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sinned, and the desert of sin is hell. We have sinned, and must be everlastingly punished, except the Lord have mercy upon us. have sinned, and in so doing have provoked the Most High, and placed ourselves in direct opposition to him. We have sinned, but have we repented of sin? Are we now heartily sorry for it; and do we seek pardon for it, and deliverance from it ? Do we know God's true character, as David did, who said, “For thou, Lord, art good, and ready to forgive; and plenteous in mercy unto all them that call upon thee 2(Ps. lxxxvi. 5). Those are precious words, sweeter than honey, or the honey comb. Our God “is good," so good that he will not despise any poor, penitent sinner. He is ready to forgive" any and every sinner who seeks pardon in the name of Jesus. He is “plenteous in mercy,”-bis mercy his infinite, so that no one need despair; and he exercises that mercy toward all that call upon him. He will glorify his mercy in thee, if thou seekest him; or his justice, if thou hardenest thyself against him.

“ While grace is offered to the prince,

The poor may take their share;
No mortal has a just pretence

To perish in despair.” “WHERE ART THOU ?” (Gen. iii. 9). Sinner, God puts this question to thee, as he did once to our father Adam. “Where art thou ?” In the ways of sin, in the paths of the destroyer, in the road to hell? “Where art thou ?” In the prison of unbelief, in the darkness of this world, in the snares of Satan? " Where art thou?" In Sodom, which is doomed to destruction; in some refuge of lies, which the flood of wrath will overflow; in the house built on the sand, which the storm will soon throw down? “Where art thou ?" In Christ? Do you believe on his name, trust in his blood, wear and plead his glorious righteousness before God ? “Where art thou ?” In the church? Are you united to the saints, resting among the sheep of Jesus, enlisted into the army of the great Captain of salvation ? If thou art in thy natural state, the wrath of God abideth on thee, the sentence of condemnation is recorded against thee, and the day of execution will soon arrive. Thou art never safe for one moment; by night or by day, waking or sleeping, thy danger is imminent. But

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escape is before thee, the arms of Jesus are open to receive thee; he waits to embrace and bless thee. If thou art in Christ, thou art blessed; to thee there is no condemnation; with thee God is well pleased; and all things must work together for thy good. Let us set our hearts upon the same object as the apostle did, and seek it with the same earnestness, saying, “That I may win Christ, and be found in him;" then we shall be safe and happy in time and eternity.

“Come, all

souls by sin opprest,
Ye restless wanderers after rest;
Ye poor, ye maimed, and halt, and blind,
In Christ a hearty welcome find."

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THE APPEAL;

A Magazine for the People.

“Honour all men.- Love the brotherhood.- Fear God,

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VOL. II.

JANUARY, 1849.

No. 7.

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PAGE "If all be well!" By the Labourer's Religion”

5 Daughter 1 The all-important Question

8 “No Time"

4 Religion recommended to Me"We are quite as good as those chanics

9 who make so great a fuss about Do you wish to be Happy?

11 Daily Texts, POR SUNDAY SCHOOLS AND FAMILIES.—Cover, p. 2. EDITORS' ADDRESS TO THE WORKING People of Great Britain.-Cover, p. 3.

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DAILY TEXTS FOR SUNDAY SCHOOLS AND FAMILIES.

“O how I love thy law! it is my meditation all the day.”Psalm cxix. 97.

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1M The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge. Prov. i. 7. 2 Tu The Lord givet wisdom.

Prov. ii. 6. 3 W Trust in the Lord with all thine heart ; and lean not unto thine own understanding.

Prov. iii. 5. 4 Th Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life.

Prov. iv. 23. 5 F For the ways of man are before the eyes of the Lord, and he pondereth all his goings.

Pror. v. 21. 6S · For the commandment is a lamp; and the law is light; and reproofs of instruction are the way of life.

Prov. vi. 23. 7 S The Lord's Day.-Her house is the way of hell, going down to the chambers of death,

Prov. vii. 27. 8 M But he that sinneth against Me wrongeth his own soul: all they that hate Me love death.

Proy. viii. 36. 9 Tu Reprove not a scorner, lest he hate thee: rebuke a wise man, and he will love thee.

Prov. ix. 8. 10 W

The blessing of the Lord, it maketh rich, and he addeth no
sorrow with it.

Prov. x. 22. 11 Th Riches profit not in the day of wrath: but righteousness deliveroth from death.

Prov. xi. 4. 12T The way of a fool is right in his own eyes : but he that hearkeneth unto counsel is wise.

Prov. xii. 15. 13 S There is that maketh himself rich, yet hath nothing: there is that maketh himself poor, yet hath great riches.

Prov. xiii. 7. 14 6 The LORD's Day.-In the fear of the Lord is strong confi

dence: and his children shall have a place of refuge. Prov. xiv. 26. 15M

The eyes of the Lord are in every place, beholding the evil
and the good.

Prov. xv. 3. 16 Tu He that is slow to anger is better than the mighty; and he that ruleth his spirit than he that taketh a city.

Prov. xvi. 32. 17 W

Wherefore is there a price in the hand of a fool to get wisdom,
seeing he hath no heart to it ?

Prov. xvii. 16. 18 Th The name of the Lord is a strong tower; the righteous runneth into it, and is safe.

Prov. xviii. 10. 19F He that hath pity upon the poor lendeth unto the Lord; and that which he hath given will He pay him again.

Prov. xix. 17. 2015 Who can say, I have made my heart clean, I am pure from my sin ?

Prov. xx. 9. 2115 The Lord's Day.-Every way of a man is right in his own eyes : but the Lord pondereth the hearts.

Prov. xxi. 2. 22 M

The rich and poor meet together: the Lord is the maker of
them all.

Prov. xxii. 2. 23 Tu As he thinketh in his heart, so is he.

Prov. xxiji. 7. 24 W The thought of foolishness is sin.

Prov. xxiv. 9. 25 Th He that hath no rule over his own spirit is like a city that is broken down, and without walls.

Prov. xxv. 28. Seest thou a man wise in his own conceit? there is more hope of a fool than of him.

Prov. xxvi. 12. 27/s Open rebuke is better than secret love.

Prov. xxvii. 5. 28S The Lord's DAY.--Happy is the man that feareth alway:

but he that hardeneth his heart shall fall into mischief. Prov. xxviii, 14. 29 M The fear of man bringeth a snare : but whoso putteth his trust in the Lord shall be safe.

Prov. xxix. 25. 30 Tu Remove far from me vanity and lies; give me neither poverty nor riches; feed me with food convenient for me.

Prov. xxx. 8. 31 W Favour is deceitful, and beauty is vain ; but a woman that feareth the Lord, she shall be praised.

Prov. xxxi. 30.

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The reader will notice that most of the above texts are either adapted to the day of the week, or intended to throw light upon each other.

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