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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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17 hours ago, jeff_student_of_Jesus said:

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' ? 

This is a thread for quotations, not editorial comments. Please respect that.

"Stay focused on your mission, remain steadfast in your pursuit of excellence, and always do the right thing." Mark Esper
 

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Doing the right thing requires coming out of babylon. "Come out of her My People"

"Compared to previous Babylons, the major difference in what we now face in modern Babylon lies in the intensity, availability, and receptivity of its communication. As far as we know, mankind has never before been confronted by these twisted, persuasive, demonic powers as he is today. They now have the global use of the visible and audible influence of radio, music, movies, television, and the Internet, in addition to the entrenched systems of thought and standards of conduct."   John R.

 

"Revelation 18:4

"This warning is sobering because the course of this world is closer than ever to reaching its anti-God fullness. There has never been a time in the out-working of God's purpose when this advice is more urgently needed."

 

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7 hours ago, Bouncing Bill said:

This is a thread for quotations, not editorial comments. Please respect that.

"Stay focused on your mission, remain steadfast in your pursuit of excellence, and always do the right thing." Mark Esper
 

Howbeit we speak wisdom among them that are perfect: yet not the wisdom of this world, nor of the princes of this world, that come to nought: 1 Corinthians 2:6

For the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God. For it is written, He taketh the wise in their own craftiness. 1 Corinthians 3:19

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22 Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools, 23 And changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and fourfooted beasts, and creeping things.                 Romans 1:22-23

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On 7/31/2021 at 9:46 AM, 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."

 

Nonsense; now you are advocating for Indian Mystics and condoning the "putting down" of God's people as a whole group. Perhaps you should consider becoming a follower of Gandhi.

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Just now, Jim_Alaska said:

Nonsense; now you are advocating for Indian Mystics and condoning the "putting down" of God's people as a whole group. Perhaps you should consider becoming a follower of Gandhi.

He has posted indicating that he is a follower of Gandhi,  in his own posts of such humanists,  new agers, and so on.     (is not imitation the sincerest form of flattery?) 

Nothing he posted seems to be in line with God's KJV or God's Plan or Jesus Life.

In some more strictly discipled assemblies,  he would not be allowed to keep doing so.   

What is the rule for Baptists for those who bring a false gospel ?   The Bible says do not permit it.

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Jeff, I appreciate your thoughts and comments on this post. But keep in mind that this is a message board, not a church, which is what Scripture points to in not allowing heresy in the midst of the church. as long as the rules of the message board are not broken, normal ideas and conversation is allowed and encouraged.

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1 hour ago, Jim_Alaska said:

Nonsense; now you are advocating for Indian Mystics and condoning the "putting down" of God's people as a whole group. Perhaps you should consider becoming a follower of Gandhi.

No, I am making no defense of Gandhi. The story about why he did not become a Christian has been published numerous times. It should be a lesson to all of us that our actions can be very harmful. All that I posted is well known. 

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1 hour ago, Bouncing Bill said:

No, I am making no defense of Gandhi. The story about why he did not become a Christian has been published numerous times. It should be a lesson to all of us that our actions can be very harmful. All that I posted is well known. 

No defense for anyone you quote in your own interests as far as I was able to see in your posts.  Yes,  all that you posted, whether a quote or not,   is well known - errors and harmful to billions of people - the world system is quickly being corrupt totally.

I just quickly searched Gandhi (some of his observations were correct,  but no one should follow him ) and vaccinations and his famous quote came up >>

"The vaccine is a filthy substance, and it is foolish to expect that one kind of filth can be removed by another."

His or another quote with it: "The fact of the matter is that it is only the self-interest of doctors that stands in the way of the abolition of this inhuman practice,

for the fear of losing the large incomes that they at present derive from this source blinds them to the countless evils which it brings."

5 trillion dollars plus.   Enough to support evil for a generation ?

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9 hours ago, Jim_Alaska said:

I was not saying that the statement was not well known BB. I was pointing out your supposed need to use his words to slam all Christians, whether or not they fit in the role depicted.

Jim, I did not think I was slamming all Christians. But all Christians should learn a lesson from his being driven away from Christ by Christians. It is a tragic story. 

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