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is conceived, bred, lives, and grows in a man, till at last it domineers in him, and “reigns in his mortal body” (Rom. vị. 12). And, therefore, it is absolutely necessary that we govern and manage our thoughts, without which it will be impossible that we should avoid falling into actual sins, even the greatest ; that we resist the beginnings, the very first emergencies of evil, if we hope to avoid the last degrees of it.
ON THE MOUNTAIN Top.-No matter how much social religion we may have, no one who does not spend hours alone with God need expect to grow in holiness. When we are to be used, there will be means employed to perfect us. Jacob, after having wrestled alone with the Lord, became a prince, and his character was changed and settled. God called Moses to meet Him on the top of the mountain alons , it was a private interview. It is always the top of the mountain, no matter where we are, if we are alone with God. We can never be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might, unless we lie down alone before Him.
A YOUTHFUL MARTYR.
In the first ages of the Church of Christ, in the city of Antioch, a believer was carried forth to die as a martyr. “ Ask any little child," said he, “whether it were better to worship one God, the Maker of heaven and earth, and one Saviour, who is able to save, or to worship the many false gods whom the heathen serve."
Now it was so that a Christian mother had come to the spot, holding in her hand a little son, of about nine or ten years old, named Cyril. The heathen judge no sooner heard the martyr's words than his eyes rested on the child, and he desired the question to be put to him.
The question was asked, and, to the surprise of those who heard it, the boy replied, “God is one, and Jesus Christ is one with the Father."
The judge was filled with rage. "O base Christian !” he cried, “thou hast taught that child to answer thus.” Then turning to the boy, he said more mildly, “Tell me, child, how did you learn this faith ?”
The boy looked lovingly in his mother's face, and replied, " It was God's grace that taught it to my dear mother, and she taught it to me.
“ Let us now see what the love of Christ can do for you," cried the cruel judge ; and, at a sign from him, the officers who stood ready with their wooden rods after the fashion of the Romans, instantly seized the boy. Gladly would the mother have saved her timid dove, even at the cost of her own life, but she could not do so ; yet she did whisper to him to trust in the love of Christ, and to speak the truth.
“What can the love of Christ do for him now ?" asked the judge.
“ It enables him to endure what his Master endured for him and for us all,” was the reply. And again they smote the child.
“ What can the love of Christ do for him ?” And tears fell even from the eyes of the heathen, as that mother, as much tortured as her son, answered, “ It teaches him to forgive his persecutors."
The boy watched his mother's eyes as they rose up to heaven for him ; and when his tormentors asked whether he would not now acknowledge the gods they served, and deny Christ, he still said, “No ; there is no other God but one ; and Jesus Christ is the Redeemer of the world. He loved me, and I love Him for His love."
The poor boy now fainted beneath the repeated strokes, and they cast the bruised body into the mother's arms, crying, “ See what the love of your Christ can do for him now !"
As the mother pressed her child gently to her own crushed heart, she answered, “That love will take him from the wrath of man to the rest of heaven."
“Mother,” cried the dying boy, "give me a drop of water from our cool well upon my tongue.”
The mother said, “ Already, dearest, thou hast tasted of the well that springeth up to everlasting life—the grace which Christ gives to His little cnes. Thou hast spoken the truth in love. Arise now, for thy Saviour calleth for thee. May He grant thy poor mother grace to follow in the bright path !"
The little martyr faintly raised his eyes, and said again, “There is but one God, and Jesus Christ whom He has sent ;" and so saying he gave up his life.
GOD IN THE HEART.
A poor wounded boy was dying in a hospital. He was a soldier, but a mere boy for all that. The lady who watched by his bedside saw that death was very near, and placing her hand upon his head, she said to him, “My dear boy, if this should be death that is coming upon you, are you ready to meet your God ?" The large dark eyes opened slowly, and a smile passed over the young soldier's face, as he answered, “I am ready, dear lady; for this has long been his kingdom,” and as he spoke, he placed his hand upon his heart. “Do you mean," asked the lady, gently, “that God rules and reigns in your heart ?” “ Yes,” he answered ; but his voice sounded far ofl, sweet and low, as if it came from a soul already well on its way through the “ dark valley and shadow of death." And still he lay there, with his hand above his heart even after it had ceased to beat, and the soldier-boy's soul had gone up to its God.
A BEAUTIFUL REPLY.
A pious old man was one day walking to the sanctuary with a New Testament in his hand, when a friend who met him said : “Good morning, neighbour."
Ah! good morning,” replied he ; “I am reading my Father's will as I walk along !" “Well, what has he left you ?" said his friend.
Why, he has bequeathed me a hundred-fold more in this life, and, in the world to come, life everlasting.”
It was a word in season ; his Christian friend was in circumstances of afffiction, but he went home comforted.
ON THE BRIGHT SIDE.
“I am on the bright side of seventy," said an aged man of God : "the bright side, because nearer to everlasting glory.” “Nature fails,” said another, “but I am happy.” “My work is done,” said the Countess of Huntingdon, when eighty-four years old ; “ I have nothing to do but go to my Father." To an humble Christian it was remarked, “ I fear you are near another world.” “Fear it, sir !" he replied, “I know I am ; but, blessed be the Lord, I do not fear it, I hope it."
We give the following extract from the Melbourne Weekly Times, from the funera sermon preached in Collins Street Church, on Sunday, August 27th, for the Rev. A. M. Henderson, formerly of Claremont Chapel, Pentonville, London, and for many years one of the managers of the Evangelical Magazine ;
“The church for so many years past
of the Rev. John Holmes. My own the scene of the late Rev.Mr. Henderson's father, the Rev. John Waugh, then the ministrations was crowded to the doors superintendent minister of the circuit, on Sunday morning and evening, August was an early helper of his faith, and 27th, by an attentive congregation, as- under his guidance, having been a local sembled to hear special discourses appro- preacher for about twelve months, he priate to the death of their pastor. The
entered the Wesleyan ministry, in June, building was heavily draped in mourning.
1841, in which he continued ten years. “In the morning the pulpit was occu- An important step in his life was when pied by the Rev. J. S. Waugh, who he became an Independent minister in chose for his text Revelations xiv, 13- 1851. His first charge as an Independent And I heard a voice from Heaven minister was in the city of Cork, but his saying unto me, Write, Blessed are the tal
talents and zeal soon brought him into dead which die in the Lord from hence- prominence, and he became minister of forth. Yea, saith the Spirit, that they Claremont Chapel, London. He rapidly may rest from their labours, and their acquired influence in this denomination works do follow them.' The sermon
in the great metropolis, from whence, in was most eloquent, and many persons in August, 1865, he became, by special the congregation were visibly affected. invitation, to Victoria. He preached In the course of his remarks the Rev. his last sermon from this pulpit on 13th Mr. Waugh gave a lengthy sketch of September last year, eleven months ago. the early life of the deceased gentleman, Then followed three months of compli. from which the following is an extract : cated illness. Having partially imI will pass very rapidly over the proved, he was persuaded to try for the outline of Mr. Henderson's career. His benefit of his health the effects of a visit loss in early life by the death of both to America and Europe. He left for his parezis—the care bestowed upon the that purpose in December last. The orphan boy by a devoted aunt-his accounts received from him from New education at a famous school in the town Zealand and from the United States, as of Monaghan-the interest taken in him he sojourned here and there, encouraged by an aristocratic family of the name of all to hope that he would come back in Anketell, to which he was related-his renovated strength, At length, in June original destination for the ministry of last, he reached the house of his nephew, the Established Church in Ireland, and Mr. Garvin, in Toronto, and on the the flattering prospects which seemed in morning of Friday, the 23rd, having that direction to lie before him, are facts fulfilled exactly thirty-five years in the which now I can only mention. When Christian ministry, ere he had reached between eighteen and nineteen years of his fifty-sixth year, his happy spirit age he became decided for Christ, found the rest of heaven." through the instrumentality, I believe,
Notices of Books. Memorials of the Rev. Dacid
torical value in future years, and which
on that account may be deserving of a Thomas, M.A., Bristol. Edited by
permanent record. The compilation of his Son, H. ARNOLD Thomas,
the work was begun in Samoa towards M.A. (London : Hodder, and
the close of 1870, and it has been carried Stoughton.)
on under varied circumstances, and To know Mr. Thomas was to esteem
sometimes with long intervals of interhim highly; to know him intimately
ruption, which gives additional interest was to love him much. This volume
to the narrative. possesses great attractions for those everywhere who were acquainted with True Tales about India: its this excellent man and minister, We
Native Princes and British Rulers. are glad that the son has allowed the
By S. J. BALLARD. (London: father to speak so much. The memoir,
Religious Tract Society.) which is very interesting, occupies but
We have here a large amount of a small portion of the book, which is
information about a land which may mainly made up of special sermons, with
now be said to belong to us, and all the funeral address.
written in a pleasing manner. The The Captivity of Judah. By
illustrations of burning of the dead, car the Author of “Peep of Day.”
of Juggernaut, &c., are well executed. (London: Hatchards and Co.) Our Social Relationships, and Life It is with much regret we learn that
in London. Lectures delivered at this is to be the last of her books Mrs.
the King's Weigh-house Chapel. Favell Lee Mortimer intends to write
By Rev. WILLIAM BRADEX, (Lon. for her little readers, as she says in the don: James Clarke and Co.) preface that “she is weak and worn out
These lectures deserve a longer notice and ready to die.”
than our space permits. They are able, We doubt not that this interesting
interesting and practical. The subjects volume will be greatly prized, and we are well-treated, bringing religion to trust it will be prayerfully read by the bear on the common daily life both of thousands who have profited in no men and women. Wise and suggestire common degree from the writings of counsels to young men and womea, espethis loving grandmother in Christ, who
cially to such as reside in great cities, now takes farewell of her young will be found in “Life in London." We readers by requesting an interest in trust the book will be extensively useful. their prayers that when the Master calls her she may be found ready.
Beginning Life: A Book
Young Men. By John TULLOCH, Forty Years' Mission Work in D.D. (London: Daldy, Isbister Polynesia and New Guinea, from 1835
and Co.) to 1875. By the Rev. A. W. A vigorous, healthy, clear-thoughted MURRAY. (London: Nisbet and book, admirably suited for young men. Co.)
Religion, business, study, recreation The writer of this book is well known are the subjects of which it treats. We from his connection with the London do not wonder at its popularity, which Missionary Society. There is much in is indicated by its having reached its this volume that will be found of his. fourteenth thousand. In this edition