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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.

28 Abducted Baptist School Students Freed In Nigeria

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This stuff happens over in Africa all the time usually ending in complete tragedy. So thank God for this one so far. We don't know how blessed we are here where we can go to church and not worry about these terrorists attacks, at least not as of yet.

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22 hours ago, BrotherTony said:

Praise the Lord! 28 Baptist school students who had been abducted in Nigeria have been freed!

https://onenewsnow.com/ap/world/28-abducted-baptist-school-students-freed-in-nigeria

I was reading this same story on the Christianity Today website and they mentioned that Nigeria is the 9th most dangerous country for Christians.

It's unbelievable that they can't find ways to prevent many of these incidents when it comes to children.

I suppose no security is fool proof but I cant even get into my son's Private Baptist school without pressing a button for them to see who is at the door and get let inside. 

If any children are under threat there they need to at least provide security that is armed better than the kidnappers. 🤔

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2 hours ago, Disciple.Luke said:

I was reading this same story on the Christianity Today website and they mentioned that Nigeria is the 9th most dangerous country for Christians.

It's unbelievable that they can't find ways to prevent many of these incidents when it comes to children.

I suppose no security is fool proof but I cant even get into my son's Private Baptist school without pressing a button for them to see who is at the door and get let inside. 

If any children are under threat there they need to at least provide security that is armed better than the kidnappers. 🤔

I agree that security should be beefed up there. The only problem is that most of these missionary run schools don't have the funds to pay private securtiy. It seems to me that knowing the risks, they would make more of an effort to make sure that some kind of security is there and strengthened past the minimums.

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7 minutes ago, BrotherTony said:

I agree that security should be beefed up there. The only problem is that most of these missionary run schools don't have the funds to pay private securtiy. It seems to me that knowing the risks, they would make more of an effort to make sure that some kind of security is there and strengthened past the minimums.

Good point. I wasn't really looking at it from the view of the missionaries themselves as much as I was the Nigerian government.  I had to look up the Nigerian President on Wikipedia and he sounds as worthless as most elected officials in Africa. He apparently supports sharia  law in Northern Nigeria but went to war with Boko Haram (Probably only because they were a threat to him). I always believed Nigeria was well balanced with Muslims and Christian relations compared to most of Africa but it seems I was mistaking.

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5 minutes ago, Disciple.Luke said:

Good point. I wasn't really looking at it from the view of the missionaries themselves as much as I was the Nigerian government.  I had to look up the Nigerian President on Wikipedia and he sounds as worthless as most elected officials in Africa. He apparently supports sharia  law in Northern Nigeria but went to war with Boko Haram (Probably only because they were a threat to him). I always believed Nigeria was well balanced with Muslims and Christian relations compared to most of Africa but it seems I was mistaking.

I think we ALL were mistaken on the President of Nigeria. He's weak, and IMHO, a coward. Most of these African nations usually have presidents who are weak and can be controlled by rebel factions. I know that when I was growing up, our church had a missionary lady who lived in the Central African Republic. She had to leave in a great hurry during one of her terms over there because one of the rebel groups was taking the country in a communist direction and she would have been killed. That was overturned in just a couple of short years, and she returned, only to have to go to another African nation to avoid such an action again when the newly elected president of the CAR was threatened with assassination. She also called for better protections for not only the Christian schools that had been set up in that country, but for the Christian missionaries who were being threatened, not only by the communists, but by the Muslims.

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