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discourses, which I am persuaded will raise filch an opinion of Mr. Abernethy in the difcerning and judicious, as will convince them, that this essay, intended as a piece of just reSpect to his memory, is far from flattering it; a thing to which indeed there could be notemptation, when it is real perplexity how to give the reader a just notion of his true worth which the author can honestly declare is the case; and is fully perfuaded that such as were intimately acquainted witb him, have a far higher Idea of his character, than this representation of it can possibly raise in others.


Peter's denial of his Master, prac-

tically improved.

Matth. xxvi. 74.
Then began he to curse and to swear, saying,

I know not the man, and immediately the
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Rom., iv. 16.
Therefore it is of Faith, that it might be by

grace, to the end the promise might be sure
to all the seed ; not to that only which is of
the law, but to that also which is of the
faith of Abraham, who is the father of us

P. 128

Of a Conscience void of Offence.

Acts xxiv. 16.
And herein do I exercise myself to have al-

ways a conscience void of offence towards
God and towards men.

p. 152


Perfect Love gives Boldness in the

Day of Judgment.

1 John iv. 17, 18. Herein is our love made perfect, that we

may bave Boldness in the day of judgment, because as be is, so are we in this world. There is no fear in love, but perfect love cafteth out fear, because fear hatb torment ; be that feareth is not made perfe&t in love.

p. 177

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Loving Christ above all, the Cha-

racter of his true Disciples.

Matth. X. 37

He that loveth Father or Mother more than

me, is not worthy of me. And be that loveth Son or Daughter more than me,

is not worthy of me.

p. 203 SERMON X. Of the proper Improvement of

Occasions of Sorrow.

Ecclesiastes vii. 2, 3, 4. It is better to go to the house of mourning, than to go to the house of feasting, for that


is the end of all men, and the living will lay it to his heart. Sorrow is better than laughter, for by the sadness of the countes nance the heart is made better. The heart of the wise is in the house of mourning, but the heart of fools is in the house of mirth.

p. 230

SERMON XI. The Happiness of the Righteous in all Circumstances illustrated.

Isaiah iii. 1o. Say ye to the Righteous, that it shall be well with him.

p. 255 SERMON XII. The Path of the Juft, like the

shining Light.

Proverbs iv. 18. But the path of the just, is as the shining

light, that shineth more and more, unto the perfe&t day.

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