June 12th, 2017

Sunday Night Book Talk



One can find below a list of the books mentioned in this video-

'The Works Of William Perkins' Volume 4 Edited By J. Stephen Yuille

'William Perkins' biography by Joel Beeke & Stephen Yuille

'The Art of Prophesying' by William Perkins [Puritan Paperbacks/Banner of Truth Trust]

'Morgan: American Financier' biography by Jean Strouse

'Finale' A Novel of the Reagan Years' a novel by Thomas Mallon

'Egypt, Greece, And Rome: Civilizations of the Ancient Mediterranean' by Charles Freeman

'The Love Of My Youth' a novel by Mary Gordon

'Edgar Allan Poe & The Juke-Box: Uncollected Poems, Drafts, And Fragments' by Elizabeth Bishop

'The Little Red Chairs' a novel by Edna O'Brien

'The Queen of the Nighg' a novel by Alexander Chee

'Darkmans' a novel by Nicola Barker

'The Spiritual Brotherhood: Cambridge Puritans and the Nature of Christian Piety' by Paul R. Schaefer Jr.

'The Luminaries' a novel by Eleanor Catton

'Good Omens: The Nice And Accurate Prophecies Of Agnes Nutter, Witch' fantasy by Neil Gaiman & Terry Pratchett

'The Brooklyn Follies' a novel by Paul Auster

'Mary Cassatt' a biography by Nancy Hale

'Early Stories 1953-1975' by John Updike

"[1] Jude, the servant of Jesus Christ, and brother of James, to them that are sanctified by God the Father, and preserved in Jesus Christ, and called:
[2] Mercy unto you, and peace, and love, be multiplied.
[3] Beloved, when I gave all diligence to write unto you of the common salvation, it was needful for me to write unto you, and exhort you that ye should earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints." Jude 1
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the doctrine of the Christian life

It is 7:52 AM Monday morning in the death flow. Outside there is sunshine and it looks like it is going to be another hot day. The earth is drying up and soon we will be in a world wide drought. I expect bread soon to be sold for a bag of gold.

I got up this morning around 6:34 AM. I got up made a pot of coffee and then messed with our main computer. I ate for breakfast a bowl of cereal. After I fooled around with our main computer I wrote in my paper diary. Now I am writing in my online diaries. I have no plans for the day ahead. I will read my books and write in my paper diary today.

Last night I made a video for my BookTube channel and read late into the night a novel I bought yesterday titled, 'The Luminaries' by Eleanor Catton.

I got out to read for morning devotions these books-

'The Spiritual Brotherhood: Cambridge Puritans and the Nature of Christian Piety' by Paul R. Schaefer Jr.

'The Works Of William Perkins' Volume 4 Edited By J. Stephen Yuille

I have been reading steadily William Perkins since last week. There are times when I can read for days and days the writings of the 16th and 17th Christian theologians/gospel ministers from England. I wonder who is reading this morning in the whole wide world 'The Works of William Perkins'. I do know there are millions and millions of people seeking the Lord Jesus. The Lord is building His Church even as I sit here writing these words.

I will close to drift into the sunset. There is no way out.

"[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." First Peter 2:1-10
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Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit - If We Were Vampires



"If We Were Vampires"

It's not the long flowing dress that you're in
Or the light coming off of your skin
The fragile heart you protected for so long
Or the mercy in your sense of right and wrong

It's not your hands, searching slow in the dark
Or your nails leaving love's watermark
It's not the way you talk me off the roof
Your questions like directions to the truth

It's knowing that this can't go on forever
Likely one of us will have to spend some days alone
Maybe we'll get forty years together
But one day I'll be gone or one day you'll be gone

If we were vampires and death was a joke
We'd go out on the sidewalk and smoke
And laugh at all the lovers and their plans
I wouldn't feel the need to hold your hand

Maybe time running out is a gift
I'll work hard 'til the end of my shift
And give you every second I can find
And hope it isn't me who's left behind

It's knowing that this can't go on forever
Likely one of us will have to spend some days alone
Maybe we'll get forty years together
But one day I'll be gone or one day you'll be gone

It's knowing that this can't go on forever
Likely one of us will have to spend some days alone
Maybe we'll get forty years together
But one day I'll be gone or one day you'll be gone
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Reading William Perkins Exposition of Jude verse 4



[1] Jude, the servant of Jesus Christ, and brother of James, to them that are sanctified by God the Father, and preserved in Jesus Christ, and called:
[2] Mercy unto you, and peace, and love, be multiplied.
[3] Beloved, when I gave all diligence to write unto you of the common salvation, it was needful for me to write unto you, and exhort you that ye should earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints.
[4] For there are certain men crept in unawares, who were before of old ordained to this condemnation, ungodly men, turning the grace of our God into lasciviousness, and denying the only Lord God, and our Lord Jesus Christ. Jude 1-4

Canons of Dort
https://www.crcna.org/welcome/beliefs/confessions/canons-dort

J.I. Packer's Rare Puritan Library Now Digitzed
http://blogs.thegospelcoalition.org/justintaylor/2016/01/12/j-i-packers-rare-puritan-library-now-digitized-to-be-read-online-for-free/
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Gospel Invitation

56 C.M. Isaac Watts
Gospel Invitation. Song. 5. 1; Isa. 55. 1-3
1 [Let every open ear attend,
And broken heart rejoice;
The trumpet of the gospel sounds
With an inviting voice.]

2 Ho! all ye hungry, starving souls,
That feed upon the wind,
And vainly strive with earthly toys
To fill an empty mind;

3 Eternal Wisdom has prepared
A soul-reviving feast;
And bids your longing appetites
The rich provision taste.

4 Ho! ye that pant for living streams,
And pine away and die;
Here you may quench your raging thirst,
With springs that never dry.

5 Rivers of love and mercy here
In a rich ocean join;
Salvation in abundance flows,
Like floods of milk and wine.

6 [Ye perishing and naked poor,
Who work with mighty pain
To weave a garment of your own
That will not hide your sin;

7 Come naked, and adorn your souls
In robes prepared by God,
Wrought by the labours of his Son,
And dyed in his own blood.]

8 Dear God! the treasures of thy love
Are everlasting mines;
Deep as our helpless miseries are,
And boundless as our sins!

9 The happy gates of gospel grace
Stand open night and day;
Lord, we are come to seek supplies,
And drive our wants away.
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we may know who an ungodly man is

"C. Religion

The third adjunct or property of these seducers is their want of religion: "Ungodly men they are." Ungodliness is a sin much spoken of but, not so well known; and therefore it is requisite to show the nature of it, that we may know who an ungodly man is, rather because it is a grievous sin, much greater than any of the seven deadly sins of the papists, being the ground of them all. Secondly, because it is rooted in the bottom of the heart and cannot be so easily discerned as others, though as dangerous as any. Thirdly, because it is a sin more spiritual against the first commandment of the first table, directed against God Himself, robbing Him of his due honor. For the clear knowledge of which, consider three main parts or properties of ungodliness.

First, that it denies God the honor due unto Him, and that three ways. First, by ignorance it causes the ungodly man to rob Him of His honor, in that he acknowledges not the Godhead; but in his heart he inwardly denies the providence, the presence, the justice, mercy, power, and the other attributes of God. "The thought of the heart of the fool"-that is, of every ungodly man-"is that there is no God" (Ps. 14:1). Not that in conscience he is not convinced of the contrary, but by reason of his wicked heart upon occasion offered he is willing to acknowledge none. Secondly, by not subjecting the conscience and life to the written will and Word of God but rejecting and renouncing subjection thereunto. Thus, Job brings in the ungodly man, saying to the Almighty, "Depart from us, we will have none of thy ways (Job 21:14)," which is too outrageous to be the speech of the tongue, but of the heart casting off the Lord's yoke. To whom the King shall say, "Those mine enemies that would not have me to reign over them, bring them hither and slay them before me" (Luke 19:27). Thirdly, by not lifting up the heart by invocation of God for blessings needful and in thanksgiving for benefits received. The property of the ungodly man is that "he calleth not upon God" (Ps. 14:4). This point of atheism makes a man like a beast, which looks not up from whence his food falls.

The second property of ungodliness, to attribute and give this honor, which it denies God, unto something else than God, as when the ungodly man sets his love, joy, fear, or any other affection upon anything besides God. Thus, the covetous man becomes an idolater. And in the last times men shall be lovers of pleasures more than of God (2 Tim.3:4).

The third property of it is, when it gives God His due honor, to deny Him the true manner, which causes the ungodly man to content himself with a form and show of godliness, outwardly bearing himself as godly, but inwardly wants the power of it [2 Tim. 3:5]. The heart is not single but full of fraud, doubting, and deceit before God, who looks into it and delights not with the approaching of the lips when the heart is removed. By which we see the practice of the ungodly man, sundry ways robbing God of His due honor, which one sin entertained breeds and nourishes sins of all sorts. And so much we are given to understand in the placing of it here, as the first sin of the seducers producing a great number of sins more, noted in them through the epistle. Neither can any other be looked for but that the life should be plentiful in all sins, where the heart is possessed of this ungodliness. The Gentiles acknowledged not God, and therefore He gave them up to "vile affections" (Rom. 1:26); and this was the ground of all those sins reckoned there, above twenty in number (vv.29-31). Abraham thought not amiss that he might easily be slain for Sarah his wife (whom therefore he durst not confess) if the "fear of God" were not in Abimelech's court (Gen. 20:1), giving us to know that where the fear of God is not in the heart, there is no bones made of any sin in the life, no, not of murder itself." William Perkins pg. 98-100 'The Works of William Perkins' Volume 4 'Exposition upon the Whole Epistle of Jude'
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