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10th-Mar-2008 09:48 pm
Where I was in Time

I am back for more punishment. The computer tells me the time is now 6:34 PM Thursday evening. Carol is on the telephone talking to our daugther Beth (who is now in New Mexico teaching 1st grade in Gallup-Josiah one of our two sons is also a teacher in Gallup NewMex). There is nothing on TV tonight that Carol wants to waste time with so I suppose I will either write it All down or just give up and go to bed early. Last night we stayed up way past Midnight talking and listening to music. Last night I also wrote e-mails to our three children. It heavy responsibility being a Christian father. As parents we always the very best for our children. For me personally I never really had a mother and my father I never knew. Growing up I never experienced being a member of a family.

Earlier I was mentioning books that have had impact on me over the years. I mentioned the writings of the american spiritual master Jonathan Edwards. I remember many years ago being homeless and getting a job caring for a retired fellow who had lost his wife and decided to drink himself to death. My job was to move in with this drunk and clean his house and cook his meals. What happened was that the fellow would get drunk and talk to me all the time. The fellow did not want me to clean or cook just listen to him talk. But the fellow did not want me to talk about to him meaning disagree with him. I was a young Christian and felt it was my responsibility to tell him it was sinful for him to live a life of a drunk. I told the fellow he needed to repent of sins and give his life to the Lord. Well the old drunk got tired of me telling him what the Bible said so one day he threw me out. But before he threw me out he gave me money for my services-I used that money to buy a two volume set of "The Works of Jonathan Edwards" which I had till I sold them to a student at Reformed Bible College and bought myself a new two volume set that was not dirty or had old drippings of candle wax on the covers-that was back in the 1980's when I was newly married to Carol. (Reformed Bible College from Dec. 1978 till May 1981 graduated and Reformed Theological Seminary Jan. 1983 and graduated in May of 1986. We were in Houston Texas from Nov. 1986 to July 1991-so we have lived Here from July 1991 till February 2008 Now.)

Other Important Dates
Caleb Jon born January 1981 in Grand Rapids Mich. Graduated from Holland High 1999 and is now working on his Ph. D. at Boston College. Before going to Boston College for five years Caleb attended Michigan State in East Lansing, Mich.

Josiah Benjamin August 3, 1982 in Grand Rapids Mich. Graduated from Holland High 2001. After graduating from High School he attended Calvin College in Grand Rapids and graduated in 2005.

Bethany Taylor June 27, 1984 in Jackson Miss. Graduated from Holland High School 2003 and attended Calvin College in Grand Rapids and graduated in 2007.

When I lived in California I rather buy a book then buy food. I have never been into food. (Dec. 1968 till 1978 so I lived in Richmond for 10 years before moving to Grand Rapids Mich.)

Also in my last entry I mentioned a book by the old Puritan divine William Bates. Years ago when I lived in California and worked at Richmond Rescue Mission on my days off I would take a bus to Berkeley and visited seminary libraries. In these seminaries I found the writings of the old 17th cent. English Puritans like John Flavel, Richard Baxter, Thomas Goodwin and William Bates. One of these seminaries let me loan out the books and I would carry with me back to the Rescue Mission arm loads of old 17th cent. Puritan works. One such book was William Bates treatise "The Harmony Of The Divine Attributes"-many years ago someone published that treatise by William Bates in a book which I have always treasured. And then back in 1990 the same published called Sprinkle Publications published "The Whole Works Of The Rev. W. Bates, D. D. " four volumes-in the first volume of this set is the treatise "The Harmony Of The Divine Attributes In The Contrivance And Accomplishment Of Man's Redemption By The Lord Jesus Christ." I have read these four volumes in the past and recommend them for all serious lovers of God. (I think I was living and working at the Richmond Rescue Mission in Richmond Calif. back in the early 70's maybe 1973 till 1976?)

I think I left Richmond Calif. to attend Reformed Bible College in the summer of 1978? I believe Carol and I got married the Spring of 1979. I wish I could remember time.

I do remember being born in Oakland Calif. Aug. 14, 1952. My mother was killed in a car wreck Winter of 1968 in Los Angeles Calif.. I remember the Lord God saving me Summer of 1970 after I graduated from High School. And Carol and I were married Spring of 1979. Today is February 14, 2008 and tomorrow at 10:15 AM I have an eye appointment. Ok I am not lost completely in Time.

I worked at the egg hole from 1993 to 2007 (?).

I attended over the last 38 years of being a professing Christians several churches. The last church I was a member of was Messiah Independent Reformed Church from Sept. 1992 when we left early 2003 (Carol joined Covenant PCA in 2004). I taught Adult Sunday School at Messiah from 1992 to I think 2002 (?).

My minister internship at Covenant PCA Houston, Texas with Dr. Joey Pipa Jr. 1986-1988. Joey left for Calif. and I looked for a call and never received one. I remembered the Lord using these two books to keep me from cracking up. The books were these two "Waking From The American Dream: Growing Through Your Disappointments" by Donald W. McCullough and "God's Waiting Room: Hope In The Midst Of Uncertainity" by Rick Yohn.

It is now 7:38 PM and I need to stop and try to remember. I suppose one could not call me a loser.
Comments 
11th-Mar-2008 05:48 am (UTC) - that
guy sounds pretty mean, at least he gave you some money. i'll have to check out those writers. i hope all is well.
11th-Mar-2008 02:43 pm (UTC) - Re: that
I also hope all is well with you.
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