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BEHAVIOUR OUT OF CHURCH.
ROMANS XIV. 5.
One man esteemeth one day above another; another esteemeth every day alike. Let every man be fully persuaded in his own mind."
THE VALUE OF FREQUENT `SERVICES.
While ye have light, believe in the light, that ye may be the children of light. These things spake Jesus, and departed."
(A Harvest Festival Sermon.)
GENESIS XXIV. 63.
Isaac went out to meditate in the field at the
FROM NAZARETH TO JERUSALEM.
(FIRST SUNDAY AFTER EPIPHANY.)
ST. LUKE II. 42.
Be of good cheer: I have overcome the world."
THE ANGEL GATES.
REV. XXI. 12.
"Twelve gates, and at the gates twelve angels."
Good Days to Come.
IST EPISTLE GENERAL OF ST. PETER III. IO.
"And see good days."
DEPRAVED and corrupted must that man be, who deliberately and with satisfaction to himself wishes his brother man ill. Such beings, though the world is not altogether without them, are, I am thankful to think, a very limited minority. If it be in many cases but a form; if our words have too often degenerated into the rote of a mere custom, still they have the sound of what is good, not ill. I mean for instance, such common salutations as "good night," "good morning," or proposing a person's "good health." Even with two men who are enemies, whatever they
may think, there is no such phrase in existence as, "I wish you bad night,” or “bad morning," or." bad health." As I said just now, some use these salutations who do not really mean what they say, like some letters that contain written falsehood when they begin with "dear," and end with "truly yours." But still we say "good night;" and the happy thought is this, that those who mean what they say are a great majority in the world. Deep down in the scale of all that is untrue, ignoble, and unmanly, must he be, who is not able to say to his fellow man the good wish of my text to-night, "May you see good days." It is a most strange, remarkable, and bewildering thought, that the greatest ills men impose upon each other, are spoken under the cloak of religion. When a man, under the influence of drink, uses a profane oath, and by that unholy word consigns his neighbour to a pain of eternal banishment from God, at least I am glad to think that he does not probably really wish his fellow man that unending punishment. But there are those, sober in reason and in body, who hurl