Sunday February 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:

    Teach No Other Doctrine

    By Pastor Cornelius R. Stam

    In strong language the Apostle bids Timothy to “charge some that they teach no other doctrine”; no other doctrine, obviously, than that which he had taught them. In 1 Tim. 6:3-5 he closes his epistle by saying:

    “If any man teach otherwise, and consent not to wholesome words, even the words of our Lord Jesus Christ… from such withdraw thyself.”

    In these passages the Apostle emphasizes the importance of fidelity to that heaven-sent message committed to him by revelation; that message which he says in Tit. 1:2,3 was “promised before the ages began” but made known “in due time… through preaching which is committed unto me…”

    Ever since Paul’s day religious leaders have substituted other messages for that committed by the glorified Lord to Paul. The law of Moses, the Sermon on the Mount, the “great commission,” and Pentecost have all been confused with God’s message and program for the dispensation of grace. This is what has bewildered and divided the Church and ripened it for the apostasy.

    With all the confused thinking about the Ten Commandments and the Sermon on the Mount fifty years ago it was little wonder that modernism swept so many off their feet with its teachings about Jesus of Nazareth, the Man of Galilee, following his footsteps, social betterment, political reform, etc. Multitudes were so taken up with the social gospel, so eager to help make the world a better place to live in, that they did not even notice or believe that the modernists denied the very fundamentals of the Christian faith.

    But the new evangelicalism of our day is still more dangerous. It is big. It is well financed. It is popular. It is subtle. Perhaps its greatest danger lies in the fact that while claiming to be “conservative,” it minimizes the importance of the fundamentals and the danger of apostatizing from them.

    Thus the inspired words of the Apostle Paul: “Charge some that they teach no other doctrine,” are more urgently needed in our day than they were in his.

    https://www.bereanbiblesociety.org/teach-no-other-doctrine/

    1 Timothy 6:3 If any man teach otherwise, and consent not to wholesome words, even the words of our Lord Jesus Christ, and to the doctrine which is according to godliness;
    4 He is proud, knowing nothing, but doting about questions and strifes of words, whereof cometh envy, strife, railings, evil surmisings,
    5 Perverse disputings of men of corrupt minds, and destitute of the truth, supposing that gain is godliness: from such withdraw thyself.

    Titus 1:2 In hope of eternal life, which God, that cannot lie, promised before the world began;
    3 But hath in due times manifested his word through preaching, which is committed unto me according to the commandment of God our Saviour;

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    • TMonroe says:

      “With all the confused thinking about the Ten Commandments and the Sermon on the Mount fifty years ago it was little wonder that modernism swept so many off their feet with its teachings about Jesus of Nazareth, the Man of Galilee, following his footsteps, social betterment, political reform, etc.”

      Notice how following the footsteps of “Jesus of Nazareth” — which was how the Lord announced himself to Paul on the road to Damascus (cf. Acts 22:8) — is lumped in with modern teachings about political reform and connected to “confused thinking” on parts of Scripture.

      Notably, Paul indicated who his example is here: “Be imitators of me, as I also am of Christ” (1 Cor. 11:1). This directly follows a series of verses where Paul speaks of the mindset and conduct believers should emulate: “Therefore whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do all things to the glory of God. Be you without offense both to Jews and Greeks, and to the church of God— as I also please all in all things, not seeking my own profit, but that of the many, that they may be saved” (1 Cor. 10:31-33). This seeking to do the Father’s will as it relates to seeking the profit (i.e. salvation) of the many corresponds to Paul’s imitation of Christ.

      Paul pointed to Christ’s example for how believers are to walk: “Be imitators of God, therefore, as beloved children, and walk in love, just as Christ also loved us and gave Himself up for us as an offering and a sacrifice to God” (cf. Eph. 5:1-2a). Paul also highlights those who had done so and had become examples like him and other sharers of the Gospel who walk in the path shown by the Lord:

      “And you became imitators of us and of the Lord, having received the word in much tribulation, with the joy of the Holy Spirit, so as for you to became an example to all the believing ones in Macedonia and in Achaia. For not only has the word of the Lord sounded forth from you in Macedonia and in Achaia, but in every place your faith toward God has gone abroad, so as for us to have no need to say anything” (1 Thess. 1:6-8).

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      • TMonroe says:

        “In these passages the Apostle emphasizes the importance of fidelity to that heaven-sent message committed to him by revelation; that message which he says in Tit. 1:2,3 was “promised before the ages began” but made known “in due time… through preaching which is committed unto me…”

        Titus 1:2-3 — “in the hope of eternal life, which God, who cannot lie, promised before time eternal and in His own seasons revealed in His word, in the proclamation with which I have been entrusted according to the commandment of God our Savior”.

        Rather than “the hope of eternal life” revealed in God’s word being a message that Paul claimed to uniquely proclaim, much of his ministry included purposeful ties of his hope for eternal life to what the “twelve tribes hope to attain” (cf. Acts 26:7a). He evidently studied the Scriptures extensively and lived as a Pharisee who appealed to the latter fact as it related to “the hope and the the resurrection of the dead” (Acts 23:6-8). Therefore, it stands to reason that Paul would have been among those carrying — at the very least, intellectually– the hope of eternal life promised by God, even before Paul’s roadside experience in Acts 9.

        This widespread tenet in Jewish religious thought and history enabled Paul to point to Christ’s resurrection as a necessary part of what needed to be fulfilled in accordance with “the hope of the promise having been made by God to our fathers” (cf. Acts 26:6). Before a Gentile ruler of Judea, Paul spoke of the hope for resurrected lives held by both him and those who believe what is written in Scripture:

        “But I confess this to you, that according to the Way which they call a sect, so I serve the God of our fathers, believing all things throughout the Law and that have been written in the Prophets, having a hope in God, which they themselves also await, that there is about to be a resurrection, both of the just and of the unjust” (Acts 24:14-15).

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  3. Lucille says:

    Treepers…

    Love this little guy – Stellers Blue Jay

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  4. citizen817 says:

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  6. Garrison Hall says:

    Happy Sunday, Treepers! I hope everyone has a blessed day.

    Here’s another Joan Chamorro group performance featuring Andrea Motis singing and playing trumpet. I’m a bit knocked out by how good this group is, having just found them a little bit ago. We shouldn’t be at all surprised to find a primarily Spanish origin group (Barcelona?) playing straight head jazz with such musical skill: Spain has been producing musicians of extraordinary talent for centuries. Fortunately for us, these guys decided to play jazz. Toward the end of the piece pay attention to Ignasi Terraza’s piano solo where he plays counterpoint involving two simultaneously interweaving melodies. Wow. Are they good, or what??

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  7. Lucille says:

    Daughter of Muslim Brotherhood Affiliate Appointed as Bernie’s Virginia Campaign Co-Chair
    By KIM COULTER – February 22, 2020

    Bernie Sanders named Abrar Omeish co-chair of his Virginia Presidential Campaign despite her ties to Islamic terrorists and limited experience in politics.

    https://nationalfile.com/daughter-of-muslim-brotherhood-affiliate-appointed-as-bernies-virginia-campaign-co-chair/

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  8. czarowniczy says:

    Just had our 2nd death of the Mardi Gras season and both were caused by gross violations of parade behaviors we’ve had drilled into us over the years since Day One,

    First one was caused when a woman went to grab beads or say ‘hi’ to someone on the dual float – stories vary – but when the floats were stopped, as they frequently are in the parade for various reasons, a woman went between two tandem floats, tried to climb over the hitch joining them and was run over when the floats started up while she was still between them.

    Second was a young man tonite who was reaching for beads close to the float and was pushed by someone, probably also fighting for throws, under a tandem float. Bad thing was, other than his dying, this happened right in front of his family.

    The tandem floats are BIG floats, two or more articulated floats, some double-decker too, connected by a hitch. They’re steerable to allow them to negotiate the corners but need a good distance to turn, They’re pulled by a large farm tractor specifically set up to drag these behemoths and the drives, while very experienced, have very limited rear visibility – it all relies on common sense by the parade goes to go well. As I said, we’re told from birth almost, and it’s repeated endlessly on TV during the carnival season, that we’re not to go into the street, to stay on the curb. We’re told DO NOT (yes, in capital letters) go into the street in front/behind/under/up against floats as they can’t stop on a dime and they jerk when starting up. DON’T reach onto the street for any throws while the floats are moving as you could get pushed and run over. Most especially DON’T try to crawl between tandem floats as the space is narrow and if the float jerks to a start you’ll get knocked over and run over.

    The mayor and police chief are nonplussed and immediately cancelled the rest of the parade tonite, demanded that the remaining parades uncouple their tandem floats and run them as singles while promising a full investigation on how to make tandem floats safer or ban them entirely. Neither of them said anything about banning the legal and open consumption of alcohol on the parade routes, one has to have the tourists’ best interests in mind. We have to protect NOLA’s reputation as an ‘alcohol open’ city and the resultant profits, can’t possibly blame bad behaviors on the party-goers’ parts.

    So before this it was thugs shooting each other and parade-goers, guns being the problem and not the thug’s themselves – now firearms are banned along the parade routes. Now it’s folks doing behaviors that are basic, bedrock rules and it’s the float’s fault. Welcome to the 21st Century.

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    • Janie M. says:

      “Stupid is as stupid does.” And being fueled by alcoholic beverages/drugs doesn’t help. Then again, some of them probably don’t even need to ingest it to act like morons. 😒😕

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      • czarowniczy says:

        And this morning they were scrolling thru the deaths in the recent past caused by drunken drivers plowing into parade crowds as they couldn’t navigate the streets. Yet not one mention of the thugs who’ve shot up each other and innocent bystanders at the parades.

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        • Janie M. says:

          cz, of course they can’t mention the shooting thugs… that would be rayciiissst! But hey, the names dey mama gives them is usually a dead giveaway.

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          • czarowniczy says:

            Nor do they mention – much – the two incidences of drunken drivers over the last two years who plowed into parade-goers killing and maiming them. The city pushes the drunken aspects though much more covertly than they did before.

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  9. Lucille says:

    Michael Bloomberg Was In Jeffrey Epstein’s Little Black Book
    by Patrick Howley – February 18, 2020
    https://nationalfile.com/michael-bloomberg-was-in-jeffrey-epsteins-little-black-book/

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  10. Sepp says:

    . . . but deliver us from the Evil One.

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  11. Sepp says:

    Tribute to the late Philip Haney from John Guandolo.

    http://www.understandingthethreat.com/the-blog/

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  12. Dora says:

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  13. duchess01 says:

    Verse of the Day

    “Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.”
    2 Peter 1:4 (KJV)

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  15. just stevie says:

    THE DETERMINATION TO SERVE

    “The Son of Man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister.” Matthew xx. 28

    Paul’s idea of service is the same as Our Lord’s: “I am among you as He that serveth;” “ourselves your servants for Jesus’ sake.” We have the idea that a man called to the ministry is called to be a different kind of being from other men. According to Jesus Christ, he is called to be the “doormat” of other men; their spiritual leader, but never their superior. “I know how to be abased,” says Paul. This is Paul’s idea of service – “I will spend myself to the last ebb for you; you may give me praise or give me blame, it will make no difference.” So long as there is a human being who does not know Jesus Christ, I am his debtor to serve him until he does. The mainspring of Paul’s service is not love for men, but love for Jesus Christ. If we are devoted to the cause of humanity, we shall soon be crushed and broken-hearted, for we shall often meet with more ingratitude from men than we would from a dog; but if our motive is love to God, no ingratitude can hinder us from serving our fellow men.

    Paul’s realization of how Jesus Christ had dealt with him is the secret of his determination to serve others. “I was before a perjurer, a blasphemer, an injurious person” – no matter how men may treat me, they will never treat me with the spite and hatred with which I treated Jesus Christ. When we realize that Jesus Christ has served us to the end of our meanness, our selfishness, and sin, nothing that we meet with from others can exhaust our determination to serve men for His sake.

    Oswald Chambers
    February 23rd Devotional

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  16. Jacaranda11816 says:

    This week’s headlines are all about locusts and plagues and socialists at the gate… so why not riff off those themes with this beautiful Nick Cave song…

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  17. litlbit2 says:

    Here we go again, as it is only President Trump making America, America again!

    Continuing the Justice Department’s answer to more corruption cover up, after Seth Rich an others. AG Barr’s contribution to date is the advancement of either Clinton Bodybags or suicide as a PhD college course along with Fake Mueller Reports. Barr 2, Justice 0 now adding to Epstein’s black book!

    https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2020/02/rep-steve-king-philip-haney-didnt-kill-himself-had-insurance-policy-of-archived-incriminating-data-on-top-obama-officials/

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  18. WeeWeed says:

    Mornin’ infidels!

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  19. 335blues says:

    Philip Haney, former founding member of the DHS who accused Obama of destroying evidence of muslim terrorists in America, and author of “See something, say nothing”,
    was found dead along a deserted road in California from a single gunshot.
    Despite the facts that he was going to be remarried, planning to possibly return to DHS
    under Trump, and was described by all who knew him as “he could not have been happier”,
    authorities have concluded he died of suicide.
    And of course, Philip Haney will never know he died of ‘suicide’.

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  21. dutzie60 says:

    Looking for information/input on Congressional race in Texas District 17. Bill Flores retired and we have 17 republicans running for his seat. I’ve just recently moved to the area and will vote for first time here. Anyone knowledgeable about the race and candidates? Flores has endorsed a woman Renee Swann from Waco. Is Flores endorsement worthy of consideration or is he RINO/GOPe?

    Thanks for any info you might have.

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  22. TwoLaine says:

    I remember the skydiving incident last year and was sad to see that two more pilots have died. Unfortunately the DIMs have got their teeth into this. In their inifinite wisdom they have decided to close the airport down, putting many, many people out of business while they “investigate” for a year or more.

    I tho’t this was a bit excessive myself. How is it the airport’s fault? Then I read the comments and realize I am not alone.

    Welcome to what it will look like in 2021 if the DIMs seize the government by hook or by crook in Nov.

    Hawaii’s Dillingham Airfield, where 11 skydivers died in June, sees another fatal crash, two pilots dead
    Danielle Wallace
    by Danielle Wallace | Fox News
    12 Feb 2020
    https://www.foxnews.com/us/hawaii-plane-crash-dillingham-airfield-glider-pilots-dead-skydivers

    RIP Men, RIP.
    #BlueSkiesForever

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  23. majorkalhoun says:

    Jesus comes as a thief in the night. A good thief is not noticed until something of value is found to be missing.

    Time is running out…

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  24. czarowniczy says:

    Off to make the 50+ mile one way drive to pick up my great grandson for the Mardi Gras holiday. Don’t know what the Democratic candidates are doing with their kids/grandkids this weekend but mine’s going to work on proficiency with a Glock 31. So far he’s got the 1st and 2nd Amendments down pat, he understands, as the Founders intended, they are the two that guarantee the rest of the document will stand.

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  25. P says:

    For those who enjoy antiques, vintage motorcycles, car restorations, old bottles, etc. and the wonderful history these items tell, I highly recommend these 2 youtube channels and the spin offs from them (check Bob the Bottleman’s Channels’ tab):

    curiosityinc.com
    bobthebottleman.com

    Excellent family-friendly channels.

    I think you’ll enjoy Alex’s Potter’s House series, too.

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    • P says:

      Sorry, type Curiosity Inc or Bob the Bottleman into a search engine not the way I have them showing .com and click on their youtube channels. I’m not sure if we’re allowed to post youtube videos any longer with the change in services by youtube and is the reason why I hesitated to provide the full address.

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  26. Lucille says:

    Adopted Boy Makes It His Mission to Save Old Dogs Who Need a Home
    By KATHERINE RODRIGUEZ – 22 Feb 2020

    An eight-year-old boy who has been adopted out of the foster care system has made it his mission in life to save old dogs who need a home.

    https://www.breitbart.com/local/2020/02/22/adopted-boy-makes-it-his-mission-to-save-old-dogs-who-need-a-home/

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  28. Lucille says:

    “Moderate” Democrat Bloomberg Perfectly Echoes Stalinist Dictator Fidel Castro on Gun-grabbing
    Posted: Feb 22, 2020 by Humberto Fontova

    “.. It’s the job of law enforcement to have guns and to decide when to shoot. You just do not want the average (U.S.) citizen carrying a gun…”-Michael Bloomberg, Jan. 4, 2020

    https://townhall.com/columnists/humbertofontova/2020/02/22/moderate-democrat-bloomberg-perfectly-echoes-stalinist-dictator-fidel-castro-on-gungrabbing-n2561688

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  29. mandy says:

    Tonight we watched a funny little movie, a ‘one time watch’ found in full on youtube. “Who’s Been Sleeping in My Bed?” from 1963 stars Dean Martin, Elizabeth Montgomery, and Carol Burnett.

    https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0057682/

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  30. mandy says:

    In light of current events…we’re listening to “A Journal of the Plague Year” by Daniel Defoe.

    “The novel is a fictionalised account of one man’s experiences of the year 1665, in which the Great Plague struck the city of London. The book is told roughly chronologically, though without sections or chapter headings.”

    Quite fascinating stuff….

    Available to listen to a reading of the novel FREE online here:

    https://librivox.org/a-journal-of-the-plague-year-by-daniel-defoe/

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  31. 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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  32. 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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  33. Troublemaker10 says:

    That’s not what Bernie says.

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