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world, the flesh, and all those lusts which have been too successful rivals of Christ in your affections, begins to kindle! Seize the favourable moment; and, while your souls are glowing with divine love and zeal, let us, hasten to an ordinance where we shall see Jesus Christ evidently set forth, as crucified be fore our eyes. And while we are refreshing our memories with the surprising expressions of his love to us, let us be eager to give some new proof of our love to him; and convince all the world, that we love not in word only, but in deed and in truth.

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Well, my dear Sirs; and what is it you expect from me? After all that you have been hearing of the dignity and duty of the ministerial office; and after all the petitions that have been put up on your behalf to God, for grace to help in time of need ; what can you look for more ?-Perhaps you crave our sympathy; or perhaps you expect congratulation. Your circumstances call for both. You have pains and pleasures, joys and griefs, before you ; which will alternately lift you up and cast you down. Some of each you have already met with, and more you may expect.-Will you then allow one that hath been almost forty years a labourer in the Lord's vineyard—(I blush to publish it: and well I may.--to think that in so long a time so little work hath been done !) ---But will you for a moment forget my unworthiness, and allow a fellow-labourer to remind you of some of the discouragements, and some of the pleasures, commonly attendant on the office you have undertaken. : You will hardly believe me when I tell you, that your first and principal discouragement will arise

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world, the flesh, and all those lusts which have been
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gins to kindle! Seize the favourable moment; and,
while your souls are glowing with divine love and
zeal, let us hasten to an ordinance where we shall
see Jesus Christ evidently set forth as crucified be
fore our eyes. And while we are refreshing our
memories with the surprising expressions of his love
to us, let us be eager to give some new proof of our
love to him; and convince all the world, that we
love not in word only, but in deed and in truth.

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from yourselves : and yet I can assure you that other ministers have found it so.

• True' (you look as if you wished to tell me)--• true: if we had commenced Ministers before we "had commenced Christians; if we had begun to preach a Saviour to others before we were savingly • acquainted with him ourselves :---in short, if we • were to this hour unconverted, then you might

talk to us of inward discouragements; for to be * sure it must be a tiresome drudgery to such a person to be always preaching, or praying, or talking or thinking about religion. But we humbly

hope that is not our case. We hope God hath been pleased to reveal his Son in us. It was many "years ago that we first

I know it; and I should pity you indeed if it had been otherwise: yet, for all that, I repeat it again, you will find frequen't and great discouragement from your own hearts. Warm as they are just now, and strong as they beat for Christ and souls; so that you could gladly spend and be spent in their service, and grudge every day and hour that you are not, like your divine Master, going about doing good ; believe me, it may not be always so. Your spirits may flag; your zeal may cool; your pace may slacken ; your attention may be diverted, by trifles that you now think of with contempt and detestation ; and you may need some faithful friend, or some rousing providence, or some fresh gale of heavenly influence, to quicken you in your way, and strengthen the things which remain, that were ready to die.”

: There are also discouragements to be expected from your people.

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