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the other party is journeying to perdi- natural inclinations. The prospect of tion.” This is indeed dreadful, and is any gratification of a worldly nature of itself sufficient to occasion no small will yield to the divine will when it is diminution of conjugal felicity. If, opposed to it. And how absent, then, however, the comfort of the parties must this feeling of gratitude be from only were concerned it would be a mat- the heart of that individual who never ter of less consequence; but it is a once thinks of inquiring whether the matter of conscience, and an affair in relationship which he or she is about to which we have no option. “She is at form be such as shall receive the approliberty to marry whom she will, but bation of God ? Or who can voluntarily only in the Lord.”

join hands with a person who gives no There are various other circumstances evidence of being a believer in Christ? of a prudential nature which ought to We have no hesitation in affirming that regulate Christians in forming the mar- the state of the affections, in regard to riage union, if they would wish to make unseen and eternal things, is far from it subservient to their lasting happiness. being what it ought to be, when there There is a similarity of age, station, is manifested such forgetfulness of the disposition, taste, and pursuit, which divine will. are intimately connected with the It is well remarked by a certain proper formation of that union. On writer, whose name I know not, “ It is these, however, we do not enter, our not in the moment of grateful attachpresent object being to consider it ex- ment to the Father of mercies that we clusively in reference to obligations of think of making a league with his enea religious nature.

mies, this treachery occurs in the hour To acknowledge the Lord in this of forgetfulness, when the heart is cold important undertaking is not only to and barren—when formality occupies seek his guidance, but to ascertain what the throne of religion, and when nohis will is, and to comply with it. This thing is seen but the semblance of we have now endeavoured to assist you, piety.” dear friends, to determine, and shall Secondly. Let a compliance with the conclude by presenting a few motives injunction to “marry only in the Lord,” enforcing obedience to the divine in- be further enforced by a regard to your junction to marry only in the Lord.” own spiritual interests. The apostle

First. Consider the obligation under asks the Corinthians, when reproving which you are laid to obey God.

them for associating with idolaters, When we call to remembrance the “What communion hath light with unspeakable goodness of the Father of darkness ? What part hath he that mercies in providing redemption for us believeth with an infidel ?” through the blood of his Son, we cannot If a believer who violates the divine too deeply feel the debt of gratitude we will by uniting in marriage with an unowe to him; and the language of every believer, continues attached to the reheart in some measure impressed with ligion of Jesus, he or she will experience the greatness of the love of God, and the truth of the apostle's statement, the blessedness of that salvation which that there can be no communion between flows from it, is, “Lord, what wilt thou them. The one knows nothing of the have me to do ?" If the mind be under spiritual enjoyments and sorrows of the the influence of this generous principle, other. That which is the object of the a regard to the authority of our hea- affections on the part of one is disvenly Father will triumph over our relished and, it may be, hated by the


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other. In the days of trial and dark- the Israelites in calamities of the most ness, the unhappiness of such a union is fearful kind, by turning their hearts particularly felt. The two cannot unite away from the Lord their God. And together at the throne of grace, for were the history of the churches of they have not the same source of con- Christ equally well known, it would be solation. While partaking of common found that they have led many to make sufferings they have no spiritual sym- shipwreck of the faith, and of a good pathy with each other; nor have they conscience," and have thus occasioned that strength and support which spring the loss of all that is dear to them as from mutually unburdening themselves rational and immortal beings. in the presence of a common Father, Various are the causes to which the and thus obtaining the grace that is decline of piety in the churches of Christ needful for both " in the time of need." have been ascribed. I am satisfied that But would that this were all. It is far a disregard of the will of Christ in from being so. We have proceeded on reference to the marriage union is one. the supposition that the professed be- It introduces coldness and irreligion liever remains stedfast in the truth, but to professed societies of saints, and this is a favourable view of the case. spreads a withering influence around. Such firm adherence to Christ does not It blights spiritual life, and grieves the often occur when an individual forms Holy Spirit of God. I quote on this an alliance with an unbeliever. Accus- subject the following important remarks tomed daily to observe a disregard to of Mr. Jay of Bath, “How deplorable the fear of God, and sometimes very is it, that this Christian rule of marriage marked displays of opposition to the is so frequently trampled upon! The truth; and having, perhaps, in addition, violation of it is, in the degree of it, at to contend with obstacles to the obsery- least peculiar to our own age. Our ance of divine institutions thrown pur- pious ancestors, especially among the posely in the way, examples are not nonconformists, would have been shockwanting in which his or her interest in ed at the practice, as appears from their the gospel and its blessings has gradu- invaluable writings. And I am perally declined, and ended in apostacy suaded that it is very much owing to from the holy profession once so hope the prevalence of these indiscriminate fully made. A melancholy exhibition and unhallowed connexions that we have of the awful consequences of yielding fallen so far short of those men of God to personal inclination, in preference to who went before us, in our seclusion complying with the divine precept "to from the world, in the simplicity of our marry only in the Lord.” Let the manners, in the uniformity of our proyoung, therefore, take warning. When fession, in the discharge of family I look to facts I speak not too strongly worship, and in the training up of our in affirming, that should you disobey the households in the nurture and admoniwill of God in entering into the tion of the Lord.” marriage union with those who fear Thirdly. We would, lastly, enforce Him not, you peril the eternal welfare obedience to the divine will in regard of your immortal souls. By consulting to marriage by the consideration of its the Old Testament you will find that inseparable connexion with family relialliances were the means of introducing gión. Unless the parties united feel the wickedness which led to the de- the power of the truth, the duties enstruction of the old world by a flood of joined on husbands and wives cannot waters; and that they often involved be performed. And as it respects the young, it is impossible that their spiri- religion to future generations, enter tual interests can be promoted when not, believers, into the matrimonial the effects of the instruction tendered relation without acknowledging the by the one parent are counteracted by Lord by imploring his divine direction, the counsels and example of the other. and acting in accordance with his will, As, then, you value consistency in your that those who marry, "should marry professed subjection to the authority of only in the Lord." Christ, the spiritual well-being of your

A. A. own souls, and the transmission of true Edinburgh, 27th June, 1849.


Late attendance is as unseemly, and it a study for twenty years to acquire even slovenly, on the part of him who earnestness without vehemence. Robert is guilty of it, as it is injurious to those Hall was a fine specimen of this; no who “show unto him a more excellent one can have heard that extraordinary way.” It interrupts and mars public man, in his happiest moods, without devotion, while it deprives its subject of being as much impressed with the some of the most enriching spiritual intense feeling and animation of his exercises. Moreover, it is slighting the manner, as astonished by the grandeur God of worship, when either the singing of his conceptions, and delighted by the of his praise, or the reading of his word, correctness of his taste. With a voice or the supplication of his throne, is of little compass, and by no viewed as of less importance than the musical, he compensated for these defects exposition or discourse of the preacher. by the carnestness of his manner, and Apology for such conduct cannot be with an eye through which the glow of justified, and ought certainly never to his mighty soul was perpetually flashing be received, except perhaps from upon his subject and his audience, he families visited by affliction, or individ- poured forth a stream of eloquence, uals moving in the capacity of domestic which, though impeded at first by a servants.-A. M. Stalker.

slight hesitation, soon acquired the force I have heard it said of Talma, the of a torrent and the grandeur of a celebrated French actor, that he had made cataract.-J. A. James.



“ The Lord is very pitiful, and of tender mercy."
The pitiful Redeemer! Such is he,

Whose mighty arm his chosen ones redeems :
Who clave for Judah's sons dark Egypt's sea,

And bore them harmless through its secret streams ;
Along the waste their every want supplied,
And planted Israel's vine on Zion's mountain-side.

The pitiful Redeemer ! Such is he,

Whose covenant love was long ere time began,
Who cried with holy earnestness, “ I'll be

Thy helper, thy deliverer, o man !
The costly ransom-price will I discharge,
And in redemption's fulness set thy soul at large.”

The pitiful Redeemer ! Such is he,

Who left the honours of his royal seat ;
Came forth the captive from his bonds to free,

The deaf to wake with tone and tidings sweet;
To give the blind the glorious beams of day,
And call the death-struck back from their cold couch of clay.

The pitiful Redeemer! Such is he,

Whom garden shades at midnight watch o'erhung,
When on thy greensward, sad Gethsemane,

His holy soul with agony was wrung ;
And angel pinions bore a bright One down,
With Heaven's enduring strength his weakness-hour to crown.

The pitiful Redeemer ! Such is he,

Whom the rude rabble made their impious scorn,
With seeming emblems of his dignity,

Sceptre of reed, and diadem of thorn!
Who bore the cross before the gathering crowd,
Till on its front transfixed, he suffered, bled, and bowed.

The pitiful Redeemer ! Such is he,

Who rose, and glory's upward path retraced ;
And lives, believing soul, to plead for thee,

His far yet fellow pilgrim on life's waste,
Sharing with thee thine every tear and sigh,
With sympathy so sweet Love will not let it die.

The pitiful Redeemer ! Such is he,

Whose everlasting arms are round thee still,
When tossed upon the tempest-driven sea,

Or climbing wearily the toilsome hill,
Or combatting with sorrow's legion host,
Or launching from the shore of death's surge-beaten coast.

The pitiful Redeemer ! Such is he,

Jesus, the One in all, the All in one ;
To thee, compassionate High-Priest, to thee,

We give the glory thou for us hast won;
Thy pitying love and tenderness divine,

Are they not ever fixed on each dcar child of thine ?
August, 1849.

J. T.






1 S 5 13 1 Kings xiii,

Mars may be seen in south before sunrise. 6 46 Mark vü, 24–37.

Saturn in evening near eastern horizon. 2 LD 5 15 Psalms.

S.S.U. Mark v. 1-20, Numb. xxi, 1–20. 6 44 Psalms.

Full Moon, 18 min. past 5, afternoon. 3 M5 16 2 Chron. xii., xiii.

Venus in the east at break of day. 6 42 Mark viii. 1-26,

Moon rises, 14 min. past 7, evening. 4 | Tu 5 18 2 Chron, xiv., xv.

Baptist Irish Committee, 6, evening. 6 40 Mark viii. 27-38, ix. 1. Moon rises, 40 min. past 7, evening. 5 W | 5 20 2 Chron, xvi., xvii.

Moon sets, 13 min. past 8, morning. 6 37 Mark ix. 2-29.

Moon rises, 6 min. past 8, evening. Th 5 21 1 Kings xvi. 23—34, xvii. 6054 years from the creation of light, sec. 6 35 Mark ix. 30-50.

[Freeman, Bap. Mag., p. 547. 7 F 5 23 1 Kings xvii.

6054 years from the creation of firmament, 6 32 Mark x. 1-31.

(sec. Freeman, ut supra. 8S 5 24 1 Kings xix.

6054 years from the creation of earth and 6 29 Mark x. 32–52.

(seas, sec, Freeman. 9 | LD 5 26 Psalms.

Luke v. 27–39, Matt, ix, 10—17, Ruth ii. 6 27 Psalms.

6054 years from creation of sun and moon, 10 M 5 27 1 Kings xx.

6054 years from creation of fish and fowl. 6 25 Mark xi, 1-26.

Moon rises, 17 m. past 11, night. 11 Tu 5 29 1 Kings xxi.

6054 years from creation of cattle and man. 6 22 Mark xi. 27-33, xii. 1-17. Fraternal meeting at 4, Moorgate St. 12 W 5 30 1 Kings xxii, 1–40.!

6054 years from the first sabbath. 6 20 Mark xii, 18–40.

Stepney College public services. 13 Th 5 32 2 Chron, xix., xx. 1-30. Moon rises, 26 min. past 1, morning. 6 18 Mark xiii, 1-23.

Moon sets, 47 min. past 4, afternoon. 14 F 5 33 2 Chron. xx, 35—37, xxi. 1812, Napoleon entered Moscow. 6 16 Mark xiii. 24-37.

1812, Conflagration of Moscow commenced. 15 S

5 35
2 Kings i., ii.

Moon rises, 51 min. past 3, morning.
6 14 Mark xiv. 1-25.

1830, Openg. of Liverpool & Manchester rail. 16 LD 5 36 Psalms.

Mark vi. 1-13, Matt. xiii.54–58, 2 Sam. xv. 6 12 | Psalms.

New Moon, 2 min. past 4, afternoon. 17 M 5 38 2 Kings iii.

Moon rises, 21 min. past 6, morning. 6 9 Mark xiv. 26–52.

Moon sets, 45 min. past 6, afternoon. 18 Tu 5 40 2 Kinga iv.

1714, George I. landed at Greenwich. 6 7 Mark xiv. 53–72.

Baptist Home Mission Committee at 6. 19 W 5 42 2 Kings v.

1471, First English book printed. 6 5 Mark xv, 1-20.

1691, Hanserd Knollys died, æt. 93. 20 Th 5 43 2 Kings vi. 1-23.

Moon rises, 50 min. past 9, morning. 6 2 Mark xv. 21-47.

Moon sets, 1 m. past 8, evening, 21 F

5 45

2 Kings vi. 24-33, vii. 1665, John Gifford (Bedford) died. 6 0 Mark xvi.

Moon sets, 30 min. past 8, evening 22 S 5 46 2 Kings viii., ix. 1-7.

1795, London Missionary Society formed. 5 58 1 Peter i. 1-21.

1834, James Upton (Church Street) died. 23 | LD 5 48 Psalms,

Sunday School Union Lessons, 5 56 Psalms.

Matthew x., Numbers xiii, 17—33. 24 M 5 49 2 Kings ix. 11—37, n. 1-11. Moon's first quarter, 24 m. past 11, morning.

5 54 | 1 Peter i, 22-25, ii. l-12. Moon sets, 30 min. past 10, night. 25 Tu 5 51 2 Kings x. 12-36.

Moon rises, 28 min. past 2, afternoon. 5 52 1 Peter ii. 13-25, iii. 1-7. Moon sets, 17 min. past 11, night. 26 W 5 53 2 Chron, xxii., xxiii.

329, Constantinople founded. 5 50 1 Peter iv.

Moon rises, 10 min. past 3, afternoon. 27 Th 5 55 2 Chron. xxiv.

Moon sets, 13 min. past 12, morning. 5 48 1 Peter v.

Moon rises, 46 min. past 3, afternoon. 28 F 5 56 2 Chron, xxv.

Moon sets, 17 min. past 1, morning. 5 45 2 Peter i,

Moon rises, 18 min. past 4, afternoon. 29 S 5 58 2 Kings xiv. 23—29, Jonah i. Moon sets, 22 m. past 2, morning. 5 43 2 Peter ii.

Moon rises, 48 min. past 4, afternoon. 30 LD 5 59 Psalms.

Sunday School Union Lessons, 5 41 Psalms.

Mark vi. 14-29, 1 Samuel xxii.

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