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LIBERAL PREACHER:

MONTHLY PUBLICATION

OF

SERMONS,

BY

LIVING MINISTERS.

CONDUCTED

BY AN ASSOCIATION OF CLERGYMEN.

VOL. I. NEW SERIES,

BOSTON:
LEONARD C. BOWLES.

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Period. 1070 ....
New Series

ON TENTS.

1537-30

Page.

Sermon.
I. The Duty of Improvement: A New Year's Ser-

mon.-By Rev. Henry Ware, Jr. Cambridge.
II. Religion disarming and destroying Temptation.—By

Rev. James Walker, Charlestown, Mass. : 19
III. The source and remedy of Prejudice.—By Rev.

Francis Parkman, Boston, Mass. - - - 31
IV. 'Signs in the Sun.-By Rev. N. L. Frothingham,

Boston. - - - - - - -
V. On Christian Privileges and obligations.—By Piev.

Samuel Barrett, Boston. - - - - - 55
VI. Necessity and Sufficiency of Religion.-By Rev.

Ezra S. Gannett, Boston. - - - - 72 VII. The Religious Education of children.—By Rev.

• Lemuel Capen, South Boston. - - 85 VIII. The presence of God with the good man.-By Rev.

Convers Francis, Watertown, Mass. - - 100 IX. The New Commandment.-By Rev. W. B. 0.

Peabody, Springfield, Mass. - - - - 119 X. Family Religion.—By Rev. Joseph Allen, North

boro', Mass. - - - - - - 131 XI. The Conversion of Zaccheus.-By Rev. Edward

Turner, Charlton, Mass. - - - - 143 XII. The promotion of good works the object of the

Christian Ministry.—By Rev. W. H. Furness,

Philadelphia. - - - - - - 155 XIII. The care of Providence. By Rev. Joseph Field,

Weston, Mass. - - - - - 175 XIV. Claims of the Lord's Supper to a practical obser

vance.-By Rev. Nathaniel Whitman, Billerica,
Mass.

191

SERMON I.

BY REV. HENRY WARE, JR., CAMBRIDGE, MASS.

THE DUTY OF IMPROVEMENT. A NEW YEAR'S SERMON.

PHILLIPLANs iii. 13, 14. I COUNT NOT MYSELF TO HAVE APPREHEND ED; BUT THIS ONE THING I DO; FORGETTING THE THINGS WHICH ARE BEHIND, AND REACHING FORTH UNTO THOSE THINGS WHICH ARE BEFORE, I PRESS TOWARD THE MARK FOR THE PRIZE OF THE HIGH CALLING OF GOD IN CHRIST JESUS MY LORD.

The things which are behind, and the things which are before ! For so it is with us here. We are in the midst of things ; not at rest, but passing onward; not at home, but travellers ; not stationary inhabitants, but pilgrims and strangers on earth. We are going on from stage to stage, leaving on the road one scene of business and pleasure after another, and arriving at new. What was ours, is ours no longer. What is ours, will be soon begone from us. Behind us are our childhood, our youth, and our early homes ; our first warm loves, our first bright hopes ; our early innocence and our early sins. Before us, are the cares and trials of an unknown destiny, and the duties of an uncertain probation ; bereavement, toil, sickness, age, death, judgment. Behind us, ignorance, weakness, imperfection. Before us, knowledge, virtue, perfection-or, it

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