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not plead the want of leisure, nor the most diffident the want of ability. Wherever we are, and however occupied, the displays of divine power, wisdom, and goodness call us to adoration, praise, and gratitude. The whole earth is a spacious temple, full of images far better calculated to excite devout sentiments and wishes, than all the exhibitions of sculpture and painting, which have adorned churches. These we may recognize, without obstruction to our secular pursuits.; and in the midst of business and company, may offer up correspondent ejaculations of piety, without the formality of utterance. "For the Lord seeth not as man seeth t Man looketh on the outward appearance, but the Lord looketh on the heart." How many, and how great-are the benefits to be derived from this practice! What a security it would prove against the numberless temptations to anger, licentiousness, and excess, to which Ave are exposed! And how much more becoming, dignified,, and virtuous, when assailed by unexpected danger, insult, or injury, to flee in silent aspirations to the sovereign preserver of men and avenger of wrongs for direction, than, as too often happens, to " speak unadvisedly with our lips," and give indulgence to malignant and

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; -' *: • > . i . :,::.'..,) SERMON IV.'

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ON THE RELIGIOUS OBSERVANCE OF. THE SABBATH.

:.. -,; Mark ii. 27.

7fa tabbath via* made-for man,, and not man for tht . .tabbath.

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IT is a fact too often overlooked and forgotten, that all the institutions and commands of the gospel are adapted to our benefit. There are instances, in which even the serious and devout appear to consider a conformity to them,, as a service exacted by the Most Higfj, for his own sake. Hence it happens, that some overrate the exertions of obedience, as if, by them„ they contributed to augment the essential glory and happiness.of their maker; whilst others view and exhibit religion in a garb of melancholy and gloom, interdicting the cheerful enjoyment of life, and imposing perpetual sacrifices to " an austere and hard mas

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tcr, reaping where he has not sown, and gathering where he has not strowed." True indeed it is, that when our convenience and gratification come in competition with the will and law of God, and it is not to be dissembled that such cases may occur, it is incumbent on us to "deny ourselves, and take up our cross:" Nor can we deserve the name, or anticipate the reward of disciples, if we refuse. Generally speaking, however, our comfort and our duty are inseparably connected; aid to perform the one is most effectually to promote the other. In the rare and special cases, when they interfere, the mortification to which we are called, without excluding present consolation, is professedly calculated to promote our future welfare. "There is n6 man, that hath left house, or parents, or brethren, or wife, or children for the kingdom df God's sake, who shall not receive manifold more in this present time, and in the world to come life everlasting."

The sabbath is an institution peculiarlyadapted, as well to mitigate the sufferings and heighten the blessings of this pilgrimage state, as to improve our virtue, and prepare us for immortal bliss beyond the grave. This is more than implied in the text. The pharisees,

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