According to an old Moslem legend, the death of Abel was at the direct instigation of Satan. Cain, according to this story, was filled with envy and hatred toward his brother, but did not know how he could destroy his life. "But one day Satan placed himself in Cain's way as he walked with Abel in the fields and, seizing a stone, shattered therewith the head of an approaching wolf. Cain followed his example, and with a large stone struck his brother's forehead till he fell lifeless to the ground."
Elijah was one of those few men "of whom the world was not worthy." (Heb. 11:38.) That such a man lived makes us rejoice in our common humanity. Carmel itself was not more rugged and more majestic than that prophet when he stood upon the mountain peak, his face flushed with the splendid victory over the howling priests of Baal. As eloquent Wendell Phillips said over the grave of John Brown, "Men will believe more firmly in virtue now that such a man has lived and died.
Said Robert E. Speer: "After thirty years of leadership in Christian work, it is my conclusion and conviction that the greatest missionary problem is just the failure of Christian people to live up to their profession."
God help us as sharers of the nature of God to so live that others may crave to claim His precious promises for themselves.—The Gospel Herald.
A merchant, who had been a very worldly, godless man, was hopefully converted. On being asked what had been more especially the means of his conversion, he replied, "The example of one of my clerks." He went on to say that this young man was one "whose religion was in his life rather than in his tongue. When I uttered an oath he never reproved me; but I could see it deeply pained him. When I fell into a passion and behaved in a violent manner, though he spoke no word to that effect, I could see how painful the scene was to him. My respect for him led me to restrain myself in his presence, and gradually to break off both these habits. In fact, this man, though he never spoke a word to me on the subject of religion, exercised an influence for good over me, wielded by no other human being. To him, under God, I am indebted more than to any other, for the hope in which I now rejoice of eternal life through our Lord Jesus Christ."—Bible Expositor and Illuminator.
A man who lived some six miles from the house of worship, complained to his pastor of the distance he had to go to attend public worship. "Never mind," said the minister, "remember every Sabbath you have the privilege of preaching a sermon six miles long—you preach the gospel to all the residents and people you pass."—Selected