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tower upon tower, and mountain up- more than now remain on the earth. on mountain ; but it cannot touch What a number of thine own bosom the mountains, and they shall smoke; friends and companions in duty are it cannot conquer souls for Christ; now gone; and why shouldst thou be it cannot awaken the sympathies of so loath to follow ? Nay, hath not faith and love; it cannot do Christ's Jesus Christ Himself gone the way? work in man's conversion. It is dark Hath He not sanctified the grave to in itself, and cannot diffuse light. us, and perfumed the dust with His It is cold at heart, and has no over- own body ? and art thou loath to folflowing and subduing influences to low Him too? Rather say, as Thomas, pour out upon the lost. And with “Let us also go, that we may die all its strength, that Church is weak, with Him."— Baxter. and for Christ's peculiar work, worthless. And with all its glitter of What is it to have “Clirist in gorgeous array, it is a dark Church, you The Romanist hangs the -it cannot shine. On the contrary,

cross on his bosom : the true Chrisshow me a Church, poor, illiterate, tian carries the cross in his heart; obscure, unknown, but composed of

and a cross inside the heart is one of praying people. They shall be men the sweetest cures for a cross on the of neither power nor wealth nor back. If you have a cross in your influence : they shall be families heart,-Christ crucified in you, the that do not know one day where they hope of glory,--the cross of this are to get their bread for the next;

world's trouble will seem to you light but wită them is the hiding of God's enough, and you will easily be able to power, and their influence is felt for sustain it. Christ in the heart, means eternity, and their light shines and Christ believed in, Christ beloved, is watched, and wherever they go

Christ trusted, Christ espoused, there is a fountain of light, and Christ Christ communed with, Christ as in them is glorified, and His kingdom our daily food, and ourselves as the advanced. They are His chosen temple and palace wherein Jesus vessels of salvation, and His lumi- Christ daily walks. Ah! there are naries to reflect His light.-Dr. Olin. many who 'are total strangers to the

meaning of this phrase. They do Why should not a man, that would not know what it is to have Jesus die at all, be as willing at thirty or Christ in them. Though they know forty, if God see fit, as at seventy or a little about Christ on Calvary, they eighty ? Length of time doth not know nothing about Christ in the conquer corruption; it never withers heart. Now, remember, that Christ or decays through age. Except on Calvary will save no man, unless We receive an addition of grace as

Christ be in the heart. The Son of well as time, we naturally grow

Mary, born in the manger, will not worse. “O my soul, depart in save you, unless He also be born in peace!" As thou wouldst not desire your heart, and live there,—your joy, an unlimited estate in wealth or your strength, and your consolation. so desire it not in point of

-C. H. Spurgeon. time. How many of the precious servants of God, of all ages and THERE is a place for anger as well places, have gone before thee! Thou as for love. We do not want fretful, art not to enter an untrodden path, passionate people ; neither do we nor appointed first to break the ice. want unvarying softness. Except Enoch or Elijah, which of the have a man who loves good and hates saints have escaped death?

And evil. We want something with two art thou better than they? There sides; that is a solid, real character. are many millions of saints dead, The wisdom that is from above is

honour,

Let us

first pure, then peaceable. Knit your thoughtless in any after-years, rather brows at the backbiter's approach, than now—though, indeed, there is and he will soon sneak away. If you only one place where a man may be do not take the venom in, he will not nobly thoughtless-his death-bed. long continue to give it out. Call up Nothing should be left to be done the angry countenance to chase the there.- Ruskin. troubler from your presence, as you would unleash the gruff watch-dog to scare the robber from your garden.

BELIEVE, and you shall love. BeYou may as well attempt to let light

lieve much, and you shall love much. into a chamber without expelling the

Labour for strong and deep per. darkness, as to retain affection for

suasion of the glorious things which the good without becoming a terror

are spoken of Christ, and this will to the evil. You are cruel to your

command love. Certainly, did men friend, and not kind, if by your soft

indeed believe His worth, they would ness you stimulate still further the accordingly love Him; for the reason growth of a thorn already choking

cannot but love that which it firmly the good seed in his heart. Give

believes to be worthiest of affection. the devil that possesses your brother

Oh! this mischievous unbelief is that a blow, although your brother him

which makes the heart cold and dead self should feel the smart: when he

towards God. Seek, then, to believe comes to himself he will thank you.

Christ's excellency in Himself, and -Dr. Arnot.

His love to us, and our interest in

Him, and this will kindle such a fire In general, I have no patience

in the heart as will make it ascend in with people who talk about “the

a sacrifice of love to Him.-Jeremy thoughtlessness of youth" indul.

Taylor. gently; I had rather hear of thoughtless old age and the in- Ir one should give me a dish of dulgence due to that. When a man sand, and tell me there were particles has done his work, and nothing can of iron in it, I might look for them any way be materially altered in his with my eyes, and search for them fate, let him forget his toil, and jest with my clumsy fingers, and be unwith faith, if he will; but what able to detect them; but let me take excuse can you find for wilfulness a magnet and sweep through it, and of thought at the very time when how would it draw to itself the most every crisis of future fortune hangs invisible particles by the mere power on your decisions ?

A youth of attraction! The unthankful heart, thoughtless ! when all the happiness like my finger in the sand, discovers of his home depends on the chances no mercies; but let the thankful or the passions of an hour! A heart sweep through the day, and as youth thoughtless! when his every the magnet finds the iron, so it will act is a foundation-stone of future find in every hour some heavenly

and every imagination a blessings; only the iron in God's fountain of life death ! Be sand is gold.-O. W. Holmes.

or

THE FAMILY LIBRARY.

We have room this month for only one or two notices of books, and those notices must be

very

brief. A volume that calls for special commendation is, The Child's Bible Narrative : being a consecutive arrangement of the Narrative and other portions of Holy Scripture, in the Words of the Authorized Version ; with Illustrations.* The object of the book is sufficiently explained by its title; but it may be added that the volume is an extremely attractive one, being carefully edited, beautifully printed, and illustrated in the style for which the house from which it proceeds is so deservedly famous. A nicer present for a child-cheap also (we believe the price is but six shillings)—could hardly be found.

The Saviour's Parting Prayer for His Disciples, by the Rev. W. Landels, D.D.,t is a reprint, with additions, of the chapters on our Lord's intercessory prayer, which have lately appeared in our pages. It is not needful to characterize the book, as it is already familiar to our readers. It possesses all the features of Dr. Landels’s attractive style, and will, we have no doubt, have a large circulation in its present elegant form.

Gems of Song, with Music: a Hymn and Tune Book for the SundaySchool, and for use in Families: Compiled and Edited by G. T. Congreve,t will be universally acceptable; as will also, we trust, The Missionary World ; an Encyclopædia of Information, Facts, Incidents, Statistics, etc., relating to Christian Missions ; † and The New Cyclopedia of Illustrative Anecdote; designed for Ministers, Teachers, and the Family Circle, † the first parts only of which have reached us.

NEWS OF THE CHURCHES. We are glad to know that a very proved health, at the beginning of considerable number of pastors and last month. congregations responded to the invitation of the committee of the A small chapel, or mission staBaptist Missionary Society, to meet tion, has been opened at Ashley, for special prayer on behalf of mis

near Eythorne, in connection with sions, on the 15th of last month. the church at the latter place. There We trust that the answer to these are now three small chapels, besides prayers will be seen in increased subordinate stations, in connection effort and enlarged success.

with the parent church at Eythorne,

and under the pastorate of the Rev. Many of our readers will be glad R. Shindler.—The chapel at Blisto hear of the return of the Rev. worth, Northamptonshire, under C. H. Spurgeon from his visit to the ministry of the Rev. G. Jarman, Rome, and that he was able to re- has been re-opened, after enlargesume his ministry, in much im- ment and improvement, effected at a * Cassell, Petter, & Galpin.

+ Elliot Stock.

cost of nearly £1200.-A new chapel Naunton and Guiting, Gloucesterhas been opened at Cornwall Road, shire; the Rev. J. C. Powell, of Brixton, London, for the ministry Norton Skenfrith, to Llanfihangel, of the Rev. D. Asquith.—The me- Monmouthshire; the Rev. W. Salter, morial-stone of a new chapel has of Coalville, Leicestershire, to been laid at Prince's End, Tipton, Netherton, Dudley, Staffordshire; Staffordshire, to be erected for the the Rev. J. F. Frewin, formerly of ministry of the Rev. J. C. Whitaker. the Metropolitan Tabernacle College, -A new chapel has been opened at to Surrey Lane, Battersea, London. Dewsbury, Yorkshire, for the minis- The Rev. J. G. Gregson has resigned try of the Rey. N. H. Shaw.

the pastorate of the church at Port

sea, and has sailed for India, to reThe Rev. R. Green, late of Shipley, sume missionary work there. The has been recognised as the pastor of Rev. J. Robinson has resigned the the church meeting in Townhead pastorate of the church at LandStreet Chapel, Sheffield.—The Rev. beach, Cambridgeshire, after a J. Toll has been recognised as the pastorate of a little over four years. pastor of the church at Great The Rev. R. Bayne has resigned the Ellingham, Norfolk.- The Rev. J. pastorate of the church at RickM’Lean has been recognised as the mansworth, Herts. The Rev. A. pastor of the church in Yates Street, Ibberson has, after twelve years' Birmingham. - The Rev. C. W labour, resigned the pastorate of the Skemp, late of Rhyl, has been re- church at Dover, and has received cognised as the pastor of the from his people a handsome testichurch at Brierley Hill, Worcester- monial. The Rev. T. Crabtree has shire.

resigned the pastorate of the church

at Montague Street, Blackburn, The following reports of MINIS- having found it necessary, on acTERIÁL CHANGES have reached us count of ill health, to leave for since our last issue:-The Rev. G. R. Australia. His people presented Tanswell, of Arlington, Gloucester- him, on leaving, with a purse of shire, to Woodchester, in the same £37, as a token of gratitude and county; the Rev. A. K. Davidson, of esteem. the Metropolitan Tabernacle College, to Bardwell, Suffolk; the Rev. S. We regret to announce the death D. Thomas, of Cork, to Melsome, of the Rev. C. Drawbridge, formerly Glamorganshire; the Rev. J. Allen, of Succoth Chapel, Rushden, NorthB.A., of Hook Norton, to Olney, amptonshire, at the age of sixty-six; Bucks; the Rev. E. K. Everett, of also of the Rev. J. Cooper, for many Nantwich, Cheshire, to Wakefield

years pastor of the church assemRoad, Stalybridge; the Rev. S. D. bling in the Lower Meeting-house, Rees, of Evenjobb, Radnor, to Great Amersham, at the age of seventyMissenden, Bucks; the Rev. M. H. eight; also of the Rev. R. Tubbs, Jones, of Haverfordwest College, to late pastor of the church at AddleCossey, Norfolk; the Rev. A. Rolla- stone, Weybridge, at the age of son, of Rawdon College, to Ebenezer sixty-five. They rest from their Chapel, Scarborough; the Rev. B. labours, and their works do follow Dickins, of Edenbridge, Kent, to them.”

THE CHURCH. .

"Built upon the foundation of the Apostles and Prophets, Jesus Christ Himself

being the chief corner-stone."

MARCH, 1872.

SOMETHING ABOUT THE APOSTLE JOHN.

BY THE REV. JAMES CULROSS, A.M., D.D.

III.—THE COMPANION OF JESUS. PLANTING ourselves in the valley of the Jordan, in the fifteenth year of the Emperor Tiberius, we find a remarkable spiritual movement going forward under the ministry of John the Baptist. He had lived to the

age of thirty among the mountains west of the Dead Sea, preparing in solitude for the brief but great work of his life, and at the appointed hour he steps suddenly forward, crying to the nation, "Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand." Those who come to him confessing their sins, he baptizes beneath the flow of the swift river. His voice stirs the land to its remotest borders. Great multitudes gather to him; among them Jesus of Nazareth, who being baptized is pointed out by sign and voice from heaven as the Son of God, and immediately after disappears in the wilderness, whence He emerges again at the end of forty days. One day, on his reappearing, the Baptist stood on the watch, attended by two of his disciples, Andrew and John the young fisherman from Bethsaida, and, seeing Jesus as He walked, he said, “ Behold the Lamb of God." The two young men silently followed, without venturing to address Him. Jesus turned and saw them following, and, having graciously questioned them, invited them to spend the day with Him. Gladly they complied. The conversation is a secret; but its impression was such that they immediately attached themselves and began to bring others to Him as disciples. Our best help toward understanding the blessedness of the meeting is the recollection of that hour when He first revealed Himself to our own hearts as Saviour, in what Herbert calls the “first glance" of His “sweet and gracious eye." For John it is no unrepeated interview, as when two ships meet on the ocean and exchange signals and pass onwards each on its course, but the beginning of a life-long devotion. From henceforth he never passes beyond the orbit of this attraction; the hopes now kindled never die.

The public life of Jesus falls into three well-marked divisions, each with a special character of its own.

The first division, comprising

VOL. XIV.

NO. III.

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