Sermon At Calvary By Bish
op H. C. Morrison, D. D.
AT DEDICATION OF CALVARY CHURCH
pwer of the Holy Ghost, the mw or potatoes in thelniddle or at the
life begins. j bottom of the ban-el as at the top
Mon are willing to do anything ; 8 A Christian will be as gallant to the
a salve to conscience and to placate | ladies in his home as to those on
God rather than to come to Him s s the street.
•"Wbat We Do For God and Hu
manity Makes Us Immortal”
Wbat It Is to Believe—True Life
"Whosoever liveth and belieyetli in
one shall never die.” Jus. xl, 26.
The desire for future life is a
Jbasal principal of our being. The
thought of death—absolute death—
t© be lost from the sight of men. to
be entirely forgotten, to no longer
exert an influence is one that no
«ne wishes to hold. No right think
ing man wishes to be forgotten.
Life is a continuation—boyhood
life and manhood life cannot be sep
arated—so life here cannot he sep
arated from the life hereafter. This
life is a part of one unceasing exist
ence. Here and now we are actors
in a drama that shall know no end,
in time or in eternity.
“Whosoever liveth and believeth
in me shall never die.” We shall
l»e immortal not only in the other
world, but also here. We shall live
in our earthly influence. If you
wish to name the subject of the ser-
^non call it “Our Earthly Immor
“Whosoever liveth, etc.” What
4s it to live? What is life? There
are different meanings:
To the brutish man life is eat-
-tog, drinking and sleeping. Living
in the senses, the passions, the
lasts, the appetites.
To the covetous man life is to
get, to have and to hold. To hoe,
to dig, to till in order to add to
To thje selfish man life is introi
version. The turning of everything
upon one’s self. The genuinely
selfish man is a sort of a human
-spider who gathers all he can and
delivers it upon himself.
True life means expansion, de
velopment, enlargement. Touch
ing others in order to help and to
bless. Lifting them up, brighten
ing, blessing, inspirational. Here
followed a magnificent piece of
word painting of a mountain stream
bringing life and joy and beauty
wherever it flowed in the foot-hills
and valleys below. A picture of a
true life. Felt in the hearty hand-
grasp, seen in the cherry smile,
heard in the cordial greeting. A
tonic touch of a true life which
brightens and blesses all it comes'in
contact with and frequently saves a
discouraged man, or holps a toiler
on life’s way who is about to fall.
When and how does this true life
begin? Parenthetically the speaker
remarked that the sinner iR as im
mortal as the saint, but it is only
when a soul gets in touch with Je
©us Christ that the true life begins
The terms used to describe this
change are radical—a “regenera
tion,” a “new birth,” a “resurrec
lion.” This point needs guarding.
We live in times of compromise and
of loose tfieology. It is not simply
“changing your mind,” “confess
ing Christ,” “quitting your mean
ness;” all of this can be done with
out salvation, without this true life
Old age will cool hot blood. Vice
is taxing and human strength can
not keep it up indefinitely. Mean,
ness may be quit—in order to be a
gentleman one should do that, but
salvation not obtained.
The new life, begotten by a' riew
bifrth,.means infinitely more than
this, There is a conviction of in
nate depravity, of one’s sinfulness
of one’s lostness and in answer to'a pound and, wonderful
penitent sinners. Willing to at
tend church,' contribute towards
its expense, have their wives and
families in the church, do anything
and everything hut acknowledge
themselves as guilty, lost, undone
sinners before God. I do not argue
fiat a man should know-exactly the
time and place of his salvation. I
may not know when the sun rises,
hut I do know when the sun is up,
ai is everyone that is born of the
Having guarded this point, the
speaker asked the question: “What
is it that makes a man immortal?’
Nothing done for self. Selfish
ness cuts one off from men. It even
cuts one off from his own children.
Sometimes where selfishness has
been the rule, the children wait im
patiently for the old folks to die.
How tired this old world gets wait
ing for some folk to pass away.
Sometimes, the l)est thing such peo
ple ever do is to die and when they
do they are dead, absolutely dead as
far as an uplifting, inspiring mem
ory is concerned.
What we do for God and hu
manity makes us immortal.
This was illustrated by a beauti
ful use of the incident in Christ’s
life when Mary broke the alabaster
box of ointment and an- inted
Christ’s feet. Mary is immortal
through this one deed, for it is told
wherever the gospel is preached.
What we call death is but the break
ing of the alabaster box, and as
‘the house was filled with the odor
of the ointment,” so the fragrance
of a true life in touch with God and
lived for humanity, sweetens the
after years and is not buried wit
our bones. Washington is noi
dead. Fifty years ago he lived im
the hearts of 40,000,000 Americans
fid today he lives ia.the love and
f QJ Wion of ninety millions an
wurtive fli$t^|pijgh centuries in th
affection of multiplied millions.
Is'that mother dead who took,
your little hand in hers and led you
to the house of God? She is in her
grave, but s le lives in her influence
S'.ntiment, affection, thoughts,deeds
done for God and men and you and
will never, never die.
To live the true life, the immor
tal life means: 1. Union with
Chrut:—in heart-beat with the Son'
of God; 2. In union, in sympa
thy, helpful sympathy with hu
manity. Who lives thus fjffi'l
The text emphasizes our beliefs:
“Whosoever believeth in me, etc.”
Man’s belief affects his conduct.
One can’t have a Christian chtp-aq?
>er without a Christian belief. A
man’s belief is the skeleton of his
character and around it he is built,
however, much good theology is de
stroyed by bad living.
What Is it to believe? Believ
ing means investing. Believing in
Christ means putting your life' into
Ch rist and H is cause. “ Every man
invests in his beliefs.” A young
pian says: “I believe in my moth
er’s religion” and then invests his
life in the services of the devil. He
doesn’t believe in his mother’s God
or Savior, for if he did he would
I^ets try the principle. Truth is
practical. Truth never collides
with truth and this truth that a
man invests in his beliefs holds in
every departments of life. This
was aptly illustrated from business
life—the riierchant, speculator and
the stock dealer.
The religion of Jesus Christ is
coipmon sense in the highest sense.
There is ’nothing more practical
than Christianity. Religion will
make a man give sixteen ounces for
A man doesn’t have to be a mil
lionaire to be immortal in this lih?.
Illustrated by the widow who had
only two mites’. It doesn’t take
much to make a man immortal.
Illustrated by the incident of the
New Orleans gentleman who reared
an (Jfpmn hoy and who took /his
nans' Stanley, making it immortal
thnBWi his African explorations.
'rMf lose of the discourse was a
powerful appeal to parents to so
live in touch with Christ that when
they are gone from earth their mem
ory and influence will be a tower of
strength to their children and to
others. “I won’t make the world
any worse for living in it,” says
one. A miserably low standard!
Each one should make it better.
Parents should want their influence
t) be such as will lift up their chil
dren through the years. The ap
peal to parents to have family altars
and to remove from their homes all
such destructive, dangerous things
as cards, the tool of the gambler,
the constant implement of the im
moral, as unfit to be found in the
hointj of a Christian - much less to
be handled by a Christian woman,
was powerful and impressive in the
“Go out from this service in
heartbeat with the Sofi of God and
with humanity; to live in living
service and blessing to this needy
world 1 Live thus and you shall
never die. ’ ’
W. E. T.
Give us courage and gayety and a
quiet mind. Spare to u& our
friends: soften to us our enemies.
Bless us, if it maybe, in all our in
nocent endeavors. it. 'may hoti
give us,the strength , to encounter
that ^|a/pls to coim, that we ma|
rave in peril, constant in tribul
-ion, temperath in wrath and in all
hanges of fortune and, down to
be gates of death* loyal and loving
one another.—R. L. Steveson.
Left Husband 18 Years;
Wants His Money Now
Philadelphia, Pa. Oct., 3.—Mrs.
Mary Lawrence, who divorced her
husband 18 years ago, when he was
a laborer working for the city, has
applied to the supreme court to set
tle the amount of alimony to which
she is entitled. The divorced hus
band now is a commissiSn merchant
and is said to be worth $3,000,000.
The woman, who still retains her
husband’s name, is a seamstress.
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