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Family Worship.

Family Worship.

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Published by GLENN DALE PEASE
BY LANT CARPENTER


JOSHUA XXIV. 15.

AS FOR ME AND MY HOUSE, WE WILL SERVE THE LORD.
BY LANT CARPENTER


JOSHUA XXIV. 15.

AS FOR ME AND MY HOUSE, WE WILL SERVE THE LORD.

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Published by: GLENN DALE PEASE on Aug 23, 2013
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FAMILY WORSHIP.BY LAT CARPETER JOSHUA XXIV. 15.AS FOR ME AD MY HOUSE, WE WILL SERVE THE LORD.This was a noble resolution. We all feel it to be such.Do not our hearts respond to it ? The spirit which itexpresses cannot be too completely and habitually ourown. We should live in it; like the atmosphere webreathe, it will supply us with vital warmth; — ^willmake the stores we receive from intellect and affectionthe nourishment of the soul ; — ^will give strength andenergy to the framework of life. It will be felt by allaround as a healthfiil and holy influence. It will cherishthe seeds of immortality.To the servant of Jehovah who uttered this solemnpurpose, the Heavenly Canaan had not been disclosedas to us ; and still more impressive are our motives toform it, and our obligation to exercise it. The Christiancaimot doubt that he is living for eternity. He canhave no doubt that it is his indispensable duty to live2 B52 SERMO IV.himself with the eye of faith directed towards it; — ^toemploy every talent which God hath given him to pro-mote the spiritual welfare of those who are within hissphere of influence ; — ^to do what in him lies to induce
 
them also to choose that good part which shall make itwell with them now and for ever.In proportion to our power and influence is our re-sponsibiUty ; and it is necessary for us often to set our-selves seriously to consider how we may best exercisethat which the great Lord of all has given us. I trustI am addressing many who have fully at heart to knowand to do the will of God ; and in the minds of thoseamong them who either now fill, or may hereafter fillthe relation which makes them in a measure responsiblefor the welfare of those under their roof, I am anxioTisto impress, or to strengthen the conviction, that it is aduty of the highest obligation, faithfully to use themeans and opportunities which God hath placed in tharpower, in order to produce and encourage a steadfast,intimate sense of religion in their household, to instructthe members of their respective families in the know-ledge of their several duties, and to induce them toengage cordially and habitually in the discharge of them,as in the sight of God.The domestic and relative charities are undoubtedlycapable of being greatly perverted. The parentalaffections, for instance, of all perhaps the most impor-tant, may degenerate into foolish capricious fondness,alike destructive of the parent's happiness, and of thewelfare of the child. They may be allowed to limit theexercise of Christian love, and to prevent the use of FAMILY WORSHIP. 53those opportunities which Providence presents of doinggood to others. Through the fancied claims of thoseat home, but in reality from the promptings of selfish-ness, we may neglect those talents for usefulness whichGod hath given us; and our time, our abilities, ourmoney, may be laid up in a napkin. ay, they may
 
lead the heart away from God, while fixing it on Hisgift ; and may implant restless careworn anxieties, bycontemplating the uncertain tenure of the parent'streasure ; corroding fihal trust in the Giver, and pre-paring for murmuring and preymg sorrow, when allshould be dutiful, submissive resignation to Him, whotaketh away as well as giveth or preserveth. ever-theless, the domestic and relative charities form anessential and most important part of our nature. Theyrise up in the human heart without its care, and almostwithout its knowledge. They are some of the mostpowerful springs of action, and often lead to the mostdisinterested exertions. They are the root of bene-volence; and their -numerous fibres contribute to drawoff from self-love those juices which would otherwisefeed the wide-spreading shoots of selfishness, whosenoxious influence sometimes poisons the sources of individual worth and domestic happiness. They are,in fact, the basis on which the whole structure of bene-volence, and even of piety, is most commonly raised.As every individual is bound to contribute all he canto the welfare of others, in the wider relations of life,and not to suffer his merely private interests and feel-ings to prevent his endeavours for their good, so in thedomestic relations (where opportunities for this purpose54 SERMO IV.are continually occnring, and where it is in the powerof each to interrupt the general course of comfort andtranquillity^ by selfishness and caprice and ill humour,)every one is bound to do what in him lies to make thenear connections of life a source of good to all whoshare them with him. And inasmuch as the means of contributing to the welfare of others occur with vastlymore frequency and certainty, and have in generalmuch more efficacy, in the domestic, than in a wider

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