July 4th, 2014

a wrenching account of African horrors

It is 12:37 PM Friday afternoon. We did decide to go to a big used books sale in Grand Rapids this morning. Here is a list of the used books I bought this morning.

"Assembly" a novel by John O'Hara

"Songdogs" a novel by Colum McCann

"Kingdom Of Shadows" a novel by Alan Furst

"Labyrinths: Selected Stories & Other Writings" by Jorge Luis Borges

"Literary Trips: Following in the Footsteps of Fame" Editor: Victoria Brooks Foreword by Paul Bowles

"Joe Hill: A Biographical Novel" by Wallace Stegner

"Decade Of Nightmares" The End of the Sixties and the Making of Eighties America" by Philip Jenkins

"Every Day Is Mother's Day" a novel by Hilary Mantel

"A Change Of Climate" a novel by Hilary Mantel

"The Summer Before the Dark" a novel by Doris Lessing

"The King's Indian: Stories & Tales" by John Gardner

"Success" a novel by Martin Amis

"Moloch or, This Gentile World" a novel by Henry Miller

"The World of Yesterday" a memoir by Stefan Zweig

"Generation Of Swine: Gonzo Papers Vol. 2 Tales Of Shame And Degradation In The 80's" by Hunter S. Thompson

"The Happiness of Getting It Down Right: Letters Of Frank O'Connor and William Maxwell" Edited by Michael Steinman

"Beardsley" a biography by Stanley Weintraub

"In The Pond" a novel by Ha Jin

"Roger Fry" a biography by Virginia Woolf

"The Zanzibar Chest: A Story Of Life, Love, And Death In Foreign Lands" by Aidan Hartley

We left for this used books sale around 8:30 AM this morning and we were home by 10:30 AM. I ate some food, wrote in my paper diary and then cleaned the kitchen. So existence goes by. Well I am feeling wasted so I will close to catalog my new used books into my LibraryThing site. Existence keeps speeding by. No way out.
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all the Gospels point to Christ

It is 4:16 PM late Friday evening. I am down in the lower level messing with my computers. All our computers are now acting strange. I am tempted to go buy a new computer this summer. We can not for some unknown reason get any of our computers working properly. What is really strange is that nobody can locate the reason why our computers are not working smoothly. Next month our son-in-law Andy will be visiting us with our daughter Beth and our granddaughter Louisa Mae, maybe Andy can fix our computers while they are here. One can always dream.

I took a nap this afternoon. Right now I feel awake, but all of a sudden I do not want to write anything. I had all this stuff on my mind that I wanted to write down and now it all seems pointless.

I cataloged all the used books I bought today and put them away down here in the lower level. Carol thinks we are going to run out of room for used books. I might have to start putting books on the bed down here and then the sofa.

I wanted to mention that I received in the mail yesterday the new Reformation Commentary on the Gospel of John chapters 1 through 12. The book is titled, "John 1-12" New Testament IV Reformation Commentary On Scripture Edited By Craig S. Farmer. I have been reading off and on another volume in this series titled, "Acts" New Testament VI Reformation Commentary On Scripture Edited By Esther Chung-Kim And Todd R. Hains. Last night as our neighbors were setting off fireworks I read these commentaries for evening worship. As our neighbors were worshiping the gods of America by offering it fire I was seeking the face of the Lord Jesus Christ the King of glory. I am surrounded by the living dead.

Well I suppose I will close to wait for the coming darkness.

I forgot to mention that last year I bought this book on the Gospel of John that I need to read, "A Theology Of John's Gospel And Letters: The Word, the Christ, the Son of God" by Andreas J. Kostenberger [Biblical Theology Of The New Testament].

"[14] And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of man be lifted up:
[15] That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life.
[16] For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
[17] For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.
[18] He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.
[19] And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil.
[20] For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved.
[21] But he that doeth truth cometh to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest, that they are wrought in God." John 3:14-21
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we serve a Risen Savior

It is 5:37 PM Friday night. I am down in the lower level again because Carol has the TV on and I can not think with the television on making a lot of meaningless noise. Carol likes watching reruns and reading her book on cancer, she is relaxing. I like to relax in silence sitting in the dining room reading my books and just sitting waiting for Time to be no more.

I have been wanting to quote from my Reformation Commentary on the Acts of the Apostle so I will do that as a way to get my mind on something soul saving.

"The God of our fathers raised up Jesus whom you murdered by hanging on a tree. Him God has exalted to His right hand to be Prince and Savior, to give repentance to Israel and forgiveness of sins" Acts 5:30,31.

"Repentance Begins And Continues By God's Grace. John Calvin: Repentance is indeed a voluntary conversion, but what is the source of this willingness except that God changes our heart, making a heart of flesh out of a heart of stone, one that is pliable out of one that is hard and stiff, and, finally, one that is upright out of one that is crooked? And this happens when Christ regenerates us by his Spirit. Of course, this is not the gift of a single moment but one that must be increased daily all through life until at last we draw near to God completely; and that will take place only when we have put off our flesh. It is certainly the beginning of repentance when a person who was previously alienated from God renounces himself and the world and begins a new life. But because we have only started out on the way and are far from the goal, we must constantly press on. We obtain both of these things by the help of Christ. For as he begins repentance in us, so he also gives us perseverance. Commentary On Acts 5:31.

The Benefits Of Christ Are Repentance And Forgiveness. Rudolf Gwalther. Although a person is converted to God, our salvation is still not perfect and full. When we are sinners, we still have need of forgiveness and satisfaction, since nothing else will satisfy God's justice. But as we have said even now that we could not convert to God unless we were regenerated by Christ, much less can we satisfy for our sins. And Christ teaches us that our sins are such a debt that we are not able to pay. Therefore, just as in the first part, Christ supported our infirmity, so in this also he helps us. By the merit of his death he both purges the debt of our sin and makes us just in the sight of God, while he bestows his righteousness on us who believe in him. Therefore, he became sin for us, that we by his means should be that righteousness which is acceptable before God. Both these things without which no one can be saved comes as benefits of Christ alone. . . This is the reason that [Peter], comprehending the sum of the gospel in few words, teaches that repentance and forgiveness of sins must be preached in his name. Homily 37, Acts 5:27-32." pg. 68
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whoever believes is not condemned

It is now in the flow 6:02 PM Friday evening. I was looking through my new Reformation commentary on the Gospel of John chapters 1 through 12 and found these comments on John 3:18 "He who believes in Him is not condemned; but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God" a blessing so I will share them now.

"The Gospel Of Salvation By Faith Alone. Johannes Brenz: This is the sum of all preaching: Those who believe in Christ are not condemned. Nothing saves but faith. Works do not save, and merits do not save. Nothing condemns but lack of faith. This is indeed is the glory of the gospel, that sins do not condemn, but disbelief alone is that which brings condemnation. Moreover, when it is said that works do not save, you are not to think that good actions are not to be performed. And when it is said that sins do not condemn, you are not to think that you are now permitted to sin with impunity. For faith saves because it welcomes all good things from Christ and works all good things in the believer. As it welcomes righteousness from Christ so it dispenses that righteousness in turn through works of love. Disbelief, however, condemns because it rejects and condemns all the good things of Christ and is the author of all evils. For as it welcomes every unrighteous thing from Satan, who is falsehood, so it pours out every evil against God and against human beings. It does nothing uprightly, it always sins, always violates the law of God. So the statement is most just: "Whoever does not believe is condemned already." Why? "Because that person has not believed in the name of the only-begotten Son of God." What is that name? The name of Christ is God, the righteous, king, the good, salvation, life, light, redemption. Therefore whoever believes in the name of Christ receives through faith God, righteousness, kingship, goodness, salvation, life, light, redemption. Commentary On John 3:18." pg. 106
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