March 22nd, 2016

March 2016 Book Haul

list of books mentioned in this video

"Nickel Mountain" a novel by John Gardner (I already have this novel, but my edition is an old paperback this edition is a hardback with nice illustrations with slip cover.)

"Sunnyside" a novel by Glen David Gold

"Carter Beats The Devil" a novel by Glen David Gold

"A Case of Curiosities" a novel by Allen Kurzweil

"Stendhal" a biography by Wallace Fowlie

"In the Fall" a novel by Jeffrey Lent

"Inherent Vice" a novel by Thomas Pynchon

"Man In The Modern World: Selected Essays from Man Stands Alone and On Living in a Revolution" by Julian Huxley

"Meredith" a biography by Siegfried Sassoon

"Reflections on a Marine Venus" travel memoir by Lawrence Durrell

"Through The Dark Labyrinth: A Biography of Lawrence Durrell" by Gordon Bowker

"Pursued By Furies: A Life of Malcolm Lowrey" by Gordon Bowker

"Under The Volcano" a novel by Malcolm Lowrey

"The Last Laugh" essays by S.J. Perelman

"The Third Reich" a novel by Roberto Bolano [Translated From The Spanish By Natasha Wimmer]

"The Savage Detectives" a novel by Roberto Bolano

"2666" a novel by Roberto Bolano

"The Emperor's Body" a novel by Peter Brooks

"The Woman Who Walked Into Doors" a novel by Roddy Doyle

"Songs for the Missing" a novel by Stewart O'Nan

"The Alley's Of Eden" a novel by Robert Olen Butler

"The Best Year of Their Lives: Kennedy, Johnson, and Nixon In 1948 Learning the Secrets of Power" biography by Lance Morrow

"Colossus: The Price of America's Empire" American History by Niall Ferguson

"The Love Song of Miss Queenie Hennessy" a novel by Rachel Joyce

"Before You Sleep" a novel by Linn Ullmann

"Martin Dressler: The Tale of an American Dreamer" a novel by Steven Millhauser

"Gore Vidal: A Biography" by Fred Kaplan

"The Essential Gore Vidal" Edited by Fred Kaplan
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Trinitarian biblical interpretation

It is in the terrorist attack flow 10:28 AM Tuesday morning. A cold cloudy day here by Lake Michigan.

I got up this morning around 7:15 AM. I got up made a pot of coffee and some oatmeal for breakfast. I ate my oatmeal messing with our main computer. After messing with our main computer I wrote in my paper diary. My wife got home from work around 8:48 AM and has gone to bed for the day.

I messed with our computer after my wife went to bed. I have been seeking to read this morning from these two books-

"Making All Things New: Inaugurated Eschatology for the Life of the Church" by Benjamin L. Gladd & Matthew S. Harmon

"Introducing Biblical Hermeneutics: A Comprehensive Framework for Hearing God In Scripture" by Craig G. Bartholomew

Last night I read my books, watched some television, made a video for my YouTube channel and listened to music. I went to bed around 11 o'clock PM. Once again I had spiritual dreams all night.

I plan today to pray and read my books. I should go for a walk someplace this morning. It is not wise for an old man like me not to take a walk every morning. I am no Spring chicken.

I will close to face it.

old diary entry

"[23] If ye continue in the faith grounded and settled, and be not moved away from the hope of the gospel, which ye have heard, and which was preached to every creature which is under heaven; whereof I Paul am made a minister;
[24] Who now rejoice in my sufferings for you, and fill up that which is behind of the afflictions of Christ in my flesh for his body's sake, which is the church:
[25] Whereof I am made a minister, according to the dispensation of God which is given to me for you, to fulfil the word of God;
[26] Even the mystery which hath been hid from ages and from generations, but now is made manifest to his saints:
[27] To whom God would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; which is Christ in you, the hope of glory:
[28] Whom we preach, warning every man, and teaching every man in all wisdom; that we may present every man perfect in Christ Jesus:
[29] Whereunto I also labour, striving according to his working, which worketh in me mightily." Colossians 1:23-29

the purpose of life

Last week I was talking to my wife about how a professing Christian should interpret what is going on in the world. What I mean is that a Christian is here on earth for a very short period of time. A Christian is here mainly to tell others the Good News/to evangelize. A Christian if possible should try to find a community of Christians (a church) that is seeking to spread the Good News/the Gospel of Christ throughout their neighborhood and the world. The Bible teaches the mission of the Church/the Body of Christ is to evangelize the world. We read in the Gospel of Matthew chapter 28 “Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and. lo, I am with you always, even until the end the world.Amen” Matt. 28:19,20.

A Christian is a stranger/a pilgrim in this world. He is seeking the New Creation and not this old creation.

“[8] Yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ,
[9] And be found in him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith:
[10] That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death;
[11] If by any means I might attain unto the resurrection of the dead.
[12] Not as though I had already attained, either were already perfect: but I follow after, if that I may apprehend that for which also I am apprehended of Christ Jesus.
[13] Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before,
[14] I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.” Phil. 3:8-14

A Christian is to seek the Lord Jesus Christ each day of his or her life. He is to live in the presence of God as he goes about his day to day life. A Christian is to always have the Lord before him as he goes through all the stages of life-youth, middle age, and old age-school, work, family and retirement. We are here only for a moment and we must be preparing ourselves for Heaven/the age to come.

As a Christian we can get caught up in the affairs of this world. We can lose sight of the goal of this life, which is glorification.

“[45] And so it is written, The first man Adam was made a living soul; the last Adam was made a quickening spirit.
[46] Howbeit that was not first which is spiritual, but that which is natural; and afterward that which is spiritual.
[47] The first man is of the earth, earthy: the second man is the Lord from heaven.
[48] As is the earthy, such are they also that are earthy: and as is the heavenly, such are they also that are heavenly.
[49] And as we have borne the image of the earthy, we shall also bear the image of the heavenly.
[50] Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; neither doth corruption inherit incorruption.
[51] Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed,
[52] In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.
[53] For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality.
[54] So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory.
[55] O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory?
[56] The sting of death is sin; and the strength of sin is the law.
[57] But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.
[58] Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord.” First Corinthians 15:45-58

What is going on in the world right now is stated in First Peter chapter 2-

“[1] Wherefore laying aside all malice, and all guile, and hypocrisies, and envies, and all evil speakings,
[2] As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby:
[3] If so be ye have tasted that the Lord is gracious.
[4] To whom coming, as unto a living stone, disallowed indeed of men, but chosen of God, and precious,
[5] Ye also, as lively stones, are built up a spiritual house, an holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ.
[6] Wherefore also it is contained in the scripture, Behold, I lay in Sion a chief corner stone, elect, precious: and he that believeth on him shall not be confounded.
[7] Unto you therefore which believe he is precious: but unto them which be disobedient, the stone which the builders disallowed, the same is made the head of the corner,
[8] And a stone of stumbling, and a rock of offence, even to them which stumble at the word, being disobedient: whereunto also they were appointed.
[9] But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light:
[10] Which in time past were not a people, but are now the people of God: which had not obtained mercy, but now have obtained mercy.
[11] Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, abstain from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul;
[12] Having your conversation honest among the Gentiles: that, whereas they speak against you as evildoers, they may by your good works, which they shall behold, glorify God in the day of visitation.” First Peter 2:1-12

The Lord Jesus is gathering His people and building His Church. What is important right now is that we make sure we belong to the people of God/that we are members of the Church the Body of Christ. “And came and preached peace to you which were afar off, and to them that were nigh. For through him we both have access by one Spirit unto the Father. Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellow-citizens with the saints, and of the household of God; And are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone; In whom all the building fitly framed together groweth unto an holy temple in the Lord: In whom ye are also builded together for an habitation of God through the Spirit” Ephesians 2:17-22
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