And then, in clear emphatic language, he set before them the life and death of Him of Galilee, shewing that He was the “despised and rejected” Messiah of the Jew, the crucified Nazarene, and yet the “ desire of all nations," who, in the "fulness of time,” had come to the world himself had made; there, by suffering such as no human thought can picture, to redeem the children of men from uttermost evil, and, by one offering, perfect" for ever them who are sanctified.”

Amongst those who lingered when the preacher ended his discourse, was the little woman with the clear brown eyes; and she drew near to the speaker, as one after another thanked him, and inquired if he was coming there again; and so evident was her wish to speak, that the preacher smiled and held out his hand, which was taken with a glad thankful clasp, that of itself was right good payment for the labour he had just passed through

A glad promise to come again the next Sunday at the same time and place sent the crowd away, many of them resolving to come again to meet the speakers; but the little woman lingered on, as though loath to part with those who had awakened a new life within her.

At length the speaker asked, “If she would come again the next Sunday?”—"I may not be alive to come,” she said thoughtfully; "and your words have made me feel that my life has been a mistake, and that I am not fit to die; where can I see you to-morrow?"

" I will come where you will, this evening if you like,” said the preacher, "and speak again with you as long as may be needful, and shall rejoice to do so, hoping to be the means of leading you to Jesus, 'the friend of sinners.'

Will you indeed do this for me,” she asked, “when I am quite unknown to you?"

“I would do it gladly for any immortal spirit on the earth that would accept the service,” was the reply. “Let me know your address and a suitable time, and (God willing) I will most certainly see you again.”

That evening the two friends visited their hearer, inquiring first on what subject she needed information.

“How to get the peace and the love you spoke of for myself,” was the clear and direct reply.

Thus encouraged and urged, once more the preacher opened his mouth and preached unto her “ Jesus and the resurrection,” shewing her that the facts of our own immortality and the existence of God must be fully admitted by our minds before we can enter with any real effect upon the consideration of the scheme of redemption; and, having thus explained preliminary matters, he went on to speak earnestly of the loving Fatherhood of the Almighty, of man created holy and falling into sin, of the redemption of Christ, of the repentance and faith that are necessary to salvation, and of the blessedness of Christ's redeemed brotherhood in heaven. Every word of the speaker. was followed with the utmost attention and

When he had finished, the woman inquired: “And do you really think that any one who desires these glorious things may have them?”

“I am sure of it,” was the cool, confident reply; " for God has so informed us in words that admit of no mistaking ;” and He “is not a man

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that He should lie, nor the son of man that He should repent,” having said it, He will do it; having spoken, He will make it good. It is only our unbelief that ignores our close and magnificent relationship to the God of heaven and earth. He is our Father, we are His children, alike by birth and promise, immortal; and are heirs of an inheritance that is incorruptible and undefiled, and that cannot fade away-in a land where we shall be “freed from sin" and sorrow for ever.

Oh, how beautiful!” said the little woman, as she sat with clasped hands and tearful eyes; “but is it not far, far too good to be true?”

“Search and see,” was the steady reply,—"examine your Bible, read the life and death of the Son of God; regarding His Life as our example, and His Death as the price necessary and actually paid by Him for the redemption of His own sinning brotherhood, who are unable, even if willing, to cast off their immortality'

I will do so, carefully, before I sleep,” replied the little woman, as they rose to go, after praying earnestly with her.

They left her with a promise to see her again in the week, and she re-ascended to her room, took up her Bible, and, for the first time in her liie, proceeded earnestly to “search the Scriptures.”

“If a man die, shall he live again?” were the first words that attracted her attention; and she answered, as to a living voice, It is just what I was thinking of, but it seems to me too much to be realized; I will search on." She turned the leaves and read: Wherefore do ye spend your money for that which is not bread, and your labour for that which satisfieth not? Incline your ear and come unto me, hear and your soul shall live.” That is just what my friend said this morning," she thought on, " and I suppose he took it from this place. But who is this talking?" She turned on and read in the New Testament, “ If any man thirst, let him come unto me and drink.” “ Drink and live," she commented. “I wish I had this living water,' I would drink eagerly, I am certain of that.”

She continued reading, seeing, with wonder, that He prayed for those who left Him in solitude to die; her tears almost blinded her as she read on devouringly-how He that was thus left alone to die, declares that He was the son of a just and righteous God; that though He himself had done no wrong, He was willing, and even anxious to die for the sin of the world. Her face fushed with excitement, and she sank upon her knees to read, with awe and wonder, the narrative of the Redeemer's death. The eyes of her soul were opened, and she saw Him “agonizing in the garden,” betrayed by one friend, denied by another, and forsaken by all. She saw the unjust judge on the seat of judgment, and the “Holy One and the Just” stand before him as a criminal, and so doomed to death. She looked upon mockery, insult, “shame and spitting,” and menial's blows, and she almost held her breath in amazement. She followed Him to Calvary; saw Him staggering with pain and weariness on His way to death; and she heard His dying

prayer: "Father, forgive them, they know not what they do!" and her throbbing heart re-echoed the Roman soldiers' words of witnessing faith, “This was the Son of God.”

She could read no more, but her clasped hands hid her face as the grand thought was given her, that this was for her sin; that she might be accepted in the Beloved. And she prayed earnestly—with such earnest prayers as are never uttered in vain—that she might be forgiven for His sake; and He who has promised to hear and answer prayer, beard and answered by giving her PEACE.—" Whosoever will,” Jesus says, let him take the water of life freely."


Whitefield Presbyterian Church, London. [Since this communication was put in type, there has been sent to us by the writer the first number of a new London monthly periodical entitled, “Sword and Shield, a Christian Magazine of Weapons for Attack and Defence. Editors: Rev. C. J. Whitmore, Whitefield Church, Long Acre, and Mr. Z. R. Woffendale, Mission Church, Somers Town. August. Price ld.” We are the more particular in inviting attention to this publication, because it deals intelligently with the new forms of religious unbelief which are springing into existence from false science, or from erroneous views of true science. This is a form of infidelity which is alarmingly prevalent amongst many of the working classes; and to attempt to beat it back by resorting to the ordinary arguments from the evidences,” would, to borrow a comparison of Hugh Miller's, be as absurd as to oppose the cross-bow of our ancestors to the destructive fire-arms of modern warfare. The battle of the evidences has been removed from the field of metaphysics to that of physical science; and the friends of religion must qualify themselves to engage in the conflict, by practice in the use of a new description of weapon, if they would not expose their cause to the attacks of sciolists and smatterers, who can make a little second-hand geology go a long way in silencing an advocate of revealed truth who knows nothing of the scientific discoveries which are thus perverted to purposes of infidelity. From the manner in which this new publication treats of “ the age of the earth” and “the origin of man,” we are hopeful that it will do good service in the cause of scientific and religious truth, and supply a felt want in our popular religious literature. -Ed. S. S. M.]

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How to TEACH.—It ought not to be forgotten, that the great object of teaching is to benefit the taught, the teacher receiving benefit only in. cidentally. Unless the teacher's work is done with careful mental and spiritual preparation, it is badly done. Great care should be taken to avoid forms of speech not easily understood. We ought not to be satisfied with giving conclusions, omitting to state the process by which they have been reached. We should never underrate the faculties of those we teach. Our appeals should be, not to curiosity, but to fancy, judgment, and conscience. The teacher's deportment should be free from all levitytender, serious, earnest.—Dr. John Hall.

CULTIVATION OF THE MEMORY IN SABBATH SCHOOL TEACHING. DISCOURSING on the aspects of Sabbath school work at a County Sunday School Union in the United States, the Rev. E. M. Rollo made the following sensible remarks on a topic which is, to some extent, overlooked or misunderstood by many teachers :

“In one respect we need to return to the better practice of former years. I am so old-fashioned as to believe that synthesis should generally precede analysis; that it is better to commit to memory one well-stated truth,-dogma, if you please to call it so,-or one verse in the Bible, than to spend a whole hour in picking to pieces a word or simple fact, into infinitesimal fragments, which will never be gathered up and intelligently connected into one harmonious wbole. For in our feeble and untimely attempts at analysis, we almost necessarily neglect to gather up the parts that we have examined into one clear, definite statement. There is a good deal of fallacy in the prevalent notion, so often repeated, that children cannot understand general statements, like those of the Catechism, and much of the New Testament. It is true, that these statements may need explanation-analysis-minute and careful, with numerous illustrations; but let these follow, and not precede memorizing. This is the process of nature; first, synthesis, then analysis, with reasons and illustrations. The full powers of analysis can be developed only as the mind grows up towards maturity. The memory, on the other hand, is early developed and easily cultivated in childhood. No other power of the human mind is so capable of improvement in the very dawn of being. This fact is of paramount importance, both in scholastic training and in the Sabbath school. For it is closely connected with another fact,—viz., that this same memory, in maturer years, becomes quite unimpressible, unsusceptible to improvement; that whatever enlargement of capacity or retentiveness it acquires, must be acquired mainly in youth, which retains to old age with wonderful tenacity the impressions and memories of early years. Hence we insist that it should be filled with the precious truths, with the beautiful illustrations and images of Scripture in the morning of life, in the exact words of inspiration. Let the more important passages be thus made a part of their permanent intellectual endowments. In this exercise, Í subscribe with all my heart to the ipsissima verba doctrine, however absurd it may be as relating to human creeds.”

The Boys WHO ARE TOO BiG.–Gather them all into a class by themselves, and put them under the care of the kindest and most judicious man that can be found. Not a long-winded man, who will weary them with tedious preaching; not a dismal man, who will drive them away with his doleful exhortations; not an austere man, who will shake his head and make grim faces at them: but a good, warm-hearted Christian,-& man of tact and enterprise. One who remembers that he was once a young man, passing through this critical state, will do better than one of the stately sort, who never was young.

On the brink of death I stood,

Gazed into the gulf below;
Near me raged the angry flood-

Flood everlasting woe.
There I felt my lot should be,

But that God's almighty love,
With deliverance full and free,

Rested on me from above.

Jesus bade my terrors stay,

Breathed the comfort of His name,
And the crumbling verge of clay

Adamantine rock became;
With His own most tender hands,

Smoothed my way and calmed my fears,
Round me passed the iron bands

Of His aid, and wiped my tears;
Opened heaven before my eyes,

Shut the scene of terror out,
And with scenery of the skies

Filled my prospect round about.
Every fear and doubt was stayed,

Peace through all my being shone,
And in meek consent I prayed,

“Father, let thy will be done."
Warm into my chilling heart

Rose again the vital tide ;
Jesus, thou my portion art,

I shall live, for thou hast died !

CARIST AND THE POOR.—The highest circles of society and influence were open to Him, if He only desired to enter them. Still He adheres to the

poor, and makes them the object of His ministry. And what is more peculiar, He has visibly an interest in their society, which is wanting in that of the higher classes, perceiving, apparently, that they have a certain aptitude for receiving right impressions which the others have not. They are not the wise and the prudent, filled with the conceit of learning and station; but they are the babes of poverty, open to conviction, prepared by their humble lot to receive thoughts and doctrines in advance of their age. Therefore He loves the poor, and without descending to their manners He delights to be identified with them. He goes about on foot, teaching and healing them, occupying His great mind, for whole years, with details of labour and care-insanities, blind eyes, fevers, fluxes, leprosies, and sores. His patients are all below His level, and unable to repay Him, even by a breath of congenial sympathy, yet He appears to be supported by the consciousness of good which attends His labours. -Bushnell.

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