January 18th, 2020

the best method of preaching

"For example, from the stated argument, for these whom manner of life is in the heavens, in a variety of cases, a diverse consolation is able to be supplied:

A. Generally, in every evil, of whatsoever sort and however much it may be, that such persons are free from all evil. For just as those who have been united to Christ live a heavenly manner of life, so also those who live a heavenly manner of life have been united to Christ, and thus are in him; accordingly, in the judgment of Paul, there is now no longer any condemnation upon them (Rom. 8:1).

B. Specifically, in any lack, because, being united to Christ, in him they may receive grace for grace (John 1:14,16) in such a way that they become complete in him (Co1.1:28; 2:10), inasmuch as he is the one who for them is all in all (Co1. 3:11).

C. In the anxieties of sin, because, united with Christ, they have died with him, and their life has been hidden with Christ in God (Col. 3:3), they have been crucified with him, and in him they live free from guilt (Ga1. 2:20).

D. In earthly poverty, insofar as (1) those who live a heavenly manner of life also revere God, and to such a persons there is a promised no want (Ps. 34:9); (2) in any need there is a better substance for them in heaven (Heb. 10:34; Ps. 73:25).

E. In death itself, insofar as (1) not only have those have a manner of life in heaven, and who look not toward visible things but invisible things, been persuaded that when this their earthly tabernacle has been destroyed, they will have a dwelling not made with hands in the heavens (2 Cor. 4:18; 5:1); but also (2) they know that as they have been made like to him with respect to his death, so also they will be made like to him with respect to his resurrection (Rom. 6:5); indeed (3) having manner of life in heaven, from there they look for Jesus Christ, who will glorify their humble bodies (Phil. 3:21)." pg. 19,20 Petrus Van Mastricht Volume 1 'Theoretical-Practical Theology-Prolegomena'
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more used books recently added to our library



more used books recently added to our library

'The Europeans: Three Lives And The Making Of A Cosmopolitan Culture' by Orlando Figes

'The Works of William Perkins' Volume 8

'Theoretical-Practical Theology: Prolegomena' Volume 1 by Petrus Van Mastricht Translated By Tood M. Rester Edited By Joel R. Beeke

'Theoretical-Practical Theology: Faith in the Triune God' Volume 2 by Petrus Van Mastricht Translated By Todd M. Rester

'Leni: The Life And Work Of Leni Riefenstahl' biography by Steven Back

'The Real Wallis Simpson' A New History of the American Divorcee Who Became the Duchness of Windsor biography by Anna Pasternak

'Lincoln a foreigner's quest' biography by Jan Morris

'Presidio' a novel by Randy Kennedy

'The American' a novel by Henry James

'The Book Class' a novel by Louis Auchincloss

'The Speckled People' A Memoir by Hugo Hamilton

'Maia' a novel by Richard Adams

'The Idea of Perfection' a novel by Kate Grenville

'Fludd' a novel by Hilary Mantel

'Washington Black' a novel by Esi Edngyan

'The Eyre Affair' a novel by Josper Fforde

'The Healing' a novel by Jonathan Odell

'Consumption' a novel by Kevin Patterson
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deism gives rise to Pelagianism

It is 4:35 PM Saturday early evening here in West Michigan. It has been a snowy rainy gray damp cold day. Right now nothing is happening outside as far as it raining or snowing. But it is predicted to snow tonight and tomorrow. I remember many years never being aware of the weather. When I married Carol 40 years ago her family were always talking about the weather. When I first met Carol she was always talking about birds, flowers, and the weather. I never had met a woman who talked about such subjects. Then I met Carol' parents and all they talked about was the weather. Carol's mother when she was alive always fed birds and her father when he was alive had a rose garden. Now Carol's parents are in Paradise.

Anyway this day has gone by normal. I volunteered at the Book Nook today from 12:45 PM till 4:05 PM. I covered for someone at the Book Nook today, I usually am at the Book Nook on Mondays and Fridays from 10 o'clock AM till 1 o'clock PM. While at the Book Nook I mainly wandered the store and read from a book titled, 'Our Reasonable Faith: A Survey Of Christian Doctrine' by Herman Bavinck Translated by Henry Zylstra. I bought this book back in 1977 when I was living in Richmond California. 'Our Reasonable Faith' by Bavinck was one of the first books I read on Reformed Theology. I found out today Westminster Press has published a new edition of this classic Christian theological work. I pre-ordered this volume, it now has its original title 'The Wonderful Works of God'.

Carol called from the Northwest before I left for the Book Nook. She said she would call me again this evening.

When I got home from the Book Nook I ate some food and wrote in my paper diary. Now I am writing in my online diaries. I am tired so I will close to drift into darkness. Tomorrow is a Sunday.

This morning I mainly read for morning worship, 'Theoretical-Practical Theology-Prolegomena' Volume 1 by Petrus Van Mastricht Translated By Todd M. Rester Edited By Joel R. Beeke.

From the Book Nook today I bought home one used book, 'Now God Be Thanked' a novel by John Masters. Last night before going to bed I read from a book titled, 'The Europeans: Three Lives And The Making Of A Cosmopolitan Culture' by Orlando Figes.

Carol just called and we talked for a few minutes. Well I will close to face the coming night.
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