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Things New and old.

ASA.

The Lord is with you, while ye be with him.

2 CHRONICLES XV. 2.

THE history of Asa, king of Judah, and the Lord's dealings with the remnant who had not revolted from the house of David, is full of instruction for us in these remnant times. There were times when the Lord was with His people most manifestly, and there were times when He was not with that same people. It is so now. Is not the Lord manifestly present to faith in the midst of Christians, when assembled together, gathered to His name, according to His promise, in Matthew xviii. ? And are there not instances when there is no manifestation of His presence with His people, not only where all is mere established form and routine, a man, or men, appointed to everything, and no thought of looking for the guidance of the Holy Ghost, and no thought of the Lord Jesus being present ?

But where there is the profession of being gathered to His name, and the outward form af

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