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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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The heaviest element known to science was recently discovered by 
physicists. The element, tentatively named Administratium, has no 
protons or electrons and thus has an atomic number of 0. 
However it does have:

           1 neutron.
         125 assistant neutrons
          75 vice-neutrons
         111 assistant vice-neutrons

This gives it an atomic mass of 312. The 312 particles are held 
together  by a force that involves the continuous exchange of 
meson-like particles called morons.

Since it has no electrons, Administratium is inert. However, it 
can be detected chemically as it impedes every action with which 
it comes in contact. According to the discoverers, a minute amount 
of Administratium causes one reaction to take four days to complete 
when it would have normally occurred in less than one second.

Administratium has a normal half-life of approximately three years, 
at which time it does not actually decay but instead undergoes a 
reorganization in which assistant neutrons, vice neutrons, and 
assistant vice-neutrons exchange places. Some studies have shown 
that atomic mass actually increases after each reorganization. 
Research at other laboratories indicates that Administratium occurs 
naturally in the atmosphere. It tends to concentrate at certain points 
such as government agencies, large corporations, and universities, 
and can usually be found in the newest, best appointed, and best 
maintained buildings.

Scientists point out that Administratium is known to be toxic at any 
level of concentration and can easily destroy any productive reaction 
where it is allowed to accumulate. Attempts are being made to determine 
how Administratium can be controlled to prevent irreversible damage, 
but results to date are not promising.

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Yes and this new element suffers from it own unique malady: pretendinitus. Pretendinitus is a form of malingering only found to afflict administratium. Symptoms are confusion, loss of memory and redirection of blame. The only cure: Removal from office

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It's not a new discovery. This saying is attributed to Gaius Petronius, a senator in the time of Nero:

We trained hard ... but it seemed that every time we were beginning to form up into teams we would be reorganized. I was to learn later in life that we tend to meet any new situation by reorganizing; and a wonderful method it can be for creating the illusion of progress while producing confusion, inefficiency, and demoralization.

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