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26th-Mar-2019 12:06 pm - The Marshall Plan
It is in the ongoing death flow 11:56 AM late Tuesday morning here in the state of Michigan. It is another cold sunny day. It is hard to think it is going to snow this week. The weather is still very cold for being Spring time here in Michigan. When will it get warm again nobody knows for sure. We could have cold snowy weather throughout the month of April. Our Springs in Michigan tend to be cold and rainy. It usually gets warm sometime in June and the bloom it is Autumn once again!

I got up this morning around 6:25 AM. When I got up I found my wife asleep in the living room in a relinger chair. She had gotten up this morning around 4 o'clock AM. When I got up I got a glass of orange juice and sat next to my wife seeking to wake up to another day. Carol and I are both sick with a cold this week.

After dozing for awhile I decided to make oatmeal for breakfast. Carol did not want any oatmeal so I made some just for me. Carol had a doctor's appointment this morning and did not want to go her doctor with a full stomach.

After breakfast I wrote in my paper diary, mess with our main computer and made a video for my Youtube channel. Carol came home from the doctor's and then left to do errands. I have been coughing, blowing my nose and reading from a book I got in the mail yesterday titled, 'The Marshall Plan: Dawn Of The Cold War' by Benn Steil.

It is now 12:04 PM Tuesday afternoon. I am sick with a cold and feel a need to do nothing till I am once again feeling well. Last night I basically read till bedtime the novel, 'The Accursed' by Joyce Carol Oates. Carol went to bed early and I stayed up till 11 o'clock PM reading 'The Accursed'.

I suppose I will close to feel sick. Tonight Caleb, Emily, Josie, and Cora are coming over for dinner. Josie is spending the night with us, a sleep over with Noni.
26th-Mar-2019 10:03 am - Tuesday Reads

Tuesday Reads

'Being In Christ: A Biblical and Systematic Investigation in a Reformed Perspective' by Hans Burger

'The Accursed' A novel by Joyce Carol Oates

'Nicotine' A novel by Nell Zink

'The Marshall Plan: Dawn Of The Cold War' by Benn Steil

'Weight: The Myth Of Atlas And Heracles' by Jeanette Winterson

'Merry Men' a novel by Carolyn Chute

'Life Class: The Selected Memoirs Of Diana Athill' With An Introduction By Ian Jack

'The Pharmacy: Windows on History' Edited By Regine Potzsch

'William Morris: Artist, Craftsman, Pioneer' by R. Ormiston & N. M. Wells
It is 1:36 PM Monday afternoon here in Michigan. It is a cold sunny early Spring day.

I volunteered at our local library used books store today from 10 o'clock AM till 1 o'clock PM. When I got home I ate lunch and wrote in my paper diary

The Book Nook was not super busy so I was able to read from the novel, 'Nicotine' by Nell Zink. I brought home from the Book Nook one used book to add to our library titled, 'Weight: The Myth Of Atlas And Heracles' by Jeanette Winterson.

Carol got home from this morning around 9:05 AM and is now off eight days. This evening we are going out for dinner.

Last night I read and went to bed early. I am sick with a head cold. All I do is blow my nose.

Well I will close to doze or maybe just sit and feel sick. Existence keeps disappearing. I now remember that last night I looked through the Sunday National Edition of the New York Times newspaper and read, 'The Accursed' a novel by Joyce Carol Oates.

This morning I did not read anything when I got up. I dozed till Carol got home from work and then I got ready to go the Book Nook to do my shift.

This week I am suppose to get new books in the mail and also the new Starflyer 59 record.
It is in the cold death flow 11:24 AM Sunday morning. Next Sunday will be the last day of March 2019. We will be in the fourth month of the Year 2019. Our lives are swiftly passing. We will soon be in the Eternal State where there will be no tomorrows.

I got up this morning around 7:11 AM. I had weird religious dreams all night so I woke up feeling drugged. So I got up made oatmeal for breakfast. I ate my oatmeal messing with our main computer. After messing with our main computer I wrote in my paper diary and read from a book titled, 'Being In Christ: A Biblical and Systematic Investigation in a Reformed Perspective' by Hans Burger.

Carol got home from work around 8:38 AM. She had gone downtown to Reader's World and gotten a stack of Sundays newspapers. Carol and I talked and she went to bed for the day around 9:26 AM. Carol works tonight and then is off eight days.

So the morning has gone by quickly and quietly. I have been reading 'Being In Christ' and doing other activities to keep myself from falling asleep. Last night I read late into the night from the novel, 'The Accursed' by Joyce Carol Oates. I read 'The Accursed' all afternoon and late into the night yesterday. I did not get to sleep till sometime past Midnight, so presently I feel drugged. I need to brush my teeth and doze soon.

I do not have anything else to report so I will close to wait out the day.
24th-Mar-2019 10:52 am - the Spirit who unites us with Christ
"The ideas of union, communion and participation may remind one of medieval mysticism. This impression is strengthened by the fact that Owen uses words such as purgation and illumination, and furthermore uses the Song of Songs for what may seem a form of mysticism reminiscent of that of Bernard of Clairvaux. The Puritans deliberately returned to Bernard's mysticism and so showed themselves to differ from Reformation theologians. It is obvious that Owen uses the Song of Songs in a way reminiscent of Bernard, making the spiritual continuity explicit. I do not intend to solve the problem whether or not John Owen can be labelled a mystic, but I do want to not that there is an important difference setting Owen apart from medieval kinds of mysticism. The traditional mystical way is purgatio, illumninatio,unio. In Owen's use of these words the theology of the Reformation has changed the order, and in that way fundamentally changed medieval mysticism. Owen does not start with purgatio, but with illuminatio because of sin: man is not able to purify himself, but has to be illuminated first by the Spirit to be able to receive Christ. After this first illuminatio he secondly places union and regeneration (in 2.5.1 it will be shown that the preparation of the regeneration creates new problems, but this does not alter the fact that Owen's theology of grace fundamentally changed medieval mysticism). It is the Spirit who unites us with Christ to His divine nature. As Jones says, union with Christ is not an achievement of a few heroic souls, but a divine gift received by all true Christians. The foundation of this union is the obedience, sacrifice and intercession of Jesus Christ. After the unifying work of Christ or the Spirit we have communion with Christ in receiving His new life. This new life consists in continuing illumination as our mind is renewed, purgation as our life is sanctified and also in a remaining communion with the triune God, Father, Son, and Spirit. This communion brings with it participation in the divine nature, but unlike in mysticism this participation does not mean deification. Although there may be spiritual continuity, the theology of grace has fundamentally altered the medieval mystical order." pg. 73 'Being In Christ' by Hans Burger

“American history has a kind of tragic cyclical nature to it.” A thought-provoking interview with American writer Joyce Carol Oates, who ponders on how the concept of ‘devils’ has always been predominant in American society.

Oates discusses her novel ‘The Accursed’, which takes place in the early twentieth century but has clear contemporary resonances. She refers to demons and the need to demonize others, arguing that what was once called ‘devils’ was later termed ‘communists’ and now ‘terrorists’: “We have some build-in leanings towards paranoia – fear of the other – but as I say, that doesn’t have the whole story of society, because society can be educated and we can rise above that – and many people have risen above that.”

On her impressive work ethic, Oates credits her many cats, which have sometimes forced her to write for ten hours at a time: “If you try to get up, the cat puts its claws down.”

Joyce Carol Oates (b. 1938) is an award-winning American author, who has published a large number of novels, plays, novellas, short stories, poetry and nonfiction. Among her books are ‘them’ (1969), ‘Black Water’ (1992), ‘Demon and other tales’ (1996), ‘Blonde’ (2000), ‘The Falls’ (2004), ‘Black Dahlia & White Rose’ (2012) and ‘The Accursed’ (2013), which writer Stephen King described as “the world’s first postmodern Gothic novel.” She has won the National Book Award (1969), two O. Henry Awards, the National Humanities Medal (2010), the Norman Mailer Prize (2012) and many more. Three of her novels, ‘Black Water’ (1992), ‘What I Lived For’ (1994) and ‘Blonde’ (2000), have been nominated for the Pulitzer Prize.

Joyce Carol Oates was interviewed by Kim Skotte at the Louisiana Literature festival at Louisiana Museum of Modern art in 2014. During the interview she reads from her novel ‘The Accursed’ (2013).
23rd-Mar-2019 11:38 am - Angel Investor
23rd-Mar-2019 10:40 am - the incorporation in Christ
It is 10:30 AM Saturday morning here in the death flow. It is a cold sunny early Spring day. Maybe we will see some flowers blooming soon.

I got up this morning around 6:33 AM. I woke up feeling the effects of weird dreams all night. So I got up to face my Life in a broken world. I had a bowl of cereal for breakfast and warmed up coffee I made last night. I messed with our main computer and then I wrote in my paper diary. I have been reading all morning from a book titled, 'Being In Christ: A Biblical and Systematic Investigation in a Reformed Perspective' by Hans Burger. I also got out to look at a book titled, 'Rediscovering The Holy Spirit: God's Perfecting Presence in Creation, Redemption, and Everyday Life' by Michael Horton.

Carol got home from work around 9:05 AM and was in bed by 9:30 AM. I plan to drift through this day quietly. I do need to rake dead leaves off our lawn and pick twigs and branches off our back yard today. Get this rubbish into the street for the City to pick up the beginning of April.

Last night I made a video for my Youtube channel and looked at a novel by Joyce Carol Oates titled, 'The Accursed'. I went to bed around 11:30 AM. Now it is another day. We are coming to the end of March 2019. April 2019 is just around the corner. Our lives are speeding by!

I also this morning put fresh water in the bird bath and fed the birds. Maybe we will see different birds by our bird feeder this Spring. I take pictures of the birds by our bird feeder as a way to kill time meaningfully. Why waste time running riot in the streets of the dead American world?

Well I suppose I will close to drift and seek the face of the Lord. We serve a Living Savior!

"[1] Forasmuch then as Christ hath suffered for us in the flesh, arm yourselves likewise with the same mind: for he that hath suffered in the flesh hath ceased from sin;
[2] That he no longer should live the rest of his time in the flesh to the lusts of men, but to the will of God.
[3] For the time past of our life may suffice us to have wrought the will of the Gentiles, when we walked in lasciviousness, lusts, excess of wine, revellings, banquetings, and abominable idolatries:
[4] Wherein they think it strange that ye run not with them to the same excess of riot, speaking evil of you:
[5] Who shall give account to him that is ready to judge the quick and the dead.

[6] For for this cause was the gospel preached also to them that are dead, that they might be judged according to men in the flesh, but live according to God in the spirit.
[7] But the end of all things is at hand: be ye therefore sober, and watch unto prayer." 1 Peter 4:1-7
23rd-Mar-2019 07:50 am - the recapitulation of all things
"So the glorification and exaltation of Christ has a twofold soteriological significance: It is a pattern and example of our future glorification and as exalted mediator Christ is still active for the benefit of the church.

The story of Jesus Christ never ends, according to Owen. Furthermore, his person and work not only have significance for human nature, but for the whole of creation. God created heaven for the family of angels and the earth for the family of man. For their continuance of being, both families dependent on God as their head. As sin disturbed this unity and order, God wanted to bring them all together in one family under one head. Jesus Christ, the incarnate Son of God is the one head wherein God gathered all and reconciled all things in heaven and earth in him to himself. All God's communication of virtue, power, grace and goodness to all things comes immediately from this head. 'In Him they all consist, on Him do they depend, unto Him are they subject; in their relation unto Him doth their peace, union, and agreement among themselves consist'. So in the recapitulation of all things, everything on heaven and earth is gathered in Jesus Christ, the Son of God. He is active in the new creation in the same way as he was active in creation as the wisdom and the power of the Father. This activity shall never end. Christ will give up his kingdom to the Father, but Christ in and by his human nature shall forever be the head of the new creation. We shall never lose our relation with him and he shall forever be the way of communication between God and the glorified saints." pg. 52,53 'Being In Christ' by Hans Burger

A Book Buying Excursion & Friday Reads

'Being In Christ: A Biblical and Systematic Investigation in a Reformed Perspective' by Hans Burger.

'Once Upon A River' a novel by Bonnie Jo Campbell

'Letters of Wallace Stevens' Selected And Edited By Holly Stevens

'Joseph Conrad: A Chronicle' biography by Zdzislaw Najder

'As Thousands Cheer: The Life Of Irving Berlin' biography by Laurence Bergreen

'A World At Arms: A Global History Of World War II' by Gerhard L. Weinberg

'Life Class: The Selected Memoirs Of Diana Athill'

'Merry Men' a novel by Carolyn Chute

'Nicotine' a novel by Nell Zink

Argos Bookstore
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