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Declension

The Lord loves his children too well either to let them sin at ease or live at ease; and though free-willers say that the discriminating grace of God leads to licentiousness, God’s quickened family know better; and no others are capable of judging or being witnesses, for they know nothing about it. It is to the glory of grace that the Lord will chasten his people for their sins; not in vindictive wrath, but in…

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Mr. Editor:—The following piece of poetry I heard repeatedly by an aged minister of Christ; it is his own composing, and was repeated in the course of his sermon. As his time is nearly out, according to human appearance, and I consider him a bold, faithful, and unflinching champion for the truth, you would oblige me by inserting it in your periodical.


I remain your’s, &c,

Coventry, Sept. 3, 1846. Minimus.

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The Church of God Obscured and Rendered Almost Invisible in Some Place; and What has been the Cause of it from Ancient Times

As the moon, notwithstanding her substance and body never perish, is not always seen in her full light by the human eye, either, because she sinks beneath the horizon, or, being too close to the sun, is obscured by him, or, being far from the sun, is darkened by the shadow of the earth, which is called an eclipse; even so it is with the substance and appearance of the church of God on earth. The latter, though never perishing entirely, does not always show herself in her full form, yea, at times she seems to have vanished altogether, yet not in all, but only in some places, either through the slothfulness of some people, who, from want of regard, or for some other reason . . .

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