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To the Worshipful THOMAS GROVE Esq; Of Fern in the County of Wilts.

He Authour of this Treatise was a person that greatly honoured

you, and one whom you highly esteemed, and lo

ved. I therefore presume ( as being one intrusted by the Author to publish what was prepared for the Press ) to tender it to your Patronage. The Subje&t speaks its own Worth, the present Season its usefulness. As for your Self, you are a Gentleman so universally known, that

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are above my Chara&ter. That the God of all grace would give you a great increase of grace, and peace in your Old Age, and bless your House, is the hearty Prayer of

SIR,

Your much Obliged
Servant,

Joshua Churchile

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Either the Author of the ensuing discourse

dot bi stand in need of any testimony from me, among those to whom he was known, nor will the discourse it felf need any recommendationunto them that shall peruse it, provided they be any ways serious in Religion.It is therefore rather compliance with the request of others, then from any inclination in my self, that I prefix these few lines unto what doth ensue." But yet I must Say also, that the high esteem which į bad of the

Author whilst he lived, for the gifts and graces of God that were Eminent in him, and the Seaforableness of the subjed matter treated of in this discourse, made me more willing to this compliance then otherwise I should have been. I shall therefore offer a few things to the Reader, which he may esteem or reject as he shall see cause. The Author of this discourse (as is well known ) is some while since entred into his rest, and he is so, after his painful, faithful, and successful labour in the Vineyard of Christ for above fifty years. And I shat say no more concerning, him, but that as he was eminently furnished pith all ministerial abilities, so it is but a joint

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testimony of all that knew kim, that his fingular and almost unparlleľd perseverance in Prayer, as for all other concerns for the Church of Christ, So for the success of his own Ministry, was that which both strengthened him to his work, and gave him fæccess in it amongst whom he laboured. And I mention this only as an incouragement to a just expectation of use, and fruit from this part of his labours, in that it had an emi. nent share in those fervent Prayers, wherewith all bis endeavours in this kind were accompanyed. The subject-matter here insisted on by him, is of the bigbest importance unto all,whose design and business it is to live unto God. For it is not any one single grace whose exercise is directed, nor any one single duty which is pressed and exhorted unto, but the entire management and a{ting of the principle of Spiritual Life in our whole walk before God, is declared and express sed in this discourse. For in these things do our Souls live, in them doth their prosperity confift. No Soul can profper but in the due exercises of all graces, whereby the habit of them are strengthened, and the due performance of all those duties wherein they are exercised. To have a guide in these things, such a guide as evidenced himself went before every step in the way,

directing and encouraging others to accompany and follow him in the same course and vay, is of great concernment unto such humble, teachable Souls, as deßgn a prosperous conditi

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To the Reader. en in the profession of Religion, wherein we are ingaged. And the design of this discourse, with the management of it,to direct unto a Soul's profperity, have weight added to them from the Jeason, wherein by the guidance of Divine Providence they are now published. For we are fallen into a time, wherein the Spiritual diseafes, decays and thriftlesness of many profesors of Religion do evidence themselves to the World, and complaints of the want of Soul-prosperity, is heard from the most who sincerely inspect the inward Aate of Religion this day, in themselves and others. It can't therefore want that beauty which seafon gives unto a word of truth. The manner of handling both Doctrine and Application in this discourse is such as becomes both the Author of it, and the Subject treated on, for it is done with that gravity and foundness of Speech as cannot be reproved; with that plainness and perspicuity, which as it excludes all countenance from ornament of Speech, so there is nothing in it that may be exposed to contempt amongst them that understand Spiritual things, or know in any measure, how they ought to be taught. And that which gives life to the whole,

evidence that the Author did both express his own experience, and gives the Character of his own mind, in the endeavour after Soul-prosperity, wherein his attainments and fuccefs were eminent above the most. And if the Reader be one who is ingaged in the same

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