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WEALTH FOR SOULS.

BY

JAMES SMITH,

CHELTENHAM ;

AUTHOR OF

" EARLY AND LATTER RAIN;". GOOD SEED FOR THE LORD'S' FIELD;"

“BREAD FROM HEAVEN ;"
“ SUNNY SUBJECTS FOR ALL SEASONS;"

"LIGHT FOR DARK DAYS;'. A BOOK YOU WILL LIKE,” ETC., ETC., ETC.

HALIFAX: MILNER AND SOWER BY; SIMPKIN, MARSHALL AND CO., LONDON.

1859.

141. d, 423.

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PREFACE.

The word of God may well be compared to the ocean, for its vastness, its usefulness, and its wealth. No one can guess at the amount of wealth which the ocean contains; yet that would be much easier, than to guess at the amount of the unsearchable riches of Christ, contained in God's word. The design of every really good book, is to lead to the Bible; from thence its contents are extracted, and back to its source it leads. I have stood on the shore of the ocean of truth, and at times have been led into a few of its depths, where I have found treasure, which has enriched me; and as I think it is likely to enrich others, I have put a part of it into this little casket, and send it forth in hope that God will make it a blessing.

Christ is the great, the priceless pearl of Holy Scripture, and he that finds this pearl is rich indeed, though he part with all he has to obtain it. The promises and invitations of the Bible, are precious pearls too, they enrich and adorn the mind. Indeed every separate truth is a separate pearl, each one costly beyond description. I have endeavoured to string a fow together, and

now send them forth for the benefit of others.
The casket will cost but a mere trifle, the pearls
are not sold, but given; they are without money
and without price. Every promise, every warn-
ing, every invitation, and every exhortation is
free; the free gifts of a gracious God.
· Reader, this little book is intended to lead you
to Christ, to endear Christ to you, and make you
happy in the love of Christ. Every part savours
of his most precious name, which name is as
ointment poured forth. If it does not lead you
to Christ, and render Christ more precious to
you, it will not accomplish the writer's object.
It brings the writer and reader together, it places
us in solemn circumstances, for at the judgment
seat of Christ, I must account for what I have
written, and you must account for the use you
make of it. O Holy and ever blessed Spirit, do
thou accompany this little work with thy bless-
ing, and make it the means of winning many
souls to Christ! Gracious Saviour, commission
this book to circulate widely, and spread abroad
the honours 'of thy name! Father of mercies,
smile upon the author's feeble attempt to honour
thy Son, publish thy grace, and bring souls to
thee! O holy, blessed, and glorious trinity, three
persons in one God, give thy sanction and blessa
ing to this effort, for thy mercy's sake! Amen.

JAMES SMITH.
Cheltenham.

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