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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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Just the quote, interpretation should be left to the hearer...no arguing please. 

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"The more I know of some dogs the less I think of some Christians"

"Fighting Bob" Shuler from his sermon "Some Dogs I Have Known".

The sermon was about the faithfulness and courage of some dogs he came across in his lifetime as compared to some Christians.

He is not the Crystal Cathedral phony but an old time Methodist preacher during the 20s and 30s. 

Fighting Bob was so ahead of the cancel culture of today he got cancelled back in 1933 by the FCC for his sermons that called out crooked politicians and police and the politicians and police of Los Angeles in those days were corrupt beyond measure.

 

 

 

 

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I heard this on the podcast, On Being, this morning.

 

Men marry women thinking they [women] will stay the same.

Women marry men thinking they [men] will change.

12 hours ago, SureWord said:

"The more I know of some dogs the less I think of some Christians"

"Fighting Bob" Shuler from his sermon "Some Dogs I Have Known".

The sermon was about the faithfulness and courage of some dogs he came across in his lifetime as compared to some Christians.

He is not the Crystal Cathedral phony but an old time Methodist preacher during the 20s and 30s. 

Fighting Bob was so ahead of the cancel culture of today he got cancelled back in 1933 by the FCC for his sermons that called out crooked politicians and police and the politicians and police of Los Angeles in those days were corrupt beyond measure.

 

 

 

 

Your quote reminded me of three quotes from Mark Twain.

 

1. If you pick up a starving dog and make him prosperous, he will not bite you. This is the principal difference between a dog and a man.

2.The dog is a gentleman; I hope to go to his heaven, not man's.

3. The more I learn about people the more I like my dog.

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6 hours ago, Ukulelemike said:

This might be a composite of quotations, but:

  "When we preach, we stand, not at a pulpit, but on a throne. We cannot play at preaching: Life, Death, Heaven and Hell all hang on the preaching and hearing of a sermon." CH Spurgeon

This used to hang on my office when I was first a pastor, (and wen I had an office).

I have good friends at Spurgeon's College in London.

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