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Society—Secret Societies—High Society—Society Life of all kinds!

Webster defines the word as a “number of persons united for a common interest; the more culti­vated portion of any community in its social relations.”

Secret Societies have been a com­mon form of organization since the beginning of communal living. They vary from organizations whose only secret is a pass word to those with elaborate initiation cere­monies, a private language, badges and many other secret rituals, all calculated to increase the atmos­phere of mystery and exclusive­ness.

The upper, richer or more fash­ionable class of people consider themselves in “high-society”—the body of those associated with the fashionable world.

To which do we belong? A so­ciety? Yes! But let us be glad and thankful we may be among the “number of persons united for a common interest”—in a very particular sense of the word.

The organization of young peo­ples’ societies in our churches has been a blessing in years past and we should appreciate the privilege we now have of being members. That is the place where we are given the opportunity to develop our talents in a very specific way, where we learn to express our thoughts and create ideas especial­ly along religious lines.

Just why are you a member? Are you interested in your society? Ho you cooperate? How can we make OUR Society an ideal one?

I am privileged to quote from a “pep” talk given by the vice-­president of the Talitha Society of Fuller Avenue at our first meeting of this season. She outlined the necessity of the members being “prepared, enthusiastic and hav­ing perseverance until the thing set out to be done is accomplished.” In order to have proper coordina­tion in a society these three re­quirements are important; but, of course, let us understand this ap­plies to each individual member, first of all.

Surely, we should all do our part to enable our respective organiza­tions to develop the “common inter­est”—the study of the Word of God. Mere membership is not suffi­cient. We must study, we must discuss the lesson, we must be ac­tive! That cannot mean reaping knowledge from society life by only listening to what others have to say, expecting your fellow mem­bers to always do their best with­out your cooperation and assist­ance. It is up to you, to all of us!

Further, if you have been a mem­ber of a society for a few years, consider with me the friends you have made there. And where would be a better place to become ac­quainted with and make new friends? True friendship has com­mon interests and one faith. There­fore if we are known and judged by the friends which we have made during society life, let us have societies of which we can be proud and realize the great oppor­tunity of having Christian fellow­ship in the church.

Then we will have societies from which we can derive much benefit and be able to show others that society membership has been an important factor in our lives. We will speak well of our societies, we will be proud of them, we will en­courage those planning to join. We will be thankful that we are privileged to belong to a real So­ciety, and not have a desire for one necessitating membership in the body associated with the fashion­able world or one having secret codes, passwords and the like: but let our light shine also as a result of our society life in order that others may see that we belong to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

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Jael: An Example of Christian Warfare

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Indiana Mini Convention Review 2021

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Editorial, November 2021: Catechism Season

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Tennessee Young People’s Retreat 2021

The 2021 Tennessee young people’s retreat was held August 9 to 13 by Providence, Hudsonville, Unity, and First (Holland) Protestant Reformed Churches. The retreat took place at Eagle Rock Retreat Center in the city of Tallassee. It was about an eleven-hour drive, give or take a bit due to stops for food and restrooms. Though […]

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