Thursday January 23rd – 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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  2. Deplorable_Infidel says:

    Who Shall Separate Us From Christ

    “Who shall separate us from the love of Christ?” (Rom.8:35).

    There have been individuals who thought the doctrine of the believer’s eternal security in Christ to be a dangerous heresy. They countered every Scripture on the subject with another to refute it. But in each of these cases it was this great truth, “Who shall separate us from the love of Christ”, that finally persuaded them.

    It is significant that the Apostle Paul never tells us about his love for Christ, but he is always telling us about Christ’s love for him and for others! The Law commands: “Thou shalt love the Lord thy God”, but grace puts it the other way, telling us how deeply God loves us — and this begets love in return. The Apostle experienced discouragements that would have caused him to give up the work of the Lord a thousand times, but he could not. Why? He says, “the love of Christ constraineth us?”(II Cor. 5:14); it bore him along like a strong tide. No doubt he had this very thing in mind when he continued writing in Romans 8.

    “For Thy sake we are killed all the day long…accounted as sheep for the slaughter” (Ver.36).

    And therefore defeated? Far from it!

    “Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him that loved us” (Ver.37).

    Not only do we win the battle; we are “more than conquerors”, for these adversities serve to draw us into still closer fellowship with Him, thus enriching our Christian experience.

    When people or nations engage in battle, generally no one wins; both lose. But Paul’s personal experience serves as the foremost example that in the Christian life, “tribulation, distress, persecution, famine, nakedness, peril [and] sword”bring us more than victory when borne for Him who loved us.

    Thus this great chapter opens with “no condemnation” and closes with “no separation”, and the Apostle, gathering all the forces of creation together, whether they be time, space, or matter, declares that none of them can separate us from “the love of God, which is [manifested] in Christ Jesus” (Vers.38,39). Whether it be death or life, heavenly principalities, things present or things to come, height or depth or any other created thing — none of them, nor all together — can threaten our security or separate us from the love of God, which He has manifested to us in Christ Jesus.

    By Pastor Cornelius R. Stam

    Romans 8:35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?

    Deuteronomy 6:5 And thou shalt love the LORD thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might.

    2 Corinthians 5:14 For the love of Christ constraineth us; because we thus judge, that if one died for all, then were all dead:

    Romans 8:36 As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.
    37 Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us.

    Romans 8:35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?

    Romans 8:1 There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.

    Romans 8:38 For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come,
    39 Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

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    • G. Alistar says:

      Excellent thank you. Note, one of the most comprehensive discussions I’ve ever read on the topic of “Eternal Security” can be found in Lewis S. Chafer’s “Systematic Theology.” Brilliant writer, founder of Dallas Theological Seminary and a man of God.


  3. citizen817 says:

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  5. Garrison Hall says:

    The Botti duo are from Korea. Here they play “Nuovo Cinema Paradiso” by Italian composer Ennio Morricone.

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  6. Lucille says:


    Have a blessed day!

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  7. Garrison Hall says:

    Service dogs for Autistic kids.

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  8. citizen817 says:

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  9. dogsmaw says:


    • jbt says:

      It appears the contest was for students, and we can only choose from 9 finalists. I would have proposed ‘Chip’ from the movie Antz.


  10. dogsmaw says:

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  11. Dora says:

    Camille Pissarro – “Route de Versailles, Louveciennes, Winter Sun and Snow” ca. 1870

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  12. Dora says:

    When you think about it (especially those of you from NYC) this is unbelievable. It seems as if the Good Lord Himself has been whispering in our president’s ear. Keep those prayers coming.

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  13. just stevie says:


    “We all, with open face, beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image.” 2 Cor. iii. 18

    The outstanding characteristic of a Christian is this unveiled frankness before God so that the life becomes a mirror for other lives. By being filled with the Spirit we are transformed, and by beholding we become mirrors. You always know when a man has been beholding the glory of the Lord, you feel in your inner spirit that he is the mirror of the Lord’s own character. Beware of anything which would sully that mirror in you; it is nearly always a good thing, the good that is not the best.

    The golden rule for your life and mine is this concentrated keeping of the life open towards God. Let everything else – work, clothes, food, everything on earth – go by the board, saving that one thing. The rush of other things always tends to obscure this concentration on God. We have to maintain ourselves in the place of beholding, keeping the life absolutely spiritual all through. Let other things come and go as they may, let other people criticize as they will, but never allow anything to obscure the life that is hid with Christ in God. Never be hurried out of the relationship of abiding in Him. It is the one thing that is apt to fluctuate but it ought not to. The severest discipline of a Christian’s life is to learn how to keep “beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord.”

    Oswald Chambers
    January 23rd Devotional

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  14. dogsmaw says:

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  15. Hoop says:

    Just how bad was the FBI’s Russia FISA?
    51 violations and 9 false statements.

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  16. duchess01 says:

    Verse of the Day

    “Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.”
    Acts 4:12 (KJV)

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      • duchess01 says:

        Thank You, Jesus, for blessings received and prayers answered!

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      • Pale rider says:

        Hello duchess!
        I’ve been noticing that as we tread down this immoral path as a nation the choice becomes more obvious. The path of salvation becomes bright, the path of destruction still is full. I’m assuming the hearts are hardened? We only have one choice and it’s clear now.

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        • duchess01 says:

          Hearts are hardened by hate – as long as we prepare daily by * Praying on the Armor of God * – we have nothing to fear –

          Only God can change hearts; we cannot. Those who choose the alternate path will reap what they sow – they worship another god – and we know who that god is.

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          • Bugsdaddy says:

            As I have tried so hard to teach my own son……. “You never know who is watching you, so always try to be the good example for others”.

            For this subject I like this verse:
            Galatians 5:1
            Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage.

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            • duchess01 says:

              Great verse, daddy!!! Good lesson, too!

              “You never know who is watching you, so always try to be the good example for others”.

              My parents were strict about behavior and speaking in public – for children – it is difficult – and for some adults – it is near impossible – quick to correct others – slow to see the plank in their own eyes.

              Thank you for your thoughtful post, daddy – God Bless You!!!

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  17. David mitchell says:

    Jill Stein should sue the Dowager Empress too…in the same interview in which she defamed Tulsi Gabbard, HRC claimed JS is a Russian agent. Tie up HRC in court and force her to use some of the Clinton Foundation graft $ on lawyers…

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  18. Sepp says:

    . . . but deliver us from the Evil One.

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  19. Noswamp says:

    SD better get on the coronovirus story. My friends in China speak of thousands infected and over 100 people dead. Chinese greatly underreporting what is really going on. My friends tell me that infected people are being rejected by Wuhan hospitals.

    Will keep posted. If this is the case there better be folks from the CDC GREETING every plane from China. Welcome to the 2020 version of the Spanish influenza. Not meaning to scare folks but when China quarantines one of their largest second tier cities, (11 million people) it believes the situation is quite serious.

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    • auscitizenmom says:

      Some Dr. on FOX and FRIENDS just said that taking people’s temps won’t weed out the ill because some of the people who have had this never run a fever. And, that is what they are using to screen.


  20. Noswamp says:

    SD better get on the coronovirus story. My friends in China speak of thousands infected and over 100 people dead. Chinese greatly underreporting what is really going on. My friends tell me that infected people are being rejected by Wuhan hospitals.

    Will keep posted. If this is the case there better be folks from the CDC GREETING every plane from China. Welcome to the 2020 version of the Spanish influenza. Not meaning to scare folks but when China quarantines one of their largest second tier cities, (11 million people) it believes the situation is quite serious.



    Given his uncle’s recent Family problems…is there any chance the Royal formerly known as Prince Harry was somehow caught up with Jeffrey Epstein, and his abrupt departure from the royal way of life is an attempt to get out of the spotlight?


    • Lucille says:


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    • mandy says:

      Possibly. Perhaps at some point a victim of those VILE and FILTHY pedophiles…I can absolutely and 100% see certain ones amongst that bunch of (blankety blanks) viewing having had access to a ROYAL baby/child as a real feather in their pedo cap. Therefore, unlike Lucille, I’m not so quick to dismiss your thought, kevin.

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  22. WeeWeed says:

    Mornin’ infidels!

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  23. NoTwoSystemsOnlyOneChiCom says:

    Egypt is on guard as the coming anniversary of the January revolution approaches. And who showed up recently? The MB, via Turkey.‘Terrorists’-confess-being-part-of-Turkish-scheme-to-harm-Egypt’s


  24. aisheschayal says:

    Feeling somewhat pessimistic today but overall I am an optimist. Just some thoughts-
    It’s occurred to me that the American people are already caught up in WWIII. It is not like I & II. It is a moral/values/cultural war. It is the war of freedom and liberty versus tyranny and it is being fought on a global scale. The liberals are being fueled by globalists world- wide. On the globalist side are those who back one oppressive world government that wants to rule over our movement, thought, speech, housing, sex, health, choices, rights and basically our very existence. They want no religion, no gender, no morals or values. They try to exert their power through corruption, intimidation, rules and laws based on their whimsy. They already control schools, universities, world banks, the UN, parts of our government, large parts of the internet, the world wide mass media.
    Religious institutions, communities and individuals are under attack for their beliefs. Prayer is ridiculed. Children are being given hormones and operations to radically change their gender. Laws are now objective and you are guilty until you prove yourself innocent according to the “liberal” perspective. Pedophiles are no longer held in contempt or even arrested. Criminals are now just people who have had trauma in their lives and we have to be understanding and not lock them up. Money will be doled out or taken away according to how the “leaders” of this wicked globalist elite decide with the majority of it going to them. Just look at all those who preach socialism and communism have multiple million dollar homes, cars, jet setting all over the world. We know they would never practice what they have deemed the rest of the world should be doing. In short, they have tossed Judeo-Christian laws and morals aside and are trying to convince people that there are no real guidelines on how to live a proper peaceful, fruitful, loving life and treat each other humanely.
    Some people talk about civil war here at home but I think the fight is already begun on a larger scale. I hope I am wrong, but I think President Trump is bringing it to light for many of us, he is fighting it with what he is good at, uncovering the deceitfulness and lies of our government and other Countries governments and the mass media. He is working hard for fair trade and taking care of and protecting, improving the lives of the people in our great Country. I think we will have 4 more years thank God to have this great, good, honest leader and then we will be in the fight of our moral lives. Ultimately, I believe God will reveal his grandeur, unfortunately possibly when things are at their worst and the believers that are left are praying for his guidance, blessing and some help.

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  25. bessie2003 says:

    This seems like something to be aware of when it comes to users of twitter, facebook, other platforms, and the “like” buttons:


  26. dogsmaw says:

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  27. MIKE says:

    I’m all schiffed out on this peach mint stuff… time to call it what it is


  28. dogsmaw says:

    Heads of State from Europe, North America and Australia gather at Yad Vashem, the World Holocaust Remembrance Center, for the Fifth World Holocaust Forum to mark the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz and International Holocaust Remembrance Day.

    Here is link to video if you are interested in the event

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  29. NJ Transplant says:

    I pray for God to protect our President and our country which needs him.

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  30. NoTwoSystemsOnlyOneChiCom says:
  31. czarowniczy says:

    A local news talking head was pushing an on-air financial expert on the ‘drop’ in the Dow in 2018, almost from the tone as if the talking head were trying to get a You-Know-Who sting in. The expert immediately and politely corrected her with an explanation the between about Christmas 2018 and today the Dow is actually up some 7000 points, an extraordinary amount, something we haven’t seen in a lifetime and the Dow is still rising. The talking head’s face changed expression and another topic was quickly brought up.


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  33. dogsmaw says:

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    • montanamel says:

      I, too, noticed this one….having cancer since mid 2015, it’s high on my “pay attention” list!

      Seems to be in animal studies at the moment…and, it’s in the UK….
      Could take a year or two to get into early human studies, much less across the pond into the US/FDA system too…. hence, it might take a trip over there to set things up for being part of any trial…. It is so frustrating to see something promising just “twisting in the wind” for so long, while people die.

      We just continue praying…and, poking at the Congress critters’ to do the right thing(s)!

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  34. mandy says:

    hmmm….from Feb, 2017…

    “Inside the Chinese lab poised to study world’s most dangerous pathogens

    Maximum-security biolab is part of plan to build network of BSL-4 facilities across China.”


    “A laboratory in Wuhan is on the cusp of being cleared to work with the world’s most dangerous pathogens. The move is part of a plan to build between five and seven biosafety level-4 (BSL-4) labs across the Chinese mainland by 2025, and has generated much excitement, as well as some concerns.”

    “But worries surround the Chinese lab, too. The SARS virus has escaped from high-level containment facilities in Beijing multiple times, notes Richard Ebright, a molecular biologist at Rutgers University in Piscataway, New Jersey. Tim Trevan, founder of CHROME Biosafety and Biosecurity Consulting in Damascus, Maryland, says that an open culture is important to keeping BSL-4 labs safe, and he questions how easy this will be in China, where society emphasizes hierarchy. “Diversity of viewpoint, flat structures where everyone feels free to speak up and openness of information are important,” he says.”

    Are we dealing with some kind of a bio weapon that escaped the confines of the Wuhan lab? I can’t help but wonder….

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  35. montanamel says:

    Don’t know if this will work – to call attention to something developing…

    It is the afternoon of 1/23 now… just happen to think:

    What has become of the “classified” transcription of that IC-IG’s testimony over in the House??

    I seem to remember that ALL DOC’s were released to the SENATE early this week, from the House, in support of their “case” now being presented (sic)…. IF SO…. Where’s this guy’s actual words to the committee he was under oath in front of???? RE: the changes in the WB form, etc.

    Might be worth a dig or two…


  36. Sepp says:

    To Ponder

    Let me ponder on the lowliness of the Lord Jesus, on:

    1. The lowliness of the King born in a cave.
    2. The lowliness of the Most Rich, in hunger and thirst.
    3. The lowliness of the All-Powerful, entering into relationship with the lowly on earth.

    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 10th – on the traditional Calendar of the Orthodox Christian Church.

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  37. 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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  38. 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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  40. mandy says:

    Tonight, we’re enjoying (again) a most DELIGHTFUL movie – “Whiskey Galore!” A British comedy offering from 1949, it stars Basil Radford, Joan Greenwood, and Catherine Lacey. Based loosely on a true story – which is even MORE outrageous than the film!


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