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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 probably could have placed this article in the humor, but considering the way things are going with the U.S. government and their insane actions as of late, I decided to to place it here . . . . who knows it could happen.   (A joke?)

http://russia-insider.com/en/politics/ukraine-wants-be-51st-us-state/ri10574

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That's probably one of the counties interested. This idea is based on the fact that the entire north third of California has ONE representative. Now, I understand how the apportionment works-we're very rural areas, so there's not the sheer numbers. However, an entire THIRD of a state with so little representation, especially when most of the southern parts of the state get a lot of their natural resources pulled from the northern third. The water, the wood, all kinds of things, come from our areas, and we have no say in its use. Most laws are made with large city areas in mind, that make no sense for us in our rural communities. yet we have no realistic say in anything. We lose our water to the south, and end up with lowered water tables here for our areas, especially they agricultural areas like ours. So we're tired of no representation and seeing our resources taken south.

Will it work? I suspect not, because of course the California congress has to approve of it, and I don't think they will. But things that are right are rarely easy, and success doesn't decide whether the attempt is made, right does.

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There are a few States which have a portion which would like to break away from the exceedingly liberal section of their State. Over the years there have also been calls to make Puerto Rico a State, mostly pushed by Dems and those akin to them in Puerto Rico. Ironically, during one election in Puerto Rico to consider such the voters determined they would lose too many hand outs if they became a State!

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Douglas County Oregon would love to do that.  We vote considerably more conservative than the super liberal population bases in Portland/Salem/Eugene and we are beyond sick of it here in Southwest Oregon.

The idea of voting is that you get the govt. that most vote for.  If you opt out, and then others want to opt out from you and then others want to opt out from them. Where do you end up?  City states like in Abraham's time I suppose.

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Actually, the likes of McCain and Lindsey Graham would take even a tongue in cheek idea into consideration if they could use it to get their way. I think we all know Ukraine isn't going to be becoming a State of the USA, but there are various places in America which would like to break away from their liberal portions of the State which are draining them of their money while burdening them with taxes, regulations and laws not in their interests.

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