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different even in this world, and certainly will be so in the next. That the rewards of the Gospel are only promised to the good, and the threatenings are only denounced against the wicked, that is, those that are impenitent and will not forsake their sins. Every man must give account of his own actions at the day of judgment, and will be treated accordingly. * Let a man frequently and seriously, by “imagination place himself upon his “ death-bed, and consider what great “joys he shall have for the remembrance “ of every day well spent, and what he “ would give that he had so spent all his

days. He may guess at it by propor- tions, for it is certain he shall have a. “joyful day and prosperous night who, “ hath spent his day holily, and he resigns, “ his soul with peace into the hands of “ God, who hath lived in the peace of “ God, and the works of religion in his o life time. This consideration is of a " real event, it is of a thing which will

“ certainly come to pass. It is appointed “ for all men once to die, and after death “ comes judgment, the apprehension of “ which is dreadful, and the presence of - it intolerable, unless by religion and 66 sanctity we are disposed for so venera“ ble an appearance.”—(Taylor's Guide to Eternal Happiness.)

“But especially when we come to die, " and must immediately appear before “ this God, and expect to enter into his " rest, then the difference will plainly “ appear; then what a joy will it be to “think, I am going to the place I daily “ conversed in, to the place from whence “ I tasted such frequent delights, to the “ God whom I met in my meditation so “ often. On the contrary, what a terror " will it be to think, I must die and go I “ know not whither, from a place where “ I am acquainted, to a place where I “ have no familiarity or knowledge. It “ is inexpressible horror to a dying man " to have strange thoughts of God and “ their consciences would be quiet, that “ the Spirit of God would not speak to “ them ; when once they strive to quiet “ their consciences by running into still “greater crimes, and are deaf to the soft “ whispers of the Holy Spirit of God; “then is that spirit said to be grieved : ." and as a grieved person forsakes the :“ thing which offends him, so the Spirit "" of God, if men will still shut their ears, “ at last gives them up to a reprobate 6 mind ; that is, a mind void of judg;"ment.”—(Bishop Wilson.)

On Death. . Collect for Easter Even. Read Psalms 16th, 39th, and 90th.Genesis, 3rd chapter. —2nd Samuel, 12th chapter, from verse 16th to 24th.—1st of Kings, 17th chapter, from verse 17th.2nd of Kings, 4th chapter, from verse 18th to 38th-St. Luke, 11th chapter,

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from verse 11th to 19th.--St. John, 11th chapter, to verse 47th, and 14th chapter to verse 8th.-1st of Thessalonians, 4th chapter, from verse 13th.—1st of Corinthians, 15th chapter.-Revelations, 22nd chapter, or the following texts :

Job, 19th chapter, 25th and 26th verses. For I know that my redeemer liveth, and that he shall stand at the latter day upon the earth, and though after my skin worms destroy this body, yet in my flesh shall I see God.

Isaiah, 40th chapter, 6th 7th and 8th verses. The voice said cry, and he said what shall I cry? All flesh is grass, and all the goodliness thereof is as the flower of the field. The grass withereth, the flower fadeth, because the spirit of the Lord bloweth upon it. The grass withereth, the flower fadeth, but the word of the Lord shall stand for ever.

Hosea, 13th chapter, and 14th verse. I will redeem them from death : 0 death, I will be thy plagues; O grave, I will

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be thy destruction; repentance shall be hid from mine eyes.

1st of Thessalonians, 4th chapter and 13th verse. But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope.5th chapter 9th and 10th verses. For God hath not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain Salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ. Who died for us, that whether we wake or sleep we should live together with him. .

Revelations, 14th chapter and 13th verse. And I heard a voice from heaven, saying unto me, blessed are the dead which die in the Lord, from henceforth, yea saith the Spirit, that they may rest from their labours, and their works do follow them. :

Remark to the Sick Person. That death is the common lot of all men, appointed by God as the consequence of Adam's transgression. That no condi

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