JREnsey blog August 2015

Welcome to the August 2015 JREnsey blog! Hot enough for you? August is a good month to preach on Hell!

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The Word for todayMatt Bible

“My child, listen and be wise: Keep your heart on the right course.
20 Do not carouse with drunkards or feast with gluttons,
21 for they are on their way to poverty, and too much sleep clothes them in rags                                      22 Listen to your father, who gave you life, and don’t despise your mother when she is old.
23 Get the truth and never sell it; also get wisdom, discipline, and good judgment.
24 The father of godly children has cause for joy. What a pleasure to have children who are wise.
25 So give your father and mother joy! May she who gave you birth be happy” (Proverbs 23:19-25 NLT).

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Diary of an Azusa St. convert

Two years ago I toured the Azusa St. sites in Los Angeles, seeing the Bonnie Brae home where Seymour began the prayer meetings, and where the old Azusa St. meeting house once stood. Contemplating the events standing at Seymour’s grave, and then the Arroyo Seco site of the 1913 campmeeting, I knew I wanted to share these experiences with our church at home in Conroe.

The following Sunday I presented the slides of those sites and photos of the men who were directly involved with the beginning of the outpouring of the Spirit in North America. Afterward, a lady, Debbie Holub, who had only attended our church a couple of times, rushed forward to greet me and say that her great great grandfather, Samuel Webster, knew those men who were mentioned, and that he had actually received the Holy Ghost at Azusa St. She really had my attention then. But when she added, “And we even have his diary concerning his experience there and his ministry afterward,” my eyes must have looked like saucers.

I could hardly contain my excitement when she brought me a transcription of his handwritten diary. He explained how he had been sent by the Baptist denominational missions effort to Los Angeles to plant new churches in that burgeoning city. Soon after arriving in 1906, someone invited him to a revival that was in progress on Azusa St. He decided to attend and on February 6, 1907 he received the Holy Ghost.

The direction of his life was totally changed. He was baptized in Jesus name and began an active ministry that covered hundreds of cities and churches in the western half of the U.S. He was active in organizing the Arroyo Seco campmeeting and other big gatherings on the West Coast.

IMG_8429I knew this document should be in the archives of our church. The descendants of Samuel Webster agreed to have the diary placed in the Center For the Study of Oneness Pentecostalism in St. Louis. The presentation of the diary and other pictures was made recently at the World Evangelism Center on July 15. It will be available for study by those who are doing research on the history of the Pentecostals in America.

Our special thanks goes to Debbie Holub who first approached me about the diary, and who arranged for the Webster family members to come to St. Louis for the presentation of the diary to the UPCI historical archives. You may check with Brother Robin Johnston, the director of the Center, for information on when it will be ready to access.

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An unsolicited story came to my computer anonymously. I didn’t take the time to verify it.

The Story Of My Rifle

Today I swung my front door wide open and placed my Remington 30.06 right in the doorway. I placed six cartridges beside it, m48then left it alone and went about my business.

While I was gone, the mailman delivered my mail, the neighbor boy across the street mowed the yard, a girl walked her dog m48down the street, and quite a few cars stopped at the stop sign near the front of my house.

After about an hour, I checked on the gun. It was still sitting there, right where I had left it. It hadn’t moved itself outside. It certainly hadn’t killed anyone, even with the numerous opportunities it had to do so.

In fact, it hadn’t even loaded itself. Well you can imagine my surprise, with all the hype by the Left and the Media about how dangerous guns are and how they kill people. Either the media is wrong or I’m in possession of the laziest gun in the world. The United States is 3rd in Murders throughout the World. But if you take out just four cities: Chicago, Detroit, Washington DC and New Orleans, the United States is 4th from the bottom, in the entire world, for murders. These four Cities also have the toughest gun control laws in the U.S. ALL four of these cities are controlled by liberals. It would be absurd to draw any
conclusions from this data—right?

Well, I’m off to check on my spoons. I hear they’re making people fat.

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Millions for baby parts

It is unbelievable that we Americans pay huge amounts to agencies like Planned Parenthood. Millions we freely give these people to promote abortions and actually sell the products of abortion—i.e., body parts of babies.

abortion_2466836cWhere do they get the money—about a half billion annually—to fund Planned Parenthood? Perhaps from the Little Sisters of the Poor who minister to elderly women who have no need of contraceptives. Nor do the Little Sisters need that “benefit.” Yet Obamacare insists that they pay for birth control for their workers and caregivers. So via the many taxes that have been woven into Obamacare, they take from the nuns and other Christians and give to those who have helped to kill above 50 million babies since 1972. Shame on America for letting this happen!

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More political correctness to harass Christian colleges

As president of Texas Bible College, I resisted efforts for the college to become accredited for a number of reasons. While it is advantageous to be able to transfer credits to other accredited colleges, that aspect was not worth what a college has to surrender in order to be accredited by an agency approved by the Federal government. A college can spend hundreds of thousands of dollars in the effort to become accredited so credits can be transferred and students can obtain government-backed student loans to pay for their tuition.

I am holding my breath to see what happens when the authorities find out where our colleges stand on homosexuality and Community-Christian-Collegesame-sex marriage. A number of Christian colleges have already been challenged to adjust their policies to reflect cultural changes concerning sexuality.

Read how Gordon College has been targeted by the accrediting agency and leftist social engineers: http://www.nationalreview.com/article/397677/persecution-gordon-college-david-french

Gordon College is fighting for its very life to maintain a Christian standard of sexuality and marriage at the college.

Baylor University, a Baptist institution of higher learning since 1845, recently capitulated and removed “homosexual acts” from sexual misconduct policy. The old policy forbidding specific sexual acts read: “Misuses of God’s gift will be understood to include, but not be limited to, sexual abuse, sexual harassment, sexual assault, incest, adultery, fornication and homosexual acts.” The new policy reads: “Baylor will be guided by the biblical understanding that human sexuality is a gift from God and that physical sexual intimacy is to be expressed in the context of marital fidelity. Thus, it is expected that Baylor students, faculty and staff will engage in behaviors consistent with this understanding of human sexuality.” Hmmmm….

LeTourneau University’s policy came under fire for banning “same-sex dating behaviors and public advocacy for the position that sex outside of a biblically-defined marriage is morally acceptable.”

Wheaton College has also come under fire for not wanting to follow Obamacare’s guidelines for providing “morally objectionable” contraception products. http://www.christianitytoday.com/gleanings/2015/july/wheaton-college-loses-emergency-contraception-appeal-outsou.html?utm_source=ctweekly-

Will Pentecostal colleges be found spending mega-bucks on earning accreditation only to have it annulled by some government agency or liberal judge?

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I wonder…

453810357_wondering_baby1_answer_2_xlargeIs there no such thing as a “pervert” today? Under the smile of this administration, a place has been made for every type of activity to be considered morally acceptable—except, of course, the expression of any sense of biblical or traditional human sexuality.

Will America ever recover from the regression from traditional values that made this country what it became?

In ten years or less, will marriage between a man and a woman become the exception, and perhaps even illegal?

Will the new Supreme Court judges that will be appointed by the next president tilt that hallowed bench even further from biblical standards?

Will our collective American conscience in the future force us to elect a Hispanic or black lesbian, who is also a practicing Muslim? How could we not, if one was a candidate?

How long before black pastors are pressured to the point they surrender to the social engineers that are trying to turn them into a hate group that will pronounce all white people to be one big hate group?

How long before we find out what Jade Helm is really all about?

When will we finally cease the public sniping at those who read from contemporary Bible versions and we sit down at a table and see what the real truth about them is?

How many more planets we will visit with robotic vehicles to explore their surfaces looking for signs of life?

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Where do desks really come from?

In September of 2005, on the first day of school, Martha Cothren, a history teacher at Robinson High School in Little Rock, did something not to be forgotten. On the first day of school, with the permission of the school superintendent, the principal and the building supervisor, she removed all of the desks in her classroom. When the first period kids entered the room they discovered that there were no desks.school-desks-300x199

‘Ms. Cothren, where are our desks?’

She replied, ‘You can’t have a desk until you tell me how you earn the right to sit at a desk.’ They thought, ‘Well, maybe it’s our grades.’ ‘No,’ she said.
‘Maybe it’s our behavior.’ She told them, ‘No, it’s not even your behavior.’

And so, they came and went, the first period, second period, third period. Still no desks in the classroom. Kids called their parents to tell them what was happening and by early afternoon television news crews had started gathering at the school to report about this crazy teacher who had taken all the desks out of her room.

The final period of the day came and as the puzzled students found seats on the floor of the desk-less classroom. Martha Cothren said, ‘Throughout the day no one has been able to tell me just what he or she has done to earn the right to sit at the desks that are ordinarily found in this classroom. Now I am going to tell you.’

At this point, Martha Cothren went over to the door of her classroom and opened it. Twenty-seven (27) U.S. Veterans, all in uniform, walked into that classroom, each one carrying a school desk. The Vets began placing the school desks in rows, and then they would walk over and stand alongside the wall. By the time the last soldier had set the final desk in place those kids started to understand, perhaps for the first time in their lives, just how the right to sit at those desks had been earned.

Martha said, ‘You didn’t earn the right to sit at these desks. These heroes did it for you. They placed the desks here for you. They went halfway around the world, giving up their education and interrupting their careers and families so you could have the freedom you have. Now, it’s up to you to sit in them. It is your responsibility to learn, to be good students, to be good citizens. They paid the price so that you could have the freedom to get an education. Don’t ever forget it.'”

PS: This is a true story. And this teacher was awarded the Veterans of Foreign Wars Teacher of the Year for the State of Arkansas
in 2006. She is the daughter of a WWII POW.

Let us always remember the men and women of our military and the rights they have won for us.

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Once it was, “Would Jesus wear a Rolex on his television show?”

Now it is, “Would Jesus perform a gay wedding ceremony?”

Jimmy Carter, former president and longtime Baptist Sunday school teacher, said on July 7 that he believes Jesus would approve of gay marriage, though he said that he doesn’t have “any verse in scripture” to corroborate this notion. [Awww….]

paolo-veronese-the-wedding-at-cana-from-the-benedictine-convent-of-san-giorgio-maggiore-venice “I believe he would. I believe Jesus would. I don’t have any verse in Scripture…,” Carter responded when asked by HuffPo Live host Mark Lamont Hill whether Christ would embrace same-sex nuptials. “I believe that Jesus would approve of gay marriage, but I’m not—that’s just my own personal belief.”

The one-term Democrat president also said that he believes Jesus “would encourage…any love affair that was honest and sincere.”

And since Carter believes that gay marriage doesn’t “damage anyone else,” he said that he has no qualms about it.

Well, Jimmy, should we be surprised at anything you say?

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FACT CHECK: BIBLE TRANSLATIONS

Articles about Bible translations are once again making the rounds in magazines and on social media that are being sent to our laymen. They usually begin by stating: “Here are some facts:….” These “facts” are about the NIV Bible and how corrupt it is. The NIV folks can fork their own broncs. I am not promoting the NIV or any particular version, but for Apostolics to be repeating false and misleading statements is without justification. Since they are attacking the NIV specifically, let’s use it and see if their 18 “facts” are really fiction.

  1. “In the NT alone, 17 entire verses have been excised.” [In a more recent account it was 45 verses. In yet another, it was 33. Which “fact” is a fact?]

Truth: Excised from what? No verses from the Greek NT have been left out. The Erasmus/Stephanus/Beza Greek texts of the bible-translations16th century used by the KJV translators were “expansive” texts, importing words/phrases/verses from the Latin Vulgate and other late manuscripts. Contemporary versions do not lean on an obsolete text based on readings from only seven late manuscripts and the Latin Vulgate.

Obviously they mean “excised” from the KJV, but is the KJV “the” Bible that John and Paul and Peter personally wrote? The English language wasn’t around then. “The” Bible consists of the original Hebrew and Greek autographs. We don’t have those. We only have copies of copies, many of which have variant readings. However, the truth is that significant variants (differences between the Textus Receptus [TR] and more current Greek texts) are relatively few and do not affect any doctrine.

Unexplained statements are left unexplained to create the greatest question in the minds of uninformed readers. Because the copies don’t all agree for one reason or another, the science of textual criticism was developed. That enables scholars like paleontologists, papyriologists, and ancient and contemporary language experts to gather all of the fragments, codices, uncials, minuscules, papyri, lectionaries, etc., and compare them, setting standards for credibility where there are differences in the readings.

Do you wonder why they rarely mention I John 5:7 when speaking of omitting words from the Bible? Or Revelation 16:5? Or Romans 1:4, et al.? Did the KJV include the spurious phrase about the “three heavenly witnesses” to support the …… (To continue reading this article, CLICK HERE)

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You may want to check our these stories

gun-controlThe IRS to do “gun control” on Social Security recipients

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2015/07/20/obama-looks-to-ban-social-security-recipients-from-owning-guns/

Coming to a school near you

Gender diversity taught to kindergarten kids

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Pope’s Apology tour?

Last year he apologized to Pentecostals for persecuting them.pope francis sitting

In June he apologized to Waldensians and Albigensians.

Who is next? I have some personal friends who deserve an apology, but they are not holding their breath.

http://www.christianitytoday.com/gleanings/2015/july/pope-apologizes-to-first-evangelicals-for-persecution.html?utm_source=ctweekly-html&utm_medium=Newsletter&utm_term=11268130&utm_content=367743822&utm_campaign=2013

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An encouraging word

Russell Moore writes:

“[T]here is one thing that, tempted as we may be to expect it, will not happen, either in our lifetime or beyond: Marriage will not go away. The gospel-imaging union between a man and a woman as a sacred testimony to Christ’s pursuit of His church will never be scrubbed from our culture, as if it were a coat of paint on our social consciousness. No, marriage is not merely a cultural accessory, it is a cosmic, spiritual, and deeply human reality embedded into the creation itself. No amount of same-sex marriage in the twenty-first century will change this, just as no amount of blue-collar, Bible-belt divorce culture in the late twentieth century changed it then.

funny-marriage-game-over“Marriage is resilient. It can be screamed at, wished away, and even legally disfigured, but it cannot be destroyed.

“The Sexual Revolution always promises fulfillment but betrays its followers bitterly in the end. Even as we brace for a generation’s worth of confusion and enforced conformity, we must also stand fast in holding out hope to the refugees from the Sexual Revolution who will come to us, being wrecked by the fantasy of autonomy and self-creation. We must keep the light lit to the old paths. We must point out why marriage is rooted not just in nature and tradition but in the gospel of Jesus Christ (Eph. 5:32).

“Marriage is resilient because it is God-created, not another government program. That’s why hand wringing and siege mentality has no place among those who want to champion traditional marriage. Marriage does not exist thanks to humanity, and so it cannot be unmade thanks to it either.”

Thank you, Russell Moore, whoever you are. May it be so.

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 The Unbound Scriptures

By Rick Norris   544 pages41gliDc2j6L._SL500_SX319_BO1,204,203,200_

Of all the books out there on the market, this one probably exceeds them all for providing information about the Bible we hold in our hand. I have not seen this much documented material about the Bible anywhere else. Page after page of sound words that lets us know how the Bible came to us and how trustworthy it actually is. The author deals with current issues as well as how the King James Bible fares with others. He handles differences of opinion gracefully where grace is called for and strength where clarity is called for. There are many pages of textual variants and how they have been handled, and the men who have been involved with the issues facing us today. Fifty pages of bibliography! Get this book! We bought a box of them. Get them while they last!  AM price only $17.99  Order online or call 936-537-0250.

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gaw_book_mockIn Gods at War, Kyle Idleman addresses the issue of idolatry in the lives of believers by asking insightful questions that will help you determine which false gods are striving to sit on the throne of your heart. By sharing true and powerful testimonies of those who have struggled with the idols of money, sex, success, food and romance, Idleman clears away the cultural baggage of the 21st century to expose these gods for what they are—rivals to our unhindered devotion to Christ. Discover the freedom that awaits you when you allow the true God to reside unchallenged in your heart and life. You will do a series on this book…guaranteed! AM price only $13.99  Order online at advanceministries.org or call today! 936-537-0250.

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For your funny bone

 

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radical Islam

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Iran nuke deal

29483378Reckon they have those shirts big enough for a couple of preachers?

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Parting Shot

Our daughter, Debbie, was recently putting her five-year old grandson, Peyton, to bed. As they got down to pray, he grabbed his little prayer book that he goes through each night, praying for each of those whose pictures are in the book. When he came to our photo, he reverently said, “Jesus, You’re going to have to help them because You made them old. I don’t know what else to say!”

I guess we were old when we got here. At least someone is praying for us!

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Now get to someplace cool with a tall glass of lemonade. You have earned it.

JREnsey

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JREnsey Blog July 2015

Welcome to the July 2015 JREnsey blog!

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“For Jews demand signs and Greeks seek wisdom, 23 but we preach Christ crucified, a stumbling block to Jews and folly to Gentiles, 24 but to those who are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God. 25 For the foolishness of God is wiser than men, and the weakness of God is stronger than men” (I Corinthians 1:22-25 ESV).

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Words to remember

Quotation_Mark“Give me the children and in ten years I will change society.” – Adolph Hitler

“He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain what he cannot lose.” – Jim Eliot

“Don’t dig up in doubt what you planted in faith.” – Elisabeth Eliot

Quotation_Mark-1“I’m so progressive, that if a tree falls in the woods and no one is there to hear it, I’m still offended.” – Frank J. Fleming  (I can think of other names for progressives who are that far left. – ed.)

“Truth, like wisdom, is hidden only from those too lazy to seek for it.” (See Proverbs 2:4-6).

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Wrong again

Once again the president takes to the air to condemn Americans for owning guns. The SC church shooter was a single stupid racist, but America takes the blame. However, there was another common factor involved besides a gun. Involved in virtually every one of the mass shootings have been an prescription-drug-abuse-us-article1element that they don’t like to talk about—drugs. When will America wake up to see what the pharmaceutical industry is doing to this nation? Teamed with the growing number of psychologists, psychiatrists, and money-grubbing quack doctors, they are destroying the minds of young Americans to think clearly. Promoted for thousands of servicemen who claim PTSD, they don’t heal the “disease”—they merely exacerbate the problem. Suicides are up exponentially among servicemen and veterans. Almost all of these crazy murderous events that are happening can be linked to drugs. People are taking drugs without knowing how they will be affected by them.

C’mon, pastors and youth leaders! We need to speak out on this spreading plague of prescription drug abuse. If not us, who?

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Sleep tight1006

In Shakespeare’s time, mattresses were secured on bed frames by ropes. When you pulled on the ropes, the mattress tightened, making the bed firmer to sleep on. Hence the phrase, “Good night, sleep tight.”

Hmmmm…somehow, ropes and beds just don’t seem to go together.

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One nation under [which] God?

A cadet at the United States Air Force Academy started a firestorm when he wrote a Bible verse on the whiteboard outside his room. Complaints were lodged against him for elevating his faith above others, bible_verseand he was ordered to erase the verse. I cannot help but wonder what would have happened if the verse he quoted was from the Qur’an.

This is just another step in quieting America’s Christian voice. The anti-faith thought police will be cracking down on holiness preaching before all of this political correctness has run its course. Mark that down. It makes people “feel bad about themselves” and separates rather than includes people.

Source: http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2014/03/11/air-force-academy-removes-bible-verse-from-cadet-whiteboard.html

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Where is the Commander-in-Chief taking the military?

A recent gay pride event was recently held at the Pentagon that featured lots of top brass, including Defense Secretary Ashton Carter as the keynote speaker.

What made this seemingly routine introduction noteworthy is that Brig. Gen. Randy S. Taylor Obama-unveils-strategy-for-leaner-military-DJQ60CH-x-largeintroduced his husband, Lucas.

“My husband Lucas is sitting up front here,” Gen. Taylor said of the man in the same row as Mr. Carter, Army Secretary John McHugh and other senior officials. He said Lucas has subjugated his own career to support the general’s frequent moves over an 18-year relationship.

“We bet everything on my Army career,” said Gen. Taylor, whose 27 years of service spanned an outright ban on gays, then “don’t ask, don’t tell” and finally, the ban’s lifting in 2011.

Gen. Taylor was the master of ceremonies for the Pentagon’s 4th Gay Pride celebration that showcases a month of gay-themed posters and history.

A panel discussion featured a gay Marine officer, a gay Army sergeant who is a criminal investigator, a lesbian chaplain and a transgender, Amanda Simpson, who is executive director of the Army’s Office of Energy Initiatives.

She is the first openly transgender political appointee in any presidential administration. She was chosen for the civilian post, she said, because she was “the best person to do the job.”

All four introduced their wives, husbands, and, in one case, a fiancée before a filled auditorium.

Mr. Carter spoke of his commitment to equal rights, but gave no hint of whether the administration will drop the ban on transgenders and transexuals wearing the uniform.

“We need to be a meritocracy,” he said. “We can’t afford to close ourselves off to anybody….We must 1435410503_white-house--rainbow-scotus-gay-marriage_1start from a position of inclusivity.”

Trained as an infantryman, Gen. Taylor is a communications and  information specialists who deployed to wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. He is now assigned to the Army office of chief of information.

The Pride event kicked off with the National Anthem, sung by the Rock Creek Singers, who are with the Gay Men’s Chorus.

Sources: http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2015/jun/9/army-gen-randy-taylor-introduces-his-husband-penta/

http://www.worldviewweekend.com/news/article/ignoring-terrorism-celebrating-gay-pride

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You knew it was coming

Yesterday it was gay marriage, today it’s your children they want.

Using the same tactics used by “gay” rights activists, pedophiles have begun to seek similar status arguing their desire for children is a sexual orientation no different than 27475515991heterosexual or homosexual. Once we have made room for the transgender folks as a separate group to be protected by rigid laws that deny others of their rights, no kind of behavior is off the table.

Critics of the homosexual lifestyle have long claimed that once it became acceptable to identify homosexuality as simply an “alternative lifestyle” or sexual orientation, logically nothing would be off limits. Psychiatrists are now beginning to advocate redefining pedophilia in the same way homosexuality was redefined several years ago.

Every pastor should read the article excerpted from the Northern Colorado Gazette written by Ashley Edwardson three days ago. Click here…

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Taking the blood out of the Bible?

Someone has asked, “Aren’t contemporary Bible versions taking the blood out of the Bible?” The answer is yes—if the phrase under consideration is in Colossians 1:14, and if that is the only place where redemption through Christ’s blood was mentioned, and if the 1611 version alone is “the Bible.”

This issue comes up in discussions of Colossians 1:14 where the KJV has the phrase, “through his blood.” That phrase does not appear in most modern versions and the fact is heralded by extremists as washed_20in_20the_20blood_20bibleproof of a conspiracy to remove the blood of Christ from the process of redemption presented in the Bible.

Two points need to be considered here: First, if there was a conspiracy to omit the blood from Scripture, the conspirators must be quite inept because they failed to remove scores of other biblical references to the blood of Christ, especially the one just five verses later (Colossians 1:20) where Paul said, “by making peace through his blood, shed on the cross” (NIV), “having made peace through the blood of his cross” (NASB), “he made peace…by his blood on the cross” (NLT), “peace by the blood of his cross” (ESV). KJV apologists fail to mention the many other references, as though Colossians 1:14 was the only place in Scripture the blood was cast as the redemptive element.

Second, the phrase “through his blood” in v. 14 is obviously a late insertion in some biblical texts, showing up in only a few late manuscripts, beginning in the ninth century. It is missing in the majority of Greek manuscripts, including the majority of Byzantine manuscripts.[1] It is considered to be a conflation (adjustment to a verse to make it match another) assimilated from Ephesians 1:7 and/or other uncontested verses: “In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins” (NIV, ESV, et al.).

Textual scholars refer to this borrowing process by copyists, sometimes called harmonization, as “parallel influence.”[2] Virtually all textual critics, scholars and paleographers who make such matters a life’s vocation, suggest a copyist’s insertion in v. 14 to make it fit with other similar verses. When other scribes copied that particular manuscript, they inserted the additional words into their own manuscript as well. Other scribes may have recognized it as an interpolation and did not include it in their copies. The KJV translators chose to follow texts and versions that included the phrase. The mistake of inserting words that do not belong in the Holy Writ is as serious as removing them (Revelation 22:18,19).

The truth is that no doctrine was created when the phrase was first inserted in the KJV and no doctrine was nullified when it was left out because of the reasons stated. Why is all this evidence ignored and wild claims made that display either a lack of research/scholarship or intentional deception? Average lay readers who are only mildly familiar with the Word, and have no means of verification, are apt to agree with extremists’ false claims.

Let’s nail down the point. Following is a list of New Testament references to the blood of Christ offered as sacrificial payment for our sins:

  • Acts 20:28 – “purchased with his own blood”
  • Romans 5:9 – “being now justified by his blood”
  • Ephesians 1:7 – “redemption through his blood”
  • Ephesians 2:13 – “brought near by the blood of Christ”
  • Colossians 1:14 – “through his blood”
  • Colossians 1:20 – “peace through the blood of his cross”
  • Hebrews 9:12 – “but by his own blood”
  • Hebrews 9:14 – “the blood of Christ”
  • Hebrews 10:19 – “by the blood of Jesus”
  • Hebrews 10:29 – “the blood of the covenant”
  • Hebrews 13:12 – “sanctify the people with his own blood”
  • Hebrews 13:20 – “through the blood”
  • I Peter 1:2 – “sprinkling of the blood of Jesus”
  • I Peter 1:19 – “with the precious blood of Christ”
  • I John 1:7 – “the blood of Jesus Christ his son”
  • Revelation 1:5 – “from our sins in his own blood”
  • Revelation 5:9 – “redeemed us to God by your blood”
  • Revelation 7:14 – “in the blood of the lamb”
  • Revelation 12:11 – “by the blood of the lamb”

There are about forty references in the NT about Christ’s atoning blood. Each of them, including those shown here, is similar in the ESV, NASB, NIV, NLT, et al., and appear almost exactly as they do in the KJV, with the one exception of Colossians 1:14. Anyone with a concordance or computer can verify this. 1014799_120716094804420_736165740_o_by_redflingfox-d6h8tjxIf we now have only 39 references instead of 40, has Christ’s redemptive blood been “removed” from the Bible? Of course not. Nothing is removed except an obvious scribal emendation. Every thinking person should reject the suggestion that translation committees and cross-denominational textual analysts got together and said, “Let’s all rip out three words from Colossians 1:14 and discredit belief in the redemptive blood of Christ.” To make that claim provides fodder for pulpits and magazine articles but it does nothing for one’s credibility.

What is the real reason the phrase does not appear in contemporary translations except in explanatory footnotes? The Colossians 1:14 phrase “through his blood” simply does not have the Greek manuscript evidence that other references cited above do. Virtually all textual critics agree on its later insertion by scribes—leaning on the absoluteness of its inclusion in Ephesians 1:7—centuries after Paul wrote the Colossian letter.

As one translation committee wrote: “If these words had been in the original of Colossians, why would scribes omit them here but not in v. 20 or Ephesians 1:7 and in other places where the wording is solidly authentic? Further, the testimony on the behalf of the shorter reading [without the phrase] is quite overwhelming: Aleph A B C D F G ψ 075 0150 633 1739 1881 MT (et al.), as well as several other [early] versions and Fathers.”[3] The NET translation committee and commentator Adam Clarke agree that “the conviction that ‘through his blood’ is not authentic in Colossians 1:14 is as strong as the conviction that these words are authentic in Ephesians 1:7.”

If every word and every verse that appears in any “biblical” manuscript regardless of age or authenticity was put into the Bible, it would produce a crazy-quilt, mish-mash of impossible occurrences and unscriptural doctrines. For example, at least three late Byzantine minuscule manuscripts have at the end of the Lord’s prayer: “…in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost.” Should that doxology be in our Bibles just because some scribe pulled it out of a liturgical document and added it to the manuscript and a subsequent scribe copied it? Thinking individuals know the answer to that question.

Endnotes:
  1. James White, The King James Controversy p. 163. KJV apologists like to say that all of the thousands of Byzantine manusrcipts “match up” with each other. They do not, of course. No two are exactly alike. It should also be noted that Colossians 1:14 is not in the majority of even the Byzantine manuscripts.
  2. For a discussion of “parallel influence,” see White, pp. 156-186.
  3. Translation Committee notes from the NET Bible, 2005; p. 2300. Additionally, Adam Clarke in his famous 180-year-old commentary (establishing that the facts have long been readily available to anyone and everyone who was actually interested in discovering the truth) well summarizes the evidence: “The clause Through his blood, is omitted by [Greek manuscripts] a B C D E F G, and most others of weight and importance; by the Syriac, Arabic of Erpen, Coptic, Ethiopic, Sahidic, some copies of the Vulgate and by the Itala [Old Latin]; and by most of the Greek fathers. Griesbach has left it out of the text. It is likely that the reading here is not genuine; yet that we have redemption any other way than through the sacrifice of Christ, the Scriptures declare not. The same phrase is used Ephesians 1:7, where there is no variant reading in any of the manuscripts, versions, or fathers.” [Vol. VI, p. 515].” Kutilek adds: “Somewhat more evidence is known today, but it merely confirms the thrust of Clarke’s summary.” Some information: Doug Kutilek, “Do Critical NT Greek Texts Subvert the Doctrine of the Blood Atonement?” As I See It online magazine, 5/8; KJVonly.org

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King James and His Translators

The translators of the King James Version were probably considered to be upstanding, respectable men in their time. Today, their assumed sterling character and transcendent scholarship are appealed to as reason to hail that version alone as inspired and inerrant—“perfect” is a popular adjective of KJV advocates. That bar is set too high and is unjust both to the public and to the translators themselves. They may have represented the cream of the Anglican clergy crop of that day, but what does that reallyKing-James-Bible-translat-007 say? The truth is they could have never reached the level to which modern partisans have elevated them.

Mickey Carter writes: “We cannot produce 50 men in America or in the world today that God will ever use again like those he used who translated the King James Version.”[4] Samuel Gipp declares: “[The KJV translators] were overall both academically qualified and spiritually qualified by their exemplary lives.”[5] D. A. Waite added, “The men who translated the King James were superior in every way to any men who lived before or who live today.”[6] Still others disgorge adjectives like “godliness and spiritual power…orthodox in doctrine…sound understanding…pre-eminent in saintliness.”[7] They are elevated as the ultimate standard of truth, piety, knowledge and scholarship—all put forth in the effort to shore up their work as the epitome of Bible translations.kingjamesbible1611

Norris questions this conviction: “Should we accept a Gnostic idea that a certain group, such as the KJV translators, were possessed of a special or secret knowledge (gnosis), totally beyond the understanding of other believers? …When the product of the KJV translators is made the final authority, it would make these men who produced it the final authority.”[8] Charles Spurgeon observed, “For if you mass together a number of men, each one of whom is fallible, it is clear that you are no nearer infallibility.”[9]

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Will he be called “the Antichrist”?

PPope-Francis-UNope Francis calls for a new Global Political Authority to save humanity. Reckon who he wants his worldwide church to partner with in finding this new global authority?

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/jun/15/pope-francis-destruction-ecosystem-leaked-encyclical

You can read the Bible along with your news source and see exactly where all this is heading.

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Worth reading

http://www.redeemer.com/redeemer-report/article/the_bible_and_same_sex_relationships_a_review_article

http://www.christianitytoday.com/ct/2015/march/andy-crouch-gospel-in-age-of-public-shame.html

www.patriotpost.us/opinion/36089   Only the beginning…

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The $50.00 Lesson

Someone sent the following anonymous story to me. Although I don’t necessarily promote political parties, I thought the story had a fascinating twist.

Recently, while I was working in the flower beds in our front yard, my neighbors stopped to chat as they returned home from walking their dog. During our friendly conversation, I asked their little girl what she wanted to be when she grew up.

She said she wanted to be President some day. Both of her parents, Democratic Party members, were Clip art illustration of a boy mowing the lawn.standing there so I asked her, “If you were President what would be the first thing you would do?”

She replied, “I’d give food and houses to all the homeless people.” Her parents beamed with pride!

“Wow! What a worthy goal!” I said. “But you don’t have to wait until you’re President to do that,” I told her.

“What do you mean?” she asked.

So I told her, “You can come over to my house and mow the lawn, pull weeds, and trim my hedge, and I’ll pay you $50. Then you can go over to the convenience store where the homeless guy hangs out, and you can give him the $50 to use toward food and a new house.”

She thought that over for a few seconds, then she looked me straight in the eye and asked, “Why doesn’t the homeless guy come over and do the work, and you can just pay him the $50?”

I said, “Welcome to the Republican Party.”

Her parents aren’t speaking to me anymore.

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Jailed for wearing slacks

SlacksLos Angeles kindergarten teacher Helen Hulick was a witness to a burglary. When she showed up to witness in court wearing pants, she was held in contempt of court and was given a sentence of 5 days in jail.

This attire has become acceptable to our society today. Should the church go with whatever is acceptable and affirm the wearers? The Bible hasn’t changed. Some think we are “strange” because our ladies conform to biblical standards.

Because gay marriage and homosexuality has become acceptable, should the church affirm them also?

Source: LA Times archives, 1938

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 Hard TimesOfficial government documents say that evangelical Christians are potential terrorists, and some Christian groups are even called hate groups. Christian doctors and nurses are being forced to perform abortions, and a Christian baker has been threatened with prison for not baking a wedding cake for a homosexual couple. Christians in Colorado, New York, and Kentucky are being forced to go through “sensitivity training” in order to “rehabilitate” from their religious beliefs and resulting moral convictions. When Communists did such things to American soldiers, we called it brainwashing.
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For your funny bone

 Fox new and Obama

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President Obama said, “People don’t remember, but when I came into office, the Untied States in world opinion ranked below China and just barley above Russia, and today once again, the Untied States is the most respected country on earth."

President Obama said, “People don’t remember, but when I came into office, the United States in world opinion ranked below China and just barely above Russia, and today once again, the United States is the most respected country on earth.”

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Terrible mistake

no-pledge-in-boston-schoolOn 9/11/13 a school in Boston declined to say the Pledge of Allegiance and read a Muslim poem instead. Are schools becoming little more than brainwashing centers? For college students this fall, they will have known no other president than Barack Hussein Obama since the 5th grade.

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Parting Shot

10 years ago the USA had Steve Jobs, Bob Hope and Johnny Cash. Now the USA has no Jobs, no Hope and no Cash. – Anonymous

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Have safe and happy 4th of July. Celebrate our independence while we still have it.

JREnsey

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JREnsey Blog June 2015

Welcome to the June 2015 JREnsey blog!

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The Word for today

“For Jews demand signs and Greeks seek wisdom, 23 but we preach Christ crucified, a stumbling blockbible3 to Jews and folly to Gentiles, 24 but to those who are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God. 25 For the foolishness of God is wiser than men, and the weakness of God is stronger than men” (I Corinthians 1:22-25 ESV).

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THE CHOICE IS YOURS


From Rain On Me by Holley Gerth

You may be thinking: God didn’t give me a choice! I never wanted to be in this storm!

Sometimes we don’t choose our circumstances, but we can still choose our response to them. Joshua told the Israelite people, “Choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve” (Joshua 24:15). He DIDN’T say “Choose how you feel about this!” Your feelings and circumstances will try to be the boss of your life—don’t allow them to rule!

Not everything in the world has turned out the way God wanted. He didn’t desire for sin or suffering to be part of our existence. However, He doesn’t allow those things to change His character. He continues to make choices based on who He is, whatever the circumstances.

We are made in His image, and He wants us to respond the same way to everything that happens in our lives.

THE CHOICE IS YOURS!

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Speaking of Rain

Texas has experienced the worst drought since the 1950s. But no more. Once folks here prayed for rain, now they are praying for it to stop. Some lakes that could be walked across are running over. Rivers are flooding_techflooding and many cities are virtually under water. In fact, one lake within ¾ of a mile from us, the Lewis Creek Reservoir, has a dam that has been threatening to break at any moment. One near Dallas is in the same condition. Many families near us have been asked to evacuate their homes and businesses. While our home is not threatened, we could not get in or out of our subdivision if the dam broke. Our back yard has become a lake itself.

resized_99263-houston-rains_segr_16-16016_t598Doubtless this is happening because of global warming. All weather seems to be blamed on that. According to our president, global warming is the number one crisis in America right now, ranking above Isis, Al Qaeda, all other Islamic threats, drugs and terrorists crossing our southern border, or the potential candidacy of HC.

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Jewish and Christian history remains intact

The Israel Museum in Jerusalem plans to display a Dead Sea Scroll fragment containing one of the earliest known copies of the Ten Commandments, the Associated Press reports.

The Ten Commandments Dead Sea Scroll, scroll 4Q41 (also known as the All Souls Deuteronomy), was discovered in 1952 in Cave 4 near the Dead Sea site of Qumran. The scroll dates to the first century BC Cave 4_Qumran_DF editand is written in Hebrew.

“A number of the Dead Sea Scrolls preserve parts of the Decalogue [the Ten Commandments], but 4Q41 (4QDeutn) is special because it is so beautifully preserved,” said Dead Sea Scroll specialist Dr. Shani Tzoref in an email to Bible History Daily.

Are you interested in the history and meaning of the Dead Sea Scrolls? In the free eBook Dead Sea Scrolls, you can learn what the Dead Sea Scrolls are and why are they important. Find out what they tell us about the Bible, Christianity and Judaism.

The most famous of the Qumran caves, Cave 4 (shown here), was where more than 10,000 scroll fragments from more than 500 manuscripts were discovered. The Ten Commandments Dead Sea Scroll (scroll 4Q41) was found in this cave. Photo: Hershel Shanks.

The Ten Commandments Dead Sea Scroll (below), scroll 4Q41, will be on display at the Israel Museum, Jerusalem. Photo: Dan Balilty/AP.

dead_sea_scrolls_01Tzoref explained the significance of the Ten Commandments Dead Sea Scroll:

“One of its more interesting features is its ‘harmonization’ of the text of the Sabbath law: It combines the two different versions found in Exodus and Deuteronomy. It is identified as a copy of Deuteronomy, but it actually contains excerpts of the biblical book and may have been written for use as a liturgical text. Other ancient copies of the Decalogue also point to liturgical uses: Some of the tefillin at Qumran include this passage, and the second-century ‘Nash Papyrus’ discovered in Egypt contained the Decalogue followed by the ‘Shema’ (Deut 6:4: ‘Hear, O Israel …’).” (Source: Bible Review Weekly)

Ah, yes, ’tis true. They more the skeptics attack the Scriptures, they more holes they put in their feet. Archaeology is fun, interesting and enlightening, as well as faith building. Get into it!

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Burn the Jews!

Anti-Semitism has been rampant in Holland and the Netherlands for some time, but a new incident has taken the Jew hatred to new levels. Dutch soccer fans chanted anti-Semitic slogans during a match antisemitism-1on Sunday, April 4, calling for Jews to be burned and sent to gas chambers.

One of the chants was, “Hamas, Hamas, Jews to the gas!” Another said, “My father was in the commandos, my mother was in the SS (Nazis), together they burned Jews, because Jews burn the best.” (Source: Israel National News, 4/7/15)

The Netherlands have been overrun by Muslims in recent years and their numbers are growing rapidly there. As they grow stronger, the Christian population grows weaker. After all the Jews are burned, who is next? You guessed it!

Are we seeing that trend of hatred here in America?

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Somebody is praying for us

Christian leaders in Australia have called for seven days of prayer and fasting for America. They see how far we have fallen in the past six years.

Warwick Marsh and a team of “down unders” have inaugurated a National Day of Prayer and Fasting focused on the USA. Allison Jessup, one of the team members said, “We in Australia believe it is our turn to bless the nation of America and pray for healing for the USA through prayer and fasting according to 2 Chronicles 7:14. We in Australia are grateful for the protection that America gave Australia and the nations of the free world during World War II.”

Australia praysAustralian Lana Vawser said, “There is a fight for the destiny of the USA right now. The destiny of America hangs in the balance. The Lord is calling His people to arise and pray for the United States of America. It is time to contend.” Matt Prater added this: “We are believing for over 100 nations to join us in prayer and fasting for the USA.”

Here is the prayer Australian Warwick Marsh prayed for America:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eIcqcWAQ_Ns

Source: Breaking Christian News

Evidently the Australians recognize the role we play in world affairs. Perhaps it is time we did some praying for our nation before it slips completely off the precipice of constitutional government and the principles upon which it was founded.

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Smart man

Desiderius Erasmus of Rotterdam was one of Europe’s most edudite and educated men of the Reformation and Renaissance era. What he did and said still impacts our world today. Here was his wisdom: “When I get a little money I buy books; and if any is left I buy food and clothes.”

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Homespun wisdom from a pundit

Oklahoma native, Will Rogers, who died in a 1935 plane crash, was one of the greatest political sages Will_Rogers_-_with_ropethis country has ever known. Some of his sage advice:

1. Never slap a man who’s chewing tobacco.
2. Never kick a cow chip on a hot day.
3. There are two theories to arguing with a woman. Neither works.
4. Never miss a good chance to shut up.
5. Always drink upstream from the herd.
6. If you find yourself in a hole, stop digging.
7. The quickest way to double your money is to fold it and put it back into your pocket.
8. There are three kinds of men: The ones that learn by reading. The few who learn by observation. The rest of them have to test the electric fence and find out for themselves.
9. Good judgment comes from experience, and a lot of that comes from bad judgment.
10. If you’re riding’ ahead of the herd, take a look back every now and then to make sure it’s still there.
11. Lettin’ the cat outta the bag is a whole lot easier’n puttin’ it back.

12.Never squat with your spurs on.

Will Rogers on GROWING OLDER…

First ~ Eventually you will reach a point when you stop lying about your age and start bragging about it.

Second ~ The older we get, the fewer things seem worth waiting in line for.
Third ~ Some people try to turn back their odometers. Not me; I want people to know ‘why’ I look this way. I’ve traveled a long way, and some of the roads weren’t paved.
Fourth ~ When you are dissatisfied and would like to go back to youth, think of Algebra.
Fifth ~ You know you are getting old when everything either dries up or leaks.
196.1LSixth ~ I don’t know how I got over the hill without getting to the top.
Seventh ~ One of the many things no one tells you about aging is that it’s such a nice change from being young.
Eighth ~ One must wait until evening to see how splendid the day has been.
Ninth ~ Being young is beautiful, but being old is comfortable.
Tenth ~ Long ago, when men cursed and beat the ground with sticks, it was called witchcraft. Today it’s called golf.
And, finally ~ If you don’t learn to laugh at trouble, you won’t have anything to laugh at when you’re old.

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A comparison

Which of the following English translations is weakest on the deity of Christ at Titus 2:13?

ESV: “[W]aiting for our blessed hope, the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ.”

HCSB: “[W]hile we wait for the blessed hope and appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ.”

KJV: “Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour bible-translationsJesus Christ.”

NASB: “[L]ooking for the blessed hope and the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior, Christ Jesus.”

NET: “[A]s we wait for the happy fulfillment of our hope in the glorious appearing of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ.”

NLT: “[W]hile we look forward with hope to that wonderful day when the glory of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ, will be revealed.”

RSV: “[A]waiting our blessed hope, the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ.”

Which of the following English translations is weakest on the deity of Christ at Revelation 1:8?

ESV: ““I am the Alpha and the Omega,” says the Lord God, “who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty.”

HCSB: “I am the Alpha and the Omega,” says the Lord God, “the One who is, who was, and who is coming, the Almighty.”

KJV: “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.”

NASB: “I am the Alpha and the Omega,” says the Lord God, “who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty.”

bible transNET: “I am the Alpha and the Omega,” says the Lord God—the one who is, and who was, and who is still to come—the All-Powerful!”

NIV: “I am the Alpha and the Omega,” says the Lord God—the one who is, and who was, and who is still to come—the All-Powerful!”

NLT: “I am the Alpha and the Omega—the beginning and the end,” says the Lord God. “I am the one who is, who always was, and who is still to come—the Almighty One.

“The Lord God” rendering is stronger, and the Greek has kyrios ho theos, not merely Kyrios (Lord). [Mounce; NA/UBS Greek texts: ho kyrios theos].

Even these are stronger than the weakest:

CEV: “The Lord God says, “I am Alpha and Omega, the one who is and was and is coming. I am God All-Powerful!”

The Living Bible (a paraphrase): “I am the A and the Z, the Beginning and the Ending of all things,” says God, who is the Lord, the All Powerful One who is, and was, and is coming again!”

The RSV: “I am the Alpha and the Omega,” says the Lord God, “who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty.”

One might wish to also compare Romans 9:5, II Peter 1:1, I John 5:7,8 and other verses in contemporary versions on the deity of Christ.

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Should Christians do yoga?

It seems like everyone is striving for the body beautiful. Someone said that too many people are trying to make a cathedral out of this “temple.” To help with this effort, some have enrolled in yoga classes to do stretching, breathing and meditating. Is this a good thing? Is there no problem with getting involved with another religion as we “exercise”?

Laurette Willis (founder of PraiseMoves Fitness Ministry) has this to say about yoga:

Yoga Is Hindu Worship

Having spent 22 years involved in yoga, I discovered, as many have, that yoga is an effective missionary arm of the New Age movement. As a child, yoga led me away from Christ when my mother hqdefaultand I began watching a daily yoga program on television (thinking it was “just exercise”). For the next 22 years I was heavily involved in yoga, metaphysics, and the New Age movement until I became a follower of Jesus Christ in my late twenties.

“Yoga poses are offerings to the 330 million Hindu gods,” according to George P. Alexander, Ph.D. Originally from Sri Lanka, Dr. Alexander grew up in India. “Many Westerners who practice yoga today are unaware that the physical positions assumed in yoga symbolize a spiritual act: worshiping one of the many Hindu gods. To a Hindu, yoga is the outward physical expression of a deep spiritual belief. You cannot separate one from the other.”

If they do yoga at your church, think about this: yoga means “yoke” in Sanskrit. It’s a different yoke from the one Jesus referred to when he said, “My yoke is easy and my burden is light” (Matthew 11:30, NIV). What is a practice yoked to Shiva the Destroyer, the “Lord of Yoga,” doing in the church of our Lord Jesus Christ?

christian-yoga2Are there other ways to bring flexibility training into a Christian’s fitness program without doing yoga? Yes! There are stretching courses, as well as Christian alternatives to yoga that incorporate stretching exercises with Scripture.

To quote Dr. Alexander: “My question for Christians who practice yoga is, ‘Why would you want to better your body by aligning with a religious philosophy that contradicts the Christian faith?’”

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The practice of yoga has paralleled the rise of the New Age Movement in America. In yoga literature you will find words and phrases right out of the New Age books and magazines—self-awareness, awakening, higher states of consciousness, enlightenment, spiritual self, harmony, the “eternal presence.” Source texts are listed as the Bhagavad Gita (the Hindu Scriptures) and Yoga Sutras (Hindu/Yoga teachings). Yoga was developed in India millennia ago as a system of well-being. Go to India and look around. You will want to ask: “How’s that working out for you after 5,000 years?” Be assured that yoga is more than exercises and breathing techniques.

The primary personality who introduced this nonsense to Americans is the same Indian guru who converted the Beatles in the 1960s to practice Hinduism. He also taught his followers to “fly.” Watch them fly in the story below.

If you want to see the inside story of the guru—Maharishi Yogi—go to:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rGc1yTDU8Fs

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Do you have an abusive husband?

More than one has recommended the following article for those who may have a troubled marriage that includes abuse.

http://www.todayschristianwoman.com/articles/2009/january/myabusivechristianmarriage.html?start=1

Be advised that we are well aware that there are abusive wives also.

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Four tremblers

Proverbs 30:21-23 (NLT):Preaching

There are three things that make the earth tremble—
    no, four it cannot endure:
22 a slave who becomes a king,
    an overbearing fool who prospers,
23     a bitter woman who finally gets a husband,
    a servant girl who supplants her mistress.

Now there are four sermon topics if, when preached, might cause any church to tremble a little—perhaps thin the ranks somewhat: “A Servant Takes the Throne; A Godless Fool With A Full Belly; Marrying For the Wrong Reason; Winning Love That Doesn’t Belong To You.”

I am trembling already!

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Book Review

Letters to Pastors and Other Saints

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Reviewed by JREnsey

The New Testament church was blessed to have letters, which we call Epistles, from various apostles that could be passed around from congregation to congregation. Those letters taught, they admonished, and they inspired their readers because they themselves were inspired. But the actual letters of our Lord to particular pastors of particular churches were especially direct and challenging. They probed deeply in “come to Jesus” moments of confrontation, then promised eternal benefits to those who would overcome the superstition and secular influences around them.

The pastors of seven churches of Asia, assemblies specifically named in the second and third chapters of Revelation, were selected as recipients of these personal letters from Christ. Only one of them came out virtually unscathed. The others felt the Lord’s hot breath of correction. What did it all mean and how the letters relate to us today?

Enter Peter Connell. He took up the challenge to dig into the background of each church and city to give us fresh insight into the relevance of these letters. I discovered information I had never read. Views that enhanced the parameters of their problems and how overcome them were laid out clearly. Letters to Pastors and Other Saints is an appeal to every leader and layman to live up to our first, high calling.

Brother Connell knows how to research, which is a key to publishing a worthy book. The material is heavily footnoted, with 250 citations. Although a scholarly work, it is quite readable. Every teacher and preacher will profit from this in-depth look at every word and line of Chapters 2 & 3 of the Book of Revelation. “He that hath an ear, let him hear with the Spirit saith unto the churches.” – JREnsey

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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, Spanish and Italian. English is available in both KJV and NIV84.

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Baptist preacher converted by IHML

“A few days ago I was on Facebook when I received a friend request from a man in Virginia. I accepted How-to-write-a-cover-letter-that-works-e1361544924918the friend request after I viewed his personal page. He is a Baptist preacher. Immediately after receiving his friend request, he asked me to explain Acts 2:38. We started talking and I sent him to find Into His Marvelous Light. He found the website and we began the study of Into His Marvelous Light. Then we began to discuss Jesus and Nicodemus, Paul in the Book of Acts, and I Peter 3. For a couple of days we bantered back and forth about baptism and the Holy Ghost being salvific. When I touched base with him today he tells me he has good news. He was baptized in Jesus name last night and received the Holy Ghost when he came up out of the water.” – Terry W. Long, Sr., Indianapolis, IN

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Send the women!?

It is claimed that if a jihadist dies in battle for the cause of Allah, he is immediately carried to paradise where carnal joys with 72 women await. However, they say if one is killed by a woman during a battle, he will go the other direction. Therefore, many fighters avoid conflicts and battles where women are involved for fear of such a death. Has the secret of victory finally been discovered?

Can I pick ’em? *

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The other stuff

Border security

Hillarys people

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I couldn’t resist these:

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Old texting

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Parting Shots

Someone has drawn a distinction between exhortation and teaching. Exhortation, it is said, is an appeal to the will; teaching is an appeal to the mind. – Anonymous

God is just a concept to the world until we example Him with our lives. – Galen Walters

The difference in genius and stupidity is that genius has its limits. – Albert Einstein

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Have a great June…and teach at least one home Bible study this month!

JREnsey

* This segment written with tongue-in-cheek. But…I know some of that gender who could probably tan some hides over there.

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JREnsey blog May, 2015

Welcome to the MAY 2015 blog! Get a cup of coffee and let’s visit.

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The Word for today

“I have seen everything in this meaningless life, including the death of good young people and the long life of wicked people. So don’t be too good or too wise! Why destroy yourself? On the other hand, don’t be too wicked either. Don’t be a fool! Why die before your time?” (Ecclesiastes 7:15-17 NLT)

So, in this blog we will be serious, but not too serious. We might laugh, but let’s hold it to a snicker. Let’s don’t die before our time.

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The saga of Jesus’ wife

Harvard’s Karen King announced at a 2012 scholarly conference in Rome that a fragment of an authentic fourth-century gospel had gospel-of-jesus-wife-papyrus-416x243come into her hands in which Jesus, speaking in the first person, refers to “my wife.”

In “The Saga of ‘The Gospel of Jesus’ Wife’” in the May/June 2015 issue of Biblical Archaeology Review, BAR editor Hershel Shanks describes the tale of this controversial papyrus fragment. Less than a week after the publication of the Coptic fragment in Harvard Theological Review and the release of other fragments from the collection, a Coptic manuscripts expert demonstrated “beyond doubt” that the Gospel of Jesus’ Wife was a forgery.

However, the past few months have seen many scholars and theologians put forth their arguments pro and con. Doubtless, the liberals would like to prove it is authentic in its suggestion that Jesus had a wife. Carbon-14 dating has varied from before the time of Jesus to 800 years after. Typical. The Bible would not have ignored such a fact, but the Gnostics loved to stir up controversy through speculation. Those who wish to keep up with the continuing saga may visit http://www.biblicalarchaeology.org/daily/biblical-topics/new-testament/the-gospel-of-jesus-wife-papyrus-revisited/ or any number of other sites devoted to the fragment.

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What a strange twist of history

Dozens of Ethiopian Christians rounded up in Libya have been executed. One of the charges against them was their “heretical” belief in the doctrine of the Trinity. For hundreds of years, Christians were martyred by the institutional church for believing in only one divine Person rather than three in a trinity of equal divine persons. A strange twist, indeed.

twistedDescribing the 30-minute propaganda video released Sunday, Christian Solidarity Worldwide (CSW) explained: “The exact numbers of victims in the latest incident cannot be confirmed. The video of the executions, entitled ‘Until there came to them clear evidence,’ switches between a scene on a beach in eastern Libya, where an estimated 15 men in orange boiler suits are beheaded by masked militants in camouflage, and a scene in a desert area in southern Libya where similarly dressed Daesh (ISIS) members execute a similar number of men in black boiler suits by shooting them in the head. A subtitle refers to both groups of victims as ‘worshippers of the cross belonging to the hostile Ethiopian church.’

“The video also includes scenes depicting the destruction of churches in Syria and Iraq and condemns the doctrine of the Trinity as a form of apostasy. Prior to the executions, an English-speaking masked narrator dressed in black warns that ‘the nation of the cross’ must either embrace Islam, pay the jizya tax or face death.”

Is America still a nation of the cross?

Source: http://www.christianitytoday.com/gleanings/2015/april/more-martyrs-isis-executes-ethiopian-christians

Coming soon to a neighborhood near you!

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Top 7 Morons of 2014:  (How many do you recognize)

1. WILL THE REAL DUMMY PLEASE STAND UP???
AT&T fired President John Walter after nine months,
saying he lacked intellectual leadership. He received a
$26 million severance package. Perhaps it’s not Walter who’smorons-y-u-no-think
lacking intelligence.

2. WE HAVE MET THE ENEMY AND HE IS US:
Police in Oakland, CA spent two hours attempting to subdue a gunman who had barricaded himself inside his home. After firing ten tear gas canisters, officers
discovered that the man was standing beside them in the police line, shouting, “Please come out and give yourself up!”

3. WHAT WAS PLAN B?
An Illinois man, pretending to have a gun, kidnapped a motorist and forced him to drive to two different automated teller machines, wherein the kidnapper proceeded to withdraw money from his own bank accounts.

4. THE SLOW GETAWAY!
A man walked into a Topeka, KS Kwik Stop and asked for all the money in the cash drawer. Apparently, the take was too small, so he tied up the store clerk and worked the counter himself for three hours until police showed up and grabbed him.

5. DID I SAY THAT?
Police in Los Angeles had good luck with a robbery suspect who just couldn’t control himself during a lineup. When detectives asked each man in the lineup to repeat the words: “Give me all your money or I’ll shoot,” the man shouted, “That’s not what I said!”

morons-940470916926. NOT THE SHARPEST TOOL IN THE SHED!
In Modesto , CA , Steven Richard King was arrested for trying to hold up a Bank of America branch without a weapon. King used a thumb and a finger to simulate a gun. Unfortunately, he failed to keep his hand in his pocket. (hellooooooo)!

7. THE GRAND FINALE!
Last summer, down on Lake Isabella, located in the high desert, an hour east of Bakersfield, CA, some folks, new to boating, were having a problem. No matter how hard they tried, they couldn’t get their brand new 22-foot boat, going. It was very sluggish in almost every maneuver, no matter how much power they applied. After about an hour of trying to make it go, they putted into a nearby marina, thinking someone there may be able to tell them what was wrong. A thorough topside check revealed everything in perfect working condition. The engine ran fine, the out-drive went up and down, and the propeller was the correct size and pitch. So, one of the marina guys jumped in the water to check underneath. He came up choking on water, he was laughing so hard. Under the boat, still strapped securely in place, was the trailer!

Source: Anonymous

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More reasons to trust the Bible

Scores of ostraca, pieces of pottery dating to the seventh century B.C. and containing Hebraic inscriptions, have been uncovered in the ruins of Arad, an ancient city and fortress of Judah about 50 miles south of Jerusalem. Some contain JEWISH_TEMPLE00000008-1battle reports when the Babylonians were overrunning the area with help from the Edomites (from across the Jordan and the Dead Sea.)

One ostracon was found to contain the name of God in the message. It reads, “To my lord Eliashib: May YHWH inquire after your well-being. And now, give to Shemaryahu a measure (of flour), and to the Kerosite you will give a measure (of flour).” These ostraca prove the presence of Hebrews in the region in that time period and their recognition of YHWH as their God.

Archaeology keeps finding artifacts that confirm the historical record of the Bible.

Will the skeptics never catch on?

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Is “shacking up” a good idea?

Jason Dulle has posted an excellent article on the practice of co-habitation—“The sociology of cohabitation: ‘Shacking up’ isn’t such a good idea after all.” It is recommended reading for every minister and for those who are contemplating a non-marital living arrangement. Fornication is still sin according to the Bible, isn’t it?

Read the article here: https://theosophical.wordpress.com/2015/04/06/the-sociology-of-cohabitation

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They asked for it

A group of British Islamists is calling on Muslims to boycott next month’s U.K. elections, telling candidates across the political spectrum, the U.K. and democracy itself to “go to hell.”

Government Set To Ban Islamist Group That Planned Wootton Bassett March“No to Conservative. No to Labor. No to Liberals. No to UKIP [anti-immigration party]. Yes to Islam!” said prominent Muslim preacher Anjem Choudary, who spoke at a protest where speaker after speaker promoted the idea that Britain should be guided by Islam and Shariah law, not democracy or secular law.

“No to democracy, no to freedom … no to Christianity, no to Judaism … no to democracy. Democracy, go to hell! Democracy, go to hell!” Choudary told the crowd. “[Prime Minister David] Cameron is the enemy of Allah! [Home Secretary] Theresa May is the enemy of Allah!” “The U.K. is the enemy of Allah!” Rahman added.

The rally took place just a few weeks ago as you read this, but excerpts were posted Monday, April 22 by the Middle East Media Research Institute.

Liberal immigration policies as some of the European nations have espoused, and America’s open borders idea, encourage and invite that kind of population build-up. When they feel the power, they begin to act. It is like the host nation is asking for trouble.

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What’s going on here?

When Islam reveals its dark side, they are awarded more interest, greater accommodation, and increased consideration. The more they attack innocent non-Muslims, they more they are loved and embraced. They are given a pass and excused—patted on the back, as it were. Does that seem strange to you?

I have made the statement that they won the war with one attack on 9/11. After that suicide-america-liberalsim-islam-west-demotivational-poster-1251814914 every conceivable door was opened for them. New courses on Islam were introduced in schools and colleges. Laws for non-discrimination were passed that provided them more freedoms but fewer for Christians. Within seven years we had elected a president who had a Muslim name, had been schooled as a Muslim in his youth, and who had pledged to come down on their side in a political crisis.

Islamists have stepped up their bombing campaign on soft Western targets, killing thousands in the process. The recent attacks in France seems to have earned them even greater respect. Books on Islam have skyrocketed since then. (See link below.) Every day Westerners are volunteering in increasing numbers to fight for ISIS, including over two hundred known conscripts from America. Forty of those are known to have returned to America after having been further trained and radicalized. They are here and waiting for the moment.

America is asleep at the wheel.

http://www.timesofisrael.com/sales-of-books-on-islam-skyrocket-after-france-attacks/

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Dinnertime for families

After teaching on family life and priorities—including having meals together—in our Sunday Full Life Bible Class, someone sent me this link:

A Company Finds The Perfect Way To Reclaim Family Dinnertime From The Grip Of Technology http://wimp.com/reclaim-technology/

Worth a look!

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How to destroy both country and church

009-dick-lamm400x225At first glance, there might not seem to be a connection between the two entities. Our country is not our church and our church is not our country. We keep them separate so far as authority and control are concerned. However, my point is that the same methods being used to destroy our country can be used to destroy our church. Since second century history proves that the church can be decimated and driven underground, we would be wise to make sure that history does not repeat itself in twenty-first century America.

In 2005 former Colorado Governor Richard Lamm (pictured above) gave a brief speech at a conference in Washington, DC on the topic of immigration. He called the brief three and a half minute speech, “My Plan To Destroy America.” What we are seeing develop in America today suggests that someone read the speech and made it their agenda. Lamm submitted eight points… [to continue reading this excellent article, click the link:

http://www.advanceministries.org/articles/articlepages/destroy.htm

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The computer swallowed grandma

Yes, honestly it’s true.

She pressed “control” and “enter”granny-on-pc

And disappeared from view.

It devoured her completely,

The thought just makes me squirm.

She must have caught a virus

Or been eaten by a worm.

I’ve searched through the recycle bin

And files of every kind:

I’ve even used the Internet,

But nothing did I find.

In desperation, I asked Jeeves my searches to refine.

The reply from him was negative,

Not a thing was found “online.”

So, if inside your “Inbox,”

My Grandma you should see,

Please “Copy,” “Scan” and “Paste” her

And send her back to me!

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How did they get into college?

If you looked up the word failure in the dictionary, you might find a picture of a public school beside it. Please take a moment and check out the IQ of these college students.

http://safeshare.tv/w/oHbxeOtsOP

System-FailureHow can Americans look askance at Apostolics for taking a stand against TV when ignorance is what it promotes?

Remember, these idiots will be voting in the next election.

I publicly asked three teenagers, ages 13-16 in our church the same questions and they promptly answered them all correctly, but knew nothing about Snookie (whoever that is), or Brad Pitt’s wives. That should tell us that homeschooling our kids and keeping TVs out of their lives are key ingredients in quality education.

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Move over God, Hillary is coming to change our beliefs

Hillary Clinton has given us a look at some of the changes that she wants to see under her Hillary Clinton testifiesadministration should she be elected as president. Speaking about abortion “rights” for all women everywhere, regardless of the rights of individuals and business owners that are being forced to violate their religious convictions, she said, “Deep-seated cultural codes and religious beliefs and structural biases have to be changed.”

http://www.theblaze.com/contributions/hillary-clintons-plan-to-change-your-deep-seated

Perhaps she will introduce a new Bible that will accommodate her own beliefs that babies are merely “blobs and products of conception” until birth. If America chooses to elect her, then America deserves her.

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College OKs club to fund ISIS

http://www.gopusa.com/freshink/2015/04/02/video-sting-fl-school-gives-thumbs-up-to-pro-isis-club/?subscriber=1

Reckon they figure ISIS is another fraternity? They will soon find out.Grandparents 4

Frat boys from a college recently taunted veterans on a beach in Florida, urinated on the American flag, and spat on a service dog. That would not have been tolerated when I was growing up. Seems college is all about social engineering, and steering our youth away from loyalty, patriotism, and the Constitution. That’s the result of professorial tenure for liberal instructors, and taking so much government money that no local controls are in place anymore.

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I need answers

Should the government force a gay print shop to print “God Hates F**gs” signs for Westboro Baptist Church?

Should a black baker be required to bake a cake for a KKK leader’s wedding?KKK-asking-black-baker-for-wedding-cake

How can the President call for mandatory voting when he missed 324 roll call votes as Senator?

How can Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass) inveigh against the high cost of college and student debt when she makes more than $400,000 teaching one class at Harvard?

How can Hillary Clinton not know how to manage two email accounts at once but figure she should be allowed to manage the country?

Bill O’Reilly and I want to know why America’s Christian leaders are silent on the terrorism and genocide Christians are experiencing in Muslim countries.

And what is going on with the closing of the Wal-Marts across the country? It has something to do with Jade Helm (Google this), the government’s planned, months long exercise to practice for putting down uprisings and kidnapping those who resist in this country. Why are Tea Party members and conservatives being called “terrrorists”? What really is ahead for America? Obama and Hillary know. Why won’t they tell us?

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The time has come for us to objectively take a closer look at the Book that informs us of the origins of the universe, the history of man, the cause of suffering in the world, and the path to restoration, redemption, and eternal life. No other book contains this authoritative history and information. No other book can justifiably claim divine inspiration and inerrancy.

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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, Spanish and Italian. English is available in both KJV and NIV84.

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A follow-up study for the new believers. This little booklet can be given to the new members to go through alone and then come back to you with any questions they may have. It can also be taught as a text in a class. 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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Now for that laughing part:

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Terrible mistake

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Iran cheats

Clinton scandals

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Parting Shots

Quoth the Reagan: “Republicans believe every day is the Fourth of July, but the Democrats believe every day is April 15.”

Your destiny is about your decisions, not your talents. Successful leaders know that CREDIBLE always comes before INCREDIBLE. – Raymond Woodward

Scientists say they are now several steps closer to being able to resurrect extinct species. Might want to start with the Founding Fathers, before it is too late. – Fred Thompson

The problems we face today are there because those who work for a living are outnumbered by those  who vote for a living. – Anonymous

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“May God grant you always…
A sunbeam to warm you,
A moonbeam to charm you,
A sheltering angel so nothing can harm you,
Laughter to cheer you.
Faithful friends near you.
And whenever you pray, Heaven to hear you.” — An Irish Blessing

JREnsey

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JREnsey Blog April 2015

Welcome to the April 2015 blog!

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The Word for today

“Marvel not, my brethren, if the world hate you.  We know that we have passed from death unto life, because we love the brethren. He that loveth not his brother abideth in death. Whosoever hateth his brother is a murderer: and ye know that no murderer hath eternal life abiding in him. Hereby perceive we the love of God, because he laid down his life for us: and we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren” (I John 3:13-16).

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Easter in the New Testament

Ah, Easter. The day when every congregation tries to break the attendance record. And that’s good. Let’s do it!

But is Easter in the Bible? The only place one will find the word “Easter” in a Bible is in a KJV in Acts 12:4: “And when [Herod] had apprehended him, he put him in prison, and delivered him to four quaternions of soldiers to keep him; intending after Easter toEaster bring him forth to the people.”

Of the 52 Bible versions appearing on Biblegateway.com, only the KJV, the KJ21, AKJV, and the BRG (Blue, Red and Gold letter edition) have “Easter” at Acts 12:4. The Greek word translated Easter in that verse is pascha (Mounce, Green, et al), from the Hebrew pasach. (See Vine’s.) “Easter” was not in the Vulgate or the Wycliffe Bible, but was first used in Tyndale’s English Bible. It was not used at all in the 1560 Geneva and only twice in the Bishop’s Bible. The term pascha is used about twenty-nine times in the Greek NT and translated “the Passover” everywhere else in the KJV but this one verse. Why?

By the 16th century, with Passover and Easter occurring close to the same time, the Jewish and Christian festivals were recognized by Christians as virtually synonymous. Therefore, Tyndale inserted “Ester” (sic), reflecting that fact. The 1540 Great Bible followed his lead in 14 places.

The context is “the days of unleavened bread” being celebrated in Jewish Jerusalem. Herod’s actions toward Peter were done to “please the Jews” (v. 3). Peter was a Jew. Luke and Herod were referring to the time of the Jewish Passover festival, not necessarily to the hour of the pascal meal itself. The meal is eaten at the first of the week, but the Passover Festival is observed for seven days (Matthew 26:17-21; Luke 22:1). The reference in Acts has the entire week in view (Vincent).

In the midst of dealing with all this Jewishness, to suggest that Herod had in mind some pagan Grecian festival honoring a mythical goddess is rather farfetched. The current Christian use of “Easter” to commemorate of the resurrection of Christ would not be practiced for centuries. Some extremists try to circumvent this unfortunate rendering by claiming the reference demonstrated God’s providential and prophetic guidance of the KJV translators, as though it was a supernatural prediction of the future Easter celebration.

An interesting and objective discussion of this translational issue appears at http://www.kjv-only.com/acts12_4.html.

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Voices from the past

Richard Nixon: “I erased 18½ minutes of tape. Hillary erased 30,000 emails. Who’s the crook now?”

Ronald Reagan: “If I were still president, ISIS would be WASWAS.” – PP

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Interesting old pics

 3s3JuHBMiss America 1924. My, how contestants have changed!

San Fran quakeMarket St. San Francisco after the 1906 quake

Abe Lincoln wedding picAbraham and Mary Todd Lincoln’s wedding picture

j4wE0mvLeather gloves worn by Lincoln the night he was assassinated. Bloodstains are visible on the cuffs.

tgGVmDuFemale photojournalist Jessie Tarbox on the street with her camera in the early 1900s.

IdgSftJDecorated dog – Sergeant Stubby (1916 or 1917 – April 4, 1926), was the most decorated war dog of World War I and the only dog to be promoted to sergeant through combat. America’s first war dog, Stubby, served 18 months ‘over there’ and participated in seventeen battles on the Western Front. He saved his regiment from surprise mustard gas attacks, found and comforted the wounded, and even once caught a German spy by the seat of his pants (holding him there til American Soldiers found him).

D6MWuPABobby Leach went over Niagara Falls in this steel barrel and lived. He later slipped on an orange peel, killing him.

kt3PwvzA Confederate and Union soldier shake hands during a celebration at Gettysburg in 1913. Image from the Library of Congress. July 1-3, 2013 marked the 150th Anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg.

oi7U53lFast food to go. A vintage baked potato cart.

SacajaweaIndian purported to be Sacajawea. Stolen, held captive, sold, eventually reunited the Shoshone Indians. She was an interpreter and guide for Lewis and Clark in 1805-1806 with her husband Toussaint Charbonneau. She navigated carrying her son, Jean Baptiste, on her back. She traveled over a thousand miles from the Dakotas to the Pacific Ocean and back. The explorers, said she was cheerful, never complained, and proved to be invaluable. She served as an advisor, caretaker, and is legendary for her perseverance and resourcefulness. This photo was taken some time before her death in 1884. I doubt this particular baby was hers; probably a prop to give some authenticity. There are other traditions that believe she died at age 25 in 1812. I like this one.

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Are Muslims exempt from the insurance mandate in Obamacare?

There is an article circulating around the Net stating that the AFA has the word Dhimmitude in it, specifying that Muslims would be exempt from the insurance mandate, but would be covered by it. That would mean, in effect, that non-Muslims would have to pay sufficient taxes to provide free coverage for all Muslims. This would th-1amount to us infidels [read: Christians] paying a tax because our religion is not Muslim. This is basically what Dhimmitude is. In countries conquered by Muslims, non-Muslims are said to be able to keep their faith if they pay a tax, i.e., Dhimmitude, for their “crime” of being a Christian. The only other alternative is death…or immigration if you can escape!

Snopes.com says that the word Dhimmitude is not in the AFA, but it surely seems that it could become a reality right here in America, which they are proceeding to take at an alarming rate. In effect, Christians will be taxed for not being a Muslim. Nice going, Mr. President, setting up Christians to pay for healthcare for Muslims.

Obama once said, “America is not a Christian nation.” He has also made the statement that based on population, “the U.S. is one of the largest Muslim countries in the world.” He said in the same interview that we need to learn more about the Muslim religion.

We love everybody. We want nothing more than “a peaceable life,” which is what we areth told to pray for (I Timothy 2:2).

Not being a Muslim is a not an expression of hate. Not wanting Shariah law practiced in America does not mean one hates Muslims. Speaking out against discrimination against Christians in matters that favor Muslims over others is not a hate crime.

We love Muslims. We hate no one, period. They should be free to practice their religion as long as it does not impinge on the freedoms of others. If they prefer to live in the relative comforts of this nation, which millions have fought and died for in the last 239 years, they should be willing to understand they can’t impose their religion or their laws on the American system.

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Pickin’s from the grapevine

Just so you know: President Obama’s chief advisor all during his presidency, Valerie Jarrett, was born in Iran. When the Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei was elected in Iran in 2012, Obama gladly called and congratulated him. He did not call Netanyahu for several days and then only upon the outcry from many Americans.

FatwaEven as Secretary of State Kerry was hailing progress in nuke negotiations with Iran, and Obama was extoling Khamenei’s fatwa against the development of nuclear weapons, Khamenei was leading the chant “Death to America.” What’s wrong with this picture?

Why was Obama so concerned about “fair elections” in Israel, Iraq, and Ukraine but is opposed to voter ID in the U.S.?

So the same administration that couldn’t even build a website just took over the Internet? What could go wrong? – PP

According to the NY Times, Mayor de Blasio has proclaimed the two primary Muslim holidays as no school days for the largest public school system in America. Is there anything else we can do for those who bomb and terrorize innocent ciitzens with a view to taking over America?

Obama smoked drugs while Netanyahu smoked terrorists. Now we can see the difference in the two as leaders. – PP

Do you find it interesting that the guy with the Muslim name is trying to silence the guyth with the Jewish name. – PP

Our president asks us to refrain from judging all Muslims by the actions of a few. Shouldn’t that same courtesy be extended to Christians, Republicans, and gun owners?

A franchised gym, Planet Fitness, allows men in the women’s showers and dressing rooms. When asked about the policy, this was the response: “Planet Fitness is committed to creating a non-intimidating, welcoming environment for our members. Our gender identity non-discrimination policy states that members and guests may use all gym facilities based on their sincere self-reported gender identity.” A while back, one of the PF gyms was sued when a 14-year old girl was assaulted there. – Blaze

We rush to get our Apostolic kids in good colleges but what do they learn? Social engineering. Michelle Obama says we must change our history, so accommodating professors are teaching them a perverted view of American history. At George Washington University, declining to submit to LGBTQ doctrine is a punishable offense—one that runs so contrary to campus politics that it is dubbed an “act of th-3violence.” Get a life, readers. The primary goal of most big colleges is to promote a liberal, socialistic, anti-Christian agenda. Don’t kid yourselves…they are being successful.

Imagine living in a country where it is better in many ways to be unemployed and undocumented than it is to be an employed citizen. [The man who said he was going to transform America is having great success. He is undoing what it took us 239 years to establish.]

Things to be trusted more than members of this administration:

  • Mexican tap water
  • A Hillary Clinton war story
  • Bill Clinton disavowing an affair
  • Jimmy Carter’s foreign policy
  • Brian Williams’ news reporting
  • Emails from rich Nigerian widows
  • Promises of prompt treatment by the VA  –  PP

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Quiz

Who do you think would send Ukraine one $billion to ensure “fair elections” but oppose voter ID in the U.S.? Hint: the same one who said he might send Ukraine some “non-lethal weapons.” [We wouldn’t want to hurt any of the invading Russians, would we?]

What nation wanted to send tanks and F-16s to Egypt when it was run by the Muslim2015-01-08-6930d392 Brotherhood and now that it has a pro-Western leader at the helm they can’t even get help to fight ISIS?

What nation assigns chaplains to the military but warns them not to say “Jesus” or teach from the Bible?

Who is smiling now that marijuana is legal in Washington, DC?

What nation seeks to silence patriotic voices but gives comfort to folks like Louis Farrakhan, Jane Fonda, and Michael Moore?

What world leader removed Iran, Hamas and Hezebollah from the terrorist list but refused to even speak to Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu?

What nation says the government must track its own citizens, but then leaves its southern border wide open?

What nation’s military cannot refer to Private First Class Bradley Manning, a biological male who “feels” like a woman, as “he.” [Hint: the same nation that birthed Facebook that offers dozens of genders to choose from.]

2015-02-27-7bb2a61f_largeWho is the government official who only gets word of bad behavior, scandals, and illegal actions by other administration leaders from the media? [Hint: the same one who said, “I didn’t know about Lois Lerner’s emails, but I know there is not a smidgen of corruption in the IRS!” Ever wonder how he could know that, yet not know about several major scandals until published by conservative news outlets?]

What state on the Left Coast would support a university that would ban the display of an American flag with the support of 60 professors, all for the sake of “inclusivity”? and because it might hurt the feelings of illegal immigrants on campus or contribute to racism?

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34 Muslim training camps here in the U.S.

You are invited to watch the following:th-2

http://www.military.com/video/operations-and-strategy/domestic-terrorism/terrorist-training-camps-in-the-us/660940716001/

To see evidence of Sheikh Gilani’s training camps in the U.S., go to:

https://video.search.yahoo.com/video/play;_ylt=A86.J7uFOQNVHU8A93snnIlQ_ylu=X3oDMTB0ZWVkYm84BHNlYwNzYwRjb2xvA2dxMQR2dGlkA1lIUzAwMl8x?p=homegrown+jihad&tnr=21&vid=C5740D822651F9118840C5740D822651F9118840&l=3847&turl=http%3A%2F%2Fts3.mm.bing.net%2Fth%3Fid%3DUN.608025352217822442%26pid%3D15.1&sigi=11rsabr3e&rurl=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.youtube.com%2Fwatch%3Fv%3DJufl0-QzFF4&sigr=11bmn6n1o&tt=b&tit=Homegrown+Jihad+–+The+Terrorist+Camps+Around+the+US&sigt=11kefao7k&back=https%3A%2F%2Fsearch.yahoo.com%2Fyhs%2Fsearch%3Fp%3Dhomegrown%2Bjihad%26ei%3DUTF-8%26hsimp%3Dyhs-001%26hspart%3Dmozilla&sigb=12rrfocmp&hspart=mozilla&hsimp=yhs-001

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A/G Navy chaplain to get heave-ho

A chaplain who once ministered to Navy SEALs could be thrown out of the military after he was accused of failing “to show tolerance and respect” in private counseling sessions in regards to issues pertaining to faith, marriage and sexuality, specifically homosexuality and pre-marital sex, according to documents obtained exclusively by Fox News.

ModderLt. Commander Wes Modder, who is endorsed by the Assemblies of God, has also been accused of being unable to “function in the diverse and pluralistic environment” of the Naval Nuclear Power Training Command in Goose Creek, S.C. What else?

“On multiple occasions he discriminated against students who were of different faiths and backgrounds,” the Chaplain’s commanding Officer Capt. Jon R. Fahs wrote in a memorandum obtained by Fox News.

Source: Todd Starnes, FoxNews

Forget quoting Jesus. It’s either quote the Commander-in-Chief or get the boot. But isn’t it true that when the Bible is preached, discrimination is in view in some way? (Matthew 7:13; 10:34-38 ESV) However, it is not a discrimination based on race or hate, but on truth and love. Hate is not in the lifestyle of the Christian. Truth is preached only because we love.

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The New Apostolic Reformation: A true reformation by true Apostolics?

In the 1990s C. Peter Wagner and others of his ilk launched what was dubbed The New Apostolic Reformation (herein the NAR). The name reminds one of the guinea pig—which is neither a guinea nor a pig. The Nar is neither Apostolic nor a true reformation. It is an old gal in new dresses that get changed out every few years. We thhave seen her before in Latter Rain togs, in Charismatic attire, in a Dominionism/Kingdom Now outfit, in garments of the Shepherding Movement, in the frocks of warfare praying, and more recently in the garb of the New Apostolic Reformation. Each group mentioned took down a number of ministers on the fringes of classical Pentecostal movements. The NAR is now being favorably mentioned by some of our own ministers. They are urged to back away or be drawn into a movement that will strip them of real Apostolic truth.

The NAR sees its role in the endtime as providing leadership and government for the entire body of Christ, regardless of affiliation. Should they be given that authority, they will lead their victims into confusion and doctrinal error.

For more on the NAR, please click on the link below:

http://www.apologeticsindex.org/2977-new-apostolic-reformation-overview

For information regarding the NAR and its members’ involvement in “magic charms” and New Age-like artifacts, click below:

http://www.equipresources.org/atf/cf/%7B9C4EE03A-F988-4091-84BD-F8E70A3B0215%7D/JAA167.pdf

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Improving the plight of black Americans

We have all had it with racism—both black and white racism, as well as all other kinds. It is time fringe elements of society stop putting others down because of the color of their skin. If this is not voluntarily done, the government will enforce steps that no one will like.

th-2Much has been said recently about the plight of too many blacks in jail, too many being executed on the streets by others in their ’hood, too many not finishing school or getting better jobs. How can these conditions be rectified and overcome?

Columnist Cal Thomas shares some common sense solutions that are worth reading:

“Start by retiring the song “We Shall Overcome Someday.” Then begin teaching and modeling what is necessary for African-American success and then make those standards a top priority of government, church and most importantly culture.

The message at all levels should be: Stay in school, don’t have babies out of wedlock, get married and stay married, be a father to your children, adopt a religious life and don’t take drugs. These are on-ramps to the road to achievement.

The cultural stereotypes that portray black men as oversexed thugs who can’t speak proper English and who dress as if they are on their way to a street fight must be curtailed. Embracing low-class behavior ensures that one is likely to remain in a lower class. Following examples of successful black men and women and ignoring peer pressure to follow a road that leads nowhere will improve one’s chances of success.

Solutions to many of the problems of black America are not a secret, but they must be taught at every level. They begin by allowing parents to choose where their children go to school. More than anything else, a good education will help black children cross a bridge that leads to an even better destination than the one marchers reached last weekend in Selma.”

Source: http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2015/03/10/after-ferguson-selma-are-african-americans-better-off-now-than-were-50-years/

That sounds like good advice regardless of one’s race.

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Poor Ben

The “foot-in-mouth” disease in current politics ruins one’s chances of being electable. Carefulness has become the watchword. Don’t speak your mind. Enunciate the current politically correct lingo or you go to the back of the line. Those who are in power and want to stay, or those trying to attain power, must plug into the mantras and repeat theth talking points handed down from Washington or feel the noose of political oblivion.

Ben Carson became the darling of the political right because he was a trusted brain surgeon and was willing to take on the establishment with fine speeches and a humble personality. But—what a big, meaning-filled word is but—he was drawn into an interview where he was asked whether he believed homosexuality is genetic or a choice. Innocently, he said it was a choice.

One could almost hear a big, ugly-sounding buzzer going off. Wrong answer for a politician in the 21st century. He has been banished by the political hacks to the backside of the desert, to a dark cave next to the one in which Rudy Guiliani is exiled. It seems he is off the charts and no one wants to even mention his name.

Sorry, Ben. When one speaks what he sees as truth in the kingdom of liars, only exile or martyrdom awaits.

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Dress code draws cries of “sexist”

In preparation for awards at a special Scholastic Achievement Assembly, the administration of Dowling High School, DeMoines, IA handed down some dress guidelines for the assembly that included:

For gentlemen: dress pants, dress shoes, shirts, ties (jackets optional). No facial hair. No earrings. Be classy.

Dress-code-280x186Included in the list for the ladies were these instructions: Think modesty. Your outfit should attract attention to your achievements, not your body. Choose an outfit that is pretty enough to show you are a woman and covered enough to show you are a lady. Check for modesty in your skirt both standing and sitting. If your hemline draws toward your waist when you sit down, it may not be modest in a sitting position. If in question, wear tights or leggings underneath.

Tops and shirts should draw attention to your face, not your chest. No tops that are strapless or have spaghetti straps. Your shoulders must be covered. If your top has straps, wear a sweater or shrug over the top.

Shoes are to be dress shoes. If you would wear them to the beach they are not dress shoes. Be cautious of high heels as you will need to process in to the gym.” [end]

In the current PC climate in America, the above announcement evoked cries from one senior of “sexist and frustrating…shocked…a slap in the face.” Sexist, I suppose, because guidelines for the ladies were more involved than for men. How utterly ridiculous. What was she planning on wearing—orange construction fencing, a.k.a. the Grammys??

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Maskil Psalms

There are 13 psalms in the Bible that are introduced as a “Maskil Psalm.” This is a psalm that is written for instruction and teaching.

Psalms are not merely sung or played in order to feel good and move about motivated by uplifting music. The Pentecostal songs of the past had testimonies about doctrinal revelation, the blood of redemption, the coming of the Holy Spirit, holy living, and a daily walk of trust and victory.

In looking up the term on the Net, one group who uses the term to provide direction for Maskilthe music (written, played, and sung), provided the following information:

“We took the name Maskil from the Psalms. Some of the Psalms were called ‘a maskil’ normally in the phrase ‘a maskil of David.’ In the NASB it said a maskil was a ‘Skillful, Poetic, or Didactic Psalm.’ We thought that sounded like a fitting name because that’s what we wanted to be (skillful, and poetic), and that’s what we wanted to do (teach the Psalms with music, didactic). Upon further inquiry into the word ‘maskil’ we discovered it literally meant ‘enlightenment.’ At first we were a little bit surprised at its literal definition, but then we saw the connection. When King David wrote ‘a maskil’ it was to teach the people a truth of God or a truth about God. It was to illumine the eyes and open the ears of those listening to give greater understanding (in other words to enlighten them.) In Psalm 119 the Psalmist asks over and over that God would open his eye to behold wonderful things from His Word, and to write them on his heart! That’s our desire for everyone who listens to our songs, that they would understand God’s Word better than before, that the music would give a better understanding of the Psalm’s message, and that it would serve to help them remember the very Words of God. Jesus said we were to be a light unto the world. We pray our music is as well. (http://maskil.us/about.html)

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An appeal to Apostolic songwriters

Some folks miss the “teaching songs” that were so such a part of the Pentecostal past. I recognize it is unwise to ever mention “the past,” lest some youthful smartmouth who is consumed with modernity accuse you of living in the past and hoping for its return.

thSorry, that is not me. I am in the here and now. But that does not mean that songwriters can’t draw some inspiration from what was but is not. David’s psalms were penned 3500 years ago, so we should avoid them as relics of history? Come now and let us reason together.

By teaching songs, I mean those songs that contained doctrine and affirmed our theology. Examples: All In Him, Amazing Grace, Everybody Will Be Happy Over There, I Believe Jesus Saves, I Love To Tell the Story, More About Jesus, No One Ever Cared For Me Like Jesus, Take the Name of Jesus With You, Tell Me The Story of Jesus, The Gloryland Way, The Love of God, What A Friend. We learned of Jesus’ true identity, of His love and grace, of salvation and eternal life through those songs.

We were taught about our future hope in songs like Heaven’s Jubilee, I’ll Fly Away, I’ll Live On, That Glad Reunion Day, The Unclouded Day, When Morning Comes, When We All Get To Heaven, and Won’t It Be Wonderful There. That type of song kept our eyes on the goal.

We shared our testimony in hymns like My Thanks To Him, A New Name In Glory, th-1Blessed Assurance, Friendship With Jesus, He Brought Me Out, He Keeps Me Singing, It Is Mine, He Wrote My Name, and I Feel Like Traveling On. Such songs allowed us to testify without standing alone and describing how we were saved and delivered. The songs told of doctrinal revelations, real repentance and forgiveness, the blood of redemption, the coming of the Spirit into our lives for guidance and power, separation and holy living, and a daily walk of grace and trust.

I am not suggesting that we return to singing those same songs to the exclusion of the new “praise and worship” songs we do today. But songs with more substance and doctrine in them might help in solidifying the faith of our youth.

Hint: we might see greater participation from those above the age of the age of 30 in the services if we had more songs with some kind of melody (read: tune), and fewer weird chords that are more difficult for middle aged and older saints. Just a thought.

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A way with words

“As democracy is perfected, the office of president represents, more and more closely, the inner soul of the people. On some great and glorious day the plain folks of the land will reach their heart’s desire at last and the White House will be adorned by a downright moron.” — H. L. Mencken in Baltimore Sun, July 26, 1920.

Quote from Oliver North on why neither Obama, Biden, Kerry, or Holder didn’t attend the Paris Unity Rally: “It was only for world leaders.”

If you have a hyper-active boy in your household, you might want to read the following article: “Is the female way of learning destroying boyhood?” Worthy words. Click below.

http://carnageandculture.blogspot.com/2015/03/is-female-way-of-learning-destroying.html

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BooksBooksBooksBooksBooksBooksBooks

A Hair Short of Glory

by Penny Watkins

A-Hair-Short-of-GloryApostolics have always held that Corinthians 11:1-16 is not merely a cultural statement written only for the Corinthian assembly or saints just in that time period, but a commandment for all Christian men and women everywhere since that time. Penny Watkins starts from this premise and reveals how and when the current trend of women cutting their hair began. The facts she discovered and presents here may shock and surprise you. If you have a question about the matter of women cutting their hair, this book is for you.

AM Price $9.95

What A Difference A Line Can Make

by Larry BookerWhat-A-Difference

In this era of indecision, fearfulness, and compromise, the world cries out for decisive leadership. Be it politics or Christianity, the world is clamoring for dynamic direction. This book is a treatise of Holy Ghost direction that has been overlooked and long overdue. Simultaneously concise and in-depth, this book offers crystal clear view of holiness themes that have been for the most part, abandoned by Christendom, but long held dear by God and His people.

AM Price $11.95

Wholly Holy

by Daren Bowler

Wholly-HolyA godly woman is a citizen of a much higher kingdom than is found anywhere on earth. Therefore she has a much higher calling than to be just like everyone else. She is disciplined in a higher curriculum than that of this common world. She has her own King to please, and is founded in a much purer philosophy than that of common humanity. Godly women have acquired a most noble cause: To be brilliantly ablaze as “precious stones” in the sight of God…and man. This book is a highly enjoyable yet vastly informative and enlightening resource for revealing that vital role of visible devotion. Using Scripture as its primary source of data and a pleasing array of insightful stories and anecdotes, the author assists sincere women of God in how to wholly, biblically fulfill their God-given commission to sparkle in the eyes of the world and God.

AM Price $10.99

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Meds in print

If laughter is medicine for the soul, here are some meds in print:

Wouldn’t it be great if we could put ourselves in the dryer for ten minutes; come out wrinkle-free and three sizes smaller.

Last year I joined a support group for procrastinators. We haven’t met yet.

Hillary emails

Roadside sign

How to tell when you’ve crossed the Mason-Dixon line going south.

Progressive ideas

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Obama on ISIL

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Wheelchairfree

Someday

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Parting shots

“There is a rank due to the United States, among nations, which will be withheld, if not absolutely lost, by the reputation of weakness. If we desire to avoid insult, we must be able to repel it; if we desire to secure peace, one of the most powerful instruments of our rising prosperity, it must be known that we are at all times ready for war.” – George Washington (1793)

“They wish you would disbelieve as they disbelieved so you would be alike. So do not take from among them allies until they emigrate for the cause of Allah. But if they turn away, then seize them and kill them wherever you find them and take not from among them any ally or helper.” – Qur’an 4:89

  • You already knew this. In a recent interview, David Axelrod, President Obama’s former chief of staff, admitted that on his advice, Obama misled America about his stand on same sex marriage. To smooth that over, Axelrod said, “It’s a virtue that he was uncomfortable in doing so.” Wow. That “virtuous” individual is holding the reins of government today. Feel better?
  • Someone asked Helen Keller: “Isn’t it terrible to be blind?” Her response: “Better to be blind and see with your heart than to have two good eyes and see nothing.”
  • Why make a big deal about Governor Scott Walker’s lack of a college degree when no one has even seen Barack Hussein Obama’s college records?!

An article worth reading: ADHD Definitely Doesn’t Exist, But If It Did I Would Have it. http://www.theblaze.com/contributions/adhd-definitely-doesnt-exist-but-if-it-did-i-would-have-it/

Enjoy April showers that bring May flowers.

JREnsey

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JREnsey Blog March 2015

Welcome to the March 2015 blog!

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The Word for today

“Study and be eager and do your utmost to present yourself to God approved (tested by trial), a workman who has no cause to be ashamed, correctly analyzing and accurately dividing [rightly handling and skillfully teaching] the Word of Truth” (II Timothy 2:15 AMP).

“Have I not written thirty sayings for you, sayings of counsel and knowledge, teaching you to be honest and to speak the truth, so that you bring back truthful reports to those you serve?” (Proverbs 22:20,21 NIV11).

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The world’s affirmation

Ah, the lights, the celebrity figures who long ago sold their soul, the red carpet, the statuary awards—all set in the atmosphere of demonic celebration. What is the applause andHORNS_CONCERT acclamation of that  crowd worth? “For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world[’s affirmation and accolades], and lose his own soul? or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?” (Matthew 16:26).

The rhetorical question posed by Jesus Himself has a built-in answer that every man really knows in his heart. Therefore, to encourage our youth to take their cues from the world and attempt to compete with them in their carnival of carnality is to almost guarantee souls are lost in the process.

If some celebrity happens to see positive Apostolic Christianity expressed in a biblical way, bodevilfine. If they like our singing, power to them; but if not, fine. Why should idolatrous, atheistic heathens judge our worship? If we express our faith in the contexts of uber carnality with borrowed styles and copied craze, the only result can be more carnality. How can we be sure of that? Well, in an old black-backed Book it says, “But shun profane and vain babblings: for they will increase unto more ungodliness” (II Timothy 2:16). Paul’s word bebelous in this verse means “to cross a threshold” [of worldliness] (Vines). If the promotion of Satan and pure evil at the Grammys doesn’t cross a threshold of idolatry and vile depravation, nothing does. (Google Satan at the Grammys) They even handed out devil horns to authenticate their loyalties. Regardless of the English rendering of the original Greek, folks know when they see and hear “profane and vain babblings” today. The Word says “shun” them, not run to where they are gushing. Our Apostolic youth deserve better than the trends leaning in that direction.

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Judge not?

In discussing the movie Fifty Shades of Grey, reviewers and Christians who have a problem with the movie are charged with “judging.” You’d expect something like that from hypocritical celebrities and world-loving preachers who want to pacify the collective conscience of their congregation, but when you hear it from within the ranks of conservative Mt-7-Judge-Not.001Christians, it is disturbing. Why is the plain truth about judging virtually ignored by our constituency and left to a handful of folks out there who still care about biblical principles?

Here’s what Landon Chapman on WorldviewWeekend said in his review:

“The whole idea of ‘judge not’ and the torturous mangling of Matthew 7 is something the Evangelical church must purge itself of immediately. Briefly, we are directed to judge rightly those within the faith. The lack of such judgment inside the American Evangelical church is the exact reason why unrepentant sin and pulpit silliness exist.

“We choose not to judge others rightly because we don’t want to be judged rightly by them. Again, this creates the undiscerning and undisciplined atmosphere in our congregations that allows false teachings, false doctrine, and abject heresies to invade.”

Well spoken, Mr. Chapman.

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Jellyfish Christianity

Posted by Tim Challies 2/8/13

Some words are written down and are here for a day and then gone. Other words are so pointed, so perfect, that they stand for many years. J.C. Ryle is a man who wrote many books and pamphlets and sermons that are as powerful and relevant today as they were in the 19th century. His description of jellyfish Christianity could as easily have been written here in the 21st century.

jellyfish_00423992[Dislike of dogma] is an epidemic which is just now doing great harm, and specially among young people. It produces what I must venture to call a “jelly-fish” Christianity in the land: that is, a Christianity without bone, or muscle, or power.

A jellyfish is a pretty and graceful object when it floats in the sea, contracting and expanding like a little, delicate, transparent umbrella. Yet the same jellyfish, when cast on the shore, is a mere helpless lump, without capacity for movement, self-defense, or self-preservation. Alas! It is a vivid type of much of the religion of this day, of which the leading principle is, “No dogma, no distinct tenets, no positive doctrine.”

We have hundreds of “jellyfish” clergymen, who seem not to have a single bone in their body of divinity. They have not definite opinions; they belong to no school or party; they are so afraid of “extreme views” that they have no views at all.

We have thousands of “jellyfish” sermons preached every year, sermons without an edge, or a point, or a corner, smooth as billiard balls, awakening no sinner, and edifying no saint.

We have legions of “jellyfish” young men annually turned out from our universities, armed with a few scraps of second-hand philosophy, who think it a mark of cleverness and intellect to have no decided opinions about anything in religion, and to be utterly unable to make up their minds as to what is Christian truth. They live apparently in a state of suspense, like Mohamet’s fabled coffin, hanging between heaven and earth.

Worst of all, we have myriads of “jelly-fish” worshippers—respectable church-going people, who have no distinct and definite views about any point in theology. They cannot discern things that differ, any more than color-blind people can distinguish colors. They think everybody is right and nobody wrong, everything is true and nothing is false, all sermons are good and none are bad, every clergyman is sound and no clergyman is unsound. They are “tossed to and fro, like children, by every wind of doctrine”; often carried away by any new excitement and sensational movement; ever ready for new things, because they have no firm grasp on the old; and utterly unable to “render a reason of the hope that is in them.”

Never was it so important for laymen to hold systematic views of truth, and for ordained ministers to “enunciate dogma” very clearly and distinctly in their teaching.

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If I were the Devil

Every preacher and every politician should listen to this presentation by the greatest newscaster of all time at least once a year. Here is your shot for 2015.

http://stg.do/9LDc

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Obama meets privately with Muslims

The nation’s largest Muslim group is inviting President Barack Obama to visit an American obarmycapturemosque, enthusiastically embracing the president’s controversial comments at the recent National Prayer Breakfast, comparing past Christian misdeeds to the Islamic State.

“We thank President Obama for clearly separating the brutal actions of ISIS from the faith of Islam and for reminding us all that violence and injustice are not part of any faith,” said Nihad Awad, national executive director of the Council on American Islamic Relations, in a statement Friday. ”We invite the president to show public support for American Muslims by making the symbolic but significant gesture of visiting an American mosque in this time of growing Islamophobia.”

The president’s remarks at the prayer breakfast: “Lest we get on our high horse and think this is unique to some other place, remember that during the Crusades and the Inquisition, people committed terrible deeds in the name of Christ,” Obama said. “In our home country, slavery and Jim Crow all too often was justified in the name of Christ.”

Obama met with 15 Muslim leaders at the White House recently, and is scheduled to meet with the president of Qatar in a few days. But he refuses to meet with Netanyahu. Do you wonder why? You probably already know the answer to that question.

Infosource: The Blaze

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The biggest picture ever taken

Andromeda-GalaxyGigapixels of the Andromeda galaxy. You gotta see this.

http://www.churchleaders.com/daily-buzz/246666-nasas-new-largest-picture-ever-taken-will-overwhelm-praise-worship.html?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=clnewsletter&utm_content=CL+Daily+20150201

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Lexophilia

“Lexophile” is a word used to describe those that have a love for the use of words, such as “you can tune a piano, but you can’t tuna fish,” or “to write with a broken pencil is pointless.” A competition to see who can come up with the best contribution is held every year in an undisclosed location. This year’s winning submission is posted at the very end.logoWORDPlay

Here goes…

  • When fish are in schools, they sometimes take debate.
  • A thief who stole a calendar got twelve months.
  • When the smog lifts in Los Angeles U.C.L.A.
  • The batteries were given out free of charge.
  • A dentist and a manicurist married. They fought tooth and nail.
  • A will is a dead giveaway.
  • With her marriage, she got a new name and a dress.
  • A boiled egg is hard to beat.
  • When you’ve seen one shopping center you’ve seen a mall.
  • Police were summoned to a daycare center where a three-year-old was resisting a rest.
  • Did you hear about the fellow whose entire left side was cut off? He’s all right now.
  • A bicycle can’t stand alone; it’s just two tired.
  • When a clock is hungry it goes back four seconds.
  • He had a photographic memory which was never developed.
  • When she saw her first strands of grey hair she thought she’d dye.
  • Acupuncture is a jab well done. That’s the point of it.

And the cream of the twisted crop:

  • Those who get too big for their pants will be totally exposed in the end.

Always laugh when you can. It’s cheap medicine.

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Have you been chipped?

Is this how Antichrist might operate? It is not a particularly new idea. It has been bandied about for a decade or two. But it is now becoming a reality. Here is a report from the BBC:

office-chip-mainAn office complex in Sweden is implanting radio-frequency identification chips into workers’ hands in an effort to make entry and access easier.

Felicio de Costa, who works in the complex, told BBC News: “We already interact with technology all the time. Today it’s a bit messy—we need pin codes and passwords. Wouldn’t it be easy to just touch with your hand? That’s really intuitive.”

Radio-frequency identification chips now allow employees in Sweden access to their office buildings. The technology implants are about the size of a grain of rice and can open doors and access the photocopier with a wave of the hand. The building plans to explore using the chips for other things, such as paying for food in the cafe.

Employees are not required to have the technology implanted — they can choose to stick with regular badges if they prefer.

Developer Hannes Sjoblad suggested the implants are a step ahead of other companies and even governments.

“We want to be able to understand this technology before big corporates and big government come to us and say everyone should get chipped—the tax authority chip, the Google or Facebook chip,” Sjoblad said.

BBC technology correspondent Rory Cellan-Jones got a first-hand look at how the technology works. Take a look:

http://www.theblaze.com/stories/2015/01/30/a-swedish-office-is-implanting

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A forgotten executive order

Republicans could remind people that it was anti-communist Democratic President Harry Truman who started the first loyalty program. He issued executive order 9835 tuskegee-airmen-3establishing the program in 1947.

The executive order said that “each employee of the Government of the United States is endowed with a measure of trusteeship over the democratic processes which are at the heart and sinew of the United States,” and declared that “the presence within the Government service of any disloyal or subversive person constitutes a threat to our democratic processes….”

It is time for a background check on the President of the United States. Does he pass the loyalty test?

Source: Cliff Kincaid @ cliff.kincaid@aim.org

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Conundrum

I don’t remember who sent this list to me, but they do represent the strange situations we find ourselves in today.

The definition of the word conundrum is: something that is puzzling or confusing.

scratching-headFor example: Free people are not equal. Equal people are not free. (Think this one over and over…makes sense!)
“A gun is like a parachute. If you need one, and don’t have one, you’ll probably never need one again.”
Here are six Conundrums of socialism in the United States of America:
1. America is capitalist and greedy – yet half of the population is subsidized.
2. Half of the population is subsidized – yet they think they are victims.
3. They think they are victims – yet their representatives run the government.
4. Their representatives run the government – yet the poor keep getting poorer.
5. The poor keep getting poorer—yet they have things that people in other countries only dream about.
6. They have things that people in other countries only dream about – yet they want America to be more like those other countries.
Think about it! And that, my friends, pretty much sums up the USA in the 21st Century.
Makes you wonder who is doing the math.
These following three short sentences tell you a lot about the direction of our current government and cultural environment:
1. We are advised to NOT judge ALL Muslims by the actions of a few lunatics, but we are encouraged to judge ALL gun owners by the actions of a few lunatics.

2. Seems we constantly hear about how Social Security is going to run out of money. But we never hear about welfare or food stamps running out of money! What’s interesting is the first group “worked for” their money, but the second didn’t.

Last but not least:

  1. Why are we cutting benefits for our veterans, no pay raises for our military and cutting our army to a level lower than before WWII, but we are not stopping the payments or benefits to illegal aliens.

Am I the only one missing something?

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Why writers and editors have short lifespans

The following ad was placed in local papers want ad section.suicide_231835

Sewing machine for sale…

(Monday) FOR SALE – R. D. Jones has a sewing machine for sale. Phone BR-5490 after 7 p.m. and ask for Mrs. Keely who lives with him cheap.

(Tuesday) NOTICE – We regret having erred in R. D. Jones’ ad yesterday. It should have read: Sewing machine for sale. Cheap. Phone BR-5490 and ask for Mrs. Kelly who lives with him after 7 p.m.

(Wednesday) R. D. Jones has informed us that he has received several annoying telephone calls because of the error we made in his classified ad yesterday. His ad stands corrected as follows:

FOR SALE – R. D. Jones has a sewing machine for sale. Cheap. Phone BR-5490 after 7 p.m. Ask for Mrs. Kelly who loves with him.

(Thursday) NOTICE – I, R. D. Jones, do not sewing machine for sale; I SMASHED IT! Don’t call BR-5490 because the telephone has been taken out. I have NOT been carrying on with Mrs. Kelly! Until yesterday she was my housekeeper, but she quit!

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It’s all in perspective

I don’t trip over things, I do random gravity checks.

I don’t need anger management. I need people to stop ticking me off.

Old age is coming at a really bad time.

I don’t have gray hair. I have “wisdom highlights”.

beofppWhen I was a child I thought Nap Time was a punishment, now, as a grown up, it just feels like a small vacation.

The biggest lie I tell myself is: “I don’t need to write that down, I’ll remember it.

My people skills are just fine. It’s my tolerance for idiots that needs work.

If God wanted me to touch my toes, he would’ve put them on my knees.

I’m going to retire and live off of my savings. Not sure what I’ll do that second week.

I’ve lost my mind and I’m pretty sure my kids took it.

Even duct tape can’t fix stupid, but it can sure muffle the sound.

Why do I have to press one for English when you’re just gonna transfer me to someone I can’t understand anyway?

Of course I talk to myself, sometimes I need expert advice.

Oops! Did I roll my eyes out loud?

Chocolate comes from cocoa which is a tree. That makes it a plant which means chocolate is salad.

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Irena bypassed for Obama

Irena Sender died on May 12, 2008 at age 98 in Warsaw, Poland. During WWII, Irena got permission to work in the Warsaw ghetto, as a plumbing/sewer specialist. She had an ulterior motive.

Irena Sender 2Irena smuggled Jewish infants out in the bottom of the tool box she carried. She also carried a burlap sack in the back of her truck, for larger kids.

Irena kept a dog in the back that she trained to bark when the Nazi soldiers let her in and out of the ghetto.

The soldiers, of course, wanted nothing to do with the dog and the barking covered the kids/infants noises.

During her time of doing this, she managed to smuggle out and save 2500 kids/infants.

Ultimately, she was caught, however, and the Nazis broke both of her legs and arms and beat her severely.

Irena kept a record of the names of all the kids she had smuggled out in a glass jar that she buried under a tree in her back yard.

After the war, she tried to locate any parents that may have survived and tried to reunite the family. Most had been gassed.

Irena SenderThose kids she helped got placed into foster family homes or adopted.

In 2007 Irena was up for the Nobel Peace Prize.

She was not selected.

Al Gore won, for a slide show on Global Warming.

Later another politician, Barack Obama, won for simply being the first black president.

How pathetic and superficial our world has become.

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Through The Storm God is Faithful

Roffie Ensey

Through-the-storm.tifWhen a surgeon says he is going to perform brain surgery to remove a large tumor, then spells out the potential results, what goes through one’s mind? It is easy at a time like this to think that God has forgotten your address. However, when you find yourself in the middle of a storm you can rest assured that He has not forgotten you, nor will he leave you to go through it alone He has promised never to leave us alone and He will remain faithful.

Storms are a fact of life. We all go through them at one time or another, but there is peace in the midst of the storm when Jesus is walking with you. If you or someone you know is going through a storm, this book is designed to strengthen and encourage.

Here is the full story of one who went through such a storm, along with perspectives from her family�even before and after pictures. This story, along with the lessons learned through it, will help you to look back and remember the faithfulness of God in your own life.

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You will laugh and cry as you read through these inspirational pages. You’ll experience the highs and lows with the author as she takes you through the valleys and over the mountains of ministerial life. Roffie Ensey has participated in all aspects and facets of ministry discussed in the book – the wife of an evangelist, a home missionary, a Role-of--Shepherdess_Spanismissions administrator, a pastor, associate pastor (to their son), and Bible college president. It is written from the perspective of someone who has been there.

Roffie Ensey

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Meds in print

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Immigration or invasion

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Wife's choices

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Parting shots

“There is a rank due to the United States, among nations, which will be withheld, if not absolutely lost, by the reputation of weakness. If we desire to avoid insult, we must be able to repel it; if we desire to secure peace, one of the most powerful instruments of our rising prosperity, it must be known that we are at all times ready for war.” – George Washington (1793)

Qur’an 4:89 – “They wish you would disbelieve as they disbelieved so you would be alike. So do not take from among them allies until they emigrate for the cause of Allah. But if they turn away, then seize them and kill them wherever you find them and take not from among them any ally or helper.”

  • You already knew this. In a recent interview, David Axelrod, President Obama’s former chief advisor, admitted that on his advice, Obama misled America about his stand on same sex marriage. To smooth that over, Axelrod said, “It’s a virtue that he was uncomfortable in doing so.” Wow. That “virtuous”individual is who we have with the reins of government in his hands. Feel better, now?
  • Someone asked Helen Keller: “Isn’t it terrible to be blind?” Her response: “Better to be blind and see with your heart than to have two good eyes and see nothing.”
  • Why make a big deal about Governor Scott Walker’s lack of a college degree when no one has even seen Barack Hussein Obama’s college records?!
  • If you think America is still the bastion of free speech, check with Rudy Guiliani, former mayor of NYC.

• An article worth reading: ADHD Definitely Doesn’t Exist, But If It Did I Would Have it. http://www.theblaze.com/contributions/adhd-definitely-doesnt-exist-but-if-it-did-i-would-have-it/

“They” say if March comes in like a lion, it will go out like a lamb. I trust that encourages the “many who are cold and few who are frozen” in the frigid north. Have a spot of tea and hope for April. Thanks for visiting.

JREnsey

 

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JREnsey Blog February 2015

Happy New Year! Welcome to the February 2015 blog!

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The Word for today

“Behold, I will bring [Jerusalem] health and cure, and I will cure them, and will reveal unto them the abundance of peace and truth…I will cleanse them from all their iniquity whereby they have sinned against me; and I will pardon all their iniquities” (Jeremiah 33:6,8 KJV).

If the Lord would do that for the Jerusalem Jews, will He not do it for the Gentiles who will be in attendance at your church next Sunday?

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Kudos for Louisiana

Congratulations to Louisiana for having the “five happiest cities in louisianaAmerica.” Top five: Lafayette, Houma, Shreveport, Baton Rouge, Alexandria, in that order. [Lots of Apostolics in those cities. Was that a factor?]

It should be noted that 9 out of 10 of the happiest cities are in the South. Most of the unhappiest cites are in the Midwest rust belt. Number one unhappiest: New York City. Anyone surprised?

Source: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/07/21/us-unhappiest-cities_n_5606503.html

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Excuse us, Abraham and Moses

HarperCollins, one of the world’s largest English-language publishing companies, apologized this week after it was discovered that a new atlas printed for schools in the Middle East omitted the State of Israel.

150101_harpercollinsThe map in question shows Syria and Jordan extending to the Mediterranean Sea, while Gaza and the West Bank are clearly identified. Israel itself is missing from the map entirely.

HarperCollins initially tried to justify the omission by noting that its customers in the Persian Gulf found identifying Israel on the map to be “unacceptable,” and that the Jewish state was therefore erased to suit “local preferences.”

A subsequent outcry from church leaders in the UK accused the publishing house of actually harming the prospects of peace in the Middle East.

“The publication of this atlas will confirm Israel’s belief that there exists a israel_surrounded2hostility towards their country from parts of the Arab world. It will not help to build up a spirit of trust leading to peaceful co-existence,” Bishop Declan Lang, chairman of the Bishops’ Conference Department of International Affairs, told the British Catholic journal The Tablet.

Source: http://www.israeltoday.co.il/NewsItem/tabid/178/nid/25749/Default.aspx

HarperCollins is not known for conservative values. Perhaps they were anticipating that before the shelf life of the current text is past, Israel will no longer be on the map, thanks to Syria, Iran, and their partners in terror.

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A difficulty should not equal a doubt

Are there difficulties in the Bible? Sure, but that should not make us doubt its veracity. There is no future in sticking our heads in the sand when it comes to the parts of the Bible where there are differences in translations or difficulties in the text. We can excoriate those who point to them to discredit the Scriptures, but is that the way to handle the problem or to face it head on and let truth prevail?

Screen-Shot-2014-01-08-at-8.45.37-AMAccording to scholars, there are no more than 40 lines in the Bible about which critics raise questions. According to Dr. Daniel Wallace, a foremost Greek textual scholar, “[O]ur New Testament is over 99% pure. In the entire text of 20,000 lines, only 40 lines are in doubt (about 400 words), and none affects any significant doctrine.”1 Think about it—a book written thousands of years ago that has nearly 6000 Greek manuscripts to back it up, thousands of others in various languages, with innumerable witnesses by the pens of the ancients, and yet only 40 lines that contain mostly insignificant variants—that is incredible! [Footnote: We are not talking about differences in punctuation or spelling, but variation of readings. The variants do not force or even suggest a change in any fundamental doctrine held by Apostolics.]

Of course, we would like to say we have a 66-chapter book Book completed in A.D. 95 and handed word-for-word directly from the apostles to our Christian forebears with no word added or subtracted. But students of biblical history know that is not the case. Early believers had to gather and collate the pieces of Scripture that came from the inspired writers. They had to separate the authentic manuscripts and authors from the false. A lot of pseudipigrapha (pseudo scripture usually with a prominent name attached to it to suggest authenticity) was floating around, sometimes called New Testament apocrypha, that had to culled out and set aside. That was followed by a millennium and a half of hand-made copies by monks and scribes working in the scriptoria of drafty, dank, ill-lighted monasteries. Yet, through it all, we have Bibles with the same message the apostles preached, and the same lessons from the lips of our Lord. That is a miracle of preservation. No classical work of that age can boast of such a record of witnesses.

  1. Geisler and Nix, A General Introduction to the Bible (Chicago: Moody Press, 1986), p 475; quoted by Dr. Daniel Wallace, https://appliedapologetics.wordpress.com/tag/daniel-wallace/

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Messages for wives

Ladies, if a man says he will fix it, he will. There is no need to remind him every 6 months about it.

Men have feelings too. For example, we feel hungry.

Wives think they can read their husband’s minds, but they cannot. If they Bed allotmentcould, we’d be dead.

If there was a way to read a woman’s mind, I am not sure I would want to. I hate shoes, shopping, gossip, and I already know I am annoying.

It’s funny when my wife gives me the “silent treatment.” She thinks it is a punishment.

I once won an argument with a woman…in this dream I had.

– Posthumously anonymous, of course.

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How he really feels

In a speech before the UN General Assembly on 9/25/2012, our President enumerated several scenarios to which the future should not belong:

“The future must not belong to those who slander the prophet of Islam.” – President Barack Hussein Obama in a speech before the UN

obama_un_speech001_16x93Could we add that neither should it belong to hooded and masked gunmen who storm publishers’ offices to kill reporters? Or those who fly planes into skyscrapers? Or those who carbomb police stations? Or murder innocent little Christian children in cold blood because they won’t deny the Jesus of the Bible? Or slay our diplomats with virtual immunity?

“The future must not belong to those corrupt few who steal a country’s resources” – President Obama in the same speech. This was apparently a not-so-veiled reference to colonialism where more civilized nations exchanged their technological and societal advancements for better access to the natural resources of particular nations. This is what infuriated Obama’s Kenyan father, and by extension Obama himself, as he explains in his writings. Colonialist nations must pay dearly for their abuses seems to underlie much of his agenda. OK…but civilized thought and the efforts to bring all peoples into the modern age cannot be taken back. No one excuses any abuse of resources that might have occurred, but does anyone k2-_d7c826ab-3a54-4326-bd6d-89d9920097e6.v1from those nations want to return to the lifestyles of the eighteenth or nineteenth centuries? And if every nation had to ceaselessly pay and be economically decimated for some unfairness that may have occurred in the past, perhaps every nation under the sun would be toiling under tyranny forever. Some things can never be fixed or changed. History is irreversible. Let’s go forward.

“Arab and Pakistani Americans…I will stand with them should the political winds shift in an ugly direction.” – Barack Hussein Obama in The Audacity of Hope

How about standing with Christians, or just ordinary Americans of any race or creed since the “political winds” have taken an ugly direction against them?

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The Church Is Called To Be Churchy, So Deal With It

By Samuel Kee

I’m sitting in a donut shop. I’ve been here many times and nobody has ever complained about this place, saying, “This donut shop is too donutty.” It’s a donut shop; so you expect it to be donutty.

CHURCHY-WORDS_imageNo one ever said that a sporting event was too sporty, a library too booky, a concert too musicy, an airport too planey, a home too homey, a college too schooly, or a hospital too hospitally.

Yet, I hear all the time, “That church was too churchy.”

But what else should it be? Why the double-standard?

Why do we condemn the church for being about Jesus, your soul, God, spirituality, conviction of sin, heaven, hell, salvation, righteousness, and judgment?

We surely don’t complain that a donut shop offers Boston Crème, cinnamon buns, apple fritters, cream sticks, jelly filled, glazed, and blueberry cake.

Because some churches are listening to this sort of cultural critique, it’s Screen Shot 2014-04-18 at 2.10.36 PMgotten ridiculous. Since some churches actually believe that they should not be churchy, they try to hide their spiritual donuts, if you know what I mean. Participants can attend, be fairly comfortable and entertained, without being confronted with too many spiritual matters.  Then, right at the end, a little “Jesus” is slipped in.

But that’s like going to a hospital, only to have the doctors and nurses pal around with you, never addressing your physical condition; but right at the end, when you’re about to go to your car, some nurse’s aid slips a little medicine in your pocket—with an apology!

All this time you needed surgery and an IV, but they were afraid of offending you. They were afraid to tell you how sick you were.  They didn’t want to appear intolerant because they were the only ones in town with the cure.

The church does nobody any favors when it refuses to be churchy. The church needs to be churchy and it must stop apologizing for doing so.

I will never convince you of the goodness of something so long as I hide it from you. If I want you to grasp the beauty of Bach’s cello suite No. 1, then I must play it for you.

churchy web banner_1Church, do not hide your scriptures, your sacraments, your worship, your preaching, your service, your call to repentance, you’re lament, your urgency, or your joy in Jesus.

“But what if non-Christians don’t like us?” If someone doesn’t like us, then that’s no reason to change who you are.  Now, if you’re a jerk, then, by all means, stop being a jerk. But, don’t stop being the church. Those who don’t like us must not dictate who we are. That’s like allowing a blind man to lead a seeing man through the gauntlet.

If the church really can see, then she must lead the way. She is to dictate the culture, not the reverse. She is to tell media what’s cool, not the opposite. The church is to set the trends, refusing to be a flea on the back of a dog, that merely sucks life from another organism.

Have you endured the cruelty of this world? Have you seen evil face to face? Are you aware of how dark life can get? Have you held a man in his brokenness? Wiped the flood of tears from a tormented woman? Looked into the hopeless eyes of a child? Stop messing around and get to Jesus as fast as possible.  Jesus is our only hope. Jesus is the cure, the feast, the joy, the solution, the meaning, the purpose, the hope, the life, and the way.

To display Jesus is to be the church.    

So stand firm. Be churchy. Be Jesusy. Be the light of the world.

Source: Sam @ http://samuelkee.com/2015/01/02/the-church-is-called-to-be-churchy

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Gordon’s golden words

Dr. A. J. Gordon (1836-1895) in Great Pulpit Masters, Volume VIII

“Saved by grace and justified by faith, we seem to imagine that this is all. Secular lives, worldly fellowships, conformity to the fashion and show of an evil generation—all this is too easily allowed if only in the end our souls may be saved.” p. 69

“Much of the religion of our day is an adulteration–a mixture of earth andSilver-Bowl-of-Yellow-Apple heaven in the same compound. Those who want to popularize Christianity go in for this mixture. They think a religion of mingled secularity and spirituality will be more palatable and will win more disciples. But it is not so. Christ gets the soldiers who are really valuable to Him by proclaiming, ‘If any man will be my disciple, let him take up his cross and follow me.’ Real strength for the church has always come, and always must come, through unworldly conditions and claims. By repentance, faith, and self-denial Christ separates men from the world in order to join them to Himself.” pp. 95-6

“It may seem like a very stupid and stubborn thing not to think with the great thinkers, but we prefer to believe with the great believers.” p. 98

“Our age is going wild over methods. If some Samson has done wonders with the ass’s jaw-bone, straightway everybody adopts the jaw-bone. If some church has succeeded by art and entertainment in getting the crowd, immediately all the churches fall into line. But the Gospel does not depend on any particular mode or fashion. If you have the Spirit He will make his own methods.” p. 175

There is such authority in a godly example–it is so dogmatic in its assertion of the truth of the Gospel, and so persuasive withal! An example does not admit of many interpretations, like a creed; it cannot be evaded like a sermon; it cannot be gainsaid like an argument.” p. 22

“But what will our knowledge avail without warmth and sympathy? And this we shall certainly have if we possess the unction of the Holy One. May God forgive us that we have been so cold and formal in uttering God’s truth, when all our souls should have been on fire with it. People will not believe us unless we feel what we say.” p. 242

We are indebted to Doug Kutilek for sharing these quotes with us.

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More words that make sense

“Fathom the hypocrisy of a government that requires every citizen to prove they are insured…but not everyone must prove they are a citizen. And now, any 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.” – Ben Stein

10026_CommonSense“Anyone know if President Obama intends to perform background checks on the Syrian rebels before providing them weapons?” – Senator Ted Cruz

“They’ve dumbed down the populous to the point that people think 50,000 simultaneous users on a website that costs over $600 million is a great achievement.” – Mark Levin

“To learn who rules over you, simply find out who you are not allowed to criticize.” – Voltaire

“A government which lays taxes on the people not required by urgent public necessity and sound public policy is not a protector of liberty, but an instrument of tyranny. It condemns the citizen to servitude.” – President Calvin Coolidge

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Back to earth

A spate of books detailing someone’s—usually a boy’s—trip to heaven after a near death experience has appeared during the last ten years. Lifeway Christian Bookstores (a Baptist-owned business) have sold them like hotcakes, even after learning of the recantations. Those whose faith is based on something other than God’s Word read them as though they were accurate and truthful.

Along with 90 Minutes in Heaven and Heaven Is For Real, Alex Malarkey’s book The Boy Who Came Back From Heaven was marketedBook on heaven2 and sold through Lifeway. Alex was the victim of a horrific auto accident at age six. After a two-month coma, he awoke to tell the story of going to heaven, meeting with angels and talking to Jesus. Descriptions of even the devil, sans ears or flesh, was in the book—“moldy teeth…and bony legs.” [I think I saw him at Wal-Mart last week.] And the music they play up there was “terrible.” Even Baptist officials have moved to curb the publishing of such tales. Messengers to the Southern Baptist Convention in 2014 passed a resolution against such books, but SBC-owned Lifeway bookstores continue to proudly display heavenly book on heaventourism on its shelves.

Alex, now 16, is wanting to set the record straight. Since April of 2014 he and his mother have been trying to get booksellers to discontinue his book. In an open letter to “Lifeway and other sellers, buyers, and marketers of Heavenly Tourism.” He says: “I did not die. I did not go to Heaven.

“I said I went to heaven because I thought it would get me attention. When I made the claims that I did, I had never read the Bible. People have profited from lies, and continue to. They should read the Bible, which is enough. The Bible is the only source of truth. Anything written by man cannot be infallible. …

“I want the whole world to know that the Bible is sufficient. Those who market these materials must be called to repent and hold the Bible as enough.”

Yes, Alex, the Bible IS sufficient for our knowledge of truth, especially about the future. Thanks for reminding us.

Epilogue: As of January 15, Lifeway still had not pulled the book. They may have by the time this blog is posted.

Note: We do not judge the Bible’s accuracy and truth by human experiences; we judge human experiences by the Bible.

Source: http://www.worldviewweekend.com/news/article/boy-who-did-not-go-heaven

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A TEXAS GOODBYE

A slightly condensed, anonymous report of the funeral services of American veteran Chris Kyle, provided to a retired Navy Commander who personally sent it to me.

21101203_BG3This is why America will remain strong. We take care of our own as well as others who may not deserve it.

Chris Kyle was the armed services number #1 sniper of all time. Not something he was happy about, other than the fact that in so doing, he saved a lot of American lives. Three years ago, his wife Taya asked him to leave the SEAL teams as he had a huge bounty on his head by Al Qaeda. He did and wrote the book The American Sniper. 100% of the proceeds from the book went to two of the SEAL families who had lost their sons in Iraq.

That was the kind of guy Chris was. He formed a company in Dallas to train police and military personnel in protecting themselves in difficult situations. He also formed a foundation to work with veterans suffering from PTSD. Chris was a giver not a taker. He, along with a friend and neighbor, Chad Littlefield, were murdered trying to help a young man that had served six months in Iraq and claimed to have PTSD.

Now I need to tell you about how Texans responded. [To continue reading this inspirational and touching report, CLICK HERE.]

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They are coming, Mr. President, for you

On January 27, ISIS fighters beheaded a Kurdish captive in an online video. ISIS soldiersDuring his diatribe against the U.S. and our allies, the man with the knife said, “Know, oh Obama, that will reach America…Know also that we will cut off your head in the White House, and transform America into a Muslim Province.” Does that leave any doubt about the designs of the Muslim extremists. So, Mr. President, ask not for whom the bell tolls, it tolls for thee.

Someone has suggested that perhaps all Muslims are extremists, but only those in control express it with actions and boast of it. “Moderates” are those Muslims that haven’t reached a level of strength to be in control yet. Could that be true? We appreciate all Muslims who do not subscribe to terror. We appeal to them to come against those who call themselves Muslim yet commit attrocities in the name of Allah.

See what your kids’ textbooks are saying about Islam:

http://www.worldviewweekend.com/tv/video/islamic-lies-about-bible-quran

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It also works for Jews

23395“I just gave the Into His Marvelous Light Bible study to a Jewish man whose wife had already received the Holy Ghost. He ‘saw’ [the truth] and was baptized in the name of Jesus and received the Holy Ghost. Afterward, he said, ‘That is the best Bible study I have ever seen. Everybody in the world needs to see this!’” – VA

Outside of the Bible itself, there is nothing else like it. It is probably the greatest soulwinning tool in the arsenal of the church today. Does your church have them in stock so your folks can give the hungry of the world the Word of the Lord?

How is your stock of Bible studies? Replenish today! Call 936-537-0250.

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BooksBooksBooksBooksBooks

Does God Really Care…?Does God Really Care...

by J. R. Ensey

This is actually two booklets in one (flip book), presenting a Christian perspective of I Corinthians 11 and Deuteronomy 22:5. 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 $4.95

Before-You-Say'I-Do'-coverBefore You Say “I Do”

by J. R. Ensey

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

AM Price  $4.95

Perils of Pluralism

Perils-of-Pluralism

by J. R. Ensey

The pluralistic trends changing the landscape of 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 $3.95

Backsliding-&-RenewalBacksliding and Renewal

by Kelsey Griffin

This book provides a biblical approach to the questions of backsliding, losing the Holy Spirit, and the unpardonable sin.

AM Price  $3.25

Have you checked out our books at advanceministries.org/store?

You might find what you have been looking for!

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The more things change…

Australian_light_car_patrol…the more they stay the same. Above: 1918. Below: 2015

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Parting shot

cannon_shotHow is it that you need a background check to own a gun…but not to run a country? – Anonymous

 

Now go curl up with a good book (one of ours, maybe?). Have a great February, which is only 90 days long.

JREnsey

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JREnsey January 2015 Blog

Happy New Year! Welcome to the January 2015 blog!

Happy new year

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For the record

Last year we had a total of 17,000+ visitors to the blog.

On one particular day, we had the most hits of any blog hosted by wordpress.com.

Visitors from 139 countries tapped in last year.

Thanks for taking the time to share a few moments with us each month!

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The Word for today

“The lips of the righteous know what is acceptable: But the mouth of the wicked speaketh frowardness” (Proverbs 10:32 KJV)

“The lips of the righteous know what is fitting, but the mouth of the wicked only what is perverse” (NIV84).

“The lips of the righteous know what is acceptable,
but the mouth of the wicked, what is perverse” (ESV).

“The lips of the righteous bring forth what is acceptable, but the mouth of the wicked what is perverted” (NASB).

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Words to remember

forgetFaith sees the invisible, believes the incredible and receives the impossible.- Anonymous

One of my favorite authors, Elbert Hubbard, once said, “A friend is one who knows you and loves you just the same.” And writer Robert Hall explained the true meaning of a friend: “A friend should be one in whose understanding and virtue we can equally confide, and whose opinion we can value at once for its justness and its sincerity.”

Do you have that kind of friend? Are YOU that kind of friend to someone?

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Who inspired David to take a census—God or Satan?

Over the years we have been presented with the question above. II Samuel 24:1 suggests that God made David take the census. I Chronicles 21:1 says that it was Satan.
Which one is it? Is this a contradiction in the Bible?

A composite solution from Doug Kutilek and others: there is no contradiction between GOD-AND-DEVILthese passages, only a difference of perspective.

Satan was the immediate source of the temptation—the direct cause. It was Satan’s design to tempt David to sin and bring judgment on the nation. The Chronicler describes the event from this perspective.

On the other hand, since God’s providence rules over all, and Satan can do nothing except what God permits him to do (see Job 1 & 2), God may be viewed as the indirect “cause” of the temptation, since He allowed Satan to do it. David’s undergoing this temptation was within God’s permissive will for him, though of course it was NOT God’s perfect will for David to yield to the temptation and sin. This is the viewpoint from which the author of II Samuel describes the event.

This incident should be compared to Satan’s tempting of Job, with and within God’s permissive will, and also Satan’s temptation of Jesus (Matthew 4; Luke 4). We are told that Jesus was “led up by the Spirit into the desert in order to be tempted by the devil,” (Matthew 4:1). In perfect submission and obedience to the will of God the Father, Jesus was deliberately exposed to the devil’s temptations. From one perspective, God caused the temptation to happen by deliberately leading Jesus into that situation. From another perspective, it was the devil who caused the temptation as he deliberately and directly sought to trip Jesus up and lead Him to sin. No contradiction, just different perspectives.

On the general subject of apparent “Bible contradictions,” let me recommend that you acquire a book by reputable author[s] that addresses many of these questions. They will usually provide very well-reasoned and well-stated explanations. I have four or five of them that I consult when a question arises. “Where no counsel is, the people fall: but in the multitude of counsellors there is safety…Without counsel purposes are disappointed: but in the multitude of counsellors they are established” (Proverbs 11:14; 15:22).

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What’s with all these extraterrestrials and their interstellar flying machines?

18dcafc5ac08Evidently a recent TV show, perhaps on the History Channel, featured a couple of weird college professor types hyping the probability that earth and mankind have been visited by aliens from space arriving on interstellar flying machines. We could easily toss it in the garbage if it were not that some strict Evangelicals have begun to parrot their theories.

What?!

Do folks not know that sensationalism is conjured up to sell books, and that TV programs are created to fill time slots and sell advertising, not to elicit truth from historical facts? Are people believing everything they see on TV? Yet another reason to leave the TVs at Best Buy and Costco.

These pseudo scientists/historians are trying to connect what is drawn on walls and pillars of the Mayan ruins in Mexico with yet unexplained mysteries found worldwide. These eggheads say that “millions believe” that extraterrestrials wearing astronaut suits visited the earth in times past—as though we should be impressed by the numbers they toss about. These PhDs might believe it, along with some witch doctors in the bush, but I doubt that “millions” of sound-minded others do. Even if millions did wonder pal012-portabout it and speculate that it might have happened, does that make it more likely to be true? Their only hope to keep from being called nutcases is to force opponents to prove that it did not happen. Proving a negative is not always a simple matter.

“Who were they? Why did they come? Where did they go? And will they come back?” These questions posed by the shows hosts, assume their reality and tend to lead viewers to give the story some credibility. “Have earthlings been contacted by these aliens? According to theorists, the answer is YES!”

They focus on lines scratched on rocks, and sculpture of strange objects. “That means we were visited by ‘them.’…Ssky-people-59649296718ome of their statues look like people, like us. Perhaps we were even created by them in their image.” Oh, puhhh-leeeeze!

I put the images here for your perusal, in the event you have time to waste looking at them. Pakal, the Mayan astronaut, is the one featured in the center of the Palenque Slab in Mexico (top). Anyone can tell that he is firmly seated in a spacecraft, with his nose connected to an oxygen source. Right? Just think of all the money NASA has wasted over the years on high-tech space suits and airtight crafts with heat shields that allow them to enter earth’s atmosphere without burning up. Bare-legged Mayans wearing linen nightshirts and topped with feathered hats is all we really needed. For shame!

The Mayans just up and left one day, abandoning all their sculptures and temples. I would love to have witnessed the liftoff. (See below)

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My 10 New Year’s resolutions

Brag on my mother-in-law more.

Build somethingnew-years-resolutions.

Pray for my mother-in-law.

Exercise more; lose weight.

Let Roffie go see her mother more often.

Overcome at least two bad habits.

Attend every family reunion.

Be sweet to my mother-in-law.

Eat more vegetables.

Read the Book of Ezekiel until I totally understand it.

– Compiled by my mother-in-law*

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How to stop gender confusion

The farther we get from God’s ideal, the more problems we invite to ourselves.

Dumping the Bible and God from our schools and national consciousness is proving that statement to be true. The farther we remove ourselves from the biblical standards of spiritual wisdom and common sense, they more we are apt to embrace the strange views gender-confusion-and-moral-rebellionof the modern culture.

In early December, a fifth-grade boy began using the girls’ restroom at his school. A grandfather of one of schoolgirls objected that it made his granddaughter “uncomfortable.” The sensibilities of ordinary folk are to be ignored in favor of the abnormal. So the boy’s parents sued, and it went to court. (Don’t courts have other matters that need attention?)

According to the court ruling, administrators “can’t refuse to allow access by transgender students to school restrooms that are consistent with their gender identity” and ordered the school to pay the boy’s family $75,000 in damages.

To keep schools from having to pay damages, have the art department provide the principal with pics: “If your genitalia looks like this, you go here. If it looks like that, you go there. Got it?” Nah…that’s too sensible. Not PC.

Silence gives consent. Pastors teach the Word at church; parents teach it at home. Maintain marital relationships so children have a father and a mother for models. If we don’t speak out in our churches on the issues affecting our kids, our schools, our community, we will lose the privilege of speaking out. We can impart biblical principles gently but with a mixture of passion and understanding. We can encourage our families to wholeheartedly embrace the biblical view of human sexuality. If we refuse, the battle is lost.

Source: http://uspastorcouncil.org/updates/maine-issue-school-bathrooms/

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Worth checking out

I don’t necessarily endorse every line of every one of the following articles, but they have enough good stuff for church leaders to make them worthwhile reading.

http://www.churchleaders.com/pastors/pastor-articles/176477-ron-edmondson-dangerous-distractions

http://www.churchleaders.com/pastors/pastor-articles/163612-nicole-cottrell-6-deadly-lies

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The old homeplace?

The foundations of a well-preserved farmhouse dating to the eighth century B.C.E. have been uncovered during archaeological work in Rosh Ha-‘Ayin in Israel, near Aphek (I Farmhouse 2Samuel 4:1) in central Israel and not far from Tel Aviv. The farmhouse continued to be used during the Persian period (sixth century B.C.E.) as well as the Hellenistic period (beginning around the last quarter of the fourth century B.C.E.), when the Persian empire fell to Alexander the Great. Under one of the floors of the farmhouse, a rare silver coin bearing a depiction of Zeus and inscribed with the legend ALEXANDROU (“[coin] of Alexander”) on one side and the head of Heracles on the other was discovered. This was a strong suggestion of a Greek presence in the region.

Wine presses were discovered in the vicinity, as was a large grain silo, suggesting that the Farmhouse coinresidents were likely cereal lovers.

Source: Biblical Archaeological Review, Israel Antiquities Authority.

Comments: I love archaeology because it consistently strengthens the foundations of faith in the Word of God. Once you have been involved in it, a whole new appreciation for its current value is developed. Regarding this ol’ house, I suppose the primary advantage to home construction from rocks was the availability of building materials. But hanging pictures on the wall might have been a problem. Bathrooms and closet space were at a premium in those days.

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Did someone in the Genesis record know this man?

penn-skeleton-urThis skeleton was unearthed in Ur (Abraham’s old ’hood)  by archaeologist Leonard Woolley in 1930. Ur was the location of some of the earliest settlements of mankind on the earth. Those who date ancient finds like this have said they guy is 6,500 years old. The skeleton has been stored in the basement of the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology. For 85 years, the skeleton has been lying in a wooden box in the Penn Museum’s labyrinthine basement; any associated documentation that may have once been attached to the skeleton or storage box has long been missing. Who was he? Who did he know? Where did he work? Was he married? How did he die? Hmmmm…is he missing a rib?

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If you are under 50, skip to the next item. If you are not, you can probably relate to the following, which some thoughtful, sensitive elder sent my way.

Thoughts about senior citizens

The book titled The Greatest Generation was written by Tom Brokaw, the son of a WWII veteran. The folks who lived and worked and fought during this period of American life were some of its finest heroes and patriots. Our hat is off to them.

Senior citizens are constantly being criticized for every conceivable deficiency of the modern world, real or imaginary. We will take responsibility for all we have done without blaming others.

HOWEVER, upon reflection, we would like to point out that it was NOT senior citizens who took:

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The pride out of appearance,

The courtesy out of driving,

The romance out of love,

The commitment out of marriage,

The responsibility out of parenthood,

The learning out of education

The service out of patriotism,

The nativity scene out of cities,

The civility out of behavior,

The refinement out of language,old-hybrids-500x312

The dedication out of employment,

The prudence out of spending,

The ambition out of achievement, or

God out of government and school.

And we certainly are NOT the ones who eliminated patience and tolerance from personal relationships and interactions with others!!

And, we DO understand the meaning of patriotism, and remember those who have fought and died for our country. Just look at the Seniors with tears in their eyes and pride in their hearts, as they stand at attention with their hand over their hearts, as the American Flag passes by in a parade!

YES, I’M A SENIOR CITIZEN!  I’m the life of the party—even if it lasts until 8 p.m.image001

I’m very good at opening childproof caps…..With a hammer.

I’m awake many hours before my body allows me to get up.

I’m smiling all the time, because I can’t hear a thing you’re saying.

I’m sure everything I can’t find is in a safe secure place, somewhere.

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Bible review: Not suitable for family devotions

By Gary DeMar

The editors of The Queen James Bible [a Bible translation for gays published in 2012 to prevent misinterpretation of Bible passages referring to homosexuality as sin] refer to the Book of Leviticus as being “outdated as a moral code.” Even so, they state that it’s their “most important book to address” their “edits, as most anti-LGBT religious activists cite Leviticus 18:22 and 20:13 as proof-positive that homosexuality is a sin, even worse, a sin punishable by death.”

If Leviticus is an “outdated moral code,” then why did Jesus, Paul, and James quote from it (Matt 19:19; Mark 12:31; Luke 10:27; Romans 13:9; Gal 5:14; James 2:8)?: “You shall not take vengeance, nor bear any grudge against the sons of your people, but you shall love your neighbor as yourself; I am the Lord.” Leviticus passages are quoted from 15 times in the New Testament.

homo-bible-589x3251Here’s how the QJB renders the two Leviticus passages that deal with homosexuality. The words the editors added are bold faced and italicized:

Leviticus 18:22: Thou shalt not lie with mankind as with womankind in the temple of Molech: it is an abomination. (QJV)

Leviticus 20:13: If a man also lie[s] with mankind in the temple of Molech, as he lieth with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination: they shall surely be put to death; their blood shall be upon them. (QJV)

These two passages are the clearest expression that same-sex sex is prohibited in the Bible if the words “in the temple of Moloch” are not added. I can make the Bible say anything if I get to add words.

The rest of their translation work is similarly corrupt. In reality, there is no need for a single verse condemning same-sex sexual relations. The standard was set forth when God created Adam and Eve (Genesis 2:20-25). Jesus repeats what was established at creation (Matthew 19:5,6)—“Haven’t you read that He who created them in the beginning made them male and female. . . . For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two will become one flesh? So they are no longer two, but one flesh. Therefore, what God has joined together, man must not separate.”

Then there’s the issue of biology. There is no match of sexual equipment. This is why Paul could describe same-sex sex as “unnatural.”

“For this reason God gave them over to degrading passions; for their women exchanged the natural function for that which is unnatural, and in the same way also the men abandoned the natural function of the woman and burned in their desire toward one another, men with men committing indecent acts and receiving in their own persons the due penalty of their error” (Romans 1:26,27).

Source: http://americanvision.org/10842/newspaper-editor-fired-criticizing-queen-james-bible/

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The TeacherPreacher

A mediocre teacher tells;

A good teacher explains;

A superior teacher demonstrates;

A great teacher inspires.

– William Ward

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BooksBooksBooksBooksBooksBooks

One of your New Year’s resolutions should be to read a book. How about one of these:

People in ProverbsProverbs Book

by J. R. Ensey

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.

AM Price $12.95

Life is Too Short to Spend With A Kicking Cow

by J. R. Ensey

Kicking CowKicking cows deserve to be taken to the slaughterhouse! Life is too short even when we are not being kicked, but when our time here is harassed by anger, drugs, unwarranted guilt, apathy, doubt, and other hangers-on, we need to get rid of them quickly. Our spiritual life suffers when the sins of the spirit are not dealt with properly. Here are a dozen chapters that deal with some of life’s “kicking cows.” Is there one in your life?

AM Price $12.95

The Keeperthe Keeper

by MarthaLee Lyman

Are you desperate to “keep” your home, family and relationships? Are you a woman of God who knows there’s more for you to do in these last days? If so, you’ve picked the book that will forever change you. This tool will equip you with fresh ideas and practical principles to be the “keeper” you’ve been called to be.

“I have personally witnessed the power of this author’s life; a praying mother who was willing to stand on the battlefield and fight to “keep” me. The powerful truths on the pages of this book have been lived before me in everyday life. It’s message has proven effective through life’s fiery trials, and I’m so thankful my Mom answered the call to share it with you.” –   Rebecca Ensey

AM Price $13.95

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A time to laugh

MAYAN+RELIEF+IMAMGEPhoto of recently discovered sculpture of Director of Chiapas Mission Control. Now we understand the story above. He seems to be saying, “3 -2 – 1 – Liftoff; we have liftoff! Uh…hold it. Palenque, we have a problem!

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Parting shots

“How can Obama be so surprised so often? It’s as if he wandered into the white House and discovered he’s president.” – Charles Krauthammer

“If Barack Obama ever gets around to writing his own presidential memoir, I assume it will deal with the 18 toughest rounds of golf he played during his time in office.” – Burt Prelutsky

“The national Aquarium in Washington is going to close. But don’t worry. If you’re in D.C. and you still want to smell something fishy, stop by the White House. They’ve gone from ‘Change you can believe in’ to ‘Changing the story until you believe it.’” – Jay Leno

“Patriotism is supporting your country all the time, and your government when it deserves it.” – Mark Twain

Have a wonderful New Year! May it be a year of ingathering and harvest for your church. See you next month!

JREnsey

AstoriskSounds like her, doesn’t it? You should see mine for her! All kidding aside, she really, really, really is…well, let’s go with just one “really.” Oops…we are out of time here.

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JREnsey Blog December 2014

Christmas Greetings! Welcome to the DECEMBER 2014 blog! Christmas bells

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The focus at Christmas

There is no Santa with a big bag of toys atop a sleigh pulled by eight tiny reindeer. Christians should never mislead their children to believe in myths. There are Grinchplenty of ways to enjoy Christmas without injecting a mythical jolly old elf into the picture.

That being said, assuming the role of Grinch is not the best alternative. It is a time for reading the story of the first Christmas from the Bible, sharing gifts and hugs with children, renewing appreciation of loved ones, and enjoying a happy meal together.

Have a good time, but don’t forget Jesus. After all, it is His birthday we are celebrating.

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Ten signs that you lead or attend a great church

Greg Stier on churchleaders.com recently posted an article listing ten signs that you are attending a great church.

  1. It is lead by a team of godly leaders not a Lone Ranger pastor who gathers Tonto-type church-membership-OFFICIALleaders around him to say “Yes, Kemo Sabe” to his each and every idea (Titus 1:5-9).
  2. The Gospel is central to every sermon, program and meeting (1 Corinthians 15:3,4) and the advancement of it both locally and globally drive strategic initiatives (Acts 1:8).
  3. People are using their spiritual gifts not just watching the “stage team” exercise theirs (1 Corinthians 12:12-31), resulting in disciples being made and multiplied (2 Timothy 2:2).
  4. It, like the early church, is integrated, fully representing the demographic of the community in which it resides (Ephesians 2:11-21). By the way, my buddy Derwin Gray has got a lot of great material (blogs, sermons, etc.) on this particular point.
  5. Love, demonstrating itself in friendliness, generosity, internal/external care programs and community involvement, dominates the atmosphere (1 Corinthians 13:1-8).
  6. Most likely there is a thriving small group program where members truly can have great biblical conversations, share struggles and pray with/for each other (James 5:16).
  7. The people are being inspired and equipped to share their faith relationally, resulting in more and more new believers being added to the church (Acts 2:47).
  8. The teaching/preaching is biblical, theological and immensely practical (2UsherGreeter1_0 Timothy 3:16-17; 4:1-4).
  9. Ministry to children and teenagers are top priorities, not afterthoughts (Titus 2:1-8; Deuteronomy 6:4-9).
  10. Intercessory prayer fuels everything. It’s the engine, not the caboose, of how the church rolls from top to bottom (1 Timothy 2:1-8).

I invite my readers to suggest their own ten signs that are indicative of a great church.

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Will miracles never cease?

Remember all those “missing” emails from former IRS official Lois Lerner the IRS said it was Lerner emailsunable to retrieve? According to the IRS inspector general in a Friday afternoon news dump, they’ve now magically reappeared. Via the Washington Examiner: “Up to 30,000 missing emails sent by former Internal Revenue Service official Lois Lerner have been recovered by the IRS inspector general, five months after they were deemed lost forever. The U.S. Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) informed congressional staffers from several committees on Friday that the emails were found among hundreds of ‘disaster recovery tapes’ that were used to back up the IRS email system.” They are now in the process of being “decoded” (edited?).

That reminds me of the missing Whitewater documents that Hillary Clinton “lost” after they had been subpoenaed during her husband’s administration. After months of searching, they were magically found in the White House bedroom in plain sight.

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Caliphate to advance on Jerusalem?

The Islamic State (IS) has announced that the Sinai Peninsula is now a caliphate, an Islamic state led by a supreme religious and political leader known as a caliph—i.e., a “successor” to Mohammed. Reports around the Arab world are claiming that the establishment of a caliphate in the Sinai is the first step towards its “advance on Jerusalem.” Tip for IS: Better think twice about that.

ISIS soldiersEgypt’s most active and notorious terror group, Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis, has sworn allegiance to ISIS in Sinai. “After trusting in Allah, we have decided to swear allegiance to the Emir (leader) of the faithful, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi (leader of ISIS), Caliph of the Muslims in Syria and Iraq and in other countries,” the group said in a statement cited by Reuters.

ISIS has in turn called on the Egyptian jihadists to “destroy police checkpoints, fire RPG rockets at their rallying points and to show the world that Allah’s rule must be enforced.”

Read the whole story:

http://www.israeltoday.co.il/NewsItem/tabid/178/nid/25500/Default.aspx?utm_source=news&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=No-sidebar-news-1&utm_content=1439

We are seeing a national extortion—“If you don’t do as we say, we will blow you up, or behead you, or harm your children.” That may not be said outright, but that is the message folks are getting. It is the old mobster protection racket resurrected. Daily we see this scenario played out as school boards, city councils and legislators bow to their demands to remove all semblance of Christianity in America. The recent massacre in a Jewish synagogue in Jerusalem proves they will stop at nothing, especially when they know there is a wimp in the White House. Let’s continue to pray for our leaders that they will stand strong against the enemies of Israel and the anti-American forces within our own borders.

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Thought provokers

In a review of a book by Howard Sugden and Warren Wiersbe called Answers to Pastors; FAQs, Doug Kutilek pulled out several quotes that were deemed worthy of mention:

“When you are called [by God into the ministry], you have an inner conviction that will not permit you to invest your life in any other vocation.” (p. 11)

“Church members sometimes feel that pastors tamper with the church constitution only because they want more power to ‘run the church’ their way. Sometimes this is true [sadly, yes it is—ed.], but it should not be true of your ministry.” (p. 37)

thinking-about-it“J. Hudson Taylor was right: When God’s work is done in God’s way, for God’s glory, it never lacks God’s supply. God is not obligated to pay for our selfish schemes. He is obligated to support His ministry.” (p. 50)

“Gilbert K. Chesterton said, ‘Never take down a fence until you know why it was put up.’” (p. 51)

“We improve the preaching by improving the preacher.” (p. 55)

“The Bible is full of spiritual riches, and if a man preached or taught forty times a week instead of four, he could not exhaust it. (He might exhaust himself.)” (p. 86)

“There are people whose only mark of identity is that they live with the same perpetual problem, but if you helped them solve that problem, they’d lose their identity. They probably don’t want the problem solved.”

“The church is so much like the world that we don’t seem to have much influence on the world, and only the Holy Spirit can change this. We’ve substituted promotion for prayer and entertainment for worship and preaching, and we fear that much of our so-called ‘success’ may be shallow and temporary. What was once a sanctuary is today more like a theater, and the glory has departed.” (p. 183)

“Campbell Morgan said, ‘The church did the most for world when the church was the least like the world.’ “ (p. 184)

“We don’t believe that ‘traditional’ and ‘contemporary’ services are biblical or even necessary. The church is a family, and no matter what our ages we must learn to worship together. But the service must be balanced—‘psalms, hymns and spiritual songs’ (Eph. 5:19; Col. 3:16). The separated services not only segregate the generations that ought to minister to each other, but they also divide families when children and parents ought to be worshiping together.” (p. 186)

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The House of David verified

An extraordinary inscription from Israel referencing the Davidic dynasty is currently on display in New York. Written around 830 B.C.E.—about 150 years after King David would have reigned—the inscription references Ahaziahu, king of “the House of David”—or Judah. (Words in white.) That the nation of Judah David dynasty steleis referred to as the “House of David” is significant because it is the only archaeological evidence of a historical David—a belief that had been hotly debated prior to this discovery—thus substantiating part of the biblical narrative.

All you doubters in academia, Hollywood, and the media—get a life. The Bible is accurate. It is your stupid theories that are getting banged around by the facts. Archaeology is solidly on the side of the biblical record. Deal with it.

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Words to remember

“Islam isn’t in America to be equal to any other faith, but to become dominant. The Qu’ran should be the highest authority in America and Islam the only accepted religion on earth.” – Omar Ahmad, the chairman of CAIR (Council on American/Islamic Relations).

“[T]o preserve the republican form and principles of our Constitution and cleave to the salutary distribution of powers which that [the Constitution] has established…are the two sheet anchors of our Union. If driven from either, we shall be in danger of foundering.” —Thomas Jefferson, letter to Judge William Johnson, 1823

The purpose of the United States Constitution is to limit the power of the federal government, not the American people. – The Patriot Post

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Robin Williams and drugs

Popular actor/comedian Robin Williams’ death made news headlines for weeks after his death by suicide. Prophets, pundits, and pontificators from all walks of life had much to say about his Robin-Williams-robin-williams-32089775-2798-2798decision to take his life. Why would such a successful man loved by millions do that?

First toxicology reports suggested that no drugs were found in his system at the time of his death. Wrong. They were speaking only of illegal drugs. The medical examiner’s report states that an antidepressant drug was in Williams’ system at the time of his death. The particular antidepressant, Mirtazapine, (also known as Remeron) carries 10 international drug regulatory warnings on causing suicidal ideation. It carries the FDA “Black Box” warning for suicidality. A container of Seroquel, an antipsychotic drug, was also found at the scene and appears to have been taken by Williams. The prescription filled just seven days before had 8 pills missing. Side effects associated with Seroquel include psychosis, paranoid reactions, delusions, depersonalization and suicide attempt.

Source: http://www.cchrint.org/2014/11/10/robin-williams-was-on-drugs

You may wonder why similar reports find their way into this blog. Few others are speaking out on this issue, so someone needs to. 90,000 emergency room visits are attributed to psychiatric drugs each year in the U.S. 23,755 suicides are attributed to psychiatric drugs each year in the U.S. alone. Apostolics are not totally absent from those numbers. But we seem to treat the problem as though silence about it will cause it to go away. As spiritual leaders, the laity often seek our counsel concerning psychotic treatment. Please get the facts on these dangerous drugs many doctors are paid to prescribe before offering advice—either pro or con.

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Review of CT article on Pentecostalism

The PhDs still haven’t figured us out. Why do Pentecostals continue to multiply? They keep taking Pentecostal growthsurveys, asking philosophical questions, scratching their heads and doing the theological ballet—toe-dancing around clear biblical revelations.

They are losing members right and left and cry, “The sky is falling!” on Christianity, while we keep planting churches and praying folks through to a biblical experience with God. When you de-emphasize what the Bible emphasizes, you lose. You lose authenticity. You lose reality. You lose passion. You lose legitimacy. Read the article at this site:

http://www.christianitytoday.com/edstetzer/2014/november/why-are-pentecostals-growing.html

The folks in Latin America have us in focus, even if the mainline Protestants and Roman Catholics don’t. They get it.

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The birth of Gruberisms

Jonathan Gruber was a highly paid architect (almost six million $ of your tax dollars) of the so-called Affordable Care Act, a misnomer if there ever was one. It is better known as Obamacare. He is a Harvard trained PhD professor at Massachusetts Institute of Technology—with tenure. A gruber-e1406140316614dangerous combination, indeed. A brilliant man, no doubt. Highly educated. Smart. But his humility and common sense you could hide in a flea’s navel. As Vice President under Nixon, Spiro Agnew, might say, “He is among an effete corps of elitist, impudent snobs who characterize themselves as intellectuals.”

He has even given the current American vocabulary a new series of words: “Gruber, Grubering, Grubered, Gruberism.”

With at least six videos surfacing within the last month with him describing how they developed and passed Obamacare by subterfuge, he has become a national media celebrity of sorts. This swellhead calls the American people stupid, so with the sleight of hand tactics of a card shark he and others in the White House, including the President (he visited the White House 19 times working on O’care), figured out a way to deceive the public about the real nature of Obamacare in order to get it passed. The only ones really fooled were the Democrats in Congress who passed it. No Republican voted for it. The average American voter knew there were some lies and deception involved, perhaps outright fraud.

As you suggested that we would, Nancy, after you passed the bill we are finding out exactly what is in the bill—higher taxes, income redistribution, inferior care, higher deductibles, and more expensive premiums. All was kept hidden from the public by a plethora of falsehoods, including those told by the President.

Now Gruber’s videos and other recently surfacing facts are revealing that what millions knew already in their hearts—Obamacare’s real goal was to create chaos in the health industry that would to collapse into a single-payer system (read: VA system), which would be the means of ultimate population control. After the first video was shown on the news, he tried to walk it back and claim it was merely an off-the-cuff statement that he regretted making. However, five more self-deceptionvideos have now shown him making similar disparaging remarks about the misinformed, stupid, and racist Americans. He admits that in order to get it passed, there had to be deception and a lack of transparency.

He simply got caught telling the real truth about his elitist view of ignorant America. “Gruberisms” are thus created when someone “accidentally” and unintentionally reveals the truth about the falsehoods they have perpetrated.

A Sir Walter Scott wrote so long ago: “Oh, what a tangled web we weave when first we practice to deceive.”

PS: Gruber suggests O’care passed thanks to voter stupidity. Here are the votes: Democrats – 219; Republicans – 0. I tend to agree with those who say that we have a government of the Grubers, by the Grubers, and for the Grubers in Washington.

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Who would know?

A school teacher in a church I know of told a friend, “I am the most educated person in the church.” The friend told her husband that the lady should have let someone else brag on her brilliance. He replied, “Well, I guess she would be the one to say it, because no one else in the church knows it.”

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Muslims discovered America in 1178?

During the closing session of the First Summit of Latin American Muslim Religious Leaders in Istanbul, Turkey on 11/15/14, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Muslims discovered the Americas in the 12th century, nearly three centuries before Christopher Columbus set foot there.

Muslims discover America“Contacts between Latin America and Islam date back to the 12th century,” the president said Saturday during an Istanbul summit of Latin American Muslim leaders. “Muslims discovered America in 1178, not Christopher Columbus.”

Erdogan added that “Columbus mentioned the existence of a mosque on a hill on the Cuban coast.”

Scholars acknowledge that no pre-Columbian Muslim ruins have ever been found in the Americas. The entry in Columbus’ diary is widely understood to have been a reference to the shape of the landscape.

Source: Drudge Report

Give it up, Erdogan…camels could not have swum that far.

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Reach for the reachable

I was reading Ecclesiastes 4:6 the other morning: “Better one handful with tranquility than two handfuls with toil and chasing after the wind.” My focus fell on the beginning of the verse and the ending: “Better one handful…[than] chasing after the wind.” Solomon seems to suggest that one handful is reachable and attainable, but one is not likely to catch the wind. Go after something that High goalsyou can catch appears to be the message.

I wondered—would it be better to succeed in a series of smaller challenges than to fail in a huge one and fall into a depressed funk, as I have seen men do many times as a result of trying to accomplish too much? Don’t set the bar too low, but make it reachable.

I remember when Brother Pugh and I were promoting personal evangelism from the Home Missions Division, we did not try to arouse churches to “go out and win the world.” Rather, go out and reach one or two persons this week. Each one win one. That is not an expression of doubt or negativism but one of realism. The big-sounding ideas that involve “changing the world” overnight are unlikely to be realized.

Seeing some daredevil rock climber reaching the top of Matterhorn is supposed to motivate us to get out to Academy or Sears and get our own climbing gear. Unlikely. That doesn’t mean that history is devoid of one lone person impacting the world by some invention or particular act such as Gutenberg or Edison or the Wright Brothers. Must we all be forced to compare ourselves to Alexander the Great, Madam Curie, Joan of Arc, or Edmund Hillary? Must multitudes be consigned to frustration and fear and embarrassment if they are not operating in that category?

Reach one step at timeOften when goals are being discussed they are usually exemplified by a photo of some lone person leaping across a mountain chasm eight feet across and a mile deep? Or words against a city skyline with the challenge to “Take the city!” What would they do with it? Few, if any, have truly accomplished that. How about “take your neighbor[hood]”? Or “Teach IHML this week to a friend.”

That does not suggest to avoid setting some long range objectives, but let them be realistic goals that serve as insurance against frustration and discouragement. “Chasing the wind” is a futile endeavor, and catching it is an unattainable objective. Let’s still challenge each other to do that which perhaps hasn’t been done before but can be done by looking beyond our own feet. “Lift up your eyes,” Jesus said, “and look on the fields.” Something or someone is reachable.

Do it.

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Ever wonder why…?

Why will a plastic bag not open from the end on your first try?

Why is it that no matter what color bubble bath you use, the bubbles are always white? Why?

Why is there never a day when mattresses are not on sale?

Why will someone quickly believe you when you say there are four billion stars, but will check for themselves when you tell them the paint is wet.

Why do they use sterilized needles for death by lethal injection?

In winter why do we try to keep the house as warm as it was in summer when we complained about the heat?

Why do people constantly return to the refrigerator with hopes that something new to eat will have materialized?

Why do people keep running over a string a dozen times with their vacuum cleaner, then reach down, pick it up, examine it, then put it down to give the vacuum cleaner one more chance?

Why is it that whenever you attempt to catch something that’s falling off the table, you always manage to knock something else over?

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Hermeneutics

“A man’s gift maketh room for him, and bringeth him before great men” (Proverbs 18:16 KJV). Most of the time when this verse is quoted the last part is omitted. It is used to focus on an individuals skills, spiritual acumen, and positive traits. Those attributes can open doors for him to minister and be of service. Probably all of us have employed this verse at times to make that point. Although true in a sense, this verse may not be the best one for a proof text for that theory. The thrust here seems to involve giving a gift, not possessing one.

dv785018The latter part of the verse lets us know that it is likely that the “gift” spoken of in the first part is a literal one—an actual gift to someone in a position to reward the giver. The Complete Jewish Bible renders the verse this way: “A person’s gift clears his way and gives him access to the great.” Almost all translations clearly reflect this understanding.

In other words, a gift gives him leverage. It gets him in where others who do not have the ability to give significant gifts are left out. This is not something the Bible is indiscriminately advocating, but something that occurs in the real world. It can have positive connotations. Eliezer’s gifts made room for him in Rebekah’s family. (Genesis 24:30-33). Jacob’s gifts made room for him in Esau’s heart (Genesis 33:1-11). Ehud’s gifts made room for his errand (Judges 3:17,18). Gifts were common in Bible times as a tribute of respect (I Samuel 9:7). Wisdom and discernment must accompany proper motives in this activity lest we cross a line that involves corrupting influences (Proverbs 17:23).

The Bible makes other observations of activities that are not necessarily promoted, merely acknowledged as occurring, or perceived to be occurring. Consider Proverbs 19:6; 29:26; 30:14. The Book of Ecclesiastes contains many such observations.

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Laughing with Maxine and others

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Maxine's tree

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Christmas tree lighting

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Parting shotcannon_shot

Someone who calls himself Razor posted this observation: “[Obama] is the first president ever to hear voters that didn’t vote, then take action the very next week to respond to them.”

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Have the merriest Christmas in the history of your family!

JREnsey

Published in: on December 1, 2014 at 1:02 am  Comments (1)  

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

Published in: on November 6, 2014 at 3:52 pm  Comments (2)  
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