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20th-Oct-2018 07:27 pm - Saturday Reads, Used Books & Music

'Dispatches From Pluto: Lost And Found In The Mississippi Delta' memoir by Richard Grant

'Anniversaries: From A Year In The Life Of Gesine Creasspahl' a novel Two Volumes by Uwe Johnson A New Translation By Damion Searls

'Why I Read: The Serious Pleasure Of Books' essays by Wendy Lesser

'American Eden" David Hosack, Botany. and Medicine in the Garden of the Early Republic' non-fiction by Victoria Johnson

'The Wall: Growing Up Behind the Iron Curtain' Biography/Juvenile Literature by Peter Sis

'Old World New World: Great Britain and America from the Beginning' non-fiction by Kathleen Burk

'Darwin's Sacred Cause' How A Hatred Of Slavery Shapes Darwin's Views On Human Evolution' biography by Adrian Desmond & James Moore

'Darwin: The Life of a Tormented Evolutionist' biography by Adrian Desmond & James Moore

'Huxley: From Devil's Disciple To Evolution's High Priest' biography by Adrian Desmond

'Grounded In Heaven: Recentering Christian Hope and Life on God' by Michael Allen

music: Pixies 'Come On Pilgrim. . . It's Surfer Rosa' 30th Anniversary Reissue
20th-Oct-2018 01:49 pm - Esoctrilihum - Inhüma [Full - HD]
It is 12:01 PM Saturday afternoon here in southwest Michigan. It is a cold cloudy Autumn day.

I got up this morning around 8 o'clock AM today. I got up had breakfast and messed with our main computer. After messing with our main computer I wrote in my paper diary and just drifted through the morning. I watched lectures on Youtube this morning and talked to my wife. Now I am about to watch a college football game Michigan vs. Michigan State.

There is really not much else to report since it has been a quiet day thusfar. I am tired as usual today. I could easily fall asleep right now.

Last night is ancient history so I won't try to remember what happened. All there is now in the flow of existence.

I will close to watch college football.

"[1] Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand;
[2] By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain.
[3] For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures;
[4] And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:
[5] And that he was seen of Cephas, then of the twelve:
[6] After that, he was seen of above five hundred brethren at once; of whom the greater part remain unto this present, but some are fallen asleep.
[7] After that, he was seen of James; then of all the apostles.
[8] And last of all he was seen of me also, as of one born out of due time.
[9] For I am the least of the apostles, that am not meet to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the church of God.
[10] But by the grace of God I am what I am: and his grace which was bestowed upon me was not in vain; but I laboured more abundantly than they all: yet not I, but the grace of God which was with me.
[11] Therefore whether it were I or they, so we preach, and so ye believed." First Corinthians 15:1-11
19th-Oct-2018 09:35 am - What is the Gospel?
19th-Oct-2018 09:29 am - a sign of his incarnation
It is in the flow of Time in the eternal Now 9:19 AM Friday morning. It is a cold damp cloudy morning. It is predicted to rain this afternoon here in southwest Michigan. I soon leave the house to once volunteer at the local library used bookstore The Book Nook.

This morning I have felt wasted due to sleeping poorly last night. I got up around 6 o'clock AM this morning. Carol was already up reading stuff on her cell phone. Carol did not want oatmeal for breakfast so I had a bowl of cereal for breakfast. After breakfast I messed with our main computer and then wrote in my paper diary.

I am too wasted to think or read this morning. Last night we had dinner at our oldest son's place down the street and when we got home we watched news and then some television before going to bed at 10:25 PM. Now it is another day to flee the scene of the crime.

I got out to read this morning, 'John' Interpreted by Early Christian and Medieval Commentators [The Church's Bible] Bryan A. Stewart & Michael A. Thomas translators and editors.

Yesterday I read during the afternoon hours from a book titled, 'American Eden: David Hosack, Botany, and Medicine in the Garden of the Early Republic' by Victoria Johnson.

I am not sure what I will take with me to read at the Book Nook this morning. I am suppose to get books in the mail this month also some CD's. Do I want to read fiction or non-fiction while I am out in the dead American world? It is all unknown to me right now due to being in a state of exhaustion.

I will close to get ready to hit the road. There is no way out.

"[37] But though he had done so many miracles before them, yet they believed not on him:
[38] That the saying of Esaias the prophet might be fulfilled, which he spake, Lord, who hath believed our report? and to whom hath the arm of the Lord been revealed?
[39] Therefore they could not believe, because that Esaias said again,
[40] He hath blinded their eyes, and hardened their heart; that they should not see with their eyes, nor understand with their heart, and be converted, and I should heal them.
[41] These things said Esaias, when he saw his glory, and spake of him.
[42] Nevertheless among the chief rulers also many believed on him; but because of the Pharisees they did not confess him, lest they should be put out of the synagogue:
[43] For they loved the praise of men more than the praise of God.
[44] Jesus cried and said, He that believeth on me, believeth not on me, but on him that sent me.
[45] And he that seeth me seeth him that sent me.
[46] I am come a light into the world, that whosoever believeth on me should not abide in darkness.
[47] And if any man hear my words, and believe not, I judge him not: for I came not to judge the world, but to save the world.
[48] He that rejecteth me, and receiveth not my words, hath one that judgeth him: the word that I have spoken, the same shall judge him in the last day.
[49] For I have not spoken of myself; but the Father which sent me, he gave me a commandment, what I should say, and what I should speak.
[50] And I know that his commandment is life everlasting: whatsoever I speak therefore, even as the Father said unto me, so I speak." John 12:37-50
It is 11:48 AM late Thursday morning in the ongoing flow of death across created Time NOW. This morning the sun is shining but icy cold. I noticed a layer of ice on water in the bird bath.

Carol just went to bed, she had breakfast with old nursing girlfriends this morning. She is off the next four nights from work.

I got up this morning around 5:55 AM. I woke up and decided to just get up and face existence. So I got up made a pot of coffee and messed with our main computer. After messing with our main computer, I read my books, made a video and wandered my cell. I mainly read this morning what I read all day yesterday, 'The Almost-Christian Discovered' a treatise by the 17th century Puritan Ezekiel Hopkins. Now I am looking at 'The Basic Writings Of St. Thomas Aquinas' Volume Two.

Last night I mainly listened to music and messed with our main computer. Now it is another day. The thought of leaving the house today gives me the creeps.

Well I suppose I will close to drift into the afternoon hours. Existence keeps decaying faster and faster. There is no way of escape.
18th-Oct-2018 09:57 am - falls short of true grace
"[2] The second particular is to shew you, What other change may be wrought upon the will: which yet falls short of true grace; and may bring a man almost to Christianity, and yet leave him in a natural state and condition.

1st. An unregenerate man may have many faint velleties, and wishings, and wouldings after grace.

When he hears so much spoken of the beauty and excellency of holiness, he is convinced, in his judgment, that these things are true: that without holiness no man shall see the Lord: that though, while he is carnal, spiritual duties are tedious and a burden to him; yet, where he spiritual, they would become more delightful to him, than those pleasures of sin, which keep him from closing with grace: and that, where he renewed, those very pleasures of sin would become unsavoury to him; and that, which now he is afraid to lose if he would turn to conscience, he would not value the loss of. When an unregenerate man, I say, is thus convinced of this, it will make him to break out into pangs of affectionate wishing for grace. "Oh, that I were holy and gracious! I wish my heart were changed and renewed. I wish I were better, and could do better." I appeal to every man's conscience, when he hath been convinced of the excellency and desirableness of holiness, whether he hath not breathed forth such wishes as these. . ." pg. 404 Ezekiel Hopkins 'The Almost-Christian Discovered'

'The Almost-Christian Discovered' by Ezekiel Hopkins Volume 3 THE WORKS OF EZEKIEL HOPKINS published in 1809 London England

'Why I Read: The Serious Pleasure Of Books' essays by Wendy Lesser

'Firebird' a memoir by Mark Doty

'Grace and Power: The Private World of The Kennedy White House' biography/American History by Sally Bedell Smith

'Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking' cultural studies by Susan Cain

'The Name is Archer' crime fiction by Ross MacDonald

'Nora Jane: A Life in Stories' novel by Ellen Gilchrist

'Engleby' a novel by Sebastian Faulks

"[97] O how love I thy law! it is my meditation all the day.
[98] Thou through thy commandments hast made me wiser than mine enemies: for they are ever with me.
[99] I have more understanding than all my teachers: for thy testimonies are my meditation.
[100] I understand more than the ancients, because I keep thy precepts.
[101] I have refrained my feet from every evil way, that I might keep thy word.
[102] I have not departed from thy judgments: for thou hast taught me.
[103] How sweet are thy words unto my taste! yea, sweeter than honey to my mouth!
[104] Through thy precepts I get understanding: therefore I hate every false way." Psalm 119:97-104
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