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SERMON LXXXVIII.-On Patience.

Let patience have its perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entiro, wanting

nothing, James i, 4

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SERMON LXXXIX.—The Important Question.

What is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?

Matthew xvi, 26

SERMON XC.-On Working out our own Salvation.

Work out your own salvation with fear and trembling; for it is God that work-

eth in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure, Phil. ii, 12, 13 233

SERMON XCI.--A Call to Backsliders.

Will the Lord absent himself for ever? and will he be no more entreated ?

Is his mercy clean gone for ever? and is his promise come utterly to an end for

evermore? Psalm lxxvii, 7, 8

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Sermon XCII.— The Danger of Riches.

They that will be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and

hurtful desires, which drown men in destruction and perdition, 1 Timothy

vi, 9

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SERMON XCIII.- On Dress.

Whose adorning, let it not be that outward adorning of .... wearing of gold, or

of putting on of apparel.

But let it be the hidden man of the heart, in that which is not corruptible, even

the ornament of a mock and quiet spirit, which is in the sight of God of great
price, 1 Peter üi, 3, 4

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Sermon XCIV.-The More Ercellent Way.

Coret earnestly the best gifts; and yet I show unto you a more excellont way,

1 Corinthians xii, 31

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SERMON XCV,An Israelite indeed.

Behold an Israelite inderd, in whom there is no guile, John i, 47

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SERMON XCVI.-On Charity.

Chough I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not charity, I am

become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal.

And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries, and all

knowledge; and though I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, and have

not charity, I am nothing.

And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and give my body to be

burned, and have not charity, it profiteth ino nothing, 1 Cor. xiii, 1-3. 279

SERMON XCVII.-On Zeal.

It is good to be always zealously affected in a good thing, Galatians iv, 18 287

SERMON XCVIII.-On Redeeming the Time.

Redeeming the time, Ephesians v, 16

SERMON XCIX.-On Family Religion.

As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord, Joshua xxiv, 15

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SERMON C.-On the Education of Children.

Train up a child in the way wherein he should go. and when he is old he will not

depart from it, Proverbs xxii, 6

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SERMON CI.-On Obedience to Parents.

Children, abey your parents in all things, Colossians iii, 20

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SERMON CII.-On Obedience to Pastors.

Obey them that have the rule over you, and submit yourselves : for iney

watch over your souls, as they that shall give account, that they may do

this with joy, and not with grief: for that is unprofitable for you, Hebrew's

xiii, 17

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SERMON CIII.-On Visiting the Sick.

I was sick, and ye visited me, Matthew xxv, 36

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SERMON CIV - The Reward of the Righteous.

Preached before the Humane Society.

Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the

foundation of the world, Matthew

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SERMON CV.-On Pleasing all Men.

Let every man please his neighbour for his good to edification, Romans xv, 2 344

SERMUN CVI.- The Duty of Constant Communion.

Do this in remembrance of me, Luke xxii, 13

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SERMON CVII.-On Former Times.

Say not thou, What is the cause that the former days were better than thuse ?

For thou dost not inquire wisely concerning this, Ecclesiastes vii, 10 . 357

SERMON CVIII.-On, What is Man.

When I consider thy heavens, the work of thy fingers, the moon and stars, which

thou hast ordained; what is man? Psalm viii, 3, 4

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Serson CIX.-On Attending the Church Service.

The sin of the young men was very great, 1 Samuel ii, 17

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SERMON CX-On Conscience.

For our rejoicing is this, the testimony of our conscience, 2 Corinthians i, 12 376

Sermon CXI.-On Faith.

Without faith it is impossible to please him, Hebrews xi, 6

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SERMON CXII.-On God's Vineyard.

What could have been done more to my vineyard, that I have not done in it?

Wherefore, when I looked that it should bring forth grapes, brought it forth

wild grapes ? Isaiah v, 4

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SERMON CXIII.- On Riches.

It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to

enter into the kingdom of God, Matthew xix, 24 .

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SERMON CXIV.-On, What is man!

What is man? Psalm viii, 4

SERMON CXV.-On the Discoveries of Faith.

Now faith is the evidence of things not seen, Hebrews xi, 1

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SERMON CXVI.-On the Omnipresence of God.

Do I not fill heaven and oarth? saith the Lord, Jeremiah xxiii, 24

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SERMON CXVII.- The Rich Man and Lazarus.

If they hear not Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded, though

one rose from the dead, Luke xvi, 31

SERMON CXVIII.-The Difference between Walking by Sight, and IValking

by Faith.

We walk by faith, not by sight, 2 Corinthians V, 7

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SERMON CXIX.-On the Unity of the Divine Being.

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There is one God, Mark xii, 32

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SERMON CXX.-Causes of the Ineficacy of Christianity.

Is there no balm in Gilead ? is there no physician there? Why then is not tho

health of the daughter of my people recovered? Jeremiah viii, 22

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Sermon CXXI.-On Knowing Christ after the Flesh.

Henceforth know we no man after the flesh : yea, though we did know Christ

after the flesh, yet now henceforth know we him no more, 2 Corinthians

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SERMON CXXII.-On a Single Eye.

If thine eye be single, thy whole body shall be full of light. But if thine eye be

evil, thy whole body shall be full of darkness. Therefore if the light that is in

thee be darkness, how great is that darkness, Matthew vi, 22, 23

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SERMON CXXVI.-On Worldly Folly.

But God said unto him, Thou fool, i ke xii, 20

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SERMON CXXIV.-On the Wedding Garment.

How camest thou in hither, not having a wedding garment? Matt. xxi, 12

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Sermor CXXV.-Human Life a Dream.

Even like as a dream when one awaketh; so shalt thou make their image to vanish

out of the city, Psalm lxxiü, 20

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SERMON CXXVI.-On Faith.

Now faith is the evidence of things not seen, Hebrews xi, 1

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SERMON CXXVII.- On the Deceitfulness of the Human Heart.

The heart of man is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can

know it? Jeremiah xvii, 9

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SERMON CXXVIII.- The Heavenly Treasure in Earthen Vessels

We have this treasure in carthen vessels, 2 Corinthians iv, 7 .

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SERMON CXXIX.-On Living without God.

Without God in the world, Ephesians ii, 12

SERMON CXXX.-On the Danger of Increasing Riches.

If riches increase, set not your heart upon them, Psalm lxii, 10

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SERMON CXXXI.- True Christianity Defended.

How is the faithful city become a harlot, Isaiah i, 21

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Sermon CXXXII.-On Mourning for the Dead.

Preached at Epworth, January 11, 1726, at the Funeral of John Griffith; a kopeful Young Man

Now he is dead, wherefore should I fast? Can I bring him back again? I shall

go to him; but he shall not return to me, 2 Samuel xü, 23

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Sermon CXXXIII.-On Corrupting the Word of God.

Preached about the year 1728.

We are not as many, who corrupt the word of God: but as of sincerity, but as of

God, in the sight of God speak we in Christ, 2 Corinthians ii, 17 . 503

SERMON CXXXIV.-On the Resurrection of the Dead.

Written thi the year 1732.

But some man will say, How are the dead raised up? and with what body do they

come ? 1 Corinthians xv, 35

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SERMON CXXXV.-On Grieving the Holy Spirit.

Written in the year 1733.

Griere not the Holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed anto the day of ro.

demption, Ephesians iv, 30

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SERMONS ON SEVERAL OCCASIONS.

SERMON LIX.-On Eternity.
"From everlasting to everlasting, thou art God," Psa. xc, 2

1. I would fain speak of that awful subject, eternity. But how can we grasp it in our thought ? It is so vast, that the narrow mind of man is utterly unable to comprehend it. But does it not bear some affinity to another incomprehensible thing, immensity ? May not space, though an unsubstantial thing, be compared with another unsubstantial thing, duration ? But what is immensity ? It is boundless space. And what is eternity? It is boundless duration.

2. Eternity has generally been considered as divisible into two parts; which have been termed eternity a parte ante, and eternity a parte post, --that is, in plain English, that eternity which is past, and that eternity which is to come. And does there not seem to be an intimation of this distinction in the text ? " Thou art God from everlasting:"-Here is an expression of that eternity which is past : "To everlasting :"-Here is an expression of that eternity which is to come. Perhaps indeed some may think it is not strictly proper to say, there is an eternity that is past. But the meaning is easily understood: we mean thereby, duration which had no beginning; as by eternity to come, we mean that duration which will have no end.

3. It is God alone who (to use the exalted language of Scripture) “ inhabiteth eternity," in both these senses. The great Creator alone (not any of his creatures) is "from everlasting to everlasting :"it is duration alone, as it had no beginning, so it cannot have any end. On this consideration it is, that one speaks thus, in addressing Immanuel, God with us :

"Hail, God the Son, with glory crowa'd

Ere time began to be;
Throned with thy Sire through half the round

Of wide eternity!”
And again :-

“ Hail, God ine Son, with glory crown'd

When time shall cease to be;
Throned with the Father through the round

Of wholo eternity!" 4. “ Ere time began to be."-But what is time? It is not easy to say, as frequently as we have had the word in our mouth. We know not what it properly is : we cannot well tell how to define it. But is it not, in some sense, a fragment of eternity, broken off at both ends ? That portion of duration which commenced when the world began, which will continue as long as this world endurės, and then expire for ever? That portion of it, which is at present measured by the revolution of the sun and planets; lying (so to speak) between two eternities,

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