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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.

How divided is the Republican party today…

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1 hour ago, E Morales said:

Is the conservative movement vanish. Liberalism is taking over our Country and have entered into our churches.

 

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The GOP is totally united in being the Democrats lap dogs. 

Liberalism enter churches back in the 1920-30's that's what led to the rise of the fundamentalist movement. It coincided with the plethora of new "reliable" and "more accurate" translations that were intentionally created by members of the Oxford Movement to bring about a translation the Catholics and Protestant could unite behind. Many of these translators and scholars never had a testimony of faith in Christ and some were even Jesuits.

Conservatism is still very much alive it's just that the GOP wants nothing to do with it. Anything labeled as "racist", "white supremacist" "Nazi" "alt-right" etc. is usually conservative and patriotic 

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29 minutes ago, SureWord said:

The GOP is totally united in being the Democrats lap dogs. 

Liberalism enter churches back in the 1920-30's that's what led to the rise of the fundamentalist movement. It coincided with the plethora of new "reliable" and "more accurate" translations that were intentionally created by members of the Oxford Movement to bring about a translation the Catholics and Protestant could unite behind. Many of these translators and scholars never had a testimony of faith in Christ and some were even Jesuits.

Conservatism is still very much alive it's just that the GOP wants nothing to do with it. Anything labeled as "racist", "white supremacist" "Nazi" "alt-right" etc. is usually conservative and patriotic 

Could this president or the next one, turn its back on Israel. The Bible tells us that all nations will go against Israel.

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15 minutes ago, E Morales said:

Could this president or the next one, turn its back on Israel. The Bible tells us that all nations will go against Israel.

Probably.

I read that America by far has the most favorable view of Israel at 50% but that's way down from what it was just a few years ago. The next highest I believe was Russia at 25%. The rest of all the nations were 15% and under.

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11 hours ago, Danny Carlton said:

The GOP isn't as intolerant of diverse ideas as the Democrats are. There is a wide array of viewpoints within the GOP and even in the leadership. Conservatives are still a strong part.

The GOP are cowards. Spineless, yellow bellied, flip-flopping, whimpering cowards. 

They may have a wide array of viewpoints but they are too chicken to act upon them other then hand-wringing on Fox News to shill a new book they have coming out.  

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I'm so thankful that we're no longer a part of the Republican party. They and the Democrats are two sides of the same coin.  This party left my wife and I when we were voting back in the 1980s, right around the time that they put George Herbert Walked Bush in for POTUS. I didn't like him being on the ticket with Reagan in 1980, but I voted for Reagan because Reagan for one had attended college in Illinois not too far from where I was raised, and he was pretty well known in our area. Bush, on the other hand was a liberal, NEW WORLD ORDER (ONE WORLD ADVOCATE) who I knew we couldn't trust. He was only on the ticket to appease the liberals of the party to get Reagan the liberal vote he needed within the party to help him win the election. 

We usually vote with the Republican party on things, though we aren't Republicans. 

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6 hours ago, SureWord said:

The GOP are cowards. Spineless, yellow bellied, flip-flopping, whimpering cowards. 

They may have a wide array of viewpoints but they are too chicken to act upon them other then hand-wringing on Fox News to shill a new book they have coming out.  

The GOP are not a monolithic group. There are some good people in the rank-and-file as well as in the leadership. The problem is that it's not dominated by one, single, ideological faction, therefore its decision-making processes are a bit hamstrung. When it comes to any group of people, one allowing disagreement is preferable to one which does not. 

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40 minutes ago, Danny Carlton said:

The GOP are not a monolithic group. There are some good people in the rank-and-file as well as in the leadership. The problem is that it's not dominated by one, single, ideological faction, therefore its decision-making processes are a bit hamstrung. When it comes to any group of people, one allowing disagreement is preferable to one which does not. 

Their decision making process has been "hamstrung" for quite a while now. Seems like the liberals and moderates in the party have gained more of a foothold than they had even under Bush 41. I believe they'll become even more "hamstrung" than they are now because of the uptick in the liberal side of the party.

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On 10/4/2021 at 3:39 PM, BrotherTony said:

Their decision making process has been "hamstrung" for quite a while now. Seems like the liberals and moderates in the party have gained more of a foothold than they had even under Bush 41. I believe they'll become even more "hamstrung" than they are now because of the uptick in the liberal side of the party.

The Media like to create that illusion, but in the end it will be the voters that decide. Unlike the DNC, which brazenly cheats, the GOP still relies on the democratic process. 

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2 minutes ago, Danny Carlton said:

The Media like to create that illusion, but in the end it will be the voters that decide. Unlike the DNC, which brazenly cheats, the GOP still relies on the democratic process. 

It's NO illusion, my friend. The Republicans are just as cupible as the Democrats. I have several family members in politics, and I myself have followed politics for years and have been active in them myself. The GOP likes to give the illusion that they rely on the "democratic process," as you put it, but while the Dems are cheating one way, the Republicans are trying to cheat in others. Fact...no fiction to it.

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