November 25th, 2015

the truth of God exceeds our finite capacities

It is in the flow of existence 11:45 AM late Wednesday morning. Outside the sun is shining and I can see blue sky.

I just got back from putting gas in Carol's car and visiting thrift stores in search of used books to ADD to our library. I found these used books this morning to add to our book collection-

"The Track of the Cat" a nove by Walter Van Tilburg Clark

"The Human Stain" a novel by Philip Roth

"Family Album" a novel by Penelope Lively

"Zeitoun" a novel by Dave Eggers

"Laura" a novel by Larry Watson

"An Island Out Of Time: A Memoir of Smith Island in the Chesapeake" by Tom Horton

I got up this morning around 7:33 AM. I made myself for breakfast a small bowl of oatmeal. I ate my oatmeal messing with our main computer. After messing with our main computer I wrote in my paper diary and looked at my books. My wife got home from work around 8:19 AM. We talked and she went to bed. She is now off two nights from work.

Last night around 5 o'clock PM a volunteer at the Herrick District Public Library used books store called me and asked if I could cover for her from 5 o'clock PM till 8 o'clock PM, so I did that last night. I also got a telephone call yesterday from another volunteer asking me to cover for her this coming Friday from 10 o'clock AM till 1 o'clock PM. I then go back that Saturday I cover my regular shift at the book nook from 10 o'clock AM till 1 o'clock PM. I suppose I do not mine volunteering at the library used books store 12 hours this week since I get a free book every time I volunteer plus I am not doing anything. I can read there as well as here inside my hermit hut. Plus I can always so No if I am not in the mood to volunteer at the library used books store. My free book for volunteering last night was a novel titled, "The Heaven Of Mercury" a novel by Brad Watson (National Book Award Finalist). While at the book nook last night I read when not helping people a new book titled, "Theology As Discipleship" by Keith L. Johnson.

When I got home last night from the library used books store I wrote in my online diaries and read my books late into the night. Now it is another day to prepare for Eternity with the Lord God in the New Creation.

Well I suppose I will close to write in my personal diary and read my books. It will soon be over.

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The Great Commission

It is in the flow 4:19 PM Wednesday late afternoon. My day has gone by quietly. I really not done anything today worth recording for history. Carol got up around 1 o'clock PM just when I was thinking of going into the living room to doze.

I can not remember doing anything this afternoon worth mentioning. I am down in the lower level right now looking at my books. I was reading a book titled, "Becoming the Gospel: Paul, Participation, and Mission" by Michael J. Gorman. I thought I quote from this book since it goes along with what I wrote last night.

"The church that tells the master story of Jesus cannot choose between living a life of cruciform love and proclaiming Jesus as Lord. The church's cruciform life is grounded in its proclamation, and its proclamation is expressed in its cruciform life. The church does not live or tell two stories, one about love and another about Jesus as Lord, but one seamless story. At the same time, it does not tell a fractured story about a loving Jesus who gave himself in incarnation and death but now rules powerfully as conquering Lord, demanding obeisance and thus "lording it over" humanity. His is the rule of cruciform love, and the church calls the whole world to enter that reign of love.

Thus the church believes that the universal lordship of Jesus is a reality that everyone should know and in which everyone should participate, and this for two reasons. First, humanity was created to worship the one God, and this one God has exalted Jesus as Lord such that our recognizing his Lordship brings the glory to God that we were created to offer in devotion and love. Second, humanity was created to live as the image of God, and Jesus Christ the Second Adam and the self-giving, Suffering Servant of God shows us concretely what that means. Humanity has fallen short of both of those dimensions of God's intention, as the early chapters of Romans makes abundantly clear and as Paul summarizes in Philippians in the words a "crooked and perverse generation" (Phil. 2:15). In anticipation of the universal proclamation of Jesus' lordship, we invite others to acknowledge and live that now, both for the glory of God and for their fulfillment-their salvation, their life-as human beings. In so doing, we embody the mission of God given to Israel (Isa. 42:6; 49:6; cf. Dan. 12:3) and of Jesus given to his disciples (Matt. 5:14-16): to be and thus to bring light in the world. Paul expects nothing less of the Philippians or of us (Phil. 2:15). That is, we are called not merely to believe that Jesus is Lord but to embody his Lordship, and to invite others to do the same . . ." pg. 133,134 "Becoming The Gospel" by Michael J. Gorman
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