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HOLDING THE MYSTERY OF THE FAITH IN PURE CONSCIENCB.'—1 Tim. iii, 9.

ONE LORD, ONE FAITH, ONE BAPTISM.'-Epv, iv, 5.

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LONDON:
HOULSTON AND STONEMAN 65, PATERNOSTER ROW.

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PREFACE.

In concluding the Nineteenth Volume of the GOSPEL HERALD, the Editor desires to record the goodness of God, in enabling him thus far to prosecute his labours; and to express his grateful acknowledgments to the numerous brethren and Christian friends who have, during the year, responded to his wishes, and aided him, by their valued contributions, in promoting the various objects sought by the publication of the work.

Impressed with the encouraging fact, that the pages of the HERALD have conduced greatly to the edification and comfort of many of the Lord's people, the Editor has felt desirous to secure its improvement, as well as to extend its circulation, and thereby to render it increasingly appreciable as a vehicle for the dissemination of sound doctrine, genuine Christian experience, and the practical development of vital godliness among the churches of the saints.

That a considerable improvement has been visible in the general appearance and management of the work, he hopes is manifest: and it will still be his aim to render it increasingly acceptable by further improvements, such as progressive events appear to suggest. He trusts that his readers have perceived that his desire is to cherish the religion of the heart; to contend earnestly for the faith once delivered to the saints ;' to promulgate correct views of the kingdom of Christ; to diffuse information on subjects in which the churches are deeply interested, and to stimulate to active and untiring exertion in the cause of our gracious Redeemer.

These objects he has been anxious to promote; and in furtherance thereof, he has gratefully to acknowledge the kind co-operation of many brethren in the ministry, and others, of whose joint labours he earnestly solicits the future continuance. Without them his efforts would be useless. He begs it will be remembered, that it is by their assistance future numbers of the HERALD must be rendered interesting and instructive. While, of course, he claims the right to select from papers he receives, those which appear best calculated to

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