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come I have adjourned my amend ment to some other time. Thus, while I could not agree with myself when to start, I have almost lost the running of the race. I am resolved thus to befool myself no longer. I see no day but to-day; the instant time is always the fittest time. In Nebuchadnezzar's image, the lower the members the coarser the metal. The further off the time the more unfit. To-day is the golden opportunity, to-morrow will be the silver season, next day but the brazen one, and so on, till at last I shall come to the toes of clay, and be turned to dust. Grant, therefore, that to-day I may hear Thy voice. And if this day be obscure in the calendar, and remarkable for nothing else, give me to make it memorable to my soul hereupon, by Thy assistance, beginning the reformation of life.-Fuller.
LIVE FOR SOMETHING.–Thousands of men breathe, move and live-pass off the stage of life, and are heard of no more. Why? None were blest by them; none could point to them as the means of their redemption; not a line they wrote, not a word they spoke, could be recalled, and so they perished; their light went into darkness, and they were not remembered more than insects of yesterday. Will you thus live and die, 0 man immortal! Live for something. Do good and leave behind you a monument of virtue, that the storms of time can never destroy. Write your name by kindness, love and mercy, on the hearts of thousands you come in contact with year by year, and you will never be forgotten. No; your name, your deeds, will be as legible on the hearts you leave bebind, as the stars on the brow of the evening. Good deeds will shine as brightly on the earth, as the stars of heaven.-Dr. Chalmers.
THE GLORY OF THIS AND THE OTHER WORLD.—It is said that when Bonaparte (the father of Napoleon) was on his death-bed, he requested some one to place in full view the likeness or bust of his son. The request was granted, and upon that he looked with his last lingering gaze, while it is to be feared his thoughts of existence were bounded
within the horizon of time, which then inspired his soul. Contrasted with the above, how much more desirable was the end and death of the martyred Stephen, who, when dying even under a shower of stones, and, while looking up steadfastly into heaven, said, "I see heaven open and the Son of Man standing on the right hand of God," and while thus filled with the Holy Ghost, not only requested Jesus to receive his spirit, but even prayed for his cruel murderers! And pitiable indeed is the moral condition of that man, or person, the chink of whose dollars affords more music to his ears thau the song of Zion, or the sound and news of salvation. The world passeth away, earthly treasures and mortal riches are incertain, and often pass or fly away ; mortal beauty must fade, and earthly honours all be buried deep in oblivion's grave; but they that do the will of God, and honour his cause in spirit, person and substance, shall shine as the stars and as the sun in the firmament in the kingdom of Heaven, for ever and ever.
The Sinner's PrayER.–God hath put arguments into the sinner's mouth to plead with him for mercy. “Ho, everyone that thirsteth, come ye to the waters; and he that hath no money, come ye, buy and eat; yea, come, buy wine and milk, without money and without price.” Rise, sinner, he calleth thee; go to the Lord; and when thou goest, tell him, Lord, thou hast bid me come, and behold here I am. I come, Lord, at thy word; I come for å little water, I come for thy wine and thy milk. I have brought no price in my hand, but thou hast bid me come without money and without price. Though I have no grace, yet at thy word I come for grace; though I have no Christ, I come for Christ; though I cannot call thee Father, yet, being called, I come to thee as fatherless. “ With thee the fatherless find mercy.” If I am not thy child, may I not be made thy child ? Hast thou not a child's blessing left yet to bestow upon me? Thou hast bid me come, come for a blessing ; bless me, even me also, O Lord.
Wherefore hast thou sent for me? grets, the sharp sands of the minutia Shall I be sent away as I came? I that make up sorrow, all these, vilch came at thy word; do not say, Be. I would have betrayed to no one, Lot gone out of my sight. I cannot go even to him, the dearest and te0froin thy word, I will not go; for derest of all men, I showed without whither shall I go from thee? shame to thee, my mother.- Buluer. " Thou hast the words of eternal life." FRIENDSHIP.-Amountain is made Since thou wilt have me speak, Lord, up of atoms, and friendship of litude answer. Though I dare not say, Be matters; and if the atoms hold :: just to me a saint; yet I do say, I together, the mountain crumbles into will say, must say, Lord, be mer dust. ciful to me, a sinner.—Richard A million of blades of grass male Alleine.
a meadow, and millions and million WOMAN. — We come to men for of grains of sand make a mountain : philosophy, to women for consolation. the ocean is made up of drops of And the thousand weaknesses and re- water, and life of minutes.
FOR EVER WITH THE LORD.
Amen. So let it be!
Absent from Him I roam :
A day's march nearer home.
Home of my soul-how near
Thy golden gates appear !
To reach the land I love,
And all my comfort flies ;
Rough seas and stormy skies.
The winds and waters cease;
Expands the bow of peace.
Father, if 'tis thy will,
E'en here to me fulfill.
So shall I never fall :
Fight, and I shall prevail.
Shall rend the vail in twain,
And life eternal gain.
How shall I love that word,
“For ever with the Lord !"
THE STATE OF THE CONNEXION. The intelligence we have received as newal of their strength and a revival of to the state of the Connexion during God's work amongst them. the month is for the most part of an It will gratify all our friends to know encouraging kind. There is a general that it is now determined to have a new move--a prevailing anxiety and effort chapel in the ancient and interesting city for a revival of religion, and this is of Durham. In our last number we good. We like to hear a sound among urged a request that it might be done ; the mulberry-trees, a shaking among we have now the happiness to report that the dry bones, as these are the har the work is begun. The ground is biogers of approaching important events. taken, the plans are made, and the In some places, too, there are con subscription-list is nobly opened by three versions, increasing spirituality and worthy friends. We will not anticipate prayerfulness. Would that this im our excellent and laborious friend, Mr. provement were universal! Let it be Griffiths, the superintendent, in giving so. The power is in our hands, for God further intelligence. In our next numis waiting to bless us abundantly. At ber we expect he will give an account of Newcastle-upon-Tyne our friends are the laying of the foundation-stone, and depressed. They must be remembered will furnish information of a very inin our prayers. One of the blessings of teresting kind. Our prayer is, may Connexional fellowship is realized in Jehovah smile upon the benevolent mutual sympathy, affection, and prayer. efforts of our friends, and cause their Let our friends at Newcastle be held up new sanctuary to be filled with his glory, at the throne of grace, and earnest and be the birth-place of thousands of believing prayer offered up for a re precious souls !
OUR MAGAZINES-A QUESTION TO THE EDITOR. MY DEAR SIR,- Happening to ber of the Conference was held up, be in Huddersfield during the urging upon the Quarterly Meetings sitting of the last Conference, I and Sunday - School Teachers, availed myself of the good old throughout the Connexion, to proNew Connexion privilege of spend mote and extend, in every possible ing an hour within its walls; way, the circulation of the Magazine. not exactly for the purpose of ascer. Now, Mr. Editor, as the new year taining whether everything was going will very soon be here, I wish you on open and above board : of that I would tell me and the Connexion at never had the slightest doubt. The large who are the parties required by very fact of strangers being permitted the Conference to bring this matter in the gallery to witness the proceed before the Quarterly Meetings, the ings is to me a guarantee that fair Sunday School Teachers, and frienils. play is intended. My object was Is it the Annual Committee that simply to see what was worth seeing, ought to do so, or the Book-room! and to hear what might be worth Committee? Is it the President of hearing. Now it happened, sir, that the Conference or the Editor of the when I entered you bad just stepped Magazines? Is it the People who upon the platform for the purpose of send the Ministers and Delegates to giving an account of your steward- Conference, or the Ministers and ship. Your report was well received. Delegates who represent the People? Some of its facts, especially the I ask these questions, sir, because I golden ones, were loudly applauded. am not aware that our special attenYour remarks on the desirability of tion has ever been called by any of still further extending the circulation these parties to the subject. My own were taken up with great interest by opinion is that the Preachers and the Conference. A resolution was Delegates are the parties who ought even moved and seconded, in suj) tu bring this matter before the friends, port of which the hand of every mem- AND TO SEE IT VIGOROUSLY CARRIED OUT; and yet in our Circuit I believe to command a large circulation for neither the preacher nor the delegate the Magazines, that time is the com(who doubtless both held up theiring year. I have been told by some hands in Conference) has ever yet of our ministers that there are as brought the matter before the people. many new subscribers obtained each [ fear that many resolutions of Con year as would at once raise the cirference are forgotten after they are culation several hundreds beyond its passed. From the earnest manner, present number, were it not for 80 however, in which the Magazine many old subscribers who disconquestion was taken up, I believe that tinue taking them. Now, let every this resolution was intended not to person who takes the Magazines this be a dead but a living letter. I trust, year take them the next, and our then, Mr. Editor, that you will at object will be nearly accomplished. once call the attention of the entire Make an earnest appeal, Mr. Editor, Connexion to this matter. Let the to every lorer of the Connexion, from superintendents of Circuits, the the President of the Conference to young preachers, the lay representa the youngest Sunday scholar, and I tives, the people, all join heartily in cannot doubt but that you will meet carrying out the Conference resolu with a response that will gladden tion, and I have no doubt but that your heart, and prove alike honourbefore many monthselapse your most able to those who make it and to the ardent wishes will be realized.
cause in which they respond. I should like to see the whole
I am, yours, &c., Connexion join in one great effort to
A TEACHER raise the number of the large Maga- ANSWER.–We think the best way zine to four thousand, and that of the is not to give an opinion as to whose small one to twenty thousand. Why duty it was to lay the resolution of may it not be done? The editorial the late Conference before quarterly department never was so efficiently meetings, &c. Leaving this for our conducted—there never was a greater readers to answer for themselves, we amount of attachment amongst the heartily join with our correspondent friends to the principles of the Cou- in calling upon all to do their duty nexion-there never was a greater now. We are persuaded that the amount of ability amongst the peo circulation of the periodicals inight ple generally—the profits derived be increased to the number he states, from the Magazines never were of and, indeed, will be if all do their such essential service to the Con- duty. Let us try. The prospectuses nexion. I do think, then, that if for the coming year will be sent out ever there was a time when the sym- with the next parcels, when we hope pathies and efforts of the whole Con- to be prepared to make an interesting nexion ought to be enlisted, in order announcement to our readers.-ED.
A PLAN FOR EXTENDED USEFULNESS. MR. EDITOR,-In reading over, in our sity of individual exertion in the Chrislast large Magazine, the two excellent tian Church. An inactive Church is a articles on the subjects,“ How to reach stumbling-block and a shelter for the the People and increase our Congrega. hypocrite. A Church ought to be an astions" and “ The Great Want of our Cir sembly of living, acting Christians, a cuits in large Towns,” we were highly multitude of members and officers, each delighted to find that such topics had zealously doing his duty in his respecoccupied the attention of their respective tive locality. The fact is appalling that, authors, and had met with such a full though it is binding upon every Christian and candid consideration. The state of man “ to do good and win souls to God," things in the Churches of every sect is yet this is too much left to the attention truly lamentable. Congregations are and toils of a few preachers. Every Chrismeagre, while tens of thousands of our tian man is designed by God to be a sort countrymen, our neighbours and fellow- of home missionary, to evangelize bis citizens, are perishing around us. This household and neighbourhood. For the striking fact proves the absolute neces. souls of his perishing neighbours he is
will soon be filled, the hearts of our ministers be made glad, and the goingsforth of the Lord will be seen in the sanctuary.
Academy, Wednesbury. Oct. 14, 1852.
in great measure accountable, and byand-by his stewardship must be given up. If the Church throughout were to do her duty, who can tell the amount of good that would soon be effected? If every member of our community would make it his imperative duty to lead one to Christ each year, the number of precious souls saved in our community would soon be doubled, trebled, and quadrupled. What Christian is there who has not a neighbour, a parent, a brother or sister, a son or daughter living without God? And can he bear the thought of his neighbours and the members of his own family going down to hell without endeavouring to snatch them as brands from the burning? If the Chris. tian Church would but arouse herself, the little leaven centred in many large families would soon leaven the whole lump. Her numbers would be multiplied a hundred-fold, truth would be magnified, and our God and his Christ would be glorified.
One method we suggest for carrying out the great object of usefulness is the following. Where there is a Church that can do it, bands of two individuals, se lecting the most pious and devoted of the Church, should go forth, each band having its own locality; and as many such bands should be appointed as would be needed to go over, once a week, the whole district in which the chapel stands. They should visit all to whom they may have access, and give friendly advice and pray in every house. The great amount of good that would be effected in this manner is not to be told. There are hundreds of poor who would gladly attend the house of God, if they had it in their power to appear as decently as others, but they are fettered with the iron chain
hese to perieh for lack of truth? The plan suggested meets their case; and we have witnessed the fact that such persons, when visited and prayed with, exhorted and persuaded, have become reformed in their habits; improvements have taken place in their dwellings, and in a short time we have seen them decently dressed and attending regularly the ordinances of God's house.
It is only by self-denying, resolute and prayerful efforts that the neglected population around us will be brought to God —that the imprisoned sons of earth, so long led captive by the devil at his will, will be freed from their chains and brought into the glorious liberty of the children of God. Let every Christian, then, act his part as a faithful soldier of the Lord Jesus Christ, and our chapels
CHESTER CHAPEL.-In an address from the Annual and Chapel Committees, dated November, 1851, this case was fully explained to our friends throughout the Connexion; and commended to their pious and benevolent consideration both on account of its great importance to the community, and of the almost unparalleled distress of the parties immediately concerned. The late Conference at Huddersfield sanctioned what had been done, and passed the following resolution :-“ T'hat, seeing the perilous situation of Pepper-street Chapel, Chester, the Conference approves and confirms the course adopted in making a collection throughout the Connexion for raising the sum of £700, to meet the sum granted by the Chapel Committee for the relief of this chapel; and the Conference hereby instructs the Chapel Committee to give their best assistance in carrying this important object into early effect.” A few weeks afterwards the secretary of the Chapel Committee issued a circular giving an account of the then state of the special effort, and making an appeal for its completion; and on our cover for this month will be found a further notice, to which we invite the friendly attention of our readers. This chapel must be effectually relieved. We hope the appeal will be responded to with a degree of liberality equal to the emergency. Let our noble chapel be preserved to the our noble cha Connexion, and our worthy friends be relieved from their depressing anxieties, so that their energies may be cheerfully devoted to the spiritual interests of the Church.-ED.
WAKEFIELD Mission.- MR. EDITOR.-On the 12th of September I preached at our Home Mission Station, in Wakefield, and made collections for local expenses. About fifty persons were present in the morning, and eighty in the evening. In the afternoon I administered the Lord's Supper to our Jittle Church, and Jesus was present to bless. On Monday I visited the members, and surveyed the town, in order to form a judginent respecting the friends, and the locality as a basis for Home Missionary operations, and the judgment I have formed is decidedly