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The new truth of the time is knocking at the door of all our minds, and nearly everywhere it is met with distrust. We fear that, if the old apparatus of religion is destroyed, religion itself will be lost. The fear is perhaps natural; but cannot the same spirit that shaped the older forms of worship give us new ones in their place? Is God dead? It is to such an attitude of distrust in His living presence that we are led by the moral hesitation which stands doubting before this glorious universe, unwilling to test its resources by making any vigorous choice of good, but asking, like Pilate, "What is truth?" Truth, once again, is never a formula, but a faith. It is the inspiration of a pursuit that engages all our active powers on the side of the highest excellence we know, so that with definite help from us the things in which we most believe may come to prevail in the world. So long as we fear to face the new conditions of thought and to modify or surrender our untenable beliefs in obedience to the larger revelations of the Time-spirit, we shall remain passive by the wayside of life, fingering the fringe of the garment that we ought to put boldly on and "walk in the triumphal procession of truth," where we belong. Rev. Richard W. Boynton.

The Christian Register.

If Jesus had not understood what work he was to do until thirty years of age, he, no doubt, never could have performed it, for even he must be prepared for his work. While a lifework may be done in a comparatively short time, yet no life-work can be adequately done unless the whole life has been a preparation. An apprehension of it and preparation for it are as essential as the actual doing of it. One thing we ought to be sure of. In early life we should get sight of some high and worthy aim and get our life started in the right direction. This vision may come early in life, even before we understand all that is involved in it. Those who are aimless and have no well-defined purpose as to what they will be or do until middle life, seldom come to any definite and noble service.—The Standard.

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March 24, 1906

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