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Observer, Mar. 1, 75.
THE FULNESS OF TIME. I HAVE read, with great pleasure and satisfaction, the article in E. O., headed, “ Fulness of the Time.” The “compilation” is the work of one who has read much and to profit. While reading the many books from which he quoted, his eye was open to every valuable reference to the condition of the world, necessitating a Deliverer and Teacher. The authors he quotes describe the processes of Divine Providence in the gradual but certain development of the period called in Holy Writ the "Fulness of Time ;” these the compiler has gathered up and strung together so as to form a most valuable help to those who may desire to know the processes leading to that marvellous consummation, but who may have neither the books to which to refer, the patience to search, nor sharpness enough to discover the points of reference. I recommend every reader of the E. 0. to read, study, and inwardly digest the matter of this “compilation," and when they have read it, hand it round that others also may be partakers of the benefit.
Intelligence of Churches, &c.
STRATHALBYN, AUSTRALIA.—Dear Bro. , times interfere very seriously with the King:- I almost owe you' an apology for working arrangements of churches. The the shortness of my last epistle. It was churches in this district have recently written under a heavy cold, and, along lost quite a number of promising and with other home letters, in haste for the useful members in this way, while others first mail. To make up for the shortness are expected soon to follow. I have now of my last, I take this early opportunity bad time to survey my new field of labour. of supplementing it by another. This and I may say that, considered as a field country, from all that I have seen and for purely evangelistic work, it 'is only been able to learn, is not so beautiful as one of moderate promise.: A few years
The hill ranges, which extend ago the fields in this neighbourhood were across the colony for many miles, with white unto harve Earnest and devoted their deep glens and fruitful valleys, con- Evangelists came on to reap the golden stitute, I am informed, one of the most grain. Those who were prepared to receive beautiful portions of the Australian Con- the truth did so, others made up their tinent. The drive from Adelaide up minds not to receive it. Since then the through the hills is very fine, the scenery work bas not been followed up as it approaching in variety and grace our ought to have been, and many of those mountain scenery at home. Strathalbyn who were brought into the church, not lies about thirty-five miles to the south- having been sufficiently established, have east of Adelaide. It is a quiet, sweet fallen away. Nor is this all, for roots of place, beautifully situated among the hills. bitterness have sprung up which have The township was founded some thirty not only troubled the churches, but also years ago, and chiefly by Scottish settlers. presented serious obstacles in the way of Hence the name “Strathalbyn.” Some a preached word. My work here will be of the principal members of the church in that of a gleaner: and along with this this place are persons whose names are will be combined another important duty, sufficient to tell their nationality. For viz., that of " confirming the souls of the there are Gordons, and Leslies, and disciples.” This two-fold work has fallen Kennedies on the roll. A very consider to my lot at home once and again. It able proportion of the population of South now devolves upon me here. And alAustralia are engaged in agricultural though I would have preferred the purely pursuits. And many of those who are evangelistic work on some virgin soil, yet engaged in this occupation are migratory I cheerfully acquiesce in the Father's in their character. They settle down on arrangements ; for He knows best what a piece of land, and crop it year after our work should be, and where it is most year, till it has become quite impoverished. required at any given time. And whereThen they “sell out," and go somewhere ever the pathway of the reader and the else to repeat the same thing. Good writer may lead, may it be illumined by wheat-growing land is being opened up in the pardoning love and the approving the north. And “ gone to the north," or, smile of our Father in heaven. With “ going to the north” is at present the sentiments of sincere esteem, yours truly order of the day. These migrations some in the Lord,
SYDNEY.-The cause here is steadily | audience. In Bingley hall, the Daily progressing. Bro. Hatey arrived here last Post reported between 3,000 and 4,000 May. The results of his labours 'up to bearers, which, considering that somo the present are from twelve to fourteen. 14,000 publicly stood up on Friday, on Sydney is: a "hard place to labour in. invitation, by so doing, to prórnise to Seetarian prejudice seems stronger than be present and do their best to bring in the other colonies.iiit J. LOCKLEY. others; could scarcely be considered
NOTTINGHAM DISTRICT. The tenth satisfactory result. In Curzon hall wo anmual meeting of the Nottingham asso. had some 1,500 persons, who listened to ciation of l churches was held in discourses by D. King and C. Abercrom. Bulwell, December 10. Bro. Dawson was bie. In Charles Henry Street chapel we appointed Chairman and Bro. J. Langton, had, in addition to the usual service, & Secretary. “A letter was read from the meeting, commencing at eight o'clock, Sherwood Street church, asking to be which was well attended. St. James' hall again received into the district co-opera- was taken for the next Lord's day aftertion. After due consideration it was noon and evening, at eight o'clock ; and unanimously resolved, " That the applica- also, in like manner, for each Lord's day in tion of the Sherwood Street church to February ; the usual services being again co-operate on the plan, be acoepted, commenced in our chapels, at half-past on condition that the letter gent to the six. Bren. Abercrombie and King were churches be withdrawn and apologized advertized to preach at each service in for, and that they seek -a personal inter in the ball. "" At the time of writing this, view with the Barker Gate church and two of the four Lord's days have passed, come to a settlement of all disputes the hall has been filled by most interestbetween them." It may be added, with ing congregations ; at the last meeting a pleasure, that this has been willingly number turned back, not being able to acceded to. The reports from the get, beyond the door. One was moved churches indicated a variety of results. to make the good confession, having been Some not making progress; others enjoy- won to Jesus at Curzon hall, and in all, ing more prosperity, as in Bulwell (both some ten have been immersed into the in the church and Lord's day school), death of Christ during the last few days. where is experienced the want of a larger There is considerable inquiry, and others and more commodious meeting house, are expected. Since the last notice in and where efforts are being made to E. O. and before this special effort com. obtain it. The need of assistance for menced, there were several baptisms. Mansfield being introduced the brethren WORTLEY.-Since the annual meeting present commenced & collection, and it four have been added to our number; was resolved that the churches of the three by immersion and one from the district: be requested to assist them by Baptists. One has also been immersed further pecuniary aid. It was resolved who has not yet united with the church. that the next annual distriet meeting We have had two-visits each from Bren. be held in Bulwell, and that Bro. Langton Pitman and Greenwell on Lord's days, be district secretary for the ensuing year. and a lecture by Bro. Greenwell, on Soul-stirring addresses were delivered in Monday evening. The meeting was very the evening meeting by brethren from well attended. We only regret that his Leicester, Loughborough, Green Hill stay was so limited; we think that if a Lane, Mansfield, and Nottingham.- From month at least could be spent instead of a report by the Chairman and Secretary. - Lord's day now and then, that far greater
BIRMINGHAM. On the Lord's day good would be accomplished. G. L. following Mr. Moody's fortnight of labour KENTISH Town. Bro. Cole's visit to and excitement, under the assurance that the churches in London has been much there would be no further services in enjoyed, and the hearts of the brethren Bingley ball, we engaged Curzon hall for at Kentish Town have been gladdened, & Sunday afternoon Tdiscourse upon the by witnessing three go down into the day of Pentecost. Mr. Moody's com- water in obedience to the command of mittee, however, on Friday night deter- Christ, making the good confession before mined to hold a special service at the many witnesses. The church is also reviv. same hour in Bingley hall, which is a very led by theearnestness of his example in the short distance from Curzon ball. This work of the Lord.
G. S. we regretted, as our meeting would have MOLLINGTON.--We have had showers been deferred had we not been led to of blessings here. The work of the Lord understand that the ground was clear. As is prospering in our hands. Last week five it was, however, we had a very fair persons joyfully confessed the Lord Jesus
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and were baptized into His precious might have been preaching from a new
Amongst them were a mother revelation. and her two daughters ; who, after much EXETER.-We are glad to have had the prayerful consideration, determined visit of an Evangelist during the last five solemnly to give themselves to the Lord, Lord's-day, ending February, 14th. We in His own sacred way. Praise God for have had one addition, and as members, His dear redeeming love ; for His soul. we have been greatly enouraged and built subduing grace.
up. We number only seven, but there NORTH BROOMHILL.-We have been have been good meetings, and many have gladdened by the addition of six, by inquired the way to Zion according to the immersion, and four formerly immersed. word of God. So there is an open field Four of the above are the fruits of the for labour, and were an Evangelist to labours of Bren. Scott and Abercrombie. stay here sometime no doubt there would We stand in need of help in spreading
be considerable ingathering. B. D. the truth.
E. H. LINCOLN.-I have spent four Lord's
Obituary. days here. Our meetings have not been
HARRIET ELLIS, the wife of Bro. large. I am glad, however, to report Bartley that two have been immersed into Christ, Chelsea, London, on February 1st, 1875,
Ellis, Evangelist, died at though they can scarcely be said to be the
thirty-three years of age. The church result of my labour. T. THOMPSON.
here suffers a bereavement in the loss of NETTLETON.-Bro. Dillon and myself her kindness of heart, and spirituality of visited Nettleton on December 20th, and mind.
J. C. V. baptized a young man. On January 3rd, MARTHA MILES fell asleep in Jesus I had the pleasure of immersing two December 4th, 1874, aged eighty years, more into the Saviour's death. To-day when able, she always filled her place at I hear of several others desirous of follow the Lord's table, but for the last two ing in the like way. This is the result of years she has been confined to her bed, much patient labour, when it almost which she endured with patience, putting seemed that the seed sown had perished. her trust in the Lord. She was happy to LONDON, CHELSEA.–Four more have
A. D. depart.
WILLIAM given themselves to the Lord in His
DUMSDAY departed this
life, December 10th, 1874, aged eighty-six appointed way. All of them in the morning of life. One is the eldest son of our years, after six weeks illness. Through Bro. Black.
J. C. V.
infirmity he had not been able to attend
the church for several years, but he loved SOUTHPORT.-Three have been immer- bis Bible, to which he devoted much of sed here since last report.
S. H. C. his time. He was one of the first who DOUGLAS, ISLE OF MAN.-Bro. Pitman embraced the truth at the time of the forhas been here three weeks. Four persons mation of the church in Piltdown, in which have put on the Lord Jesus in baptism, he was stedfast, and happy in life and and a brother from Wolverhampton has death.
A. D. come to reside here. Much labour and HANNAH BARLOW, recently departed, care have been bestowed on the above aged sixty years. She was one of the four cases, by Bren. King, Brown and early members of the Cox Lane church, others. Herein is that saying true again, having been immersed over thirty years “One soweth and another reapeth,” but back. Subsequently she held memberwe can rejoice together. We have much ship in Liverpool, but of late she has opposition from the sects, but this has resided in Birkenhead; but by affliction brought us the more under public notice. has been prevented meeting with the Many of the unprejudiced have heard us brethren.
M. 0. gladly
. If continuous labour were given, SARAH JACKSON DACRE, Cumberland, I am convinced that the church would fell asleep in Jesus, December 20th, 1874, soon become many times its present aged twenty-three years. She was immernumbers. Laxey, a mining village about sed during her stay in Southport, in 1865, eight miles from Douglas, has also had and since then has been so located as to attention. A gentleman kindly gave us be unable to meet with a
church. the use of a large room in the upper part Although thus isolated, she was a consistof his warehouse. At the first meeting, ent follower of Jesus. Always weak and although only one days notice was given, delicate in health, she passed away with. about #fty men assembled. They listened out a struggle, calm and peaceful as an with such evident astonishment, that one infant going to rest.
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ON DOING WITH ONE'S MIGHT. “Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with thy might.”—Eccles. ix. 10. CARISTIANITY is not a religion of transcendental abstraction nor of brilliant speculation; its children are neither monks, nor mystics, nor Epicureans, nor Stoics. It is the religion of loving, speaking, and doing, as well as of believing. It is a life as well as a creed-a life because a creed. It finds a rest for the heart, a word for the tongue, a way for the feet, and a work for the hand. The same Lord who is the foundation of our hopes, and the object of our faith, and the subject of our love, is also the model of our conduct; for “He went about doing good.” He has left “us an example that we should follow His steps."
In Solomon's words we find an eminently practical prescription. In a Christian, the working hand is the willing and liberal executive of the loving heart; action is the offspring of inspiration. Love cannot be repressed—it would not if it could; it must translate itself into life. Like the electric fluid, it gathers volume from repression and strength from resistance.
We are enjoined to do whatsoever the hand findeth to do. well study this, for it may be misapprehended. Everything that turns up in the course of events is not necessarily an opportunity of acting, or an invitation to act. Some things it is sin to do, and some things it is folly to do, and other things it is impossible to do, and, therefore, absurd to attempt. Openings occur which it is the highest virtue to refuse. The command, therefore, refers to things lawful, dutiful, useful, and expedient.
Let us illustrate the prescription by three very interesting Scripture incidents. The first is recorded in Luke x. 27-36. Where we have the parable of the good Samaritan. Now the priest in this parable thought sacrifice his only or most important vocation, and the Levite his ceremonial as far more obligatory on him than any incidental appeal to his feelings; and both these turned away, preferring sacrifice to mercy. A stranger-a Samaritan-rising above the prejudices of sect, the quarrels of nationality, and the punctilios of temple service, nursed the wounded man, and paid the expenses of the inn to which he carried him. His heart recognised in the wounded and plundered man, a victim of misfortune ; and his willing hand, obedient to the impulses of his loving heart, relieved his wants, and secured assistance and medical treatment for his wounds. Which will you be ? Take your choice of precedent-that of the priest, or of the Levite, or of the good Samaritan. The best surviving instincts of our nature, the law of Christian kindness, the love of God, and the love of man, alike declare and determine which of the three we should imitate with our might.
Let us take another illustrative case. We read in Matt. xii. 43, a widow, hearing an appeal made to her liberality and recognising its depth and force, opened her purse, in order to contribute. She found two small coins only, which were her all; but in the exercise of a faith tou rare, but not too strong, she argued with herself, “God, who clothes the lilies with their loveliness, and feeds the sparrows from his stores, will not overlook widows." But whatsoever her reasoning was, her action was good. Many people reason badly who act nobly. She cast
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her all, with noble precipitancy, into the treasury. It was accepted of God. It was love ihat made her two mites weigh so heavy; it was her motive and aim which made them ring so loud, as they fell into the treasury, that God heard the echoes in heaven. God estimated the greatness of her gift not by its amount, but by the heart that was in it. It is the force that lies far back in the heart, not the munificence or volume of the deed, by which a donation is appreciated in the upper sanctuary. In one case, a thousand pounds are a mite; while in another, a mite is a thousand pounds. There is a third instructive precedent in Matt. xxvi. 7-13.-" There
unto him a woman having an alabaster box of very precious ointment, and poured it on his hend, as he sat at meat. But when his disciples saw it, they had indignation, saying, To what purpose is this waste? For this ointment might have been sold for much, and given to the poor. When Jesus understood it, he said unto them, Why trouble ye the woman? for she hath wrought a good work upon
For ye have the poor always with you; but me ye have not always. For in that she hath poured this ointment on my body, she did it for my burial. Verily I say unto you, Wheresoever this gospel shall be preached in the whole world, there shall also this, that this woman hath done, be told for a memorial of her." A loving heart, throbbing in a living hand, poured a box of precious perfume on the Saviour's head. The utilitarians of that day denounced her generous deed as unjustifiable waste. Their successors of the same school wculd call-it pitiable extravagance.
The Son of God, so opposed to waste, that on one occasion He commanded His disciples to gather up the crumbs that nothing might be wasted, stamped it with His divine approbation. She did not calculate the cost of the perfume, but the claims of her Lord. Hers was the uncalculated and incalculable service of love. There are instincts not to be measured by economy, impulses that are profaned by reasoning, sacrifices which, sneered at and repudiated by the world, are hailed and praised by Christ as the incense of the heart.
In the prescription we are here considering, there is an appeal to the individual—whatever thy hand findeth." We too often merge
the individual in the crowd, or the personal in the collective. We think the church will do this or give that, and therefore I need not do or give much. This distributing the load over many, that each may feel it lightly, however useful in material things, is really evasive of duty under the force of a moral and religious appeal—“Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do not devolve on others, but do.'" Do not dissipate your responsibility. Do not infer it is lessened because the appeal is made to the church. It is by each soldier feeling his obligation in doing his part that the army conquers; it is by each bee doing its work that the hive is stored with honey; it is by each insect putting forth all its might that the coral reef becomes an island, and cities rise upon the bosom of the main.
It is also a present obligation; whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, you are not to procrastinate or adjourn to a future opportunity. That occasion may never occur, or you may not live to see it, or you may not, when it comes, have means of responding to its call. What you mean