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The Call of the Rally Season Put on thy strength, O Zion; put on thy beautiful garments, O Jerusalem.-Isa. 52:1.

THE kingdom of God has always experienced its times of depression as well as its times of revival. Tides of spirituality have their ebb as well as their flow. Rally call implies the former, while it emphasizes the remarkable possibilities of the latter.

I. Put on Strength. (1) By being conscious of it. The Church a sleeping giant; "all things are possible." (2) By seeing field of application. Contrast the world of sin: "fields white unto the harvest." (3) Resolution opens current. Automobile incomplete until "self-starter" turned on the power. The rally call is to the will.

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II. Part on Beautiful Garments. Much refurnishing of auditoriums occurs during the summer, making beautiful garments of the physical; but this is not the call. Reverence for great privilege of thinking God's thoughts and plans. (2) Kindly interest in neighborhood and strangers within the gates. (3) Enthusiasm in presenting message to all. "How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of them that bring good tidings." (4) Consistent Christian lives. Christian attractiveness is most powerful here. These garments never trip, or 66 cause to stumble."

The Art of Waking Up "Awake, awake . . . as in the days of old."-Isa. 51:9.

AFTER the lethargy of the summer this call of the ancient prophet may be suggestive. It means more than to have "eyes open." Alert conscience, deepest thoughtfulness, warmest sympathy, enthusiasm.

I. Realizing the Nearness of God. Finest stage of alertness; possible only to God's highest creature, "in his image." Lower orders not endowed. Man who lives with no thought of God is not using all his faculties -faith needed as well as eyes and ears.

II. Realize Imperfections. Rip Van Winkle was not fully awake until he began to examine himself. The truly "live" business house takes frequent "inventories"for self-examination. Not satisfied to drift along feeling that all is "good enough."

III. Appreciate Divine Concern. Beginning of personal religion. Jacob "awak

ened" from his dream to find that God had a plan for his life. Every church should feel this "be-a-blessing" program. "Make disciples of the nations" is a policy which thrills and enlivens.

A Missionary Prayer

God be merciful unto us, and bless us; and cause his face to shine upon us; That thy way may be known upon earth, thy saving health among all nations, &c.-Ps. 67.

This prayer requires

I. That the right moral condition of the Church is of supreme importance. It is the first thing sought. God must be merciful to us. He must bless us before we can be the approved and effective medium of blessing to others.

II. That the Church being morally right she is to be the medium of making known this knowledge to others. Knowledge of God's way.

III. That the vital possession of this knowledge gives existence to the supreme joy. The joy of divine satisfaction. The joy of a new experience. The joy of melody and praise.

IV. That the prevalence of this knowledge and the presentation of this praise will ensure a golden harvest of prosperity. Temporal (verse 6). Spiritual (verse 7).

Life's Dynamic

The love of Christ constraineth us: because we thus judge, that if one died for all, then were all dead.-2 Cor. 5:14.

The true motive of life-love of Christ. That was Paul's motive in the work of Christ. How does it come to be a motive in one's life? Because of the constraint of Christ's love.

I. The love of Christ constraineth us to take a true view of our state as sinners. "Then were all dead." That was ringing in the apostle's ears-"all dead," a true view of the sinner's state. That was driving him in Christ's work. It will constrain all.

II. The love of Christ constraineth us to take a true idea of life's purpose. "Should not henceforth live unto themeslves." A great and uplifting view of the purpose of life, "not . . . unto themselves" but to Christ-to men-to God.

III. The love of Christ constraineth us

to take a clearer vision of the nature of life. "We know no man after the flesh." How did he know them? As spiritual beings, when we come to know men as spiritual beings Christ shall have our best. We know too much "after the flesh."

IV. The love of Christ constraineth us to adopt the true way of saving life-"be in Christ." A new way of salvation to the Jew. By being in Christ "the old things pass away" and man becomes a new creature.

The Cleansing of the Leper There came a leper and worshiped him, saying, Lord, if thou wilt, thou canst make me clean. And Jesus put forth his hand, and touched him, saying, I will; be thou clean. And immediately his leprosy was cleansed.-Matt. 8:2, 3.

The time and place of the miracle. Leprosy of the body. Leprosy of the soul. I. The leper in his leprosy. 1. His wretched and pitiable condition. 2. His knowledge of his true state. 3. His resolve to come to Christ-the first step toward the cleansing.

II. The leper at the feet of the Lord Jesus. 1. His prostration before the Savior. 2. His wonderful and simple petition.

III. The leper cleansed. 1. Christ's compassion; he is moved. 2. The miracle wrought-the touch-the immediate cure. 3. The new man.

Application: 1. Do you know your condition? 2. Have you been in contact with the Savior? 3. Invitation.

Man's Life in God's Hand

Thou hast beset me behind and before, and laid thine hand upon me.-Ps. 139:5.

This psalm splits life into the minutest details, as "downsitting" and "uprising," "walking" and "resting," "thinking" and "speaking." Looks on life not in totality but in details. Shows God's relation to life in its different shades and colors. (1) God knows the inner man-"Thou hast searched and known me," &c. (2) God knows the inner thought. "Thou understandest my thoughts afar off." (3) God knows the inner workings of man. "There is not a word on my tongue," that is, man in all the details of life is in God's hand.

I. Man's life in God's hand to protect and preserve it. He has "laid his hand" upon life to protect it. Things that protect

life-money, thought, &c.; but the allimportant is God's hand.

II. Man's life in God's hand to restrain it-keep it from sin and its consequences. God's hand? (1) Religious instruction. (2) Conscience. (3) Sorrows.

III. Man's life in God's hand to bless it. Laying on of hands means to bless. God's hand is a blessing. Greets you-open hand -a living hand.

IV. Man's life in God's hand to serve. We work, serve, with what is in our hands. God works through men. When a prophet goes out to work, he says, "And the hand of the Lord was upon me."

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others were rejoicing (verse 37). (2) His insight to spiritual decay. They saw the city beautiful and neat, but not its sin ugly and destructive. Things which belong to the peace of a sinful city.

I. Spiritual discernment-"If thou hadst known." A city without the knowledge of God. Knowing laws of commerce, architecture, culture, but not God's. Heart organ of spiritual knowlege.

II. Spiritual appreciation-" even thou in this thy day." Man's day is God's day. (1) An opportunity of grace. (2) Appreciation of this day means peace-spiritual. III. Spiritual sense "are hid from thine eyes." The eye to see sin. (1) Its folly. (2) Its effects-"stones the prophets." (3) Sense of sin and salvation-the weeping Christ, its Saviour.

IV. Spiritual need-"things which belong unto thy peace." (1) A God who is merciful. (2) Fountain of grace. (3) Savior-meeting point of God and man. (4) Spiritual need-"the peace of Christ."

IN the August number of THE REVIEW We omitted to give the author of the outlines on "The Seven Churches of Asia." The name of the author is the Rev. EUGENE B. JACKSON, Alexandria, Va.

SELECTED ILLUSTRATIONS

I Will

I will start anew this morning with a higher, fairer creed;

I will cease to stand complaining of my ruthless neighbor's greed;

I will cease to sit repining while my duty's call is clear;

I will waste no moment whining and my heart shall know no fear.

I will look sometimes about me for the things that merit praise;

I will search for hidden beauties that elude the grumbler's gaze.

I will try to find contentment in the paths that I must tread;

I will cease to have resentment when another moves ahead.

I will not be swayed by envy when my rival's strength is shown;

I will not deny his merit, but I'll strive to prove my own;

I will try to see the beauty spread before me, rain or shine;

I will cease to preach your duty and be more concerned with mine.

-British Weekly.

Secret Virtue

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Doing good in secret (literally: "Secret virtue") is like a buzzing in the ears. one knows of it but the one who suffers it. To share the joy and sorrow of others, to be kind to the helpless widower, widow, children, and orphans, to give food to the hungry and clothes to the destitute, to assist the weary, to save the sick, to repair bridges and roads, to advance others' welfare, to help make the peace between men and men, to praise the good in others while ready to hide and forgive their faults, to employ and adopt the talents of others, not to anger, deprive, resent, and slander, to encourage good and discourage evil, not to distress birds, animals, insects and fish, nor cut down plants uselessly, is to do good in secret. Tho good which is done in private is hidden from men, it is in perfect accord with the way of heaven. Therefore, men who do good in secret reap happiness, and their posterity will prosper. But when true men do good in secret, they think not of the rewards from either heaven or from men. Tho they do not seek rewards, the blessing of heaven is upon them. Indeed, there is no prayer more effective than doing good in secret, for one's happiness and welfare.-The Way of Contentment, by KEN HOSHIHO.

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"She Hath Done What She Could"

Prof. David Smith tells a story of the old disruption times in Blairgowrie where once he was pastor. The people who came out into the new church found great difficulty in erecting a meeting-house, as all the lairds and those that were comfortably well off, remained with the auld kirk. After much trouble the little company secured a piece of land but could not get quarry stones with which to build. They were, therefore, compelled to use cobble-stones and any rubble at hand until they came to the lintel stone for the door. Here the building stood still. One day the minister called on a poor woman who offered to give her hearthstone, which was just the size wanted to fit the building. It was joyfully accepted by the struggling little church. Years after, when a palatial temple took the place of the modest rubble building, the hearthstone was transferred to the new structure and given a place of honor, ever proclaiming its story, "She hath done what she could."-Canadian Baptist.

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Discontentment Unknown

It was a cold day and the snow was falling, making the walking very tiresome. A small, sturdy lad was making calls at the doors on the city streets trying to sell bootlaces and post-cards. He whistled as he went from house to house. His hands were bare and his coat was poor, but his face was ruddy with health. Place after place turned him away without a purchase, but he kept At one door a kind woman bought from him, and attracted by his honest manner talked with him. He told of his sick mother and his father out of work and his efforts to help the home. "Do you sell a good deal as you go about?" he was asked. "Some days I do well and some days I do nothing," he answered cheerfully. "I hope you may sell a lot of things to-morrow," said the woman, "and be sure and do not get discouraged." "Discouraged, did you say? What's that, lady? I don't understand you." She tried to explain, but it was no use, it could not be made clear to him, and he went out into the storm whistling like a robin in the springtime.-DONALD MACLAREN in The Presbyterian.

Thank God for Work

Thank God for the swing of it,
For the clammering, hammering ring of it,
Passion of labor daily hurled

On the mighty anvils of the world.

Oh! what is so fierce as the flame of it,
And what is so huge as the aim of it?
Thundering on through dearth and doubt,
Calling the plan of the Maker out.
Work the Titan, work the friend,
Shaping the earth to a glorious end,
Draining the swamps, and blasting the hills,
Doing whatever the Spirit wills-
Rending a continent apart,

To answer the dream of the Master heart, Thank God for the world where none may shirk

Thank God for the splendor of work! -ANGELA MORGAN, Northwest Christian Advocate.

The Gospel of Labor

This is the gospel of labor-ring it, ye bells of the kirk—

The Lord of Love came down from above to live with the men who work.

This is the rose that he planted here in the thorn-crushed soil

Heaven is blessed with perfect rest, but the blessing of earth is toil.

-DR. HENRY VAN DYKE.

Odd Provincialism

No one has more admiration than I for the many admirable qualities of our British cousins nor for the devotion with which numbers of them are giving their lives to India; yet I can not help feeling at least amused at the odd provincialism which many of them so naively manifest. I remember one in Venice who insisted that the trouble with coffee and rolls was not that it was a poor breakfast, but that it wasn't a breakfast; for a breakfast consists of meat and potatoes. To the Englishman of this type there are not various possible opinions or points of view, some better, some worse; there is only one point of view, namely his. It is this peculiar lack of imagination that makes dear old John Bull so positive, so straightforward, and so amusing; it has never occurred to him (as William James would have put it) that the Indians "have insides of their own."

This indifference and persistent provincialism make the typical Briton quite blind to much that is fine in Indian society. Thus,

one English gentleman whom I met a man who had lived in Calcutta and other parts "The of the East for years-said to me: natives are all just a lot of animals; don't you think so?" I answered that my impres sion was quite different; that, for instance, just the week before I had in Calcutta made the acquaintance of two Indian gentlemennamely, Dr. Bose, and Tagore, the poet— who, compared with many of us AngloSaxons, were intellectual giants. At this he was greatly astonished and asked who Dr. Bose might be. I told him that Dr. Bose was one of the greatest botanists living, a man whose discoveries are known all over the world, and who has been invited to lecture at American and German universities and before the Royal Society in London.

"I never heard of him," replied the Englishman; "but I have heard of Tagore, the man who got the Nobel Prize. But I don't think much of his poetry, do you?"

To my response that I thought a great deal of Tagore's poetry, he ejaculated:

"Well, really! However, I suppose there must be something in it since he got the Nobel Prize. But it can't be really poetry, you know, because it doesn't rime."-JAMES BISSETT PRATT, India and Its Faiths.

The Lofty Ideal

When Walt Whitman was a young man, he was a house-builder. He happened to strike a 66 building boom," and made money so fast that, said he, "I was in danger of becoming rich." And he decided to go and be an unpaid nurse in the Union Army, rather than spoil himself by becoming rich. To gain riches is good as far as it goes-but it goes a very short way in the road to manhood, character, nobleness of life. So whatever you will to do and be, put a high ideal before you, something immeasurably better than mere money-getting. Make your profession a means of grace, of character-building, of enabling you to benefit and bless the world. Mere financial success can easily be attained, but you will surely not be content with that. Hitch your wagon to a star, and soar upward. Aim at the high things. Will to do great, noble, beneficent things and that will be willing to be good "for something."-Living the Radiant Life, George Wharton James.

MODERN INDIA AND ITS RELIGIOUS FAITH'

RARELY does a volume of so high intrinsic value as this of Professor Pratt carry a subtitle so over-modest as to be self-depreciative. For this book is not a mere "traveler's record:" The year spent in India was evidently preceded by years of study of oriental, especially of Indian, literature and life. So the author entered the great peninsula mentally equipped to put intelligent and searching questions and to appreciate the answers; to observe religious phenomena and to interpret them impartially yet sympathetically. Knowledge gained from authorities and that gained from personal observation are here wisely fused into a coherent whole.

The volume contains twenty-one chapters, the first eight of which are general, eleven deal with special forms of religion, and two with "Christian Missions in India" and "What the West Might Learn." The opening chapter, "On Avoiding Misunderstandings," should be read by every missionary and traveler going to a foreign country as a prophylactic against incomprehension of native. customs or belief and as a corrective for egotistic indifference to them as matters of no consequence. The second chapter on "Hindu Worship" reveals the author's penetration into India's great secret-the universality of reverent worship. Here are both appreciation and rare balance of judgment.

"But it is in the home even more than in the temple that the pious Hindu expects to meet God. In every Hindu house before the advent of Western influence there wasand in all the more conservative houses there is still a temple room, provided with

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a few pictures of favorite deities and a
number of stone, clay, or brass images.
If the family can afford it, it employs a
Brahman priest to look out for the religious
interests of the family and take charge of
the domestic shrine. The priest does daily
puja and before each meal rings a bell in
the shrine, whereupon the lady of the house
presents part of the food to the god. This,
in fact, she does always, whether the family
has a priest or not. All the members of the
family also come into the shrine before each
meal and do puja."

Chapter IV, on "The Many Gods,"
provides a picture of the principal
figures in the present Indian pan-
theon Shiva, Vishnu (Rama and
theon-Shiva,
Krishnu), Kali, Ganesh, Surya—and
of the myriads of lesser gods. Why
"myriads"? Because of this:

"The Indians have always been noted for a weak sense of personality, both in reference to themselves and in reference to their gods. Personality seems to them limitation -something to be outgrown if possible. Hence their gods are always on the verge of melting into each other. They form one whole, a divine world, rather than an Olympian assembly of personages."

The theism of India is presented in the chapter on "The One God." Whether this is pantheism has recently been brought into question, and

Professor Pratt presses the query. The problem of Deity's personality is not confined to India; Christians too debate it. And that resonant voices in India have sounded the affirmative is true. Here, however, is perhaps the author's one lapse in interpretation. India's undertone. is powerfully pantheistic.

Illuminating is the chapter on "Duty and Destiny," the key-words. of which are the following:

"The central point of Hindu thought is the soul. It is from the soul or self that all the reasoning of the Hindu starts and to it

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