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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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I have some in my family which look for any occasion to find fault, argue, take things the wrong way and turn it into combat.

 

In my situation I pray the Lord will soften their hearts because they are hardened to the Truth. They don't want to hear about "religion" because of all the Christians they know who are hypocrites, act just like the lost, put on airs for Sunday but play the wicked fool the other six days, and that sort of thing.

 

Sad to say, some of them have also been misled as to how one gets to heaven so they have a false sense of security they will go there. Others don't believe in God, heaven and hell; while some have very distorted views of all these.

 

Sadly, the one thing they are so very good at is looking for occasion to argue and then arguing over everything as if it's of utmost importance.

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I have some in my family which look for any occasion to find fault, argue, take things the wrong way and turn it into combat.

 

In my situation I pray the Lord will soften their hearts because they are hardened to the Truth. They don't want to hear about "religion" because of all the Christians they know who are hypocrites, act just like the lost, put on airs for Sunday but play the wicked fool the other six days, and that sort of thing.

 

Sad to say, some of them have also been misled as to how one gets to heaven so they have a false sense of security they will go there. Others don't believe in God, heaven and hell; while some have very distorted views of all these.

 

Sadly, the one thing they are so very good at is looking for occasion to argue and then arguing over everything as if it's of utmost importance.

 

How did you hijack or kidnap my entire family, John?!

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I have some in my family which look for any occasion to find fault, argue, take things the wrong way and turn it into combat.

 

We must be related John!  I have those exact same folks in my family too!  

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We must be related John!  I have those exact same folks in my family too!  

Oh don't we all.  and it is the same in the Body of Christ where we are all relatives through his blood.

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How many Baptist's does it take to change a light bulb?  6!  One to do the job and 5 to form the committee to decide who is going to make the fried chicken and potato salad for the event.

 

In my local church one would change the light bulb and the other five would make fried chicken, collard greens, macaroni and cheese, corn bread and apple pie.  And the guy who changed the bulb would pour the sweet tea! 

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In my local church one would change the light bulb and the other five would make fried chicken, collard greens, macaroni and cheese, corn bread and apple pie.  And the guy who changed the bulb would pour the sweet tea! 

 

I will pass on the collard greens, and I shudder to even think of putting sugar into anything brewed like coffee or tea.  

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We aren't slamming ourselves, just funnin' around, and it's funny because there is a measure of truth involved.

 

I actually know some Baptist men who relish being viewed as a "bickering Baptist"; and even some who proudly display their big bellies and speak of never missing a church supper. A few of them are just trying to be funny, but for most of them it's become a matter of pride.

 

We, like everyone else, are not above problems, and we (most of us anyway) are not above joking among ourselves.

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You guys slam each other.  No one else needs to.   :eye:  :popcorn:  :icon_smile:

 

We aren't a glum lot, GC.  That is for sure.   :nuts:   As John said, "we are just funnin' around."  I got used to it very quickly, b/c I was raised in a very close knit Irish, Roman Catholic family.  The adults had their disagreements, sometimes, but at the end of the night... they all still loved each other.  One becomes immune after awhile.  I find it rather stimulating and exciting to be able to jokingly talk with my IFB brothers and sisters in Christ.  Sure, we may disagree with one another at times, and that's okay.  I would defend them tooth and nail, if push came to shove, any day of the week.

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