Friday November 15th – 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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65 Responses to Friday November 15th – Open Thread

  1. suejeanne1 says:

    just so good to see that “Our Father” . . . it is so needed!

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    • Pale rider says:

      Amen, my thoughts exactly!
      Ever think about the attacks of the enemy to dislodge comforting thoughts of the father in families? Shoot, dislodge fathers altogether from families.
      You cannot know love unless loved and fathers are the head like it or not it’s truth that is denied at our own peril. There is no unimportant member of families but fathers are given that burden and blessing to lead by example.
      Did you notice men lay down their lives for all sorts of issues? It’s inherent within and that’s their role as dads, fathers, husbands. Selfless manhood. The toxic masculinity so ‘dangerous ‘ to who?? To the kingdom of darkness and all its minions.
      Examples to express who God our father is.

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  2. Garrison Hall says:

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  3. citizen817 says:

    YouTube surfing, and came across this.

    Australian guitar prodigy Taj Farrant.
    (9 yr old)

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  4. Deplorable_Infidel says:

    The Counsel Of Kindness

    “And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you” (Eph. 4:32).

    While probably everyone has an idea of what it means to be kind, the precise definition of kindness might surprise you! Let’s begin by seeing how the Bible defines this word, as we compare Scripture with Scripture:

    In II Chronicles 10, Rehoboam had just inherited the throne of Israel upon the death of his father Solomon (9:29-31). When the people asked if he would ease the financial burden that his father had placed upon them (10:1-5), Rehoboam “took counsel with the old men that had stood before Solomon” (v. 6). These elders wisely replied,

    “If thou be kind to this people, and please them, and speak good words to them, they will be thy servants for ever” (v. 7).

    However, the parallel passage in I Kings 12 records their words differently:

    “If thou wilt be a servant unto this people this day, and wilt serve them, and answer them, and speak good words to them, then they will be thy servants for ever” (v. 7).

    Far from a discrepancy, this variation in what these men were heard to say that day is God’s way of defining kindness. To be kind to a man means to be a servant to him. This agrees with Webster’s definition of the word “kind”: “Disposed to do good to others, and to make them happy by granting their requests, supplying their wants…,” etc.

    How important is kindness? When Rehoboam “forsook the counsel of the old men” (I Kings 12:8), and determined to be more unkind than his father ever dreamed of being (vv. 14,15), “Israel rebelled against the house of David” (v. 19). This was the beginning of the great division in the twelve tribes of Israel, as Jeroboam led ten of the tribes in revolt away from the house of David, driving a wedge between the ten tribes of Israel and the two tribes of Judah (I Kings 12:20-33). In other words, millions of people were divided for a thousand years—all for the lack of a little kindness!

    In closing, while your lack of kindness is not likely to have that kind of monumental effect in the world, it will affect someone. Why not rather decide right now to be Pauline in practice as well as in doctrine, and “be ye kind one to another!”

    By Pastor Ricky Kurth

    https://www.bereanbiblesociety.org/the-counsel-of-kindness/

    Ephesians 4:32 And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you.

    2 Chronicles 9:29 Now the rest of the acts of Solomon, first and last, are they not written in the book of Nathan the prophet, and in the prophecy of Ahijah the Shilonite, and in the visions of Iddo the seer against Jeroboam the son of Nebat?
    30 And Solomon reigned in Jerusalem over all Israel forty years.
    31 And Solomon slept with his fathers, and he was buried in the city of David his father: and Rehoboam his son reigned in his stead.

    2 Chronicles 10:1 And Rehoboam went to Shechem: for to Shechem were all Israel come to make him king.
    2 And it came to pass, when Jeroboam the son of Nebat, who was in Egypt, whither he had fled from the presence of Solomon the king, heard it, that Jeroboam returned out of Egypt.
    3 And they sent and called him. So Jeroboam and all Israel came and spake to Rehoboam, saying,
    4 Thy father made our yoke grievous: now therefore ease thou somewhat the grievous servitude of thy father, and his heavy yoke that he put upon us, and we will serve thee.
    5 And he said unto them, Come again unto me after three days. And the people departed.
    6 And king Rehoboam took counsel with the old men that had stood before Solomon his father while he yet lived, saying, What counsel give ye me to return answer to this people?
    7 And they spake unto him, saying, If thou be kind to this people, and please them, and speak good words to them, they will be thy servants for ever.

    1 Kings 12:7 And they spake unto him, saying, If thou wilt be a servant unto this people this day, and wilt serve them, and answer them, and speak good words to them, then they will be thy servants for ever.
    8 But he forsook the counsel of the old men, which they had given him, and consulted with the young men that were grown up with him, and which stood before him:
    9 And he said unto them, What counsel give ye that we may answer this people, who have spoken to me, saying, Make the yoke which thy father did put upon us lighter?
    10 And the young men that were grown up with him spake unto him, saying, Thus shalt thou speak unto this people that spake unto thee, saying, Thy father made our yoke heavy, but make thou it lighter unto us; thus shalt thou say unto them, My little finger shall be thicker than my father’s loins.
    11 And now whereas my father did lade you with a heavy yoke, I will add to your yoke: my father hath chastised you with whips, but I will chastise you with scorpions.
    12 So Jeroboam and all the people came to Rehoboam the third day, as the king had appointed, saying, Come to me again the third day.
    13 And the king answered the people roughly, and forsook the old men’s counsel that they gave him;
    14 And spake to them after the counsel of the young men, saying, My father made your yoke heavy, and I will add to your yoke: my father also chastised you with whips, but I will chastise you with scorpions.
    15 Wherefore the king hearkened not unto the people; for the cause was from the LORD, that he might perform his saying, which the LORD spake by Ahijah the Shilonite unto Jeroboam the son of Nebat.

    16 So when all Israel saw that the king hearkened not unto them, the people answered the king, saying, What portion have we in David? neither have we inheritance in the son of Jesse: to your tents, O Israel: now see to thine own house, David. So Israel departed unto their tents.
    17 But as for the children of Israel which dwelt in the cities of Judah, Rehoboam reigned over them.
    18 Then king Rehoboam sent Adoram, who was over the tribute; and all Israel stoned him with stones, that he died. Therefore king Rehoboam made speed to get him up to his chariot, to flee to Jerusalem.
    19 So Israel rebelled against the house of David unto this day.
    20 And it came to pass, when all Israel heard that Jeroboam was come again, that they sent and called him unto the congregation, and made him king over all Israel: there was none that followed the house of David, but the tribe of Judah only.
    21 And when Rehoboam was come to Jerusalem, he assembled all the house of Judah, with the tribe of Benjamin, an hundred and fourscore thousand chosen men, which were warriors, to fight against the house of Israel, to bring the kingdom again to Rehoboam the son of Solomon.
    22 But the word of God came unto Shemaiah the man of God, saying,
    23 Speak unto Rehoboam, the son of Solomon, king of Judah, and unto all the house of Judah and Benjamin, and to the remnant of the people, saying,
    24 Thus saith the LORD, Ye shall not go up, nor fight against your brethren the children of Israel: return every man to his house; for this thing is from me. They hearkened therefore to the word of the LORD, and returned to depart, according to the word of the LORD.

    25 Then Jeroboam built Shechem in mount Ephraim, and dwelt therein; and went out from thence, and built Penuel.
    26 And Jeroboam said in his heart, Now shall the kingdom return to the house of David:
    27 If this people go up to do sacrifice in the house of the LORD at Jerusalem, then shall the heart of this people turn again unto their lord, even unto Rehoboam king of Judah, and they shall kill me, and go again to Rehoboam king of Judah.
    28 Whereupon the king took counsel, and made two calves of gold, and said unto them, It is too much for you to go up to Jerusalem: behold thy gods, O Israel, which brought thee up out of the land of Egypt.
    29 And he set the one in Bethel, and the other put he in Dan.
    30 And this thing became a sin: for the people went to worship before the one, even unto Dan.
    31 And he made an house of high places, and made priests of the lowest of the people, which were not of the sons of Levi.
    32 And Jeroboam ordained a feast in the eighth month, on the fifteenth day of the month, like unto the feast that is in Judah, and he offered upon the altar. So did he in Bethel, sacrificing unto the calves that he had made: and he placed in Bethel the priests of the high places which he had made.
    33 So he offered upon the altar which he had made in Bethel the fifteenth day of the eighth month, even in the month which he had devised of his own heart; and ordained a feast unto the children of Israel: and he offered upon the altar, and burnt incense.

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  5. spoogels says:

    4 people died in NZ because they were taking Mylan’s generic epilepsy drug

    NZ’s govt body Pharmac, hat sources the cheapest drugs for everyone in NZ (regardless of whether thay have private health insurance or not) only approved 1 version of Lamotrigine for Epilepsy– Mylan’s one.
    They thought they could save the country $NZ30Million
    But 4 people died because they were switched from the original drug to Mylan’s one

    Remember the Mylan scandal with the Epipens?

    My friend in NZ called me and she said Warrens Medicare for all was totally unsustainable, would cost trillions and would lead to inferior drugs, rationing, access to doctors and specialists and death panels
    She said Warren wasn’t smart at all.

    So even people in other countries can see this won’t work

    https://www.tvnz.co.nz/one-news/new-zealand/authorities-now-investigating-fourth-death-person-taking-pharmac-funded-epilepsy-drug

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    • bessie2003 says:

      So sorry to hear this, it must be terrifying for those people who need this medicine. Also another example why governments should stay out of determining the individuals access to healthcare.

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  6. czarowniczy says:

    New Rasmussen poll shows that majority of Democrats don’t like America:

    http://www.rasmussenreports.com/public_content/politics/mood_of_america/america_s_best_days

    Coulda saved ya the time, Rasmussen, jes ask us.

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  7. flame says:

    Don’t cry! I’m here with you!

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  8. Lucille says:

    Treepers…

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  9. Lucille says:

    Amazing flights with birds on board of a microlight.

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  10. citizen817 says:

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  11. Lucille says:

    Venice is flooding…

    Venice Italy Live Webcam – Dorsoduro in Live Streaming from Hotel American Dinesen

    Venice Expects More Flooding from High Tides; Prime Minister to Declare Emergency
    By Jan Wesner Childs and Ron Brackett17 hours agoweather.com
    https://weather.com/news/news/2019-11-13-venice-italy-record-flooding

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  12. Dora says:

    I had to look twice. Weird. 🙂

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  13. just stevie says:

    WHAT IS THAT TO THEE?

    “Lord, what shall this man do? … What is that to thee? Follow thou Me.” John xxi. 21, 22

    One of our severest lessons comes from the stubborn refusal to see that we must not interfere in other people’s lives. It takes a long time to realize the danger of being an amateur providence, that is, interfering with God’s order for others. You see a certain person suffering, and you say – He shall not suffer, and I will see that he does not. You put your hand straight in front of God’s permissive will to prevent it, and God says – “What is that to thee?” If there is stagnation spiritually, never allow it to go on, but get into God’s presence and find out the reason for it. Possibly you will find it is because you have been interfering in the life of another; proposing things you had no right to propose; advising when you had no right to advise. When you do have to give advice to another, God will advise through you with the direct understanding of His Spirit; your part is to be so rightly related to God that His discernment comes through you all the time for the blessing of another soul.

    Most of us live on the borders of consciousness – consciously serving, consciously devoted to God. All this is immature, it is not the real life yet. The mature stage is the life of a child which is never conscious; we become so abandoned to God that the consciousness of being used never enters in. When we are consciously being used as broken bread and poured-out wine, there is another stage to be reached, where all consciousness of ourselves and of what God is doing through us is eliminated A saint is never consciously a saint; a saint is consciously dependent on God.

    Oswald Chambers
    November 15th Devotional

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    • Pale rider says:

      Three boys last one is the most well adjusted and got the least attention. Those huge ten plus member families always seem to be the most well adjusted, mentally healthy.
      George Patton quote: tell someone what to do let them figure out the way, don’t tell them how.
      I believe in searching for answers we eventually will see Gods spirit, but seems we are trained to look outward not inward first.

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    • mandy says:

      Chambers died on this date in 1917, at age 43. His wife was great at shorthand (remember shorthand?!). From the wiki: “Chambers’ widow transcribed and published books and articles edited from the notes she had taken in shorthand during the Bible College years and at Zeitoun. Most successful of the thirty books was My Utmost for His Highest (1924), a daily devotional composed of 365 selections of Chamber’s talks, each of about 500 words. The work has never been out of print and has been translated into 39 languages.”

      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oswald_Chambers

      Nice looking man, he was….

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  14. duchess01 says:

    Verse of the Day

    “For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.”
    2 Corinthians 5:21 (KJV)

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  15. Dora says:

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  16. Dora says:

    New President Realised Her Dream: Bolivia Free of “Satanic Pachamama Rites”

    Senator Jeanine Áñez who was installed the interim presidency of Bolivia came to the seat of government with a voluminous copy of the Gospels in her hands.

    She solemnly proclaiming that “the Bible has returned to the Palace.

    https://gloria.tv/post/KAhxKEmbLsBX4sVQbrAk8b11B

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  17. Pointman says:

    Koestler’s synchronicity gone mad.

    Pointy

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  18. WeeWeed says:

    Mornin’ infidels!

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  19. Dora says:

    Pure Evil!

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  20. Linda K. says:

    This is for all those dems out there, but really it is too good for you. Great song though.

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  21. @ChicagoBri says:

    If you are paying for satellite or cable tv, you are funding our enemies.
    Mueller’s Ethically-Challenged ‘Pit Bull’ Andrew Weissmann Joins NBC as ‘Legal Analyst’
    https://amgreatness.com/2019/11/14/muellers-ethically-challenged-pit-bull-andrew-weissmann-joins-nbc-as-legal-analyst/

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    • mandy says:

      100% correct, yet for whatever reason, I find MASSIVE resistance amongst older friends/family (all boomers, oldest now mid 70s) to any suggestion that they STOP paying their own enemies. They fully understand that they’re paying the enemy – but they’re SO resistant to any sort of change (human trait, I think?)…

      They’re happy to just lounge in their comfy recliner and let the ***PROGRAMMING*** flow over them… It’s quite sad….

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      • auscitizenmom says:

        I’ll tell you why. I checked out the alternatives. They aren’t good. Boomers aren’t necessarily tech savvy and into all the up to date stuff.

        My experience has been like wanting to watch a football game which only came on a channel I didn’t recognize and I spent more than a week trying to figure out what the station was, only to find out it was on the Internet. Then I spent days opening an account and putting in a password and figuring out, on my own how to hook up the computer to the TV. Getting it all set up and………spending most of the game sitting in the middle of the floor crying because I didn’t get to see it anyway. To me……that’s cutting cable.

        Besides, maybe you have friends and family, maybe even a husband around. I don’t. I have a couple of friends. All the others have either died or moved away. So, I will just keep my cable and watch the shows I want.

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        • mandy says:

          I think it’s what you first mentioned: “Boomers aren’t necessarily tech savvy and into all the up to date stuff.” They’re just not “into” all the new tech. They COULD learn, if they were interested.

          When you say “alternatives are not good,” do you mean alternate ways to access the same programs that you were watching via cable? Since we ‘cut the cord’ 8 years ago, we’ve watched almost none of their stuff. There is so much available outside of ‘traditional’ media, we wouldn’t have time for their ‘programming’ even if we wanted to!

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          • auscitizenmom says:

            I think you are being unfair. This whole computer/internet thing is still so fluid. What you finally learn to do today may not even work in a week. They do updates on my computer that sometimes make me have to learn things all over again.

            Also, I really would like to know what you watch outside of “traditional media”? Seriously.

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    • Janie M. says:

      Chi.Bri, I have only had Comcast’s Infinity internet service (for a number of years now but for that alone, I pay $95/mo. 😠 I suspect other people in our region burned out on having to pay high cable fees, have the same service. Awww, so sad to learn I won’t be able to see Weissmann on cable TV… 😏🤡💩

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  22. NoTwoSystemsOnlyOneChiCom says:

    Amid all the news from Europe, one article of a spy swap doesn’t go unnoticed in Norway after a border guard released after two years in Russia. 3- country swap.
    https://thebarentsobserver.com/en/security/2019/11/frode-berg-free

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  23. mandy says:

    Miracle drug: the discovery of insulin

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  24. mandy says:

    “BREAKING: Jury rules against Daleiden, pro-lifers who exposed Planned Parenthood’s sale of baby body parts

    SAN FRANCISCO, California, November 15, 2019 (LifeSiteNews) — David Daleiden and the Center for Medical Progress undercover investigators have been found guilty of multiple crimes and must pay millions in damages to Planned Parenthood for the work they did in exposing organ harvesting on aborted babies.

    The jury of nine men and one woman released its verdict Friday afternoon after deliberating less than two days, even though the landmark civil trial took six weeks.exposed Planned Parenthood’s sale of baby body parts.”

    more at the link:

    https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/breaking-jury-rules-against-daleiden-pro-lifers-who-exposed-planned-parenthoods-sale-of-baby-body-parts

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  25. 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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  26. 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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  27. Sepp says:

    To Ponder

    Let me ponder on the wonderful power of the Apostles’ words (Acts 16):

    1. How a slave-girl with an evil spirit of divination cried out after Paul and Silas.
    2. How Paul turned and said to the spirit: ‘I command thee in the name of Jesus Christ to come out of her.’
    3. How the evil spirit left her at that same hour.

    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 – November 2nd – on the traditional Calendar of the Orthodox Christian Church.

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  28. Troublemaker10 says:

    I’m not a fan of Kanye, but I have to say…

    It is really touching to see these videos and to think he could be bringing (or reconnecting) people to God.

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