JREnsey Blog April 2014

Welcome to the APRIL 2014 blog!

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The Word for today

And he said to them all, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me. For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: but whosoever will lose his life for my sake, the same shall save it. For what is a man advantaged, if he gain the whole world, and lose himself, or be cast away?” (Luke 9:23-25 KJV).

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Liberal logic

“You can keep your healthcare plan!”

“I lost my plan.”

“Then you must not have liked your plan.”

1264247144596627768clapping_hands.jpg.svg.hiI just read that if Putin has his Russian armies invade Ukraine [any farther] that a major sanction will be imposed: they will be forced to sign up for Obamacare. All troop movements seem to have halted at that announcement. Shall we applaud?

Here’s a good campaign slogan for those Obama supporters running for office: “We’re spending $41 billion of your money this year and we’ve insured almost as many people as we’ve uninsured.”

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Stats for blue state bleeding hearts

Are you as tired as I am of politicians who are ignoring the facts about gun control in order to buy votes from their left-wing gun_ban_indiansfollowers? Think on these 2013 stats:

Tobacco use took 529,000 lives

Medical errors killed 195,000

Alcohol abuse accounted for 107,000 deaths

Motor vehicles accidents: 34,485

Accidental poisoning: 31,758

Drug abuse: 25,500

Unintentional falls: 24,792

Non-firearm homicides: 16,799 (#1 weapon used in violent crime is a baseball bat)

Firearms homicides: 11,493

Shouldn’t the government go after baseball bats? But then most citizens enjoy them safely, for sport. But couldn’t the same be said of firearms? But the Washington hardheads and bleeding hearts aren’t listening.

Source: Center for Disease Control, FBI, U.S. Fed. Gov’t

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A prisoner on death row in the maximum security prison in Kalwe, Zambia in Central Africa somehow got a copy of IHML and contacted us from the address on the back of the Bible study booklet. We were reminded of Paul’s reference to the believers “in Caesar’s household.” The Word can reach where we cannot go ourselves.

To renew your original Christian joy is simple: win a soul. The joy will be immediate.

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The Other Second Amendment

Seventh-graders at Grant Middle School in Springfield, Illinois, recently received a workbook including some lessons on the HitlerGunConstitution and the Bill of Rights. But what they’re learning serves the Left’s agenda and —surprise—it’s pure propaganda. On the page dealing with the Second Amendment, the book explains, “This amendment states that people have the right to certain weapons, providing that they register them and they have not been in prison. The founding fathers included this amendment to prevent the United States from acting like the British who had tried to take weapons away from the colonists.” On the contrary, the Second Amendment’s plain language says nothing about “certain weapons” or registration. What’s ironic is that registration almost always leads to confiscation, which the lesson notes the British tried to do. What should be confiscated is that workbook.

Source: The Patriot Post

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Anti-Christian administration

We have to acknowledge that the pro-Islam, anti-Christian sentiment flooding our schools and colleges would not be happening if the White House was not behind it. Who would have thought that in five years we would have virtually the entire print and visual 7-media-control-bmedia behind the effort to demonize our founding fathers, mock our Christian ideals, and send us sledding down the hill into socialism. They are doing so not only with the blessing of the administration, but evidently at their behest. That is the reason all student loans were reassigned to a single source with strict government controls. No college would have access to the loans and other financial processes unless they toed the administration’s line in the classrooms.

If you haven’t checked out your child’s textbooks recently, I suggest you do so. For more info on how Islam is being projected in public schools, check it out at http://worldviewweekend.com/video/islamic-lies-americas-textbooks-clip-1.

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Speaking of higher education…

…or perhaps it should be better known as “lower education,” Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, NY has installed a course called “The Sociology of Miley Cyrus.” The course will be a “media reconstruction” of who she really is, as if college students needed to know. I suppose Skidmore wanted to keep up with Rutgers University which has a course on Beyoncé. Rather than education, such courses hasten the deconstruction of the American mind to a level lower than ever before. How low will education get before we Apostolics realize what is really taking being taught in our colleges and universities? Nothing should surprise us anymore.

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The God of the OT vs. the God of the NT

This issue perplexes some minds because their perception of the judgmental OT God is not the same as the grace and mercy God of the NT. Unbelievers and atheists complain that the judgmental God as portrayed in the OT is unlike that portrayed in the NT, so with words they build a mean and hateful image of God from the OT, condemning His “rough justice” and demeaning His character by comparing His actions to their own humanistic view of justice.

Is the God of the OT the same as the Father and the Christ of the NT? Of course! There has never been, nor will there ever be more than one God—“Ye are my witnesses, saith The Lord…that ye may know and believe me, and understand that I am He: Before old-new-testament-god1_thumbme was no God formed, neither shall there be after me…I am The Lord and beside me there is no savior…” (Isaiah 43:10). “I and my father are one” (John 10:30).

“But they seem so different,” some say. Jesus appears so altrusistic, so gentle, so loving, so full of grace and mercy. True, but these virtues are focused on by liberals and pointed out by non-believers to undergird the “feel good” religious flavor of the current religious scene. God in the OT is not always spewing wrath and judgment, and the God of the NT is not always presented as issuing passes to sinners. Here is what the God of the OT said: “I call heaven and earth to record this day against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life, that both thou and thy seed may live. That thou mayest love the Lord thy God, and that thou mayest obey his voice, and that thou mayest cleave unto him: for he is thy life, and the length of thy days: that thou mayest dwell in the land which the Lord sware unto thy fathers, to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, to give them” (Deuteronomy 30:19,20). How kind and generous and loving is that?

Here is what Jesus of the NT said, “Except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish” (Luke 13:3). John saw Jesus as a righteous Judge: “And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and he that sat upon him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he doth judge and make war…And out of his mouth goeth a sharp sword, that with it he should smite the nations: and he shall rule them with a rod of iron: and he treadeth the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God” (Revelation 19:11,15). How wrathful does Jesus appear there?

One godDeity in both testaments was sovereignly operating in different dispensations, with a different methodology, and with a different purpose. Yet detractors like to point out how the Flood, the judgment of Sodom, and the displacement and deaths of the Canaanites were examples of a God with a killer instinct. They simply miss the point.

The introduction of sin in the Garden of Eden called for judgment on all men who would not choose to obey the commandments of God. Sin, without payment, demands retribution, and we see plenty of it in the OT. The judgment God declared through the Flood was because “the wickedness of man was great on the earth, and that every intent of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually” (Genesis 6:5). In Sodom it was “because their sin is very grievous” and not even 10 righteous men could not be found among them (Genesis 18:20,32).

In Jericho and throughout the Land of Canaan, God ordained a cleansing of those who would in the future be a threat to the people of God, opposing them militarily and corrupting them spiritually and socially, finally influencing them into idolatry. However, the Jews did not annihilate the inhabitants and were indeed let astray by them, damning both Jew and Gentile to be harshly judged.

Some say the OT judgments were for public recognition of extreme sin. Even so, there was usually a way of escape provided foronegod “innocent” persons, and a remnant was mercifully saved from the judgment.

In the OT, the Jews were chosen to express that payment for their’s and Adam’s sin by blood sacrifices, as a type of sacrifice for the potential covering of the sins of the whole world. In the fulness of time, He came Himself, wrapped in a body that was prepared for God by which He would accomplish His purpose, a body that would serve as the ultimate and final sacrifice. Virgin born, Christ was the God of the OT in human form, expressing the love and mercy that are the hallmarks of God’s essence—“God is love” (I John 4:8). While Jesus is known more for His grace and mercy than for His judgmental role, yet He will be the judge of the whole earth, of the saints at the Rapture and the judgment seat of Christ, and of all lost sinners at the White Throne. He is saving out of the extreme wickedness of the world a remnant—the church, called by His name, filled with His Spirit, and destined for eternal life in Heaven.

“Hear, O Israel, the Lord our God is one Lord….To wit, God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto Himself” (Deuteronomy 6:4; II Corinthians 5:19). The cross of Christ, with arms reaching back to Eden and forward to the end of time, is the link between the testaments. The one who died upon it appeals to all, “If any man thirst, let him come unto me, and drink…Come unto me, all ye that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest” (John 7:37; Matthew 11:28). That’s the loving, kind, forgiving God that I serve.

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More signs of the times

In a Podiatrist’s office:SIGNS

“Time wounds all heels.”

At an Optometrist’s office:

“If you don’t see what you’re looking for,
you’ve come to the right place.”

On a Plumber’s truck:

“We repair what your husband fixed.”

At a Tire Shop in Milwaukee:

“Invite us to your next blowout.”

In a Non-smoking Area:

“If we see smoke, we will assume you are on fire and take appropriate action.”

On a Maternity Room door:

“Push. Push. Push.”

Outside a Muffler Shop:

“No appointment necessary. We hear you coming.”

In a Veterinarian’s waiting room:

“Be back in 5 minutes. Sit! Stay!”

At the Electric Company:

“We would be delighted if you send in your payment. However, if you don’t, you will be delighted.”

In the front yard of a Funeral Home:

“Drive carefully. We’ll wait.”

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Why we speak out about psy drugs in the military

We have been accurate about our reporting on drugs in the military. We are gradually debilitating our military personnel by forcing them to take psy drugs. Is all of this planned in order to weaken our military? If you dare, check out this documentary:

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For you history buffs out there

Signal-blitzkriegLGWhat goes around comes around. Right? How did Hitler’s planbook fall into the hands of Putin? It is 1938-39 all over again. Mother was changing my diaper when Hitler broke through the border roadblocks and rolled his Blitzkreig into Poland, ostensibly to protect the German citizens and German interests there.

Hitler must be grinning under that Charlie Chaplin mustache if he can see what is going on in the Ukraine. Déjà vu!

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Who is cool and who is not

E. L. Holley used to say, “I quote others to better express myself.” Here are some quotes from Greg Gutfeld’s new book Not Cool:

“The definition of cool: popularity without achievement. It’s how President Obama got the youth vote. Ask any kid who voted for him, ‘Why did you do it?,’ and the convoluted, wide-eyed answer will ultimately translate into: ‘He’s cool and that other guy wasn’t.’ (Now they’re paying the brunt of Obamacare. Suckers.)”

“Assorted slugs on death row are cool; their victims, forgotten roadkill. This theme runs through art and pop culture like E. coli in a Tijuana cafeteria. There are more movies, songs, plays, and websites about killers than about their victims. Victims are boring; their tormenters, deep.”

“In movies it’s the crazies who are cool and the decent folk who are demonic. And what you end up with is a culture more fearful ofOwner's manual on white background institutionalization than the people who need to be institutionalized. Only in the counter-earth of Hollywood could such be pulled off with a straight face (which could explain the massive popularity of Botox).”

“Fact is, the desperate desire to be cool has skewed our culture toward nihilism, carelessness, and ineptitude. It is now cool to be an idiot. A jackass. It’s cool to be a failure, as long as your failure is the basis for a reality show. And on the reality show you can do what’s considered ultimately cool: ‘raise awareness.’”

“How we got to a place where men in skinny jeans rank higher in achievement and status than men in military-issued camouflage is a mental journey beyond the limits of my simple, sodden brain. (Granted, it’s a short journey.)”

Ed.: This is not necessarily a recommendation of the book. I am just sharing some thoughts of the author who is a witty conservative commentator, an increasingly rare genre.

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Gun Fight

In the wake of the Sandy Hook school shooting, Connecticut lawmakers passed strict new gun control laws. Critics pointed out that none of them would have prevented that atrocity, but the legislature passed them anyway. They required that all rifles labeled as assault weapons be registered with the state. It is sad that many blue state lawmakers don’t know the difference between an assault rifle and a semi-automatic .22 we hunted rabbits with as kids.

Well, many gun owners cited the principle of civil disobedience against what they saw as an unconstitutional law and simply refused. There are an estimated 372,000 such rifles in Connecticut, and only 50,000 applications for registration came in by the deadline. The state then said those who missed the deadline had to give up their rifles. That just reinforced the longtime fear of gun owners that the Left dismissed as paranoia: that gun registration would be followed by confiscation. So now, gun owners were even more motivated to keep quiet.

This stand-off inspired one of the dumbest newspaper editorials in modern times. The Hartford Courant argued that gun ownerssecond-amendment-rifleman-1a who refuse to comply with the new law somehow be identified, arrested, charged with a felony and jailed for up to five years. Never mind all the police work that would take, just imagine the cost of jailing 322,000 gun owners for five years. It’s always amusing to me when “progressives,” who once loved the idea of civil disobedience, suddenly start screaming, “Off with their heads!” if anyone takes a principled stand against one of their own policies.

Those who think there should be nationwide gun registration should look to Connecticut to see why that would never work. In a University of Chicago survey, 30 percent of U.S. citizens admitted to owning guns. That’s about 100 million people. And those are just the ones who openly admitted it. As we saw in Connecticut, that’s not a reliable figure. Remember the argument from the Left for immigration reform, that we can’t arrest 11 million people? Well, try arresting 100 million people. Especially when they all have guns! – Patriot Post

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World Vision caves

World Vision defines itself as a “Christian humanitarian organization dedicated to working with children, families, and their wvcommunities worldwide to reach their full potential by tackling the causes of poverty and injustice.”

Christianity Today now reports:

World Vision’s American branch will no longer require its more than 1,100 employees to restrict their sexual activity to marriage between one man and one woman.

Abstinence outside of marriage remains a rule. But a policy change announced Monday [March 24] will now permit gay Christians in legal same-sex marriages to be employed at one of America’s largest Christian charities.

In an exclusive interview, World Vision U.S. president Richard Stearns failed to explain to Christianity Today the rationale behind changing this “condition of employment,” whether financial or legal pressures were involved, and whether other Christian organizations with faith-based hiring rules should follow World Vision’s lead.

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Angel unaware

There is a doctrine floating around that each of us has a personal angel who looks just like us. Pity mine.

The promoters of the idea use Acts 12:15 as a proof text. But to draw a doctrine from something shouted to Rhoda from her friends as she was looking through a peephole at a man standing outside the door asking entrance, is ludicrous. Nowhere in the Scriptures is that concept put forth. Those in the house were wrong. Rhoda was the only one who was right—it wasn’t an angel, it was Peter! To build a doctrine on the supposition that those in the house knew that each individual has a visible look-alike angel is superstition at best and heresy at worst.

little-farmersQuestions come to mind:  Since I don’t look like I did when I was 20, has my twin angel aged with me? What if I get a face lift? Will my angel have to get one too?

I suppose it makes one appear very spiritual to claim knowledge of such twin angels. Many “Ooohh and Ahhhh” at their testimonies, which could be the motivation for such tales. But recent history reveals that some who claim frequent visits by angels, have their luggage toted through airports by them, find lost articles for them, and give them directions when they are lost, often turn out to be spiritual frauds. They find it easy to be disingenuous about other things too. They are forced to tell a story to prop up another one. They tend to be unsure and unsteady in the faith. They seem to be open to other far out theories and ideas. Such fads wax and wane, waning when the “angels” sometimes turn out to be quite human—blondes and brunettes. Oops…do you remember any female angels in the Bible?

Now, before you come after me with a cross and hammer and nails, please understand that I believe in angels. God evidently furnished the universe with them. They are present with the people of God and minister in ways we don’t always know or understand. Got that. I don’t doubt every angel story. But one should not build his ministry or personal popularity around angel encounters. Or construct doctrines built entirely on subjective experiences.

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The nose grows

The President says his healthcare plan is working like it is should. Hey, he has already won “Liar of the Year” award, so what is one more? Did he actually expect to unilaterally make 36 (and counting) changes and extensions in it in order to accommodate the unions and others of his political base? I think everyone knows the truth, but his base won’t speak up because they are the benefactors. The Republicans won’t speak up because they are afraid of looking like Ted Cruz or Mike Lee. The Democrats won’t challenge the president because most are presidential bootlickers. It is upLiar2 to you and me to remind folks that he is doing exactly what he said he would do—fundamentally changing America. He is turning this Republic into a second class socialist state. If we don’t wake up and speak up, your children may be living under a totally different kind of government in ten years.

Comedian Conan O’Brien reportedly quipped: “The White House announced a change to Obamacare. They keep making adjustments. They say people can now keep their insurance plans for two more years. When asked what would happen after two years, Obama said, ‘After two years, I don’t give a —-.’”

In early March the individual mandate was rolled ahead for two years. In late March, the sign-up deadline was extended for two weeks and the fine for not signing up was forgiven for those who claim a “hardship” because of whatever. Obamacare is like a black hole in outer space, pulling everything close into it. It is more mysterious than the disappearance of the Malaysian airliner. Our only hope is to change the numbers in Congress and then the White House.

Nancy Pelosi recently scolded a reporter for referring to “Obamacare” by that moniker—even though the president himself has said, “I actually like the name.” “[B]y the way, it’s called the Affordable Care Act,” she insisted. “I know you didn’t intend…anything derogatory, but it’s called the Affordable Care Act. I tell [Obama] the same thing I told you. Affordable, affordable—there’s a reason. Affordable. Affordable. Affordable. Affordable. Affordable.” We’d say calling it “affordable” is derogatory [I would call it a misnomer], but to each her own we suppose. In any case, Pelosi still insists that Democrats will run successfully on ObamaCare this fall, because, she says, “I believe it’s a winner.” Evidently, she still hasn’t found out what’s in it. – Patriot Post

Why are the supporters of Obamacare still pushing it in spite of the pain it is causing individuals, businesses, as well as doctors and hospitals? Because it is not about alleviating pain, it is about power. I don’t say these things from a strictly partisan political perspective, but from the fact that these policies will affect the ministry of the American church, both at home and abroad.

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North Koreans to execute 33 Christians

This news was reported on 5 March 2014 in a smattering of media outlets. Mark Shapland, in Britain’s Daily Mail, noted that “Thirty-three North Koreans face execution after being charged with attempting to overthrow the repressive regime of Kim Jong-un. “The Koreans have landed themselves in hot water after it emerged they had worked with South Korean Baptist missionary Kim Jung-wook and received money to set up 500 underground churches. It is understood they will be put to death in a cell at the State Security Department.”

article-2522859-1A11666700000578-922_634x423Apparently Kim Jong-un feels threatened by these Christians, and either out of paranoia or hatred of their faith he is claiming that they tried to overthrow the government. In many respects, this despot resembles Herod the Great in his last days: he was so paranoid that he began killing friends, relatives, even infants in Bethlehem because of one there who was born a king (unlike Herod himself).

Sadly, very few news outlets have reported on this story at all. Besides the Daily Mail, the Washington Times (not to be confused with the Washington Post), Christian Post, Breitbart, The Examiner, and an assortment of less-known outlets have brief reports. I could not find the story at all in any of the nation’s most prestigious newspapers. This means that the news is not getting out.

I am not sure what the best steps are for believers who want to advocate for these 33 Christians. But I would think that in the least we could write to our local news agencies and ask them to cover the story. Some may even wish to write to their representatives in Washington. And, of course, we can pray.

Source: Dr. Daniel Wallace

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Bill Yosses, the White House chef has resigned, ostensibly because Michelle Obama doesn’t agree with his frequent use of certain foods she thinks promote obesity. However, other issues apparently are involved. He is moving to New York since his husband of three years, Charlie Jandusay Fabella Jr., lives there.

Yeah, you read it right.

Source: Peter Grier, Decoder Buzz

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Speaking too quickly

If you’ve ever worked for a boss who reacts before getting the facts and thinking things through, you will recognize this.

Magnum Steel, feeling it was time for a shakeup, hired a new CEO. The new boss was determined to rid the company of all slackers.

foot_in_mouth_funny_sayings_postcard-p239227608041056672trdg_400On a tour of the facilities, the CEO noticed a guy leaning against a wall. The room was full of workers and he wanted to let them know that he meant business. He asked the guy, “How much money do you make a week?”

A little surprised, the young man looked at him and said, “I make $400 a week. Why?”

The CEO said, “Wait right here.” He walked back to his office, came back in two minutes, and handed the guy $1,600 in cash and said, “Here’s four weeks’ pay. Now GET OUT and don’t come back.”

Feeling pretty good about himself the CEO looked around the room and asked, “Does anyone want to tell me what that goof-ball did here?”

From across the room a voice said, “Pizza delivery guy from Domino’s.”

One should wait until his mind is started before putting his tongue in gear. “Set a watch, O Lord, before my mouth; keep the door of my lips” (Psalm 141:3).

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Coming home

Swedish megachurch pastor converts to Catholicism

Ulf Ekman, a Charismatic megachurch pastor in Sweden recently resigned his church, announcing that he was planning to convert to the Roman Catholic Church. He also resigned from the board of Yoido Full Gospel Church in Korea, one of the world’s largest ekmancongregations, where founding pastor David Yonggi Cho and his son were recently convicted of embezzling $12 million.

In his resignation letter, Ekman explained more of the reasoning behind his conversion to Catholicism:

I discovered how little I really knew about [Catholics], their spirituality and their beliefs. Unconsciously I carried many prejudices and bad attitudes and have been quick to judge them without really knowing what they actually believed. It has been good to discover and to repent from nonchalant and shallow opinions, based not on their own sources but on their opponents, and to discover a very rich heritage, a strong theological foundation and a deep love for Jesus Christ among them.

Swedish Evangelical Alliance general secretary noted, “For those who followed Ulf Ekman, the transition to the Catholic Church is no surprise. He has over a long period of years been enthusiastic, both in books and articles, about a clear Catholic theology.

Source: http://www.christianpost.com/news/swedish-megachurch-leader-ulf-ekman-converts-to-catholicism-stuns-congregation-115875/

One by one…

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Think about it

sleepy454Blending with pop culture to win it to Christ is like trying to develop a mental disorder to win those in the psych ward. Don’t blend, stand out! – Dr. Daniel Blash

Nothing can deceive unless it bears a plausible resemblance to reality. - C. S. Lewis

I am told that 99.9% of the contents of D-Con rat poison is not poison. Only a miniscule amount is harmful. Yet it kills. Paul observed, “A little leaven leaveneth the whole lump” (I Corinthians 5:6). A little lie, an insignificant deception, a small amount of guile can ultimately be deadly.

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Weep for your children

• 280,000 babies from 0-1 year old are prescribed mind-altering psychiatric drugs.

• 198,000 children 0-5 years old are taking ADHD drugs which are in the same class as cocaine, morphine and opium.Homepage crop

• In the U.S. alone, 10 million children are currently being prescribed psychiatric drugs—more than 1 million of them are under the age of five.

Parents are quite simply not being given accurate information about psychiatric labels (mental disorders) or the drugs being prescribed to “treat” their children.

Parents need to know that psychiatric drugs are not a solution for their children and that they do have a choice.

Source: CCHR

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News you may not have wanted to know

TREMBLE, PUTIN…THE DRAG QUEENS COMETH

Headline: Gay, lesbian troops perform in drag at Kadena Air Base fundraiser

Since the repeal of the Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell policy, U.S. military bases have hosted gay marriage ceremonies and potluck gatherings. But on Saturday, service members here may have been the first to take to the stage and perform as drag queens on aeva_baldoria_drag_queen military installation in support of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender troops. Are the armies of the “evil empires” of the world are shaking in their boots, fearing that they might someday face the dreaded drag queens on the battlefield?

FLEE YOUR GROUND?

“Police say a woman reported to be in labor and her boyfriend were robbed in Annapolis as they headed to a hospital,” the Associated Press reports. Actually, the boyfriend wasn’t really robbed because he “fled,” leaving his pregnant girlfriend to fend for herself against three assailants. The crime happened in Maryland, so of course the only people armed were the perpetrators. But whatever happened to chivalry?

Questions: Whatever happened to personal responsibility? Or marriage? He left his girlfriend, but would he have left his pregnant wife? Was he really the father? Remember, the farther we get from conforming to God’s ideal, the more sticky situations we find ourselves in.

OBAMACARE FOR ILLEGALS

You knew it was coming. I knew it was coming. When government expands entitlements, illegal aliens always end up with a piece of the pie. Obamacare promoters relented to GOP pressure to include an illegal alien ban on eligibility and vowed endlessly that no benefits would go to the “undocumented.” But denial isn’t just a river in Egypt. It’s the Obama way. Obamacare now appears to be all-inclusive.

Need we be reminded that it might not be just Costa Ricans or Guatemalans or Mexicans wanting to mow your lawns, but Iranians, Russians, or Hamas and Hezbollah terrorists who are coming across the Southern border? Some of them might be getting into place to mow [down] something besides your lawn when the time is right.

ITS ONLY INTOLERANCE WHEN CHRISTIANS SHOW IT

Even wedding photographers must take same sex wedding pictures. Last August, a New Mexico photographer lost her case before the state Supreme Court, which ruled that, despite her Christian faith, Elaine Huguenin did not have the right, First Amendment or otherwise, to decline to take pictures at a same-sex commitment ceremony. Vanessa Willock and Misti Collinsworth sued Huguenin and her husband Jonathan, with whom she operates the studio, despite there being other Albuquerque photographers who were happy to take their business. The case is a poster example of the intolerance foisted on us by the homosexual agenda.

Now the Supreme Court will decide in the coming days whether to hear Huguenin’s appeal. While she will “gladly serve gays and lesbians,” she doesn’t want to photograph a same-sex “marriage” or commitment ceremony. She contends that her photography constitutes speech and she should not be forced to “create expression conveying messages that conflict with [my] religious beliefs.” Photographers had better have a written policy or some kind of document that will protect them.

SHOCKER! (tic)

The Justice Department announced that it will not bring charges against the Democrat poll worker who voted for Obama five times.

NAVIGATOR IS TERRORIST

Somehow, Obamacare’s horrible news never ceases to amaze us. National Review’s Jillian Kay Melchior reports the latest: “A terrorist from Jordan briefly worked as an Obamacare navigator, assigned to helping folks sign up in Illinois, while authorities remained unaware of her conviction for involvement in a deadly grocery store bombing and two other attacks.” When she was 21, Rasmieh Yousef Odeh helped carry out the plot while a member of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, a Marxist-Leninist terrorist group. The bomb was hidden within a candy box on a grocery store shelf. When it detonated, it killed two students, Eddie Joffe and Leon Kanner, and wounded numerous others.” But not to worry; Harry Reid, the Senate Majority Leader, says the horror stories about Obamacare are all lies. He probably was speaking of this one as well.

This just in before posting: Harry Reid declares he didn’t call the stories lies. But what is not lying is the video of him calling them lies.

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Memories…

One of the most beloved books in my library is the one that contains all of the Norman Rockwell drawings. They are so nostalgic that my eyes get a little misty looking at them. They speak to us of a kinder, gentler time, so I have replaced this month’s cartoons with Rockwell’s paintings. Enjoy.

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61007WHERE AMERICA’S WOES REALLY  BEGAN

261039--600cropwm-1cropwmnorman-rockwell--little-spooners-or-sunset-april-24-1926_i-G-52-5271-J5RZG00ZJERRY AND ROFFIE?

tumblr_m1wegpW9W71r9vifmo1_500Thanks to the greatest American artist (imo)!

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Rosie the Riveter

Rosie Riveter 2Rosie the RiveterElinor Otto was the original “Rosie the Riveter” at a Chula Vista, CA plant during WWII. She is now 93 years young. Elinor still picks up the riveting gun every morning to work on cargo planes at the Boeing plant in Long Beach, CA. Wow! You go, girl! Make the century run!

 

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Parting Shot

“Do not regret growing older. It is a privilege denied to many.”

“The glory of the Incarnation is that it presents to our adoring gaze, not a humanized God or a deified man, but a true God-man.”
- Benjamin B. Warfield

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March 2014 Blog

Welcome to the MARCH 2014 blog!

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 “Freedom of religion is under threat.” Who knew?

This will come as no surprise, but as the saying goes, if it weren’t for double standards, the Left  double+standards2wouldn’t have any. Barack Obama demonstrated this point to perfection at the annual National Prayer Breakfast where he warned that “freedom of religion is under threat … around the world.” He neglected to mention, however, that organizations like Little Sisters of the Poor and Hobby Lobby are suing his administration because they object to contraceptives mandated under ObamaCare in violation of their religious views. Even more astoundingly, Obama claimed, “We…believe in the inherent dignity of every human being,” and “the killing of the innocent is never fulfilling God’s will; in fact, it’s the ultimate betrayal of God’s will.”

Remember, this is a man who supports abortion under any and all circumstances, even in its most appalling partial-birth form, and who once told Planned Parenthood “God bless you.” The apparent total lack of self-awareness is beyond shocking.

Source: The Patriot Post

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FCC to monitor newsrooms around the country 

govt-censorshipAmerica was recently ranked 46th in the world in press freedom. Yes, that’s correct—46th in the world out of 180 countries. Why? Because we have an increasingly intrusive Federal Communications Commission that now wants to install “media monitors” in local radio and TV stations around the country to intimidate them into covering “critical” stories—i.e., to make sure they are parroting the stuff being shoveled out of the White House. We are blind if we don’t see that we are losing all of our Bill of Rights listed in the Constitution. Freedom of the press is number one on the list. One by one they will likely all be wiped out, including freedom of religion, if we don’t see a turnaround in November and in 2016.

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Wash your ears out with this:

HOLINESS is still alive and well

HOLINESS is the abandonment of all that is contrary to God’s standards.

HOLINESS is abhorring those things that violate the righteous ways of God.

HOLINESS is the practical way of abstinence from everything that appears to be evil.holiness_21

HOLINESS is the acclamation of one’s stand—in Christ Jesus.

HOLINESS of life is achievable.

HOLINESS is accomplished by all who truly serve (reverence) and fear God in spirit, truth and obedience.

HOLINESS is a manner of life that all Christians need to become addicted to.

HOLINESS is not just a position we have in Christ nor is it merely progressive—it is present action.

HOLINESS of life is not only the inward adornment of spirit but the outward adornment of life that adorns God.

HOLINESS is the way one worships God because the way one lives reveals whom he worships.

Source: Vickie Hawkins; Jesusweptministries.com

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The Bible is such an interesting Book

The Holy Writ has inspired many words and phrases folks have used for centuries, perhaps without knowing their origin.

Strike a Lucifer – The first matches that man used for starting fires were quite vile-smelling. Their sulfurous fumes reminded people of something hellish—like Satan himself. So the first matches were often called Lucifers, an alternate name for Satan in the Bible.

bible-study-light1Balaam’s Box – Newspapers and magazines have often used corny jokes (“groaners”) as fillers. In times past many newspapers would have a “Balaam’s Box,” a kind of backlog of asinine jokes. Since asinine means “relating to donkeys,” the box recalled the Old Testament character Balaam, whose donkey spoke to him.

Talented – Jesus’ parable of the talents (Matthew 25:14-30) used “talent” in the old sense: a unit of money. The parable speaks of the need to use one’s talents wisely and in the service of God. Because the word was used in the popular KJV, “talent” passed into the language, and eventually it came to refer not just to money but also to any of a person’s resources, including one’s character and abilities.

Hocus-pocus – This is one of those meaningless phrases that magicians use in their acts. It originated in the Latin celebration of the Mass: when the priest held up the communion wafer, he intoned the famous words Jesus spoke at the last supper: “This is my body.” Those words in Latin are Hoc est corpus meum. Many people believed the priest’s words had a sort of magical effect: when he said them, the bread literally became the body of Christ. Since the words had a kind of “presto-change-o” effect, Hoc est corpus meum evolved into “hocus-pocus.”

Source: Stephen Lang, 1001 Things You Always Wanted To Know About the Bible

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Tiglaths Timex

I just didn’t know. But Solomon told us that there was nothing new under the sun. He must have 41601been right, because there on the arm of Tiglath-pileser, king of Assyria (II Kings 15:29), is the watch. Evidently the Assyrians were way ahead of the Swiss on timepieces. Or perhaps it was part of the spoils he took back from Galilee—removed from the arm of a wealthy Jewish merchant. He must have been proud of it—he seems to be keeping his eye on it.

Since he was king, it might have been a Rolex, and some scribe doubtless wrote a poem titled, “Would Tilgath wear a Rolex in his victory parade?”

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Islamic propaganda in America’s textbooks

islam-in-schools-2Fear of reprisal has sealed the lips of our leaders—including many parents and pastors—as to what is being taught to our children in government (public) schools. If your heart can handle the shock, click on the link below.

http://www.worldviewweekend.com/video/islamic-lies-americas-textbooks-clip-1

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Geraldo Rivera criticizes FNC’s O’Reilly for not acknowledging Obama’s “majesty”

http://www.theblaze.com/stories/2014/02/07/things-get-tense-when-geraldo-rivera-accuses-bill-oreilly-of-stripping-obama-of-his-majesty-in-super-bowl-interview

Should we now drop the “Mr. President” greeting in favor of “Your Majesty”? I’m sure there are smiles—perhaps giggles—throughout the West Wing after hearing Geraldo’s comments.

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His Majesty speaks

“[A]s president, I can do whatever I want,” Barack Obama reportedly said, ironically, during a recent King+Obama+and+Catholicsvisit to Thomas Jefferson’s home with French President Francois Hollande. Our arrogant president obviously believes that, because, yet again, he issued a unilateral delay of an ObamaCare provision requiring businesses with 50-99 full-time workers to offer health benefits. He had already delayed it until 2015, but now it’s not effective until 2016. Or, you know, whenever.

Source: The Patriot Post

I have often wondered how the intelligent and informed personnel who served on the translation committee of the King James Version of the Bible could conjure up such nice things to say about King James on the dedication pages of the Bible that bears his name. However, listening to the likes of Nancy Pelosi, liberal news anchors, and especially the Hollywood starlets whose IQ probably equals their shoe size, I think I get it. The translators were the forerunners of the modern bootlickers parading as media hacks today. While King James was busy burning Baptist dissenters at the stake, and “harrowing” Pilgrims to leave England for America, the king’s appointed devotees were setting type and preparing art to sing his praises on the first pages of the 1611 version. As we see the contemporary press bowing before the “potentate,” it is simple to understand how those bending before kingly power could say those things…and in such exquisite fonts too!*

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The foundations…

“It should be your care, therefore, and mine, to elevate the minds of our children and exalt their 107-0902230949-foundationcourage; to accelerate and animate their industry and activity; to excite in them an habitual contempt of meanness, abhorrence of injustice and inhumanity, and an ambition to excel in every capacity, faculty, and virtue. If we suffer their minds to grovel and creep in infancy, they will grovel all their lives.”

—John Adams, Dissertation on the Canon and Feudal Law, 1756; The Patriot Post

…are crumbling…

Courage has been redefined by our contemporary culture as a gay athlete coming out of the closet. Gay athletes in the Olympic games are feted in ways that would be denounced if the same was foundationsrecognition given to straight competitors.

NBC let the world know their agenda when speaking from the Olympic games in Sochi. They praised the Russian “pivotal experience” with Communism, which has left millions dead and multitudes locked in poverty and privation, suffering under untold tyranny and oppression. They had to build walls and barbed wire fences to keep their people in. So socialism and communism is where we should be heading? What has happened to the American mind?

...but not this one:

“Nevertheless the foundation of God standeth sure, having this seal, The Lord knoweth them that are his…” (II Timothy 2:19). In all the confusion of the contemporary religious world, God knows exactly who belongs to Him! He has not forgotten you and me, and here is His reassurance: “For I know the plans I have for you…plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. I will be found of you, declares the Lord” (Jeremiah 29:11,12 NIV84).

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Hypocrisy in some religious circles now matched in politics

You couldn’t make this up. A demonstration was organized as a March on Raleigh (NC) to protest the requirement to show an ID in order to vote. Number 9 on the list of requirements for the hypocrisyprotestors: “Bring photo identification (driver’s license, passport or other valid photo id) with you and keep it on your person at all times.” In other words, we want you to have a photo ID in order to march but it is not necessary to vote. Huh?

To what heights of stupidity or depths of hypocrisy will leftists go in order to install a socialist state in America? All of this anti-American activity is encouraged by a socialist culture installed in Washington by the White House. Perhaps the change the president promised during his “reign,” was a “climate” change in Washington and throughout America that has encouraged every Christian and American value to be strongly challenged and discarded if possible.

I suspect that an executive order will soon be coming down the pike that will require churches to be licensed and taxed. The powers that be know that many of the voices that speak out against the liberal agenda belong to ministers and Christian laymen. To silence them has to be high on the list of priorities.

Speaking of hypocrisy, Ben Stein said: “Fathom the hypocrisy of a government that requires every citizen to prove they are insured…but not everyone must prove they are a citizen. Many of those who refuse, or are unable, to prove they are citizens will receive free insurance paid for by those who are forced to buy insurance because they are citizens.” Hope and change…isn’t it wonderful?

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Hillary’s Résumé

Lanny Davis, former counsel for Bill Clinton, was asked by radio host Hugh Hewitt to name some of Hillary Clinton at senate hearingHillary Clinton’s accomplishments during her stint as secretary of state. Clinton, after all, appears positioned to cruise to the Democrat nomination in 2016. The problem is that Davis couldn’t name any accomplishments. “Well, the biggest thing of all is goodwill around the world, which is what secretaries of state do.” Would that include goodwill from nations like Iran and Syria thumbing their noses at us, or from Libyan terrorists attacking our consulate in Benghazi? To be fair to Davis, though, we can’t name any of her accomplishments either.

Source: The Patriot Post

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Before our eyes

2013074117“[S]hould Congress, under the pretext of executing its powers, pass laws for the accomplishment of objects not entrusted to the government, such [acts are] not the law of the land.” —John Marshall, McCulloch v. Maryland, 1819

What about all the edicts being handed down from the WH? Are each and all of them truly the law of the land without debate of our duly elected representatives? Are they above the courts? Time will tell. Sleep on, America.

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ABC’s deceptive gun report

The propagandists over at ABC have published a new investigative report on the dangers of firearms inside the home: “7,391 children [are] rushed to the hospital every year with … gun injuries,” musedds anchor Diane Sawyer, citing a new study from the journal Pediatrics, and “453 of those children die at the hospital.” As usual, however, the report leaves out some important disclaimers: The study’s definition of “children” includes anyone under the age of 20. Apparently when it comes to exploiting the dangers of gun ownership, you’re considered a child halfway through college. [Yet those in puberty are considered “adult” enough to make coherent decisions regarding sex, birth control and sexual orientation?] Secondly, Sawyer failed to mention that 2,149 of the incidents were from accidental or negligent discharges, 270 were attempted suicides, and the remaining 4,559 were criminal assaults (gangs, anyone?). The report is merely the usual gross distortion of the facts we are accustomed to in the press.

Stats source: Diane Sawyer, 1/31/14; Internet

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God speed?

This term appears in II John 10,11: “If there come any unto you, and bring not this doctrine, receive him not into your house, neither bid him God speed. For he that biddeth him God speed is partaker of his evil deeds” (KJV). Would John be disappointed in the modern church to know that his recommendation/commandment was largely ignored in the interest of politeness, open-mindedness, and political correctness?

handshakeThe Oxford English Dictionary says the term expresses “a wish for the success of one who is setting out on some journey or enterprise.” John, however, is using the term in the context of arrival rather than departure. The Greek word is the usual one for “Hail!” Contemporary versions like NASB, NKJV, RSV, etc., use “greet” or “greeting.” The NIV, NCV, and NRSV use “welcome.” The NLT says, “don’t invite him into your house or encourage him in any way.”

Regardless of how it is translated, the meaning is: “stiff-arm the false teachers and protect your home and church.”

Source: adapted from I Never Knew That Was In the Bible

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19 Statistics about the drugging of America that are almost unbelievable

http://www.worldviewweekend.com/article/19-statistics-about-drugging-america-are-almost-too-crazy-believe

You may feel that too much is said about prescription drugs in this blog, but that may be an impossibility. The scourge of drugs has touched every family in America, including Apostolic families. It is not abating. Someone you love is addicted or affected negatively by drugs. It will never be curbed until we collectively raise our voices against it.

Please visit the website mentioned above.

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Paxil connected to breast cancer

A team of researchers from the City of Hope in Durarte, CA, has developed a speedy way to identify 20110118-paxil-bottle-largedrugs and chemicals that can disrupt the balance of sex hormones in human beings and influence the development and progress of diseases such as breast cancer.

In a trial screening of 446 drugs in circulation, the assay singled out the popular antidepressant paroxetine (better known by its commercial name, Paxil) as having a weak estrogenic effect that could promote the development and growth of breast tumors in women.

This is important because as many as a quarter of women being treated for breast cancer suffer from depression—a condition most commonly treated with antidepressants.

Source: Houston Chronicle, 2/23/14

Also, you may want to Google “testimonies about the problems caused by the drug Crestor” and see how statin drugs will debilitate your body. There are safer ways to lower cholesterol than taking statins. Google “dangers of statin drugs” and you will see why. I have seen too many of our people who couldn’t figure out why their muscles, particularly in their legs, were giving way. Many have been crippled by these cholesterol-lowering drugs. Please don’t take your doctor’s word alone—he may be one of those getting a kickback from the pharmaceutical companies manufacturing these money-making drugs.

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Clerical beards in history

You’re more likely to see a beard in the pulpit today than at any time since the 1800s. But beards, especially among clergy, were once serious, symbolic matters—and still are in most cases. They separated East from West during the Great Schism, priests from laity during the Middle Ages, and Protestants from Catholics during the Reformation. Some church leaders required them; others banned them. To medieval theologians, they represented both holiness and sin. But historian Giles Constable says that rules on beards sound more forceful than they really were. Clergy (especially powerful ones) were likely to follow fashion in their day, too.

In the Old Testament times, Hebrew priests could wear beards but if they did so they were not allowed to trim them. It could represent a snare of a vain and prideful expression that would represent a cause or a segment of society with which the church should not be involved.

saint-clement-of-alexandriaSome early churchmen, such as Clement of Alexandria (c. 195) thought beards were a mark of “manliness.” Others chose to go beardless. There seems to always have been some disagreement on the appropriateness of wearing beards.

Roman Emperor Julian the Apostate (c. 361) sports a beard to show his break with the shaven Christian emperors before him, and to mark his connection to pagan Roman religion.

In c. 475, a rule was made that “no cleric should grow long hair or shave his beard.” It was very out of step with its time, and several copyists simply changed it to “No cleric should grow long hair or [a long] beard.” It seems to have been ignored in its day but became widely referenced in the 1100s and 1200s.

In 816 the Council of Aachen required monks to shave every 15 days (24 times a year). Other So-called Julian the Apostate. Marble. Rome, Capitoline Museums, Palazzo Nuovo, Hall of the Philosophers.monastic communities adopt similar rules, though some only needed to shave six or seven times a year. But hermits and other ascetics didn’t have to follow such rules and become famous for their long beards.

Reflecting a difference in Roman Catholics and Orthodox Church clerics, Pope Nicholas I wrote to French bishops in 867 noting that Roman clergy “do not refuse to shave their beards.” Orthodox priests traditionally do not shave their beards.

In 868, Ratramnus, a Frankish Benedictine monk who would later inspire several figures in the Protestant Reformation, defended priestly shaving against Eastern Church leaders who required beards. He argued that these beards may violate Paul’s rule against long hair. And besides, “if it is a sin, or a transgression against the divine law, to cut the beard let [the Greeks] 220px-Pope_Nicholas_Isay why the prophet [Ezekiel] shaved his beard at the order of the Lord (Ezek. 5:1), why the Nazarenes [Nazarites] followed this custom, why finally the apostles did not fear this custom.”

In the eleventh century, the practice of wearing beards or shaving toggled back and forth. In the latter part of the century, writers associated beards with immodesty. One wrote: “Now almost all our fellow countrymen are crazy and wear little beards, openly proclaiming by such a token that they revel in filthy lusts like stinking goats.”

In England, the Canons of Edgar declared no priest should “retain his beard for any time.” A similar law is made in Northumbria three years later. The Council of Bourges unequivocally mandates “a shaved beard” for “all who minister within the Holy Church.” The practice of wearing or not wearing beards was one of the several issues that led to the split between the Eastern and Western divisions of Christianity.

Attempting to Romanize the formerly Greek church in Sardinia, in 1080 Pope Gregory VII forced schismthe archbishop to shave his beard “as the clergy of the whole Western church have had the custom of shaving the beard from the very origins of the Christian faith.” All local clergy were ordered to do likewise. In 1096 the Archbishop of Rouen threatened to excommunicate anyone with a beard (or with long hair), not just clerics. In the twelfth century, writers like Abbot Burchard of Bellavaux held forth on the biblical, theological, moral, social, and allegorical implications of beards. During that time Pope Alexander III banned clerical beards, although during the Reformation period some of the more elite clergy did sport beards.

In 1535 King Henry VIII taxed beards. In 1547 Archbishop of Canterbury Thomas Cranmer begins to grow a beard, ostensibly to mark his mourning of the death of King Henry VIII, but also to signal a break with the (beardless) Catholic clergy.

joseph-palmer-headstoneIn 1830 Pastor George Trask of Fitchburg, Massachusetts, inveighed against the “vain” (and rare) beard of congregant Joseph Palmer, and demanded that he shave it off. When Trask denied Palmer Communion, Palmer grabbed the chalice and drank it anyway, shouting, “I love my Jesus as well, and better than any of you!” After he was jailed for fighting off attackers who tried to cut off his beard, Palmer (and his beard) became a New England cause célèbre. (Sounds like some folks today who revel in their rebellion, declaring their independence from any form of spiritual authority. Parenthesis mine.)

In March of 1864, Punch, a British magazine, ran a series of caricatures of the different kinds of Anglican clergy beards in the UK, noting that they’re not found among Catholics or dissenting Christians (like Baptists and Congregationalists).

Around 1970 at the height of the social revolution in America, several Christian colleges banned beards, especially among faculty, over their association with protest movements.

In July of 2013, Saddleback Church in California hosted a contest for “Most Magnificent Beard and 121913_an_duckdiscussion_640Most Pathetic Beard.” Duck Dynasty’s barbate Phil Robertson and his beardless son, Alan, were invited to preach.

Adapted from Ted Olsen, “The Wars Over Clerical Beards,” Christianity Today, 8/28/13

I personally do not know anyone who teaches categorically that wearing a beard is a mortal sin. However, leaders know that quite often attitudes connected with them are detrimental to one’s spirituality and testimony. When a pastor/spiritual authority recommends that the men of his church shave, and someone says, “I am going to do what I want to regardless of what he says,” that is a problem. It would be a blatant violation of Hebrews 13:17. Associating ourselves with rebellious elements of our decadent culture is not bearing a positive Christian testimony. The “stubble” look that is popular with celebrities and sports figures today should not be imitated by Christian men since it tends to identify one with their lifestyle and values. Why would we want to copy them—of all people?

What is your take on bearded Christians, particularly ministers? Email your responses to jnz@kingwoodcable.net. We would be interested to know your thoughts.

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Mistaken identity

The light turned yellow, just in front of him. He did the right thing—he stopped at the crosswalk, even though he could have beaten the red light by accelerating through the intersection.

woman_pleading_copThe tailgating woman behind him was furious.  She honked her horn, screaming in frustration, as she missed her chance to get through the intersection, dropping her cell phone and makeup stuff.

As she was still in mid-rant, she heard a tap on her window and looked up into the face of a very serious police officer. The officer ordered her to exit her car with her hands up.

He took her to the police station where she was searched, fingerprinted, photographed, and placed in a holding cell.

After a couple of hours, a policeman approached the cell and opened the door. She was escorted back to the booking desk where the arresting officer was waiting with her personal effects.

He said, “I’m very sorry for this mistake. You see, I pulled up behind your car while you were blowing your horn, flipping off the guy in front of you and cussing a blue streak at him. I noticed the ‘What Would Jesus Do’ bumper sticker, the ‘Choose Life’ license plate holder, the ‘Follow Me to Sunday School’ bumper sticker, and the chrome-plated Christian fish emblem on the trunk, so naturally…I assumed you had stolen the car.”

There’s an all-seeing eye………

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Who changed things?

Michael Brown, Charisma News

Who changed things from the vibrant, Spirit-empowered “by life or by death” faith of the New Testament to today’s spineless home-and-garden Sunday-morning religion?

Who changed things from “Leave everything and follow Me” (see Luke 14:33) to “Pray this little change-simon-wordle-24prayer and you’re set for eternity”?

Who changed things from “All who live godly lives in Christ Jesus will suffer persecution” (see 2 Tim. 3:12) to “Ask Jesus into your heart and enjoy a comfortable life”?

Who changed things from a fearless proclamation of the truth, whatever the cost or consequences, to a watered down, compromised message that is afraid to offend anyone?

By what authority, by whose decree, based on what new revelation, have we so blatantly departed from the faith of the apostles? Who changed things?

To continue reading this stirring article, click here….

http://www.charismanews.com/opinion/in-the-line-of-fire/42808-who-changed-things

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You knew they had to come…blonde men’s stories

1335303764711494072blonde-cartoon-man-face-svg-medA blonde man shouts frantically into the phone. “My wife is pregnant and her contractions are only two minutes apart!”
“Is this her first child?” asks the doctor.
“No,” he shouts, “this is her husband!”

An Italian tourist asks a blonde man: “Why do scuba divers always fall backwards off their boats?”
To which the blonde man replies: “If they fell forward, they’d still be in the boat.”

Two blonde men find three grenades, and they decide to take them to a police station.
One asked: “What if one explodes before we get there?”
The other says: “We’ll lie and say we only found two.”

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Whither art thou, Discernment?

When people ask me what’s the biggest problem in the church, I always say the same thing: the absence of discernment. That is the biggest problem in the church because if you can’t discern the discernment-1truth with the Word of God in your hand with the Bible in your hand, you can die of a thousand heresies. It’s like having spiritual AIDS. People who have a deficient immune system can die of a thousand illnesses. The church can die of a thousand heresies if it can’t exercise discernment. This is always the issue.   – John MacArthur

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Asterisk_TimesNewRomanRegarding King James

Before anyone considers filling my email inbox with denunciations, I trust they will do their own research and verify the truth about the “godly” King James and some of his translators who acted like Catholic inquisitors. There had to be a reason the Mayflower and other ships sailed to America loaded with Pilgrims during James’ tenure as king. Dissenters poured out of England, fearing the wrath of the potentate. King James and the Church of England were not very different from the pope and Roman Catholicism in handling dissent. Perhaps we need to take the rose-colored glasses off when we study early seventeenth century English politics.

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Parting shot

Joe Biden has his own way of saying what shouldn’t be said. He told fellow Democrats a few days ago that they should be optimistic about the future of our nation, but then followed up with these observations: “It always surprises me when we don’t have the degree of optimism that we should about the state of the nation. And in spite of who’s president, in spite of who’s in the Congress, the American people are so much stronger, so much more resilient, so much more capable, that even the ridiculous policies of our friends on the Right cannot keep them from moving forward.” Biden mistakes “leftward” for “forward,” and evidently is optimistic “in spite of who’s president.”

You tell ’em, Joe!

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THIS JUST IN!

Paul Yonggi Cho, pastor emeritus of the world’s largest church in Seoul, Korea has been found guilty of embezzling millions of dollars, and also running a financial scam with his son. Why? Why? Why? Why must someone who has all the money they could possibly use go crooked? Greed, I am sure is involved, but think of the millions of people who he has disappointed and disillusioned. And we wonder why so many people are turning away from Christianity!? Even so, come, Lord Jesus!

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Thanks for your visit. See you next month in “the no-spin zone.”

JREnsey

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February 2014 Blog

Welcome to the February 2014 blog!

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The Word

My morning goal before reading elsewhere in the Bible is to read Psalm 119:18: “Open thou mine eyes, that I may behold wondrous things out of thy law.” I recommend the same goal for our readers. There seems to be something fresh in the Word every morning.

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Are clergymen trustworthy?

In 2013, Americans rated six professions more trustworthy than clergy: nurses, pharmacists, grade Polish_clergy_1588-1632school teachers, medical doctors, military officers, and police officers. Meanwhile, engineers, dentists, and college teachers—three professions which surpassed clergy in 2012—dropped below clergy in 2013. Grade school teachers and military officers rose above clergy from 2012 to 2013, while nurses, pharmacists, medical doctors, and police officers topped clergy in both years.

- Source:  Gallup poll

After reading Foxe’s Book of Martyrs, hearing a couple of televangelists, or reading the local newspaper reports of priestly pedophiles, one can understand the mistrust! Let’s work hard to clean up our image.

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Muhammad’s birthday a holiday?

A group of Muslim middle school students in Virginia is urging the Obama administration to support the official recognition of Muslim RubberStampApproveholidays in public schools “throughout the United States of America.”

The kids have taken their appeal to WhiteHouse.gov’s “We the People,” creating a petition that they hope will convince President Barack Obama to back their request.

“With the growing population of Muslims in the United States of America (including first, second, third, and fourth generation) we believe it is high time that Muslim holidays are recognized by schools throughout this nation,” reads the statement associated with it.

Think such a request will be countenanced by the President? I predict many changes for our schools and culture are on the way, probably including this one.

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How’s that again?

Huh?“It isn’t pollution that’s harming the environment. It’s the impurities in our air and water that are doing it.” – Al Gore

“All of these school shootings have a common thread: guns have been involved in every one of them.” – Al Gore, again

“Outside of the killings, Washington has one of the lowest crime rates in the country.”  –  Mayor Marion Barry, Washington , DC

“Smoking kills. If you’re killed, you’ve lost a very important part of your life.” – Brooke Shields, during an interview to become spokesperson for federal anti-smoking campaign

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This just in: the President doesn’t encourage pot-smoking

In a previous blog we submitted a report of how the use of alcohol is spreading among Evangelicals. With tens of thousands of deaths each year from alcohol and tobacco, is a sad commentary on our times.

Now the President weighs in on the issue in an interview with the New Yorker magazine:

“As has been well documented, I smoked pot as a kid, and I view it as a bad habit and a vice, not very different from the cigarettes that I smoked as a young person up through a big chunk of my adult life. I don’t think it is more dangerous than alcohol,” Obama said.

He added that smoking marijuana is “not something I encourage” and is “a bad idea, a waste of time, not very healthy.”

Hmmmmm…. “a bad idea, a waste of time, not very healthy”? Maybe like biting one’s nails? C’mon! I am sure millions of youth will abstain as a result of that strong denunciation. What a great example from someone pushing so-called health care down our throats.

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Be careful where you sleepwalk

Ambien, a member of the class of medications known as hypnotics, was approved by the FDA in 1992. It was designed for short term use to combat insomnia and was a welcome change from the prevailing sleep aid at the time, Halcion, which had been implicated in psychosis, suicide, and addiction and had been banned in half a dozen countries.

Sleepwalker2Ambien works by activating the neurotransmitter GABA and binding it to the GABA receptors in the same location as the benzodiazepines such as Xanax and Valium. The extra GABA activity triggered by the drug inhibits the neuron activity that is associated with insomnia. In other words, it slows down the brain. Ambien is extremely effective at initiating sleep, usually working within 20 minutes. It does not, however, have an effect on sustaining sleep unless it is taken in the controlled release form.

After its approval, Ambien quickly rose to dominance in the sleep aid market. Travelers swore by it to combat jet lag, and women, who suffer more insomnia than men, bought it in droves. Sanofi, Ambien’s French manufacturer, made $2 billion in sales at its peak. In 2007 the generic version of Ambien was released, Zolpidem, and at less than $2 per pill, it still remains one of the most prescribed drugs in America, outselling popular painkillers like Percocet and prescription strength ibuprofen.

Although the Ambien prescribing information warned, in small print, that medications in the hypnotic class had occasional side effects including sleep walking, “abnormal thinking,” and “strange behavior,” these behaviors were listed as extremely rare, and any anecdotal evidence of “sleep driving,” “sleep eating,” or “sleep shopping”—all behaviors now associated with Ambien blackouts.

Source: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/01/15/ambien-side-effect

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Where It’s Hardest To Be a Christian

Christian martyrdoms doubled in 2013, reports World Watch List in revealing its methodology for the first time.

The top 10 nations “where Christians faced the most pressure and violence,” according to the WWL, wereban-christianity North Korea, Somalia, Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan, Saudi Arabia, Maldives, Pakistan, Iran, and Yemen. While North Korea has topped the list for 12 straight years, this is the first time that a sub-Saharan African country took the No. 2 slot.

“The level of persecution ‘increased seriously’ in eight countries: Syria, Iraq, Pakistan, Sudan, Libya, Egypt, Colombia, and Kazakhstan. By contrast, it ‘decreased considerably’ in two countries: Mali and Tanzania.”

Source: Katherine Burgess [posted 1/8/2014 11:41AM], the 2014 World Watch List from Open Doors International; and Christianity Today

Will the U.S. be on this list in twenty years? If California and New York were considered as countries, where would they be on the list even today?

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When does death occur?

Families are forced at times to make difficult choices concerning someone who has major brain damage or disease that incapacitates the brain. Few decisions in life can be more stressful than when to “pull the plug.”

Dr. Richard Senelick (see source below) posted some helpful information on this issue:

filepicker-e2tX1R9StSbzO4VF4XJY_Flatline“We need an intact upper brain to be aware of ourselves and our surrounding environment. Awareness is a higher-level function that requires areas of the cerebrum to process the information we see and hear. A patient may have their eyes open and look like they’re awake, but if the brain is severely damaged they may have no awareness of their surroundings. We call this a vegetative state.

“On the other hand, people who are in a coma are not awake and have no awareness of themselves or their environment. You can talk to them, pinch them, show them pictures of their family—they will not respond. However, these patients are not brain dead. This is the source of the confusion that leads to the sensational headlines and stories.

In 1976, Karen Ann Quinlan was in a vegetative state, but lived for nine more years after her ventilator was discontinued. Theresa Schiavo had been in a vegetative state for 15 years. After a protracted legal battle her husband was granted permission to withdraw her nutritional support and she died. Both young women, like the people in the headlines, were not brain dead. People in a vegetative state usually have extensive brain damage, but may blink their eyes and look around, breathe on their own, yawn, chew, and even withdraw their arms or legs to painful stimulation. They are not brain dead, and no one is going to take their organs.

What, exactly, is brain death?

What is the difference between someone in a coma, who may or may not improve, and someone who is truly brain dead and may be a candidate to donate their organs? Brain death is the irreversible cessation of all functions of the entire brain, including the all-important brain stem that houses the RAS and the mechanism that controls our breathing. Dead is dead. Brain death isn’t a different type of death, and patients who meet the criteria of brain death are legally dead.

There are strict criteria for brain death and these criteria (PDF) are carefully followed before a patient becomes an organ donor or their ventilator is unplugged. They must be in a coma with no brain stem or pupillary reflexes. They do not breathe on their own when taken off their ventilator, and an electroencephalogram (EEG) records a complete absence of brain activity. Although most states only require the diagnosis of one physician, the patient’s family can always ask for a second opinion.

Source: http://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2012/02/nobody-declared-brain-dead-ever-wakes-up-feeling-pretty-good/253315/ Accessed 1/10/14

I verified the above information with another medical doctor in the Austin, TX area—a “second opinion,” if you please.

Having said all that, I have heard of patients who had been given up by doctors but were healed by God. In one case, the doctor covered the lady with a sheet and walked out. The pastor asked if he could pray. When he did, she revived and was completely cogent for two or three days, long enough to witness effectively to her family who had gathered for her last moments. I read of one case reported in the media in New Orleans years ago where a man was revived after being placed in the morgue. These are unique and infrequent events and not necessarily to be used as likely in every case. History proves that. But I just wanted to say that God can and will have the last word when it fits His purpose.

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More soldiers are dying from suicide than from combat

The Citizen’s Commission on Human Rights has released data showing that…suicide_speak_reach

• in 2012 alone, more U.S. active duty service men and women committed suicide than died in combat.

• officially, one in six American service members is on at least one psychiatric drug.

• over the last ten years, the U.S. government has spent more than 4.5 billion dollars just medicating soldiers and veterans, according to the Dept. of Veterans Affairs.

When will this genocide cease? Only when the outcry about psychiatric drugs becomes loud enough to reach the voters who will elect someone that will appoint a Surgeon General with guts enough to say “enough is enough.”

Read the rest of the article here:

http://www.cchrint.org/2014/01/08/behind-the-epidemic-of-military-suicides-new-documentary-exposes-psychiatry-as-the-hidden-enemy-in-military-mental-health/

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Is your church protected?

If your church is not open to be used in same sex marriage unions, you should write into your “Church Policies,” or by-laws, what your position is on the matter. You might want to reference an article by David Bernard on this matter in the July-September issue of the Forward, a magazine for UPCI ministers. Don’t get the Forward? Email me and I will send you a copy of the article.

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Oops!

As regular readers of “the news”—whatever the source—you will no doubt already know that sometimes you just can’t make this stuff up.

Case in picebound_ship-300x180oint: A ship full of “global warmists” heads off on an expedition to Antarctica to prove that the ice shelf there is melting so fast that every beachfront house in the world will soon be swept away by a massive tsunami.

But instead of finding a sad polar bear stuck on a tiny ice sheet, the adventurers found their ship stuck—in ice. So much ice that they couldn’t get free.

Wait, it gets better: The ship sent to free the stuck ship also got trapped in ice. The U.S. announced that it would send a heavy icebreaker to free the ships—so, of course, as usual, you taxpayers will foot the bill.

But still more: media reports about the Russian-owned research ship carrying the global warmists failed to note the passengers’ mission. Instead, news organizations like Reuters say they left New Zealand on Nov. 28 “to commemorate the 100th anniversary of an Antarctic journey led by Australian explorer 131229122125-01-antarctica-1229-story-topDouglas Mawson.” The AP peddled the same line, too.

Yet the real mission of the passengers came out anyway. The expedition’s leader is Chris Turney, a “climate scientist” who has set up a carbon refining company called Carbonscape, according to website wattsupwiththat.com, self-touted as “the world’s most viewed site on global warming and climate change.”

Source: Washington Times, 1/7/14

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Words of wisdom for preachers

In all the world, there are only three Christians who love change; none of them are in your church.

wisdomIt’s not all about you. Some people will join the church and it will flourish, some will leave and your church may struggle. Some will love you and some will hate you. Very little of it has to do with you. People have their own reasons for what they do. Get over yourself.

Laugh a lot. Spend time around children and teens. Don’t act like a dignified preacher around them; get down on the floor and play with the little ones. Change into your jeans and sneakers and play volleyball with the teens. Don’t grow old before your time.

You are the Pastor.  As the pastor, you are the mood-setter for the congregation. Whatever you radiate on Sundays and in private conversation with members, they will pick up, too

Be humble. This is something that constantly has to be worked at. Calling yourself “Doctor,” even if you have an earned doctorate, can be a little presumptuous. Titles can often smack of pride. Pastor is an honorable designation. If others choose to call you by these or other names, that’s fine. Letting people discover by accident that you have an advanced degree is a compliment to you; wearing it on your sleeve isn’t.

Source: EWWhitmire

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Like archaeology?

The oldest Hebrew engraving is found in JerusalemJar inscription

It consists of eight letters carved on the remains of a large clay jar. When I read the headline, I was hoping for a serious revelation that would confirm some misunderstood Bible verse. Instead it had to do with cheap wine! I was disappointed. If you care to see it, here is the link:  http://www.timesofisrael.com/decoded-king-solomon-era-jug-engraving/

I am just glad that the inscription wasn’t translated as “bottoms up!”

Here are the top ten archaeological finds in 2013:

http://www.biblicalarchaeology.org/daily/news/top-10-archaeological-finds-in-2013/?mqsc=E3716173&utm_source=WhatCountsEmail&utm_medium=BHDDailyNewsletter&utm_campaign=E4B107

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Updating the Manuscript Evidence for the New Testament (9/13)

by Norman L. Geisler

Number of New Testament Manuscripts

New copies of ancient manuscripts, both biblical and non-biblical, continue to be found.  This necessitates an update of the figures and charts used in various books on the topic.  For example, in the original version of Norman L. Geisler and William E. Nix, General Introduction to the Bible (Moody Press, 1968), we noted that there were about 5,000 Greek NT manuscripts (p. 285).  This followed NT Mssacknowledged manuscript authority Bruce Metzger in his book The Text of the New Testament, 1964 edition (pp. 31-33).

By 1986 when we revised General Introduction to the Bible (GIB rev, 1986), there were 5,366 NT manuscripts (p. 387).  This followed Metzger’s updating “Appendix III: Statistics Relating to the Manuscripts of the Greek NT” in his 1981 Manuscripts of the Greek Bible (pp. 54-56).  By 1999 when we helped revise Josh McDowell’s More Evidence that Demands a Verdict, we contacted the manuscript institute founded by expert Kurt Aland that gave us the latest number as 5,656 as of August 1998 (see McDowell, NEDV, 36).  To date (2013) there are nearly 5,800 NT manuscripts. For this general figure we can thank both Kurt Aland and Dan Wallace of Dallas Theological Seminary. Most of the discrepancies reported as to the number of NT manuscripts can be traced to the different times to which they refer.

The difference between the NT manuscripts and others from the ancient world is…..[to continue reading, Google the title of this article]

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Are you as tired of Jesus portraits as I am?

In the testimony of a converted leftist, anti-Christian college professor, in which she stated why she had viciously attacked Christianity, she made this statement: “That’s what I thought of Christians and their god (sic) Jesus, who in paintings looked as powerful as a Breck Shampoo commercial model.”

She is not alone in her assessment. So, away with the paintings of long-haired Christs! Surely there are contemporary painters and artists 1163597_longhair_JPG517b28fdb41d77c50808a19b5439c465who realize that Jesus did not have shoulder-length hair. There must be an artist, or a photographer or film maker somewhere who can find a masculine-looking man to portray Christ. What bugs me most is to see paintings of Jesus with His disciples—Him with long hair and all of them with cuts that could have been done by an ultra-conservative at SportClips, as though His style was totally different from theirs. I doubt that He ever would have been called “Master” or “Rabbi” if He had stepped out in hair as He is depicted by medieval artists and modern filmmakers. History books, encyclopedias, and sculptures reveal the hair styles of Jesus’ time and they don’t match what we see on the canvases and screens today.

Jesus was a practicing Jew. He doubtless followed the rabbinic custom of cutting His hair at imagesleast every 30 days, according to the Jewish Talmud. The hairstyle was to be “Julian,” or what would be called “a Caesar cut” (Sanhedrin 22b). Old Testament priests were instructed thusly: “Neither shall they shave their heads, not suffer their locks to grow long” (Ezekiel 44:20). Priests were to example this practice for the larger community (Malachi 2:7).

Jesus would never have earned the respect of His Sacred+Heart+of+Jesusdisciples with long hair. Paul was a contemporary with Christ and he noted, “Does not even nature [the inborn quality of a man as contrasted to that of a woman] itself teach you, that, if a man have long hair, it is a shame unto him” (I Corinthians 11:14). Wasn’t that verse inspired by Jesus Himself (II Timothy 3:16)? Jesus never would have appeared as a long-haired, effeminate man.

Thanks to the delicate artists of the Middle Ages, we have become accustomed to seeing Christ depicted as 1970’s hippie type, or sporting a shampooed, brushed and feminine-like coiffure. Perhaps they were taking their cue from the depiction of the Greek god Dionysus, the god of wine, merry making, theater, and ecstasy. He was really cute with his long, androgynous hair hanging down in ringlets onto his chest (according to Greco-Roman statuary).

Let’s express a positive example and practical approach for Christian men: trim our hair short (close to the head, unlike feminine styles), and encourage our laymen to follow that pattern. That seems closest to the biblical admonitions and one least likely to be earn criticism or foster misunderstanding.

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Maxine: “Let me get this straight….”

maxine_iconWere being “gifted” with a health care plan we are forced to purchase and fined if we don’t…

…Which purportedly covers at least ten million more people, without adding a single new doctor, but provides for 16,000 new IRS  agents…

…written by a committee whose chairman says he doesn’t understand  it

…passed by a Congress that  didn’t read it but exempted themselves from it, and signed by a President who smoked and sees no big problem with marijuana…

…with funding administered by a treasury chief who didnt pay his  taxes

…for which we’re taxed for four years before any benefits take effect, by a government which has already bankrupted Social Security and  Medicare, all to be overseen by a surgeon general who is obese

…and financed by a country that’s broke?!?!

What could possibly go wrong?

[You know we are in trouble when the plan calls for no new doctors but mandates 16,000 new IRS agents!]

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Time to smile (or grimace)

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Parting Shot

Feminist blogger Amy Glass describes herself on the Thought Catalog as “Powerhouse. Lover of start-ups, big ideas and the future.”

One of her big ideas is pointedly reflected in one of her blog posts titled “I Look Down On Young Women With Husbands and Kids and I’m Not Sorry.” Not surprisingly, it’s has been generating some attention of late. Her premise is summed up in this question: “Do people really think that a stay at home mom is really on equal footing with a woman who works and takes care of herself?” This kind of claptrap is being force-fed to our little girls in the public schools.

Never forget the principle: The farther one gets from God’s ideal, the more problems he invites to himself.

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Thanks for your visit. For comments, write to jnz@kingwoodcable.net. See you next month.

JREnsey

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January 2014 Blog

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The Yahshua folks are at it again

Those who insist on using only the Hebrew name for God and believe that everyone else should, are yahshua-titleclaiming that the name Iesous (Greek for Jesus) is not in the oldest complete Greek manuscript of the Bible—referring to the Codex Sinaiticus. That is not altogether true. The name is there but it is abbreviated as IH XP in Matthew 1:1, Acts 2:38, et al. Use of abbreviations was common for terms representing deity—Jesus, God, Lord, Christ—and a few other names and terms that were frequently mentioned in the text. A straight line was drawn above the word to denote its status as an abbreviation. This conserved time and space on the manuscripts that were done on parchment and in all capital letters as the Great Uncials (Sinaiticus, Vaticanus, Alexandrinus, etc.) were. Parchment was very expensive as a means of writing. It is said that Sinaiticus used well over 300 animal skins in the making of that manuscript.

If you would like to see the Codex Sinaiticus, go to http://www.codexsinaiticus.org/en/manuscript.aspx?book=33&lid=en&side=r&zoomSlider=0. Most other important Bible manuscripts are also available for viewing on the Internet.

When it comes to the Bible, let’s all try to be ingenuous and objective about the manuscripts, the Greek/Hebrew texts, the translations, and all other aspects concerning God’s Word. Telling the truth about the Bible will harm no one’s faith, but misrepresentation creates a credibility gap and will ultimately destroy faith. The issue is too serious not to be totally transparent. We can be mistaken without dissembling, but if the truth is at hand, we should strive for it, speak it, and not fear it.

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Update on using the NIV

For many years my family used the New International Version (1978/1984 editions) of the Bible in our family devotions. I found it to represent the biblical manuscripts with honest scholarship while providing a fresh way of saying what Jesus and the apostles and prophets taught. The Apostolic doctrine was there in clearer terms, strengthening our fundamental principles.

51CW85BF1VLIn teaching Wisdom Literature in college, I used the NIV and found that the students were discovering life guidance principles they did not even realize was in the Bible.

Around 1990, new leadership at Biblica, the owners, felt it was time for a minor update in the language to harmonize with the spirit of political correctness in our culture as it relates to gender neutrality and current social ideology. The New Testament was published in 2002 and the complete Bible in 2005. They gave it the name TNIV. It was an immediate flop. Many scholars and teachers and pastors took out ads denouncing it. In three or four years the publishers stopped the presses, apologized to their clientele, and promised a new corrected edition.

The new edition appeared in 2011. They had replaced most of the changes they had made earlier but still left some of the inclusive language with the taste of political correctness. Criticism was minor, but the millions of us who loved the 1984 NIV were sorely disappointed. It had become the best selling Bible on the market. In retrospect, I believe the publisher’s decision will prove to be a grave mistake, although no translation or copies done by humans without inspiration is perfect. “As for God, his way is perfect: The Lord’s word is flawless” (Psalm 18:30 NIV). The original Bible writers were inspired and what God said through them was flawless, but later scribes and copyists proved to be somewhat less than perfect in their work since no two manuscripts are exactly the same.

I do not recommend the new NIV as a basic Bible. Most verses still read exactly the same, but there are three or four reasons that I don’t promote the new version. I believe they still use the best Greek text to translate, but in trying to make the receptor language reflect today’s gender neutrality mindset, I think they went too far. Many of their word changes are fine and I have no problem with them, but there are some that I cannot affirm. I have spotlighted these in a paper delivered in the Apostolic Theological Forum of 2011. To read the paper titled The Translation Wars, please go to advanceministries.org/articles.

Advance Ministries does not sell the new version. When I am asked which version I endorse, the answer is “none.” If I did, someone would find a problem with it and say I was endorsing some flaw or copyist error. At this time, I prefer the ESV to other major versions for my own use and study, finding it sufficiently accurate, the language is KJVish in many places, and the scholarship well above average. There are a couple of places that I would prefer a different rendering, but that is true of any version, including the traditional KJV.

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Quotes you may have missedquotation_marks

 William Booth (c. 1900): “In answer to your inquiry, I consider that the chief dangers which confront the coming century will be religion without the Holy Ghost, Christianity without Christ, forgiveness without repentance, salvation without regeneration, politics without God, and heaven without hell.”

The Gipper (Ronald Reagan): “[W]e’re not going to have real prosperity or recovery until we stop fighting the symptoms and start fighting the disease. There’s only one cause for inflation— government spending more than government takes in. The cure is a balanced budget. Ah, but they tell us, 80 percent of the budget is uncontrollable. It’s fixed by laws passed by Congress. Well, laws passed by Congress can be repealed by Congress. And, if Congress is unwilling to do this, then isn’t it time we elect a Congress that will? … The truth is, Washington has taken over functions that don’t truly belong to it. In almost every case it has been a failure. Now, understand, I’m speaking of those programs which logically should be administered at state and local levels. Welfare is a classic example. Voices that are raised now and then urging a federalization of welfare don’t realize that the failure of welfare is due to federal interference.”

[Where are you, Ronnie, when we need you? But thanks for reminding us that Congress has the power to undo any laws that are presently on the books. I can think of one right now that is in dire need of repealing.]

Marcus Tullius Cicero (106-46 BC): “The budget should be balanced, the Treasury should be refilled, public debt should be reduced, the arrogance of officialdom should be tempered and controlled, and the assistance to foreign lands should be curtailed lest Rome become bankrupt. People must again learn to work, instead of living on public assistance.”

Donna Schaper, senior minister of Judson Memorial Church in NYC: “What is it about OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAwomen that the religious right can’t tolerate? … Unwanted pregnancies cause poverty and release unprepared children into a world that increasingly refuses to sustain them. But that ‘practical’ argument is not why women can have morally good abortions. We can have morally good abortions because we are human beings, with God-given rights to human agency, just like men.”

NBC’s Brian Williams: “As we approach the one-year mark … of the tragedy at Sandy Hook … there is a plea tonight from this country’s psychologists. They say the gun issue is not just a political issue, that protecting our children from gun violence, including in their own homes, is a matter instead of public health.”   [Yet another reason to avoid both psychologists and NBC, CBS, CNN, MSNBC, ABC and Al Jazeera newscasts.]

Sen. John McCain: “[T]he United States of America is fortunate to be served by as able, articulate, honest, dedicated and impassioned a world leader as my friend Joe Biden.”  [Joe Who?]

Judith Curry, a climatologist at the Georgia Institute of Technology, says, “All other things being equal, adding more greenhouse gases to the atmosphere will have a warming effect on the planet. However, all things are never equal, and what we are seeing is natural climate variability dominating over human impact.” [That’s worth repeating: natural climate variability might have something to do with the weather and the temperature, reckon?]

Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal: “It is a messed up situation when Miley Cyrus gets a laugh, and Phil Robertson [of Duck Dynasty] gets suspended.”

Patrick Henry, speech in the Virginia Ratifying Convention, 1778: “Guard with jealous patrick henryattention the public liberty. Suspect every one who approaches that jewel. Unfortunately, nothing will preserve it but downright force. Whenever you give up that force, you are inevitably ruined.”

Hitler’s Propaganda Minister, Joseph Goebbels, affirmed that “the principle that when one lies, one should lie big, and stick to it. …It is the absolute right of the state to supervise the formation of public opinion.”

[Joseph must have survived with other Nazis to ultimately become an advisor for the current administration.]

Goebbels further stated: “To be a socialist is to submit the I to the Thou; socialism is sacrificing the individual to the whole.” [That could never happen in America, could it?]

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Off the bus, Rosa

The President has visually pushed Rosa Parks off the anti-discrimination bus with a single narcissistic tweet:

Obama on bus“In a single moment 58 years ago today, Rosa Parks helped change this country,” declared a recent Sunday 4:15 pm tweet from Obama’s Organizing for Action group.

The tweet included a photo of the first African American president of the United States sitting in the same bus and in the same seat from which Parks declined an order to move to the back of the bus during a protest in 1955.
Read more: http://dailycaller.com/2013/12/01/barack-obama-pushes-rosa-parks-off-the-bus-photo/#ixzz2nev7bZhv

Now being referred to as the “Narcissist-in-Chief,” he embellished the label at Mandela’s funeral while seated next to a blonde woman from Denmark. They took a “selfie” as they bantered during the funeral proceedings. Someone tweeted back to the Prez, “Get over yourself!”

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Unlimited social media is not for smart Apostolic teens…or their parents

Columnist Michael Reagan: “Too many people of all ages still blindly trust that what they see on TV andsmartphones_rect the Internet is true. But when it comes to social media, kids—and too many of their parents—are incredibly trusting and naïve. … These over-trusting souls tell the whole world where they live, what they own and when they’re going away on vacation—and then they’re shocked to come home to a robbed and ransacked house. In the Smart Phone Age, when everyone with an iPhone thinks he’s a news reporter, trusting everyone in the room or on the street with your secret or your politically incorrect opinion is a dumb idea. … It’s pretty clear that technology and social media have outrun our ability to handle them.”

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Father, Son and Holy Ghost are names?

Recently it was suggested by a prominent Pentecostal theologian that the references in Matthew 28:19 of “Father, Son, and Holy Ghost” may be considered names and not merely titles. Although we did appreciate his bottom line being that the baptism formula should still be “in the name of Jesus” (or some form thereof), a few brethren were a little confused by that approach. The General Superintendent finally had to address the issue in an online forum. Obviously, although I highly regard the theological Huh?expertise of the individual who made the suggestion, it is extremely difficult to consider the terms “Father, Son, the Holy Ghost” as names in the context of Matthew 28:19. Only a presupposition of separate persons within the Godhead would encourage such a theory.

Dismissing Father and Son as names for a moment, let’s focus on “Holy Ghost.” If “Holy Ghost” is a name it would be a strange one. Two questions arise: Does His name end in Spirit or Ghost? And should we still refer to Him as “the Ghost”? If “Holy” is part of His proper name, wouldn’t the use of “Ghost” or “Spirit” alone not constitute His proper name?

In the Greek New Testament, the word translated as “Ghost,” as in “the Holy Ghost” (e.g., Matthew 28:19, et al.) is pneumatos, or Spirit. Sometimes the KJV translators rendered the word as “Spirit” and other times as “Ghost.” The KJV is just about the only version still being used that employs the term “Ghost.” KJV purists insist that the term Holy Ghost should be used exclusively when we are referring to Him. Really? The KJV translators wrote Luke 11:13 like this: “If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children, how much more shall your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to them that ask him.” If it is somehow not kosher to use the term “Holy Spirit” when it is clearly referring to the one Spirit of God believers were to receive, one should confront Jesus and Luke about their theology. Additionally, the obvious inconsistency of capitalization of the terms does contribute to the confusion.

One advantage of translating the word as Spirit rather than Ghost is that “Spirit” can always be used, whereas “Ghost” always requires the word “Holy” prefixed. (Vine’s, p. 1086) It would sound strange to say, “The Ghost and the Bride say, Come” (Revelation 22:17), or “the Ghost himself” (Romans 8:16), or “born after the Ghost” (Galatians 4:29). The translators rendered the Greek phantasma, (from which we get “phantom”) as “spirit” in Matthew 14:26 when a better understood rendering would have been “ghost.”

Back to proper names in Matthew 28:19, the Wycliffe, Tyndale, Cranmer, and the Geneva Bibles all said “goost, goost, goost, and Gost,” respectively in that verse. None of the four Bibles mentioned capitalized “holy.” The “holy Spirit of promise” (Ephesians 1:13 KJV) leaves us wondering just who is being referred to. The 1611 King James rendered the verse, “Goe ye, therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the Name of the Father, and of the Sonne, and of the holy [sic] Ghost. It would appear if they wanted us to believe “holy Ghost” was a proper name, they would have capitalized both words.

The facts seem to be these: the Holy Spirit and the Holy Ghost are the same when the one Spirit of God who baptizes us into the kingdom is being referenced (I Corinthians 12:13). The Greek phrase in the NT is the same, not offering any distinction. The difference is only in the translation. It matters little (at least to me) whether one prefers “Ghost” or “Spirit” when referring to the one Spirit of God, although it may matter to those we are attempting to influence with the relevance of the Word. And the titles in Matthew 28:19 are still just that, not proper names. The theologian was right…baptism is still to be done “in the name of Jesus.”

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Did a Oneness believer interrupt the Reformation?

In last month’s blog, I asked the question, “What impact, if any, did Michael Servetus have on the Protestant Reformation?”

I will share two of the responses and my own thoughts:

Servetus’ passionate zeal and his belief of truth (as he saw it at 19 years of age and from which he never wavered) were impressive. But, his incredible tenacity, albeit possibly a bit misguided or poorly timed, and his willingness to die for what he believed—wow! What an example.

I’d like to think that if he could have seen the future and fully understood the scope and scale of the servetusfight, and the efforts of the others in that fight, he may have timed his actions a bit more carefully. Or at least I hope he would have. And, if he could have remotely seen that grander stage in the way we can in a historical perspective, he would possibly have timed his attacks better to aid in the whole of the Reformation. It is easy for us to see the breadth of the stage on which he stood and played out his part because we can read century after century of history. But had I been on the street with him at that time in Paris or Geneva or Vienna, I’m not so sure I could have made better decisions, not being able to see the other acts of the play.

It struck me that we are in a similar fight here in the last days, and we are on a similar stage playing our part in God’s plan. But, we often act as if we are the only player, and taking another look at Servetus was a good awakening for me to get a glimpse into my bit-part and how it needs to be timed correctly and played out in fervent zeal and prayerful passion.

-  Galen Walters, TX

Michael Servetus is my hero of the Reformation period.

Several years ago while researching information for a book I was writing about my biblical revelation of the true identity of Jesus, I studied the history of a large number of contributors to Christian theologies. As I read about Michael Servetus and what he championed, I found someone else that had been able to see through the fallacy of the sanctimonious Catholic Church’s teaching—that of its substitutional religious, extrabiblical doctrine—as I had.

Michael Servetus was extremely intelligent and highly educated with an astute mind, which in my opinion gave his discoveries solid credibility. While secular history identifies him as “catholic,” the truth is, it was in name only. His legacy is clearly not “catholic” in mind or spirit. Most everyone in those days were pervasively considered “catholic” because all other religious beliefs were declared heretical and came with a death sentence carried out by order of the ruthless Catholic Church. This was especially so for those whose reputations were seen as influential in the eyes of the general population. The pope deemed everyone not professing Catholicism to be “heretics” and were a threat to the established church’s extrabiblical catechetic doctrine.

However, Michael Servetus was adamantly opposed to the corrupted Catholic Church. In particular, he openly opposed the church’s non-biblical Trinity doctrine and its infant baptisms as false, 01v/11/arve/G2582/020non-scriptural doctrines. His in-depth study of the scriptures convinced him that the Trinity doctrine in all its definitions, along with infant baptism, were in conflict with the Word of God and therefore blasphemous.

Michael Servetus’ understanding was that Jesus was an autonomous, created man, the son of God, but not God intrinsically. He believed that Jesus was the Christ by the anointing or incarnating of God’s Spirit, but not the Father explicitly. In today’s doctrinal pigeonholing he would be called a dynamic monarchist. Servetus’ staunch convictions and his writings infuriated those that held to the tenets of the Catholic Church, eventually resulting in his death by burning at the stake at the conniving of John Calvin, an archenemy in religious theology.

Michael Servetus did not seem to have much of a direct affect on the Reformation as much as he revealed a crack in the Catholic Church’s long established doctrine of the Trinity. Michael Servetus’ theological doctrine revealed a different mindset to the approach for reading of the Bible that was forbidden and considered heretical under the tyrannical rule of the Catholic Church for over 1200 years.

- Hank Whitsitt

My thoughts:

In the first months and years after the beginning of the Protestant Reformation (c. 1517), one false doctrine after another was falling or coming under scrutiny. In Germany Luther had attacked the Catholic indugence (forgiveness for pay) scheme and battled against salvation by works. In Switzerland Michael-Servetus-Quotes-1and France, John Calvin was challenging the Catholics over transubstantiation and church government. Repressed groups all over the Continent were coming out of their caves to make their voices heard over New Testament issues that had been dismissed or clouded by Rome. Waiting in the wings were the Baptists and the Campbellites who would in time call attention to serious fundamental doctrines such as baptism, while the Socinians were already taking shots at the Trinity. But at the rate the primary reformers were moving, they just might beat them to it.

The most formidable obstacle standing in the way of the Reformation being complete was the doctrine of the Trinity. It was probably just a matter of time until it came to front and center. As yet, the major players in the Reformation had not tackled it, but they or someone of their stature doubtless would have. It was the hammer with which the popes and their minions had beaten down dissenters for centuries. The primary reformers would probably have dealt with it in time, but time wouldn’t wait for antitrinitarian Miguel Serveto (latinized Michael Servetus). He was a man on fire with a message.

Although only a teenager from Zaragossa, Spain, Servetus was a prodigy possessing a mind with a razor’s edge keenness. Motivated to study biology and medicine, he entered the university in nearby Toulouse, France. Before long, those disciplines alone could not assuage the hunger for knowledge of God and Scripture. Through diligent theological study he soon saw the errors of the Trinity—and he was uniquely graced with the guts to speak out about it. Not only did he speak, but in 1531, at age 22, he published a book and boldly titled it On the Errors of the Trinity. Europe would never be the same.

michaelservetus2I have been quick to give Servetus well-deserved, glowing reviews over the years. But in reading biographies and histories concerning the Reformation, I am made to wonder whether he may have interrupted the Reformation rather than accelerated it. It is possible that he forced the major reformers to come to the defense of the Trinity before they were ready to listen to Servetus’ analysis. In a few years some of the more prominent reformers might have had the clout and the courage to take on that cardinal doctrine. Baptism in the name of Jesus would not have been far behind. The Reformation was simply incomplete until the Trinity began to be removed from its pedestal atop the doctrinal pyramid in the twentieth century—500 years too late.

My question is: Did Servetus prematurely force the hand of reformers in less than fifteen years after the beginning of the Reformation? Was it a bridge too far? Did their rigid response—Servetus’ martyrdom and his books burned—slow the Reformation? Once they had officially protected and re-affirmed the doctrine in the face of Servetus’ attacks, before deeply and sufficiently evaluating it, there was no going back. It would now be 400 years before the doctrine of the Trinity would be seriously challenged.

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 The selling of ADHD

 The New York Times on Dec. 15, 2013 published an article explaining how ADHD became such a popular diagnosis in the last two decades. Doctors are paid to provide it!

Along with the diagnosis comes the prescription for Ritalin, Adderall, Concerta or similar drug. Treatment may be “required” for months, even years. How much money does the pharmaceutical Kids-Drugscompany make off of just one patient? Over three and one half million kids are now on some medication for the “disorder,” in addition to the adults who have been diagnosed with it. Doctors who are willing to step out into the light of day and speak the truth are exposing the greed that has taken hold of the profession and big pharma.

I have pled for years for our pastors and laymen to not take such a diagnosis as law and gospel. They do not have to medicate their children simply because they are more active or occasionally more detached. They need parenting with love and understanding more than drugs that can disable their brain. If you look for them, there are articles aplenty on the web about this abuse.

The following article appeared two days later. You can access both articles on the NY Times website.

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Drugmaker stops paying doctors to give diagnosis that promotes their product

 Traditionally, doctors were some of the most trusted folks on the planet. That was before immigration to the land of the free and the home of the brave became so popular after WWII. Doctors from virtually every nation under heaven began to pour into the country to escape the tyranny and weirdness of kings and presidents back home. Many were qualified and ethical, but many others lacked the background of basic honesty and integrity we had come to know and expect here in America.

more_kids_medication_crop380wAdd the rise of Big Pharma to the mix and you have the ingredients for corruption. American doctors and their immigrant counterparts by the thousands were sucked into the vortex of payola—“I will promote your pills if you will grease my palm.” Thus we have the rise of SSRIs, the anti-psychotic medications that have twisted the brains of millions of people. Billions of $$$ have flowed into the coffers of the drug makers.

Now we know the truth. Diagnoses of ADHD, depression, anxiety and similar “disorders” were given and meds prescribed for their treatment. Millions became hooked on them. Murders and suicides among those taking them escalated exponentially. Mass shootings during the recent years were almost exclusively committed by those on such drugs. Why so many on those meds? Doctors were being paid to provide the diagnoses and write the prescriptions.

Since the recent rash of suicides, school shootings and workplace violence, at least one SSRI drugmaker has vowed to stop the practice of paying doctors for these diagnoses. On December 17, 2013 GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), the world’s fourth largest pharmaceutical company, announced that it would cease compensating doctors for prescribing the company’s products, would stop paying professionals for speaking at medical conferences, and that it would remove prescription-related sales targets for its reps. GSK sells Paxil, Wellbutrin and other medications for “mental health” problems. We can only hope that the makers of Prozac (Eli Lilly), Zoloft (Pfizer), and similar meds will follow suit. This is not to paint all medical doctors with the same brush, but when the New York Times publishes such scandalous reports, one should take notice. Both of the referenced articles can be accessed on the NY Times website: http://www.nytimes.com/2013/12/15/health/the-selling-of-attention-deficit-disorder 

Also, it is our hope that those reading this who have been diagnosed with diabetes will begin to do their own research to discover why this particular disease has exploded in recent years. They might be surprised to find that doctors are making big money from the diagnosis as well as the pharmaceutical companies.

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After a missile took out his reindeer while passing over Syria, Santa crash landed his sleigh, took out his AK-47 and asked directions to Assad’s palace.

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 Parting Shotcannon_shot

 What we are seeing today in one line: “Oppression of the many to provide for the excess of the few.” -Anonymous

Note: Sister Rayna Longstreth is the author of the “Dear Modern Culture” article in an earlier blog. Thanks, Sister Rayna!

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Thanks for the visit! See you next month.

JREnsey

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December 2013 Blog

Welcome to the December 2013 blog!

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Remember the evangelist!

Pastor Harlan Morgan submitted a great idea:

PreacherThe month of December is often a tough time for evangelists. Very few churches are having revivals during this busy time of year, and the evangelist sometimes finds himself without a place to preach which equals no income.

During the two Decembers we were evangelizing before we came to Sulphur, I was greatly blessed to have a full calendar during the month of December, preaching every weekend and midweek service somewhere. If I remember correctly, I did take off the service before or after Christmas. Additionally, Pastor Wayne Cardwell (our late friend who pastored the church we based out of) created extra jobs for me around the church and paid me well. The first year, I remodeled the evangelist quarters, and the second year I organized a Christmas program “Bro. Bubba’s Christmas Comedy Barn.” Also, a kind pastor for whom we had preached during the year sent us an offering one year during December.

This year, I have scheduled two evangelists, each for one weekend during the month of December. Another evangelist is parked at our church for the rest of the year as he preaches in the area. Another may be staying in our evangelist quarters. I am not saying these things to sound a trumpet before myself but to create an awareness concerning the plight of evangelists during this time of year.

I encourage you to have an evangelist for a weekend and pay him well, or just send an offering to an evangelist, his wife, or kids. These are the families who sacrifice in ways we do not often consider, traveling across the country throughout the year, helping churches have revival.

Remember the evangelist in December!

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If not God, who are we under?

Gettysburg_Address_(poster)President Obama has made it crystal clear that he does not consider America a “Christian nation,” although a huge majority consider themselves Christians or subscribe to the values of that faith. Our government was founded on principles that were drawn from Christianity and Judaism. The word “God” is all over buildings in Washington, DC. There is no Middle Eastern nation that is 100% Muslim, with Christians and Jews in each of them, yet he does not hesitate to call them “Muslim nations.” Does that seem odd to you?

In his recitation of the Gettysburg Address on November 19, on the 150th anniversary of the speech, the president omitted Lincoln’s words “under God.” A signed and dated version of the speech by Lincoln included those words. All other speakers reciting the Address on that date included “under God.” Did he again “misspeak”? Were the words inadvertently left off of his teleprompter? If so, we are still waiting for a correction and/or an apology. However, I am not holding my breath. God is not on his agenda.

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Coming Out of the Beer Closet

“I brew craft beer,” confessed Mark Galli, the editor of the “evangelical” Christianity Today. “A stout, brown, pale ale, and Belgian dubbel are my most recent works of culinary art. I get a great deal of satisfaction in engineering a brewing system, creating and executing recipes, and serving a fine beverage to delighted Beerguests. CT’s Kevin P. Emmert reported that I’m hardly leading the charge, but just part of a larger trend regarding evangelical use of alcohol.”

Source: newsletter@lists.christianitytoday.com

According to Lifeway Research, 65% of Protestant pastors do not believe it is sinful to drink alcohol. That is 5% more than the laity! 22% of Protestant pastors drink and 39% of the laity imbibe. This year Moody Bible Institute lifted its alcohol and tobacco ban for its 600 full-time employees, following recent similar moves by Wheaton College, Huntington University, and Asbury Seminary. One Wheaton Ph.D professsor sees alcoholic beverages as “a blessing” and their absence as “a curse.” Therefore, “most Christians should imbibe, not abstain” he says. Isn’t it amazing how smart a seminary education can make someone? [Never forget: as the educational institutions of any denomination go, so goes the denomination!]

Some Evangelicals are not only approving but are advocating for consumption, calling it one of “God’s gifts.” I suppose that all depends on just who one’s god is. I wonder where this new “gift” is taking them.

On second thought, I don’t wonder. We all know. How sad.

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Ideal environment for liberals?

I noticed that someone posted the idea on the Internet that there is a perfect home for those who are flouting the laws of the land, thumbing their noses at the Constitution, and pushing for socialism (everyone on the same level). At this ideal place one gets to live in a gated community, everyone is treated equally, food is free, medical and dental care provided at no cost, no worries about being bound by the Constitution, and none of the “citizens” have guns. Sounds like a liberal’s paradise.

It was called “the state prison.”

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Now we see why the pre-election carefulness

Russian monitorsRemember when an open mike caught our president telling the Russian president, Medvedev, that “This is my last election. And after my election, I will have more flexibility [to negotiate with Russia]. Dmitry Medvedev, Russian President, replied: Medvedev: “I understand you. I will transmit this information to Vladimir.”

The Obama Administration, particularly the State Department, plans to let Russia’s space agency construct monitoring stations across the United States, ostensibly to monitor space flights. Sure. What harm could that be to the U.S.? They wouldn’t be used to spy on us would they? Or bolster the accuracy of Russian weaponry? We are allowing American security to go by the boards before our very eyes.

Source:  http://www.theblaze.com/stories/2013/11/16/would-you-believe-the-u-s-state-dept

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Wolves in sheep’s clothing in UPCI

Columnist Jennifer Leclaire, writing in CharismaNews, reports that a “wolves in sheewolf_in_sheeps_clothing1p’s clothing project” has penetrated the UPCI and possibly other church groups of the Pentecostal stripe. The project was formed by “atheists, agnostics, skeptics, secularists and the liberally religious,” some of whom were former disgruntled church members, to penetrate fundamentalist churches for a time then “feign falling away,” just to “wreak havoc in the church” and get a reaction from the community.

Source: http://www.charismanews.com/opinion/watchman-on-the-wall/41696-wolves-in-sheep

Accessed 11/15/13

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Choose to forgive

Forgiveness is a major hurdle for those wanting to clear the path to spiritual wholeness. In his book Victory Over Grumpiness, Irritation and Anger,* Doug Britton provides some helpful guidelines for forgiveness:

forgiveness_pictureHow should we respond when others disappoint or upset us? God says to forgive. When we do this, we experience His peace and bring healing to relationships. When we do not, we are consumed by bitterness and bring strife to relationships.

“For if you forgive men when they sin against you, you heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive men their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins” (Matthew 6:14,15 NIV). “Bear with one another and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you” (Colossians 3:13 NIV).

It can be hard to forgive someone who sinned against you. If you find yourself thinking, “I just can’t forgive that person,” ask God to help you forgive. Ask God to help you appreciate His forgiveness. And ask Him to help you extend that same forgiveness to others.

Forgiveness is a choice. It is a decision not to dwell on the other person’s sin, nor to keep bringing it up. One thing that helps me for give others is to think about all the things God has forgiven me for. “Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you” (Ephesians 4:32 NIV).

Is it ever okay to do something about unfair treatment? Yes. For example, if you think you were given an inaccurate job evaluation, it’s okay to protest it. But don’t give in to anger. And don’t get mad if your protest doesn’t result in an improved evaluation. If someone abuses you, choose to forgive, but also be ready to take appropriate action.

Some think they don’t need to forgive until the other person apologizes, but that isn’t true. Jesus forgave forgivenessthose who killed Him just  before He died, although they had not apologized. “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing”  (Luke 23:34 NIV). Stephen, likewise, forgave his murderers as they stoned him to death. “Then he fell on his knees and cried out, Lord, do not hold this sin against them.’ When he had said this, he fell asleep” (Acts 7:60 NIV).

Have you ever withheld forgiveness because you think someone’s apology is insincere? Or because he or she did not apologize “correctly”? It is not your job to judge the sincerity of an apology. The other person’s genuineness is between him or her and God. Your responsibility is to forgive.

It is normal to want to get back at someone for harming us, but that is not what God wants us to do. He wants us to forgive. “Do not say, I’ll do to him as he has done to me; I’ll pay that man back for what he did’” (Proverbs 24:29 NIV).

Although you forgive someone, you may not literally forget that something happened. But you can choose not to continually think about it. And you can choose not to talk about it with other people.

*LifeTree Books; Sacramento, CA; 2009

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Still the Incomparable Christ

hqdefaultThey cannot shell His temple or dynamite His throne,

They cannot bomb His city or rob Him of His own;

They cannot take Him captive nor strike Him deaf nor blind,

Nor starve Him to surrender or make Him change his mind;

They cannot cause Him panic nor cut off His supplies,

They cannot take His Kingdom nor Hurt Him with Their lies;

Though all the world be shattered His truth remains the same,

His righteous law still potent and Jesus is His Name!

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Atheists Use Blow-Dryers to De-Baptize

http://abcnews.go.com/Nightline/atheists-conduct-de-baptisms/story?id=11109379

If we worked as hard at being genuine Christians as unbelievers do at being atheists, we might convert the world.

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Obama is purging the military…for what?

http://www.wnd.com/2013/11/purge-surge-obama-fires-another-commander/#HT2RapM8AqseVxmy.03

http://news.investors.com/ibd-editorials/102913-677116-197-military-officers-purged-by-obama.htmMilPurge1a

How about Stalin’s purges of the Russian military?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Purge_of_the_Red_Army_in_1941

http://russiapedia.rt.com/of-russian-origin/stalins-purges/

And what of Mao’s purges of the Chinese military?

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Stomach for more? How about Hitler’s purges?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Night_of_the_Long_Knives

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sturmabteilung

When America gets to where we are going, where will we be? C’mon, folks! How long are we going to put up with this in silence?

But wait! It might all be in the plan of God for the endtime. Oh? Who knows that?? What if Paul had assumed that position when he was charged without knowledge that he was a Roman citizen (Acts Chapters 21,22)? Are we willing to roll over and play dead because events just could be how God is bringing about all the endtime prophecies? Who knows that for certain sure? How easy to say, “Well, God has everything in control! He will do the right thing.” Well, sure…whatever He does is fine with me.

But is that a cop-out? If that is our position, we should then stay away from the polls. Do not vote. We could be opposing the will of God. Do not obstruct—or pray against—anything that is going on in your local schools, and do not speak out on any issue that is challenging your local assembly or the church at large. You might be hindering the fulfillment of prophecy.

“Qué Será, Será,” you sing? That is true if we choose to remain silent.

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Obamacare “Navigators” encouraging applicants to lie

Obamacare workersMany or most of the navigators hired to guide those trying to sign up for Obamacare seem to be representatives of several organizations (such as ACORN) serving as arms of the Democratic Party. They were taught by the best. They are getting government grants to help applicants defraud the government—at your expense. Is that shocking to anyone out there, or is it more or less what you have come to expect from this administration?

http://www.theblaze.com/stories/2013/11/11/new-undercover-video-catches-obamacare-navigators-advising-potential-applicant-to-lie/

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George Washington’s Thanksgiving Proclamation

“Whereas it is the duty of all Nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey his will, to Washingtonbe grateful for his benefits, and humbly to implore his protection and favor, and Whereas both Houses of Congress have by their joint Committee requested me ‘to recommend to the People of the United States a day of public thanksgiving and prayer to be observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many signal favors of Almighty God, especially by affording them an opportunity peaceably to establish a form of government for their safety and happiness.’”

He went on to proclaim observance of God’s providence by setting aside a day for thanksgiving. You can access a full copy of Washington’s handwritten proclamation and a printed version at: http://www.heritage.org/initiatives/first-principles/primary-sources/washingtons-thanksgiving-proclamation

I failed to hear such a reference in our President’s observance last month. Perhaps I missed it somehow.

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Will preachers be next?

Some have signaled their concern over non-Apostolic singers participating in services in some of our churches. That there may be extreme circumstances where this could happen appropriately. But simply ssupbecause someone is a good singer or musician is not a justification for displaying their talent on our platforms. For invitations to be extended to secular or “religious” groups or individuals to perform in our churches is a step in the wrong direction. It sends the wrong message to our youth! What is allowed has far more influence and impact on one’s values than what is verbally expressed.

We should not let this become a trend. What of neighboring churches? Are they not owed faithfulness to our Apostolic principles? Nothing is done in a corner any more. There are no secrets. As members of the Faith, we are obligated to maintain an Apostolic standard and strict adherence to principles of separation. And cross-denominational musicians are not known to be the foremost bearers of holiness standards.

If we do not care what others think or how our actions might affect another assembly, we might be reminded of what Jesus said, “Whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in me to sin [Greek: to stumble], it would be better for him if a great millstone were hung around his neck and he were thrown into the sea” (Mark 9:42).

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Re-naming sins takes another step

For three or four decades the psychiatric profession has been twisting our minds with the re-naming of our problems—e.g., alcoholism is not drunkenness (Galatians 5:21) but a “disease.” Drug addiction likewise. This enables psychiatrists to charge insurance companies for their services since they are lucy-doctor-standtreating a disease. This has caused the psych industry to boom with shingles getting hung our everywhere, even over Lucy’s stand. Practitioners’ goals seem to be to help folks “feel better about themselves” as they are.

Just as we were still trying to choke those apples down, lying has become simply “misspeaking.” Hillary Clinton is notorious for that affliction. That is the claim the New York Times made about what the President told about our keeping our doctors and health plans—“If we like them…”—he merely “misspoke.”

Perhaps we should re-label Satan. He is not the “father of lies” but the father of “misspoken words.” And re-label the false prophets of the Old Testament—they merely “misheard.” And Ananias and Sapphira didn’t lie—they “misunderstood the procedure.”

At the moment of the Rapture, the real truth will be known and the labels attached to us by humans will be meaningless.

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The face of “progressive” Christianity

With apologies to the many godly and faithful Pentecostal ladies who hold a ministerial license, we have to admit one thing: the American church is liberalizing. Some other observers of the religious scene in America sense that women are increasingly viewed as the answer for those wishing to liberalize the church, release it from its homophobia, and set it free from the strict interpretations of truth and righteousness.

_D3_61511383185352More and more women in the pulpit portend a seismic shift to the left within traditional Christian denominations. Many, perhaps most of those coming into positions of spiritual authority in the last 15 years are leading the charge to affirm gay marriage and other avant garde themes of the increasingly blasphemous culture. They seem to be taking dead aim on anything or anyone who “thumps the Bible,” or is traditional in any sense of the word.

Is it because they believe that women have been “restrained” in Western culture and in celebrating their own “liberation” they feel obligated to help anyone else who has been “bullied” or been passed over in their search for equal standing?

The Hartford Institute cites a survey showing approximately 10% of American senior pastors are female. A Pulpit and Pew survey settled at a 12% figure, with this “jumping to 20% for Oldline Protestant congregations and dropping to around 2% for Evangelicals.” Another study showed that the more theologically liberal groups such as the Unitarian Universalist Association and the United Church of Christ lead in the percent of their clergy—with 30 and 25% respectively. The surveys reveal the more theologically conservative a movement is, the fewer female pastors they have, and v.v.

Michele Boorstein recently wrote a column in the Washington Post spotlighting Nadia Bolz-Weber, the new female pastor of Denver’s University United Methodist Church.* Her 44-year old, 6-foot-1 frame is plastered with tattoos, and her arms are sculpted by competitive weightlifting. She has just written a book, her “memoirs,” called Pastrix: The Cranky, Beautiful Faith of a Sinner and Saint. Of course it has immediately gone to the NY Times bestseller list.

Noticing the name, one might conclude that the author of the Post review is—or is at least likely to be—a6a00d8345168f369e200e553a26d538834-500pi Jewess or a woman with a Jewish husband. No problem, unless she is expressing an anti-Christian bias by focusing on a small Lutheran Church of 180 members in Denver that is poking its finger in the eye of traditional Christianity. The liberal left loves to pick out abnormalities and anomalies to make readers think the whole Christian world has gone to hell in a handbasket.

One of those anomalies is the budding ministry of Nadia Bolz-Weber, a tattooed Lutheran minister, a “pastrix” (her designation) who represents “a new, muscular form of progressive Christianity.” The foul-mouthed Bolz-Weber, wearing “a tight tank top and jeans,” is described as bounding….[to continue reading this article, click here.]

Photo above: In this June 20, 2008 file photo, the Rev. Jane Spahr, left, a Presbyterian minister, performs a same-sex marriage for Sherrie Holmes, center, and Sara Taylor, at the Marin Civic Center in San Rafael, CA.

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Time to laugh

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Free E-Book download

The National Center for Life and Liberty is offering a free e-book download that explains our rights of expression at Christmastime. It has been prepared by NCLL attorneys and answers questions about your legal right as a church and as a citizen to share Christ during these holidays. Go to http://www.ncll.org and get the book. It might save you some grief that other churches have experienced.

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Parting Shots

One long-term officer who recently left the military was reportedly asked his reasons for leaving. He replied, “When I joined the military, it was illegal to be homosexual. Later, it became acceptable. I’m getting out before it becomes mandatory!”

WARNING [TIC]: After a recent wave of identify thefts, the FBI estimates there are over 500 fake Obamacare websites set up for the sole purpose of stealing your personal information. So protect yourself and remember: the real one is the one that doesn’t work.

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Question: What effect, if any, did Michael Servetus have on the Protestant Reformation? Your responses appreciated. You can email me at jnz@kingwoodcable.net.

If you have a friend that you feel would benefit from this blog, please send us his/her email or have them to do so. Remember, the blog is primarily aimed at ministers, although there are a few lay leaders on our list by request.

Hope you had a great Thanksgiving—and have an even greater Christmas season! See you next month!

JREnsey

 

 

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JREnsey Blog November 2013

Welcome to the NOVEMBER 2013 blog!

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Washington’s Thanksgiving Proclamation

For a copy of President George Washington’s Thanksgiving Proclamation of 1789, go to http://www.heritage.org/initiatives/first-principles/primary-sources/washingtons-thanksgiving-proclamation.

It is inspirational and reveals how much of faith and religion was involved in the lives of our founding fathers.

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The Name of the Lord

The Lord Jesus drew His disciples close to Him, especially the inner three, during His last days on the earth. in-jesus-name-960x540He commissioned them to go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature (Mark 16:15). They would do that, and also heal the sick, cast out devils, and baptize their converts in water. They were to do all of this in the name of Jesus (Luke 24:47; Mark 16:17; Colossians 3:17).

In Matthew’s recording of the commission, he ends Jesus’ charge of preaching the gospel and making disciples in every nation with these words, “baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost” (Matthew 28:19). This is the only place where Jesus was recorded as making that addition. Trinitarians have embraced that verse wholeheartedly since it is the only one they have containing that phrase. (Scholars know that I John 5:7 is not available to them because it never appeared in any Greek text until the 15th century.) However, it must be acknowledged that in Matthew 28:19 neither Father, nor Son, nor Holy Ghost are put forth as names, since Jesus used the singular form of “name.” Repeating those designations are not the same as using His name.

Although Hebrew names do have meaning (e.g., Abraham = father of many), as do many Gentile names, if someone had called out “Father! Father of many!” in the marketplace instead of Jesus (Yeshua), how many might have answered? His name was Jesus, and to that he would respond. Although his name might incorporate the idea of “Father/God becoming salvation,” his name was not Father, or Son or Holy Spirit. To say those are names seems to lean too far toward accommodation of a Trinitarian concept.

NAMES+OF+JESUS+1Yes, the name of our Savior would have the adjectival attachments of “Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace” (Isaiah 9:6), yet none of those would be His name. These designations, plus Immanuel (Isaiah 8:8,10) and others, were used in order to not reveal His name until the time of His birth. The angel whispered to Joseph in a dream: “You shall call His name Jesus, for He shall save His people from their sins!” That is the name Jesus answered to in the days of His flesh. Father, Son and Holy Ghost are not names and were never meant to be used in baptism. The saving name is Jesus (Acts 4:12).

There is no comfort for Trinitarians in Matthew 28:19. No name[s] is given there, only alluded to. It is given in Acts 2:38, 8:16, 10:48, and 19:5. When Saul asked for the name of the one from Heaven who had blinded him on the Damascus Road, the response not a descriptive adjective or office. He answered, “I am Jesus!”

Just call Him by His name—Jesus—for in that name is our salvation (Acts 4:12).

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Jesus: “And when he putteth forth his own sheep, he goeth before them and the sheep follow him: for they know his voice…. My sheep know my voice, and I know them, and they follow me” (John 10:4,27).

It is said that a sheep will not respond to the voice of anyone except the shepherd, unless it is sick.

            There’s a message in there somewhere.

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Scam alert

Reports are that a lot of people are getting scammed with the new Obamacare. People are calling consumers and saying that they are with the government and asking people to let them help with signing up for the Affordable Care Act. Then they ask them for personal information.

Elderly folks might be vulnerable to this scam. One should NEVER give out personal information to someone they don’t know, especially on the phone to an anonymous or random caller.

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Single payer health care to replace Obamacare

From the beginning, a single payer system was the goal of the promoters of the socialized medical system that we have seen develop as Obamacare. Such a medical system is the hallmark of the socialist and communist states of the world. That is where we are headed when the confusing, makes-no-sense Affordable Care Act collapses. The simple single-payer system will “simplify” everything. When adopted, the government will control all medical practitioners and services. This will amount to total control over the lives of U.S. citizens. Do as you are told or you don’t get the necessary care.

obamacare-exemptionsThe largest Marxist group in America, the Democratic Socialists of America (DSA), has been a driving force behind Obamacare. One of their senior members, Amherst professor Gerald Friedman, has been saying that when the Affordable Care Act/Obamacare fails, the single payer system will be installed.

The Affordable Care Act was put together by DSA lights such as John McDonough and Quentin Young. Young was Obama’s personal physician much of the time Obama was in Chicago. They intend to deliver a fully socialized healthcare system out of the wreckage of Obamacare.

Why is it so difficult for folks to see the communist interests that are vested in our national healthcare? Or the communist influences that are backing this President? The press chooses to ignore the socialists/communists that have surrounded Barack Obama for most of his life.

Read the full story here: http://www.worldviewweekend.com/news/article/socialist-leader-obamacare;

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President reads Fareed Zakaria

When Fareed Zakaria, CNN’s Foreign Affairs correspondent, wrote a book called The Post-American World, obama-reads-533President Obama snatched it up. Zakaria was raised Muslim, although he claims to be a non-participating one. However, he promotes the building of a mosque near ground zero of the 9/11 attack in NYC. He wrote an article in Newsweek titled “Build the Ground Zero Mosque.”

Why would the President want to read a Muslim author’s take on what the world would be like once America was brought down to perhaps a second or third world status? One can only imagine.

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The Name of God

Speaking at the recent General Conference of the UPCI, Raymond Woodward prefaced his message with the perspective of John, then on the Isle of Patmos writing the Book of Revelation, as he looked back over the sixty or seventy years since the birth of the church. The information, set in eloquent speech, seems worth repeating here. Please note the modern parallels.

yhwhbibleIn many ways it seemed like the end of an era for the Oneness Pentecostals. The spiritual giants who led them in the beginning, for the most part, have departed the scene, leaving behind them an incredible aching gaping void. Dedicated younger men have stepped into leadership roles and in many areas the church has grown, and yet the loss of spiritual elders has undoubtedly left a vacuum. And the unofficial consensus is that the movement will never really be the same. Their fellowship, now nearly 70 years old has survived and even thrived, in spite of occasional factions with dubious motives and a few fickle men with destructive agendas. If you look closely you can see scratches from numerous skirmishes over policy, and scars from bruising battles over doctrinal and lifestyle issues that have arisen through the years.

Their friends would say, “It’s a miracle they are united as they are after all this time.” Their critics would say, “Once the last of that first generation of elders are gone, the movement will fracture irreparably and fade irreversibly into the pages of religious history.”

Without doubt this band of brethren has certainly felt the sting of betrayal over the years. In the early days they were literally forced out of the institutions they helped to build all because they would not recant the revelation they had received. They left not in anger but in tears. They had expected all their colleagues to excitedly embrace the glorious truth they had discovered. But instead they were expelled and excommunicated. And they even lived to see some of those same colleagues become mortal enemies of that truth they loved.

Betrayals of recent years have been even more difficult to negotiate as the movement has been repeatedly 09sign-GreekHebrewampLatin-JesusofNazarethkingoftheJews-LatinINRIisIesusNazarethisRexIudaeorum_zpsca111854battered by the twin evils of liberalism and legalism. Men who paid no price to form the fellowship have presumed to fracture the fellowship. A few leaders enamored with position and preeminence have at times polarized the very people they claim to be serving. Others with big plans but small convictions have departed to follow dreams of grandeur but have landed in a nightmare of doctrinal delusion, abandoning the power of revelation for the poverty of religious philosophies. One has to wonder if they were ever listening to the earnest exhortation of esteemed elders who paid such a price to pass them the torch of truth. Some of those who have departed now look down with disdain on those same elders, believing that the message they preached in those bygone days is sorely in need of renovation and rehabilitation. And rather than feeling the loss of divine revelation, they actually believe they have improved on the feeble efforts of the elders. Their apostasy is sad, but their arrogance is shocking.

At the same time secular society has apparently left the Oneness Pentecostals behind, smugly declaring their old fashioned convictions irrelevant to the mainstream. Chastising them for their inflexible insistence on details of doctrine and matters of modesty, they have summarily pronounced the Apostolic Church a forgotten relic of a bygone era. Corrupt politicians have moved beyond passing laws that restrict the church to an outright agenda to censure and persecution. So-called alternative lifestyles are becoming the norm. Children are being educated to defy their parents and question authority. Immorality is rampant and even celebrated by every pundit and performer who stands to entertain the masses. The worst kinds of sin are no longer seen as scandalous. Abortion, adultery, divorce and debauchery are defended as healthy choices of a mature society. Addiction, perversion, war, murder and violence have become commonplace. The very fabric of culture itself has morphed into some sinister.

The Shema YHWH gold on blackGood is called evil and evil is called good. Unfortunately the wider world of religion in a misguided attempt to remain acceptable and attractive has declared heresy to be orthodoxy and orthodoxy to be heresy. The Oneness Pentecostals are being criticized and ostracized from every direction. However, despite these formidable and seemingly insurmountable obstacles somehow the Apostolic church has continued to defy all reasonable odds and grow dramatically. Despite the flood of false doctrines and lax lifestyles, thousands are still embracing the experience preached at the beginning, selling out to a transformative revelation of truth. Churches are still being planted, missionaries are still being sent, and believers are still being born again of water and of the Spirit just as Jesus said.

And yet, if you listen very closely, at the end of a glorious century filled with revelation as it draws to a close, you can hear a still small voice of caution rightly raised in reference to the future. Will the church begin to slide or continue to stand? Will what the older generation died for remain what the younger generation lives for? It is at that precise moment, at the end of a century very much like ours, when culture is confused, when people are perplexed, when truth is being trampled and when divine destiny will undoubtedly be decided, that the last remaining elder of the previous generation picks up his pen one final time to anchor the current generation to the foundational truth that has bound this fellowship of the redeemed together for nearly 70 years and he writes: “In the beginning was the Word and the Word was with God and the Word was God!”

Don’t miss it! He means to echo the first verse in your Bible—“In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.”

But he doesn’t stop there: “The Word became flesh and dwelt among us.”

[From there he launched into one of the best messages on the name of the Lord I have heard.]

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Most people believe in salvation by works

In interviews about “Killing Jesus,” author Bill O’Reilly has allowed his true Christian beliefs to bleed through. He is Catholic and they are known for extrabiblical doctrines, but Bill takes it a step farther—if one lives decently (by whose definition?) he will be saved. As proof he points to the Catholic doctrine called “baptism of desire,” and states, “If you are not baptized formally with water on the head and all of that, you can still get to heaven if you live a good life…. When you look closely at the theology of Christianity, you find one thing, treating other people as you want to be treated, and if you do that you are going to make it.”

O’Reilly disdains “Bible thumpers.” He feels that Bible truths do not need to be brought into the public bill_oreilly-kills-jesusdomain. Those who do cite the Bible on topics like gay marriage will lose, he says. “I was taught in my Catholic school that a lot of the stories in the Bible were allegorical.” He makes fun of Bible stories like Jonah and the whale, which Jesus confirmed. “People like myself don’t take them literally,” he says. “Like parables, they were put in the Bible to teach a certain moral principle. …You have to go with human reason…those things didn’t happen.” C’mon, Bill. I thought you were the “no-spin zone” guy.

Then he makes this fantastic statement about why Jesus was killed by the Romans: “It was about taxes, and overturning the moneychangers’ tables in the Temple.” Actually, the Bible is clear why and how Jesus died. It wasn’t the taxes. He saw that they were paid (Matthew 17:24-27; 22:15-22). The Roman soldiers evidently nailed Jesus to the cross, but the Jews are the ones who condemned him to death for blasphemy (Mark 14:63-65). They assumed the guilt and called for His blood to be upon their heads (Matthew 27:25). Today’s political correctness does not absolve them. Bill also expresses that the Book of Luke and Matthew were “embellished.” And he admits, “I don’t proclaim Jesus to the Messiah in the [book].” He dismisses the miracles of Jesus and the resurrection as incidental to the book’s story.

Bill is not alone in believing in works salvation. Most people want to be the judge of their own lives and those of their friends. I have participated in countless funerals of folks both in and out of any Bible-based faith, and have heard people ushered right onto the streets of gold who seldom if ever expressed their faith, attended church, and were never close to living a godly life. People might say they don’t believe in works salvation but listen to their conversations at the viewings—“He was a good man. I know he is in a better place….She was a wonderful woman, kind and generous. God is happy to be showing her around heaven right now.”

Here is Paul’s stand on this issue: “I care very little if I am judged by you or by any human court; indeed, I do not even judge myself. My conscience is clear, but that does not make me innocent. It is the Lord who judges me. “ (II Corinthians 4:3,4 NIV). Eternal destinies are left in God’s hands, but we can be confident that He will not violate His Word (II Timothy 2:13).

Upshot: secular writers are not to be trusted when writing about biblical events or spiritual matters.

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An interesting observation

open_bible_20-340x161Does God know what national leaders are doing? It would seem so. The king of Tyre came under the scrutiny and judgment of the Lord according to Ezekiel 28:17: “Thine heart was lifted up because of thy beauty, thou hast corrupted thy wisdom by reason of thy brightness: I will cast thee to the ground, I will lay thee before kings, that they may behold thee” (KJV).

Check out other renderings:

“Your beauty went to your head. You corrupted wisdom by using it to get worldly fame. I threw you to the ground, sent you sprawling before an audience of kings.”

“Your heart swelled with pride because of your beauty and talents. Your hunger for fame, your thirst for glory corrupted your wisdom. This is why I drove you to the ground and made an example out of you before a company of kings.”

Think someone we know better be looking up to see what is coming down?

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Church of the future?

PASTOR: “Praise the Lord, Church!”Can-my-iPad-Replace-my-Laptop-and-Cell-Phone

CONGREGATION: “Hallelujah!”

PASTOR: “Will everyone please turn on their tablet, laptop, I-Pad, smart phone, and Kindle Bibles to I Corinthians 13:13. And please switch on your Bluetooth to download the sermon.”

P-a-u-s-e…

“Now, let us pray committing this week into God’s hands. Open your Apps, BBM, Twitter and Facebook, and chat with God.”

S-i-l-e-n-c-e…

“As we take our tithes and offerings, please have your credit and debit cards ready.”

“Please log on to the church wi-fi using the password ‘Lord909887.’”

“Please use your I-Pad to make your electronic fund transfers directly to the church account. Or if you prefer, img_5037biblethe ushers will circulate mobile card swipe machines among the pews. If you forgot to bring an electronic device, you are directed to computers and laptops in the church fellowship hall. Those who prefer telephone banking, simply use your cellphones to transfer your contributions to the church account.”

The holy atmosphere of the church becomes truly electrified as all the smart phones, I-Pads, and laptops beep and flicker!

Final Blessing and Closing Announcements:

“This week’s ministry cell meetings will be held on the various Facebook group pages where the usual group chat takes place. Please log in and don’t miss out. Wednesday’s Bible study will be held live on Skype at 1900 hours CST. You can follow your Pastor on Twitter this weekend for counseling and prayers. God bless you and have a nice day.”

Source: Unknown

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The virtue of continuing

The immediate record of the Jerusalem church after Pentecost was stellar: “And they continued stedfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, in breaking of bread, and in prayers” (Acts 2:42). They made an impact on their city and beyond because they didn’t drift…they continued. In what?

“In the apostle’s doctrine.” They knew the saving gospel was nothing short of what Jesus taught and what the1-Warning-Challenges apostles preached on the Day of Pentecost—repentance (Luke 13:3; Acts 2:38), water baptism (John 3:5; Mark 16:16; Acts 3:38), and baptism in the Spirit (John 7:37-39; Acts 1:8; 2:38).

The continued in fellowship. Interaction with other believers is essential for encouragement, Christian growth, inspiration and training. The record of Acts and the Epistles demonstrate how they met together regularly for worship and teaching (Hebrews 10:25).

They continued in breaking of bread. This is a reference to the “Lord’s Table, or communion, which believers were commanded to observe (I Corinthians 11:24-29).

And they continued in prayers. This is expressed throughout the Acts record (Acts 4:31; Acts 12:5; 16:25). This is why they were able to see so many outstanding miracles and deliverances. Praying didn’t mean they escaped all troubles or physical pain. It meant they were intent on maintaining their relationship with the Lord and continuing in the faith.

They didn’t deviate. They didn’t drift. They didn’t compromise. They didn’t back up. Challenges didn’t deter them. How wise and blessed we would be to follow in their steps and continue to observe those elements of the faith delivered to the saints in the beginning (Jude 3).

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You could hear a pin drop

JFK’S Secretary of State, Dean Rusk, was in France in the early 60’s when344544856_7194438473 DeGaulle decided to pull out of NATO. DeGaulle said he wanted all U.S. military out of France as soon as possible. Rusk responded, “Does that include those who are buried here?” DeGaulle did not respond. You could have heard a pin drop.

When in England at a fairly large conference, Colin Powell was asked by the Archbishop of Canterbury if our plans for Iraq were just an example of “empire building” by George Bush. He answered by saying, “Over the years, the United States has sent many of its fine young men and women into great peril to fight for freedom beyond our borders. The only land we have ever asked for in return was enough to buy those that did not return.” You could have heard a pin drop.

There was a conference in France where a number of international engineers were taking part, including French and American. During a break, one of the French engineers came back into the room saying, “Have you heard the latest dumb stunt Bush has done? He has sent an aircraft carrier to Indonesia to help the tsunami victims. What does he intend to do, bomb them?” A shipbuilding engineer stood up and replied quietly: “Our carriers have three hospitals on board that can treat several hundred people; they are nuclear powered and can supply emergency electrical power to shore facilities; they have three cafeterias with the capacity to feed 3,000 people three meals a day, they can produce several thousand gallons of fresh water from sea water each day, and they carry half a dozen helicopters for use in transporting victims and injured to and from their flight deck. We have eleven such ships; how many does France have?” You could have heard a pin drop.

Omaha-beach-cemeteryA U.S. Navy Admiral was attending a naval conference that included admirals from the U.S. , English, Canadian, Australian and French Navies. At a cocktail reception, he found himself standing with a large group of officers that included personnel from most of those countries.

Everyone was chatting away in English as they sipped their drinks but a French admiral suddenly complained that, whereas Europeans learn many languages, Americans learn only English. He then asked, “Why is it that we always have to speak English in these conferences rather than Speaking French?” Without hesitating, the American Admiral replied, “Maybe it’s because the Brits, Canadians, Aussies and Americans arranged it so you wouldn’t have to speak German.” You could have heard a pin drop.

AND THIS STORY FITS RIGHT IN WITH THE ABOVE…

Robert Whiting, an elderly gentleman of 83, arrived in Paris by plane. At French customs, he took a few cvn701024x768minutes to locate his passport in his carryon. “You have been to France before, monsieur?” the customs officer asked sarcastically. Mr. Whiting admitted that he had been to France previously. “Then you should know enough to have your passport ready.” The American said, “The last time I was here, I didn’t have to show it.” “Impossible,” the official retorted. “Americans always have to show their passports on arrival in France.” The American senior gave the Frenchman a long hard look. Then he quietly explained: “Well, when I came ashore at Omaha Beach on D-Day in 1944 to liberate this country, I couldn’t find a single Frenchman to show a passport to.”

You could have heard a pin drop.

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Laugh to keep from crying

IRS scandal

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Password Incorrect

Spying on Phone

Obama Six Things

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“Any man who thinks he can be happy and prosperous by letting the government take care of him, better take a closer look at the American Indian.” – Henry Ford

We are always hearing about how Social Security is going to run out of money.  How come we never hear about Welfare running out of money? – Anonymous

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J. R. Ensey blog Oct. 2013

Welcome to the OCTOBER blog!

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Braiding the hair

A lady recently submitted a question about the admonition of Paul concerning plaiting of a women’s hair: “I have a question about braids. Looking at 1 Timothy 2:9, I wonder why we don’t teach against braiding? I’ve always heard this verse is talking about women that braided gold into their hair, but it looks like “broided” just means “braided.” Here was my response: “Broided” does indeed mean “braided.” That is the way the 17th century translators spelled it. The Greekhair-CLOSEUP term in I Timothy 2:9 is a form of plegma (Strong’s 4117), which simply means “plaiting” the hair. Looking at the thrust of the verse, it would likely entail plaiting something into the hair, such as gold or silver strands, or pearls, or some other ornament to attract attention. It is doubtful the apostle had in mind the crossing of one hair over another in a modest arrangement, which is basically what simple braiding does. It is unlikely that Christian women consistently wore their long hair hanging down their backs to its full length. It would be a handicap at best and a grave danger at worst since it could fall into cleaning elements, or catch on fire during cooking, get caught in machinery or equipment, etc. It is inconceivable that God or the apostles intended to put that imposition upon women. Peter expresses the same thing in I Peter 3:3: “let it not be with that outward adorning of plaiting the hair….” However, Peter uses the Greek term emplokes, which more specifically suggests the “elaborate braiding of the hair” (Strong’s 1708). It comes from emplecko (to entwine; i.e., to involve with, to entangle itself with (Strong’s 1707), and it also refers one back to #1705, which means to “fill in” [or up]; satisfy.” So it is clear that Peter had in mind plaiting something into the hair. Although different Greek terms were employed by these writers, it is obvious that they had the same practice in view. The Timothy verse is translated “broided” or “braided” in the KJV and NASB. The NIV/HCSB/ISV say “elaborate hair styles.” The Aramaic Bible renders it “braiding with gold or with pearls.” Clearly, the Bible writers had in mind to avoid the pagan practice of interweaving the hair with that which was designed to make the wearer attractive, or arranging the hair in any elaborate style that would draw undue attention to it. It is interesting that the Aramaic Bible translates the apostle Peter’s words as “outward ornaments of your hair braids.” You can see some examples of this at www.pinterest.com/petragug/unique-wedding-beauty-ideas/ or at  http://www.nobhillgazette.com/wp/2012/12/hair-piece-12-12/. hair_pieceFrom Vincent’s Word Studies of the New Testament: “The Roman women of the day were addicted to ridiculous extravagance in the adornment of the hair. Juvenal (“Satire,” vi.) satirizes these customs. He says: ‘The attendants will vote on the dressing of the hair as if a question of reputation or of life were at stake, so great is the trouble she takes in quest of beauty; with so many tiers does she lead, with so many continuous stories does she build up on high her head. She is tall as Andromache in front, behind she is shorter. You would think her another person.’ The hair was dyed, and secured with costly pins and with nets of gold thread. False hair and blond wigs were worn.” Barnes’ Notes On the Bible adds this: “We are not to suppose that a mere braiding or plaiting of the hair is improper, for there may be no more simple or convenient way of disposing of it. But the allusion here is to the excessive care which then prevailed, and especially to their setting the heart on such ornaments rather than on the adorning which is internal. It may not be easy to fix the exact limit of propriety about the method of arranging the hair…but those whose hearts are right, generally have little difficulty on the subject.”

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2,700-year-old Israel ruins linked to Assyrian attack, destruction

Bricks1 Using both the biblical and cuneiform records, some scholars are linking the discovery of a fallen brick wall to the Assyrian invasion of Israel in c. 740 B.C. The Ashdod-Yam archaeological dig has yielded the bricks that some say are those referred to in Isaiah 9:10. NOTE: We should always be ready to attach significance to archaeological discoveries that seem to corroborate the biblical account, but retain a bit of skepticism when someone is using them for personal aggrandizement.

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Catholics moderate their stand

Pope Francis said the Catholic Church should not allow its bans on gay marriage, abortion and contraception to “dominate its teachings,” but it must be a “more welcoming Church where priests are understanding pastors and not cold, dogmatic bureaucrats.” page37pope_2511040aIn a dramatically blunt interview with Civilta Cattolica, the Italian Jesuit monthly, Francis said the Church had locked itself up in “small things, in small-minded rules.” It must find a new balance between upholding rules and demonstrating mercy, “otherwise even the moral edifice of the Church is likely to fall like a house of cards.” The Church, he said, should see itself as “a field hospital after a battle” and try to heal the larger wounds of society and not be “obsessed with the transmission of a disjointed multitude of doctrines to be imposed insistently.” John Gehring, Catholic program director at Faith in Public Life, a liberal advocacy group in the United States, “translated” the popes words as: “This pope is rescuing the church from those who think that condemning gay people and opposing contraception define what it means to be a real Catholic. “Francis is putting a message of mercy, justice and humility back at the center of the church’s mission. It’s a remarkable and refreshing change.” Source: http://www.newsmax.com/Headline/EU-Vatican-Pope/2013/09/19/id/526650?ns_mail_uid=44399907&ns_mail_job=1538268_09192013&promo_code=14F06-1#ixzz2fOPo2xxM Do you see the “code words” in the pope’s statements: “bans on gay marriage, abortion and contraception [should not be allowed] to dominate” the church’s teaching. It is the “cold, dogmatic bureaucrats” who stand in the way of progress toward an anything goes position. In other words, Bible morality doesn’t have to be taught anymore at all. The church must acquiesce to the pressures of the culture. Understanding pastors and welcoming churches will wink at homosexuality and same sex marriage. That is how it will be lived out in the trenches of the faith. Francis said that when homosexuals told him they were always condemned by the Church and felt “socially wounded,” he told them “the Church does not want to do this.” Now the pope didn’t specifically say that same sex marriage was OK. He didn’t absolve homosexual behavior. He merely “signaled” that it wouldn’t be a major issue going forward. Priests and pastors shouldn’t be making those involved in that lifestyle to feel badly. They could take their places right along with everyone else. Paul, Peter, John, et al.—you were wrong on this issue. If you were resurrected today we would have to send you to Washington for sensitivity training. Hang that ol’ outdated, biased Bible, anyway! It just gets in the way of progress!

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Does it run in the family?

Here’s an interesting report concerning Obama’s Muslim leanings, his brother’s terrorist charges in Egypt, and activities of other members of his family. Do we really know whom we have placed in the White House to run our country? http://mobile.wnd.com/2013/09/egypt-eyes-obamas-brother-for-terror-list/

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Another drug-related mass murder

A month before a murderous rampage at the Washington Navy Yard, Aaron Alexis called the police in Rhode Island to complain that he had changed hotels three times because he was being pursued by people keeping him awake by sending vibrations through the walls. When officers came to his hotel room early on Aug. 7, Mr. Alexis told them that a person he had argued with at an airport in Virginia “has sent three people to follow him” and that they were harassing him with a microwave machine, according to a Newport, R.I., police report. Mr. Alexis said he had heard “voices speaking to him through the wall, flooring and ceiling,” the report said. Mr. Alexis told the police he was a Navy contractor, and then twice that month he sought treatment bullet_pillsfrom the Veterans Affairs Department for psychiatric issues, according to a senior law enforcement official. On Aug. 23, Mr. Alexis went to Veterans Affairs hospitals in Providence, where he had been working as a contractor, complaining of insomnia but did not say that he was hearing voices, according to a senior federal official. Mr. Alexis said he could not sleep for more than a few hours. Doctors there prescribed him an antidepressant pill, Trazodone, commonly prescribed for insomnia, the official said. Five days later, Mr. Alexis went to a Veterans Affairs hospital in Washington, where he had traveled to work on a job at the navy yard. Mr. Alexis, who had not been given many Trazodone pills in Providence, said to the medical personnel in Washington that he was still having trouble sleeping and the doctors prescribed him more Trazodone, said the official. But it did not raise a red flag that might have prevented him from entering the military base two weeks later in Washington where, the authorities say, he killed 12 people on September 16. Source: http://www.nytimes.com/2013/09/18/us/washington-navy-yard-shootings.html?pagewanted=all&_r=1& C’mon, Apostolics! How many more murders will be committed while we twiddle our thumbs and make excuses for Big Pharma? Will one of your loved ones be next? Let’s warn our people about the scourge of violence-causing drugs!

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Source for drug facts and side effects

I recommend the website below for those who are seeking information about prescription drugs and their effect on our friends and family members. I recognize who founded the organization, but I have found them quite reliable when it comes to psychiatric abuses and the results of current drug use in our culture. The Citizens Commission on Human Rights (CCHR) is a non-profit, non-political, non-religious mental health watchdog. Its mission is to eradicate abuses committed under the guise of mental health and enact patient and consumer protections. Use your own judgment, but I think you may find the information on this site quite helpful. http://www.cchrint.org/ For free e-books on the topic of “Christian” psychology, go to www.pamweb.org. Good material!

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Honor the Emperor

In I Peter 2:17, Paul implored the early Christians to “honor the emperor” (AMP, few other versions). The word the apostle used could accurately be translated “sovereign,” the person with whom the buck stops. Most commentators agree that whether “king” or “emperor” was in the mind of God, the Roman emperor was the authority who was likely in view when Peter wrote those words. The Emperor Nero was the sovereign at the time. He was corrupt, evil, immoral, and unethical among Roman-Emperor-Neroother adjectives that could be used. But he was still the ultimate secular leader of Israel at the time. Peter said he was due honor (basilea), regardless of his morals, ethics, or politics. That doesn’t mean I have to support my unbelieving leader’s positions, merely honor him who serves at the pleasure of God. The laws that do not violate the Scriptures or my spiritual convictions, I am obligated to obey. Many early Christians were martyred because they could not acknowledge that Caesar was a god. I sometimes publish statements and caricatures in this blog that express my disagreement with the policies of our president and the current administration. It is my right to do so, but let it be said, I do honor the office and position of the president of the U.S. I pray for him. However, I believe he is committed to leading us into an era of socialism and perhaps even communism, which will be hindrance for the church and create difficulties for our children. There is no hate being expressed, regardless of how changing cultural definitions might construe it.

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Setting the stage for Antichrist

The Belgian former socialist leader and Secretary General of NATO, Paul-Henri Spaak, who was one of the three major proponents of a United Europe, said this: “We do not want another committee; we have too many already. What we want is a man of sufficient stature to hold the allegiance of all people and to lift us out of the morass into which we are sinking. Send us such a man, be he God or the Devil, and we will receive him!” (Italics mine) Be careful what you ask for, Paul-Henri. Arnold Toynbee, the famous contemporary historian, expressed a similar need when he said, “By forcing on mankind more and more lethal weapons, and at the same time making the world more and more interdependent economically, technology has brought mankind to such a degree of distress that we are ripe for the deifying of any new Caesar who might succeed in giving the world unity and peace.” Sources: http://www.inplainsite.org/html/the_united_nations.html http://www.geocities.com/Athens/Agora/3958/hal3.htm‎

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More signs of the times

In a laundromat: Automatic washing machines: please remove all your clothes when the light goes out.25_Sign_ch25_25_zpse02d13cf-959x513 In an office: Would the person who took the step ladder yesterday please bring it back or further steps will be taken. In an office (every office needs an proofreader): After tea break, staff should empty the teapot and stand upside down on the draining board. [it?] Ad for a secondhand shop: We exchange anything—bicycles, washing machines, etc. Why not bring your wife along and get a wonderful bargain? Notice in health food shop window: Closed due to illness Message on a leaflet: If you cannot read, this leaflet will tell you how to get lessons. On a repair shop door: We can repair anything. (Please knock hard on the door—the bell doesn’t work.) Proofreading is a dying art, wouldn’t you say? Check out these newspaper headlines: Man Kills Self Before Shooting Wife Something Went Wrong in Jet Crash, Expert Says Police Begin Campaign to Run Down Jaywalkers Miners Refuse to Work after Death Juvenile Court to Try Shooting Defendant War Dims Hope for Peace If Strike Isn’t Settled Quickly, It May Last Awhile Cold Wave Linked to Temperatures Enfield (London) Couple Slain; Police Suspect Homicide Red Tape Holds Up New Bridges New Study of Obesity Looks for Larger Test Group Weren’t they fat enough?! Kids Make Nutritious Snacks Local High School Dropouts Cut in Half We all need a good laugh—at least once a day! I’m just glad I never mike misteaks in this bloog.

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What are “coneys”?

Coneys, rock badgersThis type of animal is also called a “hyrax” or, as the KJV translates it, “coney.” Some have called them “rock rabbits” or “rock badgers.” In the Law of Moses, the rock badger is identified as an unclean animal which the Israelites were not allowed to eat (Lev. 11:5; Deut. 14:7). These animals are also mentioned in Psalm 104:18. While extolling the Lord for the amazing world that He created, the psalmist states, “The high mountains are for the wild goats; the rocks are a refuge for the rock badgers” (ESV). Source: Bibleplaces.com

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Lowest potential income career

One more time—guess which is the least lucrative career path one can choose out of the twenty listed in a recent survey? You guessed it…counseling psychology. Once it was a popular path and colleges packed courses into their curriculum for altruistic students, mostly women. But over the ensuing last two decades, the public has gradually learned that a degree in psychology won’t help much in the bigstock_Education_Books_-_Psychology_4796851marketplace. They have also learned that much of what the professors thought they knew, they really didn’t know. Psychology is a changing scene and truth is difficult to find within its parameters. What “therapy” seems to be right today may be considered wrong tomorrow. There are few or perhaps no absolutes in that field. Most who enter the field do so in the attempt to find solutions for their own problems. Rather than admit disillusionment they stumble through the early stages of a career trying to find themselves. I personally commend those pastors and Christian laymen who have embraced a biblical model for Christian counseling and rejected the secular approach, which is fraught with spiritual dangers. Think about the story at the link below before getting involved in a psychology major in college. Source: http://www.theblaze.com/stories/2013/09/10/the-most-and-least-lucrative-college-majors-in-a-single-graph/

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Whence poverty? Is Matthew 25 the remedy?

The number one reason for poverty in America is the propagation of moral relativism, the concept that there are no absolute truths, and one’s moral standards are just as legitimate as the next person’s. Those who subscribe to that theory hold the view that the end justifies the means and “if it feels good, do it.” single-mother-e1289313112296This is being handed down from the ivory towers of liberal academia. It gets interpreted on the real life level as sexual freedom, resulting in children being born out of wedlock to women with multiple partners. A lack of parenting feeds the drug problem, produces a growing criminal element, places a heavier burden on the government, exacerbates poverty and promotes irresponsible behavior. Socialism and redistribution of wealth will not end poverty but will end in poverty. Such a philosophy will only add to the growing roles of those on government assistance programs. If we know it won’t work in our society, why do Christians think they can take over the task and through it accomplish the purposes of God’s kingdom? The social gospel is nothing more than religious socialism. Our purpose is not the redemption of a culture, or to enable sinners in their lifestyle, but the declaration of the gospel. Individuals extending a helping hand to a needy friend or neighbor is one thing—harnessing the resources of the body of Christ for social programs is another. The church does not have a mandate to give our resources to those with no commitment to the gospel. Purely evangelistic endeavors where the gospel can have effect are excepted and understood, but to pour Christian resources into programs to help victims of AIDS in Africa, or hungry beggars on the streets of Calcutta, or orphans in Kazakhstan is beyond the scope of responsibility of the church. But what about Matthew 25:34-40? Jesus is not discussing a mandate for Christians helping needy persons in the world. The illustration is in the context of the judgment of “the nations”—not individuals—relative to their treatment of the Jews, His “brethren.” Israel, and God’s instructions for Jews to be compassionate to other Jews, is not to be compared equally to the mission of the church. They were a nation, a theocracy. Their care for each other would be an example to other nations and peoples. The largely Gentile church is another entity altogether.

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At the bottom right of the home page, www.intohismarvelouslight.com, you will find a new ‘button’ (see below) and a link to allow you to download a new interactive PDF of Into His Marvelous Light. The new Interactive PDF looks just like the new version of the Bible Study in KJV (we are working on the NIV). The study allows interested parties to fill in the blanks on the questions / statements, and take the study on your web site. At the end, they can print it out. All you have to do is to fill out a quick form telling us where you will be posting the study and agreeing to not print from the PDF, post a link to IHML.com and the copyright language, and you will be off and running. Also, we are providing three different choices of banner ads touting IHML on your site. The study and the banner ads are free for the taking, as long as you register. We posted it Monday live and have already had our first download today. We look forward to replacing the IHML home-made versions with this new version. Look for the FREE IHML Interactive PDF button and download it for your church site.  And if you currently have a version that was created by someone other than IHML Publishing, expect a letter notifying your church of this new link, and requesting that you replace the old version with this new one. May God bless your soul winning efforts! The Publisher

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A follow-up Study for the new convert. This little booklet can be given to the new convert to go through alone and then come back to you with any questions they may have. It covers the new birth —what has happened to them and goes through what their responsibilities as Christians are now.

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A time to laugh

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Dear Modern Culture,

You exert such powerful influence. BUT I received power after the Holy Ghost came upon me. You tell me to cover up my flaws with paint to make me what I ain’t. BUT Jesus My Creator said I was fearfully and wonderfully made. You say “if it zips, it fits,” and “its tight, but oh it’s right.” Oh and you also say, “If you got it, flaunt it.”  BUT Jesus said, “Oh NO you don’t—cuz I bought it! Your body is MINE, paid with the price of My blood that you might have LIFE!!” woman-writing1You also tell me I need to be sexy. Show a little thigh to catch that eye…BUT my Daddy said, “Strength and honor are my clothing, and beauty is vain, but a woman that feareth the Lord shall be praised!” My PRICE is far above rubies and you trying to get a FREE glance! My Body belongs to Christ. It is the temple of the Holy Ghost, and not for YOUR eyes!! Honey, you must not know WHO I am…I am the Daughter of the GREAT I AM!!!

I say to you, Modern Culture, you will change. Fashion and style will change. You will do all your tricks to force this world into changing with you. BUT I won’t be shaken. See, I’ve been warned about you. Jesus said, “Be not conformed to this world.” And the truth is, God’s WORD never changes! So at 6 years old, I bought the truth and I’m not SELLING! I won’t be shaken!!!!

Source: Sorry, I misplaced the person’s name who sent this item to me.

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Parting shot

This bears repeating: A nation of sheep breeds a government of wolves. – Edward R. Murrow

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Thank you for visiting. See you next month!

JREnsey

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September 2013 Blog

Welcome to the September 2013 Edition of the blog!

 

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Celebrating the Name

Often we are called “the people of the Name.” It is worn as a badge of honor.in-jesus-name-960x540

This year we are calling attention to a century of ministry under the name of Jesus. We pray in that name. We baptize in that name. In fact, we try to comply with Paul’s admonition in Colossians 3:17 to “do all in the name of the Lord Jesus.”

Allow me to lift an oft-quoted line from Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. Juliet asks Romeo a question and answers it herself:

“What’s in a name?

That which we call a rose

 By any other name would smell as sweet.”

The point is well taken, my dear, but names do mean something to us, for “neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved” (Acts 4:12). The name of Jesus is “above every name: [and] at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; and that ever tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord” (Philippians 2:9-11).

This month, thousands around the world will be baptized in that name. Lift it up! Call it out! For “whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved” (Romans 10:13). Be one of them if you haven’t already been “buried with Him by baptism” (Romans 6:4).

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Overheard somewhere…

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If we do a small thing as if it were a big thing, God may allow us to do a big thing as though it were a small thing.

When you twist the Scriptures, you get twisted theology.

Our president is great at math: he divides the country, subtracts jobs, adds debt, and multiplies misery.

When you pray, who listens? The NSA.

Quote of the month:

On May 7, 2006, Harper Lee, author of To Kill A Mockingbird, wrote a letter to Oprah Winfrey about her love of books as a child and her dedication to the written word. “Now, 75 years later in an abundant society where people have laptops, cell phones, iPods and minds like empty rooms, I still plod along with books.”

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It has been rumored…

…that the reason Attorney General Holder hasn’t given Zimmerman’s gun back to him is that he accidentally sent it to Mexico with lots of others.

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Christianity Today—was it Christianity yesterday?

Long ago and far away there existed a conservative magazine published by Evangelicals dubbed Christianity Today. It has since morphed into a liberal rag that views its mission as questioning everything once held dear to fundamentalist believers. The June issue regurgitated the “debate among scholars” about the Bible record of Adam and Eve, providing a geneticists’ version of their existence that suggests they probably lived tens of thousands of years apart. If one reads this magazine for a year or two, they will likely be questioning everything they ever believed about God and the Bible.

finger_in_the_windMost observers of the religious scene in America have discerned the clear direction of Christianity Today. It was once considered a primary voice in Evangelical circles in the U.S. With mega-changes in the cultural climate, they put a finger in the wind and evidently decided to go along to get along. They depend on subscribers and advertisers, of course, to maintain the payroll of the CT staff. To anger those folks would not be wise. Therefore, the slide into conformity to cultural mores rather than maintaining biblical mandates has been apparent.

Many articles in recent issues could be called as witnesses to this drift, but take note of just one in the July-August 2013 issue: Sex Without Bodies. This was under a section title of “Where We Stand” and authored by Executive Editor Andy Crouch. He acknowledges and approves the disappearance of the term “homosexuality” in favor of the letters LGBT—Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgendered—submitted by our “gay and lesbian neighbors and friends.” This “helps clarify the multiple sexualities whose representatives…seek legal recognition and relief from stigma and shame.”

Crouch puffs the addition of other letters to the acronym—Q for Queer or “Questioning,” I for “Intersex” for those “whose bodies are born gender-ambiguous,” and A for “Asexual” for those who find their sexuality ill-defined by either heterosexual or homosexual categories. He suggests to the LGBTQIA alliance to “add an ‘H’—for this is what it is to be fully, incompletely, expectantly Human.” Subscribing to the “trapped in the wrong body” syndrome, Crouch acknowledges that some Christian leaders have come to believe that blessing same-sex unions is the best pastoral response to those…who seek covenant faithfulness.” And that “even the slightest bias toward male-female complementarity may soon be considered just as bigoted as believing that gay and lesbian relationships cannot be blessed at all.” Soon only bigots will be Bible believers?

Crouch continues: “As this view gains traction in our culture, the created givenness of bodies must give way to the achievement of ascertaining, announcing, and fulfilling one’s own internally discerned desires, with no normative reference to the body one happens to inhabit.” The author expresses the notion that “male” and “female” terminology no longer applies since “normative sexuality has been redefined. …How dare we Christians speak against any person’s heart? …Along the way, we all will be queer….” Hmmmmmm….

That sounds like an accommodating politician reading from a teleprompter—words carefully chosen not to offend the vocal LGBT alliance. Should a more traditional voice be raised, it can easily be silenced by the label of “aboriginal”—i.e., out-of-date and ignorant.

Christianity Today certainly does not sound like Christianity yesterday—say, about AD 50, or even AD 1950.

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More reasons for home schooling

Common Core, the controversial set of education standards being pushed by many state governors andHomeschooling-Statistics education leaders, is coming under fire for its selection of a book that’s on the suggested reading list for 11th graders (i.e. 16- and 17-year-olds). The book—a past selection of Oprah’s Book Club—has graphic sex scenes and racy descriptions that are likely to make sailors blush. The work in question comes from Nobel Prize-winning author Toni Morrison. Listed on a Common Core reading list linked on the website, “The Bluest Eye” carries this description from the curriculum’s preferred bookseller: An Eleven-Year-Old African-American Girl In Ohio, In The Early 1940s, Prays For Her Eyes To Turn Blue So That She Will Be Beautiful.

The book portrays graphic sex, incest, and portrays pedophilia as “friendly,” “innocent,” and “tender.” This portrayal has sparked outrage in some communities.

This is not the only problem with the Common Core curriculum. Parents MUST be aware of what their children attending public schools are reading and hearing.

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Interesting infographic about guns

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Dare to dream

“What have you dreamed of? I want to encourage you to dream of a place beyond just maintaining the status quo. The problem with the status quo is it can become synonymous with a rut and a rut can quickly become a grave.

Vision Results &“Dare to dream. Dare to dream fully knowing that dreams demand action. Dreams demand breaking out from where you are—to go where you have not yet been. Dreams are the launching pad designed by God to take you from here to there!

“The safest place for a turtle to be is inside its closed shell. In that defensive mode, there are few things that can harm it. But a turtle in a defensive mode is a turtle that isn’t going anywhere. It’s when the turtle sticks his neck out that he sees new horizons. It’s when he sticks his legs out that he can head to a new place. And besides a turtle in a closed up shell is liable to get run over by an 18 wheeler!”

- Kevin Prince, TX District Superintendent in a district leadership planning meeting.

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AWOL again

A few months ago, the president was questioned about his whereabouts during the Benghazi raid in Libya. He publicly declined to tell where he was that evening as the attack was on and Navy SEALS and the Libyan ambassador were fighting for their lives and were ultimately killed. He was informed of the raid early that evening, after which, say observers, he just “disappeared,” leaving whatever would be in the hands of down-the-line staff and other departmental officials who proved their incompetency.

There may be a pattern here. Where was he on the evening when the Bin Laden raid was going down in Pakistan?

Obama_and_Biden_await_updates_on_bin_LadenWe all thought he was glued to the TV monitors in the Situation Room as the popular photo suggested. (Did you ever wonder why he was the one without a computer over in the corner, looking like an aide to one of the generals, or perhaps a pizza delivery guy who stayed to watch?)

Well, according to his personal assistant, it turns out that he was playing a fun little card game with a few of his co-workers in a private dining room while most of his other national security team were monitoring the raid in the Situation Room.

During a recent UCLA Forum, President Obama’s former special assistant, Reggie Love, revealed that they ended up playing about 15 games of Spades in a private dining room while events were unfolding in Pakistan with many SEALS risking their lives at the behest of the Commander-in-Chief. “I can’t watch this entire thing,” Love recalled the president saying.

Those with Love and the president said the card games were interrupted occasionally with updates on how the raid in Pakistan was going.

Sources: CNN and others: (http://politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com/2013/08/14/reggie-love-obama-played); and http://www.theblaze.com/stories/2013/08/14/obamas-former-bodyman-president-left-situation-room

And http://www.theblaze.com/stories/2013/08/15/original-video-of-obama-aide

“What? They did? Okay. Hey, your deal.”

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A potential identity thief ?

Why must we now emphasize diversity as though we have been sans diversity, or even anti-diversity, for nearly a century? Suddenly we are told our churches must become “diverse.” I have only been around the Apostolic faith for about 58 years, but I have never seen a time when we were not diverse. No ethnic or cultural group has been left outside of our love and evangelistic fervor. I have never been to a true Apostolic church and witnessed anyone turned away because they had a skin color that did not 3415118represent the majority. Nor have I seen anyone turned away from our services because they were inappropriately dressed, or smelled bad, or had long/short hair, or were of another faith. Our churches have traditionally reached out to people of color, cultural minorities, the handicapped, the poor, the young, the aged and the hurting—often when others did not. Pentecostals have led the way in diversity when it comes to reaching all sectors of our culture. African-Americans were some of the early leaders in the Pentecostal movement of the twentieth century, and remain a vital part of it today.

But now we are urged to become diverse. As a movement, haven’t we always been? Are congregations not part of “the church” ilgbt_diversity_trucker_hat-rdfc63af7db614f7f8ef053ee5025cf02_v9wfy_8byvr_324f all their members are black, or Hispanic, or Asian or Native American, or Caucasian? I understand where the advocates are coming from. I was personally involved in promoting outreach to virtually all segments of American society long before most of those screaming for diversity today were in middle school. And in the last two decades our stronger churches have multiplied themselves by starting hundreds of daughter works, extension ministries, and additional campuses in areas where minorities are concentrated. Our churches by and large represent the communities they serve.

The problem with diversity as a doctrine or policy is that promoters seldom know when and where to put the brakes on. Modern mainline churches have modified the definition of the term to urge all of Christendom toward inclusivism—the concept that……..[To continue reading, click here]

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Who are the haters here?

Another business is facing retribution for declining service to a same-sex couple. Betty and Dick Odgaard, owners of Görtz Haus Gallery in Grimes, Iowa, are catching the ire of gay rights advocates after they declined to rent their venue to Lee Stafford and his fiancé, Jared, for their marriage.

Now the owners, who are Christians, are receiving vicious and threatening emails and phone calls. Theyalg_gay-marriage fear that their business could shut down because of the fierce reaction.

It was less than one week ago that Lee and Jared entered Görtz Haus looking for additional information about holding their wedding there. After Dick realized that it would be a gay ceremony, he told the couple that they would not be able to hold their nuptials at the establishment—and that’s when the controversy erupted.

From there, news spread that the Odgaards turned the couple away. Before long, phone calls and emails came streaming in. Betty said that some people have promised that the furor won’t stop until the business, which is a bistro, flower shop and a wedding destination, shuts down. Detractors have called Betty and Dick “haters.”

Are they the haters in this case? “I wish all people well. I have love for all people,” Betty, who was plainly distraught on the phone, told The Blaze, an online news source.

The family shared some of the e-mail responses they’ve received and the contents weren’t pretty. One angry e-mail said that the family is “finished” and “doomed.” “You are mean, rude, selfish @#$%^, racist $%*&^%$# from hell,” it read, with the writer later adding blasphemies about their faith. Another no-place-for-hateperson who goes by the name “Micky” wrote, “Betty, you’re very old and almost dead. How do you both feel, knowing that America, and the world, will be a better place without you?”

As far as their reasoning for the refusal, the couple is candid and wants to ensure that people understand their views on the matter—reasoning that they feel has not been adequately conveyed through media coverage. Betty called it “totally a faith-based issue” that is rooted in the family’s Christian religious convictions. “We believe a marriage is between a man and woman,” she said, with Dick adding, “To us, it’s a sacrament.”

Churches should have the proper clauses in their constitution and by-laws to protect them from legal action when standing for truth.

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Nebraska Man

The paleontologist who headed America’s Museum of Natural History in the 1920s Was Professor Henry Fairfield Osborn. He was a confirmed evolutionist, bent on battling the famous Christian defender, William Jennings Bryan, over the teaching of evolution in public schools.

INebraska-Mann 1922, Osborn announced the discovery of a fossil tooth from Nebraska. He claimed it was an early ape-man, whom he named Hesperopitlaecus baroldcookii in honor of its discoverer. It soon was popularly known as “Nebraska Man.”

Dental experts at the American Museum of Natural History studied the fossil tooth carefully and concluded it was from a species closer to man than ape. These evolutionistic experts delighted in the first North American discovery of a missing link, especially because it was found in Bryan’s own home state—Nebraska.”

An Englishman who was involved in the Piltdown Man discovery hoax a few years before, persuaded the widely read Illustrated London News to publish an artist’s rendering of Nebraska Man and his mate. A full two-page spread was drawn and distributed worldwide, showing a naked pair of stupid looking ape-people. The club-swinging male no doubt impressed a whole generation with the idea that human ancestors were far inferior to the biblical Adam and Eve.

The year 1925 is memorable for being the year of the world’s most publicized court trial in history—the famous Scopes “Monkey Trial.” The American Civil Liberties Union pressed for the trial so they could make a public spectacle of the evolution controversy. In those days, creationism was taught in American public schools, and teaching evolution as scientific fact was illegal in the state of Tennessee. Though the ACLU lost the case, they eventually won the battle since evolution came to be the only origins explanation accepted in public schools by the 1960s.

During the Scopes trial, the impressive picture of Nebraska Man was well planted in the public mindset. Along with Piltdown Man and the warped views of Neanderthal Man being popularized at that time, young students were being led to believe that science had evidence for the evolution of man. You can see how this pushed the biblical view of Adam and Eve into the realm of mythology.

In 1928, just three years after the Scopes trial, scientists discovered a “mistake.” It wasn’t a tooth from Nebraska_Man_Toothan early human at all. It was a tooth from an extinct pig! However, in I972, living herds of the same species were discovered in Paraguay. Yet the Encyclopaedia Britannica (1929, vol. I4, pg. 767) explained that Hesperopithecus was “a being of another order.”

Mark Twain wrote a rather revealing insight about such cunning professional deception: “There is something fascinating about science. One gets such wholesale returns of conjectures out of such a trifling investment of facts.”

-This article was adapted from Dennis R. Peterson, “The Final End of All Supposed Missing Links,” Unlocking the Mysteries of Creation, Creation Resource Publications, 2012; p. 137.

We must get creationist materials into the hands of our children before they are deceived by the evolutionists in our schools and colleges. Don’t take it for granted that because your children have been in Sunday school since infancy that they are convinced of the creation story. The Bible reflects true science. What is taught in kindergarten through high school regarding time and the universe is faux science. That is provable.

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Just as Apostolics are focusing on the name of Jesus…

On Friday, August 2, the Town of Greece, New York, was sued for opening its town meetings in prayer. The National Center for Life and Liberty (NCLL) filed this brief on behalf of eight other county commissions and town councils who have had a practice of opening meetings with legislative prayer, and who have also been sued for violating the Establishment Clause and the legal principle of “separation of church and state.”

praying_in_jesus_nameAttorney David C. Gibbs III, attorney of record for NCLL’s Supreme Court amicus brief, said, “We believe it is unconstitutional to ban prayers in Jesus’ name at legislative meetings. Having judges or legislators censor any prayers violates hundreds of years of religious liberty and free expression in America.” Americans have offered prayers in Jesus’ name in legislative meetings for all the hundreds of years that America has existed as a nation.

NCLL’s position is the same position Sam Adams—Massachusetts patriot and organizer of the Boston Tea Party—took when faced with hearing a prayer from someone he disagreed with theologically at the First Continental Congress in 1774. Sam Adams said he “was no bigot, and could hear a prayer from [any] gentleman of piety and virtue, who was at the same time a friend to his country.” In fact, the prayer prayed that day in 1774 by Rev. Jacob Duché of Philadelphia ended in the name of Jesus and, therefore, some courts would ban a local legislator from even reading that prayer today. This is an outrageous legal outcome. Let all believers pray that the Supreme Court will make the right decision in this case.

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I can relate to that

In our leaders, we are looking for something with which we can relate. I believe this is a major reason why we feel so disenfranchised by Barack Obama. On the other hand, even with what often seemed to be clumsy delivery, we were able to relate to George W Bush. His southern drawl and easy style made us feel somewhat comfortable with him. Ronald Reagan, with his quick smile that seemed to emanate from the core of his being, gave us all a feeling that we had a fatherly figure in the White House. We could relate to him.

All things considered, one big reason why many liked Mike Huckabee is because we could relate to his story. The contrast between Bill Clinton and George H.W. Bush was glaring. We could only imagine ourselves sitting across the desk from Bush, while we could envision sitting on the porch with a cup of coffee with the country Clinton.

God saw this need in man, so He took on a form with which we could relate. In that form, He was tempted in every point like as we are, yet without sin. He is a high priest who can be touched by the feelings of our infirmities. He understands our griefs, fears, shortcomings, and the frailty of our humanity. He offers, however, more than a touch on the shoulder, tear in His eye, and “I feel your pain!” He offers more than a handout but a leg up! He offers more than a bailout but a way out! He does not give to us empty pledges but exceeding great and precious promises that He can back up with the riches of His glory!

Rather than offering a temporary reprieve to a current crisis, Jesus Christ equips us with the necessary power and knowledge to live overcoming lives in this present world and be saved for all of eternity. I can relate to that!

- Contributed by Harlan Morgan

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by Marvin Arnold

We are all aware of the Pentecostal revival that began early in the 20th century and blossomed at Azusa Street. But we should not think that it was then, or in 1913 that truth was “revealed,” or even restored. Since the Day of Pentecost there has always been those who were baptized in the name of Jesus and filled with the Holy Ghost. It was then that the embers flared into flames, but long before Azusa the records show there were groups, families and individuals who were saved according to Acts 2:38. The author has provided ample proof in this, one of his last publications. AM Price 12.95

Apostolic History Outline

Apostolic-History-Outlineby Marvin Arnold

The late Brother Arnold left us a legacy of research that allows us to trace our Apostolic history from Pentecost until the present. Here is a nutshell version of the history and theology of Oneness Pentecostalism. No longer do we need to be handicapped by a lack of knowledge concerning many of those who have preceded us in the faith. Monotheistic Christianity is no longer shrouded in mystery. The author provides us with a parallel history of Catholicism and Pentecostalism. Names, dates and references provide the truth seeker with plenty of facts. Sixty 81/2X11 pages of interesting information. AM Price $11.95

Christian Church History

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by Marvin Arnold

Dr. Arnold spent the last thirty-three years of his life relentlessly researching and compiling Oneness Apostolic history. His literary works also include, Apostolic History Outline, The Origin and Spread of Man, Pentecost Before Azusa, The Bible, Trinity and Matthew 28:19, Nicaea and The Nicene Council of AD 325. He incessantly taught that the Upper Room Church of Saint Matthew 16:18 and Acts 2:1-38, had eternal longevity. He emphasized that the Church of Pentecost has been alive, extant, doctrinally intact throughout each day unto this moment. It never died; it never ceased to function; it never digressed to become something else. It’s Apostolic doctrinal structure never fell; it needed no so-called restoration. It did not suffer a torturous step-by-step restoration by inept European gentile reformers. Also, he documented that between ca. 1670 and 1901-1909, in America, there were many Jesus’ name people. He affirmed that Oneness Apostolic doctrine did not evolve from out of Topeka or Azusa teachings, nor from 1916 phenomena. Instead, the doctrine of Acts 2:38 has always been available to those who wanted it. Always, someone, somewhere, preached this biblical doctrine.  AM Price $14.95

Into His Marvelous Light

IHMLCoverNo other one-hour Bible study has enjoyed the consistent results of IHML over the years. Often copied but never duplicated. It is attractive, well written, and doctrinally sound. It will convince any open-minded person (and some whose minds are not so open) that the new birth is absolutely essential and that Acts 2:38 constitutes that experience. It’s possible that more souls have been won with this Bible Study than with any other single teaching tool in the past 20 years. Discover how easy it is to share the plan of salvation with others. Available in both English and Spanish. Also available in Italian.

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A follow-up study for the new convert. This little booklet can be given to the new convert to go through alone and then come back to you with any questions they may have. It covers the new birth—what has happened to them experientially, and goes through what their responsibilities as believers are now.

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Smile awhile…

Small caliber pistol saves woman’s life

Here is her story:

While out walking along the edge of a bayou just below Houma, Louisiana with my soon to be 15808834-angry-alligator-vector-mascotex-husband discussing property settlement and other divorce issues, we were surprised by a huge 12-ft. alligator suddenly emerging from the murky water and charging us with its large jaws wide open.  She must have been protecting her nest because she was extremely aggressive.  If I had not had my little Beretta Jetfire .25 caliber pistol with me, I would not be here today!  Just one shot to my estranged husband’s kneecap was all it took.  The gator got him easily and I was able to escape by just walking away at a brisk pace.  It’s one of the best pistols in my collection!  Plus…the amount I saved in lawyer’s fees was more than worth the purchase price of the gun.

If anyone in Louisiana can verify her story, they should come forward.

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Error discovered too late

The following story underscores the importance of careful copying of Bible manuscripts.

A young monk arrives at the monastery. He is assigned to helping the other monks in copying the old canons and laws of the church by hand.

c_priest1-copying1He notices, however, that all of the monks are copying from copies, not from the original manuscript.

So, the new monk goes to the Old Abbot to question this, pointing out that if someone made even a small error in the first copy, that error would be continued in all of the subsequent copies.

The head monk, says, “We have been copying from the copies for centuries, but you make a good point, my son.” He excuses himself and goes down into the dark recesses underneath the monastery where the original manuscripts are archived in a locked vault that hasn’t been opened for hundreds of years. Hours go by and nobody sees the Old Abbot. So, the young monk gets worried and goes down to look for him.

He finds him banging his head against the wall and wailing, “We missed the R! We missed the R! We missed the R!”

His forehead is all bloody and bruised and he is crying uncontrollably. The young monk asks the old abbot, “What’s wrong, father?”

With a choking voice, the old Abbot replies, “The word was….CELEBRATE!”

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Parting Shot

“If, then, dead books may be committed to the flames, how much more live books, that is to say, men?” – Matthieu Ory, Inquisitor of Heretical Pravity for the Realm of France, 1544. Such theory led to the sentence of death by burning handed to Michael Servetus, having been found guilty of anti-trinitarianism. His books on the errors of the Trinity were bound to his body as he was burned at the stake in Geneva, Switzerland on October 27, 1553. John Calvin had won the day over Servetus, but not the Truth! Truth never dies. It cannot be burned at the stake, or drowned in cages in the river, or shot by firing squads, or crucified on wooden crosses. Truth lives. Truth always triumphs!

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Thank you for sharing a few minutes of your time with us.

JREnsey

 

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August 2013 Blog

Welcome to the AUGUST 2013 Edition of the blog!

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Here are some sites that may contain information of interest to you:

Government can punish homeschoolers

http://www.wnd.com/2013/07/doj-governments-can-punish-homeschoolers/

The eight college degrees that aren’t worth the money

http://www.salary.com/8-college-degrees-with-the-worst-return-on-investment/slide/10/

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Fuller Seminary OKs LGBT student club

PASADENA, Calif. (TheBlaze/AP) — Fuller Theological Seminary, one of the world’s largest multi-denominational seminaries, apparently is the first major evangelical seminary to sanction an LGBT student club.

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The LGBT group, OneTable, formed last fall, has attracted about three dozen students, and fits into the greater conversation at Fuller, which is committed to helping students understand that sexuality is part of being human, said Juan Martinez, who oversees the approval of the seminary’s student groups.

But there’s a catch: Martinez does not take issue with Fuller’s LGBT students as long as they accept the school’s guidelines of being both celibate and non-political, he said.

“If you are ready to make that kind of commitment, then we’re ready to walk with you,” Martinez said. “We’re not going to turn around and say, `No. You can’t be here because you like girls or you like guys as opposed to the opposite sex.’”

One would think that Christian seminaries are bastions of truth and preservers of sound Bible doctrine. Nothing could be farther from the truth. They are the leaders in producing liberal ministers and are generally not faithful to their founding doctrines, practices and standards. To substantiate this, I authored a research paper resulting from a study on the record of Christian seminaries in America. It is called The Kiss of Betrayal: The Record of Theological Seminaries in America.

Seminaries serve as the hotbed of liberalism in virtually every Christian denomination. Theoretically, they are cast as the saviors of the movement, a feeder of schooled and degreed ministers into the system, supposedly trained in the fundamentals of that movement’s message and methods. As it turns out in many cases, they are the avant garde who challenge the fundamentals of the movement they are created to serve. They introduce methodologies and practices that are foreign to the movement’s traditions.

To read Kiss of Betrayal: The Record of Theological Seminaries In America, go to advanceministries.org/store and get Vol. 4 of Apostolic Theological Forum.

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Homosexuality in the Bible: “personal interpretation”?

Increasingly, gay rights advocates have attacked Christian pastors for denouncing homosexual activity, saying that the biblical injunctions concerning it are merely personal interpretations of the passages. Is that true?

imagesOf course not. Millions of pastors and Christian leaders over the centuries have used the clear passages of the Bible to denounce homosexuality. It has been the almost unanimous consensus of Christendom since day one that “gayness” (a modern term) is a perversion that God considers an abomination (Leviticus 20:13; I Corinthians 6:9,10; Romans 1:26,27). Alternative views have been almost non-existent until the middle of the last century. Ministers are required to preach the Word regardless of the changes in cultural mores.

The voices of gay rights advocates are the loudest so they are getting the most press and attention. They are trying to make it sound as though they are the majority and anyone who speaks with a different opinion is a lone wolf with a “personal interpretation” without substantial support.

Apostolics love everyone regardless of their sexual orientation; however, we are obligated to stand where the Bible stands on this issue. Speaking the language of the Bible is not considered “hate speech,” but merely expressing the revealed will and thoughts of God.

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A major new study published in the Canadian Journal of Psychiatry of 4/13 reveals that incidents of clinical depression was 22% lower among those who attended religious services at least once a month compared to those who never attended.

Just think how much better off they would be if those folks attended on a regular 2-3 times a week basis—like Pentecostals. Perhaps depression could almost be wiped out by faithful attendance and sincere worship. What a revelation. Hmmmmmm….

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Did Helen Keller have ADHD?

images-1Someone recently sent me this question. In Helen’s early childhood she was left deaf and blind. As she developed she became almost incorrigible. One can imagine the fears and anxieties of not being able to see or hear what is going on around you, and with people who don’t really know how to deal with your problems. Doubtless, today she probably would be diagnosed with extreme ADHD or some other dread “disorder” drawn from the DSM-5. Her real problem was that she needed someone to love her and teach her. Enter Anne Sullivan. Through her patient efforts, Helen became a productive citizen, public speaker, and one of the outstanding personages of her time.

Lots of kids that are being psychoanalyzed and diagnosed with mental illness are not mentally ill. Pills are flowing into them because selfless parenting is out of vogue. There is another reason chemical solutions are being promoted for children as well as adults—all pointing to a time in the future when such a diagnosis in one’s past will play into the hands of tyrannical politicians. There is a method in their madness.

Self-control, like traditional marriage and loving parenting, is not popular; pills are. Weep for your children.

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Who won the Cold War?

Clue: It wasn’t America.

I well remember the major political battles during the 1950s and 1960s of what is called the Cold War. America seemed to be winning some of the skirmishes, but in the end they lost the war. The reason: Communists are patient. They don’t have to accomplish all their goals in one day or one year or even in a decade.

I remember seeing a list of the Communists’ (a.k.a., Socialists’) goals for the takeover of America back occ2during that time. It was actually entered into the Congressional Record in 1963 by the Hon. A. S. Herlong, Jr. of Florida in the House Of Representatives Thursday, January 10, 1963. It may be accessed at the Congressional Record, Vol. 109 88th Congress, 1st Session Appendix Pages A1-A2842 Jan. 9-May 7, 1963 Reel 12. I never dreamed that virtually all of their goals would be reached in my lifetime. But you can read the list for yourself and see the progress that has been made, especially the giant leaps under the current administration.

Representative Herlong stated that the list came to him from a constituent who was quoting from Cleon Skousen’s book The Naked Communist, first published in 1958. Some of these will shock you. I thank Arlo Moehlenpah for recently reminding us of the existence of the list.

45 COMMUNIST GOALS FOR TAKE-OVER OF AMERICA
1. U.S. acceptance of coexistence as the only alternative to atomic war.

2. U.S. willingness to capitulate in preference to engaging in atomic war.

3. Develop the illusion that total disarmament [by] the United States would be a demonstration of moral strength.

4. Permit free trade between all nations regardless of Communist affiliation and regardless of whether or not items could be used for war.

5. Extension of long-term loans to Russia and Soviet satellites.

6. Provide American aid to all nations regardless of Communist domination.

Read the remainder of this article and the complete list, if you dare, at advanceministries.org/articles. See how many have already been achieved and how others are in the process of becoming a reality.

Note: This is not a political blog, but we reserve the right to express how political movements may affect our Christian faith and our missions around the world.

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Archaeology brings the past to light

Starvation during the Roman siege of Jerusalem

roman-siege-260x192The Roman siege of Jerusalem during the First Jewish Revolt in the first century A.D. forced many of the city’s residents into starvation. Excavations in a small cistern near Robinson’s Arch revealed three intact cooking pots and a small oil lamp dated to the period of the First Jewish Revolt. The vessels were found in the cistern’s drainage channel, corresponding to an account by Josephus, who wrote that Jews would hastily eat their food in hidden spaces in their homes to prevent the rebels from stealing their meager provisions.

Read the entire story at  http://www.biblicalarchaeology.org/daily/news/hidden-from-view/?mqsc=E3566193&utm_source=WhatCountsEmail&utm_medium=BHDDailyNewsletter&utm_campaign=E3B705

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Roman Road discovered in Jerusalem

Robin Ngo, writing for the Biblical Archaeology Review website, states that this finely preserved Roman road was recently discovered in Jerusalem. The road was part of two main arteries that connected the Mediterranean coast with Jerusalem in the Roman Empire. Photo by Assaf Peretz, courtesy the Israel OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAAntiquities Authority.

In the Roman Republic and Empire, state-sponsored roads were critical to the growth and preservation of the state. They provided an extraordinarily durable and efficient means of overland travel, communication and trade. The Jerusalem road, dated from the second to third centuries A.D., was found during an excavation conducted by the Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA) in preparation for the installation of a drainage pipe. Measuring c. 26 feet in width, the road was built by fitting together large flat stones and was flanked on both sides by curbstones.

Two main Roman roads led from Jaffa on the Mediterranean coast to Jerusalem. The section of road discovered by the IAA was part of the northern route that passed through Beit Horon on its way to the Old City of Jerusalem. According to excavation director David Yeger, “Several segments of the road were previously excavated by research expeditions of the IAA, but such a finely preserved section of the road has not been discovered in the city of Jerusalem until now.”

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More Obamacare hidden taxes

obamacareThe 2.3% Medical Excise Tax that quietly went into effect on January1st has been brought to the public’s attention by hunting and fishing store Cabela’s. They show it as a separate line item tax on their receipts.

You can go directly to the IRS’s website for information that affirms this to be the case. Most are probably not aware of it.

Q1. What is the medical device excise tax?

A1. Section 4191 of the Internal Revenue Code imposes an excise tax on the sale of certain medical devices by the manufacturer or importer of the device.

Q2. When does the tax go into effect? A2. The tax applies to sales of taxable medical devices after Dec. 31, 2012.

Q3. How much is the tax? A3. The tax is 2.3 percent of the sale price of the taxable medical device. See Chapter 5 of IRS Publication 510, Excise Taxes, and Notice 2012-77 for additional information on the determination of sale price.

http://www.irs.gov/publications/p510/ch05.html

This document explains that there are new taxes on:

Sport fishing equipment;
Fishing rods and fishing poles;
Electric outboard motors;
Fishing tackle boxes;                                                                                                                                                                                                  Bows, quivers, broadheads, and points;
Arrow shafts;
Coal;
Taxable tires;
Gas guzzler automobiles; and
Vaccines.

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The boiling planet

Obama to Africans: “The planet will boil over” if you have access to air conditioning and big houses.

President Obama’s recent trip to Africa took another interesting turn with his announcement of a new energy boiling-planet-tminitiative—Power Africa. Speaking at a town hall event in Johannesburg, South Africa, President Obama claimed that “the planet will boil over” if everyone has access to air conditioning, automobiles, and big houses. That is, unless the world finds “new ways of producing energy.”

Is that really the best thing to say to a continent that suffers from oppressive temperatures and widespread poverty? We have all that but you shouldn’t want it. How is that for inciting hatred and resentment for America?

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Military’s Use of Powerful Psychiatric Drugs

Last month FOX National News released a three-part series on the drugging of our nation’s military, produced by award-winning investigative reporter Douglas Kennedy, and assisted by CCHR International.

The first part of this series, “Military’s Reliance on Powerful Psych Drugs,” tells the story of Marine substance-abuse-among-military-veteransCorporal Andrew White who survived the 2005 war in Iraq, but unfortunately, says his father Stanley, he could not survive the drug cocktail prescribed to him by his caregivers at the Department of Veterans Affairs. Andrew was prescribed 19 different drugs from the Dept. of Veterans Affairs (VA), and was on 5 drugs for insomnia when he accidentally died in his sleep in 2011. A cocktail that included the antidepressant Paxil, the anti-anxiety Klonopin and the anti-psychotic Seroquel. Click here for part one of this series.

The second part of this series, “Military Prescribing Powerful Anti-psychotics,” follows the tragic death of former Navy Corpsman, Kelly Greece, who overdosed on the cocktail of drugs she was prescribed by her doctor from the VA. She was prescribed Klonopin, Adderall, Seroquel, and at least 15 other powerful psychiatric drugs. Click here for part two of this series.

The third part of this series, “Drug Treatments for Vets Doing More Harm than Good?” tells the story of Iraqi war veteran Charles Perkins who, after returning home from Iraq, saw 13 different VA psychiatrists within one year, many of them giving him different diagnoses. Perkins ended up receiving 25 prescriptions for 25 different drugs. Once Perkins saw his own doctor, he was told “You are lucky to be alive.” Click here for part three of this series.

“When you have so many soldiers on psychiatric drugs, you are producing chronic mental patients.” — Dr. Peter Breggin

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What a great word Peter chose in Acts 2:38

When conviction struck the hearts of the Jews on the Day of Pentecost, they asked what they should do about their guilt. Peter did not hesitate: “Repent…” (Acts 2:38). The Greek word Luke was inspired to use was metanoesate, from meta (after) and nous (the mind), or afterthought. He used the correct word—after 1341822265_171019being told what they were guilty of, after considering their sins, the Jews perceived that they needed to change their mind. They changed their mind from unbelief to faith, and quickly on to commitment to obey. That is why Luke said, “Then they that gladly received his word were baptized…” (Acts 2:41). Baptism comes after evidence of this mental assent.

This change of mind after consideration of truth is what God is after. He first provides the purpose for our change, but leaves the action up to us. On Pentecost they heard, felt, believed (changed their mind), then were obedient to baptism. However, the Jezebel in the church at Thyatira did not “will” to repent even after the purpose and space was provided to do so. Unless one’s mind is changed by the preaching of the Word and the conviction of the Spirit, trying to live the Christian life will be like “gravel in the mouth”—joyless, unfulfilling, something likely to be cast aside at the first challenge or difficulty. But true commitment produces a life marked by “joy unspeakable and full of glory” (I Peter 1:8). Perhaps we need to use this wonderful word more often.

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Does God and the Devil ever work together?

Perhaps, at times, but with differing agendas. For example, who moved David to number the people? This seems to be a big question in some minds, instilling doubt as to the accuracy of the biblical record. II Samuel 24:1 suggests that it was God who moved David to number the people. But in I Chronicles 21:1, the writer states that Satan was the instigator in the heart of David. Who really was responsible?

Many scholars believe that both were involved in the action, but with different purposes in mind. Evidently Satan initiated the thought, but ultimately God allowed it to be done. One wanted to see David and God’s people destroyed, God’s purpose seems to have been to humble David and Israel, teaching both a valuable spiritual lesson.

Both God and Satan were involved in the trials of Job, just as they were in the crucifixion of Jesus. Satan wanted to destroy Jesus (John 13:2; I Corinthians 2:8), but God’s purpose was the redemption of mankind through the sacrifice of Christ on the cross (Acts 2:14-39).

Do you have another explanation? Share your thoughts with us.

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Preachers are called to preach!

SP11John Adams once remarked,
“It is the duty of the clergy to accommodate their discourses to the times, to preach against such sins as are most prevalent, and recommend such virtues as are most wanted. For example, if exorbitant ambition and venality are predominant, ought they not to warn their hearers against those vices? If public spirit is much wanted, should they not inculcate this great virtue? If the rights and duties of Christian magistrates and subjects are disputed, should they not explain them, show their nature, ends, limitations, and restrictions, how muchsoever it may move the gall of Massachusetts?”

The problem today is that America’s preachers have taken off their black frocks and put on yellow ones! Where is the preaching against prevalent sins? Where is the spiritual, scriptural explanation concerning the rights and duties, limitations and restrictions of Christian magistrates from America’s pulpits today?
The famed nineteenth century revivalist, Charles G. Finney, had some trenchant words on this subject. He said,

  • If there is a decay of conscience, the pulpit is responsible for it.
  • If the public press lacks moral discernment, the pulpit is responsible for it.
  • If the church is degenerate and worldly, the pulpit is responsible for it.
  • If the world loses its interest in Christianity, the pulpit is responsible for it.
  • If Satan rules in our halls of legislation, the pulpit is responsible for it.
  • If our politics become so corrupt that the very foundations of our government are ready to fall away, the pulpit is responsible for it.

Both John Adams and Charles Finney were right on target! When is the last time you heard a nationally renowned (or even locally renowned) Christian pastor speak out against the One World Order that appears to be under construction at a very rapid pace? When have you heard them speak against the demise of our constitutionally protected liberties with the implementation of the Patriot Act and similar encroachments? When did you hear them renouncing the way the White House and Congress are facilitating the invasion of our country by illegal aliens? The answer is…you haven’t and you won’t.

Source:  http://www.walkfreely.com/?p=30

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Another reason…

Every minister is urged to look closely at the resolution concerning media that will be brought before the upcoming General Conference. Is it strengthening the hands of pastors who are attempting to hold the line against an invasive culture? Is it protecting what Apostolics have stood for during the past two generations? Will it help the movement retain its standards relating to worldly entertainment and TV filth? Will there be any way to enforce the new positions—i.e., is it “toothless”? Does it move us closer to, or perhaps into, an “anything goes” era? Or is it basically an accommodation to those who want to remove the restriction of Article VII, Section 7, Paragraph 31?

A 6/26 USA Today article by Marco Cava stated films and TV have helped clear a path for acceptance of the gay lifestyle in pop culture. “Hollywood is gay marriage’s best man,” the author crowed. They are happy to take the credit for changing the culture about gays.

Thanks, Hollywood, for providing yet another reason we should be slow in softening our stand against Hollywood trash.

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Judging With Righteous Judgment

Judging-Cover-flatBy J. R. Ensey

Righteous judgment uses the background of biblical principles to make informed decisions. Would one consider marriage without “judging” their potential mate? Should one invest in a stock or business without making an informed judgment about the overall health of the company and the character of its chief executives? Would you put someone in a church position without determining whether they are capable or trustworthy? Or issue ministerial license without first judging by all the evidence available that they should have the license? Bottom line: all Christians, and especially Christian leaders, must judge.
This little inexpensive booklet points out the difference in righteous and unrighteous judgment, and also provides some guidelines for avoiding the guilt one may feel when he or she is obligated make a judgment.   AM Price $2.99

Before You Say “I Do”

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By J. R. Ensey

No one in your church should get married before asking themselves these twenty-five very important questions. This book has helped countless couples circumvent potential trouble areas in their courtship and marriage. A wedding planner and other extras are included in the book. AM Price $3.99

The Perils of Pluralism

Perils-of-PluralismBy J. R. Ensey

The Oneness Pentecostal movement is being pressured toward ecumenism. Here are the positions that will help us overcome the temptation to surrender to that spirit.  AM Price $3.99

The Word of KnowledgeThe-Word-of-Knowledge

By J. R. Ensey

This supernatural gift from God involving a revelation of information has been mightily used but also abused. A must read!
AM Price $2.99

Of Dice and Men

By J. R. Ensey

Gambling is becoming a huge industry in America. It is pulling millions of dollars out of the pockets of those who can least afford it. It is a thief! And if we do not teach our people the principles that it violates, someday a type of this evil will invade our own assemblies with the mantra, “Everybody’s does it in some way, so what’s the big deal?” Includes considerable information on state lotteries.  AM Price $3.99

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Judging judgmentalism

I once heard a message on judgmentalism where the preacher himself was the one who was being brokenness5-4judgmental. He was judging motives right and left but only of those he thought were judging or with whom he disagreed. I suppose it is OK to criticize the critics when the critics are criticizing you. That seemed to be the message. Don’t judge anyone. Just let everyone do their own thing freely without any input. Sorry, that is not the message of either Jesus or the Apostles.

Jesus and the apostles judged, and they told us to judge. But people who want to avoid accountability and spiritual responsibility make judgmentalism an all-day sucker. Judgmentalism is the world’s last sin. Everything else is OK. Don’t make anyone feel bad about anything they want to do. If you do, you are judgmental.

That attitude basically puts the ministry in a box, just where the world and carnal Christians want them. If everyone is a law unto himself, then why are we wasting our time trying to preach the Word and guide people out of their sinful ways?

What does the Bible really say about judging? Take a few minutes and order the little booklet Judging With Righteous Judgment described above under BooksBooks. It is only $2.95 and might be worth a lot more than that in understanding of this vital issue.

In the same vein—isn’t it funny that those who inveigh the loudest against “labeling” are the ones doing most of the labeling. They want to label you, but don’t want you to label them.

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Texas signTexas is not a Safe Pasture state.

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A sense of humor is the pole that adds balance to our steps as we walk the tightrope of life. – Bits and Pieces

My problem is I say what I’m thinking before I think what I’m saying. – Laurence J. Peter

There are two kind of people: Those who stop to think and those who stop thinking.

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Studies show that you burn more calories sleeping than you do watching television. Yet another reason…

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Thank you for sharing a few minutes of your time with us.

JREnsey

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July Blog

Welcome to the July ’13 Edition of the blog!

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What part of the human psyche does the military not understand?

Perhaps you have been following the recent problems of sexual “assaults” in the military. Theus-marines-including-lance-corporal-kristi-baker-left-and-hospital-corpsman-shannon-crowley-right administration’s push to get women in the military’s fighting units has put them at serious risk, not only on the battlefield but from fellow soldiers as well.

What is frustrating is that both the brass and the bureaucrats seem to have no clue as to why these “attacks” of groping, touching, and in some cases, beyond that, are taking place. Thrusting women in among the male soldiers at every level of service can only result in increased instances of inappropriate conduct. Both the victim and the perpetrator can have their lives virtually ruined by such charges. Authorities are pretending they don’t know why, but you have to know that is not true. They are forced to be politically correct and parrot the line that soldiers should be eunuchs or exhibit absolutely no awareness of the opposite sex. Hellllloooooo! One wonders how many “attacks” by gays and lesbians have gone unreported.

Why does this administration feel compelled to have women fighting our wars on the battlefield, becoming a laughing stock to much of the world? When they are captured by some of these warring countries that treat women simply as objects, what will happen?

Removing all the boundaries that God established in favor of humanistic and unrealistic egalitarianism will further reduce America’s effectiveness in every category of national life.

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In spite of the above, we pray for all those standing up for America, including our troops…

Freedom isn’t free. Keep the faith that someday this long nightmare of the current administration will end and we can walk back into the sunrise of a new day of freedom and liberty. On July 4, remember all those who have paid the price for that freedom.

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Mantle, not ashes

A friend sent this quote:

Leonard Ravenhill, (at the risk of quoting a non-Apostolic) shortly before his death, was often asked by local Bible school students if they could come over to his home and if Ravenhill would lay hands on them and pass on his mantle. He said, “They all want my mantle, no one wants my sackcloth and ashes!”

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 Syria in prophecy

289187-syria-civil-warAs the situation in Syria intensifies, the United Nations reports that 93,000 civilians have been killed since 2011. The United States is considering the extent of assistance to provide to the rebels. With the deadly drama continuing to progress, and considering Syria’s biblical and geographical significance, it is likely we will see end times prophesy unfolding.

To complicate matters, Vladimir Putin is insisting that Russian troops be positioned in the Golan area to “monitor” and “guard” the situation that has developed since Syria has crossed over into the Golan Heights area. Troops from other nations are pulling out. Russia intends to get a foot in the door—perhaps it will be “a hook in the jaw” (Ezekiel 38:4)—that will pull them into a final conflict described in the Book of Revelation. To further complicate the situation, our president is planning to arm the rebels who may ultimately depose the government and take over the country. Who will we have armed? How long before we get our bullets and bombs coming back this way?

So many situations that point to thegetImage end of this dispensation are rapidly developing. A tribulation is coming and the church needs to be ready to get out of here! It is not a time to compromise, to back away from gospel truth, or turn our eyes toward the things of the world. It won’t be long now. Hang on tight!

I would be open to hearing from those who have suggestions as to how the current events in the Middle East fit into Bible prophecy.

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Bible questions

Ezekiel 16:49 seems to express the sins of Sodom as selfishness and pride rather than homosexuality. Which is correct?

Both are correct. The Sodomites were arrogant and selfish, not wishing to share their material prosperity with the poor and needy among them as the Ezekiel verse clearly states. But it is also true that there was gross sexual perversion prevalent among them (Genesis bible-questions119:8; Jude 7). A combination of all of these evidently contributed to God’s decision to destroy the city.

Since not all of Joel’s prophecy came to pass on the Day of Pentecost, was Peter mistaken when he quoted Joel in Acts 2:16-21?

Peter’s quotation of Joel 2:28-32 on Pentecost was accurate, but only as a partial or initial fulfillment of Joel’s prophecy. It seems to indicate that Peter viewed the events of Pentecost as inaugurating the “last days.” The signs and wonders mentioned would take place in the future “before the day of the Lord” (v. 20), during the final events of the last days.

Why was Paul forbidden to preach in Asia (Acts 16:6)? Was this a recantation of the Great Commission?

The denial for Paul and Timothy to go there was not a permanent command to “stand down,” so to speak, but God had other plans for them at the present time. Later the gospel would be preached in Asia both by Paul (Acts 19:10,22,26; 20:4,16,18; I Corinthians 16:19) and through those Paul had converted and mentored (I Thessalonians 1:6-8).

Are believers sanctified by the Spirit or by the truth?

The Bible does not contradict itself when accurately translated and properly understood. It does say that we are sanctified by the Spirit of God (I Peter 1:2), but also by “thy truth” (John 17:17).  Additionally, we are sanctified “in the name of Jesus” (I Corinthians 6:11). Ephesians 5:26 suggests a sanctification that comes by the “washing of water of the word.” Hebrews 13:12 involves the “blood of Christ” in our sanctification. All of these elements play a role in setting one aside for God’s service and purpose. One verse is not usually comprehensive on any particular doctrine. Every reference need not give full details of every story, event, or doctrine. Some verses provide a particular fact and another verse may augment that story or doctrine with another fact. Examples abound. All are true.

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Another reason we avoid television in our homes

Monogamy is unnatural

I have rarely visited the CNN website on my computer. I fear a virus at best and a completetumblr_m190ceImvY1qai99lo1_400 hard drive crash at worst. It is popularly called the “Communist News Network.” However, someone alerted me to an article there that sounded so far out I had to check and see if someone was kidding. They weren’t.

An article posted on their site (6/24) was headlined “Monogamy is unnatural.” The author conveyed without hesitation that monogamy (one man/woman being faithful to a spouse) destroys marriage.

“Biologically, we humans are animals,” she stated flatly. “So it makes sense to look at the animal kingdom for clues as to what we are built for. Monogamy is a rarity among animals.” She provided a number of examples of animal behavior that seemed to her to prove her point. Most animals were “bed-hoppers” and had sex with more than one mate whenever the urge struck them. The article was accompanied by a video clip of two “swinging” couples being interviewed about their “polyamorousness” (a new word for me). Prophecy: soon straight couples will be tagged as odd, out-of-date, perhaps even “unnatural.”

Claptrap like this is becoming standard fare on television, I am told. Decadence is portrayed as acceptable in our current culture. Pentecostals should never become comfortable with television in the home. That may sound “out of the loop,” but I know that every committed Christian reading this knows in his/her heart that it is right.

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A story someone sent that I had to include

THE OLD TELEPHONE ON THE WALL

When I was a young boy, my father had one of the first telephones in our neighborhood.. I remember the polished, old case fastened to the wall. The shiny receiver hung on the side of the box. I was too little to reach the telephone, but used to listen with fascination when my mother talked to it.

wooden-phoneThen I discovered that somewhere inside the wonderful device lived an amazing person. Her name was “Information Please” and there was nothing she did not know. Information Please could supply anyone’s number and the correct time.

My personal experience with the genie-in-a-bottle came one day while my mother was visiting a neighbor. Amusing myself at the tool bench in the basement, I whacked my finger with a hammer, the pain was terrible, but there seemed no point in crying because there was no one home to give sympathy.

I walked around the house sucking my throbbing finger, finally arriving at the stairway. The telephone! Quickly, I ran for the footstool in the parlor and dragged it to the landing. Climbing up, I unhooked the receiver in the parlor and held it to my ear. “Information, please,” I said into the mouthpiece just above my head.

A click or two and a small clear voice spoke into my ear. “Information.”

“I hurt my finger,” I wailed into the phone, the tears coming readily enough
now that I had an audience.

“Isn’t your mother home?” came the question.

“Nobody’s home but me,” I blubbered.

“Are you bleeding?” the voice asked.

“No,” I replied. “I hit my finger with the hammer and it hurts.”

“Can you open the icebox?” she asked. I said I could.

“Then chip off a little bit of ice and hold it to your finger,” said the voice.

After that, I called “Information Please” for everything. I asked her for help with my geography, and she told me where Philadelphia was. She helped me with my math. Another day I was on the telephone with “Information Please” asking, “How do I spell fix?”

She told me my pet chipmunk that I had caught in the park just the day before would eat fruit and nuts. Then, there was the time Petey, our pet canary, died. I called “Information Please,” and told her the sad story. She listened, and then said things grown-ups say to soothe a child. But I was not consoled. I asked her, “Why is it that birds should sing so beautifully and bring joy to a family, only to end up as a heap of feathers on the bottom of a cage?”

She must have sensed my deep concern, for she said quietly, “Wayne , always remember that there are other worlds to sing in.” Somehow I felt better.

All this took place in a small town in the Pacific Northwest . When I was nine years old, we moved across the country to Boston. I missed my friend very much. “Information Please” belonged in that old wooden box back home and I somehow never thought of trying the shiny new phone that sat on the table in the hall. As I grew into my teens, the memories of those childhood conversations never really left me.

Often, in moments of doubt and perplexity I would recall the serene sense of security I had then. I appreciated now how patient, understanding, and kind she was to have spent her time on a little boy.

A few years later, on my way west to college, my plane put down in Seattle. I had about a half-hour or so between planes. I spent 15 minutes or so on the phone with my sister, who lived there now. Then without thinking what I was doing, I dialed my hometown operator operatorand said, “Information Please.”

Miraculously, I heard the small, clear voice I knew so well. “Information.”

I hadn’t planned this, but I heard myself saying, “Could you please tell me how to spell fix?” There was a long pause. Then came the soft spoken answer, “I guess your finger must have healed by now.”I laughed, “So it’s really you,” I said. “I wonder if you have any idea how much you meant to me during that time?”

“I wonder,” she said, “if you know how much your call meant to me. I never had any children and I used to look forward to your calls.” I told her how often I had thought of her over the years and I asked if I could call her again when I came back to visit my sister. “Please do”, she said. “Just ask for Sally.”

Several months later I was back in Seattle.  A different voice answered, “Information.” I asked for Sally. “Are you a friend?” she said.

“Yes, a very old friend,” I answered. “I’m sorry to have to tell you this,” she said, “but Sally had been working part time the last few years because she was sick. She died five weeks ago.”

Before I could hang up, she said, “Wait a minute, did you say your name was Wayne?” “Yes.” I answered.

“Well, Sally left a message for you. She wrote it down in case you called. Let me read it to you.” The note said, “Tell him there are other worlds to sing in. He’ll know what I mean.” I thanked her and hung up. I knew what Sally meant.

Never underestimate the impression you may make on others. Whose life have you touched today?

I know this has been long but I trust you have found it worth reading. Each of us touch lives in ways we may never know until we reach heaven.

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If the Pope can see it…

The Vatican held a conference in June called, “The Child as a Person and as Patient: imagesTherpeutic Approaches Compared.” They did this in order to bring professionals together to discuss the harmful consequences of psychiatric drugging of children and pregnant mothers. They hoped to prove that “psychosocial options” are better than “psychotropic care” (drugs). They focused on two main drug groups, antidepressants and psychotics.

Conference leaders called for “religious orders, Catholic schools, hospitals, medical associations, media and parishes to become informed and help children and families discover alternatives to psychiatric medications, as well as help them have real input when discussing the risks and benefits of such medications.”

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Disorders keep multiplying

The American Psychiatric Association has published its Big Book of psychiatric “disorders,” the DSM-5. For information about some of the goofy additions in this already goofy book, go to:

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/05/02/books/greenbergs-book-of-woe-and-francess-saving-Mental Disordersnormal.html?pagewanted=all&_r=1&

Reporter Kelly OMeara wrote, “On June 3rd, during the White House National Conference on Mental Health, President Obama announced his administration would be taking a number of steps to expand the nation’s mental health services, saying that America needs to have a conversation to help remove the ‘stigma and embarrassment’ associated with a mental illness diagnosis. A seemingly noble sentiment, if not for the fact that it is psychiatry’s fraudulent diagnosing system—the DSM—that has recently become a true embarrassment for the mental health industry.”

Click here to read the rest of the article

CCHR International commented: “With all due respect to the President, in light of the recent national and international criticism lobbed at the American Psychiatric Association’s (APA) diagnosing manual, the DSM-5, which includes the National Institute of Mental Health’s (NIMH) admission that psychiatric disorders lack scientific validity, the focus of his desired conversation is arguably misinformed and out of sync with the raging controversy surrounding the validity of accurately diagnosing any alleged mental disorder.”

PS: I will say again that it is becoming evident that the current administration is encouraging more psychiatric diagnoses and psy prescriptions to be written. In the future they might well use this information to remove guns from the home and deny purchasing of them.

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Some believe this law forbids gun control legislation

http://www.civilrightstaskforce.info

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Bumps in the road

Stays-in-BenghaziThe deaths at Benghazi were just “bumps in the road,” according to President Obama.

Additionally, when describing the Benghazi incident on TV (5/13/2013), he called the focus on it “a political circus” and attempted to further trivialize it and remove himself and his cohorts from any criticism.

How sad when the Commander-in-Chief can refer to the deaths of Navy Seals and the American Ambassador as mere “bumps in the road.” How long must we tolerate such insensitive rhetoric?

The following poem was said to be anonymously written by a Marine Corps officer:

 

The Battling Boys of Benghazibenghazi-victims

We’re the Battling Boys of Benghazi,

No fame, no glory, no paparazzi.

Just a fiery death in a blazing hell,

Defending the country we loved so well.

It wasn’t our job, but we answered the call,

Fought to the consulate and scaled the wall.

We pulled twenty countrymen from the jaws of fate,

Led them to safety and stood at the gate.

Just the two of us and foes by the score,

But we stood fast to bar the door.

Three calls for reinforcements, but all were denied,

So we fought and we fought, and we fought till we died.

We gave our all for our Uncle Sam,

But Barack Obama didn’t give a d––n.

Just two dead SEALS who carried the load,

No thanks to us, we were just “bumps in the road.”

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One sixth of the world’s population has a new pope—the first one to be a Jesuit. What will his agenda be? How will his administration affect the Evangelical/Protestant churches? Special report from Lighthouse Trails Research.

How to Know When the Emerging Church is Emerging into YOUR Church

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Does Israel still have a place in future events as the original people of God? Did the church replace them? What is replacement theology? A very important concept that relates to the future of all people. By Mike Oppenheimer.

5 Things You Can Do To Protect Your Kids From Sexual Predators

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 Five Things You Should Know About Contemplative Prayer

BKT-CP-smWhat is “contemplative prayer”? How is it becoming a practice of many Christians today without them knowing of its origins and meaning? What are its connections with Catholic mysticism and Eastern religions? A must read! By Ray Yungen

Lectio Divina: What it is, What it is not, and Should Christians Practice it?

BKT-LC-DVD-SMThis term means “sacred reading.” Seems innocuous, but don’t be deceived. The Catholic mystics of another age developed it, but why are some of our Apostolic educational institutions using it, along with contemplative prayer? Do these practices contribute to real Bible spirituality? Special report by Lighthouse Trails.

Can Cultures Be Redeemed?

BKT-CLTR-SMHere are some things we need to know about the “indigenous people’s movement.” Does God redeem individuals or cultures? This movement’s leaders hold that God redeems cultures and places in them a way for men to have a relationship with God outside of the Gospel. By Nanci Des Gerlaise.

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Lighten up

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Chuck Norris

Gov't Surveillance

IRS Healthcare

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We feel your pain

The story is told that a news journalist heard about an old Jewish man who had been going tohasidic-jew-praying-500 the Western Wall to pray, twice a day, every day, for a very long time. So she went to check it out, and there he was walking slowly up to the holy site. She stood back and watched him pray for about 45 minutes. When he turned to leave, she approached him and asked for an interview.

“Pardon me, sir. I am Rebecca Smith from CNN. What’s your name?”

“Morris Feinberg,” he replied

“Sir, how long have you been coming to the Western Wall and praying?”

“About 45 years.”

“That’s amazing,” the journalist exclaimed. “What do you pray for?”

“I pray for peace between the Christians, Jews and the Muslims. I pray for all the wars and all the hatred to stop. I pray for all our children to grow up safely as responsible adults and to love their fellow man. I pray that politicians tell us the truth and put the interests of the people ahead of their own interests..”

“How do you feel after doing this for 45 years?”

“Like I’m talking to a brick wall.”

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Parting Shot

“The God who made Himself of no reputation is under no obligation to protect your reputation.”  -  Kevin Prince, TX District Superintendent

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JREnsey

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