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What will in the end prevail in the world of opinion is the reasonable view. Mere denunciation of opponents convinces nobody; just to shout out one's opinions very loud from the housetop impresses few auditors. When we are sure, after candid examination of a theory or a position, then we are strong, and our strength will be in proportion, not to our positiveness but to the inherent strength of our position. The world needs more positive teaching, but the emphasis must be upon that which is indestructible because built of the very character of God himself. Such reasonable positiveness will win the world and prove constructive of the highest interests of humanity in the age-long run of human experience.—The New York Observer.

We may notice how it was or when it was that Jesus drew nigh and talked to the disciples as they journeyed. It was "while they communed together and reasoned." Perhaps if we "communed together and reasoned" more constantly and faithfully on the things which pertain to the spirit and to life, we should have a deeper apprehension of the things of the spirit and of life, and we should have a more open vision to see the risen Christ. Perhaps if, in the solitude of our spirits, we pondered more upon the teachings of Jesus, upon the possibilities of faithful discipleship in every day, on his commands to forgive one another all our real or fancied injuries, on the chance almost any day to say a little word or do a little deed that would gladden the heart of a neighbor, we should be thus most effectually preparing our spirits that Jesus might draw near and walk with us, and our eyes be not holden when he is risen, when he is so near and yet we cannot see him.


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May 12, 1906

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