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in the name of the Saviour. Now, I shall receive.' May you one day be Mat, remember that, though you see able to claim the fulfilment of that him not, God is now in this place, promise: 'He that overcometh shall ererywhere. He is listening to what inherit all things ; and I will be his we say; he is ready to grant what God, and he shall be my son.'" we ask; more ready to hear than (Rev. xxi. 7.) we are to cry to him. 'Ask, and ye
Gems from Golden Mines.
TRUST GOD FOR SMALL
THINGS. We are too much like children who cry and make a great ado about sweetmeats and toys, while they can trust for clothing, general care, and a house in wbich to live. How many of what may be called the small things of this life and of religion we are anxious about, while the great concerns we leave with God! Now, why can we not commit ourselves into his hands for the small as well as the great? Let us not forget that he rules the atom as well as the Torld, that he feeds the hummingbird as well as the eagle, that he provides the crust as well as the feast, that be numbers tbe hairs of Tour head as well as the stars of the firmament. Shall he upbold all things, and not uphold you ? Shall he clothe the lilies and feed the rarens, and not clotbe and feed you, Oye of little faith ?, As a Christian,
God has made over to you a crown that fadeth not away; and can you not trust him for a crumb which perishes ? Has he clothed you with the garment of salvation, and will you not trust him for the clothing of the body ? Has he provided a house for you in the heavens, which hath foundations, whose Builder and Maker is God; and will you not trust him for a tabernacle, or a cot. tage in the wilderness | Has he given you himself, his Son, his Spirit, his Word, his grace, his promises ; and can you not trust him to give you bread, friends, clothes, habitation, and all the necessary mercies of this life? Surely if he has given you the greater, he will give you the legs. This is the very argument of St. Paul: “He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things?”
A DISCUSSION WITH BUDD. | apparently awaking any dread of its HIST PRIESTS.
ultimate prevalence on the part of
the Buddhist priests. During the For many years the evangeliza- | last three or four years their long fion of Ceylon proceeded without 1 silence has been broken, and th:
have come boldly forward to stem, subject of the existence of a Creator, the progress of the Gospel, and to The Christians listened quietly to save the doctrines of Buddha from the priests while they discussed the overthrow. Two or three priests, of negative, but they would not hear considerable attainments and much any reply. metaphysical skill, have presented The parties again assembled on the themselves as the champions of their 22nd September. On this occasion ancient creed, and, by lectures and the Buddhists treated the Christians discussions, assailed Christianity, both unfairly and riotously. They and endeavoured to uphold the not only pelted some of them wher system of Gaudama. A discussion they went away, but circulated the of this sort took place in the month report that they had driven the of September last, at a village called Christians off into the jungle de Waragodda, near Colombo, under feated. On this, as in similar dis. the following circumstances. It cussions, the priests exhibited a most came to the knowledge of our native intolerant spirit. brother, Juan Silva, that on the It will interest our readers to 27th August last it was the intention know the questions that were raised. of the inhabitants of the above The first proposition of the Buddhists named village to get the priest of ran to this effect :-“To seek and Migettoowatte to preach against accept a true religion is of more ini. Christianity in the rest-house, not portance than all else in the world." far from the place where the In discussing it, the priests affirm Christians meet on Lord's day. On that all true religion will be conthe day named, Juan Silva, with two firmed to the conscience of all or three other Christians, went to the rational beings. It was then argued rest-house. Although some of the that there is no Creator, since reason Buddhists had promised the Chris- shows that no being could exist tians that their minister should be before creation. Again, there was allowed to address the assembly, the no eternity of suffering to come. tumultuous behaviour of the crowd | since it is impossible for any person prevented their doing 80. Yet the in this world to commit a sir. deserv. priest of Migettoowatte preached | ing of eternal punishment. This last twice without any hindrance. A statement from a Buddhist is remarkdiscussion was then proposed, and able, as it is a fundamental principle the date fixed was the 8th Sep. of his creed that present actions tember.
entail eternal and irreversible conAt the time appointed, some fif- sequences. The proposition was teen priests assembled, and about a sustained lastly by long arguments thousand of the laity. On the Chris. to prove that the God of the Bible tian side there were about thirty accepted animal and human sacrifices, Christians and four native ministers. / which were contradictory to the As agreed upon, the Buddhists pro. | Christian conception of God as an allposed, in writing, the first question ; powerful, all-seeing, benevolent, and but as it was found that it would holy Being. For these reasons the take too long to answer it in the Christian religion must be rejected. same way, the answer was postponed | “like a stick on fire and blazing at to another day. The Christians then both ends, and smeared with filth in proposed their question, to which the the middle." Buddhists wrote at once, and read The Christian reply was delivered out an answer and gave it to them. on the 22nd September. It appears There being now an hour to spare, it to have been satisfactory in all points was proposed to discuss verbally the | but one, in which the Christiane Tere at fault through the imperfec- this repeated existence is owing to tions of the present translation-an Karma. The Christians reply by excellent reason for hastening to its | arguing that the law of existence completion the version on which must be the Creator's power, and Mr. Carter is now engaged. The they close with the words, “ Who, rejoinder of the Buddhists consisted then, does not perceive that, whilst of little more than a re-assertion of the most subtle statements on the their former statements, which led to Buddhist side themselves prove that s similar review of the leading argu there must be a Creator, religion ments on the Christian side.
and teaching is nothing but error The first question propounded on which declares that there is no the Christian side was “concerning Creator?" the existence of beings.” Buddhists The final reply of the Christians affirm that the doctrine of creation has hitherto met with no answer. by God is false. How, then, ask the Let us hope that some of their Christians, did things come into opponents may have had their minds existence? And they proceed to opened to the truth. It is certainly examine the doctrine of Karma, the a striking fact, and a new phase in Buddhist technical word by wbich our Ceylon mission, thus to find the Buddhists indicate that action or Buddhists coming down from their force from which creation springs. lofty indifference into the arena of But, say the Christians, the very argument. On the Christian comword action proves that the doer of munity the effect has been to invigothe action existed before it was done. rate their faith and to quicken their They then proceed to show that if, zeal. Some converts have been as some Buddhists say, beings are added to the Church of God, while eternal, this opinion is opposed to the all have remained faithful to the fondamental idea of the system that Gospel. This brief sketch of an inail existence is sorrowful and perish teresting discussion will give our Ing. In answer to this, the Budd. readers a distant idea of the difficult his priests tried to establish the questions that come into dispute as doctrine of metempsychosis, or the our brethren strive to lead the minds eternal production of beings from of the Singhalese to a knowledge of those going before, that they are the true God and of Jesus Christ born by a law of succession, and that' whom he bas sent.
SIXCE the publication of our last number, Mr, Gladstone, on bebalf of the
overnment of Lord Russell, has intro. ized the long-talked-of Reform Bill. We cannot say that the measure satisfies even The reasonable expectations of the people, her it is limited to a fourteen-pound fran
ks in counties, and a seven-pound franchise in boroughs; and it does not attempt to deal with the difficult question We redistribution of seats. But it is a
good measure so far as it goes; and, as such, we hope it will receive cordial, if it cannot have enthusiastic, support. Its best recommendation is that the Tories have resolved to oppose it at every stage. How they can do so consistently with their own former proposals, it is not for us to say. But if the Liberals are moderately united, the Bill is certain to pass the Lower House at least. If it be rejected by the Lords, the Lords will have to be separately dealt with.
The Church-rate Abolition Bill has may.
passed its second reading. In the course
together in Christian fellowship. T of the discussion Mr. Gladstone made a Rev. Charles Vince presided. The servi suggestion, which had indeed been made opened with a hymn, after which the Re previously by Mr. Bright, to modify the
S. T. Allen read a selection of suitabi Bill to the extent of allowing Churchmen Scripture passages, and offered praye to rate themselves, but abolishing all
Mr. Vince then observed that they wer powers of enforcing payment. This would
not met together either to expound or not be abolishing church-rates, but it would entorce their views, as Nonconfort be abolishing compulsory church-rates, respecting the nature and functions de Mr. Gladstone has promised to propose
Christian Church, but to act in accordan clauses to this effect when the Bill comes
with them. They held that any numb into Committee. It certainly appears to
of Christian people, whether few or nunus that the proposal is one that Dissenters rous, had the right, if tbey choose, to far: may properly accept.
themselves into a Christian Church ; an
that, when so formed, they were a part Jamaica news grows worse and worse. the body of Christ, wbether recognised Even The Times is now compelled to ac
such by other churches or not. Thos knowledge that the cruelties that have
before him had gravely and deliberately been enacted against the blacks in Jamaica
resolved to avail themselves of that right are almost without parallel; and every
| The reading of their names was follower impartial person, The Times included, now
by the “declaration :” — “We, thus confesses that these cruelties had scarcely
names are hereunto attached, do agree, in any apology. By the middle of this
dependence upon the promised grace o month it is expected that the Commis
the Holy Spirit, to receive each other a sioners will have arrived at home. Then,
brethren and sisters in the Lord; to cultor soon after, we may expect their Report.
vate towards one another that love which It appears likely that then justice will be
was our Lord's new commandment' to done. Till the Commissioners' Report is
his disciples; to watch over the spiritua presented, we must be as patient as we
welfare of each other; to submit ott
liearts and lives to the authority and collThe Congregational Home Missionary | mands of the Lord Jesus Christ, and to Society is making an effort to increase its promote the welfare of our fellow-men att income from £6,000 to £10,000 a year. the glory of God." The assent to the Mr. Morley, the treasurer, gives £500 a “declaration" by those whose names wel year for three years, Mr. Mills £200, and appended to it was signified by the several others £100 each. The Society solemnly standing whilst it was read. TL employs 164 agents and 60 lay evan | Rev. S. Cbapman then offered prayer for gelists, and is doing its work both ener. the blessing of God upon the church thu getically and wisely. It seems to have formed, after which the chairman hrief solved a question which has puzzled our adverted to the circumstances which has churches for some time-how to combine led to the erection of Christ Churcb, an! local independent action and centraliza to the appointment, by the building com tion. Each county is encouraged to form mittee, of the Rev. Isaac Lord to occur an Association. No evangelist is to be the pulpit until a church could be du placed in the county without the approval constituted; and observed that the re of the Association, which in return is sponsibilities of the committee terminator asked to furnish one-third of the neces with the solemnities of that evening, an sary funds ; the friends in the district to be that the duty of electing a pastor now de occupied are then asked for another third ; volved upon the church. The followi. and the Society gives the rest. This plan resolution, moved by Mr. A. J. Allbut, has worked well, and in every case the and seconded by Mr. W. Cooper, w funds raised by the country have in unanimously adopted :-"That the Rev creased. May not our own Society receive Isaac Lord, who has ministered to us since a hint or two from our Congregational the erection of this place of worship, * brethren?
earnestly requested to undertake the pastoral office among us." Mr. Lord briefly
intimated his acceptance of this invitation, DOMESTIC.
when prayer for his bealth, comfort, and
success was offered by the Rev. G. B. CHRIST CHURCH, ASTON, BIRMINGHAM. Johnson. After the singing of a hymu, -On Tuesday evening. March 6th, a ser brotherly counsels and encouragement vice was held at this place of worship, at were addressed to the pastor by the Rer. which 111 persons were formally united R. W. Dale, M.A., and, after another hymn, the Rev. J.J. Brown addressed the continued up to June, 1865, when he rechurch. The celebration of the Lord's signed. For nearly six years Mr. Payne Supper brought the proceedings to a close. has suffered an affliction which has bereft The new cause at Christ Church has com him of the use of his limbs, and from the menced most auspiciously, and has every time when he ceased to be the pastor of the prospect of permanent success.
church his income was merely nominal. SHEFFIELD. -- On Wednesday evening, Some time since the idea of a memorial March 7th, a social tea was held in the fund was suggested, by the aid of which Temperance Hall, Sheffield, when between
the declining years of Mr. Payne might be fou and five hundred persons sat down to
cheered. The sum contributed amounted tea. The occasion of the gathering was
to £365, and on the evening above named the presentation of a testimonial to the
the presentation took place in the presence Rer. Charles Larom, on his retirement
of a large and deeply-interested audience. from the pastorate of the church in Town Jobn Rutty, Esq., of Wycombe, presided, bead Street. The testimonial consisted of
and made the presentation in very kind £760, and in addition a very handsome and appropriate remarks. Mr. Payne resilver tea and coffee service, bearing the
plied in a very affecting speech, delivered following inscription :-“Presented with a
under the influence of deep emotion. The tea and coffee service and $760, by the Revs. J. Preston and J. H. Snell afterchurch and congregation of Townhead
wards addressed the meeting; as did also Street Chapel, Sheffield, to the Rev.
the Revs. J. Lawton, J. Bannister, T. Charles Laron, on his resignation of the
Butcher, and Mr. G. Mayo. Letters ex. pastorate of forty-five years' duration.
pressive of sympathy and regret were read March 7th, 1866." 'Besides this, the church
from the Rev. Dr. Steane, the Rev. W. and congregation have guaranteed to Mr.
Brock, the Rev. T. Hands, and others. Larom an annuity of £50 per annum. ANDOVER. — On Wednesday evening, After tea, the Rev. D. Loxton, the senior February 28th, a very interesting valedicIndependent minister, presided, and in a tory service was held in the Baptist Chapel, Warin and genial speech, opened the meet Andover, by way of taking a farewell of ing. The presentation was made by Mr.
the old building, which is now being reAtkinson, the senior deacon. In an able moved for the erection of a larger and and interesting speech, Mr. Atkinson re more convenient place of worship, with viewed the past, and dwelt on the various school-rooms, vestries, and other accommneidents which had marked the career of modations. More than 200 sat down to the retiring pastor ; and then presented tea. The tea being over, a public meeting ad affectionate address to him from the was held. Joseph Parsons, Esq., presided.
et.bers of the church. The chairman The chairman called the attention of the then called upon the Rev. Dr. Evans, of meeting to the past history of the church. Scarborough, and the Rey, Brewin Grant, He also referred to the prosperous state of who successively expressed their esteem the church, and the increasing congregaand regard for Mr. Larom. Mr. Larom, tion, which has led the church to the deciwith much emotion, and in most appro sion of enlarging its borders. He then priate terms, acknowledged the testimonial. called upon the pastor, the Rev. Francis Though retiring from the pastorate, he Wills, to present a statement, which emhoped still to be able to preach as opportu braced the whole of the operations in relaarty offered, and to promote the interests tion to the progress of the work, the late of the denomination to which he belonged. bazaar and its proceeds, also the elevation, The Rev. Dr. Stacey, the Rev. Dr. Fald plans, contract, &c. The contract was Ing. the Rev.J. H. James, and others, also stated to be for £1,400. The Revs. W. adalressed the meeting.
M'Owan and J. T. Duncan, and Messrs. CAESHAM, Bucks. -On Monday even
Young and Millard, afterwards addressed ing, February 19tb, a public meeting was
the meeting. The choir sang several inheld in the Lower Baptist Chapel, Ches | teresting pieces, and the meeting was ra, to express sympathy and respect for
brought to a close after thanks had been the Rev. W. Payne, and to present him duly presented. with a testimonial of esteem and love. SANDHURST, KENT. -On Tuesday, March Ar. Payne had occupied the position of 6th, the recognition services were held in wtor of the church for upwards of thirty connection with the settlement of the Rev. laars. Rather more than six years ago he
R. Andrew Griffin, of the Metropolitan became very seriously indisposed. After Tabernacle College, as pastor of the Bap* very protracted illness, he was enabled tist Church. The Rev. J. Drew, of Mar
resume his ministerial duties in the gate, preached in the afternoon from Luke pat, which, with occasional help, he | x. 39.* About 150 persons sat down to tea