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deavoured to give evangelical doctrine the place in this volume to which he thinks it justly entitled, practical doctrine, he trusts, has not been neglected. As “ without faith it is impossible to please God,” so it is equally certain, “ by their fruits” the genuine disciples of the Saviour are to be recognised. One discourse has been devoted to the subject of Sabbath sanctification. Were there no State Religion, the observance of the Sabbath, even as a day of rest from worldly labour, would, it is to be feared, by many be no longer continued ; the poor would be denied the privilege of hearing the Gospel preached unto them; a flood of immorality and irreligion would burst upon devoted England, and her honourable name would, ere long, cease to be respected amongst the nations. The manner in which the Sabbath is to be sanctified is taught in the Holy Scriptures, and commending to every man their perusal, we shall only remark, that as the religious observance of God's holy day must be beneficial to the soul, so, the neglect of such an observance may, nay, must be detrimental, to our immortal interests.

Several of these discourses have for their sub

ject the duty and importance of prayer.

The author believes a form of prayer to be the most generally appropriate for social worship, and hence a form of prayer is included in this work. The collect of the day, and a portion of Scripture, appeared also indispensable.

With the hope that this book may be useful, not only in Family Worship, but also to those who may be at a distance from church, or who from other causes may be unable to attend her Sabbath services; it is commended to the Christian reader, under the sincere feeling, that how numerous soever may be its defects, there is value given to its pages by this announcement being implied in every discourse,-"God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” May the Divine Spirit of all grace ever bless the word, making it quick, and piercing, and powerful, in affecting the hearts of those who read, and of those who hear, and may they read and hear as for ETERNITY!

FOURTH SUNDAY IN ADVENT.

SERMON IV.

THE BELIEVER's hope.

2 Cor. v.
1.

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For we know that if our earthly house of this tabernacle
were dissolved, we have a building of God, an house

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not made with hands, eternal in the heavens

SUNDAY AFTER CHRISTMAS DAY.

SERMON V.

THE FALL OF ADAM.

Genesis iii. 9, 10.
And the Lord God called unto Adam, and said unto him,

Where art thou? And he said, I heard thy voice in
the garden, and I was afraid..

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SECOND SUNDAY AFTER CHRISTMAS.

SERMON VI.

CHRISTIAN HUMILITY.

Psalm lxxxvi. 1.
Bow down thine ear, O Lord, hear me; for I am poor and

needy...

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FIRST SUNDAY AFTER EPIPHANY.

SERMON VII.

CHRISTIAN FAITH.

1 Cor. ii. 2.
For I determined not to know any thing among you, save

Jesus Christ and him crucified.

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SECOND SUNDAY AFTER EPIPHANY.

SERMON VIII.

THE BELIEVER'S TRUST IN GOD.

Psalm xxiii. 4.

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Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of

death, I will fear no evil; for thou art with me; thy
rod and thy staff they comfort me

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THIRD SUNDAY AFTER EPIPHANY.

SERMON IX.

THE SPECIAL PROVIDENCE OF GOD.

Psalm cxlv, 18.
The Lord is nigh unto all them that call upon him, to all

that call upon him in truth

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FOURTH SUNDAY AFTER EPIPHANY.

SERMON X.

ON CHRISTIAN DUTIES.

1 Cor. xvi. 13.
Watch ye ; stand fast in the faith; quit you like men : be

strong

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FIFTH SUNDAY AFTER EPIPHANY.

SERMON XI.

SALVATION BY GRACE THROUGH JESUS.

Ephes. ii. 1.
And you hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses

and sips...

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