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SUNDAY TEACHERS' TREASURY:
A MAGAZINE CONTAINING
MATERIALS READY FOR USE,
SUNDAY-SCHOOL TEACHERS, TUTORS, GOVERNESSES,
PARENTS, AND MANAGERS OF SCHOOLS.
BE YE STEADFAST, SOM
The task of writing a preface to a periodical work is not always the most agreeable to its Editor; although the labour expended in this way is indeed small compared to that which has been bestowed upon the volume to which such preface is to be prefixed. In the present case, the duty is an agreeable one ; indeed, a grateful one-grateful in the best sense of the word. First, because we wish to testify to the goodness and preserving love of Him who has aided and blessed us in the accomplishment of our twelvemonth's labours; next, because we have to tell of still continued help and kindly encouragement from many valued workers and friends.
This is not the place in which to speak of the merits of the present volume; it is before our many subscribers, and its contents must answer for themselves. We may, however, say that the Treasury is still true to the aim with which it first started ; and of the need of larger Christian effort and more extensive spiritual work, of the kind of which it is, it is hoped, an humble but faithful representative, every day gives us fresh evidence. For sad is it to say that, with all his progress and boasted advancement in the path of civilization, the nature of man is still as depraved and restless as ever. “We are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags.” One only is there who can give true peace ; One only who can cast upon us the robe of spotlessness.
Serving Him, dear friends and fellow-workers, we strive to promote the highest interests of our beloved and free country, and, through this country, of other nations. Upon all Christ's servants rests this heavy responsibility ; and of these not the least are devoted Sunday teachers. We may have the sweat and burden of the day ; but “he that winneth souls is wise," and “they that turn many to righteousness shall shine as the stars for ever and ever.” How far our efforts are successful One only can fully tell ; but, from the same Holy One, we have the knowledge that His words will not return in vain. In this knowledge let us approach the throne of grace, and form fresh resolves for the coming year, so that our endeavours,