Sunday July 16th – Open Thread

Our 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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90 Responses to Sunday July 16th – Open Thread

  1. Red_desi says:

    Latest from Reuters. French president probably had too much wine

    Trump may reverse decision on climate accord, France’s Macron says: JDD

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  2. Garrison Hall says:

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  3. BakoCarl says:

    God’s Orchard

    Our world is an orchard God planted and grows,
    With deep, dark, rich soil and water that flows.
    We are His trees, all growing in God’s fields,
    And each is unique with different yields.

    God gave us His Spirit to show us the way
    To grow fruit for Him, each and every day.
    This isn’t just you, it’s also about me,
    But I have to ask, what’s growing on your tree?

    The foremost of God’s fruit is simple love.
    Love God, and our neighbors: His gift from above.
    Love the Lord with all our heart, mind and soul,
    And love our neighbors – those must be our goals.

    Joy is the fruit to make our poor hearts glad.
    God plan is our happiness, not to be sad.
    Believing in Him, inexpressible joy,
    Now and forever, His presence to enjoy.

    Peace, God’s peace, a harmony of mind,
    A fruit to be treasured for all of time.
    Let the peace of Christ rule in our heart
    And our fears and worries will all depart.

    Patience we show when we wait on the Lord;
    Waiting and trusting are special rewards.
    Goals, plans and steps are all made by man,
    But all will be done by God’s perfect plan.

    Kindness to others, as shown through our life,
    Is our protection from discord and strife.
    For just as God gave His kindness to us,
    We can give others our kindness plus.

    Goodness is uprightness of life and heart,
    One of the things setting Christians apart.
    The world might call it having a good name,
    But we credit God, from Whom goodness came.

    Faithfulness leads to God’s blessings, it’s true,
    A faithful servant, the best we can do.
    For Christ was faithful to us, in life and death,
    There, on the cross, to His very last breath.

    Gentleness and meekness should grow on our tree,
    As we walk with our God in humility.
    Though we may crave honors, it must be reversed.
    Forever in God’s eyes, the last will be first.

    Self-control will keep us on God’s path,
    Not seeking the world and incurring His wrath.
    The Kingdom of God is not worldly pleasure,
    But righteousness, peace and joy, all in good measure.

    Hate, anger, impatience, cruelty and strife
    Are what the world will chain to us in life.
    Wickedness, betrayal, wantonness, and pride
    Will be bound to us, so we must decide.

    Will we live life for Him, for all of our days,
    Praising and thanking and walking in His ways?
    It is for freedom that Christ set us free,
    So search your heart now, what’s growing on your tree?

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  4. freepetta says:

    Lord please give President Trump the strength to withstand the nonsense that is thrown his way. In Jesus name. Amen

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  5. Lucille says:

    Court sentences Amish man to six years in prison for selling improperly labeled salves which have been sold in Amish country for centuries. Thanks to the FDA leftovers from Obama….

    Gov’t Overreach: FDA Targets Amish Farmer
    Tipping Point With Liz Wheeler on OAN

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    • usnveteran says:

      Lucille ~
      I’ve been following this report and was just absolutely floored about what has happened to the Amish farmer. It is so incredibly asinine for the government to refuse to label GMO foods and allow Monsanto to sell frankenfoods — however this man gets a prison sentence for selling salves that have been used in his culture for generations?!?

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      • Lucille says:

        USN, As the man in the vid said, President Trump has been informed by many citizens. So, hopefully, he will advise his administration officials to challenge the sentence and get the largely innocent man released. No one has died or suffered ill consequences. It’s all a governmental power trip.

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  6. usnveteran says:

    House With A Heart Senior Pet Sanctuary:

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  7. citizen817 says:

    Recently the creator of the ‘hockey stick’ climate graph, Michael Mann, was held in contempt of court for withholding his so-called scientific evidence. Why wouldn’t he show his data? Because it would prove it’s all a fraud, that’s why. The globalists have purchased the best scientists money can by. The data is skewed to fit what the buyers want.

    Michael Mann was humiliated, but Al Gore has been joke for long time. He wants a $15 trillion carbon tax. He’s declared war on carbon, a basic building block of life. Al Gore and his business partner David Blood (Blood and Gore—I’m not making this up), stand to rake in a vast fortune in the process. They own carbon ‘trading’ companies designed to regulate the gas that plants love.

    The climate change slave train is ready to go and Al Gore is screaming “All aboard!” We need to speak out against this con man. Humiliate him. We don’t need his engineered climate change bunk. Derail him!
    — Ben Garrison

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  8. smiley says:

    Portrait ~ Regan Boyse

    2011

    o/c

    Joe Bowler (1928-2016) ~ American ~ magazine Illustrator, Portraiture

    🙂

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  9. Di says:

    Very interesting:

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  10. Dora says:

    Gustav Klimt – “ISLAND IN THE ATTERSEE” (1901)

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  11. smiley says:

    Iranian Military Agent Caught Trying To Enter U.S.

    Member of Iranian fighting force tied to IRGC turned away in Boston

    July 13, 2017

    a senior member of the Basij military force, posing as a “cancer researcher”, turned away at Logan Airport…he was to “assume residency at a Boston-based hospital”…was detained and “deemed inadmissable” and sent back to Iran.

    “The situation highlights growing efforts by Iran to penetrate The United States with supporters of the hardline regime.”

    ( John Kerry called this a “tragic” move, sending him back.)

    apparently, this wasn’t…isn’t…the first or only IRGC member to have a US visa.

    troubling.

    more here….

    http://freebeacon.com/national-security/iranian-military-agent-caught-trying-enter-u-s/

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  12. Dora says:

    Whenever I come across another one of these stories, I am reminded of how quickly our country is going to hell. It’s so depressing. I don’t even know what can be done about it now. The problem has become so overwhelming. Surely removing the benches is not the answer.

    ===

    While homelessness surges in Disneyland’s shadow, Anaheim removes bus benches

    Cities across California ­ notably Los Angeles and San Francisco ­ are dealing with swelling ranks of the homeless. But officials in Orange County said most suburban communities simply don’t have the resources and experience to keep up.

    http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-anaheim-bus-stops-20170715-story.html

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    • smiley says:

      found this, about a couple of GOOD COPS in San Diego who found a solution for part of this sad situation….video included….

      http://www.upworthy.com/how-to-deal-with-homelessness-in-a-reasonable-humane-way

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      • amwick says:

        The good cop in this video said that there is no law against homelessness. I understand he was speaking in general… but there are laws about homelessness, he is choosing what to enforce and what not to. He wants to help these people, not just throw them into jail… I get it.. Street smarts.
        http://wraphome.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/NVL-Update-2016_Final.pdf
        Look at page 10 for a summary. BTW it is possible that some of these laws have changed by now.. some may have been more restrictive.

        This is a huge issue in CA, I hope the SIP program helps San Diego.

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        • decisiontime16 says:

          If something was done about the underlying issue of rampant drug addiction, much of the homeless problems would stop.

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          • amwick says:

            Yes,,, it is such a complicated and heart-wrenching issue. Many times, there are issues with mental health as well.

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          • smiley says:

            true…but whether it’s the sad result of addiction, alcoholism, mental illness, PTSD or just plain abject poverty, it’s a terrible terrible situation for ANY human being to be stuck in.

            it’s easy to label “them” as addicts, losers etc…but many folks were rendered homeless & desperate when obama fundamentally transformed this country for 8 hideous years.

            just about everybody was brought down several knotches…the middle class became the working poor, many of them…the working poor became desperate and the desperate poor became homeless.

            “there but for fortune go you or I”

            misfortune can and does happen to good people…sometimes from out of nowhere.

            when it happens to older people, there sometimes is no way out of it.

            when it happens in towns where money rules and greed and power call all the shots, pretense is the norm.

            the homeless are rejected and regarded as a curse b/c they are reminders of the human condition.

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    • Warrior1 says:

      CA has the highest poverty rate in nation.

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  13. WeeWeed says:

    Mornin’ infidels!

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  14. Dora says:

    Oh my!

    ==

    Hobby Lobby Just Announced Plan To Close ALL Stores – Founder Reveals The Alarming Reason Why…!

    In an open letter the Founder and CEO David Green revealed that he may close down all 500 stores in all 41-states, because of religious persecution began by the Obama Regime.

    The personal and heartfelt letter emotionally chronicles Green’s battle with the government and his commitment to follow God’s teachings, even if it means, that after 40-years of being one of the most recognizable and well received stores in America, he will close down his business.

    http://joeforamerica.com/2017/07/hobby-lobby-just-announced-plan-close-stores-founder-reveals-alarming-reason/

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  15. duchess01 says:

    Verse of the Day

    “As the Father hath loved me, so have I loved you: continue ye in my love.”
    John 15:9 (KJV)

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  16. duchess01 says:

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  17. duchess01 says:

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

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  18. duchess01 says:

    SATURDAY, JULY 15, 2017
    He’s More Powerful Than Ever!

    http://www.theignorantfishermen.com/2014/09/hes-more-powerful-than-ever.html

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  19. Dora says:

    This day in history.

    ==

    Anniversary of the Murder of the Romanovs
    https://teaattrianon.blogspot.com/2017/07/anniversary-of-murder-of-romanovs.html

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  20. duchess01 says:

    What I Hate – Merle Haggard

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  21. Martin says:

    Greatest of all time IMO:

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  22. Dora says:

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  23. Lucille says:

    Turkey’s ongoing persecution of Assyrian Christians
    July 16, 2017 8:34 AM By Robert Spencer
    https://www.jihadwatch.org/2017/07/turkeys-ongoing-persecution-of-assyrian-christians

    The Caliphate continues to descend upon the land. As head of state, Erdogan takes the power he’s been given and subjugates the populace drip by drip until one day they will be completely under water. Every nation which adheres to Shariah goes the same route.

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  24. 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 and their families 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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  25. JC says:

    I know I’m late posting this, but I hope enough people can see it to help brighten this veteran’ day. (Having internet issues & will be unable to post later tonight on the next open thread – if anyone would like to re-post it on the new thread, I’d appreciate it. Thanks.)

    http://www.goodhousekeeping.com/life/news/a45112/veterans-dying-wish-text-call/

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