March 29th, 2016

be on heightened alert for deceivers in the church

It is in the flow of my life 9:45 AM Tuesday morning Eastern Standard Time. Soon time will be no more. Time is running out. The sun is shining this morning, which is a blessing. I should go for a walk while the sun is shining. We never know when the sun will disappear and this present world will go up in a puff of smoke.

I got up this morning around 7:30 AM. I got up made myself a pot of coffee and a pot of oatmeal. After breakfast I messed with our main computer and then wrote in my paper diary. Carol got home from work around 9:09 AM and has gone to bed for the day. Existence keeps zooming along.

I have been reading for devotions this morning the book, "Making All Things New: Inaugurated Eschatology for the Life of the Church" by Benjamin L. Gladd & Matthew S. Harmon.

Last night I made a video for my YouTube channel, watched television and read late into the night from a book titled, "Iris Murdoch: A Life" biography by Peter J. Conradi. Now it is another day to get ready for the end.

I might visit local thrift stores this morning in search of used books to add to our library. The day will go by. I will close to do what comes next.

"[14] And Enoch also, the seventh from Adam, prophesied of these, saying, Behold, the Lord cometh with ten thousands of his saints,
[15] To execute judgment upon all, and to convince all that are ungodly among them of all their ungodly deeds which they have ungodly committed, and of all their hard speeches which ungodly sinners have spoken against him.
[16] These are murmurers, complainers, walking after their own lusts; and their mouth speaketh great swelling words, having men's persons in admiration because of advantage.
[17] But, beloved, remember ye the words which were spoken before of the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ;
[18] How that they told you there should be mockers in the last time, who should walk after their own ungodly lusts.
[19] These be they who separate themselves, sensual, having not the Spirit.
[20] But ye, beloved, building up yourselves on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Ghost,
[21] Keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life." Jude 14-21
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the right word

It is now in the flow of time 12:07 PM Tuesday afternoon. I did visit local thrift stores to search for used books to ADD to our library. I found these used books today-

"A Journey For Our Times: A Memoir" by Harrison E. Salisbury

Harrison E. Salisbury
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harrison_Salisbury

"Buckley: The Right Word About The Uses And Abuses Of Language And About Vocabulary; About Usage, Style & Speaking; Fiction, Diction, Dictionaries; With Reviews And Interviews; A Lexicon; On Latin & Letters, Eloquence & Journalism; And More, All Drawn From The Works Of William F. Buckley Jr., His Correspondents, His Critics, Friends, And Others" Selected, Assembled, And Edited By Samuel S. Vaughan

"Autobiography Of Mark Twain" The Complete And Authoritative Edition Volume 1 Edited By Harriet Elinor Smith And Other Editors Of The Mark Twain Project

"A Gentile Madness: Bibliphiles, Bibliomanes, and the Eternal Passion for Books" by Nicholas A. Basbanes

"19th Century European Painting: David to Cezanne" by Lorenz Eitner

"My Heart Is An Idiot" Essays by Davy Rothbart

Davy Rothbart
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Davy_Rothbart

"The Last Gentleman" a novel by Walker Percy

"The Laments" a novel by George Hagen

"Out Of The Labyrinth: Essays In Clarification" by Erich Kahler

"The Diviners" a novel by Margaret Laurence

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Book Collecting



I made this book collecting video last night. I am finding making videos difficult because I am not just into books for reading. What I mean is that I read books as a Christian thinker. I can not just forget myself in a book. I am reading books in the light of eternity. I am always asking myself if I should read this book if it is a novel because I should read something that will focus my mind on divine realities. I am God conscious all the time. Even when I am reading a novel I am intensely aware of my personal relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ. I am in Christ Jesus and Jesus Christ is in me. Also I do not want to waste time, because I know my time is very short here on earth. I am to be always ready to die and go to heaven. I feel constantly the pressure of eternity weighing down on my intellect.

I really do not know why I collect used books. I keep buying used books and not reading them. I do read a lot, but why? I read because it is profitable way to spend each day. I am seeking use what time I have on earth wisely. Is it foolish to read books that do not prepare me for the New Creation/the eternal state of glory.

To be completely honest I do not know why my life is the way it is. I at one time many years ago thought I would spend all my earthly days being a gospel minister/a teaching elder in a small conservative Presbyterian church. But my life turned out differently, which is fine with me. God knows what is best for us as we travel through this wasteland to the heavenly Jerusalem the City of God. Life is a mystery to me. As I live out this mysterious existence I collect old used books and wait for the final day, the Last Day.

So once again why do I read secular books? Why do I collect books written by people who do not love or serve the Lord Jesus Christ? Why do I fill my mind full of worldly thoughts? I do not know.

Why do I spend my days writing words that in the end will be destroyed? Why do I keep four online diaries? I live with unknowing. I just try to keep myself from going over the edge. It is all a matter of living within limits and not going beyond the limits. There is security not going outside the line into a state of chaos or living like everyone else in America. There is no good reason to follow insane Americans outside the limits I have set for my existence. (my wife would correct me "I have set for our lives/existence" I am not alone I am married so whatever I go through in this short life my wife goes with me/experiences with me, "let every one of you in particular so love his wife even as himself" Eph.5:33)

"[17] Wherefore be ye not unwise, but understanding what the will of the Lord is.
[18] And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit;
[19] Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord;
[20] Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ;
[21] Submitting yourselves one to another in the fear of God.
[22] Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as unto the Lord.
[23] For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church: and he is the saviour of the body.
[24] Therefore as the church is subject unto Christ, so let the wives be to their own husbands in every thing.
[25] Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it;
[26] That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word,
[27] That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish.
[28] So ought men to love their wives as their own bodies. He that loveth his wife loveth himself.
[29] For no man ever yet hated his own flesh; but nourisheth and cherisheth it, even as the Lord the church:
[30] For we are members of his body, of his flesh, and of his bones.
[31] For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and shall be joined unto his wife, and they two shall be one flesh.
[32] This is a great mystery: but I speak concerning Christ and the church.
[33] Nevertheless let every one of you in particular so love his wife even as himself; and the wife see that she reverence her husband." Ephesians 5:17-33
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