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as a sinner ; Satan may roar, sin The terror and trouble of Judas was, threaten destruction, the world per- he had, for the love of money, besecute, and everything forbode the trayed the innocent blood. His ruin of the soul. Another of He- trouble was, he had sold Him who man's troubles was, he thought the Lord was all goodness ; and had, in the had cast off his soul. We learn from very face of conscience and abundant this that a man may believe in eternal proofs, delivered Jesus into the bonds election, particular redemption, ever- of wicked men, who was full of comlasting love, and final perseverance ; passion, and always went about doing and yet, under a dark and dismal good. cloud, he may think his soul is cast But to pass by all this, there are away. Yea, after having had clear troubles of a peculiar character by evidences of his interest in Christ, he which Christians are sorely exercised. may be brought into a despairing Constitutional sins are very distressstate. Another of Heman's troubles ing to quickened souls, and cause is—God had put far from him lover some to walk the greater part of the and friend. They could not, perhaps, way to heaven in darkness. Satan's afford him any comfort, because they suggestions and temptations are sore could not enter into his experience troubles; and besides these, there any more than Job's friends could un- are troubles bred in our very nature derstand his case. Perhaps by lover which cause almost incessant sorrow, in this psalm, a servant of God may For instance : pride troubles one ; a be meant, for these are lovers of the bad temper troubles another ; an insheep and lambs ; but the lover here clination to covetousness troubles spoken of might not have sufficient another ; a propensity to strong drink experience of his own to meet the case troubles another ; thoughts tending of Heman, and so Heman could get to uncleanness troubles another; and no comfort under the word. The continual darkness and hardness of meaning may be this : all society, heart, through a nervous and phlegsuch as Heman desired, was put far matic constitution, trouble another. from him, so that he seemed to be

Once more. There are

outward shut out from that company his soul troubles concerning which I must say so much longed for. But here are

a word.

We all have our share of troubles of another kind we may now these ; some more and some less ; look at. Sin is the cursed seed that the rich have their troubles as well was sown in the Fall, and the harvest

The monarch on the we reap from this sowing is all our throne is not without troubles any troubles. When God hides his face, more than the poorest peasant in the and we cannot feel satisfied that our kingdom. The Government is not sins are forgiven, this is a sore trouble. without its troubles any more than a When filled with doubts and fears, private family. The Church of God and unbelief, and when we are under is full of troubles as well as earthly the hidings of God's face, we are communities. People in the single made to roar out with poor Job, “O life have their troubles, being subject that I knew where I might find him !" to

and disappointments. But again, there are inward troubles People in the married life have their of another kind, and which consist of troubles. They have great troubles in God's terrors and a guilty conscience, seeking bread for themselves and and which ungodly professors are their little ones. They have trouble sometimes the subject of. Cain had in earning money ; and much more an inward trouble ; the murder of his trouble, after earning it, in making brother was constantly before him. the pence and halfpence go as far as The voice of God—“What hast thou they possibly can. The husband has done?” was constantly in his ears. his wife's troubles ; the wife has her Saul's terror and trouble was, he husband's troubles ; and both have could feel nothing, only that he was

the troubles of a large family. Again. given up to the hardness of his heart, The most favoured servant of God is for the Lord would no more speak to not without his troubles. He has his him either by Urim or Thummim. own personal troubles—the troubles

as the poor.

crosses

of a family, the troubles of the church, and the troubles of the poor and afflicted ; in addition to these, he is in troubles by sin, Satan, and the world. Now, when all these things are duly considered, we need not wonder that our text should say, “My soul is full of troubles."

man is not to die, for all that-no,
but as the outward drops away, the
inward is to grow stronger and
stronger.
As chaff is taken from wheat,

The body into dust will turn,
The soul with glory then will meet,

And with eternal love will burn.

STREET, BOROUGH.

The question is—is there life in SIGNS OF HOLY LIFE.

the soul?—the life of God's elect-a BY C. J. SILVERTON.

holy, heavenly life. If there is life OF TRINITY-STREET BAPTIST CHAPEL, TRINITY in the soul, there will be a breathing

after God-a looking to Jesus—a cryIn last month's paper we promised | ing for the Spirit. The soul will go in some other month to speak of some out of its own town to seek the other signs of life divine. There Saviour. Those who live are mostly may be signs of life in a child, yet it on the look out for Christ Jesus the may soon be dead. But not so with Lord. Why should they seek him if the Christian ; if he ever lives at all, they did not love him? Do dead he will live on for ever and ever. It sinners make a journey after Christ? is no matter how faint the life may Do they seek whom they love not? be, if he have a breath of spiritual | A child seeks its mother's breast ; so life in his soul, he shall never die. a saint seeks his Father's care. Thou If children breathe in their birth, couldst not have a pure wish for they are counted among those who heaven and Jesus if thou wert not a once lived, and are dead. It is not living child. The reaching cut the how much life you have ; but have hand proves there is life in the body; you any ? I say one breath of spiri- and if the hand of the soul is tual life insures eternal glory. Then, stretched out toward Christ, does it beloved, cast not away thy trust be- not also show a sign of life in the cause you art not strong. Do not soul ? From the cradle our face is set say you are not alive because you are hellward ; we should never have weak. The weakness of our poor turned to look after Christ-if bodies may bring on death ; but the Christ had not turned to look after weakness of life in the soul shall Well now, poor Christian, you never so end, Thou shalt never die say there is not a spark of life in

- no, never. The candle of natural thee. Very well. This is what you light may burn out ; with some, it is say : you would not like to be told growing very dim even now; but the that by any one else. Well, if you candle of God's grace, lit up by the are not a saint—if you are not right Holy Ghost in thy soul, my reader, for heaven, give up all care about it sha

never go out, nor shall it be -don't think any more of it-don't put out. This living spring shall be troubled about that which will do never dry up. Oh, saints, if God thee no good-have no more to do bas once breathed into your souls the with God's book, nor with God's holy breath of new life, you are safe house, nor with God's people. Oh, for the land of rest. Yes, and if the say you, I could not give it up for all life be only as the life of a new-born the world ; bless you, no ; give it babe, and that babe a sickly one, up! why then I should be lost for still thou art safe ; for thou art a Then, you have a little hope, living child, and all who live in God's after all. Well, I can't give it up, as family can never die. There are no you say, hope or no hope. No, I deaths in God's household ; His sons know you cannot; and bless the and daughters never die. That which Lord of heaven and earth, it will is born in the second birth is born to never give you up.

It has kept you live. The saints may be, and many till this day, and will not let you go. of them are, very weak, very sickly, You will part from all your sins, but look thin and bad; but the inward not from your Saviour.

us.

ever.

Oh grant me, Lord, to stand,

On yonder happy shore, With Jesus hand in hand,

To sin to fear no more ; And then I'll praise the Lord alone, Will bow and worship at his throne. I hear the Master's voice,

He comes to set me free,
I am his holy choice,

I can my Shepherd see;
He is my Lord, my God alone,
I bow, I worship at his throne.

E. J. SILVERTON.

The Lord help thee to pick up a sign that thou art a true child of the Most High God. Can'st thou not find in the book of thine experience a repenting, sign, a praying sign, a believing sign, a rejoicing sign, a looking sign, a longing sign, a wishing sign? If you cannot prove your relationship to Christ, can you prove your relationship to Satan? Can you prove you are not a Christian ? Are you sure there is no grace in your heart? Are you quite certain that you have no love for Jesus? Do you mean to say you do not care for salvation, and that you would as soon be lost as saved ? No, no, no, say you, I cannot prove that I do not love the Lord ; my trouble is, because I do not love Him more. Well,

if you love at all, then God is your Father, and heaven is your home.

He would not have shown thee all these things if He had been pleased to have killed thee. I will now speak to thee in a few verses.

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now,

me

My soul, why art thou sad,

What mean these gloomy fears ? If thou no Saviour had,

'Twere reason for thy tears ;
But since the Lord is thine alone,
Now bow and worship at his throne.
Has Jesus turned away,

Is darkness in thy sky,
With trembling dost thou pray,

And heave the mournful sigh ?
Yet since the Lord is thine alone,
Bow ye and worship at his throne.

his light,

The Lord will

pour My soul shall sing for joy, And this my gloomy night

Shall ne'er my heart employ ; Till then I'd serve the Lord alone, Would bow and worship at his throne. Why, then, should'st thou complain,

God is thay Father still,
He'll cheer thee yet again,

And thou shalt learn His will;
So since the Lord is thine alone,
I'll bow and worship at his thrcne.
And when the silver cord,

My Jesus' hand shall loose,
And grace shall me afford

To view my heavenly house My crown I'll cast to God alone, Will ever bow before his throne.

“Sweetest moments, rich in blessing,

Which before the cross I spend,
Life and health, and peace possessing,

From the sinner's dying friend."
I
pen

these few lines from a bed of affliction, which has extended to a period of nine months ; the cause immediate was a rupture of the lung on the left side. I mention this, that critical readers may not say this is written in a spirit of lowness and weakness ; for although such is truly the case, yet it is not the immediate cause of my attempting a word of comfort to “the people whose God is the Lord.” I trust the love of God constraineth me ever, when I have a desire to speak to His glory.

I will tell you one lesson I have learned in this school of affliction, and that is, to have no respect of persons.

When the Lord, by His Holy Spirit, was pleased to show me some of the deeper truths of the word, I imbibed such a spirit of exclusiveness that I thought strict Baptists were about the only people who knew anything of real religion ; but judge my surprise to find that my own pastor took a turn of “self-importance” by fancying that the chapel we worshipped in was not large

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evident salvation of a relative of one tion, and he consequently went (un- of our members. She had been very known to the church) and engaged a immoral. Now, being seriously ill, hall to preach in, instead of the with symptoms of consumption, she humble little sanctuary which had was brought to her father's house. I suited every preacher but himself. visited her, and she expressed her

We then find him sitting quietly, anxious concern about her soul, conand “taking the uppermost place at fessing she was a great sinner. Several a feast,” whilst amongst the assembly times I read, and talked, and prayed below there were persons actually with and for her, her distress of soul selling his portrait!! We hear of being acute. The suffering of her him also being the procuring cause body was great, and she sank rapidly. of the dismissal of a deacon, whose But a few days previous to her death, services to the church had been she told me that Christ had given her greatly arduous, and much esteemed. a sense of His pardoning mercy, and Other circumstances tended to pre- that I had been the means of greatly judice my mind against such an comforting her. By request, I officiempty form, without the mind of ated at her interment in the cemetery, Christ; but judge of my astonish- and felt a confidence in committing ment to find that the poor despised her body to the earth, “in sure and Methodists afforded me relief in tem- certain hope of a glorious resurrecporal things, as did also the Indepen- tion.” And on the following Sabdents, whilst “ my pastor” kept away bath I was constrained to speak of from me altogether, and his people the "plucked brand” as a trophy of too. This was consequent on his distinguishing grace; and to show meeting Mr. Ormiston, a clergyman how she participated of the riches of of the Church of England, at my Divine favour, which manifested her house on one of his visits.

soul to be a a vessel of mercy afore When will this cursed bigotry prepared unto glory.And when will men learn to

· The Things which shall be Hereafter, “love all who love the Lord Jesus

or, Gods Testimony about the Free Christ in sincerity and in truth,” and

ture." By Septimus Sears. Nisleave off bitterness to those who can

bet and Co., Berner’s-street. not see that which has first to be given

In Mr Sears's introduction, he has so to them?

JOHN HARVEY. Barnsbury

exactly written out the experience and faith of our own soul, that we

became at once delighted with, and NOTICES OF NEW BOOKS.

thankful for the book, especially as it

is from the word of God, almost exThe Autobiography of a Minister of clusively. Mr. Sears has drawn his the Gospel."

conclusions, and furnished beaven's Brother John Dixon has issued the testimonies with reference to the second part of his life. It can be had future. We heartily rejoice in findof him for six stamps, from 17, ing Mr. Sears on the side of truth in Buckingham Road, Kingsland. Of these great and solemn themes. Mr. the simplicity of Mr. Dixon's style, James Wells's sermon “Unchangeof the sincerity of his heart, and of able Times,” created in us a strong the good success which sometimes desire to lay before the churches the attended his labours, cannot mind of God, and the true meaning promise any better proof than is to of the Scriptures with reference to be found in the following paragraph. those developments of the Divine Of one event during his pastorate at glory unto which the Gospel DispenMaidstone, he says :.

sation is designed to carry the Church 6. When we are witnesses of the of Christ ; but Mr. Sears, in this fulfilment of God's Word, and in a volume, has, we believe, so fairly and peculiar manner,

it surely becomes us honestly given for every branch a to publish it. Within my observa- “ Thus saith the Lord,” that nothing tion and knowledge, “There was a can be produced superior to this. brand plucked out of the fire,” in the Nevertheless, we look with some

cease ?

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anxiety to the Letters to Mr. Wells, more senses than one, we hope it will by Dr. John Mason, which we expect benefit the good cause it seeketh to to see in the GOSPEL GUIDE. We serve. As a Missionary, as a Pioneer, heartily recommend all opponents to Mr. Morgan has done well. In every the future fulfilment of prophecy, to Gospel way, we wish him all the read Mr. Sears' book.

prosperity the Lord has promised

unto those who faithfully honour The Infancy and Manhood of Chris

Him. tian Life." By W. Taylor. London : Š. W. Partridge.

The Second Man; or, the Lord from Mr. Joseph Taylor comes from Ca

Heaven, being an inquiry into the lifornia, where he was instrumental unity of the Godhead. By Rev. J.

Lonin raising a large church, and in a

M. Taylor, M.A. I.C.Ď. moral point of view, of doing much

don : W. H. Collingridge. good. He has travelled over large This pamphlet is, to us, exceedparcels of this earth's surface, has ingly difficult to understand. Mysseen some strange things, and has a tery, solemnity, and timidity, all strong mind of his own for studying, have prevented us from feeling for writing, for lecturing, and for all pleased or profited with it. But we evangelistic labours. He makes some hope to weigh its contents more carestatements which puzzle us; his fully, and refer to it again. views of the Gospel in some parts we

The River of Life Pilgrims, dic., a Sucannot understand; still, in some narrations and illustrations he ap

cred Allegory, in Shilling parts.

London : W. H. Collingridge. pears vers happy. We heard him

We do think the author of this deliver part of a lecture, and could not perceive any particular gifts for

Allegory means well, but what he public speaking ; but then, while we

means in some things we cannot tell. are hot and hasty, he is slow and sure, and much the better pleader of the two, no doubt.

A HYMN The Watchman of Ephraim.John Wilson, Esq., of Brighton,

BAPTIST CHLAPEL, issues through the house of W. Mac

KING STREET, OLDHAM; TO BE HELD ON intosh, a sixpenny monthly, entitled JUNE 14, 1867. The Watchman of Ephraim, which

BY WILLIAM STOKES, MANCHESTER. contains more solid and truly edifying scriptural knowledge than any Awake our youthful tongues,

In notes of holy praise ; modern work at so cheap a rate. To Awake to honour in our songs, the honest students of God's holy

The Guardian of our days. book of prophecy, this monthly will To Him, our God and Friend,

We owe another year; be to their pure minds strong and

His tender love that knows no end, wholesome meat indeed. Mr. Wilson's

Has kept us safely here. labours must be heavy, but his reward

While others, young and strong, is, and will be, righteous and incal

Have found an early grave; culably large. In spirit we love and

We live to sing in joyful song

His mighty power to save. esteem him highly for his devotion,

Then let us, while below, discernment and faithfulness to his

Praise Him, with all above; God.. In CHEERING WORDs for June And let all earth and nature know, we have given a small paper from Mr.

That God, our God, is love. Wilson's May number of Watchman Praise Him, ye hills and dales,

Praise Him ye fields and flowers ; of Ephraim. We ask our readers to

Pour fourth His praise ye lowly vales, read and circulate it.

Ye plains, and quiet bowers.

Him let the world adore, Weekly Communion: a Privilege and

Who gave His Son to die: Duty. By Charles Morgan, Bap- And may His praises evermore, tist minister, Jarrow. London :

Sound through the earth and sky. Elliot Stock.

See Psalm 148, as a noble specimen of This is an interesting tract, and in universal praise.

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