November 27th, 2014

happiness is wanting to be nobody

It is 7:34 AM Thursday in the flow of ice and snow. I got up this morning around 6:35 AM. I got up made a pot of coffee and ate a slice of cornbread. Now I am writing in my blogs and listening to the music of Stereolab 'Oscillons from the Anti-Sun' boxset. Rudy is next to me sleeping in a living room chair. Carol gets out of work around 8:30 AM so I am waiting for her to call me to come and pick her up. World history is headed for the Last Day.

I have no plans for the day ahead. I will do what I did yesterday today. Existence keeps decaying.

Last night I watched some television and read late into the night the novel "Shark" by Will Self.

There is nothing pressing on my mind this morning. The same old crap is on my mind.

Last night our daughter-in-law Emily called to tell us she has interview for a job at a hospital in Grand Rapids MI next month and wanted to know if we would baby-sit our granddaughter Josie while she is at the interview (which takes over two days). I have not seen in the flesh our new granddaughter Josephine Joy so it will be nice to have Emily and Josie here for a couple of days next month. Carol was all excited about having Emily and Josie's visit next month. Carol loves being a Grandma/having two granddaughters to mother. Carol plans to fly to Phoenix Arizona to visit Beth, Andy and Louisa in February.

So the morning crawls by on broken legs. I do not know what I will read for morning worship this morning. I should read something uplifting. I need to fed my soul.

I will close to make a pot of oatmeal. It will soon be over so do not flip-out.

I order this morning from Thrill Jockey records this CD coming out in January 2015.
  • Current Music
    Stereolab 'Oscillons from the Anti-Sun'

there is a voice of God's Spirit speaking peace to his people upon their believing

It is 9:46 AM Thursday morning in the death flow. I am down in the lower level messing with one of my lap top computers. I have been thinking of going back to bed this morning. I did pick up my wife this morning when she got out of work. My wife is upstairs looking through the morning newspapers eating cheese and crackers.

I thought for fun I would quote more of Richard Sibbes (1577-1635) on the sealing work of the Holy Spirit. I have been quoting from Richard Sibbes exposition of Second Corinthians chapter 1 in Volume 3 of THE WORKS OF RICHARD SIBBES published by the Banner of Truth Trust 1981.

I have been reading the works of Richard Sibbes going on 30 years. I have been a Christ lover for 44 years. I started reading the writings of the 17th century English Puritans back in 1975 Richmond California. These days I do not read the Puritans all the time as once did in the past. I now read all over the map. But once in awhile I get out one of the old English Puritans and read their writings like Sibbes work, "Exposition on Second Corinthians Chapter 1" Volume 3. If you have been reading my blog for awhile you know Richard Sibbes is one of my favorite 17th century English Puritan divines.

"I answer, the Spirit in this sealing works these four things:
First, a secret voice or witness to the soul, that we are 'the sons of God.'
Secondly, a voice or speech in us again to God, causing us to have access to the throne of grace 'with boldness.'
Thirdly, a work of sanctification.
Fourthly, 'peace of conscience, and joy in the Holy Ghost,' Rom. xiv.17.

By these four ways we may know the sealing of the Spirit after we believe, and that our faith is a sound belief, and that we are in the state of grace indeed.

1. First, I say, the Spirit speaks to us by a secret kind of whispering and intimation, that the soul feels better than I can express. 'Be of good comfort, thy sins are forgiven thee,' saith he to the soul, Matt. ix. 2, 'I am thy salvation,' Ps. xxxv. 3. There is, I say, a sweet joining, a sweet kiss given to the soul. 'I am thine, and thou art mine,' Cant. vi.3. God by his Spirit speaks so much. There is a voice of God's Spirit speaking peace to his people upon their believing.

2. And then, Secondly, the Spirit of adoption stirs up the speech of the soul to God, that as he says to the soul, Because thou believest, now thou art honoured to be my child; so the Spirit stirs up in the soul a spirit of prayer to cry, 'Abba Father.' It can go boldly to God as to a Father; for that 'Abba, Father,' it is a bold and familiar speech.

There are two things in a prayer of a Christian that are incompatible to any carnal man: there is an inward kind of familiar boldness in the soul, to his father. A child considers not his own worthiness or meanness, but goeth to his father familiarly and boldly: so, I say, when the Spirit of God speaks to us from God, and tells the soul, 'I am thine,' 'I am thy salvation,' 'thy sins are forgiven thee, be of good comfort:' and when the soul again speaks to God, when it can pour forth itself with a kind of familiar boldness and earnestness, especially in extremity, and in time of trouble, and can wait in prayer, and depend upon God,-this spiritual speech of God to the soul, and of the soul to God, it is a seal of the Spirit that indeed we are true believers, because we can do that that none can do but Christians. God speaks to our souls, he raiseth our souls, and by his Spirit he puts a spirit of supplication into us, and helps our infirmities; for we know not what to ask, but he helps our weakness, and enables us to lay out the wants of our souls to God. These are evidences of the presence and of the seal of the Spirit." pg. 456,457 Richard Sibbes

"Now He who establishes us with you in Christ and has anointed us is God, who also has sealed us and given us the Spirit in our hearts as a guarantee" 2 Corinthians 1:21,22
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    contemplative contemplative

looking out from a small window on our front door

The day slowly goes by. Carol is sleeping and I am reading a novel in our dining room. It does not get any better than this.

I often stand at our front door to watch the world in front of our house go by. It is always amazing what can be seen out of ones front door. I believe all our neighbors are gone today. I wonder where our neighbors went this week. Well I will go back to reading the novel "Laura Warholic or, The Sexual Intellectual" by Alexander Theroux.

looking out from a small window in our front door
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    contemplative contemplative

Alcide De Gasperi

It is 8:54 PM Thursday night in the winter flow. Another day has gone by like it did yesterday.

I spent the day dozing, wandering the house and reading, "Postwar: A History of Europe Since 1945" by Tony Judt.

Right now my wife is watching TV and I am writing in my blogs. Outside it is snowing.

Tomorrow is the last Friday of November 2014. Next Friday we will be in December 2014, the last month of the Year 2014. What does the year 2015 hold for us? Will the old creation come to a close and the Kingdom of God come in it's fullness/New Creation?

Well, I will close to wait for tomorrow to come.

Alcide De Gasperi

  • Current Music
    The Twilight Singers 'Dynamite Steps'