Monday January 16th – 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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149 Responses to Monday January 16th – Open Thread

  1. Dommy says:

    10.”Christ: God’s power and God’s wisdom” (1 Corinthians 1:24).

    9.”Christ, Who is God’s image” (2 Corinthians 4:4).

    8.”The churches, Christ’s glory” (2 Corinthians 8:23).

    7.”The Lord Jesus Christ . . . the glory” (Ephesians 1:17).

    6.”Christ is the head of the church” (Ephesians 5:23).

    5.”Christ in you, the hope of glory” (Colossians 1:27).

    4.”The mystery of God: Christ” (Colossians 2:2).

    Jesus Christ is Lord.

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  2. SteveInCO says:

    04 days, 11 hours, 41 minutes

    107 hours, 41 minutes

    6461 minutes

    Soon the slimy slithering snake will be ejected from the White House.

    Not that I’m counting, mind you.

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  3. teajr says:

    I’ve been waiting for this thread to open all day lol.. For those interested, and it’s quite a long read, but:

    tags include Clooney, UN, Soros, Obama.. you get the idea

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    • Janie May says:

      A quick perusal highlights for me just how tangled and deep the tentacles of these people are…I feel like we are SOOOOO naive and way behind the curve. If we have similar groups and networks I really wish someone would tell me about them. I hate feeling like we are being so outmaneuvered on such a scale.

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      • Raven says:

        We do have a similar group Janie May, we just cannot see them at this moment. . .

        “Now when the attendant of the man of God had risen early and gone out, behold, an army with horses and chariots was circling the city. And his servant said to him, “Alas, my master! What shall we do?” So he answered, “Do not fear, for those who are with us are more than those who are with them.” Then Elisha prayed and said, “O LORD, I pray, open his eyes that he may see.” And the LORD opened the servant’s eyes and he saw; and behold, the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha.…” waiting to take on the bad guys! (2 Kings 16:15-17)

        Hallelujah, we have a far greater network!

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      • teajr says:

        I literally just started watching the “Where is Eric Braverman” Series by George Webb, on youtube… I would love it if Sundance would either tell us if it’s a dead end/ conspiratorial BS, or if there’s really something to it.. It appears to make more sense than not, and helps to fill in blanks answer that I’ve had from stories I’ve read over the years, especially the past year.

        If there’s something to all this, Sundance could break it down easily for dummies, such as myself.

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  4. Garrison Hall says:

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  5. nimrodman says:

    In keeping with the above “microaggression”

    In case you needed another reason to avoid her movies (It’s all-racism-all-the-time there in lefty land, apparently).

    Hollywood activist Ashley Judd wants ‘standard issue’ black emojis to combat ‘white privilege’

    (oh, by the way: existing emojis are actually yellow but that’s just “code for white” according to Ms Judd)

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  6. Sentient says:

    Tonight on NPR (I listen so you don’t have to) they interviewed Dan Savage (the sodomite). I went to his Twitter. Sometimes it’s interesting to read the Twitter feed of libtards. I tell, you, this Savage and his type are going to be out of their freaking minds with Trump as president. He retweeted some Business Insider “story” based on the Christopher Steele dossier that Trump changed to a more Russia-friendly policy on Ukraine in exchange for Russia releasing DNC emails. The buggery is driving Savage crazy.

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    • BigMamaTEA says:

      Sentient, THANK YOU (for listening so I don’t have too!) And for posting here.


    • Lucille says:

      If you’ve ever read any of Savage’s writings or the transcripts of his speeches/interviews, it’s obvious the man is mentally off. His practices are beyond the usual for male/male, and into the sadistic, masochistic and bizarre of the radical gay. Thank God such a bully and true degenerate will no longer be welcomed at the People’s House like he was with Obama.


  7. usnveteran says:

    National Mammal In Peril! Yellowstone Begins Capturing Wild Buffalo For Slaughter:

    Local Residents Work Together To Save The Buffalo:
    (Every year the BLM blame slaughter of buffalo – to oblige the ranchers and landowners …)

    Volunteer With Us (Field Volunteers Needed Now):

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  8. Lucille says:

    Planned Parenthood is a typical leftist production showing their heartlessness and evil….

    “Congress’s Planned Parenthood Investigations Find Horrifying, Criminal Practices”
    by Phelim McAleer – 15 Jan 2017

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  9. gettherejustassoon says:

    “The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically. Intelligence plus character – that is the goal of true education.” – Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

    These words of Dr. King ring just as true today, perhaps even more so, than when he uttered them. An example of this sort of education, one of which I think he would be truly proud, is that of Talladega College.

    If you haven’t heard the recent story, and even if you have it bears repeating, they were invited to participate in a parade, the 58th Presidential Inaugural Parade. A student at the college, Dollan Young, circulated a petition in support of the band, the March Tornadoes, taking part. There were both praise and condemnation of accepting the invitation.

    In the end, the college President Billy Hawkins stated, “As many of those who chose to participate in the parade have said, we feel the inauguration of a new president is not a political event but a civil ceremony celebrating the transfer of power.” President William Harvey, of Hampton University echoed, “In my view, it is an honor to be invited to the inauguration of any President of the United States. The college and its band are celebrating the peaceful transition of power—a hallmark of America’s democracy and swearing in of a new President.”

    So, with all the politicians, entertainers, and celebrities choosing to take the low road, leave it to a small college in Alabama to show the way in what it means to act with honor, to be patriotic, and decent human beings. I think Dr. King would be very proud, very proud indeed.

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      • gettherejustassoon says:

        We are all mortal beings, frail creatures with finite capabilities. We seek to know the infinite, yet only have glimpses of the eternal. Consequently, all we really have are propositions, ones that must be open to discussion and debate.

        If any proposition is found wanting, then this ought to be welcomed as it may help to former a newer, better one. If any proposition is affirmed, then this is welcome as well, although someday it may need some renewal or expansion.

        Dogma, such at that from the link you provided, short-circuit the process of formulating concepts and testing them, part of the educational process. As you indicated, critical thinking was has left the academy. This is a scandal of education in this country, because it is the hallmark of an educated person.

        Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. once said, “Nothing in all the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity.” Engaging in a shutdown of engaging one another in debate because some might be offended by certain words, ideas, or concepts is to submit to such undermining of one’s personhood, diminishing the person’s contribution to society, and, in actuality, a dehumanizing of an individual.

        We need educators and students who intense about how yesterday can inform us today giving, hopefully, better preparation for tomorrow.


  10. nwtex says:

    US Army soldier based at Fort Hood is found dead – making him the TWELFTH GI from the Texas base to die in the last two months as investigators probe bizarre cluster of suicides, accidents and fatal fights at the base
    14 January 2017

    Army investigates death of Sgt. Alex Mathew Dean Taylor, 23. Taylor, an aviation operations specialist, was found dead at his post in Fort Hood.
    Since November, 12 soldiers assigned to Fort Hood have died.
    Three were killed in a suicide bomb attack at Bagram air base in Afghanistan.
    Others died in accidents and from gunshot wounds.

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    • duchess01 says:

      So sad – I hope and pray Trump will look into the cause and effect of this plague on our military – both active and inactive – that God in His infinite mercy will ease the pain of those contemplating and their families – thank you for sharing, usn!

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      • auscitizenmom says:

        Remember, we now have a diversive military.

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        • duchess01 says:

          Unfortunately, yes, aus!

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          • auscitizenmom says:

            And, since there is NO WAY to weed out the radicals, there is going to be trouble. I don’t know if it has anything to do with this particular situation, but it will happen. My son was concerned back when he was in about the sailors who had connections to gangs. And, there seemed to be a lot of them.

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            • duchess01 says:

              Very different military from the one of our fathers and grandfathers – maybe, because it is voluntary – maybe, not – the draft was random selection – there was a time when certain people were rejected – then, don’t ask; don’t tell – then, anyone could be acceptable – a time when the National Guard was the National Guard – and that changed – rules of engagement changed – the variables are numerous – hard to get a handle on all of it – so I pray and hope for the best –

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              • auscitizenmom says:

                I don’t think it is a problem with it being voluntary. I think what happened is the ones in charge are trying to destroy the effectiveness of the American military. And, all this social engineering is ridiculous.

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                • duchess01 says:

                  Have to agree with you there – lack of leadership and social engineering are definitely problems – let’s hope and pray Trump will make the changes needed to correct this – I am confident he will – because he has little tolerance for ‘stupid’ – 🙂

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  11. Dora says:

    Joseph Farquharson (1846-1935) was a Scottish painter best known for his winter landscapes.

    Cauld Blaws the Wind Frae East to West (1888)

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  12. duchess01 says:

    Verse of the Day

    “For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.”
    Romans 6:23 (KJV)

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  13. BakoCarl says:

    For a while, I thought it would be a good idea to try to encourage postings to the “Our Chapel in the Woods” thread. After thinking about it, I think it is best to keep Christian postings on the “Open Thread” as is happening now. Otherwise, the Christian postings could be sidetracked, and not generally seen, read and appreciated as they are now on the open thread.

    Your thoughts?

    Anyway, at that time, I wrote a little verse to encourage visits to the Chapel, which really should happen, I think, here, on the “Open Thread.”

    Sooo . . .

    Come Visit our Chapel (Open Thread)

    After you perch in our Conservative Tree,
    Don’t be like the little bird that flew
    Straight on its way, passing our Chapel,
    Like a little lost friend, lonely and blue.

    Visit our Chapel right here in the Woods,
    And help our congregation grow, too.
    Bring yourself, all your thoughts and prayers
    And, now and then, leave a small note or two.

    We’ll kindle fire in the stove, coffee to warm;
    Wear your old slippers or comfortable shoes.
    We’ll chat about God and learn from His Word,
    While you rest on your own well padded pew.

    Share a favorite verse or profound thought,
    Or a poem, just written, you’d like to debut.
    Perhaps your day, once dull, is now happy,
    A devotional stirred up the joy you once knew.

    Bring your worries and cares for your prayers,
    They’ll soon be gone like smoke up the flue.
    Whatever it is that can build up another,
    Share it with your sisters and brothers, too.

    And let’s fight life’s hard battles on holy ground
    With the full armor of God protecting you.
    Knowing that battles are part of God’s plan,
    We’ll learn some insights to see our lives anew.

    For those worst times (we’ve all had a few)
    We’ll work together to help each other through.
    And we’ll encourage each other all the day,
    For the Word of our Lord is right and true.

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    • God was guiding me through a little birdie this morning. While I was writing my update about my experience with my husband’s spirit this morning a little bird had stopped by my picture window and chripped a couple times before flying away. I tried to see the little bird before it flew away, so did my little girl cat. But it was gone before I separated my curtains to look outside. Then I read this lovely poem you wrote and there’s the answer to what the little birdie was telling me.

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      • BigMamaTEA says:

        karensundstrom, yes ma’am.

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      • justfactsplz says:

        I had never paid that much attention to birds in the past. After my sudden cardiac death experience in 2008 God made nature and birds up front and center for me. I noticed every feather, every leaf. God has used the birds to get my attention so many times when I get to preoccupied or if I am deeply saddened or grief stricken. After getting my attention I am able to focus on what God is telling me. Hugs for you, Karen.

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    • BigMamaTEA says:

      BakoCarl, I would like posting in BOTH places. Some do not even realize that, that is actually a thread.

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  14. Dora says:

    Human rights for non humans. Good grief.


    ELECTRONIC PERSONS? European Parliament Committee Votes In Favor Of Granting Human Rights For Robots

    The draft report, approved by 17 votes to two and two abstentions by the European Parliament Committee on Legal Affairs, proposes that “The most sophisticated autonomous robots could be established as having the status of electronic persons with specific rights and obligations, including that of making good any damage they may cause.”


  15. Today would have been my husband’s birthday. And God blessed this morning with a nice conversation with my husband in my dreams before I woke up this morning. It gave me a lot of comfort to have that time with him. The major take away from that experience was that any time my heart started aching my husband would say I’m here and I felt his warmth surrounding me and my heart stopped aching and I was able to sleep more. In fact I was able to sleep a couple hours longer do to that conversation with my husband.

    So to honor the man I love and his memory on this day I’d like to wish him a very Happy Birthday.
    His name was Stephen Dale Long – and he went by the name of Steve.

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    • Sandra says:

      Big hugs to you. I just lost my father recently and I cannot imagine how my mother is feeling. They were together for more than 60 years. The pain I feel for her loss is far worse than the pain I feel for my own loss, which is considerable. I don’t know how you get through something like that, losing your spouse. It seems like you have found a way to cope. I wish your husband a happy birthday too.

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    • VegasGuy says:

      My prayers to you and yours in this difficult time. The Lord works in mysterious ways to comfort us in time of need.
      I hope your path to inner peace for your loss continues to lay its’ way before you.

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    • Lburg says:

      Happy Birthday Stephen Dale Long. You remain precious in your dear wife’s heart. May peace be with her today as she remembers the best of your lives together.

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      • IdahoDeplorable says:

        Prayers for you, Karen. And a Happy Birthday to Steve.
        When I lost my dear mother, she came to me in my dreams, too. It was so comforting. She did that for me until I was stronger. God’s blessings to you.

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    • auscitizenmom says:

      Happy Birthday to Steve. I imagine all of Heaven is celebrating having him back with them.

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    • Raven says:

      Dearest Karen,

      So wonderful to see you here today. I am thankful to read your posts and find the Lord holding you close through your sorrow.

      My parents and oldest sibling have been gone for many years, but each year on their birthdays I sing the Happy Birthday song to them, always blubbering by the end, missing them so much. So today I will sing Happy Birthday Steve with you, knowing today truly is the best birthday celebration he will have. It sucks the most to be left here though. . .

      Please let me know if there is anything I can do to help, and know we continue to hold you up to the Lord, Jesus Christ, in prayer.

      yours eternally. . .

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    • Karen,
      You are in my thoughts and prayers still. After my Dad passed, he visited me in my dreams too. It was very comforting. A Happy Birthday to Steve.
      Sincerely conservativeinny

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    • Lucille says:

      Happy birthday, Steve! Give all the other saints there with you a big shout-out from us. Someday we’ll all meet and celebrate our homecoming.

      God bless you with peace and comfort, Karen.

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    • justfactsplz says:

      Thank you for sharing your heartfelt feelings with your friends here at CTH. I have continued to pray for you since I heard about your husband’s passing. There are prayers for you over on the Prayer Request thread. Just click on the candle at the right of this site if you haven’t been there. We are here for you, Karen.

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  16. cjzak says:

    Bob Beckel returning to Fox and the Five. Really? Isn’t he the one who went after the slander info on Trump????


  17. Sentient says:

    OMG – A foreign government tried to influence the US election:

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

    “I HAVE A DREAM…and this is it!”

    Liked by 1 person

  19. Janie M. says:

    The Orlando nightclub shooter’s wife has been arrested as the authorities felt she was lying about her knowledge of the event. She was charged with obstruction. From the NY Post:

    Feds arrest Orlando nightclub shooter’s wife


  20. BigMamaTEA says:

    Project Veritas news video release


  21. anthohmy says:

    Somebody in r/The_Donald was asking about bleachbit today, as it why bleachbit. Then somebody here posted to Stratfor emails. Read a few. That notification Wikilieakes added that the email had been verified by DKIM popped again.

    A few days ago I read one of the pdf copies of the email Hillary delivered to the State Department and duh…

    Why deliver them in paper form and not in their original electronic form? And then bleachbit the electronic form?

    We have no proof of the authenticity of the originating source of the email or that those emails weren’t altered before being given to the State Department.

    It would have been so much easier to send them electronically, there had to be a reason to print them.

    It cannot even be said that the emails were delivered to the State Department without all the metadata. Rather unverifiable printouts of the forward facing content of the emails was delivered to the State Department.

    Wouldn’t a FOIA request rightfully include all the metadata?

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    • BigMamaTEA says:

      I think a lot of us have already been doing this; but ………..

      “10 rules for radicals of the right”

      “…….Paradoxically, populism is a movement of individualists whose common denominator is the U.S. Constitution. Unlike our cultural opponents who hold the hive-mind mentality of big-government statists, our true strength isn’t in our numbers, but the rightness of our cause. We don’t need to wait for marching orders from Donald Trump or any other perceived leaders; we can act on our own or in small groups on the inherent authority granted to us by God and affirmed by the founders. The quicker we all decide just to do that, the quicker we can restore this republic. (I figure we’ve got about a two-year window.)………..”

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    • BigMamaTEA says:

      anthohmy, you’d have to check out the current FOIA law. (The government is really behind in technology themselves. They spend all their time attempting to capture and contol ours.

      IMO the printing out (in paper) was a strategy with a purpose. The metadata would’ve given Judicial Watch a searchable database. Plus, the Hilldabeast wanted to slow the investigation down, and make it as difficult as possible.

      She gambled and lost.

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      • anthohmy says:

        Thanks BigMamaTEA, I will check it out. There is a guy I follow on Twitter @carlmalamud who has made an art form out of bulk FOIA requests -probably not all the right ones. He finds things nobody would think to ask for and then uploads them to the internet archive. I think I will make a study of how he does it.

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        • BigMamaTEA says:

          Excellent. That would be a good resource to have, anthohmy. Btw, don’t be hesitate to reach out to him, with questions, or offers to help, etc. I’m sure he’s a wealth of info, besides his archives.


  22. md070264 says:

    I hope the great and powerful Sundance can get the low down on The CGI fun that is going on now and publish.

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  23. BigMamaTEA says:

    Schemes and schemes……How the Obama WH, a Dem mega-donor, and the green energy industry could be inflating a credit bubble

    “Political Power Boosts Controversial Green Energy Financing Scheme”


  24. BigMamaTEA says:

    ******Nomination Hearing

    1/18/17– 10:00 AM EST- Attorney General Scott Pruitt to be Administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency


  25. auscitizenmom says:

    Will somebody tweet to Eric Bolling on the Five that this is NOT the first Inauguration that John Lewis has boycotted. He also boycotted Bush. This is just a repeat and he lied when he said it was the first time he has missed an inauguration.

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  26. Liar Liar pantelonas en fuego……….

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  27. Lucille says:

    THIS DAY IN HISTORY…Benny Goodman brings jazz to Carnegie Hall

    Benny Goodman – Sing Sing Sing from Carnegie Hall 1938, Newsreel footage!

    From Jon Hancock’s YT comment in 2015: “Thanks everybody for watching my little film. I had such good fun putting it together, I only wish that there was more of the original footage to work with. I have spent years looking, but I fear it is all lost. I am hoping to issue an update for my book to celebrate the 78th anniversary. If I get it finished on time, it will be available as a free download on my website. Happy New year everybody. Jon Hancock”

    And for another, more clear recording of SING, SING, SING….

    See also:

    If this doesn’t make you want to get up and dance, there ain’t no hope…hahahaha!

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  28. BigMamaTEA says:

    Bonnie over at via reports and comments:

    …..” Progressives (aka communists) have a new poster child, or series of poster children, for hope. It’s not President-elect Trump or his cabinet picks, but a cast of Americans featured in the “We the People” campaign, a so-called “diversity” campaign which deliberately leaves out white men – the people who founded this nation.”

    Bonie’s comments:
    ………”Native American woman who looks like a man, Muslim woman who desecrates the American flag by turning it into an Islamic headbag, Hispanic (illegal alien?) woman with flower in her hair, African-American (transgender?) boy with hair that makes him look like a girl, &
    Lesbian married couple about to kiss”………”Apparently, gay males are no longer part of “We the People,” ever since Milo Yiannopoulis, a very popular outspoken conservative gay man AND Trump supporter broke all the rules for victimhood qualification as determined by the Left.”


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

    The CIA is glaringly absent.


  30. H.V says:

    Rap between right winger and left winger


  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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