Sunday December 8th – 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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52 Responses to Sunday December 8th – Open Thread

  1. Deplorable_Infidel says:

    The First Book To Read

    In years gone by, when life was simpler, men had more time to ponder over the really important questions: What will become of me when I die? Is there a heaven — and a hell? Can I know God? Will He forgive my sins? If so, on what basis? What must I do to be saved?

    The materialism, commercialism and technology of our day, however, have so complicated life that secondary problems hinder many people from even considering at leisure that which is most important.

    Yet, despite all the hurry and anxiety, all the noise and distraction, there are troubled souls, hungering and thirsting for true satisfaction, for hearts cleansed from sin, for deliverance from the awful burden of a guilty conscience.

    Such people should read Paul’s Epistle to the Romans and meditate on its great message of salvation. In fact, this is the first book they ought to read.

    In Romans the inspired Apostle declares that “all have sinned” (3:23) and that “the wages of sin is death” (6:23). But this is not all. Romans also proclaims the good news that the Lord Jesus Christ “was delivered for our offences, and was raised again for our justification” and that therefore we may have “peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ” (4:25; 5:1).

    More than this, Romans offers abundant grace to all who trust in Christ. “The law entered that the offence might abound, but where sin abounded grace did much more abound” (5:20,21). Thus believers are “justified freely by [God’s] grace, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus” (3:24) and “the [free] gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord” (6:23).

    We urge those who are not sure of salvation to read carefully and prayerfully this great Epistle to the Romans. You may be thanking God for the rest of your earthly life — and forever — that you did.

    Romans 3:23 For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;

    Romans 6:23 For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.

    Romans 4:25 Who was delivered for our offences, and was raised again for our justification.

    Romans 5:1 Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ:

    Romans 5:20 Moreover the law entered, that the offence might abound. But where sin abounded, grace did much more abound:
    21 That as sin hath reigned unto death, even so might grace reign through righteousness unto eternal life by Jesus Christ our Lord.

    Romans 3:24 Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus:

    Romans 6:23 For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.


  2. Lucille says:

    The Last Days of Autumn…

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  3. Garrison Hall says:

    Have a wonderful and blessed Sunday, Treepers. Although Sunday is often seen as our Lord’s special day, the fact is that every day is our Lord’s day. To know that and, especially, to experience that fact all you have to do is believe. I’ve never been very good at explaining belief to people who don’t know Christ and it makes me sad that so many people I talk to don’t appear to have experienced the healing balm of His Grace and Solace. Because He’s been in my life for as long as I can remember, it’s hard for me to understand why people can’t feel his presence and stranger still that they have no interest in that shared experience.

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  4. Lucille says:

    Don’t Forget, Google, Copyrights Are the Foundation of Innovation
    Andrew Langer – Posted: Dec 07, 2019

    Currently, the search engine company is embroiled in a high stakes legal battle over the very issue of copyright protection. Headed for a showdown at the United States Supreme Court, the lawsuit—Google LLC v. Oracle America Inc.—will no doubt establish lasting precedent about the relationship between businesses and their intellectual property.


  5. nimrodman says:

    I enjoyed this

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  6. Lucille says:

    How Pearl Harbor’s Most NOTORIOUS Pilot Found GOD
    Huckabee Show

    Interview with T. Martin Bennett, the author of WOUNDED TIGER. The book is based on the true story of Mitsuo Fuchida, the leader of the attack on Pearl Harbor.

    Liked by 1 person

  7. duchess01 says:

    Verse of the Day

    “For we walk by faith, not by sight”
    2 Corinthians 5:7 (KJV)

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  8. Dora says:

    John Lavery – Nightfall, Tangier (1912).

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  9. NEW development in the Pensacola shooting investigation. Looks like some of the Saudi students have disappeared:


  10. just stevie says:


    “For by one offering he hath perfected forever them that are sanctified.” Hebrews x. 14

    We trample the blood of the Son of God under foot if we think we are forgiven because we are sorry for our sins. The only explanation of the forgiveness of God and of the unfathomable depth of His forgetting is the Death of Jesus Christ. Our repentance is merely the outcome of our personal realization of the Atonement which He has worked out for us. “Christ Jesus…is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption.” When we realize that Christ is made all this to us, the boundless joy of God begins; wherever the joy of God is not present, the death sentence is at work.

    It does not matter who or what we are, there is absolute reinstatement into God by the death of Jesus Christ and by no other way, not because Jesus Christ pleads, but because He died. It is not earned, but accepted. All the pleading which deliberately refuses to recognize the Cross is of no avail; it is battering at another door than the one which Jesus has opened. I don’t want to come that way, it is too humiliating to be received as a sinner. “There is none other Name…” The apparent heartlessness of God is the expression of His real heart, there is boundless entrance in His way. “We have forgiveness through His blood.” Identification with the death of Jesus Christ means identification with Him to the death of everything that never was in Him.

    God is justified in saving bad men only as He makes them good. Our Lord does not pretend we are all right when we are all wrong. The Atonement is a propitiation whereby God through the death of Jesus makes an unholy man holy.

    Oswald Chambers
    December 8th Devotional

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    • Pale rider says:

      Rev12;10 …for the accuser of the brethren has been thrown down, he who accuses them before God day and night.
      psalms103;12 as far as the east is from the west , so far has HE removed our transgressions from us.
      Our choices laid before us all, chose life.
      Dealing with people in recovery or even in law enforcement you see extremes of personal behavior. I noticed to continue on the path of destruction they have to ignore a lot and embrace not forgiving themselves purposefully. We think satan wants a call or a invite when in fact anything out of faith allows his works in our lives. Personal accountability is first and that doesn’t mean condemnation. The holy man, or whole man.


  11. Dora says:

    Pretty nice welcome. 🙂

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  12. just stevie says:

    Celebrating this Christmas season…

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  13. Dora says:

    Good Question. 🙂

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  14. @ChicagoBri says:

    #Chiraq: “ Prosecutors: Twice-convicted robbery offender beat a handicapped woman with her own cane. Then, he stole the cane.”

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  15. Dora says:

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  16. Pale rider says:

    gal 5;18 but if you be led by the spirit ye are not under the law.
    But, without you are under the law of sin and death.
    First strike of a military force is to take out the communication.


  17. oldiadguy says:

    A most interesting site.

    Take care and stay safe


  18. visage13 says:

    I am curious if anyone here has watched the Trayvon Hoax movie? I came here during that time and i am wondering if there is anything new in the movie we didn’t already know through Sundance’s extensive research. He told us about Diamond years ago so this is not new to us.


  19. mandy says:

    Fascinating science (especially the last segment, the transparent two dimensional gold – that is … WILD!)

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  20. Good Evening Patriots
    As We await the “incoming” IG report tomorrow & *Other” Impeachment Effort’s
    Talking too a few folks “boots on the ground” efforst here..
    Impeachment is a loosing proposition..

    Several “long-Term” Democrat’s,, are,, Simply, just Simply,, Disgusted..
    I knoe several “Black-Familes”..
    I take oysters to , (they were once MY neighbors) , Hard core Dems..
    (Voting for the gimmies)..
    They ALL, (as in the whole family), have gotten Jobs now, thanks to the Trump economy..
    They are for Trump! Voting for Him in the up-coming Election(s)..
    They are quite disgusted and “woke” to the Fake News Media..
    That’s all I can relay ATM on that subject..
    DAD is still “hanging on”.. I don’t know WHY…
    As I’m about to take on My shift this evening..
    (On going Joke is He is waiting for Heaven to get “re-stocked” with Beer)..
    I have Him “blinking” His eyes at Me to TRY to get across what-ever He wishes..
    One blink yes, two blinks “No”..
    This is getting VERY DIFFICULT
    My fishing Buddy, My “DAD” & FIL, laying there a “shell” of a former Proud MAN…
    Look I gotta go, I’ll keep ya’ll updated.. 😦
    David & Angie..


  21. NoTwoSystemsOnlyOneChiCom says:

    Ukraine and Russia tomorrow. Why are the two former stooge leaders even allowed in. Eggs at Poro. Integration and Russia. Belarus ‘leader’ has been bowing to Putin for a while.
    Nuland’s Yats.


  22. Sepp says:

    To Ponder

    Let me ponder on the wondrous creation of the world (Genesis 1):

    1. How God made a deep sleep to fall on Adam, and took one of his ribs.
    2. How the Lord God made the woman, Eve, from Adam’s rib and brought her to Adam.
    3. How this is the foundation of, and the reason for, the mysterious attraction and union between man and woman.

    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 25th – on the traditional Calendar of the Orthodox Christian Church.


  23. 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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  24. 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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