The Christian Souvenir; Or, The Beauties of Blair and Jortin, Extracts from Sermons

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Seite 54 - Being, as the inspirer of all the friendship which has ever been shown you by others ; himself, your best and your first friend ; formerly, the supporter of your infancy, and the guide of your childhood ; now, the guardian of your youth, and the hope of your coming years. View religious homage, as a natural expression of gratitude to him for all his goodness. Consider it as the service of the God of your Fathers ; of him to whom your parents devoted you ; of him, whom in former ages your ancestors...
Seite 15 - Godliness is profitable unto all things, having the promise of the life that now is, and of that which is to come.
Seite 52 - Whatever impulse you now give to your desires and passions, the direction is likely to continue. It will form the channel in which your life is to run ; nay, it may determine an everlasting issue.
Seite 53 - I begin, both as the foundation of good morals, and as a disposition particularly graceful and becoming in youth. To be void of it, argues a cold heart, destitute of some of the best affections which belong to that age. Youth is the season of warm and generous emotions. The heart should then spontaneously rise into the admiration of what is great ; glow with the love of what is fair and excellent ; and melt at the discovery of tenderness and goodness.
Seite 111 - Practised in the ways of men, they are apt to be suspicious of design and fraud," &c. " Injured or oppressed by the world, he looks up to a judge who will vindicate his cause.
Seite 55 - Mutual defence and interest give rise to society ; and society, when formed, requires distinctions of property, diversity of conditions, subordination of ranks, and a multiplicity of occupations, in order to advance the general good.
Seite 122 - True gentleness is founded on a sense of what we owe to HIM who made us, and to the common nature of which we all share. It arises from reflections on our own failings and wants ; and from just views of the condition, and the duty of man. It is native feeling, heightened and improved by principle.
Seite 53 - ... affections, as the Father of the universe, and the Author of all felicity ? Unmoved by veneration, can you contemplate that grandeur and majesty, which his works every where display ? Untouched » by gratitude, can you view that profusion of good, which, in this pleasing season of life, his beneficent hand pours around you ? Happy in the love and affection of those with whom you are connected, look up to the Supreme Being, as the inspirer of all the friendship which has ever been...
Seite 154 - The happiest temper must be soured by incessant returns of the opposition, the inconstancy, and treachery of men. For he who lives always in the bustle of the world, lives in a perpetual warfare. Here an enemy encounters ; there a rival supplants him.
Seite 132 - Hence such as were actuated by the desire of extensive fame, have been prompted to deeds which either participated of the spirit, or, at least, carried the appearance of distinguished virtue. The desire of praise is generally connected with all the finer sensibilities of human nature. It affords a ground on which exhortation, counsel, and reproof, can work a proper effect.

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