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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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Wow I just found out how to use quotes in the quick reply. LOL what can I say? I am just glad I found out how. Now if only I can memorize the little smiley face shortcuts...

Those are hard to remember... It's easier to remember if the smiley link stays the same and we are a board member for a long time.
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In fact, I think dry food diet is what made our kitty so sick. Our vet knew what we were feeding her, but was fine with it. Now I think as more cats are getting sick, it is OBvious that dryfood-only isn't good for them. but she did live over 12 years.

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Haha. Nah....not "just" for the snacks. ;)

We started a new series last week because of the Christmas season. We're doing a video series on the Purpose of Christmas by Rick Warren. Last week was the celebration of Christmas and today was the salvation of Christmas. Then there are discussion questions to go through after the video. Next week is the Christmas party. :D

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Party time!! :yeah: I love Christmas season. I love the caroling, the parties, the whole thing. It is a good time to reflect on Jesus coming down to this earth in the form of a human, so we could have eternal life! Not that I don't think about that the rest of the year. I love the Christmas songs a lot. If I could get away with it, I would ask my dad to sing them in church year round. Next week I get to help my mom make the Christmas goodies. Yummy! I hope you will learn from your study and grow from it.

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I'm hoping to. It's been good, so far. It's only three sessions long so we'll see how the last session goes. It's a little harder to discuss. The Prodigal God series we just finished up was much easier in that regard.

Yeah, I love the parties. Only have three planned, so far, but we'll see if anymore pop up. This Saturday, I have to go in the afternoon to a family Christmas party at my uncle's house and then I have to leave from there to go to a Christmas dance party with a bunch of friends. Then next Tuesday, we'll have our Bible study party.

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