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Tais Advertisement is not in the nature of an apology. If the Work be good it needs none, if had it deserves none. But it is to intimate the reasons of the Author's engaging so soon again in a similar Publication with the former. They were, the peculiar acceptance “The Morning Exercises for the Closet” have met with; the many testimonies of their usefulness he has received ; and the various applications addressed to him by Christians and Ministers, (the names of some of whom it would seem vain were be to mention,) exciting him to send forth a companion to them for the Evening. He is fully aware that “the importunity of friends," so frequently urged by writers for their appearing before the Public, is a justification perhaps hever sufficient, and not always very true Yet it is certain, that, but for this provocative, the following reflections had never seen the light.

The Author hopes, however, that this second series of three hundred and sixty-five Exercises to aid the retired Christian "at evening tide in meditate,” will be no less approved and useful than the preceding number. He has not paid less attention in the selection and execution of the subjects—but that attention has been paid amidst the numerous engagements of an extensive charge, and through the greatest period of the Work also, under the anguish and anxieties of the most trying domestic affliction. He has no doubt but in seven hundred and thirty Exercises of this kind, the same thought and illustration sometimes, and perhaps nerrly in the same words, may occur. But they occur in new positions and conDexions; and the prevention was almost impossible. Many of his readers will perceive marks of that haste which was also inevitable; and they who are accustomed to composition themselves, will know how hard it is to write on any interesting and fertile topic, under the restraints of a great and prescribed brevity ; and how unfriendly to ornament is perpetual effort at condensation. “If I have done well, and as is fitting the story, it is that which I desired: but if slenderly, and meanly, it is that which I could attain unto.”

Percy Place, Bath, December 10th, 1931.

JANUARY
1. Our ignorance and know-

16. Following aner God Rom. Ixül: &

ledge of Futurity

Acts XX, 22, 23. 17. Genuine Piety

Gen. vil. I.

The importance of Opportu-

18. God observes his People Gen. vii. 1.

nity

2 Cor. vi. 2. 19. The privilege of Golliness Gen. vii, 1.

2. Angelic Students

1 Pet. i. 12, 20. The goodness of the Law I Tim. i. 8.

4. Tire Grundless Conclusion Gen. xlii. 36. 21. Religious equality

1 Sam. XXX, .

4. The Seasonable Caution Mark xiii. 33. 22. Loss of a good Servant Gen. XXXV. 8.

& The Satisfying Indulgence John xiv. 8. 23. The heavenly High Priest Rev. 1. 13.

7. Inte ease of Faith

Luke xvii. 5. 24. Pious Solicitude

Ps. xix. 14.

& Tenderness of Divine re-

25. Christians the Property of

gard

Zech. il. 8.

Christ

Rom. xiv. 8.

9. Past Dispensations impro-

26. Admonitions concerning

Ps. lxxiv. 14.

the Right Way

2 Pet. IL. 15.

10. The Nearness of God Acts xvii. 27. 27. Spiritual Victory

1 John iv. 4

11. Chris! wning Christians Heb. 11. 11. 28. Prayer presented by Christ Rev. viii. 3, 4.

12 The awful Nicht

Dan. v. 30. 29. Divine Protection

Ps. cv. 14, 15.

13. Jeph naming his Sons Gen. xli. 51, 52.30. Divine Providence

Ps. cv. 16-21.

14. Oriei borus

1 Tim. i. 15-18. 31. Imperfections acknowledg.

15. Genueness of Christ 2 Cor. x. I.

James iil. 2

FEBRUARY

1. Paul deserted

2 Tim. iv. 16. 116. The True Riches

Heb. X. 34.

2. Pul a sisted

2 Tim. iv. 17. 117. The distinguished Church Acts xiii. I.

3. Paul enouraged

2 Tim. iv. 18. 18. Laban's acknowledgment Gen. XXX. 27

4. AD overrulin: Providence 1 Sam. xxi. 1. 19. John's Character and Asso-

5. Christian Weakness

2 Cor. xii. 10.

ciates

Rev. 1. 9.

6. Chritian strength

2 Cor. xii. 10. 20. Our Watchers

Ps. xxvii. 11.

7. Acknowledgment and De-

1. Stephen observed

• Acts Vi, 15.

benance

1 Thess. iii. 11. 22. The servant of God glorified Acts vi. 15.

The Moral Byly

Rom. viii. 10. 123. The Saviour's Proinise and

9. The real Cintlic

1 Cor. ix. 26.

Presence

Matt. xxviii. 20.

10. The invariable Practice Ps. xxxii. 6. 24. Submission

I Sim, tit. 19.

11. Grace in the Wilderness Jer. xxxi. 2. 25, Unwilling Devotion

1 San. xxi. 7.

12 The child Samuel

I Sim. iii. 15. 26. Review and Expectation Ps. Ixili. 7.

13. Tie Value of Christians Mitt X, 31. 27. 'The Strange Esiimate Janus v. 11.

14. The 'Trrmbler

Acts xxiv, 25. 28. The Patience of Job

James V. II.

15. The Force of Truth

Acts xxiv. 25.

CIAY.

1. Pernlia: Manifestation John xiv. 22. 117. The Son of Consolation

2. Sinners a Curse

Zech. viii. 13. 18. Importance of Christ

3. Sur.is a Bessing

Zecu viii. 13. 19. Walking with God
4. The scented Saviour Luke xxiv. 52.53./20. Maly ignorant of Christ
5. The Creed of lutemperance 1 Cor. xv. 32. 21. Arrival al Philippi
6. Importunate Prayer

Luke xi. 5-10. 122 The Divine Pastur
7. God Pacified

Ezek. XVI. 63. 23. 'The Gospel of Peace

8. The Temple

2ch. vi 13. 24. The tree Spirit

9. The Builder

ech. vi. 13. 123. Divine Liberty

10. The Glory

Zech. vi. 13. 26. The awiul Cautirn

11. Experience

Gen. XXX 27. 27. Paul's Wish

12. Divine Opholding

Ps, xvii. 5. 28. The anxiety of Pretence
13. The Scars of Honour Luke xxiv. 39. 29. Atoption
14. Goxl's Workmen

Zech. i. 20. 30. Prayer

15. Hannah's Address to Elli Sun. I. 26, 27. 31. Strong Consolation

16. Vows fulfilled

1 Sam. i. 28.

EVENING EXERCISES

FOR THE CLOSET.

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JANUARY 1.-" And now, behold, I go bound in the spirit unto Jerusalem, not knowing the things that shall befall me there : save that the Holy Ghost witnesseth in every city, saying that bonds and afflictions abide me."-Acts XX. 22, 23.

Paul here speaks of himself as an Apostle. But the facts he expresses with regard to his official destination, will apply to our experience as men, and as Christians. And we may derive from them a reflection peculiarly seasonable, at the commencement of another annual period of our time-With regard to the future, he was both ignorant and informed; unacquainted with some things, but well apprized of others.

Though Paul sometimes prophesied, he could not command the attribute of foreknowledge when he pleased. The use of it was always a miracle, and limited to a particular subject. He was therefore left uninformed of the ordinary cou, se of life; and had to learn the will of God by events. Hence he says to the Philippians, “I hope presently to send Timothy, as soon as I see how it will go with me.” It is the same with us; and as he was now going up to Jerusalem, not knowing the things that would befall him there, so are we entering into another year, not knowing what a day may bring forth. But is this to be lamented ? “Even so, Father, for so it seemeth good in thy sight.” The concealment is wise, and kind. We may judge of this by our past feelings. Had we been previously informed of the scenes through which we have passed, our hearts would have failed at the thought: yet when the dispensations came, we were able to bear them, and had been really though unconsciously prepared for them. And suppose we were now informed of some of the changes we may be called to endure in the months before us, we should be seized perhaps with an overpowering surprise ard oppression, rendering us dead to all present enjoyments, and incapable of every present engagement. He therefore says, “I will bring the blind by a way that they knew not; I will lead them in paths that they have not known: I will make darkness light before them, and crooked things straight : these things will I do unto them, and not forsake them.” Let us trust in Him. He claims the full confidence of the heart, not only by his goodness but by his wisdom. Although we go out not knowing whither we go, He knoweth the way that we take. Nothing can deceive or

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