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(2.) Death itself: wherein are to be considered... 24

[1.] Remedies against the Terrors of Death ;

viz,

(a.) Necessity and Benefit of Death..... ib.

(b.) Conscience of a well-led Life........ ib.

(c.) Final Peace with God ............ ib.

(d.) Efficacy of Christ's Death applied... 25

(e.) Comfortable Expectation of certain

Resurrection, and immediate Vi-

sion of God.........

26

[2.] Miseries and Inconveniences of the con-

tinued Conjunction of Soul and Body;

viz.

(a.) Defilement of Sin Original........... ib.

(b.) Proneness to Sin........

ib.

(c.) Difficulty of doing well....... 27

(d) Dulness of Understanding...... ib.

(e.) Perpetual Conflicts......

ib.

(f.) Solicitude of Cares.......

ib.

(g.) Multiplicity of Passions...

ib.

(h.) Retardation of Glory...

ib.

Şect, 2. HOLY DISPOSITIONS for Contentment..

ib.

(1.) Humility.......

(2.) Self-Resignation......

29

(3.) True Inward Riches........

30

Sect. 3. HOLY RESOLUTIONS for Contentment.

(1.) That our Present Estate is best for us...........

32

(2.) To abate of our Desires.......

33

(3.) To digest smaller Inconveniences........

35

(4.) To be frequent and fervent in Prayer ........

Part Second. Contentation, in KNOWING HOW TO ABOUND.

The Difficulty of Knowing how to abound : and the

Iu Consequences of Not Knowing it.........

37

11. THE PEACE-MAKER: LAYING FORTH THE Right WAY OF PEACE

IN MATTERS OF RELIGION.

Address the Clergy of the Diocese of Norwich........

43

Chap. I. INTRODUCTORY.

Sect. 1. THE DIFFERENCE OF TRUTHS : AND THE IMPOR-

TANCE OF THOSE, WHICH CONCERN MATTER OF

RELIGION

46

2. What DIFFERENCES OF JUDGMENT MAKE A Dif-

FERENT RELIGION..........

47

3. OF THE FUNDAMENTAL Points OF RELIGION.. 48

4. THE INJURIOUS UNCHARITABLENESS OF THE RO-

CHURCH,

CHRISTIAN

CHURCHES, AND CONDEMNING THEIR PROFESSORS. 50

5. THE UNDUE ALIENATION

LUTHERAN

CHURCHES FROM THE OTHER REFORMED

6. THE DIFFERENCES, BETW]XT THE OTHER REFORMED

CHURCHES, AND OUR OWN...........

56

THE DIFFERENCES WITHIN OUR OW'N CHURCHES, AT

57

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Chap. II. Of the Ways of Peace which concern PRIVATE PER-

SONS,

Sect. 1. The First Private Way of Peace:

TO LABOUR AGAINST THE INWARD GROUNDS OF

CONTENTION ; viz............

59

(1.) Pride .....

60

(2.) Self-Love.....

61

(3.) Endy.

ib.

(4.) Covetousness.

63

2. The Second Private Way of Peace :

THE COMPOSING OURSELVES TO A FIT DISPOSI-

TION FOR PEACE : and, therein,

(1.) A Meek and Humble Temper .........

64

(2.) Obedience to our Spiritual Guides..

65

(3.) Charitable Affection to our Brethren ..... 67

(4.) A Yieldableness upon Sight of Clearer Truths... 70

3. The Third Private Way of Peace :

THE AVOIDING UNNECESSARY QUESTIONS... 71

4. The Fourth Private Way of Peace :

TO LABOUR AND PRAY FOR FURTHER ILLUMINA-

TION IN ALL REQUISITE TRUTHS........... ... 73

5. The Fifth Private Way of Peace :

TO COMPLY WITH OUR BRETHREN SO FAR AS WE

SAFELY MAY.....

6. The Sixth Private Way of Peace :

To LET FALL OUR OWN INTEREST FOR THE

PUBLIC............

78

Chap. III. Of the Ways of Peace which concern the PUBLIC........ 81

Sect. 1. The First Public Way of Peace :

TO SUPPRESS THE BEGINNINGS OF SPIRITUAL

QUARRELS........

... ib.

Which shall be done, if

(1.) The Broachers of New Opinions be by gentle

means reclaimed.

82

(2.) The Means of spreading Infection be timely cut

off: which are,

[1.] The Society of the Infected

83

[2.] The Press ....

(3.) The Disturbers of Peace be timely suppressed.... 86

Such are those who

[1.] Sow Strife, and broach New Opinions.... 87

[2.] Abet Quarrels, and pertinaciously main-

tain dangerous Errors........

2. The Second Public Way of Peace:

ORDER FOR SURE GROUNDS TO BE LAID BY CA-

TECHIZING...............

90

3. The Third Public Way of Peace:

MEANS APPOINTED FOR STRONG CONVICTION OF

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92

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ib.

.........

.......

Dedication to all the Distressed Members of Jesus Christ, wheresoever 105

Chap. I. COMFORTS FOR THE SICK BED.

The Preface.-Aggravation of the Misery of Sickness ... 106

Sect. 1. The Freedom of the Soul

107

2. The Author of Sickness; and the Benefit of it... ib.

3. The Vicissitudes of Health

109

4. Sickness better than sinful Health

ib.

5. The greater Sufferings of holier men; and the

Resolutions of Heathens.............

110

6. Our Sufferings far below our Deservings

7. The Benefit of the Exercise of our patience ... ib.

8. The Necessity of expecting Sickness ....... 113

9. God's most tender Regard to us in Sickness

10. The comfortable End of our Sufferings .... 114

11. The favour of a peaceable Passage out of the

World ....

.... 115

Chap. II. COMFORTS FOR THE SICK SOUL.

Sect 1. The Happiness of a deep Sorrow for Sin ........ 116

2. The well-grounded Declaration of Pardon ib.

3. Aggravation of the grievous Condition of the

Patient; and Remedies from Mercies ap-

plied. ....

117

4. Complaint of Unrepentance and Unbelief,

satisfied

118

5. Complaint of Misgrounded Sorrow, satisfied ... ib.

6. Complaint of the Insufficient Measure of Sorrow

for Sin, answered

..... 119

7. Complaint of the Want of Faith, satisfied ... ,120

8. Complaint of the Weakness of Faith, satisfied... 122

9. Complaint of Inconstancy and Desertion, an-
swered

..... ib.

10. Complaint of Unregeneration and Deadness in

Sin, answered ............

......

124

11. Complaint of the Insensibleness of the Time

and Means of Conversion, answered ......... 126

12. Complaint of Irresolution and Uncertainty, in

matter of our Election, answered .... 127

Chap. III, COMFORTS AGAINST TEMPTATIONS.

Sect. 1. Christ himself assaulted.–Our Trial is for our

good ....

...... 131

2. The powerful Assistance of God's Spirit; and

the Example of St. Paul

3. The Restraint of our Spiritual Enemies; and

their overmatching by the Power of God ... 133

...... 132

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Sect. 4. The Advantage that is made to us by our

Temptations and Foils .......

.... 134

5. Complaint of Relapses into Sin, with the Re-

medy thereof .........

135

Chap. IV. COMPORTS AGAINST WEAKNESS OP GRACE.

Sect. 1. The Common Condition of all Saints ......... 137

2. The Improvement of Weak Graces; and God's

Free Distribution

ib.

3. God's Acceptation of Truth, not Quantity 138

4. The Variety of God's Gifts, and the Ages and

Statures of Grace

139

5. The Safety of our Leisurely Progress in Grace ... ib.

6. Our good Desires and Endeavours

140

7. The Happiness of an humble Poverty in Spirit ... ib.

8. An Incitement to more Caution, and faster

Adherence to God

141

Chap. V. COMFORTS AGAINST INFAMY AND DISGRACE.

Sect. 1. Like Sufferings of the Holiest; yea, of Christ

himself ...

ib.

2. Our Recourse to God

142

3. The Cleanness of our Conscience

143

4. The Improvement of our Reason

ib.

5. The Cause of our Suffering

ib.

6. Our envied Virtue

144

7. Others' slighting of just Reproaches

ib,

8. The Narrow Bounds of Infamy

145

9. The Short Life of Slander ...

ib.

Chap. VI. COMFORTS AGAINST Public CALAMITIES.

Sect. I. The Inevitable Necessity of Changes; and God's

over-ruling them .....

146

2. The Sense and Sympathy of Common Evils ib.

3. The sure Protection of the Almighty

147

4. The Justice of God's Proceedings

148

5. The Remedy, our particular Repentance

6. The Unspeakable Misery of a Civil War 119

7. The Woeful Miseries of Pestilence allayed by

consideration of the hand that smites us ... 150

Chap. VII. COMFORTS AGAINST Loss of Friends.

Sect. 1. The True Value of a Friend and the Fault of

over-prizing him

...... 152

2. The True ground of an Undefeasible enjoying

of our Friends .......

153

3. The Rarity and Trial of True Friends

ib.

4. Is but a Parting; not a Loss

154

5. The Loss of a Virtuous Wife Mitigated

ib.

6. The Mitigation of the Loss of a dear and hope-

ful Son ....

Chap. VIII. COMPORTS AGAINST POVERTY, AND Loss of

Estate,

Sect. 1. The Fickle Nature of these Earthly Goods ...... 155

2. They are not Ours; but Lent us

156

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Sect. 3. The right Valuation of Riches is in the Mind ... 157

4. It may be good for us to be held Short ... ib.

5. The Danger of Abundance ....

158

6. The Cares that attend Wealth

ib.

7. The Imperiousness of Ill-used Wealth

ib.

8. The Causes and Means of Impoverishing us ... 159

9. The Examples of those who have affected

Poverty......

ib.

Chap. IX. COMFORTS AGAINST IMPRISONMENT,

Sect. 1. The Nature and Power of true Liberty ..... 160

2. The sad Objects of a Free Beholder's Eye 161

3. The Invisible Company, that cannot be kept

from us ......

ib.

4. The Inward Disposition of the Prisoner

5. The Willing Choice of Retiredness in some

Persons .....

ib.

6. The Causes of Imprisonment

163

7. The Goodness of Retiredness; and the Part-

nership of the Soul's Imprisonment

164

Chap. X. COMFORTS AGAINST BANISHMENT.

Sect. 1. The Universality of a Wise Man's Country ib.

2. The Benefit of Self-Conversation

165

3. Examples of those holy ones, that have aban-

doned Society ...

ib.

4. The Advantage that hath been made of Re-

moving ....

......

5. The Right that we have in any Country, and

in God ...

ib.

6. The Practice of Voluntary Travel

167

7. All are Pilgrims

ib.

Chap. XI. COMFORTS AGAINST THE LOSS OF OUR Senses of Sight

AND HEARING,

Sect. 1. The two inward Lights, of Reason and Faith ... 168

2. The Supply of better Eyes

ib.

3. The better Object of our inward Sight

169

4. The ill Offices done by the Eyes

ib.

5. Freedom from Temptations by the Eyes, and

from many Sorrows

170

6. The Cheerfulness of some Blind Men

171

7. The Supply that God gives in other Faculties ib.

8. The Benefits of the Eyes, which once we had 172

9. The Supply of one Sense by another .... 173

10. The better Condition of the inward Ear

174

11. The Grief that arises from hearing Evil

ib.

Chap. XII, COMFORTS AGAINST BARRENNESS.

Sect. 1. The Blessing of Fruitfulness seasoned with

Sorrows .....

ib.

2. The Pains of Child-bearing

175

3. The Misery of ill-disposed and undutiful Chil-

dren ........

176

4. The Cares of Parents for their Children

jb.

5. The great Grief in the Loss of Children

176

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