Friday April 10th – 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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83 Responses to Friday April 10th – Open Thread

  1. Whistling_Past says:

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  2. citizen817 says:

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  3. freepetta says:

    In our Lord Jesus Name
    Amen 🙏

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  4. Deplorable_Infidel says:

    But Now

    The words “but now” are found in many places in the Bible, but most often in the Epistles of Paul. These two words are deeply significant, for they indicate a change in program. If my secretary is transcribing some dictation and I say: “But now I would like you to take a letter,” this indicates a change in program.

    So it is with this phrase as we find it in Rom. 3:21: “But nowthe righteousness of God without the law is manifested.” Prior to this time God’s people were under the Law. There was no other way to approach Him. But though under the Law, they constantly broke the Law, so that those who sought salvation by the Law stood before God condemned rather than justified. Thus the Apostle says in Verse 20:

    “Therefore by the deeds of the law there shall no flesh be justified in His sight for by the law is the knowledge of sin.”

    “But now the righteousness of God without the law is manifested”(Ver. 21).

    How can this be? How can a man be declared righteous apart from the Law? The answer, the only answer is, by grace through faith in Christ. Though perfect and sinless, Christ died for sin. Whose sin? Yours and mine. Thus as Paul declares in Acts 13:38, 39:

    “Through this Man is preached unto you the forgiveness of sins, and by Him all who believe are justified from all things, from which ye could not be justified by the law of Moses.”

    “Therefore we conclude that a man is justified by faith, without the deeds of the law”
    (Rom. 3:28).

    By Pastor Cornelius R. Stam

    Romans 3:20 Therefore by the deeds of the law there shall no flesh be justified in his sight: for by the law is the knowledge of sin.
    21 But now the righteousness of God without the law is manifested, being witnessed by the law and the prophets;

    Acts 13:38 Be it known unto you therefore, men and brethren, that through this man is preached unto you the forgiveness of sins:
    39 And by him all that believe are justified from all things, from which ye could not be justified by the law of Moses.

    Romans 3:28 Therefore we conclude that a man is justified by faith without the deeds of the law

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  5. Peter says:

    Greetings all from Australia. We enjoyed as a family this great online service “Come to the table”.

    If you’re feeling a bit lonely today and looking for inspiration, grab a glass of something and some bread to break and join at the table.

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  6. Garrison Hall says:

    This is the title song—masterfully performed by Mary Chapin Carpenter— from one of my favorite movies. Fly Away Home is about an uncommon hero. Not everyone can be a hero, of course, although sometimes (and quite unexpectedly) we can find ourselves rising to the occasion when all seems lost. Whether accidental or deliberate, the appearance of the hero always deserves honor.

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    • budklatsch says:

      I am reminded of the life of John Denver which ended so tragically flying his light A/C out over the Pacific. He was once bigger than life and life seemed to have doomed him in the end. Another American tragedy.


      • millwright says:

        budklatsch: What’s “tragic ” about someone killing themselves with the twin tools of arrogance and an airplane ? Denver had no medical, his license was suspended as I recall, and he was flying an aircraft licensed in the “experimental ” category he hadnt been checked out in . Per the NTSB he ran out of fuel in the selected tank and couldn’t ( or didn’t know how ) to switch tanks. Aviation is completely unforgiving of an incapacity or neglect.


        • jbt says:

          All too true, millwright – the real tragedy, though, is when people don’t respect their God-given brainpower enough to cultivate all the avenues therein to ensure their well being (and I’m including knee-jerk socialists in this). At least Johnny Denver did develop and share his God-given talent far and wide, and for that we should be ever grateful.


  7. Rhi says:

    Any treepers worried? Any who are fearful?
    Good word by JD, with some humor:


    • Rhi says:

      I was just looking at the comments from this video and one of them was this:
      Cypress E
      Just reported from china: Each citizen is allocated a unique QR code, via the WeChat app, that serves as proof they are healthy.

      The QR code is linked to an individual’s government ID card and includes details of a blood test and health check that show they are virus-free.

      No one is allowed to leave a gated community, use public transport or visit shopping malls or buy food without having scanned their code.
      1 hour ago

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  8. Dora says:

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  9. duchess01 says:

    Verse of the Day for Friday, April 10, 2020

    “A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you: and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you an heart of flesh.”
    Ezekiel 36:26 (KJV)

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  10. Dora says:

    Notre Dame Cathedral to Broadcast Crown of Thorns Veneration on Good Friday

    Archbishop Aupetit will lead a meditation on the Passion of Christ inside the cathedral in the apse behind Notre-Dame’s Pietà.

    PARIS — One year after the world watched the Cathedral of Notre-Dame de Paris burn, the Archbishop of Paris will display the relic of Christ’s crown of thorns for veneration during a Good Friday broadcast.

    “When Mary is at the foot of the cross, she knows that from the most absolute evil God can always draw a much greater one,” Archbishop Michel Aupetit of Paris said in an online press conference on April 7.


  11. just stevie says:


    “Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with Him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin.” Romans vi. 6

    CO-CRUCIFIXION: Have I made this decision about sin – that it must be killed right out in me? It takes a long time to come to a moral decision about sin, but it is the great moment in my life when I do decide that just as Jesus Christ died for the sin of the world, so sin must die out in me, not be curbed or suppressed or counteracted, but crucified. No one can bring anyone else to this decision. We may be earnestly convinced, and religiously convinced, but what we need to do is to come to the decision which Paul forces here.

    Haul yourself up, take a time alone with God, make the moral decision and say – “Lord, identify me with Thy death until I know that sin is dead in me.” Make the moral decision that sin in you must be put to death.

    It was not a divine anticipation on the part of Paul, but a very radical and definite experience. Am I prepared to let the Spirit of God search me until I know what the disposition of sin is – the thing that lusts against the Spirit of God in me? Then if so, will I agree with God’s verdict on that disposition of sin – that it should be identified with the death of Jesus? I cannot reckon myself “dead indeed unto sin” unless I have been through this radical issue of will before God.

    Have I entered into the glorious privilege of being crucified with Christ until all that is left is the life of Christ in my flesh and blood? “I am crucified with Christ; nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me.”

    Oswald Chambers
    April 10th Devotional

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  12. Dora says:

    Celebrities Organize Major Benefit For China-Complicit WHO

    The Wuhan coronavirus outbreak is finally forcing a conversation about our vast economic entanglements with communist China. While we’re reevaluating those ties, celebrities are flocking to TikTok and raising money for the China-complicit World Health Organization.

    Lady Gaga is helping organize a major star-studded special on April 18, set to air across CBS, ABC, and NBC. The list of celebrity participants is long and full of A-listers. Make no mistake, this is a major television event. It’s also funding and legitimizing the WHO, which has defended the Chinese Communist Party’s reprehensible response to the outbreak.


  13. Moe Grimm says:

    PDT continues… yesterday on a call with Putin and SA’s Salman, likely the fruit of his earlier relations building trip there in 2017 when he danced with them under swords at that. Sounds like they have a tentative oil production cut deal. The good people in W. Texas… Permian, Delaware, Wolf Camp fields will receive this news well. They’ve been hit hard out there. Our youngest boy among them.

    National Parks better be sizing up Mt. Rushmore for another member.

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    • Deplorable_Infidel says:

      How about starting by renaming the mountain? I would love to see someone introduce legislation for that in the next bill Congress takes up, just to watch the “splody heads”.

      Darn, I never saved that splody heads link when it was popular here over a year ago


  14. WeeWeed says:

    Mornin’ infidels!

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  15. This is the first food-oriented story that gave me real concern. It’s not a transportation/logistics issue, it’s a supply/production issue.

    Will they “Let Dairy Die”?


  16. Sepp says:

    . . . but deliver us from the Evil One.

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  17. Sepp says:

    The Prayer of Saint Ephraim of Syria

    For anyone who has not heard of it, this prayer of repentance is an ancient one and is part of an Orthodox Christian’s daily prayers during Great Lent, except on Saturdays and the Lord’s Day.

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  18. Og Oggilby says:

    We’re counting down the Classic FM Hall of Fame 2020 all Easter weekend!


  19. Sepp says:

    From “My Life in Christ” by Saint John of Kronstadt

    “Keep a strict watch against every appearance of pride: it appears imperceptibly, particularly in time of vexation and irritability against others for quite unimportant causes.”

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

    The Doctor’s Soul is down here, hanging proudly next to Hillary Clinton’s. 👿

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  21. millwright says:

    As its Good Friday I won’t rant about the outright unconcealed mendacity of the media, the various governmental health bureaucracies and their manifold “experts” statistical “evidence”, and the representative from AtHomeMedical here in New Jersey that ran into my Lincoln wjhile picking up some monitoring equipment and left without saying anything . Or that the ” transportation co-ordinator for AtHome Medical won’t return my calls. Instead I’ll be greatful I’m around to celebrate Easter after escaping the ” clutches of the deadly Carona virus ” ( as so many politicians and media pundits and medical experts describe it ) healthier and working hard to shed some of my high-risk behaviors . Nor will I castigate Governor Murphey for restricting my access to food, and PPE, or snark about Representative T. Malinowski (D) wantsing to withhold Lysol shipments to Kentucky to punnish Mitch McConnell . I’ll keep them all in my prayers that they’ll experience an epiphany in this holy season and repent their evil ways .

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  22. Healthcare providers today began receiving electronic funds from Medicare at 6.2% of their 2019 reimbursement. What I like the most about it are the exclusions:
    1. No gun control advocacy
    2. Lobbying
    3. Abortion
    4. Embryo research
    5. Legalization of drugs
    6. ACORN
    7. Needle exchange

    Click to access relief-fund-payment-terms-and-conditions-04092020.pdf


  23. scrap1ron says:

    Can’t a guy get some privacy without some smarty pants toilet ID’ing you by your “anal print” and analyzing & categorizing your “schiff” using the “Bristol Stool from Scale”?

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    • GB Bari says:

      Really? If I have to use one of those privacy-invading devices, I’ll leave ’em an “anal print” they won’t soon forget.


    • OK… due to the COVID 19 Pandemic, my granddaughter is now on what the School District calls “Distance Learning”

      Every day we get an email that outlines that day’s “Lesson Plan” which includes activities, assigned reading, math, art, social studies, etc “homework”.

      We even got a School Issued iPad with all the links to the various websites already loaded.

      At first, I was enthused, BUT as I sat with her to supervise today, I saw THIS “Suggested Viewing” video included with her reading list:

      “Hillary Rodham Clinton: Some Girls Were Born To Lead”

      It’s an animated version of a kids book of the same name. Google it. It’s nothing more than thinly disguised political propaganda, disguised as a “Gender Equality” lesson. It’s disgusting.

      I TRIED to find a link to the video so I could show it to you, but only came up with this critique from our old friend, Bill Whittle


      PS: After 1 minute, I took the iPad away and taught her the meaning of the word “Propaganda”

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      • TwoLaine says:

        What Happened?

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        • LOL

          After we talked about it, she walked away saying that “Hillary is a criminal who belongs in jail” 😁 and I let the rest of the video run so it would LOOK like she finished the assignment.

          I RESISTED the urge to forward Whittle’s video to her (obviously) Liberal teacher. But you can BET that I’m “Screen Hawking” EVERY assignment from here on out.

          I also noticed that her “Assessments” and “Goals” mention “Common Core Standards” so I fully expect more of this BS.

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          • TwoLaine says:

            I WOULD send the teacher the video and the principal and I would do it now, along with a copy to OAN, Fox, and any other outlets or people I think might run with it.

            How dare they not present the truth of the matter. At the very least they should have to hear Bill’s tale as well.

            See Something, Say Something!


            • I would, but this is a VERY “Progressive” school district (from TOP to BOTTOM) and those rotten bistids WILL retaliate against my granddaughter. Her 17 y/o brother has already told me that even the teachers ridicule students who openly resist the Leftist propaganda, so the kids talk about it OUTSIDE of the classroom.

              But I really do wish I could find a link and send the video to people like Tucker Carlson, Liz Wheeler, or Mark Levin.

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      • TwoLaine says:

        Did you notice the date?

        This is one of the funniest Bill Whittle pieces I’ve seen, Too bad it only has 1,059 views. I bet we can’t make it more. You should have a WARNING On this. 🙂


        • Yeah, Bill’s video was made in Aug 2016, and the original book was published in Jan ’16. Since I couldn’t find a link to the animated version of the book, I don’t know when it was made, but I’m assuming sometime between Jan and Nov of ’16. As usual, Whittle’s sardonic wit was HILLARYOUSLY Spot On.

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  24. TwoLaine says:

    This one is for mealy mouth little creeps like Mini Mike.

    Erie County Farmers’ Institute in 1912


  25. unconqueredone says:

    Not sure if this is appropriate on Good Friday because of the seriousness of both the Holy Day and the interview, but perhaps in the near future it’s worth your time.×4 : Economist Destroys China – Calls Coronavirus An Act of War- Patrick Bet-David and Economist Danielle DiMartino Booth.


    • Sepp says:

      Thank you. When the woman being interviewed used the term “fake money” near the beginning and shared some recent history, I knew this would be good.


  26. Sepp says:

    Great Lent continues in the Orthodox Christian Church and tomorrow is Saint Lazarus Saturday. The day after is Palm Sunday on the Church Calendar.

    Since Great Week begins tomorrow, I find the article linked below (by an American Priest of Serbian background) to be very helpful.

    It has a lot of short sentences instead of paragraphs that are intended to exhort and motivate Orthodox who are perhaps feeling weary and distracted by various circumstances.

    This year more than ever.


  27. Lucille says:

    Catholic university’s religion panel on COVID ignores Easter, focuses on Ramadan
    By Jeremiah Poff, Staff Reporter THE COLLEGE FIX – April 8, 2020

    At the panel, neither the virus’ impact on the campus and the globe’s Christians, nor the topic of the Jewish Passover, was raised. Instead the religion experts zeroed in on how the lockdown has complicated observing the upcoming month of Ramadan for the Islamic community, as well as how the COVID-19 response has hurt the marginalized in society, such as refugees.

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  28. NoTwoSystemsOnlyOneChiCom says:

    Monday, April 13, Muscovites will ‘be given’ permits to be outdoors. In stages. Sounds like Floutgeez has been watching.


  29. 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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  30. 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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  31. 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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