Sunday July 5th – 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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110 Responses to Sunday July 5th – Open Thread

  1. citizen817 says:

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    • P says:

      citizen 817 and Kevin W: “Our marvelous world. Let’s not screw it up.”

      You know I’ve been thinking recently, and I think what screwed everything up; and yes, our world is really screwed up, probably beyond repair — let’s not put our heads in the sand about that.

      I think life here on this planet all went wrong when people stopped being agrarian. If we had all just kept on with farming, shepherding, etc., and living on the land instead of moving into cities, etc., just kept on doing as much for ourselves as we possibly could (i.e., remaining self-sufficient), living simply, then I think life would have not devolved to the point that it has today.

      I’m basing this on the Bible where God came down at Babel and changed the language into many different ones thus forcing the people to move away and spread out. He had told the people to go and populate the earth but instead they were joining together into cities. I really believe that is why our downfall came about. We’re so far removed from the peace and purity of an agrarian lifestyle and all that it teaches a person about God through His creation: plants, animals, the stars overhead (which of course most of us living in cities have never really seen), etc.

      He does say He will make a new heaven and a new earth which tells me this one is beyond redemption. I just wonder if the ages before us ended up following the same road to destruction — moving from agrarian to manufacturing, from farm to city, from simplicity to complexity, etc.

      Reflect on Ecclesiastes 1:9-11
      https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Ecclesiastes+1&version=GNV;AKJV

      9 What is it that hath been? that that shall be: and what is it that hath been done? that which shall be done: and there is no new thing under the sun.

      10 Is there anything, whereof one may say, Behold this, it is new? it hath been already in the old time that was before us.

      11 There is no memory of the former, neither shalt there be a remembrance of the latter that shall be, with them that shall come after.

      And so age after age, does man destroy what God created, and thus, God starts the process all over again?

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      • TMonroe says:

        “And so age after age, does man destroy what God created, and thus, God starts the process all over again?”

        Scripture indicates that man has a tendency to do just that. God went the almost total reset route with the flood, then went away from that sort of restart:

        “Then Noah built an altar to the LORD. And taking from every kind of clean animal and clean bird, he offered burnt offerings on the altar. When the LORD smelled the pleasing aroma, He said in His heart, “Never again will I curse the ground because of man, even though every inclination of his heart is evil from his youth. And never again will I destroy all living creatures as I have done. As long as the earth endures,seedtime and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, day and night shall never cease”” (Genesis 8:20-22).

        Of course, those who became known and designated as God’s people did experience variations of resets on a national level — specifically, then Israelites — after the people acted wickedly and destructively.

        However, God not only left remnants of His people after punishment and judgment occurred (Romans 9:27) such as the Babylonian captivity, but was also working towards the time when Christ would arrive (cf. Galatians 4:4, 1 Timothy 2:6). God has chosen to join Himself with humanity through His Son, “the Man Jesus Christ” (cf, 1 Timothy 2:5), which brings to mind the permanence to come of the dominion and kingdom of the Son of Man:

        “In my vision in the night I continued to watch, and I saw One like the Son of Man coming with the clouds of heaven. He approached the Ancient of Days and was led into His presence. And He was given dominion, glory, and kingship, that the people of every nation and language should serve Him. His dominion is an everlasting dominion that will not pass away, and His kingdom is one that will never be destroyed” (Daniel 7:13-14).

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  2. citizen817 says:

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  3. Garrison Hall says:

    Have a blessed Sunday, Treepers . . .

    “Platero y yo” is a famous Spanish poen by Juan Ramon’ Jimenez. It is a simple story of his love and travels with his gentle little donkey, Platero. R. Sanez de la Maza wrote moving guitar pieces to accompany passages of Platero.

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  4. citizen817 says:

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    • rrick says:

      Throwing a tantrum like a 2 year old won’t help. I had teachers who would lock the door the minute class began. If you were late, you missed class that day. Some students still didn’t get the message when they were given advance notice of an upcoming test. This brat wouldn’t last one day.

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    • rah says:

      And that is exactly why I would not be a teacher. I would be in jail!

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    • Tl Howard says:

      The Ed Dept under Barrack Obama and Arne Duncan (Sec. of Ed) sent to every public school in American their wishes that schools NOT suspend black students (yes, it didn’t include whites)for this type of behavior. In order to curry favor and get some dollars,a lot of schools did just that, didn’t suspend black students for behavior that got students of other races suspended. Major papers reported that in tiny articles on back pages.

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    • czarowniczy says:

      Back in the days when we were deployed into the New Orleans schools to try and prevent the thugs from beating up and/or killing students for their clothes or lunch money, prior to the emplacement of school security officers, the apologists said that the reason certain groups did poorly in the school system was that the education was ‘too white’. I have no idea.

      In his tantrum he’s just turning over some desks in a classroom, that’s progress as ijn my day he’d have come back with an AK – as did happen once – and hose down the student assembly in the gym. Be thankful for little steps.

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    • Bob says:

      If you watch the news….you will see more of this entitlement behavior in various areas. Apparently the protests have emboldened the blacks to go out and get violent when they don’t get their way. Observations exhibit that the police are not, for the most part going to intervene….so we have to protect ourselves. Only when they figure that out will they stop the BS, hopefully they learn before more are killed.

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  5. Lucille says:

    Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (1840-1893) – an a cappella choral work “Hymn of the Cherubim” from the DIVINE LITURGY OF ST. JOHN CHRYSOSTOM, OP.41, one of the central eucharistic services of the Eastern Orthodox Church.

    The USSR Ministry of Culture Chamber Choir
    Album: Sacred Treasures: Choral Masterworks from Russia

    Have a beautiful Sunday!

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  6. Deplorable_Infidel says:

    Your Career in Christian Modeling

    By Pastor Ricky Kurth

    Back in 1993, professional basketball player Charles Barkley made headlines when he declared, “I’m not a role model. Just because I dunk a basketball doesn’t mean I should raise your kids.” He was right about that last part, but he failed to realize that when you play in the NBA, being a role model to millions of aspiring young athletes just comes with the territory. The only question for such men is, are you a good role model or a bad one?

    The same is true in the Christian life. You may not think you are setting an example for anyone, but no matter who you are, someone looks up to you. And if you name the name of Christ, the only question is, are you a good example of what a Christian should be, or a bad one?

    This is true even for young Christians. That’s why Paul told a young man named Titus:

    “In all things shewing thyself a pattern of good works” (Titus 2:7).

    As all Christians know, you can’t be saved by doing good works; you can only be saved by grace through faith (Eph. 2:8,9). But as Paul went on to say in his letter to the Ephesians, Christians “should” do good works because God saved us freely by His grace (v. 10). As he says there about good works, “God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.”

    Now, if you find that you need some incentive to choose to become a pattern of good works, let’s compare how God motivated His people to walk in good works in time past under the law of Moses. He told Ezekiel to tell the people of Israel,

    “…shew the house to the house of Israel, that they may be ashamed of their iniquities: and let them measure the pattern… shew them the form of the house, and the fashion thereof, and the goings out thereof, and the comings in thereof, and all the forms thereof, and all the ordinances thereof, and all the forms thereof, and all the laws thereof…” (Ezekiel 43:10,11).

    If the people of Israel in Ezekiel’s day weren’t ashamed of their sins, God told him to have them look at all the trouble that He had gone through to forgive their sins. He told him to show His people the magnificence of His “house,” the temple that He had Solomon build to receive their animal sacrifices, and all the comings and goings of the priests in the temple, and all the intricate rules and regulations of the priesthood. In other words, He wanted them to “measure the pattern” of their religion to remind them of the lengths to which He had gone to forgive their sins, and then ask themselves if they should continue in sin in light of all that He had done for them.

    Of course, today we don’t look to the temple to measure the lengths to which God went to forgive our sins, nor do we look to Israel’s priesthood, or anything else in her religion. Today we look to the cross. In light of the unspeakable sacrifice Christ made there on our behalf, it would be the height of ingratitude for “we, that are dead to sin” to “live any longer therein” (Rom. 6:2).

    That’s why, in learning to walk in good works, we study the cross and not the Law, and let “the love of Christ” constrain us, “that He died for all, that they which live should not henceforth live unto themselves, but unto Him which died for them, and rose again” (II Cor. 5:14,15), as Isaac Watts wrote in that sacred hymn centuries ago:

    When I survey the wondrous cross
    On which the Prince of Glory died,
    My richest gain I count but loss,
    And pour contempt on all my pride.

    Were the whole realm of nature mine,
    That were an offering far too small:
    Love so amazing, so divine,
    Demands my soul, my life, my all.

    https://www.bereanbiblesociety.org/your-career-in-christian-modeling/

    Titus 2:7 In all things shewing thyself a pattern of good works: in doctrine shewing uncorruptness, gravity, sincerity,

    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.
    10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.

    Ezekiel 43:10 Thou son of man, shew the house to the house of Israel, that they may be ashamed of their iniquities: and let them measure the pattern.
    11 And if they be ashamed of all that they have done, shew them the form of the house, and the fashion thereof, and the goings out thereof, and the comings in thereof, and all the forms thereof, and all the ordinances thereof, and all the forms thereof, and all the laws thereof: and write it in their sight, that they may keep the whole form thereof, and all the ordinances thereof, and do them.

    Romans 6:2 God forbid. How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer therein?

    2 Corinthians 5:14 For the love of Christ constraineth us; because we thus judge, that if one died for all, then were all dead:
    15 And that he died for all, that they which live should not henceforth live unto themselves, but unto him which died for them, and rose again.

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    • TMonroe says:

      “Of course, today we don’t look to the temple to measure the lengths to which God went to forgive our sins, nor do we look to Israel’s priesthood, or anything else in her religion.  Today we look to the cross.  In light of the unspeakable sacrifice Christ made there on our behalf, it would be the height of ingratitude for “we, that are dead to sin” to “live any longer therein” (Rom. 6:2).
      That’s why, in learning to walk in good works, we study the cross and not the Law”

      Follow the Law itself in hope of salvation? No, as “now it is evident that no one is justified before God by the law, because ‘The righteous will live by faith’” (Galatians 3:11, cf. Habakkuk 2:4). Study the whole of Scripture, including the part called the “Law and the Prophets” (cf. Romans 3:21, Acts 24:14, Matthew 22:40)? Yes.

      And why? “For whatever was written in the past was all written for our instruction, so that through endurance and through the encouragement of the Scriptures, we might have hope” (Romans 15:4).

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  7. cheryl says:

    Judicial Watch Asks DC Mayor for Permission to Paint ‘No One Is Above the Law’ on DC Street
    https://www.judicialwatch.org/in-the-news/dc-street-paint-jw/
    Because D.C.’s liberal Mayor Muriel Bowser allowed activists to paint “Black Lives Matter” on a street near the White House, the legal group Judicial Watch has asked the mayor for permission to paint its motto — “Because No One is Above the Law” — on a street on Capitol Hill.

    Maybe this has something to do with DeBlasio postponing the “art” painting of Black Lives Matter on 5th Avenue?

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    • bessie2003 says:

      This request seems more like a precursor for a lawsuit, should she refuse there may be some type of discrimination claim they are looking at.

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  8. Sepp says:

    . . . but deliver us from the Evil One.

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  9. hawkins6 says:

    The youngest woman hit while blocking Seattle’s I-5 died. Summer Taylor recorded the last 1 hour and 44 minutes of her life. Another wasted life. Many people have done more stupid things when young but smartened up eventually and lived decent lives and looked back at their young and foolish times.

    But nobody in 24-year-old Summer’s life warned her about the dangers of frivolously breaking laws including blocking roads and freeways at will–or she didn’t listen to anyone that tried to tell her. The mayor of Seattle and her subordinated police are letting this happen anywhere at any time. No wonder Summer spent the last hours of her life filming a roving,idiotic street party that included dancing on I-5 and sitting on the roadway in the dark. Once in a while someone would yell something like “What lives matter” and a robotic “Black Lives Matter” reply would follow and then the boring pointless street party would resume.

    I’m sick of seeing these wasted lives. Most or all of this crowd never factor in the dead blacks shot in Chicago etc. Summer died in a pointless, robotic semi party faux protest and its a damn disgrace.

    I skimmed through Summer’s last video below and it is a wasteful way for a young person to die. But the irresponsible Dem politicians are still shamefully encouraging these young people to continue this nonsense.

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    • hawkins6 says:

      Correction: It is Diaz’s video of course. She’s still in serious condition in ICU.

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    • Tl Howard says:

      Notice her age: 24.
      The “extension” of “youth” and “childhood” in this nation is disgusting. No 24 year old with any life experience that REQUIRED RESPONSIBILITY AND LOGICAL THINKING and CIVILITY should have made the decision she made. Conclusion: she had no such experiences by that age, thus her stupid decision to do what she did. Why? Because the larger society and its institutions as well as her nuclear family doesn’t make “youth” pay for bad choices earlier.

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    • MTeresa says:

      Prayer to St. Michael the Archangel
      St. Michael, the Archangel, defend us in battle. Be our protection against the wickedness and snares of the devil. May God rebuke him, we humbly pray; and do thou, 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 seeking the ruin of souls*. Amen.

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    • 94corvette says:

      At 16 my grandmother was a part of the Oklahoma land rush of 1910. She went on to raise six children, three of them serving in WWII and/or Korea. She was a strong woman, a survivor. No matter what the circumstance, she never gave up and always looked forward. In her life, she witnessed WWI, the Spanish Flu, the Great Depression, the Dustbowl, WWII, losing her eldest son in the Battle of the Bulge, the death of her husband after the war (she would live another 35 years), the assassination of President Kennedy, the Viet Nam war, landing on the moon, Watergate, and more before passing in 1980. We all have parents/grandparents with that kind of fortitude; what happened?

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      • P says:

        I can’t remember which Treeper provided this but it goes like this:

        Hard times create great strong men.
        Strong men create good times.
        Good times create weak men.
        Weak men create hard times.

        I think we had too many good times (easy times) and now we are reaping the hard times.

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        • P says:

          I apologize for typo — should read:

          Hard times create strong men.
          Strong men create good times.
          Good times create weak men.
          Weak men create hard times.

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  10. citizen817 says:

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    • Ausonius says:

      What happened? Leftists, teacher unions, Leftists, Leftists as teachers, both parents working, Leftists in school administrations, Leftists, television, Leftists on school boards, Leftists, the Internet, Leftists, etc etc. etc.

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      • bessie2003 says:

        All this, plus the disaster known as Common Core.

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      • Tl Howard says:

        Litigation.
        Lawyers. Greedy parents. Juries who award payoffs by saying to themselves, “The District has money. Let them pay.”

        Sue. Sue. Sue. Board members bending because of the cost of being sued.

        This nation has never been the same in that regard since that woman sued McDonalds and won a huge settlement?

        Remember? She went through the drive-thru. Ordered coffee, which was served to her in a styrofoam cup with lid. SHE spilled it on her private parts. She went to an attorney. They claimed she was never the same “down there,” that the coffeed scalded her. That it was McDonald’s fault.

        It went to trial and the crazed jurors gave her a huge settlement.

        McDonald’s, at fault for NOTHING, has since served coffee that is not at that temperature, and serves is in a paper/cardboard cup.

        What followed from that moment on was every civil attorney in America and millions of Americans concocting law suits that never would have won before that verdict was rendered and that settlement given.

        Travesty. It signaled no one is responsible for anything if you can get a lawyer to convince a jury the corp is at fault.

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      • ploniwp says:

        What happened?

        Denying the reality of God Almighty!

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  13. duchess01 says:

    Verse of the Day for Sunday, July 5, 2020

    “Lead me in thy truth, and teach me: for thou art the God of my salvation…”
    Psalms 25:5 (KJV)

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  16. just stevie says:

    DON’T CALCULATE WITHOUT GOD

    “Commit thy way unto the Lord; trust also in Him; and He shall bring it to pass.” Psalm xxxvii. 5

    DON’T CALCULATE WITHOUT GOD:
    God seems to have a delightful way of upsetting the things we have calculated on without taking him into account. We get into circumstances which were not chosen by God, and suddenly we find we have been calculating without God; He has not entered in as a living factor. The one thing that keeps us from the possibility of worrying is bringing God in as the greatest factor in all our calculations.

    In our religion it is customary to put God first, but we are apt to think it is an impertinence to put Him first in the practical issues of our lives. If we imagine we have to put on our Sunday moods before we come near to God, we will never come near Him. We must come as we are.

    DON’T CALCULATE WITH THE EVIL IN VIEW:
    Does God really mean us to take no account of the evil? “Love…taketh no account of the evil.” Love is not ignorant of the existence of the evil, but it does not take it in as a calculating factor. Apart from God, we do reckon with evil; we calculate with it in view and work all our reasonings from that standpoint.

    DON’T CALCULATE WITH THE RAINY DAY IN VIEW:
    You cannot lay up for a rainy day if you are trusting Jesus Christ. Jesus said _ “Let not your heart be troubled.” God will not keep your heart from being troubled. It is a command – “LET NOT…” Haul yourself up a hundred and one times a day in order to do it, until you get into the habit of putting God first and calculating with Him in view.

    Oswald Chambers
    July 5th Devotional

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  17. Ausonius says:

    I offered this yesterday on the Fourth of July topic: a fun celebration for any day…

    Charles Ives The Fourth of July, which describes a small-town’s July 4th parade with two marching bands colliding in the town square for a real battle of the bands. 🙂

    For a meditative 5 minutes, the same composer’s marvelous The Unanswered Question.

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  18. rah says:

    Well I did my part last night. Had my aged father and other family and friends over for Kabobs off the grill. 13 large skewers worth along with rice, baked mac & cheese, and applesauce bars with cream cheese icing.

    I have a 2″ x 10″ board with five PVC mortar tubes nailed to it. With some help sent up over 200 3″ shells from those last night plus 2 each 12 shot 3″ densepacks and 6 each 12 shot 2″ dense packs with of course the usual roman candles and such. Went though the whole shebang in about 40 minutes. My backyard is a mess this morning.

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    • mark says:

      rah, I want an invite next year! I bet I’m not the only 1!

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    • Jim in TN says:

      I live in a county where fireworks are illegal, but whichever way you travel, there is a fireworks store just over the county line. Last night’s fireworks celebration started on the 1st, and most years continue into September. Mostly on the weekends. Some people set them off at home, and some do them over the local lake.

      Yet people have gone back to wearing masks at the grocery store. I wonder how many of these fireworks celebrations were masked?

      We are a wierd people. Passing nanny state laws that forbid even touching phones while driving, or mandating that children use car seats through the age of 8. (That, by the way, is State Mandated Child Abuse.) Yet nobody obeys the nanny state laws that are meant to stop kids blowing their hands off or setting homes on fire. (Not that there are many reports of those things happening.)

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  19. Pale rider says:

    I have a heavy heart this morning. I never loved this country as much as I do now and it is because I see the greatness in contrast to a world so deceived. Now it’s here.
    I have no doubt the barriers God put around this nation have been torn apart by the hands of our leaders, and it’s occupants. Why?
    People in our nation won’t kneel to God and his precious beautiful son of peace and love but our nation kneels to force, fear, pure evil in our presence. That was our moto remember, to never kneel or bow to evil, to stand up to it?

    Everything becomes evil when you put it before God, did you know that? But, all becomes righteous if he is number one, first. It’s the kingdom way. And I do not want to be outside his gates.

    I ask to see ‘in the spirit’ the battle being waged but I can’t, I know why. It would fill me with fear, I’m assured of that. I can imagine what hell is breaching our nation as I write this. Have no fear those who trust in God, that’s all!

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    • bessie2003 says:

      Interestingly, when my mind and heart visits this spot you are in find that visualizing how beautiful a National Garden will be, intricately taking my mind, and heart, into a clear visual of what the victory of this battle will look like, focus on the picture of winning. Force myself to look past the current ugliness, the ugliness, battle, that lies ahead and instead focus on the wreath of victory. It helps get the heart over the hump.

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      • Pale rider says:

        Bessie, your right a good positive attitude is correct. To believe in that victory, it’s Gods way.
        If you think I’m not buying ammunition and stock piling food and water though you would be wrong. That’s also Gods way, prudent.

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        • bessie2003 says:

          Definitely, what’s that phrase, “God blesses the prepared?”

          It was something a swimming coach taught me years ago, in competition to focus on the target – the wall at the end of the lane, not the strokes I was taking to get there. It took the labor out of getting there, and made getting there a lot quicker too!

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          • bessie2003 says:

            darn; stayed up too late listening to the neighborhoods fireworks celebrations. It’s “God favors the prepared.” duh.

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            • Pale rider says:

              Well, favor is his blessing and I’m sure that is the interpretation either way.
              That ‘wall’ is ………… salvation for the lost, spreading God’s word, righteousness, peace joy, yes?
              And, the reposition of that in life is the line of free vs slave, can you see that? It’s the slave that retreats from the fight to be free. (Israelites in the desert) Where do you draw the line in a life or country. As the enemy encroaches we retreat, where do we stop them?
              That victory is moved to slavery for most of our nation. Fighting for freedom and righteousness has been replaced with apathy, slavery.

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    • P says:

      Pale rider: “I have no doubt the barriers God put around this nation have been torn apart by the hands of our leaders, and it’s occupants. Why?”

      Another thing to consider is what God has said regarding Israel:

      https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Genesis+12&version=GNV;AKJV

      Genesis 12:1-3
      1 For the Lord had said unto Abram, Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father’s house unto the land that I will show thee.

      2 And I will make of thee a great nation, and will bless thee, and make thy name great, and thou shalt be a blessing.

      3 I will also bless them that bless thee, and curse them that curse thee, and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed.

      Check out John McTernan’s website at https://defendproclaimthefaith.org/blog/

      His book “As America Has Done to Israel” explains everything so well. Also his book “God’s Final Warning to America” is available on his site as a free ebook download in both PDF and .mobi formats.

      s3.amazonaws.com/abbafatherradioshow/gods_final_warning_to_america.pdf

      As long as we attempt to divide Israel, our nation will remain divided.

      Also read his article “Ordinance of the Amorites/Americans” for even greater understanding.

      https://defendproclaimthefaith.org/blog/ordinance-of-the-amoritesamericans/

      We also know that all must be fulfilled according to God’s prophetic plan. It’s all about Israel and the Dispensation of Grace (i.e., the Church age) and making of two one. Per JD Farag, “Prophecy has a shelf life and it will not go past its ‘due date.’ ” (not verbatim)

      https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Ephesians+2&version=GNV;AKJV

      Ephesians 2:7
      7 That He might show in the ages to come the exceeding riches of His grace through His kindness toward us in Christ Jesus.

      Trust in the Lord, Pale rider, and BELIEVE HIM. He will lift the heaviness from your heart.

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  20. Sepp says:

    To Ponder

    Let me ponder on the wondrous occurrence when Zacharias the High Priest became dumb (Luke 1: 20):

    1. How Zacharias did not believe the angel of God that the womb of his aged wife could conceive and bear a child, and how he was struck dumb for his unbelief in the word of the angel.
    2. How I myself am as though struck dumb when I cannot sufficiently expound God’s miracles because my faith is so small.

    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 22nd on the traditional Calendar of the Orthodox Christian Church and July 5th on the civil or commercial calendar.

    The Apostles’ Fast – fish, wine, olive oil permitted

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  21. wxobserver says:

    After seeing this:

    https://www.oann.com/u-s-pushes-ahead-with-taliban-peace-deal/

    I’m wondering if the whole point behind the NYT’s Russia/Taliban bounty story was to sabotage the peace deal? Sounds just exactly like something they and some deep state scum would gleefully conspire in…

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  22. @ChicagoBri says:

    Weekend violence thus far in #Chiraq: https://tinyurl.com/y7sab7yx

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

    Hey, Governor Gavin… they gave you a spectacular middle finger July 4th salute…

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    • F.D.R. in Hell says:

      Luv ❤ me some illegal fireworks! 👿

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    • Tl Howard says:

      Same thing happened in my neighborhood in Nor Cal. Middle finger, fine. Danger to our homes, NOT FINE. It was super windy and the nonsense continued for three hours.

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    • F.D.R. in Hell says:

      This was supposed to be there ‘sted the dupe post…

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      • My two grandchildren in a neighborhood in a town in California which I will not name had a wonderful neighborhood Fourth of July Parade yesterday.

        The kids decorated their bikes, trikes and wagons with miles of crepe paper, hundreds of balloons and home made signs and hundreds of American Flags of all sizes and went up and down and all around the block until every one was tired.

        Then we went to one families front yard to for cookies and lemonade.

        Shhhh don’t tell Newsom, no masks anywhere.

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  24. CHESS is racist….only half of the game pieces are black

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  25. DJ Snyder says:

    Please pray for me and my mother… we just got into a big argument over the phone about me not wearing a mask and she thinks that I’m infecting everybody around me and I’m going to kill one of my family members sooner or later… it got so bad, I ended up hanging up on her, because she just wouldn’t listen. 😦 I sent her an article about why masks don’t work via email but who knows if she’ll read it…

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    • Pale rider says:

      Insanity!
      Gold fever is real just as this is. It’s insanity.
      God bless you and hold the line. “When all else fails stand.”
      Prayers of peace and a sound mind your way. Speak the word, maybe that’s the point anyway?

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  26. News , or “news”….
    Just curious what others here do for local news ? I’m not able to suffer through what passes as news on local alphabet channels, even fox has gone south with liberal crappola……
    The newspapers are impossible too.
    Any suggestions ?

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    • steve says:

      all kinds of real news on the internet. find one, including this one, and commenters will lead you to an entirely different universe. OAN is on the boob toob.

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      • I was mostly referring to local news , 50-100 miles around home
        Used to read the local paper back in the day but there aren’t any since they all went liberal and lost half the subscription base ( I know they blame it on the internet) there are no good sources locally

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  27. Bob says:

    You’re doing it…keep reading the Last Refuge and look out your window for the weather condition.

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

    A word of caution from my pal Clive…

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  29. BEAT THE LIBS ON THE SHOOTINGS.
    Don’t let them start bull-krapping about gun control laws.
    They and the media will go after our 2nd Amendment rights.

    Initiate FEDERAL laws with MINIMUM MANDATORY sentencing:
    -5 years for possession of an illegal firearm
    -10 years for possession of an illegal firearm while committing a crime except for assault.
    -20 years for assaulting a person with an illegal firearm
    -DOUBLE the time for a repeat offenders
    -LIFE in prison for killing with an illegal firearm.

    In less than two years, the illegal problem goes away.
    Raise income tax rates by 1% to build enough prisons to hold the perps.

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  30. Dora says:

    Looks Relaxing.

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  31. mandy says:

    “Poland’s president plans to forbid adoption by same-sex couples

    Andrzej Duda, who is running for re-election, will propose a constitutional amendment later this month.”

    “Poland’s president, Andrzej Duda, who is running for re-election in the conservative, Catholic EU member, said on Saturday that he wanted the constitution to explicitly forbid the adoption of children by same-sex couples.

    He said he planned to propose a constitutional amendment on Monday.”

    https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/jul/04/poland-president-plans-to-forbid-adoption-by-same-sex-couples

    I saw another article that stated this Duda guy does not want Poland’s kids to be taught LGBT in their schools, either…

    Does this mean little Polish children will be deprived of ‘Drag Queen Story Hour’ in THEIR public libraries!?!

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  32. SanJac says:

    Does the life of a innocent 7yr old girl killed in Chicago over the weekend matter to the Marxist BLM including Osama ?
    84 shot and 19 killed in just 5 days in a true “war zone”
    1496 shot and 329 killed for the year to date total and this is just another day to the leaders of a corrupt city who truly do not care.

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  33. scrap1ron says:

    I’ve lived in rural areas most of my life. I’ve been hunting since I was 12, and accompanied my Dad when he hunted since I was 5, he used to carry me sometimes. I have never heard a fox make this sound, it’s like a woman screaming.

    Last week, at 3am this scream was coming right under the bedroom window. It was loud and creepy, made the hair standup on the back of my neck. Scared the hell out of the family and the cats. It lasted a good 20 minutes before it moved off. It was too dark to see it, and by the time I put on my shoes and went outside with a flashlight it had moved off into the brush across the street.

    Two months ago I found a partially eaten adult fox carcass on the top of the hill above the house. The ground was tore up and wads of hair were scattered around. I found a fox den in the hedgerow and that fox must have been defending it. I’m guessing from coyotes. Some of those fox ended up in the brush across the street from our house, two kits and a female adult I spotted on the road. Not long after that I spotted a coyote running across the field right next to the house heading up the hill. He was probably hunting those survivors.

    This morning at 6am that fox was screaming again in the brush across the street from the house. It was light enough to see so I went into the brush to try and see it. Too thick and it kept just out of sight but I must have gotten within 20 feet. I yelled at it and it shut up and moved off a little, and then went right back to screaming. Probably telling me to f*** off. lol

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  34. 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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  35. 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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