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will find that all the holy men of nerves, and often without the God prayed in this way: they breath either of a spiritual or ineame directly to the throne, and tellectual life. By this mode of preferred their suit. Ever con- | preaching, the word of God is not sidering themselves in the presence explained: from it, scarcely any of God, the very commencement thing can be learned but the of their supplications seems no preacher's creed, and his ingenu . other than an external continuance | ity to press a text into its service. of prayers in which their hearts His divisions and subdivisions exhad been long previously enga- plain his own mind and views; ged.
but they generally leave the text 9. Read your text distinctly, and context as they were before. and begin to speak about the mid- No congregation can grow in the dle of your voice, not only that knowledge of the Scriptures by such, you may be readily heard, but teaching as this.
On this subject, that you may rise and fall as occa man of deep sense and piety sion may require, which you can. once observed ;
66 The major part not do if you begin either too high of what we hear at present in seror too low. Never drop your mons is, three heads and a voice at the end of a sentence ; || clusion." this is barbarous and intolerable.
11. In whatever way you
hanIn'a multitude of cases, where the dle your text, take care when you last word is not heard, the whole have exhausted the matter of it, sentence is lost. Every sentence not to go over it again. Apply you speak should rend to edifica- every thing of importance as you tion ; and it cannot edify, unless I go along; and when you have it can be heard : therefore, never done, learn to make an end. It is begin too low; this is a greater not essential to a sermon, that it evil than even screaming itself. be half an hour or an hour long.
10. Be sure to have the matter Some preach more in ten minutes of your text well arranged in than others do in sixty. your own mind before you come rate, the length of time spent in into the pulpit, that you may not preaching, can never compensate be confused while speaking. But for the want of matter; and the beware of too much dividing and evil is doubled when a man brings subdividing : by these means the forth little, and is long about it. word of God has been made to There are some who sing long speak something, any thing, or hymns, and pray long prayers, nothing, according to the creed or merely to fill up the time : this is a prejudices of the preacher. How shocking profanation of these little of this division work do you sacred ordinances, and has the meet with in the discourses of the most direct tendency to bring Prophets, the sermons of Christ, them into contempt. If they are or the preachings of the Apostles. of no more importance to the Besides, this mode of preaching is preacher or his work, than merehackneyed to death; and canly to fill up the time; the people never succeed but in judicious act wisely, who stay at home and hands. Unless the matter of the mind their business till the time text be abundant, it rather fetters in wbich the sermon commences. than enlarges the mind: and that Have you never heard the followwhich is ominously called the ing observation ? " You need not skeleton, i. e. a system of mere be in such haste to go to meetbones ; is in general but ill clothed ing: you will be time enough with muscles, worse strung with to hear the sermon, for Mr. X. Y.
always sings a long hymn, and || Testaments. All types and makes a long prayer." There- || prophecies find meaning in him, fore never sing long hymns, pray and without him are devoid of long prayers, nor preach long ser-meaning. mons-these last are intolerable, Without presuming to say, on unless there be a great variety of our own authority what the charinteresting matter in them, accom- acter of Christ is, we will consult panied with great animation. I the authorised interpreters of his have often preached only ten or religion, and ascertain the imfifteen minutes at a time : Why ? pression which they had respectbecause I had no more to say on ing him. The first of these to that subject; and I did not think whom we appeal is St. Paul, of that what I had already uttered | whom it may be observed, that he was of consequence enough to en no where gives a studied and elabtitle it, then and there, to a second orate character of his divine Mashearing
ter. What he furnishes on this 12. As to the matter of your head seems to fall from him incipreaching, I will only say ; preachdentally, and to be only collateral Jesus, preach his atonement, to the main argument which he preach the love that caused him may be prosecuting. This single to die for the redemption of a lost fact gives the greater weight to world; and through him, pro- his testimony, because he so often claim a free, full, and present salva- | asserts the true dignity of Jesus tion, provided for every human when such an assertion does not soul; and God will bless your la- appear material to his leading purbours wherever you go.
pose, and when too he most generally follows up the course of his discussion with a spirit and expression which seem to pre-suppose the lofty truth to which he
occasionally adverts. That God should challenge for. The first direct impression which his Son an honour equal to that he received respecting him, is which he claims for himself, and thus described in the 9th chapter that men, out of avowed respect of the Acts ;
66 And as he jourto the character of God should neyed, he came near to Damasdeny that claim, is a singular in-cus, and suddenly there shined stance of creature strife with the round about him a light from Creator's pleasure. To us, it is heaven, and he fell to the earth, evident, that the providence of and heard a voice saying unto God has taken as much pains to him, Saul, Saul, why persecutest make the character of Christ ex- thou me; and he said, who art thou, plicit and unquestionable, as the Lord ? And the Lord said, I am diligence of man has taken to ren- Jesus whom thou persecutest. der that character obscure and And he, trembling and astonished, dubious ; that the Father has ex-said, Lord, what wilt thou have erted as visible care in guarding me to do ? · And the Lord said, the dignity of his Son, as man has arise and go into the city, and it exerted in vilifying that Son by shall be told thee what thou must denying his Godhead. It is most do.” After his recovery from the evident, that the wonderful per- l effects of this miraculous vision, sonage to whom our attention is having spent certain days with the called in the text, is clearly disciples at Damascus, he comcharacterized in Scripture. He is menced the work of the ministhe sum and substance of both try, “And straightway preached
THE DEITY OF JESUS
Christ in the synagogues that he which belongs to the Son of God. is the Son of God." This whole There is no variety in the reading passage evinces the preternatural of this passage from manuscripts, authority and elevation of that di which can justify a naterial alvine being, whoever he was, that teration in the sense. made the communication to the Apostle in Rom. ix. 4, 5, mind of Saul.
suines a tone of more exact descripAfterwards, when preaching attion, and informs us in one clear, Antioch, he gives a more definite unambiguous proposition, who character of the Saviour, and de-Christ is. Speaking of the Jews, clares him to be the author of for- || he says, 6. Who are Israelites, giveness and justification. • Be whose is the adoption and the it known unto you, men and glory, and the covenants and the brethren, that through this man law, and the service and the is preached unto you the forgive. I promises, and whose are the fathness of sins, and by him all that ers, and of whom, as to the flesh, believe are justified from all thingslis Christ, he that exists over all, from which ye could not be justi. God blessed forever." There is fiet by the law of Moses."
no possible way by which the In his address to the elders of force of this direct affirmation can the church assembled at Miletus, be evaded, without torturing it he adopts a language still more into a false testimony against the bold and decisive, and gives in Saviour. Observe the remarkable one word, the dignity of that di-structure of the whole passage. vine personage froin whom he had | As to his flesh, Christ is of the received his ininistry. 6. Take seed of Abraham. But as to his heed, therefore, to yourselves and divinity, he is over all, God blessto the dock over which the Holy | ed forever. Ghost hath made you overseers, things created that are in heaven, to feed the church of God which and that are in earth, visible and he has purchased with his own invisible, whether they be thrones, blood.”' Were it not for the arts or dominions, or principalities, or of ingenious evasion, sentences powers, all things were crea ed by like the foregoing, would settle him and for him, and by hiin ali forever the question of character things consist.
I am oppress'd-do undertake
Thou, thou hast taught my soul to be
My Father! to thy side I cling,
On whom, but thee, can I repose
No recent information has been receiv. ness. Having passed through the fur ed concerning our missionaries in Bur
nace of affliction, their faith, and promah. From the nature of the intelli dence, and zeal may all shine more gence published in our ląst number, we brightly ; and their very imprisonment, do indulge the pleasing hope, that their as in the case of the apostle Paul, may lives have been spared, and that they have fallen out rather unto the further. have again resumed their valuable la ance of the gospel. bours. Although the suspension of their Of the termination of the war be evangelick efforts has been a matter of tween the British and the Burmese, no deep regret to the friend of missions, one has a doubt. We have an impresyet, we can easily conceive that provi- || sion that this interesting fact has been dence may have been qualifying them officially announced in England. It is by this event for more extensive useful. I believed that the provinces eeded to the
British government will at least be open to about four years old. Her Indian name the introduction of christianity. Should is Okeetcheeh'. Her father is dead, her the public dispensation of the gospel be mother lives in our neighbourhood, and tolerated there, without interruption from 'l is worthless. She has two brothers older the civil power, much will have been than herself, residing in our family. gained.
At this place the missionaries and their Brethren Wade and Boardman with children, and the Indian children, all their wives, were in Calcutta, ready to live together as one family; on this acembrace the first opportunity of making count it is not possible for us to estimate known the unsearchable riches of Christ with tolerable precision, the cost of mainto the Burmans. It will be gratifying to taining a child in our school. Excuse our readers to learn, that these devoted me therefore, for not being able to reply servants of Jesus, have lost little or no in direct terms to your inquiry on this time, by the war which has kept them subject. If agreeable to the views of from the ultimate scene of their labours. Il your society, we would prefer to acThey have all been assiduously employed cept from time to time, whatever of cash in acquiring a knowledge of the language. or clothing your society might think proProbably they are now teaching some of per to send, and shall be truly thankful these deplorably ignorant people, the is for the same, be it much or little. The way of salvation.
instructions of the society will, however, be obeyed, and their views and feelings gratified to the extent of our ability.
We shall endeavour to teach our little CAREY STATION,
Harriet to feel grateful to her dear young friends whose faces she has never seen,
and perhaps may never see on this side LETTER FROM MR. M'coy.
We are deeply affected and much Carey, (Mich. Ter.) 100 miles pleased with the fact, that females, mostN. W of Fort Wayne, (Ind.) | ly under the age of 12 years, should beJune 26, 1826.
gin thus early, these acts of kindness to Dear Miss Ober,
poor Indian girls, who are less fortunate
than yourselves. You have christian An absence of more than four months from this establishment, is the cause of parents to guide your feet in the paths of
virtue, a gospel ministry to attend, a bible delay in answering your very acceptable
to read ; poor Okeetcheeh' had not. letter, dated February 13. That letter inclosed five dollars, safely received, and Among her kindred she found no saba list of articles put into a box for this bath, no Sunday school, nor sermon.
But now she finds a home, and teachers mission : The whole being the munifi
in our house ; now she finds friends, who cence of the Juvenilé Benevolent Socie
though a thousand miles off do “ hearti. ty, of Beverly, Mass. for the purpose of educating and clothing a female Indian ly remember her still;" yes, she is no
longer Okeetcheeh' but Harriet Emma child at Carey, named Harriet Emma
Ober. Ober, of which Society you are Secre
Beginning thus early to do good, I tary.
trust that every one of the members of We beg the society to accept our unfeigned thanks for their attention to this your society will find the path to heaven;
and 0, may God grant that there you mission, for their compassion for the
may meet your Harriet. poor, dear Indian children of our chargt, and for their very generous effort to im
Affectionately and thankfully yours,
ISAAC M'COY. prove their condition
We have selected for your beneficiary Miss Eliza-Ann Ober. a promising little Putawatomie girl,