Sunday October 20th – 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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  1. citizen817 says:

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  3. Garrison Hall says:

    Have a wonderful and peaceful Sunday, Treepers . . . 🙂

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  4. Deplorable_Infidel says:

    Grace Not Earned

    Have you ever noticed that God does not hold the great men of Scripture up to us because of their personal goodness? Almost invariably their records are marred by failure and sin, but God bids us look at their faith, to see what their faith did for them. Even those who lived consistently good lives are not held up to us for their personal worth, because God knows their imperfections. Thus Rom. 4:2,3 says:

    “For if Abraham were justified by works, he hath whereof to glory– but not before God. For what saith the Scripture? Abraham believed God, and it was counted unto him for righteousness.”

    And Verse 6 goes on to say about David:

    “Even as David also describeth the blessedness of the man unto whom God imputeth righteousness without works.”

    This is because man cannot live a life good enough to make him acceptable to God, for with God only perfection is good enough. One sin spoiled the earth; God will not allow one sin to spoil heaven too. This is why in grace He gave Christ to die for our sins and to pay the just penalty for us. Because of the all-sufficient payment of Christ in our behalf, God can now be “just, and the Justifier” of those who place their faith in Christ (Rom. 3:26).

    The famous eleventh chapter of Paul’s letter to the Hebrews bears out the fact that salvation, or acceptance with God, is obtained, not by human effort, but by faith. This great chapter on the heroes in God’s “Hall of Fame,” begins with the words: “For by it [faith] the elders obtained a good report,” and then goes on: “By faith Abel …,” “By faith Enoch…,” “By faith Noah…,” “By faith Abraham…,” etc., and closes with the declaration:

    “…these all…obtained a good report through faith…”

    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.

    Romans 4:6 Even as David also describeth the blessedness of the man, unto whom God imputeth righteousness without works,

    Romans 3:26 To declare, I say, at this time his righteousness: that he might be just, and the justifier of him which believeth in Jesus.

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    • Deplorable_Infidel says:

      Hebrews 11:1 ¶ Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.
      2 For by it the elders obtained a good report.
      3 Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear.

      4 ¶ By faith Abel offered unto God a more excellent sacrifice than Cain, by which he obtained witness that he was righteous, God testifying of his gifts: and by it he being dead yet speaketh.
      5 By faith Enoch was translated that he should not see death; and was not found, because God had translated him: for before his translation he had this testimony, that he pleased God.
      6 But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.
      7 By faith Noah, being warned of God of things not seen as yet, moved with fear, prepared an ark to the saving of his house; by the which he condemned the world, and became heir of the righteousness which is by faith.

      8 By faith Abraham, when he was called to go out into a place which he should after receive for an inheritance, obeyed; and he went out, not knowing whither he went.
      9 By faith he sojourned in the land of promise, as in a strange country, dwelling in tabernacles with Isaac and Jacob, the heirs with him of the same promise:
      10 For he looked for a city which hath foundations, whose builder and maker is God.
      11 Through faith also Sara herself received strength to conceive seed, and was delivered of a child when she was past age, because she judged him faithful who had promised.
      12 Therefore sprang there even of one, and him as good as dead, so many as the stars of the sky in multitude, and as the sand which is by the sea shore innumerable.

      13 These all died in faith, not having received the promises, but having seen them afar off, and were persuaded of them, and embraced them, and confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth.
      14 For they that say such things declare plainly that they seek a country.
      15 And truly, if they had been mindful of that country from whence they came out, they might have had opportunity to have returned.
      16 But now they desire a better country, that is, an heavenly: wherefore God is not ashamed to be called their God: for he hath prepared for them a city.
      17 By faith Abraham, when he was tried, offered up Isaac: and he that had received the promises offered up his only begotten son,
      18 Of whom it was said, That in Isaac shall thy seed be called:
      19 Accounting that God was able to raise him up, even from the dead; from whence also he received him in a figure.

      20 By faith Isaac blessed Jacob and Esau concerning things to come.
      21 By faith Jacob, when he was a dying, blessed both the sons of Joseph; and worshipped, leaning upon the top of his staff.
      22 By faith Joseph, when he died, made mention of the departing of the children of Israel; and gave commandment concerning his bones.

      23 By faith Moses, when he was born, was hid three months of his parents, because they saw he was a proper child; and they were not afraid of the king’s commandment.
      24 By faith Moses, when he was come to years, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter;
      25 Choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God, than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a season;
      26 Esteeming the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures in Egypt: for he had respect unto the recompence of the reward.
      27 By faith he forsook Egypt, not fearing the wrath of the king: for he endured, as seeing him who is invisible.

      28 Through faith he kept the passover, and the sprinkling of blood, lest he that destroyed the firstborn should touch them.
      29 By faith they passed through the Red sea as by dry land: which the Egyptians assaying to do were drowned.
      30 By faith the walls of Jericho fell down, after they were compassed about seven days.
      31 By faith the harlot Rahab perished not with them that believed not, when she had received the spies with peace.

      32 ¶ And what shall I more say? for the time would fail me to tell of Gedeon, and of Barak, and of Samson, and of Jephthae; of David also, and Samuel, and of the prophets:
      33 Who through faith subdued kingdoms, wrought righteousness, obtained promises, stopped the mouths of lions,
      34 Quenched the violence of fire, escaped the edge of the sword, out of weakness were made strong, waxed valiant in fight, turned to flight the armies of the aliens.
      35 Women received their dead raised to life again: and others were tortured, not accepting deliverance; that they might obtain a better resurrection:
      36 And others had trial of cruel mockings and scourgings, yea, moreover of bonds and imprisonment:

      37 They were stoned, they were sawn asunder, were tempted, were slain with the sword: they wandered about in sheepskins and goatskins; being destitute, afflicted, tormented;
      38 (Of whom the world was not worthy:) they wandered in deserts, and in mountains, and in dens and caves of the earth.
      39 And these all, having obtained a good report through faith, received not the promise:
      40 God having provided some better thing for us, that they without us should not be made perfect.

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  6. Lucille says:


    Navy Blue Angels F/A-18 Hornets Inflight Refueling (2019)
    Gung Ho Vids

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  7. citizen817 says:

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  8. wendy forward says:

    Those little gremlins are so cute, I want one.


  9. Dora says:

    “Blumengarten” by Gustav Klimt (1907)

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  10. duchess01 says:

    Verse of the Day

    “Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree:”
    Galatians 3:13 (KJV)

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  13. WeeWeed says:

    Mornin’ infidels!

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  14. jim says:

    Halloween is coming.

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  15. youme says:

    Watched again last night the movie: “Once Upon a Time in the West”

    Here is a prostitute who never smiles, never shows her emotions, married to a stranger promising her wealth and happiness. She leaves her old life behind to find her husband killed and her new hopes destroyed. She carries on hoping to get some good from it all. Maybe some hidden money and finds nothing but trouble including the man that killed her hope and who wants to use her as his play thing or kill her. Meanwhile a drifter and an outlaw saves her, provides for her, gives her a future. Just as she, a hardened prostitute was beginning to open the door to her heart, her saviors say “I got to go” and she slams that door shut in pain. But as they go she is given advice by the dying outlaw. After watching them leave, fighting back tears, she takes the outlaws advice and goes out into the world with a new smile on her face. What a heart breaking story, and so well acted, and with such a powerful piece of music.


    • jbt says:

      Just saw an indie set in Thailand called Buffalo Rider (2015). Nice story, check it out:
      (There is an older movie by that name, just to cause confusion.)


    • Rudy says:

      Isn’t that the one with co-stars Henry Fonda and Charles Bronson? I thought Bronson’s character killed Fonda’s character in a face off at the end, the woman was a mail bride, not a prostitute, and the outlaw (Fonda) had killed her husband because he worked for a railroad baron who wanted the husband’s land.
      And it seemed to me she was smiling pretty often when Bronson was around, and Fonda made a pretty effective villain.
      Anyway, I don’t see the movie as you posted at all if it is the same (it’s been years for me). It’s like we are talking about two different movies. Maybe it’s a matter of perspective, but I do agree that it’s a very good movie for one of it’s kind (essentially a spaghetti western), with a really nice score. And Bronson.

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      • auscitizenmom says:

        Guess I have to watch the movie now to see which of you is right.

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        • Rudy says:

          I’m not saying he’s wrong…it has been years, and I could be misremembering and/or just missed her being a prostitute…but I definitely remember the drifter (Bronson) plugging the outlaw (Fonda) towards the end.
          If you like Fonda, Bronson, Claudia Cardinale, Sergio Leone, and/or Morricone, it really is worth a watch. It’s mostly slow paced but somehow it’s a good thing in this case.


  16. just stevie says:


    “This is the will of God, even your sanctification.” 1 Thess. iv. 3

    It is not a question of whether God is willing to sanctify me; is it MY will? Am I willing to let God do in me all that has been made possible by the Atonement? Am I willing to let Jesus be made sanctification to me, and to let the life of Jesus be manifested in my mortal flesh? Beware of saying – Oh, I am longing to be sanctified. You are not, stop longing and make it a matter of transaction – “Nothing in my hands I bring.” Receive Jesus Christ to be made sanctification to you in implicit faith, and the great marvel of the Atonement of Jesus will be made real in you. All that Jesus made possible is made mine by the free loving gift of God on the ground of what He performed, my attitude as a saved and sanctified soul is that of profound humble holiness (there is no such thing as proud holiness), a holiness based on agonizing repentance and a sense of unspeakable shame and degradation; and also on the amazing realization that the love of God commended itself to me in that while I cared nothing about Him, He completed everything for my salvation and sanctification (see Rom. v. 8 R.V.). No wonder Paul says nothing is “able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

    Sanctification makes me one with Jesus Christ, and in Him one with God, and it is done only through the superb Atonement of Christ. Never put the effect as the cause. The effect in me is obedience and service and prayer, and is the outcome of speechless thanks and adoration for the marvelous sanctification wrought out in me because of the Atonement.

    Oswald Chambers
    October 20th Devotional

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  17. Sobriquet4 says:

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  18. Dora says:

    I don’t think I would mind these migrants. 🙂

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  19. bored identity says:

    Meanwhile, Dr. Maya Rockeymoore Cummings* (48) – no, that’s not her stage name, and no, Maya is not MD,but just another black person with irrelevant PhD – already put her manicured paws on that rat infested district of her late, yet still lukewarm husband:

    BTW, this is the only country in the western hemisphere where being for real minority allows you to run a non-profit and for profit entity with virtually same name(s) and agenda without risk of ending in jail:


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  21. Uncle Sam says:

    Psalm 27: The Lord will protect me from those who bear false witness.


  22. czarowniczy says:

    New Orleans news came on TV at about noon advising the public that the crane demolition was imminent. The 30 minutes later came on and said it will be delayed about another 45 minutes. TV’s full of pert reporters showing off their designer safety glasses as the try to extemporaneously and fill dead air with something out of their dead-air heads. Some of their spoutings are more hot-airish than the explosion will be.

    Even after a week of warning and 24 hours of door-to-door warning folks to leave or stay indoors people are still stumbling out of their houses inside of the evac zone, oblivious to the pending boom. Some bars/restaurants inside of the exclusion zone are dealing with the ‘no one in/out’ orders by throwing explosion parties. That’s NOLA.

    Whoops…they cut back to regular programming. Later…

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  23. czarowniczy says:

    They just blew the cranes. One fell as expected, part falling on Rampart street (no word on collateral damage) and the second crane didn’t blow as expected. Crane 2 is still solid from the mid section up, the jib is still attached and connected but bent over the top of the hotel dangling over onto Canal Street.

    We now have a bigger mess as someone’s going to crawl up some 250 feet in the air to cut that jib and then the mast. The big mess has become a bigger mess.

    I’m limited but if you want pix/video google ‘’ and/or ‘’

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  24. Lucille says:

    You know…because an illegal alien has a right to work in the U.S. once he’s paid a coyote a couple thousand to run him across the border…and what’s the big deal about stealing someone else’s identity anyway…mmmhuh….

    SCOTUS hears argument in illegal immigrant identity theft case
    One America News Network


  25. P says:

    Greatest Sermon Ever Preached – SM Lockridge


  26. Jeff says:

    Love those guys over at Bad Lip Reading. They don’t take sides, they poke fun at everybody. But it never comes across as mean-spirited; it’s all in good fun. Here’s their latest on Joe Biden:

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  27. Sepp says:

    “Raising the Son of the Widow of Nain”

    The Holy Gospel according to Saint Luke 7: 11 – 16 at the Divine Liturgy for today, the 20th Sunday after Pentecost on the traditional Calendar of the Orthodox Christian Church.

    The Explanation by Saint Theophylact for this Holy Gospel is shared at this link:

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  28. Lucille says:

    Court rules on pro-life advocates counseling in front of abortion clinics…

    ‘Bubble zones’: Court stuns with decision on sidewalk counselors
    By WND Staff – Published October 20, 2019 at 6:01pm

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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. czarowniczy says:

    A notable lack of politicians yattering on about how they are ensuring a safe and efficient demo project – just one with the mayor saying how much more safer the situation is now, how they’re working on a solution to the much-more-safer 140,000-poundish mast and jib decorously draped over the slumped building and how the city (gesturing to herself) wouldn’t allow any of the building to be salvaged, it must be torn down to the ground. I’m waiting for Her Honor to ask to borrow my demo tape and conversion charts though she just may have those figures stored in her vast library of leadership knowledge.

    They’re putting away those ‘We Did This!’ speeches they were ready to deliver if it all went well. They can just do some word processing on them, changing the subject to whatever deed someone else successfully accomplished. No need to waste a good appropriation.

    Funniest thing is there’s a video of the crane’s apex doing a 180 as it came down and sticking upright in Rampart street like a giant lawn dart.


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