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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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2 hours ago, Ukulelemike said:

John, John, John, you are a sad and confused fellow. If you cannot see the difference between the Catholic emasculated, effeminate 'Jesus' )who is perpetually hanging on a cross, a Jesus that cannot save outside of the Catholic organization and the sacraments, a Jesus who is daily placed in an idolatrous monstrance and displayed as a cookie for all to bow to, a Jesus who is only a co-redeemer with his mother), and the Jesus of the Bible, (who is alone able to save, who is received by grace through faith alone, outside of ANY church, who would not even call His earthly mother, "Mother", but called her 'Woman', to show she held no authority over Him, the Jesus who made one sacrifice for sin for all time and is sitting at the right hand of the father in Glory, Himself alone the only Advocate and Redeemer, who went to the cross one, and is risen and in Glory, no longer on the cross), then you are truly not a saved man, or at least has not repented of your rebellion against the Lord's command to mark those who cause divisions contrary to the true doctrines of the Bible, and avoid them.

John, you need to get right with God, get out of the ungoldy Catholic insitution, get out from the Laodicean-style non-judgmental evangelical church and seek a church that will preach the truth of the Bible.  

River of Life Church where I attend on Sunday mornings does preach the truth of the Bible. Pastor Steve preaches the truth of the Bible every Sunday in his sermons.

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19 hours ago, No Nicolaitans said:

John, I still haven't decided if you're for real or not.

Understand, when I see some of the things that you post, it appears that you are being subtle (and at other times, completely transparent) in what you're trying to convey...as though you are trying to mock certain aspects of what you perceive that Baptists believe...from such topics as guns, to homeschooling, to raising children, to theology...

At the same time, I don't want to cause you any harm if you're sincere.

Take the quote from you above...it very much reminds me of a saying; which is, ...

I wouldn't give you a nickel for _________.

Which basically means that something is worthless in the view of the one saying it.

I should have been more specific and state that some months at that Baptist church I attend on Sunday mornings I only put a nickel in the collection basket once a month and other months I put a nickel in twice a month. Since I am not yet a member of that Baptist church as I have not taken membership preparation class than I do not want to donate more  than a nickel at a time. But when I do become a member of that Baptist church than I will donate a dollar every Sunday.

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9 minutes ago, John Yurich said:

I should have been more specific and state that some months at that Baptist church I attend on Sunday mornings I only put a nickel in the collection basket once a month and other months I put a nickel in twice a month. Since I am not yet a member of that Baptist church as I have not taken membership preparation class than I do not want to donate more  than a nickel at a time. But when I do become a member of that Baptist church than I will donate a dollar every Sunday.

I mean no disrespect, but I'm having a hard time understanding why an adult would put only a nickel in the collection plate. Or even just a dollar a week. Churches have bills to pay, missionaries to send, etc etc. Remember, it's really to God you are giving back to.

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3 minutes ago, TheSword1227 said:

I mean no disrespect, but I'm having a hard time understanding why an adult would put only a nickel in the collection plate. Or even just a dollar a week. Churches have bills to pay, missionaries to send, etc etc. Remember, it's really to God you are giving back to.

I am currently unemployed and residing in a homeless shelter for men in the small town I reside in where every men does not have to leave in the morning but can remain on the premises all day. Other homeless shelters in the big  town 20 miles away kick out the homeless in the morning. I am only getting 97 dollars a month in EBT Cash Support and 30 dollars a month goes to pay the cell phone bill. But I am looking for a full time Data Entry or other clerical position in the small town I reside in. If I am not yet a member of that Baptist church I attend on Sunday mornings then I do not see the reason to put more than a nickel in the collection plate at a time.

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On ‎6‎/‎23‎/‎2017 at 2:03 PM, Alimantado said:

Ok, so going back to what I said earlier then:

"And as for the Catholic church you attend, at some point you went through a fairly lengthy process of becoming a member that involved signing up to a load of doctrines, yes?"

You addressed this question by saying you weren't a convert, but can we now say that yes you did go through a process of learning and then professing belief in various creeds/doctrinal statements? And that your being confirmed as a member was conditional on professing those beliefs? Now you say you don't know whether the chief priest or whatever would question your membership of the church if he knew you've since ditched some of those beliefs that were a condition of your being confirmed as a member. I suggest maybe he would.

As for the Baptist church you go to, it sounds like folk 'self certify' and then they ask as few questions as possible. But I do wonder, if I asked to joined that church and I did as you did--told them that Jesus was my Lord and Saviour and made a public profession of it--and then it came out later, let's say over a cup of coffee with Pastor Steve, that when I'd said 'Jesus' I'd been referring to a giraffe at London zoo called 'Jesus', whether that would cause Pastor Steve to question my being a member of that church. And if the answer to that is yes, I wonder if other things, like being a member of a second church with very different doctrines, would be cause for concern in Steve's mind.

Yes if you stated that the 'Jesus' you had been referring to was a giraffe at London zoo called 'Jesus' then Pastor Steve would question you being a member of that church. I do not believe that it would be cause for concern in Pastor Steve's mind if he was cognizant of the fact that I would be a member of a second church with some different doctrines then his church.

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4 minutes ago, John Yurich said:

Yes if you stated that the 'Jesus' you had been referring to was a giraffe at London zoo called 'Jesus' then Pastor Steve would question you being a member of that church. I do not believe that it would be cause for concern in Pastor Steve's mind if he was cognizant of the fact that I would be a member of a second church with some different doctrines then his church.

We can debate Pr. Steve's opinion all day long, but there's only one way to find out. Ask him. (and come back and tell us what he said, cause I'm curious! :) Until then, this line of debate is moot.

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1 hour ago, Salyan said:

We can debate Pr. Steve's opinion all day long, but there's only one way to find out. Ask him. (and come back and tell us what he said, cause I'm curious! :) Until then, this line of debate is moot.

Could you ask him for us, Salyan?

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On 6/26/2017 at 10:22 AM, John Yurich said:

Hey dope, I have always believed in and worshiped the biblical and historical Jesus as God. And the Apostles and Nicene Creeds state "We believe in one Lord Jesus Christ the only begotten Son of God". Does that sound like a false jesus? Only a dope believes the Catholic Church believes in and worships a false jesus and not the biblical and historical Jesus as God. I did  repent in November 1997 when I came under the prompting of the Holy Spirit to accept the biblical and historical Jesus as my Savior and Lord during an Altar Call at a Non Denominational Church. And after that moment I started to trust entirely in Jesus alone for salvation. And I was Baptized via immersion(as a public profession of faith that I gave my life to Christ) on 21 May of this year after worship at that Baptist church  I attend on Sunday mornings. I have a lady friend at that Baptist church I attend on Sunday mornings and her Catholic father accepted Jesus as his Savior and Lord before he passed away last December and thus went to Heaven. That lady friend also stated that she believes that her deceased Catholic father had worshiped the biblical and historical Jesus as God at his Catholic parish.

I count this a blessing John.  I have come across your kind many times before.  Your hedging your bets, the WORD of GOD is NOT good enough for you.  You're trying to be a good Catholic and a good Baptist so when you stand before the Pearly Gates, Saint Peter will let you in.  And if Peter's way was wrong, Christ will see that you were a good Baptist too, and that outweighed the error of yoking with the RCC and Jesus will let you into heaven.

John Yurich, this is what you're going to hear on the day of your judgement if you were to die today:

"...I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity" - Matthew 7:23

 

John, do you believe that the King James Bible is God's preserved Word and that all others are fraudulent?  

 

20 hours ago, John Yurich said:

I should have been more specific and state that some months at that Baptist church I attend on Sunday mornings I only put a nickel in the collection basket once a month and other months I put a nickel in twice a month. Since I am not yet a member of that Baptist church as I have not taken membership preparation class than I do not want to donate more  than a nickel at a time. But when I do become a member of that Baptist church than I will donate a dollar every Sunday.

 

20 hours ago, TheSword1227 said:

I mean no disrespect, but I'm having a hard time understanding why an adult would put only a nickel in the collection plate.

 

19 hours ago, John Yurich said:

 I am only getting 97 dollars a month in EBT Cash Support...

...I do not see the reason to put more than a nickel in the collection plate at a time.

What a mess.  If I were in your shoes, I would have joined a NT church by now and been dropping at least $9.70 in the collection plate every month.  As the Lord promises, that $9.70 would grow and grow to overflowing.

 

To the gentlemen who profess that repentance is not part of salvation.  John Yurich is the fruit of this false teaching of yours!  This poor fellow believes he's right with God while never having turned from his old wicked ways, he thinks they are fine and you agree that they are not!  Calvary Chapel's and the like are loaded with these false converts headed for hell because they were duped into believing a cursed gospel and way of salvation.

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17 hours ago, John Yurich said:

I am currently unemployed and residing in a homeless shelter for men in the small town I reside in where every men does not have to leave in the morning but can remain on the premises all day. Other homeless shelters in the big  town 20 miles away kick out the homeless in the morning. I am only getting 97 dollars a month in EBT Cash Support and 30 dollars a month goes to pay the cell phone bill. But I am looking for a full time Data Entry or other clerical position in the small town I reside in. If I am not yet a member of that Baptist church I attend on Sunday mornings then I do not see the reason to put more than a nickel in the collection plate at a time.

I am very sorry to hear that John. I will pray for you that your situation improves.

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7 hours ago, swathdiver said:

I count this a blessing John.  I have come across your kind many times before.  Your hedging your bets, the WORD of GOD is NOT good enough for you.  You're trying to be a good Catholic and a good Baptist so when you stand before the Pearly Gates, Saint Peter will let you in.  And if Peter's way was wrong, Christ will see that you were a good Baptist too, and that outweighed the error of yoking with the RCC and Jesus will let you into heaven.

John Yurich, this is what you're going to hear on the day of your judgement if you were to die today:

"...I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity" - Matthew 7:23

 

John, do you believe that the King James Bible is God's preserved Word and that all others are fraudulent?  

 

 

 

What a mess.  If I were in your shoes, I would have joined a NT church by now and been dropping at least $9.70 in the collection plate every month.  As the Lord promises, that $9.70 would grow and grow to overflowing.

 

To the gentlemen who profess that repentance is not part of salvation.  John Yurich is the fruit of this false teaching of yours!  This poor fellow believes he's right with God while never having turned from his old wicked ways, he thinks they are fine and you agree that they are not!  Calvary Chapel's and the like are loaded with these false converts headed for hell because they were duped into believing a cursed gospel and way of salvation.

I am not hedging my bets. And the Word of God is good enough for me. I don't believe that nonsense about Saint Peter standing at the Pearly Gates deciding who enters Heaven. Jesus is the one who decides who enters Heaven. The way Jesus decides who enters Heaven is when one stands before Him He asks them if they had given their life to Him by accepting Him as their Savior and Lord. If I gave my life to Christ some 20 years ago during an Altar Call and placed my trust entirely in Jesus alone for salvation then I am saved. If I was not really saved then Pastor Steve of River of Life Church(where I attend on Sunday mornings) would not have accepted that I am really saved and a proper candidate for Baptism(I was Baptized via immersion on 21 May after worship) after asking me if I had accepted Jesus as my Savior and Lord. River of Life Church where I attend on Sunday mornings is a New Testament church that preaches the biblical doctrine of salvation. Pastor Steve preaches the biblical doctrine of salvation in his sermons every Sunday. You don't believe that then go to the churches website www. rolchastings.org  and listen to Pastor Steve's sermons. I own and read the King James Version of the Holy Bible. I also own and read the Catholic Version of the Holy Bible. So I believe that the King James Version and the Catholic Version are the infallible and inspired Word of God. The only version of the Bible out there that is not the inspired and infallible Word of God is the Jehovah Witness version.

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