Monday September 30th – 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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75 Responses to Monday September 30th – Open Thread

  1. citizen817 says:

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  2. DanDeplorable says:

    DAILY DEVOTIONAL, September 30, 2019

    “Not of the World”

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  3. citizen817 says:

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  4. Deplorable_Infidel says:

    Do I Need To Know the Time and Date?

    “I don’t know the exact time and date I was saved. I’ve been told that I should know this if I’m truly saved. Is this true?”

    Knowing your spiritual birthday is not required at all. Whether you know in your heart that you’ve placed your faith in the gospel of grace that Christ died for your sins personally, was buried, and rose again is what is required for your salvation (Eph. 2:8,9; 1 Cor. 15:3,4).

    In my own life, I have no clue as to the exact time and date that I was saved. I grew up in a home where the gospel was constantly before me. In my father’s pulpit ministry, his hell-fire sermons scared me to death. I can vividly remember praying in the pew, telling the Lord that I believe. I did this many times. Eventually I stopped, because I knew I was right with the Lord and saved from my sins.

    The idea that you have to know an exact time you were saved doesn’t come from the Bible. It comes from man. Our confidence for our salvation shouldn’t be in a date anyway. Our confidence is in Christ, His Cross, and the Word of God. “The Lord knoweth them that are His” (2 Tim. 2:19), and if you’ve placed your faith in Christ that He died for you and rose again, you are His. Praise the Lord!

    By Pastor Kevin Sadler

    Eph 2:8 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:
    9 Not of works, lest any man should boast.

    1 Corinthians 15:3 For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures;
    4 And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:

    2 Timothy 2:19 Nevertheless the foundation of God standeth sure, having this seal, The Lord knoweth them that are his. And, Let every one that nameth the name of Christ depart from iniquity.

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  5. Garrison Hall says:

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  6. Lucille says:


    Memorial Bench In Autumn…

    Paso Robles, CA…

    “Fall Rain” by Leonid Afremov…

    Lake Glendale, IL…

    North Shore, Oahu, HI…

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  7. windbag says:

    Rhianna Giddens. Purest voice on the planet. Need some encouragement?

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  8. Lucille says:

    The above photo is of “Chubbs” which was wrangled on a Texas golf course. He weighed 600 lbs…and Tex is bigger…

    ‘Big Tex’: largest captive alligator in US found after escaping in Imelda flooding
    Alligator found near a pond on the Gator Country property. A number of his smaller friends, however, are still missing.
    Martin Pengelly – Sun 29 Sep 201915.44 EDT

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  9. citizen817 says:

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  10. In defense of Amber Guyger. Could someone please get word to her lawyer that he should be making the point that Botham Jean’s couch is facing at a right angle to the door (meaning that someone sitting on that couch and looking straight forward would be looking toward the wall with the TV in front of it and not the front door. So if someone at the front door shoots a person sitting on the couch, we would expect the bullet’s trajectory to be going side to side, into the left side of the body and moving toward the right side of the body. But the bullet’s trajectory is from front to back (at an angle down) so he couldn’t have been sitting on the couch, he had to be facing the front door. PLEASE help get this point to her lawyer. Perhaps we can contact someone in the police union and they might have contact with her lawyer?


  11. Dora says:

    Robert Henri – The Beach, Concarneau, 1899

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  12. duchess01 says:

    Verse of the Day

    “But now we are delivered from the law, that being dead wherein we were held; that we should serve in newness of spirit, and not in the oldness of the letter.”
    Romans 7:6 (KJV)

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  13. Jacaranda11816 says:

    Not sure how many home chefs will be lurking here on a monday but I would love any tried-and-true treeper-approved apple recipes you might have. Had an apple-picking and baking extravaganza with my daughter and her friend gabi this weekend and we got a little carried away. We’ve already made pies, apple butter, and apple crisp for neighbors…but I still have 2 dozen fresh apples left — even mix of sweets and tarts. SO recipes other then pie, apple butter, and crisp would be welcome!

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    • just stevie says:

      Fill a large bowl with cold water
      Sprinkle enough table salt in the water to cover the bottom of the bowl (this is done to keep the apples from turning brown while you are cutting the remainder of the apple)
      As you cut the apples or pears, drop them into the bowl of salt water
      Once bowl is full, strain fruit and drain water out of bowl.
      Place fruit into Ziploc bags or freezer safe containers
      Place fruit into freezer

      Once frozen, you can use them at another time.
      Hope this helps! :o)

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    • Cynthia says:

      Applesauce very easy and good. Just cook apples down with a bit of water. Add sugar (depending on the apples’ tartness) and some cinnamon. Mash to favored consistency and viola! Applesauce! 🙂

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    • 17CatsInTN says:

      I’ve been making a lot of empanadas lately. You can fill them with just about anything, but here’s one for apples. Mmm-mmmmm good! Once you get the hang of it, you can assemble these pretty quickly. I use an apple-corer-peeler-slicer to quickly prepare the apple. You just need to cut the cored/peeled apple in half, and you’ve got all your slices! Enjoy!

      Caramel Apple Empanadas

      1 refrigerated pie crust (or make your own, which is what I do)
      1 apple peeled and cut into 8 wedges (Granny Smith works well)
      1 Tbl lemon juice
      1 Tbl granulated sugar
      1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
      1/8 tsp ground nutmeg
      Dash of allspice
      1/2 cup caramel bits or 15 unwrapped soft caramels
      1 tsp milk
      1 egg lightly beaten
      Sanding sugar to sprinkle on top

      1. Preheat oven to 425F
      2. Line cookie sheet with parchment paper
      3. Toss apples with lemon juice
      4. In a small bowl combine sugar and spices and sprinkle over apples
      5. Unroll pie crust on a slightly floured surface; roll out just slightly; OR make your own crust and roll out to about 1/8 – 1/4 inch thickness
      6. Cut out 8 rounds using a 4 inch cutter
      7. Place crust rounds on parchment-lined sheet*
      8. Place apple wedge on each round, leaving room to seal.
      9. Melt caramel bits and milk together in a microwave safe bowl on high for 30 seconds; stir and repeat in 5-10 second increments until caramel is fully melted and smooth
      10. Drizzle 1 tsp of caramel onto each apple being careful to stay away from edges
      11. Brush edges of rounds with egg and press edges together to seal; use a fork to crimp edges shut
      12: Brush tops of empanadas with egg and sprinkle with sugar if desired
      13. Bake for 12-14 minutes or until golden brown and let cool slightly.
      14. Reheat caramel if necessary, then drizzle over top of empanadas and serve

      *Alternatively, use a medium sized empanada mold. Place cut rounds in mold. Place apple slice on one side with cut ends close to center, leaving enough room to seal dough completely. Drizzle caramel over apple. Seal.

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      • Jacaranda11816 says:

        Thanks. I’m delighted to know that even on a very low-traffic monday, there are lots of treeper cooks lurking with advice!

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        • 17CatsInTN says:

          Lol! I’ve been trying a LOT of new recipes over the last 6 months or so as I’m testing starting a catering business. It’s always fun to see the recipes here! We have a lot of good cooks scattered up and down our branches!


  14. Dora says:

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  15. covfefe999 says:

    Did you see, that guy who crashed through the doors of a Chicago area (Schaumburg) mall has been charged with terrorism? Initial reports claimed he was having some kind of health crisis. I guess it was planned after all (just like we all knew).

    During a bond hearing Sunday, prosecutors said new details suggest the act was planned. They said an examination of Garcia’s search history revealed that he’d searched for Woodfield Mall, including aerial views of the mall, 124 times. Garcia has now been charged with terrorism and criminal damage to property, and remains in jail after a judge denied him bond Sunday.

    Is it ironic that Garcia’s attorney is Amil Alkass, a Muslim? Alkass is not a public defender, Garcia or someone close to him hired the guy. Alkass is a family attorney, which is a bit of an odd choice.

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  16. WeeWeed says:

    Mornin’ infidels!

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  17. just stevie says:


    “Who now rejoice in my sufferings for you, and fill up that which is behind of the afflictions of Christ in my flesh for His body’s sake.” Col. 1. 24

    We make calls out of our own spiritual consecration, but when we get right with God He brushes all these aside, and rivets us with a pain that is terrific to one thing we never dreamed of, and for one radiant flashing moment we see what He is after, and we say – “Here am I, send me.”

    This call has nothing to do with personal sanctification, but with being made broken bread and poured-out wine. God can never make us wine if we object to the fingers He uses to crush us with. If God would only use His own fingers, and make me broken bread and poured-out wine in a special way! But when He uses someone whom we dislike, or some set of circumstances to which we said we would never submit, and makes those the crushers, we object. We must never choose the scene of our own martyrdom. If ever we are going to be made into wine, we will have to be crushed; you cannot drink grapes. Grapes become wine only when they have been squeezed.

    I wonder what kind of finger and thumb God has been using to squeeze you, and you have been like a marble and escaped? You are not ripe yet, and if God had squeezed you, the wine would have been remarkably bitter. To be a sacramental personality means that the elements of the natural life are presenced by God as they are broken providentially in His service. We have to be adjusted into God before we can be broken bread in His hands. Keep right with God and let Him do what He likes, and you will find that He is producing the kind of bread and wine that will benefit His other children.

    Oswald Chambers
    September 30th Devotional

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    • mark says:

      Thanks be to you all Treepers who post on this thread especially JS and DI.

      This is my daily GO TO for spiritual health. Citizen817 , nwtex, dora, ww, Lucille and the rest of you, are my CHURCH. Love ya all brothers and sisters.
      Now back to the FIGHT. Sundance is calling. C U tomorrow morn.

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  18. Deplorable_Vespucciland says:

    Posted on the Sunday Talk Show Thread yesterday:

    We will NOT go quietly into the night . . .

    ~~~~~~~~~~ A call to ACTION ~~~~~~~~~~~

    September 29, 2019 at 9:56 am

    Want to REALLY give the democrats something to think about? Everyone should sign up for tickets to Trump’s upcoming Minneapolis Rally (October 10th). Let’s have half a million ticket requests! Anyone anywhere can sign up and as a side benefit you would be joining the 2020 Campaign’s mighty Email Army of Deplorables.

    Please register for a couple of Rally tickets over here:

    Send the crooked Fake News Media a message.

    Let’s make it A MILLION Trump Rally ticket requests!

    ~~~~~~~ TRUMP 2020 ~~~~~~~

    Wondering what the Open Thread gang thinks about this . . . ?

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  19. Lawrence says:

    I hope POTUS reads some of these posts. I just wish to encourage him and let him know he is all that stands between us and the utter destruction of our Constitution way of self government.

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  20. Debra traumaangel says:

    We need to pray multiple times daily for the President and this country. We’re in a battle now.

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  21. Martin says:

    Myths of Our Time
    It is a shock to realize how much of our modern culture is built on myths that are contrary to known truth. Dave Breese’s book, Seven Men Who Rule the World From Their Graves, highlights the continuing impact of men like Charles Darwin, Karl Marx, Sigmund Freud, et al.

    The Theory of Evolution goes far beyond biology and anthropology: it permeates our psychological concepts, our social concepts, and political philosophies.

    The paradigm of the “Ascent of Man” is built on the erroneous view of man as improving himself through education and technology, et al. It assumes that man develops in response to his environment. It assumes that with the proper environment and education that one can change the fundamental nature of Man. [Even in our courts of law, we excuse responsibility for crimes as the result of environmentally introduced factors….]

    This contradicts what the Scripture teaches us: “The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?” (Jeremiah 17:9).

    “desperately” = ‘anash, to be weak, sick, frail; desperate, incurable; desperately wicked; to be incurable. The “Depravity of Man” is one of the most reluctantly accepted doctrines of a serious Bible student.

    Nowhere in Scripture is the heart of man cured. The miracle of regeneration is that we are given a new heart. The old one is incurable. This is what Romans 7 clarifies for us.

    (An excerpt from the study on the book of Romans by Dr Chuck Missler)

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  22. Sepp says:

    To Ponder

    Let me ponder on the transgressions of Judah, and on God’s punishment (I Kings 14):

    1. How both the people and King Rehoboam did that which is evil in the sight of the Lord.

    2. How they set up idols in the temples, and how there were many Sodomites in the land.

    3. How the King of Egypt attacked Jerusalem and stripped the gold from the Temple.

    From “The Prologue from Ohrid” by Saint Nikolai (Serbian-born Bishop who reposed in the USA and was a former prisoner at Dachau) for today – September 17th – on the traditional Calendar of the Orthodox Christian Church.

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  23. Sepp says:

    Among the Saints who are commemorated today (September 17) on the traditional Calendar of the Orthodox Church are the Holy Martyrs Sophia and her daughters Faith, Hope, and Charity (also called Love among English-speakers) of Rome who kept tbeir faith in the Holy Trinity until their last breath.

    Also, Saint Lambert, Hieromartyr of Maastricht, suffered for the Faith in the year 704. He is among the most beloved Saints of the people in the Ardennes Forest region and in so-called BeNeLux countries.

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  24. SwampRatTerrier says:

    September 27, 2019
    De Blasio’s NYC bans use of words ‘illegal alien’ said supposedly in ‘hate’
    Read more: 27, 2019

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  25. SwampRatTerrier says:

    And this is my prayer: that your love may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight, so that you may be able to discern what is best and may be pure and blameless for the day of Christ,
    Philippians 1:9-10 NIV

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  26. NoTwoSystemsOnlyOneChiCom says:

    How ChiCom “practices” benefit the world…Did someone spit shine the glass coffin so Winnie could see his chubby cheeks?


  27. Troublemaker10 says:


  28. 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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  29. 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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  30. mopar2016 says:

    Sounds about right.


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