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SERMON VII.

THE NEW HEART A DIVINE WORK.

A new heart will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you; and I

will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you a heart

of flesh.--Esekiel xxxvi. 26. - -

SERMON VIII.

SINNERS CONTRADICTING THEIR PRAYERS.

And Zedekiab the king sent Jebucal the son of Shelemiah, and Zephaniah

the son of Maaseiah the priest, to the prophet Jeremiah, saying, PRAY NOW

UNTO THE LORD OUR GOD FOR US.-Jeremiah xxxvii. 3. - - - - 77

SERMON IX.

THE GRACE OF GOD IN THE JUSTIFICATION OF THE

BELIEVER.

Now to him that worketh is the reward not reckoned of grace, but of deht.

But to bim that worketh not, but believeth on him that justifieth the ungod-

ly, his faith is counted for righteousness.- Romans iv. 4. 5. - - - 90

SERMON X.

THE DIFFERENT ENDS OF THE TWO THIEVES CRUCIFIED

WITH CHRIST.

And one of the malefactors, which were hanged, railed on bim, saying, If

thou be the Christ, save thyself and us. But the other answering, rebuked

him, saying, Dost not thou fear God, seeing thou art in the same condem-

nation? And we indeed justly; for we receive the due reward of our

deeds : but this man hath done nothing amiss.-And he said unto Jesus,

Lord, remember me, when thou comest into thy kingdom. And Jesus

said unto him, verily I say unto thee, To-day shalt thou be with me in

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SERMON XI.

THE SLAVERY AND REDEMPTION OF SINNERS.

Thus saith the Lord, ye have sold yourselves for nought, and ye shall be re-

deemed without money.- Isaiah lii. 3. - - -

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SERMON XII.

BIGOTRY, PRIDE AND CARELESSNESS IN RELIGION.

And when Gallio was deputy of Achaia, the Jews made insurrection with

one accord against Paul, and brought him before the judgment seat, saying,

This fellow persuadeth men to worship God contrary to the law. 'And

when Paul was now about to open his mouth, Gallio said to the Jews, If it

were a matter of wrong, or of wicked lewdness, O ye Jews, reason would,

that I should bear with you. But if it be a question of words and names

and of your law, look ye to it; for I will be no judge of such matters. And

he drave them from the judgment seat. Then all the Greeks took Sos-

thenes, the chief ruler of the synagogue, and beat him before the judgment

seat. And Gallio cared for none of these things.-Acts xviii. 12—17. - 117

SERMON XIII.

THE DANGER OF CARELESSNESS.

Same text. - - - - - - - - - - - - 126

SERMON XIV.

THE FATE OF LOT'S WIFE-A WARNING TO SINNERS.

Remember Lot's wife.-Luke xvii. 32. . . . . . . . 134

SERMON XV.

Same subject continued. . . . . . . . . . . 145

SERMON XVI.

THE OPENING GRAVE CONTEMPLATED AND IMPROVED.

The graves are ready for me.-Job xvii. 1. · · · · · · 157

SERMON XVII.

THE NATURE AND PROPERTIES OF A GOOD CONSCIENCE.

We trust we have a good conscience, in all things willing to live honestly.-

Hebrews xiii. 18. • • .

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SERMON XVIII.

THE CAUSES OF AN EVIL, AND THE MEANS OF OBTAINING

A GOOD CONSCIENCE.

Same text. - - - - - - - . . . . . 179

SERMON XIX.

THE BELIEVER PRAYING FOR AN INCREASE OF HIS FAITH.

And straitway the father of the child cried out, and said with tears, Lord, I

believe; help thou mine unbelief.—Mark ix. 24. · · · · 190

SERMON XX.

THE DREADFUL SOUND.

A dreadful sound is in his ears.-Job xv. 21. . . . . - - 201

SERMON XXI.

REFLECTIONS ON THE CHARACTER OF PETER.

Therefore that disciple whom Jesus loved, saith unto Peter, It is the Lord.

Now when Peter heard that it was the Lord, he girt bis fisher's coat unto

him, (for he was naked) and did cast himself into the sea. And the other

disciples came in a little ship (for they were not far from land, but as it

were two hundred cubits) dragging the net with fishes.-John xxi. 7. 8. - 212

SERMON XXII.

REFLECTIONS ON THE CHARACTER OF JUDAS.

Then Judas, which had betrayed him, when he saw that he was condemned,

repented himself, and brought again the thirty pieces of silver to the chief

priests and elders, saying, I have sinned, in that I have betrayed innocent

blood. And they said, what is that to us? See thou to that. And he cast
down the pieces of silver in the temple, and went and hanged himself.—

Matthew xxvii. 34. 35. - - - . - - - - - - - 223

SERMON XXIII.

Same subject continued. . . . . . . . . . . 234

SERMON XXIV.

THE PRESENT CONDITION AND FUTURE PROSPECTS OF THE

BELIEVER.

For we know, that if our earthly bouse of this tabernacle be dissolved, we

have a building of God, an house not made with hands, eternal in the heay-

ens.--II Corinthians v. 1. - - - - - • •

• 246

SERMON XXV.

Same subject continued. - . - - - - - - - - 256

SERMON XXVI.

THE SECURITY OF GOD'S PEOPLE.

He that dwelleth in the secret place of the Most High, shall abide under the

shadow of the Almighty.- Psalm xci. 1. - - - - - - 264

SERMON XXVII.

· THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN TRUE AND FALSE RELIGION.

What is the chaff to the wheat ?--Jeremiah xxiii. 28. • - - - - 274

SERMON XXVIII.

THE PHARISEE AND THE PUBLICAN.

And he spake this parable unto certain, which trusted in themselves that they

were righteous, and despised others.

Two men went up to the temple to pray, the one a Pharisee, and the other a

publican. The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself; God I thank

thee, that I am not as other men are; extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or

even as this publican. I fast twice in a week; I give tythes of all that I

possess. And the publican, standing afar off, would not so much as lift up

his eyes to heaven, but smote upon his breast, saying, God be merciful to

me a sinner. I tell you, this man went down to his house justified rather

than the other.-Luke xviii. 9–14. - - . - - - - 286

SERMON XXIX.

Same subject continued. - .

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SERMON XXX.

THE EVIDENCES OF OUR TITLE TO THE HEAVENLY

INHERITANCE.

And he said, Lord God, whereby shall I know, that I shall inherit it ?-Gen-
esis xv. 8. -

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SERMON XXXI.

THE DANGER OF OFFENDING CHRIST'S LITTLE ONES.

Take heed that ye despise not one of these little ones; for 'I say unto you that

in heaven their angels do always behold the face of my father which is in

heaven.Matthew xviii. 10. • .

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PREFACE.

The author of the following discourses has, nearly three years since, retired from his public labours, on account of the infirmities of age, and more especially of the failure of his sight. He had no intention of appearing again before the public; but the urgent solicitations of some of his friends, and a suggestion from several of his brethren in the ministry, that another volume of sermons might be useful, have induced him to give his consent to the present publication.

In making the selection, the great imperfection of his sight has obliged him to be less particular than he could have wished ; though the volume is principally composed of sermons which he had revised toward the close of his ministry.

He is sensible that he is just upon the confines of another world; and if these discourses, or any which he has formerly published, may be the means of protracting his usefulness, in any degree, beyond his life, his highest wishes concerning them will be answered.

JOSEPH LATHROP. West Springfield, Dec. 6, 1820.

ADVERTISEMENT.

It may not be improper to observe, that when the contract was made for the copy-right of the following sermons, in October last, the Reverend Author indulged little hope that he should live to witness their publication—The foregoing preface was, however, written and the manuscripts prepared for the press, when the godly man ceased from the earth.

The existence of a memoir of his life, written by himself, being made known, the publication of the sermons was delayed with a view to the addition of this interesting biography.

THE PUBLISHERS. Springfield, August 20, 1821.

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