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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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11 minutes ago, BrotherTony said:

A person who consistently answers a question with a question is either trying to divert attention because he doesn't understand the question, or is trying to avoid the question because he has no answer.

J. Hunter Greene 2021

Interesting. Jesus often answered a question with a question. Are you saying Jesus did not understand?

Read:

Matthew 9: 14-15

Matthew 15: 1-3, 15:32-34,

Matthew 17:24-26

Matthew 21:16

Matthew 26:6-10

Mark 2:1-11

Mark 4: 10, 13

Mark 7:17-18

Mark 10:2-3

Mark 12:14-17

Mark 12: 18, 20-24

Luke 2:48-49

Luke 6:1-3

Luke 10:25-26

Luke 10: 29. 36

Luke 12:41-43

Luke 18:18-19

Luke 24:17-19

John 3:4, 10

John 6:60-71

John 8:3-10

John 11:8-10

John 13:37-38

John 18:22-23

John 18:33-34

John 21:20-22

 

 

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27 minutes ago, Bouncing Bill said:

Interesting. Jesus often answered a question with a question. Are you saying Jesus did not understand?

Read:

Matthew 9: 14-15

Matthew 15: 1-3, 15:32-34,

Matthew 17:24-26

Matthew 21:16

Matthew 26:6-10

Mark 2:1-11

Mark 4: 10, 13

Mark 7:17-18

Mark 10:2-3

Mark 12:14-17

Mark 12: 18, 20-24

Luke 2:48-49

Luke 6:1-3

Luke 10:25-26

Luke 10: 29. 36

Luke 12:41-43

Luke 18:18-19

Luke 24:17-19

John 3:4, 10

John 6:60-71

John 8:3-10

John 11:8-10

John 13:37-38

John 18:22-23

John 18:33-34

John 21:20-22

 

 

This is a place for quotations, not discussions....And you know good and well the Christ was God incarnate...he could ask all the questions he wanted...Did Mr. Greene's quote hit a nerve, BB???

 

John 1:1-3
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made.
 

John 1:14
And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.
 

Philippians 2:5-11
Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus, who, being in the form of God, did not consider it robbery to be equal with God, but made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant, and coming in the likeness of men. And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross. Therefore God also has highly exalted Him and given Him the name which is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth, and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

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Addition of Scriptures to prove Christ was God incarnate
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"No idolatry"

That's a commandment,  not a suggestion.  Breaking the commandment results in death .

The Creator Created all things.   He Says He directs everything - He is Sovereign over civilization, geology, change,

and the idolators who serve other gods bow down to mankind's historians (and other carnal sources) who serve other gods falsely.

The Creator not only directs everything,   He does so "for the good" of those who are not idolators.  For those who Love and Obey God and Are Called According to His Purpose and Plan.

 

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3 minutes ago, Martyr_4_FutureJoy said:

"No idolatry"

That's a commandment,  not a suggestion.  Breaking the commandment results in death .

The Creator Created all things.   He Says He directs everything - He is Sovereign over civilization, geology, change,

and the idolators who serve other gods bow down to mankind's historians (and other carnal sources) who serve other gods falsely.

The Creator not only directs everything,   He does so "for the good" of those who are not idolators.  For those who Love and Obey God and Are Called According to His Purpose and Plan.

 

I have no idea what you mean by idolatry.

I would appreciate your answering my questions.

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8 minutes ago, Bouncing Bill said:

I have no idea what you mean by idolatry.

I would appreciate your answering my questions.

Medical idolatry (google it).    You (according to all your posts for months) have been deceived by the unrighteous idolators utterly and completely, thus , by definition,  you cannot recognize idolatry at all,  nor obtain nor know any truth in Scripture,  unless by a miracle God Grants Repentance and sets you free.  He is also Well Able to heal ocd,  His Way (He chooses).  Freedom from idolatry and from the enemy's deception spiritually and physically is not given to most people on earth, because they blatantly,  willingly or wittingly or unwillingly and unwittingly, refuse to turn to God and to trust Him.

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1 minute ago, Martyr_4_FutureJoy said:

Medical idolatry (google it).    You (according to all your posts for months) have been deceived by the unrighteous idolators utterly and completely, thus , by definition,  you cannot recognize idolatry at all,  nor obtain nor know any truth in Scripture,  unless by a miracle God Grants Repentance and sets you free.  He is also Well Able to heal ocd,  His Way (He chooses).  Freedom from idolatry and from the enemy's deception spiritually and physically is not given to most people on earth, because they blatantly,  willingly or wittingly or unwillingly and unwittingly, refuse to turn to God and to trust Him.

Please answer my questions.

 

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"Do not "focus" on the fly or flies,  BUT DO REMOVE THEM. (at once, immediately, quickly, or a lot gets spoiled)"

On 8/25/2021 at 8:47 AM, BrotherTony said:

This is a place for quotations, not discussions....

If someone placed a healthy meal on a plate in front of you,  and there was also something foul, even just a hair, on the side of the plate, would you not remove it ?

"Hundreds of years ago lived a king named Solomon. One night God spoke to Solomon in a dream and asked him to make a wish.  God not only granted Solomon’s request for wisdom, but God also made him the richest king who ever lived.  Solomon later wrote the book of Ecclesiastes, which is a sort of blog about his journey for purpose and fulfillment.

In fact, we still quote some of Solomon’s sayings.  There is nothing new under the sun, Everything is beautiful in its time, Eat, drink and be merry, A little birdie told me….just to name a few.

Tucked away in Chapter 10 verse 1 are some words that caught my attention several years ago.“Dead flies make the perfumer’s ointment give off a stench…”  I had no clue what that meant!

I learned that in Solomon’s day, ointment was used for many purposes. Although it had medicinal uses, it was also sweet smelling and used as a perfume. But if during the making of the ointment a fly made its way into the ointment and was not removed immediately, it would die and soon the stench from the decaying body of the dead fly would permeate the entire batch of ointment.

One little dead fly didn’t seem to be that big of a deal – and the maker of the ointment would be tempted to just ignore it. But if he didn’t get rid of that fly, his entire batch of perfume could be ruined."

karenblankenshiplive.com/a-fly-in-the-perfume/

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quote From Biblehub: 

"(11) Have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness.--

To "have no fellowship" with such works is not (only) to refuse to take part in them (for this surely might be taken for granted), 

but to keep no terms with them, to have no sympathy or indulgence or excuse for them."

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3 hours ago, Martyr_4_FutureJoy said:

"Do not "focus" on the fly or flies,  BUT DO REMOVE THEM. (at once, immediately, quickly, or a lot gets spoiled)"

If someone placed a healthy meal on a plate in front of you,  and there was also something foul, even just a hair, on the side of the plate, would you not remove it ?

"Hundreds of years ago lived a king named Solomon. One night God spoke to Solomon in a dream and asked him to make a wish.  God not only granted Solomon’s request for wisdom, but God also made him the richest king who ever lived.  Solomon later wrote the book of Ecclesiastes, which is a sort of blog about his journey for purpose and fulfillment.

In fact, we still quote some of Solomon’s sayings.  There is nothing new under the sun, Everything is beautiful in its time, Eat, drink and be merry, A little birdie told me….just to name a few.

Tucked away in Chapter 10 verse 1 are some words that caught my attention several years ago.“Dead flies make the perfumer’s ointment give off a stench…”  I had no clue what that meant!

I learned that in Solomon’s day, ointment was used for many purposes. Although it had medicinal uses, it was also sweet smelling and used as a perfume. But if during the making of the ointment a fly made its way into the ointment and was not removed immediately, it would die and soon the stench from the decaying body of the dead fly would permeate the entire batch of ointment.

One little dead fly didn’t seem to be that big of a deal – and the maker of the ointment would be tempted to just ignore it. But if he didn’t get rid of that fly, his entire batch of perfume could be ruined."

karenblankenshiplive.com/a-fly-in-the-perfume/

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quote From Biblehub: 

"(11) Have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness.--

To "have no fellowship" with such works is not (only) to refuse to take part in them (for this surely might be taken for granted), 

but to keep no terms with them, to have no sympathy or indulgence or excuse for them."

Jeff, you may have changed your name, but it's still you. 

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