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A Magazine for the people.
"Glory to God in the highest-And on earth peace,
Good will toward men."
37 NARRATIVES, ANECDOTES, &c. Where are you going?
46 A Word to the Young-“How can
Thou hast Destroyed Thyself .. 47
Have you a Soul ? ............ 48 Alarm to Sinners...... 42 A Lost Soul
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"O how I love thy law! it is my meditation all the day."-Psalm cxix. 97.
Is The LORD's Day.–O come, let us worship and bow dowo: let us kneel before the Lord our maker.
Ps. xcv. 6. 2M By which (Gospel) ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you.
1 Cor. xv. 2. 3 Tu O Lord, thou hast searched me, and known me.
Ps. cxxxix. 1. 4 W For there is not a word in my tongue, but, lo, O Lord, thou knowest it altogether.
Ps. cxxxix. 4. 5 Th Whither shall I go from thy spirit ? or whither shall I flee from thy presence ?
Ps. cxxxix. 7. 6F If I make my bed in Hell, behold, Thou art there!
Ps. cxxxix. 8. 7s Yea, the darkness hideth not froin Thee; the darkness and the light are both alike to Thee.
Ps. cxxxix. 12. 8 S The Lord's Day._How precious also are thy thoughts unto me, O God! how great is the sum of them!
Ps. cxxxix. 17. 9 M Is it well with thee? Is it well with thy husband? Is it well with the child?
2 Kings iv. 26. 10 Tu Surely I know that it shall be well with them that fear God, which fear before him:
Ec, viii. 12. 11 W
But it shall not be well with the wicked, because he feareth
Ec. viii. 13. 12 Th For God shall bring every work into Judgment, with every
secret thing, whether it be good, or whether it be evil, Ec. xii, 14. 13 F
For the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised in-
1 Cor. xv. 52. 14 S Therefore be ye also ready: for in such an hour as ye think not the Son of man cometh.
Matt. xxiv. 44. 15 S The LORD'S DAY. He that regardeth the Day, regardeth it unto the Lord.
Rom. xiv. 6. 16M For whether we live, we live unto the Lord; and whether we die, we die unto the Lord.
Rom. xiv. 8. 17 Tu The God in whose hand thy breath is, and whose are all thy ways, hast thou not glorified.
Dan. v. 23. 18/W Who teacheth us more than the beasts of the earth, and maketh us wiser than the fowls of heaven.
Job xxxv. 11. 19 Th So then every one of us shall give accou of himself to God.
Rom. xiv. 12. 20F Wherewith shall I come before the Lord, and bow myself before the high God ?
Micah vi. 6. 21s The blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin. 1 John i. 7. 22 S The LORD's Day.-- This is the Day which the Lord hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it.
Ps. cxviii. 24. 23 M For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so
them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him. 1 Thes. iv. 14. 24 Tu Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord from henceforth:
Yea, saith the Spirit, that they may rest from their labours
Rev. xiv. 13.
Heb. iv. 3. 27 F
Let us therefore fear, lest, a promise being left us of enter
ing into his rest, any of you should seem to come short
Heb. iv. 1.
Heb. iv. 11. 29 S The Lord's DAY.-Faith cometh by hearing.
Rom. x. 17. 30 M Take heed therefore how ye hear.
Luke viii. 18. 31 T'u For the word preached did not profit them, not being mixed with faith in them that heard it.
Heb. iv. 2.
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.
“Let him return unto the Lord, and he will have MERCY upon him.”
What was that doctrine which drew open sinners in such crowds around the Blessed Saviour? What was it which won them, which softened them, which changed them ? What was it which spoke to the heart of such ? It was MERCY. MERCY for ALL.
It soon spread around the country-spread as widely as the fame of his miracles; and many thought it the greatest, happiest, sweetest marvel of all, that sinners of every kind were offered MERCY. The most abandoned sinners, those who seem lost to all shame and remorse, even they have commonly an aching heart beneath. Hope would be sweeter to many an outcast from society than lookers-on imagine. HARLOTS, FORNICATORS, ADULTERERS; SWEARERS, LIARS, BLASPHEMERS; DRUNKARDS, COVETOUS, EXTORTIONERS; what a catalogue! Yet these, and sinners worse than these, sinners whose crimes might scarcely be named, much less printed, all, all heard that there was MERCY! Men and women so vile crowded around our Lord, that the respectable Pharisees and temple-goers were shocked, and, though curious to see, they keep at a respectable distance; yet they, too, can just hear That Voice of ineffably sweet authority; and what is it saying to the guilty, degraded beings who throng around Him? “Sinners I am come to save you, THERE IS MERCY !”
And now soine of those most deeply plunged in vice begin to look doubtful; they would like to believe it if they only might. “But us, He knows us not, or He never could say so; there may be mercy for most, there can be none for us; the Governor, if he only knew our crimes, would crucify us !" So think they; but the eye of Jesus meets theirs,—they see He knows what is in man,—they tremble lest He should point them out to justice; but, no, his solemn, yet gracious look at once says to them, “There is MERCY for you too; I forgive. you; go and sin no more.
Another is ashamed to come within sight, the diseases of vice have marred his very looks. He sees that none like to stand near him; bis heart says, “Surely He cannot mean me too; oh, if I might but soothe my life-long shame amongst men by a peaceful hope that my God forgives me.” He scarcely ventures to look at the PREACHER of MERCY, lest His frown should seal deeper his despair; but a look from the Friend of sinners arrests his timorous glance, and it says to him, “Yes, your sins, too, are forgiven; go in peace, there is MERCY EVEN FOR YOU!”
The Dissolute Young Man, his constitution worn out prematurely by his sins, fearing that the seeds of fatal disease are beginning to germinate, dreading to meet death and judgment, he, too, has heard
the sweet report of MERCY; but may he hope for it-shall he not be upbraided rather with, “Return to your frivolities, your gay companions, your vices; go eat the fruit of your doings ?” Oh, no! The Speaker of that Parable of Parables (Luke xv.) is here; He sees the Prodigal now come to himself; He sees him wanting to return, but standing yet a great way off. “My son,” he says, “there is MERCY FOR THE PRODIGAL TOO ! I receive thee a penitent back into thy Father's family."
Finally, a Pharisee, of better feelings than most, invites the Lord to eat bread in his house, and then a GUILTY WOMAN, who could not make up her mind to speak to Him abroad, ventures near,—words she dare not or cannot utter, her tears she cannot hinder from speaking for her,—but she deems them only fit to wash the Holy Saviour's feet. She had heard Him preach MERCY to the FALLEN; and, marvellous mercy as it seemed, she yet could believe it. The manner of the Blessed Speaker, His heart-describing words, and the gracious power which delighted in conquering such trophies of mercy, opened her trembling soul to the assurance that Jesus meant what he said, and that she might believe in mercy for her! The Pharisee murmurs that Jesus should let such a woman come near Him even with the tears of penitence; but what saith the Lord ? “ The debtor to whom most is forgiven will love most. See this woman's love to me; compare it with thy own. She has had many sins forgiven. She loves much. LOVE FOR PARDONED sin is what I came to seek; woman, thy faith hath saved THEE! Go in peace.”
FELLOW-SINNER, whoever you are, There is MERCY for you, you need not perish, you may be forgiven,—THE BLOOD OF JESUS CHRIST CLEANSETH FROM ALL SIN.
WHERE ARE YOU GOING ?
We are all going somewhere. There is not one individual in the whole mass of society but is travelling to some place. Every man, every woman, in every country throughout the globe, is going on in a course which will lead hereafter to some definite result. Reader, where are you going?
There is one end to which we are all, without exception, tending. “It is appointed unto all men once to die.” For every inhabitant of the globe, whatever his circumstances or condition, the grave shall be opened. Sooner or later, in youth or in age, years hence, or, it may be, the next moment, we shall be removed from the world. Reader, have you ever thought that this will be the case with you?
But the bible reveals to us the solemn truth, that after death there are two places, one of which must receive us for eternity. We are all
going on continually towards either heaven or hell, eternal happiness or endless misery, indescribable woe with demons and lost spirits, or infinite blessedness with redeemed saints, and angels, and God. Reader, ask yourself the question, to which of these Am I going?
There is only one way to heaven. As sinners against God, we deserve and are doomed to hell. By nature we are all the children of vrath. But Christ has died to save us. He is the only way to the Father. Through him we may come boldly to the throne of grace. And, trusting in him, we shall be delivered from the doom which our sins deserve,—we shall be raised to eternal happiness and glory before the throne of God.
Reader, are you then trusting in Christ? Conscious of guilt, have you gone to him for pardon ? Knowing your danger, have you fled to him for safety ? Feeling yourself lost, and ruined, and undone, have you laid hold on the hope which he has in his inercy provided ? Oh, how solemn is the thought, that a few years—possibly a few days -will see you an inhabitant of either heaven or hell; standing perfect and justified before the throne of God, or lifting up your eyes in hell, being in torments. Do you trust in Christ ? Do you live to him ? Then you are travelling in the narrow path that leads to life eternal. Are you living to the world, devoting yourself exclusively to the things of time, a lover of pleasure more than a lover of God? Then every day you live you are going nearer to the place where the worm dieth not, and the fire is not quenched; you are rushing madly on to that dire abode where you will experience, in all its terrors, the righteous vengeance of a holy God.
And there is no sight on earth more painful, more affecting, than that of an immortal creature going on to eternity, entirely unprepared. If any thing can cause tears in heaven, must it not be the sight of men sporting thus with their undying souls,—spending the hours of their probation in the pursuit of baubles, whilst they neglect or despise the treasure which is incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away?
Reader, our heart's desire and prayer to God for you is, that you may be saved. Flee from the wrath to come. Lay hold on the cross of Calvary. And be not satisfied until, like the apostle Paul, you can say, “For we know that if our earthly house of this tabernacle be dissolved, we have a building of God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens.”
THE HARVEST. July and August were unusually wet, and the ripening and ripened crops seemed likely to be taken from us, even after our eyes had been permitted to behold them. The greater part of the grain crops have, however, been secured in tolerably good condition; much quite well;