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true repentance, the unfeigned faith, the glorious hope, the burning love, the heavenly mind, --yet they may have. Love hopeth all things. God is near. How knowest thou, O man, but thou mayest save thy enemy? yea, the enemy of Gcd!

Feed my sheep! Here is your comfort ! Here is your glory and your crown! the sheep of Christ. O take care of these! We may understand by these, those who are begotten again to a lively hope ; who hear His voice, and follow Him ; who are indeed as the apple of his eye! the Church that he foreknew, whom he loved; which he purifieth to himself, that it might be a glorious Church, without spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing. O feed these! the blood-besprinkled bands ! the heirs of God, and joint heirs with Christ!

In order to this, remember the words of Christ : For their sakes I sanctify (devote) myself, that they also may be sanctified through the truth. That they all may be one, as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us ; that the world may believe that thou hast sent me.--Go thou and do likewise. How shalt thou feed these, but with the bread of life? Yea, with the body and blood of Christ ! How, but with the great and precious promises ! that they may go on from faith to faith; that their love may abound yet more and more ; and that they may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Ghost.

Feed them with thy life! The good Shepherd giveth his life for the sheep. Lay down thy life for them,-thine earthly life'! Be dead to all below, so these may live! And now live if they stand fast in the Lord.

How great the dignity, the honour' of a shepherd under Christ ! How great love to Him, thus to feed his sheep! O spend, and be spent for Him!

This discourse, thus given, has been with me more than thirty years. I have used it only as the seaman uses his chart, while steering through unknown seas.

I have sometimes thought of enlarging it, and forming it into a regular discourse, that I might use it in that way. But I never could find freedom to do so; I could not even attempt it. I can, however, now commit it, with this abridged account of my life, and of the Lord's gracious dealings with me, to the consideration of all those whom it may concern.

I believe it will be found to unite with the foolishness of preaching, and to be helpful to it at all times, especially where there is littleness of faith, and consequently, much unsubdued corruption. It has certainly been helpful to me, in preserving

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me from departing from the work, or from giving up any part of it; and in enabling me to pass through, and even to praise the Lord in, the fires that nearly consumed me.

Having thus obtained help of the Lord, I continue to this day, his weak and very unworthy servant; happy in being still engaged in His work. I have proved that he who is called of God to that work, shall never want the aid of Him who calls him; and that he shall find life and comfort even in killing places. I believe that we may all thus abide with the Lord, and serve Him, notwithstanding all opposition. We have the WORD, which is mighty through God to the pulling down of strongholds-fortresses of ignorance, prejudice, passion, pride, appetite, the armour of the strong man,--and bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ. And we have good rules, which are truly founded on that word; and which have stood the test of a long, and sometimes a fiery, trial; and which if we keep, they, by the blessing of the Chief Shepherd, will keep us. To God be all the glory! Amen.

THE END.

JAMES NICHOLS, PRINTER,
2, Warwick-Square, Newgate-Street, London.

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