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"I saw another messenger flying through the midst of heaven, having everlasting good news
to proclaim to the inhabitants of the earth, even to every nation, and tribe, and tongue, and
people ; saying with a loud voice- Fear God, and give glory to him, for the hour of his judgments
is come; and worship him who made heaven, and earth, and sea, and the fountains of water”
(John.)

VOLUME V. THIRD SERIES.

LONDON:
SIMPKIN, MARSHALL, AND CO.

1852.

PREFACE.

We now commence our editorial labors for 1852. Another year is filed, and the stream of Time is bearing us forward, whether we will or not. “ Steady and strong the current flows." These epochs of time, with Christians especially, should always be made subservient to religious instruction and edification. In taking farewell of the old, and entering upon the new year, the devout in heart finds innumerable themes for meditation, prayer, and thanksgiving. The mind will, as the seasons recur, be powerfully moved when pondering the path of our feet; and the questions will naturally arise, How has the year closed with us ?- What account of our stewardship has it rendered in the book of God's remembrance ? - What inventory as our portion of the wide-spread domain of truth, love, purity, and immortality ?-How stands our account upon that record, the characters of which are immutable ? “ Whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap;" “ And what is a man profited, if he gain the whole world, and lose his own soul ?" A retrospect of the past is commanded, that by reflection and self-examination we may improve for the future.

The disciple of Jesus is graphically described as running a race. But the representation is as true of the wicked. The members of the human family may occupy various positions along the track of life's great journey; but they are all hastening forward the race is universal. Some are rapidly ascending the mountain side, others have already reached the summit, and the shade of evening is falling upon those who have commenced its descent. Well, indeed, will the journey end with us if, as we run, we keep our attention steadily fixed upon “ the mark for the prize of our high calling of God in Christ Jesus.” Happy are we, if advancing years cause us to drink deeper at the fountain, which Jesus declared should be in a well of water, springing up to everlasting life.” Happy if the heart be not chilled with increasing age--if, as years revolve their round, the heart yearns to approach nearer to God. Thrice happy, if we increase in devotion, in humility, in kindness, in diligence, and in ripeness for the eternal inheritance which is placed before us in the promises of Him who cannot lie. Animated with a prospect so enrapturing to the eye of faith, let us hail another circuit of our planet as a happy new year, given by the Father of us all.

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