January 1st, 2020

books read throughout the Year 2019 cont.

April 2019
"Merry Men' A Novel by Carolyn Chute
'The Epistle to the Romans' [The New International Greek Testament Commentary] by Richard Longenecker
'Righteous by Promise: A biblical theology of circumcision' by Karl Deenick
'Preaching Romans-Four Perspectives' Scot McKnight & Joseph B. Modica editors
'The Saving Righteous of God: Studies on Paul, Justification, and the New Perspective' by Michael Bird
'The Faculty of Dreams: Amendment to the Theory of Sexuality or Valerie' a novel by Sara Stridsberg
'Being In Christ: A Biblical and Systematic Investigation in a Reformed Perspective' by Hans Burger
'The Accursed' a novel by Joyce Carol Oates
'The Marshall Plan: Dawn of the Cold War' by Benn Steil
'The Lazarus Project' a novel by Aleksandar Hemon
'An Arsonist's Guide To Writer's Homes In New England' a novel by Brock Clarke
'Moral Reflections on the Book of Job' Volume 5 Books 23-27 Gregory the Great Translated by Brian Kerns, OSO
'Notebooks 1936-1947' Victor Serge
'Reformed Systematic Theology' Volume 1 Revelation and God by Joel R. Beeke & Paul M. Smalley
'White' Essays by Bret Easton Ellis
'Memories of A Revolutionary' by Victor Serge
'Undermajordomo' a novel by Patrick DeWitt
'French Exit' a novel by Patrick DeWitt
'Only Americans Burn In Hell' a novel by Jarett Kobek

May 2019
'The Epistle to the Romans' [The New International Greek Testament Commentary] by Richard Longenecker
'Romans 1-8' New Testament VII Reformation Commentary On Scripture Edited by Gwenfair Walters Adams
'The Light Years' a memoir by Chris Rush
'Only Americans Burn In Hell' a novel by Jarett Kobek
'Reformed Systematic Theology' Volume 1 Revelation and God by Joel R. Beeke & Paul M. Smalley
'Memories of A Revolutionary' by Victor Serge
'Notebooks 1936-1947' Victor Serge
'Righteous by Promise: A biblical theology of circumcision' by Karl Deenick
'All Things New: Revelation as canonical capstone' by Brian J. Tabb
'The Faculty of Dreams: Amendment to the Theory of Sexuality or Valerie' a novel by Sara Stridsberg Translated from the Swedish by Deborah Bragan-Turner
'Going Native' a novel by Stephen Wright
'The Bookshop of the World: Making and Trading Books in the Dutch Golden Age' by Andrew Pettegree & Arthur der Weduwen
'Being In Christ: A Biblical and Systematic Investigation in a Reformed Perspective' by Hans Burger
'The Beauty of the Lord: Theology As Aesthetics' by Jonathan King
'Theoretical-Practical Theology-Prolegomona' Volume 1 by Peter Van Mastricht Translated by Todd M. Rester

June 2019
'Reformed Systematic Theology' Volume 1 Revelation and God by Joel R. Beeke & Paul M. Smalley
'Romans 1-8' New Testament VII Reformation Commentary On Scripture Edited by Gwenfair Walters Adams
'Being In Christ: A Biblical and Systematic Investigation in a Reformed Perspective' by Hans Burger
'Ohio' a novel by Stephen Markley
'Theoretical-Practical Theology-Prolegomena' Volume 1 by Peter Van Mastricht Translated by Todd M. Rester
'Publish This Book' a memoir by Stephen Markley
'Theoretical-Practical Theology-Faith in the Triune God' Volume 2 by Petrus Van Mastricht Translated by Todd M. Rester
'Righteous by Promise: A biblical theology of circumcision' by Karl Deenick
'Nemesis' A Harry Hole Novel by Jo Nesbo
'Personal History' a memoir by Katherine Graham
'The Lazarus Project' a novel by Aleksandar Hemon
'Reformed Ethics: Created, Fallen, and Converted Humanity' by Herman Bavinck
'Biblical Theology of the New Testament' by Peter Stuhlmacher
'Laurus' a novel by Eugene Vodolazkin
'Abel And Cain' a novel by Greger Von Rezzori Translated by Marshall Yarbrough

my fellow-travelers to eternity!

It is 12:18 PM Wednesday afternoon here in West Michigan. It is a warm sunny day, which is a mercy from God. God's mercies are new every morning. I thought I should write something before the college football games start at 1 o'clock PM today.

I got up this morning around 7:15 AM. I got up made a pot of coffee and ate breakfast. While eating breakfast I messed with our main computer watching videos. Last night I filmed a video showing folks my 2019 Diaries. Today is the first day of the Year 2020. Existence keeps flying by. We all we soon be in the Eternal State Heaven or Hell. Now is the Time to prepare for the Eternal State. The other day I received in the mail a sermon tract titled, 'The Last Trumpet' someday we all will hear The Last Trumpet "And five of them were wise and five were foolish" Matthew 25:2.

This morning I wrote in my paper diary and did not get around to reading anything. Carol called around 8:35 AM for me to come and get her at the hospital. Last night Carol wanted me to take her to work because she did not want to scrape ice off her car this morning after work. So I picked up my wife and brought her home (the hospital where she works is a few blocks from where we live).

Not much else to report this afternoon. Last night I watched college football and read from a book titled, 'To Hell And Back: Europe 1914-1949' by Ian Kershaw. I went to bed last night around 11 o'clock PM. I had disturbing dreams all night. Now it is the first day of January 2020.

I have been reading this afternoon from a Puritan reprint titled, 'Moses' Choice' by Jeremiah Burroughs. I just remembered what else I did this morning. I went through my 2019 Diaries and listed what I read during the months of April, May, and June 2019. That took sometime this morning. Tomorrow I will go through the months July, August, and September and write out what I had read during those months.

Well I will close to drift, watch college football and read 17th Century English Puritan Pastoral Theology.
  • Current Mood
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the example of Christ

"Rule 11. Last, set much before you the example of Christ and God's people, who have endured very hard bthings.

First, in the example of Christ, consider who it was that suffered: It was the Son of God, who was God blessed forever, the glory of the Father. When we suffer, base worms, worthy to be trodden under foot, suffer.

Second, consider what he suffered, even the wrath of God and the curse of the Law. He was made a curse in the abstract, as the Scripture speaks, which was another manner of thing than any of our afflictions.

Third, consider for whom He suffered. It was for us vile worms, wretched sinful creatures who were enemies to Him. We suffer for God, who is infinitely blessed, to whom we owe all we are or have.

Fourth, consider how freely He suffered. It was of His own accord. His own free grace moved Him to it. He laid down His life, and none could take it from Him. It is not in our liberty whether we will suffer or not; we are under the power of another.

Fifth, consider how meekly He suffered. He was a sheep before the shearer. His suffering in no way disquieted His spirit, but it kept in a sweet quiet frame in the midst of all.

Sixth, consider how His strength is with you in your sufferings.

Seventh, and last, consider how He is honored in them. He strives with us in the combat. He joins with us in the fight of our agony. He crowns and is crowned, said Cyprian.

Bernard would have us never to let go out of our minds the thoughts of a crucified Christ. "Let these," said he, "be meat and drink unto you; let them be your sweetness and consolation, your honey and desire, your reading and your meditation, your contemplation, your life, death and resurrection."" pg. 82,83 Jeremiah Burroughs 'Moses' Choice
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