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About Christian herald. (Portland ;) 1882-18?? | View Entire Issue (Aug. 3, 1883)
week after reaching here I was
taken down with a very severe
Bro. G. M. Whitney is spending
bilious attack, and am just now re
covering from it. I have been con a few days at Yaquina Bay. We
fined to the house for nearly two have appointed him to act in our
weeks. I have not preached the place in selecting a location for our
•! last two Sundays. Bro. Whitney,
.eii'JSMgeawydeMMUy1 eamerby1 in-vitejj
tion, and preached, for us last Sun
day. I ventured out in the even
ing. We had an excellent meeting
and four noble souls took member
ship, who had been members else
where. We expect them to lie of
great service to the cause here.
We expect others to follow them
quite soon. The outlook seems to
be quite favorable here for a good
work. Pray for the cause of Christ
in Albany. You have my heaity
support, Bro. Floyd, in your work
of publishing the H erald . I like
the ring of it. I will let you hear
from as when I get able to write
. Your brother,
H. T. M orrison .
We are truly glad that Bro. M.
is able to preach again, and we hope
he will be blessed with good health
on this coast. The attention of the
brotherhood is now turned to the
work in Albany, andweare all
glad to know that our brother
enters upon the work with such
bright prospects. We~ will be
pleased to hear from him at any
to have a goqd report from Mm.
Bro. T. M. Morgan has been do
ing some good work for the H er -
ald by way of sending in a list of
new subscribers Let other preach
ing brethren do likewise.
OUR SUNDAY SCHOOL.
We all desire a good Sunday-
school. Its necessity is granted.
Its benefits are recognized. We
can not let the interest in it di
minish on our account. Wo are
each one of us responsible for its
success or failure. If so, let us
make Sunday-school work of it,
and not simply do play-worlc.
Numbers do not make a live Sun
day-school. The work may be
alive and interesting with a small
attendance. Each day wiclds_.an.
influence. Some one may do some
thing to-day that is the beginning
of a series actions that may in the
end lead to very great good or
wrong. We should be careful to
be present each day and bring as
One of the “ pastors ” has threat
ened the M essenger . He threat many children as possible with us.
ens to “throw his influence against The good Sunday school worker is
it,” and “ kill it.” He says when ■not only punctual to -attend each
his church “ sits down on a man ” day but prompt at the hour of
it “ makes a pancake of him.” But meeting. Promptness is absolutely
the M essenger has been made a
pancake of so often,, it don’t hurt necessary to good work. Close
much. It is not alarmed at the. study of the lesson is a great aid in
light weights, and has no thought awakening an interest in ourselves
of being bull-dozed. We advise in the work, and when we are in
the pastors (all of them}-to abandon earnest, others soon share that
their departures, and come back to
the Bible, and then the trouble will earnestness with us. Bible-train
cease. They can not expect to live ing is the great work of the school.
in peace, or be “ let alone,” so long It is a Bible-school, gathered for
as they are living in open violation the systematic and reverent study
of the word of. Goa.— Christian of God’s word, to the end that those
who have part in it may grow in
That is the way to talk, Bro.
the knowledge of that word and in
Messenger. The editor or preacher
the love and likeness of the Lord
who has not sufficient moral cour
age to oppose the departures from
Remember, people of Monmouth
primitive Christianity without re-
and vicinity, our Sunday-school.
*gard to the opinions or threats of a
W. E. Y ates .
few designing men who sometimes
care more for the fleece of the
THE TRUE LIGHT.
flock than for the upbuilding of the
The true light which lighteth
cause of Christ, had better vacate
his pulpit or give up his editorial every man that cometh into the
chair. There is only one of two world. John 1 : 9.
A pall of darkness has curtained
things that will cause us to cease
our Warfare on such departures, viz.: the race since the curse in Eden
First, either to be laid under the By the sweat of the brow shall our
sod to takex>ur long rest, or second, bread be eaten, and barely by
for those who advocate these de sweat of the brow sometimes can
partures to give them up complete sufficiency be had. And whether
our faces are set toward Zion or
ly and finally.
bread of fine flour is sure to give
dyspepsia, that baker’s bread is a
mixture of bad flour and.alum, and .
very Injurious, that barley and rye
are deficient in nutrive qualities,
and that oaten cakes are only fit
■f a aWgftH, ¿» .tn 1I1V™»*
many are » yet “jjwaAhenk
without God in the world ” appalls while the body starves for food.
The negative preaching of our day
But peering backward through destroys Confidence in the great
ages of terror and darkness we see nutritive faiths on which genera-
a dawn of light.- In the garden we tians of Christians have lived and
are promised the privilege of bruis-. „wrought, and puts nothing in their
ingThlThead of the destroyer ¿Four placer
peace. Through long centuries of but what they believe with mind
prophetic unfoldings, Mercy and and might—the beliefs they live
Grace lent a twilight to hope. Then upon, the faiths they assimilate
the angels sang, “ Glory to God in and reproduce in conduct and char
the highest, on earth peace, good acter—that save them from sin,
will toward mop.” It was morn and make them strong to endure.
ing. “ Those who sat in darkness And it is only the inculcation of
saw great light. To them that sat such positive faiths in the pulpit
in the region and shadow of death that will attract congregations and
light is sprung up.” Jesus had edify them much. Preachers who
come bringing light to the darkness, declaim against old beliefs, who
knowledge to the ignorant, peace to grow eloquent in denouncing out •
the distressed, rest to the weary, worn superstitions and the sins of
health to the sick, promise to the the times which have ceased to be
♦ J^ h IU u +4.,- lifu ■ to the -deadIr-He -tlv*
first to conquer the tempter and of popularity f but they make no
live without sin left us an example. enduring mark. People soon tire
Having made his disoiples the of such exhibitions. They hunger
light of the jvorld he was exalted j for something positive. They want
to be the eternal light of the abodo a faith of some sort that will sup
of the saints. He has called as out port them in trial, strengthen them Î
of darkness into his marvelous in temptation, help them in trouble,
light. .Can man reject such a sweeten their joys, and span the
light t Yea some men love dark dark passages of the future with a
ness rather than light. It is be bow of everlasting hope. And
cause their deeds are evil. Some only the preaching that coinés from
men stop their ears, shut their eyes such faith, and builds up such a
and harden their hearts. It is be faith as this in the heart of the
cause they are afraid they will see hearer, is fit for the Christian pul
and hear and understand and be pit. In an age of latitudinarian-
ism, and among indiffcrents, who
But there is a doom for such ever believes anything thoroughly,
darkness. It is outer darkness. It and maintains his belief with his
is a lake of fire. It is fire that? whole mind and might, is called
But to be dogmatic
gives no light. Oh ! that terror of dogmatic.
darkness, of wailing and gnashing under such circumstances is a great
merit. Better to be a zealot with
But there is a city above and a a heart on fire with contagious en
temple. It needs no sun for the thusiasm for Christ, than a half
Lamb is the light of it. There hearted expounder, raising more
shall be no night there, no death, questions than can be answered,
no sorrow or crying. After a few and starting inquiries in fruitless
more feeble efforts here my brother fields. Too much of what is called
below, we shall enter the glory of popular preaching is hammering in
general, instead of driving a few
the Greater Light above.
C. J. M c K inney .
great truths home, like spikes, with
well directed energetic blows.— The
Selections and Comments.
Babylon, Satan flies at our heels,
bruising, taunting, tripping us. Sin
and death and all oUr woes come in
train since then. A consciousness
too, that “ all have sinned and come
short of the glory of God,” and that
P ositive P reaching .—The fact
down at the l>ottom is that people
live bylhcir beliefs. Truth is the
soul’s daily bread, and even though
there be bran in the loaf, it is still
and evermore the bread of life. To
tell people who are hungry that
P reach C hrist .—Quite recently
a member of the present Cabinet
attended a country church, but was
disappointed in finding in the pul-_L
pit a different person from the one
he expected to hear. Being asked