Tuesday September 15th – 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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  1. citizen817 says:

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  2. Garrison Hall says:

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    • Garrison Hall says:

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    • GB Bari says:

      I really like Scott Joplin arrangements but they do need the right piano.
      They sound good on my 1972 Mason-Hamlin Model 50 upright, but not really quite the same as on a vintage, very slightly de-tuned upright.
      They sound great when played on my wife’s 5’-8” 1917 Sohmer parlor grand, but even less authentic than the upright.
      So go figure. When we play a SJ tune on my son’s 64 key Melodigrand (Aeolian Corp.) 42” mini upright, it sounds phenomenal with the perfect ragtime twang.
      Great music, good musicians….but you gotta have the right instrument.

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      • Garrison Hall says:

        Yep. And with pianos you really need the right room to put the piano in too. I first heard the Rifkin performances played with a slower tempo when the LP came out around ’70. I thought they captured something the same pieces played in a faster tempo didn’t express. I always wondered if the perfection Rifkin discovered was what Joplin intended all along but was forced by convention and the need to earn a living to play at a faster tempo. If so that would just be another footnote in Joplin’s tragic life.

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        • GB Bari says:

          You are right about the room.
          But even the best room cannot compensate for a mediocre instrument. As far as tempo of Joplins arrangements, I cannot recall the tempo numbers, but I do know the playback speed of old recordings are frequently not true to the tempo of the original performance.


  3. Deplorable_Infidel says:

    Rejoice in Every Good Thing

    By Pastor Kevin Sadler

    “And the LORD brought us forth out of Egypt with a mighty hand, and with an outstretched arm…And He hath brought us into this place, and hath given us this land…And now, behold, I have brought the firstfruits of the land, which Thou, O LORD, hast given me…And thou shalt rejoice in every good thing which the LORD thy God hath given unto thee” (Deut. 26:8-11).

    Deuteronomy 26 instructs Israel how, after they entered the Promised Land and conquered it, they were to bring the first fruits from their first harvest that they reaped from the land and to present it to the Lord in worship and thanksgiving (Deut. 26:1-2). Now this was told to Israel before they entered the land, but these instructions were given in full expectation that they would conquer and possess the land as God said they would (Deut. 6:1; 7:1-2). God is faithful, and when He makes a promise, it’s as good as done. Joshua wrote years later:

    “And the LORD gave unto Israel all the land which He sware to give unto their fathers; and they possessed it, and dwelt therein…There failed not ought of any good thing which the LORD had spoken unto the house of Israel; all came to pass” (Josh. 21:43-45).

    Having trusted Christ as our Savior, God says we’re heaven bound. One day when we stand in God’s heaven, dwelling in the presence of God, blessed and exalted in Christ, we’ll also say, “Not one thing failed of any good thing the Lord spoke unto us. All came to pass.” We should start thanking Him now for this by faith!

    Out of thanksgiving, Israel was to bring the first and the best of their harvest in a basket to the priest at the tabernacle and then profess audibly, acknowledging God’s faithfulness to Israel in preserving them and bringing them to the land as He had promised (Deut. 26:1-4). They were to rehearse how God had heard their cries and prayers for help in Egypt and that He delivered them out of their hard bondage and affliction “with a mighty hand” (Deut. 26:5-8). God brought Israel out of Egypt by His faithfulness to them and then He would bring Israel in to the Promised Land by His faithfulness to them, giving them a wonderful land which would meet their every need (Deut. 26:9).

    Israel was to acknowledge God’s goodness, mercy and working on her behalf. They were to remember how God provided for them, and to worship Him because of “the firstfruits of the land, which Thou, O Lord, hast given me,” and rejoicing “in every good thing which the Lord thy God hath given unto thee” (Deut. 26:10-11).

    These are good things to remember as we observe Thanksgiving. We have a deliverance to remember and thank God for, a deliverance from sin by the sacrifice of our Savior. Christ delivered us from the bondage of our sins with strength, “with an outstretched arm” on the Cross, and “with a mighty hand” that was pierced for our sins. God redeemed us and brought us out of the bondage of our sins, and He is faithful and He will bring us in to our hope of heaven one day. Like Israel of old, we should recognize how God has provided for us and has worked in our lives. We should praise Him together because of His goodness to us, thanking Him and rejoicing in “every good thing” which the Lord has given unto us.


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    Deuteronomy 26:1 And it shall be, when thou art come in unto the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee for an inheritance, and possessest it, and dwellest therein;
    2 That thou shalt take of the first of all the fruit of the earth, which thou shalt bring of thy land that the LORD thy God giveth thee, and shalt put it in a basket, and shalt go unto the place which the LORD thy God shall choose to place his name there.
    3 And thou shalt go unto the priest that shall be in those days, and say unto him, I profess this day unto the LORD thy God, that I am come unto the country which the LORD sware unto our fathers for to give us.

    4 And the priest shall take the basket out of thine hand, and set it down before the altar of the LORD thy God.
    5 And thou shalt speak and say before the LORD thy God, A Syrian ready to perish was my father, and he went down into Egypt, and sojourned there with a few, and became there a nation, great, mighty, and populous:
    6 And the Egyptians evil entreated us, and afflicted us, and laid upon us hard bondage:

    7 And when we cried unto the LORD God of our fathers, the LORD heard our voice, and looked on our affliction, and our labour, and our oppression:
    8 And the LORD brought us forth out of Egypt with a mighty hand, and with an outstretched arm, and with great terribleness, and with signs, and with wonders:
    9 And he hath brought us into this place, and hath given us this land, even a land that floweth with milk and honey.

    10 And now, behold, I have brought the firstfruits of the land, which thou, O LORD, hast given me. And thou shalt set it before the LORD thy God, and worship before the LORD thy God:
    11 And thou shalt rejoice in every good thing which the LORD thy God hath given unto thee, and unto thine house, thou, and the Levite, and the stranger that is among you.

    Deuteronomy 6:1 Now these are the commandments, the statutes, and the judgments, which the LORD your God commanded to teach you, that ye might do them in the land whither ye go to possess it:

    Deuteronomy 7:1 When the LORD thy God shall bring thee into the land whither thou goest to possess it, and hath cast out many nations before thee, the Hittites, and the Girgashites, and the Amorites, and the Canaanites, and the Perizzites, and the Hivites, and the Jebusites, seven nations greater and mightier than thou;
    2 And when the LORD thy God shall deliver them before thee; thou shalt smite them, and utterly destroy them; thou shalt make no covenant with them, nor shew mercy unto them:

    Joshua 21:43 And the LORD gave unto Israel all the land which he sware to give unto their fathers; and they possessed it, and dwelt therein.
    44 And the LORD gave them rest round about, according to all that he sware unto their fathers: and there stood not a man of all their enemies before them; the LORD delivered all their enemies into their hand.
    45 There failed not ought of any good thing which the LORD had spoken unto the house of Israel; all came to pass.

    Philemon 1:6 That the communication of thy faith may become effectual by the acknowledging of every good thing which is in you in Christ Jesus.

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  4. Simple Citizen says:

    Buying American came up tonight, and I would like to be supportive in the little bit that I know about.

    As follows:

    American made cellular phone:


    American made television:


    Yes, you can use it indoors and your TV will not spy on you!

    American made shirts:


    American made sneakers:


    American made jeans:


    American made suits:


    There is a lot more to cover, but I also hope the CTH community can also contribute. This is just a starting list.


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  5. NICCO says:

    Father ,we thank you that your hand is upon our president mightily,we cover him with the precious shed blood of Jesus Christ,and decree and declare Zachariah 2;5 over him and his family..Let the fire of your glory surround them and that no witchcraft,no voodoo,no hex,no vex,no curse no power,no principality and no demon in hell shall prosper against them.Father we ask that you dispatch legions of your warring angelic hosts to destroy every plot and plan of the enemy.Father let your anointing rest strongly upon him at all times and our nation is brought totally back to you.Father ,we praise you,we glorify you in the name above all names ,Jesus Christ,King of Kings,Lord of Lords and soon to return Messiah,Amen.

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  6. trapper says:

    Bretibart now has more visits than Drudge

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  7. Mr_Mayhem says:

    CDC Ignores Presidential Order and Moves Forward with Critical Race Theory Program — Pushing Marxist Garbage that Accuses Police of Racism
    Sounds like some CDC leadership needs to be fired.

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  8. Sepp says:

    “Letter from Egypt: The Ongoing Plight of Christians”

    Article at Chronicles Magazine by Srdja Trifkovic that is only 10 paragraphs long with a nice summation of hope and love in Christ.

    (The archives of articles by this historian goes back several years at Chronicles Magazine.)


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  9. Sepp says:

    . . . but deliver us from the Evil One.

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  10. Sepp says:

    Prayer of Saint Ioannikios the Great (+ 846)

    My hope is the Father, my refuge the Son, my protection the Holy Spirit. O Holy Trinity, glory to Thee.

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  11. skipper1961 says:

    Dear Treepers,
    Please pardon the “copy & paste”, but I wanted to post this revision to a email that I recently sent to MY senator, “little marco” rubio, and it actually went through!!
    I’ll keep you posted, as to his reply (yeah, right!)
    Well, here goes…
    ““Senator Rubio,
    I would like to ask you to explain your refusal to provide documents that Senators Grassley and Johnson have requested (08/14/20). Citing some arcane “resolution” (Senate Resolution “400”), as to why you, and the senate select committee REJECTED a lawful document request from incumbent, lawfully elected Senators seems antithetical to TRUE oversight, and transparency.
    Why are only “certain” Senators allowed to see ALL government documents, while the majority are kept on a “need to know” basis? I’m sure I am not the only one of your constituents who is growing rather tired of terms like “select senate sub-committee on…..” OR ”GANG” (of eight) (?) Really?
    The country is supposed to trust their safety and prosperity to a handful (16) of you folks in Washington, most of whom don’t know what end of the shovel goes in the manure?

    WE KNOW how lucrative seats on those “committees” (cabals) are, and I for one (of your constituents) am interested in just how a junior senator gets appointed “acting chairman” of ANY committee, let alone ssci! Yes, I’m aware of your “cfr creds”. and they aren’t very inspiring to the average American, to be honest.

    Mr. Rubio,

    WE KNOW most of the granular details of Russia (obama) Gate. senator mark warner is not someone I want MY senator “chumming around” with. Scrape him/them off, PLEASE!!

    WE KNOW that your “gangs” not only turned a blind eye to, but actually facilitated a coup on a sitting American President.

    WE KNOW about your “uni-party” back room , nepotistic insider trades, selling American jobs to the lowest bidder (china), all the while “peeing on our collective leg” and telling us it’s raining (Hello! REPEAL AND REPLACE!?)

    I beseech you, turn your act around, and support President Trump and his AMERICA FIRST agenda, and you may receive forgiveness, and grace.
    Choose the U.S. chamber of commerce over your constituents, and reap what you sow.
    Our Country stands in the balance, and I beg you with tears in my eyes, to not let humanity down. Confess (and repent) before it’s too late..

    WE KNOW!!!

    Your BOSS,
    S. Bresnahan “

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    • Charlotte Powell Brooks says:

      Thanks, skipper! Every American should be doing this on a regular basis.
      I have to say you use far more diplomacy than I do.
      Letting these swamp critters know that WE KNOW and we are not putting up with it anymore may not get through to a few of the scum bags that inhabit the DC swamp, but many will begin to realize the truth is going to come out, and it’s UGLY!!

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  12. Sepp says:

    The Great Fire or Burning of Smyrna

    The city of Smyrna in Asia Minor was considered a jewel of the Near East and a cosmopolitan city with a muti-ethnic, multi-religious population.

    During a period of war, in September of 1922, tens and tens of thousands of mostly Greek Orthodox and Armenian Christian refugees were fleeing the muslim Turks from inland, as well as from the city. When they were trapped on the waterfront because of fires set to destroy parts of Smyrna, they perished. A number of ships just off the docks did not pick them up to save them, but a Japanese ship, among others, did rescue some refugees.

    There are multiple videos of the film footage of the burning city available to see. One source for information is the Greek Genocide Resource Center with bibliography and newspaper accounts available.


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    • slowcobra says:

      Dear sepp, thank you for link. This is very interesting, and very scary. Some things in this history eerily similar to today (tearing down monuments, religious persecution,).


  13. Charlotte Powell Brooks says:

    Baby Lives Matter.

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  14. Dora says:

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  15. Dora says:

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    • Sepp says:

      A number of Orthodox Bishops in the USA and elsewhere have asked the Faithful to pray the Akathist to the Theotokos on Fridays since the Church of Holy Wisdom/ Hagia Sophia was defiled again by non-Christian activities back in August.


  16. duchess01 says:

    Verse of the Day for Tuesday, September 15, 2020

    “The LORD is thy keeper: the LORD is thy shade upon thy right hand.”
    Psalms 121:5 (KJV)

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  17. WeeWeed says:

    Mornin’ infidels! Yee-haw.

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  18. Simple Citizen says:

    Thought this was interesting:

    “Today, business leaders from multiple industries and all five boroughs sent the following letter to Mayor Bill de Blasio, pledging their commitment to the city and asking that action be taken on public safety and other quality of life issues that jeopardize economic recovery. Full letter below.”


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  19. chuck lowe says:

    Barr-Duham = zilch, nada, nothing will happen.

    Sulk back into your homes with your tail between your legs, the idea that facts, conversation and reality would mean anything is and always was a pipe dream. They hate us and they are gong to win.

    Their are no hearts and minds to win here folks. If you think for a minute, a second, that rhetoric and conversation loaded with facts, time lines, nuance and context mean anything to the forces arrayed against American conservatives, then your IQ is south of a turnip.

    There is now and has been for 10 years, a low level civil war in the streets and the people bleeding out are innocent victims of violent Progressive garbage whose orthodoxy is based on intimidation, cancellation and bloody constraint. The pretense at this point, that we can all find common ground is preposterous.

    Trump will win in November and the ensuing riots, looting, burning and chaos in the streets, will be followed by the admonitions of the “Chattering Class” which will continue to deflect the blame for the insurrection on voters who disagreed with the Fascist/BLM/AntiFa thugs who now run the streets with impunity.

    The 4th Estate MSM is the tip of the spear, supported by the DNC/Deep State and if they lose, they will NOT care who dies in the coming conflagration.

    Hear the thunder?

    Think for a second, how the Overton Window has moved so dramatically in the zeitgeist. The aforementioned traitors, every group of them, are, as we peruse the facts, timelines, video, audio, written testimony, statements and anecdotal evidence, categorically guilty of treason, sedition and were it 25 years ago (Or if it were Republican Trump supporters now.) would be in jail for life with no parole.

    Yet here we are, anticipating a scathing report of malfeasance from Barr/Durham and not much else.

    They have, slowly and methodically coined us into gold. They have sold us to slaughter, servitude, oppression and contempt.

    Hear the Thunder?

    The choice many people will have to make, in the coming years, is NOT is this cause worth dying for? It will be, is this cause worth killing for?

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    • Pale rider says:

      My concern is not the killing or fight it’s the peacefully handing over our country to murderers. Barr should be removed long ago. Most all of this lies on his shoulders. Looting burning killings. Not to mention the complete lack of law enforcement for the government traitors.


  20. An American says:

    Unseal and release all of Obama’s personal life history documents/records from the time of his birth through to his election to the Senate.

    Requesting for an avid Obama supporter.

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  21. just stevie says:


    “But have renounced the hidden things of dishonesty.” 2 Cor. iv. 2

    Have you “renounced the hidden things of dishonesty” – the things that your sense of honour will not allow to come to the light? You can easily hide them. Is there a thought in your heart about anyone which you would not like to be dragged into the light? Renounce it as soon as it springs up; renounce the whole thing until there is no hidden thing of dishonesty or craftiness about you. Envy, jealousy, strife – these things arise not necessarily from the disposition of sin, but from the make-up of your body which was used for this kind of thing in days gone by (see Romans vi. 19 and 1 Peter iv. 1-2). Maintain a continual watchfulness so that nothing of which you would be ashamed arises in your life.

    “Not walking in craftiness,” that is, resorting to what will carry your point. This is a great snare. You know that God will only let you work in one way, then be careful never to catch people the other way; God’s blight will be upon you if you do. Others are doing things which to you would be walking in craftiness, but it may not be so with them: God has given you another standpoint. Never blunt the sense of your Utmost For His Highest. For you to do a certain thing would mean the incoming of craftiness for an end other than the highest, and the blunting of the motive God has given you. Many have gone back because they are afraid of looking at things from God’s standpoint. The great crisis comes spiritually when a man has to emerge a bit farther on than the creed he has accepted.

    Oswald Chambers
    September 15th Devotional

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

    Trust me, Christmas is next. 😦


    • Margot says:

      Breaks my heart. One of the highlights of my childhood was going into NYC from the ‘burbs to see the window displays, both at the department stores and Lever Brothers. Followed by dinner at Luchow’s. It was enchanting, especially if there was a light snow.

      Those days are gone.

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    • F.D.R. in Hell says:


      • Margot says:

        More great stuff from your album.

        When I was a little kid, they still ran some of those old 1930s cartoons on TV. I was somewhat puzzled when they updated Felix the Cat’s appearance. I was fascinated by Felix the Cat. One day I told my parents I wanted to marry Felix the Cat. They patiently explained to me that I couldn’t. I asked them why and they said he was a cartoon character. I wanted to know why that was a problem. As I recall, they said something about how he wasn’t real and you can’t marry characters that aren’t real.

        Later on I heard them in the next room laughing themselves silly. I think they were relieved when I got a little older and switched my affections to Mark Lindsay of Paul Revere and the Raiders.

        But I still remember those old cartoons with the dancing bugs and Betty Boop and Grampy.

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  23. Mr_Mayhem says:

    This needs attention:
    Democrats Trying to Hand IMF $3 Trillion for Globalist Agenda

    Michigan Democratic Congressman Bill Huizenga Has sent this Video because the Democrats have Denied him any right to Speak Out of the Floor to object to what the Democrats are trying now – to fund the IMF to help with this globalist agenda.


  24. P says:

    Fall of Civilizations Playlist (8 videos)

    Exceptionally well done — not your usual history video at all but very high quality IMO as well as in the opinion of many who commented on these videos.


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

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  26. Deplorable_Vespucciland says:

    President Trump visited a California Air Force Base to discuss wildfires there.

    Biden supporters accost Cal Highway Patrol car outside McClennan AFB.

    Biden supporter accosts Trump supporter at same event near airport.


  27. SanJac says:

    Major Developments have occurred in the story on Joe Biden’s alleged groping and general behavior as Vice President. Judicial Watch filed an FOI request for records during Joe Biden’s tenure as Vice President that stem from an incident where the Vice President “cupped the breasts” of the girlfriend of a secret service agent. The Secret Service could not get the documents that Judicial Watch requested because they had been destroyed under the guise of “retention standards”, however, the Secret Service confirmed in this statement that the documents did in fact exist meaning that the alleged incident happened but to what extent we may never know. More on the FOI request from Judicial Watch:

    The lawsuit was filed after the Secret Service failed to respond to a July 14, 2020 administrative appeal challenging its claim that all files related to the 2009 altercation, “ha[d] been destroyed,” due to “retention standards.”

    On March 29, 2020, the Gateway Pundit republished a 2017 report alleging that an unidentified Secret Service agent was suspended for a week in 2009 for “shoving Biden after he cupped his girlfriend’s breast while the couple was taking a photo with him.” “The situation got so heated … that others had to step in to prevent the agent from hitting the then-Vice President,” according to the report.

    As for the incident itself, Biden is alleged to have groped the girlfriend of a secret service agent while at an event, things escalated from there and the agent received a 7-day suspension after he had to be physically separated by other agents. This incident first came to light when conservative journalist Cassandra Fairbanks published a story containing the testimony of an anonymous Secret Service agent, that is not all that came to light in that interview though. In the same story, Fairbanks reported that Biden was engaged in some “Weinstein level stuff” and would frequently walk around the Vice Presidential residence fully nude in front of agents. Testimony from the agent also suggests that the Secret Service also had to protect its own female agents from Biden on the issue of his alleged misconduct.


  28. jackphatz says:

    No, I don’t work for Walmart but I had to share what I found while being bored. No doubt this is probably not Made In America but…..


    Because we need one of these.


  29. 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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  30. 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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