June 9th, 2014

VanRaalte Farm County Park

Yesterday late afternoon I caught another chipmunk in our chipmunk trap, that makes number nine thus far. This morning I caught another chipmunk in the trap, that makes number ten. I took these pictures at VanRaalte Farm yesterday after setting a chipmunk free. I will drive this morning to VanRaatle and set another chipmunk free. I will keep trapping chipmunks till there are no more.

VanRaalte Farm

VanRaalte Farm

VanRaalte Farm

VanRaalte Farm
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God's saving action in Christ

It is 9:19 AM Monday morning in the flow of redemptive history. My wife just left to visit a sister-in-law and to do errands. I have been sitting in our dining room reading for morning devotions a book titled, "The Acts of the Risen Lord Jesus: Luke's account of God's unfolding plan" by Alan J. Thompson.

I plan to leave the house around 9:50 AM to drive to VanRaalte Farm to set a chipmunk free and then I will visit thrift stores in search of used books to add to our library. A neighbor across the street is moving today to a retirement place. These neighbors are elderly and have sold their house to a fellow who use to live next door to us when we first moved into our home 24 years ago. People who have grown up in Holland tend to move back after being gone for awhile. I hope we never move out of this house. I want to grow old and die in this house. But who knows what the future holds for Carol and I. There might come a time when we will have to let go all earthly ties and go peacefully into the presence of the Lord Jesus (Acts 7:59,60).

Last night I mainly watched television and went to bed around 11 o'clock PM. Now it is another day.

Well I will close with this quote from the book, "The Acts Of The Risen Lord Jesus"-

"Although apostolic preaching focuses on God's plans and purposes and culminates in the accomplishment of his saving purposes in the death and resurrection of Christ, the implications and significance of God's saving action in Christ are always highlighted. In this sense, the proclamation of the good news of God saving action in Christ is always accompanied with warnings and promises and an appeal to respond in repentance and faith. Warnings are given because estrangement from God, opposition to God, and idolatry against God bring judgment. Thus in Acts 2 the name of the Lord must be called upon in order for a person to be saved from judgment on the day of the Lord (Acts 2:21,40,47), and those who opposed to the Lord Jesus are his enemies and members of a 'corrupt generation' who will one day be judged (Acts 2:35,40). In Acts 3 the audience must repent so that sins might be wiped out (3:19), Christ will return (3:20-21), but all who do not listen to him will be completely cut off (3:23). In Acts 10 and 17 Christ is declared to be the judge who will one day judge 'the living and the dead' (10:42) and 'the world with justice' (17:31). In Acts 13:40 warning is given in the light of the judgment spoken of by the prophets." pg. 95 Alan J. Thompson
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the average man lives in a kind of obliviousness of anxiety

It is 2:49 PM Monday afternoon. I am too tired to write this afternoon. I got up too early this morning and all I want to do is lay down and sleep. But I can not sleep because if I take a nap now I won't be able to fall fast asleep tonight when I go to bed. I just want to list the used books I got today when I was out doing errands this morning. While out doing errands I did drive to VanRaalte Farm county park and let chipmunk number 10 free. Here is a list of used books I got today to ADD to our library.

"The Ruin of Kasch" essays by Roberto Calasso [Translated by William Weaver & Stephen Sartarelli]

"The Ruin of Kasch" by Calasso

Paris Review interview with Roberto Calasso

"Hotel on the Corner of Better and Sweet" a novel by Jamie Ford

"Lectio Divina: Renewing the Ancient Practice of Praying the Scriptures" by M. Basil Pennington

"Wilson" a biography by A. Scott Berg

"Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell" a novel by Susanna Clarke

My wife this afternoon received a book she ordered from Amazon titled, "The Emperor Of All Maladies: A Biography Of Cancer" by Siddhartha Mukherjee.

Well I will close to feel wasted. Existence keeps speeding by!

Holland Farmer's Market
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