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The Need of the World

I know the need of the world,
Though it would not have me know.
It would hide its sorrow deep,
Where only God may go.
Yet its secret it cannot keep;
It tells it awake, or asleep,
It tells it to all who will heed,
And he who runs may read.
The need of the world I know.
I know the need of the world,
When it boasts of its wealth the loudest,
When it flaunts it in all men's eyes,
When its mien is the gayest and proudest.
Oh! ever it lies—it lies,
For the sound of its laughter dies
In a sob and a smothered moan,
And it weeps when it sits alone.
The need of the world I know.
I know the need of the world.
When the earth shakes under the tread
Of men who march to the fight,
When rivers with blood are red
And there is no law but might,
And the wrong way seems the right;
When he who slaughters the most
Is all men's pride and boast.
The need of the world I know.
I know the need of the world.
When it babbles of gold and fame,
It is only to lead us astray
From the thing that it dare not name,

At all times speak honesty

Honesty is a sign of Christianity. There was once a little child whose mother told him that if he went to play in an area from which workers had been drawing sand for a building, a bear would come out and eat him up. One day another boy tried to coax him to go there and play, but he said, no, he was afraid of the bears. The other boy said there were no bears. "But there be bears because my mother said there are bears."
While they were disputing, the minister happened to come along, and they asked him if there were bears in the sand-bank. He told them there were none. "But," said the first little boy, "My mother said there are bears there." "I am sorry she said so," said the minister, "but the truth is, there are none." The child began to cry, and started for home as fast as he could go.
"O Mama!" he said, "Did you tell me a wrong story? Did you tell me there are bears down at the sand-bank when there aren't any?"…

The Maritime Slave Trade

Matthew 25:45 ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for me."

At the request of a slaver's captain the government of Georgia issued in 1772 a certificate to a certain Fenda Lawrence reciting that she, "a free black woman and heretofore a considerable trader in the river Gambia on the coast of Africa, hath voluntarily come to be and remain for some time in this province," and giving her permission to "pass and repass unmolested within the said province on her lawful and necessary occasions."

This instance is highly exceptional. The millions of African expatriates went against their own wills, and their transporters looked upon the business not as passenger traffic but as trade in goods. Earnings came from selling in America the cargoes bought in Africa; the transportation was but an item in the trade.

The business bulked so large in the world's commerce in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries that ev…

Jacob and Esau

Jacob and Esau were twin brothers, sons of Isaac and Rebekah.
Jacob and Esau were twin brothers, sons of Isaac and Rebekah. Esau was the dearer to his father; but Rebekah loved Jacob more, and she wished her favorite son to have the birthright, or larger portion of the property, which really belonged to Esau because he was a little the older.

One day Esau came in from hunting, very tired and hungry, and sold his birthright to Jacob for a bowl of stew.
Afterward, when Isaac had grown very old, he sent Esau one day to get some of his favorite meat, saying that when he returned he should have his father's blessing.
But Rebekah heard this and determined that Jacob should have the blessing instead. So she prepared meat, then dressed Jacob in some of his brother's clothing, covering his hands and neck with the skin of the kids, and sent him to his father; and Isaac blessed him, for his sight was dim, and he thought it was Esau.
When the elder brother returned, he was very angry with Jaco…

Always Tell the Truth

Truthfulness is a mark of Christianity. Some Christian parents are very careless in this matter of telling the truth. 

It made my heart ache one day when I saw a lady on a bus trying to keep her little boy awake by telling him that, if he went to sleep, that man who had all those teeth in his window (referring to a dentist's office they had passed) would come into the bus and pull every tooth out of his mouth. The little boy looked up dreadfully scared, and did his best to keep awake: but I thought to myself, when he finds out what a wrong story his mother has told, he will not believe her even when she tells the truth.

Perfect Peace

And with this realization you will enter into rest, for this is the bliss of immortality, this the unchangeable gladness, this the untrammeled knowledge, undefiled Wisdom, and undying Love; this, and this only is the realization of Perfect Peace.
O thou who wouldst teach men of Truth!

Hast thou passed through the desert of doubt?

Art thou purged by the fires of sorrow? hath ruth

The fiends of opinion cast out

Of thy human heart? Is thy soul so fair

That no false thought can ever harbor there?

O thou who wouldst teach men of Love!

Hast thou passed through the place of despair?

Hast thou wept through the dark night of grief?
does it move

(Now freed from its sorrow and care)

Thy human heart to pitying gentleness,

Looking on wrong, and hate, and ceaseless stress?

O thou who wouldst teach men of Peace!

Hast thou crossed the wide ocean of strife?

Hast thou found on the Shores of the Silence,

Release from all the wild unrest of life?

From thy human heart hath all striving gone,

Leaving but …

Man is placed in the middle between heaven and hell

Man is placed in the middle between heaven and hell. Out of heaven goods unceasingly flow in, and out of hell evils unceasingly flow in; and a man is between he has the freedom to think about what is good or to think what is evil. 

This freedom the Lord never takes away from anyone, for it belongs to his life, and is the means of his reformation. So far, therefore, as man from this freedom has the thought and desire to shun evils because they are sins, and prays to the Lord for help, so far does the Lord take them away and give man the ability to refrain from them as if of himself, and then to shun them. 

When a man is able to shun these same evils from natural freedom, why is he not able to shun them from spiritual freedom, in which he is constantly held by the Lord, provided he thinks to will this because there is a heaven, a hell, a life after death, punishment, and reward, and prays to the Lord for help? Let it be noted, that every man when he is beginning the spiritual life because …