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Are you IN EXTENSIVE BUSINESS, in the mids of large mercantile transactions, and extending your}| schemes and plans on every side, either at homes abroad? O, without the divine blessing, what goo

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will you derive from worldly prosperity ? You may roll in wealth; but even now your wills are perpetualiy crossed, and care and anxiety rob you of repose; disease will soon follow-death is at hand-and what will be the end, when your soul shall be required of you ? Do you ask, What shall I do? moderate your earthly desires; restrain your ambitious projects; attend to something higher, and more really profitable--your spiritual, your eternal good; make it your main concern to fear God and keep his commandments; here is your first business and true bliss. Do you call this folly and enthusiasm? Hearken, men of mere business! you are enthusiasts? you are extravagant ; you are imprudent; your schemes are trifling; your speculations fanciful and delusive! No, you reply; we lay our plans wisely and cautiously; we have long experience; they are sure to succeed. Be it so. Let them succeed, still the charge is true: your great business is overlooked; your chief interest is neglected; your main chance is still in hazard: you are wise for a day, but are you not fools for endless days? you gain a child's rattle; you lose an angel's inheritance; you escape far enough from an earthly bankruptcy; you are plunging headlong to a bankruptcy which will ruin you for ever. Do I exceed? no, the figures fall short, infinitely short, of the tremendous reality. Listen, O listen to the infallible word of God-Heaven and earth shall pass away; but that word shall not pass away!

Are you PARENTS? And will you neglect this word? will. you set your children a pattern of disobedience to the best of Parents, our Heavenly Father? How can you ask them to obey you, when you wilfully disobey Him! You wish for the good of your children; you desire to make them happy, and possibly, in order

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to promote this, you spend the sabbath in idle parties of pleasure and vain amusements. at the close of such a sabbath? are you not wearied, disappointed, burdened, and dis satisfied? So far from being refreshed for the duties of another week, you are unfitted for them. There is infinitely more vexation in mis-spending the sabbath, than in any apparent mortification of our carnal pleasures by following its due and holy employment. Give the day to its sacred duties; bring your children to hear his ministers ;* and especially let the word of Christ this day reign in your heart and family, and it will spread a heavenly influence around you; you will be invigorated and quickened for all your daily toil and labours. The word of God, wherever it is received and obeyed, spreads life and fertility, joy and happiness.

Are you CHILDREN? begin early to love and reverence the word of God. Be attentive to what is said by his ministers. Try at least to remember the text of the sermon which you hear. Ask your parents to explain what you do not understand. Think of young Samuel; while he was a little child, he ministered unto the Lord, when the word of the Lord was precious. He watched in the temple of the Lord, and God called him to be a prophet, and used him as an instrument of extensive good. My little children, love to hear like Samuel, who said, when God called him, Speak Lord,

* In a sermon on Luke ii, 42, as to Joseph and Mary's taking Jesus at twelve years old to the temple, Latimer commends Mary for going, as the law did not oblige her, and thinks she went to hear the word of God. He adds, "Note the painfulness of Mary, that she was content to go so great a journey for God's sake. I fear this journey of her's will condemn a great many of us which will not go out of door to hear God's word.'

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s for thy servant heareth. Young as you are, you should consider yourself a servant of God, you should hear what he speaks, and hear in order to obey. Think of the children who sang Hosannahs in the Temple; and of Jesus himself, who at twelve years of age was found in the midst of the Doctors, both hearing and asking them questions. Pray you for God's blessing, as that child did of whom it is said that she never entered the house of God without secretly offering up this petition, "Lord, help me to remember something." The way in which the young become strong and overcome the wicked one, is by having the word of God abide in them. 1 John ii, 14.

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Are you IN INFERIOR SITUATIONS- -Clerks, apprentices, or engaged in manufactories in large cities or towns, or in laborious situations, where you are confined during the week to a close and constant employment? possibly you think yourselves at liberty to neglect hearing on the Sunday, and to spend it in walks and recreation. We allow that the inducements to the carnal mind are very strong, when, to adopt words used on another occasion, the winter is past, the rain is over and gone, the flowers appear on the earth, and the time of the singing of birds is come, to neglect the less agreeable privilege of hearing the sacred word; and to pursue, without restraint, the delightful recreation afforded to one who has been shut up all the week by the view of the simple scenery of nature, and the refreshing breezes of a pure air. Probably the necessities of your family allow you no other day for such an enjoyment. Probably your earthly master would not, or could not, allow you time for such a refreshment. You think it right to obey him, lest your temporal interests should suffer. But-would you think it an act

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to promote this, you spend the sabbath in idle parties of pleasure and vain amusements. What are your feelings at the close of such a sabbath? After a day so spent, are you not wearied, disappointed, burdened, and dis satisfied? So far from being refreshed for the duties of another week, you are unfitted for them. There is infinitely more vexation in mis-spending the sabbath, than in any apparent mortification of our carnal pleasures by following its due and holy employment. Give the day to its sacred duties; bring your children to hear his ministers ;* and especially let the word of Christ this day reign in your heart and family, and it will spread a heavenly influence around you; you will be invigorated and quickened for all your daily toil and labours. The word of God, wherever it is received and obeyed, spreads life and fertility, joy and happiness.

Are you CHILDREN? begin early to love and reverence the word of God. Be attentive to what is said by his ministers. Try at least to remember the text of the sermon which you hear. Ask your parents to explain what you do not understand. Think of young Samuel; while he was a little child, he ministered unto the Lord, when the word of the Lord was precious, He watched in the temple of the Lord, and God called him to be a prophet, and used him as an instrument of extensive good. My little children, love to hear like Samuel, who said, when God called him, Speak Lord,

* In a sermon on Luke ii, 42, as to Joseph and Mary's taking Jesus at twelve years old to the temple, Latimer commends Mary for going, as the law did not oblige her, and thinks she went to hear the word of God. He adds, "Note the painfulness of Mary, that she was content to go so great a journey for God's sake. I fear this journey of her's will condemn a great many of us which will not go out of door to hear God's word."

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