February 2nd, 2016

Christian devotions

Books mentioned in this video

Holy Bible

"The Poor Man's Morning And Evening Portions Being The Selection of a Verse of Scripture, With Short Observations For Every Day In The Year: Intended For The Use Of The Poor In Spirit Who Are Rich In Faith And Heirs Of The Kingdom" by Robert Hawker

"Solitude Improved by Divine Meditation" by Nathanael Ranew (1602-1678)

"Looking Unto Jesus: A View Of The Everlasting Gospel; Or, The Soul's Eyeing Of Jesus, As Carrying On The Great Work Of Man's Salvation, From First To Last" by Isaac Ambrose

"Morning And Evening Daily Readings" by Charles Haddon Spurgeon

"Morning Thoughts: Daily Walking with God" by Octavius Winslow

"Psalter Hymnal"

"Trinity Hymanl"

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

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

Psalm 23
[1] The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want.
[2] He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters.
[3] He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name's sake.
[4] Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.
[5] Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.
[6] Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the LORD for ever.

"Chapter XIV.-Of the First Affection, Desire.

That affection of desire wound up, and let out to panting and longings heavenward, and being above, in this heavenly exercise of meditation. David, with his meditating of God and his word, tells us what longings and heart-pantings he had. "My soul breaketh for the longing that it hath unto thy judgments at all times," Psa. cxix.20. How was this? to have the book of the law? No, it was to be exercised in it, to an improving of meditation on it, Psa. i.2. Ah, he could not meditate enough, act freely enough, far enough. The commandment was so "exceeding broad," as he saith, Psa. cxix. 96, so very broad, and his heart so narrow: sin so encompassed and straitened him, that his soul breaks that he could have no larger thoughts. Such an edge and eagerness of affection, such a large, strong, and vehement desire, should be an attendant, an assistant of meditation, one strong feather added to the wing of contemplation to make it mount up fast to heaven.

Ah, say Christian, Lord, that my soul could meditate still better, fly further, mount higher, be more upon the wing, make sweeter and more happy discoveries, and prove a greater proficient in this heavenly way! Meditate with desires and breakings of soul, to dart up the highest you can to heaven, and stay there." pg. 46 Nathanael Ranew
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O what a lovely object is the life of Christ

It is 9:48 AM Tuesday morning. I mentioned in my video this morning the book "Looking Unto Jesus" by Isaac Ambrose. This book is one of my favorite Puritan books and I thought I would quote from it so as to give you an idea how Ambrose writes.

"Sect. VI.-Of loving Jesus in that respect.

6. Let us love Jesus as carrying on the great work of our salvation for us during his life. Now what is love, but "a motion of the appetite, by which the soul unites itself to what seems fair unto it?" And if so, O what a lovely object is the life of Christ? Who can read over his life? Who can think over his worthiness, both in his person, relations, actions, and several administrations, and not love him with a singular love? That which set the daughters of Jerusalem in a posture of seeking after Christ, was that description of Christ, which the spouse made of him, Sol. Song. 5:10,11,12,13, 14,15. "My beloved is white and ruddy, the chiefest of ten thousands. His head is as the most fine gold, his locks are bushy and black, as a raven. His eyes are as the eyes of doves, by the rivers of water, washed with milk and fitly set. His cheeks are as a bed of spices, and sweet flowers: his lips like lilies dropping sweet smelling myrrh," &c. By these are intimated unto us the government of Christ, the unsearchable councils of Christ, the pure nature of Christ, without any impurity or uncleanness; the gracious promises of Christ, the soul-saving instructions of Christ; the holy actions, and just administrations of Christ, the tender affections and amiable smilings of Christ, the gracious, inward and wonderful workings of Christ; so that he is altogether lovely, or he is composed of loves: from top to toe there is nothing in Christ, but is most fair and beautiful, lovely and desirable.-Now, as this description inflamed the daughters of Jerusalem, so, to act our loves toward the Lord Jesus Christ, take we a copy of the record of the Spirit in the scriptures: see what they say of Christ; this was his own advice, "Search the scriptures, for-they are they which testify of me," John 5:39." Isaac Ambrose LOOKING UNTO JESUS

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his delight is in the law of the LORD

It is in the flow 10:11 AM Tuesday morning. It is a cold gray day here by Lake Michigan. I got up this morning around 5:47 AM. I thought I would sleep in this morning, but around 5:30 AM my mind was awake so I got up to face the day. I told myself if I get sleepy during the day I can always take a nap.

When I got up this morning I made myself a cup of coffee and toasted myself a bagel. I ate my bagel messing with our main computer. After messing with our main computer I wrote in my paper diary and read for morning devotions "Psalms 1-72" Old Testament VII Reformation Commentary On Scripture on Psalm 23. I decided since I was alone and had plenty of time to make another video for my YouTube channel on why as a Christian I read Christian books in the mornings. So I made a video and downloaded it into YouTube. I am thinking of making another video soon on Reformed theology, how I got into reading books on Reformed theology. I do not read Reformed theology these days, but in the Past I read Reformed theology/Calvinistic theology ALL the time. I even taught Reformed Theology when we were members years ago at a small independent Dutch Reformed church. I studied Reformed theology when I was a student at Reformed Bible College and Reformed Theological Seminary. I have a vast theological library. Now I am mainly a student of the Holy Bible. I like reading books like the ones on my study desk presently-Christian Spirituality. I love the Word of God. "Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful. But his delight is in the law of the LORD; and in his law doth he meditate day and night" Psalm 1:1,2.

Carol and I decided for her to call me each evening while she is gone. So this evening I expect a phone call from my wife lover.

Last night I mainly listened to music, messed with our main computer, and read, "Iris Murdoch: A Life" biography by Peter J. Conradi. I went to bed around 11 o'clock PM. Now it is another day. Outside it is cold and gray. It is suppose to rain today.

Well I thought since I got time and energy I would quote from one of my favorite devotional books, one I mentioned earlier in my video titled, "The Poor Man's Morning And Evening Portions" by Robert Hawker.

February 2—Morning—Luke 7:44

"Seest thou this woman?"—Luke vii. 44.

My soul, look at this woman at the feet of Jesus; for thy Jesus bids thee
look, and gather instruction from the view, as well as the pharisee. Behold
how she wept, how she washed the feet of Jesus, and anointed them with
ointment. These were sweet tokens of her love and adoration. But were these
the causes for which she obtained forgivings? Oh, no. Read what the Lord
said to her: "Thy faith hath saved thee." Learn, then, my, soul, in what
salvation lies. Love may bring ointment to Jesus. Sorrow for sin, when grace
is in the heart, will cause tears to fall. But faith brings nothing, for it hath
nothing: it casts itself wholly upon Jesus. Amidst all its guilt, and fears, and
tears, it is Jesus only to whom faith looks; it is Jesus upon whom alone it
depends. It hath nothing to do with self; neither our own feelings, nor the
exercise of our graces. These are blessed evidences of the work of the Lord
upon the heart; but they are not, salvation. It is Jesus, all precious, all glorious,
all suitable Jesus! He is the One blessed object of faith's joy and hope, and
pursuit and desire. And, depend upon it, thy God and Father in Christ Jesus, is
more pleased, more honoured, by this simple act of faith upon Jesus glorious
person and righteousness, than by all the tears in the world; when those tears
lead us to place a stress upon the effects of faith, instead of hanging wholly
upon the cause, in the glorious object, Jesus. Pause, my soul, over this nice
but proper distinction; and this will be to find comfort always in Jesus, "Seest
thou this woman?"

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Morning Thoughts - Octavius Winslow


"Who went about doing good." Acts 10:38.

Earnestly would I endeavor to impress upon the reader what Henry Martyn beautifully terms "the pleasure of doing good." Next to direct communion with God, the loftiest and purest source of enjoyment opened to us on earth is found in the expression of human sympathy, in the exercise of Christian benevolence. No selfish pleasure ever brought to the heart the peace, the joy, the happiness which one solitary act of kindness to another did. God is happy in the exercise of His boundless love. Angels are happy in the discharge of their beneficent mission, and man is happy as his affections and sympathies travel forth in quest of objects upon which they may repose. Oh! the luxury of effacing one sorrow from the heart, one shadow from the brow, one tear from the eye. It is in this living for the good of others, especially in seeking their spiritual and eternal happiness, we have found a most powerful means of advancing vital godliness in our own souls. The religion of many of the Lord's people is sickly and feeble, cold and gloomy, just because it is so selfish. Would they be more vigorous in their souls? Would they make greater progress in the divine life? Would they combat more successfully the many doubts and fears that assail them? Would they have a happier, sunnier religion, walking more fully in the light of the Lord's countenance? Then let them be up and doing in their Lord's vineyard. Let them seek the conversion of lost sinners, the comforting of poor saints, the betterment of human misery in some of its many forms, thus, like their Master, going about doing good, and then would be fulfilled in their souls' happy experience the precious promise: "You come to the help of those who gladly do right, who remember your ways."

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for the love of God

It is now in the blood flow 12:18 PM Tuesday afternoon. I have been drinking coffee and listening to the music of Pearl Jam. I read today that Pearl Jam is going on tour 2016. I think Pearl Jam is great rock n roll band. There are not many if any true rock n roll bands these days. Well I do think Bob Mould is a great rock n roller. Right now I can not think of anybody else. I just remembered that I think Sleater Kinney is a great rock band.

So Time goes by for me. I am feeling restless, but not in the mood to go out into the cold dead American world/Babylon the Great Whore. So I sit inside my cozy cell rocking to the music of Pearl Jam and waiting for the blood moon to rise out of the East.

I have had this Prayer found in a book I have been recently reading titled, "The Garden Of Paradise Or Holy Prayers And Exercises Whereby the Christian graces and virtues may be planted and improved in man, the divine image renewed, true Christianity promoted, the kingdom of God established and a heavenly life raised up in the Spirit" by John Arndt.


O Thou most loving God, bountiful and gracious Father. Thou fountain and original source of all love and kindness, bounty and goodness, grace and mercy; I do lament and confess unto Thee with grief and sorrow, that all the divine love wherewith I should love Thee above all things is by original sin so far extinguished and deadened in me, so that by nature I am more bent and inclined to love myself and the creature than Thee, my most merciful Father, who ought to be the only object of my love and affections. This depravity of mind is the reason that I have not loved Thee hitherto sincerely and above all things, Who are my dearest Creator and Father; nor Jesus Christ my only Redeemer and Saviour, nor the Holy Ghost, the true Comforter of my soul. And yet Thou alone art the highest and neverfading good, which ought to be loved always, and above all things.

O pardon this my grievous sin and folly, and turn away from me that dreadful sentence, declared in Thy word: If any man love not the Lord Jesus Christ, let him be Anathema and Maranatha.. (1 Cor.16:22) Destroy in me, O Lord, all inordinate love to the world and the creature, to myself, to mine own honour and interest, together with all the lust of the flesh, the lust of eyes, and pride of life (I John 2:16), by which the hearts of men are turned away and alienated from Thee.

Kindle in me, by Thy spirit, the pure and undefiled flame of Thy love, that I may love Thee as the sublimest good, as the eternal love, as the supreme benignity, as the most amiable beauty, as the most transcendent goodness, as the most essential holiness, as the purest truth, righteousness, and wisdom: and in brief, as all good, and an everlasting spring of all beauty and goodness. Grant that I may love Thee with all my heart, and without any mercenary regard to a recompense or reward, but purely for Thine own sake; that I may also freely submit my heart, will, understanding, to Thee alone, keeping with joy Thy commandments, and cheerfully doing Thy will; for therein the true love of God doth consist. (John 14:21).

O Lord Jesus Christ, let the fervent love of Thy pure heart warm and inflame my cold and frozen heart; let the gentle love of Thy undefiled soul, enlighten my dark and benighted soul. Let the love of Thy noble and elevated mind raise also my mind and senses above this world, and fill them with the fatness of Thy house; let the love of Thy divine power strengthen the powers of my body and soul in Thy love, that for the sake of Thy love I may leave and forsake all that is displeasing to Thee, and may do and suffer whatsoever is pleasing in Thy sight, and therein continue firm to the end of my life. For thus to love Thee is the highest wisdom, and he that finds her, loves her, for he sees what marvellous works are wrought by love.
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to see the beauty of God

It is now in the flow 4:18 PM Tuesday late afternoon. It has been raining ice all afternoon. I dozed for a couple of hours in the living room easy chair. I woke myself up around 3 o'clock PM. I fixed myself a cup of tea and got out to read a sermon by the Puritan Richard Sibbes titled, "A Breathing After God" Text "One thing I have desired of the Lord, that I will seek after; that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life; to behold the beauty of the Lord, and to inquire in his temple" Psalm 27:4. I have been reading the WORKS OF RICHARD SIBBES for many years. When I was in seminary the sermons of Richard Sibbes on the Song of Solomon helped me get through a very dark time/a minor break down. When I was a seminary student it was a very hard and lonely time for me. I have lived a hard disappointing life, but the Lord has always stood by me/kept me going. I have been breathing after God. What else is there in this short troublesome life?

I am no writer. I am no gospel preacher. All I am is a old man reading the old Puritans as ice rains down from a gray dark sky. I will close with a quote from the treatise A BREATHING AFTER GOD.

"Question. But how shall we come to have these desires that David had, to see the beauty of God?
Answer. In a word-we must have spiritual senses. The spiritual life of a Christian is furnished with spiritual senses. He hath a spiritual eye and a spiritual taste to relish spiritual things, and a spiritual ear to judge of holy things, and a spiritual feeling. As every life, so this excellent life hath senses and motion suitable to it. Now we should labour to have this spiritual life quickened in us, that we may smell the ointment of Christ. 'For the sweetness of thy ointments the virgins run after thee,' Cant. i.3. The soul hath senses answerable to the body, let us desire God to cleanse all our senses, and to reveal himself in Christ more and more in the ordinances.

This St. Paul calleth the 'Spirit of revelation,' Eph.i.17. Let us pray to God that in his ordinances he would discover that amiable love of his in Christ, to shine on us in the face of his Son, in his ordinances; for the Spirit must help us to see the beauty of God. When we have spiritual senses, except the Spirit give us a spiritual light to see, we cannot see. Therefore let us desire that God would give us spiritual senses, to the spiritual light.

When God made the world, light was the first creature. Why? That all the excellency of the creature might be discerned by light. If God had made never so many excellent creatures, if the light had not discovered them, where had been his glory? So there are many excellent, beautiful things in Christ, wonderful grace and comfort; if these be discovered in the word and we have no senses, and no light, if there be not light in the understanding, God shall want his glory, and we the comfort.

It is light that makes things that are beautiful to be beautiful to us. A blind man cannot judge of colours, nor a deaf man of sounds and harmony. A man that hath lost his taste cannot judge of sweetness, so that there must be senses, and the Spirit of God must reveal these things unto us.

And likewise let us labour more and more to see our own deformity, and then we shall see Christ's beauty, the more we desire to know our own vileness. Indeed the Spirit of God carries these parallel one with another. He discovers by the same light our own deformity and necessity, and the beauty and excellency of God in Jesus Christ. The one will set an edge on the other, and he that will come to see the height and breath, and depth of God's love in Christ, must see the height and breadth, and depth of his own corruption, and our misery by it out of Christ. And they are good thoughts for us, every day to think of these two objects, the misery of the condition of man out of Christ, and the excellency now that we have in Jesus Christ; the amiableness of Christ towards us, and our amiable condition in him. He delights in us, as we delight in him. The consideration of this, and of the loathsome, terrible, fearful condition out of him, will keep us closer to Christ, and make us value the ordinances more, that we may grow up in faith and knowledge of Christ more and more, till we come to a fulness in Christ." pg. 238,239 Richard Sibbes Volume 2 WORKS OF RICHARD SIBBES

Richard Sibbes
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The Sermons Of The Rev. James Saurin

It is 6:14 PM Tuesday night. I have been sitting in my main study read THE SERMONS OF THE REV. JAMES SAURIN. I can hear as I type these words thunder rumbling outside. Tonight the rain will turn into a snow storm.

I have been reading these two old volumes of sermons by Rev. James Saurin for 25 years. Years ago when I taught Adult Sunday School I used Saurin's sermons when teaching a class on Reformed Theology/The Doctrine of God mainly.

Sermons Of The Rev. James Saurin

Sermons Of The Rev. James Saurin
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