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Japanese idolater, ought we not to study earnestly the Great Book for ourselves ?The Book and its Mission.
HOW TO TURN AWAY WRATH.
LAST Thursday, Mr. Williams, our Turkish preacher, was in his hired garden, where he has a wash-house. Opposite to his garden is another, belonging to a Greek. Fifteen soldiers coming up the road between, ran into the Greek's garden. Some climbed upon mulberry-trees and shook them, others picked up the ripe fruit below, and all began to eat. The Greek's neighbours seeing this became excited, and most inconsiderately seized clubs and even guns, and ran to attack the soldiers Mr. W-, seeing that bloodshed was coming, and noticing the fright of the people in his garden, ran out, and in a decided tone of voice called the soldiers out from that field. They came, apparently expecting that he would lead them on against the Greeks. But he invited them into his garden, and showing them some of his mulberry-trees, told them, “ Climb up there, shake them, and eat as much as you want.' This invitation was cheerfully accepted. you want bread to your mulberries?” Mr. W- asked. “ Yes,” they replied. And now he made them sit down in three circles, five soldiers in each, and treated them courteously with bread and fruit. Meantime the Greek's neighbours came in, all cooled down, and beheld in silence. And now Mr. W
began to preach to both parties ahout God, about love, mutual good feeling, and forbearance, &c. At last the soldiers went away inuch gratified, and the Greeks (there were about fifty persons there) said, “ You have kept us this day from shedding blood, and bringing upon ourselves incalculable evil. We are infinitely obliged to you. Come and see us in our houses.”
This happened in a week of excitement, when a contest commenced thus carelessly, for a worthless trifle, might have brought on the destruction of much life and property; for there was no telling where it would have stopped then.—Rev. Dr. Schauffler, Constantinople.
I was visiting lately a little girl, a dear lamb of the Shepherd's flock, and one whom He seems to be carrying in his bosom.
Wondering at the unvarying peace which her countenance and words always expressed, I ventured to ask her, when speaking about the Saviour's legacy to his disciples, if the sweet peace which Jesus had given her was never ruffled or disturbed. “O yes,” she said ; “I lose it when I sin. It gives me such a sore pain here," she continued, laying her band on her breast, whilst her eyes slowly filled with tears, “ when I fret or murmur, and forget all that the Lord bore for me.
“ And what do you do then, to regain your peace ?” said I. “I confess my sin, and ask God to pardon me," she replied.
“And do you know when He has forgiven you ?" I continued ; supposing she would tell of the pain at her heart removed, and a renewed assurance of pardon shed abroad there.
Her answer rebuked me,- that I know more of the child-like simplicity of the faith which it manifested—a faith which looked wholly to God's word, and not at all to inward frames and feelings. Turning her eyes upon me, and speaking slowly, she replied, “He says, If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all iniquity. He says, I will cast all your sins behind my back, your sins and your iniquities will I remember no more. He says! That is quite enongh for faith.
“ Hath He said it, and will He not do it!"-He, whose very name is Truth.
Truly out of the mouth of babes and sucklings God perfects praise, and shows us how it is that if we receive not the kingdom of God as a little child we shall in no wise enter therein.- British Messenger.
A FEW SIGNS.
SOLOMON said many centuries ago, "Even a child is known by his doings, whether his work be pure, and whether it be right.” When I see a boy in haste to spend every penny as soon as he gets it, I think it a sign that he will be a spendthrift.
When I see a boy or girl always looking out for him or herself, and disliking to share good things with others, I think it a sign that the child will grow up a very selfish person.
When I see boys and girls often quarrelling, I think it a sign that they will be violent and hateful men and
When I see a little boy willing to take strong drink, I think it a sign that he will be a drunkard.
When I see a boy who never attends to the services of religion, I think it a sign that he will be a profane and profligate man.
When I see a child obedient to his parents, I think it a sign of great future blessings from his Heavenly Parent.
And though changes sometimes take place in the character, yet, as a general rule, these signs do not fail.
THE BLOOD OF CHRIST. We talk of its value as infinite, and so it is. That, however, will not save us. We must show our estimation of its value by trusting in it alone for our own salvation. So only can we honour it.
HE WANTS THY HEART. COMING to Christ with thy tongue only, or with thy hands full of thy own good works, won't do. He wants thy heart, and he will have that or nothing.
" Thy Kingdom Come."
“A very good Land.” In the year 1857, when Mr. Buzacott was on his way to Sydney, it was arranged that he should call at a new island, and land two native teachers. When the vessel got near enough to be seen, the natives came off in their canoes, shouting and yelling furiously. They scrambled on board and behaved very rudely, and stole everything they could lay their hands on. Mir. Buzacott found that their language was similar to that of Raratonga, so he endeavoured to get into the confidence of the chief, and to get permission for the native teachers to be sent on shore. "It was arranged that they should go, and that evening they went on shore.
Next morning the canoes returned, but there was no native teacher. Mr. Buzacott suspected treachery. His fears were, however, quieted by one of the natives holding up a palı leaf. That was a letter written on the beach by one of the teachers, addressed to Mr. Buzacott. It was thus :-"My friend, Mr. Buzacott, we think this is a very good land, and we mean to live here and teach the people the gospel of our Lord and Saviour. Send our boxes and our property on shore directly; tell my wife to come and not to be afraid."
Nine months afterwards, he (Mr. Gill) called at this island to see how the teachers prospered ; and when they came on board to see him he was not prepared to find them in such rags and tatters, and he told them they were not setting a good example to the natives. “Oh," said they, “ don't look at rags, we have done the work ; we have done the work.” He found that they had built a chapel ; that they gathered the people regularly for in. struction; that they had taught them to observe the rite of marriage; and that the work was so far completed that they had burned all the idols but one, which was delivered to him to bring home as a proof of the power of the gospel there.
Rev. G, Gill.
Death of a Missionary's Wife.
“My wife has been called home. She was a living, grow. ing Christian. The Master found her ready; for the rest of heaven was to her the joy to which she looked forward with that anxious longing that would say, 'I have a desire to depart and be with Christ.'
During the forenoon of the Sabbath, March 31, her fever raged with intensity. Several times she exclaimed, in a peculiarly clear and exultant voice, See them! oh, don't you see them ? oh, how beautiful!". . Her power of speech failed rapidly, owing to the dryness of her throat. After a time, she seemed making an effort to speak, I bent my ear and she softly whispered, 'They are taking me away.' She never spoke again."- Rev. Mr. Arms, American Mission, Asia Minor.
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