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Dover, Pent-side, Mr. Edgecombe's

Resignation
Gravesend
Gravesend

Grays, Essex
Horley, Surrey
Hartley-row, Herts
Holloway, Revival at,

John-street

High Wycombe, New Land Chapel,
Town Hall

Ipswich ...

Thanksgiving Meeting

Keddington, a Good Friday at,
Liverpool

Limpley Stoke, adding to the Church
London, Bermondsey-new-road
Borough, Crosby Row

Do. Mr. Ward's Farewell
Clerkenwell, Chadwell-street
Do. Sick Society
Dorset-square, Mount Zion
Gower-street, re-opening of,

-Poplar,

52,

Soho, Mr. Bloomfield's Pastr.

Stepney, Cave Adullum

Tooley st., Unicorn Yard 118,

Do. Sick Visiting Society

Walworth, East-lane

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Remarkable Instance of the Power of

Sovereign Grace

Rod dipped in Honey

Resting Place of an Old Warrior
REVIEWS:

Church Membership

Cole's Treatise on Important Subjects
Complaint and Consolation
Conversion of Thomas Gunner
Is Sebastopol Armageddon?
Memoirs of Toplady

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The Earthen Vessel.

A PSALM FOR THE YEAR 1855.

A FEW WORDS TO OUR READERS AND FRIENDS.

“WE WILL REJOICE IN THY SALVATION; | tion with the people of God, than to enjoy

AND IN THE NAME OF OUR GOD WILL WE SET
UP OUR BANNERS."-Psalm xx. 5.

the pleasures of sin for a season. If such be
thy character, dear reader, we trust you will
unite with us in the language of our heart at
this time, saying, “We will rejoice in that
perfect, that free salvation, which we have
in Christ; and IN THE NAME OF OUR GOD
WILL WE SET UP OUR BANNERS."

IN commencing the eleventh volume of THE
EARTHEN VESSEL, the above precious words
have followed us, go where we might. Very
briefly, dear friends, do we, therefore, call
your attention to them, praying the Lord to
give you the full realization of the Twentieth
Psalm, in any, or every part thereof, as your
circumstances may require.

The setting up of banners is expressive of
two things, which well bespeak the position
we are determined-if spared and strengthen-
ed-to occupy, during the remaining portion
of our pilgrimage on earth.

To set up our banners, is expressive of a

nation is in trouble: many of our churches
are in afflicting circumstances: and individual
believers in the LORD JESUS CHRIST most
deeply learn the truth of these words, "it is
through much tribulation ye must enter the
kingdom."

The blessed Spirit, in this Psalm, comes
forth to meet the poor afflicted church of
Christ, as she comes up out of the wilderness,
and with all the tender sympathies of a
Merciful FRIEND, says, "the Lord hear thee
in the day of trouble; the name of the God of
Jacob defend thee. Send thee help from the
Sanctuary, and strengthen thee out of Zion."
Thus would we desire to meet thee, dear
reader, on the morning of January 1, 1855,
hoping thou art one of that despised band
who pour out tears and cries to the God of
our salvation; who worship HIM, and wait
for HIM, in His Sanctuary; loving the gates
of Zion; and choosing rather to suffer afflic-
Vol. XI.-No. 120.-Jan., 1855.

This twentieth Psalm appears well suited
to us as a nation, at this very critical period.
It anticipates a "day of trouble." Such, in-preparation for war, in the first place; and
deed, is the character of the present day. Our of having obtained victory, in the second
place. Against sin, satan, and every false
and fatal form of professed worship, we must
courageously fight. The enemy is coming in
like a flood; coming into the very midst of
our churches; but the night is somewhat
dark; and the enemy approaches with such
silent steps, that many do not see the pro-
gress he is making. They are crying
"Peace! peace!" but it is a delusive peace;
and they are boasting of prosperity, when
it is much to be feared that that prosperity
standeth not, in the power of God.
O, men,
brethren, and fathers, know ye then-and
take heed to this-where God the Holy
Ghost is not found in fastening conviction
on the consciences of sinners; in quickening
and alarming, and lifting up the once dead
soul where God the Son is not found in
pardoning guilty sinners, in redeeming cap-
tive souls, and in presenting true believers
before the mercy-seat; where the sove-

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