Heavenward – A Guide for Youth

HEAVENWARD

A Guide for Youth

BY

REV. JUNIUS B. REMENSNYDER, D. D., LL. D.,

Author of “Six Days of Creation” “Personality of Luther,”

“Doom Eternal,” “Lutheran Manual,” “Atonement and Modern Thought,” etc., etc.

A NEW AND REVISED EDITION.

PHILADELPHIA, PA.:

LUTHERAN PUBLICATION SOCIETY.

Copyright, 1908,

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FOREWORD.

This little volume owes its origin to the conviction of the author, that a book of its character is demanded both by the particular state of the times, and the condition and wants of the Church. Its design is to lift the aspirations of youth from perishing earthly prizes to a heavenward aim, and to an incorruptible crown. It also counsels the pilgrim, who has already set out for the better country, how he may overcome amid the many perils that beset him, and ever rise higher, in his race for eternal life. And as the Blessed Goal is reached, and the portals of the heavenly city appear, it presents to the Christian those comforting promises and assurances of Scripture, which shall bear him up amid the swelling of the Jordan of Death, and bring him in triumph to the celestial shore.

The Heavenward of the author, is no effort of Nature to ascend by the guidance of Reason to the heights of a pure morality. But it is the pilgrimage of Faith, as, in childlike humility, it follows the narrow path of Jesus the Crucified, until it shall see the King in His beauty, and rest forever in the bosom of Love. Accordingly, the way here pointed out leads by the Cross of Christ, and by the Church of God; the steps of ascent to the heights of grace are made to be the Word and Sacraments. A piety in the Church, is counselled as the only path that surely and steadily conducts heavenward. And never was there an age, which more than the present, was in need of this species of devotional literature.

New York, March, 1908.

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CONTENTS

PART I. THE GOOD BEGINNING

CHAPTER I. — The Call.
CHAPTER II. — The Condition.
CHAPTER III. — The Decision.
CHAPTER IV. — Confirmation.
CHAPTER V. — The Holy Communion.

PART II. THE CHRISTIAN RACE

SECTION I. — Dangers.

CHAPTER I. — Discouragements.
CHAPTER II. — Trusting to Church Membership.
CHAPTER III. — Backsliding.
CHAPTER IV. — Besetting Sins.
CHAPTER V. — The Christian Warfare.

SECTION II. — Helps.

CHAPTER I. — The means of Grace: The Word and Sacraments.
CHAPTER II. — Prayer.
CHAPTER III. — Devotion to the Church.
CHAPTER IV. — The Holy Festivals.
CHAPTER V. — Walking in the Steps of the Fathers — the Primitive or Apostolic Church.

SECTION III. — Fruits.

CHAPTER I. — A Precious Experience.
CHAPTER II. — The Imitation of Christ.
CHAPTER III. — Usefulness in the Kingdom of God.
CHAPTER IV. — Bearing the Cross.

PART III. THE BLESSED GOAL

CHAPTER I. — Happy Memories.
CHAPTER II. — Readiness for Death.
CHAPTER III. — The Victory.
CHAPTER IV. — The Crown of Life.

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