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sion of the sacredness of prayer; same serious errand ? Has not and of the inconsistency of add- this contemplation made you ing profaneness to it, let him se- more watchful over yourself, riously engage in the former ; more attentive to your words, and it is probable he will discon. more circumspect in your walks tinue the latter.

more discreet in your deportThere is a formal, careles ment? kind of praying, which has little The prayerless man cannot be efficacy either to direct our con- virtuous. The prayerful man, duct, or procure God's blessing. he who is really such, cannot be It is not this kind of prayer, vicious. Converse with God is which I recommend to you ; but not only an essential part of pie. that serious, collected manner of ty, but a necessary mean of virpraying, which may be called tue. In the total and habitual committing ourselves to God, neglect of it, there can be no seand in which God is regarded as curity against sin, and no depresent with us, and the desires fence against temptation, either of the heart are offered to him. from the operation of internal

Such a manner of praying will principles, or from the presence have some influence on the daily of divine grace. “ Thou, there conduct.

fore, my son, be strong in the I may, in this case, appeal to grace of God; and continue inthe experience of every serious stant in prayer, watching thereperson; I may appeal to your unto with all perseverance.” experience. Have you not often And remember found a rising passion checked Your affectionate parent, and restrained by the reflexion,

EUSEBIUS. that you have just been in God's presence, pouring out your heart before him ? or by the consideration, that you are soon to go in- ORIGINAL to his presence, and address him AGED MINISTER TO A YOUNG in behalf of yourself and others ? STUDENT IN DIVINITY. When you have felt a temptation urging you to an unworthy ac

Dear Sir,

No. 10. tion, has not prayer, , at once, Looking at the date of your disarmed it of all its power, and last letter makes me feel a regret, laid it impotent at your feet? In though I have never ceased to the review of the errors of your take a deep interest in all that conduct, and the follies of your concerns your progress and usesocial converse, have you not fulness. perceived your godly sorrow in- You have gratified me much creased, and your virtuous reso- by so many particulars of your lutions strengthened by contem- preaching career, and the kind plating how often you have been reception you have met with thus in God's presence, and sought far. Call it " candid and libehis directing and restraining ral,” if so it appear to you ; and grace; and how soon must again think it a precious favour of God go into his presence on the that so many of his pious minis

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ters are induced to strengthen Such a rare harmony of a your hands ; that a part of that whole people, and the cordial church, which he purchased with attachment of so many praying his own blood, and such a re- Christians, ready to strengthen spectable congregation with your heart in all your work ; them, should so soon and so and whose piety and experience unitedly stretch out their hands may help a young minister to a to you, as their chosen pastor, thousand good ideas ;-open, as under him the Great Shepherd. far as we can judge, a fair pros

Whenever and wherever you pect in the main point. And shall be invested with that office, from their general character, I hope you will be able to say, as there seems little room to doubt a very eminent person did before your faring well among them in you; “I thank Jesus Christ who temporal things, with proper hath enabled me, for that he economy, and such a measure of counted me faithful, putting me self-denial as this good service into the ministry." In the mean always requires. time, with what aspirations will Accept the love and best wishyour heart go forth, more than es of your friend, &c. ever, to your good Master, for every gift and every grace ; and for mercy to sustain you under the pressure of the present My Dear Sir,

No. 11. occasion.

I shall not fail to wish and ask I HAVE enjoyed your agreeafor you a sure direction, and a ble settlement, and the many clear determination of your duty. circumstances, that seem to But my opinion in this case promise you both comfort and ought to be given with diffidence, usefulness; though I hope neithas I know you have those near er of us forgets upon whose you, who are much better ac- blessing both depend. quainted with than I am. . if I must continue my feeble However, I am much inclined to suggestions, I must. The afthink well of the opinion which flicting circumstance of dropping Mr.

has given :--And, in hints to others, is its bringing up general, have a favourable idea of so many failures of my own, and answering the cordial invitation many which I am afraid it is too of a united and worthy people late to retrieve. No more of with a good grace. Where no Mentor 10 such a navigator as imperious circumstances forbid me. it, I believe this to be your idea. It is not difficult to bring up : If you do give yourself to them; particulars, which should have I hope it will be with a most! been more attended to by myself. tender affection, and a most 'sin- For instance, I see now more than cere desire to minister to their ever, that the different parts of eternal good: "Even as Christ' our work, taken up alternately, loved the church, &c.”—It is a and in due proportion, aid and wonderful tenderness.

befriend each other. Vol. III. No. 5.

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studies furnish us for conversa- ticular I have often thought, that tion ; and by conversing with if a preacher would study the our people, we go to our studies spirit and manner in which the with new advantage ; and the best people, when leaving the more, as our visits have been world, give counsel to those properly pastoral. The very about them ; the plain and faithaction which is required in mak- ful, yet humble, loving, persuaing or excursions; the vigour, sive, unexceptionable manner; the recreation to our spirits, it would be of great use to him. which they give us, are impor- Here, likewise, as much as any tant. We study to better effect; where, we may learn what are we can do more in a little time ;

the subjects which the we have not lost so much, in any preacher should be most emrespect, as we feared,

phatical. The death bed of a Cultivating acquaintance with good man exhibits no metaphyour people prepares them to sical subtilties, no flaming zeal hear us with the better attention for modes and forms, and little Cherishing affection on our part, circumstantials in religion ; but entering into their interests and the obvious, plain, simple truths feelings, opens our hearts to of the gospel, and all in a practhem in preaching. But the tical way. new tracts of thought, which One thing still let me add. open to us in the way of pasto. Solemn and awful as the last ral visiting, are many and valu- scene of an irreligious person is, able. The practical and solid there is one circumstance in it, sentiments of thinking and pray- which usually gives me pleasing Christians; the questions on ure, and an animating excitedivine subjects, which will often ment to go on preaching the rebe brought up; the very igno- ligion of the gospel, as an all imrance and eccentricities of the portant reality.

portant reality. It is this, that less cultivated, will suggest sub- such persons, as well as others jects of meditation and of preach- generally give their testimony in ing, very necessary, and which, its favour, before they leave the but for mixing often with our world. Some exceptions we people, would have been less re- meet, but, comparatively very membered.

few. Conversing with the afflicted Let me pray you, my friend, is of special use to call out every to improve upon these hints, as sentiment we possess, if not to far as you think them just, and suggest new; as generally it favour me with additional illus. lets us into much of human na- trations upon the leading idea, ture, and various views of it in such as your own thoughts will different subjects.

readily furnish. But chiefly, perhaps, are sick Wishing many and great and dying beds useful to cultivate blessings on

your person and our own hearts, call forth their ministry, I subscribe, &c. best feelings, and instruct us

BETA: how to preach.

In the last par

ANSWER TO THE QUESTION CON- mote, as actively as 'ever, the

CERNING GENERAL ASSOCIA- laudable purposes of it, and yet, TION

with a higher cbject in view, join

with others in like circumstanProposed in Panoplist No. 27, page

ces in forming a new body for 118, by INQUIRER.

the express purpose of promoting In the first place let it be con- the design and enjoying the advanisidered, that the associations of tages of the GENERAL ASSOCICongregational ministers in this

ATION. Or, cominon wealth are all perfectly 2. He may obtain a dismisvoluntary. They are not re- sion from the association, to stricted to neighbourhoods, coun- which he has belonged, and seek ties, or any other local bounda- admission into another regular ries, but are constituted according association, already

formed, to the choice and agreement of which has or will have a

connex: individual ministers.

ion with the GENERAL, AssoLet it be further remarked,

CIATION. Or, that as these voluntary associa- 3. Ile may relinquish his pres tions are formed for particular ent connexion, and unite with purposes, the members are un- others, who are disengagid, in. der no obligation, which can hin- constituting a new body, for all der them from joining other so- the common purposes of ininiscieties of clergymen formed for terial associations, as well as for other purposes. Nor indeed are the general object particularly in, they under any obligation, which view. can prevent them from asking It is hoped that, in every mea and obtaining an honourable dis- sure which is pursued with refmission from one association for erence to the great object of the the sake of belonging to another General Association, ministers, of the same kind, where their in the circumstances abovemenconvenience or their satisfaction tioned, will unite wisdom with can be better consuited. This decision. If they do so, it is has often been done, and has presumed they will not be senever been considered as cen- verely censured, even by thoses surable or inconsistent with the who have not the same views bonds of a voluntary ministerial respecting the general object. association.

They, who bave not joined Now if Inquirer, or any other any particular association, may clergyman, belongs to an associ- without embarrassment form any ation of ministers, whose views connexion, which they judge exs on the subject of GENERAL As- pedient. SOCIATION differ from his, he For reasons, which need not may, it is conceived, adopt one be now mentioned, it is deemed or the other of the following very important, that this subject methods, as particular circum- should be seasonably attended to, stances shall render most expe- so that the next general meeting, dient.

being in a central part of the 1. He may still continue a state, may comprehend as many member of the association, to particular associations as possiwhich he has belonged, and pro- ble.

tical way.

studies furnish us for conversa- ticular I have often thought, that tion; and by conversing with if a preacher would study the our people, we go to our studies spirit and manner in which the with new advantage ; and the best people, when leaving the more, as our visits have been world, give counsel to those properly pastoral. The very about them ; the plain and faithaction which is required in mak. ful, yet humble, loving, persuaing or excursions; the vigour, sive, unexceptionable manner ; the recreation 10 our spirits, it would be of great use to him. which they give us, are impor- Here, likewise, as much as an y tant. We study to better effect; where, we may learn what are we can do more is a little time; the subjects on which the we have not lost so much, in any preacher should be most emrespect, as we feared.

phatical. The death bed of a Cultivating acquaintance with good man exhibits no metaphyour people prepares them to sical subtilties, no flaming zeal hear us with the better attention. for modes and forms, and little Cherishing affection on our part, circumstantials in religion ; but entering into their interests and the obvious, plain, simple truths feelings, opens our hearts to of the gospel, and all in a practhem in preaching. But the new tracts of thought, which One thing still let me add. open to us in the way of pasto- Solemn and awful as the last ral visiting, are many and valu- scene of an irreligious person is, able. The practical and solid there is one circumstance in it, sentiments of thinking and pray- which usually gives me pleasing Christians; the questions on ure, and an animating excitedivine subjects, which will often ment to go on preaching the rebe brought up; the very igno- ligion of the gospel, as an all imrance and eccentricities of the portant reality. It is this, that less cultivated, will suggest sub- such persons, as well as others jects of meditation and of preach- generally give their testimony in ing, very necessary, and which, its favour, before they leave the but for mixing often with our world. Some exceptions we people, would have been less re- meet, but comparatively very membered.

few. Conversing with the afflicted

Let me pray you, my friend, is of special use to call out every to improve upon these hints, as sentiment we possess, if not to far as you think them just, and suggest new; as generally it

as generally it favour me with additional illuslets us into much of human na- trations upon the leading idea, ture, and various views of it in such as your own thoughts will different subjects.

readily furnish. But chiefly, perhaps, are sick Wishing many and great and dying beds useful to cultivate blessings on your person and our own hearts, call forth their mivistry, I subscribe, &c. best feelings, and instruct us

BETA: how to preach. In the last par

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