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as the current of time advances, tran- | faithful labourers in the Lord's vineyard smits in deeper and wider channels its | will receive a reward for all the good blessings and its bounties to men ? | he does and produces, although he had How long must this stream flow before no predecessor nor successor in the the actual result can be computed and work. decided ? Perhaps a thousand years “But if, and I know no reason why it may be completed before her good should not be so—I say, but if the negli. works have ceased to follow her! And gent and the indifferent are to be charged if you transmit these blissful influences, with evil which they might have preprecepts, and examples, which have vented, and condemned for not having descended by a sort of inheritance to done the good in their power, how cu. you-I say, if you hand down the cup mulative, too, is the system of iniquity, of bliss to your offspring uncorrupted, and how awful the condemnation of I am sure many more will drink of it. them who instituted a course or system But as yet we have not considered the of sinning, which has increased and influence which acts collaterally upon is increasing with every revolution our contemporaries. We have only | of time. The apostles of infidelity, the considered those which descend in the propagators of error and of schemes of direct lines of succession. I cannot | immorality, diffusive and operative in form any estimate of the good that has their nature, are as worthy of condeinpassed from my progenitors to their nation for the remote, as well as for the associates in life. I have heard much, | proximate evil effects of their respective and know a good deal, of what happi systems. And upon the same principles ness has accrued to other families, and of remunerating justice, the originator to the neighbourhoods with which they | and the coadjutor, the continuator and conversed. They were lights in their bis abettor, will each receive a recomday and salt to the generation in which pence according to his deeds. Thus it they lived; but I am without sufficient is that we are pot like isolated beings, data to conclude, or form a correct idea, each one acting for himself alone, as of how much was acheived by them to the angels do; but the condition of this glory of God and the good of men, department of the universe, of the huWhen the book of God's remembrance man family, is, that we are all standing is opened I know much will appear to together in a peculiar chain or concatheir praise, and honour, and glory, at tenation of causes and effects, of parents the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. and children, mutually dependent on,

“There is another light in which and responsible to one another, and to this subject is to be viewed. You are our common parent, the Creator and not to think that she who originated Judge of All. It is a department of the this wide diffusive scheme of benevo universe sui generis, of its own sort, and lence is the only individual who is to can be understood correctly only when be rewarded for all that has grown out the parts are viewed in relation to the of it, or is yet growing out of it. God's whole, and the whole in relation to the rewards are not so few, nor his favour parts. But the Bible is the best, for it so parsimonious, as that he can distin is the only expositor of the whole, and guish but a few of his faithful servants. he that is not governed by it in his He can afford to reward the originator reasonings, as well as in his conduct, of a scheme of benevolence for all the has ever proved himself to be a fool. good it produces, and each one of the But I feel disposed to hear in return continuators, as though he had no your views on all that I have suggested, fellow-servant assisting in the cause. and will yield to you when I have exWere it otherwise, the twelve Apostles pressed one, and the most ardent wish would have all the rewards for all the of my heart, and that is, that you may temporal and eternal good which Chris transmit to your posterity every Christianity has produced, or is capable of tian quality you may have inherited from producing. Each and every one of the your ancestors; and that you may not

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" It is an evidence of the divine origin of Christianity that it proposes a state of society not only in advance of the present age, but of any thing the world has ever seen. Society in its present improved condition is far behind it.” * *

" It is a happy condition to be under the influence of good principles. These give a noble triumph to the soul. But when a man is conquered by passion he feels himself enslaved and humbled. He becomes mean in his own eyes and contemptible in the estimation of others. Of that by which a man is overcome, of the same is he brought into bondage.'

" People are wont to admire a speaker who uses high flowing words above their comprehension. They think the stream is deep because they cannot see the bottom, and do not consider that it is owing to its muddiness."

** The popular sects affect to disparage the forms and institutions by which the gospel is received. The reason is that they are all unpossessed of them, and unable to receive them without changing their entire religious polity. This they are predetermined not to do, and consequently, like the fox and the grapes in the fable, pretend to despise as useless and non-essential' what their circumstances prevent them from adopting

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only yourselves enjoy the blessings of the salvation of God, but that you may hand them down with your naines to the remotest times, ever remembering that the mercy of God is upon them that fear him to many generations, even to thousands of them that love him and keep his commanılments."

After singing the ninetieth Paslm, the venerable Paternus knelt down and prayed with them all, recounting the

mercies of God through many years, and commending his children, grand children and great-grand children, to the God of his fathers, with a fervour and affection that none of the adults present can ever forget.

If you think this incident worthy of reading, I may furnish you with another, of a similar character, on some future occasion.

A. C.

FRAGMENTS FROM MY COMMON-PLACE BOOK. I HAVE found it useful to enter upon my common-place book such thoughts and reflections as occurred to me upon various subjects, and which seemed either forcible or just. If the following fragments be worth of a place upon your pages, they are at your service.

R. R. “When weak arguments are adduced to sustain a good cause, and are refuted, it is a common error for men to suppose that the contrary side of the question is established. The point at issue is yet untouched. To show the inconclusiveness of an argument is not to adduce one upon the opposite side of the question. *** It is very important in debate to introduce but few arguments and sustain them well. In war, Philip of Macedon and Alexander owed their success to the introduction of the phalanx. Napoleon gained his victories by concentrating his forces upon a single point.”

“The existence of an efficient eldership is absolutely necessary to the prosperity of a congregation. It is a vain thing for the Evangelist to attempt to make the whole church proficient in Christianity by weekly discourses. His labour would be more productive if he were to select a few of the more faithful and zealous members, and devote himself for some time to their improvement by giving them lectures daily upon the gospel, church history, chronology, sacred times and places, order, discipline, &c. &c. so that they might after his departure teach the congregation. “The things which thou hast heard of me,” says Paul to Timothy, “commit thou to faithful men who will be able to teach others.” These men, having given sufficient evidence of their proficiency and fitness, should be appointed to the elder's office, and should visit the members of the congregation often from house to house to instruct and watch over the flock. The church should be subject to them. Without proper subordination, there can be no proper rule—no union-10 strength.”

“ANGER.—The feeling of anger or displeasure may be useful if it be properly governed and directed. To be insensible is to be in perhaps

as vicious an extreme as to be irascible. True meekness consists in a medium. Christ once looked round upon the wicked with anger.God is angry with the wicked every day. This feeling is properly directed against sin. Strong passions are like strong winds-not so dangerous if the vessel be in good trim, and the pilot at the helm. They are certainly better than a dead calm. It is not said of the elder, who is an example to the flock, that he is not to be angry--but that he is not to be soon angry." It is not said that the Christian may not be angry with his brother, but that he must not be " angry with his brother without a cause." But when anger gains the ascendancy and produces works of the flesh, it is a most dangerous passion. The Christian, indeed, should carefully watch all strong emotions, nor should he permit himself to be long under their influence. If he do, he gives an opportunity to the devil. The stormy wind may continue so long that the vessel, however prudently guided, may be driven from her course into an unknown and dangerous sea. Hence the Christian precept, “Let not the sun go down upon your wrath.” In the kingdom of heaven every one must be in a good humour at sun-set. As the angry heats and fervours of noon subside, so should the brief excitements of the Christian give place to calmness and serenity; and while a few tears may be shed, like evening dews, for the frailties of humanity, he will lay his head upon his pillow in peace and charity with all the world."

“It is an evidence of the divine origin of Christianity that it proposes a state of society not only in advance of the present age, but of any thing the world has ever seen. Society in its present improved condition is far behind it." **

" It is a happy condition to be under the influence of good principles. These give a noble triumph to the soul. But when a man is conquered by passion he feels himself enslaved and humbled. He becomes mean in his own eyes and contemptible in the estimation of others. Of that by which a man is overcome, of the same is he brought into bondage.'”

"People are wont to admire a speaker who uses high flowing words above their comprehension. They think the stream is deep because they cannot see the bottom, and do not consider that it is owing to its muddiness.

“ The popular sects affect to disparage the forms and institutions by which the gospel is received. The reason is that they are all unpossessed of them, and unable to receive them without changing their entire religious polity. This they are predetermined not to do, and consequently, like the fox and the grapes in the fable, pretend to despise as useless and non-essential' what their circumstances prevent them from adopting.”

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