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A MUSCULAR CHRISTIAN.

At Trinity Wesleyan Church last evening Rev. W. Baumber delivered an address to young men, taking as his text *' Lord, what wilt Thou have me to do'' (Acts ix., 6). The rev. gentleman said he had preached from that text before, but he was led to speak of it again by quite a modern instance. Just two years ago last month, a young man aged thirty-one, a missionary of but six months, died from a succession of attacks of fovcr in South Arabia. He died • full of faith and after expressing to his young wife the hope that each illness might take him " nearer home." That young man, vhp had devoted his life to the spread of the Gospel in a land so unlovely, was lon Keith Falconer, a son of the Earl of Kintore. As a obild he received the benefits of a godly home j at Harrow his thoughts wore frequently turned towards doing something ; and at Cambridge he, with others, took an active part in evangelical work in the neighborhood. His university career was a brilliant one, and was followed by hia appointment to the Hebrew lectureship of his collogo. When but twenty-nine years of age he was appointed Professor of Arabic to the University. Apart from that, he was a prominent man in the cycling world ; held the office of president of the Cambridge University and of the Working Men's Cycling Club ; and was one of the tastost riders in England, holding several df the long distanoe championships. In one of his letters he claimed that cycling wa3 eminently a 'good redreation for young men ; for cyclists are not among those who hang about publichouses and such places. C, T. Studd, the orlcketor, who, with a little band, set out for missionary work in China/ Was very Intimate with Keith Falconer, ' and probably influenced 'him. However, after helping Mr Charrington in h»a mission work at East London for some time, Falponer decided, after considerable deliberation, that his life's work lay at Aden, a oentra of Mahomedanism, to which place he sot out. He gave up all his university distinctions, his wealth, his social position, comfort, everything, and went out a missionary, and that at Ids own expense. Who shall say that the religion of Jesus Christ is fjyfPg PUt ? The power of the Gospel has beenlrtore Pedant during the last ten or twenty years th&n ever beforo. As student, cyclist, missionary, fcho flubieot of his address was always found working for his fellows, animated by the love of Chriot. The address concluded with a stirring lutaeal to his hearers to find some special yoyk to flk. <

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A MUSCULAR CHRISTIAN., Evening Star, Issue 7941, 24 June 1889

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A MUSCULAR CHRISTIAN. Evening Star, Issue 7941, 24 June 1889

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