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and educate the soul. But while negatives have not power to sanctify, their influence must be well nigh equal to any system which is wanting in completeness. We need the whole truth, not a part of it; and when the whole is not preached, the mind will be left in a state of indecision, and no entire control can be gained over it. For instance : It must be true, that some will be endlessly punished, or that some will be annihilated, or that all will be saved. Now, if we say the first position is true, we can appeal to the fear of endless wo; if we say the second is true, we can appeal to the dread of annihilation ; and if we say the third is true, we can urge the righteous retribution of God, and his infinite goodness. In each system, there is a completeness which gives it character, and brings the mind to a decision. Each system gives a basis on which to stand, and reveals the worst and the best in human fate, and thus makes itself bear with all its powers upon human motives. An awful uncertainty cannot answer the end of a perfect system; for it does not, and cannot, fix positively the character of God or his government, and thus can neither have the power of fear, nor of love. Thus, that preaching which does not indoctrinate in some form of faith, can never produce any marked effect. He that would build his people up in the truth, must preach the truth.

In closing, we will say, that in presenting a likeness of each preacher, we think that we have given a great attraction to the volume. The engravings are well executed, and the likenesses are pronounced good by the best judges.

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SERMON VIII.

COMING TO GOD, by Rev. A. G. Laurie, of Buffalo, N. Y., -

Delivered in Bleecker Street Church, Thursday evening, Septem-

ber 16,

. 185

SERMON IX,

INCENTIVES TO EFFORT, by Rev. S. P. SKINNER, of Chicago,

111., - Delivered in Murray Street Church, 'Thursday evening,

September 16,

- 201

SERMON X.

SHALL I SMITE, by Rev. G. W. MONTGOMERY, of Rochester, N. Y.,

- Delivered in the Hall of the Medical College, Thursday eve-

ning, September 16,

- 215

SERMON X1.

THE EXCELLENCE OF CHARITY, by Rev. THOMAS WHIT-

TEMORE, of Cambridge, Mass., Delivered in Brooklyn, N. Y.,

Thursday evening, September 16,

. 233

SERMON XII.

CHRIST'S SACRIFICE, by Rev. Moses BALLOU, of Bridgeport,

Ct., — Delivered in Williamsburg, Thursday evening, September 16, 265

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