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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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6 hours ago, PastorMatt said:

Having some fried dough tonight

$5's   $10's   or  $20's  ???

5 hours ago, BrotherTony said:

Also my wife is going to make a side salad when she get's home. 

I like a side salad as long as it is a "side" of beef.  🙄

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12 hours ago, Jim_Alaska said:

Quite a bit of calves liver, smothered in sautéed onions. I have not had this dish for many years, not sure why, but I still love it. It's not for everyone I suppose.

Sounds good to me, Brother! I love calves liver and onions in gravy! I used to have to eat quite a bit of it when I was younger because of anemia. It's great for building the blood! 

For my wife and and I this evening, she decided she wanted chicken nuggets, sliced tomato, and field peas! 🙂 

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53 minutes ago, BrotherTony said:

Sounds good to me, Brother! I love calves liver and onions in gravy! I used to have to eat quite a bit of it when I was younger because of anemia. It's great for building the blood! 

For my wife and and I this evening, she decided she wanted chicken nuggets, sliced tomato, and field peas! 🙂 

I prefer lambs liver, with fried onions and bacon. I have some chicken liver in the freezer and am thinking of making some chicken liver paté.  I have been thinking of other a while but not getting around to it.

I was put off liver many years ago, for a while. After our firm's canteen servup liver that was as tough as if it was made from fried leather.

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2 hours ago, Invicta said:

I prefer lambs liver, with fried onions and bacon. I have some chicken liver in the freezer and am thinking of making some chicken liver paté.  I have been thinking of other a while but not getting around to it.

I was put off liver many years ago, for a while. After our firm's canteen servup liver that was as tough as if it was made from fried leather.

England must be quite different in what is offered in markets. here I have never even seen lambs liver for sale. I'll bet it is good. I do chicken liver quite often, but decided to take a break with the claves liver. I do the chicken liver rolled in four and slowly cooked over moderate heat until browned. I like it plain, just like I described with no added onions or gravy.

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I like it. We used to also get calves liver and pods liver in the stores. Recently  I have only seen lambs liver, it is very cheap. I got some chicken liver a few weeks ago and it was in the "Reduced for quick sale" section.

I have not been eating too well recently.   

The Friday before last friends picked us up and took us to the coffee morning at our church, after that we went to lunch in the restaurant in one of our local garden centres. Halfway through our meal I suddenly felt unwell and collapsed on the table. People were speaking to me but I couldn't answer. A couple of first aiders came over and called my daughter and dialled 999 for an ambulance.  The paramedics too me to the local hospital where I had a number of checks. I was already waiting for an appointment for a 3 day echocardiogram they put me on a drip for the rest  of the day a d sent me home at 11.00 pm. While I was there I  saw the specialist who said I wasn't to drive again till they said I could. I had not been driving much as my eyesight is getting worse. 

At the end of last week I received a package from the hospital which contains a thing I have to stick on my chest for 14 days to measure my heart or something. I haven't used it yet as the instructions are too small for me to read. 

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Invicta, I don't know what Pods Liver is, I don't even know what a Pod is.

I am so sorry to hear of your experience at the restaurant, it sounds serious. What you were sent sounds like a heart monitor; I had one they gave me once and it records what your heart is doing in a given amount of time and records it for the doctor. This tells them if the problem you have is your heart.

You should not wait too long to use it. It is important they they see the records soon so they can deal with any potential problems.

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Invicta, my old friend, please, for your own sake, PLEASE don't wait to use the device the doctors gave you. I had to wear something like that for several weeks so the doctors could take continuously monitored readings on my heart. It's important, and we don't need to lose another brother to heart problems. 

I don't know what Pods liver is either, and I've got many friends over in the UK. Maybe you could expound a bit. We here in the States use calves liver, beef liver, chicken liver, and in my family, some of the time deer liver. I've only seen lambs liver when I lived in Wisconsin nearly 40 years ago, except for the one time I did see it in Georgia when my wife and I lived there over 30 years ago. I tried some, and it was delicious! 

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17 hours ago, Invicta said:

I like it. We used to also get calves liver and pods liver in the stores. Recently  I have only seen lambs liver, it is very cheap. I got some chicken liver a few weeks ago and it was in the "Reduced for quick sale" section.

I have not been eating too well recently.   

The Friday before last friends picked us up and took us to the coffee morning at our church, after that we went to lunch in the restaurant in one of our local garden centres. Halfway through our meal I suddenly felt unwell and collapsed on the table. People were speaking to me but I couldn't answer. A couple of first aiders came over and called my daughter and dialled 999 for an ambulance.  The paramedics too me to the local hospital where I had a number of checks. I was already waiting for an appointment for a 3 day echocardiogram they put me on a drip for the rest  of the day a d sent me home at 11.00 pm. While I was there I  saw the specialist who said I wasn't to drive again till they said I could. I had not been driving much as my eyesight is getting worse. 

At the end of last week I received a package from the hospital which contains a thing I have to stick on my chest for 14 days to measure my heart or something. I haven't used it yet as the instructions are too small for me to read. 

Sir, Do try to keep well following your doctor's advice; prayerfully, f

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