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his inseparable companion. Jesus, especially according to St. John - eternal life-the light shining in darkness—the love of the only. begotten,-these are the foundations on which his inward soul rests --from which he derives the calm and joyful peace so necessary for those in his position.
"A Hindoo doctor was baptized in September, after an acquaintance with us of only two months, because, in that short time, he became so thoroughly acquainted with the word, which he read day and night, both alone and to his relations, that the moment he was enabled to break through his earthly ties we were constrained to receive him into full fellowship. He has out-grown our other Christians in his hunger and thirst after the unadulterated word. *** His wife has nobly followed him, learned to read since her baptism, and knows already many Psalms by heart.
“Also the Tamil youth, whom I mentioned last year as being prevented by his father from reading the Scriptures, has not been able to shake off the impressions received from them. He has believed in the Lord Jesus, and was baptized in December; yet he is not bound up with the word in the way in which the abovementioned are, by whose instrumentality, to the praise of God be it said, a spirit of more diligent and independent study of the Scriptures has been diffused among the older converts."
The Rev. Mr. Hobbs writes
“I have no time to enlarge on the benefits resulting from the circulation of the Scriptures. It is the means in the hands of its Divine Author of converting and sanctifying the soul in this country, as well as elsewhere, and its effects are visible in the amendment of life and godly conversation of numbers amongst our people. If I could not get Bibles to give to our youths, I would break up my schools, and, like the Roman Catholics about these parts, discourage education rather than promote it. Faith and experience convince me, that the reading of the word of God is generally the only means of changing the mere nominal convert into the contrite, sincere, and consistent disciple of the Lord.”
The Rev. J. M. Lechler writes
“The benefits resulting from the distribution of the word of life are incalculable. The sacred Scriptures are the living principle of our Schools, and of all those who enjoy Christian instruction in connexion with the Salem Mission : without them, nothing could be done. I take this opportunity to return my warmest thanks to the Committee of the Madras Auxiliary Bible Society for the liberal aid they have hitherto afforded us. All in connexion with us are desired to learn to read the word of God for themselves; and during the past year
we had several additions to our Bible classes. Among these is a man who very lately cast in his lot with the Christians. He was convinced of the sinfulness of idolatry, and the truth of Christianity, by reading the Bible. He possesses several portions of Scripture, which he considers his most valuable property; and he says he shall consider himself a debtor to the Bible Society, until he has in a measure made restitution for their invaluable gifts.”
FOR THE FIRST BLANK PAGE OF A BIBLE.
Gen. xxviii. 10—22.
A sweet repose I take :
Adoring I awake.
To shew and do his will.
For, “ Thou art with me still!”
This, this “the gate of heaven."
His Word to sinners given.
NEW YEAR'S HYMN.
And summer too has fled;
Are fallen now and dead;
Among the leafless trees,
Came sighing on the breeze,
The parting year and wintry wind
Both tell a solemn tale,
Onward to death's dark vale.
(Who will the contrite bless,)
And all our sins confess.
That he will keep us still,
To do his holy will.
That shines to perfect day;
God be our guide and stay.
WHAT IS YOUR LIFE ? “Whereas ye know not what shall be on the morrow. For what is
your life? It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away."'-JAMES iv. 14.
What is life? A passing vapour,
Short, uncertain in its stay;
Borne, like withered leaves, away :
To his last, abiding home;
Where man meets his final doom :
But the seed-time of their woem
From the seed that here they sow :
SCRIPTURAL DIFFICULTIES. DEAR SIR,-If you think proper, I should feel much obliged by your allowing the following question to appear in the “Teacher's Visitor," and by your supplying an appropriate answer. How are these two declarations to be reconciled ?
Acts ix. 7.—“Stood speechless, hearing a voice, but seeing no man,"
Acts xxii. 9.-—"Saw indeed the light, but heard not the voice of him that spake unto me.” Respectfully yours,
R. F. S. I have been induced to propose this, from an opinion that Sunday-school Teachers ought to be prepared wisely to meet objec. tions which infidelity may oppose to the reception of the holy Scriptures.
Sometimes, indeed, their scholars will put questions of this char. acter, and then they feel the need of giving an appropriate reply.
Bath, September 19, 1845.
SUBJECTS FOR SCRIPTURE PROOFS. Dear SIR,- In teaching a class of children it is a plan very com. monly pursued to set them a subject, and encourage them to find texts from Scripture to prove it; but perhaps many, as well as my. self, have found a difficulty sometimes in selecting suitable subjects. It is not very easy to keep clear of concordances and marginal references, and so to put the question that the children may be obliged to search the Scriptures for themselves in order to find the texts required. It might be a help, then, if teachers so occupied were occasionally to compare notes, and furnish one another with subjects which they have used in their own classes ; and your excellent periodical (if you would allow us to do so) would furnish us with the best means of making an exchange, which might be found mutually advantageous. By way of beginning, I send a few subjects that have been used in my own class, and hope in return, if you approve the plan, to derive benefit from those which may be furnished by others.- I am, Sir, your obedient servant, C. C.
The Christian loves what God commands.
Examples of prayers not immediately answered, or not in the way expected.
Man's wicked actions overruled for God's glory.
Encouragements to prayer from every book in the Bible. (This may be given in parts, and a list will be found in the “Friendly Visitor" for June last.)
Examples of resisting the Spirit.