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Edward Payson

Edward Payson (1783 - 1827)

Read freely text sermons and articles by the speaker Edward Payson in text and pdf format. American Congregational preacher, was born on 25 July 1783 at Rindge, New Hampshire, where his father, Seth Payson (1758-1820), was pastor of the Congregational Church. His uncle, Phillips Payson (1736-1801), pastor of a church in Chelsea, Massachusetts, was a physicist and astronomer. Edward Payson graduated at Harvard in 1803, was then principal of a school at Portland, Maine, and in 1807 became junior pastor of the Congregational Church at Portland, where he remained, after 1811, as senior pastor, until his death on 22 October 1827.

The most complete collection of his sermons, with a memoir by Asa Cummings originally published in 1828, is the Memoir, Select Thoughts and Sermons of the late Rev. Edward Payson (3 vols., Portland, 1846; Philadelphia, 1859). Based on this is the volume, Mementos of Edward Payson (New York, 1873), by the Rev. E. L. Janes of the Methodist Episcopal Church.

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A Festival Kept To The Lord
       When ye have gathered in the fruit of the land, ye shall keep a feast unto the Lord. — LEVITICUS XXIII. 39. If we review attentively the religious ordinances which God has appointed, we can scarcely fail to perceive, that he has usually passed by a ... read more

All Things Created For Christ
       All things were created by him and for him.-COLOSSIANS 1:16 By whom were all these worlds and beings made? is probably the first question, which a view of the created universe would excite in a seriously inquisitive mind. For what purpose and with wh ... read more

Amiable Instincts Not Holiness
       And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.—1 THESSALONIANS v. 23. THIS prayer of the apostle for the universal sanctificati ... read more

Christ Rejects None Who Come To Him
       Him that cometh unto me, I will in no wise cast out—JOHN vi. 37. I NEED not tell you, my friends, that these are the words of Christ for who but he would or could utter such words? Who but the compassionate Friend of sinners, the Shepherd, who came t ... read more

Fraud Exposed And Condemned
       It is naught, it is naught, saith the buyer; but when he is gone his way, then he boasteth. — PROVERBS. xx. 14. IT is impossible to peruse the scriptures attentively, without finding in almost every page, the most convincing proofs, that since the ... read more

God's Ways Above Man's
       For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.-Isa. 55:8,9 IN the preceding verses God comm ... read more

Humility & Prayer
      It is natural to man, from his earliest infancy, to cry for relief when in danger or distress, if he supposes that any one able to relieve him is within hearing of his cries. Every man then who feels his own dependence upon God, and his need of blessings ... read more

Jehovah, A King
       I am a great King, saith the Lord of Hosts.—MALACHI I. 14. WHEN God would inform his creatures what he is, he must employ language suited to their capacities; language, which they can understand. What he is himself indeed, or what constitutes hi ... read more

Men Tried And Found Defective
       Thou art weighed in the balances, and art found wanting.—DANIEL v. 27. IN the preceding part of this chapter we are informed, that Belshazzar, king of Babylon, made a great feast to a thousand of his lords and drank wine before the thousand. A ... read more

Messiah's Victory Predicted And Desired
       Gird thy sword upon thy thigh, 0 most Mighty, with thy Glory and thy Majesty; And in thy Majesty ride prosperously because of truth and meekness and righteousness; And thy right hand shall teach thee terrible things. Thine arrows are sharp in the hear ... read more

Our Sins Infinite In Number and Enormity
       Is not thy wickedness great? and thine iniquities infinite? JOB XXII 5. This question was addressed by Eiiphaz to Job. He was led to ask it by a suspicion, that Job was a hypocrite. He had imbibed the erroneous opinion, that great temporal cal ... read more

Recollections of God Painful To the Wicked
       I remembered God, and was troub1ed.—PSALM LXXVII. 3. GOD is a being, whom it is impossible to contemplate with indifference. His character is so interesting, our dependence on him is so complete, and his favor is so indispensably necessary to our h ... read more

Sinners Entreated To Hear God's Voice
       The Holy Ghost saith, today if ye will hear his voice, harden not your hearts. — HEBREWS III. 7,8. My brethren, I can think of no introduction to a discourse on this awakening passage more suitable, than that often repeated command of our Savi ... read more

Sinners Willful and Perverse
       And the Lord said, whereunto then shall I liken the men of this generation? and to what are they like? They are like unto children sitting in the market place, and calling one to another, and saying, we have piped unto you, and ye have not danced; we ... read more

Sins Estimated by the Light of Heaven
       Thou hast set our iniquities before thee, our secret sins in the light of thy countenance.—PSALM xc. 8. It is a well known fact that the appearance of objects, and the ideas which we form of them, are very much affected by the situation in which ... read more

The Christian Manner of Expressing Gratitude
       The Lord give mercy unto the house of Onesiphorus; for he oft refreshed me, and was not ashamed of my chain. But when he was in Rome, he sought me out very diligently, and found me. The Lord grant unto him, that he may find mercy of the Lord in that d ... read more

The Dead In Sin Made Alive
       And you hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins; wherein in time past, ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience; among ... read more

The Difficulty of Escaping The Damnation of Hell
       My hearers, I am not without apprehensions, that the passage, which I have chosen for the subject of this discourse, will sound harshly in your ears; and that its first effect will be to excite, in many breasts, feelings by no means favorable to ... read more

The Fullness of God Dwelling In Christ
       In him dwelleth all the fullness of the Godhead bodily. — Colossians II. 9. THIS is asserted of Jesus Christ. It appears, at the first glance, to contain most important truth; truth which cannot but be interesting to all who wish to form just co ... read more

The Mark Of Deliverance
       And the Lord said unto him, go through the midst of the city, and set a mark upon the foreheads of the men that sigh and cry for all the abominations, that be done in the midst thereof. And to the others he said in my hearing, go ye after him through ... read more

The Promised Fruit Of Christ's Sufferings
       He shall see of the travail of his soul, and shall be satisfied.—Isaiah, LIII, 11 Could any of us have seen what angels saw, when the Son of God left the bosom of his Father, and exchanged a throne in heaven for a manger on earth; could we hav ... read more

The Second Coming Of Christ
       Behold, he cometh with clouds; and every eye shall see him, and they also which pierced him; and all kindreds of the earth shall wail because of him: even so. Amen. REVELATION I: 7. An apostle, speaking of the Lord’s supper, intimates that the ... read more

The Timely Presence And Salutation of Jesus
       And as they thus spake, Jesus himself stood in the midst of them, and saith unto them, peace be unto you. LUKE xxiv. 36. WHEN we are studying the character of a person of whom we know little, but whom we have particular reasons for wishing to know ... read more

The Universal Law of Forgiveness
       If thy brother trespass against thee, rebuke him; and if he repent, forgive him. And if he trespass against thee seven times in a day, and seven times in a day turn again to thee, saying, I repent; thou shalt forgive him. Luke xvii. 3, 4. ON h ... read more

The Way Which Wicked Men have Trodden
       Hast thou marked the old way, which wicked men have trodden? Which were cut down out of time, whose foundation was overthrown with a flood: Which said unto God, depart from us; and what can the Almighty do for them ?—Job xxii. 15, 16, 17. WIDE, s ... read more

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