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the time we have reached three score years and ten, we have looked around us, and become familiar with the whole scene; and though not satisfied, we are sated. Then we feel our need of a new residence; a new sphere of activity ; and new sources of employment and enjoyment." This is a striking remark; and we may observe, that if at such a period, religion with its motives and promises is not present to the mind, the man, wearied of existence, and feeling every thing here to be vanity, is likely to become the victim of an insupportable oppression, and in a moment of rashness, may welcome self-destruction. Have we had no instances of this ?

Here the Christian is guarded; here he is provided for. As this world palls upon him, another opens to his view. This prospect enlivens the solitudes which bereavement and decays of nature have produced. This prospect becomes a substitute for the scenes and charms which have faded and fled. This prospect entertains and engages, now the days are come in which he says, I have no pleasure in them. The outward man perisheth, but the inward man is renewed day by day. His heart and his flesh fail ; but God is the strength of his heart and his portion for ever. He departs : but he leaves what is not his rest, what is polluted, what is nigh unto cursing, and whose end is to be burned—while he enters a creation where every thing that is new, and marvellous, and pure, and attractive, and beautifying, says, Arise, and come away. And the hour that obscures and

quenches for ever all other glories, immortalizes

INDEX.

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PREFACE,

LECTURE I.

THE CHRISTIAN, IN CHRIST.
2 Cor. xiv. 2.-" I knew a man in Christ.

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LECTURE II.

THE CHRISTIAN, IN THE CLOSET.
Matt. iv. 6.-"Enter into thy closet.

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LECTURE III.

THE CHRISTIAN, IN THE FAMILY.
2 SAM. vi. 20.-" Then David returned to bless his household.

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LECTURE IV.

THE CHRISTIAN, IN THE CHURCH.
1 TIM. iii. 15.—“That thou mayest know how thou oughtest to be-

have thyself in the house of God, which is the Church of the
living God.

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LECTURE V.

THE CHRISTIAN, IN THE WORLD.
JOAN Xxvii. 11.—“And now I am no more in the world; but these

are in the world.

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LECTURE VI.

THE CHRISTIAN, IN PROSPERITY.
JER. xxii. 21.-—"I spake unto thee in thy prosperity; but thou saidst,
I will not hear.

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LECTURE VII.

THE CHRISTIAN, IN ADVERSITY.
EccLEs. vii. 14.-"In the day of adversity consider.

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