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in the oversons were prheld, presided over the
Earl's Colne. were held on Tuesday, July | tional part of the service being conducted by 17th. The afternoon service was presided
rvice was presided the Rev. J. S. Spilsbury. After this the Rev. over by Rev. John Cox, of Ipswich. The
John Cox. of Ipswich. The | G. W. Humphreys of Wellington, delivered Rev. G. Woodrow, of Halstead, began the a lucid and telling address on “ The Principles service by invoking the Divine blessing. The of our Denomination.” Mr. Hughes stated Rev. J. Richardson, of Bures, read the Scrip the steps which led to his conversion, entry tures. The Rev. W. Bentley, of Sudbury, on the ministry, and acceptance of the pastorate proposed the usual questions to church and | at Prescott and Uffculme. The Rev. J. Field, pastor. The recognition prayer was offered by | of Exeter, delivered a practical address to the Rev. G. O. Frost, late of Woodbridge. The church. Afterwards a public tea was given Rev. G. Rogers, theological tutor of the Rev. in the orchard near the chapel, when upwards C. H. Spurgeon's College, then gave a solemn of 200 persons were present. In the evening and impressive charge to the pastor, from | a public meeting was held, presided over by 2 Cor. vi. 3. The afternoon service was con the Rev. E. Webb, of Tiverton, when the cluded by the Rev. B. Johnson, of Halstead. Rev. U. Foot, of Cullompton, delivered s A public tea was held in a barn kindly lent for sound scriptural address, on the “Christian the occasion by a member of the Society of | Ministry." Addresses were afterwards given Friends. At half-past six the proceedings of by Revs. Messrs. Spilsbury, Field, Binnie, the day were resumed in the chapel, under the Humphreys, and Wood, and W. D. Horses, presidency of the Rev. G. Rogers, when the Esq., of Wellington. charge to the church was given by Rev John
MINISTERIAL CHANGES. -The Rev. J. R. Cox, from John xv. 9. Addresses were after
Jenkins, of Rayleigh, having, in consequence wards delivered by Mr. Herbert Hill, Mr.
of protracted ill-health, found it necessary to John Cole, Mr. Spurrier, and Mr. Crudginton.
resign bis charge, and to remove to a milder sed A few remarks from the Revs. G. Rogers and
more genial climate, has accepted a cordial in1. H. Stote closed a highly interesting and
vitation to the pastorate of the church at profitable day.
Lyme Regis, Dorset. The Rev. D. Jennings, CORSHAM, Wilts.-Interesting services
of Lyme, has accepted a cordial invitation to were held in connection with the Baptist
the pastorate of the church at Rayleigh. Church in this town, on Tuesday, July 24th,
The Rev. G. Wyard, junr., of Reading, bas for the purpose of recognising the Rev. Joseph
accepted the very cordial and unanimous inHurlstone as pastor. The afternoon service vitation to the pastorate of the church at St. was opened by the Rev. J. H. Wood, of Melk
John's Hill, Shrewsbury.--The Rer. H. J. xham. The Rev. David Wassell, of Bath,
Betts has intimated his intention to resign the gave the charge, basing his remarks on
pastorate of the church at Trinity Chapel 2 Timothy i. 8. The Rev. William Newall, of Bradford.-Mr. Thomas Jermine, of HaverBradford, earnestly besought the blessing of ford West College, has accepted the call of the God upon the pastor and people. The Rev.
Baptist church in Upper Lichfield-street, S. S. Pugh, of Devizes, then addressed the
Willenhall, as a co-pastor with the Rev. J, church from 2 Corinthians ix. 8. The service Davis.- The Rev. J. Sage has intimated his was concluded by the Rev. H. Young, of
intention to resign the pastorate of the Baptist Melksham. A public tea followed, with a
church, Kenninghall, Norfolk.- The Rer.C. meeting in the evening. The chair was taken
Short, M.A., has resigned the pastorate of the by Mr. Wassell. After his opening address,
church at Mount Pleasant, after a ministry of the senior deacon made a statement relative to
fifteen years, and has accepted a cordial inthe invitation given and accepted. Mr. Hurl
vitation from the church assembling at Townstone narrated his experience, views of doc
head-street, Sheffield. Mr. Short will comtrine, and reasons for accepting the pastorate
mence his ministerial labours at Sheffield os of the church. Mr. Cox, of Bath, Mr. Wood, the first Sunday in September - The Rer. Mr. Young, Mr. Bayley, of Castle Coombe,
George Hider, of Sible Hedingham, Eas, and the Rev. William Cotton, Inde
has resigned his present pastorate, having pendent minister, all welcomed the new
cepted a cordial invitation to the oversight of pastor. Mr. Newell followed. The chairman
the church at Newark, Notts.-The Rer. E concluded the meeting. There was a good
B. Lancaster has resigned the pastorate of the attendance at the tea; the congregation in the
Baptist church, Regent-street Chapel, Lange evening was very good; tokens of the Divine
beth, and is for the present at liberty to sufblessing have been granted, and the church
ply vacant churches. Address, 47, Beresfordwould thank God, and take courage.
street, Walworth, London.-The Rev. J. T. UPFCULME.-On Wednesday, July 18th, || Felce, having resigned the pastorate of the services were held in connection with the set | Baptist church, Aldwinkle, Northamptos. tlement of Rev. T. G. Hughes, as pastor of shire, has accepted an invitation to the church the United Baptist Churches of Prescott and at Kislingbury, in the same county, and en Uffculme. The service in the afternoon was tered upon his stated labours the second commenced by singing and prayer, the devo- | Sab August
Bult apon the foundation of the Apostles and Prophets, Jesus Christ himself being
the chief corner-stone.'
THE WORK AND THE REWARD.
BY THE REV. C. WILLIAMS. "Than Satan answered the Lord and said, Doth Job fear God for nought p'—Job. i. 9. OTHERS, beside Satan, have asserted that religion is wholly a selfish thing. confess that the suspicion has often crossed my own mind. When I have tened to a preacher urging on his hearers the importance of being iristians, on the ground that “ Godliness is profitable for all things," and sering them that by becoming disciples of Jesus they will make “ the best wth worlds," I have been unable to repress the query, “Doth Job fear d for nought ?" Still more, when I have listened to platform appeals for Ley, has this question been suggested. The speaker frequently insists on • fact, “ He that giveth to the poor lendeth to the Lord "-" The liberal 1 shall be made fat”-“He that soweth bountifully shall reap also 1 untifully;" and he reminds his audience that the niggardly cannot increase
1 store “ There is that withholdeth more than is meet, and it tendeth jueerty." And so the collecting boxes go round after these appeals to is selfishness of human nature. What wonder if on-lookers ask, as they
a religious man dropping a sovereign into a box in the confident expecin' n that it will be returned to him with interest, “Doth Job fear God
bought 1" We don't forget that Satan is the author of our text. But thi We must admit that there is some truth in it, and the force of the ques. i centres in the partial truth wbich runs through it. At the same time,
the father of lies” never speaks the thing that is true without intending i produce a false impression. And so on examination we discover that in-hood underlies our text. We must therefore be careful in its exposition ; 1-2 Tennyson is right in holding that
"A lie wbich is all a lie may be met and fought with outright,
But a lie which is part a truth is a harder matter to fight. Our business is, first to ascertain the truth that is in our text, and the
to expose the falsehood of the question. We cannot give an unqualified Yes or No to the accuser of the brethren: our answer to the question, “ Doth Job. fear God for nought?" is rather both Yes and No.
Reading through the notes of the controversy between Job and his three friends, you soon come to the conclusion that the patriarch was bitterly disa appointed, sorely puzzled, and severely exercised, by the results of his life service. He had expected a better ending; and, though he cursed not God, he poured out his heart in complaints that he, a good and righteous man, had met with such terrible afflictions. Now and then a light appeared to him in the darkness, and at these seasons his faith in God inspired hin with the hope that he would yet be vindicated : hence the exclamation, "I know that my Redeemer liveth.” It is evident that Job did not serve God for nought ; that he connected reward with service. And he was right in doing so. The Lord God does not require any of us to serve Him without thought of reward. Hear what Moses said to the Hebrews—“And it shall come to pass, if thou shalt hearken diligently unto the voice of the Lord thyi God, to observe and to do all His commandments which [ command theu this day, that the Lord thy God will set thee op high above all nations of the earth; and all these blessings shall come on thee, and overtake thee, if thou shalt hearken unto the voice of the Lord thy God.” (Deut. xxviii. 1 and 2.) And when God spake to Solomon, he repeated the promise in another form—“And if thou wilt walk before me, as David thy father walked, in integrity of heart, and in uprightness, to do according to all that I have commanded thee, and wilt keep my statutes and my judgments; then I will establish the throne of thy kingdom upon Israel for ever, as I pre mised to David thy father, saying, There shall not fail thee a man upon the throne of Israel.” (1 Kings ix. 4 and 5.) It is the same in the new as in the old covenant., Peter once answered Jesus, and said, “ Behold, we have forsaken all, and followed thee; what shall we have therefore ! And this is Christ's reply —“And Jesus said unto them, Verily I say unte you, that ye which have followed me in the regeneration, when the Son o man shail sit in the throne of his glory, ye also shall sit upon twelve thrones judying the twelve tribes of Israel. And every one that hath forsaken houses, or brethren, or sisters, or father, or mother, or wife, or children, a lands, for my name's sake, shall receive an hundred-fold, and shall inheri everlasting life.” (Matt. xix. 28 and 29.) I hear the great apostle assuring me, as I run the gospel race, and saying, “So run that ye may obtain the incorruptible crown. And a greater than Paul in times of trial calls to me -.“ Be thou faithful unto death, and I will give thee a crown of life.” The Lord God does not demand of us a service to which no reward is attached. On the contrary, He promises us well-being as a persuasive to well-doing : “Hearken diligently unto me, and eat ye that which is good, and let your soul delight itself in fatness.” The best and nobles have served God, thinking of the reward. There was Moses. Was he UE mindful of the interests of self in his godliness? Why did he refuse to be called the son of Pharaoh's daughter ? Wherefore did he leave the palace for a wilderness, and renounce his position in the royal family to become one of a despised and enslaved people ? He made his choice, "esteeming the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures in Egypt, for he had respect unto the recompense of the reward." There was Paul. I do not find that he was beyond the influence of the reward. When banding his back to the cross he raised his thoughts to the crown, and the prospect of the “ far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory" enabed him to speak of the “light affliction which is but for a moment." With manly candour the apostle declared, “ This one thing I do, forgetting how things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of Ciud in Christ Jesus.' Paul, the aged, having " fought a good fight," “ finished his course,” and “kept the faith," waited hopefully for “the crim of righteousness." There was the Lord Jesus Himself, in whom was to en, but who rendered perfect service to the Heavenly Father. He
ought of self. What sustained Him in prospect of His terrible passion be conflict in Gethsemane-the rejection by the multitude—the death of Calvary! I know that angels ministered unto Him, that the Spirit of God apbore him, and that devotion to the Divine will inspired him with invinible courage ; but I also know that the glory that was to follow attracted him onward. “Who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, lespising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of rod." My friends, we can never rise above Jesus; and if he served God, vinking of the reward, it cannot be wrong for you and me to do so. “Doth he good man fear God for nought?" I answer, No; God does not require m to render a service without rewards, but has graciously promised to give im a rich reward for the service he renders.
Underlying the question of my text, which I have shown you contains a artial truth, is a gross falsehood, otherwise it would not have been asked by san. The adversary meant that Job simply served God for the sake of e good things which God gave him. “ Hast not thou made an hedge about s, and about his house, and about all that he hath on every side? Thou hast
ed the work of his hands, and his substance is increased in the land : at put forth thine hand now, and touch all that he hath, and he will curse bet to thy face.” (Job i. 10 and 11.) This was a foul libel, as the trial Pod, on the patriarch. The hedge was broken down, his household whed, his worldly all was destroyed. Did Job curse God / Listen to B: “The Lord gave, and the Lord hath taken away; blessed be the name the Lord.” Satan returned to the charge : “And Satan answered the pent, and said, Skin for skin, yea, all that a man hath will he give for his : but put forth thine hand now, and touch his bove and his flesh, and will curse thee to thy face.” (Job. ii, 4 and 5.) Well, Job was afflicted roma the sole of his foot unto his crown." One sickens at the thought of a loul disease that clave to him. But did he curse God ? Listen to trigain : “What? shall we receive good at the hand of God, and shall tw not receive evil ?" It was not for sheep and oxen, it was not for sons and lighters, that Job feared God. When he had lost them he held fast his iegrity. Thankful for these blessings, he was faithful to God, even though
they were denied to him. True religion is always of this character. It is the service of love. Our whole duty is summoned up in these two com mandments-“ Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart," and “Thou shalt love thy neighbours as thyself.” Love serves because it can do none other than serve. It is the most powerful of motives, inspiring the spirit of self-sacrifice, constraining to painful toil, and making service heroic.
A tale is told of the serving man of a Scotch lord which will illustrate my meaning. In troublous times, the nobleman had risked fortune and life in a rebellion. He lost the stake, and was compelled to dismiss his servants This serving man refused to leave him. “But I can no longer pay you wages," said the master. “I will serve without," was the reply. “I mus become an exile and fare hard,” said the lord. “These hands shal supply your need," replied the servant. That was a service of love. So long as wages could be had, the man laboured for them ; but rather than not serve, he was willing to toil without reward. Religion is not mere self-seeking. If it came to that, the good man would serve God though there were no rewards. I speak confidently, because Bible history bears me out in the statement. Moses, we have seen, “ had respect unto the recompense of the reward.” But was he a selfish man? Let this incident in his life decide the answer. The Israelites had worshipped the golden calf. God was adgty, as he is with the wicked every day. And he threatened to consume them, offering to make of Moses “a great nation.” But the man of God, in the unselfishness of his large heart, interceded for the people, and they were spared. Nor was this all. I find he prayed : “Oh, this people have sinned a great sin, and have made them gods of gold. Yet now, if thou wilt forgive their sin- ; and if not—" if a sacrifice be needed and I can become their sin-offering-“blot me, I pray thee, out of the book which thou has written.” He was willing, you see, in the service of God and for the good of men, to give up “the recompense of the reward.” The Apostle Paul who never lost sight of the prize, did not labour and suffer merely that by might win the crown. Nay, he was willing to resign that crown, if thereby Christ could be glorified in the salvation of the Jews. It was no light word he spake. He prefaces his declaration with this solemn asservation_“I say the truth in Christ, I lie not; my conscience also bearing me witness in the Holy Ghost.” And to what does all this lead? The startling statement “I could wish that myself were accursed from Christ for my brethren, mg kinsmen according to the flesh." It was not that Paul undervalued his lation to Christ. He says in another place, speaking of “the excellencs of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord,” “For whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ And yet, if that were necessary, if that might avail for the salvation of the Israelites, Paul was willing to be “accursed from Christ.” And if "the root of the matter be in us," it would be the same with us. We must sert God because we love Him. Let us be thankful that we are not put to the test. Still, if all our property were taken from us, and we were left penn less, to find a pillow among the stones of the way-side-if we were le childless, and no little one cheered us with the sweet caress--if we were le