, Vo~ March," lM~ xa.x.--Nl:t. 1'1.: , . . . ',tHE , , "AND., . MONTHLY 'REC0RD (I8SUBdb'y Q' Comm.lttBB .r . _. 01. th, Fre, ' Presbyterian ,Synod.) . halt! given, a:ba",~ to tll~~ that le;~ Thee,. 'that ~.i , " diBplayed.beoaW6 of th~ truth.';-pLIx. ,. Xb i.... tI'lAy. be . ~rUitecl,b,... N. Adshead. &, .SO~~. :}4~3.CadogUl Sgeet, ~~gow. Price' 3jd. P~l' , ......'4t.. ~nu.1 Sub.criptiol}. 4•. Gd. -p~d. po.t free. THE jfrtt ~rt5b!'ttrtan fMaga~tnt , . and MONTHLY RECORD. VOL. XLX. March, 1946. No. 11. , The Trials of a Gospel Minister. By the Rev. J. C. PHILPOT, M.A. think sometimes how highly favoured ministers are j they view them almost as if they were angels, and were poss.essed of a faith far beyond the generality of believers. But if they could see them as they see and feel themselves, they would find that they are men of like passions with themselves, and often in their feelings sunk down lower than many of their hearers j more tried and exercised, more assailed with temptation, and, but for God's grace, morc prone to fall. In fact, it must be so. lt is necessary that those who stand up to preach to the hearts of others should have a deep acquaintance with their own j that those who have to preach trials ani! exercises should be well acquainted with what the~' speak; and that those who set forth the Lord Jesus Christ should know something experimentally of His beauty ani! blessedness, grace and glory. Unle'ss ministers are well exercised in their own minds, they are pretty sure to drop into the spirit of the world, and to depart in their feelings trom the life and power of vital godliness. We must be in a thing that we may speak feelingly of it. You can now tell what a father feels when a son leaves his house for a foreign land; and those who have to pass through a similar experience will at once know tlult you were in it. So, therefore, unless a minister be feelingly in the things of God by a daily experi.ence, he cannot speak of them with any life, power 01' freshnesli. The life of God must be kept up in the soul, or he cannot be a breast of consolation to the family of God. Now, this sometimes makes us vel')" rebellious, that we should have to go through so many trials and temptations to be able to speak a word in season to others. We naturally love a smooth and easy path, and would almost sooner for,ego the blessing than get it in God's way. But He gives us no choice in the matter j for He leads the blind by a way that they know not. Few days, I think I may say, pass over my llead without briILging trials and ex.ercises in their train. Weak health, dejected spirits, opposition from without and from within, and, above all, darkness of mind" strong temptations, snares spread for my feet, a daily sense of backsliding and depar"ting from the living God, a continual conflict with the horrid evils of my desperately wicked and depraved nature; all combine, more or PEOPLE L 202 Free Presbyterian Jl[a.gazi'ne. less, to bring a daily exercise into my mind. And yet I would fain hope that these painful things are for my spiritual profit. I would fain hope that by them the Lord is showing me more and more what I am in myself, and that the things of time and sense are but a shadow that is passing away. I feel, too, the spirit of prayer stirred up by them in my bosom, and my heart's affections more drawn up to centre in the Lord Himself. And I would fain hope, too, that these trials and exercises are not only for my own spiritual profit but that they are mercifully over-ruled for the good of the people of God among whom I may labour. I am IweU c10nvinced both in my judgment and in my conscience that, however my coward flesh may shrink from exercises and trials, an unexel'cised and untried ministel' is rather a plague than a profit, a bu~den more than a benefit to God's tried and tempted family. But what a mercy it is fO!' us, that when we come to the Word of God, we find that the blessed Spirit there sets forth trial, temptation, and exercise as the footsteps of the flock, as the path of the redeemed, as the way in which the Lord leads His beloved .church and people. Above all, what a mercy it is for the Church of God that there is one book especially in the inspired record, I mean, the Book of Psalms, that sets forth so minutely, describes so accurately, and traces out so vividly, the exercises, trials, and temptations which the Lord's people have to pass through; so that therein, as the Lord the Spirit enables, they can read their spiritual features, and have from time to time some testimony from God Himself, that they are watking in a right way, though it be a rugged way, « to a tity of habitation." "Brethren, pray for us." God's Golden Grain Gathered. WE ean, in a measure at least, understand the feelings of anxiety and sorrow which the patriarch Jacob had, when he uttered the following words, "Me have ye bereaved of my children, Joseph is not and Simeon is not, and ye will !take Benjamin away; all these things are against me." He was addressing his sons, and he was remembering that dark day when they had given him the blood·stained coat of many colours, which appeared evid~nce enough of the loss of his much-loved J·oseph. Benjamin was now the consolation and hope of his old age, and the thought of parting from him made Jacob feel tllat the burden of this sorrow would weigh him down to thEl grave. How hard Jacob found it to reconcile the promise of God made to his fathers, Abraham and lsaac, with th;e providences which followed, and which he now was concluding were all against him. He was seeing th~ pattern from the underside, a mass, as it were, of tangled ends, and a confusion of strange colours. However, he had not seen ALL the pattern; he had not seen Joseph being cast into the pit, nor into the prison. He had not known his rise and pro,gTcss in the house of Pharoah, nor the purpose of God in setting him over the abounding store·houses in the land of Egypt. He did not now see that his parting from Benjamin was the only un forged link in the wonderful chain of providences, whieh was ultimately to re-unite him with his long-lost son. lt is beyond question that the pattern of God had another side; and though the aged saint could not fully understand, there was here given Goil's G
dh maireannaeh Lebanon," <>ir is aill leis an' carabad a 'b!ii na churnhnant siorruidh nach teid a chaoidha bhl'iscadh. Tha aig a charabad Co-eigncaohadh Soisgreula,ch. 213 so "puist do airgiod" na geallanna oirdheirc sin a ta co sonruichte do chu:riJ.hnant Ig;rais, mar tha gealladh maitheanais, buan-mhairea~nachd sa leithid sin, oil" ta e "air a dhaingneachadh air geallanna ni's fearr." Agus do bhrigh nach cudthrom beag a ta anns a charabad so nuair ata peacach ann, rinn e "ioehdar do or" daingean agus laidir, air char '8 nach tuit neach ata ann gu brath troimh, ged bu truime iad na beanntaibh luaidh; "Oil" a ta bunait Dhe a' seasamh daingean, aig am bheil an seula so, Is aithne do'n Tighearn an dream as leis "-Tim. ii. 19. Tha iad air an 'deanamh tearuinte le ordugh siorruidh ta,ghaidh Dhe. Cha tuit doiIiionn feirg gu brath orra-san a ta sa charabad so, air a ta comhdach air do fhuil cro-dhearg Iosa Criosd. "Tha a mheadhon, an taobh a stigh dheth air a chomhdach le gradh": tha gradh a linigeadh a charabaid; tha e os an eionn, air gach taobh dhiu; seadh tha e fodhpa, air char is ged thuiteadh iad ann, nach fhaigh iad leithid do thuiteam craiteach, is nachcomasach dhoibh eirigh a ris. Is sona iadsan a ta ann, ach, mo tlrruaigh a pheacacha tha sibhse a mach as. 'rIm sibh 'nur luidhe far do leig' a cheud charabad sibh nuair a bhris e. (3) Tha sibh a mach 0 fhabhor Dho, air dhuibh a bhi mach a' Criosd: nis tha sin uamhasach, "oil" a ta ar Dia-ne na theine dian-Ioisgeach," agus cha 'n eil fasgaidh a fheirg Dhe, ach a bhi fo' chomhdach fuil an Eadar-mheadhonair-Eph. ii. 13. Tha 'n aingeal sgriosaidh a' teachd seaehad, ach ,cha'n eil fuil crathta air ursanaibh bhur dorsa. Tha Dia ann an Crioscl a reiteachadh an t-saoghail ris fein; mar tig sibhse a stigh, agus a choinneachadh 'an sin, dod ris am bi duil agaibh ach gu'n coinnich e sibh mad mhathghamhuinn o'n do bhuineadh a cuileanan, ign'n reub e sgairt 'ur cridhe, agus gu'n sluig e sibh mar leomhan-Hos. xiii. 8. Ciod am feum a ni 'ur dleasdanais dhuibh, am feadh ata sibh mach a' Criosd ~ an urrainn iad fabhor Dhe a chosnadp. dhuibh ~ Cha teid bhur deoir a chaoidh 'na shearraig, ni mo thig 'ur uirnigh gu brath gu chluasan-Eoin xiv. 6. San dara aite.-Am bheil fhios agaibh, a pheacacha, c'aite am bheil 3ibh ~ Innisidh mi dhuibh c'aite. (1.) Tha sibh air cluanaibh an diabhuil, air beanntaibh an diomhainis, mu fhail nan leomhainn, agus air beanntaibh nan leopaird, far am bheil Satan a'g iomain a threud. Tha sibh a mach a' tiigh Dhe, air seacharan foandrach a' gleidheadh arain, a'g iarraidh deirc aig dOlUS an t-sacghail, ag radh, C'aite am bheile e ~ Cha'n aitlme dhuibh Criosd aran na beatha; agus uime sin tha aolach taiitneasan, agus buanachdan saoghalta eo luachmhor ann 'ur suilibh. Ach innis dhomh, a pheacaich, am bheil thu uair sam bith sasuichte ~ " Bu mhiann leat do bhru a lionadh le plaosgaibh" an t saoghail, ach am bheil iad da rireamh ga d' shasuchadh ~ N ach eil a bhrigh air fhasgadh as na nithe sin, air char is gu'm bheil thli ga'm faotainn na'm plaosgan falamh ~ Ann a d' uile shiubhal air beanntaibb an diomhainis, an tainig thu riamh chum an aite sin mu'm b'urrainn thu radh-agus a dhearbhadh -se so mo shuaimhneas, agus an so gabhaidh mi tamh ~ Cha tainig 'll cha tig gu brath, ach an tig thu gu Criosd.-Isa. iv. 2. (2) Tha sibh ann an ifrinn air thalamh. Is e bhi ann an ifrinn, a bhi an taobh a muigh.-'raisb. xxii. 15; agus cha tainig sibhse a stigh, tha sibh air 'ur diteadh a cheana-Eoin. iii. 18,--ceangai1te anns a phriosan-Isa. lxi. 1. Ciod an t-eadar-dhealachaclh a ta eadar sibhse, agus iadsan a ta ann an ifrinn. Tha sibh araon 'nur priosanaich; amhain gu bhei1 sibhse sa phriosan a muigh, ach iadsan 'sa phriosan a's filide stigh. Tha sibh maraon air falbh 0 Chriosd; amhaill so, tha sibhse falbh uaith le'r deoin, 214 Fl-ee Presbyter·iJan Magazine. ach is eig-in dhoibhsan imeachd uaith. Tha teine feirg- Dhe, air a chair 'nul' co-guisean araon, amhain cha'n eil e air a sheideadh suas na 1aeair, le anail an Tigheama mar shruth pl'onnusg ;ga lasadh annaibh-ea mar a ta e annta-san; ach cha'n eil fhios agaibh ciod cho luath 'sa dh'fheudae e bhi mar sin. Ach fathast tha eadar-dhealachadh eil alln; tha iadsan nam prioeanaich gun dochas ; tha sibhse 'nul' priosallllich an doch.ais. Uime sin theid mi air aghaidh gu puing eile. n.-Is e g-llothuch mhoI' cairdean an Fhir-nuadh-phosda iadsan a ta muigh, a thoirt a stigh. Fheara, sibhse a ta muigh, tha sibh far nach bu choir dhuibh a bhi; tha sibh air talarnh toirmeasgta. B'aill 1einn sibh a bhi Btig-h, b'aill leinn bhur toirt gu Oriosd, gu sibh aOlladh ris, le creidsilln ann, is gabhail ris na uile ofigean. Sa cheud aite,-Tha sinn ag' inllseadh dhuibh, gur e ar Tighearlla amhain a ta air a sgeadachadh le ard ughdarras agus barrantas, gu bili am Faidh, an Searmonaich, agus am Fear-teagaisg mol', a sheoladh nn sli,gp~e .g-u tir Immanuel.-Gniomh iii. 22, 23. Chuir e suas a thighfoghlum 'nar measg-ne, ach cha'n eil aig ach beagan fhoghlumaich; agus thainig sinne chum 'ur co-eigneachadh gu teachd a stigh, gus am hi a thigh air a lionadh. Tha moran dheisciobul ai;g Satan; tha moran fhoglumaich aig gliocas feolmhor; mo thruaigh gu'm bheill 0 fagaibh iad. Is e ar Tigheam a mhain, an Treoraichie mol', air a thoir ieis an Athair, glIS' a Ohanain nearnhaidh.-Isa. Iv. 4. Oha tainig, 'scha tig, neach riamh an sin, ach a luchd leanmhuinn-sa; thigibh a sti,gh uime 'Sin, thugaibh sibh feinsuas dha, gu blli air 'ur treorachadh leis. B'ain leibh uile a bhi sona; b'aill leibh uile a dhol do n;eamh fa-dheireadh; ach tha ,sibh uile air seacharan ann am fasach gu'n slighe; ague gu cinnteach cailliuh sibh, sibh fe1n, mar gabhsib)1 esan mar 'nr 'frooraiche. Tha'n t-shlige gu gloir na shlighe dlueacair, a.gus cha'n eil sibhse eolach uirnpe, seadh, is luchd tUl'uis daU sibh, ata an CUDllart na h-uile tioOta tuiteam . thar craig-eigin. O! an gabh sibll fear-iuil ~ Tha sibh aniB, mar gu'm b-ann 'nul' seasamh, far am bheil da shligh a' coinneachltCih, gu'n fhios agaibh co-aca a ghabhas sibh. Tha 'ur ,gliocas fein, ata· na h-aimideas, a' comharrachadh amach slighe fharsuing reidh, ag radh "Ge be neach a ta baoghalta thigeadh e stigh an so."-Gnath. ix. 16. Aeh na rachaibh a stigh an sin, oil' "tha na mail'bh an sin, agus ata a h-aoidhean ann an doimh-neachdaibh ifrinn," rann 18. Tha gliocas .an athair, ar Tighearn Oriosd, ag comharrachadh amach slighe chumhann dhuibh, ach tha i treorachadh chum beatha; agus tha e'n diugh ag-radh ribh, "Ge b"e neach a ta baoghalta thigeadh e an stigh an so," rann 4. 1'higibh a stigh uime sin, a' cuiI' cuI ri'r gliocas fein, thugaibh sibh iein dhasan, gu hhi air Ul' treol'11chadh, agus air stiuireadh 1eis, "Eisdibh a,gus mairidh ur n-anam beo." (Ri leant~binn.) London F.P. Communion Services. C01nrwwniO?~ Servioes.-Free Presbyterian Church of Scotlanc1, Eccleston Street, Buckingham Palace Road, London, S;W.l. In connection with the dispensation of the Lord's Supper on Sabbath, 21st April, the following Services have been arranged (D.V.) to be GleanM~U$ -------- by the Way. 215 conducted by the Rev. D. M. MacDonald, Portree and the Rev. D. Campbell, Raasay: -Thursday, 18th April, 7 p.m.; Friday, 19th April, 3.30 p.m. (Gaelic), 7 p.m. (Fellows-hip Meeting); Saturday, 20th April, 3.30 p.m. and 6.30 p.m.; Sllibbath, 21st April, 11 a.m., 3.45 p.m. (Gaelic) and 7 p.m.; M'.onday, 22nd April, 3.30 p.m. (Gaelic) and 7 p.m. ,serviees are hel:d every Sabbath at 11 a.m., 3.45 p.m. (Gaelic) and 7 p.m. Weekly Prayer-meeting, Wednesday, 7 p.m. Gleanin.gs by the Way. The late Rev. Neil Camel'on, in his declining years, was at a communion in the West Highlands on one occasion. While there he met a sympathetic old man and he advised him strongly not to do too much preaching as it was too much for a man of his yeal·s. They were passing beside one of the old man's :fields when this conversation was going on. At the side of the field Mr. Cameron noticed a plough. He asked the old man which was better for the plough, to be working with· it or to be standing idle as it was now. The old man exclaimed, "The rust, the rust I" "Well," said Mr. Oameron, "that is the way with me, the rust is worse for me than any fatigue fl'om my labours in the Lord's vineyard." Some don't mind the rust.-Ll. B. Getting Sweetel' and SW!eeter.-The late Rev. D. Macfarlane, Din.g:wall, in a discourse ie referring to the Cup given by the Father, remarked that it was getting more and more bitter until Christ drained the dregs. When the Saviour gave the Cup of Salvation it was getting sweeter and sweeter until they shall drilnk it in all its sweetness in heaven for ever. On another occasion he said: "As the morning of the resurrection dawns ChriBt will say to his people what a mother says to her children: , Children! It is time to rise, the Day is dawning '-the Day that will know no night throughout eternity."-D. B. Restrai'llling: Graoe.-Rev. N. Cameron, on one occasion, returning thanks at food happened to mention "restraining grace." He hesitated for a second and then solemnly said: "Wonderful though that grace be there is a day coming when it will be withdrawn and the sinner will be seen as he is." The late Mr. Murdo MacAskill, Glendale. IT is with sincere regret that we record the passing away of another of our elders in the person of Mr. Murdo MacAskill, Glendale, who was well known to many of our people. Mr. MacAskill, who had reached two years over the allotted span, was born at Kyles Scalpay, Barris, and was the son of Peter MacAskill, for many years an elder in our· congregation there. A notice of Peter MacAskill appears in the Free Presbyterian Mtl.gazine for June, 1906, and is there described as "perhaps one of the most wonderful trophies of grace jn the present age." It is said of him tllat in speakin;g in public he " seldom concluded without strongly appealing to the careless, and especially to the young, to seek and make sure for 216 Free Pre1Jby;te!'ilQ,n Magazin,e. eternity." Thus we see that Murdo MacAskill had a privilege wllich few in our dark age have, for we may be Sure that in his home ,he was well instructed in the Word of God, but our friend, though outwardly orderly, grew up like the rest of Adam's race without God and without hope in the' world until God's appointed time. . After leaving school he served in a shop in Stornoway for some time, 'and then went out to the Falkland Islands, where he continued for a number of years giving faithful service to his employer. A notable proof of the confidence which his employer placed in him is afforded in the fact that, after coming back to this country, that employer often approached him to recommend to him young men to .go out there as shepherds. Over forty years ago he came to Glendale and set up a ,general merchant's business, and shortly afterwards married Miss Alexandrina Macfarlane, who pToved a true help·meet to him till death Temoved h€l', less than two years before himself. This was a blow from which he never recovered. We aro not in a position to say when, ,or by what means the Holy Spirit brought him' from a state of nature to a state of grace, as he was regular .in his atteiulance on the public means from the time he came to Glenda.le, and he himself was very reticent to speak of his experiences, but that he was savingly changed no one who knew him intimately could question. He became a member' in full communion in 1909< and was elepted a deacon in 1911, and ordained an elder in 1921. Such was the confidence which the elders in the congregation reposed in him that he was employed t" conduct the services in Glendale, during a protracted vacancy, and long befol"ie he was an elder himself. Bein.g possessed of a ready gift of speech, and an accurate and extensive knowledge of the Word of God, he was a very acceptable speaker. In 1934 hie was appointed by the Church as missionary for Waternish and Glendale, and he served both parts of the congregation diligently and faithfully, and at times in very poor health. The writer, who had the privilege of knowing him intimately, could see that he was not a stranger to the temptations of Satan, but could say with the Apostle, "w'e are not ignorant of his devices." Often we have known him being cast down for days, and not inclined to converSi ,on any subject, and on account of how reticent he was to speak of his trials it was difficult to say anything by way of giving encoura.gement. Sometimes, when in that condition, a passage from the Scriptures quoted to him would cause him to brighten up, and if in that way hts bonds were loosed his conversation would become very edifying. We think, however, it was in prayer that he 'excelled. At times, when called upon in the prayer-meeting, it would be noticed that he was in bondage, and ,one felt that he was struggling with something which he was findirr.g impossible to get rid of, but when liberty came, whatever weariness tlie iiJost part of the 'prayer lnight occasion was soon forgotten. His heart was in the Cause of Christ, and he had an open door for the Lord's people. This was to be s'een at communion seasons, when he and his like-minded partner would have the house literally full, and strangers coming from a distance and returning after the evening servi~e would be sure of a hearty invitation to partake of their hospItality between the services. Those who accepted of these invitations haye pleasant memori.es of the kindness which they received. The late Mr. Donald Maorae, Elder, In,verness. --------- - - --- 217 Though he never ,got over his wife's dJeath, which was rather sudden, it .was in July, 1944, that alarming symptoms began to appear. Previous to this he went to Edinburgh for medical advice but his condition was not considered serious. After l'eturning from Edinburgh he began to suffer severe pains which continued with little or no relief to the end. In January, 1945, he was removed to the Northern Infirmary, Inverness, in the hope that something could be done for him, but it .was not to be. His time had come, and we believe that he was prepar:ed. On account of the severe pain, he was not able to converse much /during his last illnjess, but it was noticed that he was continually in prayer, showing clearly that his affections were not on this world. Often, when oblivious to everything around him, he was heard repeating, "Happy art thou,. 0 Israel: who is like unto thee, 0 people saved by the Lord, the shield of thy help, and who is the sword of thy excellency! and thine enemies shall be found liars unto thee; and thou shalt tread upon their high places." He passed away from this world of sorrow on 21st February, 1945, and the following Saturday all that was mortal of him was laid in the Glendale grave-yard to await the trump of arch-angel. '1'he large concourse of people who gathered to his funeral from many parts of Skye showed the esteem in which he was held. We would express our deepest sympathy with each member of his family, with his sisters and only surviving brother, and would pray that they would know Christ as their own personal Saviour.--J.C. The late Mr. Donald Macrae, Elder, Inverness. By Mr. F. BEAT ON. 'THE late Donald Macrae was a Christian indeed. Of a happy and courteous disposition, which won him a welcome wherever he went, he had ~ deep experimental knowledge of the doctrines of grace, and ever stood nrm as a rock on the side of truth in the time of trial. He was born at Aultgrishan, Gairloch, on the 7th August, 1862, being the son of J aim Macrae, and his wife, Mary Macdonald. His mother was noted for her godliness, and he was llighly priviLeged in having a place in her prayers, seeing her example, and receiving her instruction. To her he was very strongly attached. He left home at an early age, and engaged in farm-work at Humberston, Dingwall. He was a hearer of Dr. Kennedy, but had not then the understanding heart. While still under the age of twenty years, he went to .8trathdearn, where he worked as a ploughman on several farms. D.uring this period he sat under, and greatly profited by, the ministry of the late Rev. D. Macfarlane, for whom he had a life-lon,g regard. While engaged at his lawful calling there, he came under conviction of sin, and also experienced the liberty wherewith Christ makes sinners free. He and another ploughman were ploughing on the farm of Inverine, when these words were spoken with power into his heart: "Two men sha~~ be !in the field; the one shall be taken, and the other left" J!,uke xvii. 36. Instantly his bands were untied-light and liberty entered hls soul, and he rejoiced in the Lord and in his salvation. The solemn • 218 Free Presvy,terian Magazw. ----'-------- distinction maae in the foregoing sCI'ipture between the case of the two men induced Donald to follow carefully his companion's career, but to the day of his death, his companion gave no indication of concern for his soul's salvation. Donald had many precious and pithy notes to tell of Rev. D. Macfarlane's preaching of this period, and of how beneficial it proved to himself. Again and a,gain as he listened, his difficulties were described and removed. On one such occasion when quite singular points in his case were most minutely dealt with so that he could not doubt but that the application was to himself, the preacher concluded by saying: "If you will come before the Session we shall receive you into the fellowship,"-but he failed to go forward,-to his loss. He entered at this period upon apprenticeship as gardener at Moyhall. The head·gardener, Mr. Rhind, was a godly man who held prayer-meetings. Donald enjoyed and profited by Ius fellowship. Wllell he died his ungodly son was appointed to his post. He would have Donald do what was not work of necessity on Sabbath. Donald refused and gave up his employment rather than transgress the fourth commandment. He went to Edinburgh and thence to the Vice-l.eg'al Lodge gardens in Dublin. There he visited many churches and heard another gospel, not the gospel of Christ. At last he heard in a Baptist Church, "the joyful sound." He would however, have the matter settled by the Great Shepherd of the sheep, who says, "Prove ne." This he would reverently do. So he prayed that if the minister was one of Christ's own messengers sent forth to feed the flock, He would condescend to guide the minister to come to speak to, and shake hands with him next Sabbath. On Sabbath Donald was on the watch-tower to see how the Lord would deal with him. He went early to Churcll and sat in the back seat. That day, the minister, too, arrived early. He did. not enter the vestry as usual but came to the main door, entered, went direct to Donald, spoke kindly to him and warmly shook hands with him. Thus the requested token was given. After a time Donald's health broke down and he came home. Next he went to an Inverness nursery. It was now 1893. When in that year Rev. D. Macfarlane separated himself by protest, tabled at the Assembly, from the Declaratory Act Free Church on account of its casting out the doctrine of God's sovereign choice of sinners in Christ, to salvation, before the world began, as revealed in the Scriptures and contained in the Confession of Faith-a casting out which, at that time, was reaffirmed with the express declaration that it bound the whole Church-he, too, separated and joined those who then set about organising the Free Presbyterian Church. That same year he got employment at Linlithgow. In 1894 he married and a f,ew months later went to Falkirk but found no .gospel there. "The Canaanite was then in the land." He now came north to Allan of Fearn where he had the joy of joining in worship with Free Presbyterians. Her,e he was received into full clmrch membership. After six years he removed to Tain and then to Borrobol where he remained fifteen years. As this place is isolated, he stipulated when engaging with his employer, that he be set free each third week-end to travel to Halkirk or Helmsdale on Saturday for Sabbath public worship, r·eturning on MOJ1,day morning, and that he be free to attend the services at three ACk~lei1Jgrme'(l,t of Do-nati0'n8. 219 communion seasons each year. 'l'hese privileges he highly valued. At this time he was elected to the elder's office in the Halkirk congregation. His next removal was to Din,gwall where he again came under the edifying ministry of Rev. D. Macfarlane. At the heights of Fodderty, where, for a short time he occupied a croft, a daughter, Mary, and a son, Alexander, died. In 1926 he removed to Inverness where another son, Murdo, died in the hope of a blessed immortality. Donald Macrae discharged the duties of his office conscientiously and throughout the troubles through which our Church has been passing in rOOlEmt years he stood true and steadfast, assured that what he stood for was based on the truth, and firmly held according to truth, will stand against all opposition. In his last illness his hope shone unclouded to the end. A fortnight before his death he said to his son, John, "I am going to leave you." Whlen asked where he was Igoing he answered, "To eternity; I gave you a hint of that a week ago." Later, he said, "A stranger is coming to the house." To the query who it was, he replied, "Death." Two friends visited him and one of thlemsaid, " You will soon, Donald, be where there is no sickness or trouble." "Yes, and that will be better," was his answer. 'l'wo days later he was given the Scripture, "Arie they not all ministering spirits, sent forth to minister for them who shall be heirs of salvation" (Heb. ii. 14). He passed away peacefully on Wednesday, August 29th, 1945. The above is Mr. F. Beaton's adequate account of this worthy elder of the Inverness F.P. Church congregation. He was leminently a man of prayer, and gave no uncertain sound when occasion arose to speak out in days of trouble. His remains were conveyed to the graveyard of his native parish to rest there until the heavens be no more. 'We sympathise with his liereaved widow, who is now, for the main part, an invalid, but is like-minded in the things of the Spirit of God with our late friend. We sympathise with his son and daughter. May they be found loving, and walking in, the footsteps of their God-fearing parents!-D. A. MacfMlane. Acknowledgment of Donations. lfr. J. Grant, 4 Millburn Road, Inverness, General Treasurer, acknowledges with gmteful thanks the following donations;8u8tentation F1JInd.- I ' In Loving Memory," £50; Mrs. McL., The Sheiling, Aviemore, £1; A Friend, o/a Inverness Congregation, £1; A Friend, o/a Beauiy Congregation. £1; F.P., Gourock postmark, o/a Glendale, per Rev. J. Colquhoun, £1; Friend of the Cause, Maryburgh, 2/6; Mr. J. F. Carnoch, Ardgour, Fort Willlam, £2; From the estate of the late Mr. Rod. MacLennan, Rodney, Ontario, the sum of £5 2/9 per his daughter, Mrs. R. C. Humphrey; Miss N. C., The Towers, Wilmslow, Cheshire, £2; From Anon. ]'riend in Glasgow as a Thanksgiving Offering, £5. Colle.,!e F·und.-S.B.A.-A. M. Cattanach, R.N. Hospital, Chatham, Kent, £2. Literature tor H.M. Forces FUon,z.-Miss MeD., Stallin. per Rev. Wm. Grant, £1; Mrs. McL., The SheiIlng. Aviemore, 5/-. Legacy F'und.-Received with grateful thanks from the Executors of the late M1s. peggy Beaton, Waternish, Skye, the sum of £100 bequeathed to the South African Mission. ' Jewish and Foreign Mi88ions.-" In Loving Memory," £50; "A Lady Friend, " per Mr. Norman McLeod. Stornoway, £8; From a bereaved mother in memory of a beloved only Bon who fell in Italy, £1; Well-wisher, per Rev. J. Colquhoun. £1; Anon., £1; Free Presbyte1-i!an Magazine. 220 Friend of the Cause, Maryburgh, 2/6; Mrs. McL., The Shelling, Aviemore, 5/-; Mr. R. E., Carlos, Alberta, Canada, £2; Mr. A. MeD., 4 Swordale, Knock, ~tornoway, £2; Mrs. El. MeD., Moyle Park, Glenelg, 10/-; ±Mrs. A. MeP., 50 Captsin Street, Greenock, £1; Nurse E. N., Nurse's House, n.N. llnrmary, Inverness, 12/6; Received with grateful thanks from Bloor Street East Presbyterian Church, Toronto, per Mr. R. S. Elllot, the sum of £57 9/5 in aid of our South African Mission;' From an Anon. Friend in Glasgow ·as a Thanksgiving Offering, £5; A Friend in the Forces, £2. F.P. Magaz,ne F"ee Di8tribut'ion.--Miss M. MacLeod, 251 Acl1nahalrd, 2/6; Miss R. Ross, Geocrab, Hun'is, 2/6; Mrs. E. .Macdonald, Moyle Park, Glenelg, 2/13; MI•• McColl, Ballaclml1sh, per Mr. J. Macdonald, Oban, 12/6. Maguzine Funa.-Collections received from the following Cougregatlons-Creich, £1 14/-; Finsbay, £4 1/11; Flashadder, £2; Kyle, . £5 5/6; Ness, £2; Nortbton, £3 6/-; Oban, £16 2/·; Plockton, £2 5/6; St. Jude's, Glasgow, £19 10/-; ~hieldaig, £2; Staffin, £4 16/-; Stoer, £2 13/5; Slratherrick, £2; Mr. A. Munro, Recharn, Lairg, £1; Glendale Congregatlon, £3 1.4/-; Rrnes, POl1:ree, £1 4/2 North Tolsta, £7 10/6; Miss 1\:1:. Matheson. Drumbuie, Kyle, <1/-; "A WeUwlsher," per Rev. D. Bellton, £25. 'l'he following lists have been sent in for lJUuIicatLon:- ana Tmnatin Manse Fund.-7'01natin Section--Mr. a. V. Dougan. Tomatill, acknowledges whh sincere thanks the following gifts :-WelIwisher, Gairloch, £5; Jas. 1\1:. D., Invercen, £5; o:rwo Friends, Tomatiu, £1 10/-; 8tratherric1f; SectionYr. J'. ll'raser, Treasurer, acknowledges with grateful thanks a donation of £1 from ".A. It'l'icnd," Obun postmark. per Mr. J. Grant. Daviot) Strathe1-riok Do.,..,woh and Rogart OongregationaZ F'unds.--Rcv. F. MacLeo'1 lll.ankfully acknowledges the follo·wing donations ;--·H. Al., Rogurt, £5; 1tfrs. an4 :Miss McIC Gordon, £4, for Rogart and Dornoch; ltriend. Lairg postmark, £1 for Domoch and Rogart; .'Mrs. M., Vancouyer, 5 dollars for Dornoch Funds, aIltI 10/- from "A Friend." Edinburgh Treasurer; Army, £1. Man8e has Fund.-11r. pleusure in much Hugh MacDougall, 58 Grange Road, Edinbnrgh, acknowk'
flss J. Nicolson, wIth grateful thanks Ontario. II Ingweny.., Uembesi, acknowledges gift of 50 doUaI'S from Mrs. J. D. Thowson, R.R.2, Che.leJ·, South A/r·ican ,1IiII8'ion Clothing FUlld.-Mrs. Matheson, F.P. Manse, Lairg, thankfully acknowledges £1'6 0/6; Mrs. 5/.; Miss .A.. Gairloch, 5/-; the follOWing :-Frlends, Lochinver, per Miss Mackenzie, Bracklock, Corbell, Londou, per Mrs. Mclntyre, £1; Miss A. Macdonald, Rhiconlch, hIorrison, Lewisvitle, Tarbert, £1; F'riends, Sconrte. £10 4/6; Friend, Two Friends, Applccross, £2; Material from Miss Mackinnon, St. Fillans. St. Judc's South A/rican OZothing F'ul1d.-The Committee acknowledges with gratefnl thanks contributions amounting to £17 10/-. N'OTE.-Subscrihers living abroad and remitting by cable wlll ohllge by writing thQ Qilneral Treasurer ~:vtirl: particulars and full address which is not given in the eablegram~
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