Sunday December 1st – 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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51 Responses to Sunday December 1st – Open Thread

  1. citizen817 says:

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  3. Deplorable_Infidel says:

    Don’t Give Up

    By Pastor John Fredericksen

    Being in the pastorate can be discouraging. After all, you are an obvious target for criticism. The messages are always too long or too short, you use too many illustrations
    or not enough, the content is too deep or too shallow, you stand too strongly on biblical truth or not strongly enough, and so it goes. On one occasion, I had a Christian leader harshly dress me down in public for 45 minutes and accused me of a variety of things I simply had not done. He only thought I had done them. I left that meeting so discouraged; I just wanted to give up the ministry, and maybe even give up walking with the Lord. Thankfully, He sent me encouragement when I needed it most.

    Being discouraged spiritually isn’t exclusive to pastors either. All believers encounter this at one time or another. You can almost feel the sorrow of heart when you read the testimonies of God’s men of the past. David wrote: “I had fainted…” (Psa. 27:13), Jeremiah said: “When I would comfort myself against sorrow, my heart is faint in me” (Jer. 8:18), and Jonah said: “…my soul fainted within me” (Jonah 2:7). They were so discouraged and spiritually weakened that they simply felt like giving up. Thankfully, these servants of God did not give up, and there is much to learn from what carried them through.

    Jonah relates to us how he found the strength to carry on: “I remembered the LORD: and my prayer came in unto Thee, into Thine holy temple” (Jonah 2:7). Coupled with obedience to God’s will, his discouragement turned when he stayed his mind on the Lord in prayer. Similarly, Isaiah proclaims: “But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength…they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint” (Isaiah 40:31). As you can see, Isaiah also found it helpful to focus his thoughts on the Lord through prayer.

    The Apostle Paul had opposition from without and from within the company of believers, and had much to be discouraged about, but he didn’t quit. His testimony was: “seeing we have this ministry…we faint not” (II Cor. 4:1). He kept his heart focused on serving the Savior, with Galatians 6:9 in mind: “And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.” Simply put, heaven and reward from the Savior strengthened the resolve of this servant. It can for us too.

    Are you discouraged spiritually? Don’t quit! Pray, focus on the importance of serving Christ, and rejoice in future reward!

    https://www.bereanbiblesociety.org/dont-give-up/

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    • Deplorable_Infidel says:

      Psalm 27:13 I had fainted, unless I had believed to see the goodness of the LORD in the land of the living.

      Jeremiah 8:18 When I would comfort myself against sorrow, my heart is faint in me.

      Jonah2:7 When my soul fainted within me I remembered the LORD: and my prayer came in unto thee, into thine holy temple.

      Isaiah 40:31 But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.

      2 Corinthians 4:1 Therefore seeing we have this ministry, as we have received mercy, we faint not;

      Galatians 6:9 And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.

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  4. barnabusduke says:

    I’m thinking I see some capitalized parts of “Our Lords Prayer” in this thread that I haven’t noticed before. Not taking even a minute to research as I think it IS called for anyway! Thank You Sundance! 🙂

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  5. citizen817 says:

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  6. Garrison Hall says:

    Have a wonderful Sunday, Treepers!

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  7. citizen817 says:

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  8. Lucille says:

    Treepers…

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  9. Troublemaker10 says:

    Poll: Educated Nations Are Skeptical Of Climate Alarmism
    https://www.libertynation.com/poll-educated-nations-are-skeptical-of-climate-alarmism/

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  10. Troublemaker10 says:

    Hungarian PM: Persecuted Christians will help us save Europe
    https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/hungarian-pm-persecuted-christians-will-help-us-save-europe

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  11. duchess01 says:

    Verse of the Day

    “For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.”
    Hebrews 4:12 (KJV)

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  12. Dora says:

    “A winters day on Kongens Nytorv Copenhagen” by Danish artist Paul Gustav Fischer.

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  13. duchess01 says:

    BLESSED AND HAPPY ADVENT SEASON FOR ALL

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  14. just stevie says:

    THE LAW AND THE GOSPEL

    “For whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all.” James ii. 10

    The moral law does not consider us as weak human beings at all, it takes no account of our heredity and infirmities, it demands that we be absolutely moral. The moral law never alters, either for the noblest or for the weakest, it is eternally and abidingly the same. The moral law ordained by God does not make itself weak to the weak, it does not palliate our shortcomings, it remains absolute for all time and eternity. If we do not realize this, it is because we are less than alive; immediately we are alive, life becomes a tragedy. “I was alive without the law once: but when the commandment came, sin revived, and I died.” When we realize this, then the Spirit of God convicts us of sin. Until a man gets there and sees that there is no hope, the Cross of Jesus Christ is a farce to him. Conviction of sin always brings a fearful binding sense of the law, it makes a man hopeless – “sold under sin.” I, a guilty sinner, can never get right with God, it is impossible. There is only one way in which I can get right with God, and that is by the Death of Jesus Christ. I must get rid of the lurking idea that I can ever be right with God because of my obedience – which of us could ever obey God to absolute perfection!

    We only realize the power of the moral law when it comes with an “if”. God never coerces us. In one mood we wish He would make us do the thing, and in another mood we wish He would leave us alone. Whenever God’s will is in the ascendant, all compulsion is gone. When we choose deliberately to obey Him, then He will tax the remotest star and the last grain of sand to assist us with all His almighty power.

    Oswald Chambers
    December 1st Devotional

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  15. Dora says:

    OMG! I believe the Church is actually trying to turn people away. For who would want to attend Mass surrounded by such images?

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    “Embodied Souls”: Italian Novus Ordo Parish installs Horrid Artwork for Advent

    The “Catholic” church of Beata Vergine Immacolata (“Blessed Virgin Immaculate”) in Longuelo, Italy, is an architectural monster, both on the outside (see front and side) and on the inside. Construction on the eyesore was completed in 1965, the last year of the Second Vatican Council, the assembly that made the Novus Ordo religion what it is.

    The following images show what is currently being displayed in this Novus Ordo church dedicated to the Blessed Virgin Mary. We had to censor one of the photos due to grave immodesty. Please proceed with caution. All the figures are indecent:

    https://novusordowatch.org/2019/11/embodied-souls-horrid-art-advent/

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  16. gringz says:

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  17. Dora says:

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  18. WeeWeed says:

    Mornin’ infidels!

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  19. Despicable Me says:

    Recommend that the believers on this board (as well as any other interested party) to view “The Star of Bethlehem” video put together and hosted by lawyer Rick Larson. Great study on the nativity story in Luke interlaced with astronomical software.

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  20. scrap1ron says:

    More Piano Guys

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  21. Dora says:

    They loved their dogs back then too.

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  22. Lucille says:

    Judge finds that Muslima arrested in New Mexico jihad compound has “mental disease,” unfit to stand trial
    December 1, 2019 9:00 AM by Robert Spencer

    Here we see the all-purpose “mental illness” deflection being used to aid a jihadi in evading responsibility for her crimes. It has happened many times before.

    https://www.jihadwatch.org/2019/12/judge-finds-that-muslima-arrested-in-new-mexico-jihad-compound-has-mental-disease-unfit-to-stand-trial

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  23. Lucille says:

    88 years ago today…

    Paul Whiteman Orchestra featuring Mildred Bailey
    “All Of Me” (recorded December 1, 1931)

    Bailey’s younger brother was Al Rinker, part of the Rhythm Boys along with Bing Crosby. As a matter of fact, when Crosby and Rinker followed her to Los Angeles from Spokane to seek their fortune, she introduced them to her various music contacts. They, in turn, held a party where she sang and Paul Whiteman “discovered” her, thus becoming a regular with his orchestra. Bailey and Rinker were Coeur d’Alene tribal members on their mother’s side and the family lived on the CDA reservation until she was 12.

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    • Lucillle says:

      Ten years later….

      MILDRED BAILEY – “It’s So Peaceful In the Country” (1941)

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      • Ad rem says:

        Okay….this is wierd. I found your comment in “pending”, which in itself is unusual because you’re not being moderated…then, when I approved it, it just disappeared off my radar. But, I see it’s posted out here even though it’s not showing up in my backroom view. Don’t know if that all makes sense, but it’s weird all the same. 😉 Let me know if anything else starts acting up…..

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  24. andeclain 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. andeclain says:

    A prayer for Justice Kavanaugh and Col. 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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