Friday February 28th – 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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  3. Deplorable_Infidel says:

    Table the Fables!

    By Pastor Ricky Kurth

    “Not giving heed to Jewish fables, and commandments of men, that turn from the truth” (Titus 1:13,14).

    The “vain talkers…of the circumcision” in Crete (Tit. 1:10) were telling “Jewish fables” that were turning men from the truth, so Paul told Titus to tell people to put them on the pay-no-mind list. But what were these fables about?

    Whatever they were, they probably had to do with “the commandments of men” that Paul says they were also using to turn others from the truth. And since these fables were being told by unsaved Jews of the circumcision, it seems reasonable to believe that they were about the commandments of men Paul mentions in Colossians 2:21,22:

    “Touch not; taste not; handle not… the commandments… of men.”

    The commandments of men here were the commandments of the law of Moses. The law was filled with commands concerning things that couldn’t be touched, tasted or handled!

    You say, “But the law contained the commandments of God, not the commandments of men!” And you’d be right—if we were under the law. But our apostle says “we are not under the law, but under grace” (Rom. 6:15). And when you put men under commandments found in past dispensations, those commandments of God become the commandments of men. What a testimony to the importance of “rightly dividing the word of truth” (II Tim. 2:15).

    But now that we know which commandments of men Paul is warning Titus about, it helps us determine the nature of those fables. He was telling him to beware of men who teach the law, and then tell stories about the law. A fable is a story that is told to teach a lesson, and the fables these unsaved Jews were telling were designed to teach the lesson that we are still under the law.

    What kind of stories? The same kind men tell about the law today. How many times have you heard this verse from the law quoted:

    “…serve… God, and He shall… take sickness away from the midst of thee” (Ex. 23:25).

    That’s a promise God made to the people of Israel under the law. But when you tell people who quote that verse that we’re not under the law, and so we can’t expect God to honor that prom-ise, what do you hear? Stories! “But Brother Jim serves the Lord, and God took away his terminal cancer!” That’s a fable, a story designed to teach the lesson that we are still under the law.

    The law also said, “the LORD thy God… is He that giveth thee power to get wealth” (Deut. 8:18). That’s another promise God gave the people of Israel under the law. If they would “hearken diligently unto the voice of the LORD” (Deut.28:1), God promised to multiply their crops and livestock (v. 4,11,12). But when you remind people today that we’re not under the law where this promise is found, what do you hear? More fables! “But Brother Smith always hearkened to God, and now he’s so rich he can afford to pay Bill Gates to cut his grass!” More stories designed to teach the lesson we are still under the law. Paul says to pay no attention to fables like that!

    But as I’m sure you know, most Christians put a lot of stock in those kinds of success stories. But that shouldn’t surprise you, for the Apostle Paul predicted it, saying,

    “…the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine, but… they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables” (II Timothy 4:3,4).

    Sadly, this prophecy has come true. Most Christians would rather believe a fable than the Word of God, rightly divided.

    Don’t you be one of them! Table the fables, turn back to the truth of grace taught by Paul, and never look back!

    https://www.bereanbiblesociety.org/table-the-fables/

    Titus 1:13 This witness is true. Wherefore rebuke them sharply, that they may be sound in the faith;
    14 Not giving heed to Jewish fables, and commandments of men, that turn from the truth.

    Titus 1:10 For there are many unruly and vain talkers and deceivers, specially they of the circumcision:

    Colossians 2:21 (Touch not; taste not; handle not;
    22 Which all are to perish with the using;) after the commandments and doctrines of men?

    Romans 6:15 What then? shall we sin, because we are not under the law, but under grace? God forbid.

    2 Timothy 2:15 Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.

    Exodus 23:25 And ye shall serve the LORD your God, and he shall bless thy bread, and thy water; and I will take sickness away from the midst of thee.

    Deuteronomy 8:18 But thou shalt remember the LORD thy God: for it is he that giveth thee power to get wealth, that he may establish his covenant which he sware unto thy fathers, as it is this day.

    Deuteronomy 28:1 And it shall come to pass, if thou shalt hearken diligently unto the voice of the LORD thy God, to observe and to do all his commandments which I command thee this day, that the LORD thy God will set thee on high above all nations of the earth:

    Deuteronomy 28:4 Blessed shall be the fruit of thy body, and the fruit of thy ground, and the fruit of thy cattle, the increase of thy kine, and the flocks of thy sheep.
    11 And the LORD shall make thee plenteous in goods, in the fruit of thy body, and in the fruit of thy cattle, and in the fruit of thy ground, in the land which the LORD sware unto thy fathers to give thee.
    12 The LORD shall open unto thee his good treasure, the heaven to give the rain unto thy land in his season, and to bless all the work of thine hand: and thou shalt lend unto many nations, and thou shalt not borrow.

    2 Timothy 4:3 For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears;
    4 And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.

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  4. czarowniczy says:

    The mayor of a French coastal village held a contest to see who could decipher an almost 230-year-old cryptic message carved on a harbor rock. I wonder how many participants submitted: “Epstein didn’t kill himself!”?

    https://www.livescience.com/mystery-inscription-translated.html?utm_source=Selligent&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=9166&utm_content=OAP_Newsletter+&utm_term=3118587&m_i=zsATz9bxt_v6C7MY2ZGoajE1YvUS59W%2BRC4uyjeJ3nib6pm8OwQfWg7PxFrh%2B3zal8wTtJClyJHIpaCdvIjhpBfHsAA0L7kM1R1x0PzzzH

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  5. mandy says:

    So last night, we watched “Les Visiteurs.” Tonight, we’re watching “Just Visiting” which is a remake of sorts, done in 2001. In this ‘Americanized’ version, Jean Reno and Christian Clavier reprise their respective roles, with the additions of Christina Applegate as the descendant and Malcolm McDowell as the wizard. Another very fun movie!

    https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0189192/

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  6. Laurie Walker says:

    I’ve never liked folk music, but I can’t get this song out of my head. It has over 280 million views from around the world.

    I blame it on Trump.

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  7. Lucille says:

    CARisMA Guitar Duo playing the “Cavatina” by S. Myers from THE DEER HUNTER with the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra

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  8. Garrison Hall says:

    This seems like a good time to revisit Roxane Elfasci’s timeless performance of Clair de Lune. It is now up to more than 4 million hits on Youtube which is probably a record for a solo classical guitar performance. Her playing is so good here that no matter how often I listen, her performance is an entertaining as it was the first time I heard it.

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  9. Lucille says:

    Missouri Hunters Donate Nearly 350,000 Pounds Of Deer Meat To Food Banks
    February 27, 2020

    Missouri deer hunters have donated nearly 348,535 pounds of venison to food banks and pantries across their state this season.

    https://www.sunnyskyz.com/good-news/3674/Missouri-Hunters-Donate-Nearly-350-000-Pounds-Of-Deer-Meat-To-Food-Banks

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    • sturmudgeon says:

      I do not know where to post this: Mail in VOTE envelopes in WA. State have squares ON THE OUTSIDE OF THE ENVELOPES requesting you to fill in whether you are voting Democratic or Republican!!! What a great device to “throw away” or “destroy” a vote that anyone handling that Envelope will likely happen…VOTER FRAUD, ANYONE??
      Check YOUR State voter envelope carefully… NO Privacy at all!

      PLEASE MAKE THIS GO VIRAL… THANKS.

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  10. Lucille says:

    Just in case you run into someone who believes gun shows are selling firearms to local thugs, the facts might help you to disabuse the brainwashed…

    No, There Is No Gun Show Loophole
    Posted at 6:00 pm on February 27, 2020 by Tom Knighton
    https://bearingarms.com/tom-k/2020/02/27/no-there-is-no-gun-show-loophole/

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  11. Sepp says:

    . . . but deliver us from the Evil One.

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  12. Dora says:

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  13. WeeWeed says:

    Mornin’ infidels!

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  14. Dora says:

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  15. duchess01 says:

    Verse of the Day

    “Verily I say unto you, Whatsoever ye shall bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever ye shall loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.”
    Matthew 18:18 (KJV)

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  16. just stevie says:

    THE UNRELIEVED QUEST

    “Feed My sheep.” John xxi. 17

    This is love in the making. The love of God is un-made, it is God’s nature. When we receive the Holy Spirit He unites us with God so that His love is manifested in us. When the soul is united to God by the indwelling Holy Spirit, that is not the end; the end is that we may be one with the Father as Jesus was. What kind of oneness had Jesus Christ with the Father? Such a oneness that the Father sent Him down here to be spent for us, and He says – “As the Father hath sent Me, even so send I you.”

    Peter realizes now with the revelation of the Lord’s hurting question that he does love Him; then comes the point – “Spend it out.” Don’t testify how much you love Me, don’t profess about the marvellous revelation you have had, but – “Feed My sheep.” And Jesus has some extraordinarily funny sheep, some bedraggled, dirty sheep, some awkward, butting sheep, some sheep that have gone astray! It is impossible to weary God’s love, and it is impossible to weary that love in me if it springs from the one centre. The love of God pays no attention to the distinctions made by natural individuality. If I love my Lord I have no business to be guided by natural temperament; I have to feed His sheep. There is no relief and no release from this commission. Beware of counterfeiting the love of God by working along the line of natural human sympathy, because that will end in blaspheming the love of God.

    Oswald Chambers
    March 3rd Devotional

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  17. just stevie says:

    Sorry I posted the wrong day….will repost it on March 3rd…sigh…

    DO YE NOW BELIEVE?

    “By this we believe…Jesus answered, Do ye now believe?” John xvi. 30-31

    Now we believe. Jesus says – Do you? The time is coming when you will leave Me alone. Many a Christian worker has left Jesus Christ alone and gone into work from a sense of duty, or from a sense of need arising out of his own particular discernment. The reason for this is the absence of the resurrection life of Jesus. The soul has got out of intimate contact with God by leaning to its own religious understanding. There is no sin in it, and no punishment attached to it; but when the soul realizes how he has hindered his understanding of Jesus Christ, and produced for himself perplexities and sorrows and difficulties, it is with shame and contrition he has to come back.

    We need to rely on the resurrection life of Jesus much deeper down than we do, to get into the habit of steadily referring everything back to Him; instead of this we make our common-sense decisions and ask God to bless them. He cannot, it is not in His domain, it is severed from reality. If we do a thing from a sense of duty, we are putting up a standard in competition with Jesus Christ. We become a “superior person,” and say – “Now in this matter I must do this and that.” We have put our sense of duty on the throne instead of the resurrection life of Jesus. We are not told to walk in the light of conscience or of a sense of duty, but to walk in the light AS GOD IS IN THE LIGHT. When we do anything from a sense of duty, we can back it up by argument; when we do anything in obedience to the Lord, there is no argument possible; that is why a saint can be easily ridiculed.

    Oswald Chambers
    February 28th Devotional

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    • mark says:

      Thanks stevie! I got a double dose of churchin today, HOORAH!! Of course I read D I up thread everyday also along with all of the other posters. The things I learn here!!

      Very interesting all of the Apostle Paul postings. I’ve come to the conclusion that, that is the place to study for my path here on this earth.

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  18. corimari2013 says:

    President Trump, you make my dreams for Making America Great Again come true!

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  21. mandy says:

    “Pope Francis is still unwell and has postponed all official audiences for Friday, the Vatican confirms without detailing his sickness

    Francis has scrapped an audience with Microsoft, IBM and other tech executives
    Yesterday he called off an appearance at a Mass with other clergymen in Rome
    The Vatican says he is ‘slightly unwell’ but has offered no details on his illness
    Italy is facing Europe’s worst coronavirus crisis, though few cases are in Rome ”

    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-8055623/Pope-Francis-slightly-unwell-cancels-public-appointments.html

    Learned something about this guy that I didn’t know: “He lost part of one lung as a young man because of a respiratory illness.”

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  23. Lucille says:

    Badain Jaran Desert, China by Yang Guang

    Top Shots From the 2019 International Landscape Photographer of the Year
    Posted by Alan Taylor – February 13, 2020
    “More than 3,400 entries were received in this year’s landscape-photography competition, from professional and amateur photographers around the world. The International Landscape Photographer of the Year award went to the Russian photographer Oleg Ershov for his images of England and Iceland.”
    https://www.theatlantic.com/photo/2020/02/top-shots-2019-international-landscape-photographer-year/606505/
    Apparently the BBC purchased the rights to show Mr. Ershov’s work, and you can see his photos here…
    https://www.bbc.com/news/in-pictures-51386024

    Badlands, Utah By David Swindler

    Pink Salt Lake, Kalbarri, Western Australia by Mat Beetson

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  24. Bendix says:

    Being fair to Castro. Now where have I heard that before?

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    • czarowniczy says:

      Bernie Sanders’ optician’s eye chart?

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    • czarowniczy says:

      And shades of ongoing coincidence, that Magazine Street was in those days not too far from a mix of government offices including alleged ONI and CIA ones. Then again the phone and any occupancy records seemed to have disappeared without a trace so it’s probably just some more conspiracy theory talk.

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  25. Lucille says:

    I’ve posted a couple of Mark’s videos, the first one around a year ago was when he received his cancer diagnosis. This vid is 4 minutes and is informational for his subscribers about a tractor that one of his supporters gave him to restore.

    The vid is being posted here as background for a prayer request about a remarkably inspiring young man. If you would, please pray for him, his dear wife, daughter and son plus his mother and father, brother and sister. This has been a long haul and the end is coming close. May we all be so courageous in our daily living and when our time to depart this old world also comes.

    Sad Day
    Homemade Everything – Published on Feb 28, 2020

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  26. czarowniczy says:

    On 27 February, while the US was dining on Coronavirus red herring, a Turkish mechanized infantry battalion operating in Idlib inside of Syria was attacked and severely damaged by a joint Syrian and Russian air attack. There are no answers from the Turks on the number of soldiers killed (33 reported but…) or the number of vehicles destroyed/damaged but the aircraft were reported to be using heavy, precision-guided ordnance. The aircraft were reported as a mix of SU-22 and SU-34 attack planes and while the Russians deny they took part in the attack the only known Russian SU-34s in Syria belong to the Russian air force.

    Erdogan’s ordered retaliatory strikes against joint Syrian/Russian positions. Reports are that Erdogan and Putin have talked by phone and may have an emergency summit but Putin’s ratcheting up the situation to show everyone that he’s not about to let Erdogan push his Syria coalition around. He’s deploying new assets, notably Black Sea fleets through the Bosphorus right where Erdogan and NATO can see them, and there’s a real possibility that more may be on the way.

    A few back Erdogan and Putin were talking long warm showers together and now their surrogates are in life-and-death battles. Putin can’t be seen as weak in the region, Erdogan can’t be seen as weak to his people and we have two egotists pushing the envelope that could lead to a much larger and messier confrontation. Stay tuned, sports fans.

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  27. wtd says:

    EU continues to struggle to fill the funding the gap created by BREXIT…turmoil which exudes weakness in addition to the complicity towards open border migration.

    Never letting a crisis go to waste, Turkey seizes on the moment, in line with the Islamic calendar marking their prophet’s migration to Abyssinia…..
    Turkey will no longer stop Syrian migrant flow to Europe: Turkish official
    (Reuters) – Turkey has decided to no longer stop Syrian refugees from reaching Europe by land and sea, a senior Turkish official told Reuters on Thursday, in anticipation of the imminent arrival of refugees from Syria’s Idlib where nearly a million have been displaced.
    https://www.reuters.com/article/us-syria-security-turkey-migrants-idUSKCN20L33V

    Consider also the following…Biblical doctrine of the ‘old testament’ was, is, and remains ‘descriptive’ limited to actions to that time and place. Qu’ranic doctrine is prescriptive for all time and all places, hence the identities of dar al islam/dar al harb (abode of islam/abode of war). The Islamic ‘prophet’, Muhammed is deemed to be the Perfect Man (al-insan al-kamil), the perfect Model of Conduct (uswa hasana) for eternity.
    The prophet of Islam set precedent for the open borders migration, an event which is commemorated this year, “Migration to Abyssinia” on March 2, 2020
    https://www.dailyevents.info/celebrations/528.html

    Coincidence?

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    • wtd says:

      VIDEO:
      Migrants arrive on the Greek island of #Lesbos from Turkey, after Turkish officials said Ankara would no longer prevent refugees from going to Europe

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    • Lucille says:

      Coincidence? Highly unlikely. What is highly likely…these moves have been in the planning for quite some time.

      Thanks for these two informative posts, wtd.

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      • wtd says:

        You’re welcome. BTW…bonus:
        To whom it may concern, a terrorist from Al-Qaeda affiliated group says on his FB profile that he arrived in Greece and he’s on his way to Germany. #Syria #Idlib #Turkey
        @PolizeiBerlin_I
        ===>For those asking what’s the proof that he’s a militant
        👇🏽

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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. Preemptive Caturday Humor

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  31. Lucille says:

    NYC: Burqa-wearing man steals nearly $1 million in jewelry
    February 28, 2020 5:00 PM By Robert Spencer

    Those who call for a ban on face coverings for security reasons, however, are excoriated as bigots and “Islamophobes.” So this kind of thing is going to happen, again and again and again.

    https://www.jihadwatch.org/2020/02/nyc-burqa-wearing-man-steals-nearly-1-million-in-jewelry

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