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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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5 hours ago, Jim_Alaska said:

I find it quite interesting and possibly disconcerting that if you say these things to some people they are immediately on the defensive and even to the point of attacking you for not "caring."

One I was called: a judgmental pharisee. 

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Update.  The government have now given their new advice and it is not as bad as we were given to believe.  Those of us over 70 have been advised top self isolate for 12 weeks.  They may introduce penalties if people don't comply. I have been told that Iceland stores are setting 2 hours, 9-11am tomorrow exclusively for those who are self isolating.  I spoke to our pastor this morning and said we would stay at home and listen to the services online for the immediate future and he agreed.  He is considering what to do about services and will consult with members. 

It is my birthday on Saturday and I was planning to take our family to a meal at the Everest Inn, a Nepalese which is popular with the family, but I will need to put that off.

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I'm beyond caring about government mandated closures - I am increasingly thinking we should close (or meet outside - like Russian believers under Communism) for each other's safety. Actually - churches did that during the Spanish Influenza when they chose to shut the building doors!

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31 minutes ago, Salyan said:

I'm beyond caring about government mandated closures - I am increasingly thinking we should close (or meet outside - like Russian believers under Communism) for each other's safety. Actually - churches did that during the Spanish Influenza when they chose to shut the building doors!

That can get you labeled Anti-government, anti-public safety, paranoid, extremist, cultist, anti- Rom 13, rebel, etc.

btw - not only do I understand that none of the above would be an accurate assessment——-my wife and I also agree with you!!!!!!!!

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Here, all places of mass meeting have been closed. including churches.  Our church has had the services online with just the pastor preaching and hymns of the congregation already recorded.  The Tuesday bible study is also on line.  Last Thursday we had an on line prayer meeting using Zoom.  A couple of people who don't have internet used the phone in. Pastor Buss is considering an on line communion next week, but I am not sure that I agree with that.

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Fear is a powerful tool and especially dangerous in the wrong hands, like government. Fear can and does affect individual lives and liberties and has a great negative impact of society on a broad scale.

I refuse to live in fear.

I believe in being careful, responsible, and reasonable, but fear I will not tolerate.

 

II Timothy 1:7  "For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind."

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On 3/13/2020 at 11:44 PM, Rebecca said:

 

On 3/13/2020 at 10:53 AM, Salyan said:

Not allowed, eh? That right there concerns me a whole lot more than any health danger. Our governments are using this as an excuse to test severe restriction of liberties, and the people are letting them. 

I doubt that. They're just trying to stop an epidemic from spreading, and the best way to do that is to limit social gatherings, of all kinds.

@Salyan has valid observations, in line with the KJV Scripture about these end hours.

(Government being strengthened in the enemy's camp,  as the Creator provided clear description of in His Word Inspired thousands of years ago.) .   (note, for instance, how many threads on prophecy are posted,  prophecy fulfilled, being fulfilled, as written) ....

btw,  only from a thread I just read from/about Taiwan, I think,  by God's Grace they did do well (an exception in the world),  isolating only those who were sick, or liable to be harmed if they got 'exposed' more, instead of isolating everyone.    Also, see below for a local instance of dealing with infections of all kinds. 

Also note that mankind/society does not have concern for the well-being , lives, or health of men, women or children (or babies).    All through the KJV the wickedness of mankind is revealed,  so much that men are devising harmful practices while they sleep , to put into practice the next day, eh?  

Oh,  I was raised to think government and doctors had our best interests,  but that is contrary to Scripture and different than reality,  as also shown the last hundred years and more in most direction of politics, corporate behavior,  medical behavior and rules, and so on.

The Author of Scripture is Trustworthy,  and shows clearly that men are not. 

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re "to stop an epidemic from spreading" "best way".....   

A few years ago,  television channels six and two in Oklahoma broadcast a report on site about /from the correction facility that houses 1000 and more inmates, plus perhaps a couple hundred guards/staff on site daily.    

Daily, they had had three to five infections needing medical (doctor and drugs) intervention , 

for years.    

Somehow,  someone found out about and started using throughout the facility a cleaner available at the time from a Depot Supply Company online only. 

They started using the cleaner (instead of the 'normal'/other cleaners commonly used),

in February that year.     The Televised News Visits were in June or July, basically after five months...

In that time, five months,  the 'new' cleaner was used,  the reporters asked the jail representatives how many infections they had that , as in the past, needed medical intervention with a licensed doctor and drugs (anti-biotics or other)....

... &&& 000000 ....  smile...  zero.      in five months,  zero infections.    zero,   not per day,  but the whole time.    Not three or four or five per day, as in the past years,  but zero infections per day, for five months.

Immediately I searched online and bought some,  and it worked as they said !  Wonderful,   no side effects,  no toxicity,  no problems with it,  and low cost ... ($17.50 per quart,  diluted to many quarts when used as directed) .....

.... then, what happened?  ....

The usual happened.

The "usual" for governments in cahoots with corporations ,   greedy motives and all,   you know ?

 

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