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ir thy servant heareth. Young as you are, you should onsider yourself a servant of God, you should hear what he speaks, and hear in order to obey. Think of he children who sang Hosannahs in the Temple; and f Jesus himself, who at twelve years of age was found n the midst of the Doctors, both hearing and asking hem questions. Pray you for God's blessing, as that hild did of whom it is said that she never entered the aouse of God without secretly offering up this petition, : Lord, help me to remember something." The way in which the young become strong and overcome the wicked one, is by having the word of God abide in them, 1 John ii, 14.

Are you IN INFERIOR SITUATIONS--Clerks, apprentices, or engaged in manufactories in large cities or towns, or in laborious situations, where you are confined during the week to a close and constant. employment? possibly you think yourselves at liberty to neglect hearing on the Sunday, and to spend it in walks and recreation. We allow that the inducements to the carnal mind are very strong, when, to adopt words used on another occasion, the winter is past, the rain is over and gone, the flowers appear on the earth, and the time of the singing of birds is come, to neglect the less agreeable privilege of hearing the sacred word; and to pursue, without restraint, the delightful recreation afforded to one who has been shut up all the week by the view of the simple scenery of nature, and the refreshing breezes of a pure air. Probably the necessities of your family allow you no other day for such an enjoyment. Probably your earthly master would not, or could not, allow you time for such a refreshment. You think it right to obey him, lest your temporal interests should suffer. But—would you think it an act

of extreme folly, and call it a wasteful idleness to be wandering among the fields when your earthly master, or your family call you to work, and have you not a heavenly master, and have you not spiritual necessities? God has issued his command- Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy! Will you disregard it? God gives his wages: will you undervalue them? I thou turn away thy fool from doing thy pleasure on my holy day, and call the sabbath a delight, the holy of the Lord honourable, and shalt honour him, not doing thine out ways, nor finding thine own pleasure, nor speaking this own words, Then shalt thou delight thyself in the Lord. Christians! there are much higher joys, even in this world, thau contemplating the beauties of nature! 0. to have our sins washed away in the blood of Christ, and to be justified freely by his grace, to be renewed by his Holy Spirit, and to become a child of God, this is true happiness on earth! And there are before you, yet bigher joys still in the paradise above, the nex hearens and the new earth, wherein dwelleth righteour ness. May the blessed Spirit of Christ give us a taste for these; let us not forfeit these for any mere temporary indulgences. - Our life is now a life of faith, and - not of sense; be not surprised therefore if you have to give up some temporal pleasures; those which are innocent shall be enjoyed with a double relish. In any case the time is hastening on when we shall enter the joy of our Lord, even fulness of joy. -- But will you still say-Surely we may have Sunday

for a day of pleasure. By all means let Sunday be a day of pleasure: but what is your pleasure ? Is it idle conversation, feasting, and light and vain company! O these are not real pleasures; they are very unsatisfactory and transitory gleams of false pleasure. Delight

relf in the Lord, there is the true happiness of the

ortal spirit. Hear and read his word--that tells labourer of satisfying joy, of the rest which remaineth

the people of God; there you have set before you t which will afford you comfort and happiness in all ir toils and sorrows. It is specially needful that I should hear, and thus learn divine truth when you 1, for you have not time, nor opportunity, for much dy, and deep learning; and therefore you should jil yourself of those advantages with which you are w favoured. In a Christian country you have, through kind providence, ministers appointed to instruct you, iose special office it is to acquire divine knowledge for vur edification. In hearing a faithful and wise preacher, su have, in the short time of the delivery of a sermon, le result of much study and prayer applied to your articular necessities. By due attention to such serions, joined to your own reading of God's word, you rill increase in the knowledge of the Son of God, till you ome to a perfect man, unto a measure of the stature of he fulness of Christ. Be not, by neglect of such astruction, unhappy in both worlds. Hear, believe, .nd obey'; and so shall you be blessed here and for ver. Do you say that you are ashamed to appear for vant of clothes fit to come in? but are you not ashamed of being away, when the eye of God márks you in your absence? Do you say there is no room? I reply, 0. that our churches were ordinarily crowded as they might be! Be in good time, and you will find room. More churches would be built, if those that are erected were more crowded.

Are you SERVANTS? you should not neglect to hear. Shut not yourselves out from so great a privilege, where you have permission to attend, and remain not in any

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family where you are excluded from hearing God'il word. You have souls as precious as those of the highest movarch. You must be happy or miserabk. and that for ever. Neglect not the grand ordinance : God for your eternal salvation. The truths which is hear, received in a believing heart, will sweeten the bitterest service, will smooth the most rugged patli, a infiniely heighten the comfort of the happiest conditie How blessed is the portion of one, whom no outwa. circumstances can separate from the Father's love, the Saviour's redemption, the Holy Spirit's guidance, ay the sure prospect of an eternal glory yet to be reveala and fully enjoyed.

To every human being we say— Neglect to hear, 21 you fall under the sentence of destruction; (Acts it, ** hear, and your souls shall live. Isa. ly. We set before you life and death: choose you this day. Be wise wa eternity. As far as you are concerned, let it no loo) be the reproach of Christians that three-fourths of thos called by the name of Christ, despise his word. Sit not your greatest interest. Believe in God. AS cannot deceive, so he will not be mocked. He invite now; but despised, he will arise to judge and condem O neglect not so great salvation.

. We conclude all with the words of our Lord,

HE THAT HATH EARS TO HEAR. LET HIM HEAK

AND BLESSED ARE THEY THAT HEAR THE WORD O!

GOD AND KEEP IT.

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Page ldress to different classes to attend to hearing ........ 306 these in eminent situations ...

307 those in extensive business .......

308 parents and children

309 those in inferior situations

310 strvants .................

312 nswers to objeclions against practical obedience ...... 206 worldly interests may suffer ....

206 the expediency of delay

210 the fear of an odious name

211 the dislike of hypocrisy

213 the opposite opinions of men in general .... 214 Intichrist, Bacon's view of ...

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250 Intinomian, really rejects the doctrine of the cross .... 58 Augustine's writings, quoted

nor....... 23, 32, 113, 134 Bacon, his application of Antichrist to the Pope ...... 250 Barnard, Sir John, his practice ...

114 Baxter's Catholic Theology referred to .............. Beveridge, quoted ........................ 76, 133, 145 Bingham's Christian Antiquities, quoted : .... 33, 34, 112 Blessedness of fuithful hearing. ...............

287 faculties are employed aright

288 our advantages are improved

289 our knowleuge is increased, .....

289 our calling is ascertained

298 conviction of sin is given

291 faith is bestowed ........

293 justification is confirmed

296 adoption is certified

296 election is secured ........

297 sanctification is promoted ....

298 spiritual comfort is advanced

299 souls are ripened for glory

300 perfect knowledge will be attained hereafter 301 Books, list of, for poor men ......

179 for private christians ....

179 Bradford, quoted, 35, and his works recommended

137 Bucer, quoted, ....................

· 38 Bullinger, view of, trur prosperity, ..... Burnct's History of his own time, quoted Campbell, Professor, quoted ........

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