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according to His mercy He saved us

It is in the flow of this cold early winter day 3:17 PM Friday afternoon (The first day of Winter is 21st of this month if my memory is correct.) I am down in the lower level writing on a lap top computer. I came down here because I can spread out my books and have space to open them when I quote them in my online diaries. Plus I like being down here among our books. Books are a blessing. I am thankful I know how to read. I wish though I was smart and could read Hebrew and New Testament Greek. I suppose it was not in God's plan for my life that I be a biblical scholar just an old retired farm laborer.

Carol my wife is sleeping because she works tonight. I have been reading this afternoon a book titled, "Reformation Readings of Paul: Explorations in History and Exegesis" Edited By Michael Allen & Jonathan A. Linebaugh. I have enjoyed immensely reading this book! I have been reading today Chapter 6 titled 'John Calvin's Reading of the Corinthians Epistles' essay by Michael Allen.

Dr. Michael Allen

I got out to read along with Dr. Allen John Calvin's commentary on 1 Corinthians & 2 Corinthians "Calvin's Commentaries Volume XX". We have most of Calvin's writings and published sermons in our library. I have a fond affection for John Calvin as a fellow believer and lover of the Lord Jesus Christ.

I will share something I was thinking the other night. I was thinking that in the Bible when we read of the people of God/the Old and New Covenant saints we are always shown their sins/imperfections/failings. God uses imperfect Christians to spread the Gospel of the Kingdom. These Bible verses (words of the apostle Paul) come to my mind "For we ourselves were also once foolish, disobedient, deceived, serving various lusts and pleasures, living in malice and envy, hateful and hating one another. But when the kindness and the love of God our Savior toward man appeared, not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy He saved us, through the washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Spirit, whom He poured out on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Savior, that having been justified by His grace we should become heirs according to the hope of eternal life" Titus 3:3-6.

When I was in seminary and I was going through a very difficult time I was richly blessed reading "John Calvin's Sermons On Timothy And Titus" Facsimile Of 1579 Edition" published by Banner of Truth Trust 1983.

I also got out a book that blessed me awhile back titled, "John Calvin As Teacher, Pastor, And Theologian: The Shape of His Writings and Thought" by Randall C. Zachman. Years ago when I was buying Christian books regularly in Grand Rapids Michigan I always tried to buy a book dealing with the life and teachings of the French Reformed John Calvin. Since at one time I called myself a Calvinist I thought I should know what Calvin believed as a Christian/wrote about/preached and taught. It always amazed me when we were in churches that claimed to be Calvinistic that most of the lay people had never read Calvin's most famous work, "Calvin" Institutes of the Christian Religion" Two Volumes. I have been reading Calvin's writings going on 40 years. There was one time in my Christian life all I read was Reformed theology.

I do try to read at least once a year something on the life and teachings of John Calvin (1509-64).

John Calvin Collection

So the day goes by quietly and silently. I suppose tonight I will continue to read and wait for tomorrow to come. I once again tomorrow volunteer at the Herrick District Library Used Books Store from 10 AM till 1 PM. The days just keep flying by!

I could write more but maybe later. I came down here first of all to quote from a book titled, "The Glory Of Christ: His Office And Grace" by John Owen (1616-1683). I also wanted to quote John Calvin, but maybe later if the Spirit leads.

John Calvin

John Calvin

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