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A NEW YEAR is opening before us, and there is some satisfaction in feeling that anopportunity will be afforded of making a really new start. Each true heart in which thereis a spark of the Divine life turns eagerly towards the unblemished page, the untroddenway, of the New Year, not with wonder simply, or with hope, but with fervent resolve thatthe dead past shall bury its dead, and that a nobler, fuller,' sweeter spirit shall glisten inthe chalice of existence, Years ago, in Leicester, I was accustomed to go into the greatworkshops and factories with my pledge-cards on the first day of the New Year,because it was comparatively easy to induce men to make a new start with the NewYear. It was in the air.

A GOOD START - Tempers, and What to do With Them

WHAT a shadow is cast over lives and homes by bad tempers! It is Sunday morning,God's day of rest and peace, when the worry and rush of the world should be quiet, andthe voices of newspaper boys and hawkers of small wares should be still. A family oflittle children is waiting to be sweetened and blessed by God, mother, and father. Butthe mother has become put out over something; she speaks peevishly and crossly, herhusband hardly dares put in a word, and the children are scared and talk to one anotherin whispers. Though there is everything in the pretty home to entrap the sunbeams thatplay without, a shadow lies over all and mars the day.

A GOOD START - Exaggeration

BENEATH all exaggeration there is a basis of truth. When an American said that thewhey which flowed from the making of a large cheese in his country was sufficient torun three sawmills; and when another affirmed that the soil of his farm was so prolificthat the tendrils of the vine which he had just sown caught him up and entwined aroundhis legs before he could get over the fence, there was no doubt some truth at the basisof their statements, though only as a drop of homeopathic medicine in a tumblerful ofwater. And it is this small residuum of truth that veils to the eyes of really good peoplethe evil of this habit. There is no doubt that, in the last analysis, exaggeration must beclassed under the head of lying and falsehood. Those that exaggerate areexcommunicate from the Temple of Truth.

A GOOD START - On Falling in Love

No flirting, young people, please! You cannot flit around the flame without the risk ofburning your wings; and remember, if these are lost, you cannot get another pair; youmay be able to crawl or limp, but you will never again bask in the sunbeams or dancewith merry-hearted glee in the shadows. In other words, you may play at love-making tillyou lose the power of loving truly, or forfeit for evermore the right of entrance into love'smost holy place. Finally, you may find it impossible to convince another that for onceyou are in dead earnest, and that the time of love has come to you at length.

A GOOD START - On Being Straight

To be straight is to be true. There is no more important exhortation on the page ofScripture, than where the Apostle says, "Whatsoever things are true . . . think on thesethings." A friend of mine, educated in one of our great English schools, says that themost formative words of his life were addressed to him by his head master, as he saidgood-by: "Be true," he said, "always be true." My friend records that those words haveoften come back to him at critical moments of his life, indicating his path as with a fingerof light.

A GOOD START - On Doing a Good Day's Work

LONGFELLOW'S village blacksmith felt that "something accomplished, somethingdone," had earned a night's repose; and f suppose that he did little else than shoe thefarmers' horses, or put new shares to their ploughs; yet he had the perpetualconsciousness that he was doing something in the world, contributing to its well-being,performing a necessary part in the machinery of the village-life. It is not to be supposedthat the honest man did his work for the money it brought him, but for the love of doingit, the pleasure of ministering, however humbly, to the common weal.

A GOOD START - Savorless Salt

No wonder that the common people hung on Christ's words. He was a Master of the Artof Illustration, because he sought his emblems, not from remote corners of creation, orits recondite processes, but from the common incidents of ordinary human experience.Salt and light, birds and lilies, gates and roads, trees and their fruit, houses and theirfoundations. But there was more than art. He knew the hidden secrets of creation, andcould tell the heavenly pattern upon which everything was fashioned.

A GOOD START - Our Holidays

WE need to have a pause in the rush of our life, whether by the seaside, on the moor,or in the green nook of the country. As nature needs the repose of winter after theexhaustion of her autumn produce to recuperate herself for the coming spring, so do weneed seasons in which our intellectual and physical vigor, to say nothing of the spiritual,may be reinvigorated and renewed. Hence the need for summer holidays. There arecertain directions, however, which we should bear in mind, if we would make the mostof our annual vacation, which has come to be part of the yearly programme of mostpeople.

A GOOD START - How to Spend Sunday

"A Sabbath well spent brings a week of content."So the old couplet runs, but the difficulty lies in how to spend Sunday well. Too manyseem only proficient in the art of how not to do it. Now I feel able to give some advice onthis matter, as the Sundays of my early life were the red-letter days of the whole week;and as I look back on them, the recollection sends blessed thrills of joy through myheart. It is as though the light of those days, their fragrance and dew, lie still in thegarden of my soul, where I now walk with the many concerns and added interests ofmanhood.

A GOOD START - Amusements

THIS difficulty about amusements, where to go and where not to go, is not a new one. Itagitated the Christians at Corinth centuries ago as it agitates us; and led up to one ofthose questions which the Apostle answered in his first epistle.

A GOOD START - Use of the Senses

Our senses give warning signals when danger is near. This is perhaps their secondaryuse, but it is the most vital. The eye, ear, nose, the senses of taste and touch, are thechannels through which the most exquisite pleasures are wafted to us--rapturousglimpses of natural beauty, sweet sounds, fragrant scents, delicious viands, and softcontacts; but they are also the avenues along which ride post-haste the couriers,warning of the approach of assassins that menace and imperil life. For the most partwhat is inimical to health is odious and distasteful to our senses, and the quicker thesebecome the more likely we are to preserve the springs of life from being poisoned andvitiated.

A GOOD START - Christmas

HERE again I Welcome, thrice welcome! The darkest, shortest days of the year are anappropriate season to select for the Yule-log, the good cheer, the home-gatherings, thepresents and gifts of young and old, which Christmas brings!

Burdens, and What to Do with Them

Do You keep the Sabbath? Not indeed the literal seventh-day rest, but the inner rest ofwhich that day was the blessed type. The pause in the outward business of life was but aparable of that inner hush, which is not for one day but for all days; not for one race but for allmen; not for the hereafter only but for now. The Sabbath-keeping which awaits the people ofGod, undiminished in a single atom by the storms which have swept around it, is for all faithfulsouls, who may take it when they will and carry it with them.

Fact! Faith! Feeling!

These three words stand for three most important factors in character and life. We all haveto do with them in one form or another, but it is above all things necessary that we shouldplace them in the right order.

The Blessed Life

And the blessedness of this blessed life lies in this: that we trust the Lord to do in us and for us what we couldnot do. And we find that He does not belie His Word, but that, according to our faith, so it is done to us. Theweary spirit, which has vainly sought to realize its ideal by its own strivings and efforts, now gives itself overto the strong and tender hands of the Lord Jesus, and He accepts the task, and at once begins to work in it towill and to do of His own good pleasure, delivering it from the tyranny of besetting sin, and fulfilling in it Hisown perfect ideal.

The Exhalted Christ

"The great drift of the Old Testament prophecy is ' the sufferings of Christ, and the glory that should follow.'(1 Peter 1:11.) Of course the prophets foretold a great many other things, but the two great outstandingtopics of the Old Testament Scripture undoubtedly are these. In the mind of the living God, the Father of ourLord Jesus Christ, these were the great themes--the only great themes, as it were, to occupy the minds andhearts of those inspired."

The Fullness of the Spirit

"Be Filled with the Spirit. "-Ephesians 5 :18
NOTHING CAN COMPENSATE the Church, or the individual Christian, for the lack of theHoly Spirit. What the full stream is to the mill wheel, that the Holy Spirit is to the Church. Whatthe principle of life is to the body, that the Holy Spirit is to the individual. We shall standpowerless and abashed in the presence of our difficulties and our foes until we learn what Hecan be, as a mighty tide of love and power in the hearts of His saints.

The Prayer of Intercession

"I thank my God upon every remembrance of you, Always in every prayer of mine for you all making request with joy."-Phil. 1:3,4.
The epistles of Paul are full of allusions to his prayers. We might almost call them his prayerbook. Let us verify that assertion by turning to the epistles as they come on the pages of theBible.

The Secret of Guidance

MANY CHILDREN of GOD are so deeply exercised on the matter of guidance that it may behelpful to give a few suggestions as to knowing the way in which our Father would have us walk,and the work He would have us do. The importance of the subject cannot be exaggerated; somuch of our power and peace consists in knowing where God would have us be, and in being justthere.

Where Am I Wrong?

THIS IS THY EAGER QUESTION, O Christian soul, and thy bitter complaint. On the faces andin the lives of others who are known to thee, thou hast discerned a light, a joy, a power, whichthou enviest with a desire which oppresses thee, but for which you should thank God devoutly. Itis well when we are dissatisfied with the low levels on which we have been wont to live, and beginto ask the secret of a sweeter, nobler, more victorious life. The sleeper who turns restlessly is nearawakening, and will find that already the light of the morning is shining around the couch on whichslumber has been indulged too long. "Awake, thou that sleepest, and arise from the dead, andChrist shall give thee light" (Eph. 5 :14) .