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BOOTH, REV. S. H.-
Mr. Miall's Motion for Disestablishment... 129
A long life and a good one
CHAPMAN, MR. J. WALLIS-
On Individuality of Thought and Action
in the Church and Denomination 324
STEVENSON, F., Esq.-
Rev. H. Hunter
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of India. By Rev. Giles Hester, of Shef-
Congregation of the 41st Madras Native
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GENERAL BAPTIST MAGAZINE, .
GOD, our Heavenly Father, begins would have us re-baptized into the this morning another of the smaller Holy Ghost and fire, that with new cycles of His gracious and merciful faith, wisdom, and zeal, we may more providence. A new year is started courageously exalt our Saviour, more on its course by the “right hand of tenderly reclaim the erring, more the Most High.” “In the beginning" sympathizingly comfort the suffering, God set lights in the firmament of more self-denyingly seek and save heaven to divide the day from the the lost; and thereby, as we travel night, and said, “Let them be for along our years to the end of all our signs, and for seasons, and for days, labours, we may be gladdened and and for years.” Still those lights inspired by the assurance that our shine. Still the seasons, in their Master and Judge is, in effect, saying various beauty and fruitfulness, come to us at each successive year and day, and go. Still the faithful God keeps “ Well done, good and faithful serthe years rolling on. And by the vant, enter thou into the joy of thy new “sign ”_that greets us this Lord.” winter morn He speaks to the hearts Starting again is no new thing of His sons and daughters once
under the sun. New! Nay it is the more; bids them be of good courage, universal experience. Stern Winter and hope in Him; tells them to cast has not hushed its wild howlings out the despondency that springs before the sweet scented violets fill from defeat, the unbelief that thrives the country lanes with their fraon failure, the terrible unreality grance, and the delicate snowdrops that poisons the spiritual nature herald the springing up of the to its core ; and summons them to imprisoned forces of vegetation. enter upon the work of life with Flowers take their annual rest, and freshened faith in Him, and a more then visit us again as bright and as vivid sight of His loving Face. He, beautiful as ever. Out from yonder the Lord of all our time, now sets great and wide sea tons upon tons new time upon our score” that we of water, uplifted by the sun, are may fill it, moment by moment, with carried in the hands of fleet-winged the “work of faith, the labour of love, messengers to the loftiest mountain and the patience of hope." He
He heights, from whence descending Vol. LXXIII.-NEW SERIES, No. 13.
in a thousand silver streamlets they in that stage of perfectness that seek, along devious river-paths, their leads to the richest and fullest percommon home in the “grand old fection. The plant whose green ocean," and then once more set out shoot is seen sprouting through the on their “everlasting circle” of brown earth is as perfect then as beneficence. Planets have their when it has grown to leaf and orbits, and move as by unerring blossom, and from blossom to ripened clock-work in their appointed places, fruit. The stream is as perfect up and complete, to a second of time, among the snow-capped hills as their prescribed journey through the when with a full-river flow it leaps heavens. One generation of men into the deep sea.
The child is not passeth away and another cometh. so mature as his father, but viewed Sires give place to sons. Families as a child he is as perfect. Even continue their life and vigour for ages, that sad exception to the uniwithin sight of the
versal harmony presented in ourwhere “ the rude forefathers of the selves seems, by contrast, to exhibit hamlet sleep.” Man, corrupted, more distinctly the faultless skill broken up, and destroyed by sin, and marvellous love of the Great
starts again, after the deluge, not, Creator. The Heavenly Potter seated this time, from the innocence of at the wheel of Providence patiently Eden,” but from the patient, heroic, picks up the shattered fragments of and victorious life of the preacher of our human nature, not once or righteousness. Noah, however, is twice, but many times, and putting drawn away of his own lust and them together again with fire from enticed, and men soon sink to a heaven, at last moulds them into a degradation as hopeless as that before vessel fit for noblest uses; so that even the flood. But the exhaustless love of the efforts of man may, by His grace, God makes Abram His chosen ; and ultimately become nothing more than the father of the faithful is a new foun- an orderly and regular development of tain of hope for man. With wondrous the fulness of the life of God. But forbearance the Lord leads and pre- we are far from this yet. At present serves the Jews until at length Shiloh we are like children learning to walk. is come; and then humanity, pre- We start again after many failures, pared by long and painful experience and with much self-correction, shame, of its weakness, and with a keen sense and rebuke, yet withal believing, of utter incapacity to save itself, starts that like as a father pitieth his anew in the God-man, possessed of a children, so the Lord pitieth them promise which cannot be broken. that fear Him, and that He will lay These circling years are indeed in underneath and round about us His perfect keeping with circling sea- everlasting arms.
We know that if sons, circling seas, circling stars, any man sin we have an advocate and the circling experiences of with the Father, and that if we walk men and nations. All God's works in the light, if we are ever travelling complete their rounds, and then up to the purity of God, seeking start again.
to live within the range of its inBut God's ways are not as our fluence, then the blood of Jesus ways. The law of the Lord is per- Christ, God's Son, cleanseth us from fect, and so is His work. He never all sin; and so we set out again with starts again because of error or mis- a conscience unburdened and a heart take. Each result of the labour of full of peace and joy. Here, then, His hands is, in its place and time, is our true starting place. We ended entire, wanting nothing, though the year with hope in God's mercy. when we examine it, it may be only We must begin it communing with