[Rev. A. A. Pfanstiehl in Christian Work and Evangelist.]

Amid the present-day luxuries and comforts and opportunities—the world has never known these to be so many and alluring—there still goes up an ominous cry of discontent. The capitalist is uneasy, the laborer restless, and relations between the classes and the masses are strained almost to the breaking-point. The churches of Jesus never were so rich in money, equipment, luxuries, costly meeting-houses and numbers of members as today; and yet there never has been a greater need, whether wanted or not, or consciously felt or not, for showers from on high to bring strength, life, hope, enthusiasm, comfort, contentment into the hearts of church-members than now! Why? Who can answer? May the answer not lie in reply to the question of Jesus: "When the Son of man cometh, shall he find faith on the earth?" The faith that binds the heart in love and service to God in him? When and where he does find this faith, he finds comfort amid distressful conditions, hope amid discouraging outlooks, a note of joy amid troubles, whether in the palace of the rich or in the hovel of the poor.

[Christian Work and Evangelist.]

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