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A Leaf from the Note-book of a Phy-
Cast Your Anchor Aloft, Mates 78,
Mr. John Bloomfield's Removal from Lon:
“A Model Prayer Meoting," 100 ; Thé
Church at Newport Pagnell, and Recognition
of Mr. W. Ward, 125; Melbourne, Australia,
126; Chatham, 127; St. Luke's, 128; Islington,
129: The History and Present Prospects of Eld
Lane Baptist Chapel, Colchester, 129; Clapham,
181 ; Bethnal Green, 131; Irthlingboro', 131;
St. Neot's, Hauts, 131 ; Soho, 132; Bradford,
132 ; Cambridge Heath, 132: Woodford, North-
ampton, 132 ; Old Ford, 132; Homerton, 132;
Good Friday at the Surrey Tabernacle, 156 ;
Artillery street Chapel, Bishopsgate street, 159 ;
Colchester Chapel Case, 159; Suffolk, 160 ; The
Late Benjamin Mason, 161; Messrs. Bloomfield
and Anderson, 162; City Road, 162; Chatteris,
Cambs. 163; Bermondsey, New road, 163 ;
Woolwich, 163; Borough, i63; Homerton, 164;
Mr. John Bloomfield at Bradford, 164; Nor-
wich, 164; Notice, 164; Hornsey Rise, 164;
Woburn Green, 164; The late Mr. Edward
Ixii. 1-8 214
Micah ii. 7-13 309
80, 108, 148, 172, 202, 275
“I was brought Low"
Lying on Jesus' Bosom
“ My Medicine is Bitter, but Christ
Memoir of Mrs. Elizabeth Turner 364
Thoughts of Chastisement 296
Our Free Grace Photographic Gallery 54
Gallery of Gospel Minis-
The Rock of Israel Spake to Me.. 22
dency to a Happy Deliverance 361
To the Blessed Spirit
Thoughts suggested by the Presen-
Thoughts on the Resurrection 174
Visit to Yarmouth
THE EARTHEN VESSEL,
Grace and Glory :-udhat are They ?
A BRIEF CONSIDERATION OF THE SEVEN HELPS OF HEAVEN, WHEREWITH A WANDERING
ISRAELITE RETURNED UNTO GOD.
“ Sure as God is living,
6. The heaven and earth all flaming, The storm is drawing nigh ;
Away will quickly pass,
And all creation's framing
Will be one flaming mass.
" THEN-every true believer,
Whose safety is of grace.
Shall be with CHRIST FOR EVER,
And see Him face to face. “ This storm of heaven's sending
His Church, for heaven fitted,
Shall enter at the door ;
No more shall be admitted,
For “ Time shall be no more!” KIND READERS OF THIS “EARTHEN VESSEL”-in commencing the twenty-third volume of this wide-spreading monthly—in entering upon the year One Thousand Eight Hundred and Sixty-seven, I feel the responsibility and solemnity of my work more than ever; because I cannot divest my mind of the stern conviction that there is an approaching reality in the facts expressed in the lines which I have quoted above, and which, on sitting down to pen this brief address to you, caught my eye, and sunk down my soul almost to sadness as I read them in the November number of The Gospel Magazine ; and in printing them here I pray God to bless the perusal of them unto many thousands : for, certainly these are not times for trifling, or thinking lightly of the awful and fast-approaching fulfilment of many of the most important portions of the word of God : much less doth it become us to be carried away with the extravagant
speculations, or mere literal predictions which meet us on every hand. Three things appear to me to be of more value than all the writings and anticipations of the wisest of men which the world can produce.
The first thing is, to have THE WORD OF GOD, as Jeremiah con
fessed before the LORD he had it. He says, Thy words were found, and I did eat them, and Thy word was unto me the joy and rejoicing of mine heart,—for I am called by Thy name, O Lord God of Hosts.” For many years, Christian friends, this one thing has been my stay--my strength my salvation—my comfort-my secret and holy pleasure, and the mainspring of my ministry; the word of the Lord has been found (dropping in my soul) and I have ate it, and it has carried me into the closest communion with the Lord God; and it has enabled me to stand in the ministry with authority, with liberty, and with some usefulness to seeking and sorrowing hearts. Seek ye, to have, and to hold fast by then, the good word of God.
The second invaluable blessing is to have that which is written of the Witnesses in Revelation xi. : “ The Spirit of Life from God entered into them, and they stood upon their feet." We are all dependent upon the incomings, shinings, revealings, and teachings of the blessed SPIRIT OF God, if, indeed, we are the quickened and Spirit-born children of God. Without His unction and power, we nothing good can do; but with His gracious and sacred enlightenings we shall be wiser than all the carnal and naturally gifted teachers in Christendom. To have the SPIRIT-to be led of the SPIRIT-to know His teachings and His power are privileges great indeed !
Then, of course, the third result of all this will be an experience of the love of God in the heart, making it honest and hearty, and humble in His sight and in His service : an experience of the sin-subduing and sin-forgiving blood of the Passover LAMB, and an experience of the convicting and converting grace of the Holy SPIRIT in our souls from day to day With these things we are safe, whatever may come. With Paul I would say—if God will condescend still to spare and
as His instrument in any measure, “I will very gladly spend and be spent for your souls-(as the margin says)—“Though the more abundantly I love you, the less I be loved.” Be it so—if God see best.
There are three sentences which have taken fast hold of me in opening this part of my work for you. They are in Hosea's prophecy. chapter thirteen, verses nine and ten, and read thus,
“ O Israel, thou hast destroyed thyself ;
BUT IN ME IS THINE HELP : '
I WILL BE THY KING !” If the whole of the Divine revelation concerning man in the fallA TRIUNE God in the covenant of grace—and the ultimate mutual glory of Christ and the Church, I say, if ihe whole of the two-fold mystery is not comprehended in these three lines, then I have not received the true knowledge of the Scriptures ; nor have I that wisdom which maketh wise unto salvation. But with confidence I presume to call attention to these words, in these times,--because they are expressive of the three general conditions in which the redeemed Church of Christ has been-is —and will be foundas the Holy Ghost again and again declares. In the Bible there are, as it were
THREE FAITHFULLY REFLECTING MIRRORS. In the first place—if the SPIRIT OF THE Living God be your Teacher, you may see the whole family of Adam in the depths of darkness—in