Saturday December 23rd – 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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163 Responses to Saturday December 23rd – Open Thread

  1. Lucille says:

    CHRISTMAS JOY – BEGINNING
    by Mel Lawrenz

    That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked at and our hands have touched—this we proclaim concerning the Word of life. The life appeared; we have seen it and testify to it, and we proclaim to you the eternal life, which was with the Father and has appeared to us.
    — 1 John 1:1-2

    Beginning. The Beginning. How much we all want to know about the beginning of all things, in order to understand the now of all things, and to pursue the way things are supposed to be in our lives today. The original design must be the ideal, the way things ought to be. “In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth” (Gen. 1:1). The Bible’s opening words delineate between a time in which there was only God, and a new time in which his magnificent creation began.

    The opening words of the Gospel of John place the Son of God right there—at the beginning: “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God” (John 1:1).

    Unlike any other birth, the birth of Jesus was not the beginning of a new life. Rather, one who was there in The Beginning appeared among his creation through his birth. “The life appeared; we have seen it and testify to it, and we proclaim to you the eternal life, which was with the Father and has appeared to us” (1 John 1:2). This appearance was no dream or vision or apparition, it was an extended visitation, a flood of revelation, an appearance of the Everlasting in terrestrial form, a real life. “The life appeared.” It was heard; it was seen; it was felt. Bethlehem was not the beginning of the life of Christ, and that’s why his life can change our lives. Jesus said: “Before Abraham was born, I AM” (John 8:58).

    “I AM”: I always was, I am now, and I will always be. That is why Jesus can connect us with our original purpose.

    God reached out to the human race in a new way in Bethlehem. Whereas in the past God spoke through the words of prophets, a new channel of God’s communication was opened in Bethlehem. God “has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed heir of all things, and through whom he made the universe. The Son is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of his being, sustaining all things by his powerful word” (Heb. 1:2-3).

    So Christmas is about the good beginning (Genesis 1), and it is about the rescue of the now (John 1). That means Jesus will help us regain everything a human life was supposed to be in the first place—a real relationship with God, real wisdom, real character, real virtue. He intends to restore the image of God in our humanness.

    HAVE A BLESSED CHRISTMAS, EVERYONE!

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  2. duchess01 says:

    New gift-wrapped UFO revelations from the Pentagon: what’s going on?

    December 23, 2017
    by Jon Rappoport, No More Fake News:

    https://www.sgtreport.com/articles/2017/12/23/new-gift-wrapped-ufo-revelations-from-the-pentagon-whats-going-on

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  3. duchess01 says:

    CHECKMATE HUMANITY: In four hours, a robot taught itself chess, then beat a grandmaster with moves never devised in the game’s 1,500-year history and the implications are terrifying
    December 23, 2017

    Oxford academic: AI could go rogue and become too complex for engineers
    AlphaZero surpassed years of human knowledge in just a few hours of chess

    from Daily Mail:

    https://www.sgtreport.com/articles/2017/12/23/checkmate-humanity-in-four-hours-a-robot-taught-itself-chess-then-beat-a-grandmaster-with-moves-never-devised-in-the-games-1500-year-history-and-the-implications-are-terrifying

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  4. duchess01 says:

    Latest Bombshell: BLM Not Only Knew About The Bundy’s Water Rights But Sought To Eliminate Them!
    December 23, 2017
    by Tim Brown, Freedom Outpost:

    https://www.sgtreport.com/articles/2017/12/23/latest-bombshell-blm-not-only-knew-about-the-bundys-water-rights-but-sought-to-eliminate-them

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  5. 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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  6. KBR says:

    🎚📯🎶🔔

    (The Angel says to the shepherd)

    Angels trumpet, angels sing, Gloria gloria to our King!
    A tiny baby has come to save, all from a most cruel grave.
    Ears to hear and eyes to see, this is what He asks of thee.
    Come now, shepherd, see the lamb worthy of the Great I AM.

    Look there closely, simple man! All strength is in that tiny hand.
    Glory there where He doth lie, omnipotent, that baby’s cry!
    Purest holy innocence, coming to the world’s defense.
    Awesome power, holy grace, shines out from the infant’s face.

    Chorus:
    Angel harmonies on high, alleluia lullaby.
    Bless-ed ears can hear our joy, bless-ed eyes can see the boy!
    Alleluia, gloria, gloria. Alleluia, gloria, gloria.
    Alleluia alleluia alleluia gloria

    Now he turns his head to you, simple man, what will you do?
    As you go to bow your head He looks into your eyes instead!
    Blessed are you, so wholly blessed! Humbled by His righteousness.
    Love pours from this baby’s gaze, right through to yours! O! Feel His Grace!

    For all your days for all your years, This day of days has calmed all fears.
    One moment holy, will carry you on, until your days on earth are gone.
    O simple man, a man so blessed! Chosen shepherd, that witnesses
    All there is, all there will be, all joy unto eternity!

    Chorus:
    Angel harmonies on high, alleluia lullaby.
    Bless-ed ears can hear our joy, bless-ed eyes can see the boy!
    Alleluia, gloria, gloria. Alleluia, gloria, gloria.
    Alleluia alleluia alleluia gloria

    (A man sings)
    Alpha and omega child, most awesome power, yet sweet and mild,
    Bright star above that shone so bright, could not match His holy light.
    A chang-ed man, a chang-ed life, the shepherd that moved into the night,
    To guard his flock and tend his herd and live his life, had fulfilled the Word.

    He who heard the angels sing. He who saw the infant king.
    He who heard the baby cry, saw a star light up the sky.
    He was just a simple man, a blessed chosen simple man,
    With ears to hear, with eyes to see, but just a simple man …like me.

    Chorus:
    Angel harmonies on high, alleluia lullaby.
    Blessed ears can hear our joy, blessed eyes can see the boy!
    Alleluia, gloria, gloria. Alleluia, gloria, gloria.
    Alleluia alleluia alleluia gloria

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  7. patrickhenrycensored says:

    86-year-old woman with dementia warms up to Santa ─ and makes him cry
    http://www.foxnews.com/health/2017/12/22/86-year-old-woman-with-dementia-warms-up-to-santa-and-makes-him-cry.html

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