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towards hallowing God's holy name, and never allowing it to be spoken of lightly in

their presence.

Parents should do their utmost to guard their children from this sin.

If they see that their parents disapprove of it, are always reverent about sacred things, such good training will have an influence upon their whole after life.

But how many do not recognize their duty towards their children in this matter. The poor little things are often brought up in homes where they hear oaths, and curses, and bad words from their cradle, and how can we expect them not to follow the example thus set?

Once, in going through a children's hospital, I saw a little child placed in a bed far away from the others, and I asked the

I He lay pale, and still, and motionless, and even in sleep his little features were contracted with pain. “Poor child,” replied the nurse, sadly, “we dare not let him be near the others. Though he is little more than a baby, yet, whenever the pain is bad, or whenever anything vexes him, he begins to curse and to swear dreadfully, so that we dare not let the others hear him. Poor little fellow, he does not seem to know it is wrong, but he comes from a very bad home, and that is what he chiefly hears around him.” If


you are tempted to think lightly of this common but awful sin, remember the solemn words, “Thine enemies take Thy name in

, vain."

Surely we would not like to be counted among God's enemies ?

Think of the awful punishment reserved by Him“ for these Mine enemies, which would not that I should reign over them.”

How can we bear the thought of placing ourselves among the enemies of the dear Lord Who died on the cross to save us ? Let us rather be numbered among His friends, among those who stand up for Him, those who take His part, those who will never let Him be lightly spoken of in their presence.

If we do this we shall receive the reward promised in God's own Word, “Them that honour Me I will honour." “ Because he hath set his love upon Me, therefore will I deliver him, I will set him up because he hath known My name.

He shall call upon Me, and I will hear him; yea, I am with him in trouble, I will deliver him, and bring him to honour. With long life will I satisfy him, and show him My salvation.”

Guide me ever, Lord, I pray,

Guide me most this holy day:
Guard me ever with Thy blessing,

Guard me most when Thee confessing : What I cannot give Thee, take

This poor heart, for Jesus' sake! Holy every day should be,

Holiest that I give to Thee :
Holy every thought and feeling,

Holiest when before Thee kneeling :
Holy art Thou,-holy make

poor heart-for Jesus' sake! When


voice to Thee I raise Let my soul ascend in praise: When my knee is bent before Thee,

bended heart adore Thee: Thou art holy,—Father, make

Sinners such—for Jesus' sake!

Let my

Holy art Thou, glorious God,

Holy is Thy bright abode,
Holy are the saints, who round Thee
Hymn the grace by which they found

Holy Father, stoop to make
Sinners such--for Jesus' sake!

Rev. John Monsell.



“And there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars; and upon the earth distress of nations with perplexity, the sea and the waves roaring. Men's hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth, for the powers of heaven shall be shaken. And then shall they see the Son of Man coming in a cloud with power and great glory. And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads, for your redemption draweth nigh. When ye see these things come to pass, know


that the kingdom of God is nigh at hand. Take heed to yourselves, lest at any time your hearts be overcharged with surfeiting, and drunkenness, and cares of this life, and so that day come upon you un

For as a snare shall it come on all them that dwell on the face of the whole


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