Monday August 27th – 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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244 Responses to Monday August 27th – Open Thread

  1. citizen817 says:

    FLY LIKE AN EAGLE. THIS AMAZING ROCK ON THE PACIFIC CREST TRAIL NEAR WARNER SPRINGS, CA

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  2. DanDeplorable says:

    DAILY DEVOTIONAL, August 27, 2018

    Who’s Going Thirsty?

    “Let the one who desires take the water of life without price.” Revelation 22:17

    The invitation is to “take . . . without price.” The Lord Jesus Christ wants no payment or preparation. He seeks no recommendation from our virtuous emotions. If you have no good feelings, but if you are willing, you are invited; therefore come! If you have no belief and no repentance, come to Him, and He will give them to you. Come just as you are, and take without money and without price. He gives Himself to the needy.

    In nineteenth-century Britain the drinking fountains at the corners of the streets were valuable institutions; it would have been a strange and foolish sight to see someone standing at the fountain declaring, “I cannot drink because I do not have any money.” However poor an individual may be, there is the fountain, and just as he is, he may drink of it without cost. Thirsty passengers, as they go by, whether they are dressed poorly or expensively, do not look for any authorization to drink; the existence of the fountain is sufficient warrant for taking its water freely. The generosity of some good friend has put in place the refreshing supply. It has already been paid for, and we take it and ask no questions.

    Perhaps the only people who go thirsty through the street where there is a drinking fountain are the fine ladies and gentlemen who are in their carriages. They are very thirsty but cannot think of being so vulgar as to get out to drink. It would demean them, they think, to drink at a common drinking fountain: so they ride by with parched lips.

    How many there are who are rich in their own good works and cannot therefore come to Christ! “I will not be saved,” they say, “in the same way as the prostitute or the blasphemer.” “What! go to Heaven in the same way as a chimney sweep? Is there no pathway to glory but the path that led the dying thief there? I will not be saved that way.” Such proud boasters must remain without the living water; but “Let the one who desires take the water of life without price.”

    –-Charles H. Spurgeon, 1834-1892

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  3. Deplorable_Infidel says:

    Keeping On An Even Keel

    Occasionally we receive letters on the importance of preaching a “well-rounded” message. One old friend wrote us recently to the effect that, unlike this writer, he sought to keep on “an even keel” in his ministry, not just preaching the mystery revealed to Paul, but the whole Bible, and opposing fluoridations, communism, modernism and all that he felt was opposed to the truth.

    Now we too seek to proclaim a “well-rounded” message and to keep on “an even keel,” but what does this involve? Is one who consistently proclaims the mystery lopsided or unbalanced in the message? Were the twelve apostles off balance when they proclaimed “the gospel of the kingdom”? Of course not, for this is what they were sent to proclaim (Luke 9:1-6).

    And neither are we off balance or lopsided in our ministry when we consistently proclaim what Paul called “my gospel, and the preaching of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery” (Rom. 16:25), for this is our gospel too.

    This does not mean that we are to preach only from the Pauline epistles. Far from it. But it does mean that we should make sure that our hearers are well-grounded in the Pauline epistles and that when we preach from other parts of the Bible we should relate it to the mystery, God’s message for today.

    When the twelve apostles preached from the Old Testament Scriptures, they preached Christ according to the revelation of prophecy. But Paul’s “gospel” was “the preaching of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery.” Hence when we preach from the Old Testament Scriptures, we should preach Christ “according to the revelation of the mystery,” applying, relating, comparing, and contrasting God’s programs for other dispensations with His program for the dispensation of grace. This is exactly what Paul himself does in Romans and Galatians, and this is “keeping on an even keel.”

    A failure to “preach the Word” and to preach it rightly divided is not keeping on an even keel or bringing a well-rounded message; it is simply getting away from the message God has commissioned us to proclaim.

    Since the faithful proclamation of this glorious message rouses Satan’s enmity more than anything else, we must pray for God-given boldness in making it known, like the Apostle Paul, who said:

    “[Pray] for me, that utterance may be given unto me, that I may open my mouth boldly, to make known the mystery of the gospel, for which I am an ambassador in bonds: that therein I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak” (Eph. 6:19,20).

    By Pastor Cornelius R. Stam

    https://www.bereanbiblesociety.org/keeping-on-an-even-keel/

    Luke 9:1 Then he called his twelve disciples together, and gave them power and authority over all devils, and to cure diseases.
    2 And he sent them to preach the kingdom of God, and to heal the sick.
    3 And he said unto them, Take nothing for your journey, neither staves, nor scrip, neither bread, neither money; neither have two coats apiece.
    4 And whatsoever house ye enter into, there abide, and thence depart.
    5 And whosoever will not receive you, when ye go out of that city, shake off the very dust from your feet for a testimony against them.
    6 And they departed, and went through the towns, preaching the gospel, and healing every where.

    Romans 16:25 Now to him that is of power to stablish you according to my gospel, and the preaching of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery, which was kept secret since the world began,

    Ephesians 6:19 And for me, that utterance may be given unto me, that I may open my mouth boldly, to make known the mystery of the gospel, 20 For which I am an ambassador in bonds: that therein I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak.

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    • Deplorable_Infidel says:

      “When the twelve apostles preached from the Old Testament Scriptures, they preached Christ according to the revelation of prophecy.”

      Luke 1:70 As he spake by the mouth of his holy prophets, which have been since the world began:
      Acts 3:21 Whom the heaven must receive until the times of restitution of all things, which God hath spoken by the mouth of all his holy prophets since the world began.

      “But Paul’s “gospel” was “the preaching of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery.” ”

      Romans 16:25 Now to him that is of power to stablish you according to my gospel, and the preaching of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery, which was kept secret since the world began,

      Ephesians 3:3 How that by revelation he made known unto me the mystery; (as I wrote afore in few words,4 Whereby, when ye read, ye may understand my knowledge in the mystery of Christ) 9 And to make all men see what is the fellowship of the mystery, which from the beginning of the world hath been hid in God, who created all things by Jesus Christ:

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      • Steve says:

        paul wasn’t an apostle and never knew Jesus. Jesus’s teachings are simple and easily understandable. paul’s are complex, confusing and contradictory. He has far, far too much importance in the modern church. Pastors need to ask themselves why 90% of what they quote from the NT is from saul of Tarsus and not Jesus himself.

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        • Deplorable_Infidel says:

          “paul wasn’t an apostle”

          Paul refers to himself at least 15x as an apostle using the word “Apostle”. I did not look up other words, such as “apostleship”.

          “far too much importance in the modern church.”

          Romans 11:13 For I speak to you Gentiles, inasmuch as I am the apostle of the Gentiles, I magnify mine office:

          “never knew Jesus”

          Acts 9:4 And he fell to the earth, and heard a voice saying unto him, Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou me? 5 And he said, Who art thou, Lord? And the Lord said, I am Jesus whom thou persecutest: it is hard for thee to kick against the pricks. 6 And he trembling and astonished said, Lord, what wilt thou have me to do? And the Lord said unto him, Arise, and go into the city, and it shall be told thee what thou must do.

          Acts 26:16 But rise, and stand upon thy feet: for I have appeared unto thee for this purpose, to make thee a minister and a witness both of these things which thou hast seen, and of those things in the which I will appear unto thee;

          1Corinthians 11:23 For I have received of the Lord that which also I delivered unto you, That the Lord Jesus the same night in which he was betrayed took bread:

          2Corinthians 12:1 It is not expedient for me doubtless to glory. I will come to visions and revelations of the Lord.

          Galatians 1:12 For I neither received it of man, neither was I taught it, but by the revelation of Jesus Christ.

          “Jesus’s teachings are simple and easily understandable.”

          Matthew 8:4 And Jesus saith unto him, See thou tell no man; but go thy way, shew thyself to the priest, and offer the gift that Moses commanded, for a testimony unto them.

          Matt 28:20 Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.

          If you want to do “follow Jesus teachings”, then you will have to brush up on the finer points of keeping all ~613 or so points of the Law of Moses, set up an alter in Jerusalem and get yourself a Levitical priesthood going.

          James 2:10 For whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all.

          Good luck with that.

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        • Deplorable Patriot says:

          “Apostle” means one who is sent. St. Paul was not a disciple or follower, but he was sent. Therefore, he is known as the Apostle St. Paul.

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  4. citizen817 says:

    BADLANDS NATIONAL PARK! 

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  5. Garrison Hall says:

    Growing up, listening (and then watching when we finally got a TV) to Flat and Scruggs on the Grant ‘ole Opry or Louisiana Hayride was a regular occurrence at our house. They introduced me to bluegrass music as well as to some seriously good pickin’. Nashville musicians Jerry Douglas and Shawn Camp missed their music so much that they created a Flat and Scruggs tribute band called the “Earls of Leicester”. I think ‘ole Shawn’s got Earl’s mountain twang just about right.

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  6. Donna in Oregon says:

    St. Patrick’s Breastplate
    (“I Arise Today”)

    I arise today
    Through the strength of heaven:
    Light of sun,
    Radiance of moon,
    Splendour of fire,
    Speed of lightning,
    Swiftness of wind,
    Depth of sea,
    Stability of earth,
    Firmness of rock.

    I arise today
    Through God’s strength to pilot me:
    God’s might to uphold me,
    God’s wisdom to guide me,
    God’s eye to look before me,
    God’s ear to hear me,
    God’s word to speak for me,
    God’s hand to guard me,
    God’s way to lie before me,
    God’s shield to protect me,
    God’s host to save me
    From snares of devils,
    From temptations of vices,
    From everyone who shall wish me ill,
    Afar and anear,
    Alone and in multitude.

    I summon today all these powers between me and those evils,
    Against every cruel merciless power that may oppose my body and soul,
    Against incantations of false prophets,
    Against black laws of pagandom
    Against false laws of heretics,
    Against craft of idolatry,
    Against spells of witches and smiths and wizards,
    Against every knowledge that corrupts man’s body and soul.
    Christ to shield me today
    Against poison, against burning,
    Against drowning, against wounding,
    So that there may come to me abundance of reward.

    Christ with me, Christ before me, Christ behind me,
    Christ in me, Christ beneath me, Christ above me,
    Christ on my right, Christ on my left,
    Christ when I lie down, Christ when I sit down, Christ when I arise,
    Christ in the heart of every man who thinks of me,
    Christ in the mouth of everyone who speaks of me,
    Christ in every eye that sees me,
    Christ in every ear that hears me.

    I arise today

    Through a mighty strength, the invocation of the Trinity,
    Through belief in the threeness,
    Through confession of the oneness,
    Of the Creator of Creation.

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    • amwick says:

      Amen,

      TY so nice to see that first thing…

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    • Bugsdaddy says:

      Thank you Donna! After the Lords Prayer, this has always been my favorite.

      Whether St. Patrick actually penned this prayer is subject to much dispute. However, it can not be disputed that he lived his life in a manner surrounded by God, Christ and the Holy Spirit.!!

      St Patrick is a wonderful figure in our Christian history, if any one would like to begin a wonderful discovery of who the real St Patrick was, find a copy of Thomas Cahill’s “How the Irish Saved Civilization”. He was much, much more than the modern fairy tales of driving out snakes and other drivel that you would hear from most people today. (Clue: he wasn’t even Irish!, well by birth anyway!!).

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      • Beverly says:

        English! or rather, British, the earlier tribe….

        According to the “Confessio” of Patrick, when he was about 16, he was captured by Irish pirates from his home in Britain and taken as a slave to Ireland, looking after animals; he lived there for six years before escaping and returning to his family. After becoming a cleric, he returned to northern and western Ireland. In later life, he served as a bishop, but little is known about the places where he worked. By the seventh century, he had already come to be revered as the patron saint of Ireland.

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  7. Deplorable_Infidel says:

    SURPRISE GEOMAGNETIC STORM:

    Last night, a crack opened in Earth’s magnetic field. Solar wind poured in to fuel a strong G3-class geomagnetic storm. John McKinnon photographed the storm’s brilliant green glow from Four Mile Lake in Alberta, Canada:

    “At 2 o’clock in the morning, the auroras were so bright I could see them through the glare of the full Moon,” he says.

    At the peak of the storm, Northern Lights spilled across the Canadian border into US states such as New York, Montana, Michigan, and Indiana. People in Alaska witnessed a fine display as well. At the same time, Southern Lights were photographed from several locations in New Zealand.

    Forecasters did not see this coming. The stage was set for the storm when a minor CME arrived with little fanfare about 24 hours ago. First contact with the CME barely registered in solar wind data, and Earth’s magnetic field was unperturbed. The action began only after Earth entered the CME’s wake, where strong south-pointing magnetic fields opened a crack in our planet’s magnetosphere. A surprise geomagnetic storm ensured.

    The storm is subsiding, but it is not over. G1- and G2-class disturbances are still ringing the Arctic Circle. This means high-latitide sky watchers should remain alert for auroras after nightfall on Aug. 26-27. Free: Aurora Alerts.

    http://spaceweather.com/

    http://spaceweathergallery.com/aurora_gallery.html

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    • This is beautiful, amazing, glorious. It truly looks like one would expect a solar wind to look like if you could see it. Awe inspiring. “The Heavens declare His glory. Day and night they stream forth.”

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    • stella says:

      Could be seen in the upper peninsula of Michigan too!

      HUGE AURORAS THIS MORNING: light was every direction!

      Did you see them?

      -from Sand River, Michigan overlooking Lake Superior

      #aurora #lakesuperior #michigan #nightsky

      http://www.LakeSuperiorPhoto.com

      I shared this one to give you an idea how far south the auroral oval made it. You are looking directly east on M-28 towards Munising, MI

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  8. Jeff C says:

    Hope Sundance doesn’t mind me posting this but I’m trying to get some knowledgeable folks to comment on this and see if it could possibly be true

    There may be evidence that Simona Mangiante is not who she claims to be but is possibly tied to the “red sparrow” Sundance posted on a few days ago mixed up with Oleg Deripaska. It was started by this photo below which I think @Ziiggii found, specifically the sixth girl from the left who looks a lot like Simona. The fourth girl from the left is the red sparrow.

    I went ahead a put together an animated morph of the sixth girl with a photo of Simona in a similar pose and results to me look pretty compelling that it’s the same person. You can check it out here:

    https://3dthis.com/player.htm?h=LTMyMTE3MTI

    I found another photo of what looks to be this same girl with Belurus pimp/writer/sex guru Alex Lesley (aka Alexander Kirillov) who is also tied to the girls above and associated with Deripaska. I have not seen anyone post on this photo. I found this in google images, it looks likes Lesley’s Deskgram account has been made private or deleted.

    https://shorturl.at/uyzV1

    I made another animated morph showing this girl with a different photo of Simona in a similar pose, again the results look pretty compelling to me. See it here:

    https://3dthis.com/player.htm?h=LTQ0OTQ2MzY

    So am I smoking dope here, is this the same girl? If this isn’t the same girl then it’s her doppelganger, a one in a million chance. Maybe a relative of hers.

    If this is the same girl it means that Simona Mangiante isn’t who she claims she is and Papadopolous is either a dupe or in on it. Either way the implications are huge since Papadop seems to be the focal point for this whole thing.
    Hope some folks will comment.

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  9. Timmy- the-Ute says:

    What happened to Hurricane Lane?

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    • olderwiser21 says:

      Fizzed out and downgraded after some flooding the first day, I think. Have friends who were staying over there and they got home yesterday just fine.

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  10. pmdea says:

    Winter is Trumping – Huw Parkinson

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  11. I want to thank Sundance and you fellow Treepers for playing a part in getting me back to my faith and church. When I first came to this site and saw the Lord’s Prayer leading this Open Thread, I probably didn’t even nod my head. Then, as the days rolled on and I saw it each night, I started to think about it. I started to think about what was actually powerful and timeless. Vitally, I thought about what was actually True. I’ve been back at church for two years now and the lives and souls of my family are better for it. These are trying times and I fear there are dark ones coming, but having my faith and the power it provides give me hope and strength.
    It may not seem like much, but seeing that prayer kicked off the process and has been a continuing source of support. Seeing even a small indication of faith was enough to inspire and help lead me. I just wanted to let you folks know that you affected at least one person. Thank you.

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  12. smiley says:

    The Jury ( or: The Holdout)

    1959

    o/c

    painting illustration for the Saturday Evening Post, February 1959

    Norman Rockwell ~ American (1894-1979) ~ author, painter, illustrator ~ Regionalism

    back then (1959), women were still not allowed to serve on juries in some states, and/or limited in their participation in the judicial process.

    that was the subject of this illustration which was #304 out of a total of 322 illustrations NR did for the Sat Evening Post.

    here’s the cover…

    can you find Norman in there ? 😀

    he painted his friends as other subjects there, including the holdout gal…

    http://www.best-norman-rockwell-art.com/1959-the-jury.html

    🙂

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  13. flame says:

    An Israeli officer gave the water of a “Palestinian” child. The baby was brought there as a living shield, and forgot to take back home. This is the real truth about us – ” occupiers”, “conquerors”.

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  14. Dora says:

    Edith Hayllar (1860–1948) was a British artist born to James Hayllar, an acclaimed Victorian artist known for his genre paintings.

    Edith’s family was comprised completely of artists, including her three sisters: Jessica, Mary, & Kate.

    “Feeding the Swans”, 1889

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  15. smiley says:

    😀

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  16. WeeWeed says:

    Mornin’ infidels! And it’s Monday again!

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  17. duchess01 says:

    Verse of the Day

    “O the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! how unsearchable are his judgments, and his ways past finding out!”
    Romans 11:33 (KJV)

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  18. Dora says:

    This place is more beautiful than words can describe.

    The first time I visited the Cliffs, I made my tour guide very nervous. At one point he yelled at me to not get any closer to the edge.

    When I went there again, a few years later, there was a fence blocking the path so that people couldn’t get too close. It took something away from the beauty of the place, but I guess it keeps the tourists safe.

    I’m really glad I saw it before the fence was added.

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  19. Dora says:

    Weeeeeeeeeeeee! 🙂

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  20. Dora says:

    There are still people around who want to destroy it.

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  21. PotP says:

    Plan to rename Senate Bldg after noname:

    https://www.yahoo.com/news/jeff-flake-supports-chuck-schumer-183820764.html

    I support it. What better name to use to describe a hive of villainy?

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  22. James Street says:

    “Among our own people also the church sorely needs clergy in close touch with the ordinary life of the laity, living the life of ordinary men, sharing their difficulties and understanding their trials by close personal experience. Stipendiary clergy cut off by training and life from that common experience are constantly struggling to get close to the laity by wearing lay clothing, sharing in lay amusements, and organizing lay clubs; but they never quite succeed. To get close to men, it is necessary really to share their experience, and to share their experience is to share it by being in it, not merely to come as near to it as possible without being in it.”
    – Roland Allen (1869-1947), “The Case for Voluntary Clergy”

    The Priesthood of All Believers
    “for you are a chosen people. You are royal priests, a holy nation, God’s very own possession. As a result, you can show others the goodness of God, for he called you out of the darkness into his wonderful light.”
    – First Epistle of Peter, 2:9

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    • TheLastDemocrat says:

      Thanks, Street – that is shocking to read after the seemingly unrelated post I just posted, right below this. We pay our preacher, but he is quite involved in the lives of others. Our church does not have a separate, cloistered priestly class, and we do not have a class of religious people declared to be more knowledgeable or holy than any of us in the laity. And, Thank God, our preacher and ministerial staff know this and acknowledge it.

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    • auscitizenmom says:

      I have always questioned not letting the priests marry. The way I see it, there are two kinds of men who become priests, normal healthy men who have the God-given sexual desires and pedophiles who don’t have any interest in being married and having a family anyway. The first group have to deal with life as it is for them and may not handle it morally, and the second group don’t belong in the clergy anyway.

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      • Plain Jane says:

        Statistically in the general population, most peds are married and/or are generally straight.

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        • Beverly says:

          True in the absolute sense: but that’s only because just 2.5% of males are homosexual. When 97.5% of the men are sexually straight, their numbers will be higher.

          BUT: homosexuals are 25 times more likely to be child molesters than straight men. They even joke among themselves about it. And consider this: half the child prostitutes in this country are boys: this is when only 2.5% of the male population are using them. Which means, statistically, that FAR more homosexual males consort with child prostitutes.

          Perversion is perversion is perversion, and no amount of obfuscation changes that.

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      • Mandy says:

        It is the Roman Catholics who don’t allow married priests. The Orthodox Christian Churches still allow married priests (well, if they become priests when married, that is acceptable. Once they are ordained, if their wife were to die, they cannot remarry and remain priests. They are also defrocked if they get divorced.) As far as I know, married priests were allowed in the Church from its inception. St. Peter was married – Christ healed his mother-in-law. In 1 Timothy, Chapter 3, St. Paul outlines the qualifications for priests, and his outline includes that they only be married to one woman.

        With the scandal rocking the Roman Catholics, I looked for when the change happened in the their Church. The “Great Schism,” when the Roman Catholic Church broke away from the Orthodox Church, is generally dated to 1054. The Roman Catholics started prohibition of married priests within 100 years of the schism: at the ” Second Lateran Council held in 1139, when a rule was approved forbidding priests to marry. In 1563, the Council of Trent reaffirmed the tradition of celibacy.”

        The Orthodox Christian Church made no such change, and we have many priests today who are married with children, some with LOTS of children…

        https://lifeondoverbeach.wordpress.com/2016/09/01/the-usa-and-the-promotion-of-sexual-perversion/

        Video at the link of Fr. Josiah Trenham’s 2015 talk entitled, WHY I HAVE TEN CHILDREN. Fr. Josiah is the pastor of St. Andrew Orthodox Church in Riverside, California.

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        • auscitizenmom says:

          So, do I have it right. There are two kinds of Catholic churches, Roman Cath. and Orthodox Cath? I didn’t realize that.

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          • Mandy says:

            Jesus left us THE Church. Rome broke away at the point of the schism in roughly 1054. The Orthodox Church continued on as it had been. Those Churches Paul visited in Acts? They all STILL EXIST. And they’re all Orthodox.

            The Church at Rome, what we know as the Roman Catholic Church, went on to dominate *in the West.* Where the Roman Catholics made some changes, as with their decision regarding priests and celibacy cited above, the Orthodox stayed pretty much the same as the original Church.

            Short video (around 4 minutes) on some of the differences:

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  23. TheLastDemocrat says:

    Here is a theory about this Jacksonville Gaming Shooter –

    I happened to be looking at old Bobby Fischer stuff a couple days ago, including biographical stuff. He had something of an impoverished background. He and his sister stumbled into being taught chess early. This took off for him around middle school, and he dropped out of regular school. His career grew, and he winded up spending a life of studying chess, and setting up the next game or tournament, while living something of an itinerant life in hotel rooms.

    I don’t believe he maintained contact with family – his sister or anyone else. It seems like his only social life was professional-chess-related. Otherwise he was by himself, thinking about chess.

    i suspect that this led to him developing an odd perspective of others, and eventually becoming the oddball hermit. I suspect that people who are really into “gaming” can easily end up with their lives not rounded out by other social interests and involvements. That itself can warp the personality of an otherwise normal person – that is the idea I am trying to put words to, and what I have a hard time saying.

    This may be what William Golding’s book “The Spire” was getting at: a guy gets super-focused on building a church spire – seemingly noble enough. But relations with humans crumble as he focused on the task of building the spire.

    For a while, I was really entertained by Tetris. I would use that to amuse myself on the commute home. I got to a point where when I closed my eyes to nap, I saw the pieces coming down, and my mind was thinking of how to flip them to fall into place.

    i realized that this was a bit odd. i also realized I could devote that time to reading the Bible. I switched, and got a great deal of Bible reading accomplished. That is when I began taking my Bible with me most places when I knew I would have a wait. Waiting in line at the DMV, airport, etc. But knowing that my idle mind got set to running images of Tetris blocks continually – that really made an impression.

    When we are faced with a challenge, our mind will dwell on it, and we may often come up with a solution “out of the blue.” But there is no solution to a chess match – it is not a riddle to solve – it is competition, and even Fischer lost matches regularly. There is no solution to a video game – it is competition. i just solved two computer problems for family, and have one more to figure out. Those are problems to let my unconscious mind dwell on. Or, I will hunt around the web until one little piece of a discussion sparks a recognition of the solution. No worries. And, I have too many other obligations and activities in life to dwell on a RAM problem too much.

    But Fischer, and these gamers, may be getting into themselves into some fierce loop trying to solve a problem to which their is no solution, with no regular social life balance, and may be driving themselves batty.

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  24. Mandy says:

    After professor bans laptops, grades improve; ‘results were significant’

    https://www.thecollegefix.com/post/48295/

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  25. Dora says:

    His latest comments about the scandal. Yikes!

    ====

    Pope Francis claims psychiatrists can ‘help’ gay children but tells parents not to ‘condemn’ youngsters who show homosexual signs

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-6101947/Pope-Francis-says-psychiatrists-help-gay-children-tells-parents-not-condemn-them.html

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    • Plain Jane says:

      Almost all gays have been abused but ABSOLUTELY NOT ALL abused become gay.

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      • The Tundra PA says:

        I question your initial premise. I know many gay people who were never abused.

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        • Plain Jane says:

          Tundra, I can no longer defend my statement. It seems that all sites that give credence to it are no longer easily found on the net especially since the new PC psych sites do not subscribe to helping clients change their orientation. Instead, they promote not changing orientation and promotion of laws prohibiting such. I’m sorry.

          The only thing I can say for now is there are long time practicing psychologists and former profs who agree with my statement.

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    • There seems to be a vision problem at the See.

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  26. gzuf says:

    Just wondering if anyone knows but, why does Fox Business trash Elon Musk every day? I don’t watch it all the time but seems like they are constantly hitting him. I’ve never seen one pro musk person on TV ever, either.. OK he can be controversial, I get that but he is also very successful and no one ever asks what their agenda is. Are they invested in seeing Telsa stock go down? Are people investing in them to hit Telsa, Musk, etc…

    It’s just crazy to me that day in and day out a TV business network can just bash a guy 24/7 with no reprieve without telling us what their positions are relative to his stock and what they stand to gain from it going down. Feels like it has a lot of parallels to how MSM does constant hit jobs on POTUS.

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  27. nikkichico7 says:

    The reports of my death have been exaggerated.”
    ― Mark Twain

    That said …. Chico can attest to that .. at 4:55 am this morning Nikki was at the side porch window staring out ..

    There was a commotion outside so I turned the porch light on and just caught a glimpse of an animal, I thought it was the tuxedo cat that liked to taunt Chico so I left the window ..

    More noise at the window, sounded like pounding and tearing so I opened the window and it’s Chico! 🤨👍❤️

    He tore the screen open and was clawing on the window. He’s been “gone” since Friday morning.

    So dear treepers as glad as I am to have him back … I’d like to apologize for the false alarm and thank you for your beautiful heart felt condolences. Chico has never gone outside since I brought him home six years ago. I have no idea where he could’ve been and how the heck he got out.
    My family scoured the basement for his remains since Friday …. he’s one lucky cat .. 🙂

    From the bottom of my heart .. God bless your sweet hearts treepers, you are precious ❤️

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  28. duchess01 says:

    SUNDAY, AUGUST 26, 2018
    The ETERNAL God NEVER Changes

    https://www.theignorantfishermen.com/2014/08/the-eternal-god-never-changes.html

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  29. Sepp says:

    I might be mistaken, but I have not seen any posts from Lucille for a few days.

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  30. Sepp says:

    The Holy Prophet Micah, or Michaias, is among the Saints commemorated today (the 14th of August) on the traditional Calendar of the Orthodox Christian Church.

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  31. Ausonius says:

    Real Video is where people banned by YouTube are exercising their right to free speech:

    https://www.real.video/

    American Thinker has an essay about a conservative broadcast that was banned, and the “channel” being forced to agree to accept a “Strike One.”

    https://www.americanthinker.com/articles/2018/08/how_it_feels_when_youtube_disappears_your_video.html

    (I do not agree with using “disappear” as a transitive verb, but the story is important.)

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    • PotP says:

      Bookmarked.

      Hope they keep content serious. Need an outlet that can get messages out without going off the deep end.

      Can’t stop the signal.

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    • Live streaming is possible via CloudFlare.

      If you have the audience to cover the overhead it provides a much greater degree of control through you own site. Free public platforms need to be recognized as a huge risk for serious content providers.

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  32. Kenji says:

    Trudeau will NOT be ‘pushed around’ by America … by that “bully” Trump

    I believe Justin developed his negotiating skills by watching the movie “Love Actually” … wherein the British PM (Hugh Grant) told the American President (Billy Bob Thornton) … that Britain won’t be “bullied” by America anymore.

    Nice foreign policy. Nice negotiating skills. All learned from the drug addled mind of some pedophile Hollywooden script writer. Yes. This boy-PM has made Canada a JOKE. A bad RomCom JOKE. But his hair is nearly identical to that beautiful coif of Hugh Grant! Eh, ladies?

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  33. Concerned says:

    Includes Sara Carter

    The Next Revolution w Steve Hilton 8/26/2018 – Fox News Live Stream HD August 26, 2018

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  34. Dora says:

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  35. blondegator says:

    If you’re OVER the incessant blather about Juan McAmnesty’s passing…..try this instead. It’s a live webcam, underneath the Deerfield Fishing Pier in Florida. It’s mesmerizing. Every once in a while the big school of baitfish near the bottom starts swirling….as if there’s a predator about. That means the dummy in their midst decided to take up an angler on the offering. The school will swirl madly, and then you’ll see the dumb one try to swim to his mates, while getting hauled to the surface. The water is not very deep here, and on a sandy bottom, so it’s not a coral reef shot, although we have them here, in abundance. Rather, it’s a lesson on FAD’s (fish aggregating devices). The ghost-like plate shaped fish that are close to the pillars are “lookdowns”, they appear to be swimming backwards! Their faces are the long “up and down” end of the fish, unlike, say, an angelfish. I’ve yet to see a tarpon, or any larger predators, but they are there. Anyway, enjoy!

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  36. Mark Mears says:

    Come on President Trump, declassify all info relating to MIA’s in Vietnam. That’ll get MSM into splody heads real fast and break the news cycle. Plus in the end it will bring closure to a lot of military families.

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  37. Hope this posts a beautiful scripture…Blessings!

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  38. andyocoregon says:

    It was just revealed today this drunken driver who caused this crash is indeed an illegal alien.

    We get a lot of these “accidents” caused by illegals in this area.

    https://www.kgw.com/article/news/crime/duii-suspect-arrested-after-woman-seriously-hurt-in-se-portland-crash/283-587764267

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  39. Sentient says:

    Hopefully Brennan’s Deep State warmongering goons are not behind a false flag “gas attack” in Syria (and whispering into Bolton’s ear). https://thesaker.is/august-27-2018-foreign-specialists-prepare-to-stage-chemical-attack-in-idlib/ http://www.moonofalabama.org/2018/08/syria-sitrep-the-build-up-for-the-idleb-campaign.html

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  40. Janie M. says:

    I keep a tab w/SD’s twitter page up at all times. Noticed something interesting. He now has at least 108K followers but ONLY 4,629 “Likes” Seriously?!! Hmmm. Something tells me they are suppressing the actual number.

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    • amwick says:

      I keep mentioning tweetdeck, for people who are willing to put up with all the nonsense in twitter…
      annnnnnnnnnnd,,,, I have mentioned that the polls people do in twitter are seriously lopsided because of the shadow banning… grrrrrrrrrrrrrrr…

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  41. amwick says:

    My husband and I were enjoying some sangria on the porch when I saw this critter on the window screen.

    I have since learned it is called a common five lined skink. :0 Said skink was on the inside of the screen and we had some fun catching the little guy as he jumped right onto the sofa and scooted under the cushions… A skink will somehow shed its tail, it is a defense thing,, but I managed to grab it and return it to the woods.. Skinks… hmmmm I never knew.

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  42. covfefe999 says:

    New reports say David Katz was treated for mental illness. I had seen a court document that said he and his brother had “significant medical problems and needs”. I guess there are other documents that have more specific info, and it’s not surprising.

    Divorce filings from the parents of 24-year-old David Katz say that, as a teenager, the Baltimore resident was twice hospitalised in psychiatric facilities and that he was prescribed anti-psychotic and anti-depressant medications. The records showed Mr Katz’s parents disagreed deeply on how to care for their troubled son. Mr Katz’s father claimed his estranged wife was exaggerating symptoms of mental illness as part of the couple’s long-running and acrimonious custody battle. They divorced in 2007. https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/florida-shooting-david-katz-baltimore-twitch-shooter-mental-illness-gun-laws-a8510311.html

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    • covfefe999 says:

      I wonder if it was a case of dad didn’t want the kid to be medicated but mom did. And now look where we all are.

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      • covfefe999 says:

        court records obtained by ABC News in Baltimore from a divorce and child custody battle between Katz’s parents show that Katz was treated in 2011 for mental health issues and that his mother informed the court that her son was suffering from depression and “affective disorders.” Records also show that David Katz was once prescribed the antidepressants Risperdal and Fluoxetine.

        The court records obtained by ABC News also show that in May 2006, David Katz received psychiatric treatment at the Howard County General Hospital in Columbia, Maryland. His father, according to the records, disagreed with medicating his son because antidepressants “may increase suicidal thoughts in young people.”

        https://abcnews.go.com/US/suspect-madden-19-tournament-shooting-targeted-gamers-sheriff/story?id=57423449

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        • covfefe999 says:

          What I have read: Fuoxetine is Prozac, an anti-depressant. Risperdal is an anti-psychotic, used to treat mental/mood disorders such as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, irritability associated with autistic disorder. It appears tThe two drugs together are common treatment for autistic disorder and schizophrenia.

          Serious stuff.

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  43. 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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  44. My Family got some really bad news today..
    On top of My health Issues..
    Me & the Misses BOTH are in shock ATM..
    I “might” divulge details here in the near future as it plays out..
    It has to do with Liberals..
    I’m in tears, If it where not for the pain in My legs..
    I dunno..
    Right now, Chocolate Ice cream, is my,, (you know what I mean).. I drowning myself in it ATM, & prayers to GOD.
    NOT Beer or Liquor..
    Chocolate Ice cream..
    (and I hate the stuff)..

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