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had been the means of giving him such them the money to pay for the corn, relief of mind. But alas! alas! for which he causeth to be put into each man's promises. 'Yet did not the chief man's sack; they opening their sacks butler remember Joseph, but forgat him." for provender on the road, are filled with And for two full years did Joseph remain dismay and fear, but, returning to their in prison unthought of and uncared for, aged and anxious father, he is unwilling cepting by Him who never forgets nor to let Benjamin go. 'Joseph is not, forsakes His people, although at times and Simeon is not, and ye will take He seems so to do. Painful indeed Benjamin away,' said the weeping must have been many of poor Joseph's father; "all these things are against moments during those weary days. How-me; ye will bring down my grey hairs ever, there must and will be an end of with sorrow to the grave." Verv the trial; however long the Lord seems natural the dear old man should feel to tarry, He will yet come, although thus, but, as in innumerable instances in until the time come that His will is our experience, beloved, God is better to developed, the word of the Lord tries us than our many fears and forebodings. His prisoners of hope. But the time Jacob's reluctance is overcome, and once of Joseph's deliverance was at hand. more are the guilty brothers ushered And it came to pass at the end of two into Joseph's presence. The prolonged full years, the Lord caused Pharaoh to but affecting interview tells its own tale. dream a dream, which all the magicians Joseph at last, unable any longer to hold of Egypt could not interpret; then did out against the feelings of his heart, the chief butler remember his fault, and makes known himself unto his brethren, caused Joseph to be brought before and tells them how it is all the Lord's Pharaoh to interpret his dream. This work, for God, in His providence, had he does faithfully, and the result is so sent him to Egypt for their good. Poor important, so completely concerns the old Jacob is sent for, and thus are we welfare of the country for fourteen brought to the climax of Joseph's eventyears to come, that Joseph is arrayed in ful history, fraught as it is with comfort, vestures of fine linen, and made to ride encouragement, and joy to every believer in Pharaoh's second chariot, and made in Joseph's covenant-working God. Oh! chief ruler over all the land of Egypt. that from such a history we may learn,Here, then, was the poor prisoner raised 1st. Increasingly to put our trust and to the position of a prince; and, as in confidence in Joseph's God. all cases in which the Lord works, wonderful was the result. Far away was poor old Jacob, Joseph's father, believing that his son had been destroyed as was told him. He had wept over the blood-stained coat, and doubtless thought a thousand times of his lost boy, little supposing that a chain of providences had raised him to the high position that he now retained; and that he whom he supposed to be dead should be now the instrument of preserving his family from destruction. However, such was the case. The his tory of their meeting is well known. Jacob having heard that there was corn in Egypt sends all his sons but Benjamin thither to buy corn: they come before Joseph; he knows them, but they do not recognize him; and he insists upon their returning for Benjamin, to prove the truth of their tale, and binding Simeon before their eyes, retains him till they return. They had brought with

2nd. That trials are the inevitable discipline of God's dear people.

3rd. To wait patiently the Lord's time, even though until that time comes, His Word may try us.

4th. That vain is the help of man; nevertheless,

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"Poor though I am, depressed, forgot, Yet God, my God, forsakes me not. And lastly. That the climax always shows how mightily and successfully the Lord works. Depend upon it, beloved,

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"The clouds ye so much dread
Are big with mercy, and shall break
In blessings on your head."
Oh to believe this!

May the Lord own and bless these tal souls, and His own glory, and He imperfect notes, to the profit of immorshall have all the praise.

Yours in the best of bonds,

Bow Road.

G. C.

DANGEROUS BOOKS.

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READER,-- I desire earnestly to com- a thing of life, is a thing that breathes, mend the following admirable remarks though, as being invisible, it is a thing to your serious attention. The subject, that cannot be touched. It is propuespecially to such as are parents or gated subjectively rather than objecguardians, is of the greatest importance tively. Errors of statement, indistinctly in the present day. Evil in its most enunciated dogmas, are indeed objective, specious forms, and under the most sub- but sentiment is subjective; and it is as tle disguises, is on every side of us. sentiment that errorinits virus is diffused. The young and inexperienced walk amid Let but some false sentiment, as a matter moral and intellectual pitfalls, from of feeling and affection, get possession of which it seems to require a miracle of the mind (and it may get possession by grace to preserve them. Oh, let us be the mere reading of the book in which it ware that our negligence increase not breathes), and at once every doctrine, their danger. Let no book you have not every spiritual principle, every system of tested enter into the family circle. religious life, comes to be viewed in the

W. MAUDE. liglit, the discoloured hue ratlier, of this

false sentiment, as either right because it "Error is propagated by infection-not looks lovely, or odious because it is true. by contagion. It is an influence rather | Thus the mind is brought by the soft than a targible substance. It is not by undertone-the latent animus of a perdirect contact with our reason, or with nicious work, into a certain predisposedour affections, that error gains a hold ness to admit error; and the error upon us; we must first become infected adopted, and at last professed, is but the with the spirit of it, before we shall be outward manifestation of the matured disposed to give it any reception. This disease--the noxious influence developis a fact in the philosophy of religion to ing itself in living shape and activity which sufficient attention has not been the plague-spot broken out upon the paid ; indeed, it seems hardly to have forehead. been noted. Men have been in the It is not sufficient then, it will be perhabit of confining their guarded caution ceived, to reject a book as dangerous, and their care altogether against formal and to prohibit the reading of it in the error, as dogmatically propounded in family, simply on the ground that it confalse propositions, and have felt little tains statements of doctrine which are jealousy and exercised little guardedness, clearly and palpably false; or to admit wliere truth was not directly, or in ex- it as safe merely because no one can lay press terms, denied. It is the state- his finger upon specific passages in which ments rather than the spirit of writers false doctrines

are in so many words and teachers they have feared. Hence propounded. There may be danger init has become common to hear them say, deed in a book containing known false with regard to certain authors, or to doctrines, if those doctrines be very certain kinds of books, Where is the attractively portrayed, or if there be harm in them? Point out where the something highly fascinating in the style error or danger lies?' As justly might of the writer. "But, as a general rule, they ask to be shown the infection that the palpability of the error will suffice to floats in the impure air. Error, as it at be à safeguard against its reception, first operates upon the mind, is an while the plausibility of it would win it atmosphere (Satan himself is described easy admittance. By shocking

it would as the spirit of the power of the air ') excite to resist; by fascinating it might an invisible influence--and it is not usu- steal affection. What we should study ally till this influence has wrought its then to ascertain, if we would be preinsidious effect upon the moral system, served from being wrongly affected, is that false doctrine gains power, or as the spirit, the latent tendency, the detersumes the form of an actual existence. mining influence of the work; what it Error being, as we have before observed, savours of; what sort of sentiment it

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breathes; whether that which has most error, or pure, passionless truth. properly, though unwittingly, been light' philosophers have told us, 'is termed religiosity; or whether it be best.""-Rev. Stephen Jenner, Truth's really that of religion; which it will Conflicts and Truth's Triumphs” (a most most predispose the mind to, lucent able and valuable work).

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THE SLEEP OF DEATH.

"Lest coming suddenly He find you sleeping."-Mark xiii. 36. THE Scriptures speak of the careless and! How faithful a picture is this of carnal security!-what our Lord here speaks of as the master of the house "coming suddenly," and finding his servant " sleeping." In this precise state does the thoughtless sinner stand. All the great promises of this book are nothing. All its awful threatenings are as nothing. Though Satan is ruining and destroying him, and flames are about to surround him, yet he is insensible. He dreams of nothing but honour, or riches, or pleasure.

the wicked as of one asleep, who pays
no attention to the most important con-
cerns around him. For instance, a man
may find his house safe, all calm and
quiet he retires, lays him down on his
bed with great satisfaction, falls into re-
freshing sleep, as he has done innumer-
able nights before. While he sleeps
safely and sweetly, perhaps a robber
plunders the house; he is insensible of
the injury; he is asleep. The robber
may enter his chamber, and put a knife
to his throat; but the man sleeps on.
He may set the house in flames; the
man sleeps on; no sense of danger. Or
a mighty wind may shake the house to
the foundation; but he sleeps on.
said that the sleeper was all this time
insensible; but possibly he may not be
wholly so; for, though unconscious of
his danger, he may be running abroad
in delightful dreams-advancing to ho-
nour-abounding in wealth-entering
into some scene of pleasure-or stand-
ing on some rock, where nothing can
touch him.

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THE GARDEN OF GRACE.

A GARDEN fenced from common earth
By special, sovereign grace;
Enriched with plants of heavenly birth,
The church of Jesus is.

His gospel is the open sky,
His love the shining sun;
Rivers of peace, which ne'er are dry,
Thro' all this garden run.

His Spirit is the heavenly wind,
That o'er the garden blows;
And opening each immortal mind,

Would the enemy of such a sleeper wish him to be disturbed? No, let him sleep on for sleeping will be his destruction. Make no noise; shake not his bed; let him rest and sleep on.

Nay, the poor stupid sleeper would not bear, perhaps, to be roused; he would be offended and feel insulted, if a friend were to alarm him. Is not this the case with every careless sinner? No one offends more than the friend who would awaken and rouse him, and alarm his conscience.-Richard Cecil.

The Saviour's image shows.
Faith, like an ivy to the rock,

That stands for ever, cleaves;
And through the tempest's loudest shock,
Eternal calm perceives.
Assurance, like a cedar, rears
Its stately branches high,

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SENTENCES OF THE REV. SAMUEL EYLES PIERCE;

TAKEN DOWN IN WRITING BY HIS WIFE, ELIZABETH PIERCE, WHILE HE WAS

PREACHING, DURING THE LATTER PART OF HIS MINISTRY.

His glory.

His people.

(Continued from Page 123.) Pray to be more taken with Christ's ing forth in the person of Christ, Godbeauties, that you may behold more of man.

When the Lord gives us His grace to His bowels are as it were immensity, know Him, it does not give us an inteas it regards His compassion towards rest in Him; it gives us a knowledge of

Him, and His grace and our interest in The Lord Jesus has all our griefs be- Him was previous to all that. fore Him, and He exercises His com. Christ will be as truly our life of passion according to our case. glory then, as He is our life of grace

The Lord has not appointed for us to now. be happy in ourselves.

There is a part of doing the word that It is an apprehension of spiritual James in his epistle speaks of, viz., to things brings us soul content.

declare the knowledge of Christ, so as to If I feel sin, it ought not to drive me benefit others. from Christ. It only serves to convince You cannot be in any frame to unfit me how much Christ suits me.

you for Christ. I must understand Christ as suited to Never call your interest in Christ in my body as well as to my soul; then I question. am prepared for everything that may You must at all times be looking at happen.

yourselves in Christ. There is no need for us to fear death" It was God-man, the Judge, who exor judgment; for it is in Christ wecluded Adam and Eve from Paradise. shall stand complete.

God's first thoughts were upon Christ, It is a blessed thing to have the mind God-man, that mirror of all perfection, go beyond faith.

in whom God beholds all the works of We shall sleep the sleep of death, His hands. which is a part of our conformity to Christ will give an account to God of Him. It is our knowledge of Him pro- His ways at the last day; and when the duces our conformity to Him.

acts of Christ are all openly declared, it Christ will as heartily admit me into will so redound to the glory of Christ, heaven, as He did the thief upon the surpass cross; and so He will you too, whoso- There is not one living upon the earth ever you are, who believe in Him. but Christ will give an account of His

The Lord has a mind that some se- dealings with them. crets should remain between Him and Christ is the executor of God's mind some of His people.

and will

. All His government is correct. The Lord leaves us to feel our own If I am satisfied with Christ, why do emptiness, that we may be filled more I want any man’s good opinion of me? with His fulness to supply.

I would not so think of Christ, as to He sends the Holy Ghost to breathe forget that He is exactly suited to me. upon His church and people, that they The gospel contains the heart of God may breathe after Him.

towards the elect. It is manifested that you are one

The curse and damnation of saints fell taught of the Holy Spirit by your being on Christ. taken with Christ.

No sort of demerit is any detriment I should like such thoughts of Jesus to our being saved by Christ. Christ as would carry us above the The church cannot cease to have beworld.

ing and existence, any more than Christ The saints in glory shall see all the Himself. communicable glories of Godhead, shin-1 (To be continued.)

as will

all.

A VOICE FROM BEDMINSTER.

Since

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"I fully concur with your every observation, and have much pleasure in inclosing you a cheque for £10 towards your church," &c.

He received our letter of thanks, wishing him blessings for time and eternity; and, though then apparently in perfect health, in two days afterwards entered upon that eternity! Oh, reader, reader, if ever a voice said to us, "Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with thy might; for there is no work, nor device, nor knowledge, nor wisdom, in the grave, whither thou goest," it was that voice. Be it yours-be it ours spiritually, and with an eye to the Lord, to give heed to whatever may be pressing upon our hearts. Let there be no delay-no "to-morrow" in the matter. Let the great, the momentous, the all-important Now be acted upon promptly, prayerfully, personally. O consider how short our time is. Ours is but a few years-a very few-at most. We believe we know how many. Yours may be even fewer still. Oh, then, be it both yours and ours to live for eternityeternity!

BELOVED READERS,-We have had, | around us. It harrows up our inmost within the last few days, one of the soul as constantly we see one, and two, most striking and impressive facts come and three funerals pass our window. within our own knowledge that has ever We ask ourselves, "What teaching had occurred to us. A gentleman-a stran- he or she who is now being conducted ger to us-promptly responded to our to his or her last, long home ?" appeal on behalf of our proposed church. here-as far as this parish is concerned Upon the spur of the moment, he took -we have been tied and bound. Now up his pen, and wrote thus :(thank God!) consent has been given to our erecting a temporary church. We have taken, under God, that responsibility entirely upon ourselves. In six weeks from this day we hope, in that building, capable of accommodating six hundred persons, to be preaching the unsearchable riches of Christ. We long for it intensely. We long to hear the voice of prayer and praise ascend-as we believe it will ascend-from beneath that temporary roof to Him who is the God-hearing and God-answering prayer. We believe that souls will be born there, and that souls will be blessed there. How many of these destitute ones even now are asking, "When will your longtalked-of church be built?"' We do expect a blessed ingathering of souls there. Spiritually, we are looking for great things; our eyes are up unto the Lord, and our expectations are from the Lord. We know, and rejoice in the fact, "that it is not by might, nor by power, but by my Spirit saith the Lord." But since the Lord was pleased to bring us here, and that in a most wonderful and unlooked-for and unsought-for way, we do hope and believe that He will crown this His sovereign act with His own special and peculiar blessing. We know we shall have trouble-we have it (and how could we do without it?)—but we have that blessed assurance also, "He that goeth forth and reapeth, bearing precious seed, shall doubtless come again with rejoicing, bringing his sheaves with him."

If ever these convictions were engraven upon our inmost hearts, it is of late. We see the necessity for it more and more. Time is on the wing, our days are rapidly passing away; age and infirmity are creeping on-sickness and death will soon succeed.

Beloved, you know what is near our hearts. Souls are in very deed perishing

EXTRACT FROM CHARNOCK.

And

He had, a Redeemer that was the power of God, and the wisdom of God; the best He had in heaven, His own Son and in Himself a sacrifice for us, that we might be enabled to present,

God hath given us the choicest thing | ourselves a sacrifice to Him. Christ offered Himself for us, the best He had-and that with the strength of the Deity-through the eternal Spirit, and shall we grudge God the best part of ourselves?

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