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To those persons who may consider the following pages an intrusion on the public, when there are so many excellent works in circulation of a similar cast and tendency, and that it is encroaching upon, or endeavouring to usurp, a province which does not belong to any private individual, it will be sufficient to state, that several families having expressed a wish that they could find some short discourses suitable for their evening reading which were not mere moral essays, led to the publication of these, though they were not written with a view of publishing
them; each subject arising from incidental circumstances powerfully impressing the writer's mind. Candour, also, requires it to be added, that other reasons might be given for their being published, were they of sufficient importance to interest any but those who feel anxious for the success of this work.
Single copies of the "Discourse on the Restoration of the Jews" have been printed, to be sent to the "Sale of Ladies' Work for promoting Christianity amongst the Jews."
Jan. 24, 1825.
Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I
am the light of the world: he that follow-
eth me shall not walk in darkness, but
THE BLESSING PROMISED TO THE PEACE-
Blessed are the peace-makers, for they shall
be called the children of God.-MATT.
any man among you seem to be religious,
and bridleth not his tongue, but deceiveth
his own heart, this man's religion is vain.-
ON THE RESTORATION OF THE JEWS.
Behold, this child is set for the fall and rising again of many in Israel, and for a sign which shall be spoken against.-LUKE ii. 34.
THE GOSPEL INVITATION.
Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.MATT. xi. 28.
ON THE MANNER OF CHRIST'S COMING. Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me.-REV. iii. 20..
ON BECOMING SONS OF GOD.
But as many as received him, to them gave
he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name.-JOHN i. 12.