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City which hath Foundations” 140
Come and Welcome to Jesus
Christ

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Conference on Colleges

90
Canonbury Holt ...

140
Contrasts

380
Cottagers of Glenburnie

45
Countess Margaret and her
Children

188
Covenant of Love

233
Daniel, Statesman and Prophet 42
Detached Links

234
Difficulties in Theology

283
Doctrines of Grace

235
Dublin Addresses
Earnest Christianity

233
Earnest Question, An

91
Eda May

475
Educati in

89
Eleven Years in Africa

190
Emphatic Diaglott, The

565
Ethel's Strange Legacy

474
Everlasting Righteousness
Experimental Guides

92
Farewell Services of Dr. Brock 138
Father of Methodism...

91
Faversham's, Mr., New Year's
Guest

138
Feathers for Arrows

91
Fiddy Scraggs

189
Feet of Jesus in Life, Death,

Resurrection, and Glory... 45
Foolish Dick

381
Freeman, The

190
Gift Books for the Young. 42
Gleanings for the Drawing Room 233
Gleaner and Sower

381
Golden Candlesticks

564
Golden Hours

41
Golden Lives

235
Gone Before

333
Gospel of Mark

382
Gospel Pulpit

425
Great Secret Society

44
Handbook of Theology

92
Hayslope Grange

473
Heavenward Ho!

189
Helps for the Untrod Way 92
Henry's Commentary...

475
High Church

566
Higher Ministries of Heaven 334
History of the New Testament... 233
Homes Made and Marred ... 525
Homes of Old English Writers 233
Human Mind, The

428
Illustrative Anecdotes

333
Incidents in Sunday School Life 523
Inner Circle...

523
Insidious Thief

89
Interpreter, The ...

42
Introduction to the Old Testa-
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Introduction to the Scriptures 524
Israel in Egypt

425
Jesus, His Life and Work 474
John Ploughman's Talk

473, 523
Joseph Pilmor

188
Kindling Fire

473
Kings of Israel and Judah 380
Last of the Abbots

189
Laws of the Kingdom

333
Leaves from Elim

380
Life of Dr. Anderson...

332
Life Thoughts

90
Light of all Ages...

564
Light from Beyond

382
Little Books of J. Bunyan

382, 474, 566
Little Gleaner, The

91
Lives of British Reformers 283
London Almanack, The

42
London Hymn Book, The 284
Loser and Gainer

475
Lucy's Life Story .

234
Lucy Raymond

188
Man a Special Creation

523
Mediæval Romanism ...

474
Memorials of F. A. West

426
Memorials of H. Johnston 139
Memorials of L. M. Holy.. 92
Methodist Pulpit, The

140
Miracle of the Book of Joshua... 89
Missionary World

44
Missionary Work

284
Modern Jove

334
Mother's Friend, The

42
Music in the Western Church 190
Natural Use of Drink

235
New Cyclopædia of Anecdote . 90
Noble Printer, The

189
Notes on Genesis

381
Notes on the Parables

523
Ointment Poured Forth

43
Old Paths for Young Pilgrims... 42
Onward Reciter, The ...

235
Orphan Sisters, The

43
Our Own Almanack

42
Our Own Penny Hymn Book 425
Our Own Sheet Almanack

523
Our Seamen

140
Owen's Lectures...

139
Oxford Methodists

283
Paradise of Martyrs

332
Pathway of Peace

139
People's Encyclopædia

381
Phases of Belief ...
Pisgah Views

283
Plain Pulpit Talk

189
Pounceford Hall

333
Practical Philosopher

380
Praise Book, The

284
Present Issues

427
Pulpit Notes

380
Puritan Theology

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Reformation, The

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Rejoinder, A, &c.

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Resurrection of the Dead

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Road to Destruction

43
Romance of Peasant Life

43
Ruth and Patience

333
Sampson's Lectures

475
Saviour for Children, A

235

Scenes in Old London

45

Scriptural Holiness

45

Scripture Texts

52+

Secret of a Happy Life

138

Sermons for Children...

428

Shadows of City Life...

233

“She Spake of Him

283

Sower, The

91

Spurgeon's Almanack

523

Story of a Child's Companion 138

Story of Daniel

42

Sunday Evenings at Northcourt. 45

Sunday-school Teachers' Pocket-

book...

567

Sunshine

139

Sword and the Trowel, The 41

System of Christian Rhetoric 566

Taberuacle, The Metropolitan 426

Tabernacle and its Priests

41
Tales of Heroes

92
Talking to the Children

41

Temperance Societies ...

567

The Light of all Ages

564
The Mother's Friend ...

567
Tract Society's Pocket Books 42
Training of Children ...

138
Traits of Character

282

Types and Emblems

523

Uncle Max ...

473
Villa for Nothing, A

566

Vivian and his Friends

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Wave upon Wave

189
What We Saw in Egypt

473
Whence does the Monarch get
his Right to Reign?

138
Wild Flowers, a Year with 565
Women of Methodism

139

Wonderful Works of Christ 525

Words of Mercy ...

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Words of the New Testament. 334
Zina, or Morning Mists

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The Object of Saving Faith 414,543

“Romance of the Streets, The”

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JANUARY, 1873.

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CHURCH, in the United States, lately advertised for a minister, and stated that, having been for some years overdone with eloquence, they desired a pastor who would preach to them the gospel of Jesus Christ : there are

churches on this side the Atlantic, sickened with essays and * intellectual treats," whose aspirations are much of the same kind. Fine language amuses the ear, as the tinkling of their little bells pleases the continental coach-horses, but it cannot satisfy the soul any more than the aforesaid tintinabulations can supply the place of corn and hay. The art of arranging words, and balancing sentences, is a mental jugglery, as astonishing when perfectly practised, as the feats of the Chinese or Japanese artistes who just lately have charmed vast audiences at the Crystal Palace; but cui bono? what is the good of it, and who is the better for it? Who was ever convinced of sin by an oratorical flourish? What heart was led to Jesus, and to joy and peace in believing, by a fine passage resplendent with all the graces of diction? What chaff is to the wheat, and dross to gold, that is the excellence of human speech to the simplicity of the word of God. For awhile fascinated by the siren voice of vain philosophy and affected culture, many of the churches have drawn perilously near to the rocks of heresy and doubt, but divine grace is visiting them, and they will shake off the spell. Everywhere there is a cry for the gospel, for men who will preach it in the love of it, for ministers who will live it, and innoculate others with its life: the church is growing sick of

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essayists, and asks for men of God. She is weary of word-spinners, and pretenders to deep thought, and she cries for men full of the Holy Spirit, who are lovers of the word and not speakers only. Soul-winners will soon be in demand, and your genteel essayists will have to carry their dry goods to another market. Sane men do not need fiddlers, while the life-boat is being manned to save yonder perishing ones from the devouring deep.

The intensely practical character of Christianity might be inferred from the life of its Founder. In Jesus we see no display, no aiming at effect, nothing spoken or done to decorate or ornament the simplicity of his daily life. True, he was a prophet, mighty in words as well as in deeds; but his words were downright and direct, winged with a purpose, and never uttered for speaking's sake. Nobody ever looks at Jesus as an orator to be compared with Cicero. “Never man spake like this man.” He was not of the schools. No graver's tool had passed over bis eloquence. In his presence Demosthenes is seen to be a statue, carved with great skill, and the very counterfeit of life ; but Jesus is

: life itself,—not art's sublimest fac simile of nature, but the living truth. Jesus, whether speaking or acting, was still practical. His words were but the wings of his deeds. He went about, not discoursing upon benevolence, but "doing good ;” he itinerated not to stir up a missionary spirit, but “to preach glad tidings to the poor.” Where others theorized he wrought, where they planned he achieved, where they despaired he triumphed! Compared with him, our existence is a mere windbag; his life was solid essential action, and ours a hazy dream, an unsubstantial would-be which yet is not. Most blessed Son of the Highest, thou who workest evermore, teach us also how to begin to live, ere we have stumbled into our graves while prating about purposes and resolves !

The first champions of the cross were also men in whom the truth displayed itself in deeds rather than in words. Paul's roll of labours and of sufferings, would contrast strangely with the diary of a reader of pretty little sermonettes; or, for the matter of that, with the biography of the most zealous among us. The apostles were intensely active, rather than intellectually refined; they made no pretence to be philosophers, but thought it sufficient to be servants of Jesus Christ. T'heir hearers remembered them, not because they had melodiously warbled sweet nothings into their ears; but because they spoke in the demonstration of the Spirit and in the power of God. They were not mystics, but workmen; not elocutionists, but labourers. We track them by the cities which they evangelised, the churches which they founded, the tribes which they converted to Christ. By some means or other, they came to grapple with the world hand to hand, whereas the good men of these times do anything but that : they tell us what was done of old, what should be done now, and what will be done in the millenium, but they themselves mingle not in the fray. Where are the heroic combats of the first ages of the faith? Where hear we the din of real fighting ? We see shaking of fists, feints, and challengings in abundance, but of downright blows there is a lamentable scarcity; the modern battle of church and world is too frequently a mere stage imitation, a sham fight of the most wretched order. See the combatants of those days-a whole-souled fight was

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