May 7th, 2014

the penalty for Gentiles entering the temple was death

It is 7:45 AM Wednesday morning. I see the sun outside this morning. When we went to bed last night there were flashes of lightening outside our bedroom window.

I got up this morning around 6:43 AM. I got up to find my wife in the kitchen. I got myself a glass of orange juice and a cup of coffee. My wife left for a code strong class at the hospital. I am seeking to wake up to another day in the kingdom of grace.

I told my wife this morning that I had again a dream where I was preaching with Holy Spirit unction the Gospel and praising God with all my being. I remember in this spiritual dream raising up my arms praising God with all my might. I asked Carol did I wake her up due to my spiritual worship dream. Carol said I snored loudly during the night. I suppose I had this intense spiritual dream due to my reflections lately on the Acts of the Apostle. It is a blessing being a child of God. I remember these words of the apostle Paul, "But when the fullness of the time had come, God sent forth His Son born of a woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons. And because you are sons, God has sent forth the Spirit of His Son into your hearts, crying out, "Abba Father!" Therefore you are no longer a slave but a son, and if a son, then an heir of God through Christ." Galatians 4:4-7.

Last night I watched television and went to bed around Midnight.

I got out these books to read this morning.

"The Acts of the Risen Lord Jesus: Luke's account of God's unfolding plan" by Alan J. Thompson

"Acts and the Isaianic New Exodus" by David W. Pao

"The Acts Of The Apostles" [The Pillar New Testament Commentary] by David G. Peterson

Well I suppose I will close to drift through the day. Try to not fall back asleep.
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    contemplative contemplative

Nothing But The Blood

This morning this old gospel hymn has been playing inside my head.

What can wash away my sin?
Nothing but the blood of Jesus;
What can make me whole again?
Nothing but the blood of Jesus.


Oh! precious is the flow
That makes me white as snow;
No other fount I know,
Nothing but the blood of Jesus.

For my pardon, this I see,
Nothing but the blood of Jesus;
For my cleansing this my plea,
Nothing but the blood of Jesus.


Nothing can for sin atone,
Nothing but the blood of Jesus;
Naught of good that I have done,
Nothing but the blood of Jesus.


This is all my hope and peace,
Nothing but the blood of Jesus;
This is all my righteousness,
Nothing but the blood of Jesus.


Now by this I’ll overcome—
Nothing but the blood of Jesus,
Now by this I’ll reach my home—
Nothing but the blood of Jesus.


Glory! Glory! This I sing—
Nothing but the blood of Jesus,
All my praise for this I bring—
Nothing but the blood of Jesus.


"[22] And almost all things are by the law purged with blood; and without shedding of blood is no remission.
[23] It was therefore necessary that the patterns of things in the heavens should be purified with these; but the heavenly things themselves with better sacrifices than these.
[24] For Christ is not entered into the holy places made with hands, which are the figures of the true; but into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God for us:
[25] Nor yet that he should offer himself often, as the high priest entereth into the holy place every year with blood of others;
[26] For then must he often have suffered since the foundation of the world: but now once in the end of the world hath he appeared to put away sin by the sacrifice of himself.
[27] And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment:
[28] So Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many; and unto them that look for him shall he appear the second time without sin unto salvation." Hebrews 9:22-28
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ghosts of the midnight fires

It is 10:52 AM Wednesday morning. As I was reading my books I started falling asleep so I decided to listen to my Mastodon CD's. Carol is not home or sleeping so I can crank up the volume on my stereo and let it rip! I have these CD's next to me this morning.

Mastodon "The Hunter"

Mastodon "Leviathan"

Mastodon "Crack The Skye"

Cloud Nothings "Here And Nowhere Else"

Thou "Heathen"

White Suns "Totem"

Mastodon "Call Of The Mastodon"

Mastodon "Blood Mountain"

Mastodon "Remission"

Swans "We Rose From Your Bed With The Sun in Our Head"

Agalloch "Ashes Against The Grain"

Agalloch "The Mantle"

Agalloch "Marrow of the Spirit"

I thought of going out into the world to visit thrift stores in search of used books to add to our library. But I feel wasted this morning. It is hard to get an old man to move. It is easy to sit here rocking to metal drinking coffee. I am a dreamer.

Well I suppose I will close to drift into the afternoon hours. Carol is suppose to be home around 12 o'clock Noon.
  • Current Music
    Mastodon "Leviathan"

cont. books bought thus far 2014

I mainly buy used books from these thrift stores here in Holland Mich., Bibles For Mexico thrift store, Action House thrift store, Goodwill thrift store and Salvation Army thrift store. I spend around $60.00 dollars a month on used books sometimes more. Once awhile I do buy a new books. Most of the Christian books I buy are new because it is almost impossible to find them new. I try to buy new books on discount or remainers.

I do buy used books from Amazon also. I also get used books from the Herrick Public Library used bookstore. I volunteer on Saturdays mainly at the Herrick Public Library used bookstore. Carol and I go to several giant used booksales each year in this area. This coming June the Herrick Public Library has their big Friends of the Library used booksale which I help set up and also purchase used books.

I see myself as a book lover who is rescuing books from being shredded or being sent to a garbage dump. It is painful to think how many good books are destroyed each day!

I like going out during the week searching for used books at thrift stores, because you never know what you might find. There are so many different kinds of books! It is always fun to find a used book that is by one of my favorite authors or one of the many subjects I am interested in. There is also a quiet joy in owning books. Books to me are my closest friends. My books keep me company.

I do not read most of the books I buy. I am a book collector. I spend most of my days either writing or reading. I am not an outdoors-man. I like being inside our house waiting for the End. I am retired. I am a loner. For me life is over and I am waiting for heaven. We have been richly blessed.

February 2014
"Portrait in Sepia" a novel by Isabel Allende
"The Piano Tuner" a novel by Daniel Mason
"Iron House" a novel by John Hart
"Welcome To Hard Times" a novel by E. L. Doctorow
"The White South" a novel by Hammand Innes "A gripping story of the sea and the Antarctic icefields"
"The Bride and the Bachelors: Five Masters Of The Avant-Garde Duchamp, Tinguely, Cage, Rauschenberg, Cunningham" By Calvin Tomkins
"American Religious Thought: A History" by William A. Clebsch
"The Interestings" by Meg Wolitzer
"Wonderful Fool" a novel by Shusaku Endo
"The Soldier's Return" a novel by Melvyn Bragg
"Dreaming War: Blood For Oil And The Cheney-Bush Junta" essays by Gore Vidal
"The Tortilla Curtain" a novel by T. C. Boyle (a Penguin Ink Edition)
"The Face Thief" a novel by Eli Gottlieb
"Digging to America" a novel by Anne Tyler
"Flowers Of Evil" poetry by Charles Baudelaire
"The Songlines" Memoir by Bruce Chatwin
"The Amateur Marriage" a novel by Anne Tyler
"The Middleman and Other Stories" by Bharati Mukherjee [National Book Critics Circle Award Winner]
"Nectar In A Sieve" a novel by Kamala Markandaya
"For Reasons Of State" essays by Noam Chomsky
"The Life And Times Of Theodore Roosevelt" biography by William Henry Harbaugh
"August 1914" a novel by Alexander Solzhenitsyn
"The True Believer: Thoughts On The Nature Of Mass Movements" by Eric Hoffer
"Afterwords: Novelists On Their Novels" Edited By Thomas McCormack
"Lives of Girls And Women" a novel by Alice Munro
"Something I've Been Meaning To Tell You" Stories by Alice Munro
"The Rise Of The Greeks" by Michael Grant
"Strong Motion" a novel by Jonathan Franzen
"Power, Faith, and Fantasy: America in the Middle East 1776 to the Present" by Michael B. Oren
"Forest of the Pygmies" novel by Isabel Allende
"The Reluctant Fundamentalist" a novel by Mohsin Hamid
"Blue Diary" a novel by Alice Hoffman
"Diderot: The Embattled Philosopher" biography by Lester G. Crocker
"Perfect Recall" stories by Ann Beattie
"The River at the Center of the World: A Journey Up The Yangtze, And Back In Chinese Time" by Simon Winchester
"Noah's Compass" a novel by Anne Tyler
"Ten Days In The Hills" a novel by Jane Smiley
"How To Read A Book" The Classic Guide to Intelligent Reading by Mortimer J. Adler & Charles Van Doren
"Laments For The Living" Short Stories by Dorothy Parker
"Boyhood: A Memoir" by J. M. Coetzee
"The Dancer Upstairs" a novel by Nicholas Shakespeare
"Desert Places" A woman's odyssey with the wanderers of the Indian desert by Robyn Davidson
"Pigeon Feathers and other stories" by John Updike

March 2014
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  • Current Music
    Mastodon "Leviathan"