Sunday April 19th – 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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106 Responses to Sunday April 19th – Open Thread

  1. Whistling_Past says:

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  2. Deplorable_Infidel says:

    Until When?

    By Pastor Cornelius R. Stam

    One of the greatest prophecies of Scripture is found in Psalm 110:1 where David wrote: “The Lord said unto my Lord, Sit Thou at My right hand until I make Thine enemies Thy footstool.”

    In Matt. 22:41-46 our Lord explained that this was a prophecy about Himself, David’s Son and Lord. Men might hate Him and cry “Away with Him!” They might nail Him to a tree and laugh and sneer at Him, but God the Father responds by saying: “Here, come sit at My right hand until I make your enemies your footstool.”

    We should never forget that according to Bible prophecy God’s response to man’s rejection of Christ was to be judgment and wrath. In Psalm 2 the question is asked why the nations rage and the people of Israel imagine a vain thing: that they can get along without the One whom God has anointed to be King. The Psalm depicts God laughing at their attempts to thwart His purposes and predicts that “the Lord shall have them in derision” and “speak unto them in His wrath.”

    At Pentecost all was ready for the judgment to fall. Christ had been crucified and “the last days” had begun, as Peter declared in Acts 2:16,17, quoting from the prophet Joel. But strangely, while some of Joel’s prophecy was fulfilled, or began to be fulfilled, at that time, the rest of it was not, for God did not — and has not yet — sent the prophesied judgment.

    Thank God, in infinite grace He interrupted the prophetic program, delayed the remainder of its fulfillment and revealed to the Apostle Paul His secret purpose to offer to His enemies everywhere salvation and reconciliation by free grace, through faith in the crucified, risen Savior. In His Ephesian letter the Apostle asks whether they have heard of “the dispensation of the grace of God, which is given me to you-ward; how that by revelation He made known unto me the mystery” (Eph. 3:1-3). Now, thank God, His eternal purpose in Christ is no longer a secret. While the day of grace lasts we may be “justified freely by His grace, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus” (Rom. 3:24).

    Psalm 110:1 <> The LORD said unto my Lord, Sit thou at my right hand, until I make thine enemies thy footstool.

    Matthew 22:41 While the Pharisees were gathered together, Jesus asked them,
    42 Saying, What think ye of Christ? whose son is he? They say unto him, The Son of David.
    43 He saith unto them, How then doth David in spirit call him Lord, saying,
    44 The LORD said unto my Lord, Sit thou on my right hand, till I make thine enemies thy footstool?
    45 If David then call him Lord, how is he his son?
    46 And no man was able to answer him a word, neither durst any man from that day forth ask him any more questions.

    Psalm 2:1 Why do the heathen rage, and the people imagine a vain thing?

    Acts 2:16 But this is that which was spoken by the prophet Joel;
    17 And it shall come to pass in the last days, saith God, I will pour out of my Spirit upon all flesh: and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams:

    Ephesians 3:1 For this cause I Paul, the prisoner of Jesus Christ for you Gentiles,
    2 If ye have heard of the dispensation of the grace of God which is given me to you-ward:
    3 How that by revelation he made known unto me the mystery; (as I wrote afore in few words,

    Romans 3:24 Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus:

    Romans 6:23 For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.

    1 Corinthians 15:1 Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand;
    2 By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain.
    3 For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures;
    4 And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:

    Ephesians 2:8 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:
    9 Not of works, lest any man should boast.

    2 Corinthians 6:1 We then, as workers together with him, beseech you also that ye receive not the grace of God in vain.
    2 (For he saith, I have heard thee in a time accepted, and in the day of salvation have I succoured thee: behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation.)

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  3. Garrison Hall says:

    Have a blessed Sunday, Treepers. 🙂

    “On 9 October 1989, 70,000 people staged a non-violent demonstration calling for more freedom and democracy in the GDR. Thanks to the claim “Peaceful Revolution”, initiated by Kurt Masur as one of six prominent citizens of Leipzig, everything proceeded peacefully. That evening, the Gewandhausorchester played under his baton Brahms’ Second Symphony at the St. Nicolas Church. The following regular “Monday Demonstrations”, which came to be described as the “Peaceful Revolution”, became a major milestone on the way to open the Berlin Wall . . .”

    I found this performance of Beethoven by accident tonight. Reading the above historical connection to the performance in the famous Leipzig cathedral caused me to think this would be a fitting tribute to the similar peaceful revolution going in in our state capitals as everyday citizens express their frustration with the often arbitrary lock-down decisions being made by unelected bureaucrats and progressive elected politicians. Americans are demanding freedom and liberty and that’s a good thing.

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    • budklatsch says:

      Unable to open, blocked on this website.


      • bessie2003 says:

        Clicking on the underlined “Watch on YouTube” right underneath where it says video unavailable should open it for you in another screen (there might be an advertisement that plays before the actual video, which can be skipped after about 5 seconds).


      • jbt says:

        On my computer, I just copy the url and open it in another tab. On my tablet, I click on the ‘Share’ icon and choose ‘copy to clipboard’ then open another tab, double-clidk and choose ‘paste.’ It begins automatically, but always have to click ‘unmute’ in the upper left corner.
        Pretty arduous process; I hope it works for you, as this is beautiful recording.


  4. Janie M. says:

    After nearly 5 weeks of confinement at home (my son didn’t want me to to mingle with shopping crowds because I’m high risk), I finally went grocery shopping today. – hit 4 stores. Funny to say I was slightly out of practice and a bit off my game. 😏 It was tiring but it’ll all come back to me, as will my stamina. And, it was a nice sunny day; no long lines.

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    • Garrison Hall says:

      I maintain social distance, wash my hands, and basically limit my interactions with others. On reflection, I think that is what is most important in dealing with the corona virus. I have serious questions about the value of locking down business and confining ourselves to our homes. Just what does this actually accomplish that is superior to just being careful? When business were open, people were working, and everybody was being careful, that struck me as the most effective way of deal with the virus crisis. Adopting the Chinese authoritarian methods requiring isolation seems much less effective. We need to trust Americans citizens to have enough good sense to take care of themselves.

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    • P says:

      Sunny days are always good days IMO.

      Just came across this:

      Have a blessed day everyone!

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    • woodstuff says:

      Two great things happened today and yesterday. I was awakened to music outside which I investigated. It was from the loud speakers of a church down the highway with a large parking lot full of people in their cars. Wow! Encouraged to see so many participating.

      The much more minor thing happened when I went grocery shopping yesterday. First went to Albertsons to buy hamburger (the only store in my town with a butcher shop), No lines but there was a gal at the door holding a cell counting. Only one door open for entrance.

      Then off to Wally World for some better prices and more selection. No lines but had another gal counting. Doors open on both ends. I finally scored on some Charmin (full variety of types and sizes; nobody was rushing to grab it up. There were also piles of Bounty Paper Towels (all sizes) (didn’t need any). I found most everything on my list, except my favorite soup and coffee creamer. I felt like my world was returning to normal.

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      • Janie M. says:

        Wasn’t it liberating for your psyche to be out in public again, woodstuff? AND… to be able to purchase what you needed, not settle for an inferior product. It was for me. I didn’t find any grnd. pork (Tyson brand) I was looking for late yesterday afternoon (cooler was empty in that section @ Wally World). Earlier this morning, I returned to the store and there were TWO lonely Tyson 1-lb. pkgs. with the ground pork I needed. YES!! They were waiting for me 😛. I’ve had a craving for potstickers for weeks now. Froze 1 pkg and will use the 2nd for the potstickers. They’re time-consuming to make (get 40) but I was a HAPPY camper.

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        • Janie M. says:

          s/b, (get approximately 30 or so).

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          • woodstuff says:

            Please put a stamp on one of those potstickers and send it to me! My address is General Delivery, Treehouse, USA, attn limb 25.


            • Janie M. says:

              woodstuff, I got the recipe a few years back from a site I subscribe to (Jen is Chinese American so I trusted her recipe, guidance came from her mom- both of her parents cook). I don’t do the dough in my cuisnart (cuz I’m lazy and don’t feel like having to clean up an extra gadget)😄. I just use the ground pork, blotted/diced water chestnuts – bamboo shoots were too watery, when I first made this recipe, chopped green onions and the seasonings. I also skipped the napa cabbage, not buying it for just 4 leaves (I don’t like wasting food). Otherwise, I’m always happy with the end results, dipping sauce is great. It’s relatively easy, just time-consuming but so worth it. BTW. I pan fry them. []


  5. Janie M. says:

    Very disturbing story I discovered yesterday. The CCP is NOT environmentally friendly. In addition to destroying the environment, they will decimate the wildlife. I wish there was some way we could intervene.

    “Ecuador To Sell A Third Of Its Amazon Rainforest To Chinese Oil Companies”

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  6. Sepp says:

    . . . but deliver us from the Evil One.

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  7. pacnwbel says:

    Unfortunately I must have checked the little notify box below the write a comment box, ,today I have a fully loaded in box of Last Refuge messages. Asking myself why on earth would anyone want to do it.? Would someone kindly uncheck that box please, if it is possible, my apologies…….

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    • WSB says:

      You need to do that yourself. You accidentally hit it while you were posting, evidently.

      I have done this before, myself.

      If you preview anyone of those messages, you will see an unsubscribe link you can click on. Hope that helps.

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  8. Sepp says:

    Christ is risen! Truly He is risen!

    Kalo Pascha!

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  9. Of course, Social Distancing does have its advantages…

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  10. mr.piddles says:

    1:55 East Coast, and I just discovered Blueberry Cheerios.

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    • piper567 says:

      mr. piddles, No way!!
      sure hope they are not a regional thing.
      thanks for the tip!

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      • mr.piddles says:

        Do you like blue milk? Well, you will now.

        Have to say… General Mills has really stepped up its game in the Cheerios department over the last few years. You got your Chocolate, if you’re into that (which I am). You got your Very Berry, which has a wonderful bouquet that compliments the morning coffee quite nicely. You got your Apple Cinnamon, your Fruity, and your Frosted… all of which are just fantastic for those of us whose parents (i.e. Mom) would refuse to allow Apple Jacks, Fruit Loops, and Frosted Flakes in the house. You got your Cheerios Oat Crunch… TWO FLAVORS… both of which I HIGHLY recommend: Cinnamon Oat Crunch and the Oats ‘n Honey variant(*). You got your Pumpkin Spice, which was “Limited Edition” (yes, you did read that: “limited edition” cereal), and a nice little October Surprise in the Piddles residence. I’ll definitely be on the lookout for the Pumpkin this coming fall… something to look forward to! I wasn’t too impressed with the Chocolate Peanut Butter… but your mileage may vary. I’ve been a little bit suspicious of the Maple, but after my recent Oats ‘n Honey experience, I’m just going to have to give it a spin. Maybe toward the end of this coming week. Another thing to look forward to.

        Now, there are some flavors that I don’t think I’ve even seen in the store yet… Peach, Toasted Coconut, Banana Nut. But those are going on the ol’ Bucket List, too, even if I have to send away for them and pay a premium.

        (*) I thought the Cinnamon Oat Crunch was the Cat’s Meow until I tried the Oats ‘n Honey earlier this week. Funny story… I went looking for good ol’ plain Cheerios earlier this week, hoping to also score some of the Cinnamon Oat Crunch. Well, the Cheerios section was pretty much bare, save for a bunch of Honey Nut Cheerios(**) and one lonely box of the Oat’s ‘n Honey Oat Crunch. So I said “live a little!”, threw caution to the wind, and took the plunge with the Oats ‘n Honey… AND BOY AM I GLAD THAT I DID!!! Life Lesson: “don’t judge a cereal by its box”.

        (**) Maybe time to retire this old classic, General Mills?


    • Jim in TN says:

      Thanks for opening my eyes to the monstrosity that was Steppenwolf. Released in 1969. Same crap is spewed by hateful leftists today.

      On the lighter side, it is funny seeing a singer fling the mic away while he is singing a word and not having the word fall off as the mic goes away. Even funnier to have him pull out a harmonica and start wailing away on it into that same mic and maybe, barely, be able to make out that distinctive sound. I will chalk that up to the film editor. Nope, no milli-vanilli thing going on here. No 50’s tv show, unplugged mic and instruments used as props while the record is played. Why that would be monstrous.

      Speaking of monsters, for a while, Britney Spears had her hooks into my daughter. Though I have to say that Barney was much worse. Anyways, we were watching some performance on TV, and the star was exerting great acrobatic efforts, I won’t call it dancing, while singing her song perfectly, literally breaking a sweat, while not exerting any heavy breathing. It helps to have a radio mic headpiece that partially blocks the lips, but there was no obvious mismatch between mouth movements and sounds. I could not convince my daughter that her idol was lip-synching. No huffs. No puffs. No intakes. No air sounds from the mic. Not even with all the athletic aerobatics. Could you imagine adding singing to a gymnastic floor routine adding a mic headpiece and judging on being able to maintain normal breathing patterns as well as difficulty and execution of the gymnastic moves together with the quality of the singing. Oh, don’t forget to have each contestant perform routines for an hour with only small breaks and require a few costume changes. The pains people have to go through to bilk our kids of their money.

      Between Steppenwolf, Britney and Barney, maybe Steppenwolf is right. Americans sure can be monstrous.


  11. Dora says:

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  12. sync says:

    April 19, 1993: FBI laid siege to a Christian church in Waco, Texas, killing 76 men, woman and children

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  13. duchess01 says:

    Verse of the Day for Sunday, April 19, 2020

    “And he said, The things which are impossible with men are possible with God.”
    Luke 18:27 (KJV)

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  14. Dora says:

    I’m not this bad yet, but I’m getting there. 🙂

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  15. Angus D says:

    Speaking of coincidences, did you know Mrs Obama just happened to be on a party boat on the River Seine when Notre Dame cathedral went up in flames…bam. Just happened to be right there, at that exact moment, with that ringside seat, just a coincidence, its nothing I’m sure move along…

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  16. sync says:

    Federal court issues temporary restraining order on Gov. Kelly’s order limiting religious gatherings

    Gov. Kelly never read this?
    “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”

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    • sync says:

      Pastors filed the lawsuit Kansas governor because coronavirus order doesn’t allow them to congregate in groups of more than 10 ppl — even though state explicitly allows bars & restaurants to stay open if they provide social distancing measures.

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  17. Dora says:

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  19. Troublemaker10 says:

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  20. WeeWeed says:

    Mornin’ infidels!

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  21. Angus D says:

    Hardly an hour goes by I don’t go hmmm….

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  22. Patriot1783 says:

    Andrew Lloyd Webber “The Show Must Go On” offered as a way to support the theater while they are shut down presents The Phantom Of The Opera:

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    • Dora says:

      Interesting book. I read it last year.


    • Jim in TN says:

      P, 2 hours!
      That is hook your computer to your TV and watch it from your couch time length. Question is, is it worth 2 hours of our time? We don’t know because you added no description or personal comment.

      Be kind, please comment. Warn about lengthy videos, and give descriptions to help us see why we should give that much time.


      • P says:

        Thank you so much for the correction and please accept my apology, Jim in TN. I wasn’t trying to be unkind. I didn’t realize the Description and Comment sections don’t show if you watch it from here. I usually always “Right Click” and then select “Copy video URL” and open a new tab.

        This is from the above video’s Description section:

        “Author and former criminal defense attorney, Mark Shaw, speaks about his book “The Reporter Who Knew Too Much” and its follow-up, “Denial of Justice.” Each chronicle not only his 12 years of research but most importantly, the life and times and mysterious death of What’s My Line? TV star and crack investigative reporter Dorothy Kilgallen and her 18-month investigation of the Dallas tragedies which included being the only reporter to interview Jack Ruby at his trial. Shaw also discusses his controversial exposure of the most important JFK assassination documents in history, the Jack Ruby trial transcripts.”

        And YES, IMO, it is well worth the 2 hours! Below are other videos by Mr. Shaw.

        Have a blessed day everyone. : )

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    • farmerren says:

      Well worth the two hours and usually I wouldn’t watch something that long. TY, P.

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      • P says:

        You’re welcome, farmerren. I try to only post things that add value and will definitely make sure to add a description from now on. There are many brave people out there digging deep and trying to get to the truth. I stand in awe of them. They risk their lives in doing so IMO.

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  23. just stevie says:


    “For Joab had turned after Adonijah, though he turned not after Absalom.” 1 Kings ii. 28

    Joab stood the big test, he remained absolutely loyal and true to David and did not turn after the fascinating and ambitious Absalom, but yet towards the end of his life he turned after the craven Adonijah. Always remain alert to the fact that where one man has gone back is exactly where anyone may go back (see 1 Cor. x. 13). You have gone through the big crisis, now be alert over the least things; take into calculation the “retired sphere of the leasts.”

    We are apt to say – “It is not in the least likely that having been through the supreme crisis, I shall turn now to the things of the world.” Do not forecast where the temptation will come, it is the least likely thing that is the peril. In the aftermath of a great spiritual transaction the “retired sphere of the leasts” begins to tell; it is not dominant, but remember it is there, and if you are not warned, it will trip you up. You have remained true to God under great and intense trials, now beware of the undercurrent. Do not be morbidly introspective, looking forward with dread, but keep alert; keep your memory bright before God. Unguarded strength is double weakness because that is where the “retired sphere of the leasts” saps. The Bible characters fell on their strong points, never on their weak ones.

    “Kept by the power of God” – that is the only safety.

    Oswald Chambers
    April 19th Devotional

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    • P says:


      “For nearly a century, Hollywood has captivated and influenced generation after generation of moviegoers. Its magic has left an indelible imprint on every culture with a movie projector. Originally broadcast on PBS, HBO/Cinemax, TNT, A&E, Lifetime, and Bravo, this is one of the most comprehensive collections of biographies and cinema retrospectives ever compiled, a spectacular treasury of 32 revealing biographies of Hollywood’s most beloved stars. These biographies, some narrated by the stars themselves, include interviews with friends, family members and colleagues, as well as clips from their most memorable films, and in some cases, rare home movies.”

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  25. Pegon Zellschmidt says:

    “A team of researchers from Stanford University and other California colleges recruited volunteers in Santa Clara County to take blood tests and the stunning results show that 50 times more people than projected have had the coronavirus and now possess the antibodies that makes them immune.”

    50 times. That’s science. Stanford✔️, ergo approx 750,000 cases of Wuhan virus times 50 = 37,500,000 infections. Approx 40,000 deaths (and we know unconfirmed are being thrown onto the Covid pile) = 1/10 of one percent lethality. That’s a regular everyday run of the mill boring flu number. This is not good news for snowflakes, hystericals and medical control freak bureaucrats. And remember, it’s science.


  26. P says:

    One more post! IMO, this is the most authentic and best movie of Our Lord’s life ever made and almost word-for-word from the Bible. Well worth watching at nearly 3 hours length.

    Wishing everyone a blessed day in Him. : )

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  27. Sepp says:

    The Resurrection of our Savior
    Pascha 2020

    To Ponder
    Let me ponder on the Resurrection of the Lord Jesus:
    1. How the earth quaked at His return to the body, as at His leaving it.
    2. How the angels came down to the tomb in His service, as they had always served Him at His bidding.

    To Ponder
    Let me ponder on the Resurrection of the Lord Jesus:
    1. How the tomb-stone was not shattered, nor the seal on it broken.
    2. How the meek and almighty Lord did not damage the tomb at His Resurrection, nor harm the virgin womb at His birth.

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

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  28. Sepp says:

    Hopefully, this beautiful video will upload.

    The hymn “Christ is Risen” is sung in Greek with English sub-titles. The woman singing is Divna Ljubojević from Serbia.



    • Sepp says:

      Try again.


    • Sepp says:

      On Great Saturday the Miracle of the Holy Fire takes place at the Church of the Resurrection (Church of the Holy Sepulchre) annually with crowds of the faithful attending.

      The circumstances this year did not allow the public to attend.

      This short news video with captions in English reports how the Miracle occurred and the Holy Fire still was distributed to the faithful under extraordinary circumstances.

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  29. 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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  30. 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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  31. NoTwoSystemsOnlyOneChiCom says:
    • wondering999 says:

      Thank you for news from the Philippines. We have so many excellent people from there… Duterte claims that the U.S. “lured away” their capable healthcare workers. I hope that in some way President Trump will find ways to help our Filipino brothers and sisters to thrive… whether here, or there


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