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Contentment: Spiritually Internal thus Independent of Externals

April 1, 2017

For Lord’s Day, April 2, 2017 Dear Saints, Here is our next installment of Jeremiah Borroughs’, The Rare Jewel of Christian Contentment to supplement our Wednesday Night study of Thomas Watson’s, The Art of Divine Contentment (both based on Philippians 4:11). Having described what Christian contentment is, Burroughs begins to help us look at it from various angles to appreciate its myriad aspects. First, Contentment is a sweet, inward heart-thing. It is a work of the Spirit indoors. Contentment does not come from outside of us. It is a peace that is not of this world without but only from Christ…

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Affliction: The Moment We Need to Learn More Contentment

February 25, 2017

For Lord’s Day, February 26, 2017 Dear Saints, Our next installment of Jeremiah Burroughs’, The Rare Jewel of Christian Contentment deals with being content through affliction (which we saw from our recent Wednesday night studies with Watson’s book on the topic is the main classroom of learning contentment).  Burroughs writes: So far as your heart sinks and you are discouraged under affliction, so much you need to learn this lesson of contentment. His point?  The worse our affliction and deeper our agony, the greater we need to apply ourselves as learners of contentment, which is its own medicine.  In fact, This is quietness…

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An American Pastor’s Polemic on Politics

February 22, 2017

Dear Saints, While I was caring for Abraham while he was sick this Lord’s Day, I was afforded time to finish my reading of William S. Plumer’s, Jehovah-Jirah: A Treatise on Providence. The book has been a dear friend to me and covers a surprising range of things. Before I close the covers of this volume from the late 1800s, I wanted to share with you parts of his last two chapters, “Providence Over Nations”, and “National Judgments”, in which this American Presbyterian pastor calls upon his country to take heed. Do these words not resonate within our own nation’s…

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Contentment: Christian Self-Sufficiency

February 18, 2017

For the Lord’s Day, February 19, 2017 Dear Saints, Here is our next supplemental installment to Watson’s, Art of Divine Contentment on Wednesday nights from Burroughs’ Rare Jewel of Christian Contentment, Chapter 1, “Christian Contentment Described.” His starting point for the book is the same as for Watson’s study on the same subject, Philippians 4:11, the second part: … I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content. Burroughs writes, “Our great Apostle holds forth experimentally in this Gospel-text the very life and soul of all practical divinity.” Well then, we are wise to learn this lesson…

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Peaceful Contentment in Peacemaking

February 11, 2017

For Lord’s Day, February 12, 2017 Dear Saints, Having begun our Wednesday Night study with Thomas Watson’s, The Art of Divine Contentment, let us begin our supplemental e-devotions with Jeremiah Burroughs’, The Rare Jewel of Christian Contentment. Before we actually get to his own words, I’d like to take a look at what was said about him in the forward by Michael Boland related to Burroughs’ work as a member of the Westminster Assembly. Boland shares that although Borroughs was part of the Independent minority (a very small one) that opposed the majority’s work on certain features of Westminster’s form…

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The Artful Study of Strange Providences for Our Contentment

February 4, 2017

For Lord’s Day, February 4, 2017 Dear Saints, Next Wednesday night we will begin studying Thomas Watson’s, The Art of Divine Contentment, and I plan to use our weekly (Lord-willing) e-devotions/Pastor’s Posts to share the “cliff notes” of Jeremiah Burrough’s, The Rare Jewel of Christian Contentment along the way as a companion complement of sorts to our midweek corporate devotion. (Image source: http://news.psu.edu/story/141913/2011/12/14/research/probing-question-how-are-museums-keeping-changing-times) Watson’s theme verse for the book is Philippians 4:11, which reads in part: … I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content. Notice that contentment is not something that comes naturally—it must be learned by deliberate…

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Passing on the Faith through My Trust and Last Will and Testament

January 29, 2017

For Lord’s Day, January 29, 2017 Dear Saints, On the occasion of my daughter, Olivia Rose, taking her communicant membership vows before you this morning to be received into full communion and begin taking the Lord’s Supper this evening, wherein I will be charging her to Keep Picking Up and Passing on the Faith and to Keep Raising Up the Cup, I thought it fitting to share with you something personal in our family. Recently, I took the children with me to attend a meeting with my lawyer’s team in Escondido where I signed my updated last will and testament…

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