Sunday October 18th – 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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89 Responses to Sunday October 18th – Open Thread

  1. citizen817 says:

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  2. Leon Brozyna says:

    Even the animals in the fields know the meaning of the day ..

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  3. Deplorable_Infidel says:

    The Way to Heaven

    Perhaps you have heard the story of the man who inquired from a mountaineer the way to a certain destination.

    The mountaineer stuttered and stammered and finally said: “You can’t get there from here.”

    We may smile at this, but the results would be even more amusing — and sad — were we to ask the average person on the street the way to heaven.

    What is the way to heaven? It is interesting to read in God’s Word what many think about this.
    In Proverbs 14:12 we read:

    “There is a way that seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.”

    What are some of these “ways” that “seem right” to men, leading them to hope for heaven? Joining a church? Being baptized? Doing one’s best? Keeping the Ten Commandments? Loving one’s neighbor as himself? These are a few of the ways that men follow, hoping to gain eternal life, but they all come under one heading: “Do good.”

    But what do the Scriptures say about this? In the Gospel according to John there are recorded for us seven “I ams,” which the Lord Jesus Christ used in speaking of Himself.
    One of these is found in John 14:6:

    “I am the way, the truth and the life; no man cometh unto the Father but by Me.”

    This passage has a double significance, since it was not only the declaration of the Lord Jesus Christ, but at the same time a declaration of the divinely inspired Scriptures. From this verse we learn not only that Jesus is the only way to the Father, but also that He is “the truth” to be believed and trusted in. Thus we can believe the Lord Jesus when He claims to be the way to heaven.

    But according to this passage He is also “the life.” As we place our faith in Him as the One who died on the cross for us, we receive eternal life. “He died that we might live.”

    By Pastor Cornelius R. Stam

    Proverbs 14:12 There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.

    John 14:6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.

    1 Corinthians 15:1 Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand;
    2 By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain.

    3 For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures;
    4 And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:

    Ephesians 2:8 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:
    9 Not of works, lest any man should boast.

    Galatians 1:6 I marvel that ye are so soon removed from him that called you into the grace of Christ unto another gospel:
    7 Which is not another; but there be some that trouble you, and would pervert the gospel of Christ.

    8 But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed.
    9 As we said before, so say I now again, If any man preach any other gospel unto you than that ye have received, let him be accursed.

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  4. mr.piddles says:

    You know what’s incredible?

    I just saw a Television Commercial… and I realized that Dorothy Hamill has worn the same hair style for the past 45+ years.

    That’s incredible.

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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. Garrison Hall says:

    Have a blessed Sunday, Everyone. The presence of the Lord is always with us. We just have to ask and he’ll come into our hearts.

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  7. Lucille says:

    “God Bless America” composed by Irving Berlin
    Sung by Kate Smith in the film THIS IS THE ARMY (1943)

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  8. Danielle says:

    I dont know if anyone has seen this. It is a little over a year old. It was a study on twitter users done by Pew. For those that think we are outnumbered and society is lost as a whole please read. It is very informative. While reading ask ypurself a couple questions. What about bot farms? Are certain messages ‘propped’ up that fit the companies views? What about censorship? Here is the link for those interested.

    We are only getting stronger. Justice will be served.

    Hope everyone is having a blessed Sunday. Remember to vote. Vote in PERSON.

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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. rah says:

    And now a musical interlude:

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    • weather257 says:

      Do you listen to Phlash, Rah?


      • rah says:

        When I’m in the truck driving I often livestream and listen to IHeart. That particular song came up on the Classic Vinyl rotation that I often listen to. When not listening to IHeart I livestream

        I also listen to audio books.

        All the above make the miles melt away more quickly and listening to music as a drive through the wee hours of the morning helps keep me awake. Though sometimes I will listen to George Noory if he has something on that interests me.

        The most dangerous time on the road driving for me is from 01:00 to 04:00 because I have to prevent myself from having “microsleeps”. Livestreaming music and coffee helps a great deal. Massaging ones scalp, stretching, and looking off to the side to ward off white line fever all help. Now that it is getting colder, opening the window and getting a blast of cold night air is back on the menu of tricks I have to keep me alert. The other thing I do is never eat a big meal before starting a driving shift. Snacks only. The big meal of the day is only taken after my driving shift before I lay down, no matter what time it is or how hungry I feel.

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  12. Charlotte Powell Brooks says:

    Baby Lives Matter.

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  13. Dora says:

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  14. Dora says:

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  15. Dora says:

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  16. Dora says:

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  17. just stevie says:


    “For His name’s sake they went forth.” 3 John 7

    Our Lord has told us how love to Him is to manifest itself. “Lovest thou Me?” “Feed My sheep” – identify yourself with My interests in other people, not, identify ME with YOUR interests in other people. 1 Corinthians xiii. 4-8 gives the character of this love, it is the love OF GOD expressing itself. The test of my love for Jesus is the practical one, all the rest is sentimental jargon.

    Loyalty to Jesus Christ is the supernatural work of Redemption wrought in me by the Holy Ghost Who sheds abroad the love of God in my heart, and that love works efficaciously through me in contact with everyone I meet. I remain loyal to His Name although every common-sense fact gives the lie to Him, and declares that He has no more power than a morning mist.

    The key to missionary devotion means being attached to nothing and no one saving Our Lord Himself, not being detached from things externally. Our Lord was amazingly in and out among ordinary things; His detachment was on the inside towards God. External detachment is often an indication of a secret vital attachment to the things we keep away from externally.

    The loyalty of a missionary is to keep his soul concentratedly open to the nature of the Lord Jesus Christ. The men and women Our Lord sends out on His enterprises are the ordinary human stuff, plus dominating devotion to Himself wrought by the Holy Ghost.

    Oswald Chambers
    October 18th Devotional

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  18. just stevie says:

    Claudio Monteverdi – Magnificat – Gloria Patri (3:18 mins)

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  19. WeeWeed says:

    Mornin’ infidels!

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  20. just stevie says:

    The Sanctus is a hymn in Christian liturgy. It may also be called the epinikios hymnos when referring to the Greek rendition. In Western Christianity, the Sanctus forms part of the Ordinary and is sung as the final words of the Preface of the Eucharistic Prayer of remembrance, consecration, and praise.(Wikipedia)

    Franz Schubert Mass in A flat (Missa Solemnis), D. 678 IV. Sanctus (3:13 mins)

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  21. duchess01 says:

    Verse of the Day for Sunday, October 18, 2020

    “That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life.”
    John 3:15 (KJV)

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  22. Rita Ritacco says:

    ATTN ADMINSTRATION. I am posting this request to administration hoping that they can assist me. I tried sending a message via your email address and haven’t received an answer …. I think it’s possible that my email didn’t get through to you. I have been visiting your site for several years without any problem and even have posted a couple of times using the screen name Servant.

    Here’s my problem. Since clearing the cookies on my desktop computer earlier this month I can only see your posts up through October 5th. I’m wondering if clearing the cookies may have adversely affected my password (Wolverines) that I adopted back in July when you had the Treepers begin using that password. Here is what happens now when I attempt to go on your web site:

    Perhaps you can tell me why the wpcomstaging occurs which allows me only to see your posts through October 5th.

    The only way I can successfully get on your website, as I am right now, is to go on your Twitter page and click on one of your posts that takes me directly to your current page on your website. Many thanks, in advance, for any help you can give me to alleviate this problem.

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    • amwick says:

      I wish I could be more helpful, but I had issues a week or so back.. but I think they were part of a website/wp issue… They seem to be resolved and things are back to normal… I am using Firefox, with the adblocker disabled… Maybe try a different browser? Good luck with this.. I know how frustrating it is…

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      • Rita Ritacco says:

        Thank you for your response, amwick! Before I could try some of your suggestions, I just tried opening the web site in a new window and now I have no problem. Apparently, someone in admin saw my request and somehow fixed the problem!! I’m very thankful!!! Blessings to all here at the Treehouse!!

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    • rah says:

      I usually use Microsoft Edge but when the trouble started here and I was getting the exact same thing happen that your describing I got through to the current board using Google. So try using a different browser. Later I ran a full scan with my McAfee antivirus and after that I got the current board back on Edge. How that worked, I don’t know, but it did.


      • Rita Ritacco says:

        Thank you for responding with your experience with this same crazy thing, rah! I am so thankful that my post here today (and after today’s post, I also sent the same message via their email address) was the ticket to getting this fixed. Shortly after sending today’s email, I tried once again to go onto this site and, BINGO, it worked and has continued to work since then each time I try it. So, I think someone behind the scenes here graciously figured out how to put in the fix. I am so very grateful!! What a blessing!


    • ropala says:

      These browsers work for me: Microsoft Edge, Mozilla (Firefox) and Google Chrome
      This browser does not work for me on one computer: Brave
      I have two computers, on one computer Brave works and on the other it does not, so it is not a unique situation.


  23. Right to reply says:

    Skipping around the news today, and one thing is very apparent. We have a secret services sympathetic to Russia/Iran/China. How dangerous is that!


  24. 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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  25. mandy says:

    “The legendary cantata “Carmina Burana” for choir, soloists and symphony orchestra, written in 1936 by German composer Carl Orff in Annenkirche (St Anne’s Lutheran Church) of St Petersburg, Russia.”

    At the close of the last livestream this morning (it’s evening there), Sergei said the Lutheran Church where the next performance will take place is 241 years old. Thought some here might enjoy the live performance, and some might like seeing the structure. Anyway, this will be livestreamed as it happens, and probably posted later today for those who miss it live and would like to see it.

    Current time is 11:33 Eastern, anticipated start of the stream is in 27 minutes.

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  26. ImpeachEmAll says:

    Just say’n… 😉

    Know thy enemy…

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  27. Dorothea Brooke says:

    Our Old Testament reading for the 29th Sunday in Ordinary Time:

    “Thus says the Lord to his anointed, Cyrus, whose right hand I grasp subduing nations before him, and making kings run in his service, opening doors before him and leaving the gates unbarred: For the sake of Jacob, my servant, of Israel, my chosen one, I have called you by your name, giving you a title, though you knew me not. I am the Lord and there is not other, there is no God besides me. It is I who arm you, though you know me not, so that toward the risingand the setting of the sun people may know that there is none besides me. I am the Lord, there is no other.”
    Isaiah 45:1, 4-6

    Trump is our Cyrus! I am not sure what his relationship with God was or is currently, but I believe he sees his need for God and that true Christians support him. Please pray this Scripture for our President in the coming days. Thank God for him and his family. Pray for our country.


    • Servant says:

      Amen! I agree wholeheartedly with all you say! I have been a believer since I was five-years-old and I am now 70. I have seen the Lord do wondrous miracles in my lifetime, but I must say that His preparing and placing President Trump (the new Cyrus) in the White House is the most incredible miracle I’ve ever witnessed. I am in awe of our Savior’s longsuffering with us! How wonderful to be alive at this time in history to see the Lord’s great mercy to our nation! We deserve only judgment, but the Lord is merciful in His judgment of our great sins! We must continue to pray the Lord’s protection over our good leaders and their families! I also pray that the Holy Spirit will draw these individuals to Himself and that all that are lost will come to know Him as their Savior. And we must vote in person to assure that President Trump is re-elected!


  28. rah says:

    According to the WHO. COVID-19 has nearly completely eradicated the flu from the face of the earth!

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  29. trapper says:

    Close your eyes and sit back on a Sunday afternoon


  30. Le Blurr says:

    this video needs to go vital

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  31. Lucille says:

    Prager U Video: Leftism Has Become a Religion
    Friday, October 16, 2020 – Prager University

    Will Witt exposes progressivism as a cult of shame, guilt, and destruction.


  32. trapper says:

    Remember silly? Remember fun?

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  33. mandy says:

    We watched this the other night. Very well done.

    RUSH TO JUDGEMENT A 1966 Film by JFK Assassination Researcher Mark Lane.

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  34. YeahYouRight says:

    Sundance! Sundance! Sundance! Guess what! My browser finally found today’s edition of CTH by itself without clearing the cache! Tremendous progress! Hated having to use (cough, cough) Chrome (cough, cough)


  35. 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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  36. 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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  37. TwoLaine says:

    Sundance, this is worth an article. It was LIVE tonight in California and it was FABULOUS!

    Prayer Rally to be Held in Defiance of Gavin Newsom
    18 Oct 2020



  38. ReglarMerican says:

    If you are able, please donate to the PDJT Re-Elect campaign – hard to believe, but former campaign head Brad Parscale blew out the budget and left the PDJT campaign short on cash for the final weeks. Anything helps, even $10.
    And – as we’ve often said – bring a fence-sitter from 2016 with you to the poll to vote to Re-Elect PDJT!

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