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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.

The New Roman Church Strategy

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I believe we just received a taste of or derivative of the new Roman Church (RCC) strategy by John Yurich in his post, Are There Any Catholics On Here?

The Roman Church has for several years now been pushing for a 'Return to the Church' to their 'faithful'. They appear to be increasing their effort to reach out to Christian Churches and to other Religions to build the "THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS". They have also recently initiated a nationwide (USA) chain of Catholic radio stations.

I didn't think this was something to ask for discussion on the open forums. Does anyone else see increased effort to grow the Roman Church? Also, possibly speed up their ecumenical effort?

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Funny you mention the radio stations. Our local fundamental station doesn't have a very strong signal. I work about 15 miles from the antenna, and can still pick it up at work...but it's not great.

Some nights when the weather is "just right", one of those Catholic stations comes in instead. The DJs are cool and exciting, they play CCM, and have real friendly guests. Almost like they want to appeal cool and hip to the world. Those Catheters...I mean...Catholics are a sneaky bunch. 

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I recently drove from my home through 8 Midwestern states and the Roman Church radio stations never failed to be available and most with a strong signal for reception. I didn't spend a lot of time on them. However, I did notice they were hitting the more widely-worldly topics with an NPR style host/voice.

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There's been a campaign to showcase popery through Hollywood for a while now.  The tv show Bluebloods, the main characters are a family of devout catholics.  They frequently do scenes and episodes with the clergy.  Lots of old hollywood movies from the 1940s through the 1960s with differing levels of the popery.

 

As for us, almost nothing.

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