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“ But it is not such people I wish to
souls. After the service there was a be like, but like Christ Himself !” prayer-meeting, and a few young people
“O!” interrupted Fanny, “I like to asked the prayers of the congregation. see a little spirit, and I think you only The minister spoke to them most did as you ought just now. Why earnestly, and some were made happy should you take insults and taunts in the love of Jesus. We girls all felt from an ignorant girl like that?" serious, but Emma N- was quite
There was a pause, and then Emma agitated, and as we came home to. quoted the words of Peter respecting gether, she said she was sorry she did Jesus: “Who, when He was reviled, not go up to the minister and tell him reviled not again ; when He suffered, how she had determined to be a ChrisHe threatened not."
tian. Then we all had a talk, and we The girls separated at the door of made up our minds to try to be the house where Emma was employed, different; to have a regular time for and Fanny went on up the street. reading the Word of God and praying; She had not proceeded far when she to be kind to everybody, to watch met her Sunday-school teacher. With against bad tempers, and a great many her heart full of concern about the other things, teacher. When young friend with whom she had just parted, Emma said, ' Let us all rememparted, she could not help ber this evening, and that we“ought claiming :
also so to walk, even as Christ walked."! • O, teacher! I am so glad to see Things went on, and we made up our
minds not to tell you until we were “ Are you, Fanny ?” said the lady ; more settled like. After two or three can I be of any service to you?” weeks, most of us lost the anxiety; we “ Not to me especially, teacher, but failed so often that we
were disI did want to tell you about Emma couraged. Not so Emma; she used to N—. Have you noticed that there is beg us to try again, saying, “Rome a difference in her ?”
was not built in a day;' and she really “ I have certainly thought her more has kept us thinking on the subject. attentive to the lessons lately, and less However, to-day Mary B- called her inclined to trilling during the services names, and told her she was pretending of the house of God; but you have all to be good, just because she wanted the improved, and I am very thankful for Superintendent to choose her for a it.”
angry, and “ I cannot keep you standing here, answered back; and now she is so teacher, or I would like to tell you griered about it, and says it is no use more about Emma.”
trying to be a Christian till she gets 6. Come home with me, Fanny ; I rid of her temper." dare say your mother will spare you. Fanny had finished her story, tut Run in and ask her.”
was surprised to find how much ler Fanny readily obtained permission teacher was affected by it. to accompany her teacher, and lost no “ Would it have been better to have time in relating the following circum- told you before now?” Fanny asked. stances :
“ Yes, my dear! I wish you had; and “ A few weeks ago, several of us girls I blame myself too for not having been went to the Anniversary Services at more ready to speak to you of your T- The evening sermon was a very personal interest in the Saviour I impressive one, and a great many have seen that the Spirit of God was people seemed concerned about their striving with some of you, and yet I
have been waiting for greater signs. “I do so want to be gentle, like Jesus ; But run home now, Fanny, for I want I am so quick-tempered, yet I try and to think. I shall (God willing) see try to be like Him, but it is no use.". you on Sunday.”
“ Because, my dear, you have no On Sunday the teacher met the power, unaided, to lay aside your bemembers of her class with an earnest setting sin: the blood of Jesus Christ and determined purpose of setting has atoned for your sins; God can be Christ before them as the Saviour from just, and the Justifier of him that sin. She told them how by nature believeth in Jesus;' and the first thing they were all“ dead in trespasses and for
you is to give up your trying in sins,” but “God so loved the world, your own strength, and come, confessthat He gave His only-begotten Son, ing yourguilt and perfect helplessness, that whosoever believeth in Him should and yield to be saved through grace not perish, but have everlasting life;” alone. You need not be discouraged, that none could walk in the steps of for Jesus Himself declared, Him that Jesus who had not previously come to cometh to Me I will in no wise cast Him, and believingly accepted the out.' salvation purchased by His blood; and “ Then, teacher, do you think I that there is great danger of looking never shall be like Jesus?" upon Jesus only as a perfect human “I believe you will, Emma,” was model, and so vainly fancying we can the reply;“this good work begun in follow His bright example in our own your heart by the Spirit of God will, strength. She said there might be I trust, be perfected; but you must much sentimental sighing, “I want to lie low at the foot of the Cross, and as be like Jesus; ” and even mourning, you gaze by faith on the Crucified, let “Alas! I'm not like Jesus,” without
your language be,the slightest real hatred of the sin that made us unlike Him. When Peter
• For ever here my rest shall be,
Close to Thy bleeding side; spoke of Christ leaving an example
This all my hope, and all my plea, that we should follow His steps,” he
For me the Saviour died !' was writing to those who knew that they were redeemed "with the precious
You can have no other Refuge, and blood of Christ,” and who had“received
will need no other ; for 'He is able the end of their faith, even the
to save to the uttermost.'
He saves salvation of their souls.” Such were
freely, not only from the guilt and no longer “dead," but as they had
punishment of sin, but also from its “received Christ Jesus the Lord, so".
power and indwelling; so you have every they could " walk in Him."
reason to hope.” “ But, teacher," interrupted Emma,
David's wisdom and piety. Under the
very distressing circumstances narrated A SUNDAY-SCHOOL ADDRESS.
in the Lesson, it is wonderful how he Founded upon the Morning Lesson for
restrained himself from hasty and ill.
advised action. We cannot well imagine December 6th, 1874.
anything more distressing than the In this morning's Lesson we have calamity which had befallen him and another very striking illustration of his followers,—their wives, their children
SUGGESTIONS FOR A SUNDAY-SCHOOL ADDRESS.
and their treasure had been seized and carried away by their foes, so that instead of finding peace and welcome on their return, they found nothing but desolation. We do not wonder that they “lifted up their voice and wept, until they had no more power to weep.” With all his wisdom and experience, David was at a loss to know what to do. He had no earthly friend near to render him sympathy and aid, no one to advise him as to the course he should pursue. But he did not hesitate long. There was one Friend always near to guide and aid him, and to Him he now came with his new and unlooked-for trouble. God was his “Refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.” He directed him to follow the foes, and assured him that he should overtake them and recover all. This he did. Now the great lesson we learn from all this is, that in all seasons of perplexity and trial we should make known our requests to God and ask counsel of Him. You doubtless remember many passages in which we are directed to do this. “Cast thy burden upon the Lord, and He shall sustain thee.”
Even while you are young there come times when you find it difficult to decide what to do, and questions arise in your minds which you are altogether unable to answer. You don't know whether to do this, or that, or something else. At such times you should ask God to direct you and teach you how to act. Go to Him in prayer, and tell Him how perplexed you are, and how you desire to know His will and to act according to it. He will in some way, directly or indirectly, open your way and guide you into the right path. And as you grow up into manhood and womanhood you will find many occasions for similar reverent appeals to God. Probably cares and perplexities will increase in number and importance with increasing years, and you will often find it necessary to seek counsel and aid from those who are wiser and abler than yourselves. It is, therefore, of the utmost importance to you to form the habit of constant appeal to God. None are so wise or able as
He, to direct, to help, or to deliver. Therefore take Him as your Counsellor and Guide.
By so doing you will give Him the honour which belongs to Him alone. To whom should we come but to Him Whose we are by right of creation and
To whom should we go for counsel but to Him? If the hearts of men are in His keeping, and their ways under His control, of whom should we seek direction but of Him? know of God, in His relation to us and our life, leads us to the conclusion that we ought to honour Him by making Him our Confidant.
By doing this you will further reap the greatest possible advantage to yourselves. You will secure the best possible direction; such indeed as will, when fully followed, prevent mistake, disappointment and failure. This is more than can be positively affirmed of any human advice. Our best friends may be as greatly and as easily mistaken as ourselves, and are, therefore, to that extent, as little to be depended upon. God knows the end from the beginning, and how one thing leads to another. This lifts Him far above the wisest earthly friend, who cannot make positive calculation of events long before they happen, and cannot positively affirm that because one thing is another will be. Human knowledge, even of human life, is, comparatively, very small; so that it is not to be depended upon at all times. But God's knowledge and foresight are absolutely certain, and therefore may be confidently
How happy, then, are they who have Him for their Guide! But in addition to this best and wisest direction, by making God your Coun. sellor, you secure the interest of One Who is better able to help you than all your earthly friends together. All things and all events are under His control. He causes or prevents as He wills.
They only are safe, therefore, who commit their ways to Him. The promise is that He shall “ direct their paths,” so that they will prosper. This accounts for David's prosperity. In spite of all his foes and all his difficulties, he became
Hosanna! Christ is mine,
Within this favour'd breast;
On the sacred altar rest.
Hosanna! Christ is mine.
HYMN FOR A SUNDAY-SCHOOL
Within these hallow'd walls ;
Hosanna! Christ is here.
Our Saviour and our Friend;
Hosanna! Christ is ours.
Hosanna! Christ is God's,
His co-eternal Son ;
ring, Responsive to their strains we'll sing
“ Hosanna! Christ is God's."
W. H. B.
BIBLE-LESSONS FOR INFANT-CLASSES. December 6.-Where David found turn against him; yet worse was to Help.
come. While he and his men had 1 SAMUEL XXX. 6: “David encouraged him- gone out with Achish, fierce men had self in the Lord his God.”
come to their city and had burned it 1. David in sore distress.-Do you with fire, and taken away their cattle remember how David was driven away and sheep, and all that they had, from home, and how he was hunted by even their wives and their sons and Saul, who sought to kill him ? In his daughters, and carried them off capsad state, not knowing where to go, he tive! Could anything be more sad went to dwell with Achish, a king of than this? They had lost all that they the Philistines. Now these people were most loved; and “David and the people enemies of the Israelites, and often that were with him lifted up their fought against them. Yet at this voice and wept, until they had no more time Achish was kind to David and power to weep.” his men, and they even went out 2. How David found help.—Where together to fight. But some of those was David to go for help and comfort with Achish were angry because he in this sore trouble? Would he not took David with him, and so he was find it in the strong, brave men who obliged to send him back again. How were with him ? No: they were so sorry David was now! All seemed to grieved at what had happened that
BIBLE-LESSONS FOR INFANT-CLASSES.
they even spoke of stoning David, as though he were to blame for it. Yet it was not his fault; he had suffered, too, as much as they. What then could he do? In his great distress, “ David encouraged himself in the Lord his God.” Had God ever helped him before? when ? As he thought of the lion and the bear, of the great giant, of Saul's enmity, and of other dangers and troubles out of all which the Lord had saved him, he felt sure of help now, and he put his trust in God. He did more than this-He asked the Lord to show him what to do. And God answered his prayer, and guided him so that he soon found those who were lost, and saved them and all else from the hand of his enemies.
3. How we may get help.—Let us learn from David what we must do. Shall we have trouble? Shall we need help? No child can live long without it. We know not what the trouble shall be, nor when it will come. But may we not get all the help we want from mother, and father and friends ? Not at all times : they will not always be near us; they could not always help us if they were ? To Whom may we turn? Is He always near ? Is He always able ? and willing? In all our trouble let us ever think of David, and " encourage ourselves in the Lord,” and ask His guidance and help.
REVISION.-With whom did David go to live? Why did he leave him? What trouble befell him? To Whom did he go for help? Why did he go to the Lord ? What may this teach us about trouble?
love of Jesus ever does : it fills the heart with love for others. Paul's whole life was spent for Jesus; and a blessed life it was. All he wished to live for was that he might make all know and love the same Lord. He said, 6. For me to live is Christ.”. Paul the better for this? Did Jesus give him wages for this service? The best of wages. A life full of happiness, and a hope sure and blessed of a better life beyond the grave.
2. Paul's death.-Paul knew that he could not live always, but he did not fear to die. Many do. They fear even to think about it, and most unwise as it is, they do not try to get ready for it. Yet death will come. or wisdom, or strength, or anything else can keep it away. And if tạis life alone be thought of and cared for, how full of dread the thought of death is ! The way in which men meet death depends on the kind of life they lead. If life has been wasted or spent badly, death is full of terror. If life has been spent well, we know that death will but begin a new and better life. How had Paul spent his life? How then would he meet death? For himself he said that to die was “gain.” What would be gain by death? Where would he go? To many, death is but a great loss. When they lose life they lose everything which to them has been pleasant, and death begins a life of misery for ever.
3. How we should live.-Can we get Paul's hope? May we have a life as blessed, and a death as full of gain as his ? Yes; he was once a sinner, but he found mercy. Where and how was this? The same Jesus will be our Saviour. He invites you to come to Him. Hear His gracious words: 6 Suffer little children to come unto Me." “ Those that seek Me early shall find Me.” Will you not go to Him? and go now?
REVISION.-How did Paul live? What did he say of his life? What did he say of his death? Why did he say that death would be a gain? To whom is death a loss? How may we make our death a gain?
December 13.--About Living and
Dying. PHILIPPIANS I. 21 : “For me to live is Christ, and to die is gain."
1. Paul's life.- When Paul became a servant of the Lord Jesus he gave Him all his heart. He did not wish another master, nor seek any other work than that which Jesus gave him. Whom had he served before that time? What kind of work had he done ? Now wherever he went he did only what he knew would most of all please Jesus. In all places, and in all company, it was the Lord Jesus of Whom he most of all thought and spoke. He cared only to please Him, and this made him ever full of care do what was good and right for others. This is what the
December 20.-How to get Joy. PHILEMON 20: “Let me have joy of thee in the Lord." 1. Of joy and sorrow.
-What is it to “ have joy”? We all know what it