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      Psalms 119:1-8                                         Sep. 5 - Oct. 2, 2019
      1 ALEPH. Blessed are the undefiled in the way, who walk in the law of the LORD.
      2 Blessed are they that keep his testimonies, and that seek him with the whole heart.
      3 They also do no iniquity: they walk in his ways.
      4 Thou hast commanded us to keep thy precepts diligently.
      5 O that my ways were directed to keep thy statutes!
      6 Then shall I not be ashamed, when I have respect unto all thy commandments.
      7 I will praise thee with uprightness of heart, when I shall have learned thy righteous judgments.
      8 I will keep thy statutes: O forsake me not utterly.
      The following verse stood out to me...
      5 O that my ways were directed to keep thy statutes!
      At first glance it seemed to me this person’s soul is poured out with intense desire to have God’s direction in keeping His Word.
      I made a small wood fire in our backyard for my granddaughter, Julia, since she would be staying overnight with us. My wife and Julia stayed outside at the fire for about half an hour. Then, I found myself alone to watch the fire die out on a particularly lovely evening. So I took my verse from above and began to repeat it for memorization. As I repeated the verse, I tried to contemplate the words and apply them to what I was seeing around me. 
      The moon and stars were out now peering through the scattered clouds above.
      [Genesis 1:16 And God made two great lights; the greater light to rule the day, and the lesser light to rule the night: he made the stars also. Genesis 1:17 And God set them in the firmament of the heaven to give light upon the earth, Genesis 1:18 And to rule over the day and over the night, and to divide the light from the darkness: and God saw that it was good.]
      Thought 1         
      The moon has stayed his course since the day God created him, also the stars, obeying the statutes directed by God from the first day they were created. Can you imagine God’s direction to the Moon and stars, “moon you will have a path through the sky above the earth, stars you will occupy the firmament above the moon and be clearly visible in the cloudless night sky.”
      Then, the trees, grass, even the air we breathe obey the statues God gave them from the beginning. None of these creations have souls, none have hearts, none have intelligence, but they all observe God’s statutes, His instructions for their limited time on earth.
      Thought 2
      What if we were like the moon, stars, trees, grass, or the other creations which have no soul? We would be directed to keep God’s statutes without choosing to keep them. This is not the image of God, there would be no dominion over other creatures, or over the earth. We would not be capable of experiencing the joy and peace of learning the love of God
      Genesis 1:26 And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.
      Philippians 4:7 And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.
      Thought 3 (October 2, 2019)
      Is the psalmist pleading God to force God’s statutes to become the man’s ways? No, he is speaking of his own failure in keeping God’s statutes and his desire to keep them, very much like Paul in Romans 7:14-25.
      God doesn’t work through force to turn men from their ways that they would desire His statutes or desire God Himself. Men must reject (repent) put aside his own ways and voluntarily seek God and His statutes.

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I have spoken to my church leader on this issue. He hasn't tried to foce it, or put undue pressure on me, but I've felt the conviction that I do need a short haircut.

Seems to me biblical. And also I'd like to go for it, as a symbolic thing. No longer a teenage rebel!

What do you think?
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Jason, that's great, glad you made that decsion. Short hair is also easier to keep and take care of.

I know that some use the argument that the only thing that courts is what is in the heart. The truth is if it don't show up on the outside of us people will not know what is in our hearts.

One person wrote something like this, its not what we wear, how we dress, how we behave our self {conduct}, or places we go, people will know us from the light that shines from within. Truth is, if that light is shining within us people will know we're walking with God by what we wear, how we dress, how we behave our self {conduct}, or places we go.

Some good people have two strikes against them before they ever say a word because of a poor personal appearance. They say you can't tell a book by its cover, and that's true. But many good books are never sold because of a poor cover. And many not so good books have sold because of a good cover.
from: Some Things I've Learned by Curtis Hutson page 80

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Jason, that's great, glad you made that decsion. Short hair is also easier to keep and take care of.

I know that some use the argument that the only thing that courts is what is in the heart. The truth is if it don't show up on the outside of us people will not know what is in our hearts.


Again, true! It IS of course the inner person that counts, but hopefully people will now be able to see on the outside how I have changed my attitude. Wasn't an easy step, but glad I did it. Will always be short now.

Thanks for encouragement!
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Again, true! It IS of course the inner person that counts, but hopefully people will now be able to see on the outside how I have changed my attitude. Wasn't an easy step, but glad I did it. Will always be short now.

Thanks for encouragement!


Jason, I understand that it was not an easy thing to do, that reminds me of this thought for all of us. Our walk with God will not always be easy, but He will be with us and bring us through whatever we have to face.

Hebrews "...I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee."

You reminded me of one more thing. When I went in the Air Force in early 1966 I will never forget the day we got out hair cut. It did not bother me to much for I was use to wearing my hair fairly short, but it bother some of them very much. I remember one Airman that had a big head of hair, as the barber cut his hair tears were running down his cheeks. The only thing that bothered me was we had to pay fifteen cents for the hair cut.
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The Bible teaches that more than just the inside is important - otherwise, there wouldn't be passages dealing with externals, such as clothing, jewelry, hair lengths, tattoos, makeup, etc.

In regards to hair lengths, the Bible teaches that it is supposed to be long enough on a woman to be a covering - and short enough on a man to not be a covering. What does hair cover? Forehead and face, neck or shoulders, ears - does a man's hair cover those areas? Then it is too long. If a woman's hair is not long enough to cover those areas, then it is too short.

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Great hair cut!:thumb:

What I find interesting is that men are much more expected to have short hair than women are expected to have long hair. I've also noticed, that even among IFBs and Baptists in general, the men have biblical short hair but a great many of the women don't have biblical long hair.

Along with this, I've noticed several IFB pastors (who have biblical short hair) have wives with short hair.

Why are not women, even IFB women, expected to abide by the Word of God in this area?

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I once mentioned (in a particular church) that the Bible says that "if a woman have long hair, it is a glory to her", and followed it up with saying that many women today prefer to have very little glory that they might have more convienence.

Now I didn't say what constitutes short, long, too short, too long, medium ---- I just said that some have less glory (according to 1 Cor 11:15), but you'd have thought they wanted to flay me. :puzzled3:

Of course, when I preach against coveteousness, gossip, and laziness -- many give the same hard stares.

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Glad that people like the haircut! It was something I'd felt strongly about for quite some months and, as you say, there airtight Biblical support for it.

At first, it wasn't an easy step. I'd had longish hair for a very long time and I felt sad staring at my cold white ears in the mirror! But I am very glad to have done this, and there are no real or lasting regrets. People ain't recognized me last couple of days.

I think the people who voted it unimportant are those who maybe feel it's an outdated issue. But there's no real Biblication justification for that, really.

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