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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.

These Foods Do NOT Belong Together

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7 hours ago, Rebecca said:

Pickles and koolaid do not belong together.

 

5 hours ago, Rebecca said:

Yep. Southern food can get a bit ...inventive.  They are known as "koolickles" 

I live in Georgia, and I've never heard of this abomination! Surely this is the work of Satan and his minions...

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On 1/23/2020 at 10:08 AM, HappyChristian said:

.....and bread (sorry, we didn't have any buns hehe).....

 

This was a national debate over here not so long ago. Bread or roll.......

For the record, I prefer a snag angled from corner to corner of a square piece of bread, topped with fried onion, and drizzled in tomato sauce, then fold the bread around it all.

But if I get given a bun, I am gracious enough to consume it without grumbling.

And I am serious about it being a national debate - news stories, stations taking votes of their viewers/listeners, even the politicians getting involved.

But everyone knew it was just for fun.

Mostly.

Sorta.

🤣😂🤣😂🤣😂🙄🤨😜

 

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45 minutes ago, DaveW said:

Mmmmmmmmmm………...

Vegemite.Image result for vegemite

If anyone here in the US has never tried Vegemite, I would like to encourage you to do so. Just as advertised above about "vitality"...one bite, and you'll be revitalized for sure!

Think of it as peanut butter with a punch! 😀

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Ketchup: on meat? depends on the quality and the kind. Burgers, yes, with mustard, maybe bleu cheese. Steak? Maybe, if tough. Eggs? Never. Tacos? Never. 

Pineapple on pizza? Sure, why not? I like it okay, but prefer pepperoni, spicy, preferably.

Mayo? Only on a BLT or Club sandwich, or in a tuna sandwich, with some mustard. Nowhere else.

Turkey and cranberry? Never thought I'd like it til I tried it, and I liked it. Oh, mayo on that, too.

Onions? Peel, cut, chop, throw in garbage. It is a little known fact that onions are grown directly in Satan's armpits.

Cheese and apple? Love it! Cheese and peanut butter? Love it, (crunchy only, please) Peanut butter and apple? Love it. Of course, I love good cheese all the time, of all kinds.  

7 hours ago, No Nicolaitans said:

If anyone here in the US has never tried Vegemite, I would like to encourage you to do so. Just as advertised above about "vitality"...one bite, and you'll be revitalized for sure!

Think of it as peanut butter with a punch! 😀

Tried it once in Australia-reminded me of salty bicycle grease. Never tried salty bicycle grease, but my guess is it would taste like vegemite.

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20 hours ago, No Nicolaitans said:

Think of it as peanut butter with a punch!

Nothing like Peanut Butter..... Vegemite is Yummo….

 

But cheese and Vegemite shouldn't be together......

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The heresy never ends here...let's set things aright.

A slice of red, white, or yellow onion dabbed into a small bit of salt. Mmmmmmm...  

Wonderful as a side dish with beef and beans (or greens).

...and don't get me started on those heathen Vidalia onions...

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Onion can be fresh on a burger, just so long as it is only a little, but the only real way to eat onion is fried on the BBQ.

Or deep fried in batter - onion rings...… mmmmm-mmmm-mmmm-mmmmmmmmmm

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