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When the children of Israel were journeying from Egypt to the land of Canaan, Moses disobeyed one command of the Lord. For this act, od told him he should not enter the Land of !romise. "ut as Moses repented of his sin, od said he should be permitted to see the land. #o, when they arri$ed near Canaan, od said to Moses, o to mount %ebo, to the top of !isgah, and I will shew thee the land which I ha$e promised to the children of Israel& and after that thou shalt die. 'hen Moses went to the top of the mount, where he could see the land which the children of Israel were to inherit. (nd od then said to Moses, 'his is the land which I promised to (braham, to Isaac, and to )acob& I ha$e caused thee to see it, but thou shalt not go into it.

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#amson was one of the judges of Israel, after the death of Moses. *e was the strongest man that e$er li$ed. In his time the !hilistines were at war with the Israelites. 'hese !hilistines were a nation of heathen, who worshipped idols instead of the great od who made us all. #amson in one battle +illed a thousand of them with the jaw,bone of an ass. (fter this, they found out one night that he was in their walled city, called a-a, and so they fastened the great gates of the city, thin+ing they could in this way +eep him there till morning, and then +ill him. "ut #amson arose at midnight and too+ the two great gates of the city, with the bar and the gate posts, and carried them to the top of a high hill, a great way off. In this way he escaped out of the hands of his enemies.

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While #aul was +ing of Israel, the !hilistines made war upon him and his people. (mong them was a giant, named oliath, who went out in front of #aul.s camp, in the morning and e$ening, for forty days, and offered to fight any man in his army. /a$id, who was then a mere shepherd,boy, heard of this giant and his boastful challenge. *e offered to go out and fight oliath, trusting that od would enable him to con0uer this proud enemy of his people. #o he went out, ta+ing with him only his sling and a few smooth pebbles. When oliath saw him, he laughed at the Israelites for sending a mere boy to fight him. "ut /a$id threw a stone with his sling with such force as to dri$e it into the giant.s forehead. *e then cut off his head with oliath.s own sword, and carried it to +ing #aul in triumph.

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When )esus Christ was about thirty years old, he began to preach the glad tidings of sal$ation. (bout the same time, )ohn the "aptist was also preaching to the people and bapti-ing them. *e li$ed in the wilderness, and wore a garment of camel.s hair, with a leathern girdle about his loins. *e told of the coming of Christ, and warned all to repent of their sins. Many belie$ed and were bapti-ed. )esus also went to him to be bapti-ed. )ohn with great humility said, I ha$e more need to be bapti-ed by thee. "ut )esus answered, #uffer it to be so this time. 'hen )ohn bapti-ed him in the ri$er )ordan, and as he was coming out of the water, the #pirit of od descended upon him in the form of a do$e, and a $oice from hea$en was heard, saying, 1'his is my belo$ed #on in whom I am well pleased2 .

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3ne of the first miracles performed by our #a$ior, was at Cana in allilee. 'here was a wedding there, and he and his disciples were among the guests. Mary, the mother of )esus, was also one of the company. "efore the wedding feast was o$er, the wine was all gone, and Mary said to her son, 'hey ha$e no wine. 'hen )esus ordered the ser$ants to fill si4 water,pots, which were standing near, with water& and they filled them up to the brim. *e then said to them, /raw out now and bear some to the ruler of the feast. (nd they did so. When the ruler of the feast, who +new nothing of all this, had dran+ of the water which was made wine, he said to the bridegroom, Most men ser$e out the best wine first, and after that the poorer& but you ha$e +ept the good wine till now.

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#ome mothers brought their little children to the #a$ior, that he might bless them. *is disciples, howe$er, told the women to go away and not trouble their master with children. 'hen )esus, hearing this, repro$ed his disciples and said, #uffer little children to come unto me, and forbid them not, for of such is the +ingdom of hea$en. (nd he then too+ them in his arms and blessed them. #hould you not li+e the Lord )esus to bless you, my dear little reader5 'hen pray to him and he will do so. *e is the same +ind friend to little children now that he was then, and he lo$es all who lo$e and ser$e him. 'ry, then, to be good, and he will lo$e and bless you. 6ou will then be happy in this world, and when you come to die you will go to hea$en and be happy with him in the world to come.

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'here was a young man named #aul& he was a !harisee, and a man of great learning, but he hated all the followers of Christ, who were then called, as they are now, by the name of Christians. #o great was his hatred, that he put many of them in prison and was in fa$or of ha$ing others put to death. 3nce, when he was going to the city of /amascus, with authority to ta+e the followers of )esus prisoners, a light suddenly shone upon him with e4ceeding great brightness. It was so da--ling that he could not bear it, and he fell from his horse to the ground. (t the same time he heard a $oice calling out, 1#aul, #aul, why persecutest thou me52 (nd #aul as+ed, 1Who art thou, Lord52 'hen the $oice answered, 1I am )esus, whom thou persecutest2 . 'hen said #aul, 1Lord, what wilt thou ha$e me to do52 *e was told to go to the city and he should be there shown what to do. When he arose from the ground he was entirely blind, and was led by his attendants to the city, and in three days his sight was again restored to him. (fter this he was called !aul, and became one of the most energetic preachers of the gospel that the Christian religion e$er had. "y his -eal and learning he was able to confound all the )ews, and to pro$e that )esus was the Christ, the #on of od. (t last, after a life of great usefulness, but of much trial and suffering, he was cruelly beheaded by the enemies of his di$ine Lord and Master.

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