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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.

Thank you to all Veterans

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Please remember my sons:
Jason, Capt. U.S. Airforce
Shawn, Sgt. U.S. Airforce
Jacob, Sgt. U.S. Army

It was a priveledge for me to serve in the U.S. Navy.

We may have given for the providence of a nation but, Christ gave for the salvation of all men. Remember to thank Him the veteran and champion of the war over sin.

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My mother's father Confederate officer, my father veteran of World War 2 wounded twice, had 2 brothers served one Air Force one Army, as for me I was in the Air Force 66 to 69, my grand son is now serving in the Marines with orders for Afghanistan come January.

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I love that Specialist he's a neat young man, Mrs. D.!

The finest fighting service the world over: The United States Marine Corps, Lance Corporal, 94-98, 0331 Machinegunner/"guns up" !

Born to fight/born to kill
Ready to die/but never will !

R/S,

MMD

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I love that Specialist he's a neat young man, Mrs. D.! I would heartily agree with this! :icon_mrgreen:

The finest fighting service the world over: The United States Marine Corps, Lance Corporal, 94-98, 0331 Machinegunner/"guns up" !

Born to fight/born to kill
Ready to die/but never will !

R/S,

MMD

Good to see you around, stranger!!
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My Dad was in the Navy from 1959-1969. He served in Vietnam. Although there is no proof of it, we believe that his exposure to Agent Orange while in 'Nam caused his cancer (his diabetes and its complications were from Orange, also - proven by the VA). Agent Orange is known to cause several cancers, but this one hasn't been linked yet. It probably will be one day. So, even though my Dad didn't die in service, he probably did die as a result of it.

I know that, even if Agent Orange was the cause of his cancer, he would do it over again. He loved America.

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My Dad's Dad - WWI - US Army
My Dad - WWII - US Navy
Me - US Navy - 1978 - 1993
My son - US Navy - 2008 - 2012. My son's last day of service is this Friday (April 6, 2012). It will be good to have him home until he goes off to college.

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My Dad's Dad - WWI - US Army
My Dad - WWII - US Navy
Me - US Navy - 1978 - 1993
My son - US Navy - 2008 - 2012. My son's last day of service is this Friday (April 6, 2012). It will be good to have him home until he goes off to college.

WOW! Has it been 4 years already? I'm so glad for you that he's coming home soon (well, then leaving for college...). And it's good to see you back on here.
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My Dad was in the Navy from 1959-1969. He served in Vietnam. Although there is no proof of it, we believe that his exposure to Agent Orange while in 'Nam caused his cancer (his diabetes and its complications were from Orange, also - proven by the VA). Agent Orange is known to cause several cancers, but this one hasn't been linked yet. It probably will be one day. So, even though my Dad didn't die in service, he probably did die as a result of it.

I know that, even if Agent Orange was the cause of his cancer, he would do it over again. He loved America.



Parkinsons Disease has made he list too, I have dementia, and I believe it is a result of agent orange also, along with my diabetes and serosis of the liver.

I was at the USAPAC headquarters in Long Bien, one of the heaviest sprayed areas in Nam. No, I wasn't an officer, just stationed there as a sp/4. The VA does not recognize demantia yet, nor, I believe do they recognize serosis. Edited by irishman
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Parkinsons Disease has made he list too, I have dementia, and I believe it is a result of agent orange also, along with my diabetes and serosis of the liver.

I was at the USAPAC headquarters in Long Bien, one of the heaviest sprayed areas in Nam. No, I wasn't an officer, just stationed there as a sp/4. The VA does not recognize demantia yet, nor, I believe do they recognize serosis.

I wouldn't be at all surprised to find that dementia and cirrhosis are from Agent Orange! That stuff is nasty, nasty. And special thanks need to go out to all of our servicemen who put their lives on the line not just fighting the enemy, but with all the chemicals and stuff they were/are around that affect(s)ed them and their children.
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