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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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We are still in lockdown so we have not been able to meet with anyone except my daughter and some of her family who live at the same address.   We have been able to have one service at church and from the 21st march we will be able to have an evening service as well.  That is my birthday.   We will have to spray the chairs between each service.  2 weeks ago my grandaughter and the husband returned from Nice in France and twas hey have to be self isolating in the back annexe, 1t was her 21st birthday last week so my daughter went to thw chippie and got some takeaway chips while her husband cooked some steaks. No restaurants are are to open as yet. Today I did spaghegti bolonaise.

 

 

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Had sirloin steak,  chips and green  beans for lunch, will have scrambled eggs with chives on toast with Lea and Perrins Worcester sauce for supper.

As it is my birthday,I  invite every body to have a cake or a cookie perhaps.

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I had a real treat, for me that is. I have not had access to Moose Meat since I lived in Alaska, almost twenty years ago. A friend gave me some Moose and Caribou. 

So, tonight I had Caribou steak cut in strips and dry dredged in pancake flour with spices. Quick fried in an open pan. Also had asparagus spears steamed.

For those who have never had Caribou or Moose, this cooking method and combination is wonderful.

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Today we had potluck at church. The church bought fried chicken...and the deli gave us the wrong order. So - they called us and told us our order was still there. They GAVE it to us, so we had an overabundance of chicken. Not only did we feast on it for lunch, we were able to send a bunch home with folks, and deliver some to others. 

We also had ham, au gratin potatoes, pasta salad, potato salad, veggies, and two different cakes for dessert (lemon, and strawberry shortcake).

The best part of the day was the preaching/teaching. On our first Sundays, we have an afternoon service instead of an evening service. It works out nicely since we have the potluck. Our son has been given the honor and responsibility of teaching the afternoon service, so it is even more enjoyable for me.

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I am not a Chick-Fil-A fan, never been to one. But that's OK, I would gladly swap going there for where I actually live, which is more distant that Happy Christian. I live in a small community of 80 people.

The nearest Chick-Fil-A to me is 80 miles.        Colin Jost Shrug GIF by Saturday Night Live

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I'm doing the Keto, Bro. Mike. Lost sixteen pounds. It is not a strict Keto, just no sugar, which I don't usually use anyway. Extremely low Carbs though. This is a first for me as far as diets go; I don't usually stick to them well. Another first for me is lots of veggies, I have had a life long hatred of veggies. I am finding that cooking my own recipes makes veggies really good. The only thing I really miss is starchy stuff like rice and noodles or pasta. But I am sticking to it.

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9 hours ago, Jim_Alaska said:

I'm doing the Keto, Bro. Mike. Lost sixteen pounds. It is not a strict Keto, just no sugar, which I don't usually use anyway. Extremely low Carbs though. This is a first for me as far as diets go; I don't usually stick to them well. Another first for me is lots of veggies, I have had a life long hatred of veggies. I am finding that cooking my own recipes makes veggies really good. The only thing I really miss is starchy stuff like rice and noodles or pasta. But I am sticking to it.

While on a not-strict version, I pretty quickly lost about 50 pounds, not even really trying, and seem to have plateaued there for now. My wife says she can see it, but no one else seems to-a testament to how big I have been: 50 pounds down brought me to just below 300 pounds, so I'm still a big tub of goo, but we're moving along.

Congrats on the 16 pounds-I don't recall you being a particularly large man by any means, so 16 pounds is a real difference for you. 

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On 4/7/2021 at 11:42 AM, Jim_Alaska said:

I live in a small community of 80 people.

Wow, I never lived in a town that small before. I live in what is considered a very small town of 20,000 people.

Being surrounded by cities, we have a choice of thousands of restaurants within 10 radius miles to eat. Not good for the belly or budget. I just checked and within 1 radius miles of us we have 5 McDonald's to choose from. UGH....gross

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The nearest city to me is Yreka, California, it has a population of 7500. It is an hour away from me; this is where my church is located. When people think of California they think huge populations. They never think that there are places like where I live; but actually there are many small communities in California, especially in the northern and western parts of the state.

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