Monday July 6th – 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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91 Responses to Monday July 6th – Open Thread

  1. citizen817 says:

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  2. Deplorable_Infidel says:

    Why Does It Say, “It Repented the Lord”?

    By Pastor Ricky Kurth

    “Why does Genesis 6:6 say ‘it repented the LORD that He had made man’ if He knew in advance how sinful man would get?”

    You may be thinking that the word “repent” there means God regretted He made man, and my dictionary says “regret” can mean “a looking back with dissatisfaction.” This cannot be the meaning here, however, for it is not possible that God would be dissatisfied with anything He has done.

    Like all words, repent can have different meanings. My dictionary defines it as “to feel pain, sorrow, or regret for something one has done.” The word “or” here suggests that God didn’t regret making man, He rather felt pain and sorrow for having done so. The way the verse is worded makes this clear. It doesn’t say the Lord repented making man, as it would if He regretted it. It says it repented the Lord, it pained Him, for their sin caused Him sorrow. The rest of the verse verifies this interpretation when it explains, “and it grieved Him at His heart.”

    Sin still grieves the Lord, even after we are saved, so “grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption” (Eph. 4:30).

    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.

    https://www.bereanbiblesociety.org/why-does-it-say-it-repented-the-lord/

    Genesis 6:6 And it repented the LORD that he had made man on the earth, and it grieved him at his heart.

    Ephesians 4:30 And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption.

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  3. Roni says:

    Sundance, “The Lord says….I will guide you along the best pathway for your life. I will advise you and watch over you.” Psalms 32:8

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  4. Feisty Hayseed says:

    This is Your Mission, if you decide to accept it.

    Exclusive from Gen. Flynn: If We Don’t Act, 2% of the People Are About To Control the Other 98%

    https://www.westernjournal.com/exclusive-gen-flynn-dont-act-2-people-control-98/

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  5. Garrison Hall says:

    Here’s some classical guitar virtuosity from Stephanie Jones. In case you’re interested notice the perfection of her left-hand control as she moves through some of this piece’s particularly demanding passages. In particular, I’d like to point at how, at about the 1 min point, she includes some harmonic ornaments that still have be a bit stunned. Steffi’s got some serious chops! Enjoy . . .

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  6. Feisty Hayseed says:

    Another message from General Michael Flynn, or as Jim Valvano said, “Don’t give up, don’t ever give up.”

    “Our future, the future of our children and grandchildren and the future of our country are at stake. God will not give way to the care of the devil or allow us to be left to the evil vices of those who would steal our freedom in the dark of night.

    He will not.

    Instead, God will stand with us, as he always does.

    If our nation is to survive this crucible moment, we need to fall back on the God-given values and ideals that are the very foundation of our constitutional republic. Let us not fear the uncertainty that comes with the unknown, instead accept it and fight through that sense of fear.”

    https://www.westernjournal.com/exclusive-gen-flynn-forces-evil-want-steal-freedom-dark-night-god-stands-us/

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  7. Lucille says:

    HAVE A BLESSED BENCH MONDAY….

    Charterhouse Square, London…

    Button Farm, Seneca Creek State Park, Maryland…

    Blenheim Water Terraces Gardens, England…

    Cape Town, South Africa…

    Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada…

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  8. Feisty Hayseed says:

    My apologies for all the Jim Valvano quotes, BUT, Truer words have not been spoken.

    “To me, there are three things we all should do every day. We should do this every day of our lives. Number one is laugh. You should laugh every day. Number two is think. You should spend some time in thought. And number three is, you should have your emotions moved to tears, could be happiness or joy.

    But think about it. If you laugh, you think, and you cry, that’s a full day. That’s a heck of a day. You do that seven days a week, you’re going to have something special.”

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  9. Lucille says:

    HAUSER – “Oblivion” (Astor Piazzolla, composer)

    Live at Arena Zagreb, June 12, 2012

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  10. Fannie says:

    The left isn’t just brainwashed, they are acting out a demonic agenda.

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    • joebkonobi says:

      The dems are gambling all their chips on this election hoping to draw a straight flush. The election of President Trump interrupted their long term plan which was going so smoothly before Trump. Trump’s unexpected win flushed them out and exposed their plan to fundamentally transform America.

      They cannot survive another term of Trump, mainly because of the Supreme Court possibilities. That they ended up, thus far anyway, with a candidate with dementia, hiding in a basement is astounding to me, yet, at the same time, so exemplifies progs. I do not expect the rioting and violence to subside prior to the election. I expect election day 2020 will likely be the most disruptive in history. Their hole card is chaos, fear and intimidation. They have been given free reign over blue and purple cities and states and will be welcomed back in spades come November 3rd. I expect a lot of folks will be voting early which is likely part of their plan. I’ll proudly vote on election day but I will be carrying just in case.

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      • BitchyPants says:

        I always like voting on Election Day
        Take some snacks and drinks (and your weapon if necessary)
        I look at it like this:
        DumDems are lazy – if they see a long line – maybe they will say F it

        As for Conservatives and Republicans
        Not One Person Can Say: Oh, It’s Just One Vote
        This is the “No Excuses Election”
        Get Out There And Do It

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        • daisythewonderdog says:

          I always vote on election day, too. Voting early gives the fraudsters a chance to figure out how many ballots they have to phony up. Overwhelm them on election day.

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  11. Coz Kraemer says:

    And deliver us from Socialism:

    “The Socialist Playbook – Why Socialism is Designed to Fail”

    As the crypto Marxists at BLM speak of “taking action” and “transformation,” this is what they’re talking about. THE THOUGHT POLICE ARE HERE.

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  12. citizen817 says:

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  13. Sepp says:

    . . . but deliver us from the Evil One.

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  14. Dora says:

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  15. Dora says:

    Awesome Shot!

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  16. Dora says:

    We all need a good laugh. 🙂

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  17. duchess01 says:

    Verse of the Day for Monday, July 6, 2020

    “But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.”
    1 Corinthians 15:57 (KJV)

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    • Deplorable_Infidel says:

      Good morning WeeWeed

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    • czarowniczy says:

      And get ready y’all, the Chinese are touting another virus they’ve been tracking in-country for about 4 years now, a new strain of swine flu that’s been running through their pig population.

      It has been designated the ‘G-4 strain’ and appears to be a mutant form of H1N1 that percolated in their swine herds, pork being the primary meat eaten in China the virus had a large breeding ground to cook in. So far a large number of Chinese pigs have been infected but the Chinese state health mouthpieces say that it’s not ‘easily’ transmitted to people…which tells me that they must have had some cases.

      The CDC doesn’t seem to agree though, it held a lightly covered conference on it and said the strain has ‘pandemic potential’. This may be a CYA move after their late reaction on the COVID and gives them an ‘out’ either way this goes. Again, the Chinese delaying release of the information makes me suspicious, especially since they own over 30% of the US pork production and the virus could infect our herds, accidentally or otherwise, quite easily. There’s that paranoia again.

      So now we’re looking at the 2nd deniable disease to come out of China and potentially wreak havoc in the US in a year. A ‘natural’ disease to come out of China where they already have a plan to contain.

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    • GB Bari says:

      Good evening WeeWeed!

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  18. Right to reply says:

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  19. If and when rioters and protestors are arrested and before their trials, why can’t the “authorities” temporarily house them in the nursing homes that have been so decimated by COVID-19?

    If Cuomo is “in charge” we might be able to kill more than two birds with the same stone……..

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  20. Cisco says:

    5 am
    Posting only because a life long friend and I had a talk about da’ community.
    She believes that this is a solution to the warfare going on in Chicago.
    Me, same shit I’ve heard for at least 40 years.
    Just another payday.
    Think any of those people did this for free?
    So here was the fantasy.
    https://chicago.suntimes.com/2020/7/2/21311561/stakeholders-aim-keep-englewood-homicide-free-fourth-july-weekend
    And here’s the reality.
    And no one saw nuttin.
    Me too SCC, I agree…
    We’re going to go and label this one as a “Fail”

    Fourteen people have been killed and 61 others wounded in shootings across Chicago so far over the Fourth of July weekend.

    Ten of the weekend’s victims were minors, and two of the children died from their injuries.

    These are just preliminary numbers, full body count not done yet.

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    • mandy says:

      “what is the city but the people?”

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    • czarowniczy says:

      Yeah, same with NOLA. Local news had to cover the carnage and act like it was out of the ordinary and carefully avoided mentioning anything identifying about the shooters or the shootees but from the areas involved it most likely wasn’t Mormon missionaries on the way home from a ward meeting. It’s all our fault anyway.

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  21. just stevie says:

    VISION AND REALITY

    “And the parched ground shall become a pool.” Isaiah xxxv. 7

    We always have visions, before a thing is made real. When we realize that although the vision is real, it is not real in us, then is the time that Satan comes in with his temptations, and we are apt to say it is no use to go on. Instead of the vision becoming real, there has come the valley of humiliation.

    “Life is not as idle ore,
    But iron dug from central gloom,
    And batter’d by the shocks of doom
    To shape and use.”

    God give us the vision, then He takes us down to the valley to batter us into the shape of the vision, and it is in the valley that so many of us faint and give way. Every vision will be made real if we will have patience. Think of the enormous leisure of God! He is never in a hurry. We are always in such a frantic hurry. In the light of the glory of the vision we go forth to do things, but the vision is not real in us yet; and God has to take us into the valley, and put us through fires and floods to batter us into shape, until we get to the place where He can trust us with the veritable reality. Ever since we had the vision God has been at work getting us into the shape of the ideal, and over and over again we escape from His hand and try to batter ourselves into our own shape.

    The vision is not a castle in the air, but a vision of what God wants you to be. Let Him put you on His wheel and whirl you as He likes, and as sure as God is God and you are you, you will turn out exactly in accordance with the vision. Don’t lose heart in the process. If you have ever had the vision of God, you may try as you like to be satisfied on a lower level, but God will never let you.

    Oswald Chambers
    July 6th Devotional

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  22. My pops passed early this morning, at home and on his terms.
    Married for 67 of 86 years. One month short of 50 with my step mom.

    I was his first of
    7 kids
    17 grandkids
    12 great-grands
    A Dentist, then farmer, and Korean War Vet. All outdoors, all the time.

    Gonna miss ya, dad!

    Thanks for being here CTH, and for letting me share with the folks I love.

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  23. Sepp says:

    To Ponder

    Let me ponder on the wondrous healing of Zacharias’s dumbness (Luke 1: 64):

    1. How Zacharias became dumb because of his lack of faith in the angel.
    2. How he began to speak again as soon as he had fulfilled the angel’s command.
    3. How the dumbness will fall from my soul as soon as I begin to fulfill God’s commandments, and how my soul will be filled with God’s wisdom.

    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 23rd on the traditional Calendar of the Orthodox Christian Church and July 6th on the civil or commercial calendar.

    The Apostles’ Fast – wine and olive oil permitted

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    • Lucille says:

      Thanks, Sepp! Pondering on Bible passages is such a blessing. God’s commandments aren’t harsh but are genuine guides which show us how to be like Jesus, which is God’s perfect will for our lives. God bless!

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  24. mandy says:

    We had occasion to do some interstate travel yesterday. For the first time EVER, we saw “pods” trucks – 18 wheelers moving those relocation pod things. We saw THREE in the course of our 2 hours on the highway.

    Today, TheHill.com has a story about people fleeing the cities, moving to rural areas/suburban areas…

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    • czarowniczy says:

      Yup, after Katrina the city of New Orleans saw the lies the government had been telling them for years about its preparedness for a hurricane, how the city’s ineptitude in levee maintenance compounded the Corps’ errors and how the city and state rewrote the entire Katrina response narrative folks moved out of the city to towns north of Lake Pontchartrain and up into the rural areas.

      We bought our property up here in anticipation of retirement in 2003 but the population up here blew up after Katrina. The looting during and after the storm, the ridiculous crime before and returning after the storm that the city had little interest in curbing still feeds the exodus. One more hurricane and we’ll have to move to a new rural area.

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      • mandy says:

        One of my all time FAVORITE ‘comments’ was posted post Katrina at a firearms forum by “preacherman.” He owned property up about Alec, I think it was. Anyways, his comment revealed a great deal about how to prep for such events and the basic dos and donts. I still have that saved somewhere, I think…it was THAT GOOD. One of my favorite bits he described? A couple from NOLA that came (NOT invited by him but from someone downstream in the “I told two friends and they told two friends and they told two friends” thing that happened at his place) and what was the ESSENTIAL that they brought? No, not cash. Not their REQUIRED medications. Not essential paperwork that could be needed in such an emergency. Not food, not water…not weapons…not ammo…not extra clothes/shoes…nope.

        THEY BROUGHT THEIR FAVORITE COOKWARE.

        Not kidding.

        Oh, and never EVER tell a friend that they can park their camper at your acreage because that ‘tell two friends’ game meant his place got overrun really quickly.

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        • czarowniczy says:

          NOLA folks don’t eat to live, they live to eat. My long-time barber left for the storm but when he found out the west bank wasn’t flooded he returned home. He found a squatter in his house and chased him out but later found that the squatter had looted his favorite cast iron frying pan. Ya gots tuh have youse priorities.

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  25. just stevie says:

    I’m posting this sermon…its excellent, scary, and mind boggling. I don’t EVER post sermons but this pertains to today’s events and bible prophesy! I did go the 24:30 mark but he’s so good I kept listening! Spiritual food that I needed for today…(1 hour long)

    Bible Prophecy Update – July 5th, 2020..Go to the 24:30 mark and listen for a few minutes. Mind blowing-THE CODIFICATION OF BEHEADING IN UN AND WHO DOCUMENTS!

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  26. Joe K says:

    F1 returned this weekend with a real barn burner. The world is now in a better place. Real racing with real drivers.

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  27. booger71 says:

    RIP Charlie Daniels…..a great Patriot and singer

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    • Lucille says:

      Oh my, what a shock! Such a dear man. I am in tears, though I know that Charlie is with his precious Lord. How we shall miss his wonderful prayers each day.

      Charlie Daniels is definitely resting in peace. See you on the other side, Charlie!

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  28. An says:

    Elen Pao, former Reddit exec, admits to knowing about Epstein in 2011. But there’s more. Note that it’s a Kleiner Perkins party. Yes, everyone’s favorite #resist law firm. Weird how they show up everywhere?

    Also might connect to a past story I mentioned where they also had as clients that Chinese firm that was blackmailing members of the US military.

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  29. Joe20 says:

    I hate to post this because it’s a small point.

    But if Sundance is writing a book, it’s important.

    Sometimes in his blog posts he makes the its/it’s mistake.

    “Its” and “it’s” are easily confused.

    “It’s” always means “it is.”

    “Its” without the apostrophe is the possessive form.

    This is an oddity in English because possessives usually use the apostrophe-s.

    But to avoid confusion with the contraction for “it is,” the possessive form is “its.”

    It’s a small point, given the magnitude of what we are facing.

    But the ethos of the writing is lessened when this mistake is made, even though the content be superlative, as the content always is when Sundance is writing it.

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    • Lucille says:

      Joe, you may write Sundance at TheLastRefuge@reagan.com at any time.

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    • P says:

      I always insert “it is” into the sentence; if it sounds right, I know I can use “it’s” and if it doesn’t sound right, then I know to use “its.”

      Same with “you are” — if it sounds OK in a sentence that way, then I can use “you’re”; otherwise, I know to use “your.”

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  30. Donna In Oregon says:

    I wonder if this is England’s reaction to the FCC Huawei ZTE decision? Looks like it to me. England has its own satellite company now. Defunct, but theirs….

    The UK government is taking a $500m stake in a bankrupt satellite company
    Elon Musk has some unusual competition in the space race to improve the consumer internet.

    The UK government is investing $500m and taking a 20% stake in OneWeb, a bankrupt company that wants to improve broadband connections using a constellation of low-altitude satellites.

    Your move, Elon
    The deal puts the UK back in the race with Musk’s Starlink, which has launched 540 of its own internet satellites. Starlink’s goal is to expand connections in areas that are hard to reach with fiber-optic cables.

    OneWeb has a lot of catching up to do. When it declared bankruptcy in March, it had launched just 74 of ~650 planned satellites.

    Beyond beefing up your WiFi, there’s another reason why the UK may be getting into the satellite fight: Because of Brexit, it will no longer be involved in Galileo, the EU’s satellite navigation system.

    Good news for GPS units, bad news for telescopes
    Science called the revived OneWeb’s plan for a constellation of 42k satellites “the worst possible outcome for astronomers.”

    Why might they be cursing the heavens? At an altitude of 1,200 kilometers, the satellite traffic threatens to make telescopic imagery blurrier than your worst selfies.

    Another potential pitfall: Radio astronomers worry about chatter that could bleed onto essential frequencies — sorta like what happens when your neighbors in the apartment next door make too much noise.

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  31. Donna in Oregon says:

    did we talk about this? I don’t remember this ever being discussed. Am I wrong?

    Africa: U.S. Arrests Former Officials in Africa Bribery Schemes

    21 NOVEMBER 2017
    Voice of America (Washington, DC)
    By Masood Farivar
    The bribery scheme was hatched in the halls of the United Nations in New York and spanned several continents.

    Chi Ping Patrick Ho, Hong Kong’s former Home Secretary, and Cheikh Gadio, a one-time foreign minister of Senegal, plotted to bribe high-level African officials to secure business rights for a Shanghai-based energy and financial conglomerate.

    https://allafrica.com/stories/201711210480.html

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  32. Donna in Oregon says:

    So I’m looking finCEN Director contact info and I come across an actual pedo case Director Blanco was part of and this is how the wheels of justice turned for this creepo DeFoggi. Unbelievable.

    I’ve never read anything like this. I opened up the page….. My God. His email, was f**kchrist, and the appeals court let him off the hook. I don’t understand our justice system. Here is part of the transcript.

    An FBI
    “online covert employee” contacted that member via the private messaging feature
    of PedoBook, and the member gave the FBI employee an email address
    (fuckchrist@tormail.org) and told him he normally accessed the Tor network from
    4:00 a.m. to 6:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
    The affidavit then described how the FBI connected that username and display
    name to DeFoggi. Several pages of the affidavit discussed how DeFoggi used these
    same names for multiple child pornography websites, where he made comments very

    Click to access 151209P.pdf

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  33. Lucille says:

    Taiwan President Says ‘One Country, Two Systems’ Is a Failure After CCP Imposes | HK
    THE EPOCH TIMES – July 6, 2020

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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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