Wednesday August 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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76 Responses to Wednesday August 5th – Open Thread

  1. Deplorable_Infidel says:

    Why God’s Children Suffer

    By Pastor Cornelius R. Stam

    Contrary to common belief, the Bible does not teach that all men are the children of God. Our Lord said to the religious leaders of His day: “Ye are of your father the devil” (John 8:44), but to the Christian believers at Galatia St. Paul wrote: “Ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus” (Gal. 3:26).

    As the children of Adam, it is not strange that we should have to bear suffering; for sorrow, sickness and death entered the world through sin (Rom. 5:12). But some people wonder why God’s children, whose greatest desire is to please Him, should have to suffer along with others.

    There are several reasons for this. In the case of Job, God allowed His servant to suffer to prove to Satan that Job did not live a godly life for personal gain — and Job was richly rewarded later for all he had borne.

    Further, God’s people could not be of much spiritual help to others if they were exempt from the sufferings which others have to bear. In such a case the unsaved would say: “Yes, you can talk! You don’t know what it is to suffer disappointments, sickness and pain, as we do.”

    Then too, it must be remembered that even the most godly saint is not perfect and must at times be disciplined, “for whom the Lord loveth He chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom He receiveth” (Heb. 12:6). This is done for our good, to keep us from sin and its consequences.

    Finally, suffering and adversity tend to make God’s children pray more and lean harder on Him, and herein lies their spiritual strength and blessing. St. Paul said: “I take pleasure in infirmities… for when I am weak, then am I strong” (II Cor. 12:10).

    But there is a great twofold advantage which the suffering Christian has over others. First, his sufferings are only temporary and, second, they earn eternal glory for him.

    “For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory” (II Cor. 4:17).

    https://www.bereanbiblesociety.org/why-gods-children-suffer/print/

    John 8:44 Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it.

    Galatians 3:26 For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus.

    Romans 5:12 Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned:

    Hebrews 12:6 For whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth.

    2 Corinthians 12:10 Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ’s sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong.

    2 Corinthians 4:17 For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory;

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    • TMonroe says:

      “ Contrary to common belief, the Bible does not teach that all men are the children of God. Our Lord said to the religious leaders of His day: “Ye are of your father the devil” (John 8:44), but to the Christian believers at Galatia St. Paul wrote: “Ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus” (Gal. 3:26).”

      Paul noted in Ephesians 2:2 of believers that “we were by nature children of wrath even as the rest”, which corresponds to those evidently unregenerate who spoke of having “one Father, God” (John 8:41). John 1:9-13 highlights the difference between physical and spiritual descent:

      “The true Light who enlightens every man was coming into the world. He was in the world, and the world came into being through Him, and the world did not know Him. He came to the own, and the own did not receive Him. But as many as received Him, He gave to them authority to be children of God—to those believing in His name, who were born not of blood, nor of will of flesh, nor of will of man, but of God.“

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      • twohartsintx says:

        Thank you for these scriptures. I am praising God today that I am a daughter of the King. He declares that I am holy and righteous because of the blood of Jesus Christ my Lord. Come Lord Jesus.

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      • Suzy Jules says:

        Jesus refused entrance of the members of the Sanhedrin who condemned Him. They would not enter the Kingdom of Heaven ( Matt 5: 20). We will be separated as sheep and goats, the goats cast into hell. Those followers of Islam , a majority, because they don’t accept Jesus.

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  2. ImpeachEmAll says:

    Just say’n… 😉

    Three little questions for BLM.

    Followed by crickets!!!

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    • Teagan says:

      Not sure the ones involved, including the public school teachers and college professors…are capable of understand the questions….

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  3. Garrison Hall says:

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  4. David says:

    Your Israeli friend here, I think the below article is a good explanation of what we know at this time about the explosion in Beirut.
    https://www.timesofisrael.com/lebanese-pm-2750-tonnes-of-ammonium-nitrate-caused-disaster-in-every-sense/

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  5. David says:

    The Beirut explosion:

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  6. David says:

    The explosion in Beirut.

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  7. biggunsmatter says:

    Does anyone know when the 3 ObamaGate Documents are going to be released by Sundance? I’M DYING TO SEE THESE!!!!

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  8. Sepp says:

    . . . but deliver us from the Evil One.

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  9. Charlotte Powell Brooks says:

    Baby Lives Matter.

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  10. Dora says:

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  11. Dora says:

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  12. Dora says:

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  13. Dora says:

    Away We Go!

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  14. duchess01 says:

    Verse of the Day for Wednesday, August 5, 2020

    “For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one.”
    1 John 5:7 (KJV)

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  15. WeeWeed says:

    Mornin’ infidels!

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  16. Good morning folks, it’s a mess here post storm. No power yet. We are sweating in this heat.

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    • I also wish to say , a cuck STOLE our 220 gender cord where I could run the AC,,though at least we do have “some” power, so all is good as far as not loosing freezer foods
      foods etc

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      • jackalix says:

        After Katrina here along the MS Gulf Coast were we got the R/side of the storm I had to guard a 50g drum of fuel and generators between me and the firefighter next store.There is always looting of some type after these events I was 8 when Camille came through.Hang tough it was a potent TS.

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      • TreeClimber says:

        I’m glad y’all are okay. Sorry about the AC – that really does suck! Be safe!

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  17. just stevie says:

    THE BAFFLING CALL OF GOD

    “And all things that are written by the prophets concerning the Son of Man shall be accomplished. …And they understood none of these things.” Luke xviii. 31, 34

    God called Jesus Christ to what seemed unmitigated disaster. Jesus Christ called His disciples to see Him put to death; He led every one of them to the place where their hearts were broken. Jesus Christ’s life was an absolute failure from every standpoint but God’s. But what seemed failure from man’s standpoint was a tremendous triumph from God’s, because God’s purpose is never man’s purpose.

    There comes the baffling call of God in our lives also. The call of God can never be stated explicitly; it is implicit. The call of God is like the call of the sea, no one hears it but the one who has the nature of the sea in him. It cannot be stated definitely what the call of God is to, because His call is to be in comradeship with Himself for His own purposes, and the test is to believe that God knows what He is after. The things that happen do not happen by chance, they happen entirely in the decree of God. God is working out His purposes.

    If we are in communion with God and recognize that He is taking us into His purposes, we shall no longer try to find out what His purposes are. As we go on in the Christian life it gets simpler, because we are less inclined to say – Now why did God allow this and that? Behind the whole thing lies the compelling of God. “There’s a divinity that shapes our ends.” A Christian is one who trust the wits and the wisdom of God, and not his own wits. If we have a purpose of our own, it destroys the simplicity and the leisureliness which ought to characterize the children of God.

    Oswald Chambers
    August 5th Devotional

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  18. Keith Harbaugh says:

    Spent this morning trying to listen to the Sally Yates SJC testimony on C-SPAN.
    My God, the audio feed from SY, wherever she was located, was absolutely abysmal.
    Key parts of her statements were unintelligible.
    Can’t they do better?

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  19. cheryl says:

    UK
    The New DNR Protocol: A Doctor And A Daughter Speak Out
    https://newspunch.com/new-dnr-protocol-doctor-daughter-speak-out/

    “I am horrified by what I happening at NHS hospitals across the UK right now,” he said.

    “All patients over 60 automatically get a DNR, without them or any family members being consulted. I’ve seen the forms in their files with my own eyes. It’s not just the over 60s that get them – I’ve seen them being put in place for young people with mental health issues, for physically disabled people of all ages and for autistic people. We had a schizophrenic woman in her early 30s admitted recently and I found a signed DNR form in her file. She hadn’t been asked whether she wanted one or not.”

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  20. stella says:

    A REMINDER RE PROBLEMS WITH POSTING:

    1. DO NOT make the same or similar comment multiple times because the first one doesn’t appear as quickly as you think it should. I try to delete multiples when I see them.

    2. DO NOT change your name or your email address unless it is absolutely necessary. Doesn’t help you to get your comments approved (in fact, it hinders it.)

    3. DO NOT post about not being able to post or not being able to “like”. I can’t speak for every admin, but I am deleting those without comment.
    4. Think before you post whether that comment is really necessary. Just commenting “like” or “I agree” is just clogging up the works for no particular purpose. These may also be deleted without comment.

    When you do these things you make our moderating job so much more difficult. Thanks in advance for your cooperation.

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    • GB Bari says:

      Stella, do you know if there is any end in sight with respect to the WordPress recent changes that have blocked so many Treepers’ ability to ‘Like’ a comment or to post a comment without it going into the trash bin? Do you know if WordPress has even acknowledged the problem?

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  21. NoTwoSystemsOnlyOneChiCom says:

    Make it so. It’s time to ‘officially’ jimmah open relations with Taipei again.
    https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/east-asia/us-secretary-of-health-alex-azars-visit-to-taiwan-draws-protest-from-beijing

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  22. rrick says:

    Friends, Countrymen, lending me your arms. Get ready to receive the Fauxci-Gates vaccine.

    https://clinicaltrials.gov/ct2/show/NCT04460703?term=Vaccine&cond=Covid19&cntry=US&draw=2

    This is especially sinister if is it true that why Gates tried his vaccines in India and several countries in Africa is because he was denied in the U.S. None the less, I won’t be taking a vaccine no matter how they try to shame or guilt me.

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  23. deeperinfo says:

    Finding some interesting viewpoints emerging on social media: worthy listening.

    Clay Travis Outkick sports calling out the NBA! Can’t be more blunt.

    “The NBA is taking Chinese blood money”

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  24. deeperinfo says:

    Tim Pool, an unwoke left-leaner calling out BLM and Antifa, supports President Trump (even though he does not like him as an individual but looks beyond – credibility factor) because he sees that President Trump is for America. Calls out lying democrats. Very thoughtful and provocative perspective that cuts across party lines, provides good content not shown on media, speaks from urban and aware younger perspective.

    The comments are a good view into new types of Trump supporters.

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  25. cantcforest says:

    Sundance, thank you for all you have done and continue doing. I pray for your safety and health as you surely are stretching yourself beyond reasonable limits. God bless you and yours.

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  26. The recent blast in Beirut, Lebanon, brings to mind images from the blasts in April and October of ’83. Now I’m thinking there really might BE something to this whole “Karma” thingy.

    PS: WHAT were they DOING with 2700 TONS of ammonium nitrate?

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  27. Donna in Oregon says:

    All this craziness is making me want to make brownies….chocolate heals.me.

    https://www.foodandwine.com/desserts/brownies/brownies

    Irish Blessing

    May you never bear the heavy load of an empty stomach

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  28. 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. Also, we pray for Angels to protect and support our Sundance as he works for justice and peace.

    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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  29. 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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  30. Sepp says:

    To Ponder

    Let me ponder on the suffering of the whole people for the sin of one man (Joshua 7):

    1. How the Israelites were forbidden by God to take any of the possessions of the vanquished inhabitants of Jericho.
    2. How one man took some of the spoil, and as a result the Israelites were defeated by the men of Ai.
    3. How today, through the flouting of the Law of God by one man, many suffer.

    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 July 23rd on the traditional Calendar of the Orthodox Christian Church and August 5th on the secular or commercial calendar.

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  31. Margot says:

    The great Burton Cummings: Stand Tall

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  32. AlinWonderland says:

    Margot, thank you for introducing me to this excellent talent. Never heard of him.

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  33. FYI
    The bad people are a very small group. They have seemingly big voices.
    The Good people are a very large group. You don’t hear as much from them.

    The good people will win in NOV.
    Then all this crazy lib stuff will stop.
    Thank you.
    Good night.

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    • rah says:

      1. There is nothing liberal about these criminals,
      2. IMO the only way it will stop after the election is if the dem criminals get beaten so badly they lose everything to the Republicans. Just Trump winning will only spur them on more I think. They have nothing else!

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  34. P says:

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  35. Socal Silent Majority says:

    Ventura County, CA filed lawsuit today against Godspeak Church trying to force them to close for violating order against indoor services and lack of masks.

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