November Addendum 2014

Welcome to the NOVEMBER 2014 abbreviated blog ADDENDUM!

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The election

So, there you have it. The people have spoken. The real voice of the majority of American people—not the shrill cry of the street people, the 90-day wonders, the newly-crossed over, the dopeheads, and the liberal classroom professors who care for nothing but their tenure. Those constituencies will probably regroup for the next presidential campaign, but they had little to vote for in this election. I personally thank them for staying home for this one.

The Senate has again gone to the Republicans who now may get to act on some of the stack of nearly 400 bills sent to it by the House of Representatives in recent years. We shall see how their collective voice will be heard amid the clamor of the Obama administration’s rush to appease all the anti-American elements operating with impunity within our borders. (Oops…I forgot—we have no borders.)

Perhaps the runaway locomotive known as the Obomination will have to take a siding and cool its boilers. But maybe not. The President will likely take to his pen and phone and see how many executive orders it will take to finish his promised “transformation” of America. Obama did not come across as conciliatory in his post-election press conference. It was still my way or the highway. “I’ll see what the Republicans want,” he said, as if he had no idea. If he doesn’t, he hasn’t been keeping up with the news. (I guess it comes on around tee time.)

Where is our country going? If Obama has his way, we will become an extension of Mexico/Central America, with borders open to all people from anywhere, many coming from all over the world just to ensure the downfall of our Republic and the American system of government. If he cared about what Americans think or want, he would not do what he is doing. But, like someone we read about in the Bible, he knows his time is short and he must do what he set out to do quickly. Two years in politics is an eternity. How much closer will we be to a second-rate complete socialist state when he leaves office? It will be difficult to undo everything he has done.

What can we do in the meantime?

We can pray. Do what the Book says—pray for our leaders, officials, and those who run our government. God can still make some things happen and surprise those who oppose Him.

We can speak publicly and privately. Just because we are Christians does not mean we have to sit in silence and let things happen.

Write. There is room for our voices on the Internet. If we let the terrorists, the communists, the anti-American elements in the country dominate the Internet and social media, they will gladly do it—and will aggressively push their agenda in our faces. Fight fire with fire.

Encourage our constituents and friends and neighbors to also speak up, lest we all lose the privilege to do so.

With a voice of reason and love challenge the socialists, the feminists, the anti-gun activists, groups that support amnesty for all illegal aliens, and those who despise Christianity. Hate never wins. The only way we will win the war on terror is to win the ideological battles we fight weekly. We must project and present to our fellow Americans a better way—a worldview that makes sense and reflects sound principles. Say to the haters, the terrorists, and the socialist liberals, “You can’t have my country! You can’t have my church! You can’t have my children!”

Pray that someone with American values will arise who is electable in 2016. We have had it with progressives, socialists, feminists, atheists, political kooks and lackeys. If you think all this slouching toward Gomorrah is merely God’s unfolding will and nothing we do will or should change our national course, fine. Forget voting. You might oppose God’s will. However, I don’t know that it is God’s time yet for the termination of the age. If not, I have grandchildren and great grandchildren that I want to see have a chance at a decent and safe national environment. That is why I appreciate the outcome of this election—it may give us a little breathing room, and perhaps a ray of hope for the next one.

Let’s live like Jesus is coming today but work (and vote) like He isn’t coming for a thousand years.

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Note to those with “stars” in their eyes

Our elders taught us: As your churches grow, keep your eyes on Jesus and your hands in the harvest. It was good advice.

When “cool” pastors blossom virtually overnight with megachurches, young pastors tend to salivate. They read every word Mr. Cool writes and are tempted to copy every “look” he and his church project.

But houses—or congregations—built on sand are short lived. Most celebrity pastors are sand. Hip personalities are sand. Smart-aleck attitudes are sand. Shallow, crossless Christianity is sand. The position that says, “I’ll show you that God doesn’t care about all those tired old standards and staid doctrines Evangelicals and Apostolics have featured for years,” is really just sand.

Another house has fallen. Mark Driscoll’s Mar’s Hill in Seattle—the house built in a day without a foundation, has crumbled. “And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell: and great was the fall of it.” Driscoll was washed up, booted out, and the church is dissolving.

Will we never learn not to hitch our wagon to a “star” but to the “Son”?

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Articles worth reading

Pope comes out for evolution

http://www.theblaze.com/stories/2014/10/30/pope-francis-comments-about-evolution-the-big-bang-and-god-not-being-a-magician-with-a-magic-wand-spark-big-response/

In schools: Jesus, no; Islam, yes

http://www.foxnews.com/us/2014/10/31/marine-dad-upset-with-assignment-on-islam-banned-from-daughters-high-school/

How important is it to choose officials with values?

http://www.afa.net/the-stand/government/choosing-godly-officials/

Are you a terrorist?

http://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2014/10/21/christian-extremists-threat-muslims-homegrown-cliven-bundy-column/17679789/

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Thanks for your time.

 

JREnsey

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JREnsey blog November 2014

Welcome to the NOVEMBER 2014 blog!

 

The Word for today

the-bible“Do not fret because of evil men or be envious of those who do wrong; for like the grass they will soon wither” (Psalm 37:1)

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Words to remember on Election Day

“Make no mistake, [my] policies are on the ballot, every single one of them.” – Barack Hussein Obama, suggesting that a vote for any Democrat in 2014 is a vote for his policies.

If we don’t vote, we will deserve exactly what we get.

How important are ethical leaders? Proverbs 29:12 tells us: “If a ruler listens to lies, all his officials become wicked” (NIV84).

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We will provide an addendum to the blog a few days after the election to share our thoughts…should anyone be interested.

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Life in the 21st century

I had a power outage at my house this morning and my PC, laptop, TV, DVD, iPad and my new surround sound music system were all shut down.

imagesThen I discovered that my iPhone battery was flat and to top it off, it was raining outside so I couldn’t go for a walk, bike or run. The garage door opener needs electricity so I couldn’t go anywhere in the car.

I went into the kitchen to make coffee and then I remembered that this also needed power, so I sat and talked with my family for a few hours. They seem like nice people.

—Anonymous, could be almost anybody

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Ashamed of His words

In an old Bible, I found the following words I had written some time ago. They were near Mark 8:31-38. I honestly don’t remember if they represent a thought I had while reading the passage or something someone pointed out that I thought was significant at the time.

Ashamed of His Words, I wrote in the margin. Peter had just rebuked Jesus for saying that He would suffer and be killed. Peter could not tolerate the thought of Jesus dying. He was among Christ’s disciples—should anyone try to take Him they would fight. They would protect Him. Peter was offended at the thought of His death. The whole idea shamed him. Jesus wasgolden-bible Messiah. Jesus would restore Israel and kick out the Romans. But that was not the purpose of His coming—dying was. The cross represented shame and reproach—something Peter had no stomach for. When it came to the point of fulfillment, Peter was ashamed of Jesus and denied that he even knew Him.

Why do some men today compromise and deny the Apostolic message? One of the reasons may be that they are ashamed of Jesus’ words—words such as “I am the way.” Many “Christians” cannot bring themselves to affirm belief that Jesus is the only way. That seems to cut out one’s unbelieving friends. Those words often divide families, churches, and even communities.

Others are ashamed of Jesus’ words when He said, “narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it” (Matthew 7:14). They want to broaden the way to appear “loving” and “inclusive.” Popularity and a numerical following are more important than the presentation of truth.

Still others find it difficult to preach these words of Christ: “Whosoever will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.” The mental image of the cross is ugly and crude. It represents self-denial. The world is looking for affirmation and the accommodation of self rather than self-denial. To bear the signs of the cross in one’s life embarrasses them. The appearance of a dedicated Christian is shunned by many. They are willing to look and act like the world rather than be thought of as one in denial of carnal indulgence and self-aggrandizement.

After Jesus rebuked Peter for his attitude, which represented the voice of “Satan” and “the things of men” (v. 33), saying, “Whosoever therefore shall be ashamed of me and of my words in this adulterous and sinful generation; of him also shall the Son of man be ashamed, when he cometh in the glory of his Father with the holy angels” (v. 38). What a warning!

Based in part on that prospect, Paul made this commitment: “According to my earnest expectation and my hope, that in nothing I shall be ashamed, but that with all boldness, as always, so now also Christ shall be magnified in my body, whether it be by life, or by death” (Philippians 1:20). May our commitment match that of Paul’s.

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The last bastion of privacy

Gender-neutral-bathroom-signA legal group that advocates for the right of people to freely live out their faith has sent letters to school districts in three states telling them to reject policies that would allow students to use restrooms reserved for the opposite sex. If our schools and our local governments continue to push for this kind of “freedom” for transgenders and homosexuals who “feel like someone else inside,” we must stand together against it. If we don’t, our children are at serious risk. Speak up! The time for silence is past. We oppose no one’s constitutional rights or freedoms, but those who have men’s bodies should use the men’s room, and those with women’s bodies should use the ladies’ room, regardless of their mental state. That is not rocket science, folks.

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More reasons to mis-trust your government

Our government agencies gorge themselves on political pork—money consigned to projects that are basically personal favors for donors or particular entities in their constituency.

The Popular Romance Project has received nearly $1 million from the National Endowment of the Humanities (NEH) since 2010 to “explore the fascinating, often contradictory origins and influences of popular romance as told in novels, films, comics, advice books, songs, and internet fan fiction, taking a global perspective—while looking back across time as far as the ancient Greeks.” Surely that is worth a million.

As the U.S. war effort in the Middle East winds to a close, the military has destroyed more pork_barrelthan 170 million pounds worth of useable vehicles and other military equipment. The military has decided that it will simply destroy more than $7 billion worth of equipment rather than sell it or ship it back home.

The government is spending $325, 525 to find out why wives should calm down. Now there is a worthwhile project if I ever saw one. If your wife is angry with you and you don’t want her to stay that way, you might want to check out the findings of this government study.

The Fort Hood shooter continues to collect his government pay. While the families of the survivors and victims were fighting to receive military benefits, Major Nadal Hasan is cashing his paycheck. Since the shooting, Hasan has received over $278,000 in military benefits because the Military Code of Justice doesn’t allow a soldier to be suspended until they are found guilty.

A grant of $150,000 from NSF went to a company in North Carolina to develop a math pork-barrel-316learning game based on the zombie apocalypse.

Since NASA is no longer conducting space flights, they have plenty of time and money to fund a YouTube TV show and cartoon series called “Green Ninja” in which a man dressed in a Green Ninja costume teaches children about global warming. The tab: $390,000.

Many other stupid expenditures could be listed. The pork barrel runneth over. Doesn’t that give you a good feeling every April 15?

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Will their territorial/ideological expansion never cease?

In the sixth and seventh centuries, Islam soon swept over Persia, Syria, and much of North Africa. Within 100 years the Islamic Empire stretched from Spain to central Asia. Much of the Byzantine Empire was overrun by Islam and the East was cut off from the West. The Islamic tide was finally stopped by the Franks under Charles Martel at the Battle of Tours in 732. Constantinople successfully repulsed it in 672-678 and also in 717-718. That is history.surrender-to-islam

One wonders if history is still being written a hundred years from now whether it show that there arose another Charles Martel who resisted the mass murderers and motivated a young nation to stand its ground? Or will they write about a once-nice country, now flying the black flag of IS, whose president couldn’t make up his mind which side to take in a war marked by terror?

Should the White House be repainted…in soft yellow?

How long, O Lord?

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New name for Ebola

Someone suggested that in case Ebola returns to America with those sent to W. Africa to help curb the spread of the disease, the CDC should designate the strain, “O’bola.” Why send thousands of our troops over there without a clear plan to bring them back without the risk of spreading it here?

Oh, you think that may have been the plan all along…to bring a new crisis to America to overshadow the one that popped up last week, which is drawing attention from the one before it, which was arranged to distract us from the previous one, which they hope will take our minds off the election? Nawwww….

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Duke University study reveals how churches change

The October 27 edition of the Houston Chronicle quoted a study about the changing religious scene in America. Almost half of all churches now use drums in their worship. One fourth of all churches feature those who speak in tongues. Churches have a growing diversity in their membership and their worship is less structured. Catholics were the most formal.

Eleven percent of churches consist of all Anglos. Seven out of ten churches that are predominantly Caucasian also have African-American members. More than six out of ten had Hispanic members. Almost a fourth of the churches are independents with no organizational ties.

A big change was seen in the level of acceptance of homosexuals. Some churches give full membershipOdysseynetworks-GabrielSalgueroOnHowHispanicChurchesAreChangingAmerica436 to “all who are willing to confess Jesus as their Lord.” Many ministers in the Duke study feel that Jesus “is all about love,” and what is important is how Christ “showed up and interceded into the affairs of humanity [bringing] the disenfranchised into the faith.” Evidently, if someone demonstrates love in some way, they should be perceived as “saved.”

The times they are ’a-changing, but is the church obligated to conform to the culture? Or is it supposed to be the other way around?

(I often wonder…if it is becoming OK for gays and lesbians to be considered part of the church, is it now OK for heterosexuals to live together outside of marriage? Should fornication be removed from the English language?)

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Will these scenes come to America?

An 80-year-old Iraqi Christian woman who remained in her village after most inhabitants fled an Islamic State onslaught recounted the moment the jihadists threatened to kill her for her faith.

The woman, identified by her first name only, Victoria, said that she realized the Islamic State group had taken over her town of Caramles when she went to church one morning as she does every day, but found it locked.

“Prayer sustained us,” Victoria said of the first four days after the Islamic State takeover when she and one of the other dozen Christians who stayed behind locked themselves in their home. When supplies ran low, the two neighbors, both elderly Christian women, went out in search of food.

Obama-muslim2-1“Inevitably they ran into IS [Islamic State] forces. Explaining their situation, they asked for help and to their surprise IS gave them water even after they refused a request to abandon their faith,” the Catholic Herald reported.

A short time later, the militants went searching for them in their homes and gathered them at St. Barbara’s shrine. “You must convert,” Victoria recalled the men telling the dozen Christians left in town. “Our faith can promise you Paradise.” Victoria and her neighbor Gazella said they would not convert.

“If you want to kill us for our faith then we are prepared to die here and now,” Victoria replied to the militants, as she later told the Catholic Herald.

Miraculously, the jihadists let the group—which included other elderly and ailing Christians—go free.

They are now sleeping on mattresses in temporary housing arranged by a church near the city of Irbil, the capital of the Kurdish region of northern Iraq.

Will such scenarios come to America? Surely they will.

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A harbinger?

Following the beheading of a Christian woman by an Oklahoma Muslim, President Obama sent a special emissary from the Department of Homeland Security to hand deliver a personal message which read: “Your service is a powerful example of the powerful roots of the Abrahamic faiths and how our communities can come together with shared peace with dignity and a sense of justice.”

The message made no appeal to urge Muslims to cry out against this violence. Last week, a man who claims to have attended the mosque said the “mosque will not promote terrorism or any kind of radical acts, but when they’re among friends and congregants only, they will promote the true teachings of Islam, which include the offer to non-Muslims—the choice rather that you must convert, live under Islamic rule, or be fought against. Jihad, for the sake of Allah.”

The man, who asked to remain anonymous, also alleged that he was taught at the Islamic 14075174371961_700-636x385Society of Greater Oklahoma City that suicide bombings against Israel are justified because it’s “the only weapon the Palestinians have, but do not mention this to the media because they would not understand.”

Source: http://www.theblaze.com/stories/2014/10/06/read-the-message-obama-had-hand-delivered

It is reported that children are being shot in the head if they will not deny Jesus. Some children have been beheaded and their heads placed on pikes and put in the public parks. (http://gnli.christianpost.com/video/isis-systematically-beheading-children-in-iraq-32988)

This reminds me of an inside joke…wink, wink. Muslims are instructed in the Qu’ran that it is fine to lie to non-Muslims in order to deceive the infidels when the end will favor Allah and assist Islam. In other words, say one thing and make everyone think we are really peace-loving folks so they will give us a pass that will allow us to continue to undermine the American system. Remember: the passages in the Qu’ran about peace were earlier statements that have been replaced by later “revelations” that are about violence, jihad and terror. We love all Muslims, regardless of their commitments. However, we also love Jesus and the American way of life.

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BooksBooksBooksBooksBooks

Before You Say “I Do”Before-New

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 areas of trouble in their courtship and marriage. A wedding planner and other extras are included in the book.

AM Price $4.99

Does God Really Care…? by J. R. Ensey

Does God Really Care...This is actually two booklets in one (flip book), presenting a Christian perspective of I Corinthians 11, dealing with the hair question, and Deuteronomy 22:5, focusing on unisex clothing and cross-dressing. Perhaps no passages of biblical literature have been so attacked by modern change agents as these two. There must be a reason why! Inexpensive enough to give a copy to every woman in your congregation.     AM Price  $3.99

The Perils of Pluralism

by J. R. Ensey

The pluralistic trends changing the landscape ofperils-of-pluralism Christianity can also involve us. This book explores the parallels of pluralism in the world and in the church. 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

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Grin and bear it

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Parting Shotscannon_shot

“It’s funny how President Obama is always talking about ‘I’ and ‘me’ whenever it makes him look good, but suddenly it’s ‘they’ and ‘we’ when mistakes are made. - Jonah Goldberg

The church can flush a degree of error and unchristian practices out of its system and keep moving along. But when it is invaded by enough heretical parasites, it will become sickly and lose its vitality. Leaders at every level must have the fortitude and foresight to deal with the issues while they are manageable, or else they can become so prominent as to hinder real progress, stifle evangelism, and alter our direction. The alternative is to stick our collective heads in the sand so we can deny that we see any problems or issues that need to be addressed. – JRE

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This election will in part determine how the next two years will impact the future of America. Please vote!

JREnsey

 

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JREnsey October 2014 Blog

Welcome to the OCTOBER 2014 blog!

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The Word for today

bible“Now concerning the times and the seasons, brothers, you have no need to have anything written to you. For you yourselves are fully aware that the day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night. While people are saying, “There is peace and security,” then sudden destruction will come upon them as labor pains come upon a pregnant woman, and they will not escape. But you are not in darkness, brothers, for that day to surprise you like a thief” (I Thessalonians 5:1-4 ESV).

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Words to remember

“A funny thing about tolerant people—they’re really only tolerant when you agree Red bow on fingerwith them.” – Greg Gutfeld

“The only people who don’t want to disclose the truth are people with something to hide.” – Barack Hussein Obama, address to the nation, 2010.

“According to II Timothy 3:16–17, ‘All Scripture is … profitable’ in four ways: for doctrine—that’s what’s right; for repoof—that’s what’s not right; for correction—that’s how to get right; and for instruction in righteousness—that’s how to stay right.” – Warren Wiersbe, Be Skillful

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What is it with “leaders”?

Yet another Presbyterian congregation has opted to leave the Presbyterian Church USA (PCUSA), being willing to pay millions in order to officially depart from the group to join a more conservative organization. Citing “an increasingly liberal theology,” the Highland Park Presbyterian Church in Dallas has had enough. Specifically, the church expressed concern that many Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) leaders do not believe in the deity of Jesus, nor do they embrace salvation through Christ. They hold that these are central tenets of most mainstream Christian churches, leading to a difficult ideological splintering.

A similar Presbyterian church in Menlo Park, CA also bolted from the overseeing church body noting that the church’s “evangelical identity around who Jesus is and our understanding of the authority of scripture are increasingly out of alignment with the denomination as a whole.”

contact_jandevriesThe Rev. Janet DeVries was named to the post of “general presbyter” of PCUSA in 2010, exercising authority over the Texas Presbyterian churches. She stated that she was thankful for the $7.8 million settlement the church must pay to leave. There was no shift in her position. It was like something was wrong in local congregations that want to hold to biblical tenets of the faith. What’s wrong with wanting to maintain a biblical perspective of major doctrines? Is there a clause somewhere that states that part of the job description of organizational leaders is to seek changes in the church’s doctrinal or lifestyle positions? Why must movements continue to drift left because their leaders do? Is there no vetting process involved in choosing leaders? A “whatever, whoever” attitude of the constituency invites problems.

manager-leaderThis is why the UPCI and every Apostolic fellowship must forever and always choose proven leaders who are known to be committed to the fundamentals of our faith—then pray for them regularly that they will remain strong and steady.

Source: http://www.christianpost.com

After reading stories like the above, we can put them in perspective better with a maxim from the pen of Frank J. Fleming: “The problem for a modern day military is figuring out how to destroy an evil enemy without hurting their feelings.” Has such a strategy invaded the ranks of the Evangelical movement, allowing political correctness to trump truth? Yea, the prevailing attitude seems to be: Don’t stir up the devil—placate him. If we do that, he will greet us enthusiastically at the door of his eternal abode.

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T. D. Jakes and the “other sheep” doctrine

In John 10:16 Jesus was discussing His being the Shepherd of the sheep—His people who were followers of His leadership. Here He spoke of “other sheep I have, which are not of this fold: them also I must bring, and they shall hear my voice.” Some would like to use this verse to affirm that pagan unbelievers may also be on the path to salvation.

TD-Jakes-Intl-Pastors-Leadership-ConferenceThis is a passage that T. D. Jakes used when a caller to his program asked if Christians were the only ones saved. He responded that the President had asked him to serve on an Interfaith Commission that included Muslims, Jews, Christians, Mormons, Hindus, Catholics, etc…and they were working closely together on matters that can only be classified as the social gospel. This was to say that he was not going to promote anything that would be divisive to the objectives of the Commission.

The caller asked if he believed they would go to Heaven. Jakes would only say that Jesus spoke of “other sheep not of this fold,” so he was not going to say who they might be, leaving the question open to the opinion of the caller. The Bishop should not have let his friends and associations steal the truth and shut his mouth. [Why don’t they ever ask the Muslims if Christians are going to go to Paradise? You can wager that the Muslims on the Commission would not say the infidel Christians were going to be saved. But, of course, that’s OK.]

Jesus was speaking prophetically about Gentiles who would become a part of the jesus_shepherdbody of Christ—specifically, Gentiles (Acts 10:9-28)—as though they were already a part of His fold. He will “bring” them in due time.

There are two groups that God continues to deal with and work through—the Hebrew nation and Christians. A Jewish remnant will surface after the Rapture and play an important role in the Tribulation after the true Christians have been removed from the earth.

John 10:16 in no way suggests that those in religions that worship and serve other gods have the promise of eternal life.

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Tired of keeping records on computer?

Here’s an idea from the fourth century B.C. Idumea, an area south of Jerusalem.

Today’s businesses increasingly relying on sophisticated computer software to document transactions and track fiscal performance. But in fourth-century B.C. Idumea, about 40 miles southwest of Jerusalem, business records were kept by writing in black ink on ostraca (broken pieces of pottery).

aramaic-ostracon-260x183As archaeologist Ada Yardeni explains, “These inscribed ostraca provide us with a window into the agricultural, economic and social life in the Hebron hills.”

While the Aramaic ostraca mainly record the delivery of wheat, barley and straw, they also document the delivery of everything from olive oil to workers and even to mice. Yes, ladies, there was an order on the “books” for 30 mice! (Check out that next pot of gumbo before diving in!) Found on the ostraca were 600 personal names—one hundred were Edomite and a large group were Arabic. In the fourth century, the population of the Hebron hills was indeed diverse, with many engaged in agricultural practices.

Next time your bookkeeper complains about the work load, especially the filing system, suggest that you go back to the ostraca system.

Source: 9/8 Bible History Daily

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Psychiatric Drugs Send 90,000 to Emergency Rooms Each Year

With the release of a recent JAMA (Journal of the American Medical Association) emergency-room-signpsychiatry study showing that psychiatric drugs send nearly 90,000 Americans to emergency rooms annually, CCHR, the leading mental health watchdog, says there is a need for consumers to search its Psychiatric Drug Side Effects Database to learn the documented risks of these drugs.

The JAMA study reinforces the need for full disclosure and, with 79 million Americans taking at least one psychiatric drug, the study’s limited data at least provides an honest appraisal of the growing problem of adverse events associated with psychiatric drugs.

Click here to read the rest of this article.

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ISIS/ISIL is not Islamic

So said the president in his ISIS speech.

Oh? Are they Methodists? Presbyterians? Pentecostals? They don’t seem to be Hindus or Sikhs or Wiccans. I wonder….who could they possibly be?

75635188_isisnewSince they call themselves “Islamic,” Mr. President, it would seem only right to use that term. They are actually jihadists who have declared themselves to be an Islamic State, carved out of Syria and Iraq.

In Arabic, the group is known as Al-Dawla Al-Islamiya fi al-Iraq wa al-Sham, or the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham. The term “al-Sham” refers to a region stretching from southern Turkey through Syria to Egypt (also including Lebanon, Israel, the Palestinian territories and Jordan). The group’s stated goal is to restore an Islamic state, or caliphate, in this entire area—minus an Israel.

The standard English term for this territory is “the Levant,” which is broadly why Mr. Obama uses the acronym “ISIL.” Technically, ISIS stands for The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria. ISIL stands for The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant. Our president prefers to use the latter. [Someone has suggested that the reason he is willing to fight ISIL is that he thought they wanted to control the “Persian Golf.” Fore, please, Abdul, and give your camel caddy a mint—his breath is wilting my A61F4724-0BA7-4BCD-8FC8-2BE53475C21A_mw1024_s_npoppy.]

Regardless of its moniker, the leaders are Islamists who want to establish a “caliphate,” or Islamic state with laws and policies based on the Qu’ran and Shariah. They want it to be called “Islamic State (IS).” I guess they will be joining the U.N. very soon.

So, Mister President, I suppose you are really advocating the bombing of the Islamic State. That may pain you to say it, but it is what it is.

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The President’s real message?

Glenn Beck (not my fave) said it like this: “So by the President saying ‘this is ISIL,’ he is sending the message: I know who you are. I know what lands you are planning to take,” he concluded. “The President knows who these guys are. [But] he’s not telling you who they are. He’s trying to downplay that they are putting together a caliphate from Egypt to Iran. It does not include Israel. Maybe we should have a real frank conversation about what’s really going on.”

Good luck with that, Glenn.

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History does repeat itself

Wasn’t it the Assyrians and the Babylonians (Iraqis) who troubled Israel and Judah 6248in Bible times, destroying the Temple and enslaving the people? Didn’t they change their names, deny them the privilege of prayer, and put them in fiery furnaces? Isn’t that something like what they want to do to Israelis and Westerners, particularly Americans, today?

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Parents and pastors—here is how our educational system is poisoning our children

Brigitte Gabriel, founder of ACT!! For America, explains:

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Common Meds May Raise Risk of Alzheimer’s in Seniors

Seniors dealing with insomnia or anxiety might want to take it easy on commonly prescribed drugs such as Ativan, Xanax, Valium, and Klonopin, a new study in the British Medical Journal suggests. Researchers in Canada found what looks to be a photo_landing_supportstrong link between Alzheimer’s and this class of drugs, called benzodiazepines, reports the CBC. Specifically, those who took the drugs for longer than 3 months were 51% more likely to develop the disease. The study compared 1,800 people age 65 and older recently diagnosed with about 7,100 seniors who did not have Alzheimer’s.

The findings don’t establish definitive proof that long-term use of benzodiazepines causes Alzheimer’s, “but it does strengthen such suspicions,” observes the Los Angeles Times. Scientists already knew that benzodiazepines take a toll on memory and mental sharpness, and the study authors write that their findings make it crucial for doctors “to carefully balance the risks and benefits when initiating or renewing a treatment with benzodiazepines and related products in older patients.” The American Geriatrics Society already considers the drugs a bad choice for seniors, writes Alice Walton at Forbes.

Source: http://www.newser.com/story/193712/common-meds-may-raise-risk

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After the election will come the fiats…

Obama promised the Russian president that he would have more latitude or flexibility to make decisions and offer concessions after the Presidential election of 2012. He is keeping his promise.

One of the things he is promising illegals in the U.S. is that he will single-handedly “fix” the broken immigration system if necessary. The U.S. immigration laws have obamadvrsignsrickwilkingrtrsbeen in place for many years. Rather than being “broken” they are being abused and by-passed by the administration in responding to the multitudes of foreigners who want to come to America to escape poverty but do not want to go through the system that our forefathers were obliged to do. They want open borders and freedom for everyone to come and go as they please. Our president seems bent on providing them unfettered access to America. They come with the promise of free health care, free food stamps, and ultimately voters’ rights, regardless of whether they have full citizenship papers or even a valid ID. The message being received south of the border: “Come one, come all. Welcome!”

He is promising that after the congressional elections next month he will sign executive orders circumventing the congress, the Constitution, or anything standing in his way to “help the folks,” whatever that means in his strange view of what America should be.

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Spray the burglar

You gotta read this:

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I wonder…are they proposing this idiocy in preparation for confiscating citizen’s guns? I can just hear the hawker: “Turn in your guns here and get a free can of wasp spray!” The line forms to the left.

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It’s all in perspective

“When you are the leader sometimes you don’t know if you are being followed or chased.”

“After spending time with the saints, you know why Jesus spent so much time with sinners.” — Pastor Lee Ingram

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Leading by example

As you know, I have never used this blog to tout our church, its members or its leadership. However, the historic record offering given this year to Sheaves For Christ by Living Way Church, pastored by my son Randy, prompted the following unsolicited Facebook post by LeSann Oglethorpe, one of the early members of the church, and I felt it appropriate to pass the well-written piece along to our readers.

“And some may say, well, it’s just because of Michael Ensey, the General Youth Division President of the UPCI. This is his home church..and I will say, yes , in a way it is. You would have had to be here in the past 18 years as we have to understand, but maybe I can help you a little.

Randy and MichaelBefore Michael ever knew his life path would lead him to being even the Texas Youth President, Michael was leading by example. He had led a disciplined youth of Bible quizzing—a sacrifice of time, attention and study, building a relationship with God that was humbling, and we saw it in his tender heart. Then into ministry he preached with conviction and tears. He disciplined himself to train for marathons and ran to benefit missionaries around the world. His first marathon run, I will never forget, set our church on a course of sacrificial giving that forever changed us. He ran early that Sunday morning and collapsed at the finish. Those driving with him scooped him up off the road side and drove him to the ER. He had trained well and been diligent in care but the best preparation sometimes is not enough for this human body. He brought himself near death for this burden for spreading the gospel. That Sunday as our service started, when most would have taken advantage of the situation to go home and rest, his passion insisted that he be in church. As they brought him in and he sat in a back corner of the sanctuary, a powerful spirit and burden swept over that congregation. As we wept, one after another began to offer their offering of sacrifice to God and for the cause of Sheaves for Christ. Many had financially supported Michael’s marathon run for SFC but how could we ignore his burden and physical sacrifice? As he sat limp and weak, the church melted with a burden to sacrifice in prayer and giving for the world to be reached with the gospel.

Michael recovered from that experience and continued his daily dedication to training and getting sponsors year after year so he could give all to God’s cause. That was before Texas District Youth President, before Gen.Youth Division President, before anyone knew the path God would take him. He led with passion and exampled true love and sacrifice and humility. He forever pierced the heart of Living Way Church with a love for sacrifice in giving. Many in LWC today were not even here when Michael was here, but the spirit that engulfs this church embraces everyone who comes. To God be the glory for the opportunity to be a part of a cause that is greater than us all, and for the experiences and example that so moved us and crushed our hearts to be tender towards the Kingdom of God. We love and appreciate you, Michael Ensey, and how you affected each of us at LWC.”

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BooksBooksBooksBooksBooks

 The Antidepressant Fact Book

by Dr. Peter Breggin

Antidepressant BookKnown as “the Ralph Nader of psychiatry,” Dr. Peter Breggin has been the medical expert in countless court cases involving the use or misuse of psychoactive medications. This unusual position has given him unprecedented access to private pharmaceutical research and correspondence files, information from which informs this straight-talking guide to the most prescribed and controversial category of American drugs: antidepressants. From how these drugs work in the brain to how they treat (or don’t treat) depression and obsessive-compulsive, panic, and other disorders; from the documented side and withdrawal effects to what every parent needs to know about antidepressants and teenagers, The Anti-Depressant Fact Book is up-to-the minute and easy-to-access. Hard-hitting and enlightening, every current, former, and prospective antidepressant-user will want to read this book.

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Your Drug May Be Your Problem

by Dr. Peter BregginYour-Drug-May-Be

Whether the drug is a sleeping pill, tranquilizer, stimulant, antidepressant, mood stabilizer, or antipsychotic, Your Drug May Be Your Problem reveals its documented withdrawal symptoms, demonstrating what many doctors don’t know, understand, or even consider: withdrawal symptoms often mimic the symptoms for which a person has been medicated in the first place, a fact that frequently prompts doctors to mistakenly re-medicate their patients at even higher doses. Armed with this essential background information, readers will better know how to make wise choices for their mental health in the future.

Groundbreaking and empowering, Your Drug May Be Your Problem offers readers what they have long sought—a medically and psychologically sound program for freeing themselves from psychiatric drugs, emphasizing throughout the importance for patients to keep control over the withdrawal process.  AM Price $15.99

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Smile awhile

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Parting Shots

“Being a leader is a lot like being a lady—if you have to go around telling people you are one, you aren’t.”– Margaret Thatcher

“You are free to choose, but you are not free from the consequences of your choices. Unless, of course, you fall into one of those ‘victim voter categories,’ in which case taxpayers will have their income redistributed to compensate you for your choices.” – The Patriot Post

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There are lots of people and situations to pray about. If you run out of things to pray for, pray for me, then re-read this blog.

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JREnsey September 2014 Blog

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The Word for today

“Teach me thy way, O Lord; I will walk in thy truth: unite my heart to fear thy name” (Proverbs 3:21-23).

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Words to remember

quotation-marks“The church did the most for the world when the church was the least like the world. Today, many churches have the idea they must imitate the world in order to reach the world. And they are wrong!” – G. Campbell Morgan, quoted by Warren Wiersbe in Be Available.

“The only people who don’t want to disclose the truth are people with something to hide.” – Barack Hussein Obama, who promised the most transparent administration ever, in an address to the nation, 2010.

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I AM WHAT I AM (I Corinthians 15:10)

Headline shocker: Johns Hopkins Psychiatrist: Transgender is ‘Mental Disorder;’ Sex Change ‘Biologically Impossible’

(CNSNews.com) —  Dr. Paul R. McHugh, the former psychiatrist-in-chief for John Hopkins Hospital and its current Distinguished Service Professor of Psychiatry, said that transgenderism is a “mental disorder” that merits treatment, that sex change is “biologically impossible,” and that people who promote sexual reassignment surgery are collaborating with and promoting a mental disorder. He explained that transgender surgery is not the solution for people who suffer a “disorder of ‘assumption’”—the notion Time-Magazine-Transgender-Tipping-Point-Laverne-Coxthat their maleness or femaleness is different than what nature assigned to them biologically.

Dr. McHugh also pointed out that the suicide rate among transgendered people who had reassignment surgery is 20 times higher than the suicide rate among non-transgender people. Dr. McHugh further noted studies from Vanderbilt University and London’s Portman Clinic of children who had expressed transgender feelings but for whom, over time, 70%-80% “spontaneously lost those feelings.”

While the Obama administration, Hollywood, and major media such as Time magazine promote transgenderism as normal, said Dr. McHugh, these “policy makers and the media are doing no favors either to the public or the transgendered by treating their confusions as a right in need of defending rather than as a mental disorder that deserves understanding, treatment and prevention.” Time magazine had titled a recent cover story, The Transgender Tipping Point: America’s Next Civil Rights Frontier. (Photo: AP)

Dr. McHugh continued, “This intensely felt sense of being transgendered constitutes a mental disorder in two respects. The first is that the idea of sex misalignment is simply mistaken – it does not correspond with physical reality. The second is that it can lead to grim psychological outcomes.”

“‘Sex change’ is biologically impossible,” said McHugh. “People who undergo sex-reassignment surgery do not change from men to women or vice versa. Rather, they become feminized men or masculinized women. Claiming that this is civil-rights matter and encouraging surgical intervention is in reality to collaborate with and promote a mental disorder.”

Please read the entire article CLICK HERE.

Your children may be exposed to transgenderism already in their school by “diversity counselors.”

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Mar’s Hill pastor gets the boot

Mark Driscoll, the flamboyant pastor of Seattle’s Mar’s Hill church, has been asked to step down as charges of abuse, misusing of church funds, and creating a culture of fear were hurled in his direction. Mark-Driscoll-beard-FacebookHe was known for his shocking, some say “foul,” language in the pulpit.

Mar’s Hill church had 15 campuses in five western states, and had become a beacon for many young pastors who wanted to emulate his phenomenal growth. This should be just one more signal to any Apostolics to stop looking to hotshot preachers like him, Rob Bell, and other Emergent types as patterns to follow. It is like encouraging our kids to make role models of NBA stars. The Mark Driscolls of Christianity are not role models to emulate but examples of how pride, lust and greed can get involved in our “vision” if we are not careful. Non-learners from history invariably repeat it.

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Regrets keep piling up

Irresponsible voting leads to regret.

Voters are now telling pollsters that if they had another chance to vote today, they’d pick Mitt Romney, not Barack imagesObama. Media outlets no less than the Washington Post are reporting that Democratic pols, keenly tuned to the zeitgeist, are showing little interest in being seen with their president, while Republicans are eager to be seen with the 2012 also-ran Mitt Romney. There is a very important vote coming in November. Will many Christians skip voting as they did then?

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Foot in mouth disease spreads

Democratic National Committee Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz zinged her boss without even trying. Foot-in-mouth-Ruthi-PostowWhy? She says Obama is “doing his job less often and at a rate that is lower than any president since Grover Cleveland.” We knew that, of course! With friends like these…

Hot Air’s Noah Rothman observes, “[W]hat she is likely saying here is that Obama has issued fewer executive orders than did most of his predecessors. If that is an accurate interpretation, it is worth noting that Wasserman Schultz disturbingly equated the president issuing executive edicts with ‘doing his job.’” The president’s job isn’t “taking executive actions to help people,” as Obama sometimes suggests. If fewer in number, the orders he has issued are far more impacting than those of previous presidents.

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Lectionary

This is a booklet or pamphlet, similar to a church bulletin, containing scriptural passages to be read in liturgical worship and private devotions. They are used extensively in Roman Catholic, Episcopal, and some other churches, although seen less and less in public worship. The word is taken from the Latin legere, “to read.”

The practice may have been adopted from the Jewish synagogues (Luke 4:16; Acts 13:15). Often, there lectionarywas commentary provided along with the Scripture verses. During the Reformation period, many ministers discontinued the use of lectionaries.

Sometimes these lectionaries quoted biblical passages that included additional wording used in liturgical worship. Future scribes researching and copying manuscripts would assume that the wording belonged in the Holy Scriptures. This is probably how these words at the end of the doxology of the Lord’s Prayer got into three Greek manuscripts: “For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory of God the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Ghost. Amen.”

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Only the Best for Hillary Clinton When She Speaks

Many people are already familiar with Hillary Clinton’s exorbitant speaking fees—she earns more than three times the annual income of an average American for one evening speaking into a microphone. But when Hillary takes the stage, she isn’t just asking for $300,000. Her transportation and housing demands equals the exorbitant sticker price. The Las Vegas Review-Journal snagged a copy of the Hilarycontract between Clinton and the University of Nevada when she spoke at an Oct. 13 fundraiser, which shows nothing less than a 16-passenger Gulfstream G450 would do for Hillary’s transportation. The university also agreed to book four rooms in a hotel, block the press from speaking to Hillary, and to hire a stenographer that would transcribe the interview for Clinton’s private use. These demands from the politician angling for a 2016 run, who must reach out to the poor and middle-class voters, once again hurt her image of an upper-middle class plebeian with the good of the commoners firmly in her mind. Even Justin Bieber, when he performs, only requests Swedish Fish candy, soda and a private bathroom. If she wins the presidency, some are saying that it will amount to a third term for Obama. If so, America might well deserve whatever results.

Stats source: CLICK HERE

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Two questions

What if you were told that since 1990 terrorists had killed over 3,000 Americans, but abortionists have killed 4,000 Americans since yesterday? Does it matter to you?

Q: How is the U.S. Constitution like the Bible?

A: A lot of idiots who have obviously never read it insist on telling you what it really says.

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Kristallnacht in Iraq?

Kristallnacht, literally, “Night of Crystal,” is often referred to as the “Night of Broken Glass.” The name refers to the wave of violent anti-Jewish pogroms that took place on November 9 and 10, 1938, throughout Germany. Kristallnacht owes its name to the shards of shattered glass that lined German 73909-700xstreets in the wake of the pogrom—broken glass from the windows of synagogues, homes, and Jewish-owned businesses plundered and destroyed during the violence. Then Jews were systematically rounded up and shipped to labor camps, where millions died.

Last month the ISIS Muslim hoards invaded the churches of Iraq, some of which had stood for almost a millennium and a half, destroying everything, and burning what they could. Then they issued an ultimatum to all Christians: Leave if you can; if you stay you must convert to Islam or die. Christianity in Iraq and Syria has an uncertain future. Strict Muslim states can abide neither the Christian God, the Christian Bible, nor Christians themselves. The night before I wrote this, an ISIS commando beheaded an American journalist and threatened to kill another unless Western leaders ceased all military opposition to their plans to create a Muslim caliphate.

Can Americans not see that if they gained control here, that is exactly what would happen in our own country? It is time to pray and speak up lest the privilege to do so is lost.

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A word fitly spoken

“Nations don’t decay and collapse simply because of the people who peddle pornography or narcotics, Applesbut because of Christians who are no longer salt and light. God expects sinners to act like sinners, though He disapproves of what they do; but He doesn’t expect saints to act like sinners. Compromising Christians not only hurt themselves and their families and churches, but also contribute to the decay of the whole nation.” – Warren Wiersbe, Be Available.

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The Pope and the Pentecostals

Pope Francis salutes as he leaves after meeting on Monday Evangelical Christian pastor Giovanni Pope Francis visits Pentecostals, reunites with longtime friendTraettino, left, during a private visit in the Evangelical church of Reconciliation in Caserta, Southern Italy, Monday, July 28, 2014. Pope Francis met Traettino when he was Archbishop of Buenos Aires, during a meeting of the Renewed Communion of Evangelicals and Catholics in the Spirit. (AP Photo/Francesco Pecoraro)

The pope apologized for persecution in the past and asked for forgiveness for those who were guilty, saying they did not understand and were tempted by the devil.” The Catholic Church had always referred to us as a “sect” or “cult.” Now the pope is calling us “brothers and sisters,” and speaks of diversity in the church. (Their church, that is.)

How nicey, nicey. While we appreciate not being drawn and quartered, we know what the first Jesuit pope is up to in meeting with Protestants all around the world. “Daughters, come home to Mama!” Those who embrace the doctrine of the Trinity are claimed by the Roman Catholic Church. The identity of God and His name will be where the lines are drawn.

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Another leap toward socialism/communism

A net posting of an article by Worldviewweekend.com suggests that there is movement to the left by the new pope.

An advocate of Marxist-oriented “liberation theology” and recipient of a Lenin Peace Prize has returned to his duties as a priest in the Roman Catholic Church, after a 29-year suspension.

Miguel D’Escoto, who served as President of the U.N. General Assembly from September 2008 until September 2009, had been suspended from his priestly functions by the anti-communist Pope John Paul II in 1985.

D’Escoto had joined the communist Sandinista regime in Nicaragua as foreign minister, after which theMiguel-D´Escoto Soviets recognized his service by giving him the International Lenin Peace Prize.

His reinstatement is another sign of the leftward drift of the papacy of Pope Francis, a worldwide media favorite, who recently said, “I can only say that the communists have stolen our flag,” because the Marxists claim to be concerned about the poor.

In a “Dear Brother President Barack Obama” letter, dated August 25, 2013, D’Escoto declared that U.S. foreign policy was being guided by Satan and constituted “terrorist, murderous and genocidal U.S. imperialism.” He urged Obama to have “the courage to acknowledge also that capitalism is, in fact, the most un-Christian doctrine and practice ever devised by man to keep us separate and unequal in a kind of global apartheid.”

An August 1 statement on his complete reintegration into the Roman Catholic Church said, “The Holy Father has given His benevolent assent that Father Miguel D’Escoto Brockmann be absolved from the canonical censure inflicted upon him, and entrusts him to the Superior General of the Institute [Maryknoll] for the purpose of accompanying him in the process of reintegration into the Ministerial Priesthood.”

Source: Worldviewweekend.com

How timely. We are slowly being surrounded by the enemies of the cross. Is anyone noticing? Soulwinning efforts must be put forth now or it will soon be too late.

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The Roman road to salvation

There are probably millions of little tracts published containing the “Roman Road” theory of salvation. Several denominations subscribe to the idea that four verses in Romans precisely present the way of salvation.

They begin with Romans 3:23: “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God.” One first recognizes his sinfulness.

roman-road-copyThe second brick on the Roman road is Romans 6:23: “For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” The lost person should understand the consequences of sin.

The third brick is Romans 5:8: “But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” Jesus Christ paid the debt for our sins and the resurrection proves that God accepted Jesus’ death as that payment. Notice the use of “we.” Paul included himself with the readers of his epistle.

The final brick on the Roman road is Romans 10:9: “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.” All one has to do is believe in Him, they say, trusting His death as payment for sins.

Pretty simple, huh? Scholars estimate that Romans was probably written by Paul between A.D. 55 and 60. For nearly 30 years the church did not have the Book of Romans. These steps as laid out in this epistle could not have been involved in evangelistic ministry. The church in the Apostolic Age did not use the Roman road to teach salvation. How were folks saved before Paul wrote Romans? Romans was written to believers who were already saved, not as an evangelistic plan to follow for salvation.

I prefer the Jerusalem Journey described in the Book of Acts: “And, being assembled together with them, commanded them that they should not depart from Jerusalem, but wait for the promise of the Father, which, saith he, ye have heard of me. For John truly baptized with water; but ye shall be baptized with the Holy Ghost not many days hence… And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting. And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance” (Acts 1:4,5; 2:1-4).

Or perhaps we might call it the Pentecostal Path: “Now when they heard this, they were pricked in their Pentecosal pathheart, and said unto Peter and to the rest of the apostles, Men and brethren, what shall we do? 38 Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. 39 For the promise is unto you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as the Lord our God shall call. 40 And with many other words did he testify and exhort, saying, Save yourselves from this untoward generation. 41 Then they that gladly received his word were baptized: and the same day there were added unto them about three thousand souls. 42 And they continued stedfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship” (Acts 2:37-42).

These steps introduced in Jerusalem on the Day of Pentecost a few days after Christ’s ascension were followed by the apostles’ preaching the same salvation message in Samaria (Acts 8:12-17), and in the household of Cornelius (Acts 10:43-48), and at Ephesus (Acts 19:1-6).

Why should the Jerusalem church wait thirty years for “the Roman road” to appear in a written document? Believe, exercise faith and obedience now. Repent of all sins, be baptized in the name of Jesus and receive the gift of the Holy Spirit now. That was the first message the Apostolic Age church heard. Then you will be ready to put your feet on the Roman road.

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Understanding trumps religious tradition

For years I have appealed for understanding about the Bible and its English translations. Those who say there is only one translation that should be considered “the Bible” since it has been the one most used by English-speaking people over the last 400 years, should re-think a position that is based on tradition and misinformation. We are allowing this issue to divide us and that should not happen. One can appreciate a zeal for the Word of God, but connecting knowledge with that zeal must be the goal.

Bible 3It is claimed that there are more words in the KJV than other translations, therefore those translations must be leaving out words. Such a claim is ludicrous. There are sections of the Bible where other translations have more words than the KJV. Does that mean that the KJV left out words in that passage or section?

It is absolutely true that some words and phrases, even a few verses that are in the KJV, do not appear in contemporary versions. Every wonder why? (For a more comprehensive answer, CLICK HERE.)

For example, portions of Acts 9:5,6 in the KJV—“it is hard for thee to kick against the pricks. And he trembling and astonished said, Lord, what wilt thou have me to do?”—are not in most contemporary versions. That’s not because some unbelieving modernist decided to remove them because they didn’t fit his theory. It’s because they do not appear in any Greek manuscript of the Bible before the Catholic monk, Desiderius Erasmus, decided to insert them in 1516 when he created what would become known as the Textus Receptus. It is from that textual family that the KJV was translated. Erasmus added the words in Acts in his Greek text because they had been inserted—obviously by conflation with Acts 26:14,15—into the Roman Catholic Latin Vulgate. Other words, phrases and verses have also been inserted because of their presence in the Vulgate, and others were added for one reason or another by various scribes and copyists. Technology has allowed everyone to view many of the ancient manuscripts online, so it is not difficult to see how differences in the documents occurred. There are thousands of Greek manuscripts but no two of them are exactly alike.

Why are we afraid to say that? Truth never destroys faith, but half-truths, innuendoes, and unsubstantiated claims can and will ultimately be detrimental to one’s faith. The textual differences are so slight and inconsequential overall that there is no justification for the division they elicit.

All this rhetoric about one 400-year old, “perfect” English translation, warning that all others should be totally bible-stackavoided, is unscholarly and detrimental to our understanding of the Scriptures. Some even claim that unless a KJV is used in soulwinning, no one will be saved. Tradition is a good thing until it fails the test of truth.

Before the one-version advocates send me to the wall, please note three things:

1) I am not an inveterate KJV basher. If someone sees that translation as the ultimate and prefers to use it exclusively, fine. I have no problem with that. If it is all we ever had or would ever have, we can find the salvation message in it. Just don’t misrepresent it as a “perfect” translation in every word and line. It is a medieval rendering based on a specific group of Greek texts, using mostly the words of prior English translations, and done by uninspired Anglican clergymen. It is not “the Bible” itself and alone, to which only the autographs can lay claim. The autographs were “God-breathed” (II Timothy 3:16), but translations depend on the scholarship of grammarians and linguists. We should neither repeat the falsehoods that extremists have put forth about its absolute perfection, nor denigrate other translations on an unscholarly and presuppositional basis. One should use what he prefers, but to condemn someone to Hell or consider them compromisers for preferring another version is over the top.

2) I do not endorse any particular translation as absolutely accurate in all ways at every place. Translations are only inspired and authoritative as long as they faithfully project the reading and meaning of the autographs. Since the autographs are not extant, textual criticism must be employed to determine as near as possible what they said. If someone requires absolute perfection in their English Bible, removed nearly a millennium and a half from the composition of the New Testament, then they will have to go back to the actual autographs—when they are found—and render them word-for-word. There are no autographs and there are presently no true word-for-word translations of the manuscripts we possess. Some original words, particularly in the Hebrew, are untranslatable and have to be left up to scholarship, grammarians, and experts in papyrology and paleography. When several manuscripts have a different word at one place, someone has to decide which is more likely to be correct. Erasmus and the KJV translators also struggled with early forms of textual criticism.

3) As far as most scholars and theologians can ascertain, every doctrine taught in the Apostolic Age church is intact in all major contemporary translations, only clearer—and in many places more forcefully presented. Most of the manuscript variants are inconsequential, such as spelling differences, or the rendering of “Jesus Christ” instead of “the Christ” or “Jesus, the Messiah” (Matthew 1:18). Others might say “the Lord” in place of “God” or vice versa.

Before we publish more articles that have the potential of misleading sincere Bible readers, let’s sit down at a table together and take a closer look at these issues in a calm and objective atmosphere. I appeal to leaders in all Apostolic groups to give this proposal due consideration.

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When we see the way, it is easier to walk in it

Here’s what David said about the importance of understanding the Word and walking in its clear path:

“Make me to understand the way of thy precepts… I am thy servant; give me understanding, that I may know thy testimonies” (Psalm 119:27,125 KJV).

Bible 2“Teach me proper discernment and understanding! For I consider your commands to be reliable” (Psalm 119:66 NET).

“Open my eyes that I may see wonderful things in your law” (Psalm 119:18 NIV84).

“Teach me, O Lord, the lifestyle prescribed by your statutes,
so that I might observe it continually” (Psalm 119:33 NET).

“How can a young person maintain a pure life? By guarding it according to your instructions!” (Psalm 119:9 NET).

“I have stored up your word in my heart, that I might not sin against you” (Psalm 119:11 ESV).

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LIES WOMEN BELIEVE and the Truth That Will Set Them FreeLies-Women-Believe

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We are like Eve. We have all experienced defeats and failures, trouble and turmoil. We have all experienced a selfish heart, a shrewish spirit, anger, envy and bitterness. And we ache to do things over, to have lives of harmony and peace. In Lies Women Believe, Nancy Leigh DeMoss exposes those areas of deception most commonly believed by Christian women:
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Lies about sin: I cannot walk in consistent victory over sin.
Lies about their marriage: If I submit to my husband, I will be miserable.
Lies about their emotions: I can’t control my emotions.
Lies about their circumstances: I just can’t take any more.
She sheds light on how we can be delivered from bondage and set free to walk in God’s grace, forgiveness, and abundant life. Lies Women Believe offers the most effective weapon to counter and overcome Satan’s deceptions—God’s truth. This book contains many teachable lessons that will help guide your ladies to a deeper faith.

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Cry a little, laugh a lot

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Mother-in-law reunionParking lot at a recent mother-in-law gathering. (You weren’t there were you, Irene?)

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Dubious sermon notes:

Fruit of the womb: babies

Fruit of the tomb: resurrection saints

Fruit of the loom: diapers for the babies, robes  for the resurrection saints, and underwear for current disciples (not to be seen above the beltline of teens in the ’hood).

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I can’t remember…was the jingle “O, what a relief it is” part of an ad for Alka Seltzer, or the theme song of mothers across the land as school reconvenes?

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Thanks for visiting. Lets meet together in the Rapture….

JREnsey

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JREnsey Blog August 2014

 Welcome to the AUGUST 2014 blog!

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The Word for today

“My son, let not them depart from thine eyes: keep sound wisdom and discretion: So shall they be life unto thy soul, and grace to thy neck. Then shalt thou walk in thy way safely, and thy foot shall not stumble” (Proverbs 3:21-23).

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Let him run

Abraham Lincoln said, “When you have got an Elephant by the hind leg, and he is trying to run away, it’s Elephant+Chainedbest to let him run.”

Now, there must be a dozen scenarios in life where that principle could and should be applied. Here is what Leroy Brownlow in Thoughts of Gold had to say:

“In other words, use a little judgment. The reason some people get trampled and dragged through life is they don’t know when to turn loose. And the reason some others never get anywhere is they don’t know when to take hold.

“Judgment, call it what you will, is but common sense. And how frightening for one to be learned without it. With more education and less judgment, he is prepared to excel in only plain, undraped madness.

“Use judgment. Take a feather and throw it in the air and see which way the wind is blowing.

“Think. Pray. Sleep on a matter and then make the decision.”

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George Washington and David’s Palace

Hershel Shanks, editor of the Biblical Archaeology Review, recently commented on the origins of the United States and the United Monarchy of Israel under David:

Ij-61 george washington's childhood homen commemoration of America’s Independence Day on July 4th, Shanks related the discovery of George Washington’s boyhood home to the field of Biblical archaeology.

Archaeologists reported a few years ago that they had discovered the location of Washington’s boyhood home in Virginia. For Shanks, the contrast between the media’s reception of this discovery and the search for King David’s palace is stark

Several years ago, Eilat Mazar excavated a monumental building in the City of David. While the date of the building is not completely secure, she contends that she has found the remains of King David’s palace. Though Mazar is a prominent and well-regarded archaeologist, her critics have “treated her in the same breath as I-found-Noah’s-Ark crazies, as if she were making some off-the-wall argument,” Shanks wrote.

Why the difference in reaction between the search for Washington’s boyhood home and the search for davids-palaceKing David’s palace? According to Shanks, critics of the field of biblical archaeology believe “there is something apparently ‘unscientific,’ not sophisticated, about an interest in the Bible.”

Mr. Shanks, you should know by now that the American media has adopted an approach of discounting anything and anyone who would give credibility to the Bible. Christians today have to sit by and watch as the Bible is mythologized and interest in spiritual things erode. But Apostolics still believe this old black-backed Book—and that Mazar has indeed stumbled upon David’s palace. The evidence is convincing.

To read the full article referenced here, click here.

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The Great Commission in Luke

The Gospel of Luke was written by someone who was not in the group to whom Jesus spoke when giving the Great Commission—the last instructions of Jesus before His ascension—but he heard it from those who were, and who had been “eyewitnesses” of Jesus’ ministry (Luke 1:2). Writing what he was told by these credible (inspired, in this case) sources, “And [Jesus] said unto them, Thus it is written, and thus it InMyName_SM4behooved Christ to suffer, and to rise from the dead the third day: and that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in his name among all nations, beginning at Jerusalem” (24:46,47; italics mine).

Luke reiterated the essence of it as he began the Book of Acts (1:4-8). If he had been told that Jesus had clearly said to use the titles rather than the name in baptism he could not have recorded Acts 2:38, 8:16, 10:48, or Acts 19:5. Neither Luke nor any of the Gospel writers had ever heard the phrase “Father, Son, and Holy Ghost” spoken in reference to God. It did not come from the lips of any disciple of which there is record. The Matthean phrase stands alone in the Scriptures. It is found nowhere else. (Scholarship, based on its absence in Greek manuscripts before the sixteenth century, is virtually unanimous that I John 5:7, which is closest to Matthew 28:19, is an interpolation.) Each of those titles used independently elsewhere referred to an operation which God Himself would fulfill.

Like Luke, Mark has “in my name” involved in the work the Apostles were to perform (Mark 16:14-18). But Matthew has these words added: (to continue reading click here)

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More respect for minorities

Maxine sez…

Minorities—we need to show more respect for these people. They travel miles in the heat.Maxine-200x300

They risk their lives crossing the border.

They do jobs that others won’t do or are afraid to do.

They live in crowded conditions among a people who speak a different language.

They rarely see their families, and they face adversity all day—every day.

I’m not talking about illegal Mexicans. I am talking about our troops, a vital minority.

Doesn’t it seem strange that so many are willing to lavish all kinds of social benefits on illegals, but don’t support our troops? Wouldn’t it be great if we took the $3.6 billion we spend on illegals every year and spent it on our troops?

(Was Maxine a WAC once?)

PS: Maxine figured out where those lost emails of Lois Lerner’s were stored. On 8-track tapes.

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Ten pastors I am concerned about

Scott Postma recently posted an article titled 10 Pastors I’m Concerned About” on his website. It was easy to agree with him on most of them, and I will share those with you without either his or my personal reasons for our choices.

  1. I’m concerned about the pastor who is better at managing church programs than he is at making disciples of Jesus.
  1. I’m concerned about the pastor who attracts people with fancy self-help sermons instead of teaching people to be students of the Bible and theology.
  1. I’m concerned about the pastor who makes growing the church the goal instead of glorifying God the goal.
  1. I’m concerned about the pastor who builds his ministry with people instead of building people by his ministry.
  1. I’m concerned about the pastor who sees the church as a stepping stone instead of seeing it as a custodian of Christ’s kingdom.

Let me add some to make ten:

  1. I’m concerned about the pastor who reads and teaches the Bible literarily instead of literally. (Postma reversed these.)
  1. I’m concerned about the pastor who wants his church to be “culture-driven” rather than “doctrine-driven.”
  1. I’m concerned about the pastor who leads from behind and has trouble catching up to where his people already are.
  1. I’m concerned about the pastor who consistently gets out of balance, not recognizing that his personal life, as well as the church life, must be in kept in balance.

10. I’m concerned about the pastor who knows more about the technology of social media than about the Word of God.

For Postma’s list: Click Here:

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To tattoo or not to tattoo?

Recently I read the testimony of someone who tattooed his body in order to “reach those that the world considers unworthy.” He wanted his body to be a canvas proclaiming the gospel. As a result, he felt that some were “judging” his approach. First, no one is “unworthy” of being a candidate for the gospel.

LOve-Tattoos-Images-For-True-Lover-3Second, we don’t “judge” anyone, in the strict sense of common usage of the term. Eternal judgment will be in God’s hands alone. But we are told to “beware of false prophets…beware of the leaven of the Pharisees…beware of the scribes…beware of covetousness…beware of dogs, evil workers, of the concision…beware lest any many spoil you…beware lest ye also, being led away with the error of the wicked…” (Matthew 7:15; Mark 8:15; Mark 12:38; Luke 12:15; Philippians 3:2; Colossians 2:8; II Peter 3:17). How can we follow those directions without exercising some judgment and discernment? Fruit identifies what kind of tree one is looking at.

As Christian leaders we are instructed to guide our people around problems, helping them to avoid the appearance of evil, and teaching them to be submissive to the principles of godliness expressed in the Word. Sorry, but judgment is involved in those procedures. Prophets and apostles warned believers and preachers on numerous occasions to refrain from idolatrous practices of unbelievers, and tattooing the body has been linked for millennia with idolatry.

A question we might be asked: Would you let someone into your house of worship with tattoos? Absolutely! Furthermore, I know of no pastor who feels differently. Sinners and unbelievers will do what sinners and unbelievers do. Some things cannot be undone, even after one comes to faith and salvation. I have never seen anyone in any of the over one thousand churches that I have ministered in standing at the door telling a visitor, “You can’t come in here because you don’t look like us.” Nor have I ever heard of it being done. How utterly ridiculous. Such a statement is only a straw man to be knocked down by a shrewd individual with an agenda that has to be propped up by misrepresentations and falsehoods. That being said, rebellion against the pastor’s advice is a sin that calls for repentance and possibly discipline.

We simply teach our members and young people that marking our bodies is not something that God is pleased with and an activity to be avoided. God did not want His people imitating the pagan practices of cutting or marking themselves (Leviticus 19:28; “tattoo marks” NIV). No one should be ridiculed for upholding the Lord’s commandments, or drawing a line for believers against such practices.

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Obama preparing pardons for terrorists?

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Elton John—spokesman for Jesus?

When asked if the church—presumably the Church of England, although not explicitly stated—should 5819-elton-john allow same-sex clergy to marry, rocker Elton John who recently married his male friend, replied, “Of course.” Then he added, “And I don’t see why Catholic priests have to be celibate. It’s crazy. These are old and stupid things…times have changed.”

“If Jesus Christ were alive today, I cannot see him, as the Christian person that he was and the great person that he was, saying this could not happen,” John added. “He was all about love and compassion and forgiveness and trying to bring people together and that is what the church should be about.”

Source: The Blaze

Sorry, Elton, that is not “all” Christ was about. Better check out that Bible one more time.

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Life is Too Short To Spend With A Kicking Cow

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Solomon and others share their wisdom about nineteen different people in the Book of Proverbs. From the Man of Understanding to the Stupid Man, from the Busy Woman to the Contentious Woman, from the Generous Man to the Offended Man and thirteen others, we deal with their traits, both good and bad. These lessons serve as sermons, Bible lessons or just personal devotional reading.

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Don’t forget to laugh

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The Parting Shots

The problem isn’t where Obama was born, it’s where he lives now. – Patriot Post

Man’s mind, once stretched by a new idea, never regains its original dimensions. – Oliver Wendell Holmes

The great thing in this world is not so much where you stand, as in what direction you are moving. – Oliver Wendell Holmes

French Algerian author Albert Camus (1913-1960): “The welfare of the people in particular has always been the alibi of tyrants, and it provides the further advantage of giving the servants of tyranny a good conscience.”

Be open to change, but don’t let go of your values and convictions. Those who are guided by principle can change—or molt like our fowl friends, shedding that which holds them back from maturity—but we don’t evolve from one “kind” to another. Change doesn’t mean becoming something other than what God made us through conversion. Change should always be evaluated on the basis of will this make me/my church better Christians? Will it eventually take us toward a place where we do not want to go? -  JRE

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Have an august August! Pray for our nation and for the peace of Jerusalem.

JREnsey

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JREnsey Blog July, 2014

Welcome to the JULY 2014 blog!

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The Word for today

“I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty” (Revelation 1:8 KJV).

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No discrepancy

I continue to get questions about the seeming discrepancy in the Book of Acts concerning the1-st-paul-conversion-granger conversion of Saul. In Luke’s account of Paul’s conversion (Acts 9:7), those who were with him “heard the voice,” but in Paul’s own testimony in Acts 22:9, “they heard not the voice of him that spake to me” (Acts 22:9). We will rely upon linguists who assure us the verb “to hear” when followed by the accusative case may be taken to mean “to understand.” In Acts 9, “with the genitive case they heard the sound of the voice, but in Acts 22, with the accusative case, we are informed that they did not understand the voice.”– John Montgomery, “Is the Bible Only Reliable Spiritually?” (Moody Monthly, March 1986). At any rate, the men with Saul (Paul) did not understand what Jesus said to him personally, so there is no discrepancy in the biblical record.

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How can a good God allow so much evil, pain, and suffering—or does he just not care?”

imagesThis question was posed in Mark Mittleberg’s book, The Questions Christians Hope No One Will Ask. A brief summary of his answer:

• Many times when people ask this question, they are in the midst of great suffering. At that moment they are not looking for a theological treatise; instead, they are asking for empathy, concern, and tangible expressions of love and care. If this seems to be the case, we should hold off with our attempts to answer and simply come alongside to help them through their difficulties.

• It is important to help our friends see that Jesus Himself warned us we would all face trials and suffering. This illustrates that Christianity is a real-world faith that tells the truth about the world we live in.

• As Christians, we believe in three seemingly incompatible truths—God is good, God is great, and evil is real. Because these three truths don’t seem to go together, many have attempted to solve this problem by denying God’s existence (and with it, denying evil), by making evil part of God, or by denying God’s goodness or his greatness. But these “solutions” fly in the face of the evidence and of the truth of God’s Word.

• Much of the suffering people face in this world has been caused by humans hurting their fellow humans. Sin also affects nature. “Natural” catastrophes occur because we live in a fallen world that is not the way God intended it to be.

• People desire a place without suffering—and God has promised that! One day He will judge all evil and create a new world. In the meantime, He is patient so that many who do not yet know Him—including our family and friends—could come to know and follow Him.

• God knows about suffering: Jesus suffered in unimaginable ways. He therefore understands what we feel. He desires that we come to Him to find grace and mercy to help us in our time of need.

• In many cases, people’s questions are not really questions, but cries for help. Pray for wisdom and discernment—but lean toward the side of listening and serving before discussing the issucrossroad signes related to suffering and evil. The message of James 1:19 is appropriate in these situations—“Understand this, my dear brothers and sisters: You must all be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to get angry.” Also, it doesn’t hurt to simply admit that you just don’t know the answer when they ask or explanations related to what they’re going through.

• Don’t be dismayed and try not to overreact if your friends blurt out some strong feelings about God or their faith while in the midst of suffering. People in pain often say things that go beyond what they really know or will want to stand by later. Give gentle encouragement as God leads, but when people are struggling, it is generally best to be sparing with your feedback and admonitions.

• It is better to admit you don’t know what to say—or to say nothing—than to talk off the top of your head to someone who is suffering. Far too often Christians repeat clichés that might not even be true, hoping they’ll somehow make the person feel better. Usually the effect is the opposite. Don’t tell people that loved ones died because “God must have needed them in heaven” or “This must have been God’s will.” We live in a truly fallen world where evil and calamity touch lives in ways that are not fair and that will never seem right. Yes, God allowed it (in that He didn’t intervene to stop it), but that doesn’t mean He intended it or that He likes it any better than the person who is grieving. counseling_help

• It’s rarely appropriate to quote Romans 8:28 to people in pain. Yes, if they are followers of Christ, then it’s true that “God causes everything to work together for the good”—but they’re probably not in the position to see, feel, or appreciate that truth at this point. And even when they do see the good that God brings, they might not like it enough to consider it a fair exchange for what they had to go through.

• Don’t underestimate the encouragement and influence you can have on people’s lives by simply being there to love and serve them (and to talk, as appropriate) during their time of pain or crisis.

Source: The Questions Christians Hope No One Will Ask (Carol Stream, IL: Tyndale Pub., 2010), pp. 154-157).

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O-p-i-n-i-o-n-s

“The fact that Bowe Bergdahl was an unpatriotic deserter probably makes him the only soldieropinions Barack Hussein Obama can relate to and empathize with.” – John Hawkins

I think you should pay for your own mortgage, birth control, college loans, food and cell phones. This isn’t because I’m Conservative. It’s because I’m an adult. – Patriot post

Lois Lerner’s emails didn’t disappear, they are in the shredder along with the U.S. Constitution. – Patriot Post

All the liberals who want to ban guns should only be allowed to arm their bodyguards with cell phones so they can call the police to come process the crime scene. – Patriot post

If the government can’t run the IRS or the NSA, the VA, or even a website, why are we trusting them to run our health care system? -JRE

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Ooops!

SlipEnvironment and Public Works Subcommittee hearing when Senator Jeff Sessions (R-AL) asked four former EPA officials—point blank—whether they agree with President Obama’s sensational global warming claims… and no one did.

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Strange bedfellows: Chaplain and LGBT pride

Gordon J. KlingenschmittThe U.S. Air Force chief of chaplains recently delivered the opening prayer at the Pentagon’s observance of “LGBT Pride Month”—an annual proclamation from the Obama White House. At last week’s ceremony, Major General Howard Stendahl asked God to “open our minds” and “help us set aside limitations of prejudice of any kind.”

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Our changing language

18uch-spanThe flood of illegals coming across our borders were once “illegal aliens.” Then they were “undocumented workers,” then “immigrants,” and now they are being called “refugees” by the current administration in the effort to gain public acceptance. Well, we were promised “Hope and Change.” We have seen plenty of change. Perhaps the hope will come in November.

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Methodist divorce approaching?

“Irreconcilable” disagreement over same-sex unions is once again prompting debate over friends-dividedsplitting the United Methodist Church (UMC), one of America’s largest denominations. “If we are one church, we cannot act as if we are two. If, in reality, we are two churches, it may not be wise to pretend any longer that we are one,” concludes a statement last month from 80 traditionalists from across the UMC, which has 7.7 million U.S. members. (An additional 4.4 million members are overseas.) The statement says the UMC is facing a crisis in four areas because:

• Pastors have violated or said they are willing to violate the Book of Discipline ban on same-sex marriages. (The Book of Discipline is the church’s most authoritative guide.)

• Pastors and other leaders realize that there are no “meaningful consequences” for violating the Book of Discipline by officiating at a same-sex union. (In one instance, two clergy were given a “24-hour suspension without pay” for marrying gay couples.)

• More church leaders believe “significant parts of the Scriptures do not provide an accurate understanding of God’s heart and mind and may be discarded as uninspired and in error.”

• Among top leaders, “there are dramatic differences in how personal and social holiness is lived out and taught.” “We can no longer talk about schism as something that might happen in the future. Schism has already taken place in our connection,” said Maxie Dunnam, chancellor of Asbury Seminary and leader in the Good News movement for evangelical Methodists, in comments to Good News magazine. Source: Timothy Morgan HERE.

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A time to depart

Is there ever a time to leave a denomination? The Presbyterians, the Episcopalians, the Methodists, and a few other mainline denominations are facing the loss of a sizeable portion of their membership. What is image_2happening? Some of the denominational leaders, college professors, and prominent pastors are pushing for accommodation of the cultural agendas that oppose the biblical position on human sexuality. Even the mighty Southern Baptist Convention is being shaken. Dr. Michael Brown, an author and biblical scholar writing on OneNewsNow.com recently said, “If you are a Jesus-loving, Bible-based member of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)—unless God has called you to stand as a prophetic voice of rebuke to the denomination or unless your ministry commitments to individuals make it impossible for you to leave—now is the time to make your exit. The PCUSA has made its rejection of the word of God official.”

That was written in response to an action taken on June 19 when the Presbyterian Church (USA) approved a recommendation from its Civil Union and Marriage Issues Committee allowing for pastoral discretion to perform “any such marriage they believe the Holy Spirit calls then to perform,” where legal by state law. Could it ever happen to us? Possibly. What positions taken could cause a major division in OUR movement? Consider the following:

• If our leaders and prominent individuals in the organization decide that our doctrines and holiness message are too stringent for effective global evangelism…

• If our colleges or seminary were to give indication that the Scriptures are irrelevant regarding the cultural issues pressing the church today…

• If a continuation of major changes occur in the Constitution and/or the Articles of Faith suggests we have been wrong on the fundamental issues of doctrine and/or the Christian lifestyle…

• If a climate of change in the organization proved to be in opposition to our traditional stands on doctrine and lifestyle…

• If leaders refuse to enforce the Manual as the UMC officials have done…

• If our leaders should announce that they “feel led by the Spirit” to adopt a position of inclusivism and to depart from the plain teaching of the Scriptures on the matters of marriage, abortion, and human sexuality…

• If a majority of our brethren should choose to “follow their conscience” rather than the Word of God…

What would you do?

Are such circumstances imminent? No. But in these times of sea change in American culture,think-hard-before-you-walk-away-quotes each of us has to remind himself that our allegiance is first to the Word of God, that organizational officials are not spiritual authorities by virtue of their office, and that subjective “leadings” are to be judged by the Word and not the other way around. Many SBC pastors, or even PCUSA pastors, of thirty years ago or beyond would never have dreamed their movement would be challenged as it is today. But when the dominoes start to fall, there is no stopping place. Sometimes a church leaves its people rather than the people leaving the church. As has been stated many times before, our hat is off to those who decide that the UPCI is wrong on the major issues of doctrine and lifestyle and choose to leave rather than stay and attempt to effect broad changes to suit their ideas or “leadings.”

Just because someone was raised in this faith and then decides that it does not suit his theology, he or she is not obligated to remain and attempt to move it away from its traditional moorings. They should move on and do their own thing elsewhere. Salvation is inextricably tied to the biblical message, not the UPCI or any organization. To try to “stretch the tent” to include everybody, regardless of their commitment to Apostolic doctrine and lifestyle, as the other denominations mentioned above have done, is to invite heresy and schism.

Read the entire article by Brown HERE

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What to do with worn-out Bibles?

When a Bible becomes unbound, or worn beyond practical use, what should be done with it? Almost any option seems repulsive. Being a minister with kids, grandkids, and great elvis presleys biblegrands, I usually have someone waiting to have one of my old Bibles with my notes written in it. If that is not an option for you, how do you dispose of old Bibles? Alan Rudnick has written a column titled, “How To Throw Away A Bible.” He has some good thoughts. You can access his article HERE.

Your ideas about this would be appreciated.

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Second largest religion in your state

Christianity is largest in every state, but who is next? That depends on where you live. But you might be surprised to learn that it isn’t only the Abrahamic faiths that capture the top spots in select U.S. states. In some Western states—13 to be exact—Buddhism is the second largest. And Hinduism ranks second in both Arizona and Delaware. Then there’s South Carolina, where Baha’i (a monotheistic religion that is sometimes listed christian religion population by state percentage mapamong the Abrahamic faiths) is the second most prevalent faith system, according to PolicyMic.

As for those who wonder which percentage of religious devotees are actual church attendees versus nominal believers, the Association of Statisticians of American Religious Bodies found that more than half of the population in 28 states attends religious services, the Washington Post reported. For additional maps showing the most prevalent denominations and county-level breakdowns go HERE.

As for the U.S. as a whole, Judaism is the second largest faith cohort, representing just under 2 percent of the population; 16 percent of the nation considers itself “unaffiliated” with a faith, but only 1.6 percent considers itself “atheist” according to the Pew Research Center. Consider that in 20 U.S. states predominately in the South and Midwest Islam is the second most prevalent non-Christian faith system. Judaism, in contrast, is the second biggest religion in 14 U.S. States and Washington D.C., essentially dominating the Northeast, as PolicyMic noted.

Source: Ass’n of Statisticians of American Religious Bodies

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Scientific community finally admits what CCHR has said for decades: No medical tests exist for mental disorders

By Kelly Patricia O’Meara

Call it an awakening. Slowly, ever so slowly, the scientific community finally is acknowledging what CCHR has been exposing since 1969—that psychiatric disorders are not verifiable medical conditions, that the diagnosis is based solely on a checklist of behaviors, and that the drug “treatments” have serious, life-threatening effects. Click here to read the full article online.

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People are not born gay, affirms Royal College of Psychiatrists

are-people-born-gay-360x239The Royal College of Psychiatrists in London has said people are not born gay. A statement by the Royal College of Psychiatrists that people are not born gay has been welcomed as “a major admission” by a Christian charity that helps men and women change unwanted same-sex feelings. Core Issues Trust (CIT), which is campaigning against a ban on therapy being offered to people who want to move away from a homosexual lifestyle, says the latest statement by the Royal College admits what it previously denied. “They now say that the causes of homosexuality are a combination of ‘biological and postnatal environment factors.’ So, if a child does not encounter such postnatal life experiences, he or she will grow up heterosexual,” says the director of CIT, Mike Davidson. Davidson says he is incredulous that despite its admission that being gay is not fixed at birth, the college continues to support the ban on change therapy. “The Royal College has also modified its view on whether sexual orientation can change, saying, ‘It is not the case that sexual orientation is immutable or might not vary to some extent in a person’s life,’” he says. “So how can that be consistent with a ban on people voluntarily seeking professional counseling to change unwanted same-sex feelings?” Source: Christian Concern

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Another bottomless money pit

The Detroit Blight Removal Task Force presented their recommendations for cleaning up theDetroit-after-60-years-of-Progressives1_24002ccd70b487147e1ef774ae48b70d-1 once-thriving but now bankrupt city, and if the Obama administration agrees, taxpayers could be doling out nearly $2 billion on blight removal. According to The New York Times, the city would need “$850 million to quickly tear down about 40,000 dilapidated buildings, demolish or restore tens of thousands more, and clear thousands of trash-packed lots. [The task force] also said that the hulking remains of factories that dot Detroit, crumbling reminders of the city’s manufacturing prowess, must be salvaged or demolished, which could cost as much as $1 billion more.” Worse still, Detroit is already spending about half a billion dollars on cleanup efforts. Sadly, it’s taxpayers who are now being punished for decades of Democrat malfeasance. Read MORE…if you care to know…

How do you think the money would be spent? Reckon any find its way into the Muslim population of the area? Why not invite those who are responsible for the mess to clean up the city?

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Nancy’s mouth, again

nancy-pelosi-on-botoxNancy Pelosi says she has only one regret about ObamaCare: “I wanted a single-payer [system], and I wanted a public option.” News flash—the VA is a single-payer system. Look how well that’s worked. A single-payer system is the ultimate government weapon to use against the American people. When Nancy opens her mouth, be sure to close your ears.

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New US Stamp to honor perverse predator

The United States Postal Service recently put on sale the Harvey Milk postage stamp. The American Family Ass’n says the Harvey Milk stamp was a result of seven years of lobbying by a self-described drag queen (a biological man with implanted breasts) and former transsexual prostitute, Nicole Murray Ramirez of San Diego. Honoring predator Harvey Milk on a U.S. postage stamp is disturbing to say the least. Harveyarticle-stamp-0404 Milk was a very disreputable man and used his charm and power to prey on young boys with emotional problems and drug addiction. He is the last person we should be featuring on a stamp. Note the hypocrisy of the postal service’s “Citizens’ Stamp Advisory Committee,” which claims it “commemorates positive contributions to American life, history, and culture,” but specifically states stamps “shall not be issued to honor religious institutions or individuals whose principal achievements are associated with religious undertakings or beliefs.”

Randy Shilts, a homosexual San Francisco Chronicle reporter, wrote a favorable and sordid biography of Milk in “The Mayor of Castro Street: The Life and Times of Harvey Milk.” According to Shilts, Milk repeatedly engaged in adult-child sex and advocated for multiple homosexual relationships at the same time. Unfortunately, the deed is done. The United States Postal Service honored a child predator at the whim of a drag queen. Read AFA’s press release here. Furthermore, the radical homosexual lobby will undoubtedly encourage businesses to use these stamps—all in the name of inclusiveness, political correctness and diversity. This is not diversity; this is perversity. Source: American Family Association

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AFA labeled a “hate group”

To the glee of all LGBT folks, the Southern Poverty Law Center has labeled the American Family Association as a “hate group” for their stand for the traditional marriage concept. Does afathat mean that virtually all Americans up until a few years ago were “haters” because almost 100% of officials, politicians, news anchors, and schoolteachers felt the same way until the sexual revolution in the 1960s and 1970s. Everyone who does not approve of their lifestyle and agenda are pronounced as “haters.” And just read some of their rhetoric…the gay community has the worst offenders. They can spew their disdain for anyone who has another view, but that’s acceptable. Wow! What an upside down world we live in today. The AFA label is coming to a church near you.

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Bathhouses and gay bars as national monuments

The National Park Service is launching an initiative to make places and people of significance to the history of lesbian, gay, transgender and bisexual Americans part of the national narrative. Interior Secretary Sally Jewell plans to announce the initiative on Friday at Newstonewall_inn254c256e-e65b-4253-8974-ce88a5e7f70e York’s Stonewall Inn, which was made a national historic landmark in 2000. Stonewall is widely regarded as the birthplace of the modern gay rights movement. In 1969, a series of riots took place outside when police raided the Greenwich Village bar and arrested patrons and employees, citing morals charges.

So, apparently we should be on the lookout for gay hangouts that might be made into national monuments.

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Quotes (with unconfirmed authorship)

• Knowledge is knowing a tomato is a fruit. Wisdom is not using it in a fruit salad. – Anonymous

• Be careful about reading health books. You may die of a misprint. – Mark Twain quotation-marks

• By all means, marry. If you get a good wife, you’ll become happy; if you get a bad one, you’ll become a philosopher.  – Socrates

• My luck is so bad that if I bought a cemetery, people would stop dying. – Rodney Dangerfield

• Until I was thirteen, I thought my name was SHUT UP. – Joe Namath

• We could certainly slow the aging process down if it had to work its way through Congress. – Will Rogers

• Don’t worry about avoiding temptation. As you grow older, it will avoid you. – Winston Churchill

• Maybe it’s true that life begins at fifty, but everything else starts to wear out, fall out, or spread out. – Phyllis Diller

• By the time a man is wise enough to watch his step, he’s too old to go anywhere. – Billy Crystal

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works-of-the-holy-ghostThe Works of the Holy Ghost

Few could follow the leading of the Holy Ghost better than Verbal Bean. In these lessons, he show us how to be a yielded vessel in the hand of God and thus be used to invoke the anointing of the Lord on our worship and soulwinning. If you hunger for the old-fashioned  power of Pentecost, get into these principles that he communicates here.  AM Price $12.95

Prayer

As an evangelist in the 1950s and 1960s, Verbal Bean led churches into revival verbal-bean-prayerthrough prayer and child-like faith in God. He knew the meaning of true intercessory prayer. In these lessons, taken directly from his taped messages and teaching on this subject, you will find inspiration to seek the face of God. That is still the pathway to revival. AM Price $10.95

See other books at advanceministries.org. Order online or call 936-537-0250.

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Time to smile

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow once said, “Into each life some rain must fall.” OK, Henry, but sometimes it floods, as the following pictures reveal.

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Parting Shotcannon_shot

 

From my cardiologist’s diet: “If it tastes good spit it out.”

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May your troubles be less, may your blessings be more,

And may nothing but happiness come through your door.

You can contact me at jnz@kingwoodcable.net

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JREnsey blog June 2014

Welcome to the JUNE 2014 blog!

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The Word for today

“I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty” (Revelation 1:8).

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Powerful Words

“Then God said, ‘Let there be light’; and there was light” (Genesis 1:3).let-there-be-light

In the beginning God spoke and it was. His words created something out of nothing. While our words are not as powerful as God’s, Proverbs declares that “Death and life are in the power of the tongue” (18:21a). Once we accept the power of our words, we must decide on their purpose.

Words can be as useful as a strong horse ploughing a field or a spark used to start a warm fire on a winter night. They can also rage uncontrollably, destroying what lies in their path. Caring words of support create a safe and intimate friendship. Truthful words spoken in love can offer a friend the opportunity to grow, but spiteful words destroy friendships, and vindictive truth discourages the hearer instead of inspiring them to grow.

Within seconds thoughts become words that slip off our tongue and into the world. Pausing before we speak may seem cumbersome, but it allows us to decide: Is this helpful? Does this need to be said now? What is the best way to say this?

Our words reveal what we care about and they influence others. Is there someone you can encourage today? – David Jeremiah

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Indoctrination of high school students

Cass Sunstein, Obama’s former regulatory czar, called by some “the most dangerous man in America, writes in a recent column for Bloomberg View about the success of the Chinese education system that imagesseemingly proves curriculums can be “explicitly designed to transform students’ political views.” In his column entitled, “Open Brain, Insert Ideology,” Sunstein questions whether such reforms could be effective in the United States. Given who he is and what he believes, you know that is what he wants to see happen. Read his full article HERE.

What is so unusual about all of this? Not much, since the indoctrination of our primary and middle school students has already plied them with socialism and anti-American “education” for a decade, particularly in the big city schools.

Another reason to get our kids out of government schools and into home schools or Apostolic church schools.

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Democrat congressman explains that “communism works”

You really don’t have to wonder where some of our politicians are going. They are taking off their e6a0f391456259ac5a56a4d9d4b312b4masks and extolling the virtues of socialism and even communism, especially to constituencies that are mostly immigrants from socialistic countries.

Listen to Joe Garcia (D-FL) HERE explain the virtues of “everyone having a government job.” In communist countries everyone basically works for the government. Goodbye, America, we hardly knew ye.

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By Michael Paterniti

Leonid_stadnyk,0Leonid S. is eight and a half feet tall, and he is still growing. He is 34 years old, weighs 480 pounds, and he is still growing. He can’t fit in a car, wears size 26 EEEEE shoes, can pick apples eleven feet off the ground standing flat-footed, and yes, he is still growing. Michael Paterniti journeyed 9,000 miles to a tiny village in the Ukraine to learn from the world’s tallest man.

The story was of the variety that appears from time to time, offering a brief snapshot of the oldest/smallest/fattest person on earth, a genre in which I take a keen interest. But there was something else about this one. The giant was reported to be 33 years old, residing in a small village with no plumbing in a very poor region of the Ukraine. He lived with his mother and sister, who happened to be tiny. How he’d gotten so huge wasn’t entirely known, because the giant wasn’t interested in seeing doctors anymore. Something inside of him had been broken or left open, like a faucet, pulsing out hormones as if his body presumed that it still belonged to that of a proliferating pubescent boy. This apparently was the result of an operation he’d had as a child. Under the knife that LeonidStadnyk8feet5inches2saved him from a blood clot in his brain, his pituitary gland had been nicked.

Now he was over eight feet tall—and still growing.

In the article, the giant was pictured sitting at his small dining-room table, reaching up to change a lightbulb at a height that a normal-size person couldn’t have reached standing. Another picture captured the giant in an unguarded moment, staring in astonishment at his hand, as if he’d just picked an exotic, oversize starfish from a coral reef. He said that his happiest hours were spent in his garden because only the apples and beets don’t care what size you are.

-From Mark Galli newsletter; photographs by Oliviero Toscani

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Do as I say…

Obama has spent a staggering $456 million flying Air Force One while in office— mostly to political Air_Force_One_photo_op_incident-_altered_by_DoDfundraisers and vacation junkets. He has racked up more flight hours for his time in office than any previous president. In fact, his recent trip to New York marked his 1,000th flight on Air Force One. Obama’s lavish ways are incredibly hypocritical after his incessant condemnation of business executives for using corporate jets. Do as he says, not as he does. https://patriotpost.us/posts/25785

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Keep talking, Bill

Bill Clinton came to his wife’s defense after being asked about the seriousness of Hillary Clinton’s concussion in 2012. He told an audience at the Peter G. Peterson Foundation, “They went to all this Bill-Clinton-with-a-Huge-Mouth--41114trouble to say she had staged what was a terrible concussion that required six months of very serious work to get over. It’s something she never low-balled with the American people, never tried to pretend it didn’t happen.” So the fact that it took six months to recover is supposed to assure us? But he continued: “Now they’re trying to say she has brain damage. If she does, I must be in really tough shape because she’s still quicker than I am.”

Is he really helping?

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Toddlers on ADHD Drugs?

While the recent New York Times article, “Thousands of Toddlers Are Medicated for A.D.H.D., medsReport Finds, Raising Worries,” seems shocking, the actual numbers of infants and toddlers being prescribed psychiatric drugs dwarfs the 10,000 2-3 year olds being prescribed ADHD drugs. The mental health watchdog Citizens Commission on Human Rights says according to IMS health, more than 274,000 0-1 year olds are being prescribed psychiatric drugs and a staggering 370,000 toddlers…. Read the full article on PR Web here

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Great material—free!

Teaching on creationism is of ultimate importance today. Our youth are in desperate need of undergirding in their faith in the historicity of Genesis chapters 1-11. Some of the very best is provided by the Institute For Creation Research, an organization founded by Henry M. Morris, a pioneer in modern research that validates the biblical thesis. They publish an amazing, full-color magazine called Acts and Facts—and they will send it to you without subscription cost! Can’t beat the price. You can subscribe at www.icr.org. Do it!

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It’s a tsunami stone

Last month we posted this photo to see if anyone knew what it was. No one guessed correctly.

Tsunami stoneIt is a tsunami stone in the Japanese countryside delineating the high water mark of former tsunamis. It was placed there on a hillside by former generations to let people know that anyone living below this marker is in grave danger in case of another tsunami.

What a great illustration when teaching on the Christian lifestyle. Living anywhere below the marker established by the Scriptures—and your current pastor—puts you in grave danger. Those who flout the warning will likely wind up a casualty because another tsunami of judgment is coming!

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Was Christ God the Father’s grandson?

Trinitarians say that there are three persons within one God. I realize that does not make sense, but when they say they are co-equal, co-existent, and co-eternal it goes over the line. They posit a Father, His Son, and another deity called the Holy Spirit as comprising God, evidently all sporting long, effeminate-looking hair.

In the Incarnation, Mary was said to be with child “by the Holy Ghost,” the third person of the Trinity. 460px-Fridolin_Leiber_-_Holy_TrinityThat would make Him the true father of Christ. But wait, the Holy Spirit is not the Father of the Son Spirit, and God the Father is said to be the Father by virtue of the Son being an eternal divine Son. He is referred to in many places as Christ’s Father. Yet Trinitarians say it was God the Son who actually was incarnated as the earthly Redeemer and Savior, Christ. That would seem to make Him the real Father of the earthly Christ. Therefore, in Trinitarian theory, Christ would be the Grandson of God the Father—the Son of His Son. Or is He the Grandson of the Holy Spirit? Was the heavenly Son the only begotten Son of God the Father, or was the earthly Son the only begotten of the Father? Whose Son was it who was the sacrifice for our sins? Is this confusion why the biggest names in Trinitarian Christianity say the doctrine cannot be understood and must be accepted by faith?

How much simpler to acknowledge one God (Spirit – John 4:24), who manifested Himself in human form, born of Mary by His “overshadowing,” and therefore becoming a “Son” to serve as our Redeemer (I Timothy 3:16). He subsequently sends His Spirit to indwell believers during this dispensation. Let’s don’t complicate God any more than necessary by relating the Incarnation to anyone other than the one God of Deuteronomy 6:4 and Isaiah 43:10-11 who was manifested in the flesh (I Timothy 3:16).

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Wash your brain out with this

God’s Antidote for Sinning

Your word I have hidden in my heart, that I might not sin against You.
Psalm 119:1-11

“When I find myself assailed by temptation,” Martin Luther wrote in his Table Talk, “I forthwith lay hold of some text of the Bible, which Jesus extends to me.”

holy_bibleLuther knew, as we do, that the Bible is our greatest weapon in fighting temptation, for every temptation comes to us via our thoughts. When we lay hold of the texts of the Bible, we’re arming our minds for battle. The best way to fight the temptation of lust is memorizing verses about purity. The finest way to combat greed is by learning verses about stewardship. The strongest antidote to a hot temper is memorizing verses about anger and about patience. The best way to combat depression is learning some of the joy texts of Scripture.

Dwight L. Moody said, “The Bible will keep you from sin, or sin will keep you from the Bible.” Don’t let sin keep you from the Word of God. If you’re under siege today, spend some time with an open Bible, list a handful of verses to help you, and begin committing them to memory. Hide God’s Word in your heart.

All the great temptations appear first in the region of the mind and can be fought and conquered there. – David Jeremiah

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Quotes

“We aren’t simply relational creatures looking for love in all the wrong places. We are relational quotation-markscreatures who since the Fall have insisted on relationships apart from God. We look for relationships apart from Christ because, in sin, we want relationship on our own terms in ways that satisfy our personal wants and fears.”

“We are sinners. We are all inexorably prone to idolatry, to the very substitutions that need-based psychology suggests, but not because we are simply ignorant or mistreated, but because we are born desiring to substitute almost anything in place of God.”

- Both of the above quotes are from On Relationships by Winston Smith

“If a young man learns to preach before he is a soul winner, he will always look for a pulpit rather than a soul.”  -  Billy Cole

“Revival will come when prayer is no longer used as a substitute for obedience.” – A. W. Tozer

“Has our culture devolved to the point that the private statements of an NBA owner draws more outrage than the lies and deceit of the President of the United States?” – Lt. Col. Allen B. West

Humorist Frank J. Fleming: “Climate change must be a much bigger issue in the Star Wars universe where all the planets are used to just one climate.”

“I just caught a terrorist!” said no TSA agent ever.

Lest we forget: “There is not a single instance in history in which civil liberty was lost, and religious liberty preserved entire. If therefore we yield up our temporal property, we at the same time deliver the conscience into bondage.” –John Witherspoon, The Dominion of Providence Over the Passions of Men, 1776

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Craziest government on earth

The U.S. government must be the laughingstock of the world. Why are people coming here illegally by the hundreds of thousands? To enjoy a higher level of freedom (soon to be a joke) and to get money, of course. I am sure some have crossed the border to join those building up a stockpile of explosives and arms to harm American infidels, but most merely see us as a huge money tree.

images-1If you dare, you can learn how illegals are siphoning off billions of dollars in fraudulent IRS funds. The IRS knows they are doing it but chooses to let it happen.

Not to worry, however. Our president states unequivocally that there is “not a smidgen of corruption at the IRS.”

Click HERE to see how it is being done.

If you want a preview of how Obamacare will work out, take a look at the VA medical system. We will all be in the VA system, or one like it, as soon as the Affordable Care Act gets into full swing.

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Required reading

Here are three articles worth one’s time to peruse.

http://worldviewweekend.com/news/article/banning-free-speech-world-wide-web

http://worldviewweekend.com/news/article/brain-dead-or-arch-deceiver-glenn-beck-visits-liberty-university

http://worldviewweekend.com/news/article/unexpected-suggestions-constitutional-changes

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Bishop to divorce his husband

NEW YORK (AP) — The first openly gay Episcopal bishop, who became a symbol for gay rights far BishopGeneRobinsonDivorcebeyond the church while deeply dividing the world’s Anglicans, announced plans in May to divorce his husband.

Bishop Gene Robinson announced the end of his marriage to Mark Andrew in an email sent to the Diocese of New Hampshire, where he served for nine years before retiring in 2012.

Robinson would not disclose details about the end of their 25-year relationship but wrote Sunday in The Daily Beast he owed a debt to Andrew “for standing by me through the challenges of the last decade.”

- Curated by Dave Urbanski

Have you ever noticed that it is almost always women who are performing the wedding ceremonies for the gays? Is that of any significance?

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Seals of Jeremiah’s captors

The atheists and other naysayers who love to debunk the Scriptures stupidly say there is no proof that many of the Bible characters really existed. One by one the archaeologists have unearthed confirmation that they were indeed living individuals. Let me share yet another example.

Jehucal_-Gedaliah-bullae_Gabi-Laron_Institute-of-Archaeology_Hebrew-University_courtesy-DrEilatMazarThe Bible tells us that Jeremiah urged Judea’s King Zedekiah to surrender to the Babylonian armies so that they would live and the city would not be put to the torch. Some berated Jeremiah as seditious and unpatriotic.

In the Book of Jeremiah, his story includes the accusations of two court officials who demanded Jeremiah’s punishment and imprisonment. Fortunately, the Bible gives us their names—Gedaliah, son of Pashur, and Jucal, the son of Shelemiah. Recently, while digging in the City of David area, archaeologists unearthed proof that the Bible is extremely accurate. When the seals of these two men containing their names were found in the rubble of the king’s palace, we cannot but proclaim again that the Bible can be trusted—even in its history!

Above left are the seals. The full story can be found HERE.

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In a recent letter, a minister shared his thoughts:

“Dear Elder, do we have to dance to wild loud music every time we go to church? I have some younger minister friends that think that folks must dance and ‘get down’ in every church service. I like lively Apostolic worship but I believe that it must be ‘in spirit and in truth.’ They teach that we should—in our flesh—just get up and start dancing even if there was no motivating unction to do so. They feel that unless we all tear the house down in every service then we did not have church.

A physical/medical condition does not permit me to worship physically as do some others. Because of33photo this, the younger ministers criticize my wife and I for not joining in.

Where in the NT Scriptures do we have an example of dancing to loud music or teaching that that is a must? I raise my hands and worship God. I stand and pray. I sing and shout out praises to God. Sometimes I sit and cry before God. I clap my hands. But according to some younger folks that just will not get it.

I worry about folks that believe we must crank up loud music and dance in every service or we don’t have anything. What is your opinion?”

My response: A blog-length article will not do this topic justice, but here goes. There is no example in the New Testament of cranked up loud music and dancing. If the attitude you mention is shared by your entire assembly, you are attending a church that is atypical of Apostolic congregations. However, Pentecostals have always been free with their worship—with their whole being. That does not violate the spirit of the NT. And we were not the first to manifest that in our services. A number of mainline denominations, such as the Presbyterians and Methodists, have “dancing in the Spirit” or other bodily movements in their history, although few, if any, still allow it in their services. Spontaneous joy in worship, sometimes expressed by “dancing in the Spirit” should not be disdained, but dancing about just because certain music is being played, or “practiced dancing” as some groups are encouraging today, is not a sign of true spirituality, nor is it God-glorifying.

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NC bans Sharia law

Sharia law is an Islamic code of laws based upon the Qur’an (or Koran whichever you prefer). It allows such things as honor killing and polygamy, female genital mutilation, adolescent marriage and the physical abuse of wives.

Sharia-law-in-the-USA-EE5GEE5-x-largeAs such, Islamic Sharia law is incompatible with United States law and the US Constitution. But some Islamic communities around the country are attempting through political pressure to have Sharia law recognized and practiced in US courts. It is important to recognize that Islam is not merely a religion, but a culture with its own legal system. It is a form of religious, austere, and all-encompassing government.

North Carolina has just become the seventh state to pass a law that prohibits state judges from considering Sharia law, or any foreign laws, in family cases in state court, according to Deseret News. North Carolina joins Arizona, Kansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, South Dakota and Tennessee, according to Religion News Service, in banning Islamic Sharia law. Twenty states have either enacted laws regarding Islam or have it under consideration.

“No one has a problem with Muslims or anyone else living peaceably in America,” the Rev. Mark Creech said in an article published on the Christian Action League website. “But on U.S. soil, we must all embrace the freedoms and responsibilities assigned us via the Constitution, and not demand Sharia-Execution-2enforcement of rules and regulations left behind in other cultures.”

Many Americans tend to view Sharia law as intolerant, with overly harsh, cruel and unusual punishments. As such, most Americans don’t want to see Sharia law being practiced or considered in American courts, since it is incompatible with American law.

The message that many Americans have for those that wish to live under Sharia law is simple and clear. We do not recognize or practice Sharia law in America, so if one insists on living under it, move to a country that already recognizes and implements it.

I wonder: If we moved to Saudi Arabia or Pakistan and attempted to install American constitutional law in their courts, what would happen to us?

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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. English is available in both KJV and NIV.

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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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New Cyclopedia Theological Dictionary

Theological-Dict.-with-CDThe only Theological Dictionary that is written from a Apostolic standpoint. Over 1,000 entries, nearly 500 pages. Brief definitions and/or articles on every entry.

By J. R. Ensey. This tremendous addition to your library can be purchased as a book, on CD, or as an eBook.

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Grin and bear it

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If it is racist to ask a voter to show his ID, is it also racist to require an ID when a young-looking person is buying a carton of cigarettes? Or checking out a library book? Or boarding a plane?

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Nix the “June swoon.” Launch at least five new Bible study starts this month using Into His Marvelous Light or with the follow-up study called Guide For Living. Order at advanceministries.org or call 936-537-0250.

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May 2014 Blog

Welcome to the MAY 2014 blog! I trust the April showers Flowers_in_Holmdel_175-986x749have brought May flowers to bloom where you live.

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The Word for today

“If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land” (II Chronicles 7:14 KJV).

“Because they formerly did not obey, when God’s patience waited in the days of Noah, while the ark was being prepared, in which a few, that is, eight persons, were brought safely through water. 21 Baptism, which corresponds to this, now saves you, not as a removal of dirt from the body but as an appeal to God for a good conscience, through the resurrection of Jesus Christ” (I Peter 3:20,21 ESV).

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Another reason God sends preachers

There are some things a born again person will inherently know are unbiblical and wrong. However, few people come to the conclusion on their own that they are jealous, greedy, prejudiced, proud, envious or FingerPointingguilty of many other sins of the spirit unless a man of God points them out. David had killed men before, and he knew he was the ultimate cause of Uriah’s death, but blinded by his lust for Bathsheba, he did not fully recognize the insensitive nature of his sin until Nathan pointed his boney finger in his face and cried, “Thou art the man!” David might have just gone on and rationalized—“Well, it was really Uriah’s fault he died. He should have killed the man he was fighting before he was killed himself. He might have survived the battle.”

Such records were put into the Bible so preachers can use them to help people see themselves. Otherwise, they could march on into the future unrepentant, carrying baggage that will hinder their spiritual progress. “Cry aloud, spare not, lift up thy voice like a trumpet, and show my people their transgression” (Isaiah 58:1).

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Your new word: Communitarianism

Get used to it, you will be hearing it often in the future.

What is it? According to Wikipedia, “Communitarianism is a philosophy that emphasizes the Communitarianismconnection between the individual and the community. While the ‘community’ may be a family unit, it is usually understood in the wider sense of interactions between a community of people in a geographical location, or who have a shared history or interest. Communitarian philosophy is derived from the assumption that individuality is a product of community relationships rather than only individual traits.” I invite you to go to that site and read more.

Van Jones, affiliated with Communist causes in the past, a CNN employee once appointed by Obama to head up the Green Jobs Program, says flatly in an interview with Breitbart News that “[Obama] is a communitarian. I think we’ve overbalanced the individualistic direction, and I think he’s trying to rebalance toward communitarianism.”

Choose whatever word works best for political purposes, it is all the same in the end—communism. Power is vested in the top few who manage and control the masses, the exact opposite of what our founding fathers envisioned and set up. The “middle class” is expiring as we change to power at the top with jaded “workers” at the bottom—a kind of tyranny our forefathers came from England to escape. Backwards and downwards—no one can doubt the path our nation is on. It is one planned long before the election in 2008.

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Rick Warren and others promote a return to Catholicism

Warren’s revelations demonstrate again how we are not wise to jump and run after every new megapastor’s theories and methodologies. Thousands of ministers from every denomination plugged into Warren’s “Purpose Driven” ideology and made him a multi-millionaire by buying his books and literature. He, like the others, turned out to be little more than a pied piper, playing a cute, enticing theme song. When the masses fell in behind him, he began to show his true purpose—leading them into his own spiritual error.

Rick-Warren-Catholics-Come-HomeHe is a prime leader in the dash back to Catholicism, although he and his Saddleback Church is listed as Southern Baptist. His friend, Tom Peterson, founded the movement called “Catholics Come Home,” and has written a book by that title. Warren heartily endorses it: “The mission of Tom Peterson and Catholics Come Home to bring souls home to Jesus and the church is critically important during this challenging time in our history. I fully support this New Evangelization project.” (The “New Evangelization project” is a counter-reformation effort.)

Peter Kreeft, influential Christian apologist adds this: “Catholics Come Home is a powerful sacramental, a means of grace. It is a willing, waiting taxi to take us home, to our home away from home, the 
Catholic Church, the mystical body of Christ.”

Warren says that Pope Francis is a “perfect example of authenticity and humility. …He is doing everything right.” He calls him “our new Pope.” The pope sent a delegation of 30 bishops to Warren’s Saddleback Church for an interaction session. Warren appointed a “spiritual director” for the church and had him mentored by Jean Vanier, a Canadian Catholic philosopher who is a communitarian and subscriber to contemplative spirituality. Vanier wrote Community and Growth, a book about communal life and celibacy.

Sources: catholicscomehome.org; Brannon Howse @ http://media.worldviewweekend.com/sites/default/files_wvw.com/audio/wvwradio-04-16-14fixed.mp3; Amazon.com; Wikipedia

Let’s find out where someone is heading before we buy into whatever they are selling. That is not to say that others never have good ideas or adaptable methods. But Paul spent a good deal of time and space warning his protégés, Timothy and Titus, to steer clear of false teachers. God give us spiritual discernment and the courage to openly resist those who insist on propagating false doctrine. You may want to listen to Warren’s interview on the Catholic channel EWTN to see just how much he supports the Catholic Church. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dVCY8pW-ACs

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Kenneth Copeland, Tony Palmer, and the Pope

I and others have been saying for decades that the Charismatic movement would probably be the vehicle that would bring the Protestants back to the Roman Catholic Church. Recent developments are proving that prophecy to be accurate.

At a recent conference of Charismatic ministers hosted by Kenneth Copeland, Tony Palmer, an Anglican/Charismatic/Catholic priest who had been with the pope recently, brought a video from him to be played at the conference. In it the pope decried the separation of Catholics and Protestants that was the result of “misunderstanding through history…a long road of sins we all shared in. …We are all to blame. …I am yearning that this separation comes to an end and gives us our communion. I am yearning for that embrace. …The tears of love will unite us, will propel us to find each other, to embrace each other. Let us pray to the Lord that He unites us all. …Let’s give each other a spiritual hug and let God complete the miracle of unity. Bless me. I bless you.”

Following the video message, Copeland blessed the pope and thanked him for this message to his Pope-Francis-and-Kenneth-Copelandconference. “We agree with you…we bless you…we thank God for you. Be blessed!” Palmer added: “Diversity is divine; division is diabolic. …His glory is what makes us one and unites us, not doctrine. The Lord will iron out all our doctrinal differences upstairs. …If you are born again, you are Catholic!” Palmer’s wife was quoted by him as saying, “When my wife saw that she could be a Catholic, a charismatic, an Evangelical and a Pentecostal, and it was absolutely acceptable in the Catholic church, she said she wanted to reconnect her roots with the Catholic culture, so she did.”

“Just love and accept each other and sort out the doctrines later” is going to be the mantra that we will be hearing from now on. Pressure will be applied to all who reject that approach. Our “fear” is based on propaganda, Palmer said. No, Mr. Palmer, our fear is based on knowledge, on history, on fact. History does not lie. But those who are unfamiliar with history or the Bible will be deceived by this kind of rhetoric. And the media will shame us for not “loving” when we say, “No, thanks. We are Apostolic and have no desire to be united with the RCC in any way. Regardless, they wouldn’t have us unless we denounce the Oneness of God and accept Trinitarian baptism.

Palmer declared that Luther’s protest was over since the Lutherans signed a document in 1999 with the Catholics concerning the means of salvation. At that point, the Lutherans and the Methodists thought the Protestant Reformation was over. “If there is no protest,” said, Palmer, “how can there be a Protestant church?” My, how easily 500 years can be erased and all of the deaths of countless dissenters whitewashed.

Get ready for the pressure. We had better know where we stand.

Another resource about Catholicism: http://protestanttruth.com/articles/

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The Old Cross vs. the New

crossesRustLg“The cross of popular evangelicalism is not the cross of the New Testament. It is, rather, a new bright ornament upon the bosom of a self-assured and carnal Christianity whose hands are indeed the hands of Abel, but whose voice is the voice of Cain. The old cross slew men; the new cross entertains them. The old cross condemned; the new cross amuses. The old cross destroyed confidence in the flesh; the new cross encourages it. The old cross brought tears and blood; the new cross Cross of brassbrings laughter. The flesh, smiling and confident, preaches and sings about the cross; before the cross it bows and toward the cross it points with carefully staged histrionics—but upon that cross it will not die, and the reproach of that cross it stubbornly refuses to bear.”  -  A. W. Tozer, The Divine Conquest

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There goes the First Amendment

Boston (April 16, 2014) – Senator Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.), a member of the Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee, introduced legislation to examine the prevalence of hate crime and hate speech on the Internet, television, and radio to better address such crimes. The Hate Crime Reporting Act of 2014 (S.2219) would create an updated comprehensive report examining the role of the Internet and other telecommunications in encouraging hate crimes based on gender, race, religion, ethnicity, orFirst-amendment-privilege sexual orientation and create recommendations to address such crimes.

In 1992, then-Rep. Markey, through the Telecommunications Authorization Act, directed the National Telecommunications and Information Administration to examine the role of telecommunications in encouraging hate crimes. Senator Markey’s legislation will provide a comprehensive updated report on the current prevalence of hate crimes and hate speech in telecommunications, as the last report was conducted and submitted to Congress over two decades ago, in December 1993. Congressman Hakeem Jeffries (D-N.Y.) introduced a companion bill in the House of Representatives, H.R. 3878.

Source: The Blaze

One by one the Bill of Rights is being dismantled by this administration. This deserves a call and a letter from you to your Congressmen!

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 Whose “war on women”?

War on women“The state Health Department is failing to inspect many of New York’s abortion clinics—with some facilities escaping scrutiny for more than a decade,” reports the New York Post. “Eight of the 25 clinics were never inspected over the 2000-2012 span, five were inspected just once, and eight were inspected only twice or three times—meaning once every four or six years.” Meanwhile, restaurants are inspected annually and tanning salons bi-annually. Recall that Pennsylvania neglected to inspect the clinic of Kermit Gosnell, which became a house of horrors for his patients. But it’s conservatives who are said to be waging the “war on women.” – Patriot Post

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Can anyone guess what this is?Tsunami stone

A gravestone in the Appalachian mountains?

A property line marker in Korea?

A tsunami indicator?

A Chinese stone marking a historic site?

A Philippine marker indicating where the WWII bomber carrying Admiral Yamamoto crashed?

Answer in the June blog.

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Quotes:

Some sermons are like the sack dresses of the 1970s—they cover everything but touch nothing. – ?

‘Let us disappoint the men who are raising themselves on the ruin of this country.” – Samuel Adams

“We have no government armed with power capable of contending with human passions unbridled by morality and religion. Avarice, ambition, revenge, or gallantry, would break the strongest cords of our Constitution as a whale goes through a net. Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.” – John Adams, in an address to the Military in 1798

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Just 104 years ago…

The average life expectancy for men was 47 years.1910 Ford

Fuel for the car on the right was sold in drug stores only.

Only 14 percent of the homes had a bathtub.

Only 8 percent of the homes had a telephone.

There were only 8,000 cars and only 144 miles of paved roads.

The maximum speed limit in most cities was 10 mph.

The tallest structure in the world was the Eiffel Tower.

The average US wage in 1910 was 22 cents per hour.

The average US worker made between $200 and $400 per year.

A competent accountant could expect to earn $2000 per year, a dentist $2,500 per year, a veterinarian between $1,500 and $4,000 per year, and a mechanical engineer about $5,000 per year.

More than 95 percent of all births took place at HOME.

Ninety percent of all Doctors had NO COLLEGE EDUCATION!

Instead, they attended so-called medical schools, many of which were condemned in the press AND the government as ‘substandard.’

antiques-hero-02Sugar cost four cents a pound.

Eggs were fourteen cents a dozen.

Coffee was fifteen cents a pound.

Most women only washed their hair once a month, and used Borax or egg yolks for shampoo.

There was no such thing as underarm deodorant or tooth paste.

Canada passed a law that prohibited poor people from entering into their country for any reason.

The five leading causes of death were:

1. Pneumonia and influenza

2, Tuberculosis

3. Diarrhea

4. Heart disease

5. Stroke

There were only 46 states.

The population of Las Vegas Nevada was only 30!

Crossword puzzles, canned beer, and iced tea hadn’t been invented yet.

There was no Mother’s Day or Father’s Day.

Two out of every 10 adults couldn’t read or write and only 6 percent of all Americans had graduated Antiquesfrom high school.

Eighteen percent of households had at least one full-time servant or domestic help.

There were about 230 reported murders in the entire U.S.A.

Yes, people have changed—almost everyone owned a gun!

Try to imagine what it may be like in another 100 years.

- Anonymous researcher

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Book Review

Out Of The Flames

By Lawrence and Nancy Goldstone

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What famous European physician discovered and wrote the first description of pulmonary circulation, perhaps the single most important statement about the workings of the human body in fifteen hundred years?

Who was the most famous anti-trinitarian in the Reformation Age?

Who dared to write a book titled The Errors of the Trinity at a time when it could occasion his death?

Who challenged Luther, Calvin and all other Reformers on the Trinity?

The answer to all of the above: Michael Servetus.

This is probably the most moving book I have read in some time. It details the history of the Reformation Age with special emphasis on the writings of Servetus. He wrote two books that set forth the arguments against the Trinity doctrine. The books are described in Goldstone’s objective work, the history surrounding them, and details Servetus’ relationship with John Calvin. The book is extremely well-written.

Did you ever wonder exactly how Servetus died? His death is described in accurate, historical fashion. All that was required of him for Calvin to remove the death sentence was to recant his opposition to the Trinity. If he had been willing to say, “Jesus was the eternal Son of God,” he would have been spared. He refused. He knew it was an untenable false theory.

Out of the Flames is an extraordinary story providing testament to the power of ideas, the enduring legacy of books, and the triumph of individual courage.

If you love the Oneness truth, and if you love history, you will love this book. I have five used copies left. If you would like one, they are eight dollars each. Call 936-537-0250 to order your copy.

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Note:

Sometimes I quote news or views from The Blaze, which is published by Glenn Beck’s organization. That does not mean, however, that I believe Beck is an Apostolic or even a Christian believer. Quoting someone is not an endorsement of his beliefs or lifestyle. He is a professed Mormon, and seems to believe all of their claims and doctrines. That is regrettable. He says he has thoroughly investigated that religion and sees no problem with their beliefs—“I tried every trick I could think of to find a contradiction…I couldn’t.” A contradiction with what? The Bible? If so, he hadn’t read much in the Bible. “Mormonism seemed to explain the world and my place in it better than any other faith I had looked at.” (Pages 149-150 in Seven Wonders That Will Change Your Life) Is that a foundation for one’s faith? Nay.

I believe many of us share some of Beck’s concerns about the direction America is headed and appreciate his activism. Therein is the reason for the quotes. But ignore his statements on religion and his faith.

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Remember:

The folks who are planning to take your guns away are planning to keep theirs. – Patriot Postfinger

“It’s a nasty truth, but those who seek to inflict harm are not fazed by gun control laws.” – Ronald Reagan

You can’t fix stupid, but you can vote it out of office. – Patriot Post

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General Eisenhower warned us

It is a matter of history that when the Supreme Commander of the Allied Forces in WWII, General  Dwight Eisenhower, found the victims of the German death camps, he ordered all possible photographs to be taken, and for the  German people from surrounding villages to be ushered  through the camps and even made to bury the dead.

He did this because he anticipated the future:

Eisenhower“Get it all on record now—get the films, get the witnesses—because somewhere down the road of history someone will get up and say that this never happened.”

This week, the UK debated whether to remove the Holocaust from its school curriculum because it  ‘offends’ the Muslim population who claim it never occurred. It is not removed as yet. However, this is a frightening portent of the fear that is gripping the world and how easily each country is giving into it. Muslims also are demanding that the World Trade Center Memorial Museum film be edited to remove references to Muslim involvement in the attack that took down the trade center buildings 13 years ago.

It is now more than 60 years after the Second World War in Europe ended. We must not forget the six million Jews, 20 million  Russians, 10 million Christians, and 1,900 Catholic priests who were murdered, raped, burned, starved, beaten, experimented on and humiliated while many in the world looked the other way!

Now, more than ever, with Iran, among others, claiming the Holocaust to be “a myth,” it is imperative to make sure the world never forgets.

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An unsolicited testimony

“Thank you for speaking out about the use of psychotropic medications and their effects. I personally no longer use the term ‘adverse side effects’ because they aren’t ‘side effects.’ They are the actual effects those medications bring upon the user. I have had much difficulty with nerve pain in my feet and legs forDrugs 2 many years now. After two surgeries on each foot I wound up with inoperable neuromas in my feet. The nerve pain was terrible. I went to my primary care physician who prescribed Elavil for this pain. Elavil is an antidepressant medication. He told me it would cause me to sleep well and not be in pain. So, being desperate for relief from the pain, I tried it. I took it one night before bed and had extremely violent nightmares that included murder, suicide, violent rampages, being attacked by violent people, and terror. I woke up in the middle of the night and went directly to the kitchen and threw all the Elavil away. My doctor became upset when I told him I would no longer take it. He then sent me to a pain management specialist who prescribed Neurontin for the nerve pain. It was once used for the treatment of seizures. To my knowledge, it is not a psychotropic medication though they are now using it to treat bipolar disorder. Neurontin worked well for me for many years. Then, I began having blurred vision, hand tremors, confused thinking, disorientation as to time and place, incontinence of bowel and bladder, and constant debilitating fatigue. I became toxic. I went back to my doctor and told him I was detoxing from the Neurontin and wanted it taken off of the list of medications I take. He became upset and tried to keep me on it. I went off it all at once. I immediately began feeling better. My vision began to improve. I had more energy. I no longer had hand tremors. I was no longer experiencing disorientation. I am no longer incontinent of bowel and drugsbladder. I took off work for six days so I could detox in the safety of my own home. I spent the majority of it repenting for allowing the doctors to prescribe these medications to me and not monitoring my health better. One last comment about Elavil and I will close. It is an antidepressant. Psychiatrists say depression is caused by a chemical imbalance in the brain. Not once was I given a blood test or a chemical panel work-up. Not once did they perform or even suggest a test that would identify what chemical was out of balance in my brain. I was not, and am not, depressed. I am a living breathing human being who is dealing with real pain. They took advantage of me by foisting their ideology upon me. I have repented of being deceived. I will no longer be deceived by those ‘practicing medicine.’

Brother Ensey, keep being a watchman on the wall regarding this issue. You may suffer persecution but you will be leading people out of the darkness of psychotropic medications and medications that are making people toxic. Our world desperately needs brave men who aren’t afraid to care enough about people to speak the truth to them.

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 ObamaCare and “Income Equality”

Not every Democrat constituency is happy about ObamaCare. Unite Here, a 300,000 member union ofIncome-Inequality low-wage hospitality workers, says, “Without smart fixes, the ACA threatens the middle class with higher premiums, loss of hours, and a shift to part-time work and less comprehensive coverage.” In fact, one of Barack Obama’s central talking points—“income inequality”—will continue to increase due to his health care law. Union head Donald Taylor didn’t pull any punches, saying, “Unite Here was the first union to endorse then-Senator Obama. We support the addition of health care to millions of Americans. Yet facts are facts, and Obamacare will cost our members the equivalent of a significant pay cut to keep their hard-won benefits.” Not to worry though, as Obama says, “It is working the way it should.”

My question: Should everyone, regardless of their ability, motivation, creativity, and other factors that are normally rewarded financially, make the same income?

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Apostolic History Outline

by Marvin Arnold

Apostolic-History-OutlineThe late Brother Marvin 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. Order at advanceministries.org or call 936-537-0250.

Christian Church History

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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 out of Topeka or Azusa teachings, nor from 1916 phenomenon. 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  $14.99. Order at advanceministries.org or call 936-537-0250.

Pentecost Before Azusa

by Marvin Arnold

Pentecost-Before-AzusaWe 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. Order at advanceministries.org or call 936-537-0250.

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Laugh while you can

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Ten Reasons Why Handheld Devices Should Be Banned for Children Under the Age of 12

[All parents and pastors should read this!!!]

By Cris Rowan

Pediatric occupational therapist, biologist, speaker, author

Posted: 03/06/2014 3:35 pm EST Updated: 03/09/2014 3:59 pm EDT

The American Academy of Pediatrics and the Canadian Society of Pediatrics state infants aged 0-2 years screen-time-dangers-537x402should not have any exposure to technology, 3-5 years be restricted to one hour per day, and 6-18 years restricted to 2 hours per day (AAP 2001/13, CPS 2010). Children and youth use 4-5 times the recommended amount of technology, with serious and often life threatening consequences (Kaiser Foundation 2010, Active Healthy Kids Canada 2012). Handheld devices (cell phones, tablets, electronic games) have dramatically increased the accessibility and usage of technology, especially by very young children (Common Sense Media, 2013). As a pediatric occupational therapist, I’m calling on parents, teachers and governments to ban the use of all handheld devices for children under the age of 12 years. Following are 10 research-based reasons for this ban. Please visit zonein.ca to view the Zone’in Fact Sheet for referenced research.

1. Rapid brain growth
Between 0 and 2 years, infant’s brains triple in size, and continue in a state of rapid development to 21 years of age (Christakis 2011). Early brain development is determined by environmental stimuli, or lack thereof. Stimulation to a developing brain caused by overexposure to technologies (cell phones, internet, iPads, TV), has been shown to be associated with executive functioning and attention deficit, cognitive delays, impaired learning, increased impulsivity and decreased ability to self-regulate, e.g. tantrums (Small 2008, Pagini 2010).  [To continue reading this important article, click here.]

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Yik Yuck

Houston Chronicle Editorial 4/29/14

During the settlement of the West, pioneers and their children were under threat due to many dangers including American Indians, wildfires, cougars, tornadoes, rattlesnakes and mountain lions.

Depending on their location, these pioneer families often weren’t safe when they locked their doors at night. We like to think of ourselves as having made progress. But is it so?

Through the Internet, our children are potentially under threat inside our homes even if our doors are locked tight, and our elaborate burglar alarms are set.

The latest tech bogeyman: A free mobile app called Yik Yak (“Yik Yak talks back – schools listen,” Page 1A, April 21). Chronicle reporter Lisa Gray described the app, which allows users within a 1.5-mile radius to post anything anonymously, as a kind of “cyber bathroom wall.”

Imagine what you might have posted if you were 12 to 14 years old and could have said anything you wanted under cloak of anonymity. And then ramp it up quite a bit.

[To continue reading this very informative article, click here.]

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Parting Shotcannon_shot

“Let us not be swayed by the assumption that a thing ‘well said’ is actually a thing ‘well done.’ We will never fully know the Christian life until we know it in experience as well as theory.”  – E. L. Holley, The Best of E. L. Holley

When God solves your problems, you have faith in His abilities; when God doesn’t solve your problems, He has faith in your abilities. – Anonymous

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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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Here are some testimonies:

“Great news! Both of the girls who received the Into His Marvelous Light Bible study Friday evening were baptized in Jesus’ name in tonight’s service! Both felt great joy, and one began speaking in tongues as the Spirit gave utterance while yet in the water after being baptized. Their friend who had originally invited them had not yet been baptized in the name of Jesus. We taught her about baptism two months ago, and while the two were getting baptized, she decided to also be baptized in Jesus’ name! I will make a purchase of more Into His Marvelous Light Bible studies this week on the website. – VM, Ohio

Posted on Facebook: “I am overjoyed to see what God is doing in the life of ________. He prayed through at Friday night prayer meeting, got baptized this morning, taught Into His Marvelous Light to his friend this afternoon, and his friend was baptized tonight!” – TM, TX

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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Apostolic Theological Journal eBook

ATF-2012-CoverThis is the sixth edition of the Journal of the Apostolic Theological Forum. The first five contained papers expressing some of the best theological thinking of Apostolic faith. This edition will complement the earlier volumes.
This book includes the following:
-The Anointing by William E.Davis,
-On The Sanctity of Life by Peter F. Connell
-Harmless or Heretical? Denominational Perceptions of Oneness Perspective by Ben Weeks
-Some Thoughts On The Oneness and Trinitarian Final Report, 2002–2007 by Steve Waldron
-The Peril and Temptation Of Abusing Pastoral Authority in The Apostolic Setting by Phillip Harrelson
-The Doctrine Of Divine Healing: Is it always God’s will to heal? by J.R.Ensey
-The Ancient Historical Evidence For Jesus by Steve Waldron

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A Hill To Die On

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Is truth worth dying for? If so, which truth? Which doctrine? This new book, which will be available this week, suggests that there are some things worth risking our reputations, our resources, and perhaps our lives for. Six months ago we would never have thought we would be where we are today as a nation. The Christian faith is rapidly being dismembered and deconstructed to make way for Islam. The rush of endtime prophecy fulfillment should stiffen the backbone of every Christian and make us realize there will be a price to pay for our faith. The nine chapters of this new book include:

- A Hill To Die On
– Truth in an Age of Deception
– Unity in an Age of Division
– Righteousness in an Age of Hedonism
– The Church in an Age of Spirituality
– Absolutes in an Age of Relativism
– God and Government
– Is American Christianity Returning to the Social Gospel?
– Our Finest Hour

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Letters From A Roman Jail

by J. R. Ensey

Letters-From-A-Roman-JailSome of the most beautiful and truly meaningful words that flowed from the pen of Paul are found in his letters written while incarcerated in Rome. They graphically display the triumph of the pen over the sword. Nero’s sword took Paul’s head, but Paul’s pen took Nero’s empire! Topical format permits not just word study and exposition, but teaching ideas and application. This is a good book for new converts who enjoy studying the Word. Also good for Bible classes in Christian schools.

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Pastoral Epistles

by J. R. EnseyPastoral-Epistles

The apostle Paul wrote three letters to two younger ministers whom he affectionately called his “sons.” The epistles became part of the canon of Scripture and have served since then as the best instruction available for those in ministry and church leadership. Doctrine, practical church discipline, lifestyle and much more is all here. The verse-by-verse commentary is accompanied by a complete outline for ease of study and teaching.

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Texas flag flowersYou folks in the frozen north come on down to Texas and enjoy the bluebonnets in the Spring. They will make you forget all the trouble in the rest of the world.

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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

Published in: on March 1, 2014 at 3:30 am  Comments (1)  
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