Wednesday January 15th – 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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109 Responses to Wednesday January 15th – Open Thread

  1. DanDeplorable says:

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  2. citizen817 says:


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  3. Deplorable_Infidel says:

    Power To Overcome

    Every true Christian knows by experience that the Holy Spirit does not, upon saving us, take possession of us and thenceforth supernaturally cause us to live lives pleasing to God. Rather, as with salvation, so with the Christian life, He operates in the believer “by grace through faith”.

    Powerful assistance to overcome sin is freely provided by grace, but this help must be appropriated by faith in each individual case. There is no blanket provision for continuous victory throughout our whole life. We must look to Him in faith for the help we need in each separate battle.

    Thus the Scripture teaching with regard to victory over sin is not that it is not possible for the believer to sin, but rather that in any given case it is possible for him not to sin. Thus too, the question in times of temptation is generally whether we truly desire to overcome, for deliverance is freely provided by grace if we will but appropriate it by faith.

    But just how is deliverance provided? The answer is: BY THE HOLY SPIRIT. No longer need the believer remain enslaved to sin; for the Holy Spirit within, who imparted spiritual life to begin with, will also impart strength to overcome temptation. When tried and unable even to pray as we ought, “the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities” and “maketh intercession for us” (Rom. 8:26). When weak and ill, we may be “strengthened with might by His Spirit in the inner man” (Eph.3:16). Indeed, the Spirit even strengthens God’s people physically to overcome sin, for we read:

    “But if the Spirit of Him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, He that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken [strengthen] your mortal bodies by His Spirit that dwelleth in you” (Rom. 8:11).

    And the following verse goes on to say:

    “Therefore, brethren, we are debtors, not to the flesh, to live after the flesh” (Rom.8:12)

    The thought is that, since believers have the Holy Spirit to help them overcome sin, they are debtors — and not to the flesh, but to God, to live pleasing to Him.

    Romans 8:26 Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.

    Ephesians 3:16 That he would grant you, according to the riches of his glory, to be strengthened with might by his Spirit in the inner man;

    Romans 8:11 But if the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, he that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by his Spirit that dwelleth in you.
    12 Therefore, brethren, we are debtors, not to the flesh, to live after the flesh.

    Romans 6:3 Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death?
    4 Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.
    5 For if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death, we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection:
    6 Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin.
    7 For he that is dead is freed from sin.
    8 Now if we be dead with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with him:

    9 Knowing that Christ being raised from the dead dieth no more; death hath no more dominion over him.
    10 For in that he died, he died unto sin once: but in that he liveth, he liveth unto God.
    11 Likewise reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord.
    12 Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, that ye should obey it in the lusts thereof.
    13 Neither yield ye your members as instruments of unrighteousness unto sin: but yield yourselves unto God, as those that are alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness unto God.
    14 For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace.

    Romans 12:1 I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.
    2 And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.

    1 Thessalonians 2:13 For this cause also thank we God without ceasing, because, when ye received the word of God which ye heard of us, ye received it not as the word of men, but as it is in truth, the word of God, which effectually worketh also in you that believe.

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    • G. Alistar says:

      And the unbeliever without a Christ, without hope and without eternal life can do nothing but sin. And yet we know that even for the Christian this sinful nature is a powerful foe and strong ally of Satan, his followers and world (cosmos) of the world. And we wonder why we see such corruption and criminality in powerful places like the FBI, DOJ, etc? By the way, before anyone gets cocky, “IF we say we have no sin the truth is not in us and we make God to be liar.” 1John 1:8. Of course the solution to sin the the a Christian is found in the very next verse—- confession. There is a big difference between union and communion Mr. deplorable and thanks for your inspiring posts!


  4. citizen817 says:

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  5. Garrison Hall says:

    A little night (or depending on where you are very early morning) music. At the moment this seems the perfect way to sample an untried single malt (Lismore this time . . . not expensive but quite nice) before ending the day . . .

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  6. Troublemaker10 says:

    Why Medicare for All could come with a 42% national sales tax


  7. Pointman says:

    It’s a possible explanation for AOC I suppose.


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  8. mandy says:

    Interesting … Kansas State lawmakers were taken off site to emergency briefings by DHS today..

    “TOPEKA, Kan. — The U.S. Department of Homeland Security is giving Kansas legislators extraordinary private briefings about undisclosed security issues.

    Kansas House members boarded National Guard buses Tuesday for a briefing at a former Air Force base south of Topeka involving DHS and arranged by Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt’s office. Democrats had a separate briefing first, followed by Republicans.

    Reporters and staffers were not allowed on the buses before they left the Statehouse.”

    more at link:

    I say “emergency” because the offsite DHS meetings were unplanned and lawmakers had to cancel all their planned meetings for the afternoon in order to attend.

    Done as ‘political caucus meetings’ of dems then gopers because that allowed them to completely skirt the Kansas ‘open meetings’ law. (Lawmakers skirting the law….I’m shocked, shocked I tell you.)

    Wondering if this is related to the fleets of large drones sighted over CO/NE/KS et al. over the past few weeks…

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    • G. Alistar says:

      Hmmm, I saw no coverage of this in the KC and Topeka local news today?..


      • mandy says:

        As of the time I’m posting (11:30 am 1/15/20), the story is the top one on that page…..

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      • mandy says:

        Also see, scroll down to “trending stories” on the right side of the page, you will see that (as of this point in time) the number one trending story is “lawmakers bussed to Forbes Field….”


        • mandy says:

          Now KSNT News has uploaded the clip of the coverage from last night’s News at 5 broadcast; clip is two minutes long, won’t bore the board by posting it, but if you are interested it is on youtube, search for “lawmakers bussed to Forbes Field” and you should find it….


  9. Despicable Me says:

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  10. duchess01 says:

    Verse of the Day

    “Jesus said unto him, If thou canst believe, all things are possible to him that believeth.”
    Mark 9:23 (KJV)

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  11. nimrodman says:

    Halloween story I missed:

    Normal Conservative Man’s Home Containing Bibles, Guns, And A Copy Of The Constitution

    PORTLAND, OR—It’s that time of year where houses, churches, and businesses around the neighborhood begin opening up their haunted houses for those seeking a good fright.

    The haunted house’s owner, Bob Larson, told reporters he saw an opportunity to make a little bit of cash and ran with it. “I didn’t really even change anything,” he said, shrugging, as he turned Fox News up to full blast to add a spooky atmosphere and started cleaning one of his handguns. “I just sit here and watch my favorite Fox News hosts and they all walk through the house, screaming in fright.”

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  12. Janie M. says:

    Okay, it’s 29 degrees here right now, there’s snow/ice on the ground and I’m tired of the cold and winter but… THIS song, makes me smile. If you were a around in 1964, listening to your radio, you will do the same! 😀️🎶

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  13. Dora says:

    Samuel Halpert, was born in Bialystok, Russia (now Poland) and moved with his family to live among other Eastern European immigrants on the Lower East Side in 1890 when he was five years old.

    “The Flatiron Building,” 1919

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  14. Dora says:

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  15. WeeWeed says:

    Mornin’ infidels!

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  16. Dora says:

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  17. getfitnow says:

    FTA – When the Democratic debate started Tuesday night, I was young, carefree, merry. Two hours later, when it ended, I was praying to the Almighty for a swift end to my suffering. I felt like I was 103 years old — or even older, like one of the early patriarchs in the Bible. All the life had been sucked out of my body.

    This, the seventh debate in seven months, was the dullest major political event in years.

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  18. Dora says:

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  19. Fannie says:

    “ Since it is vital that parents aren’t shut out of life-and-death medical decisions when it comes to their children, we are asking you to do two things:

    “Use our Action Center to ask your two U.S. senators to cosponsor and support the PARENT Act (S. 3138) and other federal legislation protecting the rights of parents to make medical decisions for their children. We’ve made it easy for you—and it only takes a minute.
    Pray for the passage of Simon’s Laws in Idaho, Georgia, and many other states considering the legislation this year. God hears our prayers!”


  20. Janie says:

    Interesting-“ California could become the first state with its own prescription drug label under a proposal that Gov. Gavin Newsom unveiled Thursday in a bid to lower prices by increasing competition in the generic market.”


  21. just stevie says:


    “Buried with Him…that…even so we also should walk in newness of life.” Romans vi. 4

    No one enters into the experience of entire sanctification without going through a “white funeral” – the burial of the old life. If there has never been this crisis of death, sanctification is nothing more than a vision. There must be a “white funeral,” a death that has only one resurrection – a resurrection into the life of Jesus Christ. Nothing can upset such a life, it is one with God for one purpose, to be a witness to Him.

    Have you come to your last days really? You have come to them often in sentiment, but have you come to them REALLY? You cannot go to your funeral in excitement, or die in excitement. Death means you stop being. Do you agree with God that you stop being the striving, earnest kind of Christian you have been? We skirt the cemetery and all the time refuse to go to death. It is not striving to go to death, it is dying – “baptized into His death.”

    Have you had your “white funeral,” or are you sacredly playing the fool with your soul? Is there a place in your life marked as the last day, a place to which the memory goes back with a chastened and extraordinarily grateful remembrance – “Yes, it was then, at that ‘white funeral,’ that I made an agreement with God.”

    “This is the will of God, even your sanctification.” When you realize what the WILL of God is, you will enter into sanctification as naturally as can be. Are you willing to go through that “white funeral” now? Do you agree with Him that this is your last day on earth? The moment of agreement depends upon you.

    Oswald Chambers
    January 15th Devotional

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  22. We were running late this morning, and I accidentally “walked in” while the granddaughter was “Taking Care of Business” on the commode:

    Me: “Make sure you wipe carefully. We don’t have time to change clothes again.”

    Her: “This isn’t my first rodeo on the toilet, you know!”


    She’s FIVE

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  23. NoTwoSystemsOnlyOneChiCom says:

    Putin’s #2 quits…wink, wink. Maybe now he’ll have more flexibility.


  24. JRD says:

    The good news from Italy

    From propaganda Axios, no less:

    Salvini and the League have only grown more popular in opposition and lead Soros’ Communist goons and Five Star by 10+ points in NATIONAL polls.

    With elections looming on Jan. 26 in the left-wing stronghold of Emilia-Romagna, polls show the League neck-and-neck with Soros’ Communist goons, something that would have been unthinkable not long ago.

    When Soros’ Communist goons lose in Emilia-Romagna, it 100 per cent has the potential to bring down the national government and set Salvini on course to become prime minister,” says academic Daniele Albertazzi.

    “This coalition is already so fragile that the only thing gluing it together is their fear of Salvini,” says Erik Jones of the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies in Bologna. “If they lose it is hard to see how they make it through the spring.”

    How do we know Soros and his European Union scum are scared out of their minds?

    When former members of the Communist Party are voting for Salvini your goose is cooked.

    GO Matteo !

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    • czarowniczy says:

      Italy’s government style IS fragmented, they’ve had over 60 different governments since the end of WW II. Even if Soro’s goons did win there’d be bets on how long that government would hold together. When I lived in Germany and the TV was bad we’d just switch over to see which government Italy had and what it was doing.


  25. Dora says:

    Oh goodness! People think of everything.

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  26. Bendix says:

    The formulation of phosphate I buy online, to replace the phosphates in cleaning products, is STPP, sodium tri-poly phosphate.
    This is not the same phosphate that figures in the algae blooms.
    Throw it on your lawn, see what happens.

    BTW, who said the other stuff they put in detergents to get them to work, after taking the phosphates out, is better for the environment?
    Read the labels, do you even know what any of that stuff is?

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    • Pale rider says:

      Wifey and I were having that same discussion a couple nights ago. Plastic bags instead of paper. Plastic instead of glass bottles.
      It started when I watched a YouTube video about an old saw mill. It was powered by a very small amount of water from a stream

      Stuff like this is why the climate change hoax is such a farce. You tube is full of energy saving ideas that were used and now thrown away because they were efficient. Tesla had great ideas and today could put energy companies out of business.
      More freedom is needed. People gravitate towards good ideas.
      The lie is not that we have a need to observe our environment, the oceans are proof of that. The lie is who is destroying it. Kinda like window companies that are caught paying kids to break windows in there area.


  27. theasdgamer says:

    I found this gem when I was researching the Yovanovitch lying scandal:

    It’s a must read!


  28. czarowniczy says:

    I buy bulk TSP for laundry and some farm cleaning. All of my waste water goes out thru my aerobic septic system and then thru a sprinkler system where it’s spread over a better than quarter of an acre field full of trees and grass as what little’s left is scrubbed naturally on its way to a lake.

    BTW, those phosphates in some dishwashing detergents have been replaced by chlorine bleach. Didn’t find that out until I spilled some on my jeans and it bleached them white most ricky-tik. Chlorine does damage to my septic while the phosphates help it.

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  29. Sepp says:

    . . . but deliver deliver us from the Evil One.

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  30. Sepp says:

    Volodymyr Boyko is the name of the author.

    First name is similar to Vladimir.

    (I could be wrong and probably am.)


  31. Jimmy R says:

    As czarowniczy mentioned, Gov. Northam has declared a state of emergency and banned weapons from Monday’s gun rights demonstration in Richmond. He claims that intel showed a threat of violence. I don’t doubt him. I presume it was Antifa making the threats. Antifa, in order to get your rights suspended by an institution such as a college or government, need only threaten violence should you exercise those rights.

    Now the demonstrators have a choice. 1. Obey Northam’s ban. 2. Bring guns, be arrested. If arrested, decide whether to resist arrest, resulting in violence. Either way Dems again win, with the help of Antifa.


  32. Sepp says:

    To To Ponder

    Let me ponder on the Lord Jesus as the Word of God (the Logos):

    1. How the triune God created all things by His Word, the Lord Christ.
    2. How he is a fool who sets himself at a distance from Christ, the Word of God, and in whom Christ has no place.

    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 – January 2nd – on the traditional Calendar of the Orthodox Christian Church.


  33. 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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  34. Sepp says:

    Saint Seraphim of Sarov (+1833) was one of the greatest Saints in Russia and he had a profound spiritual discernment.

    He is among the Saints commemorated today, January 2nd, on the the traditional Calendar of the Orthodox Christian Church.

    The link below is to a wonderful and refreshing article conveying a conversation Saint Seraphim had with a man about the aim of the Christian life being the aquisition of the Holy Spirit.


  35. Bendix says:

    In church this evening, the pastor said prayors for President Trump.
    Something different tonight, there was a young man present who has not been there before. He is here working as an intern in the NYS legislature.
    God has put someone in our filthy, corrupt legislature.
    I see this as a sign.

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  36. 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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