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he determined to read the Bible too, and he was now (said Professor Scholefield) one of the foremost in upholding and defending the great truths contained in that holy book.
Shoeing of Horses.—It is well known to all persons acquainted with the management of horses, that the too frequent taking off the shoes materially damages the feet; also, the distress horses endure in snow and frost, from the want of being rough shod, and the great inconvenience the public sustain from not being able (so expeditiously as could be wished) to get that operation performed in consequence of the blacksmith at such a time being so much in requisition. Now I would humbly suggest, in order to remedy this evil, that in the winter, and particularly when snow is expected, that the shoes should have two screw-holes made in the heel of each shoe, and one in the tip or front, to fit a number of claw and square plugs, which the coachman might carry in his pocket, and if on his journey he should be suddenly overtaken with slippery roads, he might, with a small spanner screw them in, and his horses would be immediately rough shod.—Oxford Herald.
Drunkenness.—What is it that saps the morals of youth—kills the germ of generous ambition—desolates the domestic hearth—renders families fatherless—digs dishonoured graves 1 Drunkenness. What makes a man shunned by the relatives who loved him—contemned by the contemporaries who outstripped him—reviled by the very wretches who betrayed him? Drunkenness. What fills our asylums with lunatics—our ponds and rivers with suicides—our gaols with thieves and murderers—our streets with prostitution? The same destructive vice—Drunkenness.—Chester Courant.
Gambling and Self-murder.—An inquest was held at the sign of the Cherry Tree, Bromley, Middlesex, before Mr. Barker, the Coroner, on view of the body of G. T. aged 21 years. From the evidence it appeared that the deceased, who had been an industrious young man, went to Fairlop Fair, and having seen several persons, strangers as he believed, but who were mere confederates of the party, win sums varying from 5*. to 51. from the " thimble rig" men, he unfortunately made up his mind to try his "luck." He, at first, staked all the money he had about him, which was seven shillings and sixpence, and having lost that, he next played his watch against 10*. which he also lost; and, these being gone, he staked his coat, and afterwards his waistcoat against small sums, and, as may be anticipated, all fell into the hands of the sharpers. Bereft of his money, watch, and clothes, he wandered about for some time, and ashamed, no doubt, to return home, he was seen by a boy at about eight o'clock the same evening to throw himself into the river Lea, after walking on the bank for some time. The drags were speedily procured, but the body was not found until the following morning. The coroner, at the conclusion of the evidence, and while summing it up, remarked that the fact of the deceased having gambled away his clothes as well as his watch and money, was, in his estimation, sufficient proof of his insanity. The jury thought so too, and returned a verdict of " Temporary Insanity." The father of the deceased, who appeared overwhelmed with affliction, expressed a hope that the circumstances attendant on the death of his unfortunate son might obtain publicity, that they might prove an example and caution to others to avoid gambling.
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As it is to the believer that every privilege, and every promise, of Scripture is held out,—we must come unto Christ in faith; we must look to Him as our only Saviour, and seek, through His atonement alone, for the pardon of our past sins. We are not to say that we will do what we can, and that Christ will do the rest, but we must commit our all to Him, in perfect confidence, knowing that His sacrifice is complete, and that " his blood cleanseth from all sin;" we are not to say that "God is merciful, and that he will therefore overlook our small sins and failings;" but we must come unto Him with a full sense of our great sinfulness in His sight, a conviction of the great sin of ever having resisted the will of God, or of having been negligent in His service; we must lay our burden wholly before Him, as feeling assured that there is no pardon, no salvation, but through Him,—fully assured, at the same time, that, through Him, there is perfect redemption,—yes, complete redemption, and full pardon for those who come to Christ in true repentance; and who desire, for the time to come, to give themselves to His service. This is the state of mind in which we must come; there must be a desire and a sincere and earnest endeavour to serve God in newness of life. It is not enough merely to have a desire of pardon, that our consciences may be relieved, for the time, and that we may then proceed in our negligent and sinful course; but there must be a desire of pardon, that we may be in favour with God, through the sacrifice on the cross,—in order that we may henceforth serve Him, acceptably, in godly quietness, and godly love. And that we may be enabled so to serve Him, we must " come unto Christ for that other needful gift which He has promised to his people,—the gift of His holy Spirit."
The first blessed gift is pardon; and this is obtained through the merits of Christ, who has promised that no one shall be cast out who cometh unto Him. The next gift is the Spirit's influence, that sanctification of the soul, which fits and prepares it for the presence of God and His angels; so that, whenever the servant of God is called to his account, he is found ready, pardoned through the Son, sanctified through the Spirit, and proving, 1838.] THE GOSPEL INVITATION. 363
by a heart renewed to holiness and love, that he is indeed a child of God, and prepared, by His Spirit, to be an inheritor of the kingdom of heaven.
But how are we to obtain these heavenly gifts? There is a way, by which we are allowed to seek them, and are assured that we shall find them. It is by prayer. " Come unto God," then, in earnest private prayer. In all your trials and difficulties, lay your burden before Him: in all your pursuits pray for His help and direction; ask His blessing on all your undertakings, and you will then soon learn to undertake nothing on which you cannot ask His blessing. A praying state of mind implies a holy state of mind; and nothing, like prayer, drives away the love of sin. "But come to God in public worship, too.—Do you worship God in private? Do you seek His help? Are you anxious that His name should be glorified, and His praise set forth among men; that the knowledge of Him, and the love of Him should be extended and increased? Are you earnest in your desire that numbers should be added to those who shall be saved? Do you wish that your own consistency and sincerity should be rightly estimated;—and this, not for your glory, but that, your light shining before men, those who see it may be brought to glorify their Father which is in heaven? Do you wish for the comforts and encouragements belonging to those who associate together for the honour of God, and their own spiritual good? And do you wish to avoid that coldness and deadness of soul, which is the portion of those who forsake the assembling of themselves together? If you really desire these things, you will pray for them in private. Pray for them in public too; come unto Christ in the courts of His house, where He has promised to be, whenever "two or three are gathered together in His name." And, when you do come together, come with a full sense of the value of such an opportunity; and lose not any of the offered advantages, by want of faith, or by a low estimate of the good that will be the portion of the humble and sincere worshipper. Be not content with being merely present, in body, in the house of the Lord: be not content with the offerings of the lips, but come to God with the sacrifice of the heart. And " come unto Christ" in deeds of charity; come with that Christian love, the gift of God's own Spirit, which feels for the wants of the afflicted and the poor; and especially for the spiritual destitution of those who know not God, and who are ignorant of the Gospel of Christ. Many are the opportunities which now present themselves, of showing that charity which exercises itself for the everlasting good of our fellow creatures. A peculiar portion of the divine blessing belongs to those who thus exert their love; for they are not only blessed themselves, but they bring others with them to receive blessings from God and to experience that happiness which belongs to the servants of God upon earth; and to become partakers of that blessed hope of everlasting life which God has given to every one who sincerely desires to be a follower of His blessed Son. V.
THE UNJUST STEWARD.
A Conversation, to the following effect, passed between a clergyman and one of his parishioners not very long ago.
Parishioner. I have often wondered, Sir, how you like to read that parable which was read from the gospel in this morning's service (the ninth Sunday after Trinity). I mean, Sir.jhe account of the " unjust steward." I always feel uncomfortable when I hear it.
Clergyman. Why, how is that? I do not understand what can be your objection.
P. Why, Sir, there is an account of a steward who bad robbed his master; and we here read that Christ approved of this, and praised the steward for what he had done.
C Does it say that? I don't see any thing of that kind.
P. Why, Sir, the account says, " the Lord commended the unjust steward."
C. Yes, it certainly says that; it says "the lord" commended him; but who do you suppose is here meant by "the lord?"