Thursday April 2nd – 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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80 Responses to Thursday April 2nd – Open Thread

  1. citizen817 says:

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  4. Whistling_Past says:

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  5. Angus D says:

    Remember when BLM executed 5 white cops during a peaceful march in Dallas? And obama went to the funeral and blamed the cops! George Bush showed up drunk and fondled Big Mooch.

    Thank God for Trump!

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  6. Garrison Hall says:

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  7. Deplorable_Infidel says:

    God’s Faithfulness And Ours

    By Pastor Cornelius R. Stam

    Many people suppose that salvation is God’s reward to those who do their best to live good lives. This is not so, for God’s Word says of those who are saved:

    “Who hath saved us, and called us with an holy calling, not according to our works, but according to His own purpose and grace, which was given us in Christ Jesus before the world began” (II Tim. 1:9).

    Referring to this “salvation which is in Christ Jesus,” St. Paul says:

    “It is a faithful saying, for if we died with Him, we shall also live with Him” (II Tim. 2:10,11).

    In other words: The believer, viewing Calvary aright, has “died with Christ.” Viewing the Cross, he has said: “This is not Christ’s death. He was no sinner. He had no death to die. He is dying my death!” And so by faith he is “crucified with Christ” (Gal. 2:20). The penalty for all his sins has been fully paid, for he died — in Christ, and thus has also risen with Christ “to walk in newness of life” (Rom 6:3,4).

    This is all God’s doing, and only now is the believer in a position to do good works that will please God. Thus the Apostle writes of believers, in II Tim. 2: “If we suffer, we shall also reign with Him: if we deny Him, He also will deny us” (Ver. 12). When the believer’s service for Christ is reviewed some, indeed, will “receive a reward,” but others will “suffer loss,” though they themselves will “be saved, yet so as by fire” (I Cor. 3:14,15).

    It will be deeply embarrassing, in that day, for unfaithful Christians to face empty-handed the One who gave His all, Himself, to save them. Yet salvation is by grace, thus the Apostle hastens to conclude his statement in II Timothy 2, with the words:

    “If we are unfaithful, yet He abideth faithful: He cannot deny Himself” (Ver. 13)

    Thus our rewards as believers depend upon our faithfulness, but our salvation, thank God, on His!

    https://www.bereanbiblesociety.org/gods-faithfulness-and-ours/

    2 Timothy 1:9 Who hath saved us, and called us with an holy calling, not according to our works, but according to his own purpose and grace, which was given us in Christ Jesus before the world began,

    2 Timothy 2:10 Therefore I endure all things for the elect’s sakes, that they may also obtain the salvation which is in Christ Jesus with eternal glory.
    11 It is a faithful saying: For if we be dead with him, we shall also live with him:

    Galatians 2:20 I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.

    Romans 6:3 Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death?
    4 Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.

    2 Timothy 2:12 If we suffer, we shall also reign with him: if we deny him, he also will deny us:

    1 Corinthians 3:14 If any man’s work abide which he hath built thereupon, he shall receive a reward.
    15 If any man’s work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss: but he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire.

    2 Timothy 2:13 If we believe not, yet he abideth faithful: he cannot deny himself.

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    • GB Bari says:

      Are we merely collecting wood, hay, and stubble, or are we truly earning gold, silver, and precious stones? Our deeds are not themselves the acts that confirm our faith nor earn our salvation, as the liars and deceivers often bait us and challenge us to prove.
      But it is the nature of the spirit within us and the true motive behind the deeds that reveals our heart and faith to God.

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  8. Lucille says:

    HAPPY CURSDAY!

    Dog Among the Dogwood Blooms…

    Laughing Dogs…

    Pampered Pooch…

    Concentration…

    Playtime…

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  9. Garrison Hall says:

    Happy Cursday!!! Here’s another story of an underdog hero.

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

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  11. scrap1ron says:

    Laughter is the best medicine.

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  12. Pale rider says:

    Oh well! At least we got each other right?

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  13. duchess01 says:

    Verse of the Day for Thursday, April 2, 2020

    “For he maketh small the drops of water: they pour down rain according to the vapour thereof:”
    Job 36:27 (KJV)

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  14. just stevie says:

    THE GLORY THAT EXCELS

    “The Lord…hath sent me that thou mightest receive thy sight.” Acts ix. 17

    When Paul received his sight, he received spiritually an insight into the Person of Jesus Christ, and the whole of his subsequent life and preaching was nothing but Jesus Christ – “I determined not to know anything among you, save Jesus Christ, and Him crucified.” No attraction was ever allowed to hold the mind and soul of Paul save the face of Jesus Christ.

    We have to learn to maintain an unimpaired state of character up to the last notch revealed in the vision of Jesus Christ.

    The abiding characteristic of a spiritual man is the interpretation of the Lord Jesus Christ to himself, and the interpretation to others of the purposes of God. The one concentrated passion of the life is Jesus Christ. Whenever you meet this note in a man, you feel he is a man after God’s own heart.

    Never allow anything to deflect you from insight into Jesus Christ. It is the test of whether you are spiritual or not. To be unspiritual means that other things have a growing fascination for you.

    “Since mine eyes have looked on Jesus,
    I’ve lost sight of all beside,
    So enchained my spirit’s vision,
    Gazing on the Crucified.

    Oswald Chambers
    April 2nd Devotional

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  15. WeeWeed says:

    Mornin’ infidels! Remember…..

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  16. johnd500000 says:

    4/2/2020

    Bob Marley Month day 2!

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  17. Larry says:

    Did China cut corners and create the Wuhan Flu?

    Here is an article about similar research starting back up:
    https://www.sciencemag.org/news/2019/02/exclusive-controversial-experiments-make-bird-flu-more-risky-poised-resume

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  18. Moe Grimm says:

    We still have many unindicted Felons walking around talking schidt, hawking “books: and collecting appearance check$ from the likes of mslsdcnnabccbsnbc ad infinitum. An outrage in and of itself alone.

    When do the first (FIRST) set of indictments get handed up for Barr’s Dept. of Just-Us and their armed jackboot proxy fbi and their “reformers” Wray let alone Co-me? From a grand jury far from Modor on the Potomac where jury pools are drawn from other than demographics who voted like this in 2016: https://www.nytimes.com/elections/2016/results/district-of-columbia. And recently the rabid leftist jury forewoman Tomeka Hart, and others including that skank District judge one Amy Berman Jackson is (and others including Roger Stone’s jury – some of Hart’s twats here: https://twitter.com/Cernovich/status/1227753808404467713

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  19. GB Bari says:

    I don’t know how much information the President is getting from medical or science-based sources OTHER than Drs. Fauci and Birx.

    It sure would be interesting to see his reaction if he read this.

    https://swprs.org/a-swiss-doctor-on-covid-19/

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  20. Sepp says:

    . . . but deliver us from the Evil One.

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

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  22. Deplorable_Vespucciland says:

    Good news for any seasoned citizens who may be wondering about this. With all the contradictory information out there regarding Social Security, Internal Revenue annual tax filings, and the $1,200 per person economic stimulus plan. The following statement was released April 1, 2020.

    “Social Security recipients who are not typically required to file a tax return do not need to take an action, and will receive their payment directly to their bank account,” said Secretary Steven T. Mnuchin.

    https://home.treasury.gov/news/press-releases/sm967

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    • Patty in Porterville says:

      THANK YOU, D_V for posting this. This is huge for those of us down here on the bottom.

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    • TreeClimber says:

      Any idea if that counts for those receiving SS disability? Due to my mother’s stroke, she can’t work and has received disability for a few years now.

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      • Maquis says:

        I’m hardly in the know here, but I’m certain that if she receives her payments via automatic deposit to her bank account she’s good to go. Can’t possibly imagine why she wouldn’t qualify anymore than the rest of us plebs, the issue most are concerned with regards whether an individual might need tp take action of any sort to avoid having to wait on a printed check.

        Myself, I cannot recall if the IRS has my bank data due to breaking even for so long I can’t remember if I ever had anything sent to me since I opened my bank account a decade back, so I am one that ought to set if I can get it into the system before I’m stuck waiting on a check.

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  23. Sepp says:

    To Ponder

    Let me ponder on the Lord Jesus crucified on the Cross:

    1. How the blood ran from His hands and dripped onto the earth.
    2. How the blood ran from His feet and flowed onto the earth.
    3. How the blood flowed from below His ribs and dripped onto the earth.

    From “The Prologue from Ohrid” by Saint Nikolai (Serbian-born Bishop who reposed in the USA and was a former prisoner at Dachau).

    Today is March 20th on the traditional Calendar of the Orthodox Christian Church and April 2nd on the civil calendar.

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    • Lucille says:

      Thank you, Sepp! An awesome meditation. His blood mingled with the dirt of the earth which He created.

      1 John 1:7 – “If we walk step by step in the light, where the Father is, then we are ultimately connected to each other through the sacrifice of Jesus His Son. His blood purifies us from all our sins.” – The Voice Version

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

    Offer a little prayer that the Coronavirus will have left the US before any Major Hurricane hits the East Coast or the Gulf states this year (June 1 – November 30).
    Home Isolation and Home Evacuations don’t play well together.

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  25. Sentient says:

    Coronavirus replicates well in cats, but not dogs…
    https://www.biorxiv.org/content/10.1101/2020.03.30.015347v1

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  26. Just the Truth says:

    SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT!
    Today, April 2, is the 15th anniversary of the death of Pope St. John Paul II. He passed from this life on this date at 9:37pm Rome time, 15 years ago today. We received an email from Cardinal Stanislaw Dziwisz, the Papal Secretary to JPII, and he is asking all Christians to light a candle in their home, shop or office, if possible, TODAY and uniting your prayer to the prayers of all the angels & saints & souls in Purgatory and all those on earth participating in this prayer event, through the intercession of Pope St. John Paul II, pray the Chaplet of Divine Mercy at the hour Pope John Paul died that God may have mercy on the whole world and stop the virus, open the Churches and get our families and communities back to work, as well as your personal intentions. Prayer can move the Heart of God and change the course of history. Especially when we all pray together in union with our
    powerful intercessor that we all knew and loved, Pope St John Paul II, who is the patron of this apostolate!
    If you are in the Eastern time zone: Pray at 3:37pm
    If you are in the Central time zone: Pray at 2:37pm
    If you are in Mountain time zone: Pray at 1:37pm
    If you are in the Pacific time zone: Pray at 12:37pm
    PASS THE WORD TO EVERYONE YOU KNOW!

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  27. Just the Truth says:

    SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT!
    Today, April 2, is the 15th anniversary of the death of Pope St. John Paul II. He passed from this life on this date at 9:37pm Rome time, 15 years ago today. We received an email from Cardinal Stanislaw Dziwisz, the Papal Secretary to JPII, and he is asking all Christians to light a candle in their home, shop or office, if possible, TODAY and uniting your prayer to the prayers of all the angels & saints & souls in Purgatory and all those on earth participating in this prayer event, through the intercession of Pope St. John Paul II, pray the Chaplet of Divine Mercy at the hour Pope John Paul died that God may have mercy on the whole world and stop the virus, open the Churches and get our families and communities back to work, as well as your personal intentions. Prayer can move the Heart of God and change the course of history. Especially when we all pray together in union with our
    powerful intercessor that we all knew and loved, Pope St John Paul II, who is the patron of this apostolate!
    PASS THE WORD TO EVERYONE YOU KNOW!

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  28. Boots says:

    Only in Barr’s kangeroo court could this happen. Re: Stone juror forewoman Tomeka Hart. Quintessential angry, white hating, black female racist.

    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-7998815/Tomeka-Hart-Roger-Stone-jury-foreperson-revealed-anti-Trump-activist.html

    Months later, Hart was impaneled on Stone’s jury. On the day the jury convicted him, she posted emojis of hearts and fist pumps.

    Meanwhile, it emerged that U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson had denied a defense request to strike a potential juror on the case, who was an Obama-era press official with admitted anti-Trump views. That juror’s husband worked at the same Justice Department division that handled the probe leading to Stone’s prosecution.

    Another Stone juror, Seth Cousins, donated to former Democratic presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke and other progressive causes, federal election records reviewed by Fox News show.

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  29. ImpeachEmAll says:

    The X factor…
    (If you can handle the Truth…)

    Worthy of your time to view… 😉

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  30. Lucille says:

    Evil: Pakistani court overturns murder conviction of Daniel Pearl’s killers
    By Monica Showalter – April 2, 2020

    A Pakistani court covered itself with glory by announcing that the al-Qaeda beasts who kidnapped and savagely killed Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl shortly after 9/11 now get their murder convictions overturned and will go free to walk among us again.

    https://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2020/04/evil_pakistani_court_overturns_murder_conviction_of_daniel_pearls_killers.html

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    • Sepp says:

      While reading this article, one matter came to mind. Some of the questions that were posed to people were sometimes rather long and somewhat complex. It might be possible that responses were fueled – in some cases – by a desire to be done with the process as quickly as possible.

      Nevertheless, the article does have a lot of interesting information to support a conclusion that the American public are not as well-informed as people could be.

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  31. HardDrinkinLincoln says:

    For those parents with kids at home looking an alternative curriculum, check out free online coursed at Hillsdale College.

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  32. Sepp says:

    Today there are quite a number of Saints commemorated on the traditional Calendar of the Orthodox Christian Church. Here are some of them.

    Righteous Abel was the first martyr in the history of mankind.

    Saint Cuthbert of Lindisfarne was an English Bishop who reposed in 687.

    Saint Herbert of Derwentwater was a priest and hermit who also reposed in 687.

    The Holy Fathers who were slain by the Saracens at the Monastery of Saint Savvas the Sanctified near Jerusalem in 796.

    The Holy Martyr Photina or Photini (also called Svetlana in Russian) was the Samaritan woman who spoke with Christ Himself at Jacob’s Well in Sychar. She, along with her two sons and five sisters and other companions, suffered Martyrdom under Nero in Rome.

    March 20th Church / April 2nd civil

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  33. 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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  34. 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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  35. Sepp says:

    An Orthodox Prayer for Deliverance from COVID-19

    O God Almighty, Lord of Heaven and earth, and of all creation visible and invisible, in Thine ineffable goodness look down upon us, Thy people gathered in Thy Holy Name. Be Thou our helper and defender in this day of affliction. Thou knowest our weakness. Thou hearest our cry in repentance and contrition of heart. O Lord who lovest mankind, deliver us from the impending threat of the Corona Virus. Send Thine angel to watch over us and protect us. Grant health and recovery to those suffering from this virus. Guide the hands of physicians and preserve those who are healthy. Enable us to continue to serve our suffering brothers and sisters in peace that together we may glorify Thy most honorable and majestic Name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, now and ever and unto ages of ages.

    Through the prayers of our Holy Fathers, Lord Jesus Christ our God, have mercy on us and save us! Amen!

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