Monday December 2nd – 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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59 Responses to Monday December 2nd – Open Thread

  1. DanDeplorable says:

    DAILY DEVOTIONAL, December 2, 2019

    “Looking Unto Jesus”

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  2. citizen817 says:

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    • Super Elite Lt. Col. Covfefe999 says:

      I forgot about her visit to the aircraft carrier! That must have been amazing! She’s the best. Best First Lady EVER.

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  3. For thine is the Kingdom of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, unto the Ages of Ages, Amen. Greetings from China.

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  4. Deplorable_Infidel says:

    To Rebuke Is Not To Nuke!

    By Pastor Ricky Kurth

    “Thou shalt not hate thy brother in thine heart: thou shalt in any wise rebuke thy neighbour, and not suffer sin upon him” (Leviticus 19:17).

    Years ago, a television commercial reminded people that “friends don’t let friends drive drunk.” In that same spirit, our text reminds us that caring Christians don’t let their friends grieve the Spirit by continuing in sin (Eph. 4:30). If you truly love a brother in Christ who persists in a path of transgression, you need to rebuke him, “and not suffer sin upon him.”

    The problem is, when we think of rebuking someone, we generally think of a drill sergeant chewing a soldier up one side and down the other! And it’s true that God once said, “I will execute great vengeance upon them with furious rebukes” (Ezekiel 25:17). But a quick check of the context of that verse will show that God was speaking of furiously rebuking His enemies. If all rebukes were supposed to be “furious” rebukes, God wouldn’t have had to specify that He planned to rebuke the Philistines “with furious rebukes.”

    Yet how often well-meaning Christians seek to obey Leviticus 19:17 by unloading on a brother like a nuclear bomb when he sins! This despite the fact that the dictionary defines “rebuke” as to chide or scold someone. And this despite the fact that every time we’re told what men say when they rebuke someone in the Bible, they always use words like the ones Joseph’s father used to rebuke him:

    “…his father rebuked him, and said unto him, What is this dream that thou hast dreamed? Shall I and thy mother and thy brethren indeed come to bow down ourselves to thee…?” (Genesis 37:10).

    Rather than going ballistic on his son, Jacob reasoned with him, asking about his dream, and explaining in a respectful manner why he thought Joseph was wrong to be saying such things. Later, when God Himself “rebuked” Balaam (II Pet. 2:15,16), He chose to do so through the humblest of animals, to teach us that rebukes should always be delivered in the spirit of humility. Consider the deferential words of the Father’s rebuke:

    “What have I done unto thee, that thou hast smitten me these three times…Am not I thine ass, upon which thou hast ridden ever since I was thine unto this day? was I ever wont to do so unto thee?” (Numbers 22:28-30).

    Speaking through the dumb animal, God gently rebuked His prophet, reasoning with him, trying to get him to think about what he was doing and consider the wrongfulness of his ways. Sort of like the Lord later “rebuked” the apostles when they wanted to call fire down from Heaven on Samaria, saying, “Ye know not what manner of spirit ye are of. For the Son of man is not come to destroy men’s lives, but to save them” (Luke 9:55,56).

    In closing, it’s still true that if you “rebuke a wise man” that “he will love thee” (Pr. 9:8), and “he that rebuketh a man afterwards shall find more favour than he that flattereth with the tongue” (Pr. 28:23). But these things are only true if you manage to rebuke your brother “with all lowliness and meekness, with longsuffering, forbearing one another in love” (Eph. 4:2).

    So remember, when it comes to rebukes, no nukes!

    https://www.bereanbiblesociety.org/to-rebuke-is-not-to-nuke/

    Leviticus 19:17 Thou shalt not hate thy brother in thine heart: thou shalt in any wise rebuke thy neighbour, and not suffer sin upon him.

    Ephesians 4:30 And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption.

    Ezekiel 25:17 And I will execute great vengeance upon them with furious rebukes; and they shall know that I am the LORD, when I shall lay my vengeance upon them.

    Genesis 37:10 And he told it to his father, and to his brethren: and his father rebuked him, and said unto him, What is this dream that thou hast dreamed? Shall I and thy mother and thy brethren indeed come to bow down ourselves to thee to the earth?

    2 Peter 2:15 Which have forsaken the right way, and are gone astray, following the way of Balaam the son of Bosor, who loved the wages of unrighteousness;
    16 But was rebuked for his iniquity: the dumb ass speaking with man’s voice forbad the madness of the prophet.

    Numbers 22:28 And the LORD opened the mouth of the ass, and she said unto Balaam, What have I done unto thee, that thou hast smitten me these three times?
    29 And Balaam said unto the ass, Because thou hast mocked me: I would there were a sword in mine hand, for now would I kill thee.
    30 And the ass said unto Balaam, Am not I thine ass, upon which thou hast ridden ever since I was thine unto this day? was I ever wont to do so unto thee? And he said, Nay.

    Luke 9:55 But he turned, and rebuked them, and said, Ye know not what manner of spirit ye are of.
    56 For the Son of man is not come to destroy men’s lives, but to save them. And they went to another village.

    P r o v e r b s 9:8 Reprove not a scorner, lest he hate thee: rebuke a wise man, and he will love thee.

    P r o v e r b s 28:23 He that rebuketh a man afterwards shall find more favour than he that flattereth with the tongue.

    Ephesians 4:2 With all lowliness and meekness, with longsuffering, forbearing one another in love;

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  5. Garrison Hall says:

    Philip Aaberg is an American treasure . . . .

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  6. Lucille says:

    THE BENCHES OF AUTUMN…Happy Bench Monday….

    Leonid Afremov, artist…

    Connecticut…

    French Countryside…

    Lonely Autumn Rest…

    Edinburgh, Scotland…

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  7. czarowniczy says:

    Nasty day in New Orleans – 15 shootings in about 15 hours.

    10 of the shootings was a mass shooting right smack downtown in the wee hours of the morning. No deep reporting on it but someone opened up at a Mickey D’s that has a rep for being a dicey spot. When we were doing details in the area late at night we’d grab a quick meal there but as a rule not alone, there’d be another officer so that one of us could scan while the other ordered/ate. It’s right where the Quarter empties onto Canal Street so the mix of drunks and thugs can be a problem. So far only one source has been bold enough to connect it with the revelers leftover from the end of the Bayou Classic football game but we’ll see what happens as more details come out.

    Four of the shootings were this afternoon in a spot right close to a restaurant we were considering going to. Luckily we decided on a huge muffaletta instead…no shootings there.

    The single shooting occurred on a street with closely built houses, in broad daylight…and nobody saw nuttin’. Residents were on camera complaining that the police don’ be doin’ nuttin’ but…as usual…no one saw nuttin’.

    In response a local ‘authority’ suggested establishing ‘gun free’ zones during special events (yeah, that always works) and the mayor issued a boilerplate statement that said nothing…but what the heel, when the sun comes up it’ll be a new day in the Big Sleazy.

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  8. Lucille says:

    12 Most Amazing Treasures That Have Been Found Recently
    Amazing Stock – Published on Nov 26, 2019

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  9. nwtex says:

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  10. duchess01 says:

    Verse of the Day

    “But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.”
    Isaiah 53:5 (KJV)

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  11. Dora says:

    Giovanni Boldini – “Young Woman Crocheting” 1875

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  12. just stevie says:

    CHRISTIAN PERFECTION

    “Not as though I had already attained, either were already perfect…” Phil. iii. 12

    It is a snare to imagine that God wants to make us perfect specimens of what He can do; God’s purpose is to make us one with Himself. The emphasis of holiness movements is apt to be that God is producing specimens of holiness to put in His museum. If you go off on this idea of personal holiness, the dead-set of your life will not be for God, but for what you call the manifestation of God in your life. “It can never be God’s will that I should be sick.” If it was God’s will to bruise His own Son, why should He not bruise you? The thing that tells for God is not your relevant, consistency to an idea of what a saint should be, but your real vital relation to Jesus Christ, and your abandonment to Him whether you are well or ill.

    Christian perfection is not, and never can be, human perfection. Christian perfection is the perfection of a relationship to God which shows itself amid the irrelevancies of human life. When you obey the call of Jesus Christ, the first thing that strikes you is the irrelevancy of the things you have to do, and the next thing that strikes you is the fact that other people seem to be living perfectly consistent lives. Such lives are apt to leave you with the idea that God is unnecessary, by human effort and devotion we can reach the standard God wants. In a fallen world this can never be done. I am called to live in perfect relation to God so that my life produces a longing after God in other lives, not admiration for myself. Thoughts about myself hinder my usefulness to God. God is not after perfecting me to be a specimen in His showroom; He is getting me to the place where He can use me. Let Him do what He likes.

    Oswald Chambers
    December 2nd Devotional

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  13. Dora says:

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  14. WeeWeed says:

    Mornin’ infidels!

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  15. Dora says:

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    • Bob says:

      Another Trump supporter that is carrying the message to those that were brainwashed by the Democrat socialist….especially the real non believers in the financially and morally bankrupt state of California.

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  16. Fools Gold says:

    42 year Wedding Anniversary today. Amen!

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  17. Sepp says:

    To Ponder

    Let me ponder on the wondrous creation of the world (Genesis 1):
    1. How on the sixth day, God created the cattle, and the small creatures and the wild beasts after their kind.
    2. How God saw that it was good..

    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 19th – on the traditional Calendar of the Orthodox Christian Church.

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  18. Troublemaker10 says:

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    • mandy says:

      I was JUST thinking about the fact that ‘Silver Bells’ glorifies SHOPPING … but it avoids glorifying the Lord Jesus Christ.

      Jesus cleared His temple of money changers….

      Reminded me of an article I came across a few years ago that noted how much of our seasonal music has become completely absent Christ. Ever since, I’ve made an effort to avoid the ‘absent Christ’ stuff, which I now view as merely subtle ‘anti Christ.’

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  19. mopar2016 says:

    Leftists get triggered about Christmas songs.
    We used to have Christmas plays in school every year.
    Can you imagine if today’s snowflakes had to fight WW?
    Me either.

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  20. jx says:

    Propaganda mill NY Times alters history.

    This article has the same headline and date, and no notice that it’s been updated. The more recent version is much embellished compared to the first version.

    Aug 19, 2016
    http://archive.is/3rDNz

    Oct 30, 2017
    http://archive.is/nJeQs

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  21. jx says:

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  22. scrap1ron says:

    “Do not wait until some deed of greatness you may do,
    Do not wait to shed your light afar;
    To the many duties ever near you now be true,
    Brighten the corner where you are.”
    *Ina Ogden*

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  23. getfitnow says:

    FTA – Republican John James has surged to the lead over incumbent Michigan Democratic Sen. Gary Peters, a new poll shows. James is leading Peters 44.2% to 43.2%, according to the new poll conducted by the conservative Restoration Political Action Committee (PAC). The poll shows James’s approval rating soaring among Independents, while Peters’ job disapproval rating increased by 7%. The poll found that 37.3% of Michiganders approve of the job Peters is doing, and 29% disapprove, while 41.3% of Michiganders approve of James, and 19.8% disapprove.

    https://dailycaller.com/2019/12/02/exclusive-poll-john-james-gary-peters-michigan-senate/

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  24. 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. 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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