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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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Got this in my email. It's something....

When in England, at a fairly large conference, Condi Rice was asked by the Archbishop of Canterbury if our plans for Iraq were just an example of empire building' by George Bush.
She answered by saying, 'Over the years, the United States has sent many of its fine young men and women into great peril to fight for freedom beyond our borders. The only amount of land we have ever asked for in return is enough to bury those that did not return.'
You could have heard a pin drop.
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There was a conference in France where a number of international engineers were taking part, including French and American. During a break, one of the French engineers came back into the room saying 'Have you heard the latest dumb stunt Bush has done? He has sent an aircraft carrier to Indonesia to help the tsunami victims. What does he intended to do, bomb them?'
A Boeing engineer stood up and replied quietly: 'Our carriers have three hospitals on board that can treat several hundred people; they are nuclear powered and can supply emergency electrical power to shore facilities; they have three cafeterias with the capacity to feed 3,000 people three meals a day, they can produce several thousand gallons of fresh water from sea water each day, and they carry half a dozen helicopters for use in transporting victims and injured to and from their flight deck. We have eleven such ships; how many does France have?'
You could have heard a pin drop.
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A U.S. Navy Admiral was attending a naval conference that included Admirals from the U.S., English, Canadian, Australian and French Navies. At a cocktail reception, he found himself standing with a large group of Officers that included personnel from most of those countries. Everyone was chatting away in English as they sipped their drinks.
A french admiral suddenly complained that, whereas Europeans learn many languages, Americans learn only English. He then asked, "why is it that we always have speak English in these conferences rather than French?

Without hesitating, the American Admiral replied 'Maybe it's because the Brits, Canadians, Aussies and Americans arranged it so you wouldn't have to speak German.'
You could have heard a pin drop.
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AND THIS STORY FITS RIGHT IN WITH THE ABOVE...
Robert Whiting, an elderly gentleman of 83, arrived in Paris by plane. At French Customs, he took a few minutes to locate his passport in his carry on. 'You have been to France before, monsieur?' the customs officer asked sarcastically.
Mr. Whiting admitted that he had been to France previously. Then you should know enough to have your passport ready. The American said, "the last time I was here, I didn't have to show it.
"Impossible. Americans always have to show their passports on arrival in France!
The American senior gave the Frenchman a long hard look. Then he quietly explained, ''Well, when I came ashore at Omaha Beach on D-Day in 1944 to help liberate this country, I couldn't find a single Frenchmen to show a passport to.'
You could have heard a pin drop.

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As some of those anecdotes imply the French are cowards, I'd like to invite anyone who isn't interested in this kind of stereotyping to give a nod sometime to the 1.6 million French soldiers who died in the two world wars--all individuals who fought for their friends and families.

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As some of those anecdotes imply the French are cowards' date=' I'd like to invite anyone who isn't interested in this kind of stereotyping to give a nod sometime to the 1.6 million French soldiers who died in the two world wars--all individuals who fought for their friends and families.[/quote']


I don't think they imply cowardice on anyone's part!!! I think what they show is that many times people, including the French, forget what the Americans have done for them.

kind - we pay for the oil we get. We pay for it. We've received NOTHING free from any of these countries (save the Statue of Liberty, from the French), and we have cancelled many a debt as well as saved many a life. No, we aren't perfect. But we've done good things in this world, and that is what this thread was about.
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The American senior gave the Frenchman a long hard look. Then he quietly explained, ''Well, when I came ashore at Omaha Beach on D-Day in 1944 to help liberate this country, I couldn't find a single Frenchmen to show a passport to.'


If the point of that last story was just that the Customs Officer was ignorant of the elderly man's sacrifice on his behalf, it could have finished with something like, 'I didn't show my passport last time because I was at Omaha Beach fighting for your freedom.' Instead it finished by making two points: the elderly man was at Omaha and the French were no-where to be seen.

I can't think of any reason for the story to state that the elderly gentleman didn't encounter any French on the battlefield other than to imply that the French are cowards. Perhaps I'm being uncharitable, though. Can you think of another reason?

As far as Rice's comment is concerned (if that conversation ever actually happened), I don't believe the US has fought many wars that weren't mostly motivated by self-interest--but the same goes for every other nation. IMO, acknowledging that doesn't take away from the good the US has done for lots of countries, regardless of the motivation, or from the sacrifices of individuals.
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Of course, all of these conversations could be apocryphal! But re: the story you're talking of - there were no Frenchman on the beach at Omaha when the Americans landed. I'm sure that's what he was referencing. Perhaps, if this conversation is accurate, it was more a reaction to the Frenchman's sarcasm. Many of the younger generation don't realize what the older generation has done for us - not just in America, but everywhere.
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We'll have to agree to disagree on this. :smile The story isn't merely pointing out a historical fact, otherwise it could equally point out that the Turks weren't there, or the Icelandic. It's a story and the reference is designed to say something.

Anyway, I can heartily affirm your reasons for posting these stories, even though I think some of them say a bit more than what you intended! :clap:

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We'll have to agree to disagree on this. :smile The story isn't merely pointing out a historical fact, otherwise it could equally point out that the Turks weren't there, or the Icelandic. It's a story and the reference is designed to say something.

Anyway, I can heartily affirm your reasons for posting these stories, even though I think some of them say a bit more than what you intended! :clap:


Well, yeah, sorry if I offended with the idea that any of the stories were accusing the French of cowardice. I don't think it was, and I don't think any other nationality was included simply because he was talking to a Frenchman! But, I guess it's all in the way we read something!

Just so you know - my husband is of French heritage. The DePriest family here in America began from Robert Depress of France. He was a Huegenot who fled after the revocation of the edict of Nantes, landed in VA in 1689. So, I in no way intended for anyone to think I was dissing the French!!! :Green
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Nope! It's me who needs to apologise for not giving you the benefit of the doubt in the first place. :ooops

Thanks for the family history. I've no idea where my family are from. My great-grandparents all came from London but I haven't looked further back than that. Pretty sure they're not frogs though.....oops did I just say that?! :frog

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Well, after Napoleon the French haven't really amounted to much militarily. They couldn't handle the Mexicans in the mid-1800s. They lost and couldn't retake their caribean island to poorly armed slaves. In World War One there were high numbers of deserters and constant talk of giving up. Were it not for the British pressuring them to stay in the fight and the constant behind scenes messages that America would join them as soon as they could arrange things, the French would have given up and allowed the Germans to keep a sizable chunk of France. In Word War Two the French military, the largest and supposedly best army in Europe (some said in the world) were handily routed and half the country gave up and basically joined with Hitler. The Vichy French were among the most ardent of those who sought out Jews and turned them over to the Gestapo. For a certainty, without American help France would have remained under Nazi control.

With all that, the French have been very haughty and carried a rather holier-than-thou attitude towards America for the past several decades. Does anyone recall how the French were towards America during the Reagan years? Or even recently during the Bush years?

I don't personally have anything against France or the French of those of French background, but it is good to face the truth.

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Nope! It's me who needs to apologise for not giving you the benefit of the doubt in the first place. :ooops

Thanks for the family history. I've no idea where my family are from. My great-grandparents all came from London but I haven't looked further back than that. Pretty sure they're not frogs though.....oops did I just say that?! :frog


An ancestor of my wife was a mayor of London. I can't recall the date off hand, but I do know it was well before America was even a colony.
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I don't personally have anything against France or the French of those of French background' date=' but it is good to face the truth.[/quote']

So the French weren't victorious in many of their later battles. That says nothing about the individuals who fought. The Somme was probably one of Britain's biggest military disasters, but we wouldn't say (I hope!) that the 300,000 or so (just UK) men who died there 'didn't amount to much'.

I'd certainly agree with the spirit of Happy Christian's posting, which was to point out that the sacrifice of those who fought in the wars is too often forgotten. And it's true that the US saved Europe, including Britain. That doesn't make the sacrifice of the Europeans, including the French, who fought alongside the US any less.
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I mainly posted that to check your feathers. :Green

Even so, it's yet true that overall the French military has performed rather dismally since Napoleon lost the cream of the French in his failed quest to dominate Europe.

Of course that doesn't nullify the great accomplishments and heoric efforts of some French soldiers. It could be noted that even though France gave up, and many French agreed to cooperate with the Nazis, there was yet a number of French who refused to take this course and formed a fomidible underground resistance network; brave and noble folks.

No doubt, England made blunders, but overall their performance showed metal and perseverance, which is more than can be said for the overall French performance. It might be noted that Chruchill's pet project, the attack against the Turks, was a complete fiasco, wasted the lives of many brave men (many Australians) and came close to sinking Churchills future, yet England moved beyond that and persisted to victory (as Churchill would himself do later).
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One of my great, great, etc. grandfathers was a duke in England, but I'm not sure where. My mom has the coat of arms somewhere since she's the firstborn of her family.




Sir Francis Drake is in my family tree, on my maternal grandma's side. And my maternal grandpa's mom came over here from Wales when she was 15. I love to look into genealogy. I cannot believe some of the really neat stuff in my family tree!
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