Sunday July 7th – 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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85 Responses to Sunday July 7th – Open Thread

  1. DanDeplorable says:

    “ God’s Plan to Save You ” (7th of 7)

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    • DanDeplorable says:

      Note: If you missed the previous parts 1-6 in this series and would like to read them, they were posted in Open Thread over the past six days.

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  2. Deplorable_Infidel says:

    Godliness In An Ungodly Day

    It is an interesting fact that the words “godly” and “godliness” are not found in Paul’s writings until we come to the Pastoral Epistles, the very epistles that have so much to say about evil days and evil surroundings.

    In the epistles to Timothy we read about the “perilous times” with which this present dispensation of grace will be brought to a close, while in the letter to Titus we read of “unruly and vain talkers and deceivers,” of “liars… evil beasts… lazy gluttons,” whom Satan would use to neutralize the work and witness of God’s servants.

    To Timothy and Titus, these young men of God, the Apostle had much to say about godliness, and we must not forget that Paul’s words to them are also God’s Word to us, believers in Christ, who indeed appear to be living in the closing days of the dispensation of grace, surrounded by a steadily-rising tide of evil and an ever-growing number of wicked, godless men.

    We do not mean to imply that the Apostle does not deal with the various phases of the Christian life in his other epistles, but rather that here in the Pastoral Epistles he wages a sort of campaign for individual godly living in the midst of increasing apostasy and godlessness.

    May God help us, in our character and conduct, to exhibit “the power of godliness,” the spiritual power that comes from putting Christ first in all things.

    By Pastor Cornelius R. Stam

    https://www.bereanbiblesociety.org/godliness-in-an-ungodly-day/

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  3. Garrison Hall says:

    Linda Ronstadt’s collaboration with Nelson Riddle produced some splendid revisits to classic American standards. She also produced some accompanying videos that perfectly captured the romance of an earlier time. If you listen carefully you can tell that Linda had paid careful attention to the great Girl Singers of the big band era.

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  4. boomerbeth says:

    Trump pal & GOP DONOR Chris Cline self made coal tycoon killed in helicopter crash over his island property in the Bahamas.

    https://www.sun-sentinel.com/news/florida/fl-ne-ap-chris-cline-crash-investigation-20190706-m35rsiccvrazhnp5rvlk52rbb4-story.html

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  5. nwtex says:

    The officers allegedly were asked to either move out of the customer’s sight or leave, KNXV reported.

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  9. Sepp says:

    On the Third Sunday after Pentecost (on the Orthodox Church Calendar), the Church designates this day as the Sunday of the New Martyrs of the Turkish Yoke.

    On nearly each day of the year, the Church remembers specific, individual Saints who endured martyrdom during the centuries of Turkish muslim enslavement of Orthodox Christians in Greece, in the Balkans, in the Holy Land, and in Asia Minor, but today all of these Saints are honored.

    On this day, also, the Nativity of the Glorious Prophet, Forerunner, and Baptist John is commemorated as it is the 24th of June according to the traditional Calendar (or July 7th on the new civil calendar). The readings for the Nativity of the Forerunner are from the Epistle to the Romans 13:11 – 14:4 and from the Gospel according to Saint Luke 1:1-25, 57-68, 76, 80.

    The reading for the day is from the Holy Gospel according to Saint Matthew 6: 22-33, which is explained by Saint Theophylact, Archbishop of Ohrid and Bulgaria, in an English translation at the following link.

    http://www.chrysostompress.org/c_3rd_pentecost.html

    Wishing everyone a beautiful Sunday.

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  10. nwtex says:

    This looks sooooo eerie. What if the earth starts moving again.

    https://twitter.com/BakersfieldChp/status/114737919117786726

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  11. nwtex says:

    This ends my walk down earthquake lane. Beside, I’m sure it has been commented on without end back on the threads.

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    This guy is such a trip. 🥴 From a few years back —>

    On March 17, 2014, a magnitude-4.4 earthquake that was centered 6 miles north of Beverly Hills struck around 6:25 a.m. Monday, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

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    • You don’t know that an earthquake is coming. That’s bad. But, you also don’t know that an earthquake is gone. That’s worse. I lived through the Loma Prieta earthquake in Silicon Valley and there were hundreds of aftershocks – any one of which could have been “the REAL ‘big one.'” When you go to bed in the hallway by the door, fully clothed, and run outside dozens of times in one night, well, it gets to you very fast. My wife and I decided that California was not for us, and we moved to Arizona. Love to visit the “shaky state,” but I’ll never again live there.

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    • Linda K. says:

      Haha! I grew up in L.A. Quakes are a trip, especially if no one is really hurt. When I was a kid, downtown L.A. had no buildings higher than 13 stories, because of earthquake safety concerns.
      My dad grew up in Long Beach, Ca. In 1933, he was eight and an earthquake collapsed his schoolhouse. Luckily it occurred at night and no one was there. His mom was across the street and in a field before the shaking stopped. He used to tease her about it every Thanksgiving. Better a quake than a twister….

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  12. duchess01 says:

    Verse of the Day

    “Happy is the man that findeth wisdom, and the man that getteth understanding.”
    Proverbs 3:13 (KJV)

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  13. 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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  14. rheahack0103 says:

    Hello! My husband and I were having a Facebook debate with my “liberal” niece about the children in cages, separating families, and whether this started under Obama. I ended up referencing an article from the Treehouse that gives a step-by-step rundown of how the Obama Administration led up to our current crisis and my niece said she won’t read it because the Treehouse is listed in Misinformation Directory? I just wondered if anything was ever researched on this subject? https://www.factcheck.org/2017/07/websites-post-fake-satirical-stories/?fbclid=IwAR0TaMVw0i-u63gnCbwTxwErdPGMd6zMUMcqmd8U68lukDdn3sTQre4FalA

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  15. Dora says:

    I like the response from Michael.

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  16. Artemis Gordon says:

    My fellow Treepers.

    I don’t comment here often as I don’t consider myself qualified. So many people, so much research and perspective. I visit this site 10 times more than any other and gain value with each post I read. One of the most significant things I’ve seen is the community’s willingness to help each other through prayer and support. I could use your help now……

    My father is elderly and has recently taken ill with some pretty serious brain issues. We still don’t know exactly what is going on after what seems like hundreds of tests and a 2 hour surgery that lasted 6 hours. It took days to recover from the surgery and last night a seizure took him down a few pegs more. I don’t know what God’s plan is for my father but he is truly a good man in heart.

    May I humbly ask, in your prayers this week, to ask for peace for him. I do believe in the power of this family and when God hears us, peace will come. God bless each of you, and thank you for your thoughts and prayers.

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    • Sobriquet4 says:

      A prayer for your father, Artemis.

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    • Dora says:

      Prayers are being said.

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    • Just CC says:

      Prayers for you ,
      your Dad
      and all the family …
      Amen.

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    • 1stgoblyn says:

      Prayers for you and your father, Artemis. You might also want to post your request under the ‘Prayer Requests’ thread, upper right side where you see the candle.

      P.S. Where does your nametag come from? I have a g-gmother named Artemissa. Just curious.

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    • Comforting prayers for you, Artemis. There’s no one in the world more special than ‘Dads’, and because they’ve always been the strong one during our lives, it makes it even harder at times like these.

      I’ll light a candle for you at Mass this evening. God’s blessing be with you.

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    • rheahack0103 says:

      Prayers for you, your father and your family! God bless.

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    • Raven says:

      “… far be it from me that I should sin against the LORD in ceasing to pray for you…” 1 Samuel 12, part of verse 23

      Dearest Heavenly Father, King of Kings, Lord or Lords,

      Abba, Father, we come to you and, like the people who lowered their friend down through a hole in the roof and into the presence of Jesus, we lift Artemis and his earthly father up to You.

      Lord God, grant Artemis peace and comfort as he travels through this dark and unknown valley. Show him Your path, surround him with Your mercy, and bring Your followers into his life to cry with him when he cries and laugh with him when he finds joy.

      Father, oh Father, be with Artemis’ father, hold his head in Your sovereign hands and, we humbly ask, heal the disease that seems to allude the doctor’s knowledge. You are the Great Physician, You alone caused a valley of dry bones to come together and live again, and You alone give everything life and breath and each heart beat.

      Cause us and our hearts to turn to You and cry out to You in the days/hours/minutes and seconds we feel lost and helpless to our circumstances. Help us, oh Holy Spirit, to remember 1 Samuel 12 part of 23 and not sin against You by failing to pray for Artemis and his father.

      Your peace in raging storms makes no sense to the world at large, and often makes no sense to us, either. But, we ask in groans and longing, for Your peace to cover Artemis, his father, their extended family and all who come in contact with them during this time.

      Thank you, merciful Father, for hearing the cries of Your children.

      In Jesus Name we pray.

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    • Cisco says:

      🛐🙏⛪️🕍🙏🛐
      For your father Artemis

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  17. just stevie says:

    ALL NOBLE THINGS ARE DIFFICULT

    “Enter ye in at the strait gate…because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way…” Matthew vii. 13-14

    If we are going to live as disciples of Jesus, we have to remember that all noble things are difficult. The Christian life is gloriously difficult, but the difficulty of it does not make us faint and cave in, it rouses us up to overcome. Do we so appreciate the marvelous salvation of Jesus Christ that we are our utmost for His highest?

    God saves men by His sovereign grace through the Atonement of Jesus; He works in us to will and to do of His good pleasure; but we have to work out that salvation in practical living. If once we start on the basis of His Redemption to do what He commands, we find that we can do it. If we fail, it is because we have not practiced. The crisis will reveal whether we have been practicing or not. If we obey the Spirit of God and practice in our physical life what God has put in us by His Spirit, then when the crisis comes, we shall find that our own nature as well as the grace of God will stand by us.

    Thank God He does give us difficult things to do! His salvation is a glad thing, but it is also a heroic, holy thing. It tests us for all we are worth. Jesus is bringing many “sons” unto glory, and God will not shield us from the requirements of a son. God’s grace turns out men and women with a strong family likeness to Jesus Christ, not milk-sops. It takes a tremendous amount of discipline to live the noble life of a disciple of Jesus in actual things. It is always necessary to make an effort to be noble.

    Oswald Chambers
    July 7th Devotional

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  18. 1stgoblyn says:

    About Joe Dan and Intellectual Froglegs

    View at Medium.com

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  19. Lucille says:


    “After Nike’s Garbage Move, This U.S. Marine Got a Betsy Ross Flag Tattoo”
    Katie Pavlich – Posted: July 06, 2019
    https://townhall.com/tipsheet/katiepavlich/2019/07/06/after-nikes-garbage-move-this-marine-got-a-betsy-ross-flag-tattoo-n2549606

    ABC Nightline – Johnny Joey Jones Part 1

    Part 2

    Part 3

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  20. Deplorable_Vespucciland says:

    Media Lies . . . 77 and counting . . .

    “We the media have ‘fact-checked’ President Trump like we have fact-checked no other human being on the planet—and he’s certainly given us plenty to write about. That’s probably why it’s so easy to find lists enumerating and examining his mistakes, missteps and ‘lies.’
    But as self-appointed arbiters of truth, we’ve largely excused our own unprecedented string of fact-challenged reporting. The truth is, formerly well-respected, top news organizations are making repeat, unforced errors in numbers that were unheard of just a couple of years ago.
    Our repeat mistakes involve declaring that Trump’s claims are ‘lies’ when they are matters of opinion, or when the truth between conflicting sources is unknowable; taking Trump’s statements and events out of context; reporting secondhand accounts against Trump without attribution as if they’re established fact; relying on untruthful, conflicted sources; and presenting reporter opinions in news stories—without labeling them as opinions.” ~ Sharyl Attkisson

    https://sharylattkisson.com/2019/01/50-media-mistakes-in-the-trump-era-the-definitive-list/

    Ready for #78? “Trump was a BFF of Jeffrey Epstein.”

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  21. Fresh Off Epstein Case Win, Mike Cernovich Launches Fundraiser to Unseal Congressional Sexual Harassment Deals https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2019/07/fresh-off-epstein-case-win-mike-cernovich-launches-fundraiser-to-file-lawsuit-to-unseal-congressional-sexual-harassment-deals/

    Hope he hires a clinton repellent as well……….
    ( body guard)

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  22. mandy says:

    “Russian Orthodox Church Officially Opposes Compulsory Vaccinations of Children”

    “The Patriarchal Commission on Family, Maternity and Childhood has received appeals to comment on the public discussion of measures proposed by individual legislators, representatives of government departments, and specialists, in order to increase the coverage of the population — especially children — with preventive vaccines.

    Recently, at high-level events, the following measures were proposed for public discussion, in particular:

    restriction of the right of parents to informed voluntary consent to prophylactic vaccination of children or refusal of them;
    restricting the rights of unvaccinated children to attend classes in educational organizations;
    introduction of compulsory vaccination passports for children (including electronic ones) and fixing in them the reasons for refusing these or other vaccinations;
    limiting the spread of information that is critical to vaccine prevention.

    In this regard, the Patriarchal Commission considers it necessary to state the following:”

    (here the Commission lays out the grounds for its decision which is…)

    “In this regard, the Patriarchal Commission on Family, Protection of Motherhood and Childhood cannot support the measures listed earlier.”

    More – including the grounds laid out for the decision – at this link:

    https://russian-faith.com/news/russian-orthodox-church-officially-opposes-compulsory-vaccinations-children-n2136

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    Hmmm….I just CANNOT understand WHY the evil globalist cabal and their little satanic minions have SOOOO much hate for the Russian Orthodox Church.

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  23. 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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  24. F.D.R. in Hell says:

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  25. auscitizenmom says:

    A prayer for Justice Kavanaugh and Gen. 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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  26. P says:

    Just came across this:

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  27. NoTwoSystemsOnlyOneChiCom says:

    E.U.’s doormat and perpetual laboratory Greece voted out the cancerous leftists for an alleged center-right New Democracy govt. More on the new pm’s family history.
    https://neoskosmos.com/en/140719/new-greek-pm-kyriakos-mitsotakis-is-a-scion-of-one-of-greeces-most-influential-political-families/
    https://www.argophilia.com/news/greek-privatization-is-it-time-to-reinvestigate-the-drachma/222957/
    Obama’s amb can’t stay on his bike. F the EU.
    https://greece.greekreporter.com/2019/07/05/us-ambassador-to-greece-injured-in-cycling-accident/

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