July 9th, 2015

justification is liberation from sin and death

It is the flow of time Eastern Standard Time 9:49 AM Thursday morning. Outside it is gray and rainy.

I got up this morning around 7:20 AM. When I got up I made myself a pot of coffee and a small pot of oatmeal. Next I messed with our main computer.

After messing with our main computer I wrote in my paper diary. After writing in my paper diary I read from a book titled, "Galatians And Christian Theology: Justification, the Gospel, and Ethics in Paul's Letter" Edited By Mark W. Elliott, Scott J. Hafemann, N.T. Wright and John Frederick. My wife came home from and work as I was reading Pauline Theology.

Not much else to report about my morning. I have nothing to do today to save the world from certain destruction.

Last night I watched some television and read from a book titled, "An Artificial Wilderness: Essays On Twentieth Century Literature" by Sven Birkerts. I got out this book last night and three others to look at once again as we come to the end of the American Empire.

"Sight-Readings: American Fictions" essays by Elizabeth Hardwick

"The Gutenberg Elegies: The Fate of Reading in an Electronic Age" by Sven Birkerts

"Readings" essays by Sven Birkerts

Yesterday I received from UPS a book I ordered titled, "American Smoke: Journeys To The End Of The Light" memoir by Iain Sinclair.

http://www.theguardian.com/books/2013/nov/04/iain-sinclair-american-smoke-review

I watched this morning another video in YouTube by the fellow Conrad talking about books. After watching several of Conrad's videos Just a Dust Jacket I have been wondering if he just reads fiction. I just don't read fiction as a book reader. To be honest for years most of my reading was in the area of 17th century English Puritan theology/spirituality and classical Reformed Theology. I really have not read a lot of fiction over my 45 years as being a reader of books. I have read all over the map as a book lover. I like reading biographies, memoirs, literary studies, History, Christian Spirituality, travel books, Poetry on and on it goes. To me to be well read means to read all kinds of literature.

It always bothers me when I come across people who read only one kind of literature. We should expand our reading to cover many types of books. Well I could go on and on. In the end what is important is to read. As a Christian it is important to read the Bible daily. I seek to have the teachings of God's Word enable me to interpret what I read. All of us approach books with a certain understanding of the world/what is Real. I suppose I would say I read mainly to learn new things and not to be entertained. I am a learner. I want to expand my understanding of the world/Nature/humanity/the Bible etc. . .

I will close to drift through the day.
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what governs what I write about each day

I have noticed over the years that when I sit down to write I tend to write something spiritual/Christian. In a way as a Christian one is always aware that they are in the presence of God. I live every moment of my life aware that I am before God. Now there was a time many years ago when I sought by all kinds of ways to forget I was in the presence of God. People who are not lovers of the Lord suppress the knowledge of God. I think one reason why people free uptight inside is because they are constantly suppressing the knowledge of God/drowning out the voice of God. It takes a lot of energy for people to constantly push out of their state of awareness the reality of God.

The point I want to make is that I know I have only short space of time here on earth or in this present manifestation of reality and I feel a need to tell people about the Lord Jesus Christ/God. Not saying I do not write about other things in my blogs/diary. I do mention my family, music, books and other things in my blogs/diary. I am a human being and experience existence in this physical body.

I mainly write because I enjoy writing even if there is nothing really important to write about. I know my life is really empty of anything mind blowing. I am living a very quiet simple life. I seek to avoid noise/drama/chaos/business. I like being quietly before God drifting through my days. I also know no one is forced to read what I write here. I am sure my boring life causes me to completely ignore what I write each day. Why read all this dribble?

Many years ago I realized I never could be a serious writer because of my obsession with being in constant contact with the Lord. I want to live my life in constantly fellowship with God/the Lord. Therefore such an intense desire for God determines what I write about each day. I just want to write as a lover of God. (Also remember that I sought at one time to be a full time ordained gospel minister. I was educated to be a conservative Evangelical Reformed pastor. I wanted to spend all my days proclaiming the glories of the Lord Jesus Christ to saints and others. One of the most profound experiences I have had is preaching God's Word/Bible. I have experienced the power of the God's Word/Gospel. There are times when I read God's Word and I feel inside me the power of God/the sweet life of God/the love of Jesus/the moving of the Holy Spirit transforming me and drawing me deeper into fellowship with the Lord Jesus.)

"[6] I have manifested thy name unto the men which thou gavest me out of the world: thine they were, and thou gavest them me; and they have kept thy word.
[7] Now they have known that all things whatsoever thou hast given me are of thee.
[8] For I have given unto them the words which thou gavest me; and they have received them, and have known surely that I came out from thee, and they have believed that thou didst send me.
[9] I pray for them: I pray not for the world, but for them which thou hast given me; for they are thine.
[10] And all mine are thine, and thine are mine; and I am glorified in them." John 17:6-10
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claimed she was in touch with the spirits of the woodpeckers

It is in the flow of IT 4:37 PM Thursday late afternoon. The sun came out this afternoon to haunt us.

I have thus far a normal day. I did leave the house this afternoon to set free a chipmunk I had trapped in a parking lot by a local thrift store (by this thrift store is a wooded area where I set the chipmunk free to find new chipmunk friends). I did visit this thrift store to look at their used books. I found these used books today to add to our library.

"Life Work" memoir by Donald Hall

"The Good Mother" a novel by Sue Miller

"Family Pictures" a novel by Sue Miller

"Timequake" a novel by Kurt Vonnegut

"Swimming Home" a novel by Deborah Levy

Today UPS delivered a used book I had ordered from Amazon titled, "Walking To Hollywood: Memories of Before the Fall" by Will Self.

I finished reading today a book titled, "Publishing: A Writer's Memoir" by Gail Godwin. I have been reading this afternoon once again book titled, "Unpacking Boxes: A Memoir of a Life in Poetry" by Donald Hall.

So my day goes by. Well I got to close to cook some food.
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