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he was most desirous to be raised to his | ference to that Saviour whose he was, and former state of health, or to depart and be whom he served. A fet moments before with Christ? He replied,“ With that I have he expired he called his wife by name, who, no wish to interfere, it is not my province; | taking him by the hand, said, “You will but if I have a desire at all to recover, it is soon be with Jesus;" to which, in a low that I might live to advance the cause of whisper, he replied, “Yes, yes;" and, Christ; but I leave all in his hands." A l closing his eyes upon the perishing things few days before his death his voice began of time, he opened them to gaze upon that to falter whilst in sweet conversation with better country, a friend. A pause ensued, when he broke
“Where everlasting spring abides, the silence by repeating those touching
And never withering flowers." words,
He died July 25th, 1851.
His funeral sermon was preached by his
pastor, on Lord's-day, August 10th, from Interposed his precious blood."
Revelation xiv. 13, to a large congregation After this he scarcely could be understood of sympathizing relations and friends. at all, but what could be gathered had re
The EJECTED MINISTER.-Not long after the memorable year of 1662, (when every clergyman was compelled to leave the Established Church who refused to give his “ assent, consent, and subscription" to all and every thing contained in a revised edi. tion of the Book of Common Prayer, and hence in one day more than two thousand two hundred clergymen were cast, with their families, homeless on the mercies of the wide world), a Mr. Grove, a man of wealth and of honour, resided in a mansion near Birdbush. His wife became dangerously ill, and the husband sent to the parish minister, requesting him to visit and pray with her. The answer returned was, he was just going out with the hounds, and that he would come when the hunt was over. Mr. G. felt both grieved and angry that the clergyman should choose rather to follow his amusements than attend to the pressing claims of one of his parishioners so deeply afflicted. One of the servants, who overheard his complaint, ventured to say, “Sir, our shepherd, if you will send for him, can pray very well; we have often heard him at prayer in the field.” Mr. Grove immediately sent for him, and asked him whether he ever did or could pray. The shepherd intently fixed his eyes on his employer, and replied, “God forbid, Sir, that I should live a day without prayer." He was then requested to walk up stairs, and to pray with the sick lady. He did so, and that with such astonishing fluency and fervency, and with such admirable adaptedpess to the occasion, as to fill every one present with surprise and admiration. When they rose from their knees, Mr. Grove addressed Mr. Ince, for that was the shepherd's name, “Sir, your language and manner shew you to be a very different person from what your present appearance
indicates. I beg you to inform me who and what you are, and what was your situation in life before you came into my service." Mr. Ince told him that he was one of the ministers who had been lately ejected from the church, and that having no property of his own left, he was content to earn a living by submitting to the honest and peaceable employment of tending sheep. On hearing this statement, Mr. Grove replied, " Then you shall be my shepherd," and immediately erected a meeting-house on his own estate, in which Mr. Ince collected a congregation, which worships there "to this day."
LEANING UPON JESUS. - Where should you lean in sorrows but upon the bosom of your Beloved ? If you lean upon his arm for support, it is equally your privilege to lean upon his heart for sympathy. Christ is as much your consolation as he is your strength. His heart is a human heart, a sinless heart, a tender heart, a heart once the home of sorrow, once stricken with grief, once an aching, bleeding, mournfal heart. Thus disciplined and trained, Jesus knows how to pity, and to succour them that are sorrowful and solitary. He loves to chase grief from the spirit, to bind up the broken heart, to staunch the bleeding wound, and to dry the weeping eye, "to comfort all that mourn.". It is his delight to visit you in the dark night-season of your sorrow, and to come to you walking upon the tempestuous billows of your grief, breathing music and diffusing calmness over your scene of sadness and gloom. When other bosoms are closed to your sorrow, or are removed beyond your reach, or their deep throbbings of love are stilled in death, - when the fiery darts of Satan fly thick around you, and the world frowns, and saints are cold, and your path is sad and desolate, and all stand aloof from your
soul,then lean upon the love, lean upon the grace, lean upon the faithfulness, lean upon the tender sympathy of Jesus. That bosom will always unveil to welcome you. It will ever be an asylum to receive you, and a home to shelter you. Never will its love cool, nor its tenderness lessen, nor its sympathy be exhausted, nor its pulse of affection cease to beat. You may have grieved it a thousand times over, you may have pierced it through and through, again and again, yet, returning to its deathless love, penitent and lowly, sorrowful and humble, you may lay within it your weeping, aching, languid head, depositing every burden, reposing every sorrow, and breathing every sigla upon the heart of Jesus. Lord, to whom shall I go? Yea, to whom would I go, but unto thee? -0. Winslow.
Marvellous Light. -The light into which we are called is a marvellous light, on account of the wonders which it has revealed to us on our way; but what must be the wonders of the end of our journey ? When the man opens his eyes upon the eternal world, who can imagine the sight which will be presented to him of the Me. diator, and God in him : the Divine nature shining in approbation upon him, and his soul filled with God? What amazement and love commix, -majesty causing the one, and goodness and beauty the other ! Majesty, like that of the mighty ocean, creates amazement but not love ; and beauty, like that of the flower, or the smiling infant, brings love of some kind without wonder; but here the majesty and the beauty which the light makes manifest are equal, and both in their extreme; there is nothing beautiful and good but what is infinitely great ; and nothing great but what is infinitely good. Happiness is not where these are not; and happiness is perfect where these are perfect. Love here will be of the highest kind, obligation and beauty will conspire to produce it. We love him because he first loved us. Oh, the view which will be now obtained of that everlasting love with which the sinner is loved before he has a being! That love from which proceeded all things also in the great redemption; the sending the Son, and laying the iniquities upon him; the calling, the sustaining, the restoring, the leading, the reproving, the making straight of things crooked, and the receiving into glory; besides the preparation of the glory itself! That religion, the possessor of which does not marvel, is a low and poor religion upon earth. The wretched man says he sees something, but he sees nothing wonderful in the work of salvation, or in all the development of divine perfections connected with it. There is no enjoyment in religion without seeing its wonders. “I will go unto God, my exceeding joy." Will the hypocrite delight himself in the Almighty? When the disciples saw the miracle of Jesus they were astonished and in great fear: Peter said, “Depart from me, for I am a sinful man, O Lord.” But when they had brought their ships to land,
they forsook all and followed him. The wonders they saw brought deligbt, with which they would not part. Wondering, s tary loving, and praising, will be the life of His wo1 heaven for ever. The wonders of heaven Co will be eternal, inexhaustible, and eternally contbls. on the increase; and so will be the obliga- ple to! tions of heaven's inhabitants. Where can bep compla limits be found to the wonders of infinite actual was nature ? Love, when its object is not great enough to be for ever admired, is not per u nt fect. Wonder, without an object faire come a enough to be for ever loved, is not desira. 8. gathe ble. lo heaven or in God these two essen. tials of perfection and enjoyment are met wie and v in their highest order and degree. Here to me. will be the greatest and the fairest objects, Skre I told and the most intense obligations of love.Charles of Caermarthen.
OBLIGATION AND INABILITY.--I am, per- ! haps, on the matter of man's natural inability, and of God's absolute and irreversible ordinations, as high a Calvinist as any acquaintance you have; yet I think that I can perceive the consistency of this with the WOLETY most free, and urgent, and practical earnest-Beton Whi ness, not merely in proposing to sinners the kinders of overtures of reconciliation, but in beseech. Stestised ing their acceptance of them. The freezing brocanr. speculation which would forbid this, seemsborg to be at variance with all apostolical exam. from ple. Look to the burning earnestuess of igious tin Peter's address, when he entreated the Jews vinden to “save themselves," to "repent and be Halle converted, that their sins may be blotted Werts out.” It is not the indicative but the im Bot or perative mood which he makes use of. Ratare is not a mere dictative exposition of the way in by which we are saved, but it is a practical be call on those whom he addressed to betake on themselves to that way. And it marks most can strikingly the harmony which there is beth tween the doctrine of God's sovereignty, sam on the one hand, and the duty of His midět. isters on the other to address themselves ama to the hopes and the fears and all the active palabasan principles of man's nature-that, as the rest sult of Peter's exhortation, three thousand were added to the church of such as shot in be saved," meaning, no doubt, by those who has should be saved, the “as many as were a ordained to eternal life," and of whom it is said in another place, when the word was addressed to them, that they believed. in The natural inability of man to accept the offers of the gospel no more supersedes the duty of the offerer, than the impotency of the withered hand superseded the commands of our Saviour that it should be stretched forth. Power was given in this instance along with the command, and it is given still along with the preaching of the gospelen Do, my dear Sir, continue to preach it freesi tot universally, urgently. It is well that you feel the impotency of the preacher's solo. But the inference from this is not that you are to chill, in obedience to any worthlessing dogma, the warmth and earnestness of four preaching; but it is that to preaching
p o must add prayer. Throw yourself upun God for the success of all your ministration while you suier oothing to blont the force
and nice the Aling the
it freely stablishe
or the fervour of these ministrations, and he will add the efficacy of His Spirit to the testimony of His word.- Dr. Chalmers.
A HINT TO COMPLAINERS.-" Things always go smoothly with you,” said a complaining disciple to Mr. F.; “I never hear you make any complaints.” “I have found out an effectual way of guarding against that fault," said Mr. F.; "I used to find myself doing it, until one day, in reading the Bible, I came across this passage, •The apostles gathered themselves unto Jésus, and told him all things, both what they had done and what they had taught.' It occurred to me, that when I had any trouble, before I told any one, I should first
tell Jesus; and 1 found on trial that if I told him first I seldom had occasion to tell anybody else. I often find the burden entirely removed while I am in the act of telling him about it." You may depend upon it that if you will go to Jesus every night, and tell him all things that have occurred during the day, it will speedily lift you above the world. It will do much toward making the will of Christ your guiding, governing principle. It will enable you to bear your crosses without repining. It will make you in mind and temper like Him with whom you hold this most intimate communion. - Christian Treasury.
RELIGIOOS LIBERTY ON THE CONTINENT.
The position which the Baptists have held as defenders of religious liberty in the past, seems destined to be theirs in the future. In Germany and France, they seem to be the only body of Christians who are heartily, and from principle, in favour of absolute religious liberty.
A correspondent of the Christian Times, writing from Halle, Prussia, says, “Our hopes of liberty are gone. . . . . Our revolution is not only gone, but has declined into a reactionary movement, the end of which may not be reached in our day.” In Germany, he says, the Christian party is. in general absolutist, or at least anti-liberal. This he accounts for by saying that the Reformation there was forwarded by their princes with a mixture of political and religious views; and that the only dim idea there, that a man may be a Christian without being an absolutist, has sprung up from intercourse with English and American Christians since the last war, but had so little hold on the mind, that now the tide of reaction has earried it away. After mentioning among the sects of Germany, Lutheranis, Calvinists, United Christians, Moravians, Rationalists, Super-rationalists, some of which, he says, are "free from Christianity itsel,” he adds, "the only really free churches we have are the Bap. tists. Without belonging to them, I highly esteem and love them, as the only representatives of religious liberty, and as the only associations where the spiritual gifts of laymen are cultivated. It is not one of the least bitter fruits of our ideas connected with the establishment, that these gifts are not only grossly neglected, but even kept down, among laymen; in consequence of which, though we have many Christians, we have no Christian society. This is the principal point of view under which I earnestly desire that the Baptist churches may multiply and spread in Germany. With respect to practical and vital Christianity, they leave, I think, all our Christian churches and associations far behind them.”
THE PEAOB CONGRESS. The Peace Congress seems to have been this year unprecedentedly successful. It was held in London on the 22nd of July, and the two following days, and, owing to the great numbers both of Englishmen and Foreigners who were visiting the Great Exhibition, the attendance was very large,--ExeterHall, which is capable of accommodating 4,000 persons, being quite filled on each day of Congress. The chair was ably occupied by Sir David Brewster, and the meeting was addressed by many eminent speakers, among whom may be named, Richard Cobden, Esq., M.P., Mr. James of Birmingham, Mr. Brock of London, Mr. Burnet, W. Ewart, Esq., M.P., Mr. H. Vincent, Mr. F. Crowe, Mr. Miall, and Mr. Elihu Burritt. We wish all our readers could have had the privilege of listen. ing to the speeches delivered, or, at any rate, of reading the Report of them which appeared in the Nonconformist and other papers. The Peace Movement evidently makes progress as rapidly as even its most ardent supporters could desire; and the Congresses, which are held from year to year, much as they are ridiculed by mere politicians, are contributing very much to the enlightenment of the nations on this most momentous question. We are sure that no christian mind can do otherwise than sympathise with those who are labouring in the cause. Who would not pray in the words so aptly quoted by one of the speakers: “Hasten, great Father, that blest consummation, When nation no more shell lift sword against ua
tion; When war shall no more be the christian's voca
tion, But the sword shall be shivered, and broken the
gresses, which could desire." Its most
THE WESLEYAN CONFERENCÉ.
The annual meetings of the Wesleyan Conference have just been held in Newcastle upon Tyne. The only things which
have occurred which seem of any public interest or importance are, the contemptuous refusal of a respectful application for a hearing from the General Committee of Reformers, the degradation of the justly-esteemed Dr. Beaumont for too much independence of thought and action, the renewed degradation of Mr. Rowland for refusing to submit to the dictation of his ecclesiastical superiors, and, instead of any examination -even the slightest-of the demands of the reformers, the appointment of a Committee to consider the memorials which had been presented, who are to report at the next Conference. It was announced that in consequence of the recent agitation, the number of members had decreased upwards of 56,000, and the reports from almost all the districts shewed them to be in a most painful and disastrous state. Nevertheless, the spirit exhibited was anything but satisfactory--the tyrannising disposition of the leaders of the Conference manifested itself at almost every meeting, and the evident and scarcely disguiseddetermination of "the clique” to mark and punish any minister who expressed the slightest sympathy with the reformers, or who even ventured to utter an opinion opposed to that which themselves sanctioned, was to us painful and humbling in the extreme.
We confess that, unlike some of our friends, we had little expectation of any real concessions on the part of the Conference; we did, however, hope that the serious loss of members, and the painful state of the Society, which the leaders themselves could not but acknowledge, would induce something like moderation of tone, and some small efforts to effect a reconciliation. But the proceedings to which we have referred, and the spirit manifested throughout, have destroyed even these hopes; even the appointment of a Committee was accompanied by such a decided declaration of adherence to the old principles, that we expect nothing from it but renewed and aggravated insult. What has long been with us an impression is now increased into a conviction, that the Methodist leaders are “given up to their own ways."
THE REGIUM DONUM. Those of our readers who have not yet noticed the fact, as reported in the newspapers, will be glad to hear that Government has promised, if in office next year, not to propose among the Estimates this vote, which has so long been protested against by Dissenters. We suppose this result is to be attributed chiefly to the efforts of the Anti-State-Church Association, and furnishes proof that the Association is not labouring in vain, as well as a reason why it should be more strenuously and generally supported.
STEPNEY COLLEGE. The next session of this institution will commence on Monday, the 15th of September next. The opening service takes place on Wednesday, the 17th. In the afternoon
(at three o'clock), the annual meeting will, be held; and in the evening, the Hon. and Rev. B. W. Noel will address the students in the chapel of the institution. The session, it is expected, will commence with 20 students, in addition to three lay students (forming part of the family of the President). Four students having finished their course of ministerial training, settled during the previous session, and in every case with most promising prospects of usefulness. The examinations at the close of the session were conducted by Rev. F. Bosworth, M.A., of Dover; Rev. W. Brock ; Rev. W. A. Salter, of Amersham ; Dr. Wm. Smith; Rev. S. G. Green, B.A., of Taunton; and E. West, Esq., of Amersham. Most of the examinations were also attended by various members of the Committee. The reports on the progress of the students, and on their ministerial efficiency, are, on the whole, highly gratifying. Since the last report, two students have taken their degree, and three have matriculated on the first division, one with classical honours. The friends and subscribers are invited to take tea at the College between the services on the day of the annual meeting.
HORTON COLLEGE. The anniversary services in connexion with the opening of Horton College were held on Wednesday, Aug. 6th, in Westgate chapel, Bradford, when a sermon was preached to the students by the Rev. J. Webb, of Ipswich. The Report stated that the financial state of the College was most cheering, and that twelve new students were accepted. It was also announced, to the regret and sorrow of all the friends of the Institution, that the Rev. F. Clowes, the Classical Tutor, had been compelled, by ill health and medical counsel, to resign his office and remove to the south. A resolution, unanimously passed by the Committee, of esteem and respect for Mr. Clowes, and sorrow at his loss, was embodied in the Report.-Leeds Mercury.
SOUTHWAAK. The Rev. W. Walters, of Preston, has accepted a unanimous and cordial invitation to become pastor of the Baptist church assembling in New Park-Street chapel, Southwark, London, and entered on his labours there on the last Sunday in August.
BACUP. Mr. John Howe, late student in Horton College, Bradford, has accepted a unanimous and cordial invitation from the Baptist church assembling in Irwell Terrace chapel, Bacup, and Orchard Hill chapel, Waterbarn, to become co-pastor with Mr. Thomas Dawson, and entered on his stated labours on Lord's-day, August 24th.
PEMBROKB-DOCK. Mr. Evan Davies has resigned his charge over the church at Bush-Street, PembrokeDock. His connection with the church closed the last Sunday in July,
stor of the street. Ce his
"Built upon the foundation of the Apostles and Prophets, Jesus Christ
himself being the chief corner-stone."-Eph.ii.20.
THE COMING OF THE MESSIAH; A SKETCH OF A
BY THE LATE REV. ANDREW FULLER.
"Surely his salvation is nigh them that fear him; that glory may dwell in our land.
We usually style the Book of Psalms the Psalms of David, and, indeed; we may well do so, for the most of them were written by that sweet singer of Israel. They were not, however, all written by him; some of them were composed by other individuals, and at considerable intervals of time. The cii., for example, I suppose to have been written during the time of the captivity, near the time the Jews were set at liberty. The children of God were beginning to take delight in the rubbish of Zion, and this made others draw the conclusion that the time to favour her, yea, the set time was come. The lxxiv. likewise was probably written by some person during the invasion of Judah by Antiochus king of Syria after the days of Malichi. And this lxxxv. Psalm is supposed to have been written on the same occasion. The Psalmist begins by reminding the Lord of what he had already done for his people in delivering them out of the hands of
their enemies, bringing them back from captivity, and restoring them to in their own land. «Lord, thou hast been favourable unto thy land: thou
hast brought back the captivity of Israel. Thou hast forgiven the iniquity of thy people, thou hast covered all their sin. Thou hast taken
away all thy wrath : thou hast turned thyself from the fierceness of thine en anger.” At the fourth verse he reminds the Lord of their present trouble,
and entreats him to deliver them from all their distresses once more : "Turn us, O God of our salvation, and cause thine anger toward us to cease. Wilt thou be angry with us for ever ? wilt thou draw out thine anger to all generations ? Wilt thou not revive us again : that thy people may rejoice in thee? Shew us thy mercy, O Lord, and grant us thy salvation.” At the eighth verse he pauses, and says, “I will hear what God the Lord will speak;" as if he had said, let us look into the Scriptures, let us hear what the Lord says concerning the affairs of his church, and the promises which he has given to his servants relative to future times; and having done so, is-satisfied, comforted, and takes courage, and saye, he will, notwithstanding present appearances, speak peace to his people and to his saints, but let them not turn again to folly. And com.