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CHURCH AND CHAPEL. On Sunday evening, tb,, Re,, Josiah Evans, resident minister of the English W"Iey-,in church, preached an ahle sermon on "Peli-ion as a business" to a large congregation. He founded his remarks on the 2nd chapter of Proverbs, and said that he wanted to set the thoughts of his congregation to work, for in the limited time which even their patience would allow a preacher of the present day he could not possibly pourtray the beauties and magnificence of these verses. His subject was the law of successful pur- suit in the prosecution of the duties of religion. In all pursuits they would find that diligence led to prosperity, and following these rules the natnral result was success. As in the ordinary pursuits of life, so it was in the pursuits of religion. Religion was set forth as a search—Seek ye the Lord, and He shall be found;" if they prosecuted the search Christ would be found at their very right hand. Just as in the ordinary pursuits of life there were regular rules to pursue if they would succeed so was it in the pro- secution of that search for Christ—for God. In the text there was not only the abstract thought brought before them of religion being a pursuit, but there was a magnificent illustration which showed how it was to be carried out. If they wished to suc- ceed in their religion they must put their business into it-put the same diligence, same energy, same determination, the same resolution into their religion as they did into their business. What would be the result, did they think, if their search was an aimless one? A man started in the morning with a goal before him to be gained before the night, and unless he did so with energy and determination he would think that there was something wrong. In the text there were two classes ot men brought before them- the student in his search for knowledge and the man who was seeking for wealth. The preacher then vividly painted the picture of the student in his search after knowledge, and how diligently he pur. sued the search so as to accomplish his purpose, and he thought no time wasted or no sacrifice too great so that he might accomplish his pur- suit successfully. He asked the student ifohe would put the same methods of his studies into his religion ? Then. there was the man who was seeking for wealth. It was true that some men were what was termed fortunate," everything that they touched turned into gold; but that was not the com- mon rule of life it was by diiigenco, industry, and perseverance that men succeeded. Was it not a fact that they saw daily very much less diligence and per- severance shown in the matter of religion than in any other business. It was the most serious and impor- tant business that they had to do if there be a God, if religion be a reality, if the soul be immortal, their religion was one of the most serious and awful businesses there was in the world. Hence, that business should be prosecuted with earnestness. Was it not a fact that in a large number of cases those who professed to be religious, following religious pursuits, that they only devoted about a tenth of the time to this awful business than what they did to the ordinary pursuits of life. They saw people, who thought they were religious, but whose religion consisted in worshipping God only on the" Sabbath day, and sometimes only once on the Lord's day. Family prayer with them was no institution the practices of godliness with them were nil, and by attending church or chbpel once on the Lord's day they seemed to think that they had laid up stores of knowledge. Did they wonder that they were weak- lings ? Did they wonder that they were carried away by every wind and tide ? The man of robust religion was the man who lived in communion with God. The Saviour taught them that religion was a search to be prosecuted the man who dis- covered there was a treasure in a field, what did he do ? ^He went and purchased the field, and then set tdbearch diligently until he found it.' It was not a fruitless search, the treasures were before them, and God pointed them to the treasures. He urged his hearers to put the question seriously before themselves: they read of men of distinguished and distinctive character, called apostles and pro- phets. How did they attain to that character? The privileges of the cross of Christ were open to all. the treasures of religion were open to them to aspire to, and their position might be on an equality, on a-par, with the apostles and prophets. He quoted modern heroes to be found in the mission fields, surrounded by thousands of heathen, and yet they were able to stand and to succeed, because they made religion the business of their life. They had the law of success in their lives by faith, and diligence, and determi- nation, and courage they secured success, and that success might be achieved by every member of the congregation. At the close of the service contributions were invited on behalf of the county infirmary.

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