April 27th, 2015

Brown Thrasher

For the last couple of years we spotted a brown thrasher search for food under our bird feeder.

brown thrasher

brown thrasher
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    Ryan Adams 'Love Is Hell' PT 2

the rejection of idolatry

It is in the flow of existence 9:42 AM Monday morning. Outside this morning I can see slowly the clouds giving way to sunshine. I should go out and take pictures of flowers sometime this week.

I got up this morning around 7:15 AM. I got up made a pot of oatmeal and drank coffee made last night. I ate my oatmeal messing with our main computer. After eating my oatmeal and messing with our main computer I wrote in my paper diary. After writing in my personal diary I got out to read for morning worship a book titled, “Paul’s Divine Christology” by Chris Tilling. As I was reading this book Carol came home from work. She has gone to bed for the day.

I have no plans for the day. I should go for a walk someplace. I should ride my bike someplace. I should get outside and enjoy the early Spring weather.

There is nothing else to report. I have nothing pressing on my mind this morning. I took pictures of a Brown Thrasher this morning. I have been trying to get a clear picture of this lovely bird for a couple of days. For the last couple of years I have spotted him in our yard searching for food. We plan to get corn husk this week to feed the birds passing through our area as they migrate south (or do birds migrate north?).

Well I suppose I will close to read some more of the book “Paul’s Divine Christology” by Chris Tilling.

"[14] For all the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this; Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.
[15] But if ye bite and devour one another, take heed that ye be not consumed one of another.
[16] This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh.
[17] For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other: so that ye cannot do the things that ye would.
[18] But if ye be led of the Spirit, ye are not under the law.
[19] Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness,
[20] Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies,
[21] Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.
[22] But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith,
[23] Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.
[24] And they that are Christ's have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts.
[25] If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.
[26] Let us not be desirous of vain glory, provoking one another, envying one another." Galatians 5:14-26
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    Ryan Adams 'Love Is Hell' PT 2

It Is Well With My Soul

This morning I keep hearing inside my head this old gospel hymn "It Is Well With My Soul".

When peace, like a river, attendeth my way,
When sorrows like sea billows roll;
Whatever my lot, Thou has taught me to say,
It is well, it is well, with my soul.


It is well, with my soul,
It is well, with my soul,
It is well, it is well, with my soul.

Though Satan should buffet, though trials should come,
Let this blest assurance control,
That Christ has regarded my helpless estate,
And hath shed His own blood for my soul.


My sin—oh, the bliss of this glorious thought—
My sin—not in part but the whole,
Is nailed to the cross, and I bear it no more,
Praise the Lord, praise the Lord, O my soul!


For me, be it Christ, be it Christ hence to live:
If Jordan above me shall roll,
No pang shall be mine, for in death as in life
Thou wilt whisper Thy peace to my soul.


But, Lord, ‘tis for Thee, for Thy coming we wait,
The sky, not the grave, is our goal;
Oh trump of the angel! Oh voice of the Lord!
Blessèd hope, blessèd rest of my soul!


And Lord, haste the day when my faith shall be sight,
The clouds be rolled back as a scroll;
The trump shall resound, and the Lord shall descend,
Even so—it is well with my soul.


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I have been reading off and on "My Struggle" Book Two by Karl Ove Knausgaard. I really enjoyed reading Book One of "My Struggle". I want to get through Book Two so I can go onto to Book Three and then Book Four of "My Struggle". I really like this review of Book Four located in Flavorwire.


"Object Lesson: Why We Need Physical Books" an essay by William Giradli

"I am reading "Madame Bovary" for the third, maybe forth, time. I know full well what is going to happen to the poor woman-curiosity cannot be my motivation. Nor, really, am I reading for moral edification, or for a better understanding of the nineteenth-century provincial life. Why, then? I read the book because of what happens to me when I read it, because it makes me feel a certain way about my life. It allows me to concentrate on aspects of the real that other wise elude me." pg. 350,351 "Notes from a Confession" an essay by Sven Birkerts (this essays is found in the volume "An Artificial Wilderness: Essays On Twentieth-Century Literature" by Sven Birkerts)

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    Mac McCaughan 'Non-Believers'