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    The standard God has set for His people is very high: "Be thou perfect", (Gen. 17:1). "But, perfection is impossible!" we are in the habit of saying; and therefore never attempt to reach this goal.
    Now, God is not ignorant! He knows "that we are but flesh". But it is still better that we keep our aim high -- though we know that by our striving we will never reach the goal. One thing is certain; in no case will our attainments be higher than our ideals.
    It is impossible for one to look, with approval, on anything less than the spotless purity and perfect beauty of God Himself, and not have the beauty of his own life dimmed thereby. So, our eyes must ever be fixed upon the perfect model -- into whose image we desire to be transformed by divine power, (2 Cor. 3:18). Since Jesus said, "Be ye perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect", to set our aim on a lesser goal involves us in sin.
    It is true that one cannot gain such a lofty position in a day, but that should not make it any less desirable. The scrawling lines of a child fall far short of the beauty of the script at the top of the page. He may fill book after book
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    It is the glorious privilege of those whose trust is in the Lord to look away from our own frailties, imperfections and unworthiness TO CHRIST -- our glorious Representative -- and see ourselves COMPLETE IN HIM.
    Christ has fully satisfied the demands of the law that would condemn us. He has paid the price of full obedience that it demands for our acceptance with God. Because of His righteousness, who lived and died in our stead, that ETERNAL LIFE, from which sin would forever bar us, has become our glorious inheritance.
    Is it not, therefore, proper for us to glorify Him in heart and life? May not the measure of our love, and of our faith, be determined by the extent of our obedience to His Word? And, should not our hearts be filled with joy and peace in reckoning ourselves to be "complete in Him";? Such is our position in Christ. To the Colossian saints Paul wrote: "And ye are complete in him, which is the head Of all principality and power", (2:10). And he said that Epaphras was "always laboring fervently for you in prayers, that ye may stand perfect and complete in all the will of God," (4:12). May we reckon it true of ourselves -- by faith.

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    Shortly before leaving for Paraguay last week, Sister Alice June Rogers, wife of missionary Eldwyn Rogers, composed and sent to her son, Michael (who is being left behind as a student in the Missionary Baptist Seminary, of Little Rock, Ark.), the following poem. It so touched my heart, and so portrays a true missionary spirit, that I asked his permission to share it with our readers.

'Thou understandest, Lord, these
tears --
For Jesus also wept
When He was clothed in human flesh,
And Laz'rus in death slept.

Full well Thou knowest, Lord, the
That comes from partings here,
And I know Thou dost understand
Why now I shed a tear.

I weep not, Lord, that we might
Among our kindred dear,

But ask that while we're far away
Thy arms may hold them near.

Far better that our weeping, Lord,
Be caused by partings here --
Than when we meet Thee face to face,
With shame we shed a tear!

So, Lord, I pray that I might weep
For lost ones -- this my plea --
That somehow, thro' these lives
of ours
These souls might come to Thee.

And others, Lord, have strayed away,
Yes, even of Thy sheep --
So may we for these intercede
And for these straying, weep.

How many do not know to weep,
Tho' sad their plight may be --
So, Lord, may we with weeping go,
And bring them back to Thee!'

"They that sow in tears shall reap in joy: he that goeth forth and weepeth, bearing precious seed, shall doubtless come again with rejoicing, bringing his sheaves with him";......"Weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning", (Psalm 126:5-6; 30:5).

    Pastor James McCoy and the Calvary Cross Missionary Baptist Church, of St. Louis, are sponsoring a Fellowship Meeting on July 3-4. Services are scheduled to begin at 7:00 P.M. on Friday evening.
    Calvary Cross Church is located at the corner of California and Juniata --- only about 12 blocks from Interstate 55, taking the Arsenal Exit.
    It is hoped that many brethren will meet in St. Louis for a time of blessed fellowship.


     "My son, if thine heart be wise, my heart shall rejoice, even mine", (Proverbs 23:15).
    A true father is deeply and lovingly concerned for the lives of his children. His joy in later years will largely depend on the way they live. If they live noble and worthwhile lives walking up rightly and honorably before men they will be a source of great joy.
    Let it be recognized that the heart of every person has a great deal to do with the making of a life. One is never better than his heart. If his heart be evil -- full of impure thoughts, unholy dispositions and a fragile temperament--his character cannot be lovely and winning. As a man thinks in his heart, so is he.
    If parents would have happiness in seeing their children live beautifully, they must do more than give them good and wise counsel. Solomon was a splendid advisor. His words were full of wisdom. Faithfully followed, they will build in to a life such things as are true, pure and lovely. But, then, there was Solomon's living! When this is considered, there is little wonder that his son did not turn out well.
    Every parent should be on guard against making Solomon's fatal mistake. No matter how well one may advise, if his life does not demonstrate what he urges on others he will probably drag his children down with him to ultimate ruin. Good advice seldom prevails over the mockery of a sorry example.
    Beware the folly of giving good advice only to spoil it by the set ting of an example so contradictory as to make others reject it!


'I'd rather see a sermon, than hear
   one any day:
I'd rather one should walk with me,
   than merely show the way;
The eye's a better pupil, and more
   willing than the ear,
Fine counsel is confusing, but ex-
   ample's always clear.
And the best of all the preachers,
   are the men who live their
For to see good put in action is
   what everybody needs.
I soon can learn to do it, if
    you'll let me see it done;
I can see your hands in action, but
 your tongue too fast may run.
And the lectures you deliver may be
 very fine and true;
But I'd rather get my lesson by ob-
   serving what you do;
For I may not understand you and
 the high advice you give.
But there's no misunderstanding how
   you act and how you live.'
-- Edgar A. Guest


    "Commit thy way unto the Lord; trust also in him; and he shall bring it to pass," (Psa. 37:5).
    Worry, fretting and anxiety always cause a serious blemish on the life of any child of God. All are forms of sin, and should be recognized as such. Against the practice of such things our Lord has earnestly warned us: "And take heed to yourselves, lest at any time your hearts be overcharged with.... cares of this life..", (Lk. 21:34). Anxiety about any earthly thing is absolutely forbidden in the Scriptures, (Matt. 6:25; Lk. 12:22, 29;
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with his uncouth chirography. But, if he is diligent, each new page will show a little improvement, and ultimately his handwriting will rival the beauty of the master script.
    Only as one sets his eyes on the right goal, and endeavors, by God's help, to attain it will he ever be any closer to the pattern that God has established. There is only one place to begin right where you are. However imperfect your life is right now, abandon it to Jesus Christ and strike out toward the goal to which He calls you. By a walk of faith you may ultimately "be like Him", (I John 3:3). This is our earnest expectation -- our blessed hope.

John 6:27).
    Such as have been given to anxiety may triumph over it by following certain Biblical directions:
    1. Trust in God -- nothing doubting, (Jer. 17:7-8; Dan. 3:15-18).
    2. Cast all your care upon God, (Psa. 55:22; Prov, 16:3; I Peter 5:7).
    3. Claim the promise of God's care, (Hebrews 13:5-6).
    4. Thank God beforehand for answered prayer, (Phil. 4:6).
    "The habit of judging and condemning others is usually a great deal more serious blemish than are the things we so glibly point out as flaws or faults."

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