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what he speaks, and hear in order to obey. Think of the children who sang Hosannahs in the Temple ; and of Jesus himself, who at twelve

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age was found in the midst of the Doctors, both hearing and asking them questions. Pray you for God's blessing, as that child did of whom it is said that she never entered the house of God without secretly offering up this petition, “ Lord, help me to remember something." The way in which the young become strong and overcome the wicked one, is by having the word of God abide in them. 1 John ii, 14. Are you IN INFERIOR SITUATIONS

--Clerks, apprentices, or engaged in manufactories' in large cities or towns, or in laborious situations, where you are confined during the week to a close and constant employment? possibly you think yourselves at liberty to neglect hearing on the Sunday, and to spend it in walks and recreation. We allow that the inducements to the carnal mind are very strong, when, to adopt words used on another occasion, the winter is past, the rain is over and gone, the flowers appear on the earth, and the time of the singing of birds is come, to neglect the less agreeable privilege of hearing the sacred word; and to pursue, without restraint, the delightful recreation afforded to one who has been shut up all the week by the view of the simple scenery of nature, and the refreshing breezes of a pure air. Probably the necessities of your family allow you no other day for such an enjoyment. Probably your earthly master would not, or could not, allow you time for such a refreshment. You think it right to obey him, lest your temporal interests should suffer. But would you think it an act to promote this, you spend the sabbath in idle parties of pleasure and vain amusements. What are your feeling at the close of such a sabbath ? After a day so spent, are you not wearied, disappointed, burdened, and dissatisfied ? So far from being refreshed for the duties of another week, you are unfitted for them. There is infinitely more vexation in mis-spending the sabbath, than in any apparent mortification of our carpal pleasures by following its due and holy employment. Give the day to its sacred duties; bring your children to bear his ministers ;* and especially let the word of Christ this day reign in your heart and family, and it will spread a heavenly influence around you; you will be invigorated and quickeried for all your daily toil and labours. The word of God, wherever it is received and obeyed, spreads life and fertility, joy and happiness.

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* In a sermon on Luke ii, 42, as to Joseph and Mary's taking Jesus at twelve years old to the temple, Latimer commends Mary for going, as the law did not oblige her, and thinks she went to hear the word of God. He adds, “ Note the painful. ness of Mary, that she was content to go so great a journey for God's sake. I fear this journey of her's will condemd a great many of us which will not go out of door to hear God's word.'

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of extreme folly, and call it a wasteful idleness to be wandering among the fields when your earthly master, or your family call you to work, and have you not a heavenly master, and have you not spiritual necessities God has issued his command-Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy! Will you disregard it? God give his wages: will you undervalue them? I thou tur away thy fool from doing thy pleasure on my holy der and call the sabbath a delight, the holy of the Lord honourable, and shalt honour him, not doing thine out neays, nor finding thine oun pleasure, nor speaking thir own words, Then shalt thou delight thyself in the Lord. Christians! there are much higher joys, even in this world, than contemplating the beauties of nature! 0 to have our sins washed away in the blood of Christ and to be justified frcely by his grace, to be renewed by his Holy Spirit, and to become a child of God, this is true happiness on earth! And there are before you, yet higher joys still in the paradise above, the nex hearens and the new earth, wherein dwelleth righteous ness. May the blessed Spirit of Christ give us a taste for these; let us not forfeit these for any mere temporary indulgences. Our life is now a life of faith, and not of sense; be not surprised therefore if you have to give up some temporal pleasures; those whick are innocent shall be enjoyed with a double relish. In any case the time is hastening on when we shall enter the joy of our Lord, even fulness of joy.-

But will you still say-Surely we may have Sunday for a day of pleasure. By all means let Sunday be a day of pleasure: but what is your pleasure? Is it idle conversation, feasting, and light and vain

company ! O these are not real pleasures; they are very uusatisfactory and transitory gleams of false pleasure. Delight

self in the Lord, there is the true happiness of the bortal spirit. Hear and read his word that tells

labourer of satisfying joy, of the rest which remaineth *7* the people of God; there you have set before you

t which will afford you comfort and happiness in all ur toils and sorrows. It is specially needful that

i should hear, and thus learn divine truth when you nuz?n, for you have not time, nor opportunity, for much :hidy, and deep learning; and therefore you should i ?'ail yourself of those advantages with which you are 13.15w favoured. In a Christian country you have, through

kind providence, ministers appointed to instruct you, hose special office it is to acquire divine knowledge for "our' edification. In hearing a faithful and wise preacher, ou have, in the short time of the delivery of a sermon,

he result of much study and prayer applied to your Os articular necessities. By due attention to such sersenons, joined to your own reading of God's word, you od were will increase in the knowledge of the Son of God, till you aritat come to a perfect man, unto a measure of the stature of zin for the fulness of Christ. Be not, by neglect of such Chris instruction, unhappy in both worlds. Hear, believe, e poi lys and obey; and so shall you be blessed here and for

Do you say that you are ashamed to appear for want of clothes fit to come in? but are you not ashamed them of being away, when the eye of God marks you in your

absence? Do you say there is no room? I reply, 0. that our churches were ordinarily crowded as they might be! Be in good time, and you will find room. More churches would be built, if those that are erected were more crowded.

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