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family where you are excluded from hearing G word. You have souls as precious as those of highest monarch.
and that for ever.
You must be happy or miser
Neglect not the grand ordina God for your eternal salvation. The truths whi hear, received in a believing heart, will sweet bitterest service, will smooth the most rugged pas infinitely heighten the comfort of the happiest co How blessed is the portion of one, whom no circumstances can separate from the Father's Saviour's redemption, the Holy Spirit's guida the sure prospect of an eternal glory yet to be and fully enjoyed.
To every human being we say-Neglect to you fall under the sentence of destruction; (3 hear, and your souls shall live. Isa. lv. W. you life and death: choose you this day. eternity. As far as you are concerned, let: be the reproach of Christians that three-four called by the name of Christ, despise his we not your greatest interest. Believe in Ge cannot deceive, so he will not be mocked. now; but despised, he will arise to judge au O neglect not so great salvation.
We conclude all with the words of our
HE THAT HATH EARS TO HEAR, LET I
BLESSED ARE THEY THAT HEAR THE
GOD AND KEEP IT.
What are your feelings
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 t explain what you do not understand. Think of youn Samuel; while he was a little child, he ministered unt the Lord, when the word of the Lord was precious. H watched in the temple of the Lord, and God called hi to be a prophet, and used him as an instrument extensive good. My little children, love to hear li Samuel, who said, when God called him, Speak Lor
In a sermon on Luke ii, 42, as to Joseph and Mary's taki Jesus at twelve years old to the temple, Latimer commen Mary for going, as the law did not oblige her, and thinks s went to hear the word of God. He adds, "Note the painf ness of Mary, that she was content to go so great a journey t God's sake. I fear this journey of her's will condemn a gre many of us which will not go out of door to hear God's word.
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.
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
of extreme folly, and call it a wasteful idleness to be wandering among the fields when your earthly master, or your family call you to work, and have you not: heavenly master, and have you not spiritual necessities! God has issued his command-Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy! Will you disregard it? God gives his wages: will you undervalue them? If thou turn away thy fool from doing thy pleasure on my holy day and call the sabbath a delight, the holy of the Lord honourable, and shalt honour him, not doing thine our ́ways, nor finding thine own pleasure, nor speaking thir own words, Then shalt thou delight thyself in the Lord. Christians! there are much higher joys, even in this world, than contemplating the beauties of nature! 0. to have our sins washed away in the blood of Christ and to be justified freely by his grace, to be renewed by his Holy Spirit, and to become a child of God, this is true happiness on earth! And there are before you yet higher joys still in the paradise above, the new heavens and the new earth, wherein dwelleth righteous May the blessed Spirit of Christ give us a taste for these; let us not forfeit these for any mere temporary indulgences. Our life is now a life of faith, and not of sense; be not surprised therefore if you have to give up some temporal pleasures; those which ar innocent shall be enjoyed with a double relish. In any case the time is hastening on when we shall enter the joy of our Lord, even fulness of joy.
But will you still say-Surely we may have Sunda for a day of pleasure. By all means let Sunday be day of pleasure: but what is your pleasure? Is it idi conversation, feasting, and light and vain company O these are not real pleasures; they are very unsatis factory and transitory gleams of false pleasure. Deligh