Saturday July 4th – 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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67 Responses to Saturday July 4th – Open Thread

  1. citizen817 says:

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  3. citizen817 says:

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    • piper567 says:

      citizen, I am so glad you give proper credit to Hendrix’s Great rendition of our National Anthem.
      I bought the double CD set of Woodstock JUST for that cut!
      it’s just terrific: sonic and emotional.
      pure genius.

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  4. David M Kitting says:


    How does a person, or a people, get ‘through’ something ? Through the healing power of faith.

    Learning and understanding the fact that there have been literally billions of people who have been through the same trials, historically much, much worse than what most can perceive as a difficulty.

    Historical lessons from Kadesh-Barnea

     When God told Moses to lead the Israelites into the Promised Land, it was only about a two week journey. But through their unbelief/disobedience, they wandered and perished 40 years. When they finally reached the Promised Land [40 years and two weeks later?] what happened ? Did they go in and take the Land God had prepared for them ? Did they believe the God who had provided for them, with pillars of fire by night, clouds by day, water from rocks, manna from heaven, in their 40 years in the wilderness? Nope. They asked God if they could send in spies to see if they could ‘take’ the Land. God didn’t scold their unbelief. He allowed them to choose 12 men, 1 from each tribe, to go in check out ‘their’ Land.  Then what happened ?  10 out of 12 returned and said ‘Nope, we can’t ‘take’ it’. Only Joshua and Caleb believed what  God had promised them, that the Land was ripe for settlement and that God would drive the Canaanites out ahead of them The 10 unbelievers overruled Joshua and Caleb and in another example of blatant unbelief, they[Israel] didn’t go into the Promised Land. God calls this as having an ‘evil heart of unbelief’. ALL of this is for our learning. Trust God.

     There’s only one thing that can send a person to eternal Hell, and that is unbelief. That is one’s individual choice to make. You have to choose to go to Hell. The opposite of unbelief is faith.

    Faith takes God at His word.

    Faith believes God.




    All fired up

    “Now I believe there comes a time

    When everything just falls in line

    We live and learn from our mistakes

    The deepest cuts are healed by faith”

    Pat Benatar ‘s ’88 cover version of a Kerryn Tolhurst song


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

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  6. Garrison Hall says:

    Let’s go to Argentina . . . Edwardo Falu is regarded by many as one of Argentina’s most iconic musicians.

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  7. 804hokie says:

    Happy Birthday, to the greatest Nation and Republic on God’s Green Earth! U-S-A! U-S-A! U-S-A!

    and to anyone offended by President Trump excellent speech at Mount Rushmore, you can kindly GTFO!

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  8. rebel53blog says:

    Day Of The Eagle – Robin Trower

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  9. The Devilbat says:

    Happy Patriotic Caterday

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  10. Deplorable_Infidel says:

    Bethlehem And Calvary

    By Pastor Cornelius R. Stam

    “Sweet Name come down from Heav’n above,
    To win our heart’s deep tender love;
    As Bethlehem and Calv’ry prove:
    My Jesus.”How true this old hymn is! Bethlehem and Calvary do indeed prove that the Lord Jesus Christ came from heaven to win us to himself.

    St. Paul’s declaration that “Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners” (ITim.1:15) takes in both Bethlehem and Calvary. At Bethlehem Christ showed His love for man, not merely by coming to be with us, but by becoming one of us.

    Luke, “the beloved physician,” wrote the famous “Gospel According to St. Luke” to show how truly man the Lord Jesus Christ was. Apart from sin,our Lord experienced all the emotions, the sorrows, the joys, the pains, the pleasures that we do. The Son of God actually became the Son of Man that the sons of men might become the sons of God.

    But His life alone could not save us. His holiness would only expose our sin and condemn us. This is why the Apostle Paul declares that “Christ DIED for our sins” (ICor.15:3), and that “WE HAVE REDEMPTION THROUGH HIS BLOOD, THE FOR-GIVENESS OF SINS, ACCORDING TO THE RICHES OF HIS GRACE”(Eph.1:7).

    Those who believe this and trust Christ as their personal Saviour rejoice in the truth of the above poem. Their hearts have been won to the Blessed One who came from heaven to Bethlehem and Calvary because HE loved them.

    To the Reader:

    Some of our Two Minutes articles were written many years ago by Pastor C. R. Stam for publication in newspapers. When many of these articles were later compiled in book form, Pastor Stam wrote this word of explanation in the Preface:

    “It should be borne in mind that the newspaper column, Two Minutes With the Bible, has now been published for many years, so that local, national and international events are discussed as if they occurred only recently. Rather than rewrite or date such articles, we have left them just as they were when first published. This, we felt, would add to the interest, especially since our readers understand that they first appeared as newspaper articles.”

    To this we would add that the same is true for the articles written by others that we continue to add, on a regular basis, to the Two Minutes library. We hope that you’ll agree that while some of the references in these articles are dated, the spiritual truths taught therein are timeless.


    • Deplorable_Infidel says:

      1 Timothy 1:15 This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners; of whom I am chief.

      1 Corinthians 15:3 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 1:7 In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace;


  11. Garrison Hall says:

    Old kitties rock. Our Bootse is 14 and a bit frail. We’ve had him since he came to us as a little lost and scared kitten. Now that he’s a senior kitty he doesn’t go out much and likes to stay on the front porch where it’s safe. He’s growing older with us.

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  12. Dora says:

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  13. WeeWeed says:

    Happy Independence Day, infidels! 19 new name suggestions for the Redskins…


  14. Dora says:

    This secret room in Mount Rushmore is having a moment

    Abraham Lincoln holds the history of our country’s past.


    Tucked inside Lincoln’s frontal lobe in Mount Rushmore in Keystone, South Dakota is a secret, inaccessible-to-the-public chamber.

    The vault was designed by the monument’s sculptor, Gutzon Borglum, who envisioned it as a room dedicated to the history of the United States.

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  15. Sepp says:

    . . . but deliver us from the Evil One.

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  16. Dora says:

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  17. duchess01 says:

    Verse of the Day for Saturday, July 4, 2020

    “But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only.”
    Matthew 24:36 (KJV)

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  18. Dora says:

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  19. Dora says:

    A Must Read Thread

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  20. Jeff says:

    Few things in life are better than a tight horn section. Leonid (that’s him on bass guitar) and a few friends got together to pay tribute to their favorite band. I absolutely love it when that big, bad Fender rolls in. And the drummer is excellent. But that redhead background singer – woof. I’d like to get her number and see if we can cook up a little Russian Collusion of our own….
    As Gunny says, “like a dog off a leash…”
    Anyway, on to the song

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  21. Sepp says:

    To Ponder

    Let me ponder on the wondrous healing of blind Bartimæus (Mark 10: 46):

    1. How Bartimæus cried out to the Lord in faith for healing, and the Lord healed him.
    2. How I myself am also sitting along the way as the Lord passes, and I am blind in soul, and how He will heal me if I cry out to Him.

    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 June 21st on the traditional Calendar of the Orthodox Christian Church and July 4th on the civil or commercial calendar.

    The Apostles’ Fast – fish, wine, olive oil

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  22. James Street says:

    Battle Hymn of the Republic
    How awesome is it that our Republic has a “Battle Hymn”!
    (The lyrics were written by Christian abolitionist Julia Ward Howe in November 1861 using the music from the song “John Brown’s Body”)

    Mine eyes have seen the glory of the coming of the Lord
    He is trampling out the vintage where the grapes of wrath are stored
    He hath loosed the fateful lightning of His terrible swift sword
    His truth is marching on, His truth is marching

    Glory, glory, Hallelujah! Glory, glory, Hallelujah!
    Glory, glory, Hallelujah! His truth is marching on

    I have seen Him in the watch fires of a hundred circling camps
    They have builded Him an altar in the evening dews and damps
    I can read His righteous sentence by the dim and flaring lamps
    His day is marching on

    Glory, glory, Hallelujah! Glory, glory, Hallelujah!
    Glory, glory, Hallelujah! His truth is marching on

    In the beauty of the lilies, Christ was born across the sea
    With a glory in His bosom that transfigures you and me
    As He died to make men holy, let us live to make men free
    While God is marching on

    Glory, glory, Hallelujah! Glory, glory, Hallelujah!
    Glory, glory, Hallelujah! His truth is marching on!

    Battle Hymn of the Republic performed at President-elect Trump’s Pre-Inauguration celebration on January 19th, 2017

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  23. just stevie says:


    “Fret not thyself, it tendeth only to evil doing.” Psalm xxxvii. 8 R.V.

    Fretting means getting out at elbows mentally or spiritually. It is one thing to say “Fret not,” but a very different thing to have such a disposition that you find yourself able not to fret. It sounds so easy to talk about “resting in the Lord” and “waiting patiently for Him” until the nest is upset – until we live, as so many are doing, in tumult and anguish, is it possible then to rest in the Lord? If this “don’t” does not work there, it will work nowhere. This “don’t” must work in days of perplexity as well as in days of peace, or it never will work. And if it will not work in your particular case, it will not work in anyone else’s case. Resting in the Lord does not depend on external circumstances at all, but on your relationship to God Himself.

    Fussing always ends in sin. We imagine that a little anxiety and worry are an indication of how really wise we are; it is much more an indication of how really wicked we are. Fretting springs from a determination to get our own way. Our Lord never worried and He was never anxious, because He was not “out” to realize His own ideas; He was “out” to realize God’s ideas. Fretting is wicked if you are a child of God.

    Have you been bolstering up that stupid soul of yours with the idea that your circumstances are too much for God? Put all “supposing” on one side and dwell in the shadow of the Almighty. Deliberately tell God that you will not fret about that thing. All our fret and worry is caused by calculating without God.

    Oswald Chambers
    July 4th Devotional


  24. Happy Independence Day! There was a time when not all creatives were so indoctrinated into Leftism. Here is a selection of quotes from famous artists who recognized American Exceptionalism.

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

    “Tony the Worm” should be the first to step forward and take one for the team…


  26. darbypepper1 says:

    Would appreciate some help/guidance. Wife and I planning to escape the heat here in Florida for Maggie Valley, NC for September. Just popped into our minds that we don’t know how crazy NC is with Covid and especially masks. If crazy and or mask crazy gonna stay home. Any local knowledge appreciated.
    Happy Fourth!!!


  27. Lucille says:

    Obama Judge Frees ‘Palestinian’ Al Qaeda Backer Who Recruited Dirty Bomb Terrorist
    July 3, 2020 2:00 PM By DANIEL GREENFIELD

    Not long after 9/11, Adham Amin Hassoun, a Lebanese ‘Palestinian’ computer programmer, was arrested at a Florida traffic stop. The arrest had been a long time coming.


  28. Someone needs to invent high altitude fireworks that can be seen from miles away.


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  30. NoTwoSystemsOnlyOneChiCom says:

    To Xi, or not to Xi, that is the question of the LDP. Tell Winnie to go shine Mao’s glass.


  31. 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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  32. 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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