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Rare Jewel of Christian Contentment 2 - by Michael Phillips
Excellency of Contentment - Part 2 of 8
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Romans 5:3
Mar 17, 2004 pm - Last week we began to study a chapter in the Puritan classic, The Rare Jewel of Christian Contentment. The author of this book is Jeremiah Burroughs, a man well-trained in disappointment and contentment. The whole book-it seems to me-is too long for our mid-week study, but it's not too long to read, and I highly recommend it to you-especially if you're unhappy with what you have. Out of the book, I've selected chapter seven as being particularly helpful: the title explains why: The Excellence of Contentment. What quality could be more excellent than contentment? We look at the life of Joseph or Moses or Paul, and we cannot help admiring their patience and good attitudes. Moses was a prince, Joseph the son of a rich man, and Paul a great scholar-yet look at the hard and grimy lives they were called to live! The prince becomes a shepherd, the son becomes a slave and prisoner, the scholar becomes a vagabond preacher without a wife or kids or a fixed salary! But you don't hear much murmuring from them, do you? From Joseph and Paul, there's none at all. In Moses, there's some griping, of course-but can you blame him? The contentment we find in them is very great, but it's not half of ... More >>>

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