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PRINTED POR THE AUTHOR; AND MAY BE HAD OP J. BOURNE,

BEMERSLEY; OR THROUGH THE MEDIUM OF ANY OF THE
TRAVELLING PREACHERS IN THE PRIMITIVE METHODIST
CONNEXION.

1830.

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PREFACE.

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The present is a day of active exertion. Idleness is neither a characteristic of the pious nor the irreligious. Various are the means adopted by the mischievous and unwearied spirit of infidelity for the purpose of inducing us to regard religion with indifference, impugn it with subtilty, and reject it with scorn. The doctrine of man's immortality, and other fundamental truths of Revelation, are attacked by wit and genius in every possible way; and these attacks are attended with a zeal and activity which would do honour to a better cause. Unhappily in too many instances they awfully succeed. This being the case, what does religion expect of all who worship at her altars? Surely she expects, nay she requires, that every follower of Christ should consecrate himself, with a deep devotion to the promotion of his master's interest. Such being the views not only of the writer of the following pages, but of a considerable part of the religious world, it is not surprizing that the press should be teeming at the present day with productions on almost every part of revealed truth.

Did I think it of importance I might observe, that I have been requested, and repeatedly urged to publish, by persons whose wisdom and piety I think much superior to my own; and that numbers who have heard the leading particulars of the following Discourses from the pulpit, have expressed an earnest desire to have them for perusal in the family and in private. But though these ideas are not destitute of weight, and though they have frequently been urged by authors, yet I do not conceive that they

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are sufficiently important to justify the publishing of a work.

As to the merits of this volume it will be with the public to judge. I have no doubt, however, but that persons of just literary taste will find it very imperfect.

Perhaps it may be proper to remark, that this is the first "effort I have made at writing for the public,—that the . work has been prosecuted amidst the constant pressure of

other engagements, ---that a great part of the manuscript .. was written when Ii was very unfavourably situated for

such employment,—and that in consequence of my nume

rous engagements as an Itinerant Preacher, several of the #sheets have gone through the press when I was from home, and consequently had not the opportunity of correcting them. I hope, however, that its doctrines will be found fully to accord with the decisions of unbiased reason, and with the truths of that Book by which “ life and immur. tality are brought to light;" and I pray that it may be the

means of spiritual profit to all who read it. Maukist Hi Should the present volume meet with a tolerably

good reception, and should it please the unerring Disposer of all events to spare my life a little longer, it is my design to publish a second, embracing among others the following topics :—the resurrection of the human body -the Vast judgment,—the future miseries of the wicked--and the únceasing blessedness of the righteous.

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Hull, April 21, 1830.**, Rákon 13; tudi piste frangoni mwa kivá, odos sasa...12.0

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vitu ve od strw 50 tis ti siurbliai 10 D in isdi tud toyswa IGJC SERMON I,

ON THE IMPROVEMENT OF TIME.

state Psalm xc, 12. , o teach us to number our days that we may apply our 9113 JS hearts unto wisdom. ................... 8-32 10 91522979 100 tqnozunsut odit aut his SERMON II.

ON THE METHOD AND ADVANTAGES OF IMPROVING -90100 v e 135763 TIME.,-. . ?:31? sds to create,

PSALM XC. 12.,..? ?.50.13 So teach us to number our days that we may apply our Withearts, unto, wisdom. .bo .............. 334656 bauolyd O SERMON II.

vis ha THE SAVIOUR'S ADMONITION EXPLAINED AND EN-' Tommi hnesit

FORCED. -;';?..omioitiin adt od pisti trdi : MATTHEW Xxiv. 44., 1993 HKI

Therefore be ye also ready: for, in such an hour as ye vldssithink not the Son of man cometh... .. . 57—84 7920geilt yarn . SERMON IV *5.164*. 39*1009 froi29b VON THE DOMINTON AND 'POWER OF DEATH. garwollotadt 21st Job xxx. 23." izsi Forli I know that thou wilt bring me to death, and to the sal bahouse appointed forall living.......... 85-114

2SERMON V. THE DYING WISH OF MOSES ON BEHALF OF HIS

COUNTRYMÉN.

DEUTERONOMY xxxii. 29. .:: O that they were wise, that they understood this, that they would consider their latler end......... 115-145

'SERMON VI.
THE DEATH OF THE RIGHTEOUS AND THE DEATH OF

THE WICKED CONTRASTED.
The wicked is driven away in his wickedness, but the

righteous hath hope in his death......... 146-175

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