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we have followed so long, that it has the prospect of fulfilling this glorious become like second nalure. Or it is work, and bringing about these desirasome evil, which is more particularly ble objects, he disregarded all his trials incident to our situation in life, or to and difficulties. At one time it is intiour company, or to our employment. mated, that he even longed to accomWhatever this sin may be, it must be plish his bloody baptism; he continued laid aside, “every weight and every his course with unabated resolution, till besetting sin.” Whether it be pride he could say, "It is finished,” the law or passion, covetousness or sensuality, is fulfilled, and a fountain opened for wbether it be slotb or intemperance, sin and for uncleanness. Indeed he whether it be unbelief or impenitence, did not stop bere, but arose in order to or self-righteousness, or self-depen. raise his people, and is exalted " to dance, we must lay it aside, and never the right hand of the throne of God.” imagine that we can carry it with us What a glorious pattern of patience and in the Christian race. Whatever object perseverance! And how ought we to stands in our way, whatever tends to be encouraged by his success ! It is divert us from the path of duty, wbat. true his powers were greater than our ever is calculated to embarrass our own; but he had so much the more to minds, or divide our attention, or de endure. If we are encouraged by his stroy our diligence, must be given up, example, if we look continually unto if we would as
so run as to obtain the him, and endure as seeing him who prize."
is invisible, if, for the joy that is set 2. And we must not only renounce before us, we press on diligently in the every unnecessary incumbrance, and Christian race, we shalĩ be finally every besetting sin, but we must direct compensated for all our toils, and be our eyes to Jesus Christ. Looking exalted with him to the kingdom of unto Jesus, the Author and Finisher of heaven. our faith, who, for the joy that was set But the apostle also exborts us to before him, endured the cross, despis- look unto Jesus as our almighty Friend. ing the shame, and is set down at the It is be that marked out the course for right hand of the throne of God.” Jesus us to run. It is he that girded us with is here proposed to our view, both as strength, and called us forth to the a successful Pattern, and an almighty race. It is be that holds out the prize to Friend. The course he had to run was our view, and, with a great cloud of more arduous and difficult than was ever witnesses, looks on to behold our diliappointed to any other person. No gence. It is he that sits as judge, to other could have persevered in it and award the prize to every one that wins come off with success. The cross and it, and will bestow it with his own agony which be bore, were infinitely hand. He is “ the Author and Finisher heavier than we can conceive. He of our faith.” He is the great object sustained the sins of an offending world. of faith ; by the power of his grace He suffered the most painful and the be enables us to believe ; he puts into most ignoninious death ; but he did our minds good desires-gives us that 'not shrink in the severest conflict; faith whereby we are stimulated to en;" he endured the cross, and despised, gage in the Christian race; he increases or disregarded, the shame.",. He was our faith by helping us forward, and animated in his race by " the joy that finishes it by bringing us triumphantly was set before him," the joy of glori- to the end, and crowning us with glory fying the divine attributes, the joy of at his right hand. Let us then look delivering sinful and wretched souls, unto Jesus as our Redeemer and Sathe joy of being for ever acknowledged viour. Let us behold him as the proas the Author of their salvation. In pitiation for our sins. Let us meditate
upon the extent of bis atonement, and the recompense of the reward. How the power of his grace ; consider how abundantly will the celestial crown resufficient he is to renew our strength pay your persevering exertions ! Meand help us forward, and how faithful thinks you have advanced, at least
he will be to prosper our exertions and some of you, within a short distance of I give us the final reward.
the goal, and are just ready to join the There is a peculiarity in this direc- general assembly and church of the tion, which we must not omit to notice. first born in heaven.' Press on, then, à The apostle's words imply, not merely little longer," forgetting the things that that we should look unto Jesus, but are behind, and reaching forward to that we should look away from other those things which are before.” So objects unto him. We are apt to look shall you finish your course with joy, to our own strength, when we ought to and receive a crown of righteousness be looking entirely to him to strengthen from the hand of Jesus, your righteous us. Sometimes we look to our own Judge.
weakness, or at the length and difficul Our subject may also afford a I ties of the way, and are discouraged at word of admonition to any who are
our undertaking, when we ought to be halting or turning aside out of the strong in him and in the power of his course : there are many, who might. Often we are inclined to look well" for a season, but, after all, are at the stumbling blocks that lie in our bindered from pressing forward to the way, or at the opposers that are en- prize. Inquire, my brethren, whence deavouring to hinder us, or to any it is, that you are relapsing, and fall. thing that tends to keep us back. But ing from your own steadfastness. Have we should look off from all these, and you found any object in the things of keep our eyes steadily fixed on Jesus the world that will compensate for the as our Redeemer, our Example, and our loss of heaven? It would surely be betFriend ; and then our difficulties will ter to think less of worldly objects, to appear as nothing; we shall proceed lay aside every weight, and every in. on with cheerfulness and satisfaction ; cumbrance, whether riches, honours, we shall so run, not as uncertainly, but or pleasures, rather than be diverted in sure confidence of obtaining the from the Christian course, or kept back prize.
from the great salvation. He that This subject may afford much con- puts his hand to the plough, and looks solation and encouragement to those back, he that halts in the race, will who are resolutely running the Chris. never reach the mark or obtain the
Doubtless they sometimes crown. If any are thus turning back, feel ready to faint by the way ; there may God enable them to resume their are so many obstacles before them, and labours. May he once more awaken many
hindrances on every side, that them, and move them, that they may they can hardly pursue their course. return to the paths of his flock, and But, my Christian friends, look at that become diligent and faithful in his sercloud of witnesses, who have gained vice. Let them be assured, that if they the reward before you, and are now will become "steadfast and immoveable beholding your trials. They have over- in the work of the Lord, their labour come through faith ; and they know will not be in vain in the Lord.” that you can overcome by the same And, finally, a word of exhorta
Look especially at Jesus, that tion may be drawn from our subject, bright example of all righteousness, and for those who never began the Christhat gracious helper of all his followers. tian race. Could it be optional with Look also at the prize, the joy that is them, whether they will be any way set before you, and have respect unto interested in the race, we might well
leave them to their own choice. But three hundred acres of corn, ripe for the truth is, the task is appointed to all harvesting, exclusive of a great quanmen; and must be to them that neg. tity of old corn, potatoes, turnips, cablect it. They are all entered upon bages, &c. were now lost to them: tothe lists, whether they will or not. gether with books, that were burnt, And unless they so run as to obtain the many of which were for the instruction prize, they must have all the shame and of the youth. Here, indeed, was pamisery of failure. They will fail of tience required, and a hope that the the crown: they will come short of Lord would be with them and grant heaven; and this is not all; they will them further strength and fortitude, to be judged not only unwortby of hea• overcoine all difficulties and dangers." ven, but worthy of hell. If they Very different was their condition have been thus negligent and sloth- at Upper Sandusky, wbere they arrivful, the doom of the slothful servant ed on the 11th of October. will be assigned them. Consider, day now brought us new troubles. The then, my hearers, how much time you cattle finding no good pasture, were have lost since it was your duty to continually attempting to return, and enter upon the Christian race. Con- therefore had to be watched. The sider, that Jesus, who superintends milch cows failed for want of proper the race, is still calling you to enter feed; and, owing to this, many families
, upon the great undertaking. Consider, and especially those who bad small chilthat it is an arduous work, and that dren, suffered. Provisions of all kinds you have but little time remaining to were wanting, and when the women perform it. Soon your day will be went into the woods, or on the river gone ; the race will be lost; you will banks, to look for, and dig roots as a fail of the crown, and incur a dreadful substitute, they either could not find retribution. Begin, then, immediately what they were in search of, or the the heavenly race. The prize is ground was too hard frozen to get at now in view ; Jesus is ready to assist them. Corn was very scarce through: your feeble efforts ; you are called, out the country, and those who had entreated, and commanded to repent, the article, asked a dollar for three or and turn from your careless ways, and four quarts. Even the timber for buildembrace the gospel. Repent, ibere. ing was far off, for all the country, to a fore, and be converted, that your sins great distance, was a barren prairie
, may be blotted out.
with the exception of here and there a
few scattered trees. The pinching cold To the Editor of the Gospel Advocate. was severely felt by all those who were THE INFLUENCE OF CHRISTIANITY ON in want of clothes and bedding, and
this was particularly the case with us, (Continued from page 243.)
“Under the pressure of sufferings, Finding resistance vain, measures were we were ridiculed and laughed at.taken in the three towns for removal, Look !' (said the Monsey chief to a and on the 11th of September, 1781, Wyandot,) look at these praying they commenced their march. (Christian) Indians; who but the other
• Never,” says Mr. H. “ did the day were living in affluence, how they Christian Indians leave a country with now creep about in the bushes, looking more regret. The three beautiful set- for roots and berries to keep themselves tlements, Gnadenhutten, Shonbrun, and from starving. Well ! they are served Salem, were now to be forsaken, to- right; for why should some live better gether with many of their young cat- than others ! we have now brought tle, that were in the woods, with some them on a level with us !' Yet such hundred head of hogs, and at least sayings were not the worst, but both
THE SAVAGE CHARACTER.
captain Pipe and the half king boasted, several divisions, of about one hundred
that they now had it in their power and fifty in number, men, women, and to compel the Christian Indians to go children; each division intending to to war with them, whenever they chose work upon the corn which they had to command them.''
raised." During the winter they suffered all While they were thus engaged, in the miseries arising from famine, cold, the beginning of April 1782, they were and nakedness. Their cattle perished surprised by a party of Virginians, who with hunger. They were often obliged murdered more than ninety of them in to live on the carcases of these starved cold blood. The horrid catastrophe is animals, and, in a few instances, chil- thus related by Mr. Heckewelder : dren at the breast perished for want of “On the day our Indians were nutriment. “The famine daily in- bundling up their packs, intending to creasing—and the children crying for set off on the next morning; a party, victuals, was more than the parents of between one and two hundred white could endure. These could not afford people, from the Ohio settlements, to pay at the rate of a dollar for two made their appearance at Gnadenhutor three quarts of corn, which was the ten. They had already, when within price now asked by those who had any. a mile of the place, met with Joseph Therefore, consulting with one another Shabosh, son of our brother Shabosh, on measures to be taken for their re- (while he was catching his horses,) and lief, their deliberations closed with a murdered him in a most cruel manner, resolution, to look to no other quarter notwithstanding his telling them who for corn, but to their forsaken towns he was, and that he was a white man's and the plan being agreed upon, they son, and begging them to spare his life. informed the half king of their inten- Jacob, brother-in-law to young Shation, leaving it at his option, whether bosh, whilst tying up his corn sacks, or not be chose to send a guard with on the bank, at the sweat-house, and them to keep them from running about one bundred and fifty yards from away!' which, however, he declined the town, and thirty from the river; doing. They next made their plan was the first person who saw the party known to the missionaries, namely: coming on, between himself and the that they would proceed to their towns, river, and so near bim, that (as be exand leave their families some distance pressed himself) he might have seen behind them, to whom they would the black in their eyes, had they look. bring the corn from the fields, and whọ ed in the direction where he was standwere to bury it in holes* made in the ing. He even knew some of the men ground for the purpose ; and from of the party, to be the same who had which place they would fetch it, as it taken the Christian Indians from Shon. would be wanted. The plan being brun in the last fall, among whom both approved of, they were desired to con- he and young Shabosh were, and beform thereto, as it was natural to sup- lieving the good captain Biggs to be pose that the people from the American again with them, he was about hailing side would now and then take a look them, when, to his astonishment, they at the old towns, to see if any war. at that instant, shot at one of the breriours harboured there.
Having taken thren, who was just crossing the river an affectionate leave, they set out in in a cànoe, to go to the corn-field, and
who dropping down at the sbot, Jacob • These holes are made round, about three feet deep, narrower at the top than at bota supposed him to be killed. Seeing tom, after the hole is dug, it is burnt out this act of theirs, he fled precipitately, set with bark, and well covered after the and before they had turned their faces corn is in.
The way he was, he was out of sight.
Jacob might have been the means of as his opinion, that perhaps God had orsaving many lives, especially at Salem, dained it so, that they should not perish where his old father was ; but not hav. in the barrens of Sandusky, and that ing the presence of mind, he ran seve these people were sent to relieve them. ral miles the contrary way, and hid After having held a consultation with himself for a day, and a night. the brethren at that place, they united
“The murdering party, seeing most with him in opinion, and sent the two of the Indians scattered over the cora- brethren, Adam and Henry, with him field at work, (or preparing for the to Gnadenhutten, for the purpose of journey,) hailed them, as their friends learning the true cause of the white and brothers, who had purposely come people coming out, concluding that, if out to relieve them, from the distress it turned out as they expected and brought on them by the enemy, on ac-, wished, they would also join them. count of their being friends to the Ame. They finding every thing agreeable, rican people.' The Christian Indians, they were not only satisfied with what not in the least doubting their sincerity, the white people had told them, but walked up to them, and thanked them were also urged by the brethren at for being so kind, while the whites this place, to join them in going into again gave assurances that they would the settlements of the wbite people, meet with good treatment from them. where the brethren at Bethlehem, on a They then advised them to discontinue proper representation being made, their work, and cross over to the town, would cheerfully supply them with in order to make the necessary arrange- teachers. The whites, encouraging ments for the journey, as they intended them in these hopes, now appointed a taking them out of the reach of their body out of their number, to go with enemies, and where they would be the messengers to Salem, to assist in supplied abundantly with all they stood bringing the inhabitants, with their efin need of: all which was pleasing to fects, to Gnadenbutten. them to hear.
6. The language of the white peo“During these transactions at Gna- ple, being the same at Salem, as at denhutten, the national assistant, John Gnadenhutten ; the brethren and sisMartin, and his son, were not yet re ters were easily persuaded to go . turned from the woods, from where them; especially, as many of them they were taking corn, to deposit it at professed to be very religious, admirsome distance ; but on their return that ing their fine and spacious place of day to the field, they were not a little worship, and discoursing constantly on surprised, at seeing so many tracks of religion, both here and on the way to shodden horses, and not a single per. Gnadenhutten; frequently saying to son remaining in the field, where they the Indians : "you are indeed good had left them the day before, busily Christians !' and made use of the same employed. Not knowing the cause of language to one another in their hearthis, he repaired to an eminence from ing. Some of them, on leaving Salem, where he had a full view of the town, set fire to the houses and church, which on the opposite side of the river; and was disapproved of by our lodians; there, seeing the Indians and white they, however, pretended that they people together, apparently very so- meant no harm, but had merely done ciable, some walking about, and others it to deprive the enemy of a harbour as if engaged in friendly conversation, ing place. hę sent his son across to them, while “Arriving at the river bank opposite he went to Salem, to inform the bré- Gnadenhutten, their eyes began to thren and sisters there, of what had open ; but it was now too late. They taken place at Gnadenhutten; giving it discovered a spot in the sand, where