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February 2020 Signs of the Times Email Newsletter

The Signs of the Times newsletter is a collection of stories and quotes from past issues ofSigns and These Times.
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     Abraham Lincoln felt the need of divine guidance at the time of the Civil War. The following touching incident in the life of this great and noble man is related by Mr. James E. Murdock:
     "I had once been spending three weeks in the White House with Mr. Lincoln, as his guest. One night—it was just after the battle of Bull Run—I was restless and could not sleep. I was repeating the part I was to take in a public performance. The hour was past midnight. Indeed, it was coming near to the dawn, when I heard low tones proceeding from a private room near where the President slept. The door was partly open. I instinctively walked in, and there I saw a sight which I shall never forget. It was the President kneeling beside an open Bible. His back was toward me. For a moment I was silent as I stood looking in amazement and wonder. Then he cried out in tones so pleading and sorrowful:
     "0 Thou God that heard Solomon in the night when he prayed for wisdom, hear me; I cannot lead this people; I cannot guide the Hairs of this nation without Thy help. I am poor and weak and sinful. 0 God, who didst hear Solomon when he cried for wisdom, hear me, and save this nation!”
     Who can tell how much this earnest prayer of the one who was then called by his countrymen to be the nation's Chief Executive had to do with the destiny of our nation in the dark hours through which it passed.—By George B. Thompson, The Watchman Magazine, April 1922.

Quote: “What we want is to preach more sermons with our hands and feet—to carry the gospel to the people by acts of kindness.”—By D. L. Moody, Signs of the Times, January 11, 1938.

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     The story is told of a Chinese Christian whose name was Lo, and when he read this text—"Lo, I am with you alway"—he thought God was speaking directly to him. And he was right, wasn't he? Christ's friendship can be as real to us as it was to the twelve apostles who were with Him long ago. Wherever you may be, or wherever I may be, Christ by His Spirit is with us.—By H. M. S. Richards, These Times, June 1951.

Quote: “A greeting card that plays ‘Happy Birthday’ holds more computing power than existed on earth before 1950.”—Fortune, Signs of the Times, March 1995.

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     A little lad with a childish heart had dreamed of the day when he might have a real toy boat all his own. He was poor, but he often gazed with longing at the lovely things displayed in the store window. Yet there was always the glass between. Would he never have a boat? He wondered. Then, one tragic day he was seriously hurt in a street accident. Taken to the hospital, he lay for months recovering. A kind-hearted man passed his bed one day and chatted for a while. Next time he visited the children's ward he brought with him a parcel. Unwrapping it, he placed upon the bed the very boat the lad had seen so often in the shop window. Could it be true? The little fellow gazed in silence. Then, timidly he reached over and touched it. In ecstasy he exclaimed, "There's nothing between—nothing between!" The restriction was gone. It was his own, his very own boat!
     Someday soon the kind and loving voice of our Saviour will be heard saying, "Come, ye blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world." Matthew 25: 34. All trace of sin and its curse will be gone, and we will see Him face to face; there will be nothing between.—By R. A. Anderson, Our Times, March 1946.

Quote: "As I walk about in my chamber with unsteady feet, my unconquerable spirit sweeps skyward on eagle's wings. I thank God for my handicaps, for through them I have found myself, my work, and my God."—By Hellen Keller, These Times, June 1951.

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     "FIRE! fire! fire!" This terrible cry woke up the father of a large family, who lived in a little village parsonage. He jumped from his bed to see what it meant. On opening the door, the smoke in the entry almost stifled him, while he caught sight of the flames bursting through the roof. He ran to the chamber where his wife lay sick, and told her with the oldest girls to escape for their lives. He then burst into the nursery, where the five youngest children slept, roused the servant, who caught up the baby and called the rest to follow her. On their reaching the entry, they found the stairs on fire, while the roaring flames were hemming' them in on every side. Danger gave them courage; some of the children scrambled through the windows, and others made a narrow escape through the garden door. But these passages seemed closed up to the poor sick mother. She could not climb to the windows, and to reach the door looked impossible. Once, twice, three times she tried to face the flames, but they drove her back with their fiery breath. "Oh Christ," she cried, "save me from this dreadful death; but thy will be done!" She mustered her strength for one more effort; despair urged her on; wading through the flames, she escaped, scorched and naked, into the street.
     Were the children all right? Were all the eight rescued from the burning building? At that instant a scream was heard from the nursery, louder than the roar of the fire; one little boy was left behind. 0h, the agony of the parents. The father dashed into the house and ran to the stairs; they fell beneath his feet, while the flames beat him back. The poor father fell on his knees and committed the soul of his child to a merciful God. The little fellow was now seen climbing up to the nursery window, surrounded by fire and smoke. He stretched out his hands to the people below." Save him, save him!" is shouted on all sides; now or never. Ladders there were none; moments were precious. One man leaps upon the shoulders of another; the walls are tottering, the heat is suffocating, but the window is reached; an instant more; and the boy is safe in the arms of his deliverer. A shout of joy goes up. "Safe, safe!" In a few moments more the roof fell in, and the once pleasant home was a heap of ruins.
     “Come, neighbors," cried the grateful and glad father, "let us kneel down; let us give thanks to God. He has given me all my eight children; let the house go, I am rich enough."
     This signal rescue from a death so dreadful made a deep impression both upon the mother and the boy. She looked upon him as the lost one saved, and with an ever-grateful memory of his deliverance, she felt herself specially called upon to train this child for the service of God. Nor did the boy ever forget or overlook this peril of his childhood; it made him thoughtful and serious. He felt that if God had thus spared his life, he ought to love God, to obey and honor Him; he cherished a lively sense of his dependence upon Him, and could never speak of it without feeling deeply grateful; and when he grew up to be a man, a house in flames was engraven under one of his portraits, with the motto, "Is not this a brand plucked out of the burning?"
     The boy thus saved was named John Wesley, born at Epworth, in England, in the year 1703; he grew up to be an eminent minister of the gospel, and so intent was he upon bringing people to a knowledge of God, that he used to go out in the commons and fields and highways to tell them of their great deliverer Jesus Christ, who came to seek and to save them which are lost.—Sabbath School Visitor, The Youth’s Instructor, January 1953.

Quote: “When tempted, pray on God’s side of the fence, not on the devil’s.”—By Charles G. Bellah, Signs of the Times, November 19, 1929.

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     An older woman described a young member of her church as having "just enough religion to make her miserable—too much to be happy at dances and too little to be happy in prayer meeting." Alas! the type is common—a troubled spirit that halts halfway, afraid to go back and unwilling to go forward. There is no peace in the borderland. The halfway Christian is a torment to himself and no benefit to others.—By Earnest Worker, Signs of the Times, January 11, 1938.

Quote: “By praying we learn to pray, and the more we pray the oftener we can pray, and the better we can pray. He who prays in fits and starts is never likely to attain to that effectual, fervent prayer which availeth much.”—By C. H. Spurgeon, Signs of the Times, January 11, 1938.

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     This true incident from an English school teacher’s lips shows how a boy can be both high-minded and unselfish for the sake of another.
     Jamie Pettigrew and Willie Hunter were the clever boys in Mr. Howatt’s school class, and used to “run neck and neck for the prizes.” Examination day came again, Jamie and Willie were left last in the field. Jamie missed question after question, which Willie answered and got the prize.
     Says Mr. Howatt, “I went home with Jamie that night, and instead of being cast down at losing the prize he seemed rather to be glad. I couldn’t understand it.
     “’Why, Jamie,’ I said, ‘you could have answered some of those questions. I know you could.’
     “’Of course I could!’ he said with a laugh.
     “’Then why didn’t you?’ I asked.
     “He wouldn’t answer for a while; but I kept pressing and pressing him till at last he turned round with such a strange, kind look in his bonnie brown eyes.
     “’Look here’ he said; ‘how could I help it? There’s poor Willie—his mother died last week, and if it hadn’t been examination day, he wouldn’t have been at school. Do you think I was going to be so mean as to take a prize from a poor fellow who had just lost his mother?’”
     Bravo, my lad! A good speech that; and second was a good place, if not the noblest of any, in all the school that day.—Sunday School Advocate, Signs of the Times, February 26, 1902.

Quote: “The test of a good church bulletin, like a restaurant’s menu, is whether or not the establishment can deliver what is listed in the contents.”—Unknown, These Times, September 1967.

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Ere your boy has reached to seven,
Teach him well the way to heaven;
Better still the work will thrive
If he learns before he’s five.—By Charles Haddon Spurgeon, These Times, April 1961.
 
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