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By Rev. Louis Albert Banks, D.D

John vi. 1-40.

By Rev. Louis Albert Banks, D.D

John vi. 1-40.

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THE SPIRITUAL CUPBOARD.By Rev. Louis Albert Banks, D.D
John vi. 1-40.Bread is the staff of life. Cakes and preservesand ice-cream are good enough in their place, but if any one of us had to choose a steady diet of just-one thing we would not hesitate long before choos-ing bread. So the great staple of a Christian lifeis feeding upon Jesus Christ. AVe must get ourmotive, our spirit, our example, all from him.Only as we feed upon him shall we become strongand muscular Christians.The healthy condition of the body dependslargely upon the partaking of wholesome nourish-ment at regular intervals. One may have goodfood, and yet if he does not partake of it with suffi-cient regularity and frequency he will soon findhis physical system demoralized. Let any manhere try taking two square meals on Sunday andthen fasting, with an occasional glass of water ora cooky, until Friday night, and he will be tooweak to walk to prayer-meeting. And yet that is185186 B 1 ear's ipra^ers/lfteetltiQ ^alks.what some people do, practically, in a spiritualway. I fear t-hat the old-fashioned familj^ altar inevery Christian home, with its reading of the Bibleand spiritual song and prayer, has been done awaywith in a great many religious families. It cannot be neglected without great spiritual loss; itfurnishes an opportunity for taking spiritual foodregularly every day. Don't imagine that you aretoo busy, and excuse j'Ourself that way, for wereally have no right to be too busy to feed ourspiritual nature. One of the early Methodistpreachers in Kentucky was stopping over-night atthe house of one of his church members where acertain Judge Cone and his wife, from Nashville,Tenn., had also stopped to jDass the night. WhenMr. Bolton, the host, handed the Bible to the min-ister for family worship in the evening, he said tohim in an undertone that he would best make theservice short, as the judge was probably not accus-tomed to such things.The old man said, " Yery well, very well, " but
he looked pained. He read only two verses of Scripture and then knelt down. "O Lord," heprayed, "we are very poor and needy creatures,and we know thou art able and willing to supplyall our wants; but Mr. Bolton says that JudgeCone and his wife from Nashville, who are with us,are not used to family worship, and however needyXLbc Spfrftual Cupboard. 187we are, there is no time to spare in telling thee ourwants. Amen."The judge was greatly taken aback, and so washis host. Between them they persuaded thefaithful old preacher to continue his prayer,which he did with great earnestness and spiritualfervor.The wise Christian will take time to eat the spir-itual food which is necessary to build up the innerand by far the more important man.It is idle to think that one may store up enoughat one time to make up for days and weeks of spir-itual starvation. Spiritual dyspepsia, if not so ap-parent, is far more common than its physical typeof disease. Some people will go to a specialservice for a week or two and stuff themselveswith highly wrought spiritual food, arousing theemotions, and then seem to feel that because theyhave overgorged the spiritual stomach they mayexcuse themselves from both food or service forthe next month or two.I have heard of a very stout woman who resolvedto consult a physician about her corpulence. Thedoctor drew up a careful dietary for her. She wasto eat dry toast, plain boiled beef, and a few otherthings of the same lean sort, and in a month returnand report the result.At the end of the time the woman came, and was188 B lOiear's ipragers^ccting tialfta.so stout she could hardly get through the door.The doctor was aghast."Did YOU eat what I told you? " he asked." Keligiously, " she answered.His brow wrinkled in perplexity. Suddenly he

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