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out upon us, instead of wishing to curtail us the work which we must do in heaven. the time of prayer, we should rather feel | Exercise our hearts and tongues in the tramelled by our own present limits, and , holy praises of our Lord. Make us the desire more lengthened opportunities of more heavenly by how much the faster we unitedly wrestling with our God.
are hastening to heaven, and let our last Our prayer meetings might be improved thoughts, words, and works on earth, be if our prayers were more specifically con likest to those tbat shall be our first in that fined to certain topics ; and in order to this, state of glorious immortality where the it would be well if the missionary intelli kingdom is delivered up to the Father, and gence were read, or the short address were God will for ever be all and in all, of whom, given, or one of the sermons of the pre- | and through whom, and to whom, are all ceding sabbath were recapitulated before things, to whom be glory for ever. Amen. *") prayer; the attention of the brethren who
R. C. PRITCHETT. have to engage being thus directed to some Darlington. special topic. This method I have tried with some degree of success, and find that
PEACE MOVEMENT. the prayer leaders gradually fall in with
The Secretaries of the Peace Congress the plan, especially if notice be given them Committee, the Rev. Henry Richard and a few minutes before they engage.
Elihu Burritt, have just returned from Paris, But, after all, the best, the only sure
where they have been making preliminary mode of improving our devotional ser
arrangements for the great Peace Congress vices will be that of cultivating in our
which is to be held in that city in the selves, and then in our hearers, deeper
| month of August. Their reception has devotional feelings. Abstaining from all
I been cordial and encouraging. They have conduct calculated to grieve the Holy
had interviews with some of the most inSpirit, preparing for the sanctuary very
fluential men in France, who have entered reverentially, dwelling much upon the
with lively interest into the objects of the solemnity of communion with God, arrang
proposed Congress, aud who have readily ing in our own minds the order and the
offered to take a part in its proceedings. A topics of prayer, and frequently reading in
Committee of Organisation is now forming private the inspired models of supplication
in Paris, and will comprise members of the contained in the scriptures, and those beau
National Assembly, the editors of some of tiful and fervent payers which for centu- |
the leading French journals, and several of ries have been the property of the univer
the most distinguished philanthropists and sal church--prayers, some of which are
literary men in that country. This Comcontained in the English Liturgy, and
mittee will act in concert with the other others in the writings both of Contormist
National Committees, which have been and Nonconformist divines. With this
formed respectively in London, Brussels, view, ken, Jeremy Taylor, Leighton, R.
and Boston, The Americans have taken Baxter, and others, who have committed
active steps to manifest their sympathy in to paper the pious breathiugs of their souls
this great movement. A public meeting, may advantageously be studied ; and will
which was largely attended, was held at often, by the aid of the Divine Spirit, pre
Boston on the 20th of March, when resolupare our hearts for the solemn exercise of
tions were unanimously adopted in favour worship when we have to lead the devo
of sending a large and influential Deputations of our flock.
tion to represent the Amreican people in Regretting that I have nothing more
the Paris Congress. A very large number worthy to otter, and earnestly craving that
of gentlemen in England and Scotland have We may have more manifestly the aid of
signified their wish to attend the Congress, the Holy Ghost in our assemblies, I con.
and it is expected that the British Delegation clude in the language of Baxter, language
will be on such a scale, and of such a chataken from perhaps one of the finest,
racter as to demonstrate the deep interest though comparatively little known, ad.
taken by all classes in the establishment of dresses to the sacred Three in one, which
permanent international peace.-- Patriot, of our language contains :
June 7. * ( Thou, the agent and advocate of Jesus, without whom books are senseless
FRANCE. scrawls, studies are dreams, learning is a glow-worm, and wit is but wantonness,
THE POWER OF THE BIBLE, imperunence, and folly, transcribe those
From Mr. De Pressensé. sacred precepts on our hearts, which by thy Paris, February 6, 1848 dictates and inspirations, are recorded in Our colporteur employed in the departthy holy word. We refuse not thy help
ment of the Lozère states in his journal, for tears and groans ; but, oh, shed abroad
that being arrived at nightfall in a small that love upon our hearts which may keep
* " Baxter's More Reasons for the Christian them in a continued life of love, and teach Religion.
village, after having enjoyed his frugal understand and lay hold of the truths of repast, he felt inclined to enter into conver- salvation by studying, with humble prayer, sation with the landlord, and accordingly a Bible which he had purchased at the stall intimated his wish to that effect. The of a colporteur in the market-place of a landlord at once excused himself by saying town situated at a great distance from the that at a later hour they would have an place of his actual residence, but whither opportunity of conversing together; add business had called him. ing, “ At present I must leave you, for my “The worthy man," said he, “ who sold wife and children are ready to accompany | me this excellent and precious book exme to the meeting. We never miss it.” | horted me, at the same time, in so serious “ What meeting may that be?” “Oh, it and solemn a manner, that it seemed to me would appear very likely ridiculous to you if as if it were the voice of God himself that I were to describe it.” “ What is it, then ?" | spoke to me through him, calling to me, * Well, since your curiosity seems to be . Take the book that is offered ; prav, as awakened, will you come along with us? he recommends you to do, and I will be When you are tired you can but return to with thee! I responded to this appeal; yons quarters here."
and the very same evening, such was the The party accordingly quitted the house interest I felt in reading the Bible, that I together. They soon arrived at a farm in devoted the greater part of the night to it. the neighbourhood, where, in a spacious From that time I may say that I have found kitchen, the ordinary apartment for recep- | the pearl of great price, and ever since my tion in the country, our friend found a precious Bible has been my constant and young man, of about thirty years of age, faithful companion. I have carried it with seated at a table, with a large Bible before me whenever my duty called me into the him, and ten or a dozen persons assembled fields; and with it I have reposed after the around him, seemingly deeply interested in fatigues of the day. The more I read the what was going forward. The reading had greater was my desire to read more. Nor already begun: it was the 5th chapter of could I keep to myself the benefits which I the Gospel according to St. John. The derive from it. I spoke of it to my aged seriousness and solemnity which reigned parents, to my brother, and to my sisters, throughout was truly edifying. Our friend to the people employed on our farm, and to was also not a little gratified at finding that | our neighbours. In fact, I could have several present had copies of the New Tes | wished to be able to tell every one how tament, and followed the reader verse hy | happy I was. A merciful God, who taught verse in them. Having concluded the | me how to pray, rendered every thing easy chapter, he made a few practical observa | for me. My parents, who loved me most tions, with a simplicity that was truly affect- | affectionately, agreed to all my proposals ing, dwelling chiefly on the 24th verse, for reading the scriptures together; our where it is said, “He that beareth my neighbours soon joined us; and thus, for word, and believeth on Him that sent me, the last seven or eight months, we have hath everlasting life, and shall not come held a small meeting every evening in this into condemnation, but is passed from house, as you have just witnessed. Anxious death unto life.” His address sufficiently to supply my hearers with the sacred proved that he was animated with a sincere volume, I returned to the town where I and lively desire to communicate to his first obtained the Bible, in hopes of purhearers the sentiments of his own heart, chasing some New Testaments, but I could which enabled him to enjoy a peace and not meet with the colporteur. Some time consolation which he described with an afterwards, however, one of my neighbours eloquence that was truly striking.
succeeded in meeting with a vendor of Never had the colporteur before heard these excellent books on the high road, and the subject treated in a manner so novel it was in this way that we provided ourand impressive. There was nothing in the selves with the Testaments, which you language of the young man that savoured | yourself have seen in the hands of my of the theology of the schools, but all his friends.” arguments seemed to be based upon his Thus, by means of a solitary Bible, purown personal experience.
chased in a public market-place, and The service being over, the colporteur through the friendly exhortations of one of rose, in order to shake the other by the our agents, a little church has been formed hand, when great, as may be imagined, was in a remote corner of the country, utterly his joy, and great the encouragement which unknown to all who take an interest in he received to persevere in his arduous similar proceedings. Facts of this descriplabour, by what was now communicated to tion, which the Lord is pleased from time him.
to time to make known to us, ought to It turned out that the person who had convince us that the distribution of the contributed so largely to the edification of Scriptures through the medium of colthe party that evening had been enabled to | porteurs is attended by far more happy results than we are sometimes disposed to only spring from which a pure morality helieve.- British and Foreign Bible So- | has ever flowed. In opposing Pelagianism, ciety's Extracts.
Augustine may have been greatly influenced by an apprehension of its practical
consequences in drawing men away from STRUCTURE OF THE HEART. | their attendance on the offices of the church; “ An anatomist (as Dr. Paley observes)
but we cannot study the writings of that who understood the structure of the heart,
great defender of the orthodox faith, and might say beforehand that it would play ;
not perceive that he was also moved by but he would expect, I think, froni the
loyalty to Christ, and by zeal on behalf of complexity of the mechanism, and the de
those doctrines which embody the prin. ficiency of many of its parts, that it would
ciples peculiar to Christianity, so largely
exhibited in the writings of the Apostle of always be liable to derangement, or that it
the Nations. The re-assertion of these doc. would soon work itself out. Yet shall this wonderful machine go night and day, for
trines in their breadth and power, was the cighty years together, at the rate of a
strength of the Reformation. It was the hundred thousand strokes every twenty
pith of Puritanism. It has won for their four hours, having at every stroke a great
successors in the Reformed Churches of the resistance to overcome; and shall continue
Continent, and amongst the Calvinists of this action for this length of time without
England, Scotland, and America, the honour disorder and without weariness.
or the stigma of Evangelicalism. Without " Each ventricle will at least contain one
refusing this title to those Christians who ounce of blood. The heart contracts four
do not understand, or understanding do not thousand times in one hour; from which it
adopt, the metaphysical doctrines of Cal. follows, that there passes through the heart,
vinism, and, without affirming that those every hour, four thousand ounces or three
metaphysical doctrines are, in all respects, hundred and fifty pounds of blood. Now,
a just representation of the truths concernthe whole mass of blood is said to be about
ing Divine grace which are revealed in the twenty-five pounds, so that a quantity of
New Testament, we know that the folblood, equal to the whole mass of blood,
lowers of Augustine in the ancient times, passes through the heart fourteen times in
and of Calvin in the modern times, have one hour; which is about once every four
been the most distinguished for the mainminutes.”—Buck's Practical Expositor.
tenance of the power and grace of God in man's salvation,” pp. 362-364.
A SHORT SERMON.
Tue subject was Temperance; the text “It might not be difficult to show that was, a drunken woman on her death-bed. there was much in the state of opinion and The audience was a small one; viz., the of morals at the time to excuse, though it woman's husband, who was also a drunkard. did not fully justify, the stand which was “ There now," said the preacher, “ you inade by the Pelagians. As opposed to the see, J—, what drinking comes to. Your technical scholasticism which prevailed in wife is dying; there is no hope for her, she the high-places of the church, and to the will never be better, and she will die soon. loose morality which threatened the destruc If you don't give over drinking, you will tion of the Christian religion, their aim very likely be as bad as she is before long; appears to well-informed persons to have and why not give it over? It does you do been praiseworthy; and the most candid of good : you are never happy, J--, are you ? " every party have confessed that their I llere the old man shed a tear, and said, reasonings from Scripture, and their appeals “No, Sir, I'm never happy.” to conscience were by no means destitute “Give it over, then, and there is some of force. But, as usually fares in disputes, chance for you. 'Tis an awful thing to die, one extreme was exchanged for another, and a dreadful thing to die drunk. Now, not less distant from the truth, and equally J-, you'll try to leave off, won't you?” fraught with mischiefs, though different in The audience stammered out a few words, kind. The fallacy of Pelagianism lies in but made no answer the preacher could substituting the theory of human nature as | understand. The woman died; the nan it ought to be, for the history of human went on drinking, until he ended his career nature as it is; and, while zealous for by committing suicide. This couple had morality, in overlooking the truths of the been respectable, then beggared! last of all Gospel, which, besides embracing objects' rich (unexpectedly); their money spent in higher than human morality, constitute the ' strong drink bronght them to their end.
Visit to PONDICHERRY, PONDICHERRY is a large French settlement on the coast of Coromandel, about 100 miles south of Madras. A considerable number of the native inhabitants belong to the Church of Rome, but many of them seem to be weary of their spiritual bondage, and begin to desire a purer faith and a better hope. Our esteemed brother, Mr. Drew, visited the town in the month of April last; and, though somewhat obstructed in his purposes by the local authorities, he was cheered by his reception, and felt greatly encouraged with the result of his endeavours to plant among the people the standard of the Cross. The field is open to the Christian labourer, and appears white unto the harvest ; and most gladly would the Directors, were it in their power, comply with the urgent entreaty of Mr. Drew to open a Mission there. The details of his proceedings bring to view an entirely new field of Missionary labour, and will yield to our readers no ordinary share of interest and pleasure.
It is now my privilege to detail some circumstances of great interest in their bearing on the advancement of the Church of Christ, which have lately occurred in connexion with a visit to Pondicherry--the French Settlement, and stronghold of Popery in these parts. I do not know that I was ever more remarkably favoured with providential guidance than in this visit. I had at first no intention of going there, but, having determined to make a short Missionary tour, partly for change of air and health, and partly for labour, Mr. W. Thompson, who was just then leaving for England, after the loss of his beloved wife, invited me to go with him as far as Pondicherry, as the vessel touched there, and to occupy the vacant couch in the cabin. This offer I was glad to embrace, as it would take me, free of expense, in the direction I wished to go, and give me the benefit of sea air and rest for two or three days.
On my arrival at the bungalow, or place of rest for travellers, at Pondicherry, a number of Roman Catholics, when they found out my object, came round me, seeking for Tracts and Scriptures with much earnestness. I soon found that I had been brought there at a remarkable juncture. The new constitution of the French Republic had been proclaimed about fifteen days before. The words, “ Liberté, fraternité, égalité,” were emblazoned on the gateway of the Government-house. The inhabitants had been recently called on to elect a representative for the House of Deputies. All this had excited in the minds of the oppressed Pariahs the hope that they might obtain more equal treatment from the Government, and a determination to make an effort for getting rid of some of those marks of degradation still put upon them. They complained much of the want of love in their fellow Chris. tians of a higher caste, and of the partiality of their priests. They stated their desire to be more fully taught the Word of God, and to have a school established in which their children would be instructed in all branches of useful learning ; complaining that, although much effort is made to educate the higher classes, only the smallest amount of education is doled out to their children,
They also expressed their desire to be placed in such a situation as would enable them to enjoy all Christian privileges without distinction of rank or caste. They complained that now, in the large Romish church, a wall of a foot high has been built, from pillar to pillar, separating the aisle in which they are allowed to go, from the other parts of the church, so that, if they should pass across it even for a moment, they would be rudely and violently pushed back again. They also said that the priests never attend their funerals, nor come to their houses, although they do both for the higher castes.
On hearing these statements, I determined to hire a house in the town, and to send off immediately to Madras for a coolie-load of Scriptures, some for sale, and some to be given away. I had full opportunity of conversing with these persons, and ascertaining their views and wants. Many came to me every day. Some of them have been more or less con