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TOE HOMESICK SOUL.
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Buqosj.TS. J una 11. Dr. Talmiurs's
sermon this morning m an appeal to
young men. Nuiubsn of thess ooiu
to tli Tabernacle torvicss, many ol
tbeiu from country homes, when the
received Christian training, which, in
the temptations .of fitty itfe, has been
east off. Dr. T4wK called hit er
mioq "TU jlouesick SqwI" and hi
texjt ww roiu Uu Prodigal Sou, l.nke
r, iS. "I will ariae and go to my
There to nothing like huttgar to take
the energy out of a man. A hungry
,iiwn (mu toil neither with pen nor hand
nor root There Jiaa beea inany an
army defeated not o much for lack ol
ammunition as for lack of bread. It
jraa tltt fact that took the ore oi oi
fhia young luan of the text Stonu
And eipoaure Will ear oat any man 'a
life in time, but hunger makes quick
work. The moot awful cry ever heard
PO earth to the cry Jor bread. A tra
eler leila a that in Asia Minor Ummw
are "trees which bear fruit looking very
much like the long bean of our time
It to called the carab.
Ouoe hi a while the people, reduced
to destitution, would eat these carabe.
but generally the carat, the bean
spoken of here in the text were thrown
only to the swine, and tbey crunched
hein with great avidity. But this
young man of my test could not even
get theni without stealing' them. 80
one day amid the swine troughs he be
gins to soliloquize. He says, "These
are no clothes for a rich man's son to
wear; this is no kind of business for a
ftw to be engaged in feeding swine;
fU go home, I'U go home; I will arise
and go to my father."
I know there are a great many people
who try to throw a fascination, a ro
mance, a halo about sin ; lut notwith
standing ail that Lord Byron and
George Sand have said In regard to it
it is a mean, low, contemptible busi
ness, and potting food and fodder Into
the troughs of a herd of iniquities that
root and wallow in the soul of man is a
very poor business for men and women
intended to be sons and- daughters of
the Lord Almighty. And when this
young man resolved to go home it was
a very wise thing for him to do, and
the only question to whether we will
Satan promises large wages if we will
serve him, but be clothes his victims
with rags, and he pinches them with
hanger, and when they start out to do
better he sets after them ail the blood
hounds of perdition. Satan comes to
as today and he promises all luxuries,
all emoluments if we will only serve
him. Liar, down with thee to the pit!
"The wages of sin is death." Oh I the
young man of the text was wise when
be ottered the resolution, "I will arise
and go to my father."
SO RKKORM WITHOUT SORROW.
In the time of Mary the Persecutor,
a persecutor canie to Christian wom
an wno nad bidden in ner noose lor
the Lord's sake one of Christ's servants,
and the persecutor said, "Where is that
heretic f The Christian woman said,
"Y.ou open that trunk and yoa will see
the heretic." The persecutor opened
the trunk, and on the top of the linen
of the trunk he saw a glass. He said,
"There is no heretic here." ' "Ah," she
said. "you. look In the glass and yon
will see the heretic I As I take up the
mirror of Ood's word today would that
instead of seeing the prodigal son of
the text we might see camel ves our
want, our wandering, our sin, our lost
condition, so that we might be as wise
as this young man was and say, "1
will arise and go to my father."
The resolution of this text was formed
n disgust at his present circumstances.
If this young man had been by his em
ployer set to culturing flowers, or train
ing vines over an arbor, or keeping ao
coant of the oork market or oversee
log other laborers, be would not have
thought of going home. If he had had
jjis pockets full of money, if be had
been abiQ 10 say: "i nave a tnoosana
dollars now of my own; what's the use
of my going back to my father's bonsef
l)q fan turns 1 am going oacc 10 apol
ogize to the old manf Why he would
pat me on the limits; he would not
have going on around the old place
such eonduct as I have been engaged
in; I won't go home; there is no rea
son why I should go home; I have
plenty of money, plenty of pleasant
surroundings, why should I go homer
Ah I it was his pauperism, it was his
beggar. He had to go home.
Some man comes and says tome:
"Why do you talk about the ruined
state of the human soulf Why don't
y ou speak about I he progress of the
Nineteenth century, and talk of some
thing more exhilarating I" It is for this
reason: A man never wants the Oospel
until be realizes he is in a famine struck
state. Suppose 1 should come to you
n your home and yoa are in good,
sound, robust health, and I should be
gin to talk about medicines, and about
bow much better this medicine is than
liat, and some other medicine than
some other medicine, and talk, about
this physician and that physician. After
a while yon would get tired and yon
W00J4 fa? ' " do0' want h boo
medicines. - Why do yon talk to ma of
pjy's(eiinsf I never have doctor."
But suppose I come into your hoass
and I find yoa severely' sick, and 1
know the medicine that will cure yoa,
an4 1 know tin physician who to skill
ful enough to meet your case. Ton
say 1 "Bring on that medicine, bring
on that physician. I am terribly sick
and I want help." If I came to yon
and yoa feel yoa are all right In body
and all right in mind, and all' right in
sooL yoa have need of nothing'; bat
suppose I have persuaded yoa that the;
leprosy of sin to ppon you, the worst of
all sickness. On, then yoa say, Bfjng
me that balin of the gospel, bring' roe
that divine medicament, bring mqesus
MAN'S LOST AMD UNUONR CONDITION.
But says some one In the audience,
"How do yoa prove that we arw In a
ruined condition by siuT Well, I ran
prove It In two ways, and yon may
have your choioa, I can prove It either
by the statements of men, or by the
statement of Ood. Which shall It bet
Yoa all say, "Let ns have the statement
of Ood." Well, he says In one place,
"The heart is deceitful above all things
and desperately wicked." He says in
another place, "What to tnau that hs
should be clean f and he which to born
of Woman, that lie should lie right
eontr He says in another place.
"There to none that doeth good; ho,
not oue." lie says In another place,
"As by one man sin entered Into the
world, and death by sin; and so
death' passed upon all Men,' tor that
all have sinned." "Well," you say. "I
am willing to acknowledge that, but
why should 1 take the particular roa
die that' you propose!" Tills to the
reason, "Bxoept man be bom again
he cannot see the kingdom of Ood.
This to the reason, "Titer to one name
given under heaven among men where
by they may be saved." Then there
are a thousand voices here ready to
say: "Well. I am ready to accept tills
help of the Oospel; I would like to
have this diviueeure; how shall I go to
work!" Let me say that a mere whim,
an undefined longing amounts to noth
ing. Voa must have a stout; tretnen
dons resolution like this young man of
the text when he said, "I will arise and
go to my father."
"Ohl" says some man, "how do 1
know my father wants met How do 1
know, if 1 go back, 1 would be re
ceived T "Ohl" says some man, "you
dont know where I have been; you
dont know how far I have wandered;
you- wouldn't talk that way to me if
you knew all the iniquities I have com
mitted." What to that flutter among
the angels of Godt It is news, it to
newal Christ lias found the lost
Moraasalscaa tbair Joy eoaula.
Rat Uadla wlla nw Ore;
The fttauer loat, to found, thsjr slog.
And strika Uia aoondioc lyra,
When Napoleon talked of going Into
Italy, they said: "You can't get there;
if yoa knew what the Alps wjre yoa
wouldn't talk about It or think of it
You can't get your ammunition wagons
over the Alps." Then Nspoleon rose
In bis stirrups and waving his hand to
ward the mountains, he sold. "There
shall be no Alps." That wonderful pass
was laid out which has been the won
derment of all' the years since the
wonderment of ail engineers. And you
tell me there are such mountains of sin
between your soul and Ood, there is
no mercy. Then' 1 see Christ waving
bis hand toward the mountains; 1 bear
him say, "I will come over the moun
tains of thy sin and the hills of thy in
iquity." There shall be no Pyrenees;
there shall be no Alps.
A OODLI SOKKOW VOH SIS.
Again, 1 notice that this resolution of
the young man of the text was found
ed in sorrow at his misbehavior. It
was not mere physical plight It was
grief that he bad so maltreated his
father. It to a sad tiling after a father
had done everything for a child, to have
that child be ungrateful
How sharper Ihaa a serpent tooth It la.
To hare a Uiaokteea cUUd.
That to Shakespeare. "A foolish son
to the heaviness of his" mother." That
to the Bible. Well, my friends, have not
some of us been cruel prodigals! Have
we not maltreated our father! And
such a father I So loving, so kind. If
be had been a stranger, If he bad for
saken us, if he had flagellated us, if he
bad pounded us and turned us out of
doors on the commons. It would not
have been so wonderful our treatment
of him; but he to a father so loving, so
kind, and yet how many of us for our
wanderings have never apologized. We
apologize for wrongs done to our fei
lows, but some of us perhaps have com
mitted ten thousand times ten thou
sand wrongs against God and never
I remark still farther that this reso
lution of the text was founded in a feel
ing of homesickness, I don't know
how long this young man, bow many
months, how many years, be had been
away from his father's bouse, but then
is something In the reading of my text
tliat makes me think lie was homesick.
Some of yoa know what tliat feeling to.
Far away from borne, sometimes sur
rounded . by everything bright and
pleasant plenty of friends yon have
said, "I would give the world to be
home tonight" Well, this young man
was boaiesick for his father's bouse.
I have no doubt: when' be thoaght of
his father's bouse be said, "Now, per
haps, father may not be living."
We read nothing in this story this
parable founded on everyday life we
read nothing about the mother. It
says nothing about going home to her.
I think she was dead. ! think aba had
died of a broken heart at his wander
logs. A man never gets over having
lust his mother. Nothing said about
her here. But be Is homesick for his
father's house. He thought he would
Just like to go and walk around the old
place. He thought he would Just likt
to go and see If things were as they
used to be. Many a man, after 'having
been off a long while, has gone home
and knocked at the door, and a stran
ger has come. It is tlie old homestead,
bat A stranger comes to the door. . He
finds out father Is gone and mother to
gone and brothers and sisters all gone.
I think this young mart of the text said
to himself, "Perhaps father may be
dead." Still be starts to find out He
Is homesick. Are there any here to
day homesick for Clod, homesick for
heaven t '
A atOTtnCR'S PRATKH FOLLOWED Hist
A sailor, after having been long on
the sea, returned to his father's house,
and his mother tried to persuade bun
not to go away again. She said, "Now
yoa had better stay at home; don't go
away; we don't want yon to go; yoa
will have It a great deal better here."
But it made him angry. The night be-'
fore be went away again to sea, b
beard his mother praying in the next
room, and that made him more angry.
He went far ont on the sea, and. sorra
came up, and he was ordered to very
perilons duty, and he ran op the rat
lines, and amid the shrouds of the ship
be beard the voice that be had beard 1
in the next room. ' He tried to; phtoU 1
It off, lie tried to rally lib ooaraga, but
lie omild not silenee tliat vote he had
heard In the next room, and titers In
the storm and the darkness he said:
"O. Lord! what a wretch 1 have been;
what a wretch I am. Help me Jut
now, Lord God." And I thought In
this amemblage today there may be
some who may have the mrinor? of a
father's petition' or a mother's prayer
pressing mightily upon the soul, and
tliat this hour they may nmka the same
resolution I find In my text snving, "1
wilt arise and go to my father,',
A lad at Liverpool wont oat to bathe,
went out Into the sua, went ont too tar,
got beyond bis-depth and he floated
far away. A ship bound for Dublin
camo along and took hhu on board.
Bailors Are generally very generous fel
lows, and one gave blm a cap and an
other gave him a Jacket; and another
ffv him shoes. A gentleman passing
along on the boach at Liverpool found
the lad's clothes and took theui home,
and the fat Iter was heartbroken, the
mother was heartbroken at the loss of
their child. They had heard nothing
from hltft day after day, and they or
dered the uual mourning for the sad
vent But the lad' took ship from
Dublin and arrived hi Liverpool the
very day the' garments arrived. lis
knocked at the door, and the father
was overjoyed, and the mother was
overjoyed' at the return of their lost
sou. Oh, my friends, have you waded
out too deep! Have yoa waded down
Into siu! llnvo you waded from the
shoref Will you come back! When
you come back will yon- come In the 1
rags of your sin, or will you come robed
In the Saviour's righteousness! I be
lieve ths latter; Go bonis to your God
today. Ho to waiting for you. Go
TROS RRtR!fTAXCR A.tD OODLT KtWO
Lt'TION, Bat I remark oooeemlng this restu
tiou, it was immediately put into execu
tion. The context says, "Hearone and
cams to- his father." The trouble In
nine hundred and ninety-nine times out
of a thousand to that our resolutions'
amount to nothing because we roaks
them for some distant time. It I re
solve to become ! a Christian next year,
that amounts to nothing at all If 1
resolve to become a Christian tomorrow,
that amounts to' nothing at all. If I
resolve at tho service tonight to become
a Christian, tliat amounts to nothing at
alL If I resolve after t go houie today
to yield my heart to God, that amounts
to nothing at oil. The only kind of
resolution tliat amounts to anything Is
the resolution tliat to immediately put
into execution. '
There to a man who liad the typhoid
fever. He wild, "Oh, If I could get
over tlus terrible d 1st rem, If this fever
should depart, if I could be restored to'
health, I would all the rest of tuyjife
serve God I" Ths fever departed. He
got well enough to walk around the
block. He got well enough to go over
to New York and attend to business.
He' Is well today, as well as lis ever
was. Where is the broken vow I There
to a man who said long ago, "If I could
live to the year 1891, by that time 1
will have my business matters arranged,
and I will liave time to attend to reli
gion, and I will be a good, thorough.
The year 1891 tins coma. January,
February, Marcli, April, May, June
almost half of the year gone. Where
to your broken vow! "Oil," says sums
man. "I'll attend to tliat when I can
get my character fixed up; when I can
get over my evil habits; I am now given
to strong drink," or says tho man, "I
am given to uncleanuess," or says the
man, "1 am given to dishonesty. When
I get over luy present bubits. then I II
be a thorough Christian." My brother,
you will get worse and worse, until
Christ takes you in hand. "Not ths
righteous; sinners, Jesus earns tweaU."
Ohl but you say, "I agree with you
on all tliat, but 1 must put It off a
little longer. Do you know there wers
many who came Just as near as yon are
to the kingdom of God and never en
tered it! I was at East Hampton and
I went Into the cemetery to look around.
and in that cemetery tliere are twelve
graves side by side -the graves of sail
ors. This crew, some years ago, in a
hip went Into the breakers at Auiag
nnsett about three miles away, My
brother, then preaching at East Hamp
ton, had been at ths burial. Tbess
men of the erew came very near being
The people from Aniagnnsett saw ths
vessel, and they shot rockets and they
sent ropes from the shore, and these
poor fellows got into ths boat and they
pulled mightily for the shore, but Just
before they got to the shore the rope
snapped and the boat capsized and
tbey wers lost; their bodies afterward
washed an on ths beach. Ohl what a
solemn day it Was I have been told of
it by my brother when- tbess twelve
men lay at the foot of the pulpit and
hs read over them the funeral service.
They cams very near .. shore within
shouting distance of the shore, yet did
not arrive on solid land: ..There are
soms inert who corns almost to ths
shore of God's mercy, but not quite,
not quits. To be only almost saved is
not to bs saved at alii - ;
A Ooablfal CompllaiMt.
- Sometimes an expression of thank
fulness can be turned Into one of things
which are better left unsaid. Oue
sunny day a sod eyed man, clad In
shiny raiment, found a prosperous
youth enjoying the warmth of Brood
street, and besought him for alms. He
himself, quoth . ths applioant, had
known prosperity In earlier day, and
lie knew what was due from one gen
tleman to another. Therefore be had
not hesitated to address ths youth,
who, being happy himself, should try
to make others happy. All this had its
effect upon the young man. He pro
duced a dime and banded it to ths
stranger, who accepted it with a bow
and a flourish. "All,' mister,'' hs said,
"I hops ws shall meet again, and that
then I shall be in a position to recipro
cate." Then he went his way, leaving
the youth sadly puzzled as to Just what
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