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there is no other way of entrance into the heavenly Canaan than by Jesus Christ

It is 10:25 AM Monday morning. It is another sunny late Spring day. Existence keeps decaying.

I am sitting in our dining room having morning devotions. I just made a video for my Youtube channel and read from a book titled, 'Joshua, Judges, Ruth' Old Testament IV Reformation Commentary On Scripture Edited By N. Scott Amos. In this recent video I read from this Commentary on The Book of Joshua Chapter 3 verses 1 through 8. I will now quote what I read-

"We Must In Faith Follow Our Ark When We Cross Our Jordan. Johannes Brenz: We have wanted to cross the Jordan and enter into the land of Canaan, that is, enter into eternal life through the affliction of this world; but the afflictions are dire and troublesome, just as the Jordan is a deep and unfathomable river. Therefore, what must be done? The priests carry the ark before us; that is, Christ Jesus ought to be proclaimed to us and the gospel about Christ Jesus ought to be announced to us. For he is the leader of our path; he is what dries up the Jordan for us. But the fact that the people were commanded not to draw near to the ark means that no human being is able to grasp exhaustively how great the majesty of the gospel is, what is the length and breath of Christ. For the Apostle Paul says, "For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face-to-face." It further means that nobody is able to embrace the gospel with a sufficiently worthy faith or fulfill the law of God with sufficiently righteous works. Thus the weaker someone is in faith, the further away he follows the ark. And the godless and resolute sinners clearly do not follow at all, but turn back to Egypt. Commentary On Joshua 3:1-8. pg. 49,50

In this quick video I showed folks the books I plan to read throughout the month of June 2020 for morning devotions-

'Joshua, Judges, Ruth' Old Testament IV Reformation Commentary On Scripture Edited By N. Scott Amos

'Soul Recreation: The Contemplative-Mystical Piety of Puritanism' by Tom Schwanda

'Looking Unto Jesus' by Issac Ambrose

'The Christian Warrior: Wrestling with Sin, Satan, the World, and the Flesh' by Issac Ambrose

I might also be reading these books for morning worship during the month of June-

'Seeing By The Light: Illumination in Augustine's and Barth's Readings of John' by Ike Miller

'Unity And Continuity In Covenantal Thought: A Study in the Reformed Tradition to the Westminster Assembly' by Andrew A. Woolsey

'Canon, Covenant, and Christology: Rethinking Jesus and the Scriptures of Israel' by Matthew Barrett

'The Wonderful Works Of God' by Herman Bavinck

'Reformed Ethics: Created, Fallen, And Converted Humanity' Volume One by Herman Bavinck

'The Story Retold: A Biblical-Theological Introduction To The New Testament' by G.K. Beale & Benjamin L. Gladd

I tend to read the same books in the mornings for devotions for several months. I like to read slowly and write as I read in my private paper diary. I am a contemplative Christian.

So the morning goes by. Carol goes to work tonight at Midnight. Well I feel myself fading so I will close to drift through the Wasteland.

Weary not, my brother,
Cheerful be thy song;
Is thy burden heavy,
And the journey long?
Does the weight oppress thee?
Cast it on the Lord;
Run thy race with patience,
Trusting in His Word.


Looking unto Jesus,
He has died for thee;
Oh, glory be to Jesus,
We’ll shout salvation free.

Seek and thou shalt find Him,
Still in faith believe;
Call, and He will hear thee,
Ask Him and receive;
In the darkest moment—
In the deepest night,
He will give thee comfort,
He will give thee light.


Trials may befall thee,
Thorns beset the way,
Never mind them, brother,
Only watch and pray;
Through the vale of sorrow
Once the Savior trod;
Run thy race with patience,
Pressing on to God.


Labor on, my brother,
Thou shalt reap at last
Fruits of joy eternal,
When thy work is past;
Crowds of shining angels
View thee from the skies,
Run thy race with patience,
Yonder is the prize.


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