Saturday March 23rd – 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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260 Responses to Saturday March 23rd – Open Thread

  1. smiley2 says:

    wishful thinking

    🐱

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  2. Lucille says:

    Spring 2019 Walker Canyon California Wildflower Superbloom

    The California Super Bloom Is Upon Us
    https://www.travelandleisure.com/trip-ideas/nature-travel/southern-california-super-bloom-photos

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  3. citizen817 says:

    Happy Caturday!

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  4. citizen817 says:

    Another Caturday

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  5. Deplorable_Infidel says:

    Repentance And Grace

    When the sinner is convicted by the Holy Spirit of the seriousness of sin and of judgment to come, and cries to the Lord to save him, he has, of course, repented, or changed his mind, as the Greek word signifies. Many of God’s servants, however, considering only the fact that sinners need such a change of mind, conclude that the way to produce the greatest results in their ministry is to stress repentance.

    Such should take note of the response to the three great calls to repentance by which the dispensation of the Law was brought to a close: John the Baptist called Israel to repentance but was beheaded as a result (Matt.3:1-12; 14:3-10). The Lord Jesus took up the cry where John had left off (4:17), but was crucified for it. After the resurrection He sent His disciples to preach “repentance and remission of sin…in His name” (Luke 24:47) but Jerusalem refused to repent and it was not long before blood again flowed, as Stephen was stoned to death and a great persecution followed (Acts 8:3).

    The guilt of Israel’s impenitence increased too, as the call to repentance was intensified, for while John’s murder was permitted by the people, Christ’s was demanded by them, and Stephen’s was actually committed by them. Thus the so-called “Great Commission” was bogged down at the very start, for if Jerusalem and the covenant people refused to repent, what hope was there that the “nations”(Luke 24:47) would do so?

    “But where sin abounded, GRACE did much more abound: That as sin hath reigned unto death, even so might GRACE reign through righteousness unto eternal life by Jesus Christ our Lord” (Rom.5:20,21).

    After calls to repentance had failed, the ascended Lord stooped down to save Saul, the chief of sinners, on the road to Damascus, in anything but a repentant mood. Not by threatening or dealing with him in judgment, but by speaking to him in the tenderest tones He showed him the glory of His grace. This “trophy of grace” was then sent forth to proclaim “the gospel of grace”, and the merits of his crucified, glorified Lord.

    This is why repentance was emphasized, indeed was the theme of God’s message, from John until Paul, while grace, proclaimed through the cross and received by faith, gradually displaced it as the theme of God’s message for “this present evil age” (Acts 20:24).

    By Pastor Cornelius R. Stam

    https://www.bereanbiblesociety.org/repentance-and-grace/

    Matthew 3:1 In those days came John the Baptist, preaching in the wilderness of Judaea,
    2 And saying, Repent ye: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.
    3 For this is he that was spoken of by the prophet Esaias, saying, The voice of one crying in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make his paths straight.
    4 And the same John had his raiment of camel’s hair, and a leathern girdle about his loins; and his meat was locusts and wild honey.
    5 Then went out to him Jerusalem, and all Judaea, and all the region round about Jordan,
    6 And were baptized of him in Jordan, confessing their sins.

    7 But when he saw many of the Pharisees and Sadducees come to his baptism, he said unto them, O generation of vipers, who hath warned you to flee from the wrath to come?
    8 Bring forth therefore fruits meet for repentance:
    9 And think not to say within yourselves, We have Abraham to our father: for I say unto you, that God is able of these stones to raise up children unto Abraham.
    10 And now also the axe is laid unto the root of the trees: therefore every tree which bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire.
    11 I indeed baptize you with water unto repentance: but he that cometh after me is mightier than I, whose shoes I am not worthy to bear: he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost, and with fire:
    12 Whose fan is in his hand, and he will throughly purge his floor, and gather his wheat into the garner; but he will burn up the chaff with unquenchable fire.

    Matthew 14:3 For Herod had laid hold on John, and bound him, and put him in prison for Herodias’ sake, his brother Philip’s wife.
    4 For John said unto him, It is not lawful for thee to have her.
    5 And when he would have put him to death, he feared the multitude, because they counted him as a prophet.
    6 But when Herod’s birthday was kept, the daughter of Herodias danced before them, and pleased Herod.

    7 Whereupon he promised with an oath to give her whatsoever she would ask.
    8 And she, being before instructed of her mother, said, Give me here John Baptist’s head in a charger.
    9 And the king was sorry: nevertheless for the oath’s sake, and them which sat with him at meat, he commanded it to be given her.
    10 And he sent, and beheaded John in the prison.

    Matthew 4:17 From that time Jesus began to preach, and to say, Repent: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.

    Luke 24:47 And that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in his name among all nations, beginning at Jerusalem.

    Acts 8:3 As for Saul, he made havock of the church, entering into every house, and haling men and women committed them to prison.

    Romans 5:20 Moreover the law entered, that the offence might abound. But where sin abounded, grace did much more abound:
    21 That as sin hath reigned unto death, even so might grace reign through righteousness unto eternal life by Jesus Christ our Lord.

    Acts 20:24 But none of these things move me, neither count I my life dear unto myself, so that I might finish my course with joy, and the ministry, which I have received of the Lord Jesus, to testify the gospel of the grace of God.

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    • TMonroe says:

      “Not by threatening or dealing with him in judgment, but by speaking to him in the tenderest tones He showed him the glory of His grace.”

      “This is why repentance was emphasized, indeed was the theme of God’s message, from John until Paul, while grace, proclaimed through the cross and received by faith, gradually displaced it as the theme of God’s message for “this present evil age” (Acts 20:24).”

      Additional verses to ponder on repentance and its place past the road to Damascus:

      2 Peter 3:9 “The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.”

      From Revelation 2:
      [5] Remember therefore from whence thou art fallen, and repent, and do the first works; or else I will come unto thee quickly, and will remove thy candlestick out of his place, except thou repent.
      [16] Repent; or else I will come unto thee quickly, and will fight against them with the sword of my mouth.
      [21] And I gave her space to repent of her fornication; and she repented not.
      [22] Behold, I will cast her into a bed, and them that commit adultery with her into great tribulation, except they repent of their deeds.

      Revelation 3
      [3] Remember therefore how thou hast received and heard, and hold fast, and repent. If therefore thou shalt not watch, I will come on thee as a thief, and thou shalt not know what hour I will come upon thee.

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  6. citizen817 says:

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  8. andyocoregon says:

    5 year old video even more timely today.

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  9. Garrison Hall says:

    Although I loved music, I wasn’t exposed to much classical music growing up. I pretty much discovered classical music by chance. Late one night while working at a tiny FM radio station I found this piece by Samuel Barber. Never having heard of him until that moment, sitting there in the silence of that radio studio, I was both stunned and transported by the ethereal beauty of this music. Since that time I have found few pieces that are as moving as this.

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  10. Lucille says:

    HAPPY CATURDAY!
    Ways To Show Your Cats Love That They Can Understand

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  11. citizen817 says:

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  12. smiley2 says:

    Trump Supporters React To SHOCKING Allegations Of Sexual Assault Against Shep Smith !

    https://magavoter.com/trump-supporters-react-to-shocking-allegations-of-sexual-assault-against-shep-smith/

    March 23, 2019

    new allegations of sexual assault, following “startling new audio which was uncovered on Friday.”

    …an alleged incident in 2004.

    outraged viewers are now demanding that FOX remove Smith, pending an investigation !

    …a petition for same has been launched (and linked in the article.)

    comments and reactions at the link.

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    • nimrodman says:

      Beautiful
      She’s got that high-cheekboned angularity of a supermodel
      But sometimes her face can look round and full in the most pleasing way as well

      A transcendent beauty

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  13. Garrison Hall says:

    Happy (Spring) Caterday!

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  14. czarowniczy says:

    And the story of the maybe-stolen car piloted by two under 18 juvies that crashed into the New Orleans beauty salon continues.

    Surveillance cameras show what appears to be 3 NOPD police cars with lights on following the car that crashed. The police say that they spotted the car, which matched the description of a stolen car, lit it up and tried to make it pull over. The car continued on, sped up and when the police saw it wasn’t going to stop they broke off pursuit. The car continued its high speed run until it crashed into a SUV and then into the beauty parlor where patrons were getting afterhours hair work done.

    A third person has died, a patron in the shop who died from burns, and the six officers involved in the alleged pursuit have been reassigned to desk duty. The city’s independent police monitor, she’s not local, will conduct a supposedly impartial investigation and offer her opinion – more than one person believes it will involve the use of tar and feathers – and the city will go on from there.

    We have two teens (14ish-15ish) illegally driving a car, running from police, recklessly driving and colliding with a SUV and a parked building, all being described by local in the hood as good boys, never in no trouble, real nice kids. We have the police, who are bound by one of the most strict no-pursuit policies in the US, a policy made even more strict than the DoJ Consent Decree required, who tried to stop what they thought was a stolen car, being called everything but cold blooded child killers…that’s to come.

    Bad guys already know that even if they’re caught in NOLA their chances of getting convicted, never mind any realistic possibility of meaningful jail time, are slim. Now they know that if their crime isn’t a violent felony that they can drive off, period, and most likely get away. Even in the case of a violent felony, as the reg reads, they need a supervisor’s permission to begin pursuit so in theory at least a felon could stick up a Stop-and-Rob, shoot up the store, jump into his car and zoom off. The responding officer, if he sights the car, can follow at what must be posted speed until s/he gets permission from a supervisor to pursue at speeds with lights and siren. I’m hoping the supervisor isn’t in the can or out for a gnosh, it’s already looking like the skel could be in Atlanta having lunch before the PD can give chase. Even then the regular methods of stopping escaping vehicles used by other PDs across the nation, and that used to be used here, are restricted. That make y’all feel se-cure?

    The NOPD pursuit policy link: http://www.nola.gov/getattachment/NOPD/NOPD-Consent-Decree/Chapter-41-5-Vehicle-Pursuits.pdf/ I am soooooo glad I’m no longer in that line of business.

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  15. Escape from New York says:

    Verse of the Day:
    Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial because, having stood the test, that person will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to those who love him.
    James 1:12 NIV Biblegateway.com

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  16. nwtex says:

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  17. nwtex says:

    Good stuff on this twitter—

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  18. nwtex says:

    The hunter!

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  19. smiley2 says:

    the canonization of this new left-wing victim …oops….I mean hero

    The Campaign To Make Omar’s Anti-Semitism Unassailable

    https://www.investigativeproject.org/7866/the-campaign-to-make-omar-anti-semitism

    March 22, 2019

    at a news conference last Monday at the Dar al-Hijrah mosque in northern Virginia , 2 prominent “American-Islamist” political activists took to the stage to “renew” their loud complaints about the recent controversy over Ilhan Omar’s series of anti-Israel/anti-Semitic statements…

    …calling the whole thing “unjust”…an “orchestrated controversy”…

    Osama Abuirshaid who used to work for a Hamas-support network in America and who also leads various organizations advocating a political boycott of Israel…

    …and Nihad Awad (can’t make these names up!) who is CAIR’S executive director.

    {2 video clips of each of those 2 activists mouthing off at the March 18 mosque conference}

    this is “part of a broader effort to dismiss any criticism of Omar’s statements”….which, of course, is its own form of bigotry..

    …trying to depict her as the victim of an “orchestrated controversy”.

    identity-based “defenses” (excuses!) are becoming a trend on behalf of Ilhan Omar whereby she can say whatever she wants to say because she’s a “hijabi-wearing black refugee woman” being (unjustly) criticized by (yep) white Americans .

    a lot more, at the link.

    they protest way too much.

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  20. smiley2 says:

    excellent Opinion piece….

    Do The Democrats Hate Jews ? The Short Answer Is : Yes

    https://tsionizm.com/opinion/2019/03/11/do-the-democrats-hate-jews-the-short-answer-is-yes/

    March 11, 2019

    by Baruch Pletner

    Globalism is all about effacing nationhood

    the Jews (the real ones) are a nation

    …and that’s the “kind” of Jew they all hate.

    great article.

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  21. Troublemaker10 says:

    Hollywood minds are sick.

    Liked by 4 people

    • nimrodman says:

      So “didn’t kill them” is the new low-bar for harm?
      Can we lower that limbo stick any lower, Don Pardo?

      I watched the documentary
      Both those guys are suffering PTSD

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    • Mandy says:

      Rut roh! It appears she might have lost that filter that allows her to hide her TRUE self. This happens with Alzheimer’s disease – is she in the very early stage, I wonder…..

      Liked by 4 people

    • smiley2 says:

      status quo/par for the course in Hollywood…flash back to 2003..

      the Oscars…Streep giving a standing ovation to child-rapist Roman Polanski…

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  22. nwtex says:

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  23. smiley2 says:

    WARNING : FOR CAT LOVERS ONLY

    Welcome to CAT ISLAND

    where CATS RULE…Aoshima Island, Japan…

    read all about + more pics, here…

    https://www.theatlantic.com/photo/2015/03/a-visit-to-aoshima-a-cat-island-in-japan/386647/

    from March 2015

    🐱

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    • Patrick healy says:

      We are recently back from an extended holiday in Cyprus. We could be termed global warming refugees from northern Scotland.
      Being a keen Gardner (flowers and vegetables) it goes without saying I am not a cat lover as every cat in the neighbourhood “visit” regularly.
      However live and let live is my motto.
      Cyprus (the Greek territory) has a human population of approximately 450,000.
      They have a cat population of 1.5 million cats!
      Consequently there is no wildlife existing below 10 feet of ground level.
      That is what you could call cat island.

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      • smiley2 says:

        LIVE from Cyprus…

        looks like a similar catuation…oops…situation…as in …on…that Japanese island.

        cats don’t look all that thrilled about it, either.

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    • Dave says:

      Cat Island, home of the world’s biggest litter box, Cat Island Beach! Come play in our sand!

      Like

  24. nwtex says:

    ummm………..

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  25. smiley2 says:

    🐱

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  26. smiley2 says:

    😀

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  27. duchess01 says:

    Verse of the Day

    “God is faithful, by whom ye were called unto the fellowship of his Son Jesus Christ our Lord.”
    1 Corinthians 1:9 (KJV)

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  28. Troublemaker10 says:

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  29. Dora says:

    How comfortable!

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  30. nwtex says:

    “Whatever you’re dealing with, God can handle it!”

    “Don’t let it keep you up anymore. Don’t worry or stress about it. If God got you through it last time, He will do the same for THIS time! Stay hopeful and keep the FAITH!”

    “Not gonna worry tonight”
    “God had it LAST time”
    “God has it THIS time”

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  31. nwtex says:

    The words, beginning @ 2:25 min mark, Steve Harvey had for this sweetheart are beautiful and moving.

    God bless Steve Harvey for comforting this young lady.

    It is wonderful to see a man being a man!
    I’ve watched a number of his clips and I am so impressed.

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    • Jim in TN says:

      This gives off a vibe that anyone who disagrees will be judged.

      By the way. That is how they flipped things on us. First they shame people because the people judge others. Then they get their sins accepted as normal behaviour. Then they proclaim our normal behaviour as sin. Then they judge us as sinners. Rinse and repeat. Again and again.

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      • Mandy says:

        EXACTLY CORRECT, JIM.

        It is straight up EVIL.

        Our people are desperately lacking in DISCERNMENT.

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        • Mandy says:

          For clarification, I need to add…

          In the Epistles of both John and of Paul, we are instructed that as Christians, we are to separate ourselves from those who call themselves “Christian” and yet live sinful lives or bring false doctrine. We cannot do this – we cannot carry out this specific instruction – WITHOUT employing judgement.

          Jim is totally correct – the way “don’t judge” is used today is a complete MISUSE and it is done by those who seek to gain ACCEPTANCE of their sins by Christians.

          The enemy, quite effectively, uses “don’t judge!” as a WEAPON against us.

          We often will wax eloquent about ‘putting on the ARMOR OF GOD’, yet we fail MISERABLY here! We are given this armor: we are INSTRUCTED TO USE JUDGEMENT APPROPRIATELY – yet while we go on and on about putting on that armor – we nevertheless cower in the corner and refuse to employ our judgement, lest our enemy get ‘offended.’

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  32. nwtex says:

    I recall seeing this sign in front of a church many many years ago—-

    “A man is never so tall as when he kneels before God”

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  33. Dora says:

    I hope I can see it.

    ====

    Northern Lights Could Be Visible In NY This Weekend

    The northern lights could illuminate the Empire State amid a “geomagnetic storm” on Saturday, forecasters say.

    https://patch.com/new-york/new-york-city/northern-lights-could-be-visible-ny-weekend

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  34. nwtex says:

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  35. duchess01 says:

    FRIDAY, MARCH 22, 2019
    Victory in America’s Spiritual Wasteland!

    https://www.theignorantfishermen.com/2013/11/victory-in-wasteland.html

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  36. WeeWeed says:

    Mornin’ infidels!

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  37. smiley2 says:

    🙂

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  38. Monticello says:

    https://t.co/bYNacuwKbh?amp=1

    CNN Alison Camerota now needs to eat crow!

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  39. Dora says:

    Video surfaces of Beto O’Rourke berating Catholic priest for defending male/female marriage

    EL PASO, Texas, March 22, 2019 (LifeSiteNews) — A video of pro-abortion congressman Beto O’Rourke, who is running for president, has surfaced showing him berating a Catholic priest for defending male/female marriage at an El Paso City Council meeting in 2011.

    https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/video-surfaces-of-beto-orourke-berating-catholic-priest-for-defending-male-female-marriage

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    • Blue Wildflower says:

      I remember it happening. The city council divided the city over it. The way the priest was treated is the way all conservatives were treated. A lot more to this story that needs to be published.

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    • MILupper says:

      At the 6:00 minute mark the mayor recognizes beto but calls him Mr. Ortega.
      Even they knew him is a fake hispanic.

      His new name: Beto Ortega

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    • bjosz says:

      That idiot could not talk without throwing in a couple or more “uh” in every sentence he tried to speak back then! How those people in El Paso ever had enough confidence in him to ever vote him into ANY office is beyond me. Councilman, senator…and he thinks he can be president of the USA??? sick!!!

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  40. amwick says:

    This happened yesterday,, but in all the commotion, well I don’t know if anyone posted it.. I saw the crawler on the news this morning..Georgia Senate signed Fetal Heartbeat bill… Now it is back to the House. Don’t let the link fool you.. the article has been updated..

    https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2019-03-22/georgia-senate-debates-gop-backed-heartbeat-abortion-ban

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  41. nikkichico7 says:

    How the Bible Is Structured
    MARCH 23, 2019
    Psalm 119:89-96
    89 Forever, O LORD, Your word is settled in heaven. 90 Your faithfulness continues throughout all generations; You established the earth, and it stands. 91 They stand this day according to Your ordinances, For all things are Your servants. 92 If Your law had not been my delight, Then I would have perished in my affliction. 93 I will never forget Your precepts, For by them You have revived me. 94 I am Yours, save me; For I have sought Your precepts. 95 The wicked wait for me to destroy me; I shall diligently consider Your testimonies. 96 I have seen a limit to all perfection; Your commandment is exceedingly broad.

    One of the reasons we sometimes fail to understand the Bible is because we skip around as we read it. The Bible has an organized structure, and all the parts fit together as a whole. By reading through it systematically, we’ll see God’s plan of redemption clearly revealed in an orderly fashion.

    The Plan. In Genesis 1 and 2, the Lord created the heavens and earth and all that fills them, but His plan of redemption through the death of His Son was already in place before creation (1 Peter 1:18-21). 18 knowing that you were not redeemed with perishable things like silver or gold from your futile way of life inherited from your forefathers, 19 but with precious blood, as of a lamb unblemished and spotless, the blood of Christ. 20 For He was foreknown before the foundation of the world, but has appeared in these last times for the sake of you 21 who through Him are believers in God, who raised Him from the dead and gave Him glory, so that your faith and hope are in God.

    The Need. In Genesis 3, sin entered the world, but God sacrificed an animal to cover the sinners’ shame and promised to send a Redeemer.

    Preparation. God eventually chose the nation Israel, through whom He proclaimed Himself as the one true God and brought the Messiah into the world.

    Redemption. The Gospels document how Jesus came as the Messiah, died as God’s sacrifice for man’s sin, was resurrected, and ascended to heaven.

    Proclamation. The book of Acts tells of the growth of the church through the spread of the gospel.

    Explanation. God inspired the apostles to write letters to the churches regarding the faith and instructions for spiritual growth.

    Completion. The book of Revelation reveals Christ’s future kingdom, in which His followers join Him eternally in a new heaven and a new earth.

    Even though God’s Word is organized in sections, do not forget that it functions as a whole. Once you understand the Bible’s outline, you can see how all the diverse elements connect to make one story of redemption.
    intouch.org
    Dr. Charles Stanley

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  42. nwtex says:

    hmmm

    Rep. Ilhan Omar Tight Security at Muslim Event … In Wake of NZ Mosque Shooting
    3/23/2019

    LAPD officers will be out in full force when the controversial new representative from Minnesota speaks Saturday at the Hilton in Woodland Hills, CA, at a fundraising banquet meant to empower Muslims living in the San Fernando Valley

    https://www.tmz.com/2019/03/23/rep-ilhan-omar-event-security-protests-new-zealand-mosque-shooting/

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