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of the doctrine of the text, that our times SERM.
III. are in the hand of God. It asserts a fact, the truth of which can be called in question by none; a fact which, whether persons have
sentiments of religion or not, is calculated to make a serious impression on every mind; especially at seafons when the revolution of years gives us warning that our duration on earth is measured, and advances towards its period. To persons who are religiously disposed, who study to improve life to its proper purposes, to do their duty towards God and man, and through the merits of their Redeemer to obtain
grace and favour from Heaven, the doctrine of the text is still more important. Among them it tends to awaken impresfions which are not only serious, but, as I have shown, falutary and comforting to the heart.---Thankful that our times are in the hand of a Sovereign, who is both wise and gracious, let us prepare ourselves to meet the approaching events of life with becoming resignation, and
SER M. at the fame time with manly constancy
and firm trust in God. As long as it shall please him to continue our abode in the world, let us remain faithful to our duty; and when it shall please him to give the command for our removal hence, let us utter only this voice: “In * thy hand, O my God, my times are. “ Thou art calling me away.
Here I “am, ready to obey thy call, and at thy
signal to go forth. I thank thee that “ I have been admitted to partake so
· long of the comforts of life, and to “ be a spectator of the wisdom and good“ness displayed in thy works. I thank “ thee that thou hast borne so long with “my infirmities and provocations; hast “s allowed me to look up to thy promises “ in the gospel, and to hear the words “ of eternal life uttered by my great Re« deemer. With gratitude, faith, and “ hope, I commit my soul to thee. Lord,
now lettest thou thy servant depart in peace; for mine
eyes have seen thy sal“ vation.” Such are the sentiments with
which every pious and good man should S ER M. conclude his life. Such indeed are the sentiments which he ought to carry through every part of life. With these may we begin, and with these conclude, every succeeding year which God Ihall think fit to add to our earthly existence !
On the Mixture of Bad Men with the
Good in HUMAN SOCIETY,
МАТтн. xiii. 30.
Let both grow together until the harvest.
SERM. HE parable, of which these words IV.
are a part, contains a prophetical defcription of the state of the church. Our Lord predicts that the societies of Christians were to be infected with persons of loose principles and bad dispositions, whom he likens to tares springing up among wheat. He intimates that there should arise fome whose officious
zeal would prompt the desire of exter-S ER M.
When we look around us, nothing is