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the passions of Christ

It is 2:55 PM Wednesday afternoon. The sun just came out after being hidden by gray cloud cover most of the day. It is 62 degrees this afternoon. Carol has already talked about doing yard work due to us having these Spring like days.

I am tired so I have decided to be very brief this afternoon. I do not have the energy to write a long diary entry today.

I was up this morning around 6 o'clock AM. When I came upstairs the house was dark, Carol had not gotten up yet. I warmed up coffee made last night. Next I did some stretches since my right leg was in pain due to my sciatica affliction. I next wrote in my paper diary and then read for devotions from a book titled, 'The Life of Jesus Christ' Part Two Volume 1, Chapters 1-57 By Ludolph of Saxony. In this massive volume I am now on Chapter 44 The Joy of the Elect as Redemption Nears.

Carol and I had devotions around 9 o'clock AM and then we decided to drive over to Grand Rapids to visit book stores Baker Book House and Reformed Heritage Books Also stop at Trader Joe's. So we did that and were Home by 1 o'clock PM. Carol bought twelve books and I bought five books while we were in GR.

At Baker Book House I bought two books-

'Passions of the Christ: The Emotional Life of Jesus in the Gospels' by F. Scott Spencer

'The Hope of the Early Church: A Handbook of Patristic Eschatology' by Brian E. Daley

At Reformed Heritage Books Store I bought two specially bound books that were privately printed for seminary use-

'The Beginnings of American Theology: John Cotton, Thomas Hooker, Thomas Shepard and Peter Bulkeley' PH.D. dissertation by James William
Jones, III

'Bayne On Ephesians' a Puritan reprint published by Tentmakers Publications

On the way out of GR headed back home we stopped at a Goodwill Thrift Store to look at their used books. I found one used book, Short Stories by Barry Lopez titled, 'Resistance'.

So the day has gone by. Carol left this afternoon to do errands of mercy/comfort the sick and afflicted. I have been reading off and on this afternoon from a book titled, 'Jonathan Edwards, Pastor: Religion and Society in Eighteenth Century Northampton' by Patricia Tracy. Last night I mainly read from a memoir titled, 'Sing Backwards And Weep' A Memoir by Mark Lanegan.

I am very tired so I will close to pray. Thy kingdom come and thy will be on earth as it is in heaven.

"Q. 191. What do we pray for in the second petition?
A. In the second petition (which is, Thy kingdom come), acknowledging ourselves and all mankind to be by nature under the dominion of sin and Satan, we pray, that the kingdom of sin and Satan may be destroyed, the gospel propagated throughout the world, the Jews called, the fullness of the Gentiles brought in; the church furnished with all gospel officers and ordinances, purged from corruption, countenanced and maintained by the civil magistrate; that the ordinances of Christ may be purely dispensed, and made effectual to the converting of those that are yet in their sins, and the confirming, comforting, and building up of those that are already converted: that Christ would rule in our hearts here, and hasten the time of his second coming, and our reigning with him forever: and that he would be pleased so to exercise the kingdom of his power in all the world, as may best conduce to these ends.

Q. 192. What do we pray for in the third petition?
A. In the third petition (which is, Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven), acknowledging that by nature we and all men are not only utterly unable and unwilling to know and to do the will of God, but prone to rebel against his word, to repine and murmur against his providence, and wholly inclined to do the will of the flesh, and of the devil: we pray, that God would by his Spirit take away from ourselves and others all blindness, weakness, indisposedness, and perverseness of heart; and by his grace make us able and willing to know, do, and submit to his will in all things, with the like humility, cheerfulness, faithfulness, diligence, zeal, sincerity, and constancy, as the angels do in heaven." Westminster Larger Catechism

3:21 p.m. - 2022-03-16


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