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CCORDING to the original plan of this Magazine, it is to contain,

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Essays on the doctrines of Christianity, and on religious, ex. perimental and moral subjects : -Occasional remarks on the fulfil. ment of scripture prophecies in the present day, and expositions of difficult and doubtful passages of scripture --Religious intelligence concerning the state of Christ's kingdom, throughout the Christian world, and sketches of the original ecclesiastical concerns of this country --Information respecting Missions to the new settlements in the United States and among Heathen nations:-Nar. ratives of revivals of religion in particular places together with the distinguishing marks of true and false religion -Accounts of re. markable dispensations of divine Providence :-Biographical sketches of persons eminent for piety :-Original hymns on evan. gelical subjects :-Together with whatever else on the subject of religion and morals may contribute to the advancement of genuine piety and pure morality.

This work will consist of original pieces and of extracts from the best European and American publications. As the Magazine is designed for the promotion of vital Christianity, and of a knowledge of the great and essential truths of the gospel, Essays which are merely controversial or deeply metaphysical, it will be seen, come not within the object of this publication ; nevertheless, should any such be sent which, in the opinion of the Editors, are highly meritorious, they will be admitted. The Magazine will be open to receive communications from all denominations of Christians who believe in the peculiar principles of Christianity; but if written upon the distinguishing tenets of their respective sects, they will be excluded. The profits arising from the sale of this publication will be appropria ed to the support of Missionaries to the Heathen or among the inhabitants of the new settlements.

In pursuance of the above plan, four volumes of this work, have been published ; and the Editors now enter on a fifth ; hoping the former patrons of the work will continue to encourage it ; and that

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their Correspondents will seasonably furnish therr with such materials that the present volume may not be inferior to those which have prece

The Editors deem it unnecessary to expatiąte upon the utility of such a publication, if judiciously conducted, or upon the import, ance of the object to which the profits of this Magazine are approprie ated. · These will readily strike every serious, reflecting mind ; and a confidence is entertained that the work will not be suffered to stop for want of the liberal patronage of purchasers, or suitable materials from

correspondents to renden is interesting and instructive to the Reader.

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A Missionary Sermon, delivered It is believed, brethren, that

at Hartford on the Evening of the character of this patriarch the Election Day, May 10, may with propriety be brought 1804, by, the Rev. Amos Bas- into view on the present occaSET, of 'Hebron.

sion, since the Holy Ghost has

testified that, “'what is written JOHN VIII. 56.

of him was not written for his Your Father Abraham rejoiced to see my day; and he saw it since we of the Gentiles partake

sake alone, but for us also”and was glad.

of the blessings promised in his THE Sacred Scriptures bear seed and since, with the high

ample testimony to the approbation of his maker, he high esteem in which Abraham joyfully devoted his heart and was held by the only wise God,' life to the same cause which we who is never deceived in char- now profess to have in view, and acters. Such an esteem must which we hope we " prefer ahave been occasioned by some bove our chief joy." Your atexcellent spirit discerned in him, tention is invited, which rendered him totally dif- 1. To the view which Abraferent from his idolatrous co- ham had of the day of Christ. temporaries, from the men of 2. To the influence which this the world in all ages,

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view had upon his heart and life. cularly from his degenerate pos

1. The view which Abraham terity, the carnal Jews. Christ had of the day of Christ. in conversation with these Jews The promise made to Abradenied their right to call Abra- ham signified, that in his “ seed ham their spiritual father. He i.e. Christ, all nations of the referred them to several things earth should be blessed.” We wherein this father of the faith- are informed, that“God preachful essentially differed fromed the Gospel to Abraham.them: the sum of which things Gal. iii. 8. That which constimay be considered as given in tutes the chief excellence of the the text.

Gospel, constituted the chief

their Correspondents will seasonably furnish then with such materials that the present volume may not be inferior to those which have prece ded it. The Editors deem it unnecessary to expatiate upon the utility of such a publication, if judiciously conducted, or upon the import, ance of the object to which the profits of this Magazine are approprie ated. · These will readily strike every serious, reflecting mind; confidence is entertained that the work will not be suffered to stop for want of the liberal patronage of purchasers, or suitable materials from correspondents to renden it interesting and instructive to the Reader,

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