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ed to the descriptions given in the and of the love and wisdom disBible and other books of the trying played in the gospel plan of salvatemptations and inward conflicts of tion through Christ, were such as believers in every age of the world; frequently to overwhelm his feeland he speedily found that they, ings, both while studying his serwhen tried and cast down, derived mons, and while endeavouring to all their consolations and support tell sinners of the dear Saviour he from the gracious promises of a had found, of the rich provisions of faithful, forgiving, and compas- sovereign mercy, and of the danger sionate Saviour ; that they, when of such as reject the offered pardon. heavy laden and perishing, found In May, 1797, an application to rest and help in him; and that the supporters of the North Wales they, though sinful and helpless, Academy was made on his behalf, triumphed in his strength and and in the September following, he through his blood. He at once entered upon his preparatory stuperceived that the Christian life dies at Wrexham, under the care is a continual warfare; that no of the late Rev. Jenkin Lewis. A victory can be expected where few of the reflections, resolutions, there is no conflict; that the rest and desires, recorded by him whilst remaineth for those that labour ; a student, may assist the reader in and that the crown is laid up for forming an estimate of his characthem that conquer. This attention ter, and cannot prove uninteresting to the history and experience of to young Christians, especially to others led to a fuller contemplation such as are preparing for the work of the perfections of a divine Re- of the ministry. deemer, to a firmer reliance on his infinite atonement, to a stronger
REFLECTIONS.-"I find, from experience,
that the way of piety is also the way of attachment to his cause, to greater knowledge, as well as the way of peace. devotedness in his service, to con- The neglect of religion can be of no advanstant pantings after humility and tage to the cause of science. The acquisition holiness; and thus his perplexing of knowledge can in no way be promoted by fears were gradually dispelled, and
forgetting the Lord. I never feel happy in
the pulpit unless prepared for its duties by peace and comfort followed.
previous meditation and prayer. A contrite About this time his friends at heart renders public duties both instructive Bala, in conjunction with the late and delightful. I find it best to apply the Rev. Dr. George Lewis-induced
various parts of my discourses as proceeding,
while the remarks are fresh in the recollection by the decided tone of unaffected of the hearers; and think that
young minispiety that evidently characterised ters should aim more at awakening the carehis whole deportment, together with
less, and winning the young, than at edifying his constant assiduity in acquiring
the aged. Previous to any remarkable success,
there must be a proportionable enlargement scriptural knowledge, and his use- of soul ; and, previous to any such enlargefulness in the church-directed ment of soul, there must be deep humiliation, his thoughts to the work of the
constant watchfulness, strict self-examinaministry. With much anxiety, and
tion, and fervent prayer. I never find it well
on common days when not so on Lord's after considerable hesitation, he days; never well abroad when not so at yielded to their solicitations, and home; never well at the domestic altar when preached his first sermon, Feb. 9, not so in my private devotions. The more
I 1796, from John xiv. 6, and con
pray, the better I study. Devotion leads
to serenity of mind ; serenity of mind tinued through life to preach Christ sweetens meditation; and meditation, thus to perishing sinners as
sanctified by prayer, fits the mind for public the truth, and the life.”
duties. How awful if, after preaching Christ The affecting views which he then
to others, I have no personal interest in him;
if, after encouraging others, I be found at last had of the purity of the divine law, on the left hand, doomed to suffer everlasting
in his cross.
punishment. My own heart is more to be in favour of Holywell was influfeared than all the allied powers of earth and hell; for outward' foes could never prevail friends as by his own feelings. The
enced as much by the advice of were it not for vain desires and inbred corruptions. A good conscience I find to be ordinances of the sanctuary always the best medicine, and a contented mind the interested his mind, and proved at best companion. I have just witnessed the
this time peculiarly refreshing. happy death of an interesting child in his ninth year; and think we should speak
The services of a Sabbath spent at oftener" to children about the love of Christ Denbigh, with the late excellent and the joys of heaven. I have also lately Dr. Edward Williams, a few days visited a dear afflicted relative, who wept after the death of the Rev. Daniel almost every day for the last twelve months because she had not consecrated her youthful Lloyd ; the services of another days more entirely to the Lord. Oh, how spent at Bridgenorth with his amiimportant the advantages of early religion !" able friend the late Rev. William
RESOLUTIONS." Let me carefully study Evans, afterwards of Stockport; the history of Christ, sit at his feet, contemplate his sufferings, adore his love, and glory
the services of another spent at Let me pray without ceasing, Holywell with his beloved tutor and trust in the Lord even when he with- the late Rev. Jenkin Lewis; and draweth the joys of his salvation. Let me of another spent at the same place never preach without endeavouring to feel the importance of my subject. Let me never
with the late revered and affectionencourage any trifling in going to or return
ate John Whitridge, of Oswestry, ing from the service of the sanctuary. Let --were long remembered by him. me judge rashly of no one, and envy no one's He also refers to two ordination prosperity.; but wish well to all, and speak well of all. Let me rise early, do all things
services, and to his last interviews in season, redeem time, avoid delays, and be
with the students and other friends moderate at meals and in all recreations. Let when leaving Wrexham, as having me always have a subject prepared for useful deeply impressed and greatly affectconversation when in company, and for de
ed his mind. He left the academy vout contemplation when alone. Let me be continually disposed to do good and to receive May 29, 1801, and the inscription goode Let my reading, conversation, and recorded on the Ebenezer then study, be subservient to practical religion raised by him is, ---". I have this and ministerial usefulness. Let me never be scheming about future events, and indulging
day ten thousand reasons to bless ia any discouraging forebodings, whilst i
the Lord--to bless him for the preought to be attending to present duties and cious advantages granted to one so watching against present temptations.'
unworthy, and for upholding one Desires." May I always feel grateful for the important advantages which a kind
so helpless and sinful. May I in providence has afforded me. May the reso
future be more humble, more holy, lutions I make be so impressed upon my
and more devoted to his service and heart as never to be forgotten. May I be well
glory.” acquainted with the Bible, and with heart. May I be made wise to win souls and
He commenced his stated lato comfort mourners. May I have much
bours at Holywell on Sunday, religion, much devotedness, and much to do May 31, 1801, and preached in the with Christ.”
morning from Rom. xv. 30, “ Now In April, 1801, he received an I beseech you brethren, for the invitation from the church at Holy- Lord Jesus Christ's sake, and for well to become their minister; but, the love of the Spirit, that ye strive having received similar applications together with me in your prayers to from other quarters, his mind, for God for me; that I may come unto several weeks about this time, seems you with joy by the will of God, to have been subject to consider- and may with you be refreshed.” able anxiety. His heart's desire In the afternoon and evening he was to follow the leadings of pro- preached from Jude 24, and Psalm vidence, and to be useful in his xxxi. 21. Master's vineyard; and his decision On the 15th of July, 1802, he
was ordained. The Rev. Dr. G. and out of season were constant, Lewis, Llanuwchllyn, and the Rev. and his course knew no other vaMessrs. J. Lewis, Wrexham; B. riety than that of the shining light Jones, Pwllheli; W. Brown, which shineth more and more unto Wrexham ; J. Wilson, Northwich; the perfect day.” D. Davies, Welshpool ; and T. Though his constitution was Jones, Newmarket; assisted on weak, and his health often delicate, the occasion. Mr. Jones, New- he was equal to considerable labour market, is now the only survivor. both of mind and body. He has
In 1810, he published a collec- often, on a Sabbath-day, walked tion of hymns, which has passed thirty miles, and performed three through several editions, and is services; and, of late years, his now used by most of the congrega
mind seemed to be wholly weaned tional churches in the Principality; from the world, and his whole time he also, during the last ten years,
was devoted to the cause of recontributed largely to the Dysge- ligion. dydd Crefyddol.
As most of the congregational The prosperity of the Redeemer's churches in Wales have had to cause, both in his own neighbour- build or to enlarge their places of hood, and throughout the world, worship within the last few years, lay very near his heart; and he the heavy burdens thereby occahad the pleasing satisfaction of sioned have been a source of many establishing several new interests discouragements and of much painin his own immediate neighbour- ful anxiety-of anxiety the most hood. Four chapels were erected disheartening to many who have the by him: one at Bagillt, in 1803; interest of the Saviour's cause much
at Rhesycae, in 1804; one at heart--of anxiety that has interat Heolmostyn, in 1826 ; and rupted the usefulness, destroyed one at Penypyllau, in 1829. He the comforts, and broken the spirits, was one of the secretaries to the if not the hearts, of many devoted Flintshire Auxiliary Bible Society and faithful Christian ministers. for eighteen years; to the North This must have been keenly felt by Wales Auxiliary to the London a person of Mr. Jones's sensibility Missionary Society for nine years ; as a public character. In the beand to the Congregational Union ginning of last year, the distressed for the counties of Flint and Den- case of the Welsh congregation in bigh for nine years. The commit- Gartside Street, Manchester, extees and other friends with whom cited much sympathy; and, after he acted in these several capacities several ministers had greatly exmost deeply feel the loss occasioned erted themselves to obtain assistby the sudden removal of one so ance for them in the Principality, indefatigably active, so uniformly Mr. Jones, and his friend, Mr. Roamiable, and so thoroughly disin- berts, of Denbigh, encouraged by terested. Seldom has the important the kind permission of the good cause of Christian missions lost a Manchester people, consented to more zealous advocate. No minis- visit that town for the same object; ter in Wales laboured more towards and this leads us abruptly to the cherishing a missionary spirit than closing scene of our friend's life. Mr. Jonês did. Indeed most of His death, though affecting to his the intelligence contained in the friends, was blissful to himself ; chronicle department of the Dys- and, though his Lord came at an gedydd was communicated by him. unexpected hour, he was found “ His efforts to do good in season active and vigilant. On Sunday,
the 21st of August-his last on the warehouse, he fell through a earth - he preached three times, trap-door ; and, though medical with unusual animation and effect. assistance was instantly procured, In the morning, under the influence he survived but little more than of feelings deeply impressed by the three hours. The event occasioned loss of the Rothsay Castle, from a very considerable sensation in the Job vii. 10, “ He shall return no town, and much respect and Chrismore to his house;" in the after- tian feeling were manifested. On noon, on brotherly love, being his Saturday the body was conveyed to concluding lecture on the fourth Holywell, and the impression prochapter of the Epistle to the Ephe- duced there by the suddenness of sians; and, in the evening, a very the shock--the sorrow of his friends, sweet discourse, from Deut. iv. 4, his relations, and his widow, who on the safety and happiness of those for twenty-five years had been a who, amid trials and temptations, most affectionate help meet for him “ cleave unto the Lord.” At the -cannot be described. The funeclose of the morning service, a ral, attended by thousands, took hymn “On the Death of a Minis- place on the Tuesday following: ter" was selected by him to be sung From twenty to thirty ministers of by the congregation. On the fol- different denominations were prelowing Tuesday evening, in com- sent. Services suited to the affectpliance with his particular request, ing occasion were performed by the a much larger company than usual Rev. Messrs. Williams, of Wern, met at the prayer-meeting. When Roberts, of Denbigh, Breeze, of taking his leave of them, in a short Liverpool, and Waterfield, of Wrexbut moving address, he said, “We ham; and, on the following Sabmay never meet again. Some of bath, two very impressive funeral you may be taken before my return, sermons were addressed to the beor I may be taken; but, if we love reaved congregation; that in the the Lord, sudden death in such a morning, in English, by the Rev. case would be sudden glory.” On J. Thorpe, of Chester, from Psalm Thursday morning, Aug. 25th, he xxxvi. 6; and that in the evening, and Mr. Roberts, of Denbigh, left in Welsh, by the Rev. W. Wil. home. They reached Liverpool that liams, of Wern, from Heb. xi. 4, evening; and, after agreeing when “ He being dead yet speaketh.” and where to meet in the morning, Mr. Jones's last words were, “I they parted. Mr. Jones proceeded KNOW THAT I AM ACCEPTED." to the house of his friend, Mr. March 6, 1832.
S.R. Gregson; but, in passing through
TO THE YOUNG CONVERT. READER. In this short address, I am I am persuaded they will be received as taking it for granted that religion has appropriate to your present state of mind, been brought home to your thoughts; and and as the words of a friend who has at that meditation and prayer have been his heart a concern for your highest welmade effectual to convince you of your fare. need of it, to reveal to you its true value, I. Then, let me exhort you to PRESENT and to dispose you to embrace it cordially A DISTINCT AND SPECIAL OFFERING OF as the “ one thing needful” in this life, PRAISE TO GOD FOR THE MERCY WHICH and in the life to come. If I am correct
All your blessin this conclusion, then, I need offer no ings demand grateful acknowledgment, apology for the following suggestions; for and their demand is in proportion to
HAS BEEN SHEWN YOU.
GROW GIVE AN EARNEST ATTENTION
their excellence. But your conversion is and to patience godliness, and to godlithe greatest blessing you have ever re- ness, charity." Conversion is not the end, ceived, and should be the source of the of your course, but its beginning. It is most abundant praise. The nature of the strait gate, opening on the narrow the benefit-so personal, so real-makes way; and all that way you must tread if praise indispensable. How would the ever you arrive in heaven! blind man, of necessity, rejoice in the
JIÍ. THAT YOU MAY HAPPILY hand that gave him sighi! How would the IN GRACE deaf man glorify the power that restored TO ALL THE MEANS OF GRACE. The sevehiin to hearing! If then, in a superior ral means appointed for your edification sense, your eyes are opened that you may need not be here mentioned ; you know see-if your ears are unstopped that you them, you have been accustomed to remay hear—if God, in the greatness of his gard them. There is, however, some evil mercy, has delivered “
your eyes from
to which you are now exposed, and to tears, your feet from falling, and your which before you were not liable. You soul from the lowest hell,” what thanks are in danger, not so much of neglecting do you not owe him! Think of the state the appointed means, as of sinking down from which you are redeemed—of the into a cold and formal use of them. Our power shown in your redemption-of the first acts in religion spring from present sacrifice made for that redemption-and emotion ; but as these acts are repeated,
whole heart become one offering they are formed into habits; and the of thankfulness to him who hath loved danger is of doing from habit what was you, and washed you from your sins in at first done from the heart. Excellent his own blood !
prayers are still offered, but the meaning II, REGARD YOUR CONVERSION AS THE is gone-praise is still expressed, but it BEGINNING OF A NEW LIFE UNTO A NEW dies on the tongue--the word is still
Great mistake has existed heard, but not with the eagerness of men on this subject, and it has often had inju- who feel they must feed on it or die, rious consequences. Religion has com- Guard against this temptation. None menced by many anxieties and deep con- has been more common-none more invictions, and the prevailing concern has jurious. Be not satisfied that the action been to find rest from these in the evi- is good, ask from time to time whether dence of a true conversion. Hope has the motive is good, whether the end is sprung up in the mind; and, when the
good also. young convert has been led to think him- Especially as a direction on this subself regenerated, he has also been tempted ject, be not satisfied with the use of any to trust in this state as safe, and to sup- religious means, which does not bring to pose that nothing more of importance you its proper benefit. The great design was necessary to him. To put yourself of all our means and privileges is to bring on your guard against this error, remem- Us near to God. Whatever, therefore, ber two things; first, that life is never may be your value of the word; of the given for its own sake, but for its uses. ministry of that word; or of your seasons Your spiritual life is given to you that of retirement; rest not in them, but inyou may “live unto God;" you are to quire whether they have this their proper walk in his ways, to hunger and thirst end in you. If they do not increase your after his righteousness
, and take a holy penitence for sin; your abhorrence of delight in his service. Then, secondly, evil; your hope in the Saviour; your remember, that your Christian life is in a nonconformity to the world ; and the very feeble state.
If indeed you are truly heerenliness of your disposition; howconverted, you truly live; but your life at ever great their use to others, they are present is the life of infancy and child. useless to you. And the means by which hood. Your knowledge is small, your you do not receive a benefit you receive an faith weak, and your charity limited. injury ! Consider, then, that you require to be IV. BE CAREFUL THAT YOU DO NOT “rooted and grounded” in the truth; CONFINE YOUR SENSE OF RELIGION TO that you are to grow in knowledge and
USE OF RELIGIOUS MEANS.
More in grace;" and that you are to give “ all are in this state of mind than we imadiligence to add to your faith virtue, and gine; and you cannot escape it but by to virtue knowledge, and to knowledge watchfulness. They seek to have an imtemperance, and to temperance patience, pression of religion when on their knees,