THE SCHOOL OF MOTHER'S KNEE
The oldest University
Was not on India's strand,
Nor in the valley of the Nile,
Nor on Arabia's sand;
From time's beginning it has taught
And still it teaches free
Its learning mild to every child --
The school of Mother's Knee.
The oldest school to teach the law,
And teach it deeply too,
Dividing what should not be done
From what each one should do,
Was not in Rome nor Ispahan
Nor by the Euxine Sea;
But it held its sway ere history's
The school of Mother's Knee.
-- Author Unknown
How rich is the heritage, and indescribable the
blessing, of all whose mother has loved the Lord and
her family --- faithfully teaching her children to
reverence, love and trust in Him. Such a heritage
money cannot hey, time cannot erase, rust cannot
corrupt and thieves cannot break through and
If YOU have been blessed in having such a mother
you OUGHT to love her dearly and honor her -- not
just once a year, but constantly --
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"YOU'RE GETTING TOO OLD!"
"Then all the elders of Israel gathered
themselves together, and came to Samuel unto Ramah,
And said unto him, BEHOLD, THOU ART OLD, and thy
sons walk not in thy ways: now make us a king to
judge us like all the nations", (I Sam.
The elders of Israel suggested by these words
that Samuel was getting too old to lead efficiently;
they thought he should resign and allow them to
choose another ruler. Like so many thoughtless
people, in every generation, they had forgotten that
he had grown old in serving them, and that they owed
to him whatever grandeur or real glory there was in
the land. They did not understand that his years of
service better fitted him to serve them --
especially since the choice of a ruler was really
the prerogative of God, and not of themselves. The
ungrateful conduct of his countrymen, toward Samuel,
was most despicable -- as is similar conduct in any
age, and on the part of any people.
There is a common fault between this and that
ancient age. We are lacking in a proper regard and
respect for the aged. Too soon are
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WHO'LL GET YOUR PROPERTY?
Who'll act your property, dear
When you no longer have control?
Will it he left for worldly kin
To send them deeper into sin?
Will sons & daughters "law it out"?
Or with each other fuss & pout,
Because they don't & won't agree
Just what the share of each
Will someone drink it all away,
As sometimes happens, sad to say?
Will it he spent, when you
have died, To gratify a lot of PRIDE?
Wi11 those for whom you've saved
Expend it just to fill life's cup
With pleasures that will curse
And send them on to hell's black
Who'll get your business, or your
And cash, perhaps, you have on
Who'll get the means that you have
For which you sacrificed & slaved?
You'd better seek God's HOLY WILL
Before you grow quite weak & ill,
As to the way your means should go
When you are through with earth below.
-- Author Unknown
SAY THAT AGAIN, JUDGE!!
(The following article, copied from the WESTERN
MESSENGER, was originally published in the
MANCHESTER, N.H., UNION LEADER, and attributed to "a
Juvenile Court Judge in an Eastern State".)
Always we hear the plaintive cry of the
teenagers: What can we DO? Where can we GO? The
answer is clear: GO HOME! Hang the storm windows,
paint the woodwork, rake the leaves, mow the lawn,
wash the car, learn to cook, scrub the floors,
repair the sink, build a boat, get a job. Help the
minister, the priest or rabbi. Help the Red Cross,
the Salvation Army, visit the sick, assist the poor,
study your lessons and when you're through and not
too tired, READ A BOOK.
Your parents do not OWE you entertainment. Your
city or town does not owe you recreational
facilities. The world does not owe you a living. YOU
OWE THE World SOMETHING!! You owe the world your
time and energy and talents so that no one will be
at war, in poverty, or sick
or lonely again.
In plain, simple words: GROW UP! Quit being a
crybaby. Get out of your dream world and develop a
backbone, not a wishbone, and start acting like a
man or lady. You are supposed to be mature enough to
accept some of the responsibility your parents have
carried for years. They have nursed, protected,
helped, appealed, begged, excused, tolerated and
denied themselves needed comfort so that YOU could
have every benefit. You have no RIGHT to expect them
to bow to your every whim and fancy.
In Heaven's name, GROW UP, AND GO HOME!!
IMPLICATIONS OF JESUS' SERMON
ON THE MOUNT
J. Gresham Machen has shown the impossibility of
escaping "from theology, even in the chosen
precincts of the Sermon on the Mount. A stupendous
theology, with Jesus' own person at the center of
it, is the presupposition of the whole teaching ....
For the fact is that the ethic of the discourse,
taken by itself, will not work at all".
One who has sincerely tried to help a drunkard
overcome his evil habit, will soon come to distrust
the modern interpretation of the Golden Rule: "Do
unto others as you would have them do unto you". His
companions apply the rule only too well --- doing
exactly as they would want him to do unto them. They
buy him a drink. Thus, the Golden Rule "becomes
powerful obstacle in the way of moral advance.
But the modern trouble does not
lie in the rule itself; it lies in the modern
interpretation of the rule. The error consists in
supposing that the Golden Rule, with the rest of the
Sermon on the Mount is addressed to the WHOLE WORLD.
As a matter of fact, the whole discourse is
expressly addressed to Jesus' disciples; and from
them the great world outside is distinguished in the
plainest possible way.
The persons to whom the Golden Rule is addressed
are persons in whom a great change has been wrought
-- a change which fits them for the Kingdom of God
.... The Sermon on the Mount, rightly interpreted,
then, makes man a seeker after some DIVINE MEANS OF
SALVATION by which entrance into the kingdom can be
obtained ... Like all the rest of the New Testament,
it leads a man STAIGHT TO THE CROSS".
CALIFORNIA FELLOWSHIP AUGUST 29-31
A telephone call from Pastor Sharrel E. Ford has
just confirmed the intention of the Bethel
Missionary Baptist Church, of Sacramento, California
to host a Fellowship Meeting on August 29-31. This
editor has been invited to speak each evening
beginning August 29 and continuing through September
2, and he looks forward to this time of fellowship
in the Gospel with many brethren on the West coast.
Other brethren will be speaking at the day-time
Why not mark this date on your calendar RIGHT NOW,
and start making plans to attend? E.G.
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"MOTHER'S KNEE" ... Continued
by a life of uprightness before the Lord.
I thank God: (1) For a mother who is faithful
both to her Lord and to her children, (2) For a wife
-- the mother of my children -- who loves her
children, and prays, in faith, that Christ may truly
be formed in them, and (3) For all those godly
mothers who are faithfully exercising such a power
for truth and right throughout this sinful
GETTING OLD ... Continued
we ready to suggest that they step aside (forgetting
that they have grown old in faithfully serving us)
to make room for younger people to take over the
work they have faithfully and joyfully done for so
Of all people, Christians have greater reason to
respect and honor those who have ripened to old age
in the ways of righteousness and self-denying
service to others. The sincere affections of younger
people ought to cheer the hearts of the aged; but
far too often they are sorely neglected in an
unchristian manner. Too often they are left to their
loneliness. Who knows what sorrows they have
endured, what sad memories fill their hearts and how
deeply they crave sympathy and love?
It is a lovely thing when young people can heartily,
lovingly, and with deep respect, bring cheer to the
hearts of those who have labored faithfully to make
the path a little smoother before us.
Is there some aged one into whose life YOU may
bring a ray of sunshine TODAY? You will be much
richer by the experience.
SPECIAL OFFERING -- POTTER AUTO
Let each of us remember the offering this coming
Sunday to go toward purchasing a means of
transportation for the Ed Potter's in Brazil.
This OUGHT to be a LIBERAL OFFERING -- given as
unto the Lord, and for His glory. E.G.