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THE LIVELY HOPE. "I AM come to set a man at variance The place that knows us now will soon against his father.”
know us no more for ever. Our hearte, How is that? “ Well,” the father says, which now beat so warınly, will, in a little “ I am going to bring up this boy to be a while, grow cold. Our friends who now politician, and he shall be President of look so kindly will shortly disappear. Our these United States." But Christ speaks homes, which to some of us are now so to the boy, and he says,
“ I am going to sweet, will ere long be desolate. Link after be a missionary." The father says, “ You link that binds us to the earth will break. shall not ;” and the boy says, “I shall.” We shall go home. Whither shall we go? And so they quarrel, the father pointing Blessed be our God and Father, we are towards hell, and the boy towards heaven. " begotten to a lively hope.” We look for
"I am come to set the daughter at new heavens and a new earth. He hath variance against her mother, and the prepared for us a city. IIe hath embellished daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law.” for us a paradise. He is adorning for us a
How? The mother tells the daughter palaced mansion, an amaranthine bower. to steal. She says to her, “ Put two There already are some of our dearest prices on the goods when you can.” She kindred. There are many whom we have says, “You are a fool! That customer never loved and admired. There is the general looks at the change, and you might have assembly of the just made perfect, and the kept back a part just as well as not.” The innumerable company of angels. And shall daughter has been touched with the Spirit not our bosoms burn, and our hopes of Christ, and she says, “I must do what aspire? Shine forth, 0 thou city of our is right; and if I do it to any more than God! Attract our eyes! Captivate our to others, I must do it to ignorant people hearts! Let us see thy jewelled pinnacles ! whom I could take advantage of.” And Let us hear thy floating melodies! What 80 the mother and the daughter quarrel, do I see and hear? My mother, my sainted the daughter being of God, and the mother mother! my brothers and sisters, my cherub being of the devil.
brothers and sisters! You, O ye fair and " And a man's foes shall be they of his noble spirits, who entranced my young own household.”
desire, and enkindled my mature ambition ! If a man is born in a household that And thee, O my Saviour, with thy counteruns giddily towards the world, when he, nance of love, thy diadem of majesty! I having been converted, undertakes to run see your waving arms; I hear your beckontowards God and heaven, he will be op
There they are gathered toposed by his own kindred. And there are gether safe from every storm, triumphant no quarrels like blood quarrels.
over every evil; and they say to us, Come - He that loveth father or mother more and join us in our everlasting blessedness. than me is not worthy of me."
Come and hear part in our song of praise. When it comes to the question, Shall I Come and share our adoration, friendship, consult my peace and my ease at home, or progress, and works of love. They say to shall I follow my conscience ? Christ says, us, Cherish now in your carthly life that "He that loveth father or mother more spirit and virtue of Christ which is the bethan me is not worthy of me: and he that ginning and dawn of heaven, and we shall loveth son or daughter more than me is soon welcome you with more than human not worthy of me.
friendship to life and immortality. And " And he that taketh not his cross, and shall that voice speak to us in vain ? I followeth after me, is not worthy of me. would say, No! And God grant that we He that findeth his life shall lose it: and all may be enabled to say, No!--Rev. Geo, he that loseth his life for my sake ehall
Legge, LL.D. He that is too intent upon gratifying the present life shall lose the larger and better life; and he that is willing to sacri
FAITI AND FAITHFULNESS, fice the present life for Christ's sake shall
The kingdom of God does not consist in find the larger and better life ; he shall words, but in power—the power of godlisave himself.-H. W. Beecher,
ness—though now we are fallen into another method: we have turned all religion into
faith, and our faith is nothing but the pro- cannot consist in strifes about words and ductions of interest or disputing, -it is perverse disputings of men. adhering to a party, and wrangling against But the faith of a Christian is the best all the world beside; and when it is asked security in contracts, and a Christian's of what religion he is, we understand the word should be as good as his bond, be. meaning to be, what faction does he follow, cause He is faithful that promised, and a what are the articles of his sect, not what Christian should rather die than break bis is the manner of his life. And if men be word, and should always be true to his zealous for their party and that interest, trust; he should be faithful to his friend, then they are precious men, though other- and love as Jonathan loved David. This is wise they be covetous as the grave, factious the true faith: to hurt no man, but to do as Dathan, schismatical as Korah, or proud good to all, as we have opportunity. as the fallen angels. Alas ! these things will Faith and faithfulness are identical in not deceive us : the faith of a Christian the Christian vocabulary.-Jeremy Taylor.
FINANCES OF THE MISSION. A MONTH or two ago we told our readers, that unless the income of the Missionary Society was very much increased, not only would a very heavy debt be incurred, but some of the missionaries must be recalled. On the first point the response of the churches has been most gratifying. From all quarters we learn that both ministers and people are bestirring themselves, making the most energetic efforts to recover the ground that has been lost, and devoting much time and toil to the spread of information on the operations of the Society's missionaries. any ministers, like the pastor of Bloomsbury Chapel, London, avail themselves of the monthly meeting for prayer to recall the former history of the work, and to unite matters of present interest in our various stations with the past. Others are giving lectures on missionary work, in order to revive the missionary spirit among their people. In some places large collections have been made for the present emergency, and arrangements completed for a more permanent addition to the Society's means.
In this good work the Yorkshire churches have taken the lead. Since their meeting at Huddersfield the Rev. T. Pottenger has been most actively employed in canvassing the various congregations, assisted by some of the ministers. In almost all cases the results in donations have been large ; while the increased annual subscriptions vary from 20 to 200 per cent. more than have hitherto been given to the Society's funds. As a general fact, Mr. Pottenger states that the churches are very deficient in systematic efforts to collect small sums; a
real mine yet unexplored, and to which he proposes to give his special attention. We do not doubt the same defect exists in many other places, and we trust the friends of the mission elsewhere will bear this in mind.
The Devonshire Association devoted the second Lord's day in January to special collections. The churches in Huntingdon. shire are proposing to open a list for special subscriptions, their union with our Independent brethren precluding Lord's day collections for the purpose. Somersetshire has moved and collected already over £200. In Nottinghamshire a similar course is about to be taken to that in Yorkshire. Special meetings for conference are fixed to be holden at Bacup by the East Lanca. shire Union, also at Liverpool, Manchester, and Birmingham, during the present month. Northamptonshire also, the parent seat of the mission, has resolved not to be behind in this labour of love. From Newcastle nearly £50, a Lord's day collection, have been received; and the Auxiliary is revived and strengthened, in order to obtain increased annual subscriptions.
The festivities of Christmas have somewhat interfered with meetings in London. But our Camberwell friends have made a Lord's day collection amounting to upwards of £100, and an increase of subscriptions to £75 more. Camden Road and Hawley Road congregations announce special collections for the 24th ult. ; but the results are not known in time for us to give them. The special contributions from the church at John Street, Bedford Row, have exceeded £200.
The general result of the collections that have already reached the Treasurer up to interesting details of the missionary work, and communicate them to others : their prayers and sympathies will be called forth, and the emergency now pressing upon the Society will pass away, leaving a blessing behind it.
the end of the year 1863, on the estimate of the probable deficiency, was stated at the last quarterly meeting of the Committee to be a reduction on that estimate of £2,300. This is very gratifying so far, and should awaken our gratitude to Him whose are the silver and the gold. But our readers must not forget that while it shows the interest of the churches in the mission, there yet remains to be met, after that reduction, a probable deficiency of more than £5,700. We know that many con. tributions have not yet reached the TreaBurer ; but with that allowed for, it is evident that the most strenuous efforts must be continued to avert the calamity that we fear.
It is of course not possible at present to calculate what the results of this movement may be on the future income of the mission, and therefore to determine the grave question whether any missionaries must be recalled. All the communications received at the Mission House speak with entire unanimity on this point-no missionary must be recalled until every effort has been exhausted to raise the income to the required amount. With this unity of sentiment throughout the country, we are hopeful that the necessity will not arise; and we are sure that it need not, if systematic plans are resorted to for collecting the pence of the poor as well as the pounds of the rich.
It is one of the most pleasing results which this difficulty has given rise to, that it has extenşively awakened a desire for missionary information. Missionary Reports and Missionary Heralds" bave for so long a period become institutions among us, that many of our young friends forget or overlook them in the attraction of the multitude of new periodicals that arise from year
year. Yet are they most interesting to every intelligent reader. There he may watch the varying phases of that conflict which, in sunshine or storm, is ever going on between the powers of evil and of good. There may he learn of triumphs of grace, of kingdoms conquered for Christ, and souls rescued from the wrath to come. There, passing, as it were, before his eyes, may be seen the daily occurring incidents of that grand progress, measured and stately as the tread of eternity, which the Prince of Peace is making towards the acquisition of the royal in. heritance given to him of his Father. Let our readers acquaint themselves with the
ARRIVAL OF MR. SMITI AT
DELHI. We are happy to announce the arrival of of our honoured brother, the Rev. James Smith, at his old field of labour in Delhi. It will be remembered that he has been for some time in Australia, where he went for the recovery of his health ; but his health and strength having been mercifully restored, he has returned to the field where God had so eminently blessed him, and where he hopes now to live and die. In his last letter Mr. Smith eays,
"I am getting fairly settled down to work again, and begin to feel some hope that the Lord will smile on the scattered churches at Delhi.
“I have commenced my daily service in the Chandni Chouk as before, and find great advantages connected with a daily stated service in the same place. The congregations are not what they once were, but they are improving, and will gradually, I hope, gather up again.
“On Monday morning I went to Delhi Durwaza, where I have replaced Collins, the preacher I left there when I went to Australia. About thirty gathered in the straw veranda of one of our Christian's houses, and it was a time of refreshing to me. We sang the old songs of Zion, in which we had so often joined in times past, and then united in thanksgiving to Him who had protected us since we had last met in Delhi. The place appears very hopeful, and I trust soon to see most of our old people restored to the church and its privileges. Two men came to my house who were inquirers before I left, and declared their intention of giving themselves to the Lord and his people.
" I have been this morning to Teluja Wara and Sudder Bazar, where I have engaged a large room for another native reader and his son (Mansukh Ray), and in two or three days I hope to see them fairly at work among the scattered people here, who were, many of them, long hopeful inquirers, and among whom I spent a great deal of labour. I visited many of them, and spoke to little bands of from six to
twelve in different places. They said they were glad to see me back, and would send their children to learn to read, as well as make an effort to do the same themselves. In these places it is the agent's duty to go among them, and spend half an hour each with farnilies who will receive him, talking with them, reading the Scriptures or tracts, and, where there is a desire, giving lessons in reading. I hope soon to have Delhi studded over with little stations, which I shall try to make stars, giving light, if it be but a glimmering, to the surrounding people who dwell in darkness ; for I am of opinion that a star, be it ever so small, is better than no light,
“ Our chapel is getting fast on, and will, I hope, be ready to open in January. It is a very nice building, and will, I suppose, hold 500 natives. The situation is excellent, very central and very public. Our friend Mr. Parry has laboured hard at it, and he tells me he will be about $200 short. I should be sorry for us to be burdened with a debt. The soldiers in good numbers attend our evening services, and when we get into the new building they are likely to increase. I shall have hard struggling for funds for native preachers for a little time, until my communications with friends are recommenced. Can you stir up our young friends a little to help us ?"
GENERAL. THE great question of continental politics is, whether there shall be war between Denmark and Germany. At the time we write the position is very critical, and every day we may expect to hear that a blow has been struck the effects of which Europe will feel for many a day. The question in dispute is one in which Englishmen can feel little interest : unfortunately, however, if rumour is correct, our Government has committed us to active measures on the side of Denmark should active measures become necessary. We hope that this is not the result of an alliance which made all England rejoice in the spring of last year.
Another conspiracy against the life of Louis Napoleon has been announced. There is some suspicion that it is only a police job, especially as Mazzini was charged with being the suggester of the plot, a charge which Mazzivi has distinctly and indignantly denied. One reason why the suspicion of jobbing has arison is, that the cry for liberty in France is becoming embarrassing to the Emperor, to whom it is convenient to show that the time for liberty has not yet come.
In a few days the Parliament of England will meet. The session is expected to be an important one, and it is anticipated by some that events will render a dissolution inevitable during the year,
The Queen has another grandchild, and the Prince of Wales a son. The Princess of Wales has passed quite safely through her confinement, It is said that the Queen is more cheerful since the event took place.
We are glad to state that the Baptist Missionary Society is likely to recover from its pecuniary embarrassment. The most lively interest in the subject has been evinced in every part of the couutry, and in most districts efforts are being made, not only to meet the present difficulty, but to increase the permanent income of the Society. We believe that even already the prospective deficit is reckoned at little more than five thousand pounds.
The following interesting paragraph is taken from The South Eastern Gazette :-" The Rev. D. Jones, B.A., Nonconformist minister of Folkestone, being about to leave that town, after a pastorate of fifteen years, during which time he has won the respect and esteem' of his fellow-townsmen generally, the mayor of that borough (0. Doridant,
Esq.), glad of an opportunity of promoting the increase and spread of kindly feeling, invited the corporation and several other gentlemen to s dinner at the Pavilion Hotel, to meet Mr. Jones prior to his departure. The members of the corporation, several of the magistrates, the rector of Lyminge, the Presbyterian chaplain of Shorncliffe Camp, and Nonconformist ministers of various denominations, responded to the invitation, and on Friday evening sat down to an elegant dinner, when the worthy mayor had the gratification of witnessing an exhibition, happily elicited by him. self, of genuine and hearty catholicity which perhaps few towns in the kingdom could equal. Without any compromise on the part of any, while various conscientious convictions and preferences were frankly avowed, all the gentlemen present entered most cordially in the spirit of the worthy host who had convened them, and gladly acknowledged, what was manifestly and deeply felt by all, that, notwithstanding honest difference of opinion on political, theological, or ecclesiastical matters, there yet remains, for all who love truth and cha. rity, a broad ground on which, as Englishmen, and Christians, and Protestants, they can meet, with intense satisfaction and comfort to themselves, and to the happy increase of their mutual esteem.”
DOMESTIC. WOLVERHAMPTON.-The new and spacious Baptist chapel at Wolverhampton, the foundation-stone of which was laid in March last, by Mr. H. H. Fowler, the then mayor, was opened on Thursday, December 10th, for public worship.
The new chapel is erected for the accommodation of 550 adults, and is internally sixty-seven feet by fortyfive feet; while in addition there is a large lecture. room in the basement, and vestries and a smaller lecture-room at the rear of the chapel, the accommodation of which may be increased to seat about 800 persons by the erection of side galleries.
The cost of the chapel, including the site, is £3,625 ; and previous to the opening services the unpaid balance was £1,833. The opening services com. menced at eleven o'clock on the day named, when a dedicatory prayer was offered by the Rev. G. B. Macdonald, Wesleyan minister, and an able sermon was preached by the Rev. W. Landels, of Regent's Park Chapel, London, In the afternoon a public meeting was held, which was presided over by Mr. H. Marten. Mr. Edmonds, the treasurer, read the financial report. The Rev. W. Landels, the Rev. W.J. Bain, of Bilston, the Rey. B. C. Young, of Cosely, the Rev. C. Vince, of Birmingham, and the Rev. J. P. Carey, delivered addresses. In the evening a sermon was preached by the Rev. Hugh Stowell Brown. On the following Sunday the Rev. S. A. l'ipple, of London, de. livered two discourses in connection with the opening of the chapel. On Thursday, December 17th, the Rev. A. Mursell, of Manchester, preached; and on Sunday, December 20th, the Rev. Watson Smith, of Manchester. The collections at the close of the services amounted to £145. HEPAZIBAH CHAPEL, DARLINGTON PLACE, MILE END.-A devotional service was held here on Tuesday, Jan. 5th, in connection with the formation of a new Baptist interest and the settlement of Mr. C. Gordelier as the pastor. The Rev.J. H. Blake, of Bow, presided; the Revs. W. A. Blake, Robert R. Finch, T.J. R, Temple, and others, took part, After the service the formation of the church was proceeded with ; a resolution, stating the names of twelve persons, the basis of fellowship, and a brief summary of doctrinal belief, was then agreed to, the brethren recognising each other by the right hand of fellowship; a second resolution, inviting Mr. Gordelier to the pastorate, was unani. mously adopted. On the following Lord's day evening, the 10th, the Lord's Supper was adminis. tered, when twelve visitors, representing eight other churches in the neighbourhood, including two from the Church of England, united with the newly formed church in the sacred and solemn re. membrance of the Saviour's sufferings and death.
NEWCASTLE-ON-TYNE.-The annual social meet. ing of the Baptist church and congregation worshipping in Bewick Street Chapel was held on Monday evening, December 28th, in the lectureroom beneath the chapel, at which there was a large attendance. The Rev. W. Walters, pastor of the church, presided. In the course of his opening address the chairman adverted, in terms expressive of thankfulness to God, to the continued progperity of the church under his care, The chapel was full every Sabbath, and the week-night services were well attended. The enlargement of the chapel was imperatively required. They had 414 members in church fellowship, 139 of whom had been received during the present pastorate. They had two Sunday-schools, with 41 teachers and 420 scholars. Their tract society was in vigorous ope, ration, and upwards of 1,200 tracts were circulated every week by about 60 distributors. During the wear a preaching-station had been established at Blaydon, and was supplied by brethren connected with the church. In addition to aid rendered to our home and foreign missions, the church sustained a missionary in East Prussia, in connection with the German Baptist Union. They had abundant cause for gratitude and hope. After Mr. Walters's address, excellent speeches were deli, vered by the Revs. R. Brown, G. Stewart, and
ton, who attended as a deputation from the trustees, The speakers were the Rev. John Cookson, M.A. (pastor of the church), the Revs. J. H. Wood (Smarden), J. Lewitt (Nottingham), T. W, Mathews (Boston), and W. Sharman (Coningsby), On Sunday, the 20th ult., the opening services were continued, and the Rev. J. C. Jones, M.A., of Spalding, preached. The new building is neat as well as pretty in style, and, although comparatively free from ornamentation, is arranged with considerable architectural taste. It will comfortably seat about 350, but when filled it will accom: modate 500.
PROVIDENCE CHAPEL, CANTON, CARDIFF.- This beautiful Gothic edifice, which has been built for the church over which the Rev. Josephus Bailey presides, was opened for Divino service on Lord's day, December 20th, when sermons were preached by the pastor; the Rev. J. Waite, B.A., Independent; the Rev. T. Barlow, Methodist; and the Rev. Jobn Emlyn Jones, LL.D., of Cardiff. On Tuesday, December 22nd, a tea and public meeting was held, when about 400 friends sat down. The chair was occupied by R. Cory, sen., Esq., and able addresses were delivered by the Rev. John Williams, Newport; the Rev. E. Jones, Pentyrch; the Rev. T. Barlow, the Rev. P. Maddocks, tho Rev. J. Bailey, and by Wm. Ward, Esq., editor of The Cardiff i'imes. The meeting, which was of a most pleasing character, was closed by a collection towards the building fund. On Lord's day, Dec. 27th, the services were continued ; when sermons were preached by the Revs. J. Williams, Newport; E. Jones, Pentyrch; and J. Bailey. Collections were made after each service, and the amounts received were very encouraging to the friends of this new cause, which has every prospect of
SOUTHAMPTON.—A very interesting meeting was held December 31st, 1863, at the Baptist chapel, East Street, arranged by the female Bible-class of the above Sunday-school, to present a testimonial to their teacher, Miss Ellen Lankester. The ofilia cers of the school and of the church were invited, and the pastor, the Rev. R. Caven, B.A., presided, After tea the meeting was commenced with prayer. Miss Lankester then gave a short history of the class since she became their teacher in January, 1856. The members now number thirty in attend ance, many have joined the church, and others aro inquiring. After this statement Mr. Caven, in the name of the class, presented their teacher with a handsome rosewood work-box, as a token of their affection and appreciation of her self-denying efforts among them. It was received with sincero expressions of gratitude and assurances of her continued anxiety for their welfare. Addresses were then given by the pastor and friends present; also an interesting lecture on the microscope, by Mr. D. Elboux, one of the deacons. A hymn, especially arranged on behalf of their pastor, was then sung to the National Anthem, and the proceedings were terminated by prayer.
WYLE COP, SHREWSBURY.-On Christmas Day the Baptist chapel, Wyle Cop, Shrewsbury, was opened. At seven o'clock a.m. a public prayermeeting was held, when the Rev. John Williams, of Holyhead, presided; at eleven o'clock a sermon was preached by the Rev. J. P. Barnett, of Birmingham; at three o'clock the Rev. D. Evans, of Dudley, preached ; and at half-past six o'clock a public meeting was held in the chapel, when W. Barnett, Esq., of Cosely, presided. Addresses were delivered by the Rovs.
J. Williams, Holyhead; F. Perkin, M.A., Cosely; T. Baugh, Shrewsbury; J. Smith, Pontesbury'; J. P. Barnett, Birmingham; D. Evans, Dudley; the chair,
opening of the new General Baptist chapel, St. Benedict's Square, Lincoln, was celebrated on Sunday and Monday, December 13th and 14th. The public services were commenced on the Sunday by the Rev. Charles Clark, of Halifax, who preached morning and evening. In the afternoon the Rev. J. H. Wood, of Smar. den, preached. In the morning
and afternoon the epogregations were good, but in the evening the chapel was crowded to excess. On the Monday above 600 assembled for tea in the Corn Exchange. The chair was taken by John Ward, Esq., of Bos.