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5 General Confiderations The 14 several kinds

concerning it,

Spiritual Alms, 24

5 Rules for Hearing or Read. The s several kinds of mix

ing the Word,

213 Alms,

ibid

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Rules for Reading Spiri- 16 Rules for giving Alm.

tual Books, or Hearing

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Sermons,

214 13 Motives to Charity, 25

Sect. V. Of Fasting, 215 Remedies against the Parent

15 Rules for Christian Fast of Unmercifulness, 1255

ing,

216 I. 9 Against Envy, by Wa

Benefits of Fasting,

of Consideration,

ibid

Sea. vi. Of keeping Festi- II. 12 Remedies against An

vals, and Days Holy to ger, by Way of Exercise,

the Lord; particularly

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the Lord's-Day, 221 13 Remedies against Anger

to Rules for keeping the by Way of Consideration

Lord's-Day, and other

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Christian Festivals, 223. III. 7 Remedies against Co-

III. Of the mixt Actions of veiousness, 263

Religion,

227 Sect. IX. Of Repentance, 269

Sect. VII. Of Prayer, ibid. II A&s and Parts of Re-

8 Motives to Prayer,' 228 pentance,

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16 Rules for the Pratice of 4. Marives' to Repentance,

Prayer,

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6 Caution's for making Vows, Sect. X. Of Preparation to,

236 and the Manner how to

Remedies against Ti'andring receive the Sacrament of

Thoughts, &c. 237 the Lord's-Supper, 280

jo Signs of Tediousness of 14 Rules for Preparation

Spirit in our Prayers and and voorthy Communica-

al A&ions of Religion, 239

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11 Remedies against Tedi. The Effetts and Benefits of

ousness of Spirit,

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worthy, &c. 288

Sect. VIII. Of Alms, 244 Prayers for all Sorts of Men,

The 18 several kinds of &c.

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Corporal Alms, 245

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CH A P. I. Considerations of the general Instruments

and Means serving to a Holy Life, by
way of Introduction.
T is necesfary that every Man should consider,
that since God hath given him an excellent
nature, wifdom and choice, an understanding

soul, and an immortal spirit, having made him Lord over the beasts, and but a little lower than the Angels; he hath also appointed for him a work and a service great enough to employ those abilities, and hath also defign'd him to a state of life after this, to which he can only arrive :by that service and obedid ence. And therefore as every Man is wholly God's own portion by the title of Creation : So all our labours and care, all our powers and faculties must be wholly employed in the service of God, even all the days of our life, that this life being ended, we may live with him for ever.

Neither is it sufficient that we think of the service of God as a work of the least neceffity, or of small em.

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ployment, but that it be done by us as God intended its that it be done with great earneftness and parfion, with much zeal and desire; that we refuse no labour, that we bestow upon it much time, that we use the best guides, and arrive at the end of glory by all the ways of grace, of prudence and Religion.

And indeed if we consider how much of our lives is taken up by the needs of nature, how many years are wholly spent before we come to any use of reason, liow niany years more before that reason is useful to us to any great puposes, how imperfect our discourse is niade by our evil education, false principles, illcom. pany, bad examples, and want of experience, how many parts

nf our wisest and best years are spent in eating and sleeping, in necessary bulineffes and unnecessary vanities, in worldly civilities and less useful circumstances, in the learning arts and sciences, languages or trades; that little portion of hours that is left for the practices of piety and religious walking with God is so short and trifling, that were not the goodness of God infinitely great, it might seem unreafonable or impoflible for us to expet of him eternal joys in Heaven, even after the well fpending those few minutes which are left for God and God's service, afcer we have served our selves and our own occasions.

And yet it is considerable, that the fruit which comes from the many days of recreation and vanity is very little, and although we scatter much, yet we gather up but little profit: but from the few hours we fpend in prayer and the exercises of a pious life, the return is great and profitable; and what we sow in the minutes and spare portions of a few years, grows up to crosvns and scepters in a happy and glorious Eternity. : 1. Therefore although it cannot be injoin'd, that the greatest part of our time be spent in the direct a&tions of devotion and religion, yet it will become, not only a duty, but also a great providence, to lay aside for the services of God and the businesses of the Spirit as much as we can : because God rewards our minutes with long and eternal happiness; and the

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