December 16th, 2019

a new ontology

It is 2:27 PM Monday afternoon in the death flow. It is a very cold damp gray day. It is icy cold today. It is predicted to warm up sometime this week here in West Michigan.

I got up this morning around 7:57 AM. I slept late this morning because I am in a state of exhaustion. Living in these evil days is exhausting. All around me are signs that the world is coming to an End. It is time to prepare for the Day of Judgment.

So I got up and found my wife in our living room reading her Bible. Right now she is sleeping, because she works tonight. My wife is going to retire next year from being a Nurse. My wife looks forward to retirement. My wife and I are old folks.

This morning I ate food and then wrote in my paper diary. I left to volunteer at the Book Nook around 9:40 AM. The Book Nook was not busy so I read and wandered the store till my shift was done.

This morning I read for devotions from a book titled, 'Meditation And Communion With God: Contemplating Scripture In An Age Of Distraction' by John Jefferson Davis. At the Book Nook today I read from these three books, 'Will' a memoir by Will Self, 'Vernon Subutex' 1 A Novel by Despentes, and 'The Journals of John Cheever'. Last night I read till bedtime from a novel titled, 'A Ship Made of Paper' by Scott Spencer.

I have no plans for the rest of this day. I plan to sit and wait for the End.
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the power of the Lord Jesus is present

"Paul's understanding of time and history was fundamentally altered by his encounter with the risen Lord. The age to come was not merely a future reality to be anticipated, but a presently arriving (already) reality to be experienced now in the Spirit, and by faith in the name of Jesus (cf. "when you are assembled in the name of Jesus,. . .and the power of the Lord Jesus is present" [[1 Cor 5:4, emphasis added]).

Paul's soteriology or view of salvation was fundamentally changed: the paradigm was no longer Moses and the law, but Jesus and the Spirit. Salvation was not fundamentally a matter of "works of the law" but rather a matter of faith in Jesus as God's Messiah vindicated by his resurrection (cf. "He was delivered over to death for our sins and was raised to life for our justification" [Rom 4:25]), fundamentally a matter of a faith like Abraham's, who could not believe that God gives life to the dead and "calls things that are not as though they were" (Rom 4:17). In the light of the resurrection Paul understood that the covenant with Abraham had been fulfilled in Jesus' death and resurrection, and that the gift of the Spirit and the experience of the supernatural powers of the age to come came not by observing the law but through hearing with faith (Gal 3:5)." pg. 65 'Meditation And Communion With God' by John Jefferson Davis
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