Tuesday September 29th – 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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  4. Garrison Hall says:

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    • Garrison Hall says:

      “Out on the road today, say a Dead Head sticker on a Cadillac . . .”. Pretty much a perfect end-of-the-60’s-idealism statement. This is something the Eagles and the other LA singer-song writers celebrated. They all knew it was all coming to an abrupt end. This is also a theme in the cult film, “Almost Famous”. If you haven’t seen it, I can highly recommend it. It’s a surprisingly poignant story about a fading space-in-time moment.

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    • preptodef says:

      Can’t agree with Don politically, but sure do love his music!

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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. Deplorable_Infidel says:

    Whatsoever Is Not of Faith

    By Pastor Ricky Kurth

    “What does Paul mean when he says that whatsoever is not of faith is sin”?

    “And he that doubteth is damned if he eat, because he eateth not of faith: for whatsoever is not of faith is sin” (Rom. 14:23).

    We know that faith comes by hearing the Word of God (Rom. 10:17). The Word of God through Paul says that we can eat all things (1 Tim. 4:4), but he who is “weak in faith” (Rom. 14:1) doubts this and limits himself to eating “herbs” (v. 2). His faith has not yet matured to believe Paul when he says he can eat meat, so “he that doubteth… if he eat…he eateth not of faith.”

    But if he wouldn’t eat it “of faith,” why would he eat it? Well, in this passage, he might eat meat trying to follow the example of his stronger brother. This is why Paul encourages strong brethren not to eat meat in front of a weaker brother (v. 15), which might make “the conscience of him which is weak be emboldened to eat” meat (cf. 1 Cor. 8:10). If he eats meat to try to walk in the footsteps of his stronger brother, rather than eating it because “of faith” in God’s Word, it will cause him to stumble (Rom. 14:13,21) by doing something that bothers his conscience.

    Back to our question. How come “whatsoever is not of faith is sin”? It is because “to him that esteemeth any thing to be unclean, to him it is unclean” (v. 14). God actually adjusts the definition of what is unclean to agree with a weak brother’s conscience. Since his faith does not yet believe that he can eat meat, “he eateth not of faith,” and whatsoever is not of faith is sin to him.

    Why would a weak brother “be damned if he eat”? Well, the word “damnation” doesn’t always refer to eternal damnation in Hell. If all damnation was eternal, the Lord was being redundant in speaking of “eternal damnation” (Mark 3:29). Likewise, if all damnation was to Hell, He would not have had to add the words “of Hell” when He spoke of “the damnation of Hell” (Matt. 23:33). The word “damnation” simply means condemnation or judgment of any kind. Those who resist the government “shall receive to themselves damnation” (Rom. 13:1,2), the judgment and condemnation of the government. So when a weak brother eats meat that he believes is unclean, it is sin for him, and he is condemned by his own conscience, since he judges what he has done to be sinful.

    https://www.bereanbiblesociety.org/whatsoever-is-not-of-faith/
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    Romans 14:23 And he that doubteth is damned if he eat, because he eateth not of faith: for whatsoever is not of faith is sin.

    Romans 10:17 So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.

    1Timothy 4:4 For every creature of God is good, and nothing to be refused, if it be received with thanksgiving:

    Romans 14:1 Him that is weak in the faith receive ye, but not to doubtful disputations. 2 For one believeth that he may eat all things: another, who is weak, eateth herbs.

    Rom 14:15 But if thy brother be grieved with thy meat, now walkest thou not charitably. Destroy not him with thy meat, for whom Christ died.

    1Corinthians 8:10 For if any man see thee which hast knowledge sit at meat in the idol’s temple, shall not the conscience of him which is weak be emboldened to eat those things which are offered to idols;

    Rom 14:13 Let us not therefore judge one another any more: but judge this rather, that no man put a stumblingblock or an occasion to fall in his brother’s way.

    Rom 14:21 It is good neither to eat flesh, nor to drink wine, nor any thing whereby thy brother stumbleth, or is offended, or is made weak.

    Rom 14:14 I know, and am persuaded by the Lord Jesus, that there is nothing unclean of itself: but to him that esteemeth any thing to be unclean, to him it is unclean.

    Mark 3:29 But he that shall blaspheme against the Holy Ghost hath never forgiveness, but is in danger of eternal damnation:

    Matthew 23:33 Ye serpents, ye generation of vipers, how can ye escape the damnation of hell?

    Romans 13:1 Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God. 2 Whosoever therefore resisteth the power, resisteth the ordinance of God: and they that resist shall receive to themselves damnation.

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  7. Deplorable_Infidel says:

    Are You the Weaker Brother?

    By Justin Johnson

    The Bible says there is such a thing as being weak in the faith. This kind of weakness has nothing to do with physical strength, intelligence, financial status, or self-confidence.

    Weakness in the faith concerns a lack of knowledge of God’s will, discernment, spiritual understanding, or conviction.

    So, how do you know if you are weak in the faith?

    Let’s take a quick strength test. Warning: this is only a test saved people should do. This much weight placed on a dead man will surely crush him (1 Cor 2:14).

    If you want to know if you are saved go here first.
    https://graceambassadors.com/salvation/how-do-i-know-i-am-saved

    The Strength of Faith Test

    These questions address common areas of weakness in the faith going back to Paul’s ministry.

    1. Do you think God could be wrong?
    2. Do you think the gospel of your salvation can be found in Matthew, John, Hebrews, or Acts 2?
    3. Do you think you are closer to God when you go to church, or that your pastor is anointed, chosen, or closer to God than others in the church?
    4. Do you think the law can help you live a Christian life now that you are saved?
    5. Do you think there are some mistakes, mistranslations, or missing words in every Bible?
    6. Do you think grace doctrine gives a license to sin, allows sin, promotes sin, or justifies sin and selfish living?
    7. Do you think days like the Sabbath, Sunday, or certain holidays have spiritual significance, and that keeping them pleases God?
    8. Do you think the church fulfills now or in the future any prophecies, covenants, or promises given to Israel?
    9. Do you think we should set aside or be silent about doctrinal differences to gain more people in the church?
    10. Do you think God speaks to you through circumstances, visions, dreams, angels, or that the number of questions in this test may have a spiritual meaning?
    11. Do you think a firm stand for truth works against Biblical unity, love, and peace?
    12. Do you think weaker brothers should be able to hold leadership positions in the church?

    How Did You Do?

    If you answered ‘yes’ to any of these questions, you may need to be strengthened in your understanding of Truth, right division, life in the Spirit, Bible preservation, your position in Christ, the gospel of grace, or evangelism.

    Perhaps you answered correctly, because you know the truth, but do not feel fully persuaded/convicted in your own mind (Rom 14:5). This means you still have room to grow.

    I would have failed this strength test when I first was saved. There are still places where I continue to grow. Saints in the church helped strengthen me in Christ through preaching God’s words rightly divided with the right heart.

    All the right answers to these questions come from a simple strength of faith in God being true, the finished work of the Lord Jesus Christ, and his word rightly divided. These are necessary tools needed for a workman to be equipped.

    All new Christians are weak in the faith. Unfortunately, many remain weak in the faith because churches minister spiritual pablum, entertainment, and emotional spiritualized drivel.

    How to Grow

    The church is where growth in the faith should happen: a spiritual gym that equips and strengthens saints to be unashamed workmen for the Lord. If your pastor or church fails the test above, then it may be time to test the exits.

    Are you the weaker brother?

    God’s way for you to be strengthened is in the church by the word with stronger brothers who can bear your infirmities while you learn to lift heavier doctrinal weights (Rom 14:1; Rom 15:1).

    If you do not have a church, do it by the word with stronger brothers. If you do not know anyone strong in the faith, do it by the word rightly divided (2 Tim 3:16; 1 Thess 2:13).

    It is not a sin to be weak. There are plenty of brothers and sisters weak in the faith. It is a sin to be strong and not help the weak. God’s will is for the weak to be made strong in the Lord (Eph 6:10; 1 Tim 2:4; Col 1:11; 2 Tim 3:17).

    “But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ:” – Ephesians 4:15

    Learn more about the weaker brother principle in our lesson here, or in our verse by verse through Romans 14 or 1 Corinthians 8.

    https://graceambassadors.com/tradition/are-you-the-weaker-brother

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  8. TreeClimber says:

    I’m doing a local Walk for Life, to benefit our area pro-life pregnancy center. I’m trying to raise $300, will any Treepers help me out?

    http://www.fundeasy.com/m/5025276/

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  9. Stillwater says:

    Hymn: “God Will Take Care of You”

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  10. Sepp says:

    . . . but deliver us from the Evil One.

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  11. 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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  12. ZurichMike says:

    Today is September 29th, the Feast Day of the Archangels, among them the most important is the Archangel Michael. The feast day was previously called “Michaelmas”. Fun fact: when mom was expecting the arrival of wee ZurichMike, her due date was September 29th, and she chose Michael as a name if she had a boy (which is she did, and which is why I am called Michael, although I was born in October!

    Today is also the first debate between Trump and Biden. The former apostolic nuncio to the US wrote to the President, recognizing that he his fighting forces of great evil.
    https://thespectator.info/2020/09/26/president-trump-is-preparing-to-fight-against-demonic-forces-of-deep-state-and-new-world-order/

    On this day especially, we need to “Pray without ceasing”.1 Thessalonians 5:17. “For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers . . . against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.” Ephesians 6:12

    Prepare for battle and “Put on the whole armor of God” Ephesians 6:11: –
    Helmet of Salvation (Ephesians 5:17, Isaiah 59:17, 1 Thessalonian 5:8)
    Shield of Faith (Ephesians 6:16,, 1 John 5:4)
    Belt of Truth (Ephesians 6:14, John 14:6)
    Breastplate of righteousness (Ephesians 6:14, Isaiah 59:17, Philippians 3:9)
    Sword of the Spirit (Hebrews 4:12, John 6:63, Ephesians 6:17)
    Shoes of the Gospel of Peace (Ephesians 6:10, Isaiah 62:7, Galatians 5:15)

    And today this day of Michaelmas, ask the Great Archangel Michael to defend us in battle:
    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 thou,
    O Prince of the heavenly hosts,
    by the power of God,
    thrust into hell Satan and all the evil spirits,
    who prowl about the world
    seeking the ruin of souls.
    Amen.

    Pray for the country. Pray for the President. Pray without ceasing.

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  13. David says:

    My American friends, I am your Israeli Trump supporter. In my opinion what I see in the US (and other countries) is beyond politics. I see good against evil, the oldest battle on Earth.
    Without much philosophy I am posting here a very old poem from the Bible some 3000 years ago.
    It’s comes from King David. He is facing a great danger and that is his poem. This poem/Prayer is typically said by Israeli warriors before going to battle. Today Trump is going to have a debate, I see it as a very important battle and I am dedicating this prayer to President Trump.
    The first version below is translated the second version is a better musical version but has no translation. I hope we can all pray and dedicate this for Trump and he won’t be alone.

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  14. Charlotte Powell Brooks says:

    Baby Lives Matter.

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  18. WeeWeed says:

    Mornin’ infidels!

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  19. duchess01 says:

    Verse of the Day for Tuesday, September 29, 2020

    “Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.”
    Psalms 23:5 (KJV)

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  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. duchess01 says:

    FOR MY CATHOLIC FRIENDS – HAPPY FEAST OF THE ARCHANGELS!!!

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  22. just stevie says:

    THE CONSCIOUSNESS OF THE CALL

    “For necessity is laid upon me: yea, woe is unto me, if I preach not the gospel. 1 Cor. ix. 16

    We are apt to forget the mystical, supernatural touch of God. If you can tell where you got the call of God and all about it, I question whether you have ever had a call. The call of God does not come like that, it is much more supernatural. The realization of it in a man’s life may come with a sudden thunder-clap or with a gradual dawning, but in whatever way it comes, it comes with the undercurrent of the supernatural, something that cannot be put into words, it is always accompanied with a glow. At any moment there may break the sudden consciousness of this incalculable, supernatural, surprising call that has taken hold of your life – “I have chosen you.” The call of God has nothing to do with salvation and sanctification. It is not because you are sanctified that you are therefore called to preach the gospel; the call to preach the gospel is infinitely different. Paul describes it as a necessity laid upon him.

    If you have been obliterating the great supernatural call of God in your life, take a review of your circumstances and see where God has not been first, but your ideas of service, or your temperamental abilities. Paul said – “Woe is unto me, if I preach not the gospel!” He had realized the call of God, and there was no competitor for his strength.

    If a man or woman is called of God, it does not matter how untoward circumstances are, every force that has been at work will tell for God’s purpose in the end. If you agree with God’s purpose He will bring not only your conscious life, but all the deeper regions of your life which you cannot get at, into harmony.

    Oswald Chambers
    September 29th Devotional

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  23. farmerren says:

    I’ve come to the open thread to tell you what I noticed yesterday.
    I’ve been preparing a children’s Bible lesson and recording it. These covid days won’t allow us to teach them in person.
    I must record it on zoom and upload to ‘g00gle classroom’. I didn’t know how to do that so I found some y0u tube videos to learn. The first ‘how to’ I selected was of a teacher instructing a group of other classroom school teachers.

    Before the actual instruction video began, there was an ad (to eventually skip). It was of Stacy Abrams doing a ‘GET OUT THE VOTE’.
    (Ad placed before a public or private school instruction video? …I could guess…)

    In my opinion, that is an example of YT attempting to manipulate the election.
    I’ll take back my words when I see a Republican doing the same kind of YT ad.

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  24. Dora says:

    We all might need an extra cup today. 🙂

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  25. waterthelibertytree01 says:

    all the phone lines are full. Whoa!!!

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  26. trapper says:

    Does anyone else find themselves dreaming in a mask? I don’t mean dreaming ABOUT masks, but waking up from a dream and realizing that wearing a mask was just an incidental part of the dream, like wearing a coat or shoes? They’ve got me. Help. Hah!

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  27. justdirectyourfeet says:

    Planning an escape from California. What states are land of the free holdouts?

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  28. Pokey says:

    Do not come to the Peoples Republic of Colorado. Colorado is a COVID19 victim State, and will be until 2024 if Trump wins this election. It is very hard to sour with the eagles when we are surrounded by turkeys.

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  29. Pokey says:

    I hope God is with Trump tonight. He won’t have many friends there. Speaking to 80 people will be a big let down for Trump. Lets hope he has been well coached. He will actually be in front of the biggest audience he will get this fall and he needs to speak to us and talk past his environment. Biden will be on a pharmaceutical cocktail, I’m sure.

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  30. 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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  31. 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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