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eyes shall behold strange women, and thine heart shall utter perverse things :
34. Yea, thou shalt be as he that lieth down in the midst of the sea, or as he that lieth upon the top of a mast.
35. They have stricken me, shalt thou say, and I was not sick; they have beaten me, and I felt it not : when shall I awake? I will seek it yet again.
accomplish his nefarious deed, by a drink of ice-cream soda ? or by any of the other “ soft drinks”
you can remember? Strong drink weakens self-control, perverts the will, sends the man into evil associations, deadens his conscience. The greater part of the crimes for which men are sentenced in our courts of justice come in some way from the use of strong drink. A census of our prisons will bring out the fact that nearly all owe their presence there to the effect of liquor. A constable who was taking a man to prison was asked his opinion on this point. He replied, “ All that I have to say is that I never took a total abstainer to prison since I have been a constable.”
III. THE VERDICT. Alcohol has been proved to be a deadly foe in disguise. We must banish it from our homes, from our cities and towns, from our nation. How shall we as individuals do this?
20. Be not among wine-bibbers. Avoid evil company. Stop drinking yourself, and keep out of temptation. Do not seek it out. Do not tarry with it when you stumble upon it, but run away from it with all your might. Do not even look at it or allow yourself to dwell upon
its fascinations. William Penn was advising a man to stop, drinking “ Can you tell me how to do it ? " said the slave of the appetite. Yes," answered Penn, “it is just as easy as to open thy hand, friend.” “ Convince me of that, and I will promise upon my honor to do as you tell me.” “ Well, my friend,” said the good Quaker,“ when thou findest any vessel of intoxicating liquor in thy hand, open the hand that grasps it before it reaches thy mouth, and "At last it biteth like a serpent." thou wilt never be drunk again.”
A Long Dry Spell. The Washington Star tells this :
“ Governor Livingstone Beeckman, of Rhode Island, said in Providence, apropos the gigantic strides that the temperance movement is taking :
““The whole country now seems to look at excess as the young wife did.
"+" Jim, dear,” said a young wife, “ I do wish you'd stop drinking. Every time you go to one of those banquets of yours you get up the next morning pale and silent, you eat nothing, you just gulp down ten or fifteen glasses of water. Do stop drinking, won't you? I know it can't be good for you, dear.”
Wo“ All great men have been drinking men,” said Jim. “Look at Poe, at Charles Lamb, look at Burns, look at
Well, Jim,” said the young wife, “ you just swear off till you become a great man too, and I'll be satisfied.” 11 Keep out of temptation. “Will you walk into my parlor ? " Said the spider to the fly;
“Poor Master Fly, so young and small,
Why did you go to Spider Hall?"
Get all to sign the pledge. This is one of the most effective ways of promoting temperance.
THAT I MAY GIVE MY BEST
NEVER TO USE INTOXICATING LIQUORS AS A DRINK, AND
AND THE LIQUOR TRAFFIC.
Governor J. Frank Hanley of Indiana some time ago formulated his sentiments on the subject of the liquor traffic in the following words:
“ Personally, I have seen so much of the traffic in the last four years, so much of its economic waste, so much of its physical ruin, so much of its mental blight, so much of its tears and heart-ache, that I have come to regard the business as one that must be held and controlled by strong and effective laws.
I bear no malice toward those engaged in the business, but I hate the traffic.
I hate its every phase. “I hate it for its intolerance. “I hate it for its arrogance.
I hate it for its hypocrisy. “ I hate it for its cant and craft and false pretence. “I hate it for its commercialism. “I hate it for its greed and avarice.
I hate it for its sordid love of gain at any price.
I hate it for its domination in politics. “I hate it for its corrupting influence in civic affairs.
I hate it for its incessant effort to debauch the suffrage of the country ; for the cowards it makes of public men.
“I hate it for its utter disregard of law. "I hate it for its ruthless trampling of the solemn compacts of state constitutions. “I hate it for the load it straps to labor's back'; for the palsied hand it gives to toil ; for its wounds to genius ; for the tragedies of its might-have-beens.
“I hate it for the human wrecks it has caused.
“I hate it for the alms-houses it peoples ; for the prisons it fills ; for the insanity it begets ; for its countless graves in potters' fields.
“I hate it for the mental ruin it imposes upon its victims ; for its spiritual blight ; for its moral degradation.
“I hate it for the crimes it has committed.
" I hate it for the malice it has planted in the hearts of men — for its poisons, for its bitterness — for the dead sea fruit with which it starves their souls.
“I hate it for the grief it causes womanhood the scalding tears, the hopes deferred, the strangled aspirations, its burden of want and care.
"I hate it for its heartless cruelty to the aged, the infirm, and the helpless, for the shadows it throws upon the lives of children, for its monstrous injustice to blameless little ones.
“I hate it as virtue hates vice, as truth hates error, as righteousness hates sin, as justice hates wrong, as liberty hates tyranny, as freedom hates oppression.” Issued by the Massachusetts No-License League, Equitable Building, Boston.
There are many signs of improvement, especially among the college students. The prohibition for the army has aided, and will continue to aid the temperance cause.
One War-Rule for All. In his Annual Diocesan Convention address Bishop William Lawrence voiced this strong plea for a single standard for soldier and civilian, for War and Peace.
“ Abstinence from alcoholic drinks is as necessary for us as for the soldier. More than this, as the law prohibits the sale of liquor to the soldier, why should it not prohibit the sale of liquor to the citizen ? I am not advising as to the best method of Prohibition. I am only insisting that, if the prohibition of drink is laid upon the soldier for efficiency, it must also be laid upon us all, else we are slackers. We have a civilization to maintain as well as to save. While we are making the nation strong for war, we are making it strong and fit for peace.”
LESSON XIII (26). – September 26. REVIEW: SAUL, DAVID, AND SOLOMON COMPARED.
SELECTION FOR READING: Psalm 72. GOLDEN TEXT. — Man looketh on the outward appearance, but Jehovah looketh on the heart. — 1 SAM. 16:7. Primary Topic : STORIES ABOUT DAVID.
Lesson Material : Favorite stories of the Quarter.
Memory Verse : I will give thee thanks with my whole heart. Ps. 138 : 1. Junior Topic : THREE KINGS AND How They RULED.
Lesson Material : Review of the Quarter.
Memory Verse : 1 Chron. 28 : 9. Intermediate and Senior Topic : THREE KINGS AND THEIR ATTITUDE TOWARD
JEHOVAH. Topic for Young People and Adults : FAULTS AND EXCELLENCIES OF Saul,
DAVID, AND SOLOMON. We include in this Review the last five regular lessons of the preceding Quarter, in order to make a complete study of the ERA OF THE UNITED KINGDOM.
Before this era was the period of the Judges, a kind of Republic of God, with no permanent ruler, extending its sway over the whole country. The bond of its unity was that the twelve tribes were all of the same race, religion, and history.
About 1100 B.C. there came a change in the government.
One king ruling over the whole people.
point to the end, less visibly, but with an ever-deepening current. The Review of the three kings should be rapid, and include
The character of the king, ;
SAUL AND His KINGDOM.
B.C. 1103-1063. The first king, with a great task before him. A good general - brave man — - lovable man. Not sufficient ability to accomplish his work. Chief cause of his failure was moral. He was selfish and disobedient to God, with
out depth of religious life. His kingdom was small. His death tragic.
DAVID AND HIS KINGDOM.
A shepherd ; skilled in music and song ; skilled with the sling.
Anointed by Samuel.
Victory over Goliath ; a soldier in the court of Saul.
Seven years in exile among the people.
In training for the larger kingdom.
Victories over the nations ; Jerusalem made the capital.
Preparations for building the temple.
in a very low religious condition.
A united people.
SOLOMON AND HIS KINGDOM.
B.C. 1022–983. He made a wise choice at the beginning of his reign. The building of the temple as the center of Israel's worship. Great renown in wisdom of all kinds, and in literature of many sorts. One of the greatest kings of the earth in splendor and in wealth. Famous for his buildings, his navy, his commerce, his cities. He maintained peace in all his boundaries. He failed at last from placing himself in the midst of temptation. His personal life was unhappy, according to Ecclesiastes, which is supposed to
record it. He forfeited the conditional promise of long life, and of the continuance of the entire kingdom in his family.
THE GAME REVIEW. * The game element interests most classes, and it can be made a factor in some of these review tests by having a score-keeper in the class, and passing a question from one member of the class to another until it has been correctly answered ; the score-keeper will record the credits won by the correct answers of each member, and the incorrect answers as demerits, so that at the close of the test the highest score can be announced. A figure can be agreed upon for each credit and for each demerit, such as plus ten and minus ten. - S. S. Times.
The class, if sufficiently large, can take sides for this game, as in an old-fashioned spelling-match. In this case the credits and demerits will belong to the side, and not to the individual member.
The questions can be given orally, or written on cards or slips of paper drawn by the members as their turn comes to answer. For the most perfect test these questions should be well mixed.
CHARACTERS. One interesting method would be to have each member of the class represent one of the characters, and have his identity made clear, and the facts of his story brought out by questions from the class, somewhat after the method of the game of “ Twenty-Questions."
In some classes it would be interesting to have character sketches of the various men and women mentioned in the lessons. These must be very short ; or the Review must be held outside of the Sunday School hour.
THE FIVE Most PuzzliNG QUESTIONS. On the Sunday preceding Review the announcement is made that on the following Sunday, immediately after the opening and the taking of the offering are concluded, all of the intermediate and adult departments (so far as they are studying the same series of lessons) will come together as a whole. The request is also made that every class come prepared to ask five questions on the Quarter's lessons, selecting as far as possible the most puzzling questions to that class.
“ On Review Sunday either the superintendent or pastor conducts the review, and as the classes ask the questions he puts them to the school as a whole to answer. In the event of any answer not being satisfactory he makes the required explanation.
“ This brings out many points that were not clear in the minds of a number ; and it creates a great deal of interest." Rev. G. W. Toms, Jr., in S. S. Times. SENTENCE REVIEWS. 1. It is better by far to have the heavenly Presence than to possess the most
impressive personal presence. 2. Victory does not lie in numbers but in quality. 3. To refuse obedience is to choose another's service. 4. Heavenly estimates are all made by the heart. 5. There's a wonderful distance from“ My Shepherd ” to “ Our Father." 6. Faith crowds out fear. 7. The flowers of friendship never bloom fairer than when the frosts of trial strike
them. 8. The ability to pay honor where due proves the possession of honor. 9. Kindness explains many a great kingship. 10. When we get to thinking that God is dependent on us we are apt to take a
lesson in our dependence on him. 11. Little deeds of love are long-lived. 12. Those who are too busy to care for their children will some day be too busy
with bitter cares for their children. 13. Confession is the only cure for a disturbed conscience. 14. He alone is fit for any sovereignty who diligently seeks wisdom to serve. 15. There is only one thing that adorns a church, and that is the sacrificing service
of its people. 16. Of anything that is worth while the half cannot be told; it must be seen and
examined. Ada pted from Henry F. Cope.