November 2nd, 2020

Monday Reads

Monday Reads

Bible/First Book of Samuel/Old Testament

'Christ's Prayer Before His Passion: Expository Sermons on John 17' Volume 1 by Anthony Burgess

'1-2 Samuel, 1-2 Kings, 1-2 Chronicles' Old Testament V Reformation Commentary On Scripture Edited By Derek Cooper & Martin J. Lohrmann

'We Believe in the Crucified and Risen Lord' Vol. 3 Ancient Christian Doctrine Edited By Mark J. Edwards

'Introductory Essay To John Owen's The Death Of Death In The Death Of Christ' by J. I. Packer. M.A., D.Phil.

'Jesus In Jerusalem: The Last Days' by Eckhard J. Schnabel

'The Death of the Messiah: A Commentary on the Passion Narratives' Two Volumes by Raymond E. Brown

'The Price Of Peace: Money, Democracy, And The Life Of John Maynard Keynes' biography by Zachary D. Carter

Alas! and did my Savior bleed
And did my Sovereign die?
Would He devote that sacred head
For such a worm as I?


At the cross, at the cross where I first saw the light,
And the burden of my heart rolled away,
It was there by faith I received my sight,
And now I am happy all the day!

Thy body slain, sweet Jesus, Thine,
And bathed in its own blood,
While all exposed to wrath divine,
The glorious Sufferer stood!


Was it for crimes that I had done
He groaned upon the tree?
Amazing pity! grace unknown!
And love beyond degree!


Well might the sun in darkness hide
And shut his glories in,
When Christ, the mighty Maker died,
For man the creature’s sin.


Thus might I hide my blushing face
While His dear cross appears,
Dissolve my heart in thankfulness,
And melt my eyes to tears.


But drops of grief can ne’er repay
The debt of love I owe:
Here, Lord, I give my self away
’Tis all that I can do.

  • Current Mood
    exhausted exhausted

it's a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God

"[ 3] 3. It's a blessed thing to be able to say thus upon just grounds, because of the terror of death to flesh and blood; We cannot be willing and ready to die, all the while the worms of conscience are gnawing the soul, before worms be gnawing the body; When Simeon had seen Christ, and taken him in his arms, then he saith, Lord, let thy Servant depart in thy Peace, Luk. 2. When Paul hath thus discharged his trust, then I have fought a good fight, and there is laid up for me a Crown of glory; It hath been the case of many good men to have uncomfortable sicknesses, and an uncomfortable death, and what makes it sometimes so but want of this assurance this good testimony about themselves, oh their life troubles them, such sins and such barrenness; They know not what to do; Their hearts are within them, They think of death, and their soul is troubled, so that it's a most desirable thing to have this in thy heart when thou art dying; Oh thou thinkest, Would I might have such a Minister, such a Friend by me when I am dying, I tell thee this is the best friend: It was Augustus his wish, that he might have an 〈 in non-Latin alphabet 〉 a quiet easie death, without pangs and torment, but this is the easiest, the comfortablest, the best dying; Oh that we should preferer any thing before that; Oh that thou shouldst not cry out of every sin, This will trouble me when I am dying.

[ 4] 4. It's a blessed thing to go out of the world, having done Gods work, because we are immediately to appear before him; No sooner is thy soul gone out of the body, but it appeareth before God, he either for thy sinne adjud∣geth it to hell, or because thou art a member of Christ appoints thee to eternal glory, oh then when there is but such distance between God and thy soul, how comfortable is it to have been all thy life time glorifying God? Thou hast been glorifying God, and God comes now to glorifie thee; Thou hast been doing his work, and now he is giving thee the good things promised: Oh Be∣loved how should this prevail with you, there is but a step between my soul and God, how will God look on me? who can endure his frowns and displea∣sures? Doth not the Apostle say, It's a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God, Heb. 10.3. And now I am falling into Gods hands, either the hands of a merciful Father, or provoked enemy; Well then, while thou art in these conflicts and agonies, what support is it to have this sure evidence; O Lord, in my life time I lived for thee, and to thee, now I come to live with thee: O Lord, In my life time I knew thee, I did thy work, but I was at a vast distance; now I come to the immediate enjoying of thee.

[Reas. 5] 5. Its a blessed thing to have this evidence, because it's of that good which will be eternall: Canst thou truly say thus? then it's an immortall Crown of Glory that is laid up for thee, no more deaths, no more changes, no more fears or tears, thou art made for ever: But of this heretofore.

Ʋse of Admonition,* Let every one attend and give all diligence to get this evidence. Oh the terrour and horrour that must take hold on thee, if thou hast been dishonouring of God all thy life long, if thou hast been doing the work that sinne and Satan tempted thee to, why art thou so devoid of all un∣derstanding, will thy health and strength always hold? Art thou exempted from the stroke of death? Is not thy time running on? sit down then and consider what thoughts will at thy death possesse thee, What testimony have I, that I have done the work of the Lord? Oh doth not thy life accuse thee! Is it not all over bloody? Canst thou think of what thou hast been with any content? Is thy life at present such that thou canst say, O Lord I am doing thy work? Oh the amazement and astonishment that should take hold on such men!" Anthony Burgess Sermon 19
  • Current Mood
    contemplative contemplative

no sooner is your soul out of the body, but it appears before God

It is 1:13 PM Monday afternoon here in West Michigan. It is a cold windy sunny afternoon today. I should go someplace and take pictures before the snow falls.

I got up this morning around 6:30 AM. I got up made a fresh pot of coffee and then messed with our main computer. Next I made myself a portion of oatmeal for breakfast. I ate my oatmeal and then wrote in my paper diary. I filmed a video this morning for my Youtube site. I spent most of the morning read, 'Christ's Prayer Before His Passion: Expository Sermons on John 17' Volume 1 by Anthony Burgess.

This afternoon I plan to drift and read from a book titled, 'The Price Of Peace: Money, Democracy, And The Life Of John Maynard Keynes' by Zachary D. Carter. Carol told me last night over the phone she would call me this afternoon when she was at the Denver Airport, which would be 3:30 PM her time. Here when Carol calls it would be 5:30 PM. Her plane is suppose to fly into Grand Rapids tonight around 7:30 PM.

Last night I watched on the History Channel the show American Pickers. Carol called me around 9:30 PM and we talked for awhile. I went to bed last night around 11:15 PM. I did read last night, 'The Price Of Peace: Money, Democracy, And The Life Of John Maynard Keynes' by Zachary D. Carter. Last year I read another biography on Keynes titled, 'John Maynard Keynes 1883-1946 Economist, Philosopher, Statesman' biography by Robert Skidelsky.

Well, I can't of anything else to report so I will close to drift. Tomorrow will soon be here, Election Day.

  • Current Music
    Locrian 'Infinite Dissolution'