March 7th, 2016

the speech of idols

It is 6:39 AM Monday morning in the flow of existence. It is suppose to be 55 degrees today. I heard water dripping off our roof all night. Once again the snow is melting and I can see areas of old green grass on our front yard. Spring will soon be here once again.

I got up this morning around 5:50 AM. I got up made a pot of coffee and toasted a bagel. I put cream cheese on my bagel and ate it with coffee while I messed with our main computer.

Carol is still sleeping. She works four nights this week.

Last night we watched television and went to bed around 10:25 PM.

music Fennesz 'Black Sea'

I do not remember reading anything last night. I was too tired last night to read my books. I did make a short video while Carol was at church for my YouTube channel.

This morning I might visit thrift stores to search for used books to add to our library. Right now I am tired so I am not sure if I will actually leave my cell today.

Well, I suppose I will close to drink coffee and try to wake up to this day. There is no way of escape.

"[16] Wash you, make you clean; put away the evil of your doings from before mine eyes; cease to do evil;
[17] Learn to do well; seek judgment, relieve the oppressed, judge the fatherless, plead for the widow.
[18] Come now, and let us reason together, saith the LORD: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.
[19] If ye be willing and obedient, ye shall eat the good of the land:
[20] But if ye refuse and rebel, ye shall be devoured with the sword: for the mouth of the LORD hath spoken it." Isaiah 1:16-20
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the mystery of godliness

It is in the divine flow life 4:01 PM Monday late afternoon. The sun shone all day today. It got near 60 degrees today. Carol and I saw our first robins on a walk this morning at Windmill Island Gardens. After walking at Windmill Island we also walked at Window on the Waterfront Park. We saw redwing blackbirds while walking at Window on the Waterfront this morning. One can feel on a day like today that Spring is coming.

I saw this afternoon under our bird feeder a chipmunk which also means Spring is coming.

I have had a normal day. I have been sleepy all day so I have not done much. I have been basically wandering my cell, writing in my paper diary and reading a book titled, "On Prayer" by Archimandrite Sophrony.

This morning before going out with my wife to walk and go grocery shopping I read one of my newest books titled, "The Apostle Paul and the Christian Life: Ethical and Missional Implications of the New Perspective" Edited by Scot McKnight and Joseph B. Modica. This morning in this book I was reading an essay titled, 'The New Perspective and the Christian Life in Paul's Letter to the Ephesians' essay by Lynn H. Cohick.

Carol is sleeping right now because she works tonight. This week she has to work four nights in a row.

There is nothing pressing on my mind this afternoon. I do not know what I will do this evening. I stopped watching television during the evening hours when Carol is not home. I do watch with my wife TV shows she has me tape for her when she is working. I need to get back into reading the books I was reading last week. "This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh. For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh; and these are contrary the one of the other: so that ye cannot do the things that ye would" Galatians 5:16,17.

I suppose I will close since I have nothing more to report. Existence keeps flowing by.

"[10] Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might.
[11] Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.
[12] For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.
[13] Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.
[14] Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness;
[15] And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace;
[16] Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.
[17] And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God:
[18] Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;
[19] And for me, that utterance may be given unto me, that I may open my mouth boldly, to make known the mystery of the gospel" Ephesians 6:10-19
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    Urgehal 'Aeons in Sodom'

existential reality through the appearance of Uncreated Light

It is now in the blood flow 5:31 PM Monday evening. Today I have been reading "On Prayer" by Archimandrite Sophrony. I have read this book on prayer many times since I bought it several years ago. It is one of my favorite books on Christian prayer. I also recommend this book on Christian prayer that I read last year "Orthodox Prayer: The Interior Way" by Matthew The Poor.

I rediscovered many years ago that the life of a true Christian is a life of unceasing prayer. A Christian is in constant communion and fellowship with the Lord God. Because a Christian is walking with God he is always walking in love. The Christian life is one of love for God and others. The Word of God says, "For you, brethren, have been called to liberty; only do not use liberty as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another. For all the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this: "You shall love your neighbor as yourself."" Gal 5:13,14.

I will now quote "On Prayer" by Archimandrite Sophrony-

"There are two ways for theology: the one, widely familiar in previous centuries, appertaining to the professional theologian; the other, which means being crucified with Christ (cf. 1 Pet.4:13; Rom.8:17; II Tim. 2:11-12; Phil.3:10; Rev.1:9), knowing Him in the secret places of the heart. The first of these types is accessible to the majority of the intellectually endowed having a preference for philosophical subjects-genuine belief in the Divinity of Christ expressing itself in a life lived according to the spirit of His commandments is not needed. The second is the theology of the confessors, which is born of a profound fear of God in the fiery flames of repentance, leading to existential reality through the appearance of Uncreated Light. Academic theology combined with living faith affords blessed results. But it can easily degenerate into abstract theory, and cease to be what we see in the lives of the Apostles, Prophets, Fathers-the direct action of God in us. 'No man can come to me, except the Father which hath sent Me draw him. . .It is written in the prophets, And they shall be all taught of God. Every man therefore that hath heard' [in his heart] 'and hath learned of the Father, cometh unto Me'( John vi.44-45).

The Holy Trinity is the God of Love. The love of which the Gospel treats is the uncreated life-force of unoriginate Divinity. The property of this Love is to unite us in very being. He who dwells in this unity with God gradually grows to realise what is happening to him. 'But God hath revealed [knowledge of Him] unto us by his Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God. . . We have received, not the spirit of the world, but the spirit which is of God: that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God. Which things also we speak, not in the words which man's wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth' (1 Cor. 2:10-13). 'Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God' (Matt 16:16). And Jesus answered, 'flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto him [Peter]. but my Father which is in heaven' (Matt.16:17). 'Great us the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory' (1 Tim.3:16). A this is natural growth in the Spirit through dwelling in the Divine realm by keeping Christ's commandments. The mind straightway apprehends knowledge and formulates it in human terms. It happens like a flash of lightening, when the heart is burning with love. This is the 'marvellous light' of eternity to which we are called (1 Pet.2:9). The accumulation in the experience of the Church of such 'moments of enlightenment has led organically to their reduction into one whole. This is how the first attempt at the systemization of a live theology came about, the work of St. John of Damascus, a man rich, too, in personal experience. The disruption of this wondrous ascent to God in the unfathomable wealth of higher intellection is brought about, where there is a decline of personal experience, by a tendency to submit the gifts of Revelation to the critical faculty of our reason-by a leaning towards 'philosophy of religion'. The consequences are scholastic accounts of theology in which, again, there is more philosophy than Spirit of life." pg. 62-64 Archimandrite Sophrony
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