Wednesday November 13th – 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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114 Responses to Wednesday November 13th – Open Thread

  1. Garrison Hall says:

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  2. Agnes says:

    Parliament will vote this evening (Nov 13, NZ time) for the Third Reading of the End of Life Choice Bill (euthanasia bill). I don’t know the exact time but it’s 6:26pm right now, so I expect the voting will take place pretty soon. A huge percentage of people and doctors are against it, so pray that the MPs will listen. Lord Jesus, please have mercy on us and on New Zealand! Thank you.

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    • the5thranchhand says:

      Agnes, the whole world really has gone mad, hasn’t it? This is heart-breaking to hear. The return of the Messiah cannot come soon enough.

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      • Psalm1391316 says:

        Amen and Amen.

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      • NICCO says:

        N o man knows the day or hour for the return of the Son of Man,but Jesus said we would know the season.I believe as many do that Jesus will come back soon.

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        • G. Alistar says:

          I’ve had this very discussion with our Pastor at church. He feels the same, I rather, am not so sure we are living in the last times. We see life through a dark glass, we see very little of what is happening world wide and see nothing of what is happening in the spiritual realm (i.e., power and principalities). Several of the Apostle Paul’s epistles lead me to think that he very much thought he was living in the end times too. St Paul, much smarter and spiritually mature than me yet…… For 2000 years Christian scholars and evangelists and lay people have said the same….. one thing I am certain of; our Lord Jesus is going to return. Whether it is this afternoon or another 1000 years…..He was crucified, died, was resurrected and is coming again.

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          • Pale rider says:

            It say says first the church shall be taken up, tribulation, then Jesus. There will be prophets who preform miracles and pronounce judgement and all the people will cheer their deaths. We are not there that’s also before.
            If I have learned one thing in Christ it’s this, he expects faith and action from his believers. He gave us ‘all things’ when Christ died on the cross, we just still live as slaves.
            We have his dominion now on this earth just as Adam did, it was restored through Christ. Or why did he die on the cross? A ticket to heaven yes but infinitely more ,all things’ That’s where “seek ye first the KINGDOM of God and his right ness and all these things shall be added” comes in. Just as little kids learned the ways of this fallen world we must now learn the laws rules ways of Gods kingdom to be partaking of the authority that we have here.
            It’s not seek ye religion first and pay penance then God will act on your behalf. No, it’s find the keys to the kingdom. Jesus over and over gave us examples of OUR authority and through the finished work on the cross. Remember Jesus died with these words “it is finished”.
            It’s an awakening we see, and Christians need to be aware. God will not leave us or forsake us. His grace is sufficient.

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    • Agnes says:

      The euthanasia bill passed the Third Reading 69-51 :(.
      An unusual feature of this bill is that the bill will now be subject to a referendum. It’s possible that some MPs voted for the bill in order to push it to a referendum. So the fight is not over. This link has more details.

      https://www.familyfirst.org.nz/2019/11/assisted-suicide-euthanasia-how-they-voted-3rd-reading/

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  3. Jack Pugh says:

    I don’t know of you’ve ever been there. Me, a few times. Last was with my sister, who incidently always calls me on Veterans Day. Well, we were witnessing a rather special solemn ceremony. All the while a nearby couple was carrying on a rather inappropriately loud conversation. Evidently this has happened before. With expected military precision, a soldier positioned himself in front of the couple, yet still on the runway, and while lookimg straight ahead, recited why the ceremony was performed. Quiet ensued. The soldier was respectful, and singled no one out. But what a dressing down. Wow!

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  4. Lucille says:

    Treepers…

    Be blessed!

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    • Janie M. says:

      And Bless you, Lucille. Very nice Fall arrangement. The mini-pumpkins are just the right accent.

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      • Lucille says:

        Thanks, Janie! I’ve got to pop to the store and pick up a few decorative pumpkins for my home arrangements. Thanksgiving is just 15 days away!

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        • Janie M. says:

          Unbelievable, isn’t it [now 14 days away]? I’m sure your arrangements will be marvelous. I don’t do any decorations. My primary focus is the menu… just 3 of us for T-Day but I still like to make a nice spread. 😉

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    • the5thranchhand says:

      Lucille, thank you for the colorful bouquet. So bright and uplifting for the soul! Shalom and many blessings.

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      • Lucille says:

        You’re welcome, the5thranchhand! During these challenging times, uplifts are so necessary. God desires us not to be anxious…

        “Finally, brothers and sisters, fill your minds with beauty and truth. Meditate on whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is good, whatever is virtuous and praiseworthy.” – Philippians 4:8 The Voice version

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  5. Lucille says:

    How to Play AVENGERS like Captain America – The Piano Guys

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    • Janie M. says:

      Love the Piano Guys. Discovered them some years back via youtube when I came across this video… it remains among my #1 favorite they have performed. OK, will admit, I am also sucker for guys in kilts with bagpipes.

      This is Your Fight Song (Rachel Platten Scottish Cover) – The Piano Guys

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  6. czarowniczy says:

    Don’t know how many of you are following the launch of private satellites into space but SpaceX just launched another 60 of its ‘mini’ satellites into orbit on Monday. These are added to the 60 they put into orbit last May, all part of SpaceX’s Starlink satellite of over 12-thousand and eventually growing to a constellation of 42-thousand satellites in orbital belts running from 210 to 710 miles above the earth.

    Not to be left behind Samsung has announced plans for its own constellation of 4600 satellites at 900 miles and even Amazon has started getting its personal constellation of over 3200 satellites up there to work with its own family of ground stations. Starting to sound like the 21st Century version of the East India Company’s Presidential Armies.

    That’s going to create one helluva traffic jam plus interfere with spy satellite work from space and severely damage, if not virtually destroy, ground-based visual and radio astronomy. Astronomers are already saying SpaceX’s constellation will outnumber most visible stars from the ground, their reflected light will play hob with earthly telescopes and their comms will really damage radio telescopes.

    There’s also the issue of space junk. When I was at Space Command there was a section that tracked space junk down to about the size of a nut, and there was beaucoup of it. People forget that a 1/2″ nut going east to west at about 15,000 MPH and hitting the space shuttle traveling west to east at 15,000 MPH makes for a bad day. Before each shuttle mission NASA coordinated the shuttle’s flight with Space Com data in an attempt to avoid a bad day. SpaceX already has one dead bird up there but even if all 42,000 (not counting the other guy’s) birds don’t shed space junk that’s a good traffic jam to negotiate going into a higher orbit. And then at some point what they’ve put up has to come down and with a potential of 42,000 deorbits over time what do you think the odds of an ‘OH SH*T!’ moment are?

    All of these birds are for commo, most for extending hi-speed internet around the world. Excuse me while I roll my eyes, so far over the last 10 years both the USDA and FCC have spent over $2-billion to get hi-speed internet to us farmers/ranchers and I’m still using my cell as a hotspot. So with promises from SpaceX, Samsung and Amazon that their sky-killing constellations will bring me yet more TV-based garbage no one wants to watch (we have DIRECTV) while making sure one of their units doesn’t land in my barn (“Yo, Czar, we told you we’d bring you hi-speed satellite!”) I’m still not holding my breath.

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  7. citizen817 says:

    The only female in history to strike out Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig. You go Jackie Mitchell! (1931)

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  8. citizen817 says:

    The original prototype for Mount Rushmore, 1923.

    Thomas Jefferson’s face on Mount Rushmore was originally started on the opposite side of George Washington, but 18 months into the carving, they realized the granite was too weak. His face was dynamited off and carved on the other side.

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  9. citizen817 says:

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  10. Lucille says:

    SUCCESSFUL TESTING OF ADVANCED TEST HIGH ENERGY ASSET (ATHENA)
    Defense Updates – Published on Nov 11, 2019

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    • czarowniczy says:

      Chinese will have a cheaper version out in the field in less than two years. Our defense industry leaks like a sieve…doesn’t hurt that it has so many Chinese-built parts in its IT/comms system and sympathizers in its ranks. Oh yeah, and they have their hands directly into our defense industry through ownership of some companies that deal with subassemblies.

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  11. citizen817 says:

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  12. …… your time is gonna come..

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    • Bendix says:

      It’s funny, Annie, because as I’ve been scrolling through these posts, I’ve been all the while thinking of an experience I had last night at bedtime.
      Just before getting to bed, while I was still in an unusually calm state for me, I made the mistake of logging on to the Treehouse, and Sundance’s despair was palpable.

      I went to be with a heavy heart, that I could offer no words of comfort. I prayed for our president, and wondered whether my mood was a feeling of resignation, or something else.
      After a while, a thought popped into my head- “it is coming”.
      I almost wanted to get up out of bed and post that sentence here.
      Of course, I felt foolish.

      That’s all I’ve got. “It is coming”.
      Is it merely wishful thinking of a weary mind, or a portent?

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      • Thank you bendix for taking the time to share that w/me….. I came to this thread to post the song after reading this post :

        The Boss on November 13, 2019 at 1:16 am
        When I read this piece of garbage, the disdain and condescension of Adam Schiff for America doesn’t just drip through, it pours out in buckets. Game on little Adam. Your time is going to come. That I can tell you.

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  13. Herbert Kroll says:

    A must see and MUST HEAR happening: Kanye West – Jesus is King – Sunday Service Experience

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  14. Deplorable_Infidel says:

    The Old Nature In The Believer

    The believer who would be truly spiritual must recognize the presence of the old nature within. It would be dangerous not to recognize a foe so near.

    The old nature in the believer is that which is “begotten of the flesh.” It is called, “the flesh,” “the old man,” “the natural man,” “the carnal mind.”

    Just as “they that are in the flesh cannot please God” (Rom. 8:8) so that which is of the flesh, in the believer, cannot please God. “The flesh,” as we have already seen, is totally depraved. God calls it “sinful flesh” (Rom. 8:3), warns that it seeks “occasion” to do wrong (Gal. 5:13), and declares that “the works of the flesh” are all bad (Gal. 5: 19-21).

    Nor is the old nature in the believer one which improves by its contact with the new. It is with respect to “the flesh” in the believer, even in himself that the Apostle declares that in it “dwelleth no good thing” (Rom. 7:18), that it is “carnal, sold under sin” (Rom. 7:14), that it is “corrupt according to the deceitful lusts” (Eph. 4:22), that it is at “enmity against God,” and is “not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be” (Rom. 8:7).

    “The flesh,” even as it remains in the believer after salvation, is that which was generated by a fallen begetter. It is the old Adamic nature. It is sinful in itself. It cannot be improved. It cannot be changed. “That which is born [begotten] of the flesh is flesh,” said our Lord (John 3:6), and it is as impossible to improve the “old man” in the believer as it was to make him acceptable to God in the first place.

    The “old man” was condemned and dealt with judicially at the Cross. Never once is the believer instructed to try to do anything with him or to make anything of him, but always to “reckon” him “dead indeed” (Rom. 6:11), and to “put him off” (Col. 3:8-10).

    By Pastor Cornelius R. Stam

    https://www.bereanbiblesociety.org/the-old-nature-in-the-believer/

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    • Deplorable_Infidel says:

      Romans 8:8 So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God.

      Romans 8:3 For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh:

      Galatians 5:13 For, brethren, ye have been called unto liberty; only use not liberty for an occasion to the flesh, but by love serve one another.

      Galatians 5:19 Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness,
      20 Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies,
      21 Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.

      Romans 7:18 For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh,) dwelleth no good thing: for to will is present with me; but how to perform that which is good I find not.

      Romans 7:14 For we know that the law is spiritual: but I am carnal, sold under sin.

      Ephesians 4:22 That ye put off concerning the former conversation the old man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts;

      Romans 8:7 Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be.

      John 3:6 That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.

      Romans 6:11 Likewise reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord.

      Colossians 3:8 But now ye also put off all these; anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy communication out of your mouth.
      9 Lie not one to another, seeing that ye have put off the old man with his deeds;
      10 And have put on the new man, which is renewed in knowledge after the image of him that created him:

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  15. Lucille says:

    A Major New Resource for Conservatives
    Unveiling an enormous new weapon for the war against the Left.
    Tue Nov 12, 2019 – Frontpagemag.com

    DiscoverTheNetworks.org, the David Horowitz Freedom Center’s massive encyclopedia of the Left, is pleased to announce that it has just expanded its database in a major way. You may already be familiar with its thousands of detailed profiles of the key individuals, organizations, and funders that drive the engine of leftism in the United States. But now, readers of DiscoverTheNetworks will also have access to many hundreds of additional resources on a wide variety of key political and social issues. An understanding of these issues is essential to the task of educating our fellow Americans about the monstrous dangers posed by the Left.

    https://www.frontpagemag.com/fpm/2019/11/major-new-resource-conservatives-frontpage-editors/

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    • Lucille says:

      I’ll tell you this from personal experience, the Left despises David Horowitz with a passion that is palpable. Like many of us, Horowitz was one of them. His own leftie credentials began with his communist parents.

      His path out of communism/socialism/progressiveism/liberalism into political and economic truth via conservatism gave a multitude of folks food for thought. His courage in the face of loss of friends and associates enabled us to take our own roads toward understanding our great Constitution and how liberty and justice spring not from government but from God.

      David Horowitz is a patriot who willingly paid the price for freedom.

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  16. Pointman says:

    A change of management style.

    Pointy

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    • Lucille says:

      The only problem is, Pointman, the quivering mass of cowardice and terrorism also got his Islamic funeral thanks to whoever made that decision (and no one is saying). Sort of belies the fake news that Islam isn’t a violent political movement with religious overtones. This scum wasn’t an outlier but an actual faithful adherent to the teachings of the Koran and the Sunna.

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  17. flame says:

    When you sleep next to someone who snores

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  18. Dora says:

    Walter Moras (Jan. 20, 1856 – March 6, 1925) was a German landscape painter – Verschneite Wassermühle/ Snowy Mill, circa 1900

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  19. duchess01 says:

    Verse of the Day

    “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”
    John 3:16 (KJV)

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  20. Dora says:

    OMG! This is chilling! Don’t they remember their history?

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  21. Dora says:

    All I can say is WOW!

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  22. just stevie says:

    FAITH AND EXPERIENCE

    “The Son of God, who loved me, and gave Himself for me.” Gal. ii. 20

    We have to battle through our moods into absolute devotion to the Lord Jesus, to get out of the hole-and-corner business of our experience into abandoned devotion to Him. Think Who the New Testament says that Jesus Christ is, and then think of the despicable meanness of the miserable faith we have – I haven’t had this and that experience! Think what faith in Jesus Christ claims – that He can present us faultless before the throne of God, unutterably pure, absolutely rectified and profoundly justified. Stand in implicit adoring faith in Him, HE is made unto us “wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption.” How can we talk of making a sacrifice for the Son of God! Our salvation is from hell and perdition, and then we talk about making sacrifices!

    We have to get out into faith in Jesus Christ continually; not a prayer meeting Jesus Christ, nor a book Jesus Christ, but the New Testament Jesus Christ, Who is God Incarnate, and Who ought to strike us to His feet as dead. Our faith must be in the One from Whom our experience springs. Jesus Christ wants our absolute abandon to devotion to Himself. We never can EXPERIENCE Jesus Christ, nor ever hold Him within the compass of our own hearts, but our faith must be built in strong emphatic confidence in Him.

    It is along this line that we see the rugged impatience of the Holy Ghost against unbelief. All our fears are wicked, and we fear because we will not nourish ourselves in our faith. How can anyone who is identified with Jesus Christ suffer from doubt or fear! It ought to be an absolute paean of perfectly irrepressible, triumphant belief.

    Oswald Chambers
    November 13th Devotional

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    • georgehumphries9802 says:

      I enjoy your posts just stevie. I have known of Oswald Chambers through the years. He speaks truth. ’nuff said.

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    • Pale rider says:

      “How can anyone who is identified with Jesus Christ suffer from doubt or fear.”
      Religion!
      What if we expected results just as we do in life? Jesus gave results, who was he man or God? Son of man when he came here! A point made over and over by himself to be an example of who WE are in Christ. Praise God!
      To grow in Christ is the antidote to fear and doubt and promised results are our path to freedom. It’s ours through faith in all the promises God gives us. It’s his kingdom and we are his heirs.

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      • just stevie says:

        Pale, it is the truth that we as sons and daughters of Jesus Christ should not doubt or fear…but, its a journey to get there thru all our lessons He sends our way. Thank God I’m at least on that road…

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        • Pale rider says:

          My point is we are taught ways that steal our sonship through religion. It instills fear and doubt. It’s meant to.
          What you seek and have is a relationship to be paired with God, yes? A church is not religion or religious it’s the burden men put on others that is religion. I am not by any means against the ‘church’ gathering. That’s what it is about sharing, communion with others. Just as we do here at times.
          The world teaches us ways to survive God wants to show us provision, blessed to be a blessing that others may see and consequently that we can minister to others, that’s the peace.
          Anyway, your blessed in all things and I appreciate you.

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  23. WeeWeed says:

    Mornin’ infidels!

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  24. Dora says:

    There is so much tension in our nation these days.

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    • czarowniczy says:

      A bunch of my kids/grandkids live in Denver and I’d combine visits to them with trips to Space Command – this was back in the 90s. There were billboards saying the same thing there and friends in Utah were telling me it was ditto there.

      Having dirtied their own nests and being unable to clean up/correct the mess they’d made they proceed to move to a pristine area and start the soiling service all over. The definition of insanity…

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  25. czarowniczy says:

    Woo Hoo!!! Freezing temperatures in New Orleans overnight and NO SHOOTINGS! Who knew that all you needed to keep the thugses calm was to freeze ’em? Bring on that Global Winter!

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  26. Lucille says:

    Muslim migrant from Iran, a University of Michigan visiting scholar, stole and sent confidential tech data to Iran
    NOV 13, 2019 5:00 PM BY ROBERT SPENCER

    All right. So Amin Hasanzadeh is a veteran of the military of the regime that forces its people to scream “Death to America” in mosques every Friday. When he first attempted to enter the United States, was any effort made to determine his loyalties or perspective? Almost certainly not. To have done so would have been “Islamophobic.”

    https://www.jihadwatch.org/2019/11/muslim-migrant-from-iran-a-university-of-michigan-visiting-scholar-stole-and-sent-confidential-tech-data-to-iran

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  27. 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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  28. Sepp says:

    To Ponder

    Let me ponder on the wonderful guidance of the Apostles by the Holy Spirit (Acts 16):

    1. How Paul and Silas wanted to go from Mysia to Bithynia.
    2. How the Spirit would not let them.
    3. How, in a midnight vision, a man of Macedonia besought Paul to go there.

    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 31st – on the traditional Calendar of the Orthodox Christian Church.

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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. Landslide says:

    Need technical help.

    If, while on a phone, you accidentally tap the “View Full Site”(at very bottom of these pages)….how do you get back to the mobile view?

    Thanks!!

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  31. Watching “The Runnng Man” again. Anyone else think this dystopian society looks familiar?

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