that is, among believers in a col 
leetivc body, which body comjioses the 
true or temple or dwelling 
place of Jehovah on earth. lint not 
only are we to partake of these emblems 
as a reminder of onr Lord's sufferings, 
but through it we ar<r to make a public 
exhibition of our Master's sufferings. 
Says I'aul, " As oft as ye eat this bread, 
and drink this cup, ye do show the Lord 
death till he comes." Though a erucifi- 
ed Christ is a stumbling block to the 
Jews, and foolishness unto the Greeks, 
to the enlightened Christian he is the 
power of God, and the wisdom of God, 
our cmly boast is in the cross of Jesus, 

the new covenant (see Bible Uniou 
Translation). Now a covenant implies 
two parties, and mutual stipulations, 
(rod made a covenant with Abraham 
id gave him the rite of circumcision 
hich was the seal of that covenant. 
This rite wa.s a sign, evidence, and »«. 
surauce, both of the blessings prtuuised 
by God, particularly that he woiilct give 
tiiem Christ the promised seed out of 
the loins of Abraham, and through him 
dispense unto them all spiritual blessings, 
on their part it was a sign of their faith 
or confidence in this jn-omise, and alsu 
of their wiUinguess to submit to the rule 
and guidance of this promised seed. 

Now Paul tells us, " He is not a Jew, 
which is one outwardly, neither is that 
circumcision which is outward in the 
flesh, but he is a Jew which is one in. 
wardly ; and circumcision is that of the 
heart, in the spirit, and not in the letter; 
whose praise is not of men, but of God." 
Again he says, " For we are the eircuia. 
cision which serve God in the Spirit, and 
rejoice in Christ Je.sns, and have no con- 
fidence in the flesh." This covenant 
which was on Christ's part ratified with 
his blood, retpiires on our part that we 
receive the true or spiritual circumcis- 
ion of the heart, which consists of a 
cutting away of all fleshly or carnal de- 
sires, or appetites. This spiritual incis- 
ion is necessarily painful. Paul tells ua 
that the Word of God, by which the in- 
cision is made, " Is quick and poweiful, 
and sharper than any two-edged sword, 
piercing even to the dividing asunder of 
1 and spirit, and of the joints .ind 
marrow, and is a discenier of the 
thoughts and intents of the lieart." 

Paul calls this holy sacrament a com- 
munion (1 Cor. 10: IG). Ciuniinmion 
signifies fellowship, concord, harmony, 
union. It is then also a sacred sign of 
our spiritual fellowsliip with Christ. 
But, says the apostle," What fellowship 
hath righteousness with unrighteousness? 
And what eominunion hath light with 
darkness? And what concord liath 
Christ \vith Belial." Unless, then, we 
.tre one with Christ, unless our spirits 
are in harmony with his .Spirit, unless 
there is in our hearts a willingucss to 
forsake all for him, as he for-sook all for 
us, unless there really is between our 
souls and Christ, a true spiritual fellow 
ship, we cannot jiroperly partake of this 
sacred sign of fellowship. It is not on- 
ly a sign of our spiritual fellowship with 
Christ, but also a sign of our true Chris- 
tian fellowship one with another. " Tbr 
bread which we break, is it not the com- 
munioii of the body of Christ!" For, 
says the aiiostle, " We being many arc 
one bread and one body ; for wc^ are all 
partakers of that one breail." This 
bread broken and distributed among tlif 
members of Christ's mystical body, rep- 
resents the union and concoril that should 
e.tist between them, all being united to- 
gether in him. Oh how solemn, how 
sjicred is all this, when seated at that 
table, an almost overpowering sense ol 
awe takes possession of our niiiul, ""'' 
oh, with what feelings, do wc sip that 
cup and eat that bread! Holy MasW- 
help us to " cleanse ourselves from all fil- 
thiness of the and spirit, pcrf«'- 
ing holiness in the fear of (ioil," so that 
we may partake of the,se emblems prop- 
erly. For, " Whosoever shall cut this 
bread, and drink this cup of the Lord, 
unworthily, shall be guilty of the \m' 
and blood of the Lord." 

Let us so live, that we may li'"'' "'"' 

i;,|l„n -liil' "111- witli imutlic- ,1 t„„e,l, 

,,. l.avf li-llow.bip with the KutU<.,°au<l 
„itb His Sou Jesus Christ (1 Join, j 





qllIE pr«i-ut situatiou of „ftai,., i„ 
X Kuiojie calls out many lefeivucf., 
t„ the nrtick "The European War in 
l',„|ibecy," which appeareil in Inla- 
0„an of Oct. 2S, 187«, and which was 
rejiuLlished in May last. The article 
,,iis devoted to a statement of the views 
of the Kcv. S. D. IkUlwiu, given in his 
l,„ok "Armageddon; or, the United 
States in Prophecy," published m 1S51. 
The following is the summary attached 
to the quotations from the liook, as pub- 
lished in The Inter Ocean in Oct. 1K7(1: 

" According to the views of Mr. Bald- 
H-in the aeeomplishmeut of Daniel's 
prophecy was to begin in 18T6, continue 
throngli 1ST7 and terminate before the 
close of April, 1,S7S. Should his prog- 
nostications turn out to \k true, the near 
fiituiv will develop startling and pro- 
foundly interesting events. In that case 
the efforts of the European powers to 
patch u]i a peace will prove abortive 
[this was written in l»7li, before the 
connncTiccnient of the war, and while 
the representatives of the powers were 
in conference] ; the actual occupation of 
the revolted provinces [Bulgaria and 
Servia]by Russian troops will take place; 
England will oppose the's progress 
with a sudden and tremendous onset in 
luagniticaut array, but without avail; 
lliissian armies will victoriously cross 
the Balkans into Turkey, iimking a con- 
quest of the European portion first, then 
pour triumphantly into .lisia Minor, and 
reduce it to subjection, together with 
Egypt and Palestine. If Daniel's proph- 
ecy has been accurately interpreted, Rus- 
sia is to become the autocratic colossus 
airiong tlie nations in the Old World 
within eighteen months from this date 
[Oct. 2S, ls7ll], and then preciiiitately 
tumble into a vjist and wonderful ruin." 

The efforts to patch up a peace were 
abortive; Russia has occupied Bulgaria, 
and is ready to cross the Balkans in force. 
What will "be the issue of the present 
negotiations none can tell. 

— Inter Ocean. 


DV E. K. lil-EClILY. 

iiQON, remember that thouin thy life. 

^-' tiinereceivedsttliy good thingsiand 
likewise Lazarus evil things, but now he 
IS comforted and thou art tormented 
(Luke IC: ih). 

Li the narrative related in this chap- 
ter from the 19-31 verse inclusive, the 
Lord Jesus Christ the Sou of God, who 
spake as never man spake, gives us in a 
l>rief, but positive manner, the life and 
Jeatli, eternal hereafter of two certain 
individuals, who lived in the world at 
one and the same time. It is however 
aniintained by .some of our moderu d'i- 
vims, that is but a fable, and not an 
actual oeeurrence; the blessed Savior 
gives it as a reality, be this as it may, 
"e are hereby told in plain terms, what 
tile state of the dead mil be. beyond the 
gi'ave, of both saint and sinner. This 
is however not saying that every beggar 
will go to heaven, and that every man of 
)^'"ilth uiust of necessity goto hell; this 
is not the idea. The Psalmist says, 
" The wu-hed shall be turned into hell, 
"'ill all the nations that forget God " 
<''»• '■': IT). And the Almighty says. 
" Say to the rii/hieinm, that it shall be 
*i-ll with with him " (Lsa. .•!: W). Thus 
Wi^ see that it is the rficM, and those 

thal./'u;v/t/ f, 

rich or 


'•', tha 


sjurit reap 

hill, wheil 
poor, and the riijhttoi' 
whether prince or beggar, that 
go to glory. 

The two now described in the narra- 
tive, the one wa.s a great and rich man 
of the World; the other was a poor in- 
valid, sick and sore; the one had greiil 
po5.,essions, he bad all that a carnally- 
minded, sinful heart could desire, the 
other bad not where to lay and rest his 
weary head; the one was arrayed in all 
the pomp, and style, and fa.Hhioiis of the 
world, the otln-r bad not to shield him- 
self from the stormy blast; the .,ne had 
bis table spread, and loaded down with 
sumptuous meals, dainty dishes, and full 
Clips, everyday, the other had not where- 
with to stay his hunger; the one wa-s a 
high-minded, haughty, proud man of the 
world, the other was an humble child of 
God. To be brief, the one had s.jwii 
according to the flesh, the other aeconl- 
ing to the spirit, and the sequel will 
show what the harvest produced- " He 
that soweth to the flesh, shall of the 
flesh reap corruption ; but he that sow 
eth to the spirit, shall of the 
life everlasting" (Gal. l\: .1). 

Had the blessed Savior given us no 
m<u'e of this narrative than the three 
first verses lil, 20,-21, all the world 
would say that the rich man's case was 
the best, as he was rich, was clothed in 
the most fashionable attire that wealth 
could procure, and fared sumptuously 
every day of his life, he had all this, and 
more at bis command, he had' never 
learned what want was. The other man 
was poor, and needy, had to beg for 
crumbs, had not wherewith to satisfy 
hiswauts, and to clothe his body; besides 
this, be was sick, and full of sores, he 
had no one to befriend him, bnt dotrs. 
" Moreover the dogs came and licked his 
sores." This is all the relief that we are 
told of, that the poor saint had adminis- 
tered to him, while laying at the rich 
man's gate. " And it came to pass that 
the beggar died." Death came to the 
poor saint's relief, he was now relieved 
of his sores, he had uo more use of dogs 
to lick his sores, he no more begged for 
crumbs; we have no more account of his 
burial, yet we presume be was buried, 
without any great display being imule. 
Let this be as it may, whether he receiv- 
ed honorable sepulture or not, heavenly 
messengers, bright shining angels were 
ill waiting for liim at his departure out 
of this world, and conveyed him on the 
wings of the wind, away yonder, afar 
off out of reach of the wieki;d, into cv- 
erla-stnig glory and happiness, " Wliere 
the wicked cease from troubling, and tin- 
weary are at rest." " Where the morning 
stars sing togethr, and all the son.s'of 
dod shout for joy." There is no more 
hunger, thirst, beat nor, pain nor 
sorrow to endure. Nothing but peace, 
joy, honor and glory to be enjoyed at 
the right hand of God, in the presence 
of the oiiee crucified Lamb, and glorifi- 
ed saints for ever and ever, through the 
ceaseless ages of eternity. Where they 

" When we've lieeli there. t*a thousinid ycurs. 

liriglit sliiuiag iis the sun, 
We've 11" less (laj'i* to sing God's lu'aise, 

Tlien wlieii we lii>t bcgiiii." 
" The rich man also died, and was 
buried." Yea verily, the great and rich 
men of the world must also die, all their 
grandeur, wealth, 1)0111]), style and world- 
ly honor, cannot save them from death. 


It is appointed unto iiieii one 
(Heb. il: 27). 

" Oh ,vc younj,' .vr guy )*■ iiiuinl, 
You lUHst )Uf luiil w(.-iir thf slim 
Then you'll i-ry miil wiuit to In-, 
Iliippy ill otcniity." 

to <lic 

voiul the grave, u luTc do wu fiiul 
iiw givatmau of tin- worW. .lesiis 
U'.\U you in hdl. O iniHiTv'of miseries! 
But a few tlayw jiriorto lie wils 
amiyetl in nil th.- splcmlnr <.f the worM, 
and now in ludl, in torment. Hp now 
Ix'gan to look around, realizing the aw- 
ful fondltion Ids misspent life hrought 
to his deni-'U euiii|i[mioiis, could give 
him neither relief nor comfort. He now 
lifts up bis eyes, and Twludd, away yon- 
der afar otf, at a great distanc« from 
hell, he seeth Lazarus, that once detipint- 
od l)cg<,'ar,in glory and liappineas, crown- 
ed with honor aiul majesty, he now !)e- 
irins to ery and pray, saying, father 
Aliraham have mercy on me, send Laz- 
«rM,v,"send him (luiekly ; for I amsuirering 
8Uuh torment here in the flames, send 
him with a drop of water, to cool my 
parched tongue. The answer wiw, mn 
rtmemlm\ that thou hast had all thy 
good things in thy lifetime: renu-ndier, 
that thou hast hivished llieni upon thy 
lusts; remember also that prayera from 
ludl are too late. Itemmiher, that while 
you lived in the world, and should have 
been engaged in })rayer andserving God, 
thou hast been engaged in serving thy 
lusts, in revelry and carouning. Re- 
member, also, how often you were warn- 
ed, and entreated by the ministers of 
God, to leave otf sinning, au<l to turn 
in with the overtures of bleeding mer- 
cy. Iiememhoi\ how otYen you scorned 
the message from heaven, whentlu- min- 
ister, witli a broken heart, and eyes 
streaming ^vith tears, was pleading with 
you, setting life and death before you, 
in unmistakable terms. lienwinher^how 
often you declared that you did not be- 
lieve that there was a hell for the wicked 
to be punished in, but now also, Ileinem- 
her that you are in hell, that your pray- 
ers will avail you nothing but disaj)- 
poiutnient and anguish of soul. " And 
besides all tliis, between us and you there 
is a great gulf fi.\ed; so that they which 
would pass from heuce to you, cannot." 
Rpmend)er that there is no possibili- 
ty of pa-ssing this gulf, it is a <jrmt 
(jnl}\ a fi.xed gulf, it is fixed by the de^ 
cree of Almiglity God, it cannot be pass 
over, it cannot be bridged over. Al- 
thougli his holines, the Pope of Rome, 
has been engaged for more than a thous- 
and years, in constructing \vith purgato- 
ry, a bridge across this great gulf, but he 
has failed, and ever will fail. There is 
still another cla.SN who attempted to con- 
struct a bridge across this imjiassable 
gulf with final rfitoratiun, their nmteri- 
al Iteing no lietterthaii the Pope's /jw/'- 
ijatory^ and conse(piently they have fail- 
ed ; and all others that nnty make the 
attemjit, will most a-ssurcdly fail, the 
Almighty so decreed it, "That they 
carmot pa-ss over." 


iiv jMUa cALvix imiuiiT. 


K that covereth his sins shall not 

and forsaketh them, shall have mercy" 
(Prov. 'IH: VA). 

" Sin is the transgression of the law," 
and the ^vorld is full of it. *' The 
whole world lieth in wickedness " ( 1 
John 5: lii). A\'e need not look far, 
within or without, at ourselves or others, 
until we see it in all of its ramifications, 
gradations, and accumulations. " There 
is none righteous, no not one." "All 
have sinned and couie short of the glory 
of (Jod "^Uom. :i: 10, 1'A). 

My text mentions t\vt» ways of dis- 
jiroving of sin. C\)vering it, or confess- 
ing it. The tii-st is the most, 

and itihihethemeof this ew<ay. , fc our 
next we shall treat of confeirion. 

There are various ways of trying Ut 
cover sin. t.ut as y^t none have been de- 
vised to auca-ssively hide it from mortal 
ken, much less from the eyt of Him with 
whom we have to do. For a.-* the old 
adage goes, " Be sure your sin will find 
you out." 

Among the various ways of eovering 
sin we notice, 

1. Coverhuj with Hex. Cain tried it 
in the case of his brother Abel's murder, 
but the Lord knew all about it, and re- 
warded him according to his works (Gen. 
4: 0). (Jehazi, servant of the prophet 
Elisha tried to cover hia covetouaneas 
by lying. His reward was leprosy to. 
him and his seed forever (2 Kings 5: 20, 
27). And when we come to apostolic 
times, we have an Ananias and a Sap- 
phira, who lied unto the Holy Ghost, 
but they verily did not prosper. Death 
was the penalty (Acts .">: 1, 10). Many 
use this covering, to hide their sins, in 
times as in all others. The roliber, the 
murderer, the whoremonger, and mauy 
others commit their crimes under the 
dark shades of night, and then try to 
cover them with the darker covering of 
lies, but all to no purpose. Sin has too 
many symptoms, too foul a smell, is of 
too uneasy nature to be confined under 
this, or any other selfish covering. 

2. JJi/ l>lamin<} others. This was the 
way our foreparents did in Eden's gar- 
den. Adam blamed Eve; Eve, the ser- 
pent. Saul blamed the people for the 
violation of the divine decree in refer- 
ence to the Amelkites, but the Almiijhty 
contemned their (covering, and condemn- 
ed their actions or sifis. This covering 
is much in vogue in the present age, but 
prosperity no more attends it now, than 
it did in those olden days of yore. 

."i. liij Compariwn. For instance if 
we are charged Avith a certain fault, we 
instantly recollect that such a brother 
does so and so, and that is woi-se than 
we have done. This covering is entirely 
" too thin." Two wrongs never make 
one right; neither do two hundred make 
I one. " For if every transgression and 
lisobedience received a just recompeuae 
of reward, how shall we escape if we," 
" go and do likewise." 

4. 1^1/ wuticalcon.sent To illustiate, 
brother A. ofiends brother B. Brother 
B. informs brother A. of the otfense. 
Says brother A., "■ you have done infi- 
nitively worse," and then proceeds to 
inform l)rother B. of the nature of his 
crime. " And," continues he, " if you 
proceed against me, I will proceed against 
you. But if you will drop it, and say 
no more about it, 1 u^ill also." Agree«l 

This Ls what I call covering sin by 
mutual consent. They did not confess 
their sins. They did not forgive and for- 
get. They merely dropped or covered 
theiu. Thus each went on his \Yay un- 
f'orfjirinff and nnfort/iven. And for 
brethren to bring accusations of a pub- 
lic character against other brethren, and 
for these brethren to return the compli- 
ments and bring other accusations of 
which each and all are more or less guil- 
ty, and then not to confess their faults 
to one another, and acknowledgi' the er- 
roi-s of their ways, and offer the olive 
branch of peace to each other, Imt to 
stpiash the whole atVair, is to say the 
leiust, doing tlml upon which the bless- 
ing of God wiU uot descend. " A\1io 
hath eai-s to hear let liim hear?" 

They aix* never alone who are accoui- 
pauied by noble thoughts. 


January ^4 

f //^ grtthrni at Work. 


3. B. MOORE. 
8. H. BASROR, 

_ .. »»■■ «ilt b« Mnl poW-pdrt, to Anj 

Bboaia »* B"^* P»7«''>"' >» «""7' ' " ^„,l^d f„r Ihe p«- 

p«r, M well M •» I'""!""' '"""*"' '"'""" 

Idurlc. C&TTOU Co.,ni' 

LAM&5E. IU-. 

JAMTJAE? 21. 1878. 

'tm ;..Mro^H of Hro. Henry TRuxEr-hoa been 
changed from GonlofiKville. TuXius. to Post Oak. 
Clay Co., Tfxiw. 

The (IfbaW lictwpen Hm. Stkis and Eld. D. 
U. IUy, will not likely take place until soni 
time in February. Due notice will be given of 
time and »rriingi'nient*i. 

Will our readers send ua the address of every 
brother or sister who is not taking the Brbth- 
KKS AT Work ? We wi«h to send each of them 
a siiniple copy of the paper. 

HiiKTimRy D. E. Pbicr and J. CLAHMAxare 
now in Wi.icon«in preaching. This mission 
field hus l»ecome quite iuterestiiig, and the pros- 
pi'cts for a liirge ingtithering of souls are said to 
he good. _ __*.^ 

Up to the time of going to press the weather 
is beautiful, being more like Spring than Win- 
ter. Very little snow has fallen here this sea- 
son, though we have had considerable rain and 
much iiiiul. _ 

ItitOTiiER C. V. Dktwrii.rr, u tiilfuted young 
man. wa« recently called to the ministry in the 
Oaklimd church, Tenn. The Lord bless him in 
his new sphere of labor, luid nuike him nsefnl in 
bringing souls to Christ. 

Under date of Jiui. 15lh. abrother at Wnynes- 
jjoro. Pa., informs ii3 that liro. Bashor and 
ivile had arrived there, and that meetings were 
ill progress. Congregations large, interest and 
attention good. Hope their visit may be ploiu^- 
ant. and jirodiu'tive of nim'h good to precious 

Thk Brethren in Ashlaml iminty Oliio, are 
having a reiVcMhiiig siiasou this Winter. Niini- 
biTs have been added to the i-hnreh, thus cans- 1 
ing much rejoicing among the saints. God 
grant that they may be iis successful in contend- 
ing for" glory, honor and immortality " as they 
have been in luhliiig to the church such as 
should be saved. 

poverty within because of our rudeness. No 
mourning because we heliwd to care for the sick, 
and eB»ed tKcir dying moments, but abundance 
of luiguish because we did too little. No " lean- 
ness of soul " because we helped our poor broth- 
er, and sympathiwd with him in his troubles, 
but plenty of " poverty of heart " because of 
our selfishness. On all sides, on every haml. re- 
grets and sorrow? strike us because we did not 
iLs the Master teaches. Will we turn just where 
He turned, walk us He walked, lie rich in love 
and goffd works, or will we go on in the ways 
of the world and suffer the torments of the 
damned l-* 

At this 3ea,<(()n of the year, when many cliang- 
ea are being made in subscriptions, and hundreds 
of letters must I>e handled, mistakes will occur. 
Phis we Iwlieve most of our readers understand, 
and are ever ready to exercise patience, if nil 
things do not move along smoothly. Should 
any of our subscribei-s, however, fail to receive 
the paper promptly, notify us at once by postal 
cai-d or letter. Do not wait three or four weeks, 
for it would he better that you receive two pa- 
pers of one issue than none. We want every 
subscriber to receive his paper and enjoy it. 

Considerable stir has been made in the re- 
ligious world over the position that Swing. 
Bkecher and some others have taken on the 
subject of everlasting pnnishment. God says i>f 
certain characters, '" They shall go away into 
everlasting punishment," Again, " I am alive 
foreveiTQOre, .\men; and have the keys of hell 
and death."' We know that there is death, and 
God says He has the key of it. The same God 
says He has the key of hell. Now if there be 
no hell, according to Beechrr, why speak of 
its key? Let God he true, even if every man 
should be a liar. 

Nearly every letter contains some kind, com- 
plinientarj' reference to the Bhethhen at 
Work, and we feel that you sufBciently api)reci- 
ate our position to excuse us for not puhlisliing 
them all. God will take care of the results. 
However we feel grateful to you for j'our words 
of sympathy iind comfort, and are always glad 
to receive them, for editors need encouragement 
as well as others. You can help us; in fact our 
interests are one. and if we labor together in 
unity, the world will be the better for it. We 
hall aim, as heretofore, to give yon good food — 
food that Jias in it the Life of Him who died and 
lived for us. We desire to work in His name, 
according to His directions, and in harmony 
with His whole counsel. Let every i)eii, liainl. 
foot, tongue, and body strive to do likewise. 

Wk eall attojition to the article in another 
eolumn, entitled " The Appeal for Help.*' Bro. 
Peck is a niiuiatcr, and has resolved to do his 
part towards iTsponding to some of the calls for 
ministerial aid. He has a desirable property, 
and any one looking for 11 home in this section 
of the country should give him a call. We write 
thus because we think Bro. Pkok's resolution a 
good one, mid may, if carried out. aeuomplish u 
great amount of good. 

While getting ont this issue, the office was 
ill a disordered condition, having made some 
changes, preparatory-to putting in a steam en- 
gine. Wc hope, therefbre, our readers will bear 
wth us should the inattA^-r not be so very inter- 
esting this wt'uk. Bro, Moore was absent part 
of the time, having been to Chicago to imrcha-e 
type, engine, Ac. and the amount of labor is 
such that one pewou cannot well do it without 
missing some points. 

Not often that we need to repent of having 
8iud too little. Teai-s and bitterne-ss often be- 
cause we said too much. Never regret our po- 
tionce under insult mid scorn, but sorrow oft 
Ijecuuse of our \\mtv and resentment. No heart- 
breaking and pining because^f^ve treated our 
fellow-man with love und respect, hut plenty of 

Now since there has been a change in the 
weather, the roads in better condition for trav- 
eling, we hope to hear of meetings being held in 
all parts of tlie country. We do not believe in 
being inactive, but as ourMasterever was, vigil- 
ant, careful and judicious, moving on the enemy's 
works. We want to hear of the result of your 
meetings, what the Lord did for yon. your hopes 
and joys, all to the honor and glory of Him who 
hath called us with a high calting in Christ Je- 
sus. In apostolic times, the result of the Lord's 
doings among the people was heralded forth to 
elieer the -saints and urge them to steadfastness 
of faith. The joyful news of sinners return, 
will have the same effect on us, if not mixed too 
much with " chat!"," hence we earnestly request 
brethren and sisters to keep our readers inform- 
ed lis to tho progress of the work in their re- 
sjwctive congregation^*. 


IT is as old as the Bible, yet not the Bible. 
It is not inspired, yet it has lived in all ages 
of the world. It reads the same from the ijot- 
tom to the top. It may be read backwards with- 
out destroying the sense. It teaches no good 
thing, yet is widely read; was never translated, 
yet more orjess known among all nations, tribes 
or kindred of the earth; when lost, is eiisily 
found, and when found, not easily lost. " What 
is it?" says one. Well, it has no value, yet 
much us(m1; whenever torn, mond« itself; no 
new editions evi-r appear, though its numbers 
never diminish. Knch person who owns one, 
inereases and decreiwes its pages at will. It is 
neither bought nor sold in the markets, though 
its circuluiiou is iiuuiea^e. Schools do not use 

it. yet it is there in abundance; was not design- 
ed for churches, not recommended by the Lorn 
to His people, yet very frequently found among 
them, "Well, well." say you, "what is it? 
Tell its name." 

On the outside of the first cover you will find 
"SUPPOSITION;" on thelast, " EVIL SUR- 
MISINGS." The first chapter is devoted to the 
" Value of Suspicion," the second on the " Im- 
portance of Envy," and the third on the " Worth 
of .lealousy." Several pages are devoted to 
"Back-biting," "Wrath." "Strife." "Emula- 
tions," and " Love of Self." As before stated, it 
reads the same backwards as forwards, and is well 
adapted to the taste of the reader. Not kept 
at this office. m. h. k. 


SOME years ago, in the rural districts of Pa.^ 
a pedo-baptist evangelist conducted several 
very successful series of meetings, and at each 
phice allowed his converts, as usual, to select 
their own way of being baptized. At the 
one, of which we speak more particularly, a 
young lady from a Baptist family, requested to 
be immei-sed, but the preacher objected, saying, 
sprinkling would do just as well, besides im- 
mersion was not decent, and he would catch 
cold if he went in the water, and he would not 
baptize her. unless by sprinkling or pouring.— 
The lady refused, saying, if he would not im- 
nierse.her, that she would go to the Baptists. 

This was a stunner for the good brethren, un- 
til one of them said, as the sister was from a 
very influential and wealthy family, it would 

not do to lose her, and if Bro. would agree 

to immerse her, if it was arranged so that he 
need not enter the water, he thought all could 
be arranged satisfactorily. 

Thej>reacher agreed to the proposition, and 
a day was appointed in which to attend to the 
rite. When it was announced how the baptism 
was to be performed, many went out of curiosi- 
ty. Among them a very old lady, who stood 
near the water, and when the minister came, a 
long slab was brought, with long legs in one 
end. This bench was now adjusted, one end 
on the himk, the other end in the stream, thus 
forming a scaifold on which the minister walk- 
d high aud dry as he led the penitent into the 

The formula was repeated; "T baptize thee 
in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and 
of the Holy Ghost." Then, — just as he made 
the motion to immerse, — his scaffold broke, and 
he came down into the water up to the waist, 

.hist as the excitement was over and the min- 
ister was trying his best to recover, the old 
lady on the shore clapped her hands, say- 
ing: "That's the way my Bible reads: 'They 
both went down into the water.' " 

It is only necessary to remark, that notwith- 
standing the minister ruined his broadcloth, 
many on the bank learned a good lesson. 


THERE can be no contriusting without two 
things. The two things to be contrasted 
in this article, are God and man. " I am the 
Almighty God" and "God is greater than man." 
There cannot be a gi-eater without a lesser. If 
there be a lesser, then there is a greater. If 
there he a difference, then there is also a depend- 
ent, and there can be no dependent without 
something to depend upon; hence there is an 

1. There is a subordinate, — that Ls man. 

2. There is a superior, — that is God. 
:J. Man can originate nothing. 

i. Man was originated, ami since man cannot 
originate anything, and was himself originated, 
it follows, there must be an originator. 

5. All tilings in existence show arrangement, 
hence there must be an arranger. It is God. 
There must be a creator of hannony before there 
can be hannony. 

Thus in tracing all matter to its origin, we 
find God there. " Without Him was not any- 
thing made that wiis made." Before anything 
was made, it was planned. Before the plan was 
isecuied it was a thought, mid there can be no 
thought without a person. God, therefore is i\ 

Materialists claim, that we do not know that 
there wius not ".a second God who designed the 
first God. and a third that designed the second ' 
aud so on. " A design must have had u design- 

er, and this designer adesigner; for every A,. ■ 
is to have a designer." Lyman Beecher w 
once approached by his students with the on 
tion. how they should answer skeptics who t u 
them thot the nrgnmenl from design provej t 
nuch: "They say to us," said the students' 
that there may be twenty gods; for everj- ^ 
sign must have a designer, and everj- designer 
designer, and so on.' " Lyman did not kno 
how to meet the difficulty in a scientific way 
at least he did not give them the scientific an 
wer: " ' These men say there are twenty gods*-'' 
' Yes.' 'Well, you t«ll them that if there is on^ 
God it will go hai-d with them, and if there aw 
twenty it will go harder yet.' " 

In many things man is like God, having beei, 
created in His likeness and image. God thnika. 
so does man. God talks; so does man, Qfui 
moves, reasons; so does man, But there is » 
limit to man's power; there is none to God's 
Mail weai"8 out, and dies; God does not. Mm, 
is earthy: God spiritual. Man is dependent- 
God independent. Man needs a Savior; God 
does not. God is in all, above all; man is nut 
Man is the subject; God the Lord, Man needs 
grace; God does not, God can pardon; mm 
needs it. God calls; man^can listen. God 
loves; so can man. God asks man to believe 
Hiiu. Man can do what God asks of Him. God 
sent a Savior to man; man never sent a Savior 
to God. for He needs none. No Savior ever died 
/or God; one died for man. 

The contrast between God and man issn 
great that any unbeclouded eye can see it. The 
open eye beholds it with awe and reverence: the 
closed eye sees a faint light, but is powerless to 
discriminate. The believer not only looks over 
walls, but through them. To them the Sun nf 
righteousness affords light enough for all times 
aud seasons. Keep God abovej you, let the 
Christ stand beside you, and walk with you, and 
the victory through Him will he'coraplete. 


Qiicsliona louctiing the meaning of Scripture, relating 
o Hislor; uiiJ {imclicat sutijccls of ruligious inlurcst trill 
come in pincc. The ijiierisi's nnmo must accomprin^f nil 
communicaUoDS. We shall labor to nvoid ginog anjjuti 
for strife and oonteution over un important quo- 

Brethren Editors: — 

I want you or some one else to give an e.x- 
phination of the 15th. ItJth and 17th verses of 
the 18 chapter of Matthew. What is the dif- 
ference between thcjwords " tlir," and " thfe,y" 
John B. Elleb. 

The word /Ac is by some called a "DrJinHf 
Article," because it points out some definite ob- 
ject or thing, as: Tlif man, the field, Others 
call it a Sppci/i/iiiij Adjective, because it speci- 
fies or notes some particular thing.. Both dofi- 
iiitions are correct, being similar. The word 
the is never used to denote thi> name of 11 
person or thing. 

The word thee is a simple, pei-soual pronoun, 
second persmi, and usually refei-s to some indivi- 
dual of the human family. In the Bible the 
word thee is used, instt?ad of the word you. Read 
the verses named with the word ijon instead of 
thee, and you will get our idea. We now tiiru 
to the Emphatic Dinghtt and give the verses il* 
translated by Wilson : 

" Now, if thy brother be in error, go, con- 
vict him, between thee and him alone. If I'" 
hear thee, thou hast gained thy brother. But 
if he liear thee not, take with thee one or two 
more: that by the testimony of two or thrfe 
witnesses, everything may be proved. But il 
he disregard them, inform the congregation, 
aud if he disregard the congregation also, H 
him be to thee as a pagan and tribute-taker. 

When a case, according to the Scripture hits 
been brought before the* congregation, it '^^ 
reached iLs third nfnije, mid must there be dis- 
posed of, for there is no religious judiciory o» 
(■arth higher than the church, imd the church 
has no law save "the perfect law of liberty. — 
By tin's all coses must bo adjusted, if we would 
please the Lord. 

The case being presented to the churdi, 
every member is more or less affected; l""' 
" whether one member suffer, all the members 
suffer with it" 11 Cor. \'2: :?iil. If. "f^er ft f'"' 
and impartial hearing, tho offender does ro 
hear the churcli, then the congregation is *■«;- 
powered to hold him «« a heathen— an uncon- 
verted man. not because he would not hear ^ 
offended brother, nor tho two or^three, but b'- 

„„»■ h.' Jiscfg""!' "»■ Anrch. And for ,„^ 
,;^|v tho rcMon is the offended l,roH,ert„ 
iider him M »n imconverted niun, not |„ 
Cliristiaii fellowship with him. Ho .hull 
„„l so consider him becnii.c he wonld not be 
„„vineeil when nlo,u: nor for foiling ,„ ^^^ 
,!,, two or three, but because he <limg„rd, Iht 

Great core should be esercised in the ndjnsl- 
„,ent »f diihculties thnt lire brought before the 
ehiirch. Self-interest, partinlity, mijice. ill- 
iriU »re no more qualified to sit in judpnenl 
IliMi thi''>M and murderers, but are themselves 
subjects of Judgment. To look at a case as the 
Bible look" at it, is the duty and privilege of 
e,er.v disciple of Christ. „ ^\ 


THE appenls for ministerial help the past year 
have been numerous, and I fear but few 
have been heeded. In the last week's issue of 
the BiiETHRES .IT WouK, I again noticed a call 
for help in Kansas. In view of doing what I 
can towards responding to some of them. I have 
concludeil to olfer toy farm for sale, throw off 
some of tlie worldly cares, buckle on the whole 
„,.mor, ami go forth in the strength of Israel's 
God to do what I can. It is more profitable to 
work for sniils. than to lay up trea-sures where 
uioth and rnst doth corrupt. My farm consists 
of one hundred acres well improved, and only 
two miles South of Lanark, 111. Any person 
liurehiL^ing. will help advance the cause, and 
even he who sends a purchaser will do his mite. 
I shall, therefore, if able to dispose of my prop- 
erty, move where I can assist some of those who 
Mc crying for help. S. J. Peck. 

Liiiuirk. III. 


NOTICE is hereby given to the Brethren of 
Indiana, that there will be a State council 
meeting, the Lord willing, on Friday the 8th of 
Fet)ruary 1S7S, commencing at 9 o'clock A. M., 
in the Squirrel Creek meeting-house near Roann, 
Wabash Co., Ind., for the purpose of making 
further arrangements for the .\nnual Meeteng. 
It is imi)ortaut that all should he interested, and 
every church be lepresentetl by at least one del- 
egate, so that the work will not rest on a few. 
Let all the elders see to it that some one be sent 
from their district. By order of former council. 

Kl.1). J. S. IlOSENHEROEIt. 

MmlicMi, Ind., Jan. mh, ]W«. 



*' J7M.^H ye not therefore, ye are of more val- 

A ue than many sparrows " {Matt. 10; 31). 

The above are words of consolation which 
Christ gave to His disciples when He fit^t .sep- 
umted them from the world, and called them in- 
to His service, to go forth as shecj) in the midst 
of wolves, to have them know that He is their 
Shepherd, that is caring for them, as well as to 
have them know tlmt they are exposed to dan 
ger on every hand; tliat they should be the bet- 
ter prepared to watch and pray that they fall 
net into temptation. Christ also told them, 
" Ye sliall be hated of all men for niy name's 
sake, but he that endureth to the end shall he 
saved" (Matt. 10; 2.i). 

My young brethren and sisters in Christ, let 
we say to you by way of encouragement, fear 
not when J ou suffer a little persecution. Just 
If' »s remember Christ our MiLster; He was per 
scented before us. If tempted, we know He was 
Icmpted in all points ns we are. yet without sin. 
I say to you, sin not when you are tempted, let 
1" take .lesus for our example. When He was 
baptized, tlie Spirit immediately led Him into 
'lie wiblerncss to be tempted of tlie devil: but 
H' ilid not one of Satan's biddings. So let not 
"»» of ns be induced by imything he nniy oiler 
I", even if it he the kingdom of the worid, or the 
B'ory of them. Do not give any of your servic- 
"lo Satan; for you have all volunteered in a 
noble cause, and your Captain doth care for you, 
I'nth nnmbered the very hairs of vour heail. 
ISlatl. Ill; :l(l). 

.But He is abb- and willing to help .vuu in 
time of need. (Ileb. 4; 15, 1(1). " For in that 
lie himself hath suffered, being tempted, he is 


able to succor them that or,, tempted" (Heb. 3; 
IS). " For ye were as sheep going ostrnv; but 
ore now returned unto the Shephenl and Bish- 
op of your soul," (1 Pet. 2;.i.i), Then-fore i». 
member Christ said, " My sheep hear my voice, 
and I know them, and they follow me; and 1 
give unto them eternal life; and they shall nev- 
er perish, neither shall any pluck them out of 
ray hand " (.lohn 10; 27-29) Here brethren and 
sisters, IS a sure anchor for all His children, tor 
He so loved you that He laid down His life for 
you. ■■ I am the good Shepherd. The good 
Shepherd giveth his life for the sheep" (.lohn 
10; 11). Young lambs, I pray you all, keep close 
to the Hock and to the good Shepherd; He will 
protect you if ye abide in the fold with the flock, 
and with the Shepherd and Bishop of your 
souls. If the worid should hate you, ye know 
that it hated me lieforc it hated you. " If ye 
were of the world, the worid would love his o,™ 
hut because ye are not of the world, but I have 
chosen ymi out of the worid, therefore the world 
hnteth you" (John 15; 18, 111). 

My dearly beloved, do not trj- to be conform- 
ed to this worid to (dease the world, or to be a 
friend of it in that way; if so you are sure to be- 
come the enemy of God. (James 4; 1). " For 
that which is highly esteemed among men, is 
abomination in the sight of Bod " (Luke 16; 15), 
But He giveth more grace, wherefore He saith, 
" God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace un- 
to the humble" (John 4; 6). 

May the Holy Spirit guide you mto all truth 
and grace to serve God iicceptably with rever- 
ence and Godly fear, is my prayer. Amen. 

shining courae before you. He points you to 
the pr^vspect of an endleiw existence lieyond the 

liriijhtiln, Ind. 






cull yoiii- iifctention to the iraiiortitiice 
of improving voiir time. The infinite 
value of time is uot refiliz«(l. It is the most 
precious thing in all the world, the only thing 
of which it is it virtup to he covetoiis, and yet 
the only thing of which nil men are prodigal. 
In the lii-st place, then 


is a most interesting and pleasant method of oc- 
cnpyiiig your leisure hours. All yonng people 
have or may have time enough to rend. The 
difficulty is, they are not eareful to improve it. 
Their hours of leisure are either idled away or 
talked away, or spent in some other way equal- 
ly vain or useless, and then they complain that 
they have no time for the cultivation of their 
minds and hearts. 

Time is so precious that there is never hut 
one moment in the world ut once, and that is 
always taken away before imother is given. — 
Only take care to gather up the fragments of 
time, and you ivill never want leisure for the 
reading of useful hooks. And in what way cim 
you spend your unoccupied hours more pleiui- 
autly than in holding converse with the wise 
and the good through the medium of their 
writings? To a mind not altogether devoid of 
rurio.sit3', hooks form an inexluiustible source of 

It is a consideration <if no small weight, tliat 

reading furnishes material for interesting anil 



Those who lU'e ignorant of hooks, must of 
course have their thoughts confined to very 
narrow limits. What occurs in their immedi- 
ati" ncighhorhnod, the stat^ of the market, the 
idle report, the tale of scandal, the foolish 
story, these make up the circle of their knowl- 
edge and furnish the topics of their conversa- 
tion. They have nothing to say of importance 
because they know uotliing of importance. 

A taste for useful n-iuling is an effectual pre- 
servative from vice. Next to the fear of God 
implanted in the heart, nothing is a Ijetter safe- 
guai'd to character, than the love of good hooks. 
They nre the hamlniaiduiis of virtue and reli- 
gion. They rjuicken our sense of duty, unfold 
our responsibilities, strengthen our principles, 
confirm our hopes, inspire in us the love of what 
is right and ui'eful, and teach us to look with 
disgust upon what is low. groveling and vicious. 
A diligent use of the means of knowledge ac- 
cords well with your nature as rational and im- 
mortal beings. God has given you minds, 
which arccapaldeof infinite improvement. He 
He has jdnced you iu circumstances peculiarly 
favorable for ranking such improvement, and to 
inspire you with diligence in ascending the 


a AhORY to God in the highest, and on 
\ J earth peace, good will towards jnen " 
(Uke 2: 14). 

The above text of Scripture wn» the language 
of a niuUitude of tin- lu>av<>nly host at the time 
imd place of our Savior's birth. Shepherds 
woidd not likely be out with their flocks laiit 
night or to^lay in Denmark; yet around Beth- 
lehem thoy may have been. 

From the above consideration nmny doubt 
the propriety of spending the S.ilh day of Dec. 
a mvniory of that great event, fearing they 
may k- deenived in the correctness of the time, 
who attach more importance to time than the 
event recorded. 

Times and seasons have changed more or less 
since that time, as wtw preilicled; hut that does 
not afflict the truthfulness of the language of 
the angel, which said: " The joy Hhall be to all 
peoide." The heavenly host said: " On earth 
[teiice, good will towanls men." He has brought 
joy to many people, hut not to idl, for the Jews 
and many others would not receive him. Hi 
also was peace to many, but not to all {savi 
for the Adamic sin, he made peace with God 
for all). Christ Himself siiid: " I came not to 
send peace on earth but n swonl " (Matt. 10: 

Only those who received and do receive Him. 
have peace of mind, which Ls tlie answer of a 
good conscience towards God. Hut the peace 
of mind of a few does not bring peace on the 
earth and never will till the Savior comes again; 
and the devil, instead of walking up and down 
in the earth, often spoiling the peace of many 
of God's childi-en, and hissing the nations at 
one another, causing thousands to butcher each 
other like lions and tigers, — will be bound and 
p in the bottomless pit, and for out' 
thousand years ivill h.ive no power over the na- 
tions. Then there will he univeranl peace! 0, 
glorious thought! The nations shall then beat 
their swords into plough shares; imd their spears 
inte pruning hooks, and will learn war no 
more (Is. 3: 3.) One can't learn well with 
out a teacher. 

Then the peace will be so great,, that the 
lion shall lay down with the Iamb, and a little 
child shall lead tliem, etc (Isa. 11). And in that 
day nothing shall hurt or destroy in all my holy 
mountain, for the earth shall be full of the 
knowledge of the Lord, as the waters cover the 
sea. Then in those day .''hall the God of Heav- 
en set up another, or a kingdom which shall 
never be destroyed, and shall not be left to oth- 
er people, but it shall break in pieee.i and con- 
sunu' all these kingdoms, and it shall stand for- 
ever (Dan. "J: 44), 

Then the great voices in heaven \vill, ami can 
say : The kingdoms of this world are become 
the kingdoms of our Lord and of his Christ; 
and he shiUl reign for ever and ever (liev. 11 
l^>). .\nd alt'iough the nations will get angry 
(verse IS), and even make war with him (Rev. 
ISI: l!t), hut the day of his wrath has come and 
the time of the dead that they should be judged 
and that he should give reward unto his serv- 
ant-s. the prophet.s and to the saints and to 
them that lear His name, both small and great. 
And that he should destroy them which destroy 
(or corrupt) the earth. 

Mark, the reward is given to the prophets 
and saints at the same time, and that is when 
Christ comes to reign on the earth. "Behold 
I come quickly and my reward is with me to 
give every man according as his works shall I»e" 
(Rev. ^2: 13). For he "shall judge the quick 
and the dead at his appearing and kingdom (2 
Tim. 4: 1). 

How very suggestive to the children of God 
who have hope in the promises, are the wonls 
in the Lord's prayer: " Thy kingdom come, thy 
will be done on earth as it is in heavcii." Tlie 
sentiment contained in Ihesto words is the pray- 
er breathed forth by every one that hus the 
spirit of Christ, yea. Lord .Ii-sus. come quickly. 
" Seeing then, dearly lw'Ii)V(>d that we look for 
such things, let us bi 

the house may come;** and finding iw Incking 
oil. will com^uently close the door agaimit 
us; or we be found with our talent wrappwl up 
in a napkin, and therefore bound hand and foot 
and cast into out<!r darknwui. wh»rre th-n is 
weeping sind wailing and gnswhing of t*eth. 

"Not all thnt say: Lord. Lonl. shall ent«r 
inU} the kingdom of heaven, but they that do 
the will of our Father which is in heaven." It 
\» possible for UK to have a name that we ore 
living, and nt the same time be dead. The 
Lonl want* lively stones in the spiritual house; 
it will not do simply to believe in the second 
ailvi-nt of our blessed R«ieemer. and the fulfill- 
ment of His glorious promises in setting np 
His n-ign, and mnkijig all things new. and to 
prny. "Thy kingdom come." is not enough; we 
must act accordingly and show that we are pil- 
grims and strangers on the earth, seeking abet- 
ter country, a city, whose maker and builder is 

The peoide of the kingdom of Denmark hold 
this day, (Christmas) very sncreii, having wor- 
ship at all the cimrche-s, and all the businen 
doors clased. No work is done by anybody, 
while Sunday ia utterly disregarded by many, 
especially the non-professom, some of whom are 
working all day, and all husiness doors are op- 
ened from 4 o'clock I*. M. till lanl-tbue. The 
habit of pn^entinggift* to one another is olao 
prevident, hut not so much vanity connected 
with it, as in America. To-day, 2fith, is held 
as sacred as yesterday. 
lljon-im,. Dnnnm'l.: 


(Isa. etj: 2(1.) 

DU. Joseph Wolff, the celebrated Jewish mis- 
sionary, addressed a letter to the Moniinif 
Pout, in the year 1854. in which he say,*; 

" I saw in yonr paper of likst Satunlay. tha 
question addressed to the learned, whether the 
translation of the words ' airi/l hi'*,' in Isa» 
6fi: 20 is correct. I answer .Vo.' The word in 
Hebrew is kirkarotli, from the aingnhir number 
ofkakar; whence our English wordmi-i-mj? U 
evid.-ntly derived. And the late Rev. Mr. Ham- 
ilton, a li.-arned clergyman in Ireland, who had 
learned Hebrew from hooks, without knowing 
the real pronunciation, gave to the Hebrew woni 
the sound of earriages. The Arabian lexicog- 
rapher. Kanius, as well as Richardson, in his 
Arabic dictionary, translates the wonl kirkai-oth^ 
' machine turning round with the swiftness of 
the clouds.' 

Cardinal Mezzofmiti, the greatest polyglot 
upon earth, in all times and in all countries, who 
reiul with me the 66th chapter of Isaiah, when 
passing through Bologna, in .\pril, ISIS, traD&> 
lated kirlcnroth, carozzf, i. e. eoTiages. I, 
tliereforc, am convinced that mil earrittfjeaYiHn 
been pre(liete<l in this chapter. 

St. Jerome more correctly trmslates it »it 
airnirin, '\. e. in carringrx. 

The Osbeks in Bokhaj-ji, and Tooreomans of 
llerve, c.ill their swift carts kurknniofh. 

Mi-srops, the greatest num of the Armenian 
nation, the celebnited triuislator of the Bibte^ 
translates it aicift eurritiges. 

Luther translates it fmifrrn, i. e. strifi nin- 
»^/'s. The very word in Hebrew, Arabic. Tnr- 
conmnish, evidently is an imitation of the sound 
producwl by the turning of wheels — kirkirroth^ 
being myself an humble student of prophecy, X 
was very much interested iu the question of thtt 
inqurrer." — U'iplixt BaHlr Flag. 

TiiR E-vsTERN Wak.— The Russians having 
captured 25.(XN>Turks at Shipka Pass, the Turk- 
ish Government begins to see its weakness, and 
hiis sent ambassadors to arrange terms of peace. 
The Grand Duke XicholiLs notified them that 
he could only treat with them at Adnanople, to 
which the Turks at once as-seated. juid withdrew 
their troops. The Turks iu the meantime ar» 
retreating towanls Coustiuilinople, burning tlieir 
principal cities us tliey evacuate theui. It is 
hu|>e«l that peace may suou be restorvd luid tha 
horrors of war discontinuwl, 

VutoH Emmasuei-'s Fi'SKHAL. — The funeral 
of Victor Kmmanuel took pincc nt Kome on th« 
17th iust The body of the dvHil monarch ww 
placed on the funend car at nine in the mont- 
ing. and the procession stiirted at the Quirmal 
diligent, that we may be I about ten. It was headed by fiftivn military 

found of him without sjiot and blameless; for I detachments, with thive bands, and the 
iu such an hour ivs we think not, the master of' Waring taper;. 


•^rnK HH i;T']ri{p;>s' ^\.t an'ouk:. 

Janua ry .j , 

f/(f gomq l^irch. 


" ](^ah*ndi. lot* youf witw." 

•■ WiJm. obey your huit><*inl»." 

" Faihera, prorolte not your ofall<lt«n to wi«ll>." 

■• CbildrM, , olMjr jovlt paruiU in bU tfaiap." 

Edited by M. M. Eshelmun. 


Always seek the riclies of Clirist Jesus. 

J) Wh 

NwER Bay, " / tpon'f" to your yiarente. Tiit- 
bright"/ wiU" never briiiifo ffmy hairs uiion 
the h.'ndu of father and iiiotht-r. 

YriTit lore for otk-nt lu-vcr hurl them. If it 
ilid (hem no goiw), it wns Ijceaiisf th.-ir heads iiml 
hearts were wronR. It it* hard to fiml eninfort 
ftniuiig thorns. They do not eveu niRke good 

As you daily learn from our Muster, my little 
friends, reHienil>prthuf .lesuM does not say, "(iive 
me ijunrter or Imlf of your heiirt, hut the whole 
of it." God calls for full possession — all of it, 
or none. 

When any one gets ho full of his own plans 
and improvements, he will forsivkcGod. Of course 
he will. He does not feel thi- ueed of a Savior. 
Not until he sfea his nakedness uiid poverty 
will he ask helji from bo good a being as God. 

Childrks. read the Kilde. Do not only read 
it, hut study it, remember its lessons and jn-ae- 
tiep Ihem. Other books may aRonl you jdeits- 
ure. but none so great and latlini: ils the Uible, 
It tells you all you need to know about fialva- 

Ip any man should throw away a dolLtr ev- 
ery minute, he would be eonwidered foolish; 
but thousands are constantly throwing away 
their time, which is more valuable than gold, 
and yet they pass for wise men. Things are 
not alway.s as they seem. 


(ENKATH that mound our Sadie lies. 
Ii'bo once was with ufl here; 
God 8ent a Huninionnlrom the skies, 

And claimed oiji;: Sadi«t49<>t- 
Yes, Siidie dear has gone to rest. 

With those who've gone before. 
And in her angel garment dreiised, 

She stami-s on Zion's shore. 
My loving cousin, Sadie dear, 

We eiui see you no more; 
But in hpirit we may be near, 

As in the days of yore. 
On earth when oflcn we did meet. 

We found the passing momeuU sweet. 
But time's swift motions did compel 

Us biiryou a long, long farewell. 
Clairnce, loua. 

UzziAH or Azariah [iilrenfffh of Jrhovah.) was 
the tenth king of Juduh. At the age of sixteen 
luMweended the throne, and reigned tbr a period 
iif fifty-two years. Under his rule the Iringdom 
nttaincd great strength and prosperity. "As 
long as he sought the Lord, God made him to 
prosper." He began to govern .ludah about 
the year 810 before Christ. 

A iiHOTHEli writes: " The letters you publish 
from the little boys and girls seem to be very in- 
tere>!ting to the ehililren. Our son. only nine 
years uld. urtirs me to read themtoliini. 1 ali^o 
read liiui the letters from grandpa, and the boy, 
which eunsed him to weep for some time, wish- 
ing tliat he could write." 

This is a nauiple of tlie nmny letters received, 
e-Kpressing the pleasure which cliildren have in 
reading woi-ds of love from each other. They 
need a place in tlie paper iis well jls older jieople, 
and trust they may be made better by having 
the privilege of speaking. 

WlLl, the following named little friends pleiLse 
write a short article on the Bible sulijei;t op]>o- 
site their names, and send it to us for jjuhlica- 
tion y 
.T. Kittennur. Sehwenksville. I'a.. 

Ida K. Snavely. Hudson. Ill 

Klla W. Labman, Franklin Grov 
Ma L'lemmer, Mt. Carroll, 111., . . . 
Ella Herkeybile, Toledo. O., .... 
Emma L. Gable, Lost Nation Iowa, Huth, 

Tell as much about these pi-rsons it-* you can. 
^'^ll1r papa and mamma will help ynu ti) Hud 
these names in the Bible. 


■ . -Nriah. 


' ■ Joshua. 

tJrKBv. Who wrote. "The Epistle to the 

Hebrews?" IlIA KlNUKRY. 

It is generally supposetl that Paul wrote it. 
The following is a part of the testimony in sup- 
port of that idea: 

1. Most of the ancient wril<'rs, a few of the 
Latins excepted, legaixled Paul us the author. 
It wiw iiscribed to him by Polycar|> in Ins, or 
about 4:1 yeai-s after it was written; hv Clement 
in 1!)4; Origen in 230; Dionysius in 247; The- 
ognostus in 282, and scores of others at dilVerent 
])eriods down to l')TO. 

2. The agreement in slijlt- and plirasrx in some 
instances with other of Puurs writings. Com- 
pare Hi*b. 2: 4 with Hom. 1.'k lit, *i Cor. 12: 12. 
ANo Heb. l:J: is with liom. l.'i: :{i(. Kph. <>: is, 
I'J, 1 Thess. :>: •>^. 'I Thess. ;{; 1. These are on- 
ly a few instances of similarity. He Hrole its a 
Hebrew to Hebrews, and is supposed to liave 
withheld his name hecaUKe they were suspicious 
of him and not a little prejudiced against him. 


MOST boys need constant care from their 
mother. And the mother must learn to 
bear with the awkward and clumsy ways of her 
son. There exists a relationship between moth- 
er and son that it will not do to ignore by eith- 
er. Sometimes boys are fiiU of doubts, because 
they love to be independent. The Iwst inde- 
pendence, however, is for all boys to love and 
respect their tender parent — their own dear 
mother. For such a boy there is alwi>>'s liope. 
The world is made better by having such boys 
in it. 

But when a boy has lost his love and respect 
for his mother, he is in a bad road. He should 
be proud of his mother, that is, he should feel 
that it is an honor to have a mother who is al- 
ways ready to help him, advi-se him, and encour- 
age him up the rugged liill of life. And then 
too, motliere should ever remember that a son 
is full of weakness when he thinks he is strong. 
He don't run tlirough the room, upset chiurs 
and turn uji the carpet so much because he van, 
as because he thinks it looks manly. That is 
just where he misses it. It is manly to be quiet 
in the house and to obey mother. It is manly 
to carry wood and water for her, to build the 
fire, churn butter and run errands when requir- 

Mothera. do not scold your boys. The desire 
to be independent strikes a boy at a veiy early 
age. and with this seed in his heart you have 
need of patience and forbearance. Never fan 
the spark into a flame by rudeness, scolding and 
fault-finding. When you see the " water begin- 
ning to boil," check it with coolness. Of coni-se 
you do not need to be icy. but show yourself un- 
der full control, and your boy will be the wiser 
and the better for it. You need to dwell in the 
same house as iiiot/ier and sou — ^just what you 
really are, and peace ivill be plentiful in that 


J LOVE to read all your little letters, for it 
looks an if you were working for Jesus. I 
am Inqipy to see you all religiously inclined, and 
that is what I so much admire. 1 expect, from 
the tone of your letters, that you are all well 
betiaved at churcli and Sabbath-school. You 
should be good at alt times, but more especially 
in the Loi-d's hou-^n. 1 sometimes think that it 
is surely disgusting in the eyes of the Lord, 
when children drag their feet in church and 
make unnecessary noise instead of being as qui- 
et as possible, and change their seats and go in 
and out during .services, or whisper and laugh. 
I will now tell you why I think such behavior 
difipleasiug to the Lord. I think all parents 
teaeli their children better than this, and then 
if they act in thi'^ way it is disobedience. And 
we read in the great and good Book. " Cliildren 
obey your i)arents in all things for this is wcll- 
pleiLsing unto the Lord." You see it is good to 
be oliedient in all things. The Lonldid notsuy 
He would be pleased nith naughty children; mo 
I know you will all try to please Jesus wliile 
ytm an- little, and then it will be very easy for 
you to obey Him when you are grown up, 

I wisli all of you dear little people could visit 
our Bethel once and see what good behaved lit- 
tle children we have liere dnrmg church services. 
1 am not boasting of our little folk, hut then 
they should know that grown up pei-sons notice 
and appreciate their good conduct, and thus be 
enconraKed: and the same is calculated to cause 
the children of other vicinities to take pattern; 
for we road, " follow no man farther than he 
follows Christ." So when one child can puttvrn 
aftx-r another, that patterns after Jesus, a* much 
iLs to show forth a meek and quiet spirit, they 
art' safe. Then you see ehildren, you are quite 
safe wlien you take your pattern atU-r good, 

bbeJienl~cbiIdren. But you should shim the 
nide, hoistiToiis children. No, not shun them, 
but their ways. You should encourage them 
to leave off naughtiness and take up with all 
the good; txy to get tbcir parents to subscribe 
for the BiiETHBEN AT 'WoRK, SO that their chil- 
dren can enjoy the ""Home Circle" as you do. 
Ff you cannot succeed in this, when you have 
finished i-eading the paper, give it to those that 
do not bike it; thus it will be doing good. 

Now little friends I have, this evening, taken 
time to give you some adrice, and I hope you 
will all study it. and perhaps I will address yo" 
again. Yuu may all know from this that I love 
all of you. 1 am a friend to you all. 

Hinison, Hi 



I PROMISED to tell you how you can come 
to Jesus. No doubt you have been told 
that Jesus is away up in the skies beyond the 
hounds of time and space. Then you bear the 
preacher say that Jesus is everywhere present 
and invites you to come to Him "just now," 
and these seemingly conflicting theories have so 
far confused your little minds, that you don't 
know what to do in the premises, don't even 
know just how you could come to Jesus if you 
were ever so willing to do so. Now let me as- 
sure you that not one of you is too little to come 
to Jesus, or perhaps I should say commence to 
come to Jesus. It is true that Jesus has gone 
away off into a far country persumilh/, and has 
told us that he would come back again; but He 
is not gone beyond the bounds of time and space, 
because that woiilil be simply nowhere. It is 
also true that He is, or at leiist can be every- 
where present in spirit. What does that mean ? 
It simply means that if your father would go to 
Denmark or some other foreign country, that 
his mind would often revert back to his pleiisant 
home where he left his loving wife and dear 
children, that his wise counsels and good im- 
pressions would seenl more vividly present now. 
than when he was with you, and if you are good 
children, and love him very much, his influence 
for good among you would not be very much 
diminished. This is what I understand by be- 
ing jiresent in spirit. Only this much iuoit 
that Jesus is able to make His influence felt to 
a much greater degree among His children, than 
any of us couhl do among our children when 
pei-sonally absent. 

But how can you come to Jesus when He is 
in a far country? and especially when you are 
too liltle to he haiitized and join the church? 
My dear children, coming to Jesus is not the 
work of a moment, and does not consist in be- 
ing baptized or joining the church. You may 
be too little to be haptixed or join the church, 
but you cannot be too little to take the fii*st step 
toward coming to Jesus. 

looming to Jesus is in reality, the work of u 
lifetime, terminating in that happj- day when 
He will come Jigain and receive us all unto Him- 
self, that where He is, there we may be also. 
Children, just iw soon as you know the difl'erence 
between obedience and disobedience you are 
large en(mgh and old enough to make the im- 
portant Jirst strp toward coming to Jesus; for 
every time you do as your good jjareuts bid you. 
you are obeying God. and takiug one of the 
many necessary steps to complete the great 
journey to the golden City where Jesus and His 
holy angels dwell, and where all His good and 
oi)edient children will one day meet to part no 
more forever. 

Being bajjtized and joining the church are by 
no means the Jirst nor the lust steps in the 
journey, though necessary steps to be taken at 
the pro)iei- time. Then, children, if you have 
not already taken the Jir»t steps of love and obe- 
dience to parents and teachers, do so at once, 
keep on in the line of duty and you will surely 
reach the celestial shores of everlasting bliss. 

J. H. Pepk. 
Liiu'trk: III. 




To H. P. Brinkworth. — My De7^~^ 
Friend: — Your cards and poetrj- are t] /'"" 
and I thank you ever so much. 1 Hk^ .. "'^■ 
because you are trying to teach the peoV*^ ' 
England to obey Jesus in! all things, i f , "' 
glad when I can read about our Savior i *" 
.iesus to bless you, and take care of vn *""' 
will if you ask Him. Your little friend 

From Myley Miller. — />«;- KdHur-^y 
must have some little boys and girls of «„' ^" 
for you know just what little people likp i ^'' 
a little hoy, and have a little sister Grice 
brother Stephen. I letl lots of playumt "'''' 
111., when we came out here two years '^ 
Would like to hear from them. I \\\^^ ^^f- 
fatlier and mother to tell me Bible stories "|' 

s curious about the axe 


From Ella Forney. — Dear KilHor:^\ ^ 

say that I have a dear mother to take 


,nd give me good advice, for she died wlicn i 
was only two yeai-s old, and now 1 am tu»i 

Dear chihlri 

who have kind motlii 

'^'■s. you (1. 

not know how much you would niiss theuiiii 
they are gone; therefore treat them kiiidU- t 
live in Kansas with my sister. She hnsonelit 
tie girl. My father lives in Nebniskit, au,) {^, 

comes to see me often. He travels 

most of th, 


IT is a mournful story, when the eve of life 
arrives, to be constrained to sigh, "I have 
lost a lifetime! (iod gave me uut lifetime, aiul it 
was once in my power to spend itas Aquilaand 
Priscilla spent theii-s. lus Paul spent his, as Phebe 
spent hers. But now that ouhj Vile is closing, 
and woe is me! how have I bestowed it? in 
making pincushions and playing the piano, in 
paying morning calls and evening visits." ''Ami 
1?—1 have spent it in reading newspapei-s and 
novels, in dancing and singing songs, and tell- 
ing diverting stories." 

time to pre:u;h. I go to school and to preacl 
iug too. The Brethren have preachiugberpcv 
ery four weeks. There are no members lier^ 
only my sister aud her husband. They woulrl 
like to live where there are more bretbreu. 
LijoiKi, Knn. 

From a Little Boy.— Dear Editor —As y^i^^ 
wish the little folk to write, I will try fortho 
flrst time to write a few lines. I see in unmw 
fitty-oue of the Brethken at Work, a question 
for the little folk about the son. The prodieal 
story was told by Jesus Christ, and He waaM 
them to learn from it the joy in heaveu overth- 
repenting sinner. 

Plr(,s.i>,t Mound, III. 

From Anna D. Ashenbrenuer.— />mc£(/,fo,; 
I belong to the church of Christ. Wns baptiz- 
ed the Kith of June lfi74. My dear friends,! 
will say to you that have not yet come to Christ, 
that it is said. " To-<Iay if you will hear hi- 
voice, harden not your hearts" (Heb. 3:7,S.l,i) 
It seems sometimes the more we try to do right. 
so much more the enemy works with us fiud 
tries to overcome us, but let us therefore " come 
boldly to the throne of grace, tliat we may ob- 
tain mercy in time of need." 

Garrison, lon-n. 

From Katie A. Snavely.— I live about two 
miles from uncle Tlionuis. Do you kaowimcle 
Thomas? If not, it will not take you long to 
get acquainted with him. I know you would 
like him, for all who know him do. I go to 
meeting at the Bethel church. This is near 
Hudson. I hope 1 may see a letter in the Home 
Circle from Li/./.ie. I have three brothers and 
sisters that go to schtiol. 

Hudson. III. 

From Julia F. Arnold.— /Mir Kditor:-\ m 
a little girl twelve years old. I amaftlicf«dani! 
cannot go to school. I like to read the BliElu- 
REN AT WoHK and I like to read the letters Irom 
the little girls. I thought I would write one 
too. i have three brothers luid three aistm: 
all in the church hut me and Willie. I have a 
little sister dead; .she is an angel. I like tog" 
to meeting and hear the brethren preiali. I 
never altendeil Sunday-school any. but 1 learn 
ut home. 

JAmfxtuuf, Tmn. 

From Martha J. Eisenbise.— It is withiilea^- 
ure that I write these lines for the Home Circle. 
At Sunday-school to-day I recited two hunW 
and nine verses. I aui happy to see that even 
the children lue taking an interest in reailiug 
the papers published by the Brethren. Itisal- 
so our duty to r.-ad the holy Uible. for it is the 
book of God. and in it we are taught to love ac.i 
obey God and our parents. 

From Cassie Appelman.— y>'vn' ikttl'<-e" i-'- 

/Vons.— We talor your paper and like it ''^^ 

much; and as wj like to read church iie^»« 

thought I would write some. Our church still 

prospei-s, but was very dull after my dear pap^ 

died; is now reviving again. I g« t" '^''" ^ 

ery two weeks. We live two miles fr<«ii •■"■■ 

meeting-house. I attend prayer meeting e"'? 

week. We have about thirt.v-tive young meni- 

bers here from twenty down to ten years u 

Kvery day and every hciur. 

Let me ikA Thy cleansing power; 

May Thy tender love to me, 

Draw tue closer Lord fo Tliee. 




S.nviiig til"-' M*-'''! of the Gospel, 
H.riil'liiig tidings cif joy, 
llnii^in^soHla into the kiugdom, 
,\ri''slc(l from sins that (Ipstroy, 

Speaking kind words to eucourage, 
Htnvy in hnut those thiit bo. 
Ofti-iuig to God svipplicjition. 
itr^tore tliose iustniyed froni thee. 

T^^^ Hl^KTlIUK^' A^^ AVOKlv. 

full of 
from those 


j^,,,' Bivihrm:— 

J WOUhP. witliyoiirpcnnission.herfhynoti- 
I ,y alhiiy friends thiit I arrived home in 
^„.i,"- ;ilj(.ut four weeks ago, tindinfj my family, 
mil kind friends, brethren and sisters, "general- 
jv .juite well, lor which I feel tliankfnl to our 
lleiivfiily FatliLM-. who is the kind Preserver and 
I»ro(ectur of :d! mankind. Was vor>- glad iu- 
deed to get l*'!*;**" to '»y tlear Nebraska home 
^in. to this beautiful and seemingly cnehant- 
i^j ('(iiintry. 

Soiac friends in Illinois may think that T am 
,0.1 euthn^ifi-"'tic about this west^-ni country. 
,^,it t!,j^ is the way I feel. Although I enjoyed 
,1,^ visit, to Illinois very ranch, yet I prefer 
Xi.liiM-^I(!i above any other State that I know of. 

Wlii'H I h-ft lUinoiH on the lr)th nf Nov., it 
^lok.ii like the middle of Winter. They I'nul 
two siiiw storms before I started. But when I 
■irrived hojne. there wits not a flake of snow to 
heseen, and lifid but little before. We have 
tai! siiiu'' biautiful weather lately. 

Carrir Hulsisgek. 


Ikiii- lirclhren: — 
|vN('Kmnn-. dear brethren and sistei-s, Wu 
[j uppi-al to you for help ia building our 
iiifetiuir-lH'iiw. Lost Octobpr was the time set 
oconiincnce building our house, but we failed 
fur w;iiit of nieans. We then put the time oft' 
iiiiti! the nnnirig Spring, and that time is fast 
iipproaching. and unless we" get the small 
iiuiniMit tliiit we have iwked for. we will be com- 
pelifd to give nj) building in the Spring again. 
\V.' hiive received a little less than siOii nn the 
,n:.]irriiiy i'ro]ii)sitioH. [f each menib.r would 
:;i\r tIi>> iiinoiiut ;e*ked for. it would give us fic 
Mir-hng to Iin>. Miller's Census, Jt'rtiJO, amply 
siillint'iit for the purpose intended. By donate 
ing the -mail amount we ask of each member. 
nil nil"-'- fiiianeiid arrangements need to be iu- 

■' ' I with. Wherever therL- has been a lit- 

il iiMit put iurth by a brother or swter. it hiw 
iiiei with sucesa in getting ns n very aatisfacto. 
rv Hni'tiint. 

NVw, brethren irnd sistere will you not taki 
^ i Vou can do i. 
■M t ,lr:d by It little em.rt. Sister lloov^r by 
I :i't|i> ijl-.rt niiscd *f*.00. Sister Rupert., by a 
little.'tiortgaveuN?.S.44. They Mud tliey felt 
it llu-irdutv. Muiiv otb^ra Imve A.»iv nobly.— 
"■" ■ ' " , ' . m hiive 

■■■ '■ ■ ■ iii-reth 

'' ■ .,.'W.ei 

■'■'- tij mi.-, 1 >lo ntjtr rt judti' .it yiiii being 
"I' to get !i church-house, seeing the 
'" <l^ 'if people, sitting on benches, made for 
'^umlreii. 1 believe the cause is sutlering hen 
iftrivimt of iieonvenient place to worship in 
' '■[' ' I ' trirely upon our dear bivthren and 
!■ wo shall have ii houM' ornol 
' ■' ' ■ I '"■ «eut in registered letter.* to 
"'"."I I'osi ,,,)i,T .inlcr on Viilisca or Red 

N. C. WoP.KH.VN. 


"\\l'l]r.,l rvlin nril iVom coiuicil uii'stiii? 

't ',iiiii'.hiji.'. This was the fir.^t inet^tiiia 

II.. I,ii„l I ,1,.,. „ilciiilf(l. I fofi greatly rt- 

I ^*tl<.nj;tIiLiK..I in the service of the 

""I in the fiiith uiiil praetice of the lirclh- 

■..'■ Ihul II sermon hy Kiaer Allen Ives on 

'";l«y uijjLt, SiitiMllay conni;il ulectiiig. Sat- 

■')' night sermon hy hrother liailey. Sim- 

l".v at eh.v,.,,^ sermon by brother Porter: niglit 

I '""tiler Ives again, followed by brolher 

j '"*■»" Deter. All of these were able ser- 

"'""N lull ol* sonud doctrine "and Gospel trutlif. 

ateorili " " 

home in the West, we wiU help any who wish 
to wltle amongst u,, i„ (i„,i |^j fj^^ -^ 
some land vae.uit here yet, but generally rough. 
Good bind can lie ha.1 tor Ihrc- dollars |K.racr.-. 
Homesteads cheaii. 

1 love yonr paper, because it 
Gospel lessons to fp„t „„, i],,,, p„| 
that are so fall of knowledge of the will of oar 
bkssed Master. Your, in the bonds of broth- 
erly love, 

A. W. AvsTis. 


ABOUT the middle of August, 1877, the 
members of this church met for the pur- 
pose of consnlting the propriety of building a 
meeting-house. The members being pretty 
vvell united mi the project, ne were enabled, by 
liberal donations from the membcri ami out- 
siders, to order first-class building material. 

The work on the house wils commenced after 
the middle of September, raid by the hiat of 
October a home 30 by 42 feet and 14 feet to the 
ceiling, was completed, benches 


Wii ;, 


ug to mv weak judgment. Monday 
""""s, brother Deter and niyaolf went to 
I '-".ll t'enter, and took possession of W" acres 
'Wititeiul land apiece, forming pretty fair land. 
11,,!"'''' ?' 'Iii'ougli your paper that we want 
If !Uiy wish a 

""'' "1 the lirethivn he 

- - —id all, ready 

tor meeting. All the work was done by breth- 
ren and others, free of charge. On the evening 
of Nov. 3rd was our comnumion. Ministei-s 
present from other churches were, .Joseph Hen- 
dricks from Macon Co.. Samuel Forney from 
Richland Co.. Martin Neher from Moultry Co.. 
and J. Kesler from Bond Co. .Joseph Hen- 
dricks and Martin Neher stayed a few days 
nfter the Communion mid continued meeting, 
and three dear ones were made ivilling to follow 
the example of our Savior and were baptized, 
and we hope they will walk in newness of life. 
The members were much built up and felt joy- 
ful. But soon our joy was turned to sorrow 
when death maileits inroad in our vicinity, and 
took one away that was dear to all the mem- 
ber and othere. It was Amanda Wolfe. Her 
[Hirents had died when she w.xi in her in- 
fancy. She was raised anioug the Brethren 
and was loved by all who knew her. Her ago 
was ISyears. 1 month and :i4 days. Disease 
was typhoid fever. Her funeral wsis preached 
by Klder John Met/ger from Macon Co., on 
Sundiiy the 2;Jrd of December to a large con- 
gregation. At the same time brethren Henry 
Jonesand .lacob Root from Bond Co., were 
with us, and meetings were continued day nnd 
night for three or four days, but owing to the 
rainy weather, the congregations were small, 
but the interest was good. Tliree more were 
made willing to bid farewell to the sinful plwis- 
nres of tliis world in order to be baptized ac- 
cording to the groat commission. 

We now numl'cr thirty-six members in this 
congregation and good prospects for more 
.soon. On th.? tilth of December iM church 
met for the |»urpose of holding iiu election 
for a deacon, which resulted in the choice 
of brother Daniel Ulery. Andrew Xeher 
was advanced to tbp second degr-ee in the minis^ 
trj'. Hope both will be faithful to their call- 

Your^ in love, 

J. F. Xkhku. 
S„}e>,K III. 


i S this in a very lonesome Sunday to us, I 
i\ thought I would try to write a few lines 
for your excellent paper. As tliis is the lir>it 
Sunday in the New Year, how enjoyable it 
would be if we cuiild have the happy privilege 
to go to church, but as we are deprived of that 
privilege, perhaps some would like to know 
how we spend our Sundav-i. 

We .^pend tlieni in rc;uling the Brethren's pa- 
pers aud the Hiblc. Tlioiigh we are deprived 
of meeting with the brethren and sisters, we 
arc not deprived of meeting with onrGod. He 
is just ius near us here, its in the East, and is 
jti!it as ready 1<> answer our prayers as if we 
were in the Kast. We teel that He hiis often 
heard our prayer, jtn<l we jiray earnestly that 
He will send us a minister ere long, that will 
pre.ich for us, for we ft-td that we are growing 
careless in many ways. 

In our isolated Ktate we often do that, which 
we would not do, if we wore surrounded by 
brethren and had the influence of meeting to- 
gether f.>r the worship of God. But as we have 
only a fushioualde world lo assoi:iate with, our 
situation is not ])le!wint. But I often think 
we will keep on calling to the church to send 
us a preacher, anrl pray to (Jod that our call 
may lie answered. Oh. dear brethren, you who 
can travel, do tiiivel more than you have done 
heretofore. Tlu-re are but few plaees in the 
Kast where the people have not sometime ha»l 
the chance to hear the Brethren preach. I oft- 
en think, where there are plenty of preachers 

and mwtiiiz ivffularlv.if th.-y will not hear.the 
fault i« their own. O if those brethren that 
an; w situated that they cim triivel, if they 
would go West and hunt up thp scutlervil mem- 
ber, and preach for tht-m. and help them build 
up chun hf-H. how much good they could do, 
and how glad we would feid for such visits. 

r think if a brother was to come in here now 
and hold meeting for several weeks, much gowl 
would W done. Bivthwu ought st to arrange 
their appointment* that they can stay at one 
phiee just as long as it may seem best to those 
holding the meeting, let it b.> one week or one 
month. 1 lovp to hear of the iirngreRS of the 
church. I hope the time will not Iw long till 
ther* will In> a church in all the lund. where 
now the true church is unknown. 

Oh, may God bless our e.lit.or« and enable 
them to keep their piii)er pure and unspott*'d 
from the world, and nmy it bring good alid 
wholesome nuitter to us throughout the year, 
as it ia all the proaclie' we have. 

From your weak sister. 

.1. E. KOYBR. 


THE following sums have been received for 
the Brethren's nieeting-luiuse, Montgonr 
ery Co.. Ia, 
Big Grove church, Benton Co., Ia., by H. 

B, Lehman ^i_g' 

Newton District, Miami Co.. Ohio, by 

Mary A. Kupert 8.44 

Bristolville. Ohio, A M. Hoffman, .0.5 

" " S. C. Strom 05 

Maple Grove Church, Ohio. A. J. Myers, . .5.00 
Membei-s and friends of Johnstown, Fa., 

Jiuie H. Ream 1,78 

Smithville. Ohio, sister K. R. A 3.1 

Saruh Keim. Canton church, Ohio, 'i:i5 

Leid\ Replogle, Woodbury. Pa., 1.00 

Many thanks for the above. Iluvc received 
a little less than one huiulred dollars yet. — 
Brethren and sistere please send your donations 
at once. 

Sn..\s MonTox. 



I HAVE just been made rejoice to see that 
there aix- still ^onie brethren sy earnestly 
<-ontending for the ancient tjrder of things, aud 
consider it highly necessary in this age of the 
worl'l, seeing there is so nnich pride and iblly 
creeping into the chui-ch. Yes, ami that to sucli 
an extent that many lights are growing dim, and 
some are gone out. We ;u-e to let our liglit so 
shine before men that tliey may see our good 
works and be thus constrained to glurity our 
Father who isinheaven. This thing of letting 
our light (shine is too much neglected among us. 
es|)eciid]y among the young. Dear young meni- 
bers, we have all promised to foraake the sinful 
pteasuivs of this world, and we have vowed to 
God that we xvould live faithful lo Him ami 
walk according tu the rule He has laid down in 
His sacred Word. Then why will we try to 
carry ixdigion in one hand and the world in the 
other. We mujit forsake the one or the other, 
for it h said, weuanuot ?.erve God and mammon. 
\V<' are to be jis a city i-rt <m a liill which can- 
not be hid, 

Very often my mind is carried back to the 
East, when I was yet but u hul; when the (dd 
ba-thren, who are now in eternity, used to imi- 
Utml so strongly for the ancient older, an! 
iiionishod so earnej<tly againvt many things t ' i 
lu-e now allowed among the brvthren and sister-; 
especially pride. 

Now brethren and sisters, let mc say to one 
aud i;ll. as we have but few diiy.x to occupy, and 
many troubles and trials hen' to contend with, 
let usask God to lead and guide us safely through 
this unfriendly worlil, lud al la.t receive us in 
heaven where we cau meet around Hi^ tlirone. 

v\9 we are i'm in the We.*t I often think of 
the brethren in the Eiwt, where we were per- 
mitted to meet together in the house of the 
Lord. Brethren pray for us, that we may hold 
out faithful to the end. May God bless and 
save us all, is my prayer. 


Jau. :ir<l. i<7H. 

church: xe^vs 

From West lima, WU.-When our Imrth- 
r.'n from Illinnis were last with mi, the umallpox 
was troubling our [icople some, bat it ha- now 
abnhHl. Any brother df^iKning to ch«ng« his 
residence should (:ive a^ n call, as we very much 
m-Pd help. There are eight pW«. for pn-iuihing, 
imd I cannot fill more than half. I am only a 
begiimer, and like many other*. Ulwr gw« huid 
with me. Our soil is good, climrit.- healthy, be- 
ing almost the same as Northern [llinois. Per- 
sons of limited means should girc us a cdl. 
For further information addrMs me as ubove. 
C.M,iui Fooi,r_ 
From Now Franklin, 0. — We have had 
ry mild Winter weather up to .Inn. Ut. since 
Hiat we have hud Winter in fact Mercurr fell 
to lour degrees below zt-ro on the moniing of 
the sixth. Health i» good in this section of 
country-. IJro. Je*sc Calvert was with us and 
labored faithfully- from Dec. 16th until .Un. 2. 
We hiul a very encouraging si-riei of meet- 
ings. Fortv-two were made willing to come 
out on the Lonl's side and i:onfi's» Christ before 
God and many witnesses. Three were recbura- 
ed. milking (orty-five in all. 

TnK BuETnuHN at Wokk is growing in fa- 
vor with us. A brother n^uarked to meyestcr- 
day, that it is a good preacher. May the good 
Lonl assist you in keeping it gowl in the sight 
of God and your patrons. 


From Puntlier Creek Clniri-h, IW.—Hrrth- 

rrn Kililnrs.—We often feel to thank our heav- 
enly Father for casting our lot among the 
Bivthron, and of having the privilege of attend- 
ing church luid Sabbath-school. Our Sabbath- 
school closi-d about live weeks ago. We had a 
verj- pleasant school through the Sumhier. and 
know we were all, both teachers and seholara, 

profited by it. and through it we think a great 

Total; ]ti.Oi)|'''''^*"''e''"''^^"-'"lo»e; since last April twenty- 
four have enlisted imd taken Jesus their 
Ciiptitin, moat of them being Siibbafh-^chooi 
scholars. Let us all try in future to W more 
zealous of good works; forgetting self luid work 
for the saving of souls is the prayer of your 
most unworthy sister. 

Hkhxick.I. Ashmobe. 
3r,th. lf<J7. 


Oli.lunrics shoiili) bv liri 
paper, iinil soptir 

HAY.— In the Cherrv Grove ehureh. Carroll 
Co.. III., on the 4th of January. l^TS. sifter 
Swlie Hay, aged lit years. tJ months and Ifl 
days. Funerid occasion improved by Bro. S. 
11. Bashor. 


From Silver Creek Chiirtli.— /(rr/AiTH. 

Shtei-H aud j'natdltf hmdn-ii:—\}p to January 
1st, we did not have verj- man^- meetings, on 
ai-fount of the roads Iwing almost impa-waWe. 
We are all trying te get along in the Master's 
cause. We have not increased runny in number 
since our Love-feast in Jane, but we an- trying 
to grow strong our«clve*. nnd nrv living in hopes. 
We believe many are counting the cost, and 
|)evhtipn. like the man of old. are made fu feel, 
"almost thou persuadot me to In- a Chri-ftiaa." 
Then; is a pnwpect of us having ;i -i-rie* of meet- 
ings in four weck><. Brethren K'l-.-nlx'rger and 
Dickey inomlsed to come and l,iin>r with os- 
We may look for an ingathering into the fold, 
God grant it. Brother David Itittenhoose 
l)reached two ^e^Honsat Fraltvdic. mi the or- 
dinance of baptism. The first »iL-ht lu- talked 
of thedesiftn. the iK-nefit, the command, who 
are lit subjects: he defended the caus^- nobly and 
(he conjrR'Sufion w.-is inli'ri--tt'd and gave the 
best attention pit-.-iibb-. Th.- last night his ser- 
mon was nio.'tly reading hi-.torj* to prove the 
mode, Tbi' did not t;d{e so w«'ll! Hib <-»i!iff|vg»- 
tion was sprinklers, poiirei ■ ;,m- 

ints. univeiN;di!-!s, infidel ~ rs. 

(;,..-.d .ird,.r. r.';t f t;T;r no V . 

.. i'-...l ,sub- 
■: thi-y hare 
I .iild j» hou*e 
1 b;iM-iueui stur^', to t-t- 
More auou. 

From Marshall Co., Iowa.— We are a little 
biuid living ia tfiL- Nmili'eusti'i II purtvf Marshall 
Co. We nuudn-r siswu. .M\v '>urhea\-enly ¥n- 
:lifr count us all nortfiy t>t Mniid at His right 
baud, when Uo vili SLiy to w many, " I knov you 
nut." We belong to the Iowa Uivcr church. 
Hold meeting in a sfanobhouie. Over a year ago, 
brother Wilbaui^ of Mo., \\:i$ here aud preached 
smne for us. Sometime after brother Henry 
Strieklcr of Grundy Co., came and staid a short 
time : then brother Hall of our own eongr«g«uoQ 
came and held a few meetiogv, and iliis winter Bro. 
I<emuel Hillery was here. Bro. Hall was in at- 
teadaiice and proiuiseit i-i wme back ai^iin soon. 

The people ore please«l with llic Brethren's 
preaching. Some have innny ipin^tious to isk. 
Five have joined duriug tlicSum.iuraiid Winter, 
and one more bos made up her tuiud to come. 
The roads have K'cn bad all Winter, ore getting 
good now. The health of the country U good. 
We have niauv things to be thankful for. 

M. C. Miller. 

iorty iiy fixiy iwl, with i 
tinished by October 13th. 



From (iBicslMire. HaiiHaw.— On the even- 
ing of ibc ItJth inxt, at the t>nm\ place of meet- 
iog. an able ilunoun* wo* prcotJiwl by the son 
of our Moved elder. Three yean. Bfc'o he was 
«le».le.i l->tlK' minialr)-. Six months IuUt he left 
us withoiil au nlHinpt to fill bi« office, but he has 
nown-turncd Uy preach in the same echtw ■l-hou»e 
where he yiof eilucatol. Afler (.inging and pray- 
er, he or<»e ami announced his text, "' What have 
I done." lie told us of what G'xl has done for 
u», of what God has reciuiri-d of um Ut do etc. 

He preached nine successive sermons and then 
auspcndwl to go with biw father (Eld. Sydney 
Hodgdni) U) nlUnd ft series of meetings in an ad- 
joinioK county. Wo exi>ect their return on the 
13lh '>f Jan. to continue our meeting, and hope to 
galliiT Iho golden seed that he has sown. The 
fteeilKown wax good, and wo belicvcBome has fallen 
in well prepared ground. 

When I)ro. llodgdcn was eieclcd to the niinii 
try, lie was niiietceu years old with n commoi 
echiK)l e<Iucati<>ri. Many th"uglit we hud uct«d 
unwiwrly, but now the common remark i 
would have thmihgt that it was in that boy to 
make such a speaker." Hut he has only confirm- 
ed UH in our hclief, that mioii^tcrs ought to he put 
to work while yning. 1 rio not mean, put to the 
houMuki^epiiig, for wc have fathers to do that, but 
make the younj; men work in the uiininlry, 

A Memiier. 
Dct. P.O. ls77. 

From It (JSP ml ale, JAo.—Dcar Brethren : 
Bro. Jii'-oh Hoidiiirger comnionced ft series of 
nu'eting.i on lUc evening of the 15th inst, at what 
is kni)wn ns (he I.ilc sehool-houso in Nodaway Co. 
The roads were bad and the weather cohL Uro. 
Iloidiarger proclaimed the Word iu its purity to 
the anxious hearcm, who turned out quite well, 
runsidi-ring the inclemency of the weather. On 
lii*it Sunday eleven made tiie goorl confeiwiun, ftud 
were bnpti/.e(l, and arow; (we hope) to walk in 
newnes* of life. He baptized them in the view 
of a large crowd, who paid the very best attention. 
Bro. Uoubiirger closed the meeting at that 
place, and cnnie down into Andrew Co., and 
preached a sermon at Hickory I'oint. On Monday 
evening he bade us farewell, and took the cars for 
home on Cliristmun morning. May God add his 
hlessings to all lluit hue lieeu said and done. 

WiLi.i« White. 
Jhc. 27. JK77. 
From Ma])l(> (Ji-ovc ('liiircli, Ohio.— Wc 

■comiuenecd a series of meetings on the 5th inst, 
and cuntiuned until the 14th, having meeting 
every diiy and evenintj. We did not send oH" two 
or three hundred miles for u pivachcr, but invited 
two of our brethren from an adjoining church. 
H. S. Jacobs and William Kiefer came to liclp us ; 
nftor coutinuiug the meeting one week, the inter- 
est seemed to increase and we gave an invitation 
Ri) ihnt if any wished to join in with the people of 
(iod, Ihey should arise to llieir feet or otherwise 
n)uke it known by coming forward. ICight came 
forward and detired to become the children of 
God, On Sunday morning two more made &]>• 
plicaliou, making ten in all. 

Uro. D. X. Worknmn, of A»hlund church, 
pleached Ibr ns ou Huuday forenoon and he volun- 
teered to perform bii])li?ni ; and oh, the scene 
the water: some hiid colIOcted tliere jierhaps out 
of curiosity to ^ee those dear young converts go 
into lliL- liipiid stream made of snow and ice. .Ma- 
ny tears were shi-d on the oceasiou and the ^cene 
will long be remembered. Thejoy we fell, words 
cannot expre«9, to see our children coming into 
the fold before they have got so fur into the al- 
lurements of the world. Wo have had a fair in- 
eruifle ninco last harvest ; have baptized twenty- 
two, mostly young pci-sons. May God add hia 
bicssiugi? to our lilttc Hock. 

Geor(;i: Worst. 


From Jo>i. h. Myers.— We now have meet- 
ing going on at John's Corner. Attendance good 
constidering the condition of tlie roads, Ilro. Geo. 
ZolhirB was with us over Sunday. Brethren J. J. 
Kmmerl and Levi Trostle continued with ua up to 
date. Bio. K. will leave tliis morning, while Bro. 
T. will »lay awhile lunger and continue holding 
I'orih tlie Word of Trulli. Hope much good may 
be done.— .Se/-/ii.y. R/. Dec., ly/A, 1877. 

Fl'OlU J. Vi, StcIn.— I see you made a mis- 
take iu the heading of currcspondenrc between 
Cunningham and myself, lie is a Canipbel lite, 
not a Bapli-Kl. In my remarks, *' a peculiarity of 
haptiem," i-hniild have b».cu, "a peculiarity of 

From ElKil'Ii Kby.— Christmas day quite 
Btorniy;hij:h wind, with ft little snow; not cold. 
Brethren Hope and l\.skild»cn went about twenty 
miles North along the sea-cons!, to hold meetings ; 
we declined, having to go on fool. Calls for preach- 
ing ctill increa-aing. Last Sunday there were two 
appuiutiueutA about twenty mitt:^ apart. Our 

health is still good, and the brethren and sisters 
are in good health ai^i far as I know. Our mail has 
not boeu very regular for some time. We are 
looking anxiously for another paper, and several 
letters. Hope they will soon come. Love to all. 
—lljorring. Denmark, Dm. 26, 1877. 

From D. B. Stargis. — I hope to soon 
prepare some articles for your valuable paper, 
which I prize very highly. Hope it may have a 
very extensive cireulalion, not only among the 
Brethren, but it should be read by the so-called 
impular Christian denominationfl, an well as non- 
profesaore. — South Bend, Ind. 

From Levi Hoffert. — Our dear brethren 
Fadely and Ives came to our midst on the 7th inet 
and [(reached for us a few sermons. Truly the 
Brethren shunned not to declare the whole counsel 
of God. We had no additions by biiptiam during 
the meetings ; but blessed be God, two members 
were again restored to the church. We trust 
the members were built up and encouraged 
to continue faithful in the cause of our Master. 
May God reward our Brethren for their labors. 
— Carldon,Ncb.,Jan. ISllt. 1878. 

From M. D., Beiitou. — Our meeting-house is 
situated one and one-half miles north of Bloom- 
ville, Ohio. Our church is in a prosperiug condi- 
tion, having received, during the past year eleven 
by baptism and reclaimed one, making in all twelve. 
May the good work go on, and may many sons aud 
daughters be brought into the fold of Christ. 
—liockawny. O., Dec. lHh, 1877. 

From B. F. Stump. — Not having gone to 
meeting to-day on account of cold weather, I will 
try and write a few lines for your paper. We ap- 
preciate your noble effort in disti'ibuting the glad 
tidings of salvation ; w.irning the sinner and cheer- 
g the pilgrim ou his way. We expect minister- 
ing Bretlireu from Kansas, to hold meeting in oui 
neighborhood this week, viz : brethren Meriea 
Luyeubeel and Fadely. We hope much good may 
be done, — Davenport, NS. Jan. Glh, 1878. 

From I. Price.— "We had meeting several 
days at Green Tree. Eleven baptized last Sun- 
day. Likewise a meeting iu the Coventry churcli 
— Lawrenceville Branch. Baptism to-morrow at 
the Home meeting- house, and on Friday at Law- 
renceville, in Chester Co., Pa. Thirty-five names 
sent me as candidates for baptism on those four 
days. Meeting to continue all this week. 

Fnmi Henry >V. Strickler. — It has seemed 
good ta me lo write you a few lines in the way of 
introducing myself to you ; thinking perhaps you 
are not so well acquainted with me as I am with 
you. Knowing therefore the delicacy of so many 
brethren, I would simply .suggest a further and 
more thorough acquaintance between us, would be 
by you making me a friendly visit, say as early 
as you can in January, with the Brethren at 
WoRK.and repeat it oncea week fortwelve mouths, 
aud I dare say, we will be better acquainted. 

[Thank you brother; we will be happy to visit 

you tach week during the jiresent year, aud hope 

our new-formed acquaintance may ripen into great- 

for each other. The Lord help us to be 

faithful to each othei. — Ed.*]. 


Silver Crwk. Church. Ill S 51,00 

Arnold's Grove Church, 111 l&OO 

West Branch Church, 111., 10-27 

Yellow Creek Church, ill., 60.00 

Previously report^l 1385.ti3 

Total: «1527.90 
C. P. HowLANi), Treasurer. 
Dimtk, III., .hui. im. /.H7N. 

A WEALTHY lady of Edinburg, with morenion- 
ey than brains, recently had a favorite horse shod 
with gold shoes. The shoea weighed twelve ounces 
each, and were fastened to the huof with gold 




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iu that house; nevertheless it may flourish. 

A SERIOUS Railroad accident occurred near 
Hartfoi-d, Conn., on the night of the 14th inst. 
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No. 5. 

ijlie Brethren at Work. 


J. II. Mnorf . S.H.Baslim., M..H.Esbcliimn. 

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fact whoUy beyond otiv imdoiiig. But wheth- 
er our life shull bo Li/'<', or whether it shiill be 
wUiit «in iiluiie can niiike it. is ibr UH In tletcr- 
miuo. When the Holy (ihoit <lrebuw thnl 
there is such ii slulc as"i.inso WHILE iiv 

SI.1.. „1 rebpua,. „n.l live like the wnrl.l. Thoy , intent i. „l „,fc. J„„, j, ,,,„j,, ,,„„ ^,, 
won,Iu|>ninmmon,ehealUodapoor,iiam|irjrthcir U>c greuliT our distreo the more will He do for 
lusts, imd offer u), the es.,e„™ of body wid .ool [ u.. While the rich ha.e many friend. o„ 

on the altar of Bual-1'eor. Christ must be the earth, .lesu. u the special fViend of 11 

...,., I '*' "f ""'■ ''f'. "■= SO"! "f "'" soul. The Ho. and the i.oor have cm™ to reioiee ' 

„rr m.u,, It ., pre,.o>lerons to contend (hat ly Ghosf. iuRre..* i„ the « ' ' " ' 

Kienui! Death must mean extinetio 


ne-v birth i« a.s real n» [ thi,. .Ie.>na i< the sinner', friend. H. 
,„ . ., ,. '" "*■"'«■"'•'>""•'' "f.'-l"""!" in the vitaliration of .Vl-; save them from their »in«. rjHhlvV 
If you an, ,n „8h relat.on ,„ God. you are an,. Of all dece,. , none i. so eomnmn aud hat weep for a, ,he„ "i. Ue- W 

nc „,„nly m the Father-hfe, so that yon not a«vful a, .hi,s of re„,in, our destiny on the ..,;,. and »ilLe„m,n.„y „. th Jgh iL „ . . , - 

onlyhve or I.,^ „ra„sly, but yon />, m the ';,-.«.„, that we .re ,x,conciW to Hod. The>^ ley and sharlo, of death 

>en.e ol hfe belor. s,„ w», or when. God w» „ „,. ,upp„.iti„„ about it, but i»,e a, liwl ™d [ Then let n. all make J.™, our W Fri..,,.! 

.vet the sole B![i9l..nee. All m.ral not »o ; "nmutable as the Kternul Throne. Water will i lly so doing all will 1» well with n 

chiU-actered and «o related is death, aud will tt- ""* luoro certainly seek aud find its lowest li 

main death etcrmdly. " It.'C.^iis,. I Il\ 

,,), ,11 1.1 nTi.Vrlhi.l,™ „f t 

ive uls 



we livi 


■I .vet liv 1 


.1,,,-.. il 

Thi-ii you shttlt your Savior know. 

Willie Ibi- Ji'HUs, love joui- Miutui-— 
,\I1 His iii-i!CPpt.3 nov obey: 

rii.ii yoti bhiiH he Uupjiy ever, 
Sii tlK> ;3orii)tui"t'3 tv-cli iiiul siiy. 

\Vi.;"k Vdi- >}vi»it, lii'Ii) your bniUicr 

I 1 1 1 1 . 1 liiive II C il I'lStiiui love. 

\\ l'>r .U'sus, thcR' an> widowii, 

1 , i-tiincc often iiGwl; 

' . ii Iniifly ln^iirtfl ill sndnp-i'* — 

>.!,. I..- looii, uh, lu'itrtliPiii pieiul. 

.>rk for Jlsus, tliiiik of orphiiii:^. 
\i tliey fnth(.'rlt;:'» must roam: 
I 111 you not do foniRthing for thoni 
I'lutt will cbour tbvir heiLirU nud homel-' 

i\nk for .Ie»U8, see tbc simiprs 
I )ii tbe dowiiwivrd roud to woe: 

( 111 you not iu Bomc way savo tUem? 
Uas! IVuui t'urtb they soon must go. 

U oik for Jesus, tbiuk of futher 

An Im toilsi from moru Ull uigbt; 
Suvf your uiotiiL-i" — love huv desu'ly, 

l)ii iu)t cause bcr bopes to hligbt. 
Wurk lor Jesus, work belk'viug 

N-- tlu-y botb togetlier go; 
! .utli witbuut Uie pvoiuT working, 

I- hM. rlnrtfl H>f> rbi-istiniii know. 

I.i-I 11, til tun- fV.TV rlliu-l. 

Alwiiy.-* hewl tin.' Siivior's call. 

Work for Jesus, brother, lot us 
li" our duty eveinioiv, 

TIu-'i w.'w li,-;irtlie tlie Savior"9"wi 
'itiier sbore. 



'i''* t' liubv hi Christ:— 

A-^i'Y a Person can have Eternal Life iutbe 
^ (ibMlitU- sense of duration, and that Per- 
son must be God. But lie is not mentioned iu 
tlie S^cied Oracles as being Kliunal abniily i» 
tl»"t sense, Consequently, when it is presented 
«* till- lioritiigc of tboaf who caiiuot, in the ua- 
^"i* of tilings, be immortal sw God ii*, »iiin>ly us 
■consciously existing, it must be in a leuse in 
wlucli the ui'p. is move profoundly emphiwiited 
tlum the Ktemal. The true life iw endless, not 
Wusi- it live.s lor it lived belon-. but its El«i-- 
"'ty is God'd, wliicL means as uiueh more thaJi 
JJtistence, im lioiincss means more thuusiu. To 
live iLs Qod lives is Eternal Life. To liv© llO»- 
'iU- lo Him is Eternal Death, wliii.h in the ab- 
*^»'^- of (ioffs life, and the lupture of tilial 
^'-Uum i., Mi,,, 'pi„. ]j;ti.niity of onr b-int; i* 

M-tlHlrtrmr., . 

ter (loath, iv 
not extinctiiM i 

could not beappeiiiod to wirh the otter ol (no- 
vation. The iulriiifiv iiiUurH of tbut death 
wliiL-b is sigiiilicJ by the ubweuce of Kteruul 
Lite, h Ji-)t line tbiny; bi-yumi the grave, and 
lun.tiun- on this sid-.-. yim .■, [f "f , ;ut 1m.- dealb 
and yet life here, it ii- in the 

world to como. 

Do not piTplex your luti.i .ibi.ii; Ir.iiigtver. 
but about liiing. Without makini; or unmak- 
ing of your immortality, you Imve iwitbing to 
do. That is the gixiuud of being whicU i» to 
serve your opijortuuity aa to bliw* and glory, or 
misery arid degradation. Chvi8t Uve*, the 
iievilia^kiid^vs tp Ute. he once enjoyed; aud you 
!ivf beaiuif vou ,.iv in ('It.n^t iiml I'linst jn 
you. ■• Piissal Jivm iftnth unto tij')-—" XWm \!> 
the gieut faet of saiiit-hood, and the {:reat ar- 
gument that thf dyatb of Bin and damiiailon i» 
the dedth of holy cbanicttr ;ind n,^ bi-utitude, 
mill Eternal Lite is the antithesis of the lift^ 
death into whieh oil enter who sin, and iu which 
all the impenitent abide forever. You live with 
Uod'» life, and thin involves not only Eternity, 
, but Hia Eternity. Aud thus living, you want 
a corresponding sub^idleiice. " 1 li't, ijct ml 
I, but Christ lifdh iinue" (Uul. -J: 20). Tbi.H is 
uot simply 11 dogmatic assertion, hut u livuig 
experience, not a figure, but a fact. " AVer;// 
Iff eat the jlesli of the Son of Mati, antl dviiik 
IIi.< hlii'jd, ijt luiff 710 li/r ill tfint" (John ti: 53). 
This is Eternal 1/ife, not that it la^ts evermore, 
but it is "that wiiich was from the beginning," 
aud without beginning, when it haduo couuter- 
part. To li'f, in the deep. Divine, Eternal 
sense, is to bf what eimnot be tainted with evU. 
"Whosoever is born of Go<l doth not commit 
sin, for hia seed iviuaiiieth iu him: imd he <«/(- 
n'it sin, bfcau-f be is bnrn »/ Gud " (1 John li: !>). 
We want ycsd", not only iis :in object of con- 
templation, but aa our Life, our peace, our joy, 
our strength, our conlidence, our Alpha ami 
Omega. If we " resist unto blood striving 
against sin," and are "deteriniued to know 
nothing, but Christ aud Him cnnniii.d," and 
hang on Hl^ arm in every step of life, we will 
not only "grow in grace," hut a personal 
" laiowlodge of the Lord and Savior *' —a moat 
certain and bliasful conscious ne.-« of the Di- 
vine in-being. The Religion that serve* mcaun 
more than a nutuial faith in an objective lUf- 
dcemer: it means a real, living eonsummution of 
1 Johnl: 10,— the "life hid with Chri!«t in 
(joiV— both Father aud Son in us by the Holy 
Ghost. The mutter of our sidvation is not left 
in tlie region of supposition, but is iw conscious 
and undeniable a verity an our existence. 

A true craeifixioiiand burial and resurrection, 
pots iilitrloos emphiwiii in the words, " I LiVi; 
\tT NOT I, m T CuKi.-*T IN ME." This means 
such a lift- as few are willing to live. A divury, 
empty litelesa life where thix oblivion in Ulirist 
iu not a reality. There me miuiy in the church 
^ritb whom their atliiiation with Jesus is no 
moiv Hum a selt-i-futiug guess. With sonu- it 
is uot evi'u this. Many idoli/e the symbolical 

-avitation, thiiii \\\i- soul 
* ibi- law of th. 
tf wedo tooiii 

i-mamlit. "nnr i 

indemn u**. and we have eon: 
' '!od:" and mtrh eonfiii,.-nro, ^•\^ i 
■ of Christ Himself, inwroiiv' i 
Uhost. Uiahtly vipwing tin 
t: is hnniiliating and ioul-sdil.. . i.i„ ti„., 
we bav« 80 many " slow-bellies " and '• doad- 
hi\'uU"in the Church, itany aio " at ease in 
/ion," Hurfeit at the table of Dives, drink from 
the well of Syehar, woi-ship on the top of Qnr- 
izini, " they knew not what." " run greedily 
after tho error of Baidam for reward, luid per- 
ish in the gainsayini: of Con-." " Woo nnto 
them," said the Lord ttod Almighty. U» a 
eight for tiod and angel.> and saiut^ tu wh' the , . 
Heaven-vonKtracted CJiariot of tiod'. Kl<Tiial \^\ 
Solonioji draped like:t heaivn-, ntoving at a »nair« 
l)uee. or frozen fast in the ruU of tradition and 

" Blesactl be the'God and Fnlhor of ■im-Irtrd 
.I..-.p« (1iiis(."tli«t if sonii- laiihl i'll Sardis with ' 
tlur Hkiill iind eross-bones upon thf door, and 
othera iu Peigamos. " where Satmi'a vent is," 
we have- still oar Philadelphia and Smyrna: 
It must lie " Christ for us . to live, and gain to 
die." before we can approach the Throne of 
Thron-.'s " AlTKit this massku — Matt. i»: !•.* 

and well with us in death, aud weU 
■ Nviii^v. Oh yfi dij!itnu:t4-d and aor:- 
I' voiir lot ill life mt^ 1' 
sorrow of denth «"<■ 

I , I..I.-V Itiivlu.ti, tltug Ui>! ^:lw^*•rlu Ji-»ii-: 
il! light the battle for you. He Imo*-,- 

■ it is to be forsaken by Hi.^ own 

coiae to Jr.-ius; He loves you and W;i 
you. Will you come and eiyoy pen- 


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following all the damnable ln.shi<ms mid viewt 
of a sin-stricken world; forgetting that they 
iiR- all stei>s, either of which would land them 
in etvrntd woe. 

Oh bow strange that people will be so cmf- 
ful of themselve.s tern ponilly, and the liame time 
make speedy strides down, di>wu to spiritual 
dfdriictiun! hell aud elfrnul ditumation. 

Antiucli, Ind. 



I claim that there 
ttfttchvrx employed that huve not thi^ . 
al character. This we know to be it fuet; fur 
we often «'e aud hear those men u^ing 
languagi*. and also going into the saloons, the 
worst places m all our land. Jlimy of these 
charaeters are engaged iu teaching (he ri^iui; 
guneratiou throughout our land. And as a ."i- 
end thing in traveling around and holding III. . 
ings, thia class of people are guuerBUy Ihe lir>t 
ouea to be reproved in time of worship. 1» it 
not a .shame that suuh a elii.><s of people :ire put 
in to teach imd be an example for onr children - 
Xo wonder the rising generation is betomiit- 
wicked ami causes their parents to wee|i ■.i::\ 
Imuvutuvcr their children. 

It khouw to me that every director sho-i: i 
look at the mural priucil^le of every teacher bv- 
foTi- employing him; for it is very natural for 
children to V'uva tho»e thingit from '^ - ■• - '-- 
If I could not liet a good ex.. 
L' of worship befiiiip the riiinij _ 
\iOuhl never make an applicaln-'i- : 
■ li a common school. Such teacher* sh" lJ 1 
„ ' {■> school, and especially t« the seho<>! ■ - 
Chrusl, lud learn of Him, that they might 
able to teach otheni also. 

IlwHoke, IU. 



FRIEN'DSHIP is a ver>- intei-esting theme. 
Wf need so much of it. No one can gei 
along without friends. In Ji^us wo have a 
friend who sticketh closer than a bmther. 
Whilst other friends mv limited iu ability to 
U'friend us, Jesus is unlimittHl in power. 
While othei"!* maj' befriend us through policy; 
expecting to benefit themselves by it; Jwus hiu* I hiuisidf 

only our good in view. While ..thcr friends wiHi Lonor. "The hand of the dilig«ait mal"* 
fmiuently prove treacherous, when their own lelh rich."— y/ic («i(i(/r. 


!. r.iMv .-lUT.-v.liil \\\.A\ to A !i.-.t. ■■;. . - 
.n..rchaiit."I w 
t\ I '- for your mm 

scr ■ li-r iu some sur].; 

CttU)«.- 1 i-ould jftoii,- wealthy on such a n-(.ii- ;- 
tiou." The lionotable character, which t> .i: 
the bottom of the good name, he eared uuihmg 
for; it was oul>' the I'eputation, whieh he could 
turn to account in a monftv ]>«>int of view, which 
he coveted. But .i ■■ ' '■. ■ ^^ht 

with silver; it, ot - |>^ 

ftur\ W ivt- 

I'" .!.■; uiouey. 

li Himesty 

mil >:u;dles: \vxt^ 

ticuiiuN. VVhen an employer says. " there i-s a 
boy I can tmst," thnt youth can alwa\-s tied 

ilemand, provided he joins industiy 

Tlrii: ISKETHRK^sT ^T AVOltK:. 



1 IfK nrr on tho ocean vailing, 
f V HomiMvnrtl bound we sweetly glUe; 
Yt'r un- on tlic ncean nailing 
To 11 homv bt-yond thp ti<!c, 

ili the Htorms will noon be owr. 

Then we'll nocbor in the harbor; 
W." iiro out on the ocean siiiluif; 
To a iiouie Ij<-}oii(1 the iMe. 

.Milliono now are aatt-ly landed 
Over on Hie gohlen shore; 

Million)" more are on th«ir jonmey, 
Vrt their'n room for milbons more. 
CnoBL's. et*. 

I r.iiitf on board. O !*hip for glory 
t ; >ii Itxatv. nia.^e ii]i ymr mind, 

; ..r our ¥e*.vjb weighing anchor: 

■ ■■ uill »oou be IfO U'liiiiJ. 
Chobi's, etc. 

1 ■■11 have kiiidrt'd over yonder 
On Hiat bright imd hiippy shore; 

Hy and by we'll go and see them. 
When tliL- toiln ot life iire ue'r. 
Cuour**, etc. 

Spreiwl your »ail wliile heavenly breew.'8, 
Gently waft our vessel on; 

All on liminl an* sweetly singing, 
I'V.-i' Siilvutinn is (he song. 
CnoBUS, etc. 

U'lien we are all cafely landed 
Over on the shining dhore 

We will walk about the city. 
And we'll aing for evermore. 
Ciio«f.H, etc. 

.Ml the «tormi» of lite are over: 
Liinrled in the port of glory. 

Now no more on the ocean sailing 
Safe at home beyond the tide. 
Chobub, etc. 

Selected by Jacob Sn.iNEorB. 






*' Tlton shalt guide uie with tlij' couiiael." — 

TLfAX'S fulleu race may be likeued tu 
-^" !i liliiul Jiiuii grojjing liis way m 
ilarkiu'ss, (U-p-mleHt on .some one to 
j^iidr liiiii, wlius('iiat'ftyi8 coiiriiigentup- 
nfi the fompctcncy and faith fulnt-ss of 
I.I ruiilc. If the guide be safe, be shall 
M; Nafcly, but if the guidt? be blind 
■ ih shall fall into the ditch." As 
I lirst bur-inews in this series of dis- 
(■'•iirsi*, is tn seek an infallible guide in 
our religious faith and praetiee to wluch 
W'v ean appeal aiiilil all controversies; by 
wliirh \ve,'anflolve every doubt, dispose 
of every perple.xify and at last, occupy 
a i»witi4)n infallibly safe, we shall pro- 
cuc'd to iutjuire trhit thai hifallihlt: guide 
in'i and iinst I remark: 

]. Jt fV not the JepraveJ human 
/le/n-t. 1 do not want to underrate the 
importance of our emotional nature. 
'" -Isiianity is inleimely experimental, 
iiiuiU that it not only moves the 
:. but controls the life. Yet every- 
., that is i'.\j)criui"-ntal, is not Chris- 
iiiy. Ueueatli the eilerveseing froth 
uf pits^ion are oft concealed the hitlden 
))rineiplesof our religion more power- 
ful Mitd i.sistless where theeurren't i-sdeep 
ami luil-i If.-oi, The heart may be relig- 
«d witliout holy 
or joy. The 
H ii ■.„■^■■^^■•■. pjiM-iaut of the ti-ae 
.'■e of sin, its ''exceeding sinfulness" 
dreailful cun-setpience^; awakened 
by the aecuttation of couseieuce, bows 
in ..n.nvt'n! pru.iTirrmth the vain hope 
Yet he ia not 
■j: " sinned with* 
o'it ,:;'*\ , sli.tll :il -•> p ri>h without law " 
(Kom. 2: r2). The Mohammedan sol- 
dier believing that I*avadise will remun- 
erate the toils and saeriticcs of battle; 
th.' r^i'.'.'m cxpi-etinL' to busk amid Ely- 

siati fn'his: the Indian hoping to ram 
ble beautiful forest-*" with his " trusty 
gnu " and faithful dog beyond " the 
gp-at rivi-r;" the (Jrecian sage, confirmed 
in the philosophy of a future stat« have: 
all died not only with composure, but 
witli apjiarent resignation and delight, 
Vet they had no well-grounded hope, 
" reaching within the veil whither Christ 
our forerunner for us lias gone." 8uch 
ift the deceitful inti\ience which sin ex- 
ercises over depraved man. It flattei-s 
him with false titlies, charms him with 
seductive claims, proselytes him by de- 
mons clad in angel panoply, composes 
his tortured conscience with deceitful 
apohigies, consoles his troubled lieart 
with j>romisesof satisfaction, which are 
never realized, and good that cannot be 
attained, and at la-st consigns iiiiu to the 
Idackness of death, infatuated with a 
pretence of "life and immortality." All 
the religious zeal in tlie world is not a 
"zeal of (itod, according to knowledge," 
and all tlie religious experience in the 
world is not the result of the spirit be- 
ing enmncipated from the love, dominion 
and couse(pience of sin l»y "the law of 
the spirit of life in Christ Jesus," which 
makes us " free from ilie law of sin and 
deatli." Out of the heart proceed all 
manner of evils (I.t: IH). " Tlie heart 
is deceitful above all things and desper- 
ately wicked; who can know iti" (Jer. 
17:9). "He that trusteth in his own 
heart is a fool" (Prov. 2H). But again: 

1. The benujJited huvitm understtnul- 
iiiif is not an infitUihh guide innuitfers 
"f rclitjiouN ftrifh andprartirfi. While 
the nnderstaudiug is uudispensable in 
the ain)rchending ti-uth and detecting 
error, like its Icllow-attributes, it is de- 
jjraved and pervert,cd. Its fallibility is 
clcjuly <liscernible in the diilerent 
phrases which the same subject presents 
to diti'ereut miuds, just as the object of 
natural vision seems to partake of the 
peeuliarcliaracterof themediumthrongh 
wliich it is received, so man's mental 
.and sjiiritnal vision seems biased by .sor- 
did interests and hunian traditions. The 
extortioner does not perceive the crim- 
inality of his extortion because he views 
the ti'ansaction only through the mtnlium 
of secular interests. He pockets the 
unjufit irain and calls it legimate busi- 
ness, but God cliiAses him with thieves 
and drunkards and denies him an inher- 
itance in His kingdom (1 Cor. 6: 10). 
The epicure discerns not tlie evil of his 
gluttony and druidvcuness, becaiwe he 
has no higher stand-point than his sens- 
ual gi'ntification from which to contem- 
plate it. Hence it is that the wicked 
often have exalted opinions of themselves. 
Darkness ha.s blinded their eyes and they 
kn<jw not their real cou<Iition, and so 
often even with the pi'ofessed Christian. 
His understaiuiiug issonietimesso warp- 
ed by traditioned views and human dis- 
cipline, that he does not discern justice 
and judgment. Kntangled amid the 
subtle ties of error, " blinded by the 
God of this world," enfeebled by im- 
proper jiassious and desires: perverted 
by prejudice and often hoodwinked by 
the liorrid penalties of oatlis which chal- 
lenge his right to see, he needs the un- 
pcrverteil light and guidance of truth. 
'• Trust in the Lord with all thy heart; 
and lean not unto thine own understand- 
ing " (Prov, 3: 5). Again I remm-k, 

2. MarCs jiervvrted rmmon ijt not an 
inftilUhh (fuide ill jmitten/ of religiotcs 
faith ami practice. 1 have nothing to 
say against reason as such. It is perhaps 
the noblest power of man's intelligent 
nature, and seems chii'fly to elevate him 
above the inferior creation. liut reason 
i- not inf:.niMi'. Since man is d'*prav- 

ed, his highei>t faculties are also diqirft^'* 
ed. Reason unguiiled !)y ri^velatioa has 
often proved its own ini|>o1ency and fol- 
ly, and has contradi<-ted itself in man- 
ifold, ways. Some men have boasted 
that their is no God (Atheism) and 
others that everything is God (Pan- 
theism) botli blasphemous and diamet- 
rical opposites, upon the vx]\\v\ ground 
of their superior reasoning power, the 
one smiling at the simplicity of the the- 
ist and the other deriding his fellows 
because they were not smart enough to 
discover that themselves were parts ot 
Deity. Thus reason, without a ludm .'uid 
rudder, cut loose from the moorings of 
revelation, has allowed its posse.<isor.« to 
l)ecome pitiable fools (Ps. 10: U), un-^ 
able to decipher the simplest outliue.s of 
truth. Every contiicting system and 
theory of atheism, polytheism and infi- 
delity, wliich frinn time to time has curs- 
ed the earth with its withering and 
t)lighting influences and every false re- 
ligion and civil polity that has ever 
succeeded, ha.s boasted its men of reason, 
and to them It has been chiefly indebted 
for success. As in Mathematics, so in 
logic one may assume a false hyjiothesis, 
and by a correct process demonstrate an 
absurdity what his own senses know to 
be-false. If premise is false, one may 
reason correctly: theileductious may be 
inevitable and the minds of auditors, not 
having appreheniled the sophistry of 
the premise, be constrained to accept 
them and yet the conclusions be subver- 
sive of every principle and interest of 
truth. Reason sometimes employs a 
species of argument which logicians and 
mathematicians have called " Jii'diirtio 
adfihsurdum " which proves the absurd- 
ity of what contradicts it, and yet fails 
to establish its own assertions. AVlieu- 
ever reason afi'ects t*) establish a i)reniise 
of its own ci"eation,it makes a uiiserable 
failure. It-s true office is not to create, 
but to discover and aece2>t laws; to 
recognize in it** suliordinate sphere, the 
imperatives of truth, above, beneath, 
around, within and without, and to bow 
in passive obedience to the commands 
of the unerring and omnipotent Law- 
giver, which they besjieak. As in 
Mathematics and all true natural, men- 
tal and moral philosoply, reason sub- 
serves its proper sphere in apprtdiend- 
iiig and applying truth, and develops 
science, not by making, but by recog- 
uizing and chussifying its laws, proper- 
ties and proportions from nature, so its 
highest office in religion, is to learn and 
develop truth from the communications 
of the Divine mind. 

. (?'(> be continud). 


LAST Spring we informed our readers 
that the united infidels of the 
whole country had not enough of the 
benevolent spirit in them to lift a !^50, 
UOO mortgage hanging over the " Tem- 
ple of Reason " located in the city of 
Boston. Failing in this, one of their 
number, Robt. G. Ingersoll, recently pro- 
duced aseiutation by the following prop- 
osition: "I will give $1,000 in gold 
coin to any clergyman who can substan- 
tiate that the death of Tom Paine was 
not a.s peaceful lus the dawn." Now 
this tfl,lk is all infidel " buncomlie," and 
nothing more. The testimony on record 
respecting the stpialor and degradation 
of Pftine's last years of mortal exi.steuce 
is ample; we meet with it in many places, 
and it may be sairi that it is as authentic 
as any fact recorded in history. The 
men who saw Paine, and who had am- 
ple oppui'Lunities of observing liis hab- 
its, all concur in representing him as dc- 

ploraly intemperate. The 


physician. Matron Smith, savii *\ "'~ 
1- ■ • T ■ 1 ■ •'^ '■"! eiii 

dition m which he \\^ accuBtom.i 
find his patient, and to which his vi ' ' 
habitvs, especially his habitual (ln,'"r" 
cniiess, had led him, were so revoh*' 
that he dreaded the, hours \vhe)i u '" 
necessary for liim to visit his jjatitut 
to jirescribe for his relief. "TliisiV 
sician," write-s Rev. J. D. M'ill^j., '^ 
" was an esteemed elder in the pJiiii!"i 
of which I was at that time pastor ■» \ 
was highly reg.arded, not only f,,v -i.t, 
in his jirofession, but as a man <.f a,,,,, 
judgment and uuimjieachable veifn.;, , 
Concerniug Dr. Matson Smiili (»" 
Krothingham of New York writes: " Ii 
wits a distinguished physician, kii,,^^ 
to us and hundreds of others yet !ivi 
as a gentleman of the highest soci,^ 
standing, a calm, studious, judiclon 
thoughtful man, whose integrity wi 
above suspicion." 

The Rev. J. D. Wickham, D. D., ni„ 
the Rev. Charles Hawley, D. D., \vn, 
succesively pastors of the Presbytp).] ,, 
church in New Rnchelle, N. V. Ji,,,! 
are yet living and well known, and lli,.; 
veracity is as reliable as that of any tw 
men living. To call in question IliPt,,, 
tini()ny of these men wouhl be ri<iieulcin. 
and no sane man M'ould attempt it. 

But what is the testimony ? Dr. jyiji, 
son Smith was the physician who atti'tnl 
ed Thomas Paine, and the facts rewjeit 
ing his patient were stated by him i. 
those gentleman now living, and tlii;* i, 
the record: 

" I have heard statemenKs from liii,, 
from jjersonal kuowledge as his phvsi, 
ian, the particulars of which are tn 
loathsome to be described in print. 1! 
came to lose all self-respect ami rcgaiil 
for decency In his personal habits, M'Vhli 
wei-e at times simply beastly. His Jiinik 
enness became habitual and notoiimi 
before he left New Rochelle; ami I,, 
wa.s not unfretpiently found lyin^hv tli 
roadside, so helplessly intoxicfil.'il tli:: 
he had to be c.ari'ied home, as I li;u 
been told by persons who had befrieu'! 
ed liim in that pitiable condition. Tli': 
were some who, in .spite ofthftsliatm 
and degradation in which h* fell, snl 
cherished a lingering resptuL Ibr \s]\y 
he had been, and in considerati.ui nf iL 
service he had rendered the Ut-vol : 
tionary cause by his politiciil nrltiii_ 
but no one in the vicinity, :us lute 
thirty years ago, "Wftuld havi-, luid (:•■ 
temerity to deny these things, uuieli li 
call them ' wicked inventions of il. 
clergy.' " 

Paine died in 1809, andthe^etactji k 
regard to his -habits of life have lu'eii ■■ 
public and familiar as that William C'n' 
biitt carried off his bones. Grant Tli"! 
burn, whose information upon t!ii- inm 
is jtarticularly full, was certainly in ^i 
sense a prejudiced witness, but. <iii '!■ 
other Inuid, he was a peculiarl)' coiisoiin 
tious Scotchman, and quite incapiiM'" 
reeordiiig a falsehood. The tntditun 
of New Rochelle, where Paine (lieJmi' 
WHS bm-Ied, all confirm the storie-i ' 
his unftirtunate habits of inti'\ic:ttt"!! 
The story told in his diary b\ 
Grellet the eminent Quaker y 
to the same purport. If an.^ ■, 
can b* considered settled, it is Hint' 
Paino^ personal habits. Greli-'ii' tli 
Fall i)f 1809, the, year in win ' 
died,. wrote in his joiu-nal fts f< 
" I may not omit recoi'ding hen ■ ' 
deati of Thomas Paine. A fo"" ^' 
previous to my leaving home ou "iv ■■ 
reli^ous visit, on hearing ho ^*'«^ '" ^'| 
in a very de.stitute condition, I \^''" ', 
see him, and found him in a "T- t.-l'"| 
state; for he had been so ncgl-''''''' ""^ 




';en i'V his prctendca fritnds that 
,,mmon attention to a sick man had 
, , ^^-itbh^■W from him, The skin of 
l' ■„„|y wfis in some I>ln.-es worn off, 
^sh\ch i;ic«lly incrcastitl his -sufferings. 
\ iiiirsi' \v!L< provided for him, nnd sonn* 
I 'III oomforts were supplied, llti 
mostly ill n state of stupor, hut 
.hiiig that had piLsstd l.otween us 
ji^a iiiiide such an impression upon him, 
l],,,( ^Dinetime after my departure he 
, f.v iiie. and Iteing toH that I hud 
, iioiii liuine, he wnt for uuuther 
I ,,.i. This induced a valuable youuj; 
ihI (Mary Koseoe,) who had resided 
: \ family and continued in Green. 
,^ li during a part of my absenee, fre- 
,i,.,.fly to go and take him some little 
;: -hment sxntnble for an invalid. 
, ,. when she \v;is there three of his 
,1, , -ileal a-«soeiates came to the door, and 
in ti loud, unfeeliug manner said: 'Tom 
r, it is said you nr«' tui'ning Chris- 
but we hope y'Mi will die as you 
lived;' and tlieu went away. On 
U luruing to Mavy KoKcoe, he said, 
-u t-ee what luiserablo comforters 
lire. ' " 

.reiitly Kev. Joseph Cook, in one of 
;[>stou lectures naid, that -iOjOOl) cop- 
I if Paine's " Age of Ueason " were 
■ly sold and diHlributed among the 
jiti ves of New England factories, 
in what ''steeni wa.s this book held 1 
Au author in the huit hours of 

;il exititi'Hcei Hear Ills own 

t )neelie asked Mary, the maid- 

i triended him when abiuubm- 

intidel associa'ies, if she had 

I any of his writings, and on 

; I tliat she had read very little 

,., HI. he imiuired wliat she thought 

it not, and so were sinners, not only by is n«.t moving on in thr way CJml had de- 
naturo, but of viulatiou. And here ap- signed him to go. This way "f looking 
pears the immensity of the magnitude at things would make God a IVing, not 
of God's mercy, and the extent of|ea.*«ily understood, making man huil of 

creation; and yet making Him 


theatonraenl. For again it applies it 
self to our wants at our wipiest, upon 
the terms and easy conditions of reeon- 
eiliatiou. Again, offering to cleanse us 
even from this second degree of sin. 
15ut being now i>ardoned and cleansed 
by His blood upon Ilia just conditions, 
an*l bidden as "little children, these 
thiui,'s I write unto you, that ye sin not," 
*' And whosoever ia born of God doth 
not win." The apostle, here doubtless 
speaks of this second stage of sin, (wil- 
ful, malicious trespa*^), for again, he 
saith, " if we say we have no sin, we de- 
ceivt! oui-selves, and the truth is uot in 
us," and again, " if any nmn sin, we hav 
an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ 
the righteous." This then, implies that 
though we are not malicious sinuei-s, be- 
ing born of God, yetdo weueedan "Ad- 
vocate with the Father, who can be 
touched with the feelings of our infirm- 
ities," having Himself been " tempted 
in all points like as we are, yet without 
sin" (Ileh. 4: 15). 

And could we believe that He could 
so intercede, had He not shed Ills Idoud 
according to the prophecies which foie- 
tohl of iii And ttt " without the shed- 
ding of blood, tlu-re is no remission of 
sin.-*," but the blood of Jesus Christ, His 
Son cleansing from all sin; does it not 
apply itself ia the great redemption of 
thu World, and also ;us a means of pju'- 
don in our regeneration, jiud then seal 
" the covenant with whieli we are sane- 
I titled " by His medil^ttion and intercess- 
ions for us wliile probaticmers here, and 

all Hi; 

the mo«t depraved, mean and wretched 
of all Ilisereation, 

Oil! vain man. "When will you learn 
yoiu' real condition aud fall prostrate 
before the throne of God, and iinploi-e 
Him tu have nierey upon your whole 
iMting; before it is eternally loo late. 
For God's Spirit will not always strive 
with man. He luis made known the 
lies of His mercy upon the evim for 

enough for m.-. for Id- "h*:-'-, t: 
mother, f*.r his fri. , 
see hinttaki- i! 

4iiin to utt in hi-* . 1.,, ,. m ; 

Let ns have a few hoiiix of hi. 
in whitth we can enjoy his iun'K< : 
repay iia in some small degree for thf 
care and love we have lavishwi upon 



" This is something which you, who 
now stand prisoners at the bar. ' ■ 
paid for; this is not embraeed '. 
cense. For this offt-nsc, the... 
tences you to ten days' impri>M.iiiiwt,t.iu:- 
, , , , , „. I the coimty jail, and that you piiv a fin* il 

your sake; and has shed His precious of seventy-tive " * 

M ;hem, adding, "From such a oneas. ],y tii^.^y „^p,^iij, we are purifying " our 
y.,ii, I expect a comet answer." She gpuls in obeying the truth f 
told Iniu that wlien very young his "Ago * ^ ^ ^ 

of Ueason " was put into her liands, but 
that the moi-e she read it, the more dark 
and distressed she felt, and she threw 
the book into the tire. " I wish all had 
done as you," he replied; '-for if tli< 
devil has ever had any agency in any 


IIY e, DEAUnoRfK. 

y . ^ declam 

iition i 

deny this self-evident 
Can even the most 

work, he has Imd iu my writing that i continued intidel,deist,oratheist; And 
book." yet behold him in his lordship; grap- 

Whatever Ing<;i*S(dl and his intidel , pling in sin, darkness and great deprav • 
c<mipnnions may establish by submitting j ity. Ever since the fall of Adam, his 

blood that you might share with Him 
file riches of heaven. Has borne, is 
bfiu'lng with your wicked ways, and in- 
viting you home to His kingdom. Hut 
this will not always htst; for in the ful- 
ness of time His wrath will fall up<»n a 
wicked and rebellious world, " for as it 
was in the days of Noah, so shall it be 
in the days of the coming of the Son of 

Ilagcrtftown^ ImL 


rpHK following extract is taken from 
-^ a sentence Ivceiitly iironnunced by 
judge Reading, of Chicago, uptm the 
li(pu>r dealers who hail violat4-d the law 
bv selling it to minors. It will 
careful perusal 

" Ky the law yoiiimiysellit io men and 
wonien, if they will buy. You have 
given your bond an<l paid ynuv license 
to sell to them, and no one has a right 
Ui niidest yon in your legal business. No 
matter what the conseipu'iices may be, 
no matter what poverty an<l destitution 
are by your selling according to law, 
you have paid your money for thi.<i priv- 
ilege, iiud yon are licensed to pilisue 
your calling. .No matter what familes 
are distracted and rendered miserable; no 
matter what wive.s are treated with vio- 
lence; wliat children starve ov mourn 
over the degradation t>f a parent — your 
business is legalized, and no tme may 
interfere with yon for it. No matter 

ilolbirs and 
that yon stand eomniitted ud 
and coHtw of thii« prosecution ■ 






the matter of Pnine's deatli-bed troubles ways 

« have been the most revolting to all 
to a court of arbitration, one thing is ! the other works of God's creation. For 
certiiln, whether he died Atheist. Deist, ' all things else, both animate and iuani- 

or like one Hlnu)st persuaded to believe 
while incapable of believing, his clos- 

' mate, serve the design of their existence, 
and tlius retleet honor on Hiui who cre- 

to the contrary notwithstanding 

(i.ih/,-/). (^en.ser. 


IIY C. r. KUOT. 

UrrillE blood of Jesus Christ His Son 

OW this is a topic upon ' 
heiir a great deal, both ' 
pulpit and pre-ss; we hear ii 
as a thing gi-eatly to be abli 
wc sometime!" think there is i, 
distinction made between prliii 
ity. In nine cas<'soutof ten tht.- wli-.!' 
theme seems t<> be baswl on supMrfluity 
of femah* attire, which we are inclim d 
to think is hardly fair. 

Now we believe pride is an ■■■^ > --■ 
mate of one's own impor:.' 
gay clothing is merely anin^!' 
and foolish desii-e of the hen' 
dice, that is, we eannnt beai 
finger of scorn pointed at us or !•■ 
*' old-fashituied." Yet we have -i-.-ii 
per.-ons arrayed in gay clothing, wlf '.n 
tbeirconductaudconversjition,weri-.|i;i i 
and unasuming, not displayin.' tl,. ' ,-- 
sign of pride; and we h;.^ 
persons clothed in thehaliil^ 
woi-st (diject of poverty, whiiv i h- ir 
bearing jdaiuly manifest a feeling of 
arrogance and sujteriority. We ha\e 
even beheld it behind the sacred table, 
loudly and vehemently denouncing pride 
in othei-s; ami as soon as the ni<-tt- 
ing was concluded, we have heanl tli-'UK 
private conversation, the theme of 
/ said " » / did " " / 
told them" Arc, loudly buabting of 
their great influence aud ability, speak- 
them all, and pursue yom- legal calling jug in tones of sarcasm of their superior* 
— you are licensed. \ on may tit up j which often makes one shuilder to oon- 

what mother may agonize over the loss [ which was. what 
of a son, or sister blush at the shame of 
a brother, you have a right to disregard 

your lawful place 

,f 1)1 

ing days were singularly unhappy, the i ated them, and also reveal to the human 
ten-column article in the Chicago Timetf ; mind, that there is a great, good, 
— jf'/ie and all-powerful Being at the head of 
all these things. And yet if we would 
undert,ike to learn tlie ways of God, 
from the ways and works of man; we 
would almost have to turn atheist, and 
doubt the existence of such a Being. 
l$ut to find a man in deed and iu truth, 
we want to turn back over IsOd hun- 
dred years ago, and tind him fully made 
known in the person and character of 
Jesus Christ our Lord. And still the 
intidel comes up and tells us that He 
was but a mere man like us, possessed 
with a more than ordinary intelligence. 
And still further he says, that all the 
miracles as recorded in the Testament 
concerning this holy Man, and all other 
miracles set forth in tlie liilde, are but 
falsehoods or whims of the brain. And 
he further claims, that all things that 
are dune, must ccune about tlirough cer- 
tain tixed laws in nature, and outside of 
them, God does nothing. Oh shame! it 
is enough to make any man blush with 
shame to evenM(>(l- of the idea. I 
alone having the soul contaminated with 
the thought that man in his long exam- 
ple of depravity, corruption and blood. 

cleansf^h us from all sin" (1 John 
1:7). I was asked when, where, and 
how does the blood of Christ apply to 
the sinner? I answered. "VVe are all 
sinners by the fall; "For as by the 
tr;insgi-essiou of one man, sin entered 
iiuothe world, and death by sin; so 
ii'U death passed upon all, for that all 
1' ive f^inned." And then the blood of 
< Iirist cleansing from all sin, the propos- 
" ' Atoneuieut already seen as a " Iiamb 
^1 liu fruni the foundation of the world" 
(Uev. l;t:S), cleansed all upon whom 
^iii and death had " so passed," and were 
h'.ly, for "Of such is the kingdom of 

But iij.on arriving ourselves at the 
tree of kn.iwledge of good and evil, 
tvery om; of us lias lusted " and when 
lust hath conceived it bringeth forth 
^iu;" and we knew to do good and did 

enticing and captivating form; you may 
furnish it with the most costly and el- 
egant eipiiiuucnts for your riwu lawful 
tra(ie; y<>u may till it with the allure- 
ments of amusement; you may use all 
arts to allure visitors; you may skillful- 
ly araiige and expose to view y(mr choic- 
st wines aud captivating beverages ; you 
may induce thirst by all contrivances to 
produce n raging appetite for drink, and 
then yon may supj)ly that appetite to 
the full, liecause it is lawful; you have 
I for it — you have a license. You 
may allow boys and children to frecpient 
your saloon; they may witness the ap- 
parent satisfaction with which their sen- 
iors quart" the sparkling glass; you may 
be .schooling and training theiu for the 
period of twenty-one, when they, too, 
can participate — for all this is lawful 
You may hold the cup to their lips; but 
you must not let them drink— that is un- 
lawful. For while you have all these 
jjrivileges t'or the money you pay, this 
poor privilege of selling to children is 
denied you. Here parents have the right 
to sav. ' Leave my son to me until the 
law gives you a right to destroy him. 
Do not anticipate that terrible moment 
when I can assert for him no further 
rights of protection. That will be soon 

less in the moat template the inllueuce of such an ex- 

ample. Vi'e like to hear meekiit-^- ■.•wi 
humility preached to all. but bett-r rii,!!i 
all, we like to see "living epistL - !• :-. I 
and known of all men." ^Ve sonM-^v li-r-- 
saw a production which we think i.ju- 
tains a volume of meaning, which wf 
insert here. 

If your ears vou would ^ve frotu i- • 
Tlies* things keep mwkly lii.I. 

Myself and I lUiJ mine and ">>'■ 
,\xid how I tlo or did. 


1. Keep a list of your friends; and 
let God he first on the list, however long 
it may be, 

2. Keep a list of all the gifts y<Hi get; 
and let Christ, who is Gotl's luispeafca* 
ble git^. be tirst of all. 

;b Keep a list of your mercies; and 
let pardon and life stand at the head. 

■1. Keep a list of your joys; and 1 
joy unspeakable aud full of glory btrfiiv 

5. Keep a list of your griefe; and 1- 
sorrow for sin be first. 

li. Keep a list of yonr enemi 
however many they be, put d 
" old man " and the " old serpeiu .ir-i. 

7. Kecii a list of your sins; and let 

the sin of uubelief be s,'t a< tii>i :uiil 

. woret of all. 



f //# gre/hrei, :il ^ork. 


i. R. HOORH, } 

S. II. BASllOlt. > KDiTO 

H. Bf. eSBBl'MAH, I 

' r WoBK will be Renl poai-piiM. lo unr 

rrd }tlal» or CAunda, (nr %\ 50 pfr 

hiijUri rniro" mill f lA (W. will n- 

. frr* of rhart;.-. For all artr thl. 

I be allnwfl 111 c>pnf> for mcIi ivlili' 

nmouni ti>n Iip ilivjiirtt^i) from thf 

ri r ii lo «», Money (lr<lrr». Drofl*. 

i-r. miiy bp •enl ol our ri«k. *' "" 

,. ^.:.,:,i.l» lo Mciorp, U«jilicir.l Eihelmi 

■lid coinaiuuicBlInn* iotVDilcl for the ]>n- 

I all buHncH ranli«n eoiinecicJ trilb lti« of 

Lanark, Ctrro'.! Co., 111- 

Ak exchange speaks of a wMcbed tvomiin, 
dying of ntarvAtion in n t^ncmnnt houete, whitt? 
the joy l>ell!i wore riiiging iu u lirti)i)y New Year, 
and hvr poor dlHeased hiubanrt lying by hui' ^ido 
unftblc to move. God jiity the poor, for inun 
will not, though blossud with alnuidatic^ and to 
flpnre. "Blessed ai'e the poor in Mpint: for 
their^is the kingdom of hi'iiveii." 

Wk are commanded t* prny for the rulers of 
the land, but n Massnchnsetts prencbtT Iiit^-ly 
"r''n"k."T"ey I I'n'.ved that Congress might have n litlle niotv 
common sense. That i$ ju?«t what wt- all sdmd 
in lu-ed of. A little Greek, a little Latin, or a 
little philosophy may moke u fool of some men. 
but good commou sense never will. Itissome- 
lliiug that never spoils, and is alwuyt« in de- 

3iSViS,l 31, 1376. 


UjtutifKK Ua-ihor'* udiire«". until further no- 
lic? is Hoiling Springs, Cumberhuid Co., Pa. 

BuoTiiEm N. B. Blough infonn« n». that Kid. 
Il-nrv Harshbiirger. of ?^iiiiki- Spring Viilli'v. 
!';(., is Tery poorly, and not expected to recover. 

Jf you would keep your ('hrintian armor 
bright, dtm't fail lo pfdidh it with ]irnv«i-. ll 
\n nof (If u^e v imirh as rhe nbuac that cnuwes 

,,| tw'-l»»- !»■•" 

. ii:i»it'iv ' .mr--. iowji, rrctint- 
. iiipetiug-j undfr the aiispiecs 

^liiih resiiUfd in thi' .ndiHHon 
1 Lo the fhurrlj. 

Eiii/j^it lleni-y Martin, one of the eldei-s of 
till'* co'^strf^iition, is lying (piite low with 'in- I 
'Inniiniltorj- rhevimatiaiii. :'hiI r.iln-r .ii .'i..'^ 
, i-nVidition ia very iriti' jI 

to be sucefWfiil. want to cla-wly study the wflh- 
oii of imparting ideas uwsl by Chri!»t and the 
apostlea. They made no attempt at « display 
of onitoo* 'ui'i fine laiigujtge. but told what they 
ba<l to miy. in language that all could uuder- 
stimd. They spoke from hearts full of love, 
faith luid anxiety, and their appeals went home 
to the hearts of others. Their very preaehing 
showed that tlu-y were in earnest, and the sim- 
ple way they had of telling things, gained them 
the fonfidenee of the people. We need more of 
that kind of preseliing in this age of the world. 
There i" ton niueh attempt at showing oft", and 
making a display of learning, but not enough ol 
telling the o'd (Jospid story in the old apostolic 
way. U-t us have more phuu. direct preaching, 
and less (Jis|jlay. We want pi-eadiing that goes 
home to (ho lu^art. 

uary 3^ 

date and A. D. KK). though he pr«d,ir«j" 

Thurman put up hour- thirty. 
in defense of trine innnerMon, 

was pulled down by the arguniem of T *'^"^ 

neiit. Some of tli 

were excellent and well put, Thel 

of him, some months ago. he \ 


^ 0M">. 


1 BKAMAil. the father of thof«ithfi,, ,, 
1\ ed a buryiug-plaee, that liemiehtkl ' 

lead nut i\f his si>//it. However ]• 


lowever J, 

his heart, when once dead lie wanted tl 


"^J- sliORi4 

TuK editor of the Church Arlrocale, publish- 
ed at Han-ishurg. Pa,, is wntiiig up. and pul>- 
lishing a series of articles in detcnsje of single 
iinnietsioii. endeavoring to prove that it was not 
invented and introduced by Eunomius. nhen-tie 
of the fourth century. It is evident that the 
editor luu* a very difficult task of it, for already 
two orticle? have appeared, yet not one jot uf 
proof to sustain the opinion, that single im- 
mersion existed beyond the middle of the fourth 
century. We will keep an eye on his articles, 
and wait till he get.'i through, for he is on the 
right track if single immersion is to be »if»- 


iy is Haid that theix> aro \i>\},W\> colored chil- 
drtf'u at the .South under the cuntri)] of Koniun 
Cfit^olic private. It in time that Protestant 
iruhcs wore wakening up to a seuae of their 


Wk have put iu a tiret-class engine of Ibui- 
horne power, and used it in running ofi' this is- 
sue of the paper, and must scy, that stf far ive 
well pleased with its working, a'* it enables 
us to do our prc53 work in half the time with 
low with'iii- 1 tuuoh less hard work." While running the 
;'n*ss by hund it took two men from three to 
'■iir dnys steady running to do what one man 
<'an now do in less than half the time. Uur 
agents can now send in sulKcribL'rs, just as fu.>ft 
as they can; we iire ready for several tlloiisaiid 
more, the more thehftti'r. The printing on our 
pi'per this week may not be as good as usual on 
:„...MUiit .,f.-.urf-.-a.,-nM! ],..;■,>.:■ n r,I fo l,;.,„1i;-.i,- 

THE following Iwautiful lines, suited to long 
ni'-astire. and handed to ns by a brother, 
aro said to have been >u]ig at thefuneral of Eld. 
■lolin Kline: 

" Ktu-ewell, farewell to all below, 
My .Ie.su8 calls aiul I must go; 
1 launch my boat upon the sea,. 
This huid in not the laud for me, 

rarewcll dear friends, I may not stay. 
The home T seek is far away. 
Where (>hrist is not. I cannot be. 
This laud i;^ nut the land for me." 


■.:. nho send us |»ai ■ 
nrticles to which they wifh to >-a\\ tn\ 
Hon. will |»Ieii*:e mark nueh arlielojt, i\» 
-'Muany papers that we eaniint read 
' '•- is in thiUQ. 

Ui:oTitKH ^Inivhall Knnis, of Coming, Clay 
' . . Arkan^ils,■ wishes lo know if we have luiy 
i I. nil. stern living in, oriiear that State. Perhaps 
some of the Brethren in Soulh-weal Mo., 
I mild give liim the de.sired inloruLitiou. 

Kk\i. i). B. Meutiser's "New Vtar's Gift," 
utid prolit by imitating a good example. "It is 
more blessed to give than to receive." " .\a 
much as ye have done it unto one of those, the 
len-st of uiy breliii-en, ye have done it unto lue." 

)Vf. have received quite an interesting |)iece 
of t orres]>ondonce from Bro. Jiiushor, butitt:!ime 
a little too late for insertiow in this issue. It 
will ap[ieiir next week. When bust heard from, 
he Wiis preaching in Cumberland (.'o., Pa., wils 
well and enjoying himself finely. 

An exchange says: " It is figured that the 
Christians of .America pay at least twenty-five 
million dollars a year lor tobacco, and less than 
seven millions for religion." 

Plow is thisy Do our readei-s pay more for 
tobacco than for religious purposes? 

fnuL^TiAXs are much like tin vessels: if not 
u>L'd and kept from the dampening inHuence of 
the world, they will soon become rusty and use- 
less. They need to be kept constantly employ- 
ed at .something uw>ful in onier to keep bright. 
"It is far better to wear out than to rust out, 
says a woil-imt proverb. 

Wk learn that Eld. Joseph UendricU is con- 
,'t(V< ting a successful series of meeting!* in hin 
)lOH.^ congregation, near Ccrro Cordo, Illinois, 
.and i^ to January 23rd, nine, mostly young 
people. |yd come out on the Lord's hide. That 
■is right ^thren: go to work in your lionu* 
.congregation,^ and the Lord only knows wluit 
tfOod.iiiay be ju^-tmplishod. 

Bhothhr G. W. Oish. in a sh 

' article on first page of (his isnit. , ... ,, , ..i 

to an important subject that is too much over- 
looked, not only by the world, but even among 
our people. Too much caution cannot be had 
when employing teacheni to take charge of the 
common stdiools, and the training of the rising 
generation. As the twig is bent in early life, so 
may we expect to find it wlu -i r. Teachers 
ought to be standing m ■ ■, . and 

the brightest example* iitesy 

and politeness. The yebimi-jnini «;niis to be 
not only the place of Ie.^rning. but of good umn- 
ners — the place where childn-n are fitted for the 
responsible duties of after-life. Most of our 
teachers have plenty of learning, but many of 
them lack a little good common sense — lack the 
judgment necessary to use what learning they 


■ ♦ . . 

In response to a letter writteu Bro. Bala- 
baugh, iu regards to the use of the Lord's 
Prayer, the following is a part of his re- 
ply: "I have, for many years, been tontem- 
pJating a series of articles on that wonderful 
l)ortion of Scripture, but it is so uniqtir, so nml, 
so r-oiiiprchcnsh-e, so Kofeiiin, that I shrink from 
the task. No highest finite miml can fully take 
iu the meaning of those devotional utterances. 
To rcheai-se that prayer aright, is to be a Chris- 
tian, and that meaus a relation to the Eternal 
above the angels. Brief aa it is the saint.'*' st<>. 
reotyi>ed prayer, is the concentration of every 
syllable and letter of both Testament.s. Yea, 
two eternities are included in it. If the Lord 
will give me strength and light, I will essay to 
write on the subject at inteiTnIs during the pres- 
ent year. May the j'enr 1878 be a year of high 
aims, noble efiorts aild fjlorious achievementii 
for us all." 


It. S, W. Brown, a Disciple niini-'terol' Bed- 
ford, Ohio, h;is publicly renounced Frei^ 
niasonvy from his pulpit. He was led to see the 
position in which he ■•^tood bc-fore his people, by 
listening to n course of three lecture?, in which 
the first three degrees of Masonry were expos- 
ed befoiv large crowds of people. It is time 
that every minister, connected with any secret 
ler, was ibllowiug the good example, mid re- 
fuse to be unequally yoked together with unbe- 
lievers, riie Go.speI being perfect and complete 
m all it.s parta, contains sufficient to meet all 
Die spiritual wants of the race, and ther.'fore 
' r ■ ' ■ '■ tinothcr-oi-der isnotonlyuunec- 
.' > ilisret^peet to the adequatenes^ 
III of salvation to care for. and iiuiuitu family. 

"After listening to the lecturer, who argiied 
from a Christian stsinilpoint, and showed the 
false and double po.^ition in which u miui-ster of 
the Goypel placed him^ielf by being a Mason, 
since he wa;^ bound to one pait of his flock by 
diti'erent tiejf than those \vhich boimd liim to the 
R'st, juul coiupelleil to uiu-ry in his heart a bur- 
den which he dared not reveal, Mr. Brovvu re- 
solved to w:Lih his hands of it forever. He 
confesHcd that lie bait &inned in taking the Ma- 
sonic oaths, and permitting himself to be led 
through the sbametiil, num-degrading rites of 
initiation, and prayed to his heavenly Father for 
mercy. He thanked God for sending a man, 
who, in the face of so much opposition, could 
tear the musk from Masonry, and the hoodwink 
fi-om his own eyes, so that he could see it as it is, 
and declared that from henceforth he wjw free 
from its galling chains." ,i. ii. m. 

of his sight. When things lu-o ifeml tbej 
be buried out of sight. Dead people, ho 
good and lovely they may have boon, arc "J ' 
use to the living, and tlieix'I'oi-e, to b.i"'^ 
ricd, and should not hi; dug up and e\f(^ !'" 
public gaze every lew days. " 

What would you think of the man wlm a 
burying a Inend, or even an enemy, should fl 
up the body luid drag it around thn,!,.), .,* 
street.s. and even into private houses to h, . ^ 

noyanceof people genendly? You 


TllK Bible, especially the New Te.'itament 
liart, contains the simplest known niethwl uf 
pleaching luid te.iching, iu existenw. No oth- 
er volume of the same size contains so y^ich, 
and yet it is simple throughout. Th« sentunces 
are gcnerjilly short, the proposition-! well stated, 
the ftrguui«niB and appeals pointed. Ministers, 


J)mr Urolha-:— 

I CUT the following Blip out of the Wofh/\i 
Criifh, of Wednesday, Sep. 3rd, 1874. Will 
yon be so kind ns to let me know through your 
valuable jiaper. if said discussion, Ijctweeii Wm. 
C. Thurman and Miles Grant ever caniG off? 
Walpemau MKYt^l. 
" ASOTuku DiBcrssios.— Wc have also eonsentcil lo ile- 
biito Ihc liildcet of Trine Bftptism with Uro, W, C. Thiir- 
niftn, in CliuHcslown, Mw»., Myaiic Hull, No. 70 Mnin St., 
commencing Tuti-hy evening, Sept, 22nii. h. ay 

Rkmakks.— Th(? discussion came off at the 
appointed time, lasting .s;everal evenings. Thur- 
nnm, at that time wa-s pnblishing a monthly in 
(Jharle.stown, MiiftS., and Wrant was publishing a 
large weekly, ciil led the Worhi's Crhis, in Bos- 
ton. Grant was on Advent. . 

Thurman waa in the affiiinative, aiul made 
some good points, though both parties clainu-d 
the victory. At that discnssiou, fJivrntadmitted 
that trine immersion was practiced as early m 
A. D. i:jri, nnd hence concliided tliat it must 

have been introduced sometime betw. 

■mn that 

him very inii)rndent ; yet the world is fall 
just such e;iBGS, mid people having become us^ 
to it look upon such trnnsai'tions with indifli, 

The "old man," with all his evil decilg is* 
be buried iii baptism, and when he conies fortli 
as a "new creature," is to leave all his old itiI 
deeds behind him. and buried forever. Tlir 
never want to be rcsnrrected again. Sg ua. 
has the right to go down into the watery §1-,^^ 
and bring up the sins of tin? old man aa^ pj. 
rade them before the public. Yet how oflend,) 
v.-e ;(ee it.donc. 

It is a eommou thing to bear even t'oavMlel 
people tell of their evil deeds before leeomijju 
niemboiii of the eliuadi. A man ivill toll wliai 
n bad boy he wil>, how he u.sed to revel iasiuof 
the darkest dye, and that too bel'oa> cliildrtn, 
He thu.'* imprcs'ics the young nund with tlie ides 
that even they may speml a few yeai-s in m nA 
crime, and yet turn out to be- good ami useful. 
Much of the sin planted lu the hearts of cliil- 
dron is due this unholy practice of draggiiii/ the 
(/(■«(/ oi (he post before the public, auci wijus- 
ing them, with nil their tlisagrecableni>s^, totbe 
world at large. It would be a bl&ssiu!; !o the 
cause of the Matter, if people would Itamto 
leave their dead buried. Nor, is it right, nfier 
a man has forsaken sin .ind the woiM. uuitfs 
witli (he chureli, iml endeavors to live faitlilu!, 
for othoi-s todragliis piist deeds out of th'- grave 
and expose them to the public. HewhofkN-- 
80, is guilty of nd)bing the grave of its deinl, 
Sin, once buried, should be hid from siirtit for- 
ever, and no one hits a right to disturb the- - 
cred spot. 

One man hat a ditliculty with another; it !« 
finally settled; both parties agree to ImnjWit 
troubles of the past, and endeavor to live ia ^em 
vvith encli other. Soon wo hear one of fbein saj, 
'I cnn forgive, but not forget.'' Herein where 
the trouble comes in; men are willin.i,' toH' 
trouble, but not hnnj it; they want to dnit; thi^ 
[lead thing around from house to house, uiul tbiis 
annoy the people. Not unfrequently do tliej 
exhibit it at fvery hou^^e at which they call, and 
thereby disgnst the more sensible class of peo- 

Hut then (onie of them are like the Jeffsof 
old ; they white-wash their dead, unburicd things. 
in order to make them take better and Iwk 
more respectable. Then thoro are otlxTS ivbo 
will embalm tlieir dead trouhloa nn-l preserve 
them for years. Of coui-sc they nw^^ ''•'^^^ 
1-liem to everybody who comes along. I U"™ 
known men who took pleasui'e in drawing souif 
ohi. dead carcass out of the grave every ti™'- 
.sonieljody would come to see them, Ooewouw 
iuf«r that it was thcii* delight to hnu'lb- ^f«'l 
carcasMs to the annoyanco of visitor^. M:i) 
God siwed the day when peopfe vilUean'tw''"' 
ry their ^od ftut of their sight, auJ then lea^ 
them l)urit?tl'.> 

Thcreare ilU' ffhnrch difficultie.'^ that M' 
been settled and burirtl, and that too to Hi'' P^ 
of the vhole congi-ef^ation. But not u"*'^'' 
fjueutlydoes somebody dig thenmp ''"il'li".- 
them iHfore the church again, endeavoring *" 
render tin- living house of Gixi the abode of ti"' 
dead. B.mietimes these dead carcasses ore ■" 
'lisiigrtitablo, lus to disgust the whole Ix"')'- ^'^^ 
«t tinKs completely destroys the licnltb ftH' 

vitnlit] of the entire congregation. 




■here Ihcy nrp c-onliniiall, distarbel hy 

j„ !,,v »"-^ "-^ .... ..-..V ..,.«„ J. disturbed h^ 

(I,e ,.iii.len9ant odor of partly dc«»ye<l .-nt^asM-s** 
„■ ,„u w<uU to keep the church of God pure, .lo 
,,our utmost to k.ep < niattnr out of n ,^„^ 
;^. ,|„.t 1.11 difficult;.--, are hum-d down d,.^p 
„,.VL>r to bo resurr.!cti--d ngiiin. 
There iir« also tl.ingv th«t ought to bebnritHl 

„thc r .-vil tliat is of no use to either God or man 
Tb.- V"'^^'^' .^o" '^"" g*^* t'leni into the enu-. 

uci woaorman. 

Tb.- T''^''*''" .^«" '^"" get them into the gnwe 
,b. i>ottei-; l>«rjtIi«»<li-*op,stHrap the dirt down 

\s iitiiouHRof "in'J'ovi'mput.wownuttnlhiiilc 
^,,,1 lulk J.iort- nljoul llie living ami go^j ^f ^^^ 
future, nnd Ic-''-'* aliout thedeudof the past. Let 
,.„n( d.'iMi remain buried out of your aight, Gud 
„i!l (ivia- can- of them. Look to the future for 
iitl- iind liiippiness. , ^ ^ 


ONLY n few years iigo. the civilized world 
Wiis slnrtlod hy what was Itnown as the 
H,.,.,!u'r itiul Tiltoii ycmidiil, until the more pi- 
r,iisl»*ciime disgusted, infidels «Iionted lor joy, 
■1,1,1 thuusiinds lost what little conlidence they 
pvci- hiid in thesvcRt(l'} American preacher. 
Tlu- ffvci-. however, cooli'd ofl'. ii,„l luuttei-a j«,.t- 
t!*(i down pretty (juictly. leaving iieeeher mid 
l,l,s Plymouth pongn-gntion to enjoy themselves 
;is i,.-^t lh.*y riMild, and tilings seemed to have 
Wn working along pretty smoothly, mfh tlu- 
.,s..|-i.Hoii of ail .i.r^ ;,,n,ii rn.p!- ..v.-r the wiir 
ter>n!' i,..M. 

liir— lix-^ Jew (.'iiKiii- js ,uj oL.tlur, ;md posseanes 
,ji ii iiijili degree, the peculiiir f:u:nlty of draw- 
ii.c; and entertaining im audience. Wbeve hi» 
]>mver lays has been a (luestion of much dispute 
,,m-.iiu: his admirora. nnd not a little hw it Wn 
,lmrii>-i-d by tho^e who do not admire liini. 
SiMiii'. I'f vnuTSf, have attempted tn imitate him 
aii'I :.''!' '■. ' ■ '' ' ■ ly i>r^.'icher no more ht- u 
Bl. ' "litor can be u Brick Poni- 

tn. I tliat uKrtt of Uiem would 

uitt h\-.'- "> -VfTi if they could. 

It liii.^ b.?en the imprcsaion of ncit a few. that 
lir^ilu r Itns not l)f'-»n very siuntd in the faith, 
re.illy i" "".v kind of n ftiith, Few menchange 
mn:v tliiui U'-, being constantly blown .-tm.ufc l.y 
•.vin<l of doctrine; ever learning, bvit nev- 
M to come iv a full knowkvlfje of the truth. 
:. . h.ird for either liini. or anylmdy else to tell 
yite.liiy, what the man will believe the nifxt, 
Ur tyn hf I'i-lieves in the Trinity, but dtni't 
know wliy lie l.flii-v>'s that Way, Of conrse he 
[■^ l.Ki iiii' ,:d-;i:u.- ; in the litcratnreof thedrty 
t'j ^'ivi- :iii au-;;v.-r oi the liopi; Untt ii iu him. i. 
*■. iii-'uidcd he has luiy luipe; for, from the fol- 
low iiij,'. it would seem that either his hope, faith, 
or sDinething el«o is rather shalty: 

" Ihe numbers of the liumwi race were actu- 

ully b.-yond computation, and for thonsandif and 

tii'iiMaiids of ye;u"s they had been boni 

intii Ihi; world, had lived, aad struggled. 

ami liuiiily died, and gone— where? If you tell 

mi- thai: they have all gone to heaven, luy ans- 

wiT w ill bu that such a sweeping of mud into 

lio;tv.'ii would defile its purity, and I eaunot ac- 

ce|.t that. If you tell me thnt they have gone 

to Ih-11. then I swear by the Lord Jesus Christ. 

"Iiuiii 1 have sworn to worship forever, that you 

will iiMkf an intidid of me. The doctrine that 

Goil hits been for thousands of yciirs peopling 

till, .-ui'th with human beingrf, during a period, 

thiL\'- fourths of which wrui not illiiminatvd by 

nn iijt ir or ii cliureh. and in places where a viut 

pniiidatioii i»f thosf pt-ople are yet without tlint 

i-tn ti.i,i-!Miiii Hi.' Almighty into a mon- 

I ■'■'■ 111. linn lliiiii Satan himself, and 1 

I'v all ill. It L- .sacred, that I mil never 

'11' Hataii, thougli he should app^ardressed 

^ il robes, and seated on the throne of -le- 

li. Men may .say, *You will not goto heav- 

"^^ A heaven presided over by siu-h a demon 

as thii(. ^vho hiis been peopling this world with 

■'"IIS of human beings, anil then sweeping 

■if into ludl, not like dead llie-i. but with- 

■ ''>iug the trouhk' even to kill lhi>ui. and 

- ' ''nig and laughing over their eternal mittery, 

' ' ^iich a heaven as 1 want to go to. The 

''"'liincis too horrible. I can not bidieve it 
and I won't." 

'''I'le is nothing uncertain about this; the 
! 'iiky out plain; there is no uncertain sound 
' iliat; every retulercanundei-staudit. The 
I ■ "iier HhowHhis colors and spreads them to 
the breeze. Tread cautiously, render; there i* 
dinger of making ( ?) an infidel of the num. If 
yo'i insist too strongly on some parts of the 
Moly Scriptures, he threatens to become an iiifi- 

<1el; and even tht^at^nf to invear about it t.. 
" swear by th- Loni .!«.«, Cbri»L" 

What carei. he for what the G(wpnl teacher 
when ,t says, "s^ear «„t at all?" Ho claim, 
lo be a preacher after Oods own heart, vet 
threatens to " wear by the Lotxl .Tc'.u,. Christ " 

Paul did not talk that way. say, he. "know- 
mg the terror, of the Lonl, we iH-^uade men." 
Hod used to ^virik at the ignorance of people. 

but now commandeth all men eveo^vhere to 
repent. "' for except ye repent," 8,y-» inspiration 

ye shrdl all likewise pcridi." Of course it 
wont do to preach .uch doctrine to Heccher,for 
It may make an infidel ..f him; and by the way 
he IS not far from that j.niut jnst now. It is 
evident that he has b.Tn thijiking ovorthemat- 
ter. tor he lays down th- exact tnms on which 
he I.S wdlmg to become one; that is rotting 
pretty cIo«e-not far from the "iumping off 
place: " I mean jumping off of the liibie. He 
hiia pick.-d hi.* gi-ound on which to alight. 

Bat in^pir,■ll^on speaks of '•indignation mi 
\Yrath. tribabdioH and in)guish. upon every soul 
of miiu that doeth evil " (Horn. 2: !»). " These." 
^'ays'thel.urd. "shall go aw.iy into overln-sting 
pumshmeut: but tb.- rigtilt-ous into life eternal " 
(Matt, -i.^: 46). "Hold." say« one, " vou will 
malce .ui intidel of Jieecher." Not much; there 
w no daiigrr of making au infidel of him: he ix 
too near one already, or rather of his own fW*<^ 
will, is m-tting the tiiming point. Hut 
moi-e .'^.■riptun; on this jtubjeet. 

"Marvidnotatthi^: for the hour i« coming, 
in the which all that ar., in the graves shall 
hear hi* voice, and shall come forth: they that 
have done good, unto the i-esiirrection of life; 
and they that have done evil, unto the resniToc- 
tion nf damnation " (John ,'): -2^, 20). " Who 
shall be punished with everlasting deatructi.m 
irom the presence of the Lord, and the glory of 
his power" (2 The..vs. 1 : •>). - Tlie wicked shall 
be tuni'-d into hell, and all the nations that for- 
get Ciod'" (Psalm i»: IT). 

If this is not proof against Kepcher's theorj-.. 
then we know of nnie. What car-* h.- for the 
ftict that all the wicked and the nations that for- 
get God being turned into helli' He don't b^^ 
lievc it. If he did, he !.ay» it wrmld make him 
an infidel. Bat, by the way, twt believing the 
Scriptniei* is just what makes men infideht. If 
the Plymouth preacher ilo.>s not lu-licve that 
the wicked, and all the nations that tbrgel «od 
shall be turned into hell, then our roiulors know 
just what he is. and if he does believe it. he ha-* 
sworn that ii will make him an infidel anj* how. 
The man is iu a dilemma. .r, n. u. 

1. Paul, Sylvauus and Timotheu- felt boiimi 
to give thanki. 

■J. Beemne the faith of the The«.aioDians 
grew, not only irom*- nor a //«/* but rrrndingly. 

3. And the rea-son their faith grew exceed- 
ingly was. becR.iw the charity, not simply of rj 
f^r, nor of the mijorihj, but of rrrnj one of 
them aboundi-Ki toward each other. 

—Now we exhort, you. brethren, warn them 
that are unmly. comfort the feeble-minded.sup- 
port the wciU{, be patient towanls all men (I 
Thess. 5;U). 

This exhortjition teaches: 

1. That there are some who are »HrM/^, hence 
need to be warned. 

2. That some are ftfb^e-mwdtti and should 
be comforted. 

3. That Kome are irmt and mnat be support- 

■*. ThatitisjitstftudproiKT to bo p.itient 
towai-da all men. u. u. k 


BUT who.!o keepelh hia word, in Ilim is Hie 
love of God perfected; hereby know we 
that we are iu him (1 .John 2: 5). 
The '■ whoso" is » Christian and knows: 

1. That it is right to keep (olwy) the word 
of the Lord. 

2. That if he keejis the wonl of the Lord, 
something is perfected iu him. 

3. That something is the hie of (hid. 

4. That if the love of God be perfectt'd in 
him. he is in Christ, which is joy. peace and life 

— Take heed that ye do not your alms before 
mcu, to be neen of them. • • • p,, n(,t 
sound a trumpet before thee (Matt. tJ; 1. 2). 

This teaches: 

1. Thnt the Christian .should do alms. 

2. Not to do them before men to be seen of 

3. Xot sound a trumpet to be heard. 

4. He sliould keep his good work to him- 
self; otherwise he shall have no reward of hi.*i 
Father in heaven. 

5. That the man who gei-s hi.i reward from 
any other simree than from heaven, is mineraldy 

-By this shall all men know that ye are my 
disciples, if ye have love one for another (John 
13: 35). 
All men shall know: 

1. That the Savior has disciples. 

2. That the disciples do not belong to the 
Lord in part, but altogether. 

3. That all they are his disciples, because 
they Uaye love one for another. 

— We are bound to thank God always for 
you. brethren, as it is meet, because that your 
faith groweth exceedingly, and the charity of 
every one of you all, toward eaehotherabound- 
oth(2Thess. 1:3). 


YOU an- called* "the chosen of tlu> Ud; 
"di.sciple» of .Imis Christ." and thus, 
"bought with n price." You an- at liberty, fac- 
ing made five through the abundant grace of 
our Father. In his vineyard you may labor, 
building with God's material, and strengthen- 
ing with His ati-ength. You profe^* to love 
Him, to serve Him, to follow Him. This is a 
noble profc-iaion, and you are permit(e<l to pos- 
wss just what you profess. Wondvrful liberty 

But are you laboring for the honor of God, 
and the salvation of .wuls? Have you the 
deei) humility, the heartfelt yearnings for oth- 
era thai you would have for yourself ? Do y„ 
feel that your fellow-men out of Christ should 
have 1.11 tUat you hnvo in Christ? If so, 
you willing to help them, lu somebody helped 
you? You -uight to be able to say "yea" to 
all these questions, and if you cannot, you have 
reasons for deeper hnmili.ition than .vi-r. Yoa 
xay you are not able, have not the means, no 
talent, no money, nothing wherewith to labor. 
Not precisely. You have f ,' , ■ I,, ,,.i,' 
or live it matters not. 1'... , . \^i 

he concerned about this. l\ |,-ut 

bei:ause yim have not five, U to U- .i-shimied of 
your Maker's good work* 

Do you any you have no opimrtiinities to 
lead sinners to (:hri.^t > That is not the exact 
truth: for oppocluuities an? abundant every 
day. Were the opporlumtics gold dcdlars, 
none would fifil to Iind them. Are yon waiting 
for a revival:' That i.i not wisdom. A revival 
is nothing mure than earnest, pnutical fell.iw- 
ship with om- imofher and with your God. — 
Have a revival eveiy day, get nearer the great, 
white throne, and induce others to get up to it 

Self-denying labor to save soulu as well as 
your own is true piety without any husks. — 
Talk not of humility and then manifect cold- 
ness towards your fellow-men. Meekness and 
hmnility that have in them the Alpha and 
Omega, never nudte cages for themselve-f. You 
may wrap them iu stupidity but that don't alt- 
er the law of God and its elfects one |;iLrticle.— 
To starve and rust out religion for the men- 
sake of oddity and self-will, is only deluding 
the soul and preparing it for wailing and huaen- 
tation. If you love heartily, you will work to 
save men from the burning, nor will you be 
a^hanled to go where sin abounds and rebuke 
it. Wait not for some one to say. " Go." A 
God and Father long ago said that. It needs 
not the "go," of man to make it effectual; it 
needs man's rfaUiij. There is such a thing as 
blood on the skirts of those who eim but will 
not work to lead thinners to the great Fountain 
to be cleansed. m. m. e. 

.bouldwe. H.giv«,that Hi, goodnar. m.v 
lewl us to rei.ent*nce and to Him. Our givir, ■ 
diould be the expresflon. not tr, fh« w',r!! ■ 
poMible.butioHim.of onr : 
His cauw. and "the Lonl I.. 

" Freely ye linTe recvr. . 

Give .lollan, for Utb „r u«. «,d ^ 

companion and -Islor in th- Ix,H. when the 
mntt*r was considervd in His fear. ' ' I 

with the confident hope and ■ 
prayer that it may contribute to tb. 
of Ibesiunts and the spread of the j.ur-,. ■un- 
compromising Qoiiivl on the #hu(«it of (hi. Zu 

0, brethren and sistere let u« j., 
work over thi-rw. We have pray*, I 
Ijegianiug. but let us still pray. K- 
er avails much. In our own ftv- 
ooimtry our ministering brethwn tr 
tfibliuhedcnngn-gationswithoHt raon. 
food and fftn\ (h<i it uw-,1 U) Ik-) but i 
tions of the country, nion.v - m 
cc-*sary cxpt-nv?'. and no hf 
hftiitule,— n:iy they should I . 
Ucvcni on old Pcutecost to ev. „ -. 
the preaching of the pure, fiill ' 
Irine may nut be hindered. Bu- 
preacliing i« faulty, and the preachers yn^„ 
uiu.atisfactory. there may be the hr-t .,f rea- 
sons lora "hfand-still." Oi; ■ ,)^ 
brethren an- well-known I- 
the entin? doctrine of the- li ,i 
in the exemplification of it, aud hciiw- «« hav-- 
every reajon to believe the tWc will be in ev- 
i-rj- particular identical with the mo^t ..rlerly 
and established congregations in Am- n, ,l .Vnd 
it !<trdie^ me that the church in Dema^.vk has 
an eu\iiibte advantage over b.u k.bding 
congregations iu America which an- I ut .. step 
behind the so-calU-d churches of perv. iU,\ and 
di%-idod ClirLstianity. Brethren an-l .i.-tera, 
don't wait too long. The work is now iveil bo- 
gun, and we have no good re.-w}n to wiffihold 
our sympathy, our prayer, or our fiiMn, id as- 
sistance, as it is nwled. Don't wait t-. make 
lip a large, congregational contribution, but 
let families consult togethvr and wnd ^■m\\^ 
handsome offering in the love of Chrl-; .ual lost 
soiil.^ and then follow it up y..iir i.r-.yent, 
■' let your retjuests be mnde known unto God." 
So shall ili.< bK*-ingd he upon y-i.r. ,,,! :he 
bonlers of Zion widely extended. 

Yours for the furthenuice of the ii<r.i-;]. 
I>. B. Mestzer. 


M.iY He who called you into the fellowship 
td' His Son, Christ Jesus be with you in 
all that ye do for the spread of "the truth as it 
is in Jesus." 

In the nitme of Jesus of Naxareth who is 
now seated at the right handof God. and plemis 
that all men may come to the knowledge of 
the truth and be savwl, I enclose to you our 
own family New Year offering to the Danish 
Mission. We have neither riches nor poverty, 
thimks be to God! But as the Lonl giveth, so 
He enabled us to give. He gives wisely, so 


I VilllV pr.iclical and : • > ,- is 

ii. touehud upon by tln' > , y,^_ 

rr rw follows: Kverj- famih ,i., 

magazines and new.tpapcrs. ■.^- ,,■ f.jod 
and clothing. We have ju>t Iwen r- iiugtlie 
life of the famous" iind iisefid Rev. Win. Amot 
He made his breakfast of oat-raeal and milk, his 
dinner of brea/1 and milk, that he might sara 
money to K' expended in in'orming tmd cultiv*. 
ting his mind. For doing mi, he was jiraise- 
worthy. Oal-meal and milk is by nn nie.'msto 
lie despjrcd U8 nutritious food. For n yearpast, 
on many Hays, such has been our principal meal. 
And we have the recommendation of no less a 
man than Mr. Wm. Cull.-n Bryant in favor of 
bread and milk. Far too much attention is paid 
b,\ the people of these States to wluit they will 
eat. and ilrink. and w«ir. There b a nwdless 
and unwholesome expenditure for these things. 
There is no virtue in turning away from a good 
book, or in stopping a nen-spaper in onler to 
gratify a carpal appetite or to maint.-!ia a fair 
and vain show in the fle.^b.— (rw/f/t-n Censer. 

Eastkrs -iCFAiEs.— The prospects for a speedj- 
ttrmination of the wiir are good. Ru.-^ia hs 
presentwl her terms to Turk.-y. .-uid it is import- 
ed that the latter has accepted them. The fol- 
lowing is a synoi»sis of the terms agrw-d upon. 

Bulgaria to acquin? someterntorr south ofthe 
Balkins. Ba^nia and Hentegovina to be assor- 
ed of protection and refonus. and have a Chri^ 
tian Governor. Security to be given for the 
K-tter government of the other Turki-ih prov- 
inces. The independence ui Roumania. Ser- 
via to be indeiwndent without comix-nsatiana. 
Monteuegn* to accquin' .-Vntiviiri. Nicsies and 
Spuz. and a portion of the shore of L:ike Scu- 
tari. The session of jwirt o: Bessar.i'i-iii. iuid of 
Batoum. K'livaud Knt-inv.m. with adjao-ntter- 
ritorj" to Itu.-*si.i. (ndemnily to Ru'^iit for ei- 
jjenses of war, to be paid in money, t--rritory 
or otherwiite. The nuestion«.f the UiinbuicUw 
to be rest-r\ed for the consideration of the 
Eitropeau powvis. 

TiTT-: inn'm-u<i-:>r ^vr wo3<k. 

gfiti f)omc §irc!e. 


■■ HiitbftnJi, !"• yiu' wiT*«." 
" \tiv,- otioj juur hu>biUi<U-" 

nol your oblUrcn lo i»f»»h." 
' lur pftTcnU in all iblap-" 

Kdited by M. M. Eshelrna/i. 

\^thecoW. iik-rcing fiMst-" irf WinUrr sock 

I i-netratc our \n>divj>. so «iow sin aim tomich 

' -ouIb. Then ifyouwouM kft-i. out siu, throw 

iiid. anJcIotlit-yoiirHoiil well with divine 

.: n. Lot the warm love of God protect yonr 

^,.,^UIln(l th> tW * • ■■■'■ ■■■!' ^- - 

prcs^ion ou you. 

This wet-k aunt KuIk* wnmrs out iiiul Uilk.-' t» 
the children; and she kiKiWB how to write so 
that you tan all undointiind whut she? uieaiin. 
Thi.i will no doubt, plrivt*! you. and we hope ithe 
will write some more. Tlipn- iir-j miiiiy kind 
fothcni and molhei-a who love to do all theycnn 
to make every little boy and girl happy. 

We must ask our little writers to change theie 

writing a little. You know if you all t^^ll wliure 

II goto school and what ycm study, it will 

,, lire you. V>\- tliiiil;, llitiv-fore, you should 

I .some about thiug" in thf Bible. Therey.m 

will find nice matter ab'.ut preat aud frood men, 

what they did. or "wiiat tiod dal by them. Do 

....I lie disconraRfd, but writv about all the good 

I . -s found in the Bible, about meetings, aud 

I works. 

MTEii J. S. Thomiia of Philadelphia, writes: 
i.ji-tle Iva hna written yon quite a letter, being 
very much in fympiithy with the Hllle boy 
■whose Ihther is too poor Ui tal<e the BretUKKN' 
AT Work. She iv ishe,i mv to sulwcribe for him 
for one year, hcKiiuiiiig with ihis wei?k's i»siie. 
• • * I try to fUt:ourztBe 11 working spirit with- 
in iny little ones, and 1 think my efforts arc not 

We are gliid to learn that you are trvini; to 
inBtil into jnur offspring,' the idea of use/uhifss 
in this life. " To do yood. and to comnnnnca»e, 
V -:!"t not." 


OUIl young readers who rejid the BibU-. no 
doubt have k-iinicd much uboui the jouniey 
of the Israelites from Kgypt to Canaan. You 
have learned that throngli miith sufferiug tliey 
finally entered the promised land under the lead- 
pi-ship of .lo^hua. Though they had many 
triali^ ujj to that time, they were slow to learn 
from the Lord. Even wlu-n in tlic land of Ca- 
naan, they did not hehavo a-s God's chihhvn 
should, henci He had to puniah them often. 
They got proud and wanted to do things their 
own way. God in many ways tried to provv 
them, whether they would " k«ep the way of the 
Lord to walk therein." For this rfiLsoit the 
Loi-d would not drive out haatily, the nations 
wlio posscsaed the land of Canaan. He took His 
tinip to that. In order to try His children, lie 
left in the laud of Canaan, the Caniuinites, Hitt- 
ites. Amonites, Porimte.-i, llivite.s.und Jebusites. 
Soon thf Israelites k-gan to min.?le with them 
in their idolatry, and forgot the eomniandmeiits 
uf the Lord. Thin wiw evil in the sight of (Jotl, 
hence He sold them to tliekingof Mesopotamia, 
whieh king they .sorvwl eight years. This wilh 
their first punishment and took place about fif- 
ty ycQis after tlicy had entered ihe land of Ca- 

They soon felt their bondage to he' severe, 
bence cried unto the Lord to deliver them. The 
liord heard their cries, and riiised up Othniel, 
who brought them out safijy and judged them 
forty year*. But no sooner was Othniel, their 
good ruler dead, thiui they did evil ag.iiu: ho the 
Lonl striiUgthened Eglin, king of Moub, who 
smote the children of Urael. aud they had to 
serve this king eighteen years. You see. the 
Lord made their first punishment light, only 
eight years in bondage, hut the second time they 
forgot Him, He made the punishment longei 
eightecii year^ instead of eight. 

I have given you this sketch of Israel's troul)- 
les, that you may learn a useful le-sson for your- 
selves. Uemember that the tiret sin opens the 
way to another, and that it is not safe to tiunper 
with the goodness aud mercy of the Lord. Kev 
er think that since He was easy with you in 
your first error, that He will be just as easy with 
yoa in the second aud tliinl, God is just, aud 
makes no allowance ior i*in, but does for your 
weukness. The safer way, then is, to keep near 
the Lord, and He will never fonsake you. 


1WILL here relati- to you how naughty a boy 
wax oue time. Hi-t name waa Alfred. ^Yhen 
he l^eaiiie a man he toM the fidbtwing story to 
h:-s bov!.. how he ubLi>e.l hi-, inulher when a 
boy. He diii not want to go to hcbooi, so he 
went doivn town and hi» mother c-tme after 
him and called him home; he n,'fiiJ.ed to come 
at firwt. but at last he followed her home. Now 
she cntreatii him once more to go to school, but 
.\lfred'» reply wilt. " No I won't go." She took 
him by the hand and told him he must do one 
of two things; be lockwl np in his room, or go 
to school. What do you think the answer was 
to hi.t mother? - Mother. I will kick you if you 
1„^V n,p „ii." and he raised his foot and lacked 
i , Vl. mother staggered back, as she wa.s 

I Hither. Jui*t then a man passe<l by 
iiiifd him in and told him to take Al- 
ii..! ;iii(i liK-k him up. So Alfred found himself 
II priMoucr, but he soon fell iL-deep, and at twi- 
light he heai-d a footstep at the door. His sist^-r 
had coiHC to ask Liui what she should tell his 
mother for him. 

"Nothing," replied Alfred. 

Hoou his mother came to tho door and said, 
•■ Alfreil, luy son." The voice of a gentle moth- 
er thrilled him, but he said he was not sorry for 
what he had done; so he fell atleep again. He 
was ayain awakeued from sleep by his sister. 

" Alfred, get up," she said, " mother is dying 
with palpitation of the heart." 

Now .\lfred wa.^ willing to ask his mother to 
forgive him. but mother could not speak any 
more, but took his hand and pressed it as a to- 
ken of forgiveness. 

I know there is not one so had that writes for 
the Home Cii-cle, sw this boy was. i have re- 
lated this for a w;;rning to boys mid girls. 

UxcLE Jobs. 



IHAVi; road your nice little letters. I like 
to i-eud them and hear you tell that you love 
your pa and ma, and Jesus. And if yon love 
them.yoM d(»not «aut to do iiiiy thing that would 
diNpleusp them, so you want to be obedient aild 
kind to pa and ma, and be kind to brothers, sis- 
ti-n*. friends and playmates whether richer or 
poorer thim you are. If your paWrtti love Jesus 
aud obey Him as they slmuld, and I hope they 
lo. tlii.^ vilii pleiLHivtheiu. and I know it will 
please Jesus, for He is no respecter of pei-sons; 
He loves the poor little boy.s and yirls iis well as 
the rieh ones, Now if any little boy or giil who 
thinks they are poor, should read this, if they 
love Jesus, I hope they will tr.ust Him, and 1 
hope your parents have taught you that He 
brings no soitow upon us but for nur ovm good. 
If you do not love Him, ( hope you soon will, 
:uid reiid the Bible :us soon as you can read, then 
you will learn how rich those are who love Je- 
sus, and luy up treasures in heaven. 

I thought as Grandpa and Uncle Thoma.s 
wrote a letter, perhaps one from Aunt Katie 
would be welcome. 1 am glad to see tlie little 
folks all trying to do n little. I have selected a 
little piece for tlie Bketkuk.v at Wobk: the ti- 
tle is '■ Do a Little," and I thought I would try 
and do a little by writing you this letter, and 
some more self'ctioiis. A^ I cannot write much, 
i am willing toselectliuid Ihope I euu do a little 
to help the brethren make their good paper in- 
teresting. I will tell yon the title of one of my 
sniectiohs: it is " I Don't Love You now Moth- 
er." If the brethren think it suitable for their 
paper, and print it, I want you all to read it. But 
I hope none of you will do &.<■ little Henry did. 
You will learn what he did if, you read the article 
I spoke of. .\rNT Katie. 

Shannon, III. 


1AM peraonally a perfect atrangcr to you. 
Know only what 1 leiurncd from your good, 
little letter, which occurred in No. 49 of the 
BiumiREX AT Work. You have truly w^ritten 
a very good letter for oiU' of your age, it being 
your fir-st letter. There were ^e^■eral pluiises 
(piu'ts of sentences) whieh greatly attnictod my 
attention, and for this reason I write this. 

That you are hut " ten yeare old," and with 
" pleasvire write" these lines you sent. In this 
yuu have taken the right sU-p. If you improve 
your time in a good and noble cause while you 
are young, you may expect, if you live, to grow 
up a good and virtuous wonuui. It must surely 
be a great comfort to your piirent» to have such 
a good, little girl that takes pleasure in writing 
for our good paper. 

Since Bro. Eshelmmi has taken charge of the 
" Home Circle" department, aud has a special 

culuuiu for the children, I am positive he wul i 
velcomc more of your little letters, if you wnte | 
them as good as the one you sent. You exi>i'ct j 
to sometime belong to the church of the Breth- 
nm, if the Lord spares you. I hoiie, dear Emma, 
that the Lord td!l apart your life until you are 
numbered vr.tii His people; but do not make 
your " sometime " toa lomj. There are numy 1'*-* 
tie girln, even at the age you aa- now. that have 
given their hcirts to Jesus, and followed His 
footstep:' by being baptized *' in the name of \\\a 
Kather. mid of the Son. and of the Holy Ghost" 
(Matt. 2ft: I!)). But there aiv a great numy men 
and women, as well as boys mid girls, who make 
their mnvtiine too far distant, so that God calls 
them from this world ere they have repented of 
their sins, and th'us they stand before a just and 
avenging God unprepared for the great and aw- 
ful change. Hope your sometime will be soon, 
that voa are a lamb of Jesus' fold. Hope tosee 
more ofyour good, little letters iu the Bueth- 
RKS ,VT Work. I msij' then write to you some- 
time again. I always love to write to. and for 
the children, » 


Emily B. Stiflkr. 
HuUi'htysliurfj, Pit. 

cbilduejY at 

Januar y :j-j^ 



Ihiir lii-ith-m:— 

AS I read in the Bueturkn at WoitK, tliat you 
would like to have all little giris ami boys 
write letter*! to you, so 1 will try to write one. 
though 1 am quite young. I will be thirteen 
yem-sofagein this month. (Dec.) I will now 
begin my subject. 

At the same tune came the disciples unto 
Jesus, saying. Who i-t the greatest in the king- 
dom of heaven':' And Jesus culled a little child 
unto him. and set him in the midst of them, mid 
said, Veril>' I say unto you. Except ye be con- 
\ erted and become as little children, ye shall not 
eut^r into the kingdom of heaven" (Matt. 18: 
l-S). Perhaps some think it will be hurd to 
become as a little child. 

Jesus.Ruys. " Come unto me. all ye (hat labor 
and are heavy laden, and I will sive yon i^st. 
Take my yoke upon you, and leani of me, for I 
am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find 
rest unto your souls. I''or my yoke is ea-sy and 
my burden is light" (Jlatt. U:2S-ao). 0, there 
ore thousands that come to get rest for their 
souls, and there are yet millions who can get 
rest, but they don't think alumt re^t for their 
souls as long as they are well: hut sorrowful is 
tlie citse to those who put the easy yoke oti too 
long, and then the burden is heavy. Jesus is 
always calling siimei-s to Him. He is calling, 
calling UmUiij. 

Let us attend to His cries before we become 
old men aud women, as it is the ciu-^e with a poor 
old neighbor of ours, who did not attend to our 
dear Savior's cries while young: now he is about 
sixty years of age, and he lies on hin bed of pain, 
groaning and saying, " Don't put it off too long." 
Don't put it off too long, is a warning, and now 
he is trying to take the easy yoke of our Lord 
Jesus Christ upon him, and I hope the Lord 
will help him even in death. Let us work while 
it is called to-day; tomorrow it may be too late. 
I write this as a warning to the young. 

1'3liz.vueth CinioMX. 

BrmWord, Ohio. 

From Mary J.Hyler,— Iamyou,,(,i^ 
but have come out from the world .im'j „^^ .*"■ 
Iiig to serve the Lonl. And I shall iiI,o trvT 
obey my parents wiieneverl can. Igotowk , 
jmd to meeting. We have no Suiiduy^jj?^ , 
go to Bro. Gliclis, where we reitd the B 
id he teaches ns, Wa.s baptized A„ '' 
3nd, and love my Isavior and my bnjthr^.n 
sistei-s. I want to be a good girl so they Jl 
love mc. 0, I hope some of my dejir ' , i , 
mates who are yet away from Jtsus v,,; 
their hearts to Him! I was once in ll„ , 
ditiun, but God g.;ve megrucctochangi. ^ | 
my sehooi-miiley. my teacher, and you too n" 
dear editors. Pray for me, that ! ^..^ ,' 

Flag Spring, Mo, 

l''i-mu Iva M. Thomas.— /;?».)■ /,r/,v,._. 

am nine yeara old. I go to school, nm jm, 
lourth division, secondiu-y. I study k^i^ 
writing, spelling, geography, and arithnityc 
We will have esaminatinn soon, and I (l,ij,tj 
will be proiufitcd. Our Sunday-school i* on 
Mai-shall street, below Givard Avenue. Panj j, 
Superintendent. We have one sc««iou com. 
mencing at !( o'clock A. M. Sabbath aftornonn, 
we go to a Mission Sunday-school, next door 
but one to our own home. Every SiitHri^yj, 
8:3(1 1'. M. we go to Missionary School. %• 


Dt)\ T think that yards aud yards of ribbons^ 
rullles .and lace will add one particle to 
your real value. Don't make a walking milli- 
ner-shop, or jewelrj- store of yourselves, cover- 
ing all that is of true merit within you, with 
that which will attract only the shallow brained. 
Don't think sensible people are to be deceived 
by vain show; they look for beauty of heart and 
iniud. Don't give the subject of matrimony a 
thought white in your teens, except to qu.ilily 
youwelves for the responsible position in which 
it places you. You need nil that time of your 
life to lit yourselves for it. Don't give your 
time and talents to the world, or to seeking the 
things of time and sense that perish with their 
using. God has created yuu for a nobler pur- 
pose, and made you accountable for what He 
has given you. Don't sell your birthright for u 
mess of pottage. 

Selected by JkntsHe Myers, 
GwUni, Iml. 

have some very pleilsant meetings. Onrj 
is trying to Hupport and educate a little heufin-n 
girl. Sister Lilla is one of tlie Managersand I 
am Tivjwurer. The officers take tunw in \^. 
ing the meetings. 

5Iis.s Cora B. Emmert: In nnsw. t-, .,,,„ 
question I will iiay. the little boy's n i: ,„ 
Samuel, and we reai! about him in fitM >,iiiiii„i 
third chapter. To A. J. Robinson's qm^tjon. I 
would say. Ihiriil ^vould Vie the eori'pct amwor 
And ill turn will a^k. What name in the flibl, 
is precisely the same backivanl and fonvunl;' 
Enclosed please tind ? 1.50 for which s^n^ tin 
Bhkthkkn at Work to A. J. K., Miser's Stnfon, 
Tenn.. and greatly oblige your little frieui 

■4-402 :Y. :i2wl St,Ph>h,(lelj.hiu. 

From llortoiue XxAV.—Dmr Kiliio,-^ \ 
will try and write a few lines for yoarvalnaliV 
paper. It is the fii-st letter I have written k 
the Bukehickn at Work. I luu iicqtuiinW 
with one of the editors. My pai'onts hAuiij^i,, 
the Brethren church. We live about acveurailt- 
from the church, and the roads have bfca so b,i;| 
this Fall that we have not been to meeting tut 
some time. I like to go to meeting ver.v muil). 
I went to Suridiiy-sehool hist Sumnu-r. I go t^i 
day-school also; am learning very fust. I m 
twelve year^f old. I will close fortius tiaie. Il 
this letter escape the waste basket, I will writr 

Urliiina, Hi 

From Nancy E. Hornish.— I anitenyrir 
old. 1 go to school ;md my studies nie mrtiii^'. 
writing, .spelling, aud arithmetic. On tluMtli 
of December in the evening I went to W 
About eleven o'clock I woke up; there layni;. 
sweet sister Ida on a board, dressed iu tihu. 
and my father, mother, brothere and si8^«r^ 
standing amund her and crying. Slu'Wai^w 
.\ged 1 year. 8 months and 28 days, hi-t nii\\' 
try to meet her. 

"Dearest Ida, thou hast left "■>. 

Here thy loss we deeply fcl 

But 'tis God that hath bereft n-, 

Ho can all our sorrows heJil." 

From Henry K. Dale.— A'»- K'Htor:-' 
have been reading iu your paper, ami tMiif: 
is very good to read. I am young in y 
have come out from among the worKI MiJ"'" 
trying lo serve the Lord. I want you all'" 
pray lor me that I may hold out faithtui tott- 
end. lam glad to read so many f;oinliiif> 
from the little folks. I am not takiug tlif F 
per, butniy brother does, lean hiinilv "■i'' 
till it comes so i can read your letter*. I*'' 
paper that all should read; it will teach j^i 
more than newspapers or novels. Wi; 
meeting here every week. Our preachers mr 
are Daniel Mast and J. W. (Jcphart. I I'l^^'" 
go to meeting and hear them prencli- ^ 
young readers, go to meeting wheu you cau'"'', 
hear the Gospel preached. Let us all tO'^' 
be faithful the few uiore days wc 1'"^'^" 
here in this world, and when the tunc wilic^ ^^ 
that we must leave, we may meet each o' '' 
heaven, where partmg is known iioai""' 

Cantell, IU. 


It is our philosophical •curiosity or imperti- 
nence that runs forward and undertakes to say 
that God's providence works in this way or 
that way, or the other way. It is the attempt 
ing to arrive at an explanation of the providenc- 
es of God that brings us to grief in our reason- 


If you would be kind, good, useful '""1 I^J,,, 
control Tour temper. Never «"""' >''!"'^„u.t 
be disturbed by mere trifles, hut ^""' """jj^j ;. 
in your Master, leap over them all. ^^^^ 
strength to those who trust Hiui: '^^J'^^^j^ji 
uear Him at all times, and joy and f^' 
' ke youra.. 



Tin-: HKi; 

i i 1 ; ;■; 

\'V WORK. 



. (^coKDlNO to previoiui Brrnngeim-nts. unA 
\ |„|,i()iiiicenieut. Bro. G. V. KoUar.ofNew 
pl,il;i,li-i|«!ii!i. Ohio, arrived iit Waruock, Ohio, 
,, tiK- ev.-iiing of Jftn. 9th, imd comniena'd a 
,^i,., of iin-etings on the evening of tho liith; 
j„tiii"'"fc' f*"*^'" '''*J' ^"^ '^"y' closing ou thi' even- 
ly, „t tlie I-'»lj. having five occessious during 
thy ti'""^' occ"P'«*l- 1'*>*= Wurd was pveiiched 
with i»i»vt'r. While siiiiits were uiatle to rt-joiw; 
, til.- i)ri<!o"s prftmiwB of the Gospel, sinners 
,,.,r ]n-My' to tremble under its fearful umidem- 
iiiitiuii-'. There were many tilmost persinuUd to 
\,f. (■||1■i^tianR: may God help them to speedily 
n tniiri their pernicimis ways, anil come to 
,|i.,ui, Ihi't they may be tiaved upon the easy 
",,,.,„i of tliL- Gospel, without money and with- 
,i,t j.rice; that they may choose that good part 
tliat will be for their present peace and eternal 
Oiif. of those that united with the church. 

,^i iliout twenty miles, through the stoi-ni. 

luiviiiii; ii*"'f'' teard tlie Brethven preach until 
ntonr M-ries of meetings in November last; there 
Ik' heui'l the Truth as he never heard it l)efore. 
iuiil "<•"■ '■■* *" *^'^ t'hurch with us. 

\\r have a large field here for laborers, and 
tlii'iv I.-* now a base, or center formed, around 
wliiili iii;iy be gathered many precious souls. 
'Pl,,- ti''M i^ now open; come brethren, labor 
,ntli Li-^m Iniildiugnpthe blessed Master's cause. 
'I'll,' lin't.hren and sisters here are all in earnest, ' 
fniiii tiiilt^st to youngest, and ranging from fifteen 
t„ sf V -iity-nine years of age; our oldest brother 
hi'iriu' -ivi'iity-nine. and never learned so much 
11, th- Kiiglish alphabet, will get up in 
mettint; and beai- testimony for the blessed Miiii- 
t^r aii'l tlie religion for which he endured por- 
jicuti'Hi. died and was buried, and rose again to 
(.4;(i4isli: and all the membere are full of faith 
iiriil /.I'iil. Miiy tlif L'Ji'd increase their faith, and 
(uiitiiiii tlieir hope, and perfect them in love. 

W.' will now make our desire known to the 
Bivtiirfn. and I Speak the sentiments of every 
oil" il'.mr brethren and sisters at this place, and I'arnostly requested to do so by Bro. Kollar, 
t.i s;iy to the church, and the committee of ar- 
raii^iiiiLiits for Home Mission labor, of the N. 
E. Utstrict of Ohio, that, through the labors of 
Oh- iTi'tlirt-u that have been .*eut to this jxiint, 
;iiipi Ha- blessing of God upon their labors in 
tlir -talvation of tv/enty-one preciius ^ouls at 
t!ii- ]'l;ice of mission labor, that the nunil)er re- 
4uiiv>, and the time has arrived, that there be 
;ia in-g animation effected tit the next appointment 
which is announced to be Feb. 8th. We think 
it i,s necessary to organize at this place, in order 
tea belter discipline and course of instruction 
uiiiKii;; lis, as many of our members are young, 
aiiil iiet'd iiistnu^tion, that they rany grow in 
gr;ii.c. ;ind in the light and knowleilge of the 
Tnitli as it is in Christ Jesus. 

H'-iriiofk, Ohio. 


mon_- fre«xuent. until n^w we fe.-l very much vu- 
oouraged with our number of about ninety, of 
which three a^. ministers, and fonr dencons. 
We have no onlainwl elder. We are nither 
scattered, and poor; notwithstanding, all »ecm 
iutereste.1 in the cauw they have espoused, and 
press forwaid in the good work they havelwRiin. 
The greater part of tlie members I believe, take 
the church papers. The body of our congn-ga- 
tiou lives about twenty miles from the nearest 
railroail point. On this account, wo arc not so 
otleu favored with visits from traveling brethren, 
aa those who live along the main lines of mil- 
road travel. 

Our ministerti have been obly helped tluw Fall, 
by brethren J. W. Beer, J. B. Wampler mid .1. 
A. Sell, i-eviving us. and directing us in the good 
work we have begun. If our home ministers 
are not always able to give us scholarly discours- 
es, they are always able to tell the story of the 
Cross, and teach us great and good Icssona by 
their exemplary lives, convei-sation. their inter- 
course with their neighbors, and otheis with 
whom they conio in contact. I sonietinie-i feel 
that we do not discharge our d\ity toward our 
miuiaters, giving them the necessary encourage- 
ment they so richly de>erve, in doing so well as 
(hey do: so many ..f them having such a limited 
education, and fighting the enemy at such gn^at 
odds, lirethreri. it wjis our voice that put them 
where they are, now let us. with one accord, take 
them by tlie arm and help them over the rugged 
steps fliey have to climb. May that Power that 
ruleth over all. help U9 to see and reidiae their 

I am.a reader of all the papers published by 
the Brethren, niiETHREN at Woiik. Primifire 
Christi'iii, Vhutiiiitin-, Younij Dixi-ipk, and The 
ChUdtrn's Papvr, edited by Bro. Kurtz. We 
welcome them all to our home. Time always 
seems so long awaiting the weekly viait.s of the 
BuirrHHjiN AT Work imd Primitirr Chrhtian, 
for I know, with them will come afeaatof good 
things for the soul, and a season of ri^joicing 
coming out of the news of the prosperity of Zi- 
on. Oh, how I do love to hcai- of the many 
souls that are brought to Jesus through the en- 
terprise of the church papers, and the energetic 
ministers, who are placed on the walls of Zion, 
proclaiming glad tidings of good new.s to per- 
ishing creatures, famishing for the Bread of 

God bless you dear brethren, and humbly con- 
tinue in the great work you have l>egun. is my 
prayer. The cliildnn's papers are dujngagixid 
work too — a noble work I dare say. They 
should be taken in every family, and placed in 
the hands of eveiy child of the cliurch, and as 
many children out of the church a.i possible. If 
members uf the church me not able tfi t;il;e the 
papers, I believe it is the impri-ntiiY iluty of 
those brethren who are more favored \rith this 
world's goods, to supply such. Brethren, apply 
the golden rule; place the poor in your stead, 
and you in theii-s, then think what you would 
liave them do. 

With my best wiahe-* and prayew for the suc- 
cess of the enterprise in which you aiv engaged, 
I reuinin, 

Fraternally Yours, 

K. Bkaij.ikr. 

elsewherp. People listen with gn-at int«r*-st.a« 
the doctrine to them i« new, though eighteen 
hundred years of age. 

Went from there to the southeni part of 
Neoaho Co., where we held nonie meetings. 
There wiw not a verj- good inten.*t. some seem 
to he iwleep. I um now in Labett* Co.. 
writing from the house of Bro. WeiU. Have 
had three meetings. Brother D. Harader is 
with me here. The prospect-* rm> not very en- 
couraging, bad roads and bad weather work 
agninst ns, here aa well as elsewhere. 

We expi'ct to commence » Heries of meeting* 
in Bourbon Co.. on the 8th in*t. Hope our la- 
bors will be blesMd with succew. There is call 
after call for prvaching here in aouthem Kan- 
sas, aiuch good could Iw done, if the brethren 
would show more of a missionaryapirit. Other 
denominiitions have not the money to hire sal- 
aried preachers; now is the time to work, 

D. HonODEN. 
J<in. 1-J, 1H7S. 


Ii^.tr Brelhnn:- 

, the- 

'^pilIUTV years ago or more. 
i Hrcthren, who moved from other congiv- 
L;;itl 'tis into the pines, about where our cluirdi 
now >taiids, which formed the HHr/ci(ji around" 
whicli others gathered afterwards, from time to 
time by immigrutiou and annexation, until, at 
leriijfcli, it w!w thought prudent to orgmiize this 
little band into a regular church organ ixation. 
Tli.'se (dd pioneer brethren worked hard and 
/Aiilniisiy in the good Master's cause, 
i;r'';d ndds. by precept and example, until at hist 
Hh y brought about what they so devotedly de- 
i^iiiii Some of them are yet with us, as living 
aim!:- of tempenuicc. in>lustry, and economy. 

The number of the faithful, little band, still 
eriubiully. but slowly intrei>s-d, until they felt 
'■'■ :.:-."m-;i hoiwe to w. ' ',■ ' ' ■ '■""'"t 
ill ami H begi" '"" 

.,■ u nl-M,,. ■ th 


■; . -ed. 

<■"" ^iDaiidoned the erection ui the house until 

au'-tlur iind succos^iful effort was made about 

'^ ' ' w we have a good, suhstsmtial. com- 

.iise. dedicat.Hl to the service of Christ, 

'!.:e of building ui> and enl;irging ilis 

Wo m-e living in harmony with each- 

! ' dieve all are striving together in the 

..uise of redeeming those on thedown- 

^"> 'i iMd („ destruction ami death, and elevate 

'""■ 'lv<s to a higher degree of usefulness in^his 

'''^■. :tud immortal glory in the unseen world. 

^'ucc the erection of our house of worship, the 
="!^iiti..ji of mcmhei^ in the church hius been 


1LEF1' my home in Huntingdon Co,, Ind. 
the U'tii of December for Kansas. As the 
calls for preaching seem to be very numerous, I 
concluded to throw in my mite. I (ir*t went 
to Neosho county. Landed there the llith and 
was soon under the parental roof, having been 
absent nearly three years. "Be it ever 30 humble, 
there is no phice like home." We comnioneed 
meeting soon after. Hiul good attendance most 
of the time ; presiched eight diacoursea in all. 

The ehnrch seemed revived and .sinnerii im- 
pressed with the duty they owe to the heaven- 
ly p;uvnt. From llteie. in company with fath- 
er, we went to the Brethren in Montgomery 
Co., found them alive in the work. The \M 

weather at this p' ■■■ ■ "■ ■- ■ !< . ..M.' .>^' :J 

hindrance, and 
what blit,'ht^-! '' 

ments th.u '' ' i-ii^iH' r- 

^Uoint'i. ...aid we have 

staidluuLj . ,d have bIe-«- 

ed our lnb..i» Ixianu.uUy. it;^i.s tlovred freely 
from all iiud we felt that the Lord was with us. 
Felt very loath f..'-'^' l"' <""■ engagements 
had l>cen made al. ' 'b-'ut^ thirty 

members her*-, i I'ilk Co.. has 

ivcently moved in iii. u- 1,.] i;. 1 U>pe his labors 
will be of K!^»t' benefit. Bretlin-n. tniveling, 
will plfikse remember them; ihey live south of 

A great nvany brethren conio to Kansas to 
pi-eacli. but it neems the most of them stay in 
the northern part of the State. Go .and come 
to the southern part of the State as well as 

From Sliiloh Church, Va.— On the 27th of 
Dee., we started to Shiloh church. Barbour Co., 
W. Va., to attend a series of meetings which 
had comnmnted on the 25th; arrived at place of 
meeting in the evening, found brethren M. 
Fike and James Liller of German Settlement 
there. The meeting contiiuied, and on the 
29th, brethren Z. mid G. W. Annou from Thorn- 
ton Station came. They remained until the 
31sl. Brethren Fike and Liller had left the 
day previous. During thw time one precious 
soul wiLs added to the church, and one i-eclnim- 
ed.bL'ingaminister in the first degree. Therc&t 
of the brethren having left, we remained and 
labored with them until the sixth of January. 
Eleven move were added by biiptism, and there 
are eleven more applicimtji. 

The meeting, upon the whole, was one of the 
most interesting I ever attended. Many of 
those who came out were young; may the Lord 
help them to put on the whole armor of God. 
id nmy tjiey fight the battles of the Lonl val- 
iantly and endure hardne.** as good soldiers of 
Jesus Christ. The brethren and sisters have 
my thanks for their kindness to me while with 

W. A. Gadnt. 

From Kiiglish Prairie, Ind. — Brethren 
Jeremiah Giiiiip and Sjunuel Fields came here 
and held a series of meetings at our church. 
and also at the M. K. church. fournule.s North- 
west of our church. They coniraeneed meet- 
ing on the evening of th» fi)urth inst.. and con- 
tinued until the evening of the tenth. The re- 
sult of tlieir labors was. one soul made willing 
to unite with the people of God. and we believe 
many more were almost persuaded to come to 
Christ, May the Loi-d help them, so they do 
not pnt it off. till it is too late. Tlie chureh. 
we trust. ha.« been built up in that most holy 
faith. May their labors be as bn-'ad ciwt upon 
the water, that it may be .Ncen many days hence. 
May tJio Lord bless them Ibrtheir earnest labon* 
while with us. 


Hrhjhitm, Ind., Jan. i."*. ^Ji. 

From Pine ('reek Congregation.— We are 

still trying to labor in the cause of our Mast*>r. 
and while we see fi-oni time sinners turning lo 
God, we are made to thank God and take cour- 

We commenced a series of meetingii on Sun- 
day, the Hth inst,. at the Center meeting-house. 
Brother Thurston Miller from Portage, and 
Bro. .lobn Knisley from the Mnion distsict were 
with u.s and labored faithful, sparing no pains 
in dealing out the brejid of life to hungry souls. 
Continued until Thnrt/inv "Vi-nine. then ehang-. 

ed to another n ' ' ■■miles 

North. Being u. ■ 'lou-ie, 

the congr u ifi'>" ■ tin' 

best of 


lirintr ther«, were much t-ikt-n up with tK. 
prtjBching and thought thrittliere vaA a fo-jn- 
dntion kid for good r.^>alt,s in the future. 

Then we came home «m th.- IJth ,ind on th. 
lOth Bro Troxel coinni«nced preacbiog in «or 
cimrch in Greene. Continiiod every evening 
until Sunday night. Congregation not so large 
but the interest very good, and we think good 
mpr.wions were made on the part of our mem- 
bers in their holy calling, w well as those thak 
•tiind outside, waiting for the moving of the 


Orfnif, la., Jan. 22, mS. 
From Dunkirk, 0.— I will now give you a 
few ilenw of church news, which may he of 
some interest to your many reivtcrs. 

The IjOixI has blessed an in the past, and bj 
thia we feel greatly encouraged. On the Sth 
LnsL, Bro. John of Pa., came lo m and 
remained with us until the fourteenth jmit, 
during which time he held forth the Gospel in 
Us great beauty and strength, not shunning to 
declare tlie whole eounsel of God. Though do 
immediate manifcstatioiiH were expTe«sed to em- 
bark with ns in the good cause yet the inler^ 
incnsuied a* the meeting progressed and w* 
think lusting imprewdons were made. 

Just as the rock wujt ready to break, the meet- 
ings broke up, a circumstance which too olten 
occuni. and our beloved Elder went on his mift- 
sion to another field. But the good ¥<«1 was 
sown and to our joy, on the J6inst.. while we 
in the sanctuary, attending toourFather'a 
business, a worthy young man. Mr. J. Whe«Ier 
came forward and desired to enter the church, 
and now we congratulate ourwelvea that anoth- 
er brother in Christ is bom into the kingdom 
of God. We hope that many more will raoa 
come and labor in the good cau.*e of our bless-, 
cd Mimter. 


Dunkirk, 0., Jan. 30. lfi7H. 

From the Woodbury District.— At a late 

i:ouiK-iI meeting held in the Woodbury Dis- 
trict. BL-dlord Co., Pa., the Brethren agreed to 
build another new meeting-house, 35 by 40 
feet, located on the north end of said district. 
Love and union seem to prevail among us here. 
Souls are coming to Cbrl-it. but many are yet 
out of Christ. May God help us to let oar 
light so shine, that many may be conetntined 
to follow our example. 


M.n-iu, P„. 

From Maple tirore^ Ohio. — Our church ia 

in a healthy condition at present. We com- 
menced a series of meetings on the evening of 
the .'Sth of Jan., and continued meeting twice a 
day, until the evening of the 14th. Brethren 
Uenry Jacolw and Wm. Keifcr of Congress, 0., 
came at the commencement luid remained till 
the close; having the a-vsistancc of D.X. Work- 
man on the evening of the 12th, andduring the 
I^tli, accompanied by the general attendance of 
our own laborers, luid the presence of many of 
our brethren imd sisters, who were ver)' active 
in siugiug song^ of prAiaw, and oSeriug prayers 
to the great "I Am." while the zeal manifested 
by the speakers, held the audience in a chain of 
attention, evidently apprecL-iting a good and 
Duccessftil meeting. The occasion waa one of 
-solemnity and rejoicing: solemn, because vcaaj 
nuula were not in a nafe C( nditlon: rejoicing, be- 
cause the brethren ;md sisters were much built 
up; rind when Gnd "ent a visitation of His pow- 
"^ r juy. to see 

-. :>Li(.h are- 
1,. rr \i\ .uir nieet- 

ing-huUi^-. V» luii v-e w. jj; .u the water, a large 
number of people nltvndetl. to witness the bap- 
tism ; although it mined all the time, nearly all 
remained till the cloe«. AH the c;iiiilid.ites, ex- 
cept one, were young [-■eople. siid -<m !«! quite 
young, one only ten years of age. Many teare 
were shed ou the uccanon: all of the i.audidatea 
w.Ti' r. rv Mn'rin-i*. air'. c^vM scarcely w:dt till 
' T vcty 
ral of 

'•iJ members, have four guuii meeiiini- 1 
J. N. Bakshart. I 

Wuikrrion, Ind. 

Prom Iowa.— Bro. Eli Troxel from Vinton 

low* arrived nt Greene on the thinl in' 
on the fourth, i, in comiNiny with hv < 
to Franklin Co., on the outskirts uf our . 
district, where there are ii few members iun.^. 
Commenced a series of meetings the same uiglit. 
and continued until the foatteenth. Tb-n -■!. 
the success vma not what it miglit have 
other localities, yet th<nj was a gvod 
taken by the people in that place. Then- «.i- 
one a|>pliciuit for ailmission into the chui-eh. 
while tlierc were others that are countiug the 
cost. What the result will he in the future, re- 
mains yet to be seen. But the dear members 

tiyn for some i 


;au«e t 

eiuauato from ytmr heart.'i to 
mar l>e yours iu this lite, and j 
the kiugdom of God. ^ 

SuHliii, Ohio. 


Januai-y -.^^ 


From J. E. Kea?J'.— Our »priw of meoting* 
have rli***! willi one ndrfition. Brother Jeremiah 
Giim;p ari'I Saniinl Fields. lal>oiv(l f[>r iw liurinp 
our inwling" ; long will they bf renicmljorccl for 
their wiw ndmonitions. May OoJ still xpnrp thtini, 
to po on with that noble work, turning ainncm to 
God. Wf r)wc a (Iclit of gratilii'lc to our mici*- 
tera who arc ftriving ao manftilly, an'i giving ua 
cttiiiiHcl, lliat we may likewiiic- diacliarfe'c the work 
that iM allotted t')Ji9. 

Al thi' prcKCiit writing, ecarlft fovw u raging 
at an alarming exttnt in this locality. Home ft 
dcnihs Imvi- .>ccHro<l. Oh! how neo««ary it is for 
01 to prriHirt- for fiflaih, that we mny die with the 
nrc^t awurtntv of ctwrnn! life. — Brighton, lutl. 
• From JehHV Calvert.— AVc commenced a 
aertis of mwlinj.'-'i here Jan, 3r(l, closoi my Jahirs 
here lo-ni({Iit with twenty additioiiH Ijy Ijaptijim. 
and a lurgc uumher wetc almost pomuiulivj to 
eomr. I w/w compelled to lenvo to meet my ap- 
poinlmcni nt A-ohliind, left brother A. J. Clement 
10 eh-ir^"' <pf the meeting. I Iiopcand pray many 
morL- «i)I yet C4iitie. Tho church w»> mu< h rc- 
viV'd (ind hiiilt up. and all t>aid, blond and ho- 
ly hf the niinio of the Lord for t-vcr and cvor. 
Tim chiiffh hiu two tlder» bolli in the deeliui' of 
life, hut vi:fy gocd a»d faithful hibnrcni, and fine 
miiiiater in tin; m rond dei.'rci!. KMirt, Joliu Swi- 
hftrt aiid Courad Kfthler; mininter. Koah Long- 
ao colter. . 
Fniin Henry Tro)Le\.—I)cnr RnUtren .-—In 

tiie Jir-t [ihic I -.end gr*ttihj,'. May the Lord 
blwi- you i>ll iu your work, an<l pubiitaiiou of the 
lilci.TiiKD.S' AT \VoiiK. It has made itswelaiUK- 
Vuit> t<) II- here in Tvxa^ ; niid we do ii«L know 
,hDw >v<' i:iri piir^ the lime tvidioul iti« viaiL^to us 
ID our i;j..l.kli-d condition iiwi>y from thu brother- 
hood. Wl' f>r» ijuitc h>iiely hi^rc in llii» new cotiu- 
try ; w« hiivo nioved about Lwi>nty mile* West 
fro:ii ' ' '■ : We like this 

phi I luud, aud 

art' II ■\^^■ hopL- 

Mint' nf i.iir linu l.ii'ifi- i. V,,, . v,i-li to^Lt i-hea/i 
Slid ;,'oiid luiid, \v)J! fine hcii.'. I think ihis is a 
bciiUl.y (ouiil.y iini! iheiliniate i.-i niilJ and plt^iis- 
ant. 'liu' M.I .1. and the face of tlic couu- 

try 1 .1 i_\ : :il ■ no; prairie and timber. We 
ore uhuUL liim u.ilu-- South of Ittitltilo Springs, 
Ea4 ul the Wiro Ki>ad.— /Ac ;!0. 1S77. 

Fi'uni I'i. i". l*ntiier.— T:.c iwirlv of wlicitiag 
for till .\>liliiii<I vohoul, goe^ ^tudih* oii, niid the 
proupi'i'N ;iri' (hut Spring will ste noinc inipoitnnt 
Work duuw. I will try and ;;et linii>to Write out 
a niurcltitl ncruuut of the work done &ooii, und 
send to you inr puhlicfllion. I thinU your puper 
is improving laxt. May it coniiuuc lo improve. 

Ffoill J. t\ (lisli.— I rca-ivtd ii lullor fmm 
brother Jainn' K. Gish, iiifoniiiDg me tlirtl you 
wns publishing a paper. How priati*d in III. I 
wirili to take it, and heiuwiih hc-nd you the muucy. 
I \\\A\ rome one would tend us a Jircaeher to 
preach liun; in Hcndersou (.'o., Ky. — Hcnilmou, 
Jo». I'i, 1S78. 

[Oeciu-iouidly we learn that tlure are *oniewho 
Jiave not yet heard nf our puper. Hope lome of 
our ririiders will eend us the uuniu of some ouc iu 
every family of members wheie our piiper is not 
read, and wo will take pleaatirc In iicndin<; sauipli 

From J. irviii.— The Brothrcu of Uccch 
GruVL'. havu hiid a series of jueetingis. Brothcr 
Bidvnhour of Va., and brother C. Ijoiig of la., 
pitrached the won! with puwcr. Twelve souli 
believed iind won- baptiwd, mid one made appli- 
cation. The brclhteii and .MBters wtro made to 
rejoice iu the God and Hoek of our aalvfttion, 
Pray lor us- — GoMcn Cornem, Ohio, Jan. 15. 

From J, S. Mohlei*.— /Jeor breihrtn .-—I no- 
lice an error in my ariielo on the covering, infii-st 
column fitici'nth line from hott'.im up, where tlie 
term "iromad'n hmd " occurs ; it ought lo be 
" men'a head." 

Umr through Worth Co., the latter part of Febru- 
ary, provided the weather ia tavorable, and hcolth 
will ndmiL Will Bro. Koniey or eomo one give 
mu the address of iK»mc of the brethren, residing 
in Worth, especially the Xorth-cast corner? 

Again your weleomc paper has made il^ &]>- 
peurunoe. FreiiuaitJy wo hear the remark : " O, 
bow wo miia it," which caut^ee quite a sod coun- 
tenance. When it was laid on the titble, there 
wod quite a change, such as mnkes all feel good, 
plcTsant and fcftppy. We wish you God's bleas- 


"() he hopeful, be joyful, 

Bo faithful till tlien. 
And a crown v{ bright glory we'll vvear." 
ffarrU'iiivillc, Mo. 

From S. Briiinlmiit;h.— Thenrkof the Lord 
ia (fiill moving ou slowly with us, we have had uo 
seiies of mwtings lor some time. Wc have regu- 
lar meetings nearly every Sabbath. Our minis- 
la-ial fort* coosi«ts of Bm. Jacob Miller, elder ; 
brethren Kmanucl Miller and Jonathan Wourick 
in the secoud degree. The number ot accessions 
by buptUm since March, about eighteen. Hope 
thegood L"i*d mny bit^sall. 

From R. K. Berfceybile.— Our meetings iu 
the Swan Creel: District, and nojir Delta and 
Swuuton have closed, with an lutditioii of eleven 
precious souls made willing to tullow the Savior to 
the lt(|aid gnivc to ri£e iu newness of life. Thoy 
wcrt- mostly all young; five we tiiink, were be- 
tween the ngi^ of twelve and fitVen ; nil girls, one 
my own daughter. Many more were almost per^ 
Buadcd ; they neui a? far as the door, did look in, 
but stopped there ; hojNi they may soon enter in. 

Brotlo-r J. Nicholson was with us dnrins the 
meclingH and labored with great xcal uml power. 
May ho long be remembered hei-e, and hi heavcu 
be rcwurdKil. — Tokdo, 0., Jan. G, 1878. 

From Kl)Ii*r W. B. Sell.— Siuco we arc hav- 
ing Very fine weather, and roads are good, the va- 
rious deiioiuiualionh are putting forth all their cii- 
ergitn to make pryaclytcs. Tiic M. K, church has 
been at it over three week^, and intend to continue 
for several wci'ks yet. I t-ntemplute taking n! 


VANDYKK. — ia Liberty, Keokuk Co., Iowa, 
Jan. l»tli. H47.S. Utvina B. Van.Iyke, wife of 
friend Uemi-Iriuit Vaudyke, and only dnii-,'hler 
of Bro. Feter, and sister Anna Wolf lJiscA.«e, 
coiMumption; age 27 years,' 10 moutli<:i and 17 

tihe had not united with tlie church only by 
making ihogood e*>ufcis'<ion, that assoon usnhe tva« 
able in btHly, she would do so ; bat ere tli is oppor- 
tunity was ,:;ranted, lier spirit took its llight, and \» 
now r'iitirg in the hiinds of Him who will deal 
justly with all. Oh, ihat we would all obey the 
Lord while in the vigor of bcilth. The funeral 
services were conducted by the Brethren to a large 
assembly of mouinei's. B. F. T 

^sHinLEH. — Bciijamia Shidler, aged -fS years lu» 
nine days. Hl- leaves a wife, a sister iu the 
church, four sons and two danghleis, three ol 
which are also meinberj of thechureli, to mouin 
the loss of a deai hu.'jbaud aiul father. He liv- 
vA in the Klkburc cojigiegaliun, aud died of 
oonsumjilion, January 20, I87H. Ftinerol serv- 
ices were conducted by Eld, Andrew Bigler and 
Moses IIw«, from the words, "If a man die, 
shall he live ajj.-siu? " J. C. LEHMAN. 

FOKNEY.— On January 6tV 1878, i a the Sol- 
omus Creek cougregatiou, Elkhart Co., Ind. 
Little Wiuna Forney, ouly daughter of Ilintui 
and Chloc Forucy, aged 3 years 4 muntbit aud 
17 dayg. Discjwc, croup. 
Winna waa a child that was noticed and loved 
by every one that knew her. She was the most 
intelligent little child I ever saw. She would 
sing ■■ come to Jesus. " She would get ou her lit- 
tle kncea aud try to pray. But she h gone to 
dncll with the angels in the paradise of God. 
Aud not only do the parent? and relatives mourn 
the loss of Wiuna, but ail who knew her. Fuu- 
eral disourxeby J. U. Miller and D. Shivt'ly, from 
John II: 28. Lkwis Ml'Stz. 

TOOTHMAN.— In the Rock Grove cburch.FIoyd 
Co., Iowa, Dec. 21, 1877, Mary Ellen, daughter 
of sister Toolhmnn, (widowj a/^td HI years, 6 
mouths aiul 21 days. Funeral by the writer- 


was a loving wife and an uRectionntc mother., ^he 
leaves a husbaud and littloEou to mourn her death. 
Funeral services by Bro. G. K. Studebuker, accom- 
panied by Bro. Marcus Fowler aud Bro. Jacob 
Uelp. from Rev. 14: 13. Maby J. Stees. 


Notice* of Lovc-fcnsts, Dihirii;! Meetings, cK"., shniiW 

he brief. Bad "n-ritien on iinper aepamiu 

from uthur busiiiesa- 

Plcase anaonnce that the Brethren al Hudson 
intend, the Lonl willing, to hidd a series of meet- 
ings, commencinpim the Hth of February. Come 
on, brethren, iind help us, 

T. D. LvoN. 

Please aunouuee that the District Meeting of 
Northern lud.. will beheld the Lord willing iu 
the English Prairie congregation, May 0, 1S7S, 
commeueiug at f) o'clock. Those comiug from 
the South, slop al Lagrange Ceuter, and thoae 
from the North, stop at Lium, where tlie br<:thren 
wit! meet ihem, 

Jcesi: Caj-vebt, Clerk. 




Penjilly's Qulfte to Cbrlstian BaptiBin. — J"''" .'>" 

Quinter and Snyder's 3)ebatB oa Imaieraloa.- I'c'ci-. 

Crudec'i Oonowdanoa to the Bible.— u-js' *Mii'i'>ii. im- 
pwinl »iu, (.'liiiti. &>,7') ; l^iUrmj- ^jlioep, i-'.iM. 

HUtery of Palsitlna, « tiip Holy l^nd. lly M, lliuMcli. ' Biblical AntioaitUs.- 
Lh. v.. ]t:iinjwi»g«. 18 ij.o..01o[L. 75cetil.. • -■■ ---'-'■ - 

Cne Sajtisai— A .linloniic -howinn 'bn in^p :_, 

i. tW .iiilv Ri-mniJ uf iiuion. Iliul cnn be coniJi '"^"a 
nccupieil t>y Ibo luniliug ilviiomluhLioiis nf («r'^""<"itlj 
llv J. It. MoorP, One copv. Ifl cent* ■ 10 «/' *"'!•* 
■2r. copii-^. 52 00. *"""»•■ « tt,; 

Truth Triuaipiant- In six Hiinitiem r.r four h. 

li,.l.U«m. 'G.ACO M..I Ti-uU,. ['wi.«Mhi^^,'««k 
iTlv liinilt.VM. N-iii-rwi-lwice, Son.R?" ^^'^• 
Mwiaurivi. and Foun-l loo Sbovl. IVmi l Jhr^'f"* 

Wl iionis per hiiuJrvJ, •*•''. or 

The Throno of David.- from ihe orjnEitcraiinB . 
.-<l,tp1,..r.l !.!■ Bi'iblthom Ig lb,- Mbcllion of t^,"' ">. 

»«l IS.v IJiv Hi-v. .1. li. luKrabnm. LL, r. '^'k' ^''■ 

■■ Tl,c Piincp L>r llio llouh^. of Diivi,!.- ^d',^"'"** of 

l„r«rii.-<." Will. li... -,,l,«,lft ill,t«rwit,o, I'^^'- 
l-i III". Ciuili. Si.iJO ■ 'lit 

GitmplielliEiQ Weigbed In the Balance, imi FtMnj ». 

.1.11. Moore. It Ui. ttcH prinudlhiclorsuttfn **' 
SlKnil.l he cirtiiliitnl t.y tl.c hundvcds in atn,u.^**E* 
loivilily. Price. •! oopi.-.. Ul CMiI^ ; copic» 267^' .***'' 

SaWatiBm. — By M. M. lWidiiir>ii. lO p„„5j, . 
«o>,.., ].-. .«,],lo8 SI nil. '[■vyM» tiio SrTblTath Ju«- ^^ 
bricflj- shoiviiig ibfti il.o obsei-vniiORor ihc"' 
.SjibbntUpiuL-c'l riwuy wiib nil oIIim Jewijh iIm. ' 
Hint Ibo " first any ot Ibe w«Bk." ia the praroA„'t ?•* 
for Chmtiims lo Mse.nble in woisbip. ^"""^-^ *.j 

EuBobiua' EooleiiiMtleal Hifitory,— Thi» nnihor ii..,.! . 

y of llii- 

■nli-nleiiiljli' Vji 

Campbell and Owen Debate. — CfDiuiniog an e.,mi.. 

icism, nHcient nnd inoilei'ii. Conipkic in one vn! 
TliJB will alwityj ruinuiii ii IvitiliuK \iMrltuu tbcovi.i.H.'''*" 
of Chrwliauiiy. &l.Ti. "''«vijen«, 

Brethren's EDTelepes.- " 

«l .-ur leupliT. -VU, 

rl.u Imek. .. c.,H.vl.-l.-'. 

piuiiH lnjJy. I'riii- I" it- I 

ngp— iirOU tU. pel' laiii.hf.i, ■ ■■ 

Brethren'e Hymn Booi:a.--1 i''iijTiii-i:nT.M,,r,,^.,. , 
p,.i,i.M.oo.. ...... ,i^,..,L. ,„..,.p„i.i. »ii.,^. ,, / ;;i- 

STRl-rrCH.— Al Platuburg, Mo., Dec. 2% 1877, 

Jennie, daughter of sister Sallie C. StJetch, ajfed 

S year.^, 5 mouths nud 6 days. 

Before dcalli, the dear child said, "I want to 

go to heaven, whore papa is. I^ay me cltwe to 

papa, aud plant flowers on luy grave." 

Sallie C, Stubtch. 

LEHMAN. — Coru May, a sweet and intelligent 
little daughter of Bro. Adam aud sister Sarah 
Lebniau, went to her last home Nov. 13, 1877; 
aged 8 years, 6 mouths ami 28 dayii. Diaea-se: 
Typhoid fevw, of which nearly (ho whole fam- 
ily suffered. Eld. John Murray. 

GIIOVE.— Sister Sarah Grove, ofShuuuou, III., 
wafi on a visit to lud., for her hwdth. when her 
liiile daughter Lula E., took sick of the crouji. 
aud died. ■ Ilcr husband, Solomon, was tele- 
graphed fur, but did not reach the place till two 
houre after the child's death. Aged 1 year 9 
months uud 2(i days. Funeral services at Shan- 
uou. 111., by Lkmukl 1Iii,i,ekv. 

ANDREWS.— lii Lhe Yellow Creek church dis- 
trict, Stephenson Co., 111., .Jan. 17, 1S78, sister 
Ervillft Andrews, wife of Bro. Waller Andrews. 
Age, '2i yuars, 10 mouths and 7 days, 

iloretlian a year previous to her death she 

was coiivcittd, anti iiiiited with the Brcthnin. She 

Christian B&ptism.~-^^itU i(« Antefeilenta iind Conso- 
(|intucen. liy Ali'^iiiiilcr (.'niupbcll. Clocb, SI, ^5. 

Ancient and Modorn Eeyet, — View of Ancieiii and 

.Molcru r^y;.!. Hy M . RiiMcll. LL. B. EDginvings. 

IS int.. (.'iorh. "''i <i'nt». 

Noad's TheelopcsJ Weria, or i I'tndlcAilon of I'rimiilvo 

l'hri»iiiir>iiy. -lly UIiUt I'ctcr Xuail. Bound in viotb ; 
472piige>; pneo, Sl.'JJ. 

Season and Bevelatien—^ty R. Millignti. This worlc 

Bli-iiild iinl iirily tii'ie'i'l. Iiiil coicr'ully BluOirit by vYCry 
niimsleriii ibe bruiboilio...]. T>M*. 

Christianity Utterly Ic^r^ritialo w:-h War. u*'"? ""« 

of Twunty Iteiifii. . l,, my chinvli rebi. 

laoiis Uy J, U . it'uw; 25 eopica. 

$5 DO. 

A Setmos en Baptism. - >-■•■'"■ 

lhe Klk l.ii'l, t^imgrfyaijii 

■ !»'■" 

.-.I p,. 

i.lik-l . 

21) CMItS. 

Family Ilules and Regulations. ■ 

fiillv printcl ii> tbtcv' •:'^\in 



: -1 r,r Bro. S. H. Itjwtor 
, som^raoi county. To. A 
lbirly-l«o psgo). IMce. 

-ByJ.W.RtiM'n. Itonull- 
ju guild cai-d boiird. Is 
lould be in every fnmily. 

Voice of the Seven Thundore; Or, Lociuros on the 
Btiok of KeveliuiuiiB. liy J. I.. Martia. Amongniodcrn 
boKk^tbis is really a oiiriunity. I'ou can't liulp but 
nnUcrsliinJ il. 51.50. 

PMEOver and Lord's Snpoer.— By J. ff. Uoor. An iiiiie 

\sui'k ot %ti:\\\ iiin-il, mill sboulil be in the hands of 
every peraon, wbo wj»be« tp tborouglily unJerstiinil 
iliiu subjcoi. Bouuil iu good oluth ; 26S.pnge(i. I'l-.' 
75 cents. 

Bttei'5 Theological Dictioaary.—Coninining Defmitiom t.f 

ull relii;iui>i l<:ri.i» : il c(lll.[Irl^beIUlivc viow of cvei-y 
tide ill ibe aj-leni of lUvmily ; nccounl of Jill the 
priiieipul <IeiiuiMii.iiii«n»; iind nn ncciinile >liUcinent of 
ilie iinisl rfiiiiirkiiUlc traiisnctiun!! nud ovcntN recdvileil 
iu veclesiiiMliciil liiMory. Mto., Sheop, g2.o0. 

The Pillar of PIro; ^r. Ismel in liondnge.— Hcing iin nc 
coiim .>)■ the Wijiiiir-.-rnl Scenes in Ibe Life i.t tin- Sun a 

Pharaoh's I»aii!;l.teriMi.iie.»). 'r.>gc'ib(.r witli riL-tiirvciiii 
Rkctcbe* of il.t' Hv'.r^w* ii.ulcr their Tii«k-n»a*iei-.. ll> 
Kev..l. II. h,,..ri.. 1,1,. 1).. i.iUhor of ■• i'linee ol [1.; 
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The Dsctrine of the Brethren Defeadel-Tlii* aiiorkor 
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points: The Divinity of Christ and lhe Holy Spirii. 
linnicreion vs. Affiwion. Tiine IninitT»ion. I.Ti-Hwh. 
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whole country from llamivciiH lo (he deaeri of (i'lci. Ii 
is the inosl complete ihing of ibo kiuil we everwn.Vj 
a few hours ciueful .■:liidy. the different plmes iiiialioa- 
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the mind, making the reader as familiar with ttir iva- 
tioD of these dillorenf places, as llic county in wliidili* 
live.*; thus nidinv- blm iu Miidersionding itie HiWi- 
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M,, and arriTos nt Itock Island nl 6:60 l". M. , 

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uid St. Paul paasenger iriiin, and Ihus reoeh '^J''"* 
< : Vi Ibo same evoninK. To reach Lanark frow "' 'X^'^ 
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-" ' "■ PftuI train ul five in the ctcuing; run ■'" ,( 

D. Junction, cbango curs for Lanark, »nl a. 
hero nt 'i:'l\ ia iho morning. 

The Brethren At Work. 

' Belivld I Brinn 

You Good Tidimj>< of Great Joy, whirl, ShaU he unto All Peopled ~Lvk^ 

Vol. in. 

Lanark, 111., February 7, 1878. 

The Brethren at Work. 


J. H- Moore, S.H.Bashor, M.a.Esht'Imaii. 


J. w. RTi;ix. - 

jIATTlK A. I.riAli 



- mtllANA, II,1„ 



1>;:Y0Xr> tlur InmiKU of time, 
) A<-in,.. Hr- .<-a (if life, 
WlifiL- passion's Ijiilows form and toss 
lu augry strife — 

Tliere is ii land m bright, 

That mortals cannot guze, 
IJut wondering slimd upon the verge 

In lost iiiuiiw. 

Tlio hilla ol" glory tower, 

JIajt'stic nnd sublime, 
Abovt? the snow-cappfd pe^ilis of c-rirth, 

TIr- Alps of time. 

I'lnir scjuave the city stands, 

The jasper walla that rise, 
Areganii:shed blight with precious stones 

Of Paradise. 

No storm cloud ever throws 

Its shutlows on that shor^, 
No lightings flash along the sky, 

Or thunders roar. 

The air is pure and bright, 

All is serene and calm. 
Naught ever enters there that can 

The huly liai-m. 

But from the throne of Grod 
There flows a crystid stream, 

And heuveu's pure light upon its cleai- 
Bright wtitei-s beam. 

And where that river flows, 

The tre[' of life appears. 
Yielding its monthly fruits throughout 

Eternal years. 

r>L-neufh the shadowy bowers, 

Robed in immortal green, 
Grow fairer flowui-s than mortal eye 

Hath ever seen. 

There night shall never come, 
Nov heaven's long day be o'er; 

God and the Lamb shall be their light 
Forever more. 

Tiiroughout that wide domain 

■)oy beams iu every eye, 
\VhiIe angel voiess join iu praise 

To God most high. 

There white-rohcd spirits bow 

Before tlie great I Am, 
And wortiliip Llim who pardoned them 

Through Christ, the Lamb. 


liY i:. U. BAL.s[!AlT.lI. 

UO Wounds are too deep for the healing of 
^* Jesus. The -Anti-type of the good Siuu- 
"intJiu has oil and wine for every bleeding heart. 
Altluiugh He ui constantly pouring out iiis 
Sariatives for the relief of the millions who sup- 
plicate His aid, His vessel of grace is as full a.s 
oyer. " In Uhn (hn-Udh all the/nlhiesso/th 
(iwlltmd bodily," and the oftener wc conic, the 
^aore wo need juid iwk. (he more is He gladden- 
ed mid gloriiied. Neither the Universe nor Eter- 
"i^ycan empty the lu0nite. He gives with- 
""l diminution; but Ht gives not His best 
IJtliscriraJuately. He liiw gifts for all, hut not 
«'9 rarest and sweetest (Matt. 5:45). If we 

would ba-.e the Gift ..f nifts, >ve must »>o made 
coufurmiible to His death, and know the fellow- 
ship of His sntTcrings, imd the power of His 
resurrection (Philp. ;J: 10). Blessed elect. To 
snob all things work together for good, because 
ailed iiLeording to the Divine purpose (Rom. 
8; US). Hftviug died and risen with Christ. His 
security is theire. They can perish only when 
He becomes bankrupt in power and mercy. 
They can boldly take up the clmllenge of R^jm. 
8: 31, 31). Not only suffering and then gloiT, 
but glory in sufferiiig. 

Aflliel«d aaint^ your sorrows are in form not 
ordinary. U is seldom that on heir of Heaven 
is so outrageously treated. But in i*ubatance 
we all sorrow alike. Causes vary, but grief 
one in its ultimate analysis. The child that 
weeps over it» shuttered doll, brings into ac- 
tivity the same constitutional soul-elements as 
the person who agonizes over the coffin of the 
most cherished idol of conjugal affection. You 
arc mourning the living dead. You ai-e a wid- 
ow without n shroud or grave. Your sepul- 
chre is within, and entombs the dead hopes and 
joys of the past. These ore crushing misfor- 
tunes. .But Jesus lives, and L0VE3. For all 
your unutterable heart-throes. He has a "far 
more exceeding and etenial weight of glory." 
Yonr racking woes and irreparable Iwreiive- 
nient have bound up in them untold blessings, 
if yon allow Jesus to take the place of the vi- 
olater of your confidence. You have a mighty 
struggle to maintain, but you are on the way 
to victory and iu due time it will be yours. 
Turn to Matt. 12: 20 and press meiuiing enough 
into the word " /(7/ " to include all God's inten- 
tions and all your utmost endeavors to meet 

Remember, Christ is risen ; He reigns in the 
flesh and om- it. Col. 3: 1, 2, 3 is the key of 
your triumph and joy. You will yet be able to 
rise so high above all human attachments and 
human desertions, that with a gliul liojirt and 
responsive conscience yon can pray Matt, fi: 12. 
Have faith, ami enlist all the energies of yom- 
soul in the great crisis. May the apjironching 
Christmas be to you u blessed ante-past of the 
coming glory of Rom. 8: IS, May the Kver- 
lasting Kristkindlein comfort you out of the 
f.ithdmless depths of His changeless Heart, 


I PRESUME that it is generally known that 
there are brethren who have douhtjs of the 
Scriptural authority for electing brethren &c.. 
to the ministry in the order of our church. 
Some have spoken, and some Imve written on 
the subject, yet the minds of some seem not to 
be fully enlightened; and I presume will not 
l)e from what I may say, but I give my mite 
free. I have given this subject much thuupht, 
not beuause I ever doubted the legality of my 
cnll. Some holding that a majority of all the 
raemhei-s in the church, i« necessary to make 
tlie call ley-''- ' was told that I have even msmy 
more thiui; but I have given the subjeot 
;i serious thought to know whether the order is 
the order God's Woi-d will justify. Again I 
have been in the ministry a long time, imd soon 
will be twenty-eight years that I have served 
in the capacity of an Elder. It lias been my lot 
to serve at elections, and inBtallotions, the sub- 
ject to me huo always been a serious one. I am 
however fully satislied tliat the order of the 
church is ieasible and ScriptunU. 

The harvest being plcuteons ruid the laborers 
iiR'few, i.s iLs true now as it W)is wlienthe Sav- 
ior so declared it to be; and it is just as necessary 
that we pray the Lord of the harvest to send 
labori-i*s into His haiTcst now as it was then. 
White the Savior wa-son earth, He did this per- 
sonally. Me did not have men elect themselves 
to go. but He appoint**!, and sent them, first 
the twelve, and atlerwai"ds the seventy (Matt. 

Lake U»: -J). Now Paul says t,he church 
is the body of Christ, in which wc are mcmbeni. 
and each member mu^t perform its piirt in the 
body, the churrh. And as the Lord while on 
earth pemoniilly chose, and sent forth in the 
mini-itrj-, it follows that He now does the same 
through the member* of Hin body, tlm church, 
which in aLio the ground and pillm- of tlie truth. 
And as the body is not one member, hut many, 
the foot doc« not say, Beeauiie I am nol the 
hand. I am not of the body. Even so in the 
church, one member cannot say, becnus* I am 
Ihig or tlttit, and you are iueumpetout to decide 
who shall Ih; called, I will du-l.ite to you kc. 
No brethren, this is not Christ's order in Uis 
ehureh. In Christ there is neither Jew nor 
Greek, there is neither bond nor frce,neithermal« 
nor female, but are all one in Christ Jesus. 

I am fully convinced that God in Christ 
through the church calU the ministry: and ab 
though in the church tliere ia diversity of 
:itl.i, nml those members we may Ibink less 
honorable, ui)on thene God may bestow more 
abundant honor; for while He gives authority 
to His aervmita. He givea to every man his 
work, and wo have no right to doubt the com- 
petency of any member of the body doing its 
part. I know that some mcmlwrs think that 
certain brethren should he named, or nominat- 
ed, and from the memlx-rH should select 
iic, and for a precedent refer to Acts 23. I 
have considered this suggestion, but as it does 
not apply to the selection of the common min- 
istry, it is not feasible. In that caw one waa to 
be chosen to the apostleship to fill the place of 
Judiis who by transgression fell; and the one 
eligible to fill this place, mnut hnva some pe- 
culiar ((naliJic-itions which ajjidy tothat position 
only. " Wherefore of these men which have 
companied with us all the time that the Lord 
Jesus went in and out among us, beginning 
from the baptism of John, unto that same day 
that He was taken up from us; must one be 
onluined to be a witness with us of His resur- 
rection. And they appointed two." 

We would say, they nominated two.for whiun 
they gave forth their lots {rul^ti us wesiiy). In thai 
case thU order was feitsible^ for when we con- 
sider the unpopularity attached to a follower of 
Jesus, who wussetforasign to bespoken ugninst, 
the ^vould-be-voluuteer when lie heard Jesus 
tell him that the foxes have holes, and the birds 
have nests, but He has not where to lay His 
heatl, his ardor soon abated; and when His fol- 
lowers heard that His fle«h must be eaten &c., 
hi'Came oflended, went back ami followed no 
more after Him. it is very presumable that Bar- 
naba-s and Matthias were the only two who had 
tiie rrfpiired qmilifications. If so, they coulil 
reiulily be nominated. But the election of breth- 
ren to serve in the ministry in our age of the 
church is a difi'erent matter. Who can judge n 
brothel's ability to preiurh ? This can be known 
by trial only. Whi» sliall, who will dare to 
nanu*. appoint, or nominate brethren to lie vot- 
ed for? Surely the elders 'vill not, who then 
will? Why every member of the body of Christ, 
the church forthemselveswillsay. whoisittobi.* 
called. The idea that dilfen-nt brethren may be 
voted tor, amounts to ncllhing. It is not cer- 
tain that all cast their lots for Matthias, yet he 
wo.* numbered with the eleven. Neither is it 
:it all certain that one of a half down nominat- 
ed brethren for whom all the membere would 
be obliged to vote for, would coimuand a ma- 
jority of thu whole vot« ea»t, au>' mOK than bi 
in the church'^ order otluu done. At the 
elections I have been present, ^very &equentl.v 
when the elected brother hml u majority of ;Ul 
the votes cast. On sevend occasions there bt^ 
ing a tie vote between two hn'threu, the church 
wa.s called together and informed that twd 
bndhren had a tie vote, mid that under thecir- 
eumstanees it would be for the membeis to de- 
cide whether both should l>e declared elected, or 
the election to be void. In every such a case 
when I was pi'esent the uuauimons vote was 

No. 6. 

both elccle.1. In a few ca^w wh-re I wm pnw- 
ent, it happened that one brother had but a/^u- 
more vote* than the other, and in thes.- ca«?» 
the church was informed of the condition of 
thmg».,md asked nfj.iiu to rot* whether she trill 
have both, or only the one who Kad a few m.-r* " 
vote-, than the other. I believe I have -.v ...^ 
dthn-e such casea, and in twoof th... ib- 
ummimoHs voicea of the church w.ts. /.,,'. . 
fit. Brethren, I feel awun-d there can , „■, 
improvement on the church order ol" .i, , :,„.. 
olfieers. ' * 

StipiHJse we admit the ide. that some mem- 
Ixrs are incompetent to decide who l« v ,■ r„. 

andinMichcasesallowacertttinsortnf.: '. 

i.-rring ; that is. some competent m-r 
the incompetent ones who to ■, , 
this insure ummimity of tli 
was but one memWr .so to i|. 
Lompetont flouting vote might be com 
bat would that be the voice of the ,, 

Might not the member ai well com- 
and ciLst BO many votcn hiuiself, as t.i 
ward so many of his proxies to do 
iupiH),-"e there are several members in 1 1 . 
that feelthemselves compeltnt toiii- 
incompetent membent for whom to >.,,,-; .j-m 
each one of these competenU ha.s :i favirit- 
neptiew or fnend to vote for, then h-iw nil! it 
bi? May not this floating vote as wtl. ■- , •_ 
tered among a dozen brethren as to 1.. .i 
wtiy eoucentrated upon half that numb, i .- IJut, 
who are the incompetent mcmliera? ] fiml il* 
much division among the officials in the church 
a.s among the laity. 

On several occasiomi I remember when the 
Klder wan nesrly alonein bin choice, anil in each 
ciise the election was u success. In one of the 
ciutcs the Elder Intssince said to me, / «■«« irrona 
ht viij rlmce. Who then should dictate? The 
only electioneering that is admissible is PRAY- 
ER. Plead with God for guidance, not for mj- 
sdf only, but for all the members, and the rr- 
hult we can rely upon. 


nv E. BmOTLgLZ^ 

ii 4 ND a superscription also was written ov- 
j\ er him. in letters of Greek, and Latin 
KWS " (Luke 23: SS). 

Wc have all doubtless many times read the 
story of the crucifixion. Wewish heretosho.v 
how metaphorically the inscriptions, or tin- 
number of languages contained therein, wiib 
the names given in the command for baptiffu . 
Could Pilate write three ditferent languages at 
the name time? We would not suppose he 
could. We would infer, from the different lan- 
guages us«d, that to write in Greek and Latin 
and Hebrew, that it would have to be written 
at three different times, and we learn that the 
object of this was that none might be unappriz- 
ed of its content's. 

It was wTitten in Greek, which was the gen- 
end language of commerce in Western .Xsia, and 
which would be familiar to many Jevps fnv-i 
Europe, Egypt and elsewhere: it was alsowr 
t-H in the Syriac. called '* Hebrew," the vera . - 
ubu- hmguage of Palestine: and it was written 
in Latin, probably for the use of the lUtnians, 
inaiiy of whom would assemble at .K-ru>aleni 
d'iringthe" paschid week." or Jewish I*,L-vv0Ter. 
It' I'ilate wa.* so exact in writing the super- 
cription, so that none who came, should be de- 
prived of its meiuuug, do we not suppose that 
God was equally as exact iu expre^^iing His lan- 
guage concerning His mode of baptism, .is giv- 
en in Matt 28: VX And then not ;is mmy ac- 
tions eoutuined in this holy and essential com* 
mand, as there ore buiguages used in the sup- 
erscriptions? Alii yet how many reail. prifich, 
mid practice it as one action, omitting the first 
luid seco'id, and applying the third action of the 
GiHlhetul only, for the " remission of niBa," 
and thenby expecting to receive the {rift of 




(^ OD'S holy Bible, pn.i-ious Rouk. 
X On whicb I oft witli rupture look! 
■ Twas that wliich hA luy roving fc-ot 
To the dear houM- where« meet. 
Eng.'isw' '"J" thuusht-H in early tinx-. 
WwriH-d me tigainrt all sin niid crime. 
And biwie me through the comiiifr "liiy« 
To wiilk with joy in wisdom's wiiys. 
In chiKlhoml yearn, so fiiir iUid bright, 
VVr rK-aii Ciod'-i Word by morning light; 
With plt-asure keen I now recall 
The household gathered one and all, 
Around the clieerful eveuiuK lire, 
Before the tijne we should retire. 
And sweet it was to list^-n tiien 
Am that dear Book wn* rtml again. 

In the t/ld i-cbool-room evcrj- day 
TImt snored Volume near me by; 
* Twas studied by the youthful crowd, 
And twice a day w(w reiid aloud. 
Then?, too, upon the wonteil ecat, 
This Word by heart did we repeat; 
And olt it save us niucli delight. 
To see how well wc could recite. 

But now fcome men have grown so wise, 
That they the beriptures liyhtly prj/.e. 
What inuit wc think of thone divine.^ 
Art i'reoly (vtth they speak their mind-*. 
And othei-sjoin, in words «o cool, 
" iio Uike the Bible out of tieh.wl; 
Head it no more, ivifh offered pntyer. 
.It some dislike to have it there ?" 

Sometimes I question if iiidued 
TlK>.-e holy men delight to rciwl 
The suered Scriptures every day. 
At seasoUH ;vhen they kneel to pray. 
CiUi goiid men ever lightly prize, 
Or will they ever dare despi-e. 
The " Holy liiblc Book divine" 
So full of truth in every line:-* 

Let others take the cotiiiie they will. 
I .shall esteem the Bible still; 
In all its truths I will delight, 
lu ii dark world walk by ila light. 
Anil wiien I near tb.- other . '■lion;. 
Still will I love the Bible more, 
Will then in all its truths confide, 
Die with the Bible at my side. 

— lieliijiiiu^ Ueiaitl. 





BY J. W. KTEUt. 

" Thou shalt guide me with lliy couuad." — 
(INiilnw 73: 24) 


4. The depraved liumun conm-ience in 
7wt ail infallible guide in matters of relig- 
ionti faith and pra<-{ic€. Xo one can be i\ 
Cliristiiin nud not he conscientious. 
The want of sincerity is ]iypoer«cv,aiKl 
yet the sinijile f'iiet of beJngsincero makes 
no on*.' a Christian. Conscienee is biiLs- 
ed by eihication, it may be good or bad, 
enlightened or darkened. Teach a child 
from infancy to manhood, tJiat there is no 
evil attached to a life of profligacy and 
crime and without the counteracting in- 
fluence of holy precept or example, he 
^vill do wrong without Con- 
science will be so " seared" or perverted 
that ita power to reprove will be gone, 
but " train uj) a child in the way he 
should go," and conscience will reprove 
its slightest deviations from the path of 
rectitude. This peculiarity of conscience 
appeal's again, iu that, some regard with 
great eotnposureantl approbation of con- 
science the observance of rites and or- 
dinances, which to other sincere and 
equally pious minds involve the most ar- 
rogant bla-spheray and wicked idolatry. 
The rea.son is obvious; one believes them 
to be of God, while the other believe-S 
them to be "the commandment.^ of men," 
tending to supplant and ^it aside the 
commandments of God. Thus we see 
men's consciences vary as theii- religious 
and moral culture has varied, and hence 
conscience is subject to one's religion, 
and not the religion to conscience as 

some falsely plefl'l. We ean tbt-n by no 
means accept the pojiular doctrine of the 
world " it makes no difference what a 
man believes if he is only sincere, 
Were this true, it made no difference 
whether Paul was a Jew or Christian, 
and when he persecuted the Christiau 
church, he did right for he testified that 
he "lived in all good conscience be- 
fore God" (Act'. 2:i: 1), and thought 
he "ought to do many things contrary 
to the name of Jeinis" w-hieh he also did, 
and which in connection witii persecu- 
tions inflicted by other Jews, as well as 
Pagans and the impiisitions of the Pa- 
pal hierarchy, only fulfilled the Savior's 
prophecy, wht-nlle said to His disciiiles, 
"The lime cometh that whosoever kill- 

,'th ^ 

will think that he doeth God 

service" (1 John 1(1: 2). Had Paul 
jH-rsisted iu his Judaism, notwithstand- 
ing his sincerity, he woidd doubtless 
have been a lost man. AVhen he came 
to the light and repented he " obtained 

mercy" becaus he did it it ignorantly in 
unbelief"(l Tim. l:i;J). Unt had he 
neglected the trnth when presented, and 

pei>iisted in his disobedient course he 
describes what his own destiny would 

have been, and what that of every other 
such an one must be when he said, " if 
we sin wilfully after that we have re- 
ceived the hnowledge of the truth, there 
remaineth no more sacrifice for sins, but 
a certain fearful looking for of judgment 
and fiery indigmition, which shall devour 
llie adversaries" (Ileb. 10; 30, 27). If 
the proposition that " it makes no dit- 
lerence what we believe, if we are only 
sincere," be true, then the pagan mother, 
wdio presses her darling child to her bo^- 
om, imprints upon its lii)8 the last kiss 
of juaternal love, and commits it to the 
rude waves in the Ganges, in hope that 
the saciifice of her firat boi-n will atone 
for the sin of her soul, does right for 
she is sincere. And all who become the 

ictims of himian penance in order to 
appease the wrath of some imagined 
fod that can neither see, nor hear, nor 
act, nor think, liave all done right, be- 
cause they were sincei**;; for nothing but 
the deepest sincerity and honesty of pur- 
pose, could prompt to such a sacrifice. 
Only accept suth a principle once and 
you have a precedent that makes an ap- 
ology for every species of vice, and every 

norniity of crime. lint the theory is 
not true. Though proclaimed loudly 
the popular pulpits of the day, taught 
in many religious pei'iodicals, consum- 
mated freely iu the social circle, and con- 
sidered an ample apology for that false 
liberalism which has .so extensively sup- 
planted true Christian charity which 
'joices in the truth," 1 regard it as one 
of the most mischievous principles ever 
invented by the enemy of God and man, 
for the accomplishment of )ns fell pur- 

Once a friend of mine, who had been 
tutored in the faith of aft'usiou for bap- 
tism, but because persuadc-d that the 
Soriptiu'es contained no precept or ex- 
ample for any mode, but immersion, 
consoled himself with the thought that 
the apostle Peter permitted the other, 
wlien he said; " Baptism is the auH^ver 
of a good conscience" (1 Pet. 3: 21). 
" May I not conclude" said he, " fi-om 
this, that if I am conscientious, that will 
make whatever mode I prefer baptism 
to me." Such an impression was the 
very natural consequence of the teach- 
ing he had received. But the apostle 
says, " Baptism is the answer of, what 
kind of conscience? a ijood cun^ciencc,^ 
i. ('., enlightened, not darkened by eiTor 
But what does he say is the answer of 
a" good conscience i " " Baptism." Then 

if anything instead of the baptism au- 
' thorized by Christ and taught iu his Di- 
vine Law, be administered to those, consciences have been duped to 
aeceptthetraditionsof men in lieu of the 
commands of Jesus; they may be ever 
so conscientious, and yet it will not be 
true tlitit '* Jiapt ism" vnl] have been 
the " answer of a fjood conscience " to 
them. If conscience can legalize a new- 
mode of baptism, it can also legalize a 
new element with which to administer 
it, and if it can dispose at option of a 
law, it can also dispose of the Law- 
giver. If it possesses the prerogative to 
legalize or make valid the slightest 
change in the arrangement of an immu- 
table God, aud create its own deities, 
rite.s, i'eliu;iou and destiny, and becomes 
itself a god, the sole arbiter of life and 
death, elevating its professor though an 
atheist, infidel, Jew, Polytheist, Moham- 
medan, or even an adulterer, murderer, 
or what not, to the felicitiesof Paradise, 
such a Paradise ;is it is capable of award- 

Such is the horrid and blasphemous.' 
though legitimate conclusion of the doc- 
trine that " nmkes no diti'erence what a 
man believes, if he is only sincere." 
Tiie proper office of conscience, then, is 
to ajiprove right and disapprove wrong, 
from the prendses of divine truth, hold- 
ing itt*elf amenable to that law to which 
it is subject, and at the tribunal of 
which with every kindred faculty of re- 
sponsible int^dligenee, it must account 
for its work and their result. But again: 

5. Human tradition is not an infalli- 
Me (jnide, in matters of religioii^'i faith 
and practice. 

Tradition means " handed dow^n," 
hence I allude to it m the medium 
through wdiieh any thing is transmitted 
from one t« another. Tradition may be 
a good thing or a bad thing. AVe are 
commanded to observe the traditions of 
the apostles whether eomnmnicated by 
w^ord or epistle (2 Thes. 2: 15; 3: 6). 
If the traditions of our fathers were 
correct, we have been blessed to the ex- 
tent, we have been brought under their 
influence, if incorrect, wehave beeninjur- 
ed to the same extent. The simple fact that 
a doctrine or practice has come down to 
us, though it may have been from time 
immemorial, does not make it infallibly 
safe. It nuLst be in harmony \vith the 
standard of truth, and thus prove itself 
to be from the same source. The doc- 
trine of the cro.s.s was no sooner prop- 
agated, than its counterfeits began to 
make their appearance, the mere age of 
a practice or institution, is no proof that 
it is of divine authority. There is 
nothing old that has not been new, and 
there is nothing new that will not be- 
come old. Time and circumstances may 
assi-st much in determining the source 
and value of a tradition, but can make 
it neither good nor bad. The young 
man who carried a stone in one end of 
his sack to balance the corn in the other 
end, .simply because his father did it, ex- 
hibited as much wisdom, and a.s.sumed 
nothing like so much ri>k as the man 
WH>muu, who, neglecting the exercise of 
their own niinds in apprehending truth 
maintain a doctrine or practice, simply 
because their parents did. Whatever 
our parents may, or nmy not have been, 
to God they stand or fall. We can but 
leave them in His hands, but whenever 
we neglect plain truth or duty upon the 
plea, that pious and sincere parents came 
short of it, we not <mly occupy ground 
from which most likely they would ear- 
nestly try to dissuade us, were they able 
and enjoying the light which we pro- 
fess, but we entail upon oni-selves the 

ary 7, 

bitter displeasure of God whieb aw ' 
all who sin against light and knowlJ" 
The way of ignorance may Ijp ^jj 7 ' 
(if death, but the result of known ^*i 
deliberate transgression is inevitalil 
in (Jas. 4:17; Matt. 11: 2.^i, oo. r *?' 
12; 47,48). While we sluml.llov'e.C 
or, and obey our pareut<», our rc'liei 
faith and practice should imitate tl ^ 
only so far as they imitate Christ. " 



^^ TIOR I am not ashamed of the Go 
^ pel of Christ: for it is the v,2. 

that believeth " (Rom. 1:.1G). 

'.V "He 


the languas-e of 


Paul before this writing had realist 
much of the prediction concerning liinr 
self recorded in Acts 0: 16. " For I will 
shew him how great things he must Mif 
for for my name's sake." He had alrt> 
sulfored much, so that he said, "If :,, 
this life only we have hope in Christ, \ve 
are of all men most misiiable." p.^! 
"suiVered as an evil doer," not m 
having done evil, but as a faithful \rit. of the truth, as f'ln'f'f'ing existino 
popular evils,idoiaters, vain philo.HopJii(,^ 
and false brethren. The experience gf 
Paul hits been, and is the experience of 
faithful ministers, and faithful Christians 
the ministry of life is always opposed by 
the ministry of death. So are the luJn. 
isters of life ojjposed, by tlie uiiuistm 
of death. These transformed as niin. 
isters of righteousness, prosecute tbeir 
work under the garb of truth all the 
more successfully in leading the multi- 
tudes away from the truth, and thus fos- 
ter the spirit of opposition to, audju^r- 
seeution of, those who are obedient U 
the AVord; compassing sea aud land t" 
nnike proselytes — children of hell. Asu 
nnitter then of practical nffleelieii, it 
maybe in(piired, how, in thnjjresentuou 
fused state of Christendom, are we to 
know the truth ; and liow the tnie min- 
istry: popularly speaking, it may be 
even thought almost presumption to sug- 
gest such an iiupnry, since men have de- 
clared, that they thanked God for the 
many phases of religious ideas, and for 
an eiiual number of church denomina- 
tion, so that all may be acconimodatcii 
somewhere among these cliurch tbrms, 
The inquiry however, reflects the pop- 
ular mind on the subject, and the mul- 
titudinous denominational efi'orts, are 
just that many eflbrts to meet the ini|uir)*; 
hence while .some, taking the autboriQ' 
of the Gospel, lu'ge baptism for the re- 
mission of sins, others object, aud say, 
baptism is in nowise an essential condi 
tion of pardon, but is simply to repre- 
sent the death, burial and resurrectiou 
of Christ. Others oppose this, and say, 
baptism is not analogous to a burial, but 
is symbolical of the pouring out of tne 
Holy Spirit and of its cleansing power. 
Others ojjpose here and urge itastlie 
seal of covenant-mercies as was circiun- 
eision, and hence infant consecration bj 
the use of a few drops of water; but aU 
this is again opposed and ftffij'i" ^^ 
precepts and doctrines, are spuitualin 
their use, as opposed to all forms, ffhil« 
this with all tiie preceding is oppos^^. 
by affirming that all will be saved, irre^ 
speetive of their character. Tbroug 
the virtue of the atonement tlms lu f« ' 
aloguing the many forms in which men 
propose to their fellows the ti-ueway^^^ 
find beginning with the proper readin^:, 
of the Word and ending through a [V 
ular series of detractions and mutilatio 
: of the Gospel, with an emphatic de 

i-bruary T. 

THK i^heth:uk>j ^v^r AvoTn<. 

1 of ft^l >*^ conaitions of promis,-, j,tn\ 
go far, (tl'^ ^^"^^ except(^(l) are all th.-sc- 
^vooates from meeting tbe (lenian.U of 
the i»"l'"0'' '• '^■' ^^"^^^ "'"V ^'^^ ^»»w tlu- 
ti-ntli, tluit tlie only tiling rtcc(nupli>;lK.,l, 
jg ftsort of n general confession, after all 
^obf efforts, tliat " we are not cc-i-tain af- 
ter nil' t^"^^ *^"'* ^"''^ ^*'' J"'** exn(;tly tli< 



and I am entin-ly wi7/i 

in^ to 

yrvihc' ?/«« '/ y*'" '"'^^ /'/■orAti;- 7fte, and 
tlioiii?!' "'^ occasionally Lave between 
UP a tbeologicftl skirmish about our pt- 
culiitr doctrinal j^cts; and tliough we 
guprcincly admire our own altars, and 
theories, still others seem ec^ually mncere 
with ourselves. 

These doctrinal tenets, neither yourji 
iior ours after all, are in any wise essential 
to sab'a*>*^" only a kintl of a land mark, 
miite liarmless, whieh sliouldnot be pur- 
niitted to debar wise men, and good 
nien too, from a common communion 
gerviciS therefore we will occupy an en- 
larticd, Iil)crul, Christian pl.-itform, broad 
,t\\ for us all vo fttaiid upon, and 

i-uiit all God's jieuple, wliether bap 



tizcd or not, (our Univer^alist brother 
tou,) «o pfirticipate with us at the Lord's 
t'dili'". and shall hold those opposed to 
this liberal Christian spirit as self-right- 
eous, bigoted to expose as such, and hold 
th.-iii (in their simple way) as proper 
objects of our amusement. " So pecul- 
iar," pretty good sort of a people, who 
jrenerally pay their honest debts, but so 
iiinorant^ haWngno erpcninmial Chrh- 
tianUij, but iu some way think they can 
work their way to heaven; with right 
gnuirt of tht old. law-working Jews in 
the make-up of their ideas. 

Now I submit iu all seriousness the 
correctness of the character, and the re- 
sult i^'i the existing popular religious 
scutinu'nt. In its review, it is proper to 
remark, that is a matter of j)ositive 
pronnse by Christ to the disciples. " }> 
><htiU know the tvutlC (John S: ;J3). 
Such cannot concede the same degree of 
ri'dit to those who <^lifler from them doc- 
trinally, as they hold for themselves. 
It follows further therefore, that no peo- 
ple will concede to others dlHering from 
theiri, the same degree of right with 
tlicmselves, except it be either, tirst that 
such do it (as they may suppose) from 
Hsense of politeness, or secondly, jieeause 
tliey are not positively establisiied in 
the correctuess of their own sense. If for 
t!ic tirst reason, and believing at the 
time, without a doubt that tlieir \news 
are correct, then they act hypocritical- 
ly. If from the latter, tlu-n it necessa- 
rily follows that they (iiaviug no pos- 
itive connections of their own) believe 
and practice as they do, simply because 
some one else professes to Ijclieve and 
practiee that way. The prevalence of 
lliis fact makes our pojnilar Christianity 
n series of mimicries, if not lihisphcmy; 
for in tlie life of such it is seen tliat they 
liavi.. iin delined rule of Christian life, 
but are controlled by the ever changing 
whims of acorrui>t ag<'; whatever tliere^ 
fore l)ecomes pojmlar, they adopt, let it 
''c style in dress. Fairs, Shows. M:ison 
ry, Odd-fellowship, Grange, Sons of Tern 
pevance, Murphyism, I'icnics, Sociabhy^i 
Ma-Mjueradesorauy other things that min 
it^terto the carnal ta,stes; aTid politically 
^vhen tlieir party is the peace party, they 
ire peace men; when for war,so are the; 

And if fashion would demand tl: 
practice of the principles of self-denial, 
this Would even Iieeouie palatable; niak- 
'iig obeisance always tothepopularwill, 
which ot eo\u-se not only gives tolerance 
to the idea, l>ut gives the idea its sane- 
and respectability of Ch-i-^tiau 
-S Sheritls, Constables, Politicians, 

pew rcsjiectability to hard-hearted e.\- 
tortioners, oppressors of widows and or- 
phans, despoilers of houses, gallow.s- 
crindnals, and fellow -partners with un- 
fruitful workei-s of darkness, courting 
the friendship of the world, although the 
Gospel says i". f., "the frieudslup of the 
world, is the enemy of God." Now 
why all this? men need the truth, has it 
been given them * The apostle says, the 
Gospel " is the power of God unto aab 
vation;" has the preaching of it led to 
such demoralization? Aye rather, have 
not men preached themselves, instead of 
preaching the Gospel? And for con- 
seipience, like priests, like people. Pro- 
' pie manacled by those who preach for 
hire, and deceive for money, taking 
l»ril>es and perverting.judgmcnt. When 
considering the character of the popular 
churches at this time, their power to 
mould public sentiment, there is little to 
hope for from that source towards cor- 
recting the licentiousne->is of the times, 
thougli we have reform movements, em- 
bracing temperance, dress, women vot- 
ing, politics, finance, and public morals, 
yet all this affects comparatively noth- 
ing, while the popular religious .sense is 
demoralized, for this impairs to an 
alarming extent the power of the home 
circle in which the domestic, social, and 
religious xirtues, make their tirst impress- 
ions on the youthful nunds. When tin-re- 
fore the religious sense is so lilunted 
here, through its public aspect, and pul)- 
lic inconsistencies and public prostration 
to the demands of the popular will, we 
may expect the home influences to be i 
like manner prostrated, so that parents 
liy thousands, consult in tlie guardian- 
ship of their children, not the will of 
God, neither His feai', but consult the 
popular tastes. These are trained up un- 
der these influences which in turn be- 
come theii" Alpha .and Omega, socially, 
and religiously. It is with a sense of 
relief that we turn away from consider- 
ing the confused state of the religious 
world, and the couseipienees of this con- 
'fusion to the simple outlies of the 
Christian system in tlie Gospel ; Paul de- 
clares it to be the power of (lod unto 
salvation. This is an easy solution of 
the whole diflficulty. lie thanked God 
that the Roman brethren lia^l obeyi'd 
from the heart that/o/v/i of doctrine de- 
livered unto thera, by which they were 
made ft"i'e, holy and heirs of eternal 
life. To adhere therefore to the Go-spel 
is safe — to omit obedience to any of its 
precepts or ordinances, is hazardt»us and 
demoralising, and leads to further neg- 
lect of its provisions. Since it is seen 
that to the extent that persons neglect 
to practice the precepts of tiie Gospel, 
to that extent tliey l>ec<nne the advocate 
of such neglect, which is the germ of 
;dl apostasies; and one of the clear testi- 
monies of the Gospel church, is therefore 
not its popularity, l)utit» unpopularity. 


BT n. 8. snutK. 

^ ou may gftin the victory, but sorry micl slow, 
If VOH lHt«n to uU tlint is xiud aa you go, 
You'll be worri'M and frottt-d and kept out of 

the way, 
For nicddlesomp tougiie!i innst have BonieUiiiijt 

to sny, 

.\ud thirn if you show tho luuat LolduvMi of 

Or a slight iucliuation to take a good piu*t, 
Tiipy will cull vou an upatart. conceited iindviun 
But ktfcp straight fthe.-ul, don't «tup to coinpliiin. 

If you work for the LoiJ, aiiddo whtit you can, 
Tliey'll sny your'o ahead of your position, vcrj' 

odd man, 
Now the l>ost way to do, is the good Lord to 

And then your mind will be coutiumiUy at ease. 
Dear brethren and sisters, I fear that 
it is too much the ease, that while m 
stop and tVet at what othera say, we loi 
sight of the promise of (lod. He Inw 
promised to he with us, and if tlie Lord 
be for us, who can be against us? Yet 
we sometimes become discom-aged when 
clouds arise, but let us rely on the prom- 
ise of God .and faithfully work on; for 
if we hindei' instead of encourage, we 
will likely receive a black mark in the 
book of account ; for hindrances are 
Satjin's means to rob us of heaven. 

A fewnights ago while seeking repose, 
amid grief and discouragements, 1 
dreamed that I saw a chariot ascending 
the skies, bearing, as it were, some per- 
sons away to another world. This vis- 
ion made a deep impression on my mind. 
Suppose a chariot from God should stop 
at our door to bear us away to our home, 
which will soon be the case with some 
of us, are we ready? When we wish to 
take a short journey even, how earefnl 
we are to make a complete preparation 
so that nothing shall mar our enjoyment 
when we reach the place. 

Why not ])repare as well anil as ftdly 
for the journey of Life? O let each be 
ready! The Lord has promised to keep 
us, and we need llis help. Here and 
there an old pilgrim l)rother or sister is 
going to rest. Those who have labored 

th..wi. tilings, that .lesun has doii^ for our 
salvation. As long a- you are not truly 
humble and in evi-rything deiwl u, the 
world; you are not wi-H prepared to (wek 
atU-r those things that are abuv<-. What- 
ever does not make you more humble, 
and whatever is not done in obwlience 
to God, that you should not denire to do. 
The saints of (lod have said many 
gii^t things, and written in various ways, 
as it was given to them. Yet they nev- 
er couhl say as much as is contained in 
the Word itself. Therefore we should 
not be contented with simply hearing 
the outward speech, nor be delighted at 
the beauty of the sentence uttered; but 
shouhl at all times turn to God and s<-ek 
those things that are ab<.ve— the high 
and eternal riches in Christ Jesn-*. 



shavers, ftiul church 

" If the world love me, says Christ 
it also would love you," but ye are 
not of of the world, therefore the 
world hateth you" and " ye shall be 
hated of all men for my name's sake." 
To h'arii the way of salvation, must 
necessarily embrace this fact. And the 
whole matter as it addresses its(df to 
tlie inquirer resolves itself into the sim- 
ple fact, whether such are prepared to 
choose the way of sutleriug for Christ's 
sake; instead of drifting in ease with the 
popular current? An unwillingness to 
choose, is as the sin of witchcraft. " I 
am eoine a light unto the world; that 
whosoever believeth on me, should not 
abide in darkness " (John 1^: 4(.i). 

{To he continued). 

hard to keep ihemselves and the church 
pure, ai'e no longer present to give ns 
warning. Are we prepared to do the 
kind of- work they did \ Mtich remains 
to be done, and the time is very short. 
Let us therefore pray, lest having a 
promise, we should come short of it. 
Your sister in Clirist. 


"^yE may say that we love Jesu- and 
'* are witnesses for Him; but do 
we show by our action* that we luv<' 
Ilim? Are we willing to prove ourh>ve 
for Him by doing what He hjis command- 
as t*i do? It is vain for us to say, we 
love Jesus when we do not obey His For He says: "If a man love 
me He will keep iny wonls." If we 
truly love Jesus we will be willing to 
do whatever He has commanded us to 
do; then will we prove that we h.v,- 

How often do we hear church mem- 
bers say, that they know theyluve Jcsiis; 
i)ut oh, how many of the Divine com- 
m.inds they leave unobserved I If we 
\vere to ask them wliy they did n*it do as 
our dear Lord commands, they would 
perhaps say they were not intended f'ir 
us; we can lie saved, without obeying 

Now my dear friends, do you think 
God will hold ns guiltless if \vc reject 
the means of salvation? Let us ever 
search for His commands, and resolv ■ 
with God's help to do them, and then 
will we prove to all that we t/olove -b ■ 


Liiicolnvilk, Iml. 


liY J. \\. UUTKLE. 

rrillK way of the cross is our life. The 
-^ way of God's cliosen people is the 
way of but few. The better way is the 
way of life and sanctitication. The way 
of labor is the way of perfeetiun. As 
in the life of Christ tln-re wjis a cri>.s.s, so 
there must be a cross in the life of every 
Christian, especially in those that want 
to be a peculiar people and spiritually- 

To be master of your will, that is the 
right, and perhajis the greatest. 
The world honors tho^e jiresent, forgets 
those absent, and neglect.s tlie dying. 
Therefore it is more blessed to despise 
this vain world, and to follow the truth. 
Too much care for the thifigs of this 
world makes us cold anfl inditiVrent to 
our soul's salvation, and is a great hin- 
drance iu our spiritual life. The more 
we free our minds from the cares of the 
world, the more we arc united to (u>d, 
and partake of His divine nature. Shun 
those things whicli have for their pur- 
pose human praise and human knowl- 
edge, but with all diligence seek after 


TK the following simple rules are fol- 
-*- lowed, they will promote harmonv 
;ind secuie a healthy state of things 
aiiiong uhiux'h members: 

Jui-st. To War with and not ma-j- 
iiify each others intirniities (Gal. 0: t, -2 ). 

•Second. To pray for one another iu 
our social meetings, and also in private 
(Kph. ti: 18). 

Third. To avoid going from hoi - 
to house for the of hearing - . 
telling ue\vs, secrets, and etc., or in nuy 
w.iy interfering with the atiaira of others 
Tim. 5: 13). 

Fourth. Always turn a deaf ear to 
slanderous reports, and to believe no 
charge which may be brought against 
any person imtil proven (1 Cor. lo: 4, 

F'fftJt- If a member be at fiaolt^ go 
and tell him of it between thee .ind him 
alone (Matt. IS: 15). 

Sixth. Kemember aud regard the 
mseruleof Solomon, to "leave off coc- 
tention beforeit be meddletl \rith"(Prov. 
17: 14). — liilli Banner. 

Prktty STKF.r. — The intoxicating liq- 
uor annually drank in the rnitnt State*. 
when eipially dividnl. furnishes each 
male member with thirty dollars w orth. 
If only one-half of them drink, they 
will h.ive si.xty dollars worth apiece. 
Kuotigli to heat thorn pretty hot. 



I'Uai'y 'J 

§he igrethreij a/ &'ark. 



Tii« Bn«Tim«» at Work will bo mdi poai-pniJ. lo any 
B-Jilrcu in Ibo Unil«J SlalM or (>iiiBd«. fnr $150 per 
•nnam. Thus* MOding len nsrow and Jlft.OO, wiU ro- 
eelT* Ml «iiw copy free of (Iiarjo. For all oter Ihl- 
numJ'Pr ilie og-Mit nill t* nllowod 10 ccol" for each iwldi- 
li' iiMiiir. which umouot CAR be deJncIcd from Ihe 
..,'.. Mndiog it lo ui. Money Onlcra, Droft«, 
rrJ Lctl«n mny be sent M our risk. They 
lie payuUo to Moore, Bn«h 

nnd c 


nr ^ Edbelmnn. 

ndcfl for ttic pr 

iccKr'lwiib the of 

cawBc all iovors of the Danish to rejoiw, 
for tiiey can see that fheir united efforts in con- 
tributing to the support of the mission has not 
been in vain. The church is now fully orgim- 
ized, and no doubt in a good, healthy, working 
condition. This is certainly encouraging to the 
missionary cau^e. 


lisui, Carroll Cs., Ill- 

U1TA3E, ILL,, 

FSBSU&S? 7, 1878, 

The city of London n-nv covers 122 square 
miles, and contsiins a populatiou of S.^SJi.iaR, 
among whom are 322,9^6 more women than 

lilE Brethren at Aslihintl, Ohio, have been 
iiig ii glorions meeting. Forty-sis were aJd- 
, il t'j the chuich by baptism, and severtil appli- 
cants besides. 

Brothkr Lemuel Hillcry is engaged in his 
missionary work in the Central Illinois raission- 
arj- field. His family remains at their home in 
Shanuon, III. 

It is said that thirty thousand people liavi^ 
emigrated from Georgia to Tfxos au«l the ^Vc^l- 
em States during the- last year "' 
the star of empire takra its way.' 

BnOTHEB Benjamin Miller, of Co., Iowa, 
pulled our latch siring one day last week. He 
always meets us with n warm , grasp and is full 
of cheer. He contemplates returning to this 
part of the county. Lanark (or Jerusalem as 
some call it) possesses strong attractive proper- 
ties, and those wlio once lived here, and have 
moved away, find it pleasant to return audwor 
sliip with the Brethren on Mt. Zion, (for oui 
meeting-house stands on Zion's Hill. 

Ax ingenions minister brings out the follow- 
ijig a^ a new revision of the five points of Cal- He conclnded that the ism was old 
enough to be revised; at least the new vei-siou 
is not much less logical than the fii-st: 

1. A man gets religion when he don't want it. 

2. When he has got it he don't kilow it. 

3. If he knows it, he hasn't got it. 

4. If he has it, he c-tn't lose it. 

5. If he loses it, he uever had it. 


Wr want the name and address of someone 
in eveiy family of members where the Breth- 
UEN AT WoiiK is not taken, so that we can send 
them sample copies. Send the namen along. 

Ax exchange says, that among the curiosities 
owni'd by Dr. Douglas of Pluenixville, Pa., are 
bricks mtide by the children of Israel in tbe 
day. o*" Pharaoh, and a mummy 4,000 ytare old. 

Tiioi'on the famine in India is over, yet the 
eSecis of it are still felt in all parts of the coun- 
try. About 130,001) cliilJreii have been mside 
orijhaus by the caUunity. Famines and pe.-iti- 
Icnccs Tvill come. 

It is said that the President and lli-s. Hayes, 
though frequently invited to attend the Wash- 
ington theatres, have so fur declined them. 
This is certainly a good example, whatever eUe 
may l)e said against them. 

The Baptists of England propose to take care 
of their aged and infirm ministers, and have al- 
ready raised a considerable sum for timt purpose. 
It is a disgrace to tbe common cause of Chris- 
tianity the way some denominations are neglects 
iug their poorand infirm. Not only the disabled 
ministers, but the poor of other classes need the 
spfcial care of the church. No church should 
allow her miuistei-s to sutler, after liaviug work- 
ed hard and spent all their means in defense of 
the truth. We have but little faith iu any con- 
gregation or church that will allow a worthy, 
disabled minister to sufier for the wants of tlae 
comforts of life, especially when possessed by 
the church iu abundance. 

" It would -seem," says a certain writer, " as 
though ministers of the Gospel might find 
enough to preach about without dragging fhesil- 
ver question into the domain of theology. What 
extraordinary knowledge have thej* of the cur- 
rency question that they should presume to put 
men down a.s thieves who interpret the provis- 
ions of a bond somewhat differently froiu tlicm- 
selvea? What chapter and verse of the Bible 
gives thera warrant to arraign the intention and 
honesty of financiers and stat«sracu as a prob- 
lem of economics or finance? If these men 
knew how much discredit they reflect on their 
candor and good sense iu the treatment of relig- 
ious doctrines by their dogmatic and vitupera- 
tive handling of purely seculary qiiestions. they 
might be more slow tu use their ministerial 
standing qnitie so dogmatically in support of 
positions which, to say the least, are questioned 
bj' men as devoted to public morality as them- 
selves." Ministei-s should learn to hold the 
pulpit too sacred to discuss purely secular sub- 
jects, having no hearing whatever on religion. 
Above all things do keep God's things seiiavate 
from those belonging to Caesar. If preachera 
mil see to it that they shun not to declare the 
whole counsel of God, they ivili have enough to 
keep them at work one life-time at least. 


JcsT at this time some of the Americans are 
doing all in their power to throw tbe Bible out 
of public schools, hut in England there is beini 
issued, in detached parts, an annotated edition 
of the Bible for the use of schools. 

Wk ai"e about out of some back numbers, 
mid tlierefore cannot funiish complete sets of 
the present volume. New subscribers will com- 
mence with the present number. The price of 
the paper from now till the end of the year 
will be ^1.40. 

.4 CABD just received from the Pnmilh'e CliHs- 
tiaii oflice informs us that they are out of the 
Brethren's Almanacs, and hence we can fill no 
more orders for them. Those who have sent 
money for Almanacs will please iuform us what 
they want done with it. 

As excellent way to follow up revival efforts, 
is to place u copy of the Brethren at Work 
for one year, in the hands of all new converts. 
A chanjie of hesu-t demands a change of mental 
food. If you want to save young converts, and 
make of them useful members of the cliurch, 
see that they are well supplied mth good, whole- 
some ivading matter. 

It ig more than likely that the brethren sent 
to Denmark, are now in England on their way 
home. If a good opening presents itself, they 
may spend a few weeks preaching on the island, 
procluming the same Gospel that tradition says 
was preached there by the apo.-'tle Paul more 
than eighteen huudied yeaj-s ago. 

DrKiXothe past week we were favored with an 
unusual amount of visitors, and among them 
brelhix'u Dierdijrli and J. L. Meyera of Lee Co.. 
III. They had been west preaching in atljoin- 
ing churches, and were on their way to Pine 
Creek, thinking of --pending considerable time 
preaching during the remainder of tbe Winter. 

Tuis week we publish an interesting letter 
from Enoch Eby, the reading of M-hicli will 

Elder D. B. Ray, editor of the Baptist Buttle 
Flag, is writing up and jjublishing a series of 
articles on Baptist succession, claiming that Je- 
sus Christ is the head and founder of the Baptist 
church, and to make good their claims, endeav- 
ors to prove a line of Baptist churches from the 
apostolic churches to the present time. There 
is one thing we would like some one to clearup, 
and if possible, make plain. We h.ive read a 
niimber of works on Baptist succession, and ev- 
ery one of them, in tracing the Baptist clmrches 
to the times of the apostles, run the line through 
churches practicing trine immersion. Why is 
this? Why do they not run the line tlirough 
churches practicing single immersion? Will 
some one explain ? 

AMONG the valuable books just received at 
this oflice are the following: 
Josephus Complete Works, in one large volune, 

bound in leather, 8 3.50 

Cruden's Complete Concordance, large size, well 

bound in leather. Jtist the thing for every 

Bible student - 3.50 

The same in cloth binding, 2.75 

Prince of the House of David. Every family 

ought to have this book 2.00 

Pillar of Fire, 2.00 

Biblical Antiquities, 1.50 

Campbell and Owen's Debate, 1,.50 

Campbell on Baptism, 1.20 

Reason and Revelation, 2,00 

Voice of Seven Thunders, 1.50 

The Philosopliy of the Plan of Salvation,. - 1.50 

Any of the above works will be sent post 
paid on receipt of the annexed price. Address 
this office. 

Some months ago the whole country was 
startled by the discovery of what was supposed 
to be a petrified giant of huge proportions. The 
stone man was examined by the learned, and 
pronounced a petrified human being, and sup- 
posed to have belonged to some extinct race that 
existed thousands of yeai-s before the creation of 
Adam, the first man of the Bible. As the giant 
was in possession of a tail about two inches long 
this was regarded sis proof that man descended 
from the monkey, and hence showed the Bible 
a fable and of courae not true. But it hiia now 
turned uj) that the Cardiil" Giant is one of P.T. 
Baraum's humbugs, wits made by a man whose 
name is Hull, who has deceived the people more 
than once. Thus auother efl'ort tu find man 
beyond the date the Bible assigns to his origin, 
has proved itself false. 

L.WT week we enjoyed a pleasant visit from 
Eld. John Wise, of Pa., accompanied by his 
ife and their two sons. We were pleased to 
find them in good health and cnjoyiag them- 
selves in sweet fellowship with the children of 
God. Bro. Wise preached for us, several times 
at Georgetown, and three telling discoui-ses in 
Lanark. From here he went to the Arnold's 
Grove congregation, where he will remain a lew 
days and then to Waterloo, Iowa where he will 
locate for the time being. As a preacher of abil- 
ity, Bro, Wise is extensively known among our 
people; small of stature, yet an excellent voice; 
a.s favored with a good education iu early life; 
applied himself diligently to the study of the 
Scriptures and hence has done much iu the 
furtherance of the cause. He was elected to the 
ministry at the ago of twenty-two, and has serv- 
ed in the office thirty-four years, twenty-two of 
which he has been an Elder. His travels have 
been extensive, amounting to as much as fifteen 
thousand miles m one year. He left his homo 

Pa., five weeks ago, and has filled sixty-two 
appointments since. God bless him in his labors, 
thathe may be spared to accomplish still more 
good in the world. 


JUST now there is much interest manifesting 
itself over the Eastern Question, and not a 
few are carefully examining the subject in the 
light of prophecy. Some days ago we listened 
to a discourse by Eld. J. M. Stephenson, of Chi- 
cago, in which the spealier presented his views, 
of which the following is a sunimaiy: 

According to prophecy there were to be two 
invasions of Turkej' by Russia before the final 
move. The fii-st to fail, the second to succeed; 
but neither to result in the last "great battle of 
God Almiffhty," and that before the last great 
conflict '■ the land of Canaan" must be brought 
back ti-om the sword and re-settled by the Jews, 
who will have been gathered from all nations; 
and that this grand result may grow out of the 
present wai' — that at all events, the present diffi- 
culties will be amicably adjusted. He also stated 
that England would be the leading nation to re- 
store the Jews, and to protect them in their own 
land; that it would be a masterstroke of policy 
to restore the nationality of Israel; that they 
would do more toward maintaining the equilib- 
rium between the Orient jmd Occident, than a 
standing army from Europe and Asia; that, if 
England ever gets her pay from Turkey, she 
must take it in landed estate; that the only part 
of Turkey's domain that can be sold for money 
is Palestine; and that the rich Jews having a 
mortgage on that land for money loaned the 
Sultan, would gladly purchase England's title. 

The speaker said, that there would be a time 
of peace and prosperity for the Jews, after their 
restoration, as evidenced by the declaration of 
the proi)het that when Gog, the emperor of Rus- 
sia, — shall send his armies to rob the rich bank- 
ers and merchant princes of the Jews, they will 
find them dwelling in imwalled villages or cities, 
showing that being at peace with the worid, 
they will have nuide no preparations of defense. 

He also stated, that no national policy will 
prompt the proud autocrat to become the imper- 
ial robber of the Jews— that no interest, except 
a sordid love of gold, will prompt him to say to 
his cabinet, '■ Come, lot us go to the land of un- 
waUed villages that has been always waste, but 
is now brought back from the sword, and 
agiiinst the people who are giithered out of tlie 
nations to take a spoil, to carry away gold and 
silver, and to take a great spoil." 

11- — •s'"uq to 

be his great contestant, who, to oppose him 

The speaker also stated that Englayj 

form an alliance with half the world "Z- 
which the other half will l,e anayed. lieSt* 
great Gog in alliance with whom will be Pn • 
Germany mid Italy. That in the midst of n"^ 
conflict for the supremacy of the world Vh ^ 
will come to overthrow tlie a&sembled nat 
organize His kingdom, and rule the wnvi i "^ 


BfollifK Moore : — 

WHAT does Paul mean in Eph. h 3^ ,^,]j^ 
he soys, "one baptism?" Afewevej! 
ings ago I heard a preacher read it " oue imm 
siou," and tried to prove that was what Pa''i 
meant. Give us your views through tlip Brbtr 
RE.N- AT Work. A BaoTaEB 

Remarks.— By the term one haptism, pmi 
did not refer to the number of actions requi[pj 
to constitute Christian baptism. There is not 
one particle of evidence in all antiquity favoiin 
the idea that the apostio is referring to sinp] 
immei-siou. whiltf on the other hand, every an 
cient Greek scholar, without one known ctceiv 
tion, who has written on the subject, says thatit 
refers to the tliree-fold immersion. Everv 
known Greek witness from the early ages of the 
church is on the side of trine immersion. 

As before remarked, Paul in this case in not 
writing about theniimber oi actions in baptigm, 
he is speaking of the ordinance itself, and if ive 
want to leai-n the number of actions that are 
required to constitute Christian baptism m 
must go to Matt. 28: 19, where it is taught in 
full. Had Paul meant to teach single immer- 
sion he would have said, "one Lord, one faith 
and one dq)" (bapfo), but he did not say so. In 
the place of hapto in the Greek, he has baptima 
which, when properly rendered into our Ian- 
guage, is dippiiuj, hence arte dipping, malring it 
admis,sible of more than one actibn, and with 
this agree all records of antiquity, 

Chrysostom, one of the ablest Greek scholars 
of antiquity, a man who is said to have been 
able to repeat the Bible iu Greek, from betrin. 
ning to end, and who lived and preached in a 
church that was established by the apostles them- 
selves, when speaking of this passage says: 
" Christ delivered to his disciples oue baptism 
in three immei-sions of the body, when he said, 
'go teach all nations, baptizing them into tlie 
name of the Father, and of the Son, and of tke 
Holy Ghost.' " Here Chrysostom connectsPaul's 
one baptism with the great commis,sion, making 
them both refer to trine immersion. 

It should be borne in mind that the mode of 
baptism was not a matter of dispute at that time, 
therefore to use Paul's language as evidence 
jigainst the three-fold practice is not logical. 
Christian^baptism is one in the same sense that 
the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit are one, that b, 
one in the sense of these being one. The apos- 
tle was reasoning on unity, shomng the oneness 
of different characteristics of the New Testa- 
ment revelation — showing that in all itspai'tsit 
was the same for both Jew and Gentile, both 
bond and free, never once alluding to the differ- 
ent parts of which certain things consisted. 

To render the term one immersion does not 
better the ciise, for im}mrslon is anglicized Lat- 
in, and no better than baptism, and when we go 
to Latin scholars of antiquity, theysay Christian 
baptism consists of three actions. Men who 
mix up the English and Latin in cmier to get 
the phrase o>ie immersiott before tlie people, and 
thereby deceive them, instead of giving the pure 
English rendering, one dipping, deserve to have 
their logic exposed. Immcrnion, ail scholara 
will admit, is anglicized Latin, and therefore 
must mean whatever the pure Latin term, from 
which it is derived means. If it, when prefixed 
by the numerical adjective one means but a sin- 
gle dip, how does it come that the whole Latin 
church, composed of members who spoke and 
■end the Latin, practiced trine immei-sion from 
the earliest ages? Did they not underetimd 
their own native tongue? I do not object m£- 
terially to the rendering of the term Uyonehif 
timi, provided men will tell the truth of what 
lays behind it. But for men, who claim to be 
scholars, to attempt to pass off .such erroneous 
doctrine as truth when it is directly o|)posite to 
all evidence on the subject, is going considerably 
farther than they have papere for. 

The best Greek authority in existence says. 

one baptism refers to trine immei-sion, 

and the 

ojie uapii sin veievs to tnne immeioiu"i — 

united practice of the Latin world shows tlia 



lioit :i 

, if wiM' ■'■'*'' ""'^ spoke tliiitkngriage as their 
L^ toiii;»H'. bclU'ved that thy t«>rnio(iPimiMo-- 
"" ' ,,i... referred to the same method of baptiz- 
„ .Jill wlu-n it conies to a niodiTii scholar, who 
J%vs h"t l'**'''^ "''*'"*' *''^'' ^"''i". stsinding wp 
liii^' the united practice of inilUons of com- 
%,'i\i i'l'lgc". it nmoimts to bwt little in the 
^-ili- "I* evidence. .t. n. si. 


.A X the iiiglit ol' -J""- '^tli, at 12:3i> A. M., in 
(I tonipauy with brethren Ymmce nnd Esh- 
. jijjii, myself niid lady took the train at Wtiter- 
\ , I,,\va. f* '""'^ f*"^ '^'l-' ^"'1-' '"iJ tbe East. 
./.(A.M. we imived at Freeport, 111,, where 
li ,) K-li**Io>fi" separated from «». He to return 
, ^,,1^, t(> comfort the little ones, imd pen glad 
jiii^s tor onr niimeroua renders, and we to 
,,11-iifV Eiist-ward. Aa-nved in Chicago, and 
ft,.r 11 di-lay ot fi^*' hours, entered one of the 
el/giuit coiichea of the H. & 0. U. R. Co., and 
■ioon steaming out of Chicago, the Garden 
Cilyi.fthe West, into the darkness, and over 
iiiiiiric and \YOodlands of hid., among whose 
i; _-:peut so many seasons of refreshi 

,,,«ii!e we M" 

Tiiil 'm\ weeks and mouths before. At three in 
iiiorniii?. as we neared Syracuse where Bro. 
Yoiuicf lesidea, the appro:ich whistle from the 
l„r(iin"tive sounding through the stilhicsa 
iii.'lit, brought from liiin the exclamation. 
L.'j'|i,.io. my wife heard that," and then we 
thoiiL'lit of tl>e bappy meeting at home, and the 
■■(luil l)h'ss yon," as he told of his labors at 
\Viil''ili»o. and of sinners turning to God — then 
i^aiif Ihc old, old reverie of absent loved onea 
JQ the liome of repose, and wondered if, when 
th,- iiutlings of life's train grew more hoarse and 
s.|o\v and the bugle sounds near the station of 
(Lath, it' then we could look as happy as Bro. 
Vmuiti? did. neaving hi^ earthly home, and 
eni'erly '""'^ beyond and say, there, they hear in bi'aven and I'll soon be at home? God 
<.i:iiit lis all in death, this eager, anxious long- 
in^'. aiid this blissful end. 

Witlioivt giving in detail all the incidents of 
oiu' journey, will only add that sister Kate Say- 
W. wh";e name we tailed to mention before. 
nu-i in our company, adding much to its elieer- 
fiiliic^s, until near W. Vfi. line in Ohio, where 
Uio 'topped oft" to visit her brother, who is at- 
teiiiHiig school there, preparing for usefulne.-<« 
iu liil.nre life; trust it may resnlt in good to not 
only this world, but to the enlarging of God's 
liuU'i.- also. 

We arrived at Greenville in the afternoon of 
!'2t!i, where we were met by Bro. Dr. Boteler 
iiiid ii son of Eld. J. P. Oiler, who convej'ed us, 
witli some friends from Tuniberlajid Co., Pa., to 
Bra, Oiler's house in Wji^'nesboro. After the 
greetings and supper were over, we held a sea- 
sou of prayer ivith quite a number ot" visitors, 
expmencing what really comforts the heart in 
any stage of Christian life— gratitude to God 
im- life i)reserved, hospitable mid entertaining 
frifuds along with a pleasant home and place to 

Next morning, in company with Bro. Oiler, 
ive attended services at the "Hade" church; 
lurge audience and good interest. In the even- 
ing, back to Waynesboro, where an overflowing 
house greeted us, and by request, our efforts in 
the interest of Truth were continued for a few 
eveninjrs: preaching principally, on Christian 
- ^uty and doctrine. Found the church general- 
ly in union, and much interest uianiiested in the 
discourses preached. This being more of a mect- 
inf; for the membei-s and building up of the fait): 
of those already in Christ, we did not anticipate 
any results, yet we leel confident, had our meet- 
ings continued longer, many would have accejit 
•^1 the Truth. During the day-time we spent 
the- time iu visiting friends, among them the 
'iinily of our "special coutrihutor," Bro. D. B. 
ML-iit/er. The only regret we could express on 
'"having them was: Our visit wiis like a glorioti* 
«;niion or a powerful prayer,— "Too short.' 
!5rr'. Mentzer has a pleasant home, good libiar 
•"I'l ^ love for the chureli, and has promised t 
"till L'oatiuue liis oi-ticles for our columns, and 
" itb this promise our readera can look for sonie- 
'liiiig good occasionally from his pen. '^^^ "*■" 
''■"' 'He pleasure of meeting our esteemed old 
'""tlier Eld. Henry Koontz. now in hit eighty- 
'''^h year. His eyes are growing dim ^'^ ""' 
^'^•ps fevble, though not sufliciently so sw I*' 
^^"'"'e him to remain away from the solemn ii-<- 
^^■"ihly ojid the house of ijraj'cr. His last days 

here, imd soon all will be numbered, and 
then— Ah, what! A home inheaven? Yesin- 
ilued. and amid the shades of the Celeitial para- 
dise, and beside the cr>'»tal river, uud the grout 
white throne, perpetual day, eternal spring, ov- 
crhisting youth, and the songs of redeeming 
love with the nmon of the sanctified, worship- 
ing and praising God forever and evermore. 
Will we meet him there? Yea, by God'sgrace, 
aud the patience and blood of Jesus Christ. 

On Saturday lUth in»t, Bro. Oiler, wife and 
daughter Annte, acconipimied us to this "Man- 
or " church. On the way we stopped in Hagens- 
towu at the residence of Bro. E. S. Miller; spent 
an hour pleasantly and then passed on. Were 
kindly rnet-ivedhy the members here, and up till 
to-thiy have had but two meetings, rain and 
mud hindering. Of our here, will have 
more to s^ay in futiu-e. Saturday I go to Browns- 
ville to remain a few days, leaving my compan- 
ion here. 

May God, in His infinite mercy', bless His 
people imd church every-where. All our coi-- 
respondents can addres'^ us at Dunkirk, Ohio, as 
we will reach there Feb. 12th. Smnll-pox is 
ragiuft in Huntingdon, Vn.^—Priinifirp home. 
Bro. E. I>. Kindig's mfe died with the disease. 
Trust all our Primitire friends will be spared, 
s. H. B. 
F(i}q>hnj, M'l., Jati. '33, /S7,V. 

UU readers will remember that in Vol. 2 

C. L. Culbertson, followed by some comments 
on his theoiy of the " invisible church." In re- 
ply to my observations, Cornelius L. Culbertson 
has sent in an article about six feet in leMRlh, 
the first half of which he addresses " Mr. K," at 
least seventeen times. Just why he should get 
so much " Mr. E." in his article, and so little 
Lord and Master, I fail to see; for " Mr. E." is 
not salvation nor tho way of salvation, but is 
himself a maji of " like passions" with others, 
(Acts 14: 15), A portion of the remainder ol 
his article is here given, not simply to reply to 
him, but to set some things right in reference 
to baptism and regeneration, two things that 
oni' opponents frequently confound, in opposi- 
tion to the belief we maintain on those questions. 
Now hear him: 

" The particular tests are John 3: 5, and Titus 

5, on which much of the stress of this con- 
troversy is hiid. But in coiisiderinK them atten- 
tively. I find nothing in either of tlu^m to lead 
us to think baptism is the regeneration spoken 
of there. As to the fonner of them (John 3: 5), 
when our Lord says. "Except a man be born of 
water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into 
the kingdom of God." It is (after all the eon- 
tempt with which that interpretation has been 
treated) very possibly he may mean by a well- 
known figure, to express one idea by both those 
clauses, that is, the puriiying influences of the 
Spirit cleansing the mind as water does the 
body: as elsewhere to be baptized with the Ho- 
ly tjliost and with fire, (Matt. 3) signifies to be 
bapti/ed by the Spirit operating like fire; but 
if thrif tli'Te !■< iiiileed a reference to baptism 
these W'jpK, (whiili I own I am much inclined 
to believe) it will by no means follow that baj] 
tism is regeneration." 

" It by no means follows that baptism is re- 
generation." Not at all! If baptism be rfgni- 
eration, then regeneration must be baptiam. 
There is no eviuling this. "Then cometh Jesus 
to John to be rrt/eneraled of him." Did Jesus 
need regeneration? "Know ye not, that so 
many of us as were reijeneraled into Jesus Christ, 
were legenfrakd ih^o his death?" How doe 
that sound? and this? " Buried with him in 
irijcnmitioii." Was Christ regenerated? "John 
preached the reijeiieralim of repentance, 
want the reader to note this, for farther on, 
friend C. comes to the defense of the opinions of 
mtiHij hnrned divines on this subject, imd seems 
to cross his own path in this matter. 

Baptism is one of the means on man's part, of 
attcuuing a regenerate state, and is not the re- 
generate state itself. Baptism is one of the 
causes, and the regenerate state the ijftd. Tail h, 
repentance and baptism must be attended to by 
man, then God pardons, gives the gift of the 
Holy Ghost, the hope of eternal life; and when 
man has all these, he ia in a regenerate state. 
We must not confound God's work, and the 
work assigned to niiui to attain regeneration. 
The things to Iw done to the hodij, the outward 
acts are given to man to perform, while the nefds 
of the soul God supplies. God promises to do 
certain tilings for us, if we do certain things for 
ourselves. He always telling us what to do, and 
T^hat ho/ to do. 

But friend Culliertson inaiMta that "Mr. E. 
must acknowledge (hat many learned and pious 
divines have taught and conteudetl. that regen- 
eration does, in the strictest propriety of wpeoch. 
signify baptism." He says 1 " miint .leknowl- 
edge " this. There is no dodging; I muM, houcc 
I do; but what of it? The question is not what 
" many ktinied and pious divines havJ tavight," 
nor what aomr Uanird divines have taujiht, and 
do teach, but uhni (Utn Otxi teach ? This is the 
important query, and the only one that can bo 
answered with safety, and that is icnrth aiwwer- 
ing. "According to his mercy he saved us, by 
the washing of regeneration, and renewing of 
the Holy Ghost" (Titus 3: 5). Here we have 
God's answer, which is regeneration's wnslnng. 
i. p., the regeneration that comes by baptism— 
not by baptism (done, but by faith, repentanc- 
and baptism. In the same connection we read 
of the " renewing n/ Hie Uohj Glmt." meaning 
not that the Holy Ghost is reneiird, but that 
man is renewed hi/ the Holy Ghost. All those 
perform an important part in tho induction of 
a man into Christ, and he who attempts todrop 
one, or suK-ititntc something else in place of 
them, launches his vessel on the great sea of 
douht« and perplexities and sails he knows not 

Fncnd C. next attempti to prove that the pen- 
itent on the cross was no preacher! Well, who 
lid he was? These are the words I used in my 
former argument on this subject: The poor 
penitent wa* baptized and a preacher. " Hold 
where did you learn that?" says one. Learn 
it? Well iu the same chapter that Mr. C. findi 
evidence that the poor penitent was first in tho 
" invisible" church. It is called the chapter of 
supposition. Does he not sec tho point? If 
not, let him reail the first chapter of .tiiyj/josi- 
finn again. But hear him a little further: 


Sweet Home. 

■\T ix home? A pUice of r.-«t from the 

tods of (he day. A sweet r*«(iiiK pUce 

wheru we can meet the loved ona who dwell 

there. Long year» ago, a man who ncv.T had a 

home, wrote the beautiful words, " Swet-t home.'' 

iweethome. The bent place on earth. The 

" God is no respecter of persons; consiequenti 
ly He will not talte some to glory on an excep- 
tion, and require r)thei"a to observe all the duties 
pertaining to this life. If He did, Hp would be 
a respecter of persons," 

Well, but you say the penitent on the cross 
did go to gloiy leithnuf baptism, and thi-n turn 
round and say, if so, God is a respecter of per- 
sons. You insist that a man must be baptized 
in order to get into the Baptist chnrch, but still 
he can get into the " invisible church " without 
it. Then a man can get into the invisible 
church with less conditions than into the BajK 
tist church. Hils the Baptist church added 
anything to the conditions of salvation? 

True, God is no respecter of persons, but then 
He is a respecter of ehitraeter and prineiple^mii 
thin is just what He respected in the poor peni- 
tent on the cross. He did not sare his body 
there and then, but then I'edid respect the poor 
penitent's soul, and remembered him. One 
more point. Jesus wius not yet dead, — had not 
died for the sins of the whole world — hence had 
not sealed His Will with His blood; and so 
long as the Testator Hveth He has perfect right 
to change His Will. When personally present, 
He had power to say, " Thy sins be forgiven 
thee," luid it was so, but when He ascended and 
left His Will. His Word and Truth, this was 
frt»m that time forth the only " power of God 
unto salvation," and this same .power remains 
with us unto this day. By the New Testament, 
therefore, wo must In-govei-ned. It contains all 
the rules of faith and practice, and God's man- 
ner of dealing with His people, that are neces- 
sary. There is no other revelation from God, 
that shows how aud what we must do to be 
saved. M. u. e. 

Vehuont has a new law by which criminals 
convicted of murder and worthy of capital pun- 
ishment, shall be imprisoned for two years be- 
fore execution shidl take place, so that if the 
innocence of the prisoner can be established, he 
may have the beiielit of it." 

paradise of this world. What woold we do 
without a home? No place at which 1-, rest 
from the cares and toils of the day. U would 
be miserable. Yet bow many are there wh^ 
have no home? There are thou,*and.H who nev- 
er knew what a home is. They have \)-^n cast 
out uilo the world with no one to care for ihcm. 
Have not even a place where to lay their head. 
What a pity it is, to have no home: no kind 
mother; no go6d father to provide for the w^mta 
of the helpless; no brothers and sisten to help 
bear the burdens of life. 

To-night it is cold. The ground is covend 
with snow, but I am at home, ye*, sweet home 
—where all is bright luid cheerful. Nfjtbing l» 
mar the feelings of any one. It is pk-asanf. 
Have Inen hard ut work all week, from early 
dawn to near the small hours of the night 
Working ban! to feed hungry souls with suitar- 
ble healthy food. This is not a task, it is a plea». 
lire. It makes one feel good to think he has 
spout the week doing his duty. Then when the 
week's work is over, to have a cheerful home 
where ho ciui rest and be refreshed. 

While silting here at the desk, we think of 
even the many mul homes in the land. May be 
at this very minute there are thonsjuidii of homes 
where all i* sail. Not one ray of clu-rrfulnessto 
brighten up the thorny pathway of life, A 
mother may be weeping over her little infant 
that has just dosed its eyes in death. Poor 
mother! It is hard for her to give up the pre- 
cious little object, yet she must. Then we think 
of the broken-hearted young wife. Her head is 
buried in her hands, and her heart almost ready 
to break. What is the matter? Enough to 
bleak a woman's heart. She moved in n-spectr 
able society, is from a well-ttwlo family. She 
gave her heart to the man she loved. She gave 
all into his hands. She was happy, with bright 
prospects before. But alas! she w:tR betrayed. 
She knew not that she was marrying a tippler. 
She trembles, is in constant dread. Don't biow 
where be is. Poor girl! God pity the drunk- 
ard's wife. But we think of other places, can't 
call them homes, they are not— where a poor, 
broken-down mother is struggling with i>overty» 
Herclothesare thin; no food in the house. The 
fire is getting low; the children are crj-ing for 
food; they draw near mother and bury their 
heads in her bosom, but f^he is only wr-eping. she 
cannot help them. Where is tlieir father? Ask 
the saloon keeper. How thankful we ought to 
be that we have good comfortable homes. 

How many sweet homes are there to-night? 
How many places where all is sunshine? where 
the family love each other, and take pleasure in 
each other's society? where there are no an- 
gr^' words, no quarreling, naught to mar the 
beauty of the home circle. God bless the sweet 
homes to-night, and help the inmates to live 
happy, and do all iu their power to make each 
other happy. How I wish 1 could impress on the 
mind of all, the necessity of making home a lit- 
tle paradise; a happy little Eden here on earth, 
here all the family can meet aud enjoy the 
closing of the week. Clouds may come and go, 
and even dark, gloomy hours may pass, yet all 
should labor to make the best of it, and if pcs- 
sible have a happy home. 

Not all wealthy homes are happy homes. 
Some of the finest palaces of the land are the 
abodes of broken-hearted people. There is a 
ptacein the heart that wealth cannot fill. There 
are many neat homes inside of rude hats. 
Around the large fire-place the fiunily can at 
and sing 

" Home, hom? sweet home." - 

" With more truth than poetry, an old sage 
has divided the wortd into two great parties: 
One goes ahead and works for the public good 
in the best way they know how. The others 
stand otf with their hands in their pockets, and 
with the heartlcssuess of true grumblers, ask- 
why things were not done in a different way." 
That is like some men waiting for something to 
turn up, while others go to work )md turn 
something np. 

But think of the thousands who this night u« 
shivering in the cold — they have no home, hut 
little clothing, no food, alt isdrear>*, God blcGS 
the homvlet^i. There is a happy home in the 
Great Beyond, in the other world— where all k 
sunshine. We hope to meet thousands there,. 
Maiij' of them ha\-e no home on eaiih. but the 
givat and gooil Spirit can give them one 
above. Let us hasten on. we will soon be at 
home.— J. H. iiooKE. 

Nkws from the Eastern seem badly mix- 
ed. Peace negotiations going on. yet the KnS' 
sians, with victorious armies closing in on all 
the roads leading out of Constantinople. 

'• NoTBlSO con be niop> absurd than the ide* 
of 'looking guilty' proves guilt. An honest 
man chargi^l with crime, is much more likely to 
blush at the accusation than the r\'.-d offe-nder, 
who is generally pn'pared for such an eveDt, 
and has his fine' ready ma»le.' Theverj thought 
of being suspected of anything criminal wiU 
bring the Mood into an innocent man's che^ 
nine times out of ten." 


§he S<""{ §i''(^'' 

■■ lUubuJt. loTc jour wi»M.' 
" WliM. ob«7 your bu»biuidi 
• ■ Fitih«rt, protohe doI your cbiMi 
" ChilJreD, Obty your pftrenU ii 

lo wrmtli." 
ftll tbinga.' 

Edited by M. M. Eshelman. 

Ip you woiiM be truly great and good, choose 
\n spL-iik (Old to do right ut nil times. 

I»fFKKi>L-i' knowledge is proud that he has 
]..«nK-d ^-oincthing. while wi>j<Ioiii is humhie that 
he knows Iiow lo behave himself. 

Rowland Hill, calmly observing a boy amii»- 
himmdf OH arocknig-liorse, remarked: "Like 
Chrialians; motion enoiigli, but no pro- 




TilK anaconda is caught by throwing to it a 
live dog. When it has Bwallowcd the dog it 
goi-s to Hlcep. and then it is eiLiily trapped. So 
with nieii and women; many of them have been 
cnptured by Satsm thrmigli their appetites. 

Si'L-KOKON, not long since, ho-l occasion to ad- 
dresHSome young men who had prepared tliem- 
nelvua for the minittrj-. and gave them this 
Meimbleiulviee: "Let yonr sermons he full of 
sound matter. You do not need to give acorn- 
field every time: hut you con give a loaf of 

CwiumBN, if you do not wiBh to bnrn your 
Iiaiids, keep theni out of your neighbor's lire, 
[f you find fault with others, you may real as- 
sured tliitl other.-* will find occasion to find fault 
with yuu, and tliis is the fire that burns. Be sure 
to never kindle it, and you will find wisdom 
pt'nhiiig over your roof iti well as peace. 

ands around you Jed liati, then chew and smoke 
the filthy weed. If you can honor God with a 
chunk of tobacco in your mouth, or if you can 
make people happy by spitting and puffing, you 
would better go on. But be sure that you can 
honor God. If you can place the words " holi- 
ness to the Lord " over a Quid of tobacco, ami 
look at It with an undisturbed conscience, j'ou 
certainlyarewellengrafted in the weed. "Well," 
say you. " there are other things as bad as 
using tobacco." Don't deny that, but how can 
they help tobacco? One empty sack cannot 
prop up another empty suck. One evil cannot 
make another evil stand up straight so that God 
can call them both good. You are perfectly 
sound and safe without using tobiicco. Let it 
alone, and then you may be sure it will leuvi 
you alone. This is written to yon young man- 
not to old men. Now do not give it all away. 


, Do you objwt to any part of God's " perfect 
law of lilierty?" What on civrth is the good 
of your objecting i' (iod mode every part, and 
you may stand and object until you go down in- 
to your grave, and the liiw will still be perfect. 
Qod can do with His own us He please.-i. and 
your objections will never turn Him fi-om His 

' At the beginning of the prcsentyeJir, abriglit 
little girl said to her father: " Papa, I am going 
to give yon a New Year's gift? " ""Hnrnt is it, 
my dear child?*' asked her papa. "I am going 
to give yiiu a good girl," Haid she. The dear 
child mcjuit that she would he a good giid the 
whole year. How many of our little readers 
gftvo their parents such gilts? Itisiiottoo late 
to give them now. 

Not one person in all this univei-se ever felt 
the i>aug« of remorse for doing his duty. One 
good action, one sacrifice of desircfor conscience' 
sake, one feniptution overcome and cast dowTi, 
will prove a bleitfsiiig and raise the low spirlt-s 
above the vain mid showj' things of life. Be 
cheerful. In- Tiiitiitt'd. hediligout, be active in 
good works ti'i IIhisi- around you and your rest 
will be peatrful. yuur joy complete. 

\ i.iTTLE boy was asked what he would give 
to Je:HH.i, and he promptly ivplied: "I think I 
will give myself to Him first," That was a good 
thought, juid we hope he put it into practice. 
Will not every hoy and girl wlio reads this, and 
18 yet out of Christ, at once resolve to give them- 
selves to .)esu.s? Go, read the Testament and 
learu what He did for you, and what He wants 
you to do, then fh it, and be happy. 

In number four, present volume, we gave six 
subjects to as many children, to write upon, and 
we aiv happy to present the one on Abel in this 
iwuc. Hope the othei-s will also respond, and 
in nest number shall call upon some othere to 
write upon Bible subjects. Dear children, the 
most of you are doing well. Do not feel badly 
if your letters should not appear; try again, and 
if you put in something found In the Bible, it is 
almost sure to iind room in the paper. Those 
letter* containing Bible matter, stand at the 
door knocking, and knocking, and will not give 
up until they get in. And it is a pleasure to 
let them in. 

Vousr. man. [ want your rar a moment. I 
want t^) put a litt le iithttcco in it. No. not tobac- 
co exactly, but a few icoriU about tobacco. If 
you love your mouth, teeth, stomsich, your whole 
self, tiieu never use tobacco. But if you want 


^fij Dear Youu/j Ilratlers: — 

HERE are my first lines to you, and I will try 
to make them so easy that you all can 
know just what I menu in all I say. If you can 
to sincH bad, want to make hundreds and thou.'t- rend in the First Header at school, you can read 

WHICH means doing at the proper, precis?, 
and exact time; to be prompt and ener- 
getic; and in most cases, upon this depends suc- 
cess in our undertakings or pursuits, the contrary 
of which means sluggishness, slowness, lateness, 
inactivity, and no success. It is so in what our 
minds act upon, and what our hands find to do. 
In all the pursuits of life, not being punctual 
or timely in doing what is essential, produces 
much ignorance, superstition and mbery, deceiv 
ing the fond anticipations, blasting the bright 
hopes we cherish and entertain for doing that 
which makes us better and iviser, luid diverts 
our attention from the pursuits of many lawful, 
useful and beneficial contriv.ances, :md thereby 
causing us to come short of the crown of success, 
n reaching the summit of many little Iiills of 
science. While on the other hand, being on 
time, or punctual, make^our be.-Jt, happiest, and 
most esteemed pei-aons, most useful men and 
women, most noble aaid thriving boj's and girls; 
and as you grow older you will only see the 
plainer, and know the better, how" important it 
was. Then how glad you are if you have tried 
to be punctual, and made it a habit in you. On 
the other Inmd, if you become older, then sad, 
sorr3'. ami even angry will you become at your- 
selves, if you have not tried, when young, to be 
punctual, to be the iii-st in school, the first in 
the class, the lii'st lo obey your teacher, your 
parents, and to take atlncc. 

Remember also, while we ore little hoys and 
girls wc form habits. We either leai'u to be at 
our post where duty requires, to go where. we 
are sent, and that quickly and manfully, or we 
become careless, slow, and often late to school 
without a good cause. From the want of being 
punctual and in earnest, we leave iniuiy thin^ 
undone and unlearned, whiuli would be nece.ssa- 
rj' to have and make us so happy to know. 01)- 
seiTstion teaches, that scholars in Sabhath-school 
or any other school, who watoh the closest, and 
are ever readj" for any duty or worlt given them, 
and then do that work quickest, therefore cftj- 
serving punctuality, are the ones who please 
their teacher, who are flked most by their 
parents, imd without any doubt, are making tlio 
most progress in learuingourdutlestooui-selvos 
and to God whom wo should try ever to please 
and love. 

Then childi'en, never be late, 
But always be in due time; 
This even tell to your mate. 
And the same I will to mine. 

Please be in school every day, 
And of good, learu what you can; 

In the future you can 6ay, 
How very glad now I am. 

For I have tried to be first, 

Learning my duty to do; 
Thereby never was I worst. 

Neither thoughtless nor late too. 

Pray, this motto always keep, 
And do please bear it in mind. 

Neither do forget by sleep, 
It leads, treasures to find. 

First of all. do not forget, 
Eacli day your prayers to say, 

Asldng God your mind to set, 
On things that pass not away. 

Here, some day will be our last, 
Then wc he placed 'ueath the sod, 

All things then on eartli are past, 
And we must be meeting God. 

J. R. LlCHTY. 

my letters, for I shall try hard to use only word;, 
of one — syliatile. Now there is a big word, 
what does that mean? Well, I will tell vou. 
and then I wdl go on. " Big " is one si/lhb!r; 
; " big-ger" is liiv syllables. And so on. I will 
try to use not more than two syllables or word 


Just now I think of two men — the only ones 
I ever heard of who tried to write in words of 
one "syUable." (Don't let that big word slip.) 
One wiLs a general in the army, and he was lik- 
ed for his easy words. The other num has been 
called " the learned blacksmith." You know 
what a blacksmith is. Well, his school was in 
the blacksmith shop. Here, It issaid, he leiu'n- 
ed many languages, that is, many kinds of 
speech or talk among people over the world, as 
Dutch, French, Scotch, Ac. After awhile he 
gave up the shop, and went to study more and 
more, and went about talking to people in lect- 
ures. He has become a useful man. A few 
years ago I saw a small paper whose name was 
the Aiifffl of' Pfttve. It was in this paper that I 
saw some pieces written in words of one syllable 
for the little ones. " The learned blacksmith " 
wrote them. Now do you know his name? I 
will tell you — it was Eti/iii Jiiirritt. 

You are small now. but after while you will 
be men and women — big people. 1 iioiJe you 
will learn a useful lesson from what I liave told 
you — that jou may grow up to be good, an<l 
true, and useful. Try to learn little by little 
like Ktihu Burritt did. Learn at home to love 
and obey, and at school to improve. This is the 
work of little people. Next time I will tell you 

Your Ltrotlier. 

D. B. Mknt/rr. 


Dear Editor: — 

SKKINli the ehildren are at work ho eariii'=U 
ly, and the ministering brethren are trav- 
eling to and fro over the great deep, spreading 
the Go.'*pel, organizing churches, how thankful 
we ought to be to our heavenly Father for the 
privileges we enjoy. A nd how earnest we should 
be in prayer to God for each otlui', tli(iu;^li we 
are a great disiance apart and strangei-a, though 
not strangers in tlic faith; we should all be of 
one mind and speak the same thing. 

Our church is in a prosperous condition at 
present. We have about sixty niembew. We 
do not get to meeting very often on account of 
bad roads, as we have a good ways to go, have 
no cliurch-honse, but hope it will be butter in 
the future, 

I ri'joice to hear of so many y(uing people 
coming to Christ, in youth returning to their 
Father's house before tlioy stray very far away, 
I am young in the cause, but have no desire to 
turn hack to the world agaia, but want to go on 
through this unfriendly world to the end of the 
journey of life. Lot us hear from some more of; 
the young membei-s. 

Conidl, III. 


Dear Editor: — 

I HAVE been to meeting to-day. 1 am amem- 
her of the church; wiuiljaptizod four weeks 
ago yesterday. While I was ouUide of the 
church I had a great nmny friends, but since I 
joined thev have all forsaken me: but I have 
nnule new ones, which makes me feel \{:Yy good; 
old ones point the linger of seoni at me and cry, 
"Old Duiikanl. .>ld Diinkard," but I don't mind 
that, I can sniler all such mockings and scorn. 
The Methodists were sure of getling me in their 
chnrch. I attended their Sahbatli-school hwt 
Summer; tliey took a great deal of interest in 
teaching nie their doctrine; thoughtthey would 
win me that way, but I thought I would reiul 
the Testament for myself. I soon found thai 
their doctrine would not stand the test. I told 
them they did not follow the commandments—' 
did not baptize according to the commission. 
They said they would baptize me with a"Dunk- 
ard baptism." I told them they did not wiwh 
feet, and attend to many other things found in 
the Bible, so I thought I woultl come into tlie 
church where there is .safe ground. I felt that 
I was a sinner, and must do something. Now 
I wimt all other children to follow ,Iesus ami 
seek Him while He may be found. I am eleven 
years old, 

Morrisoneitlf, HI. 

It is as wrong-to repel a chlld.s.pipstions with 
" Don't bother me! " a.i to whip a kitten for dilut- 
ing mice. It is by questioning that they acquire 
the knowledge they crave and need. 

C H I LD REX~^It~W^^ 

From Ida E. Snavely.— z>ff^/^^^^p~~~- 
the fourth chapter of Genesis we reJ'^T'" 
Abel. He wiw a keeper of sheep; was "* 
aan and did what the Lord biulehim R^*^ 
uc brother whose name was Cain. h« .^^ ''**' 


pleasing in the eyes of the Lord as l.i- i* 

er Abel, and that made him 


very ani^rv ti 
fore he slew his brother Abel. From tl ■ '^ 
should learn to be kind to eiich other aud l*" 
our parents in all things. This is the fiKi ^^ 
mandment to little children; if ,ve obe ?"' 
then it is that the Lord will love iis ,^^j' 
Abel. "'■'"'id 


From Mary (.'. Boun^r.— We Inul 

here last week. Brn. Fields mid Gi 



lis foin-tli torn, , 
■ver. My pu Wiw at the l',,,,,.!.. 

here ami held forth the woi-ds of lift. ,,.ia ^^"'^ 
er. I go to school and love my teacher, p'-^"-^' 
Gilbert, very well. This Is his 
we all like him. 

are by scarlet fever. My pu Wiw at the fm,77 
yesterday, and he said it was oneof tlien 
solemn fimerats he ever attended. I du j. .'*'?' 
read the young folk's lettere. 
BriffJiton, Ltd. 

From Anna H. Liiigeufolter.— i ,,1,1 t,T„i 
yeai-3 old; go to school every daj-, juni t„ ^' !^ 
bath-school every Sunday. My tcuehei" ' 
is Edward Fisher. My stuil es 

* uanie 

writing, spelling, arithmetic, and g. 
love to read the Bkrthrex at W 

from the cliildrei 

[ have fivi 

"'^ reading. 
:'''>griipli_v. J 
'<^"K aiul'hear 

tour sisters Imng. My papa and mammnbe- 
long to the church of the Brethien. I loypi 
go to meeting: we have meeting at our scliool' 
bouse every four weeks. Uncle .lacob Ncg|" 
l)reaehes to us. Tliis is my first letter imd | 
must not make ii t^io long. 
Fidton Co., Ill 

From Z. Ammeii Mnhoriiey.— /jf„j i,,,/, 

Cliildnit;—! too. am a little boy. 1 Imve 
all your lettei-s in tlio lost paper. W 

e jiiat not 

beginning to learn to write. I Imvt. „„|y ^^^^ 
to school about three we^-ks; nmmnia feaclK's ine 
at home. Have been through the Secojid RcuJ- 
er three times. 1 w.tnt to learn to read well, so 
I can read the Bible, as it is God's Book, and it 
teaches us how to be good. It, is sad to iY>nd 
how those wicked men nailed J<su» on tlie cross. 
Let us all try and be good fo God will take usto 
heaven wlien we die. I have a dear httle sister 
in heaven. Klie went one night while brother 
and 1 were iLsleep. I have one l.rother and a 
(U'LU- lit tie .sJKter. ten months old. Her name a 
Mary Jacob. I love her so much, cim biii-dly 
keep away from her. I came near kilhug lier 
]ai<t Satui-day. I will tell you how, so y-m all 
can bo more careful and not do as I did. She 
was playing on tbe door. 1 sat her on the Iwl, 
did not watch her closely enough, and let lier 
fall; she struck so near the t4'mple thatahe teem- 
ed to be dead for awhile; we were afraid she 
w<„,l,l .,..r ...■.I- to life again. Itwossosadto 
■ Hs so sorry. We live- ten uiilw 

From Frances \. H&rher. —Dear Editor:- 
I am in my twelfth year, am a daughter of Levi 
Garber. Father and mother are meiubei-siif the 
church. Father is a minister, and is away from 
home a great deal attending to ministerial ilutiw. 
I have tlnee brothei-s and four sistei-s, all inm- 
bera of the church esce|)t my si-ft^-r next elder 
than me, and myself. Two of my brotliera are- 
deacons. I love to see people follow Je-sas. iiud 
I hope to follow Him too, for wlien I read how 
much He loved us all, how can we help loviug 
Him? I wish all tlie little folks would lewnto 
Ibve Jesus, imd then we would love each other 
too; tliio would be so nice to dwell togethwiu 
the love of Jesus. May God bless us all. 

Mf. Sidnci/, Va. 

From Cicorge W. Wrightsiiiaii. — /^wr 

E'/ifor: — 1 am nine years old, and go to Hrhont; 
i ]iever went very much. I can read tlie i>'i|*r 
and like it very well. I also read a chiipt<'r in 
the Bible nearly every evening. I love to gu Jo 
meeting, but do not g"et to go as often iis I would 
like, for mother Is sick a great deal, and I stfl)' 
with her wlien father goes. 1 have no brother 
or sister. I love to read letters from GriHiiIp". 
and hope he will write some more. IwouMhke 
to hear from some more of the little folk*, iui" 
hope they will road the si.\th chapter, iirst and 
second vei-ses of Ephesiims, imd ouey that part 
of the Scriptures. 

Loicder, III. 

From Lydia Shivoly.— /Jchi- Edilor:-i^J 
|)apa takes the Biikthhen at Wokk. and I jiK^ 
to read it. This Is my first letter. I^vt"'*); 
^'nod girl, and go to school. I read m the F '>'"'"' 
Header, ^tudy s|p<-Iliiig and arithmetic. I !';['' 
to hear fr-.m'the little folks. 1 have two bri't'i- 
the otherisacnpi-e. 

Hoijo (;od will ble,. 
Ccno (iord-K IK. 

him. I am nine years 




IWllOTK vou two umatirfartory letter, on 
11,1. subject of iiileriirclnlioii, ami I now 
,i,e a thirf, which may prore equally „„,alis- 
„rv. When I referred to the estnbli.he<l 
,r;mi['l« "' intiTprctatloii, I had no thought 
ule» aulhoriwrt hy man. hut that which 
(,f mhiil and of rfrehtion ueeefwitate. 

THK 7?TlKTH]iE>f .VT AVOlllC. 

of «!'>■ ' 

-yiie riilf is iiiissfil by most readei-s, and tlu' 
nlirittinii is ilifficult. Sin lias so tlerangcd 


ity to us. 

hilt is plrtin to a sinless being, is obsoii 

jv J''st in the degree that wo have the 

,,ii„l of Guil. will oHrmiiul think with Him. 

The principU-s I had ref^Ti-ed to, ni^e these: 

1_ WUnt is the object of revelation? 

o Wliat lUf its relutions to nature, which 
aei'vfs a-'* it^ nicrlinm ? 

:l_ What is its relation to vciuion. whieh is 

rifite it? 

i„ iippropr 

4. What laitaeorreapondence to tlm com- 
"nlix constitution of Christ ivs God and luaii? 

This eowrs every difficulty in the Hiblu. — 
ThesL' principles are established, essential ; with- 
^,„t tliciu there would he neither God, nor 
,naii. nor iiatiin!. nor revelutiou.- If wc uuder- 
st.irid iiii'l ■M>ply tln-ni. (h.-re will he no two 
clu'bi"'-' npiiiiniis tbroiiylirtut the whole church. 
>;;iliin'. ibi- iiiiddl'- L-nn bftwoen the Kwflator 
j^nd Uis rational, ruined crciitnies, is too much 
;«iiiiivil by the brethren. MoH of us want to 
lo„li {inly to the Spirit for the uutblding of the 
liolyOriicles. So did not Jesus. Hu was ul- 
\vi.\s (bmling with the visible n« the fioger board 
to tlip invisible. 

In the i-ntistitiithii of Clirlsf we have the nat^ 
Hill! an<l snpernatiUMl com])lonieutiiig and in- 
t^.1■^ll'lin^ e;ich other. Tti know Iltiii in to uii- 
di>rrt:;ud the true principles of ixegesis. 

C. H, RAi-'^HAnm. 


OlR heloved aistfir, Sophia Wiincre of Mid- 
die Creek, Iowa, departed this life Jan. S. 
IsT^, She tt"i3 thirty-five yei^ra and some 
uiimtli^ ol'l at the time of her death, imil tin- 
glilist daughter of Bro. Peter Pfoutz. 

Sister Sophia wua one that was loved by all 
ivli.i kin-w hiT. She leaviis a kind Inisbjind ,in<l 
ttii children, mostly smiill, to mourn her loss. 
It i>i a loss to them indeed. No more will lier 
I'jui inl hands provide for their daily wants and 
li'i umre will her motherly voice bo heard; bnt 
w.- hope while they are mourning the loss of 
tlii. lU'.-ir ti-iend, fhe is reaping hi-r rich reward 
ill luaven. 

Sister Sophia was ever ready tn delend the 
CM'.'- of her Miiutcr, and her loss is felt in the 
clnirch as well as by her mimcrous friends. — 
Si/^ter Sophia hore her nllliction with groat par 
til lice, anil always secmnl to bn of goi;d coiir- 
ayi'. She came into the church wheu young. 
;uid ii> loiiy :ls 1 have beeit acipisiinted with her, 
she h'x-. hvvn an example for all. Her husband 
is not yet within the fold; we hope while he Is 
now mrnirning the loa.s yf his dear conipnuion, 
111- will have great cause to ponder over the 
("osjilI inxths and seek his Savior while it Is 
yet called to-day, so that when death shall 
claim him, he may be prepared to go and strike 
gl;id hands with the dear ones that have gone 

Tlio funeral services were conducted by the 
hrethren from words found in Amos: " Prepare 
tu meet thv God." 

L. Hn.i.F^KY. 

Xnr Shanm, hnta. 

termined tn make the Lord's prayer a practical 
one: not moreiy lo say: " Thy kingdom come," 
but to work for it M well, that it may indeed 
come, first to onntelrea iiml families, then to our 
neik'hbors and lastly to dtnuigers. 

Never bpfore. do we think, the prospect for 
our people, and for thf truth us thev hold it. 
fw bright oa it is now. Never before could 
we sny, that the church w.ns so fuUv alive to iU 
own work, and that the church wiw at work. — 
" But it Is gocKl to he zealously affeeled idwa\'). 
m a L'ood thing " (Qui. \: 18). This work is 
most certainly a good thing, both for ourselves, 
our nation, and for the world, because it cannot 
be for the injury of any one; therefore we 
think the wal so marked for the time, is most 
commendable. May it continue to spread, and 
may all the efforts he made in love and 
my prayer. 

Such is the dose of the present year, and 
juch is the opoauig of the next one. The \a»i 
hiL-i hccn an eventful one, not only to us as a 
people, hut to the worid an well, and what other 
great evfiits may eome even in the next year, 
none but God can tell. But that the truth 
, may previul will, »n i„ui i,i ^n, is our constant 
\ nnpe. 

Lanmion Wkst. 


Drur liiitlncii ; — 

11 clcs? of the year 1S77 seems to foretell 
. a glorious future for our brotherhood. — 
Pea e at home, with a growing interest in the 
subject of religion a.s presented by our people, 
and a commendable zeal for still greater effort 
by the church itself, is a prospect most encour- 

Letters from brethren, at work in new fields. 
North, South, East ami West, show that the 
flume is spreading. The weekly report of scores; 
of accessions is a living witness that the worl* 
w well appreciated by those out-side, and the 
field is really mdcning. Miuistei-s at work ni 
States of our own happy country, hitherto un- 
touched by us; some also at work in Canada: 
one in Old England, with four in Denmark, i- 
we think the most glorious prospect our people 
have ever had. It is certain at least, that it i^ 
what We have never had before. Wc know 
that many will say: " Thank the Lonl for it- 
Aiid it would seem that our people are now de- 

Dnir Birthrttt:— 

WE feel to send yon a a-port of the meet^ 
ing.s, lately lieldat our meeting-house, ten 
miles West of this place (Grundy Center). On 
the evening of the fifth of January our dear 
brother W. J. H. Haiiman arrived at our meet- 
ing-house and preached for us that evening, lie 
continnpd until Thui-sday, Jan. 17, having 
all twenty meetings. During this time, twelve 
precious souls were ninilo to feel the heaviness 
of sin and hence united with the church by 

We are just now impressed n-ilh a few woitls. 
spoken by one of these young siiid tender lambs 
to some of his young comrades: " God is work- 
ing here, thei-e is power in this thing." 

Again we think of what one of the young 
sijtters said: "1 once enjoyed myself in sitting 
back, and ever>- now and then whisper a little 
to my young comrades; hut now I want to hear 
every word that is said by the minister. My 
delight i.s now in that direction." 

This is certainly a change of heart, and oh, 
liow glad we are to hear sueh wonls. they are 
cheering to onr poor souls. 

On the evening of the Hth of Jan., brother 
Uauman eanie to Grundy Center and preached 
five sermons for us; having our last meeting on 
Sunday, the 'idth. At this meeting liro. Wetz- 
el opened in the German, and Bro. Hauman fol- 
lowed in English, and in the closing remarkt 
there were but few in the hou-'^e hut what had 
to shed tears. 0, what a feast this was to our 
poor sonls! We could look forward to the time 
when Christ shall com*; agiun and take his 
faithful children home to glory, where we can 
sing the sweet song of Moses and the Lamb. 

Hro. Bauman goes from hereto Marshall Co., 
into a new Held of labor. May the good Lord 
ever be with and help him to preach the Word, 
so that many ^innei-s may bo called home to 
.Ie>iLis, is our prayer. Two precious souls came 
out on the Lord's side here, making in all four- 
teen, and otheis are counting the cost. May 
fhey soon come and drink of the riches of God's 

J. M. SmrnEB. 

aniii'lij Cnik,: Inini, Jan. ??. ;W8. 

with poles and sod. This mokes the stable. — 
Pile a few sod-, around in a square, this forms 
the pig jwn. Then the chicken house, aUo 
made of mother earth. 

Now conies the dwelling house, not marble, 
nor frame, nor slaU, nor logs, hut earth, moth- 
er earth, primitive mother earth makes the par- 
lor, the kitchen, the dining hall, the bed chiim- 
ber. the walls, the floors, the purlitiouw, the 
foundation and the roof. 

Now. brethren, when you smile as you rearl 
this, remember, that though this may be fun 
to you. yet it is sti-rn reality with thousandji of 
us on the frontier. 

But our Father sends us this message, " If 
we love Him, He will come and make His abode 
with us," and no ivservations with regard to 
the kind of houses we live iji. 

But death also finds his way into our primi- 
tive dwellings. 

Scene: A little house, ten feet square, a little 
bedstead of poles and ropes, a bench, aatove, 
an earth cupboani, shelves of earth, ceiling of 
sun flower weeds, poles and haj-, earth roof, 
earth walls, earth floor. For toilet, a few emp- 
ty bottles, for clothes press some pegs [driven 
nito the wall, for light ii few pimes in "an old 

Hencftth this is the coffin, covered all over 
with mourning, inside the remains of a young 
man, eighteen yeara of age. 

Day before je.stenhiy that young m;ui was 
slightly unwell. Yestvrday morning he rented 
across the bed with the feet to the stove, nd^ed 
up his hea.1, and asked hi.-* father for mediei 
fell back and was instantly dead. 

To-day Bro. G.irniim preached over the re- 
mains in a sod achool-house and the r.temper.i- 
ture oitt,side, standing only a little above zero. 
But inside the house was psu-kcd with wiu-ni 
hctu-ts, symjiathetic neighbore and eager listen- 
ers. There was no sleeping in church, no list- 
lessnoRS, no cold indilferenee, hut eyex that gaz- 
ed anxiously at the preacher, ears that heanl. 
souls that seemed huugrj-, every word seemed 
to strike n responsive chord in the cnngrega- 
liona l heart. 

After iill. Is n't'lniiV prvfenible to' ea.sy7[aflliil 
ent. rtdigioii-s sloth. 



Ob.liurica ihoQliI b* bri«f, i „. 

paper, and it«pani« from &II <i 

HAbI)KRMAN.-In the Lower Trim diMrirt 
ot church, Jan. S. 1878, brother L^wi;. HaU 
lermim. companion of sist«r KlizaMb Hal- 

DecesiM-d was a worthy brother ft>r ni>. 
wards of forty year., was a contii*t-ut UK-tnlwr, 
kind husband, and alTectionatfl father to his 
hildren. His age at his death was 70 y.-un*, 9 
months, and one day. His spirit t.x»k it. flight 
to God who gave it, and his binly was burinl ia 
the cold grave to rest, till Christ comes to raL-ie 
it^ and fashion it like his own glorious b-cly. 

Brother Halderman was afflicted et-vrpily, 
but boro all with Christian fortitude to lh»- lagtl 
He h;ul no desire to get well, uud leaves ji kind 
companion and seven children livinK: two 
daughters and one sou havuig precede.1 him. — 
His remains were taken -to the nrethren'^- meet- 
ing-house on the tenth of January, followM by 
a very large number of sympathiring friends 
and neighbors where a funeral discoorw was 
delivered by the writer from Rcrelatiom. U: 12, 
^^- A. YofscE. 

KUNYON. -Died in the Hickory Grove 
church. Carroll Co., 111., Jan. 2Jth. 1^7^. sis- 
ter Lydia Knnynn. wife of Bro. Heiir\ Itun- 
yon. aged nearly .51 vears. Diseiw. droiwy 
I'uneral services bv Bro. Georee D. Z-dlai^ 
Text: 2nd Cor. 1: 5. 
She leaves a sorely beavived hiisljcm'! and 
larnc family of children to mourn their IosSl — 
But the life ;md conduct of sbt.T Lv.Iia was so 
that we have reason to believe that 'our lom is 
her great gain. .]. Y. Hwkleb. 

WESTI-'ALL.— On .Ian. 13. at Mechanicsburg, 
Pa., at house of Bro. David Neiswanger, 
Henry Westfall. aged 84 years. 7 months and 
14 days. Funeral discouiwc by brother Graj- 
hill Myers. 

J. B. GXK^-KB. 

'ctionately Your.-*, 

J.IMES L. Swir.(KB. 
Jeiirllf A'l/HSrtjf, Jiiii. i;, JS7M. 



/l,„r lUrthrai:— 
U rpilKiJK shall he a resurrection of the 
1 dead, both of the just and unjust" 
Acts 24: 15. 

This was the text to-day, but God preached 
the sermon. 

It was in this wise: In this far West there 
wa"* a father and s( n They lived together in 
a sod-house. 

Did any of my eastern brethren ever see a 
^lod-house!' Did you ever see a "dug-out?" — 
Well, " necessity is the mother of invention," 
and poverty sharpens our wits." 

1 remember an expression made by my father, 
wheu he first landed in Iowa, twenty-one years 
ago. He raised his eyes, looked over the broad 
Ijrairie, stretching away as far as the eye could 
reach, not a house in sight. " It's no wonder," 
said he, " that land is cheap here, there is so 
much of it." 

Now, when we have lots of land and nothing 
else, we must put forth all the ingenuity we 
can muster to make that land go as far as pos- 

We go to a hill side and "drift in," cover 


THIS subject has been brought very fori-ibly 
to my mind lately by readin^r one of Bro, 
Enoch Rby's letters from Europe, in which he 
.stali-d several ohji'cfioiLs, which some of onr 
biethivn have to the DmiLsh minion. Wiiat 
■jreat pity that some brethren seem to lie so 
much inclined to use their influence rather 
to hinder than lo promote the cause of Chris- 

The last and one of the most important com- 
mands that onr Lord gave to those who should 
proclaim the Gospel, we find to he: " Go ve 
therefore and teach all nations." In this 
world we must expect to meet with some op- 
position, when we undertake to hold forth the 
doctrine of our blessed Lonl. But we iiix-some- 
tiuies. may I not say many times, saddened to 
find that tlnie are those among our own breth- 
ren who are more ineliiU'd to discourage thtui 
encourage such a high and holy undertaking. — 
It is probable that brethren do not always 
think beforehand of the evil influence such a 
couiNe might exercise. 

Our brethren who are expected to preach 
God's Word, need all the encunragement which 
a sympathizing and devout church can give, in 
order tltat they may be enabled rightly to di- 
vide the word of Truth and work much good. — 
It is not likely tliat there are many who fully 
realize the amount of good or eril, that they 
may accomplish through words of encourage- 
ment and comfort; or words of censure and 
disapproval I mean, not many who have not 
learned through experience the important les- 

How much better if our brethren in Den- 
mark and at home were enconroged by a sym- 
pathetic and pitying brotherhood, than that 
they should be greeted with words of distnist, 
if not of open censure. Let ns all trj' to learn 
that we exercise an iufiuence for thcgood of mau' 
kind. Let us study well that we may intiuenci 
our bi-ethren and the world around us to do 
good works: we are responsible cn.'aturcs for 
every deed, thought and wonl while we live in 
this world. 

J. C. Ul-KRY. 

ForR things are grievously empty; they 
ore a hcml without Imiins, a wit without judg- 
ment, a heart without liouesty, imd a pui-se 
without money. 

From North Coventry, Pa.— I have some 
good news to tell you. Bro. Hetric held a ser- 
ies of meetings in our chupch at LawrencerilJe, 
and du-^ing the meetings more than 3i> express- 
ed a desire to unite with the church. They are 
nearly uU young people, and some of them an 
very young. Tlieiv was nmih infen'>f mani- 
fested during the meetings uud I think there 
luv some more that are almo-'t persmulnl. 

The meetings clot^eil list Friday, I think w 
will soon have reries of meetings in our chorch 
here at Coventr)-, and I hope that the interest 
which has lieen awakened \nll increas*.- from 
day to day. Many of those that have just come 
into the church, are members of our Sabbath 

liool. and I think the Bible class of which I 
told you in my lust letter, nitl be the means of 
bringing many more into the church. May 
God still bless and prosper you in your sacred 

filing, and may the Hand that has ted you in 
the past, lead and guide you still, and bring yoa 
safely to the end of the race. 

Katib H. Steh. 

From Watei-side, Pa.— Elder James Qmn- 

ter c.iine to labor for us on the 13th of Jan. — 
Libon-d on the evening of the 12th. and next 
morning, at 10 o'clock, in the Waterside meet- 
ing-house, with his u*uiil ze;il and warmth of 
fwling. Evenuig went to the Suowberget 
meeting-house, where he labored as a skillfal 
workman in the Master's cau^. twice a day, un- 
til noon of the 'iOth. when he went over into 
Snake Spring Valley to vi«il Eld. Henry Hersh- 
berger. who has been sick for some time. Wo 
had a time of refreshing. Were much eneour- 
it^i-d and found grace to help ia time of need. 
Nine souls came out on the Lord's side and 
were planted in Gwl's vineyard. Many more 
were awakened to their eternal interest, and 
Tire now counting the co*t May God help 
them to dedicate themselves to the service of 
the LTd. J Z. KkfI-oolb. 

From New Paris, Iiid.— Though I am bat 
an imperfect writer. I thought of penning a 
few thoughts for encouragement of the saints. 
Myself imd Brv<. Xlunt/., my fellow-lubvirer, so 
place<l by the church to take turn with brethren 
Vouncc and Neff, to avoid di^ppointments at 
home, did, as we frequently doi. a little prvack- 
iug for the Loixl and to the people in our spar* 
time, outside of our chureh district. According 
to promise we went to Wiikarus:\, an inland 
town of about thrve or five hundred inhabitant&. 
Four or five different churches have preach- 
ing here. Held a few meetings mth a full 
house and the best of order, Bro. Mettler, a 
worthy German imd English siK-aker .>i" this 
district being with us. One was made witlinf 
to take tho cross and easy yoke of Jesus. 

Dasisl Suitklt. 

TliJ^ HRETIiKEiSr ^T ^^OKK. 



From Pinp ( roi-k ( hiirch. Iiid. — We 

agftiii ukt the pleftsiirc to iriftrm ibe nadcra of 
your pnpcr (hat on the IClh of January, IJr.>- 
Thiirnton Miller returnwl In the C;eotcr meeting- 
hou^p in rompany wilh Bro. Dmiiel 'WbilnKT 
ftwm the South Bend cy>ng^rcgi»lion. On Friday 
Bro. iMnitI Rotlienhprjfcr joinwi in with us.— 
The bn-thmn continued the meeliiijrs till Sunday 
evenintj. The result of their Inborn were, iiine 
biipti»:tl, msking fifteen in all. This jrives iis 
ooumgc and we hope that our denr brethren will 
cverywlKro eaniwlly contend for the faitli once 
delivered to the KoinU. •!. N. 1Jaknil4Iit. 

From Pottstown, Fa. — Thirty-one men 
bom were added to th*> Coventry diurcli in 
Chwl'T Co., Pa., by bftptimn, on the third and 
fourth dnj-B of this month, fJaniiary) and six 
more pmtponcd bnptijim for the prt-wut on nr- 
count of ill health, ctfl. The old Oonpel sbip is 
stilt n(li\it, and wc trust it niny Iidp many more 
ocn>'-* the oet-an of time and land them safely in 
tlie Ciddcn Harbor. .lonjr Harlkv. 

Frmii Lower CiimlierlaiMl, Pa.— jVs church 
new* M. msd«inible, I tbouf'lit a few worJsmijrlit 
bo a'cj jituble. The good L/>ni put it into the 
heart of a. feu- dear brethren to come and prendi 
for u*. The roads being good and the weather 
plwwnnt, m'wt of the time tho cougrOKations were 
large, attention good, and we think the brethren 
rewanlwl for their kbont of love. Twenty-four 
jirceion^ souls were mado willing to fonafec their 
Hinflil wave, turn their bnckn t" tlie world and 
their faciTS Zion-ward. May tliP good I^ord belp 
them t'< K" o". n"<l would to God that many more 
miglit be pensuadcd. H. E. M. 

Troni Bcllti Cre«k, Nebraska.— As I have 
not eeon anything from here lalcly, I thought of 
penning a few lines. The members swm to be all 
ill love and union, as far as I know. We have 
meeting ever)- iiccood and fourth Sunday of each 
month, by A. Taylor, and .1. Eikcubcrry is willi 
UH whenever he lia* no nppDintiiieuts In Oodgc Co. 
One preci'HiB soul baa aecepltd Chriat since lost 
Fall, and I think there are more counting the 
tost, trusting they will come soon. 

C. J. Baiter. 

From ('«liimbiftCit.v, Iml.— On the evening 

of .Ian. 12lli, lirother Jeseph Lcedy nf Antiorh, 
Ind., met with tho bretliivn and sinttTs of Culuni- 
bift City district, nnd eoninienced meeting, and 
continued preaching the Word with power, until 
the evening of the 20tli; when be preached his 
farewell xermon lo a large audience. One pre- 
cious Suul wiu made willtiig to put on (Christ by 
baplifin, iind niHoy more are iilmo^l ready to be- 
come Cliristinns. Mny God speed the dny when 
Uiey will be made willing to make nn ajipticalinn 
of the blood of Chriat to their iireciotis suuls. 
1). A. Workman. 

meeting. We believe many more good inipres- 
(ioaa were made. It has caused some to search 
the Scriptuna, that were careless end unconcerned 
before. Urn. Ixiehr'a abilities for speaking, were 
beyond "ur expectations. He is a very zealous 
old brother, apparently, nothing but the love of 
Ood at heart. This I say, because a fireside chat 
genwaily tells where a brother or sifter '» treas- 
ures are, and where the treasure is the heart will 
be also. 

May the Lord bless him with health and 
Ntrength to go on in the good work ; warning sin- 
nere t-j fl^v the wrath lo come, and gather many 
into the told of Christ. And when hia labors are 
ended here on earth, that it may be said : " Well 
done good and faithful servant, enter thou into 
the joy of thy Lord." 

Sarah J. Miller. 
Jan. 2S, 1878. 

Ffoin Miami Co., Oliio.— This district (Mid- 
dle; WHS < 'igaiiiiEi-d one year ngo last August. At 
the time of ilsorgauisialion it numbered forty-four; 
since that lime thirteen have been added by bap- 
tism. There were officials when orgjiuized ; \h, 
fNimucl Coppoek an minister, and Eli Shearer as 
ih-jicon. Lust Spring we held nn election for two 
more derteons ; the lot fell on Jncob Etter and 
David i>"iknbiiri,'tr. Last fall we erected a nieet- 
ing-liou^i3 40x<'i(> witli boscnicuU Although with 
our jn-osperity, we have our trials, for wc are sur- 
rounddl by almuiit every denoniinatiun. 

Sometimes we almxKit feel discourag<:d while we 
are battling against sin, fur there nre so many 
lliingi} to contend with, and the world is so slow to 
ncwpt the himple plan of salvation of which Je- 
dun liiLH given to us. Brethren pruy for us, for if 
we knowoursiclvcii we will walk in that narrow 
way that Icada to eternal glory. 13ro. G. V, Siler 
wiw with ns on the Ilth and preached four very 
interewting sermons. There were none added to 
church, hut wc think some good impressions were 
made, Mny the Lord bless him in his ellbrta in 
spreading the Gospel. 

Jan. 28, 1S7«. 

From MarNliiill Co., lowii.— Bro. J. W. H. 

Jlaunmn is with us laboring with might and pow- 
er. May Gild crown his efforts with glorious re- 
sults. The Brethren are in good spirits, feeling 
much revived. Health gi'od, weather delightful. 
A. M. F. Miller. 
Jan. 26, I'^T.S. 

the servanU of Goti. Mny she be kept in the 
hour of temptation and not become lukewarm, 
and have a name that she is living and yet is 
dead, and though her tribulation and poverty 
may be great, and the devil cast some of y" "J- 
to prison that ye may be tried ; yet be thou faith- 
ful unto death and thou shalt receive a crown of 
life. Amen. 

Our tri]) to Germany, for ecrlain reasons, has 
been deferred to some indefinite time in the luture. 
Circumstances will determine the time. We 
have receive*! (juite a number of letters of late, 
fill! of encourageniout to perform our duly in the 
fiice of ail opposition, and especially to go to 
Germany and England, giving us several points 
they wish us to stop lit, with all needful instruc- 
tions, for which we feel thankful and in due time 
will comply, if the Lord will. 

If our dear brethren and slaters who have writ- 
ten lo us, do not all receive nn answer immediate- 
ly, we hope they will bear with us, Some do not 
demand an answer, yet we would like to treat all 
alike, but it requires considerable time to give all 
the satisfaction desired, and if any do not receive 
direct reply, rest assured it is not for tlie want of 
love and rcjipecl. 

Tho.<e who desire ns fo stop with them on our 
return, wishing to know the time, clc, will be 
answcreil as aoon as we decide that mnller. 

Our health still continues to hcgooil. fur which 
we try to be thankful. Winter has been ndid so 

youi-s in Much Love, 

Enoch Ehy 

those blood-bought souls in Tcx; 

praying the Lord of the harvest to 


"^"-i tl,„ 

help, that they might In- rceoived into f-n "" 
with the Father's children. And I , 'H 
sUirt for this new field of labor on the f '"' '*' 
February if God pLTinit. """^ df 

I hope that I will have the prayew of all /. 
people, for this is an important work N t"^' 
many anxious hearts have been lifted to v""''* 
of grace already, when ihoy read the apL)L| '""* 
in our papers, by J. W. Chamber of "P ""^^ 
would say again, ^J" "ot cease to pruy, dpj^?*' ^ 
reu and sisters, that your hnnible and weak 1 
er may have strength and wisdom to nerfoh ""?■ 
work to the glory of God and the uplifli,j^ "f 
Master's cause in that new country. " **' 

Any wishing to correspond with me vi\,-, . 
Te-xas, will address mo at Queen Peak M * '" 
Co., lesns.-^ Centrcvicw, Mo. ' '"""eue 

From H. Lillidis.— Subscribers are all t 
cd with your paper, us far as I know. Ti, , 
bers hen; are iu love and union, thank the j *"" 
We have been bountifully blessed in i]„. 
that is past, both spiritually and teniimra]|/*" 
There were nbont thirty-five member? rcZ" ^ 
liisL year, mostly Sabhalb-scliool scbolnri, l ,i- . 
if there was a well-dirceted efibrt mudp , 


Fi'om Htiutlugdoii, Intl.— We had a very 
plea^iint meeting in the western part oftur Dis- 
trict, which continued one week. As a reward 
of nur luhora, seventeen were added to the church 
by baptism on the 20lh Inst. We feel encouraged 
lo still press on for that prixe at the end of the 
race. Viiu have our prayers for your success. 
A-sk yours in return, that wo may hold out faith- 
ful unto ihu end. Yours iu hope of blissful im- 


Jan. 2S, 1S7S. 

From New Enteriirisy, Pa.— According to 
previous nnangcmcnls, brother James Quintcr 
came to our church district lo lu.ld a series of 
nicctlngg. He preached at WntiT.Mde on the 
evening of tho 12th, and on the l.'Jth at 10 A. M. 
Ou the evening of the l^th he commenced to 
preach at Enterprise, (Snowherger church) and 
continueil day and night till the 20th. 

During ihiso meetings there was a good attend- 
ance, uud I do no injustice in saying, that we had 
powerful preaching, and wc, brethren and sisters, 
all felt good nnd revived. During thwc meet- 
ing* nino precious souls came to Christ, and wc 
liavo rea*on to btlieve that many more are count- 
ing the ciist, 


J'.n. 21. i«7t;. 

From Turkey Creok (iiiirch, Ind.— W> 

number ahmit one hundred nnd twenty-eight. 
Three ministers and seven deacons. Received 
Bcventce-ti by baptism liut year. Hope we can re- 
cord many more than that number during this 
present year. Uro. F. Lochr of liloomiugdale, 
Mich, came lo us on the Sth inst ; next day (Sun- 
day) wc t'">k him to our regular meeting. Preach- 
ing also in the evening. Continued meeting un- 
til the 'ioth. On the 2()th he bade us adieu and 
went to fill apiKiinlmets in another district. 

We have no here. Held our 
meeting in school-house*, which was very incon- 
venient, as wc could only have meeting at night 
aud on Sunday. Good attention, good congrega- 
tions considering the inclemency of the weather. 
Two made application for baptism during the 



OUli second (-'(inimunion season with our dear 

iren and sisters in Denmark took place 
on the sixth day of Jauuarj', and hence is now 
among the things of the past, but trust not soon 
t*i be forgotten. 

The members were all present except three, who 
on account of age, bodily infirmity and wet 
weather, were prevented. The day being rainy, 
not very many people assembled, bu« though few 
in number, tlierc were still more than on the oc- 
ciiiiiou wlitre Peler siiid : " It is good to be here." 
So we wiire made to feel, and althougii we did not 
sliftro the same halo of light nnd glory and the 
miuiifftitation of the kingdom of God in tho fut- 
ure, as Peter did, we think all present saw, 
and some experienced, something that directed 
their minds to that glorious event awaiting the 
children of God, 

How solemn was the occasion on which tlieSav- 
iorsald, "I will no more drinU of the fruit of 
the vine until I drink it anew with you in my 
Fiither's kingilom." Sorrow filled their hearts 
when they rciuenibcrcd that Jesus was going to 
leave them and that their next meeting would be 
in the kingdom to come. 

Our dciir brethren and sistere iu Denmark 
seemed to be Impressed with a similar thought 
aud feeling, our attachment to each other having 
grown strong, and the thought that we shall no 
more bo permitted to cat together, till it he (ul- 
tilU-d in tho kingdom of Jeaus, caused a solemnity 
to jiervadc our evening services, which can be 
more easily imagined than expressed. 

Another feature which added much to the sol- 
emnity of the occasion, was the ordination of Bro. 
C. Hope to the eldership. The tears were shed as 
freely as is usual in the chamber of death, when 
some kind friend is about breathing forth the laal 
sigh of lil'c. But such tears, we tliiub, are not so 
much the result of sorrow or joy, as of responsi- 
bility, and, truly, the whole scene seemed to say 
to us, " Wc will hear one another's burden, and 
ihu:, fulfill the law of Christ," 

Tho church iu Denmark, in answer to many 
prayers of tiie snints in Amerlrn, is now fully or- 
ganized according to the Gospel, nnd hence prt- 
paretl to cany on the work of the salvation of 
U. and the |)erfecting of the saints, and our 
pniyer is, they may never lose their first love, nor 
ever allow the doctrine of the Nicolaltaug, or of 
Balaam, or suBer the woman Jezebel to seduce I 

From D. B. NttU'gis. — I will iufcrm you 
that we are also at work iu tlie Master's vineyard, 
We were urged ti aid the Brethren of the IJIuo 
River Ditlritt, Whitley, Co., Ind, lo which 
assented, nnd commenced on Sunday night, the 
13th of January, 1»7S. ContinUL^d every night 
' until Monday, the SIst. On Sunday, the 2(lth, 
the ice being cut, we baptized twelve, moslly 
young people and children of the Brethren, this 
being the first addition to that arm of the church 
in three years. The best of order prevalleil 
throughout the meeting, and many tears ran 
down the clieeks of fathers and uiotheis, to sec 
their guns aud daughters, by the grace of God 
walk into Cedar Lake, led by an old gray-headed 
elder sixty-seven yeans old, and tliere bo immers- 

The brethren and sisters of Blue River District 
are industrious, kind-hearted and zealous in the 
holy religion'of Christ Jesus, and will, no doubt, 
feed the tender Iambs as well as the sheep, and 
thereby prove that they love Jesus. I promised 
them, that if the Lord will, I will visit them 
again the third of March. 

To-morrow I go to Llgonier, Noble Co., to hold 
a series of meetings with the Brethicu there. May 
the grac- of God abide with all the dear breth- 
ren and sisters in Christ Jesus, is our prayer. — 
South Bend, Ind., Jan. 2«, 1S77. 

From S. C. Meyer.s.— Seeing in your paper 
that elder David Keller, Cumberland Co., Pa., 
contemplates locating a colony in Kansas on the 
lands belonging to the Atchison, Topeka & Santa 
Fe R. R.. we would like to know if ho extends 
the invitation to those who have contemplated go- 
ing west. If so, there are more brethren who 
might join their happy hand. We write these 
few Hues by way of inquiry, thinking we miglit 
get more information and particulars of the brotli 
er, as lo the country. — i?ojw6i(rj, 0,, Jait 23 

From B. F. 3Iooma\v.— I have just returned 
fr<im the vicinity of Chi istiausburg, Montgomery 
Co., Va., where, in company witli brother Moses 
E. Bruhaker, I held a short series of meetings. 
We had meeting Saturday night, Sunday morn- 
ing and night. Monday and Monday niglu tho 
weather was very inclement and the roads ex- 
tremely bad, but we had good congregations not- 
withstanding, anil considerable interest. 

It was announced on Sunday, that we would 
discoui'se on the form of Christian baptism, aud 
although the evening was ^uite unpleasant, we 
had a crowded house, and interested attention 
during the whole time of lengthy elioit, aud when 
dismissed, the fullest demonstrations of approval 
were exhibited. Neariy the whole congregation 
came forward aud bid us farewell with a hearty 

more might not alnioiit, but altogether ho 
ed to be Christians. 


[The following, mailed at ^Yawaka, In^ 
plains itself. Ko name nor post ollice, hL'ii(.n' 
not be attended to. Writers should be cnrdiil 
attend to these esscutials. — Eds.] 

Brother EKbelnmu, I would like if 

you ffouij 

just send ttie pa])cr on, for we think it ven- 
e-tting, but wo have not the money now. A, j^^ 
we as get it, wc will send it to you, and will ,i 
helbre May. 


A Panii.hlet of eighty-eight pages, provin,- 
that the Scriptures do not teach tlie doctrine^ 
Universal Restoration. 

The price is reduced to only nine cenis,— 
Any one sending three 3-cent stamps, ivill receive 
the above-named pamphlet. The reduced price 
will not inst long; therefore scud on your oMm 
xow, if you want them filled at the above, kit 
rates. Address : 

TippKCANOE City, Miaiii Co,,0. 


shake of bands, and 

many eyes were moist willi 

Mars, aiKl the enpict-siou of a number show us, 
thot they intentl to serve the Lonl. 

To linve remnincil longer, woiiUl nnrbmbtcclly 
have been attended willi good results, but eircuni. 
stances did not i)ennit us to do so. May the Lord 
ordain all fur good. 

From A.Hutthiiisou.-Byycu. permission 
1 will inform your readers thai by the aid of the 
f:iithful brethren and sisters in Colorado, I am 
noiv enabled to set out ou a mission of love to 

A Florida paper remarks with nstonlshiuent 
that frost was yi!>ible in every part of the fjlal« 
during the week. 

A Special from Norfolk, Va., saj-s tliot the 
whole Roanoke River country is laid waste by 
the recent floods, and presents a startling (cene of 
devastation- Those who have been up uud down 
the river, say, the farms along Its course for one 
or two miles back are nearly destroyed, Fann 
houses, barns and stables are swept away, and 
fences destoyed. 

A most noted monk. Alcoin, occupied himself 
twenty-two years in transcrihing a copy of the fa- 
cicd Scriptures for the Emperor Charlemagne. 
This interesting relic is now In the British Mu- 
seum, and is valued at £750. 

A mile long petition, containing BO.OOO signa- 
tures, has been sent to Parliament from Ireland, 
asking that the Ihjuor saloons be closed on Sun- 
day ill that country. 

ToEMayor of Pittiil)u:-gli, Pa., who ImpriMU- 
ed the crusading ladies a few years ag-j for img- 
ing Christian hymns on the sidewalks before liquot 
saloons, is now serving' a long terra in a W'tsim 

A correspondent of thi' Dailij Xcm.\f\w\t^ 
Erzeroum just before its investment, telci'iaph* 
that the town is now a little better than a liugs 
hoapitol. About a hundred soldiers'' 
two or three are frozen to death every ni;:lit. Ty- 
phus lever ia raging. 

A rich discovery was made on the 12lh lusl, " 
the Ranta mines, a short distance West of I'eubH 
Colorado. Mr, Mann, an old prospector, striicka 
lode, the ore from which as-^ays the enoruiou* sum 
of 812,600 in gold and 8 LlOO iu silver pir loa. 
There is a great excitement in the camp. nud many 
are ruahing to the scene of the neiv discovery. 

W. U. R. R. Time Table. 

IMy pussengpr train going oust Ipbvm LaLsrli el 1— 
v. M., iinii arrives iu Kiiduoal tl:« I'. ^- , „ ,,» 

Uiiy passt-ngcr truiii going ivput loiivos LnnnrB nl J- '" *■ 
M., mid itrrivps i>I Itook lal«nrf al !>:50 P- M. ^^ 

Niulit passenger iruiiin, guing oiwl anJ wmI. u)' „ 
lcu»c Liiuoik al ^:21 A. M , nrriTing in HociuC »' ■'• 
A. M., nnd at Itook lalnnd al 0:00 A. M. ( 

"■■roight and Acoommodulion Trnius "ill run ««' 
1^ : S6 v. M.. 10: 60 A. M.. «nJ 12- -i\^- -"• 
cust nl 4 ; 10 A. M.. 1 1'. M. anil 4 : W I" ^^ ......netr 

TiokeW oro sold for above Iraine only. ^» ,j°n. 

iruins loftho close ooaiieclioa at WoBtera l'u."U J"""' 

Q. A. Bmrn. *«""• 

The Brethren At Work. 

-B,l,oU I Brhuj Y.m Good Tidings of Great Joy^ which S/uiU be unt4> Alt People." ~^Lvk^ 2: 

Vol. III. 

Lanark, 111., February 14, 1878. 

No. 7. 

The Brethren at Work, bretuukn at wouk of dcc, hu.. 


J.H.Moore, S. H. Bashor, M.M.Eslieliuaii. 


,. jieXTZEK. 








HAHK! I hi-ur a wail of anguish. 
' Tis the iiiissioiiiiry crj-; 
Conit* ye bvethven, sUtere beli) us 

Is the burthen of the sigh, 
" Must we perish, 
When salvation is so rfgli ■'" 

Lo, ' tis Deiimiirk'.'* sous mid duughtei-s, 

Lift to us this jjluiutive cry; 
Thii« w*' ^^'"^ iicross the waters, 

Mini-itci-s of the Most High: 
' Tis tlie (ioppel 

That can all their wants su|tply. 

And from Norway's worldly boundaries, 
WhispL'rinij brt-pzes wuft the sigh; 

Haiti;, ye lierjkls of salvation, 
Lo! to you M'e lift our eye; 

Must we languisli — 
Perish ' neath this barren sky? 

Tlins from foreign land resonudeth, 

Calls we must notdisobey; 
Since the Lord to every nation, 

Wilis the light of Gospel day; 
Free salvation, 

Shall they still in bondage stay? 

Fathers, have you not an Isaac? 

Pay unto the Lord your vow: 
He who gave — forever faithful — 

Wills that you restore him now; 
At His altar. 

Freely to the mandates bow. 

Mothers, bring that cherished daughter, 

(Ah, what liquid pearls I see). 
She mny win a sou to Jesu3, 

Feeble though her efforts be; 
Whnt a jirivilego 

Then to labor Lord for thee. 

Haste, though neither son nor daughter 

(Jewels of the heart that be). 
Still He calls-oil, hear Him gladly, 

" With your treasures honor me; 
Ope your eoffere 

Li-t your 'golden eagles' free." 

' 'iMvard, onward, speed them onward. 

t I'l-r the land and o'er the sea: 
''lirist and dying heathen need them— 

Givi' and your reward will be 
By tin; viver 

Of «iUvation. full and free. 

laft your eyes, behold the harvest, 
Kipeiiiiig in each heathen cUme; 

Strengthen thou the weary laborers. 
They hiive clninis on thee and thine; 

yiicn together 
Stars m glory, ye shall shint-. 



A WELL-BELOVED ambassador of Christ 
■tV. has called mv atU'ntiuu to an article in 
tlie"/^r/?/,./,7„y"* of January 2nd, ISVS, en- 
titled " Ihiiihuul Theohfjij." The writer has 
withheld his name, which in view of the char- 
acter of the article", is significant. Its falsity 
"nd shallowness are no conspieuous. that it is a 
Plenftnn- to jwcribe it lo soik.1)Y. It i» meant 
'« wi-rhaul my exposition of John 10: 3, in the 

., , The wriU-r , sense thrust upon the world as the New Tes- 

smus terribly n«use.ded at the thought that tmnent If that act was the expression of feal- 
John the Harbmger admitted " the Incarnate ty to a Father, I submit the awful cuestion to 
Ood p.n|onally »Uo the inclosur. of Grace." any «ane mind, whether Jesu« Christ could have 
lie nwH lo such a pitch of holy horror that ho | been saved without it; 
Us in the aid of an oxchtmation point to em- 

phiLsi/o his deep sense of mortification. He 
asks in child-like iLstonishment, what is intend- 
ed by the "inclosuro of Grace?" Has he ever 
heard uf the Church of Christ?— of « Divine 
coriioration on earth into which weenter by baj)- 
lism ? Has he forgotU-n that the great Kxpnund- 
er of the Divine Mind was speaking of a Fold 
wliich //r eonalracted, and into which }!<■ ni. 
U-ir,l> Will he cavil witli the arranguuu-nt of ] in. 

Ilim who '• .pake .Ls nc.v.r man spakeV The , bunkard exposition, the blessed Lord was mis- 
'-nurcn IS not salvation, but its inslrumeut. ' 

God's wll luid right- 
eou» are synonymous, and His security rests 
on fidelity to obligation no less tUun the mean- 
est of His intelligent creatures. The return of 
the Son to the I'ather was as much dependent 
on obedience as ours. There is not one way for 
the Head, and another for the body. 

Because I spoke of Baptism ns the entrance 
to the enclosure of Grace, this critic dechires 
that Christ is degraded fvom the dignity of be- 
tlie Door Himself. He sa>- 

sny ye-s, or no. Either forever sil«ice Paul, ig- 
noa- ChrUt, and s.iy. the Bible w amyth. orel*r 
be a follower of Paul; because he was a follow- 
er of ChriBt. 
Longtnoni, Colo. 


A\\1S(M)N.SIN paiKT contiiinB the foiloi 

" 1> are the Hffhl uf thf tiorUI. ye are the mlf 
'f Ihf cnrth." Not in anij position, but in (hat 
position wliicb God has or\hiined. Christ came 
not to set aside His own provisions, but to hon- 
or and e.valt them. Because the AU-lioly wils 
outsde the visibly institution to which baptism 
is the induction, this critic takes a long, blind 
stride to (ho silly conclusion that He must have 
been j(c«'Wcj(8(lrior to that entrance. Here is 
logic that shows the moral lunacy engtMidered 
by mau-woi-shii) and self-idolatry. 

Bei:iiu-ie lins^st^^'d on Huptisni in the case of 
Christ in order to sanction an objective rite of 
Di\iue iippoiJitnicul, and reveal his relation 
both to God and man, this critic at once infei-s 
"that He was baptized in tmtcr to eiijuij i\w 
(iracp '>/ Ond." Is this only ignonmce, or is it 
delil)in-ate pervoraion? Christ wils the Son of 
God bifn-t: his assumption of Human nature. 
Did thii do away fhe necessity of the Incar- 
nation? Christ was the Liinib ofGod hefuir His 
baptism. Does this render baptism nugatory 
in relation to His pror.pective ministry? If 
the Church is not the iuclosureof Grace, what 
kind of an inclosnre is it? .X'o^ of Grace? Is 
it a human shanty, s«-parating the elect from 
the wolves of eiu-th and hell, into which wi 
may enter or not, as self-will inclineji us, or in- 
to which We can climb some other way, and 
not by the Door? He continues: *' Hiul Chi-ist 
either faihd or refused to have been baptized, 
notwithstiuiding His Divinity. He could not 
liavf been saved." - This is to be a clinching 
negative of the intimation that He could nut. 
What language this for a man who not on- 
ly claims iiitelliyence enough to act the critic, 
but assume.^ the high function of spokesman 
for Jehovah. Uud Cluist failed or refused to 
support and confirm His own onlinnnces, He 
would have belied all His pretensions to Di- 
vinity. A more outrageous violation of com- 
mon sense 1 never met with than the affirma- 
tion of a Divine Being neglecting or refusing 
the enactment of Divinity. Such a contradic- 
tion would not only oxehide Christ from salva- 
tion, but wiiuM tumble the Ktermd Throne and 
its .'VugiiM Oceujiunt into Hell, \\s it would 
leave not a particle of Hightcousuess iu the 
Uiiiverae. In tiiis very act, which this sorry 
critic suppose!* has notliing to do with the pres- 
ervation of " the Mn» Christ Jeitu-s' the God- 
man HiuLself announces tin' ground-principle 
of safety for all moral being, God included; 
" TBI'S (V bfometh u» to fulfill all RIOBTBOI'S- 
SKSS." " There wan a man ^etttfrom God whose 
name wa* John." Here is authority which 
nooe can gainsay with impunity. 

taken when He said, lam the Door." This 
man is not only blind us to the .S/<i>i( of'tbe 
truth, biit he oven abuses tmd falsifi'-s the dead 
lett»?r. Let Christ speak. He not ijnly says. 
" / am (hf Ihio'," but with equal pei-spicmty 
and emphiusis. " He that entbrkth is hy the 


THKGOOD SHKPHEHD." If this will not 
satisfy any candid critic, even God speaks in 
vain. Christ enters through Himself, being 
both Door and Shepherd. 

In couclusiuu, my monitor ultcsrs His horta- 
tory ejaculation: " May the Lobw ijeijvf.h the 


81'CH BLASPHKMIES." The underscoring is 
mine. I have testified of .Jesus. I have refer- 
red to principles that form the foundation of 
the Divine Throne, and constitute the essence 
of the Divine character, and without wliicli Je- 
sus had come in the flesh for naught, or having 
come cfinld not have " ascended to where He 
was before:" and yi-t a poor._self-*iullicieut. Gos- 
pel-mangling mortal dares tocry out— ''SUCH 

My inmost soul weeps at the necessity of ad- 
ministering such severe correction to a fellow- 
mortal; but this poor, deluded man needs help, 
tis do thousands of others who grope in the 
same darkness. I humbly lioiie he will meek- 
ly and prayerfidly re-consider his rash, ignorant 
criticisms and his foul, unchristian epithet iu 
relation to Christ and his incarnate nnnisfiy. 
and be heartily ashamed of himself, and never 
repeat his oflense against " the Holy One of 
Israel." May we all look to Jesus only, then 
we may be Brethren. 



PAUL says, "he ye followers of me even iw 
I aho am of Christ." It doesn't take any 
argument to prove Paul's upostU-ship. but it 
does take considerable argument to prove what 
Paul said, is a thus saith the Lord. Some peo- 
ple seem to be great reasoners. for they say. that 
Paul meant that the hair on the woman's hejid, 
is tile only covering that is meant by Paul. 
Their argument is this: ''But every woman that 
prayc'th or propheweth with her luiir oa Im- 
hi'nl di*honoreth her head, for that is even alt 
ime as if she liud her linir nff hrr ktad; for if 
the woman have no hair on her head, let her 
have it taken off of her head (1 Cor. U: 5, 6). 
This is the way they batcher it up, and yet still 
worse when thev contend for the natural cov- 

iM to UAITIZF. <'^c" Here is an lulmiuistrar 
tion that God it< bound ih honor. Is man 
privileged to neglect or refuse? Did Jesus 
requfit this Divine symbol at the hand of the 
M:ijor prophet as an idle, unnecessary ceruinouy 
in His ciw. or .-is u niatter of obedience in His 
Father's will? Ponder and tremble before you 
answer. If the " man sent from (lod." who 
ImptimHt by God's direction, adniinisl.-red to the 
Eternal Wurd what that Word had \'njoincd, 
without expre** refurene*; to the V^ither's will, 
there never wa& aucli n volume of cruel uou- 

Thi» same John says. " He that sent ering which is given to the woman, but to fol- 

low tlie dictates of nature. Paid says, " we 
\\aYQ no such custom, neither the churcheii of 

Well we will lejtve the subject with you; for 
Paul is not much with some people anywi^-,uo 
more than the singing of Tom Thumb is with 
a two year old babv. and if w« were to wear onr 
IK-neil out. iR-nciling the sayings oi "old fogj' "' 
I'.ml. some would cry, i'jnxrnnrf, iijHomnrf. But 
who is that faithful and wise servant whomthe 
Lord shall find m> doing? Jesus says, the Lord 
will make him ruler over all he katb. Never 

ng good story: 

One who does not believe in immenion for 
baptism wun holding a protracted meeting, and 
one night prea.;hed on the !.ubj.vt of l«pti«m 
In the course of hU rvraurks he said, wme be- 
nling to 1 licve it lucessarv to go down into the water. 
and come up out of i(, to be baptizM. But 
this he flairaed to be a fallacy, for the [.f-pan- 
tiim '• into" of the Scriptures should be render- 
ed differently, as it does not mean into at lUl 
times. " Moses," he said. " we arc lold. went 
up into the mouutuin. and the Savior wtw tak- 
en into a high mountain, etc. Now we do ui>t 
suppose that either went into the roonntwin, 
but upon it. So with going into the water, it 
meaus simply going down close by or near t,> 
the water, and being baptized itt the onlinar^- 
way— bv sprinkling." 

He carried this idea out fully, and in due sea- 
son and style closedhis discourse, when an in- 
vitation was given to imy one who felt dispusp-1 
to rise and express their thoughts. Quit« a 
numlier of the brethren arose and said thai 
they were glad that they had been prt-sent on 
the occasion, that they were well pleased with 
the sound sermon they had just heard, and felt 
their souls greatly blessed. Finally a corpulent 
gentleman of Teutonic extraction, a stranger 
to all. arose and broke a silence, that was most 
prunful. as follows: 

"Mister Breather, I ish so glad I vash her.- 
to-nig!it. for I has had explained to my mind 
solne things I never could beleif before. We 
nwl. Mister Breacher. that Taniel vas cast into 
the den of lions, and came out ulife ! Now I 
never couhl pelief dat, for de wilt peasts would 
ahust eat him up right off: put now it ish ferrj- 
clear to my mind, be was shust close py or near 
to, and tid not get into de den at all. 0. I vash 
so gl,-id I vas here to-night I 

Again we read dat de Hebrew children vas 
cast into de.firish funiacp, and dat air always 
lookeil like a big story too, for they would have 
been purut up; put it ish all plain to my mind 
now, for they werv shust cist close py or near 
to de firish furnace. 0, I vash so glat I va.-. 
here to night! 

And den. Mister Breacher. it is siaid dat Jona 
vitsh cast into de sea and into de whalish pellv. 
Now I never could pelief dat. It seems like a 
peek feesh storj-. put it is all pltun to ray mind 
now, he vash not taken into de wh;ileish i^Aly 
at all. put shust shumpedouto his p,ick and rode 
ashore. 0. I vash so glut I vash here to-night I 

And now. Mister Breacher if yon will shust 
explain two more bassoges of Scripture. I shall 
pe, happy, dat 1 vash here to-nightl One of 
them is vei-e it saish de vieked shall be cast in- 
to a lake dat burns mit Sre and pr.mshtone al- 
vaj-s, 0! Mister Brejicher, sh.'ill I ije cast into 
that lake, if I am vieked. or shust near enough 
to be comfortable? I hope you tell me, I 
^hall pe cast shnst py a good Vay off, uud I rill 
p.- so gWl I vasli hen* to-night. 

The other bassage is that which sauah. Blessed 
are dey who do these commandments, dat dey 
may have a right to the tree of life, and ent«r 
in through the gates into the city. 0! tell mv 
I shall get into the eit>- and not shust cla»e py 
or near to. shust near enough to s«« vat I hare 
hist, and I shall be so glat I vas heiv to-night." 

[By request of many, the above has been pub- 
lished iu tmct fonn, and can W had at this of- 
fii.-« at the following rati-s: .Vi copies, 25 cents; 
lOO copies. 40 cents. — Kns,J 

Matv>- human creeds have been uievnted, yet 
God. and His Word, lurrr ohtmge*. He is the 
same urslntlnff^To-mx, mid KOKKVKR. RmJ- 
er. feil not to obey in all jioinhs. for if you iKiii* 
thi.' fuliilling of the L.'tw iu onr fxtint. yoii i> . 
be held accountable for the whole. 



«iith their Ixials iiwiiy. 

A« tlii-v Jimiith their 

n y<m ^i<' U>o wi'nk to 

L^ ilia lauiiuLu 


Viri laii -tMiKl within llio valley 

W'diWHt" nrrtWilm()«"ff(iby: ' 

V-<iu«iin clmliMli Jwiipy liiHWifrM I ' 
-il'.i lAa.ftliey: wlowiy (lii^'albngr' '■'■"■ 
Though Ih.-y may forgoi theaiagar,! 
Thpy will iiot lorgot the wmg. '. 

It yo\i liitvr nrrt Kttid (Trsilvor 

IKv'fti'TaalyUo (wviidniinil, ' - ' 
If you cannot towtirtl llu- needy 
, ri, ' Hftucii au owrwopen Imml, 
You can vmi tht' afHjcbeJ. 

O'er the crrinff you can wii i>: 
"You can be a frue discijilo 
Silting at flie Miistor's iV-et. 

If you cannot hi the conflict 
Prove yourself a aoldifr true, 
I If, where Hiv and suiolce niV' thickest, 
I ■ THeiVa no work for you to do, 
■ When the battle lield is fiilpiit 
You can go with careful tread, 
You can bear away tho wnnmiwl. 
You can covor up tho (leiul. 

Bo jiot tlieii stand idlj- waitiii;^ 

For soiufl greater work to do: 
Fortaue^is a lazy gtMUtesfi, 

Sliu will never coine to you. 
Qo and toil in any vineyiird, 

Do not fc-ur to do or dure; 
If yoti want a field of labor, 

Vnu can find it anywhere. 

Selctited by J.Hf Nbff, 





■ TIioij slialt fjuido me witlilliy couus<.d,"-r- 

(iVidms'':?:^) \,''J [ \ ' \ . ■ \ , 

__,_^^ , . j ...^Jfuj^iucu ui. ;| ._ 

i '-G^'. I^(}puli1(r<-(f2nn'iOti is not a^trnfal- 

^f^fhfc fivktfi htvnWfn-s- nf YcVirjimiA fa)ih 
ai»l /'furfi.',-. I..KMl.-]Miiii.ii ni;(y M.iiu- 

tim-'r^ 111' nil ihr sh1<. i.r I'l-ll'. I,U1, ill.' |inp. 

iilaropiiiidn of the'Wov!<! m-wv ha-i ln-rii 
ami uoyc'f, will 'bo in t;n wr i.l' [niili nii- 

iil (lie " kiujtrduiiisot' this worlil " l" 
"llic kiiigiioniH of our Loi-ii uml llj^ 
('lirl-.-!.^' The irrt'at mnjority nt' niaii- 
kiiul iM-'l,'iy .'in' IV'jnis ami itifi.k-ls, 
wliuse .-•(■iit.iiiK-iit.s are ;!.■* contnicy to 
Chaistimi trutji, ^as diu-kness is to light, 
aaiilj if, we tuUt aa impartial survey of 
'prAfeawid Chritntt-HKiotii^ we find the ijrent 
'mn*s " hare it nrtinp to live " wliile tiiey 
ufr ''dead iu ti-espn's-^i-s .■nn! >iiis.'' Tht^y 
ha\e ''a. form oC -(idliiicss." Imt the 
powiH- whieh tninslornis tlu^ life and 
ohai-iu-ter, and sul)ii^ets the thono-hts "to 
the o))edi«iiC(^ of (-'hrist " is "wantino-. 
Professing to be tlie servants of Gotl, 
tiiey are tlie slaves of publie prejudiee. 
M'oishipiiii; Jit thft shrint of worldly 
popularity, they regard whatever divim; 
truths and precepts array themselves 
against it, with feelings of derision ami 
contempt. Overawed at the frivolous 
pretenses of stupid clay, they jest at the 
arrangements of iniinite wisdom, and 
ta'iimple in the dust the mandatp.s of the 
UnJvei-sal Sovereign and following 
popular opinion they ham rcaUij 710 
guide at all. Ficlvle as the whirlwind 
and unstable as the froth upou the crest 
of the wave, its existence, character, and 
destiny, are subject to a thousand vary- 
ing intluenees and eireumstanees. It will 
apphiuil to-day and censure to-morrow. 
It will bless t«-day and to-juorrow will 
curse the very object of its blessing. 

Astonished and overpowered by the 
wisdom of Him who spake as " never 

;ian spjilaS ■ It ^BUUl{n^, one 

take l{ia l)«i>rce\ and luaki^^lii; 
j King," Imt an on I el- day when that 
wisdom and uncomi)ronii^ing holiness 
ind intrjrrity, expose and-reprove ffs vrl- 
Ia.iny'.^nd*?eceft, iffiUi Hy e.\' htii'ts "^vi^h- 
out a cause," Away > ' i luify 

ilTin, Cmcify-Hinr.'' 

7. The ^n^^^^m^fi 'rmij"(t^ 

do not co)t.y(ilHfe an inf\iJl'ible tjnidc in 
■ m/tttt?rMl7f~i 'di^/U u4fn Uhr -mid' practicr-. 
I aini waving uothiutj against knoNV'ied^e. 
DamfJioth a lover and advocate of truo 
Rfluchtion. '■ " Knonvl«d^e ib power,?' -and 
like wealth, may lie eonwecrated to pm- 
poses of holiness and heeohie emlnerttlj* 
useful in proiimting \'ii-hie, or profstitnt- 
ed to the indulgences of .vice may be- 
come the prolilie source of misehief. 
Knowledge is a goojl thing in itself and 
111 its true scientiiic de-veJopment and 
progress, only proves to betheJiaudmaid 
of the Bible; irtsoinueh that the most 
eriKlite student after years of anxious 
study and laborious re'seai-ch, must yield 
the palnrtothe simphst Ivliever in rev- 
elatioTi. An i>ld selioul of pagan phil- 
osojdvy taught tliat miv cartli was flat, 
and located on the baek of a huge iiui- 
mal, aud that when the aninial shook 
itself the earth quaked, (World dis- 
played). Thus they accounted tbrearth- 
(piakes, and this the world called *'Xr/(f;>- 
vf/Hy," (Science falsely so called.") Cen- 
turies .after when the cirrl<* of the earth 
was discovered and denioiistrated by 
circumnavigafioii, the world \\"o~ rrad_t 
toexchiini, "Six' ^^dlat liuiiiali la'nT and 
re.s(uU"ch have accomplished," )jut,Ji;id 
-they oulj^ gone k> suhool qenturie? liet'prc 
t'> Isaiali oueiof tlie most despised and 
persci-ntecl of Isarel's projilieta, they 
would have heard him talkintr nboni 
^^the'rirole of the earth "{I>-. !iO: _'i!). 
' AVlieii Sir'tsaacNewton discovered the 
,lja>vi _ of universfJ grflyit.^tiou by which 
the earth was understood to be -support- 
ed and controlled in, si^ace, amid the- sis- 
terhood, oi revolving, orbs^ the wihole 
\Vorld wondered' after thei thoughtful 
dirtCoverer, and 3"et many centuries Iic- 

>, % tt (|i-^oi%ali f^vi^^'W' \ 

ual vigor which at I 
for God overlooking 

st must fail at last, 
the wise.jJiighty, 

and noble to a great extent, has chosen ,„,,.,. .. -.., 

hk' foMisii,' w<.fit,'%ak>'A,<S'^«V.c\\ '" *.M*al mtnprolationof tl„ ,,;, 

precepte, regarding iiietaiilioi-s, iMr.,!^^'- 
i-fc., as so many iirusliiifions neslbjij,j3' 
iiuprcss as by object teJi^Cingf ^ Ja J^ 
tivK ilootvine of revelation. Ben,,, 
wmrtbpm in tTnsT?.spec{, it WrSnaTOra^ 

felbjwshij,, i ust as kiuiliVAl (■Ij.nian'jS 
each otuer by a common affinily w 

net!H of fhw »(J5(//on, antT AVe i"-" .' ■'' 

1. 7fmmM;i\iy ) 

Jation lii <!'>>} >hiimnds U. 




■ r 

I.- and 


thnigH to conftHiud-them, and " things 
tliatarenot, to bring to naught tbings 
Ait (a^(i,ithaJ hftfl^^hould glory in 
his presence" (Cor. 1 : olj}. Ilaving 
now sluiwn you dear reatlcrs, th;it the 
heart, the iinderst(h>din(f,iiii; rr(ts-dri\ tli^ 
cori>ii^h}ur, fradilinii. pa'pidaV op'n)u'n 
and \h>^ nmrlLloH^ of h ., r.n .1 n„ n ^ arc 
allfdUble and iieed thru, ..Mlxr. tlir tiiure 
reliable, guidance ^f ^^murihing superior. 
We cpme »gaiu to ini[uiiT \\iiai that in,-^ 
fallihh (juidt^m? The i'.salmist ans\vers 
it in the language of our text. Addrf-ss- 
ing liiu'.Mdf tndod he says, " y/^wshalt 
guide \\\i- "-Ifh thij roi''f." O what 
an iiu'^jirrssidh' cuusolallon to know 
that amid, the opposition.^, pcr.srculiiiu.-^, 
bereavements, afflictlaus ami prriU of 
lite, a Father's .faithful hand vouchsafes 
us help. If abaudoned'to the weakness 
and follies of our carnal natui-e.^, what 
could we do? Kut at every turn in the 
pilgrinuige of life, may be seen a heavr 
enly guide-post. In every fiery tempest j 
that lashes our frail bark on the surging, 
billows of life''s dark sea, may be heard i 
the voice of an Omniitotent passenger; 
bringing peace to the troubled, land. In 
the diu and confusion of every battle,' 
we may hear the .>vell known voice of 
the "Captain ofiom- salvation," cry- 
ing '" Follow m&.i'^ , YeS, God will be 
our guides but /iow ^V^ill He guide usS? 
Our ti^yt saj^ " thou, shf fit ' f/uide' jm 

n-i!h tJni rnUN>=ri:' AA'c Ixdi.'Ve the old 
and Xrw Tr;-tainrnt Snipliur^, bnih (o; 
ha\r Itrcii gi,vcii by inspiration, tli(' di- 
vine authenticity of which is clearly; 
evinced by, the chnractei' and claiuis of| 
their \vriters and by. signs and wondera,! 
Tio involving the expei'ience and observa-; 
tion of the peojjle to tvhom they were] 
given,'H^ to admit' of no mistake, beingi 

:vth tlu- 





hig"(J.ib -'fi: 7). Iwjiiu. alniu.-l i:\-yv\ 
trtie .f^ci(?m;e ^y'll tij,i,d| tjie ,.^um-):^)tai pi" ,its 
practically legitimate cwitlljfgons, on the' 
pages of inspiration, showing that God' 
luis adapted Himself to the interests of 
His dependent creatures, and though of 
ten unlearned in the technicalities of 
human science, they have that which tho 

world does not Jms'^css. the \vi.-;diiiii 

which Cometh from above. "\V.-II might 
the psalmist exelaini, "I have iii..rr un- 
dtrstauding than all my tracln-rs; fm' 
thy testimonies are iny meditation, 1 un- 
derstand more than the ancients, because 
I keep thy precepts" (Pa. 11S>: l)i), KiO). 
Pardon this digres.sion. I have only .said 
this niueh by way of caution, that my 
position here be not misunderstood. We 
take no position then you perceive against 
the proper acipnsitions of knowled^ie, 
but only maintain that the fact of bi-ing 
versed in human lore, is by no means 
an evidence of religious Jnf!tlli]>Uity. 
But we need nut dwell upon this thought. 
Facts abundantly sustain our position, 
Jews, Mohannuedams, Pagans, Inlidels 
and Christians arealike often celebrated 
for exten.<nve learning. And the learned 
men of Christendom maintain as many 
0])posites as are involved to-day in the 
contradictory faith and practice of their 
peojde. Every false theory depends up- 
on the efforts of its learned advocates 
for subsistence- 
Truth otW triumphs in the hands of 

if stirh a character as io challenge iin-l 
(ati-'U ■ fVoni !Mnhainmedaus, Pagan.4,1 
^[ilniu[i]l-->t.s or ^Mormons, and so eom-j 
i:- iijoc-itrd li)' living, nioiiujncnts and' 
i>idiuaurc>, instituted at the time of thfiij 
.!'■. ui'iviii-e, wiili wuch, inscriptions, o^ 
iheii' nwii histiJi'v, ap to utteidy prevent 
imposition! up<i»n anbaequent, generations. 
Attiested' by the^ very accurate fuliilluien 

of ,, 

ami > 

it l„w 
11,1, ],ln'. 

iv>])l,,','y. tl,e jiatisfaction of tyjH's^ 
Iiadnw -■. t},,' s,,r,.'re ordi!als tbroni^ii 
,:,-^-,-,l and ovpr wlii'ch iC 
, its ti'aiisionnii,^ influence 
upuu liiiiuaii cl,av;HtiT an,! society, and 
its „ila|,t:,:i,„i to the ,is]il|-:,ti, Ills an,! sUs- 
c,-|jt,l.iliii,s i.f n,,ui'.s liigli.r hitidligeni'e 
and niuiiil natiu'C,. -wllich is luisatisfie^ 
witii anytliiiig short of 'i life and immor-' 
lality,"tb(' Bible is pre-eminently thq 
Book of books, proving the Christiari 
Scriptures, the last will aud testament, sealed with His own blood, to 
lie " God's couiLsel " to us, tho " Magna 
Vlim-tii " and pillar of truth to guide us 
iu faith and practice by Jay and 
night to the end of our race. But we 
are not here, to iUscoui'se upon the aui 
thenticity of the Bible nor the fact of 
its containing the divine will. On that 
point professed CliristiMi,loni is n. uniti 
The' question n.■^^■ is, //„„, „,.^, ,„g ;„ ^_ 
dentuml tht dichi.e .Munaeh? Many 
will say, what you have said is very 
giio.l, but since all Jenouiinations of pro- 
fe.sslug Christians ,-laii„ tli,. Bible, and 
each puts its o«n u.t.ipivtatiou upon it, 
what are the people to „ do ii one says 
" this is the way to uudorstand it, auoth-' 
er says, ' that is the way.' " I answer 
dear reader, we have m rkjU to put an,j 
maris inlfrprflat;,.,-, apon God'a Word. 


for a c/iapge h^ mych ureh rdulion. 
loTiii-d^ie'Bi-etTiren bee '^" 

«"W|,. ( 

.„ . Wlift.^n, 

uiir wills to our chill],;,, 
Wt: ,use "great plaiuuess of speech'' 
pcciiilly if the subject is one of \L-^^, 
tance, and can we suppose that an Om, 
nipotftnt/ aud OniniscieutUod lof infini*,, 
goodiiWs and love Would conrnnhiijjjp 
Hiswdll, the helpless aud dependent suh 
ject's of His creation, providence aiij 
grace, \vhose supreme interests and (1,.^ 
tinies hang on His Word, in sucli i l-,,y 
as to be incGulpreheusible ? to give \^y. 
only to iiggravate .and ,corifu,se ' tli^ sji,. 
ject in ability . to understauH it? ifli vet 
hold him amenable to it? to give a {ru,,,,,. 
et " au uncertain sound," and yetreoiiii,. 
the people to be in battle? Such, my 
readers, is not the character o£ Goi 
Such an inference would be preposttr. 
OILS. His voice eVtn in the most imiie- 
rious iuetihctive creation, is uuuiistii;. 
able and if Hiau -ft-ith his higher rttaij- 
inents, fails to discover ' it iu I'evelaHon 
it is because his sin has so perverted Lis 
faculties and alienatsd ,hiin fi'nin, GoJ, 
ihat h,' r.'ally docs not want to, or else 
is ati-iilV to, see. 'I like an ' eisjjtfe'siou 
once made l)y Spurgeon, of, LonAoa, on 
plaiuuess, ,pf speecJi. "If I should sec 
that house on tire over there'' 8ai(B he, 
" do youthihli'l"'iWlllU'staiidWeaii(i 
say, I believe the operation of ctiwbus- 
tion is proceeding yniiiler? No I^oiilJ 
cry tire! lii'e!' ami then every 'hbdy 
would know "what I meant.'' ^p with 
God to us. Are we to suppose t]ie|iiutes 
of alarm an,l calls i,f duty 
the p,-rishing nr,lli,>us' of iiiankijul, aie 
mere theologicali enigmas to' cntctain 
the eurio.sijyjof speculiitiveminds; iSllie- 
ly not. God Ints throuljh tlieiSoipd 
adapted His triitlj to ■ eveiy condition of 
our lotit race, :aud the Scriptures cviires* 
the will ,,f (-Jod in language tilat iHpliii, 
and easy to 1,(' nn,lcrsl,,otl or all i> 
shrouded'iii ,!,iiki,,-s, il,,i,l,i- ainl ,iu,,'r' 
tainty. God lias iv\-cal,s,l cv,ay pai't of 
His di\li,,> will, all ,,f wliich Is i„ii„>V' 
taut, til theiinilcistamliiig.if alln'lioare 
child'like, euough ty believe wltatHe 
has taught watl obey wliat He has,com- 
manded, so that there is no neell tint 
His people be'fost' amid" the confusion 
of tongues," ^vitli their various .aud ton- 
flicting nieth.„ls -.f liif.i'pr'etatioii, orsf- 
duced an|l h',1 asliay '■ by every winil"' 
cunning craftiness \\l„-ia-by tli,') H'' "' 
wait to deceive."- Supjioseoneof youivir' 
is a.paipentislioujil send your little .''in''' 
on some important mission. You stat,* 
its duty in plain language. It UQ'"'^' 
stands, lint as soon as; it is a little ui-*' 
tauce on the way, .some designing '"''^' 
strips and interro,,;ntes it respectin,? tl"' 
cl,aract,-r of its.Tiaml, It np-al^V""'- 
ii,structi,,iis sle.Hing th.'y "cv »"' "'| 
dersto^d,, but the man iutefferes hys'}' 
ing,"Your fatlier did not mean )'«» 
should do e.taetly that, but he «»';; 
to teach you Ruch and such a le^*™. 
Perhaps he states just enough ti-utn » 


uary 14- 


■ — '• i •■ LJ.L- .■ 



^f^eive Uoiitsl hcm-U wjlllQiit 60ijie Uutli 
yet llie buy l-ei)li<» by, i-i|i)entiug yniu-l 
j.,i„„ii!ii"b Huttilu! !Unn;pMvisto by say. | 
■• Vi.u <»■'■ only 11 Ulllu lioy; I mil in 
, , ,ri. nmi imdcrstimd nil aboitt siMi 
t!,iu-<- I ■"" i^"'"' f-'tbi-v's fripiid anil 
];„„»• cxaVlly wlial h.' xvirht^. lIi- meant 
c(, jiiul 

''•V^'ii'^'I.Wi'*' M>'n Wat ishonci Hop,. 



niijiiMllliv 1 ^lu.w yon ami 

,'11 'ilo viaUlii.yVU' olt'lit to lie 'tlmni. 

'^1 J foiiml yM"! 1 see you were about 

1 1„ witk'' quite a mistake.'' AuJ so, be 

„fiBists until tlio little boy is ppvauaded 

I j|„,i subniitsJ agi*eing to, aud lesecuting, 

,|.l,;i]is, tb'' ^'fT wsbnnie designed to 

tliMMl'l yoHt nn'niiwi'mciltii and iiltbi-eats. 

I pi.tuvnius tli6 child •claiffis' to have i»v- 

C.niied bis I'nwul, and state* what Iif 

. ],.,i floiif- Yob Sit't'listHnlsKcd', ebagrin': 

t-ib ilisi'iiiioiu'i'il. You aidi'liimtoVepeat 

slnK-lioii-^., .lln'does'bb Svithoii 

'' ,)itlic"lty- 
"(,1.1-v ibui 


A I.. 

,ivliylp'dirl iu^t 
-■vins liffw .youk' 

.■,clii!iMy,':iiid liismailc, l|,i||i )je,,ie\v(; ,\yli; 
, 1,0 ili.l ^iii" I'i^jiil; wteu.ftliniii,i(( tjia.lfiie 
- to i-em'^iily till' *r.YiiL. i^ \viih qur, d^iity 
ihi« fii.i'i'li'i iih' Ore «b>«ii'cl;" iJbkijiUiaaiiil 

-■ ail-i • ■ '•" ''"■ '■' '■' ■"'"•illApU-J.blll tll]e 
■ uloilem t-lieol(|- 

\ ' ill' ai'ranyii-nioniM 

■.ohii'ii'V !(.'■. ■■l-,".l,"ailra,lb.^;nh-.-Ms 
'o^' (rWlb jHiMj;'\l, ;uid lii;yi^e,un>lijni''|l 

,„tw«llis|W.*\ll^'l':flWJ':- .., c 'I -:,,, . I 

';, :i\\n liiaiijvii, mil- UwrnejllX,]?!)):!!?!' lids 
^.v..„.(.Ki(nl llimselt'.tirJlis dcair fhiUli-rfi, 

, ,,„|,h]n'irftb>liii-Jl4lll|'Iieity l\ilbalr'atu 

el's; t*iiith5lhi('-'''^,tiflidflUneKiaud cuiti, and 

I tbiit' \Wt'!Vii' rely* <>ii iv^'WitiHo has said 

: witliout Ibi*" m'lfTpOJiiiis^'1'i^oTif.-tm'etiiiii 

' of hfiinan wiwjoni rv>ijardiii^ tli"j>8«,inetb- 

6ils as* fitily 'dt't'cjitii^n 'wbii-h reject di-, 

' vine rreei'lits.'blKUi the' plea^ that it jn 

euoui^di to I'oiAjVreb'end'tlle prbieiples 

tlu-y involve; believini; that such pel-Siius 

ev^l\' fail to I'ealizp their fi^iiritvittl-forcp, 

and are miiiistevs of th<' ;.'ri'iit deeeivur. 

,fraii-'."nu'd iul" ■' liiiii'-tris of rijjht- 




(Acts li 


l^irll Tliueb tribulriti'lll 

lo the kiiiirdi'iii oJ 
(iud"(Aet,s li: S:!). Wh.d Istiibnlli- 
tioni " 'flifit, which occiwioiw Jistri-f^, 
or vitxiLtiou : iseviirc iitllictiou.'' ' It .lceIll^ 
that (ribulaliun <ir alUictiou is nec^'isary 
tor tile Chinatiau — ^UMeHsiPy for thilii 
it' i-ual hapii-insssi'tlmta by 'it' theyiu •» 
i;i|<'d ami prt'iilire'(1"f(ii'"tbC' ftiH ffijoy" 

III, nt of llieir heAveiily illh^'ritatief. Xow 
1.' iislu.l- for the proof, and a- nothali; 
slioit of Divine (ctiniony will satM'y 
flSp wi'.will hear, -ivhut thi; apoiUe Paiil 
says ill wi'iliiig to his |liret|^lTM at C'oj-, 
iiith, '• For' our , li^ht aillietioll, iWbii Ii 
■isbut full ii utouiont, woi'kollr'M'oi'Wii- 
nilrnr noi ' -noc fwi' «8 < U'e Chrii^timn) '^ a 
f4i"Ao»i?fei;celliii<»riiJd"('tPninHi'i'f!rh( * 
glory" (3 Cor. 4: 17^.""IiMtiibe!(i'(lii' 
tWirles? l>i'(>th<'i'''ns}ain"Who-'9lifiolt (b'' 

f.llrld;!fi6l,'i,^l^1llg'A!!l'!lli*,'s■1ld■*;ll■lHo^f , ^ 

I'TsiiKiled' Inlu to'lVe S' (,'hfettaA"(-'\"'i A>;:'>liiill ci'yo.v llijii lor-ver. 1 ro, 
-"■: •-'-•'' if. s-:lvi',"i':ibyv'iAM.'ulfi-'' !"■ -'i:..' "Ml niia we shall als. 

taliou ami desire. We all desire the glo- 
rioua crown promised in God's Word to 
the faithful, hut before we can em-et it, 
we must comply with the cuuditions of 
the Gospel Aud whew we like the 
aiiostli! l^ial, become willing to, count »11 
thinirs but dlijBS for the icxcellenoylpf 
of Jesus mir Savior, and oruiiify th4 
world with the lasit awl atop down into 
the valley of humility, and walk blame, 
li^iwly before (iod in all Ui.s eoiiiniands'. 
then we can enjoy that blessed hope ' 
heaven and immortal glory which alone 
can be I'UJoyed by a faithful olipdipliec 
tothc 11 m? of God, Beloved, breth- 
ren ami sisteis, what could we do wiih- 
pnuhalglwlifusluipci which hope, .says 
thciiLpoftUi 'f>ve havens an anchor "i 
»h.. soul, both sure and stu'mlfasti wnhjch . 
I Mltereth into that within the vnil; ,wliilil.J 
or the forei.niiiSi.r is for iis.cnteredi even ' 
'.bsu,'- (Meb. II; 11.1,20;). Alid hnvi., 
■ ilii. Ii. |ie we eaiJ look fotTviird into ' 
ui.iii'l future state, when fhe -' 
crown hoped fgr whib- piU 
ttryu^.-rs Iicre — wdlbe nor^st — 
cil., jiud i.iyoved ; then wy can join 
with every nation, kiildred and toii^i 
in .-.iuiiing the song of redemption, xyhieb 
ille angels eatinut ;SLny. ^Vhy Miveiiuse 
they have uiiver been redeemed from the 
earth. But those who have come oift 
of'great tribulation, and -have wa-'lavl Voltes and maile them whito in the 
bl-H»d of the Liinib. can mingle their 
Voices together in singing the gloi'iiSiiiis 
song of redeeming love to Ood aluVtlio 
Ilahib foreve> liiito Him 'tlnll Ibreil lis, 
and \-\ashed us t^'oid onr^lns in His^ liWn 
bloorl, andhas made us kin!.'s and )triest» 
lliito flod aiv'l iTis Father: t.i' him' ie 
glory and doniinion for ever luel eveiy,' 
(^l^cv. n; (1). But iiiiw [art.' we \afnuiit- 
ed by tribulation? Answer;" And one o' 
the elders answerci.!, saying unto me 
who are these which are arrayed in 
whitii rolios( aud whence came they? 
And I said tiutu him, sir thou kuo\y; And he said unto me, these al'e 
liiey which' ctmic out of gi'cat trtlmlu- 
ri'iii,'and have washed' their i-obes and 
iii.irle Iheiii white in the blood of tile 
l.anib." '' Th.-refor..." whi.'li incurs 
lor thisor'that reason, rct-rriiig to smnc- 
tiling previoni^ly stated; for the rca^'in 
of coming out of gi'«it,tribuli(tiou,,iuiii 
auxVwa-shiug tljeir i a'qberf and uiukutg' 
therrt white .in the -blood; of thu Lnmh. 
'1 Therefoix^ '' or for that reosun^' " ni'C 
thV-y befol'l. thi- tlirhiK'u'f God, and serje 
HiMday aiid' night in ni>ttanple;'alld 
he th.^it ,sifteth oil the throne >hall dWell 
anii.iig ilhiii. 'I'hey .shall liungi-r ilo 
niMii', ueitliei' thirst any more; neifher 
,sli_;iil |t|u: ,;,uu llglilrontlie(|i, or any iifii t. 
FuHithcii/aiirb, which is iu .tW- niidat Id' 
Ihe; tliroiui shall feed .tliaiu, uiid, shall 
I ihcni lutitollviiji foilintoili!) of ^vaJl.i■; 

al'le to se^iaratc us from the love of God, 
which isiji Christ Jcsiwour Lord" (Itoin. 
8: li, IS, as, 30). 

('), may Gild help Qfi nil 'in mU-trihuU- 
tion, to e-xpreise tbHt pfttienc<% ' which 
characterized the true ilillower of ChriM. 
Fur, patie^ice, is one of tin* Christian 
graces which we.tio lliuell need in this 
World of .sorTO'iT^--that we may ever 
have a. rieli experience which the world 
(Cajinot recei\c; no, whicJi.the world can 
neither give nor take away; tihereby en- 
joy that hope which makes us nutiwhaiii- 

the t.-xt saffieieat ( Knh. .1; Is J. The 
it is a mocker, »ho,o is dcceivol tlnre- 
by, U not wise, the risk is too fearful, 
it is desired by.the Lord to let it alone, 

I am nttertyfaJitoniKfaed to hear min- 
isters of Christpn-aehiiigaboiitthe right 

kitld'of liquor at the right time, and iji 
the rijjhf wiiy. There i« one right way 
to deal with an mltler, that is lo smanh 
il-i luiad. Who never drinks i- , ;.. 
Your purpose to drink only 

I cd,''iSr in rtbluT wtirds , give,* us courafte ' 

,pi-viu-li tilt' throne ul" giiie« liuMlj- V. ' 
loVi* lliiii, and l>i:fyn: "Iik-u 
iikU His help ill' time ttf iU-e<t. AM, 

is W:illi.\s-i 


■ liM|..' inahUMis todi>tliiKi I'smlu-lU 
11^ - l>r.;nisi-.' tlVt; lt>vi! nf Gufl is sIin! 
,u,lii't|i!i| ill lovir Ut-tttti^; i'u),,Iii our lieu i 
\jy tlic ll,uly wbidi in jrivL-ii u: 


(iMt Ki,..v» .11. u.tTiii. i.i iuUjujM'juincef 
" ^l liuhihiiin <cil! lu/t hiu-t aufflio'J.f/,it 

li •lilinl i-'l- >!'..:, h'fUl,.." I.ill 1.:, w.lir 

t'OI'lli.tO uieuit'tUti l»vi,rii;gvooiii. i j 

' fflio npostloitj Wrifiiug to till'- bl-eUiOuu 
)it ■ VhitJppi siuj'S: '' Fw inir ^oiiveraBtiMri' 
\^'\i\ lif'av^Ti; fi't^iH -(vhi^Ae** nlt^o ^wlffiik 
ioV fH{'' t<fl<*ifii^"'VlK' Loril'.Ti'sni^Ohnstf 
who'sliiiU MiA'n^f^oiir \\\^ I'mdy, tliat lit 
limy I'c, tushiuuiil llkf uiit»' lli-^ •;1oi.uhib 
li.xly " ( IMill. ;'.: L'li). GLriuiis thoiii^'lit, 
tlu' Sjiviiiv is ^-oruiiig tu lih'.-*-^ this fiil-tli 
with His piea$m-('^«n(lfur« I'or th« \iv\\- 
ry j/ilgnins wbohavvhwV fiiVilIiin uiul 
h^lyp,,^y|alti!lV ft'i' ilia Vuturn. Lj tht-re 
any uumtbrt an looking Ibr tin; Sayiyr? 
Thu apo8tle«ay«imi; " Fovthi! Lord.k*8»s 
Iliiiir^fli" shall ili'sci'inl iVum luravtm;' 
and in conclusioii say«: " M'hert-fbr 
mmt'ort onn tanothpi' mth tht'se words " 
(l Thf'SM. '4: IB-ia). Having thv!»e{'X- 
fwtliiig great and procious i)ronii»<'S st^t 
bi'foi'p iis, let IIS not grow weavy — Ibt 
pTiimiscd reward is for those that endvivvi 
to the end. Je^us «ays, " Be thyu faith- 
fill unto (h'ath, and I will give tjieea 
iTowii of Uff" (Rfv.2: 10)." <> tV-ulU 
\\.-- !ti> lively wurkiTs for tlie caUse of oor 
MiUiUr; j^o on to j)«rfei:ti'>u by adding 
to,<?uv iv^xSx theChi>tijm,[j;racw,audgive 
diiii;iim:b to make our talUilK nu'l t^h'e 
liiiUi suf t'. . For the lioolf of liuid says: 
"if yudu these thin^, v.* whall never 
fall, ffirsrt ftn' etiti'anve -shall he minij'tt-r- 
M'llntoTon aV)/tliiiantly"itito"ihi* erer* 

^,:^It,^^k^l:^n.^^ or^U't-uT^ ,lT|.lS;iV. 

.■hiKh'i'U n!'i>hiiu- ; it crruj't,-' mi(;i>n:-rs 
of relij;ion, detilw. lh»; piu'ily of'tte 
cbnveh,' eatises spiritual,- ?OTn|Kirat,' and 
et«-nal 't^'Jith'.'^'hi!*' U' fht'' "nature 'And 
fruit of it;"'ahd tlii^ is notdbneiu {t cor- 
ner. Away with your Ihiuors. If the 
tuQutain'i6 )hipUi-e thii »»(T?nn'imi** he 
NO. He tl/at i-ee^-i^es I, U ,^ 

i*ct to his seal.ihar C^oil : 
with liiiuor traffii-.s. 


T)"^'^!' '■■'"■■■; > :-.' — 

-^-^ upon the iiiiportanm oi time, and 
the never ending i-teruity? If youliave 
not, let us give it a piLssini; jrhmcc. " We 
might say a great deaJ about the differ- 
ents parts of time, but' will speak of the 
part that inostly concerns lis. (nid gave 
a ei'rt.lin part to man 'wdiile he dwells 
here on earth, to prepare his soul tor 
God's service, au<i Uc earnestly vi^eats 
him to perform thework. He ha.s .given 
him a law to show to him that he''is a 
.'iinni'i. ii/ 'the slight of God; .also ioilhe 
same Boiik a l.-iu liv which he can be 
saviirt, ,- I ,,, ■ , " ' . ■ ' 


In lUv A'Ui ;h ui John >v,- ii^oil, .'Liim 
the .wav. iJin Inuh and the lii^-, anilTio 


i,nJl iiorl shidl ■A'ipc awa« all tearM froiii 

!, , , ," -.•'•' '■' tli.lll 

by'saying, let us patiently endure aal 
lbin;,'s for Iho glori'ius cause of V\v\f- 
tiauity, ami try to recoj^nizc in all por 
tribubitiiui the j;uodness and wisdom of 
<>od. 1 1, liidieviuj! that whattwcr lie dot's 
i.-i.fdr Hia glory mid for out' eternal't.'ood: 
thatwe'Titniy ever be flllwl'tKi JiT«11i«y- 
iu._'''M«i^h thp'«t*b'it fltl'l Irtvi. 'Af lioil, re. 


110 thti world, tliat whiteo- 

.'1. ll'iit. n.'* "iwr- 

ish, 1.1 
lie li:i. 
so much. 

i.u; U,; Ji. 

ifcr \vm1> l.lin 


ill it 
tli,ii,t, wc , may 


fA' '■'•:■ ■■■'■'■ -'T~--:-y-< (,'■='■ 'i' 
j;i'4 titgctlicr. iNo 4wM,bt bat, wliat rte, 
fi(|o«th. ,watiKiiii|.«ri'igJii» lii{ht alHif tiilii 
lltillii.tht! ;4liirioli« l'o«'4»'il in l-esorvulj'm 
ti.r <he'fairbftll,' when wri'i'"' '" i'-" 
'Ui'iTtlireyi, 'wlien hi» says; " !■ 

(i,.tn!i<J>'AW'iit,''.:r fiiU',:; 

,:,,f"\V,'irtliy ' ' 
Jory w;liieli 

J^mf |lie ' f'u.i'ili. 1 ^lyj: ::, llVf ,1 .,;'"; ('«; 
ideil that neither life, nor dea,tli, utif 

' A\'hy"I'aiii ; " ICiioNyinir tl 
,, Hui iiiliulatioii, w,orK,«tli |,;l'»t,'''J,irf"i 

,.,>Vhi>t,|,(3,||lllie,llcc; l'attcjlc^,.iii(,llC|F|lB|, 

." ft'Vini(,,of iijUictioa',' ,,»',lvursiti>' ,,di(iU'«i|s. 
I' iujivriess oa'ejfciH pil'm, t<)il,'and' otlil-r. 
'■ 'evils, sv-ilh'Sinii(lt »nd unrltt^led'1ctnpl^^ 
"• ate^iiJ,. <vl(ieli mhUf 'bcni'* n" tbinj.'s 
•'"M'ifluiiit «iiii-iViiii'ill!j'<w'']ti't'iVillln!>iint'i'|;! 

" so Weent'i |il'ii:hiys«''fl/i(t wV'!'-" ' '''' 

■ Uei'd ,,(■ paiienci'. ' ' , ' 

l''ol' palii nee works .".) ' '■ 
■ ■l^'Viuice h.jpj'. AVllIi.'U! tril'u)aii(.li|, 

*"-couWii,itbaV(.'pati>-nir,,»;ibnm,i'|i-| , , ,1 ;„„.!, L 


Jt*\V <nd and hinn 

leniahh* tliT 

IiAyti 'th(^-- 

Now.tiiui^ia.tht' |iat\ 

.ivi*«ii,Wt u» »rt.n: hjw ■^\^,^ ;ire --^cmUi.i; 
mi- rtifle^sK'^ihelhev'Wtf' ifAn have hoj>e 

thu Lauh 

eat who h; 

' '"^^Uhont, i(Kj)oriolH;ef yfv>'^co\ 

M .nat.Jitti«ItJ<*we,.ii<.r why- uthta> ' ur*a«ui«, I sluUl^ U^ 

l;4. \)jhieU lit 

m>iuf«*»tbti ,do9m,.<rf«l)«'lijw*iiSi '.UiiiM 



ruary v^^ 

§h^ brethren ni ^orh. 


i. H. MOORK, 

Tni ItBimiBCi AT WonK will be Mnt pow-pniJ. lo any 
■/tdm" In ih» Unlwd 8l*i«» or Civnada, for $1 -W per 
Bonuin. Tliow nmJing Icn nnmM ivnd 815.00. vriU rc- 
wi»« an mm copy frro if cliarpe. For nil otcr rlii» 
Dumber (he naenl will ho nllowcJ 10 c*nl8 tat enoh rid-li- 
llonul nnnic, "blch ninount can he JeJucWd from \M 
inon»7, Wfort efn-Iing ir to ii». Money OtAon, Urjft". 
ftD'l lUirl»I»re<l I^Ht* Oiay h» tenl «I our risk. They 
»htj»U li' iiiaiU piiy«bl» lo Moore, Biwhr.r ft Enlielnimi. — 
gulMcnplionii, and i-omrniinicnljoni iiiiendcd for the pn- 
WT. M nell M "II Im-iuMi. nuiltem Mnnccifl »ilh the of 
fioe ihouM be atldreoeil 

Lanark, Carroll Ce.. Ill- 

rzBaaiBY i4, i87S. 

OxE liny loft week two persons were baptizt'il 
II the strottm one hnlf mile nortli oi' Lanurk, 

TnB bretlirfii iit Yellow Creek, III., recently 
FLTciveil two pfi-soiiH into the church by \y.\\i 
fi.4m. iiii'l gofifl proniu'cts for more soon. 

Hho. Duiiiel Longimucker requests us to nii- 
noiince hiHfuidreM at Plain View. Adiuns Co., 
I'll. Hi» corroBponilents will pit-use tnke notice. 

The lulclress of brother T. Y). Monroe, is 
chiiii^toil from Orcentowii. Inrl., to Sla-sh, Grant 
Co., Intl. Hit correspondents will make u note 
of thit, 

An appiilling fiuuine is said to be raging 
throughout North Cliinii. Nine mission people 
are reported destitute, and children are daily 
aold in the markets for food. 

Bro. L. S. Snyder of -Mo. Vslley, In., stai-ted 

for Texif on the fourth iuHt. Any one wishing 

to Porrea[)ond with him within the next three 

or four weekw, will pleiwe address him atDallu.>*. 


— ■ ♦ ■ 

FopR Pius IX, nt thenge of eighty-five ywii-s. 

closed his eyes in deutli at Rome, on the 7th 

inst. The lom-lave of Cardinals, it is announe- 

ed. wjw «umnioiied ininiediutely to choose hi: 


l«r. aud like it Ihe best kind. It would be a 
great help to me in the ministry. Now breth- 
ren, send me the BitETniiBN at Wouk for one 
yeiir and I will |)ay for it before tile yetir is out." 
Certainly we will 9i*nd the paper, aud are glnil 
that the brother appreciates it. But we have 
plenty of goo<l brethren and sitsters wlio will 
pay for it. Let u.'* hare a few more contribu- 
tion* to the ChftrHij Fnuil. 

Thkkk in perhaps no one in our fraternity 
c:dled upiin to do more writing for the public 
than Bro. C. H. B.ilsbangh, yet he is a poor 
man and ill pr<.-pftr*:'d to defray the expenses of 
writing the iraraenae amount of letters and ar- 
titky thiit he iw required to prepare. In this 
respect he is required to depend upon the char- 
ities of othei-s, and when that drops oft", lie will 
of necessity be compelled to eeiwe his writing 
for thi* publie goo/1. Therefore let all those 
who wrilv Bro. Balsbaugh, requesting an ans- 
wer or article, enclose enough to defray all ex- 
penses. Dtm't fail to do this, brethren and sis- 
t<Ts. And fiirthi-niiore we would like if all 
thoxp who read this notice, send the afflicted 
brother a little gift in the "name of ft disciple." 
His address is Union Deposit. Pa. 



On the third inst., two persons were received 
into ('hristinn fellowship at New Berlin 0. 
Tlius.the gathering of .souls into communion 
with Clirisf goes on, and there is joy in heaven 
uuil on eai'th. 

HitoTiiEU .1. B. Wampler recently assisted the 
brethren of tlie Manor church, Indiana Co..l'a., 
to hold a series of nii-etiiige and ten precious 
souls were brought into fellowship by their la- 
hoi-s. Thanks be to God for the result. 

^Vatch the date opposite your name, for that 
tells when your )UibBcrii>tion expires. There 
are some that expire during this month, hence 
we call their attention to it. If you wish to 
continue right alnuf.. renew in good time. 

Biio. .). I). Tn^tle of linganow, Md.. w.vs 
with the brethren in Augusta Co., Va., during 
the hitter i)art f)f Junuary, and labored for them 
eU'ectually. There were a number of additions 
to the church. He expected to Iclive home 
again Feb, 2nd for Kphrata, I*a, 

CoxvEitsiNo witli Bro. .lohn Wise regarding 
his niiniHterial lahora we learn that since hi.s 
election to the ministry, thirty fonryeai-s ago, 
his travels have been quite ext^-nsive, iiinoimt- 
ing to about ICO.iluu mih-s in all, or eqiial tothe 
distance anmnd the globe mon- than six times. 
In one ycai-, I?*(iS, he traveled I.'»,000 miles. 

Y view.s on the Gospel order of electing, 
or setting apart, church officei-s, having 
been called for, I will, the Lord willing, prepare 
and publish n series of articles before long, on 
that subject, not in reply to any one else, but 
simidy my conceptions of the Apostolic onler. 

It is not reasonable that the Lord would es- 
tablish a church on earth, giving commands aud 
ordinances lo be obeyed and perpetuated, and 
yet not provide for the setting apart of suitable 
ones to perform special dvities pcrtiiining to that 
body. The subject is one of more than ordina- 
ry iinporlan(*, and is entitled to the careful con- 
sideration of all tlio«e who love and desire the- 
purity of the church. 

Much deiiends on the holy and upright lives 
of church officials, They should be men who 
are models of pure Cliristianily; nion who are 
living epistles known and read of all men; men 
to whom the church can look with iinwaverins 
confidence, for advice and holy examples; nieu 
who nxe Christians in the fullest sense of the 
term. It is evident that most, If not noavly all 
the errors have crept in the church through the 
instrumentality of miuistei-s not sound iil the 
faith, and therefore, the best -sufegmtrd against 
error and impiety is, for the churcli to hce to it 
that her ministers are qualified to fill the posi- 
tions they are chosen to; see that they are mod- 
els of holiness in the Lord. 

It is clear that tlierc is a great decline in true. 
vital iiiety among the ministers all over the laud, 
and there is not that deep-seated aud indwelling 
lioIinetiB that existed in days of yore. Preach- 
ing is now looked at from a secular stand point, 
and viewed a» a money making busiues*. Com- 
paratively few preach for souls as i\\Ky ought: 
and in many instances their own impious con- 
duct uuises them to lose their influence among 
the people who look upon even tiaie minislerj 
with suspicion. May heaven speed the day 
when there will be more real among 
the ministei-H of tiie huul. j. r. m 

We call attention to the article on first page, 
entitled: "A Puzzled Dutchman," as ilhistrat- 
ive of a few points on immei-sion. It is an ac- 
count of an actual occurrence, imd demonstrates 
the great fact that truth cannot be overthrown. 
Hy request we liave i)nt it in tract form for 
distribution, and will be sent to any part of the 
United Stales or Canada at the following 
rates: 50 copies, 2,t cents; 100 copies, -10 centi*. 

Bho. J, W. Beer, formerly a&sistant Editor 
of the Priiiiih'if Cliristidii dcsii-es a situation in 
the West: will teach school, clerk, or, if neces- 
sary, work on a farm, anything to make an hon- 
est living and be useful to the chuivh. Bro. 
Beer is a speaker of excellent abili^* and can be 
of great service to a church, needing miuister- 
jitl aid. Brethren look lu-ouud and find a place 
for him. Let work who will work. Ad- 
dress him at Huntingdon. Pa. 

A I'GOH, ministering brother, who lias but one 
arm thjit he can use says: " I have seen yoiu" pa- 


IT will be not only profitable, but pleasant to 
examine and learn more of tihe pasition oc- 
eni)ied by our ancient Brethren, who' were first 
in the grand reforuuitory movement, with which 
we arc now identified. The carefuyl irtudant can 
always learn from the history of the past. 

To uie it has. at times, been a matter of some 
astonishment how those ancient Brethren, amid 
the error and dlseoi-ds of that age, could settle 
down npoii such true and noble principles, and 
py a Imsis that has succes-sfully witlistood 
the opposition luul criticism of over one huu^ 
dred and fifty yeai-s. That the position (JccupietJ 
by them was Ijoth safe and Scriptural, I have 
never had the least reason to donht, and the 
mo«! f examine the subject, aud compare it with 
my understanding of the Scriptures, the better 
am I satisfied with it, believing it to have been 
predicated upon the practice of the old Apostolic 
church. The ground selected by them, is fully 
sustained by the Scriptures, if properly inter- 
preted. Some, however, have fallen into an 
error regarding the position occupied by 
those Brethren, believing their examples, set 
in the early stage of the reformatory movement, 

should !)e regarded as obligatonr upon all those 
who should follow after, nor is it an easy t.isk to 
dislodge these convictions from luinds that have 
once entertained them. But more of this anon. 
It is my candid convietion that if we. as a 
bo<iy, would come to the r;«y;W fjro'in'l and Ji'*- 
fiitioii occupied by our forefathers, and emlenvor 
to live up to the principles embodied therein, 
that we would have but few severe difficulties 
with which to contend, and what few might 
cliance to arise could be adjusted in a very sutis- 
factorj' iiuinuer. 

There ai-e two prolific sources of diiTicultics 
imd schisms: 1st. Meddling with, and trying to 
settle questions about which the Bible is as si- 
lent as the grave. 2nd. Evading or attempting 
to alter the plain, positive commands of the 
Gospel. On these points our ancient Brethren 
were very strict, and mutually labored to avoid 
all questions calculated to leiul to contention and 
disunion. They were not content with things 
just a few huudred yeai-s old, nor were they will- 
ing to settle down u|)on the platform occupied 
by any known clas-s oi people. They took tlie 
Bible lui tlieir only infallible rule of faith aud 
practice, and for their order went right back to 
the Apostolic age, imd aimed, in all their delib- 
erations, to build upon the foundation of Christ 
and the apostles. They did not attempt to lay 
a new foundation, nor to introduce a new sys- 
tem of ivligion, but their fii-st and grand object 
wiLs to get back to the ancient order of things, 
and continue therein. They labored to settle 
everything by the Gosi>el, appealing to it as their 
only infallible rule of faith and practice, the on- 
ly existing bond of union, and their hearts were 
so wrapped up in the teachings of the good Book, 
the spreading of the Truth and the salvation of 
souls, that they had no time to stop and meddle 
with questions that God. in His wisdom, thought 
not worthy of notice. 

Then, when we slop to imiuire for tbe jwsj- 
tion occupied by them, we are referred directly 
to the Apostolic order, and the practice of the 
Apostolic churches, and when we go back to the 
Apostles, to the first century, to the Golden Age 
of the Christian churcli, then, and not till then 
do we occupy the same ground and position tlinl 
was advocated by our ancient Brethren who 
were first in this grand refomintory movement. 
The great difierence bi'tween them and the 
popular denominations of that period, laid in 
tin- fact tliat these "popular ehuvclies were not 
willlnii to ailopfc the Aiwstulic order of things, 
they were not willing to go, for their faith ami 
practice, hacU to the fii-st centmy, to the Gold- 
en Age of the Christian church: they were un- 
willing to uonforwto the order laid down by the 
ApONtles; while ou tlHrother hand, our Brethren 
strongly contendodforCftft Apostolic order, the old 
orderiLsrecordedinthc New Testament. Thiswas 
tlie order that they so ardeirfly labored (« re- 
produce, and this is the ground and [wsition oc- 
cupied by the Brrthhen at Wobk. We want 
to build upon no other foundation s8r»« that of 
Chiist and the Apostles. For this foundation 
our ancient Brethren contended, and in all their 
lahore and deliberations they pointed to this 
foundation, to thU, the Apostolic order of things, 
imd the great ideal of their hearts was. to build 
up a congregation of i)eople precisely like those 
tlmt comjTOsed the churches planted by the 
Apostles themselves. They did not iiattern af- 
ter each other; they took no man for their mod- 
el. They looked to a higlicr aud more perfect 
source for a pattern— one that was nnule by the 
Lonl Himself, one tluit was originated by the 
Father, established on earth hy the Son, and 
siuictified by the Holy Spirit, and us such has 
been handed to the worid aa the only perfect 
model on the globe, and is the only one that we 
ai'e justified in patterning after. 

To make all things according to the i.attern 
shown in the mountain of the Lord, is not such 
an easy task as some lanatics have supposed, 
yet the model is plain and simple, and if care- 
fully studied, may be imitated to the letter. 
The worlfl a.s well as tlie church, is too full of 
those who are patterning after each other, ever 
learning, but never able to come to a full knowl- 
edge of the Truth as it is in Clirist Jesus, and 
m it was put into practice hy those who were 
His pei-sonal followers. The inevitable tenden- 
cy of modem Christendom in patterning after 
each otlier ha3 been to grow woi-se instead of 

They forcibly remind me of my early school 
(lays. 1 wanted to learn to write. A copy-book 
was ivirnished me, and my teacher wrote a beau- 

tiful copy on the firet line at the top f 
page, felling me to make my letters ju^t iji, , . 
Of course I did my best, and miule n pretlv '*^ 
stagger at it in the firet line. The secondT^ 
was still better, and so on for several lint- ^^ 
when I got down to about the middle of t^ 
p.age it was too troublesome to look 

teacher's copy, so I looked at my own -J^,: ^ 

and Went ou till tlie page 

when I look over my old copy-books, IfiuQ.i ' 
the last line is the worst on the page. ]j ."j 
soon came across a teacher who worked th" 
quite diflcrently. He wrote the copy on a sn^, 
strip of paper, telling me to wrilo just likgii 
on the fii-st line of my book. 1 did so. The "*! 
must lay the striji containing the copy, on .i, 
line 1 had written, and write another Ihie 1,^1 " 
and so on till the page was full. This ft., I 
learned to write. 

How many churches are there that have Iw. 
imitating each other in succession till there 
scarcely any resemblance between them and th- 
original copy? Right here is the trouble with 
our people; we have been looking too much at 
each other, and not enough at the original cq. 
set by Christ and the Apostles. When ou 
Brethren commenced their work in Germanyin 
the year 1T(I8, they procured a genuine copy. 
plate, and did their best to imitate it, tobuiHi,, 
a church just like it. and in all their laboKnsT. 
er thought of imitating each other, nor did 
they intend that their actions should he an in. 
fallible model to rising generatiims. Of couro 
in their attempts at following copy they made 
some mistakes — and who has not? — but after- 
wai"ds labored to amend. They did not look 
(hi-oi'f/h two or three generations at the Rjhlp 
but laid the good Book right over all their pmi 
actions, and endeavored to mou'd their fiihire 
conduct accordingly. Just as fast as they pas. 
ed down the page of time the copy followed 
right along, covering uy the thi 

of tht'p,i?t, 
but pt'epai^lug tlieui for the future. Biniiew m\ 
iii8ali&>lien' members were always pointedlolbc 
Bible ai tlift great standard and umpire of all 
disputes. By tliiS I'eri^i't Law they settled all 

Now the question m-iscs, What visa the posi- 
tion occupied by our ancient Brethren? Wlul 
was their platfonn? We unhesitatingly nut. 
wer that, having cut loose from the worlil. tbe 
conflicting: and discordant theories of the tlim 
existing Christendom, they ciiiue out before the 
world, advocating the Bible as the only infalli- 
ble rule of faith aud practice, the oiily God 
authorized bond of union on eavth, and heuce 
in all things appealed to its teachings. The Bi- 
ble, and lh« Bible only was their plei^ for this 
they lahoi-ed, and upon this foundation the)" 
stood, detying ihn wisdom of the world, mt 
contending for the faith once delivered uutn the 
saints, the re-prodi(«>Bg of Christianity in all 
its primitive purity. TViwy did not stop at Siu 
Augsburg Confession of Vaith, neither did (hey 
linger at the council of Nice 4. D. 325. Thsy 
did not pause tr) wrangle ove*' t.he disputes aiid! 
debates of -the Greeks and LatinS-. but left them' 
in the rcar.laying hold of the olil Apostolic or- 
der, the practice and teachings of tli«e wholiv- 
ed in the first century — here they foand their 
model Christians, their model church, and then 
went to work patterning after it. They did not 
compare themselves among themselves, batlaid 
the old Apostolic copy right before them ami 
went to work. Their eflbrts were crowned irith 
marked success, and God bless them for their 
zeal and good works. 

I would, brethren, that we were as zealous as 
they, as willing to go back to the fiiTft centurj' 
for mil- model us they were in days of yore. 
We may of learning and privi!egts.butif 
there is anything that we ought to covet, iti* 
the zeal and honesty of those who were tirst m 
the grand reformatory movement. They 1«' 
the man-made confessions of faith behind them, 
paid no attention to the corrupt decrees of men. 
but laid hold nn the old Apostolic order, aad 
endeavored to walk in their footsteps. Ami'' 
we want to imitate those ancient Brethren Vf 
must go to the fountain, where they wen'i 
for our copy. We must lay the Bible right m 
front of us, and learn directly from its pa$^- 
We must not look at the Perfect Law of Liber- 
ty through them, if we do, we will not be fol- 
lowing their examide, for they never all<'«'^ 
any object to get between them and the BiW*-- 
The example they set us to follow, is 'If ' 
They went for their faith and practice to the 
Apostles, to the fii>t churches establisln^ on 




^rt„. Th.t .-.IS tV ex.mple .Wj. ^t f„ ,„. ^..^^ ,,„, ,„ y„„ „„,, ^„^,^ I . 

,a . example w»» „„„ «t Ace fte ! „ft„ „„H1 ,1„ „,„,, »'„ eongn^g.lio^ incre,^ 

c<l till nil could not got seats. In nil. we tried 
to i<Tiw)i six sermon*: being mostly on snbjecla 
of iltictrine, nnd our hpulth not admitting of 
mucli hard Inlior and exhortation, we did 
tvnj* tvsults or inimwliutp anci'«»ions. 
though the prospects hid fsiir for sinucra turn- 
ing to God, could wi.' have remained longer. 
One or nioro i-xprosscd a desire to be received 

<3oldP» Ago of the <:hrisHnn church. Now, will 
y,e follow it J- Will wo go back to the Apostles 
for our rule of fail h nnd practice, or will we 
yield to the dictates of some uninspired men? 
jf we wftnt *o ^^^"^ t'od aright, and drink from I not 
tlie jmre fountain of unadulterated knowledge. 
„.e don't want to stop this side the very fountain 
^f eteniid Truth. 

It is right and prudent that we should respect 
ftjjd honor our forefnthers-for the good they have 
done. Many of them endured ranch morethan 
we will ever stand, and God bless them for their 

labors. I wtmld that we had some more such 
good, pious workei-s among us, biit they have 
cone to their rest, and if we do proportional- 

prinkled into wat*r— not a word slime and filth of the world, with th«- *-X|.<^rU- 
about tliis. Or doe.<» he refer lo the learned | tii^n of rtaking the world V*tt#r by being filthy 

11 the 

Christians of the second, and third ten- too, you simply extingnixh thp flitk^r 

(uries, who took up the Apostolic practice- and ! of light that may have l»*n in vou. ., .„^ 

ftbly dv'fended it against all innovations nnd itulv | lifjlit that i» in tW be .Iarkn«..' h<*w gr^Tit is 

stitut^'s? If so, let us hear a few of th..... 
First, .lustin Martyr, who wrote sometime bc- 
tw<?en the years 100 and I6.^. 

"Then we bring them to some place where 
there is water, and they are bapti7/?d by the 

into the fold soon, which was promised to be at- same way of baptism hy which we were bapti?.- 

tendcd too. 

On Saturday moniing, leaving ourcompanion 

il: for they ;ire washetl in the water in the 
name of God the Father, Lord of all things; 

and started for this place to hold a few meetinga 

with the Brethren here. May Goil bless IJro. 

Long and family, and all the dear ones who so 

iy,^s well «sthoj^we ought to be thankful. Hut j kindly received aud cared for us while there. 

Trust that the one lea behind among them, may, 
on a "loi-e thorough acquaintance, incrciLse the 

nt the home of Bro. Long, we bade all farewell an.l of our Savior Jeans Christ, and of the Huiy 

I do not believe in making gods of those an- 
cient Brethren: they were not infallible. Wc 
should not regard their ophiims os hiir ami I confidei 

msi'tl Tliey never intended that we should 
<lo that. They never intended that the chvircU 
shoul'l be referred to them for their rule of faith 
and practice. They went for wisdom to- the 
Fountain Head, and want us to do the same 
They wiiut "^ to \itLVG knowledge from the very 
place from whence they got theirs. Wo must 
jilso make a distinction ht-hweeu their hand writ- 
jig and the copy they followed. It would do 
well £'nnugh to copy after them for ^ few gener- 
ations, but to make a regular business of it will 
be just like my fii-st lessons at school— the more 
T «-rot*, the woi-se I got. We want to imitate 
the copy they tried to imitate, and make thin; 
according to the sa;He^jM/icni they endeavored 
lo follow. Don't take what they did for a pat^ 
tern, but get the old Apostolic pattern and fol- 
low that, then, and not till then will we be like 
those ancient ones fii-st in this our movement. 
"VVe have been imitating each otlier till some of 
us are nearly .spoiled by it. It is time we were 
seeking for the old paths, and endeavoring to 
walk therein. .i. n, m. 


nee so mutually begun on all sides. We 

ON iSuuday. Jan. 20th, at 10 A. M., we met 
in the old Manor church. Washington Co.. 
Md., for worship, but owing to the inclemeucy 
of the weather.many were not permitted tov.ll- 
tend, yet our congregation wius large for the day. 
Met many with whom we bad formed acquuiht- 
anop one year ago while there. The meeting to 
us. Wits one of pleasant reunion associated with 
joyful reeullfctluiifl^— gluriou? meetings in by- 
goni- days, when siDUcrs turned to God. Dur- 
ing our series of services tuOlI, tlflij 'lifiw,- np tiH 
now. wo Were informed that near eighty iil (ill.' 
have united with God's people. Tliis is what 
infuses courage — that when we look back over 
the pa.'^t thirty months of our ministerial labor. 
in every (or with few exceptions) congregation 
where God called ns to labor, a steady increase 
hoa been the result. No spasmodic revivals and 
then a general backsliding, but a continued iu- 
crciLse and a warming up that, to-day tells that 
God was in the work. We don't often like to 
M'.' men disappointed, but thank God those who 
Uorand so positively prophesied '"It will end 
■ vil," have been disappointed, and to-day, in 
iliis brnad land, near twenty-five hundred souls 
^tand in full union with the church througli mw 
humble etlbrts, and not overascore of this vast 
number have failed mid fallen. It isGod'swork, 
though in the eyes of men it be marvelous. 
Wu hope to meet all in heaven, and feel that, by 
Gud's grace we will. Men may oppose, may 
circulate false reports, nniy grow jealous and 
pull down, hut against allthis God's work will 
go on and Hi.s cause prosper. We have shed 
many tears at the prophecies nnule concerning 
the work, at the misrepresentations made, and 
mithirness of men's work, but the knowledge of 
tlie permanency of the work, explodes all the 
niittjnetic hootiiigs and excited declai-ations. 
an.l imparts joy enough for past sorrows, and 
idVordsa grand incentive to future work: and 
•■lay heaven si)eed the day when thousands m.u-e 
will come out frotii the world and walk in the 
life-giving road of .Jesus Christ. 

Again in the evening we met for worship 
>till rauiiiig.lmtnndience large. Mondayeven- 
niiiiained so we did not go to church: remain 
••'l at Bro. Pavid Long's, where our home r 
when in this church. It seems so much like 
father an<l mother's house, we always to 
Ko there, and nmny timo« when far away, 
think ,.f it a.s home. Tuesday evening 

are more and more convinced that, where God's 
people show their love to God by loving one an- 
other, and treating others courteous, that stran- 
gers will bo won over to a love for the church, 
if not altogether to its communion, where oth- 
erwise their confidence would be lost. Why w 
it that in one locality an unconverted nuni or 
woman will exclaim, '' Christianity is all a farce " 
and " church members look down on those out 
of tlie churcli, and freeze us to death and drive 
usfrom the Truth," while in other places.and, 
among those of the same profe.'ision they say. 
" The people are all so good, we cannot help 
but love them nnd admire the church," Who 
of the readers of the Brethhen at Work can 
tell? Will Bro. Mentzer or some one of our 
special contributoi-s tell us? The secret is some- 
where, and now where is it? Let every one try 
to find the gem and possess it, and what a glo- 
rious revival we will have. 

Our meetings here are said to be more largely 
attended than any of the kind ever held in 
Brownsville, and up till to-day the waters iire 
being troubled, and sinnere culling for the way 
of Life. Will give a full report of the church, 
its past and present spiritual condition, and the 
results of our meetings next week. Our health 
is still improving, and we begin to feel like of 
old. able to labor each day for the cause, and 
work for the great harvest beyond. 

Thursday evening we preach at Fiuikstowii. 
Friday join our companion, Bro. J. F. Oiler and 
wife, goto Bailey's Springs, Cuinberhuid Co.. Pa. 
for a few days' meetings, then to Ohio. Feb. 14. 
All lottei-s from this on, to reach us. should be 
addressed to Dunkirk, Hardm Co., Ohio, in care 
of S. T. Roii'serman. Find our paperie Increas- 

gin lavor here in the East, and In the Ik 
nf very many more of our Brethren tliail Wc 
expected to soe it. 

Love to Bro. E. K. Buechly and all the dear 
Brethren at Lanark and Waterloo, and may 
God's gract? bo with all His people every where 
now and forevermoie. s. B. H. 

Jiro-nisrilh; Mil.. J'»i. y.'/, }>^7^, 

Spirit." Next. Clement of Alexandria who 
wrote sometime between the year* 171 and 104. 
" Ye were conducted to a bath just as Christ 
was carried to the grave, and wore thric* im- 
mersed to signify the three days of his burial." 
Then comes Tcrtullian, sometime Iietwccn IflO 
and 220: "After the resurrection, promising He 
would send the promise of the Father:^ 
Iv, commanding that they should immerse into 
the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit: 
not into one name, for we are immenHed for each I 
name, into each person, not once, but thrice." 
These are some of the erifieiices he dow not 
want us to reatl, because they have not in them 
the sound of sprinkling a little water on a iier- 
8on, but like the holy Scriptures, invariably 
speak of immersion. Wc do not read and pre- 
sent them, Iwcause they are the " history of 
men," but because they are faithful witnesses of 
the continuation of that immei'sion which Christ 
and the Apostles set up in the land of Falcs- 
tine. I 

"Sprhikluifj, the Ti-m Mwle of Baptism." 
The author does not say here, that aprhikfiiuj is 
niif of the modes of haptkm^ nor that It is bap- 
tism, but that it is " thr true mnih." One would 
conclude from the title, that the " Rev. Green- 
widd," is not contending for baptism, but only 
the mixlv, but when the W/f/ Is brought out, you 
will see that the same kind of blood don't run 
through the head and body, for he stoutly in- 
sists that sprinkling is baptism. We shall 
therefore, iu a series of articles, let the rays ol 

that darknew" (Matt. 6:23). Murt young men 
be make the vietiuu of a lottery conduct*-! V»y 
Chriatian (?) heads and hands, iikd that t<H>. in 
oi-dcr to raisL- brwwi and butt«r for wjm*r hiuigiy, 
idle profesMorof n-ligion? And tflin is progress- 
ion! Yes, pTotrn-s-iion in worldlini-ss in sin. in 
iniquity and corruption. For once thoHr gam- 
blers are correct : but then do not add unto yoar 
condemnation the idea that it is progmsion in 
true, vitftl piety, in pertoction of tlie holy relig- 
ion of a crucified Lord. 

Lives there a man or woman who has '" put 
on Christ," been "burie<l with him in baptism," 
■■ rencived by the Holy Ghost, changed and made 
partakers of Christ's sufferings." that will go 
down into the pits of .tin and folly ax di:>tribed 
by the article quoted? Will a pious, devoted 
Christian permit himself to be fettered and 
bound again by Satan in that manner? God 
help professors of religion to act Uhe Christiana 
and to shun the evils of this world. 

God, m His great goodness, and luving-kind- 
ness, saw fit to enjoin upon His followers, to 
"Greet one another with a holy km." Though 
this be a fact, yet thousand.s of persons may he 
found who declare that it is not necessary to do 
just as God says in this matter, but th'-n many 
of them can be found, who see the necessity -of 
setting up young ladies at chnrch fairs, for men 
to kiss, at five cents each. It is needful, you see, 
to the extent of /re rf»t». .ludns received 'AiV- 
tij pifces of sitcfr for his dirty work, but some 
of our modem, fa.'^bionable Chrisblans ( ?) will 
do dirty work for tinirklr! You see that to ful- 
fill the injunction of the Savior, requires some 
Helf-tlenial and considerable love, while on the 
other hand, u fivr-ccnt hiss is so tenderand pleas- 
ant to the flesh, and requires no self-denial. 
Sin lies in the root, trunk and branches of such 
unholy actions. 

So marked has the majority of professors be- 

divine light shine on the pamphlet, according to come in imitating the world, that even Moody 

the ability which God givcth, until itssophistry 
liit) been laid entirely baro. If "iiprinkling be 
the true mode of baptism," the tays of divine 
light will only makt' it the brighter, but if it be 
a miserable s'uhstltule fur huptisui, its falsity 
will only he the more apparent when held up to 
the light. We hope, therefore, that some good 
may follow our investigation and review, and in 
next issue shall endeavor to hear our first Ic-ison 
from the Dr. Greenwald. m. m. e. 



EKE are ^OiilC tliinjis transpiring which a 
popular Christian world considers evidcncct^ 

enters his objections. Hear him: '"How can a. 
church prwper when turned into a theatre, with 
its members for amattur actors? Or how pros- 
per by getting up fairs, oj-ster suppers, with 
grub-boxes and such things, or perhaps the sale 
of the privilege to kisii the handsomest womaii 
in the room, or some such iniquity?" In ihis 
manner he recently dcnomiced sacred concerts 
in churches; and now we don't want spasmodic 
hearts to get hurt or wounded, for he who is 
guilty of inaugurating and participating in th^ 
abominable things herein enumerated, is al- 
ready badly hurt— witli sin. Give us ever the 
old-fashioned religion of Apostolic origin. 

X. U. E. 





FFOUK me is a pamphlet of sixty-eight 
pages, with the above title, by " Ilev. F. 
Greenwald, D. D-, Pastor of the Evangelical 
church of the Holy Trinity, Lancaster, I'a." 
The work wn.s sent to the writer with the fol- 
lowing lines neatly written and pasted on oue 
of the fly leaves: 

" Skakcii the Scrim-ures; mf the histonj of 
uirii, for in them you will find hi'l'lni tiMx- 


I presume the " ihem " refei-s to " Scriptures " 
—at lesist 1 shall so receive it, and look at the 
inscription accordingly. "Search the Script- 
ures; " so says our Lord and Master, hence good. 
" Not the history of men." What has this to 
do with " sprinkling, the true mode of baptism? 
The historj' of hnplism has much to do with 
nfvealing the or.V/'" of " sprinkling for bap- 
tism," but tlie history of m^n, in general, does 
not enter into this subject, t'erliaps the sender 
of the pamphlet meant the history of Impliem 
as given by men. 

The Scriptures, which he invites ustoseiurch, 

were nrittt-n by max, and they tell about 

persons being Iniptized " m Jordan," going down 

" ;,i/o the water." nnd coming "ftp o"l of the 

cold mid ' water." but nothing about any oue being sprink- 

of religious progression, hut when these evi- 
dences are turned over, looked into and careful- 
ly scrutinized, they are found to be evidences of 
injiYKnim into the world. The following, from 
the Aiiin-icuii Chrisliaii /^ivVvc, telU how church 
progres-sion (?) is leading out In some places: 
■■ The latest absurdity for church fairs is the plan 
of aui:tioning off the young ladles of the con- 
gregation. The ladies, being veiled in sheets 
from heiul to foot, are sold oue alU-r another, 
and are tlie partners for the evening, of those 
who bid them in. Almost any young man 
wouM rather select with his eyes open, than to 
pa> tliree or four dolliu^ for a choice, with them 
practically shut. Young la-lies would, perhaps, 
rather be auctioned thim stand up to be kissi-d 
at five cents a kiss, as is sometimes done. Most 
young ladies would find either plan of raising 
money distasteful." 

This is not a boul-reviving text. It Is not I 
such iLs brings joy and peace to a Christiiui. 
though it may add a little to the flesh of a sin- 
ner. Is it any wonder that infidels are being 
miidei' Call such nonsense imd beggariy-ele- 
ment work. Christian progre;**! And wlthl all 
such folly, the popular professor will assert that 
" the world is getting better." Perhaps they 
mean that since the world is ever ready to help 
"bid in "the darlings and thus replenish tb 
depleted exchequer, the worid is yettiiuj h-lter. 
.lesus does not say anything about making the 
world Kdter by aiming to excel it in revelry and 
nonsense. Xo. Jesus did not go that way; nor 
do His obedient children want to go that 
wftj- eitlier. 
Professing CTiristiim, when you step into the 


THE above Is the title of a malicious, slander- 
ous imd abusive tract against the Brethren, 
by one Mr. Wilson, of New Market, Va., who, 
true to his rhnrnrlrt; falsely styles himself " VU 
lie Von lliittcti." The author has (or had a few- 
years ago) quite a surplus' stock of these tracts 
on hand, and I see he is adopting a phm to rid 
liimself of them for the Brethren's money, by 
sending private circulars to the Brethren over 
the country, who are ignomut of the character 
of his work. A Bro. HarshWrger. of Va., (I 
forget his fiill name luid post ofliee) made a short 
imd able refutation ot this attack, a few years 
ago. Will Bro. Harshbcrger please furnish the 
Brethren's papere with his full address, also the 
name and priCv of his tract ? 

J. W. Steis. 
(7iW*. mill Vitiihaitor please mpg.) 


Some temptations come to the industrious, 
but idl temptations attack the idle. Idle Chris- 
tians are not tempted of the devil so much m 
they do prompt the devil to tempt them. Idle- 
ness sets the door of the heart ajar, and asks 
Satan to come in. but if we are ixxupicd from 
morning till night, should Sadm get in. he must 
break through the door. I'uder sovereign 
grace, and next to fiiith. there is no better 
shield i^-iiust temptation tlian obe<Uence to lh« 
precept that ye be " Not slothful in bmun«aB; 
serving the Lord." 

TMl-J li«ETmtE>r :A.T T\'0KK:. 



^/tc ^autii ^irch. 


" llMbsml*. I'lie your fri,»f«." 

" WiT»", pbtj jour |^u"h»njii," 

■ I .(I.pfn, |irovak« noi /our clillUr^n ro wrntli," 

•' tJhirdron. ofifj your pitctU Id all Iblngi." 

Edilcd. by M: M. Eshelman. 


I F you wbli to be t*een througli a ijiicryscopt', 
jiijtt jjcTiait yourself to get into a jiassiou. 

Lv i'onr swoot, nilpiit uietlitotiond. ,iWPiezijliir 
niw blr-iw<.'(l to Ik' siivi-ili gw: to htJivea unddwc-il 
.itli jL-i.iH(iiid:ill tlienrigclic throng;)! etorjiity. 

Taoi;Bi-Bi» Jwrtvyvjroi venevipmo willing to 

y dowu into tJu; groat pea ot i ■ 

J niiglil hv diokfiii' ,, 


TsTiii ive ccoi«*fwiiiiOiir-(>wn HiMlom wltidi 

li'i3<m,I]ilVg I 

Til.- t.rt[.T 

''t -, '- .„.]) . 


;u.|ii.iintf(l witU 


■^1. AVLilrc 

(lid Luvi (lie-* 1 

J:I.>w . 

H'lVils lliV wllUll.Il 

■.li„l}' , ., ,, 


t gnjii<ll'uth<n 










il ^vllat jj^o? 

.* ,1 ,- 


f IIIUIM lAN^. J .-iuiou t}iy jtnirncj, 

Kn; I fL-aoli tljL' narrow ^a,. , 
1 wmlii tell tlif wonilrwut*^tyry, , . . 

Wliiit tlii- LurJ hi^f (Jf>..c for m^. 

Caoiifs, , „.,,ii- 
Gloi;v. glory, liallehyiih, ,ji 

Tbfnigh a stranger Ii^re I I'ouiu, 
I iim on my w.iy to Zion, , 
I'jn li j)ilgnin, going liome. 

I iciiA Inni, l>ut .Teiiuisit'uujid IQQ,i.. I.. !.. 

Tiuighl my Imart to»sing His pri^iae;;. 
From u wild njiyl lontJy d^ertj,,,, .),.,„ 

IhoHgbt luc to ilis iV^i of gritoe. Y . 

Now mr ioul with raptVii-ft t^Iowiiig, 
Sings idond ilii f>nriliMmi(< iovtf, , 

I.oijkn beyond a world (tfnurrow, 
T" tbt) iiijgfiin"* l^Ojnu ul^wvi'. 

I li!'ll yf t bi'liold iny Sfivi(»r. 

V\'b*w tWe day nfiliCc' in oVr; > 
I Tsiiil'oasI Jiiy griimi licSiiro Him. ■ .' ' 

1 bIiuU nriiiw Jliin rVKirnHiru. 



W'H "wniit' the ibIlhWing iiiimrid : ijeraofa* to 
'' U'nt« n])(m fhp iujbjurts 0]){;6Hit[' tIiL<ir>name8: 
I Cliriwtiziiiitf. (;rii»e„(;J«wo Uordo, yi... -l^stbt-r. 

Muiciifi MishbT. Yellow f.'refIi,,IiL,. .,,:,,.;.J<;^ns. 

_K(igur Simmons. Uniim City. Iiid ... Diivid; ■■ 

' 'Ro:(a VTorkilliiu', 0iiilvil1(*.'()hi()I *.'. . . .Bitmm-l. 

\ i'0(U{ dinner siiy-''. "I fjiiijiril l"' In .I,.mi^; 1 
liiK too unworthy." Tli-jn yim mv ivady to 
let J'Mdd come into yoiir himx-t. "Hpjinld I 
' Stfiud nt the dom- :ind !mi*al(," sitys th(' Lovely 
One. When yougft'totlie "ivnwwthy ■" point, 
the -floor is [n-dtty weHopiJucdi— thpu let y 
fTivjor ill. ■ i' 

r.- !,'■ 

'i ..VKit wuU'li the niuttilAi 

't.-.s in orijcr lo sliiijii' y. 
jici[)io, though vdii I'.' Il 
.Ifsn^on Oaiviiry. I'nlh' 
for n pi'g to lifin-,' its hd on 

!■ to .SIM' whivli way 
iir .-rids. Stiojt tn 
ik'ii and sniiffi-n 
] .iKvays idftlcijig 
wlidi." iirinuiplo is 

content to Iny bison the t!d)le. Haft mini from 
God's hide, mid .Voii arc thoii a inan uidet-d. 

I ,\'nnyt, Diolbcr do yon tuke yoiir grown u}) 

hikI diiugJit'ci-sby thc!iiih% t.^11 tlipin"tb:it 

16vos them— thiit 'the^' th'e sinners ilnd 

1 1 to turn tn the Lord ? Do yon tench tlu-iii 

1 11- wiiy of the Lord. liWihrnce them nnd «iiy. *' 

liiy dear tliild. foniL- follow yimr bittd .Siiviori' " 

' Do you ask Ci'mL to b'llji ytui to ln'iug your rhii- 

drpn into li.'llow-vliiji with tho .s.-jitib? Are you 

uUvuy« o-iiiu-viK-d for th-'ui, their BnlvuUon? 

ivr.".t!('. (iriiy nud-fiitrciit lor tlu-ni! j 


J),(irJin'/nr„:- ,, ■ 

\ i"TPvUjo,i^,ni.ulc iW lli>' i.-UMvi;i in 
>oiir j'iii'i-i": tliii'ils il, i';> u y'ltoil Way" tii iiii|)fovi'' 
Llvir niimls; imd' cau^.- Ilicm to fhinli. ' TliL-y' 
.should M'ri^' on Scf ipturn! snbjcrty, f^ivini? qiiej*- 
tini^s trt he'ftnswfivd. ' I libe the hmtluT'sfeiigH 
ffeMtioni tb^t'tiliry give tlie Hfriiithre iKiird m 
chiircb: that will eiin^ii! tlicin to jiay itttfutioji. 
Om- chihU''''V'lii\ve ham wi-itin^. hut thyivtittllc 
lutt'-rsdn not, ajijuiar. Tii'-y tVrl diM.uin'ag-(l. 
iilid \>ill w\ wril- uy^ni. I U>i.'l llicju' i-vvhu].,. 
j,m .Vu{ iiy'l. I air i„ hriir li.mi fhe liltk- Y...lli, ji, 
"tV* ICiust. ■ ■■■'' ■ ■ ■'•' " ! 

' ' ■I ''■'■■ ■■A'^feHwiii'V'htiTOia., 
Itr.iTAHKs.— You' Imve iiia(le 'NOiUe ' good' Siiig- 
f.'<■^^ inns' tn iiuv iniiuy ynnil^ Ifntelv, dWiv sivti-:', 
aud' we hu|ir- tlic rhi|ili-cil wlio' wi-ite;' Tvlll y.iy' 
ioine heed to your kiiid words. Yimrcbildr^'y's 
letter;* liavt' not l»wn renahBd'iyet;. Wa halve' 
iil)out l(mc lumdrod iUid fifty i letters, on ,liand 
f'romthe little writers;, and thry, will all be reaoh- 
M in due tini«?. W.- my just, a.-^ wiiiitij,' f u pn')- 
li-ji the letUjra fnim tht childien m tbu l-JiL^t :u; 
iVom aiO" oilier ]jart of the conntry. .Tln.- 
IlltiiTiijtiiK \T Woiui is lis muji open to con- 
trihidiniis fi-niii 11k- Kxst ax from the West; iUid 
■ondm-ting it, mx- bjok at the \^'.^IltSa^d wijll- 
t'iire of tlu> general bi-othcvbood, si) that iilhmy 
be edilied and encouraged in 'the home life. 
Mope your children wiU not be discttii raged, bnt 
iiuitiiiuo to (/wHt aud «;»■//(! iihout our ble^Sed 
Mastw. — Ej). i , , r 

■■ It i» our home," iiuil in tlu.-) iht ored laud it can 
be had by ,tb« well-diiecU-d e*jrts of ulmost any 
tjMuily. The, ejiief essential of a piodfl home is 
LOVK^it is t\)t: golden link tliat unites all the 
uiemhei-s, snb.lues ,all discords and siH'l'lies all 
%pmts under the couir^>l of wi[lliig bands. 

No home am be truly happy withrtut a family 
atfar. As well might the traveler h6pe to fur- 
'sue bis Journey joyftiUV and suecessfnlly without 
'daily bread foi- his body; as the Cbnstijm pilgrim ' 
without spiritual food for his soul, A portion 
of Scripture, a phort hynui and a. short prt^j'er 
in the nioruiug, makes the bead clearer, the 
bencf warmej and the nerve* moresfceady for the 
work of the day. 0, hpw much those loae, even 
ip this world, who bavi? no fauiily aUai". 
, ,|Next,'to,religinii i„ .i t'imiily i.-. ijiL-lliLii'ii''". 
h jiot only afionK i.Il.l-iih'I.v it^ v,mt ^M-litur. 
hut it opL-ns a llious.uiil avi'uues through whitli 
plciL-*iir'es flow to Us.' The ignorant live in n 
small tvll. while thi>'edticaied mind Hies over the e!(i-lii, brddillg iiiteivinuse with evt-ry na- 
tinii, and sweet conn^r^'- with kiudi-ed niiudN. 
\nt only this w*(rld. but nther Worhb* <;onli'ih- 
uto ab^: to thi-l vdi-iwuiv (»f tlw ivliui-'d., 'J^hc 
tu<H'-s; Hxjwiiivi ami , roek-i of former ; yges, rcvfiU 
Uwir U' the,edi,icJit>d uiilyi 
;, Wu|^e,iio)Hii,«,tt>aciivcy 'I'liL-Jog ijabin. \yith 
yr'>j}i*r rare, b,c&t|nyed, ttiii atl'ord inoye ple:i.sufe 
tliaii n):niy n ._;.,f-rM.t-i ivaUw. I'diui.fl^c.V-rs in,' 

tll.Vy.ird, li.iir, r,;. -in I iMkT.V. 'wliiUViU^Il 'tile 
IViiriVI'iit llir , i1m;, ;irl'i'. 'LlWt/hutOot lefist, 

'ji.'l"*on;l licok-'! and'.uU' m whieMbe 
i-MllliWiiKvil'I lieluttv.wtcdj siti'i ktfl>t. fviim eeelciiig 
plwB'nrinK'kwWiyTe.- ilSo buttflu'iiuviistiUdntitmi 
be juildeifur uliUdreuitbaii ioi 'iiuLuhlti bgpkr).. 

I f,„UU.: :'. ,b^...; >,: \l. 'n ■ B.^'4>■ fi^l^^^\ 

7 '■ ,1., ,,rJ M i T .;^ m . > I . ^ 





iijo.v vr;.,liiii.- Ill, 

Irl , 

f III 




rt Hint I 
i,r i... 


■ IllllV. 



IAMgla.l I 
imd'gii'Iti will 


\mA I 


:;nd Eve's 
■iiiYc fl^iilii 

i''MT IV. 1,1 (if theii-'iie- 
in fin Until they died 

rC.iTi,: .\. Sn\\Vi'.v. 

' I'nlili In. liaud. 

a-iidoatj mid live 

■ i -fiiT liini forth 

' li-n- thai 

■; (ti !:u'iir 

"evil, for 

i:o<J Sent' hand, 
I -at, alld 

'bom 'iuf 
I or not, 

I llO hl<«s- 

>pii«. that 

are 80 many little boys 
their' littUJ b^tfia^ for 
the IJit»THURN[.lT Work; it iloojc8 sw tlloH^h 
they were trying to work too. That) is right: 
do all thw gond ynu cm; iievu-r be afraid uf be- 
ing too good. , I 

1 often gntnin<-t,,.-;.lld ..■.• liitlc childten 
running out and iu diuiu;; preacliirtg;, it makes 
me feel worry for theni and Ibeir plirenta 'fjoo. 
1 hope uwie 'M th't- children who write tilvise 
;,'0od' little letti'i-s av6 'ev(*r gniiV "l" tlit like. 
1 think ttinfc'wonid be disobeying yohr paVeijts, 
fni- T hopi'- th-s- have alltbhl you betfir. Nnv, 
if theeditorbbiyik!' this worthy la pbit^ in tin ■■ 
ijoud pLiper, I will wl'ite again. tj!'o<id Bye, 

Ml , AUNt^.liAUlUL. 

„,l [.. |i \ im- f lin n;j|,.ii-. NoW 
i pi-,.lin-|, tli;if tMch littli- t,ny :!Uil l:iv1 ;i'-nd nm' 

onjit nr niniV t'o the " (_'lifirity'{''iindr I then,-- 
IVii-e send' fwo tent^' for pfipaj two'c'en'ts for'miim- 
ma. and one' ' c^nt each ifor dur fed* little boys. 
Who cbmesaiejft? luii ■:.,;.,! ^'. B. Sijittf, 
' BEJTAH'Ke.—Brot.bei' Shirk's |S(igeeBtion,: fol- 
lowed op by contributions from his lauiily. i-; 
worthy of our attention. We !ia\, c iM- .Inly 
t'rou) DOor peVf^ou-s tor the paper, 
let tlirui :i\l !iav<.'it, yr\ tl„^b,ir 
be;.vily ii[„ui us. II,.! I, I,..- \\u- ,!,■! 
iL'iuumbi'r the puorl — Ed. 

id ^^. ■].■,■! In 


I AM very niUeli' pleased witli the "HoiJie (lir- 
cle. Its heading is a 'grand inottO; ami 
tlioughiti^ intended for the children, yet hns- 
baiidsi aud wives, pavent-S and idiildiien, ar? iin^ 
clud.,d, I love to rea.: 

hilrli-rn'? lett(frg, 
H„y l,-,n-.,ed'iu 
laront.^' to' read 
■11 b(^fV)it- ivtii- 

Froni 3iinta SwM).— r go to sehooUn,,,.. 

my loacher and my sehool-i nates. I g^ |. . ** 
nearly every in ny Uibie uud b 
to oboy what the Savipr Ima comniaudj.^ y 
do. I aiu;uot ble.fa(i^lj, with, n father, lik,.', 
children arp. My ,f«tha' died when I w,« ,T 
small; 1 CJm't iremejiiber anvlbiiig abniiL {'! 
Myn,olli,..,-Wki„B»l"tlK.|.lu,,.ck r|,|„™''- 
sistui^ living, mill l^iit uni- liropK-r. i joiiieil ti* ' 
cliiirch tliis M}, and' loVe J*te. 'tm lii," 

yenrs nf age. • ,' i,,, " 

GtnriJrlm'n.tH: '" '' '" m U „„/ 

From .lacoll Jfti'in^.—Trtrti going iij.jpj^^^ 

.■viiy flay, iinil tiy to Ifai-n,' l<>ving hiiyit^fti,!! 
iii,.l . liocil-mUw. VVC!,|.,iml nn.iiyluiWl, " 
II* M..|,nol,«lth,liiijli till' WinlM-i,dmir3r,.lu„"| 
),lant.s nor Hnwciv., liiiutiUtiJjut iei; sntlsnow ^ 
iiirits ill (111. l?Hl il ^s ibOiWHl^ Yijt i 
lAiiil, wlicri- tlmviTsJuivi-f laii,-, tlit-i 
nil-. .1 liavi. tiv.i HI 
tliat liiii.l, r. 

Sl„nui„u. III. 

Flom l-'ulDlfc S. K,t,)llPr.-i-SfW JJ,;,,„,, 
r am slaO Unit )iiu' li.aV' irM.W Hi' Udd. f„||, ~ 
],la,-,.ilija,ul'].:lV.t.r.' HiKf <lli. |.iii>«-vcrt («i„|,' 
My (laiiri iHiil'ninilifrtil i(W' livilij; iiinillfli, |„,|,|^' 
licra 1)1' Hie iihinvli: Sly. .ol.l^jib . iiiitmT iijaij^, 
:|ll^■ll «'ni.',tlli(rf tin^tlin'iJ years,. hnilil.Jmvy] 
a nnimlmii iiir tistht ^I'eii&B,.,! lioinj.tjjiui..,. luiji. 
i:6l!ies"i«l, f'l'l' Dill l.i.'.l il '.'...... I . 1'...., .. 

Istler will ilii ;: 
Loril. I liiv. 


.^H'lV III., ]„,.,,(„, 


Hill ■lesHs,(;o,ji,-._,_ 

.,Mr ("in.!. 

r.r,u.> I'.rhhjr.Mil. 

From .Inst'phnv Hj'ilanan.— I -aui tti[i;v\i obi, [' dou't •.'o',|.,vrifh.lo!: 'I'liMVtt'OWrtvIi 
Tbe llrel!br,'UhnV|.noS;d.Iiht.h^chony.Hi,e^,l,„,' 

lwn;,ld litt.'.toi(oiif-tl^-i'i'bail/one. ■■Duuiwtt, 

llie i-hui-cil.thwfil'ifUnthidbyiofi,.),i|ilyj,)|j,4„o 
utlieji boys ji.ud ii.'lvoflUiniJ.baL,wpnldj-i,yt,wuiL;ii| 
lioiir ilongwr. , Ii'..otbqr ihi^'.s \\k>\\}\\ kiio\v,,tlip 
enjoyment thi^JV ''!;i'i, Wif; ebnreh, Ihey'wtmlilV 
like the woi,aau,,,lIiev^ would 'eyme at uikk. \ 
was at luu- eoiMiuiunon' and a nnuille'fof mepj. 
inf,'s. boys! there is where we ihid' tVuecn- 
juyiueiit,. t:.ime oil. bnys. and let us .h'i'vp tliy 
Lnrd. I h.ivf l\v,ibrolh^i-s,' not Tnemliers (niah 
t!u-y weic), and three sisterH wlio me uiumlxirs,' 
tme is two years younger than myi^elf.' P,Uiik« 
the ISR'fiTH'uftsl AT WtSRit,' aftid'ttiBia wal^miif 
meKsenger tid Kie. I ]ik«i to lead it-becWe il 
gives me dews frcln clijildfen iu diliereat ipaits 
of the world, aud I likt- to.readthe k-tteist llmt 
Hro. Enoch Eby \vi,-ites from Deumurk. , lirL'tii- 
reu, !<!sters, aud i;liildren, keep on wi-iting', 
Vnn„ II. III. ' ■ 




N o:a,'.»,.., 

*'' '. iil»i|. nmlj W- lie iMj^fti'iiin- 

iii.iiijiii bj .llit I.ui-il I9 jjuiljl ,l(Hi<vl^| jiViil 
llir-J.inil miiil lifrtu Nyili, "Cpnie. ilioij' au,il!all 
lliy him.iit into tin: ark: an/l oi' i-ver^- (..ii'.an hijast 
(iiin slnilt th^L' liysevi-ns. aii'rfii't"l'okvjs 
III lit llle iiii'W'iii'Vt'ii!*, tlip Timlo iihA' IiiH ief 
11111!'" 'f - "■ ifrl. ■•|flir7(ilisiA-,.nil!lyii,jiilii 

• V..' .. ii|,Aii tlIcpartll!('OTl.y.,jaV!!' 

anil . -VoallAv.nsiRixiJutliilirjdiyfal-k. 

olrtu'li..!! 111.. ti,..,l iiftln.'matiihiiw.iijupoiiitlhi. 
Kh-tlil K,Bik iiiid.liinnwjiiilt i1iiiuUy,,wniit, lih,. 

tilt' i.vliiiLudwt.r,, .llM.; iix.jii til. wati.rj-.grllVli; 

''•''l»tlll<t»'i'HwWi" .ol,!)yCT{tl(«, 

ligl)t<:Q|<»-.„,. , ; i-fJItirsL,., 

■ I li/-lncailisf//hjrti. " : ''" I '.^, 




iliv whole. wmli 


. „[/(. -/.i 1 i;.,.) Ill,,,,, , ,[.,., 

. 'f , ».*>i71(er |>^i.^ij.jl. ycf re- ' 

laitli, tl|,-v,(;..iii (UO.itJilti.J>i be 

11 r,.giiial,.,niolmi^ \^oultti'i| ncii' 

..' (Iief.unllj. musfU. iiillf ■(i.isay,' 

iftg Lo i-L'st. TIti'i is vely good advice; ini)i:li 
good (lould be' dbiie tHese long "pvwiing'^ Imt'if 
parents elioDSG to read with their ciiildreii lint, 
iinee a (h>.V,l.' tSi* 'lilOEuing:: hour Keems to ! lie 
preferred; children are brigllti-st iu the niot-jii 
ingatwl.^i' lUe^ iy:y iui-tructed in.tlie niornilig, 
lliey may think of'tli'iil often il'iirmi! <lie day. 

We read in tl„. M.<tluhapl,.r i,r Matt., " stsk 
,.. lii.l ill.. MiiL-iiiin, ,.f tlod, ,111,1 Ills righleiiis- 
ii- .; i.iiil iiirHir.; 'tilings shall "he 'aMi<llnliti> 
.l.iii,". Clii!ihen,'il'''yOli will' ivail thel.|ljoie 
eliai*i', yoii windlivn'il whhHyillillc.a(Mciil;iint9 
lyo'li; 'The'Wi.itbrw'illa'eiWeniJier^.iwlIeui fattier 
ffi^iiUlrpnditihjByeiiiiriureli.l'or 'ii»;,»tiitij;e;iii;ir I., 
iiH lul.oouJ^l Ireail hetter lUiiuinuy fowy el.e, II 
wiLs that time we lieeanie. Iii:;,t Ultifreiited in 111.. 
Sf'';(l!tW-'^,,,.We»l!iill,ever'lie'tiiankl'i,iri'iir (the 
i.,\,,iin|(le.^ lyi. .jiiyi' i'n I'lUr yo)il'ir. 'iiliililren iiile 
like a hi.x; 'it can' lie iilled"\Vit(i!;KeIlabrl.nll'lilni- 
halls. yet one can put in a great maliylitlllets; 
■.Mfti\:ll,'Mem\"imli' in a/ISron* .m^iiy ,sLt. 
Ni>V.j'TOi.41iiuit it/is lluil, Inililiilfe .s inil 
..•itt.l ylii *(iiild; h,. iislioitiBUvil Iiin»,inw;hi0nf I'liii 
liUiililofilJi,*, liuidMstijl.ianri. isn )„■ ^„Xur, 
tike ,w)ittii-,?vrl it .will I'v ■ 
ti||it,il Jiil;,t,MO ly^thflhil'li 

■...^Y°!;ff'irf//,r„,.'.. ,;■, ,.',„ i 

on, piiivirl'iil Lo o.iiiLaro...- ai„l -wnl.jioiila to 
(.)lr»l»tli Abons-ioil) «liuinj %. lt,l)|i iJihlQ.nnif be 

Jilokadd. , .1!^ 

.i'i"l.^y. j ■ 

wiK iletlinsi; 

Fttlniestocli.— I m ten 

■> I.I.I, i.iii -.hiu- L.-eliiiolaudlikeiilytrati- 
r and Mli....l-niat,.s. I also take ies,.lons iji 
ing^hEf tWi<.i- a wee!?, i do not have tliii privi- 
ege off atjiending Sahhath-sohool. as inuny o( 
the little folks Imve. I Wlieie Hive, Ule.HBlli- 
n-n have no rialibiiUi-aeUijol; , J W'ould sitj. Iw nil 
the htth; hoyi, and girls l.liaL have Llie priviliHu 

of iiLLeluliug, do Jivt get tire I ami ,4:i.v al I ., 

for there jou will leam ni.iii,) g....l I.'m.ii.. Il 
1 roiililgo'lo Salihalii-seluiol, I Uiiiik it iwiiH 
be ever so nice. Witli this h.tli,.r T will winl 
twent,y-iive ceiit.s Lo .llelp jiay lor the piipor for 
tin; poor. ' " 

ConkfffMj', Ohin. "' 

Ji'i'dili (';iiIliiri''rico.-;i.„, /.,..';■,., .—Ili.«. 
kiild y.Vn '..ire'lo t'.ii'MislI sH'inany nice lettMV in 
.Vonr'go'otl papi'i'. fi'oiiif li,. little hoy^'Alifl girl". 
1 .'im alWiVif. )tiii(",voavt,.i>hl,«ainrt)i-I;isoiiiij. 1 
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■ Atl.Monrii^JII. 

The Brethren At Work. 

"Behold I Bring You Good Tiduujs of Great Joy. which Shall be unto All People.' 

-LoKX 2: 10. 


Lanark, 111., February 21, 1878. 

fbe Brethren at "Work. 

jjlooie, S.H. Baslior, M. M. Eshclniau, 


g «II,LEB, ------ L.VDOOA, IKn. 

"■ ,.^ STKIS, ------ NEWTOSIi, BO. 

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----- TIRIlftS, ILL. 
- - - URBANA, ILL. 



To Brolliey Pff^i' '*''• Oarmun, of California. 
U T\OK ifhom He did foreknow, He also did 
I pirdestiiiate to be conformed to the im- 
fuf Ids Son, that He might be the Firstborn 
uiom »""'!/ brethren: moreover whom He did 
rdlfstiiiate, than He also called: and whom He 
ffllhl them He Justified: and whom He Jks- 
tif^^l^ Ihan He also ylorlfied " (Rom. 8: 29, 30), 
l(j(>jje jn-egnaiit passages are the great hobby 
of Cnlviiii*"'- 111 these it is claimed God's par 
tjfllity is imnouuced, and the limitations of the 
iitoiifmfut to the aeluiUly saved. That the facts 
iui'liiiled transcend our finite capitcity to com- 
prehend, mlmits of no questioii. But while they 
balBe the miglitiest iutellect, they stags^r not 
thi- weakest faith. Knowledge is not the limit 
of fiiilh. but faith is the nui-se of knowledgi 
A (iimI without foreknowledge is no more fit to 
tuk Ihe Uiiivi'i-Hu than Calvin or Edwards. I 
QiKiE fit iutellectuallv. The intuitire for 
boffleilfie of all future events is wholly beyond 
(iiir conception, but easy to our faith. The God 
who iu»[)ires Prophets must h*'e a perfect 
knofflifilgc' of every minute particular to which 
thepraliction relates. The words " hh/(7 67ii- 
fo/( r(F»rf," took in all the manifold historical 
cpBiiitiuiis that combined to take the Virgin 
niotlKT tiom Nazareth to BL-thlehem to givi 
birth t(i Emmainu-l at the precise time and in 
the f xact moment foreknown and predwt ined 
by tilt' Omnisci-nt (Gen. 49: 10). This is but 
awiuple of (lU that in. To foreknow the com- 
ing Eternity, with Time included, is not a Di- 
me etlurt, but a Divine intuition, a Diviue nec- 
*«ity. Without itj God would not be God. Wt 
necdeatei'tain no feai-s that the foreknowledge 
nf vvil is a derogation of the Divine cbai'ncter. 
He tiitdd not have foretold the bruise of His 
IWiing's heel without foreknowing it. The 
nuii-aimuuciation of tlie tragedy of Calvary 
"ouM hiive been no proof that Deity was ig- 
nofnut .il' it until it had transpired, or wiis 
it^nit to occur. 

Neilher doe.s the non-nredictiou of the apos- 
'a\vtif uar primeval ancestors furnish an ar 
g'luieiit that God wits kept in the dark by 
'he iiea-s-sity of His constitution, or that Ht 
li^l't Himself in the dark by a self-regulating 
^r«u. withholding from Himself a knowledgi 
wW H(.- emld not help having without voUiu- 
^•^'^J>'flf ■blindness. If there is anything true 
aWit(iodit is His aft.TO/»fe foreknowledge. Ig- 
ar'taace of a single eviyit would baffle all ar- 
f^ngeineuts in relation to what ('.* known. The 
'^^I'g sparrow, and the stray ass, enter the Ui- 
'JQ*' Periscope no k-ss than the rise nnd fall of 
'J'' Smit iiionarchs and dynasties of History. 
"'wthui istho ditlicuity of accepting the 
p '^'"">"'ledge ami prede-stination of the ai)i»sflc 
'^*'J' I'l relation to those who an- ultimately 
**^«1- God need not force Events to falfili His 
I'fttiidi.,iis; neither does His foreknowledge of 
""^ sjilvation necessitate the coercion of our 
1"l. or th<- weight of a breath to turn any- 
^'"K out of iu natural coni-se. The prt-desti- 
, "" '^ '>i'-'*ed on the foreknowledge, and the 
^'aimvlfdge is wholly determined by the «f/- 

""*/(Wr<.g.«n(,.y condition of thimjf. Our vol- 
""■y acts, and their power to affect the course 

of tilings, .ire not tlie product of lui arbitrary 
decree; but the decnre lies buck of all pheuom- 
«nii, in the Eternal All-knowledge, and suits 
itself to the foreknown, and is limited by it. 
None but a blinded theorist cotdd have any i-e- 
pect for a God who saves many or few only lie- 
■aiw Hf win. The Divine will ha.H reason and 
justice iu it as well as Omniscience and Ommi>- 

It would be wonderful indeed if God did not 
foreknow His own acta, and the results thereof. 
With God'B rea-sona or purpoae.s a.-! related to 
Himself, it is not our business to meddle. He 
who sees the end from the beginning, is able to 
take care of His own honor and His own glorj* 
The foreknowledge and predestination hjis its 
objective n-oson in what will actually be; the 
calling and justification, in that trhich 
God does not foredetermine independent of 
foreknowledge; neither does He call or justify 
independent of existing necessities and condi- 
tions. As Christ is to be " the Firstborn among 
many In-ethren," there must be an agreement 
iathe manner of birth, or calling, between His 
and theiiti. His burth was not arbitrary. It 
was foreknown, predestined, and consummated 
in the view of, and by the help of. the human 
instrumentalities which were wholly at the dis- 
posal of powers alien to God. 

Ueibre the foundation of the world my fate 
and youi-s was foreknottTi, or God could have 
neither thought or done anything for us in His 
purpose in His Son. That foreknowledge took 
in all the facts and circumstances by which our 
lot is determined. And on this rests the predes- 
tination, the call, the justification, the glorify- 
ing, and all that follows. 


BY n. B. MENTZEll. 


NOW and then we are reminded of that ex- 
cellent modem precept: malre few promis- 
c*. If 1 could jutt persuade you. my dear n'ader 
to think of its great excellence, many of us 
would doubtless cause less disap[>ointment and 
grievance urnons those ivitli whom our Mociety 
in lite. is connected. If therw is any one great 
reiisoii why this gone forth as an appropri- 
ate precept among the people,it must be because 
so many people- fiiil to iimke goodtlieir promis- 
es. Ii few promise.^ are made it follows as a se- 
quence, that few disappoiutment-s mil occur 

AVo are prone t« make many promise*! — 
quick, thoughtless promises. Thus we acquire 
a hfdiit of promising, moi-e or less losing the 
senst? of the importance and the responsibility 
of making a promise. But there is another 
stiiad-point from which to make this observa- 
tion, and Uiatis, — wc are inclined to exact prom- 
ises—unconditional, unconsideratc promises. 
Tiiere is fault on both sides, and it is because 
we are human, and mode weak through the 
transgression. But we must rise above this 
plane of fallen humiinity, or sink deeper and 
deeper still. Ble.vs.-d is he that can keep Kis 
promises and fulfil them well. That is the di- 
rection in which we should be trained. But we 
are fm- tiioa- easily tiiiined the other way— the 
wrong way. It requires no etmall amount of 
care, watchfulness and nelt-possession now-a- 
days to act prudently in our promises and in 
our asking. 

I have knoim men who have never yet " put 
on Christ" who. are exceedingly guarded in 
then- promises. This makes me think that in 
one thing nt least they would make good Chris- 
tians. A ■true Christian lias to be so miuiy 
things that n perfect man can ruady he found. 
,nv man have one specially admirable trait 
of character, it is this: promising rightly and 
carrying out the same wisely. Tliecoinuninity 
needs such men; the nation needs hosts of such 
men; and the church wants her wenk places re- 

plenished with believers of the same sterling 
characU-r. God wants such men. The prom- 
ise-maker ought to be the promiiw-fulfiUcr. 
When he says definitely, " I'll pay," he does pay. 
When he promises, whatever it be, he 'can be 
depended upon. If he fails, he learns to be 
more careful, and particular, more guarded. 
This J8 wisdom, and as Solomon would say. 
" Therefore, get wisdom." Many a miui who 
is loose in his prominefl. would be very strict to 
fulfil even the least, if failing to do so would 
take his possessions from him. A broken prom- 
ise is generally a loss— a moral loss. The loose 
promise-maker forgets, or is not aware, that he 
loses theconlidence of those whom hedisappoints, 
and finally hLs moral value is set so low. that if 
he realized it hewould be greatly ashamed. But 
let us turn to the most serious side of our 
thoughts — 

To man we may say. "yes, yes," and exercine 
our own selfish will in meeting our obligations 
or disappointing those whoconfidein our prom- 
ises. We still live and may seek the confidence 
of other*. But not so with our promises to 
God, If we pay mir vows to the Lord, an<l dis- 
appoint Him, then unto whom shidl we go for 
salvation. His conditions arc laid down, we 
jiromLse to comply with them, but this is not 
salvation. Saying is not doing, but doin;i is 
both saying and doing. "Why call ye Me, 
' Loi-d. Lord,' imd do not the tilings that I say?" 
It takes Jesus to ask a close question, and stop 
all mouths from quibbling. But Mjitthew on 
eye-witness and hearer, learning at the feet of 
Jesus, has recorded iivery simple thought of 
the Savior: " Not eveiy one that says unto Me, 
' Lonl, Lord," shall enter into the kingdom of 
heaven, but he that doeth the will of My Fath- 
er which is in heaven." This makejs the pro- 
fession of the Christian religion u most solemn 
condition. It is of tliehigheat moment,— fii-st, 
to knijw the will, and last to do the will. We 
may feel tin- necessity of religion, and be tired 
of sin. We may promise God to serve Him, 
and then, after all, keep "the command- 
ments of men," because somebody persuaded us 
by his learning, or " flattering words," or "fair 
speeches," to embrace the religion he has. Bnt 
if we would come '-' into Clirist," we must "know 
no man after the flesh'" or iinytliing else. 

He is in error whose religion is not plainly 
taught by the Holy Scripturct. No matter 
how solemn and well-meant hid promises are, 
" the wonl of the Lord standeth sure." Je.^n» 
is the "One Lord," His doctrme is the "One 
Faith." and the Church is the " One Body." He 
i.4 the Head mid His church is Hih Body. It i,s 
one Hi-'ad with one Body, and He that makes it 
otherwise rejects the Word of God. that men 
would wek Jesus and hear His voice! His gra- 
cious word.'i ure the beauty and sweetness and 
life of every page from Matthew to Hevelation. 
Nowhere does He teach men to believe on Him 
as they pleiu^e. and live ils they desire. All 
creeds and systems of n worlilly religion mu<t 
be abandoned, and the one truth received nith 
firm fiiith and through deep repentance. Then 
the work Iwginson the only imd true foundation. 
But even ttieii, we must not only xay we are in 
the Tnith, in ChrUt, in the Church. The work 
must be done, or we nrv not changed. Jesus 
said, " Ye mu^t be boru again." Our estimate 
of self mnst be " los.«," imd of Christ, " gain." 
The lips must not only say, "I oiler saerifiee,"* 
but the heart, and theheiul, and the body must 
be pi-esented a changed and " living sacrifice" 
to God continually. Not only saijituj but DO- 
ING is the all-needfal ivquisite for citizenship 
in the " Kiugibmiwhich cannot Iwmoveil." 

brother. >i!«ter. let us look invvaitl. What 
a sad end, that we should foil of the gnioe of 
God "(neb. 12:15). Let us take heed how 
while titue i^. The Holy Scriptua-s declare 
that some will be disappointed. Let us be con- 
cerned about so important a matter, like the 
primitive dis^ciplcs were — " Lord, is it I?" We 

No. 8. 

an know .t now. "Examine youn^elv^ and 
see whe her ye be in the faith." Ut u. ding 
^ the old standard, though we be d«,pi«P.l and 
ftccount^^d Ignorant among men. Th^ d«yi» 
r.«t ha..tening when our work shall be tried "a» 
by fire. 0»r icork. not our saying. After we 

'rTHFv'^i .""' "' '"" '"'' —-led to 
rfoTHE^N let us .,«,-.. We are unprofitable 



WE all knotv how hard it is to go on pleas- 
J T antly if we have made a bad beginmug. 
Breakfast time gives the turn to the whol^ d«- 
If father Is stem and mother i« crow; if the big 
brother give* a short nn.wer. the little children 
catch the feeling and the infection; .,ne dlm^r- 
dant note, sets the whole household choir jar- 
ring ; one cross face repeats itself in v^iy many 
vanations: one angrj- wonl challenges another. 
Let us be caa-ful to Wgiu right in the mor- 
iimg. Art-, we careftil to pniy? Do wc open the 
day with a p..titiou to the mighty One who 
guards them in life and in death? Sunny faces 
at the breakfast table, and cheerful good mor- 
ning to each other, are blessed missionaries- 
they start everything right, and all hoasekeepl 
en. know the value of that. Others who are 
not housekeepers know it too. and benedictions 

follow the 

man or woman who goes down 

the street in the morning with a bright look 
and a word of cheer for every one he meets on 
the way. 

Vanlue, Ohio. 


nv E. U. sriPLER. 

** POR here we have no continuing city, bu 
i. we seek one to come"(Heb. 13; U). 
A thousand yours with Clirist is as a day with 
us. Time is fieeting, and pjisses quickly into 
eternity. Then sinner delay not in giving your 
heart to Clirist in your youthful daj-s. for your 
life at greatest length is bnt a span. And re- 
member that we have no continuing, no abiding 
city in this our dwelling place, but should seek 
one to come, beyond the bright Elysian skies. 
Let nothing of this world's good-s, vanities or 
vain delusions attract you or rivet your faith to 
them, but consider your faith iu Christ Jesas 
and flee the wnith to come. 0! sinner, seek that 
golden city, that heavenly mansion, whose streets 
lire paved with gold, and whose builder and 
nmker is God. Seek it now, for your life mav 
be but for a diy. Remember, 

Life is short and time is fleeting. 

.\iid We may not long be here. 
May we then to Him surrender. 

All our labor, toil, and care. 

He who gave His lifr a ransom. 

For us all that we might live. 
Why not then ye wretvhed sinmrv 

Turn to Jesus Christ and live? 

Live above the sky ill glory, 
Dwell among the saints of Light. 

Wait not then until to-moirow 
Come. 01 come to Christ to-utght. 

To-night you have Hi* promise, for many of 
us nmy not behold the light of to-mom>w. 
Many a poor fidleu mortal is bruught to inteii:« 
agony and grief, by watting for re|>entjmce until 
a more conveuieut seoAou. -Then n'meni1<er. 
deiu- reader, that death-bed ivpentance is h\.:\i\ 
improbable. Then the sinner has no t>i\-iti:v' 
of a pridoiigwl life; for the Lord n»j"s, "The 
fear of the Lonl prolongeth da^'N; but the years 
of the wicked shall U* .;.... -.>...^i " i r»r... i,,. 

Hollidaijshurg, Pn. 



ry o^ 



RAISK my pillow, IiuHband dearest, 
Faint and fmntcr comes my breath; 
And the sIuuJows Htt-aling tdowly 

Must, I now. be Hear to death. 
Sit down cl(>«' beside me. darliiig. 

Lof nir<l;i.''pyour warm, strong hand, 
Youre that has ever iiurt«ined me, 

To the Iwrder of this land. 
I've had visionH and been dreaming 

OVr the piwt of joy and pain; 
Year by year I've^wandert-d backward 

Until i wa« M child again. 
Dreams of tlic« and all the eartlwords 

Firmly *wiri<> about my heart; 
Oh. the bitt.-r, btiniing anguish. 

When I know that we must parti 

It Ua« pasNfd, and God ha« promised 

AH tliy footsteps to att^-nd; 
He is more than fticnd or brother. 

Hr-'ll he with you to the end. 
Tliere's no »iiiulow on tlm portal 

Leiuliny to my heavi-nly liuuie. 
Christ has promised life immortal. 

It in He who bids me come. 

Do.not weep so. mother denresf. 

Wipe tlio-te monniful tears awny: 
I am going lionip to lu-nvcn— 

I'll be tin-re (it dawn of day. 
Tell my huKband to love Je-sus, 

And when the toils of life are o'er 
He may have ii home in heaven 

With the l)leH forovermore. 

Do not mourn so, father— mother. 

Wipe, oh, wii)e those tears awayl 
I will soon be with the angels. 

You will come some other day, 
Father, scenes of life are fading: 

Mother, I am almost o'er: 
Brother, give your heart to Je^ns; 

Sister, we 3bull meet once more. 

Cla-^p, my hand still closer, dearest 

' Tia the last night of my life: 
For to-morrow I shall never 

Answer when you call ine wife. 
Fare thee well, niy noble husband! 

Yoii may not wait so very long 
llclorf you i-omt^ to meet your darling 

In that bright home where she has gone. 

Farewell parents, brother, sister, 

I can see the other shore — 
1 can see the great white mansion — 

Farewell all, I am almost o'er. 

Oxford, Mirh. 





nr J. w. 6TEIN. 

" Thou shalt guide me with thy counsel." — 
(Psalms 73: 24) 

Nl'MBEll IV. 

But agaiu we urge our position be- 

2. It u the mily altei^ruttive by 
which to wvoid the evils of of hu- 
man pnestcraft ami superstition. Much 
lin.s betni said about Papal intolerance. 
Protestants have deeply roni miser ated 
tbe spiritual sei'filoni of her priest-rid- 
den .subjects, becjinse they were depriv- 
ed o*' the Bible. But if Papists actual- 
ly took the Bible fi'om tlie people for 
many centuries, it is only what Protest- 
ants jire i'ir^««//)/ doing now. They ex- 
hort the peoph; to read the Bible.but if they 
presume to believe and obey many of its 
liliiln iirecf-pt-^, at once the clergy labors 
hard to make tliem believe something 
else, .nnd thus many are jiersuaded to 
tliiuk they cannot understand the Word 
without an inti-rpreter. and beingdestitute 
of any personal reason for their faith and 
practice, are only thedupes of wily priest- 
craft, neither knowing tlie truth nor 
walking therein. Between the po.-^ition 
of the liretiireu and, that of the Papist 
who denies that the P-ible is adapted to 
the understanding of the people, and 
hence pleads a necessity for the spiritual- 
izing system of the priesthood, there is 

no alternative, no tenable intermediate 

Jf you fjrant that one plain precept 
mwt he taken literally, you grant all we 
ai<h,f0r it ix a preriylent. which unllforce 
on/}' conclusion^ rmd when you strip one 
Jiihle 2>recept of its literal force, and 
mliniilate yotir own tjheory, you have 
udoptM the controlling princijtle of the 
Papal hierarchy and granted all the, 
Papiftt asks, ior s\w\\ A precedent will 
ineWtably result soimer or later in priest- 
ciaft, and surely Protestant priestcraft 
is no better than l*apal priestcraft. De- 
ny a Christian church the right to be- 
liVve they "ought to wash one another's 
feet" (John 13: 14,15), observe the 
" holy kis-s " (R«"'- 16:1*!; 9 Cor. VM 
12; 1 Thess. o:20;l Pet. 1; 14), tin- 
' anointing" of the sick (Jas. 5: 14, 15) 
thi- prohibition of oaths (Jlatt-SiSS-.-JT; 
(Ja-s. 5: 12), to baptize into each of the 
three names Father, Son and Holy Spir- 
it (Matt. 2S:r.O. 'Ji' ^".V o^^'*"'" P^*^'- 
New Testament couiniand, and substi- 
tute a tlieory wliieh \^-ill exi>lain the«e 
away, and with the same arguments you 
can go further and make an onslaught 
upon the duty of baptism, communion, 
preaching the AVord, praying, singing, 
etc., until you have nothing left, and the 
Bible is supplanted by a priestcraft 
which " makes the eommands of God of 
none eftect by its traditions," and if we 
depend on human priests, to those of 
which, of all the varying and conflict- 
ing systems shall we apply? for if de- 
pendent upon the interpretation of <me. 
why not upon another? and who shall 
decide which is right? — and if the Bi- 
ble is a sealed Book and its interpreters 
are not agreed, wliat are the poor mass- 
es, who are thirsting for truth, and for 
whom Christ died, to do \ Surely if any 
man, or set of men, has a right to put 
private interpretation upon, or ojiinion 
in lieu, of any part of (ituVs Law, then 
all others have, and the plain statements 
<tf truth may be supplanted by the opin- 
ions of men, who instead of obeying the 
Law presume to be its judges from all 
their varying stand-points. 

Yon must then, dear reader, to, be con- 
sistent, either to accept every divine 
precept, wv7A I'fe oa^n Scriptural modi- 
p'ers literally, or you are compelled to 
virtually surrender the Word of God, 
and endorse the policy of Papal Rome. 
Which will you do? There is no half 
Bible and half priest here. Adhering 
to the same principle by which mill- 
ions to-day disregard many of the plain 
commands of Christ and His apostles. 
I could if the principle were correct, 
disprove the authority of the entire Gos- 
pel. leaWng it no spiritual vitality, nor 
practical power, but since it is God's 
message to man, every precept demands 
our faith and obedience, regardless of 
hunmn opposition. AV'hil? then we dis- 
claim, as I have already endeavored to 
show, the right of judgment, reason, con- 
science or any otlicr human faculty to 
substitute their creations for the Word 
of God, we do most earnestly maintain 
that the common mind, under the con- 
trolling influences of tlie Holy Spirit, h» 
adapted to the thorough uudei-stauding 
of every divine command. But agaiu 
we urge the literal interpretation of the 
divine precepts because 

;{. The vei-y accurate and literal 
fuljillment of prophecy (Gen, tJ: 17), 
proves it. Both tlie prediction and 
fullfilment of the flood were literal (Gen, 
7:). The same is true of the prophecy 
respecting the sojourning and affliction 
of Abraham's po.sterity and God's judg- 
ments on their oppressors (Gen. 15: 13- 
Ifi; Exod 7: 14), oi' their promised iu- 

heritance (Gen. 17: 8; 2ii: :i, 4; 2S: l:i. 
14; Josh. 1:3, 4, 4), of the desti'uction 
of Sodom (Gen. 1!>: 12-2fi), of the sev- 
en years of plenty and famine in Kgypt 
(Gen. 41:29-57), of the cui-se upon him 
who would attempt to rebuild Jericoh 
(Josh. IJ: 2G; 1 Kings IG: 34). Of the 
destruction of Eli's sons (1 Sam. '2; 27- 
34; 4: 17), of Elijah's prophecy to Ahab 
of famine (1 Kings 17: 1), of the doom 
of Abab and Jesebel (Kings 21 : 17-24 
•22: 38), of Elisha's prophecy to Hazael 
of his royalty and crimes (2 Kings 2: 8 
11-13; 13 22; 2Chron. 11: 21), of Dan- 
iel's explanation of the rise, progress, and 
fall of earth's \iniversal empires viz., 
the Chaldean or Babylonian, the Medo- 
Persian, the Grecian, the Roman with 
its divisons and subdivisions as exhibit- 
ed in Nebuchadnezzar's great image 
(Dan. 7: S-IH), of the desolation of Bab- 
ylon, Assyria, Moab, Kgypt, Ethiopia, 
j\rabia, Tyre, Israel and Jerusalem (Is. 
8: !l, 13, 14, 15, 10, 17, 18, 20, 23, 29, 
Jer. 19: 49, 50, 51;Ezek. 25,31,32). Of 
the prophecies concerning Christ; He 
was born of a virgin (Is. 7: 14; Matt 
1 ; 18-23; Luke 1 : 20-35) in Bethlehem 
of Judea (Mich. 5: 2; Luke 2: 4-7), call- 
ed .mt of Egypt (Hos. 11: 1; Matt 2: 
15), called a Xazarene (Matt 11: 23), 
rode into Jerusalem upon an ass(Zech. 
11: 12, 13; John 12: 14,15), oftered rest 
totheweary(Is.50:-l;Matt9: 28, 30,), 
preached the Gospel to the poor (Is. 01: 
1-3; Luke 4: 17-21), was despised and 
rejected of men ( Is. 53 : 3 ; John 19: 15), 
suflered not for Himself, but for others 
(Is. 53: 40; Luke 23: 14), was beU-ayed 
for thirty pieces of silver (Zecli 11 : 12, 
13; Matt 20: 15), was delivered to the 
Gentiles(Lu. 18:32), contrary to the laws 
according to their charge (Lev. 24: 13- 
10) which they attempted, but failed to 
execute (John is: 59). He was mocked, 
spit upon and crucified (Matt. 20: 19; 
Mark 10: 33; Luke 18: 32). They 
gave Him gall and vinegar (Ps. 09: 21; 
Matt 27: 34). They parted His gar- 
ments and casts lots for His vesture (Ps. 
22:18; Matt 27:35). They laughed 
Him to scorn, shooting out the lip, shak- 
ino' the head and saying, " He trusted in 
the Lord that He would deliver Him; 
let Him deliver Him, seeing He delight- 
ed in Him" (Ps. 22: 7, 8; Matt. 27: 39, 
40). He was nimibered with the trans- 
gressors (Is. 53; 12; Matt. 27: 38; Mark 
15:27). He was with the rich in His 
death (Is. 53: 9; Matt 27: 57-60). Not 
a bone of Him was broken (John 19: 33) 
which corresponds exactly with the pas- 
chal type (Exod. 12:4(J;Nura. 9:12). 
They pierced his hands and feet(Ps. 22: 
10). They looked on Him whom they 
had pierced (Zech. 12: 10; John 19: 24 
37). He rose from the dead the thii'd 
day (Matt 28: 0; Luke 18: 32). The 
same is true respecting New Testa- 
ment prophecies. 

if you hear His voice, harden not yon- 
hearts. Now is the time to work. If tij^j. 

a good deed before you to be don^ 
:ind do it, do not wait until to-morrow" 
or next week; for Satan always has some 
mischief for idle hands to do. 

AVork while it is called to-day, fop 
ch day luis its duties, and if you defer 
this day's work for to-morrow, there \\\\\ 
be certain duties for that day also(ify(,g 
should live to see it) and you must crowd 
two days work in one or be constantly 
falling behind, each duty should be fiU. 
ed as they present themselves, j^^ 
again if we ever intend to become foj. 
lowers of our Savior, now is the time 
to begin as we have lost much time al- 
ready, and should we employ every mo- 
ment of our future time in His service 
it is no more than oiir reasonable service 
and cannwt make up the time we have 
lost. Let us therefore begin to-day an^ 
work diligently; for no man knows what 
a day may bring forth. To-morrow 
our friends may be preparing these ten- 
ements* of clay for their last restingplace, 
or these mental powers that we can ex. 
ise to-day with so much delicacy aud 
precision, to-morrow may be paralyKeil 
and obscured and we may be a howling 
maniac. Such is om- mental and pliya- 
ical construction, that at any moment 
all can be destroyed. Why, then plan 
for the future? Let us live for to-tUy, 
casting all our care on Jesus, and trust- 
ing in God for His blessings, receiving 
them with thankful hearts as they come; 
never harassing ourselves with imagiu- 
ary e\als yet to come; " Sufficient to the 
day is the evil thereof." Surely we can 
trust the One, that has given us life and 
health iu the past, for the future. He 
has blessed eacli day as it passed, and 
to-day He is sending numberless bless- 
ings upon us. 

The future is before us, we know not 
what "it is to bring forth. But the same 
Hand that guided our weary footsteps 
thus far, and »he same protecting Arm 
that is over us to-day, is able to conduct 
usthroughtherestof our journey, wheth- 
er it be long or short. When the end 
comes He has promised to go with us 
through the dark valley and gloomy 
shadow of death, and finally receive ns 
into His own Divine presence, where 
there will be one eternal day. 
ArcaJium-, Ohio. 





TT is natural for us to defer matters 
■^ and imagine it will be more conven- 
ient to attend to such and such things 
at some future time. To-day only is 
ours, we know not what a day may 
bring forth, if we have a duty to per- 
form, now is the time to attend to it, if 
we should wait until to-morrow, we may 
lose the opportunity, and we are anion*' 
the slothful servants. There arc very 
few persons living, but have it In their 
miuthi to serve God and prepare for death 
before it comes upon them, but alas! 
they put the matter olf until it ia too 
late and they are forever To-day 

SELF-GOVERNMENT is a great, aud 
good work; especially if well per- 
formed, in two ways; temporally and 
spii'itually. Temporal government in- 
cludes among others, temperance; uot 
merely in di-inking. but also eatingniod- 
erately, working, sleeping, and thinking; 
all of these functions well governea, 
brings happiness and cheerful days to 
the one engaged iu it. in the present life- 
It also cpialifies the individual for duty 
whatever his calling may be. But^vhen 
this government is wanting, it seems to 
have a drawback, and ,a downward tenj 
deiicy in every case. But in spu-ituat 
life, good government brings " I'c'ig"^"'^ 
undefUed," religion that rules eveutH^' 
mlml, the heart,'aml brings into m^. 
tion the inner and outer man, so tHa 
the image of Christ is readily seen in 
man, in all his callings and nioveraen^ 
among men. Is not religion the cau-^ 
of the family altar, whence tl^^f ^ 
smdlings m'ise unto the I.urti 1 .. 
i«. Does not religion trmi^iform Hi» 
on into a slicep? Yos, if relig»" "" 
govern, It lias that eil'ect. So"""" 
tlie dUciples got tbe idea, tlifj' »« ' 


m^tii'V ^-il. 



out power, tliey cannot work unless m-g- 
etl (.D by th'- Spirit uf the Lortl. Not 
quite so; wIh-Tc agency be if 
yfP could not work? God wants fi-ec* 
flgeuts, men and woniun that disphiy a 
-ivilliiiguessto do what little they can for 
tlie cause of the Master, which in every 
case will meet \rith the approbation of 
God, and draws from above the smiles of 
the Savior and opens His store-houBe for 
the ueedy; whence they draw a daily 
gupply- God's children must he mind- 
ed, lil^t^ our obedient ones. An obedi- 
ent child does not want to be pushed on 
the work; no, that disposition or nature 
they abhor; but lazy ones look for it ev- 
ery time they work. 

Now, dear brethren, let us not imitate 
idlers and laziness. But religion 
moulds and fashions our deportment 
among men, that a new creature may be 
visible. In the morning lift up your 
hands to God in fervent prayer. At the 
table show in a few words that meat and 
drink *' comes from above, the Father of 
lights" to whom honor is due. Also let 
us bridle our tongues, since we have to 
" give an account for every idle word we 
Religion also brings kindness in- 


to existence, kind talk in the family, be- 
tween husband and wife, parents and 
children, masters and servants. Even 
the creatures on the yard find it out. 
Proper treatment is given, in feeding and 
working. Solomon says, " A righteous 
man regiirdeth the life of his beast." 
The neighbors will find tokens of love, 
and in all the necessary duties; the 
ciuu'ch will have affectionate membeis, 
attending meetings with joy and long- 
ing; not merely jus a duty. When there, 
engaged in prayer for the church, for the 
preachers, and the welfare of mankind 
in general. No sleepers, nor head-heavy I 
individuals, who must prop, or if not 
engaged in that business, every time the 
door moves there goes the face. No, re- 
ligion keeps awake, creates attention, 
desiring to catch every word spoken, in 
singing, prayer, or preaching. Christ's 
religion stamps a " peculiar people, zeal- 
ous of good works," at home and abroad. 
Another thought. Some years ago it 
struck me .sensibly as if the Brethren are 
rather fast in multiplying papers; and 
wished they would consolidate all those 
in existence, and then I would be siitis- 
fied. Now a partial consolidation has 
been accomplished, and another si)rung 
up. And so I went to work to examine 
them all, :ind finally came to the con- 
clusion to make choice of the youngest, 
being the nicest type, the easiest read, 
if eyes commence to fail like mine for 
years already. Also find it brimful of 
wholesome matter every time it comes. 
May God speed the work, and give a 
special blessing to the beloved editors, 
and grant that their labors may be the 
means of doing much good among men. 
Elizahethtown, Lanvmter Co., Pa. 

they that fear Him. But what i; 
by the term " fear Hun f" There are 
twt. kinds of fear spoken of in the Scrip- 1 and teachable, 
turcs, the former is the kind of fear re- ! 
ferred to in our text. This fear of God ' 
is a holy attectioii wrought in the soul, I 
incliinng the individual to obey all God's 
commandments, no matter how difficult, 
self-sacrificing they may be. 
To fear God then in this sense, is syn- 
onymous with the term love Him, and 
obedience is the expression, or divinely 
appointed manifestation of love. It 
would still further elucidate our text to 
give it this reading; " The secrets of the 
Lord are ^v^th then\ that obey Him." 
This explanation is still further borne 
out by the language of our Savior to his 
disciples. " Ye are my friends, if ye do 
whatsoever I command you. Hence- 
forth 1 call yon not servants; tor the ser- 
vant knoweth not what his Lord doeth; 
but I have called you friends; for all 
things that 1 have heard of my Father, 
I have made known unto you." A friend 
is one to Vhom we impart our minds 
more freely than to others. This is what 
our Savior does to his follower, he ad- 
mits them into a very close intimacy with 
himself, and unfolds unto them myste- 
ries of his love, his grace, and his prov- 
idence (see Lamentations 5: 1). 

But says one, this title of friend was 
only applicable to the apostles, or at 
most to some high official, or dignitary of 
the church. The papist would say, the 
clerical orders alone possess this superior 
wisdom, it is never vouchsafed to the 
laity. But what says Christ? Upon 
one occasion after commanding John the 
Baptist, he added, " But he that is least 
in the kingdom of God, is greater than 
he." That is the lowly, the most 
humble, the one who has the least of self, 
and the most of Christ. Again om- Sav- 
1 ior addresses his Fatiier thus, " I thank 
theii OFather, Lord ofheavcu and earth, 
because thou hast hid these things from 
the wise and prudent, and hast revealed 
them unto babes. Even so, Father; for 
it seemed good in thy sight." It is then 
to the humble, the poor in spirit, irre- 
spective of his office, or position in this 
worhl, that God particularly reveals 

We will next try to notice some of 

these secrets of the Lord which our text 

says, are with those that fear hi 

Though these purposes are all revealed 

his Word, yet they may very prop- 

meant , to us their true and spiritual import. 
And this will he do if we anr humlile 

That human knowledge is not neces- 
sary to enable us to undei'stami God's 
holy Wood, 18 still further deducible, 
from the fact that nearly, if not quite 
all. the erroi-s that have soilefonned the 
church, all the departures from the plain 
and obvious meaning of the sacred Scrip- 
tures, have originated with the learned. 
Had mankind only gone to the 
Scriptures for knowledge in divine things, 
and had they only sought the illu- 
minations of the Holy Spirit, the church 
would not, as it now is, be rent into 
fragments. But blessed be God, there 
have always been somewhohave refused 
to olVer incense with strange iire in thi 
censei-s. They would take their coj 
from the altar of burnt-ofl'ering, no mat- 
ter at what cost. Even iu the darkest 
days of that overshadowing evil, the 
great apostasy, there was not wonting a 
period in which there were not some to 
offer a pure testimony tor Jesus. In Ui 
7:1, John saw " four angles standing 
the four corners of the earth, holding 
the four winds of the earth, that thi 
wind should not blow on the earth, nor 
(m the sea, nor on any tree." Now why 
this suspension of judgment? Why not 
let the trumpets immediately proclaim 
the vengeance of God. Ah! these re- 
straining angels are to keep in check the 
impemling devastations, until the ser- 
vants of God are sealed on their fore- 

A fierce and prolonged con test between 
truth and error, was now about to be in 
augurated. That dreadful colossus, the 
hierarchy of Rome was being rapidly 
developed. Ignorance, superatition, and 
wickedness were about to sprcatl them- 
j selves like a dark pall over the earth. 
But God was preparing a noble ai'iuy of 
torch -bearers to hold forth the true light 
during these degenerate tinu's. There 
must be a pause, a rejjpite, during which 
j>eriod the apostasy might have an op- 
portunity for repentance and reforma- 
tion, and the true followere of the Lamb 
might become established and confirm- 
ed in the truth. They were sealed in 
their foreheads. God wrote, as it were. 
Ids Law on the tablets of their minds, 
to tliem the promise was verified. "Then 
shall we know, if we follow on to know 
tlie Lord." And in tht others was ful- 
filled the saying, " But evil men and se- 

between the Chf-rubim, saying to Uh, 
" Behold, I have refined the**, but not 
with silver; 1 have chosen thet- in the 
famace of affliction." " As many as I 
love I rebuke and chasten." 

Now we see that there was " a ne«(U 
be " in all that we have suffered, wheth- 
er it wiiH mental or physical wuffi-ririg, 
yea, nec^wsary, that we should know that 
bitterest sorrows, the insincerity of friends 
and we donV>tif greater pang^ can b** 
experienced by human hearts, than t«> 
be wounded in the house of our friends." 
BlcAscd indeed are they who have Vam 
ed sufficiently in the school of Christ, to 
know that allthe.'ve things are mo^wary. 
And so it is, when the outer darknem is 
thickest and densest, the inner light is 
most bright and trlorious. 



«T THEREFORE, the prisoner of th, 
-*- Lord, beseech you that ye wall 


erly be called secrets, first because of the | ducers shall wax worse and ^ wor.e, de 
many, and deep mysteries in them, .sec- 
ondly, becaviee they are said to be hid 
from many, because of their carnality. (1 




timt fearllim; and He will shew 
tht-m His covenant " (Psabiis 25:14). 
Great men of the eavth sueh as kings, 
or rulers have their intimate or confiden- 
tial friends to whom they reveal then- 
plans, pnriioses or designs. To he thus 
taken into the hidden or secret counsel 
of some yreat earthly potentate, is con- 
sidered an honor that most persons wouhl 
earnestly covet. Jehovah has His dear 
and intimate friends, to whom He reveals 
His secrets cu- hidden purposes. Who are 
they who are accounted worthy of such 
distinguished honor? Our te.\t says. 

ceinng, and being deceived. 

The secrets of the Lord, or His deep 
mysteries, then are with his people, with 

W(»rthy of the vocation wherewith ye 
arc (were) called " (Eph. 4:1). To 
walk worthy is to conduct ones self in 
a proper manner. The AVord e.^horts 
us " to walk by fuith, to walk in hn-t, 
to walk fwntMly, to walk in the tnilh,'^ 
and " to walk in \visdom towanl them 
that are without." Some profe...sons 
conduct themselves very circumspectly 
in the presence of their brethren, but 
very unbeeominKly in the prudence of 
" them without." " Worthy of the vo. 
cation," wortliy of your calling, profess- 
ion or business. A man may honor or dtJt- 
honovy the humblest profession or l)Usi. 
ness in life; may be an honorable tinker 
or a dishonorable artisan. 

The called will honor the labor, or 
business to which he is called, more 
readily when called by the honorable. 
Reader, has father and mother called 
you-? The church has called you. The 
Spirit calls; the Son calls; the Father 

Called " to be saints, called to fellow- 
ship with the Son; called to be chililreu 
of God ; called to share the life of Christ" 
(Eph. 2: 5). Who is able for these 
things? A\Tio can comprehend thtshii;h 
calling? Who can w-alk w-orthy of »itrh 
a call and.'iucA a calling? 

Only the spiritually minded can hon- 
or this calling, that calls us from death 
uuto life. " For to be carnally minded 
is death, but to. be spiritually. minded, 
is life and peace "(Rom. S: (>). 
Anlioch, J ml. 

Cor. 2: 14). 

A closeand patient application, is nec- 
essary to the full understanding of any 
department of knowledge. This applies 
to the science of religion. One person 
cannot be prolicient in more than one 
branch of knowledge. Paul knew this, 
lu-nce when he chose the religion of 
Christ, we hear him exclaim: " 1 deter 
mined not to know .anything among, you 
save Jesus Christ and him crucified." 
liut the teachings of Clirist are uniipie. 
The principles and maxims which he in- 
culcated are nowhere else taught. The 
utmost stretch of human reason could 
nevi.r approximate its loftiness and pu- 
rity. Humau science was far, i-'.vii too 
weak to e.\plore this domain of knowl- 
edge. So now, since life and immortal, 
itj'have been brought to light through 
(lie Gospel, neither do we now need the 
aid of human science, or human bear- 
ing ill anv of its department to enable 
us' to understand these gl-eat, and heav- 
en-born truths. They emanated solely 
from God, and he alone can unfold un 


those who love, serve, and obey him; 
to such are constantly unfolded new 
beauties, new wonders, and new grand- 
cure. The depth of divine h)ve is un- 
fathomable, but the nearer we live to the 
cross, the more perfectly obedient, and 
sulimissive we are, the more we shall be 
enabled to compreheml of this wonder- 
ful mystery. So with the providence of 
God. His dealings with individuals 
often seem strangely inexplicable, and 
sometimes arbitrary. We see the wick- 
ed and thenominal professors, " iu great 
power, and spreading themselves like a 
green bay tree." We sec them in thi 
enjoyment of everything that this world 
can bestow, having health, friends, 
wealth «'ver)thing. We see the devout 
and humble Christian deprived of all 
these, " plagued all the day long, and 
chasteueil every morning," and iu a mo- 
ment of despondency, we e.vclaini, " ^ er- 
ily 1 have cleansed my heart in vain, and 
washed my hands iu innocency." But 
when we draw uear to the .sacred Ora- 
cles, we hear, as it were, a voice from 

overtook a well-ilress-sed young 
man, and invited him to a seat in his 

" ^\'hat," said the gentleman to the 
yoimg stranger, "are your plans for the 
friture ?" 

•■ I am a cleric," replied th« young 
man, " and my hojie is to succee<l. and 
get into business tor myself." 

"And what next!" said the gentle- 

"Why, I intend to marry and set up I 
an estiblishment of my own," said the | 

"And what next ?" 
Why, continue in business, and i 
cumulate w-ealth." 
" And w-hat next?" 

" It IS the lot of all to die, and I, ofl 
connse cannot escape." replied theyoungl 

• And what next >" onee more askedl 
the gentleman; but the young man had| 
no answer to make; he hiul no pur^ 
that reaeh«l beyond the pi-esi-nt 
How many young men .arc iu ppecisd^ 
the .siune'conditiou? What i>ertaiiu t~ 
the world to come h,is no plitfbe in 
their plans. — Eilli Banntr. 

TMi': 7^r!i-:THKE>r jVT ^vol^IC. 




J. H. MOORB, . 

8. H. BA8H0B. 

TirK nnminih *r WnnK will !>• neDl poil'PAi<t. U> any 
•JiifMs in lliD Uuilol 8lal(« or Cansil*. for fl fjO p»r 
•nnuiD. Tb»» >endin|tUn ounn an'l $1S.IH). will r«- 
ceite an Piint cop; fre« of ebarttc, For ai\ o*or thin 
number llii agctit irill he nlloned 10 cciila for CAcb iKlJi* 
tional itftRif, nfaich nmoiint can bn tlcltictfd fWtm iLe 

M.I Regi-i«f<.d Leir*™ m.y bettai « o„r ri«k. The; overlooked m tlie make up of the p;ti>cr. 

abniilJ b* miulfl p*7abIo lo Moor«. Uuhor A Eitbclinnn. — 
8ub««ripibni, and om muni oat ion* inicndvd for the pn- 
ppr. OJi woll ma all liiulncM maUem connecud with tlic of- 
fice Kfaoiiid l><.al<lrpx<r<l 

Wk Certainly liavo good reason to admtrv (he 
cotimifiudutilp degree of covirtt-sy niaiiitested by 
our contributors toward ench other. We receive 
very few artielen calculated to produce conten- 
tion. Thpy, like us, want peace iu the church; 
want loveimd harmony to pervade every part of 
the body. " Blessed are the peace raakere," 

Linuk, Curell Co.. HI' 

UKA3Z, IZI.., 

FESBUAB7 21, 1S7S. 

Hmithfm H:L->lior'.s a'Idress, until furtht-r no- 
tice, will be Gilhoa, Hancock Co., Ohio, care of 
I. J. Rosenberger. 

Bkothkk I). 0. Hnnlmnn. of Polo, Mo., under 
.i;iteof Feb, i:»h say^: "The wi-iithcr i« mild, 
Itiit the roiul!* are muddy. Health is very good. 
Ti'ii came out on the Lord's aide, during the past 
vi'iir, and wore baptized." ' 

Thk time for the conimeucement of the pub- 
lic oral diHcuKsion between Hro. Stein and D. B, 
Ray, of the Baptists, has not yet been made 
known to u«. It is left for Mr. Ray to set the 
time when the debate sluill commence. 

I.v this issue we expected to hearntirfirst les- 
-'•n from Dr. (ireenwidd on Sprinkling, but ow- 
iiiii; to the fact tlmt tfo much other iiiatter was 
^tmiiling ami knocking for admittance, we are 
obliged to withhold it until next week. 

Hbothbii JeHse Y, I'eckler, of Hickory Grove, 
preached in the Brethrens meetiug-house in 
thin city, on Saturday evening, Suuday foi-enoon 
and evening. We always rejoice iu being able 
to listen to good, sound Gospel preaching. 

BitoTflER Jacob Beeghly, of the Sandy Creek 
church, Fayette (,'o., Pa., says, the chureli there 
is ill a healthy condition, and that ninety per- 
sons liave been received into fellowship since 
liwt December, among the number, one who is 
ei{rhty-one years old. 

Hoi'K the Brethren at Awhland. Ohio, will 
panion us for not getting the notice of their 
iIH'cial school meeting in last issue. The notice 
was hung on the hook at the proper place, but 
would insert tliia week, but it Is now too Inte to 
get the notice before the public in time. Will 
try and do better next time. 

Eldkr R. H. Miller, of Ladoga. Ind.. has 
again been confined to his room with sickness, 
having caught cold while out preaching, and it 
settled on Ins lungs. He jw now better, and 
hopes to be ready for duty soon. May the Lord 
pare Iiim for still greater usi-fulncss in the fii- 
m-e. thoutrh he lins already done mucli in de- 
fense of the Brethren in their faith and practice. 

Brother Henry Strictler, of Swan. Ind., says: 
"Our series of meetings have clased without 
any additions, but we hope that some good im- 
preHsions have been made that never will be- 
forgotten. BrethR-u G. W. Studebaker and W. 
R. Deet-er were with us fi-om the evening of the 
2nd of Jan., t<j the '.iTth. Good attention was 
paid to the woi-d pi-eacbed. While these breth- 
ren were with us they preached the funeral of 
sister Andrews, aged 58 years and ten month: 
Her conversation, during her sickness, was alto- 
gether of the eternal world." 

OcR agents, geuernlly, have been doing re- 
markably well, and are still at work aendjng in 
new subscribers. Some have ah-eady sent in 
nearly seventy-five names, and " still more to 
come" they say. Hope they will keep tliegood 
work going till not one family in the church 
will be without it. Those wishing prospectus and 
sample copies will notify us and we will send 
them by return mail. 

This is the way Bro. Levi Hoflert. of Carle- 
ton, Neb., tells of their rejoicing: "We are hav- 
ing glorious meetings. Brethren Brubidierand 
Price from Beatriee, and Reed and Fadely from 
Kansas are here, declaring the words of eternal 
life. We have meeting in day-time and in the 
evening. Hve souls were buried with Christ in 
baptism, yesterday and to-dny. A few weeks 
ago, two were baptized, also two reclaimed. We 
trust that many more are near the kingdom. 
May the Lord continue to shower His grace up- 
on His servants, is my prayer." 

Ix reply to the brother wlio wants au expla- 
nation of what is said regarding Melchesidec's 
genealogy, we remark tliiit, the subject was pret^ 
ty fully explained in No. 51, of last volume. 
We will soon publish an article by Bro,, Bals- 
baugh relating to the same question, though 
his views are somewhat dilfereut from oui-s. 
Our readers will, tlierefore, have a chance of see- 
ing both sides. 

Do not let the length o*" Hro. Stein's series of 
articles, now bein? published in our paper, keep 
any one from giving them a careful reading. 
Tlicy are not only worth reading, but well worth 
preserving, and ai-e calculated to instruct even 
the best informed. 

Hope our correspondents will not tliink 
strange of it if their articles do not appear with- 
in a few weeks .ifter being sent in. During the 
Winter we are usually over-run with matter, 
but it comes good in the Summer when people 
do not have time to write. We make room for 
articles as fast as we can, and in due time, all 
will be accomniodiited. so far as their matter 
may be adapted to the" wants or needs of our 

As an experiment, some have introduced the 
paper among outsiders, and find that it takes 
well. One agent persuaded his neighbor to fake 
itjust six months, but when the six months 
were up, the man would not consent to do with- 
out the paper. Readers, give it a trial among 
your neighbors. 

BiioTRER Daniel V'animan. of Virden, III., has 
in contemplation another prospecting tour to 
Texas. His knowledge tf farming and good 
business qualities genci-ally, amply qualify him 
to give u correct report of tlie country. Hope 
he will take his time to it, and let our readers 
know the results of his visit. 

^ Thomas D. Lyou, of Hudson, III., writes: 
"Our meetings are very interesting. Wo con- 
tinue right along, notwithstanding the condition 
of the weather ami roads." We know how that 
goes, for we have imd mud here too, nevertheless 
we cannot do without meetings— dare not neg- 
lect the assembling of ourselves together. 

JcsT belbre going to press we received an in- 
teresting letter from Bro. Enoch Eby, dated Jaii. 
auth. He and Bro, Fry had speut'several days 
in Germany, and ivhen he wrote, they were at 
David Giock's, at Hohenek, on their way to 
Hamburg wliere their wives would join them, 
and then all would proceed to England. 

Brothkr J. S. Flory. of Greeley, Colorado, in 
a recent letter to tliis office says: " Our Winter 
has been a most delightful one, but little snow, 
no rain— mud a rare thing— health good. On 
last Sunday evening, tlie Baptists of this town 
had four :idditions to their number by baptism. 
The ordinance WiLs administeivd in the baptist- 
ry in the church— the water made tianii by the 
use f>f hit hvns. Tonlay we were present where 
iviQ more were l^aptized in the clear, flowing 
river. The administrator said. ' I baptize you 
in the name of the Father,' (but he didn't) 'and 
into^lie name of the Sou,' (but he did no such 
thing) 'and into the name ol the Holy Gliost,' 
and then threw them biwkwai-d." 

Mek who have good homes, and are prosper- 
ing well, would better keep them. The Amer- 
ican people move too much. Let those go West 
ho need homes, and build up the country there. 
But those who have good farms, are out of debt 
aud getting i)retty well up in years, ought not 
to face tlie hardships of a froutier life. We need 
strong, healthy men for this purpose, young aud 
middle aged men who can work and endure the 
toils and privations of a new country. 

Wanted. Not the love of money, not rich- 
es, lands, honor, worldly pleasure, but more real 
honesty, more of the priiiriph that comes by 
eating of the Bread of Life, and drinking of the 
Fountain opened for sin and unclemmess. The 
immense amount of corruption, the dishonesty, 
the bickoiings and strifes that ai-e continually 
running to the surface, not only out of the 
church, but even in it, nuikes those who desire 
to live right, maintain pure and undefiled relig- 
ion, sad and troubled. Often our confidence is 
shaken by men who Imve long been regarded 
as examples and models of piety and holy prin- 
ciples, because they have broken out with cor- 
ruption aud dishonesty. God help all such to 
stop short, confess their faults, reform, do good, 
and die hapi)y. 

I From the Primitive Clnisttan, ns well as a 
letter received from the P. C. brethren, we are 
informed that the small-pox malady, iu Hunt- 
ingdon, was not so bad as was at first supposed. 
It seems that wJien the disease broke out, some 
of the city authorities acted a little imprudent- 
ly, as also did some (onif pnpera, publishing es- 
agerated stories, and thus causing a panic. But 
two, we are informed, died with the disease, and 
sevenil others had it in a mJld form. In liehalf 
of the P. C. we remark, that the readei-s of that 
periodical need not tear the disease through the 
handling of the [laper, ns the editors state 
every needful precaution was used to keep their 
office clear of the disease. The malady hiw en- 
tirely abated, and things are going on in the 
even tenor of their way. 

to in due time, and therefore all are re ^" 
exercise a little patience towaid us 'i'*'^' 
conclude that because we fail torejipondt "'" 
letters immediaU'ly, that we are lum "■■^^"' 
the gn;at ;Lssistance you have reiide,^'"**"' '" 
per. We are always glad to hear frorn""*^ ''' 
who have taken much interest in oiu w i^"^ 
are doing all in their power to Help it i'""' 
though we do not, and cannot answer «ii . " 
letters. ^" ^K 

Having been holding meetings and pR,, .. 
daily for nearly two weeks, our private 
pondence has been entirely neglected '^?'^'^ 
be foratleastone week yet, until woce'tt}, 
with present meeting engagementH. W i""*'' 
fore bust we commenced meeting with the It 
reii in Mt. Carroll, and continued until T 
evening the 13th, when our meetings "] "' 
with no ailditions however, though we h^' 
tentive congregations. On Wednesday ev'" 
had meeting iu Lanark, large congregatio'"'"^ 
an interesting time of it. Meeting on Tl *"'' 
day evening, congregation still larger, and ■'!!'^ 
est greatly increased. On Friday, at I p'lf/" 
meeting again. Went down to the water M 
and baptiz-ed three young men, one of then 
:ently from North Manchester, Ind. \f '^ 
others seemed near the kingdom. Meel""'^ 
again in the evening; roads very muddy ""^ 
good congregation. Very much regret Hiat^*^' 
have to leave for other parts. Working jn .^ 
office all day, and preaching at night, is mti. ' 
laborious, but being blessed witji good« 
can stand it. Saturday morning, went to tl ' 
Georgetown church to preach the timer *' 
sister Clara H. Eby, who died in this 
residence of brother D. F. Eby, on tlie ijth j . 
Addressed a large congregation iroin JohiiH^ 
20-35. Immediately after the last sad respects 
were shown the departed, we returned home anJ 
now in a few minutes shall leave for Chelwd. 
Stephenson Co., this State, to labor with tlw 
brethren and aistera in our Master's eaiup 
God us .ill a profitable sejison. ,i. b j, ' 


f city, at the 

Sister Mary C. Dale truthfully says: "If 
Christians, when they have a matter of differ- 
ence, would graciously agree to meet with each 
otiier m prayer, and pray together kindly for 
each other, their contention would soon end, but 
one will not stop, neither will the other. They 
are not so wise as Luther's two goats, which met 
upon a narrow plank over a deep water; they 
would not go back and dare not fight; at length 
one of them lay down while the other walked 
over him; so peace and safety attended both. 
Why should not Christians try this method? " 

J. H. EsnELMAN, of LibertyviMe, Iowa, after 
sending in more subscribers, saj-s: " Your wel- 
come paper still comes with its usual weekly 
visits of good news to Zion, bearing throughout 
the length and breadth of our land, which is 
read with interest to hotli old and young, and 
great many othei-s that get to read them. I 
send mine out to those that liave not the means 
to get the paper otherwwe. An old gentleman, 
one of my neighbor says, there are some of the 
strongest articles in them, that he ever read. 
May God bless you aud yours in the efforts of 
spreading the Gospel." 

The Advent Publishing Society, in one week, 
sent out ¥ 1206.27 worth of books. This shows 
gi-eat zeal in spreading their doctrine. They 
know that their doctrine ciui be very successful- 
ly spread by that means. Why cannot the doe- 
trine of complete obedience to Christ in " all 
things " be extensively disseminated m the same 
niannerV It can. Let us then, brethren and 
sisters, fully awake to the importance of the 
work, and earnestly take hold of the good cause. 
The Gospel Tract As.sociation affords an excel- 
lent opportunity to thus spread the truth. 
Read again, the article on this subject in No 3, 
Vol. 3. Already much hiLs been done in that 
direction, but the field is yet large. Will we 
occupy it? or will we leave it to others? What 
answer shall we have? 

Brother David Norcross, of Shoals, Ind., 
writes !is follows: "Bro.CriiJe came to us on the 
I'^th of January, and expected to remain two 
weeks, but we had the pleaxure of hearing him 
only twice, as he took sick and had to return 
home. We feel that our disappointments are 
great, yet we console ourselves through the pn- 
cious word of God, that " all things work to- 
gether for good to them that love the Lord." 
\\ e make the best of our troubles, and try to 
iidd laitience. so that we may have that rich and 
ahtnmding experience which brings the blessed 
hope of etennil life." 

Wr have received im article of some 
length, on the heard question, which we have 
not yet had time to carefully examine. Will 
say to those who had the article prepared and 
sent in, that we are very careful what we pub- 
lish on that subject, not that the editors have 
ly conscientious scruples about the wearing of 
the beard,— just so it is plain and respectable— 
but it is a question, over which some people 
bother their minds a great deal more than over 
the salvation of sinners, and hence should be 
treated sparingly. .Our motto is peace, union 
and general hanuony. and hope that all our 
readers will lielp us to Uve up to it. Of the two 
editors here in the office, one wears a full beju-d 
and the otlier does not. Of course, some want 
to know if we ever argue the question? No 
for the simple reason that we liave more import^ 
unt matteiT, to attend to. The article will be 
examined the first o]. port unit \-.' 


WE have on hand a number 
rie-s and articles 

t leUei-s, quo- 
.. ,. u . ,. , '■*'^""''"K niy special 
attention, all of which will be attended to the 
first opportunity. Having fallen behind with 
my part of the work, it will take a few weeks to 
atch fully up, yet all will be promptly attended 

HE spreads himself wherever he can. E^ 
tliinks himself the blanket, the overcoat 
of the neighborhood, and othei-s must fieeze if 
he chooses not to cover them, and there cim be 
no good government unless he turns the ernnit, 
Arrogance assumes what belongs to otbcw! 
If he be engaged in business \vith others, the 
[teople must /.noir that /(c is top, bottomandsides, 
whether he is or not. The people must bi'lieve 
this, whether he is or not. He swuigs and 
sweeps to his satisfaction, whether any mau 
or woman is made richer in Christ or not. At 
home he is miller, wuterwheel, engineer, graiii- 
inspector, proprietor— everything, and if he 
chances to go from home a few days, lie foils 
not to tell all the people that tlie chief milh 
is gone, that the clear white flour will uotcoiiie 
rolling out as usual, but that the dear people 
must for a while live on unbolted meal imtil liB 
returns to refresh them. And he will even go 
further. If the dear people will not believe 
this arrogant story, to have things him icaij, lie 
ivill not hesitate to break the kneading troiiglis 
and batter down the ovens, though multitudes 
starve for good bread. Nc//, self is the out- 
side and inside of arrogance and no chips of 
truth dare fall from other's hewing unless ho 
sroresjirst. No indeed; they would not hejirsi 
class chips unless his oxejirst went throtigli 
them. If he chances to be an officer iu Ihi- 
church, he cares not for the injunction, " in hou- 
or prefemng one another," hut gets up a little 
injunction for himself which reads, " in honor 
pi-eferring tliyself." Now don't say that I have 
been shooting at yo» ; I aimed all the time at 
-Arrogance, and if I hit him. he'll speak out 
^^^^^^^^^ jr. M. E. 


THIS week, while Bro. Moore is absent hold- 
ing forth the Word of life, urging sinners 
to turn to God and live, exhorting the children 
of God to greater steadfastness imd holiness. I 
want to tell our readers something about him. 
He is my text just now, and I shall use him for 
our edification. Do you know that Bro. Moore 
cannot hear a whisper? The man that whispers 
to him, labors in vain. He will not hear yoii; 
he cannot. He can hear you in any ordiniirj' 
low tone of voice, but it is useless to whisper to 
him. either low or loud. What a blessing ij 
would be if more of us were thus favored! I 
say favored, for in these times of secretism 
whisperings and behind-the-back work it n'OuU 
be a blessing if many could not hear whisp^'^ 

But brother Moore possesses another lul^oif- 
tage. While he cannot hcur a whisper, lie is 

fortunate also in that hr ramiof ivhis}>f. 


I is still a greater blessing. Too often heflfk S" 

;F'ebruary '2 1 . 

t^pether mA eDgage in whispering to the detri 
„ent of church, neighborhood «„a nation It 
,B„y be right «t tmu..s to «hi.,«r. bnt bec-mweit 
'^nghttodosouttlionght time ..nd „l„c«. it 
,,y „o menus fo^lo^^^ th«t ,t i. right to run tr;,„, 
house to house mid whisper nbout a brother 
sister or neighbor There would bo more peac«' 
more love, more holy 7*al. more real pietv if 
there were fewer whisiiering, in n,„tt,.„ t^at 
concern the church mA neighborhoods Mv 
object in writing tliis article is. to a,,prise yoi, 
of brother Moores inability to eitherwhisperor 
henr whispering luid thus avoid some uiipleajt- 
antness at timea. Aiid then, too, I think we 
niftV !ill g'ltliei- something for onr clification 
from these facts, and thus become still better in 
our li'ji.v pnilV-isioii. J, j^_ ^^ 


WHAT do you suppose- a geiipml would think 
of his soldiers, were they, while in the 
midst of battle, to cease fighting and go to kill- 
ing insects? He would certainly conchidethat 
they were afoolish set of warriors. Well, there 
are scores of just such inconsistent soldiei-s 
claiming to belong to the army of the Lord. In 
the midst of the most important conflicts, they 
wiU pause and triHe with minor questions that 
lue of no vital consequence to either God or 
man. They will spend more time and money 
to settle something the Creator never wimted 
settled thiui in the salvation of souls. To set 
a little supposed wrong, right, they will do more 
i-eal harm than forty such imaginary wrongs 
would amount to. Such a course is about as 
logical as a man buraiug down his barn, with 
all the contents, just to get rid of the rats. 

People want to leoru to be consistent, and see 
that in their attempts iit reforming, they don't 
do more harm than good. Thei'e are men who 
will run the risk of ruining the peace and pros- 
perity of a whole cougregatiou, just to have a 
member corrected of a fault that is not half so 
bad as some of their own. Then there are \ko- 
ple who, when trouble comes up about their 
brother or sister, are wonderfully active gather- 
ing up evidence and helping (?) the case abng, 
yet. when a project is on foot, tojiuild up the 
kingdom and advance the cause, tliey areasciui- 
et and unconcerned about it as ademl forest tree. 
Their zeal, tike the ocean tide, seems to ebb and 
flow as the case may demand. Their running, 
like a stationary windmill, depends upon which 
way the wind blows. 

It is a good thing to be zealously effected in a 
good work, but a zeal without either knowledge 
or prudence, is tletrimeiital to the prosperity of 
any cause. Men want to leani the art of tuk- 
mg hold of difficulties in the rie/ht way and for 
a good puqiose; and then learn when to take 
hold of them. Never allow an important ciise 
to go neglected for the sake of a few minor mat^ 
ters. Sometimes we may see a brother or sister 
do something about which the Bible is as silent 
as the grave, yet think it a sin of the first mag- 
nitude, and \vill almost ruin the church, jnst to 
get that brother or sister set right. Such a 
course does not display the wisdom that should 
characterize the children of Ood. A skillful 
physician will not ruin theliealthof his patient 
just to save one fiMgcr, neither will he torture 
the whole body beyond endurance, just to cure 
a 3iaall bruise on one of the limbs. 

If the children of the kingdom, in their gen- 
eration, would display half the wisdom that is 
)»racticed hy the children of the ^vorhl, the 
ehurch of God to-day would be better olf. There 
IS too much beating against the wind: too nuicli 
time spent over uninsti-uctive questions, and not 
enough interest taken lu the vital questions of 
t-'hristianity. The man who runs his wagon 
"gainst a tree, just to avoid a little stump, needs 
*o learn another lesson. Some one says, "Little 
*oxes spoil the vines." Yee. tluit is true, but 
then remember that the % foxes catch the 
chickens. It is good to tratdi tlic little foxes. 
■Jut don't become so absorbed as to allow the 
evolves to enter the fold unmolested, and destroy 
the sheej). 

There are ministers who will lose uU their in- 
*'»ence, and endanger the internal peace of the 
("hurch, just to retain mid panide before the pub- 


two pe«oim in the congn-gation a going 
over. U w di«g„,Hng to hear a minister, ^i 
public, hmting at the faults and defect, of .some 
pennon and not instruct his congregation as it 
ought to be. A ministers bu«ne«. i,. to preach 
the Gospel-tell the old Bible story .« it w,u 
wnnt to botoldindaysof yor^ by inspirt-d men. 
This they should do. and not cond.^c..nd U. u^ 
mgthe«acr«ide.k, from whence to deal out 
liHlo. low perBounI trash. I^ave that for the 
enemies of the Cross to do. To every minister, 
Chnst would say, " Feed my sheep." and I don't 
believe m a mbiistcr letting the " sheep " starve 
while he ,s annoying the "goab,." Take good 
care of the Ma«f^rs (lock and He will reward 
you abundantly. Christian., like ..lioep. are eas- 
ily managed, if properly handled, but if abused 
become troublesome. 

Use consistency and j,u|gment in vcHgioiK 
matters as well as those belonging to the world. 
U IS not enough to be as "harmle*. as doves" 
hut we must be as ■' wise as serpents," using ev- 
ery lawhil means subservient to the Master's 
cause. See that your efforts are calculated to 
accomplish good. Don't throw till you know 
what you are going to hit. Never shoot till you 
get something to shoot at. Don't make a fuM 
till you are sure thatyour reason is good. Don't 
cross a stream before you get to it. and above 
all tlungs. do not tell a thing until you kmir it 
IS true. Let us remember that the church "»t 
along before we came into the ^vorld, and I i»-e- 
surae can get through all right after we m-e gone 
Let us labor diligently to do our duty-keep 
oui-selves pure, unspotted from the worid, and 
God will take care of the church. We don'l, 
want to fi-et so much about the church audit. 
condition, hut more about ourselves and our 
own liearts. If each member will keep his omi 
heart right, he will not have much time loft to 
meddle with things belonging exclusively to his 
neighbor. It is a good thing to watch overeach 
other for good, but there Is sncli » thing jus a 
farmer bothering himself sj much about his 
neighbor's neglected farm, ,'ls to entirely neglect 
his own. Let us first set our own mattere right, 
and afterwards see to those belonging toothers, 
" Cast out fii^t, the beam out of thine own eye. 
und then shalt thou see clearly to pull out the 
mote that is in thy brothers eye," was not spo- 
ken for naught. t „ „ 

some iinprolitable hobby they have aiiccectl- 
'n raising. They have their peculiar ideas 
"^rtut things, and think as they are preachers, 
the congregation must be content with whatev- 
^^ '* given, whether it is appropriate or not. 
Sometimes the wants of a few hundred people 
^'1 go iui-uppli<j,l. just for the s;ike of giving 


Dcfir Pitpry: — 

ON Saturday, Jmi. 20th, was conveyed to the 
depot by Bro. Da\nd Wolf, where we were 
met by Bro. David Eiumert, one of the teachers 
of Huntingdon Normal School, who accompa- 
nied us to Brownsville. Md.. to attend the series 
of meetings there. On the way down, were met 
by several other brethren and sisten* m route for 
the same place. Arrived in good time, and were 

met by Eld. Cassel, who conveyed us to his 

home, where we were kindly cored for until 
services. This congregation, at one time, be- 
longed to what is known as the Grossnickle arm 
of the church, but in latter years, when the 
membership increased in the valley, each side of 
the mountain, a division was made, forming two 
distinct congregations. Bro. Emanuel Slifer 
has presided as Bishop, since its organization; 
though quite advanced in yeant, is still enjoying 
good health, and retains the full powers of mind. 
Brethren Cassel and Yourtee are his co-hiborere 
in the cause of Christ, workers of righteousness 
laboring for the kingdom of peace, and the 
crown of iiu mortality. For some years the 
cause si-emed to wane, but witliiu the past few 
months, they have experienced refreshing show- 
ers front the gracious Lord; adding over fifty 
in all, to the church, by confession und baptism. 
Our meeting begun and continued with an un- 
usual attendance, increasing in numbers each 
meeting, until the snow storm of Thunwlay, Jim. 
3Ist, interiered, when, our time being up. we 
closed, and bidding adieu to all, parted, perhaps 
forever in this land of sorrow. During our 
meetings, a number made the good confession 
and were baptized into the Body of Christ; oth- 
era confessed, but owing to the severe storm on 
tlie liLst day of meeting, could not be inimei-sed. 
Wo were informed their number is seven. A 
meeting was announced for the following Lord's 
day, when, it is presumable, they were received 
into the church. 

We return our thanks to the church here, for 
the liberality and hospitality shown us while 
among them. May the Lord reward and 
them all, to joy in Christ, in life, trnd salvation 

through Him in the woHd to come. Preached 
at Funkstown in the evening to a very att<rn- 
tivr. audience. Spent the night with Brxj. E. S. 
Miller and family. Feb. Ist, took the train at 
Hagei-stown, for lloUing Springs, Cumberland 
Co,, I'a. At Orwncastle, Bro. Oiler and wife 
joined u«. Hnd their daughter, sister Annie, who 
had l)een mth us in Maryland. separaU-d from 
our company, to return home ,and to scIkioI. 
We trust the Spirit of God may and will ever 
guide thi* fair daughter in the path of purity 
till it ends beyond the pearly gates in the eity of 

Arrived at Boiling Springs in time for church; 
good congregation luid good attention. Hare 
h<-M services each evening since here, with large 
audiences in attendance, and an cneouraging in- 
terest manifested. Expect, to-morrow, to see 
the grave opened in the beautiful stream near 
here, and the dead buried and raised to new life 
in Gbriftt. 

While we see the Lord's cause prospering at 
this place, other churches in the valley are wit- 
nessing the troubling of the waters. Just ten 
uiili-sfrom hero. Bro. Mohler, of Lewistown, Pa , 
and Kid. J. F. Oiler, of Waynecboro, are con- 
ducting a successful meeting. Wlien lastheanl 
from, eleven had been added by confession and 
baptism. Ten miles below here, Bro. .lames A. 
■Sell is doing a good work. Farther up, a Bro 
Baker of Shady Grove, ia meeting with success; 
seven had been added when last heard from, luid 
among them, a State Senator'sson. Bro. Gray- 
hill Meyers recently closed a meeting (lot far 
from here, with twelve additions; and in other 
loiiihtii's equal succes.s is attending the efforts of 
thf eluirche.s in the interest of the cause. 

One thing is apparent now, and that is, that 
notwithstanding the fears of some, that, under 
our jtresont system of church government and 
labor, the church will be a thing of history on- 
ly fifty or one hundred years from hence, uev- 
or has it been known among us, to see our 
numbers increasing as fast and surely lui now. 
Churches, which one and two years ago, opi)o&- 
ed aeriesof meetings, are now holding them, and 
hundreds are floclting home to Clirist. Wh. 
tlpen there was coldness and weariness, now there 
is life, warmth and general activity. Where 
formality riileil the day, true religion now swings 
aloof over the fort of iniquity, and as time moves 
on, we look and pray for greater achievements, 
and brighter work. May Heaven lend a help- 
ing hand, imd the old Gospel banner unfiu-l her 
folds to the breeze, and sjian this entire dommn, 
and over the broad land of America be heard the 
shout of victory in and through the blood of 
Christ, and unit*;d be the followers of Jehovah 
rushing on to victory over the consohdated iorc- 
^s of hell. More of our meeting, and the church 
iie.xt week. May God bleas all, now and for- 
ever, s. H. B. 

{i')l!iii>t Sj>n'ii;is„ P(f. Frb. .;//,, ;,S7,S. 

The Preacher and His Family 

' xw all one 


riAHIS is the way Bro. Daniel Vanimau, of 
X Virden, III., approves of Westward mission- 
ary work: " I presume you have noticed ia No. 
5 of PrimifiiY Chnstitnt, the noble example of 
the little church in Boulder Co., Col., in respond- 
ing so manfully to the call for help in Texas. 
This church, though yet in itsinfimcy, and bat- 
tling against the poverty and hardships of the 
frontiers of Col., and without a meeting-house, 
and mimy other conveniences enjoyed in older 
churches, was yet rich enough, when the earn- 
est call for the Gospel came, to rtuse the means 
and send a minister from Mo., at once to see 
after it. What a noble example for older 
churches to copy after! " - 

What other congregations will now volunteer 
to send some minister West, or wherever he may 
be needed to work in the vineyard of the LonlV 
We have plenty of preachers, but they want to 
he scattered a little more. When sending 
preachers, however, fancy not that they should 
bear tlie cross alone and all the church go free. 
Not only say " go," hut hkiv them go. 

The Greek Anaximander being told that the 
very boys laughed at his singing, remarked. 
" Then I must learn to sing better." Here is a 
text from which we may all learn a useful les- 
son. LeiU'n to do things better, ought to be the 
motto of every devoted follower of the Master. 
Do not hecome despondent when people chance 
to laugh at your mistakes, but resolve to learn 
to do better. If people would cultivate this 
trait of excelling, the ^orld wouM bebetteroff, 
luid schohii"s of every grade mnl order have less 
reason to criticise each other. 

rrilK week's work U over. 
1 week nrawr the tomb; one wwirne^"tj^ 
time when we Hhall |«y our armor by. and be «t 
rwt among thoac who have gone before The 
preacher's work is not yrt ovi^r. T-vmorrow i» 
an iuixiotis day. not only for him. but furh« 
family also. He fe..-U gr.-at rwp,m«biliti-. r,^ 
ing upon him. and must be pri-pared for th^m. 
May be he has been working hard, hiw had 
but httle time for either reading or meditating 
upon a subject. He is too tired to study mnch 
to-uight— needs rest, yet it will not do to hvn 
the cause of God dishonored, and so it Wome. 
him to apply himself diligently. Perhap. h^ a 
away from home, on a raitoion of ii^.fnln««, 
proclaiming the eternal truths of Go.i to a !«t 
ajid nioied worid. Though he may be among 
the best of friends, and well provided for. yet he 
feels and thinks. " there is no place like home " 
The dear ones are at home, he left them in God'g 
care, who watehes them as a mother would her 
children. But gentle reader, will you pause and 
ponder a few moments, the condition of many 
ministers and their families to-uighty Do vou 
know bow miuiv of them sutler in executing 
heir mission w^ile vou are at home enjrm^ 
thelriiitsot their lahors? Do you know tlS 
WL- have poor mimMters. who do more for the 
uiuse of Uinst. and keeping up the church, than 
many oJ those who posses* tliis worid's goodi 
m abundimce? ^ 

Nearly all our minister* are working men; 
most of them farmers, many iire m^hanica^ 
home are poor yes. very- poor, and hav^- a hard 
time of it. working by the day U, make a livine- 
have a large aimly to support, and must lose^ 
greatdealof tune preaching funerals &c Ifear 
that 111 some instances thivv bear this cros alone 
and a 1 the rest go free. Not lone since, a poor 
minister told me that, during tiie first eight 
veaw ol his ministerial labors, he spent five 
Uundrcd dollar.* out of his own pocket. Then 
•ays he, " I had to quit traveling. " Hut " savs 
one. "that niinister will get his n-waH 'in the 
home Iwyond. Ye.s, thank God. such noble 
actions are too good to 1» rewanled bv auMhine 
of an eartmy character. But what 'will be the 
rewanl of those wealthy ones, who stand by and 
see the poor minister, his fmnily and the cause 
suffer? Ah! that is where the trouble cornea 
in, not so much in this world as in that which 
is to come. 

There are many men, who want to see tlie 
cause prosper, yet refuse to help bear the burden 
1 hey can see poor, useful mfnistere suffer yet 
refuse to sutler with them. But it is not the 
preacher that suffers so much as it Ls his familv 
God bles.** the families of poor, hard-working 
ministers to-night, for many of them have a 
hanl time of it; the wife especiallv. has more 
than her portion of the bimlen to bear, and 
therefore needs the sympathies, pravers and as- 
sistance of God's children. Her husband may 
be an nblo preacher, honored and res|>eeted by 
all, and of course has to be away from home a 
great deal. Wliile on his preaching tour^, fe 
well cared for. imd wants for nothing, but think 
of a iJoor, hard-working wife at home — she is 
alone with a family of children. They are poor, 
she must work hard with but few bnght pros^ 
pect-s before. Her husbuud U reouired to sj^od 
his time and means, building up the church, and 
she fears that soon they will be left in want, 
with no home on earth. God bless the poor 
hard-working preacher and his family to-nigh^ 
who have no home. To the wife, home is not 
hiii)])y under these cireumstancesi she spenfc 
mSny gloomy hours, while others enjov life 
with bright praspects before them. 

Some, who know not what it is to be in want, 
may say, the picture is too dark, it cannot he 
true, but the writer knows just what he is writ- 
ing about, and there are ministers and their fam- 
ilies who know the trathftilness of this. I am 
not writing about wealthy ministers and their 
well-to-do families, but about those who are poor, 
or in very limited circumstances. Gentle re^- 
er, have you a jioor minister in your congrega- 
tion? Do you help him bear his burdeuiCordo 
you let him bear them alone? \\"heu he b 
away i)reachin", do you see to it that his family 
is well pro\ided for? Sbters, do you visit hk 
hard-working wile imd help h<-r idoug with her 
work? Do you now and thou make her a pres- 
ent of a dress? or do you use that money for 
buying luxuries for your family? Do you occa- 
sionally give thi.'chiidrvn =iiits"of clothes? ordo 
you UM.- that money to buy toys /or your chil- 

Sa>'s one, " W e pray for our preacher, and en- 
courage him." Do you know how much good 
your einiitij pravers do? Can your poor nunis- 
ters live ou sum prayers as your^? Vou swr, 
God will help the poor niinister and supplv ha, 
wants. That is it: you want God to do it all, 
imd you nothing. The best way to pray far 
such poor iKTsons is, to wrap a sack of Sour, or 
sonietliiiig useful, up in ynur [u-.wers and send 
it to the preacher's family. S.>uie gixwl, beoer- 
oleut splints' prayers ai-e iniw enough to wnq» 
wp a whole Iiiad'of i-on: ard wh- .it in. These 
HIV the pr;i> ■ ; . ' . 
ascend up t < 
pravt-rs be !, 



aii.l ■ 

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e?i>et.'i;ilU iii> Liutuy. lu.i.> 

thosi', who arv thus [kkt . 

not Christ and His cause.— 






^"^IK iinKTHKK:>r ^x "WORic. 



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■• Hn.UnJB, loTB jour witm." 

"WiTei, oli*y joor hu»b«ndB." 

•' FtXbtn. pfwfoko not jout cbildrcn 10 wi»Ui.'" 

"Children, ob«y joar p»rwilii in ■" tiinp." 

Edited by M. M. Eshehnan. 

" GiVK me your heart." Bays Jesiis. "and I'll 
ninke you rich and bappy. I am your friend, 
will you be mine? " Comcdeoryoutli, and say. 

Seek not the riches of thix world, for thpy 
bring sorrow, trouble and often destruction, but 
ever swk the richea of Christ— riches that an- 
full of joy and peace. 

Mv young friuuds, the Winter is passing away 
very fast; and soon many oi you, if you live. 
must quit school and go to work with your hands. 
Study well, and do not idle away your time if 
yoH would be good men and women. 

Veuy Hati.— Itis himl lo distinguish some 
Christian churchi'-i from aiiiiittur theatrical i\»- 
8ociations uow-a-day». It Lt beyond the power 
of a microscope, magnifying one thousand times, 
to hliow the lino where the world ends and the 
rhurcli begins.— 6'AriV/iVnj Imhr. 

Wnn,E you are reading the Home Circle, 
learning how pU-asant many homes are, fuid en- 
joying yourselvi's with all of the comfort* of 
life, think of the thousands and millions wlio 
lire pour, and wretched, full of misery and sufler- 
ing. Ves, think of these, and then go and do 
all the good you can. 

What an unhappy place that must be, where 
tiitlier and mother scold ofich other, scold their 
I iiildrun frum the time thi-y I'is^ until they go to 
lied. And we have heard jiarcnts even scold tiie 
|iigri beeause they Went through the fence where 
-<>me carele-'is ivnce-builder left a hole, scold the 
thickens, the wind, the rain, the garden seeds 
because they did not grow fast enough. Ah! a 
scolder is a poor, sad creature. God pities him; 
so do we. ^^^^^^^^^^ 


Dmr Brother:— 

ITl I IN K your youth's department a<lds agood 
deal to tli<! ui<efulnesH of your paper. It 
gives the youth an eagerness to peruse your 
pages, and thereby lead the gentle lambs along 
the line of duty, then those that will, tan easily 
step into the fold. 1 pniy that your paper may 
be kept clean and unspotted from the world; 
yea, when the projier means are used, it brings 
food to many a hungiy soul. I believe that 
there are thousands that feed on the husks of 
carnality, iind they do it with a clear conscience 
thinking they are fcjisting on the Lord Jesus. 
H. li. Lehman. 
(Itirri^m. Jom>. 


nOMK. hiippy hnm.-! Wlmt makes lu-nu- 
so happy tlii« evening? Why, it is hap- 
py because all the people in the house try to 

make each other happy. The little folks are 
kind and gentle to each other; they don't scold 

and push each other, not one is pouting, not one 

crying — all busy, trying to do eacli other good. 

I'allier and mother are so kind to their dear 
rhildrcn, and thi-ir dear children are so kind to 
ihi-m— and home is so happy! 
Now, here comes sister Mary. She wants to 

iiig the pretty songs abuut Jesus, His love and 
grace, how He tails, and calls for people to quit 
doing bad deeds, and come to Him and live. 
Little sisters, brothers, fatlier and mother all 
join iu singing, smiles are on each face, no un- 
kind words are heard — home is happy. When 
they have sung many pretty words, nil kneel 
down, and father or mother or one of the loving 
children leads in a good, heartfelt prayer, while 
the others' heiirts silently send up their thanks 
and petitions for themselves iind others — and 
home is happy. 

When the last united "Amen" is heard, all 
arise and iigain sing, " Take it to the Lord in 
Prayer," or some other pretty hymn, then the 
happy children kiss their happy father and moth- 
er, and each other "<niiid night," and then qui- 
etly go away to rest their tender bodies— and 
home is happy. Father and mother also go to 
resl, feeling so good that the evening was spent 
^o pleasuntly. Their lienrts utter praise alU-r 
pniise to God for such good, kijid children— 
and home is happy. 


LITTLE children, love your father, 
Kor he has been kind to you; 
And be ready to obey him, 
What he telleth you to do. 

Little children, love your mother. 
For she is your kindest friend; 

She doth care for you in childhood, 
And will care till life shidl end. 

Little childn-n, hear the Savior — 
All His words arc full-of light; 

Childri-n, now obey your parents 
hi the Lord, for this is right. 

Honor father and your mother. 
That it may be well with thee, 

And your days be long and happy. 
On this earth where e'r you be. 

Little child]-en. hear the Savior, 
When He speaks iu tones of love; 

Let them come, oh hear Him saying 
For of such are those above. 

Little children, do your duty. 

Love your brothers, sisters, all; 

Let me say to you, dear children, 

Always heed the Savior's call. 

Uncle 3oils. 
LinrnhirlUf, hiil. 

\w can't do something great, he won't do any- 
thing. If all wert wUling to add a little to a 
praver-meeting, a Sunday-school, or to the 
strength and influence of the church, there 
would not be so many praying to be excused. 
If we were willing to be weak, make simple 
prayers and speeches when we can do no better, 
we should pray oflener, better, and in every way 
ilo more good. Happy is the man who is will- 
ing to do a little, to be the servant of all, a door- 
keeper, bell-ringer, tire-builder, lamp-lighter, 
imything that will serve Christ iu the house of 
God. — Selertrtl. 





BEING much interested in the Home Circle, 
I will also try to mid ray mite. I will try 
to give you an interesting little Bible incident. 
Our story is about a little maid of the land of 

This little girl, no doubt, hod a pleasant home 
in her native country, surrounded by vineyard; 
and olive gardens. We may imagine she was 
one of a happy home circle, having a kind fath- 
er, im affectionate mother, fond brothers and 
sisters, but oh, how war. cruel, bloody w 
chnnged this bright scene into wretchedness and 
woe. This dear little dark-eyed nmiden, all un 
suspecting and innocent, wad, perhaps, rambling 
over her native valleys or hills, when lo! sud- 
denly she was seized by some rough, fierce look- 
ing men (these uifu were soldiers in the service 
of Syria) and taken i'lu- from her home, her 
kindred, her playmates, and everything dear to 
her. into a strange country. Here she was per^ 
Itaps sold into slavery, this is not expressly stat- 
ed, but that is what they generally did with 
captives in those days. 

Dear children, think of this little girl, imag- 
ine yourselves in her painful circumstances, and 
then say, if you haven't much to be grateful for. 
Instead of receiving the loving caresses of fath- 
er, mother, brothers and sistoi-s, she is now a 
little .servant, having to wait on, and attend a 
haughty mistress. And what mode it still worse, 
this mistress viss a heathen, a woi"shiperof idols; 
she knew nothing of the great Jehovah, whom 
this little girl had been taught to worship. 

Now. perhaps some of our dear little readers 
think, if they were so painfully situated, they 
could do nothing but weep, and reyiue; no 
(iuubt this maiden's little heart wiis nearly bro- 
kvn. but her conduct shows she was a good lit^ 
tlf girl. She, no doubt, had been blessed with 
pious parents, who had taken her to Jerusalem, 
where she had seen the solemn and gorgeous 
worship of the temple; she had also known a 
vt-ry good, aged man whose name wiis Elisha; 
tliis man was a prophet. She hud learned that 
this prophet could do wonderful things. Now, 
this little girl's master, though a very rich man, 
wiia nfllicted with a most dreadful disease. Tliis 
little maid, though her master hail been the 
meiuis of so much misery to her, yet she bore 
him no hatred, but desired hLs good, so she said 
to her mistress, " Would to God my lord were 
with the prophet that is in Samaria! for he 
would recover him of his leprosy." Her master 
went, at her suggestion, and the happy result 
was, a cure from his leprosy and his conversion 
from idolatry, to be a worshiper of the true God, 

Now you see. dear children, how much good 
a little girl was inKtrumeutal in bringing about. 
It all WHS the result of her fiuthfulness, and 
Icindness of heart. She, no doubt, also indirect^ 
iy .reaped the benefit of her piety, for her mas- 
ter having been converted, perhaps returned her 
to her native home; if not that, we may well 
suppose, in gratitude to her, for liaving directed 
him to such great blessings, he ever alter treat- 
ed her with marked kindness. 

AuKT Mattie. 


MANY a Christian destroys his peace and 
usefulness, because he is not willing to do 
little things. He wants to speak and pray well, 
elo<iuentIy, edilyingly, or not at all. Because 


I WOULD like to add my mite to the Home 
Circle. I am eleven yeai-a old and attend 
school regularly. We hiul a nice time on Christ- 
mas night. We had pieces to speak and sing, 
and the teacher gave us all presents, I gave the 
opening address which was prepared by my sis- 
ter. It run as follows: Kind friends: A happy 
Christmas to you all. We invite you to listen to 
our childish efforts to-night. It gives us pleasure 
to know that we have the privilege to entertain 
you, making our parents happy and our hearts 
lcai» with joy, as we look su-ound the room and 
see so many kind faces helping us to celebrate 
the birthday of our Savior, who came into the 
world to bless little children, and teach men the 
way to heaven. Little children, our Savior was 
once a little child like you and 1; and 1878 years 
ago to-night, there was great joy in the land of 
Judea. because a Savior was born. The glad 
tidings wea' made known to the world by the 
heavenly host, and the star in the East guided' 
the good men to where the Savior lay. What a 
time of rejoicing! They took presents to the 
humble place and worshipped Him. He taught 
peace, love and good will to all. 

Deli-a Lierle. 
Liberty, III. 


SEEING A. J. Robinson's question, asking 
what name in the Bible spells the same 
backwards as forwards, by placing the fourth 
letter before the fifth. I answer, Nathan. But 
instead of plnciug the fourth before the fifth, it 
is the third before the fourth. Now am I right? 
We read of Nathan iu '1 Sam. 12: 1, and the 
same of Najiman. Now, I have a question: 
Who wa.' the oldest man that ever lived, yet 
died before his father? 

My grandmother is here .at our house, very 
sick. She was anointed hist Thursday. She is 
now getting better. Our Sunday-school has 
closed for this Winter. 

Mary J. Bowers. 

Wiif/daw's Grovr. III. 


OH, what thoughts and tender emotions clus- 
ter in those few words, " The Home Circle.' 
How eagerly we love to peruse the page devot- 
ed to tidings from the loved ones of that circle. 
It is delightful to commune with our dear fellow- 
pilgrims, even at the distance of many miles, 
and to feel that the bond which unites us togeth- 
er iu a home circle, is our fellowship with heav- 
en. To love in Christ, is the happiest earthly 
feeling, and I do trust that each true member of 
" The Home Cii'cle," tlius love each other. It 
seems a preparation f<ir another state of being, 
where " God will be all in all; " for the love that 
bflongs to the soul, cannot die. But in our 
Father's house, pnrified and made one in Jesus, 
we still will love and not the less, for remember- 
ing, that in this earth's pilgrimage we held sweet 
converse and often met in spirit before the 
' Lord. 

Gentle reader, have you not often looked with 
the eye of faith to yonder home, and the many 
loved ones that help form that circle? What 
innocent faith and love I see displayed in those 
letters from the little folks; and I think of many 
little jewels that embellish the coronet of our 
Muster, and are happy in that bright circle 
above. I often tell my little boys and girls that, 
if they are obedient to their parents, that God 
will take them to the bright world above, if 
called away in their young yeai-s ; for, little ones, 
the promise is to you. " Suffer little children 
to come unto me, for of such is the kingdom of 

When you speak lo any person look him in 
the face. 

Good company and good conversation are the 
very sineww of virtue. 

Good character is above all things else. 

Never listen to idle or loose conversation. 

Your character cannot be essentially injured 
except by your own acts. 

From Charles IHoomaw. — Dft,, 
I rtui ever so glad to re.ul Icttei-s from littlefcl" 
and girls. I have not the chances to 1 . ^"^ 
some other boys have. I am the oldest bo ' *' 
as father has lo be away preaching vmoft *"'* 
must stay at home and attend to IhingB u ' 
to go to meeting. Was ivith pa imj mn^^ 
Love-feast last Fall and felt good there. T i ' 
go to school whenever I can, but in th.. s ■ 
I must stftv at home all the tiiuf, to plow""' 
harrow. I imi ten years old. '""' 

Purple Cane, Neb. 

From Sharon U. Bosserman.— /jg^^ fij 

or: — I wish to become a member of tho "{%' 
dren at Work." I live m the town of Dunl^ f 
Ohio. Like to go to meeting. My fatligj 
minister and I often go with him to meetin 
I am nine years old, and do some work for ^ 
parents. We live six miles from thi- uw'^ , 
meeting. We talk some of building a meetin' 
house in town. ^ 

From litinie C. Hickey.— iJ^r EdHf,r-^\ 
am a little girl, eleven years old, and go to icbo(,i 
I read in the sixth reader, study geogranh ■ 
spelling, mental and written arithmetic. I Jj 
lusk the little folks a question: Which is n 
shortest chapter in the Bible? I want to t 
who can nuawe'r this first. 

Whiiesnllr, Mo. 

From S. H. Claar.— A'f/r Eflitor:~Si,\\ii 
little boyi and girls tuu writing letten, » 
guess I must write one too. I am sixteen yea., 
old. luid am going to school; am not gifled ,, 
learning as some boys are. Went to Sumlai 
school last Summer and to a Bible ck«s it 
Winter. Have one sister and two brothm; or, 
is a member of the church. My papuand man - 
are members too. We have preiitkiiig (jvtr, 
two weeks. This is the fii-st year that we s>- 
your worthy paper, and we all like to teaiy 
We have received four copies; we have not tli 
time to read very much. My morning nnileven 
ing work is, to feed and chop wood. Iiinijouii 
in yeiu"s, but have come out from anion!; tl 
w<n'ld. and am now trying to serve the Lonl. 

}V<uvllmrij, P(t. 

From Ulilton J. Ke isor. —iJwr Bivthn:~\ 
have been reading your paper, and I tiiiil niiu.. 
good little letters. Wehave had agood protri;!-: 
meeting this Winter; there were nineteen hj- 
tizeil and four more have applied, and I caii^. 
tliat I am one of them., I like to go to m^;- 
iug. Have two brothei-s and three sisters livin: 
and one sister 'dead; and I have a father whicl 
I have reasons to believe, is in the paradi>f 
God. He tried to teach u.s the Will of fth: 
Only one of my sistere belongs to the clmrili 
and my mother belongs too. 1 would liketo^" 
all you little boys and girls and talk with p' 
I am thirteen years old. 
Viiltei/ Furnace, W. Va. 

From Micliael Overlioltzer.— i^^r i'' 
oj-:— I have five brothei-s and three sisters. 
urn thiik-on yeare old. My father and muth 
belong to tlie church. We havemeetiugmm 
school-house every two weeks; it is three -iiiii' 
tera of a mile from our house. I love torn' 
meeting and heoi- them talk of the Scripiur'^ 
I WHS in Illinois last Fall a year ago, vi'itl n. 
father and mother, to see my grandpa and jirJH'^ 
ma Harnish, and my uncles, aunts, audcou^m 
It is too cold to live there; I would soouer h 
in California, where we have a pleasant eliiu.' 
and plenty of all kinds of fruit. Wehavetiv 
here thirteen years. 

Dantas, Cnl. 

From Flora Stoiier.— /Atn- K(litor-\ 
so many nice lettere in your paper, ^vritteu ' 
little boys and girls. I am neai-ly twelve y" 
old. I iive with my aunt, near Columbn'-i' 
lowii my father lives in JiU(perCo.,Iofffl- 
mother is dead. I don't go to school ut prj* 
I like to read the paper. There aiv "'> "^' 

ren here. We would like to have some 


ren come here and preach for ns- "'^' 
Toms lives with us. I hope the Uttle boj^ ^ 
girls will read this with pleasure. 

From Joliii II. NoivIaii.-Z>«n- £</''<"■■' 
am a little boy, U-n years old, mid go ''• " ' 
to Mr. George Grigg. I like to go to sfho"' -^ 
meeting too. The church is on one co"f^ 
our farm, mid about a quarter "^ " "j! jij^! 
our house. I'a and ma belong to *''* ""^.y , 
church. Pa (my step-father, J. I'- ^'"f ',]„ 
to know Mr. Eshelnian iu Penusylvflii"'- ^ 
tliey were boys. Brethren Met/ger anji ^^^ ^ 
ricks come here sometimes and l""^*'" „|„i 
They were both here this Fall and "'"Jji,,. 
had meeting. Pa takes your pape""- ^ 
to read it. 

Mtdbvrnj drove, III. 







A^ you desire to boar from us every week, we 
" will i)en you a i>w thoughts ; hut have 
olhiiig of unusual intere-st to chrouicle for 
lur |t"P^''' '*'^ *^^'^ ■**** relfttive to the prosper- 
•tv of t''« Mission, aud littlu church iu Den- 
' ark. No additions since the niicWle of De- 
"'Bibf'" '^"^ '''°"' ^'fi'o'^it inanifeatations we 
% mnde to beli..-ve there arc some Ihut are not 
firtVoni *^"^^''''S'''""'""^ ciiIIh for preaching 
"^ sout in from time to time, wliich will, in 
tinio. enlarge the Mission field. It now ex- 
ti-iuls about forty English or ten Danish miles 
Wrtli ii»<l South, and about fitkon Bust aud 
\-ii: and North of this from sea to H'a. 
[)„rde;n- ministering bri^fhren were about 
livtnty miles North a I'uw wocks ago; bud six or 
ei.rht upptiintments at different places; wore ab- 
j,e»t four days, and in that time walked over «f- 
(,y luil'^i!. and part of the time but little comfortable 
slei1>- T'l^y I'spoi'*^ ""'<^'' eiicoiiragpment, good 
ntti'ution paid to the Word i)re«chpd, imd 
stronir desires for more preaching, hence lea 
JixietTn or eighteen appointments to be filled, 
coiii""^n'^'"S oi" the 9th of February. 

The brethren seenred to be much pleased 
with the inhiibitauta of that part of the couu- 
Irv, although most of them make their living 
by lisli""S; ^^^ ^ ^^^ omen for missionary suc- 
f e>>. when we t ake into consideration that the 
tir>t heralds of the Gospel were fishermen; 
the riiivior calling, they gladly and willingly left 
iill, t'ven their father, Zebedee, and followed 
llim, and they became fishers of men. Would 
to God the same joyful story could be told of 
Xorth Denmark before many yeai-s. 

They have great success in fishing, as they 
eujoy advantages rai'ely to be found; the coun- 
try being only about eight miles wide from sea 
to sea- As the nature of those fish is to follow the 
current of the wind, when the wind is from 
thv Eii^t. they come to the Bajstern shore, aud 
n'lv (■('*■.''«, on the Western. The fishermi 
having only eight miles across the land, it is a 
small matter to haul their boats across, and thus 
have the benefit of both shores. Thousands 
are brought into our markets daily, and can he 
hail on much cheaper terms than beef, pork or 
even horse flesh; it being the cheapest, and hence 
mitile use of by many of the poorer inhabitants. 
Thev use it generally dried and smoked; but in 
thi^ I c;m ^ay like I'eter, nothing common or 
imcleau has entered my mouth (knowingly), and 
the lish" we think are not quite so palatable as 
fresh water fish in America, yet are considered 
esi:ellent by the native?. 

One thought more in reference to the fish and 
the Mission in North Denmark, and I am done 
with that. I entertain strong hopes for the 
Brethren's success up North, from what I have 
learned of them, and what little we have learn- 
ed of human nature. In spiritual thiugs man 
is so much like those fish, inclined to go the 
way the wind blows; and in this the apostle 
warned his brethren that they should not bi 
blown about with every wind of doctrine; and 
in consequence of the people being priest>-ridden 
by a proud, hired ministry, they have become 
dissatisfied, and the yoke being too galling, they 
have thrown it off. and consequently no more 
preaching by the Bribes and Phai'isees audhyp- 
ocrites, which bind heavy bnrdens and lay them 
on men's shoulders, while th