November 10th, 2015

the path of purgation

It is in the flow of the Plan of God 9:14 AM Tuesday morning Eastern Standard Time. "by which when you read, you may understand my knowledge in the mystery of Christ), which in other ages was not made known to the sons of men, as it has now been revealed by the Spirit to His holy apostles and prophets: that the Gentiles should be fellow heirs, of the same body, and partakers of His promise in Christ through the gospel" Ephesians 3:4-6 (I recently read a book titled, "Hidden But Now Revealed: A Biblical Theology of Mystery" by G. K. Beale & Benjamin L. Gladd "After discussing Christ's cosmic rule and the subsequent unity of all things, Paul will continue the theme of unity in Ephesians 2-3. He specifies that one of the most significant ways in which Christ has begun to restore the fragmented cosmos is the unification of formerly alienated and hostile people groups. Just as "all things" are united in Christ, so Jews and Gentiles are joined together in him. We therefore ought to view the revealed mystery in Ephesians 3 as deeply rooted in, and an unpacking of, the cosmic mystery in Ephesians 1. In Ephesians 3, the apostle articulates how the mystery involves Gentiles participating in the new covenant community and become equal members along with believing Jews in that new community-by faith in Christ. . ." pg. 159)

My wife and I got up around 7 o'clock AM this morning. I made for us oatmeal for breakfast and coffee. I ate my oatmeal messing with our main computer and then I wrote in my paper diary. I read for morning worship from these books-

Bible "Till I come, give attention to reading, to exhortation, to doctrine" 1 Tim. 4:13

"Psalms 1-72" Old Testament VII Reformation Commentary On Scripture

"Commentary On The Psalms" 2 volumes in 1 by J. J. Stewart Perowne

"Instructions about Heartwork: What is to be done on God's part and ours for the cure and keeping of the heart, that we may live in the exercise and growth of grace here, and have a comfortable assurance of glory to eternity" by Richard Alleine (1611-1691)

"Carthusian Spirituality: The Writings Of Hugh Of Balma & Guigo De Ponte" [The Classics Of Western Spirituality]

I am now in the lower level of our home writing on my lap top. I looked at this book last night, "Temptation And Sin" Volume 6 The Works of John Owen. I looked at John Owen's treatise in this volume, A PRACTICAL EXPOSITION UPON PSALM CXXX.; THE NATURE OF THE FORGIVENESS OF SIN IS DECLARED; THE TRUTH AND REALITY OF IT ASSERTED; AND THE CASE OF A SOUL DISTRESSED WITH THE GUILT OF SIN, AND BELIEVED BY A DISCOVERY OF FORGIVENESS WITH GOD, IS AT LARGE DISCOURSED. I read this discourse/exposition on Psalm 130 by John Owen 37 years ago and was a great blessing in my life at the time "But there is forgiveness with You, that You may be feared" Ps. 130:4.

I do not know what I will do the rest of the day. Carol goes back to work tonight. She plans to leave soon to go shopping for winter boots for our granddaughter Josie Joy. I will read my books and seek the Lord.

Last night we watched television and Carol went to bed early. I stayed up and watched TV and then read late into the night. Now it is another day to seek the Lord.

I will close to read my books. Existence keeps speeding by.
  • Current Mood
    contemplative contemplative

keep a good diet

"Keep a good diet. Abstain from all such things as will nourish and feed your diseases. What is it that has brought you to this wretched place, that has made you this sick and miserable soul? You have been with the prodigal, Luke 15, feeding upon husks; you have been with Israel, Isaiah 44:20, feeding upon ashes; you have been with Ephraim, Hosea 12:1, feeding upon wind. These husks, these ashes, and this wind have been all your poor soul has been feeding upon. The vanities of this world, the lust and pleasures, the carnal delights and the profits of this world, are but windy food for your soul; these are the very ashes and husks that have filled you with such sore diseases. You have fed your heart so long with these carnal things, your soul has been eating these ashes and drinking this wind so long, that is has even turned into ashes and wind. It has become an earthly soul, a fleshly soul, a vain, frothy soul. And never think to be recovered to a better case till you feed upon better food.

Would you be recovered, and get a new heart and a new soul? Then abstain from your old feeding. "Abstain from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul" (1 Peter 2:11). "Make no provision for the flesh to fulfill the lusts thereof" (Romans 13:14). "Deny all ungodliness and worldly lusts" (Titus 2:12). My meaning is plainly is this: if ever you would recover, allow not your fleshly appetites the liberty as before. Come off from your carnal pleasures, which have been such a bond to you; come off from your carnal companions-drink no more with the drunken; run not with them to their excess of riot; no more vain sportings and revelings, not in chambering and wontonness, not in riot and drunkenness. Come off from this greedy, worldly life; do not feed your souls upon your lands, your monies, or your trades. Though you must have something of these for your bodies, yet feed not your hearts with them. Set not your hearts upon them. That is the advice of Psalm 62:10: "If riches increase," or, whether they increase or not, "set not your heart upon them." Let not your souls be drudges to your flesh, to gather in provision for it; nor let them feed with your flesh at the same trough.

You have better things for your souls to feed upon. You have God to feed on, the blood of Christ, the covenant of grace, the hope of salvation, the joys of the Spirit, the pleasures of eternity, the bread that comes down from heaven, the wine that makes glad the city of God. Let these be the food of your souls; feed your thoughts upon them. Think often of God: of His infinite goodness and grace, of His eternal treasures and everlasting pleasures. Think of Christ: what He has done for you, what He has purchased for you, how he has loved you, washed you in His blood, and saved you by His death. Feed your affections on God and His glory to come; feed your desires upon Him. Let this be your voice, Isaiah 26:8: "The desire of my soul is to Thy name." Enlarge your desires; here you cannot be too greedy and of too eager an appetite. Delight yourselves in the Lord; get the savor and relish of spiritual things; taste the pleasures of religion; taste the sweetness of Christianity" pg. 99,100 "Instructions About Heartwork" by Richard Alleine
  • Current Mood
    contemplative contemplative

the quest for a global nation

This afternoon I found the courage to go out into the dead American world and visit thrift stores near where we live out our lives In Christ Jesus. I found these used books to ADD to our library this afternoon-

"The Great Experiment: The Story Of Ancient Empires, Modern States, And The Quest For A Global Nation" by Strobe Talbott

"Walking The Big Wild: From Yellowstone To The Yukon On The Grizzly Bear's Trail" by Karsten Heuer

"Witness Against The Beast: William Blake And The Moral Law" by E. P. Thompson

"The Geographer's Library" a novel by Jon Fasman

"The Giant's House: A Romance" by Elizabeth McCracken

"Esau" a novel by Philip Kerr

"A Canticle For Leibowitz" a novel by Walter M. Miller Jr.

"Girl In Hyacinth Blue" a novel by Susan Vreeland

"The Lady And The Monk: Four Seasons In Kyoto" travel memoir by Pico Iyer

Today has been for me a super quiet day. I read "Strega" by Andrew Vachss and wandered my cell. The sun came out this afternoon and it is 55 degrees. Existence keeps speeding by.

Tomorrow I cover for someone at the Herrick District Public Library used books store from 10 AM till 1 PM. I do not know what I will do tonight. Lately my mind has been active, but I am also tired. I might go to bed early tonight. Well I will close to cook turkey burgers for Carol to take to work to eat. The Lord provides. ("And Abraham said, "My son God will provide for Himself the lamb for a burnt offering." So the two of them went together" Genesis 22:8)
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    VHOL 'Deeper Than Sky'