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SERMON XX.

TO RUN WITH PATIENCE.

Heb. xii. 1, 2.- “ Let us run with patience the race

that is set before us, looking unto Jesus.” 299

GARRISON SERMONS.

SERMON I.

CHRISTIAN LOYALTY.

PROVERBS xiv. 34.

“ Righteousness exalteth a nation : but sin is a re

proach to any people."

That God, as being the Creator of the world, should exercise supreme dominion over the affairs of men, can be denied only by those who are ready to deny the fact of an Almighty and self-existing Being, the great and glorious Jehovah. The Almighty is indeed represented throughout the Bible as taking an ever-watchful

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interest in the affairs of men, as ruling supreme “ according to his will in the army of heaven, and among the inhabitants of the earth."1 And not only are the most high and enduring rewards, even “glory and honour and immortality,” 2 offered to our acceptance and encouragement in “ the way of righteousness,”—not only are the terrors of future and eternal wrath brought forward to deter men from the commission of crime, from the perpetration of all manner of sin and iniquity; but motives of present interest, of present honour and advantage, are brought forward and urged upon the attention, to persuade men to the observance and practice of whatsoever things are true, honest, just, and pure. And whether as individuals, or as members of society,—as we love our ownselves, or as we love the land of our nativity, the country whose

we bear, are exhorted to “ live soberly, righteously, and godly.”3

1 Dan. iv. 35. 2 Rom. ii. 7. 3 Titus ii. 12.

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