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daily more and more in the hearts of those whom thou hast savingly wrought upon. Olet chy blessing be on this people: God Almighty blesse chem. Let Truth and Holinefle, reall Piecy and the power of Godlinessc, Lec soundnefse of mind, and uprighnesse of heart and life ; let true Faith and fervent love ; lec charity and good works ( through the operation of chy holy Spiric) abound among them. Thac to living here in thy fear, and serving their gencration according to the Will of God, they may at last (through thy infinite mercy, and the merits of our blessed Lord and Saviour) bereceived inco thy Heavenly Kingdom. This is sbe earnest and hearty Prayer of,
Tour very affectionate,
though unworthy Pastor,
Dr. Reynolds his EPISTLE
s in humane bodies, some parts
are vital, ochers only integrall, some necessary to the being, others to the well being, integricy, and
beauty of them : So it is in Theologicall Doctrines, some are more fundamental, and immediacly necessary to life and Godlineļš; others such as do greatly accomplish and adorn Christians that have accained unco chem, and are of singular use for the edification of the Church, though not so primarily belonging to the very vicals and eflentials of Faith and Holineffe.
Now because multitudes of crdinary ChriAtians, either through the exigence of their
particular callings, or chrough the narrownesle of their capacities, want bach time and ftrength to procure such plentiful measures of knowledge, as many others, whose leisure is greater,
and intellectuals stronger, have atcained unto : Therefore the Lord hath from cime co cime stirred ир
zealous and faithful men co commit unto writing those primary and most necessary DoEtiines of Faith and Duty which are common to great and smal, and of principal use for ordering their conversacions arighe in
relacion wherein they stand towards God and men.
Of this forc were Bafil's Moralia & Regula, Ambrose his Book De officiis, Augustin's Enchi. ridion, Bernards Tractats De interiore domo, De Confcientia, De ordine vite, Di Dileétione Dei, de modo bene vivendi, and ocher the like writings of the Ancients.
Amongst our felves in this age, several Books of this nacure have been written. Mr. Rezers his seven Treacises, Mr. Paul Baine hís Directions for a godly life, Mr. Fohn Domonsham his Guide to Godlinesté and Christian warfare. The Practife of Piery, Mt, Scuddat's
Chriđians daily walk, Mr. Boltons Directions · for comfortable walking with God, with dimore serious consideration of the imporcance of
vers others of the fame kind." of which some possibly may be of too great a price for every poor min to procure, and too large for him to read quickly over. However, the fame miserials managed by the differenc gifts of several instruments, and presfed by neie Arguments and Motives, do bring co'che Conscience a fuller evidence, and awaken the heart enco a
Amongst Books of this Nature, I commend unto the Christian Reader çhis Manual, which I have read with great satisfaction and delight, It hath many things to render is acceptable to such judicious Palats as are best pleased wich Savoury and serious things, 1. The variety and neceßacy of the maccers cherein handled: Such as are self knowledge and examinacion: Repentance and self. judgiog, living by Faith; watchfulnefse over our hearts, words, and waies: communion with God in spiritual duciesfaithfulnesse in our particular callings and relations, GA,?. The pertinency of the Scriptores produced for confirmation of the Truths which they refer unto. 3. The graci ousnefle, favourineslę, and whollomnesse of the Language, becoming the weight and holinefse of the matter. 4. The strength of the Arguments whereby the duties are pressed.
5. The Brevity of the whole, which rendrech iç chę ficcer for memory, meditation, and praEtise: In all which the Reverend Author hath shewed himselfe a workman, which needech not to be ashamed.
Some Learned men have chosen rome one or other Book, which they have resolved to read over once every year.
I could wish chac serious Christians would single out some one or other choice Book, fraught with variety of most wholfom and necessary Doctrine to read frequently over, for daily quickning and preserving their hearts in an healthy and surual! frame. Of which fort I should come ad 1. Summaries and Compendiums of found Doctrine, such as Mr. Crooks guide to true blessednesse, and others of that fort. 2. Summaries of the most weighcy and neceffary daties: A mixture of both which we have'in chiş little Book. By chis means, with Gods blefling, the bearts of men might be established in the love and ebedience of the Truth, and be preserved from being coffed about with every wind of Doctrine, the great Zin and fháme of these daies.