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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.

Quotations Anyone?

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It's not funny - "it is a path that leads to destruction." Whether he was "driven away" is uncertain, as he was apparently never part of Christ to start with, like most of the world,  but it is not true Christians he was talking about,  but false Christians who live like the devil ,  hypocrites and liars deceiving others with wtichcraft and sorceries ( pharmakeia) a tragic story of deception utterly,  actors acting in this life,  Christians so-called but who went along with the enemy in their lives, instead of following Jesus.  They went along with 'money' if you will,  desiring the approval of others instead of the approval of God.

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King James Bible
Thou shalt beat him with the rod, and shalt deliver his soul from hell.

It is not pointing fingers ,  but exposing the sheer folly , absurdity of sin,  the foolishness in the heart of the one on the road to destruction who continually is tempting others to join them on the road to destruction that they are on and were deceived by.

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On 8/2/2021 at 7:37 PM, 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. 

"published numerous times" Well, Bill, then we've all most likely heard it before. So, are you attempting to be a 'prophet' of something or some entity. Are you voicing your disdain or a preconceived notion about Christians. Do you hold Christians to the same standard of the secular world? Be a straight shooter, start a thread and let all of us, who profess Christ as Lord, have it right between our eyes. Asking for a friend 🙂.

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9 hours ago, Bouncing Bill said:

Forgiveness 

"David also describeth the blessedness of the man, unto whom God imputeth righteousness without works,

7Saying, Blessed are they whose iniquities are forgiven, and whose sins are covered."

"1 John 1:9 - If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness."

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1 hour ago, 1Timothy115 said:

"published numerous times" Well, Bill, then we've all most likely heard it before. So, are you attempting to be a 'prophet' of something or some entity. Are you voicing your disdain or a preconceived notion about Christians. Do you hold Christians to the same standard of the secular world? Be a straight shooter, start a thread and let all of us, who profess Christ as Lord, have it right between our eyes. Asking for a friend 🙂.

I have no idea what you are asking. Do a bit of research on Gandhi and you will find the quotes. OK?

Research means that you don't know, but you are willing to find out.

Charles F. Kettering

 

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1 hour ago, Bouncing Bill said:
Research means that you don't know, but you are willing to find out.
Charles F. Kettering

 
Now you like Kettering?  Are you willing to find out ?


Kettering, to me, is most famous, or infamous now,  for causing lead poisoning in millions of little babies, children, and all ages until they died,  in the usa through his leaded gasoline invention(s).
Here's a couple quotes about the effects of the lead he made, as citizens of the usa INHALED DAILY for decades >


"Lead Poisoning: A Historical Perspective
by Jack Lewis [EPA Journal - May 1985]


     "The decades-old controversy over the use of lead as a fuel additive is a mere footnote to centuries of controversy over this remarkably useful but also insidiously deadly metal."


It was no secret before it was used either - it has been known (presumably anyway) for centuries that lead is poison.  >>


     "Hence gout and stone afflict the human race; Hence lazy jaundice with her saffron face; Palsy, with shaking head and tott'ring knees. And bloated dropsy, the staunch sot's disease; Consumption, pale, with keen but hollow eye, And sharpened feature, shew'd that death was nigh.

      "The feeble offspring curse their crazy sires, And, tainted from his birth, the youth expires. (Description of lead poisoning by an anonymous Roman hermit, translated by Humelbergius Secundus, 1829)" "

 

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King James Bible
Thou shalt beat him with the rod, and shalt deliver his soul from hell.

 

 

On 8/3/2021 at 5:58 AM, Bouncing Bill said:

“It’s funny: I always imagined when I was a kid that adults had some kind of inner toolbox full of shiny tools: the saw of discernment, the hammer of wisdom, the sandpaper of patience. But then when I grew up I found that life handed you these rusty bent old tools – friendships, prayer, conscience, honesty – and said ‘do the best you can with these, they will have to do.’ And mostly, against all odds, they do.”

Anne Lamott

Sadly,  as God Says,  with grief and great sorrow, no, mostly they don't.  Mostly they remain lost, unsaved, on the road to destruction, and die , perish, forever.

Anne did not speak truth.

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10 hours ago, Bouncing Bill said:

And if his convictions are wrong?

 

Then you have bouncing bills across the United States causing chaos on many city streets,,,Bill, you kind of left yourself open for that, My questions were straight forward, by the way, if you don't understand questions I suggest you research a Christian English course. I have no need of Ghandi, I leave him for persons of "enlightenment."

 

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12 minutes ago, 1Timothy115 said:

Then you have bouncing bills across the United States causing chaos on many city streets,,,Bill, you kind of left yourself open for that, My questions were straight forward, by the way, if you don't understand questions I suggest you research a Christian English course. I have no need of Ghandi, I leave him for persons of "enlightenment."

 

There was no question in your G. K. Chesterton quote. "Tolerance is the virtue of the man without convictions." Maybe you forgot to ask the question. Right? Oh, and you did not answer my question, "What is those convictions are wrong." I really do not believe you will defend Chesterton's convictions. Right?

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11 hours ago, Bouncing Bill said:

There was no question in your G. K. Chesterton quote. "Tolerance is the virtue of the man without convictions." Maybe you forgot to ask the question. Right? Oh, and you did not answer my question, "What is those convictions are wrong." I really do not believe you will defend Chesterton's convictions. Right?

I hate to point this out, but isn't this a place for QUOTATIONS, not debate?????

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