The Plattsmouth journal. (Plattsmouth, Nebraska) 1901-current, December 22, 1913, Page PAGE 4, Image 4
PAQE 4. run I omw n 0)e plattsmoutb journal Published Sam i-W a k I y Entered at the Postoffice at Plattsmoutb, R. A. BATES, Publisher Subscription Price; S1.50 Per Year In Advanot "CHRISTMAS GIFT. la many parts of the world, so many that, irolably all of us have had personal experience willi the custom, it is considered quite the thing to hail our friends and acquaintances on the morn ing: of December 25th with the greeting, "Merry Christmas, old chap; Christmas gift." ' Where upon, if you have "beat him to it," he is a "tightwad" if he doesn't "come through" with something. Custom has sanctioned Ihisr sort of legalized holdup, until a nianis reputation would suffer less were he caught pilfering apples from the widow woman's fruit stand on I he corner than should he re fuse to be a Christmas victim. The giving of gifts to relatives and friends at Christmas time is one of the prettiest customs of our Christian civilization. Bui we do believe that the Christmas present business is getting en tirely out uf bounds in many in stances. We heard a young lady, whose means are very limited by the way, remark the other day, "Well, I can't afford it at all, but I just must give her something swell for Christmas. She'll talk about me if I don't." To us this seems a danger of Wie present Christinas gift sys tem that is likely to wreck the whole pretty custom one of these days. It is not the spirit of want ing to give the present through regard for the ones we give them to but the spirit of a duly, and oflen times a hard one at that, which predominates our Christ mas shopping in far too many instances. No good Christmas ' gift but gives as much joy to the sender as to the receiver. No good Christmas gift but the one which love or regard prompts its send ing. No father or mother be grudges the gift to a child, or ex pects a present or equal or great er instrinsic value in return. Truly "the gift without the giver" is so bare that it is never worth while. We want to sec the custom of giving Christmas gifts preserved always, but how we do long to see the time when every giver will dare to give gifts according to his means, and only to those to whom he can "give himself with his gift." -:o:- . Look yourself over careTuily. A careful imoice will likely show that you are gelling just what is coming to you. If your business is a success you are taking the credit for it; if il is a failure you are likely abusing the people and the administration, all of which proves that you are selfish and prejudiced. You get all the "recognition" you are entitled to. IVople invariably take you for what you are actually worth ami credit you accordingly. When you get the notion In your head that you are not being appreciat ed at your true worth, take an other look and reduce your esti mate of yourself. You have over rated yourself. :o: "Clear the way for the young men," screams Collier's, with rapture. Probably to let them spend father's hard-earned money. Admitting, of course, that this is from the pessimist's point of.viewv :o: The slow trade on Christmas goods must be attributed to the condition of the roads during the past wek. It will begin to hum from now on. at Plattsmouth, Nebr. Nebraska, aa second-class mall matter- Au eastern paper published a pathetic poem entitled "The Lay of the Hen," and many a hard pressed . household wishes she would. ;o: It is said that one man out of every forty iii the United Stales owes his means of livelihood in some degree to the inventions of Thomas A. Edison. His nearest competitor for. employment honors is the man who invented politics. : ::o: A common error with some people, and, unfortunately, with some democrats, is to be intoler ant with all who differ from their views on even the nonessentials in political matters, as if the truth were established with mathematical certainly, and all who failed to accept any portion of their ideas were willfully wrong. As a matter of fact it can never be the case that one party is entirely right and an other entirely wrong, and party discipline does not demand that every man follow blindly in the wake of the leaders without dar ing to give an expression to his own ideas. :o: A teacher in the Chicago schools has issued a new text book treating on sex hygiene. Doubtless she is an old amid, but at any rale some of the ideas that he has put forth indicate that he ought to have the hose turn ed on her. She is trying to get the school authorities to have her work adopted as a text book. and here are some of her non sense: "To multiply and re plenish the earth is the oldest law established for the guidance of humanity. To be restricted in that is to be in subjection to a device invented by the male of the species for monopolizing the fe male. Marriage is a restrictive device which interferes with the greatest function for which man kind was created and at the same time supplies an opportunity for the grossest immortality under the guise or disguise of holy matrimony. The greatest virtue a woman has is herlonging for children. The greatest vice a man has is his desire to monopolize her productivity. The wedding ring is the badge of bondage of woman's virtue to man's vice. Why should not the man wear the wedding ring as a token that he belongs to woman? Or, better still, why wedding rings or ceremonies at all?" :o : The department of agriculture has a number of very interesting bulletins, written in popular style, available for free distribu tion. These not only cover the subjects of poultry and cattle raising, the growing of fruit and vegetables, care of bees, con struction of farm buildings, the marketing of farm products, and the keeping of accounts, but also cover much that is of interest to those living in cities, such as bulletins on. the food values of beans, peas and other legumes, eggs, poultry, cereal breakfast foods, fruit, sugar, corn and corn products, potatoes and other root crops, nuts, cheese, mutton, and fish, - and bulletins on "Meats: Composition and Cooking," "Principles of Nutrition and Nutritive Value of Food," "Iiread and Bread Making," and "Canned Fruits, Preserves and Jellies." A full list of these bulletins and information on how to obtain them will be sent to all those who will write to Congressman Ma- guire, care the capiiol, Washing ton, D. C. THE ALARM CLOCK. Blessed be the man who in vented the alarm clock. Not that we experience any genuine or particular pleasure upon being startled by the unseemingly dis turbance at some ungodly hour of the night, but the alarm keeps the world from being late and makes it possible for everybody to get there on schedule time. To the sleep-loving drowsy-head the alarm seems a devilish fiend come to steal away the choicest winks of all the night, and to shatter the unfinished dreams that need but a little more sleep to make them all come true. But after the dreams and the disap pointment even the sleepy-head feels grateful to the patient little monitor that ticked alone all through the night, just to call him back to life at the appointed hour. The alarm clock is a mem ber of almost every home, and it keeps its vigils for all alike. It starts the world agoing again and rings in a new day and rings up the curtain for a new sun. The alarm clock starts us going right on time that is, if we do not hush it and go back to sleep again. We must answer when I he alarm clock calls, or we may become so accustomed to it that we may sleep on and never hear. The alarm clock is like the con science. One's conscience stands on guard faithfully and as sleep- lessly as does the little clean faced clock that sounds the morn ing call. The conscience is in deed a most wonderful alarm, and its call rings in our ears at every approach of danger. When temptations come and seek -a weak place in our defenses, con science sounds the alarm ami warns us in ample time lo be on our guard. Wrong never sneaks into our lives unannounced. Con science is a sentry that not only sounds the alarm, but that helps us light our battles. We may grow impatient at its persistent calls and feel that it would rob us of what seems best in life, but when we fully awake we find that the alarm clock was our pro tection and our only safeguard. When this alarm clock rings it is indeed time to get up and turn on the light. It is time to do something, to start something to put on our working clothes and get busy. There's a big day's work ahead when conscience rings the alarm, there's danger that calls for strong arms and a stout heart. And there should be no delay in answering the alarm, lest we lose the power to hear and that we sleep on and on. And there are other alarm clocks that tell us that it is time lo get up and make ready for the tasks of a new day. Great wrongs spring up and we hear the murmuring of the multitude labor is op pressed the poor are cold and hungry the social evil swallows up the innocent high prices dis tress the country drunkenness debauches our best manhood we hear the murmuring, and this murmuring is an alarm clock that warns us that it is time to get up and get busy. There are alarm clocks ringing all about us there are danger signals that carry deeper meaning than we know. It is time to get up and make ready for a new day and a new deal. :o: Secretary Houston of the de partment of agriculture has justified the wisdom of his ap pointment by conducting an in quiry into the needs of the wom en on the farm. This is the one subject that this" enterprising de partment has heretofore ignored and there is none more important to the success of the stay-on-lhe-farm movement. Make farm life attractive to the women folks and the great problem is solved. :o: If Attorney General Me Rey nolds' inquiry into the methods of the cold storage trust develops nothing- else, it may, acquit the hens of the charge of frivalty and uuattention to business. If you have an income of $3, C00 per annum you ought to thank your stars that it Is your privilege to be taxed on the ex cess. :o: AU the enterprising Nebraska towns are installing electrolier lighting posts. Will Platlsmouth take the hint and get in the swim? :o: . Mr. Lind, in the face of the poet's sweeping generalization, says that the clouds of Mexico still have a dark lining. Mexico has other uses for its silver. :o: A Pennsylvania man got up a fake charity ball and eloped with the receipts. Evidently it is true that charity covers a multitude of sins. :o: How many children are there in Plallsmoulh this year who will be unable to feel the effects of Santa Clans on Christmas morn? We hope not one. :o: An international council has taken the world's championship away from Jack Johnson, by resolution. Why did not this easy way suggest itself years ago. Anti-woman suffragists are about. as well organized, nation ally speaking, as the suffragists, and they are just as smart, if not a little more so, when il comes to scheming. :o: Santa Clans is the most pop ular man extant now, and it is indeed cheerful lo the old people to see how eagerly the little ones go down the street gazing into I he shop w indows. Happy chil dren! :o: Strikes are coming so thick and fast in Indianapolis that holiday shopping will have to go over till next year. Public excitement and turmoil are not a Ionic to busi ness transquality and all round prosperity. :o: A statistician has figured that in seventy-live years the average man will eat 12,000 eggs. Figures are fairly reliable, but at the present prices the average man, in seventy-live years, will have consumed none at all. :o: A man committed suicide in New York the other day because he said "the men of his club were awful mean lo him." This shows that a club is not wholly useless in this world anil if it could be used to get rid of the mean men in any community it would be hailed as a boon. :o: Eggs are quoted at 14 cents in Australia. As socialistic ideas prevail to a large extent over there the hens doubtless feel they cannot join the high priced egg combine without doing violence to those economic principles which are in such pronounced favor throughout the island. :o: For the most part the men of all parties are honest, and what ever the political differences, they should not be permitted to cause ill feelings. The question of whether a man is a democrat, a progressive democrat or a re publican is not so important as his being a good neighbor and a patriotic American citizen. :o: According to the bureau of statistics of the United Slates' department of agriculture Ne braska in 1913 raised il i, 150,000 bushels of corn worth 05 cents per bushel, or 7 5,198,000 as compared with 182,8iG,000 at 37 cents per bushel, or $07,508,000 in 1912. The figures are fair to look upon and may be ap proximately correct for the entire state. Unfortunately, however, the farmer of this immediate section will scarcely be able to reconcile them with the figures of his bank account or the unoc cupied space in his corn cribs. GOD OUR PATTER IN GIVING GIFTS Every Good and Perfect Gift Gomes From Above. THE BIRTH AT BETHLEHEM. Tho Greatest Gift of God to Men The Pleasure of Giving God the Great Exemplar He Giveth All Things Richly to Be Enjoyed Every Good and Every Perfect Gift Gifts to Angels Gifts to Men Gifts to the Saints Gifts to Sinners All Should Imitate Him Precious Gifts Which All May Lavishly Bestow. Louisville. Ky., December 'Jl.-Of tlie two discourses which I'astor Rus sell save here to day we are re porting tbe one from the text. "Every good and every perfect gift la from Above and cometh down from tlie Father of Lights, In whom is no varia- f HftSTOR. RUSSELL) bleness nor shadow of turning. (James 1:17.) He said: Christmas is a delightful season in many respects. Admitting the claim that It Is the date of the Annuncia tion, and that our Lord's birth was nine months later, in October, it mat ters not. It is a delightful custom that draws the attention of the whole world to the birth at Bethlehem, and me morializes to men the great Gift of God on our behalf. We rejoice in it. even though the Higher Critics have wrought such destruction of faith in Christendom that to many the day and the events it commemorates have lost their meaning. The custom of giv ing little tokens of remembrance and esteem is still a blessing in tbe world. To the extent that we enter into it heartily, we are exercising a godlike quality. God is the great Giver, from whom cometh every good gift and ev ery perfect gift. Some of God's Gifts. Let us begin -with some of the com mon things that God lias given all men richly to enjoy. - ITow delightful ly adapted to our needs is the air we breathe! How it carries life and re freshment to our lungs and to every part of our bodies! Think of the great boon of water refreshing exhilarat ing, absolutely a necessity to our hab its and our life. Take the sunshine and the golden grandeur in which it clothes the earth, and tbe life and vigor which it Imparts not only to our bodies and minds, but to all na ture. Even in the matter of colors Gd is gracious to us. The predominating colors are well adapted to our sight, and restful to the eye. Tbe variegat ed colors of the flowers brighten the landscape, refreshing and pleasing us. Not only so. but tbe infinite variety of these flowers in size and shape is won derful. Even the storm clouds are beautiful. The Creator, who gave us the organs appreciative of shape, beauty and color, provided us also gratification of these senses. Addition ally, lie gave lis the sense of smell, and then provided in all nature won derful varieties of odors to gratify us. Do not all these gifts come from the Father of Mercies? Time would fail us to examine these common blessings which God has giv en ail men richly to enjoy not only His consecrated saints, but every crea ture. We can readily see that a grand provision was made for the race In its original perfection. All these things are blessings to mankind, notwith standing our fallen condition, notwith standing our weaknesses of mind and body which hinder us from proper conception, appreciation and use vt these. When we remember that the sick lose their appetite and fail in all their powers of appreciation, and when we remember that our entire race is sin-sick, we may well wonder how much more a perfect man might have enjoyed tlie various blessings which are still precious to lis. Richly to Enjoy. God has given gifts. They are on every band, and may be richly enjoy ed or not richly enjoyed. But as the majority of people swallow their food without richly enjoying its flavor, so the majority receive and use God's favors in a stupid, unappreclative man ner, and do not richly enjoy Indeed are unconscious of the blessings that they have. What is the matter? The reply of the Bible is that they have the wrong spirit. But where did they get the wrong spirit? The Bible an swers that sin vitiates every good quality of mind and of body. The world. through depravity, through losing its relationship with God, has lost the sense of apprecia tion o( many of God's gifts. Mankind have them, and use them, but do not enjoy them. Consequently they are un happy, unholy, unthankful. Airs, poor world! It Is rushing madly hither and thither, seeking pleasure, seeking joy. seeking happiuess. but tindlng discon tent, disappointment. Only one class of people are really able to highly enjoy Heaven's gifts. These have passed through a certain mental experience which is for theui transforming all of life's affairs. They hare caught a glimpse of the Almighty Father, and have learned that an these gifts and blessings of nature are of His Wisdom and His bestowing. More than this, before their eyes were open ed to see deeply and clearly, their hearts wee regenerated. They bad given their hearts to the Lord, and He had given them new hearts. With these new hearts, new minds, trans formed wills, old things have become new. They open their eyes upon the world and the fulness thereof; and recognizing the relationship between these and tbe Heavenly Father, their hearts are warmed and enlightened. The spirit of love and appreciation la shed abroad. God's Unspeakable Gift. The Apostle exclaimed. 'Thanks ho unto God for His unspeakable Gift!" He refers to the Gift of God's dear Son to be man's Redeemer to pay the price, the penalty, of tin the death penalty on our lebalf. Ah. yes! that is an unspeakable Gift, far beyond anything that could be I asked or imagined. The death sentence passed upon Adam by the Supreme Court of the Universe could not l-e revoked, and that seiitcr.ee included all of his posterity; for we were llesh of his flesh, bone of his bone. If an un blemished human life could be sub stituted for his. the majesty of the Divine Law could tdand, and be and all of his race might be granted a fresh trial for life everlasting or death everlasting. But no such per fect man was In the world. And had there been such a one. who knows that he would have tteen willing to sacrifice his life for a race? The will of the Redeemer was net Ignored. lie was not sacrificed. On the contrary, the Scriptures make very clear that the Father presented Ills Flan for the approval of the Son. and attached to the proposition exceeding great and precious promises, and that the Son willingly and Joyfully co-operated in tbe Plan. As we read. "For the joy that was set ltefore Him. He endured the cross, despising the shame, and is now, as a rewardj set down at the right hand of the Throne of God' awaiting the still further glories and honors of Ills Millennial Kingdom and of eternity. Gifts to the Church. God's time has not yet come for giving the gifts of the Redeemer's sacrifice to the world. The distribu tion to the world of mankind of tho? blessings is held In abeyance, waiting for the glorious Thousand-Year Day J earth's Jubilee. Meantime CM ha been preparing for a special class of humanity other gifts, the richness and value of whivh "eye hath not seen nor ear heart, neither have entered into tlie heart of roan." God has a right to give different gifts to His different creatures. lie has given to the angels the gifts, bless ings, which cause their everlasting happiness; and now lie is selecting from amongst men by various trials, tests, a very special class a saintly class, of all nations and denomina tions. While He calls all perfect in telligent beings (angelic and humnui "sons of God," He purposes that the saintly ones now ln-ing selected shall be His sons uu a still higher plane, to which Jesus has Ixhmi exalted as a reward for His oU-dience "far nlwive angels, principalities and powers and every name that is named." To such of these as respond to the drawings and leadings and tests. Gol is giving special gifts at tlie present time not earthly gifts, tangible and seen of men. but spiritual gifts new hearts of appreciation, new ryes of understanding, new ear3 of compre hension, new powers of spiritual en joyment. To them "old things are passed away, and all things have be come new." 2 Corinthians r:17. The Most Helpful Gifts. Give without hoping for gifts in re turn every gift at this season should be a love token. We value the gift not so much for its monetary worth as because of the love and fellowship of which it is a reminder. It Is emi nently proper that friends and parents should prepare gifts for others in se cret, and keep them until the oppor tune time for presentation. In all this they are merely copying the Heavenly Father, who is thus preparing for the world the wonderful gifts of the Mes sianic Kingdom, descrilied as a "feast of fat things for all icop!e." But there are other gifts which should not be kept back merely for Christmas time. Each one. and espe cially each Christian, should every day shed forth on life's pathway gifts and blessings that would bring Joy. cheer, to many hearts the kindly word, the nod of recognition, especially to one In less favored circumstances, the kindly look, tlie word or act of sympathy. Oh. how much these gifts ineai. to the poor world, whom the Apostle I'aul describes as the groaning creation! Many of them have little that they know how to enjoy In the present life, and no prospect beyond. How blank such lives! What a godly pleasure comes from cnstlng upor. them an oc casional ray of sunshine! At times financial help may le ap propriate in proportion to our ability. At times counsel and friend-hip and lympathy would be of more value than money. What we all need 1 to be more and more filled with the Spirit of ur Father in Heaven the spirit of jur Suvlor the Spirit of love. Joy. ?ence. This Spirit, like radium. ! con tinually giving off, yet never licking in juality. God is the abundant supply. He who thus loves and gives Is con ilnually a recipient from God more abundantly; and his treasure-store of toy and pleasure is an ever Increasing jne, regardless of what his outward rircumstances and conditions may be. "Gave Gifts Unto Men. Writing to the Epbesiaus (I.St. St. Paul noCes gifts specially bestowed upon the Church of the Father. l r the Son. He nays, "When n Christ ascended up on High, He led captiv.ty captive and gave gifts unto men." Wore literacy It rpads. "lie led fortu a multitude of captives, bestowing, gifts unto men." The Apot!e quote from the Psalms a poetic descrl; t: n representing Jesus as a great Conquer or w ho had vanquished the enemy n: I was returning home with the ;;: The enemy is Sin and Ieath. Jeus by His sacrifice gained tli victory and the right to control t millions of Adam's rare who were in bondage to Sin and Death. He hi I humbled Himself, had become a mar. had given His life a Ransom f r had been raised from tbe dead by tie power of the Father, and f ad tl.cn r cendod a conquering Hero. wclron..-1 by the Father and acclaimed by the angelic hot. The multitude of captive In IT train Inve not yrt come irb sight -merely the vanguard, the f hurch. An 1 the Church will not be full? delivered until all of its memltcr shall luve fwen changed t glory, honor and In-nort ty beyond the veil, ns fharers ia the First Resnrrection. Soon the II ly portion of the delivered rn; f;-. will have followed the Leader !:;! ' presence of the Father. Then for a thousand year the ot. r captives will b following on. A Sf I'aul declares. It will l "every n :vi in his own order. or company. r r- Iment. The ranks will ultimately in clude the entire race of Ad.irn an I himself. All Ihoe willing to l I-l forth from captivity will attain iia the full inrty of the jur.s of Gii. lost through Adam s disoN-diewe. and the right to n overy of the same re deemed for them at Calvary. Rut tlie Apostle r.cntl -ns the tri im phal entry of Jeus Into Heaven it self merely as no In -videntul. prcaeir:g his statement that our Lord I-n medi ately began t give sifts to mm. Th first gifts, bestowed at 1'ei.tect.st. w r. to the Church. Ind'-ed. ail f Jest:-' gifts thus far have leen to Hi follow ers. The prophecy frmh whiih tie AlKst!o quote, take la the word. however, declaring that the cift ar "for the nlx idous also.- I'salm "VS lv Jesus' Gifts to the Church. St- I'aul, cot. tinning, tcil r.s the clal gifts lx-stowed I y Jesus ujKn IrU Church: "And He gav "me Apoii. . and sure prophets, and some evan gelists, and some pastors aid teach ers. Jesus tells us alut some f.ile apostles. We can readily suppose that there have crept in t the C'.'irch ai false teachers. f.i!-e pastors, associat ing godliness taI'Ii pain, as the A ( tie explains. All the same we ire b have in mind that there are tn:- A;o tles, prophets, pa . tors, and tepchers apjHjIiitcd by the Redeemer as His spe cial gift to the Church, a HU . clal repiesentaiives in the Ch'irch. f- r their guidance and blejng. We further read f the object and purpose of these gift: they were -for the perfecting of tie saints, for th work r.f the ministry, for t! elifin of the ly of Chri-t: till we ail come In the unity of the faith, and of Ihw knowledge of tlie Son of God. unto a perfect Man. ui:to the rie.is ire r.f the stature of the fulnc of t'l.ri-t. Only In proportion as A;wtc. prophets, pastors and teacher f.;"il this mission are they really the I.rd' gifts to His Church. Consider that these were r.ol appointed for the world, but for the saint and i"t merely to start them In ttie wny nf saintship. but especially t jM-rfe t them a saint. And this i-erfceting f the saints is not mere'.- an Instruc tion of' them In knowledge. li'-r merely the bringing of then to an aj pre ia tion of the joys and the peacp .f the Lord, but a preparation of them for the work of ministry the work f service. All the saints are t be serv ants, even a the Lerd J-u. the treat est Saint. w Servant of all Whoever d--s not learn t- ! a crv ant of God. a servant of righteou ness, a nervant of the brethren, wil not have leanu-d the lco:i n--eH-nry for a share in the Kincdom. IVsid. the Kingdom itelf will l a urvi. i to mankind for human np'lft. and only those who have come to art apprecia tion of the privilege f scrv I -e hi the present condition; will lie granted a share with the Inl hi the more g'ori ou service f the future. The edifying of the Body of Christ, in modern language, inear.s the u; buildiug. the strengthening, the devel opment of the Church, wlii.-li I the Body of Christ. Not inertly with sin ners and with the heathen, thi reT re. are the pastor and tc-ichcrs to 1-e en gaged, but chiefly wi;h the Church, edifying it. strengthening if. iHlii'-ating it. with the knowledge of Gd. and building it up in all tlie fruit an. I graces of the Sp rit. The Ast. prophets, pastors and teachers who re the Ix.ni's gift to the Chup-h will !e found doing this vork. whatever may be said of others. How Lor. 3 It Will Last. Their work will not be CnisliM na til the (.'hup h completed h..ll ha-e entered Into glory. Thi Is the Ar tie's ftafeiiieiit. "Till we all curie l-i the unity of tie f.iith and cf the knowledge of the Sou of i l rr.to perfect Min." The prfet Mm lg nif.es the glorioti. eo;.i,.'cte Chrl-f. ( which Jesus is the Head and -t !.i- U frery ri:emt r of the Cl.nr U ! a r art When thi entire B.dy sliall have I completed, perfected, ib'vro. ; ed. the work of this Age will ! at an rr,d. the g ft of Christ wil' have a-cor-i-plished their work, the Body f Ch-St In glory will thea l"-il.i the !id lh 'zn which is to blesH the world and .honr.r gifts upon men "tint relK.-l lou al..i "I-ove rivln. T? .,r rx :; ' ra Jiy cf Iliivrri t frirti; c. .rn. .. n -Thoti hant xr.A-'. vil'i . T'nv 1;';n!t. l-ove do : j I "!"- r f t r ci n K'hr. Tt;vi art :i v -r-1 i-.,n . I'ure urTw-r. lo ? T:.; i jr': Thou hast brought t, ,i?'-n . Tfeee we love wita aU o-r c-rT."