Sunday March 17th – 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. citizen817 says:

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  4. wondering999 says:

    Happy Sunday Treepers. Wistful song that I can’t get out of my head, and that some others may also enjoy… “God Knows” “Sabe Deus”….the beginning is in Hebrew, middle is in Portuguese. Translation:

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    • lotbusyexec says:

      Words are beautiful! Thanks for link to translation. The invisible veil of grief remains with all of us who have lost loved ones. Only those who walk in our shoes can recognize it and when we connect the bond is eternal. Sending heartfelt love today and continued strength to all who are grieving, you are not alone. Stay strong and continue to move forward with grace, great faith and the knowledge that you WILL one day be reunited.

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  5. Deplorable_Infidel says:

    Prophesied vs. Testified

    “If it was Paul who revealed that Christ gave Himself a ransom ‘for all’ (1 Tim. 2:6) as opposed to the “many” in Israel (Matt. 20:28), how do we explain John 1:29?”

    “…John seeth Jesus…and saith, Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world.”

    John was a prophet (Luke 7:28), and the prophets didn’t always understand their own prophecies (1 Pet. 1:11), especially when it came to “the sufferings of Christ.” God knew that this would probably trouble the prophets, so He comforted them by explaining that “not unto themselves, but unto us they did minister the things” that they prophesied (v. 12).

    We know that no one who heard John make his statement understood that Christ would die for the sins of the world, for some of the 12 heard it, but didn’t understand it (Luke 18:31-34). Not even Satan understood it (1 Cor. 2:7,8), or else he wouldn’t have instigated Judas to betray the Lord (Luke 22:3,4).

    So the ransom Christ made for all men might have been prophesied in John 1:29, but it wasn’t “testified” until the “due time” came for Paul to be “ordained a preacher and an apostle” (1 Tim. 2:6,7).

    By Pastor Ricky Kurth

    1 Timothy 2:6 Who gave himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time.

    Matthew 20:28 Even as the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many.

    John 1:29 The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith, Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world.

    Luke 7:28 For I say unto you, Among those that are born of women there is not a greater prophet than John the Baptist: but he that is least in the kingdom of God is greater than he.

    1Peter 1:11 Searching what, or what manner of time the Spirit of Christ which was in them did signify, when it testified beforehand the sufferings of Christ, and the glory that should follow.
    12 Unto whom it was revealed, that not unto themselves, but unto us they did minister the things, which are now reported unto you by them that have preached the gospel unto you with the Holy Ghost sent down from heaven; which things the angels desire to look into.

    Luke 18:31 Then he took unto him the twelve, and said unto them, Behold, we go up to Jerusalem, and all things that are written by the prophets concerning the Son of man shall be accomplished.
    32 For he shall be delivered unto the Gentiles, and shall be mocked, and spitefully entreated, and spitted on:
    33 And they shall scourge him, and put him to death: and the third day he shall rise again.
    34 And they understood none of these things: and this saying was hid from them, neither knew they the things which were spoken.

    1 Corinthians 2:7 But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, even the hidden wisdom, which God ordained before the world unto our glory:
    8 Which none of the princes of this world knew: for had they known it, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory.

    Luke 22:3 Then entered Satan into Judas surnamed Iscariot, being of the number of the twelve.
    4 And he went his way, and communed with the chief priests and captains, how he might betray him unto them.

    1 Timothy 2:6 Who gave himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time.
    7 Whereunto I am ordained a preacher, and an apostle, (I speak the truth in Christ, and lie not;) a teacher of the Gentiles in faith and verity.

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    • livefreeordieguy says:

      ‘Donny Osmond Crashes Fan’s 60th Birthday’ video is just about the last thing I would ever watch — at 1:00 in the morning no less — and actually LIKE… But that was really nice, dbethd… thank you for posting that… He’s a good guy.

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      • olderwiser21 says:

        livefree – Donny is my neighbor here in Provo. I see him in the post office and grocery store fairly often and he is a nice guy. His wife is very sweet too. Local people. My brother went to their wedding! His younger brother, Jimmy, also lived in my neighborhood but has recently moved. He and his family were well liked. Very sweet people.

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        • livefreeordieguy says:

          Thanks for that, olderwiser21… Good to know he and his siblings were not negatively affected by fame at an early age… I see Marie on commercials and she seems nice but you never know until you hear from people who know them personally… thanks!

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      • lotbusyexec says:

        I used to wait for Friday evenings when I was a little girl just so I could watch the Donny and Marie show. We were only allowed to watch TV on Friday and Sunday evenings (unless there was a holiday show special that we asked if we could watch ie, Charlie Brown Christmas Special…). Always loved him and had the best “imagination” of what our storybook relationship, wedding and life would be like 😉 Boy was it fun to be a kid and have a teenage dream date. Disclaimer: I also LOVED Bobby Sherman (Easy come, Easy go…), but Donny was closer to my age ❤️

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    • I used to have a REAL BAD Crush on His Sister Marie Osmond & up & coming, Valerie Bertinelli , When I was growing up.. Those two Ladies were to Die for! .. Instead of the Iconic Farrah Fawcett Poster, I had instead poster(s), I had those two on My walls circ Early Mid-1970’s

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  6. livefreeordieguy says:

    Happy Saint Patrick’s Day to Sundance and all of the fabulous, smart and insightful Treepers who frequent this fabulous site. Today, you are all Irish… You are Patriots EVERY day. Thank you.

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  7. Garrison Hall says:

    Linda Ronstadt’s series of recordings with Nelson Riddle are magical. To promote the music she also made several videos that were every bit as magical as her music. This is one of my favorites.

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    • Garrison,
      The Linda Rondstadt collaboration with Riddle was totally inspired. Many memorable tunes that they recorded together.

      I thought about you tonight when we saw Joshua Bell conduct Beethoven’s Symphony No 4, and then perform as soloist and conductor of Beethoven’s Violin Concerto. Bell conduct without a score (!) brilliantly, and his performance in the “improvised” portions of the Violin Concerto were unbelievable.

      Music so evanescent that it transports you! (I looked for some youtube’s of Bell, but most are long. He is a major talent, though).

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  8. Garrison Hall says:

    We’re only a little past Caterday . . . right? This is a great puppy and kitty story.

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  9. F.D.R. in Hell says:

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    • Michael Todaro says:

      Disgusting Muslim Omar, sleaze who married her brother, causes Judge Pirro’s cancellation. Pirro went easy on Omar who really must be screened for explosives before entering the Capitol. Fox is no different from the others. Smith, Rivera, Williams, Cavuto, Napolitano… Judge Pirro is the best. What happened to my country? Mohammed Obama happened to my country. The silver lining is that there is finally a rising tide of righteous indignation over what 2,000,000,000 Muslims worldwide are doing to the human race. Hope it’s not too late. MAGA/KAG !

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    • budklatsch says:

      What is the difference between an Irish wedding and an Irish funeral? One less drunk!

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  11. andyocoregon says:

    Sorry, but on a sour note it appears to be curtains for Judge Jeanine at Fox News. Maybe she’ll head over to OANN. Hope we haven’t seen the last of her. I always liked her show.
    IMO, the owners of Fox News can suck it.

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  12. Troublemaker10 says:

    New Mexico Dems sink ‘extreme’ abortion bill; governor blasts defeat as ‘inexplicable’


    “Pro-choice advocates reeling over their unexpected defeat in the New Mexico legislature may have the uproar over late-term abortion bills in New York and Virginia to blame.

    Eight New Mexico Democrats crossed party lines Thursday to sink a bill aimed at codifying the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision, handing a win to the pro-life movement and a stinging defeat to Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham on one of her signature issues.”

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    • bjosz says:

      Thank you for posting that! I grew up in New Mexico and it breaks my heart to read what those stupid democrats and sorry governor is doing to the “land of Enchantment”
      since that governor is the one that pulled the National Guard from a dangerous area there, I hope she is kicked out of office.

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  13. citizen817 says:

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  15. Dora says:

    Robert Henri – O’Malley Home (Achill Island, County Mayo, Ireland) 1913

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  16. Dora says:


    The heroics of St. Patrick are not appreciated as much as they should be. He is the first person in history to publicly condemn slavery, and one of the first leaders to champion the cause of equal rights.

    There is much to celebrate on March 17. Fortunately, his writings, though slim, are eye-opening accounts of his life: Letter to the Soldiers of Coroticus and Confession reveal much about the man. Along with other sources, they paint a picture of his saintliness.

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  17. smiley2 says:

    Hellelil and Hildebrand ~ The Meeting on the Turret Stairs


    watercolor/gouache on paper

    Frederic William Burton ~ Irish (1816-1900) ~ Romanticism/Illustration

    this was based on a medieval Danish ballad, translated by Burton’s friend, Whitley Stokes…tells the tale of the two lovers there…she (Hellelil) fell for her personal guard (Hildebrand, Prince of England) but her father disapproved, and it all went downhill from there.

    Burton wanted them to have a moment together before the end so he painted their Meeting on the Turret Stairs.

    more about it, here…

    The Forgotten Artist Behind Ireland’s Favourite Painting


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  18. Dora says:

    This one always makes me cry.

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  20. duchess01 says:

    Verse of the Day

    “For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s.”
    1 Corinthians 6:20 (KJV)

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  21. Good Morning Folks..
    Happy St. Paddies Day..
    This Mornings Sunrise at the Beach..
    God Bless everyone on this Sunday Morning.

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  22. WeeWeed says:

    Mornin’ infidels!

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  23. Dora says:

    I hope they hang on to their traditions.

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  24. Stillwater says:

    One day, a cat dies of natural causes and goes to heaven, where he meets Saint Peter himself. Saint Peter says to the cat, “You lived a good life, and if there is any way I can make your stay in heaven more comfortable, please let me know.” The cat thinks for a moment and says, “Peter, all my life I have lived with a poor family and had to sleep on a hard wooden floor.” Saint Peter stops the cat and says, “Say no more,” and a wonderful, fluffy pillow appears.

    A few days later, six mice are killed in a tragic farming accident, and all of them go to heaven. Again, Saint Peter is there to greet them with the same offer. The mice answer, “All our lives we have been chased. We have had to run from cats, dogs, and even women with brooms. Running, running, running; we’re tired of running. Do you think we could have roller skates so that we don’t have to run anymore?” Saint Peter says, “Say no more” and fits each mouse with beautiful new roller skates. About a week later, Saint Peter stops by to see the cat and finds him snoozing on the pillow. Saint Peter gently wakes the cat and asks him, “How are things since you got here?” The cat stretches and yawns, then replies, “It is wonderful here. Better than I could have ever expected. And those Meals On Wheels you’ve been sending by are the best!”

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  25. Blind no longer says:

    My continued prayers and thought for PatrickHenryC and 4sure.

    Dear Lord,

    I come to you not satisfied with staying average, not satisfied with just the traditional, not satisfied with the way it has always been. I press into you that I may come up higher.

    I am open to you. I want to experience your new things in your perfect timing. I pick up confidence that I will more clearly hear your voice and understand how to follow you. I pick up confidence that you are going to lead me away from sickness and weakness and lead me toward health and healing.

    I declare that this day, I will walk the paths of peace of my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.


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  26. andyocoregon says:

    “Something’s just not right with that boy”…….. What an understatement.

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  27. andyocoregon says:

    Talk about bad timing….

    “The casino was filled with police officers Friday night because they responded to a report of a missing 12-year-old girl, officials briefed on the investigation told ABC News.”

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    • Dave says:

      Our grandson and his girlfriend were at the Bellagio Friday night celebrating her 21st birthday. They had just left the place minutes before all hell broke loose!

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  28. Mandy says:

    STUNNING drone footage of the dam failure here in Nebraska.

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  29. andyocoregon says:

    Finally, a late night talk show does a funny skit and this time it’s not about President Trump.

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  30. andyocoregon says:

    Beauty and the Beast

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  31. ZurichMike says:

    I love this prayer — best said aloud, standing up. Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

    The Breastplate of Saint Patrick

    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.

    I arise today
    Through the strength of Christ’s birth with His baptism,
    Through the strength of His crucifixion with His burial,
    Through the strength of His resurrection with His ascension,
    Through the strength of His descent for the judgment of doom.

    I arise today
    Through the strength of the love of cherubim,
    In the obedience of angels,
    In the service of archangels,
    In the hope of resurrection to meet with reward,
    In the prayers of patriarchs,
    In the predictions of prophets,
    In the preaching of apostles,
    In the faith of confessors,
    In the innocence of holy virgins,
    In the deeds of righteous men.
    I arise today, through
    The strength of heaven,
    The light of the sun,
    The radiance of the moon,
    The splendor of fire,
    The speed of lightning,
    The swiftness of wind,
    The depth of the sea,
    The stability of the earth,
    The 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 shield to protect me,
    God’s host to save me
    From snares of devils,
    From temptation of vices,
    From everyone who shall wish me ill,
    afar and near.

    I summon today
    All these powers between me and those evils,
    Against every cruel and 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 an 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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  32. Dora says:

    Beautiful coach. Love the horses too. 🙂

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  33. Dora says:

    To you too Dolly.

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  34. Mandy says:

    Anyone make some Irish Soda Bread for today? It’s actually fairly quick and easy. I made some last night…had no raisins so I used a handful of dried cherries that I snipped into teeny bits, then I let them soak in the buttermilk for an hour before I mixed everything . No caraway seeds (would that go well with cherries? I wasn’t sure so I left ’em out.) Added a bit extra sugar and a little almond extract. It turned out yummy. Munching a slice now with a chunk of cheddar. mmmmm….

    Here’s a link to the recipe I used (though obviously I didn’t follow it strict, lol)

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  35. Deb says:

    Happy St. Patrick’s Day! St. Patrick felt love for the people who enslaved him, and came back to their land to help free them from the bond of slavery to their false gods. May we be freed from the tyranny of the false gods our country has fallen under. May we be delivered from greed, nihilism and narcissism. St. Patrick, pray for us.

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  36. andyocoregon says:

    4h4 hours ago

    Bring back @JudgeJeanine Pirro. The Radical Left Democrats, working closely with their beloved partner, the Fake News Media, is using every trick in the book to SILENCE a majority of our Country. They have all out campaigns against @FoxNews hosts who are doing too well. Fox …..

    4h4 hours ago

    ….must stay strong and fight back with vigor. Stop working soooo hard on being politically correct, which will only bring you down, and continue to fight for our Country. The losers all want what you have, don’t give it to them. Be strong & prosper, be weak & die! Stay true….

    4h4 hours ago

    ….to the people that got you there. Keep fighting for Tucker, and fight hard for @JudgeJeanine. Your competitors are jealous – they all want what you’ve got – NUMBER ONE. Don’t hand it to them on a silver platter. They can’t beat you, you can only beat yourselves!

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  37. crochetchar84 says:

    Happy St Patricks Day Treepers

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  38. duchess01 says:


    5 hours ago 25K Shares
    Woman Gives Birth To Six Babies In Nine Minutes, Beating One In 4.7 Billion Odds

    Jake Massey in NEWS

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  39. Sepp says:

    Today is the first Sunday of Great Lent for the Orthodox Christian Faithful. It is known as the Sunday of Orthodoxy or the Triumph of Orthodoxy. It commemorates the restoration of the Holy and Precious Icons and the defeat of the iconclasts and their heresies that attempted to wreck Christ’s Church.

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    • Sepp says:

      Dismissal Hymn. Second Tone.
      “We venerate Thine immaculate icon,,,O Hood One, asking the forgiveness of our failings, O Christ our God; for of Thine own will Thou wast well-pleased to ascend the Cross in the flesh, that Thou mightest deliver from slavery to the enemy those whom Thou hadst fashioned. Wherefore we cry to Thee thankfully: Thou didst fill all things with joy, O our Saviour, when Thou camest to save the world.”

      Kontakion. Plahal of Fourth Tone.
      “The indepictable Word of the Father became depictable when He took flesh of thee, O Theotokos; and when He had restored the defiled image to its ancient state, He suffused it with divine beauty. As for us, confessing our salvation, we record it in word and deed.”

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  40. 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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  41. 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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  43. nwtex says:

    Irish pride…..

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