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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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December 17, 2009 (David Cloud, Fundamental Baptist Information Service, P.O. Box 610368, Port Huron, MI 48061, 866-295-4143, fbns@wayoflife.org; for instructions about subscribing and unsubscribing or changing addresses, see the information paragraph at the end of the article) -

“Neither shalt thou bring an abomination into thine house, lest thou be a cursed thing like it: but thou shalt utterly detest it, and thou shalt utterly abhor it; for it is a cursed thing” (Deuteronomy 7:26).

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One of the wisest things parents can do today is throw out the television altogether, except for watching educational programs and perhaps some carefully selected movies, and the selection of the latter will be slim indeed.

In looking back on my childhood growing up in a Baptist church, attending services at least three times a week, the two major influences that stole my heart for the world were public school friendships and television programs. We got a television when I was about eight years old (1957), and though the programs were nothing like they are today, they certainly did not encourage me spiritually. We got our television about a year after Elvis appeared on the
Ed Sullivan Show. I remember that by the time I reached junior high school, I did everything I could to stay home on Sunday nights, because that was when the most exciting programs of the week were on, such as the Disney Hour and The Ed Sullivan Show and the Dinah Shore program (“See the USA in your Chevrolet”). I don’t remember if I was home that Sunday night in 1964 when the Beatles appeared on Ed Sullivan, but I could have been. I was in high school and about that time my parents were having a lot of prOBlems and had pretty much given up on trying to keep me in church. I had already started drinking and carousing around with my buddies every weekend. There is no doubt that television and movies fed my carnal imagination in a way that nothing else could have and, together with rock & roll, inflamed me with a passion for the things of the world.

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The TV is like the computer in many ways(except computers are better ;) ). Both give access to various forms of media and both require discernment in the kind of media you access on them. To say that TV was responsible for over-drinking and a passion for the world is a bit far-fetched, to say the very least. If I watch the Brady Bunch every day for the rest of my life, I very much doubt that it will have any kind of negative effect on me. There are definitely some TV shows that I believe Christians should stay away from but to say that we should throw out the TV is reactionary and irrational.

The Bible says that where a person's heart is, that's where their treasure will be. The Bible actually places a great amount of emphasis on the heart as guiding our actions and motives. The foundational commandments are to love God and others with all of our hearts and minds. The paths we take are not as a result of watching TV or listening to certain kinds of music or going certain places, they are a result of where our heart's desires lie. Quite the opposite, really, the TV we watch, the music we listen to, and the places we go are a result of where our heart's desires are.

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Kevin, Cloud quoted the verse you referenced in your post (about abomination and abhor), but he wasn't saying the entire tv was an abomination - read the sentence where he says "except." In order to watch what he mentions, one must have either a tv, a monitor or a computer. Of course, the heads of individual homes make the decision on what to watch... (We should abhor much of what is on the tv - and much of what is available on the internet - it is an abomination to God!)

And just because someone gets rid of their tv does not mean they are being irrational or reactionary. That's a judgment call for every family that you nor I have a right to make! We do not know how God deals with the hearts of each and every family, so that is a broad brush to paint with.

As to what we watch, listen to, etc. Yes, many times that is an indication of where our hearts are. Because we watch or listen to that which appeals to us. But!! You are wrong when you say what you watch or listen to won't affect you (or anyone, for that matter). If it weren't a prOBlem, God would nowhere in His Word caution us as to what goes into our eyes or about avoiding the world's philosophies (which tv programs are most certainly imbued with, as is much music).

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There are definitely some TV shows that I believe Christians should stay away from but to say that we should throw out the TV is reactionary and irrational.


To actually never stand against anything EXCEPT those standing against worldiness and false teachings IS IN ITSELF REACTIONARY AND IRRATIONAL on your part. The only things I have seen you stand against here on these boards are those who stand against things the Bible says to reject or have nothing to do with!
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To actually never stand against anything EXCEPT those standing against worldiness and false teachings IS IN ITSELF REACTIONARY AND IRRATIONAL on your part. The only things I have seen you stand against here on these boards are those who stand against things the Bible says to reject or have nothing to do with!

Where does the Bible stand against television? :wink

I'm against things and have said so before. You're just so used to us being in disagreement that you haven't noticed the times that we agree. lol

And if I did stand against nothing except those standing against so-called worldliness and false teaching, which I don't, that would be neither reactionary or irrational. OB has a Bible, directory and game section but no dictionary? Maybe Matt can add that in sometime, might help. :thumb:
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Kevin, Cloud quoted the verse you referenced in your post (about abomination and abhor), but he wasn't saying the entire tv was an abomination - read the sentence where he says "except." In order to watch what he mentions, one must have either a tv, a monitor or a computer. Of course, the heads of individual homes make the decision on what to watch... (We should abhor much of what is on the tv - and much of what is available on the internet - it is an abomination to God!)

Then he is a poor writer because he posted that at the top of an article and then went on to talk about the evils of TV and how we should throw out, with a little tiny exception clause in there that basically allows for....well, nothing Cloud would approve of. lol

And just because someone gets rid of their tv does not mean they are being irrational or reactionary. That's a judgment call for every family that you nor I have a right to make! We do not know how God deals with the hearts of each and every family, so that is a broad brush to paint with.

Au contraire, I wasn't referring to everyone, at all. I was referring to Cloud's advocating that we should throw it out. If you decide to get rid of the TV because it's a prOBlem for you, more power to you. I'm not going to talk bad about you unless you (a) start acting like you're better than me because of it or (B) tell me that I need to get rid of mine. :wink

As to what we watch, listen to, etc. Yes, many times that is an indication of where our hearts are. Because we watch or listen to that which appeals to us. But!! You are wrong when you say what you watch or listen to won't affect you (or anyone, for that matter). If it weren't a prOBlem, God would nowhere in His Word caution us as to what goes into our eyes or about avoiding the world's philosophies (which tv programs are most certainly imbued with, as is much music).

I agree. I think much of what is in our hearts directs the things we do and think but I do believe that caution is necessary in the things we allow ourselves to view or listen to even if our heart is pure before God. I wouldn't want me or my family to view a show filled with sex-talk or listen to music telling people to live for partying or about getting drunk. So I do agree and I'm not advocating an anything-goes philosophy, I was mostly writing in response to Cloud's experience.

He seemed to imply that watching things like the Ed Sullivan show gave him a craving for the world that led to drunkeness and wild living which is absurd just based on the fact that Cloud was unsaved at the time and had a natural love for the things of the world born in his sinful nature. He was dead in his sins, he can't blame TV for something that he would've done anyway as a natural man.
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To actually never stand against anything EXCEPT those standing against worldiness and false teachings IS IN ITSELF REACTIONARY AND IRRATIONAL on your part. The only things I have seen you stand against here on these boards are those who stand against things the Bible says to reject or have nothing to do with!


There is a much truth in what you proclaimed. :thumb:
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Kevin he is not a poor writer. It looks like you are looking for something in his posts before you even start to read it. I know, you've done to my posts before. You have a chip on your shoulders toward anyone IFB. Frankly, I'm getting tired if the same old rhetoric.

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Kevin he is not a poor writer. It looks like you are looking for something in his posts before you even start to read it. I know, you've done to my posts before. You have a chip on your shoulders toward anyone IFB. Frankly, I'm getting tired if the same old rhetoric.

He posted that verse above an article against tv's and advocating throwing them out. If he's going to post a verse about throwing out things that are an abomination and then talks about throwing out tv's then I'm going to assume he meant there to be a correlation. LuAnne said there wasn't so I'm saying he must be a poor writer if that's not what he meant because it seems pretty clear to me.
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This parts is exactly what I was talking about. You are assuming again, that is some of the rhetoric that is getting old. That and your stereotypes toward certain groups.


If he's going to post a verse about throwing out things that are an abomination and then talks about throwing out tv's then I'm going to assume he meant there to be a correlation.
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What?? When a person reads an article, they make an assumption as to what the author is talking about. That's part of the reading process. You don't read an article and just say..."yup, ok, that's good." You discover what the author is trying to communicate.

If I post a verse that says "Love not the world" and then start preaching against movie theaters, you are going to "assume" that I'm making a correlation between the two, are you not?

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Kevin it appears to me the translation that would best suite you would be the one that includes verses like:

Thou shalt NOT watch television, or
Thou shalt NOT watch Twilight (vampire movies.)

If you do not have a direct command, you are free? I think not. Else shall we smoke, drink beer, and liquor?

Many of the things that people "stand against" here are not irrational and reactionary, but are based on bible principles, i.e.,

Psa 101:3 I will set no wicked thing before mine eyes: I hate the work of them that turn aside; [it] shall not cleave to me.

I have no prOBlem applying that to television, or at least Hollywood television, (both, either, and all for me and my house.)

As I recall you went to see Twilight, and then scoffed at the correction for doing so. Just set me straight here, what type of Christianity do you practice where it is o.k. to do these things? Please show us your bible verse for watching Twilight.

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