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Rev. Alfred Clay—Pastor.
H. W. Smith—Reporter.
Sunday school and all Easter serv
ices were well attended. The Forum
and the Cantata were also well at
Rev. Clay and the choir rendered
a beautrfnl program at Bethel A.
M. E. church at 4 p. m. in Council
Visitors are always welcome.
St John A ME Church
22nd and Willis Ave.
“The Friendly Church”
Rev. L. P. Bryant—Pastor.
Easter Sunday at St. John’s was
a day that will be long be remember
ed. In fact, the Easter program
started Friday night March 30 when
the young people o5 the teen age
gave the play “Barrabbas” under the
direction of Mr. M. E. Webb. Mrs.
Mattie Johnson and Mr. ltoy Fonts.
This same play will be rendered next
Sunday, April 8th at Mt. Moriah
Baptist at 4 p. m. at the Sunday
school alliance. It will be very good.
Come and see what your girls and
boys ran do.
Sunday morning the program con
tinued when the children of the
Sunday schjool gave their Easter
program under the direction of Mrs. j
Eliya Turner. At the I\ o’clock
service, Rev Bryant preached a very
The attendance at all services were
unusually good. The Church was
very pleased to have the little Mis- ]
ses Mable L. King and Roena Jones
join the church on confession.
Those baptised were as follows:
Adults: Mrs. Bessie Preston and j
Mrs. Mammie Booth. Children;]
Russell Watson, Jamerson, James
Watson Jones, Edna V. Jones, Bel-j
livery Jean Bythwood, Todd W.
Booth, Clifford Trigg, Evelyn Jack
son and Charlotte and Audrey Pres
The evening servce consisted of a
pageant Cantata, “King In Zion”
given by the choir under the direc
tion of Mr. H. L. Preston and Mrs.
E. S. Preston and Miss Tamar
O’Neil. Too much praise cannot be
given Mr. Preston and Mrs. Bryant
for their fine work in prepaing this
The Pophesy by Mrs. Preston and
History by Miss O’Neal were both
very good. The soloist for the
evening were Mrs. E. S. Bryant,
Mrs. Levida Ervin, Mr. H. L.
Preston and Mrs. Venus Storms
Little Kenneth Steward, the com
ing Radio Star gave a very fine read
ing which was very fitting at the
St. John and its friends are very
pleased with the success of the choir
in its efforts to give good service to
There were many visitors to be
seen in St. John’s Easter Sunday
far to many to name, but others will
pardon if we mention the name of
Dr. Lake, a young Veterinerian, who
has just come from Denver and join
ed the Federal Meat Inspection force
in Omaha. Visitors are always
welcome to St. John’s and invited
to make it their church home while in
The Sunday school wishes to take
this method to thank all who gave
eggs for the children’s Easter and
extends to them, a special in\ sta
tion to come in and visit the Sun
day school if they cannot enrole as
a member. Now that cold morn
ings are gone the officers and teach
ers are asking that the parents send
the children to Sunday school regu
lar and on time. They feel that it
will be very fine training for the
children to hear all the lessons than
to just hear part of it.
There are many things of in
terest to take place at St. John’s in
the near future. The choir and
Usheretts took advantage of the sea
son and the occasion to welcome
Spring and spread spring cheer by
adorning in white robes and. Uni
forms. Each wearing a carnation.
Watch the columns of the Omaha
Guide, it is trying t okeep you in
formed on all Church and Social
Big Revival Now Going On
A Big Revival is now going on—
Rev. Stephen and McCormick of
Kansas City, Mo. will preach each
Evening at 1520 N. 28 St. The
public is invited.
? Bethel Baptist Church
29th and T. St.
Rev. p. S. Goodlett—Acting Pastor.
Mrs. J. C. Collins—Reporter.
Sunday school was well attended
on Easter Sunday with a very in
spirational talk from Mrs. M. L.
Rhone, Head Resident of the Wood
Eleven o’clock worship found of
ficers and choir in place with *ur
pastor, Rev. F. S. Goodlette de
hvering a very encouraging and con
structive sermon from the topic
“Wanted a 20th Centuy Enthusiasm
For the First Easter.” John 20-4.
The B. Y. P. U. witnessed a very
progressive period of study under
the leadership of the president, Mr.
At 8 o’clock a very interesting and
inspiring program was rendered by
the choir and Sunday school under
the auspices of Miss Addie Foxall. A
very fine piece of work was shown.
Visitors and friends are welcome
to worship with us at the Bethel
St. Benedict’s Church,
Father James C- Daly S. J. Pastor.
Madoline Sterling, Reporter.
The Crusaders of St Benedict are
enjoying the hospitality of their
psident. every Sunday evening at an
open house tea for them and their
friends. This pleasant courtesy will
be continued indefinately. They will
resume their business meetings now
that Lent is over and the first will
be held next Wednesday evening at
8 p. m. in the church club room.
Mr. Louis Carpenter of 2419 Grant
St. was out of the city for a few
days last week attending the funeral
services of his grandmother who died
The charming little daughter of
Mr. and Mrs. George Jackson is
home from the University hospital
and getting along fine under the
care of Mrs. Ora Glass and our very
helpful nurse, Miss Evans.
The Easter services were beautiful
and impressive at St. Benedict’s last
Sunday morning. The choirs, both
junior and senior were well trained
and rendered excellent and appropri
at music for the occasion. The altar
was decorated with many beautiful
flowers by the Altar Society. Dona
tions for the flower fund were re
ceived from several benefactors and
mmbes of the church. Father Daly’s
Easter sermon was the old but joy
full message of the risen Christ;
which never fails to gladen the
hearts of those who believe in Him
About 25 children have been baptiz
ed in the last week by the pastor,
Father Daly and a large majority of
them received their first communion
on Easter Sunday.
Instructions are being given to
those Catholics who are to be con
firmed on the fourth Sunday in
April, if there are any who have not
entered their names, please do so at
an early date in order that all plans
may be completed for the service.
The general instruction class for
aspirant's and convrts will be re
sumed on Tuesday evening at 8
o’clock and will be held regurarly
every Tuesday and Friday at that
hour until further notice.
Salem Baptist Church
22nd and Seward St.
Rev. E. W. Anthony—Pastor
Salem Baptist Sunday school open
ed at 9:30 with Supt. Wesley presid
ing. The classes studied their lesson
for about 30 minutes. Everyone
seemed to be well benefited. After
the Sunday School Assembly veryone
was given Easter eggs. Each pupil
received three egss.
At 11 a. m. our Pastor, Rev. An
thony brought to us an inspiring
message. He preached from St.
Matthew, 28 chapter and the sixth
verse read as follows, “He is not
here for he is risen as he said-"
The B. Y. P. U. opened at 5 a.
m. with one half hour devotion,
lead by Mr. Paul Porter and his
pupils. A wonderful program was
rendered consisting of two members
out of the seven groups. This was
a special program, in which each
number must proclaim the Risen
Christ. The Mysterious Four Quar
tette of Salem gave two selections, i
At 8 p. m. Rev. E- W Anthony
our Pastor, delivered his farewell
sermon. He choose as hrs subject,
“Conscience. ” He stated that he won
dered if the men that crucified Christ
had any conscience."
This sermon gave us much to
think about in days to come—if we
25th an Decatur St
Charles Stallworth— Reporter.
Sunday was another big day at
Cleaves Temple. The Easter Serv
ices began at 6 o’clock a. m. It
was a wonderful service and was en
joyed by all.
Sunday school began at 9:45 a. m.
with everybody present. In the af
ternoon at 5:30 p. m. the Sunday
school had an Easter egg hunt. For
a while it was a scramble for eggs.
It was really fun to the entire Sun
At 11 o’clock the pastor, Rev. O.
A. Calhoun, assembled the rostrum.
He took for his text St. Paul’s letter
to Timothy. Subject: “The Ressur
rection and Immorality. He preach- i
At 3:30 the Tea Bridge had a Pew
Rally at which time the Rev. Burn
side a classmate ef Rev. Calhoun
preached. Everyone enjoyed the
practical sermon of this wonderful
young intellectual. ,
In the evening at 8 o’clock the
Easter program was rendered to an
over-flawing audience. The page
ant was enjoyed by all.
Zion Baptist Church
22nd and Grant St
Rev. C. C. Harper—Pastor.
Mrs. 'H. L. Anderson—Acting Re
Sunday was a full day at Zion.
Services began at 5 a. m. Rev.
Harper preached a very inspiring |
sermon on Christ Has Risen. It was
very beautifully illustrated. The
Imperial Choir rendered the music.
Sunday school opened at 3:30 a.
m. The children of the Sunday
school rendered a very inspiring and
interesting program. After the pro
gam eggs were given to the pupils
of the Sunday school.
At 11 o’clock our pastor again
took the stand and preached a sermon
straight from the bottom of his
heart. The Imperial choir again
sang with their beautiful, melodious
voices that made everyone’s heart
feel the presence of the Risen Christ
*Th B. Y. P. U. rendered a very
beautiful pageant during the B. Y.
P. U. ho«r. The pulpit was decorat
ed like Jesus's Tomb and it almost
made you feel as if you were there
when Jesus rose from his grave
At 8 o’clock the pastor again took
the stand and a singing program such
as you have never heard before Was
rendered by the Imperial choir.
The Mission Circle is progressing
steadily each week. The Rebecca
Group is responsible for the pro
gram next Monday night and if you
miss it you will regret it for the rest
of your life.
Church of God
2025 N. 24th St.
M. E. Ashley—Pastor
E. V. Dixon—Assistant Pastor.
Mrs. B. M. Welch—Reporter.’
All that remains to be said is that
you should have been out Sunday.
This vjas a day richful from the
start to the finish. Sunday school
was full of interest. At 11 a. m.
the pastor brought us an interesting
message, *The Bower iof His Re
surrection,” Phillippians, 3rd chapter
and the 7th verse. To be like Christ
is to die to self; die to worldiness;
die to publicity and live for Christ
alone. At 8:30 p. m- Elder H. P.
Morgan brought us a rich message,
Exodus 2nd chapter and the 14th
At 5:30 a. m. Sunday morning we
had a wonderful prayer meeting, each
one received a blessing. In the com
memoration of Jesus Christ Thurs
day night, March 29, 1934 was a
great night that never will be for
Our precious pastor brought a rich
message out of every palace. Rev
elations, 21st chapter and the 14th
verse. We had the Lords supper.
Christ Temple 26 and
0. J. Burchardt, Pastor .
J. W. Goodwin Asst.
Mrs. Verda Gordon Reporter.
Easter was truly a great day at
the Temple. We had a glorious day
and a fine sermon. We had a fine
Sunday school followed by a great
sermon brought by Elder F. H.
Hunley w'hich set our hearts on fire
and then followed a lovely program.
At 7 p. m. followed by a good practi
cal talk made by Elder Tanzemore
on the subject of Easter. ChTist
Temple Mission band met Monday
night with president Willie Vann in
the chair. The motto adopted was
“Let your light shine,” Each mem
ber present reported some good deed
had been done since they last met.
Sister Willie Van Pres. Bertha Mal
Sunday will be a great day at
Christ Temple the pastor will preach
at 11 a. m. Subject Reminiscence
of the past 44 years in Nebraska.
At 2:30 p. m. The Church is invit
ed to Pilgrim Baptist Church, 25th
and Hamilton where the pastors 44th
anniversary will be celebrated by the
citizens under the auspices of the
Ministerial Alliance and the N. A.
A. C. U. Branch. And in the even
ing at 7:30
The program will continue under
the supervision of the pastor’s boost
er’s club and the business and pro
fessional men’s club. We hope you
may arrange to be present at both
of these meetings.
Mt Moriah Baptist Church
24 and Ohio Sts.
Rev. F. P. Jones, Pastor.
Thomas Baltomire, Church CUtfc.
Sunday was a busy day . Mt.
Moriah. Beginning with sunrise
service at 6 o'clock which was well
attended, and followed by an Easter
breakfast in the church dining room
at which time a large number of
members and friends enjoyed a very
delidious brdakfast. Amiong the
guest present were Rev. and Mrs.
L. Bryant qf St. John’s A. M. E
Church. Rev. and Mrs. E. W. An
thony of Salem Baptist church, and
Rev. and Mrs. J. S. Williams »f
HJlside Presbyterian church.
The Sunday School opened at 9:30
with an unusual large attendance.
Ik final reports of the classes show
ed that most of them had reached
their goal in the Hill Top race for
the month of March and the superin
tendent Miss Speese was highly
pleased to report that the Sunday
school had gone over their apportion-1
ment. The pastor, Rev. Jones
preached at 11 o’clock from the text;
Mark 7, 24. Subject “The Imposibi
lity of Concealing Christ.” A very
interesting program was presented
by the Sunday school at 3 p. m. The
B. Y. P. U. opened at 6 p. m. with
the usual enthustic attendance.
The Old Reliable Group rendered a
very impressive service subject: “The
Triumphant Victory.” at 8:00 p. m.
Mrs. Ethel Gardner was the reader
and Mrs. Rose Buckner and Mrs. F.
P. Jones were the soloist. The
chor received much praise for this
service as well as the beautiful page
ant which was given March 25 the
subject: '“Looking Toward The
Cross” This pageant was arranged
bry the pastor, Rev. F. B. Jones”*
The Mission Society under the
leadership of Mrs. F. B. Jones is
making rapid progress with the ex
tensive program which they have out
lined for the year. The Nine Mis
sion camps are all striving their re
ports a 100 per cent. They will hold
their regular meeting at the home of
sister A. Stewart, 2921 N. 25 St.
Thursday at 2 p. m. The interde
nominational ministers alliance, held
Good Friday services at the church at
2:00 p. m
The funeral of Mrs. Penn, was
held at the church Saturday after
noon the Pastor Rev. . Jones of
By Videtta Ish
(For The Literary Service Bureau)
Caution in Forming Marriage Ties
It used to b ethat before marri
age engagements were made parents
made investigation. They gave at
tention to the “family tree’ of the
prospective groom or bride. Present
health, moral standing of the family,
hereditary weakness, femperment
and disposition were among the
things seriously considered- A girl
who was reminded of the necessity
for “getting a slant” of the family of
her suitor, scornfully remarked, “I’m
not marrying his family, I’m marry
ing him.” But this firl was mistaken.
By marriage and the birth of child
ren, a girl connects her famly with
the past, the present and the future
of her husband’s family- Once they
are married and the children come, no
power can ever unscramble the fami
In the other days when parents
were more cautious and children were
forced to do so, they took time;
they made investigation.. They could
not use the modern terms like,
eugenics epthenics, heredity, but
they knew the principles which they
involved.. Th#y knew something of
“cause and effect.” They used what
they knew. And there were happier
Weekly Short Sermon
THE LORD’S PRAYER
By Dr. A- G: Bearer
(For The Literary Service Bureau)
Text: Forgive us our debts, as we
forgive our debtors—Matthew 6:11
In this petition several things are
1. Man’s Proneness to Sin. The
giving of this petition is evidence of
the Saviour’s knowledge of human
nature and its proneness to sin or
2- God’s Willingness to Forgive.
The advice to ask forgiveness shows
His knowledge of the disposition of
the Father to forgive our transgres
sions and trespasses.
3. Our Forgiveness Depends on
Our Action in Forgiving Others.
Matthew records “Forgive us our
debts as we forgive our debtors”.
This means “since we have forgiven ” ,
In Luke 11:14 the petition reads:
Forgive us our sins as we also for
give every one that is indebted to us.
In either case it is making our own
forgiveness pendant on our action in
forgiving others- In this very pass
age Jesus emphatically declares:
“For if ye forgive men their tres
passes, your heavenly Father will
also forgive you.” And He added,
“But if you forgive not men their
trespasses, neither will your Father
for give your trespasses ”
Let us realize that the forgiveness
of others is a matter of utmost neces
sity, if we are to be forgiven, and
that it is a principle of justice and
Tag—Maxie Miller Writes
(For The Literary Service Bureau)
Boy seems fed up on Girl’s Love—
Slow Down, Millie—Act Independent
—if his Love is gone let him go.
(For advice, write Maxie Miller,
care of Literary Service Bureau, 516
Minnesota Avenue, Kansas City,
tnsas- For personal reply, send
E-addressed, stamped envelope.)
Maxie Miller I want yon to help
me. I’m a girl nineteen and I’m going
with a boy twenty-one. He used to
seem to love me, and he says he loves
me now, but he doesn’t want to pet
me and kiss me like he did once- I
want you to tell me does this boy love
me or is he fooling me- I want to
Millie: Maxie Miller has studied
human nature and dealt with human
problems, but she is no fortune-tell
er, so you see I am unable to answer
your question- From what you write
it seems you have been too free with
this boy and he’s gotten “fed up” on
A man is a funny beast and does
n’t appreciate what is lavished on
him- He’d rather appreciate what is
more difficult to obtain- Act as if
you don’t care, show indifference, go
out with some other boys, now and
then, and if this method will not
bring him around, let him go, and
angle for another-—Maxie Miller.
By A B- Mann,
In the Literary Digest sometime ago
there was an article under the caption
“Christ, but not our Christianity, for
India.’” The article begins:
“Certain men in the East, assert
an Indian philosopher, spenr their
nights in cursing God because He al
lowed Western civilizers to get into
their lands, and the Indian Social Re
former, a Hindu-edited paper, says
that the Christian rarras ionary has no
chance for a hearing, now, unless he
distinguishes between Christ and
Christianity, and between Christian
ity and Western Civiization ”
In Batimore, a few years ago, an
East Indian convert expressed a simi
ar opinion. Indignant at mistreat
ment, this is what he said:
“I cannot understand the American
white man. He come to my country,
where we worship a million gods, and
he tells us about his Christ. I like
his Christ and come over here to
learn about him, then go back and get
my people to give up their million
gods and like his Christ- He gets
me over here and hd calls me nig
He told of an incident, saying, “I
start into a show and the white man
push me back, saying ‘You can’t
come in here, you nigger,’ I tell him
no; nigger low, mean; you the nigger.
Then, in all seriousness he concluded,
“I like Christ; I do like Christ, but
damn the American White man!” It
will be remembered that students in
the universities of Japan rose up in
rebellion against white teachers to
ward the Japanese. Just a few months
ago the civil authoritiese in China
prohibited the showing of Ben Hur
because t was considered Christian
propaganda- In these incidents is
found conclusive evidence of the re
volt of the heathen, as we call them,
against the American white man’s
race prejudice which so emphatically
contradicts his teachings concerning
justice, equity, love, and brotherhood.
The one great hope of Christianity in
its work is that those who are thus
incensed shall be able to disriminate
between Christ and the actions of
those who confess Him with their
mouths and deny Him by their
LOLA STEWART'S COLUMN
(For The Literary Service Burea«j)
ITEMS IN NEGRO HISTORY
Many would justify this treatment,
or rather their mistreatment, of the
Negro use “The Curse of Noah” as
one of their arguments.
The story of Noah, the husandman,
who drank too much of the wine of
his own vineyard, is well known; but
the Caucasians have given out the
wrong interpretation—one that coin
cides with what they want to believe.
Upon hearing their version of the
story even a child would consider*
such a God to be unjust and unmerci
ful; then how could a sane and in
telligent adult honestly believe that
the great Jehova would use the mouth
of a drunken, irate father to utter a
prophecy, it was not efficacious, for
it was not fulfilled- The view com
monly held in the North as well as
in the South, that Negro’s history or
his civilization begins with the arriv
al of the first slaves in Virginia, if
correct, might perhaps strengthen
the “Curse of Noah-” But it is utter
ly false; for the Negro and his kin
dred built up Egypt, Phoenicia, the
mother of the alphabet, and the great
cities of Nineveh and Babylon. The
Jews were enslaved by descendants
of Ham; both in Egypt and Babylon.
Ethiopians traded with Solomon when
Jerusalem was at its greatest. With
the advance of Mohammedism, the
Negro for converts to Islam helped
to conquor Northern Africa and
Spain. Mora than once have de
scendants of Shem and Japheth been
conquered and enslaved by Ham..
Telling Anecdotes That Re
By R- A. Adams
(For The Literary Service Bureau)
We objected to Will Rogers’ use of
the word “nigger-” We protest use of
the word “darky” by writers and
speakers among white people- We
resent stories which reflect on the
integrity of our race, when such
stories are used by white people but
members of our race use suck stories
Dunbar's turkey story, the shrewd
Negro who claimed to have a “pos
sum” in his bag when he had a hag,
and others of their ilk are used to
commend the sagacity of the Negro,
but they emphasize his dishonesty,
or the prevalent accusation of dis
Not long ago, at a meeting of min
isters and laymen, a layman told of
a Negro who had chicken often and
told his pastor he prayed for chicken
When the pastor informed the broth
er that he had prayed yet failed to
get chicken, the brother remarked,
"Well, elder, you knows de Lawd
don’t deliver nothin’ ”
To match this a high churchman
told of an old Negro who was sick.
The doctor advised: “Eat chicken
broth and stay in out of the night
air ” The sick man inquired, “But,
doc, how ken I eat chicken broth and
stay in outen de night air?”
In both cases the inference was
that Negroes steal the chickens they
I think it is evident that we are in
consistent when we use these stories
which reflect, and then object when
others use them
By R. A. Adams
(For The Literary Service Bureau)
Condemn not those who tried and
‘Gainst whom misfortune dire pre
For you can never tell, I wot,
When failure such shall be your lot
Don’t mock others in their defeat,
From vantage ground forced to re
For you may be the next to know
Defeat by some malicious foe
Don’t scorn those who lie helpless,
| By some misfortune’s cruel stroke,
! For you some day may helpless lie,
While priest and Levite pass you by
So- whate’er others may befall,
j As they may drain cups of gall,
Show mercy, for fate may decree,
That such may your own potion be.
WHAT OTHERS SAY
“A truer conception of human so
ciety must take the place of the
false ideas by which our minds are
held in bondage. Our racial anti
pathies and hates and fears would
dissolve if we learned to think of
our fellow men as partners in the
biggest and most exhilarating of al!
games, the game man is playing
against the universe-”
—J- H. Oldham in “Christianity and
the Race Problem.”
THE USE OF WORDS
ecumenical, ek”yu-men’i-kel, a. Of
or pertaining to the habitable world,
or to the Christian church through
out the world; universal. An ecume
nical should be called to solve prob
lems concerning all peoples,
edacious, e-da’shus, a.. Given to eat
ing; voracious; devoring, greedy,
I am sure the fat lady in a circu3
must be edacious.
aduce, e-dius’, vt. To call forth;
draw out; deduce; evoke; extract!
bring to light.
By clever questioning the detective
educed the hidden things in the
effable, effa-bl, a. That can be ut
tered or explained; utterable; speak
The truth was sublime and yet ef
CCC Worker Wins Honor
able Discharge and Back
NEW YORK, April—It requir
ed just one month and six days to
get an honorable discharge from the
Civilian Conservation Corps and his
last month’s pay for Eddie Simons,
Harlem youth, after the NAACP
took up his case- The story is an in
teresting one, illustrating as it does
some of the difficulties confronting
young Negroes in the forestry serv
ice officered largely by white South
erners, as well as the willingness of
the Administration to do justice when
pressed for action.
Young Simons was dishonorably
discharged and his last month’s pay
withheld at Camp Number 6, North
Lisbon, N. J., on September 26, when
he refused to stand and fan flies
from a white officer, Lt- J- A: Elmore
of the 16th Infantry, temporarily in
charge of the camp Simons told the
officer he did not think fanning flies
was part of his duty. Lt- Elmore
thereupon dishonorably discharged
the lad and denied him his last
month’s pay although admitting that
Simons’ record was good
The NAACP- immediately took up
the case and protested to Robert
Fechner, director of the Emergency
Conservation Work, who acknow
ledged his letter, and promised in
vestigation. Three weeks later direct
or Fechner again wrote the NAACP
that he had directed that.
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(By REV. P B. FITZW^TER. D. D., I
Member of Faculty. Moody Bible
Inetltute of Chicago.) 1
©. lilt, Weetern Newepaper Unler».
Lesson for April 8
THE CHILD AND THE KINGDO
LESSON TEXT—Matthew 18:1- I'd#'
GOLDEN TEXT—Suffer little chil
dren, and forbid them not to come
onto me: for of euch Is the king
dom of heaven. Matt. 19:14.
PRIMARY TOPIC—Jeeua Blesses tke
JUNIOR TOPIC—Jesus and HI*
Smallest Friends. I
INTERMEDIATE AND SENIOR TOPj
IC—Entering and Grewlng In thej
TOUNO PEOPLE AND ADULT
TOPIC—The Sin of Negleettnc an4
I. The Greateet In thd Kingdom os
Heaven (vv. 1-4). (
1. Th« disciple’s question (v. 1)/
The prominence given to Peter In con
nection with the announcement of
Christ's purpose to build the church
and tha payment of tribute with the
Money In the fish’a mouth, provoked
Jealousy on the part of the other dla-j
eiples. Seeing that the kingdom wae
to come to realization despite the
tragedy of the cross, the disclplei
thought it best to have settled their
place of rank tn the kingdom. Instead
ef entering Into sympathy with Jesus
In the dark hour of his passion, they
were supremely concerned with ths
dignities to be conferred upon them
2. Jesus* answer (vv. 2-4) Hi
taught them concretely by placing i
little child in their midst. Two vita.'
truths stand out in his reply: I
a. Condition of entrance into ths
kingdom (v. 3). He showed them that
the great question which should con
cern them was as to whether they
were really in the kingdom. Their
behavior revealed the fact that they
Deeded conversion before they could
enter into the kingdom. Before the;
could even see, much less enter into
the kingdom, they must be born from
above (John 3:3, 5). |
b. Those possessing childlike humll
itj»are the greatest (v. 4). It is high
ly important that we understand child
hood. The child is dependent, lowly,
and docile. Doctor Morgan sets forth!
the following characteristics of child-,
(1) Imperfection. The child Is not
only the emblem of imperfection but
Is subconsciously aware of it Be
cause of this it awaits instruction and
correction in order for development.
1 (2) Simplicity. All the powers f
the '■hild’s being express themselv
ffeely, i^adily, and naturally.
(3) Submissiveness. While the chll
has Inherited sin yet it yields t\
the touch of ti:e skillful hand. Thl
touch of the hand of the teacher an)
the parent leaves its Impress upon ti»/
child to the end of its )ife.
I II, Jesus' IdentificatloK With HU
I Believing Ones (v. 6-9).
I 1. Receiving the believer in Christ’/
name ' Is receiving Christ (v. S'!
Through faith In Christ we bev. \\
God’s children, and so completely
■ onr life interwoven with his that v
regards treatment of ns as treatm*f
2. The awful peril of causing a be
! llever to stumble (vv. 6-9). To caub,
j to stumble means to give occasion t
a moral fall. This particularly refer
to the carnality and selfishness whlc!
I were expressing themselveo In the db
dples’ contention for pre-ermripnc
Their behavior was not only an u
Jury but. a stumbling block to other.,
Bvery Christian should solemnly Ir
quire as to whether his life would hel
or hinder his fellow believers.. Sin
nlng against Christ’s own will meet
sure and awful fate. The doom wi,
be worse than drowning in the
with a milestone around the neck. 1
will be eternal fire (v. 8).
i III. The Heavenly Father's Spec.ia
Bare for Believers (vv. 10-14). .
1. They are under angelic guardian
•hip (v. 10). So precious is the believ
er in God’s sight that angelic inessen
gers are provided (Heb. 1:10). ■!'
2. The Son of man came especially
to save the lost (vv. 11-14). The heavj
enly Father does not will that anyond
should perish. All are the objects of
the Father's seeking love.
IV. Jesus Receiving Little Childre#
[ The setting of this text should be
’most carefully noted. Jesus had heed
speaking of the sanctity of marriage
which is the bulwark of the home'
Into the sacred enclosure of the home
comes childhood to complete and en.
noble It. 1
* 1. Children brought to Jesus (v.
|8). Most likely they were brought
fry their parents. Parents naturally
desire the blessing of the Lord for,
their children. Many parents who are
careless as to themselves, desire to'
■bring their children Into touch with
j 2. Rebuked by the disciples (r. 13).
[They regarded children as too Insig
nificant to engage the Lord’s atten
3. The disciples rebuked by Christ
fr. 14). These words uttered by the
Lord have placed a peculiar dignity
upon children. [
4. Christ laid his hands upon the
ahlldren (r. 16). This action no doubt
Indicated his pronouncement of bless-,
lug upon them and his tenderness'for,
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