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not be very anxious about its ever being stolen, then ; you need not put it under lock and key; there is not enough to tempt the devil himself to come and take it from you. A man who can keep his godliness to himself has so small a proportion of it, that it will be no credit to himself, and no blessing to other people. But you do sometimes, strange to say, meet with fathers who do not interest themselves in their children's salvation any more than they do about poor children in the back slums of St. Giles's. They would like to see the boy put out well, and they would like to see the girl married comfortably; but as to their being converted, it does not seem to trouble their heads. It is true the father occupies his seat in a place of worship, and sits down with a community of Christians; and he hopes his children may turn out well. They have the benefit of his hopes-certainly a very large legacy: he will no doubt when he dies leave them his best wishes, and may they grow rich upon them! He has never made it a matter of anxiety of soul, as to whether they shall be saved or not. Out upon such religion as that! Cast it on the dunghill; hurl it to the dogs ; let it be buried like Koniah, with the burial of an ass; cast it without the camp, like an unclean thing. It is not the religion of God. He that careth not for his own household, is worse than a heathen man and a publican.
Never be content, my brethren in Christ, till all your children are saved. Lay the promise before your God. The promise is unto you and unto your children. The word does not refer to infants, but to children, grand-children, and any descendants you may have, whether grown up or not. Do not cease to plead, till not only your children but your great grand-children, if you have such, are saved. I stand here to-day a proof that God is not untrue to his promise. I can cast my eye back through four generations, and see that God has been pleased to hear the prayers of our grandfather's father, who used to supplicate with God that his children might live before him to the last generation, and God has never deserted the house, but has been pleased to bring first · one and then another to fear and love his name. So be it with you and yours. In asking this you are not asking more than God has promised to give you. He cannot run back from his promise. He cannot refuse to give you both your own and your children's souls as an answer to the prayer of your faith. " Ah," says one, but you do not know what children mine are.” No, my dear friend, but I know that if you are a Christian, they are children whom God has promised to bless. “But they are such unruly ones, they break my heart.” Then pray God to break their hearts, and they will not break your heart any more. “But they will bring my grey hairs with sorrow to the grave." Pray God then that he may bring their eyes with sorrow to prayer, and to supplication, and to the cross, and then they will not bring you to the grave. “But," you say, "my children have such hard hearts." Look at your own. You think they cannot be saved: look at yourselves ; he who saved you can save them. Go to him in prayer, and say, “Lord, I will not let thee go except thou bless me;" and if thy child be at the point of death, and, as you think, at the point of damnation on account of sin, still plead like the nobleman, “Lord, come down ere my child perish, and save him for thy mercy's sake." Othou that dwellest in the highest heavens, thou wilt ne'er refuse thy people. Be it far from us to dream that thou wilt forget thy promise. In the name of all thy people we put our hand upon thy Word most solemnly, and pledge thee to thy covenant. Thou hast said thy mercy is unto children's children of them that fear thee and that keep thy commandments. Thou hast said the promise is unto us and unto our children; Lord, thou wilt not run back from thine own covenant; we challenge thy word by holy faith at this time, and plead with thee, saying, “Do as thou hast said.”
Traits of Character and Notes of Inci- is evidently the settled conviction of dent in Bible Story. By FRANCIS Mr. Walker. He sets forth his own
Jacox. Hodder and Stoughton. views with considerable power, but we This is the book from which we have cannot endorse them. We preach the made the long extract which closes our gospel to all mankind as freely as he first article. Mr. Jacox appears to does, but we hold the doctrines of elechave read through the Bodleian and tion and predestination most tenaciously, all other collections of books; he does and we are persuaded that he who fights not talk like a book, but like the against them goes to war with the word British Museum Library. He quotes of God. We do not believe that the far more from works of fiction than we wings of the angel of the church are like, but his gatherings upon the sub-pinioned by Calvinism; we might rejects which he takes up are quite mar tort but we will not. vellous. We do not know any books in modern times at all like Mr. Jacox's,
Light from Beyond to Cheer the Christhey are unique; in fact, they are cu
tian Pilgrim. By CUNNINGHAM
| GEIKIE, D.D. Strahan and Co. riosities of literature. Spirituality we have not, but versatility, cleverness, SOME thirty excellent sermonettes, with research, and suggestiveness. The man
| a brief prayer or a piece of poetry at must be a cyclopædia ; we expect to
din: we expect to the conclusion of each. We do not see come across him one day, and to find the appropriateness of the title, for him bound in cloth, lettered. He several of the brief discourses are of ought to be in several volumes, but we a warning or hortatory character. suppose they are bound up in one
Much confusion arises from the absurd thick royal octavo, and contain more practice of naming books of sermons matter than a hundred volumes of Dr. / after the title of the first discourse. It Going or Dr. Septimus Losequick. It is not only an idle way of saving the is a literary treat to read such a work. / author the trouble of seeking out a The motto upon the frontispiece, odd | fitting title, but it misleads the public. as it is, is accurately descriptive :
| In the present case the error is less “That from all books the Book of books
glaring than in any other we have met may gain
with, but we mean to protest against the He mingle-mangles sacred and profane : practice in every case until it is dropped. Quotes Swift with DANIEL; Byron with We have much pleasure in commendSAINT PETER;
ing both the matter and manner of Dr. EZEKIEL with the English opium-eater: Hood with HABAKKUK; Crabbe with
Christian Edification; The Sheltering JEREMIAH;
Blood, or the Sinner's Refuge. By The prophet' SAMUEL with his name W. POOLE BALFERN, author of sake Pepys;
“ Glimpses of Jesus.” Passmore & Bunyan and Jean Paul with th' APOCA
Alabaster. LYPSE; King Solomon with Shakespeare, Scott, Mr. Balfern is issuing in monthly papers, Racine;
price two-pence, a work which aims to Esther with Edmund Spenser's Faery show the way of peace, and to unmask
false theories of the Atonement. He Donne;
always writes well. As an author he · Accomplish'd St. John with divine is not of the flimsy school, but thinks SAINT JOHN.
out his subjects, and is not afraid of
the deep things of God. Experience Phases of Belief. By the Rev. JAMES
ES has also its due place in his testimony, WALKER. Hamilton, Adams, and Co.
U VU. and the whole is perfumed with love We have no desire that our belief to “the Master." 'We wish him much should pass through that phase which success in this new work.
being Lectuhe Englishth Preface doar
Some Present Difficulties in Theology: The Oxford Methodists. By Rev. LUKE being Lectures to Young Men, de- TYERMAN. Hodder & Stoughton. livered at the English Presbyterian | A VOLUME of great historical value and College, London. With Preface by
rare interest. We merely mention it the Rev. J. Oswald DYKES. Hodder
now for the benefit of all book-lovers, and Stoughton.
but we hope to review it at length at Messrs. Dykes, Lorimer, Gibb, and our earliest possible convenience. Mr. Chalmers have done their work well, Tyerman is doing grand service to and we doubt not that many young Methodist history. Perhaps if his works men will be the better for studying were not quite so full, and therefore these defences of the outposts of the lengthened, he would command more faith which is now so fiercely assailed readers; still it is well to have such a on all sides. We are not, however, work done thoroughly. sure that anybody comes to faith, or is strengthened
Pisgah Views; or, the Negative Aspects in faith, by these dis
of Heaven. By OCTAVIUS WINSLOW, cussions of difficulties: we admit their
V.D. Shaw & Co. usefulness, but there is a more excellent way. The Holy Ghost is the best NOTHING very striking or instructive, witness to the truth of Christianity, but very good and sound. Thousands and his present works among us of good people are comforted and ediare the most convincing evidences.
fied by Dr. Winslow's numerous works, Feel his power, and doubts vanish; and “Pisgah Views" will be valued by preach Christ in his power, and scep them as all the rest have been. The tics believe. All else may be good,
Doctor's works appear to us to be admivery good, but short of the mark. rably adapted for evening reading for We do not say this to depreciate this persons suffering from sleeplessness. particular work, which is admirable, Lives of the British Reformers from but we are alluding to the whole class
Wickliffe to Fore. New and revised of treatises of this order; they are more
edition. Religious Tract Society. numerous than effectual, and the time and power spent upon them might,
ACCORDING to the public declarations of we think. be better applied in other certain divines of the present Church of directions.
England the Reformers were monsters
of iniquity. We wonder that the church The Christian's Diary: Comfort of the
whose bread these traitors eat should Scriptures for the Young and ou.
be so fettered as to be unable to uproot By Dr. J. T. LOTH. Simpkin, Mar
such ill weeds and Aing them over her shall, and Co.
wall. If any man had prophesied fifty
years ago that clergymen of the AngliANOTHER of those birthday text-books can Church would be allowed to abuse which young people are so fond of. It her founders he would have been is neatly got up.
laughed at as imbecile. The present
volume deserves an extensive circula“ She Spake of Him," being recollections tion, and will do much to strengthen of the loving labours and early death | Pro
Protestant principles. We must, howof the late Mrs. Henry Dening. Byl
ever, confess that we cannot away with her friend, Mrs. GRATTAN GUINNESS.
Cranmer, let his life be written how it Book Society, 28, Paternoster Row.
may. When he burned his right hand A GLORIOUS life well told, its perusal and called it unworthy, we think he was will stimulate and encourage. Mrs. very correct in his judgment. Had it Dening's blessed irregularity as a woman not been for the undoubted faith which preacher seems to us to be no more was manifest in his death, we should censurable than Deborah's prophesying. have questioned his piety altogether The rule, so far as we are concerned, is If he, and such as he, had let the that men only should preach; but God | Reformation alone, and allowed it to is bound by no rules, and may employ run on to its honest issues, we should a woman if he wills, as he certainly did not now have been plagued with this employ Mrs. Dening.
| idolatrous ritualism.
The Enlarged London Hymn Book. Christ Crucified: Lectures on 1. Corin
Edited by C. R. H. Shaw and Co. I thians II. By ADOLPH SAPHIR. We commended the “ London Hymn! Nisbet and Co. Book" as a very useful little collection MR. SAPHIR has a refined and deeply for special services, and we are glad to spiritual mind. He deals with both the see that four hundred thousand of it roots and fruits of truth, digging deep have been issued. We do not know and yet blossoming out. His theology is what particular sphere the Enlarged soundly evangelical, but it does not lead book will be likely to fill, for by this him into the wearisome platitudes of time most churches have their own the common run of evangelical writers; hymn book, but it is a good collection he looks at things with his own eyes, a and likely to be popular. Some of the rather rare thing nowadays, and then hymns we suppose bave special tunes he speaks about them with that childto them, and are endeared by their use like simplicity which seems to be the at revival meetings, otherwise we do not natural accompaniment of sublime truth see why they were inserted. We are not when it is loved as well as taught. We at all apprehensive that it will rival consider these Lectures to be a valuable “ Our Own Hymn Book ;” it is a dif commentary, and shall value them as a ferent kind of book, and in its own way noble addition to our stores of exposition. a very good one.
The Praise Book. By the Rev. W. The Missionary Work of the Church;/ REID. Nisbet & Co.
its Principles, History, Claims, and present Aspects. By W. H. STOWELL,
A vast collection of hymns. A mine D.D. Revised and enlarged by Rev.
for hymn-book makers. Many of the E. STORRON. Snow and Co.
hymns are very beautiful, but others
| are theological doggrel, and we hope A WORK greatly needed. Missionary will never be sung; indeed, they are zeal burns low just now, and such a made according to no measure known treatise is adapted to stir the fire. It among common mortals, and must be appears to us to be well and fervently sung to tunes of their own. The book as written, and to strike the nail on the a collection of religious poetry is unique, head.
and has a value all its own.
WE joyfully record the wonderful help deacons are leading the way right generwhich the Lord has sent us towards the ously, and the whole sum will be raised erection of our new College Buildings. readily. We rejoice thus to see the love We greatly needed them, or we would not of our friends made manifest in aiding our have set about them. Many large con- life-work. tributions have been sent, and among Our health has been very precarious, them a bank note for $1,000 from an un- for we have been exhausted by May known donor, whom we hereby thank meetings; but just now we are in better from the bottom of our heart. If the condition, though quite unable to preach £1,000, which the students are trying to in a tenth of the places to which we are raise should all coine to hand, we shall not invited. need more than another £4,000 to com We have received letters from our two plete the buildings, buy the ground, and | brethren in Spain, who are now moving furnish the rooms. If every reader of the to Madrid. We will write them when we magazine and sermons, would do us the have their address. personal favour of sending something the | We have also a cheering letter from work will be achieved more easily than Mr. Groombridge in China; and have a anything else we have ever undertaken, valuable paper on China from Mr. Harvey, for which the Lord's name be praised. which came too late for this month. As yet the Tabernacle friends have not We are glad to hear of the success of • come forward in any number, but the | Mr. H.C. Field at Newcastle-under-Lyne;
he deserves the aid of all friends in that and the Lord graciously sends means for region.
their support. The summer months are Dr. Tydeman has had a very interesting dull times for donations, but we hope that service of recognition at Devonport. our friends, knowing this, will not allow
At Melton Mowbray and Maidenhead us to run high and dry this year as we did new chapels have been opened with en- last. We hope to be saved all necessity couraging services.
of any special appeals for the current Mr. Collins at Penge has had a bappy expenses." anniversary service. Friends are working Letters have come to hand from Mr. hard to purchase the freehold of the Griffin of Zanesville, Mr. Hibbert of Woolchapel, and deserve liberal aid.
loomooloo, Mr. Dyke of Toronto, and Our beloved brother Banks at Jarrow is others; to whom we will reply as soon as labouring, and the divine blessing is with possible. him. He needs a chapel. The friends Mr. Orsman acknowledges the receipt of have raised about £600, and have a pro the munificent donation of £1,000 for the mise from Geo. Angus, Esq., that if they Golden Lane Mission, from “ An Uncan raise £950 by January, 1874, he will known Friend,” a reader of our magazine. make it £1,000. They could then proceed. A thousand blessings rest on this friend Every month's delay is injurious to them, and donor! Mr. Orsman has a number of and also increases the cost at which the the illustrated annual reports, entitled, chapel will be built. God's cause here “ After Office Hours," and will be happy needs liberal aid.
to send them to any address free of charge. We shall proceed with the enlarge- Baptisms at Metropolitan Tabernacle ment of the Orphanage during the month by Mr. J. A. Spurgeon:- April 28th, of June. The boys are in good health, i sixteen; May 1st, seven.
Pastors' College, Metropolitan Taberuacle.
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