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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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Mom Appeals to Government: Don't Pull Plug on my Baby

Little Isaiah James was brought into this world after 40 hours of hard labor by his mother. She faced death itself to bring her firstborn son into this world only to possibly have to watch him die in spite of all her efforts to give him life. Isaiah was born with his umbilical cord wrapped around his neck cutting off his oxygen. He was airlifted to a children
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This is a hard topic because...say it wasn't government run...THEN who pays for it?

BTW I'm totally against gov't healthcare...but if that had happened here, it would be no different....its millions of dollars for long term life support.... who pays, who decides?

My heart goes out to the family.

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How much is a life worth?

How much are you willing to sacrifice to keep from pulling the plug and killing - no murdering - someone?

And of course, the only way the government can bring down the cost of health care is to limit health care. Then among humans, only the fittest will survive.

Of course, PETA won't help humans. They will keep on fighting to give animals better care than humans will receive.

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I guess we've had this discussion before, but when is "pulling the plug" actually "murder"? Or is it just finally allowing the person to finish dying in peace?

In the case of Terri S, she was not on life support...she was on a feeding tube. THAT was murder.

But when a machine is having to breathe for you and your brain is not working and you are just existing on machines...is that God given life? Or is that machine/man given "life"?

Did you know machines can keep a body "alive" in order to do an organ transplant? Is that life?

I'm all for life support, don't get me wrong...but I just don't know if long term "life support" is something God intended.....(meaning your body is being kept alive on machines for months and months on end)

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I'd be interested in people's take on why it would be considered "murder" to take away any mechanism that is keeping someone alive by any extraordinary means (whether it be an artificial tube to feed someone or by a heart/lung machine). How does that fit into Scripture's teaching vs. one's own sensibilities or moral compass? Is it truly keeping someone alive with their soul in tact or just keeping the vessel functioning in order to ease one's conscience?

Note: Before you go calling me names or claiming I'm a backsliden heathen, I'm only asking questions and not advocating or trying to convince anyone of a position you may think I have. I'm genuinely interested in people's opinions based upon their understanding of Scripture. These are difficult things that we all will confront sometime in our lives (I know I have) and I would appreciate the feedback. I hope this can be an honest discussion where a person can share their opinion of Scripture teaching without anyone else calling them names or accusing them of terrible things.

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There are people who are functioning fairly well but need a feeding tube. To me that is not "life support". Food is food whether you get it through a straw, a tube, or a bit of steak.

But to me, if you are having to force someone to breathe with a machine...well OBviously that's necessary (and wonderful!) for certain surgeries or even just while someone is recovering from a serious accident...but if no "recovering" is going on...I'm not sure why its "murder" just to allow the body to die as God must have intended, to allow the accident.

It sure would be interesting to be able to see when someone's soul leaves their body...as a side note...

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A judge ruled today to give Baby Isaiah a few more weeks. This will give the family time to have more specialists come in and look at Isaiah. They have another court date on Feb. 19th. At that time they will have to present their case on why Isaiah should be allowed to live with testimonial support from the specialists they are able to procure.

If anyone is on Facebook and interested they have a page dedicated to him for any who want to join.
Prayers for Baby Isaiah James

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PrOBono is fine....

I'm saying if the hospital says they don't have the money any longer and the charities aren't paying and the government isn't paying...then what?

Just because expensive treatments are out there, does it mean people have a right to them? That's what it comes down to...what are people's "rights"?

If I have cancer...and say I can't afford insurance and for some reason I can't find a charity to pay for my chemo. (That is rare, but just as a hypothetical statement)....who is the wicked party in that I cannot get my chemo and end up dying a natural death from cancer?

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That's what I'm saying...people get all over me LOL because sometimes I take the side of the doctors who want to "pull the plug" but if the doctors are no longer being paid, then....what should happen?

If health care is not a basic human right, then we have no right to demand that doctors and hospitals perform it for free.

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Don't you think its safest to error on the side of life, when your dealing with a life?

In the case of Terri, the Florida wife and daughter, no judge did this for her, they said to starve her to death, and that is what they did. Seeing that a person gets food and water who is unable to do so for their self, that is not life support, but human compassion, of which was not shown to Terrie.

And when your dealing with an elderly person who has cancer and or some other terminal disease, who is on a respirator, and or they're just totally worn out, is a big difference that dealing with other situations, more especially Little Isaiah James from what is told us in the news article.

But, what would you rather do, enjoy all of the material possessions your money will buy, or sacrifice so that someone could have the opportunity at life. I fear that in America, both believes and infidels, would rather enjoy their money and earthly possession than to sacrifice these 2 things so that a life might have the opportunity to survive, unless its one of their own loved ones.

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But for the most part, such cases as this topic, they claim these people are not worth spending money on.

And the health care they're trying to get passed, its to limit health care, save money. Spending money trying to save a life is money well spent.

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If the family not available, it's the gov't jOB for these kids wellbeing. If one is in a foster home, would you be upset if the gov't decided not pay for the child's diabete supplies?

If money run out, you have to hope that doctors other medical fields will volunteer their time, kinda like Haiti.

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I'm truly stunned by the entitlement mentality of even born-again Bible believing Christians. I guess I'm just from a different generation. It has never crossed my mind that there is an expectation that everyone is entitled to health care services even if they can't pay for it.

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