October 14th, 2014

having experienced a New Exodus

It is 7:47 AM Tuesday morning in the life flow. It is rainy gray morning here in West Michigan. A good day to stay in bed and dream of a better tomorrow.

I got up this morning around 5:47 AM. I got up because I was tired of dreaming, so I got up to face the day. Right now I feel like going back to bed, but we are going grocery shopping this morning. Carol works tonight so this morning is the only time there is to go food gathering.

When I got up this morning I made a pot of coffee and then messed with our main computer. As I was messing with our main computer Carol got up to face it. There is no way of escape. I made for us a pot of oatmeal for breakfast. What would life be without oatmeal.

I forgot that I did write in my paper diary before Carol got up. I got out to read this morning the book, "The Death of the Messiah and the Birth of the New Covenant: A (Not So) New Model of the Atonement" by Michael J. Gorman. I read this book before going to bed last night.

Carol and I went to bed early last night.

music Moderat II

I have a lot of stuff on my mind that I could write about this morning, but I still feel out of it mentally. I am tired I suppose mentally. I think too much, that is why I need to sit in silence and let my brain rest.

Well I will close to get ready to go food gathering.
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The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God

Psalm 14

[1] The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God. They are corrupt, they have done abominable works, there is none that doeth good.
[2] The LORD looked down from heaven upon the children of men, to see if there were any that did understand, and seek God.
[3] They are all gone aside, they are all together become filthy: there is none that doeth good, no, not one.
[4] Have all the workers of iniquity no knowledge? who eat up my people as they eat bread, and call not upon the LORD.
[5] There were they in great fear: for God is in the generation of the righteous.
[6] Ye have shamed the counsel of the poor, because the LORD is his refuge.
[7] Oh that the salvation of Israel were come out of Zion! when the LORD bringeth back the captivity of his people, Jacob shall rejoice, and Israel shall be glad.
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the gospel ministry

It is in the holy flow 10:44 AM Tuesday morning. Carol and I went grocery shopping. Now I have cut down on the habit of eating our food bill is down. I am on a diet. Well really I have dreamed for years of losing weight and trying to lose my old man pot belly. It is a blessing to have no pot belly. It is not like an impossible dream to become thin like a rail. It is possible if I only eat apples and go for long walks. Carol is talking about getting a tread mill for us to use.

Since getting home from grocery shopping I have been reading the book, "The Death of the Messiah and the Birth of the New Covenant: A (Not So) New Model of the Atonement" by Michael J. Gorman.

There is something I want to clarify about Christian worship. I do believe it is necessary for professing Christians to be under the preaching of the Bible. New professing Christians especially need to be taught the Christian Faith. I do believe in a Gospel Ministry. I myself sought for many years to be a Gospel Preacher, that is why I attended Bible College and Seminary. I wanted to spend all my days on earth preaching and teaching the biblical Gospel. Even though I would like to go to a church that practices contemplative silence during the worship services, I still believe there is a place for the preaching and teaching of the Bible in the local church. I do believe the Lord has given teaching and ruling Elders to the Church. "Be diligent to present yourself approved of God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth" 2 Tim. 2:15. "For I have not shunned to declare to you the whole counsel of God. Therefore take heed to yourselves and to all the flock, among which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers, to shepherd the church of God which He purchased with His own blood. For I know this, that after my departure savage wolves will come in among you, not sparing the flock" Acts 20:27-29.

I do not go to church/sit under the ministry of the Word and sacraments, but I do read and study the Bible all the time. I know most professing Christians do not read the kind of Christian books I read because they are too busy making a living or do not have the intellectual or spiritual hunger to dig into God's Word the Bible. There are all kinds of Christians in the world. I realized sometime ago most Christians in the world do not have money to buy the Christian books I have and also they do not know/aware such books exist. And I am a Christian bookworm. I love to study and read the Bible. I remember this verse when it comes to why I love the Bible, "Now a certain Jew named Apollos, born at Alexandria, an eloquent man and mighty in the Scriptures came to Ephesus" Acts 18:24.

I have often mentioned here that I believe in the absolute authority of Scripture which to me means that I interpret Reality from a biblical perspective. I do not seek to rule my life by the reason alone or the fashions of society. I am not out to receive the applause of men. I remember these words of the apostle Paul, "But even if we or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel to you than what we have preached to you, let him be accursed. As we have said before, so now I say again, if anyone preaches any other gospel to you than what you have received, let him be accursed. For do I now persuade men, or God? Or do I seek to please men? For if I still please men, I would not be a bondservant of Christ" Galatians 1:8-10.

Well I will go back to reading my books and drifting through the day. There is no way of escape. "If you instruct the brethren in these things, you will be a good minister of Jesus Christ, nourished in the words of faith and of the good doctrine which you have carefully followed. But reject profane and old wives fables, and exercise yourself toward godliness" 1 Timothy 4:6,7.
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a sinner made to feel his need of salvation

I have been thinking of giving to the lady at the library book who is always in a state of freak out a gospel booklet I received in the mail last week titled, "God Our Salvation" a sermon by William Gadsby. I am afraid this professing Christian lady has never heard the Gospel of God/biblical gospel. She could be just immature in the Faith. I find it exhausting talking to this lady because she obviously does not know the teachings of the Bible on many things she is freaked out about.

I will quote from this sermon by Rev. Gadsby because it is a gospel message that is better than what most people hear on any given Sunday in America from Christian pulpits.

"Do you know anything of this salvation? However, I must draw towards a conclusion, and

4. Show the effect of a sinner being made to feel his need of this salvation. Every living soul made alive to God will be putting up this petition, and never rest satisfied without an answer: "Say unto my soul, I am thy salvation." If you can go on satisfied, and do not care what religion you have, saying you have many things pleasing to the flesh, many external duties, and much internal piety; or if, with your exalted notions of the doctrines of grace, you are satisfied with anything short of God himself speaking to your soul that he is your salvation, you are in the gall of bitterness and the bond of iniquity. I do not care what your religion is; let it be what it may, if you are satisfied without this, it is not the religion of the Son of God. Where the religion of the Son of God is, that soul wants the revelation of God's salvation. This will cause the soul to supplicate, "Say unto my soul, I am thy salvation." If the Lord does not at once manifest himself, the poor soul will not give up until the Lord does condescend to answer his prayer. He must have some sweet meltings down in his mind, some little liftings up with intimations of mercy, some droppings of his love, here and there a berry just to wet the mouth of the poor creature, and keep it from parching up, in order to keep it still sighing, groaning, and mourning. They cannot be satisfied, they cannot rest who have been quickened until they have the life and power of a salvation in their own hearts, by being able sweetly and feelingly say, "God is my salvation." They must feel the Lord has graciously and blessedly given them that sweet and blessed power to feel in their souls that God is their salvation.

"Cannot be satisfied?" say you. "Do you not think that persons who are decidedly pious, and do their duty, and never injure anybody, but love everybody, and do good to everybody; do you not think that they are right? And perhaps some may say, "My minister says it is all enthusiasm to talk about this salvation being revealed to their conscience; all we have to do is simply to believe the Word, be decidedly pious, do our duty, and hope for the best." Now with all this, with all your decision, if this is all the religion you have, you will, do dying, be eternally lost, as sure as the Lord lives. You must have some better ground of a living power in your heart, and not rest short of God saying to your soul he is your salvation. Nothing short of this will do. You must be made to say, "As the hart panteth after the waterbrooks, so panteth my soul after God, the living God."

If any here are resting on the delusive ground of their decided piety, there will be nothing but confusion, when the Lord by a might earthquake, is pleased to come and shake you off your sandy foundations. If you have no better resting-place, you will sink into black despair. I do not mean to say there are none of God's children living but what have enjoyed this salvation. O no. But this they will do; they will sigh and cry, with heart breathings, moanings, and pantings, and will not be satisfied without it. They want the power of it in their own consciences. They want the Lord the Spirit to speak to their souls, so as that they can sweetly and blessedly say, "He loved me, and gave himself for me," vile me. Until this is the case they will not be satisfied." William Gadsby
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