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(2.) Death itself: wherein are to be considered... 24

[1.] Remedies against the Terrors of Death ;

viz.

(a.) Necessity and Benefit of Death.....

(b.) Conscience of a well-led Life........

(c.) Final Peace with God .................

(d.) Efficacy of Christ's Death applied...

(e.) Comfortable Expectation of certain

Resurrection, and immediate Vi-

sion of God......................... 26

[2.] Miseries and Inconveniences of the con-

tinued Conjunction of Soul and Body;

viz.

(a.) Defilement of Sin Original...........

(b.) Proneness to Sin......................

(c.) Difficulty of doing well...........

(d.) Dulness of Understanding........

(e.) Perpetual Conflicts.............

(f.) Solicitude of Cares..........

(g.) Multiplicity of Passions........ ..

(h.) Retardation of Glory..

Sect. 2, HOLY DISPOSITIONS for Contentment....

(1.) Humility...............

(2.) Self-Resignation ................................

(3.) True Inward Riches...............

Sect. 3. HOLY RESOLUTIONS for Contentment.

(1.) That our Present Estate is best for us.........

(2.) To abate of our Desires.

(3.) ?o digest smaller Inconveniences...............

(4.) To be frequent and fervent in Prayer .......... 36

Part Second. Contentation, in KNOWING HOW TO ABOUND...

The Difficulty of Knowing how to abound : and the

Ill Consequences of Not Knowing it.................. 37

11. THE PEACE-MAKER: LAYING FORTH THE Right Way of Peace

IN MATTERS OF RELIGION.

Address to the Clergy of the Diocese of Norwich............ ....... 43

Chap. I. INTRODUCTORY.

Sect. 1. THE DIFFERENCE OF TRUTHS: AND THE IMPOR-

TANCE OF THOSE, WHICH CONCERN MATTER OF

RELIGION ..................................

...................

2. WHAT DIFFERENCES OF JUDGMENT MAKE A DIF-

FERENT RELIGION............

3. Of the FUNDAMENTAL Points of Religion........

4. THE INJURIOUS UNCHARITABLENESS OF THE RO-

MISH CHURCH, IN EXCLUDING CHRISTIAN

CHURCHES, AND CONDEMNING THEIR PROFESSORS.

5. THE UNDUE ALIENATION OF THE LUTHERAN

CHURCHES FROM THE OTHER REFORMED............ 53

6. The DIFFERENCES, BETWJXT THE OTHER REFORMED

CHURCHES, AND OUR OWN............

. THE DIFFERENCES WITHIN OUR OWN CHURCHES, AT

HOME..............................

.................... 57

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Chap. II. Of the Ways of Peace which concern PRIVATE PER-

SONS.

Sect. 1. The First Private Way of Peace :

TO LABOUR AGAINST THE INWARD GROUNDS OF

CONTENTION ; viz...................

(1.) Pride .................................................

(2.) Self-Love.....................

(3.) Envy ........................

(4.) Covetousness..........

2. The Second Private Way of Peace :

THE COMPOSING OURSELVES TO A FIT DISPOSI-

TION FOR PEACE : and, therein,

(1.) A Meek and Humble Temper ..........

(2.) Obedience to our Spiritual Guides.. ...............

(3.) Charitable Affection to our Brethren .............

(4.) A Yieldableness upon Sight of Clearer Truths... 70

3. The Third Private Way of Peace :

THE AVOIDING UNNECESSARY QUESTIONS........ 71

4. The Fourth Private Way of Peace:

TO LABOUR AND PRAY FOR FURTHER ILLUMINA-

TION IN ALL REQUISITE TRUTHS................

5. The Fifth Private Way of Peace :

TO COMPLY WITH OUR BRETHREN SO FAR AS WE

SAFELY MAY.......................

6. The Sixth Private Way of Peace :

To LET FALL OUR OWN INTEREST FOR THE

............. 78

Chap. III. Of the Ways of Peace which concern the PUBLIC........ 81

Sect. 1. The First Public Way of Peace :

To SUPPRESS THE BEGINNINGS OF SPIRITUAL

QUARRELS.............

............ ib.

Which shall be done, if

(1.) The Broachers of New Opinions be by gentle

means reclaimed ...........

.......... 82

(2.) The Means of spreading Infection be timely cut

off : which are,

(1.1 The Society of the Infected ............... 83

[2.] The Press ..................................... 85

(3.) The Disturbers of Peace be timely suppressed.... 86

Such are those who

[1.] Sow Strife, and broach New Opinions.... 87

[2.] Abet Quarrels, and pertinaciously main-

tain dangerous Errors...... ........ 88

2. The Second Public Way of Peace:

ORDER FOR SURE GROUNDS TO BE LAID BY CA-

TECHIZING....................................... 90

3. The Third Public Way of Peace:

MEANS APPOINTED FOR STRONG Conviction of

ERROR ........................

.................... 92

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. Sect. 4. The Fourth Public Way of Peace :

IMPOSITION OF SILENCE IN SOME CASES, BOTH

UPON PULPITS AND PRESSES...........

Chap. IV. A MOTIVE to peace, from the Miseries of Discord........

III. THE BALM OF GILEAD: or, COMFORTS FOR THE DISTRESSED;

BOTH MORAL AND DIVINE.

Dedication to all the Distressed Members of Jesus Christ, wheresoever 105

Chap. I, COMFORTS FOR THE SICK BED.

The Preface.-Aggravation of the Misery of Sickness ... 106

Sect. 1. The Freedom of the Soul .........................

2. The Author of Sickness; and the Benefit of it... ib.

3. The Vicissitudes of Health ........................ 109

4. Sickness better than sinful Health .............. ib.

5. The greater Sufferings of holier men; and the

Resolutions of Heathens........................ 110

6. Our Sufferings far below our Deservings ......... 112

7. The Benefit of the Exercise of our patience ... ib.

8. The Necessity of expecting Sickness ............. 113

9. God's most tender Regard to us in Sickness .....

10. The comfortable End of our Sufferings ......... 114

11. The favour of a peaceable Passage out of the

World ...........................................

Chap. II. COMFORTS FOR THE SICK SOUL.

Sect 1. The Happiness of a deep Sorrow for Sin ........ 116

2. The well-grounded Declaration of Pardon ...... ib.

3. Aggravation of the grievous Condition of the

Patient; and Remedies from Mercies ap-

plied ..................................

........... 117

4. Complaint of Unrepentance and Unbelief,

satisfied .......... .................................. 118

5. Complaint of Misgrounded Sorrow, satisfied ... ib.

6. Complaint of the Insufficient Measure of Sorrow

for Sin, answered ............................... 119

7. Complaint of the Want of Faith, satisfied ...... ,120

8. Complaint of the Weakness of Faith, satisfied... 122

9. Complaint of Inconstancy and Desertion, an-

swered .......................................... ib.

10. Complaint of Unregeneration and Deadness in

Sin, answered .................................

124

11. Complaint of the Insensibleness of the Time

and Means of Conversion, answered ......... 126

12. Complaint of Irresolution and Uncertainty, in

matter of our Election, answered ............ 127

Chap. III, COMFORTS AGAINST TEMPTATIONS.

Sect. 1. Christ himself assaulted.-Our Trial is for our

good ............................................ 131

2. The powerful Assistance of God's Spirit; and

the Example of St. Paul ..................... 132

3. The Restraint of our Spiritual Enemies; and

their overmatching by the Power of God ... 133

:

Sect. 4. The Advantage that is made to us by our

Temptations and Foils .........................

134

5. Complaint of Relapses into Sin, with the Re-

medy thereof ...........

......... 135

Chap. IV. COMFORTS AGAINST WEAKNESS OF GRACE.

Sect. 1. The Common Condition of all Saints ......... 137

2. The Improvement of Weak Graces; and God's

Free Distribution ............................. ib.

3. Gods Acceptation of Truth, not Quantity ...... 138

4. The Variety of God's Gifts, and the Ages and

Statures of Grace ............................... 139

5. The Safety of our Leisurely Progress in Grace ...

6. Our good Desires and Endeavours

7. The Happiness of an humble Poverty in Spirit ... ib.

8. An Incitement to more Caution, and faster

Adherence to God ............. .............. 141

Chap. V. COMFORTS AGAINST INFAMY AND DISGRACE.

Sect. 1. Like Sufferings of the Holiest; yea, of Christ

himself ............

2. Our Recourse to God ............

3. The Cleanness of our Conscience .............

4. The Improvement of our Reason ...........

5. The Cause of our Suffering ...................

6. Our envied Virtue ............................

7. Others' slighting of just Reproaches ..........

8. The Narrow Bounds of Infamy ..................

9. The Short Life of Slander .................

Chap. VI. COMFORTS AGAINST Public Calamities.

Sect. I. The Inevitable Necessity of Changes ; and God's

over-ruling them ............................... 146

2. The Sense and Sympathy of Common Evils ... ib.

3. The sure Protection of the Almighty .............

4. The Justice of God's Proceedings ............... 148

5. The Remedy, our particular Repentance ...... ib.

6. The Unspeakable Misery of a Civil War ...... 149

7. The Woeful Miseries of Pestilence allayed by

consideration of the hand that smites us ... 150

Chap. VII. COMFORTS AGAINST Loss of Friends.

Sect. 1. The True Value of a Friend and the Fault of

over-prizing him .............................. 152

2. The True ground of an Undefeasible enjoying

of our Friends ................................. 153

3. The Rarity and Trial of True Friends ...........

4. Is but a Parting; not a Loss ....................

5. The Loss of a Virtuous Wife Mitigated .........

6. The Mitigation of the Loss of a dear and hope-

ful Son .......................................... ib.

Chap. VIII. COMPORTS AGAINST POVERTY, AND Loss OF OUR

Estate.

Sect. 1. The Fickle Nature of these Earthly Goods ...... 155

2. They are not Ours; but Lent us .................... 156

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Sect. 3. The right Valuation of Riches is in the Mind ... 157

4. It may be good for us to be held Short ......... ib.

5. The Danger of Abundance ..................... 158

6. The Cares that attend Wealth ..................

7. The Imperiousness of Ill-used Wealth ............

8. The Causes and Means of Impoverishing us ... 159

9. The Examples of those who have affected

Poverty ..............................................

Chap. IX. COMFORTS AGAINST IMPRISONMENT,

Sect. 1. The Nature and Power of true Liberty ..........

2. The sad Objects of a Free Beholder's Eye ......

3. The Invisible Company, that cannot be kept

from us ........................................... ib.

4. The Inward Disposition of the Prisoner .........

5. The Willing Choice of Retiredness in some

Persons ..........................................

6. The Causes of Imprisonment ......................

7. The Goodness of Retiredness ; and the Part-

nership of the Soul's Imprisonment ...........

Chap. X. COMFORTS AGAINST BANISHMENT.

Sect. 1. The Universality of a Wise Man's Country

2. The Benefit of Self-Conversation ............... 165

3. Examples of those holy ones, that have aban-

doned Society .................................. ib.

4. The Advantage that hath been made of Re-

moving ........

5. The Right that we have in any Country, and

in God .............................................

6. The Practice of Voluntary Travel ...............

7. All are Pilgrims ....................................

Chap. XI. COMFORTS AGAINST THE Loss OF OUR SENSES OF Sight

AND HEARING.

Sect. 1. The two inward Lights, of Reason and Faith ... 168

2. The Supply of better Eyes ...........

3. The better Object of our inward Sight ..........

4. The ill Offices done by the Eyes .................. ib.

5. Freedom from Temptations by the Eyes, and

from many Sorrows ...........................

6. The Cheerfulness of some Blind Men ............ 171

7. The Supply that God gives in other Faculties ... ib.

8. The Benefits of the Eyes, which once we had ... 172

9. The Supply of one Sense by another ............. 173

10. The better Condition of the inward Ear .........

11. The Grief that arises from hearing Evil ......... ib.

Chap. XII. COMFORTS AGAINST BARRENNESS.

Sect. 1. The Blessing of Fruitfulness seasoned with

Sorrows .............................................

2. The Pains of Child-bearing .........................

3. The Misery of ill-disposed and undutiful Chil-

dren ..........

4. The Cares of Parents for their Children .........

5. The great Grief in the Loss of Children ........... 178

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