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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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Hi,

 

I am a AV Bible Believer.  I agree fully with the doctirnes of this site but I do not carry the badge of baptist distinction.

 

I am an independent missionary currently on furlough awaiting the lords direction.

 

I was a missionary in the field for 17years.  And a senior pastor the last ten of those years.

 

I have a wife and three children ages 6 to 15.

 

Please do not ask for my name or what country I served in on the open forum I do have antagonists who stalk me because I am a literalist AV text bible belieivng Saint.  and because I dont carry a baptist badge there are others who don't like me.

 

But please understand I am seeking a place of online fellowship where I can share our common belief that God preserved his word whole and complete for us in the AV text.

 

There are very few active AV/KJV forums where I can go and namy of them are run by Baptist only.

 

So I hope I can be accepted to be here for thesake of likemindedness if not anything else.

 

 

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As far as I know, we aren't Baptist Briders, so as ong as you're born again by grace through faith, washed in the blood of Jesus Christ, holding to the AV/KJV as the preserved word of God, you will probably find no enemies here. (actually you wouldn't find any enemies anyways, just maybe disagreements if you were otherwise). And if anyone picks at yu, don't worry-we all pick and get picked a bit, but we're all friends.  Welcome aboard.

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G'day.
Shouldn't have a problem here really - there are some here who consider themselves "baptist" but don't go to a baptist church, and some who don't consider themselves baptist but have largely baptistic beliefs, and some who call themselves baptist who are .....well...... a bit weird.

In reality, the only ones who have real trouble here are those who are themselves aggressive or who come here with nefarious purpose.

And you don't have to tell us where and exactly who you are - I don't think anyone here knows my name or exact place.

Some have guessed that my first name is Dave - don't know how they figured that out...... ;) :lol:

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Well, we could exhaust a long list of every name and combination of names thinkable to man.  We could also give a list of geographical locations naming every corner of the Earth.  (but that would just take up a great amount of bandwidth.

I've got an idea...  why don't we just call you "AVBibleBeliever"?

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thanks everyone for the warm welcome.

 

PM if you want my name or where we were serving.  I know songsofdegrees from other forums.

 

I am currently on furlough in Central Virginia applying for a Pastorate in a church there.

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