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Beyond the war-clouds and the red-
dened ways,
I see the Promise of the Coming
I see His Sun arise, new charged
    with grace
Earth's tears to dry and all her
    woes efface!
Christ lives!
        Christ loves!
                Christ rules!

No more shall Might,
Though leagued with all the Forces
    of the Night,
Ride over Right. No more shall
The World's gross agonies prolong.
Who waits His time shall surely see
The triumph of His Constancy; --
When without let, or bar, or stay,
The coming of His Perfect Day
Shall sweep the Powers of Night
    away; --
And Faith,
    Replumed for nobler flight,
And Hope,
    Aglow with radiance bright,
And Love,
    In loveliness bedight,
-- Author Unknown


    Perhaps the most extensive expression of the Father-Son relationship recorded in the Scriptures is found in John 5:17-29. Having healed a lame man on the Sabbath, the Jews determined to put Jesus to death. He answereth "My Father worketh hitherto, and I work". This only increased their desire to kill Him -- not only because He had broken their concept of the Sabbath, but because he also said "that God was his Father, MAKING HIMSELF EQUAL WITH GOD".
    Jesus told these unbelieving Jews that He could do nothing of Himself; He could only do what He saw the Father do. Then He made a claim that, on other lips, would have been nothing short of blasphemy. "For the Father loveth the Son, and sheweth him all things that himself doeth: and he will shew him greater works than these, that ye may marvel. For as the Father raiseth up the dead, and quickeneth them; even so the Son quickeneth whom he will. For the Father judgeth no man, but hath committed ALL JUDGMENT unto the Son That all men should HONOR THE SON, even as they honor the Father. He

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that honoreth not the Son honoreth not the Father which hath sent him".
    In this passage there are three outstanding thoughts: (1) No man can honor the Father while rejecting the Son; (2) The power of life and death are in Jesus' hands; and (3) To Him belongs the authority of Universal Judgment.
    It should be remembered that Jesus Himself declared the utter impossibility of honoring the Father without honoring the Son IN LIKE MANNER. This should, forever, rule out the idea of endeavoring to arrive, through compromise, at a WORLD RELIGION which men of all faiths can accept. Who, outside of Christianity, would accept Jesus Christ as the very Son of God, and honor Him with the Most High? When sending out His disciples two by two, Jesus declared: "He that heareth you heareth me; and he that despiseth you despiseth me; and he that despiseth me despiseth him that sent me". (Lk. 10:16). That

His disciples held forth this same message is evident: "Who is a liar but he that denieth that Jesus is the Christ? He is antichrist, that denieth the Father and the Son. Whoever denieth the Son, the same hath not the Father", (I John 2:22-23).
    Again, Jesus claimed for Himself the power to give and take life. To Martha, as they stood near the tomb of Lazarus, Jesus said: "I AM the resurrection, and the 1ife: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live", (Jn. 11,25). Again He said: "I am the way, the truth, and the LIFE", (Jn. 14:6). In His intercessory prayer, of John 17, His voice is again heard: "Father, the hour is come; glorify thy Son, that thy Son also may glorify thee: As thou hast given him POWER OVER ALL FLESH, that he should give eternal life to as many as thou hast given him. And this is eternal life, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent", (John 17:1-3). Only as men "know" God, can they possess this eternal life; and it was Jesus' claim that ONLY HE COULD MAKE HIM KNOWN.
    Paul admonished Timothy not to be ashamed of his bonds, but to become a partaker of the afflictions of the Gospel according to the power of God, "Who hath saved us, and called us with an holy calling, not according to our works, but according to his own purpose and grace" -- declaring that Jesus Christ has "abolished death, and hath brought life & immortality to light through the Gospel", (2 Tim. 1:10). Con'td.


    "Don't bother me about conversion; I know all about it; but the truth is, I LIKE THE WORLD, and I'm not going to turn 'religious' yet. Take your way, and I'll take mine. Go to your meetings, sing your hymns, and pray, but don't trouble me any more. I'll be all right, some day", and with these words Willie left the room where his sister sat reading.
    He was the only son of a fond mother, a kind, affectionate boy, but not saved, His sister Annie was three years older, and had been converted to God two years. Now she longed to see her brother trust in the Lord. She prayed and sought every opportunity to bring the Gospel, and his need of it before him.
    Once and again Willie had been convicted, but the fear of his companions sneers had kept him from yielding his heart to the Lord. He was far from happy; indeed, at times he seemed completely miserable. Whatever his lips might utter, by way of excuse or defense, he was fully aware that the path he was treading had its end in hell, and that his mother and sister had the best of it -- for time as well as for eternity.
    All afternoon Willie had been preparing to go out with friends to enjoy an evening's "entertainment". Just as he was putting on his' coat to go, Annie ventured to say, "I wish I saw you going out to spend the evening in the service of the Lord, Willie. I wonder when that will be?"
    The reply he made we have quoted

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above, and then Willie hurried off to join his companions. Annie heaved a sigh as she saw him go, and her heart was lifted to the throne of God -- with whom all things are possible -- that somehow He would lay His hand on Willie and bring him to Himself.
    The evening passed, and Willie was home early. He spoke very little, but Annie gathered that the evening's "entertainment" had been a disappointment to him. It had not come up to his expectations. Like most of the world's affairs, it was less brilliant than it had been represented, and Willie seemed out of temper over it. But perhaps there was another reason too; his conscience was ill-at-ease, and that often spoils the worldling's joy.
    Willie retired to his room very shortly and, of course, Annie had to remember his rule and say nothing to him on the subject of conversion. But, she sang to herself the familiar lines:
"I've tried the broken cisterns,
But, Ah! the waters failed;
E'en as I stooped to drink they
And mocked me as I wailed."
    Knowing full well the meaning of those words, and for whom they were intended, Willie quietly said "good night" to his mother and sister and passed into his room -- to be alone with God.
    What passed there between the convicted youth and his God, no one can tell, Some time later Annie heard a sound coming from her bro-

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ther's room, as If someone was speaking aloud. Fearing that her brother might be ill, she gently tapped at the door. Willie opened it, and before Annie had time to speak threw his arms around her. Bursting into tears, he said, "We will sing the chorus of your hymn together now, Annie", and he led off himself, with the words:
"NOW none but Christ can satisfy,
    None other name for me;
There's love, and life, and lasting
    Lord Jesus, found in Thee".
    What joy filled Annie's heart to know that her brother had finally trusted in Jesus as the Saviour and Satisfier of his soul. There was
INDESCRIBABLE JOY under the widow's roof that night as mother, son, and daughter knelt together and gave thanks to God that they were now an unbroken circle in the Lord--Three on earth, and the absent father already "present with the Lord".
    The next day Willie went out to tell his friends of his glorious experience -- heartily and joyfully testifying to all around of the saving power of Jesus' Name.
    Have YOU yet trusted in Jesus? If not, WHY NOT? The world cannot give you anything that lasts -- or really satisfies. Its pleasures do not satisfy; death will end them all. Then comes eternity --- an eternity without God, without Jesus -- an eternity in hell. Would YOU with open eyes CHOOSE SUCH A MISERABLE PORTION?? Or will you be wise and trust Jesus TODAY?
-- Selected & Revised


    A letter from Pastor Jim McCoy states that as of "April 1 the Antioch MBC of Greencastle, Indiana had raised $328.00 toward the passage funds needed by missionary Edgar D. Sullivan. As of that date they had not received an offering from any sister church.
    The CLARION HERALD is glad to run regular reports about the progress of this, and any other, fund established to meet the needs of our missionaries. Hope to have a report on the fund established by Bro. Mike Rogers & the Union Hill MBC, of Bradford, Arkansas, to purchase a vehicle for the Potter's in the next issue.