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The Gospel Messenger — Offering #26


—Bro. J. H. Meyers, of Markleysburg, Pa., writes: "April 20 I met with the Brethren of the Cherry Grove congregation, at a school-house near Lonaconing, Md.  At this place the Brethren had never preached before.  We preached four sermons, and had a good meeting.  As an immediate result one soul was made willing to join in with the people of God.  From here we went to Cherry Grove church, where we preached seven sermons.  On Sunday afternoon, April 29, we gathered by the water-side to attend to the holy ordinance of baptism.  The ranks of Satan were again broken, and three precious souls were buried with Christ in baptism.  Others confessed their sins but were not willing to put on Christ.  Our prayer is that God will still draw them with the wooings of his spirit, until they, too, may be numbered with the children of God.  I returned home on the evening of April 30."

—Bro. Jasper Barnthouse, of Markleysburg, Pa., writes: "According to previous arrangements with the Brethren of the Sandy Creek congregation, left my home in Garrett Co., Md., Saturday, March 31, for the purpose of holding a series of meetings at what is known as the Ringer church.  I met the people on the evening of the same day, and continued to preach for them until Friday, April 6, when we closed with the very best of interest.  We returned home April 7.  Next day I met the people at what is known as the Asher Glade school-house.  Brethren J. H. Myers and S. C. Umbel, of Markleysburg, were also present.  Here we held forth the words of truth and life until Thursday, April 19, when we closed one of the best meetings that I ever attended.  As a result of our meetings, there were seventeen precious souls gathered into the fold by baptism and one reclaimed.  Many more are near the kingdom.  May we ever press forward in the service of our Master until it is said, "It is enough; come up higher."

—Bro. W. M. Harvey sends us the following selection: "Religion, knowledge, freedom, virtue, happiness, in all their manifold forms, depend upon, and are sustained by peace.  They lean as upon the Everlasting Arm, in the name of religion.  I call upon you to establish the supremacy of peace.  Let the old, the middle-aged and the young combine in a common cause.  Let the pulpit, the school, the college, and the public street all be moved to speak in its behalf.  Preach it, minister of the Prince of Peace.  Let it never be forgotten in conversation, in sermon, or in prayer; nor any longer seek, by subtle theory, to reconcile the monstrous war system with the precepts of Christ!  Instill it, teacher of childhood and youth, in the early thoughts of your precious charge; exhibit the wickedness of war and the beauty of peace.  Scholars, write it in your books!  Poet, let it inspire to higher melodies your Christian song; and to you, statesman and ruler, let the principles of peace be as a cloud by day and a pillar of fire by night!  Let the abolition of war and the overthrow of the war system be your constant aim!"

—Bro. Wm. C. Hipes, of Greene, Iowa, writes: "The Brethren of the Cold Water church organized their Sunday-school April 1, and elected Bro. Eikenberry, Superintendent and Bro. I. D. Shank, Assistant Superintendent.  The school is in fine working order.  The church is also actively engaged in the Master's work.  There are only two of us that preach, but we are trying to do some missionary work, by going out into the world to preach.  Oh, when will our dear Brethren all over the world, come to the front in this great work?  'Go ye,' is a positive comrnand. "

—Bro. A. H. Baltimore, of Albany, Oregon, writes: "After reading the Messenger, and meditating somewhat upon its warnings against the evil of pride, I picked up one of our county papers and read the following: `The virulent tyrant that now rules the world is Dame Fashion.  People acknowledge this fact, and are given to railing at the ancient dame, but all the same they bow down and yield to her behests.'  After giving the heart-touching and almost incredible record of the number that are slaughtered yearly of these harmless birds, and so many of them, too, being shot off their nests, leaving the young to perish of starvation, the editor concludes his article with an appeal to the sympathies of the female sex: 'We may, perhaps, express a hope that those delicate and lovely ladies who adorn themselves in feathers obtained at such a sacrifice of life will, as they attire themselves in these ornaments, not forget the festering heaps of birds slaughtered on the Florida isles, nor fail to heave a sympathetic sigh on the suffering of these nestlings, perishing by slow starvation.' `Blessed are the merciful for they shall obtain marcy.' "

—A gentle reminder is sent us by Bro. J. T. Meyers: "You will please pardon me for doing a little bit of fault-finding in a kind way, especially as the brother to whom I refer has been an editor at one time, and ought therefore set a better example for contributors who have no special training in writing for publication.  I refer to Bro. M. M. Eshelman.  In writing from McPherson, Kans., in No. 18, page 285, of Gospel Messenger, he writes as follows: `Last night, April 21, a goodly number of members met at the house of Bro. Wrightsman, in this city, and had a very pleasant religious service.' I read the `Item' referred to with interest, as I do all items of news, but when I was through reading it, I had to remark to my wife, 'I wonder what Bro. Wrightsman is meant?'  I am intimately acquainted with Bro. P. R. Wrightsman, or Dr. Wrightsman, as he is sometimes called.  Now, it would have been quite a satisfaction to me if Bro. Eshelman would have given Bro. Wrightsrnan's full name, or so much of it as would have made it plain to my mind who was meant.  To avoid further prolixity.  I felt like`whispering' into Bro. Eshelman's ear, through the Messenger, to set a better example to contributors when writing for the paper.  `A hint to the wise is sufficient.' "

[NOTE from Wayne: Don't we just wish they had not used such terms as 'Bro. This' and 'Sis.  That' in their correspondence!]

—Sister E. Holsopple, of Geistown, Cambria Co., Pa., says, "The brethren and sisters of the Shade Creek church, Somerset Co., Pa., met at Scalp Level, April 15 to organize a Sunday-school.  Bro, J. F. Dietz was chosen Superintendent.  He is assisted by Bro. J. F. Ream and an able corps of officers.  The Sunday-school started with about ninety scholars.  We have had quite an interesting Sunday-school every summer for a number of years.  Hope it may continue so, that much good may be done.  We would say to all, Come and learn about Jesus."

—Bro. D. S. Replogle, of Maria, Bedford Co., Pa., writes: "The Messenger makes its visits to our home regularly, and its contents are read and very much appreciated, especially the good admonitions from brethren Moomaw, Eby, Quinter, and others.  May we all take these admonitions to ourselves!  We feel much encouraged when we see our old brethren battling for the old land-marks, endeavoring to keep down pride in the church.  The Savior said, 'Whatsoever is highly esteemed among men is an abomination in the sight ofGod.'  Popular Christianity is ready to fellowship almost anything these days.  Let us be careful that we do not compromise too much with the world.  We should be the lights of the world; our bodies be a living sacrifice, read and known of all men.  By the fruits ye shall know the tree.  We have re-organized our Sunday-school at the Holsinger church, by electing Bro. Isaac L. Snyder, Superintendent, assisted by Bro. S. L. Holsinger and a good corps of officers and teachers.  We use the Brethren's Quarterly in our school, and find it to be a great help in teaching the Scriptures.

—"Prayer" is the burden of a short essay by one of our dear aged sisters.  She says: "What a glorious consolation, what a cornforting thought,—the great God bows to hear the prayers of his children!  Though the day may be dark and our friends may be few, yet as a tender father pitieth his children, so the Lord pitieth them that fear him.  How often have we realized this when the heart is well-nigh broken, when we know not whither to flee for help but to this ever-present help in time of trouble!  Have we not found our burden lightened and the bitter cup sweetened with God's abounding love, so that we could again go forth in duty's path, feeling that God is our helper and that he will not forsake us!  How important, then,that we cultivate this innate and God-given principle!  When all goes well, we are so apt to forget whence these blessings are.  We neglect to thank our Heavenly Father for his favors, but let some great trouble come upon us or some terrible calamity overtake us, and oh, how quick we will flee to him for refuge and comfort.  If we live faithful to our high and holy calling, he has promised that in six troubles he will be with us and in the seventh not forsake us, but that sweet peace, descending like the gentle dew from heaven, shall calm the poor, troubled heart and refresh the weary spirit!


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