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to say we have had no necessity to became a member of the Church and a expel any of our members, nor have teacher in the Sabbath-school. any voluntarily separated from us. “ Mr. A afterwards requested me Peace and harmony have prevailed, and to visit his aged parents, who reside I sincerely trust the Lord the Spirit four miles out in the country, and who will continue to work a still greater also were Unitarians. He said they work, and we will give Him all the had never been instructed regarding the glory.
atonement of Christ. I went, and con• The congregation has continued tinued to visit them regularly, and I gradually and steadily to increase, and have reason to hope that his mother, it would increase considerably more if
who has been confined to bed for the we could afford to give pews to families greater part of the past year, has been who are desirous to obtain them. But enabled to rest on Christ for salvation. we can only afford odd sittings, as all “Eliza A—, their daughter, took a the pews are occupied.
sitting in the chapel, and after some “I have good attendance in all my time was laid on a bed of affliction, out-stations, and I believe God is which she then regarded as her death. greatly blessing my labours in these bed. She desired them to send for me. places. The Sabbath-school is doing I immediately went, and she said, “Mr. well; the attendance during the past I am very ill, and probably may winter has been much better than not recover, and I feel very anxious formerly.
about my soul. Will you kindly explain “I continue to visit regularly among to me the atonement of Christ? I have my people, which owing to the increase never heard it preached in the Church in my congregation gives me additional to which I belonged, and am ignorant labour. But this I regard as a very of the plan of salvation.' important part of my work, as by visit- “I then read the 53rd chapter of ing from house to house I have an Isaiah and the first chapter of the first opportunity of knowing all the require- epistle of John, and engaged in conments of my dear people, and am better versation on the doctrines contained in prepared for preaching so as to profit them, desiring her to ask me any ques. them. I could mention many circum- tion she might think proper. During stances, in connexion with my ministry our conversation and prayer she seemed here, which might be interesting to the deeply in earnest. The next morning Committee and your readers in general, she sent for her brother, and when he but as I cannot trespass too far on your arrived she requested him to send for time I shall merely mention one or two. me, as she felt worse and wished to tell
“I mentioned in a former report that me that God had blessed my conversasome Unitarian families had joined our tion and prayer to the salvation of her congregation, since then some soul. When I arrived I was greatly families have come to us, and I am delighted to find her very happy, resting happy to tell you that some of them on the great atonement, and rejoicing have been converted, and have joined in the favour of Christ. However, she the Church. Lizzy A- is the eldest gradually recovered and became a daughter in a large and interesting member of the Church, and I trust will family; she came one Sabbath to hear glorify the Saviour. me, and induced her father--who is a “About three months since Mr. very intelligent man—to accompany her H-, also an Unitarian, accompanied on the following Sabbath. He did so, his uncle one Sabbath evening to the and afterwards took a pew for his family. chapel, and God touched his heart durThat young girl was converted, and ing the sermon. Since then he has
seldom been absent from our service, hearts. The Lord has, however, raised Sabbath morning and evening. He has up a young man, full of grace and good renounced all the errors of Unitarianism, works, to fill his place, so that whilst one and I believe God has wrought a gracious after another is removed to the Church work in his heart. He has lately applied above, there is always a way opened up for membership in our Church.
to keep the good work progressing. Already we have received three “But amid all these trials I have who were Unitarians into our Church, still much to cheer and inspire hope and three others are on my list of My people are so kind, gentle, and applications for membership. I have loving towards myself and each other, been greatly encouraged while visiting and so willing to unite with me in doing some of our people who have passed anything for the welfare of the Church, away to join the Church triumphant. that I feel greatly encouraged, and quite An aged sister-the oldest member of at home amongst them. Not long since the Church-died, after suffering long an elder, belonging to a neighbouring affliction, rejoicing in hope of the glory Presbyterian congregation, remarked to of God. Some others have left the same me that he did not know any congregacheering testimony of the power of Divine tion in which there was so much real grace to support in the last conflict. sympathy and love as among the people
"In reviewing the goodness of God of the B— Church and congregation. in the past year we have good cause to "In every part of my work I am praise Him for all that is past, and trust receiving encouragement. My out-staHim for what is to come.
tions continue to be well attended, and I Another devoted agent sends the believe the truth is spreading and finding following:
its way into many homes. I find great * The winter now past has been a assistance in domiciliary visitation from season of trial with us here at B- an ample supply of tracts sent me by a strongly taxing our faith and patience. kind gentleman in Yorkshire.
poor have suffered very much from “ The new Sabbath-school which I want of employment and the high price opened last year in the chapel is doing of provisions, whilst death has also been well. We have now forty-seven scholars in our midst. We have lost two old and six active teachers, all vying with members. One of them had been con- each other in the useful work. At nected with the Independents for up
R- our old Sabbath-school continues wards of sixty years. He died at the in a state of steady prosperity. We good old age of eighty-two, full of grace, have there eighty-five scholars and ten and beloved by all who knew him. He
teachers. was a quiet, unassuming man, and “I may add that the collectors have walked in the path of duty with a steady a little money in hand, but they wish step. As he drew near the end of his to keep it till they have a larger amount earthly pilgrimage he seemed to increase to send. Altogether, I have great reain the love of God and in the desire to son to thank God for His past mercies, be with Jesus. His end was peace.
and trust in Him for the future. Thus “The other was one of our most far has He helped us, and I am sure He active deacons. He was a remarkably
will not desert those who are His prayintelligent and active man, and we feeling people.” his loss the more deeply because that his experience enabled him to be of the
INDIRECT INFLUENCES OF OUR MISSION greatest service to us in any important
LABOURS. business connected with the Church. The Irish Evangelical Society, as is His memory will long be cherished in our well known in Ireland, has been from
its commencement blessed of God, not use of my time, pointing out to him only by its direct instrumentality in the God's way in the salvation of sinners." conversion of immortal souls, but by “Heard of a young man who was at the indirect influence which its princi- our chapel the evening previous and ples and operations have exerted in the heard the glorious gospel preached. He awakened life and zeal of many other returned home in good health, and in religious communities. There are few expectation of being at the ordination of the evangelical denominations in of Mr. G- ; but he was seized with that country which are not willing apoplexy, and in a few hours was & gratefully to confess themselves, under corpse. I went to the wake. to give God, largely its debtors. Wherever our some sympathy to the surviving friends; brethren are labouring, this result is and my stay was long, as I find it a flowing from their efforts still. One profitable place, where all classes of of our ministers, resident in a town people are in the habit of resorting. I with a population of upwards of 6,000, found a great many Romanists present, of whom some 5,500 are Romanists, and distributed a great number of tracts. lately wrote thus :
While reading and expounding the “I am persuaded that loyalty to our Scriptures, and conversing on religious principles and direct teaching of the matters, very many poor dupes of truth of Jesus Christ will make itself Popery heard the Word of God's grace. felt, even here. There never was a time I hope to their spiritual profit.”
“This man was sick, nigh unto death, than now. Weak though we may be in since my previous visit to him, but the Ireland, our influence, where exercised affliction has proved a great blessing to upon other churches, is obvious. Here, him. It has brought him nearer to I assure you, our presence has made God, and made him think more seriously others most busy and zealous.”
than before of his spiritual and ever
lasting condition. When first I visited LAY EVANGELISTIC WORK.
him—some years ago now—he was a The following are extracts from the very coarse, godless kind of man, and journals of a few of these devoted his children, at least the grown up men :
male portion of them, sympathizers with “ Visited four families; read and ex Fenianism; but I got him to come to pounded the Scriptures to eight Roman my meetings, and by this means, and Catholics and ten Protestants, with reading of tracts which I gave him, and whom I spent a considerable time conversations with him on the subjects After which I fell in with two Roman contained in those tracts, the truth, I Catholic women; one of them said that trust, has began to bear fruit in his case. good works were necessary to salvation. His wife, also, appeared impressed." I then read to them the 8th and 9th The Committee need the pecuniary
Ephesians, &c. They appeared highly pleased; our conversation was in Irish.”
“ Visited five families; read and expounded the Scriptures to nine Roman Catholics and thirteen Protestants. The greater part of the Roman Catholics heard me patiently. With one of them, returning home, had a long conversation; said he had a Testament which he read frequently. I made the best
need also their prayers. So momentous is the object at which they aim, and so peculiar and manifold are the difficulties with which they have to contend, that nothing short of Divine power can secure success. Let but prayer be poured out, fervently and importunately, by the Churches on Ireland's behalf, and doubtless, ere very long, the hour of her gladness will arrive.
Golden Words for Busy People.
Surely that will do; God will give me peace now !” Just at that moment the words were flashed through his mind-no doubt sent by the Holy Spirit—"No, that will not do; but Christ will do." In. stantly his whole soul was flooded with peace and joy, and for the remainder of his life his watchword was, “ Christ will do.” — Robert Boyd, D.D.
LIVING AND Dying. An ancient philosopher once asked a friend which he would rather be, Crosus-one of the richest and most wicked of men, or Socrates-one of the poorest, but one of the most virtuous. He answered, that in life he would like to be a Cresus, but in death a Socrates. Thus it is with many
In living they would have the luxuries of Dives; but in dying, the happiness and convoy of angels which Lazarus had. In living they would indulge in the vanities and vices of the wicked; but in dying would have Balaam's wish realizeddie the death of the righteous. But these two cannot be united. Living and dying go hand in hand together, the latter being influenced by the former.—John Bate.
BUSINESS AND RELIGION. “ Business must be attended to,” is the oft-repeated statement of a certain class of men, when requested to give time and attention to the means of personal reli. gion. None but a fanatic would say that business must be neglected for religion ; or that religion must be neglected to attend to business. The fact is, that both have their claims; and the claims of both should be met. There are many who acknowledge the two claims, but only meet one, and which need not be stated. He is a wise man that places the two claims in their relative position, and attends to them according to their respective importance. He is a fool who sees the claims of religion and at the same time ignores them, and devotes himself exclusively to the claims of business.John Bate.
BENGEL'S RESTING PLACE. We are told that Bengel, the great German scholar,
his death-bed, requested a dear friend to read to him the sacred Scriptures.
When the reader came to the passage, "The blood of Jesus Christ, God's Son, cleanseth from all sin," the dying man stopped him, saying, “Add no more, it is enough; I shall die on these words.” His vigorous and cultivated in. tellect had laid in vast stores of knowledge; he had gone the round of the sciences, and pressed his way through the thick fog-banks of metaphysical and theological speculations, till he had found the only resting-place-faith in a Saviour's death.— Robert Boyd, D.D.
“ CHRIST WILL DO.” Dr. Bonar mentions a case of a man who by the most persevering efforts had tried to make himself better. He doubled the amount of his devotions; he set up family worship; he engaged in the performance of many good works, saying, Surely God will give me peace now!” But peace came not. At last he thought of having a prayer.meeting in his house, as a remedy that could not fail. He wrote out a prayer and committed it to memory on the day of the meeting; and after he had finished committing it, he threw it down on the table, saying,
THE STUDY OF NATURE. Philosophers of this world tell us to study nature; and praise the knowledge of nature as the perfection of all knowledge. They seem to think that if we only understand nature well, and obey her teachings, we have about enough for all the purposes of life, peace, and piety. But if this were really so, I take it that God would have said more about Nature in His Word. Instead of confining His account of the heavens and the earth, and all that in them is, to two chapters, I would look to see volumes freighted with it, and would expect Genesis to be geology, and Exodus natural history, and Leviticus medicine, and Numbers mathematics, and Deuteronomy chemistry, and Joshua psychology, and Judges natural law. I certainly could not reconcile it with the fact
that He has suffered those great works of Solomon to perish, in which “he speaks of trees, from the cedar-tree that is in Lebanon even unto the hyssop that springeth out of the wall, and of fowl, and of creeping things, and of fishes.”—Joseph Seiss, D.D.
JOHN Howe's REPROOF OF SWEARERS.
One day, when Howe was dining in company with persons of note, a gentleman at table thought proper to expatiate at great length on the merits of Charles I. Howe, observing that he frequently indulged in profane oaths, quietly remarked, “ That in his enumeration of the excellencies of the prince he had undertaken to panegyrize, he had totally omitted one, which had been universally and justly ascribed to him.” The gentleman was delighted to find Mr. Howe a witness in favour of the prince he had so much
was quite impatient to know what was the excellence which had escaped him.” Howe suffered him to press for the information a little, and then told him, that “Charles was never known to utter an oath in his common conversa. tion.” It is pleasing to add, that the gentleman bore the reproof well, and promised to abandon the habit for the future.
At another time, as he was walking along the street, he came up to two per. sons of rank, who were engaged in a very angry dispute with one another. As he passed them, he heard them “damn" each other in a most vehement manner. On this, Howe, taking off his hat, and bowing to them with great courtesy, said, “I pray God save you both.” They were so struck with this salutation, that they forgot their anger, and joined in thanking him.-Life by H. Rogers.
Pages for our young friends.
HOW LITTLE HENRY CAME TO KNOW GOD.-PART SECOND. PRESENTLY the old man went into his a tree as this which would spring up if cell and made preparations for their carefully planted in the ground. Yes, midday meal. He first brought out for from a single seed there might come so the child milk and bread, then butter and many apples as would fill this whole honey, and then a pretty little basket valley, more than any one could count if filled with beautiful apples. For himself ho were to live a thousand years." he brought out some roots and a large He then described to him how the seeds golden melon, and a flask of red wine. of corn are placed in the ground and spring Henry enjoyed his repast heartily. Then up gradually, and as he spoke he showed the good old man tried to explain to him him his own waving cornfield, where a how wonderfully all these things had short time ago nothing was to be seen been produced.
but black clods of earth. Henry ran to “See," he said, as he took an apple the field, and gathering a stalk of green from the basket and cut it open for Henry, corn, found to his great delight that the “the apples in this basket all came from seeds or ears were already beginning to the tree under which we are now seated ; show themselves. from the slender branches of this tree I “And so,” concluded the old man, gather sometimes many baskets full of it is with every green thing that grows such beautiful apples.”
which you see all around you, far and “Is that really quite true," said Henry, near; everything that you see here on the looking up into the tree, and then into the table; milk and butter which come from face of the old man ?
grass, honey that is prepared from flowers, “ The whole great tree itself,” Menrad the nourishing bread, the strengthening said, came from a small seed such as
all the roots and vegetables, you will find inside this apple."
the cresses, radishes, and the large Cutting open an apple he showed Henry beautiful melon, and even the twigs out of its seeds. .“ In each seed there lies such which these pretty baskets were woven,