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The essential of Philistinism is selftisfaction--the belief that one has e best there is, and that he has all he eds. This is a faith held by many cellent people, who are, nevertheless emies of the light, of progress, and, a way, of truth; who above all, fail
achieve the highest and noblest ms. For the mood of progress is the ood of discontent, of feeling that one not what he ought to be, that one as not the best to be had, and that of he excellent things which he does ossess he does not possess enough. 'he satisfied man is always an inferor man. The superior man is always issatisfied; his goal and his achieveents are before him. No matter hat they may have been in the past, or how greatly the world may have
opored him, his real life always lies n advance. The passion for perfecion is the sign of the noblest kind of haracter, and it is this possession
which breeds what has been called divine discontent." It is not restessness nor rebellion, but the feeling hat one must always be doing and being better. This is the feeling of he great artists; no achievement -atisfies. There is always the intense Hesire to do something still better; and it is this desire and the steady ealization of it, rather than any rec
ognition or reward, which gives life ts zest and its interest. After Shakepeare has written his thirty-four lays, he is still unsatisfied, because ae feels that he has but inadequately xpressed his thought, and that there re depths in his nature which he has hot sounded, as there are depths into which his plummet has sunk but a ittle way. The man is greater than his work, and the passion for perfecion stamps his work, supreme as it s, with an element of inadequacy. No great artist was ever yet satisfied
with what he had done. If he were
atisfied he would not be a great artist. It is the dissatisfaction which indiates the presence of the larger -Christian Union.
There lies on our table, from the Century Company, a little book with the above title, which is so naively spiritual, so charmingly unconventional, so delightfully audacious, that we should like to lay it on the tables
of all our readers as a New Year's gift. Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world! Why not? All that is in the world is not of the Father! Why not? Rather, says our auther, love the world and the things that are in the world; love the world of nature-earth and sky and sea, gardens and flowers and fruit; love the world of man, his thoughts, his feelings, his books, his music, his amusements; and love them more and more. The glory of the world passeth away! Truly. But the dandelions are not less beautiful, nor less to be anticipated before they come, nor less to be enjoyed while they are here, because they remain so short a while. This world is a good world, and a beautiful world, goodin youth, better in old age; good in joy, better in sorrow; good in solitude, better in society. and best of all to him who sees God in this world, bringing good out of evil and making the world his own.
Not to flee from the world, not to
live discontentedly in the world, not to shut one's eyes to the glory and one's heart to the joy of the world, not to think that this is the devil's world, but to know that it is God's world, and the beauty is God's and the joy is God's and the life is God's; and through the joy and the beauty and the life to see God, and draw nearer to God, and prepare others to see him and draw nearer to him, and so prepare one's self and others for a still greater beauty and still deeper joy in that which the Infinate love has in store for us: this message, borrowed from this little book, we repeat as our New Year's homily to our readers.Christian Union.
A lady, who in her girlhood was discouraged by her lack of beauty, but lived to become a leader of society, with a host of sincere and loving friends, told the following story of
I fell into a
the incident which give her hope and inspired her to usefulness: "If I have been able to accomplish anything in life, it is due to the words spoken to me in the right season, when I was a child, by an old teacher. I was the only homely, awkward girl in a class of exceptionally pretty ones, and, being also dull at my books, became hte butt of the school. morose, despairing state, gave up study, withdrew into myself, and grew daily more bitter and vindictive. One day the French teacher, a gray haired old women, with keen eyes and a kind smile, found me crying. "What is the matter, my child?" she asked. 'Oh, madame I am so ugly!' I sobbed out. She soothed me but did not Presently, she took me to her room, and after amusing me for some time, said, 'I have a present for you,' handing me a scaly, coarse lump covered with earth. is round and brown as you. 'Ugly,' did you say? Very well. We will call it by your name, then. It is you! Now, you shall plant it, and water it, and give it sun for a week or two.' planted it and watched it carefully; the green leaves came first, and at last the golden Japanese lily, the first I had even seen. Madame came to share my delight. 'Ah,' she said, significantly, who would believe so much beauty and fragrance were shut up in that little, rough, ugly thing? But it took heart when it came into It was the first time that the sun.' it ever occurred to me, that in spite of my ugly face, I, too, might be able to win friends, and to make myself beloved in the world."-The Christian Herald.
What can it mean? Is it aught to Him That the nights are long and the days are dim?
Can he be touched by the grief I bear
duct of many people nearer home Many congregations in our own Christian land have seemingly forgotton
Which saddens the heart and whitens the that Jesus said, "Preach my gospel,"
Of conscious sin makes my heart afraid,
O wonderful story of deathless love!
Let all who are sad take heart again,
Spirituality or Popularity.
We are told that one great mistake that missionaries are making to-day is that they are laying too much stress upon worldly wisdom. We are told We are told that Japan wants the missionary, not for his gospel message, but for his learning. We are told that the Japanese see that Christian nations have better schools than they have, and for the sake of this secular knowledge they invite the missionary to come, and after they have learned his science and philosophy, many turn away and scorn his gospel message.
This is not so strange to us if we stop for a moment and look at the con
and they clamor for sensational preaching-preaching on popular themes. Nor is this all. The time is when congregations, I mean some congregations, look less to a minister's ability to preach the gospel than to his disposition to be sociable and friendly, and the more he flatters and fawns upon them the more sociable and friendly they think him to be. The time is when some congregations think more of a minister's disposition to visit them and chat with them than to preach Christ to them. The time is when some congregations appreciate a maximum of legs and a minimum of brains-they would have their minister degenerate into a ministerial tramp
Some church members are interested in church and Sunday-school just so long as the pastor comes to see them ever so often. They forget that Christ said, “Preach the gospel." They forget that Christ said, Warn the people, not flatter them. They forget that by the foolishness of preaching the world is
to be saved.
Let a soul be aroused through the preaching of the gospel and then converted by the power of the Holy Ghost, and something permanent has been done that soul will not expect to be carried to heaven on "flowery beds of ease," that soul will not expect a preacher to be constantly hunting it up for the services of God's house; that soul will be patient and meek and long suffering. But let a soul be brought into the church simply through the sociability of the pastor and that soul will be kept in the church only by leg work and attention, and if the pastor gets sick or finds his work becoming too great to give it so much time and attention then it bids adieu to the services of God's house.
The church needs more Holy Ghost convictions and Holy Ghost conversions.-Octogenarian.
The Lost Heart.
I knew a man who lost his hear His wife had not got it, and his chi dren had not got it, and he did no seem as if he had got it himself. "That is odd!" say you. Well, used to starve himself. He scarcel had enough to eat. His clothes wer threadbare. He starved all who wer around him. He did not seem have a heart. A poor woman owe him a little rent. Out she went int the street. He had no heart. A pe
son had fallen back a little in the pa ment of money he had lent him. T debtor's children were crying fo bread. The man did not care wh cried for hunger, or what became the children. He would have h money. He had lost his heart. I never could make out where it wa till I went to his house one day an saw an iron safe. It stood behind th door of an inner room, and when unlocked it with a heavy key, and t bolts were shot and the inside w open, there was a musty, fusty thir within it, as dry and dead as the ke nel of a walnut seven years old. was his heart.
If you have locked up your hea in an iron safe, get it out. Get it o as quickly as ever you can.-Spu geon.
Is it yo
The prayer-meeting. thought and purpose to attend it we by week? Do you so arrange yo business? You entertained son friends at your home last week. We you careful to avoid having the ception on prayer-meeting nigh You took a business trip to a neig boring town and did not return t midnight. Did you plan things you would not have to be away on t prayer-meeting night? That partic jar evening is the Lord's. Let it ways be pre-engaged-scarcely pr empted. Allow no ordinary thing break in upon it. It is your standi engagement with God and the churc -Epworth Herald.
ANN ARBOR, MICHIGAN, MAY, 1893.
First Baptist Church, and similar means; but for several
An annual occasion of much pleasure and interest has been the RollCall of the church membership and the offering made for the Ladies' Society Fund. Every member of the church is expected to be present or accounted for on this occasion and to respond to his name when called. This time it is desired that the members respond by repeating a brief verse of Scripture or other appropriate quotation. The custom of the free-will offering may need explanation for the benefit of some of our newer members and attendants. The Ladies' Society assumed years ago the payment of an annuity of $140 for which the Trustees are responsible during the life-time of one of our aged members in consideration of a gift made toward the building fund of the church. The Ladies of the church were formerly accustomed to raise this sum by the May Floral Festival
years past, at the request of many members, this sum has been met directly by the annual free-will gifts of the members at the time of the annual Roll-Call,and by the proceeds of the teas and annual dues of the Society. Some offering is desired from every member of our church and congregation. In addition to the social oc. casion of this large church gathering there will be supper served by the Ladies at 6:30 P. M. to which all are invited. The supper will include this time a new feature-the serving of warm maple sugar. Only the usual fee of ten cents will be charged. The date of all this is Thursday evening, May 18. Roll-Call at 8 o'clock.
The Washtenaw Baptist Association met with our church Wednesday and Thursday, May 3rd and 4th, the sessions were well attended and of much interest. An admirable sermon was delivered by Rev. J. L. Cheney, Ph. D., pastor at Ypsilanti, Wednesday morning and an address of great power was made by Rev. D. D. MacLaurin, of Detroit, Wednesday evening on the duty of the church
in the matter of the conversion of the children. It was listened to by a large congregation. A history of the Ann Arbor church prepared and read Ann Arbor church prepared and read by Professor Tenbrook was of much interest, and the presence of the venerable, Deacon Daniel Brown, who was so intimately connected with the earliest history of our church from 1832 on was very grateful to the association. The beautiful singing by the choir and the bountiful hospitality of those in charge of the entertainment of the guests were highly appreciated by the visiting brethren and sisters.