January 23rd, 2018

a state of saturation

a state of saturation

'Moral Reflections on the Book of Job' Volume 4 Books 17-22 by Gregory the Great Translated by Brian Kerns, OCSO

'The Square and the Tower: Networks and Power, from the Freemasons to Facebook' by Niall Ferguson

'The Works of William Perkins' Volume 5 containing Foundations of Christian Religion, Exposition of the Creed, & Exposition of the Lord's Prayer

'The Rest of Life' Three Novellas by Mary Gordon

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

'The Stories Of Mary Gordon'

'Spending' a novel by Mary Gordon

'Pearl' a novel by Mary Gordon
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outside the camp is the unclean realm of the dead

It is in the death flow 10:37 AM Wednesday morning here in West Michigan. It is snowing outside today. Tomorrow it is suppose to be sunny. No it is a Tuesday not a Wednesday. So here I sit writing some words. Existence keeps flowing by like a bird going South for the Winter.

I got up this morning around 6:30 AM. I did not want to get up, but I also did not want to lay in bed. I got up and made myself a portion of oatmeal for breakfast. I ate my oatmeal messing with our main computer. What is another word for playing with our main computer besides messing? I need to know more words so as to describe in perfect detail my existence/what I do day by day. So much of what I do is wrapped in lack of language/words. I suppose in the end who gives a shit about what I do each day. One day you are here and then forgotten. We are dust blowing in the wind/cosmic dust.

Carol called me around 8:17 AM telling me she was finished working and ready to be driven home. So I drove over to the hospital and picked up my wife. Carol went to bed around 9:15 AM for the day. She talked to our daughter this morning on her cell phone before going to bed.

I have been wandering the house and reading off and on for morning worship from a book titled, 'God's Glory In Salvation Through Judgment: A Biblical Theology' by James M. Hamilton Jr..

I plan to drift today and wait for sunshine and lollipops.

Last night I made a video for my Booktube channel and listened to music. Now it is another day to wait for the final kill off. I will close to watch the snow fall.

"[8] Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever.
[9] Be not carried about with divers and strange doctrines. For it is a good thing that the heart be established with grace; not with meats, which have not profited them that have been occupied therein.
[10] We have an altar, whereof they have no right to eat which serve the tabernacle.
[11] For the bodies of those beasts, whose blood is brought into the sanctuary by the high priest for sin, are burned without the camp.
[12] Wherefore Jesus also, that he might sanctify the people with his own blood, suffered without the gate.
[13] Let us go forth therefore unto him without the camp, bearing his reproach.
[14] For here have we no continuing city, but we seek one to come
." Hebrews 13:8-14
  • Current Music
    The Ruins of Beverast 'Rain Upon The Unpure'

He is the Lord their God

"When the Lord says to His people and children that He is the Lord their God, He thereby wants to assure them:

1. That He has entered into an eternal and immutable covenant with them in which He, in spite of their great misery through sin, embraces them as His own beloved children, being moved with pity and compassion regarding their most wretched condition. In so doing, He most securely binds Himself to them in order to be their merciful God and Father, and He engages all of His omnipotence to secure their eternal salvation and redemption, eternally bestowing upon them all good things. Consider what the Lord Himself is saying: "Moreover I will make a covenant of peace with them, and multiply them, and will set my sanctuary in the midst of them for evermore. My tabernacle also shall be with them: yea, I will be their God, and they shall be my people" (Ezek. 37:26-27).

2. Of their acquittal and the gracious pardon of all their sins for the sake of the merits of His Son, Jesus Christ, and that He is willing to engage all of His power, wisdom, grace, and mercy to secure the atonement of all their sins and iniquities by fully blotting them out, cleansing and purifying their hearts of them, and granting them a perfect and eternal righteousness. Yes, He assures them that He Himself will be their righteousness, so that they neither need to fear or doubt God's grace, no matter how great, grievous, and manifold their sins may be; that is, if they are but truly sorrowful regarding them and they are desirous to have them forgiven out of grace and for Christ's sake. Again, God Himself declares, "But this shall be the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel; after those days, saith the LORD, I will put my law in their inward parts, and write it in their hearts; and will be their God, and they shall be my people. . .for I will forgive their iniquity, and I will remember their sin no more" (Jer. 31:33-34).

3. Of the great blessing of their sanctification. As the Lord Himself is infinitely holy in His nature, it necessarily follows that this God could not be our God without also perfectly sanctifying us and impressing deeply and fully upon our hearts His divine image. Thereby we become a holy people in conformity to that beautiful image of our God, whereby, from day to day, we are renewed and transformed until the full perfection of our nature will have been achieved.

Hereby the Lord is saying: "Fear not, My people, for though you find yourselves to be so very wretched, impotent, perverse, and sinful, and you are continually complaining and grieving that you are unable to love, serve, and fear Me with your whole heart and soul, I nevertheless assure you that I am the Lord thy God. I will engage all My power and all-sufficiency to make you completely holy in both soul and body, and to deliver you from all your sin. Be fully assured of this and entrust yourself entirely to Me. I have already begun My work in you, and I shall not forsake the work of My hands. Rather, I shall gradually proceed with it, and there will come a time when I shall completely perfect it. I, the Lord, am holy, and it is therefore My will that you, My people, shall ultimately be perfectly holy, and that to all eternity." It is therefore written, "that thou mayest be an holy people unto the LORD thy God, as he hath spoken" (Deut. 26:19), and "the heathen shall know that I the LORD do sanctify Israel" (Ezek. 37:28a).

4. That He will always inwardly illuminate them in their hearts by His Word and Spirit. He thereby teaches and instructs them so that they get to know and continue to know Him as their God, and, as the only wise God. He cures the spiritual blindness of their hearts and grants them His Spirit as the Spirit of wisdom and understanding. We may indeed mourn greatly because of our blindness, and we should be greatly troubled by the fact that we know so little of God and of heavenly things. However, since the Lord is our God, we have the most excellent teacher, for He has given us His only begotten Son to be our wisdom. We must therefore be of good courage, for we have but to wait upon and trust in the Lord, for He Himself is our light. He is the sun that illuminates our dark hearts, and He gradually causes all haze and cloudiness to evaporate. That sun will once break through fully, and He will bring forth our light as the noonday." pages 184-187 'The Christian's Only Comfort In Life And Death: An Exposition of the Heidelberg Catechism' Volume 2 by Theodorus VanderGroe
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'The Christian's Only Comfort In Life And Death: An Exposition of the Heidelberg Catechism' Two Volumes by Theodorus VanderGroe Translated by Bartel Elshout Edited by Joel R. Beeke

The Preamble of the Law (4) Lord's Day 34 'I am the LORD thy God' Exodus 20:2a

Question 92: What is the law of God? Answer: God spoke all these words, Exodus 20, Deuteronomy 5. saying, I am the LORD thy God, which have brought thee out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage

'God's Glory In Salvation Through Judgment: A Biblical Theology' by James M. Hamilton Jr.

'Reformed Confessions Harmonized With an Annotated Bibliography of Reformed Doctrinal Works' Edited By Joel R. Beeke & Sinclair B. Ferguson

'Doctrinal Standards. Liturgy, and Church Order' Netherlands Reformed Congregations
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    contemplative contemplative