Saturday June 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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93 Responses to Saturday June 22nd – Open Thread

  1. I’m praying also for the peace of Jerusalem.

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    • smurfette says:

      Jesus is from Galilea in Nazerene. The proper Orthodox churches have also properly canonized Saint-Anne (Patron Saint of Grandmothers – Jesus’s grandmama) and Patron Saint Joseph (papa of Jesus). Jesus had to escape to Beyond Jordan in the Bible before he went back.

      Pilgrimage to Beyond Jordan, see sights of the Dead Sea and Bethlehem (meaning bread). It’s amazing. Salvation is available to everyone as you’ll understand.

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  2. The Devilbat says:

    THE REAL REASON DR. CORSI WAS ARRESTED. READ ABOUT A REAL RUSSIAN PLOT TO BRING DOWN AMERICA

    Everyone on the treehouse needs to read Dr. Jerome Corsi’s e-book, Dr. Corsi Investigates: Why The Democratic Party Has Gone Communist. Buying a copy of the book will also help this poor guy out who the communist left have destroyed. Dr. Corsi had to sell his house in order to pay his legal expenses. Happy reading, The Bat.

    From the e-book:
    We can see today that the Communist Party, or what is considered the progressive forces, have actually taken over the Democratic Party. The argument I want to make in this e-book, and to trace the history of it, is that this was a conscious attempt by the Communist Party that the only way they were really going to succeed in the United States was not through a traditional revolution, class struggle revolution that Karl Marx had anticipated, but in fact, through a very, very different process. And going back even into the pre-World War II period, there’s clear indications that the thinkers are trying to figure out how to get the United States to be communist, were anticipating that their best way of entry might be through the Democratic Party.

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  3. Deplorable_Infidel says:

    Believers Justified
    by Pastor Cornelius R. Stam
    Our Lord’s appearance to Saul of Tarsus (later called Paul) on the road to Damascus, changed the pitiless persecutor in a moment into the docile, yes the devoted follower of the Christ he had so bitterly hated.

    This transformation took place not only because he had now seen the risen, ascended Christ; it was caused also by what he had learned from Christ. From heaven the Lord had revealed to Paul the glory of His finished work of redemption and had sent him forth to proclaim “the gospel of the grace of God” (Acts 20:24).

    This is seen in the closing words of the Apostle’s first recorded sermon, delivered at the synagogue at Antioch in Pisidia. After mentioning the death and resurrection of Christ, the Apostle said:

    “Be it known unto you therefore, men and brethren, that through this Man is preached unto you the forgiveness of sins; and by Him all that believe are justified from all things, from which ye could not be justified by the law of Moses” (Acts 13:38,39).

    Paul never changed this message, but kept emphasizing it wherever he went as well as in his writings. He saw in this truth the answer to man’s condemnation for breaking God’s holy law. Thus he wrote to the Romans:

    “…by the law is the knowledge of sin. But now the righteousness of God without the law is manifested” (Rom. 3:20,21).

    “[We] declare, I say, at this time, [Christ’s] righteousness; that [God] might be just and the Justifier of him which believeth in Jesus” (Rom. 3:26).

    Mark well: He does not say, “believeth and is baptized.” This was the message committed to the twelve (Mark 16: 16; Acts 2:38). With the ushering in of the dispensation of grace God was manifested as “the Justifier of him which believeth in Jesus.”

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    • TMonroe says:

      “Mark well: He does not say, “believeth and is baptized.” This was the message committed to the twelve (Mark 16: 16; Acts 2:38). With the ushering in of the dispensation of grace God was manifested as “the Justifier of him which believeth in Jesus.””

      Mark well the scenario used in these articles over and over again to illustrate someone — and specifically, someone evidently a Gentile — asking how to be saved and receiving Paul’s reply about belief, as it specifically involved baptism soon after that person believed:

      Acts 16:29-34 –“And having called for lights, he rushed in, and having become terrified, he fell down before Paul and Silas. And having brought them out, he was saying, “Sirs, what is necessary of me to do, that I may be saved?” And they said, “Believe on the Lord Jesus and you will be saved, you and your household.” And they spoke the word of the Lord to him along with all those in his house. And having taken them in that hour of the night, he washed them from the wounds, and immediately he was baptized, and all his household. And having brought them into the house, he laid a table for them and rejoiced with all his household, having believed in God.”

      It’s almost like Paul and Silas (and evidently, Luke by that point), having gone, were discipling all the nations (Gentiles) like this jailer, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things, whatever Christ commanded them (cf. Matthew 28:19-20).

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  4. Deplorable_Infidel says:

    Happy Caturday!

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  5. Garrison Hall says:

    Turn it up . . . 🙂

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  6. Garrison Hall says:

    Happy Caterday Treepers!!

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    • wendy forward says:

      So much fur.

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      • rashomon says:

        Daaaaaaaaad, make her go away!

        My previously-feral (now housebound and rotten spoiled) has just learned how to unplug all the appliances on the floor wall sockets, Alarm clock, TV, computer, etc. etc. etc. I wouldn’t mind TOO much except it takes forever to reset all those darn clocks. We’re now a perpetual 12:00-blinking family until I figure out a new game for her entertainment. Does she really love the screaming when she interrupts the ball games?

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    • czarowniczy says:

      Yup, and the Rats continue to tell their sheepses that the Parties had a big dawgmatic shift around 1900 and now the Rats jes tells they flock that those leashes are fashion accessories.

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    • thesouthwasrght says:

      You think Lincoln gave two craps about slaves at his inauguration? This technique of linking the Anarcho-communusts of today to Democrats of the 19th century is patently pathetic.

      Virtue signaling defined.

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  7. Dora says:

    Happy Caturday!

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  8. Janie M. says:

    What a tranquil view ❤️

    (Kennin-ji temple, Kyoto)

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  9. Dora says:

    For those of you who drink bottled water, take heed. For me it’s one more reason not to shop at Target.

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    • Jim in TN says:

      Okay.

      First, the worst villain is imported from Mexico. Duh.

      Second, this was triggered by a report from CR, which is linked to, and worth reading. CR relies on one off studies (unconfirmed) to declare the EPA/FDA level of 10 ppb (parts per billion) to be unsafe, but says 3 ppb is just fine. Mind numbingly dumb. That close, they are either both safe, or both unsafe. In the latter case, 3 would be less unsafe than 10, but you can’t prove that 3 is safe, if you can prove that 10 is unsafe.

      10 ppb is a very small quantity. If that proves insufficiently safe, it will cost a fortune in both testing and improved filtering to get significantly lower. The EPA lowered their limit from 50 ppb to 10 ppb in 2001. (Tap water.) The FDA decided bottle water limit should be same as tap water limit in 2006. (Both facts are in the CR article.)

      And as usual, every complaint listed in these articles is about something that would have clearly been considered safe by the EPA prior to 2001.

      There is an ad that uses hucksterism to make people feel that if you can measure it, it is unsafe. I think that add was for a filter company. Our ability to measure keeps getting better. No matter how small the detected levels, the huckster approach will always scare. (Oh no, they measured 0.015 ppb of lead in that water! The EPA says any level is unsafe, but uses 15 ppb as its action level. Can you take the risk of drinking water with even 1/1000 of the action level?)

      As the worst case shows, natural water sources often have to be filtered to reach our current safety levels. (Read the articles)

      Determining safety levels is very difficult. There will usually be some high level at which a link is clear. But as the level decreases, the link gets lost amongst the other causes. But that doesn’t mean that there is no link. It does though mean that you will no longer see an effect from reducing the level. But there are often many different effects possible. Each effect has to be taken into account. So the resulting safety levels are usually made cautiously and are usually very safe. But the cautious approach will also be driving levels ever lower.

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      • Bendix says:

        Nice post, Jim.
        It adds more information to the ‘debate’.

        One thing I do like about these somewhat alarming articles based on one study, is that they act as an “in your face” to certain quasi-environmentalist snobs.

        Here’s what I mean by that, a relative of mine was having an argument with a young woman who was “against the pipeline” (that one that Obama put a temporary hold on for political reasons, and when questioned more closely by my relative as to when she got so interested in these issues, the younger woman claimed to have always been an environmentalist.
        My relative shot back with “you drink bottled water!”, to which the woman replied, “at least I don’t drink TAP.”
        That’s how these people think.

        I have made it my business to know what’s in my municipal water supply, and to know how it is being kept safe and pure.
        I have actually spoken to water department workers. I pay good money to keep that water nice.
        But along comes somebody who thinks drinking water that somebody put in a bottle and slapped a label on shows her refined sensibilities, her superiority to the common folk who drink what comes out of the faucet.
        BTW, one of the brands of bottled water around here comes out of the faucet in my city.

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    • czarowniczy says:

      Yeah, but it’s organic, fair trade, sustainable and responsibly sourced arsenic.

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  10. duchess01 says:

    Verse of the Day

    “Children, obey your parents in all things: for this is well pleasing unto the Lord.”
    Colossians 3:20 (KJV)

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  11. 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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  12. Dora says:

    That looks so strange.

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  13. Dora says:

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  14. nwtex says:

    🙄 🙃

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  15. nwtex says:

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  16. Badger 1 says:

    What US needs is a military coup ASAP followed by a military caretaker govt for several decades ala Pinochet in Chile. B

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  17. Prediction: Former VP Biden will soon claim a medical emergency (real or imagined), drop out of the race and retire comfortably someplace, somewhere out of the limelight.

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  18. WeeWeed says:

    Mornin’ infidels!

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  19. Dora says:

    And so it begins.

    ===

    UK court orders forced abortion for disabled woman

    London, England, Jun 21, 2019 / 11:15 am (CNA).- A British judge has authorized doctors to perform an abortion on a pregnant Catholic woman with developmental disabilities and a mood disorder, despite the objections of the woman’s mother and the woman herself. The woman is 22 weeks pregnant.

    https://www.catholicnewsagency.com/news/uk-court-orders-forced-abortion-for-disabled-woman-34728

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    • Blue Wildflower says:

      When will the killing of born and unborn babies stop?

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      • Pale rider says:

        When evil is gone.
        They are inseparable. The part that every human must see in themselves, we are all tasked with protecting the innocent. Or where is humanity, and civility?
        im going to stop there, it becomes so grievous to explore abortion in a spiritual sense I don’t think it is appropriate for a “treehouse” post.

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    • czarowniczy says:

      An English-speaking country killing its own citizens while welcoming in immigrants who will bite the hand that feeds/clothes/houses them. Sound like any country we know???

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  20. Blue Wildflower says:

    I think it is something they don’t want us to read!

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  21. just stevie says:

    THE UNDEVIATING TEST

    “For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged; and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again.” Matthew vii. 2

    This statement is not a haphazard guess, it is an eternal law of God. Whatever judgment you give, it is measured to you again. There is a difference between retaliation and retribution. Jesus says that the basis of life is retribution – “with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again.” If you have been shrewd in finding out the defects in others, remember that will be exactly the measure given to you. Life serves back in the coin you pay. This law works from God’s throne downwards (cf. Psalm xviii. 25-26).

    Romans ii. applies it in a still more definite way, and says that the one who criticizes another is guilty of the very same thing. God looks not only at the act, He looks at the possibility. We do not believe the statements of the Bible to begin with. For instance, do we believe this statement, that the things we criticize in others we are guilty of ourselves? The reason we see hypocrisy and fraud and unreality in others is because they are all in our own hearts. The great characteristic of a saint is humility – Yes, all those things and other evils would have been manifested in me but for the grace of God, therefore I have no right to judge.

    Jesus says – “Judge not, that ye be not judged”; if you do judge, it will be measured to you exactly as you have judged. Who of us would dare to stand before God and say – “My God, judge me as I have judged my fellow men?” We have judged our fellow men as sinners; if God should judge us like that we would be in hell. God judges us through the marvelous Atonement of Jesus Christ.

    Oswald Chambers
    June 22nd Devotional

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    • Mandy says:

      The most wicked people twist/misrepresent the meaning of ‘judge not’ in order to silence those who would otherwise object to their evil behavior…

      Evil people use it to silence Christians all the time.

      All it takes is for GOOD MEN to sit SILENT, then EVIL will run amok.

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    • Pale rider says:

      C.S. Lewis writes that evil men don’t know how bad they are until they try to be good. So they know little.
      And, you can only see in others what is in you.
      Great post Stevie

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  22. just stevie says:

    It’s Caturday! Good morning CTH friends! Enjoy ur day!

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  23. Dora says:

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  24. Bendix says:

    I saw a gay pride flag outside a Methodist church near me, and their sign said all are welcome.
    I wonder whether anybody at the church has stopped to think about what LBGTQ actually encompasses?
    They never made a point of welcoming any heterosexuals whose identities are based totally on their sexuality, such as swingers, people into bondage, porn actors, etc.

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  25. Bendix says:

    Another thing related to Jim in TN’s informative post above, about our enhanced ability to measure.
    This has troubled me for some time.
    I read articles about how scientists recently discovered a way to measure Vitamin D in breast milk.
    Since after a certain point in time, I can’t remember what, it drops off sharply, they concluded from this that mother’s milk is deficient in necessary D vitamins.
    Some parents actually have started not only taking vitamin D themselves (the mothers, of course), but giving the babies vitamin D.
    This to me is a very dangerous misuse of that ability to measure.

    All infants were deficient in vitamin D, prior to someone’s discovery of how much is in breast milk?
    How does measuring how much there is, lead to a conclusion of what it should be?
    This is the kind of junk thinking that leads to junky climate science conclusions.

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  26. dbethd says:

    4.bp.blogspot.com/_yp8mfFUBzJc/SaWICFBo43I/AAAAAAAACxw/GB0nKUptPrk/s400/Mrschippy.jpg

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  27. dbethd says:

    Adrem kitty?

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    • Paintingal says:

      I was just coming to post this, and to ask for prayers for the friends and family, and for the first responders to this horrific scene.
      The riders were members of Jarheads MC- a non-profit Motorcycle Club made up of honorably discharged Marines and FMF Corpman. Helping all military vets and their families. They were on their way to a charity event at the Legion Hall.

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  28. Next week one SW Florida school district will discuss implementation of the Trayvon Martin “hide the student crimes from the public” policy as part of their “Zero Tolerance” Policy: https://go.boarddocs.com/fl/lee/Board.nsf/files/BDBTFQ773106/$file/P4.08%20Zero%20Tollerance%20for%20School%20Related%20Crimes%20(Briefing%2006.25.19).pdf

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  29. progpoker says:

    In a world bursting with Snowflakes, sure is refreshing to see people that aren’t afraid to challenge themselves. I’m sorta glad they didn’t have these events when I was a kid. I may have been killed or seriously maimed…what a ride!!

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  30. Badger 1 says:

    What the US needs ASAP is Martial Law followed by several decades of caretaker govt ala Pinochet in Chile. The threat is imminent and dire. The alternative is likely Civil War. If the dems/socialists sweep the 2020 elections due to a weak economy (highly likely) they will never ever give up their grip on power. They will proceed to flood this country with illegals. The US will be directly on the road to Venezuela. Pres Trump has the authority. He needs to impose Martial Law at an opportune moment.

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  31. Sepp says:

    The blog “Facing Islam” (by an Orthodox Chfistian) has several new and recent posts after a brief hiatus.

    http://www.facingislam.blogspot.com

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  32. getfitnow says:

    FTA – Never-before-seen footage of Hillary Clinton prepping for a 2016 debate with Donald Trump has been released, and it gives you a good idea of why Clinton lost the presidency so miserably.

    Trump destroyed Clinton in their debates and it was because he came across as authentic and passionate compared to the robotic, career politician that is Hillary Clinton.

    Clinton lost because she had a bad history in D.C. and she had bad ideas, but it was always clear that she was a little unprepared to take on a straight shooter like Trump and now it’s clear why — she never properly prepared. This new debate footage shows that the Clinton camp never took Trump seriously. Reines plays him like a clown and that obviously did a disservice to his candidate.

    https://www.bizpacreview.com/2019/06/22/embarrassing-never-before-seen-clinton-trump-debate-prep-footage-released-as-lesson-to-dems-767752

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  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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  35. auscitizenmom says:

    Just saw this on Huckabee. If I Were The Devil

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  36. Sentient says:

    This is pretty good. Concise enough.

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  37. mandy says:

    We’ve continued listening to the podcast series “Whole Counsel of God” and because of the detail of the study, we’re still in Luke. Tonight, Chapter 18 continued…

    15 Then they also brought infants to Him that He might touch them; but when the disciples saw it, they rebuked them. 16 But Jesus called them to Him and said, “Let the little children come to Me, and do not forbid them; for of such is the kingdom of God. 17 Assuredly, I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God as a little child will by no means enter it.”

    At the link, move the circle forward so that the timer shows 30 minutes remaining…

    Very interesting … ‘what does it mean to be ‘like a child?’ It’s not instruction to be kind, trusting, innocent – that’s OUR view from our MODERN perspective. 🙂

    Anyway, hope this helps someone out there…

    https://www.ancientfaith.com/podcasts/wholecounsel/luke_chapter_18_continued

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  38. mopar2016 says:

    Thank you Treepers for your prayers, my mother had a wonderful service and burial today.
    My dad died three and a half months ago, it’s strange how things turn out.
    Now I’ve got a cat to take care of.

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    • Ad rem says:

      Prayers for you and your family mopar. It must be very difficult to deal with two great losses in such close proximity to each other. My parents both went within a year of each other as well. Be nice to the kitty….I’m sure it feels the loss of it’s owner as well.

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