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the true way to preserve the credit of revivals, and to secure the benefit to the church.

Dec. 31.- Surely the word of the Lord is verified : "He sendeth forth his commandment upon the earth, and his word runneth very swiftly."- Ps. 147: 15. What a change in our spiritual atmosphere! what hath God wrought! It seemed as if we were going to have a double winter, but, lo! the spring has come. Jesus seems to be saying to his spouse, the church: "Rise up, my love, my fair one, and come away. For, lo! the winter is past, the rain is over and gone; the flowers appear in the earth; the time of the singing of birds is come, and the voice of the turtle is heard in our land; the fig-tree putteth forth her green figs, and the vines with the tender grape give a good smell. Arise, my love, my fair one, and come away. O my dove, that art in the clefts of the rock, let me see thy countenance, let me hear thy voice; for sweet is thy voice, and thy countenance is comely." And the church is replying: "The voice of my beloved! behold he cometh, leaping upon the mountains, skipping upon the hills. My beloved is mine, and I am his. He has come to the mountains of myrrh, and to the hills of frankincense; until the day break and the shadows flee away, turn, my beloved! and be thou like a roe, or a young hart upon the mountains of Bether!"- Cant. 2. O, with what power the church sings!

"Before my faith's enlightened eyes

Make all thy gracious goodness pass !
Thy goodness is the sight I prize :
O, may I see thy smiling face!
Thy nature in my soul proclaim,
Reveal thy love, thy glorious name!
"O, put me in the cleft! empower

My soul the glorious sight to bear!

Descend in this accepted hour;
Pass by me, and thy name declare

"There in the place beside thy throne,

Where all that find acceptance stand,
Receive me up into thy Son,

Cover me with thy mighty hand!
Set me upon the rock, and hide
My soul in Jesus' wounded side! "

Praise the Lord, O my soul! He has made thee to remember thy sorrows, as waters gone by. I was thinking of that question in the book of Psalms: "Who can stand before his cold?" And who can stand before the cold of spiritual indifference? I was tempted to fly before it, as Moses from the serpent in the wilderness. As the Lord recalled Moses, saying, "Put forth thy hand and take it by the tail," so, it would seem, he called me. It was well. The serpent became a rod in the hand of Moses, and by it he plagued the Egyptians with thunder and lightning, and hail, and sickness, and darkness, and other annoyances, till he shook the throne of the Pharaohs, and made Egypt tremble, and by it led forth all Israel from the house of bondage, and over the Red Sea, with songs and acclamations on the further shores :

"Sound the loud trumpet o'er Egypt's dark sea!
Jehovah hath triumphed, his people are free!"

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Amen! so let it be, my Lord! As thou didst enable me to take the serpent by the tail, and it has become a rod. The Lord has opened me a great door, and an effectual; but many adversaries and hard fighting for further victories are yet before us. The wisdom that comes down from above is needed. There is no cause for fear, so long as our hearts remain right with God, and he is King in our midst Those words of the Lord by the prophet Haggai are near:

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According to the word that I covenanted with you when you came out of Egypt, so my spirit remaineth among you; fear ye not."-Hag. 2: 5. Then comes the promise, in the next verse or two, of a shaking in the heavens, earth, and sea, and dry land, the shaking of the nations, and the

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coming of Him who is the desire of all nations, and the filling of the house of God with his glory, the glory of the latter house to be greater than that of the former. Would that the glory in the Queen-street Chapel may be greater than this glory in Buxton Road! Amen!

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CHAPTER VII.

RODS FOR CRITICS AND HYPERCRITICS.

To understand and appreciate this chapter, the reader must understand that Mr. Caughey is accustomed to publicly defend himself against the numerous objections which his critics are wont to make to his manner of preaching. What they write to him privately he answers openly. The practice, though it works well in his hand, is not recommended to ministers generally. As a rule it is best to leave fault-finders alone. But Mr. Caughey has a method peculiarly his own, and knows how to turn a criticism into a powerful weapon of assault. The style of the following extracts is very abrupt. But the reader will be able to connect it by keeping in mind that each objection presented and answered is supposed to have been sent him by some one then present in the congregation. The replies were given usually before preaching, as a sort of preface to his There are many useful truths very pointedly put in this chapter.

sermons.

You shall hear my text in a few minutes. Let those whom it may concern listen; and those whom it may not may judge the matter, and be profited also.

1st. My first reply is to "A MORAL but restless hearer." -What can I say to you more appropriate and emphatic than that decision of your Lord and mine? John 3: 3.

"Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, except a man BE BORN AGAIN he cannot see the kingdom of God." What a fearful exception is this against "a moral man"! Exceptions in law, you are aware, have tremendous results often. It is to deny what an opposite party has alleged as valid, in point of legal pleading or law. "A bill of exceptions" in law will set aside evidence for the present, perhaps finally; it has even caused a reverse of judgment, with great loss. Do you understand me? He who expects heaven by virtue of his morality, and not from any gracious change wrought in his nature, is met in the Gospel court by our Lord himself, who there files this bill of exception,-"Verily, verily, I say unto thee, EXCEPT a man be born again he cannot see the kingdom." This stands good in the highest court of the universe. Now, woe be to him who, in face of such an exception, persists in carrying his case to the court of eternity! He shall be cast, most surely; ay, not simply lose his case, but himself, his soul; not only be cast in his suit, but "cast into prison,"-Matt. 5: 25, 26; "cast into hell," - Luke 12: 5; "cast into the fire," Matt. 3: 18; "cast into outer darkness," Matt. 22: 13,-"there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth." These phrases, everybody knows, were used by our Lord himself, showing the result of being cast in that high court.

Are any more Scriptures needed? Will you, or will you not, depend upon his word? Can you persist with your plea? Nay, nay! you must not! there is a more excellent way,—repentance towards God, and faith in our Lord Jesus Christ; pardon, a change of heart, a new birth unto righteousness, a new creature in Christ, a pure and perfect morality as the fruit of the same, the happy soul

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