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Y.M.C.A.

On Suuday afternoon, at the Young Men's Christian Assosotion, in connection with the special week of prayer for young men, the Rev. A. J. Seamer gave an address to a company of men on 'Enthusiasm.' Mi Seamer based his remarks on Paul's advice to Titus that he should be

" zealous of good works." Paul was Titus's father in the faith. Titus, though young, was no stranger to strenuous work. "Mo was the pastor of the Corinthian Church, and had set himself the task of correcting abuses and reforming the Church at that centre. Hia task was no easy one. Paul's advice to him was that he should be "zealous of good works." Ae Oliver Wendell Holmes said : "It is a faith in something and a zeal for something that makes » life worth ,liv:ng." Christ came to r*deem us not only that we might have Heaven for ourselves, but also that ue might bo zealous to guod works. Too :nauy were but playing at Chrietian work. I The message of the spirit to the Church

at Laodicea cams with, power to-day. Lukewarmness was a scandal on the Christian life. God detested half-heaxtedness. We detested it in others, but what about ourselves? The world had need of enthusiasts. The fanatic served Irk purpose. We could not succeed in anything without enthusiasm. The man who took up the one thing and devoted himself to it was the one who served the world. In sport, lin business, and whatever we did w® must be ' enthusiastic. Our highest endeavors, our ideate, can only bo realised by zeal, earnestness, and enthusiasm. Zeal is thought set on fire by the heart. When zeal becomes unpopular, do not be too hasty in your judgment*. Enthusiasm should be popular, and we should encourage each other in work even though we cannot fully approve of what is being done. If a man is truly en.thusLturt.io about amvthing worth while it will stir him to nobler deeds. Superficial froth is not enthusiasm. The best and most effective way always opena to the enthusiasts. The address was liwteoed to with much interest. 'lll* am— l Mnetary ]mnded, and Mr S. Wilkinaon muig • solo.

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Y.M.C.A., Issue 15647, 11 November 1914

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Y.M.C.A. Issue 15647, 11 November 1914

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