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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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Sorry, forgot to mention this in my previous post...

Judge Napolitano has written and spoken about unconstitutional aspects of Lincoln's and Bush's presidencies. I mostly wanted to mention this because it takes us up to the present...or very recent past. We'll have to wait a few years, and hope the freedom for such remains, before we can begin reading about the unconstitutional aspects of the Obama Administration.

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I guess I fail to understand why so much emphasis is placed on one dead president. Don't get me wrong' date=' I love history but pick on Lincoln so much?[/quote']

After Lincoln was assasinated the Radical Republicans, and others, began to carefully build the myth of Lincoln which has been the standard taught in America for generations. It's only been in more recent times that the truth has been able to be brought forth in wide circulation.

It's not about picking on Lincoln, it's about setting the record straight; exposing the lies and establishing the truth.

I'm against those who simply set forth to trash or demonize every aspect of any leader, whether Lincoln, Hitler, Reagan, Stalin, Clinton or Churchill, just as I'm against the putting forth of lies in order to build them up into something they are not or to make them appear even better or worse than they were. Let the truth speak for itself.
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Lincoln did trample on the Constitution but he was forced to because of Europe. The Europeans powers, including the Vatican, still wanted control of what they thought was theirs and they were doing this by splitting up the Union. A lot has been written on this but check out William Grady's book "What Hath God Wrought: A Biblical Interpretation of Amercian History." Lincoln knew that popish people were going to try to kill him. Even to this day there are politicians who would love to bring us back under European powers.

Bill



Blame it on the Catholics....

It seems the classy thing to do as an IFB.
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Lincoln did trample on the Constitution but he was forced to because of Europe. The Europeans powers, including the Vatican, still wanted control of what they thought was theirs and they were doing this by splitting up the Union. A lot has been written on this but check out William Grady's book "What Hath God Wrought: A Biblical Interpretation of Amercian History." Lincoln knew that popish people were going to try to kill him. Even to this day there are politicians who would love to bring us back under European powers.

Bill

Okay....this is classic...and looney. lol

(of course, anything coming from William Grady would have to be. :P)
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No matter which side anyone falls on this subject' date=' everyone still has only writers to rely on when it comes to Lincoln. There aren't any eyewitnesses (or earwitnesses) left. It all comes down to whom one chooses to believe and why.[/quote']

There are plenty of first hand accounts by those closest to Lincoln, including his wife, and they all proclaim Lincoln wasn't a Christian. So what it really comes down to is whether one believes those who knew Lincoln best or those from the outside who make different claims than those who knew him best.
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Okay....this is classic...and looney. lol

(of course, anything coming from William Grady would have to be. :P)


Actually, that particular book is a very good one. One thing that book does point out with regards to the RCC is the fact they took advantage of Lincoln's recruitment in Europe for soldiers. The RCC pushed its underclass followers to take the free trip to America so as to boost their numbers and political power in America.

Another thing pointed out was how the RCC attempted to poise themselves so whichever side won they could take full advantage of the situation.

I don't recall reading any of the wild and speculative conspiracy theories others put forth. Some of which go so far as to say the Pope orchestrated the war, set out to kill Lincoln so they could put their man in the white house and then set forth to crush the "protestant" south...
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Were there any other "unconstitutional presidents" or just the one associated with the Civil War (er, The War Between the States, um, or was it The War of Northern Aggression?).

I read of Abraham Lincoln being a bad prez and in recent history, Clinton and GWB being a bad prez. Surely there were other unconstitutional presidents. Why aren't more articles written about them?

...While this is just my two cents, ma'am, I think Lincoln is spoken of so much because...
(a) He seems to be heralded as one of the greatest presidents ever in the White House, surpassing even George Washington. When, in all honesty, he was not.

(B) It was a very touchy time in history; there's a lot of myth and lies associated with the Civil War. For example: many (if not virtually all) think the War was about slavery; that Generals Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson were racists; etc., etc. Being Lincoln was the person who was over the United States completely after the war, it is only logical he should be included in all of this turmoil.

As I said, ma'am, these are my two cents, and, to me at least, they make sense.
God bless,
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