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all 11 sin. By various means mankind If men's worldly schemes are try to get rid of these, and they blasted, they engage the more in butry to gain relief in a wrong man siness. If their idols are cast down, ner; but if God is favourable to it makes them fretful. If the hand of them, he follows them with re God lies heavy upou them, it makes Ipeated strokes of affliction. them fly in the face of his justice. # The end of all is holy dispen- It is said in the Revelations sations and chastisements is, to that under his judgments "they induce man to fly to the only re gnawed their tongues with pain fuge which is in Christ-to that and repented not of their sins. which is our only true happiness. If conviction of sin is

upon As they have departed from Him them, they fly to pleasure and in their own evil ways, it is to drunkenness, to seek relief, to every bring them into His own boly way thing rather than to the blood of again. The end of affliction is, Christ, which can alone purge that we may humble ourselves in away sin. Or else they rest in the sight of God, and that we may some of those wretched schemes of acknowledge the justice of his religion which rob God of his dealings, and return to Him in glory, or they reject the Bible and Christ Jesus, cleave to his mercy take refuge in the cold bosom of in that Saviour, and depend upon infidelity. In short, like King his goodness and power. When Ahaz, they harden their hearts afflictions are attended with these against God. And they who refuse effects to the soul, they become like him to profit by warnings will truly profitable, and happy are find God their enemy, they who are thus profited; for While the sincere church of God then their title to the kingdom of is walking in newness of life, mulheaven is made manifest. But woe titudes depart the farther from be to them who take to rebelling him, but dreadful will be their more and more against Him, as it condition that depart, and who was with this king Ahaz. His

make that which should be for history is related in this chapter. their soul's health, to be the occa

The son of a pious man seated sion of their condemnation. They upon the throne of David. Yet he will find to their confusion what threw off the cords of God's disci an evil and bitter thing it is to pline; yea, he forsook the cove- fight against God. nant of his God, and fell into gross Let it be your care, my

brethren, idolatry, practising the abomina to apply what has been said. You tions of the heathen. To punish have heard what it is the Lord this man, God gave

him into the means by his dispensations, espehands of the king of Syria. This cially those that are afflictive. heavy punishment one would have You all have trials. Have you thought, would have humbled him. profited by his merciful dispensaBut instead of this, Ahaz sent tions? Have they brought you to the king of Assyria, while he to a throne of grace with the pubwasted his house to

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of life. Then is the gracious design but the right one. He plunged of God's giving afflictions answered deeper and deeper into sin, and the in you. You must not be without

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contrary effect; they have hardened of the importance of eternal things you in wickedness, and thus it would and having a joyful hope of the ħave been good for you if you had glory to be revealed. Bless his never been born. Some of you holy name, that he will not let you may have fallen from seeking his find what you would, iň earthly grace after tasting that the Lord is things. Be thankful, that as he gracious, return to the Lord again, alone is worthy of your heart, that that you may not stand like that he will not let idols reign in your King Ahaz, whom no correction breasts. Some that hear me, may

in providence could reclaim. You not have profited to this day. God must when hedged up in your ways has caused you to be troubled, but by providence, be persuaded, that you have not returned by repent your pursuits of pleasure turn to ance. He hath foiled your schemes, gall and bitterness, and that they but this has only put you to follow will end in affliction ; for the wick; other false schemes, without your ed are like the troubled sea, which - being convinced that true happi

can never rest. You may be at ness is only to be found in the this time a prey to evil affections, blood of Christ, which alone can

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Thus it will be until iniquities, but this has made you you repent and fly to the blood of seek to establish your own righ Christ, submit to the word and teousness. You, like Ahaz, have spirit of God. The longer you plunged more into the world, mur delay your returning the worse will muring and complaining under the you feel, unless you take refuge in rod, taking refuge in false religions, å system of lies, in which you may and you are hardened in sin, proof continue to be, till in hell you against the most alarming judg up your eyes in torments. But ments; but woe to you if this be may the word have due effect. the case, for the judgments of God cease from sin, lest he be

angry . intended to restore you, have had a and ye perish for ever.

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O boon THE CENTRAL HOUSE OF CORRECTION AT NISMES,

IN FRANCE. This building was erected by Louis Sundays and Thursdays, and con XIV. on the ruins of a former for ducts an elementary school, on the tress, with the object of bridling reciprocal plan, the Protestants, who are very

The prisoners are estimated at númerous in the South of France, eleven hundred, of whom about and who in this town amount to forty only are Protestants by birth, more than half the whole popula- Their service however has for some tion. After the French Revolu- time past been remarkably well tion, it was used as a refuge for attended by Catholics, so that at mendicants, and latterly as a house" length the Protestant temple was of correction. Two temples were unable to hold those who desired fitted up by government, nearly admittance. The responsibility of contiguously situated, for Protes

the chaplain's situation, and the tants

and Catholics, and separate' encouraging prospect this held out, wards in the hospital, with appro-" will be appreciated by every Christpriate chapels, were allotted to the" ian. Perhaps there is no position in

!" , chaplain is M. Emilier Frossard,'! lated to impress him that he is such, who celebrates divine service on as a residence in a place of this nisita ili se bordt bus 971141192

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M. PASTOR, We are come liberty to the captives, and the this day to testify our gratitude for opening of the prison to them that all the trouble we have cost you, are bound. In consequence of the as well as for all the pains you crowds that thronged the entrance have taken with us. We are also to the Protestant temple, the come to request you will not for, authorities interfered a few months

sake us.

We have taken ago, not by enlarging the place of cided resolution to follow the worship, but by rescinding a stand- evangelical religion, which you, ing rule which enjoined that every preach from a Christian pulpit. prisoner should attend one chapel Yes, the word of truth which you or other, and allowing them to have spoken has moved our hearts, remain in the courts if they pleased. and awakened us from the sleep The

consequence was, that the of death into which we had long attendance fell off in both temples, been sunk. How happy for us but the• Protestant still reckons was that day, on which God by. above a hundred hearers, who his grace opened our hearts, as he remain like so many grains of did that of Lydia, to understand wheat, after the chaff has been win- the scriptures! We are come, be-î nowed away: Sixty of these were loved pastor, to protest to you: Roman Catholics, by profession a before God, that we will hencelittle time back, and of this num

forth follow the Divine precepts fourteen were received at the contained in the Book of Life, communion of the Lord's Supper which we are so fortunate as to on the seventh of July. These possess. Do not omit to join your · persons had given every proof of prayers to ours, now that we are good conduct since they were going to approach the holy table, brought to the prison, their at for the purpose of asking grace

and tendance on public worship was forgiveness from God, and of reconstant, and their application in conciling ourselves to him.... Wei the school was most diligent.

request you also to invite all On one occasion, M. Frossard charitable persons to unite themook for the text of his communion

selves to us by their prayers ;* thatı; service, Acts xi. 26. , The dis so we may, when our confinement ciples were called Christians first is over, become new men and in Antioch. He spoke with force zealous, servants of our Lordır and with unction, on that indis-. and Saviour Jesus Christ, pro-i: pensable part as well as proof of claiming loudly the great benecvangelical life, that whoever lays fit he has conferred upon our: hold of Christ by faith, must souls, in sending you among us to become me a new

creature. His words make us choose the one thing 11 were attentively listened to and; ; needfuliMay God make us sigbelieved, and he received the most nal

al instances of his grace in this i gratifying assurance of their good world, and after our death receive effect. Soon after the conclusion us into heaven! May God also y of his discourse, the following inte, u open the heart of all our com-11 resting letter, addressed to him, i panions in misery, so that they in by put into their turn, may vi understand

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scriptures, and through them attain.

to know the true religion of Christ. This interesting statement is We conclude, Mr. Pastor, with taken from one drawn up by intreating you to continue your care M. Borrel, pastor of Milhau, near towards us, and we will altogether Nantes. We trust that the Lord beseech the Lord to bless your will give his angels charge over labours among us poor and misera- these awakened souls, and enable ble sinners.

their faithful minister to be the • Yes, sir, we pray and shall pray means of turning many to righteous for you. Your presence

ness, till the wilderness of a prison and may the Lord bless you. is glad, and the desert-oficriminal Your very humble and very hearts is made to blossom as the faithful servants,

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FRAGMENT ON THE BIBLE.

il How precious is the book divine, Pia's

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IN the Holy Scriptures the igno- of which Peter speaks, by which raut may learn all requisite know

“ born again.". The best ledge, and the most knowing, says

and holiest of Christians have the an old author, 'may learn to dis greatest appetites, and keenest decern their ignorance. “Away sires after this food of the soul ; faring man, though a fool, shall thus Job declared, even in his not err therein." “ All Scripture afflictions, “I have esteemed the is given by inspiration of God, and words of his mouth more than my is profitable for instruction in righ- necessary food.” David, in the teousness, that the man of God same strain, affirms, “ how sweet may be perfect, thoroughly fur are thy words unto my taste, yea, nished unto all good works. sweeter than honey to my mouth.'

“ I found thy words, and I did This book can make the simple wise,

eat them, for they are the rejoicAnd show the wise the path to heaven.' ing of my heart.”

" Moreover,

by them is thy servant warned, It is said that Dr. Martin Luther and in keeping of them there is wished all his books of devotion

great reward."

While the word were burned, when he perceived of God is thus nourishing to the that many who valued and were soul of the real Christian, by the fond of them, neglected their disuse or neglect of it, the most Bibles. Believers in Jesus should vigorous appetite is subject to faint not leave the fountain for the and pinę away.

and pine away. But as in bodily streams; it is both unwise and diseases, although from this cause unthankful to choose to read God's there may be no relish for wholeword, rather in any other book some food, yet it will, nevertheless, than his own; the entrance of his when taken, nourish and strengthen; word giveth light. “ Search the so will the word of God really do Seriptures," said the Saviour, us good, far more good and benefit “they testify of me." Reader, ? than more high seasoned food, which remember this declaration. Theli while it pleases the palate, weak I word of God is compared to seed ; ens and impoverishes the system its that deathless incorruptible seed, was taken to benefits? Dear rea-i

der, let the sober life-giving, soul. " Man doth

h not live by bread satisfying streams of divine truth alone, but by every word that probe precious, and chosen by you, ceedeth out of the mouth of the may you say with Dr. Watts. Lord.” Should all the forms that men devise,

7. Good Tertullian, one of the Assault my faith with traiterous art,

fathers, used to say, We feed I'd call them vanity and lies,

our faith, raise our hopes, aud And bind the Bible to my heart.

establish our reliance with the We may confidently expect sacred word. Truly the word of God's blessing on his own institu God is an anchor to the soul; tions; and we cannot surely ask sure and stedfast, it is perfect, it is any thing more agreeable to his tried, and proves a rock to all who will/than a competent understand delight therein. Oh, how blessed ing of that book, in which he has is the description given by David made known his own will for our in the first Psalm, of such as mediguidance and his glory.

tate therein day and night.WhatSt. Augustine used to say, I de soever such an one doeth, shall light in the Holy Scriptures. I lay prosper," the word of God received them up in my memory as a most into the heart aright, will be a valuable treasure, and by tasting fruitful source of glory to him, for and feeding upon those delicious its effects will be seen, and the descriptions of another world, I Holy Spirit will make it a spring take off great part of the bit of holiness in us, then we shall not terness of this.' Many saints in be forgetful hearers or readers of modern times, like Augustine in the word, but blessed in our deed ;: old times, have found the same. it will be evident, that the word “ The word of God hath been hath a place in our hearts, which the bread: indeed to their souls, yea, temptations of Satan, the deceits THE BREAD of life.On it they of the world, or the trials of life, have fed, and forgotten their cares, have neither been able to subdue proving by sweet experience,

nor stifle,

ON THE RESULT OF MISSIONARY EXERTIONS.

IN accordance with my promise, I and in some instances even to be. now proceed to inquire what may opposed to missionary exertions be the expectations justified by altogether. I consider these to be the word of God, in regard to the the unequivocal symptoms of some result of missionary exertions. spiritual disease : for surely no

The opinions of religious persons pious Christian can seriously con ? are beginning to be much divided sider Matt. ix. 37, 38. and Mark on this subject. Some years ago xvi. 15. and not conclude that it is most of those who cordially promo- his duty and privilege to co-operate : ted missionary labours, entertained in preaching or sending the gospel hopes, that the conversion of the to every creature.

Indifference world was to be effected by means therefore and aversion betray, that of the various institutions now in there is something morbid (if It opération, and many of our plat-, may so say) in the spiritual system; form ad vocates are still wont to' and it becomes our first business encourage the same hopes. Oft to endeavour to trace the effects to late however, numerous individualsthe cause. "'\7631 ) tt; appear to have become less ardent Though two classes of persons in their support of these institutionsw exhibit these anti-missionary symp-l

DECEMBER 1833.

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