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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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  1. 1. Should your Church accept lottery money?

  2. 2. Should Christians play the lottery?



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I did respond. you overlooked it. But I shall word it so you can remove any doubt of my Salvation.

I have placed my trust in the Lord Jesus Christ. He has saved me, and I have been sealed by the Holy Spirit until the day of redemption.

Context or no, Peter still told Ananias the money was his and could have done whatever he wished with it.

There is not one verse in the Word of God that tells me to give Him all my money.
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No need to try again. You have made it clear that you aren't concerned with truth or rightly dividing the word as you don't believe that context has anything to do with the scriptures. I have done my part to warn the unruly as we are commanded in 1 Thessalonians. You OBviously only seek to live a life of liberal sin and that is your choice. I will not waste any more of my time, but will wash my hands. The losses you will suffer will certainly not be because of lack of warning. I'll just pray that one day you will choose to take God's word seriously and repent of your distortion of it and your false teachings. Feel free to put your last words in, but it won't change what you are doing and God is witness. I'll simply leave you with this one last thought.....and then I will leave:

1 Thessalonians 5
22 Abstain from all appearance of evil.


It's quite OBvious that gambling and playing the lottery (which is gambling whether you like it or not) is an appearance of evil. Can you justify sin with, "It was mine, so I decided to do whatever I wanted to do with it."?
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You really have no Scriptural proof that I sin with my money... none whatsoever.

You judge me as sinning, yet since you have no Scripture to prove I am sinning with my money, you are judging wrongly.

I have shown gambling in the Bible and no reprimand for that gambling.

Let's look at what the word 'lucre' means, shall we?

Way of Life Encyclopedia
LUCRE
Gain in earnings; profit; usually in a dishonest or ill sense. In the O.T. it is used for judges which accepted bribes to pervert justice (1Sa 8:3). In the N.T. the word "filthy" is added to "lucre" to describe unlawful or unspiritual financial gain. The false teacher is motivated by such lucre (Tit 1:11). Church leaders must be men who are not motivated by the financial benefits of the ministry (1Ti 3:3,8; Tit 1:7; 1Pe 5:2). Though it is not wrong for a man to take wages for his spiritual ministry (Ro 15:27; 1Co 9:6-14; 2Co 11:8; Ga 6:6; Php 4:14-16; 1Ti 5:17-18), his motivation must be to serve Jesus Christ, not money.


The word 'lucre' appears few times in the Bible, and not one of those times is it said to be associated with gambling... not once. And when gambling is mentioned in the Bible, not once is it said to be called lucre... nor are those who are said to be gambling ever chastised by God for doing so.

So, to condemn me for saying I would purchase a lottery ticket is being legalistic since God's Word never condemns gambling.
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In Leviticus, gambling was used to determine which goat would be sacrificed and which would be a scapegoat. Joshua cast lots before the Lord.

Solomon revealed that even when one gambles, the Lord is in it. Bet you didn't know that, did you?

Proverbs 16:33 The lot is cast into the lap; but the whole disposing thereof is of the LORD.

Notice Solomon did not say gambling is wrong. He said when one gambles, the Lord is the one who decides the outcome of that gambling.

So I can conclude that if I bought a lottery ticket tomorrow and won, it is God who gave me the winnings. He does not condemn it, but apparently blesses some by letting them win.

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No need to try again. You have made it clear that you aren't concerned with truth or rightly dividing the word as you don't believe that context has anything to do with the scriptures. I have done my part to warn the unruly as we are commanded in 1 Thessalonians. You OBviously only seek to live a life of liberal sin and that is your choice. I will not waste any more of my time, but will wash my hands. The losses you will suffer will certainly not be because of lack of warning. I'll just pray that one day you will choose to take God's word seriously and repent of your distortion of it and your false teachings. Feel free to put your last words in, but it won't change what you are doing and God is witness. I'll simply leave you with this one last thought.....and then I will leave:

1 Thessalonians 5
22 Abstain from all appearance of evil.


It's quite OBvious that gambling and playing the lottery (which is gambling whether you like it or not) is an appearance of evil. Can you justify sin with, "It was mine, so I decided to do whatever I wanted to do with it."?
Gambling is an appearance of evil? If so, it is only to the legalistic. Gambling was practiced to determine which of two goats would be sacrificial and which would be a scapegoat. Joshua was never condemned for gambling, and he gambled before the Lord, Nor was Nehemiah, Nor were the Apostles.

My, my the lengths people will go to to condemn people for something God never condemned in His Word. Edited by Standing Firm In Christ
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For some clarification on terminology:

Webster's 1828 Dictionary [K-Z]
lotLOT, n.

1. That which, in human speech, is called chance, hazard, fortune; but in strictness of language, is the determination of Providence; as, the land shall be divided by lot. Num. 26.

2. That by which the fate or portion of one is determined; that by which an event is committed to chance, that is, to the determination of Providence; as, to cast lots; to draw lots.

The lot is cast into the lap, but the whole disposing thereof is of the Lord. Prov. 16.

3. The part, division or fate which falls to one by chance, that is, by divine determination.

The second lot came forth to Simeon. Josh. 19.

He was but born to try the lot of man, to suffer and to die.

4. A distinct portion or parcel; as a lot of goods; a lot of boards.

5. Proportion or share of taxes; as, to pay scot and lot.

6. In the United States, a piece or division of land; perhaps originally assigned by drawing lots, but now any portion, piece or division. So we say, a man has a lot of land in Broadway, or in the meadow; he has a lot in the plain, or on the mountain; he has a home-lot, a house-lot, a wood-lot.

The defendants leased a house and lot in the city of New York.

To cast lots, is to use or throw a die, or some other instrument, by the unforseen turn or position of which, an event is by previous agreement determined.

To draw lots, to determine an event by drawing one thing from a number whose marks are concealed from the drawer, and thus determining an event.

LOT, v.t. To allot; to assign; to distribute; to sort; to catalogue; to portion.




Webster's 1828 Dictionary [K-Z]
lotteryLOT'TERY, n. See Lot.

1. A scheme for the distribution of prizes by chance, or the distribution itself. Lotteries are often authorized by law, but many good men deem them immoral in principle, and almost all men concur in the opinion that their effects are pernicious.

2. Allotment. Not used.



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It seems that,when it comes to money, it is easy to compromise. is the Lord meeting our needs? if so, the rest is fluff. We too often depend on the almighty dollar, and less on the Almighty God. if something is purchased, or built on lottery money, then the world owns it, not us; it was their schemes that purchased it. We try to give God the glory, and say that it is a blessing from him, but we know, deep in our hearts that the motive is greed and influence. I voted "no" on both accounts.

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It seems that,when it comes to money, it is easy to compromise. is the Lord meeting our needs? if so, the rest is fluff. We too often depend on the almighty dollar, and less on the Almighty God. if something is purchased, or built on lottery money, then the world owns it, not us; it was their schemes that purchased it. We try to give God the glory, and say that it is a blessing from him, but we know, deep in our hearts that the motive is greed and influence. I voted "no" on both accounts.

The motive is not always greed. I left out an important bit of information about the lottery ticket that was given to me where I won $2,000 dollars. I will share it now.

$1,000 dollars of that money went to a friend who had need for the money in his business.
$600 dollars of that money. I used to buy a refridgerator and oven for my sister because hers were both shot.
Yes, I did spend the remaining $400 on myself, but that which it was used for was $165 lot rent, $80 electric, $57 on my quarterly water bill and the rest on groceries. I do not believe I was greedy with the winnings at all.

Nor can it be said one who gives another a lottery ticket is greedy when that one did not purchase the ticket for the purpose of himself getting rich, as my friend had done for me. To purchas a lottery ticket for another person is not showing greed. It is a gift. To receive a gift in the form of a lottery ticket is not greed.either. Edited by Standing Firm In Christ
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I believe gaining an income by gambling of any sort comes under the heading of "filthy lucre", and the scriptural principle is that the church should stay well clear of it.



1 Samuel 8:3 And his sons walked n
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Titus 1:7 For a bishop must be blameless, as the steward of God; n
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1 Peter 5:2 Feed the flock of God which is among you, taking the oversight thereof, n
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Websters 1828 Dictionary definition:
LU'CRE, n. lu'ker. [L. lucrum.] Gain in money or goods; profit; usually in an ill sense, or with the sense of something base or unworthy.





Of course, one plays the lottery, gambles, because of covetous, they want, yet they do not want to earn it by the sweat of their brow. And any income from sin is blood money. Of course I don't expect every professing Christine to agree with that. And we know there be ways that seems right to man, yet its not God's way.
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It seems that,when it comes to money, it is easy to compromise. is the Lord meeting our needs? if so, the rest is fluff. We too often depend on the almighty dollar, and less on the Almighty God. if something is purchased, or built on lottery money, then the world owns it, not us; it was their schemes that purchased it. We try to give God the glory, and say that it is a blessing from him, but we know, deep in our hearts that the motive is greed and influence. I voted "no" on both accounts.


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Greed, covetous, gets the best of many, and it blinds them, even to seeing their own greed, covetous.

Lu 16:14 And the Pharisees also, who were covetous, heard all these things: and they derided him.

1Co 5:10 Yet not altogether with the fornicators of this world, or with the covetous, or extortioners, or with idolaters; for then must ye needs go out of the world.

1Co 5:11 But now I have written unto you not to keep company, if any man that is called a brother be a fornicator, or covetous, or an idolater, or a railer, or a drunkard, or an extortioner; with such an one no not to eat.

1Co 6:10 Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God.


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Gambling was practiced to determine which of two goats would be sacrificial and which would be a scapegoat. Joshua was never condemned for gambling, and he gambled before the Lord, Nor was Nehemiah, Nor were the Apostles.

This argument CANNOT be used to justify gambling.

The "casting of lots" in scripture was NOT gambling. It was done "before the Lord" to find out God's will on a matter, and it was NEVER done for financial gain.

Easton's Bible Dictionary

The lot was always resorted to by the Hebrews with strictest reference to the interposition of God, and as a method of ascertaining the divine will (Pr 16:33), and in serious cases of doubt (Es 3:7). Thus the lot was used at the division of the land of Canaan among the serveral tribes (Nu 26:55; 34:13), at the detection of Achan (Jos 7:14,18), the election of Saul to be king (1Sa 10:20-21), the distribution of the priestly offices of the temple service (1Ch 24:3,5,19; Lu 1:9), and over the two goats at the feast of Atonement (Le 16:8). Matthias, who was "numbered with the eleven" (Ac 1:24-26), was chosen by lot.
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This argument CANNOT be used to justify gambling.

The "casting of lots" in scripture was NOT gambling. It was done "before the Lord" to find out God's will on a matter, and it was NEVER done for financial gain.

Easton's Bible Dictionary

The lot was always resorted to by the Hebrews with strictest reference to the interposition of God, and as a method of ascertaining the divine will (Pr 16:33), and in serious cases of doubt (Es 3:7). Thus the lot was used at the division of the land of Canaan among the serveral tribes (Nu 26:55; 34:13), at the detection of Achan (Jos 7:14,18), the election of Saul to be king (1Sa 10:20-21), the distribution of the priestly offices of the temple service (1Ch 24:3,5,19; Lu 1:9), and over the two goats at the feast of Atonement (Le 16:8). Matthias, who was "numbered with the eleven" (Ac 1:24-26), was chosen by lot.



The "Lot" then showed that the Lord was in control, and not "chance" which falls to all men. If we rely on chance, we are relying on luck--the "luck of the draw". Luck is not faith, the lot is.

I wonder if Ananias and Sapphira won the lottery, and decided to keep a Little back for a "rainy day"? Edited by irishman
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