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tho? of Credit or Countenance; were this Matter rightly confider'd, and many Heads and Hands employ'd to digelt the Substance of Christianity under Texts of Scripture wisely chofen, rationally handled, and practically applied, I would hope to see a purer and more useful Body of Divinity in such a Collection of Sermons, than we are like to find in all the Germán Systems, which some are so fond of : Now since a private Hand may convey a very acceptable Gift to the Corban, I am willing to believe the Sermons here offer'd to the Publick, may in fome proportion advance an Undertaking of this kind, the Author of them having (within his narrow Sphere) maintain'd the just Reputation of a good

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But whither" these Papers will fubfift upon their own Merit or npt, there is one Plea behind (that of Charity) whịch has already done much; and may by Gods Blessing do more in their Favour; the private Character of the Author, and the Diftrefses of some who were Dear to him whilst he liv'd, has occasiond the Printing of them by Subscription; and fince so many good and valuable Persons have agreed to assist the Birth of these Discourses, 'tis hop'd there will not be wanting others of the same Principle to encourage their Growth and Advancement.

Upon the whole, every Man is left (upon the perusal of them)

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to his native Right of Judging for himself, and if they do not answer the Character of the Author, and the design of their Publication, tho* l' hall think the little Pains I have taken ill bestow'd yet I shall not be much Mortified for a Miscarriage, which wiser Men havé incurr'd before, and I dare say, will be Guilty of after met

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ties of Scripture, Reason and
Fact.

ĄCTS XXVI. 8.
Why soould it be thought incredible with

you, that God should raise the Dead?

SERMON III.

A diftinct view of the Long-luf

fering and Mercies of God in
the Pardon of Sin, and the
efficacy of Repentance to pro-
cure that Pardon.

SO
EZEK. XXXIII. II.

As I live, saith the Lord God, I have

no Pleasure in the Death of the Wicked,

but that the Wicked turn from his Way

and live : Turn ye, turn ye from your

evil Ways, for why will ye die, 0 House

of Israel?

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