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      Preached June 20, 1852. "For thus saith the High and Lofty One that inhabiteth Eternity, whose Name is Holy. I dwell in the high and holy place--with him also that is of a contrite and humble spirit."--Isaiah lvii. 15. The origin of this announcement seems to have been the state of contempt in which religion found itself in the days of Isaiah
      Preached June 27, 1852. (A FRAGMENT.) "But we know that the law is good, if a man use it lawfully."--1 Tim. i. 8. It is scarcely ever possible to understand a passage without some acquaintance with the history of the circumstances under which it was written. At Ephesus, over which Timothy was bishop, people had been bewildered by the teac
SermonVol. 3, Sermon 20 - THE PRODIGAL AND HIS BROTHER
      Preached February 21, 1853. "And he said unto him, Son, thou art ever with me, and all that I have is thine. It was meet that we should make merry, and be glad: for this thy brother was dead, and is alive again; was lost, and is found."--Luke xv. 31, 32. There are two classes of sins. There are some sins by which man crushes, wounds, malevole
SermonVol. 3, Sermon 21 - JOHN'S REBUKE OF HEROD
      Preached May 15, 1853. "But Herod the tetrarch, being reproved by him for Herodias, his brother Philip's wife, and for all the evils which Herod had done, added yet this above all, that he shut up John in prison,"--Luke iii. 19, 20. The life of John the Baptist divides itself into three distinct periods. Of the first we are told almost nothin
SermonVol. 4, Sermon 1 - The Character of Eli
      Preached January, 1848 "And the child Samuel ministered unto the Lord before Eli. And the word of the Lord was precious in those days; there was no open vision."-I Sam. iii. 1. It is impossible to read this chapter without perceiving that it draws a marked contrast between the two persons of whom it speaks-Eli and Samuel. 1. They are contr
SermonVol. 4, Sermon 2 - The Appointment of the First King in Israel
      The Appointment of the First King of Israel "And Samuel said unto all Israel, Behold, I have hearkened unto your voice in all that ye said unto me, and have made a king over you."-1 Sam. xii. 1. Our subject to-day is the selection of the first king of Israel. We have arrived at that crisis in Israel's history when the first shock occurred
SermonVol. 4, Sermon 3 - Prayer
      "And he went a little further, and fell on his face, and prayed, saying, 0 my Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me: nevertheless, not as I will, but as thou wilt."-Matt. xxvi. 39. No one will refuse to identify holiness with prayer. To say that a man is religious is to say the same thing as to say he prays. For what is prayer? To
SermonVol. 4, Sermon 4 - Perversion, as Shown in Balaam's Character
      Preached January 25, 1852 "And Balaam said unto the angel of the Lord, I have sinned, for I knew not that thou stoodest in the way against me; now therefore, if it displease thee, I will get me back again. And the angel of the Lord said unto Balaam, Go with the men: but only the word that I shall speak unto thee, that thou shalt speak. So Balaam
SermonVol. 4, Sermon 5 - Selfishness, as Shown in Balaam's Character
      Preached February 1, 1852 "Who can count the dust of Jacob, and the number of the fourth part of Israel? Let me die the death of the righteous, and let my last end be like his!"-Num. xxiii. 10. We acquainted ourselves with the earlier part of Balaam's history last Sunday. We saw how great gifts in him were perverted by ambition and avarice-am
SermonVol. 4, Sermon 6 - The Transitoriness of Life
      Preached December 28, 1851 "So teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom."-Psalm xc. 12. This is the key-note of the 90th Psalm. It numbers sadly the days and vicissitudes of human life; but it does this, not for the sake of mere sentiment, but rather for practical purposes, that it may furnish a motive for a wiser
SermonVol. 4, Sermon 7 - Views of Death
      Preached July 7, 1850 "Then said I in my heart, As it happeneth to the fool, so it happeneth even to me; and why was I then more wise? Then I said in my heart, that this also is vanity. For there is no remembrance of the wise more than of the fool forever; seeing that which now is in the days to come shall all be forgotten. And how dieth the wis
SermonVol. 4, Sermon 8 - Waiting for the Second Advent
      Preached December 12, 1852 "And the Lord direct your hearts into the love of God, and into the patient waiting for Christ."-2 Thess. iii. 5. The two Epistles to the Thessalonians contain, more expressly than any other, St. Paul's views respecting the second Advent of Christ. The first epistle was written to correct certain enthusiastic views
SermonVol. 4, Sermon 9 - The Sinlessness of Christ
      Preached November 18, 1849 "Whosoever committeth sin transgresseth also the law: For sin is the transgression of the law. And ye know that he was manifested to take away our sins; and in him is no sin."-1 John iii. 4, 5. The heresy with which the Apostle St. John had to contend in his day was an error of a kind and character which it is hard
SermonVol. 4, Sermon 10 - Christ's Way of Dealing With Sin
      Preached November 9, 1851 "And immediately, when Jesus perceived in his spirit that they so reasoned within themselves, he said unto them, Why reason ye these things in your hearts ? Whether is it easier to say to the sick of the palsy, Thy sins be forgiven thee; or to say, Arise, and take up thy bed, and walk? But that ye may know that the Son
SermonVol. 4, Sermon 11 - Regeneration
      Preached June 6, 1852 "Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he can not enter into the kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again."-John iii. 5-7. The Church of Engl
SermonVol. 4, Sermon 12 - An Election Sermon
      Preached July 4, 1852 (A Fragment) "And they appointed two, Joseph called Barsabas, who was surnamed Justus, and Matthias. And they prayed, and said, Thou, Lord, which knowest the hearts of all men, show whether of these two thou hast chosen, that be may take part of this ministry and apostleship, from which Judas by, transgression fell, that
SermonVol. 4, Sermon 13 - Isaac Blessing His Sons
      Preached November 24, 1850 "And it came to pass, that when Isaac was old, and his eyes were dim, so that he could not see, he called Esau his eldest son, and said unto him, My son: and be said unto him, Behold, here am I. And he said, Behold now, I am old, I know not the day of my death: now therefore take, I pray thee, thy weapons, thy quiver a
SermonVol. 4, Sermon 14 - Salvation Out of the Visible Church
      Preached April, 1849 "Now there was at Joppa a certain disciple named Tabitha, which by interpretation is called Dorcas: this woman was full of good works and alms, deeds which she did," etc. -Acts ix. 36. "There was a certain man in Caesarea called Cornelius, a centurion of the band called the Italian band," etc. -Acts x. 1. Two events ar
SermonVol. 4, Sermon 15 - The Word and the World
      Preached 1849 "And it came to pass, that, while Apollos was at Corinth, Paul having passed through the upper coasts came to Ephesus; and finding certain disciples, he said unto them, Have ye received the Holy Ghost since ye believed? And they said unto him, We have not so much as heard whether there be any Holy Ghost," etc.-Acts xix. 1, 2. We
SermonVol. 5, Sermon 1 - Solomon's Restoration
      Preached June 24, 1849 "Did not Solomon king of Israel sin by these things? yet among many nations was there no king like him, who was beloved of his God."-Nehem. xiii. 26. There is one study, my Christian brethren, which never can lose its interest for us so long as we are men: and that is, the investigation of human character. The deep inte

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