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BAPTIST AND REFLECTOR. NASHVILLE. TENN. - Amazon Web ...

BAPTIST AND REFLECTOR. NASHVILLE. TENN. - Amazon Web ...

BAPTIST AND REFLECTOR. NASHVILLE. TENN. - Amazon Web

w l< IV 1«» EDUCATIONAL. Tbe :.itCrnii'tiry, »nj ili»vt l^d repiliiy i> f»c F m J •H«> t'rriKht I aiuU-ir"'^ 1 K. L. SUELUlil tKiCli. All.^^^^ ericiico required) To Bupplv tho proat and ^TOW ingdemand for that Womlorfiil Hook, TOUCHIXO IN('1I>I:NTS I) E T V.'s, S Thl« rut onr-lhlrti artmil alM and IIEMAKKA»LE 4x\SW£UH TO PUAYKR uixl tl>. CHILDREN'S EDITION OF THE HAiME. During tijo tin... years these books have been circulatcd. [A QUARTER MILLION AVE BEEN SOLD OR GIVEN AWAY. Tl.c.so b.x.l,- [sollinf? faster and doinff nioro pmxl than any otln-r ivlifjums 1)(M)Us ..u ,he market. The Children's Kdition has i'iH pajios tnlly ilhi.strated with 4*4 large now cut», size - ralllns prayer." wo quote Just a f«w; Ccotral CanKrecatlouallst: "Many of Ihc liu'lilenl-. nre ctri't'd Ul I' iDgly patbotlc, and canuut full l« »tlr iiny iiml.'r hituri t^i i. iir» " MIclilgsn Christian Advurato: -Tlie liirifiT l«»ii« ..f tliU w tIi baa IxHin widely firl But If the levees should break there would be a tremendous catastrophe New Orloans Is almost surrounded by the river, the river there being In the shape of a creecent, and besides the city la below the river level and Is only piotected the levees, which have been thrown up to keep out the waters. We trust, however, that no such calamity as the breaking of the levees may result. The Government has very promptly passed a bill approorlatlng large sums of money for tho purpose of giving relief to tho flood sufferers It Is proposed also when the flood subsides to have tho Government construct a perfect system of levees on the Mississippi river almottfrom iUsource to Us mouth, so as to prevent any other such floods ae we have had this year and In years past. — We had the pleasure of going out to the grounds of the Centennial Exposition lant Saturday for the flrst time In several months, and were very much gratlfled with the great progress which hfts b.ion made In preparation f'^r the o|»cnlng of the Exposition Nearly all of the buildings are practically completed and ready for the exhibits Some of the exhibits have already arrived and aro being put In plains While everything will not be completed, we suppose, by tho openlnjr day, still wo believe they will be nearer completion than has been the ease with any other Exposition In this country. The Exposition, by the way, promises to be very flne. The grounds are beautiful, laid off as they are In sclentlflc style. The buildings will all be white like those In the Columbian Exposition at Chicago, ao that this can be called the White City also. In fact, there has never been, we think, a Oner Exposition held In this country outside of the World's Fair at Chicago—and we may say wo have attended them all except the one In San Francisco—and In some respccts the Tennesiee Centennial Exposition will be superior to the one at Chicago. It will not be so extonalve, of course, by a good deal, but It will bo more •elect. We hope that all our readers •re making their arrangements to attend. They.can't afford to miss It. We may add that we expect to give tome accounts of tho Exposition probably In every Issue of our paper as long at U continues, for tho Information of thoae who may be so unfortunate as not to bo able to come, •nd also In order to suggest to those who do eome what to ace, and If iiiio- Msary what not to see. r4- King David's Last Days BY l..al}HA •OHimT tAWSOB The crowo no lo-«*r rests upon his wbltened loeks, ADd as the soul, earlh-weary, walu lu sum moDs borne. Id ibousbt.once more a laO, he berds bUi fatb»r's flock", And paths asaln Vbe b'lU where emt be loved to roam. Ijofetiered and unburdened by the cares of sute, UDsuloed by covetous desire, the Oelda be troo, Unfelt,unknown tbe klog of Israel's dewlly bate. Burned with tbe wUh to serve as best be could bis God. Tbe self-deposed monarch moves and breathes a slKb. But bark: bis harp's sweet strains make gay tbe roval board. Where flrst be met and loved in days long f loce Kone by. UU fellow, friend, defender All bis soul was poured Forth to bis Jonathan, whose warm and mlibty bean. Gave even more; dlsdalnlnf earthly power to nurse In that grand breast, unmixed a sweeter, nob'sr part- Pure love, whloh brought his youog bead neatbhls father's curse. The ei klng leans bla head upjn bi» palsied band. And dreatna agalso' time when be a king And conqueror, and blest wlih all tbe best of Israel's land. Stooped from bis throne to do a base and cruel I bins— Took by bis might bis neighbor s cberlHbrd one ewe lamb ••Ob Ood," be criea, and tears repeiiUnt imtbe bU furrowed face. •I bring a broken bean Restore thy smili soul-lMlm. Take to thy loviog arms a «lnner saved by grace.- Newport. Tenn. RUen With Christ. BT BSV. TBEOOOM L CUVUW, I>.I>. •'If ye then be risen with Christ, aeek those things whloh are above!" This was the veteran Apostle Paul'a trumpet call to his spiritual children. They had once been entombed In sin as verlubly as Lasarus bad been In a grave in Bethany. But they had risen from the dead at the voice of Christ, who bad delivered them from the law of'sin and death. Now, instead of lingering in the chilly atmosphere of a cemetery, they should fling away their grave clothes, and live as the possessors of a full salvation, and tho heirs to a magnlfloent inherltanoe. Not the things whloh are beneath, but the "things whloh aro abow," are to bo the soul's earnest, eager inspiration. Christ is on high; so should their affections be. Look upl exclaims the gray haired apostle tohls younger comradeslnthe fight; look higher, live hlgherl There U the greatest possible dllTerenoe between the "high look" of human pride, and the upward look which every Christian should fix on the goal of spiritual attainment set before him. not only tbe privilege but the duty of every converted soul to realise what It Is to be hi living union with Jesus Christ, and to enjoy all the countless bUsslngs whloh flow from that union. There arc thoaiaadi of ebareh BMm- New Borlos. Vol. VUl., No. 34 bers who do not actually have any such experience. They hope that In some lime paet they were converted, and pasaed from death unto life Butthat life la sadly fe«ble and unsatisfying; their spiritual pulse la fitful; there IB no vigor In their faith, no ring In thf-lr devotions, no power In their prayers. Doubts run low like spongy clouds In their atmosphere; they aoldom get a glimpse of clear blue aky, and never a full burst of glorious sunshine. They have not ao laid hold on Jeaus Christ as to be lifted up Into full companionship with him, and never are they strengthened with might In their Inner man by hla Spirit dwelling tn them They see through a glaaa darkly, and do not with o»KD vision behold Jesus as their Prophet, their High PrleW, their atoning Redeemer, their Master, their Intercessor and their Kin?. Tills Is the actual condition of a multitude of people who profess to call themaelves Christians, and whose names figure on tbe rolls of churches. This condition may be better than— something worse. U Is better than sheer Impenitence or open unbelief. A sick child la better than & dead child, but to make a sick child well and hearty and strong Is tbe be«t thing of all Bccause a professed Christian is only half alive, that Is no reaiton why he should continue so to tbe end o* his days. The lllt'e band of dliclple» who attended our Lord were very crude, and half finished Chrlotlans: quarrel Ing over sui>erli>rlty In rank, misunderstanding their divine Master's ohstrncier and mission, and even the three beet of them falling aaleep during hU midnight agony, and thsn they "forsook him and fled! " With the baptism of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost came a new faith, a new life, and a new and wonderful power For example, the Peter who iwrforma his splendid and heroic achievements tn the "Book of \ho Acts" Is as different from the Peter who figures In the narrative of the four Evangelists as a full grown man IB from a stumbling child. He had actually "risen with Christ," been baptized with a wonderful endowment of Christ's Spirit, and ollmbed up into a higher, purer and more heavenl.v atmosphere. The other ton of the original disciples probably received the same mighty uplift, although their peculiar exporlencea are not described to us aa aro the experiences of Peter and John. A somewhat similar experience—in kind but not to the same degree—has happened to groat numbers of Christ's followers since the apostolic days. They have had a spiritual resurrection. They have rlaen Into a now view of Jesus ChrUt. a new fellowship with him, and a new and wonderful inpourlng of his Spirit. Now seal has bein kindled In their souls, new Joy shave been tasted, and tho lovo of Jesus has poured in and been shod abroad In their hsarts. They have risen Into a new life, and found "the things that aro above." Many ol my readers are familiar with the remarkable experience of John Wesley (then thirty-five years old) at that little prayer meeting In a court

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