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Preface from the text:
The series of devotional readings comprised in the present volume have been carefully prepared from notes in extenso, taken in short-hand of sermons preached by Mr. Jay, principally during the last twenty-five years. That they are faithful transcripts of those rich experimental instructions and encouragements which fell from the lips, of the distinguished preacher will not for a moment be questioned by those who were privileged to listen to his pulpit ministrations, or who are at all conversant with his published works.
Although presented in a form differing from that in which they were originally delivered, scarcely any other alteration has been considered either desirable or necessary than an occasional transposition, and the change of person. In almost every instance the texts placed at the head of the several exercises are those which the accompanying observations were intended to illustrate and enforce.
The whole will be found eminently characteristic of this "Prince of Preachers." Here is the same originality and naturalness of manner, perspicuity and impressiveness of style, evangelical and experimental savour, practical and devotional tendency, fulness and felicity of scriptural illustration, and catholicity of spirit, which were most strikingly and singularly displayed in all his pulpit and printed discourses; "all of which," says Dr. Sprague, "are peculiarly adapted to promote the study of the Bible." It would seem as if the whole of the Scriptures were in his memory, and he had the power on every occasion of selecting the very passage that is most to his purpose.
"One great charm which pervades these pages is, that they range through every department of human experience, and show that the Spirit has his appropriate teachings for every condition."
"They are also eminently fitted to cherish a devotional spirit. While they show the fertility of his mind, the purity of his taste, and the originality and beauty of his conceptions, they also breathe in an eminent degree the spirit of devotion."
And of these reflections it may be said, in the words of his esteemed and venerated biographers, that they "lead the pious and devout to the most elevated views of the Divine character, as a Father to be loved and a Friend to be trusted. Every page seems to exercise over the mind an attraction to the Source of all wisdom, blessedness, and grace; and every sentiment seems bathed in the Spirit of devotion,-and designed to win the heart for God and truth.
"As an expositor, he is eminently successful. With an unrivaled force and effect, and in a style obviously adapted for its plainness and point, does he bring out the hidden beauties of revelation, and enchain the mind to the truths of God's word. He makes it flash its radiance upon the mind's eye with a power and beauty unperceived before."
For devotional reading in the closet and in the family, the present volume will be found admirably adapted, and, under the Divine blessing, will not fail to produce a high tone of spiritual feeling, and to bring the mind into an appropriate frame for enjoying fellowship with the Father and with his Son Jesus Christ; thus most fully realizing what its title indicates, "Mornings with Jesus."
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