June 5th, 2014

a season in the wilderness

It is 12:57 PM Thursday afternoon right now here in West Michigan. It is sunny and 68 degrees right now. It could be warmer outside but it is a nice late Spring day thus far. We never know what is going to happen from one moment to the next. We always have to be ready for the Return of Christ Jesus. Now is the day of salvation. It is sad to think how many people die not ready for eternity.

I got up this morning around 6:59 AM. I was having some kind of apocalyptic End Times dream before I woke up to face my existence. I got up made a pot of coffee and then messed with our main computer. After messing with our main computer for awhile I ate something and wrote in my paper diary. After writing in my 2014 paper diary I read for morning devotions from a book titled, "The Acts of the Risen Lord Jesus: Luke's account of God's unfolding plan" by Alan J. Thompson [New Studies In Biblical Theology].

Carol got home from work around 9:20 AM and went to bed around 10:20 AM for the day. She is now off four nights from work.

This morning I took Rudy for a walk at Window On The Waterfront and then visit two local thrift stores to look at their used books. I found these used books to ADD to our Book Collection or personal library-

"Lucky Jim" a novel by Kingsley Amis

"Songs Of The Doomed: More Notes On The Death Of The American Dream" Gonzo Papers Vol. 3 by Dr. Hunter S. Thompson

"The Abstract Wild" essays by Jack Turner

"The Land and Literature of England" by Robert M. Adams "A master storyteller's tour through English literature and its times"

"Songs Of Innocence And Of Experience" poetry by William Blake

"The Last Innocent White Man in America and other writings" by John Leonard

"Rommel Drives On Deep Into Egypt" poems by Richard Brautigan

"Desert Solitaire: A Season in the Wilderness" by Edward Abbey

"Who Was David Weiser? a novel by Pawel Huelle [Translated by Michael Kandel]

"The Forest for the Trees: An Editor's Advice to Writers" by Betsy Lerner

"The Echo Maker" a novel by Richard Powers

"The Poe Shadow" a novel by Matthew Pearl

"Consilience: The Unity Of Knowledge" by Edward O. Wilson

"Spiritus Mundi: Essays on Literature, Myth, and Society" by Northrop Frye

I paid five dollars for all these used books this morning. Books like the above make my mind expand. Why go anywhere when I can read all these interesting books. Why go outside to watch Rome or Babylon slowly burn to the ground? I remember the words in the Revelation of Jesus Christ (NT), "The kings of the earth who committed fornication and lived luxuriously with her will weep and lament for her, when they see the smoke of her burning, standing at a distance for fear of her torment, saying, "Alas, alas, that great city of Babylon, that mighty city! For in one hour your judgment has come.'" Rev. 18:9,10.

When I got home I ate lunch and wrote in my paper diary. Well I suppose I will close to catalog my new used books into my LibraryThing site.
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the resurrection is the essence of the hope of Israel and the Scriptures

It is 3:44 PM Thursday late afternoon. The day has gone by normal. I have not done much since I last wrote. I am kind of out of it. I suppose I am tired. Do not know why I am tired because I do not do anything. Maybe just living takes work. I need to work my body so as to get strong so as to keep life flowing in me and out of me. What I need to work on is endurance. I am physically weak. I have given in to old age or not fighting the effects of physical decay. My wife always tells me to join a gym or join the local pool and swim. I have become a bag of old man fat.

Earlier I mentioned that I have been reading a book titled, "The Acts of the Risen Lord Jesus: Luke's account of God's unfolding plan" by Alan J. Thompson. I want to quote from this book now since it has been on my mind (I need to unload my mind so I write.)

"Paul repeatedly declares that what he believes is consistent with the Scriptures ('the Law and the prophets', 'the prophets and Moses') and the promise of God to 'our fathers'. This is the same 'hope' as his accusers have of a future resurrection (Acts 24:15), the 'hope' in God's promise that 'the twelve tribes' (i.e. the people of Israel) are 'hoping to see fulfilled' (Acts 26:6-8), and it is therefore 'the hope of Israel' (Acts 28:20). This is why Paul states that he is on trial because of his 'hope in the resurrection of the dead' (Acts 23:6 and again in Acts 24:21). As Paul's final trial in Acts 26:6-8 and 22-23 makes clear, the resurrection is the essence of the hope of Israel and the Scriptures. This 'hope' is the longed-for 'age-to-come' of the last days characterized by resurrection, the blessings of that age, the Holy Spirit and the return and restoration to God of God's people. It is this hope that Paul claims has been fulfilled and made available already in Jesus' resurrection from the dead. Thus Jesus' resurrection is tied to the heart of the fulfillment of God's promises and the outworking of his plans in salvation history. The resurrection of Jesus is 'first' and brings the eschatological resurrection into this age so that the blessings of that age are now available for all those who belong to him.

It is because of this connection between Jesus' resurrection and the resurrection at the end of the age, therefore, that Jesus' resurrection is also intimately tied to the offer of the blessings of salvation in Acts. It is the resurrected Jesus who pours out the Holy Spirit (Acts 2:33). It is the resurrected Jesus who grants 'salvation' to the beggar-a healing in anticipation of the wholeness of the new creation (Acts 4:10-12). Likewise, it is the resurrected Jesus who gives 'repentance and forgiveness of sins to Israel' (Acts 5:30-31). The link between the resurrection and the offer of the blessings of salvation is especially seen in Paul's synagogue sermon in Acts 13. . ." pg. 82,83 Alan J. Thompson
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