Sunday November 10th – 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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74 Responses to Sunday November 10th – Open Thread

  1. Garrison Hall says:

    Have a blessed Sunday, Everybody! 🙂

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  2. Deplorable_Infidel says:

    Common Ground

    by Pastor Ricky Kurth

    What do Winnie the Pooh and Attila the Hun have in common? Give up? They both have the same middle name!

    What did the Apostle Paul and Titus have in common? Give up? Faith! At least that’s what Paul told the young man as he opened his epistle to him, addressing his letter…

    “To Titus, mine own son after the common faith…” (Titus 1:4).

    What an astounding thing for Paul to say! If you’re not sure why I’d say that, it is because Paul was a Jew, “a Hebrew of the Hebrews” (Phil. 3:5), while Titus was an uncircumcised Gentile (Gal. 2:3). Jews and Gentiles didn’t have anything in common before Paul came along!

    They certainly didn’t eat the same foods as the Gentiles. God told the Jews under the Law that certain foods were unclean (Leviticus 11). This was to remind them that certain people were unclean—the Gentiles (Lev. 20:24-26). And God gave them more reminders that they shouldn’t mingle with Gentiles when He instructed His people not to wear clothing that was mingled with different materials (Deut. 22:11).

    God even told them not to plow their field in the same way the Gentiles plowed, with two different kinds of animal pulling the plow (Deut. 22:10). That was to teach the Jews not to work together with Gentiles, not to harness their strength together with members of those unclean nations. God further instructed them not to plant their crops as the Gentiles did, “lest the fruit of thy seed…be defiled” (Deut. 22:9). That was to teach them not to marry the heathen, lest the “seed” of their children be defiled.

    Does that give you an idea of what a pariah you would have been as a Gentile in Old Testament times? If you’re not sure what a pariah is, have you ever heard the expression, “Things that make you go hmmmm?” Well, a pariah is something that makes you go eewww! Jews had nothing in common with Gentiles—least of all a common faith. But beginning with the ministry of the Apostle Paul, a Jew like Paul could write to a Gentile like Titus about their common faith, and to Gentiles like the Romans (Rom. 1:13) about their “mutual faith” (v. 12). What a revolutionary change was brought about with the ministry of the Apostle Paul!

    This dispensational change made it so that Paul could even speak of a Gentile like Titus as “mine own son,” as well as a Jew like Timothy (I Tim. 1:2). And when he wrote to Titus about “Christ our Saviour” (Tit. 1:4), that was new too! You see, in Old Testament times, God was the Savior of the people of Israel only. He told them, “I the LORD am thy Saviour…the mighty One of Jacob” (Isa. 49:26; 60:16). The adjective “thy” is singular, indicating that God was Israel’s Savior to the exclusion of the Gentile nations. And while many people think that this changed in the New Testament, Paul declared that “God…raised unto Israel a Saviour, Jesus” (Acts 13:23).

    But beginning with the ministry of the Apostle Paul, Christ became “the Saviour of all men” (I Tim. 4:10)—especially “the Saviour of the body” (Eph. 5:23), the Body of Christ, made up of Jews and Gentiles! This was all part of “the great mystery” revealed to Paul “concerning Christ and the church” (Eph. 5:32). To learn more about this great mystery, why not sign up to receive our weekly feature, More Minutes With the Bible. You’ll be eternally glad you did!

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    • TMonroe says:

      “You see, in Old Testament times, God was the Savior of the people of Israel only. He told them, “I the LORD am thy Saviour…the mighty One of Jacob” (Isa. 49:26; 60:16).  The adjective “thy” is singular, indicating that God was Israel’s Savior to the exclusion of the Gentile nations”

      Let’s have a look at what else Scripture has to say about that, starting with God’s redemption plan for all the nations described in the first chapter of the Bible:

      Genesis 18:18 — “Seeing that Abraham shall surely become a great and mighty nation, and all the nations of the earth shall be blessed in him?”

      Genesis 22:18 — “And in thy seed shall all the nations of the earth be blessed; because thou hast obeyed my voice.”

      Genesis 26:4 “And I will make thy seed to multiply as the stars of heaven, and will give unto thy seed all these countries; and in thy seed shall all the nations of the earth be blessed”

      The notion of Gentiles (aka ‘the nations’) being extended grace and mercy by God through national Israel and the holy people that God called them to be is reflected through Old Testament Scripture. Invitations were extended for foreigners to participate in the Passover or make offerings under the same regulations as Israelites (Exodus 12:48-49, Numbers 9:14, 15:14-16), as well as for those from afar to come to pray at the Temple and receive blessing that “all the peoples of the earth will know Your name and fear You” (cf. 1 Kings 8:41-43).

      Even the land promised to the twelve tribes of Israel contained this provision as far as inheritance, per Ezekiel 47:21-23 — “You are to divide this land among yourselves according to the tribes of Israel. You shall allot it as an inheritance for yourselves and for the foreigners who dwell among you and who have children. You are to treat them as native-born Israelites; along with you, they shall be allotted an inheritance among the tribes of Israel. In whatever tribe the foreigner dwells, you are to assign his inheritance there, declares the Lord GOD.”

      In John 10:16, Jesus indicated a key aspect of His ministry: “And I have other sheep which are not of this fold. It behooves Me to bring those also, and they will hear My voice, and there will be one flock with one shepherd.”

      Even before Paul arrived on the scene, the Holy Spirit was directing disciples to minister to those foreigners who were searching the Scriptures, as in Acts 8. There, an Ethiopian eunuch was reading from the latter chapters of Isaiah, in which was contained one of the clearest OT references to God’s desire to reconcile those from the nations to Himself:

      Isaiah 56:3-8 “Do not let the son of the foreigner who has joined himself to the Lord speak, saying, ‘The Lord has utterly separated me from His people’; nor let the eunuch say, “Here I am, a dry tree.” For thus says the Lord: ‘To the eunuchs who keep My Sabbaths, and choose what pleases Me, and hold fast My covenant, even to them I will give in My house, and within My walls a place and a name better than that of sons and daughters; I will give them an everlasting name that shall not be cut off.’
      ‘Also the sons of the foreigner who join themselves to the Lord, to serve Him, and to love the name of the Lord, to be His servants—everyone who keeps from defiling the Sabbath, and holds fast My covenant—even them I will bring to My holy mountain, and make them joyful in My house of prayer. Their burnt offerings and their sacrifices will be accepted on My altar; for My house shall be called a house of prayer for all nations.’ The Lord God, who gathers the outcasts of Israel, says, ‘Yet I will gather to him others besides those who are gathered to him.’”

      Significantly, the disciple Phillip was used by the Holy Spirit to start with the book of Isaiah being read and then “proclaimed the good news to him (the Ethiopian)—Jesus” (cf. Acts 8:35).

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      • TMonroe says:

        “But beginning with the ministry of the Apostle Paul, a Jew like Paul could write to a Gentile like Titus about their common faith, and to Gentiles like the Romans (Rom. 1:13) about their “mutual faith” (v. 12).  What a revolutionary change was brought about with the ministry of the Apostle Paul!”

        The talk of beginnings prompts me to cite Acts 10 and 11 (complete with revelation to an apostle from one he calls ‘Lord’, cf. Acts 10:14, 11:8) and Acts 15, including Peter’s observation in verse 7: “Men, brothers, you know that from the early days God chose among you for the Gentiles to hear by my mouth the word of the gospel, and to believe.” Included in those brethren were Barnabas and Paul, who also shared about their ministry together to Gentiles.

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        • Pale rider says:

          Knowledge, a proven fact! God loves knowledge, why? Because it is unshakable once established. Jesus had knowledge of his father and his kingdom, how it operated therefore he “preformed” miracles. An example to us believers to also preform. John 14:12 ye shall do greater works.
          Jesus brought us the knowledge to free ourselves through the word by establishing faith in HIS work on the cross, which was bringing freedom to the captives, healing to the sick, provision, salvation in its entirety not just a ticket after we die.
          This is the narrow road few find Matt 7:14 The seed that Jesus spoke of Matt 13:5 that some fall on hard ground, some choked out by concerns of hardship, some the fowl eat and some bring in a harvest. “Yours is the kingdom of God”. Fullness, more than enough, health, set free from slavery.
          Again, seek ye first the kingdom of God and his rightness and all these THINGS shall be added unto you. The sabbath was restored on the day Christ died on the cross but still a choice to “seek first” with fear and trembling.
          Praise God that’s redemption.

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  3. David says:

    This is your Israeli friend. I posted here a translated song from Israel by probably the best selling singer in Israel. His name is Omer Adam. Pay attention to the words, it’s spiritual and beautiful. Enjoy.

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    • the5thranchhand says:

      Thank you, David for sharing this wonderful song. Hoping ‘Modah Ahnee’ means, ‘I (am) Thankful’. or something close to that!! Blessings to you.

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      • David says:

        You’re welcome. Yes:
        Modeh Ani =
        “Modeh” – Thank (the verb)
        “Ani” – Me or I am.
        So “Modeh Ani” means “I thank” or “I am thankful.”
        He thanks God for all the things he got and even the bad things which has their own purpose.

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        • the5thranchhand says:

          Oy vey! Got the transliteration wrong……………….but, was close otherwise! And, I did notice that he thanked the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, the Holy One of Israel for EVERYTHING, even the bad things. That bad things have their own purpose, and causes one to grow a ‘spine of steel’ is something worth thanking El Shaddi for!

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  4. citizen817 says:

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  5. Lucille says:

    THE NICENE CREED
    In this video Dr. Justin S. Holcomb explains the history and significance of the Nicene Creed.

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  6. Dora says:

    John Atkinson Grimshaw – A Wet Road By Moonlight, Wharfedale (1893)

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  7. Dora says:

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  8. duchess01 says:

    Verse of the Day

    “For I will pour water upon him that is thirsty, and floods upon the dry ground: I will pour my spirit upon thy seed, and my blessing upon thine offspring:”
    Isaiah 44:3 (KJV)

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  9. Dora says:

    Is he putting his name in for early sainthood? Sickening!

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  10. just stevie says:

    FELLOWSHIP IN THE GOSPEL

    “Fellow labourer in the gospel of Christ.” 1 Thess. iii. 2

    After sanctification it is difficult to state what your aim in life is, because God has taken you up into His purpose by the Holy Ghost; He is using you now for His purposes throughout the world as He used His Son for the purpose of our salvation. If you seek great things for yourself – God has called me for this and that; you are putting a barrier to God’s use of you. As long as you have a personal interest in your own character, or any set ambition, you cannot get through into identification with God’s interests. You can only get there by losing forever any idea of yourself and by letting God take you right out into His purpose for the world, and because your goings are of the Lord, you can never understand your ways.

    I have to learn that the aim in life is God’s, not mine. God is using me from His great personal standpoint, and all He ask of me is that I trust Him, and never say – Lord, this gives me such head-ache. To talk in that way makes me a clog. When I stop telling God what I want, He can catch me up for what He wants without let or hindrance. He can crumple me up or exalt me, He can do anything He chooses. He simply asks me to have implicit faith in Himself and in His goodness. Self-pity is of the devil, if I go off on that line I cannot be used by God for His purpose in the world. I have “a world within the world” in which I live, and God will never be able to get me outside it because I am afraid of being frost-bitten.

    Oswald Chamber
    November 10th Devotional

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  11. Dora says:

    This is Chile. A few days ago.

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  12. WeeWeed says:

    Mornin’ infidels!

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  13. Robert Leroy Brooks says:

    Happy Birthday to the United States Marine Corps!!
    Semper Fi!!!

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  14. Pointman says:

    Known only unto God.

    “On November 7th, 1920, in strictest secrecy, four unidentified British bodies were exhumed from temporary battlefield cemeteries at Ypres, Arras, the Asine and the Somme. None of the soldiers who did the digging were told why. The bodies were taken by field ambulance to …”

    https://thepointman.wordpress.com/2019/11/10/known-only-unto-god/

    Pointman

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  15. just stevie says:

    Thank you God for the saving Grace of Jesus Christ!

    Living Waters by Ray Comfort ~ 7 min

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  16. rebel53blog says:

    Happy 244th Birthday to the US Marine Corps
    A Warrior Inside – Dave Bray

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  17. Dora says:

    What he really means is that it helps the USCCB become enriched with millions and millions in federal funding.

    I thought I’d correct that.

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  18. Avi says:

    Amazing, visiting a loved one in the hospital who has CNN on.
    Its like a different universe. They are talking nonstop about impeachment as a fone deal and “ witnesses “ are blaming Mulvaney
    Also pushing Ukraine hoax re Biden

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  19. Lucille says:

    AUTUMN AROUND THE WORLD

    Kyoto, Japan…

    Llanrwst, Wales…

    Moscow, Russia…

    Tyrol Alps, Austria…

    America the Beautiful…

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  20. @ChicagoBri says:

    New 2019 pension reports: Illinois’ shortfall worsens to record $137 billion, pension costs exceed $10 billion for the first time
    https://wirepoints.org/new-2019-pension-reports-illinois-shortfall-worsens-to-record-137-billion-pension-costs-exceed-10-billion-for-the-first-time/

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  21. duchess01 says:

    For stevie

    CANTICLE OF THE TURNING

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  22. With the Hard Coup happening..
    It is..
    A Solemn Veterans Day
    We need to be called back too water the Tree of Liberty Again..

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  23. Sepp says:

    To Ponder

    Let me ponder on God’s terrible punishment of Herod (Acts 12):

    1. How Herod was puffed up with pride, and the people glorified him as a god.
    2. How an angel of God suddenly attacked him, “because he gave not God the glory”.
    3. How he died consumed by worms.

    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 – October 28th – on the traditional Calendar of the Orthodox Christian Church.

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  24. 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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  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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