Saturday September 28th – 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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80 Responses to Saturday September 28th – Open Thread

  1. citizen817 says:

    Happy Caturday!

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  2. citizen817 says:

    Another Caturday…

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  3. citizen817 says:

    Caturday…

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  4. Deplorable_Infidel says:

    Go, And Sin No More

    The self-righteous Pharisees had brought a fallen woman to Jesus and, “when they had set her in the midst”, they began to accuse her, saying: “Now Moses in the law commanded us, that such should be stoned: but what sayest Thou?” (John 8:5).

    They were using this fallen woman to embarrass the Lord into agreeing that this woman should be stoned, or else leaving Himself open to a charge of repudiating Moses’ Law.

    At first He made “as though He heard them not”, but, when they continued asking, they got what they asked for! Simply answering: “He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her”, the Lord turned away again to let that sentence do its work. They had “set her in the midst”. Now He had set them in the midst and, “being convicted by their own conscience”, they “went out one by one” (Ver.9).

    And there stood the woman alone before Him: a great sinner and a great Saviour. Since none of the Pharisees had dared to cast a stone at her, the Lord said: “Neither do I condemn thee: go, and sin no more” (Ver.11).

    Thus the Lord graciously forgave the sinner-woman, yet without ignoring the demand of the Law. He had not denied that the woman deserved punishment. He had only pointed out that the Pharisees themselves were sinners; that they, like she, needed a Saviour.

    Thank God! Since “Christ died for our sins”, God can justly forgive us — and He will, IF we but acknowledge our sin and our need of a Saviour, and do not join the self-righteous who keep “going about to establish their own righteousness” (Rom.10:3).

    “This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save SINNERS…” (I Tim.1:15). God is very gracious to those who will acknowledge their sin and their need: “For the same Lord over all is RICH UNTO ALL THAT CALL UPON HIM.”

    “FOR WHOSOEVER SHALL CALL UPON THE NAME OF THE LORD SHALL BE SAVED” (Rom. 10:12,13).

    By Pastor Cornelius R. Stam

    https://www.bereanbiblesociety.org/go-and-sin-no-more/

    John 8:5 Now Moses in the law commanded us, that such should be stoned: but what sayest thou?

    John 8:9 And they which heard it, being convicted by their own conscience, went out one by one, beginning at the eldest, even unto the last: and Jesus was left alone, and the woman standing in the midst.

    John 8:11 She said, No man, Lord. And Jesus said unto her, Neither do I condemn thee: go, and sin no more.

    Romans 10:3 For they being ignorant of God’s righteousness, and going about to establish their own righteousness, have not submitted themselves unto the righteousness of God.

    1 Timothy 1:15 This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners; of whom I am chief.

    Romans 10:12 For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him.
    13 For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.

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  5. Lucille says:

    Treepers…a little cold in the Idaho Panhandle to go swimming, in my book…but it’s fun to dream of still warm climes….

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  6. Lucille says:

    HAPPY CATURDAY!

    Young Cat Bullies Older Cat

    Gale is the orange male Munchkin cat.
    Gara is the black female kitten

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  7. citizen817 says:

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  8. Linda K. says:

    We have a brave man in our President! let us take inspiration from him and support him! Trump has become a better man, in this job, Let us help him succeed. We can defeat the scheming b-tards on the left! Here is a great song, by the way, about fighting what seems to be impossible odds.

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  9. Garrison Hall says:

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  10. Lucille says:

    No Democrat has come forward to condemn this psycho…

    The Human Dignity of Klopfer’s Victims
    By David Closson- posted September 27, 2019
    The abortion industry’s utter disdain for human dignity is on grotesque display in the bizarre legacy of Ulrich Klopfer.
    https://townhall.com/columnists/davidclosson/2019/09/27/the-human-dignity-of-klopfers-victims-n2553712

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  11. Garrison Hall says:

    Happy Caterday, Treepers! You will notice I’m not making any more snarky comments about our special day . . . 🙂

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  12. Linda K. says:

    Horses are herd animals and make special friends with each other for life. They mean it. They care about humans too, but their horse friends are special and forever.

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  13. wendy forward says:

    So many precious babies.

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  14. Wizconsam says:

    All Hail the Power of Jesus’ Name

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    • Lucille says:

      Under the banner of our Lord…where true diversity resides, though in God’s reality “…you are all children of God through faith, for all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.”
      – Galatians 3:26-28 (NIV)

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  15. Texian says:

    Houston + Houston..

    A Houston love story..

    One for my wife..

    She was there with me the whole time..

    And I didn’t even know it..

    We both had been married to our careers..

    ———————–

    The lofts.. It was a cool eclectic place situated right in the middle of everything. It had character. Custom-built back in the 1960’s, a mid-century modernish place, every unit was different and had its own unique appeal. Early on I managed to snag one in the back that overlooked the pool. The first floor was a covered pool deck area and the laundromat. The next two upper floors above it were a row of three units that were comprised of two stories. These had a Houston skyline view framed between two other uptown west loop high rise spires, and I had one of them. There was hardly any turnover here. If you got in, you usually stayed. The majority of us were long term residents.

    Management got to know me. They knew of my profession, my varied schedule, and had permission to enter to check in on things in case of any utility emergencies due to being gone for extended periods of time. And if rent didn’t make it on time they knew I would eventually be back and would pay up and forward again. They never charged me any “late” fees. I was always good for it time and again, for years.

    But there was something else going on at the lofts.. And I didn’t even have a clue..

    A business woman.. She was in a side wing on the first level. Her wall of glass faced the swimming pool also.. She could walk right out on to the pool deck..

    She was one of those cosmopolitan businesswomen who worked in the downtown high rises.. College educated.. Executive type.. Energy Industry.. She dressed impeccably.. A professional..

    I had seen her before.. I had to pass by her place every time I came and went.. Out by the pool.. Access to the parking garage.. Lugging my dive gear to and from my car.. I had to walk right past her place every time..

    She was dedicated to her career as well.. Worked long hours. Kept to herself.

    No way she would be interested in this oilfield trash though.. I figured she was too high up in social status.. That I had no chance.. So I never even considered her.. Not gonna happen.. No use even trying..

    But at the time, she had noticed me come and go.. She had wanted me to read her subtle signals.. to let me know of her interest.. But I was oblivious.. She was out of my league.. So I paid no attention..

    Fortunately I had rippling, chiseled muscles at the time. Lithe and lean like an olympic swimmer. Not an ounce of fat on me. My work kept me in top physical condition. I think it’s why she noticed me.. lol..

    During those years.. her secret remained her own.. right on cue..

    Fast-forward a couple of more years.. (we were married to our careers..).

    I had left the lofts.. but I didn’t return this time.. She thought I had moved.. I did..

    The loft management company had another property right on the Gulf in Galveston.. I didn’t want to lose my space at the lofts though; so I made an arrangement with them. I ended up spending around a year down there.. And almost stayed..

    But then I came back..

    She couldn’t believe it when she saw me again.. No way was she about to let me get away this time.. The winds of change were blowing.. Things were starting to change.. the lifestyle of past years would soon be lost forever in time.. the era was fading away..

    And she didn’t want to have to always wonder.. ‘what if..’.. So she made her move..

    One day in the parking garage, I found a single rose laying on one of my frequently used favorite toys.. my 1985 Kawasaki ZL900 Eliminator.

    I turned and looked around.. then looked up to the top of the stairwell.. and there she was.. timid, nervously fidgeting, avoiding direct eye contact.. she was soo cute..

    Fate..

    ———————–

    Epilogue: The Lofts.. We still drive by there every once in awhile.. Where it all happened.. They are gone now.. torn down.. There’s a mid-rise in its spot.. But it’s still sacred ground to us. If the people in that building only knew the spaces they are standing in.. It was epic.. A place where dreams came true..

    That Houston borne Flame of our youth that lit our careers when we were reaching for the stars still burns.. It was so special, it deserved to burn into eternity forever.. so we joined ours together.. And made it permanent in the eyes of God.. and our wedding song..

    And we’re still dancing after all these years..

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  16. nwtex says:

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  17. Dora says:

    The most majestic tail I’ve ever seen..

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  18. WeeWeed says:

    Mornin’ infidels!

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  19. Dora says:

    This is like a bad movie!

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  20. Dora says:

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  21. duchess01 says:

    Verse of the Day

    “But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.”
    Philippians 4:19 (KJV)

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  22. Dora says:

    OMG!

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    • Pale rider says:

      When I was the age of those kids if that crap was going on every adult would have been rounded up and thrown in jail the kids would be in foster homes. Being a parent now I’d be in jail. Insanity!
      again, if civilized is allowing this, it’s time to get uncivil.

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  23. Joshua2415 says:

    Good Morning Treepers,
    Just a heads up for everyone. I got an email this morning from WordPress about a data breach. You might want to change your login password and keep an eye on things for a bit.

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  24. We, as a nation, are being screwed deaf, blind and silly and I blame the Republicans in the Senate. I fear they have been and will continue to sell-out PDJT.
    They don’t realize the Dems will do it again if another Republican is ever elected President.
    AG Barr I believe is out last hope, but my faith in him is dwindling.
    The “fat lady” is beginning her warm-up to start singing.
    God save us.

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  25. just stevie says:

    THE “GO” OF UNCONDITIONAL IDENTIFICATION

    “One thing thou lackest: …come, take up the cross, and follow Me.” Mark x. 21

    The rich young ruler had the master passion to be perfect. When he saw Jesus Christ, he wanted to be like Him. Our Lord never puts personal holiness to the fore when He calls a disciple; He puts absolute annihilation of my right to myself and identification with Himself – a relationship with Himself in which there is no other relationship. Luke xiv. 26 has nothing to do with salvation or sanctification, but with unconditional identification with Jesus Christ. Very few of us know the absolute “go” of abandonment to Jesus.

    “Then Jesus beholding him loved him.” The look of Jesus will mean a heart broken forever from allegiance to any other person or thing. Has Jesus ever looked at you? The look of Jesus transforms and transfixes. Where you are “soft” with God is where the Lord has looked at you. If you are hard and vindictive, insistent on your own way, certain that the other person is more likely to be in the wrong than you are, it is an indication that there are whole tracts of your nature that have never been transformed by His gaze.

    “One thing thou lackest…” The only “good thing” from Jesus Christ’s point of view is union with Himself and nothing in between.

    “Sell whatsoever thou hast…” I must reduce myself until I am a mere conscious man, I must fundamentally renounce possessions of all kinds, not to save my soul (only one thing saves a man – absolute reliance upon Jesus Christ) – but in order to follow Jesus. “Come, and follow Me.” And the road is the way He went.

    Oswald Chambers
    September 28th Devotional

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  26. Kaco says:

    Hi, everyone,

    Can any of you recommend a good video camera with a good picture and stability?

    I don’t have a smart phone and really want a regular video camera. Smaller than the last one we have, which is a Digital 8 handicam that takes cassettes.

    I want to do extensive filming of my parents’ house and property before selling.

    Last late fall, when I was providing 24 hour care to my father in his house, my husband brought me a Go Pro tiny camera. I did not like it, it also had a fishbowl effect on the picture. I told him I just wanted a regular video camera, although smaller than the one we have.

    I’d appreciate any one letting me know if you have something you like or know of something good.

    Thank you-

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  27. Redwishes says:

    Just received a “free Gillette razor” from P and G. Not sure how. Package says “Happy 18th Birthday #firstreal”. Assuming it’s for my son, who won’t be 18 until next year. Given Proctor Gamble/Gillette’s stance on boys and men, et al, I’ll not only NOT be giving this to my SON but will absolutely be sending it directly back to P and G. So, Treepers – I’m taking suggestions on what to write for the return note. Thoughts? Thanks!

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    • Peoria Jones says:

      Is age 17 still a minor where you are? If so, tell them that you do not want them contacting your minor child again, and never at your address. Tell them that you’ll file a complaint with the postmaster and get a restraining order if you have to. Ha!

      If they ask why, tell them they have no business indoctrinating your children with their sexual values. That is YOUR right, and your responsibility. Tell them their agenda is not welcome in your home.

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    • TreeClimber says:

      Real men need real razors, you’ll let them keep theirs?

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  28. VandalizeDuhMastuhsAlgorithms says:

    For such a time as this:

    “Our Father in heaven and of all nations, hold this dear land in your special care. Bless our leaders with wisdom and a servants heart.

    May your Name be Holy and honored throughout our country, even among the callous and indifferent.

    Your will be done on Earth as it is in Heaven. Give extra grace to the struggling and healing to the wounded. Help all believers to be a source of hope and mercy, that your Name may be praised and your enemies confounded.

    Give us today our daily bread. Thank you Lord for the overflowing harvest of land, waters and forests. Help us to give generously to other nations in their time of need to give more glory to you.

    Forgive our sins as we forgive those who sin against us… For our own personal sins, oh Lord have mercy. For unjust violence, for pride and greed, for the scourge of abortion, for despising your plans for marriage, how long can You remain merciful with this us? Yet even as with Sodom, for the sake of the elect, spare us from the disaster we deserve. And for the sake of your Son, who instead suffered everything for us, help us to share better the gifts of your forgiveness with ourselves and with others.

    Lead us not into temptation; bold or subtle, from the marvels of our time to those we have always struggled against.

    But deliver us from evil from within and without. You only know the perils we face, personally and nationally. Yet you promise to bless the people whose God is the Lord. In these times of danger, encourage a sense of trust in You as our Fortress and Shield. Better by far than any earthly king, warrior or weapon.

    For Yours is the kingdom, the power and the glory forever. Come then Lord and help your people, Bought with the price of your own blood, And bring us with your saints, To glory everlasting.”

    Amen

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  29. VandalizeDuhMastuhsAlgorithms says:

    And this…

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  30. Your Tour Guide says:

    It’s a small world after all.

    Dog walking moment.

    ABC consistently lies about Trump. NBC does the same thing.

    If you were to talk to some overseas people, you would find out
    that Trump is HUGELY admired in Japan. It won’t make the news,
    but the yellow Jackets in France love him. So do the pro Brexit
    brits. The Italians that backed Salvani love him. The Swedes that
    are tired of being invaded, likewise. Modi’s rally last week showed
    just how popular that Trump is with people from India.

    What do Paris, Tokyo, Anaheim, and Orlando all have in common?
    Disney theme parks. Orlando and Anaheim area also have Universal
    them parks.

    Disney owns ABC. ABC hates Trump. NBC owns Universal. Universal
    hates Trump. Both consistently, overwhelmingly lie about him.

    Meanwhile 63 million Americans voted for him. More like him now then
    back in 2016. The British love him. The French love him. Japan loves him.
    The Canadians that despise Silky Pony love him.

    So, why are we going to Disney World, Euro Disney, Disneyland,
    Disney Tokyo? Why are we booking Disney cruises, going to Disney
    movies? Don’t they own Marvel?

    The same applies to Universal theme parks, and Universal movies.
    What block buster are they getting ready to launch soon?

    A modest proposal. Start encouraging people to forsake the mouse,
    forget Universal. And, better yet, spread the word. While you’re at it
    take some pictures, and share them with ABC, and NBC.

    A picture of a car pulling into Dollywood, Busch Gardens, KIngs
    Island, Carrowinds, and small local amusement parks. The picture
    can even show people getting ready to go on a cruise. Or pulling
    into a state park.

    The captions? For ABC, something along the lines of:

    “We Support Trump. We’re tired of ABC lying about him.
    ABC is owned by Disney.”

    “Here’s a picture of our family NOT going to Disney World”.

    You could do similar by posting a picture of going out to eat,
    and put “Here’s a picture of our family NOT going to see (name
    Disney blockbuster). Or, another one would be to show a picture
    of a Cruise Ship, and say “Here’s a picture of our cruise ship.
    We cancelled our reservations with Disney.”

    For NBC, the same applies. Picture of family at theme park,
    state park, whatever.

    “Here’s a picture of our family NOT going to Universal Studios”

    Be sure to tell them how you are tired of NBC’s overwhelming
    lies. Throw in Colbert, Seth Myers, MS NBC for good measure.

    Here’s a picture of our family NOT going to (name upcoming
    Universal blockbuster).

    Anyone see any potential in this? Our overseas friends could
    actually be the ones that get the ball rolling. If NBC and Disney
    start seeing some declines in attendance, maybe they’ll start
    to figure out that they poked the wrong bear.

    Notice of this posting will be placed on other threads. Thanks.

    PS : missed everybody. Postings will be few and far between
    for awhile. Long story, can’t mention why. Some prayers for
    strength with what I’m currently involved in would be very
    much appreciated. No one’s sick, thankfully. It’s, again, complicated.

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  31. parleyvous says:

    Can I recommend tch create a discord group and link to it on main page? Would be good for true discussions. Also would be nice to have some type of sticky discussion topical group in future as much is lost in comments of permanent value.

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  32. Peoria Jones says:

    Just a super-cute, short little vid to make you go, “Awwwww…”

    My beloved Maine Coon has a highly unusual cancer, and I’ve decided not to put her through the surgery. No way to know when, but it will eventually overcome her. I’m dying inside.

    She is so sweet, funny, smart, extremely talkative (and listens, too). She’s gentle, snugly, just such a perfect, well-behaved, intuitive cat. One in a million. A true friend. Great travel companion, so trusting and good. She’s nurturing of other little creatures, and has a huge personality – more than many people. She’s done some amazing things, for an animal. Probably the most unusual pet I’ve ever had. No one like her.

    She’s also very pretty, with long, glossy hair that feels like silk, and big piercing green eyes. She bats her long, black eyelashes to flirt, and puts her big furry paw on my hand to “hold hands” while we watch videos. She loves watching Trump rallies. Honest – she’s mesmerized by him, LOL!

    Please pray for her. She is a happy girl, and enjoys life. She loves her mama (me) and other little animals outside the window. She’s maybe 13, and perfectly healthy in every other way. I feel like I’m letting her down. She deserves to keep loving life as long as possible, and stay content. I don’t want her to suffer.

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    • auscitizenmom says:

      I faced this same situation late last year with my little doggie. I chose not to put her through treatments. I think it was the right thing to do and the vet gave me pills to keep her from having pain, but she never seemed to need them, and believe me, I watched that very closely. I understand what you are going through and I am sure so many others here do, too. That was a lovely description you wrote of her. I’m so sorry.

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  33. wtd says:

    I keep hearing the argument that “Jesus was a socialist.”

    You want to know a simple reason why this isn’t true?

    He was actually able to feed people.

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  34. 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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  35. 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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