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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.

Do You Prefer a Hard-Copy of the Bible or One in Digital Format?

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To me there is nothing like carrying a Bible in my hands. For a few reasons.

  1. It is easier for me to read paper than digital screen. I have a very short attention span. 
  2. Where was I? oh yeah...
  3. Don't need to charge it.
  4. It is a great conversation starter when carrying a Bible in public.
  5. I have noticed in our church that people that use their phones as Bibles, don't pay attention as much. May have to do with notifications and so forth.

I am not against the use of digital Bibles or technology, I  just find their is nothing like having God's Word in your hands.

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14 minutes ago, PastorMatt said:

To me there is nothing like carrying a Bible in my hands. For a few reasons.

  1. It is easier for me to read paper than digital screen. I have a very short attention span. 
  2. Where was I? oh yeah...
  3. Don't need to charge it.
  4. It is a great conversation starter when carrying a Bible in public.
  5. I have noticed in our church that people that use their phones as Bibles, don't pay attention as much. May have to do with notifications and so forth.

I am not against the use of digital Bibles or technology, I  just find their is nothing like having God's Word in your hands.

I know that personally, I would rather use a real (physical) Bible. I, like you, would rather have a Bible in my hands when I attend services, teach Sunday School, preach, and witness to people. Digital Bible's are okay, but, as you stated, people seem to get distracted by the digital media. I noticed this distinctly in our men's Bible studies through the Cowpuncher's Cowboy Church. We had several men who liked to use the Kindle version of the Word of God, and they always seemed to depend on it more than the hard copy they were carrying. Of course, Kindle had it's good points...there were opportunities to look up items in their concordances and in their commentaries that were available. I'm with you, though, @PastorMatt, my attention span is short enough without having to look at a screen.

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Hard copy.

I feel like it really let's people know who you are. A "crazy, bible thumping, right-wing Christian fanatic". Carrying around your bible on a Kindle or tablet just isn't the same, IMO. Not that I'm against it or that I'm picking on anyone who prefers that way but to me it feels like I'm hiding who I am.

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For study, I like a digital bible. I can search for words and ideas much faster. 

I have nothing against people carrying Bibles if the want. My advice is let people comment on it. Don't beat them over the head with it. I have know women who carried a Bible saying men tended to leave them alone with they, the men, saw the Bible.

Other books can be great conversation starters as well. I had a copy of Detrick Bonhoeffer's book, 'The Cost of Discipleship' on my desk at work. Several people noted it and we had great conversations. It lead to one of the best friendships I have ever had. 

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8 minutes ago, Bouncing Bill said:

For study, I like a digital bible. I can search for words and ideas much faster. 

I have nothing against people carrying Bibles if the want. My advice is let people comment on it. Don't beat them over the head with it. I have know women who carried a Bible saying men tended to leave them alone with they, the men, saw the Bible.

Other books can be great conversation starters as well. I had a copy of Detrick Bonhoeffer's book, 'The Cost of Discipleship' on my desk at work. Several people noted it and we had great conversations. It lead to one of the best friendships I have ever had. 

I believe people ARE commenting on it. So far I haven't seen anyone "beating anyone over the head" with it. Have you? 😉 I agree, other books can do the same thing...but, this isn't about "other books." It's about the Bible.

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2 minutes ago, PastorMatt said:

This communist manifesto is a conversation starter as well, but I prefer to let the "Truth" be my conversation starter. It doesn't get any better than the Bible.

I carry my Bible into restaraunts, bookstores and pretty much wherever I go. I get a lot of questions about what it is, and it opens the door for me to present the Gospel of Jesus Christ in most cases. I wouldn't get that kind of a response if I had the Bible on Kindle and was walking through a store or sitting in a restaurant. People would just think I'm reading an ebook, surfing the net, or texting someone. It's better to have a hard copy with me, IMHO.

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1 minute ago, BrotherTony said:

I carry my Bible into restaraunts, bookstores and pretty much wherever I go. I get a lot of questions about what it is, and it opens the door for me to present the Gospel of Jesus Christ in most cases. I wouldn't get that kind of a response if I had the Bible on Kindle and was walking through a store or sitting in a restaurant. People would just think I'm reading an ebook, surfing the net, or texting someone. It's better to have a hard copy with me, IMHO.

I'm a little careful with my leather bible in where I carry it pretty much only to church but my cheap hard copy can go everywhere with me.

I agree with Bill that a tablet or electronic bible is good for looking up a verse quickly. I do that with my phone when I can't remember where a verse is in the bible but remember a word or phrase in it to look it up by.

As far as reading the bible electronically I can't do it. I have an Amazon Paperwhite and really, I have trouble reading any book electronically.

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2 minutes ago, SureWord said:

I'm a little careful with my leather bible in where I carry it pretty much only to church but my cheap hard copy can go everywhere with me.

I agree with Bill that a tablet or electronic bible is good for looking up a verse quickly. I do that with my phone when I can't remember where a verse is in the bible but remember a word or phrase in it to look it up by.

As far as reading the bible electronically I can't do it. I have an Amazon Paperwhite and really, I have trouble reading any book electronically.

If I need to look something up, even though I have a hard copy of the Bible, I sometimes will use my phone for the search. I do that for passage searches, as well as for word searches, etc. I myself have a problem reading a lot on the screen of a smart phone. I don't have as much trouble on the laptop screen. 

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