December 25th, 2014

fruitlessness is indicative of a false profession of faith

It is 10:13 AM Thursday morning in the flow of world history. I am a student of world history. As a Christian I am always living in the light of the end of world history.

I got up this morning around 7 o'clock AM. When I got up I made a pot of coffee and then made myself a bowl of oatmeal. I have noticed sitting here at my lap top in my study is painful-meaning stress pain on my neck and lower back. Weird. I use for a chair in my main study a chair from our dining room table set. We have regular chairs at our two other computer stations. Always something to block the flow of words.

I picked up Carol from work around 8:30 AM this morning. She is now off for five nights.

This morning I have being preparing the house for Caleb, Emily and Josephine's visit today. Carol got a pot of pea soup cooking for us to eat this evening for a meal.

After Carol went to bed I wrote in my paper diary and fed the birds. Now I am writing in my online blogs.

I read a little this morning from a book titled, "Hidden But Now Revealed: A Biblical Theology of Mystery" by G. K. Beale & Benjamin L. Gladd. In my study I have this volume by G. K. Beale, "A New Testament Biblical Theology: The Unfolding Of The Old Testament In The New" by G. K. Beale. I also have in my study a book Beale co-edited titled, "Commentary on the New Testament Use of the Old Testament" Editors G. K. Beale & D. A. Carson. I have a book by D.A. Carson in my main study titled, "The Gagging Of God: Christianity Confronts Pluralism." It amazes me that I am so well read and prepared to declare the Gospel of God and yet I gather dust in this isolated cell in the American Wasteland. Life is a mystery. God knows our hearts/desires.

This morning after I fed our birds I spotted a hawk in on a tree branch watching for birds to feast on by our bird feeder. The hawk flew away before I could take a picture of him.

Well I suppose I will close to drift. Wait for the end of history. "But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night, in which the heavens will pass away with a great noise, and the elements will melt with fervent heat; both the earth and the works that are in it will be burned up. Therefore, since all these things will be dissolved, what manner of persons ought you be in holy conduct and godliness" 2 Peter 3:10,11.
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An interview with the author Kevin Birmingham

Recently I ordered a book titled, "The Most Dangerous Book: The Battle for James Joyce's Ulysses" by Kevin Birmingham. I came across an interview with Birmingham on YouTube that I found interesting.

I have on my study wall a photo of James Joyce. I also have a book containing three novels of James Joyce in my study titled, "Dubliners, A Portrait Of The Artist As A Young Man, and Chamber Music."

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Gregory the Great (c. 540-604)

It is 6:21 PM Thursday night here by Lake Michigan. I had another super quiet either reading or sitting in silence. I mainly read today from these books-

"Hidden But Now Revealed: A Biblical Theology of Mystery" by G.K. Beale & Benjamin L. Gladd

"God Has Spoken: A History of Christian Theology" by Bray Gerald

"Moral Reflections on the Book of Job" Volume 1 "Preface and Books 1-5" by Gregory the Great [Translated by Brian Kerns, OCSO]

Carol right now is catching up on her Bible reading in the living room. Still no sign of Caleb, Emily, and Josie. We do not know when they are going to show up tonight. Emily's kinfolk live in Lapeer Michigan, which is about three hours from us. All we can do is wait.

Not much else to report.

"For the act of never leaving the contemplation of God means, indeed, always growing in that contemplation; the heart that never forsakes him is in a state of constant movement toward him, always coming." Gregory the Great
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