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you by his grace, delivered you | this should not prevent the attendfrom sin and hell, restored you to ance of as many others as possiGod, and inspired you with the ble. Two or three weeks before blessed hope of everlasting life. the Annual Meeting, the SecreNow he calls you to his service, taries of the Primary Societies and requires that henceforth you should transmit their Reports to should not live to yourselves, but the Secretary of the Auxiliary, to him, who loved you and gave and from these, and other sources, himself for you, and washed you a concise Report should be prefrom vour sins in his own blood. pared by the officers of the larger
If it is important that the work Society. of missions be taken up at all, it The Executive Committee of is no less important that it should the 'Auxiliary Society, as desigbe prosecuted with untiring and nated by the third Article of the increasing efficiency. To be car- Constitution, should have at least ried forward vigorously, it must one or two meetings in a year for be aided by publick spirit diffused the transaction of business. Exextensively in the community. cept this be done, how can they Many individuals must be brought discharge the duties required of to feel and act as though the cause them by the 5th Article of the Conwere their own; and as though stitution, but by deputing some of success were more dear to them their number to attend the meetthan any private interest. Andings of the several Primary Sociewhat cause can be more worthy ties, and adopting the most enerof publick spirited exertions than getic measures in their power to the cause of Christ ? What object accomplish the object of the Socan be more precious to the Chris-ciety ? tian, than that which is dear to In the present system of operathe heart of everlasting love ? tions, much, very much is made
That these Primaries, which to depend upon the Collectors. have been recently organized and Unless they perform their duty, brought into united form as Aux- the Society dies. They should iliary Societies, may not decline, feel the high responsibilities of one some leading men in the Auxiliary who is engaged in the same good shouid feel that a paternal respon- cause in which martyrs suffered, sibility rests upon thein in relation in which apostles laboured, and in to the Branches composing their which the Saviour himself bled body.
They should endeavour and died. Being cngaged in so to give the institution importance good a cause, they should be bold and respectability in the view of in their applications, and always the people, and to infuse new life | seasonable in their calls. and energy into the members, by Finally, let the collectors and rendering the Anniversaries as all others who have a heart to do publick and interesting as possible. good, and who wish to excite a To this end, let notice be given powerful interest in favour of the of the Annual Meeting, both of missionary cause, realize the imthe Auxiliary and of the several portance of circulating missionary Primaries, two or three weeks intelligence. This
be done previous. Let the minister do through the medium of tracts, pahis utmost to excite an interest, pers, and particularly the Ameriand let him prepare himself with || can Baptist Magazine. How easily a sermon for the occasion
Let Inight 3 or 4 families in a neigheach Primary Society choose a bourhood unite in taking the MagaDelegation to attend the Annual zine. And what signal blessings Meetings of the Auxiliary ; but would result from this, not only to
parents and children, but to soci-|| by not attending to this ? Let us ety at large! What better reason consider the subject. Suppose can be assigned for the unprece- preaching be published for seven dented zeal and exertions of the o'clock, and you go not in for five, English Baptists and our Congre- ten, or fifteen minutes after-what gational brethren in the cause of can your congregation think of missions, than the extensive circu- you? You publish preaching for lation of facts, and powerful ap- such a time, and you do not come in peals to the Christian publick, till considerably after; and this is through the medium of tracts and your usual custom. Then, (harsh periodical journals ? How many as the saying may appear) you are hearts have been opened by the certainly a habitual and publick Memoirs of Harriet Newell and liar; and though such conduct Catherine Brown ! Who can || may pass without much reprehenread the story of the Little Osage | sion from the good-natured people, Captive, or the Journals of the can you imagine that there is no devoted Missionaries, and say it enormity in it in the sight of the would be no privilege nor satis- | God of truth? Surely you canfaction for him to contribute any | not. I never knew a preacher thing for the extension of the Re- || who acted in this way who did not deemer's kingdom ? Let chris- lose the confidence of the people tians be made acquainted with || to such a degree, as essentially to facts, let them read and hear and injure his publick usefulness. Add see what God is accomplishing by | to this, that the congregations are the instrumentality of his mission-ever ruined by such conduct. aries, and they cannot but
feel, and Be punctual in getting in proper pray, and most heartily come for- time to the place where you are to ward with their tythes and offer- | dine and lodge. Do not make a ings, the first fruits of all their whole family wait upon you.
is both injustice and insolence. While I readily grant, with our blessed Lord, that “ the labourer
is worthy of his meat," yet he
MINIS- | should certainly come to receive it IN THE PLACE WHERE HE in due time : and he who habitu
ally neglects this, disappointing
and confusing the families wherevNEVER disappoint a place: this er he comes, is not worthy of a would be contrary to you
cove- morsel of bread.
I have known nant with God, your agreement some, of more than common minwith your brethren, and your en-isterial abilities, lose their imporgagements to the people. Keep tance, and ruin themselves in the your own watch always to true opinion of the people, by their time, and begin precisely at the want of punctuality in this
respect. time appointed. Never be a min
Never leave any place you visute later than true time, except in it, without reading a portion of the country, where there is no Scripture, and praying with the publick clock : then five minutes family : and seize the most conmay be allowed for the difference venient time for family-prayer in between clocks and watches. But the houses where you lodge. Just these five minutes may be as well || before they sit down to meat, is, before as after common time in in my opinion, the best time : then other places. Do not many preach- the several members of the family ers, of all denominations, sin | are generally present. But I have against God and their own souls, ll often observed, that
ON THE BEHAVIOUR OF A
other, after having hurried down || These often get credit for less retheir victuals, have either gone, or ligion than they enjoy. Mr. have been called away to busi- Whitfield once judiciously observness ; so that before the whole ed on this subject, that an ounce family had finished their meal, of grace went farther in some than one third of the members of it a pound in others.
For light on were not to be found. There are, this and many other matters of imit is true, some families so well | portance, remember that every regulated, that this secession is human spirit has its own peculiar, never permitted ; yet, even among natural characteristick which was these, I have always found it the given it by its Creator ; and best way to have prayer before which he never changes, nor demeals, and especially at the break-signs should be changed. The fast hour. Should you be invited business of divine grace in conto any place where you are not verting the soul, is not to destroy permitted to pray with the family, || its natural characteristicks; but never go
thither again : and give to purify, refine, and adapt their them your reason.
An ambassa- | vast varieties to the innumerable dor of God should be transacting purposes of his wisdom and goodthe business of his Master whith ness displayed in their creation. ersoever he
; and where he Tell your secret trials and is not permitted to do it, there temptations to very few.--Your God has not sent him. Be steady, || weakness, &c. should be known keep a good conscience, and only to God and yourself. No good conscience will keep you. one should he trusted, except that
If you wish to keep a good con- friend whom you know well, and science, you must walk as in the to whom you can at all times trust
Extremes be- even your life. I have known get extremes. Take heed then, some who were telling their trials, that while you avoid levity on the weaknesses, &c. every where; one hand, you fall not into sour the consequence was, they were godliness on the other. There despised, or pitied, without being are some who have the unhappy esteemed. art of making a jest out of every
Wherever you go,
discountething; and even apply Scripture nance that disgraceful custom in this way. Such conduct is ex- (properly enough termed) Biblioecrable. There are others, who, mancy ; i. e. divination by the being of an unhappy cast of mind, Bible. I need scarcely observe, through a kind of natural or fac- that this consists in what is called titious melancholy, strip a man of dipping into the Bible, taking salvation for a smile, and condemn passages of Scripture at hazard, him to the pit for being cheerful. and drawing indications thence Avoid both these extremes ; and concerning the present and future remember that levity will ape re
state of the soul. This is a scanligious cheerfulness, and sourness | dal to Christianity. of temper will endeavour to pass Never go in debt for food, itself off for Christian gravity. clothes, or any thing else : it is But do not judge from such ap- no sin to die in a ditch through pearances. There are some who hunger or cold; but it is a crine are naturally of a quiet, grave to go in debt when there is not turn of mind; which, in general, the fullest prospect of being able gains them credit for much more to pay. It is the most certain godliness than they possess and honourable way, never to sit There are others who are natural-down to the food, nor put on the ly of a inerry, .volatile spirit. ! clothes, till the bills for both are
presence of God.
Jischarged. By these means you earnestly beg God to bless your will keep clear of the world, and coming ;-to bless you to the make the most of the little you family, and to the congregation, have. Every word of the old ad- so that you may leave that place age is true,"Live not on trust, with an increase of spiritual life, for that is the way to pay double.” and with the comfortable satisfac
Never go out on parties of tion of having been a messenger of pleasure, however innocent they peace to that house, and to the
What, in this case, people of that place. would be considered as no evil in Show yourself satisfied with another, might be reputed a crime every thing you receive. Be not you. Excursions for the bene- nice in
Do not keep fit of health, and these may often a lordly distance from the family: be needed, are not included here. -Be so familiar with them as to
Get a genuine friend whenever gain their confidence ; that you you can, and prize him much may the better succeed in talking when you have got him. Beware with them concerning their souls. of forming hasty friendships : they At the same time keep a due disare seldom solid. Confide little tance, that, while you are esteemed in the person who suddenly pro-| as a brother in Christ, you may be fesses uncommon
affection 'for acknowledged as his minister. you.
may be sincere ; but There is much truth in that depend upon it, he will not beerb, 66 Too much familiarity steady. Remember the proverb, breeds contempt." Hot love is soon cold. Those Speak closely and lovingly to who form hasty friendships are "al- | every person in the family : but ways fickle. This is bad, but it is let it be as much apart as possinot the worst in this business ; forble; for members of the same these very persons through the household seldom speak freely changeableness of their hearts, before each other. soon withdrawing their affections He who despises little things, from you, will accuse you of in- shall fall by little and little. Bo gratitude and unkindness ; while not, therefore, disregard the folthe whole is owing to the uncer-| lowing small advices. tainty of their own character, and Give the family where you lodge the tickleness of their own hearts. as little trouble as possible : never Shun such as you would an ene- desire any of them, not even the my: for they are not less injuri- servants, to do any thing for you Qus. On this subject I will give that you can conveniently do for you two Asiatick proverbs: 1. Nev-yourself. It is an odious thing er trust to appearances ; behold, to see a person, whose character the drum, with all its noise, is should be the servant of all, pressempty within. 2. If you have a ing every body into his service; friend who takes offence at trifles, I giving unnecessary trouble wherebreak entirely with him, for he is ever he comes ; turning a house not to be trusted.
upside down ; and being dissatisfied with every thing that is done for him. I have always seen, that
those who require most attendance CONCERNING THE BEHAVIOUR OF || are the most difficult to be pleasMINISTER
HOUSE ed : for they are generally of a
proud or discontented spirit ; and
such a spirit is never satisfied. On your arrival, get as speedily | A man of a truly christian and as possible to private prayer ; and noble mind, finds it his highest DEC. 1826.
WHERE HE LODGES.
interest to have few wants ; and || much to your own comfort, but will esteems it a luxury to minister to acquire you credit wherever you his own necessities.
Remember, that cannot Never pull off your boots, shoes, be considered as a small thing to or gaiters, in a parlour or sitting- || you, which either prejudices a room. Leave your hat, whip, family, against you, or is instrugreat-coat, &c. in the hall, lobby, mental in acquiring you their good or some such place. Do not leave graces. your linen, dirty clothes, shoes, Shun tea drinking visits: these, &c. about in the room where you in general, murder time, and can lodge. After having left your answer no good purpose either to bed uncovered for some time, lay your body or soul. If
you go out on the clothes neatly when you in this way at any time, let it be quit your room ; and always throw only where you have every reason up your windows when you go to believe your visit is likely to out. Empty the basin in which be useful to the souls of the peoyou have washed your hands, &c. ple. But is it likely to be very and leave it always clean. Don't useful where there is a large splash the walls nor the floor. party? Wipe every drop of water off the How can those exclaim against wash-stand, and spread your towel needless self-indulgence and waste always to dry ; and when dry, of time, who go out on such ocfold it loosely up, and place it on casions in the evenings? It is a the head of the water-bottle. | mystery to me which I never wish Never comb out your hair in a to be able to unravel, how men sitting-room, or before company ; can act in this way, and preach
- this is an unpardonable vulgari- afterwards! I have often wonderty: nor brush your cloths in aed that this matter is never spoken bed-room—this spoils the furni- of to the young preachers when ture. See that you spill no ink they are admitted.
But who can, on the floors, tables, &c. Leave with propriety, warn them against every thing in the place where you this evil? Only those who are found it; and habituate yourself guiltless :and where are they? to put every chair you sit on in -Alas! alas ! do we not make a its proper place when you rise. great outcry against evils, how“ He who lives not by rule, lives ever discreditable to us as Chrisnot at all.” I would just observe, tians and ministers, which are in that a rule for every part of a man's themselves, and in their necessary conduct is not easily obtained ; || consequences, of little moment, but example teaches more forcibly, l in comparison of this epidemic and and more effectually. Thirty- dangerous disorder ?
But if our three years ago I was appointed own conduct in this respect reto travel in Plymouth circuit with proach us, should we, while honest the late excellent Mr. J. Mason. men, withhold the word of cauI never met with a more upright, tion and advice from our brother? orderly, regular, decent man. Go out as little as possible to From his conduct I learned more eat and drink. Why is the posion the above subjects, than from tive command of Christ, on this all the precepts I ever received, head, so generally disregarded ? or from all the books I ever read. || Go not from house to house, Luke When you meet with such a per- | x. 7. The acting contrary to this son, thank God for the privilege, precept has often brought great and endeavour to profit by it. disgrace on the gospel of God.
Observe rule and order in every Stay in your lodgings as much as thing; and it will not only be possible, that you may have time