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SERMON 1.

SERIOUSNESS IN RELIGION INDISPENSABLE

ABOVE ALL OTHER DISPOSITIONS.

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1 PETER, iv, 7. Be ye, therefore, sober, and watch unto

prayer. THE first requisite in religion is serious

No impression can be made without it. An orderly life, so far as others are able to observe us, is now and then produced by prudential motives, or by dint of habit; but without seriousness there can be no religious principle at the bottom, no course of conduct, flowing from religious motives ; in a word, there can be no religion. This cannot exist without seriousness upon the subject. Perhaps a teacher of religion has more difficulty in producing

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