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e me;' most probably I should | punished for the guilty, Louis une received your confession with derstood better than ever the great hing more than a simple rebuke, love which his brother had for him, la warning never to do it again. and he never ceased trying to show tead of that, you paid no attention by his conduct the gratitude he felt ny repeated question; your fault for that love. he greater; and you have forced And now, my dear little friends, I ir brother, although he was in- must ask you one question, Have you ent, to represent himself as be- understood the moral of this tale? the guilty one.
As he has Does it not remind you of an imred himself for you, he must bear | portant, a solemn fact, which refers ; punishment; and you, you are to each of you personally? Yes;
surely it must recall to your minds “No, no,' continued Mr. Bernard, our Lord Jesus Christ, who came to intly repelling Louis's entreaties, pay the debt of all your sins,—the I cannot unsay what I have said; sins of all those who believe in Him. t is Paul whom I punished; he And as the good master forgave nust finish the task which he has Louis for his brother's sake, so our ndertaken out of love for his guilty heavenly Father forgives us rother. You, my child, I pardon, | many sins for the sake of the blood nd I will love you just as much as of Jesus Christ which was shed for efore; for I am sure you are sorry
And what have we to do? A or your sin, and in future you will very simple thing for one who loves y to show your gratitude to your
his Saviour; we must, like Louis, rother for what he has done for you, prove our gratitude by our conduct ad you will avoid falling again into and by our love for Him, by obeying he same fault."
the commands which He has given The good master was right; from hat day, in which the innocent was
DIVINE PERSUASION. There are many persons whose powers of persuasion are so limited that they frequently mar the cause they seek to advocate. They repel rather than attract. They hinder more than they help. Often such persons, with the best of intentions, obtrude their counsels, and even
prayers, where little good results from it. And there are many who cannot be contented to rest their cause with God, in faithful and bumble confidence, but who seem to think that they must, in a spirit of restless anxiety, endeavour to add their own unprofitable efforts to perfect the working which they desire at his hands.
have friends to whom God's Spirit leads you to speak, be faithful, and be bold; but remember that unless God does so use you, pour own efforts will never avail. The voice that reaches the sinner's heart is the voice of God himself. And when from the depths of his soul there rises on the Saviour's ear his confession, “Thou art the Christ
, the Son of the living God,” the answer of the Lord to him, as to Peter, is, “ Blessed art thou,
for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my father which is in heaven.”
The legitimate result of a Christian's prayer is not in the petition but in the answer. Men are not saved because they are informed that others are praying for them; but because God in His might reveals Himself to them in answer to such prayers. If God lays upon your heart a burden of prayer for your friends, you need not be in to great haste to acquaint them with the fact. Pray on.
Pray on. God can reveal His own working in His own good time.
It is related that a German lady, a follower of Christ, whose husband was still unsaved, being very much distressed on his account, once told a minister that she had done all in her power in persuading and beseeching him to turn from his evil practices, but to no effect.
“Madam,” said the minister, “talk more to God about your husband, and less to your husband about God.”
The word was heard and heeded. In the secrecy of her closet, the wife poured out her soul before the Lord, and a few weeks after called upon the minister, full of joy and thanksgiving, and related that her prayers were heard, and that her husband was changed by grace, and had turned to live a better life.
So God persuades those whom we can never influence; and while we despair at the failure of our own feeble and superficial efforts, He in His own way and by His own chosen mean's brings nigh His great salvation, and opens men's hearts to give attention to His word. Not by might nor by power, but by the Spirit of the Lord of Hosts is the work of man’s redemption begun, continued, and completed. And be who clings most closely to the promises of God, and relies most fully on the eternal Arm, will labour most effectually in the vineyard of the Lord. Human haste and human zeal avail but little here. “ Tarry in the city of Jerusalem till ye be endued with power from on high,"; the Saviour's own command. Endued with this power we can labour effectually in His work, for our feeble utterances shall be attended by a divine emphasis, as by us God Himself will beseech men to be reconciled to Him. Having power with God, we shall have power with man, and while our prayers prevail before the throne of God in heaven, our words of believing testimony shall melt the sinner's heart.
All its cares was putting away,
To wear on the next Sabbath day.
He'd been wakeful and fretful too-
Was trying to push its way through.
My arms they were tired, but Tommie's best pants
Where minus some buttons, he said ;
He told me on going to bed.
To mend them I couldn't refuse,
'Twas pegs in the shoemaker's shoes. My mending was left till Saturday night,
Because Nellie (only just four),
Or not go to chapel more.
In Nellie, so young and so small;
I ought not to wonder at all.
Of the week had stolen away;
To be bound at the judgment day?
All the week was crowded with care;
Alone with my Saviour, in prayer.
That I was impatient and tired;
When baby was restless and cried.
Is my life so ragged and torn;
Because it is threadbare and worn.
Will put in a plea there for me,
So that stronger next week I'll be.
For John's salary is too small,
For the food and clothes for us alī.
À time and a place for prayer,
I could speak to Him anywhere.
I know, I shall fall by the way
© ! help me, dear Saviour, I pray,
A SPECIMEN OF RECENT HIGH CHURCH TEACHING.
“ Q. We have amongst us various sects and denominations who go by the general name of Dissenters. In what light are we to consider them ?
“ A. As heretics; and in our litany we expressly pray to be delivered from the sins of'false doctrine, heresy, and schism.'
“Q. Is then their worship a laudable service?
“A. No; because they worship God according to their own evil and corrupt imaginations, and not according to His revealed will, and therefore their worship is idolatrous.
“Q. Is Dissent a great sin ? “ A. Yes ; it is in direct opposition to our duty towards God.
“Q. How comes it then in the present day that it is thought so lightly of ?
“ Å. Partly from ignorance of its great sinfulness, and partly from men being more zealous for the things of this perishing world than for the Lord of Hosts.
“Q. But then are all those who dissent equally guilty ?
“X. No, we trust not; for doubtless many sin from ignorance, and although they are all equally sinners, their gilt is relative according to the measure of everyone's opportunities of knowing rightly and acting consistently.
“ Q. Are we then to refuse to do them any kind service, when they are in distress, and stand in need of our assistance ?
“ A. No; we are to do them all the good in our power, provided we do not defraud God's chosen people, they who are of the household of faith. 'Q. Are we to pray for them ?
Ă. Yes, and to love them ; and our treatment of them should instance our love, warning them of the danger their souls are in, and putting
them on their guard, lest they fail of obtaining eternal salvation. Q. But do we not find among them many good men ?
Ă. Many doubtless are unexceptionable characters in a moral point of view, but they are not holy men; and herein indeed we may a lesson from them, for if they apparently attain such perfection, what ought we to be in all manner of godly conversation, who the means of
grace. “Q. Wherein consists the difference between a moral man and a holy man?
A. A moral man is one who acts from the impulses of education, position in society, and other worldly principles ; a holy man is one who does good works by the Divine aid of the Holy Ghost, duly using the means of grace.”
We quote the above, which we suppose we may call “A Specimen of Recent High Church Teaching" (without note or comment), from · Some Questions of the Ohurch Catechism, etc., Briefly Explained, for the use of Families, etc.," by the Rev. Frederic Aubert Gace, M.A, Vicar of Great Barling, Essex.
OUR MISSIONS. FRANCE. Our missionary, Mr. Victor | cle of the Penal Code, bearing on E. Bouhon, writes as follows:-"In- meetings and organization. fidelity and Popery are indeed doing “I am afraid our enemies will try mischief. As your letter came to
hard against Le Coat, and by purhand I was speaking with G. le posely leaving in the shade certain Coat (one of our evangelists, at steps which he took (according to Morlaix.) Our young friend is just law), they will endeavour to make now in trouble. He was summoned him out a willing transgressor of o appear in the chief town before the law, because of a flaw in his she military authorities, so as to be case." sent off at once to Africa to rejoin In a postscript, Mr. Bouhon says, his regiment, because he no more “I was able to meet with the advoacted as schoolmaster connected cate yesterday. Priests
the with the Université de France. The instigators of this plot. The local interference with French teaching, administrators now required that Le lately, was a warning: now he is Coat should pass before a 'conseil de set down as insoumis (not subject) révision' here, and he is to come toto the law on public instructions. morrow for that purpose. Doubtless, He applied to an advocate who knew after that formality is gone through, his grandfather, and who at once he will be officially and provincially went with him to the préfecture, but exonerated from military service; all that could be obtained was a some time, however, must interdelay of eight days to settle his
vene.” affairs. He was informed by officials The above disagreeable business that for the last year or so, efforts was notified to the Mission House had been made to remove him from in London, in due course. Trémel
, and that he had to contend peared that if our friend Le Coat, now against a very powerful party. who hitherto has been an evangelist, The fact is, ever since 1864, the working under the direction of Mr. meetings and other efforts at Trémel Jenkins, of Morlaix, could be in any have been“ under police inspection”; way recognised as pastor of the becanse (as then the mayor of the
Church at Trémel, the difficulty in place wrote to Mr.Jenkins), our sect which he was placed would all the is not recognised, or paid, by the more easily be overcome. Instrucstate. The large numbers who at- tions were sent accordingly. We tended when you (Dr. Underhill), do not yet know whether this was came last summer, being consider- absolutely necessary; but such have over twenty persons, gave
been the value and efficiency of our occasion to the authorities to find friend, that it was felt that every
lawful step should be taken to secure "The greatest bad faith is underly- his services in the great work in ing all these attacks and annoyances;
which he is engaged. for when authorization is asked for, CALCUTTA. In a letter from our old the answer given is: “When your friend Mr. Wenger, the following
are attended by more than paragraph occurs. It will prove intwenty, it will be time enough to ask teresting to our readers. 6. The for authorization. If the meetings baptism of Tarachand Banerjea, are attended by more than twenty, referred to in my last, did not take then a kind of deed, called a proces place on the day anticipated (the verbal, is made out against you for
17th), but on the following day, having transgressed the 291st Arti- the 18th February, in the Lal Bazar