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True Sources of Enjoyment.

True Sources of Enjoyment.

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Published by GLENN DALE PEASE
BY REV. A. LOCHMAN d. d.

Text. — Drink waters out of thine own cistern, and running
waters out of. thine own well Let thy fountains be dispersed
abroad, and rivers of waters in the streets. Prov. v. 15, 16.
BY REV. A. LOCHMAN d. d.

Text. — Drink waters out of thine own cistern, and running
waters out of. thine own well Let thy fountains be dispersed
abroad, and rivers of waters in the streets. Prov. v. 15, 16.

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Published by: GLENN DALE PEASE on Jan 29, 2014
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TRUE SOURCES OF ENJOYMENT. BY REV. A. LOCHMAN d. d. Text. — Drink waters out of thine own cistern, and running waters out of. thine own well Let thy fountains be dispersed abroad, and rivers of waters in the streets. Prov. v. 15, 16. God has created us capable of the purest and most exquisite enjoyments — enjoyments which are satisfying, leave no sting behind, occasion no remorse, and are followed by no evil consequences. Not sat-isfied, however, with such, men seek afler the indul-gence of pleasures which God has forbidden and which are followed by the most ruinous conse-quences. The words of the text, though they have a pri-mary allusion to the purer and holier enjoyments of the family relation, of home, in opposition to those abroad, of dissipation, folly and wickedness, yet ad-mit of a more general application. Pleasures, such as we can enjoy with advantage to all our interests, which are followed by no evil consequences, are compared to full cisterns and running streams of
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pure water, which are refreshing and satisfying, in contrast with broken cisterns, which disappoint our expectations, and with stagnant pools, whose waters become nauseating, disgusting and engender disease. TRUE SOURCES OF ENJOYMENT. 47 Yet hoiv many, instead of seeking to have sources of enjoyment within their own reach, of making home what it ought to be, a pleasant and happy re-treat from the cares, perplexities and storms of life, and finding pure enjoyments there, seek them in the vain and delusive pleasures of the world and sin. They rush to places of public amusements, to haunts of iniquity and vice. Instead of seeking to have sources of enjoyment in themselves, in a good con-science, in the love and fear of God, in the paths of virtue and religion, and in doing good to others, they pass by these pure streams and fountains, and seek to slake the thirst and longings of the soul in the stagnant pools of the world and sin.
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Under all these circumstances, how important the advice in the text, " Drink waters out of thine oivn cistern, and running waters out of thine own well. Let thy fountains be dispersed abroad and rivers of waters in the streets. True sources of enjoyment is our theme. I. Seek to have within yourselves sources of en^- joyment. II. Seek to have them in your home circle. III. Seek them in your awn church. IV. Seek them in doing good to others. Cisterns, wells and fountains are frequently 48 TRUE SOURCES OF ENJOYMENT. made use of in the Scriptures, especially in the Old Testamentj to represent sources of enjoynaent. The
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