Monday Reads & New Books



Monday Reads & New Books

'The Works of William Perkins' Volume 8

'The Europeans: Three Lives And The Making Of A Cosmopolitan Culture' by Orlando Figes

'Blood Orchid: An Unnatural History Of America' memoir by Charles Bowden

'Babel Tower' a novel by A.S. Byatt

'Wolf' a memoir by Jim Harrison

'The Second Angel' a novel by Philip Kerr

'The Best Cook In The World: Tales from My Momma's Southern Table' by Rick Bragg (this book I got for Carol)

'Flaubert In The Ruins Of Paris: The Story Of A Friendship, A Novel, And A Terrible Year' biography by Peter Brooks

'William Godwin: Philosopher, Novelist, Revolutionary' biography by Peter Marshall

'American Witness: The Art And Life Of Robert Frank' biography by RJ Smith

'Life In Culture: Selected Letters Of Lionel Trilling' Edited By Adam Kirsch
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Mall things must be done for God's glory

It is 2:22 PM Monday afternoon here in Holland Michigan. It is a bitter snowy day. I am glad I do have be on the roads today. I volunteered this morning at our local library used books store from 10 o'clock AM till 1 o'clock PM. Now I do not have to leave the house for a couple of days. I have food and water so I good for awhile. We never know when we will be wiped out by a killer virus. Now is the time to prepare for our day of judgment. We can not escape from the hands of a Mighty Sovereign God who is the Judge of the living and the dead.

I got up this morning around 6:30 AM. Last night I did not take any alprazolam so I did not sleep as deeply as I have since Carol has been away. I only take usually a half a tablet because a whole pill makes me want to fall asleep. So I slept poorly last night, weird dreams all night. So I got up around 6:30 AM made a fresh pot of coffee and a portion of hot oatmeal for breakfast. I ate my oatmeal while messing with our main computer. In the mornings I get on the computer meaning the internet and check for e-mail and then I read some News. Next I watch videos and read music reviews or book reviews.

When I got off the internet I wrote in my paper diary and then read from Volume 8 'The Works of William Perkins' his treatise A DISCOURSE ON CONSCIENCE.

I left for the library used books store The Book Nook around 9:40 AM. The store was very quiet and slow so I wandered the store and read mainly from a book titled, 'The Europeans: Three Lives And The Making Of A Cosmopolitan Culture' by Orlando Figes. I brought home from the Book Nook four used books to ADD to our library-

'Babel Tower' a novel by A.S. Byatt

'Wolf' a memoir by Jim Harrison

'The Second Angel' a novel by Philip Kerr

'The Best Cook In The World: Tales from My Momma's Southern Table' by Rick Bragg (this book I got for Carol)

When I got home from the Book Nook there was a box on our front porch from Hamilton Books. I recently ordered four books from Hamilton Books that I wanted to read in the year 2020. These are the four books I got today to place on my To Be Read Pile-

'Flaubert In The Ruins Of Paris: The Story Of A Friendship, A Novel, And A Terrible Year' biography by Peter Brooks

'William Godwin: Philosopher, Novelist, Revolutionary' biography by Peter Marshall

'American Witness: The Art And Life Of Robert Frank' biography by RJ Smith

'Life In Culture: Selected Letters Of Lionel Trilling' Edited By Adam Kirsch

So Time goes by. Carol has not called me yet today. I suppose I will close to feel wasted. Last night I ate dinner over at Caleb and Emily's and watched football. Cora and Josie were on their tablets as we watched football. I got home around 6:20 PM and watched another football game. The 49er's and the Chief's will be in the Superbowl this year. Should be a good game. I turned off the television when I knew that the Packer's had loss and read late into the night from the book, 'The Europeans: Three Lives And The Making Of A Cosmopolitan Culture' by Orlando Figes.

I will close to drift, write in my diary and read my books. I also will look at my new stack of books. I love books! I am a book lover!

Cora
Cora

Cora
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    Mastiff 'Plague'

ignorance of God's Word is a dangerous thing

"Lastly, we learn here that ignorance of God's Word is a dangerous thing, and makes the life of man to abound, yea to flow with a sea of offences against God. Men commonly think that if they keep themselves from perjury, blasphemy, murder, theft, and whoredom, all is well with them. But the truth is that so long as they live in ignorance, they want right and true direction of conscience out of God's Word, and therefore their best actions are sins, even their eating and drinking, sleeping and waking, buying an selling, speech and silence, yea their praying and serving God. For they do these actions either of custom or example or necessity, as beasts do, and not of faith; because they know not God's will touching things to be done or left undone. The consideration of this point should make every man most careful to seek for knowledge of God's Word, and daily to increase in it, that he may in all his affairs have God's law to be the men of his counsel (Ps. 119:24), that he may give heed to them as to a light shining in a dark place (2 Peter 1:19), that he may say with Peter, when Christ commanded him to launch forth into the deep, and cast forth his net: "Lord we have been all night, and have catched nothing, yet in thy word will I let down my net" (Luke 5:5)." William Perkins pg.55 'The Works of William Perkins" Vol. 8
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the Unity of God

It is 12:42 PM Sunday afternoon in the death flow. The sun came out this afternoon, blue sky and sunshine. I went outside and took some photos of our house and the snow. I also fed the birds while outside taking photos and shoveling snow off the walk to our front door. I am waiting for our snow plow man to come and clear our driveway of snow still.

Carol called this morning from the Northwest, they were getting ready to go church.

I got up this morning around 6:30 AM. I got up made oatmeal for breakfast. I ate my oatmeal while messing with our main computer. After messing our main computer I wrote in my paper diary and spent the morning mainly reading from a book titled, 'Theoretical-Practical Theology-Faith in the Triune God' Volume 2 by Petrus Van Mastricht Translated By Todd M. Rester Edited By Joel R. Beeke, Michael T. Spangler, Assistant Editor And Translator.

Not much else has gone today. Caleb called and said dinner would be around 4 o'clock PM. Football game starts around 3 o'clock PM, so I will walk down the street to their place around 2:45 PM this afternoon. Hang out there for awhile, see Josie and Cora (and Ollie their dog).

Last night I mainly messed with our main computer and read late into the night from a book titled, 'The Europeans: Three Lives And The Making Of A Cosmopolitan Culture' by Orlando Figes.

I will close to feel sleepy.

snow home
snow home

our driveway
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shalt be obedient unto his voice

"[23] Take heed unto yourselves, lest ye forget the covenant of the LORD your God, which he made with you, and make you a graven image, or the likeness of any thing, which the LORD thy God hath forbidden thee.
[24] For the LORD thy God is a consuming fire, even a jealous God.
[25] When thou shalt beget children, and children's children, and ye shall have remained long in the land, and shall corrupt yourselves, and make a graven image, or the likeness of any thing, and shall do evil in the sight of the LORD thy God, to provoke him to anger:
[26] I call heaven and earth to witness against you this day, that ye shall soon utterly perish from off the land whereunto ye go over Jordan to possess it; ye shall not prolong your days upon it, but shall utterly be destroyed.
[27] And the LORD shall scatter you among the nations, and ye shall be left few in number among the heathen, whither the LORD shall lead you.
[28] And there ye shall serve gods, the work of men's hands, wood and stone, which neither see, nor hear, nor eat, nor smell.
[29] But if from thence thou shalt seek the LORD thy God, thou shalt find him, if thou seek him with all thy heart and with all thy soul.
[30] When thou art in tribulation, and all these things are come upon thee, even in the latter days, if thou turn to the LORD thy God, and shalt be obedient unto his voice;
[31] (For the LORD thy God is a merciful God;) he will not forsake thee, neither destroy thee, nor forget the covenant of thy fathers which he sware unto them.
[32] For ask now of the days that are past, which were before thee, since the day that God created man upon the earth, and ask from the one side of heaven unto the other, whether there hath been any such thing as this great thing is, or hath been heard like it?
[33] Did ever people hear the voice of God speaking out of the midst of the fire, as thou hast heard, and live?
[34] Or hath God assayed to go and take him a nation from the midst of another nation, by temptations, by signs, and by wonders, and by war, and by a mighty hand, and by a stretched out arm, and by great terrors, according to all that the LORD your God did for you in Egypt before your eyes?
[35] Unto thee it was shewed, that thou mightest know that the LORD he is God; there is none else beside him.
[36] Out of heaven he made thee to hear his voice, that he might instruct thee: and upon earth he shewed thee his great fire; and thou heardest his words out of the midst of the fire.
[37] And because he loved thy fathers, therefore he chose their seed after them, and brought thee out in his sight with his mighty power out of Egypt;
[38] To drive out nations from before thee greater and mightier than thou art, to bring thee in, to give thee their land for an inheritance, as it is this day.
[39] Know therefore this day, and consider it in thine heart, that the LORD he is God in heaven above, and upon the earth beneath: there is none else.
[40] Thou shalt keep therefore his statutes, and his commandments, which I command thee this day, that it may go well with thee, and with thy children after thee, and that thou mayest prolong thy days upon the earth, which the LORD thy God giveth thee, for ever."Deut 4:23-40
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deism gives rise to Pelagianism

It is 4:35 PM Saturday early evening here in West Michigan. It has been a snowy rainy gray damp cold day. Right now nothing is happening outside as far as it raining or snowing. But it is predicted to snow tonight and tomorrow. I remember many years never being aware of the weather. When I married Carol 40 years ago her family were always talking about the weather. When I first met Carol she was always talking about birds, flowers, and the weather. I never had met a woman who talked about such subjects. Then I met Carol' parents and all they talked about was the weather. Carol's mother when she was alive always fed birds and her father when he was alive had a rose garden. Now Carol's parents are in Paradise.

Anyway this day has gone by normal. I volunteered at the Book Nook today from 12:45 PM till 4:05 PM. I covered for someone at the Book Nook today, I usually am at the Book Nook on Mondays and Fridays from 10 o'clock AM till 1 o'clock PM. While at the Book Nook I mainly wandered the store and read from a book titled, 'Our Reasonable Faith: A Survey Of Christian Doctrine' by Herman Bavinck Translated by Henry Zylstra. I bought this book back in 1977 when I was living in Richmond California. 'Our Reasonable Faith' by Bavinck was one of the first books I read on Reformed Theology. I found out today Westminster Press has published a new edition of this classic Christian theological work. I pre-ordered this volume, it now has its original title 'The Wonderful Works of God'.

Carol called from the Northwest before I left for the Book Nook. She said she would call me again this evening.

When I got home from the Book Nook I ate some food and wrote in my paper diary. Now I am writing in my online diaries. I am tired so I will close to drift into darkness. Tomorrow is a Sunday.

This morning I mainly read for morning worship, 'Theoretical-Practical Theology-Prolegomena' Volume 1 by Petrus Van Mastricht Translated By Todd M. Rester Edited By Joel R. Beeke.

From the Book Nook today I bought home one used book, 'Now God Be Thanked' a novel by John Masters. Last night before going to bed I read from a book titled, 'The Europeans: Three Lives And The Making Of A Cosmopolitan Culture' by Orlando Figes.

Carol just called and we talked for a few minutes. Well I will close to face the coming night.
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