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Monuments of human grandeur perish,
Christ-a Teacher,

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Christ and his Apostles,
The ministry which God approves,

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Revealed truths afford to faith its proper exer-
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Christianity distinguished from modern philoso-

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Submission in affliction,
Activity the characteristic of spirit,
Trust in God, incompatible with the neglect of

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Social Intercourse,
Parental Affection,
Filial Duties,
Suicide,
Sins of the Tongue,
God's law the only true standard of morals,

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The bad man in Solitude,
Prophecy dependent on Providence for illustra-

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Character of Balaam improved,
God the Supreme Ruler,
What think ye of Christ?
Every thing connected with this world is local

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God's grand Epochs,
Providence,
The enslaved African,
False estimates of character,
The shortsightedness of man contrasted with the

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The progress of the Gospel,

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Revelation has done that for man, which nei-
ther reason nor pbilosophy could effect. In the
exercise of the powers of our mind, upon the
scenery by which we are surrounded, we rise to
the great Parent of all; and deduce some conclu-
sions respecting his nature, from the operations of
his hand: yet have we seen that these conclusions
were frequently erroneous. The religion of nature
cannot go further than to teach us that there is
God, all-powerful, all-wise, all-good; and this is
more than it taught the heathen world perfectly.
But it leaves us ignorant of our relation to him;
it is unable to unravel the more interesting parts
of his character; it cannot develope the harmony
of his attributes. A thousand inquiries are sug-
gested, to which we receive no answer.
placed in circumstances for which, on principles of
reason, we cannot account; and perceive the ex-
istence of evil, unable to discover its source. We
labour under a curse, from which, by the light of

We are

nature, we see no deliverance; and are in possession of an existence, for which we perceive no adequate end. Those things which are the most interesting, are also the most uncertain; and that which we know naturally, only serves to kindle a thirst to learn more, which, on the principles of nature and reason merely, cannot be satiated. For what has the light of philosophy done, but rendered darkness visible? It has strained the powers of reason and imagination, till they could be stretched no further; yet without bringing one hidden truth to light. It bas perplexed and bewildered the mind by contradictory hypotheses. It has exhausted the charms of eloquence, and enervated the force of argument, in establishing favourite systems upon the ruins of those which preceded them, only to be pulled down in their turns, to make way for others equally absurd, and equally false. After dragging us through mazes of intricate reasoning, it leaves us precisely at the point at wbich it found us, all uncertainty, obscurity, and suspense. “The world by wisdom know not God.” We appeal to facts—they are before you—and we confidently expect your decision upon their testimony.

It is here that Revelation takes up the process, and disperses the mist of uncertainty. It professes not, indeed, to reason upon subjects beyond the comprehension of the human mind; but it reveals the fact, and requires our assent to it: which we may safely give, although we do not comprehend

the whole of that which is revealed.

Those parts d which we do comprehend, we conceive to be true

and wise ; may we not reasonably conclude that those which we do not completely understand, are equally so; and that the deficiency is in our natural powers, and not in the subject investigated ? Those who call upon you to relinquish your Bibles, 1 have not attempted to fathom the depths of futurity. They rather wish you to consider the scanty period of “three score years and ten,” the boundary of the hopes, the joys, and the expectations of man. They place beyond death-ANNIHILATION! The thought is insufferable! Say, you who have dropped the parting tear into the grave of those whom

you loved—is this a consoling system ? Are the most tender connections dissolved to be renewed no more? Must I resign my brother, my parent, my friend, my child-FOR EVER? What an awful import these words boar! Standing upon the grave of my family, must I say to its departed members, “Farewell! ye who were once the partners of my joys and sorrows! I leaned upon you for support; I poured my tears into your bosom; I received from your hands the balm of sympathy–But it is no more! No more shall I receive your kindness; no more shall I behold you! The cold embrace of death clasps your mouldering bodies, and the shadows of an impenetrable midnight brood FOR EVER upon your sepulchres!” No! We cannot relinquish Christianity for a system which conducts us to this fearful close! When scepticism shall

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