Monday January 20th – 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. DanDeplorable says:

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    • Fannie says:

      Where exactly is the Christian going, you may ask.

      Revelation 068 – January 19, 2020, Revelation 21:1-3, “God’s Specialty,” Dr. Andy Woods, Sr. Pastor Sugar Land Bible Church.

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  2. Deplorable_Infidel says:

    Are You Laboring In Vain?

    By Pastor Ricky Kurth

    “Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord” (I Cor. 15:58).

    What wonderful words of assurance! Who among us has not felt, at some time or another, that our labor for the Lord is in vain? At such times, what a comfort it is to rest in this unconditional, unqualified, God-given guarantee that our labors for Him are not in vain!

    But how could Paul say such a thing, in light of his words to the Galatians, where he said,

    “I am afraid of you, lest I have bestowed upon you labour in vain” (Gal. 4:11).

    Here the apostle seems to fear that his labors to establish the Galatians in the doctrines of grace would be in vain if they continued to hanker after the Law.

    And what about Philippians 2:16, where Paul exhorts the Philippians to be:

    “Holding forth the word of life; that I may rejoice in the day of Christ, that I have not run in vain, neither laboured in vain.”

    Here it sounds as if Paul’s labor would be in vain if the Philippians failed to hold forth the word of life, and follow his other instructions in this passage.

    Then to top it off, there is also I Thessalonians 3:5 to consider, where Paul told the Thessalonians,

    “…I sent to know your faith, lest by some means the tempter have tempted you, and our labour be in vain.”

    Here again, Paul appears apprehensive that all of the labor he had bestowed upon God’s people might be in vain if the temptations of the tempter succeeded in luring the Thessalonians away from the faith.

    In view of statements like these, how could Paul state so categorically that the labor of the Corinthians was not in vain? Did they do better work than he did? Surely not! We feel the answer lies in the assurance Paul gave them that their labor was not in vain “in the Lord.” While it was possible that the labor of even the great apostle Paul might be in vain in the Galatians, in the Philippians, and in the Thessalonians, it is not possible that any of our labors are in vain in the Lord.

    Why is that? Well, remember that Paul says of the Judgment Seat of Christ that “every man shall receive his own reward according to his own labour” (I Cor. 3:8). Notice that we are going to be rewarded according to our labor, not according to the fruit of our labor. That is, God intends to reward us based upon our faithfulness, not on the faithfulness of those upon whom we bestow our labor. If this were not so, even Paul’s rewards would be few, for after all of the labor he extended in Asia, all in Asia turned away from him (II Tim. 1:15).

    And so if the unfaithfulness of the ones upon whom you bestow your spiritual labor has you thinking that all of your efforts have gone for nought, remember that your labor might be in vain in them, but your labor is not in vain in the Lord. You have God’s Word on it!

    Of course, if there isn’t going to be a Judgment Seat of Christ, then your labor for the Lord is in vain. If the reader is wondering why we might say something like that, remember that some among the Corinthians were insisting that there is no such thing as the resurrection of the dead (I Cor. 15:12). And if there is no resurrection, there will be no Judgment Seat to follow, and if there isn’t going to be a Judgment Seat, then our labor is in vain! This progressive faulty reasoning was threatening to bring all labor for the Lord in Corinth to a screeching halt! No wonder the apostle begins this resurrection chapter by first assuring the Corinthians that their faith was not “in vain” (15:2,14,17), then moved on to assure them that their labor was not in vain.

    While some spiritual leaders avoid teaching doctrine because doctrine is, in their minds, not very practical, the apostle Paul was of another mind. Disbelief in the doctrine of the resurrection of the dead was threatening to put a stranglehold on the faith and labor of the saints at Corinth, but the airtight case Paul made for the resurrection in this blessed chapter explains why he could say we “therefore” have all the incentive we need to be “always abounding in the work of the Lord.”

    And so if sometimes it feels like you are just spinning your wheels and getting nowhere with people as you labor for the Lord, we close with yet another unconditional promise from the apostle of grace:

    “And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not” (Gal. 6:9).

    https://www.bereanbiblesociety.org/are-you-laboring-in-vain/

    1 Corinthians 15:58 Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord.

    Galatians 4:11 I am afraid of you, lest I have bestowed upon you labour in vain.

    Philippians 2:16 Holding forth the word of life; that I may rejoice in the day of Christ, that I have not run in vain, neither laboured in vain.

    1 Thessalonians 3:5 For this cause, when I could no longer forbear, I sent to know your faith, lest by some means the tempter have tempted you, and our labour be in vain.

    1 Corinthians 3:8 Now he that planteth and he that watereth are one: and every man shall receive his own reward according to his own labour.

    2 Timothy 1:15 This thou knowest, that all they which are in Asia be turned away from me; of whom are Phygellus and Hermogenes.

    1 Corinthians 15:12 Now if Christ be preached that he rose from the dead, how say some among you that there is no resurrection of the dead?

    1Corinthians 15:2 By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain….
    …14 And if Christ be not risen, then is our preaching vain, and your faith is also vain…
    …17 And if Christ be not raised, your faith is vain; ye are yet in your sins.

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    • 1harpazo says:

      My pastor preached the same message yesterday. We should not grow weary in doing good because Jesus endured the suffering and the cross.

      Heb 12:1-3
      Therefore, since we have so great a cloud of witnesses surrounding us, let us also lay aside every encumbrance and the sin which so easily entangles us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, 2 fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.

      3 For consider Him who has endured such hostility by sinners against Himself, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.
      NASU

      Gal 6:8-10
      9 Let us not lose heart in doing good, for in due time we will reap if we do not grow weary. 10 So then, while we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, and especially to those who are of the household of the faith.
      NASU

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  3. citizen817 says:

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  4. Lucille says:

    HAPPY WINTER BENCH MONDAY….

    Northern Hemisphere…

    Alberta, Canada

    Congress Square Park, Portland, Maine

    Central Park, NYC…

    Southern Hemisphere…

    Lucas González, Argentina

    Grounds of Karen Blixen Museum, Nairobi, Kenya…

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  5. citizen817 says:

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  7. Garrison Hall says:

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  8. muskea says:

    I’ve been saying and praying that one today, in Jesus’ Name.

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  9. muskea says:

    I’ve been saying and praying that one today, in Jesus’ Name.

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  10. Tango268 says:

    There is a George Zimmerman review of Richard Jewell on American Thinker. I tried to post a comment but Vuukle won’t let me. Here is what I wanted to say (maybe a Treeper can do it on my behalf):

    George,

    As I write this, I am the first commenter. It could be because I am living halfway across the world right now. Please know that there are millions in the USA who pray for you. Most would never speak up because they are afraid of what the society has done to anyone who does not toe the progressive line. I myself pray you enjoy peace for however long God has in store for you. God bless.

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  11. Dora says:

    Tom Thomson ( 1877 – 1917 ) – Moonlight 1915

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  12. Dora says:

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  14. duchess01 says:

    Verse of the Day

    “Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.”
    Hebrews 13:5 (KJV)

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  15. just stevie says:

    ARE YOU FRESH FOR EVERYTHING?

    “Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.” John iii. 3

    Sometimes we are fresh for a prayer meeting but not fresh for cleaning boots!

    Being born again of the Spirit is an unmistakable work of God, as mysterious as the wind, as surprising as God Himself. We do not know where it begins, it is hidden away in the depths of our personal life. Being born again from above is a perennial, perpetual and eternal beginning; a freshness all the time in thinking and in talking and in living, the continual surprise of the life of God. Staleness is an indication of something out of joint with God – “I must do this thing or it will never be done.” That is the first sign of staleness. Are we freshly born this minute or are we stale, raking in our minds for something to do? Freshness does not come from obedience but from the Holy Spirit; obedience keeps us in the light as God is in the light.

    Guard jealously your relationship to God. Jesus prayed “that they may be one, even as we are one” – nothing between. Keep all the life perennially open to Jesus Christ, don’t pretend with Him. Are you drawing your life from any other source than God Himself? If you are depending upon anything but Him, you will never know when He is gone.

    Being born of the Spirit means much more than we generally take it to mean. It give us a new vision and keeps us absolutely fresh for everything by the perennial supply of the life of God.

    Oswald Chambers
    January 20th Devotional

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    • Pale rider says:

      I like indicators, things that are like night vision with our spiritual growth or decline. “If you are depending on anything but him, you will never know when he is gone.”
      “We see through a glass darkly”
      I know I, Son of man, want security. That’s when idols come. Sometimes we can’t see the idol we are grasping. Be it money, family, religion, it seems proper. And to know when God is off his throne is a great indicator to look at what you hold.

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  16. WeeWeed says:

    Mornin’ infidels!

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    • czarowniczy says:

      Sorta reminds me of Henry Ford, that great American anti-Semite and Hitlerophile, said about his Model-T: “You can have your car in any colour you want, as long as it’s black”.

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      • mandy says:

        My FAVORITE Henry Ford quote:

        “It is well enough that people of the nation do not understand our banking and monetary system, for if they did, I believe there would be a revolution before tomorrow morning.”

        He was dead on correct about that….

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        • czarowniczy says:

          He was a…complex…individual.

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          • mandy says:

            Yep. Have you read his work, “The International Jew?” I’m told it’s online and available for anyone to read. Might be interesting, ESPECIALLY in light of the overall and general sentiments towards jews IN THAT TIME. Stunning when you realize that his perspective was not outside the norm back then…

            You know we watch old movies quite often – did you know there were SWASTIKA CHARMS sold all over America pre Hitler? It was not a “Hitler” thing at that time – it was considered a GOOD LUCK CHARM! I had no idea, it was mentioned in one of the movies we watched. I think it was “Blonde Crazy” (whichever movie it was, it was a scam to make $$ by selling the charms mail order). FLIPPED ME RIGHT OUT!

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            • Pale rider says:

              Makes ‘me’ wonder sometimes and question more as I get older. ‘‘We live in a cynical world, of tough competitors’’. (Plagiarized, jerry McGuire)
              I could see a future where so much deception blinding us all that truth is almost completely blotted out.
              It must be that way, it always points to one truth. If we use truth as a foundation for all knowledge we prosper, if not, everything burns to ashes until it stands alone. Be it for the individual or the collective.

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            • czarowniczy says:

              I have all four volumes.

              Ford and GM both hasd plants in Germany that made vehicles for the German Army, in 1938 Henry was presented with the highest award Germany had to reward foreigners for their work in supporting the Reich.

              Folks forget that there were US companies with deep ties to Germany during the war, Opel was a fully Ford-owned subsidiary of Ford and made trucks and aircraft for the Reich, as did ‘nationalized’ plants belonging to Ford and GM. Must have been some reason Hitler had a portrait of Ford on his office wall.

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              • mandy says:

                Was it Mitsubishi that was originally a bomber plane factory? Might have been a different company, I don’t remember exactly, but I DO remember when I found out … I was kinda shocked. We buy their CARS now. lol. Then recently we watched some youtubes of a guy eating – yes, actually eating if it wasn’t horribly degraded – MREs from that time period. And we learned that a whole SLEW of American companies basically got ‘golden tickets’ by providing items for those kits…like Gillette and Schick razors (had to be clean shaven for gas masks to be effective!) Spam, cigarettes of all brands, there was some chocolate producer, too. Gum was included in the kits, I can’t remember which company got that contract…

                I reckon ole Smedley was right – war really IS a racket.

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                • czarowniczy says:

                  Yup, Mitsubishi made combat aircraft but then a number of Japanese companies that made war products and/or benefitted from slave labor during the war had to be revived as soon as the war was over. The US knew that without jobs and the manufacturing of products the Axis countries would be in a helluva mess so we helped the big ones that had the expertise rebuild. Krupp, Messerschmidt, VW/Porsche, Mercedes-Benz, I. G. Farben – just to mention a few in Germany – were allowed to rebuild for stability sake and we were now friends with our former enemy while our former friend was now our joint enemy.

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      • WeeWeed says:

        Afternoon Z’s!

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    • Deplorable_Infidel says:

      Good morning WeeWeed

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    • GB Bari says:

      Good list, and Good Evening, WeeWeed!
      Underscores the fact that the NYT has long been of, by, and for (the party of) jackasses.

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  17. Sepp says:

    . . . but deliver us from the Evil One.

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  18. Sepp says:

    To Ponder

    Let me ponder on the Lord’s going out to the mount of temptation:

    1. How, after His Baptism, He went off immediately to fast and pray.
    2. How, in the man who has received Baptism, the devil works his wiles most insistently in times of fasting and prayer.
    3. How, meek as a lamb but resolute as a master, the Lord repulsed all the temptations of the devil.

    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 7th – on the traditional Calendar of the Orthodox Christian Church.

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    • Sepp says:

      Synaxis of the Holy Glorious Prophet Forerunner and Baptist John

      January 7th Church Calendar / January 20th civil calendar

      Saint John’s greatest rôle during his life was enacted on the day of the Theophany, and because of this the Church has, from the earliest times, dedicated the day following that feast to his memory.

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    • Pale rider says:

      You could argue from the parable of the seed and sowing that the devil comes ‘immediately to steal’ and Jesus was getting ready for the battle. Fasting reduces your natural and prayer builds your spiritual.

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  19. mandy says:

    “A professor used $185K in research grants on strip clubs, iTunes and more, officials say”

    “The former chair of the Drexel University Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering spent more than $96,000 on area strip clubs and sports bars, in addition to $89,000 on food and iTunes purchases, the district attorney’s office said in a statement.”

    “Chikaodinaka D. Nwankpa, 57, was arrested Monday and charged with theft by unlawful taking and theft by deception for stealing $185,000 in research grants, according to state prosecutors. It was unclear which subjects the grants were supposed to cover.”

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/nation/2020/01/17/drexel-professor-stripclubs-fraud/

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  20. bessie2003 says:

    Have been watching the rally in Richmond live on a Facebook feed, it’s now ending, things seemed to have gone very well.

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  21. donnyvee says:

    Happy to see many people with the Governor’s yearbook pictures on their signs.

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  22. Zachary Navarre says:

    I’d like to share a couple songs that I just recently discovered. At a time when I am personally struggling with some issues, both of these songs have touched me very deeply.

    Some People
    by Nightingale Cummings

    Apologies in advance if the link is busted. Haven’t done this from my phone before and not sure if the mobile youtube link will work!

    If you liked that song, then you’ll probably like this one as well. It’s a cover/arrangment of the theme song to the show “The Littlest Hobo” (was before my time. Maybe you remember though?) by Nightingale Cummings.

    Have a blessed day and stay warm!

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    • Zachary Navarre says:

      Hmm not sure how I got the same link twice.
      Could have sworn they were different when I was double checking the post.

      At any rate, here’s the second:

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  23. RAC says:

    I have just now been having a look back at previous articles trying to refresh my memory. It’s a very helpful resource that CTH provides, a historical record. I did notice that some videos came up with
    “This video is no longer available because the YouTube account associated with this video has been closed.”
    Is it that they would occupy too much space on the server or maybe a copyright thing that they are not downloaded, or is it that some of them are just not really essential to the article?

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    • GB Bari says:

      Generally video links fail because YouTube deleted or moved the video such that the URL becomes invalid. I don’t believe CTH goes back and deletes or edits video links in older articles unless SD wants to update and use the old article as background for a new article.

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    • dogsmaw says:

      It’s from the YouTube site, not from here.

      This video is no longer available because the YouTube account associated with this video has been closed

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      • RAC says:

        Thanks for the answers. I’m not tech savvy but when I came across a few missing vids it made me think about how youtube and other like providers were acting as censors. Not all vids are essential for the record but some might be, and I wondered if SD had considered downloading specific ones and putting them on cth’s server, or if that’s even possible.

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  24. mandy says:

    Tonight, we’re enjoying an Oscar winning comedy from 1940, “The Great McGinty.” It stars Brian Donlevy, Muriel Angelus, and Akim Tamiroff. Hilarious flick – about … crooked politics!

    https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0032554/

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    • auscitizenmom says:

      Thank you, Mandy, for posting these movies that you like. There is so little on TV now and it is so hard to go through the lists on my amazon firestick. I have started watching several movies, only to stop it because it isn’t worth watching. I write down these that you mention and can look them up later. 🙂

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  25. 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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  26. 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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  27. mandy says:

    So … when I was typing a comment to Czar (above somewhere), I asked hubby if it was a documentary or a youtube where we saw the guy going through old army MREs and … NOW…hubby’s found a bunch MORE of those youtubes so one is playing in the background as I type this…lol….

    For any who might find this kind of thing interesting, this link is to the one we’re now watching, and it will get you started ….

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  28. NoTwoSystemsOnlyOneChiCom says:

    Well, that was quick. Bring back a few ISIS dolts and the Norwegian government coalition collapses.
    https://www.newsinenglish.no/2020/01/20/solberg-keeps-calm-to-try-carrying-on/

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