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OBJECTS.—The objects of the Society are fourfold :-
1. Relief in Sickness.
2. Annuities in Old Age.
3. Sums payable at Death.
4. Endowments for Children and Adults.

These Benefits are secured to the members upon Tables certified by F. G. P. Neison, Esq., from the ascertained experience of more than 4000 Benefit Societies.

ADVANTAGES.—The advantages are numerous. The following are among the most special:

1. Females are admissible as members.

2. Payments are adjusted according to the age of each member on entrance, and are never afterwards increased; nor is one member required to pay anything at the death of another.

3. There are no compulsory offices to serve.
4. Persons of any trade are eligible.
5. Members become free in six months.

6. Subscriptions may be in arrear six months without loss of benefit; and after that period, membership, if desired, may be recovered upon conditions specified in the Rules.

7. Profits are divided every five years among the members. Thus a young man will derive greater advantages in this Society than in almost any other; for at every five years of his continuing a member his payments will be reduced, or his benefits increased, as he may prefer.

8. Sick allowance continues longer than in ordinary Societies, viz: extends below half-pay. Thus as old age comes on, instead of being for 52 weeks, full pay, and in continued sickness the reduction never thrown upon quarter-pay, a member is liberally sustained; and if an annuity be taken as well as the sickness allowance, the full pay continues without reduction during the whole period of the Assurance.

9. Members appoint the Directors annually; and meetings of members are holden annually in London, and in the Districts of each Branch.

10. The funds are all invested upon Government security at compound interest. Thus all risks are avoided, and Investments do not fluctuate in value.

11. Members may remove from one Branch to another without loss of benefit, or being subjected to an additional payment for re-entry.

PROGRESS. — During the first year of the Society's operations, 2,683 Assurances have been effected, viz:

965 for Life Assurance, to the amount of £28,866.
555 for Endowments, to the amount of £29,295.
1,059 for Sickness, for an average weekly allowance of 10s 5d.
104 for Annuities, for an average weekly allowance of 5s.
By the present time these numbers are nearly doubled.

Next month we may give some of the Society's Tables.


A Magazine for the people.

"Honour all men.-Love the brotherhood.-Fear God.

Honour the king."


APRIL, 1849.

No. 10.



PAGE "The Gospel Shop?”

37 NARRATIVES, ANECDOTES, &c. Where shall I be in a Hundred The Rich Poor Man........ 43 Years?

38 “Susan ! Susan ! are you Ready?" 46 Life's Great Errand

40 VARIETIES. The Lord's Call 41 Rejecting Christ


Jesus Christ

48 The Atheist


JESUS DIED FOR ME.-Cover, p. 4.




May be had by order of any Bookseller.


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


The LORD's Day.--The voice of him that crieth in the wilderness, Prepare

ye the way of the Lord. (Isaiah xl. 3.) 2M In those days came John the Baptist, preaching in the wilderness of Judæa,

and saying, Repent ye: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand. (Matt. iii. 1, 2.) 3 Tu And the Spirit of the Lord shall rest upon him. (Isaiah xi. 2.) 4 W And I knew him not; but he that sent me to baptize with water, the same

said unto me, Upon whom thou shalt see the Spirit descending, and remain

ing on him, the same is he which baptizeth with the Holy Ghost. (Jno. i. 33.) 5 Th Unto us a child is born, and his name shall be called Wonderful. (Is. ix. 6.) 6 F And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, and we beheld his glory

(the glory as of the only begotten of the Father), full of grace and truth.

(John i. 14.)

He shall not judge after the sight of his eyes. (Isaiah xi. 3.) 8S THE LORD'S DAY..But Jesus did not commit himself unto them, because he

knew all men, for he knew what was in man. (John ii. 24, 25.) 9M And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and

her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel. (Genesis

iii. 15.) 10 Tu For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the

works of the devil. (1 John iii. 8.) 11 W

The sceptre shall not depart from Judah, until Shiloh come; and to him

shall the gathering of the people be. (Gen. xlix. 10.) 12 Th When they heard these things, they glorified God, saying, Then hath God also

to the Gentiles granted repentance unto life. (Acts xi. 18.) 13 F

The Lord thy God will raise up unto thee a Prophet from the midst of thee,

of thy brethren, like unto me; unto him ye shall hearken. (Deut. xviii. 15.) 14 S

Consider the Apostle and High Priest of our profession, Christ Jesus; who

was faithful to him that appointed him, even as Moses. (Heb.iii. 1, 2.) 15 s The LORD'S DAY.--Who hath believed our report? and to whom is the arm

of the Lord revealed ? (Isaiah liii. 1.) 16 M Though he had done so many miracles before them, yet they believed not on

him. (John xii. 37.) 17 Tu Then the eyes of the blind shall be opened, and the ears of the deaf shall be

unstopped. Then shall the lame man leap as an hart, and the tongue of

the dumb sing. (Isaiah xxxv. 5, 6.) 18 W Go your way, and tell John what things ye have seen and heard; how that the

blind see, the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are

raised, to the poor the gospel is preached. (Luke vii. 22.) 19 Th Grace is poured into thy lips. (Psalm xlv. 2.) 20 F Never man spake like this man. (John vii. 46.) 21 s He is despised and rejected of men. (Isaiah liii. 3.) 22 S THE LORD'S DAY.-Will ye therefore that I release unto you the King of

the Jews? Then cried they all again, saying, Not this man, but Barabbas.

(John xviii. 39, 40.) 23 M He was wounded for our transgressions. (Isaiah liii. 5.) 24 Tu This man hath done nothing amiss. (Luke xxiii. 41.) 25 W He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth: he is

brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is

dumb, so he openeth not his mouth. (Isaiah liii. 7.) 26 Th And he answered him to never a word ; insomuch that the governor marvelled

greatly. (Matt. xxvii. 14.) 27 F I gave my back to the smiters, and my cheeks to them that plucked off the

hair: I hid not my face from shame and spitting. (Isaiah 1. 6.) 28 S Then did they spit in his face, and buffeted him; and others smote him with

the palms of their hands. (Matt. xxvi. 67.) 29 S The Lord's DAY.–Seventy weeks are determined upon thy people and upon

thy holy city, to finish the transgression, and to bring in everlasting righte

ousness. (Daniel ix. 24.) 30 M When Jesus therefore had received the vinegar, he said, It is finished: and he

bowed his head, and gave up the ghost. (John xix. 30.)


" What

Some time since, two ungodly and thoughtless young men were wasting the hours of the Lord's-day in a walk of pleasure. On their way they passed the house of God, and the voice of praise fell on their ears as it came from the lips of the worshippers within. place is this?” said one. “Oh,” replied his companion with a sneer, “that is the gospel shop.”

The gospel shop!Well, we who love the gospel will not be angry. Like the Methodists, who took the name given them in reproach, and now glory in it, we will take up the name you now give the house of our worship, and ask, “What evil is there in it?" You do not object to “shops.” Provided the trade in them be well conducted, you gladly enter them. These young men, too, probably soon went to the beer-shop, or the gin-shop, or the shop where publications sneering at or blaspheming religion and religious men were sold. Suppose, then, a house of worship to be a shop, that is not the reason why it can be ridiculed ? It must be, then, because it is

“ The gospel shop”-the shop where “good tidings" (for this you know to be the meaning of the word) are preached to those who need them; but why, then, ridicule the “good news there to be heard, more than news-of-all-sorts sold in so many other shops? “Yes,” you perhaps reply, “but it ought not to be made a matter of traffic. They only preach it for what they can get--they impose on the people to make money of them.” Then, Friend, you have no quarrel with the gospel itself, I may hope; you object only to trafficking in it. You understand it to be God's free gift to men; you understand that His Word says of it, “Come buy wine and milk without money and without price. As to the people being “imposed upon,” they are foolish indeed if they be. Both the people and their minister (whom they themselves, too, have chosen) have the same Bible open before them, and they are always and earnestly exhorted, by every preacher worth listening to, to examine and judge for themselves. Every true minister of the gospel wishes his hearers to take nothing on his word, and to believe nothing because any book of human composition asserts it, but to decide for themselves from the gospel itself. We know that Heathen and Roman Catholic priests have imposed upon the people, but it has been by keeping them in ignorance. The preacher of the gospel, on the contrary, must say, with his great Master, “Search the Scriptures;” he must, like Paul, commend himself to every man's con. science by manifestation of the truth.No, Friend, the plain truth is, that those who support the worship of God generally do so because they full well know its value, and they do not wish you to give one farthing towards it unless you do also.

But let the honest truth, Friend, come out. It is this: you feel an inward conviction that the Gospel is something far too precious and too

glorious to be a fit subject for trade, and you feel, therefore, as if you had lowered its greatness by speaking of it as a “shop business.” Your own conscience bears testimony that it is far above that. Listen a moment, then, to the real voice of your own conscience. It tells you that the gospel is nothing to laugh at. Your very inclination itself to ridicule it is an uneasy, self-condemning mirth. Well it may be. Good is cheerfulness well grounded; but a perpetually frivolous, pleasure-loving, and worldly-minded mortal is surely an unnatural, and therefore really miserable being. To such an one “it will be bitterness in the end.” Conscience tells you that deliverance from endless ruin, that a joyful resurrection, an eternity of holy happiness, and the precursors of these, death and judgment, cannot be subjects for sneers and contempt. Above all, conscience, if you will but let it speak, will compel your serious, your penitent, your admiring atten. tion to the inimitable Subject himself of the Gospel. View Him as MAN --you know that history records no other such example of marvellous wisdom, of tender compassion, of true greatness, of readiness to suffer for others. You cannot but confess Him the most love-worthy, the most trust-worthy, of our race. Look at Him as the “Son of God" -a title and a nature which He, “so faithful and true a witness," claimed as His true one; and then what infinite glory belongs to such a life, lived here on earth by such a Being! What a solemn mystery are then His groanings in Gethsemane, His shame, His sufferings, His death. Yes, they were the atonement for human sin--the atonement even for the sins of those who mocked Him while he was dying! Hast thou, Reader, ever wished to silence conscience by ridiculing those who had met to praise their Saviour? Think again. Think of thy ill-timed mirth-then think of His sufferings whom they worship, and then bethink thyself that this very folly of thine has polluted thy conscience with guilt which nothing but the atoning blood proclaimed in the gospel can cleanse to all eternity. Ask thyself, if thou be a Sunday wanderer and a Sunday mocker, “While I sneer at the gospel shop,' what shall be the end of those who obey not the gospel of God? and if the righteous scarcely be saved, where will the ungodly and the sinner appear?” (1 Pet. iv. 17, 18.)


It is recorded, in ancient history, of a great monarch, that, standing at the head of a mighty army, and surrounded by all the pomp of military array, he wept; and on being asked why he wept, replied, “to think that not one of this vast assembly will be living in one hundred years.”

And, my reader, this statement is a solemn truth which concerns us all. Death is the common lot. We must all die. Before one

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