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ADDRESS UPON A WATCH. VOU have all seen a watch, and you know
l its use-to tell the time of the day. It consists of inside work, and of an outside face and hands; and you are aware that its accuracy in time-keeping depends on the good quality and cleanness of the works. Now, you also have inside works and an outside face and hands. Your heart is the work, and your actions are the hands. This heart was once good, for God made man holy, and then his actions were right, and he did those things which were in keeping with God's law.
But just as when the work of a watch gets out of repair or dirty, it cannot keep time, so our hearts have become impure by sin, and all our principles and feelings out of order, and the consequence is, that our outer actions are all wrong. We cannot keep time; in short, we cannot act up to what God commands, and so we fail in the great end for which we were made. How useless is a bad watch! it is not worth carrying. And how worthless is a wicked man! he can give no glory to God, and when vice and bad habits get the mastery of him, he is of little worth to his fellow-men.
Now, when a watch gets out of order, to whom would you take it to get it repaired ? Not to a baker or grocer, would you? No: but to a watchmaker, because he made it, apd knows how to repair it. And to whom would you take your hearts to get cleaned and repaired? To your teacher or your minister ? No: but to God, because he made them, and he only can put them right. He has said, “I will give you a new heart.”'
Is it not because you have the unclean heart that you tell falsehoods, that you disobey your parents and your teacher, that you quarrel with each other, and in many other ways sin? And do you not often feel your conscience saying to you, you have done wrong?' I am sure you do, and I am sure also, that you often wish that you could behave better. Well there is but one way, and that is, to get the inside put right; in other words, to get a good heart.
But after a watch is cleaned and repaired, does it not require to be some time with the
watchmaker, in order to get it regulated ? Yes. Aud after that, it is taken home by its owner. Just so is it with our heartsGod keeps us here to sanctify us, and enables us day after day and year after year to keep His commandments better and better, and when at last He sees we are fit for heaven, He takes us home to serve and love Him perfectly.
Now my young friends, get your hearts right and then your actions will go right. It will save you much pain, and punishment, and annoyance now, and much trouble in after life. You will be all the better scholars, all the better sons and daughters, and all the better and nobler men and women. You will be all the better to live, and you will be all the better to die. THE WINTER IS OVER AND GONE. GONE is now the dreary winter,
Stormy wind and chilling snow;
Now in sparkling streamlets flow.
Verdure clothes the sunlit hills,
Joyous music blithely trills.
But the land we hope to gain
Knows no winter's beating rain.
There all tears are wiped away,
Never night succeeds to day.
Happy tread of happy feet,
Join in strains most glad and sweet.
Cleansed from every spot and stain,
Praise the Lamb which once was slain.
For us in that Heaven a place,
There to see Thy glorious face.
Through the ages yet to be,
CONTRASTS. OUR MISSIONARY PAGE. scholars. They have rooted Christianity in
4,000 places, whence light and love and I HAVE often wished that in some cheap, truth are emanating to pierce the thick I and easily accessible form, the various darkness around. statistics connected with missionary work could be presented to the young. Such a
WHAT SHOULD BE DONE. book has been published in the shape of a
1. A Missionary Sermon should be • Manual of Missionary Facts,' by Messrs preached once a quarter by every minister. Snow & Co., Paternoster Row, London. It 2. A Missionary Anniversary in every will interest the readers of the Dayspring,' place of worship. to know something not only of the work that 3. A Monthly Missionary Prayer Meeting has been done, but of the work that remains
| in every congregation.
in every congregatio to be done, and, besides interesting them, it 4. A Missionary Magazine taken by may quicken their zeal, and infuse into them
every family. a spirit of more earnest determination to do 5. A weekly, monthly, quarterly, or what they can in carrying or sending the annual subscription from every Christian. gospel to them that are sitting in darkness.
6. A Missionary-box in every house.
7. And more vigour and earnestness THE FIELD IS THE WORLD.
thrown into all that is done. THE population of the world is about
1 twelve hundred and fifty millions. THE TRUE MISSIONARY SPIRIT. Now, I do not suppose that when I have W HEN Dr. Backus, of America, was written this sum you are much wiser as to YY told that he could not live more than the number it embraces than you were an hour, he replied, Then lift me out of before I had commenced to write it. Let bed, and place me on my knees, that I may me endeavour to give you some idea of it spend the last moments of my life in prayer in this way. I shall suppose you are ten to God for the conversion of the world.' years of age, and you begin to count the
CONTRASTS. 1,250,000,000, and you count them as fast as the pendulum of the clock beats the seconds.
AS a nation we spend annually more Could you manage it in ten years ? No, nor
than one hundred millions sterling in in three times ten years; though day and
intoxicating drinks, and less than 160th part night without intermission you went on
of that annually in making known to the counting, by the time you had finished, you
heathen world that our religion alone is from would be fifty years of age, and during the
heaven. The amount of money spent in time you were counting them two wbole
beer alone, would support the Church generations would have passed into eternity;
Missionary Society for 250 years at its and (how solemn the thought) each unit of
present rate of income. Europe spends all the vast total had an immortal soul
eighty millions annually in times of peace that must live as long as God himself lives.
on its standing armies, and gives less than
three quarters of a million to all Protestant WHAT IS BEING DONE.
Missionary Societies. The income of To summarise all results, there are 2,000 | Englishmen on which the income-tax is
1 European and American missionaries levied amounts to £98,238,000, while the now labouring for the conversion of the amount given to all our English Missionary heathen. They are assisted by about 700 Societies hardly reaches the 200th part of ordained native preachers, and 15,000 who that sum. The contributions from regular are unordained. These have now under attendants at Episcopalian, Presbyterian, their charge 2,600 churches, in which are Baptist, Methodist, and Congregational 350,000 communicants, whilst around them places of Worship, to their respective have been gathered more than 1,200,000 Missionary Societies, does not exceed one baptized adherents, and at least 200,000 | farthing a week.
one which pleases us most is the first
Heavenly Love, revealed through the relationSABBATH MORNING BIBLE READINGS
ships of life.' We have very seldom seen the FOR FORENOON SERVICES.
hidden analogies of the divine life so powerfully
and clearly brought out as in this chapter. April 7. JOHN 1. 1-18-Introduction to John's Gospel.
BIBLE QUESTIONS. Memory text-Isa. 1. 16-18. Psalm 43. 3.
THREE Prizes are offered for the largest April 14. GEN. 11. 1-9-The Babel builders.
1 number of correct answers, to be Memory text-Prov. 21. 30. Psalm 33. 10.
| awarded in December 1872. April 21. Matt. 3—John preaches and The following are the conditions. baptizes.
1. Competitors not to be above fifteen years of age. Memory text-John 14. 9-11. Psalm 2. 7.
2. The answers honestly to be the work of the young
persons competing from month to month. April 28 GENISES 12. 1-10—The call of
3. All answers to be addressed, not later than the 18th Abram.
of the month, to the REV. JOHN KAY, Greenbank Memory text-Heb. 11. 8-10. Psalm 45. 10. Cottage, Coatbridge.
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The close searching of the Word of God on the part the pen of one whose name is familiar to us as of our young friends has led to their discovering certain the author of the excellent tract 'I must keep other illustrations of questions 11 and 12. In every case this Feast,' shows a remarkable ability for
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