November 11th, 2015

morning devotions

morning devotions

"[11] For it is written, As I live, saith the Lord, every knee shall bow to me, and every tongue shall confess to God.
[12] So then every one of us shall give account of himself to God." Romans 14:11,12
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every man must give an account of himself to God

It is in the flow 1:42 PM Wednesday afternoon. Outside this afternoon it is 61 degrees and sunny. I am recovering from volunteering at the Herrick District Public Library from 10 AM till 1 PM. The book nook was not busy today so I wandered the store and read from a book titled, "Other Colors: Essays And A Story" by Orhan Pamuk. I was home from the book nook by 1:15 PM. I brought home from the book nook one used book to add to our library titled, "Citizens Of London: The Americans Who Stood With Britain In It Darkest, Finest Hour" by Lynne Olson.

I have no plans for the rest of the day. I got up this morning around 6:20 AM. I immediately put on my street clothes and drove over to a Lab to have my blood drawn. I have my six months physical this month and my doctor wanted my blood drawn/lab work. When I got home this morning from having my blood drawn I made oatmeal for breakfast and ate it messing with our main computer. After breakfast I wrote in my paper diary and read for devotions, "Instructions About Heartwork" by Richard Alleine. This morning I took a break from reading my Reformation Commentary on the Psalms.

Carol got home from work around 9:05 AM this morning and was still up when I left for the Herrick District Public Library used books store at 9:40 AM. She works again tonight and is sleeping presently. There is no mail today in remembrance of all the warriors who have died in battle/gave their blood for freedom/sacrificed to the Beast.

Last night I read "Strega" a crime novel by Andrew Vachss and watched one hour of television. I went to bed around 11:10 PM. I made a video for my YouTube channel last night also.

Well, I can not think of anything else to report. Oh! I just remembered our son Josiah called around 7:30 PM last night to talk to us, his Father and Mother. Carol was getting ready to leave for work so she could not talk to Joe. Joe and I talked for about an hour last night. Hannah's wife is already half way through her Master's Program. Josiah and Hannah are both teachers out in the state of Washington.

I will close to drift through the rest of the day. Tomorrow is a Thursday. We will soon be in the middle of the month.

"[9] Only take heed to thyself, and keep thy soul diligently, lest thou forget the things which thine eyes have seen, and lest they depart from thy heart all the days of thy life: but teach them thy sons, and thy sons' sons" Deut. 4:9
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    Ryan Adams 'Live At Carnegie Hall'

look out of your Graves upon the World

"Letter VI.

To my most dearly beloved Friends, the chosen of God in Taunton, grace and peace.

Most endeared Christians,- My heart is with you, though I am absent as to my bodily presence from you, and therefore as I have often already, so I have now written to you to stir up your pure minds by way of remembrance and to call upon you for your steadfast continuing, and vigorous proceeding, in the ways of God. Dear friends, and fellow soldiers under Christ the Captain of our salvation, consider your calling and station, and approve yourselves as good soldiers of Jesus Christ, as men of resolution and courage, be discouraged with no difficulties of your present warfare. As for human affairs, I would have you to bed, as you are, men of peace. I would have you armed, not for resisting, (God forbid!) but for suffering only, as the Apostle hints: You should resist, even to the uttermost, striving against sin. Here you must give no quarter, for if you spare but one Agag, the life of your souls must go for the life of your sins. You must make no peace, for God will not smile on that soul that smiles on sin, nor have any peace with him that is at peace with his enemy. Other enemies you must forgive, and love, and pray for (which I desire you to mind as one special duty of the times); but these spiritual enemies, all your affections and all your prayers must be engaged against them; yea, you must admit no parley: It is dangerous to dispute with temptations. Remember what Eve lost by parleying with Satan: You must fly from temptations, and put them off at first with a peremptory denial. If you will but hear the devil's arguments and the flesh's pleas and fair pretenses, it is a hundred to one that you are ensnared by his sophistry. And for this present evil world, the Lord deliver you from its snares. Surely you had need watch and be sober, and use your spiritual weapons dexterously and diligently, or else this world is like to undo you, and destroy you. I have often warned you not to build upon an external happiness, and that you should promise yourselves nothing but hardship here. Oh still remember your station: soldiers must not count rest and fulness, but hunger and hardness. Labor to get right apprehensions of the world. Do not think these things necessary; one thing is needful: You may be happy in the want of all outward comforts. Do not think yourselves undone, if brought to want or poverty: Study eternity, and you will see it to be little material to you, whether you are poor or rich: and that you may never have such an opportunity for your advantage in all your lives, as when you put all to hazard, and seem to run the vessel upon the rocks. Set your enemies one against the other; death against the world; no such way to get above the world, as to put yourselves into the possession of death. Look often upon your dust that you shall be reduced to, and imagine you saw your bones tumbled out of your graves as they are like shortly to be, and men handling your skulls, and inquiring "Whose is this?" Tell me of what account will the world be then; what good will it do you? Put yourselves often into your graves, and look out from thence upon the world, and see what judgment you have of it then. Must not you be shortly forgot among the dead? pg. 157,158 "Life & Letters of Joseph Alleine"
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inner silence

It is in the FLOW 8:36 PM Wednesday night. I am home alone tonight, because my wife is working. My wife is a night nurse. I am not in the mood to do anything this evening. I erased all the TV shows I had taped this evening, because to be frank I find TV silly and shallow. I rather read my books at night or just listen to house sounds (I never experience pure silence in this house. I can hear the wind outside blowing. I can hear cars driving down our street. I can hear my finger taping the computer key board as I write these words. I seek inward silence. I want to experience the peace that comes with being right with God. "and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus" Phil. 4:7.)

I had a normal day thus far. I read my books and took a two hour nap this afternoon. I woke up from my nap around 5 o'clock PM. I spent the evening reading novels and writing in my paper diary. Carol got up around 6:30 PM to get ready to go back to work. So has gone by my evening thus far. Not much else to report right now. Tomorrow is a Thursday. We are coming to a close to another week in the month of November. We will soon be in the Winter months.

I will close to drift through the evening hours. Listen to the wind howl outside. Seek the Lord's face. "And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart" Jeremiah 29:12.

"[10] For thus saith the LORD, That after seventy years be accomplished at Babylon I will visit you, and perform my good word toward you, in causing you to return to this place.
[11] For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.
[12] Then shall ye call upon me, and ye shall go and pray unto me, and I will hearken unto you.
[13] And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart.
[14] And I will be found of you, saith the LORD: and I will turn away your captivity, and I will gather you from all the nations, and from all the places whither I have driven you, saith the LORD; and I will bring you again into the place whence I caused you to be carried away captive.
[15] Because ye have said, The LORD hath raised us up prophets in Babylon" Jeremiah 29:10-15
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