October 13th, 2014

the powerful voice of Christ

It is 8:16 AM Monday morning in the flow of salvation history. Outside this morning it is raining and gray. No sunshine today here by Lake Michigan. Carol wants to drive over to Grand Rapids to pick up a stroller and a playpen Andy and Beth left at Andy's Mom's place. Carol borrowed this summer a stroller and a playpen from a friend when Andy, Beth and Louisa visited us. This friend wants back the stroller and playpen so today is the day Carol and I will drive over to GR and pick up these items. Carol recently bought used a nice stroller and playpen to use when our grandbabies visit us.

So it a Monday morning in the flow of existence. Carol told me last night over the phone she should be home by Noon.

I got up this morning around 6:05 AM. I got up made a pot of coffee and then messed with our main computer. After messing with our main computer I cooked myself a small pot of oatmeal and ate that for breakfast. After breakfast I wrote in my paper diary and wandered the house. I did put on some music this morning, but then turned it off because I could not hear inside of me my inner voice. I am always listening to my inner voice/inner self.

Self knowledge is important. What I find scary is someone knowing themselves and yet knowing they are slaves to their corrupt flesh. It must be scary to know your lusts are destroying you/soul. I remember these words of the apostle Paul (New Testament), 'I say then: Walk in the Spirit, and you shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh. For the flesh lusts against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh; and these are contrary to one another, so that you do not do the things that you wish" Galatians 5:16,17.

Last night our son Josiah called and we talked for awhile. I watched television and went to bed early. Right now I feel like going down in the lower level and laying in the dark.

Yesterday all I got around to reading was from a book titled, "John 1-12" New Testament IV Reformation Commentary On Scripture Edited By Craig S. Farmer.

Well I will close to wander and read my Reformation commentary on John chapter 5 verse 16 through verse 30. Existence keeps speeding by. These words from the Letter to the Hebrews come to my mind, "For our God is a consuming fire" Hebrews 12:29.
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    Darkside 'Psychic'

Adore and tremble, for our God

Adore and tremble, for our God
Is a consuming fire!
His jealous eyes His wrath inflame,
And raise His vengeance higher.

Almighty vengeance, how it burns!
How bright His fury glows!
Vast magazines of plagues and storms
Lie treasured for his foes.

Those heaps of wrath, by slow degrees,
Are forced into a flame;
But kindled, oh! how fierce they blaze!
And rend all nature’s frame.

At His approach the mountains flee,
And seek a watery grave:
The frighted sea makes haste away,
And shrinks up every wave.

Through the wide air the mighty rocks
Are swift as hailstones hurled;
Who dares engage His fiery rage
That shakes the solid world?

Yet, mighty God, Thy sovereign grace
Sits regent on the throne;
The refuge of Thy chosen race
When wrath comes rushing down.

Thy hand shall on rebellious kings
A fiery tempest pour,
While we beneath Thy sheltering wings
Thy just revenge adore.


"[2] God is jealous, and the LORD revengeth; the LORD revengeth, and is furious; the LORD will take vengeance on his adversaries, and he reserveth wrath for his enemies.
[3] The LORD is slow to anger, and great in power, and will not at all acquit the wicked: the LORD hath his way in the whirlwind and in the storm, and the clouds are the dust of his feet." Nahum 1:2,3
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    contemplative contemplative

Eerdmans Bookstore

It is now in the flow of existence 3:26 PM Monday afternoon. We are home from Grand Rapids. We left here around 11:30 AM and got into Grand Rapids around Noon. We went to Calvin College first to pick up from Andy's mother the stroller, baby car-seat and playpen. After Calvin College we over to Eerdmans Bookstore so I could look at their books/Eerdmans publishes Christian books and has one of the best Christian bookstores in West Michigan. One of my favorite places to go to as a Christian is Eerdmans Bookstore. I have spent a ton of money at Eerdmans over the years. The last time I was at Eerdmans I bought these books-

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

"Paul the Missionary: Realities, Strategies, and Methods" by Eckhard J. Schnabel

"The Heresy Of Orthodoxy: How Contemporary Culture's Fascination with Diversity Has Reshaped Our Understanding of Early Christianity" by Andrea J. Kostenberger

"Orthodox Prayer Life: The Interior Way" by Matthew The Poor

"Key Events In The Life of the Historical Jesus: A Collaborative Exploration of Context and Culture" Editors Darrell L. Block & Robert L. Webb

"The Spirit And Christ In The New Testament & Christian Theology" Editors I. Howard Marshall, Volker Rabens, & Cornellis Bennema

Today at Eerdmans Bookstore I only bought three books-

"The Second Letter To The Corinthians" [The Pillar New Testament Commentary] by Mark A. Seifrid (I wanted this commentary on Second Corinthians to read Seifrid's comments on the New Covenant as set forth in Second Corinthians chapter 3.)

"The Death of the Messiah and the Birth of the New Covenant: A (Not So) New Model of the Atonement" by Michael J. Gorman (Three of my favorite Christian books were written by Michael J. Gorman, "Cruciformity: Paul's Narrative Spirituality of the Cross", "Apostle Of The Crucified Lord: A Theological Introduction To Paul & His Letters" and "Inhabiting the Cruciform God: Kenosis, Justification, and Theosis in Paul's Narrative Solteriology".)

"History and Spirit: The Understanding Of Scripture According To Origin" by Henri De Lubac (Recently I have been reading Henri De Lubac's three volume work "Medieval Exegesis: The Four Senses Of Scripture".)

After Eerdmans we drove to East Town in Grand Rapids and ate lunch at the Pita House. Then we came home to go through the rest of day. Carol skyped Beth and Lousia and now she is skyping Emily and Josephine. I am down in the lower level messing with my books. Well, I will close to rest my overcrowded brain.

Eerdmans Bookstore

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While I am on the topic of books I should mention the books by Mark A. Seifrid in my library-

"Christ, our Righteousness: Paul's Theology of Justification" by Mark A. Seifrid

"Justification And Variegated Nomism" Volume 1-"The Complexities Of Second Temple Judaism" Editors D. A. Carson, Peter T. O'Brien & Mark A. Seifrid

"Justification And Variegated Nomism" Volume 2-"The Paradoxes Of Paul" Editors D. A. Carson, Peter T. O'Brien & Mark A. Seifrid

If you are going to read something you might as well start the above books. I am just an old retired farm hand.
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    Lucinda Williams "Down Where The Spirit Meets The Bone"