I volunteered at the Herrick District Public Library used books store this morning from 9:45 AM till 1:05 PM. The store was slow today so I wandered around the store and read "Coin Locker Babies" a novel by Ryu Murakam. I am really enjoying this novel even though it is dark and twisted/surreal. I had our library get through inter library load Muraham's most famous novel, "Almost Transparent Blue". You can not find a copy of the novel "Almost Transparent Blue" unless you want to spend big bucks. I brought home from the book nook only one used book today titled, "The Superior Person's of Words" by Peter Bowler.
After the book nook I picked up a five pound bag of black and tan coffee beans and visited local thrift stores. I found these used books in my wanderings-
"A Nietzsche Reader" Penguin Classics
"The Peloponnesian War" by Donald Kagan
"The Wishbones" a novel by Tom Perrotta (we have four other novels by Perrotta in our Christian Library)
I also picked up a thrift store in desk lamp and throw/blanket for our living room couch.
So my ordinary Christian life flows by like a death march to the heavenly Zion. I need to get our dog Rudy a bath today. I need to cheer up and count my blessings one by one. Well I will close to sing a song of Zion.
The other morning my wife and I went out for breakfast. As we were eating the subject of the powerball lottery came up. I read this afternoon that the payoff for this powerball lottery is up to 900 million dollars. My wife said to me if she won the lottery she would give all the money away. I told my wife I could not think of anyone I would give the money to as a Christian. I can not think of one Christian organization I would give any money to. You could give money to help the poor of the world, but you could give away billions of dollars and there still would be poverty/the poor. Also what is true poverty? I can not think of any Christian church/Christian tradition that is preaching the biblical gospel that I could support. I can not think of any one to give money to. Plus when you think about we meaning Christians are to be like Christ Jesus. The Lord had nothing when he died on the Cross and when he died the Roman soldiers took off his one outer garment sold it. "And when they had crucified him, they parted his garments, casting lots upon them, what every man should take" Mark 15:24. We are to hate the world and seek the riches of heaven. All the money in the world can not bring everlasting life/prepare one for the world to come. "For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: and whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it. For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?" Matthew 16:25,26. Also this verse come to my mind, "For ye know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, that ye through his poverty might be rich" 2 Corinth. 8:9.
" Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.
 Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles?
 Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit.
 A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit.
 Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire.
 Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them.
 Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.
 Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works?
 And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.
 Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock:
 And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell not: for it was founded upon a rock.
 And every one that heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them not, shall be likened unto a foolish man, which built his house upon the sand:
 And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell: and great was the fall of it.
 And it came to pass, when Jesus had ended these sayings, the people were astonished at his doctrine:
 For he taught them as one having authority, and not as the scribes." Matthew 7:15-29