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4ny of the folluwiniyr books or booklets may be
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,_i0 Genuine Instances of Divine Healing 1.00

Misionary Journeys 1-25

The Grace of Healing- 1.00

Divine Healing of Soul & Body 1.00

Evolution of Christianity 1.00

Soul-Stirring Sermons 1.00

Tieasures of Poetry 2.00

Value of a Praying Mother , 50

Christian Baptism 50

Man: His Present & Future 50

Odors from Golden Vials 50

Alodern Spiritualism Exposed 50

P'ood for Lambs 40

liays of Hope 50

How John Became a Man 25

Private Lectures to Men & Boys 50

Private Lectures to Mothers & Daughters 50

Happv Hours at Home 35

Liglit on the Child's Path 25

Boy's Companion 25

Bedtime Stories 35

Our Darling's ABC Book 35

Twilight Talks 35

Jrems of Devotion 50

Home Training & Character Building 50

Errors of liussellism 50

Hidden Life 50

Wliat Shall I Do to Be Saved? 50

Pilot's Voice 50

Fn Nature's Haunts with Youthful Minds 50

Man of Galilee 50

How to Live a Holy Life 50

Tlie Great Physician and His Power to Heal- .50

The Sabbath and the Lord's Day 50

Missionary Gems 50

Ordinances of the Bible 35

Salvation; Present, Perfect, Xow or Never 35

How to Conduct a Sunday-School 35


Religious Controversy 10

Parent and Child 10

Sanctification 10

Mother Smith's Experience 10

Hell & Everlasting Punishment 10

WHiat Is the Soul? 10

Life of Wm Carey 10

Chiist's Triumphal Reign 05

The Church of God, What It Is. etc 05



rooD roR The Lambs;





Author of "Christian Conduct," "The Gospel Day," etc.

'Feed my lambs." — Bible



Anderson, Ind.





Copyright, 1904,




There is imich more I should like to write,
but I do not think a large book is accepted by
the general reader as- readily, as a smaller one.
So lest this grow to too- great a isize, I have
concluded to close it with what I now have
written. The selections I have made from
other writers are ^'Spiritual Declension/'
''Seek First the Kingdom of God," ''Stirring
the Eagle's Nest,'' "The Little Foxes," "On
Dress," "Victory," and the poems "The Soli-
tary Way, " " Sometime, ' ' and the closing.

I pray that the sayings of this little volume
will animate many a soul to a higher, nobler,
holier life. Although it is written to young
Christians, it may do some good to older saints.
I hope it will. I commit it to the public with
no other motive than to do good.

Chas. E. Orb.

Federalsburg, Md., Sept. 15, 1904.



Introduction - — - 9

Mortality _ - - 14

Feeding the Lambs 15

Who Are Christ's Lambs 17

Food for the Lambs _ 19

On Fruit Bearing „ _....> 24

A Gazing-Stock 31

The WiU - _ 32

God Our Guide - - 40

The Word Our Guide 42

The Spirit's Impressions _ 43

God's Providences 45

Fragrance 47

Seek First the Kingdom 48

Prayer „ 52

Meditation _..„ 59

Reverie ( Poem ) _ _ 64

A Theater _ 67

Rest of the Soul .-. 68

Happiness of Life (Poem) ^ 75

The Hidden Life '. 76

Consciousness of God's Presence _ - 78

Reflection _ ...._ 82

Becoming _ ^ ,. 85

Love of Home 86

Victory 92

The First Love 94

The Little Foxes 97




Spiritual Declension 99

Diligence - ^ 106

Lowliness - - 110

On Dress _ _ 112

The Elixir of Life 118

Kules for Every-Day Life 119

A Holy Life 121

A Solitary Way (Poem) _ 123

Stirring the Eagle's Nest 125

Some Things You Should Not Do 127

Purity _ 129

Means for Growth „ 134

Lay Hold of Eternal Life 135

Crucifixion of Self - - 137

Love Not the World 141

Have a Care (Poem) _ _ 142

Affinities 143

The Guardian Angel 145

Fledging the Wings 150

Some Time (Poem) 152

The Precious Ointment 153

The Tree of Life 159

Eternity 160

Nearer to Thee (Poem) _ 161

Conclusion 163

Closing Exhortation 166


Out upon the sea of human life sails many a
bark. But alas ! how few are sailing tranquil
waters. Ascend with me to some solitary
height and let us take a view of the innumer-
able human crafts as they sail out upon life's
broad ocean. Many are being tossed to and fro
upon the angry billows. Hope is almost gone.
As they look forward into the distance all is
dark and uncertain. In the early days of their
voyage all was peaceful. They looked out over
the broad expanse and saw only calm, con-
tented waters, and hope beamed bright. They
fancied themselves anchoring, in a ripe old age,
in a beautiful haven of rest somewhere behind
the setting sun. But they sailed only in the
strength of human art. Storms unexpected
arose, and winds adverse beat upon them.

The high, wild, angry billows threaten their
destruction, and they despair of ever entering
their fancied golden port. Above the blackness
of the raging storm there is extended a deliver-
ing hand, but they see it not. Their eyes are



not upward ; they are upon the turbulent waves.

Oh, how sad ! How pellucid would have been the

waters and how serene in glory their voyage,

if they had embarked in the strength of Him
who at their request would have said to the

angry waves, ^^ Peace, be still," and all would
have been at rest.

Yonder in the distance we see gay, glittering
crafts sailing about in a state of unrest. Some
are sailing out upon the sea of worldly pleasure
in search of happiness. See them rush wildly
about. Yonder they seem to see bright, golden
waters and hope that true pleasures are to be
found there. But, alas! just beneath the sur-
face all is dark and murky and bitter. Some
are sailing out upon the highways of worldly
fame and honor, others upon the wild stream of
worldly riches, all searching for rest and find-
ing none. See the surging, tossing mass of
human barks and hear their wail of disappoint-
ment as the sweet, golden waters turn to bitter
wormwood and gall. The rainbow-colored
bubbles, from their hoped-for fountain of joy,
burst upon the air, leaving them empty-handed
and restless-hearted. Above the wild din of
their clamor speaks a soft, tender voice, saying.


' * Come unto me, all ye that labor and are heavy-
laden, and I will give you rest/' But their ears
are not turned to catch sounds from above;
they hear only the siren song of an enchanting
goddess— the world.

Down toward the setting sun we see many
shattered vessels going down in a wild vortex.
The waters are closing over them. They found
that human strength was inadequate to life's
voyage. They, having weathered many a storm,
hoiDed to gain the peaceful harbor. But, alas !
they are overcome at last, and, lamenting the
day they ever set sail, they go down without
hope. From the ethereal heights of inspiration
I hear a chiding voice saying, ' ' had ye heark-
ened unto me, then had your x^^ace been as a
river, and your righteousness as the waves of
the sea."

You, my dear young Christian reader, have
just embarked upon life's untried ocean. You
have laid hold upon One who is mighty to save
and strong to deliver. Underneath you are the
everlasting arms. Push out, then, boldly into
the broad expanse, fearing nothing. You can
escape the perils of the deep, only by making
God your refuge. Anchor your faith in him


and see to it that your faith never breaks
anchor. The billows may threaten, the storms
may rage ; but by faith you can beat them back,
and sail out on unruffled seas. God pity the
one who attempts life's voyage without the aid,
cheer, and comfort that Heaven gives.

Make the Word of God your compass, and
obedience the rudder that steers your little bark
in all the ways God 's commandments point you ;
and make faith the mighty cable, and you will
be towed safely past the dangerous rocks and
reefs and threatening billows into the peaceful
haven of eternal rest.

Across the deep and wide unknown

The bark of life sails on:
Who thinks to trust to human art

Shall perish mid the storm.

The other shore far distant lies,

Wild billows intervene,
And dangers little known arise

To try the strength of men.

Man lays his purpose and his plan,

He fixes sail today;
But winds adverse sweep o'er the main

And turn him from his way.


Man's wisdom can not know the end,

Nor future courses see :
Whoever sails in human strength

Sails mid uncertainty.

Man has a strong inveterate foe,

So subtle in his art;
He tries the strength of human craft

And finds the w^eakest part.

By human strength man can not sail

O'er ocean's troubled breast:
God's hand alone can e'er prevail

And bring him into rest.


In plant, animal, and spiritual life mortality
is greatest in infancy. The plant in the first
few days of its existence is very tender and
delicate. It will succumb to the winds if they
be slightly too cool, or to the sun's rays if they
be too warm. The smallest insect feeding upon
one of its tiny roots will cause it to die. After
it has formed more roots and they have gone
deeper into the earth and the plant becomes
stronger and coarser it is far less liable to de-
struction. The chilly winds may blow or the
sun's rays may pour upon it; it now has the
power of resistance, and so lives on.

The same is true of animal life. Mortality
is far greatest among children in the first few
hours of life, and lessens as they grow older.
Only a slight current of cold air upon the newly
born infant is likely to cause its death. The
new life is not yet able to resist opposing ele-
ments, so it must be carefully guarded. As it
grows stronger and becomes capable of adapt-
ing itself to the elements of the outside world



it can with comparative safety be brought into
contact with them.

What is tnie in the plant and the animal
world is also true in the spiritual world. You
who have but recently been born of the Spirit
are not as able to resist the cold winds of perse-
cution or the heat of fiery trials as those who
have been deepening and widening in the grace
of God. Guard carefully the new-born life of
Christ in your soul. Seek an establishing grace
in sanctification, and you will be strong in the
Lord and fully able to cope with the dark
powers of sin, Satan, and the world, and tri-
umph over all in Jesus' name. In the days of
your infancy we offer you our help in this little
volume, and assure you a frequent remem-
brance in fervent prayer.


Some years ago when attending to the work
to which the Lord had called me in one of the
sunny Southern States it was my happy privi-
lege to enjoy for a few days the kind hospital-
ity of a generous Christian farmer. One bahny


afternoon while walking over the pleasant fields
of his large farm, with my heart in sweet com-
munion with God, I came upon the most beau-
tiful flock of sheep it had ever been my privi-
lege to behold. They were quietly grazing in
a rich green pasture, near by which silently
flowed a deep, broad river. To me it was a fair
reminder of the ''still waters'' the Good Shep-
herd gave promise to lead his sheep beside, and
the "green pastures'' he promised to make
them to "lie down in."

From beholding this beautiful fleecy flock I
learned a lesson which I hope never to for-
get. The principal cause of their well-devel-
oped frame and handsome appearance was,
they were well cared for when they were lambs »
Since then I have often remembered, and felt
the import of, the command the Savior so ten-
derly gave his shepherds— "Feed my lambs."
Over and over has it in all its strength and
beauty been breathed anew by the Spirit in my
soul, animating me to greater assiduity in car-
ing for the precious lambs of his fold. And,
thus, I shall prove my love to him by doing all
I can in caring for his lambs.

Lambs need something niiore than feed; they


miist be sheltered from the cold wind and cruel
storm. Feed them ever so well, but if you ex-
pose them to the wintry storm, they will die.
In John 21 : 15 the word feed is translated from
the same Greek term as is the word feed in the
17th verse ; but in the 16th verse the word feed
is translated from an entirely different Greek
term. In this verse the Greek does not mean
simply to feed, but to protect, to shelter, to
tend. The shepherd's duty is not only to feed
the lambs, but also to guard them from the
wolves that are seeking to devour them.


It is those who are young in Christian expe-
rience whom the Savior calls lambs. The shep-
herds that are to feed them are his ministers.
A lamb is one of the most meek, tender, and
tractable of all the young animals, and very
fittingly represents one who has received the
meek and tender spirit of Christ. Christianity
in its nature is meek and mild. It converts the
wolf into a lamb and the leopard into a kid.
Young Christians are, therefore, beautifully


spoken of as lambs, whose nature is mild and
gentle. Christ's lambs are those who have re-
ceived into tlieir hearts his lamb-like spirit.
They are those whose hearts and souls have
been touched and thrilled with the mildness and
tenderness of divine life; those in whom the
^^ hidden man of the heart" is robed in right-
eousness and adorned with ''a meek and quiet
spirit," which is precious before God.

You might robe a wolf with a lamb's skin,
but it would still be a wolf. A person may
profess to be a Christian: but unless he has a
change of heart and affection; unless he has
been made meek and gentle by the Spirit of the
Lord coming into his heart, he is only a wolf,
after all, and not of the Savior's fold. Jesus
speaks of some who put on '^sheep's clothing,
but inwardly they are ravening wolves." By
^ ^ wolves ' ' he means men and women with wicked
hearts. They profess to be Christians; but in
their hearts are envy, pride, hatred, jealousy,
love of self, and love of the world. They may
appear quite lamb-like in public life, but in
their hearts no change has been wrought by the
transforming power of God's grace. To be
^SJesus' little lamb" is not only to have a pro-


fession of Christianity, but to have the heart
cleansed by the blood of Jesus from envy, pride,
malice, love of the worid, etc., and filled with
meekness, gentleness, and love.

A good old prophet in olden time, looking
forward to when Jesus should come to save
people from their sins and speak peace to
troubled hearts, said, "He shall feed his flock
like a shepherd: he shall gather the lambs with
his arms, and carry them in his bosom.'' When
you were wandering in the deserts and moun-
tains of sin, Jesus, the true shepherd, came
seeking for you, and now that you have given
yourself to his loving care, always confide in
him and yield to his guidance. Ever keep your
hand in his and follow where he leads, and
your life will be full of joy and terminate at
last where there will be pleasures forevermore.


Of course, it is very important to know what
foods are most conducive to the growth of
lambs. The apostle to whom Jesus gave the
command "Feed my lambs'' has said to those


lambs, "As new-born babes desire the sincere
milk of the Word that they may grow there-
by/' 1 Pet. 2:2. Milk is the aliment which the
nature of the newly born infant demands. The
infant instinctively receives it with a readiness.
It is the natural and most proper food. It is
the food above all others for the sustaining of
life and the promotion of growth. So the glo-
rious doctrines of the gospel are the natural
and most proper food fc^r the Christian. The
newly created life in the regenerated soul in-
stinctively turns to the word of God for nour-
ishment. It is the natural food for the new life.
Nothing else can be substituted for it and
growth go on unhindered. Without this food
the Christian will die. **Man shall not live
by bread alone/' says the Great Shepherd,
"but by every word that proceedeth out of the
mouth of God.'*

The Christian has a twofold life : he has both
physical life and spiritual life. As bread sus-
tains physical life, so the word of God sustains
spiritual life. I beseech you most earnestly,
my dear young Christian reader, to ever remem-
ber that you can no more live a spiritual life
independently of the word of God than you can


"He shall gather the lambs with his arms and
carry them in his bosom."

THE: .[; • — ,■- ^



live a physical life independently of bread. If
growth in grace is worth anything to you, and
eternal blessedness in the sweet fields of heaven
of any value, keep this ever in mind and act
accordingly. As with the physical being, so it
is with the spiritual. There must be appetite,
eating, digestion, and assimilation, that the
word of God may impart life.

Remember, it is the sincere milk of the Word
that you need that you may grow thereby. Sin-
cere is from the Latin smcerus, which is derived
from sine, meaning without, and ceraj meaning
wax; honey separated from the wax. Milk to
which has been added chalked water may yet
have much the appearance of milk, but it has
lost its nourishment. So the word of God with
the slightest adulteration will not meet the
demands for spiritual growth. The word of
God, without modification or exaggeration,
without taking from or adding to, is the only
wholesome food for your soul, and may you
**eat in plenty '^ and ''grow up as calves of the



The following beautiful language is found
in Isa. 51: 3: "For the Lord shall comfort Zion:
he will comfort all her waste places; and he
will make her wilderness like Eden, and her
desert like the garden of the Lord; joy and
gladness shall be found therein, thanksgiving,
and the voice of melody.'' Zion is a metaphor
signifying the church of God. It is, therefore,
the church which the Lord will comfort and
whose wilderness will be made an Eden. But
what is the church of God? This is a very im-
l)ortant question; one which all people should
fully understand, and one which is very easily
answered. You will learn at once by reading
Eph. 1 : 22, 23 and Col. 1 : 18, 24 that the church
is the body of Christ, and in 1 Cor. 12 : 27 we
are plainly told that Christians are the body of
Christ; they are, therefore, the church of God.
Dear reader, if you are a Christian, you have
been born of the Spirit; you have passed from
death unto life ; you have been translated from
the kingdom of darkness into the kingdom of
light; you have been created anew; you are,


therefore, a member of the body of Christ, and
all such members make up tlie church of God.

The children of Israel were the church of
God in the old dispensation, and he dwelt in a
tabernacle or temple they built for him. In
this more glorious gospel dispensation those
who have been born of the Spirit and made
pure in heart are the church of God. In this
Holy-Spirit dispensation we do not build tem-
ples for the Lord to dwell in ; for ' ' know ye not
that ye are the temple of God, and that the
Spirit of God dwelleth in you?" 1 Cor. 3: 16.
''What? know ye not that your body is the tem-
ple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which
ye have of God, and ye are not your ownf"
1 Cor. 6 : 19. In this blessed gospel day Chris-
tians are the "habitation of God through the
Spirit." If you are a Christian, God dwells in
your heart; your body is his glorious temple.
This is a most stupendous thought, but it is
true. In your soul is the sweet heavenly manna,
the budding rod, and the ark of the covenant
overshadowed by the cherubim of glory.

When God created man He placed him in a
garden which He had planted eastward in Eden.
In this garden God made to gi*ow every tree



that was pleasant to the sight and good for
food ; also, the tree of life and the tree of knowl-
edge of good and evil were in this garden, and
a river to water it. It is said that God *^ walked
in the garden in the cool of tlie day.'' That
was in the day of literal things. We are now
in the day of spiritual things, when our bodies
have become the temple of God through the
Spirit, and our hearts his lovely garden. It is
in this garden he dwells; it is there he walks.
See 2 Cor. 6:16. Wlien the south winds blow
and the spices flow out he comes into his gar-
den to eat his pleasant fruits; he gathers the
myrrh and the spices, he eats honey and drinks
wine and milk. See Cant. 4 : 16 and 5 : 1. This
is sweet language, and is expressive of the
purity of the Christian heart, where God dwells,
and where he walks in the gentleness of his
Spirit, delighting himself in the tender Chris-
tian graces that are budding and blooming all
along the peaceful avenues of the soul. Like
as the gentle south wind blows upon the flowers
of the garden and scatters the fragrance ; so the
Spirit of God fans the heavenly graces im-
planted in the heart, and a fragrance flows out
of the Christian life, awakinar admiration in


the minds of all who come into its presence.

The trees that were pleasant to the sight and
good for food in the literal garden of Eden
symbolize the graces of the regenerated heart,
which are lovely to behold, which feed the souls
of those who look upon your noble Christian
walk, and which become a ^'tree of life'' to
the desert hearts of men. In the garden of the
Lord blooms the rose of Sharon and the lily-of-
the-valley. These are beautiful emblems of the
Christ-life in the Christian soul. The river
which flowed through Ec^n 's literal garden rep-
resents the deep, broad river of peace which
flows in the heart which has tasted of redeem-
ing love.

A young heart filled with the mild, meek
spirit of Christ, and a young life laden in rich
j^rofusion with kind words, generous deeds,
and gentle, modest ways, is the most beautiful
object that ever graced this mundane sphere.
Angels look down and marvel, and throughout
all heaven is awakened songs of joy and praise.
It is your privilege to be filled with Jesus now;
to be clothed in white and walk in purity. It is
also your privilege as you journey down lifers
way to grow more kindly ; to be more and more


like Jesus; for the sweet graces of heaven to
bloom more beautifully in your heart and life;
and the beauty of your young Christian life to
give way to more beauteous ripened age. If
you attend to all Christian duties and live in
prayer and devotion to God, your soul will
become more and more weighted down with the
riches of heaven, and, looking out through the
casement, your soul will hail with joy the con-
voy that has come to bear it to its home of eter-
nal rest.

The Savior in speaking of himself said, "I
am the vine, ' ' and in speaking of Christians he
said, ''Ye are the branches," and speaking of
God he said, "My Father is the husbandman."
This very clearly and strikingly illustrates the
duty of a Christian, and the position he occu-
pies. Christians sustain the same relation to
Christ tliat the branches do to the vine. As the
branch receives life through the vine and bears
fruit, so the Christian receives life through
Christ and bears fruit. The object of fruit
bearing is the glor>^ of God. You should be
desirous of bearing as great an abundance of
fruit as possible, and do all you can to increase


your fniitfulness, since ^'herein is God glori-

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