Friday January 24th – 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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99 Responses to Friday January 24th – Open Thread

  1. DanDeplorable says:

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  2. citizen817 says:

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    • Sunshine says:

      A magnanimous hat-tip to canine foster people.
      Our heart goes into these dogs when we foster them. I know because I did.
      But they always know when the right owner shows up. That, I’ve noticed.
      In my case, I rescued them, took good care of them while awaiting for the ideal owner to show up.
      You see it. The instantaneous bond with the total stranger is sudden.
      When they leave, you feel sad and happy – both at once, very strange.
      You keep tabs on them for a short while. Mission accomplished.
      GOD is proud.

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    • Cynthia says:

      Crap! Who’s peeling onions???

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  3. freepetta says:

    God Bless Our Country and Our Fantastic President Donald J Trump
    Amen 🙏 In Jesus Name

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  4. citizen817 says:

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  5. Lucille says:

    Say a prayer for Aaron Rodgers…he’s in a world of confusion right now…if you’ve followed his career, you likely know he’s not spoken to his family in years, rejects their overtures, refused to attend his grandfather’s funeral–the beloved man in times past he called before every game. I wonder if the number of concussions he’s had has affected his brain (and I don’t mean that sarcastically)…just sad all the way around.

    Aaron Rodgers Opens Up About Religion to Danica Patrick: ‘I Don’t Know How You Can Believe in a God’…
    By Jason Duaine Hahn – January 22, 2020 03:05 PM
    https://people.com/sports/aaron-rodgers-opens-up-about-religion-to-danica-patrick-i-dont-know-how-you-can-believe-in-a-god/

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    • Pale rider says:

      The rise of the ‘super athletes’ ‘super rich’ brings the ‘super’ ego. A false self, a projection of lies to cope with a fallen world. We all have it, his is ‘super’.
      Tim Tebow is one strong Christian. Tebow talks of ‘living the faith’ at home and his family guiding him in that faith. Very strong in that regard.
      Probably the best thing for Rodgers would be to loose everything, to live with only one option. Trust God. Hard times cut off the ‘fluff’.
      I wonder, do you think he prayed to God to be a great football player?

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    • Rudy says:

      He doesn’t sound confused at all to me. But then, I understand where he’s coming from.

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  6. Garrison Hall says:

    Ana Vidovic tackles Giuliani’s “Grande Ouverture” and plays with a perfection few people can match. Wow is she good! In case anybody’s interested, Ana usually play a guitar made by Australian luthier Jim Redgate who’s guitars have a unique composite “latticework” top design which, compared to more traditional classical guitar designs, gives them the remarkable volume and dynamic range you hear on this video.

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  7. Deplorable_Infidel says:

    The Captain of Our Salvation

    By Pastor Cornelius R. Stam

    Years ago a man of God was asked to preach at the funeral of a young soldier whose parents were unsaved.

    During the course of his message the preacher sought to impress upon his hearers the basic fact that “the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life, through Jesus Christ our Lord” (Rom.6:23).

    This greatly upset the parents. After the service they complained: “This is embarrassing. Our boy was not a sinner.”

    The truth was that shortly before his death this young man had done what every true, born-again Christian has done. He acknowledged himself to be a lost sinner and, trusting Christ as his Savior, had been so gloriously saved that his parents were mystified that he could be so happy in the face of death.

    The simplest believer in Christ understands all this. He knows that for the “old man” the death of the body is indeed a “dishonorable discharge” for laws broken, orders disobeyed, responsibilities unmet, and trusts betrayed. But for the “new man the death of the body is the vestibule through which he is ushered into the blessed presence of “the Captain of our Salvation,” the One who “by the grace of God tasted death for every man” that He might “bring many sons unto glory” (See Hebrews 2:9,10).

    This is why we read in Hebrews 2:14,15:

    “Forasmuch, then, as the children [of Adam] were partakers of flesh and blood, He [Christ] also Himself likewise took part of the same; that through death He might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil;

    “And deliver them who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage.”

    No wonder St. Paul’s simple message of salvation was: “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and thou shalt be saved” (Acts 16:31).

    https://www.bereanbiblesociety.org/the-captain-of-our-salvation/

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

    Hebrews 2:9 But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels for the suffering of death, crowned with glory and honour; that he by the grace of God should taste death for every man.
    10 For it became him, for whom are all things, and by whom are all things, in bringing many sons unto glory, to make the captain of their salvation perfect through sufferings.

    Hebrews 2:14 Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, he also himself likewise took part of the same; that through death he might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil;
    15 And deliver them who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage.

    Acts 16:31 And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house.

    1 Corinthians 15:1 Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand;
    2 By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain.
    3 For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures;
    4 And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:

    Ephesians 2:8 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:
    9 Not of works, lest any man should boast.

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  8. Lucille says:

    “The longer I live, the more I realize the impact of attitude on life. Attitude, to me, is more important than facts. It is more important than the past, than education, than money, than circumstances, than failures, than successes, than what other people think or say or do.

    The remarkable thing is we have a choice every day regarding the attitude we will embrace for that day. We cannot change our past. We cannot change the fact that people will act in a certain way. We cannot change the inevitable. The only thing we can do is play on the one string we have, and that is our attitude.

    I am convinced that life is 10% what happens to me and 90% how I react to it. And so it is with you. We are in charge of our attitudes.” – Charles Swindoll:

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    • SouthernHeart says:

      Lucille, thanks for this great reminder!

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    • Dora says:

      Excellent advice!

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    • amwick says:

      Excellent quote, TY Lucille… THis describes our VSGPotus, he has an amazing attitude.. amazing…

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      • Lucille says:

        I thought that very thing, amwick, upon finding the quote.

        Our President also exemplifies Churchill’s famous saying: “Never, never, never, never—in nothing, great or small, large or petty—never give in, except to convictions of honour and good sense. Never yield to force. Never yield to the apparently overwhelming might of the enemy.”

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        • WSB says:

          Lucille, our President had the most unique upbringing…in that he attended the NY Military Academy for six years of a most influential time of life (younger and longer than anyone ever attending West Point), and he was a member of Norman Vincent Peale’s Presbyterian Church.

          Peale wrote ‘The Power of Positive Thinking’.

          I am convinced that there were quite a few factors of the making of Donald J. Trump, and these were crucial.

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    • mark says:

      Thanks Lucille for the post. I have had that quote on my refrigerator for a couple of years now and share it when appropriate.

      Got it at the local government building department while trying navigate their rules for home improvement. I was successful but frustrated most of the time. Me, a sing you a song in a heartbeat, make you laugh kinda guy.

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      • Lucille says:

        Frustrating is the word for renovations or new builds, especially in you live in the coastal regions of California. A friend of mine owned a very nice piece of property in the Malibu hills. Had a terrific view of the ocean. There was no structure to renovate. So he started the process for a new build.

        He could never get his plans past the California Coastal Commission. It just sat there undeveloped for well over 20 years. He left the property to his ex-wife when he died.

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    • WSB says:

      Beautiful, Lucille!

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  9. Dora says:

    Guy Rose – Provincial Olive Grove (1910)

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  10. dogsmaw says:

    Bee Gees

    Words
    Original Footage 4Th February 1968

    &

    You Should Be Dancing
    Live 1979

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  11. duchess01 says:

    Verse of the Day

    “Nevertheless the foundation of God standeth sure, having this seal, The Lord knoweth them that are his. And, Let every one that nameth the name of Christ depart from iniquity.”
    2 Timothy 2:19 (KJV)

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  12. dogsmaw says:

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  13. just stevie says:

    THE OVERMASTERING DIRECTION

    “I have appeared unto thee for this purpose.” Acts xxvi. 16

    The vision Paul had on the road to Damascus was no passing emotion, but a vision that had very clear and emphatic directions for him, and he says, “I was not disobedient to the heavenly vision.” Our Lord said, in effect, to Paul – Your whole life is to be overmastered by Me; you are to have no end, no aim and no purpose but Mine. “I HAVE CHOSEN HIM.”

    When we are born again we all have visions, if we are spiritual at all, of what Jesus wants us to be, and the great thing is to learn not to be disobedient to the vision, not to say that it cannot be attained. It is not sufficient to know that God has redeemed the world, and to know that the Holy Spirit can make all that Jesus did effectual in me; I must have the basis of a personal relationship to Him. Paul was not given a message or a doctrine to proclaim, he was brought into a vivid, personal, overmastering relationship to Jesus Christ. Verse 16 is immensely commanding – “to make thee a minister and a witness.” There is nothing there apart from the personal relationship. Paul was devoted to a Person not to a cause. He was absolutely Jesus Christ’s, he saw nothing else, he lived for nothing else. “For I determined not to know anything among you, save Jesus Christ, and Him crucified.”

    Oswald Chambers
    January 24th Devotional

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  14. Dora says:

    What a spoiler! I just mentioned to Hubby that this looks like a good book and he had to admit he already ordered it for me for Valentine’s Day. 🙂

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  15. Sepp says:

    . . . but deliver us from the Evil One.

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  17. WeeWeed says:

    Mornin’ infidels!

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  18. DeWalt says:

    For your consideration. Read and spread far and wide. This explains the damage FDR did with Stalin and our troubles today. TRUTH
    https://cms.frontpagemag.com/fpm/2020/01/im-saddened-white-mans-emasculation-raymond-ibrahim

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  19. Neo says:

    The tome the House impeachment managers delivered last weekend contained something like 56 mentions of “debunked conspiracy theories”, so this is obviously the new meme of choice for inconvenient news.

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  20. Sepp says:

    To Ponder

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

    1. His tears and sorrow over the dead Lazarus, as also over the fate of Jerusalem.
    2. His tears and sorrow in the Garden of Gethsemane over man’s slavery to sin, the devil and death.

    From “The Prologue from Ohrid” by Saint Nikolai (Serbian-born Bishop who reposed in the USA and was a former prisoner at Dachau) fir today – January 11th – on the traditional Calendar of the Orthodox Christian Church.

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  21. Deplorable_Vespucciland says:

    “The Environmental Protection Agency finalized a rule Thursday afternoon scaling back an Obama-era regulation farmers and energy producers claimed saddled them with unnecessary burdens. EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler announced the rule change in Las Vegas, effectively hemming in a regulation restricting the use of fertilizers and pesticides.

    President Donald Trump promised to repeal his predecessor’s “Waters of the United States” policy when he was running in 2016. Rolling back WOTUS saves landowners, farmers and businesses from being forced to ‘hire teams of attorneys to tell them how to use their own land,’ Wheeler told reporters at a meeting of the National Association of Home Builders.” ~ from WesternJournalism dotcom

    Perhaps the most unreported part about the president’s visit to Austin, Texas last weekend.
    “I terminated one of the most ridiculous regulations of all: the last administration’s disastrous Waters of the United States rule,” President Trump told the American Farm Bureau Federation’s annual convention last Sunday. Fully expect the environmental wackos will start pulling their hair out over this soon and the crazy mainstream media will be right their with them going bald.

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  22. T2020 says:

    This is another example of why the MSM is complicit in it’s inflammatory rhetoric that incites violence against innocent conservatives. The CBS WINS radio news mentioned the March for Life. They said “Trump is the first president to speak at the ANTI-ABORTION event.” It’s a PRO-LIFE March. A negative spin always enrages people on the left, as they wait for something to threaten their desire to destroy the innocent.

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  23. Lucille says:

    You’ll recall that Pensacola is the place where the terrorist attack occurred in December.

    Inside Mosques: Pensacola, Florida Mosques Rated “Extremely Dangerous”
    January 23, 2020 9:00 AM By DAVE GAUBATZ
    https://www.jihadwatch.org/2020/01/inside-mosques-pensacola-florida-mosques-rated-extremely-dangerous?utm_source=newsletter&utm

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  24. czarowniczy says:

    In October, 2019 the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation was part of a study that simulated a pandemic outbreak. http://www.centerforhealthsecurity.org/newsroom/center-news/2020-01-17-Event201-recommendations.html

    In January we have our Chinese coronavirus outbreak that threatens to go pandemic. https://www.businessinsider.com/scientist-simulated-coronavirus-pandemic-deaths-2020-1

    Just a few weeks after the outbreak we have the same Gates Foundation giving funds to a Pennsylvania company that is trying to develop a vaccine for the Wuhan virus: https://www.inquirer.com/health/coronavirus-china-vaccine-inovio-bill-gates-20200123.html

    We swim in a sea of coincidences.

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  25. czarowniczy says:

    And the Democrats want us to give up our ability to defend ourselves so we can all ‘just get along’: https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2019/sep/12/muslim-kids-philly-dance-chopping-heads-jihad-song/

    And for the liberals in the crowd who don’t believe the ‘far-right-wing press’ we have left-wing confirmation: https://www.snopes.com/fact-check/philadelphia-muslim-children/

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  26. Spurwing Plover says:

    I see where that pathetic little Pipsqueak David Hogg had something to say about t he Virginia Gun Owners telling them to put down their guns and pick up a book. Shut up Hogg your in no position to tell your elders what to do.I guess there was no big crowds for his book he wrote.There are good books for Gun Owners to read Hogg Boy.What he needs is a lesson in Humility

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  27. dogsmaw says:

    Well I’m astounded!!!

    “Through The Years” by the Jay Sekulow Band

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  28. 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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  29. 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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  30. Troublemaker10 says:

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  32. An says:

    https://www.theverge.com/2020/1/24/21080968/jeff-bezos-hack-phone-lauren-michael-sanchez-texts-national-enquirer

    News on the Bezos hack. It may or may not be related to anything, but they’ve been floating conspiracies about MbS being linked to Trump and the Bezos conspiracy follows a path eerily similar to the Russian conspiracy. He turns over his phone to an unaccountable 3rd party security firm that makes grand attributions on utterly flimsy technical evidence. I mean, you think it was Saudi Arabia because you found an encrypted movie that, when played, flies the SA flag? Really, their spies can’t do any better than that!?

    Also, umm, you do know that movies are often encrypted with DRM right? Meanwhile, as for hacks, they could’ve gotten his iCloud account compromised, but somehow they ruled this out because… he forgot the password and they had to reset it? Well, granted, there’s also the even more normal explanation given above, but I expect more grand conspiracy theories soon.

    I’m imagining something where MbS, Kushner and Bolsonaro meet in a pizza shop basement or something.

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