February 19th, 2015

Wisdom is without any beginning

It is in the snow and ice flow here in West Michigan 9:10 AM. The morning goes by normal thus far. Outside it is snowing and very cold.

I got up this morning around 7:15 AM. When I got up I let Rudy out of his cage and then got the morning newspaper off the walk way leading to our front door. I do not read newspapers, but my wife does. There is a large stack of newspapers waiting for Carol to read when she gets home this coming Saturday evening. I get my News off the internet. I made myself a pot of coffee and a bowl of oatmeal for breakfast. I ate my oatmeal while messing with our main computer. Carol called from Phoenix around 8:05 AM our time. She told she had gone to bed last night around 8:30 PM and had gotten up around 5:30 AM. She said she had finally be able to sleep through the night. When my wife gets home Saturday she immediately goes back to work. My wife is a night nurse, she works from 8 o'clock PM till 8 o'clock AM. How is she going to get back to being up all night again. I do not know how my wife does it. She is a tough old lady.

After talking to my wife I went outside and shoveled snow and fed the birds. When I came inside I wrote in my paper diary and now I am writing in my blogs. Existence is speeding by.

Last night I basically read "The Lost Scrapbook" a novel by Evan Dara and at 10 o'clock PM I watched the TV show 'Stalker'. I went to bed around 11:10 PM and read some more of the "The Lost Scrapbook" till I got sleepy.

I got out these books to read this morning-

"Luke" New Testament III [Reformation Commentary On Scripture]

"We Believe in One Lord Jesus Christ" Vol. 2 [Ancient Christian Doctrine]

Well not much else to report. I am not sure what I will do today. I am out of food so I have to go locate some food today. Or I could fast and pray till Carol gets home. I am living on the bread of heaven.

I will close to wander.

  • Current Music
    The Veils 'Sun Gangs'

Guide me, O Thou great Jehovah

Guide me, O Thou great Jehovah,
[or Guide me, O Thou great Redeemer…]
Pilgrim through this barren land.
I am weak, but Thou art mighty;
Hold me with Thy powerful hand.
Bread of Heaven, Bread of Heaven,
Feed me till I want no more;
Feed me till I want no more.

Open now the crystal fountain,
Whence the healing stream doth flow;
Let the fire and cloudy pillar
Lead me all my journey through.
Strong deliverer, strong deliverer,
Be Thou still my strength and shield;
Be Thou still my strength and shield.

Lord, I trust Thy mighty power,
Wondrous are Thy works of old;
Thou deliver’st Thine from thralldom,
Who for naught themselves had sold:
Thou didst conquer, Thou didst conquer,
Sin, and Satan and the grave,
Sin, and Satan and the grave.

When I tread the verge of Jordan,
Bid my anxious fears subside;
Death of deaths, and hell’s destruction,
Land me safe on Canaan’s side.
Songs of praises, songs of praises,
I will ever give to Thee;
I will ever give to Thee.

Musing on my habitation,
Musing on my heav’nly home,
Fills my soul with holy longings:
Come, my Jesus, quickly come;
Vanity is all I see;
Lord, I long to be with Thee!
Lord, I long to be with Thee!


"[21] And the LORD went before them by day in a pillar of a cloud, to lead them the way; and by night in a pillar of fire, to give them light; to go by day and night:
[22] He took not away the pillar of the cloud by day, nor the pillar of fire by night, from before the people." Exodus 13:21,22
  • Current Music
    The Veils 'The Runaway Found'

a kingdom of salvation

"And has raised up a horn of salvation for us in the house of His servant David" Luke 1:69

"The Horn Of Salvation Brings Life To Christians. Martin Luther: "He has raised it up in the house of his servant David," namely, through the Word and the Holy Spirit. That is a wonderful thing: it is a kingdom on earth, but still a kingdom of salvation. It brings the two things together! The "house of David" means the lineage and family of David, and he was a human being. Zechariah does not speak of a kingdom of angels, for this kingdom is placed among people, in the house of David. And a "house" is a people who are altogether mortal. How does such honor come into shame, such salvation into wretchedness, such life into death? People who are mortal shall not die; those who are the devil's shall be God's! You have to patch these things together: people, who die, are nevertheless immortal in this kingdom. A Christian who comes into this kingdom does not die and cannot die. For Christ has defeated death so that we do not have to die, has taken our sin onto himself so that we do not have to bear it and has overcome the devil so that a Christian will never be enslaved to him or to sin. This text must be true: "He has raised up a horn of salvation in the house of his servant David." And therefore a Christian is living, without sin, and never enslaved to the devil. SERMON ON SAINT JOHN'S DAY (1525)." pg. 40,41 "Luke" Vol. III [Reformation Commentary On Scripture]
  • Current Mood
    contemplative contemplative

snow pictures

A view of what I see looking out of our garage.

a view of our house

a view of looking down the street in front of our house

a picture of the sidewalk in front of our house
  • Current Music
    The Dears 'Gang Of Losers'

cassette tapes

Question of the Day: Say what? What's the most unusual conversation you've ever had?

Reply: Many years ago I was at a Grateful Dead concert and before the show I had a very long conversation with a Dead Head. In those days I carried with me a small portable tape recorder and taped our cosmic conversation.

LJ comment: You don't, by any chance, still have that tape, do you? I would love to hear that.

Reply: Me Yes I do have the tapes-I should add in talking to this Dead Head I was doing my minister internship in Houston Texas in the 1980's around 28 to 29 years ago-I once used the tapes in a Wednesday Night talk on Evangelism-I played the tapes for the church congregation and if I remember correctly the people were puzzled-it was all beyond them-I have no way of copying the tapes-the tapes are over an hour long-I have to go dig the tapes out-at one time I had a Tape Library of over 3000 sermon tapes etc. years ago I donated my Sermon Tape library to a theological seminary in Grand Rapids MI-I still have all my sermon tapes-Sunday school teaching tapes-when our kids were growing up in Texas I made a monthly tapes of us family Reality-I am not into taping stuff now because I lost interest-I now write here LJ and in my paper diary-I have lost my voice-hope you are having a nice time there in Germany-peace

Time lapse Thursday 2/19/2015 12:52 PM
This morning I went down into the lower level looking for those tapes of my conversation with that Dead Head, but failed to find them. I think I put those tapes with the year I taped them, which was in the 1980's when we lived in Houston Texas. I was not in the mood to pull down ton of boxes containing my 1980's Diaries. The boxes containing my 1980's diaries weigh a ton! Right now my back hurts due to tension/anxiousness.

What I found out in revisiting my boxes of cassette tapes is that I have over a thousand cassette tapes in four cardboard boxes. I had forgotten how many cassette tapes I had kept when many years ago I donated three thousand sermons tapes to a theological seminary in Grand Rapids MI (Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary).

I started listening to sermon tapes back in the early 1970's. For 20 years I collected the sermons of two Gospel Ministers Dr. Albert Martin (Reformed Baptist minister) and then Dr. Joel Beeke (Dutch Puritan Minister). I also collected sermon tapes by many other Calvinistic ministers.

I still have many cassette sermons by Dr. Beeke and many other Calvinistic ministers down in the lower level.

I also have many cassette tapes of New Age music. When we lived in Houston Texas I taped a radio show called Hearts of Space/New Age music. I also have music tapes by other musical artist down in the lower level.

I have also have on cassette tape sermons I preached when I was at Reformed Theological Seminary, Jackson Miss.. I preached every Sunday sometimes twice in country churches in Mississippi, Arkansas and Alabama. Sometimes on Sundays I would have to drive two or three hours to some these churches. I was usually paid $100.00 dollars for my preaching service, which helped with our family living expenses. Carol did not work full time when we were in seminary. I worked for the seminary on the Grounds crew for four years and preached on Sundays to bring in money. We were also supported with financial gifts from other Christians in Grand Rapids MI.

I have all the sermons I preached at Covenant PCA Houston Texas on cassette tape. Once in awhile I will get one of those sermon tapes out and listen to it. I was not too bad of a preacher back in those days. I sound on cassette tape scared. I suppose I never felt comfortable in front of a congregation of professing Christians. I preached from a position of being broken but deeply in love with the Lord Jesus Christ. Too bad to realize that was not enough to get me ordained into the Gospel ministry.

I have tons of my sermons on tapes and also all the Adult Sunday classes I taught for over 15 years at two different churches. Back in our Mississippi and Texas days I was always taping/recording myself. So all those cassettes are in boxes down in the lower level.

I also have cassette letters from a pen pal I exchanged cassette letters with for a couple of years when we lived in Texas.

I stopped listening to sermon tapes many years ago. I stopped recording myself after we left Messiah Independent Reformed Church Michigan. I stopped listening to sermons on tape many years ago. I am not into listening theological sermons any longer. So many years I ago I donated my cassette sermon library to a seminary in Grand Rapids.

I am now into collecting music on CD's which I know is a complete waste of money. Well this is my cassette tape rap.
  • Current Music
    The Dears 'Missiles'

music cassettes

I keep in my main study closet a tape rack of old music cassette tapes. Most of the cassette tapes I bought when we lived in Houston Texas many years ago. I have more music cassettes in my main study closet but here is a picture of some of them. Before I got a stereo I listened to cassette tapes on a boom box.

music cassettes

a picture of our current boom box that is always found in our bedroom
boom box

I got out this boom box to listen to some of my old cassette music tapes.
  • Current Music
    Paul Young 'Other Voices'