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TO THE READER.
HAVING published, several years ago, four Volumes of Sermons, and other minor works, in Defence of the true, and unerring, Doctrines of our Holy Church; now the increasing infirmities of more than half a Century of human Life cause me to pass most of my hours in retirement, I am not unmindful of the signs of the Times, in our beloved native Country: the nursing Mother of pure Religion, and Protector of the best interests of Mankind.
As a last offering to my Church, and Country, I send forth these Discourses; preached on various occasions, during many years of active Ministry, in nearly
two hundred Churches of the Establishment; defending her Scriptural Articles, and Doctrines, against all Seceders, and Opponents: especially Roman Catholics, Calvinists, Unitarians, and Infidels.
May Heaven prosper a good intent; and make them useful to my own Sons, and our other younger Brethren, in the Ministry of the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ; who are preparing to fight the good fight of Faith, in the service of perfect freedom, the service of our most gracious, and Almighty Redeemer!
1 See note at the end of the 8th Sermon.
TO VOL. I.
THE LORD HE IS GOD.
PSALM XCV. 6, 7.
O come, let us worship, and fall down and kneel before the Lord our Maker. For He is the Lord our God: and we are the people of his pasture, and the sheep of his
GOD PERSONALLY SEEN.
EXODUS XXIV. 9, 10.
Then went up Moses, and Aaron, Nadab, and Abihu; and
seventy of the Elders of Israel: and they saw the God of
And Manoah said unto his Wife, We shall surely die because
we have seen God. But his Wife said unto him, If the
Lord were pleased to kill us, he would not have received
a burnt offering, and a meat offering, at our hands:
neither would he have shewed us all these things; nor
would he, as at this time, have told us such things as
O Lord God of Hosts, who is like unto thee: thy truth,
most mighty Lord, is on every side. Thou rulest the
raging of the Sea, thou stillest the waves thereof, when
I will set his dominion also in the Sea; and his right hand
in the floods. He shall call me, Thou art my Father:
my God, and my strong salvation. And I will make
Your Father Abraham rejoiced to see my day: and he saw it,
and was glad. Then said the Jews unto him, Thou art
not yet fifty years old, and hast thou seen Abraham?
Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you,
For as the rain cometh down, and the snow from heaven;
and returneth not thither, but watereth the Earth, and
maketh it bring forth, and bud, that it may give seed to
the sower, and bread to the eater: so shall my word be
that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return
unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please,
and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it ..... 125