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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.

Dispensationalism and the Doctrine of Election

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I have begun to put up my new book on Dispensationalism and the Doctrine of Election on my web site. This will be about a 347,000 word document when it is totally up. We will be adding a new chapter about every week as the Web Master formats them.

The link to these studies is below:
http://disciplemakerministries.org/Pages/Dispensationalism/DispensationalismIndex.htm

The Introduction and first two chapters are up presently. There is a link to a Comments page at the bottom of each Chapter. If you would like to add a comment, you can click on the link and do so.

If you want to be notified when a new chapter is up, sign up for notifications on the Line Upon Line Blog and you will be notified by e-mail (link below):
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Chapter Five of
Dispensationalism and the Doctrine of Election
is up:

Election and God's Sovereign Eternal Purpose

http://www.disciplemakerministries.org/Pages/Dispensationalism/Sovereign.htm

Comments can be made by clicking the link at end of the article.

The Dispensational Chart is also available in PDF.
Link:
http://www.disciplemakerministries.org/Pictures/Dispensational%20Chart.pdf

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Chapter Six of
Dispensationalism and the Doctrine of Election
is up: 7,470 words

Sovereignty: What Does It Mean?

http://www.disciplemakerministries.org/ ... mIndex.htm

Comments can be made by clicking the link at end of the article.

The Dispensational Chart is also available in PDF.
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http://www.disciplemakerministries.org/ ... 0Chart.pdf

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Dispensationalism and the Doctrine of Election Refutation of Calvinism, Arminianism, and Covenant Theology is posted (5,231 words) Chapter Seven Election as Defined by the Hermeneutic Principle of First Mention http://www.disciplemakerministries.org/Pages/Dispensationalism/DispensationalismIndex.htm Comments can be made by clicking the link at end of the article.

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The next chapter of

Dispensationalism and the Doctrine of Election

Refutation of Calvinism, Arminianism, and Covenant Theology

is posted (5,881 words)

Chapter Eight
"Now . . . in Christ Jesus"

http://www.disciplemakerministries.org/ ... mIndex.htm


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Dispensationalism and the Doctrine of Election

Refutation of Calvinism, Arminianism, and Covenant Theology

Chapter Nine
The Big ?if?
(7,349 Words)

and

Chapter Ten
The First Creation in Labor Pangs for the New Creation
(6,003 words)

are posted

http://www.disciplemakerministries.org/ ... mIndex.htm

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Dispensationalism and the Doctrine of Election
Refutation of Calvinism, Arminianism, and Covenant Theology

Chapter Thirteen
Understanding Election from the Old Testament and the Unfolding Nature of the Abrahamic Covenant
(Romans 9:1-5)

http://www.disciplemakerministries.org/ ... mIndex.htm

This chapter begins an extensive and inductive exegesis of Romans chapter nine. This chapter alone is 14,978 words. There will be four more chapters of similar length from Romans chapter nine. Again, these studies are not intended for the milk and cookies crowd. If you are not willing to invest the time to read all the articles, please do not post comments or ask questions. Each chapter is a "line upon line" presentation inductively of successive truths built one upon the other.

Many of the questions I get are already answered in previous chapters. The fact that the questions are repeatedly asked, reveals that the articles are probably just being skimmed or not read at all.

Comments can be left in the Comments Page of the Web Site.
http://www.disciplemakerministries.org/ ... mments.htm

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