February 27th, 2017

Saving Faith



"The Christian's Only Comfort In Life And Death: An Exposition of the Heidelberg Catechism" Volume 1 by Theodorus VanderGroe [Translated by Bartel Elshout Edited by Joel R. Beeke]

Lord's Day 7

Q. 20. Will all men, then, be saved through Christ as they became lst through Adam?

A. No. Only those who, by true faith, are incorporated into him and accept all his benefits.

Q. 21. What is true faith?

A. It is not only a certain knowledge by which I accept as true all that God has revealed to us in his Word, but also a wholehearted trust which the Holy Spirit creates in me through the gospel, that, not only to others, but to me also God has given the forgiveness of sins, everlasting righteousness and salvation, out of sheer grace solely for the sake of Christ's saving work.

Q. 22. What, then, must a Christian believe?

A. All that is promised us in the gospel, a summary of which is taught us in the articles of the Apostles' Creed, our universally acknowledge confession of faith.

Q. What are these articles?

A. I believe in God the Father Almighty, Maker of Heaven and earth; And in Jesus Christ, his only-begotten Son, our Lord; who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary; suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, dead, and buried; he descended into hell; the third day he rose again from the dead; he ascended into heaven, and sits at the right hand of God the Father Almighty' from thence he shall come to judge the living and the dead.

I believe in the Holy Spirit; the holy catholic Church; the communion of saints; the forgiveness of sins; the resurrection of the body; and the life everlasting.
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the beams of Christ's holiness offend their sore eyes

It is in the Death Flow 2:20 PM Monday afternoon. This afternoon the sun is shining, which is cool. I love Light. I remember suddenly these words of God in the Gospel of John, "And this is the condemnation, that the light has come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil" John 3:19.

I am extremely tired this afternoon due to the wear and tear of modern existence. It takes a lot of energy to be a fat middle class Christian in the last days of the American Empire. I am surrounded by fools. "You also be patient. Establish your hearts, for the coming of the Lord is at hand" James 5:8.

I got up this morning around 6:18 AM. Once again I debated with myself if I wanted to go downtown for breakfast. I decided to stay here and eat oatmeal instead of breaking up my morning routine. Plus why eat a meal among strangers. There is plenty of food here to fatten my belly with. So I made a pot of coffee and a bowl of oatmeal for breakfast. I ate my oatmeal messing with our main computer and after messing with our main computer I wrote in my paper diary. After I wrote in my paper diary I messed with my Christian books and wandered my cell.
I read from these books this morning when not going around and around in circles-

"The Path Of True Godliness" by Willem Teellinck Translated By Annemie Godbehere Edited By Joel R. Beeke [Classics of Reformed Spirituality]

"The True Christian's Love To The Unseen Christ" by Thomas Vincent (1634-1678) Foreword By John MacArthur

I am falling asleep so I will have to close for the present moment. I will write more when I feel more awake.
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the fall of Richard Nixon

It is in the death flow 3:12 PM Monday afternoon. I am fighting to stay awake right now because I took a chill pill this morning. These chill pills make me very sleepy throughout the day. Lately at night before going to bed I have been tempted to take a chill pill to see how deeply I would sleep.

I am going to start to list the used books I found today when I left the house to to visit thrift stores and buy groceries. I will start writing down the titles and when I find myself falling asleep I will stop and try later till all the used books have been written down in a list. So here it goes-

"The Rector's Daughter" a novel by F.M. Mayor

"Child Of God" a novel by Cromac McCarthy

"Laughable Loves" stories by Milan Kundera Introduction by Philip Roth

"Purity" a novel by Jonathan Franzen

"The Human Factor" a novel by Graham Greene

"Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore" a novel by Robin Sloan

"Arc d'X" a novel by Steve Erickson

"The Man With The Golden Arm" a novel by Nelson Algren

"War Cries Over Avenue C" a novel by Jerome Charyn

"Frog" a novel by Stephen Dixon

"Will You Please Be Quiet, Please?" Stories by Raymond Carver

"No Heroics, Please" Uncollected Writings by Raymond Carver

"Coming Up For Air" a novel by George Orwell

"Journey To The End Of The Night" a novel by Celine [A New Translation by Ralph Manheim]

"The Coast: A Journey Down The Atlantic Shore" Nature Writing/Memoir by Joseph J. Thorndike

"Funeral Games" a novel by Mary Renault

"Kaputt" a novel by Curzio Malaparte [Translated By Cesare Foligno]

"The Wild Girl, The Notebook Of Ned Giles, 1932" a novel by Jim Fergus

"The Oxford Companion To The Supreme Court Of The United States" Edited By Kermit L. Hall

"Breach of Faith: The Fall Of Richard Nixon" by Theodore H. White

"The Price Of Power: Kissinger In The Nixon White House" American Politics by Seymour M. Hersh

"King's Philip's War: The History and Legacy of America's Forgotten Conflict" by Eric B. Schultz & Michael J. Tougias

"God, Adam, And You: Biblical Creation Defended and Applied" Edited By Richard D. Phillips

"Worship as Pastoral Care" by William H. Willimon

"I Believe in the Church" by David Watson

"The Triune God" Edited By Ronald L. Kohl

I made it! I did not pass out. While I was writing out the titles of the used books I bought today my wife called.

I am going to close to feel wasted. I am sick tired.
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