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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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Well, I don't live in India, and I don't like nose rings.  :icon_smile:   That said, if the waitress has one and gives me good service she'll get a nice tip.  Even if she doesn't give good service, she would get a decent tip because we then leave a tract - and we aren't going to stiff a tip and leave a tract at the same time.  Bad witness, that!

 

My biggest pet peeve?  The fact that I don't have one. I want a dog so badly.  A beagle pup.  That I can name Liberty.  Yes, then I wouldn't have a peeve anymore, I would have a pet.  :clapping:

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When it comes to tipping I have my base amount I will tip, and the appearance of the waitress doesn't matter. If get exceptional service, or sometimes if the waitress is simply sincerely friendly and helpful, I'll leave a bigger tip.

 

I've a pet peeve regarding drivers as well; it's those at an intersection that wait until you get close to them, then they pull out in front of you like they are in a big hurry, but then they drive slowly down the road so you have use the brake to keep from hitting them.

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HC, I grew up always having a beagle and lab, outdoors only. Beagle pups are the cutest! But what puppy isn't! I hope you get your puppy too!


We had labs when our son was growing up. Shepherds (part dOBerman) when I was young. There's just something about a beagle...my mom wants mr to bring my beagle (if I get one) to her house due to one of her pet peeves: rabbits everywhere. :-D
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Waitresses with nose jewelry.  I find it very unappetizing when my food server has things dangling from her nose or hanging from her lip.

It could be worse... you could have been served by this man who OBviously lost a fight with the chef....

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We had labs when our son was growing up. Shepherds (part dOBerman) when I was young. There's just something about a beagle...my mom wants mr to bring my beagle (if I get one) to her house due to one of her pet peeves: rabbits everywhere. :-D

 

That is so sweet, your mom wanting to introduce your beagle to heaven.  Rabbits everywhere is indeed heaven to a "hunting in their blood" beagle. 

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I grew up with beagles at home from my earliest memories into my teens. We used to do a lot of hunting. Buck was a great rabbit hunting beagle. When he started getting old and going blind we got a pair of beagle siblings (brother and sister). The sister would get in a hurry and overrun the trail and lose it while the brother was on the slow side. Buck helped the brother along and the sister learned to run to Buck when she lost the trail so she could pick it back up again because even nearly blind Buck could still track the rabbits.

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Well, I don't live in India, and I don't like nose rings.  :icon_smile:   That said, if the waitress has one and gives me good service she'll get a nice tip.  Even if she doesn't give good service, she would get a decent tip because we then leave a tract - and we aren't going to stiff a tip and leave a tract at the same time.  Bad witness, that!

 

My biggest pet peeve?  The fact that I don't have one. I want a dog so badly.  A beagle pup.  That I can name Liberty.  Yes, then I wouldn't have a peeve anymore, I would have a pet.  :clapping:

oh my, if only I knew, someone offered us one for free.  Our landlord wont let us have one.  Plus I hate getting attached and then having it get hit or die on you can be emotional.

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Don't get me wrong HC, I loved my beagle (though I will most likely not seek another one) only because they are high maintenance and tend to have "selective hearing" and pay NO attention to you calling their name; about as much as a cat does.  The only thing my cat responds to is the sound of the can opener...

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heheheh. I know they are full of life.  But that's all part of the challenge. We did have a beagle when I was quite young.  And he was really well behaved for us.  But we did have a big fenced-in yard. 

 

AVBB - that is too bad!  

 

A peeve I have about pets is that they can be so expensive to buy.  Bleeding heart ads talk about animals needing good homes, but it costs almost as much to buy one as it does to keep it in dog food for a number of years.

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I went to a No-kill animal shelter today to sign my dog up to get spayed. Only $80 versus a vet at least $150. While I was there I noticed room after room of cats and just a few dogs in cages, I asked the lady what the percentage of dogs and cats and astonished to find it's about 20% dogs and 80% cats! I thought  it would've balance the opposite. Just interesting info for my area to me.

 

My dad was hunter of anything in animal kingdom and we usually always had 2 or 3 beagles and a lab. We lost one or two beagles who just got on trail of something (we lived in country) and never found their way home. Labs are great family dogs but they are like a puppy until about 2 years old!

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Be thankful you don't want one of my sisters dogs.  She is a nationally renowned breeder and dog show participant of Bernese Mountain Dogs.  She owns the current National Champion.  Her pups sell between $5,000 and $10,000  each!  

 

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Out of likes, but loved the pupholder! Wow! I didn't even know dogs could be worth that much, that's crazy! She could have $80,000 on that bench! Unbelievable!

 

Of those pictured, only one (the one looking away) was a "show quality" 10k dog.  The rest were bargains bought only for their impeccable blood lines.   Don't ask me what makes one show quality.

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Those Baptist pastors who denounce "prosperity gospel preachers" while themselves preach a similar message when it comes to giving. There are some of our pastors who preach if you tithe, God will give you a blessing, and if you give more on top of your tithe God will bless you even more. If you want to reap God's blessings, especially financial blessings you must tithe and then give extra.

 

Then after appealing to the greed portion of the flesh, they play upon the fear, telling the congregation if they don't at least give that tithe, God will cause the husband to get sick so he can't work, God will send a storm that will damage their home or car.

 

If a pastor is making sure his congregation is saved and growing in Christ, there should be no need to have constant sermons on giving because out of a heart of love the congregation will be giving abundantly already.

 

As Bro. Garry said in effect in another thread, giving oneself fully to following the Lord leads one to give in full measure too; putting your treasure where your heart is.

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