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SermonNATURE OF TRUE VIRTUE
      Owe no man any thing, but to love one another; for he that loveth another, hath fulfilled the law. For this, Thou shalt not commit adultery, Thou shalt not kill, Thou shalt not steal, Thou shalt not bear false witness, Thou shalt not covet; and if there be any other commandment, it is briefly comprehended in this saying, namely, Thou shalt love thy ...read
SermonNECESSITY AND NATURE OF DIVINE TEACHING.
      'Wherefore, my beloved, as ye have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling; for it is God which worketh in you, both to will and to do of his good pleasure.'--Phil. 2:12, 13. 'Now the God of peace, that brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great ...read
SermonOn the Atonement
      "How that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures." -- 1 Cor. xv. 3. "For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him." -- 2 Cor. v. 21. "But God commendeth his love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us." -- Rom. v. 8. "The Lord is well p ...read
SermonOn Trusting in the Mercy of God
      "I will trust in the mercy of God forever and ever." -- Ps. 52:8. IN discussing this subject I shall enquire, I. What mercy is. II. What is implied in trusting in the mercy of the Lord forever. III. Point out the conditions on which we may safely trust in God's mercy. IV. Allude to several mistakes which are made on this subject. ...read
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Power From On High - Table of Contents
      Please permit me through your columns to correct a misapprehension of some of the members of the late Council at Oberlin of the brief remarks which I made to them; first on Saturday morning, and afterwards on the Lord's Day. In my first remarks to them I called attention to the mission of the Church to disciple all nations, as recorded by Matthew a ...read
SermonPrayer and Labor For the Gathering of the Great Harvest
      "But when He saw the multitudes, He was moved with compassion on them, because they fainted, and were scattered abroad, as sheep having no shepherd. Then saith He unto His disciples, The harvest truly is plenteous, but the laborers are few. Pray ye, therefore, the Lord of the harvest, that He will send forth laborers into His harvest." -- Matthew. ...read
SermonPROVE ALL THINGS
      TEXT.--Prove all things: hold fast that which is good.-- 1 Thess. 5:21. In speaking from this text, I remark, 1. That it enjoins the duty of fundamental and thorough inquiry on religious subjects. It requires us to know the reason of our faith and practice, that our piety may not be superstition, but the result of intelligent conviction, a ...read
SermonPUTTING ON CHRIST
      'But put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make not provision for the flesh, to fulfill the lusts thereof.'--Rom. 13:14. It is my purpose to show, I. WHAT IS INTENDED BY THIS COMMAND. II. WHAT IS IMPLIED IN OBEYING IT. III. SOME OF THE ESSENTIAL CONDITIONS OF OBEDIENCE TO IT. IV. OBLIGATION TO OBEY THIS COMMAND IS UNIVERSAL. V ...read
SermonQuenching the Spirit
      "Quench not the Spirit." -- 1 Thess. v. 19. IN discussing the subject presented in this text, I shall aim, I. To show how the Holy Spirit influences the mind; II. To deduce some inferences from the known mode of the Spirit's operations; III. Show what it is to quench the Spirit; IV. Show how this may be done; and, V. The consequen ...read
SermonReligion of Public Opinion
      TEXT.--For they loved the praise or men more than the praise or God. John xii. 43. THESE words were spoken of certain individuals who refused to confess that Jesus was the Christ, because He was extremely unpopular with the scribes and pharisees, and principal people of Jerusalem. There is a plain distinction between self-love, or the simple ...read
SermonReligion of the Law and Gospel
      TEXT.--"What shall we say then? That the Gentiles which followed not after righteousness, have attained to righteousness, even the righteousness which is of faith: but Israel, which followed after the law of righteousness, hath not attained to the law of righteousness. Wherefore? Because they sought it not by faith, but as it were by the works of t ...read
SermonReprobation
      JEREMIAH vi. 30.--Reprobate silver shall men call them, because the Lord hath rejected them. These words were spoken of a generation of Israel, with whom God had used every suitable means to reclaim and save them; and who had withstood them all, and had remained obstinate and impenitent to the last. God says to them, "O daughter of my people, gi ...read
SermonReproof a Christian Duty
      Text.--"Thou shalt in any wise rebuke thy neighbor, and not suffer sin upon him."--Leviticus 19:17. THE whole verse reads thus; "Thou shalt not hate thy brother in thy heart: thou shalt in any wise rebuke thy neighbor, and not suffer sin upon him." In the margin, as those of you who have Bibles with marginal notes can see, the last words of the ...read
SermonRest of the Saints
      TEXT.--For we which have believed do enter into rest.-- Heb. iv. 3. THE following is the course of thought to which I wish to direct your attention this evening: I. I shall endeavor to show what is not the rest here spoken of. II. Show what it is. III. Show when we are to enter into this rest. IV. Show how to come into possession of t ...read
SermonRevival at Evan's Mill
      A LITTLE way from the village of Evans' Mills, was a settlement of Germans, where there was a German church with several elders, and a considerable membership, but no minister, and no regular religious meetings. Once each year they were in the habit of having a minister come up from the Mohawk Valley, to administer the ordinances of baptism and the ...read
SermonRevival in Rochester, 1830
      LEAVING New York I spent a few weeks in Whitestown; and, as was common, being pressed to go in many directions, I was greatly at a loss what was my duty. But among others, an urgent invitation was received from the Third Presbyterian church in Rochester, of which Mr. Parker had been pastor, to go there and supply them for a season. I inquired i ...read
SermonSalvation Difficult to the Christian, Impossible to the Sinner
      "If the righteous scarcely be saved, where shall the ungodly and the sinner appear?" -- 1 Peter. 4:18. FROM the connection of this passage, some have inferred that the apostle had his eye immediately upon the destruction of Jerusalem. They suppose this great and fearful event to be alluded to in the language, For the time has come that judgment ...read
SermonSanctification By Faith
      TEXT--"Do we then make void the law through faith? God forbid; yea, we establish the law."--Romans iii. 31. THE apostle had been proving that all mankind, both Jews and Gentiles, were in their sins, and refuting the doctrine so generally entertained by the Jews, that they were a holy people and saved by their works. He showed that justification c ...read
SermonSelf Deceivers
      Text--But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves.-- James 1:22. THERE are two extremes in religion, equally false and equally fatal. And there are two classes of hypocrites that occupy these two extremes. The first class make religion consist altogether in the belief of certain abstract doctrines, or what they ...read
SermonSELFISHNESS
      'Israel is an empty vine; he bringeth forth fruit unto himself.'--Hos. 10:1. In this passage the Lord complains of the selfishness of Israel; and it is my present design to show, I. WHAT SELFISHNESS IS NOT. II. WHAT IT IS. III. THAT IT CANNOT CO-EXIST WITH HOLINESS IN THE SAME MIND. IV. MENTION SOME EVIDENCES OF SELFISHNESS. ...read

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