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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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Those that don't learn history are doomed to live through it's horror again.  What ever happened to the Christian churches in Asia and Africa?

http://www.everyjoe.com/2015/10/14/lifestyle/know-your-history-mohammedanism/#1

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The Pilgrim,

Excellent, very excellent article on the history of Mohammedanism and how they conquer their enemies. All Christendom, whether real, or hypocritical, and Jewish relition, are enemies of Islam. Thank you very much for you bringing this very timely, and informative, article to our attention. :thumb:

Brethren,

I would highly suggest that all of you read the article referenced by The Pilgrim. The Moslems are very deceitful in every thing they do and their end result is the death of every Chrisitan or Jew on the face of this earth. The religion of Islam is a deceitful, idiotic, a violent form of government, and violent form of religion.

Alan

 

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I know that it is and it bothers me immensely that they are filtering into this country and taking jobs away from the American people and committing crimes right and left in this country  and noone does anything thing about it but talk about it

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Presumably any action would begin with us getting out of other peoples' countries, right? I can't think of many Western countries whose governments have been overthrown by foreign powers recently, but on the other hand Western powers have been doing it to others quite a lot over the past 60 years, by arming rebels, supporting/funding coups and direct invasions. And that doesn't include imperial times. All told, countries like USA and UK are the high kings of meddling with other peoples' countries, and to carry on doing it while telling other people to keep out of ours would be hypocritical, wouldn't it?

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Controlling history helps control the present. That's why history in American schools has become a boring subject filled with secular liberal humanist propaganda. Imagine the demands of the citizenry if they knew the true history of Islam, their true goals and methods and what they are really doing today. Citizens in the West would rise up demanding the expulsion of Muslims from their countries and would work to that end themselves. They would also refuse to go along with the Middle East meddling which fails to take into account the true nature of Islam. There was a reason past American presidents accepted and worked with strong arm dictators in the Middle East. That was the only way to keep the Islamists in check in those countries. The whole idea that if America forces democracy into a Muslim country they will become peaceful capitalists and adopt Western secularism is a farce. Worse, a dangerous farce. As we have seen, give Muslims a democratic vote and they vote for Islam.

If Western citizens understood history they would readily reject the lies of our leaders telling us Islam is a religion of peace; only a very small percentage of Muslims are "extremists" and most Muslims are peace loving "moderates".

Islam recognizes, teaches and fights based on the fact they are waging religious war against all non-Muslims. The de-Christianized Western leaders don't understand this and can't fathom it. Western leaders declare their nations aren't Christian, and in America the president takes every opportunity to promote the lie that Islam has been a major religion in America and a major reason for the success of America. How can a nation or a people fight a religious war when they have turned their backs on their own religion?

As America prepares to elect a new president next year, which candidate with a chance of winning has spoken the truth regarding Islam and the religious war we are in whether we like it or not? Which candidate has put forth proposals for dealing with Islam based upon fact rather than the false ideas of the past two Administrations?

One of the few leaders among the Christian nations who has spoken some truth on this matter is Russian President Putin. How much shame should American leaders feel to have dropped the moral and religious high ground into the hands of Russia. Alas, they feel no shame, only contempt for Putin declaring Christianity to be worth fighting for and stating his intentions to fight radical Islam which is waging war against Christianity.

So Putin goes into Syria and bombs all the radical Islamists, including those Obama has been handing weapons and money, and Obama cries and tries to convince us that Putin is weak. In the meantime much of Western Europe is being swamped by massive waves of Muslim migrations (which in the minds of the Muslims is an invasion, not a migration), setting the stage for their own downfall from within.

Will an American leader rise up, proclaim Christ the only way, speak the truth regarding Islam, deal with these matters as they need to be dealt with? It doesn't look like it at this time.

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