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Union is Strength.

Union is Strength.

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Published by GLENN DALE PEASE
BY JONATHAN COGSWELL, D. D.

And, when it was'day, certain of the Jews banded together, and
bound themselves under a curse, saying, that they would neither eat nor
drink till they had killed Paul, And they were more than forty, which
had made this conspiracy. — Acts xxiii, 12, 13.
BY JONATHAN COGSWELL, D. D.

And, when it was'day, certain of the Jews banded together, and
bound themselves under a curse, saying, that they would neither eat nor
drink till they had killed Paul, And they were more than forty, which
had made this conspiracy. — Acts xxiii, 12, 13.

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UNION IS STRENGTH.BY JONATHAN COGSWELL, D. D.And, when it was'day, certain of the Jews banded together, and bound themselves under a curse, saying, that they would neither eat nor drink till they had killed Paul, And they were more than forty, which had made this conspiracy. — Acts xxiii, 12, 13. The union and zeal, the boldness and perseverance of those, whom we often see engaged in the accom-plishment of the basest of purposes, show us what men are capable of doing, and how they ought to act when objects of the greatest magnitude and value are present-ed to their minds. Such, however, is the state of the church, so imperfect and feeble are the graces of Chris-UNION IS STRENGTH. 3j tians that we find among them much less union and zeal, decision and boldness in their labors for the sal-vation of their fellow creatures, than in the ambitious for their ruin and destruction. The time has come, when Christians ought to be
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united by the firmest ties, when with zeal, decision and boldness they ought to fight the battles of their Lord — when their efforts to do good ought to corres-pond with their ability and opportunities. They must not look for rest till death closes their life. The objects exhibited to their minds are infinitely great and glorious. They are of sufficient importance to call into exercise all their powers. Their own happiness, which is not to be overlooked, is not to be so much regarded as the conversion of millions. When one nation feels that she has been injured by another nation, or when she has a fair prospect of ob-taining some desirable object ; her wisdom, physical strength, and treasures are all united and made sub-serviant to the defence of her rights and honor, or the measures, adopted for the execution of her designs. Here we see the harmonious operation of schemes, sometimes the most extensive and complex — an en-thusiastic ardor manifested by all, who approve them, and a settled purpose not to abandon them, however great the labor and expense required, till the end sought is attained. Thus men feel and thus they act, when seeking temporal aggrandizement, and also when butchering their fellow creatures. Surely the
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children of this world are in their generation wiser than the children of light. Ought not Christians to blush, when they compare their exertions in the best of causes with the exertions of those, who are 34 UNION IS STRENGTH. only seeking fading honor and perishing riches? When a plan is proposed for the benefit of our fellow men, though approved, too frequently it only awakens repulsive feelings in them, who profess to love their neighbor as themselves. The great good, which might be done, is too often left undone because not attempted. One and the same spirit seems to influence the enemies of the truth, while iis friends are divided into various contending parties. When Saul of Tarsus was at the head of a company, who were determined, if possible, to annihilate the in-fant church of Christ, and to murder his innocent and peaceable disciples; there were found enough to co-operate with him, who instantly caught the flame, burning in his breast, and did not refuse to meet any danger and to submit to any privation in the perpetra-
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