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(By E. O. SELLERS. Director of EvenltiR
Department, The Moody Bible Institute
LESSON FOR AUGUST 9
THE BARREN FIG TREE AND THE
LESSON TEXT Mark 11:12-33.
GOLDEN TKXT-"Uy their fruits
hull know them." Matt. 7:20.
ualveled at the Ywlft execution
Event crowds fast upon the heels of
event during the days of this most
tragic week in all the history of the
world. Temperance means restraint
and a constrainingly proper use of God
given appetites and privileges, hence
the significance of this lesson as em
phasizing the principles of temper
ance. I. Sealing, vv. 12-14. The day fol
lowing his triumphal entry Into Jeru
salem Jesus and his disciples journeyed
. from Bethany, his abiding place, each
night, into the city. Seeing leaves
upon the fig trees, he had a right
to look for fruit, for the fruit of that
tree comes before the foliage. But
none is found, and Jesus seals its
barrenness. His act was a parable
In action, Hosea 10:1. Profession bad
superseded possession, and Israel is
therefore to be Judged, set aside, un
til the day when they shall look upon
him whom they have pierced.
Cleansed the Temple.
II. Cleansing, vv. 15-19. Entering
the familiar scenes of the city and
temple, whence the hosannas had
echoed so loudly the day previous,
Jesus saw its desecration and degrada
tion. Outwardly a delight, it was in
wardly deceitful, "a den of robbers,"
and his anger waxed hot. Everything
he saw and banished was in some way
connected with the temple worship.
Even so the most holy things created
by the wisdom of a loving God may be
come the instruments of the most des
picable degradation. Ostensibly in
the name of religion these temple mer
chants were in reality ministering to
"self PDf private gain. As at the,
beginning of Ills ministry lo" again
Jesus exercised his authority and
cleansed the temple from its pollution
and for a time (v. 16) guarded it
from further desecration.
The temperance application at this
point is very clear. Appetite, men
tal or physical, is a God given faculty,
but must be kept within control. Prop
erly used they are a delight, a bless
ing to the man and bis friends. Al
lowed to rule and appetites are terrif
ic task masters. Purify the fountain
of a man's heart, govern his motive
and the stream of his acts will bless
all, himself Included.
III. Forgiving, vv. 20-25. The next
day on the way from Bethany to Je
rusalem they again passed the fig
of his curse an Peter. Calls attention
to It, v. 21, Matt." 21: 12", 20. In reply
Jesus again emphasizes the lesson,
"Have faith in God." This does not
mean that this is an explanation of
how he withered the tree, but rather
why it had died. Israel was placing
its trust elsewhere than In God, and
therefore withers from the "roots Up
ward." Notice that the root is not
blasted, and a beautiful tree will again
blossom forth from the living root.
So Israel shall once again spring up
into a new and fruitful nation, Isa.
27:6. Jesus' teaching by this tree is
an illustration of wherein Israel had
failed. They had not faith in God.
Faith can remove mountains, and no
difficulty can hinder those who have
faith in God, Mark 9:23. Faith grows
upon the word, Rom. 10:7, yet love is
greater, I Ccr. iJ:-. If we really de
sire the things we pray for, we "shall
have them." We not only expect but
go beyond in our petition and count
as ours the things asked for. The
lack of a forgiving spirit will effect
ually shut us out from God.
IV. Challenged, vv. 27-33. Upon
again entering the city and the tem
ple, there came to Jesus the chief
priests, scribes and elders who chal
lenged the authority by which he
wrought these things, undoubtedly re
ferring to his triumphal entry and to
his cleansing of the temple. His
reply is a counter challenge concern
ing the baptism of John. For at least
two years John had been dead and
his voice silent with a probable for
getfulness on the part of these men,
and a decreasing Influence of his mes
sage upon their lives. Yet the ques
tion of Jesus bad projected power as
he brought John back to them with
this question as to his authority, "was
it from heaven, or of men?" That
there was keen sarcasm and cold logic
embodied in his question la revealed
by the recorded dilemma of his ene
mies, tt. 31, 32.
This entire passage deals with the
responsibility of privilege. Particu
larly la this epitomized In the para
ble of the fig tree. Privilege Is em
phasised in that the tree was planted
In the vineyard of its owner. It lived
off of his possessions. Its simple re
sponsibility was to bear fruit In
spite of the patience of the owner and
the privilege of its surroundings It
perished. The advantage of Godly
parents, of Christian society and the
heritage of the noble martyrs and
saints of the church will not save that
man or woman who "has a nam to
.live but Is dead."
COVER CROP CAMPAIGN
The Farmers' Co-operative Demon
stration work, conductel jointly by the
United States and the Mate Depart
ments of Agriculture anil the A. & M.
Colleee, is now starting plans for
v. inter cover crops in this state. Ef
forts put forth in this matter the past
season resulted in the adding directly
of 42,:J00 acres of such crops. The
management will make a tremendous
effort to double the acreage this sea
son. County Demonstration Agents
are already at work on the matter
Every farmer, merchant, banker, and
all who are interested m promoting
better farming are asked to join in
The crops advocated for this state
are: rye for very poor soils, crim
son, bur and red clover; vetch, with
a support crop and grasses of various
mixtures. Last year a hundred
acres of grasses, scattered well over
the state, produced an average of
5600 pounds of cured liuy per acre
at a net profit of $31 per acre. This
shows that we have splendid condi
tions for growing all the hty and
grazing crops needed in the state and
some to sell.
The lejrumes mentioned arc usually
more profitable than grasses because
thev irather free expensive nitro
gen from the air and store it in the
soil, farmers can get it this way
much cheaper than by purchasing it.
These winter growing crops are
very valuable, ror grazing, cutting
for forage or for turning under to
increase soil fertility, they are easily
worth ten dollars per acre and often
several times this amount. Often the
crop that follows them is doubled in
yield. Furthermore, they reduce
washing and leaching and add organ
ic matter something that practically
all soils are deficient in. Every acre
of cultivated land should grow at
least two crops per year, one in the
winter and one in the summer. One
may be a food crop or a money crop
and the other a soil improvement
crop. Lands that lie bare during the
winter months often lose more plant
food through leaching and washing
than is used by the crop that grows
there during the summer.
It behooves every farmer to give
this matter his attention. The impor
tant thing to do right now is to de
cide which crop or crops he will, grow,
procure good seed, and then break his
land at once to a depth of from eight
to twelve inches. Profitable crops
are rarely grown on shallowly plowed
lands. Harrow the land the same day
it is broken to prevent loss of mois
ture, and so have it ready to plant
when the time arrives,
There is no reason why every farm
er should not plant some clover on his
farm late in August or from then till
the middle of October. Those who
are not acquainted with clover grow
ing should not plant more than an
acre or two the first season. Inform
ation concerning the matter may be
had by requesting it of our State and
National Departments of Agricul
ture, our A. & M. College, or Mr. C.
R. Hudson, Raleigh, N. C, who inaug
urated and is pushing the matter.
Where there are demonstration
acents, farmers enjoy the advantage
of a personal interviw by calling on
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National Union, Toledo, Ohio, condition December 31, 1913, as shown by
Amount of Ledger Assets December 31st of previous year .... $2,233,382.98
Income From Policyholders, $2,593,113.53; Miscellaneous, $103,839.34;
Total SZ, byo.yoz.&v
Disbursements To Policyholders, $2,405,514.32; Miscellaneous 192,317,96
Benefit Certificates in force December 31, 1912, Number 62912
Benefit Certificates written or revived during year Number 6419,
Benefit Certificates in force December 31, 1913 Number 62483,
Value of Real Estate $49,453,65
Value of Stocks and Bonds owned $2,186,702.08
Deposited in Trust Companies and Banks on Interest $183,785.77
Interest and rents due and accrued $p5,762.47
Assessments actually collected and held by subordinate bodies
not yet turned over to Supreme .Body, $a)y,b&7.tZ
JAMES CANNON, JR., M. A., D. V PRINCIPAL.
OZ A tn Blackstona School adopted the following-
yl I YPJIVC MOTTO: Thorough instruction under positively
V A vill 0 Christian Influences at the lowest possible cost,
1?a..1- IT Is today, with a faculty of $3, a boardln patronage of
ICSUll. 868, a student body of 428, and a plant worth $150,000,
The Leadincr Training School for Girls in Virginia.
4 f PATS all charges for the year, including Table Board, A m ff
I SI I Room, Lights. Steam Heat, Laundry, Medical Atten- I rill
AW tention, Physical Culture and Tuition in all subjects V AW
except music and elocution.
Can parents find a school with a better record, with more experienced
management at such moderate cost? For catalogue and application blank
address GEO. P. ADAMS, Secretary, Blackstone, Va.
Total Admitted Assets $2,655,561.79
Death Claims Due and Unpaid $275,000.00
Salaries, rents, expenses, commissions, etc., due and accrued .... $7,749.90
BLIND THROUGH NEGLIGENCE
One Hundred Thousand People in the
I nited States Lose Their Sight
Annually, . . ...
Of the one hundred thousand blind
people in the United States it is esti
mated that about thirty thousand are
unnecessarily blind. About twelve
thousand of thee are children whose
blindnes is due to negligence on the
part of parents. About twelve thous
and are groping their way in darkness
because of injuries which in most
cases could have been avoided by the
installation ot proper safety devices.
Twenty-five hundred of them are de
prived of their sight because of gran
ular lids, which is preventable by the
application of proper remedies. Two
thousands are unable to see as a result
of 4th of July accidents. The remain
ing fifteen hundred are blind from va
rious causes, such as the drinking or
absorbing of wood alcohol and the
neglect of treatment of certain eye
affections. There will alwars be a
certain r'lmber of cases of blindness
which cannot be avoided but u is
appalling to think that the sight of
thirty thousand of those now blind
could have been preserved. The ques
tion is, How shall we limit blindness
in the future?" The answer is, "By
insisting that our children's eyes have
proper care, by compelling our fac
tories to install safety devices, by
medical inspection of schools, by abol
ishing the roller towel and by estab
lishing such other hygienic measures
as will keep us healthy and free from
Mr. E S. Loper. Maiilla, N. Y..
Writes; "I . have sever had a Cut.
Burn. Wound or Sore . II would not
heal.' 'Get a box of Buckltn' Ar
nica Salve today. Keep bandy at
all times for Burns. Sores, Cuts.
Wounds. Prevents Lockjaw. 25c.
at your Druggist.
Total Liabilities $282,749.90
BUSINESS IN NORTH CAROLINA DURING 1913
Benefit certificates in force December 31, 1912, Number, 734,
Benefit Certificates written or revived in 1913, Number 11, Amount, $15,000
Benefit Certificates decreased or ceased in 1913, Number 124, Amount, $192,000
Benefit Certificates in force December 31, 1913, Number 623,
Claims unpaid December 31, 1912, Number 2, Amount $2,000.
Claims incurred during the year, Number 12, Amount $21,000
Claims paid during the year, Number 10, Amount $17,000
Claims unpaid December 31, 1913, Number, 4, Amount $6,000.
Total amount premiums or assessments collected or secured during
the year in North Carolina $18,624.75
President, J. A. Wright; Secretary, E. A. Myers; Home Office, Toledo, O.;
Attorney for Service, Insurance Commr., N. C; Business Manager or Organ
izer for North Carolina, Home Office.
STATE OF NORTH CAROLINA, INSURANCE DEPARTMENT,
Raleigh, March 19, 1S14.
I, James R. Young, Insurance Commissioner, do hereby certify that the
above is a true and correct abstract of the statement of National Union, a
Fraternal Order of Toledo, Ohio, filed with this Department, showing the con
dition of said Order on the 31st day of December, 1913.
Witness my hand and official seal the day and date above written.
- . . . , . JAMES R. YOUNG, Insurance Commissioner.
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Fall term opens September 1, 1914. For catalogue and further informs
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