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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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It's no more America's responsibility to feed the children of the world than it is to arm it...Let's not turn this into an anti-America thread, guys.  Moving on....

I'm simply posting random facts that show up without regard for if they are about animals, humans, politics, Russia, Korea or whatever. My postings in this thread are random and for fun, no intent to turn the thread to anything otherwise or to post anything in particular.

 

The only thing I do when finding random facts to post here is to leave out those of a sexual nature. Sometimes there seem to be a lot of those out there.

 

As to your other point, I fully agree it's not America's responsibility to feed the children of the world. It's not America's responsibility to police or parent the world at all. Those are points for a serious thread, not a fun and games thread.

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This from my studies in pharmaceutical healthcare for my Health Informatics major.

 

If you combine every prescription drug given for every kind of physical disease (cancer, heart disease, diabeties, etc), injury, or chronic physical condition.  They would equal only HALF of the number of prescriptions given in the U.S. to treat emotional issues, behavioral, stress, and depression.  A sad statement of the peace and joy of the modern world we live in.  

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Geographically, Alaska has the distinction of being the most Eastern State in the U.S. and ironically is also the most Western state because the 180 Longitude which geographically divides East and West travels through parts of Alaska.  Alaska is also the most northern state, and in 1941 tried to purchase 100 square miles of Antarctica and grant it Alaskan statehood so they could also be the most southern.  

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When I was a child many believed blowing cigarette smoke in the ear of someone with an earache would make them feel better.

Yeah, I heard that one too.  A lot of politicians must have heard it also.  They are blowing smoke all the time.

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The doctors took those out of me, back when I was five years old too.  That was in the forties.  I don't think they do that anymore for some reason.  I never had any ear prOBlems either.  Just about every youngster I know seems to have a lot of prOBlems today.  I believe it's cause the doctors don't the tonsils out the first time there is a prOBlem.  Of couse as usual, I ain't no doctor, so what do I know.  :coffee2:

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The doctors took those out of me, back when I was five years old too.  That was in the forties.  I don't think they do that anymore for some reason.  I never had any ear prOBlems either.  Just about every youngster I know seems to have a lot of prOBlems today.  I believe it's cause the doctors don't the tonsils out the first time there is a prOBlem.  Of couse as usual, I ain't no doctor, so what do I know.  :coffee2:

Insurance companies decided taking them out was costing them too much money so they stopped covering such operations unless there was an extreme need. That's why so many children in the 80s ended up with tubes in their ears.

 

From what I've been told, the insurance companies ended up not covering many tube procedures so the doctors had to switch to something else.

 

It's a sad random fact that because of greed, insurance companies and the government control many doctors decisions more than does actual medical sense.

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