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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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On 1/16/2020 at 11:04 AM, PastorMatt said:

Why do people put these foods together?

  • Pineapple and Pizza
  • Chocolate and Pretzels
  • Popcorn and m&m's
  • Turkey and Cranberry Sauce
  • Cheese and Honey
  • Apple and Cheese
  • Ketchup and Eggs

I'm sure there are more, that is all I can put together for right now.

The last, Ketchup and eggs, no. Bleah! The rest? Cheese and honey seems weird, but not opposed, apple and cheese I love, Pineapple and pizza, with Canadian bacon, regular bacon, even pepperoni, yes, love it. Turkey and cranberry sauce, sure. The other two, eh, not a fan, but I would eat them if given them.

On 1/17/2020 at 12:22 PM, Jim_Alaska said:

I don't even have ketchup in the house. To me the taste of each individual food is so good that I would never slather ketchup all over it. All it does is cover up the flavor, not enhance it in any way.

Hot Sauce, some put it on everything. I have a sister that even carries it in her purse so she won't miss a meal without it.

Spicy hot doesn't go in my mouth at any time.

Hot about what is called Steak Sauce? I hate it. Why would I ruin a wonderful steak by pouring vile tasting steak sauce all over it?

Really? not ketchup or steak sauce, but you say you put hot sauce on everything? Like, that doesn't cover the flavor? Come on, Man? Are you on drugs? (In Biden's voice). I love ketchup on beef! 

 

On 1/28/2020 at 9:41 PM, DaveW said:

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

 

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

Tried it once-definitely an acquired taste. I liken it to salty axle grease.

 

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On 1/23/2020 at 1:49 AM, No Nicolaitans said:

Back to the topic...

These foods do not belong together...

Vanilla ice cream and chocolate syrup

...so if anyone needs to get rid of them, send them to me, and I'll take care of them for you. 😀


This man speaks the truth.  In fact, I offer my assistance in helping you purge the earth of these evils!

I promise that these will be eat...- er, disposed of - wherever I may find them!

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On 1/17/2020 at 6:05 PM, HappyChristian said:

I even like pickle sandwiches, but only with mayonnaise.  🤣

I can’t say I’d like pickles with mayonnaise, but I do like pickles, in general.

I really like the baby gherkins, if I’m going to eat a pickle by itself.  On a burger, I like dills.  But, I like bread and butter pickles, too.

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Okay, here's one: Peanut butter and cheese. I used to put peanut butter on bready, put a slice of cheese on it, Cheddar, then microwave it about 30 seconds and eat it. I loved it! Don't know about now but I did then.

When my wife was pregnant with our first, she used to eat beef jerky with sour cream and caviar. 

 

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I helped out at the local elementary school as a Recess Aide between my bus routes and would have fun grossing the kids out combining different foods and drinks at lunch time. One that really turned their stomachs was when I dunked my Cheetos into my sweet tea. 

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You have not lived until you have melted cheddar cheese on a hot apple pie!

I have one bottle of Ketchup in my house for one reason only, when I want to make a meat loaf.  Ketchup belongs on nothing else, ever, and certainly not a hot dog which should only have mustard and sauerkraut. 

And for the Cheetos fan, you simply must try dipping Flaming Hot Cheetos in cream cheese!  WOW!

This is probably just an Pacific Northwest Oregon thing, but you simply must try chocolate covered bacon.

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