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a peculiar manner, are they addressed. The Author is deeply impressed with the importance of an early religious education; and the importance of it is increased in an age, in which, although the grosser vices are disappearing, there is too great a tendency to rob the young of “ the hope that is in them,” by a gay and seducing ridicule of the most serious truths. The Author is convinced, that the best way of counteracting this is, to impress deeply and so lemnly upon the young mind, the vital importance of Christianity. And in the following Discourses, he has made an earnest, and, he fondly hopes, not a useless attempt, to exhibit religion to the young as the one thing needful, and to direct them to lay hold on it, not as a heavy burden, but as a rich prize, and the only sure path to happiness. By his numerous young connections, in particular, he would have these Sermons considered as the best memorial of his affection which he is able to bestow upon them: and would fondly imagine, that when he himself shall be removed from them, they may still regard him as watching over them, and giving them his counsel. With these intentions, with these hopes, and with many fears, the Author gives this Volume to the Public. The Sermons are not of a controversial nature, because they are not meant so much to prove the truth of Christianity to the understanding, as to strengthen the principles, to comfort the mind, to alarm the conscience, and to amend the conduct. The Author addresses himself to Christians; and if any of these shall be led by these Discourses, to direct their whole soul more perseveringly to the cultivation of the duties of their holy religion, he will think his labour, however reluctant he has been to appear before the Public, most amply repaid.
1 John iv. 8.
-God is love,
Rev. xix. 6.
And I heard as it were the voice of a great multitude, and
as the voice of many waters, and as the voice of mighty
thunderings, saying, Alleluia ; for the Lord God omnipo-
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2 Sam. xv. 25. 26.
And the king said unto Zadok, Carry back the ark of God
into the city: If I shall find favour in the eyes of the
Lord, he will bring me again, and shew me both it and
his habitation. But if he thus say, I have no delight in
thee; behold, here am I; let him do to me as seemeth
good unto him,
Trust in God.
1 PETER v. 7.
Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for