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In what company have I spent this day past?
What fin have I committed ?
What good have I omitted ?

When and in what manner have I performed my morning devotion ?

What mercies have I received? How thankful have I been, and am I, for them? What temptations have I refifted ?

What ground have I got of my habitual fons !

How have I governed my pasions ! Have I not been easily provoked by little accidents, which daily happen

? What opportunities have I had of doing good, and how have I improved them?

What opportunities have I had of discouraging evil, and how have I opposed it ?

If you

To these questions you may add such others as you find neceffary.

récollect the whole time of the day from your rising, (for which a few minutes before your evening

devotions will

sufice) you will very easily be enabled to answer the preceding questions ; " and, when you have done this, you must heartily beg God's pardan

for any fin you have been guilty of, and shew yourselves thankful for those bieffings, respecting either this or another life, which be o hath bestowed on you."

Some have written down the fins they have been guilty of, that they might again humble themselves at the time of their more for « lemn bumiliation ; which may be farther useful ; for, by comparing one time with another, you will better discern the amendment of your life, and growth in christian virtue ; but this is only advice ; for every person is left to judge for bimself of the " ujefulness and expediency of this method.

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The Sinner's Complaint. ,
I N deep, distress and troubled thoughts,

To thee, my God, I rais'd my cries :
If thou severely mark our faults,

No flesh can stand before thine eyes.
But thou haft built tby throne of grace,

Free to dispense thy pardon there ;
That finners may approach thy face,

And hope and love, as well as fear.
As the benighted pilgrims wait,

And long and wish for breaking day;
So waits my soul before thy gate :

Wben will our GOD bis face display?
My trust is fix'd upon thy word,

Nor Mall I trust thy word in vain:
Let mourning Jouls address the Lord,

And find relief from all their pain,
Great is his love, and large his grace,

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He turns our feet from finful ways,
And pardons what our hands have done.

A prayer for forgiveness of sins. Almighty and everlasting God, who hatdoft forgive the lins of all them that are penitent, create and make in me a new and con

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trite heart, that I worthily lamenting my sins, and acknowledging my wretchedness, may obtain of thee, the God of all mercy, perfect remission and forgiveness, thro' Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

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The Meditation for Monday Evening. No excuse suficient to keep us from receiving the

holy sacrament of the Lord's supper. Except ye eat the flesh of the son of man, and drink his blood, ye have no life in you. John vi. 53.

Onsider now, O my soul! what advan

tages we might have reaped from that holy communion: yet all these will be list and gone, if we don't pursue our course to arrive where Christ Jesus in calling us has determined, Philip. iii. 12. Remember how many arguments the enemy of mankind started to prevent our approach to that holy table; how he suggested thatthenumber and greatness of our fins would, instead of obtaining any benefit, only make us eat and drink our own damnation.* 2. This suggestion, though it proceeded from an enemy, yet, my loul ! it contains much truth ; for, if a man lies under the guilt of any sin, and does not repent of it, and heartily resolve to forsake and amend it; this is indeed prefumption and a sin, for such a person, whilft he continues in that state, to come to the holy communion: it is a deliberate affront, and even a mocking of the divine majesty, for a man to make a phew of worship and honour to him, whilst, at the same time, he wilful disobedience to his known commands.

2. This * 1 Cor. xi. 29. Or some temporal punishment or judgment, as it is read in the margin of your bible, fuch as fickness or death. The unworthy receiving, which is here condemned in the Corinthians by St. Paul, was their disorderly and irreverent

participation of the Lord's Supper ; their eating and drinking without a due regard to the manner and end of that holy inftitu

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tion ; without a due respect had to the facramental use of the bread and wine that represented the Lord's body. It being the custom of the christians in the apostolical times, to receive the holy Eucharift after their feast of charity, wherein the rich and the poor were wont to eat together with great fobriety and temperance: but in the church of Corinth this method was not observed, the poor were not admitted to this common feast ; for in eating every one took before each other his own supper ; fo that when some wanted, others were guilty of fcandalous excess, and gross intemperance: and the effect of it was, they did not discern the Lord's body They made no difference between the facrament and a common ineal, between what was to sustain their bodies, and what was to nourish their souls. So that to eat the bread, and drink of the cup, in the holy facrament, without a due and direct reverence paid to the Lord's body, by separating the bread and wine from the comnion use of eating and drinking for hunger and that, was to eat unw

eworthily: The punifliments annexed to these miscarriages, were infirmi. ties, sickness, and temporal death, with which God corrected them, that they might not be condemned with the unbelieving world. By which it appears that temporal ju gmerts mult be understood by the word our translators render damnatiin,

And so provokes God to plague him with diverse diseases and sundry kinds of death, with which the city of Corintb was afflicted for their great abuse and profanation of this holy inftitution, as the apostle there observes. But,

3. Hear what our Saviour Chrift faith : * Unless you eat the flesh of the son of man and drink bis blood, you shall not have life in you. Whence it is easy to collect, that it is not the number or quality of our fins, but a wilful or supine continuance in them, that should deter us from that holy communion; for whatever fins a man has been guilty of in times past, if he truly repents of them, and heartily forsakes them for the time to come, GOD has so often and so plainly promised of in this case to grant a full and free pardon of them, that they cannot justly be pretended as any obstacle, which should hinder us from approaching to him in any of his ordinances.

4. Thus, my soul, thou mayest learn that it is in the power of every man (at least of every one who by a long course of wickedness has not wholly provoked GOD to withdraw his grace from him) by that grace and assistance, which GOD continually offers unto us,

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John vi. 53. † Ifaiah i. 18, &c.

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