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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 going to warm up above freezing, thankfully. But then I believe it's supposed to nose dive again. That polar vortex break off is wreaking havoc in a lot of places this year.


Bless your heart!! Stay warm up there!!


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I've never been on this thread before. Is it a kind of forum-within-a-thread, or is it a chat about the weather that's lasted for 1,167 posts? ;)

Nah - it's just a thread that BroMatt started that invites comments around the spectrum.  The last one to post when (if) he closes the thread wins.  hehehe.  Join us and post whatever you like (well, within reason  :nuts: ).

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Excellent study in the Word last night! We studied how we are to cast aside self and live for Christ. In this, we are not to try and shine light upon ourselves, but rather to reflect the light of Christ to others.

 

We also discussed the importance of not holding onto regrets and other things from our past which weigh us down. Through Christ we have been forgiven and we must forgive ourselves and others also. We are to lay aside every weight that hinders us. When we cast our cares upon the Lord, we must remember to leave them there instead of picking them back up to carry some more.

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I've never been on this thread before. Is it a kind of forum-within-a-thread, or is it a chat about the weather that's lasted for 1,167 posts? ;)

 

Lol!  1167 pages, if you please. 23,331 posts. Wow!

 

 

BTW... you've been here for almost 7 years, and you've never been in this thread?!? Wow again.   :frog:

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Yes, it's awesome, awesomely watered down! Rick Warren is spot on trying to appease the world while trying to be a Christian leader.

 

May the one become dusty and the other set his feet firmly on the narrow path, not caring for worldly acceptance.

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I noticed Warren followed the path many others before him have followed. While not as sound as it should be, his earlier work is more biblically sound, but as he gained in popularity and obviously craved the attention (especially being called "America's pastor", not what Billy Graham is retired) his books took on more and more of a "social gospel" aspect, which isn't what Scripture teaches, but is something the world likes and something many Christians fall for.

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Yes, it's awesome, awesomely watered down! Rick Warren is spot on trying to appease the world while trying to be a Christian leader.

May the one become dusty and the other set his feet firmly on the narrow path, not caring for worldly acceptance.


Amen!!! From your lips to God's ear!!


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Anyone who posts after me thinks the New Living Translation is awesome and Rick Warren is spot on.

 

Yes, it's awesome, awesomely watered down! Rick Warren is spot on trying to appease the world while trying to be a Christian leader.

 

May the one become dusty and the other set his feet firmly on the narrow path, not caring for worldly acceptance.

 

I guess John81 neatly turned it, eh, Song?  :nuts:

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