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The faith of a child is a tender shoot and is not fitted to endure the frost and chill of unbelief, but in itself it is of the purest quality and sweetest spirit. It has freshness and loveliness. The period of childhood in the seclusion of the Christian home and entirely protected from the doubts and denials of the great complex world is a vantage-ground for fixing and forming faith. There is often a want of confidence in the real faith of a child on the part of parents and teachers. They question and hinder its faith and put off the little believer until some time when it may understand these things better. Parents are often the greatest sinners against their children by their unsympathetic and severe criticism of the religious activity of mind.—The Watchman.

Christianity—the Christianity of the first century—not that of the creeds of later centuries, but the Christianity of Christ, the anointed, if we discern rightly the signs of the times, is to be the dominant religion of the world. That comes not only to princes, but to peasants; not only to the rich, but to the poor; to all classes and conditions of men. It clasps the white hand of the innocent child, tenderly, reverently; it clasps just as tenderly, reverently, the hand of the returning sin-stained wanderer. To one it says, Of such is the kingdom of heaven; to the other, Though thy sins be as scarlet, they shall be white as snow. It sees in the pure-hearted little one, and in the repentant prodigal, children of the same Father, of the Father from whose love nothing can separate those whom He has created.

The Universalist Leader.

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July 8, 1905

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