An address to seamen, delivered at Portland, October 28, 1821: at the request of the Portland Auxiliary Marine Bible Society. ...

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Printed by Thayer, Tappan & Stickney, for the Society., 1821 - Bible - 16 pages
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Page 15 - ... seamen, landsmen, whoever you are that hear, prepare, prepare for this great day. Yes prepare, ye accountable creatures, prepare to meet your God; for He has said, — Behold I come, I come near to judgment ! And hath He said it, and shall he not do it ? Hath He spoken, and shall he not make it good...
Page 6 - Him who made it ; a soul for w^iose salvation Jesus Christ shed his blood ; and for the loss of which, the whole world, could you gain it, would be no compensation. This precious freight, these immortal souls are embarked, in frail vessels, on the dangerous voyage of life ; a voyage, which you are even now pursuing, and which will terminate, either in the Port of Heaven, or in the Gulf of Perdition. To one or the other of these places, you are all bound. In one or the other of them, you will all...
Page 14 - Christ, your commander and pilot ; but make your only object to live an easy, careless, merry life ; be assured that you will make shipwreck of your souls, and founder in that gulf which has no bottom ; and while you feel that you are lost, lost, lost for ever, you will also feel that you have no one to blame for it but yourselves. You cannot blame...
Page 9 - And remember, shipmates, if God is here to regulate her course, he must be here to see how the crew behave. Once more. Would a wise owner put a crew on board a vessel, and send her to sea, bound on a long voyage, without a compass, chart, quadrant, or pilot, to be driven just where the winds and waves might carry her, till she foundered, or went to pieces on some rocky shore? No, you reply, no wise owner, no man, that cared any thing either for the ship or the ship's company, would act in this manner....
Page 7 - ... this harbour is not easy to find. We know that the sea over which you sail is full of sunken rocks and quicksands, on which many a brother sailor has made shipwreck of his soul. Your voyage is, therefore, exceedingly dangerous. We meet you pursuing this voyage and wish to speak you. When you speak a vessel, one of the first questions you ask her is, " Where are you bound ?" Allow me to ask you the same question. Ho, there, creature of GOD, immortal spirit, voyager to Eternity ! whither art thou...
Page 16 - One groan of unutterable anguish, one loud shriek of consternation and despair is heard, and all is still. Not a fragment of the wreck remains to which the struggling wretches might cling for support ; but down, down, down they sink, whelmed deep beneath the billows of almighty wrath. But see ! something appears at a distance mounting above the waves, and nearing...
Page 8 - Another question. Should you see a vessel go every year, for many years successively, to a distant port, and return at a set time ; performing all her voyages with perfect regularity, and never going a cable's length out of her course, nor being a day out of her time, could you be made to believe that she had no commander, pilot, or helmsman on board ; that she went and came of her own accord ; or that she had nothing to steer her but the wind...
Page 10 - ... be insulting him to think so. You may be certain, therefore, that he has taken care to provide a safe harbour, in which, when the voyage of life is ended, we may ride secure from every danger; that he has furnished us with every thing necessary to assist us in shaping our course for that harbour ; and that he has provided a skilful pilot, who will carry us into it, if we put ourselves under his care. And, shipmates, we can tell you, for GOD has told us, that he actually has done all this. As...
Page 16 - It is the Ark of salvation ! It is the Life Boat of Heaven ! It has weathered the last storm ; it enters the harbour triumphantly ; Heaven resounds with the acclamations of its grateful, happy crew ! Among them, may you all, shipmates, be found. May the members of this Society, believing and obeying, as well as distributing the Scriptures, save both themselves and the objects of their care. And may every perishing immortal in this assembly, now, while the Ark is open, while the Life Boat waits, while...
Page 9 - ... voyages with perfect regularity, and never going a cable's length out of her course, nor being a day out of her time, could you be made to believe, that she had no commander, pilot, or helmsman on board; that she went and came of her own accord ; or that she had nothing to steer her but the wind? Would you have any more doubt that she was under the command of some skilful navigator, than if you were on board, and saw him? Look then, once more, at this great ship, the world. See how regularly...

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