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above, but it is more, for it is an ordinance of self- excuse for omitting the private exercise, a kind of edification. The offspring of our desires, it reacts acquittance, the share of a social exercise being reckupon its source, making them more strong, more oned enough for the whole tribute of an individual, vivid, more solemn, more prolonged, and more defi as if a social tribute were for the purpose of gaining nite as their objects; forming them into expressions an exemption for each individual." Now, how much to God will concentrate the soul in them, and upon prayer, such as really deserves the name, is going up their objects. Every sincere act of adoration in to heaven continually from the Church, and for it? crea esourveneration for the Divine character; every Surely, surely, we need far more, and must have far confession of sin deepens our penitence; every peti more, if the Spirit shall come down in plenitude and tion for a favour cherishes a sense of dependence; power, to make us more earnest in religion. every intercession for others expands our philanthropy; and every acknowledgement of a mercy inflames our gratitude. Erery good man is therefore

MISCELLANEOUS ANECDOTES. the better for his own prayers, which not only ob

1. A FEARLESS PREACHER. tain other good things, but are good to him them

When Mr Davies was yet under thirty years of age, selves. Hence, when an individual can be stirred up

he was induced to accompany the Rev. Gilbert to pray more for increased earnestness of religion, Tennant to England, to solicit donations for the his supplication contains both the prayer and its college of New Jersey, of wbich he afterwards became angwer, and affords a literal fulfilment of the promise, the president. “ Before they call I will answer.” Thus a good man

His fame as a pulpit orator was so great in Lon

don, that it reached the ears of King George II., who never entirely loses his prayers, for if they do no

expressed a strong desire to hear him. This was good, and bring no blessing to others, they do to him

brought about, and Mr Davies preached before a self. Whenever the Church, therefore, is stirred up splendid audience, composed of the royal family and to a more intense spirit of prayer for a revival, the many of the nobility. It is further said, that wbile revival is begun.

Mr Davies was preaching, the king was, at different But the benefit does not stop here, for God willan

times, seen speaking to those around him, who were

seen also to smile. Mr Davies observed it, and was swer such supplications, and bestow the gift that is

shocked at what he thought was irreverence in the sought. God is ever waiting to be gracious. His house of God, utterly inexcusable in one the influence language ever is, “ Open thy mouth wide, and I will of whose example was so great. After pausing, and fill it. Prove me now herewith, saith the Lord, if I looking sternly in that direction several times, the will not open the windows of heaven, and pour you!

| preacher proceeded in his discourse; but the same out a blessing that there shall not be room enough

conduct was still observed. The fearless preacher

then exclaimed : “ When the lion roars, the beasts to receive it." The promises to this effect are so

of the forest tremble; and when King Jesus speaks, numerous and so express, that it would seem as if the princes of the earth should keep silence !" The the Church might enjoy any measure of divine power king is said to have given a signiicant but courteous which she had the piety to desire, the faith to ask,

how to the preacher, and to have sat very composedly or the will to receive. She is invited to launch forth

and reverently during the rest of the service. into all the fulness of God, and to replenish herself

The king is said to have been enraptured with the

preacher's manner and eloquence, and to have been with the inexhaustible riches of divine grace.

expressing his delight to those around him. He sent The best way to ascertain how much of the spirit for the preacher, who repeated his visit, and received of prayer is wanting, or is possessed, in this day, is from the king a handsome donation for the college. for each reader of this volume to ask how it is with him. He best knows himself, and his own practice,

2. SUCCESSFUL PREACHERS. and he may therefore say, “ Suppose my case is not

| The most eminently useful men have been those of singular, but an average, as there is reason to suip.

the deepest piety. President Edwards' success may

be attributed, in a very eminent degree, to this fact. pose it is, what is the state of the Christian Church?” |

He writes: “ Once, as I rode out into the woods, And what will that individual find to be the case having alighted from my horse, in a retired place, with himself? How much time in each day does he for divine contemplation and prayer, I had a view, devote to this most incumbent, most momentous

that for me was extraordinary, of the glory of the duty, to pray for his conduct in life, his salvation,

Son of God, as Mediator between God and man. The his family, his Church, the world? How much, as

person of the Son of God appeared ineffably excellent

- with an excellency great enough to swallow up all compared with other things ? With his relaxation

thought and conception. This view continued, as from business, his recreation, the time he gives to near as I can judge, about an hour, and kept me the the newspaper, or even to absolute vacuity? Is there greater part of the time in a flood of tears, and not a frequent reluctance to the duty ? Is it not of

weeping aloud. I felt an ardency of soul to be, what ten performed rather from a baunting sense of duty, I to lie in the dust and to be full of Christ alone; to

I know not otherwise how to express, emptied of selt, and to silence the accusations of conscience, than

love him with a holy and pure love; to trust in him; from any attractions sweet and irresistible, coming to live upon him; to serve and follow him; and to be over the heart from the throne of grace? Is there perfectly sanctitied and made pure, with a divine and not a habit of letting come first to be attended to,

heavenly purity." Such passages as these constantly any inferior thing that may offer itself, and a dispo

occur in his moral history.

| Who can wonder that such a man was eminently sition to postpone the exercise to a more convenient

useful as a preacher? When he preached, it was time, and a more appropriate frame ? Is their no with a heavenly unction and power that subdued a habit of " making social or domestic prayer a partial whole assembly. Many aim to be very intellectual,

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and avoid the manifestation of deep emotion, as if it three shillings and sixpence.” (At that time this were allied to weakness-than which nothing can be was the stated price of a day's labour.) “But if more untrue. There is in their discourses an affec. your minds are indeed impressed with the solemnity tation of argumentative power. Every thing is | of the occasion, and you are really desirous of humviewed by them in the mere light of reason, rather bling yourselves before Almighty God, your heavenly than in the soft and mellow light of fervid and holy | Father, come, join with me, and let us pray." feeling. We care not how rigid the preacher's logic; This had an effect so uncommon and extraordinary but it must be a logic warmed and vivified by a spirit on the congregation, that the utmost seriousness was of deep and earnest piety. The preacher must not manifested. The prayer and the sermon added be professionally pious. He must study the Bible greatly to the impressions already made, and tended with a constant reference to his own personal wants, to rouse the attention, influence the mind, command and to the sanctification of his own heart.

the affections, and incrcase the emotion which had

been so happily produced. Many had reacon to bless 3. THE INDIAN MOTHER.

God for the unexpected visit, and to reckon the day DR COTTON MATHER has related a very pleasing in one of the happiest of their lives. cident which occurred in the seventeenth century, in connection with Mr Mayhew.

5. AT WORK TO THE LAST. It appears that soon after he began to preach in Martha's Vineyard, the wife of Pammebannit, a

Such was the perseverance of John Eliot in his leading man among the Indians, became deeply im

great work, that on the day of his death, in his pressed with the gospel. In the confession she made

eightieth year, the “ Apostle of the Indians " was before her admission into the Church, she stated that

found teaching the alphabet to an Indian child at his long before she heard the gospel, she lost five chil

bedside. " Why not rest from your labours now ?” dren in succession while very young, and that when

said a friend. “Because," said the venerable man, her sixth was born, who was a son, agitated with

"I have prayed to God to render me liseful in my fear lest she should lose him also, she took him in

sphere; and now, that I can no longer preach, he her arms, and walked into the fields. While there

leaves me strength enough to teach this poor child she mused on the insufficiency of all human help,

his alphabet." and it was suggested to her mind that there was an almighty God who ought to be prayed to-that he

6. A QUIET REBUKE. had created all things--and that he who had given life to all was able to preserve the life of her child.

The late Rev. B. Jacobs, of Cambridgeport, could, With these feelings she cried to God for the life of

when necessary, administer reproof very forcibly, her child, and the child lived. As soon as this poor

though the gentleness of his character was always

seen in the manner in which it was done. Some woman heard the gospel, it was evident that her mind was fully prepared to receive it. Her son be

young ladies at his house were one day talking came an eminent Christian, and a laborious minister

about one of their female friends. As he entered the of an Indian church, consisting of some scores of re

room, he heard the epithets “ odd," "singular," &c., generated souls. He was living when Dr Mather

applied. He asked, and was told the name of the wrote in 1696, faithfully and successfully labouring

young lady in question, and then said, very gravely, to extend the gospel among the Indians on the main

* Yes, she is an odd young lady; she is a very odd land. His name was Japhet.

young lady; I consider her extremely singular."

He then added very impressively, “ She was never 4. FAST-DAYS.

heard to speak ill of an absent friend." The rebuke The Rev. W. Tennent, who, in the last century, was

was not forgotten by those who heard it. distinguished for great usefulness, was one day

7. THE TRACT DISTRIBUTOR. passing through a town in the state of New Jersey in which he had never preached, and, stopping at a “A pious young physician," says one, « whose friend's house to dine, was informed that it was a father I knew, and of whose excellent character I day of fasting and prayer in the congregation, on had often heard, called on me one day, and after account of a very remarkable and severe drought, friendly salutations and expressions of Christian which threatened the most dangerous consequences affection, said, • Do you know, sir, how much I am to the fruits of the earth. His friend had just re indebted to you for giving me a tract many years turned from church, and the intermiesion was but ago? I told him I had no knowledge of ever prehalf an hour. Mr Tennent was requested to preach,

senting him with one, but recollecting that his father and consented after great hesitation, as he wished formerly kept a turnpike gate, and that often, when to proceed on his journey.

I stopped to pay my toll, I used to give tracts to the At church the people were surprised to see a children who were playing about the door, it ocpreacher, wholly unknown to them, and entirely curred to me as possible that on some of these occaunexpected, ascend the pulpit. His whole appear sions he had been among them. When I was a ance, in his travelling-dress, covered with dust, and boy,' said he, ' you gave me a tract as you were exhibiting a long and meagre visage, engaged their riding by my father's house, and the first words that attention, and excited their curiosity. On his rising caught my eye were, “Stop, poor sinner, stop and up, instead of beginning to pray, as was the usual think.' I was much affected with the whole hymn practice, he looked around the congregation with a beginning with these words, and committed it to piercing eye and earnest attention; and after a mi memory. Five years ago, while a member of a uninute's profound silence, he addressed them, with great ) versity, in a time of universal attention to religion, I solemnity, in the following words: “ My beloved was present at a meeting for prayer and other devobrethren, I am told that you have come here to-day tional exercises, when they commenced singing the to fast and pray: a very good work indeed, provided hymn, “Stop, poor sinner, stop and think.' My you have coine with a sincere desire to glorify God; early impressions were all instantly revived; I saw but if your design is merely to comply with a custom that I was ruined by sin; that an eternity of woe ary practice, or with the wish of your church officers, / was before me; and I found no peace till I looked to you are guilty of the greatest folly imaginable; as the Saviour crucified for me, and as I hope, hy true you had better have stayed at home, and earned your repentance and faith in his blood, gave myseif to him,

more."

to be his for ever.' The youth is now an active, function. The dead in sin, the sensual and corrupt pious, praying physician.”

-“what have they to do" to speak God's praise,

any more than “ to teach his statutes ?”—(Psa. i. 16.) 8. THE SINS OF CHRISTIANS.

The wickedest man may listen to preaching-may A CLERGYMAN, in a recent discourse, was speaking of be appealed to and addressed, that he may be wamed the practice of pointing to the sins and follies of the or won; but some movement of spiritual life, some members of the Churches as an excuse for others,

spark of “grace in the heart," is necessary to enable when he thus illustrated the evil of such an argument: “Ah!" said he, “it is the common device of

| any man to sing-to sing as an act of acceptable the devil, to blind the eyes of his disciples with the

worship. The sinner may be affected by the praises dust shaken from the soiled garments of Christians." of the Church—“ his heart may smite him ” (1 Sam.

xxiv. 5), as he attempts to take its language on bis 9. MODES OF PREACHING.

lips-50 far “singing " may at times impress and A CELEBRATED divine, who was remarkable, in the arouse the conscience; but habitual wickedness and first period of his ministry, for a boisterous mode of habitual song in the house of the Lord, is a preaching, suddenly changed his whole manner in the pulpit, and adopted a mild and dispassionate mode of

monstrous union which, while persisted in, can lelivery. One of his brethren observing it, inquired

only harden the human heart and proroke the of him what had induced him to make the change.

Divine displeasure. “ Will a man mock God?" He answered, “ When I was young, I thought it was It is terrible to think that there may be the appear.! i he thunder that killed the people; but when I grew ance of this-more terrible, perhaps, to know that wiser, I discovered that it was the lightning-so I

it cannot be. “ Be not deceived - God is not dedetermined in future to thunder less and lighten

ceived.”—(Gal. vi. 7.) The sinner may sing, but it cannot be mistaken for the spontaneous expression

of loyalty and love. The idea is fearful of his celeTHE GREAT THING IN SINGING. brating perfections wbich he is for ever turning

against himself ; mercy, which may change to wrath; BY THE REV. THOMAS BINNEY, LONDON. patience and forbearance, which he may possibly THE GREAT THING IS TO BE GOUD. It is the good exhaust; rectitude, that may reject; an almightiness, that worship--the good that sing.“ Praise is comely that may crush him--that he honours in song a - for the upright." " Who shall ascend into the Saviour whose salvation he will not accept; joins in hill of the Lord, who shall stand in his holy place ?" services in which he can have no spiritual sympathy; Whose is the privilege “ to draw nigh unto Him with anticipates, in words, the blessedness of a world be psalms, and to come before his presence with sing will never enter; and describes the approaching adling?" “ He that hath clean hands and a pure vent of a Judge," who will destroy him with the heart; who walketh uprightly and worketh right- brightness of his appearance, and blast him with the eousness; in whose eyes a vile person is contemned, breath of his mouth."--(2 Thess, ii. 8, and i. 7-9.) out who honoureth them that fear the Lord.” This I would willingly have been spared this lapguage. d "the man whom thou choosest, and causest to ap- To utter it is “the burden of the Lord.” It is enbroach unto thee; who seeketh, and who seeth thy tirely scriptural, however, in thought and phraseface, O God of Jacob."-(Psa. xxxiii. 1; xv. 1, 2, ology, thus to speak. The sentences are simple 1; xxiv. 3-6.) Here is the grand practical lesson terms and touches of New Testament truth. And from the present topic. To be religious, to have they bear directly on our present theme; for, får true faith, to be pure in heart and lip and life--this more terrible must be lip service and lifeless song, is the preparation, the moral pre-requisite, for “the amid the breathing splendour and in the spiritual service of song." “ To the pure, all things are services of the Christian church, than in the Jewish pure.” To the holy in life, the spiritual in charac temple with its dim light, and dark shadows, and ter, there might be found a blessing in all praise. “ carnal commandments."-(Heb. ix. 9, 30.) Yet Simple forms or elaborate services-airs like the even then, to the formal and faithless worshipper, first tones of childhood, or anthems like the pealing God's rebuke and complaint are piercing. “I hate, thunder of the skies, might alike be used with sim- | I despise your feast days; I will not smell in your plicity and acceptance-might descend upon the solemn assemblies. Take away from me the noise of heart like “the dew of Hermon," or brace it for your songs, for I will not hear the melody of your moral battle and war. “ The service of song" is not viols "-(Amos v. 21, 23.) This language, “and for the sinner living in his sin; it is not for the un- | what is like unto it," in the first chapter of Isaiah, believer, the ungodly, the unjust, the proud, the is addressed, it is true, to the very wicked, who came malignant, the selfish, the impure; it is not for the in hypocrisy before God, and pretended to honour prodigal, while unconverted and far off ; the hard- | him with sacrifice and song; but it involves a princiened and impenitent, the fettered slave of the ple applicable to all. The other side of it, the conworld and the flesh, “ led captive by the devil at his verse to that exhibited by the prophet, might be will." All these, by contrition and tears, by faith' in stated :-Holy Character, in its entireness and perChrist and return to God, may pass through a pro- fection, will come to its fitting and full utterance in cess that shall capacitate and prepare them for the the psalmody of heaven; but the principle and be high service; but sanctified affections and established ginnings of it must exist here, to qualify a man for holiness are the “robe and adorning" of God's the psalmody of earth. priesthood, for the regular discharge of their sacred Thus every thing illustrates our lesson. The GOD'S CHOICE OF HIS RODS.

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great thing is to be good. The singer should himself upon to preach, and have had no opportunity to make be a true song. His mind and heart, his reason and preparation, I am not afraid to try to preach extempassions, bis inward and outward life, should all be ng his inward and outward life should all be pore, and I can with confidence look up to God for

assistance.” in harmony with each other, and his whole nature should be in harmony with God's. Every day and I RECOLLECT listening, when a boy, to a conversation hour, every act and utterance, allowing for unavoid between two Baptist clergymen; the one an uneduable human infirmity, should flow onwards and rise cated but valuable extemporaneous speaker; the up as the verses and words of a Divine psalm. This

other an educated man, and a writer of beautiful, is the melody that God best loves. The accordant,

clear, and logical sermons, but notorious for the

hesitancy which he manifested whenever he atharmonious movements of the virtuous universe give

tempted to preach “ without notes.” “How is it, forth an unintermitted song of infinite grandeur, Brother LL ," said the latter, " that you, without sweetness, and force, of which God is the sole and education, are able to get up, at a moment's warning, ceaseless auditor, and to which he is ever listening, and speak so well, while I just as certainly fail as I delighted! Let us aspire to bear our part in that

attempt it?" “ Well, Brother S--- I'll tell you.

You're just like a rich farmer, who goes into his toolglorious anthem. When men are reconciled to God

house to get a hoe, and finds so many there that it by the faith of Christ - when, sanctified by the takes him half an hour to pick out the best, and as Spirit, they “ appear before Him in the beauty of likely as not, after all, goes off in a hurry with a poor holiness," and "walk with Him in peace and one; while I'm just like one of his men why hires out equity" (Mal. ii. 6); then are advances made to- by the day, and comes in the morning to the cornwards the realization of the picture in which the

| field, all ready for work, with his old hoe on his

shoulder.” The thoroughly educated man very often prophet portrays the ultimate and everlasting com

fails as an externporaneous speaker, from the mere placency of God in his Church-a prediction in excess of thought and good taste; while a man withitself of exquisite beauty, but which invests our pre out education, and sometimes with little brains, “ goes sent theme with incomparable magnificence. It off" in a steady stream of words, as if he were a comes to it as if it were the last hope of the mind / rain spout in a thunder-storm. “Many a full barrel

of cider," once said a witty friend of mine, "runs labouring for expression to enunciate and embody

slower than a nearly empty one, which runs all the some boundless thought. In “the service of song"

faster when so nearly out that it has to be propped could alone be found what might adequately intimate up behind.” the exquisiteness and depth of infinite delight! "Sing, O daughter of Zion; be glad and rejoice with all thine heart." “ The LORD thy God is in the

GOD'S CHOICE OF HIS RODS. midst of thee; He will rejoice over thee with joy; He Tuat is a striking passage of Jeremiah-true, alas! WILL REST IN HIS LOVE. HE WILL JOY OVER THEE of very many now:-"I spake unto thee in thy proWITH SINGING!"-(1 Zeph. iii. 14, 17.)

sperity, and thou saidst, I will not hear.” How often is it that a man's ear is obstinate or quite deaf to ex

postulations, and to the voice even of God himself in WRITTEN AND UNWRITTEN SERMONS.

his word, and the heart obdurate, till the deaf ear is Under the above heading, we find the following

pierced by the loud voice of Providence, and the hard remarks in a contemporary :-" We have generally found that chose ministers who scold about unwrit

heart made tender by severe affliction! Prosperity ten sermons, are wholly unable to preach except as

long continued is apt to make such a lethargy steal they read from their manuscripts; and those who over the soul, that the still voice of God in calm condemn a man as unfit to preach unless he can al- weather and the cool of the day will not awaken a ways do it extemporaneously, are wholly incapable man; but He must thunder and lighten about his of writing any thing fit to be read. The greatest

ears in afflictions before the man will even notice preachers the Church ever produced both wrote and

that God is speaking to him. While all things go preached extemporaneously, such as Fénélon and a hundred others. A man who always writes generally

on smoothly with a man in his sins, the threatenings becomes a mere reader; whilst the one who always of God's word beat upon him with no more force extemporises is apt to become lazy, and trusts to his than stubble or snow against a stone wall. He stands imagination and the inspiration of the moment and unshaken and unconcerned, presuming that the the occasion, which often fail him."

course of his affairs will go on always as evenly as now, One of the confidential elders of an extraordinary

that to-morrow will be as to-day, and much more preacher, president Davies, once said to him :-“Mr abundant, until the big hail-storm of sorrow actually Davies, how is it that you, who are so well informed falls upon his own head, and he is startled by some upon all theological subjects, and can express your dire calamity. self with so much ease and readiness, should think it Now the wisdom of God is seen in the choice of his necessary to prepare and write your sermons with so

rods, in the divers ways whereby he corrects and makes much care, and take your notes into the pulpit, and make such constant use of them? Why do you not,

This children perfect through suffering; for it is far like many other preachers, oftener preach extem. from being one and the same form of trouble that will pore ?" Mr Davies replied, " I always thought it to work upon and purge every sin, and he accordingly be a most awful thing to go into the pulpit, and disciplines and punishes men, so to speak, in kind. If there speak nonsense in the name of God. Besides,

one's besetting sin is avarice, or a too great fondness when I have an opportunity of preparing, and neglect to do so, I am afraid to look up to God for

for acquisition and the creation of wealth, he tells assistance, for that would be to ask him to counte

our riches to take wings and fly away: and our ships nance my negligence. But when I am evidently called are sunk, our houses and stores and factories burned;

our fields are flooded, our farms swept away, our can the Christian refrain from earnestly longing to crops rotted in the ground, or blasted in the ear, or depart, and to be with Christ, which is far better? mildewed before they are harvested; our specula.

-Hurrion. tions turn out poorly; our stocks depreciate; our banks of deposit become bankrupt: and all this in a

TEARS OF JOY. natural way, and by natural means, without God's at “Joseph sought where to weep.”—Gen. xliii. 30. | all suspending or working contrary to second causes. To weep! What! When he saw his beloved broOr if our sin be any sensual indulgence, or too great ther Benjamin, and heard that his aged and affecfondness for creature comforts and pleasures, then tionate father was alive and well ? Yes, the sight God often makes that indulgence, like the manna of 1 of the one, and the news of the other, created such the greedy Israelites, to breed its own worm, and the an ecstasy of joy in his heart, as was too great to quails so fondly lusted after to come out at the nos bear! He sought where to vent it in tears. O! had trils, the stomach to loathe even its natural food, and one followed good Joseph to his chamber, and heard the appetite and ability of digestion both to fail. Or what passed there between God and his soul! Meif the sin that is ensnaring our affections and keeping thinks I see the dear man fall prostrate, crying out us at a distance from God be any creature-idolatry, | in a flood of grateful, joyful tears, Oh ! what a God do as a wife or a child, then God, as we are strikingly I serve! What amazing scenes of his providence taught in Parnell's Hermit,

have opened to my view! How has the Lord ap“To save the father, takes the son ;

peared graciously on my behalf! How strangely has The poor fond father, huinbled in the dust,

he exalted me in life! And now, to crown all, and Now owns in tears bis punishment is just."

complete my happiness, I see my beloved brother, Rev. H. T. Cheever. and hear of the welfare of my honoured father.

Doubtless, he wept-he prayed-he praised-he re

joiced-he loved-- he adored his God, his kind preIS CHRIST ASCENDED.

server, bis bountiful benefactor, his dear Saviour ! Is Christ ascended? Then how highly is our nature

Methinks one cannot meditate on Joseph's conduct dignified and honoured! Adam had rendered it

without calling to mind some sweet weeping seasons more vile than the beasts that perish ; but Christ has raised it above the highest angels. After the

of spiritual joy our souls have been favoured with, fall it was thought to be unworthy of the earthly

when, in some highly favoured moments, the blessed paradise; but in Christ it is exalted at God's right Spirit has brought some joyful tidings of, and some hand, tills the highest and most honourable seat love tokens from, our once crucified, but ever-living next his throne. Sin had made human nature the brother in the flesh, Jesus. Oh! then what joy has derision of devils, but Christ has made it the delight of angels, and the joy and glory of the redeemed for

sprung up in our souls!-too big for utterance-when ever. The union of our nature to Christ's divine

he has assured us of his love to us—that we shall soon person gives it a glory infinitely above all concep see him as he is, be with him where he is, and etertion. The continuance of that union is such an nally enjoy him, and his Father and our Father, in honour done to it, as is far above our highest ad glory! Oh! the rapture of this faith! Then we miration, and should make us cry out, “ Lord, what

are ready to fly the world, and all its concerns, and is man that thou art mindful of him!" Has Christ, then, ascended, and do our hearts descend? To have

even our brethren in Christ too. We seek to be our head in heaven, and our hearts in the earth, is

alone, to pour out our souls, to give vent to our joy a very unbecoming separation, Did Christ leave in a flood of loving grateful tears. Then, like the the world, and shall we cleave faster to it? Did he disciples on the mount, we cry out, It is good to be ascend above it, and are we buried in the cares and

here. This is sweet. Methinks my soul is drowned pleasures of it? How dishonourable and displeasing to Christ must this be! O then, let the Chris

in tears of love! Now, are we not ready to wish, tians affections be above, where his Saviour is. Is

Oh! that it were always thus with me! But neither Christ ascended? Then how willingly may the Joseph, you, nor I, could live under such melting believer leave this world, and follow bis Saviour to frames--such ecstasy, such rapture. The body could heaven! While we are present in the body, we are not support them--my weak body could not. Neither absent from the Lord. How confident and willing,

would it be good for the soul to be always in them. then, may the sincere Christian be, rather to be absent from the body and present with the Lord !

If so, we should be always favoured with them. This Heaven has a new attraction in it now; the man,

we are fully assured of; for " no good thing will the Christ Jesus, is there in all his glory. Christ's Lord withhold from them who walk uprightly."ministry in the heavenly temple is intinitely prefer Mason. able to the ministry and ordinances of the Church on earth. The believer is an infinite gainer by exchanging the sight of Christ through a glass darkly,

Jragments. for a sight of him as he is, and face to face. Christ

There is no better evidence against the bulk of any thought our sight of his heavenly glory worth his

doctrine, than that its tendency is immoral.-Hodge. praying for, and the Christian should think it worth the dying for. We have been attempting to get a

Let us honour God's truth by believing his word; glimpse of this glory through the glass of the

Christ's blood, by hoping firmly in the Divine mercy;

I and all the Divine perfections, by loving God with gospel, and that is refreshing ; but oh! what is it to behold it with open face, when there shall be no

all our hearts, and one another as Christ loved us.vail, either upon the eye or upon the object! To

Fletcher. see the glory of the Deity shining through the man “The sufferings of Christ's soul were the soul of Christ Jesus, must be most desirable. How, then, his sufferings."- Flavel.

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