A Series of Temperance Sermons

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Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2009 - 192 pages
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This historic book may have numerous typos, missing text or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1841. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... TEMPERANCE SERMON. No. 11. THE IMPORTANCE AND DUTY OF INDIVIDUAL EXERTION IN THE TEMPERANCE CAUSE. A COMPENDIUM. BY ABEL C. THOMAS. Haggai, ii.: 4. Yet now be strong, O Zerubbabel, snith the Lord; and be strong, O Joshua, son of Joseduch, the high priest; and be strong, all ye people of the land, saith the Lord, and work: for I am with you, saith the Lord of hosts. The word of the Lord came unto the prophet, concerning the re-building of the Temple; and the prophet conveyed the message to the civil ruler, the religious authority, and the people of the land. The word was proclaimed alike to All--" Be strong, and Work." No one was excepted. Zerubbabel, the governor--Joshua, the high-priest--and all the people, --were alike commanded to work. For was not the cause a good cause? And could there be any doubt of the importance and duty of individual exertion? There was stone in the quarry, and timber on Lebanon; but there was no Temple on Moriah. Up, one and all! be strong, and work; "for I am with you, saith the Lord of hosts." And they arose, one and all. Some went to the quarry, and some to Lebanon. Every man wrought; and though the difficulties were great, the word came by Zechariah, "Not by might nor by power, but by my spirit, saith the Lord of hosts. Who art thou, O great mountain? before Zerubbabel thou shalt become a plain; and he shall bring forth the head-stone with shoutings." The sentiment of the test may with propriety be addressed to civil rulers, ministers of religion, and all the people of the land, in reference to my subject--namely, The Importance and Duty of Individual Exertion in the Temperance Cause. I feel at liberty to assume that the use of alcohol, in any form, as a beverage, never accomplished any good for either body or mind, reputation or e...

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