The Works of Henry Scougal

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  • ISBN-13: 9781573581196
  • Publisher: Reformation Heritage Books
  • Publication date: 3/28/2002
  • Pages: 378
  • Product dimensions: 5.86 (w) x 8.74 (h) x 1.09 (d)

Table of Contents

The Life and Writings of Henry Scougal ix
The Life of God in the Soul of Man
The occasion of this discourse 1
Mistakes about religion 2
What religion is 3
The permanency and stability of religion 3
The freedom and unconstrainedness of religion 4
Religion a divine principle 7
What the natural life is 7
The different tendencies of the natural life 8
Wherein the divine life consists 11
Religion better understood by actions than by words 14
Divine love exemplified in our blessed Savior 15
His constant devotion 16
His charity to men 17
His purity 18
His humility 20
A prayer 21
The excellency and advantage of religion 22
The excellency of divine love 23
The advantages of divine love 26
The worth of the object to be regarded 26
Love requires a reciprocal return 27
Love requires the object to be present 28
Divine love makes us partake of an infinite happiness 29
He who loves God finds sweetness in every dispensation 30
The duties of religion are delightful to him 31
The excellency of universal charity and love 32
The pleasure that attends charity 33
The excellency of purity 34
The delight purify affords 34
The excellency of humility 35
The pleasure and sweetness of a humble temper 36
A prayer 38
Despondent thoughts which may arise in such as are awakened to a sense of religion 39
The unreasonableness of such fears 40
We must do what we can, depending on divine assistance 44
We must shun all manner of sin 46
We must know what things are sinful 47
We must resist the evils of sin, and resist temptations to it 49
We must keep a constant watch over ourselves 52
We must often examine our actions 53
We must restrain ourselves in many lawful things 54
We must strive to put ourselves out of love with the world 55
We must do those outward actions that are commanded 58
We must endeavor to perform internal acts of devotion and charity 59
Consideration is a great instrument of religion 60
To beget divine love, we must consider the excellency of the divine nature 62
We must often meditate on God's goodness and love 65
To beget charity, we must remember that all men are nearly related unto God 68
All men carry God's image upon them 68
To beget purity, we must consider the dignity of our nature 69
We should often meditate on the joys of heaven 70
Humility arises from the consideration of our failings 71
Thoughts of God give us lower thoughts of ourselves 72
Prayer is another instrument of religion 72
The frequent use of the holy sacrament is an extraordinary means to increase holiness and piety 74
A prayer 75
Nine Discourses on Important Subjects of Religion
The Superior Excellency of the Righteous: A sermon on Proverbs 12:26: "The righteous is more excellent than his neighbor" 77
The Indispensable Duty of Loving Our Enemies: A sermon on Luke 6:27: "But I say unto you which hear, 'Love your enemies'" 98
The Necessity and Advantage of Early Afflictions: A sermon on Lamentations 3:27-28: "It is good for a man that he bear the yoke in his youth. He sitteth alone and keepeth silence, because he hath borne it upon him" 124
There Are But a Small Number Saved: A sermon on Luke 13:23: "Then one said unto Him, 'Lord, are there few that be saved?'" 143
The Duty and Pleasure of Praise and Thanksgiving: A sermon on Psalm 107:15: "Oh, that men would praise the Lord for His goodness, and for His wonderful works to the children of men!" 164
The Nativity of our Savior: A sermon on Psalm 2:11: "Rejoice with trembling." Wherein is treated the usefulness of the two passions, joy and fear, in religion 180
The Passion of Our Savior: A sermon on Lamentations 1:12: "Is it nothing to you, all ye that pass by? Behold and see if there be any sorrow like unto My sorrow" 202
Preparation for the Holy Sacrament: A sermon on Joshua 3:5: "Sanctify yourselves, for tomorrow the Lord will do wonders among you" 219
The Importance and Difficulty of the Ministerial Function: A sermon on 2 Corinthians 2:16: "Who is sufficient for these things?" 227
Private Reflections and Occasional Meditations
Reflection 1 On the Sad Report of the Death of a Learned and Pious Friend (November 1, 1668) 256
Reflection 2 On the Sight of the Foresaid person whom I had Concluded to be Dead (November 10), when I Had Occasion to Visit Him at His House 257
Reflection 3 Some Serious Thoughts Occasioned by the Disappointment of an Important Design (September 7) 258
Reflection 4 A Short Time After the Temper of My Soul was such as Prompted Me to the Following Meditations 260
Reflection 5 Occasioned by the Death of a Friend 264
Reflection 6 On Temptations 265
Reflection 7 My Obstinacy 268
Reflection 8 Happiness in Covenanting with God 269
Reflection 9 Some Considerations and Directions for Getting and Maintaining the Tranquility of Mind which is so Absolutely Necessary to the Happiness of Man 271
Essays, Moral and Divine
Essay 1 Of Gratitude, and the Obligations Thereof 277
Essay 2 Of Generosity 278
Essay 3 Of Happiness 279
Essay 4 Of Platonic Love 286
Essay 5 The Advantages of Divine Love 289
Appendix A Sermon Preached at the Funeral of the Rev. Henry Scougal: A sermon on Philippians 1:21: "For me to live is Christ, and to die is gain." 293
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