October 24th, 2014

Christ should be continually sought until he is found

It is 2:56 PM Friday afternoon in the flow of life. I am down in the lower level writing on my lap top computer. I feel sleepy because I have been up since 5:45 AM this morning. I got up way too early this morning!

I have had thus far a normal day. I spent the morning reading, writing and messing with our main computer. Late this morning Carol and I went grocery shopping. I am still sticking to a diet so I do not buy the kind of food I would like to eat. I eat practically nothing I enjoy eating. I would like to eat junk food, but must eat food that will cause me to not gain weight. When you get my age food becomes a big source of pleasure since sexual pleasure is not as intense as when you were younger. In the end I suppose you have to be thankful for the basics like good food and a roof over your head.

Carol and I were back home from grocery shopping around 12:45 PM. I have spent the afternoon reading and wandering the house. I need to move so as not to fall asleep.

Carol works tonight so she needs to take a nap this afternoon.

I have been mainly reading today from a novel titled, "Laura Warholic or, The Sexual Intellectual" by Alexander Theroux.

http://www.3quarksdaily.com/3quarksdaily/2010/05/committing-savage-satire-respecting-readers-and-finding-the-odd-in-sex-colin-marshall-talks-to-alexa.html

http://www.kcrw.com/news-culture/shows/bookworm/alexander-theroux

Last night I watched some of a professional football game and went to bed early. Carol came to bed soon after I did.

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I did not sleep soundly last night due to weird dreams. Well not much else to report. I forgot to mention that other day while out visiting thrift stores I found one used book to ADD to our library-

"Berlin: Tales of the City by Lillian Hellman, Josephine Baker, Bertolt Brecht, Christa Wolf, Franz Kafka, Thomas Pynchon" Edited by John Miller & Tim Smith.

Isaiah chapter 55
[1] Ho, every one that thirsteth, come ye to the waters, and he that hath no money; come ye, buy, and eat; yea, come, buy wine and milk without money and without price.
[2] Wherefore do ye spend money for that which is not bread? and your labour for that which satisfieth not? hearken diligently unto me, and eat ye that which is good, and let your soul delight itself in fatness.
[3] Incline your ear, and come unto me: hear, and your soul shall live; and I will make an everlasting covenant with you, even the sure mercies of David.
[4] Behold, I have given him for a witness to the people, a leader and commander to the people.
[5] Behold, thou shalt call a nation that thou knowest not, and nations that knew not thee shall run unto thee because of the LORD thy God, and for the Holy One of Israel; for he hath glorified thee.
[6] Seek ye the LORD while he may be found, call ye upon him while he is near:
[7] Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts: and let him return unto the LORD, and he will have mercy upon him; and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon.
[8] For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD.
[9] For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.
[10] For as the rain cometh down, and the snow from heaven, and returneth not thither, but watereth the earth, and maketh it bring forth and bud, that it may give seed to the sower, and bread to the eater:
[11] So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.
[12] For ye shall go out with joy, and be led forth with peace: the mountains and the hills shall break forth before you into singing, and all the trees of the field shall clap their hands.
[13] Instead of the thorn shall come up the fir tree, and instead of the brier shall come up the myrtle tree: and it shall be to the LORD for a name, for an everlasting sign that shall not be cut off.
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Let Every Mortal Ear Attend

Let every mortal ear attend,
And every heart rejoice;
The trumpet of the Gospel sounds
With an inviting voice.

Lo! all ye hungry, starving souls
That feed upon the wind,
And vainly strive with earthly toys
To fill an empty mind.

Eternal wisdom has prepared
A soul reviving feast,
And bids your longing appetites
The rich provision taste.

Ho! ye that pant for living streams,
And pine away and die,
Here you may quench your raging thirst
With springs that never dry.

Rivers of love and mercy here
In a rich ocean join;
Salvation in abundance flows,
Like floods of milk and wine.

Ye perishing and naked poor,
Who work with mighty pain
To weave a garment of your own
That will not hide your sin,

Come naked, and adorn your souls
In robes prepared by God,
Wrought by the labors of His Son,
And dyed in His own blood.

Dear God! the treasures of Thy love
Are everlasting mines,
Deep as our helpless miseries are,
And boundless as our sins.

The happy gates of Gospel grace
Stand open night and day;
Lord, we are come to seek supplies,
And drive our wants away.

http://www.hymntime.com/tch/htm/l/e/m/lemortal.htm

"Ho, every one that thirsteth, come ye to the waters, and he that hath no money; come ye, buy, and eat; yea, come, buy wine and milk without money and without price." Isaiah 55:1
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it is sweet to get the love of Christ

It is now in the flow 4:09 PM Friday early evening. Today in the mail I received a sermon booklet from The Inheritance Publishers titled CONVICTIONS OF SIN by the famous 19th century Scottish preacher Robert M. M'Cheyen (1813-43). I was recalling 40 years ago I bought at a used bookstore in Berkeley, California a book titled, "Memoir And Remains Of R. M. M'Cheyne" By Andrew Bonar. I can't find that edition, but I do have another edition of this wonderful book in our library. I also have this book containing the writings of Robert M. M'Cheyen, "A Basket Of Fragments".

I will quote Robert M. M'Cheyen-

"IV. The blessedness of being a son of God: 'Behold what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God!' Ah! there are many things to make it a blessedness beyond compare.

1. The first thing that makes it a blessedness is that we get the love of the Father. The moment you become a child, the Father loves you. This is shown in what Christ said to Mary: 'I ascend unto my Father and to your Father, to my God and your God.' Christ here intimated, that we have the same love that he had. We have not got so much of the love of the Father as Christ, because he has got an infinite capacity; but it is the same love. The sun shines as much upon the daisy as it does upon the sunflower is able to contain more. Christ plainly shows you that in the 17th chapter of John, where he prays that the same love may be in us that was in him. O how much better is it, then, to be under the love of God, than under the wrath of God!

2. Let me mention to you a second part of the blessedness we get. The Spirit of the Son dwells in us. You will see this in Galatians 4,6 'Because ye are sons, God hath sent forth the Spirit of his Son into your hearts, crying, Abba, Father.' Brethren, when Christ comes, the first thing he does is to redeem you from under the curse of the law, and then he makes you a son. O it is sweet to have the smile of Christ! it is sweet to get the love of Christ; but I will tell you what is equally as sweet-that is to receive the Spirit of Christ. Has he given you the Spirit? He will do it if you are a son, that you may be made to cry, 'Abba, Father.'

3. Let me mention to you another part of the blessedness of being a son of God. You get the likeness of the Father. You know this is the case in an adopted family; an adopted child in the course of time gets the very features of the family. So you get the image of the Father, and you get the love of the Father. You are taught that in Matthew 5, where Christ says, in his Sermon on the Mount, 'Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully used you, and persecute you; that ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven,' that ye may bear the image of the Father. Have you that mark of adoption? Are you turning like God?.

4. Let us mention another part of the blessedness. Some of you may be surprised at it. We get the chastisement of the Father. If we have no chastisement, then we are bastards, and not sons, for what son is he whom the Father chasteneth not. The world are allowed to get fat; but it is not so with those that follow God; if they wander, he puts up a hedge, and if they fall into it, he puts up a wall.

5. Let me mention the last part of the blessedness. We receive the inheritance as heirs. Paul says, 'If sons, then heirs.' Every child in a rich family gets something when the father dies; often he shares his fortune equally among them, and the adopted child is not forgot. If we are Christ's we get all things with him. If we are Christ's, we share the government of the world with him. If we are his, we shall share the crown with him. It is called the inheritance of the saints in light. I cannot tell the blessings of being an heir of God; but I know that it is better than being an heir of hell: 'He that overcometh shall inherit all things,' and that for eternity-it cannot fade away. O my brethren! will you still remain heirs of hell? If you come to Christ you will be made heirs of God. Whether is it better to get the pleasure of the world, and hell at the end, or to be made a child of God, and an heir of Christ? 'They shall hunger no more, neither thirst any more; neither shall the sun light on them, nor any heat. For the Lamb which is in the midst of the throne shall feed them, and shall lead them unto living fountains of water: and God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes,' Rev. 7.16,17. O that God would make you like Mary, to choose that good part that shall never be taken away from you! O that God would put life into the dead stones, and from these stones raise up children to Abraham! Amen." Robert Murray M'Cheyne "A Basket Of Fragments" pg. 42,43
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