Saturday May 30th – 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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79 Responses to Saturday May 30th – Open Thread

  1. citizen817 says:

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  2. Whistling_Past says:

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  3. Troublemaker10 says:

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  4. Garrison Hall says:

    It’s caterday, Treepers!!

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  5. Garrison Hall says:

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    • Garrison Hall says:

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      • Garrison Hall says:

        When I first saw “Crossroads” I thought it an enjoyable story but didn’t think much more about it. Then several years later I watched it a couple more times and slowly realized that it was a lot better than I initially thought. I think what I missed the first time is that the actor’s roles are always subtle and a bit underplayed, something that was obviously the director’s intent. What this means, of course, is that this supposedly “small movie story” actually has great staying power. You can watch it over and over and it never really gets old. Not too many movies can do that.

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      • Pa Hermit says:

        Ry Cooder had a lot of effect in this!


  6. Deplorable_Infidel says:

    How Fast Are We Talking Here?
    by Pastor Ricky Kurth

    As the Apostle Paul came to the end of his list of qualifications for the ministry, he closed by insisting that pastors should always be

    “Holding fast the faithful word as he hath been taught, that he may be able by sound doctrine both to exhort and to convince the gainsayers” (Titus 1:9).

    Here we know that Paul is talking about the faithful Word of God that Pastor Titus had been taught of him, for he told Pastor Timothy to “hold fast the form of sound words, which thou hast heard of me” (II Tim. 1:13).

    How “fast” should pastors hold the “sound doctrine” that Paul taught Titus, and the rest of us, in his epistles? Well, after God allowed Satan to take away Job’s health, his wealth, and his family, God used that same phrase to say of Job, “still he holdeth fast his integrity” (Job 2:3). Pastor, will you hold the truth of Paul’s gospel that fast? Will you say with Job’s degree of conviction,

    “…I will not remove mine integrity from me. My righteousness I hold fast, and will not let it go…so long as I live” (Job 27:5,6).

    Is that how fast you’ll hold to Pauline truth if you lose everything you hold dear?

    Will you hold the truth as fast as Tribulation saints, whom the Lord warns, “hold fast…if therefore thou shalt not watch, I will come on thee as a thief” (Rev. 3:3). Those believers will have to hold fast to their truth, and endure to the end of the Tribulation to be saved (Mt. 10:22; 24:13). You don’t have to hold your truth fast to be saved—but you should hold it fast as if you did, as if your very eternal life depended on it. After all, the eternal life of your hearers will depend on how tight a grasp you maintain on the truth of Paul’s gospel.

    God promised the people of Israel, “I will give you pastors according to Mine heart, which shall feed you with knowledge and understanding” (Jer. 3:15), and He will make good on that promise in the kingdom of heaven on earth that He went on to describe (v.16-18). What’s a pastor according to God’s heart? Well, God said of those same pastors in the kingdom, “I will set up shepherds over them which shall feed them: and they shall fear no more” (Jer. 23:4). Thus a pastor according to God’s heart will hold the truth fast, and not allow fear to cause him let it go.

    That’s the kind of pastors God will have in the kingdom of heaven. And if the pastors of our grace churches will hold fast to Pauline truth without fear of what it will cost, all of God’s people can experience a little bit of heaven on earth now, in this dispensation. We have God’s Word on it. If you’re not a pastor, why not encourage your pastor to stand firm with all the pastors who are “holding fast the faithful word?”


    • Joshua says:

      Thank you for this one especially but also for all your postings and especially of teachings and the Word. For some of us we may never read it elsewhere.

      “hold fast the form of sound words”

      that _Phrase_ is amazing.

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      • Deplorable_Infidel says:

        Your welcome

        1 Corinthians 15:58 KJV

        Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord.


    • piper567 says:

      leave, maybe this has more to do with State Authority than religious rights?
      I my mind, his does not bode well for other issues re State’s rights…many of which remain unanswered.
      For example, the States determine the manner in which people vote.
      What role may the Feds have?

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      • leavemygunsalone says:

        I don’t know other than it isn’t good for the church that filed the suit, and once a precedence starts it tends to carry over to over states. If Walmart can be open, churches should be open. Lord Northam implemented the mandate today that every Virginian has to wear a mask out in public, yet his city is full of rioters not wearing masks. Goose and Gander is never fair.

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      • dilonsfo says:

        Only time the feds can interfere with State’s authority in voting is if there is a violation of civil rights or fraud.

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        • czarowniczy says:

          The Feds can interfere with any state’s authority in any issue it wishes to. It’s eventually up to the SCOTUS to determine if that intervention is allowable, that’s why the Democrats are so eager to add three more seats to the SCOTUS and appoint the new judges. If you control the SCOTUS you pretty well have a lock on the system.

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        • piper567 says:

          dil, this may be true to some extent, but, for example, we in WA have “top two winners” primaries, and ALL mail-in voting. The State of WA made these decisions. our marxist State Gov’mt sets these rules. That’s what I meant.


    • mandy says:

      Yeah, looks like it’s about time to go…if you can….

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    • Paul Deignan says:

      I don’t recall MLK being deterred by unjust “laws”.

      Maybe some civil disobedience would be good for the soul. It would certainly be my recommended act of contrition for the Catholic clergy and all those other prelates out in California.


  7. hawkins6 says:

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    • “Shooting at the free press..” Maybe ( some police ) are coming to realize that our press is not ‘free’. The media seems to stress the opposite impression from reality, but presents it as their truth. Frustrating a cop that studied and trained to enforce law and order. Maybe baffled by a ‘pajama boy ‘ Mayor that orders him to arrest a business owner for opening his business, yet not arrest someone for burning it down. Are we confused, yet?

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  10. Whistling_Past says:

    ✝️ On this day ~
    May 30, 339
    Church father, Eusebius, went Home to glory. His ten-volume history is our best authority for early Christian history. We owe him a special debt because he quotes from many sources that no longer exist. Because of this we know a good deal about how we got the New Testament. Eusebius also traced developing heresies. Through him we know of challenges to orthodoxy in the early centuries of the faith. Above all, Eusebius recorded how God preserved the Bible-believing church and poured His grace upon it. Eusebius was about seventy-four years old when he died. In addition to all his other writings, he left behind commentaries on Isaiah and the Psalms, a geography of the Bible, and a concordance of the Gospels.

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    • piper567 says:

      Whistling, thank you for these contributions.
      It’s always good to be reminded of church History, and the men who gave so much to promote the Truth.


    • Sepp says:

      Our Holy Father among the Saints, Eusebios of Caesarea, is one of the 318 Holy Fathers of the First Œcumenical Synod at Nicæa who are commemorated tomorrow, May 18th Church Calendar and May 31st civil calendar.

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  11. Whistling_Past says:

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  12. duchess01 says:

    Verse of the Day for Saturday, May 30, 2020

    “For thou wilt light my candle: the LORD my God will enlighten my darkness.”
    Psalms 18:28 (KJV)

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  13. Marian says:

    Ps. 65:2
    Let God arise. Let His enemies be scattered. Let those who hate Him flee before His Holy Face.

    The Litany of the Holy Face is powerful and consoling. This is the time to double, triple, quadruple down on prayers for our nation.

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  14. Dora says:

    Something to smile about.

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  15. WeeWeed says:

    Mornin’ infidels!

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  16. TradeBait says:

    John 17:14

    “I have given them thy word; and the world hath hated them, because they are not of the world, even as I am not of the world.”

    Never forget that though Satan has dominion for a time on this earth, ultimately we are not under his rule and enjoy freedom for eternity in the arms of Christ.

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  17. lisabrqwc says:

    Good morning beautiful people! Normally I’d copy some text here and then include the link to the rest, but it’s just so needful, I felt I had to just go long in this post.

    Article by John Piper
    Founder & Teacher,

    Almighty and merciful Father,

    Hallowed be your name in Minneapolis. Revered, admired, honored — above every name, in church, in politics, in sports, in music, in theater, in business, in media, in heaven or in hell. May your name, your absolute reality, be the greatest treasure of our lives. And may your eternal, divine Son, Jesus Christ, our Lord — crucified for sin, risen from the dead, reigning forever — be known and loved as the greatest person in this city.

    It was no compliment to the city of Nineveh, but it was a great mercy, when you said to your sulking prophet Jonah, “Should not I pity Nineveh, that great city, in which there are more than 120,000 persons who do not know their right hand from their left?” (Jonah 4:11).

    Oh, how kind you are to pity our folly rather than pander to our pride. Jonah could not fathom your mercy. His desire was the fire of judgment. And you stunned him, and angered him, with the shock of forgiveness.

    “Oh, how large is your heart toward cities in their sin and misery.” Tweet Share on Facebook
    And have we not heard your Son, crying out to the city that would kill him, “O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the city that kills the prophets and stones those who are sent to it! How often would I have gathered your children together as a hen gathers her brood under her wings, and you were not willing!” (Matthew 23:37)?

    Oh, how large is your heart toward cities in their sin and misery.

    Yes, we have heard you speak mercy to great cities. Did you not say, to Jerusalem, “This city shall be to me a name of joy, a praise and a glory before all the nations of the earth” (Jeremiah 33:9)? They were not worthy — not any more than Nineveh, or Minneapolis. But you are a merciful God, “slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness” (Exodus 34:6).

    And what are we? Debtors. Whose only hope is grace. For we could never pay back the honor we have stolen from your name. How precious, then, is the lightning bolt of truth that “Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners!” (1 Timothy 1:15).

    And for what have you saved us, Father? To what end did you forgive, and cleanse, and free, and empower your people? You have told us, “In the coming ages I will show the immeasurable riches of my grace in kindness toward you in Christ Jesus” (Ephesians 2:7). Yes. That is best. You are your best gift to us.

    But that’s a long way off, Lord. What about now? For now, we live in Minneapolis, not heaven. This is our home away from Home. We love our city. We love her winters — yes, we do — and cherish her spring. We love her great river and her parks. Her stadiums and her teams. We love her lakes and crystal air. We love her beautiful cityscape. We love her treelined neighborhoods, her industry, her arts, her restaurants, and recycling.

    And we love her people. Her old immigrant Swedes and new immigrant Somalis. Her African Americans, her Asians, her Latinos. We love those with so many genetic roots they don’t know what box to check. We love her diversity — every human precious because you made each one like yourself and for your glory.

    This is our home away from Home. We are sojourners and exiles in this city (1 Peter 2:11). So we ask again: For what have you saved us? Here and now?

    Open our hearts to hear your answer, Lord: “Seek the welfare of the city where I have sent you into exile, and pray to the Lord on its behalf, for in its welfare you will find your welfare” (Jeremiah 29:7).

    Yes, Lord. Yes. This is our heart for Minneapolis. We seek her welfare. We pray on her behalf.

    For those who knew George Floyd best and loved him most, bring them your consolation, and direct their hearts to the God of all comfort.

    For Derek Chauvin, who put his knee on Floyd’s neck for seven minutes, until he died, we ask for the mercy of repentance and the judgment of justice. For officers Thomas Lane and Tou Thao and Alexander Kueng, who stood by, we pray that grief and fear will bear the fruit of righteous remorse; and may the seriousness of the killing and the cowardice of the complicity meet with proper penalties.

    For the upright police who have watched all ten minutes of the unbearable video of Floyd’s dying, who consider it “horrific” and “inhuman,” who find it unbelievable that Chauvin did not say a single word for seven minutes as the man under his knee pled for his life, and who lament with dashed hopes that they must start again from “square one” to rebuild what meager trust they hoped to have won — for these worthy servants of our city, we pray that they would know the patient endurance of Jesus Christ, who suffered for deeds he did not do.

    “We pray that the compounding of sorrows will not compound our sin, but send us running to the Savior.” Tweet Share on Facebook
    For police chief Medaria Arradondo, Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman, our Mayor Jacob Frey, and our Governor Tim Walz, we ask for the kind of wisdom that only God can give — the kind king Solomon had when he said, “Cut the baby in half” (1 Kings 3:16–28), and discovered the true mother.

    May our leaders love the truth, seek the truth, stand unflinching for the truth, and act on the truth. Let nothing, O Lord, be swept under the rug. Forbid that any power or privilege would be allowed to twist or distort or conceal the truth, even if the truth brings the privileged, the rich, the powerful, or the poor, from the darkness of wrong into the light of right.

    For the haters and the bitter and the hostile and the slanderers — of every race — we pray that they will see “the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ” (2 Corinthians 4:4). We pray that the light will banish darkness from their souls — the darkness of arrogance and racism and selfishness. We pray for broken hearts, because “a broken and contrite heart, O God, you will not despise” (Psalm 51:17).

    We pray that our city will see miracles of reconciliation and lasting harmony, rooted in truth and in the paths of righteousness. We pray for peace — the fullest enjoyment of shalom, flowing down from the God of peace, and bought at an infinite price for the brokenhearted followers of the Prince of Peace.

    And as the scourge of COVID-19 has now killed 100,000 people in our nation, and still kills 20 people a day in our state — most of them in our city — and as the virus wreaks havoc with our economy, and riots send lifetimes of labor up in smoke, and the fabric of our common life is torn, we pray that the compounding of sorrows will not compound our sins, but send us desperate and running to the risen Savior, our only hope, Jesus Christ.

    O Jesus, for this you died! That you might reconcile hopeless, hostile people to God and to each other. You have done it for millions by grace through faith. Do it, Lord Jesus, in Minneapolis, we pray. Amen.

    John Piper (@JohnPiper)

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  18. cheryl says:

    Girlfriend Sends Man’s 1967 Chevy Impala Project to Junkyard While He’s Traveling
    “Turns out that while I was gone, she hired some people to come over and move everything related to that car, including the drivetrain, body, and chassis and all parts, and take it to the local dump/scrapyard. I was absolutely dumbfounded. I had spent over $11,000 on that car including new parts, services, and the car itself.”


  19. Sepp says:

    . . . but deliver us from the Evil One.

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  20. Paul Deignan says:

    Just an observation:

    One thing I noticed in the military, is that when you have an immoral commander, he will at some point go out of his way to ensure that you are compromised yourself (so he can trust you to be on “his team” when he wants to skirt his duty). So he will test you by demanding some malfeasance and if you refuse, he will chase you out.

    Obama was doing the same thing with the military.

    Remember Dempsey and that Koran burning preacher? Obama went to Dempsey and demanded a statement to violate his oath to the Constitution by having Dempsey speak out against the preacher. Then, after Dempsey submitted, Obama went back again just to rub his face in it.

    With Austin at Central Command, Obama demanded false intelligence reports. Austin gave him the phony reports but his intel staffers rebelled.

    We can expect that any general promoted under Obama above 2-star was compromised.

    But then came Flynn, and Flynn refused to be compromised. And didn’t that burn that devil Obama? Obama made it his mission to stamp out the one honest man. Because that is how to control the others.

    So looking back at this, if Obama is stung by his treason, I will see Karma. But I am disgusted by all the generals that kowtowed when they should have fought. And that submitted when they should have resigned.

    And that is why Afghanistan is a no-win war. Our generals are to blame.

    Wouldn’t it be nice if Trump fires Esper and gets a reformer SecDef in place. We need more Grenells and less Mattises in charge of our IC and military forces. Our soldiers deserve to be led by honest people.


    • czarowniczy says:

      Same thing happened at the WH level during Vietnam, commanders from the field up gave as rosy a report as they could without totally putting the appendages in the pencil sharpener. At each command level the reports going upward were gilded and polished until they reached LBJ or Nixon’s desk. We were killing VC/NVA, not securing and holding ground, much as we did in the Gulf War and the GWOT. It wasn’t like WW2 where we took and held ground, high-tempo, continual action that pushed and broke the enemy, we go out, conduct a sweep and kill a few bad guys then go back to base.

      Commanders are commanders, they’re politicians at some point, looking to grab that elusive 0-6 slot so they can try that vault to that flag officer slot. There are some good ones, seems God graces us with them in the time of need, and they know what’s going on at ground level (the good ones) but they also know they have to find a way to temper the truth with what the Pentagon and WH level want to hear. Those stars on a general’s shoulders are proof s/he’s a master politician and has survived the flag-slot knife fight.


  21. Sepp says:

    The Vlad Tepes Blog has a large number of videos and items in its Readers Comments section about the current rioting in several countries. Contributors there often do translations of the items that would otherwise be unavailable.

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    • Lucille says:

      Our international enemies are in this movement to destroy America through segments of our society buying enemy propaganda…

      Iranian official: “We have to make our presence felt in the conflict in America that involves blacks”
      May 30, 2020 2:00 PM By Robert Spencer

      Hassan Rahimpour Azghadi says: “[Quran 4:75] is a clear call for armed struggle, guerrilla warfare, and armed combat throughout the world.”

      “And what is with you that you fight not in the cause of Allah and the oppressed among men, women, and children who say, ‘Our Lord, take us out of this city of oppressive people and appoint for us from Yourself a protector and appoint for us from Yourself a helper?’” (Qur’an 4:75)

      Hassan Rahimpour Azghadi also says: “We plan to conquer all the key spots in the world.” He said it.


  22. Lucille says:

    Kitty’s Own Chair…

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  23. Parker Longbaugh says:

    Dana Boente has been asked to resign. Sundance is right again.

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  24. Sepp says:

    To Ponder

    Let me ponder on the action of God the Holy Spirit upon the Martyrs for the Faith:

    1. How the Holy Spirit gave them wisdom to speak before their judges.
    2. How the Holy Spirit gave them courage to perish on the scaffold.

    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 May 17th on the traditional Calendar of the Orthodox Christian Church and May 30th on the civil or commercial calendar.


  25. Sepp says:

    The Holy Apostle Andrónicos and Saint Junía

    “One of the Seventy, he was a kinsman of the Apostle Paul, as Paul wrote (Romans 16: 17), remembering also Saint Junía, Andrónicos’s helper. Andrónicos was made Bishop of Pannonia, and did not stay in one place, but preached the Gospel throughout the whole of Pannonia. With Saint Junía, he was successful in bringing many to Christ and in demolishing many temples of idolatry. Both of them had the grace of wonder-working, by which they drive out demons and healed every sort of sickness and disease. They both suffered for Christ, and thus received a twofold crown: of apostleship and of martyrdom. Their holy relics were found in the excavations in Eugenios (see Feb. 2nd).”

    These two Saints are commemorated today, May 17th Church / May 30th civil.

    The Lives of each of the other Apostles of the Seventy are in short versions for the Synaxis of the Seventy Holy Apostles at this link.


  26. 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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  27. A prayer for Justice Kavanaugh and Col. 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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  28. john says:

    The Lancet study on hydroxychloroquine is looking more and more like it may have been fraudulent.

    See the following links:

    If this is true, decisions made by regulatory agencies to limit the use of HCQ, esp. in clinical trials, may need to be rethunk ASAP.


    • Not just HCQS but a great many other drugs should be over the counter but that would remove the tyrannical power of doctors to ration life saving medicines and selectively kill
      while hiding murderers behind the “ethics” of JUNK SCIENCE and DAMN LIES.


    • HCQS was bought up in huge quantity by the US government not to provide it to people for use in a sensible way but so government could lie about its value and control it and restrict it and gain power by that corruption that is nothing but a tyrannical power play by a de facto DEATH PANEL.


  29. In the Light of Love we are Whole
    In the Light of Love we are Home
    In the Light of Love we heal and sing
    In the Light of Love Thy will be done
    Om Shree Dhanvantre Namaha


  30. mandy says:

    “Babylon the great is fallen, is fallen, and has become a dwelling place of demons, a prison for every foul spirit, and a cage for every unclean and hated bird! For all the nations have drunk of the wine of the wrath of her fornication, the kings of the earth have committed fornication with her, and the merchants of the earth have become rich through the abundance of her luxury.”


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