Not In Our Father’s House! — Open Thread

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Religious group wants to build McDonald’s in a church

Well, I’m holidayed out.  Going to chill for a bit.  But, I thought readers would be interested in this bit of insanity.

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Gems 2014 — November 28 Scripture Selection: I Peter 5

 

November 28 Scripture Selection: I Peter 5

Food for Thought: I Pet. 5:7

One of the scriptures least adhered to consistently is this one, I Peter 5:7. It is doubtful that anyone can say he has always cast every care on the Lord. But we most definitely can do so, or the Word would not ask us to. We find mention of the Word advising us not to take the care or worry, regardless of what it is, in several places in the Bible. Here are a just a few. (Perhaps our readers would like to add some more to encourage others.):

Matt. 6:25-34 “Therefore I say to you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink; nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air, for they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? Which of you by worrying can add one cubit to his stature? So why do you worry about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin; and yet I say to you that even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. Now if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is, and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will He not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? Therefore do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For after all these things the Gentiles seek. For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.”

Proverbs 3:24-26 “When you lie down, you will not be afraid; Yes, you will lie down and your sleep will be sweet. Do not be afraid of sudden terror, nor of trouble from the wicked when it comes; For the Lord will be your confidence, and will keep your foot from being caught.”

The Lord reassures in in I Peter 5:7 that we should cast all care upon Him precisely because He cares for us. Further, there is a danger if we do not do as He asks. Aside from the potential health and emotion implications, the Word tells us that “the cares of this world and the deceitfulness of riches choke the word, and he (we) becomes unfruitful (Mat. 13:22).” That is why He urges us in Luke 21:34, “But take heed to yourselves, lest your hearts be weighed down with carousing, drunkenness, and cares of this life, and that Day come on you unexpectedly. For it will come as a snare on all those who dwell on the face of the whole earth.”

Most likely, today as we read this devotional, we can all think of cares that we can cast on the Lord and be free from them. (Cast them, and do not take them back!) That is what living by faith in the Son of God, Who loves us and gave Himself for us, is all about (Gal. 2:20).

Digging Deeper (What scriptures can further enhance today’s reading?):

Getting Personal (What has God shown you in today’s reading?):

Confession of Faith (Example: Lord, based on Mat. 1:21 and 23, I understand that Jesus is God…)

Important Events on This Day (birthdays, anniversaries, etc.):

November 29 Scripture Selection: II Peter 1

Food for Thought: II Pet. 1:12-15

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Oops, Oops, And Oops!!!!!

I think this collection of oops’ is a indictment of our education system.

 

So, I’m doing some light reading at Breitbart and Twitchy.  Breitbart has this ….

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Of course, this could also be a reflection upon our immigration system.  The “y” in this case is somewhat difficult for people whose native tongue is Spanish. 

Twitchy has this “oops” …..

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Chris Coumo is a CNN hack, one of those outlets which relish and fan the flames of riots and discontent.  He didn’t mean to expose the rioters as a bunch of illiterate dumbasses, he said he was just trying to show it as “proof of protest”.  Proofing stuff before posting stuff as proof would seem to be a journalists second nature, but, they too, are intellectually challenged. 

And, then there’s this oops

Jason La Canfora works for CBS Sports as the “NFL Insider” for the network’s pre-game show, The NFL Today. Last night, while listening to a song by The Libertines, he tweeted “Arbeit Macht Frei.” The German phrase, which means “work makes you free,” is the title of The Libertines’ song but is best known for having been placed over the entrances to numerous Nazi concentration camps during World War II.

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Jason La Canfora ✔ @JasonLaCanfora

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I did not realize that phrase, in that song title, had certain connotations. Again, all apologies.

7:13 PM – 26 Nov 2014

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@JackFinn6 1000 percent. Tweeted what I was listening to. had no idea of the other connotation. All apologies

He had other apologies and explanations.  I’m sure they are truthful and heartfelt.  The person who should be apologizing is Jason’s history teacher. 

Sign writers can’t spell, journalists can’t proof, and supposedly educated people don’t know history. 

Sigh.

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Fav Tweet Of The Day!!!!!

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Lumberin’ Jack @wryson

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It’s hard being a man. Tough decisions every damn day.

1:43 PM – 26 Nov 2014

h/t Twitchy

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This Story Is Too Stupid To Write Much About ……. Bomb Plot In St. Louis Foiled!!!!

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Uhmm …… well, here’s the story ….

Alleged plot included bombing Arch, killing St. Louis County prosecutor, Ferguson chief

ST. LOUIS • Two men indicted last week on federal weapons charges allegedly had plans to bomb the Gateway Arch — and to kill St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney Robert McCulloch and Ferguson Police Chief Tom Jackson — the Post-Dispatch has learned.

Sources close to the investigation were uncertain whether the men had the capability to carry out the plans, although the two allegedly did buy what they thought was a pipe bomb in an undercover law enforcement sting.

The men wanted to acquire two more bombs, the sources said, but could not afford to do it until one suspect’s girlfriend’s Electronic Benefit Transfer card was replenished.

….. The arrest came three days before McCulloch revealed that a grand jury would not indict Ferguson police Officer Darren Wilson in the controversial killing of Michael Brown. The announcement triggered looting and multiple arsons in Ferguson.

The charges say that between Nov. 1 and Nov. 13, at the Cabela’s store in Hazelwood, Baldwin claimed to be buying two Hi-Point .45-caliber pistols for himself when they were really for another person. Brandon also is known as Brandon Muhammad, according to court documents, and Davis now goes by the last name Ali, his attorney said. Each faces a charge of aiding and abetting the making of a false written statement made in connection with a firearms purchase.

The sources said additional charges, reflecting the plot, were expected to be filed. They said Davis was considered the leader of the plot, which police documented on hidden video.

….. One of the defendants’ plans, the sources said, included planting a bomb inside the observation deck at the top of the Arch. It was not clear how they could have gotten a bomb past airport-style security screening for rides up.

…. Local and federal authorities have served search warrants at two buildings, one in the 2500 block of Hampton Avenue in St. Louis and the other in the 1500 block of Reale Avenue in north St. Louis County, but the associated documents were sealed.

Baldwin and Davis pleaded not guilty in a hearing Tuesday. At a second hearing, prosecutors were prepared to argue that both should be held in jail until trial. An FBI agent was present, and photographic or video evidence was ready to play. But both defendants waived their right to make a case for bail, so the hearing did not proceed.

Bill Woods, special agent in charge of the FBI office in St. Louis, peeked into court at one point, but there were no available seats. The room was full with family and supporters of Davis and Baldwin.

….. Asked for comment after the hearing, a female relative of Davis, who refused to give her name, said the case consisted of “Lies, lies and more lies.”

Davis’ attorney, John Lynch, said that he had waived the detention hearing because, “This particular case involves serious issues, especially in light of the Ferguson matter. My client is entitled to a patient analysis and due process like anybody else, and he looks forward to a vigorous defense.”

Lynch said that Davis was “particularly bright” and had been associated with the Young Artists for Justice and Peace, which works to take back streets from drug dealers. He said prosecutors were accusing Davis of a “pretty serious” gun charge, “with other charges potentially looming in the distance.”

Davis and his wife were expecting a child Dec. 5, but the child was born over the weekend, after she fainted at another court appearance Friday.

Baldwin’s public defender declined to comment, as did relatives of Baldwin contacted by a reporter. He appeared in court in a neck brace, reportedly because of a car accident.

Law enforcement sources and neighbors of McCulloch and Jackson said police had been closely guarding both their homes.

Davis spoke at a New Black Panther rally at Greater St. Mark Family Church in Ferguson last month about the police shooting of Brown, and was identified there as the Missouri chapter’s “minister of law.”

“This is not the first Mike Brown, and it won’t be the last, if we do not unite,” Davis told the crowd then. “Divided, we lose brothers and sisters. If you do not unite, put aside your difference and unite, you can expect no changes in the future. We must change our minds, our systems and ourselves.”

The New Black Panthers has issued a statement calling the allegations regarding bombing and killing “totally unfounded” and “trumped up and baseless.”

The statement also says that the New Black Panthers do “not teach, endorse, or allow its members to commit acts of violence against anyone regardless to the circumstance, unless in imminent danger according to the rules of Self-Defense.”

Davis also is a self-proclaimed “Moorish-American,” and in a YouTube video posted last year invited viewers to learn how to avoid taxes and unconstitutional laws.

He also said in the video that he was hit with a Taser and arrested by St. Louis police in 2013 after he tried to make a purchase without paying taxes at a St. Louis gas station. He said the clerk “denied me of my right not to be taxed as a Moorish national” and refused to accept his identification.

In July 2010, the Post-Dispatch photographed Davis as a recipient of an Access MO award letter for $1,510 to attend the University of Missouri-Kansas City, where he was planning to study economics. The story noted how budget cuts had threatened to slash the amount of financial aid students across Missouri receive. At the time, Davis told the newspaper that he would be the first member of his family to attend college.

Well, I understand prisons allow inmates to attend college classes via the internet and whatnot.  I’ve got to say, he certainly has a head start on leftarded forms of economics.  He wants to use welfare money for purchases, but, doesn’t want to pay taxes.  As to the claim of him being “particularly bright” ….. well, I think there’s some question to that.   

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Happy Thanksgiving!!!! Open Thread

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Today is the US holiday in which we take note of all of the wonderful blessings we have.  It should be a time of reflection and happiness, as families reunite and take stock of our privileged lives.  ……. Well, it should be that way. 

For me, it’s easy.  I’m going to see my family and we love talking football and politics. 

I’ll have some posts when I get back later tonight. 

God bless all,

James 

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NFL Picks Week 13!!!!!

 

  • TEAMS WITH BYES: NONE

So, I’m a little tardy in posting this.  I thought I’d do something a bit different and pick the Thursday games, as well, this week, as the weekend has started for most Americans. 

 

 (5-6-0) Bears 7

 

 (7-4-0) Lions 3  In spite of the early lead for the Bears, I just don’t think they have what it takes to beat the Lions at Detroit.  Sure, the Lions’ offense is a bit offensive to watch, but, then, so can the Bears offense be.  I give the defense of the Lions the edge.

 

 

(8-3-0) Eagles

(8-3-0) Cowboys  Wow!!!  A huge game, and what can be a huge step for the Cowboys.  In years past, I would have felt comfortable picking the ‘Boys in such a game at home.  However, ever since Jones built the new Cowboy stadium, the Cowboys haven’t had any advantage at home.  Still, Romo seems to have mended well enough, and Murray is still carrying the load on the ground.  This isn’t to say the Eagles will lay down for the ‘Boys, they won’t.  But, I think it’s Romo’s year to do well in big games.  This is probably the biggest for the ‘Boys this year. 

 

 

(7-4-0) Seahawks

(7-4-0) 49ers  Wow!  Another fantastic matchup for Thanksgiving!  And, a huge game for both teams.  I won’t say that the loser will be home for the playoffs, but, it will be much harder to make the post-season if they lose.  And, forget about a division championship.  I’m picking the 9ers for this reason …… The Seahawks are 2-3 on the road.  If the game was at Seattle, no question, I’d pick the ‘Hawks.  But, they’re not.  Still, it should be a great game to watch, and if Seattle does win, it won’t be much of a surprise. 

 

 

(2-9-0) Titans

(5-6-0) Texans  The Texans should get a much needed win for their fading playoff aspirations. 

 

 

(1-10-0) Raiders

(4-7-0) Rams  Have the Raiders started something which suddenly makes them competitive in the NFL?  …… Well, probably not.  I think the Rams will dominate this game.  A special shout-out to homey Shaun Hill.  I’m happy to see him getting a chance to play.  Don’t screw it up Shaun!!! 

 

 

(7-4-0) Chargers

(7-4-0) Ravens  Another fantastic game on the slate, with huge playoff implications!  I think the Ravens’ defense will be too much for the Chargers and their wide-outs much too fast for the Charger DBs. 

 

 

(7-4-0) Browns  This would be much easier to pick if the Browns were playing in Cleveland.  As it is, I only give them a slight edge with the Bills.  The Bills need this win to keep any playoff hopes alive, but, I don’t think they’re that strong.

(6-5-0) Bills

 

 

(7-3-1) Bengals  The Bengals have a great opportunity to stay atop the AFC North.  This shouldn’t be a problem for them.

(2-9-0) Buccaneers

 

 

(3-8-0) Redskins

(7-4-0) Colts  Well, it isn’t getting any easier for the Redskins.  Washington is a team in disarray because of the QB situation.  I want RGIII to do well, but, and he may against a suspect Colt defense, but, I think the offense of the Colts will overwhelm the ‘Skins.

 

 

(3-8-0) Giants  Well, here’s another opportunity for the Giants to screw up.  But, I don’t think the Jags will let them. 

(1-10-0) Jaguars

 

 

(3-7-1) Panthers

(4-7-0) Vikings  Well, this is a snoozer.  Who’s going to win this one?  Who cares?  I give the edge to the Vikings because they’re at home. 

 

 

(4-7-0) Saints

(7-4-0) Steelers  The only question I have about this game is  ‘will the Saints set the low standard for a team with the worse record ever winning a division?  Sure the Falcons have the head-to-head margin, so far, but, their coach is a moron and will figure out how to lose even more than the Saints. 

 

 

(9-2-0) Cardinals  See previous comment.  After Sunday, both the Saints and the Falcons will probably be in the lead of their division with a 4-8 mark. 

(4-7-0) Falcons

 

 

(9-2-0) Patriots  Well, I have a sneaking suspicion the Packers might just win this one, but, that’s just a gut feeling.  The Pats are rolling and Brady suddenly seems to have a running game to back him up.  Still, Rodgers is playing great, as well, and the Pack are playing well.  This should be a most entertaining game to watch.  I typically don’t like games which center around the pass, but, these are two outstanding QBs. 

(8-3-0) Packers

 

 

(8-3-0) Broncos  Well, this is an odd game.  A couple of weeks ago, both teams looked very dominate.  Now they both seem suspect with the Broncs losing to the Rams and the Chiefs to the Raiders.  What to make of this?  I think they were both aberrations.  The Broncs don’t tend to play as well on the road and the Chiefs are 4-1 at home.  That said, I really wish the Chiefs would show they are serious about making statement to the league.  Until then, I’m going with Manning and the Broncs.  But, I can easily see where the Chiefs could show me to be wrong.

(7-4-0) Chiefs 

 

 

(6-5-0) Dolphins  Well, this is the Dolphins chance to tell the world they are legit playoff contenders.  A win would give them a respectable 7-5 mark heading to the final stretch.  A 6-6 mark would put them on the outside looking in. It’s the lowly Jets, so there’s no excuses. 

(2-9-0) Jets

 

Well, those are my picks.  What do you think?

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Gems 2014 — November 27 Scripture Selection: I Peter 4

 

Guest post by Jeanette Andrade

November 27 Scripture Selection: I Peter 4

Food for Thought: I Pet. 4:7

It is most apparent that the Lord desires that we be informed of the events leading to the end of times. In addition to the book of Revelation, there are plenty of other scriptures that fill us in somewhat as to what we can expect. Some places to look are Matthew 24, I Thessalonians 4:14-18, II Thessalonians 2:1-12, and Daniel ch. 7-12. Reading some of these is like reading a page from the newspaper. The end seems to be truly at hand, and the Lord asks us to watch and pray.

And just exactly what do we pray about? For one thing, we could pray that our faith not fail us, as the Word says will happen to some. We could also pray for fellow brothers and sisters in Christ all over the world to be strengthened as they endure all the things mentioned in I Peter 4 as well as in other sites in the Word. Provision, protection, signs and wonders, healing, opportunities to spread the Gospel and use the gifts faithfully that the Lord has given us (vs. 10), are some more things to make mention in our prayers. Just because we hear about so many troubling things around us doesn’t mean we have to experience them. Our prayers and the authority that the Lord gives us are what can “lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil (Mat. 6:13).” God’s Word will still function powerfully as we wield it as a sword in faith!

This world is winding down, and we are witnesses to it. The apostle John saw it coming, and recorded it in the book of Revelation, ending his writings in chapter 22, verses 20 and 21 with “He who testifies to these things says, “’Surely I am coming quickly.’ Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus! The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen.”

Digging Deeper (What scriptures can further enhance today’s reading?):

Getting Personal (What has God shown you in today’s reading?):

Confession of Faith (Example: Lord, based on Mat. 1:21 and 23, I understand that Jesus is God…)

Important Events on This Day (birthdays, anniversaries, etc.):

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Climate Reminder!!!! Global Warming Causes A Dramatic Melt Of Our Sea Ice!!!!! —- Except When It Doesn’t

So, here’s our global sea ice extent over the last 15 years.

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Oh, my, yes!!!!  That’s some scary stuff!!!!  What will we ever do about this climatic non-changingness?

Well, we could just raise taxes to stop all of this.  I’m sure that would work! 

Question:  What sort of imbecile believes this is a problem?

Source for graph.

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AP Provides Amazing Economic Insight!!!!

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Weak consumer, business demand may slow US growth

There are other bits of stupidity in the article, but, the headline, I thought worthy of noting. So, weak consumer and business demand just might slow our growth?  You don’t say?  Whodda thunk it?

I wonder if the weak business demand has anything to do with their projected sales and growth?

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