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COMBAT WITH SIN AND OF LABOUR FOR THE LORD.

EDITED BY C. H. SPURGEON.

1869.

“ Tl.cy which luilded on the wall, and they that barc Luricns, with those that laded, cvery
one with one of his hands wrougit in the work, and with the other hand hc!d a weapon.
For the luilders, every one had his sword girded by his side, ard :o builud. Ard he that
sounded the trum; et was by me."-Nchemish ii. 1715.

London:
PASSMORE & ALABASTER, 18, PATERNOSTER ROW';

AND ALL BOOKSELLI.RS.

LONDON:

TASS MORE AND ALABASTER, STEAM PRINTERS, LITTLE BRITAIX.

PREFACE.

COURTEOUS READER,

For the fifth time we offer you a complete volume of our magazine, which we trust may retain sufficient interest to be worthy of perusal in future years. Accept it with our most hearty good wishes, and we may add with our cordial congratulations that you find yourself a member of this present generation, for no age was ever more propitious. Amid much of evil, this present era is certainly the nursing mother of much that is good. Although it seems but yesterday since the first number of our serial was issued, we are less impressed with the rapid fight of time than with the mighty rush of events which have crowded these last five years with gratifying incident. We are most of all amazed with the world's progress. What changes have been wrought within this year 1869! Struggling principles have leaped to victory, truths despised have been enshrined, and landmarks supposed to have been far ahead have been left behind. Our fathers and their sires through a long succession battled for the eternal principles of right, but there seemed to be an impenetrable barrier in their way; to us also the inherited conflict was hopeless to every eye but that of our faith. We were content to fight on, for it had grown to be our normal condition, to fight in a minority, and wait. But to our surprise all was changed; new succours arose from unexpected quarters, circumstances combined to enlighten those whom truth had not aforetime reached, folly in the camp of our foes befriended us by stultifying all their opposition, and victories were achieved for us as splendid as they were sudden. Nor is this all, the impetus which has already shaken the ramparts of time-honoured errors, is at work with undiminished energy, testing all things, and dooming to destruction all that is not founded on the rock of truth and righteousness. No circumstances could be more encouraging to the champion of truth, than those which now surround us. The stars in their courses are contending for the cause of God. The great current of events sets towards the end desired. How soon the most gigantic falsehood may fall, or the most ancient abuse may be abrogated, we can hardly guess, but the overturning of things which may be shaken is clearly inevitable. The Judge of all the earth is now bestirring himself. He bids time, the great Iconoclast, beat in pieces the images of the world's idolatry, and he slowly and surely establishes the throne of Jesus above the hills.

While time thus appears to have accelerated his pace, there is a loud demand upon cach of us to redouble our exertions to make the pulse of our being keep pace with the pulse of time. When providence makes forced marches, we must not be laggards. To crawl, in an age of lightning, cannot be excused. God's serrants must keep time in their praises with the music of events. Ilear ye not the mighty sougster of providence ? let not your notes drag behind, while liis voice leaps on from bar to bar. If ever a man might wish to be ten men, and cach of those men a legion, it is now, when men's minds are awake, and things are on their trial. To idle now, is treason to God and man. The church of God expects every man to do his duty, and woe unto him by whont that duty shall be peglected.

Our magazine has maintained and cven improred its circulation during this year, for which we thank God, and are grateful to our readers. We have not borne the sword in vain, for with all our might we have waged war with spiritual wickedness, and have not spared the errors of the times. Yet we hope we have not neglected the trowel, but have laid ourselves ont to promote every enterprise by which the church of God may be built up. By means of these pages, the Pastors" College and the Stockwell Orphanage have derived a measure of hell so that our work has produced tangible practical result. Other good works we are happy to say have derived pecuniary assistance from our articles, and in this we greatly rejoice.

During the next year we hope to continue the Exposition of the Psalms; we have also reason to believe that a relative of John Ploughman will send us contributions of the proverbial character, and we have other good things in store. l'pon our work during another year mar our Lord condescend to smile.

Meanwhile, one word with the courteous reader, and we have done. We often commune together on other matters, reader, permit the question, Is your heart right with God. Have you believed in the Lord Jesus Christ? Are you a regenerate soul? If not, dear reader, be not at rest till in secret carnest prayer, you have sought and found in Saviour. Conscience compels the asking of this question by us, may your conscience constrain you to answer it.

Yours, in this matter, anxiouslı:

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Page Afflictions ... ... ... ... ... ... 512 | Familiarity, Questionable ... ... ... 523 Anchor, Have you pulled up the ... 280 | Fox, The ... ... ... ... ... ... 378 Angels, Unaware... ... ...

.... 560 | Florentine Vonk, The ... ... ... ... 145 Apostle of Kerry, Charles Graham ... 209 | Funerals, or a Black Business ... ... 103. Bat's-Eyes, Mrs., Tidings of ... ... 289 Gaols, Prayer Meetings and Sunday Battlements ... ... ... ... 349 Schools in ... ...

314 Baxter, Richard ... ... ... ... 151 God seen in little things

"SS ......

...

... ... 30S Bells, Subterranean ... ...

555 Green-eyed Monster ......... Beloved, the Face of the ... ... ... 538

... Bible, Cause of interest in it

... 555

Heaven, No Blind Eves in... . 529 Birds of a Feather ... ... ... ... 369

345

His Works are Mine ... ... Boys of Edinburgh ... ... ... ... 58

520

Home Sickness Boys of London, Homeless and Des.

... ... ...

445 | Homes with No Name titute... ... ... ... ... ... , 70 Broken Head, The ... ... ...

Hospitals, London ...

...
...

... ... 104

Howe John, and his Life Associations Ceylon, Heathenism and Christianity in 196

453, 489 Chapels, Seaside ... ... ... ... ...

475 | Humility and Cheerfulness... ... ... 516 China, Apostolic work in ...... Christ, The Example of ... ...

Immanuel ... ... ... ... ... ... 556 Christinas Proverbs ... ...

Irish Church... ... ... 190, 285, 331, 381

... - Tree, the ... ...

Jesus Mine ... ... ... ... ... ... 233 Church of England " degraded

Jobu Ploughman's Talklevel of the sects" ... ... ...

A Good Word for Wives ... 13 Church of England Popery ... ... 373

Saturday Rerice, on

... ... 331 Church Rates ... ... ... ... ... 285

Joy of the Lord our Strength ... .. 16 College, The Pastors'... ... ... 189, 381 Colportage Association, Metropolitan | Knibb), his Life and Work... ... 302, 337 Tabernacle ... ... ... ...

526 Kruminacher, Friedrich Wilhelm ... 497 Comfort, Time of ... ... ... ... Commenting, On... ... ... ...

Leach, EdwardCommunion with God ... ... ... 370

The Aggressive Work of the Congregations, Thin ... ... ... ... 558

Pastors' College ... ... ... 259

Christian Work in Marylebone
Continued, To be...
Coral Islands, Triumph of the Gospel in 364

Police Court ... .. ... 541 Cricketer, The

The Cricketer ... ... ... ...

... 467 ... ... *

The Florentine Monk ... ... 145 Darby Brethren, The ... ...

26.7, 326

Heathenism and Christianity in Deans and Mr. Spurgeon

Ceylon ... ... ... ... ... 196 Death by Suicide...

194

Houseless and Destitute Boys 5, 70 Debatable Ground ...

160

Homes with No Name ... ... 446 Dog, The ... ...

378

Hospitals of London ... ... 104
Theatre Preaching ...

400 Ear Muffs ... ...

193

William Kuibb, his Life and Ears, Where are his ? ...

173

Work ... ... ... ... 302, 337 Exaggeration

Locusts ... ... ... ... ... ... ... 185 Expositions of the Psalms

London, the Seven Curses of ... ... 386
- Psalm XXXVI....
Psalm XXXVII.

M'Cheyne's Sermons-
Pealm XXXVIII.

The Better Ministry of Christ 513
Psalm XXXIX....

175

The Broad and the Narrow
Psalm XL. ... ...

225
· Psalm XLI.

313

The Offering of the High Priest 170 - Psalm XLII.

Manton, Dr., Chaplain to the Protector 65 Psalm XLIII, ....

517 | - A Wedding Sermon ... ... 162

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