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annually to return to China. As bearing on the great subject of Missions, these are momentous statements. One-third of the human race without God, and having no hope in the world!
PROTESTANTISM IN THE WORLD IN 1855. Great Britain .
. 23,000,000 Ireland .
• 2,000,000 Prussia.
. 10,000,000 German States.
. 11,000,000 Austrian Empire
• 3,000,000 Denmark.
2,500,000 Sweden and Norway
. 4,600,000 Holland and Belgium .
• 2,500,000 Switzerland .
• 1,500,000 France . .
. ' 2,500,000 Russian Empire.
. 1,200,000 Greece and Asiatic Islands
500,000 United States of America
. 21,000,000 British America.
. 1,750,000 Africa and its Islands .
700,000 West Indies and Guiana
• 1,000,000 India, Ceylon, and China
• 500,000 Australia and Polynesia ,
90,000,000 THE DEAD FAITI WHICH DOES NOT SAVE THE SOUL. This faith was possessed,
1. By many ancient Israelites. They believed his words, but soon forgot his works. Psa. cvi. 12, 13.
2. By Simon the sorcerer. He believed and was baptized; yet was in the gall of bitterness and the bonds of iniquity, having neither part nor lot in the matter of true faith and salvation. Acts viii. 13-21.
3. By King Agrippa. He believed in the prophets, God, the law, and the promise of a Saviour ; yet was only almost persuaded to be a Christian. Acts xxvi. 27, 28.
4. By many apostates, who made shipwreck of faith, fell away, and perished. 1 Tim. i. 19.
5. By devils also. They believe and tremble ; and acknowledge Jesus to be the Saviour, the Holy One of God. Jas. ii. 19; Luke iv. 34.
6. This faith is possessed by millions in our own enlightened day and land. They believe in God, the Bible, and the Gospel ; yet neglect salvation and live in sin. Their belief is only "the dead faith which does not sare the soul.”
STREET EDUCATION. The City Missionary visited an unhappy young man in jail, waiting his trial for a State prison crime. “Sir," said the prisoner, tears running down his cheeks, “I had a good home education ; it was my street education that ruined me. I used to slip out of the house and go off with boys in i the street. In the street I learned to lounge ; in the street
I learned to swear ; in the street I learned to smoke; in the street I learned to gamble; in the street I learned to pilfer. O, sir, it is in the street the devil lurks, to work the ruin of the young.” Is this so? Beware then, boys, of a street education, and stay at home. And let parents see to it, that home training is pleasant, and strong, and sound
enough to grapple with and conquer the bad and dangerous \ influence of street society.
THE TRUE CHRISTIAN. The following are some of the mysteries of true Christian life:
1. The Christian liveth in another; he is wise in another; ! he is righteous, by faith, in another; he is strong in another."
2. He is very low in humility, but very high in hopes He knows he is undeserving the least mercy, and yet he expects the greatest.
3. He is in the world, but not of the world-in the world. as a pilgrim, but not as a citizen. His habitation is below, but his conversation above.
4. He will comply with anything that is civil, but with nothing that is sinful. He will stoop to the necessities of the meanest, but will not yield to the sinful humours of the greatest.
5. He works out his salvation with fear and treinbling. He works as if he were to live here always, yet worships as if he were to die to-morrow.
6. When he is weak, then he is strong. When he is most sensible of his own weakness, and most dependent on Christ's strength, then he stands the safest.
7. When he is most vile in his own eyes, he is most glorious in the eyes of God. When Job abhorred himself, then God raised him. When the centurion thought himself the most unworthy, Christ said to him, “I have not found so great faith, no, not in Israel."
8. He is content in this world, yet longs and prays for a better.
TOO TRUE. The less you leave your children when you die, the more they will have twenty years afterwards. Wealth inherited should be the incentive to exertion instead of that, it is the title-deed to sloth.' The only money that does a man good is what he earns himself. A ready-made fortune is like ready-made clothes, seldom fits the man who comes into possession. Ambition, stimulated by hope and a half filled pocket-book, has a power that will triumph over all difficulties, beginning with the rich man's contumely, and leaving off with the envious man's malice.
THOUGHTS OF MATTHEW HENRY. Those lives that are entirely devoted to God's praise are assuredly taken under his protection.
All our sufficiency for our spiritual work and welfare is from the grace of God; and if all be from him, let all be I to him. Did we not often pray for mercy when we were
in pursuit of it ? and shall we think it will suffice once or twice to give thanks when we have obtained it?
Who would wish to live a day longer than God has some work to do, either by him or upon him?
If we would have God hear what we say to him by prayer, we must be ready to hear what he says to us by his word.
With respect to those that think God their chief joy, as
their joy may be full, so it may be constant, even in this vale of tears. It is their own fault if they are not glad all their days, for his mercy will furnish them with joy in tribulation, and nothing can separate them from it.
A CHRISTIAN'S BELIEF. I assure you, in the most solemn manner, that I entertain this moment the fullest conviction that the Bible contains a true record of the revelations of God; more especially, I believe in the supreme divinity of Jesus of Nazareth. Him I regard daily, with renewed satisfaction and joy, as the immediate object of religious worship. Him I revere as the utmost perfection which human nature can exhibit, and as the express image of the God-head. I believe, with increasing intuitive knowledge, that no man can come unto the Father but by and through him. I believe that, through his person and mediation only, the human race can be conducted to its destination, restored to its original dignity, and attain to the complete purpose of eternal love. It is He on whom I am daily more and more constrained to place an entire dependence. As a mortal man, as a helpless sinner, as a philosopher, I stand in need of him. The more I examine all the different systems of philosophy, the more I am led to allore Jesus Christ as my Lord and my God. Christ, or despair, is my only alternative. His incarnation, his sufferings, death, and resurrection, his close affinity to mankind, serve, by faith in Him, to dispel all my darkness, to supply all my defects.- Lavater.
EFFECTIVE PREACHING. A religion without a Saviour, is the temple without the Shekinah, and its worshippers will all desert it. Few men in the world have less pretensions as a preacher than myself, my voice, my look, my manner, all of a common kind, yet I thank God there is scarcely a corner in our little church where you might not find a streaming eye and a beating heart. The reason is, that I speak of Christ; and if there is not a charm in the name, there is in the train of fears, and hopes, and joys; which it carries along with it. The people feel--they must listen.- Cunningham.
WELSH ADVICE. The following counsel, given by Cativy the Wise to Taliessin, the chief of bards, when he was a scholar, has in it sufficient practical wisdom to claim a place in our pages. Cativy was the principal of a college in South Wales, that flourished about the fifth century,
Think before thou speakest, 1. What thou shalt speak. 2. Why thou shalt speak. 3. To whom thou mayest have to speak. 4. About whom thou art going to speak. 5. What will become of what thou mayest speak. ' 6. What may be the benefit of what thou shalt speak. 7. Who may be listening to what thou shalt speak.
Put thy words on thy fingers, and before thou speakest, turn them these seven ways, and there will never come any harm from what thou shalt say. Cativy the Wise delivered this to Taliessin in giving him his blessing.
DIRECTIONS FOR SPENDING THE DAY.
1. Begin the day with God.
2. Be conscientious and diligent in the business of the day.
3. Be moderate and innocent in the recreations of the day.
4. Carefully remark and wisely improve all providential dispensations.
5. Guard against the temptations of the day.
8. In everything depend on the assisting grace of God. Whatever be the work in hand, whether sacred or civil, whether temple work, domestic work, public work, or closet work, seek Divine assistance. 9. Close the day with self-examination and prayer.