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stances, would, ere this time, have couragement, they are being favoured reached the self-supporting point, to with signs of the Divine approval. It is carry them through this season of (it is fervently hoped that prosperity will ere hoped) temporary adversity. It ap- long return to this colony, and that the peared to them that they had
churches able to sustain themselves to the kingdom for such a time as this," will be further able to open new fields and that through them it was ap
of Christian enterprise. In such a pointed that “ enlargement and deliver- scheme it will be the privilege as well ance should arise" to their distressed as the duty of the Colonial Missionary brethren. The aid which the committee Society to sustain them. has thus been able to render and the
NEW ZEALAND. sympathy of which (speaking for the Christian friends who supply its funds), The pressure which is felt in Queensit has been able to assure the sorely tested land is felt with almost equal force in ministers of these churches, have been some parts of New Zealand. The very received with lively gratitude. One latest advices which have reached the minister writes :-“For your last letter committee have been in the form of I give you my warmest thanks. Your appeals for help, where before no help kind words touched my heart, and was needed. An intelligent and exbrought the tear to my eye. In our perienced correspondent, writing from present circumstances we need support, the province of Auckland, says:and when it is afforded we do not fail “Instead of enlarging we must contract to prize it highly. Having read your our sphere of labour. The war has letter, I wept, thanked God, and took plunged us into such distress as I never courage.” Another writes : -“ Your before witnessed in this province. We letter received by last mail gave me are on the eve of universal bankruptcy. great pleasure. I could not restrain In England, the people of this province the tears of joy and thankfulness; it have been accused of being the authors gave me more heart for my work than of this war, and the guilty gainers by it. anything I have received for a long Let them come and see whole streets time-Christian sympathy is so precious almost deserted; most respectable tradesout here.” These are not the tears of men ruined; the men of the church
but of good soldiers of Jesus as well as of the world unable to meet Christ; men full of enterprise, and of their engagements; the liberal-minded the power of enduring hardness in the can no longer give; gentlemen who service to which the Master has called subscribed £5 per annum to our missions them.
are now not able to give one shilling. Nor are they labouring in vain. The I will not dwell upon the painful submembership of their churches, and the ject.” Then comes an appeal for aid to general attendance at their meetings, sustain a missionary, whose salary had are increasing. They are cheered from been no burden to the Provincial time to time by instances of careless Missionary Society in the prosperous men becoming thoughtful, of worldly times which preceded the recent crash men laying hold on eternal life, of and the late war, but which it is now backsliders being recalled, and of young quite unable to meet. The committee persons giving evidence that they are have had great pleasure in promptly profiting spiritually by the labours of responding to this demand. The the Sunday-school and the Bible-class. brethren in New Zealand, before the Our brethren are doing the work of time of trial came, were devising liberal pastors and of missionaries; and in both things; they hoped to open, in condepartments, amid much external dis- junction with the Society at home, a
new mission every year. It was well necessities of the increasing congregathat it was in their hearts to do so. tion; and this at a time when money is Opportunity is for the time denied, but scarce and trade extremely dull. The it will no doubt, ere long, recur; and friends at D'Urban are nobly helping the committee are confident, that they themselves in this matter, but they will then freely give, of their replenished also make their appeal to Christian means, to increase the number of friends in England to help them. The Christian agencies in this colony. following circular, signed by Mr. Mann
and the deacons, speaks for itself :NATAL.
“ It having been resolved to hold a The committee have met with dis- bazaar to assist in raising funds for appointment on disappointment in chapel enlargement and improvement, their attempts to find a minister for the aid of Christian friends is earnestly the capital of this colony. Such re
solicited. peated disappointments the more grieve Contributions of articles suited for them, that it seems, as if, in the present such an occasion will be thankfully circumstances of the colony, there were
received. special need of a simple and faithful “ The necessities of the case ministry of the gospel as it is commonly urgent, and the protracted depression understood in our churches. The of business, from which the colony has committee are far from wishing to add been suffering for the last three years, to the turmoil into which ecclesiastical places it beyond the power of the affairs there have lately been thrown, Church and congregation to raise the by sending out a controversialist, who sum required, say £500, without an should openly rebuke the High Church appeal to the Christian public. pretensions and the extreme Rationalism · Friends in England will oblige by which are the bane of the colony; but forwarding contributions to the care of they are extremely anxious to find Mr. T. H. Collins, 18, South-street, a true and faithful Christian man, Finsbury, not later than 1st April, with the love of Christ and human 1868.” souls in his heart, whose ministry This appeal can hardly fail to secure would present a barrier to the preva- a response which will encourage and lence of unspiritual views of Christ's materially aid our brethren in D'Urban. kingdom, and be a testimony against We help Christian workmen whose another gospel by which many are difficulties spring from failure or debeing misled. They are still not with- ferred hope; how much more should out hope that such a man may offer we help those whose difficulties spring himself, and they are sure that it is a from unexpected and extraordinary field in which a faithful and per
success ? severing Christian labourer would do As yet no work has been undertaken good service to Christ.
beyond the strict colonial limit. The The Rev. W. H. Mann continues to last annual meeting of the friends of labour in D'Urban with many tokens the Society empowered the committee of the Divine blessing. The church to vote money in aid of missions, has been very much enlarged, as the among English settlers in any part of result of a season of spiritual quicken- the rld, where they are congregated ing with which it was favoured rather in sufficient numbers to warrant the more than a year ago.
But this hope that worship after the Congregaspiritual prosperity has originated tional order may be permanently temporal difficulties. The chapel has established. A movement is in course required to be enlarged to meet the in Simla on the part of certain
Christian friends, who are anxious to are other cities, it is believed, on the found à Congregational or Union Continent of Europe, where there are Church. Those friends have been in many Englishmen, where the only communication with the committee, form of English worship is such that and it is hoped the result will be the enlightened Protestants cannot counestablishmentat no distant date, on a firm tenance it. But the time hardly seems basis, of a Church in which the Con- to have arrived for action on the part gregational order will be observed, and of the Society in introducing a purer a pure spiritual worship maintained. worship and a purer gospel. Many
A friend in England has represented signs, however, seem to indicate that to the committee the difficulties in it is at hand; and the committee trust which our countrymen, who love the that the supporters of the Society will truth and thirst for opportunities of enable them, when the pressure comes, worshipping God without the inter- to meet it in a manner worthy of the vention of superstitious rites, faith which it is their professed aim to placed in the city of Moscow. There propagate.
Golden Words for Busy People. MR. GLADSTONE ON THE BOOK OF PSALMS. post of honour at his dying pillow. But most of all does the Book of Psalms John McFarlane, LL.D. refuse the challenge of philosophical or
JOY OF SATAN IN UNBELIEF. poetical composition. In that Book, for
It is indeed incomprehensible how well nigh three thousand
Satan ever succeeds in getting any to of saints has found its most refined and
disbelieve God. But he does; and he choicest food; to such a degree indeed,
rejoices in it. I think I hear his fiendish that the rank and quality of the religioas
chuckle, as he gets out at the back door frame may, in general, be tested, at least
of the poor man's cottage, on whom he negatively, by the height of its relish for
has prevailed to spit upon God's wondrous them. There is the whole music of the
Book; or as he sleekly slips out of the human heart, when touched by the hand
episcopal palace, when he persuades a of the Maker, in all its tones that whisper
bishop to kick at Moses.—“Pulpit Echoes," or that swell, for every hope and fear, for
by John McFarlane, LL.D. every joy and pang, for every form of strength and languor, of disquietude and BEGINNING LIFE WITHOUT PRAYER. rest. There are developed all the inner
For a young person to begin life with. most relations of the human soul to God,
out prayer, is to throw off God at the built upon the platform of a covenant of
very time He is most needed. It is an love and sonship that had its foundations
attempt to fight your way through the in the Messiah, while in this particular
world's battle without sword, or helmet, and privileged Book it was permitted to
or captain. Hundreds of young people anticipate His coming.– From “ Studies
find this out, long after they have left on Homer and the Homeric Age.”
beautiful childhood, and passed into a dark THE VADE-MECUM.
and anxious manhood, into a desolate and The greater and wiser a Christian man
hopeless old age.—“Pulpit Echoes,” by
John McFarlane, LL.D. becomes, the fonder he gets of his. Bible. As he nears the grave, the satchel of THE WOEFUL GRADATION OF Sin. worldly books falls to the earth, and the As mariners setting sail first lose sight Bible becomes his precious“ vade-mecum," of shore, then of the houses, then of the and it is even found to occupy the steeples, and then of the mountains add
land, 'and as those that are waylaid by & consumption, first lose vigour, then stomach, and then colour; thus it is that sin hath its woeful gradations. None declines to the worst at first. Lust, having conceived, brings forth sin, and so proceeds to finishing as thus: sin hath its conception, that is delight; and its formation, that is design; and its birth, that is the action; and custom is the education of the brat! then follows a reprobate sense, and the next step is hell to all eternity.-" Things New and old,” 1658.
THE SOUL OF MAN A DEPENDENT PLANT.
There are some plants which grow right ap erect in their own self-sufficiency; and there are some feeble ones which take hold with their hands, and clasp and climb. The soul of man is like these last. Even in his best estate he was not meant to grow insulated and stand alone. He is not strong enough for that. He has not within himself resources sufficient to fill himself. He is not fit to be his own all-in-all. The make of his mind is an out-going, exploring, petitionary make. The soul of man is a clasping, clinging soul, seeking to something over which it can spread itself, and by means of which
it can support itself. And just as in a neglected garden you may see the poor creepers making shift to sustain them. selves as best they can; one convolvolus twisting round another, and both draggling on the ground ; a clematis leaning on the door, which will by-and-by open, and let the whole mass fall down; a vine or a passion-flower, wreathing round a prop, which all the while chafes and cuts it; so, in this fallen world, it is mourn. ful to see the efforts which human souls are making to get some sufficient object to lean upon and twine round. But it answers little end. The make of man's soul is upward, and one climber cannot lift another off the ground. And the growth of man's soul is luxuriant, and that growth must be stifled, checked, and scanty, if he have no larger space over which to diffuse his aspirations, his affections, and his efforts, than the surface of a fellow-creature's soul. But weedy as this world-garden is, the Tree of Life still grows in the midst of it, erect in His own omnipotent self-sufficiency, and inviting every weary, straggling soul to lay hold of His everlasting strength, and expatiate upwards along the infinite ramifications of His endless excellences and all-inviting love.-James Hamilton, D.D.
MY DEAR YOUNG FRIENDS.--You will see what I mean by the possibilities of the future when you read the following story, which will not be the less interesting if you have heard it already. A painter, wanting a picture of Innocence, selected as his subject the likeness of a child at prayer. The little suppliant was kneeling by the side of his mother, who regarded him with tenderness. The palms of his lifted hands were reverently pressed together; his rosy cheek spoke of health, and his mild blue eye was upturned with an expression of devotion and peace. This portrait of young Rupert was highly prized by the painter, for he had bestowed on it great pains. He hung it up in his
study, and called it Innocence. Years rolled along, and the painter became an aged man; but the picture of Innocence still adorned his study walls. Often had he thought of painting a contrast to his favourite portrait, but opportunity had not served. He had sought for a striking model of Guilt, but had failed to find one. At last he effected his purpose, by paying a visit to a neighbouring gaol. On the damp floor of his dungeon lay a wretched culprit, named Randall, heavily ironed. Wasted was his body, worn was his cheek, and anguish unutterable was seen in his hollow eye. But this was not all; vice was visible in his face, guilt was branded, as with a hot iron, on his brow,
and horrid imprecations burst from his blaspheming tongue. The painter executed his task to the life, and bore away the successful effort of his pencil. The portraits of young Rupert and old Randall were hung side by side in his study,—the one representing Innocence, the other Guilt. But who was young Rupert, that kneeled in prayer by the side of his mother in meek devotion ? And who was old Randall, that lay manacled on the dungeon floor, cursing and blaspheming? Alas! the two were one. Young Rupert and old Randall were the same. Led by self-will and passion into the path of sin, no wonder that young Rupert found bitterness and
That brow, which in childhood was bright with peace and joy, in after years became darkened by guilt and shame;
and that heart, which was once the abode of happiness, afterwards became the habitation of anguish.
Affecting and painful as is this story, there is nothing in the sad change it tells us of, that has not happened a thousand times. There is no object on earth more pleasing to look on than a smiling, happy infant. But when you gaze on its beautiful little face you don't know whether, in after years, it will be an angel in goodness or a demon in wicked. ness; and there is something in this terrible possibility that may make one shudder.
There are earthly possibilities of no mean consequence. You look on a little child, and it is full of life and health, but you cannot tell whether its future will be one of disease and suffering, or of strength and vigour; nor whether its life will be one of two or three years, or one of a score years, or of four-score years. One thing, indeed, you know, that whatever may be the number of its years on earth, it will never, never, cease to exist. The earth, which now seems to abide for ever, while one generation after another of men, and women, and children, passeth away, will be, at last, burnt up with fire. But that little child will outlive the world, and never die. You may tear it limb from limb, or burn it to ashes, and scatter the ashes to the wind, but the immortal
spirit of the child is beyond your reach, and will live as long as the Father-Spirit, God Himself, lives. Now, this it is, my dear
young friends, that makes character of so much im. portance. When you go into the other world, it will matter very little whether your earthly life was long or short, or whether you were poor or rich. But it will matter very much what your character was, whether you were godly or ungodly, whether
you served Christ, or served the devil. For on this will depend the weal or woe of that whole future that has no end.
When I look on a little child then, what moves me most is the thought of its possible future as to character. Is that little child to be one for whose birth and life the world will bless God, or one whose name shall be a byeword of shame, and whose life shall be a curse to all connected with it? Either of these issues is possible. Some of you may have read of that good woman, Mrs. Elizabeth Fry, and her labours among the female prisoners in Newgate. One of her early friends in this work describes the scene which presented itself, thus : “The railing was crowded with half-naked women, struggling together for the front situa. tions with the most boisterous violence, and begging with the utmost vociferation." And she adds that she felt as if she was
going into a den of wild beasts;" and that she well recollects " quite shuddering when the door closed” upon her, and she was locked in “ with such a herd of novel and desperate companions." So dreadful was the state of lawlessness which prevailed among these wretched women, that even the governor of the prison entered their apartment with reluctance. But Mrs. Fry, full of the love of Christ and of souls, was not daunted. And we are told that, on her second visit, she was, at her own request, left alone among the women for some hours. On that occasion she read to them the parable of the Lord of the Vineyard, in the twentieth chapter of Matthew, and made observations on the eleventh hour, and on Christ having come to save sinners, even those who might be said to have wasted the greater part of