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THE EVIDENCES OF CHRISTIANITY.
much. When the season of prayer is over, she Sacred Scriptures, and partly in the character and leaves her chamber with a spirit refreshed and in
tendencies of the revelatiou which they coutain. In rigorated-with a mind untroubled. She has left the former point of view, the Bible itself is a standall in the hand of God. The serenity of her soul is by fragment, throughout the course of fifteen cen
ing and an astonishing miracle. Written fragment visible in her countenance. It sweetens every duty, turies, under different states of sciety, and in diffeand influences all her conduct. Praying mother, rent languages, by persons of the most opposite temsurely thou art blest!
pers, talents, and conditions, learned and unlearned, prince and peasant, bond and free-cast into every form of instructive composition and good writing,
history, prophecy, poetry, allegory, emblematic reTHE EVIDENCES OF CHRISTIANITY.
presentation, judicious interpretation, literal state[This admirable summary of the leading evidences ment, precept, example, proverb, disquisition, cpistle,
serinon, prayer—in short, all rational shapes of hufor the truth of our “most holy faith,” we take from
man discourse--and treating, moreover, of subjects a lecture delivered at the opening of the Free Church not obvious but most difficult, not worldly but spiriDivinity Hall, Aberdeen, by Professor M‘Lagan. tual; truths so vivid that, when grappled with, if they The whole lecture is well thought and beautifully do not quite subdue a man, they make him the more written, and is eminently worthy of the perusa), not
a rebel, and which profess to determine the colour, only of ministers and students, but of private mem
not only of this fleeting life, but of an awful eternity.
Treating of these, its authors are not found, like bers of the Christian Church.]
other writers, contradicting one another upon the The first place among subjects of this description is most ordinary matters of fact and of opinion, but are due to the evidences of Christianity--the proofs that at harmony upon the whole of their sublime and moour religion is indeed from God. The facts and argu- mentous theme; nay, they contribute their shares to ments of which these consist have, by a word conve its complete development, each according to the renient enough, although more expressive to Greek quirements of his own time, and in ignorance usually than English ears, been designated “apologetics." of what was to be supplied by others; so that Moses, Theologians have divided them into the external and for example, gives a brief extract from the history of internal evidences. The former—the external evi- Melchizedek, the true intent of which is first pointed dences-consist of proofs drawn from uninspired at by David, while it is reserved for Paul to bring out documents and extraneous facts, which conclusively the full glory of its typical and prophetic import. show that the books contained in the canon of the The result of all is this, that just as the great lights Old and New Testaments are genuine, and are au of our physical heavens never could have exhibited thentic:-genuine, as being the writings of those very those orderly phenomena, the recorded observation authors to whom they are ascribed; authentic, as of which, through successive ages, disclosed at length bearing credible, satisfactory, convincing testimony the mechanism of the solar system, unless the skill to the facts which they relate. These facts, again, of the Creator had regulated throughout their aspects being many of them miracles-—distinct stupendous and their movements; even so the spiritual lights miracles-wrought by the hands of the writers them- that shine upon us in the Scriptures, giving line upon selves, and of their great Master, expressly to prove line under one dispensation, and precept upon prethat the doctrines which they record are the revela- cept under another dispensation, here a little in one tions of God, it follows that these writings, claiming exigency of the Church, and there a little in another to be inspired, are certainly inspired indeed. Nor is exigency of it, never could, in that dropping and scatthis conclusion made good alone by the miracles oftered manner, have supplied the complete and conpower which they narrate, but by the miracles of sistent scheme of pure and undetiled religion which knowledge which they contain and exhibit : for they the aggregate of their writings actually coutains, unabound in prophecies, not ambiguous, not uncon less they had been illuminated and moved, from first nected, not vague, not foreign in their accomplish- to last, by the Spirit of God, who has all the truth ment to the object of the prophet's mission; but clear before him at one view, and who sees the end from systematic, pointed, pertinent, descriptive before the beginning. hand of whole series of events which, in their fulfil But, if the mere record of our faith bears such ment long ages after the prediction, conduce to the signal marks of a heavenly origin, how much more very issues which the Gospel they bear witness to the truth itself, of which that record is the vehicle ! contemplates and promotes. The success of their en That presents to our souls the one living and true terprise, finally, corresponded entirely to the powers God, consummate in spiritual perfection, but espewhich these founders of the Christian religion claimed. cially glorious in his character as a just God and a Blameless and upright, but poor, and, with one ex
Saviour. It solves the mystery of man's earthly conception, unlearned; despised, yet at the same time dition as a creature of God, yet sinful; and born to hated and persecuted of all nations for their Master's trouble, yet not forsaken. It makes known, as dwellsake, they succeeded, by preaching a religion and ing for a season in the midst of us, a sinless Remorals altogether hostile to the prejudices and pas deemer, humanly liable to all the sorrows and suffersions of men, in rooting up the old idolatry, confound- ings of sinful flesh, vet bringing into the efficacy of ing the schools of Heathen philosophy, changing the his vicarious toils and mortal agonies the all-worthihabits and manners of society far and wide, and, in ness and all-sufficiency of uncreated Godhead. Το process of time, planting the profession at least of this Saviour it impels or it conducts us, by the strongChristianity upon the throne of empire. These ma est faculties and instincts of our spiritual frame-by nifest exertions of supernatural power and wisdom understanding, by remorse, by fear, by faith, love, on behalf of the Gospel, together with many collate- allegiance, hope; and promising an operation of the ral testimonies of no mean significance and weight, Almighty Spirit to re-create into full perfection our form, in their united cogency, the external evidences degenerated nature, it teaches us, denying all ungodof Christianity.
liness and worldly lusts, to live soberly, righteously, The internal, again, are calculated to set the seal and godly in this present world, while we seek our of a most inward and most comfortable assurance home, our rest, and our inheritance, alone in the celesupon the conclusions deduced from the other. They tial paradise. Meeting thus the most secret sense are found partly in the construction and fabric of the and longing of the soul in the individual; providing
ILLUSTRATED AND SUBDIED.
equally, as it does, for the felt necessities and pal give a touching, melancholy interest to the picture; pable well-being of men in their domestic, social, and
for the mind is frequently not only not impaired, but political relations; doing this, too, by means which quickened and called into greater activity, by the human philosophy never thought of, nay, means
wasting disorder that has reduced the body to a which, after discovery, far transcend our highest reason, yet, instead of contradicting it, bear a wonderful shadow. The mental powers are vigorous, while the analogy to all that our eyes behold of the laws of physical powers are decaying. And when the bright nature and of Providence;-the doctrine of the Bible eye, beaming intelligence; the pale full brow, indoing this, furnishes every man, who shall fully and dicating reflection ; the cheerful, and sometimes prayerfully make trial of it, with the assurance of a buoyant spirits; the soul, elastic with generous afseemost intimate and most imperturbable experience that the truth as it is in Jesus is in very deed the tion; and the China-rose like beauty of the cheek, truth of God. These, and such as these, are the inter- counterfeiting high health ;-when all these are connal evidences of Christianity; and being such, it is trasted with the faded form, it is sometimes difficult at once apparent that they, most especially, can never to help indulging that feeling of regret which Henry be rightly appreciated and felt, but through the Kirke Whyte, himself an early victim, has so well teaching of that Holy Spirit alone who gave them.
expressed, that “one so young should die so soon." But these regrets are vain-they are vain at all times,
and in the case of a child of God they are something DESIRE OF THE DYING FOR LIFE.
For “ blessed are the dead that die in the Lord;” and, as the poet has it, “ the less of this col]
world, the more of heaven; the briefer life, the JESSIE M was born in the village of C-, She earlier immortality." was naturally of a delicate constitution, and a slight These reraarks are suggested by the state of mind injury, which she received at play in her childhood, in which the writer found Jessie M--, was the proximate cause of a complaint which con soon discovered that she unierstood the Gospel; that fined her to the house for many years, and which at she was much impressed with the importance of length issued in her death, at the age of seventeen. attending to the knowledge of the things that be
It is now approaching to ten years since the writer longed to her everlasting peace; and that, in as far as was privileged to visit her; but his remembrance has man could judge, she was already a meek and lowly still a yesterday's freshness about it; and it is not disciple: but then it was obvious enough that she less gratifying than it is fresh. He was compara had no idea that she was dying-at least, she had tively a stranger in the place, and entirely so to her no idea that her end was near; and the best way, father's family, who belonged to a different congre- perhaps, of communicating the lesson which her gation from that to which he ministered in holy dying experience seems fitted to convey, may be to things. He had never heard, even by nume, of Jessie relate the following conversation, as nearly as posM-, till he had occasion to call on some other sible in the words in which it took place. It may be business; and, after it had been transacted, her relied on as being neither an exaggerated nor a mother came into the room and said: “ I have a sick coloured statement. daughter -- perhaps you will converse with her." “ Have you a very strong desire for life, Jessie ? The folding doors of a concealed bed in the apart. To this she replied, with much earnestness and ment were straightway opened, and the first glance emotion: “O) yes, very strony." And who could was suficient to impress the conviction that, in all blame, or wonder, or reprove, or cast a stone at her? human probability, the youthful sufferer was in the There are few who could do this; and yet there are last stage of a deep decline.
just as few, perhaps, to be found, even among the Has the reader ever marked the features of this people of God, who would make the confession with insidious disease? If he has, he need not be told the same child-like simplicity. Many might give the that its victims are generally youthful, and that it same answer; but they would qualify it-they would often throws a mantle of uncommon interest around throw in some palliating clause--they would say: them. They are only beginning life. They cherish “ Yes; but I hope that I am resigned;" or, “ I wish the expectation as well as the desire of enjoying it to be resigned;" or, “I try to be resigned." They -a desire most natural to all, but especially to the would say this, or something like it, with a view te young. And our sympathies are awakened by the excuse themselves, and please the questioner; and it conviction that this desire of nature is not to be is possible enough that they might be disposed to gratified. They are often quite unconscious of the think that they deserved some little crelit for their progress which their malady has made. They flatter resignation. But there was no such stexcusing themselves that they are getting better, when it plea aduced by her; and while her answer indicated is too evident that they are gradually sinking. They much simplicity of character, it suggested the folare dying, and they know it not, and few would lowing observations in reply:-like to tell them that they are. They dream of “Well, Jessie, in as far as I can understand the length of days when their sand is well-nigh run. It Word of God, there is nothing wrong in haerug adis a dream which one feels loath to disturb. It would sire for life, and nothing wrong in having a string be cruel to disturb it rudely; and yet, when the desire for life. It is one of those feelings which God safety of the soul is taken into account, it would be himself has placed in our bosoms-it is the desire of still more cruel to allow them to indulge it.
nature. It was, doubtless, cherished by our first i There is much in all this to excite emotion, but it parents before they fell; and, if kept within due is not by any means the whole of what combines to bounds, it is quite innocent.
" True, it may be indulged to a sinful extent. It All these replies were given with the most marked may obtain the mastery, instead of being subservient surprise that the questions should have been put at to the will of a heavenly Father; and thus, like every all. But when she was asked: “Do you think that other human feeling, it may become a guilty one. you love him yourself?” she turned away her eyes But it is not so in itself; and, fortunately, I do not in one direction, and another, and another; and, know any one topic, where the line beyond which a after some little time, raised them up, and said with desire innocent in itself may become sinful, is more much earnestness, and with an indescribable simclearly drawn in Scripture than it is in the case of plicity: “ Well, I think I do." the natural desire for life.
“ Well, then, Jessie, if you are one of his children “For the Son of God himself obviously cherished -and I most sincerely hope, and trust, and believe this desire. His holy human nature shrunk from that you are—but if you be, I feel myself warranted, the load of his approaching sufferings. As a man he on the authority of the WORD OF GOD, to assure yon, felt, and feared, and poured out his supplications in the very strongest terms in which it is possible for with strong crying and tears unto Him that was able language to put it, that if it be for his glory and the to save him from death.—Heb. v. 7. And he only good of your own soul, you will yet be as well, and gave utterance to the prayer of nature when he said : strong, and healthy, as you ever were, or as you • Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me.' would ever wish to be. On the other hand, again, But, while he thus felt as a man, cherishing the if it should not be for his glory and for the good of desire, and offering the prayer of nature, he had that your own soul that you should be well, or that your desire under the check of the most entire resignation life should be extended, would you yourself wish for to his Father's will. For he did not merely say: it in that cuse?” To this she replied, with great
If it be possible, let this cup pass from me ?-he emphasis: “Oh, never, never.” added, also, in the same breath : 'Nevertheless, not “Well Jessie," was the answer, “I cannot tell as I will, but as thou wilt.' He thus drew the line you whether it be for his glory and your good or not; beyond which it is a sinful thing to indulge this de- but he knows it himself. lle encourages you to pray sire. He hath left us an example that we should to him for length of days as well as for other blessfollow his steps. He is not an High Priest who cannot ings. You have his own word for it that, if it be be touched with a feeling of our infirmities, but was for his glory and your good, you will certainly get it. in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin; It is only on these terms that you would yourself and he hath carried with him a fellow-feeling of our consent to have it. You would instantly reject it if infirmities into the mansions of glory. He hath it were offered you on any other terms than these. privileged us to offer his prayer; and it is our duty He and you, therefore, are quite agreed on this point. to do so under his check: ‘If it be possible, let this And oh, then, can't you try, in these circumstances, cup pass from me; nevertheless, not as I will, but as and roll the burden of your 'strong desire to live" thou wilt.' And while we are graciously informed, upon himself? and you will thus be, by one care at for our encouragement, that his prayer was answered least, the lighter." that he was heard in that he feared that an She had never seen this truth in the same light angel was sent to strengthen hin?-and that his before. It was quite new to her; and when she saw, human nature, which shrunk from his approaching she received it with the most perfect simplicity of sufferings, was supported and upheld by an imme- faith. No fabled charm was ever said to have wrought diate aid from on high--while we are informed of with greater efficacy than it did. She got a near all this, we are thereby encouraged to cherish the view of Christ; and, like “Christian” in the “ Pilgood hope that his grace will be made suficient for grim's Progress," hier burden fell off at the foot of us; that his strength will be made perfect in our the cross, and she was never afterwards troubled with weakness; that we, too, shall be heard when we pour it. She was relieved from the weight that had borne out our supplications with strong crying and tears; her down for many weary years. The strong desire and that, if it should not be possible for the bitter to live was no longer existing. It was extinguished. cup to pass from us, we shall, nevertheless, be sup- The first thing she said when her mother returned ported, and thus be heard in regard to that of which and found her alone, was: Well, mother, I never we are the most afraid."
knew that I was dying before.” She said this withIt was not necessary to inquire whether she under- out any apparent emotivn, or surprise, or regret. stood and acquiesced in all this. It was plain enough The time was past when the prayer of nature was that she had done both; and, after a slight pause, unchecked by the prayer of resignation; and the the conversation was resumed.
time had come when she could say with the “mcek“Do you think that the Lord Jesus Christ loves ness of wisdom: ” “ Not as I will, but as thou wilt.” his own children? " She opened her keen consump She lived for some six weeks after this, and her tive eyes, and answered, with a manifest astonishment path was like “the shining light.” Her progress in that such a question should ever have been put the divine life was rapid, and might be traced daily. “ Yes!” “Do you think that he knows what is She suffered much, but never uttered a purmur. best for them?” “ Yes!" “Do you think that he When her sufferings were great, she would sometimes is able to do what is best for them?" "Yes!” cry: “Lord Jesus, help me;" but there was no un“Do you think that he is willing to do what is best willingness to suffer. She had no will of her own for them?" “ Yes!"
“You don't think that he different from that of her Redeemer. She took the will deceive or desert them, or promise one thing and cup, which it was not possible should pass from her, do another?” “O no!”
and received grace and strength to drink it. She
endured unto the end, and was faithful unto death. | the afflictions of the righteous be many, the Lord She died in the good hope of a blessed immortality; delivereth him out of them all.”— Ps. xxxiv. 19. and, doubtless, she is now in heaven.
Put thy trust in him, then, and thou shalt not be
confounded. NINE REASONS FROM WHICH CHRISTIANS
Seventh, Because they are but for a season: "Weep IN AFFLICTION MAY DERIVE COMFORT.
ing may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the
morning.”—P3. xxx. 5. “ He will not always chide, First, Because trouble is the lot of all in this life. neither will he keep his anger for ever.”—Ps. cii. “ Man that is born of a woman is of few days, and full
9. Even the trials of Job, numerous and severe as of trouble.”_Job xiv. 1. “ Man is born unto trouble, they were, had an end; for the Lord turned his as the sparks fly upward."— Job v. 7. Shouldst captivity. And he will turn thine also, Christian, is thou expect to be exempt, then, fellow-Christian, thou be found waiting his time in faith and patience. from the common fate of mankind ? Surely not.
May God give thee grace go to do! Second, Because thy trials are not so severe as Eighth, Because Jesus suffered, and that for thee. they might be. Notwithstanding thou art ready in Think of what ho endured, and then ask thyself: the bitterness of thy grief to exclaim: “See if there
What are my afilictions compared to his ? Art thon be any sorrow like unto my sorrow;" yet turn thine poor ?-S0 was he. Art thon oppressed and perseeye for a moment to that of others. Look at those
crited?--So was he. “ In all our affictions he was in afiliction within thine own immediate circle of afflicted;” and he has assured his followers, that in '! friends, and ask thyself with whom of all of this world they shall have tribulation; but he grasthem thou wouldest change. Methink3 I hear thee ciously adds: “Be of good cheer; for I have overanswer: None. It is even now as in fabled days of
come the world.” Remember the sufferings of yore. Could we exchange our burders for a while, Christ, then, fellow-sufferer, and count it all joy that each one would be glad to resume his own, in the thou art privileged to walk in bis footsteps; " for it happy consciousness of its being lighter than his
we suffer, we shall also reign with him." neighbour's.
Vinth, Because you have a home in heaven, where Third, Because they are under divine permission. there is no more sorrow, nor crying, nor pain. Satan had no power over Job to vex lvim until he my Father's house there are many mansions"_"I obtained permission of God; and so of Peter - he
go to prepare a place for you,” said our blessed desired to have him, that he might sift him as wheat. Saviour, as he was about to lenve his troubled disMore than this, it may be by appointment. “Shall ciples here alone. And so he safe now to the weepthere be evil in the city, and the Lord hath not done ing saint. Think of this home, where "all tenrs shall it?"- Amos iii. 6. “Shall we receive good at the
be wiped away.” Thy trials here will soon be over; hand of the Lord, and shall we not receive evil?"-
and O how small will they appear when viewed from Job ii. 10. Let the remembrance, then, that it is
the heights of glory in yonder bright world! Stand from God, afflicted one, comfort thine heart, and fast, therefore, and thou shalt receive a crown of subluc every rebellious thought.
life. Be not overcome with present difficulties; Fourth, Because they are an evidence of the faithfulness of God towards thy soul. The Psalmist con
« For though trials hard may press thee,
Heaven will bring thee sweeter rest." sidered his affliction as such evidence, when he said: “ Thou in faithfulness hast afflicted me." Depend upon it, suffering one, thine afflictions are sent only THE NEW-YEAR'S NIGHT OF AN because God seeth that thou requirest them; for “he
UNFORTUNATE. doth not afflict willingly, or grieve the children of (Translated from Jean Paul Richter.) men."
Acknowledge his faithfulness, and in the end thou shalt have cause to say : “ It is good for night, and with a look of sad despair gezed up to
Ay old man stood at the window on a new year's me that I hve been afHicted.”—Ps. cxix. 71. the fixed, ever-bright heavens, and down upon the
Fifth, Because they are sent in love, and are an still, pure, white earth, on which no one was now evidence of thy adoption. “ As many as I love I so joyless and sleepless as himself. For his grave rebuke and chasten."--Rev. iii. 19. " Whom the lay near by him, covered over with the snow or nye, Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son
not with the green of youth, and he had brought
with him, out of all the riches of life nought but whom he receiveth. If ye endure chastening, God
errors, sins, anıl diseases—a wasted body, a desolate dealeth with you as with sons; for what son is he soul, a breast full of poison, and an old age full of rewhom the father chasteneth not? But if ye be without chastisement, whereof all are partakers, then are
The beautiful days of his youth glided around him ye bastards, and not sons." —Heb. xii. 6-8. Cheer to-night like spectres, and drew him back to that up, then, child of God, and rejoice in this love that bright morning, when his father brought him to the thus honours thee with this evidence of thine adop- the right in the path of religion to a broad, quiet land,
turning point of life's great highway, leading on tion.
full of light and harvest; and on the left, down Sirth, Because God invites you to trust in him; through the mole-tracks of vice, to a black pit, full and he is able to deliver. "('ast thy burden upon of dropping poison of deadly serpents, and a gloomy, the Lord, and he shall sustain thee.”—Ps. lv. 27. sultry vapour. Alas! the serpents hang upon his Caat all thy cnre uson him; for he careth for thee.
breast, and the poison drops upon his tongue, and he
knew now where he was. In unutterable sorrow, “He ehall deliver thee in six troubles; yea, in seven, and well-nigh bereft of sense, he cried out alond: there shall no evil beíall thce."'-Job vi. 14. “Though “Oh, give me back my youth! Oh, my father, bring
me again to the turning point of life, that I may cordingly took it up, and hobbled back again to liis make another choice, ind give myself, not to the seat in a great rage. One after another came fordevil, but to God!"
ward, and as almost all gafe inore than himself, he But his father and his youth were gone, long, long was fairly ashamed of himseli, and again threw down ago.
a piece of money on the tabie, saying, “ Dare take, He saw the metrorlicht darting up from the take dat!" It was a valuable piece of gold, but it marshes, and going out in the church-yard, and he / was given so ill-temperedly, that the Negro answered exclaimed: “These are the days of iny folly !” lle, again, “ No, dat wont do yet. It may be according saw a star glide from the heiwens, glitter in its fall, to de first and second resolution, but it not according and dissolve in the carth. That am I," said his to the last;" and he was obligoul to take up his coin bleeding heart, and the serpent fangs of remorse again. Still angry at himself and all the rest, he set pierced yet deeper into its wound. His excited a long time, till nearly all were gonc, and then came fancy pictured creeping wht wanderers an the roots up to the table, and with a smile on his face, and of the houses, the wind-ınill listed on high its thre:tt- very willingly gave a large sumn to the treasurer. ening arms, and a mask that had been left behind in “Very well," said the Negro," “ Dat will do. Dat the house of the dead gradually took on his own according to all de resolutious." features. In the midst of this conttiot of emotion, the music
HOW EASY IT IS TO CAVIL. of the new-year's night flowed down from the neighbouring tower, like the distant tones of a church lay. TALKING of persons who deny the truth of Coris
He was more gently moved. He gazed upon the tianity, and especially the truth of the testimony far-off horizon, and around upon the wide earth, and to the miracles recorded in Seri; tare, Dr Johusan he thought of the friends of his youth, now better and said: “It is always easy to be on the negative happier than he-teachers of the workl, the futhers side. If a man were now to deny thint theie is of happy children, and blessed beings, and he said : , salt upon the table, you coull not reduce him “Oh, I too, had I been willing, might slumber as to an ab urdity. Come, let us try this a little quietly as ye, and with as tearless eyes on this first further. I deny that Canada is taken, and I can night of the year! Uh, I too might now be happy, I support my denial by pretty good arguments. The ye dear parents and friends, hand i fulfilled your new French are a much more numerous people than me, year's wishes and precepts!"
and it is not likely that they would allow us to take In feverish recollection upon the times of his it. But the ministry have agsired us, in all the youth, it seemed to him that the mask, bearing his formalities of the frazette, that it is taken.' Very own features, lifted itscit up in the house of the true, but the ministry have put us to an enormous dead;-at length by the working of that strange su
expense by the war in Americi, and it is their inteperstition, that sees phantoms and spectres in the rest to persuade us that we have got something for shades of the new-year's night, it seemed to gather our money. * But the fact is confirmed by thousands itself into the form of a living youth
in the attitude of men who were at the taking of it. Ay, but these of the Youtla of the Capitol, plucking a thorn frommen have still more interest in declaring it. They his foot; and his own figure, in all the bloon of the don't want that you should think that the French spring of life, was in bitter mockery placed out be have beat them, but that they have beat the French. fore his eyes. Ile could look no longer-'he covered i Now, suppose that you should go over and find that up his eyes-a thousand hot burning tears streamed it really is taken, that would only satisfy yourself, down upon the white snow--he sighed out gently, for when you come home we will not believe you comfortless and senseless, “ Come back again, sea we will say you have been bribed. Yet, sir, natson of my youth --come bock again, that I inay make withstanding all these plausible objections, we have another choice, and not die God's enemy."
no doubt that Canada is really ours. Such is the And it camé-for all this had been a frightful weight of common testimony. How much stronger dream, Ile was still a youth--it was only his wan are the evidences of the Christian religion !”-Busderings-had been no dream.
well's Lije aj Jukusan. But he thanked God, that while yet young, he could turn back from the faul track of vice, and haste to the sunuy path that leads to the bright land of
Turn back with him, young man, if thou art in that erring way! This territic dream will one day debt, Augustus, the emperor, sent to buy his bed,
When a knight died at Rome that was much in be thy judge; but if thou shouldst then ory out, in bitter lümentation : - Come back, beutiful season of conceiving there must neens be some extraordinary
virtue in it, if he that was so much in debt could youth!" it will never come back again.
take any rest upon it. An humble soul sees binasalf
80 much in debt for mercies in hand and mercies in PUTT'YG RESOLUTIONS INTO PRACTICE. hope, that he cannot sleep without blessing and ad
miring of God. At a ..cissionary meeting held amongst the Negroes in the West Indies, these three resolutions were
Sirens are said to sing curiously while they live, agreed upon :
but to roar horribly when they die. So will it bé 1. We will all give something.
with those who give theinselves to the world and 2. We will all give as Gou huis enabled us.
refuse Christ. They may sing during life; but oh, 3. We will all give willingly.
when they die! So soon as the meeting was over, a leadling Negro The golden name of Christians is but an ornament took his seat at the table, with pen and ink, to put to swine.-Calvin. down what each came to give. Many came forward Faith alters the tangng. It makes the future preand gave, some more, and some less. Amongst those
sent. * Heaven is inine." that came was a rich old Vegro, almost as rich as all the others put together, and threw down upon the
Faith will pick an argumatont of a repulse, and table a small silver coin. * Take dat back again," turn discouragements into encouragements. said the Negro that received the money, “dat not It is a sd thing to be often eating of the tree of be according to de second." The rich old man ac kuowledge, but never to taste of the tree of life.