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The Bible and the closet, or, How we may read the scriptures with the most spiritual profit

Author: Thomas Watson; John Overton Choules; Samuel Lee
Publisher: Harrisonburg, Va. : Sprinkle Publications, 1992.
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Thomas Watson; John Overton Choules; Samuel Lee
OCLC Number: 28535278
Notes: With biographical sketches of Watson and Lee.
Description: 128 pages ; 23 cm
Contents: How we may read the Scriptures with most spiritual profit --
The Bible --
Biographical sketch --
Secret prayer successfully managed --
The closet --
Ejaculatory prayer --
The family altar or the duty, benefits. and mode of conducting worship with remarks on the various parts of prayer --
1. Design of the family organization --
A help in accomplishing our wishes in regard to ourselves and others --
Divides our sorrows and our joys by sympathetic emotions --
Eminently adapted to religion --
Full benefits of this organization cannot be accomplished without the aid of family worship --
2. The duty of family worship --
Some important means of grace and outward observances plainly implied in the word of God, for which we have no express command --
Not the manner of the Scriptures to command a thing already in existence --
So with prayer, they do not specify --
The example of Abraham, and other holy men --
Example of Christ --
Reasonableness of family worship --
Most proper way of teaching children religion --
Duty of having an altar in every dwelling --
3. The benefits of family worship --
The most important means of propagating piety to posterity --
Family worship makes the home happy --
An ordinance which God has blessed to the saving souls --
The irreligion of parents may prove the condemnation of their children --
Contrast of a family which worships God, and one which worships him not --
Lines by Burns 4. The objections to family worship considered --
We never saw the advantages of family worship --
A dull service --
Want of time --
Our family is small --
Should meet with opposition from some of the family --
I pray with my family on the Sabbath --
No ability to pray in the family --
Prayer the gift of the Holy Spirit --
Fear of ridicule --
Lines by Milton --
5. Directions for the due performance of family worship --
Every head of a family should consider himself its minister and priest --
A preparation of mind necessary. --
Singing --
Sacred music should be a branch of religious education --
The Scriptures enjoin us to sing --
Reading the Scriptures --
What course to pursue --
Specimen of a commentary in reading --
Questions and answers --
Prayer --
The most important part of family worship --
Payer should be minute --
Proper subjects to be mentioned --
Children --
Servants --
Family sins --
Wants --
Friends --
Mercies --
A lovely sight --
Remarks on the various parts of prayer --
Invocation, adoration, confession, petition, pleading, thanksgiving, blessing, amen, or consultation --
An analysis of prayer --
The matter of prayer --
The method of prayer --
Expressions of prayer --
The voice in prayer --
A morning family prayer --
An evening family prayer --
A prayer in the language of Scripture.
Other Titles: Secret prayer successfully managed
Responsibility: by Thomas Watson ; and Secret prayer successfully managed, by Samuel Lee ; ministers ejected in 1662 ; edited by John Overton Choules, with a recommendatory letter from E.N. Kirk.

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