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another man's foundation : But as it is written, To wbow he was not spoken of, they shall see ; and they that have not heard shall understand.

“ The last time I was with Mr. Grimshaw,” says Mr. Newton, “ as we were standing together upon a bill near Haworth, and surveying the romantic prospect around us, he expressed himself to the following purport, and I believe I nearly retain his very words, for they made a deep impression upon me while he spoke.-- When I first came into this country, if I had gone half a day's journey on horseback towards the east, west, north, and south, I could not meet with or hear of one truly serious person,—but pow, through the blessing of God upon ibe poor services of the most unworthy of bis ministers, besides a considerable number whom I have seen or knowo to bave departed this life, like Simeon, rejoicing in the Lord's salvation; and besides five dissenting churches or congregations, of which the ministers, and nearly every one of the members, were first awakened under my ministry; I have still at my sacrament, if the weather is favorable, from three to five hundred communicants, of the far greater part of whom, so far as man who cannot see the heart, and can therefore only determine by appearances, profession, and conduct, may judge, I can give almost as particular an account, as I can of myself. I know the state of their progress in religion. By my frequent visits and converse with them, I am acquainted with their several temptations, trials, and exercises, both personal and domestic, both spiritual and temporal, almost as intimately as if I had lived in their families.'"

Chap. xvi, ver. 5.-Greet the church that is in their house.

A family in which the worship of God is observed, morning and evening, may, in a subordinate sense,

be called, “ A church in the house." The following is an instance of the advantages of family worship.-An old servant of a respectable family, having been constrained to give herself to the public profession of the Gospel, by commemorating with a christian church the dying love of Christ, said that she was first excited to give religion a serious attention, by the habitual observance of family worship. Here her mind was prepared to receive those impressions wbich laid the foundation of permanent religious character, and “ a good hope through rrace."

Chap. xvi, ver. 26.—But now is made manifest, and by the scriptures of the prophets, according to the commandment of the everlasting God, made known to all nations for the obedience of faith.

Io Iceland, a custom prevails among the people, of spending their long evenings in a manner which must powerfully tend to promote their religious improvement. The whole family assembles at dusk around the lamp, every one except the reader baving some kind of work to perform. The reader is frequently interrupted, either by the head, or some of the most intelligent members of the family, who make remarks on various parts of the story, and propose questions with a view to exercise the ingenuity of the children and servants. lo this kind of exercise, the Bible is preferred to every other book. Before separating, a prayer is offered up and the evening closed with singing a psalm.


Chap. i, ver. 12, 13.-Now this I say, that every one of you saith, I am of Paul, and I of Apollos, and I of Cephas, and I of Christ. Is Christ divided ? Was Paul crucified for you ? or were ye baptized in the name of Paul?

Luther would by no means allow, that any sect should be called after bis name. “ For," said he, " the doctrine wbich I teach is none of mine; neither did I die for any man; neither would Paul endure such a thing. Besides, we are all Christians, and profess the doctrine of Christ : and because the Papists used to do so, calling themselves pontificians, we ought not to imitate them.”

Chap. i, ver. 20.- Where is the wise? where is the scribe ? where is the disputer of this world ? hath not God made foolish the wisdom of this world ?

Mr. Carter being invited to dine, together with several other ministers, at the house of a respectable magistrate at Ipswich, a very vain person who sat at table, boasted that he would dispute with any gentle. man present, upon any question that should be proposed, either in divinity or pbilosophy. A profouod silence ensued, till Mr. Carter addressed bim in these words:-* I will go no farther than mny trencher to puzzle you.

Here is a sole ; now tell ine the reason why this fish, which hath always lived in salt water, should come out fresh ?" As the bold challenger did not so much as attempt any answer, the scorn and laughter of the company were presently turned on him.

Chap. ii, ver 4.-And my speech and my preaching was not with enticing words of man's wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power.

It is related of Dr. Manton, that having to preach before the Lord Mayor and Aldermen of London, he chose a subject in which be bad an opportunity of displaying his learning aod judgment. He was heard with admiration and applause by the intelligent part

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of his audience; but as he was returning from dinper with the Lord Mayor, a poor man following him, pulled him by the sleeves of his gown, and asked him if he was the gentleman that preached before the Lord Mayor. He replied, he was. Sir," said he, “ I came with hopes of getting some good to my soul, but I was greatly disappointed, for I could not understand a great deal of what you said ; you were quite above iny comprehension." “ Friend,” said the doc. tor, “if I have not given you a sermon, you have given me one : By the grace of God I will not play the fool in such a manner again.”

Chap. ii, ver. 13.-Which things also we speak, not in the words which man's wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing spiritual things with spiritual.

Some time after the conversion of Mr. Jobn Cotton, it came to his turn to preach at St. Mary's; wben a high expectation from his known abilities was raised through the university, that they should have a sermon set off with all the learning and eloquence of the place. Mr. Cotton had now many difficulties in his owo mind concerning the course he was to pursue.

On the one hand he considered, that if he should preach with a scriptural and Christian plainness, he should not only wound his own fame, but also tempt carnal med to revive an old cavil, that religion made scholars turn dunces; whereby the honor of God might suffer not a little. On the other hand he considered, that it was his duty to preach with such plainness as became the oracles of the living God. He therefore resolved to preach a plain sermon; such a one as he might in his own conscience think would be most pleasing to the Lord Jesus Christ; and accordingly he did so. But when he bad finished, the wits of the university discovered their resentinent, by their not humming, as according to their absurd custom they had formerly done; and the vice-chancellor, too, showed much dissatisfaction. He bad, however, many encouragements from some doctors, who having a better sense of religion, prayed him to persevere in that good way of preaching he had now taken. But the greatest consolation was, that by the sermon he became a spiritual father to Dr. Preston, one of the most eminent men of his time.

Chap. iii, ver. 2.- I have fed you with milk, and not with meat : for hitherto ye were not able to bear it, neither yet now are ye able.

At a meeting held at Wittemberg by the leading parties of the reformation, with a view to promote the harmony of the whole, it was agreed that Albert Bucer, and Luther, should be the preachers. At the close of the services, Luther requested Bucer to be his guest, to which Bucer readily acceded. In the course of the evening, Luther found an opportunity to make his remarks on the sermon delivered by his sage friend. He spake bigbly in its praises, but added, " Bucer, I can preach better than you.Such ap observation souoded oddly to the ears of his friend, who, however, took it in good part, and readily replied, “ Every person of course will agree, that Luther should bear the palm.” Luther immediately changed his tone of voice, and with indescribable seriousness, addressed his friend to this effect. “ Do not mistake me, my dear brother, as though I spake merely in the praise of myself. I am fully aware of my weakness, and am conscious of my inability to deliver a sermon so learned and judicious, as the one I have heard from your lips this afternoon. But my method is, when I enter the pulpit, to look at the people that sit in the aisles ; because they are principally Vandals.-(By this term he meant the ignorant common people, and alluded to the circumstance of those parts having been formerly overrun by bordes of savage Vandals.) I keep my eye on the Vandals, and endeavor to preach what they can comprehend. But you shot over their beads; your sermon was

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