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habits we are liable to form. Many of forms, may be what is called mechanical, these dispositions are so common to us all but in its higher forms is the result that we cannot greatly err, in pointing of much science, devotion, and labour. out those which all are in danger of fall. There is an attainable state in the life of ing into, and against which, therefore, all religion that is similar to this. The require to be guarded. The generality habitual practice of what religion teaches, of these are self-will and disobedience, from an adequate knowledge and love of impatience and passion, readiness to take its pure principle, writes the divine law offence and desire of retaliation, indolence upon the heart; and then, from the fuland procrastination, insincerity and self ness of the heart, the mouth speaks and ishness.

the whole body acts. This celestial state You will perhaps think I have dwelt can only be attained by those who cultitoo long on the dark side of this subject, vate habits of piety and virtue; shunning and you may feel oppressed with the view whatever is opposed to them, in intention which I have presented, of the natural and in act. tendency of the mind to form habits I observe, secondly, that what is habiwhich are so pernicious in their nature tual is delightful. I refer here especially and consequences. It is far from my to the habits that have to be acquired, intention to show you more of the dark and which, in many instances, are conside of that human nature which you trary to our natural inclinations, and inherit than may be necessary to guard which therefore are at first undelightful, you against giving way to its impulses In the Psalms it is said—“Be not ye and suggestions, and to enable you to see like the horse and the mule, who have and approve the bright side, which is no understanding, whose mouth must be formed by habits of obedience, kindness, held in with bit and bridle.” But every forgiveness, sincerity, and integrity-in human being, like the lower creatures, a word-of goodness and truth. In read- when they are to be trained to any useful ing the Word of God, we find that there labour, have to become accustomed to are many more warnings against doing bear the yoke, and have for a time to be what is wrong than there are persuasions restrained by the bit and the bridle. to do what is right. And we are certain They have to be accustomed to some that the Lord, who knows our hearts far useful employment of their time—some better than we can know them ourselves, useful direction of their energies, and knows also the best means for leading us their natural impetuosity and other natuto amend and improve them. In His ral inclinations require to be restrained Word, the Lord says more to guard us and directed, sometimes by a strong against doing what is wrong, than. to hand, but always by a kind and judicious induce us to do what is right, because, one. By this salutary course of trainuntil we cease to do evil we cannot learning, the young, instead of growing up in to do well. If we avoid doing what we a state of nature, are rendered intelliknow to be wrong, we will do what is gent, accomplished, and useful, and in right. For whenever we resist or avoid place of savage pleasures, have refined evil, the Lord gives us the will and the enjoyments. This training is at first, ability to do good. By this means, we in some measure, severe and undelightful prevent any evil from becoming a habit, to the young, but habit is capable of and the habit of doing good becomes making it both light and pleasant. And more and more confirmed.

when good and useful habits are once I will now, then, point out briefly the formed, so much of the enjoyment of life advantages of acquiring habits of virtue, arises out of them, that the interruption sincerity, and piety. In the first place, of the habitual exercise or labour prowhat is habitual is easy. We see this exem- duces, a feeling of languor and unhappiplified in the ease and facility with which ness. If good natural habits are the long practice enables persons to perform means of securing natural happiness, works of skill which astonish those who good religious habits are the means of have never bestowed such attention and securing spiritual happiness. And all labour upon them. What is done from habits that are useful, whether they long habit even becomes seemingly spon- have immediate relation to natural taneous, and is done as it were naturally, or spiritual life, have this effect. if that is without effort, and almost without they have a spiritual principle within reflection. This, in some of its lower them.

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I observe, thirdly, that what becomes What, then, must be the advantages of habitual becomes permanent.

forming orderly habits ? The power and the permanent effects The Lord is order itself, and he desires of habit arise from the circumstance that to make each of us like himself. For every human being is created for a life this purpose he has given us the laws of of usefulness, in consequence of which order in his Holy Word, especially in the the whole mind is formed for activity Ten Commandments. So far as we do and the whole body for action. The what those laws require, we acquire mind has two faculties, the faculty of habits of order; and so far as we acquire loving and the faculty of thinking. We habits of order, the Lord enters into our feel within ourselves a power of loving minds and inspires them with the love of persons and things, and a power of think- order, and with the delight of being ing about them. Loving and thinking orderly in all things. By habitual obeare operations of the mind; but when- dience to the Divine commandments, the ever the mind is active, it calls the Lord and his angels come nearer and powers of the body into action also; for nearer to us, and make us more heavenlymind shows itself in the body, and minded, and surround us with a sphere effects its purposes by its instrumentality. of happy influences, which preserve us Action has the same relation and con- in a state of satisfaction and peace which nection with thought and affection that the children of disobedience and disorder the body has with the mind. Thought can never feel. and affection are within action as the mind is within the body. So that action GENERAL CHURCH INTELLIGENCE. is as a body in which our thoughts and SWEDENBORG SOCIETY.—The fifty-sixth affections manifest themselves, and in anniversary of this Society is appointed which they assume their outward form to be held on Tuesday, June 20th, at St. and appear in their image. And what is George's Hall, Gray's Inn Road; the of the utmost consequence to us, those Rev. A. Clissold in the chair. actions which embody our thoughts and The subject of advertising the works affections will form our spiritual body in has been brought prominently before the the other life, when at death the natural Committee. Of the propriety of doing body is laid aside for ever. It is in the this extensively they are fully convinced; eternal world that the state becomes un- but for this purpose adequate funds are changeably fixed, when the habit becomes requisite; and they therefore earnestly hopelessly confirmed. As the tree falls, invite increased, and especially new subso it must lie. Its root is no longer in scriptions, to enable them to devote even the earth, its branch is no longer tender more attention than hitherto in this and yielding, and such as it then is it direction. Only one-half of their duty must remain for ever. This is not the is performed, when they have printed a case absolutely with any one while he book: in order to bring it and keep it remains in this world. No one is con- before the public, it is necessary to do as firmed beyond the possibility of change other religious bodies do, that is, to spend during his abode upon earth, but the liberally in advertising. As several works, hope of change is less and less as the giving their author's views on heaven, habit is of longer duration, and as life are now frequently brought before the advances.

public, the Committee have deemed it There is another consideration which important to advertise the “Heaven and shows the power of habit, and the im- Hell;" giving a brief outline of some of portance of avoiding evil habits instead its interesting contents. This has been of trusting to the power of correcting found effective, and will therefore be them. Every evil that becomes habitual continued. leaves its mark upon the character,-a The Committee having bought the kind of blemish in the spiritual body remaining copies of Mr. Noble's translawhich even a life of repentance cannot tion of the * Heaven and Hell,” any entirely remove; every evil, therefore, person prefering that edition can now be that has become a habit, takes away supplied with it. somewhat from the moral beauty of character which is the result of love and MISSIONARY AND TRACT SOCIETY OF truth, and forms the happiness which it THE NEW CHURCH.—The friends of the secures.

church are affectionately invited to the

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forty-fourth anniversary meeting of this ADVERTISING.— In accordance with a society, which will be held in the church friendly wish expressed in an advertiseat Argyle-square, King's-cross, London, ment on the wrapper of the Repository on Wednesday, May lóth, 1865, at seven of last month, calling upon individuals o'clock. Amongst other gentlemen who and societies to an effort to make the are expected to address the meeting, may truths of the “ New dispensation" more be mentioned Dr. Bayley, the Rev. 0. P. fully known, by advertising any of the Hiller, Messrs. Austin, Bateman, Butter, works in any local newspaper, I have Goldsack, Gunton, James Keene, Moss, placed the following advertisement in Pilkington, and Rodgers. Admission the York Herald for a period of one free. There will, as usual, be tea in the month, with what fruits may be hereSchool-room beneath the Church, and it after known :is hoped there will be a numerous attend- “To the reflecting of all denominaance. Tea will commence at 5-30 p.m. tions.—The Second Coming of the Lord, Admission Sixpence.

proved from Scripture and reason to have

taken place, and is now taking place, THE STUDENTS AND MINISTERS' AID shown in Noble's appeal in behalf of the FUND.—I am requested by the committee views of the Eternal World and State, of the Students and Ministers' Aid Fund and the Doctrines of faith and life held to lay before your readers the following by the body of Christians who believe extracts from the Rev. 0. P. Hiller's that a New Church is signified in the last report to the committee respecting Rev. chap. 21.) by the New Jerusalem. the students, whose theological studies Price 3s. May be had of all booksellers; he has been appointed to superintend. or ten copies for £1., direct from the The committee believe that the church publisher, Mr. Alvey, Swedenborg House, watches the advancement and well-being Bloomsbury-street, London." of the students with considerable interest, I would very respectfully and most and it is therefore proposed from time to affectionately suggest, that such an adtime to forward you accounts of their vertisement is most fitting the present progress.

FREDK. PITMAN. time, now that Dr. Cumming has been,

and is agitating the religious world with “Since my last report, another student his theory of the end of the present has been added to the class—Mr. Colley.* world, and “men's hearts are failing As far as I have yet observed, I am in- them for fear of those things that are clined to think him possessed of good coming on the earth;” and this may be abilities. He seems very desirous of in the order of God's Providence an continuing his preparation for the minis- opportunity for the “ Church to arise and try, and is trying very hard to improve shine, her glory being come.” Should himself in reading.

you think this fitting for a corner of next “Besides the studies in Latin and Repository to call the church to publish Greek before described, I give them this glory, you will oblige, yours truly, every week a short lecture on some point

G. W., York. of New Church theology; or, rather, I turn it into a conversation, so that the EXETER.The Western Times of the students may not be passive listeners, 31st March, contains the brief statement but may, in answer to questions, express of Faith, drawn up by order of the Contheir own ideas on the point, so that I ference, and printed in the Minutes of may know whether they understand it. 1857, attention to which is directed by I think this exercise will be found very the following notice in another part of useful.

the paper :"They are also required, in turn, to The New Jerusalem Church.-Among recite pieces of prose or poetry, with our advertisements will be found a deproper intonation and gesture- an ex. claration of the points of belief which ercise of the first importance to a public distinguish this community, made in the speaker.

year 1857, when it celebrated the cen“The students seem to enjoy their tenary of its existence. Whatever ditduties, and have been regular in their ference any may have on other articles attendance."

of the manifesto, all will agree that "man* Not yet adopted by the Conference. kind should serve one another in love,

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especially in the promotion of their dearest BIRMINGHAM. – BRANCH BIBLE Sorights, irrespective of creed, caste, or CIETY.—On Wednesday evening, April colour, in the full faith that this ordin- 5th, a meeting was held in the New ance of Heaven can only result in good.” Jerusalem Church girls' school-room,

Summer-lane, Birmingham, to commem· THE NEW CHURCH IN INDIA.-In & orate the tenth anniversary of a branch letter lately received from Madras, India, Bible society there. After partaking of we find the following interesting item of a very agreeable tea which had been information :-"A New Church friend provided, the chair was taken by the here has lent The True Christian Reli- Rev. E. Madeley, who opened the meetgion' to a native Christian, who thinks ing with a few appropriate remarks on there is a great deal in it which the Hin the pre-eminent importance of the Bible doos would like, and is therefore trans- because of the infinite truths it conlating it into Tamul.”

tained, and after urging the claims of

the Bible Society for that reason before NORTHAMPTON.–Our congregation hav- every other institution, called upon Mr. ing received an accession of several young G. C. Haseler to read the report, and to people who had previously been members move its adoption. From this report it and hearers of the Wesleyan Methodists, appeared that the subscriptions during and having heard that the subject of the the past year amounted to £21. 16s. 10d., Sole Divinity of the Lord Jesus Christ a sum larger than that of any previous had excited considerable attention among year, and that during the ten years of the members of a Theological and Mutual its existence, subscriptions to the amount Improvement Class in connection with of £193. 17s. 4d. had been paid in. one of the Wesleyan Societies in the town, Having in warm and encouraging terms we thought this afforded a favourable moved that the report be received with opportunity for a lecture on that subject. thanks, the motion was seconded by Mr. We therefore invited the Rev. J. Hyde, Benton, and supported by Mr. Rolason, of Derby, to visit us, having received who forcibly urged that the results, as information that the committee of the yet small, should be increased by united National Missionary Society had arranged and persevering exertions. The motion for two visits from him, to us, during the was carried unanimously. The agent of present year. In compliance with our the Bible Society in Birmingham, Mr. request, Mr. Hyde lectured on Tuesday, Craig, then moved a vote of thanks to Feb. 21st, on - The Lord Jesus Christ, the lady collectors, and proposed their the only true God ;” and on Thursday, re-election,-speaking from his own exFeb. 23rd, on “ The Life after Death." perience of their conduct of affairs, and

These lectures were so well attended, quoting the assertion of Dr. Chalmers and gave so much and such general satis- that in these matters one lady was worth faction, that it was thought very desirable ten gentlemen. The motion was sethat Mr. Hyde's proposed second visit conded by Mr. Tonks, who observed should follow in the course of six weeks. that the uses which the collectors perArrangements were made for the 11th formed were not insignificant, if pursued and 13th of April. The subjects chosen from proper motives, but ennobled by were, “ If God is Love, why is there a the glorious object they had in view ; Hell ?” and “ If Christ was God, why and Mr. Humphries, who followed with did he pray to the Father ?” Both lec- characteristic warmth and simplicity, extures were well attended by earnest and pressed his delight at what had been thoughtful hearers, and we most confi- done, and his faith that these doings dently hope that the good “ seed of the would increase. The motion was passed kingdom” will yield « fruit unto eternal unanimously. The chairman then called life.”

upon Mr. Swallow, who was deputed by It is not necessary that we should com- the Bible Society to attend, to move the ment on the lectures, as Mr. Hyde's ability following resolution:as a powerful expounder of the doctrines “ That this meeting cannot without is well known; but we desire to express deep thankfulness and gratitude to the our warmest thanks to the Missionary Lord, reflect upon the world-wide inSociety for his valued services.

fluence, and increasing usefulness, of the British and Foreign Bible Society, by

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whose means, under the Divine blessing, for its own wise purposes, sees fit. Mr. the Holy Word, which is able to make Woodman was attentively listened to by us wise unto salvation, has been trans- a numerous audience.” lated into almost all the languages of On the following evening he delivered the earth, and extensively circulated, a lecture in the Town Hall, Stoke-onwithout note or comment, among nearly Trent, which was also well received, but all nations. We feel compelled to ex- not quite so well attended. A brief claim— It is the Lord's doing, and it is report of this lecture was also given :marvellous in our eyes ;' nor can we “On Tuesday the Rev. Mr. Woodman, refrain from expressing at the same time minister of the New Jerusalem Church, our fervent conviction that it is the delivered a lecture at the Town Hall, on bounden duty of all who rejoice in the the subject of. Freewill,' his object being profession of Christianity to give it their to show that man's liberty to choose hearty co-operation and liberal support.” between right and wrong (without which

Mr. Swallow having given an inter- he would be a mere machine) was not at esting account of the local and foreign all incompatible with the divine foredoings of the society in distributing the knowledge of the use he would make of Bible during the past year, was followed it; and that, in fact, that liberty could by Mr. Wilkinson, who seconded the never have been granted had not God resolution, which was unanimously pas- foreseen every evil consequence that sed. After a vote of thanks had been would arise from man's misuse of it, and passed to the delegates from the Bible been prepared with a corresponding Society, and responded to, the meeting remedy." was concluded by benediction.

These lectures, in conjunction with

those delivered by Mr. Hyde about a STAFFORDSHIRE POTTERIES.-On Mon- month since, have caused a general day, the 3rd of April, the Rev. Mr. inquiry, and it is the opinion of the few Woodman lectured in the Town Hall, friends who have been instrumental in Burslem, to a very attentive and numer- getting these lectures delivered, that ous audience. There were only seats they will be the means of much good. sufficient for about half the number Allow me to again suggest how necessary present, and to show the interest they it is we should work while it is day. Let took in the lecture, those that could not every isolated member, and those also find sitting room stood while Mr. Wood- that are connected with our large or man delivered the lecture referred to, small societies, contribute some small which occupied nearly one hour and portion of their means for the purpose three quarters. He was repeatedly of giving a course of lectures during the applauded, which was a further sign of lecture season. This is the way these his having pleased his hearers. The lectures have been brought about:following report of the lecture appeared some eight or ten members having subin a local newspaper :

scribed a small sum weekly for this much “On Monday the Rev. Mr. Woodman, needed purpose, with additional aid from a minister of the New Jerusalem Church, the Missionary and Tract Society, the delivered a lecture in the Town Hall on committee of which are always willing the subject of Heaven: what, and where to help those who help themselves. The is it?' According to the lecturer's view, members here return sincere thanks to heaven is to be thought of rather from the London and Manchester Tract Soci. an idea of state than of place, having its eties for the kind assistance given us, origin from love to God and the neigh- signifying our intention of again troubling bour, which would, he said, make heaven them about the end of this year. anywhere, just as the opposite loves of

W. F. self and the world would anywhere produce hell; and the great gulf fixed arises ADELAIDE, SOUTH AUSTRALIA:— The from the total opposition of these two following extract from a letter, dated states. He adduced various philosophical Feb. 24, has been sent us by a friend in and Scriptural illustrations to show that London :the spiritual world and the abode of " Mr. Day has been bold enough to angelic spirits is very near us, and can come out in a course of lectures on instantaneously be presented to man's 'Swedenborg, the Authorized Expositor view whenever the Divine Providence, of the Apocalypse.' People ask What.

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