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Contentment, Prosperity, and God's Glory (Puritan Treasures for Today)

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Why is it difficult to be content when you have so much? On the surface, it seems unnecessary to instruct someone to be content in times of prosperity. However, times of prosperity and abundance provide some of the strongest temptations to pull our hearts away from God. Jeremiah Burroughs was keenly aware that the riches of this world compete for our affections and challen ...more
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Published April 20th 2013 by Reformation Heritage Books (first published April 16th 2013)
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Jeanie
Apr 29, 2013 Jeanie rated it really liked it
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Sometimes when reading a book such as this, you realize what a low bar we operate under. I am amazed and encouraged what contentment entails. You drink deeply in this study on contentment, in lacking of this world and on abundance. You begin to see the gospel on how we experience contentment in our every day lives. If you are feeling guilty while dealing with contentment, you probably do not have a clear understanding of the gospel, however, if your heart is not moved while others lack; you prob ...more
Michael Boling
Apr 26, 2013 Michael Boling rated it it was amazing
“I know how to be abased, and I know how to abound. Everywhere and in all things I have learned both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need. I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” (Philippians 4:12-13)

“Therefore do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For after all these things the Gentiles seek. For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. But seek first the kingdom of God and His ri
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Marc Mullins
May 05, 2013 Marc Mullins rated it it was amazing
I am not sure I am either qualified to review or whether the book itself should be subjected to the likes of me for review. Who are we in the great scheme of God’s church in time to review, analyze or critique a truly tested, timeless prophet of the Gospel like Jeremiah Burroughs? Nevertheless, I will, in whatever feeble means I am able as I have been so richly bless by his other work Rare Jewel of Christian Contentment during a season of my life where God in his grace saw it fit to ruin my desi ...more
Jalynn Patterson
Apr 30, 2013 Jalynn Patterson rated it it was amazing
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Why is it difficult to be content when you have so much?



On the surface, it seems unnecessary to instruct someone to be content in times of prosperity. However, times of prosperity and abundance provide some of the strongest temptations to pull our hearts away from God. Jeremiah Burroughs was keenly aware that the riches of this world compete for our affections and challenge our contentment in Christ. Originally prepared as an appendix to The Rare Jewel of Christian Contentment,
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Mazzou B
May 22, 2013 Mazzou B rated it it was amazing
''A Christian should be satisfied with what God has made the object of his faith (i.e., Christ). The object of his faith is high enough to satisfy his soul, were it capable of a thousand times more than it is. Now if you may have the object of your faith you have enough to content your soul.'' -from the book

I was very excited to receive this book since not only do I trust the books which the publisher, Reformation Heritage Books offers, I highly regard writings and wisdom of the puritans! This c
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Kevin Sorensen
May 02, 2013 Kevin Sorensen rated it it was amazing
This is a marvelous book. Reformation Heritage Books is doing a great service by reprinting these Puritan classics, in a short from, with some modifications made to make them more readable by a modern audience. I commend them for this and hope that they'll continue the practice.

Burroughs has long been one of my favorite Puritans. He is eminently readable, speaks straight to the heart and doesn't get lost in some of the Puritan's tendencies to lambast the papacy or crown. He was, and still is, ve
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Roger Leonhardt
May 03, 2013 Roger Leonhardt rated it it was amazing
We all think we would be content if we could just have more money. What if we won the lottery? Now that we have enough money to do anything we want, would we not have so much less to worry about ?

Burroughs, in this great little book, shows us that it is even harder to live for God when we are prosperous than when we are in need. When we need something, we tend to cry out to God. We hear many testimonies of how people were at the end of their rope when they turned to God and were saved. Even Jesu
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Brandon Lehr
Apr 26, 2013 Brandon Lehr rated it really liked it
Contentment

We often think of its importance in times of want and adversity.

But what if finding contentment is even more difficult in times of prosperity and ease? America is the wealthiest nation on the planet. Its citizens live at a standard most of the world can only dream of. Yet, are we happy? Are we satisfied? Or are we constantly hungering for more, looking for that missing piece in our puzzle of peace?

Though he lived 400 years ago, Jeremiah Burroughs, has provided for us a timely message
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Chuck
Dec 18, 2016 Chuck rated it liked it
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Jeremiah Burroughs was a member of the Westminster Assembly and a prominent Puritan preacher until his death in 1646. This book, updated to be more readable in today's English, was originally part of a sermon series on Philippians 4:11-12. "I have learned in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content. I know both how to be abased, and I know how to abound, every where and in all things I am instructed both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need."

Although the language
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Annie Kate
May 04, 2013 Annie Kate rated it really liked it
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The apostle Paul once wrote:

I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. (Philippians 4: 11-12)

Reading this passage, I have always focused on Paul’s contentment with very little. Contentment, Prosperity, and God’s Glory, however, focuses on the other part of Paul’s statement: lear
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Sarah
This work was originally intended as an appendix to The Rare Jewel of Christian Contentment. It's a bracing pastoral exhortation on how to live contentedly and to glorify God when you are materially prosperous (and by "prosperous," Burroughs really refers to anyone whose material needs are supplied on a daily basis). His thoughts grate against a lot of contemporary instincts about wealth, though perhaps not in the ways I expected when I got the book. Provocative for almost any reader.

Fuller revi
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Mark A Powell
Jun 26, 2013 Mark A Powell rated it liked it
Why is contentment so elusive? Burroughs (asking that question more than 300 years ago) examines the nature of contentment, especially among those who are most prosperous. While it might seem to follow that the more things one has the more content they will become, the reverse is often true. Burroughs, in his normally accessible way, shows why Scripture says this is while also revealing the only thing that will truly satisfy the longings of our heart.
Alex
Mar 19, 2016 Alex rated it it was amazing
In this wonderful little book you will find great wisdom and practical instruction.
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Jeremiah Burroughs (or Burroughes) was baptized in 1601 and admitted as a pensioner at Emmanuel College, Cambridge, in 1617. He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1621 and a Master of Arts degree in 1624. His tutor was Thomas Hooker.

Burroughs’s ministry falls into four periods, all of which reveal him as a zealous and faithful pastor. First, from about 1627 until 1631, he was assistant to
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  • The Blessed and Boundless God (Puritan Treasures for Today #4)
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  • Triumphing Over Sinful Fear
  • Fading of the Flesh and the Flourishing of Faith
  • Rules for Walking in Fellowship

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