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There may be also those, who through discouragement, or mistakes, or prejudices, (as we must suppose,) have been kept from joining us in prayer for deliverance from our perilous and calamitous situation. Should this have been your case, we hope, however, you will have no objection to join us in blessing the Lord for his unmerited, and perhaps unexpected, benefits. At least, let us be of one mind and one heart in this service, and in our endeavours to promote the purity, peace, and enlargement of the Redeemer's kingdom, in our favoured land, and to the ends of the earth.
And if we have prayed, and the Lord has heard, in our publick concerns; let us, my brethren, prize the privilege of coming to the throne of grace; and more love and value him, who has, by his own obedience unto the death upon the cross, opened to us the way of access and acceptance: let us abound more and more in prayer and supplication; let us “ ask and receive that our joy “may be full.”—And now to him, that is able to “ do exceeding abundantly above all that we can "ask or think, according to the power which now " worketh in us; to him be glory, in the church, by “Christ Jesus, throughout all ages, world without “ end. Amen."
THE PRESENT TIMES. IVith some account of a Society of Clergymen in London, whose object it has been to promote
vital godliness at this alarming period.
Drawn up and published by the Desire of the Society.
N.B. The substance of this Tract was first preached as a Sermon, on 1 Chron.
xii. 32, and though afterwards drawn up in another form, it seems proper that it should be added to the preceding Sermons on the same subject.
SIGNS AND DUTIES
THE TIMES, &c.
The holy Scriptures are represented by the apostle, not only as “ able to make us wise unto sal“ vation, through faith which is in Christ Jesus," but as sufficient likewise to "furnish us thoroughly “ unto all good works."” Hence we may conclude with certainty, that they contain instructions, cautions, and examples, suitable to our various circumstances; and, if properly attended to, would in all cases be a “light to our feet, and a “ lantern to our paths.” On the other hand, the same apostle observes, that “ Whatsoever things “ were written aforetime, were written for our “ learning:?” so that we may also be sure, that every part of Scripture contains some important lesson, which at one time or other may be peculiarly useful.
* These considerations may suffice to prepare the reader for attending carefully to a passage in sacred history, which may hitherto have but little attracted his notice. The principal persons of ! 2 Tim, iji. 15--17. a Rom. xv. 4.,