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Be Faithful Unto Death.

Be Faithful Unto Death.

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Published by GLENN DALE PEASE
BY CHARLES CLIFTON PENICK, D.D.,

" He was a burning and a shining light: and ye were
willing for a season to rejoice in his light." — John 5 : 35.
BY CHARLES CLIFTON PENICK, D.D.,

" He was a burning and a shining light: and ye were
willing for a season to rejoice in his light." — John 5 : 35.

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BE FAITHFUL UNTO DEATH. BY CHARLES CLIFTON PENICK, D.D., " He was a burning and a shining light: and ye were willing for a season to rejoice in his light." — John 5 : 35. 'nr N HE hush has fallen again along Jordan's ¦*• banks and Judea's mountains. The great preacher has gone home. His words have smote a vast multitude of human hearts, for weal or woe, for joy or sorrow, for life or death. Jesus turns and reviews the field with deep emotion and words of warning. He ex-claims of John the Baptist, " He was a burn-ing and a shining light." Yes, John's was the real fire. No false, borrowed glimmering, no glacial reflection in icy coldness. The man's life was a fire. His soul burned in the flames of living zeal. He was consuming life's forces in the intensity of his service. Men felt that some living force dwelt in him. The mul-titudes were conscious of a warmth and glow 260 "MORE THAN A PROPHET:'
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about him that they failed to find in any of the formalities of priest or Pharisee. They laid their hand on his bosom, and felt it warm with the fires of real life. No hollow emptiness there. Every word spoken was to John a burning reality. His theology came as live coals from the altar of his God, each one fir-ing his own soul and intensifying his own life, making it a shining light. If ever man had done his part by man as well as God, John had. His great heroic soul lifted up the mighty truths of God-blazing beacons from the furnace of his own life within. He shone with a glory amid the doubts, gloom, and darkness of a de-generate world, that soul-light gleaming along the shrouded paths of ten thousand lives. The poor and forsaken, the publicans and harlots saw a tenderness of mercy arising out of the gloom, and felt a glow of sympathy the Church had never given before, thawing and waking their hearts into life and responsiveness. The surrounding world felt "he was a man sent from God," and this feeling sent a thrill of quicker, gladder life through their hearts. Ah, the glory that God has placed within
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''MORE THAN A PROPHET." 261 the reach of a human life ! He makes it possi-ble for man to rise and shine, a thing of glo-rious beauty to His eyes. Jesus was deep-ly touched and greatly rejoiced at the life of John. It came up out of the darkness and gloom of a world's selfishness and sin, and stood before Him warm with the glow of heaven's own fires, grand with the principles of God Himself. Caesars and kings were noth-ing in comparison to its depths of joy, strength, right, and glory of immortality. Jesus rejoiced in the warmth and light of John's life/and then shows us where the secret of His joy lies. He wants our souls burning with holy zeal, and wants that zeal to give earth a brighter glow — wants us to be stars for the Sun of Righteousness to light up, constella-tions in the firmament of His love, held in our orbits by the gravitation of His love, showing forth His glory by the gladness and trueness of our lives.
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