November 27th, 2018

Decretal theology exalts God and abases man

It is in the death watch 10:41 AM Tuesday morning here in southwest Michigan. It is a cold snowy early Winter day. Well is not officially Winter yet but it feels and looks like Winter lately. I sense myself falling asleep as I write so I better get to the point. I got up way too early this morning. I got up around 5:30 AM because a weird intense dream drove me out of bed. I told myself this morning when I got up I could always take a nap today. But here I sit still awake writing in my online diaries. Absolutely does not make sense.

So I got up this morning made a pot of coffee and messed with our main computer. After messing with our main computer I ate a bowl of cereal for breakfast and then wrote in my paper diary. After writing in my diary I read from Volume 6 of 'The Works Of William Perkins'.

Carol called me around 9 o'clock AM from Dave and Gail's to tell me how things were going. Dave has not died, but Carol believes it could be anytime. I wonder if there is preparation going on in the world to come for Dave's coming? It says in the Bible angels meet a saint when it enters the world to come. It is unknown what actually takes place after a person dies. I mean what is the actual state of the departed before the Final Resurrection.

Not much else to report this morning. Last night when Carol got up we went out for dinner. When we got back from having dinner Carol left to spend the night sitting next to Dave as he slowly dies. I spent the evening hours reading William Perkins and went to bed around 11:15 PM. Now it is another day.

Well since I am about to pass out I will close. Carol might come home today to sleep.

68 11s Irreg. Augustus Toplady
Election. Luke 10. 20; John 13. 1; Eph. 1. 5, 6
How happy are we our election who see,
And venture, O Lord, for salvation on thee!
In Jesus approvèd, eternally loved,
Upheld by his power, we cannot be moved.
[’Tis sweet to recline on the bosom divine,
And experience the comforts peculiar to thine;
While, born from above, and upheld by thy love,
With singing and triumph to Zion we move!]
Our seeking thy face was all of thy grace;
Thy mercy demands and shall have all the praise.
No sinner can be beforehand with thee;
Thy grace is eternal, almighty, and free!
Our Saviour and Friend, his love shall extend;
It knew no beginning, and never shall end!
Whom once he receives, his Spirit ne’er leaves,
Nor ever repents of the grace that he gives.
[This proof we would give that thee we receive,
Thou art precious alone to the souls that believe;
Be precious to us; all beside is as dross,
Compared with thy love and the blood of thy cross.]
[Through mercy we taste the invisible feast,
The bread of the kingdom, the wine of the blest!
Who grants us to know his drawings below
Will endless salvation and glory bestow
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by sovereign grace the elect will be ushered into perfect glory

It is 5:04 PM Tuesday evening here in southwest Michigan. Outside tonight it is snowing and the wind is howling.

I have no plans for the evening hours. I read Perkins until the early afternoon hours. I have been reading this evening some more of the novel 'Let Me Be Frank With You' by Richard Ford. This afternoon I got out of the lower level another novel by Richard Ford to look at titled, 'Wildlife'.

I called Carol late this afternoon and she did not answer her cell phone. She called me back later and told me she had been sleeping when I called her. She told me over the phone that her brother Dave is not dead, but she believes soon he will pass away. She called in work this morning and told them she could not work tomorrow night because she is caring for her older brother has he dies. Carol is now off till next week Monday. Next week Monday we will be in the month of December 2018 the last month of the Year 2018. Existence keeps speeding by!

I have nothing to do tonight but wander the house, read, and listen to music. It is too early to go to bed even though I have been up since 5:30 AM.

Today nothing life affirming came in the mail. I am expecting CD's to come in the mail sometime soon.

No one called today to wish me luck. I did not go anywhere today due to the horrible winter weather.

Well, I suppose I will close to wait for the end of life.

"[29] For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren.
[30] Moreover whom he did predestinate, them he also called: and whom he called, them he also justified: and whom he justified, them he also glorified.
[31] What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us?
[32] He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things?
[33] Who shall lay any thing to the charge of God's elect? It is God that justifieth.
[34] Who is he that condemneth? It is Christ that died, yea rather, that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us.
[35] Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?
[36] As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.
[37] Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us.
[38] For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come,
[39] Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord." Romans 8:29-39

The Doctrine of Election by A.W. Pink
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Tuesday Reads

Tuesday Reads

'Let Me Be Frank With You' a novel by Richard Ford

'Wildlife' a novel by Richard Ford

'The Works of William Perkins' Volume Six

'Calvin's Calvinism: 1. The Eternal Predestination of God 2. The Secret Providence of God' by John Calvin Translated by Henry Cole 1929

'Predestination: The American Career Of A Contentious Doctrine' by Peter J. Thuesen

'Protestants: The Faith That Made The Modern World' by Alec Ryrie

'The Evangelicals: The Struggle To Shape America' by Frances Fitzgerald

'Hellfire Nation: The Politics Of Sin In American History' by James A. Morone
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