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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.

14-Year-Old Phoenix Boy Shoots Armed Intruder

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My prayer is that my children would do the exact same thing should some thug bust down our down on the off chance I'm not at home. In Florida, the parent could still be charged for leaving a firearm within access of a minor. We're supposed to keep them locked up and unloaded by law.

Good goin' kid! I hope you witnessed to the bad guy while he was down on the ground and your 12 year old sibling was duct-taping his hands together while you covered him with your Dad's weapon.

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At 10 I was mowing yards, at 12 babysitting, at 13 pitching bales, at 15 working in a fast food joint. I graduated High School at 17 with a 3.89 GPA (many years ago).

Today's kids are growing up lazy and irresponsible and many times the parents are culpable.

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Today, in public school, if the boy plays sports, he has not time for work. Especially football, they practice year around except for 2 week dead period.

Many school nights my grandson during his junior year, would not get back to his school till after 11:00 PM, sometimes much later than that, from basketball, baseball, track, when the event were held at other schools.

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The whole situation was a bad one. i don't say that the kid should not have shot, but what about the young siblings seeing their brother kill someone right in their living room? The whole ordeal will always affect them, I am sure.

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At 10 I was mowing yards, at 12 babysitting, at 13 pitching bales, at 15 working in a fast food joint. I graduated High School at 17 with a 3.89 GPA (many years ago).

Today's kids are growing up lazy and irresponsible and many times the parents are culpable.

Absolutely!

Also if we look to our past, even our not too distant past, we see that by the time youth entered the teen years they were expected to be young men, not little boys. Back then there were many who joined the army or navy at 14 or 15 years old, many left home to work and begin their own lives, while those who remained at home were a busy part of working the family farm or business, or they got work elsewhere to help support their family.

A couple generations ago we taught children to become adults. By the time they were in their early teens most youth were ready to take on many adult responsibilities and were expected to conduct themselves as young men and women, not as children.

Today we teach children to remain children, to hold onto immaturity, to do all they can to avoid responsibility, to act like little children throughout their teens, to carry immaturity and lack of responsibility over into their 20s. Among an ever growing number this carries over into their 30s and byond.

This situation with the 14 year old was a bad one but he handled it well. A 14 year old boy should be expected to protect his family, to be the man of the house when dad isn't present. He did the right thing. Unless "social workers" put a bunch of garbage into these childrens minds, the siblings of that 14 year old will remember when possible tragedy was averted by their brothers brave action.
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The whole situation was a bad one. i don't say that the kid should not have shot, but what about the young siblings seeing their brother kill someone right in their living room? The whole ordeal will always affect them, I am sure.


Seeing their brother shoot someone is a whole lot better to their memory than if that armed intruder had been victorious.
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Absolutely!

Also if we look to our past, even our not too distant past, we see that by the time youth entered the teen years they were expected to be young men, not little boys. Back then there were many who joined the army or navy at 14 or 15 years old, many left home to work and begin their own lives, while those who remained at home were a busy part of working the family farm or business, or they got work elsewhere to help support their family.

A couple generations ago we taught children to become adults. By the time they were in their early teens most youth were ready to take on many adult responsibilities and were expected to conduct themselves as young men and women, not as children.

Today we teach children to remain children, to hold onto immaturity, to do all they can to avoid responsibility, to act like little children throughout their teens, to carry immaturity and lack of responsibility over into their 20s. Among an ever growing number this carries over into their 30s and byond.

This situation with the 14 year old was a bad one but he handled it well. A 14 year old boy should be expected to protect his family, to be the man of the house when dad isn't present. He did the right thing. Unless "social workers" put a bunch of garbage into these childrens minds, the siblings of that 14 year old will remember when possible tragedy was averted by their brothers brave action.


That bears repeating with emphasis!

As far back as I can remember, our parents gave us as much responsiblity as our age would permit. As the elder of 5, not only did I experience this, I watched it happen as my siblings grew.

An often heard phrase: Act your age! You're too old for that.
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That bears repeating with emphasis!

As far back as I can remember, our parents gave us as much responsiblity as our age would permit. As the elder of 5, not only did I experience this, I watched it happen as my siblings grew.

An often heard phrase: Act your age! You're too old for that.

I've noticed several times in recent years that when a parent uses the "act your age" phrase, if there are others around they jump to the defense of the children/youth and tell the parents "they are only children...let them play...that's how children are...don't push them to grow up" and those sort of things.

We actually had a neighbor call the police on us a few years ago claiming child abuse because my two sons were helping me rake leaves! My sons were 12 and 8 at the time and were having a good time working with dad. Thankfully the police weren't liberal nutcases and didn't see my sons raking leaves with me as child abuse.

My own sister thinks we are mean to our children because we expect them to do a few chores and take care of their own stuff (like folding and putting away their own laundry, making their beds, keeping their room cared for). My Dad started me helping to mow the yard when I was 9 but my sister thought it terrible when I had our oldest son start helping with the yard when he was 12.

On the other hand, now and then an older person will comment upon the politeness and helpfulness of my children.

Then there are those who just don't get it. They will comment about how my children help around the house and seem to enjoy themselves and then they complain their children won't do anything. When I ask them why they don't just tell their children they have to do something (the dishes, pull weeds, whatever) they always have the same sort of reply, they give an embarassed laugh and say their children wouldn't do it if they told them to. Sad.
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John I've had many of the same experiences with friends and family with regards to our children. From an early age my children have been given chores as a responsibility and held to higher standards than their peers. My wife and I catch a lot of grief and are alienated but those same people are quick to praise the kids and rely on them when things need to get done. As the Scriptures say, they are blind and cannot see.

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One thing I have noticed, many parents try's to be their son & or daughters best friend, & this never seems to turn out good.

When I was in school I knew mother & grand mother were at home, & I never went home to an empty house. In my early years of school I had much trouble I suppose from all the switching around from one home to another home, till just after 5 years of age, & they had to call my parents, they were always there.

There's many children that when they leave home for school they have no parents at home, & even face the same thing in the afternoon.

Seems to me today many parents put their self 1st & never sacrifice for the good of their children. Back in my days parents would sacrifice for the sake of their children, & that did not mean they spoiled them, it means they were there for them.

Some children when weekend comes never knows where their parents are, they're left on their own, while they do their thing.

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