Monday October 22nd – 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, October 22, 2018

    “He Was Made Sin So I Could Be Made Clean”

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  2. citizen817 says:

    VALLEY IN THE ANNAPURNA MOUNTAIN RANGE, NEPAL.

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  3. citizen817 says:

    WINTER IS AWAKENING FROM ITS SUMMER SLUMBER IN ROCKY MOUNTAIN NATIONAL PARK, COLORADO.

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  4. Garrison Hall says:

    Sigh . . . In Brazil you get to listen to music like this on your car radio. Joao Bosco is a seriously cool guy . . .

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  5. Lucille says:

    God’s blessings upon you today, Treepers!

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    • amwick says:

      I think I may be one of about 5 people in the world that likes Monday.

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      • Jim in TN says:

        I have always wondered about that Mama’s and Papa’s song. How could a song about Monday being so good to someone be so popular? Either everybody who hates Monday is commiserating about that Monday lover being slammed by Tuesday, or there are a lot more people like you, amwick, than you think.

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      • Ddanna says:

        I’m one of the 5 people. I love Monday’s — they are like Spring, the beginning of something new and fresh!

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        • amwick says:

          I like Monday because it is routine. The weekends are willy nilly, you never know what might happen. Monday is normal. Things happen the way that they should. Something like that. And yes, it does feel like the start of a new week, in a very real sense.

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          • pacnwbel says:

            For Monday groaners, try scheduling something you love to do on a Monday, it’s a great cure for Monday blues to anticipate that special something to brighten the day.

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      • JTR says:

        I was mostly lucky to have a job that I loved, so Monday was always being happy and grateful for my work!

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        • amwick says:

          I worked rotating shifts 24/7. We never had Mondays or weekends.

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          • Deplorable_Infidel says:

            “rotating shifts 24/7”

            No wonder you like retirement so much. Has your circadian rhythm stabilized? My mother worked 3rd shift for 21 years. She has been retired about 15 years and still has trouble sleeping nights. I had a friend that worked about 30 years for General Electric, doing those rotating shifts 1st/2nd/3rd a week at a time.

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  6. Matrony says:

    Verse of the Day
    A person finds joy in giving an apt reply— and how good is a timely word!
    Proverbs 15:23 NIV BibleGateway.com

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  7. Lucille says:

    Autumn has its own blessings but…

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  8. Julia Adams says:

    Psalm 91

    “You who live in the shelter of the Most High, who abide in the shadow of the Almighty, will say to the Lord, “My refuge and my fortress; my God, in whom I trust.” For he will deliver you from the snare of the fowler and from the deadly pestilence; he will cover you with his pinions, and under his wings you will find refuge; his faithfulness is a shield and buckler.

    You will not fear the terror of the night, or the arrow that flies by day, or the pestilence that stalks in darkness, or the destruction that wastes at noonday. A thousand may fall at your side, ten thousand at your right hand, but it will not come near you. You will only look with your eyes and see the punishments of the wicked. Because you have made the Lord your refuge, the Most High your dwelling place, no evil shall befall you, no scourge come near your tent.

    For he will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways. On their hands they will bear you up, so that you will not dash your foot against a stone. You will tread on the lion and the adder, the young lion and the serpent you will trample under foot.

    Those who love me, I will deliver; I will protect those who know my name. When they call to me, I will answer them; I will be with them in trouble, I will rescue them and honor them. With long life I will satisfy them, and show them my salvation.”

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  9. Deplorable_Infidel says:

    Dinosaurs

    Many years ago, I worked at the Carnegie Museum of Natural History in Pittsburgh. When I entered the building, I had to pass by the dinosaur exhibit, which never ceased to amaze me. One of the largest ones on display at the time was a brontosaurus. This particular dinosaur made the Tyrannosaurus rex beside it look small and insignificant. After the lights were dimmed in the evening, the exhibit was unnerving to consider crossing paths with one of these monsters, back when they roamed the earth. If you have ever wondered if men and dinosaurs coexisted, the answer is a definite yes!

    “Behold now behemoth, which I made with thee; he eateth grass as an ox. Lo now, his strength is in his loins, and his force is in the navel of his belly. He moveth his tail like a cedar: the sinews of his stones are wrapped together. His bones are as strong pieces of brass; his bones are like bars of iron” (Job 40:15-24).

    The behemoth in these passages is the Hebrew word for “great beast.” Notice that this beast has all the same characteristics of a brontosaurus, which we know to have been a vegetarian. Its strength is said to be in its loins—large and powerful! The tail was like the mighty cedars of Lebanon. Huge! And the bones of the behemoth were like bars of iron, crushing everything in its path. It also had an insatiable thirst and it could not be snared. He was the chief of God’s ways!

    By Pastor Paul M. Sadler

    https://www.bereanbiblesociety.org/dinosaurs/

    Job 40:15 Behold now behemoth, which I made with thee; he eateth grass as an ox.
    16 Lo now, his strength is in his loins, and his force is in the navel of his belly.

    17 He moveth his tail like a cedar: the sinews of his stones are wrapped together.
    18 His bones are as strong pieces of brass; his bones are like bars of iron.

    19 He is the chief of the ways of God: he that made him can make his sword to approach unto him.
    20 Surely the mountains bring him forth food, where all the beasts of the field play.

    21 He lieth under the shady trees, in the covert of the reed, and fens.
    22 The shady trees cover him with their shadow; the willows of the brook compass him about.

    23 Behold, he drinketh up a river, and hasteth not: he trusteth that he can draw up Jordan into his mouth.
    24 He taketh it with his eyes: his nose pierceth through snares.

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    • Rudy says:

      LOL Do. Not. Mix. Religion. And Science.
      That is beyond absurd.

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      • piper567 says:

        Rudy, no more absurd than to imagine something came from nothing…a fact science itself states is impossible.
        imo, it takes more faith to believe something came from nothing than to believe there was a First Cause, which many of us identify as God.

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        • Jim in TN says:

          Science has been dancing on the head of that pin for some time now. The Big Bang is literally something from nothing.

          My rule of thumb is that science is always changing. It is the best that man can come up with to explain the world around us using repeatable tests. It has great incentive to demonstrate previous science heros were wrong. The moment you decide to rely on science to prove your religion, that part of science will change on you.

          Science also bears a grudge against religion. It is abhorred by religion’s role in creating science. It works to demonize religion in it’s own creation story. And it writes it’s rules to subtly exclude God as a possible explanation. After all, which of us can make God perform on command like a trained seal? And what can be learned from ‘and a miracle happened’? (Planting and growing seeds of faith won’t be accepted.) And making something happen ourselves, healing the blind, curing disease, etc. makes it not so miraculous.

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          • Daniel says:

            1. The Big Bang Theory only theorizes about the expansion of the known universe from a central point of origin and is supported by various forms of evidence. It makes no claim about what happened prior to that moment or what caused it or any such thing. Human discoveries generally create far more questions than anything else.

            2. Science does not bear a grudge against religion though scientists themselves often do. After all, it’s impossible to deny that many people were put to death for discovering and theorizing about things which were previously considered to be “God’s domain.”

            3. As far as “the creation story” there is a great deal of scientific (historical and archaeological science) evidence to support the idea that while most cultures of ancient origins support a nearly identical origin story (some stories are more complex than others) it’s more than likely that their consistency goes to show there is a great deal of truth to it. But it’s rather impossible for us to prove in any meaningful way at this moment. So it’s fine to identify and acknowledge the things we can know, but to fully take such information and form conclusions and to make them a part of your very identity is not such a great idea.

            There are things we don’t know and cannot know. But we continue to expand our knowledge and our ability to produce evidence of things we may never fully understand. But “evolutionarily” speaking, we are not natural creatures. Evolution would normally suggest we would have been replaced by the apparently stronger, larger brained and more robust neanderthal but our existence and their lack of existence would suggest that didn’t quite happen though our DNA suggests something somewhere in between did happen. “Evolutionarily” speaking we went from something stronger to something far weaker. And Evolutionarily speaking, it’s practically impossible for great apes to have spawned a human species through a simply genetic joining of chromosomes as any such defect would render the “first human” incapable of breeding with other apes even though we share a huge amount of genetic similarity… far more than we share with Elizabeth Warren, apparently. So once again, the more we learn, the more questions we develop. But indications are we are not “natural” creatures as it’s rather impossible that we are just a product of the forking of species of an earlier ape. Not natural means created. There’s not really a grey area between those two views though I’m sure some would continue to argue in favor of some sort of natural selection.

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        • AlinWonderland says:

          All scientists can do is discover what God has done.

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        • Daniel says:

          As humans, we are unbelievably limited in what we can know and understand. The concept of “division by zero” is an example of such limits. It’s considered to be “undefined” because we cannot fully model that particular mathematical concept. Likewise there are many other things which are infinite which we lack the capacity to know and understand. The simple “if God made everything, who made God?” is just just a question. Even infinity, in theory, requires an origin point in order to make any sort of sense within the capacity of the human brain. (To have an infinite have a starting point, you’re either looking at something which merely never dies or something which spans all of time in all directions; forward, back and in other directions of which we lack the capacity to comprehend within our three dimensional existence.)

          The best view points recognize the limits of our own capacity and accept there are things we are simply incapable of knowing or understanding. To portend we will be able to know and understand all things simply by virtue of our ability to come up with questions about our existence is folly. That is not to say we should give up on asking questions or striving to better understand. But to draw firm conclusions, often with no way to actually prove what we believe, is a very certain way to have the wrong answers in all of this.

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      • Deplorable_Infidel says:

        “Religion. And Science”

        God gave only one religion. Judaism. He gave it to the nation of Israel.

        James 1:27 Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world.

        We are not Israel.

        Romans 6:14 For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace.
        15 What then? shall we sin, because we are not under the law, but under grace? God forbid.

        God knows more about science than you or I.

        Daniel 1:3 And the king spake unto Ashpenaz the master of his eunuchs, that he should bring certain of the children of Israel, and of the king’s seed, and of the princes;
        4 Children in whom was no blemish, but well favoured, and skilful in all wisdom, and cunning in knowledge, and understanding science, and such as had ability in them to stand in the king’s palace, and whom they might teach the learning and the tongue of the Chaldeans.

        1Timothy 6:20 O Timothy, keep that which is committed to thy trust, avoiding profane and vain babblings, and oppositions of science falsely so called:

        1Corinthians 1:22 For the Jews require a sign, and the Greeks seek after wisdom:
        23 But we preach Christ crucified, unto the Jews a stumblingblock, and unto the Greeks foolishness;

        24 But unto them which are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God, and the wisdom of God.
        25 Because the foolishness of God is wiser than men; and the weakness of God is stronger than men.

        26 For ye see your calling, brethren, how that not many wise men after the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called:
        27 But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty;

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        • Daniel says:

          There are religious books which predate Judaism or the nation of Israel. They are demonstrably more ancient and more detailed while recounting essentially the same stories of human origin.

          I have to wonder why you would ignore evidence which predates the creation of Judaism while containing pretty much everything Judaism also holds. It’s great that you may (or may not) be Christian and yet acknowledge and appreciate Christianity’s predecessor in Judaism. But what about Judaism’s predecessor?

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          • Deplorable_Infidel says:

            “But what about Judaism’s predecessor?”

            My point was religion that was GIVEN by God himself. The religion started by man is Baal worship, which was a thorn and snare to the nation Israel. It started with Cain, both Cain and Abel knew what sacrifice was acceptable:

            Ge 4:3 ¶ And in process of time it came to pass, that Cain brought of the fruit of the ground an offering unto the LORD.
            4 And Abel, he also brought of the firstlings of his flock and of the fat thereof. And the LORD had respect unto Abel and to his offering:
            5 But unto Cain and to his offering he had not respect. And Cain was very wroth, and his countenance fell.

            6 ¶ And the LORD said unto Cain, Why art thou wroth? and why is thy countenance fallen?
            7 If thou doest well, shalt thou not be accepted? and if thou doest not well, sin lieth at the door. And unto thee shall be his desire, and thou shalt rule over him.

            Heb 9:22 And almost all things are by the law purged with blood; and without shedding of blood is no remission. (please note that the law of Moses did not come until probably 1500 years or so later).

            The apostasy became so bad that God had to scatter man across the earth and confound his language. (I am not listing all the verses here)

            Genesis 11:4 And they said, Go to, let us build us a city and a tower, whose top may reach unto heaven; and let us make us a name, lest we be scattered abroad upon the face of the whole earth.

            Baal worship persists to this day in thousands of forms.

            Revelation 17:5 And upon her forehead was a name written, MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH.

            2Corinthians 11:13 For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ.
            14 And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light.
            15 Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness; whose end shall be according to their works.

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      • Deplorable_Infidel says:

        “it takes more faith to believe something came from nothing than to believe there was a First Cause”

        Here are some references on the First Cause that piper567 mentioned:

        How God Can Know and Cause a Universe of Things
        https://strangenotions.com/how-god-can-know-and-cause-a-universe-of-things/

        Why an Infinite Regress Among Proper Causes is Metaphysically Impossible
        https://strangenotions.com/why-an-infinite-regress-among-proper-causes-is-metaphysically-impossible/

        Are Metaphysical First Principles Universally True?
        https://strangenotions.com/are-metaphysical-first-principles-universally-true/

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    • Daniel says:

      I don’t see how this “brontosaurus” matches the description. The brontosaurus was a mistake anyway. Yes, “it’s back” in most ways but it was a water-dwelling creature according to some more recent fossil finds.

      On the other hand, the woolly mammoth might as easily fit the description. After all, creatures hatched from eggs do not have a navel. That word was the first to catch my attention. Only mammals have navels. Not quite sure what the “stones” being referred to may be but there is no question the design of the brontosaur and related species were built to eat things that grew tall and high and did not likely graze at all in the fields. On the other hand, the mammoth was a grazing creature just as elephants are today.

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  10. MTeresa says:

    Prayer for the Nation:

    God our Father, Thou guidest everything in wisdom and love. Accept the prayers we offer for our nation; by the wisdom of our leaders and integrity of our citizens, may harmony and justice be secured and may there be lasting prosperity and peace. Through Christ our Lord.
    Amen

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    • Lucille says:

      Amen!

      Let’s be praying that God will give President Trump divine wisdom for the tasks at hand, especially this crisis coming toward our southern border.

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      • MTeresa says:

        Thank you Lucille. I’m in So CA and very concerned.

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        • Lucille says:

          MTeresa, it is, indeed, very concerning. Some of these Central Americans have been duped by leftists bent upon destruction of America. Others are in it for the adventure and the money. Still others have criminality in the fresh pickings of the U. S. as their goal.

          Certainly this invasion force is THE October surprise of all surprises. We must pray diligently that elected Democrats who remain silently approving will be rewarded with a SURE DEFEAT on November 6th.

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    • Ddanna says:

      Amen

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  11. flame says:

    I wish the U.S. media was at least 1/10th outraged at the brutal murder of U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens in Libya as they are about anti-American Saudi journalist killed in Turkey.

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  12. Deplorable_Vespucciland says:

    Almost time to deal with the witch hunt … head-on?

    We have NOT forgotten a true American hero General Flynn!

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  13. nwtex says:

    Good grief! Thankfully the officer was not injured. I don’t like hearing these reports. Scary stuff going on with batteries and whatever else may be happening with technology of today.

    LP1’s yacht goes up in flames due to their phone catching fire…escaped with their lives…..all else incinerated……terrible, terrible. I can’t begin imagine the feeling. My stomach does a nose dive just thinking of it. Blessings to all who go thru this sort of fright.

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    • Deplorable_Infidel says:

      ” Scary stuff going on with batteries”

      A lot of it has to do with cheap batteries manufactured in…

      wait for it……

      CHINA

      Remember the burning hoverboards from a few years back?

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      • nwtex says:

        That’s r.i.g.h.t…….hoverboards. I wouldn’t be surprised if all sorts of possible problematic and fear evoking situations are going on that the public never hears of. (that preposition is staring me in the face)

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    • Happy go lucky says:

      Oh I didn’t know that about LP1’s yacht and sorry to hear that. Happy that they weren’t hurt.

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    • Daniel says:

      I’m sure another body camera will replace a defective model. But then again, the left have been trying to have body cameras removed (even as their own demands required them) because they often disprove the claims of so many who say they were brutalized by police.

      We should all be reminded of the problems with iPhones exploding in the past. Lithium-Polymer and similar battery technologies are trying to increase energy density but often at the expense of stability and safety. Energy storage and production is presently the greatest obstacle to just about every technology we’ve been promised over the past 100 years which haven’t come to be just yet.

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  14. nwtex says:

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  15. nwtex says:

    Trump administration trying to define transgender out of existence by defining sex as being determined at birth – and unchangeable
    21 October 2018

    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-6300707/Trump-administration-trying-define-transgender-existence-NY-Times.html?ito=social-twitter_dailymailus

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    • Jim in TN says:

      I can’t keep track. Is that sign arguing that women can be men, or is it arguing that men who want to be women are really still men? And I refuse to dig deeper in their quest to further twist reality. (Which is probably why I can’t keep track.)

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      • Daniel says:

        It’s about women wanting to be men.

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      • BigMamaTEA says:

        Well, from my understanding…..ha!…..A trans man is a man who was assigned female at birth ; but chooses to portray themselves as a male, even going so far as to stuff a sock in their jeans, or {even worse now..thanks med.science….there is a rubberized “stiffy” of some sort (like a prosthetic including testes in a wad with the stiffy} that they can upgrade to for those who aren’t broke. LOL!!!!!!

        But don’t get mixed up with up with a trans-sexual man …..which is one who was born, excuse me..”assigned” a female but actually chooses mastectomy, and hormonal therapy, and/ or even plastic surgery to simulate the male genitalia……. to attempt to physically be medically transformed into a man.

        I guess that all of this is opposite for a trans-female. Bradley Manning just had “surgery” which I am assuming means he had his wanker cut off?!!!!

        {this is even more than I want to know!!! and I’m a trained medical professional. uggh!}

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        • BigMamaTEA says:

          So….that chick above holding the sign…..has a vajayjay and a uterus; but claims to be a male.

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        • Deplorable_Infidel says:

          “thanks med.science….even plastic surgery to simulate the male genitalia……. to attempt to physically be medically transformed into a man.”

          This verse immediately came to mind:

          Romans 1:30 Backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents,

          I don’t interpret that verse to be a prohibition on medical advances to counter the ravages of living in a sin cursed world, such as disfigurement due to accidents and necessary surgery like a mastectomy. Rather, the use of man’s ingenuity to thwart God’s design, which Satan attempts to oppose, distort and counterfeit at every opportunity.

          Isaiah 14:13 For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north:
          Isa 14:14 I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High.

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    • Deplorable_Infidel says:

      “defining sex as being determined at birth – and unchangeable”

      Well, this subject definitely has the Creator on their side.

      Genesis 1:27 So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.
      Gen 5:2 Male and female created he them; and blessed them, and called their name Adam, in the day when they were created.

      Gen 6:19 And of every living thing of all flesh, two of every sort shalt thou bring into the ark, to keep them alive with thee; they shall be male and female.
      Gen 7:16 And they that went in, went in male and female of all flesh, as God had commanded him: and the LORD shut him in.

      Numbers 5:3 Both male and female shall ye put out, without the camp shall ye put them; that they defile not their camps, in the midst whereof I dwell.
      Matthew 19:4 And he answered and said unto them, Have ye not read, that he which made them at the beginning made them male and female,
      Mark 10:6 But from the beginning of the creation God made them male and female.

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  16. nwtex says:

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    • Jim in TN says:

      If we are already accepting that he is a she, does that mean she has changed back to a he?

      Or doesvit mean that she no longer has outwardly male attributes?

      Just wait, someday there will be a virus they will use to change male DNA to female DNA.

      And how are all the cop shows handling the inability of DNA to explain our world of ‘you are whatever you say you are’ craziness?

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      • BigMamaTEA says:

        see my above comment. I think Bradley “Chelsea” had a boob job and his wanker/etc cut off, (easy surgery if he’s been on estrogen and a testosterone blocker….that wanker/ect shrinks up and away enough there’s a lot of skin to create an artificial V, but lots of restructuring or the urinary system first, then the outside is just plastic surgery. BUT, there now will be NO offspring from this person! No more sperm, never had uterus/ovaries.

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  17. nwtex says:

    NO! Chilling! Too far! imo this artificial intelligence is affront to our Glorious Creator.

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  18. “Therefore if you have any encouragement
    from being united with Christ,
    if any comfort from his love, if any common sharing in the Spirit,
    if any tenderness and compassion,
    then make my joy complete by being like-minded,
    having the same love, being one in spirit and of one mind.

    Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit.
    Rather, in humility value others above yourselves,
    not looking to your own interests
    but each of you to the interests of the others.”

    Phil. 2:1-4

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  19. These are a couple of good looking rebuilt units.

    I assume this is a diesel jeep 4×4 since it has “spark plugs suck” on the back of it.

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  20. citizen817 says:

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    • RICHARD CANARY says:

      That was beautiful! And your comment of diversity was backed up by the numerous mixes of races, smiling and enjoying the comfort of others of other races. Very encouraging.

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  21. waltherppk says:

    Me and the missus rode out the Western eye wall of Hurricane Michael in an open field away from buildings and trees, by weathervaning our running cars butt end into the wind and adjusting the tracking angle through the 30 degree shift from Northeast to North to Northwest during the 2 hours of buffeting wind that exceeded a reported 175 mph “gust” (gust my ass) that was a whiteout blast of about one third water and two thirds air sort of like whipped cream that would drown a person in “open air” if they tried to breathe it. The pressure in that eyewall windfield was about like the earhurt at twenty five feet on a free dive. After about ten to fifteen minutes of that hypervelocity firehose sort of blast and some visibility returning, where the horizon was once a forest of trees
    was wiped clear as far as could be seen nothing but broken matchsticks and wrecked structures.
    The street was a tangle of debris so thick it would take an hour to climb through a few hundred yards to get my chain saw and get to work after the wind was down enough to walk around.

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    • waltherppk says:

      It was eerily quiet after the wind died down, not sound of a cricket or a bird, nothing and I saw no one about so I figured everybody else had evacuated, and here I am cranking up a chainsaw and getting to it trying to clear my own driveway and front door of what is left of where I used to live a few hours ago. A few minutes later I hear another saw running and then another and pretty soon a bunch more, and I hear a dozer and a tractor cranking up, and people jabbering and a lot of ugly language. Then a bunch of coast guard helicopters are low overhead and one is hovering nearby for about 5 minutes and I walk over and wave him down to see what’s up. A crewman tells me they are from Mobile answering a radio call about 6 people trapped in a house on my street at a certain address a few blocks South but they have looked and looked and can’t find the house.

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    • Guy-Blanc Déploré says:

      Incredible and terrifying story. Glad to know you survived, and will be praying you and yours.

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      • waltherppk says:

        We got through the storm with our body and souls okay but our property got trashed a good bit and all our trees are gone. After the storm small swarms of yellow jackets were everywhere, gathering above ground from their flooded burrows. They were plenty mad about what happened and anybody out moving around was to blame, particularly anybody running a chain saw.

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      • waltherppk says:

        Actually we felt safer and I am certain we were much safer out in the open field away from any trees and buildings. I rejected / defied the “shelter in place” no travel order as more dangerous due to the flying debris, falling trees, and collapsing structures that were correctly anticipated, and my wife and I agreed out in the middle of an empty field would be a reasonable alternative plan B after all the shelters filled up early. Very sturdy buildings including 2 hospitals were destroyed so not even shelters were truly safe. Safe became an abstract term.

        It also allowed us a sort of “first responder” access since we were on scene and had no security cordons or access restrictions. We had made up our minds we were not going to run from Michael…live or die ….Michael ..here we are …come get some.

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        • Deplorable_Infidel says:

          “We had made up our minds we were not going to run from Michael…live or die ….Michael ..here we are …come get some.”

          Reasonable IMO because you were prepared and did not have to deal with storm surge from the ocean.

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          • waltherppk says:

            Yeah it was all land breeze on the Western side but there was so much aerosol water content in the eye wall it wasn’t ordinary air density wind but more like a water jet blast cutting tool and that is what made it so destructive, all the spray in the wind was a force multiplier compared to just a dry wind airspeed

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            • Deplorable_Infidel says:

              “like a water jet blast cutting tool”

              Back in June 1990 I was driving to a bible conference in Altoona, PA. In the mountains nearing my destination, there was a torrential thunderstorm with wind that was so severe that I had to pull over to the side of the road.

              The windshield wipers could not handle the water and leaves and even if they could the visibility was so poor that I could barely see past the hood of my truck. It was eerie, a wall of white interspersed with green flecks from pieces leaves being stripped off the trees from the deluge, accompanied by an occasional whole leaf or piece of twig.

              I hoped and prayed that I would not get rear ended, but I guess most other people had to pull over as well – because only one vehicle (a tractor trailer no less) had passed me while I was stopped for those five minutes or so. I wish I had a camera, when the rain abated the normally black highway was all green from leaves.

              I could barely just imagine what droplets of water would do when propelled by 100-130+ MPH constant wind.

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              • New Nonna to Be, Again!!! 🤗 says:

                Any chance you were on I84? I’ve ridden through a few rough rainfall as you describe in PA on I 84. It’s no joke. And I’ve had tractor trailer scream past me in the left lane as I lumbered w my hazards on in the right. I was very afraid to pull over for exactly the reason you stated. No fun.

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                • Deplorable_Infidel says:

                  “Any chance you were on I84?”

                  No, it was not an Interstate. It was after I exited U.S. Rt. 220 past Altoona. I actually tried to get the area up on Mapquest before posting the comment, but Mapquest would not cooperate.

                  I went and fetched my PA state road atlas. I came down 220 past Altoona. I was going to St. Francis College in Loretto. So it was route 22 going towards Ebensburg, in between Altoona and Cresson/ Gallitzen.

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                • New Nonna to Be, Again!!! 🤗 says:

                  O, gotcha. I find Mapquest touchy at times.

                  I guess these torrential downpours happen throughout the commonwealth. Iv experiences them 3 times now in that location on I84. Not fun at all. And then??? It just stops as you creep along, flashers on, concerned others behind you won’t see you because you can’t see in front of your own car. Scary.

                  Glad you got through it without any problem.

                  Thank You, God, for Your guiding Hand. 🙏🏼

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    • BigMamaTEA says:

      Whoa walther!

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  22. Troublemaker10 says:

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    • Jim in TN says:

      It might help to say what day he took it. If she said yes, they will cherish that picture. If she said no, the photographer won’t here from either, unless it involves spite.

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  23. nwtex says:

    ❤ ❤ ❤ Awesome job boys!

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  24. smiley says:

    before they even get here, they’re telling us what to do..

    translation : we are all America…no to discrimination.

    and…I’m not seeing any American flags anywhere…

    really need that wall…really need a BORDER .

    really need to stop caving to the bogus rhetoric & chaos-crisis of the Soros Mob.

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    • smiley says:

      reminded of a scene from the movie The Good Shepherd …

      just who is the racist ?

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    • amwick says:

      This is why I have been awake since 4am. I gave up trying to sleep.

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      • smiley says:

        we better get tough on this…and in a hurry.

        they are playing us like a fiddle.

        and they will continue to do so as long as they can get away with it.

        I’m seeing a sudden resurge of defiance in the faces & attitudes of hispanics locally, too.

        they hate America…they hate gringos & gringas…but they want the welfare.

        they want the power .

        and the Left will give them everything they demand.

        while they also succeed in destabilizing their miserable countries-of-origin.

        …and then turn around and bite us.

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        • smiley says:

          ( I am talking about the illegals …not necessarily the decent law-abiding hispanics who live here & respect America as patriotic citizens…there’s a big difference.)

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    • BigMamaTEA says:

      BOOM! I was busy agitating last night with Sd’s article/tweet on “Growing Invasion”
      and I’m starting to see lead-in articles from late last night headlining giving CTH/TheLastRefuge credit.
      Swamp Media won’t report/honestly…….let the People’s Media do it instead!!!

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    • Teagan says:

      Saw headlines today that Honduran “migrants” were burning the American flag, giving the finger to America on camera, etc. Such poor, desperate people so grateful for a chance to come to the land of free everything….you would think they would have been given American flags and candles for their March.

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  25. nwtex says:

    Surroundings are a wee bit upgraded from sitting in an on site construction trailer. Bless his heart.

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  26. nwtex says:

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    • nwtex says:

      As Rush L has said…….”young skulls full of mush”.

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    • smiley says:

      meanwhile…

      Moms ?

      …Dads ?

      guidance ??

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      • Teagan says:

        Smiley…how about tough love…cut up the credit cards.

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        • smiley says:

          or withhold tuition unless they shape up.

          all depends on the parents’ mindsets….that has a LOT to do with how their kids behave/misbehave…and for how long.

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          • Deplorable_Infidel says:

            “all depends on the parents’ mindsets:

            The primary cause of juvenile delinquents is delinquent parents.

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            • smiley says:

              yes…in one form or another…missing parents, drunk parents, over-medicated parents, addicted parents, divorced parents, psycho parents, out-of-wedlock kids etc etc.

              but even in so-called “normal” families, many parents just don’t know how…or don’t want…to discipline children.

              kids get spoiled …and by the time they reach college age, it’s just way too late.

              …and they will follow anything, anyway the prevailing winds blow, whatever’s trending …b/c it’s cool.

              a solid Christian upbringing would also help (old-fashioned concept).

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              • dbethd says:

                Time and influence. Kids in school see their teachers more than their parents. Add in extra curricular activities, friends, that time gets even less. Then depending on the activities picked and friends picked(bad influences there), what are the teachers influencing?

                My cousin sends her daughter and son to public (large school district). She has said come summertime, she has to reteach her children because of all the bad habits they pick up.

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  27. nwtex says:

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  29. nwtex says:

    Pastor Disguised as Homeless Man Outside Church Goes Viral: Watch How the Church’s Members React
    10-17-2018

    […]
    “I was crying inside that beard,” MacDonald tells them, fighting back the emotion. “I cannot believe the people in this church – the number of people that prayed with me and brought me food. Just watch and see.”

    The video then proceeds to show congregants giving food to the disguised MacDonald, praying with him and showing the love of Jesus toward him.

    “I thought we’d bring you something to eat this morning,” one man says. “There’s a coffee. Coffee to keep you warm. Let’s just pray for you real quick.”

    “Dear Heavenly Father, so thankful, Lord, that you brought this man to your church on your day, Lord,” the man continues. “We are so blessed that he’s here.”

    Another man puts money in the cup and says, “Bless you.”

    A woman reaches out to the disguised pastor, praying, “God, I just pray that you would just meet this man, and Father that if it would be your will that you would just have him come into our church.”

    “But that you would just know the love of Christ,” she says to MacDonald. “I don’t want you to be out here without knowing him, ok?”

    The video ends with a powerful Scripture, the words of Jesus in Matthew 25:40, “‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.'”

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  30. nwtex says:

    I love Greg Laurie. I enjoy listening to him on radio and watching his utubes as well….have been following him for years. On top of his message I find his voice and delivery both extremely pleasant imo and to me that is verrrry important.

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  31. nwtex says:

    Mt 12:30 (NLT) New Living Translation

    “Anyone who isn’t with me opposes me, and anyone who isn’t working with me is actually working against me.

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  32. smiley says:

    Branding With Reflective Clouds

    oil/canvas

    2008

    Clouds In Late Light

    o/c

    2008

    artist : Janhendrik Dolsma ~ Dutch (b.1950, The Netherlands) ~ Contemporary ~ Realism ~ Seascapes, Clouds.

    https://www.janhendrikdolsma.nl/

    🙂

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  33. Dora says:

    Shade and Darkness- the Evening of the Deluge – JMW Turner, 1843

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  34. duchess01 says:

    Verse of the Day

    “Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created.”
    Revelation 4:11 (KJV)

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  35. nwtex says:

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  36. nwtex says:

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    • smiley says:

      I totally agree.

      as an experiment : try handing out Christian Bible tracts at the door when they come by, instead of candy…notice the reaction.

      notice the reaction of the parents if they happen to be there with their kids.

      I tried that…once…and you’d have thought I was handing them live grenades.

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      • nwtex says:

        On top of the darkness aspect I sense a socialist flare……children being taught to go up strangers with their hands out expecting to be given something. Then if per chance no one came to the door they would vandalize with TP or whatever.
        Even as a kid going thru the neighborhood with friends I felt awkward and embarrassed…..”something’s not right with this” went thru my mind.

        Your “…live grenades” comment caught me by surprise cracked me up.

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      • Deplorable_Infidel says:

        “try handing out Christian Bible tracts at the door”

        I have been doing that for years (along with the candy). It is a good way to get the gospel of grace out – the neighborhood comes to you.

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        • smiley says:

          I thought it would be a neat idea….but the one year I did it, only one little girl in her big sister’s hand-me-down Ballerina costume …with a magic wand 🙂 …actually bothered to look at the tract…the tracts I handed out were designed for kids, with illustrations.

          she said “I know who Jesus is !” so cute !

          but the other kids, of course, backed away and the 2 mothers who were tagging along steered the group of little kids away…quickly…like I was nuts.

          then the next group heading down the road after them got a warning from the 2 moms…

          avoid that house ! she’s a Jehovah’s Witness (!!!)

          wow.

          since then, every time I’ve seen actual JW’s walking from door-to-door, that incident comes to mind.

          kinda feel sorry for them.

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  37. nwtex says:

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  38. dogsmaw says:

    Got homesick and had to see the Omari’s again : P

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  39. Dora says:

    I visited St. Stephen’s when I was in Austria. It’s an historic cathedral. One of the highlights of Vienna. Mozart was baptized there. It was a beautiful church; sacred.

    It’s not even 10 years since my visit. I don’t know what’s happening.

    I suppose I do know, but I just don’t want to face it.

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  40. smiley says:

    not just the GOM….but could be stormy (again) up along the Atlantic east coast…

    that’s the GFS model of the same annoying glob expected to pop up end of this week.

    click on it there to activate, and notice the thing…where it goes after Florida.

    just a model…but…possibly a heads-up…circa Friday-Sat-Sun.

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  41. ladynada says:

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  42. nwtex says:

    Wake me when ☕ arrives. 😴………………..

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