Facebook Covers InformationFacebook Quotes Cover - heal my heart and make it clean open up my eyes to the things unseen show me how to love like You have loved me made by our users. Sometime a problem will not yield quickly so you need to go to your quiet place and argue getting rid of the “he said”, “she said”, “I should of said” out of your thinking. Mortal mind, the liar is always going to want to throw a kink into what ever you are doing.
It doesn’t mean to see mortal man and woman as sinful or evil because of the story of Adam and Eve.
This story is about how God welcomes us home with love when we have changed our thinking - found that the mortal way is not God’s way. Step 6: Pipe potatoes onto baking sheet to form swirling peaks (about 2-inches across), and brush with the additional melted butter.
Step 3: Mash the marshmallow into eyes, give your frog some eyeballs with the chocolate chips. Step 5: Transfer one third of the pumpkin mixture to a medium bowl and fold in chocolate mixture until combined. Step 8: Add another layer of ladyfingers, brush with cocoa mixture, and top with all the pumpkin-chocolate mixture. Step 3: Pour in egg mixture and let it set on the edges, tilting pan and gently moving until the omelet is cooked. Step 3: Drain immediately, then cool eggs by re-filling the saucepan with cold water and a few ice cubes. Step 4: When cool to the touch, remove the egg from the shell by tapping each one firmly on the counter until cracks form all over the shell. Step 6: To make the filling, mash yolks and add mayonnaise, salt, and pepper, and mix thoroughly. Step 5: In a large bowl, combine the carrots, onions, and potatoes with the reserved 2 tablespoons of dressing mixture, and a generous pinch of salt and pepper.
Step 7: Remove the pan from the oven, cover with foil and let the hens rest for 5 minutes before serving. Step 5: Remove the pan from the oven, and put 1 pecan half in the center of each chocolate and push down.
Step 1: Remove the stem from the pear, cut the pear in half, and place it face down in center of a dinner plate with the widest part of the pair near the bottom of the plate. Step 4: Slice the banana and place on the ends of the grapes, and top the banana slices with pomegranate seeds or dried cranberries. If your kids love to cook, they will be wild for these 12 fun-to-make recipes, courtesy of Edible Education’s Chef Whitney Trent. Fifty-five percent of owners say they are looking to maintain their business at its current size, a proportion that has been largely consistent over the past few years.
Even though more than half of owners have a maintenance mindset, 73 percent feel successful about how their business is operating now, up from 69 percent in 2011. And, the proportion of small-business owners who are optimistic that the national economy will improve this year has increased from 33 percent in 2012 to 52 percent in 2015.
In addition, the highly successful business owners are not as conservative as those who feel slightly or not at all successful. The analysis also found that owners who feel their business is operating highly successfully are relying on better qualified talent, better guidance from other professionals, and even bank loans. Those who feel their business is operating less successfully and have not hired or not hired as much as they would have liked this past year are more likely to say this is because they are taking on additional responsibilities themselves compared to those who feel highly successful (38 percent vs. Highly successful owners who have not hired or not hired as much as they would have liked in the past year are less likely to say the reason for not hiring is that their business is not growing, compared to those who feel less successful and have not hired (20 percent vs. Small-Business Success Study Methodology: Braun Research conducted a telephone survey among small-business owners across the United States on behalf of The Hartford.
Some of the statements in this release may be considered forward-looking statements as defined in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Financial adviser Carmen Wu helps women 65+ prepare for the financial adventure of their lives in this month’s Retirement column.
And, we invite you to take our 12th adventure of the year with Gretchen Rubin as we share her final words of inspiration from her best-selling book, The Happiness Project. Whether you consider yourself an introvert, socially awkward, or just a networking newbie, fear not. Hidden, game-changing career opportunities are everywhere, but they won’t magically reveal themselves. The White House Historical Association was founded in 1961 through the efforts of First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy. We are thrilled to interview historian William Bushong, the chief White House historian and VP of the WHHA since 1997. The northeast vineyard was replanted using several Jefferson-related European varieties, grated on hardy, pest-resistant native rootstock. He and his wife and business partner, Camilla, were generous enough to invite us into their home to talk about the success they’ve had in their careers, which they attribute to networking well and working hard. When we sat down with the down-to-earth couple in their home in Orlando, FL, for the interview, we enjoyed a little music by McGuinn, who picked on his guitar as we talked, and a toast with Camilla’s favorite champagne, Veuve Clicquot.
Those two CDs, produced by April First Productions, are among four that the McGuinns have created to date. Many of the tunes on it are ones that he learned decades ago when he was a student at the Old Town School of Folk Music in his hometown of Chicago, where he learned to play the guitar and banjo. McGuinn credits hard work and determination as the keys to getting inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1991. If there are any men left who still believe that women are the weaker sex, it is long past time for them to think again. The average man may run a 100-meter race faster than the average woman and lift heavier weights. Now, let’s unpack this topic one piece at a time, with the goal of giving more women a little peace of mind. Here are the facts: Considering that a large percentage of women rely on Social Security as a main source of retirement income, making an informed decision about when to claim Social Security benefits must be carefully considered since it will greatly impact their retirement income for the rest of their lives. If you were born in 1960 or after (ages 55 or younger), two months are added to the FRA each year. Here are the facts: When you ask yourself how much monthly or annual income you will need in retirement, consider the studies that suggest you will need 70-100 percent of your pre-retirement income. Raised in California, Wu moved to the East Coast in 1987 and now resides in Falls Church, VA, with her husband, Art. The fruits of research into cloud robotics are just beginning to emerge from the laboratory, and some early examples of robotic systems that use the cloud approach seem more like toys than serious working robots. Robots have conventionally been limited by their onboard hardware and software, and are usually designed to complete clearly specified tasks in structured environments. The successful application of cloud-based approaches to robotics could lead to a variety of potential outcomes. The emerging cloud-based approach to robotics could take personal service robots down a similar path and lead to the kind of consumer enthusiasm and adoption currently seen in the smartphone market. Instead, standardized general-purpose robots would download new skills in real-time as users wanted them to do new things. Michael Vidikan is the CEO of Future In Focus, a strategic foresight and consulting firm that helps companies see years or even decades into the future to make better long-term decisions today. On the 12th day of Christmas, my true love sent to me … a whole bunch of really cool stuff that would be tough to fit into a gift box.
In this month’s Quotes column, we celebrate the lyrics first published in England in 1780, and use it as a jumping-off point to bring you 12 adventure-focused quotes that we hope will inspire you as you bring your year to a close.
The book stars Sam Gribley, a 12-year-old boy who intensely dislikes living in his parents’ cramped New York City apartment with his eight brothers and sisters. The novel begins in the middle of Sam’s story, with Sam huddled in his treehouse home in the forest during a severe blizzard.
Many of Gorey’s tales involve untimely deaths and dreadful mishaps, but much like tragic Irish ballads with their perky rhythms and melodies, they come off as strangely lighthearted. The last president who is considered a Founding Father is James Monroe, the fifth president of the United States (from 1817-1825). Eddy gave two of the early workers who were also her students, Victoria and Laura Sargent the following on how to heal. Eddy says this about fear, “Christian Science declares that sickness is a belief, a latent fear, made manifest on the body in different forms of fear or disease. For example you may argue like this: Because I am the image and likeness of God I will not manifest fear in the way of disease or lack of anything. We know the laws of the Kingdom are the Ten Commandments and it’s up to us to live these laws. Learn more about the 12 days of Christmas, which many Christian denominations consider the 12 days from Dec. Cool for 10 minutes, until potatoes are not hot to the touch, then mash the egg into the mixture until the potatoes are smooth. Then add a third layer of ladyfingers, brush with cocoa mixture, and top with remaining pumpkin mixture.
Roast them until the juices run clear and an instant-read thermometer registers 180 degrees when inserted into the thickest part of the thigh, about 50 to 55 minutes. Swift, CEO of The Hartford, a more than 200-year-old insurance company based in Connecticut. In contrast, owners who feel less successful seem to be taking on the load and stress of running a small business more on their own.
We caution investors that these forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance, and actual results may differ materially. Edible Education’s chefs Ann Butler and Whitney Trent share their kid-tested-and-approved recipes that are perfect for making real food for the 12 Days of Christmas. When you are networking and you meet someone for the first time, discuss only positive topics and steer clear of potentially controversial topics like politics and religion. If the very thought of networking makes you want to crawl under a rock and stay there (hello, introverts!), make it your goal to reach out to just 5 or 10 people a month with whom you would like to build a partnership. She is president of Quantum Success Solutions, an enterprise dedicated to advancing the professional expertise of both nerds and non-nerds alike. Rausse has been involved in the start-up of numerous wineries, including his own, since he first came to Virginia from his native Valdagno, Italy.
The southwest vineyard was replanted entirely with the Sangiovese grape, a variety documented by Jefferson in 1807 and the principal ingredient of Chianti. For inspiration we look to Roger McGuinn, the 70-something founder of The Byrds, who continues to sell-out venues around the nation.
The minstrel in the Stetson continues to perform, surrounded by his favorite three guitars and a banjo. The couple celebrate their anniversary April 1, which was the inspiration for the name of their music label, April First Productions.
It began when the McGuinns were touring with the band of authors The Rock Bottom Remainders, and our firm, Inkandescent Public Relations, helped promote the 2010 Wordstock Tour when it came to Washington, DC. A humble McGuinn, however, suggests that his signature Stetson is what the audience noticed most. But it’s clear that this man, who at 13 was inspired to play guitar when he heard Elvis Presley singing on the radio, has more than a stellar Stetson going for him.
The couple happened to be taking the same acting class in Los Angeles, and were paired as acting partners. The reality is that over a lifetime, women spend approximately 27 years in the workforce versus men, who spend almost 40 years.
So, if you work fewer than 35 years, your income for the missing years is counted as 0, which can bring your average down significantly. Assess your ideal lifestyle, and create a realistic budget for the amount of cash you’ll need.
And it’s important to consider the lifestyle you hope to have, which most likely will be the one you have become accustomed to during your working years. For unmarried women of this same age group, 49 percent receiving Social Security benefits relied on Social Security for 90 percent or more of their income. The oldest of nine children, she enjoys spending time with her 19 nephews, nieces, and two grandchildren. But these systems may in fact be the precursors of a new generation of robotic devices that will have broad commercial and consumer impacts. If the vision of cloud robotics is fulfilled, general-purpose robots could use cloud-based services to expand their capabilities far beyond what they are initially programmed to do.
Vidikan is a graduate of the MBA program at The George Washington University, where he also received his undergraduate degree in business and psychology. But everything you get is going to teach you something along the way and make you the person you are today. In 1960 it was one of three Newbery Medal Honor Books, and in 1969 it was loosely adapted as a film of the same name.

He decides to run away to his great-grandfather’s abandoned farm in the Catskill Mountains to live in the wilderness. The reader meets Frightful, Sam’s pet peregrine falcon, and The Baron, a weasel that Sam befriends.
Lewis used to say that worship was a dance and liturgy is the only thing that enables true worship because without it, you have to learn the dance all over again every week and never actually get to dancing.As a Catholic, it is precisely the mysterious wafer and what some consider the pointless repetition of someone else's prayers that enables me to enter into the divine presence. A lie can be discouragement, joblessness, deceit, bitterness, sin, disease, hunger, jealousy, and the list can go on. This fear is formed unconsciously in the silent thought, as when you awaken from sleep and feel ill, experiencing the effect of a fear whose existence you do not realize; but if you fall asleep, actually conscious of the truth of Christian Science, — namely, that man's harmony is no more to be invaded than the rhythm of the universe, — you cannot awake in fear or suffering of any sort.
The “Be” attitudes are in Matthew which is part of the Sermon on the Mount is what our attitude should be. Let us feel the divine energy of Spirit, bringing us into Renewed selfhood newness of life and recognizing no mortal nor material power as able to destroy. See the definition of “man” on page 475 of Science and Health “What is man”.  Hold to this when you seem to be looking at an evil person or anything that seems to be evil. Investors should consider the important risks and uncertainties that may cause actual results to differ. At every networking event, they make small talk and introductions look easy … while you stand behind a potted plant and limit your conversations to people you already know. Others erroneously think that networking takes time away from the outputs associated with success in your profession. Most people feel that they lack the confidence to network, which gives you a distinct advantage if you do. Rausse oversees the production of wine as well as the care of the restored vineyards, which continue to serve as experimental gardens of unusual varieties of vinifera. As he eloquently shared the history of folk music and told the story of his career, he sang and strummed dozens of the songs that he and The Byrds have made famous.
Founded back in 1992 by the late musician and author Kathi Kamen Goldmark, the band came about when she got to talking to her friend Dave Barry and they decided to pull together a handful of literary icons who loved to play music. In those days, acoustic 12s had wide necks and thick strings that were spaced pretty far apart, so they were hard to play. And because women often leave the labor force to have children and care for family members, in retirement they receive about half the pension benefits that retired men receive. Please note that your decision on how you take Social Security is very individual, and you should consult your financial adviser or the Social Security Administration. Some women may not have an option, and life circumstances may force them to take their Social Security benefits as early as age 62. Therefore, creating and managing a budget today is good way to get a handle on your current expenses and make adjustment to your retirement budget.
Consider that there were more than 1.5 million apps in the Apple App Store alone in July 2015, and more published daily. Roughly the first 80 percent of the novel is Sam’s reminiscences during the snowstorm about how he came to be in a home made out of a hollowed-out tree, while the remainder of the novel is a traditional linear narrative about what happens after the snowstorm. He was a Lutheran minister in Germany; he came to America, got into contact with the Baptists, found in their teachings the truths that he had been groping for and, under great loss of position and trouble of soul, became a Baptist. This does not mean that the real Church's mission is to take the whole or even half the world to task. This argument cannot be reversed because God is the only power, the only law giver of my life. Protests that changed countries, unemployment, business failures, bad economy, homeless increase, Occupy, politicians promising things again that they cant keep, wars ending and wars starting up. These important risks and uncertainties include those discussed in The Hartford’s 2014 Annual Report on Form 10-K, subsequent Quarterly Reports on Forms 10-Q, and the other filings made with the Securities and Exchange Commission. So approach networking with the fundamental idea that you are seeking to find out what people need or what problems they have that you can help them with, Right off the bat, this will help you shed your reluctance to approach others with your projects and ideas.
Be on the lookout for get-togethers hosted by your alumni association or regional chapter, local charities, or other organizations for which you volunteer.
For example, robotic systems might hand off computing-intensive tasks such as image processing and voice recognition to the cloud. We carried it proudly all the way back to one of their houses and proceeded to patch the hole with a piece of plywood and tar. It would be the servant of quite a different Master if it were to set itself up as the accuser of its brethren. Think of it this way: It is always a privilege and an honor to have the opportunity to discuss topics that you and the other party are passionate about.
I encourage you to use these numbers to create a clear road map so you can attain a desirable retirement income. There is no use in denying that our family relations and the training of our childhood exert a very strong influence on all of us and determine our religious affiliations for us. So take pleasure in the gift of meeting new people and seeing what can come from the new exchange.
And on a similar note, do carefully consider the way you dress and behave when you’re off the clock, as people are always watching and making decisions about your brand.
How extraordinary the Church's preaching, teaching, ministry, theology, political guardianship and missions would be, how it would convict itself of unbelief in what it says, if it did not proclaim to all men that God is not against man but for man. It need not concern itself with the 'No' that must be said to human presumption and human sloth. Now some people think because they don’t get an instantaneous healing God doesn’t want to heal them or maybe blame God for not answering the way they think God should answer. This 'No' will be quite audible enough when as the real Church it concerns itself with the washing of feet and nothing else. One of the boys found a canoe paddle in the weeds and we three got into the boat and started to paddle out.
It was then that we knew that we made a stupid mistake.            The river was swift and it was taking us downstream very fast. We feverishly paddled with that one oar and bailed out the water with our hands and an old can. This false thinking can come to you from outside sources like the news, TV commercials, friends who like to influence - peer pressure, gangs, a spouse, human will, or government. Barely we made it to shore and got out just before the boat sank below the water and headed downstream. As the image of God go back to your origin - God which is Truth, Life, Love, Mind, Soul, Principle, Spirit plus God’s attributes.
As the image of God go back to your origin - God which is Truth, Life, Love, Mind, Soul, Principle, Spirit  plus God’s attributes. Wet, cold and shaking the three of us headed home knowing we would never tell our parents of this stupid adventure. Work with these synonyms and begin your list of God’s attributes that are in Science and Health. In a big freight yard you can watch a locomotive distributing a freight train over the various sidings.
They will be made holy, useful to the Master, ready to do any good work.            God made us all for a purpose. So there are Baptists who have hitherto discovered only the tail-end of our Baptist ideals and convictions and it is no wonder that they turn out as narrow as the tail they devoutly believe in. But it is very different music when the same melody is played with all the resources of a great pipe-organ and in all the richness of full harmony.
Many Baptists are cut on a small pattern because their convictions are so small.The minds of men are widening today. But God used him to gather and lead his people out of Pharaoh’s slavery and split the Red Sea in two.  Joseph was sold into slavery by his brothers and was cast into prison but became the second most powerful person inEgypt. And men who have grasped great ideas in one part of their life feel impatient of petty ideas in any other part of their life, especially in their religion. Only a large faith, built on generous, gigantic lines will win the thoughtful men and women of the future.
Or, maybe just maybe a smile or a kind word from you to a stranger may just prevent them from going home and ending their own life and their grandson will some day save the world. Take a solemn mass in a Roman Catholic cathedral, with the dim religious light, the swelling music, the candles, the trooping of the priests and acolytes, the wafting of the incense, the tin-He of the bell, the prostration of the people as the wafer is miraculously transformed into the very body of the Lord. He will bring to light things that are now hidden in darkness, and will make known the secret purposes of people's hearts. And yet it is only fair to believe that all Christian bodies aim at the same thing:to bring the human soul into saving contact with God through Christ and to secure for it the knowledge and power of a holy life. Let us rejoice that we are all one in that fundamental aim.But on the other hand it is only true to assert that some religious bodies seek to attain that aim by means that hinder the soul from finding God more than they help it.
The all-important question of just where to worship and how to worship was relegated to the background as obsolete and outgrown for those who had learned to worship God in spirit and in truth. And some religious bodies have squarely refused ever to strip these things off; they cherish remnants of heathenism as their most precious and fundamental possessions. We cannot command the Lord to do anything whether we do it in pleading, tears, anger, or desperation. If God has the will, He may answer our prayers about life but nothing says that He absolutely has to.
All we have is the hope that he will hear us, see what we are going through, and grant us a little drop of His mercy in this life.
The next thing we ask him is if he is conscious of being personally called to the work of the ministry; that also probes for experience with God. He will cure a cancer, heal the deaf, grow an arm back or bring someone back to life but that does not mean He will do it all the time.
He has given us guidance through His word (the Bible) and occasionally gives us a nudge or lesson to learn from but basically kicks us out of the nest like the mother bird does to face the challenges of life.
The Roman Catholic Church, for instance, also seeks to put a man in contact with the grace of God, but the grace of God is received through the sacraments. The children there are examined as to their knowledge of the catechism and of passages of Scripture. Each day has enough trouble of its own.            I know that this message will, most likely, get frowns and dismisses from Pastors around the world but it is real.
Their job is to preach the message to inspire, encourage, and give hope to their congregations. I regard the systematic instruction given for months previous to confirmation as one of the finest features of the Lutheran Church and wish we could copy it. But when the mental exercise of memoriter recitation is made the test for admission to the Church and its sacrament, personal experience is supplanted by something totally different and inferior. He wants us to spread the Gospel and not make up stories of what He has done for us personally in life. Just show others how you believe in His salvation and forgiveness and tell them of His Word. In the study of the natural sciences the modern method is to put the student into direct contact with nature. The dissection of a single animal will give more realizing knowledge of biology than the best textbooks in which a student reads what others have observed.
In the lower forms of heathen religion ritual is nearly all there is of religion; morality is only an incidental outcome. So accept His Son as your Lord and claim the only real promise that He made to us --- Forgiveness and Salvation. In the higher forms of religion there is always danger of gliding back into the lower stages, and of emphasizing ritual at the expense of morality. When we insist on repentance from sin and submission to the will of God, that is a religious experience directly leading to a higher moral life.
Such religion lends the most powerful reinforcement to ethical duty and is of high service to the common life of humanity.We can see how profoundly important such a direct experience of God is from the fact that in times of doubt it is often the only thing that remains unshaken. You can see it for a short time, but then it goes away.            So the next time a Pastor, friend, relative or acquaintance tells you, “Its all in God’s timing, it wasn’t meant to be, the Lord has bigger or better plans for you.” Tell them, “Nonsense!
It takes a good deal of historical information merely to understand the ritual and symbols of some of the old churches.
Meanwhile, let us travel down this road of life and try our best to tackle what life throws at us and wait for the eternal reward when we get to the end of the journey.
A poor German or Italian mother cannot follow the new learning which her children get in this country, but she can outclass anybody in loving them. For a good Christian Patriotic song, go to my Song Pageand listen to a newer song by Matt Maher called “Woke Up In America”.=======================================================  ***    If you have been watching the news lately and listening to the Chick-fil-A articles, let me say this about that -------- whether you feel like the President of that company or you disagree ---- he was just exercising his right to free speech. That right is one of the many we Americans have that has helped to make this country different in the world arena. However, if you would like to see my opinion on the subject of homosexuality, see Pastor’s sermon Volume 2, #2. Much less were they part of the Christianity of Jesus himself Original Christianity was exceedinglysimple; it was just a new life with God and a new life with men.

Those who believed in him, felt a new spirit, the Holy Spirit, living in their hearts, inspiring their prayers and testimonies, melting away their selfishness, emboldening them to heroism.
We have others who would be only too glad if we had an iron-dad Baptist creed with a thousand points that they might insist onit. We are social beings, and all elements of our life come to their full development only through social interchange and cooperation.
There is a sweetness in private prayer, but there is an additional thrill when we join in a heartfelt hymn and are swept on the wave-crest of a common emotion. Thus the one church makes salvation and the other makes ministerial authority depend on connection with the right church organization.
There are Baptists, too, who are ready to assert that none but a Baptist church is a true church at all.To my mind the essential matter is not that a church body is very ancient, or that it has a continuous history, but that it embodies the Christian spirit in the method of its organization, and by its very constitution offers the largest possible opportunity to its members to live a truly Christian life together.
The fundamental question is not even whether a certain church order is biblical, but whether it is Christian. The Bible merely helps us to see if it is Christian.Now I think our Baptist church organization, though it is faulty in many ways and though it creaks and groans as it works along, just as all other human organizations do, is built on very noble Christian lines and therefore it is dear to me. It admits to membership only those who deliberately apply for it and who can assert that they have met Christ and love him and want to follow him. The farther we get back to apostolic Christianity the completer is the democracy we encounter. That type of church organization originated under the despotism of imperial Rome and has perpetuated the political ideas and customs of that epoch. Our congregational government originated in a great wave of popular democracy in England, and has embodied and perpetuated the democratic ideals of the Puritan Revolution. Other churches have only a vague line of demarcation between the church and the world, but a very sharp line of demarcation between the ministry and the laity. Jesus bids us call no man father or mater, but all of us are to be brethren, and the only greatness is to be by preeminent service (Matthew 23:1-12). One cause why our cities are so badly governed is because they lack home-rule and are run by distant State legislatures. Every man knows best where the shoe pinches him, and every community on the whole is best acquainted with its own affairs. They ask no favors from the State, except that they accept such exemption from taxation as the State grants to all institutions which labor for the common good and not for private profit. Baptists insisted on this separation between church and State at a time when the principle was novel and revolutionary. Some Baptists seem to think that this separation is based on the idea that the spiritual life has nothing to do with the secular life. Our Baptist forefathers insisted on that separation because they saw that it wrought mischief when unspiritual men, actuated by political or covetous motives, tried to interfere with the centers of religious and moral life.
To let the churches alone meant to let the religious and moral life of the nation work out its own problems unhampered and unthwarted by baser considerations and forces. But in turn it was also found that the political life of the nation is freed from a warping and disturbing influence when ecclesiastical questions are removed from politics. Other churches have had to be wrenched loose forcibly from their hold on public income and political power. Baptists have the far nobler and prouder position of declining these things voluntarily and of being pioneers in that principle toward which the civilized nations are slowly drifting.My second reason for being a Baptist is, then, that Baptist churches in their very constitution approximate Christian principles of organization and give a fair chance to any Christian community to form a Christian social life.
And they are on principle free from any entangling alliance with non-religious forces.I know well that Baptist churches have not lived up to these magnificent principles. There are Baptist churches in which a small junta of men rule and democracy has become a mere name.
There are Baptist ministers who are more priestly in spirit and temper than the present pope. My third reason deals with the concept of worship.I can best make this clear by going back a little into the history of religion. Men are afraid of the terrible powers of nature, of thunder, disease, blight, flood and drought, and they try to placate and conciliate the supernatural beings who show their displeasure by sending these terrors on helpless mortals. So they offer sacrifices and piteous prayers just as they would bring gifts and wail before the angry human despots with whose ferocity and whims they were well acquainted. Men want good harvests, health, offspring, revenge and protection, and they tell the gods of their wants and bring them presents to win their help and favor. To ward off evil and to secure favors is the main object of worship in these lower stages of religion.But each god has his peculiar tastes and disposition which must be consulted. They have their sacred places where they have appeared and where they can best be approached. Men now have a deep sense of the frail and perishable nature of mortal life; they long for immortality and the assurance of it.
Thus in this higher stage of religion men seek expiation of guilt, freedom from impurity, victory over death, direct and concrete contact with the deity. The crew of supernatural despots who want sacrifices and who love to see men cringe and implore, has vanished away, and the Best Being in the universe bows down with fatherly love. Holy places, holy times, holy formulas, holy experts are all left behind, and the only thing God asks for is love for himself and love for our fellowmen. The old cowering fear of the slave is gone, and instead we see the free love and obedience of the son and child of God. Read Romans 8, or Galatians from that point of view.But the old religious habits of mind were very strong in men.
But men with pagan habits of mind seized on these and saw in them just what they werelooking for. Baptism was to them a mystic cleansing which washed away guilt and defilement, a magic bath from which a man rose regenerate as a new man with the past all cleaned away.
These superstitious ideas became ever more powerful and concrete as time passed; they were adopted by theologians and defended as part of the essence of Christianity.
A new priesthood early grew up, equipped with mysterious powers to consecrate the sacraments and to forgive sins. Christianity once more had its holy places, holy times, holy formulas, its sacrifice and incense, its set prayers and all the apparatus of worship, just like the heathen religions, only more so.
Just as the ancient heathen priest in Rome muttered formulas in a dead language, so the Christian priest in Rome chants his formulas in Latin, which was a living language when Christianity began and is now a dead language. Among other things the Reformation simplified worship and swept out a great mass of superstitions ceremonial. In some countries the break from Catholic forms of worship was far more thorough than in others. The Baptists, and all those bodies with whom we are historically connected, marched in the vanguard of Protestantism. I can help to cleanse Christianity of the mass of heathen influence which leaked in during the early centuries and was afterward so religiously preserved and cherished. I can help to bring humanity to that simple, ethical, spiritual worship which Jesus taught and which has been so sadly overlaid by the gilded and jeweled worship of a paganized church.Baptists are, in fact, more Protestant than the great Reformers on some points. There was widespread doubt about infant baptism at the beginning of the Reformation, but to reject it would have meant churches of baptized believers and would have unchurched the great mass of men. The Reformers recoiled from so sweeping a change, largely for political reasons, and infant baptism was maintained, defended and extolled.
Other sentimental reasons are now used to prop the custom, but the number of infant baptisms is constantly decreasing. People are sensibly concluding to give their children a chance to be baptized when it will mean something to them. They made a cleaner sweep of the old pagan leaven at the outset, and the slow development of the purified Christian spirit in modern Protestantism is swinging their way.The real worship, the only thing that God really cares I for, is a Christ-like life. To live all the time in the consciousness of the love and nearness of God, to merge all our desires and purposes in His will to walk humbly before Him and justly and lovingly with all men, this is the real Christian worship. In our common worship we shall come closest to the spirit of true Christianity if every act is full of joy in God and his fellowship, love for one another, hatred for all evil, and an honest desire to live a right life the sight of Christ. There is an intellectual element in all religion, and that grows stronger as we follow the development of religion from the rude and barbarous people to the civilized nations. These are questions with which natural science and philosophy deal, but they are also religious questions and a religious man craves an answer, and seeks in some way to build up a satisfactory and harmonious edifice of thought in which his intellect can dwell content.But the answer which contents a man at one stage of his life is outgrown at the next stage.
It is of the utmost importance that the individual and the race shall retain the capacity for growth in religious thought. I After Christianity had become the State religion of the Roman Empire under Constantine the Great, it was a matter of great concern to the emperors that the Church should remain united and not be broken up by bitter doctrinal fights. So, if some doctrinal question was giving trouble, they summoned a great council of bishops and had them decide by a mere majority vote on the profoundest questions. Such infallible decisions increased as the centuries went on, and each was riveted around the Church like an iron hoop around a barrel.
Hoops are good around barrels, but I should not advise putting nice, tightly fitting hoops around the body of a growing child. But the Catholic Church solemnly adopted it, and now American Catholic scholars of the twentieth century have to believe it. But they can not without crippling their intellect in other ways.While the Reformation was in progress, the Reformed bodies also produced creeds in plenty. For instance, in 1530 the Lutheran party in Germany was in great danger of being persecuted and suppressed by the Emperor.
At the Diet of Augsburg they presented a Confession, a summary of their belief, to show that they agreed with the Catholics on all vital points and were not so bad as they had been made out to be.
But this Confession afterward was adopted asone of the creeds of the Lutheran Church and still has to be accepted and subscribed as a binding statement of Gospel truth. Our Presbyterian brethren have long been restless under the straight Calvinism of their Westminster Confession, and it has cost them a long struggle to secure some modification of it. Our ministers and professors are not required solemnly to declare that they adopt some obsolete statement as their belief and will always teach that. We have a couple of summaries, called the New Hampshire and the Philadelphia Confession, which are often adopted by newly organized churches, but no one is complied to use them.
So far as I remember I never read either of them until I had been several years a Baptist minister, and when I did read them, I was not interested in them.
There was enough conservative instinct to balance their thinking without carrying a big stick of timber on their shoulders to balance them.
Baptists have always insisted that they recognize the .L)Bible alone as their sufficient authority for faith and practice. There are, indeed, many Baptists who have tried to use the Bible just as other denominations use their creeds.
A creed contains sharply defined and abstract theology; the Bible contains a record of concrete and glowing religious life.
A creed addresses itself to the intellect; the Bible appeals to the whole soul and edifies it. A creed gives the truth as it looked to one set of clever men at one particular stage of human history; the Bible gives the truth as it looked to a great number of God-filled men running through many hundreds of years.
The epoch-making treatises of the past grow obsolete with fearful rapidity; human nature with its love and hate and fear and hope and sin and passion is always the same, and what was true in the days of Rameses II under the shadow of the pyramids, is true in the days of Roosevelt I under the shadow of the sky scrapers. It is the mountain-brook before it had grown muddy in the plain by the inflow of other waters. It is still calling us up higher today, beyond traditional Christianity to the religion of Christ. Baptists, in tying to the New Testament, have hitched their chariot to a star, and they will have to keep moving.It seems to me a great thing that Baptists are not chained by creeds, but have taken the Bible as their authority.
We have reduced it all to a single level, as if Esther was equal to Isaiah, and the Old Testament to the New, and Zephaniah or Jude to our Lord Jesus Christ. But my faith is that the old veil of Moses will yet be taken away from the Bible and its full light will break forth.This is the last reason which I shall give for being a Baptist. Baptists have not bound the religious intellect by the adoption of a creed, and they have undertaken to learn what the Bible can tell them and to guide their life thereby. I do not mean that Baptists have been faultless in their application of these principles; they have sinned and bungled more often than not. But the principle is right and has a saving power of guidance in it.POSTLUDEHerein ends this little series. The articles were written off-hand and amid the pressure of other work, and their faults crave a kindly judgment.
I do not want to foster Baptist self-conceit, because thereby I should grieve the spirit of Christ.

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