An acquaintance with God the best support under afflictions, a sermon, Volume 4

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Page 13 - Vanity of all the Satisfactions which this World affords, and to turn our Thoughts and Expectations towards the Joys of another. We are, by Nature, Indigent...
Page 7 - Would we be admitted into an acquaintance with God, let us study to resemble him. We must be partakers of a divine nature in order to partake of this high privilege and alliance.
Page 6 - ... strongly strike our senses ; with the business, the pleasures, and the amusements of it ; we give ourselves up too greedily to the pursuit, and immerse ourselves too deeply in the enjoyment of them; and contract at last such an intimacy and familiarity with them, as makes it difficult and irksome for us to call off our minds to a better employment, and to think intensely on any thing besides them.
Page 5 - Comfort thyfelf with fuch thoughts at all times, but chiefly at that time, when all earthly comforts fail thee ; Then do thou particularly retreat to thefe conliderations, and fhcker thyfelf under them ; — *' Acquaint now thyfelf with him, and be at
Page 11 - That great gourmand, fat Apicius." Ben Jomon. " In vain doth the scornful voluptuary ask for an account of it (the peace which pnsseth all understanding), which can never be given him, for it hath no alliance with any of the pleasures of sense in which he delights; nor hath he any ideas by which the perception of it may be conveyed to him.
Page 4 - Take this opportunity of improving thy acquaintance with God, to which he always, but now efpecially, invites thee ; Make the true...
Page 9 - yet one thing more we lack" to be perfect, love, which is the fulfilling of this law of friendship, the surest test and most exalted improvement of it. Let us consider, therefore, whether we do indeed " love the Lord our God with all our heart, and with all our soul, and with all our mind, and with all our strength.

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