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PREFACE.

THE unprecedented patronage which the Morning DEVOTIONS, and the CONTEMPLATIONS ON THE SUFFERINGS OF Christ by STURM, have deservedly received from every class of readers, and their consequent incorporation with the Standard Literature of this country, has operated as a flattering encouragement to the publisher of the above mentioned works, to present to the public, a translation of the EVENING DEVOTIONS, FOR EVERY DAY IN THE YEAR, by the same inspired Writer. To descant upon the merits of Sturm as a pious and moral Author, would, with the knowledge which we now possess of his works, be superfluous; it will, therefore, be merely necessary to state, that in the EVENING DEVOTIONS will be found the same tone of holy and pious feeling, the same purity and delicacy of thought, and the same unalterable love of the beauties and excellencies of the Christian religion, by which all his other writings are so eminently distinguished. With the EVENING DEVOTIONS, the entire works of Sturm, with the exception of his Sermons, may be said to be incorporated with our National Literature, and it may be confidently affirmed, that they will tend in a great degree, to enhance the good opinion which the British public have already expressed of his works. It may, however, be necessary to state in order to obviate any mistake which might very naturally arise regarding the different works of Sturm, that the EVENING DEVOTIONS and the EVENING REFLECTIONS are two distinct works, the former being a practical exposition of the duties of Christianity, embracing those subjects which could not be discussed within the limits of the MORNING DEVOTIONS ; whilst the latter is confined to the contemplation of the works of God, as a guide to the knowledge of natural history.

Of the manifold benefits derived from occasional devotion,

and which are so particularly held forth in the works of Sturm, no eulogium will be here required, but if there be anything, which disposes our heart to permanent and pious feelings, or which excites us to the performance of good and virtuous acts, it is a communion with God in an hour of retirement, when the soul, exalted above all the cares and distractions of this life, turns to its everlasting Father, and yields itself up wholly to his gracious Providence. Nothing tends so much to the increase of domestic felicity as occasional devotion, when the father or the mother in the midst of their family, occupy themselves with high and sublime objects, when they enter into communion with God, their Creator ; when they instruct themselves in the truths of the religion of Jesus Christ, and reflect on the expectations of their soul, which is created for eternity. After such a communion a holy serenity is diffused over the mind, and the pious resolution is formed to act virtuously on earth, and thereby render ourselves worthy of a higher and more blessed communion in another world. There is, certainly, not any thing which can be more conducive to the happiness of a family, than the possession of those works, which conduct the mind, in the hour of private meditation, to the consideration of those great and important truths on which the happiness of mankind is founded. In every state and condition of life, the sacred truths which are to be found in every page of the Devotions, will, if properly and firmly impressed upon the heart, be productive of an everlasting fruit, of inestimable benefit in this world, and of the most glorious results in another. To the youth of either sex, who, with joyous prospects are about to enter upon the dangerous career of life, those admirable precepts will be found, by which they can be guided to the true knowledge of God, of His divine Son, and of His sublime doctrine. Then, under all the accidents and casualties of life, they will be able to maintain a dignified composure in the joys of prosperity, and a pious and holy spirit ia the hour of affliction.

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Actions of Jesus Christ, the manner of the

591
Actions of man regulated by the counsels of divine wis łom the 395
Adherence to God in death

316
Advantage of early piety, the

403 534
Advantages of reflections on death, the

182
Advantages of self-knowledge, the

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Advantages of uprightness, the

475
Advantages of Christian fortitude, the

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Advantages and beauty of a family compact, the

523
Advantages of religious knowledge

831
Affairs of life, the love of God apparent in all the

276
Afflictions, the benefit and reward of .

611 837
Affliction, confidence in God under

219
Afflictions, consolation under our

109 140
Afflictioos of the present life are to be patiently endured
for the hope of eternal life, the

719
Approach to God by prayer, the

629
Approaching death, preparation for our

389
Approbation of God, the solicitude of the Christian for the 373
Assistance of the Divine Being, the

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Attendance on divine worship, the

251
Beauty of the works of God, the

413
Beauties of religion, the

527
Beholding of the lamb of God, the

599
Beneficial government of God, the

376
Benefit of prayer, the

199 804
Benefit of our afflictions, the

611
Benefit of self-examination, the

514
Benefit and reward of afflictions, the

837
Benefit of pious feelings and thoughts, the

185
Benefit of the love of God, the

446
Benefit of self-esteem, the .

802
Benefit of the Christian privileges, the

462
Benefit of the example of Jesus, the

763
Benefit of domestic worship, the

300
Benefit of a tranquil and contented heart, the

771
Benefits derived froin communion with Christ

723
Benevolence, the exercise of universal

455
Benevolence, one of the principles of the Christian character 569
Best course of a Christian's life, the

391
Birth, on the evening of our

26
Birth, the day of our

125
Blessed effect of communion with God, the

797
Blessed state of the Redeemer, the

586
Blessedness of the holy sacrament, the

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Blessing of faith, the

279
Blessing of God on our actions, the

620
Blessings of Christianity, the

539
Blessings of salvation, the

777
Blessings of communion with Jesus, the

715
Blessings of charity, the

674
Blessings of the redeeming love of Christ, the

576
Blessing of a pure heart

594
Blessings of the grace of Christ, the

409
Call of the Christian to repentance, the

589
Carnally-minded man, spiritual and the

865
Censure of man, indifference to the
Certainty in the kindness of God
Character of the Christian, the enjoyment of life compati-
ble with the

228
Charity, the blessings of

715

364
Charity, the foundation of the Christian religion

751
Children, the duty of parents to their.
Christ, the free grace of

. 879
Christ, the perfect way of life

779

128
Christ, the light of God, and the light of
Christ, justification in

721
Christ, my life is in

338
Christ, the coming of

398
Christ, union with

581
Christ, the blessings of the grace of

584
Christ to be heard with humility, the instructions of 703
Christ, benefits derived from communion with

723
Christian's obligations to God, the

454
Christian, strengthened by Jesus Christ, the

319
Christian under misfortune, the

51
Christian, the purity and perfection of the

407
Christian, the divine light of the

4.64
Christian in his old age, the

273
Christian, the true humility of the

572
Christian in retirement, the

165 657
Christian in his hours of leisure, the

32
Christian in the contemplation of nature, the

223
Christian privileges, the benefit of the

462
Christian religion, love the essence of the

842
Christian fortitude, the advantages of

788
Christian, the perfection of the

61
Christian, the true contentment of the

314
Christian on the prospect of death, the

678
Christian piety, one of the chief virtues of the

327
Christian, is not a being of this world, the

567
Christian character, benevolence one of the chief prin-
ciples of the

569
Christian, the public acts of the

248
Christian in the hour of temptation, the

303
Christian faith, the support of the

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