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Paok DISCOURSE XXXVII.
DISCOURSE LXI. The Cure of blind Bartimeus......Lukexviii-35.43..130 Divine knowledge................2 Cor. iv. 6......,218 DISCOURSE XXXVIII.
DISCOURSE LXII Winter.....
............Psalm lxxiv. 17...134 The barren Fig tree.............Lake xiii. 8...... DISCOURSE XXXIX.
DISCOURSE LXIII. Christians not of the World.... ...John xvii. 14.....136 Saul of Tarsus praying........... Acts ix. 10, 11....226 DISCOURSE XL.
DISCOURSE LXIV. Weak Grace encouraged........... Zech. iv. 10.......141 The Paralytic; or Sickness im.
proved..... ...........Matt. ix. 1-7....230 DISCOURSE XLI. Martha and Mary..... ...Luke x. 38–42.. ..144
Thework of the day done in the day.Ezra iii. 4....... 233 DISCOURSE XLII. God abandons the Incorrigible....Hosea iv. 17......148
The Martyrdom of Stephen....... Acts vii. 59, 60...236 DISCOURSE XLIII. The Ascension of our Saviour....John xx. 17... ....151
A Christian is not a favourite with
.2 Tim. iii. 12.....
.240 The Prayer of Nehemiah..........Nehemiah i. 11...155
How we are to honour God in
........... Isaiah xxiv. 15...945
DISCOURSE LXIX. The Unbelief of Thomas... .John xx. 24-28...163 The Connexion between Chris.
tians and Angels..........
......Heb. xii. 22.......948 DISCOURSE XLVII. Contentment with little..........1 Tim. vi. 8...... 167
The aged Saint comforted.......... Isaiah xlvi. 4.. .. .253
.........2 Kings v. 20—27..257 DISCOURSE XLIX. The Ascension of Elijah..........2 Kings ii. 11.. ... 173
..Prov. v. 11, 12....260
DISCOURSE LXXIII. improved...... ........Judges i. 6, 7......177 Death conquered......
................Phil. iii. 20, 21....264 DISCOURSE LI.
......Rom. viii. 32.....271
DISCOURSE LXXVI. The Saviour comforting his Dis.
...Heb. xii. 9, 10....274 ciples...... .John xiv. 2, 3.....189
The Ruler's daughter raised to life.Luke viii, 54, 55.278 The Disciples in a Storm.........Mat. viil. 23—27..192
The profitable Pursuit............
....Matt. vi. 33.......282 Famine..... Amos viii. 11...... 196
God the sanctuary of the Afflicted.Ezek. xi. 16......287 Conversion....... ....Matt. xviii. 3..... 200
Obedience the fruit of Redemption.1 Cor. vi. 19, 20...290 The Loss of Children..... .2 Sam. xii. 22, 23..204
Life enjoyed and improved... Eccles. iii. 12.....294
The new Creature...........
.........Gal. vi. 15........298 The Scripture despised....... Hosea viii. 12... ..210
The happy Parent................ Prov. xxiii. 15....301 DISCOURSE LX. The advantage of having godly
DISCOURSE LXXXIV. Parents...
....Prov. xii. 22...... 213 The Love of Christ...... Ephes. iii. 19.....306
PAGE DISCOURSE LXXXIV.
DISCOURSE XCIII. Blessings unimproved resumed by
The Star guiding the wise men to by their Owner..............Hosea ii. 8, 9......311
the Babe in Bethlehem........Matt. ii. 1, 2.....345
God thinks upon his people....... Psalm xl. 17... ...350 Divine Forgiveness...............Neh. ix. 17.......315
The Fountain of Life............Zech. xiii. 1......353
Religious Indecision.............. Hosea vii. 8.......358 DISCOURSE LXXXVII.
DISCOURSE XCVII. Fellowship with the Righteous.... Psalm cxix. 132...329
Ezek. iii. 22......362 DISCOURSE LXXXVIII.
DISCOURSE XCVIII. The Water of Life.......... John iv. 14.......326
David's Fear and Folly...........1 Sam. xxvii. 1...366 DISCOURSE LXXXIX.
DISCOURSE XCIX. Peter's curiosity and presumption. John xiii. 36–38..329 The Saviour's Grace in its Freeness DISCOURSE XC.
and Effects...................1 Tim. i. 4......370 The Thorn in the Flesh...........2 Cor. xii. 7-9....333
The Death of Death..............2 Tim. 1. 10......374 DISCOURSE XCI.
DISCOURSE CI. The Regulation of the Tongue....Psalm cxli. 2......338
Heb. vii. 25..... The two Intercessors...........
Rom. viii. 27... DISCOURSE XCII. Spiritual Succour derived from ap
DISCOURSE CII. pointed Means.......
........... Acts xviii. 27.....341 The grand Inquiry...... ......John xxi. 17......382
MASTERS OF FAMILIES !—You have often | vicious, they are infected fountains, poisoning heard, and perhaps always admired the reso- the multitudes that drink of the streams, and lution of Joshua. He had gathered all Israel spreading mischief all around. together in Shechem, and thus he addressed Observe also THE INDEPENDENCE WITH them—“If it seem evil unto you to serve the WHICH THE DETERMINATION IS EXPRESSED. Lord; choose you this day whom ye will Joshua was by no means indifferent to the serve, whether the gods which your fathers welfare of others. He wished all who heard served that were on the other side of the him to choose the God he had chosen, and flood, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose serve the God he served. But he could not land ye dwell: but as for me and my house, allow himself to be influenced by them. If we will serve the Lord."
they will not follow him, he resolves to go THIS DETERMINATION DERIVES A CONSIDER- alone..“O ye seed of Abraham! if you forABLE FORCE FROM THE PERSON WHO FORMS IT. sake him, which God forbid, not l. "If you It was Joshua. But who was Joshua ? A sol- will not cleave to him, I must. If there was dier, a hero, a commander-in-chief of the ar- no individual in the nation, in the world to mies of the living God, the governor of Israel, accompany me, I would say as I now do— the principal man in the state. He it was · As for me and my house, we will serve the who in the presence of an assembled country Lord.'' was not ashamed to say, “ As for me and my The case which Joshua here supposes is house, we will serve the Lord.”
neither an impossible, nor an unusual one. In And does religion degrade talents, tarnish a thousand instances you will find yourselves dignity, disparage greatness? It ennobles ti- alone if you are resolved to obey the dictates tles, and adds lustre to a crown. Are they of truth, and the calls of duty. If " the whole only the vulgar, the foolish, the dastardly, i world lieth in wickedness,” and you will be who profess to acknowledge God? God has "holy in all manner of conversation and godbeen served by persons of all ranks, and of all liness,” you must be singular. If you live distinctions. In every age of the world some among fools, and are wise, you must be sinof the wise, the mighty, the noble have been gular. If you live among the poor, and are called. And no where does religion shine to rich, you must be singular. And it is premore advantage than in circumstances of ele- sumed that you would have no great objecvation. Nothing is more pleasing than to see tion to be distinguished by wisdom, or wealth. a combination of greatness and goodness in And why should you be so terrified at the the same character. And nothing can be charge of singularity, in a cause infinitely more useful. The higher classes have more more honourable ? Nothing is so excellent as opportunities and capacities for doing good goodness, and no goodness is so praiseworthy than others. They are like a city set upon a as that which is singular. This shows a puhill; they cannot be hid. They are widely rity of motive, and a dignity of principle. visible. Their influence is extensive and pow. This argues a grandeur of mind, a soul not erful. Their example regulates not only man- meanly enslaved by custom, but asserting its ners, but morals: for it would be easy to prove own freedom, and daring to think and act for that morals, equally with fashions, work down- itself. Such a man does not wait for the comwards from superiors to inferiors. If the great pany and countenance of others to embolden distinguish themselves by the profession of him-he can venture by himself: and despise truth, the worship of God, the practice of vir- the shame—when as he advances, abandoned tue, they will be sure to draw others after crowds pursue him with their sneers and rethem. Whereas if they are infidel, irreligious, I proaches. Such was Abdiel.
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as well as for himself? We may consider this Among the faithless, faithful only he; Among innumerable false, unmoved,
two ways, as expressing either his happiness Unshaken, unseduced, unterrified,
or his duty. His loyalty he kept, his love, his zeal;
If he could say this from a knowledge of Nor number nor example with him wrought To swerve from truth, or change his constant mind his family; if after observation he was assured Though single. From amidst them forth he passed of the good and pious dispositions of all those Long way through hostile scorn, which he sustained
who were under his care—we should envy Superior, nor of violence feared aught."
his happiness. This has sometimes been the On such a man the Saviour fixes his eye, case. But the privilege is not common. and cries, " Them that honour me, I will ho- The words therefore are rather to be connour. He that confesseth me before men, him sidered as an expression of his duty. Not that will I confess before my Father and the holy he supposed it was in the power of his resoangels. Be thou faithful unto death, and Ilution to make the members of his household will give thee a crown of life.”
truly pious. He knew that God alone is the It may be remarked, that THE RESOLUTION author of conversion; but he knew also that IS PERSONAL. Indeed he begins with himself: God uses means, and requires us to use them: “ As for me and my house, we will serve the that it is only in the use of them he has pro Lord."
mised his blessing; and therefore that it is Nothing can dispense with an obligation only in the use of them we can expect it. to personal piety. Nothing merely official, or Were we to hear a pious husbandman saying, relative; nothing we do for others, while we " This year I will have wheat in this field, are destitute of the grace of God in our own and in yonder I will have barley,” you would souls, can secure us. Many will say to me not mistake him. He does not mean to intiin that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophe- mate that he can produce the grain, but he sied in thy name? and in thy name have cast can manure, and plough, and sow, and weed out devils ? and in thy name done many won--he intends to do this and then to look for derful works?" And indeed those who are the divine blessing to give the increase. regardless of their own souls are not likely Thus Joshua resolves to endeavour in the to be very attentive to the souls of others. wise and zealous use of all proper means to Mere profession and a regard to decency may render the family he governs truly religious. carry you some way; but there is nothing He would instruct, reprove, admonish, encoulike a personal experience of divine things to rage them. He would address every princiinflame zeal. Unless you serve God your-ple of action. He would rouse every passion selves, your efforts will be transient, partial, in their bosoms. He would seize every fairregular. They are also likely to be unsuc-vourable opportunity, improve every striking cessful. A drunken master is a poor preacher occurrence to impress the mind with seriousof sobriety to servants. A proud father is a ness. He would cherish every promising apmiserable recommender of humility to chil-pearance. He would lead them to the house dren. They will do as you do, rather than do of God, and keep them from profaning his as you say. Your example will counteract all holy day. He would pray not only for them, the effect of your counsel; and all the convic- but also with them. He would worship God tions you would fix in the mind will fall like not only in the closet, but in the parlour, and arrows from an impenetrable shield. “Thou with his children and servants in the train. therefore, which teachest another, teachest And this, O ye masters of families! this is thou not thyself? Thou that preachest a man that which I wish to enforce upon you all. O should not steal, dost thou steal? Thou that that I could find out acceptable words, as well sayest a man should not commit adultery, dost as words of truth! O that I knew by what thou commit adultery? Thou that abhorrest arguments I could induce you to establish idols, dost thou commit sacrilege?"
the worship of God in your own houses! You should therefore begin “ both to do, To render our reasoning upon this subject and to teach." You should be able, in a hum- easy of apprehension and remembrance, let ble measure at least, to say to those who are me call upon you to consider domestic reliunder your care, “ Be ye followers of me, gion in reference to God-in reference to even as I also am of Christ.” Personal reli- yourselves and in reference to your families gion must precede domestic—therefore Jo- I. Think of it IN REFERENCE TO God. To shua does not say my house shall serve him him family religion has a threefold relation. without me. But domestic religion must ac- The first is a relation of RESPONSIBILITY. company personal—and therefore Joshua does For we are required to glorify God in every not say I will serve him without my house : condition we occupy, and in every capacity he includes both
we possess. For instance: If a person be And thus, finally, the determination is RE- poor, he is commanded to serve God as a poor LATIVE and EXTENSIVE: “As for me and my person. But suppose he should become rich. house, we will serve the Lord.”
He would then be required to serve him as But the question is—How could he say rich: and from the time of his acquiring this this ? Could he be answerable for his family I wealth, he would be tried by the rule of