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How is God good? He provides for the happiness of all his creatures.
How is God true? He tells us of things just as they are and shall be; all God's words are true.
How is God merciful? He does good to the wicked, and saves them, if they repent through Christ who died for them.
How is God unchangeable? He is the same God yesterday, to-day and forever, always holy and good.
Has this infinitely glorious and blessed God made us to be happy, and told us how we can be so? God has formed us for happiness, and given us a holy law to tell us what to do; and if we obey this law we shall be happy indeed.
How has God formed us for happiness? He has made our bodies and souls so that we must be happy, if we do not disobey him.
How does your body help you to be happy? By means of the senses which God has given us.
How many senses have you? Five.
What are the five senses? Hearing, seeing, tasting, smelling, feeling.
When do these senses help you to be happy? When they are pleased.
What pleases the sense of hearing? Pleasant sounds.
Has God made the world so that our sense of hearing may be pleased? He has.
Name some of the pleasant sounds which God has made to delight our ears? The brooks murmur, the gentle wind whispers, the fierce wind roars, the rain patters, the river laves, the waterfall roars, the bees hum, insects buzz, birds chirp and sing with sweetest music, the voice of animals, and the voice of friends.
What has God made to delight the sense of smelling? He has caused almost everything that grows, to smell gweetly.
What are some of the things that smell rnost sweetly? The rose, the pink, the geranium, and other flowers and plants. The fruit blossoms, and the fruit, apples, peaches, quinces, oranges, lemons, grapes, strawberries, and
melons, smell most sweetly. Our food smells sweet and inviting to the taste.
What has God made to delight the sense of seeing? He has made the world very beautiful in our sight.
What are some of the things that are made to delight our sense of seeing ? The mountains and meadows, the trees and flowers, the rivers and oceans, and waterfalls; the sun, moon and stars, and beautiful rainbow, the animals, and man.
Are these things made of various beautiful colors to charm our sight? They are.
What are the colors? Red, orange, yellow, green, indigo, violet, blue.
What color is the earth mostly covered with? Green.
Is it happy for us that the earth is mostly covered with green? It is, because green is the most pleasant color to the sight.
What has God made for us, to please the sense of tasting? He has made a great many kinds of food and fruit that are delicious to the taste.
Does he cause the fruit to grow in the season when it is most pleasant to the taste? He does; for in the warm months fruit is most pleasant and healthful.
What kinds of fruit do we have in the warm inonth of June? - Strawberries and cherries.
What do we have in the hot month of July? Raspberries, mulberries, currants and garden fruits.
What in August and September? Apples, melons, peaches, pears, plums, grapes, berries and nuts.
Are there any fruits which we can keep through the cold months? There are figs, raisins, apples, cranberries and nuts.
Has God made the world so that the sense of feeling may be pleased? He has ;-for most things are pleasant to the sense of feeling.
You see, my dear children, that God has made this world so that we may be happy, and rejoice in his work.
How must we use the good things which God has given us? We must use them so as to do the most good we can, to ourselves and others.
Has God made animals happy? He has; life is sweet to them.
What has God done for animals? He has made them curious bodies, and food, and clothing.
What clothing has he made for the beasts of the earth? He has made wool and fur to grow upon
them. What clothing has he made for the fowls of the air? Beautiful feathers, which help them to fly.
What has God given to animals for food? He has caused their food to grow in the field, grass and grain for the cattle, and fruits, for other animals.
What has God given to animals to enable them to take care of themselves? God has given them instinct.
What is instinct? It is that which teaches them how to get their food, to make their houses, and take care of
What kind of houses do animals make? The birds build nests for their houses; the wolves and bears, the lions and tigers, make dens among the rocks, in the dark woods, for their houses; the foxes, rabbits, and other animals dig holes in the ground for their houses; and the beavers make their houses as some men do.
What does the bible say about God's care for animals? “These all wait on thee, O Lord, Thou givest them their meat in due season; that thou givest them they gather.
How do animals show that they are happy? They do not complain, but they sport, and play, and sing.
If God has done so much to make animals happy, will it not displease him when men or children are cruel to them? It will;—
I'll treat them kindly for his sake,
What is the holy law called, which God has given to tell us what to do that we may be happy? The ten commandments.
How were the ten commandments given to us? God first spake them with a loud voice, so that all the people could hear.
Where was God when he spoke them? On Mount Sinai.
How did the mountain' appear when God descended upon it? In the morning there were thunders, and lightnings, and a thick cloud upon the mount, and the voice of the trumpet exceeding loud, so that all the people trembled, and mount Sinai was altogether on a smoke, because the Lord decended upon it in fire, and the whole mount quaked greatly.
Did Moses go up into the mount? When the voice of the trumpet sounded long and waxed louder and loud er, Moses spake, and God answered by a voice-and the Lord called Moses up to the top of the mount, and Moses went up.
What did God say to Moses? He told him to go down and keep the people back, that they should not come near the mount, lest they should die.
Did Moses go down? He did, and then God spake all the commandments.
How did God afterwards give the commandments to Moses? He wrote them upon two tables of stone, and gave them to Moses upon mount Sinai.
How did the mount appear when the Lord decended upon it the second time? The glory of the Lord abode upon mount Sinai, and the cloud covered it six days, and the sight of the glory of the Lord was like devouring fire on the top of the mount?
Did God command Moses to come into the mount ? He did.
How did Moses appeai' when he came down from the mount with the two tables of stone in his hand, on which God wrote the commandments ? His face shone so that the people were afraid to come nigh to him.
What did Moses do when he spoke to the people? He put a vail on his face.
What is the first commandment? Thou shalt have no other gods before me.
How do you understand this coinmand? We must not love anything more than God, for if we do, we make it our God.
How must we love God? With all our heart, with all our mind, with all our strength.
Why must we love God? We must love him for all that he is, for he is all that is good, and great, and lovely. Must you love him because he lives forever, and is everywhere, upholding all things, by his power? We must; for people could not live if God was not everywhere to keep them ålive, and if he lives forever, he can make us happy forever.
Must you love God because he made the world, and for all that he has done for this world which he has made, and because he has made the sun, moon and stars for us to behold? We must; for they teach us that God is great and good, these things will help us to be happy.
Must you love God for all the wonderful works, and mighty acts which he has done? We must; for these teach us that God is holy, and that all must be holy to please God.
Must you love God because he sent his son Jesus Christ into the world to die for sinners? We must; for we must all have perished in our sins if Christ had not died for us. *
Must you not love God because Christ has risen again and sits on the right hand of God the Father? must; for if Christ has risen from the dead, then all that are in their grares shall rise again.
Can you love God as much as he ought to be loved? We cannot.
Imperfect praise can never pay
The debt of ļove I owe;
"T is all that I can do,
What is the second commandment? Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the waters under the earth, thou shalt not bow down. thyself to them, nor serve them; for 1, the Lord thy God, am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me, and showing mercy unto thousands of them that love me and kecp my commandments.
* Acts iv. 12.