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SER. XLII. Against evil-Speaking.mo-- Tit. iii. 2. To speak evil of no man,

page 1 Ser. XLIII. XLIV. XLV. XLVI. Concerning the divinity and

incaränation of our blessed Saviour.John i. 14. The Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us; (and we bebeld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the father), full of grace and truth,

42. 68. 83 SER. XLVII. Concerning the sacrifice and fatisfaction of Chrift, &c.

Heb. ix. 26. But now once in the end of the world hath he appeared to take away sin by the sacrifice of himself, SER. XLVIII. Conceroing the unity of the divine nature, and the

blessed Trinity, Go. Tim. ii. s. For there is one. God, SER. XLIX. Concerning resolution and stedfastness in religion.

Joth. xxiv. 15. But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord,

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Ser. L. Concerning family, religion. Josh. xxiv. 15. But as for me and my bouse, we will serve the Lord,

163 SER. LI. LII. LIII. Of the education of children: Prov. xiii,

6. Train up a child in the way he should go ; and when he is old, he will not depart from it,

177, 198. 212 SER. LIV. Of the advantages of an early piety.

Ecclef. xii. I, Remember now thy Creator in the days of thy youth, while the evil days come not, nor the years draw nigh, when thou shalt say, I have sio pleasure in them,

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Against evil-speaking.

Preached before the King and Queen, at Whitehall, Feb.

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ENERAL persuasives to repentance and a good life, and invectives against fin and wickedness at large, are certainly of good use to recom

mend religion and virtue, and to expose the deformity and danger of a vicious course. But it must be acknowledged, on the other hand, that these general difcourses do not so immediately tend to reform the lives of men; because they fall among the croud, but do not touch the consciences of particular persons in ro sensible and awakening a manner, as when we treat of particular duties and sins, and endeavour to put men upon the practice of the one, and to reclaim them from the other, by proper arguments taken from the word of God, and from the nature of particular virtues and vices.

The general way is, as if a physician, instead of applying particular remedies to the distemper of his patient, kould entertain him with a long discourse of diseases in general, and of the pleasure and advantages of health ; and earnestly persuade him to be well, without taking his particular disease into consideration, and prescribing remedies for it.

But if we would effectually reform men, we must take to task the great and common disorders of their lives, and represent their faults to them in such a manner, as may convince them of the evil and danger of them, and put them upon

the endeavour of a cure. And to this end I have pitched upon one of the com. mon and reigning vices of the age, calumny and evil[peaking; by which men contract so much guilt to them. felves, and create so much trouble to others; and from VOL. III.

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