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Safely through another week
Sweet was the time when first I felt Sweeter sounds than music knows
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637 The castle of the human heart
The Lord proclaims his grace abroad!
Ten thousand talents once I ow'd
The Lord, our salvation and light
The book of nature open lies
Page The Saviour hides his face! 595 The new-born child of Gospel grace 640 The Lord receives his highest praise 643 The wishes that the sluggard frames 649 The saints Immanuel's portion are 665 The peace which God alone reveals 666 The Father we adore - 667
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The saints should never be dismay'd 312 The Sbunamite, oppress'd with grief 475 The signs which God to Gibeon gave 332 The word of Christ, our Lord
453 There is a fountain fill'd with blood 392 This is the feast of heav'nly wine - 578 Though Jericho pleasantly stood · 348
Though in the outward church below 400
Though the morn may be serene 497 Though small the drops of falling rain 554 Though sore beset with guilt and fear 603 Thus saith the Lord to Ephesus 457
Thus saith the Holy One and True 459 Thy mansion is the Christian's heart 412 Thy message, by the preacher, seal - 490 Thy promise, Lord, and thy command 661 Time, with an unweary'd hand
Time; by moments, steals away
'Tis a point I long to know
"Tis my happiness below
'Tis past,-the dreadful stormy night
To those who know the Lord I speak Too many, Lord, abuse thy grace
Unbelief the soul dismays
Wearied by day with toils and cares 535
SO FAR AS IT CONCERNS THE
PROGRESS, DECLENSIONS, AND REVIVALS
EVANGELICAL DOCTRINE AND PRACTICE:
A BRIEF ACCOUNT
SPIRIT AND METHODS BY WHICH VITAL AND EXPERIMENTAL RELIGION HAVE BEEN OPPOSED,
IN ALL AGES OF THE CHURCH.
Aliusque et Idem,
But as then he that was born after the flesh persecuted him that was born after the Spirit, even so it is now.
GAL. iv. 29.
THOUGH the actions of mankind appear greatly diversified from the influence of particular circumstances, human nature has been always the same. The history of all ages and countries uniformly confirms the scriptural doctrine, that man is a depraved and fallen creature, and that some selfish temper, ambition, avarice, pride, revenge, and the like, are, in effect, the main springs and motives of his conduct, unless so far, and in such instances, as they are corrected and subdued by Divine Grace.
Therefore, when St. Paul speaks of the most dreadful degree of impiety that can be imagined, enmity against God, he does not consider it as the fault of the particular time in which he lived, or impute it singly either to the idolatrous Heathens or the obstinate Jews, but he affirms universally, that the carnal mind (ro pрovnμa τns capкos), the wisdom, the most spiritual and discerning faculty of man, is enmity against God. Men differ considerably in capacity, rank, education, and attainments; they jar in sentiments and interests; they mutually revile, hate, and destroy one another; but in this point they all agree. Whether Greeks or Barbarians, wise or ignorant, bond or free, the bent and disposition of their minds, while unrenewed by grace, is black and implacable enmity against the blessed God.
To those who acknowledge the authority of Scripture, St. Paul's express assertion should be sufficient proof of this point, if we could produce no other; but, besides