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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1869. Excerpt: ... Sermon M. "Not slothful in business, fervent in spirit, serving the Lord."--Romans, xii, n. HEEE is no more common excuse for the want of regularity in religious duties and practices than that which pleads the pressure of continuous daily labour and business. At no time more than at present has this plea been urged, and at first sight it seems to most persons altogether unanswerable. When the continued strain of long hours of toil is considered, when the harassing details and exciting changes of modern trade and commerce are remembered, it is not surprising that we so often hear it said that weariness of body and depression of mind incapacitate persons from due attention to holier and higher duties. But though it cannot be denied that excessive labour of mind and body are not compatible with the exercise of long and elaborate forms of devotion, yet it is most untrue that labour or business are in themselves destructive of prayer or other religious duties. Indeed, wise and holy men who have founded institutions for the express cultivation of the higher forms of meditation and prayer, have always been most careful to insure a very considerable portion of the day's time for labour and toil, sometimes of the severest form. We shall, however, find the best answer to such difficulties in the fact that God is the Author both of that command which bids man labour, and of that which bids him pray, and also in the truth that Christ came not to destroy natural laws and duties but to sanctify and elevate them. Nothing, therefore, that" is found in God's natural laws can contravene Christian duties or be incompatible with them, no lawful position of life, no toil or labour will of itself render it impossible for a man to serve his God aright. A man can be a good citiz...
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