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SPECIAL SERVICES IX WREXHAM. The Rev. G, Everard, M.A. (vicar of St. Mark's, Wolverhampton), commenced a three days' mission in "Wrexham on Sunday la&t. He preached in the parish church in the morning, selecting for his text the third chapter of St. Paul's Epistle to the Colossians, 17th verse. He said true religion had very deep foundations. It rested within the soul of man on the foundation of the new life begotten in the soul by the Holy Ghost. But whilst it had deep foundations, let them ever remember that it had a very practical manifestation in the daily life. St. Paul gave them most plainly the foundations of the Christian hope again and again, but yet he brought that religion which began deep in the human heart out into all the little details of man's life, and the words of the text were words which Christian people ought not to forget. They showed that as the promise was universal so was the precept which the Lord had given to them. If they had the promise "Whatsoyer ye shall ask in my name that will I do," equally rigot was the precept Whatsoever ye do in word or dted do all in the the name of the Lord Jesus." He felt very deeply the importance of that subject in connection with the work which a few months ago was carried out in their parish. He believed from all he had heard that the spirit of the Lord was amongst them, and that many hearts were, through the mission, drawn to Christ, but of one thing he was perfectly persuaded that if. that work was real, if that work was of God, if that work was to stand in the great day, he was sure it must, in each individual life, be reduced to constant practice. Perhaps there were many in that congregation who would say that to bring religion into every detail of common life must be an intolerable bondage. Of course it was, of course it must be an -.intolerable bond- age to an unconverted man, but not to a man with the spirit of God in his heart. The Apostle was speaking in the text to the true believers in Christ, and if any there said that such was not their position then he would say to them, your first work is Hang to the Cross, flee to the Saviour, look for the aid of God's Holy Spirit," and then, in the power of Christ's Spirit, they would see that it was no bondage to carry out the strictest precept which Christ had given to them. If they looktuat. the closing words of the text they would see that the precept was to be carried out in the spirit of holy gratitude, "giving thanks unto God apd the Father by Him." Holy gratitude for redemption, holy joy for all that Christ had done for them. First he would ask them to notice what was intended by doing ail in the name of the Lord J esus. Let them look at it for a minute negatively. They were not to act through life simply at random. If they did they would be like the vessel without a rudder, drifted about by the power of the winds, and they would be sure at last to'get on a rock or sands. Xeither were they to act as a child of the world. They were not to look at 'the common standard around them and say <. If I am just as good as people around I am allright." Xeither were they to act simply as a good citizen, or good neighbour or good householder, or good husband, or good wife. He wished they were more of all that, but beyond all that was the Christian to rise. From the words of St. Paul in the text, they were not to act at random, nor as children of the world, and engage honourably and justly in the 1 common duties of life, but to live beyond all that ""Whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name cf the L 'rd Jesus." What wa- the idea of this, to act in everything in the name of Christ? He' believed it just this, whatever I do I am to do it as a Christian, I am to do it as a follower of the Lord Jesus Christ, I am to do it as one on whom the name of the Lord Jesus Christ rests, I am to do it as one in whose heart Christ is, and just as Christ is at the right hand of the Father, and amidst angelic glory, showing forth His glory there, so in me. His weakest and humblest disciple. He is to live here below, so that the world may see that there is reality in religion." They c add not go to one little spot in life and say, "With that c'-rner of my life Christ has nothing to do. In that very corner cf my life I can live as I like." No, not one inch of their life were they to wilfully take out of the sphere of Christian duty, and the very moment they did so they forgot God's commandment and dis- honoured the Juord Jesus Christ. Whatever ye do, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ." There were just a few points which he must touch upon for the help of the Christian people present. Do all in the name "f the Lord Jesus, "included "Do all in the strength of the Lord Jesus," ever remembering that they cannot move a little finger in the service of Christ, they could not resist the least temptation, nor speak one word acceptable to the Lord unless they were strengthened in His sjrenth, helped by His grace. If they wanted to carry out the precept let them remem- ber their we;ikn-s and remember the strength of Jesus, and let them take the precept with the words, I can do all things through Christ, Who strengthens me." Then again they were to do "ail for the glory of the Lord Jesus. Whenever there came the question of self- indulgence, self in any form whatever, by the side of the .Tesus, which would they sacrifice? Oh, may they be willing to sacrifice self. be willing to put self away, be willing to trample self under foot and say, "I do it for the honour of Jesus." It may be a loss of a thousand pounds, but it was for the glory of Jesus; therefore let them do it. Do all in the strength of Jesus, do all out of love for Jesus, all for His glory, and in addition "do all after the pattern of Jesus." Whenever they were uncertain of their duty they should ask themselves. What would Jesus do if He were placed as I am ?" Let them put that question to themselves, and let them put their feet just in the steps where he had. Again Do all in the presence of the Lord Jesus." If they wanted strength and comfort they must see Christ before them, and let it be their one aim to see the Lord Jesus by their very side. How this would help them not to be afraid of the face of man. How this would help them against wandering thought in prayer. Let them also Look for the coming of the Lord Jesus." They saw 'in that chapter "When Christ your life shall appear, then shall ye also appear with him in glory." If, in endeavouring to carry out a life like that they found a great deal of loss never mind, when the King came that would be enough. Well done good and faithful servant" would more than make up for all they had suffered. Do all in His strength, do all frr His glory do all after His pattern, do all in His presence, and do all waiting for His clorious com- ing. In conclusion he asked if there were any there who said that such was too high a life for him to aim at? Well all he could say was this, they were not his words but the words of their judge whatever they may think about them. He would ask them not to make a mistake for eternity, not to shut their eyes to their true position. Let them go and tell the Lord about it. go to Him and ask Him to help them, and ask for the the Holy Spirit who should teach them to love him with all their heart and soul and strength, and when He comes He would have a bright crown to- piace on their heads. In the afternoon the rev. gentleman delivered an address to men in the parish church, which again well filled. In the evening he preach. n very plain and impressive sermon, and the service was followed by a short after meeting. The other services included addresses to district visitors, Sunday school teachers and other Christian workers, to members of mothers' meet- ings, to members of Bible classes, and short services and sermons in most of the district churches. The rev. gentleman's style of preaching is more im- pressive than eloquent, and whilst he has an intonation and manner similar in many respects to that of the Rev. I. H, Hay Aitken, he lacks his power of persuasion and homely and striking illustration.

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