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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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Pet peeve:  Software programs/apps or upgrades that try to slip in "tag-along" apps like tool bars.  Never ever click "Typical" recommended install.  Always click custom install so you can strip off all the garbage they try to slip in or you will have the top 6 inches of your monitor filled up with a bunch of tool bars which also drastically slow down your computer. 

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Pet peeve

 

People who don't pay into something and thinking that they should have more say about it than anyone else.

 

ie..back pew, once a month attendance, no tithe paying, every business meeting voting, free casserole eating, preacher bashing, church attendees.

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Pet peeve

 

  Everything in the house says  '' Please wait "  I turn on the Tv it says please wait, I turn on the the computer it says please wait, I turn on my cell phone ' please wait, the land line with AT&T says  '' please wait, the coffee maker says ;; please wait '' our new  Range says ''Please wait ''  the washing machine and dryer machine says '' please wait '' , our keyless car says " please wait "  I swipe my bank card at the cash register '' please wait '' I go to the ATM '' please wait  '' I call my office " please wait "  all my clients voice mails says  " please wait "  (all but mine ? ). I called SS '' the rOBot said " please wait '' for the next two hours or call back and " Please wait " again. I feel like I'm being brain washed to " please wait "  for what I don't know ? 

 

I cant get anything done because of having to " Please wait " all day.

 

all you folks have already covered my pet peeves so I thought I would just throw this one out there.

 

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In response to #44,

A pet peeve I have is I can't stand to hear religious people making condescending remarks about me or others who God has revealed truth to. Just because they reject that truth does not mean we have to too. And their rejection of a truth doesn't make it any less of a truth.

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Ouch.

Post #44 is not directed to anyone here. I don't know where you sit, how often you attend, how much you eat, or how often you bash your preacher. I don't know any of these things about anyone on this forum. 

 

Sounds like someone's under conviction.

 

It is very undermining to the things that I try to do for the Lord, for others to do nothing and have the loudest voice.That's all I'm saying.

In churches there are a lot of "christians" that come to the benificial things that the church offers and are never seen at any other times.

They never come on a Wednesday night because they just can't make it, but when we have a business meeting on Wed. night they are some of the first ones there.

 

I do pay tithes. I didn't for a while (and there is not a Bible verse you can show me that I haven't already used to confirm this thought process), but I found that it prevented me from having freedom in Christ! In other words, what right do I have to ask for more money to be added into certain places like missionaries, youth events, homeless ministry, etc if I am not putting money in.

It convicted me to give what was asked of me by the man that God chose to stand in our pulit.

 

Ephesians 6:5-8 Was my basis for this.

 

Christians in the world today need to get back to the basics. Everything that you do should be out of love and service to Christ. Where are the servants at these days. Where's the love man!!!!!

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That ties into another pet peeve: Those who come to church when they are having a prOBlem, but as soon as things get better they are nowhere near the church. Whether a couple months or a year or more down the line, just as soon as trouble comes up again there they are at church.

 

We had one guy show up at our church to speak with the pastor because he was upset at finding out his name had been removed from the church active membership role and the mailing list. Our pastor pointed out he hadn't been to church in over five years, had changed phone numbers and never updated that for the church directory, didn't respond to mailings from the church asking about how he was doing, and had made it a point to avoid church members.

 

The man was still upset! Our pastor told him that at least now he knows how to get him to come to the church!

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Let's not turn this personal....adults.  Nor, as I said earlier, into a tithing thread.  This has been a lighthearted thread so far - even with some seriousness.  Let's not create an argument just because we can.

 

Nothing Personal

Thread asked for pet peeves and this is just where I am at right now.

Few church members forced a resignation from our pastor 2 weeks ago.

That is the people I was talking about.

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Nothing Personal

Thread asked for pet peeves and this is just where I am at right now.

Few church members forced a resignation from our pastor 2 weeks ago.

That is the people I was talking about.

I know it wasn't personal to you.  I'm just trying to forestall an argument.

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Women wearing WAAAAAAAAAAY too much perfume.

 

(most of them are older women who don't do so on purpose, they just can't smell it until they are drenched in it)

 

I've literally had my eyes start watering and my throat burn a few times from being in a confined area with such.

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Women wearing WAAAAAAAAAAY too much perfume.

 

(most of them are older women who don't do so on purpose, they just can't smell it until they are drenched in it)

 

I've literally had my eyes start watering and my throat burn a few times from being in a confined area with such.

 

I hear ya.  There was one lady in our church whose perfume would always cause uncontrollable sneezing fits for me (mercifully she finally changed fragrances).  I couldn't be anywhere near her.  Then there is another that wears so much that I get a taste like soap in my mouth (trust me, I am well acquainted with the flavor of soap...don't ask).  

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Pet peeve:  Parents who exercise no control over their children in a restaurant, they let them turn around in their booth and stare at you or start conversations with you, or even (I kid you not, it happened) let their children roam from table to table and eat things off of other peoples table!  

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That's a pet peeve of mine as well: uncontrolled children! How frustrating to go through the store hearing children constantly demanding their way, often screaming (sometimes even cussing) at their parents, running all over the place, getting in the way, making messes and having temper tantrums. Then to hear their parents constantly trying to placate their children, giving in to them time and again, rather than administering some discipline, or leaving the store so they can administer needed discipline in private.

 

One child was constantly taking things out of his parents cart and tossing them onto shelves or in bins as they went through the store. We all ended up close to one another at one point and the child grabbed something out of their cart and basketball-like shot it from their cart into mine. The mother looked as if she had no idea what to do, the dad looked like he wanted to scream but then just turned to me apologizing for his child tossing stuff in my cart, took it out of my cart, and they all went on...with that child STILL tossing stuff out of their cart.

 

Had I done any of the above, at the very least I would have got an immediate, stern speaking to and if that didn't correct my behaviour on the spot I would have received an on the spot swat and likely much worse when we got to the car and/or home.

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