1870. brother is rejoicing in hope of sins forgiven. Mr. Brown has been "converted over again," as he says has been baptized into the "fulness," and is full of joy. There seems to be a great change in him. He has dropped tobacco, to which he has been a complete slave, and is as quiet and subdued as a lamb. O that the Holy spirit would come and baptize us all afresh. (T.S.R. 55. 2 P.M. 87. S.S. 76.) Sept. 15. Thursday. There was a Social Meeting in the church this P. M. at three o'clock - a good meeting. This evening Mr. Brier preached a very impressive sermon from the text, "Break up the fallow ground," etc. Mr. H. H. Brown was filled to overflowing with the Divine Spirit, and addressed the people, speaking "burning words," after the sermon. (T.S.R. 53. 2 P.M. 77. S.S. 66.) Sept. 16. Friday. Another three o'clock social meeting - a good one. Mr. Brier preached again this evening from the text - "Seek, and ye shall find," and it was especially blessed to me, leading me to seek for the blessing of a "full salvation" and "entire consecration" as I have never sought before. Yes, I feel that I have consecrated all I have and am and all I hope to be, to His service, who has done all for me. And now, O Lord, give me the "fulness." But if it tarry, help me to wait. (T.S.R. 52. 2 P.M. 75. S.S. 66.) Sept. 17. Saturday. There was a Social meeting at the church this evening, and I can truly say it was the best meeting I ever attended, for I met my Lord there and He blessed me. Yes, for once in my life, I have been "filled" with the fulness of God. I felt that I enjoyed as much there as it was possible for me to enjoy. I feel like shouting, "glory" be to God. "I believe that my body could endues no more of this" exceeding joy" at this time. O that I could always feel the Heavenly Presence as now, "My willing soul would stay, in such a frame as this, and sit and sing herself away to everlasting 1870. bliss." All glory be to His wondrous grace. (T.S.R. 51. 2 P.M. 74. S.S. 66.) Sept. 18. Sabbath. I slept but little last night for exceeding joy. I hardly wished to sleep, lest when I waked, I should find the beautiful vision had fled. Consequently, today, I have been rather weak in body, but strong and happy in mind. It has indeed been one of the happiest Sabbaths of my life, on account of the gracious presence of the Holy Comforter in my heard. O abide with me evermore sweet Heavenly Dove! Mr. Brier preached in A. M. from the text," What the law could not do in that it was weak," etc. subject the perfect righteousness and finished work of Christ for us all believers. He made it very plain that Christ" condemned all sin in the flesh." Mr. & Mrs. Bishop took dinner with us, and there was a Social meeting in the afternoon. After its close the people lingered, scarcely wishing to go away saying, by words and actions," it is good to be here" This evening, Mr. Brier preached his first sermon in course on the subject of "Entire Sanctification." He defined it tonight, tried to show" what it is." I must say I desire it, I long for it, for myself and husband, that we may be qualified to do our whole duty to our children and others around us. (T.S.R. 51. 2 P.M. 71. S.S. 65.) Sept. 19. Monday. A social meeting again this afternoon Mr. & Mrs. Reynolds - an aged couple arrived from Illinois this afternoon. They have come to reside here. As they were stepping from the cars at the Station, the train started, and threw Mrs. Reynolds upon the platform, hurting her badly, it is not known yet how severely Mr. Bishop took them to his house. Mr. Brier preached this eve, answering abjections to the doctrine of entire sanctification. (T.S.R. 51. 2 P.M. 77. S.S. 72.)
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