December 11th, 2015

the myth of the artist as romantic destructive egotist

It is in the death flow 10:41 AM Friday morning. A cold sunny cloudy day. Thus far we have seen no snow fall this week.

I am for some unknown reason extremely tired and pissed off. In other words I am in a bad mood. I must be in a bad mood because it is that time of month. Maybe I am in a bad mood because of the Christ Mass holy days. I personally do not celebrate Christ Mass. I celebrate the birth of the Messiah every day. I serve a Risen Saviour. I am under the Lordship of Christ Jesus. "that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven. and of those on earth, and of those under the earth, and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father" Phil. 2:10,11.

My wife just left to do errands. This morning we went grocery shopping. Tomorrow Caleb, Emily, and Josie are coming over for a holy day feast. Carol will be cooking all day today and tomorrow. My wife loves to make food for people. This morning she made almond cookies to take to people who are dying of cancer. My wife is always seeking to encourage people or comfort people in distress.

I was up this morning around 6:15 AM. My wife was already up baking cookies when I got up to face the light of day.

So existence is flowing by. I am not gotten around to reading anything this morning. Last night I read late into the night from a book titled, "A William Maxwell Portrait: Memories and Appreciations" Edited and Introduced by Charles Baxter, Michael Collier, and Edward Hirsch.

Not much else to report so I will close to feel out of it. It will be soon over.
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    Angel Olsen 'Burn Your Fire For No Witness'

the letter to the Ephesians

It is now in the flow 2:23 PM Friday afternoon. My wife went off to comfort the dying. I have been wandering my cell and reading from these two books in my condition of exile-

"Reformation Readings of Paul: Explorations in History and Exegesis" Edited By Michael Allen and Jonathan A. Linebaugh

"Galatians, Ephesians" New Testament X Reformation Commentary On Scripture Edited By Gerald L. Bray

I thought about taking a nap this afternoon, but I never got around to it. I like to be wide awake when there is music tonight.

Earlier today I gave Rudy our dog a bath. I fed our birds this morning. I did a couple loads of wash. The day slowly flows by.

I wish I could remember what month this year 2015 I was reading the Reformation commentary on Galatians, Ephesians. I do remember looking also at this commentary on the Letter To The Ephesians, "The Letter To The Ephesians" [The Pillar New Testament Commentary] by Peter T. O'Brien.

I got out these commentaries on the Epistle to the Ephesians because in the book "Reformation Reading of Paul" I am reading the chapter 5 titled 'Martin Bucer's Reading of Ephesians" essay by Brian Lugioyo. There are no English translations of Martin Bucer's lectures on Ephesians, but in the Reformation commentary on Ephesians they quote/translate some of Bucer's Lectures on the Letter to the Ephesians in English.

I do have in my library a book given to me by someone I knew in at Reformed Bible College titled, "John Calvin's Sermons on Ephesians" published by the Banner of Truth Trust/first published in 1562. I also have in our library, "Sermons On Galatians" by John Calvin first published in 1574. One can not go wrong in reading the sermons of the French Reformer John Calvin. I have in our library "Calvin's Commentaries on the Bible" 22 Volumes. I am a student of the life and teachings of John Calvin (since some would describe me as a Calvinist because I hold to the Five Points of Calvinism/the doctrines of sovereign free grace/Pauline Theology.)

So the day goes by. Existence keeps flowing by. I suppose I will close to read and glory in the doctrine of unconditional election. "Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ, just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love, having predestined us to adoption, as sons by Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the good pleasure of His will" Ephesians 1:3-5.

Many years ago when I left California to attend Reformed Bible College, Grand Rapids Michigan I had among my books one titled, "God's Sovereignty" by Elisha Cole (d.1688). I will close quoting from this old book.

"2. After a man comes to believe, this doctrine of absolute election is of singular use and benefit to him, both as tending to keep him on his feet, and to raise him when he is down. 1. It is a great preservative in time of temptation. The remembrance of that love which looked upon him when he was in his blood, and said he should live, and hath now also made good its word to him, must needs operate strongly with a gracious heart, against whatever might be unworthy of such love: let the bait be ever so aptly suited, he will turn from it in a holy disdain, as good Joseph did, "How can I do this great wickedness, and sin against God!" Gen. 39:9. who hath dealt so bountifully with me! 2. Nothing more tends to recovery after a fall, than the consideration of the freeness of God's love at first, and his mighty power in quickening, when altogether dead; and that both these, namely, his love and his power, are engaged by an absolute covenant, to bring every one that takes hold thereof to glory; and therefore will receive him, not only after, upon return to his duty, but in the midst of his backslidings, he will come and heal him. . ." pg. 100 ELECTION Elisha Cole
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Election Sovereign and Free

75 L.M. Isaac Watts
Election Sovereign and Free. Rom. 9. 20-23

1 Behold the potter and the clay;
He forms his vessels as he please;
Such is our God, and such are we,
The subjects of his high decrees.

2 [Does not the workman's power extend
Over all the mass, which part to choose,
And mould it for a nobler end,
And which to leave for viler use?]

3 May not the sovereign Lord on high
Dispense his favors as he will?
Choose some to life, while others die,
And yet be just and gracious still?

4 [What if, to make his terror known,
He let his patience long endure,
Suffering vile rebels to go on,
And seal their own destruction sure?]

5 [What if he mean to show his grace,
And his electing love employs,
To mark out some of mortal race,
And form them fit for heavenly joys?]

6 Shall man reply against his Lord,
And call his Maker's ways unjust,
The thunder of whose dreadful word
Can crush a thousand worlds to dust?

7 But O, my soul, if truths so bright
Should dazzle and confound thy sight,
Yet still his written will obey,
And wait the great decisive day.

8 Then shall he make his justice known,
And the whole world before his throne,
With joy or terror shall confess
The glory of his righteousness.

"[17] For the scripture saith unto Pharaoh, Even for this same purpose have I raised thee up, that I might shew my power in thee, and that my name might be declared throughout all the earth.
[18] Therefore hath he mercy on whom he will have mercy, and whom he will he hardeneth.
[19] Thou wilt say then unto me, Why doth he yet find fault? For who hath resisted his will?
[20] Nay but, O man, who art thou that repliest against God? Shall the thing formed say to him that formed it, Why hast thou made me thus?
[21] Hath not the potter power over the clay, of the same lump to make one vessel unto honour, and another unto dishonour?
[22] What if God, willing to shew his wrath, and to make his power known, endured with much longsuffering the vessels of wrath fitted to destruction:
[23] And that he might make known the riches of his glory on the vessels of mercy, which he had afore prepared unto glory" Romans 9:17-23
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