Tuesday April 16th – 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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202 Responses to Tuesday April 16th – Open Thread

  1. Deplorable_Infidel says:

    God, Who Cannot Lie, Promised

    “In hope of eternal life, which GOD, WHO CANNOT LIE, PROMISED…” (Tit. 1:2).

    In the Mediterranean Sea there lies an island which in Paul’s day had a very bad reputation. It’s name is Crete. To Titus, a pastor sent to evangelize the inhabitants, the Apostle Paul wrote: “One of themselves, even a prophet of their own, said. The Cretians are always liars…” (Tit. 1:12), and he added: “This witness is true” (Ver. 13). Paul knew this to be a fact, for he had labored among them. Indeed, even secular history bears witness to this trait of the Cretians, for we are told that in ancient times to call a man a Cretian was to call him a liar.

    How wonderful that St. Paul had succeeded in establishing a few small Christian assemblies on this island and that Titus was now laboring there as his successor! And how reassuring that to Titus and these few believers, surrounded on every hand by people who could not be trusted, Paul could write about “eternal life, which God, who cannot lie, promised”!

    “God is not a man, that He should lie; neither the son of man, that He should repent: hath He said, and shall He not do it? or hath He spoken and shall He not make it good?” (Num. 23:19).

    Thank God, millions have trusted His Word, especially about salvation through the all-sufficient and finished work of redemption wrought by Christ at Calvary, and they have found it to be blessedly true.

    In dozens of passages of Scripture God has promised eternal life to those who trust in Christ and His payment for sin. “Christ died for our sins” (I Cor. 15:3). “[He] was delivered for our offences and was raised again for our justification” (Rom. 4:25). “He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life” (John 3:36). “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved” (Acts 16:31). Take Him at His Word; His promise is good. “GOD, WHO CANNOT LIE, PROMISED.”

    By Pastor Cornelius R. Stam


    Titus 1:2 In hope of eternal life, which God, that cannot lie, promised before the world began;

    Titus 1:12 One of themselves, even a prophet of their own, said, The Cretians are alway liars, evil beasts, slow bellies.
    13 This witness is true. Wherefore rebuke them sharply, that they may be sound in the faith;

    Numbers 23:19 God is not a man, that he should lie; neither the son of man, that he should repent: hath he said, and shall he not do it? or hath he spoken, and shall he not make it good?

    1 Corinthians 15:3 For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures;
    4 And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:

    Romans 4:25 Who was delivered for our offences, and was raised again for our justification.

    John 3:36 He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him.

    Acts 16:31 And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house.

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  2. citizen817 says:

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  3. DanDeplorable says:

    Tuesday… Mark 12:41…

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  4. Lucille says:

    April 1912 – Survivors of the Titantic (speed corrected w/ music)

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  5. mj_inOC says:

    Prayers for the people of France, as this majestic, historic Cathedral is rebuilt, for God’s Glory!

    We will always remember the first time we saw it… now even more.


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  6. Garrison Hall says:

    Jamie Lin Wilson sings about bad choices and how unwinding a bad choice is sort of like trying to unrihg a bell . . .

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    • kyblue says:

      And Muslims celebrate as Notre Dame burns.

      Yes, indeed, andy , things that make us all go Hmmmmmm..


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      • Garrison Hall says:

        I’m waiting for ISIS to claim credit for the destruction of the cathedral. It was a perfect target, an iconic symbol of what muslims are taught to hate and despise. With dozens of workers going in an out it would be relatively easy for a terrorist to infiltrate and plant incendiaries. All of that is easily within the capabilities of ISIS.

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        • kyblue says:

          The news of ISIS being responsible couldn’t be silenced then, for sure. If ISIS claims credit it would be an international sensation.

          France couldn’t keep the news contained. The backlash to the EU/UN migrant plan wouldn’t be pretty as the European populace is pretty well sick of the invasion of the muslims.

          Further down the thread, duchess posted an article about other European churches vandalized or destroyed. By muslims. Very little or no media coverage.


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

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  8. The Demon Slick says:

    Notre Dame fire – I won’t speculate on how it started, we may never be sure. But there is something fishy about the response by the first responders. Initial reports from interviews with eye witnesses said that it took over 2 hours for the first fire trucks to arrive. 2 hours! While it burned! It’s during this time President Trump is tweeting to use airdrops, he’s seeing it burn and nothing is being done. Apparently the small bridges to the island were jammed by the people who were told to evacuate. And only one or two of the bridges are big enough for the trucks. Obviously they had no plan, despite previous arson threats to the cathedral. It’s a massive failure by the people in charge. But then the cover up starts. Within hours the story changed to the trucks arrived within “30-40 minutes” and the fire men were on the scene “immediately but without resources”. Now all the stories are scrubbed and there is no mention of the fire trucks or the response time. I can see what their politics are from the media throwing lies. A conservative Parisian government would never get this massive level of media protection. This is a huge failure of government and everyone should be able to see it reported on truthfully. The gall of them now crowing about how much they saved is honestly a little tough to watch.

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    • Garrison Hall says:

      My first thought was that if there was work going on why the hell didn’t they have 24 hour security watching the place? When you have extensive work being done (which appears to be the case) you absolutely have to have somebody other than the guys doing to work to watch over the place. Bad things happen when there’s lots of restoration work done on old buildings. Of course it’s all too easy to say the fire “just happened”. It didn’t just happen. Somebody was careless or nefarious.

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      • Patrick healy says:

        I’ve heard the Paris gendarme are on the lookout for a very small wizened male with a pronounced hump, in connection with this incident.

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        • Dave says:

          We have such “geniuses” in Congress like AOC and Hank “Guam” Johnson, that I wouldn’t be surprised if one of them blamed Quasimodo the bell ringer for setting the fire while smoking in bed atop the bell tower!

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      • spoogels says:

        FROM REDDIT-for those who are interested. It worries me that Google may delete stuff THEY think are conspiracy theories.
        I like to make up my own mind, I don’t need Google telling me what I can and what I can’t watch/read:

        You can still get proper search results on youtube when searching conspiracy topics. Simply go on DuckDuckGo, type in the words you want to search, then add the phrase “site:youtube.com” without the quotes.

        You don’t have to use youtube’s manipulated search bar.

        Try this. Go on youtube and search “9/11.” You’ll get a bunch of mainstream channels. Most of you probably already know this by now.

        Now go on DuckDuckGo and type this exact phrase:

        9/11 site:youtube.com

        You’ll get a set of links only from youtube. On the first page, you’ll get some conspiracy-oriented videos. One is “9/11: A Conspiracy Theory” from CorbettReport. Another one talks about the impossibility that those calls were made from the planes, and more. You can restrict the search to past week or some other amount of time to get more recent stuff.

        The reason I’m not recommending you do this on Google, even though you could, is that Google owns youtube. It might work the same way or it might not. I haven’t checked, but if enough people start doing this, they will manipulate youtube search results on google as well.

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        • Just CC says:

          I’ve been using DuckDuckgo for years now ,
          and would never go back to the other search engines for so many great reasons….

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  9. citizen817 says:

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  11. Stillwater says:

    Arise, My Soul, Arise – hymn

    Who is he that condemneth? It is Christ that died, yea rather, that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us.
    – Romans 8:34

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  12. citizen817 says:

    This is terrific👌

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  13. Janie M. says:

    Joe B. included this video in his email yesterday of the Allman Bros. performing “One Way Out” in 1971. The creator of the YT video said he merged their performances from different concerts to make it a singular performance. Loved reading some of the comments below the video since a majority are seniors, a slice from the 70’s. .

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    • deqwik2 says:

      The Allman Bros were my favorite. I went to see them every time they were close.
      Not long after Duane died, I went to a concert & they had his mic set up on stage in his spot as a tribute. That was sad but they played on as hard as ever which was their tribute to their brother.

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  14. nwtex says:

    This photo has been posted earlier on another thread however this particular image seems to be somewhat larger and closer to the alter and crucifix than in the others. I hope it turns out as I see it now before posting.
    Interesting that all the candles seem to be in fine shape….no melting. I suppose that is due to the structure being greatly insulated due to the building materials used…..and distance from the intensity of the flames.

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  15. nwtex says:

    God bless these heroes and the little ones …..forever.

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  16. jx says:

    GOP Strategist and Massive Anti-Trumper Rick Wilson … Teaching Florida Democrats How to Win?



  17. nwtex says:


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  18. Dora says:

    Arkhip Kuindzhi‏ – Fishing on the Black Sea, 1900

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  19. nwtex says:

    That’s it. I’m done. Way too much cuteness and love for one setting. The animals take better care of their young than some of the ‘hoomans” that are running around.

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  20. smiley2 says:

    what SURVIVED the Notre Dame fire…

    a few of the images…

    two articles…



    some of what was most likely destroyed..

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  21. nwtex says:

    Melania Trump…gets caught in violent winds while flying to visit troops and their families at Fort Bragg in North Carolina

    All men know they are in the presence of gentility and loveliness—->


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  22. Dora says:

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  23. nwtex says:

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  25. Dora says:

    God Bless This Man

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  26. smiley2 says:

    Notre Dame Cathedral, Paris


    ca 1906

    Australian artist ~ Emanuel Phillips Fox (1865-1915) ~ Impressionist

    more of his work, here…


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  27. duchess01 says:

    Verse of the Day

    “In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.”
    1 Thessalonians 5:18 (KJV)

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  28. nwtex says:

    What a blessing……. he and his father. 🕊 🕊

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  29. Dora says:

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  31. nwtex says:

    My favorite minister. I have alot of his books.

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  32. Dora says:

    Lord Have Mercy.

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  33. nwtex says:

    ^^Link didn’t work so I’ll do it this way.
    Enlarge the image to get the full impact.

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  34. amwick says:

    Hubby and I have returned to the beach for medical appointments and some other stuff. Just one week, but the traffic around here has skyrocketed as people start coming in for their vacations. Up at the cabin we are putting together a small “shop” in the little garage. Husband needs to have wood and tools, and sawdust and drills,, you get the picture. It’s a guy thing.. I am thinking of giving something a try myself… a simple project.. and this is it…

    I can’t wait.

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    • MIKE says:

      Cool amwick, go for it. Maybe build some Purple Martin Condos, they are amazing acrobatic flyers and gobble up TONS of mosquitoes!

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      • amwick says:

        That is a wonderful idea, but I like to start simple. Use the saw, use the t square, and I just got a drill press… A martin condo might be good if I found a super duper easy one… hmmmm


        • JTR says:

          The easiest ones are made from gourds. Just Google and you can get all kinds of ideas. They really like to live in colonies, so make a lot of them and hang them together on a pole. My farmer neighbor has one next to his garden with about a dozen gourds on it. He says he doesn’t have to use pesticides that way!


  35. nikkichico7 says:

    God’s Voice Then and Now
    APRIL 16, 2019

    Genesis 12:1-7
    1 Now the LORD said to Abram, Go forth from your country, And from your relatives And from your father’s house, To the land which I will show you; 2 And I will make you a great nation, And I will bless you, And make your name great; And so you shall be a blessing; 3 And I will bless those who bless you, And the one who curses you I will curse. And in you all the families of the earth will be blessed.” 4 So Abram went forth as the LORD had spoken to him; and Lot went with him. Now Abram was seventy-five years old when he departed from Haran. 5 Abram took Sarai his wife and Lot his nephew, and all their possessions which they had accumulated, and the persons which they had acquired in Haran, and they set out for the land of Canaan; thus they came to the land of Canaan. 6 Abram passed through the land as far as the site of Shechem, to the oak of Moreh. Now the Canaanite was then in the land. 7 The LORD appeared to Abram and said, To your descendants I will give this land.” So he built an altar there to the LORD who had appeared to him.

    To understand how God may be speaking to us today, we should first examine how He spoke in the past. What made His voice so clear to the heroes of faith?

    In the Old Testament accounts, one of the primary ways God spoke to people was by direct revelation. That is, He communicated one-on-one, directly to their spirit. This is what we see in His conversations with Abraham, for instance (Gen. 12:1-3 1 Now the LORD said to Abram, Go forth from your country, And from your relatives And from your father’s house, To the land which I will show you; 2 And I will make you a great nation, And I will bless you, And make your name great; And so you shall be a blessing; 3 And I will bless those who bless you, And the one who curses you I will curse.)

    Then, of course, the Lord also spoke through His Word. This included the Ten Commandments and the law of Moses, which made it possible for people to know and obey the divine will (Ex. 20:1-26).

    Another way that God communicated was through circumstances. For example, think about His interaction with Gideon, who was frightened and needed some extra encouragement (Judg. 6:36 Then Gideon said to God, If You will deliver Israel through me, as You have spoken, 37 behold, I will put a fleece of wool on the threshing floor. If there is dew on the fleece only, and it is dry on all the ground, then I will know that You will deliver Israel through me, as You have spoken.” 38 And it was so. When he arose early the next morning and squeezed the fleece, he drained the dew from the fleece, a bowl full of water. 39 Then Gideon said to God, Do not let Your anger burn against me that I may speak once more; please let me make a test once more with the fleece, let it now be dry only on the fleece, and let there be dew on all the ground.” 40 God did so that night; for it was dry only on the fleece, and dew was on all the ground.
    The Lord graciously answered his request for a special physical sign of divine presence.

    The New Testament mentions more of God’s communication methods. His message can come through angels or the Holy Spirit (Matt. 1:19-21; Acts 8:29). There were occasions when God spoke audibly, such as at Paul’s dramatic salvation experience on the Damascus Road (Acts 9:1-19).

    Through these various methods, the Lord has continually reassured His people that He cares for them and is present at their side. This is certainly much-needed encouragement for our lives. Yet God may not choose to convey a message in the same way He’s done in the past. However, we know His voice is always clear in His Word when we’re willing to listen.
    Dr. Charles Stanley

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  36. Blue Ridge Mts. Va says:

    Elon Family visits site of leveled home one year later

    ELON, Va. (WDBJ) – The wind whistles through the trees. It’s strong. Just like it was on April 15, 2018.
    “It reminds me of that day. It’s just a coincidence that winds are blowing today, and on that day winds were blowing,” said Wayne Goff.

    The shrubbery and debris is all that remains of the Goff family home. Wayne, Jeanette, Haley and Matthew visited the site for the one year anniversary.

    Wayne, Haley and Matthew were all inside when the tornado came through.Jeanette was at work.

    The last words 13-year old Haley remembers hearing are “Get down.”

    ‘”There was some bad injuries, but at the same time, to be alive? It’s just hard to believe,” said Wayne.

    “I had no idea where Wayne was, I didn’t even know if he was alive,” said Haley.

    Haley has had surgery and many stitches on her feet. Wayne was wheelchair bound for several months following the tragedy. While they can both walk now, they are still recovering and visiting doctors weekly.

    “I mean what are you supposed to do when you hear that? And then you get here and you pull up and everything’s gone, and they’re telling you, she’s trapped down here, he’s trapped here, and you see the power lines and you’re like how, how?” questions Jeanette. 365 years later, and still, so many questions.

    The one question the family does know the answer to is how they were saved. They credit God.

    “I can say that today is a great day because we’re here. It’s sad, but we’re here,” said Wayne.

    Habitat for Humanity has greatly helped in the healing process too. They’re currently living in a house just a few miles away from their devastated one. The next obstacle is starting construction on a brand new home. A site has been picked out, but crews need to make sure it can provide the family with water.

    Construction should begin in the next few weeks to months, depending on that approval.

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  38. kyblue says:

    A zoologist & other experts are setting the record straight after a kid’s documentary on Netflix claims climate change is killing walruses.

    Remember George Soros is a major Netflix stockholder, the Obamas are developing programming & Susan Rice sits on the board. That trio tells me everything about which way Netflix leans…


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  39. nwtex says:

    RIP 🕊

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  40. The re-building of Notre Dame………………don’t.
    For what purpose, rebuilding will not be done as a devotion to the Glory of God, it will not be rebuilt by craftsmen and trade people who humble before Jesus. As it was originally built and renovated.

    It has become a tourism center for Paris.

    If I were in charge. I would clean up the remains, and rebuild as a open air holy space. Don’t try to duplicate what was there. It can’t be done.

    Think of the impact of open air services under the Parisian sky. Surrounded by the old stone walls and flying buttresses that define the Naive, Transcept, Ambulatory and other parts of the church. With the remains of once grand church etched in everyone’s psyche.

    I hope the people of Paris think hard and serious about what comes next, and don’t rush into a “we must duplicate what we lost” mentality.

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  41. WeeWeed says:

    Mornin’ infidels!

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  42. duchess01 says:

    To my Catholic Friends…

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