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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.

My Birth Father and his family need salvation

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I have been witnessing to my birth father and my bonus mom for several years, and my birth father had continued to ask queestions. He is dying of stage 4 emphesyma, and he doesn't have mjuch longer to live. He knows the choice that needs to be made, but has been reluctant to make any decision.  He is a former Marine, and is very set in his ways. His other children from this marriage have all been incarcerated at one time or another, and are leading very worldly lives...one brother being in Orlando, hooked on drugs, the other brother living in the Louisville, KY area, just miles away from our father, shacked up with a woman, and my 1/2 sister, also living in the Louisville, KY/Clarksville, IN area also hooked on prescription drugs. My nieces and nephews by my brothers and sisters on this side of the family have all been witnessed to, but they were raised mainly by my birth father and his wife, and have the same reluctance to accept the Gospel of Christ, one of them telling me she was a member of a coven of witches. Please continue to pray for all of these. My wife and I are planning on making a trip up to the Corydon, IN area to see my father and bonus mom. It would be the first time in 26 years I have seen either one of them. We do communicate via phone nearly four times a month. I need to see my father before he passes away. Your prayers are coveted. 

Thank you.

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3 hours ago, PastorMatt said:

This must weigh heavy on your heart. I just prayed for wisdom for your salvation of your family members.

Yes, sir, it does. I've been witnessing to him for the last 30 years. He shut me out for almost two years. My bonus mom doesn't want anything to do with God, and she's a pretty big influence on my dad. He used to be an Assembly of God preacher, but that was over 60 years ago. He told me he lost his salvation when he and my mother divorced in 1963. He lost it for good when I was adopted by my step-father in 1967. Hard to believe that he doesn't care about anything that has to do with the Bible when he is the one who brings the subject up in our conversations. He's come so close several times, and then my bonus mom enters the picture. Thank you for the prayers. I need them, and so does he and the rest of my family on that side. 

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38 minutes ago, SureWord said:

I've gotten nowhere with my parents. Sometimes I think the Calvinists are right. My father couldn't care less about God, the Bible or the afterlife while my mother shows interest but she cannot except that Jesus was the incarnate God and virgin born. 

I don't believe Calvin was right about much, nor was Arminius. I believe the Bible is right about it all. 🙂 But, I know how you feel when you make that statement. My baby brother from my adoptive father and mother used to live like a Christian until he joined the Army after high school. After that he was on again, off again. His wife even made a profession of faith. But, with the career he is in (a singer/songwriter...entertainer in Cincinnati, OH) he has little support in believing the things of God. He's around atheistic people all day and night long, and he and his wife have become atheists. His posts on FB make me cringe. He's said that he doesn't believe in God, and he never will, and he's just a hateful as can be towards our mother at times because she brings the Lord into the conversation. All we can do is pray for him and his wife. 

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17 minutes ago, BrotherTony said:

I don't believe Calvin was right about much, nor was Arminius. I believe the Bible is right about it all. 🙂 But, I know how you feel when you make that statement. My baby brother from my adoptive father and mother used to live like a Christian until he joined the Army after high school. After that he was on again, off again. His wife even made a profession of faith. But, with the career he is in (a singer/songwriter...entertainer in Cincinnati, OH) he has little support in believing the things of God. He's around atheistic people all day and night long, and he and his wife have become atheists. His posts on FB make me cringe. He's said that he doesn't believe in God, and he never will, and he's just a hateful as can be towards our mother at times because she brings the Lord into the conversation. All we can do is pray for him and his wife. 

Yes, I know. Calvin was wrong. I was just typing out of frustration.

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