Tuesday December 10th – 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 Man Upstairs?

    By Pastor John Fredericksen

    In his song entitled “Unanswered Prayers,” country singer Garth Brooks refers to God as “the Man upstairs.” Similar phrases referring to Almighty God include: the Big Man, my Co-pilot, my Homeboy, my Golf-buddy, or simply JC. The user may not intend it this way, but such references are highly disrespectful, and reveal a lack of understanding about who and what our Great High God really is.

    When the Apostle John encountered the Lord Jesus Christ, who was instructing him to write what would be revealed to him, he said, “I fell at his feet as dead” (Rev. 1:17). Notice there was nothing casual in John’s response. Why? When the Lord Jesus Christ spoke, it was with “a great voice, as of a trumpet” (vs. 10). “His eyes were as a flame of fire” (vs. 14), and “His countenance was as the sun” (vs. 16).

    This brief picture, and the reaction of a mere man in the presence of God, is consistent with the rest of Scripture. Isaiah says he saw “the Lord…high and lifted up” with dynamic angelic hosts attending Him crying, “Holy, holy, holy, is the Lord of Hosts” (Isa. 6:1-3). Isaiah’s response was not casual or irreverent. He said, “Woe is me! For I am undone; because I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips” (vs. 5).

    People of old had a far greater reverence for the Lord. King David described his great God by saying, “The Lord reigneth, He is clothed with majesty; the Lord is clothed with strength…Thy throne is established of old: Thou art from everlasting” (Psa. 93:1-2). He continued, “God sitteth upon the throne of His holiness” as He reigns over all men (Psalm 47:8). He’s not just a co-pilot or a buddy. Balak declared, “God is not a man, that He should lie” (Num. 23:19).

    The Lord tells us this is because, “…My thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways My ways…For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways, and My thoughts than your thoughts” (Isa. 55:8-9). In the context of all this information, the Lord Jesus said of the Father, “Hallowed [meaning holy or sacred] be Thy name” (Matt. 6:9).

    It would be appropriate to lovingly share articles such as this with lost souls who lack understanding of God’s holiness and magnificence. More importantly, in humility, we believers need always to show great reverence to the Lord and to His name.

    https://www.bereanbiblesociety.org/the-man-upstairs/

    Revelation 1:17 And when I saw him, I fell at his feet as dead. And he laid his right hand upon me, saying unto me, Fear not; I am the first and the last:

    Revelation 1:10 I was in the Spirit on the Lord’s day, and heard behind me a great voice, as of a trumpet,

    Revelation 1:14 His head and his hairs were white like wool, as white as snow; and his eyes were as a flame of fire; …… 16 And he had in his right hand seven stars: and out of his mouth went a sharp twoedged sword: and his countenance was as the sun shineth in his strength.

    Isaiah 6:1 In the year that king Uzziah died I saw also the Lord sitting upon a throne, high and lifted up, and his train filled the temple.
    2 Above it stood the seraphims: each one had six wings; with twain he covered his face, and with twain he covered his feet, and with twain he did fly.
    3 And one cried unto another, and said, Holy, holy, holy, is the LORD of hosts: the whole earth is full of his glory……:5 Then said I, Woe is me! for I am undone; because I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips: for mine eyes have seen the King, the LORD of hosts.

    Psalm 93:1 The LORD reigneth, he is clothed with majesty; the LORD is clothed with strength, wherewith he hath girded himself: the world also is stablished, that it cannot be moved.
    2 Thy throne is established of old: thou art from everlasting.

    Psalm 47:8 God reigneth over the heathen: God sitteth upon the throne of his holiness.

    Numbers 23:19 God is not a man, that he should lie; neither the son of man, that he should repent: hath he said, and shall he not do it? or hath he spoken, and shall he not make it good?

    Isaiah 55:8 For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD.
    9 For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.

    Matthew 6:9 After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name.

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  3. Garrison Hall says:

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  4. Lucille says:

    Treepers…

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  5. Lucille says:

    Rome in 4K

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  6. Lucille says:

    Pete Buttigieg Wants Unlimited Abortions, FDA Slams Him for Putting Women’s Lives at Risk
    BY MARY MARGARET OLOHAN DEC 9, 2019 | 5:27PM WASHINGTON, DC
    https://www.lifenews.com/2019/12/09/pete-buttigieg-wants-unlimited-abortions-fda-slams-him-for-putting-womens-lives-at-risk/

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  7. dogsmaw says:

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  8. dogsmaw says:

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  9. Dora says:

    William Merritt Chase – Shinnecock Hills, 1895

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  10. duchess01 says:

    Verse of the Day

    “For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.”
    Ephesians 6:12 (KJV)

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  11. dogsmaw says:

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  12. just stevie says:

    THE OFFERING OF THE NATURAL

    “Abraham had two sons, the one by a bondmaid, and the other by a freewoman.” Gal. iv. 22

    Paul is not dealing with sin in this chapter of Galatians, but with the relation of the natural to the spiritual. The natural must be turned into the spiritual by sacrifice, otherwise a tremendous divorce will be produced in the actual life. Why should God ordain the natural to be sacrificed? God did not. It is not God’s order, but His permissive will. God’s order was that the natural should be transformed into the spiritual by obedience; it is sin that made it necessary for the natural to be sacrificed.

    Abraham had to offer up Ishmael before he offered up Isaac. Some of us are trying to offer up spiritual sacrifices to God before we have sacrificed the natural. The only way in which we can offer a spiritual sacrifice to God is by presenting our bodies a living sacrifice. Sanctification means more than deliverance from sin, it means the deliberate commitment of myself whom God has saved to God, and that I do not care what it costs.

    If we do not sacrifice the natural to the spiritual, the natural life will mock at the life of the Son of God in us and produce a continual swither. This is always the result of an undisciplined spiritual nature. We go wrong because we stubbornly refuse to discipline ourselves, physically, morally or mentally. “I wasn’t disciplined when I was a child.” You must discipline yourself now. If you do not, you will ruin the whole of your personal life for God.

    God is not with our natural life while we pamper it; but when we put it out in the desert and resolutely keep it under, then God will be with it; and He will open up wells and oases, and fulfill all His promises for the natural.

    Oswald Chambers
    December 10th Devotional

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  13. just stevie says:

    Whoever created this in 2017 probably had no idea exactly how relative this would become! And we wonder why society is pretty much crazy today…😥

    Alternative Math ~ A Short Film 9 mins

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  14. Dora says:

    This is great. I love trees.

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  15. wildsailor2018 says:

    Hey treeps, here is an interesting article with insights into the Japanese economy for 2019. In summary:

    “Japanese economy slowed in SAAR terms in the third quarter as private consumption, government consumption and fixed investment growth all moderated. Moreover, exports of goods and services decreased for the third quarter in little over than a year, suggesting that the protracted U.S.-China trade war continued to hamper the Japanese external sector. Turning to the fourth quarter, the economy is expected to contract. On 1 October, the sales tax increased from 8% to 10%, which will likely drag on private consumption. Moreover, consumer confidence remained depressed despite ticking up in October, while the PMI measuring private-sector activity fell into contractionary territory in October for the first time since mid-2016

    In 2020, the economy is likely to slow notably, largely due to the shackling effect of the sales tax hike on private consumption. Moreover, the U.S.-China trade war will continue to constrain the external sector. That said, the economy should benefit from ultra-low interest rates, spillovers from the 2020 Olympics and low unemployment.”

    https://motorcyclesdata.com/2019/12/07/japanese-motorcycles/

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  16. WeeWeed says:

    Mornin’ infidels!

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  17. Dora says:

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    • 6x47 says:

      Why is she … dressed like that, and holding a hammer? I don’t get it.

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      • czarowniczy says:

        I would guess as she’s found her marketing niche as a spokesperson for women’s rights, a Gloria Steinem for the 21st century. You’d hear chants of ‘equal pay’ coming from the stands during her games and she took every chance she could to show that women can’t be held back – so I;m guessing the hammer’s symbolic of ‘breaking down barriers’.

        There’s a lot of feminists her age who see the younger women as comfortable with the status quo and aren’t pushing boundaries as much or as fast as she thinks they should. Sports Illustrated’s new owners, I’m guessing, are trying to appeal to a larger audience than they traditionally did. Can’t wait to see what they do with the swimsuit edition.

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    • TreeClimber says:

      Satire?

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  18. JustaVerb says:

    This one goes out to Christopher Wray.

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  19. 6x47 says:

    I am so happy today. I reactivated my Twitter account just to go ask Brian “Gaslight” Cates if it’s “Soon” yet, and to post a GIF of moving the goal as he frantically explains that NOW we move on to the REAL show, the coming Durham indictments.

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  20. Good Morning Patriots

    The Lords work is complete
    At 10:52am..
    Dad has passed into the Lords Loving Arms..

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  21. JTR says:

    My DH’s friend just made his newest video. The song is beautiful, and the video is too! It was all filmed within a few miles of my home. You can’t pass the old mill without slowing down to just observe it’s beauty.

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  22. czarowniczy says:

    China’s just breaking norms left and right, now they’ve managed to create a viable monkey-pig chimera after they did the genetically modified twins. Put those two together and you get an idea of where Chinese genetic research is going.

    The MSM’s largely avoiding the issue but China’s pouring boatloads of money into genetic research, far more than the US is and delving deeply into areas the US government won’t touch – though some US private research programs are delving into. China’s stated aims are to grow organs in animals for transplantation into humans but their goals go farther and deeper than that.

    China has let it slip from time to time that they have goals to create super athletes and soldiers…whoops, more healthier citizens worldwide. The super computers they have dedicated to genetic work and the human chimeras they’ve created seem to point to other goals as well. Their work into finding ways to genetically target medications for humans/animals sounds noble but there’s a deeper, darker and more frightening agenda that comes out of that dual-purpose research too.

    As more news leaks out, usually in more obscure research journals, of Chinese genetic research and human chimera creation. Cat’s outta the bag now, get ready for the stuff science fiction only dreamed about 50 years ago.

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  23. mandy says:

    Just seeing reports of some kind of active shooter situation somewhere in New Jersey….

    Be safe, everyone.

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  24. Sentient says:

    Disturbing interview with a British filmmaker who’s seen Assange in court recently. The CIA is evil.
    https://www.rt.com/uk/471652-john-pilger-assange-court/amp/?__twitter_impression=true

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  25. dogsmaw says:

    Mary MacGregor – Torn Between Two Lovers

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  26. dogsmaw says:

    Ronnie Milsap – I Wouldn’t Have Missed It for the World

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  27. mjhi11 says:

    Question about the Inspector General’s report on FISA abuse? Why is the Primary Sub-source’s identity not disclosed? And if and when will Primary Sub-source’s identity be disclosed. Here you have someone making outrageous claims that we now know are lies, and doesn’t President Trump, or anyone for that matter have a right to know who that person is, and at least have their day in court regarding libel and slander at the least, never mind the fact that, the so called one-source cost our country millions in fraudulent investigations. I have a hard time believing that the Primary Sub-source is really just a single person, and I strongly believe Nellie Ohr may have indeed been a source of information for the FBI and most likely Steele who was hired to “launder” the research gained by her and/or other contractors with access to the NSA database. So the old “sources and methods” defense?

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  28. dogsmaw says:

    Arlo Guthrie – Amazing Grace

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  29. 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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  30. 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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  31. nkmommy says:

    Today I had to sign up my teenage son for something school related and the form I had to fill out asked for his “gender” with the options being male, female, or other. Following this, I had an email from another one of his activities in which it was stated that the weekly activity would be cancelled for December 24 and 31 “due to Winter Break.” I couldn’t help crying, so sad for the future culture/society my kids will grow up to inherit. What a mess. It’s heartbreaking. Just had to get that off my chest.

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