Monday October 14th – 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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105 Responses to Monday October 14th – Open Thread

  1. DanDeplorable says:

    DAILY DEVOTIONAL, October 14, 2019

    “Past, Present, Future”

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  2. Bill Dumanch says:


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  3. Deplorable_Infidel says:

    The Father Of Believers

    “Abraham believed God and it was counted unto him for righteousness” (Rom. 4:3).

    Has it ever occurred to you that the most loved, the most honored, the most respected person of all history is — not Christ, but Abraham. Christ ought to be most loved, honored and respected, but Abraham is. Besides the millions of professing Christians there are untold millions of Jews and Mohammedans who speak with reverance of “our father Abraham.”

    Clearly this is why God used this man to show how to be saved and justified before a holy God. As Paul is God’s great example of grace, so Abraham is God’s great example of faith — saving faith.

    “If Abraham were justified by works,” says Rom. 4:2, he has something to boast about — but not before God, who sees and knows all. But Abraham was justified. How? “What saith the Scripture? Abraham believed God and it was counted to him for righteousness” (Ver. 3).

    God, of course, had planned salvation through the redemptive work of Christ and has always saved anyone who simply trusts Him and takes Him at His Word. Since Abraham, of course, more of God’s Word has been revealed and we know the details of Christ’s death for sinners. If we now take God at His Word and simply trust Christ as Savior we are completely justified, for salvation is not; cannot be, by works:

    “But to him that worketh not but believeth on Him that justifieth the ungodly, his faith is counted for righteousness” (Rom. 4:5).

    “…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).

    By Pastor Cornelius R. Stam

    Romans 4:2 For if Abraham were justified by works, he hath whereof to glory; but not before God.
    3 For what saith the scripture? Abraham believed God, and it was counted unto him for righteousness.
    4 Now to him that worketh is the reward not reckoned of grace, but of debt.
    5 But to him that worketh not, but believeth on him that justifieth the ungodly, his faith is counted for righteousness.

    Acts 13:38 Be it known unto you therefore, men and brethren, that through this man is preached unto you the forgiveness of sins:
    39 And by him all that believe are justified from all things, from which ye could not be justified by the law of Moses.

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    • Kent Berry says:

      Was not our father Abraham justified by works when hw offered Isaac his son upon the alter. Faith without works is nothing. (James, chapter 3) ….btw- James is believed by many to be the brother of this same Jesus. Pretty good source, I’d say.


  4. Lucille says:


    Santa Monica Mall, CA 1965 – View north from Arizona Ave. toward Wilshire Bl.

    2 From South Beach, Miami Beach – 1975

    General Grant and his staff, the Wilderness, 1864

    Exchange Place in Jersey City, N.J., on April 30, 2011 as construction continues on One World Trade Center in New York City.

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  5. David says:

    American friends, Here is a very special that you will never see o the media. Quite emotional:

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  6. David says:

    Another emotional video from Israel.

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  7. Lucille says:

    Audrey Hepburn – “Moon River”

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    • wendy forward says:

      Everybody is conspiring to make me depressed today and tonight. Today was “Splendor in the Grass” with the flawless Natalie Wood. Now the flawless Audrey Hepburn…:)

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    • Texian says:

      There once was a very lovely, very personal girl.. She lived alone except for a named dog..

      Two drifters, off to see the world
      There’s such a lot of world to see
      We’re after the same rainbow’s end,
      Waiting round the bend,
      ————————– I never connected the two until now..
      The lofts.. It’s me and my wife..
      And I thought our story was an original..
      And now I just found out it’s a classic..


  8. Garrison Hall says:

    Last night Livefreeordieguy commented how a friend had long ago recommended Richard Thompson’s song about a ’52 Vincent motorcycle. He’d never listened to it until I put up Thompson’s performance of it last night. I had a similar musical mystery. When I was a little kid my favorite Saturday morning radio drama (remember those?) was Sargent Preston Of The Yukon. The program always started with this stirring theme music that I always identified as “The theme from Sargent Preston”. That wasn’t the title of course and so as I got older I whistled and hummed that music as best I could to countless music professor and classical musicians, none of whom could recognize the tune. Then one night on a classical music station I heard it! I called the station and told the announcer all about the Sargent Preston radio show. He laughed and said his phones were ringing with other people telling him the same thing. The Sargent Preston them music is actually the overture to the opera “Donna Diana” by Emil von Reznicek, a bandmaster in the Austro- Hungarian Empire. Listening to it, I can easily imagine my 9 year old self curled up in a big overstuffed chair waiting for my favorite radio drama to begin.

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  9. David says:

    More of the immigrants to Israel.

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    • czarowniczy says:

      Operations Schlomo and Moshe were masterpieces on par with Entebbe but little known. If only the US cared as much about its POWs as Israel does its scattered Jewish family.


  10. Sentient says:

    Hey – how does this Swedish girl get bananas up near the Arctic Circle?

    Oh yeah, they arrive in AIRPLANES. Undoubtedly solar airplanes. How DARE you?

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  11. Ma McGriz says:

    Any original Steely Dan and Doobie Brothers fans in the Tree?

    If so, you probably know it was Jeff “Skunk” Baxter who lit us all up with his guitar playing on too many hits to count here.

    But in addition to being a music legend, he’s also a highly sought after national missile defense expert, who loves his country and is grateful to be in the fight to protect it.

    In my view he’s a self made man and a really fine example of American exceptionalism.

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  12. wendy forward says:

    They look nasty and rotten. Just like her.


  13. citizen817 says:

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    • ann says:

      Saturday’s rally I saw lots of people,
      of all sorts, who gathered

      I saw good intent,
      hope in their hearts,
      bonding as fellow Americans.

      Meanwhile, outside,
      A second crowd gathered
      Cause they are constantly told,
      Its bad to think different
      To not believe in
      And disagree with
      all the famous people
      They grew up with on TV

      It’s not allowed.

      But Look hard enough,
      In places and spaces away from DC, school,
      And big cities

      You begin to see
      lots of respectful people
      Who disagree with TV.

      Our country’ is alive 🇺🇸🦅♥️.

      Thanks for posting. 817.

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  14. Dora says:

    John Constable – Cloud Study, 1822

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  15. citizen817 says:

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    • Bob says:

      That traitor and looser should be in the stockade for ever. He brought disgrace to his unit, the 501st Airborne Infantry, a Unit that I fought with….another Obama play toy. He should lose all pay and allowances and reduced in rank to Private.

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      • Bendix says:

        I would like to see an investigation of how someone of such obvious mental instability was allowed to join up in the first place, let alone be promoted.
        He was a danger to himself and others.

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      • czarowniczy says:

        Turn his ass loose in a VFW or American Legion meeting, that should visit cosmic karma unto his ass.


    • Janie M. says:

      citizen817, too bad they didn’t just find Bergdahl’s carcass. A good man suffered needlessly for the coward. God rest his soul.


  16. citizen817 says:

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  17. Dora says:

    It’s Past Time for Theologians, Canonists, Bishops, and Cardinals to Weigh in on the Status of the Papacy

    It was once the sort of question that was shared in hushed tones after a few drinks, back in the early days of the pontificate when only a few people seemed to be aware just how bad things were.

    “What if Benedict is somehow still the pope?”


  18. Dora says:

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  19. duchess01 says:

    Verse of the Day

    “But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.”
    Acts 1:8 (KJV)

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  20. WeeWeed says:

    Mornin’ infidels! Up ‘n at ’em!

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  21. just stevie says:


    “All power is given unto Me in heaven and in earth. Go ye therefore, and teach all nations.” Matthew xxviii. 18-20

    The basis of missionary appeals is the authority of Jesus Christ, not the needs of the heathen. We are apt to look upon Our Lord as One Who assists us in our enterprises for God. Our Lord puts Himself as the absolute sovereign supreme Lord over His disciples. He does not say the heathen will be lost if we do not go; He simply says – “Go ye therefore and teach all nations.” Go on the revelation of My sovereignty; teach and preach out of a living experience of Me.

    “Then the eleven disciples went…unto a mountain where Jesus had appointed them.” v. 16. If I want to know the universal sovereignty of Christ, I must know Him for myself, and how to get alone with Him; I must take time to worship the Being Whose Name I bear. “Come unto Me” – that is the place to meet Jesus. Are you weary and heavy laden? How many missionaries are! We banish those marvelous words of the universal Sovereign of the world to the threshold of an after-meeting; they are the words of Jesus to His disciples.

    “Go ye therefore…” Go simply means live. Acts i.8 is the description of how to go. Jesus did not say – Go into Jerusalem and Judaea and Samaria, but, “Ye shall be witnesses unto Me” in all these places. He undertakes to establish the goings.

    “If ye abide in Me, and My words abide in you…” – that is the way to keep going in our personal lives. Where we are placed is a matter of indifference; God engineers the goings.

    “None of these things move me, neither count I my life dear unto myself…” That is how to keep going till we’re gone.

    Oswald Chambers
    October 14th Devotional

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  22. VinceWhirlwind says:

    Happy Columbus Day!!

    I finally discovered why Christopher Columbus has been vilified in recent years. It’s because he was a devout Catholic! He was also a 3rd Order Franciscan who considered becoming a priest.

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  23. Dora says:

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  24. 94corvette says:

    The other day I was wondering if during our great economy with more and more people going off of food stamps, why doesn’t our government do an audit of those receiving ‘Obama-phones’ and free internet. Sad but I believe that the answer is that there are too many politicians and government employees making money off insuring that lots of people still get them.

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    • mandy says:

      All the social programs have been MASSIVELY abused – and the abuse is well known and allowed, because those who RUN the programs are enabling the abuse. And it’s right down to the initial intake folks – who ENABLE those they themselves deem worthy of getting bennies, and have MYRIAD ways to prevent those they themselves deem UNWORTHY of getting bennies.

      The ‘camel got its nose inside that tent’ DECADES ago, and the internal ROT has been growing with each passing year.

      It is not possible to correct/clean up/fix these programs.

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  25. Darren says:

    I can’t help but feel that the focus on Joe and Hunter Biden is draining the oxygen from that room. It may have been intentional to draw attention away from the missing Billions of dollars.

    Think about it this way. Two crimes happen at the same time. A bank and hotdogs stand in front of the bank are robbed. Everyone is focusing on the hotdog stand. No one is talking about the bank robbery… It seems to me the bigger crime is the bank robbery.

    I fear that Joe and Hunter were offered up to cover the missing Billions. I can’t help but wonder where the Billions went. I’m guessing the to whom and for what’s of this is a massive scandal that’ll make Joe and Hunter the proverbial hotdogs.

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    • auscitizenmom says:

      My guess it was parsed out with the Clintons taking a big chunk.

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    • Bendix says:

      What happed to the money Bernie Madoff stole?
      Everybody talked about his apartment.
      That place was only worth 5 million, out of the billions he cheated people out of.

      It almost seems as if he committed his crimes just for fun.


  26. Lucille says:

    Actual Conditions for Jews Circa Late 2018 in the Iraqi Kurdistan Paradise: Past as Prologue October 14, 2019, 2:00 PM by Andrew Bostom

    Res Ipsa Loquitur (Or so one would think) Largely autonomous Iraqi Kurdistan is a Sharia-based society, per its own Constitution, (Articles 6 & 7):

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    • czarowniczy says:

      Anyone who believes the oft told lie that mainstream Islam is a warm, fuzzy religious Disney Creation is deserving of getting thrown into that pit.

      We are told that at some unspecified point Islam had a doctrinal/dogmatic reawakening and it now welcomes as brothers/sisters all those in the Christian and Jewish sects. All of those discriminations and massacres that happened more than…ohhhh…30 seconds ago are past history; all gone, all forgiven (you Christians are required to forgive Moslem atrocities) all gone. Islam…the religious version of that Persian carpet store that has a ‘going out of business’ sale and reopening every other week.

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  27. LBS says:

    G-D Bless Christopher Columbus, and Happy Columbus Day…
    If it wasn’t for him, none of us would be in America today.


  28. Bendix says:

    Here’s something that really bothers me, perhaps too much, but it’s how I feel.
    My church has two Sunday services, a.m. and p.m., and an evening prayer meeting on a weekday.
    The morning Sunday worship is held in the church, the vening service and the prayer meeting in another building on the property.
    Last evening it was announced that due to security concerns, the doors to the building where evening services are held will be locked fifteen minutes after services begin.

    Because there are “security” people out in the parking lot on Sunday morning, it is felt that the church itself can remain open.

    W did have an incident, where a man with mental problems came into a service, and made rude, harassing remarks to a teenage member of the congregation, who was playing the piano.
    So, they don’t want people to just be able to walk in off the street.

    One of my big personal issues, is the way that, since 9/11, we have allowed “safety” concerns to erode our freedoms.
    President Trump is wonderful. but this is not one of his issues.
    I especially object to the way we accept security measures that don’t increase security, because they can’t.
    Such as the theater in airports. It interferes with our freedom, yet it males no one safer.

    The man who caused trouble in church, entered the building well before the service started.
    Locking the door later would have served no purpose.
    Another thing, although the service was not held in the church itself, it was the morning church service, which was moved into the other building due to hot weather, as the church is not air conditioned.
    So, the “security” was in place in the parking lot when this happened.
    It does not make sense to lock doors fifteen minutes after evening programs begin, because a man
    was bothering people at a morning service he arrived ahead time for.

    Maybe it’s my patriot blood. My ancestors did not fight for safety, nor did they fight for security.
    They fought for freedom.
    We still represent freedom to the rest of the world, but meanwhile, at home, we are throwing it away.

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  29. letty bromenschenkel says:

    never TRUMPERS wasted millions & Dems wasted 1 billion to slander TRUMP & rig an election they lost now they are trying again.
    ScaryMoochie is running ads for 2x bitter loser ROMNEY to primary TRUMP.
    you can all stop laughing now…


  30. Janie M. says:

    Today, Joe Bonamassa paid tribute to drummer Ginger Baker (founder of Cream) who passed away last week. He was 80. Joe featured Cream’s iconic song, “Crossroads” performed in 1968. Loved this song.

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  31. Sepp says:

    The Holy Apostle Ananias

    One of the Seventy, he was Bishop in Damascus. In response to a vision from God, he baptised Saul, the future Apostle Paul (Acts 9), and courageously preached the Gospel in the face of all persecution, for which he was stoned to death in the city of Eleutheropolis. His holy relics were taken to Damascus, and later to Constantinople.

    Saint Ananias is commemorated today – October 1st – on the traditional Calendar of the Orthodox Christian Church.

    More about the rest of the Seventy Apostles is available here.

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    • Sepp says:

      Saint Romanós the Melodist was the composer of more than a thousand kontakia (hymns) for the Christian Church. He reposed in the Lord in the year 530 in Constantinople and is also commemorated today.

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      • Sepp says:

        And the Holy Protection of the Theotokos, or known as the Protecting Veil of the Most Holy Mother of God, is commemorated today, too. In memory of the appearance of the Mother of God to the faithful at the Blachernae church in Constantinople in the year 911.

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  32. LBS says:

    VIDEO: What happens to your organs when you die?
    Oct 13, 2019
    Los Angeles Times

    I am now questioning my decision to be an organ donor.


  33. NoTwoSystemsOnlyOneChiCom says:

    With protests continuing in HK, and gambling revenue drying up in Macau, Beijing attempts to promote Macau as a its new financial hub for the region. Presenting a stock exchange and more. Ain’t it cute with the ‘One Country’ slogan.

    Gambling and Economic Slowdown

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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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