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" Who is there ?" No reply ; but the footsteps approached the parents' bedroom. A well-known voice replied, “Edwin.” In a moment the aged mother's arms were around the neck of her sailor-son. Her first words of greeting were, “Edwin, have you found the Saviour ?" Let the pious parents who have long wrestled for the conversion of an impenitent child, imagine how the heart of that yearning mother throbbed, when her Edwin replied, “Mother, I trust I have.”'
There were tears of sacred joy shed in that house. The prayers of many years had not been unheard, nor forgotten. The prayer-Hearer had waited until importunity had become great. In the best time He gave the gracious answer. The son found it was possible to enjoy religion on the sea. His soul found peace when the ship was on her homeward voyage.
A word now to the parents who pray for impenitent children. Do you watch as well as pray? Do you watch for favourable opportunities to speak seasonable and suitable words to your children? Do you watch to see when their hearts may be unusually serious and tender? Do you watch for your own example before them? Do you watch for the answer of your prayers ? Do you watch to see what books your children read, and with whom they associate, and whether they are attentive to the proper means of grace? Do you watch more earnestly and prevailingly for their spiritual welfare than for their worldly prosperity ? If an absent son or daughter should come home this night, would your first inquiry be, “ Have you found the Saviour ?” The prayer that will prevail must be importunate, persevering and believing. It must be accompanied with corresponding labour. Parents who so labour and pray may securely trust in the promises of God.
6 THE SECRET OF IT ALL."
. An Incident of Fulton Street Meeting. The meeting opened to-day with the singing of that beautiful hymn" There is a fountain filled with blood.” In a moment a young man stood up to say :
“I know that fountain. I am so glad that it is open for the chief of sinners. I have been in it and know its cleansing power. On New Year's Day last, while others all around me were receiving their New Year's presents, I got mine. Oh! how beyond all price it was. While the people were singing the old year out and the new year in, in one of the churches of Albany, the Lord Jesus came to me and spoke peace to my soul. I was an awful sinner. I was the chief of sinners. I had been a thief, a drunkard, and everything that was vile. I became convinced I was a great sinner. Oh! what a fearful career of wickedness I had run. I stopped not at any degree or form of sin, and I saw now what a wretch I had been. And I saw what a fountain had been laid open in the blood of Jesus for just such as I,-poor and lost. I cannot tell you how glad I was when Christ was revealed to me. I trusted in that blood to be 'whiter than snow.' My old appetite for strong drink flew away. I have never felt a twinge of it. All my old habits have been forsaken and repented of. I feel that Jesus Christ has made me whole."
He was a man of fine appearance, and it seemed almost impossible to believe that he had ever been the wicked sinner he described himself to have been. Yet no one doubted his word. The people gathered around him when the meeting was over to speak words of encouragement to him, and to make inquiries of him as to the cause of his awakening. “I'll tell you,” said he. “The secret of it all is, I had a pious, praying mother, who never gave me up,bad as I was,-never gave me up; but prayed for me every day, and followed me through years of sin with prayer.”
LIBERTY AT ONCE. While travelling through the midland counties of England, as an evangelist, I was asked by a minister's wife, whose guest I was, to go and see a very sick lady, who had been visited by many Christian ladies and ministers, but without any good effect. I went, and on arriving at her bedside, I said (after the usual compliments): “You seem to be very poorly.” “I am," was her reply. Are you getting better or worse ?" “ Worse all the time, sir,” she said. “You are going to die. Where are you going to ? what is the state of your mind ?” “I am a poor lost sinner," was her reply, as she wept bitterly. “How long is it since you discovered that you were lost ? " “Two years, sir.” “ How long have you been confined to your bed ?" “ Eighteen months, sir,” she replied. “No wonder you are sick.” As I drew a chair to the bedside, and took my Bible from my pocket, I said, “ If you can believe God, you will be saved while I am reading out of this Book." I then began to read very slowly and distinctly, “God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” John iii. 16. I read this blessed truth two or three times, until it filled my own soul afresh with the love of God. Then proceeded to read Heb. xi. 9; Heb. ix. 13, 14 ; 1 John xvi. 6, 7, 8; John viii. 12, and xii. 35, 36 ; Acts xiii. 38, 39 ; John v. 24. While I was reading she lifted up her hands to heaven (the tears streaming down her face) and said : “Oh, Thou blessed Lord, I do thank Thee for sending this dear man to show me this simple way of salvation. What a fool I have been, to think that I have been praying these eighteen months for Thee to take my
heart out and put another in me ; but now I see that I have only to believe in Thy dear Son in order to be saved. I do believe. Bless Thy name, Thou knowest I do.” And she went on blessing and praising God until she fainted away. I sat there in perfect astonishment, for this was the first time I had used the truths in this way, and their effect was wonderful. Presently she opened her eyes, her face was lit up with the joy of the Lord. Her joy was indeed unspeakable and full of glory. I said, “Well, my sister, is not that good news ?” “O, yes, bless the Lord,” she said. “ There is plenty more of it in this blessed Book, but you cannot bear it now; but I do want to read your own experience.” So I read Isaiah xii. After prayer I left her strong in faith, giving glory to God. When leaving the place I told her she would never see me again on earth. She replied, “No, but I shall be looking out for you in heaven.” She lived in this joy for a few months,
and then died a most triumphant death. I have often, very often, taken this course with penitent sinners since, with the most satisfactory results. Indeed, I have never known it to fail except in one or two instances, and then it was in consequence of the mind being filled with misapprehension of some other truth, which had first to be removed, such as sin against the Holy Spirit, or there being no pardon for murderers, both of which cases I have often had to deal with, but never without success, that I know of.
encouraged him to go forward in proThe Rev. Joseph Whiting, after a period claiming the Word of Life, and he comof much suffering, but in the enjoyment menced a preparatory course of study for of sweet peace, and, at timos, of raptur- the ministry with the late Rev. Spedding ous delight, entered into the Heavenly Curwen, of Reading. He next went to rest on the evening of the 14th of Newport Pagnel College for four years, October, 1875, in the 59th year of his where the students were presided over age. His health had been giving way for a time by that pattern of true patri. for twelve months or more, and, though archal grace, the Rev. T. P. Bull, occasionally he seemed to rally, the end assisted by his son the Rev. Josiah Bull, was very rapid. An over-worked brain M.A. had brought an utter prostration of Mr. Whiting was very happy at col. body, but his consciousness remained lege : his lively manners and open disbright and clear to the close. He sent position made him a general favourite. loving messages to friends, and calmly He was eager to make the best of his prepared to enter on the journey to what time, diligent in his studies, and careful he designated with his parting breath, in preparing for public services. Not “A life of intellectual, and moral, and often was he absent from the week-even. spiritual progress for ever and for Ever,” | ing lecture or Sabbath-morning prayer repeating the last words with strong meeting. He had a very tender conemphasis and a piercing look of super
science and shrank from the very natural earnestness; so, surrounded by appearance of evil. Having honourably his dear wife and his three chidren, he closed his career at college, he went forth quietly fell asleep in Jesus.
with a warm heart to the work of the Mr. Whiting's early life was spent at ministry. He zealously preached the Frome, in Somersetshire, where he was Gospel for nearly twelve months at born, and owed much to the loving care Brackley in Northamptonshire. About of a Christian mother, for whom he the close of 1846 he became the pastor of cherished the warmest affection.
one of the churches at Wareham, in Through various experiences he was
Dorsetshire, for rather more than three led to the Cross and into the “ peace of
years, and having been the means of reGod, which passeth all understanding,” | uniting the two churches which had long and in September, 1838, joined the been divided, he left them that they church at Zion Chapel, Frome,then under might unitedly choose a fresh pastor. In the pastoral care of the Rev. Wm. Fernie, 1849, he went to Isleworth, and there he who, seeing the earnestness with which remained till his marriage with Miss he set himself to work in the Sabbat'. Maria Ashby, of Hounslow, in Decemschool and in other fields of labour for ber, 1853, when he undertook the
pastorate at the Old Meeting House, Bideford, North Devon, and built the new chapel there.
After seven years he accepted an invitation to the Old Chapel at Stroud, where he also zealously laboured for seven years, when feeling the need of rest he retired to Croydon. In 1870, he became the minister of the South Croydon temporary Congregational Church, and soon after commenced the new church which was opened in April, 1871. In all these places he laboured much and with many tokens of God's blessing.
The original type of Mr. Wbiting's mind resembled that which is seen in St. Peter. He was naturally kind. hearted, warm, and energetic and outspoken in the utterance of his convictions. He was endowed with a ready perception, a lively imagination, a good memory and considerable power of application. His love of all kinds of knowledge was manifest; he had well-furnished library, and his appetite for studying, especially theological works, was only too keen. His piety was genuine, and
his religious character pure and trans-parent; he was wholly imbued with the spirit of Christianity, and allowed it to influence all his actions. His generosity of heart and catholicity of spirit were strikingly evident.
He had pure æsthetic taste, and strove to have everything chaste and simple in the forms of religious worship. Communion with his Saviour was his daily habit and joy, and this was the secret of his consistent life and happy death. He had good preaching ability, and spared no pains in preparing for the pulpit.
The mortal remains of Mr. Whiting were interred at Croydon Cemetery on the 20th of October, when the Rev. Dr. Stoughton gave an address, the Rev. J. E. Drover read suitable portions of Scripture, and the Rev. James Young
On the following Sabbath Dr. Stoughton preached a funeral sermon from the words “Eternal Life," and bore ample testimony to the sterling worth of the deceased.
Codford St. Mary. JAMES YOUNG.
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work, which is to be completed in two " The present work, speaking gener- volumes. The present, first volume, exally,” say the editors in the preface, tends from A to Ju. It is impos“elucidates and explains in relation to sible for us to give anything like a review the Christian Church the same class of of it in the space at our disposal, nor is subjects that the · Dictionary of Greek it necessary. Such articles as those upon and Roman Antiquities' does in refer- Altar, Baptism, Bishop, Church, Chapel, ence to the public and private life of Christmas, Excommunication, Fasting, classical antiquity. It treats of the or- evince very great research and receive ganization of the church, its officers, elaborate treatment. In a work to which legislation, discipline, and revenues ; the more than seventy learned and competent social life of Christians," &o., &c. “It men, who with few exceptions belong to commences at the period at which the the Established Church, supply contri
butions, absolute impartiality is not to be expected. There will be various opinions as to the quality and character of many of the articles, and a certain favour of ecclesiasticism will be found generally pervading it; but there can be only one opinion regarding the great value of the Dictionary as a whole. It will be found a most important addition to the library of every minister. Essays on some Theological Con
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The volume here noticed is almost exclusively controversial, and, on this -account, is published separately from two other volumes (uniform in size, &c.) which contain the author's essays of a more general character, biographical, philosophical, and literary. These controversial essays only have been sent to us, and we earnestly commend them to renewed and careful attention. They relate to subjects still vehemently discussed. One of them, that entitled “Ultramontane Doubts,” treats, in a most vigorous and triumphantly conclusive way, the great Vatican question on which Mr. Gladstone, Cardinal Manning, and the venerable John Henry Newman have 80 recently put out all their strength, and which touches and stirs national life wherever the Christian religion extends. "The other essays (all except one Erasmus) from the same Review, are on kindred topics, and should be studied by
all who would find for themselves or show to others the true source and true standard of religious truth. Sermons preached in the King's
Weigh-House Chapel, London, 1829. 1869. By T. Binney, LL.D. Second Series Edited, with a Biographical and Critical Sketch, by Henry ALLON, D.D. (London:
Macmillan and Co.) We are sorry that this volume of sermons has so long been without notice in our columns; but we cannot charge ourselves with any negligence in the matter, as the book, through some mistake, has only recently come into our hands. It contains seventeen discourses, some of which are among the lamented author's best. Many will be glad to see in this form the celebrated Missionary Sermon on Isaiah liii. 11, the discourses on the “ Peace of God,” from Philip. iv. 7, and that on Thoughts that Perish, from Ps. cxlvi. 4. Indeed all are masterly and valuable, worthy of the eminent preacher. Dr. Allon's “ Biographical and Critical Sketch" is what might have been expected of him, able and excellent. It will be read with interest, and will reward perusal by the numerous friends of Dr. Binney in all parts of the country.
The British Quarterly Rerieu.
No. CXXV. January, 1876. (Lon
don: Hodder and Stoughton.) This able serial begins the year well and provides for its readers the following articles :-1, Herbert Spencer's Sociology. 2. Among the Prophets. 3. The Hindu Woman, Real and Ideal. 4. Servia. 5. The Stock Exchange and Foreign Loans. 6. Disestablishment in New England. 7. Political Questions in Italy. 8. Contemporary Literature. The first article is an able critique on Mr. Spencer's system, and contains many clever
on "Among the Prophets »–is a curious
production, and is mainly made up of quotations translated from Oriental and