Monday 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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  1. DanDeplorable says:

    DAILY DEVOTIONAL, July 16, 2018

    Complete Fellowship

    “. . . fellowship with Him” 1 John 1:6

    When we were united by faith to Christ at salvation, we were brought into such complete fellowship with Him that we were made one with Him; His interests and ours became mutual and identical. To wit–

    We have fellowship with Christ in His love. What He loves we love. He loves the brethren — so do we. He loves sinners — so do we. He loves the poor perishing race of man and longs to see earth’s deserts transformed into the garden of the Lord — so do we.

    We have fellowship with Christ in His desires. He desires the glory of God — we also desire and work for same. He desires that we believers may one day be with Him where He is (1), and we desire to be with Him there, too. He desires to drive out sin — behold, we fight under His banner (2). He desires that His Father’s Name be honored, loved and adored by all His creatures; we pray daily, “Our Father, Who art in Heaven, hallowed be Thy Name.”(3)

    We have fellowship with Christ in His sufferings. We are not nailed to a cross, nor can we die His once-for-all-time substitutionary, redemptive death. But when He is reproached, we feel His reproach. When we hear His Name profaned, it cuts to the heart. It is a very privileged thing to be blamed for His care, to be despised for following the Master, to have all the world hate us for His Name’s sake (4).

    A disciple is not above his Lord. So in our measure we fellowship with Him in His laboring, ministering to men by deeds of love and with the word of truth. Our food and our drink, like His, is to do the will of Him who has sent us, to witness the gospel of our Lord Jesus to a lost and dying world.

    We also have fellowship with Christ in His joy. We are joyous in His joy (5); we rejoice in anticipation of His coming exaltation (6). Have you ever tasted that joy, believer? There is no purer or more thrilling delight to be known this side of Heaven than that of having Christ’s joy fulfilled in us (7). O what a day it will be when He completes our fellowship in His Person, the blessed day His church is joined with Him in love, seated upon His throne with Him in glory as His beloved wife and beautiful bride (8)!

    (1) John 17:24
(2) 1 Timothy 6:12

    (3) Matthew 6:9
(4) Luke 21:17
(5) Luke 10:21
(6) Matthew 25:31
(7) 1 John 1:3-4
(8) Revelation 3:21; 21:9

    –Charles H. Spurgeon, 1834-1892

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    • smiley says:

      thank you, again, DanD, for these Spurgeon devotionals, always trustworthy, sound doctrine.

      Charles Spurgeon was truly a humble and spiritually-gifted Christian, in love with Our Lord, Jesus Christ.

      🙂 ❤

      inspired and inspiring teaching.

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  2. Deplorable_Infidel says:

    For Just Being Here

    When you sigh for heaven, remember:

    “…Christ…loved the Church, and gave Himself for it…That He might present it to Himself a glorious Church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish” (Eph.5:25,26).

    Too readily we forget that Christ loves us infinitely more than we love Him; that He paid the penalty for our sins on cruel Calvary and shed His life’s blood that one day He might have us for Himself to share His glory with Him forever.

    Surely, then, He would rather have us at His side in heaven than here in this scene of sin and sorrow, and sickness and death. We should bear this in mind when we long that we might leave this world and go to be with Him.

    But there is more: The Saviour, who was exiled from this earth, and is, even now, rejected by men, has not yet rejected them. Rather, He has left us here as His ambassadors on hostile territory, to plead with his enemies, praying them “in His stead” to be reconciled to God, assuring them that He has done all that is necessary to effect a reconciliation (IICor.5: 20,21).

    And this is His attitude toward mankind now, though the prophetic Scriptures declare so emphatically that man’s rejection of Christ was to be — and will be — visited with the severest judgment (Psa.2:4-9; Acts 2:16-20).

    But not yet! Though man had declared war on Christ (Acts 4:26,27), He did not yet make a counter-declaration, but interrupted the prophetic program to save Saul of Tarsus, the leader of the rebellion and sent him forth to usher in the present “dispensation of the grace of God” (Eph.3:1-3).

    This is why, in His love and compassion, He leaves us here still to plead with His enemies: “Be ye reconciled to God”. And what about His special love for us? Entirely apart from rewards earned by service or suffering for Him, God will richly reward us (II Cor.4:17) just for being here as “ambassadors for Christ”.

    By Pastor Cornelius R. Stam

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    • Marica says:

      Infidel!! This is so very beautiful AND true!
      Surely, then, He would rather have us at His side in heaven than here in this scene of sin and sorrow, and sickness and death. We should bear this in mind when we long that we might leave this world and go to be with Him.”
      God’s truth that makes me sleep like a baby!!! How Great is our GOD!!!
      Thanks for this beautiful post!

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      • Deplorable_Infidel says:

        “Thanks for this beautiful post!”

        Hi Marica,
        Your welcome. – Michael

        Galatians 6:10 As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all men, especially unto them who are of the household of faith.

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    • Deplorable_Infidel says:

      Ephesians 5:25 Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it; 26 That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word,

      2Cororinthians 5:20 Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us: we pray you in Christ’s stead, be ye reconciled to God. 21 For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.

      Psalm 2:4 He that sitteth in the heavens shall laugh: the Lord shall have them in derision. 5 Then shall he speak unto them in his wrath, and vex them in his sore displeasure. 6 Yet have I set my king upon my holy hill of Zion. 7 I will declare the decree: the LORD hath said unto me, Thou art my Son; this day have I begotten thee. 8 Ask of me, and I shall give thee the heathen for thine inheritance, and the uttermost parts of the earth for thy possession. 9 Thou shalt break them with a rod of iron; thou shalt dash them in pieces like a potter’s vessel.

      Acts 2:16 But this is that which was spoken by the prophet Joel; 17 And it shall come to pass in the last days, saith God, I will pour out of my Spirit upon all flesh: and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams: 18 And on my servants and on my handmaidens I will pour out in those days of my Spirit; and they shall prophesy: 19 And I will shew wonders in heaven above, and signs in the earth beneath; blood, and fire, and vapour of smoke: 20 The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before that great and notable day of the Lord come:

      Acts 4:26 The kings of the earth stood up, and the rulers were gathered together against the Lord, and against his Christ. 27 For of a truth against thy holy child Jesus, whom thou hast anointed, both Herod, and Pontius Pilate, with the Gentiles, and the people of Israel, were gathered together,

      Ephesians 3:1 For this cause I Paul, the prisoner of Jesus Christ for you Gentiles, 2 If ye have heard of the dispensation of the grace of God which is given me to you-ward: 3 How that by revelation he made known unto me the mystery; (as I wrote afore in few words,

      2Corinthians 4:17 For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory

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    • DanDeplorable says:

      Paul (Saul of Tarsus) did not “usher in” the present dispensation of grace, meaning the church age, in Acts 9, as Pastor Stam and similar hyper-dispensationalists mis-teach.

      Ephesians 3:1-3 does not say anything of the kind.

      It was the Holy Spirit Who ushered in the present dispensation of grace when HE began the church, on the day of Pentecost — in Acts 2.

      The rest of the post, Amen.

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  5. Lucille says:

    Happy Moon-day

    Full Moon Over the Sea of Galilee

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  6. Julia Adams says:

    Kindness and truth shall meet;
    justice and peace shall kiss.
    Truth shall spring out of the earth,
    and justice shall look down from heaven.

    The LORD himself will give his benefits;
    our land shall yield its increase.
    Justice shall walk before him,
    and prepare the way of his steps.

    Lord, let us see your kindness, and grant us your salvation.

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    • Lucille says:

      LOL! And taught themselves the trick! Angels! Hope the family leaves treats on the counter often just as a reward for the precious pups being so smart.

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  7. pacnwbel says:

    It is dusk here on the northwest coast. There is a new moon and about one visual inch away from the lowest tip is one very bright star, a planet I believe, are there any astronomers who can identify it please?

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  8. smiley says:

    Monday Morning


    tempera on panel

    Andrew Wyeth ~ American ~ Realism



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    • smiley says:

      Wyeth was a master of egg tempera.

      “tempera” is derived from medieval latin “temperare” which means to mix or to blend.

      Wyeth mixed egg yolks with dried pigments and distilled water. (There is also casein tempera which is a mixture of milk and dried pigment.)

      Back in the 30s, N.C. Wyeth started using it in his Chadds Ford studio after one of his students, Peter Hurd, had experimented with it and loved it, passing on the techniques to another one of the students…youngest Wyeth son, Andrew…who continued to use it as his primary medium all of his life.

      here is an article on some of the history of tempera, as well as a brief description of the laborious painting process involved (at bottom of article).

      that’s why I included the “detail” of the painting in the above post…to show Wyeth’s exquisite technique and talent with this most challenging medium.


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    • itswoot says:

      Not sure if you have come across this google feature which allows looking at the details of a painting very closely. It is like having the ability to stand in front of a painting and getting your nose close to it.

      Click on the blue circle, then move your cursor to the right where a box with a -/+ slide will show up.

      This is one of two A. Wyeth portraits from 1945 (?). It was done within a month or two of his fathers death in October, very close to the scene of the train accident at the Kuerner farm. The info at the website is saying it was done in egg tempra. I have my doubts. Watercolor maybe? It has been noted in a Wyeth biography that he was struggling with a watercolor at the farm during that same time period. Also, there are a couple of inaccuracies in the painting description at the google webpage.

      There is also a long, involved story involving a J.H. Wheelock poem for this painting that I won’t get into here.

      This earlier 1945 (?) oil on pastel self-portrait is figure 10 at this webpage. It is possible they have the wrong year in the description. Maybe done much earlier:


      • itswoot says:

        Oops! egg tempera


      • smiley says:

        ok…thanks for the detail tip…can also zoom in by left-clicking on the image.

        that self-portrait of his (1945) in your first link is one of his very odd paintings, imo.

        the sky looks like watercolor, doesn’t it ? it might be oil…and the rest of the painting tempera…I’ve seen it referenced as such but not 100% convinced.

        you almost have to go directly to his site or Brandywine in order to be sure to get the most accurate info…

        and I’m sure you already know that. 🙂


        • itswoot says:

          “that self-portrait of his (1945) in your first link is one of his very odd paintings, imo.”

          Yes, it is. I think its overall theme is death. Wyeth once said that it wasn’t the train that killed his father, but death (my paraphrasing). It is in the predator/prey aspect of the hawk and smaller bird, in the row of small tree stumps behind him, and in the bare trees of late fall of the woods in the background.

          “the sky looks like watercolor, doesn’t it ?”

          Yes, that was what I was mainly keying on. I’m thinking the painting may have started out as a watercolor, but morphed to include other media.

          Also, I wonder what Wyeth is holding that is tucked under his arm. A field sketch book? A portfolio, as suggested in the google link? A photo album featuring his father/family?

          From the Wheelock poem, “The Victory”:

          “Heal me, O Time, and I will rise again,
          On swifter wings , and for a surer flight,
          Remembering this pain!”


          • smiley says:

            whoa…heavy quote from The Victory…going to have to find that poem and read it, thanks.

            I was wondering about the mysterious item he’s got tucked under his arm, too !

            clearly, a lot was going on in his mind at that moment in time.

            one of the (many) things I love about his art is the intense but often subtle air of mystery throughout…sometimes it’s obvious…other times it’s like a faint whisper…but it’s almost always there.

            glad you have appreciate him, as well. :0


            • smiley says:


              talk about mystery…a screeching bird outside suddenly caused me to botch that last sentence…but…you catch my drift. 🙂


            • itswoot says:

              “going to have to find that poem and read it, thanks.”

              You won’t find it online. Your best chance is by picking up a copy (lending library?) of “By Daylight and In Dream” (pub. 1970), which has it. The poem was originally published in the late 1920’s, and later in a 1938 compilation.

              One of A. Wyeth’s biggest regrets in life was never painting his fathers portrait before his death. A source of much self anger and rage. The reason for doing his self portrait in late 1945 may have been tied up in that.

              “a screeching bird outside…”

              Strange. The Victory’s main focus is of a bird. The first two lines:

              “I shall take flight from Death on sudden wings,
              In some swift song–he shall not have me here…”


  9. Sentient says:

    Is it still caturday?

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  10. nwtex says:

    Suoer I’ve been waiting for an update. Thank you Lord Jesus.

    Not wanting to leave anyone in the dark…..this is what was going on with Heather—>

    Heather ChildersVerified account @HeatherChilders
    Jul 12

    Hoping tomorrow’s surgery helps me get back to my healthy & fit self! I’ll be back soon! I really do love all of the @FoxNews viewers & especially the early risers for @FoxFriendsFirst! I will miss you

    Heather Childers Verified account @HeatherChilders
    Jul 12

    Thanks for all your kind thoughts & prayers. Haven’t felt like myself for awhile. This began as trauma to my cervical spine in a car accident when I was 16 & has gotten progressively worse. Without surgery, I’m at a very real risk of paralysis now & almost 100% chance later.

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  11. thinkthinkthink says:

    That dog was just trying to be friendly…

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  12. Chris Four says:


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  13. nwtex says:

    Lost In History@HistoryToLearn

    1961 Buick “Flamingo” with rotating front seat

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  14. Janie M. says:

    I absolutely love this man’s sense of humor. 😆

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  15. nwtex says:

    test test

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  16. smiley says:

    brilliant article…and a very good read..

    A Tale of Two Deep States

    June 28, 2018


    “Barack Obama and Susan Rice sabotaged efforts to stop the Russians because their deep state domestic spying program depended on Russian collusion, both the reality and the allegation…”

    “…Russian hacking didn’t change the election. But Obama’s exploitation of Russian hacking nearly did…”

    “…While Mueller prowls around pursuing Hillary Clinton’s conspiracy theories,… {Obama’s crimes}…remain unexplored. But we do know that the Russians didn’t do anything that Obama didn’t allow them to do…

    Any serious effort to investigate Russian election hacks must begin with the man who let them do it.”

    more, in the excellent article.

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  17. Dora says:

    Vladimir Pervuninskly – “Everything Will Be Fine” (1998)

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  18. Charlotte says:

    Valsartan Blood Pressure Pills Recalled over Cancer Concerns-made in China–contain carcinogen

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  19. Dora says:

    After seeing all those photos of our beautiful First Lady, this is especially hard to look at.

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  20. Dora says:

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  21. duchess01 says:

    Verse of the Day

    “Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.”
    John 15:13 (KJV)


  22. getfitnow says:

    FTA – Economics: “Fight for $15” is the rallying cry for most Democrats these days. But soon after Washington, D.C., voters approved a hike in tipped wages to $15, Democrats on the city council moved to repeal it.

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  23. WeeWeed says:

    Mornin’ infidels!

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  24. dbethd says:

    View this post on Instagram

    Nailed it!!! #Repost @american_exceptionalism

    A post shared by Donald Trump Jr. (@donaldjtrumpjr) on

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  25. getfitnow says:

    The butterfly is front and center on both first ladies today.

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    • RyderLee says:

      getfitnow , I had not seen your observation yet when I posted on
      The other thread that both women sported butterflies !
      Like Minds and all that ! Have a Stellar Day 😊

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  26. dbethd says:

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  27. Bendix says:

    Something struck me about the bible verses featured in church last evening:

    28“For which of you, desiring to build a tower, doesn’t first sit down and count the cost, to see if he has enough to complete it? 29Or perhaps, when he has laid a foundation, and is not able to finish, everyone who sees begins to mock him, 30saying, ‘This man began to build, and wasn’t able to finish.’”

    I try not to let my mind wander to the mundane while actually IN church, but I was reflecting on these verses later that night, and they made me think of the discussions about President Trump, and his important tasks of building a wall and draining the Swamp.
    How many here think that our VSG did not sit down and begin to consider the costs, years before entering the race for president?
    He’d been thinking about things like NAFTA and NATO for a very long time, but he bided (bode?) his time.
    This man has all the forces in the world against him, but he’s still moving ahead, one step at a time.
    Is he going to be mocked as a man who didn’t think it through, and thus could not pull it off?
    That hardly seems likely.

    Yes I have concerns. My main one is how fast the country of being flooded with immigrants, both legal and illegal, who do not care about our freedoms and our Constitution, just the better availability of “stuff” at the big box stores.
    That and the indoctrination of our more highly educated youth. But most of our young people don’t attend those horrible colleges, so that’s still a relatively small number of Americans we are dealing with.
    We’re in a race, is the bad news. But the good news is, we’re in it, and it isn’t over.

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  28. dbethd says:

    First, as you know, the government had delayed the court date for Tommy’s appeal from July 10 to July 24, making him rot in solitary confinement for two more weeks. Well, that date has moved again, but it is now sooner:
    Tommy Robinson’s appeal will now be heard on July 18.

    Second, there is a new judge.
    The first judge appointed was Lord Justice Brian Leveson, the head of all criminal justice in the United Kingdom.
    But now there are a panel of three judges, presided over by Sir Ian Burnett, the Lord Chief Justice of England and Wales.
    It would be as if, in the US, the chief justice of the Supreme Court of the United States were personally hearing the case.

    Third piece of news:
    Tommy has asked me to personally come to London to attend at court.
    He doesn’t trust the mainstream media to report fairly on his case. And I agree.
    I have just bought my plane tickets and a hotel on Expedia. I’m travelling economically, but because I’m booking with less than a week’s notice, I’m afraid the cost is $2,500 Canadian, or about £1,400.

    I need to crowdfund that. Please donate below to help me recover the cost of this trip.
    You can also donate in pounds by clicking here.
    I promise that if you help me get over there, I’ll give you constant reports, by video, Twitter and e-mail — I’ll probably do ten videos, so I’ll try to give you your money’s worth!

    You can also contribute by cheque. Please make cheques payable to The Rebel and send to:

    The Rebel
    PO Box 61056 Eglinton/Dufferin RO
    Toronto, ON M6E 5B2

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  29. 17CatsInTN says:

    Haven’t posted any pics lately. Been busy prepping for my party this coming Saturday, which, btw, y’all are still invited to… 😉

    Winkin sayin’, “It’s hot, Mama….” and Ebby and Cicero snoozing cool under the fan.

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  31. thinkthinkthink says:

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  32. Isn’t it about time we heard something from Horowitz and more importantly Huber?


  33. 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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  34. Lucille says:

    This is why I don’t vote for Democrats.
    Tipping Point With Liz Wheeler on OAN


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