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5. To fpeak of the feast of faith that follows hereupon,
6. To apply the subject in feveral inferences,
Ufe (1.) For information, in eight inferences;
(2.) By way of advice, in four particulars,

Eight kinds of apples which hang on the apple-tree,
The difcourfe before ferving the tables,
The discourse at the table-service,

SERMON CXLII, CXLIII.

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The Day of Effectual Calling, a Levelling Day; or, the Heights from which Sinners come down in the Day of effectual Vocation,

LUKE xix. 5.

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Zaccheus, make hafte, and come down.

After a copious introduction, containing a large account of Zaccheus, with a divifion and ample explication of the words, and a doctrinal propofition raifed, the following general heads are difcourfed, viz. 1. To fpeak of fome of thefe heights from which people muft come down, that would anfwer the gospel-call,

2. To fhew in what refpects they coine down,

3. To offer fome remarks on the day of effectual calling,

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4. To affign the reafons why the Lord calls them to come down, 132

5. To deduce fóme inferences for the application,

Ufe (1.) Of information, in eight particulars,

(2.) Of exhortation, inforced by eight motives,
(3.) Of direction, in two advices,

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Mountains Overleaped; or, Chrift's coming to his People, leaping and fkipping on the mountains and hills in his way.

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SONG ii. 8. The voice of my Beloved! Bebold, he cometh! leaping upon the mountains, and skipping upon the bills!

The words being viewed in their connection, and both a more general divifion, and particular analization and explication effayed, and a propofition expreffed, the following topics of difcourfe illuftrated, viz. 1. Some remarks offered concerning Chrift's coming to his people, 157 2. These mountains and hills over which he comes, fpoken of, 3. The manner of his coming opened up,

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4. The ftrangeness, and yet the certainty of his coming, confidered; with the reafons why nothing fhall impede it,

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5. The application of the whole fubject, in eight inferences, Page 182

The difcourfe before ferving the first table,

The difcourfe at ferving the tables,

The difcourfe at the conclufion of the folemnity,

SERMON CXLV.

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Chrift's Love-fuit reinforced and repeated; or, his kindly Gofpel-call renewed,

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SONG ii. 13. Arife, my love, my fair one, and come away.

The connection of the words, with the preceding context being taken notice of, the words themselves analized, and a doctrinal obfervation laid down, the following heads of method are profecuted, viz. 1. A few things premifed concerning the party invited, 2. The import of the titles here given to the party, 3. The import of the call and invitation,

4. What may be implied in the repetition of thefe words, 5. Inferences deduced for the application,

Ufe (1.) Of information, in eight inferences,

(2.) Of exhortation, both to Saints and Sinners,
1. To Sinners, inforced by fix confiderations,
2. To Saints, urged by four confiderations,

The difcourfe before ferving the tables,
The discourse at serving the first table,

SERMON CXLVI, CXLVII.

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Prayer for Mercy, a feasonable Duty in Times of Sin and Wrath,

HAB. iii. 2. O Lord, in wrath remember mercy.

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The words being explained, two doctrinal propofitions are observed: The Firft is, That, in wrathful times, wherein God's church and "people are under many tokens of his anger and difpleasure, it is "inoft feafonable for them to plead with him, That he would remember mercy." From this propofition, the following general heads of method are illuftrated.

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1. When may a time be faid to be wrathful,

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2. What are the inftances of mercy we need to feek at fuch a time, 261 3. The import of the Lord's remembering mercy, and our praying that he would do fo,

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4. That it is both feasonable and reasonable to plead that he

would remember mercy in wrathful times,

5. The application of the fubject,

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The Second propofition is, "That God has terrible and wrathful ways "of faving his people, while in wrath he remembers mercy, and "allows them to plead mercy in the midft of wrath."---In opening up this propofition, the following things are effayed. 1. The propofition cleared and confirmed from feripture,

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2. Some terrible and wrathful ways, wherein he faves his people, condefcended upon,

3. In what cafes and feafons he brings them under these tokens of wraths

4. The reafons why he fhews mercy in wrathful ways,

5. Inferences deduced for the application,

SERMO N CXLVIII,-CLII.

Wifdom's Ways Pleafantnefs, and all her Paths
Peace,

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PROV. iii. 17. Wifdoms ways are ways of pleasantness, and all her paths peace.

After an introduction and particular explication of the words, and themfelves adopted for a doctrinal propofition, the following general topics are difcourfed, viz.

1. The truth of the propofition, "antnefs," demonftrated,

"That Wisdom's ways are pleaf

2. The quality of that pleasure, that is to be found in Wisdom's ways, confidered,

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3. The particular paths of Wisdom, which are all peace, spoken of, 315 4. The nature and qualities of that peace opened up,

5. The application of the whole fubject, in feveral ufes,

Ufe 1. O information,

(1.) Rectifying fome miflakes,

(2.) Aufwering fome objections,

(3.) Mention the things which give pleasure,

Ufe 2. Of examination and trial,

(1.) Some pleafant views mentioned,

(2.) Some pleafant experiences condefcended on,
(3.) Some pleasant impreffions made,

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(4-) A pleafant propenfity of foul to fpiritual pleafures, 355

Ufe 3. Of exhortation, tendered to two forts of perfons,

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(1.) To the wicked, who find no pleasure in Wisdom's ways, ib. (2.) To the godly, who have found pleafyre therein, 365

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Some Signs of an Evening-Time with the Church

of God,

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ZECH. xiv. 7.-But it fhall come to pass, that at eveningtime it shall be light.

After mentioning the divifion of the text, the design of the discourse
is to evince, That the present time we live in, is an evening-time
with the church of God: This is done, by confidering the Signs
of the Times; which is effayed under two heads, viz.
1. Some prognofticating figns, that not only fhew forth much pre-
fent darknef, but that a darker evening-time is haftening on,
2. Some promulgating figns, fhewing that the prefent time is
an evening-time,

SERMON CLIV, CLV.

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Gofpel-Hearers have a firm Ground for Faith and Hope in the worst of Times,

Roм. iv. 18. Who, against hope, believed in hope.

The words being opened and explained, in feveral remarks laid down concerning the patriarch Abraham, and a doctrinal propofition mentioned, the following general heads are propofed.

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1. The truth of the doctrinal propofition illuftrated in a few remarks, 399 2. The nature of this faith and hope enquired into, 3. Some of the hopeless and defperate-ike cafes that may take place with the people of God mentioned, and yet a firm ground for faith and hope remain,

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4. The grounds there are for faith and hope, in fuch distressing cafes, pointed out,

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5. Several inferences deduced from the application,

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Six things mentioned more generally as grounds of hope,
Fifteen particular grounds of hope condefcended upon,
Ufe 1. Of information, in two particulars,
2. Of trial and examination,

3. Of exhortation,

Eight objections propounded and answered,

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SERMON CLVI, CLVII.

Faith in Chrift, the Sureft way of Relief, in the
Saddeft Cafe,

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JONAH ii. 4. Then I faid, I am oaft out of thy fight; yet will I look again toward thy boly temple.

The words being divided and explained, two doctrinal observations are railed from them. The Firft is," That a truly gracious foul may fometimes be brought under defponding fears, left they be "caft out of God's fight." From this propofition the following plan of method is laid down for the illuftration of it, viz. 1. To explain a little the term, "I am caft out of thy fight," 2. To offer fome remarks concerning the fears the Lord's people may have, left they be caft away,

3. Lay down fome grounds from which thefe fears procced,

4. Deduce fome inferences for the application,

Ufe 1. Of information, in four particulars,

2. Of examination and trial,

3. Of exhortation,

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The Second propofition is, "That the fureft way of relief, from the faddeft cafe the people of God can be in, is faith in the mercy "of God, through Chrift; or, faith's looking a-new unto God's "holy temple." In difcourfing this doctrinal obfervation, the following particulars are effayed.

1. Some remarks offered for clearing the doctrine,

3.

2. The import of Jonah's refolution in the text, enquired into,
Some of the fpecial difcouragements mentioned, that faith has
to furmount, when it would look towards God's holy temple,
4. Some reasons affigned, why this is the best way of relief from
the greateft difficulties,

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5. The fubject applied in feveral ufes,

Ufe 1. Of information, in four particulars,

2. Of trial and examination,

3. Of exhortation, to three forts of perfans,

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MINISTERIAL WARNINGS.

I. A Ministerial Declaration, on the 6th of June 1742, when an invasion. was attempted on Mr. Erfkine's pulpit, by Mr. Hardie, 452 II. A fecond Warning, offered to the Congregation, on the 22d. of Auguft, 1742. when steps were taken by the Prefbytery to moderate a call for another minifter in Mr. Erfkine's room, III. A third Warning, publicly read on Sabbath the 1ft. of May, 1742. when the Prefbytery had appointed Mr. Thomfon to be settled in his Church,

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