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said they would do it; others hung back. The members enjoyed the giving. John Pye One man there was a day-labourer. Every said he never put forth his strength with so year there were a few days in which he much pleasure as on that day when every had little to do. He said he would give one stroke of his hand was to help his Master. day's work every year,

He would fix on It sweetened his toil for a month afterward. a certain day ahead. When that fixed day Thomas Smith said that on those nights when came round, he would consider it the Lord's he was working for missions, the sound of his day. Whatever he might happen to make on lapstone was like music in his ears. John that day should be the Lord's without fail. Elwell said it was the easiest and smoothest If that day should happen to be a rainy day, day's business he ever did in the store. or if he got nothing to do that day, it should Edward Rodden said that, whether any be the Lord's loss, and not his.

missionary agents came or not, henceforth Another brother was a shoemaker. He the Lord's work should have a share in the offered to give the work of four Saturday yield of everything on his farm, from the sale nights in each year. It was agreed that it of a fat ox down to a peck of turnips. Giving should be the last Saturday night of each had been a blessing to him. It had kept God quarter-those particular nights, and no other. before his mind all the time. It had sanctified Whatever jobs of half-soleing and mending his flocks and his herd, and he meant to do a boots and shoes came to him on those even- great deal more next year than he had done ings were to be paid into the Lord's treasury. this year for missions at home and abroad, If no work should happen to come in, it was He hinted also about their being able to raise to be the Lord's loss, and not his; or, if he the pastor's salary next year. Money-getting should be sick and unable to work, the loss might be made a curse, or it might be made still was the Lord's; he was free from his ob- a means of grace; and so said they all. ligation.

A grocery-keeper agreed to fix on one day of the year, to be determined on at least three months in advance. On that day, whatever

How Fair a Lot is Thine. might be the profits of his sales, whether five- How fair a lot is thine, my little onepence or twenty-five shlllings, should be devoted to the spread of the gospel.

A sunny life on earth to thee was given, The results surprised them all. In previ- Which scarce a cloud e’er shadowed

till the end,

When Jesus bore thee through the cloud to ous years they had never taken more than

Heav'n. twenty five or thirty-five shillings for mission purposes. Elwell, the grocer, had received Great was His tenderness to thee, my own, the produce, and made the sales, and collected And great to us all human words above; the little sums earned. He now rendered his For every thought of thee, though sad, is sweet account:

As every look on thee, on earth, was love. Received from John Pye, one day's

We praised the grave, sweet eyes, the fair, work,

£0 3 11 high brow, Thomas Smith, four evenings

The noble bearing of our lovely boy, patching shoes,

05 And fondly prophesied a great careerEdward Manly, one bushel of

A life of usefulness, and love, and joy. wheat,

0 4 2 Do., one bushel of potatoes,

And who shall say those hopes are blighted

0 1 Do., one bushel of Indian corn,

0.1 Do., one bushel of apples,

That thou art safe beyond earth's clouds 0 2

and storms; Do., one pound of butter,

0 77 Do., one dozen of eggs,

Will those sweet eyes look up less sunnily

0 0 6 John Elwell, one day's profits of

When Jesus folds thee in His loving arms? grocery

0 95 Will looks less loving meet thy baby smile El Rees, bushel contributions,

Where nought ungentle and impure can be,

0 13 11 Where all is perfect peace, and joy, and love, John Kirk, bushel contributions,

Than when our sin- chilled hearts still wheat, apples, &c.,

0 14 10 cherish'd thee? Henry Davis, bushel contributions, and other things,

0 15 73

'Tis Jesus, in His love, has call’d thee hence, Timothy Dexter, bushel contri

Himself will train thy powers; and no alloy butions, and poultry,

1 2 11

Of sin shall sully thy redeemed soulEdward Rodden, bushel contri

Thy life of endless usefulness and joy. butions, a ham, wool, &c., 1 3 4

And we, though sad our hearts and weak our

faith, £5 18 8

Still, by His grace, can thank Him for His And so the accounts went on. Over eight love, pounds ten shillings were raised, and sent on And joyful think He is our Father too, to the Missionary Union to support a native And we shall join thee in thy home above. preacher somewhere in China.

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A Daily Portion.
FEBRUARY 12.

Thou John, thou Thomas, &c.? In the tenders • COME UNTO ME.'-Matt. xi. 28. of the gospel you are included as well as

others, and why will you exclude yourselves? God's people are called from self to Christ.

If God say sinners, you should subsume and The main end of a call is to bring Christ and the soul together; every dispensation of God Christ. calleth His sheep by name, and leadeth

reply, I am chief. I remember it is said, hath a voice; and God speaketh to us by con- them forth.' How doth Christ call them by science, by His works, by benefits, by crosses, name! By speaking expressly to their case, but chiefly by His word, the application of as if He did strike them upon the shoulders,

, which by the Spirit is, as it were, an awaken

and say, Here is comfort for thee. As at a ing call; but the chief call of God is by the

feast, when there is a dish that we affect set voice of the gospel, wherein the offers of grace upon the table, though all the company be are discovered to us: Come, poor wearied free to make use of it, yet we say, Here is a soul, come to Christ, and thou shalt find ease dish for me. So should you apply and take and comfort. Again, they are called from sin

to yourselves your own portion; though it be to holiness: 'God hath not called us to un- propounded generally, yet when God directeth cleanness, but to holiness.' Though the imme

the tongue of His messengers to speak so exdiate end of divine calling be faith, yet the pressly to your case, that is all the calling by intermediate end is holiness, as the ultimate

name which you can look for, since oracles are end is glory. Thus we are called out of ceased, and therefore you should say, This Babylon into Sion, from the tents of Kedar

was a dish provided for my hungry conscience, into the tents of Shem, from nature to grace, intended to me.-T. Manton. and the power of Satan into the kingdom of God; in short, this call is a separation from

FEBRUARY 15. uncleanness, and all common and vile uses.7. Manton.

'I AM NOT COME TO CALL THE RIGHTEOUS, BUT

SINNERS.' -—Matt. ix. 13.
FEBRUARY 13.
CALLED YOU OUT OF DARKNESS INTO HIS

Some will say they are such sinners. The

more need to come to Christ; He came to MARVELLOUS LIGHT.'—1 Peter ii. 9.

call sinners.' It is no matter what thou hast God's people are called from misery to been, but what thou wouldst be; Christ doth happiness and glory, from aliens to be friends, not call us because we are holy, but that we from darkness to light, from being enemies to may be holy. Is it a rational plea in outward be reconciled, from bastards to become sons, cases, I am too poor to take alms, I am too from vessels of wrath to be heirs of glory. filthy to go to the water to be washed? But With respect to all these sorts of calling it is they have stood out against so many calls termed sometimes ' a high calling,' sometimes already, and scorned God's counsel. Wisdom ' a holy calling,' and sometimes a heavenly calleth scorners: ‘Turn ye scorners; how long calling. It is a high calli because of the will ye delight in scorning?' It is a mercy honour and dignity of it; it is no small matter that thou hast one call more; do not increase to be children of God, co-heirs with Christ, the guilt that thou .complainest of. But I kings and priests to God. Many are lifted know not how to come to Christ. The blind up because they have borne offices, and are and the lame are invited to the wedding, and called to high places in the world; a Christian wisdom calleth fools, 'Whoso is simple, &c. hath a calling more excellent, he is called to The stray lamb, is brought home upon the be a saint, a spiritual king, a holy priest to shepherd's shoulders. Othat these words God. It is a holy calling,' because of the might be spirit and life to you!—T. Manton. effect and purpose of it. Man's calling may put dignity and honour upon us, but it can

FEBRUARY 16. not infuse grace; it may change our condition, PARTAKERS OF THE DIVINE NATURE'but not our hearts. It is a heavenly calling

2 Peter i. 4. because of the author of it, God by His Spirit; and because of the aim of it; the grace where

God consecrates us with His Spirit; whom by we are called came from heaven, and its He makes saints. When a man adopts another aim and tendency is to bring us thither. - he adopts, he anoints; whom he makes sons, T. Manton.

for his son and heir, he may put his name

upon him, but he cannot put his disposition FEBRUARY 14,

into him; if he be of a morose, rugged nature, 'COME UNTO ME, ALL YE THAT LABOUR AND sanctifies; He doth not only give them a new

he cannot alter it; but whom God adopts He ARE HEAVY LADEN.'- Matt. xi. 28.

name, but a new nature. God turns the wolf Some are wont to allege, It is true there is into á lamb; He makes the heart humble mercy in Christ for sinners, bút Christ doth and gracious; He works such a change as if not call them. My brethren, what do you another soul did dwell in the same body.—T. look for? an audible voice to speak to you, Watson.

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THE SALUTATION TO THE SAINTS AT PHILIPPI.

BY REV. JOHN ALEXANDER, M.A., SYMINGTON, BIGGAR.

‘Paul and Timotheus, the servants of Jesus Christ, to all the saints in Christ Jesus which are at Philippi, with the bishops and deacons: grace be unto you, and peace, from God our Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ.?-Phil. i. 1, 2.

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HIS epistle is one of the four great numbers here. They had not a syna

written by the Apostle Paul gogue; the place for prayer was 'the riverduring his captivity at Rome. side,' under the open vault of heaven; and The others, the only ones re- here there met together Jewesses and prosemaining of the many epistles lytes of the gate.

he must have written, " for the No doubt the city would be moved on the

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care of all the churches was entrance of the heralds of the cross, proclaimupon him’ (2 Cor. xi. 28), are ing the revelation from heaven, and preaching

those to the Colossians, Ephe- the gospel of Jesus Christ, but the inhabitants sians, and to Philemon.

would silently listen, and conclude that another The Church at Philippi differed from the god was to be added to their many. others of Paul's planting. In the course of At first the success of the Apostles was not his second missionary journey, he was specially great; nay, their very lives were threatened. commanded by God to preach the gospel Here it was that they were shamefully treated; there. He, along with Silas and Timotheus, the magistrates lost all sense of justice, and, had been confining their labours to Asia at the instigation of a mob, excited by cruel Minor; they had not gone over it all; different and selfish men, beat the Apostles ‘openly and districts were still unvisited by them, but uncondemned;' no trial was given them, no there were centres of greater influence to opportunity for defence; but, after being which they were to be called. While at Troas, cruelly scourged, they were cast into prison, a seaport town on the Mediterranean, near to and instructions given that they be thrust the celebrated Troy in Mysia, a vision appeared into the dark dungeon, and their feet made to Paul in the night. There stood a man of fast in the stocks. Here their state verily Macedonia, and prayed him, saying, Come seemed helpless. For them, too, there was no over into Macedonia, and help us' (Acts xvi. ray of cheering hope, but only the expectation 9). From this they were sure that the Lord of death on the morrow; they were suffering had called them to preach the gospel to the the acutest pain, were in great misery, and inhabitants of Greece, and they sailed accord- yet how do we find them? It was here, in the ingly. A quick passage was made to Samo prison at Philippi, that they testified to the thracia and Neapolis, aud from thence they sustaining and comforting power of religion; pressed on to Philippi.

here it was that'at midnight Paul and Silas Philippi was the first city in Macedonia. prayed and sang praises to God,' and were Its natural position, a strategical one, com- heard of Him, for He spake and the earth manding the great road between Europe and shook, the prison door were opened, the chains Asia, and its political standing, a Roman fell from the feet and hands of the prisoners, colony, enjoying all the privileges and rights and the cause of the Lord's servants was taken of the mother Republic, gave it an influence up by the Judge of all the earth! In this which was indeed great, It was founded most unlikely place was a member of the by Philip, the famous King of Macedon, future Church found in the person of the about B.C. 356 ; and was made a Roman jailor, who was brought from the depth of colony by Augustus Cæsar after his victory despair into the true liberty of the followers over the Republican party at Rome. As a of Jesus. On the next day the Apostles were colony, it was Rome on a miniature scale. It released by the magistrates themselves, who had its own senate, and magistrates, and laws. evinced no little fear at the consequences of It does not appear that the Jews were in any their perversion of Roman justice. The other

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converts mentioned were Lydia, the seller of self has suffered with the indignities, the purple, whose heart the Lord opened,' and cruelties, and the death under which his the poor girl whom Paul, in the name of his Saviour bowed, and finds that he has not Master, rescued from the cruel bondage of humbled, and cannot humble himself so much the devil. Besides these there were brethren as his Lord, who ‘being in the form of God, unnamed. Such was the beginning of the counted it not a prize to be on an equality Church at Philippi. The interest of the with God, but emptied Himself, taking the Apostle in this city never abated, for we find form of a servant, being made in the likeness him visiting it twice in his after journeyings. of men; and being found in fashion as a man, The Church, from a small beginning, became He humbled Himself, becoming obedient even one of the most flourishing. The preached unto death, yea, the death of the cross' (Phil. Word here prevailed in turning many from ii. 6-8). And the Apostle is further cheered idols to serve the living God. Its members by the knowledge of Christ as a present, livtried, by all the kindness and attention in ing Saviour, who arose, and is now seated their power, to obliterate from the mind of at God's right hand, and who yet sympathises Paul all the unpleasant memories connected with him in his cruel bondage, who heard with their city. He tells them in this epistle his cry when in the cells at Philippi, and who * That in the beginning of the gospel, when he can hear him still. He was thus contented, departed from Macedonia, no Church com- quite willing to be offered up as a sacrifice to municated with him as concerning giving and his Master's religion. He saw, and rejoiced at, receiving, but they only. For even in Thes- the progress the Christian religion was making. salonica, they sent once and again unto his ‘The things which happened him had fallen necessity' (Phil. iv. 15, 16). And when the out rather unto the furtherance of the gospel; founder of their Church, he who had first so that his bonds were manifest in Christ in given them true cause for joy, through the all the Pretorium, and in all other places, and knowledge of a reconciled God, and salvation the greater part of the brethren in the Lord, through Jesus Christ, was in chains at Rome, waxing confident by his bonds, were much sad and downcast, fettered, and bowed down more bold to speak the word without fear' with grief and anxiety, he was not forgotten (Phil. i. 12-14). And in Cæsar's household, by them. They made his heart rejoice, for they that den of impurity and nest of wickedness sent by the hands of Epaphroditus that which and deceit, there were saints-men who were could procure him some extra comforts, and forsaking sin, and living unto God and Jesus which was 'an odour of a sweet smell, a sacri- Christ. fice, acceptable, well-pleasing to God.' This Such, then, was the state of mind of the kindness, expressed in a substantive form, Apostle when this Epistle to the Philippians showing their love for the Apostle, was the was penned. He was sad and disheartened, yet occasion of this epistle.

not quite cast down, for he was cheered and The Apostle at the time was ‘in bonds,' | borne up by hope, and was resting calmly and awaiting his trial before the cruel Nero. His gladly, with the confidence of a child in his imprisonment was of a harsher and harder heavenly Father and his risen Lord. character. He speaks of his expectation of This epistle itself is written in an affectiondeath, his readiness to die, and seems to feel ate, joyous, and fervent strain. The Apostle the weariness of his sufferings. “He is in a is writing to dear friends in whom he greatly strait betwixt two, having a desire to depart, rejoices: he thanks God for their fellowship and to be with Christ; which is far better' in the gospel,' for the blessed fact that they (Phil. i. 23). He refers to a conflict which he are at one with him in the service of Jesus has, and to his comfort at Epaphroditus being Christ. He knew that they were trying to spared to him. “God had mercy on him, lest walk worthily of their high and holy vocation, he should have sorrow upon sorrow' (Phil. ii. consistently with their profession, and he 27). But, nevertheless, he has something to gently and lovingly encourages them in their cheer him. He hopes for a release, and speaks heavenward course. There are no doctrinal joyfully of his expected meeting with his dear errors, no heresies to check; he has not to Philippian converts once more. The know- assert his right to be heard as an Apostle, as ledge of their attachment and love to him he had to do to the Galatians; there are no bears him up. But the great secret of his sins to be condemned; it is simply a letter power to endure, and to take every affliction from Paul expressing his thanks for their kindjoyfully, is his knowledge of God's love and ness, written in the fullest confidence, telling Christ's death. He compares what he him- them of his present circumstances, encouraging

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them to rejoice in the Lord, and in the power on purpose that they may carry sunshine of His might.

wherever they go, and cheer lonely hearts, The order and arrangement of the epistle and uplift drooping heads ?'

Mrs Experience drew down the corners of may be seen in the following analysis :

her mouth and said no more. But, as I think I. 1-11.-Opening salutation, with thanksgiving of it, I am growing surer that the lightand prayer for them.

hearted people, the children, the gay girls and 12-26.--Account of his personal circumstances, merry lads who are cheerful, not from a sense

and progress of the gospel in Rome. of duty, but because they are so happy that 27-II. 4.- Exhortation to Christian living, self- they cannot help themselves, are worth a negation, and unity.

great deal to the world. What a boon it is II. 5-11.—This urged by the example of Christ. to meet a person who goes singing on life's 12-18. -Exhortation to follow their Lord, and way! What a benediction there is in a beamlet their light shine.

ing face ! 19-30.-His proposal to send Timothy to them,

We should be very careful how we repress and his thankfulness for having Epaph: and restrain the exuberant spirits of the roditus spared to him

young. They are abounding in vitality, these III. — Begins his conclusion, but breaks away again; boys and girls of ours, who do not get tired warns them against (1) Judaism; and easily, and who find something to laugh at,

Let them (2), Antinomianism, lawlessness, and where we are not so much amused. urges them to walk as citizens of the laugh. Household fun should not be too heavenly kingdom.

quickly checked. There ought to be a margin IV. 2-3.–Urges them to heal their dissensions. for it in our home calculations. Study and 4-9.-Exhorts them to joyfulness and holy work and thoughtfulness have their place, but living

play is just as legitimate, and just as essential 10–20.- Thanks them for their thoughtful kind- to healthy living. We should not be in haste

to condemn as volatile and giddy the girl who 21-23.-Salutations from all to all.

is bent, as it seems to us, on enjoyment and Benediction.

mirth, rather than on more serious occupa(To be continued.)

tions. Hers may be the swiftest foot to go on love's errands, the coolest hand to smooth the

sick mother's forehead, and the quickest brain A PLEA FOR LIGHT-HEARTED

to devise what to do in an emergency. Many YOUNG PEOPLE.

a mercurial boy becomes the comforting

pastor, the wise judge, the able man of busi“THERE goes

I believe she never has a ness, the kind husband and father. To direct serious thought,' said Mrs Experience, looking rather than to crush the abundant efforescent gravely out of the window.

I looked too. It energy of the young should be the aim of was a still, clear autumnal afternoon. The parents. The more light-hearted they are wind had been blowing freshly, but it had the better. Light-hearted is not always subsided, and now the western sky was full of feather-headed. A merry heart doeth good golden light, melting away to pale amber and like a medicine.' opal, before the dying of the day and the outshining of the stars. Yes, Daisy Dorman was lighted-hearted, and as she went down the The Flowers' Reply. street, with her elastic step, her sweet face glowing with youth and health, her quick_nod

Within our father's garden and smile of recognition for her friends, I for

It yesterday was green, one was very glad that she was the representa

And little flowers of many hues tive of a class of people who must always be

In blossom there were seen. in the minority in this world of change, the To-day are all things altered, care-free, rather than the careless, the bright

To-day are all things dead;
and buoyant, who have not yet been schooled Where are you gone, you little flowers,
by the discipline of sorrow.

With yellow cups and red?
'She'll have trouble soon enough !' said Mrs Oh, dear child, we are sleeping,
Experience. Laugh before breakfast, you'll

God wills we shall remain
cry before night!' It seems to me almost
wicked to go singing and smiling along, as

Silent until His spring-time

Shall waken us again.
though there was nothing but happiness before
you. The world is all a fleeting show.'

Yes, child, thy flowers are sleeping;
She sewed with renewed energy on David's

So, one day, thou shalt be, checked shirts. I felt reproved for my

folded

Until a glorious spring-day hands, but I cannot always be busy, and I

Shall come to waken thee. answered my own thought quite as much as Oh, then, may thy arising her words.

Be calm and bright, like ours, ‘Don't you suppose God likes to see the And thou as full of spring-time joy flowers bloom, and to hear the birds sing, and

As we, thy little wers. that He has made some people light-hearted

Emma A. Smuller.

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