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On the two Sources . . . . . . . . . . . 157

On the two Pillars . . . . . . . . . . . 161

On the two Ways . . . . . . . . . . . . 169

On Mercy rejoicing against Judgment ...... 174

On Intellectual and Spiritual light ...... 179

On Knowledge and Wisdom . . . . . . . . 185

On Passive impressions and active habits ... 189

On Union to Christ . . . . . · · · · · · 194

On the Christian Character . . . . . . . . . 200

v On Christian Motives . . . . . . · · · 206

On Christian Conversation . . . . . . . . 212

On Christian Privilege .. ....· · · · 219

On Agreement necessary to Communion ... 225

On Separation from the world . . . . . . . . 233

On the importance of self-knowledge .... 239

On the Spirit of prayer . . . . . . . . . . 244

On the Cautions and Warnings of Scripture ... 251

On Self-deception ....... .....

On Lukewarmness . . . . . . . . . . .

On Forgetfulness of God ......... 270

On Watchfulness . . . . . . . . . . . . 274

On the Danger of Riches . . . . . . . . 284

On the Thorns of the Parable . . . . . . . . 293

On the Parable of the Rich-man and Lazarus . , 301

On the three Enemies . . . . . . . . . . . 307

On Indwelling sin . . . . . . . . . . . 313

On Trials . . . . . . . . . . . . . 319

On Affliction . . . . . . . . . . . . . 328

On the character of Martha and Mary .. ... 336

On the character of the Bereans . . . . . . . 340

On the Living Water . . . . . . . . . . . 347

On the burning Bush . . . . . . . . . . . 354

On Faith . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 369

On Hope · · · · · · · · · · · · · · 369

On Love . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 376

On Joy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 385

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On Peace . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 390
On Humility · · · · · · · · · · · · · 394
On Meekness . . . . . . . . . . . . . 399
On Purity . . . . . . . . . . . . . 403
On Godly Fear . . . . . . . . . . . . . 408
On the Believer's Aim and Hope ..
On true Happiness . . . . . . . . . . . 419
On true Religion ............ 423
On Election . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 430
On spiritual Vision . . . . . . . . . . . 439
On Heaven . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
On the Blessedness of the Saints ....... 480

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CHRISTIAN RETIREMENT.

I. ON RETIREMENT.

How needful to the real Christian, surrounded as he is by sensible objects, which have so powerful an influence on his mind and affections, are seasons for retirement from the hurry and distracting cares of the world.

The soul cannot prosper in spiritual things, without much secret converse with its God and Saviour.

Many duties are unavoidably of a public nature; but these, except in extraordinary cases, should not occupy those portions of time, which are sacred to meditation, reading the Scriptures, and prayer.

There is something peculiarly pleasant and profitable in the interchange of activity and retirement.

As activity sweetens retirement, so retirement prepares the mind for renewed activity.. • Those persons, who are most engaged in active labours for the benefit of others, will find peculiar need for frequent retirement. In their closets, they must draw down from the Fountain of love, by faith and prayer, that spiritual strength, and those heavenly graces, which alone can enable them to labour

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perseveringly, as well as suffer patiently for Christ's sake.

The present times, which are so happily characterized by religious exertion, render this duty highly needful. It is no uncommon thing to hear excellent persons complain, that their whole time is nearly divided between their own avocations and the claims of multiplying societies; thus leaving little or no leisure for the important duty of Christian retirement.

Hence, spirituality of mind is much injured from the constant bustle in which some benevolent persons live. They have frequent cause to join in the lamentation of the Spouse in the Canticles; “ They made me a keeper of vineyards; but mine own vineyard have I not kept.”

The increase of valuable institutions, formed for the purpose of extending the kingdom of Christ throughout the earth, calls for perpetual gratitude to God, who thus deigns to bless our favoured island with the light of his truth, and to stir up his faithful servants to those interesting labours of love.

But it never was the design of Infinite Wisdom, that one duty should extirpate another.

As everything is beautiful in its season, so there is a time for every thing.

The art of doing much consists in giving to every duty its proper place, time, and quantity.

Here much wisdom is required; yet by prayer, watchfulness, and self-denial, much practical knowledge may be attained.

When we seldom retire for holy converse with God, is there not great reason to suspect some latent, though perhaps unconscious repugnance to the more silent, unobtrusive offices of secret devotion ?

Some persons grow almost melancholy if much alone. This surely betrays a defect either in the

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