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CONTENTS OF VOL. III. 1820.

A Sermon on Col. iii. 1, 2, 3, 4, Page 3, 41, 81, 121 Sermon on 1 Tim. iv. 15.

241, 281
Extract from Dr. A. Clarke's Sermon on On the necessity and duty of evangelizing
John iii. 16.

88, 124, 161, 201 the aborigines of America. A Sermon on
Extract from a Sermon on Justification by

Psalm ii. 8.

321, 361
Faith, by Rev. Jabez Bunting,
205 A Sermon on Romans viii. 16, 17,

401, 41
The Wise Student, and Christian Preacher, a

A short account of the life and death of Dr.

Loudon,

252, 290

An account of the conversion and happy

denth of Washburn, son of Abel and Diada
mia Peck,

330
Memoir of the Rev, Edward Paine.

406

7, 45, 445

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THE GRACE OF GOD MANIFESTED.

Memoir of Mary Douglass

A short account of Miss Nancy Dickenson,

Memoir of Mr. James Banks,

18 A short Memoir of Mrs. Hunt,

261

60 The experience and death of Miss Margaret

196 Anderson,

300, 338, 374, 414

MISCELLANEOUS.

Estract from a pamphlet, entitled, “ Mr. Essay on the doctrine of Future Punishment,
Archibald Bower's motives for leaving his

112, 140, 176, 211, 267, 304, 342, 378

office of Secretary to the Court of Inquisi-

Remarkable instance of Divine Providence

tion at Macerata, in Italy."

21, 62106

and Grace,

382

Woman - The Contrast,
26 Thoughts on Singing,

145
Anecdote

ib. Some account of the life of Tertullian, with
Extract from Cave's “ Primitive Christian- extracts from his Apology,

148

ity.”

28 The miserable end of an Apostate,

347

Extract from a “ Recantation of a De- Thoughts on immortality,

419

ist."

66 Short Advice,

421

To Preachers of the Gospel

69 The importance and utility of Misgsonary

Anecdote,

118 Exertions

457

Anecdote,

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Extracts of letters from the Rev. J. A. Mer-

Revival of Religion in Provincetown, Mas.

ril.

29

sachusetts,

198, 221, 272

Revival of Religion in Alford,

31 Report of the Committee to whom was refer-

Extract of a letter from the Rev. J. B. Fin-

red so much of Bishop M.Kendree's Ad.

ley, dated Dayton, Ohio, December 3, dress as relates to missions.

225

1819.

34 Baptism of the two Cingalese young men,

Extract of a letter from the Rev. J. Cun.

formerly priests of Budhu,

231

nyngham,

75 Account of the Conversion and Baptism of

Extract of a Letter from Daniel De Vinne, 76

a young Heathen of Ceylon.

237

Report from a Committee of the Methodist

Account of the work of God in Chillico-

Tract Society,

ib.

the,

:

230

Copy of a Letter to the Rev. J. Quinn,

79

Account of the rise and progress of the work

Two Letters from Dr. Clarke,

118-19

of God in Louisiana,

313

Extract of a Letter from Seth Lewis, esq. to Extract of a Letter from the Rev. T. L.

the Rev. Robert R. Roberts, one of the Bish-

Douglass,

318

ops of the Methodist Episcopal Church, 151 Extract of a Letter from D. Asbury, to Wm.

Extract of a Letter from Mr. Thomas L.

M. Kennedy,

355

MʻKenney to Bishop M'Kendree,

153 On revivals of Religion in Schenectady,

856

Copy of a Letter from Margaret Ann Crutch- Copy of a Letter from a young Gentleman

field,

ib. to his sister,

353

Extract of a Letter from Anthony Banning Methodist Missionary Society of Mount-Car-
to Bishop M.Kendree,

155 mel for the promotion of civilization and

Letter from Thomas Kennerly to the Edi- Religious knowledge among the Indians, 389

tors,

156 Short sketches of Revivals of Religion among

Estracts of a Letter from the Rev. J. A. Mer-

the Methodists in the Western Country, 422 462

rill,

157 An account of the work of God in Ca.

Revival of of Religion in Bristol, R. 1.

158

naan, N. Y.

392, 426

A Descriptive View of the Western Country State of Religion in Upper-Canada,

394

previously to its discovery and settlement Wesleyan Missionary Society.

S96
by English settlers, or the citizens of the Account of the work of God among the
United States, as additional or supplement- Wyandott Indians at Upper Sandusky, 481
ary to Introductory Remarks, to the Rise Address of the Wyandotts to the Ohio Con-
and Progress of Religion in the Western ference,

486

Country,

182, 218, 273, 309, 351, 384 Account of a Camp meeting, held at Barre

First Annual Report of the Missionary and

Vermont.

470

Bible Society of the Methodist Episcopal

Extracts from the minutes of the English Con-

Church in America,

186 ference, held in Liverpool, July 26, 1820. 472

First Annual Report of the New-York Fe-
male Missionary and Bible Society,

191

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METHODIST MAGAZINE.

FOR JANUARY, 1820.

Divinity.

A SERMON ON COL. 111. 1, 2, 3, 4.

If ye then be rised with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God. Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth. For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God. When Cbrist who is our life shall appear, then shall ye also appear with bim in glory.

The more carefully we examine the principles of Christianity, and compare them with the maxims of worldly wisdom, the more fully shall we be convinced of the superior excellence of its doctrines, precepts, and motives.

The one teaches us to indulge our senses, our passions and our desires in the pursuit of honour, wealth and pleasure, under a thousand flattering forms, while the other requires self-denial, the mortification of our appetites, the crucifixion of our carnal affections, a voluntary renunciation of worldly honour and emoluments, and a universal submission of our hearts and lives to the discipline of Jesus Christ. The one is suited to the dispositions of our fallen nature, the other is calculated to raise us from the fall. In short, the one teaches us to live for the world, the other instructs us to live for eternity.

But while the religion of the gospel furnishes rules of life which obscure the lustre of the proudest maxims of philosophy, its superiority is not diminished in the character of its motives.

Philosophy must enforce her precepts by motives which lie within the sphere of her operation ;-her sphere is limited-her efforts are weak: but the gospel of God our Saviour is perfect in all things. Does it prohibit our love of the world? it wraps that world in flames before our eyes, and lights our path to na. ture's funeral pile. Does it require self-denial? ii assures us that the indulgence of the flesh will damn our souls. Does it enjoin devotion ? we are not our own, but God's.

Does it require us not to set our affection on things on the earth ? we are dead. Does it teach us to seek the things which are above ? we are risen with Christ. In short, does it require us to live soberly, and righteously, and godly in the present world ? it assures us that an eternal weight of glory will be our reward, and that an opposite course will inevitably issue in everlasting destruction trom the presence of the Lord, and from the glory

That the subject before us may be rendered useful, We will consider, first, the Christian's duty; and, secondly, the arguments by which it is enforced.

of his power.

1. The duty of Christians, as comprised in the text, embraces three particulars.

1. Set not your affection on things on the earth. From the method in which the Apostle introduces this branch of the sub. ject, it may, at the first view, appear unimportant in the connection of the whole ; but a more careful inspection will convince us of how great conscquence it is, in relation to the chief design. Our attachments to earthly things are generally strong, and difficult to be broken. The relations in which we are placed to the world, and the circumstances inseparable from our present mode of existence, have a tendency to incline our affections to earthly objects. In the midst of such a state of things, it requires no ordinary exertion so to detach and separate our hearts from the world, as to prepare them for spiritual and heavenly exercises. But however difficult the work may be, it is indispensably necessary. Our hearts can never be the dwelling places of the Holy Spirit, and the seats of heavenly mindedness, while the love of the world dwells in them. We can never set our affection on heavenly things till we are weaned from the things of earth. We shall never seek the treasures of the kingdom of God, till we are convinced of the vani. ity of all earthly good. Hence the importance of the direction in the text, 'Set not your affection on things on the earth.'

By things on the earth we are to understand the honours, riches, and pleasures of this present world. The sum total of creature good.

To set our affection upon them is to esteem them as our chief interest, and 10 seek our happiness in them. We may satisfy ourselves of the state of our hearts in relation to earthly things by proper self-examination. An undue attachment io the world may be known to cxist from an inward desire and thirst after earthly things---from the pleasure we feel in the possession of them from the inquietude and anxiety we experience

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