Marvelous grace of our loving Lord,
Grace that exceeds our sin and our guilt!
Yonder on Calvary’s mount outpoured,
There where the blood of the Lamb was spilled.
Grace, grace, God’s grace,
Grace that will pardon and cleanse within;
Grace, grace, God’s grace,
Grace that is greater than all our sin.
Sin and despair, like the sea waves cold,
Threaten the soul with infinite loss;
Grace that is greater, yes, grace untold,
Points to the refuge, the mighty cross.
Dark is the stain that we cannot hide.
What can avail to wash it away?
Look! There is flowing a crimson tide,
Brighter than snow you may be today.
Marvelous, infinite, matchless grace,
Freely bestowed on all who believe!
You that are longing to see His face,
Will you this moment His grace receive?
old diary entry I was found of theehttp://crookedfingers.livejournal.com/1411084.html
" For if by one man's offence death reigned by one; much more they which receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness shall reign in life by one, Jesus Christ.)
 Therefore as by the offence of one judgment came upon all men to condemnation; even so by the righteousness of one the free gift came upon all men unto justification of life.
 For as by one man's disobedience many were made sinners, so by the obedience of one shall many be made righteous.
 Moreover the law entered, that the offence might abound. But where sin abounded, grace did much more abound:
 That as sin hath reigned unto death, even so might grace reign through righteousness unto eternal life by Jesus Christ our Lord." Romans 5:17-21
It is in the flow of existence here by Lake Michigan 11:28 AM. It is a cold cloudy day outside this morning.
I got up this morning around 7 o'clock AM. Carol was already up making another batch of peanut brittle. Carol made a pot of oatmeal for breakfast. After breakfast I wrote in my paper diary and fed the birds.
This morning my wife and I went grocery shopping. We were home from food gathering around 9:45 AM. I left to visit thrift stores around where we live out our lives. I found these used books today to ADD to our library-
"The Brothers Karamazov" a novel by Fyodor Dostoevsky (I already have two editions of this classic novel. I bought this one to keep in my old Dodge van along with a Bible and an edition of "Moby Dick" by Melville. If I get stuck in a snow storm I have something in my van to read.)
Goldengrove" a novel by Francine Prose (I read this novel a couple of years ago, but did not have a copy in our library.)
"Sundown, Yellow Moon" a novel by Larry Watson (I recently started collecting the novels of Larry Watson. Do not know why? Maybe I collect Watson's novels because they all take place in the West.)http://www.larry-watson.com/sundown__yellow_moon_61362.htm
"The Bishop's Man" a novel by Linden MacIntyre
"The Complete Stories of Evelyn Waugh" (A nice clean text, hardback with a slipcover. I collect the writings of Waugh.)
When I got home from thrift stores I found my wife gone. She is out doing errands this morning.
Last night I watched some professional football and read my books. Yesterday I read from these books to celebrate my existence as a retired farm hand-
"The Golden Sceptre" (6 Sermons on II Chron. 7:14) by John Preston
"Instructions About Heartwork" by Richard Alleine
"The Reality Of God and Historical Method: Apocalyptic Theology In Conversation With N. T. Wright" by Samuel V. Adams
"Reformation Readings of Paul: Explorations in History and Exegesis" Edited By Michael Allen & Jonathan A. Linebaugh
"Amy and Isabelle" a novel by Elizabeth Strout
Carol went to bed early and I went to bed late. I read my books late into the night. Now it is the last day of November 2015. Tomorrow is December 1, 2015. I have a dentist appointment tomorrow morning to have my teeth cleaned. It is a blessing having teeth to be cleaned.
Late yesterday afternoon our son Josiah called and we talked for a short period of time. He was downtown Seattle waiting to catch a bus home. Josiah had gone to church downtown Seattle and was headed home. His wife had their car and was out with a girlfriend.
Well I will close to drift into the afternoon hours. There is no way of escape.
- Music:Fuzz 'II'
It is in the death flow 10:39 PM Sunday night. The last Sunday of November 2015. Our lives keep speeding by!
I had a quiet day wandering the house and reading my books. I did not go anywhere today. There is no place new to go to in this area of West Michigan. I have seen everything there is to see around here. It seems my life goes in circles. I am always it seems at the same spot. I like this spot I am chained to. I am free in Christ Jesus. I can swim in the ocean of God’s love in this tiny spot I inhabit.
My wife went to bed early tonight. I have been sitting in the dark preparing myself to go to bed. I have been reading a novel this evening titled, “Amy and Isabelle” by Elizabeth Strout.
I have nothing going on tomorrow. I am blessed with salvation in Christ Jesus so I am going to the New Creation when I die.
Carol has a friend dying of cancer. One of Carol’s sister-in-law’s twin brother is dying of cancer. Carol can handle death, but I find being around dying people crushing. I never got over my mother’s death.
So I suppose I will close to go to bed. I do not like going to bed, but I do not like staying up all night either. We all need are beauty sleep.
" Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed,
 In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.
 For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality.
 So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory.
 O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory?
 The sting of death is sin; and the strength of sin is the law.
 But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.
 Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord." 1 Corinth. 15:51-58
"And Christ foretold that the Holy Ghost, the third Person, when he was come, would observe the same order in working upon men's hearts by the ministry of the apostles; "He shall convince the world of sin," John xvi. 8, for humiliation, that is his first work: then "of righteousness," for justification: lastly, "of judgment;" that is, that sanctification which persons justified are to have wrought in them. We come now to the explication and reasons of this point, which are,
1. To show the necessity of this humiliation.
2. The order of it, as it is here placed first.
1. For the first, it is true indeed, that the Lord might bring men home to him without this humiliation. He could do as he did at the first creation, say no more but, "Let there be light," and there would be light, and that without any of this thunder: he might say, Let there be grace, and there would be grace: he could come in the still voice, without rendering the rocks, and say no more but, Open ye everlasting doors, lift up your heads, ye gates, and they would be open: but though he might have brought the children of Israel out of Egypt into the land of Canaan, without leading them through the wilderness, yet his good pleasure was thereby rather "to humble them and prove them;" so it is here.
1. The reasons of this necessity may be drawn from the relation and respect which this humiliation hath both to the other conditions that follow, and all that is promised here in the text; unto which we will fit the reasons that follow.
(1.) Without this, men will not seek out for, and come unto Christ: they will not seek his face, that is, his person. The law is our schoolmaster to bring us to Christ, by humbling us. Men will not come unto him unless they are driven; men will not seek him unless they are convinced they are lost; men will not receive him unless they are first humbled. The poor receive the gospel, the poor in spirit.
(2.) It is necessary in respect of receiving and seeking for mercy, and pardon, and forgiveness; which is the main thing here promised, "I will forgive their sins;" for until then our propounding pardon and the promises of it, and inviting men to come in, would be all but last labor: for until then, men will give us that answer, and the promises the same entertainment, which those did that were invited to the marriage feast, Matt, xxii. 5,6-"they made light of it." And so we find by experience, that when we preach the great things of the gospel, as justification and remission of sins, men account them as small things, and set light by them; and the reason is, because they are not humbled. Men do not prize Christ and the promise of pardon by him, (as manna was not prized by the Israelites,) nor his righteousness, by which they are to be justified. A man, perhaps, would be content to have Christ's righteousness, as a bridge to go upon to heaven; but he will not prize it as Paul did, who was ambitious of nothing so much as to be "found in Christ, not having his own righteousness, but that which is by faith;" accounting all things in himself, and out of himself, dross and dung in comparison with it. But a man unhumbled will not set this high prize upon it; and God will not have his jewels, much less Christ and pardon of sin, cast away at random to those who do not value them. but when a man sees the badness of his nature, the multitudes of his particular sins, and sees that in his heart which he never thought had been there, and stands amazed at them, then to have such a righteousness as shall perfectly cover all these sins, this he will think a great matter. . ." John Preston THE GOLDEN SCEPTRE pg. 60-62
Come to Calvary’s holy mountain,
Sinners, ruined by the Fall;
Here a pure and healing fountain
Flows to you, to me, to all,
In a full, perpetual tide,
Opened when our Savior died.
Come in poverty and meanness,
Come defiled, without, within;
From infection and uncleanness,
From the leprosy of sin,
Wash your robes and make them white;
Ye shall walk with God in light.
Come in sorrow and contrition,
Wounded, impotent, and blind;
Here the guilty free remission,
Here the troubled peace, may find.
Health this fountain will restore;
He that drinks shall thirst no more.
He that drinks shall live forever;
’Tis a soul renewing flood.
God is faithful; God will never
Break His covenant of blood,
Signed when our Redeemer died,
Sealed when He was glorified.http://www.hymntime.com/tch/htm/c/o/m/e/cometoch.htm
" And when they were come to the place, which is called Calvary, there they crucified him, and the malefactors, one on the right hand, and the other on the left." Luke 23:33
It is in the flow of cosmic time 10:20 AM Sunday morning Eastern Standard Time. Outside this morning there is a layer of frost on the ground and the sun is shining. Yesterday I wore for the second time my new winter coat. I wonder when we will have our first real heavy snow fall.
I got up this morning around 6:44 AM. When I got up I made myself a small bowl of oatmeal and made a pot of coffee (four cups of coffee be exact). I ate my small bowl of oatmeal messing with our main computer. After messing with our main computer I wrote in my personal diary and then read for awhile a Puritan reprint titled, "Instructions About Heartwork" by Richard Alleine (1611-1691). If you want to know more about Richard Alleine check out this volume, "Meet The Puritans - With A Guide To Modern Reprints" by Joel R. Beeke & Randall J. Pederson. While I was reading Alleine my wife arrived home from work. We talked till she went to bed around 10 o'clock AM. Now I am down in the lower level writing on my lap top. Before coming here to write I was read some more of the book, "Theology As Discipleship" by Keith L. Johnson.
I have no plans for the day ahead of me. I am really not in the mood to watch professional football after watching all day yesterday college football. I will be glad when there are no more football games to watch. I am not into watching any other sports except football.
I did read last night a novel titled, "Amy and Isabelle" a novel by Elizabeth Strout (Strout wrote these two other novels found in our library, "Olive Kitteridge" (Winner of the Pulitzer Prize) and "The Burgess Boys".)
Not much else to report this morning. I thought about quoting from the book "Instructions About Heartwork" but now I feel like a flat tire. I got out a book while down here among our vast book collection titled, "The Golden Sceptre" (6 Sermons on II Chron. 7:14) by John Preston (1587-1628).
I will close to drift. There is no way of escape.
" Seek ye the LORD while he may be found, call ye upon him while he is near:
 Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts: and let him return unto the LORD, and he will have mercy upon him; and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon." Isaiah 55:6,7
I got tired of watching college football so I came down in the lower level to feel wasted. I must have slept poorly last night. I plan to go to bed early tonight. I am feeling drained this evening. My wife will be getting up soon to get ready to go back to work. Our lives are zooming by! I thought of listing all the books I have mentioned lately in my YouTube videos. I realize that the books I have mentioned lately are ones not read by Bible believing Christians. I am a Christian book worm. People in YouTube for the most part do not talk about solid biblical literature, but worldly literature. I recall these words of the apostle Paul, "And even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing" 2 Corinth. 4:3. I see it has a blessing my Christian library. I am thankful I can read solid Christian literature and fall deeper in love with the Lord Jesus Christ. "And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect" Romans 12:2.
I was thinking today when a Christian reads the Bible it is good to have a knowledge of the History of Redemption. That is why I mentioned in one of my videos the book written by one of my seminary Professor's titled, "The Progress of Redemption: The Story Of Salvation From Creation To The New Jerusalem" by Willem VanGemeren.
A Christian should read good introductions to the Old Testament and New Testament. I mentioned these in one of my videos-
"An Old Testament Theology: An Exegetical, Canonical, And Thematic Approach" by Bruce K. Waltke
"New Testament Theology: Magnifying God in Christ" by Thomas R. Schreiner
"The New Testament: A Historical and Theological Introduction" by Donald A. Hagner
"The King In His Beauty: A Biblical Theology of the Old and New Testaments" by Thomas R. Schreiner
A Christian should read Pauline (Apostle Paul) theology. Read these books as the world goes insane with violence-
"Apostle Paul: His Life and Theology" by Udo Schnelle (M. Eugene Boring, translator)
"Paul Apostle Of God's Glory In Christ: A Pauline Theology" by Thomas R. Schreiner
"Paul And The Faithfulness Of God" Parts I & II by N. T. Wright
"Paul And The Faithfulness Of God" Parts III & IV by N. T. Wright
A Christian should have a general knowledge of Church History and the History of Doctrine. I mentioned these books in my last video-
"Christianity: The First Three Thousand Years" by Diarmaid MacCulloch
"The First Thousand Years: A Global History Of Christianity" by Robert Louis Wilken
"God Has Spoken: A History Of Christian Doctrine" Gerald Bray
"Anti-Christ: Two Thousand Years Of The Human Fascination With Evil" by Bernard McGinn
When it comes to reading the Bible it is good to have a general knowledge of the history of biblical interpretation. That is why in my last video in my YouTube channel I mentioned these books-
"Reading Scripture With The Church Fathers" by Christopher A. Hall
"Worshiping With The Church Fathers" by Christopher A. Hall
"Tradition, Scripture, And Interpretation: A Sourcebook of the Ancient Church" Edited by D. H. Williams
"Reading The Old Testament With The Ancient Church: Exploring the Formation of Early Christian Thought" by Ronald E. Heine
"Reading Scripture With The Reformers" by Timothy George
Also check out this book when it comes to interpreting the Bible, "Gospel-Centered Hermeneutics: Foundations And Principles Of Evangelical Biblical Interpretation" by Graeme Goldsworthy.
It bothers me profoundly that some Christians believe understanding the Bible is extremely easy. The Lord Jesus has given to His Church people/biblical scholars to help them see/uncover the riches of God's Word/the Bible. Where is the love and delight in solid biblical scholarship among Christians these days? As Christians we are surrounded by great Christian books and sadly very few of us take the time to mine these spiritual and intellectual riches/scholarly works/books.
I am just an old retired farm hand but I find spiritual pleasure in reading and studying God's Word/the Bible in the company of Christian biblical scholars from throughout Church History, like the Ancient Church Fathers, the spiritual writers/mystics of the Middle Ages, the 16th century Reformers, the Eastern Orthodox Fathers, the 17th century Englsih Puritans, 19th and 20th century Christian scholars/ on and on the list could go.
Well, I will close to rest. Tomorrow is the last Sunday of November 2015.
" But unto every one of us is given grace according to the measure of the gift of Christ.
 Wherefore he saith, When he ascended up on high, he led captivity captive, and gave gifts unto men.
 (Now that he ascended, what is it but that he also descended first into the lower parts of the earth?
 He that descended is the same also that ascended up far above all heavens, that he might fill all things.)
 And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers;
 For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ:
 Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ:
 That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive;
 But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ" Ephesians 4:7-15