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TEXAS IN 1850.

In view of the immense privileges of being a missionary
of the Cross, who would not covet it ? Why is not
the way filled up with many rushing into a service
which secures such present and future reward! Were
there more of those who profess to honor the Saviour
and his cause, who will rightly appreciate the inestimable
privilege of being missionaries to destitute portions
of our world, " the desolate places would be glad for
them, and the desert would rejoice and blossom as the
rose." If this subject was duly taken into consideration,
Texas would not be spreading forth her hands so
long, in vain; her ranks would be filled by those who
would esteem it their greatest privilege to scatter the
seed of truth over her wide destitutions. The appeals
made in her behalf would meet an early response, and
intelligent and hallowed enterprise would be enlisted
for extending the kingdom of Christ, until he reigns
whose right it is to reign, over the length and breadth
of this beautiful and interesting State.
The Church is to be built up and enlarged, and instrumentality
is to be obtained, ere " righteousness
goeth forth as brightness, and the salvation thereof, as
a lamp that burneth."
The Great Head of the Church is urging the claims
of this part of his moral vineyard; and most emphatically
saying to Christians of the Northern and Eastern
Churches, " Why stand ye here idle ? " " Go ye also
into the vineyard, and whatsoever is right, I will give
you." What though it be self-denial and toil; the
Christian's happiness does not depend upon shunning

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