1st. Let every child, servant, and sojourner
within the homestead be assembled early in the
morning and early in the evening around the
domestic altar, there to listen to the Word of
God—which ought to be read alternately by the
father and the mother, the other members of the
household reading responsively with the one who
leads the service. Thus, every member of the
family would actively participate in the worship.
Permit me now to give some reasons why this
reading of *God's Word should form part of the
a. Because these Holy Scriptures are God's
own voice, teaching us what we ought to know,
to do, and to suffer for his sake, in order that
we might be intelligent in the highest sense, pure
in a moral sense, and really Christian in a spirit¬
ual sense. And by this means we become wise,
blessed, and useful in our day and generation.
6. Because there is no condition, position, or
office common to civilized man but what these
Scriptures can enlighten and sanctify.
c. Because there is no moral nor religious
doubt in our minds but what these Scriptures
can remove if we will but listen to their voice
and heed their teachings.
d. Because,, when their teachings are under¬
stood and heeded daily, uniformly, perpetually