Friday April 3rd – 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. citizen817 says:

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  4. Deplorable_Infidel says:

    Conduct Unbecoming a Christian

    By Pastor Ricky Kurth

    “…speak thou the things which become sound doctrine” (Titus 2:1).

    The word “become” here means fitting or appropriate. Even if you never served in the military, you have probably heard that if an officer misbehaves he can be charged with “conduct unbecoming an officer.” That serious charge is levied against an officer who has not been conducting himself in a manner that is fitting or appropriate for his rank and position.

    And the word become is used that way in Scripture as well. Paul told the Romans,

    “I commend unto you Phebe…a servant of the church which is at Cenchrea…receive her in the Lord, as becometh saints, and…assist her in whatsoever business she hath need of you…” (Rom. 16:1,2).

    The reason Paul had to tell the Romans to receive a sister in Christ was that women in those days were not always well received in Roman society. That is, they weren’t always as welcomed as a man would be. But Paul says to not receive a sister like Phebe would constitute conduct unbecoming a saint of God.

    By the way, this is one of many examples in Scripture that show how those who say that Christianity puts women down are wrong. Christianity lifts women up, as you can see from Paul’s words here, and from the words found in many other places in Scripture as well. If you want a religion that puts women down, and teaches that it is okay to mistreat them, look to Islam, not Christianity.

    Of course, having said that, there are Christian men who mistreat women as well, and Paul says that behavior like that isn’t very becoming to men who claim to be saints of God.

    The word “becoming” also means to make someone look good. A husband might say to his wife, “That dress is very becoming on you.” At least that’s what he says if he knows what’s good for him, right ladies? But what he means when he says that is that the dress makes his wife look good.

    And the Bible uses the word that way as well. Paul told the Philippians,

    “…let your conversation be as it becometh the gospel” (Phil. 1:27).

    Two of the Philippian women were feuding like the Hatfields and the McCoys (Phil. 4:2), and Paul’s admonition for the church to be “of one accord” (Phil. 2:2) suggests that some in the church were siding with Eudoias and some with Syntyche. As far as God is concerned, that’s conduct that is unbecoming to the gospel! They were making the gospel look bad in the eyes of the lost sinners in Philippi, not good.

    So when Paul tells Titus to speak the things which become sound doctrine, he was telling him to speak to believers and tell them how to act in a way that was fitting for someone who embraces the sound doctrine found in Paul’s epistles. He then went on to tell “aged men” how to do that (Titus 2:2), “aged women” (2:3), “young women” (2:4), as well as “young men” (2:6), and even “servants” (2:9).

    Beloved, no matter what your age, gender, or position in life, it’s not enough just to believe sound doctrine, and it’s not enough just to teach it. God wants us to live sound doctrine—live it in such a way that makes sound doctrine look good. If that’s the burden of your heart, why not make it the prayer of your heart?

    You’ll be eternally glad you did.

    Titus 2:1 But speak thou the things which become sound doctrine:
    2 That the aged men be sober, grave, temperate, sound in faith, in charity, in patience.
    3 The aged women likewise, that they be in behaviour as becometh holiness, not false accusers, not given to much wine, teachers of good things;
    4 That they may teach the young women to be sober, to love their husbands, to love their children,
    5 To be discreet, chaste, keepers at home, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the word of God be not blasphemed.

    6 Young men likewise exhort to be sober minded.
    7 In all things shewing thyself a pattern of good works: in doctrine shewing uncorruptness, gravity, sincerity,
    8 Sound speech, that cannot be condemned; that he that is of the contrary part may be ashamed, having no evil thing to say of you.
    9 Exhort servants to be obedient unto their own masters, and to please them well in all things; not answering again;

    Romans 16:1 I commend unto you Phebe our sister, which is a servant of the church which is at Cenchrea:
    2 That ye receive her in the Lord, as becometh saints, and that ye assist her in whatsoever business she hath need of you: for she hath been a succourer of many, and of myself also.

    Philippians 1:27 Only let your conversation be as it becometh the gospel of Christ: that whether I come and see you, or else be absent, I may hear of your affairs, that ye stand fast in one spirit, with one mind striving together for the faith of the gospel;

    Philippians 4:2 I beseech Euodias, and beseech Syntyche, that they be of the same mind in the Lord.

    Philippians 2:2 Fulfil ye my joy, that ye be likeminded, having the same love, being of one accord, of one mind.

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  5. Garrison Hall says:

    It’s closin’ time . . . unplug them people . . . Lyle Lovett’s pean to the end of a paying gig. Only this time he’s celebrating the last show on an Austin City Limit’s sound stage. Austin is much changed in the years since. Sad to say, the musicians that lent so much to its distinctive character can no longer afford to live there.

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  6. Whistling_Past says:

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  7. Sepp says:

    . . . but deliver us from the Evil One.

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  8. citizen817 says:

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  9. Sepp says:

    From the Great Canon of Saint Andrew, Bishop of Crete (+726)

    Kontakion. Song 6.
    “My soul, my soul, arise! Why are you sleeping? The end is drawing near, and you will be confounded. Awake, then, and be watchful, that Christ our God may spare you, who is everywhere present and fills all things.”

    Troparion. Song 9.
    “When the Lord had fasted for forty days in the wilderness, He at last became hungry, showing His human nature. Do not be despondent, my soul, if the enemy attacks you, but let him be beaten off by prayer and fasting. (Matthew 4: 1-11 and 17: 21; Mark 9: 29)

    The Life of Saint Mary of Egypt recorded by Saint Sophronios.

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  10. rah says:

    Comets were once believed to be messengers of death or disaster. I guess Comet ATLAS was unprepared and is just running a bit behind schedule kind of like the state of NY.

    Like they say in the article, the question of how bright a comet will be is often very difficult to predict. This comet is already 100s of times brighter than it was predicted to be at this time and if it continues to brighten it may become visible to the naked eye. Dark skies and a pair of binos will help as it gets closer and lest hope it continues to brighten.

    You can easily look up where to look by searching “Comet Atlas location” or
    But if it gets really bright you won’t need that info. They are beautiful, things to see IMO despite the potential threat a big hunk of dirty ice represents when it comes tearing into the inner solar system.

    Time to dust off my Meade 10″ Starfinder and clean my eye pieces. I really need to tear it down and wash the mirrors and then re-collimate it but just haven’t gotten around to it.

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  11. rah says:

    Set up for my runs for next week. Depart Sunday at noon Anderson, IN to Milton, PA with a confirmed Nestles load. From Milton, PA I deadhead up to Tonawanda, NY (North side of
    Buffalo) to pick up high temp insulation that I bring back to Anderson.
    Wednesday depart with a Nestles load from the Nestles facility here in Anderson to the Nestles facility in Breinigsville, PA. After dropping the loaded trailer there and hooking an empty I go to Pottstown, PA to pick up catalyst for automobile exhaust systems. May have 2nd stop in Phillipsburg, PA to pickup parts, but they’re not sure because that place has been cancelling most loads. Then back to Anderson, IN.

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  12. Jase says:

    I think it’s high time for a new name for China’s Belt and Road world domination initiative, but I can’t decide between Bat and Toad or Bat and Rodent.
    Any preferences?

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  13. Pale rider says:

    Got a case of corona, invited over some friends and now only two left.

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  14. duchess01 says:

    Verse of the Day for Friday, April 3, 2020

    “…The earth is the LORD’S, and the fulness thereof; the world, and they that dwell therein.”
    Psalms 24:1 (KJV)

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  15. WeeWeed says:

    Mornin’ infidels!

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  16. johnd500000 says:

    Thanks again for helping me start my day in the right mind.

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  17. just stevie says:


    “If thou hadst known…in this thy day, the things which belong unto thy peace! but now they are hid from thine eyes.” Luke xix. 42

    Jesus had entered into Jerusalem in triumph, the city was stirred to its foundations; but a strange god was there, the pride of Pharisaism; it was religious and upright, but a “whited sepulchre.”

    What is it that blinds me in this “MY day”? Have I a strange god – not a disgusting monster, but a disposition that rules me? More than once God has brought me face to face with the strange god and I thought I should have to yield, but I did not do it. I got through the crisis by the skin of my teeth and I find myself in the possession of the strange god still; I am blind to the things which belong to my peace. It is an appalling thing that we can be in the place where the Spirit of God should be getting at us unhinderedly, and yet increase our condemnation in God’s sight.

    “If thou hadst known” – God goes direct to the heart, with the tears of Jesus behind. These words imply culpable responsibility; God holds us responsible for what we do not see. “Now they are hid from thine eyes” – because the disposition has never been yielded. The unfathomable sadness of the “might have been!” God never opens doors that have been closed. He opens other doors, but He reminds us that there are doors which we have shut, doors which need never have been shut, imaginations which need never have been sullied. Never be afraid when God brings back the past. Let memory have its way. It is a minister of God with its rebuke and chastisement and sorrow. God will turn the “might have been” into a wonderful culture for the future.

    Oswald Chambers
    April 3rd Devotional

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  18. Spurwing Plover says:

    Liberal Politicians trying to use the Corona Virus to close all gun stores they need confined to their homes these liberal city officials


  19. Parker Longbaugh says:

    Anyone else notice the fines some areas plan on enforcing for not wearing a mask are 50-90% of the $1200.00 individual relief checks.
    Amazing coincidence.


  20. dr D says:

    In this episode, Amazing Mussel Man and family have visitors while self distancing at home.


  21. czarowniczy says:

    I’m still confused as to Putin’s exact motives for sending that plane load of COVID medical supplies here as he’s looking at Russia blowing up with the virus very soon. He is giving figures out that even the mayor of Moscow says…smell like compost. The overwhelming majority of Russian regions are reporting infections and their own medical system was struggling to deal with the lower numbers of sufferers. At some point Putin’s probably going to remove that democratic fig leaf and let the full dictator shine thru.


  22. Sepp says:

    To Ponder

    Let me ponder on the crucified Lord Jesus, on:

    1. His head, wounded by the crown of thorns.
    2. His eyes, closed in pain.
    3. His mouth, dry with thirst.

    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 21st on the traditional Calendar of the Orthodox Christian Church and April 3rd on the civil calendar.


  23. Sepp says:

    “Caring for Relatives at Home”

    Dr. John Campbell in the U.K. is a retired nurse and instructor of nurses with a PhD. He has daily videos on his YT channel.


  24. mandy says:

    BABIES! Spring has sprung, babies on the homestead! SOOO cute!

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  25. mandy says:

    I just saw that Bill Withers has died, aged 81.

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  26. Deplorable_Vespucciland says:

    The first grocery store employee to come down with this virus has been acknowledged.
    An employee at a local Whole Foods Market has been placed on sick leave after testing positive for the Wuhan Flu. That particular store is located in an upscale part of town. Wonder what all the techies, millies, trendies, and ageing hippies are going to do; probably go to one of their other locations. We never shop there of course for a variety of reasons; their fresh organic veggies have bugs in it, they have jacked up prices on everyday items, and the place is generally way over rated. Yay, Walmart.


  27. Our happy hour, when we have happy hour starts around 5 ish.
    Couple questions….
    Anyone notice the happy hour creeping back a bit each day ?
    Can anyone recommend a good cocktail for 6:45 AM ?


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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. 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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  31. NoTwoSystemsOnlyOneChiCom says:

    A Philippines politician wants to expedite tracking the masses with a national id system for the sake of ‘knowing’ who had Winnie The Xi’s Wuhan Virus. But given the Philippines, this would be gravely abused.


  32. wtd says:

    A young family (perhaps as the Von Trapped family coordinates with fresh lyrics and harmony to sing “One Day More” from Les Miserable – excellent!! Enjoy!

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  33. thatgreatnorthernguy says:

    Montana- about 270 comfirmed cases of Kung Flu, 5 deaths; Gallatin County leads with 110 cases, Yellowstone with some 38 cases, Missoula county with 20- out of a population of barely one million. Governor Bullock now says “bye the bye, Montanans should expect the closure orders set to expire Friday the 10th to extend a few more weeks. ‘Kay?” Probably on order of Chuck You Schumer. This is not leadership.


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