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:. ON THE DUTIES OF A CHRISTIAN MINISTER. Your correspondent Qidalnons' but ours is the case of the pilot who has my sincere thanks for calling is denied the privilege of perishing the attention of your readers to a alone. Not so the faithful paštor; subject of paramount importance, he makes the road more narrow for the want of ministerial success. In himself than for his flock. He not order to ministerial success, there only preserves a character void of are three general points which par. offence, but also shining in all graces ticularly claim our serious attention; and virtues. and in proportion as these are at- , “ He tries each art, reproves each dull tended to, our 'ministerial success delay, (generally speaking) may, on the Allures to brighter worlds, and leads the grounds of reason and Scripture, be
way." ' fairly expected.
The third general point is, that . The first general point. is, that the seed sown be daily watered the : Gospel be preached clearly, by fervent and agonizing prayer. faithfully, earnestly, and affection. That the Supreme Being knoweth ately. The true doctrine of our our wants, and willeth our happichurch is, that every man's person ness, are principles too evident to must be accepted in Christ, before admit of a doubt. Notwithstandhe can do any thing pleasing and ing this, he hath appointed prayer. acceptable to God that is, he must as a medium through which he may be considered as a friend, and not bestow his blessings. To expect as an enemy; as one reconciled to them, therefore, without this meGod through the death of his . Son dium, is presumption, similar to and not as far off and alienated from that of expecting his protection him. In fine, that no one can glo- should we voluntarily run into rify God by his works until he be danger. Various are the records in restored to the favour of God, Scripture of the amazing efficacy of through that faith which justifies his prayer, particularly in the characperson. This must be constantly ters of Abraham, of Moses, and of held forth as the only ground of a David. There we see evils averted sinner's hope, without which all our which appeared almost inevitable, works are nothing worth, not pro- and blessings .conferred which it ceeding from a proper source. seemed almost presumption to ex
The second point which merits pect. But in order to pray aright .we, our particular attention is, that our must also pray in faith, and even con- preaching be followed by a cor- sider our Heavenly Father a debtor respondent example. It was a pro- by promise. “ Ask and ye shall reverb amongst the ancients,
ceive, that your joy may be full.” “Si vis me flere, dolendum est primum My Christian brethren, let us ipsi tibi :”
never for a moment forget that we “ If you wish me to weep, you must shall one day be examined, what we first weep yourself.” And however have done with the Gospel which clearly, faithfully, earnestly, and af- was given us to preach; what is fectionately we may preach, if we become of the souls committed to . do not evince a coincidence of ex- our care. And if sinners will conample, we are said to resemble the tinue obstinate and impenitent, after foolish builder, who is described as all our pious cares, labours, and pulling down with one hand what prayers, their blood will not be at he erects with the other. The cases, our door: our work is left with the however, are not parallel, as he by Lord, and our judgment with our his folly can merely injure himself God. ,
THE POOR-HOUSE PENITENT.-PART I, · As the humane and benevolent led out in the same manner in which Mr. - sat on the bench of she entered, and conducted to the judicature in a large and populous poor-house. town in the county of fulfil. The impression which this scene ing the arduous duties of a chief made on the mind of the chief magistrate; a young woman of an magistrate was not obliterated on interesting appearance, bearing the the removal of the unhappy object symptoms of a person in an ad. from his presence: there was somevanced stage of consumption, was thing in a scene so affecting that one morning led into the town-hall, interested the best feelings of his supported by two females, the wives heart; and while he felt much for of two sailors who had fought in her body, ere long to become food defence of their country. There for worms, he was far more con.was that in her manners and ap- cerned for the deathless principle pearance which immediately pro- within-her soul. duced a favourable impression, unit- Under the influence of these feeled with Christian commiseration, ings, he called on an elderly female on the mind of the worthy magis- Christian friend, to whom he related trate. It was not difficult to per- the above particulars, and requested ceive that she had been accustomed her to visit the object of his care to associate with those unfortunate' and solicitude. On its being sug. and unhappy creatures who parade gested to him that some comforts our streets after the dusk of the were necessary for her, which the evening, ensnaring and entrapping limited means of the poor-house the youthful and inexperienced into might not allow, he immediately, the paths of sin and ruin. The with his characteristic benevolence, purport of her visit was, to entreat left with her a sum of money, to be the clemency of the magistrates to disposed of as the case required.. allow her an asylum in the parish Such are the circumstances which poor-house, there to await the issue led to the first interview, between of her complaint. Her parish she Mary and the pious Mrs. H. stated to be upwards of three hun- who instantly perceived the hand of *dred miles distant, which it was im- God in the event, and thankfully possible she could have reached in embraced the opportunity, in seekher then state. If she , sufficiently ing the eternal welfare of her interecovered, she should wish ; to be resting charge. No time was lost; passed on; but the conviction of her but the same afternoon, accompamind was, that the days of her so- nied by a female friend, she projourning here were fast drawing to ceeded to the poor-house, where, a close, and that soon she should be on inquiry, they were directed .up numbered with the dead. After some a flight of stairs to the sick room; conversation between the gentlemen on entering which they perceived, on the bench, it was determined at the upper end, a young woman that her request should be granted, of a pallid countenance sitting at á as it could too easily be perceived table reading a Bible.. Supposing that disease had made rapid in- her to be the object of their search, roads on her frame—that she was they went forward and addressed fast sinking into the grave. : On her. On inquiry, however, she inmaking known their determination to formed them she was not the perthe poor applicant, she expressed in son, but pointed to a bed, at the strong terms her gratitude to them foot of which sat poor Mary , for their kindness, and was then who was visibly surprised and agi.
tated on finding herself accosted by to implant right principles in her strangers. She made an effort to mind. rise; but such was the extreme de Here she continued until she bility of her frame, that she sank waş fifteen ; at which early period, down, a hectic flush overspreading having become acquainted with a her face. Unlike the generality young man for whom she formed of those unfortunate females, her a strong attachment, she was indress, which was remarkably clean duced to leave her aunt's house, and and neat-her manners, which were came with him to this town, where distinguished for simplicity and mo- she had not been long ere he dedesty--and her countenance, which serted her.. was peculiarly interesting, exhibit. Drawn aside from the paths of ing the marks of heartfelt concern virtue, in a large sea-port town, surand sorrow,-all tended to draw the rounded by temptation, and withhearts of the visitors most power: out any friends to warn or assist fully towards her, and awaken feel her, no wonder that, thus circumings of an indescribable nature. stanced, she sank deeper and deeper Yes! to perceive a young creature, into sin, and, becoming an inmate not more than twenty-four years of in a house of ill fame, settled into a age, a prey to disease, without the regular course of iniquitous living. most distant prospect of recovery, Thus she continued, walking in the rapidly sinking beneath its baneful "broad road that leadeth to destrucinfluence, and hastening to her tion" both of soul and body in hell, eternal state, must awaken feelings for nine years, when the tender of no ordinary kind; but to view her, Shepherd of Israel, in rich mercy in such a condition, a stranger to and compassion, was pleased to the scriptural character of God, arrest her in her career of sin and ignorant of her own state, and wickedness, by the infiction of a resting upon some confused religious painful and trying disorder, which notions of the mercy of Jehovah, should prove the means of rescuing must have affected the mind of a her as a brand from the eternal child of God in a manner impossi- burnings. She continued in this ble to express. But to proceed: state for two years, grądually sinkI shall first subjoin a short accounting ; often determining to throw of Mary's former life, as related by herself on the mercy of the magisher to the visitors, and then com trates, to obtain admittance into the municate some particulars as con poor-house, but was as often disnected with her illness and death. suaded by those about her, who
Mary the eldest of three told her that all application would children, was born in the north of be in vain. Her weakness of body, England. Scarcely had she attained however, rapidly increasing, and her her seventh year, when it pleased conscience becoming alarmed from God to remove her mother hence the prospect of approaching dissoHer father soon after leaving his lution, she resolved to escape from home, her brother and sister were the haunts of iniquity, which she removed to the workhouse, while was at length enabled, through the Mary was received into the family assistance of the women before of a maternal aunt, by whom she mentioned, to accomplish. The was brought up, without any care success which attended her effort being taken of her morals—no at- bas been already related. tempt made to teach her to read, or
C . ALPHA. . (To be continued.) ::
THE BLESSEDNESS OF THE RIGHTEOUS. Blessed are the people that know the joy- stripes they are healed. Oh that
ful sound; they shall walk, O Lord, in men would praise the Lord for his the light of thy countenance.
goodness! For us men and for our
salvation, the Lord of life and glory This world has justly been com- forsook the bosom of his Father, pared to a wilderness. "Each indivi- came down from heaven, and took dual in it is but a passing traveller, upon him our nature, that he might fast hastening to an eternity of hap- redeem us from death and the piness or woe. The journey of life grave, and from everlasting 'perdiwith each will soon be over. But tion. By the death and merits of a in all respects the children of God crucified Saviour, a full, perfect, and have the advantage here, as well as sufficient sacrifice has been made for hereafter. They have, indeed, to sin. In him alone the remedy is travel the liowling waste through found ; and to him alone must we many a thorny path: their spirits look for pardon and remission of often tire and faint by the way; but our sins. In the contemplation of they lean upon an Almighty Arm, this glorious subject have we not which is able to sustain their totter- abundant cause of rejoicing? Who ing steps: and by the eye of faith would be unmindful of that gracious they can discern (though afar off) invitation to the Gospel feast : «Ho, the heavenly Canaan to which they every one that thirsteth, come ve to are bound ; and when safely landed the waters; and he that hah no there, they will know assuredly, that, money : come ye, buy and eat; yea however rugged the road may have come, buy wine and milk without been, they were led by a right way money and without price." The Spito that city of habitation, where nei- rit and the bride say, Come ; and let ther sin nor sorrow can reach them. him that heareth say, Come; and
Oh that men would praise the whosoever will, let him take of the Lord for his goodness, and for his water of life freely." wonderful works to the children of Amidst the sorrows and perplexmen! How munificently is their ities of this life by which we are table spread in the wilderness ! how surrounded (and the children of God frequently does their cup overflow! have commonly no ordinary share), The heavenly manna is scattered the soul is often refreshed with the with an unsparing hand around the cheering sound of the Gospel. The dwellings of the righteous ; waters word of life is dispensed from Sab. break out on the right hand and on bath to Sabbath ; and in the sancthe left : they see the glory of the' tuary we think of the loving-kind. Lord and the excellency of their ness of the Lord. Every returning God. In the Gospel an ample pro- season of worship is as the touch of vision is made for fallen man: it re- the angel to Elijah, saying, “ Arise veals glad tidings of a Saviour, which and eat, because the journey is too is Christ the Lord: it speaks of Him great for thee.” Without the means who has visited and redeemed his of grace, the journey of life would people by shedding his most pre- indeed be too great for those who cious blood; who made his soul an are burdened with its cares and suroffering for sin, and became sin forrows; but in the strength of these them, that He inight present them means, with the Lord's blessing, faultless before the presence of his they are enabled to travel forward Father with exceeding joy. He it as Elijah did to Mount Horeb : is who has borne their griefs and “They go from strength to strength: carried their sorrows. He was smitten every one of them in Zion appear. of God and afflicted; and by his eth before God."
REVIEW OF BOOKS. The Origin, Progress, and existing might consider it as hopeless in its
Circumstances of the London So- object or erroneous in its manageciety for promoting Christianity ment. amongst the Jews. An Historical Mr. Norris indeed begins his work Inquiry. By the Rev. H. H. by declaring Norris, M.A., Perpetual Curate The utmost that we can do towards the of Hackney, &c. Pp. 572 and conversion of the Jews to Christianity, is clxxx. Mawman : 1825.
unquestionably amongst the most obvions We are sometimes called to
of those duties which we owe to aliens from
our own household of faith: and so many and the unwelcome drudgery of toiling so affecting are the incentives to it, which through works which ought never the inspired writers of both Testaments to have been written, and to the have put forth, that there is no Christian painful task of recording opinions enterpr
enterprise so capable of being made at
once both diffusely and deeply interesting. which may, to some persons at least, It would have been an oversight, thereappear harsh and severe. Our con- fore, without a parallel in the annals of solation, however, is, that in passing proselytism, if, at a “ time” when“ Brian honest judgment we may occa
tain” is panegyrized as the “distinguished
seat of spiritual activity,” these most prosionally relieve our readers from an
minent and attractive objects of religious irksome task; and may sometimes, zeal, had not excited strong emotions at perhaps, though we fear but seldom, their affecting state; nay, had not induced induce an author to reconsider his the organization of some plan for their
restoration.-P. 1. opinions before he publishes them to the world.
After such a declaration, which Such have been our feelings might have led a stranger to Mr. while wading through the volume Norris to expect a very different before us; and thus unfavourable volume, he then proceeds to assign must be the decision pronounced the reason and the projected plan of upon its contents. It professes to his inquiries in the following parabe “ an historical inquiry." We are graphs. therefore authorized to conclude, But the glaring facts that no less a sum from the title-page, that somewhat than 135,0001. has been disbursed by this
Society within the sixteen years of its exlike a true account, and a fair state
istence, and that it has progressively forced ment, of the origin, progress, and on its resources and expenditure till they existing circumstances of the Lon have amounted to near 12,5001. per andon Society should be made ; num, whilst at the same time there are that, if mistakes and disappoint
spiritual necessities amongst ourselves of
vital importance to us, prining for assistance, ments, if unwise measures and dis- which they supplicate in vair- these facts, astrous results, are recorded, at I say, staring us in the face, irresistibly least the honest and well-meant provoke inquiry into the validity of its attempts, the patient exertions, and
pretensions, with a special reference to its
claing upon Churchmen to the support the enlarged liberality, which have which it derives from them. For, wbilst distinguished the Society's career, within our own communion the means of should meet with some favourable public worship and of religious instruction notice. But, on the contrary, the
are so deplorably defective, what Church
men contribute to it is the children's * Historical Inquiry” is all on one BREAD, and therefore, to warrant the alienside. It is a record of faults, and ation, not only must the emergency be mistakes, and errors, and wrong great, but the parties to be benefited urmotives, and unhappy results : as
gent for relief, and disposed to hearty co
operation; as also must the dispensers be though the writer's only object very circumspect in the means and instruwas to censure and calumniate allments which they employ; in the huswho engaged in what every impar-' bandry of its resources; and in certifying tial observer must pronounce a be.
themselves that the amelioration produced
bears due proportion to those privations nevolent undertaking, however he which, had priority of claim regulated the