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others need this transcendent divine energy. By it hearts are yet to be changed, purified, and heaven peopled, and the world saved.
Let, then, the revival spirit be extended and strengthened among us. It is the pure sentiment of Christianity; and nothing is SO essential to our growth, and efficiency, and glory, as a part of the great Christian family. Let God's grace, in the signal descent of His Spirit on our churches in the past, be very gratefully recognized and hailed as the promise of still brighter days. Let no heart faint and no hand falter in the momentous matter of revivals; and, like other gifts of God, they must be valued, desired, and sought by united and earnest prayers, and the untiring use of all scriptural means. The humblest of believers has his "talent," which must neither be prevented nor buried; he has his place and his importance, and his work under the common Master. His measure of duty is his amount of opportunity. And you need not the aid of church office, or high endowments, or great notoriety, to exert a healthful moral influence, and be a minister of salvation to many a lost soul.
The sentiment of individual Christian responsibility should extend and deepen. Why should it
not? The Bible urges it; Divine Providence is decisively encouraging it. Let old and young, professing godliness, realize their high calling. Each has his proper sphere, and should be about his Father's business; and were all walking in the Spirit, and making the most of their
powers and opportunities, what triumphs of grace might gladden the world! And who can estimate the mischief and sin of a dubious example, and of keeping back from the help of the Lord when religious tendency and thought are abroad. Ah! you grieve the Spirit, you quiet conscience, you encourage procrastination, you lead, indeed, immortals away from hope and heaven. What can be said of a tame, heartless, or misdirected ministry in such a day as this? Who sees not woes unutterable for the watchman who can sleep at his post, or busy himself with trifles, with the perils of spiritual death thick around him; and that, too, when the good Spirit is hovering over his charge, waiting to second his very first and faintest note of alarm? R. K.
ENTIRE CONSECRATION TO GOD.
THE greatest usefulness in the service of God depends upon entire consecration. A proposition so plain as this scarcely needs argument to support it. It is, it appears to us, selfevident; and that immediate and unconditional consecration is a reasonable service, philosophy and the Divine word alike declare. He who gave us being with all its valuable endowments; He who redeemed us by His most precious blood; and He in whom is centered all wisdom, goodness, and power, deserves, and has a right to require, this service.
It is also true that human experience, in all countries, in all conditions, and in all ages, has declared
that the human soul can never be truly happy-can never find restexcept in a state of entire consecration to God. In His bosom it can rest, and His love is the natural element of its being. All who seek happiness away from God,-and millions thus seek it,-find disappointment, grief and misery; and the longer and the more earnestly they seek, the greater their sorrow, the more bitter their disappointment. But it is to the necessity of entire consecration as a condition of the highest usefulness, that we wish to draw especial attention in this article.
Many persons under whose eyes these lines may fall, have united with the church; and, in the judgment of charity, we may hope that they all desire to be useful. Upon all such we press the duty of entire consecration. Let it be attended to
at once. If it be neglected in your case, dear reader, although you may live in a good church, have a good minister, you will not be useful to any great extent. The world and Satan will claim, and justly too, a share of your heart, your influence, your money, and your service; and they will stand a chance for the larger share. Oh, how the cause of the Lord is embarrassed by partially consecrated Christians! Were it not for such, the church would make continually aggressions upon the kingdom of darkness. Many of the churches are now being favoured with precious revival seasons; and that the influence attained in them may be maintained, and even increased, each member of the church must make an entire consecration to God. Brother, sister, begin the work to-day.
RULES FOR DEPORTMENT.
"THE Professor at the Breakfast Table," in the Monthly for June, lays down a few rules for deportment that are worthy of wide circulation. We copy the following.
Nothing so vulgar as to be in a hurry.—True, but hard of application. People with short legs step quickly, because legs are pendulums, and swing more times in a minute the shorter they are. Generally a natural rhythm runs through the whole organization; quick pulse, fast breathing, hasty speech, rapid trains of thought, excitable temper. Stily
ness of person, and steadiness of features are signal marks of goodbreeding. Vulgar persons can't sit still, or, at least, they must work their limbs or features.
Talking of One's own Ails and Grievances.-Bad enough, but not so bad as insulting the person you talk with by remarking on his ill looks, or appearing to notice any of his personal peculiarities.
Apologizing.-A very desperate habit-one that is rarely cured. Apology is only egotism wrong side cut. Nine times out of ten, the first
thing a man's companion knows of his shortcoming is from his apology. It is presumptuous on your part to suppose your small failures of so much consequence that you must make a talk about them.
Good dressing, quiet ways, łow tones of voice, lips that can wait, and eyes that do not wander-shyness of personalities, except in certain intimate communions-to be light in hand in conversation, to have ideas, but to be able to make talk, if necessary, without them-to belong to the company you are in, and not to yourself-to have nothing in your dress or furniture so fine that you cannot afford to spoil it and get another like it, yet to preserve the harmonies throughout your person and dwelling: I should say that this was a fair capital of manners to begin with.
PRACTICAL GOOD SENSE. IT is related that an Athenian, who was hesitating whether to give his daughter in marriage to a man of worth with a small fortune, or to a rich man, who had no other recommendation, went to consult Themistocles on the subject. The philosopher, in the spirit of true wisdom, said, "I would bestow my daughter upon a man without money, rather than upon money without a man." Marriage for money seldom conduces to social comfort and happiness, and often results in the utter destruction of domestic peace, in crimination, coldness and estrangement. And yet the love of money is seldom manifest in greater strength than in the formation of those life-long alliances,
where the parties bind themselves to "take each other for better or for worse," and give their mutual pledge to stand by and aid each other amid all the storms and privations and perils of life. Those parents who are chiefly anxious to have their daughters to marry a fortune, who value money more than character, integrity, enterprise, and correct habits, will, in most cases, lament their short-sightedness, infatuation, and folly. There is happiness in a cottage where virtue, intelligence, and kindness dwell. A palace will not yield it in the absence of these. It is not those families where there is the greatest profusion of wealth, who are most envied. In many a splendid mansion there are aching hearts, disappointed hopes, corroding cares, and scalding tears. Let us not be misunderstood. We are not depreciating or decrying wealth. It confers and secures many advantages. It gives to its possessor influence, position and power. "Cæteris paribus," as we were taught in our schoolboy days to say; other things being equal, it is desirable, highly beneficial, and eminently comfortable. But it is not worth sacrificing domestic peace to possess it-it is not worth enduring the strife of tongues-it is not worth the life-long reproach, "You married me for my money."
THE POWER OF PENCE. A MANCHESTER calico-printer was, on his wedding-day, persuaded by his wife to allow her two half-pints of ale a-day as her share. He rather winced under the bargain; for,
though a drinker himself, he would have preferred a perfectly sober wife.
They both worked hard; and he, poor man, was seldom out of the public-house while the factory was closed.
The wife and husband saw little of each other except at breakfast; but, as she kept things tidy about her, and made her stinted and even selfish allowance for housekeeping meet the demands, he never complained.
She had her daily pint, and he, perhaps, had his two or three quarts. At odd times, she succeeded by dint of one little genuine artifice or another, to win him home an hour or two earlier at night, and now and then to spend an entire evening in his own house. But these were rare occasions.
They had been married a year; and, on the morning of the wedding anniversary, the husband looked askance at her with some shade of remorse, as he observed,
"Mary, we'r had no holiday sin' we were wed; and only that I hav'n't a penny i' th' world, we'd take a jaunt to see thee mother!"
"Would'st like to go, John?" she asked, softly, between a smile and a
tear, to hear him speak kindly as in old times. "If thee'd like to go, John, I'll stand treat.”
"Thou stand treat!" said he, with half a sneer, "hast got a fortun', wench ?"
"Nay," said she, "but I'n gotten the pint o' ale."
"Gotten what?" said he, quite astonished.
"The pint o' ale," was the reply.
John still didn't understand her, till the faithful creature reached down an old stocking from under a loose brick up the chimney, and, counting out her daily pint of ale in the shape of 365 threepences (i.e. £4 11s. 3d.) put it into his hand, exclaiming,
"Thee shall have the holiday, John!"
John was ashamed, astonished, conscience-smitten, charmed. He wouldn't touch it.
"Hasn't thee had thy share? then I'll ha' no more," he said.
They kept their wedding-day with the old dame; and the wife's little capital was the nucleus of a series of investments that ultimately swelled into a shop, factory, warehouse, country seat, and a carriage.-Rev. J. B. Owen, M.A.
UNION OF LEARNING AND HOLINESS -It has been brought as a charge, in effect, against Mr. John Wesley, that he preferred genuine piety, even when associated with ignorance, to irreligion, though adorned with learning and the adventitious importance which wealth alone too often confers. To assert this, however, is only saying that he had, in spirit, sat at the Saviour's feet, heard His word, and learned of Him.
But he saw no necessity for either; and therefore prayed himself, and by putting the following words into his Hymn Book, instructed his societies and followers to sing :
"Unite the pair so long disjoined, Knowledge and vital piety; LEARNING and HOLINESS Combined, And truth and love let all men see, In these, whom up to thee we give, Thine, wholly thine, to die and live.'
MRS. DEBORAH ROBBINS.
On the 22nd November, 1860, died at Hendon, Middlesex, Mrs. Deborah Robbins, in the eighty-fourth year of her age.
A brief record of some leading events in the life of this "Mother in Israel" may prove interesting and instructive. Though not, like her ancient namesake, a prophetess, nor called to occupy so conspicuous a position among the people of God as that extraordinary woman, yet, from her childhood to a protracted old age, she was found seeking companionship with "them that feared the Lord, and that thought upon His name," using well her gifts in His service, and employing her energies and influence to promote His cause.
Deborah, daughter of Mr. Thomas Lampard, was born at Salisbury, Feb. 25, 1777. Her father, for many years a member of the Independent Church at Scott's Lane, in that city, was, along with others, sent forth to preach the Gospel in the numerous villages several miles around Salisbury, where, at that period, there was no other Gospel preaching. While yet a girl, Deborah used regularly to accompany her father in these engagements. Gifted with a fine musical voice, she materially assisted him in his work, by raising the tune, and taking the lead in the singing.
Village preaching in those days was a far less easy work than it is now; and, not unfrequently, while she thus stood at her father's side,
acting as his clerk, and leading the song of praise, she shared with him the annoyance and persecution to which he was subjected. Addled eggs and other missiles were often thrown at them, while engaged in these gratuitous efforts to diffuse the knowledge of Christ among a notoriously ignorant and neglected population. All honour to those faithful labourers, who, in the face of opposition such as this, persevered in their work, in obedience to the Divine command, "Preach the Gos
pel to every creature." They
laboured not in vain; the fruit of their labours, in many instances, is seen at this day, and will be made fully manifest in the great day of the Lord.
A short time before her departure, the aged saint, alluding to these circumstances of her early life, remarked, with satisfaction and thankfulness, that in nearly all these villages where her father laboured, a place of worship and a Sunday school are now found, where Christian truth is regularly dispensed, and Christian ordinances are observed.
In the year 1800, Deborah was admitted to the fellowship of the church of Christ to which her father belonged. About this time, a young man, who was a member of the same church, and looking forward to engagement in the Christian ministry, paid his addresses to her, and became her accepted suitor. During his absence in London, at one of the