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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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2 hours ago, SureWord said:

Wrong. 

 

Well, I would prefer making my hamburger with a proper machine, not an automatic assault rifle. 

A sword is not an assault rifle. The only intended use of an assault rifle is to kill people, innocent and otherwise. A sword has many uses other than killing people. 

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2 minutes ago, Bouncing Bill said:

No one should have an assault rifle. Hunting rifles and shotguns are another matter. Assault weapons should not be legal.

If these rifles were all removed from the owners and thieves started using shot guns or hand guns. Would you want theses taken away also.

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Handguns seem to be the weapon of choice for committing a gun-related crimes. In Chicago in 2017 more than 90 percent of crime gun recoveries were handguns.

Looks like it's that way across the US.

https://www.statista.com/statistics/476409/mass-shootings-in-the-us-by-weapon-types-used/

"Handguns are the most common weapon type used in mass shootings in the United States, with a total of 145 different handguns being used in 97 incidents between 1982 and May 2021."

As usual, our government is not looking at the gun that kills the most lives. 

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9 hours ago, Bouncing Bill said:

Well, I would prefer making my hamburger with a proper machine, not an automatic assault rifle. 

A sword is not an assault rifle. The only intended use of an assault rifle is to kill people, innocent and otherwise. A sword has many uses other than killing people. 

There is no such thing as an "assault" rifle. Assault is an action, not a piece of equipment.

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The second amendment is not for hunting weapons, it is in place as a means of controlling an oppressive government. The second amendment is the reason we are still a free nation. One valid reason to own a weapon like this is self defense, which we have a God given right to. Would you feel better going up against a criminal intruder with your sword if he were wielding a gun?

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11 hours ago, Jim_Alaska said:

There is no such thing as an "assault" rifle. Assault is an action, not a piece of equipment.

And there is equipment designed to be used in the action of an assault. No private citizen needs assault equipment. 

11 hours ago, Jim_Alaska said:

The second amendment is not for hunting weapons', it is in place as a means of controlling an oppressive government. The second amendment is the reason we are still a free nation. One valid reason to own a weapon like this is self defense, which we have a God given right to. Would you fee better going up against a criminal intruder with your sword if he were wielding a gun?

Pure myth. We had no professional standing army at that time. Now if you are a strict constitutionalist, and conservatives claim they are, then it is constitutional to own a flint-lock rifle, but not a modern assault weapon. 

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I can assault you with a banana peel so I guess that makes it an assault weapon.

The AR-15 was created as a sporting rifle in the 1956. According to the US military for a gun to be considered an assault weapon it has to have fully automatic capabilities which the gun that girl is holding does not. 

As Pastor Matt said most crimes are committed with handguns. I would say there's even more crimes committed with a shotgun than an AR-15 because they are more readily accessible and cheaper to obtained.

 

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It was completely legal for an early American to own a canon, which would have been considered an "assault" weapon in todays standards. The second amendment is in place as a means of controlling an oppressive government.

Plus like the stats show. Hand guns kill more people that other guns combined in the US. So why go after automatic guns when those are the least used in killings?

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1 hour ago, Bouncing Bill said:

Pure myth. We had no professional standing army at that time.

 

Fact Check time:

The history of the United States Army began in 1775.

Second Amendment, amendment to the Constitution of the United States, adopted (ratified) in 1791 as part of the Bill of Rights.

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35 minutes ago, PastorMatt said:

 

Fact Check time:

The history of the United States Army began in 1775.

Second Amendment, amendment to the Constitution of the United States, adopted (ratified) in 1791 as part of the Bill of Rights.

 

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I guess you did not know that the Continental Congress did not believe a standing army, such as you suggest, were inconsistent with the principles of republican government and dangerous to the liberities of a free people. The Continental Congress passed legislation disbanding the Continental Army following the Revolutionary War. A few soldiers were kept on to provide security for the munitions at West Point and Fort Pitt. Four manned militias of 700 men were established to provide security for potential threats from the English and Native Americans.

Thus, if you take the constitution literally only those 700 men could legally keep arms for protection of the state, not everyone. Thus this show the modern myth of the 2nd amendment providing security from the state is false. The 2nd amendment was or the militia only. 

 

 
 
 
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1 hour ago, PastorMatt said:

Fact checking is abusive, got it. 

YES, as you pointed out and helped prove my point (Thank you) there was a standing Army, but very small. Didn't know that we were going by size. 

Hardly an army. Guards is more like it. 

Notice that the Continental Congress considered a standing army a danger to freedom. 

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14 hours ago, Bouncing Bill said:

And there is equipment designed to be used in the action of an assault. No private citizen needs assault equipment. 

Pure myth. We had no professional standing army at that time. Now if you are a strict constitutionalist, and conservatives claim they are, then it is constitutional to own a flint-lock rifle, but not a modern assault weapon. 

The Minute Men were private citizens, or militia if you will; try to tell them they didn't need the most modern, efficient weapons of their time.

The whole idea of any conflict is to overpower the oppressor, not try to match him or comply with politically correctness because someone like you "thinks" no one should be able to protect themselves or their country.

If my home and family is set upon by outlaw thugs, it is the thugs that are in the wrong and lawbreakers, (or are you sympathetic with them?) not me for defending my family by any means at hand.

You should have to live in the real world Bill, if you personally experienced something of this nature your tune would change in a heartbeat.

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29 minutes ago, Jim_Alaska said:

The Minute Men were private citizens, or militia if you will; try to tell them they didn't need to most modern, efficient weapons of their time.

The whole idea of any conflict is to overpower the oppressor, not try to match him or comply with politically correctness because someone like you "thinks" no one should be able to protect themselves or their country.

If my home and family is set upon by outlaw thugs, it is the thugs that are in the wrong and lawbreakers, (or are you sympathetic with them?) not me for defending my family by any means at hand.

You should have to live in the real world Bill, if you personally experienced something of this nature your tune would change in a heartbeat.

My guess is, Jim, that I have been in more of the world than you and have been in places unarmed that I doubt you would go. This may not be true, but I expect it is true. I say you would not go because if you feel you need to be armed here than I seriously doubt you'd go to places I have been traveling alone. God has taken me to some very interesting places ... unarmed and not afraid. 

19 hours ago, E Morales said:

I believe one reason that America has not been forced invasion, is because of the strong arm forces we have and that it’s citizens are well armed.

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And two oceans have also helped defend us.

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