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death of the righteous : it is not so time-serving and man-pleasing mimuch a calm, and sweet, and easy nister.' iBut let a serious and faithpassage, but à safe harbour :'one ful minister come to them, and show may go to heaven in a storm, and then their sad and sinful, and ha

to hell in a calm; and which is bet- zardous condition, and they will not liter? judge your those wretches in admit it; but, as Peter says, are

Ps. lxxii. 4. have no bands in their “ willingly ignorant.” 2 Peter jii. 5. e death, and yet death hath dominion (3.) Carelessness and listlessness.

over them. Comfort is not the great This is the temper of many: knowing 1 thing you need.

the difficulty of believing, repentbe 6. The same course, for sub- ing, &e. and remembering their own #stance, is to be taken for the con- wicked lives, they cast off the care of

version of both sick persons and that which they think will be to no

those in health. There is but one purpose. You must therefore strive is way to heaven for all; and there- to possess them with the necessity of

fore consider with yourselves what Christian carefulness. What madyou would do if they were in health, ness it is to be careless now, which and what were necessary then'; why, is the only season of caring to any that same course you must take now: purpose ? -What folly it is to and if it be more troublesome to sick free themselves from the care of a persons, they may blame themselves few days, to assure to themselves for it, who neglected the time of everlasting care and torment ? their health, &c. Indeed, sick men (4.) Resting in generals. This has are apt to favour themselves, and to fatally deceived many. You may disthink God will accept of less from course excellently against sin in the them than others ; whereas, if pos- general, and raise in them some passible, they have need to do more sion against it, yet not profit them at than others, and to make the more all; true repentance takes notice of haste, having the less time to work. particular sins. And as generals 47. The greatest care must be taken have no existence, but in the partito keep sick persons from those culars; so it is sin, in particular, errovs wheretyy they commonly mis- which doth primarily affect the heart carry, such as

of a true penitent. (1.) Insensibility of their danger, (5.) The concealment of some whereas the first step to a cure is to hidden way of wickedness, I beknow one's malaly. It is a dread- lieve, hath sent many to hell. They fat thing to see poor ignorant and would never make their disease unconverted sinners at the brink of known, through fear of shame, as the pit, ready to drop into hell, and some persons have died of those not at all affected with it, &c. If diseases which they have concealed. ever you mean to do them any good, It is true, a man is not bound to you must awaken them out of that make confession of all his sins to a mortal sleep of lethargy, with a con- minister, as we rightly assert against viction of their danger, lest they Papists : but yet in many cases it sleep the sleep of death.

is both expedient and necessary to (2.) Willingness to be deluded. acknowledge his guilt to men; You may know it thus: If an igno- and to say nothing of those cases rant minister or friend offers come wherein it is sometimes necessary, fort, how greedily they catch at it: I shall only instance one, that the Theylwill receive comfort upon any physician knowing more exactly the groumds, nay, upon no grounds, but malady, may more effectually proupon the bare words, it may be, of a portion his remedy. Possess them with this in such cases. How much Editor, were forwarded to you, I hester it is to have some shame be- doubt not you would have the good. fore a friend, who will cover your ness to present them to the public shame, and not reproach you

with in your most useful miscellany. it, than before all the world ? Con

Fidus. minee them what folly it is, to be unfaithful to themselves.

THE PASTOR'S RECOVERY. 8. Take heed of healing the Our Pastor was deeply afflicted. souls of sick persons slightly. This In the commencement of his illness, we are very apt to-From the sick it was hoped that it arose from some man's greedy desire of comfort trifling and temporary cause; and From the expectation and desire of that a few days rest and attention carnal friends-From our own care- would, under the blessing of God, less hearts, that love not to put our- remove it. But days passed on, selves to any trouble; however, and his affliction abated not; or if a take heed of it, Jer. viii. 11.“ They transient alleviation was expehave healed the hurt of the daugh- rienced, “ the clouds soon returned ter of my people slightly, saying, after the rain." Peace, peace, when there is no The conviction forced itself on my peace.” This is the case : A soul mind (which perhaps it was sinfully (whether in sickness or in health) reluctant to admit,), “The treamust first be wounded, then healed. sure is in an earthen vessel ; -perThere must be sorrow and travail haps the vessel is about to be broken ere the man-child be brought forth. up!” My heart was overwhelmed There must be true repentance and I trembled and almost sunk- under godly sorrow-deep sorrow, great the anticipation--Oh, what shall i I heaviness of heart, &c. Repent- do, if deprived of that wise and holy ance is neither a short nor a super- and faithful instructor, under whose ficial work. Persuade them to wait valuable ministry my soul has for God's leisure, and in God's way

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many years been fed with the bread the cure, not to precipitate your of life"? — of that condescending work. Persuade them not to be and sympathizing and affectionate afraid of sorrows, troubles, &c. but friend, that judicious counsellor in rather to fear the want of them for perplexity and difficulty ? he who here is a common and a fatal mis- has ever been ready to participate take: most men are afraid of sor- in our feelings of joy, and to lead row, and labour to drive it away; the expressions of our cheerful grawhereas indeed sorrow is the mid- titude, when the candle of the Lord wife of all true joy. Tears of peniten- shone upon our tabernacle; and tial sorrow are the streams that lead when it was overshadowed by a us to the rivers of pleasure, which cloud of deep affliction, who like a are at God's right hand. And on the brother born for adversity, adminiscontrary, to be a stranger to godly tered the balm of heavenly consolasorrow, is one of the worst signs of tion to soothe the agitated mind! a lost soul.”

When I remembered these things,

I poured out my soul within me, Perhaps some useful additions with feelings somewhat resembling may be made to these hints-the those of Jacob,

My parents are result of the observation and expe- not-my beloved partner is not-raad rience of ministers and others who have been much in the habit of vi- me?” All these things are against

must my pastor also be taken from siting the sick. If such hints, Mr. me. This tumult of feeling subsided

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a little, and gave place to reflection. been favoured with such a minister; Faithful memory unlocked her cell,' and to have enjoyed his ministry so and exhibited the stores of glean. long, even though now we had been ings with which she had enriched deprived of it; but what shall we her treasury from those fields of render that the privilege is' renewed heavenly truth in which she had to us, even when we expected that been permitted to range under the it should have been cut off ! " Bless pastor's guidance ; recounting, with the Lord, 0 our souls, and all that is mournful delight, his striking illus- within us, bless his holy name. trations; his forcible appeals; his Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forsoul-searching addresses ; his sea- get not all his benefits !" Let it lead sonable application of promises to us also to more constant and entire believers ; his earnest invitations dependence on the great source of to sinners to come and taste the ministerial excellence and success; blessings of salvation; and faith- however admirable the vessel in ful admonitions to saints, to guard which the gospel treasure is conagainst temptation, to walk worthy veyed, may we never forget that the of their high vocation, and, in the excellency of the power is of God; strength of divine grace, to persevere and let this thought lead us to eareven unto the end. And must the nest prayer while our ministers are highly valued channel be cut off, continued to us, that abundant through which these refreshing measures of the Spirit of Christ streams have been so long and so Jesus may be imparted both to them, sweetly communicated ? Most ear- and to us under their ministry. And nestly we besought the Lord that let it guard us against despondency this cup might pass from us. Prayer under their removal; though the vesalso was made continually in the sel be trail, the treasure is impeChurch for the recovery of our pas- rishable. Often are we painfully retor And the Lord turned his afilic- minded, that “all flesh is as grass, tion“ as the streams of the south.” and all the glory of man as the The glimmerings of hope, at first flower of grass; the grass withereth, very faint and feeble, became gra- and the flower thereof falleth away:* dually stronger and brighter; and how solid the support, that “ the

at length confirmed and word of the Lord endureth for ever," crowned in the joy of once more be- even that word which by the gospel holding the servant of God take his is preached unto us ! accustomed place among us, to de- By our recent alarm, very serious clare those things which he had and humbling considerations are " handled and tasted and felt of the suggested to us. Surely we have word of life."

not duly improved the mercy that And who can describe the feel. God has threatened to withdraw ings of an affectionate people on this from us. If the candlestick be reinteresting occasion ? " Then were moved, may it not be because we we like them that dream-then was have neglected to walk in the light! our mouth filled with praise and Have we not been too apt to rest pur tongue with singing. The Lord satisfied with attachment to the perhath done great things for us, sons of our ministers, and admirawhereof we are glad."

tion of their talents, while perhaps But sorrow and joy are not the the great ends of their ministry have only feelings which such a dispen- not been accomplished in us? Have sation ought to excite. Surely it we not listened to their words as to demands lively gratitude to have a very lovely song of one that hath

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a pieasant voice, and can play well the idea that it was the last time on an instrument; but have not our our beloved Minister should address hearts meanwhile gone after their us. May, we each be enabled to idols? At best we have deep calls resolve that, so far as in us

us lies, his for self-abasement on account of remaining days shall be made more the past, and to diligence for the comfortable by seeing his people future. Here in particular let us walking together in love, increasing feel deeply humbled. Oh, what in grace and holiness; for that end has been my progress in religion, let us be more constant and fervent compared with what it ought to than ever in our prayers, that being have been? What a dwarf, what brought among us again, it may be a babe in grace, for one who " in the fulness of the blessing of has been so long fed on the sincere the gospel of Christ,” and that the milk of the word! How like the pleasure of the Lord may increasbarren wilderness, when the culture ingly prosper in his hand. bestowed demanded a character rich In our late experience, we have and fruitful as the harvest field; or- a renewed instance of the efficacy namental and amiable as the flow- of prayer. The Scriptures record ery garden! How often have I many instances of a spirit of prayer been delighted, but how seldom being poured out when the Lord profited!

designed a blessing: and perhaps “ How cold and feeble is our love,

it may not deserve the charge of How negligent our fear!

enthusiasm to have all along enterHow low our hopes of joys above, tained a hope of our Pastor's rècoHow few affections there!"

covery, because, that He who will Well, but at eventide it is light. be known as a God hearing and Our Pastor is spared to recorer answering prayer, both allowed strength and administer to our souls, space for prayer, and excited an and we are yet spared a little longer earnest spirit of prayer, on that be to receive the word at his mouth. half. It has been repeatedly reOh then, let me be up and doing; marked on the sudden remoral of let me be roused to double dili- ministers, that he who designed to gence through the evening, “ for the remove them to glóry would not night cometh when no man can give his people an opportunity of work.”

praying for their continuance on The circumstances through which earth. Our prayers do not always we have lately passed, have tended prevail for the particular blessing to impress the often-repeated sen- we ask ; but it is very sweet to retiment,

ceive a mercy in answer to p.ayer, *4 How blessings brighten as they take their and to know that prayer is the flight!”

means either of improving our mer. Perhaps we never set so high a cies, or of obtaining support and value upon the labours of our Mi- profit under our trials. Encouraged nister, as we did at the period by past experience, we may grate when we thought they were abont fully adopt the language of the to close for ever. Perhaps, too, we poet: may look back on times past, when “ In every new distress some slight plea of indisposition, or

We'll to his house repair, engagement, or difficulty, has pre

We'll think upon his wondrous grace,

And seek deliverance there." vailed to keep us back from the sanctuary, which would not have The circumstances referred to, been admitted had we entertained lead us to anticipate the day when

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our Pastor and ourselves shall have rather than commendation of his closed our mortal race, and n'eet at parts:"P" A luxuriant flourish of the tribunal of' God. Ok, mayit then words, a vain ostentation of wit, debe our happiness to meet him with bases the majesty, enervates the viunmingled joy and gratitude; to own gour, and corrupts the pure taste of him as the honoured instrument of the Gospel. The salvation of souls our conversion and edification ; and is the role to which the language of to be owned by him as the children sermons must be parallel." Divine whom God has given him, to be his truths must be represented with joy and crown of rejoicing in the those clear and solemn expressions presence of the retnrning Saviour ! as may powerfully affect the con

H. E. science and excite the practical fa

culties of the soul; with such weighty

and serious words as may awaken ON PREACHING.

sinners to fear the powerful and ter(Continued from p. 411.) rible Judge of the world, and to hate II, Tue subject derives strength. The curious contexture of words

sin that provokes his displeasure. from the opinion and conduct of and pleasant sounds, without subeminent ministers. Ilere the range might be very the framing a net only fit to catch

stance, is an elaborate folly; it is extensive, but selection must suf

flies, the vain applauses of the injuOur own counsel should be delivered plainly, and so should work of a minister. And the ac

dicious; not to take souls, the divine the counsel of God much more.

count must be woeful for those mi. It is sad to gather clouds, or rain, nisters to the Redeemer of souls, or mist about our hearers, when we are professing to hold out the wasted for so guilty' and base an

whose study, thoughts, and time are light. To puzzle and amuse those end." ;_" Preaching must be plain, whom we undertake to teach is one of the worst accidents (it is too bad hearers as niuch as can be, without

and suited to the capacity of the when it is the intent) of a teacher.”* " That is the best preaching only tumble out a heap of bombas

disgusting any; for he that shall which wo

undeth the heart; it is most for the glory of God and for tic theatrical words, at which the the good of souls. Speaking pleas- wonder, preacheth to them in an

people only stare, and gape, and ing things to tickle the ear, better unknown tongue, and this is but to becometh the stage than the pulpit. He is not a wise preacher who doth give stones instead of bread. The not mind his end; whose speech is in such words as may adorn, but not

truths preached, must be delivered fuller of fiashes of wit than of sa

hide, nor bury them; such as may vory wholesome truths ; that think

rather recommend the doctrine to eth rather to please the ear than to the consciences, than the art and awaken the conscience. He does rhetoric of the preacher to the ears not act like a master of the assemblies. The work of a minister is not understand a young man has been

and fancies of the bearers."'$-"I to gain applause to himself, but souls to God; that maketh you go much in the new fashioned

supplying at but he is too

way to away and say-not how weil hath he preached ! but-how ill have I + Manton's Works, vol. v. lived! That ends with self-loathing, Bates' Works, vol. iv. p. 256.

Bishop Hopkins' Works, p. 167. ed. * Caryl on Job, vol. ii. p. 1880.

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