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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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Google emails me monthly a small report on how people have found Online Baptist from Google's website. The Ebonic Bible has been one of the top queries for the last few years, but since the Covid-19, clicks on having a baby in the end times is up 355% from the previous month.

I guess since people are searching for this topic. what's your thoughts on having a baby in the end times?

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Personally, I don't know that I would want to raise a child in this messy time. Granted, Christ could come in a month or in a 100 years-it is probably not nearly as bad as we whiny Americans make things out to be: whenever someone looks at us cross-eyed, we think the end has come!  

If someone was to have a child these days, particularly believers, I would definitely have them homeschool, to make sure they are getting the best education possible, and in homeschooling, be engaged! I see too many who "homeschool' their kids by expecting their kids to do the necessary work, but never check on them, and by 9am the kids are 'done' for the day, playing video games, and can't spell!  So teach them, teach them well, keep them out of that mess we call public school! I am actually speaking of my own dear sister, who I love, but her kids have not done well in homeschooling. 

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Who obeys Jesus ?

Ask Jesus and trust the Father for all things,   according to the Bible,  right or wrong ?

Jesus is always Truthful, Perfectly Obedient,  and Always Right,   correct ?


Then as written:  (paraphrase from memory):   Today,  If you hear My Voice,  do not be rebellious and stubborn like the Israelites were when they kept on rebelling....   instead,   trust Me and DO what I say.


So then,   that is simple,  truthful,  and good - right ?  

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I agree with Bro. Mike; home school is the way to go. I got into it late in life and late in my daughter's life. She was in High School when we switched to home school. The parents being actively involved is crucial, and even more so if they do not have the education themselves. I only had a sixth grade education and learned as I taught my daughter. I went on the get a G.E.D.

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I Corinthians 7:26 seems to suggest not having a child in times of distress. Jesus even gave a warning of women who are nursing during the Tribulation in Matthew 25.

The question is are we really in the "End Times"? There have been other times during the last 2,000 years when Christians were convinced that the Second Coming of Christ was at the door like during the Black Plague, the Great War and the rise of Hitler.

But the passage of scripture, which I believe is addressing the persecution of saints during Paul's time, says it's probably best not to have children during times of distress which could, IMO, apply to other issues going on in an individuals life. If you are personally going through some tough times starting a family may not be the best idea 

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