Wednesday October 31st – 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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290 Responses to Wednesday October 31st – Open Thread

  1. mj_inOC says:

    The Real Halloween
    by Joni Eareckson Tada

    “But the children of the kingdom shall be cast out into outer darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.”
    Matthew 8:12 KJV

    It was the middle of October when an acquaintance passed away — his death was particularly sad because he never embraced Christ as his Savior. Later that month, I went to a friend’s home for a Halloween party. Ghosts draped the front door, skeletons dangled from the porch, and plastic spiders wove their webs through the bushes. I stayed at the party only a minute. Witch and goblin costumes weren’t cute or funny in light of my friend’s demise.

    Jesus likens the real Halloween to being “outside” — He described it as outer darkness. There is no shimmering dance of candle in hell — no promising sunrises. No welcoming glow of Christmas lights through the windows. No sun-washed vistas of ocean or landscape. No lovely or pleasant faces. Eventually, no memory of what a smile ever looked like. In abject darkness, people can do nothing but think — remorse for missed opportunities and memories of friends and family on earth. There will be company in hell, but none of it pleasant. Jesus talked frequently about hell because He wanted to warn us of its real-life horrors. He’s left us an example, but how often do we speak about hell, the real Halloween?

    There’s nothing cute about encouraging children to dress up like Harry Potter from the Hogwarts School of Wizardry. Yet October 31 can provide a powerful backdrop to an earnest discussion about hell. Jesus’ descriptions of it are not figurative. Whenever biblical writers describe the afterlife, you sense they are straining for adequate words — the realities are greater than the figures. If hell is not literal fire, it’s not because Jesus was exaggerating. It’s because hell is worse.

    Lord God, I confess I don’t like to think — or speak — about hell. But Your Son was constantly warning people about the kingdom of darkness. Give me courage to share the light of the gospel with my coworkers and neighbors!

    Blessings,

    Joni and Friends

    Taken from Pearls of Great Price
    Copyright © 2006
    By Joni Eareckson Tada

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  2. Dora says:

    No, he’s too creepy looking to be Irish!

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  3. dbethd says:

    Dora, I hope you don’t mind. Sharing here too as I think this is just lovely.

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  4. czarowniczy says:

    Yet ANOTHER Iranian assassin caught in Europe on his/her way to whack a political dissident.

    https://www.thelocal.se/20181030/swedish-intelligence-seizes-suspected-iranian-spy-after-murder-plot

    The Europeans have been catching Iranians out to kill dissidents in Europe on what seems like a regular basis, sorta like it’s become a cottage industry, yet we don’t hear the indignation and threats of sanctions coming from the Democrats directed at Iran that we do the Saudis. The Saudis kill one dissident while the Iranians had bombing plans would have killed not only the dissident but numerous bystanders. Maybe it’s because the Democrats reward failure or maybe it’s because this Saudi mess is really about Trump but one can’t help but wonder what the situation would be had Bathory 2.0 been elected.

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  5. Dixie says:

    I heard on the radio this morning that a study was done of the honesty of Americans. They were asked if a cashier gave wrong change during a transaction, would you give the money back?

    Hey! 7 out of 10 Americans are honest and would return the money. Not really surprising to me but I’m proud to be one of those Americans.

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    • Deplorable_Infidel says:

      “if a cashier gave wrong change during a transaction, would you give the money back?”

      About 15 years ago I did a transaction at a bank (cashing check in excess of $1000) and I received $20 too much. I couldn’t get back to the bank, so my uncle went back there to return it. they had to go thru a lot, but the cashier did give me $20 too much and I did not want her getting into trouble for it, especially since I was certain it happened.

      Romans 12:17 Recompense to no man evil for evil. Provide things honest in the sight of all men.

      1Timothy 2:1 ¶ I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men;
      2 For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty.

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      • auscitizenmom says:

        Years ago, my best friend’s father went into the bank to cash a check. The cashier gave him $50 too much. He counted the money and immediately went back to her to tell her. She argued with him and told him she didn’t make mistakes. He tried several times to get her to look and she finally got really hateful to him. So he left with the money. I imagine the cashier lost her job over that since back then $50 was worth a lot more.

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    • czarowniczy says:

      I always return the money as many of these cashiers are working those jobs as they lack the skills to get other jobs and most are supporting families. Many employers, especially larger stores, have policies firing cashiers with tills that are short or over. As I was brought up to be honest but to respect those who work for a living the thought that those few extra bucks might cost someone a job, or even more, doesn’t sit right.

      I’ve raised my kids, grandkids and now great grandkids to be the same and I hope they follow that. If nothing else, it’s bad karma.

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    • piper567 says:

      At a local ATM one day, I withdrew $40 and the machine gave me $60.
      The next day I want to my CU, and they said that a woman, also using that ATM, had reported the day before she was shorted a 20!
      The teller was amazed, since the CU had believed her, and issued the extra 20.
      They were very happy to have the mystery solved since their tally was off the day before.
      Kinda fun.
      Kind of a bonus of using a local CU…great people.

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  6. Dora says:

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  7. andyocoregon says:

    Portland’s Mayor was on the fake bomber’s list. That guy sure knew how to pick ’em.

    https://patch.com/oregon/portland/mayor-ted-wheeler-fbi-says-pipe-bomb-suspect-researched-me

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  8. Sepp says:

    The Holy Apostle and Evangelist Luke is commemorated today on the traditional Orthodox Church Calendar: October 18th (October 31st on the civil calendar).

    The Church has preserved a great many details of the Life of Saint Luke who was the founder of Christian iconography besides being a companion of the Holy Apostle Paul on his missionary travels.

    The link below gives brief versions of the lives of the Four Evangelists.

    http://www.chrysostompress.org/the_four_evangelists.html

    Among the other Saints honored today is Saint Gwen of Wales the missionary who was martyred in Brittany.

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  9. andyocoregon says:

    OMG! This practical joke was definitely not funny for the woman and her husband.
    I’m betting this doctor will lose a lot of patients from his practice.

    https://lawandcrime.com/crazy/gynecologists-idea-of-a-joke-was-to-dye-his-patients-vagina-purple/

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    • auscitizenmom says:

      This is just ridiculous. Doctors don’t play jokes on their patients. I would never trust him.

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    • czarowniczy says:

      Well they’re right, gentian violet’s an old-timey remedy for yeast infections, first thing I thought of when I saw your post. On the other hand if the doc can find safe green and gold dyes I’m sure, considering what goes on here, that he could work up a going business during Mardi Gras.

      Only half kidding.

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  10. andyocoregon says:

    Portland, Oregon loony liberal protester update. They’re once again blocking downtown intersections and streets and no Portland Police are in sight. They’ve been blocking the streets for several hours now.

    https://katu.com/news/local/grand-jury-finds-officers-justified-in-shooting-patrick-kimmons-protesters-block-streets

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  11. Lucille says:

    5 freed from Gitmo in exchange for Bergdahl rejoined the jihad in Qatar, Taliban says
    October 30, 2018 4:01 PM By Robert Spencer

    Those who warned that this would happen were mocked and vilified as “Islamophobes.”

    https://www.jihadwatch.org/2018/10/5-freed-from-gitmo-in-exchange-for-bergdahl-rejoined-the-jihad-in-qatar-taliban-says

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  12. Anonymous says:

    Don Lemon being racist yesterday:

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  13. Lucille says:

    FREED! CHRISTIAN WHO WAS GIVEN DEATH SENTENCE FOR OFFERING MUSLIMS WATER

    “The Supreme Court of Pakistan has concluded that a story accusing a Christian woman who offered her Muslim co-workers water was ‘concocted’ to charge her with the capital offense of blasphemy, and ‘the appellant being innocent deserves acquittal’.”

    https://www.wnd.com/2018/10/freed-christian-who-was-given-death-sentence-for-offering-muslims-water/#GgUc7b9zvef35y6D.99

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  14. bessie2003 says:

    A conversation, October 30, 2018, with Secretary of Defense James Mattis. Begins about the 12 minute mark. At the end are questions/answers.

    https://www.usip.org/events/conversation-secretary-defense-james-n-mattis

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  15. Lucille says:

    New Poll in West Virginia Shows GOP Challenger Morrisey Taking the Lead

    A new poll, commissioned by the National Republican Senatorial Committee, shows Republican challenger Patrick Morrisey taking the lead over incumbent Democratic Senator Joe Manchin in a key Senate race.

    https://bongino.com/?s=Manchin

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  16. Donna in Oregon says:

    Peace go with you
    God’s quiet within the noise.
    God’s hope within uncertainty.
    God’s rest within the toil.
    God’s presence within your soul.
    Peace go with you.

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  17. Citizen 817 says:

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  18. Lucille says:

    Well, who woulda guessed!

    Report Finds Liberal States Are the Worst at Administering Their Obamacare Exchanges
    By Cortney O’Brien – OCT 30, 2018

    The Council for Affordable Health Coverage (CAHC) released a report Monday reviewing users’ experience with Healthcare.gov and each of the 12 state-based exchanges in 2018.

    https://www.lifenews.com/2018/10/30/report-finds-liberal-states-are-the-worst-at-administering-their-obamacare-exchanges/

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  19. andyocoregon says:

    Portland Oregon update #2….

    This is what results from hours of police being restrained by the loony liberal mayor from doing their jobs.

    https://katu.com/news/local/man-arrested-accused-of-driving-into-crowd-of-protesters-in-sw-portland

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  20. 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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  21. auscitizenmom says:

    Prayer for Justice Kavanaugh:

    https://www.churchmilitant.com/news/article/kavanaugh-v.-ford
    “After watching her husband rip into pro-death senators who used Dr. Christine Blasey Ford in attempts to derail the appointment of her husband to the U.S. Supreme Court, Ashley is asking all people of faith to unite in praying Psalm 40, which reads:”

    “BE PLEASED, O LORD, TO DELIVER ME, LOOK DOWN, O LORD TO HELP ME. LET THEM BE CONFOUNDED AND ASHAMED TOGETHER, THAT SEEK AFTER MY SOUL TO TAKE IT AWAY. LET THEM BE TURNED BACKWARD AND BE ASHAMED THAT DESIRE EVILS TO ME.”

    In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen

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  22. Me says:

    It’s really annoying when you like to read the comments on some sites, such as Dear Abby and just anything for entertainment and some self appointed king or queen of the comments section has to make an anti Trump or his admin or people who voted for him type of comment. People who want the wall are racist and look at all of the mass shootings, Americans are the criminals. They appointed a rapist to the Supreme Court. And on and on.

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  23. Ummm… Rather new here. Seems as though everyone knows one another. I’m no Pollyanna, but have extreme faith in our collective power.

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