Monday April 22nd – 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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258 Responses to Monday April 22nd – Open Thread

  1. DanDeplorable says:

    DAILY DEVOTIONAL, April 22, 2019

    “Not of the World”

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  2. Deplorable_Infidel says:

    The Mighty Power Of God

    In 1866 Alfred Nobel invented an explosive made of nitroglycerin absorbed in a porous material. It was by far the most powerful explosive that had so far been invented.

    When Nobel and his friends saw what his invention could do, and had to decide on a name, they sought for the strongest possible word for power — in any language. The word they finally chose was the Greek word dunamis, from which our word dynamite is derived.

    This word, in Greek also the strongest word for power, is used again and again in the New Testament and is generally translated simply “power”.

    When our Lord wrought miracles, for example, St. Luke testifies that “the POWER [dunamis] of the Lord was present to heal” (Luke 5:17). In promising His apostles that they too would work miracles, He said: “Ye [shall] be endued with POWER [dunamis] from on high”(Luke 24:49).

    When the Sadducees questioned the resurrection, Jesus answered: “Ye do err, not knowing the Scriptures, nor the POWER [dunamis] of God” (Matt.22:29), and St. Paul declares that Christ was “declared to be the Son of God with POWER [dunamis]…by the resurrection from the dead”(Rom.1:4).

    Using this same word, Paul, by inspiration, declares that “the gospel of Christ…is THE POWER OF GOD UNTO SALVATION, to every one that believeth…” (Rom. 1:16). This is because, according to this gospel, or good news, “CHRIST DIED FOR OUR SINS”, and “THE PREACHING OF THE CROSS”, he says, is to believers “THE POWER OF GOD”(ICor.1:18).

    But not only are believers saved by the power of God; they are “KEPT BY THE POWER OF GOD” (IPet. 1:5). Indeed, the adjective of this same word “dunamis” is used in Hebrews 7:25, where we read that the Lord Jesus Christ is “ABLE…TO SAVE…TO THE UTTERMOST [THOSE] THAT COME UNTO GOD BY HIM”. Thus the Bible uses the very strongest word for power to show how secure is the salvation of those who trust in Christ.

    By Pastor Cornelius R. Stam

    Luke 5:17 And it came to pass on a certain day, as he was teaching, that there were Pharisees and doctors of the law sitting by, which were come out of every town of Galilee, and Judaea, and Jerusalem: and the power of the Lord was present to heal them.

    Luke 24:49 And, behold, I send the promise of my Father upon you: but tarry ye in the city of Jerusalem, until ye be endued with power from on high.

    Matthew 22:29 Jesus answered and said unto them, Ye do err, not knowing the scriptures, nor the power of God.

    Romans 1:4 And declared to be the Son of God with power, according to the spirit of holiness, by the resurrection from the dead:

    Romans 1:16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.

    1 Corinthians 1:18 For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God.

    1 Peter 1:5 Who are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.

    Hebrews 7:25 Wherefore he is able also to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by him, seeing he ever liveth to make intercession for them.

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  3. Lucille says:

    Find yourself a restful place and have a beautiful Bench Monday…

    Emlenton, PA

    Mount Washington, KY

    Rapid City, SD – The City of Presidents – Martin Van Vuren

    Close-up Art Photo

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  4. Troublemaker10 says:

    In Wisconsin, School Choice Has Unexpected Benefits


    The report, released Feb. 26 and titled “Private School Choice and Character: More Evidence from Milwaukee,” found an intersection between greater school choice and less crime committed by young adults.

    “We took a representative sample of participants in the [Milwaukee Parental Choice Program] and carefully matched them to similar Milwaukee public school students, and then tracked their outcomes over time,” Wolf said.

    The two researchers found that students who took advantage of the school choice program committed fewer crimes than their counterparts in public schools. Specifically, students committed 53% fewer drug crimes and 86% fewer property crimes.


    Asked what could have contributed to the results beyond curricula, Wolf said the religious component in many private schools may have had a deep influence. Most teachers in public schools are stifled by regulations……"

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  6. citizen817 says:

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  7. jx says:

    Currently, New Hampshire does not require registered voters to prove residency — only to prove “domicile.”

    But the new state law, House Bill 1264, which goes into effect in July, puts the same legal requirements for residents onto “domicile” persons. Those from out-of-state living in New Hampshire, like college students, will have to pay fees to obtain a New Hampshire driver’s license and register their vehicles within 60 days of established residency, or after casting a ballot.

    Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, D-New Hampshire, plans to send 2020 Democratic presidential candidates a letter Monday, urging them to sign a petition condemning a state law that would require college students to be a permanent resident of the state to vote.

    “I am asking every candidate for President to stand up for these students, condemning these tactics and protecting the integrity of New Hampshire’s voting process by signing a petition publicly denouncing this voter suppression law,” Shaheen said.

    Voting integrity is not “voter suppression”. Democrats depend on vote fraud and will do anything to enlarge the attack surface.

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    • I have come to hate that term “voter suppression” with the fury of hellfire!

      Voter integrity is “fraudulent vote suppression” and should be so.

      Good does not suppress good.
      Truth does not suppress truth.
      Good suppresses evil.
      Truth suppresses lies.

      So there’s that.

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    • nhgardengram says:

      Jean Shaheen sold out her state a long time ago. We WERE a red state when I moved here; then all the Mass. people moved north to get away from taxes, but now vote for Democrats because they still want “free” stuff. No logic to these people. Gov. Sununu is the ONLY one to now stop a lot of the ridiculous laws the Dem’s are trying to pass in our state. Students??? what about we 12 month residents? We should have the say; we actually live here!!!


  8. citizen817 says:

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    • andyocoregon says:

      The Ford Mustang driver had a lot more to lose than the Ford Tempo driver.

      Tempo = mid 1980’s ……………….. Mustang = mid 1990’s

      Funny movie clip. Wonder what movie that was from?

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    • MaineCoon says:

      True Story:

      In the ’60 growing up in Florida, I read an article in the paper. This video brought it back to mind!

      Some teeagers driving in a parking lot quickly took an elderly ladies parking spot as she was moving too slowly for them. After stealing her spot, they got out of their car laughing at her, and shouted:

      Teenagers: HAHAHA! That’s what it’ like to be old and slow!!!

      Old Lady: Took her car and repeatedly bashed into their car until it was demolished. Got out and said:

      “No. That’s what it’s like to be old & rich!!!

      True & Great Story!!

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  9. czarowniczy says:

    Some of you might remember my ongoing saga, trying to get a numerical accounting from the Department of Homeland Security on the number of encounters with members of the Mexican military/LEA by US military or LEA personnel on sovereign US territory and how many of these involved the Mexican contactees firing at US military/LEA on sovereign US territory.

    This morphed out of briefings we’d get when we worked the border on how to act/react were we to encounter Mex military or LEA inside of the US. We’re not talking someone going ‘oops!’ and stepping off of the north shore of the Rio Grande, we’re talking more than a mile inside our country.

    My request’s been getting run thru DC beltway bureaucratic wringers now for 10 months with no resolution in sight. The closest I’ve come to anything even close to resolution is some blurbs about classified mutual agreements allowing Mexican forces to operate on US soil in anti-cartel
    ops while allowing us to use Mexican territory/airspace in our anti-cartel ops. That may be but tell me why these same Mexican government personnel would fire on clearly uniformed US LEA on US soil.

    Well today a friend sent me this:

    Note this is out of Newsweek, not something like the Tinfoil Hat Weekly. Note the picture with the marker showing where the US soldiers were disarmed and held at gunpoint by Mexican military. There may be some confusion about the actual border being north of the north shore of the Rio but is there doubt about their being stopped in a US city? Norfthcom says the incident occurred ‘near Clint, Texas’ but that city looks more like San Elizario to me, a Texas city with a population of about 9,000. Yeah, as ‘mistaken’ action by Mexican troops.

    The lack of markings on the Mexican uniforms or vehicles isn’t unusual as it prevents the cartel from easily identifying either the soldiers or their unit but considering their actions, uniforms and weapons I’m betting they aren’t just a regular ash-and-trash border unit. Even if they were a regular unit I don’t see them not knowing where the border is and the names and nationalities of the towns in areas they work in, unthinkable. There’s also the unconfirmed stories of Mexican units, military and LEA, coming over the border to purchase food or whatever in remote border towns but I’ve had friends tell me it’s not a rumor, their business is welcome.

    So I’m waiting to see where this story goes though I fear that, like the case of US Border Patrol members being fired on by ‘personnel dressed as Mexican military’ as they tried to retrieve a dump truck full of drugs stuck in a sandbar in the Rio Grande, it will be quietly shelved. US military personnel being detained AND DISARMED on US soil by Mexican military personnel? Move along, nothing to see here. Just another day on the border.

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  10. citizen817 says:

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  11. citizen817 says:

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    • Janie M. says:

      citizen817, I am amazed by its ability to reject the green tomatoes so accurately, not one of them got through!

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    • rrick says:

      My brother was on the team which designed and sold the optics system for high speed food processing operations. Amazing to watch.

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      • Sobriquet4u says:

        Like and kudos to your brother!

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      • geoffgo says:

        Back in the early 70s, my father-in-law, who was a VP at FMC, invited me to tag along down to the Imperial Valley, to observe a new piece of machinery that skinned the skin off tomatoes; his invention. He asked me, a computer guy, how their new automatic picking machine they used on this test farm, could tell which of the fruit was ripe and pick only that fruit. I considered it for about an hour and finally gave up on the idea that computers could be used in the process. Besides the computers were huge and would be too large to work on the picking machine. He said they had spent a few million dollars on the question, and finally went over to the AG side of the business, where they were told the solution was simple. “Just make all the fruit ripen at the same time – use genetic modification.” When you see a package of tomatoes in the store and they are all exactly the same size, you’ll understand.

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  12. Janie M. says:

    I and a few other treepers have posted a few of Styx’s YT videos (political, etc. commentaries) here and I was pleasantly surprised when I received his email a few days ago because I never would have guessed he also has some decent vocal (singing) abilities.He is performing a cover of Bowie’s “Let’s Dance.”

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  13. Lucille says:

    April 22, 2019 – David Horowitz
    Ilhan Omar has exposed the greatest liability America faces in the global terror war.

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  14. citizen817 says:

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    • andyocoregon says:

      So cool. One heckuva wingspan!

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    • The largest jet previously was the Antonov An-225 Mriya Cargo Jet with a 288′ wingspan and 6 jet engines, 3 on each wing. It is 275′ length.

      I do know it has been used a few times for humanitarian purposes. It actually came up for sale over on Controller, a site that features all things flying for sale, including military stuff. They were asking $300M for it about 6-7 years ago.

      There’s some great stuff that comes up for sale over there. The other night I came across an McDonnell Douglas F4 Phantom for $4M and is In awesome condition It’s the only flight capable F4 that can be flown and operative by a private citizen or business enterprise. That thing was looking good! They’ve had P-51s, F4 Corsairs, a P-47 Thunderbolt, a P-38 Lightning about 5 years ago in great shape, and just in this last 2 months, a NA B25 Mitchell bomber….seems the average price for retired military aircraft is about $4M.

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    • andyocoregon says:

      I bet landing that dual fuselage super wide wingspan plane must be quite a challenge to keep from tipping a wing too low.


    • amwick says:

      My first reaction was what’s that for? So I read that it is to launch rockets into orbit.. It all made sense.. You would need a lot of wing to deal with the weight… Must be a bunch of other advantages to doing that…

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    • RyderLee says:

      Citizen817 , I’m glad I saw that *twin* plane here First ,
      because if I had Seen it in the Sky , without having a clue ,
      I’d be totally confused 😉😄😎
      Thank You for keeping me up-to-date !!!


  15. MAGAbear says:

    Here’s another example of how stupid our society has become. The Philadelphia Flyers have removed a statue of Kate Smith, who sang “God Bless America” during the Flyers Stanley Cup championships in the 70’s, because she allegedly sang a song with racist lyrics (it was satire) back in the 1930’s. As I wrote the Flyers organization, if a song from 90 years ago gets one thrown into the trash heap of history, I presume they will next renounce Washington and Jefferson too because they owned slaves.

    I truly hope they face a huge backlash for this wimpy PC decision they made. Not only from the fans, but from former players as well. The late owner, Ed Snider, has to be rolling over in his grave due to what Comcast is doing to his team.

    This quote is a great example at how liberals fail to see the irony of their own words……..

    “The Flyers quoted team president Paul Holmgren as saying: “The NHL principle ‘Hockey is for Everyone’ is at the heart of everything the Flyers stand for. As a result, we cannot stand idle while material from another era gets in the way of who we are today.”

    I guess it’s not for Kate Smith, eh?

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  16. citizen817 says:

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  17. andyocoregon says:

    The frozen pizza that was grabbed off the cutting board Friday evening and the two criminals who did it.
    Half eaten frozen pizza:

    Pizza thief #1

    Pizza thief #2

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  21. Blue Ridge Mts. Va says:

    Woman accused of throwing 7 newborn puppies in a dumpster (three days old)

    COACHELLA, Calif. (Gray News) – Authorities in California are searching for a woman they have accused of animal cruelty after surveillance video allegedly showed her dumping a bag full of seven puppies.

    A good Samaritan was rummaging through the trash Thursday afternoon behind a Napa Auto Parts store in Coachella, CA, when he found a bag containing seven puppies, according to Riverside County Animal Services.

    All of the puppies were approximately 3 days old and believed to be terrier mixes.

    An employee at the auto parts store contacted animal services, and Officer Jose Cisneros reviewed the store’s surveillance footage.

    The video showed a woman, who has not been identified, pull up in a Jeep outside the store and exit the vehicle, carrying a plastic bag in one of her hands. She dropped the bag next to the dumpster before driving away.

    Authorities say if not for the good Samaritan’s actions, the puppies may not have survived. The temperature in the area was in the mid-90s.

    “The good Samaritan played a major role in saving these puppies’ lives,” Commander Chris Mayer said. “His actions were humane and heroic.”

    Mayer says the woman’s actions are “despicable,” and the case is being investigated as animal cruelty.

    “There is no excuse for dumping puppies,” he said. “Especially in today’s age when we or other shelters would be willing to get these animals to foster parents or rescue partners. This was a shameful act.”

    The puppies were cared for by animal services’ veterinary team members before being taken to MeoowzResQ, a Southern California-based organization specializing in kitten and cat rescue and fostering.

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    • dogsmaw says:

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    • amwick says:

      Hopefully they were able to id that jeep through the license… This woman should be charged and spend some quality time in prison…. hmmmmmmm

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      • nwtex says:

        Arrested! All is good. See my comment to Lucille.

        I know a gal who rescues kittens and cats she had done the same type rescue more than once. Ppl call her at all hours and off she goes sometimes 30 mi in the middle of the night….doesn’t matter….to rescue from same type situation (and worse). She is an angel,


    • Lucille says:

      Unfortunately in California and most other states, pets are considered property and penalties for cruelty are negligible, IMO. If it were up to me, it would be a year in jail minimum.

      Arresting people like this female is imperative. It’s a fact that those who abuse animals are highly likely to abuse their human children and other vulnerable persons, too.

      Her excuse probably will be that she didn’t have the money to pay the drop-off fees for the puppies. Let’s hope that her monetary “fees” for her cruelty are substantial.


      • nwtex says:

        She was arrested a couple of hours ago. She had 30 other dogs at her house. Officials are throwing the book at her. Seven felony animal cruelty and abandonment charges.

        The Animal Services Cmdr was a guest on Tim Conways show last hour. Said the pups are doing very well… a foster home now. He said she could have taken them to any police or fire station rather than doing the horrific thing she did.

        btw it was 90 degrees when she did what she did. Thankfully a homeless man heard them crying (i could hardly write that………my stomach just flipped) and rescued the pups they would not have survived much longer.

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  22. smiley2 says:

    John Walker Lindh aka Sulayman al-Faris/Abu Sulayman al-Irlandi

    guess what…

    Despite Supporting ISIS, American Taliban Jihadist John Walker Lindh Gets Early Release From Prison

    April 19, 2019

    yep…early release from 20 year sentence next month…with “strict restraints”, like…

    no communicating with anyone online in any language other than English;

    not allowed to watch any video-content related to terrorism; and..

    no overseas travel.

    seriously ??


    more, at the link.

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  23. smiley2 says:

    held-over from Caturday….


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  24. Dora says:

    Konstantin Korovin‏ – Paris Cafe, 1890

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  25. citizen817 says:

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  26. smiley2 says:

    Blue Dinghy At Dusk


    ca 2008

    Lilacs Blue Chair


    ca 2008

    Anne Boucher ~ American (Cape Cod, Maine) ~ Contemporary ~ Realism ~ watercolors/acrylics

    more, here…


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  27. wodiej says:

    Acadia Nat’l Park, Maine
    Thunder Hole

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  29. duchess01 says:

    Verse of the Day

    Psalms 46:1-

    1 (To the chief Musician for the sons of Korah, A Song upon Alamoth.) God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. 2 Therefore will not we fear, though the earth be removed, and though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea; 3 Though the waters thereof roar and be troubled, though the mountains shake with the swelling thereof. Selah. 4 There is a river, the streams whereof shall make glad the city of God, the holy place of the tabernacles of the most High. is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.

    King James Version (KJV)

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  30. smiley2 says:

    Is It ART ?

    Full-Sleeve Tattoos

    does it hurt ??

    and…what happens when this trend goes out of style ? or when this style goes out of trend ?

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  31. amwick says:

    I hope everyone had a great Easter. We spent most of the day traveling… back to the cabin, in the GA mountains.. Spring is still climbing up the hills…it has not sumitted. My hostas are finally opening up.. and the very sleepy crape myrtle has started to bud. I think this will be an interesting week,,, buckle up…

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    • kyblue says:

      My hosta are out in mass. Some has sprouted, some are up in full splendor.
      Coneflowers, black eyed Susans are sprouting & columbine has bloomed. Amazes me every spring how much stuff I’ve got. But I love spring 🌻

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      • pacnwbel says:

        From the northwest, an excessively cold February has resulted in pretty much every type of spring flower blooming at the same time. This April May overlap shows nature in overdrive, including the weeds!


    • The Tundra PA says:

      In southcentral Alaska, I’ve still got 2 feet of snow in the front yard, good news is, it does seem to be retreating slowly. But it snowed another couple of inches on Saturday. *Sigh* No green grass yet, much less flowers. Enjoy yours for me!


  32. Dora says:

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  33. spoogels says:

    Hillary, Obama, Bernie Avoid Saying “Christian” Or “Churches” In Sri Lanka Statements

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  34. kyblue says:

    California lawmakers are proposing a bill that forces ministers to report parents who aren’t providing emotional warmth to their children. Huh?

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  35. Dallas, TX County DA issues new guidelines:

    Will no longer prosecute “theft of necessary personal items” under the amount of $750.

    Need some undewear? = go steal it!

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  36. WeeWeed says:

    Mornin’ infidels!

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  37. nikkichico7 says:

    Solving Problems Through Prayer
    APRIL 22, 2019

    2 Chronicles 20:1-32

    Problems are an inevitable part of life whether a person is saved or not. The difference is that once a man or woman becomes a believer, the Father strengthens His child to face every difficulty.

    Our omniscient and omnipotent God is greater than any problem. He knows our future circumstances and equips our heart and mind to withstand the coming trial. The moment we encounter a problem, we can turn to His omnipotence. He promised to meet believers’ needs and, therefore, is under His own divine obligation to give guidance and direction. Our first response should always be to call out “Father!” and pray. Immediately, two things take place: The problem’s growth is stunted, and God’s child is reminded of the unique position given those who trust in the sovereign Lord.

    God always provides when we face problems. However, that doesn’t mean we should be sitting back and waiting for Him to work out the details. His provision may require an act of faith from us in order to reach a resolution. Experience and Scripture tell us that His solutions are always best, but human strength may falter when we hear what He asks of us in response to our prayers. Thankfully, He also offers the courage to act at the right moment.

    Long before a crisis arises or a solution is needed, a wise believer will be seeking God in prayer. In trouble-free times, we can build a foundation of trust and communion with Him that can withstand any hardship. Problems are unavoidable, but as we seek our Father in prayer, He is faithful to deal with our difficulties.
    Dr. Charles Stanley


  38. kyblue says:

    An old razor helps solve a 41 year old California murder/rape case…

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  39. andyocoregon says:

    Another crazy woman in San Diego at Easter Sunday church service. Ex NBC intern. Go figure.


  40. andyocoregon says:

    Despicable MSNBC reporter ambushes Robert Mueller coming from Easter Sunday church service.


  41. patrickhenrycensored says:

    With you in spirit, even when I’m away.
    More of that nowadays as the increase in medicine strength limits participation.
    Thanking you for the comfort from your kind thoughts and prayers.

    God Bless

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  42. qzy says:

    My father was a atheist. My mother was non-practicing. I would call myself agnostic. I went to church a few times. Those words struck my heart. They still strike my heart. When I wrote this, I scrolled up 5 or 6 times to read it again.

    Even if you’re not a Christian, you have to admit those are some of the most powerful words ever written. Poetry. Not one wasted word.

    If that is not how the world is, that’s the world I want.


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