Sunday November 17th – 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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  2. Deplorable_Infidel says:

    The Gift Of Righteousness

    St. Paul, in his Epistle to the Romans, refers to those who receive “the abundance of grace” and “the gift of righteousness” (Rom.5:17) which God in love bestows upon all who trust in His Son for salvation.

    The Bible declares that no man can ever stand uncondemned in the sight of God, the Judge of all, unless he receives righteousness as the gift of God’s grace.

    Quoting from the Psalms, the Apostle says in Romans 3:10; “It is written, there is none righteous, no, not one“. This is why Paul pitied those who continued to go about “to establish their own righteousness” (Rom.10:3). He knew that their struggle was utterly futile, that they needed to be saved (See Verse One).

    Let us thank God that the Lord Jesus Christ took the condemnation and judgment of our sins upon Himself at Calvary so that His righteousness might be imputed to us by grace through faith. Regarding Abraham’s justification before God, the Apostle says: “What saith the Scripture? Abraham believed God, and it was counted unto him for righteousness” (Rom.4:3).

    Abraham’s justification, of course, was based on the fact that Christ was to die for sin, but Christ’s death is now past; it is an historical fact. Thus righteousness is now proclaimed through Christ and offered to all as a gift. “While we were yet sinners, Christ died for us” (Rom.5:8). “God hath made Him to be sin for us…that we might be made the righteousness of God in Him” (IICor.5:21).

    But we must receive this righteousness as a gift, for “to him that worketh not, but believeth on Him that justifieth the ungodly, HIS FAITH is counted for righteousness” (Rom.4:5).

    By Pastor Cornelius R. Stam

    https://www.bereanbiblesociety.org/the-gift-of-righteousness/

    Romans 5:17 For if by one man’s offence death reigned by one; much more they which receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness shall reign in life by one, Jesus Christ.)

    Romans 3:10 As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one:

    Romans 10:3 For they being ignorant of God’s righteousness, and going about to establish their own righteousness, have not submitted themselves unto the righteousness of God.

    Romans 10:1 Brethren, my heart’s desire and prayer to God for Israel is, that they might be saved.

    Romans 4:3 For what saith the scripture? Abraham believed God, and it was counted unto him for righteousness.

    Romans 5:8 But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.

    2 Corinthians 5:21 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.

    Romans 4:5 But to him that worketh not, but believeth on him that justifieth the ungodly, his faith is counted for righteousness.

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    • Deplorable_Infidel says:

      1 Corinthians 15:3 For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures;
      4 And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:

      Ephesians 2:8 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:
      9 Not of works, lest any man should boast.

      Romans 3:21 But now the righteousness of God without the law is manifested, being witnessed by the law and the prophets;
      22 Even the righteousness of God which is by faith of Jesus Christ unto all and upon all them that believe: for there is no difference:
      23 For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;
      24 Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus:

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    • John Denney says:

      Jesus often poked holes in others’ self-righteousness.

      He also stressed the difficulty of being perfectly righteous, of standing upon one’s own merit, in such famous passages as plucking one’s own eye out or cutting one’s own hand off, or gazing upon a lass with lust is the same as committing adultery. Even his closest disciples became exasperated and protested, asking, “Who then can be saved???” To this, Jesus replied that with men it is impossible, but with God, all things are possible.

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      • Pale rider says:

        I’ve noticed through our right ness towards God faith becomes unstoppable. Meaning we ourselves block faith from it’s potential. Faith given us by God. Romans 12:3
        In that context the constant filling of ourselves with unright ness we block the faith given us and consequently have doubt and fear towards God and what we have been given or has been restored is more adequate, by Jesus on the cross. We have the promises but up to us to claim through washing. Washing of God’s word and the Holy Spirit of course. Keeping ourselves from unright ness. That was what ‘ceremonial’ washing was pointing to and the laws, Ten Commandments.

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  3. Lucille says:

    Have a…

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  4. Lucille says:

    A Big MISTAKE Christians Make In Politics | Huckabee

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  6. hawkins6 says:

    I came across this You Tube video when I was looking at another one. It’s from the Ellen Show but the young Belgian girl and her dance instructor were worth watching IMO. Liberal Politics not included.

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  7. Janie M. says:

    Love this Sarah Vaughan tune. Ahhh, nostalgia.

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  8. nimrodman says:

    still Caturday where I live (for about another minute)

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  9. Dora says:

    “Madonna of the Trellis” by Pascal-Adolphe-Jean Dagnan-Bouveret (1888)

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  10. One of my occasional volunteer technical tasks is have a go at translating to English what is the “ecclesiastical” Latin heard in some hymns and this is one of my recent efforts. Curiously, some modern pronunciation of ancient Latin sounds more like Italian than classical ancient Latin. And how should I know unless I am as old as the (7) hills myself, and twice as dusty of course. But anyway, I suppose with the more presently archaic and rarely used ancient Latin, a more modern and perhaps “progressive” Italian is what you must hear when you think or read Latin very very slowly, but then you “say it fast” !!! LOL

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  11. duchess01 says:

    Verse of the Day

    “For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
    Romans 8:38 (KJV)

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    • czarowniczy says:

      My GGS is ‘studying’WW2 in his history class in Middle School. He’s getting some non-schoolteaching from a WW2 vet stillliving in our house and his relative’s pictures and journals. He’s cautioned tojust take what he gets in school and spit it back on tests, he’s seeing how reality is different from what he’s being taught by revisionists and that’s probably the most important lesson.

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  14. just stevie says:

    THE ETERNAL GOAL

    “By Myself have I sworn, saith the Lord, for because thou hast done this thing…that in blessing I will bless thee…”
    Genesis xxii. 15-19

    Abraham has reached the place where he is in touch with the very nature of God, he understands now the Reality of God.
    “My goal is God Himself…
    At any cost, dear Lord, by any road.”
    “At any cost, by any road” means nothing self-chosen in the way God brings us to the goal.

    There is no possibility of questioning when God speaks if He speaks to His own nature in me; prompt obedience is the only result. When Jesus says – “Come,” I simply come; when He says – “Let go,” I let go; when He says – “Trust in God in this matter,” I do trust. The whole working out is the evidence that the nature of God is in me.

    God’s revelation of Himself to me is determined by my character, not by God’s character.
    “‘Tis because I am mean,
    Thy ways so oft look mean to me.”
    By the discipline of obedience I get to the place where Abraham was and I see Who God is. I never have a real God until I have come face to face with Him in Jesus Christ, then I know that “in all the world, my God, there is none but Thee, there is none but Thee.”

    The promises of God are of no value to us until by obedience we understand the nature of God. We read some things in the Bible three hundred and sixty-five times and they mean nothing to us, then all of a sudden we see what God means, because in some particular we have obeyed God, and instantly His nature is opened up. “All the promises of God in Him are yea, and in Him Amen.” The “yea” must be born of obedience; when by the obedience of our lives we say “Amen” to a promise, then that promise is ours.

    Oswald Chambers
    November 17th Devotional

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  15. WeeWeed says:

    Mornin’ infidels!

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  16. Jeff says:

    I was dusting off my Wayback Machine, and I found this inside. From 9/13/01, Mr. Donald Trump in an interview two days after 9-11:

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  17. Jeff says:

    Continuing on that theme, here’s an interesting video. Title is self-explanatory.

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  18. Attorney says:

    I have always considered Pence to be George Bush, for all practical purposes.

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  19. dogsmaw says:

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  20. Lucille says:

    Autumn Pretties…

    Tapestry of Colour – Short Video of Massachusetts from Above

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  21. Sepp says:

    To Ponder

    Let me ponder on the Lord’s appearing to Paul in a night vision (Acts 18):
    1. How the Lord appeared to Paul in Corinth in a night vision.
    2. How He told him not to fear, but to preach, for He said: ‘I have much people on this city.’
    3. How Paul obeyed, and remained there for a year and a half.

    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 4th – on the traditional Calendar of the Orthodox Christian Church.

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  22. Sepp says:

    Prayer of Saint Ioanníkios the Great

    My hope is the Father, my refuge the Son, my shelter the Holy Spirit. O Holy Trinity, glory to Thee.

    Saint Ioanníkios the Great was born in the province of Bithynia. He was a shepherd as a youth and embraced the monastic life. The Lord gave him abundant gifts of wonderworking. He took an active part in the destiny of Christ’s Church, for, during the iconoclast period he was at first deluded, but then tore himself away and became an ardent defender of reverence towards Icons. He reposed in the Lord at age 94 in the year 846.

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  23. 4wardcomm says:

    There is a new great investigative report with Jack Posobiec airing right now on One America News that lays out everything! DirecTv ch. 347 which began at 2:00 pm East & will air again I assume at 5:00 pm ET/2:00 pm PT. I assume this because according to my DirecTv onscreen guide OAN News for these time slots. Also, it’s vital that everyone watch AG Bill Barr’s speech at the Federalist Society Convention either on YouTube or better yet will be airing on CSPAN-1 at 1:44-3:00 pm PT.

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  24. mandy says:

    Old movies are sometimes surprisingly good.

    Currently watching the 1931 production of “Svengali” starring John Barrymore. I haven’t seen it before. Pretty good, so far. Barrymore is … impressive!

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  25. Dora says:

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  26. muskea says:

    LIFE IN THE BLOOD

    Let us draw near to the Most Holy Place

    In the Old Testament, the book of Leviticus contains the ordinances for Israel’s Aaronic priesthood. The Lord said, “For the life of the flesh is in the blood, and I have given it to you upon the altar to make atonement for your souls, for it is the blood that makes atonement for the soul” (Leviticus 17:11).
    That is a tremendous prophetic statement that was fulfilled fourteen centuries later in Jesus. The word that is translated life is the Hebrew word for soul (nephesh). It is not just the life of a human being that is in the blood, but it is also the soul. We all know that when the blood ceases to circulate, the life has gone. In a certain sense, life depends on the blood.
    In the previous chapter of Leviticus, in the ordinances for the Day of Atonement, Moses told his brother, Aaron, the high priest, that he could go only once every year into the Most Holy Place, into the immediate presence of God. He had to enter holding in one hand a censer full of burning coals with incense on them to send up a cloud of fragrant smoke; in the other hand he had to hold the blood of the sin offering that had been slain in front of the tabernacle. If he did not have both the censer of fragrant incense and the blood of the sacrificial animal, death would be the consequence. There was no access to the presence of God without those two things.
    The censer, with its fragrant incense, is a beautiful type that symbolizes worship. We never come into the immediate presence of God without worship. But we never come without blood, either, which speaks of atonement for our sins. These pictures in the Old Testament were prophetic types–previews of what would actually be fulfilled in the New Testament.

    Thank You, Lord, that I can draw near to You by the blood of Jesus. I proclaim that I come into the immediate presence of God with worship and the blood of atonement. I shall draw near to the Most Holy Place. Amen
    The Life-giver DP

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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. 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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  29. dogsmaw says:

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