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say, see that everything that is good is maintained; cheer these young converts; do not be complaining; be just as carefulevery one of you, new converts and all-be just as careful to maintain good works as to accept Christ.
Now, look at the Second Epistle to the Thessalonians, second chapter and seventeenth verse : "Comfort your hearts and stablish you in every good word and work." Now, what we want is to get "stablished," to have a settled plan or method of doing good works. I have been a Superintendent of Sabbathschools for some years, and noticed this, that teachers who swung around from place to place, who took in Dr. Kittredge's church, then the First Methodist, and then this and then that, have always proved failures. Now, I like these men that take hold of classes and don't give them up, and who are in their regular pews every Sunday, and are not drawn away by some eloquent preacher—some preacher from abroad, who happens to be filling a South-side or North-side pulpit. Fifty-two Sundays in the year they are there; you know where to find them, they're right there at the accustomed post of duty. All the while their influence increases. But these teachers, and others that are all the time running here and there, never accomplish much.
A good many people are like a bundle of shavings-a spark falls, and quickly the shavings are all gone, and there's left scarcely any ashes even. My friends, ten thousand such Christians are not worth one that makes constancy his motto. We don't want any revival Christians-got enough of them; don't want any Sunday Christians-got enough of them. What's wanted are these men "'stablished" in good works, these men that hold on. A man that does one thing is a terrible man. The man who tries a hundred things fails at everything. If it is the Sunday school, if God calls me there, I will stand by my post. If God calls me to lead a cottage prayer-meeting or read the Bible, I must win success there I must hold on; and it won't be long before God will bring me success, for God has promised it: "You shall reap if you faint not.” God will try you; you will have some things to discourage you, but you must hold on.
Next, please look at the seventeenth verse of the third chapter of Colossians: "Whatsoever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by Him." Don't work, as your highest motive, to advance the Centenary Methodist Church; don't work for the Third Presbyterian Church, nor for the First Congregational Church. If a man goes to work to exclusively build up the Congregational, the Presbyterian, the Baptist, or the Episcopal
Church; to build up exclusively any of the denominations he is on the wrong path. It is not in the name of the church, but in the name of the Lord Jesus, that we are to do all things. If we do and suffer for Him, God will bless us. When we come to God and ask a blessing for Christ's sake, don't you see what a power we've secured? For Christ's sake! Jesus as our advocate! În Detroit, at an international convention of the Young Men's Christian Association Judge Olds was present as a delegate from Columbus. One evening he was telling about the mighty power that Christians summon to their aid in this petition "for Christ's sake!" "in Jesus' name!" and he told a story that made a great impression on me. When the war came on, he said, his only son left for the army, and he became suddenly interested in soldiers. Every soldier that passed by brought his son to remembrance; he could see his son in him. He went to work for soldiers. When a sick soldier came there to Columbus one day, so weak he couldn't walk, the Judge took him in a carriage, and got him into the Soldiers' Home. Soon he became President of the Soldiers' Home in Columbus, and used to go down every day and spend hours in looking after those soldiers, and seeing that they had every comfort. He spent on them a great deal of time and a great deal of money. One day he said to his wife, "I'm giving too much time to these soldiers. I've got to stop it. There's an important case coming on in court, and I've got to attend to my own business." He said he went down to the office that morning, resolved in future to let the soldiers alone. He went to his desk, and then to writing. Pretty soon the door opened, and he saw a soldier hobble slowly in. He started at sight of him. The man was fumbling at something in his breast, and pretty soon he got out an old soiled paper. The father saw it was his own son's writing.
"DEAR FATHER,-This young man belongs to my company. He has lost his leg and his health in defence of his country, and he is going home to his mother to die. If he calls on you treat him kindly,
"FOR CHARLIE'S SAKE."
"For Charlie's sake." The moment he saw that a pang went to his heart. He got up for a carriage, lifted the maimed soldier in, drove home, put him into Charlie's room, sent for the family physician, kept him in the family and treated him like his own son. When the young soldier got well enough to go to the train to go home to his mother, he took him to the railway station, put him in the nicest, most comfortable place in the carriage, and sent him on his way home to his mother. "I did it," said the
old Judge, "for Charlie's sake." Now, whatsoever you do, my friends, do it for the Lord Jesus' sake. Do and ask everything in His name, in the name of Him "who loved us and gave Himself for us.'
And then again, lastly, be united. It is the greatest force of all to be of " one mind and one spirit." The boast of infidels has been, "Christianity has been all divided up." "Be," I beseech you, "of one mind and one spirit." If jealousy comes in among you, you cannot do great things. If one minister is used more than others, let us praise God for that; let us thank Him that He has given divers gifts to men, all contributing to the glory of His name. This work, then, won't stop, but will go on. How many battles in the last war were lost just through jealousy in the officers? When I was in the South, they told me that chey lost many and many a battle because jealousy got in among the generals. Just so, many battles are lost to God's people. All must be willing to do anything that God's work may go on. When Grant's army lay in front of Richmond, after the battle of the Wilderness, when he was first repulsed, he called his four leading commanders one dark night, to consult with him. All advised him to retreat. The next morning early, an orderly came dashing to the four commanders, bringing word to advance in solid column without delay. That attack defeated the Southern column, and what did it was the steady, irresistible advance in solid column. So let the advance be made in the army of Jesus. Be not hearers of the word any longer, but doers. Let every one do what we can to carry on this work; gird on your armor for the fight. I am told that after Napoleon's great wars, medals were struck off with a scene of battle on one side, and on the other, the simple words, "I was there,” and after Napoleon had died, and years had gone by, those old veterans would bring out their medals, and, talking about the battle, or the prowess of the great general, they would proudly tell how they were in the thickest of the fight-"I was there." Oh, my friends, rush forward to the thickest of the fight, and by and by it will be your boast, "I was there, I had a hand in that fight." And by-andby-still keeping up the warfare, even in your gray hairs and tottering age-shall some one say of you, "He was a true soldier of the cross, and fell from the walls of Zion with the trump of God in his hand, and a shout of victory on his lips. May that be the end of every child of God here, in this Tabernacle, in this city. May we die-not in the wilderness-may we die with the trump of God in our hands, and with shouts of victory on our lips.
Prayer Meeting Talks.
Mr. Moody's First Public Prayer in the Chicago Tabernacle.-"Our Heavenly Father, we thank Thee for bringing us back to Chicago. We thank Thee for the privilege of again meeting friends, with many of whom we have labored these past twenty years. O God, the Holy Ghost, descend upon such as are still out of Thy fold, that yet they may come to the higher and better life; that yet they may come to themselves and come to Christ. And to such as are Thy children, O God, do Thou draw very near, that they may be revived by Thy work in our midst. Forgive our lukewarmness, forgive our coldness of heart, forgive our backsliding, forgive our want of faith. Oh, help us on this morning to take away this dreadful stone of unbelief; help us to roll it away, so that the dead may come forth. May we be prejudiced against Thy work no longer. May we no more view Thee with narrow, sectarian vision, Thou God of all souls. Bless all Thy people of every name, and strengthen them to work to-day for Thee as they have never worked before. And those men of God who stand in the pulpit and proclaim a precious Saviour, may there be riches opened up to them abundantly, beyond what we can ask ; may they preach with an unction from on high, and with a Godthe-Holy-Ghost power-not with intellectual power so much as with Holy Ghost power, and may they be endued everywhere and always with power from on high. And pour out Thy grace upon those in the Sabbath schools and pews as well as pulpit, and may the work of Christ be blessed to-day in all churches, and to-morrow at twelve o'clock, when we again come together to pray, do Thou, oh Christ, look down upon us, and may we know that a mighty work of Thine is now beginning. Oh, Son of God, hear our cry and save our souls; and to Thy name shall be the praise and the glory for ever. Amen.
The Right Spirit.-When Abraham came into God's presence, it was on his face; and in all the other instances where the patriarchs and prophets came to God they came to Him in the same way. David was on his face in the psalm.
He'd been away from God. Here he was getting back again; they had at first to get back to God, and the blessing would come. Then the right spirit would come into them. They must have just a clean heart, then the blessing was theirs. Had they a right spirit? Had they got to where they could say, as the Psalmist did, that they had sinned against God and were waiting for forgiveness? They must be able to teach transgressors God's way. How could they teach the wicked God's way? They had to get the Holy Spirit, and then came the joy of God's salvation. If they would convert sinners, they must have this spirit. How should the world know God? The world wouldn't read the Bible, but what did the apostles say of Christians? They were known and read of all men. This was the way the world read God in them, read Christ in them. If he knew his own heart, it was to have God's spirit. With it they could do all things; without it their work was as sounding brass and as a tinkling cymbal. Over in the book of Nehemiah it was said that there was joy in the hearts and lives of God's children. There were too many long-faced Christians. They always seemed to him to be under the lash. They'd never got away from the law. They wanted more joy. They needed greater gladness in their lives. "Then will I teach transgressors the way, and sinners shall be converted unto thee." "Then." This is when God had restored to them the joy of His salvation. They didn't place enough stress on the word "then." It was the turning point in their work. This was what Chicago wanted. A few hundred live Christians that had this spirit could do a mighty work. The king could have given a good many sheep if God had wanted them, but He didn't. The Lord didn't want his money. What does He say? Why, to obey was better than sacrifice. This is what was wanted-obedience. The human heart didn't want to obey. They must have a broken and a contrite heart. An incident of an Illinois minister whose labors had been unblessed for a time was recited, and it was related how his heart had been broken by love through a little three-year-old daughter of his, and a revival in the church followed. So, here in Chicago, said Mr. Moody, before we can have any great blessing, or any blessing at all, the hearts of the people have got to be broken, and then the blessings will come.
Prayer. We have for our subject this afternoon the wonderful prayer of the prophet Daniel. There is an impression abroad now that it has always been women and a few weak men who have prayed; but you can scarcely find a bolder or a wiser man than Daniel. He was Prime Minister of that