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Jeremiah Burroughs (1599-1646), an English non-conformist preacher who spent four years in exile in Holland and later returned to London where he ministered faithfully in two notable congregations there.  He was well-known and respected by his congregants and fellow ministers alike.  He was a prolific writer and well-esteemed among his contemporaries, but he is perhaps best known today for his superb treatise on Philippians 4:11 entitled The Rare Jewel of Christian Contentment.  His great heart’s desire was to see peace and unity among differing congregations of Christians, and in this regard, he is also known for his conciliatory work as one of the divines on the Assembly that produced the Westminster Confession (completed just after his death).  His life is summed up in the following sentiment:  “He was a man of learning, candor, and modesty; in his life irreproachable, and highly exemplary.”  Most of his works were published by friends after his death.

How Christ Teaches Contentment

from The Rare Jewel of Christian Contentment

by Jeremiah Burroughs

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