Sterling Standard from Sterling, Illinois on February 25, 1897 · Page 11
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f.f if FAH'H LAST J»U?JDAY'<t SUBJECT, 8e»- fifVER off Goodwin Sasds, 6r fee Skerries,, or Cape Hat- ter&g, was. a ship la in the t e.r r a n ean hurricane, was the grain ship on which two hundred and fiev- ^efity'-filx passengers 'were driven on the ; t Coas£ of Malta, five miles from the me\ fcmpoliB of that •island, called Citta ",Vccchla, After a two-weeks' tempest, when the ship was entirely disabled, and captain and cre'tf had become completely, demoralized, an.old missionary. , - 4<jok command of thfr vessel— He was '; small, crooked-backed and sore-eyed, according to tradition. It was Paul, «he only unscared man, aboard. He ipas no more afraid of a Euroclydon tossing the Mediterranean sea, now up to tiho gates of heaven and now sinking ,', -It to the gates of hell, than he was' I Afraid of a kitten playing with a string. He ordered them all down to take their -rations, first asking for them a blessing. Then hs insured all their lives, telling them they would be rescued, so far from losing their heads, Von pay: theology, 6r or Andover l"cir-t fV." cf .1 K.-iin'iMf Ii;»# for (ijf th. 1 * < r< Jiri~f i f r n r interpret d s&f'hcr way. "I do not -like iPriiiceton New Haven theology, theology." I do not ask yon on board either of these greM men-of-war, their portholes filled. with the great siege- ennfe of ecclesiastical battle. But I do ask yoa to take the on* plank of the Gospel that you do believe In and strike oiit fofr the pearl-stmng beach of " 1 . foalr as you could cut oft with one click of tho scissors: nay, not a thread of ft, whetl!erjt were gray with age or . golden with youth. "'There shall not a hair fall from the head of any of » **"•" -. '*-.'• - Knowing that they can never get to ,^ the >desired port, they make the sea ~ ~o n —the —fourteenth—nigh t^^ack --^wlth" • i -overthrown.-cargo7~8o^that" when"the" , ship strikes it will not strike so heavily. lAt daybreak they saw a creek, and'In <• their' exigency resolved to make for <.' it. And so they cut the cables, took A to the two paddles they had on those ( . old- boats', and hoisted the, mainsail >• -,*k) that they 'might come with such • force as to be driven high up on the , (beach by some fortunate billow, There ' she goetH-tumbllng toward the rocks, ^ - now' prow foremost, now stem fore- (f.ttWBt, ao^r rolling over to the star* ! board, now over to the larbdard, now S "wave dashes clear over the deck, and >St seems as If the old craft has gone • forever, -But tip she comes again. Paul's arms around a mast, he cries: -"All Is well, God has given me all those that uairwlth me." CrasbJ "went the •prow, with such force that It broke off , the tnast. • Craaht went the timbers, fetlll the sea* rushed through from side *•*" side of the vessel. She parts amld,- and- lnto-B-thouB«nCTragmenta: J^ vessel goes, ,and Into the wrcvea 9 hundred and seventy-six Immortals pare precipitated. Some of-them had , feeen brought up on the seashore, and '"""* " ' -tbeir- -Sftya some other jtoasi; ,"L.would-at- tend to religion If I was quite euro about the doctrine et election and free agency, but that mixes me all up." Those things used fro bother me, but I have no more perplexity about them; for I say to myself: "If I love Christ and live a good, honest, useful life, I am elected to be.saved; and if I do not love Christ, and live a bad life, I will be damned, and ^11 the the theological Seminaries of the universe cannot make it any different." I floundered along wh'le in the sea of sin and doubt, and it was as rough as tho Mefli- :terranean_nn - the -fourteenth—-night; when they threw the grain overboard, but I saw there was .mercy for a sinner, and that plank I took, and I have been warming myself by the.bright flre on the shore ever since. , . While 'I am talking to another man about his soul ho tells me: "I do not become a Christian because I'do not believe there la any hell at all." Ah! don't you? Do all the people of all beliefs and no belief at all, of good morals and bad morals go straight to a happy heaven? ,Do the holy and the debauched have the same destination? At midnight, in a hallway, the owner of a house' and a burglar meet; they both fire, and both are wounded, but the. burglar dies in five minutes and the owner of the house t lives a week after; will the burglar be at the gate of heaven, waiting, when tho house- owner comes in? Will the debauchee In T» . , ar<fl follow- Jiim thrnuph thi- k *rtt thin. and fight his battles, nnrl endure his sacrifices, you will find after awhile that he has changed your heart from a Jungle of thorny scepticisms into a garden all abloom with luxuriant joy that j-ou have never' dreamt of. From a tangled Caprera of sadness Into a paradise of God. I do. not know how your theological system went to pieces, 'It may be that ,your__ parents . started, you .with only one plank, and you believe little or notJhing. Or they may have been too rigid and severe in religious discipline, and cracked you over the (head with a psalm book. It may be that some partner In "business who was a member of an evangelical church played on you ft trick that disgusted you with religion. It may foe that »ou have associates who have talked against Christianity in, your presence until you are "all at. sea," and you 'dwell more on things that you do not tKjllevc than on things you do believe. ^.You are in one ^ of both .arms and propulsion ' ttl both feet, they put out for the beach,' *xul reach it. But alas for those others! Whey have never, learned to swim, or" they were wounded by the falling of the mast; or the nervous shock was too great for them. And others had been .weakened by long sea-sickness. t Gh, what, will become of them? that piece of a rudder," says to one. "Take that fragment of ft epar," says Paul to another. "Take (that Image of, Castor and Pollux." "Take that plank ..from.- the lifeboat" "Take anything, and head for the Jbeacfli." -What a struggle for life in (the breakers? Ob, the merciless waters, •* they sweep over the heads of men] end children! Hold on there! ashore; keep up your "courage, ber what Paul told you. There,: receding wave on the beach leaves Ja UMJ sand a whole family. There * crawls' «p out of the surf the centurion. "Saerey another plank comes Jn, with C'Ufe clinging fast to It. There, an- <ottier piece of the shattered vessel, f*flta Its freightage of an Immortal soul. "IrheF must by this time all be saved. -jfea; there cornea In last of all, for he Mfea4 been overseeing the rest, the old (iBUssioaary, who., wrings the water his gray, beard and crjea out: k God, all are here!" ' , *,' J believe in both the Heidelberg and '***—toUnster Catechisms, and I wish all did; but you may believe hv pg they contain except the one , ,,. that Christ came to save sinners, 496 tfeat you are one of them, and you -— instantly rescued. If you can come ~the~families~of~heaveriT "1 wonder If Herod is playing on the banks of the river of life with the children he massacred: I wonder if Charles Gulteau and John Wllkes 'Booth are up there shooting at a mark. I do not now controvert it, although I must say that for such a-miserable heaven I have no ad- mlratlon; But the Bible J doea not say: "Believe In perdition, arid be saved." Because all are saved, according ta.your theory, that ought not to keep you from loving and serving Christ. Do not refuse to come ashore because all th« others, according to your theory, are going to get ashore. YoiTmay have a different theory about chemistry, about astronomy, about the atmosphere from that which others adopt, but you are not, therefore,. hindered from action. Because you£ theory of light Is different from ottiers, 4 do riot refuse to open your eyes. .. Because your theory of air Is different you do not refuse t*rbT65the. Because your theory about the.stellar system is different,'you do not refuse to acknowledge the north star., Why : should the > fact that your theological theories are different hln- nal was lifted that he wished to disregard, and he put his eca-glass to his •blind «yo and said: "I really do not seo th6 signal." Oh, my hearer, put this field-glass Of the Gospel no longer to your blind eye, and say,. I cannot see, but put it to your other eye, tho eye of faith, and you will see Christ, and toe is all you need to see. ' , If you can believe nothing else, you certainly believe In vicarious suffering, for you se it almost every day in some shape. The steamship Knickerbocker, of the Cromwell line, running between Now Orleans and New York, was in great storms, and ,the captain and crew saw the schooner Mary D. Cranmer, of Philadelphia, in distress. The weather cold, the waves mountain high, the flrct officer of the steamship and four men put out in a Hfe- Drexe! Corn, 2 cans g|>c Peas, 2 " - 25c " Tomatoes, 2 cans 2Sc " Wax Beans, 2 cans 25c " Baked Beans, * 2 cans ~ 25t " Lobster, per can 25C Clam Chowder, per can 25c Salmon, per can 1O to 25c Pears, per can 10 to 25c Peaches, per xan 1O to 25c paliforma Plums, per can lOc Pie Peaches, per can lOc Good Tomatoes, 3 cans 25c Good Corn, 3 cans - 25c etc., etc. It pays to buy the best. Have you tried Daisy Headlight Oil? It IB the best and cheapest. Have you tried Wonder Flour ? None better. .._Il jou want a, cheap class of goods bring a-list pt~ what you" WBnOo~Tn<r and I will give you low prices. Yours for-business, ^ w * is ^*^^ Don't you need . • . • * A Feed Grinder, A Tank Heater, Wind Mill, Pumps, ' Or something else in our line? If so, come and get our prices before buying. We still have the celebrated Myers Pumps and Cylinders. on the grjwd old ship, I would rather you get aboard, but if you can nly $nd a piece of wood as long as the body, OT a piece a» wide as the ad humau arms, and either of }s a piece of the cross, come la that piece. -Tens of thousands of e are today kept out ,of ,ti,e lUng^ of God because they cannot bs- Jcnow:?_If^you have not ~a~whole ship fastened in the theological dry docks to .bring you to wharfage, you. have at least a plank. "Some on broken pieces of the ship." \. ' "But I don't believe In revivals!" Then go to your room, and all alone, with your door locked, give your heart to God, and join some church where the thermometey never gets higher than fifty In the, shade. . "But 1 do-hot believe in baptism!" Come in without It and settle that mat, ter afterward. ."But there are__so_ many Inconsistent ChrlsflansT' Then come In and show them by'a good example how professors should act. "But I don't believe In ;tbe QJd Testament!" Then come In on the New, "But T don't like the pook of Romans.", Then coiae.in on Matthew or, Luke. Refusing to come to Christ, whom you admjt to be the" Savior of the lost, because you cannot admit other things, you are like a man out there la that JVIediter- ranean tempest, and tossed in.the:Mo- 'lita breakers, refusing to come ashore until he ca,n mend the pieces of 'the broken ship. I hear hlnx say: .'jrwon't go in on any of these'planka'ufftll I know in what part of the ship they belong. When r can*get the windlass In the right place, and th«, sails set, •and that keel-piece where it belongs, and that 'floor-timber right, and these ropes untangled, I will go ashore. I am an old sailor, and know all about ships for forty years, and as soon as I can get the vessel afloat'in, good shape I will come In," A man drifting-by on a piece o* wood overhears him aSid says: "You will dix)wn before you get that .the—vessel- an d -towed-.. out of danger, the wind shifting BO that tho Schooner was saved. But the five men Ofr the steamship coming back, their boat capsized, yet. righted again and .came on, the Bailors'coated with ice. The boat capsized again, and three times upset and was righted, and a line thrown the poor follows, but their hands were frozen'so they could not grasp it, and a great'waye rolled over thenv and they went • down, never to rise-again till the sea gives up Its dead. Appreciate that heroism, and self-sacrifice of the brave fellows all who can, and can we not appreciate the Christ'who put out tato a more billing cold and into a more overwhelming surge,:, to bring ua out-of Infinite peril Into everlasting safety? The wave '\ of human hate rolled over him from one side and the wave of hellish fury-rolled over him on the other side. Oh, the thickness of the night and'the thunder, of the tempest into which 6ur"Q.:;Q;" Brand of Coffee Christ plunged for our rescue! ''."•-'-• *• ..••;"'-'- ' , You adroit^you are all broken up, one decade of your life gone "by, two de- -g°4gB,,,three,_decadeB. four, decades.'-a liali-century,,._perhaps-,tnree-quarters of 'a century gone. -The hour hand and the minute hand of your clock of life are almost parallel, and soon it will be twelve and.,your day ended. Clear discouraged .are you? /I admit It Is a sad thing to give all our lives that are worth anything to sin and the devil, and then at last make God a, present of a first-rate corpse. .But the past you cannot recover. Get on board that old ship_ you never will. Have you only one more year left, one more month, one more week, one more day, one more hour-r-«oine In on .that. Per -^-—-Represents --7—— 1 — Better Coffee For the^money than any other package of Coffee ever offered to the Coffee Consumers of Sterling. This Blend is a Fine Java and Mocha. "Q. 1 Q." stands for Quality and Quantity. Sold at $1.06 per can. J. P. Overholser, am talking with a man thoughtful tut his soul who has lately traveled yjh New England and passetf the t at Andover. He eays to me: "J ot Iwlieve tiat lit this life the des{^ irrevocably fixed; I think there be another opportunity 'of re„__, after *eath," I say to him: brother, what has that to do with Don't you realize that the mail waits for another chance after he fc&3 a good efeanee bets a stark fool? Bad w»t the plank that IB to you aoir #$'4 head for shore, a pJwk that to ship reconstructed. Better do as I am doing. I knaw x nothing about ships, and never saw one before I came 09 board this, and I cannot swim a stroke, but I am going ashore on this eblvered timber." The jmaq in the offing, while trying to ttsend his ship goes" down. The man who trusted to the plank ?e saved. O my brother, let your smashed up eystem of theology go,to the bottom, while you come In on a splintered spar! "Some on broken pieces of the eaip." You mey get «U1 your difnoulties settled as Garibaldi, the magnetic Italian, got his gardenu made. When the between Austria and Sftrdlola out he was living at Caprera, a very rough and uncultivated island hpme. But be went forth with his sword to achieve Use liberation of Naples and Sicily, »»$ g$ye nine mlilloa people free gavenmest, under 'Victor Em* {Jaribaldi, after two ya?«i iroia C^prera, ' it, had, Ti.apf~li;you get to heaven (Sod-may let you go. out on sonae great mission to some dther world, where you can somewhat atone : for your .lack of service in this. • : . From many a deathbed I have seen the hands thrown up In deploration something like this: ."My life has been* wasted. I r had good ; mental faculties and fine" social position and great opportunity, but through worldliness and neglect all has gone to waste save these few remaining hours, I now accept of Christ and ahall enter heaven through his, mercy; but alas, alas! that when 1 might have entered the hayen of eternal rest with a full cargo, and been greeted by the waving hands of a multitude In whose salvation I had borne a biassed part, I must confess I now' enter the harbor of heaven on broken pieces of the ship." , " Milk; and Butter ;| ..'.> Depot, - ', »' IB the place to-buy pure milk, cream, butter, skim milk and butter-milk, in any quantity. Orders delivered to an part of the city. ••'.•• • No. Ill East.Third Street ' '.. The Greatest Repubiic.in Paper of the West •• f * TT is the most stalwart and unswerving Republican Weekly pub-* ports of all political affairs. . ; .,.,. ," j^"J The Weekly Inter Ocean Supplies All of the New* J £ and the Best of Current Literature. {<sJI It is Morally Clean, and as a Family Paper is Without a Peer. I Its Literary Columns are equal \ \ to; those ot the best magazines. < Its Youth's Department Is the 1 , finsst of its kind. . . . . .'. . It brings t6 tho family thn v owi of tlia llntlra WorlU and gives the best and ablest discussions of all questions of tho day. Tbe inter oci'im (fives tvr«|v« j>iu<'« of ToudinK tnuttor each week and bolns: pii M uho<l in < hlrti:-o Is better adapted to the needs of the people west of the Alloshnny Mountains tnan any other paper. $1-00 $1-00 The Daily and Sunday Edi- tlons of The Inter Ocean are the best Of their kind .... lce of DaIIy ** m«ii......... ...... »4.oo per year a f nd^ y ay y bmaii:::::.to°o SSf " Aadre»H THE INTER OCEJAH, Chicago. TftrSTtkLINU Si'ANDARD, ' ' " "'•''» '.-*•"• Job Printing and Book Binding. SMOKE The newest and best Cigar out. . •^v - - • . • - QATB POST, " Hanufactured by -, J:X:OOK. Work Unexcelled, Prices Reasonable. Office Thoroughly Equipped for|all Classeslof Work. ;";•. .The Porcupine's Quills. The current opinion that a porcupine throws its quills at an enemy is not supported by facts, eays the Portland Oregonian: The , spines of tl»e porcupine, are very loosely attached to the, body and are very sharp- as sharp as a needle." At almost the slightest touch they penetrate the nose of a, dog or the clothing or flesh of a person touching the porcupine, and stick there, coming away from the animal without any pull being required' The faculty in catching bold with one end and letting go with the other has sometimes caused people to think that the spines had been thrown at them. The outer end of the jsplneg, for some distance down, is covered with small barbs. These barbs cause a spine once imbedded In a living animal to keep working farther In with every movement of the muscles. About It is clsiiaed that the tree froai of which QuUUue is pbtntoed far. «o quinlue Bxce^t io malarial re. gloria. It tbe iarlal distrist it it Is is Is a JACOB EISEUB & CO. We announce to the public that our stocks of Newr Fall and Winter Goods, are now in and are readjjf for Jnepection. Nobby Scotch Suitings, In Colors and Plaids. Fancy and'Plain Cheviots, Scotch Suitings, Worsted Suitings, Grpat care has been exercised • in selecting our stock for Fall and -Winter Overcoats which is complete. Our line of Pants' jGoods consists of neat, tasty Plaids, ' Stripes aud rich Hixed aud^Plain Materials. GIVE US A CALL The Sterling Standard, Sterling Ills.. : •' • : ..'..'' ' .' •. ••'••'' > * -' f .' The New York* Weekly Tribune FOB EVERY member of EVERY family on EVERY farm, in EVERY village, in EVERY State «r Territory. / /.,,'." ' FOR Education, FOR Noble Mai»hoo<r, FOR Tri]ie WomanbQod., "< -a . ' ! A»4 get a Perfect Fit, Well and Finished io (m Artistic it? scwrd witli tli« IT CtiYES all important news of the IT GIVES all important news of the World. IT CflYES the most reliable market reports. IT GIVES brilliant and instructive editorial^ IT GIVES fascinating short Tories. IT GIVES an unexcelled agrienitnral depart»«t. IT GIVES seienfifie and meehanieal informttim IT GIvES iliastrated fashion articles, IT GIVES timorous illastratiois. It GIVES .entertainment to joaag tad .IT GIVES satisfaction everywhere to

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