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TEXAS IN 1850.

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"kingdom of God" is concerned. Had natural affection
been designed the highest springs of action, the
Saviour would not have set another principle above
them. " He that loveth father or mother more than
me is not worthy of me," is the language of Him who
nobly set an example of sacrifice and suffering. The
missionary spirit is emphatically the spirit of Christ,
and those who drink most deeply at this blessed fountain,
are those from whose example and influence flow
rivers of living waters.
The ground the missionary of Christ occupies is a
high point. The sacrifices he makes brings him in
possession of privileges which secure every blessing
the most boundless wish can crave -" The length and
breadth of all the plain, as far as faith can see."
Treasures, richer far than the golden mines of California,
are pledged upon the security of the word of
God; and shall the servant of Christ disregard objects
of real value, while worldly men are constrained by
glittering dust, to endure sacrifice, labor and fatigue ?
Scores and hundreds are rushing to secure an
earthly treasure ; and are there not those who are willing
to embark in an enterprise in which are concerned
interests of immortal value ? What object can compare
to that of gathering into the fold of Christ souls which
have cost an infinite price to redeem? One soul
brought in, adds to the Saviour's crown a gem of more
real value, than all the glittering mines of Mexico or
California.
Are there not Christians to be found among the

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Rankin, Melinda. Texas in 1850. By Melinda Rankin., book, 1850; Boston. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth6107/m1/16/ocr/: accessed December 10, 2016), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .