Prickly Pear, Yearbook of Abilene Christian College, 1916 Page: 64
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If a College Annual is to play the part it is intended to
play, it will reflect the true spirit of College life. No
annual from A. C. C. would breathe the proper spirit, if it
did not take on the semblance of the religious life of the
school. The staff, therefore, makes no apology for this
division. Christian Colleges can rightfully exist for no
other purpose than Christian service.
The religious influence of A. C. C. is as good as that
found in the best Christian homes. All moral questions
are taught in a way that tends to divert the student's
mind from undesirable things and store it with useful
knowledge. And this instruction is not rendered void by
any unnecessary rebukes or acts unbecoming to Christian
men and women. After spending as much as a year under
such instruction, the energetic student goes forth strength
ened and renewed intellectually, morally and spiritually,
as a young tree, which withering in the hot dry weather,
is revived by a rainy season.
Those who have never been associated with a Christian
school can hardly realize its influence. The sermon we
have each Lord's day, and the great moral lessons given
in chapel exercises are surpassed only by the daily Bible
lessons, in which the teachers come into more intimate
relationship with the students. The Sunday afternoon
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same way as regular church services are a source of both
pleasure and profit; of pleasure, because it is inspiring to
see young men taking an interest in matters of such vital
importance; of profit, because each one who takes a part
in these meetings learns many truths concerning church
work, and besides this, he is builded up spiritually, and
strengthened in his desire to accomplish much and lasting
good in the Master's cause. Eternity alone can reveal the*
good that is being accomplished.
Certainly the religious life and influence of the schooll
cannot be objected to, for its best friends are those who
know it test. It is loved and respected by tie citizens of
Abilene and this is not accidental, but it-has come through
the excellent management of brother and Sister Sewell and
their devoted assistants, for all of them have their hearts
in the wcrk in which they are now engaged. The boy
or the girl who fails to heed the instruction of such men
arnd women, and leaves here without being greatly benefitted,
intellectually, morally, and spiritually does so in
spite of existing conditions, not because of them.
We, as students do not doubt that in after years we can
look back with pride, for indeed, we do now, .upon, ur
Alma Mater and say, there is where we learned what a
Christian education and Christian influence would do for
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