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From this brief review of the volume we now close, some intimations may be expected of our future purpose. On this point, however, it is scarcely necessary to repeat our former declarations. Our object is still the same-we labour to promote pure and undefiled religion-to feed the church of God, which he hath purchased with his own blood -to instruct the young-to awaken the careless-to lead the inquirer to Jesus-to establish the believer in his holy faith and fear-to warn of approaching and impending dangers-to expose the subtlety of Satan, and the devices of weak, misguided, or wicked men. We would wish that every succeeding volume, every succeeding number, might excel its predecessor; and in proportion as the public favour rewards, as the blessing of God smiles upon our exertions, so are we bound not to be weary in well doing-not to shrink or relax in our efforts, but to press forward with increasing diligence and resolution in our holy cause.
Ever, however, be it remembered, that as our success must depend upon the blessing of Almighty God, so the means of that success must be derived from the kind co-operation and assistance of our fellowChristians. We need their aid to supply us continually with new and interesting communications. We need their assistance in recommending our work, and putting it into the hands of persons who are as yet unacquainted with it. We have reason to think, that, extensive as our sale is, it might be very much increased by the exertion of our kind friends: and when it is considered that every Number contains somewhat especially calculated for the instruction of the poor and of the young-some narrative of the gracious dealings of God with his departed servants-some papers of an evangelical, practical, and experimental nature-some information of the great work that God is carrying on in the earth, we trust we are not exalting ourselves above measure in saying, that no cotemporary publication of similar magnitude contains an equal share of pious, and edifying, and useful information with that monthly inserted in the Christian Guardian.
But we need not merely communications; we need not merely recommendations; we need wisdom to direct, we need a divine blessing to rest upon us. We ask, therefore, the friendly advice, and caution, and correction of our brethren. We would ask for the Spirit to be poured out from on high, and we would therefore earnestly request all our readers, and friends, and contributors, to strive with us in fervent prayer to Almighty God for this inestimable gift. If the minister, in his ordinary ministrations to a few hundreds of his fellow men, calls upon them to pray that the word of the Lord may run and be glorified; that he may open his mouth, and speak boldly as he ought to speak; we, whose pages are monthly read by many thousands of our brethren, well call upon them to unite in fervent prayer for divine wisdom and may grace. Their be it remembered, shall not be in vain; they shall prayers, redound to the glory of God, to the benefit of their own immortal souls. To that divine blessing we commend the present volume. May the holy Spirit of God rest upon it! May the truths it contains be impressed upon the hearts of all into whose hands it comes! May an abundant influence of the divine grace rest upon every contributor, upon every reader! May our future efforts be more simple and holy, more calcuand may this lated to promote the glory of God and the welfare of men; small publication be an honoured instrument in turning many to righteousness! "Let thy work appear unto thy servants, and thy glory unto their children; and let the beauty of the Lord our God be upon us, and establish thou the work of our hands upon us; yea, the work of our hands establish thou it."