Dear KMAG: 20200719

This Superlative Sanctuary Sunday Open Thread, with full respect to those who worship God on the Sabbath, is a place to reaffirm our worship of our Creator, our Father, our King Eternal.

It is also a place to read, post and discuss news that is worth knowing and sharing. Please post links to any news stories that you use as sources or quote from.

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We have a policy of mutual respect, shown by civility. Civility encourages discussions, promotes objectivity and rational thought in discourse, and camaraderie in the participants – characteristics we strive toward in our Q Tree community.

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In The Q Tree, we’re compatriots, sitting around the campfire, roasting hot dogs, making s’mores and discussing, agreeing, and disagreeing about whatever interests us. This board will remain a home for those who seek respectful conversations.

Please also consider the Guidelines for posting and discussion , outlined here https://wqth.wordpress.com/2019/01/01/dear-maga-open-topic-20190101/

Let’s not give the Internet Censors a reason to shut down this intellectual haven that Wolf has created for us.


The Storm is upon us.
Please remember to Pray for our President.


AND WHAT TIME IS IT?
TIME TO DRAIN THE SWAMP!!!

Our movement is about replacing
a failed and CORRUPT political establishment
with a new government
controlled by you, the American People.
~ Candidate Donald J. Trump


Also remember Wheatie’s Rules:

  1. No food fights.
  2. No running with scissors.
  3. If you bring snacks, bring enough for everyone.

And,


On this day and every day –

God is in Control
. . . and His Grace is Sufficient, so . . .
Keep Looking Up


Hopefully, every Sunday, you can find something here that will build you up a little . . . give you a smile . . . and add some joy or peace, very much needed in all our lives.

“This day is holy to the Lord your God;
do not mourn nor weep.” . . .
“Go your way, eat the fat, drink the sweet,
and send portions to those for whom nothing is prepared;
for this day is holy to our Lord.
Do not sorrow,
for the joy of the Lord is your strength.”


Self-Esteem

I’m having a bad day . . . after the bad week I just had . . . just like the month before. Nobody appreciates all the hard work I’m doing. No approval, no commendations, nothing. I’m getting nowhere. I just can’t do this any more. My self-esteem has tanked.

Well, instead of eating worms, I think I’ll just wallow in my personal mud pit of self-pity for a while.

But, how am I going to get out of this rut? I need some encouragement. I need others to tell me that I’ve got a whole ton of self-worth that I’m not seeing right now . . . that I’ve got amazing value as the human being that I am. I need to be able to think more highly of myself!

That’s just what I need! Or is it?


The world says it’s all about ME. The big I. How do I feel? Do I feel fulfilled? How does that affect ME? Am I offended? Is my ego or self-esteem damaged? What can be done to rectify this horrible wrong? My friends and coworkers must put a healing salve on these terrible wounds!

But what does God say?


God spoke to Moses from the burning bush “I am sending you to Pharaoh to bring my people the Israelites out of Egypt. ” But Moses said to God, “Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh and bring the Israelites out of Egypt?”

So, did God say “Moses, you are a trained and educated prince of Egypt. You grew up with the Pharoah, the Queen, and the princes and princesses of the royal family. You’ve dealt successfully with viziers, scribes, nomarchs and priests. In forty years you’ve learned how to do everything I want you to do. You’ve got the goods, Moses! You’ve got this!”

Ummm, no. “And God said, “I will be with you””

God didn’t give Moses a pep talk, stroke his ego, and massage his self-esteem to build up Moses’ inner strength and confidence. Very simply, God told Moses he didn’t have to look to himself but to look to God as He will be with him.


The Lord turned to him [Gideon] and said, “Go in the strength you have and save Israel out of Midian’s hand. Am I not sending you?”

Pardon me, my lord,” Gideon replied, “but how can I save Israel? My clan is the weakest in Manasseh, and I am the least in my family.

So, did God say “Gideon, you’re from a military family. You, your father and brothers have been our best defenders for years. You’ve trained since you were ten years old. You’re one of the best left-handed sling warriors, you use your bow well and are even better with your short sword. You’ve commanded fighting groups for over 25 years now. Gideon, you’re an experienced warrior. You’re just the guy I need to lead,”

Nope. The Lord answered, “I will be with you, . . .”

God’s response was very similar to the response He gave Moses. “Gideon, look to Me. I’m all you need.”


The third example is David. Now David didn’t need a pep talk or his self-esteem built up by anyone. David had already seen God’s hand in his life . . . “The Lord who rescued me from the paw of the lion and the paw of the bear will rescue me from the hand of this Philistine.”

. . . and David looked to God in this situation: “All those gathered here will know that it is not by sword or spear that the Lord saves; for the battle is the Lord’s, and he will give all of you into our hands.”

David looked to God and “Then David put his hand in his bag and took out a stone; and he slung it and struck the Philistine in his forehead, so that the stone sank into his forehead, and he fell on his face to the earth.”


Frankly, instead of trying to build up our image of our own self-worth, we should remember what we are inside . . . our human inside – we are all fallen, wretched sinners, desperately in need of God’s grace and mercy every hour of every day (Romans 3:23). We are completely incapable of doing anything good whatsoever (Romans 3:10-12), apart from the enabling of His Holy Spirit.

Instead of elevating ourselves, we should be recognizing and honoring the only one to whom glory and praise is due. Honor Him, not ourselves. Rest secure in His love, in His grace, in His mercy, in His presence, in His power, in His ability, in His promises . . . not in the need for approval and encouragement from a hostile and fallen world. Christ is the answer to all self-worth issues that may arise in our lives.


So, here I am. I’m walking, sometimes crawling, down a path that’s muddy, filled with potholes and strewn with rocks. I really don’t know how I’m going to make it through that mess and I’m losing confidence that I can. Now, what am I to do?

Well, like Moses, Gideon and David, I should turn to God. He’s always at my side and ready to help if only I’d recognize Him and ask.


Isaiah 41:10 Do not fear, for I am with you; Do not anxiously look about you, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, surely I will help you, Surely I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.

Psalm 34:3-7 Glorify the LORD with me; let us exalt his name together. I sought the LORD, and he answered me; he delivered me from all my fears. Those who look to him are radiant; their faces are never covered with shame. This poor man called, and the LORD heard him; he saved him out of all his troubles. The angel of the LORD encamps around those who fear him, and he delivers them.


So, then, God will dry up the mud, fill the potholes and push all those rocks over to the side? Well, maybe and maybe not. God may have something very specific planned for me on this particular difficult path . . . or He may have another totally different path in mind. Either way, He wants me to recognize Him in all that I do, and in all that I’m confronted with.

This world teaches us to focus on self and that’s a problem, because we weren’t created for what this world has to offer, including the world’s advice. As Christians we shouldn’t love the world or the things that are in the world.


Then why are we here?

Well, we’ve got two big goals to focus on during our time on earth . . . to love God with all our heart, with all our soul, with all our strength, and with all our mind, and to love our neighbor as ourselves. 

While we go about learning and growing into that task, the Holy Spirit is working in us so that we learn to realize the benefits of and develop the character traits of love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. 

And, finally, we do all this while doing good works, which God prepared ahead of time for us to do.

As a side note, so life doesn’t look like a long list of tasks that will never be satisfactorily completed, there is a manner with which we should approach life as a whole. As stated by Paul,

“Rejoice in the Lord always. Again I will say, rejoice! Let your graciousness be known to all men. The Lord is at hand. Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.”

If my life is focused on those goals and tasks, and a few others as specifically called out in God’s Word, I don’t think that self is going to need or get much attention.


I remind myself, rather frequently, that life on earth is not the main event. The main event, life for eternity, with a perfected mind and body, starts when the Lord descends from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God.

Even so, come Lord Jesus . . . Maranatha!


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347 thoughts on “Dear KMAG: 20200719

    1. Can you imagine the ANXIETY of actually living on the dry side of a dam, like in the drawing above?

      I would never do it.

      I would never even be able to sleep.

      You would have to trust not just the engineers and the contractors and the builders and the inspectors, but also everybody who maintains the dam, and the people responsible for warning people if there is a problem.

      That’s thousands of people, and your life is in their hands.

      And I don’t even know a single one of them… much less trust them 😂🤣😂

      Liked by 2 people

    1. I guess the moral of this story is that you just can’t trust somebody who embezzled more than $89,999 from you.

      Which is good to know, because somebody had to test that limit… and you don’t want to be ‘that’ guy. 👍

      Liked by 1 person

    1. Frankthe Tank asks:
      I wonder if the “death to Bezos” graffiti on the Amazon Go window will get his attention.

      This sequence is classic:

      (Knuckles Deep Biden)
      Waiting to see my Soyboy nephew on the news, living at home age 38, been to 4 different colleges around the world just to drop out, hair in a bun, only worked for 6 months until his injury now SSI for life? What a Ta Wat. Sent him a 12 pack of yellow vest for Xmas so he could start his own movement.

      (spectral 69)
      Bernie Sanders would be proud, he is following in his footsteps.Your nephew could run for congress and be a millionaire at 65.

      (Cheewaawaa)
      With three houses, one a beachfront

      and from Papa Blue Stars:
      BLM and Antifa–the military arm of the Democrat Party.
      The MSM–the propaganda arm of the Democrat Party

      Ralph – Msg Ret says:
      If that black pickup truck load does not look like something right out of a third world newscast of terrorists traveling through the streets I do not know what does.

      Seattle and Portland are vying for the title of Wokeadishu

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  1. TWEET put up by Praying Medic: https://threadreaderapp.com/thread/1284263988587458560.html

    Andrew Bostom
    @andrewbostom
    ·
    Jul 15
    Real data (again) comparing seasonal flu deaths in Texas in 2017-2018, & 2018-2019, to C19 deaths in 2020 (data from Texas Dept of Health): 2019 flu data https://dshs.state.tx.us/IDCU/disease/influenza/surveillance/2019/19Wk39Oct04.pdf ; 2018 flu data https://dshs.state.tx.us/IDCU/disease/influenza/surveillance/2017-2018-Texas-Influenza-Surveillance-Activity-Report/18Wk39Oct05.pdf 2020 C19 data as of 7/14/20 https://txdshs.maps.arcgis.com/apps/opsdashboard/index.html#/ed483ecd702b4298ab01e8b9cafc8b83;

    Print that on your masks…

    Liked by 6 people

  2. 4600
    Jul 19, 2020 9:36:30 PM EDT
    Q !!Hs1Jq13jV6 ID: b6ffc0 No. 10015028

    Sunlight kills.
    v2
    Q

    Liked by 7 people

      1. Version 2? Volume 2? I’m wondering if there was a v1 regarding “Sunlight kills.” It seems that the phrase was used earlier, but I haven’t been able to find it.

        Liked by 4 people

  3. 4601
    Jul 19, 2020 9:39:01 PM EDT
    Q !!Hs1Jq13jV6 ID: b6ffc0 No. 10015079

    Sunlight kills.
    v2
    Q

    Liked by 6 people

  4. 4602
    Jul 19, 2020 10:01:02 PM EDT
    Q !!Hs1Jq13jV6 ID: b6ffc0 No. 10015372


    News | socials = propaganda
    News | socials = bias
    News | socials = political tool
    News | socials = weapon
    News | socials = camouflage
    We are one of many vehicles traveling on the information superhighway.
    The choice [of information] has always been yours.
    “Free thought” is a philosophical viewpoint which holds that positions regarding truth should be formed on the basis of logic, reason, and empiricism, rather than authority, tradition, revelation, or dogma.
    Information warfare.
    Q

    Liked by 6 people

  5. 4603
    Jul 19, 2020 10:24:57 PM EDT
    Q !!Hs1Jq13jV6 ID: 94847b No. 10015756
    [Domestic]
    How many [R] 2016 candidates were illegally surv?
    How many journalists were illegally surv?
    How many House members were illegally surv?
    How many Senate members were illegally surv?
    Upstream collection. [umbrella]
    702
    non-702
    FVEY
    non-FVEY
    spy_insert_campaign[s] 1&2
    ren·e·gade
    a person who deserts and betrays an organization, country, or set of principles.
    Similar:
    traitor
    defector
    deserter
    turncoat
    betrayer
    rebel
    mutineer
    quisling
    fifth columnist
    renegado
    tergiversator
    Q

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    1. One of the most effective ground support platforms in the entire world. No one else has anything like it, a
      though the Russians are in development of their own version.

      Most often deployed at night, it sounds like passing air traffic…common over a battlefield…so it doesn’t reveal itself until it fires. And by then, it’s too late.

      Want a demo of what a flight crew sees on a combat mission?

      Youtube search: “AC-130 Gunship Mission”

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      1. Yep, I have seen it called ‘Puff the Magic Dragon’ too.

        I tried to get one for my neighborhood watch, but the city council wouldn’t approve the zoning variance to remodel and expand my garage to be big enough to hold it.

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    2. Ooooooooooo!

      One of the most effective ground support platforms in the entire world. No one else has anything like it, a
      though the Russians are in development of their own version.

      Most often deployed at night, it sounds like passing air traffic…common over a battlefield…so it doesn’t reveal itself until it fires. And by then, it’s too late.

      Want a demo of what a flight crew sees on a combat mission?

      Youtube search: “AC-130 Gunship Mission”

      Liked by 2 people

  6. I just wanted to pop in and give y’all a bit of a COVID-19 ground report from here in Montana.

    So our POS Democrat Governor decreed masks be worn everywhere by everybody. I have been out to eat a few times, to the feed store, the local Habitat for Humanity, and to the grocery store. I have still not worn a mask. I can’t. PTSD issues from childhood trauma. It just isn’t happening.

    Many local restaurants and businesses are refusing to make employees or customers wear masks.

    Our local Sheriff sent out a notice that they will not enforce mask rules. They will enforce trespassing and disorderly conduct if you won’t leave a store that asks you to, but that’s it.

    Then, most of the Sheriffs in the whole state signed a similar letter.

    Montana is not like a lot of places. Lots of people will NOT follow edicts. It’s getting interesting, because the “mask bullies” are making Facebook pages to report restaurants. A lot of my friends are slamming them pretty hard. One person on there was my primary care nurse practitioner! She got a direct message from me, I was pretty hot. I was not nice, and shamed her. I will not be going back to her, obviously.

    I can’t wait for Election Day +1 so this stupid virus becomes just a stupid virus.

    Liked by 12 people

    1. it’s a real pity how liberals have invaded Montana over the past 20 years. Beautiful Bozeman has been thoroughly trashed by the invasion. i’m grateful I got to know it and see it very well before it was defaced by liberals fleeing the shithole they had/have created in California.

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    2. I find that mask-Nazis respond better to the term mask-Nazi, as in “Don’t be a mask-Nazi” 😁

      And remember, if you get a citation or anything else for not caving in to the mask-Nazis, there is an attorney who has set up a nationwide network of attorneys who will represent you for free:

      Mike Yoder
      @Yoder_Esqq
      If you’re arrested or fined for opening your business, not wearing a mask, or going to church, DM me.

      I’ll represent you for free.
      2:23 AM · Jul 4, 2020

      Liked by 5 people

    3. 🙂

      Yup. No mask for this guy. When asked by the doore sentry, as I continue walking, I look at them and firmly say, “I can’t safely wear a mask”.

      Have only been challenged a few time? Do I have a medical. A curt, “yes” ends it.

      No idea what the Walmart black shirt “medical somebody” will be like. Don’t plan to take their shit either.

      Gotta go to Home Depot tomorrow.

      Liked by 2 people

    4. This is Texas flu and C19 comparison – and it’s probably true everywhere – Flu claims more lives than Covid-19.

      If they had made a big deal – hyping up H1N1 with a big old Johns Hopkins style map with big red circles – and tested the heck out of H1N1 Flu – posting the totals every damned day during and after the Øbastard regime – it would have surpassed the Coronavirus statistics BY FAR!!!

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      1. FLORIDA dishonest reporting – !

        Like

  7. CJTRUTH⭐️⭐️⭐️
    @cjtruth
    ·
    35m
    TOO MUCH WINNING!! – GOP Wins Court Case, Keeping Florida Ballot Harvesting Ban in Place
    GOP Wins Court Case, Keeping Florida Ballot Harvesting Ban in Place
    The RNC, the NRCC, and the Florida GOP won a federal court victory upholding Florida’s ban on ballot harvesting.
    breitbart.com

    Liked by 11 people

  8. Q4609

    Q !!Hs1Jq13jV6 ID: 14fba8 No.10017199 📁
    Jul 19 2020 22:40:01 (EST) NEW
    https://twitter.com/PatriotDancing/status/1285054662375170049📁

    Anons take note.
    You have a rival.
    Q

    Liked by 8 people

  9. Sooo, today was shopping day since Sam’s mask policy set to start tomorrow and Kroger on 7/22 – checked both websites.
    Sams no mask sign, I was the only one not wearing a mask, lots of people. Shopping done, Headed towards front, stopped by refrigerated produce, contemplating salad. Some figure whizzed behind me, I heard ‘ma’am’. I turned looking, again ‘ma’am’, located the tall Sams produce Ken. He pointed to his face, said you need to wear a mask. I looked at him, shook my head, said tomorrow, turned and walked off. Checked Out and done.

    On to Kroger, of course they had a sign up days before the effective date.🙄 Put mask on, went in, pulled it down either under my nose, or under my chin the whole time. Heck, even the Kroger shopping lady who pulls the pickup orders had hers on her chin too. The whole time the announcements played reminding to wash hands, social distance, and follow the mask ‘local ordinance’. There is no flippin ordinance!!! That would require legislation. Thank God I’m stocked up for the next 3-4 weeks. Praying for the Army/Navy to straighten out Texas, while POTUS fixes the CDC.

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    1. “Put mask on, went in, pulled it down either under my nose, or under my chin the whole time. Heck, even the Kroger shopping lady who pulls the pickup orders had hers on her chin too.”

      ___________

      That will work perfectly.

      If you have to wear it at all, wear it on your chin.

      If anybody says anything to you, keep a straight face, and tell them that the chin is the most vulnerable entry point for the virus.

      That’s why President Trump always calls it “Chin-a Virus”.

      And then just walk away…

      😂🤣😂

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