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Elusive Virtue of Contentment

Erik Raymond. Chasing Contentment: Trusting God in a Discontented Age. Crossway, 2017. 166 pp. $14.99, cloth    Contentment is a virtue that is much easier to discuss than to practice. Whether in the back of church or on social media, the definitions roll easily off our tongues. “It is being satisfied with everything that God […]

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I Have Enough!

The world declares to you, young brothers and sisters, that you never have enough and that you always need more: “More! More! More! Of what God has not given you, of what God has not promised, and of what God has not willed for you to have, you need that and need more of that.”  […]

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God’s Will

I am at a crossroads in life. What’s next? Where am I going? What am I going to do next? More school or go to work? This job or that job? Marriage? How many kids? These are the types of questions that make your head hurt! Where do I turn? So much indecision and uncertainty! […]

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Contentment in the New Year

A new year is a time for reflection. The Year of our Lord 2006 has swiftly drawn to a close and the Year of our Lord 2007 has begun. Has the Lord’s hand touched your life in a striking way in the past year? Have you shed tears because of the loss of a friend […]

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Be Still My Soul

“Why art thou cast down, O my soul, and why art thou disquieted within me?” Psalm 42:11. When I walk through the forest on a warm summer morning, I find that it may be a hard thing to catch a glimpse of a songbird. They blend so well with the foliage and they flutter and […]

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Content In His Ways

Content in His ways? So often I’m not. When pain overwhelms, I oft rue my lot. When earthly friends fail, discontent rears its head; Why do they help others and not me instead? While others are wealthy, I scarcely get by; My labor seems futile, all things go awry. I’m awash with self-pity, thinking everything’s […]

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Contentment……..and Anxiety

This speech was presented at the Young People’s Convention this past year in Lynden, Washington.   In preparing me to give this speech on contentment God used content people. One was a grandmother in Israel. When asked what she thought “contentment” was she pondered a minute and then said, “Contentment is the key to life.” […]

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Be Still and Know That I Am God

Contentment can mean different things to different people. According to Webster, contentment means “happy enough with what one has or is; satisfied.” Many people of the world are content with what they have and what they are. They are satisfied with their jobs, their families, their houses, etc. But when life does not bring them […]

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Contentment…Under Authority

I do believe that this subject has been chosen because specifically young people or Protestant Reformed people need to learn about contentment under authority.  During this week of the convention I have watched you and you have exhibited both a consciousness of authority and a respect for that authority.  You do not need to be […]

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Contentment in Suffering

Thank you for the privilege of speaking to you.  It has been a number of years since I have spoken at a Young People’s Convention.   And I am grateful for the opportunity to address you tonight. Christians, you and I too, know a SECRET: it’s the secret of being content not just when things are […]

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Contentment in Suffering

Thank you for the privilege of speaking to you. It has been a number of years since I have spoken at a Young Peoples’ Convention. And I am grateful for the opportunity to address you tonight. Christians, you and I too, know a SECRET: it’s the secret of being content not just when things are […]

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Contentment under Authority

I do not believe that this subject has been chosen because specifically young people or Protestant Reformed people need to learn about contentment under authority. During this week of the convention I have watched you and you have exhibited both a consciousness of authority and a respect for that authority. You do not need to […]

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Contentment and Self Denial

I’m glad for the opportunity to speak to you this evening because of the subject that the host society chose. I believe that Christian young people live in one of the most difficult ages that the church has ever lived in. And I pray that you might be able to be content with your lives […]

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Contented

“If the wren can cling To a spray a-swing In the mad May wind. And sing, and sing, As if she’d burst for joy— Why cannot I Contented lie In His quiet arms, Beneath His sky, Unmoved by life’s annoy?

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A Content Savior

“And when Jesus had cried with a loud voice, he said, Father, into thy hands I commend my spirit: and having said thus he gave up the ghost.”  (Luke 23:46) With these words, Christ’s earthly life ended.  He had endured the mockery and ridicule of men for many years and now Christ was going to […]

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Giving Thanks Always For All Things

At this time of the year it is customary throughout our country to observe a National Thanksgiving Day. Since 1941, Thanksgiving Day has been set by an act of Congress as the fourth Thursday of November. It’s a day in which we are to give thanks for National Prosperity, for the “perfect union” of our […]

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Contentment

Living in this world with all our expectations and wants can be a very disappointing experience. You and I are not naturally given to contentment. We can easily fall into the sin of discontent. We can become very discontented with the circumstances in which we live. When our expectations are not fulfilled we are inclined […]

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I Am Content

Picture with me for a few minutes the Apostle Paul in his prison cell in Rome. He had been in this condition for some time, years perhaps, his future in doubt. Would this continue indefinitely? Would he be allowed his just freedom? Or would he, perhaps, be subjected to one of the in­famous tortures of […]

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Unknown

My steadfast heart, O God, Will sound Thy praise abroad With tuneful string: The dawn shall hear by song, Thy praise I will prolong, And where Thy people throng THANKSGIVING bring.   Thanksgiving Day, that happy Christian festival, is again at hand. We look forward to it, young and old. What a Thanksgiving this will […]

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