Sunday February 10th – 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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204 Responses to Sunday February 10th – Open Thread

  1. Mike says:

    Hope you’re having a blessed Sunday, Folks.

    Are there any old timers out there like me, who remember when Television comedy was actually FUNNY? At worse a little bawdy or suggestive, but never obscene, and no expletives. No high tech gadgetry to prop things up. Yet still, IMO, 100 times better than anything current. Like this:

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  2. Lucille says:

    New York man on way to Pakistan to join LeT arrested at US airport

    In another instance of growing influence of the LeT in the US and radicalisation of American youths, a teenager in Texas was charged by the FBI with using social media to recruit people on behalf of the terror group and send them to Pakistan for terrorist training.
    Feb 09, 2019

    https://www.hindustantimes.com/world-news/29-year-old-american-man-on-way-to-pakistan-to-join-let-arrested-at-us-airport/story-zFX4OFPAk14yMTtkIT53wN.html

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  3. Sepp says:

    Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost

    The Holy Gospel according to Saint Matthew 15: 21-28

    The Woman of Canaan

    An explanation by Saint Theophylact of this part of Holy Scripture is shared at the link below.

    28 January (traditional Orthodox Church Calendar) / 10 February (civil calendar)

    http://www.chrysostompress.org/c_17th_pentecost.html

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  4. I’m so proud of President Trump for supporting the Green New Deal… my legacy lives on!

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  5. Sepp says:

    Although his youth was misspent in sin, he deeply repented and he chose to follow his Lord, God, and Savior Jesus Christ, so that by God’s grace, Saint Ephraim of Syria became a model of humility for Christians during his own lifetime and in the centuries to follow.

    He served the Church in Edessa and elsewhere as a preacher, but feigned madness to avoid being consecrated a Bishop.

    His grace-filled writings and prayers, which will evoke contrition in the heart, have been passed down for generations. Throughout Great Lent, the Orthodox Christian Faithful use his prayer “O, Lord, and Master of my life . . . .”

    The 19th century Bishop, Saint Theophan the Recluse, compiled a selection of Saint Ephraim’s writings to publish a “Spiritual Psalter” in Russian that is available in English today.

    Saint Ephraim the Syrian is commemorated today, 28th of January, on the traditional Calendar of the Orthodox Church.

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    • Mandy says:

      The Prayer of St. Ephraim is wonderful, one I love very much.

      ” O Lord and Master of my life, give me not the spirit of sloth, idle curiosity/meddling, lust for power and idle talk.
      But grant unto me, Thy servant, a spirit of chastity/integrity, humility, patience and love.
      Yea, O Lord and King, grant me to see mine own faults and not to condemn my brother. For blessed art Thou unto the ages of ages. Amen.”

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  6. Bendix says:

    As I’ve stated before, you don’t have to be against the Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision, to find fault with Andrew Cuomo’s crazy “Reproductive Health” Act.
    https://www.timesunion.com/local/article/Churchill-When-a-pregnant-woman-s-choice-is-13604193.php

    “The passage of the Reproductive Health Act has thrown gasoline on the national debate about abortion — and late-term abortion especially.

    In a way, that’s surprising. The RHA is just one law applying only in one very liberal state where the easy availability of abortion was never in doubt. With or without the RHA, abortion rights were as safe in New York as anywhere in the country.

    In other ways, though, the response isn’t at all surprising. Abortion remains among the most divisive topics in American life, and when you light up towers and bridges in pink to celebrate abortion legislation, as Gov. Andrew Cuomo needlessly did, there’s going to be a reaction.

    But let’s move past the particular controversies of the RHA, at least for now, to talk instead about a problem that’s both related to bill and yet removed from the abortion debate. The issue is this: There is now no penalty in New York for the killing of an unborn child that the mother fully intends to deliver.”

    “There is pending legislation that would pull New York in from the extremes. The Liv Act, as it’s known, would make an attack on a pregnant woman a class D felony, punishable by up to seven years in prison, even if the fetus was unharmed. The charge would apply only if the attacker knew the woman was pregnant.
    The bill is named for Liv Abreu, a military veteran from the Bronx who was 26 weeks pregnant when her boyfriend stabbed her six times, killing her child. Among the charges her attacker faced is abortion in the first and second degree — crimes that have since disappeared from the criminal code, without replacement.”

    I have quoted quite a bit from the article, but I thought it was necessary to understand my point in posting the link.
    It was my suspicion that even those supportive of keeping abortion legal would find fault with what the NYS Legislature did, and also notice, as I did, that there wasn’t any reason for them to do it.

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  7. nwtex says:

    We all know of the incident but i wanted to post what his wife experienced.

    My husband Roger
    February 9, 2019

    Roger Stone and his wife were victims of the police state tactics of power hungry thugs Robert Mueller and Rod Rosenstein.

    This letter was written by Mrs. Roger Stone on the day she and her husband were assaulted by 29 armed FBI Swat team members.

    -snipped-

    A little before 6 am twenty nine assault weapon wielding FBI agents in full tactical gear and wearing night vision goggles surrounded our home because I am hearing impaired and I was sleeping I did not hear the commotion when an FBI agent pounded on the door demanding my husband open it and I did not know he had been handcuffed and taken into custody.

    I woke up only when two FBI agents burst into our bedroom and demanded that I get out of bed at gunpoint. I was marched out to the street in front of our house wearing only a night gown and in bare feet. I was instructed to stand next to my husband who was handcuffed and also barefooted. I am not charged with any crime…

    https://thecoachsteam.wordpress.com/2019/02/09/my-husband-roger/

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    • Bendix says:

      And we are supposed to believe they weren’t okay with this, to a man?
      Individual law enforcement officers have the ability to use discretion, as it suits the situation they find.
      If they can’t or won’t, they are a danger to the public and should be stripped of their badges and weapons.

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    • warrprin1 says:

      This comportment of the Stone incident FBI Agents certainly does not support the popular adage that the majority of agents in the field are good and decent officers who are doing their best to respect the laws they’re sworn to enforce.

      The FBI has disgraced and brought shame upon itself yet again. And they leaked it in advance to CNN! To treat cooperating target of investigation and a special needs adult, Mrs. Stone, in this manner, is worthy of a lawsuit against every law enforcement agent involved in the planning, supervision, and execution of this kristallnacht style home invasion. A-R-M-E-D H-O-M-E I-N-V-A-S-I-O-N of a citizen who is COOPERATING.

      It appears that our FBI Institution is now persuaded that it is untouchable – reference intended. We must protect the 2nd Amendment, equally with defense of the 1st. If the Feds pull this crap right in the face of an armed citizenry, it doesn’t take a much imagination to foresee the dominoes falling. KRISTALLNACHT, déjà vu.

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      • warrprin1 says:

        Whew, I am exorcised about this matter. The unreadable above is, at 10,000 decibels: ARMED HOME IMVASION.
        also: …it doesn’t take much of an imagination…
        Missed another one somewhere, but you get the idea. Apologies to all.

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  8. nikkichico7 says:

    The Word Implanted
    FEBRUARY 10, 2019

    James 1:21-25

    Most Christians are taught early on to incorporate a devotional time into their day. This typically includes Scripture reading and prayer, both of which are essential for spiritual growth. But occasionally we should evaluate what effect this practice is having in us. In other words, we should ask, Is my quiet time accomplishing God’s purpose, or has it simply become a ritual I do out of habit or duty?

    James says we need the Word to be implanted in us. This first happens when we hear and believe the gospel, which leads us to salvation. Peter describes salvation as being born again “through the living and enduring word of God” (1 Peter 1:23). But the implanted Word does even more—it sanctifies us. That’s why Jesus prayed to His Father, “Sanctify them in the truth; Your word is truth” (John 17:17). Sanctification is the process by which believers are progressively transformed into Christlikeness in conduct, conversation, and character. And the means God uses is His Word.

    When Scripture is implanted in us, it roots out sins and produces righteousness. A quiet time shouldn’t be like the description in James 1:24 of someone who looks in a mirror and then forgets what he’s seen. Instead, it should involve an intent look into God’s Word, which changes us inwardly. Divine truth penetrates the heart, mind, and will and ultimately expresses itself in obedience.

    Is your quiet time bearing spiritual fruit, or have you become satisfied with a routine glance at the Bible? For the Word to implant in your soul, some digging is required—and also patience as you wait for spiritual fruit to develop.
    intouch.org
    Dr. Charles Stanley

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    • nikkichico7 says:

      Isaiah 46:8-12

      8 “Remember this, keep it in mind,
      take it to heart, you rebels.
      9 Remember the former things, those of long ago;
      I am God, and there is no other;
      I am God, and there is none like me.
      10 I make known the end from the beginning,
      from ancient times, what is still to come.
      I say, ‘My purpose will stand,
      and I will do all that I please.’
      11 From the east I summon a bird of prey;
      from a far-off land, a man to fulfill my purpose.
      What I have said, that I will bring about;
      what I have planned, that I will do.
      12 Listen to me, you stubborn-hearted,
      you who are now far from my righteousness.

      🤨❤️

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  9. Lucille says:

    Of course she would…the destruction of America is her agenda…

    Muslim Rep. Ilhan Omar calls for defunding of the Department of Homeland Security
    February 10, 2019 8:00 AM By Robert Spencer

    The Department of Homeland Security includes the TSA (which does need a drastic overhaul), the Secret Service, the Coast Guard and FEMA.

    https://www.jihadwatch.org/2019/02/muslim-rep-ilhan-omar-calls-for-defunding-of-the-department-of-homeland-security

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  10. nwtex says:

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  11. nwtex says:

    wowie!

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  12. nwtex says:

    I’m looking for a good, real good knife sharpener. I’ve had this one for years but I don’t care for it. Perhaps I’m just not doing it right?
    The guys at the market suggested I bring my knivesn and their meat dept will sharpen them for me but I’m not going to do that. Nope.
    Sooo any suggestions??

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  13. andyocoregon says:

    Skip to 33:15 for a funny bit about Valentines Day Cards.

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  14. nwtex says:

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  15. nwtex says:

    “I just wish I could have found him Friday,” Holland said. “A close friend of mine said it was just not in God’s will to find him Friday, that God has got a plan for everything and it was his plan for me to find him yesterday (February 5).”

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  16. Blue Ridge Mts Va. says:

    Ky. Sheriff suspends law enforcement; advises residents to get ‘a large dog’

    INEZ, Ky. (AP) – A Kentucky sheriff has told the local fiscal court he is suspending all law enforcement activities because of lack of funding.

    The Lexington Herald-Leader reports , Martin County Sheriff John Kirk took the stage without invitation at a fiscal court meeting Monday. Kirk said his office is still owed a $75,000 payment due in January. He also complained that new obligations placed on his office will add $99,000 to his annual expenditures.

    On his personal Facebook page, he posted that residents should, “lock your doors, load your guns and get a biting, barking dog.”

    A large part of the problem is a sharp decline in coal severance taxes hitting Eastern Kentucky. Local government economic assistance fund money to coal-producing counties has dropped by 80 percent since fiscal year 2012.

    [the wdbj link is FUBAR, and took me to a different news story]
    https://www.kentucky.com/news/business/article226033865.html

    That sheriff should deputize citizens for this emergency. Citizens can volunteer to provide these services.

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  18. 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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  19. auscitizenmom says:

    A prayer for Justice Kavanaugh and Col. Flynn:

    Prayer to St. Michael

    St. Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle;
    be our defense against the wickedness and snares of the devil.
    May God rebuke him, we humbly pray;
    and do you, O prince of the heavenly host,
    by the power of God,
    thrust into hell Satan and the other evil spirits
    who prowl about the world for the ruin of souls.

    In Jesus name, we pray. Amen.

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  20. Katherine McCoun says:

    Post some wonderfully encouraging videos showing SIGNIFICANT improvements in border barriers protecting our SW border
    Here are two more wonderful reports. Networks found some locals not happy…So? 🙂

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    • Katherine McCoun says:

      Posted more videos on the Presidential Thread – some showing miles and miles of 20′ high fencing. Very relaxing and encouraging right before bed time! 🙂

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  21. formerdem says:

    Well I want to raise Brexit – and see what other people think. So, obviously the EU has offered a deal that is a political impossibility in the UK, and obviously the EU hope this will lead to UK not leaving at all, and certainly May could strike a better deal if she had a strong bargaining position such as a willingness for no-deal, and evidently Remainers are trying to outlaw no-deal in order to weaken her bargaining position so she cannot improve the deal so the UK will be panicked into remaining. ?? But – ? I think she is calling the EU bluff anyway – blandly and with a straight face – bc Ireland’s economy will take a heavier blow from no-deal than the UK’s will, and EU will have to make up the difference – she knows that, so she knows the EU must bend in the end… and she is very very politely calling their bluff, by just trundling slowly away with no path to success. She is not calling them names, she is not issuing threats, not having any candid talks…. she is merely politely blandly making a hopeless effort. She does not have to threaten. It works fine to just act dumb. ??? The EU says they will never give in but I think (???) she knows they will have to. She simply has to go on not being rude and she will win. is that right????

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