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of its salvation, were brought with such evidence and power to his heart, that he lost his zeal for this world's gain, and be. came a devoted and zealous follower of the only Saviour of sin. ners.
Reader! the question, “WHAT IS THE SOUL WORTH ?” is presented to you. Consider what your soul is worth in reference to its eternity, for it is immortal, and will endure for ever! Measure its value by that of worldly riches—or worldly honours—or worldly pleasures. Measure it by the world itself-the whole world_ALL worlds and what, indeed, would it profit you to gain them all, and -lose your soul ?
Oh, Reader ! shall your soul be saved, or lost ? Eternity is wait. ing your determination! Do not delay. Attend now to mercy's voice; for “now is the accepted time; now is the day of salvation.”
MAJESTY OF THE SCRIPTURES. I will confess that the majesty of the Scriptures strikes me with admiration, as the purity of the gospel has its influence on my heart. Peruse the works of our phi. losophers, with all their pomp of diction; how mean, how contemptible are they, compared with the Scriptures? Is it possible that a book, at once so simple and sublime, should be merely the work of man? Is it possible that the sacred personage whose history it contains, should be himself a mere man? Do we find that he assumed the tone of an enthusiast or ambitious sectary? What sweetness, what purity in his manner! What an affecting gracefulness in his delivery ! What sublimity in his maxims! What profound wisdom in his dis. courses! What presence of mind, what subtlety, what truth in his replies! How great the command over his passions! Where is the man, where the philosopher, who could so live and so die, without weakness, without ostentation? When Plato describes his imaginary good man, loaded with all the shame of guilt, yet meriting the highest reward of virtue, he describes exactly the character of Jesus Christ; the resemblance was so striking that all the fathers perceived it. Socrates died like a philosopher, but Jesus Christ like a God. Rosseau.
“MY LIFE HAS BEEN A FAILURE."-So said a capitalist in this country worth his several millions, on being asked why he did not have a biography of his life written. What an answer, and what a sad truth, to be made and considered by one who has spent a whole life in amassing wealth! and now, with trembling limbs, stepping into the grave, the startling truth, quite too late it is to be feared, flashes across the mind, that his life has been a failure its great object, and the only one worthy the attention of an immortal being, having been entirely overlooked and neglected! What more than such a thought need occupy a sane mind, to fill and keep it full of unutterable anguish ? Life a failure! Probation squandered ending !-the soul lost! Reader, whoever you may be, poor or rich, did you ever ask yourself whether your life also has not been a failure? - whether you are living merely for this world ?-laying up the treasures of which you cannot avail yourself in your time of greatest need ? Will you go to the judgment with the awful truth sounding in your ears, that your life has been a failure? If you would not, mend that life-mend it to day; to-morrow is not yours.
Put off no longer a work so important, involving your all, and one which should have been done the first day of your accountability. - Christian Treasury.
THE HUNGARIAN King.–It is reported of a Hungarian king, that, being on a time extremely dejected, he was asked the cause of it by his brother. “Oh! I have been a great sinner against God,” said he, “and know not how I shall appear before him in judgment!" His brother ridiculed these hid thoughts as too melancholy, and as unworthy of a moment's place in the breast of a king. The king then made no further reply; but it was customary in that country, that if the executioner sounded a trumpet at any man's door, he was presently to be had forth to execution. The king, at midnight, sent the trumpeter to sound an alarm at his brother's door, which so terrified him, that he ran to the king with a trembling heart, a pale and frightful countenance, and besought him to make known wherein he had offended him. “Oh, brother,” said the king, “you have never displeased me; but if the sight of my executioner be so dreadful in your eyes, what must the sight of God's be in mine!”-Secker's Nonsuch Professor.
THE POWER OF TRUTH.. The celebrated Gilbert West and Lord Lyttleton, both men of acknowledged talent, had received the principles of infidelity from a superficial view of the Scriptures. They agreed together to expose what they termed the imposture of the Bible; and Mr. West chose the resurrection of Christ, and Lord Lyttleton the conversion of St. Paul, as the subjects of their criticism. Both sat down to their respective tasks full of prejudice, and a con. tempt for christianity. But what was the result? They were both converted by their endeavours to overthrow the truth of Scripture. They came together, not as they expected, to exult over an imposture exposed to ridicule, but to lament their former unbelief, and to con. gratulate each other that they had discovered the truth of revelation. They published their enquiries, which form two of the most valuable treatises now existing, in favour of the truth of God's word,—one entitled, “Observations on the Conversion of St. Paul," and the other, “Observations on the Resurrection of Christ.”
BAPTIST PENNY MAGAZINE,
THE CHURCH." The Publishers of the above Magazine have much pleasure in announcing that the circulation has now increased to nearly 17,000 monthly. The periodical has received the sanction of nearly all the principal ministers of the denoinination as one of the best, as it is certainly one of the cheapest, of the present day.
The following is a List of Contents of all the Nuinbers for the first Six Months of the present year:
The Bible Triumphant over Infidelity.
Notices of Books.
A PORTION FOR CHILDREN. POETRY.
More Wonderful than the Telegraph. The Falling of the Leaf.
A Story of Heaven. By the late Rev. Address to the Opening Year.
T. R. Taylor.
The Two Danghters. The Epistle to the Hebrewsits Sub
A Beautiful Meteor. ject and Object.
Do not lose your Soul !
Justirication by Works.
The Robe and the Blanket; or, The
The Worth of a Dollar.
Fruit in Old Age.
NOTICES OF Books. Training up our Children for Baptism. A PORTION FOR CHILDREN. “The Lord is my Keeper.".
A Conversation on Baptism. Holiness the Mark of the True Church, MisceLLANEOUS. and necessary to its Prosperity.
The Two Diamonds POETRY.
Anecdote of the late Rev. Robt. Hall. The Christian's Support.
God's Book of Remembrance. BIBLICAL.
Burning the Bible. The Death of Christ. The Water and Moral Evil. the Blood.
MARCH. The Excellence of Christian Truth. By How the First Christians Acted. By the Rev. R. Roff, Cambridge.
Baron Stow, D.D. Early Piety. Part Second. By the Rev. “ Forgive us our Debts as we Forgive J. J. Brown.
our Debtors.” Infidelity. By the Rev. W. Innes, Edin- CORRESPONDENCE. burgh.
On Systematic Missionary Contribution. Can I be Saved?
How to Support a Pastor. What is a Dissenter!
NOTICES OF BOOKS. PORTRY.
A PORTION FOR CHILDREN. The Gracions Shepherd.
A Conversation on Baptism. No. 2. Angry Words.
Scripture Lesson. BIBLICAL.
MISCELLANEOUS. Harmonies of the Gospels.
The Power of God's Word.
Mirabeau and Dr. Payson.
The Ardour of Juvenile Piety.
The Word of Command. By the Rev.
LIFE INSURANCE. James Smith.
CORRESPONDENCE. The Baptized Households-Introductory.
A Word for Letter-Carriers.
NOTICES OF Books.
A Conversation on the Lord's-Supper.
The Beloved Deacon. POETRY,
Mrs. Hannah Green. Tears for the Dead. By the Rev. J. E.
Christian Resignation. BIBLICAL.
The Price of the Christian's Freedom. Philosophy and the Bible.
The Value of the Bible. TALES AND SKETCHES.
A Test of Piety. Efforts for Usefulness. “I can do something."
The Unpaid Vow. The Lost Child and the Lamb.
Spring. Spring an Evidence of Divine
Faithfulness. By the Rev. J.J. Brown.
By the Rev. J. J. Davies.
Oneness of the Human Race.
ment of a Sermon, by the late Rev.
(With twelve additional pages.) Too Late. By the Rev. James Smith. LIFE INSURANCE. Building the Walls of Jerusalem. No. 3. Life Insurance and Provident Societies. Importance of the Work.
THE ANNUAL MEETINGS. Spring. Spring a Manifestation of Divine
DENOMINATIONAL PAPERS. Goodness. By the Rev. J. J. Brown.
Report of the Baptist Missionary Society. To Christian Non-Electors, on the Pre- Kind Words. sent Crisis.
CORRESPONDENCE. THE STATE OF OUR CHURCHES.
NOTICES or Books.
A PORTION FOR CHILDREN.
The Village Sabbath Scholar.
The Laws of Speech. TALES AND SKETCHES.
Be Gentle. Aspirations. By Elihu Burritt, M.A. Christ a Friend. What can a humble Female do?
Luther on Languages. “She hath done what she could."
Presumption. A Message from Jesus Christ. By the
Loss for Christ. Rev. W. Innes,
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