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stages I have named in this precise order, but very many do. Some perhaps seek to climb up in ways I have not mentioned.

It is true of every person, when he first begins to agitate the question, what he must do to be saved, that he expects to be saved chiefly by his own deeds, or on account of some merit of his own. He does not realize that he is poor and miserable, and blind and naked. He must be brought off from all reliance upon himself or others, before he will rely upon Christ and receive salvation as a free gift, as something to which he has no claim. He must be driven from every refuge, and utterly despair of entering heaven except through Christ, the door.

Let me ask those of you who have been or are now inquiring what you must do to be saved, whether you utterly despair of salvation on the ground of any merit of your own? Are you willing to be saved by the grace of the Saviour, and to ascribe all the glory of it to him? Have you come to the conclusion, that if you should be treated according to your deserts the gates of heaven will forever be barred against you? Until you despair of working out your own salvation and throw yourselves at the foot of the cross to be accepted or rejected as your Redeemer may choose, being only anxious that God may be glorified, you do not fully come to Christ. If, at any stage of your conviction, you only despair of climbing up to heaven in your own way, and look to him who is able to save all that come to God by him, you comply with the requirements of the Gospel

. When you surrender yourselves to the Saviour, you will find that old things have passed away and all things have become new.












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DCXIII.--Diligence in Business, John ix. 4. By Rev. Simeon North, D.D., 4
DCXIV.-Special Evangelical Efforts in Cities,
Luke xiv. 21.

By Rev. Thomas E. Vermilye, D.D., 19 DCXV.-Ansonia

Remembrance of the
Righteous, Ps. cxii. 6,

By Rev. Owen Street,

29 DCXVI.—The Wisdom of Winning Souls, Prov. xi. 30,

By Rev. C. C. Van Arsdale, D.D., 43 DCXVII.—Singleness of Purpose, 22. By Rev. Asa D. Smith, D.D., 53 DCXVIII.-A Funeral Discourse, Isa. iii. 1, 2, By Rev. William B. Sprague, D.D., 77 DCXIX.–Salvation by Grace, Ephesians ii. 8, By Rev. Willard M. Harding, 91 DCXX.-The Sin of Consulting with Familiar Spirits, Lev. xx. 27,

By Rev. Enoch Pond, D.D, 101 DCXXI.-The 'Triumphs of Faith in the Preacher, Gen. vii. 11,

By Rev. E. Cutler,

115 DCXXII.—The Loss of the Soul, Mark viji. 36, 37,

By Rev. L. Sabin,

125 DCXXIII. - Immortality, Job xiv. 14, By Rev.' William Whittaker, 134 DCXXIV.-Recognition, 1 Thess. ii. 19, By Rer. William Whittaker, 138 DCXXV.--Enoch's Walk with God, Gen.v. 24, By Rev. Jobn Duncan,

143 DCXXVI.— The Comprehensiveness of the

Doctrine of the Cross, 1 Cor. ii. 2, By Rev. D. H. Allen, D.D., 149 DCXXVII.-The Excess of Future Glory over Present Suffering, Rom. viii. 18, By Rev. A. Elmendorf,

165 DCXXVIII. - The Two Sides, Ex. xxxii. 26, By Rev. David Magie,

173 DCXXIX.-Gospel Minister's Character and Platform, 1 Cor. ii. 2,

By Rev. W. A. Scott, D.D., 185 DCXIX. — The Portion of the Ungodly, Ps. xvii. 14,

By Rev. Noah Porter, D.D., 197 DCXXXI. — The 'Portion of the Saints

, Ps.
By Rev. Noah Porter, D.D.,

206 DCXXX11.–Fear of Contagion and Disease, Isaiah xxiv. 10,

By Rev. David Dobie,

216 DCXXXIII. - This World not our Place of Rest, Micah ii. 10,

By Rev. Jonathan Brace,

221 DCXXXIV. - Youth the most Hopeful Season with Communities, John xxi. 18, By Rev. Owen Street,

229 DCXXXV.-The Christian Minister's Joy, 1 Thess. ii. 19, 20,

By Rev. Samuel Sawyer,

240 DCXXXVI.— Iniquities of the Fathers Visited upon the Children, Ex. xx. 5,

By Rev. Henry M. Field,

245 DCXXXVII.--How shall the Ministry be used to the Best Advantage? John vi. 9, By Rev. J. Few Smith,

257 DCXXXVIII.-Immediate Care for the Soul's

Welfare Enforced, Matt. xvi. 26, By Rev. Charles White, D.D., 269 DCXXXIX.--Our Relations to the Judgment, Rom. xiv. 10,

By Rev. Charles White, D.D., 283


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