The Family Monitor, Or a Help to Domestic Happiness. ...

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Charles Hoag, 1829 - Domestic relations - 191 pages
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"The substance of the following chapters was delivered by the author in a course of sermons which followed a series of expository lectures on the Epistle to the Ephesians. The consecutive method of preaching, which he principally uses, is attended, he thinks, with this, among many other advantages, that it brings under the review of a minister, many subjects which would otherwise be overlooked; affords an opportunity for the introduction of some topics, which, from their peculiarity, seem to require such a way of access to the pulpit; and also furnishes an apology, for the discussion of others, which the fastidiousness of modern delicacy has almost excluded from the range of pastoral admonition. On entering upon the first branch of relative duties, the author was so much under the influence, perhaps improperly, of this excess of refinement, and felt so much the difficulty of making a public statement of the duties of husbands and wives, that he had determined at one time, to relieve himself from the embarrassment, by merely reading large extracts from Mr. Jay's beautiful sermon on this subject. After he had preached two discourses, and thus discharged, as well as he was able, this rather perplexing task, he received a numerously signed petition from many husbands and their wives, belonging to his congregation, requesting that they might be permitted to read in print, the statement of their mutual obligations, which they had heard delivered with so much fidelity and impartiality from the pulpit. Instead of being limited by this request, the Author has gone beyond it, and sent forth the whole series of relative duties; thus furnishing a manual of advice, in which all the members of the household may find something appropriate to the peculiarity of their circumstances. In the following pages, there will be found numerous and long extracts from an incomparably excellent work, by the Rev. Christopher Anderson, of Edinburgh, entitled "The Domestic Constitution." Of that volume, the Author feels that his own is not worthy, in any instance, to be the harbinger; but should he find that he has introduced any families to an acquaintance with a treatise, so well worthy of their most serious attention, he will be thankful for that measure of benefit, and rejoice that he has not labored in vain"--Preface. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2008 APA, all rights reserved).

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Page 35 - be joined unto his wife, and they two shall be one flesh. This is a great mystery: but I speak concerning Christ and the church." Ephesians v. 22—32. -> Observe the sublime and transcendently interesting fact, which stands amidst the duties of domestic life, as stated by the apostle, in
Page 7 - By thee Founded in reason, loyal, just and pure, Relations dear, and all the charities Of Father, Son, and Brother, first were known. Far be it that I should write thee, sin or blame, Or think thee unbefitting holiest place, Perpetual fountain of domestic sweets!
Page 39 - is mighty ; he will save thee, he will rejoice over thee, with joy ; he will rest in his love ; he will joy over thee with singing." So must the husband regard his wife, above all
Page 108 - rod, and shalt deliver his soul from hell. The rod and the reproof give wisdom: but a child left to himself bringeth his mother to shame." Do not many mothers know this by bitter experience! Even in lesser matters, have they not a thousand times blushed at the rudeness,
Page 40 - to the spindle and her hands hold the distaff. She stretcheth out her hand to the poor, yea she reacheth forth her hand to the needy. Her husband is known in the gates, when he sitteth
Page 130 - for this is right. Honor thy father, and mother', which is the first commandment with promise ; that it may be well with thee and that thou may est live long on the earth.
Page 65 - Godliness is profitable for all things, having the promise of the life that now is, as well as of that which is to come." The same principle of divine grace which unites us to God, will bind us
Page 76 - in all things," what less can be required of the wives of the pastors ? " A bishop must be blameless, one that ruleth well his own house, having his children in subjection with
Page 182 - and trembling in singleness of your heart, as unto Christ: not with eye service, as men pleasers; but as the servants of Christ, doing the will of God from the heart; with
Page 182 - will, doing service, as to the Lord, and not to men: knowing, that whatsoever good thing any man doetb, the same shall he receive of the Lord, whether he be bond or free.

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