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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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On 6/17/2021 at 10:55 AM, Bouncing Bill said:

“Whenever the church gets in bed with politics, the church gets pregnant, and the offspring does not look like God the Father.”

J. D. Greear

One thing that I can say that J. D. Greear is correct on. The sad part is that he hasn't been practicing what he preaches, which was proven during this last SBC Convention in Nashville.

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God's Humor.  Famous Scripture Quotes from Alpha to Omega,  Beginning to End (of time et al)

"Psalm 2:1-6

King James Version

Why do the heathen rage, and the people imagine a vain thing?

The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the Lord, and against his anointed, saying,

3 Let us break their bands asunder, and cast away their cords from us.

He that sitteth in the heavens shall laugh: the Lord shall have them in derision.

5 Then shall he speak unto them in his wrath, and vex them in his sore displeasure.

6 Yet have I set my king upon my holy hill of Zion."

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"Psalm 37:12-13

King James Version

12 The wicked plotteth against the just, and gnasheth upon him with his teeth.

13 The Lord shall laugh at him: for he seeth that his day is coming."

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"Psalm 59:7-8

King James Version

7 Behold, they belch out with their mouth: swords are in their lips: for who, say they, doth hear?

But thou, O Lord, shalt laugh at them; thou shalt have all the heathen in derision."

 

"Pharmacy deceives the whole world" (governments, medical schools and doctors, teachers, everyone)

God Laughs at those plans!  (of the pharmakeia, the profit seekrs,  the deceivers) >>

 

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“There is a cult of ignorance in the United States, and there has always been. The strain of anti-intellectualism has been a constant thread winding its way through our political and cultural life, nurtured by the false notion that democracy means that 'my ignorance is just as good as your knowledge.”
― Issac Asimov

 

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“When a person uses his or her position of power from a church, corporation, or government to throw disgust upon a person for holding a different perspective, the person with the position of power is using lust as a mindset to gain control over the masses. Superior-Disgust-Lust is a complex and it's a method by which individuals steal from other human beings.”
― Deborah Bravandt

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The dictator, whether he be a political or a religious one, must be able to distribute little favors to the faithful, and these he always manages to have at hand. These favors are like the fish tossed to the performing seal, or like the salt lick of early American days placed near the shooting blind to entice the wary deer within range. ~ A. W. Tozer

 

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The sinfulness of intellectualism was once known as idolatry or witchcraft.   It runs on what is falsely called knowledge.

"Concerning this system there are two things to be emphasized.

First, since the day when Adam opened the door for evil to enter God's creation, the world order has shown itself to be hostile to God. 

"The whole world," John says, "lieth in the evil one" (5:19)."  (it is wholly deceived by pharmacy)

 

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On 9/30/2007 at 11:25 PM, Jerry said:

In a city that housed a library that was famous for its 700,000 scrolls, we can see that intellectualism was more important to the apostate Jews of this city than true Biblical spirituality. (2 Timothy 3:7 Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.)

Spirituality in Christ is indeed, in truth, according to the Bible,  rare in the world.

Intellectualism is quite common and welcome and used by the enemy,  as people are puffed up and deceived in their own delusions as God Causes them to be delivered to believe their own delusions because they rejected Him and would not turn to His Way.

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“Self-actualization is what educated existence is all about. For members of the educated class, life is one long graduate school. When they die, God meets them at the gates of heaven, totes up how many fields of self-expression they have mastered, and then hands them a divine diploma and lets them in.”
 David Brooks, Bobos in Paradise

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On 7/26/2021 at 10:58 PM, BrotherTony said:

One thing that I can say that J. D. Greear is correct on. The sad part is that he hasn't been practicing what he preaches, which was proven during this last SBC Convention in Nashville.

True also,  politics does not look like God the Father.   Politics serves greed, corruption, and is death dealing.

The educated suffer believing lies, The wisdom and knowledge of this world, this world of politics and medicine and science that rejects Him,  is repugnant to God the Father.

The more educated someone gets,  the less possible they will ever see the Kingdom of God/ Heaven.

as Jesus Prayed: 

"Matthew 11:25-30

King James Version

25 At that time Jesus answered and said, I thank thee, O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because

thou hast hid these things from the wise and prudent, ("educated ones") 

and hast revealed them unto babes.

26 Even so, Father: for so it seemed good in thy sight."

 

Brother Lawrence never finding salvation ...

"As a result, medieval Catholic writers such as Brother Lawrence are looked to  ...

Lawrence, however great his personal sacrifice,

missed the basics of the Gospel, not realizing that it was Christ's full and complete sacrifice that paid for our sins.

As a Roman Catholic, to his death he retained the false idea ..."

 

"https://www.thebereancall.org/content/brother-lawrence-and-never-finding-salvation

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("Love Not The World") "... nor the things of the world"   

"Whoever Loves The World (politic,medical,financial,social, etc) Cannot Be A Friend of God"

Below is from Chinese Saint died in prison,  isolation in prison 20+ years for his faith in Jesus.

http://lovenot.org/book/chapter1.html

"But what of education? Surely, we protest, that must be harmless. ...

"But education, no less than commerce or technology,

is one of the things of the world.

It has its roots in the tree of knowledge.

"How earnestly, as Christians, we seek to protect our children from the world's more obvious snares. And yet it is quite true that we have to provide education for them.

"How are we going to solve the problem of letting them touch what is essentially a thing of the world, and at the same time guarding them from the great world system and its perils?"

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“Whenever the church gets in bed with politics, the church gets pregnant, and the offspring does not look like God the Father.”

J. D. Greear

Gandhi was bad to get in bed with-  the results were antichrist (not like God the Father) . 

Why with false direction and fleshly purpose quote (again)  a false (worldly) prophet(s), a false teacher(s), on a "Christian" forum ?   The source is corrupt, worldly, and the resulting direction if followed is fatal to true faith in Jesus.

 

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Mahatma Gandhi > Quotes > Quotable Quote. "I like your Christ, I do not like your Christians. Your Christians are so unlike your Christ.". 

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If it weren't for Christians, I'd be a Christian. 

Mahatma Gandhi.

He said this because of the following experience. One Sunday he decided to go to a Christian church. He as a great admirer of Christ. When he approached the door of the church an usher met him, telling him he was unwelcome and could not worship with them. The usher said the church was for high caste Indians and white people only, thus, Gandhi, being neither of a high caste nor white could not enter the church. 

Gandhi also said, "I considered becoming a Christian ... until I met one."

 

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3 minutes ago, Bouncing Bill said:

If it weren't for Christians, I'd be a Christian. 

Mahatma Gandhi.

He said this because of the following experience. One Sunday he decided to go to a Christian church. He as a great admirer of Christ. When he approached the door of the church an usher met him, telling him he was unwelcome and could not worship with them. The usher said the church was for high caste Indians and white people only, thus, Gandhi, being neither of a high caste nor white could not enter the church. 

Gandhi also said, "I considered becoming a Christian ... until I met one."

 

Is that the same reason you quote ungodly sources and , from your own posts, agree with them, and you don't quote Christians,  and don't (from your own posts) quote or believe the Bible then ?   Because of the hypocrisy you see every day in so-called 'Christians' ? 

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