Thursday June 20th – 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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  2. DanDeplorable says:

    “God is a good Master”


    “It was God’s purpose…”

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  3. Deplorable_Infidel says:

    Do You Worship At Your Church?
    by Pastor Ricky Kurth
    When a Christian lady asked us this question many years ago, we knew she was really asking if our church service was characterized by the kind of emotionalism that is found in so many churches. Her question prompted me to do a study of the word worship in Scripture, in an effort to obtain a Biblical definition of what constitutes genuine worship of Almighty God.

    A Worshipful Life
    Our study begins with God’s command to Abraham to sacrifice his only son (Gen. 22:1-4), and Abraham’s announcement that he planned to “worship” God in so doing (v. 5). The law of first reference suggests that the Bible’s first use of the word worship here defines it as a willingness to obey God no matter how one’s faith is tested, a good overall definition even today. And since Abraham indicated that “the lad” was also going to worship, the willingness of Isaac to give his life up at his father’s behest (as a young man, Isaac could have easily overpowered or outrun his elderly father) suggests that when we willingly offer our lives as living sacrifices at our Father’s behest (Rom. 12:1), this too is an act of worship. We find confirmation of this when the Lord equated worshipping God with serving God in Matthew 4:10.

    Years later, when Abraham sent his servant to his homeland to find a bride for Isaac (Gen. 24:1-11), his faithful servant prayed for God’s help (vv. 12-14). When he received it (vv. 15-25), he “worshipped the Lord” by thanking Him (vv. 26,27), suggesting that each time we bow to thank God for answered prayer, we too are worshipping Him.

    Many years later, the people of Israel “bowed their heads and worshipped” (Ex. 4:31) when they acknowledged that God was honoring His promise to visit and redeem them from Egyptian bondage (Gen. 15:13-16). This leads us to believe that it is a form of worship when we today acknowledge and thank God when He honors promises He has made to us, such as that found in Romans 8:28.

    Next, the Bible calls it “worship” when the people of Israel brought “the firstfruits of the land” to God (Deut. 26:10). Thus we believe that God considers it worship when we put God first in our lives. We well remember the day we asked one of the men in our church to help us with some work on the building. This faithful man listed all of the things that he had to do that week, then paused, and said simply, “But the Lord comes first.” We believe he worshipped God that day, when he gave Him the firstfruits of his time and effort.

    As we come to Judges 7, Gideon “worshipped” God for the assurance He gave him that his little band of 300 would defeat the Midianites (7:9-14). Similarly, when we thank God today for all the assurances we find in God’s Word, we believe God is thrilled with this kind of worship.

    Then when we consider the patriarch Job, it takes our breath away to see how he “fell down upon the ground, and worshipped” after losing all of his children and possessions (Job 1:20). Here we see worship characterized as a firm resolve to maintain one’s spiritual “integrity” (2:9) in the face of even the most horrendous ordeals of life. Add to this how David is also said to have “worshipped” God in the aftermath of his heart-wrenching loss (II Sam. 12:18-20). The worship of God at times like these is a powerful testimony to the lost that we have something they do not possess.

    Contributing financially to the Lord’s work is probably not commonly thought of as worship, but the worship of the wise men is said to have included presenting the Lord with their gifts (Mt. 2:11), suggesting that giving
    to the Lord’s work is an example of worship that is fit for a King.

    We don’t always feel like worshipping God when a loved one is sick, and He does not extend to us the same “mercy” He granted Paul and Epaphroditus (Phil. 2:25-27). But when the Lord refused mercy to the Syrophenician woman, she “worshipped” Him anyway (Mt. 15:21-25), and her faith and her understanding of why He was refusing to help her touched His heart (vv. 26-28). Surely God’s heart is still touched when we are able to worship Him at such difficult times, understanding that when He forbears to bestow such help, it is so that we will “rather” learn to rejoice in His all-sufficient grace, and the perfecting of His strength in our weakness (II Cor. 12:9).

    If your heart longs to worship the Lord, but you find it difficult, remember that worship always comes much easier when you find yourself in the place where God has “appointed,” just as the disciples did long ago (Mt. 28:16,17). Of course, in this dispensation, God has “appointed” that we suffer “afflictions” for the cause of Christ (I Thes. 3:3), but there is perhaps no time when our worship is more pleasing to God than when we worship Him in the face of such affliction.

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  4. DanDeplorable says:

    “God is a good Master”


    “It was God’s purpose…”

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  5. Garrison Hall says:

    Some tasty urban electrified blues from T-Bone Walker . . .

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    • NCPatrick says:

      Tasty is right, Garrison! Yummy! And the Golden Retriever video immediately afterwards is the living image of my girl, Ella. A twofer! Hope you have a great day.


  6. Garrison Hall says:

    Happy CURSDAY!!! Treepers.

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    • These videos are so heartwarming.
      I would bet that the cat is a male–orange male tabbies are equable and make great friends with their dog housemates. We had one that played endlessly with our terrier–the terrier sometimes had the entire head of the cat in his mouth and the cat was calm–no panic. Cat went on walks with the dog–would run up a tree ahead of us and then run down quickly in “sneak attack” on the dog. Wonderful memories.

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      • amwick says:

        I thought it was fascinating… The big dog barely moved when the kitten was tiny.. but as the kitten grew, the dog became more playful… Sooooooooooooo sweeeeeet!!! TY

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      • auscitizenmom says:

        Our cat had kittens. I was worried about one of our small dogs hurting them, so I tried to keep them away. But I looked out the window one day and the dog was walking across the patio with the head of one of the kittens in her mouth and the body was just hanging there. I figured it was dead. I yelled, thedog dropped the kitten, who shook his head and looked around. He was perfectly okay.

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      • Garrison Hall says:

        Our foundling street kitty was a yellow tabbie. When we first found he was discretely living under our house he was very reluctant to be introduced to our border collie, Sweetie. He didn’t know she actually liked kitties. This was worrisome until, Tom and Sweetie worked things out. I came in the backyard one afternoon to find Tom curled up on Sweetie’s stomach. Both were sleeping soundly in the warm sun. Sadly, both Tom and Sweetie are gone now but they turned out to be great pals and great companions.

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  7. Evening Treepers..
    Headed to bed for a very fitful night..
    Headed to bed to read a book..

    Strawberry Moon over the Surf Last night.. On Kure Beach..

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  8. nwtex says:

    Biden says ‘James Bond-style’ smart weapons would save America from gun violence
    June 18, 2019

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    • Garrison Hall says:

      “Imagine all the people who would be alive today if the only person . . .”

      This is a perfect example of magical thinking. It really doesn’t matter whether or not Biden’s statement has any validity. All that matters is that it should feel good to say it. Then, if you say it enough times, it becomes real.

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    • millwright says:

      newt: What else would you expect from someone advocating shooting a shotgun in random directions ? While some fool is getting his “smart gun ” booted some perp with a Colt dragoon will let the sunshine thru him ! There’s millions of very effective old firearms out there . And most of those are stilll functional and in the hands of folks with the knowledge and skills to make the most of them.

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  9. CountryDoc says:

    Ravi Zachzrias, and very clear theologian, is asked about the exclusivity of Christianity among religions. In his answer, he points to the fundamental principles upon which the U.S. Declaration of Independence was founded.

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  10. nwtex says:

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  11. Troublemaker10 says:

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  12. Troublemaker10 says:

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  13. nwtex says:

    Just testing

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  14. nwtex says:

    This breaks my heart to bits. Once such a vibrant man now because of a sense of duty and love for his fellow man and of his Country he is ending up like this.

    I have stood with friends as they were nearing the end of their time here — I can hardly process it.
    I feel so helpless and hurts so badly to see the progression and the loss of interest and deterioration. It seems to go quickly.
    May God bless and give comfort to him and those that love him.

    9/11 first responder who testified with Jon Stewart now in hospice: ‘I’m resting and I’m at peace’
    14 hours ago

    “I have been to many places in this world and done many things, but I can tell you that I did not want to be anywhere else but Ground Zero when I was there,” Alvarez told lawmakers. “Now the 9/11 illnesses have taken many of us, and we are all worried about our children, our spouses and our families and what happens if we are not here.”

    See his facebook post within the FOX link.

    Too much for me.

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    • amwick says:

      There is no doubt in my mind that Mr. Alvarez is a hero, he is not giving up… In spite of his medical condition he is still speaking out,,,That is amazing. Bless and keep him.

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      • nwtex says:

        Gosh. Reading the Fox article and seeing the photo (pre illness) broke my heart!
        There aren’t enough words to express the gratitude. Dear Jesus.

        Then this ….
        Alvarez told the New York Daily News that he felt compelled to travel to DC despite having to rush back for chemotherapy because he wanted his “kids to know that dad did everything he could to help other police officers get through this.”

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  15. Dora says:

    Gustave Caillebotte‏ – Rue Halevy, Seen from the Sixth Floor, 1878

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  16. duchess01 says:

    Verse of the Day

    “And whosoever doth not bear his cross, and come after me, cannot be my disciple.”
    Luke 14:27 (KJV)

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  17. duchess01 says:

    Jesus Loves Babies…Pray for the Unborn

    Jesus Loves the Little Children…Pray for the Little Children

    Jesus Loves You…Run to Him

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  18. Dora says:

    Bill de Blasio is either a bold faced liar or a very stupid man. Probably both.


  19. nwtex says:

    Tammy Bruce@HeyTammyBruce

    While Sydney’s death & absence remain surreal, I have been truly overwhelmed by all of your kindness, prayers, sympathy & love. Reading your comments has moved me deeply & is something I rely on helping me thru this inexplicable time. Thank you all from the bottom of my heart
    12:15 PM · Jun 19, 2019 ·

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  20. nwtex says:

    awww look at his little legs, feet and tail 🙂 Very impressed with the way he was able to handle that turn the best maneuvering I’ve seen. Doggo gotz skillz ❤

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  21. WeeWeed says:

    Mornin’ infidels!

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  22. Dora says:

    Michael Voris puts the Catholic Media and the MSM to shame!

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  23. just stevie says:


    “And the Lord turned the captivity of Job when he prayed for his friends.” Job xlii. 10

    The plaintive, self-centered, morbid kind of prayer, a dead-set that I want to be right, is never found in the New Testament. The fact that I am trying to be right with God is a sign that I am rebelling against the Atonement. “Lord, I will purify my heart if You will answer my prayer; I will walk rightly if You will help me.” I cannot make myself right with God, I cannot make my life perfect; I can only be right with God if I accept the Atonement of the Lord Jesus Christ as an absolute gift. Am I humble enough to accept it? I have to resign every kind of claim and cease from every effort, and leave myself entirely alone in His hands, and then begin to pour out in the priestly work of intercession. There is much prayer that arises from real disbelief in the Atonement. Jesus is not beginning to save us, He has saved us, the thing is done, and it is an insult to ask Him to do it.

    If you are not getting the hundredfold more, not getting insight into God’s word, then start praying for your friends, enter into the ministry of the interior. “The Lord turned the captivity of Job when he prayed for his friends.” The real business of your life as a saved soul is intercessory prayer. Wherever God puts you in circumstances, pray immediately, pray that His Atonement may be realized in other lives as it has been in yours. Pray for your friends now; pray for those with whom you come in contact now.

    Oswald Chambers
    June 20th Devotional

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  24. Dora says:

    I don’t know where we go from here, but this will definitely be the end of the church. Congratulations Francis.


  25. Deplorable_Vespucciland says:

    Hope Hicks says “No thanks” to questions from Jerry the House penguin.

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    • Dora says:

      Since I read the book ‘Nicholas and Alexandra’ many years ago, I love everything about Russian history. Especially stories about the Czars.

      Thanks for posting.

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    • RyderLee says:

      Oldiadguy , Thank you for posting the Czar’s Last Costume Ball !
      Such Beautiful Clothing and the Magnificent Headwear , No two Alike !
      Loved This !
      Made me wonder where All That Beautiful Splendor is Now ???
      Wow !


  26. Dora says:

    All they know how to do is destroy things.

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  27. Mandy says:

    A couple of youtube links that some of y’all might enjoy…

    This gent does history lectures and we’ve been enjoying them for a few months now. The link should take you to his “videos” page so you can see all his uploads…

    Next, I saw some had expressed interest in Russian history, we enjoyed this series on the Romanovs (it’s in several parts):

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  28. Sepp says:

    The Problem with Pews

    With his characteristic sense of humor and understanding of history, plus his ability to write concisely, Fr. George W. Rutler penned this article that “Crisis Magazine” carried in 2015.

    I have read it several times and concur with almost every sentence. After several decades of standing during the Divine Services of the Orthodox Church, I feel like I am in “pew prison” when I attend a service, such as a funeral, elsewhere.
    This is the link:

    (Fr. George is in New York City and is in communion with Pope Francis of the Vatican.)


  29. Dora says:

    Good for them!


    Upstate NY clerks refuse to grant illegal immigrants driver’s licenses

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  30. Sepp says:

    Big Tech Joins the Culture War

    Devin Foley is with the venerable conservative “Chronicles Magazine” published in Rockford, Illinois and has written a short and thoughtful and hopeful article as titled above. He makes it clear that he and his publication are not going away.

    The link is below.


  31. SwampRatTerrier says:

    Fret not yourself because of evildoers; be not envious of wrongdoers! For they will soon fade like the grass and wither like the green herb. (Psalm 37:1–2)


    • SwampRatTerrier says:

      What good is it to gain the whole world now — whatever it is we think we want — and forfeit our souls’ intimacy with God (Mark 8:36)?….

      Blessing of Waiting in Faith

      Some of the greatest figures in the Bible — Abraham, Joseph, Moses, David — had to wait for many years for God’s promises. Everything that happened in the meantime was used to prepare them, inwardly as well as outwardly. Then, when they reached their promise, they were blessed beyond measure.

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  32. Right to reply says:

    1.5 million illegal voters registered in LA. Well done Judicial Watch!

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    • piper567 says:

      P, thanks for these.
      so nice to be able to watch a young man dong something so interesting.
      not all kids are glued to video.
      skills being acquired, aesthetics being learned…very nice, indeed.


  33. 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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  34. 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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