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on the window to let her know that he did into the nursery, but he did not feel like
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PRAY. not till he had shown that he was truly
It was night. Black heavy clouds were sorry, he preferred to stay there alone.
scudding across the sky. The wind blev · A plain dinner was sent to him, without
loud and fierce. It howled around the any dessert, and when he had finished he
parsonage as if it would vent its rage on rang the bell for more! Oh, then the tears
the sleepers within, and then, baffled in its came into his mother's eyes, for she feared
attempts, it would retire into the distance he would never give up. She thought,
with a low, ominous growl. Presently it What will he grow up to be, if he is so
would return with increased rage, and blow obstinate and cunning now? How her heart
its mighty breath against the house, until ached, as she thought of the temptations
it tottered on its foundations. which would surround him as he grew older, and how she trembled as she thought
Under one of the gables of the parson. of guarding him
He was age, a little boy was sleeping. if he was so easily led
only six years old. The soft, flaxen curls astray!
fell over his fair forehead. His head rested He had in his hand a book full of good thoughts, which his mother hoped he would
on a plump little hand. His long eyelashes
drooped over his rosy cheeks, and around read; and, after a while, he did become very
his mouth played a smile, as if his dreams weary staying alone, and opened the book. It was one that called up the little voice
were peaceful and happy. His father and again, and made it speak louder than ever,
mother were both dead. Perhaps as minisand his little heart grew soft and began to
tering spirits they were watching over him, beat very fast, and then the tears came, and
and in his dreams he may have imagined
himself on his father's knee, receiving his very soon he was honest little Harry again, and ready to say he was sorry and tell the
warm caress, or pressed to the bosom of the truth. His mother heard him sobbing, and
mother who used to soothe his troubles by her heart began to beat more lightly, for
her words of gentleness and love. He slept she felt sure he was truly grieved for his
quietly and soundly. The howling of the sin.
storm did not disturb him, although it was · When she went to him he said, “Oh,
continually growling louder and fiercer. mother, I have been so wicked! What There came a tremendous gush of wind die shall I do? I have been so wicked!”
against the gable. It creaked, snapped, and This was a pleasant sound to his mother's
fell. The wind had triumphed. The roof ears, and she folded him to her bosom again crushed through the ceiling over the little and again, unable to utter the gratitude of
sleeper, and filled the room with mortar, her heart that he was still her noble boy.
bricks, and broken timber. Everything in Now he told her all the truth, and begged the apartment was covered with the ruins, her to forgive him, and knelt by her side to except the bed on which was the lone pray his own little prayer that God would orphan. An immense timber had fallen forgive him too.
across the pillow, from which he had • He was far happier than he had been for
slipped down while sleeping. many, many hours; but he was still sad. I Arthur--for by this name I shall call the His papa greeted him very kindly, and his child-lived with his uncle and aunt. His little sisters jumped for joy when he came uncle was a minister. They loved him
very much, and did everything they could go to sleep. He thought his Father in heaven to make him good and happy. When they would not give him his daily bread if he beard the falling of the timber, they ran did not ask for it, so he got up in the dark, affrighted to his room, but the door could after the nurse had left him, and said them. not be opened, so much had been thrown “Oh, aunty! I am so glad,” he continued, against it. The gentleman immediately “that a good spirit put it into my heart not knocked out one of the panels, and crawled to be afraid of the dark and cold, for if I through. He seized Arthur in his arms. had not said my prayers, that timber would Before he could get out of the room, have fallen on my head.” another fall from the ceiling covered the What a lesson this dear boy learned of bed from which the child had just been the protecting care of his heavenly Father! rescued.
I trust he will never lose his confidence, His aunt took him, wrapped him in a which, as the Bible says, has great recomblanket, and clasping him close to her heart, pense of reward. It is sweet to trust in carried him to her own room. Arthur was God, to feel that his eye is ever upon us, not at all alarmed for himself. He was too to watch over us, and keep us from evil. young to know the greatness of the danger I suppose most of those who read this he had escaped. When he heard the tim story about Arthur, have learned to repeat bers falling, he feared his uncle and aunt the Lord's prayer. Do you say it as a mere would be killed ; and when he found they form, because your mother has taught you were safe, his first wish was to get down it ? or do you think what you are saying? from his aunt's arms, and on his knees Do you believe God is really listening to thank God for saving his dear friends.
you, and will answer your requests ? After doing so, in his simple words, he Arthur evidently had faith in God. He told her that he was so cold when his nurse believed he would hear and answer his undressed him, that he got into bed with prayers; and God did hear his prayer, and out saying his prayers. But he could not ! delivered him from evil.
God's TENDERNESS IN HIS DEALINGS WITH HIS People.--How soothing in the hour of sorrow, or bereavement, or death, to have the countenance and sympathy of a tender earthly friend! My soul, there is one nearer, dearer, tenderer still, the friend that never fails, a tender God! By how many endearing epithets does Jesus exhibit the tenderness of his affection to his people? Does a shepherd watch tenderly over his flock? “ The Lord is my shepherd !" Does a father exercise fondest solicitude towards his children? "will be a father unto you !" Does a mother's love exceed all other earthly types of affectionate tenderness ? “As one whom his mother comforteth, so will I comfort you !" Is the apple of the eye the most susceptible part of the most delicate bodily organ? “He keeps them as the apple of his eye !" “ He will not break the bruised reed !". “ When the shepherd and bishop of souls" finds the sinner like the lost sheep stumbling on the dark mountains, how tenderly he deals with him! There is no look of wrath, no word of upbraiding; in silent love “He lays him on his shoulder rejoicing !" When Peter falls, He does not unnecessarily wound him. He might have repeated often and again the piercing look which brought the flood of penitential sorrow; but he gave that look only once; and if he reminds him again of his threefold denial, it is byl
thrice repeating the gentlest of questions,
VANITY OF Posthumous FAME.- It is singularly mortifying to reflect how little, in a very short period, any man, however eminent may have been his reputation for wisdom, is missed in the world. For a while a blank is felt. He is the theme of public praise, and the tear of regret is shed, and the voice of lamentation is raised over his tomb, But he is no sooner out of sight than he begins to be out of mind. He is less and less spoken of. The world appears to go on without him, much as it did before. New objects of attention and admiration arise, and the old ones are gradually forgotten. Of the thousand eminent in their day, who must have lived in ancient times, how few, comparatively, are there whose very names have come down to us! And even as to those that have been saved from the wreck of time, how very circumscribed is the circle of their fame! By the great mass of human society, by the immensely larger proportion of the
population of the world, they have never been heard of; their names, their works, and their sayings are alike unknown. The wisdom of Joseph saved the land of Egypt from impending ruin; yet soon "another king arose which knew not Joseph.” Whilst the salutary effects of his counsel continued to be felt, the counsel itself and the man who had given it were forgotten, and were miserably requited; and, but for the inspired record in the Holy Scriptures, it is probable we should scarcely have heard of his name, even amongst the fables, and uncertainties, and confused and muti. lated acts, of remote tradition.--Wardlaw.
THE CROSS OP CHRIST. - There are those who tell us that the work of redemption will be looked upon in a future state as nothing more than one of the ephemeral acts of the Godhead! Never was assertion more gratuitous or more unfounded. Independently of the sublime mysteries of the Cross, there could have been for fallen man neither grace nor glory; neither purity nor moral perfection ; neither rest nor blessedness, nor a joyous life of imInortality. It is from the Cross that redemption, in all its plenitude of freedom and happiness, is derived ; and from the Cross will come all the light which is to illumine the great wide field of eternity. For ever standing in this light, we shall gather up the vast designs of the Godhead in all the perfection of their character, and in all the grandeur of their results; and viewing them in all the harmony of their plan, and in all the blessedness of their end, thought will heighten into wonder, and wonder into praise, and sweet, and pure, and seraphic will be the worship of the redeemed church. Theirs will be the new song." While being lasts, or immortality endures, we shall never lose the freshness and the interest of that one sublime, unending strain : “ Thou art worthy, for thou hast redeemed us unto God.”— Ferguson.
SCRIPTURE ILLUSTRATION.- In the sermôn on the Mount, our Lord says, “ Whosoever shall compel thee to go one mile, go with him twain.” We can all of us easily understand the other part of this command, that when struck on one cheek, we should in humility offer the other; because, unfortunately, we know what striking is. But many must have wondered what can have given rise to the command of going a second mile with the violent man who has already compelled you to go one mile. Nobody now, in this country, is ever injured by such treatment. But we learn from coins and inscriptions, that the couriers in the service of the Roman government had the privilege of travelling through the provinces free of expense, and of calling upon the villagers to forward their carriages and baggage to the next town. Under a despotic government, this became a cruel grievance. Every Roman of high rank claimed the same privilege; the horses were unyoked from the plough to be harnessed to the rich man's carriage. It was
the most galling injustice which the provinces suffered. We have an inscription on the frontier town of Egypt aod Subia, mentioning its petition for a redress of this grievance; and a coin of Nerva's reign records its abolition in Italy. Our Lord could give no stronger exhortation to patient humility than by advisiog his Syrian hearers, instead of resenting the demand for one stage's “ vebiculation," to go willingly a second stage.--Eclectic Revieto.
INTERCOORSE WITH THE WORLD.-We are obliged to an intercourse with the world in our different callings and professions, which intercourse we are not at llberty to decline on any pretensions of exalted spirituality. Do you meet with men of genius and literature, of easy address, and polite manners, who are under the influence of no nobler principle than that wisdom which is earthly and sensual? Are you susceptible of pleasing impressions from the brilliancy of their wit, and their attainments in science? Give them the praise due to their accomplishments, but be not charmed into their errors and vices. Learn not from this quarter to contemn revelation as an irrational or superstitious system, or to take those liberties in conduct which are inconsistent with the purity of the christian doctrine. Stand on your guard, lest you be prejudiced in favour of those practices which disgrace the most amiable of such characters. lo your converse with them, never lose sigbt of religion, and the eternal obligations of moral virtue.-Crabb's Sermons, 1750.
PREACHING,- of all things, the most pitiable is when a man preaches to please himself, and when an audience listens to be pleased with the minister. And the post glorious thing below is, when the minister's preaching, and the people's hearing, lead to this conclusion: not, * How well the minister spoke to-day !” “How comfortably did we hear to-day!" but, “ How glorious is that Saviour! how precious this soul ! bow weighty our responsibilities in the prospect of eternity, and of a judgment-seat! We may always judge of what has been the nature of the sermon, or what has been the mood in which it was listened to, by the first remarks we hear as we retire: wbed people go home, criticising the words of the discourse, instead of dwelling co, and speaking of, the lines of the subject, there is something wrong in the people's bearing. or in the minister's preaching. May God grant that all that I preach, and all that may people may hear, may lead them to lift their hearts far beyond the temple, and to leave them nowhere except where our heart and our treasure should be, beside the throne of the Lord Jesus - Dr. Cunming.
PRAYING TO SAINTS, Adam Clarke thos comments on the account of the rich an calling upon Abraham: “He cried and said, Father Abraham, have mercy ca me," &c. "There was a time when he might have prayed to the God of Aurabam, and have found mercy; now he dares LCC approach that God whom in his lifetime be had neglected, and addresses a creature
who haa neither the power nor authority to bless. This is the only instance in the Bible of praying to saints; and, to the confusion of the false Popish doctrine, which states it to be necessary and available, let it for ever be remembered that it was only practised by a damned soul, and then without any success."
PRAYER.-Prayer is the peace of our spirit, the stillness of our thoughts, the evenness of recollection, the seat of meditation, the rest of cares, and the calm of our tempest: prayer is the issue of a great mind of untroubled thoughts ; it is the daughter of charity, and the sister of meekness.-Jeremy Taylor.
Lord John Russell as the plenipotentiary Month after month rolls on, and still the
of England. We cannot help hoping
something from that Congress, at which record must be of war. The news of
the questions between the Allies and bloody war abroad are indeed varied by
Russia are to be once more discussed. The cabinet and parliamentary war at home;
great call upon English christians now is yet the eyes of the country are turned
for PRAYER; that He who has the hearts of chiefly, and with intensest interest, to the
all men in his hands may direct the disscenes of suffering and trial in the Crimea;
cussions of the Conference so as to lead to and events in England, which ordinarily
peace, and that even now,- for nothing is would seem of the utmost importance, are
too hard for Him,-war with its miseries as nothing when compared with the great
and evils may be put an end to. There is tragedy which has been going on in the
some talk of a day being appointed by East. "What a winter must this have been
Government for national humiliation and in the tents and on the plains in front of
prayer: we need not, however, wait for Sebastopol. God grant that Englishmen
this; our God is ready to hear us now; he may never be called to spend another
has power to help now: let us try him, and like it!
see whether he will not even yet listen to It is matter of thankfulness that the
us, while we utter the cry, which in our latest news from the seat of war have been
circumstances is peculiarly appropriate and somewhat less painful than those to which touching, “ Give peace in our time, O Lord: we have been accustomed for some months for there is none other that fighteth for us past. We have still proofs enough of the
but only thou, o God.” mismanagement of those to whom the direction of affairs was entrusted, and we
HORTON COLLEGE, BRADFORD. have still to hear heartrending accounts of The Rev. John Mackay, late of Horton the results of that mismanagement; but
College, being about to sail for India, he death appears to have become at last satis and his fellow-students met together on fied with the fearful harvest he has reaped, Wednesday evening, February 21st, to take and "thlogs are better, therefore, in the leave of each other. The senior student, Crimea.” The mismanagement has, how Mr. Davis occupied the chair, and began ever, come home at last to those to whose the business of the evening by presenting charge it has been laid in our country. to Mr. Mackay, on behalf of the brethren, The coalition ministry, once so famous,
“ Bagster's Comprehensive Bible," richly and from which so much was expected,
bound in morocco, on the fly-leaf of which has fallen before the just indignation of was the following inscription:-“Presented people and parliament. The ministry which to the Rev. John Mackay, by his fellowhas succeeded it, comprises, indeed, many students, on the occasion of his leaving of those who occupied places in the old Horton College, to labour amongst the administration; but there is another, and a heathen in connection with the Baptist more vigorous head; and the war office, in Missionary Society, as an expression of which the chief responsibility now' rests, is their sincere attachment to him, and of filled by another. At the time we write, their high estimation of his character; with too, other changes are taking place, indicat
the earnest prayer that the God whom he ing, we trust, that Lord Palmerston in serves in the Gospel of his Son, may richly tends to conduct the affairs of the nation endue him with his Holy Spirit, and may with more of vigour, and less of bondage to render his labours greatly conducive to the old routine. It may be that the time has
advancement of the Redeemer's Kingdom come, when statesmen will fling off the
on the earth.” In acknowledging this trammels which have so long enfeebled our mark of his brethren's esteem, Mr. Mackay government, and act as the statesmen of a assured them that he should never forget free people should. If so, it will be worth
the days he had spent in Horton College, while to have been brooght into the crisis
days which had been among the happiest in which we have lately found ourselves, of his life, and which he should always worth while to have been brought, as we
look back upon with peculiar pleasure. He have been, to the brink of national ruin
then referred to some of the reasons which and disgrace.'
had led him to become a missionary, The Congress which is to open in dwelling especially upon the duty of every Vienna in a few days will be attended by | christian to spread the glad tidings of
salvation, and of the universal church to fulfil the great commission of her Lord, “ Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature." After several of the students had expressed their hearty sympathy with the brother who was leaving them, and their earnest wishes for his prosperity, the meeting was concluded by singing Kirke White's beautiful and touching hymn,
“Come, christian brethren, ere we part;" and by commending Mr. Mackay to the care of Him who has been the dwelling place of his people in all generations. BAPTIST CHAPEL, NUPEND, GLOCCESTERSHIRB.
OLD SCHOLARS' MEETING. Every friend of Sabbath schools, while grateful to God for the success attending such efforts, must lament how much good instruction is lost by so many of our older scholars leaving school just when they most need christian advice and direction. In order as far as possible to supply such need, the teachers and friends of the above place have, for years past, held a special tea meeting, when the old scholars are invited to attend. Such a meeting was held this year on the evening of the 17th of January, when about two hundred met together, and after tea a most interesting service was held in the chapel. In reporting the state of the school, the superintendent stated it to be in a prosperous condition. Many of the young were evidently under deep religious impressions. As an encouragement, he stated that one young person dated their conversion from a former meeting of this kind. After this, several of the teachers, who were formerly scholars in the school, addressed some pointed and appropriate remarks to those present, who, though they had enjoyed a long course of Sabbath school instruction, had not yet decided for God. We cannot but hope that appeals thus coming from those who once were fellow-scholars with them will, under God's blessing, be effectual in reviving former impressions, and thus leading them to the Saviour's feet. If such an example should be thought worthy of imitation by other churches, and our Sabbath schools be thus rendered more useful, the object of this communication will be answered: and God sball have the praise.
HOPE CHAPEL, DEVON PORT. This place of worship, erected for the Rev. Thos. Horton and friends, was opened for divine service on Tuesday, Jan. 16th, when two appropriate and powerful sermons were preached by the Rev. W. Brock, of London. The devotional portions of the services were conducted by the Rev. S. Nicholson, of Plymouth, Dr. Alliott, of the Western College, and the Rev. John Pyer, of Devonport. There was a goodly num. ber of ministerial brethren present on the occasion. The next evening a party of about eight hundred persons took tea on the occasion at the Mechanics' Institute. The company was addressed by Peter Adams, Esq., of Plymouth, the chairman,
James R, Jeffery, Esq., of Liverpool, and the Rev. W. Brock. On the following Lord's-day, the Rev. S. Nicholson preached in the morning, and the Rev. Eliezer Jones in the evening. A communion service was held in the afternoon, at which the Rev. Dr. Alliott presided, assisted by the pastor of the church.
Obituary. THE RBV. JOSEPH SEAMAN. On Thursday evening, February 8th, the Rev. Joseph Seaman, Baptist minister, of Waltham-le-Willows, in the county of Sul. folk, died in the peace and hope of that glorious gospel which, for more than thirtythree years, he delighted to proclaim to others. Mr. Seaman was instrumental in raising the cause and forming the church at Waltham-le-Willows, over which he presided till the time of his decease. He was eminently a “man of God,” of holy and unblemished character,-plain and us. assuming, but faithful and affectionate. Next to love to his divine Master, his ruling passion was love to the people of his charge, and his dying prayer was, that they migbt remain a united people. During his life be had frequently spoken of having a fear of the article of death, but “at evening time it was light," so light that he said he could not describe the happiness he enjoyed in the prospect of heaven; and as expressive of his holy confidence, he requested that Mr. Elven, of Bury St. Edmunds, who preached at his ordination, Jan. 2nd, 1823, should also preach his funeral sermon from 2 Tim. i. 12: “I know wbom I have believed, and am persuaded that he is able to keep that wbich I have committed unto him against that day.” Never was the language of the Psalmist more appropriately applied than to our beloved, and now glorified brother. “Mark the perfect man, and behold the uprigbt, for the end of that man is peace.”
MR. JOHN RENNISON. Died at North Shields, Jan. 19th, 1866, Mr. John Rennison, in the sixty-first year of his age, and upwards of thirty-four years a deacon of the Baptist church in that town. Mr. Rennison was called at an early age to know the Lord. and was baptized and united to the church at New. castle, under the pastorate of Mr. Pengilly. A few years after he removed to North Shields, and was transferred to the membership of the church there, where he remained an honoured, very much beloved, and useful member till his death. He was a warm friend to every religious and benevolent object, a constant attendant on the means of grace and one who made it his daily study to promote the peace and happiness of both pastor and people. To this it may be added with much propriety, he was held in the highest estimation by his fellow-townsmen, who, with a numerous circle of friends, unite in deploring is
Mr's, holy conceaven; and he enjoyed in