December 12th, 2019

Christ alone exalted

It is in the death flow 9:34 AM Thursday morning. It is a very cold morning here in West Michigan. I am thankful for a warm shack in the Wasteland.

I got up this morning around 5:50 AM. I got up because I was having this discussion in a dream on Civil Rights. So I got up made a fresh pot of coffee and oatmeal for breakfast. I ate my oatmeal messing with our main computer. After messing with our main computer I wrote several pages in my paper diary and then read from a book titled, 'Meditation And Communion With God: Contemplating Scripture In An Age Of Distraction' by John Jefferson Davis. This morning I filmed a quick video for my Youtube channel. In this video I wanted folks to see what books I have been reading in the mornings for devotions. Here is a list of books one can find on my study desk presently-

'Meditation And Communion With God: Contemplating Scripture In An Age Of Distraction' by John Jefferson Davis

'Embracing Contemplation: Reclaiming A Christian Spiritual Practice' Edited By John H. Coe & Kyle C. Strobel

'Moses' Choice' by Jeremiah Burroughs (1599-1646)

'Select Works of Robert Rollock' Two Volumes

'The Book Of Revelation' [The Bible in Medieval Tradition] David Burr translator and editor

'Psalms Old And New: Exegesis, Intertextuality, and Hermeneutics' by Ben Witherington III

'1-2 Thessalonians, 1-2 Timothy, Titus, Philemon' New Testament XII [Reformation Commentary On Scripture] Edited By Lee Gatiss & Bradley G. Green

'Christ Alone Exalted' [Complete Works Of Tobias Crisp, D.D.] Four Volumes

Carol got home from work around 8:35 AM and has gone to bed for the day. She is now off four nights from work.

I plan to read and write the rest of the day. I doubt if I will go anywhere in this dead world. Well I will close to get a cup of coffee and read. I might visit local thrift stores this morning. I should go to a local grocery store and get a quart of milk.

Last night I mainly read some more of the novel, 'The Solitudes' by John Crowley. I did get in the mail yesterday a novel I had ordered from RYRB titled, 'The Family Mashber' by Der Nister Translated From The Yiddish By Leonard Wolf.

I went to bed around 11 o'clock PM last night. Now it is another day. Existence keeps speeding by!
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morning reads



morning reads

'Meditation And Communion With God: Contemplating Scripture In An Age Of Distraction' by John Jefferson Davis

'Embracing Contemplation: Reclaiming A Christian Spiritual Practice' Edited By John H. Coe & Kyle C. Strobel

'Moses' Choice' by Jeremiah Burroughs (1599-1646)

'Select Works of Robert Rollock' Two Volumes

'The Book Of Revelation' [The Bible in Medieval Tradition] David Burr translator and editor

'Psalms Old And New: Exegesis, Intertextuality, and Hermeneutics' by Ben Witherington III

'1-2 Thessalonians, 1-2 Timothy, Titus, Philemon' New Testament XII [Reformation Commentary On Scripture] Edited By Lee Gatiss & Bradley G. Green

'Christ Alone Exalted' [Complete Works Of Tobias Crisp, D.D.] Four Volumes

Tobias Crisp was born in London in 1600, and was educated at Cambridge and Oxford. He became rector of Brinkworth, Wiltshire in 1627. In the years that followed he became a well-loved preacher of free grace. People came from far and wide, and as many as a hundred people were entertained in his home at one time. He had a rich experience and clear knowledge of the free grace of God in Christ. A father of thirteen children, he died of small-pox in 1642 at the age of 42.
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Christ Alone Exalted

"Yet thirdly, it is abated by degrees; for the bustling power of sin, namely, though it cannot be entertained, yet it will be troublesome to the soul. Now Christ is the way, by degrees, also, from this trouble of sin; for by degrees he crucifies the flesh with the affections and lusts thereof, and brings down the power of it by treading down Satan, that is the egger on of sin, to make it so troublesome; by overcoming the world, that administers occasion of this troublesomeness. “Fear not,” saith Christ, “I have overcome the world.” But still, I say, he doth this by degrees, and so he doth it by degrees, that sometimes he lets the work be at a stand; and sometimes the tyranny shall be over the spirit, and the spirit shall be under that tyranny a good while; sometimes the spirit shall be under the troublesomeness of sin, and be constantly exercised with it. But you must know that it is neither the tyranny, nor the troublesomeness of sin in a believer, that doth eclipse the beauty of Christ, or the favor of God to the soul. Our standing is not founded upon the subduing of our sins, but upon that foundation that never fails, and that is Christ himself; upon his faithfulness and truth. Men think they are consumed, when they are troubled with sin; why? Because of their transgression. But mark what the Lord saith; “I, the Lord, change not; therefore ye sons of Jacob are not consumed.” It is not, you change not, therefore ye are not consumed; but I change not; I have loved you freely, I will love you freely, I cannot alter; “whom he loves, he loves unto the end;” and this is in respect of his unchangeableness.

Though there be ebbings and flowings of the outward man; nay, of the inward man, in the business of sanctification; yet this is certainly true, that believers are kept by the mighty “power of God, through faith, unto salvation.” They are kept in holiness, sincerity, simplicity of heart; but all this hath nothing to do with the peace of his soul, and the salvation and justification thereof.5 Christ is he that justifies the ungodly; Christ is he that is the Peacemaker; and as Christ is the peacemaker, so all this peace depends upon Christ alone. Beloved, if you will fetch your peace from anything in the world but Christ, you will fetch it from where it is not. “This people,” saith the prophet Jeremiah, “hath committed two evils.” What are they? “They have forsaken me the fountain of living waters, and hewed them out cisterns, broken cisterns, that can hold no water.” {Jer.2:13}

What is that fountain of living waters? Christ is the fountain of peace and life; and men forsake that peace that is to be had in Christ, when they would have peace out of righteousness of their own, out of their great enlargements, out of humiliations. These are broken cisterns, and what peace is there in them? Is there not sinfulness in them? Who can say, I have washed my hands? If there be sinfulness in them, where then is their peace? Sin speaks nothing but war to the soul. Let me tell you, beloved, you that look after peace from the subduing of your sins; what peace can it afford you, in case there be any defects of subduing of your sins? There can be no peace!

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