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THE EARLY

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THE LATTER RAIN.

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REV. JAMES SMITH,

CHELTENHAM ;

AUTHOR OF

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PREFACE.

The rain in the East fell periodically, at set seasons of the year, the one about seed time, the other just before harvest. The former prepared the ground for the seed, the latter filled the ear and prepared the corn for the sickle. Truth is often compared to rain in God's word, and in this book you will find truth calculated to impress the mind of the sinner, and lead him to seek salvation in the Lord Jesus Christ. Here are some portions intended to convince of sin, righteousness, and a judgment to come, and to lead the convinced one to the cross for refuge and for rest. This is the former rain. And here also, are portions designed to comfort those who are cast down, to refresh those who are weary, to strengthen those who are weak, to decide those who are wavering, to stimulate those who are declining, to recover those who have wandered, and to benefit all classes in the family of God. This is the latter rain. As truth is like one tree with many branches, or one river with

many streams 80 this book seeks one object, the reader's everlasting welfare, by a variety of subjects.

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Reader, the writer wishes to do you good, but he has no hope of doing so, without the power and influence of the Holy Spirit be put forth ; let me beseech you therefore to pray that the Holy Spirit may deseend on you while you read, and apply the simple truths presented, with his own invincible power. If that power þe exerted, you will be quickened, comforted, and sanctified, and will bless God, that the volume ever came into your possession; but without that power all our efforts will be vain. We may never meet on earth, but we shall meet before the judgment-seat of Christ ; may we meet there as justified believe ers to be rewarded, and may you have to testify that this book has been made a blessing to your soul. Peace be with you, and love with faith, from our Lord Jesus Christ.

So prays,

Yours in Jesus,

JAMES SMITH.

Cheltenham,

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