Sunday January 8th – Open Thread

Tomb of the Unknown ChristmasOur Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy Name. Thy kingdom come. THY WILL BE DONE, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but DELIVER US FROM EVIL.

For Thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory, forever and ever. Amen †

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122 Responses to Sunday January 8th – Open Thread

  1. Dommy says:

    Jesus Christ is Lord.

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    • Bruce says:

      13These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God. 14And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us: 15And if we know that he hear us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of him.

      1 John 5 13:15

      5:13-17 “Upon all this evidence, it is but right that we believe on the name of the Son of God. Believers have eternal life in the covenant of the gospel. Then let us thankfully receive the record of Scripture. Always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that our labour is not in vain in the Lord. The Lord Christ invites us to come to him in all circumstances, with our supplications and requests, notwithstanding the sin that besets us. Our prayers must always be offered in submission to the will of God. In some things they are speedily answered; in others they are granted in the best manner, though not as requested. We ought to pray for others, as well as for ourselves. There are sins that war against spiritual life in the soul, and the life above. We cannot pray that the sins of the impenitent and unbelieving should, while they are such, be forgiven them; or that mercy, which supposes the forgiveness of sins, should be granted to them, while they wilfully continue such. But we may pray for their repentance, for their being enriched with faith in Christ, and thereupon for all other saving mercies. We should pray for others, as well as for ourselves, beseeching the Lord to pardon and recover the fallen, as well as to relieve the tempted and afflicted. And let us be truly thankful that no sin, of which any one truly repents, is unto death.”

      Matthew Henry

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    • duchess01 says:

      Thank You, Jesus, for blessings received and prayers answered!

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  2. Garrison Hall says:

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  3. Timmy-the-Ute says:

    Does anyone else practice chalking their door for Epiphany (20+C+M+B+17)?

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    • sunnydaze says:

      Never even heard of it. What’s that about? You’ve peaked my curiosity now.

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      • Timmy-the-Ute says:

        During Epiphany you take a piece of chalk and write 20+C+M+B+17 on the door frame. The 20 and 17 is the year and C, M, B stand for the 3 wise men and “May Christ bless this dwelling”. It is a way to bless one’s house for the New Year. The family also resights a blessing. Old European practice.

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        • JoAnn Leichliter says:

          That is really nice. Thanks!

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        • skeinster says:

          We do this in our parish. Father does the blessing at church, then families take the blessed chalk home and write the inscription over the doors.

          We also have the Blessing of Gold, Frankincense and Myrhh.

          LIke Timmy said, C, M, and B are the initials of the traditional names of the Wise Men- Caspar ( also sometimes spelled Gaspar), Melchior and Balthazaar.

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        • amwick says:

          MY HOA would right me a nasty letter. 😦

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          • amwick says:

            Wrong write! Oh boy, is this going to be a long day….

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          • Timmy-the-Ute says:

            That is why it is written with chalk. 🙂
            Epiphany is usually Jan. 6th, but in America it is the first Sunday after New years Day (8th this year).

            Does anyone know why Epiphany is after the Feast of the Slaughter of the Innocents (Dec 28th)? In the Bible the wise men come before Herod kills all the babies. The answer my priest said was rather weak.

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            • Marian says:

              The slaughter of the Holy Innocents happened one or two years after Epiphany. It took some time for Herod to figure out the Magi did not follow his orders about reporting to him.

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            • Deb says:

              The Feast of the Epiphany predates the feast of the Holy Innocents (Dec. 28) by 100-200 years. The feast of the Epiphany was chosen as the end of the Christmas season when Christmas was instituted as the feast of the incarnation. The “Epiphany,” the acknowledgment of the divinity of the newborn King and the fact that he came to save all nations, is an appropriate way to end the Christmas celebration on the “Twelth Night.”

              The Feast of the Holy Innocents was created after Epiphnay and Christmas. Numbers play an important role in liturgy, prayers, scripture, and the church calendars. The Christmas season was 12 days, an important number in Christianity. An “octave” was also an important amount of time in ancient Christianity that is not as well known today, but still used in Catholocism and Orthodoxy. It is the 8 days after an important feast day, and the 8th day was called the “Octave of Christmas”, “Octave of Easter,” etc. The 8th day was often a day of celebration along with the feast day. So, it was considered appropriate to place the Feast of the Holy Innocents during the Octave of Christmas (the eight days after Christmas) to honor the innocents who lost their lives because of the Kingship of Christ. They are considered martyrs, and it was seen as highly proper to honor them during the Christmas season. Dec 28 was a day during the octave that was not already taken.

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  4. emet says:

    As Samson smote the Philistines with the jawbone of a donkey, leaving them in heaps; so Trump has laid low the cunning deceitful media with truth and tweets. And I pray that we never again have leaders who try to shame us for merely wanting to live in a strong, safe, righteous nation. Amen

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  5. justfactsplz says:

    I am so looking forward later this month when Christianity is less under attack and pc rules.

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    • usnveteran says:

      justfactsplz ~
      Unfortunately, I believe that Christianity will be more under attack. It is easier to get to us than to get to Mr. Trump. We must pray and be prepared.

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      • skeinster says:

        So, don’t stop building the priest holes and stashing sacramental wine quite yet?
        Joking a bit, but praying for his safety often.

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      • justfactsplz says:

        I believe in being prepared and I pray for these times and days. Jesus never told us our path would be easy but He will be with us whatever lies ahead.

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    • waltherppk says:

      I am still trying to figure out why Christians are not simply called Christians but are called instead “evangelicals” as a kind of PC euphemism used to avoid calling Christians what they are. If you ask a Christian are they a Christian they would answer quickly yes but then if you ask them are they an evangelical they would probably have to think about that awhile ….which is probably the idea.

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      • Raven says:

        I am a Christian and prefer to go by Christian alone — without any denomination behind that description.

        I am an evangelical — because Jesus calls His children to go into the world and spread His good news — also known as evangelizing or to evangelize.

        I am also a Born Again Christian — because Jesus said no one can see His Kingdom unless they are Born Again. So I do not wear that title as one of being better than thou, but of being eternally grateful Jesus saved me from my wretched sin filled state.

        These days all terminology related to Christianity seems to be swaying with the wind like terminology in general. Words hold little meaning beyond what the person saying them thinks they mean. Like Billy Boy once asked, “What is is?”

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      • Deb says:

        I am a Christian, but I am not an evangelical. I am a Catholic.

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      • justfactsplz says:

        The term evangelical is used by the left to demean Christians. I consider myself a Christian and Evangelical. Some Christians don’t like the term Evangelical because they see the term as meaning Pentecostal or Holy Roller.

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        • waltherppk says:

          Yes, that is EXACTLY what I think is a subliminal message there involving over use of the term “evangelical” as a “dog whistle” kind of slur used to identify Christians in general as being radical zealots and activists, (which I suppose to amoral lefty liberals might seem true about anyone having actual values and principled beliefs), because to the left it is clear according to their “arithmetic” moral = “radical”

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  6. F.D.R. in Hell says:

    Snow on the ground in every state except Florida.

    If you’ve got any to spare, we’d ❤ some down here. 👿

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  7. Texasranger says:

    CNN Camera Man Captures Something You Weren’t Supposed to See!

    While MSM Media presstitutes are relentless in their desire to further brainwash their gullible audience, we have been given a gift by a CNN camera man who happened to capture something that the Crappy News Network wishes you didn’t see.

    News Video Jan-7-2017:

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  8. smiley says:

    Geraniums

    1960

    dry brush on paper

    Andrew Wyeth ~ American Realism

    potted flowers at the window of Christina Olson’s house ~ Cushing, Maine.

    🙂

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  9. Lucille says:

    “The Specifics of Sharia’s Savageries”
    January 7, 2017 By Raymond Ibrahim

    https://www.jihadwatch.org/2017/01/raymond-ibrahim-the-specifics-of-sharias-savageries

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  10. nwtex says:

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  11. nwtex says:

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  12. Dora says:

    Jules Breton won a prize in 1857 for his painting: Blessing of the Wheat, Artois.

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  13. nwtex says:

    Bye-bye.

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  14. nwtex says:

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  15. nwtex says:

    Tammy Bruce
    9:53 PM – 7 Jan 2017

    I’ll be on @CBSNews @FaceTheNation Sunday, on the political panel 1030a ET

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  16. Dora says:

    I had no idea that Kellyanne was such a good Catholic. The biggest news for me in this article, is learning that DJT met and received a blessing from Fr. Rutler. That’s something!

    ====

    Kellyanne Conway: Feminism’s Nightmare

    http://remnantnewspaper.com/web/index.php/remnant-television/item/2967-kellyanne-conway-feminisms-nightmare

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  17. JoeS says:

    MY favorite liberal is dead:

    This man respected the idea of freedom of thought. He was NOT politically correct and he was TRULY for provocative argument. He let the chips fall where they may.

    He was a frequent guest on the conservative “Bob Grant” show which appeared on WABC in the NYC area for decades.

    RIP Nat Hentoff! If all liberals were like you, only if.

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  18. duchess01 says:

    Verse of the Day

    “For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”
    Matthew 11:30 (KJV)

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  19. WeeWeed says:

    Mornin’ infidels!

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  20. Southpaw says:

    Stories for Noah

    When we first moved to Columbus, Ga. it was a quiet little army town. Big enough for one Red Lobster. We never locked our doors and the bikes were left outside laying down on the walkway as your dad and uncle ran into the house. The rooster across the road was better than any alarm clock. Then the highway came and that meant growth. All the things that were statistical were becoming real. A second Red Lobster meant to me that we would begin to experience the problems of larger cities that I knew from growing up around Philadelphia, violence and property crimes.

    One neighbor would become police chief. The guys I played golf with at the local muny were the fire chief, black baptist pastors, and the local chiropractor. Everyone knew everything about everyone else. A wonderful small town. One morning a police officer took a young man home, he stole the officer’s gun and killed him. The town had become a city. Time for defensive action. The first step was locking the doors. The big Labrador was the second line of defense. Had to get the third line of defense.

    Our shipping manager at work was an NRA trainer. I asked him what a good weapon for home protection would be, your grandmother had never handled a weapon. He recommended a revolver that would be easy to operate and control. His side business was a self defense range and training center. I took your grandmother for a training class. The shooting tunnel had a bad guy target coming at you on a wire. He taught by showing how to fire two shots. The first one lower and as the gun kicked fire the second round. My first try with the new pistol I hit the guy in the thigh and the shoulder. He showed your grandmother proper handling and aiming techniques then took her into the tunnel. When he opened the door and said to me, “Be good boy.” Your grandmother looked at me with that look where your glasses slide down your nose so you are making eye contact without looking through them. The smile was close lipped with the corners of her of upturned. The bad guy target had two holes, one through the reproductive parts and the second between the eyes. I got the message.

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  21. youme says:

    Steffi Vertriest for a Sunday morning…

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  22. andeclain says:

    More bad news about “mentally disturbed” truck drivers, this time in Jerusalem:

    http://www.reuters.com/article/us-israel-palestinians-truck-idUSKBN14S0E3

    I’m intrigued by the URL. Why does Reuters seem to immediately connect events in Israel to the USA?

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  23. timglave says:

    I came across an interesting thing and I wonder. What is with all these lone wolves working for security firms? Mateen and now Santiago. Is there a connection somewhere.

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  24. Bursterer says:

    OY VAY! I think I’m in ?

    For the past year this site has truly been a refuge, giving peace to mind. I’m one of fews words, applying the K.I.S.S principle, easier with my dyslexic brain (I have a small fear of reds pens).

    With the fascinating analytics by SD and the mind-boggling bloggers, I’ve wanted at times to throw in a piece of a puzzle to find a fit. I’m hooked.

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  25. Lucille says:

    “When ‘Peace’ Means Capitulation to Islam”
    by Giulio Meotti – January 8, 2017

    “We will win because Americans don’t realize… we do not need to defeat you militarily; we only need to fight long enough for you to defeat yourself by quitting.” — Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, one of the al-Qaeda planners of the 9/11 attacks.

    https://www.gatestoneinstitute.org/9726/peace-capitulation-islam

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  26. LadyRavenSDC says:

    Our government is trying to silence Gary Hunt who has reported extensively on the Ammon Bundy case – an excerpt:

    “January 6, 2017

    Rumor has it that I was visited by the FBI, yesterday, January 5, 2017. That rumor is true It was not an investigation or an interview. Instead, it was to hand me a letter from the Portland, Oregon, United States Attorney’s Office, signed by Pamela R. Holsinger, Chief, Criminal Division, on behalf of Billy J. Williams. That letter was a Cease and Desist letter.

    Today, I told the FBI messenger that I had no intention of complying; that I wanted to look into my legal rights. A few hours later, I was informed by two sources that the government has filed An affidavit, and request for a court order, and a proposed order wherein they order me to remove my articles with discovery information in them, and refrain from publishing any more discovery information.

    This is fast becoming a matter of the First Amendment right of the people to know what their government is doing.”

    Read here – http://outpost-of-freedom.com/blog/?p=1920 Statement by Gary Hunt, Outpost of Freedom, with regard to the government attempting to silence the Freedom of the Press

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  27. Lucille says:

    Has this attempted murder received much media coverage? Are we going to know whether the shooter is a Mexican national or a jihadi or both or neither?

    “Suspect Arrested in Shooting of US Official in Mexico”
    January 08, 2017 2:57 PM – VOA News
    http://www.voanews.com/a/suspect-arrested-in-shooting-of-us-official-imn-mexico/3667926.html

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  28. LadyRavenSDC says:

    Pathetic and irresponsible!

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    • Rickster says:

      Yeah but, if you have ears and can hear the guy say “Smaack him Agin” you know it’s not a “European” saying it. Maybe I’m wrong but don’t think so. It does suck that they would try to pass this off though.

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  29. So, I’m in the kitchen cooking and listening to the TV which is on in another room and some celebrity interview show comes on and they are discussing the stars that will appear on the red carpet tonight for an awards show….and all I can think is what a bunch of self-centered, pompous, disingenuous arse kissing….ah …. ah…..ah….Hillary voters (It’s the term that fits all of them regardless of age, gender or race….hmmmm…..come to think of it I guess you could say that the Dems are the party of inclusiveness as long as you agree with them you can be included in the “I voted for Hillary” club….

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  30. Rickster says:

    Fellow Treepers, if you watch the Super Bowl please join me in “not watching” any of the half time show. Lady Gaga is the main act, I refuse. I know a lot of us have turned football off all together, that’s awesome as well. I am a Steeler fan, my wife a Packer fan, those are the only games I have watched all year. If either or both of those teams are in I refuse to watch the halftime show.

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    • Raven says:

      Sounds good Rickster. If you could post this same comment on the Open Thread a few more times before game day gets here that would be great. More people can see who may not come to this thread later in the day.

      Your wife may get another good football year after tonight’s win!

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  31. auscitizenmom says:

    lilbirdee12’s prayer:

    Our Heavenly Father, Your children come to you tonight to ask for healing and peace throughout our country so that we may return to being One Nation Under God. Guide us to be leaders in Your Kingdom, spreading Your Love and Salvation to all. Forgive us our sins and deliver us from evil.

    Lord, we ask for a blanket of protection over all our troops and law enforcement who serve to defend and protect us. Bless our representatives with the strength and wisdom they need to achieve the path You have chosen for us.

    Please place Your Guardian Angels of Protection around Donald Trump and Mike Pence as they seek to lead America back to You.

    Grant us patience, Lord, as the evil ones try to anger us and cause us to fall.
    Spread blessings over Israel and Netanyahu.

    We humbly ask that You please comfort those who are grieving and in pain.
    Thank you Father, for Your Love and the gift of Life.

    In Jesus name, we pray. Amen

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