June 30th, 2014

the profound taste of life in a state of decay

It is 12:56 PM Monday afternoon in the flow. I am down in the lower level of our house writing on my old lap top computer. Carol is right now on skype with Beth and baby Louisa Mae. Our granddaughter Louisa is getting big. We look forward to seeing Louisa in August when Beth and Andy visit us.

I am extremely tired so this will be short and sweet. It is a hot gray humid day here in West Michigan. We are suppose to have severe thunder storms today. All it does is rain. We feel bad for the farmers because their hay remains in the fields. You can not harvest wet hay because of mold.

I have been up since 7:10 AM this morning. We went grocery shopping this morning. We were home from grocery shopping around 11:10 AM.

Not much else to report. I have been mainly reading the novel "Austerlitz" by W. G. Sebald [Translated By Anthea Bell].

I had a ton of stuff I wanted to write about, but now I feel too lifeless to write. Maybe I will get a second wind this afternoon and feel moved to write. Carol works the next three nights. Tomorrow is July 1, 2014. We do not celebrate any national holy days like July Fourth. I do not like to grill meat on national holy days like most Americans. I find grilling meat too middle-class. I do not like being covered with charcoal smoke either. I am really not into anything. I am not into having people come over for grilled meat or going someplace to eat grilled meat. I am waiting out my existence in this house. I am waiting for God to open doors for gospel service. I like to be a kingdom worker in the white fields.

Well I will close to drift.

"[34] Jesus saith unto them, My meat is to do the will of him that sent me, and to finish his work.
[35] Say not ye, There are yet four months, and then cometh harvest? behold, I say unto you, Lift up your eyes, and look on the fields; for they are white already to harvest.
[36] And he that reapeth receiveth wages, and gathereth fruit unto life eternal: that both he that soweth and he that reapeth may rejoice together.
[37] And herein is that saying true, One soweth, and another reapeth.
[38] I sent you to reap that whereon ye bestowed no labour: other men laboured, and ye are entered into their labours.
[39] And many of the Samaritans of that city believed on him for the saying of the woman, which testified, He told me all that ever I did." John 4:34-39
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God's Words To Thee Are Spoken

God’s words to thee are spoken:
"Go forth, the fields to reap";
His promise is His token
That He thy soul will keep.
Heed not what voice may call thee,
Turn not one hour aside;
Though world and flesh entice thee,
Do thou in Christ confide.

He calls; why shouldst thou linger?
The harvest fields are white;
Should doubt or danger hinder,
Walk thou in God’s own light.
Go where and when He sends thee;
His will seek thou to know;
Thy God will ever lead thee,
And every step will show.

To all who go, obeying,
Rich promises He gives;
All needed strength conveying,
From Him who ever lives.
Thy way is straight before thee;
The gates are all unbarred;
While mighty love impels thee,
No pathway will be hard.

Go where the lost are dying,
Because of guilt and sin;
Go, on love’s pinions flying,
For Christ the world to win.
His grace will e’er sustain thee,
His strength shall thee enshrine;
No foe shall e’er o’erwhelm thee,
While Christ the Lord is thine.

http://www.hymntime.com/tch/htm/g/o/d/godwords.htm

"Say not ye, There are yet four months, and then cometh harvest? behold, I say unto you, Lift up your eyes, and look on the fields; for they are white already to harvest." John 4:35
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N. T. Wright on homosexuality



"[1] Now I Paul myself beseech you by the meekness and gentleness of Christ, who in presence am base among you, but being absent am bold toward you:
[2] But I beseech you, that I may not be bold when I am present with that confidence, wherewith I think to be bold against some, which think of us as if we walked according to the flesh.
[3] For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh:
[4] (For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;)
[5] Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;
[6] And having in a readiness to revenge all disobedience, when your obedience is fulfilled.
[7] Do ye look on things after the outward appearance? If any man trust to himself that he is Christ's, let him of himself think this again, that, as he is Christ's, even so are we Christ's." Second Corinthians 10:1-7
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a biblical view of marriage

"[17] Wherefore be ye not unwise, but understanding what the will of the Lord is.
[18] And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit;
[19] Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord;
[20] Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ;
[21] Submitting yourselves one to another in the fear of God.
[22] Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as unto the Lord.
[23] For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church: and he is the saviour of the body.
[24] Therefore as the church is subject unto Christ, so let the wives be to their own husbands in every thing.
[25] Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it;
[26] That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word,
[27] That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish.
[28] So ought men to love their wives as their own bodies. He that loveth his wife loveth himself.
[29] For no man ever yet hated his own flesh; but nourisheth and cherisheth it, even as the Lord the church:
[30] For we are members of his body, of his flesh, and of his bones.
[31] For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and shall be joined unto his wife, and they two shall be one flesh.
[32] This is a great mystery: but I speak concerning Christ and the church.
[33] Nevertheless let every one of you in particular so love his wife even as himself; and the wife see that she reverence her husband." Ephesians 5:17-33
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