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St. MATTHEW xi. 2, 3.
Now when John bad heard in the prison, the
works of Christ, be sent two of his disciples
and sat by the sea-side. And great mul-
titudes were gathered unto him, so that
he went into a ship, and sat, and the
whole multitude stood on the shore. And
he spoke many things to them in parables. 291
ACTS xvii. 30. And the times of this ignorance God
wirked at ; but now commandeth all men every where to repent.
THESE words are taken from the Bible, with which, if you will come and hear me, I hope to make you better acquainted. When Jesus Christ came down from heaven and lived on earth, which was about eighteen hundred years ago, he found the world very wicked. All men were living in a very bad way, and if it had not been for him, would have lived and died in wickedness and sin, and at their deaths would have certainly gone to the place of everlasting punishment. However, it pleased Almighty God, who is good to us all when