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SCRIPTURAL MUSINGS,

"Search the Scriptures, for in them ye think ye have eternal lifer*"—**"**^

5th John, 39th ver.

"Speak thou the things which become sound doctrine." St. Paul.

"As every man hath received the gift, even so minister the same one
to another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God."

St. Peter.

"Read, mark, learn, and inwardly digest them." Church Collect
'for Advent.

"'Tis religion that can give,
Sweetest pleasures while we live,
'Tis religion must supply
Solid comfort when we die:
After death its joys will be
Lasting as eternity."

CHELMSFORD:
PRINTED BY J. SHEARCROFT.

1845.

"Feed my lambs."

"Lord, to whom shall we go? thou hast the words of eternal life."

"If any man will do his will, he shall know of the doctrine whether it be of God, or whether I speak of myself."

"Yet a little while is the light with you. Walk while ye have the light, lest darkness come upon you."

"If ye love me, keep my commandments."

"God is a Spirit, and they that worship Him must worship Him in spirit and in truth."

"Work the works of Him that sent you, while it is day: the night cometh when no man can work."

"Ye are my friends, if ye do whatsoever I command you."

"If a man love me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him. He that loveth me not, keepeth not my sayings."

"Be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves. For if any be a hearer of the word, and not a doer, he is like unto a man beholding his natural face in a glass: for he beholdeth himself, and goeth his way, and straightway forgetteth what manner of man he was, but whoso looketh into the perfect law of liberty, and continueth therein, he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the word, this man shall be blessed in his deed. If any man among you seem to be religious, and bridleth not his tongue, but deceiveth his own heart, this man's religion is vain."

"Seek not to be rich, but to be happy. The one lies in bags, the other in content, which wealth can never give.

"The mind that would be happy, must be great;
"Great in its wishes, great in its surveys." Young.

MY PAEENTS,

AND

TO ALL SINCERELY DEVOUT CHRISTIAN READERS

OF GOD'S HOLY WORD,

THESE MUSINGS

ARE HUMBLY DEDICATED,

WITH THE TRUE AND EARNEST REGARD,

THE AUTHOIIESS.

CONTENTS.

NO. PAGE

1. The Sin of Attaching too much importance to Worldly Objects 1

2. The Value of the Soul 5

3. True Charity the Christian's highest Attainment 13

4. The Christian's Peculiar Privilege 21

5. Faith and Works 25

6. The Second Advent 34

7. Is, or is not the Present Life conducive to the Happiness of a

Future One 41

8. The New Year 49

9. The Deceitfulness of Appearances 53

10. The Christian's Unworthiness 61

11. God's gracious Invitation 65

12. The Ways of Providence justified to Man 77

13. The Responsibilities of Baptism 81

14. The Blessings of the Eucharist 85

15. The Narrative of Jonah Practically Illustrated—Jonah's Call,

Disobedience, and Just Punishment 89

16. The Narrative of Jonah Continued.—Jonah's Confession 97

17. The Narrative of Jonah Continued.—Jonah's Advice.—His

further Chastisement .101

18. The Narrative of Jonah Continued.—Jonah's Prayer 109

19. The Narrative of Jonah Continued.—Jonah's Consolation,

Thanksgiving, and Deliverance 113

20. The Narrative of Jonah Continued—Jonah's Renewed Mission 121

21. The Narrative of Jonah Continued.—The Repentance of Nine-

veh 129

22. The Narrative of Jonah Continued.—Jonah's Displeasure at

God's Mercy.—The Gourd 133

23. The Narrative of Jonah Practically Concluded.—Jonah's Sec-

ond Punishment 139

24. Christ Crucified the Hope of Future Glory 145

25. The One Thing Needful 156

26. Is it better for a Young Person on entering Life to meet with

Prosperity or Adversity? .161

27. Brotherly Love an essential Quality for the Christian 170

28. Practical Conclusion 176

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