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Christian knowledge and the grace of God, remembering, that to profane the Lord's day, to neglect the holy sacrament, to defpise the advice and admonitions of your spiritual guides, is to despise the Lord; and I need not tell you what they are to expect who do so. · Be sure to let no day pass without begging God's pardon and blessing; for to neglect this duty, is a sure way to lead you into an indifference for God and goodness. What is the reason that you respect your parents? Is it not because you frequently receive good from them?' And do you hope to keep a love for God in your hearts, unless you constantly pray to him, and constantly give him thanks for his favours; ever remembering, that it is as impossible to live a good life without God's grace and assistance, as it is to live without food? And pray

believe me, in a matter which very nearly concerns you, when I do assure you, it is much easier now to begin to live a Christian life, than it will be hereafter. Remember thy Creator in the days of thy youth, before evil company has corrupted you, before evil habits have got dominion over you, before the love of the world has got possession of your hearts; for then it will be hard indeed to turn to the Lord with all your heart, when fin and hell have got the dominion over you.

In one word; as you hope to be saved, (and who is there that does not?) consider what

you

you are doing, That you are going to dedicate yourselves to God, with the full consent of your own wills; and that you have only. this choice for the future, either you must be God's servants, doing his will, and serving him faithfully all the days of your lives; or the devil will take you into his service, and you are undone for ever.

But may God bless, protect, and govern you

all your days; may he possess your hearts with such a lively sense of his great mercy in bringing you from the power of Satan unto God, in giving you an early right to his holy covenant, and an early knowledge of your duty, that you may honestly devote yourselves to his service, that you may receive the fullness of his grace, and be able to withstand the temptations of the world, the flesh, and the devil.

And as he has made you his children by adoption, may he bring you in his good time to his everlasting kingdom, for Jesus Christ's fake. To whom, &c.

SERMON

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SERMON LXXXIV.

PREACHED AT A CONFIRMATION.

THE INSTRUCTION OF CHILDREN IN THE KNOW. LEDGE AND FEAR OF GOD ONE GREAT PART .

OF THE DUTY OF PARENTS.

DEUT. vi. 6, 7.

THESE WORDS WHICH I COMMAND THEE THIS DAY, SHALL BE IN THINE HEART; AND THOU SHALT TEACH THEM DILIGENTLY UNTO THY CHILDREN."

THA

HAT is, as ever you value your own or

your children's happiness, you must endeavour to fix and preserve in their hearts, the knowledge, the fear, and the love of God, what he has commanded, and what he has forbidden; for, without this they will be unhappy in this world, and in the next undone

for ever

To fear God, and to keep his commands, is the whole duty and happiness of man. Forasmuch as God has declared and determined, that he will bring every work into judgment, and every secret thing, whether it be good, or whether it be evil. And they that have done

• Eccles. xii. 13.

good,

See Prov. xxi. 6.

good, who have led good lives, Mall go into life everlasi ing; and they that have done evil, who have led idle and wicked lives, and have not repented, and brought forth fruits meet for repentance, shall go into everlasting fire."

Certainly, parents do not consider this so well as they should do, or they would not suffer their children to grow wild and wicked, and'ignorant of God, and of their duty, as too many of them do.

Parents are obliged, both by nature and grace, to take care of their own children; to iuftruct, to restrain, and to correct them.And they that do not so, do, by a just judgment of God, bring upon themselves forrow, and upon their country a curse, by breeding up so many children of Satan, to corrupt their neighbours.

Parents are very often the greatest enemies that their children have. Some leave them riches, not always honestly gotten; and these become a curse to their children, and not a blessing

Others strive all their life long to leave their children a great deal, which too often becomes a snare and a temptation; makes their children forget their dependance upon God, and the duty they owe their Maker.

Many, very many parents are so blind, that they cannot, or so perverse that they will not, see their children's faults, nor correct them. ich parents very often live to see their chil

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· Matth. XXV.

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