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GREENVILLE DAILY PIEDMONT, FRIDAY, DECEMBER 31, 1915. SEVEN

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SUNDAY SCHOOL LESSON and
YOUNG PEOPLE'S TOPIC
By
WILLIAM T.
ELLIS

LESSON I. JANUARY 1, 1915
The Ascending Lord.

Acts 1: 1-14. Memory Verses, 10, 11
1 The former treatise have I made,
O Theophilus, of all that Jesus
began both to do and teach,

2 Until the day in which he was
taken up, after that he through the
Holy Ghost had given commandments
unto the apostles whom he had
chosen:

3 To whom also he shewed himself
alive after his passion by many in-
fallible proofs, being seen of them
forty days, and speaking of the things
pertaining to the kingdom of God:

4 And, being assembled together
with them, commanded them that
they should not depart from Je-ru'sa-
lem, but wait for the promise of the
Father, which, saith he, ye have
heard of me.

5 For John truly baptized with
water; but ye shall be baptized with
the Holy Ghost not many days hence.

6 When they therefore were come
together, they asked of him, saying,
Lord, wilt thou at this time restore
again the kingdom to Isra-el?

7 And he said unto them, It is not
for you to know the times or the sea-
sons, which the Father hath put in
his own power.

8 But ye shall receive power, after
that the Holy Ghost is come upon
you: and ye shall be witnesses unto
me both in Je-ru'sa-lem, and in all
Ju-dae's, and in Sa-ma'ri-a, and unto
the uttermost part of the earth.

9 And when he had spoken these
things, while they beheld, he was
taken up; and a cloud received him
out of their sight.

10 And while they looked stedfast-
ly toward heaven as he went up,
behold, two men stood by them in
white apparel;

11 Which also said, Ye men of
Gal'i-lee, why stand ye gazing up into
heaven? this same Jesus, which is
taken up from you into heaven, shall
so come in like manner as ye have
seen him go into heaven.

12 Then returned they unto Je-ru'-
sa-lem from the mount called Ol'i-vet,
which is from Je-ru'sa-lem a sabbath
day's journey.

13 And when they were come in,
they went up into an upper room,
where abode both Peter, and James,
and John, and Andrew, Philip, and
Thomas, Bartholomew, and Mat-
thew, James the son of Alphae'us,
and Simon Zelotes, and Judas the
brother of James.

14 These all continued with one ac-
cord in prayer and supplication, with
the women, and Mary the mother of
Jesus, and with his brethren.

Golden Text.—"When [he] ascended
up on high he led cativity captive,
and gave gifts unto men.” (Eph. iv,
8).
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The Height of the Holiest Hill—The
International Sunday School Lesson
For January 2 is "The Ascending
Lord."—Acts 1:1-18.

A German church [and] Russian
churches stand side by side [on] the top
of the Mount of Olives. [Ever] since
the Turkish censorship [torn] thick
curtain about event in [torn] lands
some persons have been [wond]ering
just what happened [torn] of
them. There they stand [torn] and
beautiful structures [torn]
ed by high towers that [torn] most
conspicuious objects in the [city] of
Jerusalem, being visible [torn] from
Mt Nebo, at the other [torn] the
Jordan. The situation is [of] mili-
tary importance as well as [torn]
historical interest. Doub[tless] the
priests of the Russian [churches] have
been expelled from Pales[tine] along
with the other priests and [torn] and
teachers belonging to the [torn] na-
tions. Has the church in [torn] been
taken over by the Turkish [Army], as
certain other churches have been? If
so, what has become of the [torn]
treasures it used to hold, including
[Verarchaurin's?] picture of the Ascen-
sion? Little did any [torn] that
the pistal shot of a mad Russian stu-
dent would set the world [torn] and

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even reverberate around the crest of
the holy hill of olive trees; driving
forth from the Garden of Gethsemane
the gentle Franciscans who have so
lovingly tended the flowers and the
knarled and ancient olive trees.

War is a schoolmaster with a rod,
and he is teaching us geography les-
sons. Thus present-day military
events and the dear story of the Life
of the Prince of Peace, unite to fix
the setting of our new Sunday school
lesson upon our minds. The Mount
of Olives lies directly east of Jerusa-
lem, so that a battery of rapid-fire
guns in the tower of the Russian
church could command the city. Still
as of old, it is a hill of olive trees.
Much of its slope is now filled with
religious edifices, commemorating
scenes in the life of Christ. There is
a strange mixture of the buildings
of the West, with the squalid streets
and houses of the East. Pilgrims
from many lands climb this rough
ascent, for on this hill one phase of
Christianity ended and another be-
gan; on the hillside is the Garden of
Gethsemane and from its crest Christ
ascended into heaven.

That fact is today's Sunday school
lesson. Jesus went up from earth,
and His disciples remained behind to
carry on His mission. Upon this
handful of unsettled peasants and
fishermen, who, however, had spent
three years in the school of Jesus'
presence, there devolved the tremen-
dous task of continuing Christ's
work. Would they be equal to the
new responsibility? We are reminded
of the stories of the trenches, of
sergeants and corporals who suddenly
find themselves in command of com-
panies and regiments. How well the
Apostles acquitted themselves we
shall learn in the year's study of the
early church which the International
Lesson Committee has laid out for us.

Linking Today With Yesterday.

The new course of Sunday school
lessons, reinforced by the daily cable-
grams, should clear up our thinking
on Bible geography. The Book of
Acts, which we are to study, marches
over the whole ancient Roman world.
All the places mentioned are now in
the war zone. Some are centers of
special military activity. As we read
the war news, we have in mind this
greater Christian battle, which has
changed the history of the whole
world. First, we see it beginning at
Jerusalem, with a group of Spirit-
fired fishermen directing it and lo, in
less than three centuries we see it
sitting on the throne of the Caesars
at Constantinople, then, as now, a
pivotal spot in world affairs.

Today is linked with yesterday by
this lesson on the Ascension. It is a
story of mingled triumph and depres-
sion; of victory and suffering. The
departing Teacher and King [commis-?]
sioned His friends as witnesses—
"martyrs" is the Greek word—and
only one of the group died a natural
death. Martyrdom awaited them just
a few years ahead, and now, behold,
after these nineteen centuries, we find
the church offering the witness of a
greater number of martyrs than ever
before, in all her blood-stained his-
tory. The land of the Lord is still
the land of martyrdom; and within the
past six months nearly a million Ar-
menian Christians have followed their
crucified Lord in the supreme act of
testimony.

An Early Journalist's Feat.

A converter on the mission field once
naively remarked, "I like the Book of
Acts best, for it is so full of real
people. The new Christians there
hate their insults and stumblings, just
like we." As we begin a year's study
in this history of the early church,
we are struck by the singularly
human quality of its pages. Its
characters are real folks, who live
and feel and act like the mortals we
know. It is a vivid bit of literature,
and the fact that it breaks off in the
middle of things adds to its
power; for it was written down to
date. The point has often been made
that the Book of Acts was left un-
finished and is still being continued.

We know the man who wrote this
narrative, and when he wrote it and
where and what were his sources of
information. Luke, "the beloved
physician" was the author, and he
wrote about [63?] A. D., probably in
Rome, and it may well be, in the very
"hired house" where Paul was a
prisoner. His facts he got warm
from the lips of the very men who
figured in the story. The book covers
about the same length of time as the
Gospels, thirty-three years.

Journalism claims Luke. He wrote
the two most vivid books in the
Bible, the Gospel that bears his name
and this Book of Acts. He was not a
philosopher or a preacher, but a re-
porter, with a scientific passion for
accuracy. He had no case to make;
he simply "worte the thing as he saw
it." Like a good journalist, he per-
ceived that there was no merit in dail-
liance; the Christians who make Chris-
tianity seem seem uninteresting got no
[weapons?] from Luke.

Some readers may smile when I
remark that, like most newspaper
men, Luke was modest. He never
once mentions his own name. Not
one reporter or auditor in a hundred
rate his own name [blurry] the paper.
The world his heedless of the [blurry]
blurry] service done by the name
behind the story who, without recog-
nition or praise are [bearing?]them-
selves and the the world now have
the face upon which all philosophy
is based.

The reporter Luke wrote in Greek
and [illegible] Greek at

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army of Moslems, until the sign of
the Cross brought them rescue from
the sea.
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The Farewell Address.

All the solemnity that attaches to
the last words of a best beloved, and
all the glory of a triumphant close of
a great transaction, are reflected in
this story of the Ascension. It deals
with the closing hour of the earthly
life of Jesus. From His birth, His
works and words, His agony and cru-
cifixion and His resurrection, He had
proceeded steadfastly to this final
experience, when a cloud received
Him out of the sight of the eagerly-
gazing disciples.

"He climbed Love's ladder so high
From the round at the top He
stepped to the sky."

For the space of forty days Jesus
had been on earth after His resurrec-
tion, appearing at intervals to His
disciples. Even at this closing inter-
view on the Mount of Olives; His con-
version had been of the things per-
taining to the kingdom of God." Is
any warrant needed for putting first
the cause of Christ? Here we save
it.

The other theme—if it may be
called another theme, so inwrought
is it in the kingdom [?]—touched
upon by Jesus was the coming of the
Holy Spirit.

That farewell teaching deeply
stamps upon the Christian Church the
seal of spirituality. Christianity is
not merely an organization nor an
edifice nor a code of ethics nor a set
of ordinances; it is the divine life of
Christ in the spirits of men. The
Holy Spirit alone is the key to the
mysteries of our faith. Christianity
is both inexplicable and impractic-
able without the Pararclete.

The Promised Return.

Basing her belief on the words
spoken by Jesus as He stood on the
Mount of Olives, with the ascension
cloud of glory hovering near, and
upon the writings of His Apostles, the
Church has for nineteen centuries ex-
pected the return of Christ. So allur-
ing is the theme that many have been
led to the extreme lengths of literalism
concerning it. Thus, hosts of believ-
ers expect Jesus to reappear in a
cloud on the Mount of Olives at the
very spot where his foot last touched
earth. They build largely on the
phrase, "This same Jesus[,it] shall
so come in like manner as ye have
seen him go into heaven." Now that
"in like manner" in Luke's Greek is
["hem tropen"?] the word that Luke
also uses in his Gospel when he
questions Jesus as saying that He would
have gathered the children of Jeru-
salem even as a hen doth gather her
brood under her wings, if used figu-
ratively in one case, [why not?] in both?

Beyond questions or [blurry], Jesus
taught his disciples that, in some
form, at some time, He was coming
again. When they inquired too close-
ly for details He reminded them that
it was not for them to know the
times or the seasons. His warning
is timely in our day, when many
Christian teachers are displaying an
extra-Scriptural cockiness con-
cerning our Lord's return.

This at least we have a certainty
from the ascension story. Jesus re-
turned home to heaven. [His] resurrec-
tion was proved by His triumphal
entry into His glory. In heaven He
still continues His work of interces-
sion; and now vast are his plans the
mind or mortals cannot conceive.
Meantime, his "alter ego," the Para-
clete, abides in the Church as the
hope of the world in its travail. What
a message it was that the Apostles
bore back to the waiting Church in
Jerusalem.
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The Power of a Purpose Life.—Terse
Comments on the Uniform Prayer
Meeting Topic of the Young Peo-
ple's Societies—Christian Endeavor,
etc., for January 2: "What is a Con-
secration?" Mark 12:26-24

Like edged tools and high explo-
sives, great words should be handled
carefully. One of these is "Conse-
cration," which Christian Endeavor
has helped to put into common speech.
With never a deep stirring of his
spirit of counselors assertion of his
mind, many a young person has
jumped up in prayer meeting and ex-
claimed, "I want to reconsecrate my-
self." Now in its primary meaning
"consecration" is a priestly act. Christ
or one of His ministers only may
"Consecrate," or "make sacred," The
word has a wider latitude in present
use, meaning dedication or devotion.

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yet the signifiacne should give
peace to any who would use it care-
lesly. Consecration on any plane, is
a holy thing, and to be reverently
esteemed.

Whatever and whoever is "conse-
crated" is set apart to a high and
sacred use. The consecrated life is
so given wholly to the greatest of
objectives, the doing of the will of
God.
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Life does not claim its highest end
until it is lived in fellowship with
Him who is life's beginning.

I would be simply used.
Spending myself in humble task or
great,
Priest at the altar, keeper of the
gate,
So be my Lord requested just that
thing
Which at the needful moment I may
bring.
Oh! joy of serviceableness divine
Of merging will and work, dear
Lord, is Thine,
Of showing that results however
small,
Fitly into Thy stream of purpose fall.
I would be simply used.
—James Buckman.
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Without consecration there may be
the form of godliness but none of the
power thereof.
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Consecration is another way of
spelling success. Until our abilities
are made over to Christ they can
bring only failure.
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Consecration does not take from
our ability, but rather adds thereto.
The consecrated person is all of
himself, plus God.
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The end of all a Christian's efforts
on earth is summed up by Paul in the
sentence, "Let this mind be in you,
which was also in Christ Jesus."
This should be the Christian's su-
preme ambition, the test of all his
conduct. For the mind of Christ is
[also?] will of God.
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Let it not be imagined that the life
of a good Christian must necessarily
be a life of melancholy and gloomi-
ness; for he only resigns some pleas-
ures, to enjoy others infinitely
greater.—Pascal.
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All who would walk with Christ
must be willing to give up their own
way.
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All who would walk with Christ
must be willing to give up their own
way.
I am glad to think
I am not bound to make the world
go right,

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But only to discover and to do
With a cheerful heart the work that
God appoints.—Jean Ingelow.
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The disciples who got closest to
Christ, and who live most constantly
in the sunshine of his near presence,
the valley of self-surrender, and who
have there learned the secret of a
submissive spirit. Jesus delights to
walk with those whose hearts declare,
"Not my will, but Thine, be done."
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Thy way, not mine, O Lord,
However dark it may be
Lead me by Thy own hand;
Choose out the path for me.
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Not mine, not mine the choice,
In things or great or small;
Be Thou my Guide, my Strength,
My wisdom and my all.
—H. Benar.
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Better God's approval than man's
applause. Only God's opinion counts.
The echoes of Men's praise die in the
utterance, but through the endless
eternities the judgment of the Lord
prevails.

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Get the Habit of
Drinking Hot Water
Before Breakfast.

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Says we can't look or feel right
with the system full
of poisons

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Millions of folks bathe internally
now instead of loading their system
with drugs. "What's an inside bath?"
you say. Well it is guaranteed to
perform miracles if you could believe
these hot water enthusiasts.

There are vast number of men and
women who, immediately pon aris-
ing in the morning drink a glass of
real hot water with a teaspoonful of
limestone phosphate in it. This is a
very excellent health measure. It is
intended to flush the stomach, liver,
kidneys and the thirty feet of intes-
tines of the previous day's waste,
sour bile and indigestible [blurry]
left over in the body which if not
eliminated every day, [blotted] food for
the [blurry] of [blurry] which infest
the bowels, the quick [blurry] in [blurry]
and [poisons?] which are [blotted]
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