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SEMI-MONTHLY
VOL. XXIX. OCTOBER 1 No. 19
A.D. 1908--A.M. 6036

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CONTENTS

Views from the Watch Tower........................291
More Miracle Wheat............................291
Seven-Headed Wheat Discovered.................291
Is Surgery a Cure for Crime?..................291
Churches Plunging Into Hypnotism..............292
Vow Letters Not a Few.............................293
What Constitutes a Church?........................293
"The Evil One Toucheth Him Not"...................294
Parables of the Kingdom...........................297
Saul and David in Review..........................298
Hell Hath Enlarged Herself........................300
Watch Tower Bibles--New Edition...................302
New Edition of the Debates........................302
Berean Studies on the Atonement...................303

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HALIFAX THREE DAYS' CONVENTION

OCTOBER 15, 16, 17, 18

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In compliance with the request of the Newfoundland and Nova Scotia friends, a General Convention will be held at Halifax, N.S., October 15-18.

Sessions will convene at 10 a.m. and 2.30 and 7 p.m. each day. On Thursday, Friday and Saturday in St. Paul's Hall, Argyle Street. On Sunday the meetings will be held in Orpheus Hall. All Believers in the Atonement by the precious blood will be welcomed. Boat excursions from Boston. Excursion rates on New England and Provincial railroads on "Certificate Plan" are hoped for.

BROTHER RUSSELL'S SERMONS

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Nine journals are now publishing Brother Russell's discourses weekly, and through these Present Truth reaches probably 800,000 people regularly. If only one in a hundred reads it means a wide influence for the honor of the Lord.

VOLUNTEER MATTER, 1908

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We still have plenty and it is excellent; all who have the time and strength may use this opportunity to serve in the "Harvest" field.

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r4250 VIEWS FROM THE WATCH TOWER
r4251 VOW LETTERS NOT A FEW
r4251 WHAT CONSTITUTES A CHURCH
r4252 "THE EVIL ONE TOUCHETH HIM NOT"
r4254 PARABLES OF THE KINGDOM
r4255 SAUL AND DAVID IN REVIEW
r4256 HELL HATH ENLARGED HERSELF

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WATCH TOWER BIBLES--NEW EDITION

WE have concluded to get out two editions of the WATCH TOWER BIBLES. We expect to be ready to begin filling orders for them between October 1st and 15th. Your orders may be placed at once, in harmony with the following descriptions:

It will be noticed that none of these Bibles is quite so cheap as the cheapest of last year. There are two causes for this: (1) To our special helps of last year we have added about 300 pages of new matter, so that the comment represents the TOWERS of the past 30 years, as well as the DAWN-STUDIES and tracts and sermons, etc., published in newspapers. (2) Our cheapest book this year has linen instead of paper lining and thus corresponds in binding to the next to cheapest of last year.

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r4249 NEW EDITION OF THE DEBATES

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BEREAN STUDIES ON THE ATONEMENT

THE TEXT-BOOK USED FOR THIS COURSE
IS SCRIPTURE STUDIES, SERIES V. (E)*

Questions on Study V.--The Author of the Atonement.

NOVEMBER 1

(12) Name one of the chief battles of the Christian seeking to be a good soldier, loyal to the Captain of his salvation. P.112, par. 1.

(13) Why is fixity of will essential to our victory? P.112, par. 2.

(14) What was our Lord's third temptation in the wilderness? Explain the intimations and suggestions of the Adversary's words as they would apply to our Lord. P.112, par. 2.

(15) What was there in Satan's past career that probably led up to this request? What ambitions of his were not fully satisfied? Why would he evidently have preferred to have our Lord as a partner in the dominion of earth and under better conditions than those of the reign of sin and death? P.113, par. 1.

(16) Did Satan's temptation imply a new remedy for sin and his willingness to cooperate in its application? What may we reasonably surmise as respects Satan's motives, etc.? P.114, par. 1.

(17) What was our Lord's decision and was it hard to reach? P.114, par. 2.

(18) Are the Lord's brethren subject to temptations along this same line? P.114, par. 3.

NOVEMBER 8

(19) Cite illustrations of Satan's temptation of the Church to seek for other means of saving the world than that which God has outlined in the Scriptures and tell why other plans than the Lord's seemed to many preferable. P.114, par. 3,4.

(20) Do these temptations to the brethren come in various forms? If so, state some of these--especially some prevalent in our Lord's day. P.115, par. 1; P.116, par. 1.

(21) Since our Lord was not fallen, depraved, but holy, harmless, separate from sinners, how could he be "tempted in all points like as we are"? P.117, par. 1.

(22) Mention some of humanity's weaknesses and besetments and explain the difference between these and the temptations of our Lord and his "brethren." P.117, par. 1.

(23) Since the temptations of the New Creatures are thus different from the temptations of those of the world, explain the relationship between the weaknesses of the flesh and temptations of the spirit or new nature. P.117, par. 2.

(24) Quote and cite the Scripture which declared that the Captain of our salvation was made "perfect through suffering," and state whether or not this signifies that he was imperfect as a man and attained human perfection, or what does it signify? P.118, par. 1,2.

NOVEMBER 15

(25) What motive is Scripturally assigned to our Lord as influencing him in his consecration and sacrifice? Quote and cite the Scripture. P.118, par. 3.

(26) What four different features of joy actuated our Lord? Let us discuss these one at a time. P.118, par. 4; P.119, par. 1,2,3.

(27) Was this joy set before our Lord as a certainty or as a contingent reward for faithfulness? and if the latter to whom was he to be faithful and to what degree? P.119, par. 4.

NOVEMBER 22

(28) Did our Lord learn obedience through the things which he suffered in order that he might become a Son of God? If not, for what did he suffer? Quote and cite the Scriptures demonstrating this. P.120, par. 1,2,3.

(29) To whom did our Lord Jesus demonstrate or prove his fidelity and what results followed? P.120, par. 4.

(30) Apply this same principle to the Church, the Body of Christ, and explain what we should expect in ourselves and in each other, and in God's dealings with us. P.120, par. 5. Discuss this matter thoroughly.

NOVEMBER 29

(31) When we read in the Scriptures that our Lord was made "in the likeness of sinful flesh" just what does this signify--that he was a sinner?--that he was just like a sinner?--or what? Cite the Scripture and paraphrase it so as to bring out its proper thought. P.121, par. 1.

(32) What bearing would the doctrine of the ransom have in respect to the above questions? If Jesus had been born of a human father and thus partaken of a blemished, fallen, human nature, like sinful flesh in general, could he have been our Redeemer, our ransom? If not, why not? P.122, par. 4.

(33) We read, "Himself took our infirmities." Does this signify that the man Christ Jesus was born with human infirmities? Cite the occurrences of the statement in the Old and New Testaments and explain their proper signification. P.122, par. 2.

(34) Our Lord, according to the Scriptural accounts, was in some respects less vigorous than some of his disciples and some other men at the time of his death. How could this be, if they were born imperfect and he was a perfect being, unblemished? Explain the philosophy. P.122, par. 3; P.123, par. 1.

(35) Does Matthew's Gospel offer an explanation of the Prophet's words under consideration, "Himself bare our sicknesses"? What is the inferable explanation? P.124, par. 1,2.

(36) Did our Lord Jesus use his own physical strength in the healing of sickness or was it done by special outside strength supplied? P.124, par. 3.

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*Five years ago DAWN-STUDIES, VOL. V., was reset, and unfortunately the type was not exactly same size as before; and hence page for page they differ. The references given in these Berean Studies apply to the present edition, a copy of which postpaid will cost you but 30c. But keep your old edition, for unfortunately the New Bible helps refer to its pages.

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SEMI-MONTHLY.
VOL. XXIX. OCTOBER 15 No. 20
A.D. 1908--A.M. 6037

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CONTENTS

Views from the Watch Tower........................307
England Face to Face with Socialism...........307
Revulsion Against Hell Torment................308
Homing the Ark at Jerusalem.......................308
"Obedience Better Than Sacrifice".............309
Other Lessons for Spiritual Israel............310
Sweet Day of Rest (Poem)..........................311
There Has Not Failed One Promise..................311
"The Lord Will Build Thee An House"...........311
His Throne for Evermore.......................312
"As by One Man's Disobedience"....................313
What the Word Vow Signifies.......................314
"What Spirit Ye Are Of"...........................318
Is the Vow Extreme?...........................319

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HALIFAX CONVENTION ASSISTANCE

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LOST ARTICLES FOUND

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r4258 VIEWS FROM THE WATCH TOWER
r4258 HOMING THE ARK AT JERUSALEM
r4260 THERE HAS NOT FAILED ONE PROMISE
r4262 "AS BY ONE MAN'S DISOBEDIENCE"
r4263 WHAT THE WORD VOW SIGNIFIES
r4266 "WHAT SPIRIT YE ARE OF"

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