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REV. ROBERT MEEK, M.A.,
RECTOR OF SUTTON BONNINGTON (ST. MICHAEL'S), NOTTS.

LONDON:

WERTHEIM, MACINTOSH, AND HUNT,

24, PATERNOSTER-ROW,
AND 23, HOLLES-STREET, CAVENDISH-SQUARE.

MDCCCLX.

110.6.209

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PREFACE.

The following pages were written during a season of ill health and suspension of active clerical labours. The object of the work has been to show that in

every age of the Christian Church there have been the continuance and manifestation of that reviving influence of the Holy Spirit, so abundantly imparted on the day of Pentecost, and of which all subsequent communications have been the further developments, ushering in “ times of refreshing from the presence of the Lord,” thus fulfilling the promise of Christ, “I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever." (John xiv. 16.) Some of the leading seasons, and the instrumentalities, by which this promise has been fulfilled, it has been the object of the Author to point out.

He has availed himself of the testimonies of others for the illustration and confirmation of his own statements and views. The

seasons of refreshment granted to the Church in times past are encouragements to Christian expectation, and prayer for, a more glorious outpouring of the Holy Spirit; and the earnests of the coming glories of the Church in the latter days.

In sending the work to the press the Author has yielded to the advice of some esteemed Clerical brethren, who, after reading the MS., strongly urged its publication. He commends it, though with some reluctance on his part, to the candid acceptance of his readers, and to the blessing of God.

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Sutton Rectory, Loughborough,

Jan., 1860.

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