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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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Our pastor is preaching through the book of Luke. Yesterday he preached on the Lord's Prayer in Luke 11. An excellent sermon.

Then, in adult Sunday school, our pastor is conducting an overview of the Bible. We are in Exodus and yesterday we began discussing the 10 Commandments. We only through the first 3 yesterday.

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In Sunday school we are in Revelation and the tribulations.

No one never knows from one Sunday to the next what my message will be on, at present time I don't know what next Sundays message will be.

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In Sunday school we are in Revelation and the tribulations.

No one never knows from one Sunday to the next what my message will be on, at present time I don't know what next Sundays message will be.


It must be tough as a pastor trying to figure out what in the world you're supposed to preach. My pastor teaches expository messages from a book of the Bible on Wednesday nights, and sometimes Sunday nights, but all other sermons are random.
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After much prayer our pastor picks a book of the Bible and preaches through it from beginning to end. We are currently in the book of Luke, we are up to the 11th chapter. We began in Luke last year.

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It must be tough as a pastor trying to figure out what in the world you're supposed to preach. My pastor teaches expository messages from a book of the Bible on Wednesday nights, and sometimes Sunday nights, but all other sermons are random.


Not really, of course there has been a few times that I was running out of time before it finally dawned on me what the subject ought to be. I have never had a planned series. Although one time a long time back I had been hitting a subject each Sunday morning building up to my sermon to be given on Passover Sunday. A member of our church whose late husband was my pastor when I was saved at about 15 years of age, I'm not 63, made a comment, "I feel with the issues you've been proclaiming each Sunday morning that your leading up to a special sermon for a Sunday morning very soon." I suppose she was the only one who noticed this, I just smiled and said, "Perhaps you will soon know if your correct or not.

Now this is only what I believe is right for me. I do not like series of sermons on the same subject. I understand well that many pastors plan a series of sermons. If they want to do this and they feel its right, that's OK with me. But I feel perfectly at ease by coming up with a new topic for each of my sermons, I feel if I planed a series that I would miss out on the leading of the Holy Spirit in guiding me to preach on the topic he would have me to on that particular Sunday.


1Co 2:4 And my speech and my preaching was not with enticing words of man's wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power:

No doubt about it, Paul was letting the Holy Spirit lead him, today I fear many go on their own and do not give the opportunity for the Holy Spirit to guide them on the topic of their messages.

I'm going to give few examples of the things that the Holy Spirit wants to do for us and our local church.

Inspire the worship. Phil. 3:3; Jn 4:24
Direct missionaries work. Acts 8:29; 13:2,4; 16:6,6,10
To aid in our singing service. Eph. 5:18-19
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Warn its members. 1 Tim. 4:1
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All the rain and warm nights really has the grass growing; it's needing cut again!

With a holiday weekend coming up I better make sure we get our shopping done today, make a trip to the bank and then cut the grass.

The cops sure have been thick the past couple days. Guess they are warming up for this weekend.

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It's getting close to time for church. I'm so thankful for a faithful pastor and a good church for us to attend. Such is even a more clear blessing at times such as this when we have heavy hearts.

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It's getting close to time for church. I'm so thankful for a faithful pastor and a good church for us to attend. Such is even a more clear blessing at times such as this when we have heavy hearts.


So true John, but for some, in such times as this, they abandon church and God.
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