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city of Amsterdam, in Holland, I WHEN an oak, or
ny noble and was very much interested in a visit useful tree, is uprooted, his removal we made to a place there famous for creates a blank. For years after, polishing diamonds. We saw the when you look to the place which men as they were engaged in this once knew him, you see that somework. When a diamond is first thing is missing. The branches of found it has a rough, dark outside, adjacent trees have not supplied and looks just like a common pebble. the void. They still hesitate to supply The outside must be ground off and the place formerly filled by their the diamond be polished before it is powerful neighbour, and there is fit for use.
It takes a long time to still a deep chasm in the grounddo this, and it is very hard work. a ragged pit—which shows how far The diamond has to be fixed very his giant roots once spread. But firmly in the end of a piece of hard when a leafless pole, a wooden pin, wood or metal. Then it is held close is picked up, it comes easy and to the surface of a large metal clean away. There is no rending of wheel which is kept going round. the turf, no marring of the landscape, Fine diamond dust is put on this no vacuity created, no regret. It wheel, because nothing else is hard leaves i no memento, and is never enough to polish the diamond. And missed. Brethren, which are you? this work is kept on for days, and Are you cedars planted in the house weeks, and months, and sometimes of the Lord, casting a cool and for several years, before it is finished. grateful shadow around you? Are And if a diamond is intended to be you palm-trees, fat and flourishing, used in the crown of a king, then yielding bounteous fruit, and making longer time and greater pains are all who know you bless you? Are spent upon it, so as to make it look
you so useful, that were you once as brilliant and beautiful as can be. away it would not be easy to fill Now, Jesus calls His people His your place again, but people, as they jewels. He intends them to shine pointed to the void in the plantation, like jewels in the crown He will wear to the pit in the ground, would say, in heaven. To fit them for this they " It was here that that old palmmust be polished like the diamond. tree diffused his familiar shadow, And God makes use of the troubles and showed his mellow clusters"? He sends on His people in this Or are you a peg, a pin, a rootless, world to polish His jewels. And branchless, fruitless thing, that may when we get to heaven, and see how be pulled up any day, and no one ever beautiful they look, we shall see care to ask what has become of it? that it was indeed good for them What are you doing? What are you that they were troubled. It has contributing to the world's happifitted them for greater happiness ness, or the Church's glory? What there.—R. Newton, D.D.
is your business?- Dr. Hamilton.
THE FAMILY LIBRARY. One of the books of the season-we believe of much more than the season -is certainly, The Life of Jesus, the Christ, by Henry Ward Beecher.* This is, indeed, only the first instalment of a work which Mr. Beecher hopes to complete before long; but there is enough in this volume to make us sure that we shall have, when the work is complete, a work of remarkable interest and value. The author does not deal controversially with objections and criticisms, which in this century have been so rife: evidently, however, he has studied them all: and the result is the wonderfully interesting and realistic narrative of which this volume is a part. Of course, there are some things in this volume with which we do not agree—that is a thing inevitable in the productions of so original and independent a thinker and expositor: but the book is one which, now that we have got it, we would not willingly part with, and which, by all ministers and students, and by all who wish to study the Grand Life intelligently, will be found a mine of treasure in which they will find a rich reward for their toil.
* T. Nelson and Sons.
Silver Spray, and other Sketches from Modern Church Life,* is a reproduction, in a very taking form, of stories that have appeared in our own pages; and that have been perused with interest, as we have reason to know, by many thousands of readers. We feel thankful, as we turn over the volume, that we have been permitted to send abroad so large an amount of salutary instruction, conveyed in so pleasing a form. Would that all our churches would receive the lessons that these sketches teach! We trust that in the more permanent shape which is now given to them, they may have an even larger number of readers than they have already found.
Labourers together with God,* by the Rev. Gordon Calthrop, M.A., is a book of encouragement, counsel, and help, for Sunday-school teachers. The book is a very valuable one. No Sunday-school teacher could read it without profit. The same may be said for The Hive, * volume the fourth, which is a storehouse of material for working Sunday-school teachers.
Some special notice ought to be taken of The Biblical Museum,* vol. i., Matthew and Mark, by James Comper Gray. This work is described as “A Collection of Notes, explanatory, homiletic, and illustrative, on the Holy Scriptures, especially designed for the use of ministers, Bible students, and Sunday-school teachers.” This book is a very valuable one, and is evidently the result of careful and conscientious labour. It contains--(1), Notes Explanatory, in whichlaying many competent authorities under contribution—both the letter and the spirit of the sacred text have a very brief but careful elucidation; (2), Notes Homiletic, in which are suggested the subjects of sermons for the preacher, and of lessons for the teacher; (3), Notes Illustrative, containing anecdotes and illustrative quotations; (4), Notes Marginal, including chronological, Biblical, analytical, and literary notes. It will be seen thus that the plan is as complete, as its execution is thorough. The book cannot but have the wide circulation that it deserves.
One book for younger readers-Old Merry's Annualt-what shall we say of it? That it is better than ever. “ Old Merry" seems to grow younger as the years go by. We know nothing better for boys--more interesting nor more healthy. All boys who read it are sure to be happier, and ought to be better too. * Elliot Stock.
* Hodder and Stoughton.
WE feel certain that our readers Some few years ago these various will be deeply interested this month Churches united themselves in what in the following facts relating to is now called the “ Burmah Baptist the Baptist mission work in Bur- Missionary Convention.” This was mah. It is true this work has not in 1865, and we feel sure our readers been done by our own Missionary will be interested in seeing the Society, but we are interested in it preamble and constitution of this nevertheless, as having been done Convention. The preamble is as by our sister denomination across follows:-“We, Christians of various the Atlantic.
races, residing in British Burmah, Although comparatively few years and now assembled in Rangoon, in have passed away since the work of gratitude to our Redeemer for His evangelization was begun among the saving grace, in obedience to His Burmans, the success realized has last commission to His Church 'to been marvellous, and such as to preach the gospel to every creature,' prompt us all to the most devout and with unfeigned love and compas. gratitude to God. The following sion toour fellow-men yet ignorant of figures will speak for themselves :- that gospel, in humble reliance upon
There are in Burmah twenty-two the promised grace of Christ, form districts, in which evangelistic work ourselves into a Society for the more has been done by our American effectual advancement of His kingbrethren. Of these, nine are among
dom in the land, and for this purthe Karens, the rest among
we unite in adopting the followBurmans, and include two or three ing Constitution :English settlements. In these dis- Art. I. This Society shall be called tricts there are four hundred and six- the Burmah Baptist Missionary Con. teen Churches, with nineteen thou- vention. sand eight hundred and forty-six
Art. II. All missionaries, members. The work of the ministry dained ministers, and authorized in these Churches is performed by preachers of the gospel, who are in seventy-eightordained native preach- the fellowship of our denomination, ers, and three hundred and ninety- and who agree to this Constitution, three unordained, with here and shall be members of the Conventhere an American missionary to aid tion, together with such lay delegates in the work. During the last year as may be appointed by the Churches one thousand and eighty-eight per- in the ratio of one delegate to each sons were baptized in the various Church, with an additional delegate Churches. There are schools con- for every fifty members. nected with almost all the Churches, Art. III. The object of this Conand these provide instruction for six vention shall be to strengthen and thousand one hundred and sixty- unite the Baptist Churches of Burseven children, and at a cost of thir. mah in mutual love and the Christeen thousand nine hundred and tian faith, and to extend the work of eighty-three rupees. Besides this evangelization to all regions within large sum, the Churches have raised our reach which do not receive the twenty seven thousand nine hundred
gospel from other agencies. and twenty-seven rupees for religious Art. IV. The attainment of this purposes. Altogether the work is twofold object shall be sought by very marvellous, and calls forth our the personal intercourse of Chrismost devout gratitude to God. To tians representing our Churches; by Him be the glory!
the collection of reports and statis
tics setting forth the state of the The kind of work done at these Churches and the result of Christian annual meetings, and the spirit that labour in Burmah ; by united repre- pervades them may be seen by the sentations to Christians in this and following extract from the proceedother lands of the religious and ings of the last Convention :-educational wants of various races "The Committee on Resolutions and sections of Burmah; and lastly, introduced the following, which, by calling forth and combining the after animated discussion, in which prayers and efforts of all the native the native brethen participated, were Christians in the common object of adopted :saving their brethren, the heathen, 1. Resolved, that all of by the gospel, from sin and everlast- preachers, laymen, and Christian ing death."
women be again earnestly recomArt. V. This Convention shall as- mended to make at least one effort, sume no ecclesiastical or disciplinary | weekly, for the evangelization and powers.
conversion of their heathen neighArt. VI. Moneys which may at bours. any time be confided to the disposal 2. Resolved, that our native pasof this Convention shall be faithfully tors and Churches be exhorted to be applied in accordance with the careful to receive for baptism those objects of the Convention and the only who give good evidence of a expressed wishes of the donors. change of heart, and to receive back
Art. VII. (This relates to the excluded members only after clear officers of the Convention, times of proof of return to God, by repentmeeting, etc.)
Art. VIII. This Convention shall 3. Whereas, many of the reports meet annually at such time and from our missionaries show a great place as it shall appoint, for prayer, lack of intelligence on the part of the conference, and preaching, with Church members, and whereas, the special reference to the object of the Churches, on that account, are exConvention, and for the transaction posed to the evil influence of
superof its business. At these meetings stition and false ideas of conversion, the committee of management shall Church-membership, and discipline : present a faithful report of their Resolved, 1. That all pastors and doings during the previous year, preachers connected with this conand officers shall be elected, and all vention use their best endeavours to needful arrangements made for the visit every Church and every house year ensuing.
in their field, and give plain and Art. IX. The recording secre- thorough religious instruction to taries shall keep a faithful record of their people; and that they introthe proceedings at the annual meet- duce such helps to discipline and ings. The corresponding secretary correctness of walk as they think shall record the doings of the com- the Scriptures require. mittee at their meetings, conduct 2. As a means of remedying the the correspondence of the committee, evils referred to, we recommend that and preserve copies of important all make earnest and thorough letters.
efforts to circulate among
the Art. X. This Constitution may be people The Burman Messenger, The amended by a vote of two-thirds of Karen Morning Star, and The Karen the members present at any annual Quarterly, as well as the Scriptures meeting of the Convention, a notice and tracts in the Burmese and Karen of the proposed change having been languages.' given at the previous annual meet- Do not such facts speak eloquently ing."
and convincingly of the power and progress of the gospel among these people? And is there not something that we at home may learn from these Karens, though so re
cently idolators ?
We make no further remarks, but leave the story to the gratitude and conscience of all.
NEWS OF THE CHURCHES. Many of our readers will be glad -A new chapel has been opened at to hear that the lady who gave Dalston Junction, for the ministry twenty thousand pounds to found of the Rev. A. A. Bird.-A neat and the Stockwell Orphanage for boys,
commodious school-room has been has offered Mr. Spurgeon a like sum erected at Stacksteads by the friends with which to found an Orphanage connected with Zion Chapel, Bacup, for girls.
under the pastorate of the Rev. D.
Davis. The cost has exceeded a The committee of the Baptist thousand pounds.—The foundationMissionary Society have
stone of a new chapel has been laid mended the fifteenth of this month in Devonport Street, Commercial (Monday), to be set apart as a day Road, London, for the ministry of for especial and united prayer on
the Rev. G. Jennings.-The chapel behalf of missions; and they further at Maryport, Cumberland (under invite the pastors of the Churches to the ministry of the Rev. D. Kirkdirect the attention of their congre- bride), has been re-opened, after gations to the special claims and enlargement and repair.--The chapel needs of these missions, on Sunday, at Poole, Dorset (under the ministry the fourteenth of this month.
of the Rev. J. H. Osborne), has been
re-opened, after considerable alteraThe annual meetings of the Bap- tion and repair.-A beginning has tist Association of Ireland were held been made in the enlargement and in the church at Great Victoria improvement of the chapel at BarnsStreet, Belfast, on Tuesday and ley, under the ministry of the Rev. Wednesday, Nov. 14 and 15. The H. Watts. The extension-stone was Rev. R. M. Henry, of Belfast, was laid by the venerable Mr. John re-elected president, and the Rev. Wood, who twenty-three years since D. E. Evans, of Dublin, was elected laid the foundation-stone.—The mesecretary. Two papers were read: morial-stone of a new chapel has one by Rev. W. Hamilton, of Carrick- been laid at Tonbridge, for the fergus, on “Living and Preaching ministry of the Rev. J. Turner. in the Spirit;" the other by the Rev. W. S. Eccles, of Grange, on “Hin- The Rev. J. W. Butcher, late drances to the Spread of Baptist of Regent's Park College, has been Principles in Ireland.” The educa- recognised as the pastor of the tion question called forth much Church at Blenheim Chapel, Leeds. discussion, and resolutions in sup- -The Rev. T. J. Bristow, late of port of secular instruction were Woodford, has been recognised as passed unanimously.
the pastor of the Church at Stan
wick, Northamptonshire.-The Rev. The memorial-stone of a new W. R. Skerry has been recognised chapel has been laid at Wisbeach, as the pastor of the Church at for the ministry of the Rev. W. E. Rye Hill
, Newcastle-upon-Tyne.Winks. The stone was laid by R. The Rev. S. H. Firks, late of Wherry, Esq., Mayor of Wisbeach. Regent's Park College, has been