Tuesday February 18th – 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. H.M.P.D. says:

    God willing…. #JohnnyBoy

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  3. Deplorable_Infidel says:

    Two Things We Know

    In Romans 8 St. Paul points to two great truths which every true believer knows. The first (Verses 22,23) he knows by experience; the second (Verse 28) he knows by faith.

    Rom. 8:22,23: “For we know that the whole creation groaneth and travaileth in pain together until now. And not only they, but ourselves also, which have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting for the adoption, to wit, the redemption of our body.”

    The words “until now,” in this passage, are significant, for our Lord came to earth healing the sick, cleansing the lepers, making the blind to see, the deaf to hear and the lame to leap for joy. But He was rejected by sinful men and nailed to a cross.

    After His resurrection and ascension His persecutors were given another chance, however, as Peter called upon them to repent so that “the times of refreshing” might still “come from the presence of the Lord” (Acts 3:19,20). But again the King and His blessed kingdom were rejected so that, in the words of Paul, the whole creation continues to groan and travail in pain “together until now.”

    But in this passage the Apostle points out that even God’s children are not exempt from this suffering, for the most sincere believer, the most consecrated saint, must still partake of the sufferings and sorrows of the world while he waits for “the redemption of our body,” when “we shall all be changed” (I Cor. 15:51).

    But while every believer knows about suffering and sorrow by experience, there is something else he knows by faith. Verse 28 speaks of this:

    “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to His purpose.”

    The true Christian is not a mere optimist; he is a believer in God’s Word, and God has much to say about how He is working all out for the good of His own. We have room here to quote but two passages:

    II Cor. 4:17: “For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory.”

    Rom. 8:18: “For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.”

    By Pastor Cornelius R. Stam

    https://www.bereanbiblesociety.org/two-things-we-know/

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    • Deplorable_Infidel says:

      “the King and His blessed kingdom were rejected”

      Ro 11:11 I say then, Have they stumbled that they should fall? God forbid: but rather through their fall salvation is come unto the Gentiles, for to provoke them to jealousy.
      12 Now if the fall of them be the riches of the world, and the diminishing of them the riches of the Gentiles; how much more their fulness?

      Why is why the ascended Lord Jesus Christ from heaven reached out to save Saul, to reveal something new to him, which has lasted for ~2000 years now

      13 For I speak to you Gentiles, inasmuch as I am the apostle of the Gentiles, I magnify mine office:

      Ephesians 3:2 If ye have heard of the dispensation of the grace of God which is given me to you-ward:
      3 How that by revelation he made known unto me the mystery; (as I wrote afore in few words,
      4 Whereby, when ye read, ye may understand my knowledge in the mystery of Christ)
      5 Which in other ages was not made known unto the sons of men, as it is now revealed unto his holy apostles and prophets by the Spirit;

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    • Kirsty I says:

      God has been telling me all day to read the 8th chapter of Romans,
      and then you come along to remind me again!
      I have always embraced the first verse so much I can hardly let go of it to read on!
      “Therefore, there is NO condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.”!
      It just doesn’t get any better than that for the wretched, of whom I am the wretchedest…

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      • Deplorable_Infidel says:

        If you read 3 chapters of Paul’s epistles a day (5-15 minutes avg.), than you can read through them all in 29 days.

        1 Timothy 4:13 KJV
        Till I come, give attendance to reading, to exhortation, to doctrine.

        1 Thessalonians 2:13 KJV
        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.

        Romans 12:1-2 KJV
        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.

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  4. Mary Van Deusen says:

    Dissolves won. This is probably the last of the Earthview abstractions I’ll do.

    Telemann, Concerto In D Major For 3 Trumpets. 3rd movement, Adagio.

    Earthview Landscape Abstractions 4

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    • OW21 says:

      Wonderful, Mary – Thank you for that post.

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      • Mary Van Deusen says:

        Many virtual hugs, OW21! Art is my heart and to see the earth as art… It just takes me over. My plan is to start collecting astronomical images next. I built a 6″ f/8 mirror when I was 16 and really miss being immersed in the beauty of astronomy.

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    • piper567 says:

      Mary, it is such a joy to see your work again.
      It’s a gift to have your editing…there are SO many good photos available now, one hardly knows where to begin.
      The music makes for a great celebration of this wonder, and yours is always a perfect fit.
      Thanks so much, for the work, and allowing us to share it….many have been blessed.

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      • Mary Van Deusen says:

        Celebration is such a perfect word, piper. My first reaction on finding these was total awe. How had I forgotten how magnificent this earth is? I’m pretty far along in collecting the astronomy pictures and there, too, I’m just overwhelmed by the beauty and the majesty and the wonder that I live among lights and had forgotten to remember how small we are among the glories of the universe. Can’t tell you what it means to know that you share my feelings.

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        • piper567 says:

          Mary, Please continue to share your work w/us.
          I visit the OT regularly, and haven’t seen you lately.

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          • Mary Van Deusen says:

            I do a wide range of creative things and sort of cycle through them. I still need to go back to finishing a bio of one of my grandmothers for an illustrated version I created of one of her books. She wrote marvelous little sayings like “A good time is the privilege of Youth and paying for it is the obligation of Maturity.” This was just the time to cycle back to art videos. There’s 78 of my Fine Arts videos in my channel’s Fine Arts playlist, so I’d bet there’s videos there you haven’t seen. After the astronomy vid is done, I can post a few of the older ones.

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            • piper567 says:

              Mary, Thanks for the link…I know you have posted it in the past, but I somehow lost it.

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              • Mary Van Deusen says:

                I write on scraps of paper and NEVER find them again. I think of the universe as littered with notes of possibilities that will never be fulfilled. Which, of course, leaves time for all the things that CAN be fulfilled.

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  5. Robert Smith says:

    Chosen for its audio and video quality. Performance seems pretty good to me but I’m not a musician.

    W.A. Mozart: Piano Quartet No. 1 / KV 478 / Pogostkina, Hagen, Meyer, Ducros

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  6. Garrison Hall says:

    “There must be some kind of way out of here. Said the joker to the thief . . .” You can easily say that all of Bob Dylan’s song are works of genius and you’ll got no argument from me. “All Along The Watchtower” has, for me anyway, always contained just the kind of eerie imagery that tells of a deeper story. Of course, to be as honest about my views as possible, I have to admit that when I listened to this song in period it was possibly in the midst of a consciousness altering event. Sorry I can be more specific. You just had to have been there at the time . . .

    Aside for being a splendid performance, this video is also interesting for the manner in which it was recorded. The musicians shown here are recorded in their home environments literally all around the world. I think that’s pretty cool in and of itself. 🙂

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  7. citizen817 says:

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  9. L&L says:

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  10. H.M.P.D. says:

    If someone comes into your life
    and has a positive impact on you,
    Be thankful that your paths crossed.
    And even if they can’t stay for some reason,
    Be thankful that somehow they brought joy into your life,
    even if it was just for a short while.
    Life is change. People come and go,
    some stay, some don’t and that’s okay.
    Remember the good times…and smile that it happened.
    ❤ 🙂 ❤

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  11. Kirsty I says:

    “Courage is not just one of the virtues,
    it is every virtue at its sticking point.”
    C.S. Lewis

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    • TreeClimber says:

      What is worth standing for… I find myself asking that more and more often now… what is worth saying “damn the torpedoes” and taking a stand…

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  12. citizen817 says:

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    • windbag says:

      “Did you go to college?”
      “Yeah, and that’s the sad part.”
      Yes it is, young lady, yes it is.

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    • Pale rider says:

      What’s with the ‘Africa’ answer? Over and over but never America.

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      • mandy says:

        Are we allowed to notice that?

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        • Pale rider says:

          Yeah, I’m just saying somehow somewhere that’s been hammered in their heads but nothing else stuck. Is it SJW garbage taught at schools or some advertising that are frequently visited?
          We are and have been exceptional as a nation and regardless of the issues we have seems ‘THAT’ one continent, North America, and country, America, would stand out to Americans but Africa? I’m not understanding. No wonder we cry for insanity when people don’t know which direction is up.

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    • TreeClimber says:

      I am truly terrible at geography and I really couldn’t name any African country off the top of my head but I see Australia, Greenland, US, UK, Mexico, Canada, Brazil, China, Saudi Arabia, I think that’s Japan up there by Korea, right? – Russia, obviously… Chile down there in its long narrow strip of South America’s West Coast…

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  13. Troublemaker10 says:

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    • MR52 says:

      Hey TM10, you beat me to it, I was just getting ready to post this. You need to go to bed earlier.

      FBI agents last month raided the home of the CEO of a bankrupt hospital chain and one of its hospitals in Pennsylvania in new signs of trouble for a company central to accusations of influence-peddling by James Biden, brother of former Vice President Joe Biden.

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    • jbt says:

      Wow. Texted to his victim by mistake…a brain cell fail worthy of his brother, Joe.

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  14. Troublemaker10 says:

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  15. Lucille says:

    Just discovered this artist yesterday and have already listened/watched 15 of his vids. He’s a really fine guitarist and has an unusual singing/speaking voice with an accent which seems a combo to my ear. His surname may be Irish and his spelling is Brit English. Can’t find a bio but his YTs indicate his channel is of United States origin and he’s a composer/singer, guitarist, producer, and an instructor.

    Slow Rumba Flamenco Spanish Guitar Backing Track Am (A Minor) by Nick Neblo

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  16. Dora says:

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  17. Dora says:

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  18. Am not even remotely drawing any parallels between TVSGPDJT and Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, but in reading of the trials and trial of Christ, has anybody else seen similarities in the language and legal tactics used by the Pharisees, Sanhedrin, Annas, and Caiaphus; Pilate and Herrod, against Jesus throughout his ministry…and various leaders of the Left? (E.g. imagine Schiff as Caiuphus, Roberts as Pilate)

    Coincidence?

    What I AM saying is the more things change, the more they remain the same.

    “Truth? What is truth?”

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    • The Truth Will Set You Free

      31 So Jesus said to the Jews who had believed him, “If you abide in my word, you are truly my disciples, 32 and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” 33 They answered him, “We are offspring of Abraham and have never been enslaved to anyone. How is it that you say, ‘You will become free’?”

      34 Jesus answered them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, everyone who practices sin is a slave[b] to sin. 35 The slave does not remain in the house forever; the son remains forever. 36 So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed. 37 I know that you are offspring of Abraham; yet you seek to kill me because my word finds no place in you. 38 I speak of what I have seen with my Father, and you do what you have heard from your father.”

      You Are of Your Father the Devil

      39 They answered him, “Abraham is our father.” Jesus said to them, “If you were Abraham’s children, you would be doing the works Abraham did, 40 but now you seek to kill me, a man who has told you the truth that I heard from God. This is not what Abraham did. 41 You are doing the works your father did.” They said to him, “We were not born of sexual immorality. We have one Father—even God.” 42 Jesus said to them, “If God were your Father, you would love me, for I came from God and I am here. I came not of my own accord, but he sent me. 43 Why do you not understand what I say? It is because you cannot bear to hear my word. 44 You are of your father the devil, and your will is to do your father’s desires. He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks out of his own character, for he is a liar and the father of lies. 45 But because I tell the truth, you do not believe me. 46 Which one of you convicts me of sin? If I tell the truth, why do you not believe me? 47 Whoever is of God hears the words of God. The reason why you do not hear them is that you are not of God.”

      Before Abraham Was, I Am

      48 The Jews answered him, “Are we not right in saying that you are a Samaritan and have a demon?” 49 Jesus answered, “I do not have a demon, but I honor my Father, and you dishonor me. 50 Yet I do not seek my own glory; there is One who seeks it, and he is the judge. 51 Truly, truly, I say to you, if anyone keeps my word, he will never see death.” 52 The Jews said to him, “Now we know that you have a demon! Abraham died, as did the prophets, yet you say, ‘If anyone keeps my word, he will never taste death.’ 53 Are you greater than our father Abraham, who died? And the prophets died! Who do you make yourself out to be?” 54 Jesus answered, “If I glorify myself, my glory is nothing. It is my Father who glorifies me, of whom you say, ‘He is our God.’[c] 55 But you have not known him. I know him. If I were to say that I do not know him, I would be a liar like you, but I do know him and I keep his word. 56 Your father Abraham rejoiced that he would see my day. He saw it and was glad.” 57 So the Jews said to him, “You are not yet fifty years old, and have you seen Abraham?”[d] 58 Jesus said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, before Abraham was, I am.” 59 So they picked up stones to throw at him, but Jesus hid himself and went out of the temple.

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    • mandy says:

      Are we allowed to notice that?

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  19. Dora says:

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  20. duchess01 says:

    Verse of the Day

    “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.”
    2 Corinthians 5:17 (KJV)

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  21. just stevie says:

    THE INITIATIVE AGAINST DESPAIR

    “Rise, let us be going.” Matthew xxvi. 46

    The disciples went to sleep when they should have kept awake, and when they realized what they had done it produced despair. The sense of the irreparable is apt to make us despair, and we say – “It is all up now, it is not use trying anymore.” If we imagine that this kind of despair is exceptional, we are mistaken, it is a very ordinary human experience. Whenever we realize that we have not done that which we had a magnificent opportunity of doing, then we are apt to sink into despair; and Jesus Christ comes and says – “Sleep on now, that opportunity is lost forever, you cannot alter it, but arise and go to the next thing.” Let the past sleep, but let it sleep on the bosom of Christ, and go out into the irresistible future with Him.

    There are experiences like this in each of our lives. We are in despair, the despair that comes from actualities, and we cannot lift ourselves out of it. The disciples in this instance had done a downright unforgivable thing; they had gone to sleep instead of watching with Jesus, but He came with a spiritual initiative against their despair and said – “Arise and do the next thing.” If we are inspired of God, what is the next thing? To trust Him absolutely and to pray on the ground of His Redemption.

    Never let the sense of failure corrupt your new action.

    Oswald Chambers
    February 18th Devotional

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  22. Dora says:

    Head of Wuhan hospital HAS died of coronavirus, Chinese state TV says, after local officials revealed – and then denied – his death

    The head of a Wuhan hospital at the centre of the coronavirus outbreak has died of the disease, health officials have confirmed.

    Dr Liu Zhiming, 51, died this morning after ‘all-out rescue efforts failed’, according to state broadcaster CCTV – resolving a state of confusion last night after local officials reported his death before later denying it.

    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-8013267/Head-Wuhan-hospital-dies-coronavirus-Chinese-media.html

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  23. WeeWeed says:

    Mornin’ infidels, especially all y’all rube farmers disdained by el bloombito.

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  24. Jimmy R says:

    Thank you for everything you do, Sundance.

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  25. WY Farmer's Wife says:

    Posted by my ex-boss on LinkedIn:
    What if Michael Bloomberg isn’t running to win the Democratic nomination? What if he is running to set up an independent run in 2020? If he can carve off enough electoral votes that neither the Republican nor the Democratic candidate has the votes to go over the top, then the Presidential race is decided in the House of Representatives-and, yes it has happened before. The top 3 candidates would be voted on by House members. If the choices are Sanders, Trump and Bloomberg, who do you think would win?
    My response:
    Everyone would lose because no matter who was chosen it would trigger a civil war.

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  26. Sepp says:

    . . . but deliver us from the Evil One.

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  27. H.M.P.D. says:

    Judge Jackson denies Roger Stone new trial. Sentencing Thursday.

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    • Lucille says:

      Judge Jackson…channeling her inner satan…the Father of Lies.

      Can this woman be removed or is she in position for life no matter what she does?

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  28. Paul Cohen says:

    nauseating……

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  29. F.D.R. in Hell says:

    So close to Halloween, too.

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  30. Linda K. says:

    One of the neighbors complained about his Trump flag, so….

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  31. Sepp says:

    To Ponder

    Let me ponder on the Lord Jesus as the one true enlightener:

    1. As the enlightener of every single man.
    2. As the enlightener, in consequence,, of groups of men and of humanity as a whole.
    As the enlightener who enlightens the mind, heart and will of man with an enduring light.

    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 – February 5th – on the traditional Calendar of the Orthodox Christian Church.

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    • Sepp says:

      The Holy Martyr Agatha from the Sicilian town of Palermo was tortured and killed during the persecution under the Emperor Decius in the year 251.

      She is commemorated today, February 5th, on the traditional Calendar of the Orthodox Christian Church.

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  32. 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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  33. 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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