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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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H-C, :Green

Thank you for posting those stories. :thumb :clap::clap::clap::clap:

It is things like that, and ongoing as they are, they are happening all of the time by America's finest. These are only the ones we hear about. They just prove that the spirit that made America great is not dead after all. :clap::clap::clap::clap:

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H-C, :Green

Thank you for posting those stories. :thumb :clap::clap::clap::clap:

It is things like that, and ongoing as they are, they are happening all of the time by America's finest. These are only the ones we hear about. They just prove that the spirit that made America great is not dead after all. :clap::clap::clap::clap:

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To the naysayers I have to say this:::::::::

Did you do your part to help preserve America's freedom??? I.E. Did you enlist in any branch of the military services??? I say enlist, because there is not a draft anymore. If you did, then how is it that your memory is short for what you pledged to uphold. If you did not, then SHAME ON YOU!

"Any able bodied young man who will not give up his freedom (as in military service for his country) to defend his freedom does not deserve his freedom."

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To the naysayers I have to say this:::::::::

Did you do your part to help preserve America's freedom??? I.E. Did you enlist in any branch of the military services??? I say enlist, because there is not a draft anymore. If you did, then how is it that your memory is short for what you pledged to uphold. If you did not, then SHAME ON YOU!

"Any able bodied young man who will not give up his freedom (as in military service for his country) to defend his freedom does not deserve his freedom."


I could be emphatic too but, I won't. I retired from the Navy. I have 3 sons in service. 2 in the Air Force and 1 in the Army. We are a military family but, we are fighting for folks we may not entirely agree with in every way especially their ammendment rights...right?

I really enjoyed your OP articles and the French have been forgetful of our nation's sacrifice for them.
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Actually, I believe there is only a few who appreciate the American soldiers and the sacrifices that has been made to give them the freedoms of which they enjoy. Prior to the Vietnam War the same could not be said.

Most young Americans today say they don't have time to served in the America Military service.

On January 24 in the history of this country 115 service members made the ultimate sacrifice so that we could be a free people. Click on the link and you will see a list of 115 names, but remember, this is much more than a list of names, the people gave their life for your freedoms you now enjoy.

http://www.vvmf.org/index.cfm?SectionID ... yOnly=true

Without many of our Military members making a sacrifice with their life, right now Hitler just might be the dictator of both Europe and America. I promise you if he was, everything about your life would be different and you would actually have many things to complain about.

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Actually, I believe there is only a few who appreciate the American soldiers and the sacrifices that has been made to give them the freedoms of which they enjoy. Prior to the Vietnam War the same could not be said.

Most young Americans today say they don't have time to served in the America Military service.

On January 24 in the history of this country 115 service members made the ultimate sacrifice so that we could be a free people. Click on the link and you will see a list of 115 names, but remember, this is much more than a list of names, the people gave their life for your freedoms you now enjoy.

http://www.vvmf.org/index.cfm?SectionID ... yOnly=true

Without many of our Military members making a sacrifice with their life, right now Hitler just might be the dictator of both Europe and America. I promise you if he was, everything about your life would be different and you would actually have many things to complain about.

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Alimantado' date=' I don't think those stories are necessarily true. These kinds of stories and jokes are common as many Americans have bad opinions of the French.[/quote']
Thanks Kevin--I understand they are not accounts of real events, but rather stories designed to make a point. That was my argument!


The naysayers on this thread? I'm the only one who objected and then only to the stereotyping of the French inherent in the stories.


And we are all forgetful of the sacrifices made by people from other countries, including France, who fought and died alongside the allies in both world wars.
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