and sweetens the breath of the society. Best of all, it removes the hindrance, and promotes the spread of theWord. Divisions impede the progress of the kingdom;but divisions wisely, generously, promptly healed, notTroubles bearing blessed Fruits. 137only restore matters to their former condition, but carrythe common cause further forward. When a brokenbone is healed, the limb is stronger than it was before.Thus it often happens in Christian communities, thatwhere faith and love are in exercise, incidental difficulties become the occasion of edification and progress,according to the promise that God will make all thingswork together for good to his own. The troubles, inregard to the distribution of charity, that threatenedthe peace of the Church, became the occasion of displaying truth and love and fairness in the character of the leaders, and so a new impulse was communicatedto the common work. "The word of God increased,and the number of the disciples multiplied in Jerusalem greatly."Of the seven men Stephen comes first to the front,and stands out the chief. After him Philip is distinguished in the apostolic history. These two men, of one spirit, were led by different paths, and employed indifferent kinds of service. Stephen suffered early, andPhilip preached long. The Lord had need of both ashis witnesses. Stephen by his faithfulness unto death,and Philip by his faithfulness in life, served the Lord intheir generation; and now they rejoice together.Without explanation and without comment the narrative proceeds to intimate that these men, chosen andordained for the specific duty of distributing the Church scharity, proceeded forthwith to preach, and to preachwith power and success, the gospel of the kingdom.