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CONTENTS.

SERMON I.

CHRIST THE HEALING OF MANKIND.

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The Word was made flesh. St. John i. 14.

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SERMON II.

HOLINESS IN CHILDHOOD.

And the Child grew, and waxed strong in spirit, filled with wisdom: and the grace of God was upon Him. St. Luke ii. 40.

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SERMON III.

HOLY OBEDIENCE.

Then cometh Jesus from Galilee to Jordan unto John, to be baptized of him. But John forbad Him, saying, I have need to be baptized of Thee, and comest Thou to me? And Jesus answering said unto him, Suffer it to be so now: for thus it becometh us to fulfil all righteousness. Then he suffered Him. St. Matthew iii. 13-15.

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SERMON IV.

FASTING A MEANS TO CHRISTIAN PERFECTION.

When He had fasted forty days and forty nights, He was afterward an hungered. St. Matthew iv. 2.

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SERMON V.

THE NATURE AND LIMITS OF TEMPTATION.

Then was Jesus led up of the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted of the devil. St. Matthew iv. 1.

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SERMON VI.

WORLDLY CARES.

When the tempter came to Him, he said, If Thou be the Son of God, command that these stones be made bread. St. Matt. iv. 3.

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SERMON VII.

SPIRITUAL PRESUMPTION.

Then the devil taketh Him up into the holy city, and setteth Him on a pinnacle of the temple, and saith unto Him, If Thou be the Son of God, cast Thyself down: for it is written, He shall give His angels charge concerning Thee: and in their hands they shall bear Thee up, lest at any time Thou dash Thy foot against a stone. Jesus said unto him, It is written again, Thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God. St. Matthew iv. 5-7.

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SERMON VIII.

WORLDLY AMBITION.

Again the devil taketh Him up into an exceeding high mountain, and sheweth Him all the kingdoms of the world, and the glory of them; and saith unto Him, All these things will I give Thee, if Thou wilt fall down and worship me. Then saith Jesus unto him, Get thee hence, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and Him only shalt thou serve. St. Matthew iv. 8-10.

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SERMON IX.

THE RIGHT USE OF REST AFTER TRIAL.

Then the devil leaveth Him, and, behold, angels came and ministered unto Him. St. Matthew iv. 11.

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SERMON X.

THE SYMPATHY OF CHRIST.

We have not an high-priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin. Hebrews iv. 15.

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SERMON XI.

SYMPATHY A NOTE OF THE CHURCH.

The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me; because the Lord hath anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek; He hath sent me to bind up the broken-hearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to them that are bound. Isaiah lxi. 1.

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SERMON XII.

THE HOLINESS OF COMMON LIFE.

Is not this the carpenter, the son of Mary, the brother of James, and Joses, and of Juda, and Simon? and are not His sisters here with us? And they were offended at Him. St. Mark vi. 3.

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SERMON XIII.

THE WORLD WE HAVE RENOUNCED.

If the world hate you, ye know that it hated Me before it hated you. If ye were of the world, the world would love his own: but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you. St. John xv. 18, 19.

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SERMON XIV.

ON MIXING IN THE WORLD, AND ITS SAFEGUARDS.

John came neither eating nor drinking, and they say, He hath a devil. The Son of man came eating and drinking, and they say, Behold a man gluttonous, and a winebibber, a friend of publicans and sinners. St. Matthew xi. 18, 19.

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SERMON XV.

POVERTY A HOLY STATE.

Ye know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that, though He was rich, yet for your sakes He became poor, that ye through His poverty might be rich. 2 Corinthians viii. 9.

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SERMON XVI.

DEVOTION POSSIBLE IN THE BUSIEST LIFE.

And the apostles gathered themselves together unto Jesus, and told Him all things, both what they had done, and what they had taught. And He said unto them, Come ye yourselves apart into a desert place, and rest a while: for there were many coming and going, and they had no leisure so much as to eat. St. Mark vi. 30, 31.

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SERMON XVII.

PRAYER A MARK OF TRUE HOLINESS.

And in the morning, rising .up a great while before day, He went out, and departed into a solitary place, and there prayed. St. Mark i. 35.

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SERMON XVIII.

SHORT DEVOTIONS A HINDRANCE TO PRAYER.

And it came to pass in those days, that He went out into a mountain to pray, and continued all night in prayer to God. St. Luke vi. 12.

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SERMON XIX.

THE LONGSUFFERING OF CHRIST.

Then came Peter to Him, and said, Lord, how oft shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? till seven times? Jesus saith unto him, I say not unto thee, Until seven times: but, Until seventy times seven. St. Matthew xviii. 21, 22.

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SERMON XX.

THE GENTLENESS OF CHRIST.

A bruised reed shall He not break, and the smoking flax shall He not quench. Isaiah xlii. 3.

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