Saturday April 18th – 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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169 Responses to Saturday April 18th – Open Thread

  1. realitycheck6 says:

    A fascinating movie applicable to today : Experimenter: The Stanley Milgram Story

    Are we lemmings to authority?

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  2. David says:

    My American friends, The video below is about Krav Maga (Israeli martial art). Krav Maga is now used by top intelligence agencies like Mossad, MI6, FBI, many SWAT teams including in the US and now days even American Special Forces and Marins are learning it.
    The video below is the best I find. The first instructor is Itay Gil who is a high ranking Officer in Israel’s top counter terror unit, then there is the city Netanya that is my hometown and then you have Denis Hannover who is a legend and developed his own system called Denis Hisardut (Survival), the man received many awards from Israel’s Defense Establishment for his contribution to the nation. There it is:

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  3. JTR says:

    Today makes 245 years since the midnight ride of Paul Revere! One of my Favourite poems.

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  4. Sepp says:

    The reading of the Acts of the Apostles – the Apostolos – precedes the Divine Liturgy for Pascha.

    Christ is Risen! Truly He is Risen!

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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. Sepp says:

    Earlier today, the Miracle of the Holy Fire took place again at the Church of the Resurrection, the Holy Sepulchre, in Jerusalem.

    Christ is Risen! Truly He is Risen!

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  8. Eric W. says:

    I was brainstorming the virus situation earlier and came up with something that I thought was interesting… If there was a really evil Bond villain that wanted to dominate the world with a bioweapon there is only one real way to do it. He cannot develop a super-bug that will kill half the world’s population and hold that as a THREAT because nobody will believe that he has that weapon without first examining the genetic code to confirm the danger. If he shares the genetic info, then the nations around the world could work quickly to develop vaccines/treatments, so they would only cooperate with him until they felt safe enough to defend themselves.

    Instead, he must develop TWO viruses. The first virus is a nuisance virus that is similar in fatality to the normal flu, but it is synthetic. The second virus is the real killer. It is lights out if that one gets released. The next step would be to then secretly release the nuisance virus and begin back-channel communications with world leaders once there is sufficient spread that it gets into all countries. He claims responsibility and makes his demands while also providing all proof and documentation that he created the virus and another that is 100 times worse. He tells them to go ahead and develop a vaccine for the first virus, but it will be no use against the second virus due to genetic differences. HE NOW HAS THEIR ATTENTION!

    The leaders can never be sure if he is bluffing about the second virus, but based upon their recent experiences dealing with the first virus, their nerves are quite shaken. They almost have no choice except to accept his terms. The Bond villain might wish to keep all the drama out of the public eye as he goes about pulling the strings of world governments for years on end. All the people know is that we had that “bad scare back in 2020” but we survived it!

    I am not saying that this is what is going on but some aspects about this current crisis give me an uneasy feeling. We lived through the prospect of nuclear war during the cold war, but now the prospect of future bio-weapons might just be worse!

    It is generally agreed that Iran cannot be trusted with nuclear weapons. We might ask if anyone can be trusted with bio-weapons.

    Eric W.


  9. Ruth says:

    When the enemy shall come in like a flood, the Spirit of the LORD shall lift up a standard against him. Isaiah 59:19b



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