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SEMI-MONTHLY
VOL. XXXII DECEMBER 1 No. 23
A.D. 1911--A.M. 6040

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CONTENTS

Bro. Russell's Round-the-World Itinerary..........434
Editor's British Autumn Tour......................435
Prayer of the Consecrated.........................436
"The Feet of Him".................................437
Our Responsibility to One Another.................439
"We Are Not to Please Ourselves"..............439
The Grace of Humility.............................440
"To Show Thyself Approved"........................442
"Fervent in Spirit, Serving the Lord".............442
Waiting for Messiah...............................443
"He Is Faithful and Just".........................444
Interesting Questions.............................445
"Now Are We the Sons of God"..................445
Land Was Forced to Keep Its Sabbaths..........446
Some Interesting Letters..........................446
Extension Work in Africa......................446
"Rolling Old Chariot Along" in Africa.........446
"Die Stimme" Stirring Up Jews in
Russia......................................447
Berean Questions in "Scripture Studies"...........447

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WATCH TOWER BIBLE & TRACT SOCIETY
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BROOKLYN TABERNACLE, 13-17 HICKS ST.,
BROOKLYN, N.Y., U.S.A.

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AT WHICH BROTHER C. T. RUSSELL WILL BE PRINCIPAL SPEAKER
FRIENDS FROM NEARBY PLACES ARE CORDIALLY INVITED.

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NEWARK, N.J., DECEMBER 3

Discourse for the Public at 3 p.m. in Proctor's Theatre, Broad St.

Other services of the day will be conducted at Brooklyn Tabernacle, 17 Hicks St. Praise and Testimony at 10.30 a.m., and a meeting for the interested at 7.30 p.m., preceded by half-hour's praise service.

DALLAS, TEXAS, DECEMBER 6

At 10.30 a.m. meeting for Praise, Prayer and Testimony and at 3 o'clock in the afternoon discourse for the interested. Both services will be held in Woodman's Hall, 414 Harwood St.

SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS, DECEMBER 7

"The New Woodman's Hall" at 117 North Flores St., will be used at 10 o'clock for Praise, Prayer and Testimony meeting and again at 3 o'clock for a discourse to the interested.

LOS ANGELES, CAL., DECEMBER 10

Morning Rally and Discourse for the interested. 10 o'clock, Mammoth Hall, 517 S. Broadway. Discourse for the Public at 3 p.m., Shrine Auditorium, 655 West Jefferson St.

FRESNO, CAL., DECEMBER 11

Morning Rally for Praise, Prayer and Testimony at 10 o'clock and discourse for the interested at 3 o'clock, will both be held in the A.O.U.W. Hall, Fresno St., between I and J. The public address at 8 p.m. will be given in Armory Hall, J and Fresno Sts.

OAKLAND, CAL., DECEMBER 12

Morning Rally for Praise, Prayer and Testimony at 10:30. Discourse for the interested at 3 o'clock, Hamilton Auditorium, Jefferson and 13th Sts. [R4932 : page 434]

BRO. RUSSELL'S ROUND-THE-WORLD ITINERARY

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After serving the public at Newark, N.J., and also the Brooklyn Tabernacle congregation on the first Sunday in December, Brother Russell will start at once on the trip that will encircle the world:--

Tue. Dec. 5 Arrive at St. Louis, Mo., Penn. R.R.......8:30 a.m.
" " " Leave " " " M.K.&T. Ry.....10:05 a.m.
Wed. " 6 Arrive Dallas, Texas, " ..9:10 a.m.
" " " Leave " " " ..8:00 p.m.
Thu. " 7 Arrive San Antonio, Texas, " ..7:30 a.m.
" " " Leave " " " So. Pac. Ry.....8:30 p.m.
Sun. " 10 Arrive Los Angeles, Cal. " ..6:30 a.m.
" " " Leave " " " " ..7:30 p.m.
Mon. " 11 Arrive Fresno, Cal. " ..7:00 a.m.
" " " Leave " " " .12:30 night
Tue. " 12 Arrive San Francisco, Cal. " ..7:50 a.m.
Wed. " 13 Leave " " " ..Steamship "Shinyo Maru"
Tue. " 19 Arrive Honolulu, Hawaii..... " " "
Sat. " 30 Arrive Yokohama, Japan...... " " "
Sun. " 31 At Tokio " ........Imperial Japanese Ry. 1912.
Mon. Jan. 1 Leave Tokio, Japan............Imperial Japanese Ry.
Tue. " 2 Leave Kobe, Japan...........Steamship "Shinyo Maru"
Thu. " 4 Leave Nagasaki, Japan....... " " "
Sat. " 6 Leave Shanghai, China....... " " "
Tue. " 9 Arrive Hong Kong, " ....... " " "
Wed. " 10 Leave " " " for Manila.......by steamship
Sun. " 14 At Manila, Philippine Islands.
Tue. " 16 Leave " " " ......by steamship
Sat. " 20 Leave Hong Kong, China................P.&O.S.S. Co.
Thu. " 25 Leave Singapore, Straits Settlements " " "
Sat. " 27 Leave Penang, Prince of Wales Island " " "
Thu. Feb. 1 Arrive Colombo, Ceylon.............. " " "
" 3 to 9 ..........................Visit Travancore District
Sun. " 11 At Madras, India.
Mon. " 12 Leave " " ..for Calcutta (via Juggernaut)
Sun. " 18 Arrive Calcutta, "
Mon. " 19 Leave " " for Bombay via Lucknow and Agra.
Sat. " 24 Leave Bombay, " ...................P.&O.S.S. Co.
Thu. " 29 Leave Aden, Arabia.................... " " "
Sun. Mar. 3 .................(Disembark at Suez, rail to Cairo)
Tue. " 5 Leave Cairo, Egypt................by rail 9:30 a.m.
" " 5 Arrive Alexandria, Egypt.......... " " 12:45 p.m.
Wed. " 6 Leave " " .Khedivial S.S., 4:00 p.m.
Fri. " 8 Arrive Piraeus, Greece... " " 10:00 a.m.
Sat. " 9 At Athens, "
Sun. " 10 At Corinth, "
Mon. " 11 Leave " " ...........by rail 10:25 a.m.
" " 11 Arrive Patras, " ........... " " 3:45 p.m.
" " 11 Leave " "by steamship, sailing 7:00 p.m.
Wed. " 13 Arrive Brindisi, Italy................... 3:00 p.m.
" " 13 Leave " " ...........by rail 4:55 p.m.
Thu. " 14 Arrive Rome, " ........... " " 9:35 a.m.
" " 14 Leave " " ........... " " 11:50 p.m.
Sat. " 16 Arrive Paris, France............. " " 6:45 a.m.
" " 16 Leave " " ...............about 1:00 p.m.
" " 16 Arrive London, England............. " 10:00 p.m.
Sun. " 17 At " " .....................One week
Sat. " 23 Leave " " ..................for America
Thu. " 28 Arrive New York City...........Steamship Mauretania
Sun. " 31 At New York Hippodrome....Public Service, 3:00 p.m.
" " " At Brooklyn..............Memorial Supper, 7:00 p.m.

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r4924 EDITOR'S BRITISH AUTUMN TOUR
r4925 "THE FEET OF HIM"
r4927 OUR RESPONSIBILITY TO ONE ANOTHER
r4928 THE GRACE OF HUMILITY
r4930 "TO SHOW THYSELF APPROVED"
r4929 FERVENT IN SPIRIT--SERVING THE LORD
r4930 WAITING FOR MESSIAH
r4931 "HE IS FAITHFUL AND JUST"
r4932 INTERESTING QUESTIONS
r4933 SOME INTERESTING LETTERS

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BEREAN QUESTIONS IN SCRIPTURE STUDIES

Series VI., Study VI.--Order and
Discipline in the New Creation.

JANUARY 8

"LET EVERY MAN BE FULLY PERSUADED IN HIS OWN MIND."

(85) While it is desirable that each should reach a decision "in his own mind," is it reasonable to expect or demand that all should see exactly alike? P. 326, par. 1.

(86) How harmonize this view with the Apostle's exhortation that we "mind the same things"? P. 326, par. 1; P. 327, par. 1.

(87) To preserve order in meetings for study, to whom only should questions and remarks be addressed? P. 327, par. 2.

(88) While unity of knowledge is desirable, what is still more important? P. 327, par. 3.

FUNERAL SERVICES

(89) What general advice respecting funeral arrangements is suggested? P. 328.

(90) Who are best qualified to conduct a funeral service, and if none such be found, may any brother, or even a sister, with propriety set forth the Truth about death, and our hopes for the future? P. 329, par. 1.

JANUARY 15

SUGGESTIVE OUTLINE OF FUNERAL DISCOURSE

(91) What suggestions as to the order of such a service? P. 329, par. 1-3.

(92) Briefly state the general character and scope of a funeral discourse. P. 330 to 337, par. 1.

(93) What course should be followed with respect to the prayer immediately after the discourse, and in the closing of the service, and at the grave? P. 338, par. 1-3.

(94) What changes should be made to suit the varying circumstances of the deceased? P. 338, par. 4,5.

TITHES, COLLECTIONS, ETC.

(95) Why should public collections and the money question in general be avoided in assemblies of the Lord's people? P. 339, par. 1,2.

(96) Should this avoidance of collections and financial questions in the assembly be interpreted to discourage a spirit of generosity or cheerful giving? P. 340, par. 1; P. 341, par. 1, first six lines.

JANUARY 22

(97) Are our time, talents and influence more appreciated by the Lord than our money, and if so, what should be our course of action accordingly? P. 341, par. 1,2.

(98) What thoughts respecting God, the great Giver, are suggested by the Scripture, "It is more blessed to give than to receive"? P. 341, par. 3; P. 342, par. 1.

(99) In proportion as we have fellowship with the Lord and partake of His Holy Spirit, what are our experiences as New Creatures? P. 342, par. 2.

(100) How does this spirit of love, this desire to give, influence our every thought and action? P. 343, par. 1.

(101) What lesson may we learn from the poor widow and her "two mites"? P. 344, par. 1.

JANUARY 29

(102) Why is our consecration measured by our benevolences and self-sacrifices? P. 344, par. 2.

(103) How shall we determine the Divine Will with respect to carrying out our consecration of our time, our money, our all? P. 345, par. 1.

(104) Why did the Lord give the tithing system to the Jews and leave the New Creation without any such law? P. 345, par. 2.

(105) As all the gold and silver are the Lord's why does He permit His work to be in such condition as to need financial help from His consecrated people? P. 346.

(106) What is our conclusion with respect to the money question? and should money be solicited or accepted from outsiders? P. 347.

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SEMI-MONTHLY
VOL. XXXII DECEMBER 15 No. 24
A.D. 1911--A.M. 6040

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CONTENTS

1911--Annual Report--1911.........................451
Facts and Figures Helpful.....................451
1912--Views from The Watch Tower..................454
The Outlook is Promising......................455
What Recent Events Foreshadow.................455
The Editor's British Tour.........................456
Preparing for the Kingdom.........................457
The Very Greatest Prophet.........................458
A Savior--A Life-Giver............................459
The Hallelujah Chorus.........................460
Consecration in the Temple........................460
"Set for the Fall and Rising Again of
Many in Israel..............................461
What We are to Expect.............................461
In Everything Give Thanks (Poem)..................462
Berean Questions in Scripture Studies.............462
Lecture Announcements.............................463
Index to 1911 Watch Tower.........................464

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PUBLISHED BY
WATCH TOWER BIBLE AND TRACT SOCIETY
CHARLES T. RUSSELL, PRESIDENT
"BROOKLYN TABERNACLE," 13-17 HICKS ST.,
BROOKLYN, N.Y., U.S.A.

Foreign Agencies:--British Branch: LONDON TABERNACLE, Lancaster Gate, W. German Branch: Unterdorner Str., 76, Barmen. Australasian Branch: Flinders Building, Flinders St., Melbourne. Please address the SOCIETY in every case.

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Terms to the Lord's Poor as Follows:--All Bible Students who, by reason of old age, or other infirmity or adversity, are unable to pay for this Journal, will be supplied Free if they send a Postal Card each May stating their case and requesting its continuance. We are not only willing, but anxious, that all such be on our list continually and in touch with the Studies, etc.

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A SPECIAL JANUARY NUMBER

The Pastor Russell Lecture Bureau is the style of a newspaper syndicate which handles Brother Russell's weekly sermons. This syndicate felt a deep interest in the world tour and published a pamphlet descriptive of said tour and containing sketches of Brother Russell's younger days, gleaned from an article in the National Encyclopedia of American Biography, Vol. XII. Several WATCH TOWER readers saw the pamphlet, which is about the size of THE WATCH TOWER, and they urged that it be made a part of the January 1st issue. We have adopted the suggestion, believing that the pamphlet would be interesting to all of our readers. The value will be enhanced by the printing of the outside cover of that issue in colors, thus making that page suitable for framing, if desired.

Additionally, on another of the cover pages, we purpose a reproduction of a new and very popular picture of our Lord and His Apostles passing through a wheat-field, Jesus and Peter in conversation, John following, then James, Matthew the Levite and others. We are sure that this picture will be greatly prized by every WATCH TOWER reader. To avoid the marks of folding, we purpose that they shall be rolled and suggest to you great care in cutting the wrapper, lest the picture be injured. It is quite a work of art and probably could not be purchased in any art store for less than fifty cents.

We trust that our subscribers will be as interested in the receiving of the January number as we feel interested in preparing it for them.

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YOUR CHURCH CONNECTION REPORTS

In our issue of October 1 we suggested an appropriate answer for such as might inquire respecting our Church connections. It is important that we state ourselves truthfully and explicitly that we be not misunderstood--that our good be not evil-spoken of. Many were greatly pleased with our suggestions, yet they prefer not to cut the item from their WATCH TOWER and inquire if we cannot provide this same matter neatly gotten up in card form.

The suggestion seems a good one and we have followed it, only that we have put the entire matter on one side of the card and on the back of the card the synopsis of faith found at the top of this page--as to what the Scriptures teach. We believe that these cards will be very desirable to the friends. We are able to provide them at a very small price, postpaid, namely 20c. per 100.

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EXTRA TOWERS FOR BEREAN CLASSES

Some are inquiring, "Could a lower price be made on THE WATCH TOWER if sent to Berean Classes in addition to those which the same persons subscribe for and get individually? The thought is to have THE WATCH TOWER at our Class Meeting for use in connection with the Berean Studies."

We are pleased with this suggestion, but would not wish it to interfere in any way with the subscription standing in your own names. We specially like to have upon our lists the names of all who are interested in Present Truth--the Harvest Message. For such Berean Classes we will supply THE WATCH TOWER at half-price.

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BETHEL HYMNS FOR JANUARY

After the close of the hymn the Bethel Family listens to the reading of "My Vow Unto the Lord," then joins in prayer. At the breakfast table the MANNA text is considered. Hymns for January follow: (1) 34; (2) 320; (3) 300; (4) 130; (5) 12; (6) 103; (7) 32; (8) 112; (9) 333; (10) 279; (11) 73; (12) 259; (13) Vow; (14) 177; (15) 229; (16) 16; (17) 301; (18) 70; (19) 135; (20) 325; (21) 191; (22) 87; (23) 109; (24) 127; (25) 96; (26) 291; (27) 307; (28) 313; (29) 213; (30) 91; (31) 260.

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r4934 1911--ANNUAL REPORT--1911
r4937 1912--VIEWS FROM THE WATCH TOWER--1912
r4938 THE EDITOR'S BRITISH TOUR--PART 2
r4939 PREPARING FOR THE KINGDOM
r4940 THE VERY GREATEST PROPHET
r4941 A SAVIOR--A LIFE-GIVER
r4942 CONSECRATION IN THE TEMPLE
r4941 WHAT WE ARE TO EXPECT

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BEREAN QUESTIONS IN SCRIPTURE STUDIES

Series VI., Study VII., The Law of the New Creation.

FEBRUARY 5

(1) What does the giving of a law imply on the part of the recipient? Why are penalties attached to a law? P. 349, par. 1, first 6 lines.

(2) How do we reason with respect to a law having been given Adam? And what was the sin of Eden? P. 349, par. 1, sixth to fourteenth line.

(3) What did the just sentence upon Adam imply with respect to his knowledge? And what did the absence of a Mediator evidence? P. 349, par. 1, fifteenth line to end.

(4) How was the Divine Law written in the perfect organism of Adam and Eve? And why were they without excuse for their sin? P. 350.

(5) What is the condition of mankind today as respects the original Divine likeness? P. 351, par. 1, first half.

(6) How can we account for the more or less crude conceptions of right and wrong among even the most depraved of the heathen? P. 351, par. 1, last half.

FEBRUARY 12

(7) What two kinds of laws prevail among mankind? P. 351, par. 2.

(8) How does this correspond with the Divine Law? P. 351, par. 3; P. 352, par. 1.

(9) Why was it impossible for God to give the fallen race a Law of life? P. 352, par. 2.

(10) Where is the first intimation of an atonement and consequent release from the "prison house" recorded? and how fulfilled? P. 353, par. 1.

(11) To whom were still clearer promises stated as respects the blessing of the world, and what did this signify? P. 353, par. 2.

(12) Why did God place a special Law upon the Israelites? Why were the mediation of Moses and the typical sacrifices for sins necessary, and what does this teach with respect to the Law in Eden? P. 354, par. 1.

FEBRUARY 19

(13) Who was the only Jew who ever perfectly kept the Mosaic Law, and what double purpose did the Law Covenant serve? P. 354, par. 2.

(14) Although Jesus fulfilled it, what is the position of natural Israel with respect to the Law Covenant? P. 355, par. 1.

(15) What two forms of Divine Law were operative previous to the first advent? and what two classes were subject to these laws? P. 356, par. 1.

(16) Give a brief Scriptural summary of the Sinaitic Law, and who only kept this statement of the Divine Law? P. 356, par. 2.

(17) How did Jesus keep and fulfil the Sinaitic Law? P. 356, par. 3, first half.

(18) Was it love to God or love for His neighbor that required Jesus' self-sacrifice? P. 356, par. 3, last half.

FEBRUARY 26

(19) What two things were accomplished by Jesus' death? P. 357, par. 1, first eight lines.

(20) Make a distinction between these two things effected by Jesus' death. P. 357, par. 1.

(21) Has the New Covenant, suretied by Christ's blood, gone into effect? P. 358, par. 1.

(22) Define the purpose and operation of the New Covenant as respects fleshly Israel and the world of mankind. P. 358, par. 2.

THE LAW OF THE NEW COVENANT.

(23) What is the Law of the New Covenant? Does it differ from the original Divine standard? P. 359, par. 1.

(24) What is meant by re-writing the Law of God in the hearts of men? P. 359, par. 2.

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