Monday November 18th – 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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70 Responses to Monday November 18th – Open Thread

  1. DanDeplorable says:

    DAILY DEVOTIONAL, November 18, 2019

    Devotional bonus:

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  2. Deplorable_Infidel says:

    The Least in the Kingdom?

    “What did Jesus mean when He said the least in the kingdom was greater than John?”

    “…Among them that are born of women there hath not risen a greater than John the Baptist: notwithstanding he that is least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he” (Matt. 11:11).

    Some feel that the Lord was speaking of Paul, since the apostle uses the word “least” to describe himself twice (1 Cor. 15:9; Eph. 3:8). However, “the kingdom of heaven” of which the Lord spoke was the kingdom that will one day be established on earth for the redeemed in Israel, and Paul was never a part of that kingdom, nor will he ever be.

    In that kingdom, all the redeemed will be filled with God’s Spirit, who will “cause” them to walk in His statutes (Ezek. 36:27). Because of this, the least member of that kingdom will be incapable of sinning, and so will exceed the righteousness of even a man as holy as John. Speaking of the kingdom, the prophet declared,

    “…he that is feeble among them at that day shall be as David; and the house of David shall be as God, as the angel of the Lord before them” (Zech. 12:8).

    By Pastor Ricky Kurth

    Matthew 11:11 Verily I say unto you, Among them that are born of women there hath not risen a greater than John the Baptist: notwithstanding he that is least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he.

    1 Corinthians 15:9 For I am the least of the apostles, that am not meet to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the church of God.

    Ephesians 3:8 Unto me, who am less than the least of all saints, is this grace given, that I should preach among the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ;

    Ezekiel 36:27 And I will put my spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes, and ye shall keep my judgments, and do them.

    Zechariah 12:8 In that day shall the LORD defend the inhabitants of Jerusalem; and he that is feeble among them at that day shall be as David; and the house of David shall be as God, as the angel of the LORD before them.

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    • Deplorable_Infidel says:

      “Because of this, the least member of that kingdom will be incapable of sinning, and so will exceed the righteousness of even a man as holy as John.”

      This earthly Kingdom for the nation of Israel is where verses like this fit:

      1John 3:6 Whosoever abideth in him sinneth not: whosoever sinneth hath not seen him, neither known him.

      1John 3:8 He that committeth sin is of the devil; for the devil sinneth from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil.

      1John 5:18 ¶ We know that whosoever is born of God sinneth not; but he that is begotten of God keepeth himself, and that wicked one toucheth him not.

      They do not DIRECTLY (*) apply to the church today, because you and I have sinned today.

      Titus 3:5 Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost;
      6 Which he shed on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Saviour;
      7 That being justified by his grace, we should be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life.

      (*) 2 Timothy 3:16 All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:
      17 That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works.


      2 Timothy 2:15 Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.

      (If you use a corrupt modern perversion, it will not read “rightly dividing”, so you will not be able to obey that verse.)

      2 Corinthians 2:17 For we are not as many, which corrupt the word of God: but as of sincerity, but as of God, in the sight of God speak we in Christ.

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  3. Lucille says:


    Wyalusing State Park and the Mississippi River, Wisconsin…

    Brinton Park, Kidderminster, Worcestershire, UK…

    Cold Spring, New York…

    Hangzhou, China…

    BEAUTIFUL Cumbia, England…

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  4. Garrison Hall says:

    I always thought Scott Joplin’s Ragtime music was intended to be played at a vary fast tempo. As such it never sounded very musical to me because the pianists always seemed to be racing to see who could play the fastest. Then sometime in the late 60’s I came across Joshua Rifkin’s wonderful—much slower—renderings of Joplin’s music. The first recording I listened to told me that I was listening to musical perfection.

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    • the5thranchhand says:

      Scott Joplin’s Ragtime songs are fun; fast, slow, or anyway you want to play them! Think the Entertainer, Maple Leaf Rag. or so many more. Thank you for posting this rendition Mr. Hall. Made for a perfect late night/early morning soft shoe routine!

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    • ledygrey says:

      At the top of almost every piece Scott Joplin published he wrote things like:

      NOTICE! Do not play this piece fast. It is never right to play Ragtime fast. Composer.
      Not fast.
      Slow March time
      Tempo di marcia
      Andante (walking tempo)

      You get the idea!

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  5. czarowniczy says:

    Well it seems the DoJ’s offered the guards that mysteriously took an unauthorized break a plea deal and they may have refused it. Do they believe that their alleged backers might be able to get them off or did the plea deal include conditions that may have gotten them Epsteined had they taken it?

    I think it’s interesting that the media seems to be helping defuse the case by slowly building a defense for whoever. The ‘chronically understaffed Metropolitan Correctional Center’, the ‘…internal memo that a review of operations across the agency found some staff members failed to perform required rounds and inmate counts but logged that they had done so anyway.’ So if these irregularities the media has been talking about were known and Epstein was such a hi-profile and potentially suicide prone arrestee then who made the informed decision to house him there? Especially since half the known world was joking about his impending death before he even got to enjoy his first inmate body cavity search?

    This Epstein mater, to me, is THE most glaring ‘In Your Face’ act by the real people in control in a long time. It’s brazen, it’s blatant, it’s both a warning and a sign…will it cause a change or like so many other hi-profile political murders will it just end up the butt of so many comedians’ jokes

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    • Bendix says:

      How would Epstein have known the guards weren’t going to bother with their rounds>?
      To me, this is an attempt to pin the whole thing on the lowest of the low levels of responsibility.
      A plea deal probably didn’t include a big enough payoff somewhere down the line.


      • czarowniczy says:

        I’m wondering how the guards got talked into it in the first place. If they were that new and stupid the plotters would probably would have taken care of them…one way or another. If they were established employees there they should have known better, though they may have been offered enough to have a ‘stupid’ moment.

        There are just too many holes in this for what should have been a well-planned operation, sorta like Bill subcontracted the job to Hillary who went to an Arkansas Home Depot parking lot for actors. It’s screwed up, really.

        Other thing to consider is how many of those involved on the prison side have families? There are payoffs and then there’s payback. Plus the principals will probably try to delay any investigations/indictments until after November of next year.


  6. dogsmaw says:


    • Patty in Porterville says:

      Fresno is about an hour north of me. I saw this on last night’s news. All the victims were Asians. While there are not yet many details, Fresno has a history of having extremely vicious Asian gangs that make ‘normal’ gangs look like boy scouts.


  7. Patrick Healy says:

    Dogsma above.
    Very timely. We are having fun over here in Blighty.
    The queens younger son gave an interview to the fake news bbc.
    He is suffering from a severe does of amnesia as he cannot remember ‘serving’ any under age girls during his long and up close friendship with Epstein, Clinton et all.
    He even suggested that a photo of him with his arm around a teenaged bare midriff was not him and must be fake – good that on the BBC!
    One of the best jokes was him saying that his sweaty nightclub dance with another teen could not have happened because at the time he had a temporary mystery complaint from the Falklands war which prevented him from sweating. Since miraculously cured of course.
    The best bit was a Freudian slip when he said he could not have been at the disco as he was taking his daughter to a pizza party at Piazza Express.
    What were all those coded references by the paedophiles when communicating with each other?
    One was Pizza in reference to a child victim.
    One other thing. One of your TV stations refused to expose Epstein on the basis that the ‘Palace’ pressurised them and in return would ‘grant’ that station an ‘audience’ with a “royal” if they buried the story about Randy Andy.
    Then they conspired with another tv station to sack the girl reporter who had the can of beans.
    Corruption is alive and well all over -and not just in Washington.
    Keep safe and God bless

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  8. Lucille says:

    The Magical Mont-Saint-Michel: an Island once more at high tide

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  9. Dora says:

    Canaletto – Piazza San Marco Looking East along the Central Line, 1723

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    • Lucille says:

      Beautiful painting. Thanks, Dora.

      As you may know Venice has been flooding for a number of days, though it has abated somewhat. This beautiful plaza was under about 2 feet of sea water on the 13th.

      Here’s a video…just ignore the music…though I have to say it’d be really neat for another video…

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  10. duchess01 says:

    Verse of the Day

    “For he shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all thy ways.”
    Psalms 91:11 (KJV)

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  11. Dora says:

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  12. WeeWeed says:

    Mornin’ infidels!

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  13. graciegram says:

    Test. Battling Word Press still.

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  14. just stevie says:


    “If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed.” John viii. 36

    If there is any remnant of individual conceit left, it always says “I can’t.” Personality never says “I can’t,” but simply absorbs and absorbs. Personality always wants more and more. It is the way we are built. We are designed with a great capacity for God; and sin and our individuality are the things that keep us from getting at God. God delivers us from sin: we have to deliver ourselves from individuality, i.e., to present our natural life to God and sacrifice it until it is transformed into a spiritual life by obedience.

    God does not pay any attention to our natural individuality in the development of our spiritual life. His order runs right across the natural life, and we have to see that we aid and abet God, not stand against Him and say – I can’t do that. God will not discipline us, we must discipline ourselves. God will not bring every thought and imagination into captivity; we have to do it. Do not say – O Lord, I suffer from wandering thoughts. DON’T suffer from wandering thoughts. Stop listening to the tyranny of your individuality and get emancipated out into personality.

    “If the Son shall make you free…” Do not substitute ‘Saviour’ for ‘Son’. The Saviour sets us free from sin; this is the freedom of being set free BY THE SON. It is what Paul means in Gal. ii. 20 – “I have been crucified with Christ,” his natural individuality has been broken and his personality united with his Lord, not merged but united. “Ye shall be free indeed,” free in essence, free from the inside. We will insist on energy, instead of being energized into identification with Jesus.

    Oswald Chambers
    November 18th Devotional

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  15. Dora says:

    The stars and planets are forever fascinating. They show us how very small we are.

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  16. Dora says:

    This will never pass. There is too much money to be made from the killing.


    Ohio Bill Would Ban Abortions, Declare Unborn Babies Human Beings Under Law

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    • Blue Wildflower says:

      Let’s pray it passes!

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    • covfefe999 says:

      While hunting for more info about this I came across an August WaPo article about changes at PP because PP had to choose between federal $$$ and killing babies. They chose the latter. The entire article made me shake my head but this was the worst:

      There was similar anxiety among patients in Cleveland. A Planned Parenthood mobile clinic RV was parked at a public housing complex on Thursday when two young women walked up. Destiny Woodson, an 18-year-old high school student who works part-time at Dunkin’, asked for some condoms.

      When Woodson found out the HealthMobile might end its run because of the funding loss — its coordinator had already been made part-time last week — she was indignant.

      “That’s not right, that’s not right at all,” she said.

      Woodson’s friend, Ashanti Zeigler, 20, shifted her 1-year-old son Josiah in her arms as she lamented the lost funding. “I don’t like it,” Zeigler said. “Why take away something from people who can’t afford it? And why should Trump be able to tell women what we can do with our bodies?”

      18 year old wants condoms but thinks taxpayers should pay for them. What about the guy(s) she sleeps with? Or how about this: try closing your legs, girl. And then there’s her friend Ashanti who already produced one undoubtedly unplanned baby and apparently wants to keep sleeping around to make more. What’s wrong with this girls???? When I was in college I didn’t want to be pregnant so I made sure I never became pregnant. It wasn’t difficult. And I didn’t expect anyone else to pay for it. Abstinence is free and barriers are inexpensive.

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  17. I am raising money to help name a hotel room at the WW2 Museum after the Uknown Soldier. If you could share and support, it would be great. Even a $20 donation goes a long way to help us remember and never forget.


  18. Regarding the post today: might as well hear it as well as read it!

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  19. just stevie says:

    God’s Final Dispensation – Seven Reasons Why the World Won’t See it Coming Michael Bresciani, November 7, 2019


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  20. Sepp says:

    The Holy Apostles Patrobus, Hermes, Linus, Gaius, and Philologus

    They were of the Seventy. Patrobus was Bishop of Neapolis; Hermes was in Philipopolis (Romans 16:14), Linus in Rome (II Timothy 4:21), Gaius in Ephesus (Romans 16:23) and Philologus in Synope (Romans 15:16). All of them fulfilled the Law of Christ with love and went to His Kingdom.

    These Saints are among those commemorated today – November 5th – on the traditional Calendar of the Orthodox Christian Church.

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  21. Lucille says:

    Items embedded in trees….

    WWII Helmets

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  22. 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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  23. 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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  24. NoTwoSystemsOnlyOneChiCom says:

    Rep of Georgia defense minister is due in D.C. to sign security deal amid massive protests back home. The citizens want electoral form but the main party said no. And if there is unrest, Saakashvili will be there..from Ukraine.


  25. Sepp says:

    To Ponder

    Let me ponder on the wonderful action of the Holy Spirit upon the baptised (Acts 19):

    1. How Paul, coming to Ephesus, saw men who had been baptised with John’s baptism to repentance.
    2. How he laid his hands on these men, and the Holy Spirit descended on them.
    3. How they were filled with power, and spake with tongues and prophesied.

    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 5th – on the traditional Calendar of the Orthodox Christian Church.


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