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. Of the Duties of the Toung. hearts lifts, and to leave these three of Nature, thou are doing the Devil service; sad word, Ifa

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. Go and make it e And who would serve such a Master ? this people fat, and shut their eis kelias Confider, There are many great adver

, with their cies, and bear with thrers tages that will come unto thee by turning to God be healed. God may juftly refuse to hearkoot I. Multitude of fins and forrows will be hereby understand with their heart, and concert a kimes

. when thou callent for mercy, who wopedi prevented. Those chat get bruises and strains before hearken to the call of bis Gru/ when young, feel them when they grow old. O aggrieved. God may fmice chce with that have lived long in sin ( and commicced and senfelleneffe (that great Spiritual great ones) if they be brought home to God at fides," doft thou think chat any mal needs beco old people to cast their eyes back up..

And then what will become of chee! H laft! O what a cutting consideration must ic him, and follow after ftrangers is how hurting the foules of others by their ill example! wife should be false co him, and run 21 on a life spenc in fin and dishononring God, and Upon the wbole matter then, if chou art at converted in their younger years ? So if Paul had Why wilt thou think chen to deal lesi! Mary Magdalen have escaped, if they had been time, would receive her at last in hek? O what a deal of sorrow would Manasses and

"been betimes brought home to God, he had not had all chae trouble and grief of Spirit for perse

verted, and dost really curn co God where
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verted or no. 'Tis rarely seen that men baru cuting the Church.
and long accustomed to fini, do ever changes

2. Thou waist bereby come to forse eminency of

A young man that is a good busband becimes upon

black skins, as the Reverend Mr. Bogle knowledge, and Grace, and Spiritual experience. obferves. mans life wherein he may reasonably shish kei as one that has been prodigal in his younger time,

III. Consider, whether there be ampel bis trade, we say, is like to grow rich; whereliberty to serve the Devil? If not, when and a spend thrift, if he should in his elder years

thou not speedily curd co God? Who begia co be wijc, yet having loft so much time, as thou remainest unconverted, and in the mattey at is. So they thac give up cheir hearts to

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. of Nature, thou are doing the Devil service; And who would serve such a Mafter?

IV. Consider, There are many great advani tages that will come into thee by turning to God be. times.

1. Multitude of fins and forrows will be hereby prevented. Those that get bruises and strains when young, feel them when they grow old. O

. what anguish, and pain of Conscience have they that have lived long in sin ( and commicced great ones) if they be brought home to God ac laft! O whai a cutting consideration must it needs be to old people to cast their eyes back upon a life spenc in fin and dishonouring God, and hurting the foules of others by their ill example! O what a deal of sorrow would Manaffes and Mary Magdalen have escaped, if they had been converted in their younger years ? So if Paul had been betimes brought home to God, he had not sad all chat trouble and grief of Spirit for persecucing the Church.

2. Thou muijt hereby come to Sorre eminency of knowledge, and Grace, and Spiritual experience. A young man that is a good husband becimes upon his trade, we say, is like to grow rich; whereas one that has been prodigal in his younger time, and a spend-chrift, if he should in his elder years begin to be wise, yet having loft so much time, we are ape to think, he will never do any great matter at it. So they that give up their hearts to

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, and consecrat cher pour thou didst turn to God betimes, in thy youth, to him, how rich in knowleden anord and in the flower and prime of chy daies. Thou they grow?

wile nor then be afraid to look God in the face, 3. Thy joyes and comforsid kaks nor dread him as an enemy, but think delightfully

, Thou are a hinderer of thy pai aday of him as a long experienced friend, and be wil the while thou art going on in the sailing to surrender thy soul unto him. 'Tis report Thou art feeding on Onions, when they ed of Adrian, that when he came to die, he crie have Manna, Thou art feeding on se ed out, O my soul, whither art thon going? thos the Prodigal, when chou mighrew art going where thou shalt never be jovial por merry

more. O my soul, whither art obou going? Therefonto che peace of a good Conscience fore do those things now, which ( when thou ment of God, the deliches and joyeria comest to die ) chou wouldst wish chou badst Ghost ?

4. The more service thou wilt do foi fupposeft will not yield thee comfort in that

fatted calf. What are all che noijusi

dore ; and leave those things undone, which thou

pose a man be called at the twelik i, hour

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6. And lastly, The sooner thou engageft thy this life, the greater will be thy reward in Heaven,

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that someth to bis flesh

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old man that was late converted, acto beart to God, and the more service thou dot him in old man of seven years old. Suppose a su Gal.6,7,8. Be not deceived, God is not mocked ; many years spent in fia) should all whatsoever a man coweth that shall be reap. He wail his former miscarriages, and to cr fuption; but he that soweth to the Spirit, shal of for God, whom he hach lo dichoacum the Spirit reap life everlafting. think what an honour it is to live togla. I come now to the second thing; to answer Confoox to honour bim, who de Jeroes low they fhould not curn to God so soon,

ad to do him service! And cant chill the objections that young persons may make, wby. у

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5. It will make not only tby life

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chou didst turn to God betimes, in thy youth, and in the flower and prime of thy daies. Thou wile nor then be afraid to look God in the face, nor dread him as an enemy, but think delightfully of him as a long experienced friend, and be willing to surrender thy soul unco him. 'Tis reportsed of Adrian, that when he came to die, he cried out, omny soul, sobither art thou going? then art going where thou shalt never be jovial por merry

more. O my soul, whither art tbou going? There2 fore do those things now, which ( when thou

comest to die ) chou wouldst wish thou hadft done ; and leave those things undone, which thou , supposeft will noc yield chee comfort in chat hour.

6. And laftly, The sooner thou engagest thy heart to God, and the more service thou dost him in this life, the greater will be thy reward in Heaven, Gal.6.7,8. Be not deceived, God is not mocked, whatsoever a man soweth that shall be reap. He that someth to bis Alesh, shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that someth to the spirit, shall of she Spirit reap life everlafting.

I come now to the second thing; to answer the objections that young persons may make, why, they fhould not curn to God fofoon.

obj.1. We shall hereby lose our chief time of pleasure.

Sol. You shall exchange dirt for Gold, and the draff of swine for the food of Angels, you

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. Uhr Chap.18. of the Datles of the Towng. fínfull pleasures for the delight over time, &c. Phil.3.12

. Work out your own salvaGhost

, and the joyes of a gma Cenici tion with fear and trembling. 1 Pet.4.18. If the ligion will abridge you of nöchiga e righteous carcely be feved, where fhell the ungodly is rank poison to your souls

. It wildlane and the fimaer appear? If the righteous hardly, creations that are lawful, experier, those with much friving, diligence and watchful and moderate, and which may g pas neß attain salvation; what will become of the glorifie God in your general or parties negligent secure finner ? Can any think of ever See the Rules let down in the fore coming to Heaven, which is a state of boligejle under the fifth Direction to ts and purity, whole hearts disrekish Holinesle, and Pag 490

obj.2. We do bue as mof young is more ado chan needs and as others have done before us.

Sol. If you. sin with others, your turn to God bereafter, but not yet. to suffer with others. They that are 3* also in misery. The old world isn'atges in Hell, chat thought of turning hereaf

and Levi brethren in iniquity, molt bi fore pag.510 lo al likelihood there are many amples, but by precepts. Look not alas. Obj.s. We shall be flouted and jeer'd if we be. do, but at what God commands, Exod! gin to be religious and preciso so soon. Thos · Jhalt not follow a multitude 11 Sol. What are reproaches to the great things vil.

obj.3. There needs not so much and til enduring a jeer to the enduring a burning for the Heaven. read and jodge, Luke 13.24. Strive nisl rit of Glory and of God refteth upon you. 2 Cor.6.8.

Sol, Isit more ado chan Gods Word remain for the Name of Christ, happy are ye, for the Spi. at the strait gale, for many, 1/49 ste i By honour and dishonour , by evil report and good feek to enter in, and shall not be able, Matic report ; as decievers and get true. Mat.5.11. Seek ye first the Kingdom of God, and his Beljed are ye wohen men skal revile you, and perfespectly, not as foules but als mile, redeming you fally for my fake, V, 12. Rejoyce, and be exoufneß, Sec. Eph.5.15. See that ye sale in cute you, and shall say all manner of evil against

were drown'd together. You must no. ter.

others have swffered for Christ? What is the

sake of Chrift? 1 Pet.4.14. if ye be repreached

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