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brother on the ice, to go in quest of the kayaks. Though the sea and waves continually overflowed bim, yet he kept his seat, made after the kayaks, and succeeded in overtaking his own, into which he crept, and went in quest of that of his companions, which he likewise found. He also kept possession of the seal; and now hastened in search of the flake of ice, on which his companion was most anxiously looking out for him: baving reached it, he brought him bis kayak, and enabled bim to secure the other seal; when both returned home in safety. When relating his dangerous adventure, he ascribed his preservation, not to his own contrivance, but to the mercy of God alone.

Chap. xii, ver. 31.-I knew such a man, (whether in the body, or out of the body, I cannot tell : God knoweth ;) how that he was caught up into paradise; and heard unspeakable words, which it is not lawful for a man to utter.

Mr. John Holland, the day before he died, called for the Bible, saying, “Come, oh come; death approaches, let us gather some flowers to comfort this hour.” And turning with his own hand to the 8th chapter of Romans, he gave the book to Mr. Leigh, and' bid him read: at the end of every verse, he paused, and then gave the sense to bis own comfort, but more to the joy and wonder of his own friends. Having continued his meditations on the 8th of the Romans, thus read to him, for two hours or more, on a sudden he said, “Oh stay your reading. What brightness is this I see? Have you lighted up any candles?"

Mr. Leigh answered, “ No, it is the sunshine;" for it was about five o'clock in a clear summer evening. “Sunshine!” said he, “pay, it is my Saviour's shine. Now farewell world; welcome heaven. The day-star from on high hath visited my heart. Oh speak it when I am gone, and preach it at my funeral; God dealeth familiarly with man. I feel his mercy; I see bis majesty ; whether in the body, or out of the body I cannot tell, God knoweth; but I see things that are unutterable.” Thus ravished in spirit, he roamed towards heaven with a cheerful look, and soft sweet voice; but what he said could not be understood.

Chap. xii, ver. 9.–And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee; for my strength is made perfect in weakness.

A minister of the Gospel, was one evening preaching in Bristol, from these words, “ My grace is sufficient for thee,” when he took occasion to relate the circumstance of a pious young woman's laboring under a strong temptation to put a period to her life by drowning herself, from which she was delivered in a manner strikingly providential. She had gone to the river in order to comply with the enemy's suggestion; but as she was adjusting her clothes to prevent her from floating, she felt something in her pocket, which proved to be her Bible. She thought she would take it out, and look in it for the last time. She did so, and the above mentioned text caught her eye. Through the divine blessing attending them, the words struck her with peculiar force, when the snare was instantly broken, the temptation vanished, and she returned home blessing and praising him who had given her the victory. It is stated, that the relation of this circumstance was blessed to the conversion of a man and his wife who were present, who had lived in an almost continual state of enmity, and whose habitation exhibited a terrifying scene of discord and confusion. In one of those unhappy intervals of sullen silence, which both parties were accustomed to maintain after their quarrels, the wife came to the dreadful determination of drowning herself.She accordingly left her house for that purpose, and approached the river, but owing to its being too light, she apprehended she should be detected before she could accomplish her design. She therefore deferred the fatal act till it should have grown dark; and, in the interim, wandered about, not knowing whither to go. At length she observed a place of worship open, and thought she would go in to pass the time. Mr. W. was preaching, and she listened to him with attention, especially when he related the matter above mentioned. Instead of drowning herself, she returned home after the sermon, with a countenance which, however expressive before of a malevolent disposition, now indicated that a spirit of gentleness had taken possession of her breast. Struck with her appearance, her husband asked her where she bad been. On her telling bim, he immediately said, “ And did you see me there?” She replied, “ No." He rejoined, “ But I was; and blessed be God, I found his grace sufficient for me also.”

Chap. xiii, ver. 11.-Be of one mind, live in peace; and the God of love and peace shall


be with you.

Mr. Johnston of West Africa, in one of his late Journals, relates the following very pleasing and instructive incident:~"In visiting a sick communicant, his wife, who was formerly in our school, was .present. I asked several questions; viz. if thay prayed together-read a part of the Scripture (the woman can read)-constantly attended public worsbip-and lived in peace with their neighbors. All these questions were answered in the affirmative. I then asked if they lived in peace together. The man answered, • Sometimes I say a word my wife no like, or my wife talk or do what I no like; but when we want to quarrel, then we shake hands together, shut the door, and go to prayer, and so we get peace again.' This method of keeping peace quite delighted me."

Chap. xiii, ver. 14.- The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Ghost, be with you all. Amen.

Mr. Veðn was on a visit at the house of a very intimate friend, where a lady of great piety was ill of a dangerous and exquisitely painful disorder. The physician who attended her, one day observed to Mr. Venn, that he was quite at a loss to explain how she was enabled to bear such a severity of suffering, as he well knew attended her complaint, with so much tranquility and so little symptoms of murmuring and restlessness. “Can you account for it, sir?” added he, “ Sir,” said Mr. Venn, “ that lady happily possesses what you and I ought to pray for, the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Ghost.”


Chap. i, ver. 8.—But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other Gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed.

On one occasion his Majesty George III, was engaged in conversation with a pious man, on the subject of religion, which, after some persuasion from the king, he defined in a very clear and evangelical manner. A bishop happened to be present, whose preaching was entirely of a moral cast, but never pointed to a Saviour, to whom his Majesty gave this reproof; “ There my lord, you never tell us these things.”

Chap. i, ver. 23. But they had heard only, that he which persecuted us in times past, now preacheth the faith which once he destroyed.

The Rev. J. Perkins, one of the American mis. Bionaries, has recorded the following remarkable an

ecdote in his journal. A physician who had been personally acquainted with the infidel Paine, had ernbraced his sentiments, and was very profane and dissipated. After more than a year striving against the convictions of the Spirit of God, which were so powerful, and his stubbornness so great, like a bullock unaccustomed to the yoke, as to bring him to a bed of long confinement, and the most awful depression of mind, he became a humble, zealous, and exemplary Christian. And as soon as his health was recovered, he qualified himself, by preparatory studies, to go forth to the world, and preach that Jesus whom he for many years considered as an impostor, whose name he had habitually.blasphemed, and whose religion he had counted foolishness, and a base imposition on the world.

Chap. ii, ver. 10.-Only they would that we should remember the

poor ;

the same which I also was forward to do.

Among the graces for which Mr. Fox, the celebrated Martyrologist, was eminent, may be noticed, his extensive liberality to the poor. He was so bountiful to them wbile he lived, that he had no ready money to leave them at his death. A friend once enquiring of him, " whether he recollected a certain poor man, whom he used to relieve?” He replied, « Yes, I remember him well; and I willingly forget lords and ladies, to remember such as be."

Chap. ii, ver. 16.— Knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law, but by the faith of Jesus Christ, even we have believed in Jesus Christ, that we might be justified by the faith of Christ, and not by the works of the law; for by the works of the law shall no flesh be justified.

The views of the Rev. Martin Boos, a late catholic clergyman in Austria, though afterwards decidedly

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