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A Letter by the Late Mr. R. Barnes 25

A Bishop in a Garret

50

And Abundant Entrance

42

" An Hour Nearer Heaven than I

thought for

71

"A Poor Sinful Creature"

113

A Thorn in the Flesh

151

A Word for Publishers and Authors 209

A Leaf from the Note-book of a Phy-
sician

229
A Pattern for Christian Young Men 268
A Preaching Tour of 15,000 Miles
in South Australia

87, 116
A Pattern for Preachers

313
A Remembrance of an Interview with
a Brother Deacon...

329
A Christian Drowned in Australi a... 370
Answer to Mr. Edwards

367
Brilliant Rays of Light and Truth ... 27
Blessed Moments

182

Churches in the West end

215

Cast Your Anchor Aloft, Mates 78,

PAGE
Warren, 164 ; A Walk in Cheltenham, 185 ; Soho
Chapel, and Mr. Pells' Friends, 186; Bethnal
Green and south Hackney Evangelical Mission,
187; Dalston, 189; Brosely, Salop, 189; Houn-

slow, 190 ; Blackhea:h, 191; Pastors Without

Purses, 191; Mr. Wells' Visit to Newcastle-on-

Tyne, 192 ; Clapham, 192; Gutteridge street,

Hillingdon Heath, 193; Adelaide, 193; Irth-

lingboro', 194, Happy Meetings at Mendles-

ham, Suffolk, 191; Glemsford, 194; Stepney,

195; Hope Chapel New 'chools, 195; Braintree,

195 ; Glemsford, 196; Homerton, 196; Deal,

196; Plymouth, 196; Dalston, 196; Tring. 196 ;

Foxcote, Gloucestershire, 196 ; Cheltenham,

196; A Plain Countryman's Visit to the Anni-

versary of the Suffolk and Norfolk Association

of Baptist Churches, held at Laxfield, June 4th

and 5th, 1867, 216; Seeking for Pardon, 220;

Happy Services at Rye Lane, Peckham, 222;

Mr. John Corbitt Defended, 224 ; West End,

Chobham, 225; East Bergholt, 226; A Sunday

at Knowl Hill, 227 ; Woburn Green, 227;

Sharnbrook, Beds. 227; Newton Abbot Devon-

shire, 228; Orpington, Kent, 228 ; Stepney, 228;

Southwark. 228; Brösely, Shropshire, 228; Par;

ticular Baptists and Strict Baptists, 252; Strict

Communion, 252 ; Soho Chapel, Oxford Street,

254; Islington, 254 ; Sutton, Isle of Ely, 255;

Norfolk, 255; Sible Hedingham, 255 ; Halifax,

Nova Scotia, 256 ; Plymouth, 256 ; Askett, 257;

Foxcote, Glouceste shire, 257; Woodford,

Norths, 258; Knowl Hill, 258 ; Wimbledon, 258;

Surrey Tabernacle, Walworth road, 259; New-

port Pagnell. 260; Dalston, 260; Bexley Heath,

260; A Letter from a Soldier in the United

States of America, 283; Unhappy Suicide of

the late Mr. George Wright, 285; A Letter by

Mr. Thomas Edwards, of Tunbridge Wells,

286; Lower Tooting, Surrey, 287; The British

and'rish Home Missionary Society, 288; Wal-

tham Abbey, 288 : Devonport, 289; Irthling-

borough, Baptist Chape', 289; Kenninghali,

Norfolk, 289; Mr, Kershaw, and the Deceased

Ministers, 290; Ordination of Mr. Thomas

Steed, 290; Hitchin, Herts, 291 ; King's Lang-

ley, 291; Jireh Chapel, East Bergholt, 291;

Presentation to Mr. William Stokes, 291: Ips.

wich, Bethesda Chapel, 292; Birmingham, 292;

Newbury, 292; Brockhampton, Gloucestershire,

292; Stepney, 292; Coggleshall, 292; Second

Anniversary of the Opening of the New Surrey

Tabernacle, 316; Dea h of Mr. John Carr, 318;

Anniversary of Brother Richard Snaith's

Chapel, on the Forest of Dean, Cooper's Hill,

and Cheltenham, 318; Kath, 319; Appeal from

Sydney, N. S Wales, ); Eustin Road, 3!1;

Myddelton Hall, Upper street, Islington, 322 ;

A Good Day at Kingston-upon Thames, 322;

Hey wood, near Rochdale, 323; Baptising by

Mr. Thomas Poock, at Ipswich, 323; Wimble-

don, 323; East Bergholt, 323; Pimlico, 324 ;

City Road, 324; Billingborough, in Lincoln-

shire, 324 ; Death of Mr. J. Tamblin, 324 ;

What is wanted in London, 324; Mr. John Bun-

yan M‘Cure, 345; The Inauguration of a Revival

of the London Strict Baptist Churches, 345 ;

Peckham, 346; Jireh Chapel, East road, Lon-

don, 347 ; Harvest Thanksgiving Sermons, 348;

Plymouth, 349; Boston, 349; M. Wilkins' First

Anniversary at Soho Chapel, Oxford_street,

350 : Mr. George W yard on the late w. Palmer,

350; London Itinerant Baptist Ministers' Asso-

ciation, 351; Sible Hedingham, 352; Clapham,

353; Clare, Suffolk, 353; Bath, 353 ; Kingsbridge

Trinity Chapel, 354; Bigbury, Devon, 354 ; Tot-

nes, 354; Street, Somerset, 354; Hertford, 355 ;

Hoxton, 355; Newton Abbott, 355; Cheering

Note to our Esteemed Brother Mitson, 356; The

late Mrs. Taylor, 356; Striking Sentence for

Ministers, 356;

146, 211
CHURCHES AT:-

Mr. John Bloomfield's Removal from Lon:
dou, 31 ; A Visit to Bethany, 32; The Clay and
the Potter, 33; Willen hall, Little London, 33;
The Best Way to Build a New Tabernacle. 34 ;
Mr. W. Crowther on the Death of Mr. John
Poynder, 34; Who will go? 35; Barking road,
Plaistow, 35; Hoxton, 35; To Good Ministers
of Jesus Christ, 36; Tring, 36; The History of
Baptists, 36; Homerton, 36 ; A Preaching Tour
of 15,000 Miles in South Australia, 56; Mr.
Bloomfield's Farewell, 58; Surrey Tabernacle,
58; The Testimonial to Mr. J. A. Jones, 59; Á
Letter from Mr. Abraham Howard, of Birming-
ham, 60; Richmond, Surrey, 61; Willenhall,
62; Jubilee Meeting at Two Waters, Herts, 63;
Midnight Meetings, 64; Aylesbury, 64; Dal-
ston, 65 ; Irthliogboro',65; Farnborough, Kent,
65; Braintree, 66 ; Sutton, 66. Colney Hatch,
66; Doncaster, 67; Strict Baptist Church,
Southampton, 67, Lee, Kent, 67; Long Mar-
stov, 67 ; Model Prayer Meeting, 67; Mayford,
68; Beckham, 68; Birmingham, 68; Chelten-
ham. 68; Sturry, 68; Public Recognition of
the Rev. John Bloomfield, Bradford, 92;
Bethnal Green, 93; New Brompton, 93; A Good
Example, 94; Birmingham, 95; Mr. Charles
Hill at Meard's Court, Soho, 97 ; Nottinghill, 98;
Pulpit Utterances, 99; Mr. Blake at Dalston,

“A Model Prayer Meoting," 100 ; Thé

Church at Newport Pagnell, and Recognition

of Mr. W. Ward, 125; Melbourne, Australia,

126; Chatham, 127; St. Luke's, 128; Islington,

129: The History and Present Prospects of Eld

Lane Baptist Chapel, Colchester, 129; Clapham,

181 ; Bethnal Green, 131; Irthlingboro', 131;

St. Neot's, Hauts, 131 ; Soho, 132; Bradford,

132 ; Cambridge Heath, 132: Woodford, North-

ampton, 132 ; Old Ford, 132; Homerton, 132;

Good Friday at the Surrey Tabernacle, 156 ;

Artillery street Chapel, Bishopsgate street, 159 ;

Colchester Chapel Case, 159; Suffolk, 160 ; The

Late Benjamin Mason, 161; Messrs. Bloomfield

and Anderson, 162; City Road, 162; Chatteris,

Cambs. 163; Bermondsey, New road, 163 ;

Woolwich, 163; Borough, i63; Homerton, 164;

Mr. John Bloomfield at Bradford, 164; Nor-

wich, 164; Notice, 164; Hornsey Rise, 164;

Woburn Green, 164; The late Mr. Edward

99;

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Doctor Hawker and the Apostle Paul 23

David's House and Key

75

Delightful Employment

242
Deep Distress and Deliverance 152
Death of Mr. George Abrahams 357
Exposition of Psalm lxx.

26
lxxxiv.

85
Jxxvii, 1–10... 150

Ixii. 1-8 214
Gal. i. 1-12

243
Jer. xxxi. 6-11 277

Micah ii. 7-13 309
Extracts from Mr. Pells' Sermons 313
From Calvary to Jordan

135
Full Satisfaction in Prospect

293
Four Sons Dead in One Day 9, 47,

80, 108, 148, 172, 202, 275
Grace and Glory-What are they ? 5,

37, 83

How I became a Preacher of Christ's

Gospel...

“ He is able to Save unto the Utter-

most"

240

Heaven's Four Great Powers in the

Salvation of the Soul

306

Heaven's Cure for Adam's Sick Sons 340

Heaven Secured to the Believer in

Christ

261

“I was brought Low"

55

In Memoriam

91

Letters from the Heart 114, 145, 200,

250, 314

Lying on Jesus' Bosom

54
Letter from Samuel Cozens...

363

My Work and My Authority

17

My Brother's Birth-day Letter 155

My Soul is full of Troubles

179

“ My Medicine is Bitter, but Christ

249

Memorials of Departed Saints 104

Friends 325

Memoir of Mrs. Elizabeth Turner 364
Mr. R. Wheeler's Experience, and

Thoughts of Chastisement 296
Mr. John Kersbaw again at Zoar 168
Mrs. Prothero's Daughter

249

Mrs. Ingalls, of the Baptist Burmah

Mission, among

the Buddhist

Priests

205

New Books 28, 154, 183, 281, 315,

341, 371

One taken, the other left

52

Our Free Grace Photographic Gallery 54
Our Troubles and Sorrows

273
On Church Membership

279
Photographic

Gallery of Gospel Minis-
Pilgrimage of Life

79

ters...

141

POETRY:

The Rock of Israel Spake to Me.. 22
The Cry of Many ...

28
Winter in the Soul

51
The Travail of the soul from Despon-

dency to a Happy Deliverance 361

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Thou shalt know Hereafter

51
“ I am the Lord, I Change not”... 74
Original Pastorals...

74

A Hymn

184

To the Blessed Spirit

215
The Penitent's Prayer

278

The Lord of the Harvest ..

299

Thoughts suggested by the Presen-
tation Watch

373
One Year Nearer Home

374

To the Memory of the Late Mr.

John Carr

330

On the Death of Rev. W. Parks 338

In Memory of Mr. John Saxby 339

Reflections by a Young Christian 154

Responsibility

238

Recollections and Repose

251

Sudden Death

14

Scripture Illustrations

140

Signs of Holy Life

138

Signs of Holy Life

181

" Safe! Safe! Safe !"

207

Strictures on

" N. L.”

279

Surrounded by Special Providences 122

Solemn Question in Death ... 332

The Death of an Aged Pilgrim 331

The Late Rector of Openshaw 331

The Morning Star,” and What

they Say

335

The Great Rock of Offence

337

The Relative Characters of Christ 11

The late Mrs. J.J. Waite

106

The Church between Two Bridges ... 55

The Hunchback Crossing-Sweeper's

Conversion and Death

69

The Death of Mr. William Palmer... 300

The Three Graves Outside the Church 247

The Saviour's Cup ..

270

The Sound of the Great Trumpet 177

The Gigantic Powers of Sin... 197, 232

The Good Man in Life—The Happy

Man Death

115

The Deliverance and Death of Mrs.

John Adams of Folkestone

123

The Church in Madagascar Passing

through its Baptism

of Fire 133

The Cross of Christ ...

153

The Four Anchors: or, Wishlng for

Day...

165

The Experience of a Young Minister

of the Gospel...

212

Thoughts on the Resurrection 174
“This is My Beloved"

112

The Experience of Mrs. Pearson 369

Up and Doing--for Christ's Sake” 280

Unto Him that Loved Us"

359

Visit to Yarmouth

311
Words for Faithful Watchmen

53
What He hath done for my Soul 101
What is the Millennium, and How
cometh It ?

235
WhatCup was it Christ Prayed might
Pass from Him

245
Write Ichabod Everywhere!"

282

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THE EARTHEN VESSEL,

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Christian Record.

Grace and Glory :-udhat are They ?

A BRIEF CONSIDERATION OF THE SEVEN HELPS OF HEAVEN, WHEREWITH A WANDERING

ISRAELITE RETURNED UNTO GOD.

“ Sure as God is living,

6. The heaven and earth all flaming, The storm is drawing nigh ;

Away will quickly pass,
The warning still is giving ;

And all creation's framing
The millions pass it by.

Will be one flaming mass.
To
Scripture I'm appealing,

" THEN-every true believer,
THE TRUTH is there contain'd,

Whose safety is of grace.
It needs no human sealing,

Shall be with CHRIST FOR EVER,
Its Author is unfeign'd.

And see Him face to face. “ This storm of heaven's sending

His Church, for heaven fitted,
Will come as in the night,

Shall enter at the door ;
When Christ the Lord descending

No more shall be admitted,
Shall all His foes affright:

For “ Time shall be no more!” KIND READERS OF THIS “EARTHEN VESSEL”-in commencing the twenty-third volume of this wide-spreading monthly—in entering upon the year One Thousand Eight Hundred and Sixty-seven, I feel the responsibility and solemnity of my work more than ever; because I cannot divest my mind of the stern conviction that there is an approaching reality in the facts expressed in the lines which I have quoted above, and which, on sitting down to pen this brief address to you, caught my eye, and sunk down my soul almost to sadness as I read them in the November number of The Gospel Magazine ; and in printing them here I pray God to bless the perusal of them unto many thousands : for, certainly these are not times for trifling, or thinking lightly of the awful and fast-approaching fulfilment of many of the most important portions of the word of God : much less doth it become us to be carried away with the extravagant

speculations, or mere literal predictions which meet us on every hand. Three things appear to me to be of more value than all the writings and anticipations of the wisest of men which the world can produce.

The first thing is, to have THE WORD OF GOD, as Jeremiah con

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fessed before the LORD he had it. He says, Thy words were found, and I did eat them, and Thy word was unto me the joy and rejoicing of mine heart,—for I am called by Thy name, O Lord God of Hosts.” For many years, Christian friends, this one thing has been my stay--my strength my salvation—my comfort-my secret and holy pleasure, and the mainspring of my ministry; the word of the Lord has been found (dropping in my soul) and I have ate it, and it has carried me into the closest communion with the Lord God; and it has enabled me to stand in the ministry with authority, with liberty, and with some usefulness to seeking and sorrowing hearts. Seek ye, to have, and to hold fast by then, the good word of God.

The second invaluable blessing is to have that which is written of the Witnesses in Revelation xi. : “ The Spirit of Life from God entered into them, and they stood upon their feet." We are all dependent upon the incomings, shinings, revealings, and teachings of the blessed SPIRIT OF God, if, indeed, we are the quickened and Spirit-born children of God. Without His unction and power, we nothing good can do; but with His gracious and sacred enlightenings we shall be wiser than all the carnal and naturally gifted teachers in Christendom. To have the SPIRIT-to be led of the SPIRIT-to know His teachings and His power are privileges great indeed !

Then, of course, the third result of all this will be an experience of the love of God in the heart, making it honest and hearty, and humble in His sight and in His service : an experience of the sin-subduing and sin-forgiving blood of the Passover LAMB, and an experience of the convicting and converting grace of the Holy SPIRIT in our souls from day to day With these things we are safe, whatever may come. With Paul I would say—if God will condescend still to spare and

as His instrument in any measure, “I will very gladly spend and be spent for your souls-(as the margin says)—“Though the more abundantly I love you, the less I be loved.” Be it so—if God see best.

There are three sentences which have taken fast hold of me in opening this part of my work for you. They are in Hosea's prophecy. chapter thirteen, verses nine and ten, and read thus,

O Israel, thou hast destroyed thyself ;

BUT IN ME IS THINE HELP : '

I WILL BE THY KING !” If the whole of the Divine revelation concerning man in the fallA TRIUNE God in the covenant of grace—and the ultimate mutual glory of Christ and the Church, I say, if ihe whole of the two-fold mystery is not comprehended in these three lines, then I have not received the true knowledge of the Scriptures ; nor have I that wisdom which maketh wise unto salvation. But with confidence I presume to call attention to these words, in these times,--because they are expressive of the three general conditions in which the redeemed Church of Christ has been-is —and will be foundas the Holy Ghost again and again declares. In the Bible there are, as it were

THREE FAITHFULLY REFLECTING MIRRORS. In the first place—if the SPIRIT OF THE Living God be your Teacher, you may see the whole family of Adam in the depths of darkness—in

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