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WHITSUNDAY.

LESSON IX.

May 28, 1882.

Following Christ. MARK 8; 34 to 9: 1.7

Commit to memory verses 34-37. 34. And when he had called the people [ 37. Or what shall a man give in exchange unto him with his disciples also, he said unto for his son: them, Whosoever will come after me, let 38. Whosoever therefore shall be ashamed of me him deny himself, and take up his cross, and of my words in this adulterous and sinful genand follow me.

eration; of him als shall the Son of man be 35. For whosoever will save his life shall Ashamed, when he cometh in the glory of his lose it; but whosoever shall lose his life for Father with the holy angels. my sake and the gospel's, the same shall IX. 1. And he said unto them, Verily I say unto save it.

you, That there be some of them that stand here, 36. For what shall it profit a man, if he which shall got taste of dearh, till they have seen shall gain the whole world, and lose his | the kingdom of God come with power. own soul !

| 1. THE CONDITIONS OF DISCIPLESHIP. V. 34. OUTLINE:{:

12. THE REASONS FOR BECOMING DISCIPLES. V's. 35–9: 1.

GOLDEN TEXT: “Whosoever will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross and follow me.” Ver. 34.

INSTRUCTIONS. Verse 34. Whosoever, every one. (1st condition of discipleship), will-resolves, determines. (2d condition), deny himself-renounce self. (3d condition), take his cross, undergo trials for Christ. (4th condition), follow-confess and live accordingly. 35-37. Save-lose, contrast be tween the earthly life and the true, higher life. Profit, real advantage, eternal benefit. World, its wealth, honor, pleasures, all that it has. In exchange, as a ransom-price. 38. Ashamed, reject Christ. Son of man, Jesus. 1. Taste of death, die. Kingdom of God come ; (1) On the day of Pentecost, when Christ sent His Spirit with great power; (2) When the Jewish State-Church was destroyed, and the Christian Church was established throughout the world.

CATECHISM. Ques. 22. What is then necessary for a which the articles of our catholic, undoubted Christian to believe?

Christian faith briefly teach us. dns. All things promised us in the gospel, |

QUESTIONS. Verse 34. What is the first condition of, 38. What comes of being ashamed of becoming a disciple? Are all invited ? What Christ? Is the Christian life all cross-bearare the three other conditions ? What must ing? After the cross, what? When will it be renounced? Of what is the cross a symbol ? | be given ? Of what does it remind us? Is it necessary 1. When did Christ's Kingdom " come in to confess Christ before men? How do we power ?” When did it come in greater power ? follow Him? What must we crucify? (Gal. | Is there a continual, progressive coming ? 5: 24).

What do we pray concerning the Kingdoni in 35-37. What law of Christ's Kingdom is the Lord's prayer ? contained in verse 35 ? Does the natural What did the Holy Spirit come to do for heart like this law ? (Rom. 8: 7). What the world ! (John 16: 8-11). What for the great question does verse 36 contain? Which Church? (John 16: 12-15). Is it a sin to is worth most to you, the world, or your soul? resist the Spirit ? Which do you care for most ?

LESSON IX. May 28, 1882. course this choice is not spontaneous in Whitsunday.

the heart, but is awakened by Christ's

call and the Spirit's influence. Yet the I. THE CONDITIONS OF Disci-choice and resolution must be free-a PLESHIP.

willing mind. "This discourse is a solemn sequel to (2). Self-denial is required. Self-will our Lord's announcement respecting | must be surrendered to a higher will ; Himself and the rebuke of Peter (see all trust in personal merits must give last lesson): teaching that not only He, I place to trust in Christ's merits; sinful but also His followers, must suffer and indulgences must cease, and a wholeeelf-deny ; that they all bave a life to some self-restraint must be exercised, save, more precious than all else to “Put down self in order to set up them; and that the great day of ac

Christ as King” in the heart. count of that life's welfare should be (3). Taking up the cross is another ever before them."-Alford).

condition. This is not merely crossV. 34. He called the people, for He bearing, but cross-taking-pot merely wished to publish this doctrine of self. “submission to burdens which God's denial far and wide over the world. It providence lays upon us, but a voluntary contains the conditions of discipleship | assuming of burdens.” the world over, and for all men and all! (4). Following Christ implies a secret ages of time. Cros 3-b’aring is not for love of, and a public confession of Him. a few, who intend, by entering a con- A life like that which He led, wa must vent or cloister, to carry it out; but for | lead, and persevere in it unto the end. all, in the daily duties of private, do- | His example must be our guide. mestic and public life.

II. The Reasons FOR BECOMING But who will desire to follow Christ, | DISCIPLES. when so much self-denial is required ? V. 35–37. Effort, toil and sacrifice No one will be willing of himsele to do are involved in discipleship, and this 80; but the Father will draw many to prevents many from making any atdo so, by the influence of the Holy tempt at following Jesus. But there Spirit, whose Advent the Church cele- are many weighty reasons for doing so, brates to-day. His descent upon the notwithstanding the seemingly hard condisciples on Pentecost was “the coming | ditions. of the Kingdom of God with power." 1. Save his life : : . lose it. “Who (See last verse of this lesson). The soever counts his life of so much value Kingdom being estab!ished, the call that he will preserve it by sacrificing his goes forth to all the people to follow Christian integrity, or will renounce his Christ. (v. 34). In a few words we are religion to save his life, will find in the here taught what it is to be a follower end that he has lost his soul forever für of Jesus.

the sake of a few fleeting years. All Tae invitation is general, and is ad- self-seeking is self-losing.Whereas, dres ed to all mankind, old and young: loss for Carist's cause and sake becomes “ Whosoever wills to come after M." gain. The farmer loses his grain in the But none are to do so in ignorance and earth; but the harvest brings him great without knowing what is involved. The gain. Apostles did not realize the self-denial! 2. Gaining the whole world is little which would be required. Now He compared with losing one's own soul declares it plainly. The way of the that little inner world from wbich we cross must be trodden not only by the cannot be divorced. Master, but also by His servants.

When Jesus spoke these words there

was one who ruled the whole Roman "Must Jesus bear the cross alone, world—Tiberius—and Pliny says “he And all the world go free?

was the most gloomy of mankind."
No, there's a cross for every one,
And there's a cross for me."

3. In exchange; when a man's life

has been spent, what can he give as a There are four conditions of disciple- ransom to get its return? All other ship: (1). It must be voluntary, free, loss can be repaired; a lost life can never and not enforced; whosoever will. Of be regained.'

all."

V. 38. Ashamed of Me and of My matter of fact is that conscience is a words. These words “had a special | faculty and a power in every human bearing on those who, like Peter, and soul. When it accuses one of baving probably the other disciples, had shown done wrong, he must, so far as it is in his that they were 'ashamed' of the words power, make reparation for that wrong which bad just been spoken.” Then or suffer under the lashes of his con. Christ was in humiliation ; now He is science. Others may not know it; but in glory. When He cometh again it this will not change the law of the inner shall be in still greater glory; then the faculty that is working within him. world and His foes will be seen to be The best thing is, not to do wrong; but, contemptible. There is nothing about when one has done so, then the next Jesus or His life and acts of which any best thing is to set it right. one can be ashamed. The sun is not free from spots; but in the Sun of

HOLDING ATTENTION. Righteousness Pilate " found no fault at

Dr. John H. Vincent has said that In this adulterous generation. When one decided gain in the use of the blacksin abounds we ought to let our light board is its help in calling attention. shine the brighter, not hide it.

In illustration of this, he, ou one occaV. 1. Not taste of death-not die. sin, took a chalk crayon between his The Kingdom of God come. It is a thumb and fingers, and turned with it spiritual Kingdom, which came in power toward a blackboard on the platform, on tbe first Whitsunday. It ever comes in sight of all the audience. “Just look in greater power, spreading over the here!” he said, holding the chalk ne ar earth, uniil it shall issue iu the King the board. Every eye in the room was dom of glory.

attent to him. “ That is all!” he said, as he dropped his hand at his side, and

turned back to the audience. “I only CONSCIENCE.

wanted your attention.” That black

board exercise was more effective, and The Oswego Times tells the story of less obnoxious, than many a specimen a young man who recently walked into wrought out with four colors of crayons, the shoe store of a Mr. Dessum, and, and an ark full of hearts and crosses and calling the proprietor aside, informed him anchors, has proved itself. It illustrated that fourteen years ago he stole a pair of a point, and that is more than can be boots from him. He said he had tried said for the average blackboard exerto forget the theft, but could not. It cise. The meth ds of gaining attention kept constantly coming to his mind; are various. The necessity of having apd his remembrance of the act has attention is unvarying.-S. S. Times. constantly made him miserable. He bad often thought of coming to Mr.

QUARTERLY REVIEW, Dessum to confess the act and pay for the boots; but, somehow, he could not At the beginning of the quarter is the pluck up the courage to do it. —He had, time to plan for the quarterly review. at length, resolved to obey and relieve Each lesson should be taught with an his conscience. The young man, who eye in connection with the other lessons, was twenty-eight years of age, and who and to its recall at tbe quarter's clcse. was a perfect stranger to Mr. Dessum, It is well to have in mind a common haviog paid for the boots the price that thread of thought, or teaching, running the owner named, walked out with a through the lessons of the quarter; aud relieved conscience. We bave known to see to it that each lesson has one or of a ca-e of secret theft that at times two, or more, links connecting it with haunted the thief for forty years, who that thread. This thread and these found no permanent relief until he links should be emphasized repeatedly made full reparation for the wrong. in going over the lessons, in order that Men may laugh and sneer at the doc- they may be fresh and distinct in the trine of conscience, and try to explain scbolar's minds at the quarter's close. it away or drown its voice ; and yet the S. S. Times.

The Guardian.

VOL. XXXIII.

JUNE, 1882.

NO. 6.

BY REV. ELI KELLER.

day, but always finds time to read, at least CATCHING WILD PIGEONS.

a chapter a day, in his old family Bible. He has, so far as this world is concerned, few desires, and his mind is bent more

on the past than on the present. CHAPTER I.

At his house are not upfrequently

found nephews and other relatives from The Situation.

the city of Philadelphia. Among these Between the Delaware River and the we single out two brothers, sons of a Blue Mountains, in Northampton coun-younger brother of old Ned. The older ty, Pa., lies a beautiful section of our of the two is Harry, and the younger, great country. Many a crook and many Jeff. Both love the country and love a pleasant nook are found along the their uncle Ned. The homestead has to sparkling streamlets that flow either them the greater attractions from knoweastward into Martin's Creek, or west- ing that it is the place where their foreward into the Bushkill. There are here fathers for a long time past lived—where and there little towns, or rather clusters their own father spent the days of his of houses, where necessary business is | childhood and early youth. On these done; and where those engaged therein same hills he looked, many years ago, find comfortable homes. Most of that and drank many a cool draught out of country, however, is taken up in farms, that same never-failing spring. To these and many a one still numbers several fields, as a lad, he drove the cattle in the hundred acres. The lower lands and those morning, and brought them bome again along the hill-sides, where running water at night. Along these slopes he followis secured, are, as a rule, turned into ed the plough and harrow, and in that meadows, the northern slopes and higher same green meadow he tried his strength parts are covered with wood, and the rest as well as his skill at the scythe. Through is given to earnest and faithful tillage. the same door he entered that house, and

In this part of our “ Keystone State" | slept under the same roof. lives an old and well-to-do farmer, whom These two brothers, though comparawe will call Uncle Ned. His house is tively young, attend one of the bigher built of sand-stone, gathered along a lit-literary institutions of the city, and stand tle brook on his own land, long ago. foremost in their respective classes. Their

Swiss barn, and on the other, a spring most invariably spent in this “ rural rehouse. Back of the barn stretches far treat”-as they love to call it. At times away, an orchard made up of both ap- they are seen on the bighest hills, on the ple and pear-trees of choicest varieties, very tree-tops, and their joyous voices and over the spring-house and spring be- ring through the clear air, either in side it a huge weeping-willow spreads shouts or song-or rather, in both. ity waving branches. Uncle Ned has strangely mingled. Then, again, they passed the meridian of life. Still vig- are after butterflies and beetles along the orous in body and mind, he allows others spriugs and water courses in the meato attend to the farm-work, unless it be dows, to enrich their cabinets of natural to do some little chores about the build- curiosities. ings. He cares little for the news of the In their varied rambles they prefer to be alone; yet, not a small portion of Arrangements and Fixtures.” To this, their time, especially when wearied, they the boys smiled and nodded assent. spend with their uncle, who is ever ready “These pigeons are for very good reato relate the stories of by-gone days; and sops called wild pigeons, not only to disjust as ready are they to listen to them. tinguish them from the tame varieties,

“Tellus," said they, "about the olden but because it is really a bard matter to times and the things as they were here l' take them?" And yet, I tell you, we a long time ago. We have our amuse- did take them,-by the bundred, and by ments in the city-our parties, our clubs, the thousand ! So, also, did many others, our games—but we know all about those; on all sides around us. The market at we wi-h to bear how father, when young, Easton, our county-seat, was often 80 lived and amused himself. How differ-gorged that we could hardly get a cent «nt was his life from ours! This, to us, a piece. seems almost like another world, and a First of all we needed pigeons of the world indeed that has in it attractions same kind, and those well trained for the which must have come down all the way work of catching. There, just back of from-Paradise!”

the spring-house and right over the litUncle Ned was never at a loss to find tle run, we had built our pigeon-house. something to interest, as well as to in- Its size was 4x8 feet, and full six feet struct his young friends. “Shall I tell higb. Towards the morning sun it had you about the Wild Pigeons, as we saw slats to admit pleuty of light as well as them here many years ago ?” said he heat. A bappier family of pigeons than one day.

we had, you never did see! Buck“Yes! Yes!” said both of them ; wheat was their favorite food, but "anything wild and romantic," added not much of it was given, to avoid fatJeff

tening. To this they added, themselves, “Let uncle choose for himself,” sug. a goodly proportion of sand and gravel, gested Harry; "he knows best.” which they picked up along the running

“It saddens my heart," Uncle Ned con- water. This mixture aided digestion, tinued, “ to think that the wild pigeons and kept them healthy." At this the are now all gone, or at least, so nearly boys had to smile, and Jeff could hardly gone, that their presence is no more felt. keep his teeth covered. By a smile of I might tell you of shooting them, for approval, Uncle Ned always felt bimself that was a favorite amusement of your encouraged; but here put on a more sober father's. You see that old chestnut-tree air, and said: “When I tell you a story yonder, by the fence at the hill-side; don't suppose that I lie, or even magmany a time did he bring them down. nify in any degree. I tell you the very there, so that they rolled down the hill! truth-that is, to the best of my knowFor the present, however, I will not do ledge!” that. It was, as I now think, bloody These cooped up pigeons were not a and cruel work. I will tell you about little trouble, and also during the year a catching them with the net. That was considerable bill of expense. I must, one of iny favorite amusements, which, therefore, show you our indispeprable indeed, I shall never forget."

need of them. Their use was simply to At this, Uncle Ned fired up with decoy the pigeons we wished to take youthful vigor. His face assumed a We used them in a two-fold way, as more lively expression, and being in. “stool-pigeons." These latter were sent spired by the events of days long gone up first, when the coming flocks were yet by, he could the better interest his a considerable distance off. A good fier youthful hearers.

rose paturally till his string (about 20

yards long) was taken up ; feeling this, CHAPTER II.

he came back as he went up, and never The Preparation.

fluttered when once down. This was

simply to draw the attention of those “ In listening to this story,” said Un-coming. In sending up such a sentinel, cle Ned, "you must have patience, for we could at once see whether we had it will take some little time. I must success. In a moment, in that case, they tell you, first of all, of the necessary lowered their heads and prepared to come

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