JREnsey blog July 2017

Welcome to the JREnsey blog for JULY, 2017.

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The Word for Today

Revelation 2:22-27:

“Therefore, I will throw her on a bed of suffering, and those who commit adultery with her will suffer greatly unless they repent and turn away from her evil deeds. 23I will strike her children dead. Then all the churches will know that I am the one who searches out the thoughts and intentions of every person. And Iwill give to each of you whatever you deserve. 24 “But I also have a message for the rest of you in Thyatira who have not followed this false teaching (‘deeper truths,’ as they call them—depths of Satan, actually). I will ask nothing more of you 25 except that you hold tightly to what you have until I come. 26 To all who are victorious, who obey me to the very end, to them I will give authority over all the nations.”

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Eternal Spring

We recently spent some time living in the mountains of Boquete, Panama. The climate there is called Eternal Spring because there are no distinct seasons. The temperature remains virtually the same all year long. The seasons are simply defined as dry or rainy.

Though a few trees and plants do not survive the dry season in Panama, most return to their beautiful greens in the rainy season. Others, having deep roots, never change and give forth blooms of every color imaginable all year long.

So it is in our spiritual lives. Dry times may come—times when we do not feel the love and closeness of the Lord. But our faith is strengthened when we are deeply rooted in Scripture and prayer. We can rest in the hope that the dry times will be followed soon by seasons of God’s overflowing abundance. “Weeping may endure for a night, but joy comes in the morning” (Psalm 30:5).  –  Susana M. Allen (URM)

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Herod’s ritual cleansing pools

Many of my readers will be familiar with the fortress-palace King Herod built on Masada, located on the western shores of the Dead Sea. I have been there three times and would love to go again. However, Herod also had a special “get away” fortress on the eastern shore of the Dead Sea. It is known as Machaerus, as the crow flies only 28 southeast miles from Jerusalem.

Herod’s retreat became famous as the site where Salome danced for him and requested John the Baptist’s head. Aside from such excitement and gore, Machaerus was equipped with a special mikve, or immersion pool for ritual purification. It apparently was used by the king and his family to purify themselves in accordance with Jewish religious law (halakhah). Archaeologists have reported finding three other mikva’ot on the site. Some say these ritual pools were symbolic of future Christian baptism.

Herod was assigned the kingship of Judea by the Roman senate in 37 B.C. Although not Jewish by birth, some say he was a practicing Jew, perhaps partly because he wanted to keep the Jewish leadership pacified. I wonder if he took a dip in the mikve after ordering the death of John.

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More public school confusion

A school’s failure to use a transgender student’s preferred name or pronoun is considered gender-based harassment and can lead to an investigation by the Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights.

In a June 6 memo obtained by the Washington Post, Candice Jackson—acting assistant secretary for civil rights—also noted that the agency may open investigations if schools fail to properly assess whether such instances of gender-based harassment created a “hostile environment.”

What next, O twisted world? Maybe this, which could be coming to a school near you:

Dr. Richard Carranza, current Houston ISD Superintendent, who was once superintendent of schools in San Francisco, wanted to do here what he did in SF—install a school curriculum that highlighted the contributions of the LGBTQ community to society. In other words, how magnanimous it would be to let our kids know how they have rewritten American history. However, Houston pastors stood up and solidly opposed that move, saying, “This is Houston, Dr. Carranza, not San Francisco.” As you know, Houston’s former mayor, a lesbian, attempted in other ways to turn this fourth largest city in America into another San Francisco. Not here; not among our kids; not on our turf. Thanks for standing up, Houston pastors!

Wash your ears out with this: By a 7-2 vote, the Supreme Court ruled that states cannot refuse grants based on religious beliefs. They stated that churches have the same right as other charitable groups to seek state money for new playground surfaces and other non-religious needs. – Source: Associated Press

If we keep putting folks in those Washington offices who have some sand in their craw, perhaps we will see more conservative judges on the Supreme Court. If we don’t, we could see the following story repeated in America.

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Private school in London may close—why?

An all girls Jewish Orthodox school in London may close due to its curriculum not including classes about homosexuality, and gender reassignment surgery.

According to Heat Street, a report by the Office for Standards in Education, Children’s Services and Schools (Ofsted) says that the Vishnitz Girls School does not teach its 212 attending children—aged three through eight—“a full understanding of fundamental British values.”

The report explained that the girls “are not taught explicitly about issues such as sexual orientation. This restricts pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development and does not promote equality of opportunity in ways that take account of differing lifestyles.”

Usually what is over there comes over  here—unless our leaders have the guts to stand up and do the right thing. One thing is sure: while we don’t advocate any bullying or violence toward anyone, we are not morally obligated to promote the offbeat, sinful practices of a minority as “fundamental American values.” Love is owed to everyone, but that does not mean that everyone’s lifestyle is to be advocated or approved. (Photo: Getty Images)

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Cynical philosopher  

♦ I read that 4,153,237 people got married last year. Not to cause any trouble, but shouldn’t that be an even number?

♦ I find it ironic that the colors red, white, and blue stand for freedom until they are flashing behind you.

♦ America is a country that produces citizens who will cross the ocean to fight for democracy but won’t cross the street to vote.

♦ You know that tingly little feeling you get when you like someone? That’s your common sense leaving your body.

♦ Did you know that dolphins are so smart that within a few weeks of captivity, they can train people to stand on the very edge of the pool and throw them fish?

♦ Money talks …but all mine ever says is good-bye.

♦ You’re not fat, you’re just…easier to see.

♦ If you think nobody cares whether you’re even alive, try missing a couple of payments.

♦ The location of your mailbox shows you how far away from your house you can be in a robe before you start looking like a mental patient.

♦ I think it’s pretty cool how Chinese people made a language entirely out of tattoos.

♦ Money can’t buy happiness, but it keeps the kids in touch!

♦ My 60-year kindergarten reunion is coming up soon and I’m worried about the 175 pounds I’ve gained since then.

Now, go have a nice day!

Cynical Philosopher@ebaum’sworld.com

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LGBTQs want crosswalks honoring them

LGBTQ activists in cities across the country are calling for city officials to create “rainbow crosswalks” to “honor the LGBTQ community.”

“Rainbow crosswalks” are public crosswalks that have been repainted in rainbow colors, which have been adopted by the LGBTQ community as a symbol of greater acceptance and rights for LGBTQ causes and beliefs.

Activists are urging local lawmakers to create the crosswalks through the use of petitions. Currently, one of the cities targeted is Chicago. A petition is now circulating there that has garnered more than 4,000 signatures. According to the petition’s text, “Some cities, like San Francisco, have made LGBTQ people feel more at home by creating permanent rainbow crosswalks to honor the LGBTQ community. …This is one small thing that could be done to signal to one of the most marginalized communities in the country that we are here for them, we see them, and we support them.” (Marginalized? Seems to me that they are having laws passed in their favor and Pride Marches in all the major cities. Should there be Straight Marches?)

Washington, D.C., already installed temporary rainbow crosswalks honoring transgender persons earlier this year, and Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed announced that the city will make its rainbow crosswalks permanent following the circulation of a petition that amassed more than 22,000 signatures. Reed said the crosswalks would be featured year-round in part to honor those who lost their lives in the 2016 Pulse Nightclub shooting in Orlando.

Accommodate them and there will be no end to their demands.

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Trump’s tax returns found

Following a recent public speech, a heckler from the audience hollered, “Hey Trump, where are you hiding your tax returns?”

The Donald politely responded, “I’ve found a very secure place that I’m certain they won’t be found.”

The insistent heckler, then shouted, “And just where is that, dummy?”

The Donald smiled and said, “They are underneath Obama’s college records, his passport application, his immigration status as a student, his funding sources to pay for college, his college records, and his Selective Service registration. What’s your next question?”

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Book Review

Decoding Nicea

by Paul Pavao, Publisher: The Greatest Stories Ever Told; 462 pages; 12.95

Throughout sixty years of ministry, I have been drawn to any credible article or book on the Council of Nicea. It was the first major convocation after the supposed conversion of the emperor Constantine. That latter event in 312 and the council that followed in 325 did indeed change the course of Christianity. Roman persecution of Christians halted and the attempt was made to pull together the warring factions of the Empire. After the emperor’s conversion, it was the “in” thing to become a Christian. Mostly without complete Bibles under one cover, bishops scrambling for power in the new structure, and the influx of multitudes who were unconverted in heart, the situation was ripe for the approval of heresy, if not apostasy.

The author begins with a presupposition that what was decided at Nicea was merely a general stamp of approval on what was already being taught as orthodoxy throughout Christendom. That seems to be the book’s bottom line—to affirm the deity of Jesus but within the framework of the Trinity doctrine. While Sabellianism (a form of Oneness belief) is mentioned as a strong element in the church at one point, it is set aside as heresy. Arianism is discussed at length as a doctrine that was here today, gone tomorrow, and set to re-emerge next week. The book is filled with quotes from the “Church Fathers” of the post-Apostolic era. One has to be discerning when reading excerpts from the Fathers since their writings may express variant views at different times of their lives.

The author tarries long at concepts of the Logos, the meaning of homoosios, gnosticism and Proverbs 8:22-30 while providing little information that was new. Although history is always interesting, there is not much “meat” here to justify 462 pages put together in a piecemeal sort of way that flows rather awkwardly. Probably worth the dozen bucks, but don’t expect flashes of lightning and peals of thunder.

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Storylines

Happiness comes of the capacity to feel deeply, to enjoy simply, to think freely, to risk life, to be needed. – Storm Jameson

We like people in proportion to the good we do them and not to the good they do us. – Laurence Sterne

Prayer is neither black magic nor is it a form of demand note. Prayer is a relationship. The act of praying is more analogous to clearing away the underbrush which shuts out a view than it is to begging in the street. There are many different kinds of prayer. Yet all prayer has one basic purpose. We pray not to get something, but to open up a two-way street between us and God, so that we and others may inwardly become something. – John Heuss

I am not a teacher, but an awakener. – Robert Frost

He has the right to criticize who has the heart to help. – Abraham Lincoln

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Babies say it so well

“And I want those reports out today, Brother Jones!”

“Aww…not creamed spinach again! I’m calling Domino’s!”

“I hear that cute babysitter is coming over tonight!”

“Pampers, of course. What do you wear?”

“Pastor just told me I was too young to go to NAYC!”

“Sorry, Mom. When ya gotta go, ya gotta go!”

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The last word

“When we buy the lie that our identity is nothing more than the sum total of our inclinations, there is no limit to the lengths we will go to normalize our sin!”  – President Everette Piper, Oklahoma Wesleyan University

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Thanks for stopping by! And don’t forget to fly your flag on July 4!

JREnsey

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JREnsey blog June 2017

Welcome to the JREnsey blog for June, 2017.

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 The Word for Today

 “Make sacred garments for Aaron that are glorious and beautiful. Instruct all the skilled craftsmen whom I have filled with the spirit of wisdom. Have them make garments for Aaron that will distinguish him as a priest set apart for my service” (Exodus 28:2-3). Is there a lesson in this passage for us today? (See the article later in this blog.)

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What’s a Christian to do?

In this era of activist anti-Christian culture, what should Christians be doing?

The same thing they were doing in the activist, anti-Christian culture of the first century. Believers were side-stepping Jewish extremists like Saul whenever possible but willingly accepted their fate when arrested. They were also enduring persecution from Rome for not paying homage to the emperor as a god. They were meeting in private homes, in catacombs, and secret places to keep the fire burning that fell at Pentecost. They never gave up!

They copied portions of Scripture and passed them around until they wore them out or had to hide or destroy them when a raid was imminent. They treasured the Word. They encouraged each other. They found places to pray. They witnessed to their faith at every opportunity, even if it was their last living act. To walk in the path they marked for us doubtless merits the attention and grace of God.

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It’s about time

The Trump administration has announced guidelines that will strip billions of dollars in aid from international groups that perform or promote abortion.

Originally a ban covering roughly $600 million in family planning money, the Trump policy now applies to all international health care aid doled out by the U.S. government—nearly $9 billion.

The administration said the same amount of money will be paid out but will go only to groups that pledge not to perform or promote abortion as part of their family planning activities.

Right on, DT! Why should we pay for abortions for unbelievers in Latvia and Cambodia—or wherever?

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Did you know…

The moon moves about two inches away from the earth each year.

Glass takes one million years to decompose, which means it never wears out and can be recycled an infinite number of times!

Gold is the only metal that doesn’t rust, even if it’s buried in the ground for thousands of years.

Your tongue is the only muscle in your body that is attached at only one end.

Zero is the only number that cannot be represented by Roman numerals.

Peanut oil is used for cooking in submarines because it doesn’t smoke unless it’s heated above 450F.

The roar that we hear when we place a seashell next to our ear is not the ocean, but rather the sound of blood surging through the veins in the ear.

Nine out of every 10 living things live in the ocean.

The banana cannot reproduce itself. It can be propagated only by the hand of man.

The tooth is the only part of the human body that cannot heal itself.

In ancient Greece, tossing an apple to a girl was a traditional proposal of marriage. Catching it meant she accepted.

Intelligent people have more zinc and copper in their hair.

The military salute is a motion that evolved from medieval times, when knights in armor raised their visors to reveal their identity.

Strawberries and cashews are the only fruits whose seeds grow on the outside.

The earth gets 100 tons heavier every day due to falling cosmic dust.

Due to earth’s gravity it is impossible for mountains to be higher than 15,000 meters.

Soldiers do not march in step when going across bridges because they could set up a vibration which could be sufficient to knock the bridge down.

Auld Lang Syne, the song we sing in Scottish dialect at New Year’s gatherings, means “times gone by.”

There ought to be something in the above list that you can work into a Bible lesson. Source: unknown

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Jacobs’ fast

I am familiar with Daniel’s fast, but had not heard of the Jacobs’ fast until recently.

In the 1780s, a Welch teenage name Sarah Jacobs became famous for her ability to fast for months on end. He parents put her on exhibit, claiming she’d gone more than two years without eating anything.

Concerned that the exhibit was a fraud, Welch officials decided to test the claims by putting young Sarah in the care of a professional nurse, who would verify whether she was eating or not. When she died from starvation nine days later, her parents were arrested and went to prison for fraud.

The moral of this story is to follow the Daniel’s fast rather than Jacobs’.

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Childbirth at 75

The story is told that a 75-year-old lady was able to give birth. When she was discharged from the hospital and went home, a friend went to visit.

“May I see the new baby?” the friend asked.

“Not yet,” the mother said. “I’ll make coffee and we can visit for a while first.”

Thirty minutes had passed, and the friend asked, “May I see the new baby now?”

“No, not yet,” the mother said said.
After another few minutes had elapsed, she asked again, “May I see the baby now?”

“No, not yet,” the mother again replied.

Growing very impatient, the friend asked, “Well, when can I see the baby?”

“WHEN HE CRIES!” she retorted.

“When he cries?? Why do I have to wait until he CRIES?”

“BECAUSE I FORGOT WHERE I PUT HIM, OK?”

This is another reason God ordained that younger folks have the children.

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The Rock-Hewn Churches of Lalibela, Ethiopia

While many spectacular churches have been constructed in Ethiopia, perhaps the country’s most famous churches are the ones carved out of stone. Located 150 miles south of Aksum, Lalibela is the best example of Ethiopia’s hypogean (rock-hewn) architectural tradition. With 11 rock-hewn churches, Lalibela is understandably a place of pilgrimage for those in the Ethiopian Orthodox Church. The Lalibela site was originally called Roha, but it eventually took the name of King Lalibela, who ruled around 1200 C.E. as part of the Zagwe dynasty. King Lalibela is traditionally cited as the builder of all the churches at the site.

Lalibela’s 11 churches are carved out of a hillside, which is made of soft reddish volcanic rock. The churches can be divided into two complexes—a northern and a southeastern complex—that are connected through a series of carved passageways and naturally occurring wadis. Six churches are featured in the northern complex and four in the southeastern complex. The 11th church—Beta Giyorgis (Church of St. George, above)—stands alone and is not part of the interconnecting complex.

Megan Sauter, reporter

These churches put a new spin on the popular name—The Rock Church.

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His Master’s Crib

“The ox knoweth his owner; and the ass his masters crib: but Israel doth not know, my people doth not consider” (Isaiah 1:3).

What an indictment this is—not only against the people of Israel, but against men and women everywhere. All were created and made in the image of God (Genesis 1:26-27) for fellowship with Him, but even His own chosen people rejected Him, and most people everywhere all but ignore Him in their daily lives. “Crib” is the same as “manger,” and when God became man, His human parents “laid him in a manger” (Luke 2:7), as there was no room for Him anywhere else. The animals knew Him, and so did the angels, but His people were unconcerned. “He was in the world, and the world was made by him, and the world knew him not” (John 1:10).

When He came into Jerusalem offering Himself as King of Israel, He rode on an unbroken colt, “whereon yet never man sat,” and the little “foal of an ass” (Luke 19:30; Zechariah 9:9) willingly submitted, knowing his divine Master and Maker. But the people of Jerusalem as a whole joined in clamoring for His crucifixion just a few days later. The indictment against Israel could be lodged with even greater justification against America today. “Hear, O heavens, and give ear, O earth: . . . I have nourished and brought up children, and they have rebelled against me” (Isaiah 1 :2). The morals of our people seem to have been turned upside down, and God would say to us also: “Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness” (Isaiah 5:20).

Yet—in modern America, as well as in ancient Israel—“as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name” (John 1:12). – Henry M. Morris, Days of Praise

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Is there a lesson in Exodus 28:2-3 for us?

God evidently prefers for his “priests” who are “set apart for my service” and are in the process of ministering, to be properly attired for their task. To mount the speaker’s platform and stand at the sacred desk without appropriate clothing is offensive to God makes me wonder about those who are plugged into the casual culture. When Jesus returns will He be clad in tennis shoes, jeans bought with the knees already threadbare, and a T-shirt hanging out that looks like it came from the army surplus? I doubt it. I would not feel comfortable going to Wal-Mart or mowing the lawn with the attire that some preachers are wearing in the pulpit. Paul or Peter wouldn’t turn up to preach in your church looking like a refugee from the Haight-Ashbury district. Such attire says, “I am not really serious about this church thing. Preachers need to adopt the lowest cultural standard of the world—making people feel good about themselves rather than honoring and representing God.”

I doubt that Hell awaits those who fail to wear a suit and tie in the pulpit, so I am not condemning those who want to appear comfortable and relaxed. But aren’t there times and places for that type of attire? When we are in the pulpit we are representing God as a minister. The OT priest would not wear the same attire to minister in the Temple that he wore while gathering firewood or mucking out a stable. We might better re-think some things before we lead our people into casual worship, casual commitment, and casual Christianity.

You could not condemn Lot for spending the night in Jericho or En Gedi. But these were stops on the way to Sodom. It was obvious he was heading somewhere. Casualness about spiritual activity is often a signpost on the way to somewhere. The record shows that it is usually a stop-over on the way to a destination that looks a whole lot like the Emergent church/Charismatic movement.

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A new spate of bumper stickers

Vegetarian: Native American word for “Lousy Hunter”

I are illeterate…and I vote!

Consciousness: That annoying time between naps

There’s no such thing as a dumb blonde. (Placed upside down on the bumper)

I drive way too fast to worry about cholesterol.

I may be slow, but I am ahead of you.

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I wonder why…

…in 1879, while on his honeymoon, Robert Louis Stevenson wrote Travels With A Donkey.

…gorillas can’t swim.

…per capita, Alaskans eat twice as much ice cream as the rest of the nation.

…sixty percent of atheists and agnostics say they own at least one Bible.

…everything weighs one percent less at the equator.

…when a person dies, hearing is the last sense to go. The first sense lost is sight.

…when they have Puerto Rican Day in NY City they have to have a former terrorist to lead it. Oscar Lopez Rivera was the head of the FALN (Armed Forces of National Liberation) group that bombed government buildings, restaurants, banks and stores, more than a hundred in all, for which he was imprisoned. After 34 years in prison, President Obama commuted his sentence just before leaving the White House, without an apology or contrition from Rivera. Surprised? It is said that he is being hailed by “New York Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito, a millionaire slumlord who rarely met a Marxist thug she didn’t like.” Mayor Bill de Blasio is planning to proudly join the parade.

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Proverbs from afar

A full stomach likes to preach about fasting. – Russia

No medicine cures stupidity. – Japan

He who is free of faults will never die. – Zaire

There is no phrase without a double meaning. – Kenya

If you want your dinner, don’t offend the cook. – China

Patience is an ointment for every sore. – Wales

What is play to the cat is death to the mouse. – Denmark

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Books on Closeout sale

Historical Drift: Must My Church Die?Historical Drift

by Arnold L. Cook

Boats drift. Cultures drift. But so do churches—both local assemblies and entire denominations. If you are concerned about slippage, you are not alone. Pastors and leaders at every level are seeing the Christian gradually, no, rapidly moving toward compromise and lethargy. The graying of the church in America is a result of putting soulwinning on the back burner. The author makes a gallant appeal to stop the drift and return to the solid foundation on which the church was built. He offers solutions you can use. The money and time spent on this book is well worth it. For several years this has been required reading for ministerial applicants in the Texas District. 346 pages. Retail price is 19.99 but we have only three of these left. We will let them go at only $12.99. First come, first served. Call for your copy today! 936-537-0250.

The Unbound Scriptures

Unbound Scripturesby Rick Norris

This book is for serious readers only. Based on years of research and study, the author has provided us with more usable information about the Bible—its history, its manuscripts, and it soundness—than we’ve ever seen between the covers of one book. Crammed into 544 pages is an objective look at issues about the Scriptures facing our churches today. You don’t have to be a Greek scholar to glean personal help and inspiration from this book. You will be equipped to “always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear” (I Peter 3:15). Retail: 19.99 Only $12.99. We have only four remaining. Call for your copy today! 936-537-0250.

The End Times Controversy

Thomas Ice/Tim LaHaye editors

I recommend this book for those who want to teach Bible prophecy without getting out in left field. Takes a sound hermeneutical approach to endtime signs, the Olivet Discourse, the 70 Weeks of Daniel, the Book of Revelation in perspective, and drives a stake in the heart of Preterism. You will get your money’s worth from this book!  461 pages. Only 2 left (used) at only 6.95 each.

How Do We know The Bible Is True?

How Do We Know the Bible Is True? is based on the absolute authority of God’s Word, not man-centered explanations. Clearly presented, it will help bring clarity in a world filled with increasingly vague notions of truth. This concise collection of apologetic truth contains over 20 relevant issues including: Is the Bible inerrant and reliable? Did the resurrection really happen? Are there contradictions in the Bible? What is the purpose and meaning of life? Did miracles really happen? Was Genesis derived from ancient myths? How should we interpret the Bible; should Genesis be literal? Within these pages you will find responses to those honest questions of faith, helping to build a confidence in God’s Word. These powerful biblical insights are soundly presented by more than a dozen respected defenders of the faith, including Ken Ham, John MacArthur, Terry Mortenson, Jason Lisle, Brian Edwards, Tommy Mitchell, Jobe Martin, Georgia Purdom, Bodie Hodge, and Roger Patterson. Only three left at only 6.95 each.

How To Prepare For Hard Times

Official 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. American Christians are in the early stages of persecution, and it is increasing. Unfortunately, many will be blindsided by it because few pastors and church leaders are warning about it or preparing believers for it. The first part of How to Prepare for Hard Times and Persecution is based on years of research into current events from a biblical perspective. It discloses what is happening, how we got there, and where we are heading. The second part gives encouragement from Scripture and biblical principles for dealing with the challenges of the perilous times in which we live. As Christians, we cannot afford to compromise our faith. We need to believe and obey the inspired Word of God. We need to be prepared to respond to persecution biblically instead of reacting to it carnally. Only 10 left only 6.95 each.

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Grin and bear it

College life today

 

 

Somebody is monkeying with the truth!

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The last word

“God is glad when the craftsman at his bench, the maid at the sink, the farmer at the plough, the dresser at the vines, and the mother at the cradle break forth in hymns of prayer, praise, and instruction.” – Katharina Schultz Zell

Bonus #1:

The hardest job young people face today is learning good manners without seeing any. – Anonymous

Bonus #2:

Worry does not empty tomorrow of its sorrow, it empties today of its strength. – Corrie ten Boom

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Have a great day!

JREnsey

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JREnsey blog for May 2017

Welcome to the JREnsey blog for May, 2017.

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The Word for Today

“Go up to this land that flows with milk and honey. But I will not travel among you, for you are a stubborn and rebellious people. If I did, I would surely destroy you along the way.” When the people heard these stern words, they went into mourning and stopped wearing their jewelry and fine clothes. For the Lord had told Moses to tell them, “You are a stubborn and rebellious people. If I were to travel with you for even a moment, I would destroy you. Remove your jewelry and fine clothes while I decide what to do with you.” So from the time they left Mount Sinai, the Israelites wore no more jewelry or fine clothes (Exodus 33:3-6).

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I have friends…

I have many friends who have been loyal through the years. They don’t change with the weather. Their words of encouragement have meant much in difficult times through the years. Yet they have not spared me, scolding me at times when I was wrong and needed correction. They have offered me solace when I was hurting, and they guided me through many dark valleys. Such friends you want to keep around. You will need them again and again along the way.

…in high places

Some of my special friends are truly in high places. In fact, some of my most treasured friends are honored by being in lofty positions. When I reach a hand up, I know they will be there to meet it. Close friendships must be nurtured and protected.

…and low places

Even my friends in low places are there when I need a favor. They don’t run away when challenges arise. They are there for me when I am down (on my knees) looking for a word, or just seeking some inspiration.

Yes, it’s true—some of my dearest friends are the books in my library.

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Another reason to avoid state universities

As if we needed another one.

A Northern Arizona University student was recently received a lower grade on an essay because her English professor didn’t like that she used the word “mankind.” Instead, the professor told the student to use “gender-neutral” language.

According to Campus Reform: Cailin Jeffers, an English major at NAU said she received an email from one of her professors, Dr. Anne Scott, informing her that she had been docked one point out of a possible 50 on a recent paper for “problems with diction (word choice)” related to her use of the word “mankind” as a synonym for “humanity.”

Will the craziness in our colleges never end?

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God is not the author of confusion

Some who are confused about their gender keep digging into the Scriptures to try to find a justification for their feelings. Why? Virtually all of them have rejected the Bible as authoritative. They appear to want everyone, particularly Christians, to abort both faith and common sense and affirm the weirdness of the current culture.

According to reports, gay performer Peterson Toscano, just made a movie called “Transfigurations,” based on a book he wrote a few years ago. It depicts several male and female Bible characters in nontraditional ways in order to project their “gender fluidity.”

He is taking his conclusions to the universities to try to convince everyone else, particularly the vulnerable Millennials, that God is into transgenderism and the Bible proves it.

His film will be coming to a theater near you. This is reason number 345 to avoid theaters and reason number 4,273 to stay out of liberal college classrooms where such claptrap is taught.

Taking the other side of the coin, Andrew Walker, author of a new book called God and the Transgender Debate, says, “We’re actually at the absolute foundation of the anthropological crisis because the assumption that men and women are objectively distinct categories—that’s now suspect in broader culture,” he said. “So all these other questions about race, abortion, sexuality—these all flow downstream from this larger question of, ‘What does it mean to be either a man or a woman?’”

And if society can’t reach a universal understanding of the essence of man and woman, Walker warned, “we’re undercutting the very essence of human nature. Left to ourselves and our own devices, we’ll create endless pathways of self-destruction,” he said. “And, ultimately, the attempt by progressives to affirm anything as normative and good is inconsistent and unstable and ultimately leads to human unhappiness.”

Amen.

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An article worth reading

http://www.theblaze.com/contributions/matt-walsh-dear-christians-theres-nothing-compassionate-about-helping-people-get-to-hell/

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Bob sez

1. I changed my car horn to gunshot sounds. People move out of the way much faster now.

2. I didn’t make it to the gym today. That make five years in a row.

3. I stopped calling the bathroom the John and renamed it the Jim. I feel so much better saying I went to the Jim this morning.

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

5. When I was a child I thought nap time was a punishment. Now it feels like a mini-vacation.

6. If God had wanted me to touch my toes He would have put them on my knees.

7. The kids text me “plz” which is shorter than please. I text back “no” which is shorter than yes.

8. I’m going to retire and live off my savings. I don’t know what I will do the second week.

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

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

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A “resister” speaks out

I’m an Apostolic pastor. I’m concerned. I’m troubled. I’ve decided to resist modernism and secular ideas of “enlightenment.” I’ve decided to resist spurious, choreographed worship that reeks of carnality and sensualism (I Corinthians 14:40). I resist the blatant deconstruction of holiness, the doctrine of separation and the disparagement of the holiness lifestyle. I resist theatrical services and sermons devoid of the Spirit, devoid of discernment. I resist the democratizing or privatization of doctrine (John 18:20). This is not the time to put our beliefs up for debate. This is not a time to tell our congregations, “Whatever works for you!” This is the time to defend steadfastly the Apostles doctrine as never before. We cannot afford to break down spiritual authority—if we do, we lose the concept of right and wrong altogether. – Paul Mooney, Assistant General Superintendent of the UPCI in Perspectives

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Understanding is on its way

School administrators at a small Florida college suspended a Christian student last week after he confronted a Muslim professor who told students that the crucifixion of Jesus Christ was a hoax and that Jesus’ disciples didn’t believe that he was God.

Marshall Polston, a 20-year-old sophomore at Rollins College, alleges that he recently confronted his Muslim humanities professor, Areeje Zufari, for her outlandish claims that aren’t supported by factual history.

“It was very off-putting and flat out odd,” he told the Central Florida Post, adding that he’s traveled the world and studied in Muslim countries. “Honestly, it reminded me of some of the more radical groups I researched when abroad.”

But after he confronted Zufari, Polston said she gave him a failing grade on a major essay—a 52—and refused to explain the poor grade.

“I was upset, understandably,” Polston told the Post. “I’ve never gotten anything less than straight A’s, so I was really interested in figuring out how to possibly improve or at least understand the grade.”

Marshall, trust me. You will understand it better in the future as Middle Easterners continue to multiply here in America.

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Fascism defined

I keep seeing protesters toting signs denouncing fascism here in America, particularly as it is purportedly displayed in the Donald Trump administration. Is the President really a fascist? Just what is fascism? There are several definitions given on the ’Net, all offering a shade of difference.

Oxford prof Roger Griffin describes fascism as “a genus of political ideology whose mythic core in its various permutations is a palingenetic form of populist ultranationalism.” Let’s see…unpack that for us, Roger.

September 1937: Italian fascist dictator Benito Mussolini (1883 – 1945) and Adolf Hitler (1889 – 1945).

Meanwhile, Gary over at the Urban Dictionary states: “The only official definition of Fascism comes from Benito Mussolini, the founder of fascism, in which he outlines three principles of a fascist philosophy.
1. “Everything in the state.” The Government is supreme and the country is all-encompassing, and all within it must conform to the ruling body, often a dictator.
2. “Nothing outside the state.” The country must grow and the implied goal of any fascist nation is to rule the world, and have every human submit to the government.
3. “Nothing against the state.” Any type of questioning the government is not to be tolerated. If you do not see things our way, you are wrong. If you do not agree with the government, you cannot be allowed to live and taint the minds of the rest of the good citizens.
The use of militarism was implied only as a means to accomplish one of the three above principles, mainly to keep the people and rest of the world in line. Fascist countries are known for their harmony and lack of internal strife. There are no conflicting parties or free elections in purely fascist countries.

Nazi Germany was an example of extreme Fascism, better examples of fascist countries were Mussolini’s Italy, Iraq, Iran, and many middle eastern countries.

If Gary is right, how can Trump’s agenda stack up as fascist?

According to the Business Dictionary, fascism is a “political ideology that imposes strict social and economical measures as a method of empowering the government and stripping citizens of rights. This authoritative system of government is usually headed by an absolute dictator who keeps citizens suppressed via acts of violence and strict laws that govern the people. The most noted form of Fascism was implemented under Benito Mussolini and Adolf Hitler, who both stripped citizens of their rights and maintained strict regimes that resulted in the deaths of thousands of humans. Some of the defining characteristics of fascism are: (1) racism, (2) militarism, (3) dictatorship, and (4) destructive nationalistic policies.

Last time I checked, many were saying the Obama administration was heading in this direction (except maybe the militarism thing), but Trump seems to be backing the government out of people’s lives and emphasizing individual rights. Am I wrong?

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Oops

“Do you believe in life after death?” the boss asked one of his employees. “Yes, sir.” the new recruit replied. “Well, then, that makes everything just fine,” the boss went on. “After you left early yesterday to go to your grandmother’s funeral, she stopped in to see you.”

Colossians 3:9 would apply here.

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Mirror, mirror on the wall

The world is a looking glass,                                                                         

And gives back to every man

The reflection of his own face.

Frown at it, and it in turn

Will look sourly at you;

Laugh at it, and with it,

And it is a jolly, kind companion.

– William Thackeray

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Imagine that—prayer in the White House

President Trump, his two eldest sons, Vice President Pence and wife Karen, Reince Priebus, and Justice Scalia’s widow Maureen and son Fr. Paul Scalia, among others, praying with Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch and his wife Marie Louise in the White House.

The time taken to publicly pray for the Senate confirmation and future career of man who may become one of America’s top decision-makers for decades to come is a momentous occasion for Christians who considered Trump’s Supreme Court pick to be a primary reason for voting for him.

As the Supreme Court, and lower circuit courts, have increasingly pulled America away from biblical principles, it is refreshing to see a presidential administration’s focus turned back toward God in helping lead our country.

It’s an event that the Left might consider outrageous (on federal property), but it is gratifying to see.

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I suppose

I suppose…if Egyptian Christians had bombed Islamic mosques in Cairo, the mainstream media in the U.S. would be all over it, but since it was the other way around, they largely ignored it. Should we also suppose that Christians in America can expect the same treatment when it begins to happen here?

I suppose…it is OK to ask God questions, one elder has said—just don’t tell him what to do. He followed with the fact that Job asked God 181 questions. God asked Job 184 questions.

I suppose…it could be taken either way when the church business meeting minutes stated, “Mr. Bradford was elected as Head Deacon. We could not find a better man for the job.”

I suppose…everyone makes a typo now and then. On the minister’s wedding service sheet: “At this point the bridegroom takes the bride’s hind in his.” To top it off, the announcement in the next Sunday bulletin stated that “the accompanying photograph shows Mr. and Mrs. Smith leaping the Hurlingham Church Hall yesterday after the marriage ceremony.” (The Smiths must have been in a hurry to get out of there.)

I suppose…the printer’s face was red when he noticed he had printed the Bible, of all things, with a serious typo. At Exodus 20:14 in a 1631 edition of the King James Bible, the word “not” was left out. This changed the 7th commandment to read: “Thou shalt commit adultery.” Most of the copies were recalled immediately and destroyed on the orders of King Charles I. But there are 11 copies still remaining. It is known as the “Wicked Bible.” (The Bible Museum in Branson, MO has one on display.) The printer was fined the equivalent of $400, about $33,000 in today’s money. (I just finished Bill O’Reilly’s latest book Old School and noted two glaring typos in it. I feel better already.)

I suppose…doctrinal challenges are like the poor—they will always be with us or be us. The Light Doctrine has surfaced again to make us have to respond with a clear affirmation of the Apostles’ doctrine. Perhaps that is not all bad.

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The Ministry and Morality
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Laugh to keep from crying

Redneck fire alarm

No laughing matter:

Show your teeth, please!

The Bible class teacher asked for an explanation of the phrase “the quick and the dead.” One elderly gentleman offered this: “The quick is the man who got out of the way.”

Jesus cured Peter’s mother-in-law when she was sick of a fever. Peter swore and went out and wept bitterly. (Hmmmm…I don’t think those Bible stories go together.)

According to I Timothy 3:2, Christian leaders are allowed only one wife, and this is known as monotony…er, monogamy.

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Last shot

I notice that Jesus, who said “I am the truth,” didn’t come to His people speaking Urdu or Swahili or Amharic. He spoke the language of the people to whom He ministered. Doubtless He was heard to speak in Hebrew, Greek, and Aramaic as the need arose. His hearers could understand what was said in one or all of those languages. The NT was written in Greek but quotes Jesus the Hebrew as speaking in Aramaic at times. The point is that Jesus spoke in a language in which the meaning would be clear to His hearers. I believe He still feels that all nations and cultures should have God’s Word in their native tongue.

Jesus knew Greek and He quoted often from the Septuagint as well as from the Hebrew text, even though they differed slightly in some places. Scholars say that Jesus quoted from 22 of the 39 books of the OT.

The gospel is designed for “all men everywhere.” Would that mean that He would appreciate our making His Word available to them in their own vernacular? I think so.

JREnsey

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The JREnsey blog April, 2017

Welcome to the JREnsey blog for April, 2017.

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The Word for Today

“In time, Joseph and all of his brothers died, ending that entire generation. But their descendants, the Israelites, had many children and grandchildren. In fact, they multiplied so greatly that they became extremely powerful and filled the land. Eventually, a new king came to power in Egypt who knew nothing about Joseph or what he had done. He said to his people, “Look, the people of Israel now outnumber us and are stronger than we are. We must make a plan to keep them from growing even more. If we don’t, and if war breaks out, they will join our enemies and fight against us” (Exodus 1:6-10 NLT).

Is there a message for America in those verses?

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Planning a Disney vacation?

There is really no telling what you might see there. The folks who gave us Mickey Mouse and Goofy have decided it’s time for your children to enjoy same-sex romance while they slurp down their Fruit Loops.

Disney just broadcast their very first gay cartoon kiss. Anyone can see it here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BKuwIaJwPPc

Another reason we should monitor carefully what games and “innocent” videos our kids have access to. And why not consider other venue choices that are not pushing left wing ideals and social engineering?

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More mysteries for inquiring minds

How important does a person have to be before they are considered assassinated instead of just murdered?

Why do you have to “put your two cents in”…but it’s only a “penny for your thoughts”? Where’s that extra penny going? Taxes?

What disease did cured ham actually have?

How is it that we put man on the moon before we figured out it would be a good idea to put wheels on luggage?

Why is it that people say they “slept like a baby” when most babies wake up like every two hours?

If a deaf person has to go to court, is it still called a hearing?

Why do people pay to go up on tall buildings and then put money in binoculars to look at things on the ground?

Can a hearse carrying a corpse drive in the carpool lane?

If corn oil is made from corn, and vegetable oil is made from vegetables, what is baby oil made from?

If electricity comes from electrons, does morality come from morons?

Why does a dog get mad at you when you blow in his face, but when you take him for a car ride, he sticks his head out the window?

Why should I eat more “natural” foods since most people die of natural causes?

If universal healthcare is a right, shouldn’t it apply to unborn babies, too?

Chuck Norris: “I was once a male trapped in a woman’s body….then I was born.” Mystery solved.

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“Adulting” school opens in Oregon

We are told that a school in Oregon is now offering classes to teach Millennials basic skills required to function as adults. A psychotherapist and a school teacher teamed up to form an “adulting school” in Portland. The first classes were held last November. No reports yet on whether they have been successful. They have a lot of catching up to do for sure.

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Witches’ spells and President Trump

Witches gathered last month to cast a spell on President Donald Trump and his supporters with the hopes of “binding” him and ejecting him from office.

According to the spell’s Facebook event page—yes, it has a Facebook page—the purpose was to create “a mass binding ritual to be performed at midnight on every waning crescent moon until Donald Trump is removed from office.” There is even a twitter hashtag for it that plays off the “resistance” movement against Trump, going by #magicresistance.

The “private magical order” that began the movement to cast this spell “wishes to remain anonymous,” according to an explanatory post connected to the Facebook page.

The desired effect of the “spell” was to stop Trump “from doing harm.”

The report continued: “Binding spells, or defixiones, are some of the oldest in the historical record, and are nearly universal in the world’s magical systems. In this document, binding, which seeks to restrain someone from doing harm, is differentiated from cursing or hexing, which is meant to inflict harm on the target(s). It is understood, in this context, that binding does not generate the potential negative blowback from cursing/hexing/crossing, nor does it harm the caster’s karma.”

As of this writing, the spell-resistant President was still in the Oval Office composing harmful tweets.

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Did Jacob lean on his staff or the “bed’s head”?

Is there a contradiction in the record of Jacob given in Genesis 47:31 and Hebrews 11:21 (both KJV)? Did he lean on the head of the bed or on his staff?

Let’s let Bible scholar and commentator Gleason Archer in the NIEBD respond:

“Actually the Hebrew text says ‘al hammittah’ or on the head of the bed, which perhaps might mean that he leaned his forehead on the headboard of his bed. But this is rather unlikely in view of what he had just been doing, conversing with Joseph, and asking him to place his hand under his thigh as he promised to bury Jacob in Canaan rather than in Egypt. Jacob would have been far more likely to sit on the side of his bed, leaning perhaps on his staff.

“Now it so happens that the word for ‘bed’ and the word for ‘staff’ are consonants; only the vowel points (first invented about the eighth century A.D. or a little before) differentiate between the two. But the Septuagint, translated back in the third century B.C., reads m-t-h as mattah (‘staff’); it was the medieval Jewish Masoretes of the ninth century A.D. who decided it was mittah (‘bed’). Hebrews 11:21 follows the earlier vocalization and comes out with the far more likely rendering ‘on the head of the staff’—like the Septuagint and the Syriac Peshitta. In all probability this was the correct reading, and the Masoretic pointing ought to be changed accordingly.”

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Educational opportunities in the local church

Online and in-home courses are proliferating for those who want to stretch their minds and learn outside traditional college classrooms. Texas Bible College has a track for those who want to know more about the Bible and their Christian path while earning college credits at the same time. The courses are taught right in the local church by staff members or others in the local assembly who might be qualified.

It’s called Extension Centers for Learning on Location (ExCeLL). The local church becomes an extension site for TBC. You can check out the possibilities to see if they would fit the needs in your congregation by contacting Bro. or Sis. Danny Lewis, ExCeLL Director, at (409) 423-6754.

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Pertinent Proverbs

Six feet of earth makes all men equal.

Books are the children of the brain.

Conceit is God’s gift to little men.

That man is best dressed whose dress no one notices.

Man’s mind stretched by a new idea, never goes back to its original dimension.

He does not believe who does not live according to his belief.

Creditors have better memories than debtors.

Atheism is rather in the lip than in the heart of man. – Bacon

Amusement is the happiness of those who cannot think. – Pope

The old forget; the young don’t know.

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Just in case you didn’t know

On July 7, 1942, the Vatican allowed bare-legged women to enter St. Peter’s Church in Rome for the first time.

All popes have been right handed. When a pope dies, the papal chamberlain calls out his baptismal name three times and taps his head with a silver hammer before he is officially declared dead. Twenty-six popes have been assassinated.

If you are into navel contemplation, consider that psychologists in Germany have determined that those with a vertical navel, running up and down the stomach, signifies generosity, self-confidence, and emotional stability. Their life expectancy is 75 years. A horizontal navel means that one is highly emotional and will not live as long. A protruding navel, or “outie,” indicates optimism, enthusiasm, and 72 years of life. The concave navel owner will be gentle, loving, cautious, delicate, sensitive and prone to worrying, which leads to a shorter life span. They found that the best navel to have is evenly shaped and circular. This means modesty, an even temper with a retiring personality and eighty-one years of life. German psychologists must have a lot of time on their hands.

Mary, Queen of Scots, is said to have tested her food for poison with something that was supposed to be a piece of unicorn’s horn. That would have been a rare horn indeed. When she was beheaded at Fotheringay Castle in 1587, it took the executioner three blows of the ax (two blows and one small cut) to sever the head completely. She left an embroidered bedcover to her son, King James I.

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For your funny bone

Another reason women live longer than men

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The last shot

We could put heavy Bible lessons and nothing but serious religious content on this blog. However, I have chosen to lighten it with a little political punage and a dash of interesting tidbits for those who are not necessarily looking for the next horseradish Bible lesson. I do occasionally insert a study, even in this month’s edition, but preachers and sincerely committed laymen sometimes need something a little lighter.

Also, I have requested WordPress not to accompany the blog with ads. When I occasionally see someone’s blog or posting, I notice alongside are inappropriate ads that surely they would not have approved. I didn’t want to deal with that. So if one wants convenient advertisements, they can visit other sites. But hang with us here—there will probably be something along the way that will touch your preacher bone and perhaps someone else’s funny bone. And if you have some suggestions or comments, please pass them along.

JREnsey

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JREnsey Blog March 2017

Welcome to the JREnsey blog for March, 2017.

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The Word for Today

“You know, brothers and sisters, that our visit to you was not without results. We had bible_in_handspreviously suffered and been treated outrageously in Philippi, as you know, but with the help of our God we dared to tell you his gospel in the face of strong opposition. For the appeal we make does not spring from error or impure motives, nor are we trying to trick you. On the contrary, we speak as those approved by God to be entrusted with the gospel. We are not trying to please people but God, who tests our hearts. You know we never used flattery, nor did we put on a mask to cover up greed—God is our witness. We were not looking for praise from people, not from you or anyone else, even though as apostles of Christ we could have asserted our authority” (I Thessalonians 2:1-6 NIV).

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Ciao, Boy Scouts

The Boy Scouts of America have sunk farther into the oblivion of political correctness. Not only are girls now permitted to join, “transgender boys,” once known as girimg_1898ls, are now allowed into the ranks. Surely a name change is in the offing. What—The Boyish Scouts? The Girly Scouts? It takes guts to stand up to the PC police and the forces of social elitism. Guess your leaders didn’t have any, so they got swept along with the tide of amorality. Wasn’t part of the purpose of the Scouts to turn boys into men?

By the way, that’s Randy saluting when he was in the BOY Scouts.

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These babies are human

In her personal womb, Beyoncé’s babies are human, even “starring” in the Grammy Awards last month. Strange. Why are her twins “human” in the womb and every other woman’s unborn babies are merely “products of conception” to be discarded at will? 636225366464194131-1733322399_grammyAccording to reports, she was dressed like a stripper, preening like a golden goddess while the music moaned and other female dancers celebrated her “motherhood.” Glowing words of praise gushed from the lips of adoring idolators pretending to be Hollywood critics.

Look up hypocrite in the dictionary. Or “blasphemy.” Or “sacrilege.” You might find a grouping of Hollywood stars pictured nearby. Beyoncé should be there as a shining example.

“God is not mocked, for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap” (I Corinthians 6:7).

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Speaking of boycotts

Middle Americans would do themselves and their families a favor by boycotting Hollywood. Who needs their hypocritical amorality spewed into our homes via television and into our neighborhoods via movie theaters. Dedicated Christians won’t be found in the line to buy movie tickets (Psalm 1). Think what they will about Apostolics and television, we are far better off today than if we had capitulated in 1955 to the invitation boycottto have it in our homes. Wise pastors still guide their people away from that pipeline of filth into the home. I am well aware of wholesome documentaries and a handful of other acceptable offerings on TV, but even those are built around ads that convey visual offense and subliminal social engineering.

Truth be known, the Hollywood stars and elitists hate the guts of committed Christians. Why should we fall down and worship at their filthy feet? They don’t want our approval and we don’t need theirs. So it is time for all the “irredeemable deplorables” who supported a change in the direction of our government to boycott Hollywood completely.

We are still waiting for those starlets who said they were moving out of the country if Trump was elected to do so.

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More Christian persecution

A 50-year-old Christian convert in a remote town in India died last month after he and his wife were reportedly forced to stand in a freezing pond for 17 hours because of their faith.

Residents of the tribal village of Kubuaa were upset when Bartu Urawn and his family abandoned the native religion—Sarna Dharam—and became Christians, according to  ci36jg3ucaaadwkGlobal Christian News. Sarna adherents worship particular trees and set up religious “groves” (left) like some did in Old Testament times.

As punishment for the family’s unwillingness to denounce Jesus Christ, villagers forced Bartu Urawn and his wife into the freezing pond for more than half a day. Bartu Urawn’s son, Beneswar, told the outlet that his parents were immersed in the water from around 5 p.m. until 10 a.m. the following day.

After suffering two paralytic attacks that caused major nerve damage, Bartu Urawn died Jan. 20. “All throughout the night, they were in the cold water shivering and I, along with 15 to 20 villagers, were witness to the brutality,” Beneswar Urawn said. “The villagers kept asking my father if he is ready to forsake Christ and return to the Sarna fold. He reiterated every time, ‘I will not deny Christ. …I will continue to believe until my last breath.’”

Other families who had also converted to [nominal] Christianity ultimately renounced their faith and rejoined the tribal religion, according to the Christian Post.

I wonder why the American press avoids the negatives of virtually all religions except Christianity. Any Christian, committed or otherwise, who does something wrong seems to attract headline news in USA Today or CNN.

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Everyone needs a little help now and then

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Truth in street clothes

Many folks want to serve God, but only as advisers.

People are funny; they want the front of the bus, middle of the road, and back of the church.

Forbidden fruits create many jams.

God doesn’t call the qualified, He qualifies the called.

Opportunity may knock once, but temptation bangs on the front door forever.

Quit griping about your church; if it was perfect, you couldn’t belong.

Coincidence is when God chooses to remain anonymous.

Just because you are offended doesn’t mean you are right.

Recent studies confirm that 1 out of every 3 liberals is just as stupid as the other 2.

 “The power of accurate observation is frequently called cynicism by those who don’t have it.” – George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950)

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Colleges move students to the left

Everyone instinctively knows that colleges tend to take students to the left in the political/social system. This recent Pew Research Center report substantiates the claim.

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The Futility of Gender-Neutral Parenting

By Debra W. Suh

LA Times Op-ed article

In steadfast pursuit of gender equality and to promote nonconformity, it’s become maxresdefaultpopular in some social circles to start early, very early, by raising young children in a gender-neutral way: not revealing the baby’s sex at birth, dressing them and their bedroom in various shades of oatmeal, encouraging them to play with gender-neutral toys. There’s also pressure on corporations to help; parental complaints led Target to stop sex-segregating its toys, for instance.

Offering kids the opportunity to pursue what they’d like, freed from societal expectations, is an….[click here to continue reading this important and relevant article]

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What would YOU call it?

Once, all the villagers decided to pray for rain. On the day of prayer, all the people gathered, but only one boy came with an umbrella. That’s FAITH.

When you throw babies in the air, they laugh because they know you will catch them. That’s TRUST.

Every night we go to bed without any assurance of being alive the next morning, but still we set the alarms to wake up. That’s HOPE.

We plan big things for tomorrow in spite of zero knowledge of the future. That’s CONFIDENCE.

We see the world suffering, but still we get married and have children. That’s LOVE.

On an old man’s shirt was written a sentence “l am not 80 years old; l am sweet 16 with 64 years of experience.” That’s ATTITUDE.

In another vein, if you rob a bank in a sanctuary city, is it really an illegal act or is it merely an “undocumented withdrawal”?

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A Brief History of Criticisms of Bible Translations

A clear perspective on the history of Bible translations reveals that those with a sensitive personality should avoid becoming involved in this activity. Only the very courageous individual or the overly self-assured scholar should try his hand at Bible translating—and be ready to be criticized. Let’s take a brief look at the record of Bible translations and howbibles-on-shelf they were received at the time of their publication.

The Old Testament contains the writings of Moses, David, the Hebrew prophets, and Solomon along with his wise colleagues. A few unknown scribes and priests could probably be added to that number. All were inspired and anointed by God’s Spirit to write with unerring accuracy (II Peter 1:21). The earliest Old Testament books, the Pentateuch, go back to the time of Moses when writing was still done in the pictographic style we find on inscriptions from that era. The latest OT book was likely composed…. (to continue reading this article, click here.)
http://www.advanceministries.org/articles/articlepages/translationshistory.htm

What was the first Bible translation? Who did it and how was it received? (See the answers and much more in the article.)

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Luther had a lot to say about marriage

“There is no more lovely, friendly and charming relationship, communion or company than a good marriage.”

“Let the wife make the husband glad to come home, and let him make her sorry to see him leave.”

“Good God …What a lot of trouble there is in marriage! Adam has made a mess of our martin-luthernature. Think of all the squabbles Adam and Eve must have had in the course of their nine hundred years. Eve would say ‘You ate the apple!’ and Adam would retort ‘You gave it to me!’” – Martin Luther, quoted by Roland Bainton in Here I Stand

And about other things…

“You are not only responsible for what you say, but also for what you do not say.”

“Blood alone moves the wheels of history.”

“Peace if possible, truth at all costs.”

“I have held many things in my hands, and I have lost them all; but whatever I have placed in God’s hands, that I still possess.”

And he might have said this before Arnold Schwarzeneggar did if it had been an issue back then:

“I think that gay marriage should be between a man and a woman.”

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Book Review

Confronting Jezebel

By Steve Sampson

Published by Chosen (a division of Baker Publishing); 191 pages

Reviewed by Roffie Ensey

Confronting Jezebel is a book that is well written and easy to understand. It gives insight into discerning and defeating the spirit of control so many spiritual leaders face. This book points out the evils of the Jezebel spirit—past, present and future.

Jezebel is more than a wicked queen that lived and ruled during a time of spiritual 794750decline in the history of God’s chosen people. Jezebel’s footprints appear many times in Scripture and in history. This book is a clear and concise exposé on how this demonic spirit operates and how to neutralize its power.

In order to combat this antagonist, we must first be aware of Jezebel’s existence, her approach, and her intent. This book will help you be aware of how this spirit operates in a body of believers and how this spirit of control functions even through those in leadership.

The Apostle Paul warned us that “we are not fighting against flesh-and-blood enemies, but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powers in this dark world, and against evil spirits” Ephesians 6:12 (NLT). These spirits combat the church today through the attitudes of those who are not submitted to spiritual authority.

Confronting Jezebel will provide insights for when you face this spirit and help to know how to deal with it. Steve Sampson exposes the signs of a Jezebel spirit, its strategies of destruction, and how you can bring it under the control of the Holy Ghost. It is available at Amazon and other book outlets.

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Two new books by Apostolic authors

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Getting Your Voice to Shake

by Kelly Nix, a new book on intercultural communication

Have you ever wondered why some people just can’t seem to be on time? Or maybe you’re  the one who is always being teased for being late, and you’ve wondered what is the big deal about time, anyway?

It may not be that your clock is messed up…in fact, there’s a good chance the source of conflict can be traced to culture, not a timepiece. Our culture affects much of who we are, influencing our relationships with other people, our perception of time, and even the way we perceive authority.

If you’ve ever tried to communicate with someone from another culture and have been frustrated by the lack of connection (even if you are both fluent in the same language!), Getting Your Voice to Shake will be an eye-opening resource that will introduce you to ways to bridge – and, more importantly, to understand – the culture gap and become a much more effective communicator for today’s global society.

Here’s what some readers had to say:  “I literally couldn’t put this book down. Dr. Nix’s research, insight, life experience, and upbeat presentation make the book an indispensable read for those of us who work interculturally.” – Shane M.

“I read this in one sitting and was left wanting more. This was an eye-opener for me. I bought several to give to others. Hoping he writes more on this subject!” – Peter C.

Link to purchase: https://www.amazon.com/Getting-Your-Voice-Shake-Intercultural/dp/1541002660

On the Sanctity of Human Life

by Peter Connell

Here’s a new book for pastors, Christian healthcare workers, and just about everybodyconnell_front_300dpi else in our churches. On the Sanctity of Human Life is a straightforward book detailing a biblical perspective of the sanctity of human life; but more than that, it delves into how we as Christians need to view life when we are faced with decisions such as having a family, dealing with sickness and death, and maintaining a proper perspective of the uniqueness and value of every human life from the moment of conception. Each of us will face the issues of life and death at some point on our earthly journey.

Sadly, much of America is profoundly influenced by a culture that devalues human life, and this has infiltrated the healthcare industry. Believers who work in the medical community are alerted to the humanistic influences often operating behind the scenes in medical institutions across America.

Pastors should read these pages with interest and use this book as a stepping stone to become vitally informed about the issues that face every family. In doing so, it will better equip them to wisely counsel families and individuals in their congregations—and teach them these principles before their times of need.
Order from: at https://www.createspace.com/6908395 or at Amazon.com or at: http://www.cornerstonepentecostal.org/online_store.php?categoryID=930

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Recently discovered: Vincent Van Gogh’s family tree

His dizzy aunt—Verti Gogh
The brother who worked at a convenience store—Stop N Goghself-portrait-in-front-of-the-easel
The grandfather from Yugoslavia—U Gogh
His magician uncle—Where-diddy Gogh
His Mexican cousin—A Mee Gogh
The Mexican cousin’s American half-brother—Gring Gogh
The nephew who drove a stage coach—Wells-far Gogh
The ballroom dancing aunt—Tang Gogh
The bird lover uncle—Flamin Gogh
The fruit-loving cousin—Man Gogh
An aunt who taught positive thinking—Way-to-Gogh
The little bouncy nephew—Poe Gogh
A sister who loved disco—Go Gogh
And his niece who travels in an RV—Winnie Bay Gogh

I saw you smiling . . . there ya Gogh!

Source: Anonymous

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More mental exercise for lexophiles

The report said I had type-A blood, but it was a typo.

I changed my iPod’s name to Titanic. It’s syncing now.

England has no kidney bank, but it does have a Liverpool.

A cartoonist was found dead in his home. Details are sketchy.

How does Moses make tea? Hebrews it.

We are happy to report that the guy who fell into the upholstery machine is fully recovered.

Those who get too big for their britches will be exposed in the end.

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Everybody also needs a little love…

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And a little company at times…

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The last shot

Prior to the State of the Union address on February 28, I had written this:

Every time President Donald Trump speaks, a thousand preachers and public speakers ache inside, wishing they could help him say some things a little better, a little smoother, and a little more kindly with less grit. KellyAnne, could you threaten him in some way to huge.16.82049stick with what is on the teleprompter? He is like a lot of us preachers—we are often our own worst enemy. Like us, he tends to overwork his hyperboles, he hikes down rabbit trails, and usually leaves his audience groaning, “That is the umpteenth time we have heard that line this month!”

After the speech: KellyAnne must have been reading over my shoulder. He got on message, stayed there, never bobbled, stuck with the teleprompter, and knocked it out of the ballpark! Even CNN and MSNBC had to actually admit it was a great speech. Not many redundant phrases, no rabbit trails, and although the Democrats generally stayed quiet and seated, it was obvious that they were shocked and surprised at the new (hopefully) Donald Trump. The “snowflakes” were starting to melt. C’mon, folks! It is springtime in America!

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Until next month, may the road rise up to meet you, may the wind always be at your back, may the sun shine warm upon your face, and rains fall soft upon your fields.

JREnsey

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JREnsey blog February 2017

Welcome to the JREnsey blog for February, 2017.

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The Word for today

“For I am jealous for you with the jealousy of God himself. I promised you as a pure bride to one husband—Christ. But I fear that somehow your pure and undivided devotion to fyyt0bwuqd-6luy1nvbdcjp1wrkxrwpqxmgzk6oyttlovsvepib66zhfsczq8z-mivntw170Christ will be corrupted, just as Eve was deceived by the cunning ways of the serpent. You happily put up with whatever anyone tells you, even if they preach a different Jesus than the one we preach, or a different kind of Spirit than the one you received, or a different kind of gospel than the one you believed. But I don’t consider myself inferior in any way to these ‘super apostles’ who teach such things” (II Corinthians 11:2-6 NLT).

What losers we would be if we disappointed both the Lord and the apostle Paul by compromising a single iota of truth just before the return of Christ!

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Finally

I had begun to wonder if the presidential campaign would ever end. When it did, it seems like the transi0f2988ec308987e59142f2e6c1cfbcc7tion period lasted six months rather than two. I am now wondering how long the Trump presidency will seem to last. I trust it fulfills all of your hopes and dreams.

We desperately need the One who turned chaos into order in the beginning to step onto the present scene. Even so, come, Lord Jesus!

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Why the swamp needs draining

A lanky cowboy named Bud stood with his boot on the bottom strand of barbed wire fence overseeing his herd in a remote pasture in Wyoming when suddenly a brand-new BMW advanced toward him out of a cloud of dust.
The driver, a young man in a Brioni® suit, wearing Gucci® shoes, sporting RayBan® sunglasses and a YSL® tie, leaned out the window and asked the cowboy, “If I tell you exactly how many cows and calves you have in your herd, will you give me a calf?”
Bud looks at the man, who obviously was an easterner, then looks at his large peacefully rockjackjpg-b5508436491a13e4grazing herd and calmly answers, “Sure, why not?”
The man parks his car, whips out his laptop computer, connects it with Bluetooth® to his IPhone®, and surfs to a NASA page on the Internet, where he calls up a GPS satellite to get an exact fix on his location which he then feeds to another NASA satellite that scans the area in an ultra-high-resolution photo.
The young man then opens the digital photo in Adobe Photoshop® and exports it to an image processing facility in Hamburg, Germany.
Within seconds, he receives an email on his I-pad that the image has been processed and the data stored. He then accesses an MS-SQL® database through an ODBC connected Excel® spreadsheet with email on his laptop and momentarily receives a response.
Finally, he prints out a full-color, 15-page report on his hi-tech, portable HP LaserJet® printer, turns to the cowboy and says, “You have exactly 1,586 cows and calves in this pasture.”
“That’s right. Well, I guess you can take one of my calves,” says Bud.
He watches the young man select one of the animals and looks on with amusement as the young man stuffs it into the trunk of his car.
Then Bud says to the man, “Hey, if I can tell you exactly what your business is, will you give me back my calf?”
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“You’re a junior Congressman in the U.S. Government,” says Bud.
“Wow! That’s correct,” says the yuppie, “but how did you guess that?”
“No guessing required.” answered the rancher. “You showed up here even though nobody called you. You want to get paid for an answer I already knew, to a question I never asked. You used millions of dollars worth of equipment trying to show me how much smarter than me you are. And you don’t know a thing about how working people make a living—or about cows, for that matter. This is a flock of sheep.
“Now give me back my dog.”

Perhaps that is one reason why Trump is trying to drain the swamp back in D.C.

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Potpourri

 A word to the wise

A verse for President Trump: The ancient wisdom of Proverbs 26:4 warns, “Do not answer a fool according to his folly, or you yourself will be just like him.”

Hide and watch

Isn’t it amazing that only two days into his presidency the press was wondering why potpourriPresident Trump hadn’t fulfilled every campaign promise made during the last 18 months.

Ugh. Speeches made with forked tongue.

Officials of Planned Parenthood made speeches across the country promoting the prenatal care offered by that organization. But when callers contacted their local Planned Parenthood offices for appointments for prenatal care, they were told that PP does not offer prenatal care, only abortions. (http://www.theblaze.com)

Blessing that which is cursed

More than 20 local faith leaders, mostly female “theologians,” showed up to bless Planned Parenthood’s newest facility in Washington, D.C., in a ceremony recently organized by the Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice, DCist reported. They gushed about the “sacred work” that they are doing. Should we bless that which God hates—hands that shed innocent blood (Proverbs 6:17)?

Makes sense

“If your sex life is none of my business, stop demanding that I finance it.” – Matt Walsh

It’s just perspective

When I was a child, I thought nap time was punishment. Now it’s like a mini-vacation.

Cultural cleansing

palmyra-theater-01-800ISIS is destroying many ancient historical monuments in Iraq and Syria, currently dismantling the Roman theater in Palmyra. One wonders just which of our national monuments or Christian churches would be the first to be reduced to rubble under Islam’s cultural cleansing mandate.

Beware the liberal fact checkers

http://dailysignal.com/2016/12/15/facebooks-reliance-on-liberal-fact-checkers-means-your-news-is-about-to-be-censored/

Alternate facts

“Fake news” was anticipated by the Founders: Here is what they did about it:

http://www.cnsnews.com/commentary/jarrett-stepman/fake-news-was-anticipated-founders-heres-what-they-did-about-it

And the winner is…

In the race to see which news agency can embarrass and discredit Donald Trump the most, one outlet claimed on his first day in office that he had removed the bust of MLK, Jr. from the Oval Office. The news went international before it was exposed as a lie by the new administration. As you know, a lie is around the world before truth can get its britches on. A wise man with disappointment in his eyes once said, “Believe nothing you hear and only half of what you see.” Regarding the current news media, that is probably sound advice. Trump 1; Media 0.

Timely reading

http://www.theblaze.com/contributions/matt-walsh-dads-we-cant-expect-our-sons-to-become-real-men-if-we-dont-teach-them-how/

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A maximalist or minimalist?

The following statements by John Piper in a post on Theosophical Ruminations caught my attention. I thought they were worth reposting.

“[T]here are two kinds of approaches to questionable practices in life. One I would call a plus-and-minusminimalist approach to holiness and godliness. The other maximalist.

“In the first case, your typical question is, “Well, what is wrong with it?” It would apply to movies and music, and kids often ask their parents, “What is wrong with it?” And the other approach is not to ask, “What is wrong with it?” mainly, but, “Will it make me more Christ like? Will it make me more devoted to Jesus? Will it make me more bold in witness or weaken me? Will it help me be spiritually discerning of the ways of Satan in the world and will it help me lay up treasures in heaven?…

“You can see that there are these two kinds of approaches to life. I want to maximize my godliness and my holiness by drawing nearer and nearer to God, and the other one is just trying to do as many things as you can do without being tripped up explicitly by sin.” [end]

After reading the Book of Acts and the Epistles, would we call the first century Christians minimalists or maximalists? What would you call yourself?

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Sensationalism has been with us always

“What lies there are about relics! One claims to have a feather from the wing of the angel jerry-springer-sho_1008116cGabriel, the Bishop of Mainz has a flame from Moses’ burning bush. And how does it happen that eighteen apostles are buried in Germany when Christ only had twelve?” – Martin Luther on Relics

Someone asked: What is the difference between the sensational and the supernatural? The supernatural is real and comes down from God in heaven; the sensational is fake and is conjured up by men on earth.

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Putin on “Christian Values”

In a speech before the Russian Valdai-Forum on September 19, 2013, President Vladimir Putin made some statements that were somewhat out of character for a Russian leader. He reportedly said:

“Many Euro-Atlantic countries have moved away from their roots, including Christian values. Policies are being pursued that place on the same level a multi-child family and a putinsame-sex partnership, a faith in God and a belief in Satan. This is the path to degradation.”

Putin seemed to be chiding Christians for departing from the faith. Mr. Putin also portrayed Russia as a staunch defender of “traditional values” against what he depicted as the morally bankrupt West. He suggested that social and religious conservatism “is the only way to prevent the world from slipping into chaotic darkness.” As part of this defense of “Christian values,” Russia has adopted a law banning “homosexual propaganda” and another that makes it a criminal offense to “insult the religious sensibilities of believers.”

Source: http://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=Putin+speech+on+%22Christian%22+values&view=detail&mid=995C738F2C789AA661A5995C738F2C789AA661A5&FORM=VIRE

It is truly a day of strange things. “For with…another tongue will I speak to this people” (Isaiah 28:11). Does this mean that Putin is now an Evangelical and has had a change of heart since his KGB days? Likely not. I’m just saying….

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The American College of Pediatricians speaks out against National Geographic’s depiction of transgenders

In the January blog, we reported on the National Geographic magazine’s tasteless depiction of transgender children. The magazine, which has been in publication for 128 years, made headlines when it decided to highlight on its cover what it called “the gender revolution” in its January 2017 issue. The issue displayed pictures and a story of a 9-year-old boy named Avery, whose parents say he identifies as a girl.

headshot-mcAmerican College of Pediatricians president Michelle Cretella (left) said that National Geographic is “promoting a political agenda over science and the wellbeing of innocent children” by displaying the young child as the face for their first ever transgender cover.

“Affirming so called transgender children means sterilizing them as young as 11-years-old,” Dr Cretella told Lifesite News. “Puberty blockers plus cross-sex hormones causes permanent sterility. And biological girls who ‘transition’ to male by taking testosterone may have a double mastectomy at age 16. The life time use of cross-sex hormones also puts these children at risk for stroke, heart disease, diabetes, cancers and more.”

Cretella says that enabling a young child to become a transgender is harmful and based on illogical reasoning. “When a child under the age of 12 thinks they are the opposite sex and is allowed to naturally pass through puberty, 75%-95% of the time that child will accept his or her biological sex by the late teen years.”

She also added that the American College of Pediatrician’s position is that  “When academic, medical and other public institutions propagate the lifetime use of toxic hormones and the surgical removal of healthy body parts as healthcare for children, they are engaged in institutionalized child abuse,” Cretella said.

Who should we listen to—real pediatricians or nutcases from Hollywood, San Francisco and Washington, D.C.?

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More from KSM

Khalid Sheik Mohammed was the mastermind behind the 9/11 attacks, as well as the knife-wielder who beheaded Daniel Pearl, journalist for the Wall Street Journal. After his capture, he was waterboarded and then began to reveal the Al Qaeda mindset. When being interrogated by the CIA, he explained that large-scale attacks such as 9/11 were “nice, but not necessary” and that a series of “low-tech attacks could bring down Americaksm the same way ‘enough disease-infected fleas can fell an elephant.’” KSM said “jihadi-minded brothers would immigrate into the United States” and “wrap themselves in America’s rights and laws” until they were strong enough to rise up and attack us. The brothers will relentlessly continue their attacks and the American people would eventually become so tired, so frightened, and so weary of war that they will just want it to end. Eventually America will expose her neck for us to slaughter.”

Our president for the past eight years knew exactly what KSM had said. And the terrorist was right. Our leaders have told us that we should quit worrying about the Muslims and allow them to immigrate freely into the U.S. and be “integrated.” They use that word rather than “assimilated.” The war Obama actually declared was on U.S. citizens and we have been defeating ourselves—just as KSM predicted.

America should not expect peace, KSM told James Mitchell, the CIA interrogator. He bqvfklvimaax4sx-viexplained that “it does not matter that we do not want to fight them,” Mitchell writes, adding that KSM explained that “America may not be in a religious war with him, but he and other true Muslims are in a religious war with America” and “he and his brothers will not stop until the entire world lives under Sharia law.”

Merely hours before he was formally the “former president,” the outgoing president gave millions of our tax dollars to the Palestinians and other groups that oppose America and our values. But evidently the press didn’t notice because they were preoccupied with pushing the news about the number of Trump protesters.

Source: http://insider.foxnews.com/2014/12/15/exclusive-james-mitchell-man-who-interrogated-khalid-sheikh-mohammed-speaks-out-kelly; and other sites.

It helps to know what our nation is up against. Cover the new administration, as imperfect as it may be, with your prayers.

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“By” or “with” the skin of his teeth?

The Hebrew phrase used by Job in 19:20—“I am escaped with the skin of my teeth” (KJV)—has teased translators for generations. They are divided as to whether the Hebrew has Job saying “with” the skin of his teeth or “by” the skin of his teeth? Is he saying that all he has left in his mouth is the skin that once hugged his teeth? Had Job skin-of-your-teethbeen reduced to a “gummer”? Had he lost all his teeth? Some commentators say that may well be what was meant here.

Some translations render the verse using “with” and others “by.” Whichever was meant by the Hebrew author, we have to acknowledge that teeth themselves have no skin. Therefore, we may assume that the writer was employing a Hebrew idiom or proverb here, perhaps meaning that Job had escaped or been spared death only “by the skin of his teeth”—suggesting the narrowest of margins.

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How well do you know your Bible?

Pop quiz. Answers at the end of the blog. Don’t peek!

  1. Where did Cain go after he killed Able?quiz
  2. Who was Cain’s firstborn?
  3. What price did Jesus put on two sparrows?
  4. Who offered Delilah silver to disclose the secret of Samson’s strength?
  5. How old was Uzziah when he began to reign in Judah?
  6. How long did it take Solomon to build the Temple?
  7. How many chariots did Pharaoh send after Moses and the Israelites?
  8. Who bought Joseph from the Midianite traders?
  9. Who refused to appear before her husband, the king, at his command?
  10. What verse in the New Testament tells us how to be born again?

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More Bible trivia

shakespeare-bibleThe 46th word of the 46th Psalm in the KJV is “shake,” and the 46th word from the end of that Psalm is “spear.” William Shakespeare was 46 years old and a prominent English bard when the KJV was being translated. Some say this “coincidence” was a birthday gift to Shakespeare from the translators.

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Why….?

J. R. Ensey

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• Why do Apostolics teach monotheism?
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• Why do Apostolics disengage from a worldly lifestyle?
• Why do Apostolics abandon or avoid harmful personal practices?
• Why do Apostolics choose modest apparel and shun ornamental
jewelry?
• Why do Apostolic ladies refrain from cutting their hair and wearing
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• Why do Apostolics live with a blessed hope?
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 Take time to smile

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Oh, for those days again!

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“I get tired or running with same ol’ crowd all the time.” “Yeah, me too.”

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“Where do I sign up for WIC?”

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“Now that we’ve caught it, what do we do with it? With no more meat than this, it was hardly worth the race. Let’s wait a few months and chase it again.”

Git ’er done

pulling-teethA woman and her husband interrupted their vacation to go see a dentist. “I want a tooth pulled, and I don’t want any pain killers because I’m in a big hurry,” the woman said. “Just extract the tooth as quickly as possible, and we’ll be on our way.” The dentist was quite impressed. “You’re certainly a courageous woman,” he said. “Which tooth is it?” The woman turned to her husband and said, “Show him your tooth, dear.”

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Truisms

“When a man who is honestly mistaken hears the truth, he must cease being mistaken or politifact-ohio-truecease being honest.” – John Thomas

You can make a life without knowing many things, but you can’t make a Christian life without knowing God’s Word.

It is better to be slapped by the truth than kissed by a lie. – Russian proverb

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Answers to the Bible quiz:

  1. The land of Nod
  2. Enoch
  3. One farthing
  4. Lords of the Philistines
  5. Seven years old
  6. Seven years
  7. All he had.
  8. Potiphar
  9. Vashti
  10. Acts 2:38

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Thanks for visiting. Have a great day!

JREnsey

 

 

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JR Ensey January Blog

Happy New Year! And welcome to the JREnsey blog for January, 2017. As I write, the temperature is dropping drastically across much of the nation, Al Gore notwithstanding. Get a cuppa java and let’s visit.

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The Word for today

“So dear brothers and sisters, work hard to prove that you really areking_james_bible7 among those God has called and chosen, Do these things, and you will never fall away. Then God will give you a grand entrance into the eternal Kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ” (2 Peter 1:10-11 NLT).

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Whence wisdom?

Obtaining spiritual wisdom isn’t a once-a-week hobby, it is the daily discipline of a lifetime. But in this age of microwave ovens, fast foods, digests, and numerous “made easy” books, many people are out of the habit of daily investing time and energy in digging deep into Scripture and learning wisdom from the Lord. Thanks to television, their attention shutterstock_237801016-700x467span is brief. Thanks to religious entertainment that passes for worship, their spiritual appetite is feeble and spiritual knowledge isn’t “pleasant to [their] soul” (Prov. 2:10). It’s no wonder fewer and fewer people “take time to be holy” and more and more people fall prey to the enemies that lurk along the way. – Warren Wiersbe in Be Skillful

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Words of wisdom

“Above all else, guard your heart, for it is the wellspring of life” (Proverbs 4:23 NIV). If we pollute that wellspring, the infection will spread; before long, hidden appetites will become open sins and public shame. – Anonymous

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100 years ago this month (January 1917) 

1 – America has just ended its most prosperous year in history. Steel and iron soared to record levels. Foreign trade reaches the $8 billion mark.

The world war in Europe continues to take thousands daily from both originalsides.

9 – British push Turks from Sinai peninsula, capture 1600, and prepare to move on Palestine.

10 – Buffalo Bill Cody dies at age 71.

16 – Germany proposes an alliance with Mexico to make war on U.S. if America remains neutral, promising the return of Texas, Arizona, and New Mexico to Mexico as part of Germany’s victorious peace terms.

17 – Denmark sells West Indies to U.S. for $25 Million; considered important to security of the Panama Canal.

27 – President calls for “peace without victory” in Europe during WWI.

31 – Germany declares unlimited sub warfare on all neutral ships in war zone.

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Lame duck quacks again

The current president is in the final throes of his term in office. He is now freeing prisoners that in his judgment should be back on the streets. He is releasing some of the most violent terrorists from Guantanamo back to freedom, even though many of those previously released have nov4_14cartoons_lameduckpresidentreturned to terrorism. Doubtless he will be in a pardoning mood before he leaves office and will probably pardon all his friends and political hacks who have accusations or indictments hanging over their heads. If you despised America as much as he does, you probably would do the same.

The president and Secretary of State have handed the Muslim nations of the world a long-desired gift on Christmas eve—the U.N. condemnation of Israel that seriously undercuts that nation’s security, something he was been wanting to do for eight years. Treachery, bold and brassy. Now we truly know whose side he is on.

We still have twenty days of this anti-American presidency. Daily the administration is passing new regulations, making sweeping foreign policy changes, and generally showing us where the president’s heart really is. What fools we be to have thought the hope and change we wanted in 2008 would turn out to be the very hope and change our international enemies wanted.

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I wonder…

A Phoenix printing business that designs wedding invitations has been fined $2500 and its owners are facing possible jail time for refusing to print invitations for a same-sex wedding. I wonder if Muslim-owned businesses are treated that way when Jews attempt to buy silk-screenedi_wonder_quips_02 T-shirts imprinted with the Star of David or a “Death To Iran” slogan.

I wonder…should we patronize businesses that refuse service to our policemen because they carry weapons? The Cheesecake Factory in the Tacoma, Washington mall denied service to six policemen because they were carrying their weapons. That would make me feel safer, not less safe. More PC nonsense will only give comfort to terrorists. I may think twice before visiting the Cheesecake Factory again.

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Good advice

Some anonymous but knowing person wrote:

I would be true for there are those who trust me.

I would be pure for there are those who care.

wordstoliveby-webI would be strong for there is much to suffer.

I would be brave for there is much to dare.

I would be friend of all—the poor and the friendless.

I would be giving and forget the gift.

I would be humble for I know my weakness.

I would look up, and laugh, and love, and lift.

– Source: unknown

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Think about it

There is no royal road to anything. One thing at a time, all things in succession. That which grows fast withers as rapidly; that which grows i-wonder-smallslowly endures. – Josiah G. Holland

If you aren’t going all the way, why go at all? – Joe Namath

Don’t aspire to lead, aspire to attain the traits that give one the right to lead. Aspire to integrity, to determination, to sincerity, to perseverance, to courage, to fearlessness, and to godly character. Too many are protective of their reputation, but if you take care of your character, your reputation will take care of itself. Too many love their position more than they love their people.

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From the UPCI Manual:

We wholeheartedly disapprove of our people indulging in any activities which are not conducive to good Christianity and godly living, such as theaters, dances, mixed bathing or swimming, women cutting their hair, make-up, any apparel that immodestly exposes the body, all worldly sports and amusements, and unwholesome radio programs and music.

Furthermore, because of the display of all these evils on television, we disapprove of any of our people having television sets in their homes. We admonish all of our people to refrain from any of these practices in the interest of spiritual progress and the soon coming of the Lord for His church.

In a later position paper on the subject of Holiness, the General Board made these observations:

“There are many who do not understand this great truth of holiness or the separated life unto God. The result of this misunderstanding is a very shallow walk with Christ. The holiness of the church body is greatly strengthened by the beautiful consecration of the individual members of the body of Christ. To these practices of holiness we must adhere in order to preserve the continuing sweet presence of the Holy Spirit in our worship and spiritual functions.”

It seems wise to occasional remind ourselves of what is in our Manual relative to the Apostolic lifestyle.

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Fake News

We are fed up with “fake news” and intentional misinformation. Some said it played a role in this election, but it was around long before this year. Here’s some examples:

“If you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor.” – Barack Obama (2012)

fake-news-facebook-feel-well-informed-actual-reading“The Benghazi attack was sparked by an internet video and a demonstration to denounce it.” – Hillary Clinton (2010)

“There will be thousands of shovel-ready jobs waiting on applicants.” – Barack Obama (2008)

Then this year: “There will be some wonderful news awaiting us tonight.” – Nancy Pelosi (during the day on election day, November 8, 2016).

Well, some of these were just plain lies or inaccurate prognostications. However, Nancy was partly right. There was some good news that night.

Seriously, what’s with all these totally false accounts of people dying or doing strange, unthinkable things? Is it just to get you to click on the story so you will be forced to first see an ad? Probably. Ignore!

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Other short-sighted predictions from the literati

In 2009 Al Gore quoted statistics suggesting that the arctic could have no ice by 2014 (or as little as five to seven years). Did he lie to manipulate legislatures to take action against industries, or did he mount-kilimanjaro-zebraignorantly fall for someone else’s fake news? Or is New York, Miami, Galveston and Seattle under water right now? Such predictions assault truth but serve to shut down or seriously regulate U.S. industries and damage the American economy. He also said ten years ago that Mt. Kilimanjaro would have no snowcap today. Go to Google earth and take a look during the snowy season next June/July. It is now summer in Tanzania, but there’s even quite a bit of snow when I checked recently.

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He/She being stricken from university language

Gender-specific pronouns like “he” and “she” are being stricken from usage in major universities. Favoring gender-neutral pronouns like “ze” or “xe,” Oxford and Cambridge universities are bowing to the politically correct activists. Even the University of Tennessee has joined the number of those leaning toward abandoning the traditional pronouns.

A sign in the University of Kansas reads, “Because gender is, itself, fluid and up to the individual,” fullsizerender-1024x768the sign says, according to the Lawrence Journal-World. “Each person has the right to identify their own pronouns, and we encourage you to ask before assuming someone’s gender. Pronouns matter! Misgendering someone can have lasting consequences, and using the incorrect pronoun can be hurtful, disrespectful, and invalidate someone’s identity.” Buttons similar to those at left were being passed out. Fortunately, the student senate nixed the idea, manifesting more common sense than their professors and administrators.

What gross confusion. “God is not the author of confusion.” I read that in an old black-backed Book.

Maryland schools are considering banning “Christmas” because any reference to it is offending Muslims. The Christian majority should be outraged at that strangeness, but are our conservative Christians in Maryland raising a voice in behalf of our traditions that go back to our founding era?

The overly sensitive college students and millennials have not been able to cope with the loss of Hillary Clinton’s bid for the presidency. The universities have provided “safe places” for them to go and “suck their thumbs,” providing puppies, kittens, coloring books, hot chocolate and play doh asmillennials “comfort.” The “greatest generation” (their grandfathers and great grandfathers) are twisting in their graves right now. God help us if America is ever again attacked militarily. What will our PC soldiers look like to the enemy? I am sure the pink booties, backward ball caps and pop-guns will scare the daylights of the enemy.

“Come ye out from among them and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you” (II Corinthians 6:17). The state universities are not safe places for our Apostolic youth!

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There must be better alternatives

I personally have no hesitancy to encourage our Pentecostal youth to avoid the state universities. They have become little more than brain-washing sites for the socialist and leftist agendas. Our students must be made aware of the grave risks they take by exposing themselves to the influential pressure of the professors and other foreign and PC convinced (“snowflake”) students.

I can hear a few voices out there taking exception to that advice. One must never criticize the “god of humanistic education” lest he run the valleyaerialrisk of being called an ignoramus or some kind of anti-education idiot. I have been involved with education at several levels for many years. I know what it is and what it isn’t. Too many have made it a god and worship at its pagan altars. Its professorial priests are not to be pilloried but praised. Its halls of ivy must be kept sacrosanct. Nay, I say it is our youth and young adults that must remain “unspotted from the world” (James 1:27).

“But I attended the university and made it through with my faith.” Sure, there are exceptions. Some of our soldiers have made it through minefields while others were blown to bits. Should he call to others to follow him because he made it through? Call out the men with the Geiger counters and clear out the mines, then go. Excise the liberal professors and the politically correct curriculum and get back to basic education in our colleges, then go. Until then, choose nearby community colleges, Christian colleges, and known conservative institutions.

We have no Apostolic youth—none!—we can afford to lose.

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Save the Snowflakes

In order to help “save the snowflakes,” the MRC created a video that informed viewers of the struggles these college students face in everyday life, such as hearing opinions they don’t agree with. (See it here.) They say that due to the recent presidential election, the fact that President-elect Donald Trump is going to assume office has sent “snowflakes” scampering into safe spaces provided to them by the Universities they attend.

“The University of Pennsylvania offered puppies and kittens to cuddle,” explained one presenter.

20151114_crybully-1024x746The University of Michigan Law School scheduled a post-election self-care workshop where snowflakes could color and blow bubbles,” said another.

The MRC even went so far as to create the site “savethesnowflakes.org” with a donation button. The site explains the plight of the snowflakes, and how you can help.

Our nation’s snowflakes are being cared for by colleges and universities across the country. These schools are financially supporting cry-ins, hot chocolate, bubbles, kittens, puppies and ponies, crayons, and Play-Doh to comfort these wounded snowflakes. Some schools even canceled exams and classes to7162344915f151be9e581935ec721312 ensure that America’s youth are treated with extra care and understanding during these difficult times.

But clearly, it’s not enough. State budgets cannot be expected to bear this burden alone. It’s going to take a far more sustainable funding source to ensure special snowflakes have the emotional support they need. In response, we here at the Media Research Center have launched the Save the Snowflakes project to respond to this emergency and bring crucial attention to this devastating human crisis. (tic)

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National Geographic magazine goes bonkers

We have noted the slide to the left for years now, but NatGeo has crossed the Rubicon and there is no going back. The magazine has pitched its tent with the transgender movement. They promise to add to the gendergender-revolution-ngm-covers-transparent-adapt-1900-1 confusion of our American youth.

The January 2017 cover features a pubescent boy who has decided he is a girl. The entire issue is devoted to this “transgender revolution.”

This is a cultural movement separate and apart from biology. Matt Walsh suggests that we begin calling them “biology deniers.”

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A few lines for our writers and lexophiles

When a clock is hungry, it goes back four seconds.

He had a photographic memory which was never developed.

Show me a piano falling down a mineshaft and I’ll show you A-flat miner.

A boiled egg is hard to beat.

Police were called to a day care center where a three-year old was resisting a rest.

A bicycle can’t stand alone; it is two tired.

Did you hear about the fellow whose whole left side was cut off? He’s all right now.

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Why do we seldom hear of violence in Switzerland?

All citizens in that country are required to possess guns. There is not much crime there, in fact it has the lowest homicide rate in the world. A country that bans private ownership of guns—Honduras—has the highest homicide rate. Because the Swiss have guns does not make them a dangerous nation. Actually, less dangerous. Gun violence in Switzerland is almost non-existent. In switzerlanda book I am reading right now, the author tells of family members living in Switzerland who have a machine gun mounted just inside the front door, ready for use.

Now I am not urging anyone here to mount a machine gun in your foyer. However, it is necessary to point out that law-abiding citizens having guns in their homes makes this nation safer and less apt to experience a take-over by enemies without or within.

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Here are the late E. L. Holley’s own teaching notes on the Book of Hebrews. His unique insight will provide a perspective that will shed new light on difficult passages. The material is clear, candid, and convincing. It has been winnowed so that the reader receives only the whole kernel, the heart of the matter and the real meaning that the author wanted to convey. The power of brevity is at work in these lines.
E. L. Holley was respected for his communication skills, his grasp of the Scriptures, and his insight into human nature that few have possessed. You will enjoy sitting at his feet and learning as he opens up the mysteries of Hebrews.  AM price $6.95

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The inimitable E. L. Holley presents a verse-by-verse commentary on the General Epistles as he taught them in the classrooms at Texas Bible College.  AM Price $9.95

Letters From A Roman Jail

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Some of the most beautiful and truly meaningful words that flowed from the pen of Paul are found in his letters written while incarcerated in Rome. They graphically display the triumph of the pen over the sword. Nero’s sword took Paul’s head, but Paul’s pen took Nero’s empire! Topical format permits not just word study and exposition, but teaching ideas and application. This is a good book for new converts who enjoy studying the Word. Also good for Bible classes in Christian schools. AM price $12.95

Pastoral Epistles

Pastoral-Epistlesby J. R. Ensey

The apostle Paul wrote three letters to two younger ministers whom he affectionately called his “sons.” The epistles became part of the canon of Scripture and have served since then as the best instruction available for those in ministry and church leadership. Doctrine, practical church discipline, lifestyle and much more is all here. The verse-by-verse commentary is accompanied by a complete outline for ease of study and teaching. AM price $13.95

Letters to Pastors and Other Saints

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“The pastors of seven churches of Asia, assemblies specifically named in the second and third chapters of Revelation, were selected as recipients of these “love 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? How does it all relate to us?
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 what they were to do 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.” – J. R. Ensey

“Peter Connell has delivered a succinct, informative and insightful look into the letters to the seven churches of Asia. Ministers and lay members alike will glean much from this stirring and soul searching study.It has obviously been inspired by the Christ of the Candlesticks to help challenge and even awaken the church of today.It is a must read for anyone desiring to understand just how interested the Lord Jesus Christ is in the performance of His church assemblies and their overseers.” – Jonathan Alvear

“This timely book brings clarity and fresh new insights into the letters written to the pastors and saints of the seven churches of Asia. No matter how serious the issues, we can overcome, if we have ears to hear what the Spirit is saying to the churches.” – Nathan Dudley

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This free study about same sex parenting is a must read for all who are in Christian leadership. See it here:

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The Last Shot

“We are blind until we see

That in the human planhuge.16.82049

Nothing is worth the making

If it does not make the man.

Why build these glorious cities

If man unbuilded goes?

In vain we build the world

Unless the builder grows.”

– Edwin Markham

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Our prayer for you:

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JREnsey Blog December 2016

Welcome to the JREnsey blog for December, 2016. Grab a cup of hot coffee, tea or chocolate and relax for a few minutes while you read.

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The Word for today

Of God David wrote:

“All he does is just and good,king_james_bible7
and all his commandments are trustworthy.
They are forever true,
to be obeyed faithfully and with integrity.
He has paid a full ransom for his people.
He has guaranteed his covenant with them forever.
What a holy, awe-inspiring name he has!
10 Fear of the Lord is the foundation of true wisdom.
All who obey his commandments will grow in wisdom.

Praise him forever!” (Psalm 111:7-10 NLT).

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The safest place

  • Do not ride in automobiles: they cause 20% of all fatal accidents.
  • Do not stay home: 17% of all accidents occur in the home.
  • Do not walk on the streets or sidewalks: 14% of all accidents happen to pedestrians.
  • Do not travel by air, rail, or water: 16% of all accidents happen on these.
  • Only .001% of all deaths occur in worship services in the church, and these are related to previous physical disorders.
  • Therefore, the safest place for you to be at any given time is church. Bible study is safer yet, and the very safest is prayer meeting. Virtually no one dies there.

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Sentence sermons

Stop, Drop, and Roll won’t work in Hell.802e22e20252099f5e8c8d812efdd880

God doesn’t call the qualified, He qualifies the called.

God promises a safe landing, not a calm passage.

If God is your Co-pilot, swap seats!

Give Satan an inch and he will become a ruler.

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Far-sighted insight

“Unlike other resources, time cannot be bought or sold, borrowed or stolen, stocked up or saved, manufactured, reproduced, or modified. All we can do is make use of it. And whether we use it or not, it nevertheless slips away.” – Jean-Louis Servan-Schreiber.

insight-clipart-29181119-insight-red-square-grungy-stamp-isolated-on-white-background-stock-photoYou can tell how big a person is by what it takes to discourage him.

It is said that 35% of the Pastoral Epistles is taken up with correcting an errant lifestyle or false doctrine/teachers. But today such writing would be deemed as “negative” by liberals and the PC progressives.

“Beware the atmosphere of the classics. True, we ought to know them, but only as chemists handle poisons—to discover their qualities, not to infect their blood with them.” – Robert Murray M’Cheyne, speaking of secular books to a friend in college

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The Jehoash Inscription

An outstanding discovery made by archaeologists was a stone tablet describing in ancient Hebrew script the renovation work done on the first Temple (Solomon’s) by King Jehoash nearly 3000 years ago. William F. Albright fb201a095bb279ccba879be38e6bd5cdhas dated his reign to 837–800 BC, while E. R. Thiele offers the dates 835–796 BC.

Jehoash, also known as Joash in the KJV was a king of Judah, and the sole surviving son of Ahaziah after the massacre of the royal family ordered by his grandmother, Athaliah. He was also the first Judahite king to be descended from both the House of David and the House of Omri through his paternal grandmother and predecessor, Athaliah. His mother was Zibah of Beersheba. Jehoash was 7 years old when his reign began, and he reigned for 40 years (II Kings 12:1; II Chronicles 24:1). He was succeeded by his son, Amaziah of Judah.

If the Bible says a certain event happened, take it to the bank. Sooner or later, scientific affirmation will likely be discovered. No discovery to date has disproved any portion of Scripture.

magdala-stone1Another interesting find was the Stone of Magdala, a stone in which are carvings of items that were once in the Temple at Jerusalem. It has been dated to the first century. The stone was found in the community of Magdala near the shores of the Sea of Galilee. Why would a Jew made such stone carvings if not to remind himself of the glory of the Temple?

After the dispora of AD 70, when Jews were not allowed to return to Jerusalem, they evidently wanted something to daily remind them to pray and worship toward Jerusalem. “Lest we forget” must have been the thought as they carved the symbols into the stone. One of the prominent items is the Menorah, the stand bearing seven lamps that lighted the Holy Place.

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Reason #63 to reject Calvinism

Acts 13:48: “As many as were ordained to eternal life believed.”

In the account of Paul’s preaching and its results at Antioch in Pisidia, it is clear from the context that Luke is not suddenly changing in this verse from a narration of Paul’s activities to a deep theological statement of God’s activity, to wit, a statement of God’s alleged (and irresistible) “calling out the elect.” Rather, Luke is contrasting the Jews’ rejection of the Gospel with the Gentiles’ inclination to accept it.

Henry Alford (1810-1871), in his meritorious The Greek Testament (4 vols.) cogently explains this verse:  tetagmenoi [“ordained”]. The meaning of this word must be determined by context. The Jews had judged themselves unworthy of eternal life: the Gentiles, as many as were disposed to eternal life, believed. By whom so disposed, is not here declared; nor need the word be in this place further particularized.  We p1280161know, that it is GOD who worketh in us the will to believe, and that the preparation of the heart is of Him: but to find in this text pre-ordination to life asserted, is to force both the word and the context to a meaning which they do not contain. The key to the word here is the comparison of reference 1 Cor. 16:15, eis diakonian tois hagios etaxan heautous [for the service of the saints they appointed themselves], with reference Romans 13:1, hai ousai (exousiai) hupo tou theou tetagmenai eisin [‘the existing authorities have been appointed by God’]. In both of which places the agents are expressed, whereas here the word is absolute. See also Acts 20:13.”

The verb in question, tetagmenoi, though commonly identified as a passive participle could just as easily be identified as a “middle voice,” that is, the individuals acting with reference to themselves. I take the passage to mean, “those Greeks who were inclined or disposed to embrace eternal life subsequently (or, therefore) believed.”

Adam Clarke, 18th/19th century Methodist scholar and commentator:  “The verb tatto or tasso signifies to place, set, order, appoint, dispose; hence it has been considered here as implying the disposition or readiness of mind of several persons in the congregation, such as the religious proselytes mentioned in ver. 43, who possessed the reverse of the disposition of those Jews who spake against those things, contradictions and blaspheming, ver. 45.” –  Doug Kutilek in AISI

Some commentators and textual critics point out that it was a Calvinist, Miles Smith, the final editor of the KJV, who may have insisted on the language of this and other verses, like Hebrews 6:6.

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Say what?

Someone made the following insightful observation:

In promulgating your esoteric cogitation or articulating your superficial sentimentalities and amicable, philosophical or psychological observations, beware of platitudinous ponderosity.

vocabularyLet your conversational communications possess a compacted conciseness, a clarified comprehensibility, a coalescent cogency, and a concatenated consistency. Let your extemporaneous descanting and unpremeditated expatiation have intelligibility and voracious vivacity without rodomontade or thrasonical bombast.

Sedulously avoid all polysyllabic profundity, pompous prolificacy, and vain, vapid verbosity.

In other words: Be brief and don’t use big words!

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Al Qaeda: We will conquer the U.S. through immigration

In an explosive new book, CIA contractor James Mitchell talks of his time as an interrogator of Al Qaeda leaders and alleges that their plan was not to destroy the U.S. militarily but to use lax immigration laws, weak politicians and procreation to take the nation down from the inside.

The Washington Post published excerpts from Mitchell’s “Enhanced Interrogation,” including:

Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the major Al Qaeda operative who helped plan the 9/11 attacks in NYC, said the terror illegal-immigration-crossing-the-rio-grandeattacks were good, but the “practical” way to defeat America was through immigration and by outbreeding non-Muslims. He said jihadi-minded brothers would immigrate into the United States, taking advantage of the welfare system to support themselves while they spread their jihadi message. They will wrap themselves in America’s rights and laws for protection, ratchet up acceptance of Sharia law, and then, only when they were strong enough, rise up and violently impose Sharia from within. He said the brothers would relentlessly continue their attacks and the American people eventually would become so tired, so frightened, and so weary of war that they would just want it to end.

“Eventually,” KSM said, “America will expose her neck to us for slaughter.”

Source: the Blaze

Certainly President Obama has been party to this effort by promoting the immigration of displaced families from the Middle East, and by intentionally ignoring overstayed visas. At this writing, the “immigrants” are pouring across the southern border in advance of Obama’s departure and the inauguration of Donald Trump.

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More jewels from great thinkers in the past

Some notable quotes from Ecce Venit—“Behold, He Cometh” by Dr. A. J. Gordon:

“The concession of church historians, led by such masters as Neander and Harnack, is that pre-millennialism was the orthodox and accepted faith of the Church in the primitive and purest ages.” p. vi.

thalesThere can be no reasonable doubt that that age in which the Church was most completely separated from the world was the age in which Christianity was most victorious in the world.” pp. 89, 90, 91

“The mystery of godliness [I Tim. 3:16] is God humbling Himself to become man; the mystery of iniquity [2 Thess. 2:7] is man exalting himself to become God.” p. 116

“The seduction of the Church from its primitive simplicity was accomplished mainly by these two influences: pagan philosophy corrupting her doctrine, and pagan ceremonies corrupting her worship.” p. 167

Note: For the non-linguistically inclined, the title “ecce venit” is Latin for “Behold (or, look) he is coming!” taken from the Latin Vulgate version of Revelation 1:7. (Reviewer: Doug Kutilek in AISI)

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Are Apostolics more dangerous than Islamic terrorists?

A humanist scholar has declared Christian fundamentalism—a “malignant form of Christianity”—more dangerous than Islamic terrorism, the Chicago Maroon reported.

Catherine M. Wallace, an author and faculty member at Northwestern’s Feinberg School of Medicine, told an audience last week near the University of Chicago that a Christian fundamentalist “in control of nuclear codes was a much, much greater threat” than Islamic terrorists who “need to put bombs on their own children and send young bn-om060_isis_j_20160614102013men in to kill themselves” in order to “blow up a concert,” the paper said.

Wallace — a historian and “Christian humanist,” the Maroon said — noted that Christian fundamentalism has roots in the American South: “The religious right in its most contemporary form has an origin in Southern opposition to desegregation and to the Civil Rights Movement … a transparently racist appeal.”

She added that radicalism comes from a literal interpretation of the Bible. “Nobody in the ancient world would have read the Bible literally,” she said, adding that a literal reading of Scripture is a modern construct.

Christian fundamentalism is a malignant form of Christianity,” Wallace said, according to the paper, noting that such a point of view stirs hatred and conflict with the rest of humanity. [End of report]

The liberal mindset seems unmoved by the facts of history or a realistic vision of the future.

Question: Why is it that women ministers and administrators in denominational churches as a whole tend to be far more liberal than their male counterparts?

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Some interesting Anabaptist history

Within the inspirationist wing of the Protestant Reformation, of which Anabaptists were a part, it was not unusual for charismatic manifestations to appear, such as dancing, falling under the power of the Holy Spirit, “prophetic processions” (at Zurich in 1525, at Munster in 1534 and at Amsterdam in 1535),[39] and speaking in tongues.[40] In Germany some Anabaptists, “excited by mass hysteria, experienced healings, glossolalia, contortions and other manifestations of a camp-meeting revival.”[41] The Anabaptist congregations that later developed into the 8fb98ad5-6005-4b9d-8daf-015d405f67c7Mennonite and Hutterite churches tended not to promote these manifestations, but did not totally reject the miraculous. Pilgram Marpeck, for example, wrote against the exclusion of miracles: “Nor does Scripture assert this exclusion… God has a free hand even in these last days.” Referring to some who had been raised from the dead, he wrote: “Many of them have remained constant, enduring tortures inflicted by sword, rope, fire and water and suffering terrible, tyrannical, unheard-of deaths and martyrdoms, all of which they could easily have avoided by recantation. Moreover one also marvels when he sees how the faithful God (Who, after all, overflows with goodness) raises from the dead several such brothers and sisters of Christ after they were hanged, drowned, or killed in other ways. Even today, they are found alive and we can hear their own testimony… Cannot everyone who sees, even the blind, say with a good conscience that such things are a powerful, unusual, and miraculous act of God? Those who would deny it must be hardened men.”[42] The Hutterite Chronicle and The Martyrs Mirror record several accounts of miraculous events, such as when a man named Martin prophesied while being led across a bridge to his execution in 1531: “…this once yet the pious are led over this bridge, but no more hereafter.” Just “a short time afterwards such a violent storm and flood came that the bridge was demolished.”[43]

Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anabaptists#Charismatic_manifestations. I left links and references in this copy for your convenience if you desired more information.

Isn’t it humorous how some modern writers, in the effort to downplay the significance of experiential Christianity, use phrases like “mass hysteria” to define it?

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Someone handed me this story copied from FaceBook:

A prominent Apostolic pastor [I have omitted the well-known name] tells this story. His brother was in church, used in the spiritual gifts, but somehow a spirit of rebellion entered his heart. He didn’t want anyone to tell him what he could or could not wear, where he could or could not go, or whether he could or could not date a certain person.

He started dating a girl that his pastor told him not to date. He started going to skating parties his pastor said not to man-in-prisongo to. His new girlfriend introduced him to marijuana and that drug was the beginning of others.

His addiction led him and a friend to rob a store and there he would commit murder and be sentenced to life in prison.

He asked his pastor to tell his story everywhere he goes, to warn young people that it didn’t start with the drugs, but it started with disobedience to his pastor. “No one is going to tell me what I can and cannot do.” It started when his pastor told him not to date out of church.

Now, daily, he is told what to wear, when to go to bed and when to get up. Now he is told where he can and cannot go.
“Obey them which have the rule over you, and submit yourselves: for they watch for your souls” (Hebrews 13:17).

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Near the top of the list for morons of the year

An Illinois man, pretending to have a gun, kidnapped a motorist and forced him to drive to two ATM machines where the kidnapper proceeded to withdraw money from his own bank accounts.

A California man was arrested for trying to hold up a Bank of America branch without a weapon. He used a thumb and forefinger to simulate a gun, but unfortunately, he failed to keep his hand in his pocket. (Helloooo!)

caution_moron_alertA man walked in to a Kansas 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.

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 police lineup to repeat the words, “Give me all your money or I’ll shoot!” the man (who had not yet been identified as the robber) shouted, “That’s not what I said!” Ooops.

A few years ago John Walter was asked to give up his position as President of AT&T for lack of intellectual leadership. He received almost $26 million in a severance pay package. In this case, who was it that lacked intelligence?

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What about “Ye…thee…thou…thine, etc” in the KJV?

Those who wish to continue exclusive use of the KJV are free to do so. No problem. Just don’t conjure up erroneous claims about it to cast users who prefer other versions as embracers of “false Bibles.”

Those who are prone to say that the KJV translators must have been linguistic geniuses for incorporating obsolete English terms like “ye…thee…thou…thine, etc.” should take another look at the literature of the times. One claim is that these terms had been discontinued in the 1400s and were not commonly used in England at the time of the KJV translation in 1611 when the translators brought them back into use. That is not true. Extremists claim that the translators reintroduced them for the sake of specificity. Virtually any English major knows that the terms were still in popular use in 1611. It was the common style in the literature of the period. Every English Bible prior to the KJV used these terms, so they were not “resurrected” by the 1611 translators for use in their Bible. Sources confirming this fact are widely available in libraries and on the Internet. They were common terms used in literature and on the 399px-1631_kjv_new_testament_titlepage_2street. A decline in the usage of these terms did occur in the seventeenth century, except in very formal settings, with continued declension over the next 200 years, until their usage became extremely rare.

KJV defenders say the use of “ye, thee, thine” instead of “you, your,” allows the reader to know whether a pronoun is singular or plural. For example, ye is said to be plural while you may indicate either singular or plural, depending on the context. If specificity was their goal, the KJV translators were inconsistent when applying this grammar style in their usage of these terms. For example, Genesis 17:11 states, “And ye shall circumcise the flesh of your foreskin, and it shall be a token of the covenant betwixt you and me.” Or John 3:12: “If I have told you earthly things, and ye believe not, how shall ye believe, if I tell you of heavenly things?” Note also Leviticus 27:27. Did the subjects change in those verses? The Greek of Acts 2:38 does not suggest a difference in who the “you” and the “ye” indicate. The same group is addressed using second person plural terms.

Traditionalists evidently fail to notice that the 1611 KJV has “ye” in places where the modern KJVs have “you”—e.g., Numbers 32:24, Deuteronomy 1:40, Joshua 4:5, Isaiah 1:16, Zechariah 6:7; 9:12. Are these mistakes? Is anyone confused by these renderings? F. H. A. Scrivener observed that later KJV editors, especially those of 1762 and 1769, had altered nominative plural “you” into “ye” at 364 places. There were also many differences in plural and singular readings in the 1611 Version and modern ones. This affirms that the translators did not have in mind what the KJV advocates claim. They simply used terms common in their day. Yet some advocates of the KJV who disdain research tend to condemn any translation with even one word different from their preferred version.

kjv_text_caligraphyModern readers do not seem to miss the seventeenth century terminology when determining the plurality or singularity of personal pronouns. They are understood by the context. In sixty years of ministry, I have never encountered anyone who was confused by modern pronouns. Archaic terms are not necessarily a positive for modern readers. The claim is made simply because advocates feel pressed to uphold the 1611 translators/translation as “perfect” in every way at every word.

The English language was in a state of flux in the decades between 1575 and 1625, with the “I” or “H” in some cases, soon to become “J.” The KJV still spelled Jerusalem beginning with an “H,” and Joshua, Jesus and Jews began with an “I.” An internal “s” looks like an “f” in my 1607 Geneva Bible. The 1611 KJV spelled Colossians in one place as “Colofsians” and “Coloffians” in another—on the same page! Thessalonians appears as “Theffalonians,” and Isaiah is “Ifaiah.” Some harsher critics considered the KJV English sixty or seventy years out of date when it was published, citing that its English was in a form no one had ever spoken. Hugh Broughton, perhaps England’s leading Hebrew scholar, lambasted the translation for its errors and its slavish following of the old Bishops’ Bible.

Probably the first English translation of the Bible to dispense with “ye, thou, thee, thine, etc.,” was a translation of the Gospels by Andrewes Norton published in 1855. His work was published in two volumes—one containing the four Gospels, the other containing Norton’s notes on how he did the actual work of translation. It took a long time for most English Bible readers to be comfortable with “you” instead of “thou or thee.” These terms remained so long in American Bibles because they gave the text a “foreign” or ancient sound—even a sacred tone. “Bible English” some called it.

The KJV—use it but don’t abuse it by repeating unsubstantiated claims without doing personal research.

[Is the KJV Only movement divisive? See: http://www.angelfire.com/pa2/truthandthings/perspect.kjo.html]

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I John 5:7 and the Latin Vulgate

When Jerome was putting the finishing touches on the Roman Catholic Latin Vulgate Bible in c. A.D. 390-400, he did not include I John 5:7b,8a, which appears in the KJV (“in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: fkpwbbmg8e3b-63yefslw12_73uqubml7qcvjkuev4ah0mckdzh9jod6jczxvhiu47ah900and these three are one. And there are three that bear witness in earth:”), knowing it was spurious. However, it began to show up in Latin Bibles around the eighth century. The ensuing centuries uncovered the lack of this Trinitarian emendation in the Greek NT. Catholic prelates convinced Erasmus to include it in his third edition of the Textus Receptus and thus found its way into the KJV. Today the phrase is omitted from the current Latin Vulgate edition (the online version) or marked in color as spurious (http://vulgate.org/nt/epistle/1john_5.htm). If anyone on earth had reason to retain that phrase if it was original, it would be the Roman Catholics.

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“If we couldn’t laugh we would all go insane.” – Robert Frost

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Whoa! Stop the presses! Newsweek had to recall tens of thousands of copies of their magazine. The editors got a little too anxious, misread the American people, and allowed their objectivity train to derail.

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Now we’re back on track!

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The Last Shot

huge.16.82049 One woman was found to be using the following password:

“MickeyMinniePlutoHueyLouieDeweyDonaldGoofySacramento”

She was asked why such a long password. “Duh! It had to be at least 8 characters and include a capital.” (Guess the color of her hair.)

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Roffie and I wish all of our readers and subscribers the merriest Christmas ever! Let’s visit again on January 1.

JREnsey

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JREnsey blog #2 for November, 2016

Welcome to blog #2 for November, 2016

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The Word for today

“I warned the proud, ‘Stop your boasting!’Bible
I told the wicked, ‘Don’t raise your fists!
Don’t raise your fists in defiance at the heavens
or speak with such arrogance.’”
For no one on earth—from east or west,
or even from the wilderness—
should raise a defiant fist.[a]
It is God alone who judges;
he decides who will rise and who will fall” (Psalm 75:4-7 NLT).

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Had enough of the Hillary and Donald show?

I have. It is now time to govern, not campaign. Therefore, after the following comments, we will lessen the political input in the blog from this point forward. I make no specific promises of absolutely none, but will refrain as much as possible and focus on issues that are relevant to Christians in general, and Apostolics in particular.

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He did it!

Against all odds, Donald J. Trump has been elected president of the USA! A few months ago, who would have given him a snowball’s chance in the Sahara? Not me. Someone who had never held public office, an outsider, whose only notoriety was to be a billionaire builder, has 483208412-real-estate-tycoon-donald-trump-flashes-the-thumbs-up-jpg-crop-promo-xlarge2ascended to the highest office in America. I am not sure yet whether we Evangelicals who obviously put him over the top should be proud. Time will tell. But I trust he recognizes that fact.

As Pilate said, “What I have written, I have written.” No changing; no going back. The vote is in, the ballots were marked, and the die is cast. America chose Trump by 306 to 232 electoral votes. Some are saying it was God; others that it was the devil. Let’s just say it was the voters in the swing states.

Hillary’s and Sanders’ millennials can’t accept it, so they are rioting in the streets, emboldened by the likes of Harry Reid and the liberal media. Their numbers are swelled by the bused-in radicals, lousy looters, socialists and communists. They spout Marxist slogans, and carry signs that belie their true sentiments, which are not with America. Get over it, protesters, and let’s get on with the business of restoring America to the Republic our nation’s founders envisioned.

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Dear Liberal Progressives:

I’m noticing that a lot of you aren’t graciously accepting the fact that your candidate lost. In fact you seem to be posting even more hateful things about those of us who voted for Trump.
Some of you are apparently “triggered.” Because you are posting how “sick” you feel about the results.
How did this happen you ask?
You created “us” when you attacked our freedom of speech.0319newyorkcitydonaldtrumprally02
You created “us” when you attacked our right to bear arms.
You created “us” when you attacked our Christian beliefs.
You created “us” when you constantly referred to us as racists.
You created “us” when you constantly called us xenophobic.
You created “us” when you told us to get on board or get out of the way.
You created “us” when you forced us to buy health care and then financially penalized us for not participating.
You created “us” when you allowed our jobs to continue to leave our country.
You created “us” when you attacked our flag.
You created “us” when you confused women’s rights with feminism.
You created “us” when you began to emasculate men.
You created “us” when you decided to make our children soft.
You created “us” when you decided to vote for progressive ideals.
You created “us” when you attacked our way of life.
You created “us” when you decided to let our government get out of control.
“You” created “us” the silent majority.
And we became fed up and we pushed back and spoke up.
And we did it with ballots, not bullets.

Posted by Debbie Ferguson. Well spoken.

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Powerful words

Time always tells the truth.

“An unholy Church! It is of no use to the world, and of no esteem among men. Oh, it is an abomination, hell’s laughter, heaven’s abhorrence. And the larger the Church, the more influential, the worst nuisance does it become, when it becomes dead and unholy. The worst evils which have ever come upon the world, have been brought upon her by an unholy Church.” – Charles H. Spurgeon

persuasive-landing-pages-words-have-power“He is no fool who gives away what he cannot keep, to gain what he cannot lose.” – Jim Eliot, missionary to Peru (Something very similar was stated by Matthew Henry in his commentaries.)

“The foundations of our national policy will be laid in the pure and immutable principles of private morality, and the preeminence of free government be exemplified by all the attributes which can win the affections of its citizens, and command the respect of the world.” –George Washington (1789)

“The American dream is not that every man must be level with every other man. The American dream is that every man must be free to become whatever God intends he should become.” – Ronald Reagan

Liberals and Hollywood elites must be Latinophobes. Ever notice liberals say they’re moving to Canada if Trump gets elected? Why don’t they move to Mexico or Guatamala? – Various sources

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 The following was given to my wife, Roffie, by Sis. Mollie Thompson, missionary to Colombia, South America

Jesus—What A Name!

I have….

Sung it in worship,

Yelled it in revival,

Screamed it in danger,

Shouted it in victory,

Whispered it to the sinner, the sick and the dying,philippians-2-9-the-name-that-is-above-all-names-red-copy-2

Crooned it to my children,

Gasped it in pain,

Groaned it in travail,

Murmured it in despair,

Breathed it in panic,

Sobbed it in terror,

Moaned it in sorrow,

Muttered it in failure,

Whimpered it in self-loathing,

Whined it in failure,

Wailed it in real and imaginary affronts,

Wept it in repentance,

Laughed it in forgiveness,

Stammered it in astonishment,

Thought it when speech was prohibited and scoffing was the order of the day!

And in every language and tone of voice known to man, IT WORKS!!!

AMEN! (JRE)

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 Conformed to His image?

I know the Bible says, “For God knew his people in advance, and he chose them to become like his Son, so that his Son would be the firstborn among many brothers and sisters” (Romans 8:29 NLT). But sometimes we don’t feel like our lives resemble His very closely.

How did Jesus work His way through this earthly life so pristinely? Someone said He did it potierthis way:

  • He was subject to certain people, even Joseph and His mother Mary. He was Lord of all, yet He humbled Himself to be obedient. Each of us needs someone in our lives to whom we are subject.
  • He was wed to a purpose: “Let us go into the next towns, that I may preach there also: for therefore came I forth” (Mark 1:38). His face was set like a flint toward Calvary and the redemption of mankind.
  • He loved people who were unlovable—the Gadarene madman, the self-righteous man, the women who had been gross sinners.
  • He suffered execution when He did not deserve it. How many of us are willing to die to self and pride when we have not been at fault?
  • He performed 37 marvelous miracles of all kinds—yet, He gave glory to His Father. If we had done all that, who would have received the glory?

Oh, to be conformed to His image!

(Found on sticky notes deep in my Bible. Source uncertain.)

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Are you a “country bumpkin”?

“If it is not [declared] unlawful for any persons to make some definite proclamation in regard to the truth of Scripture, there will arise countless errors. For every one will maltreat the Sacred Writings at his own sweet will. Country bumpkins!” – Huldrych Zwingli, quoting his opponents

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 New Spanish language booklet:versiculos_cover_web
Versículos para Consejería y Evangelismo: Una guía de referencia rápida.


Todo ministro cristiano necesita estar preparado para responder a las preguntas de personas interesadas en el evangelio o en necesidad de consejería. Este librito le da las herramientas necesarias para hacer precisamente eso con temas tan diversos como el aborto, la homosexualidad, drogas, divorcio, autoestima, bautismo, infierno y mucho más. Mantenga este librito junto a su Biblia en todo momento y nunca estará despreparado para ser usado por Dios.

Adapted and edited by George Medina, who says, “We printed a limited amount, therefore the cost was a little high. We are selling them for $5.00 through our online bookstore at:

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Libro: Versículos para Consejería y Evangelismo

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 Job’s Wife

“Job has lost his children, but his wife he has retained, for he needed not to be tried by losing her: he was proved [tested] sufficiently by having her. . . .Why, asks Chrysostom, did the devil leave him his wife? Because he thought her a good scourge, by which to plague him more acutely than by any other means.” – Franz Delitzsch, Commentary on the Old Testament: Job, pp. 71-72.

I am sure second opinions might be in order on this observation by Chrysostom, who remained a life-long bachelor.

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Bittersweet memories:

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Give us a sense of humor, Lord,
Give us the grace to see a joke,
To get some humor out of life,
And pass it on to other folk.

Have a wonderful November—what’s left of it. Slice some turkey, not just the politicians.

 JREnsey

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JREnsey blog October 2016

Welcome to the October 2016 blog. Thanks for visiting.

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The Word for today

 “We think you ought to know, dear brothers and sisters, about the trouble we went throughbible460 in the province of Asia. We were crushed and overwhelmed beyond our ability to endure, and we thought we would never live through it. In fact, we expected to die. But as a result, we stopped relying on ourselves and learned to rely only on God, who raises the dead. 10 And he did rescue us from mortal danger, and he will rescue us again. We have placed our confidence in him, and he will continue to rescue us” (II Corinthians 1:8-10).

May the Word give hope to some reader today!

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Did Someone Find the Doctrine of the Trinity In the Name of God? Why is God’s Name “Elohim” Plural in Genesis 1:1?

By Rabbi Tovia Singer

Question: Yesterday, a Christian business associate made a point that in the very first verse of Genesis G-d is referred to as “Elohim,” which is plural. She also said that it is a plural form of three (something I have never heard before). That, she concludes, is proof of the Trinity! Why is G-d’s name plural in this verse?

Answer:

The claim advanced by your business associate is one of the more well-known arguments used by missionaries to defend the doctrine of the Trinity, the most guarded and untenable creed of the Church. It would be difficult to imagine a doctrine more hostile to the uncompromising monotheism preached in the Jewish Scriptures than the Christian claim that there is a plurality within the divine nature of God. Yet, armed with little knowledge of the Hebrew language, many Trinitarians brazenly argue that the name of God, as it appears in the first verse in the Bible, “proves” there are three distinct Persons in the godhead.

trinity_lgMore specifically, missionaries point to the plural form of the Hebrew name of God אֶלהִים, (Elohim), which appears frequently in the Torah, to bolster their claim that there is a complex unity in the godhead. They argue that the use of the Hebrew letters “ ים” (yud and mem, pronounced “im”), which is a plural suffix at the end of the word Elohim, provides ample evidence from Tanach that there is a plurality within the nature of God. Your business associate went out on an even more bizarre limb when she declared that this Hebrew syntax is somehow indicative of the “plural form of three.”

You can rest assured that the Hebrew tongue is a foreign language to your business associate, and that both of her contentions are erroneous. While her first assertion can be easily explained away by her lack of familiarity with the biblical language, her second point cannot. Her latter comment that the plural suffix in Elohim is indicative of “a plural form of three” is particularly preposterous, and….(Read the remainder of this very interesting article at http://outreachjudaism.org/trinity-genesis/

Disclaimer: I know nothing about the author of the above article other than what I see and read on the Internet. The sharing of this article should not be construed as an endorsement of him or his theological positions. He is a Jew and does not believe Jesus is the Messiah. However, his explanation of the plural Elohim in Genesis 1:1 in this article strengthens the position of God’s Oneness.

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 Ghost writers in the sky*

In a Family Circus cartoon, 5-year old Dolly brings a Bible to her mother and asks, “Did God write the Bible Himself? Or did He have some Holy Ghost writers?”

Dolly, that was a very insightful question. Indeed, God has done some writing Himself when He inscribed the Ten Commandments on tablets of stone. However, He conscripted cncf6vruyaanx1lsome “holy men of God” (II Peter 1:21) to write the record of creation, the Law, the history of His people, poetry that teaches, and prophecies of things to come. He also inspired writers to provide the history of the ministry of Christ and the apostles, along with their letters of instructions to believers in the first century. The truths were from God; men provided the means to convey and preserve them.

So, yes, in a sense God did have some “ghost writers.” God is the Author of the Book but He used men to write the words. We have found that every record is factual and every promise is trustworthy.

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 Darwin was right

 By Tony Pearce

Darwin was right when he wrote: “To suppose that the eye could have been formed by natural selection (evolution) seems absurd in the highest possible degree.”

Oxford biologist and atheist Richard Dawkins, who believes that Darwin’s theory of evolution has the answer to all natures complexities, is not daunted by this admission of his mentor. In his book, Climbing Mount Improbable, Dawkins agrees with Darwin that there are difficulties in believing in the evolution of the eye: An eye is made up of a large number of parts arranged in a very special way. The number of possible ways in which those parts could have been arranged comes to a stupefying large number. Moreover, of all the trillions of possible arrangements of the parts of an eye, only a tiny minority would see.

eye-anatomy To answer this possible objection to the theory of evolution, Dawkins argues that it is not difficult for rudimentary lens-like objects to come into existence spontaneously. Any old lump of halfway transparent jelly need only assume a curved shape (there are all sorts of reasons why it might), and it will immediately confer at least a slight improvement on a simple cup or pinhole. Lenses might have evolved in the first place from a vitreous mass that filled the whole eye. According to calculations made by Swedish biologists, he says it would only take about 364,000 generations to evolve a good fish eye with a lens.

Even if you accept this unlikely scenario, it does not tell us how long it would take to evolve a good human eye or how these blind or half-blind creatures managed to stumble around for millions of years while they evolved their eyes [or how they escaped predators during that time. – JRE]. Nor does it tell us how something as wonderful and complex as the eye could have come together by chance, when all the evidence of the natural world is that left to themselves things become more random and disorganized, not more complex and developed (the Second Law of Thermodynamics).

“The hearing ear, and the seeing eye, the Lord hath made even both of them” (Proverbs 20:12).

Source: The Evolution Conspiracy: The Impact of Darwinism on the World and the Church

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Man deported five times keeps returning to assault women

Police arrested Nicodemo Coria-Gonzales in Austin for setting a woman on fire and sexually assaulting several others over a period of months.

He was here illegally and had been deported five times, only to walk back across the border again and again. Obama and Hillary say we have border security. What a joke, you say? It is ice-raid_3535094bnot a joke to those he abused and tried to kill. The “Border Patrol Agents” (a misnomer?) have their hands tied in such cases. It is like fishing in special places: catch and release. Our officials in Washington say the immigration system is “broken” and needs fixing.

The first thing it needs is enforcing by a president with guts and a congress that is not sold out. There will be no border security without a physical restraint and someone in Washington with the courage to say, “Want to come here? Welcome, but you must come legally. Like other sovereign nations, we have immigration laws and they will be enforced.” Reckon there will ever be such a person in the White House?

Obama has authorized thousands of Syrian refugees to come to America where there is no real vetting process in place. Hillary Clinton has said she wants to allow several times that many to come. I also heard that over 858 illegals (later upped to over 1800) who were set to be deported because of involvement in immigration fraud and suspicion of national security concerns, were granted U.S. citizenship “by mistake.” Right. One of them was already hired into law enforcement, two others were given security clearance, and they were now able to sponsor other immigrants who want to come into the country. Are we totally nuts, or is it all part of the final months of the Obama administration’s secret acts?

(https://www.occupycorporatism.com/dhs-grants-citizenship-to-858-immigrants-scheduled-for-deportation/)

Wake up, America!

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Staying at home on November 8?

The other day a man told me that for the first time ever he was going to vote for a third party candidate. He liked neither of the two main candidates running for president. Is “liking” someone a prerequisite to vote in a presidential election? He should know that a non-votervote for a third party will likely be a vote for Hillary Clinton. Everyone—even those who stay home—votes for somebody! Others say they just can’t bring themselves to vote for anyone this time. That is rather illogical. If we wait until someone comes along who believes exactly like we do about the military, the economy, the culture, our particular preferences about everything, we will probably be waiting a long time. The apostle Paul is not on the ballot this year.

Also, consider this:
Justice Scalia’s seat is vacant.
Justice Ginsberg is 82 years old
Justice Kennedy is 79 years old
Justice Breyer is 77 years old
Justice Thomas is 67 years old

The average age of a Supreme Court retirement or death occurs after 75. These are five vacancies that will likely come up over the next 4-8 years. The next president will have the power to potentially create a 7-2 Supreme Court skewed with his ideology. Think about a 7-2 liberal court. If the next President appoints five young justices, it will guarantee control of the Supreme Court for an entire generation. And 7-2 decisions will hold up much more over time than 5-4 decisions which are viewed as lacking in mandate.

Hillary has made it clear she will use the Supreme Court to go after the 2nd Amendment. She has literally said that the Supreme Court was wrong in its Heller decision stating that the Court should overturn and remove the individual right to keep and bear arms. Period. If Hillary Clinton wins and gets to make these appointments, you likely will never see another conservative victory at the Supreme Court level for the rest of your life. Ever.
Remember Romney? Three million conservatives who had voted for McCain did not cast a vote for Romney (for whatever reason) and the result was four additional years of Obama. Thanks, all you stay-at-homers!

AND ONE FINAL THOUGHT, Hillary’s already on the record as saying that Obama “would make a great Supreme Court Justice.” (USA Today) Now that is scary!

Source: Anonymous

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Let’s all say “diversity”!

We keep hearing about diversity. Everyone seemingly wants to play the game of who can be the most broadminded as though it is the ultimate virtue.

In our government’s insistence on diversity, the president has nominated Abid Riaz Qureshi, a Muslim, to serve as Federal Judge in the District of Columbia. Does anyone realize how impacting that decision could be on the future of our nation? These are “for life” appointments. We are already seeing the effect of Obama’s judicial appointees in the support of his social and political agendas. What the president wants, he gets by activist judges.

Is diversity on the federal bench bad? No, and yes. It matters not what color a person’s skin is. Who cares? What values does he embrace? What decisions might he be expected to hand down in the future? To whom might he be obligated? What is his vision for America? Those are the important questions, not what race or gender might be involved. Diversity will usually happen to some extent rather automatically. It did in the early church. Diversity is fine but it must not outstrip unity in the things that matter. Slogans notwithstanding, diversity is NOT our strength. The Bible teaches unitythat our strength is in unity.

The real problem: diversity does not know where to stop. It roars past gender and skin tone and ethnicity. It gets into ideology and into theology. It morphs into multiculturalism and then into full-blown pluralism, all undergirded by political correctness. Any value—or no values—becomes equal to all others. In that crazy system no one is truly right because everything is relative. Globalization is in; nationalism is out. Sounds good to those who think George Soros ought to be president.

Eighty-eight former generals have raised their voices against the diversity presently being foisted on the military. Traditional American values have been thrown out the window of the Pentagon. The “America first” generals are being replaced with homosexuals and transgenders and those who think America needs to be taken to the whipping post. One general has described our military as “in shambles.” Iran takes our billions while harrassing our ships and planes, threatening to shoot them down. Response: virtual silence. Weak, feckless leadership is no threat to them. We have supplied them with the means to buy weapons that can take out our planes and ships, as well as backing off from keeping their country nuclear free.

On the surface, diversity sounds charitable and Christian-like, as only college professors can laud it. But where is it headed? The call for diversity in the culture bleeds over into the church. Diversity is welcome in the church when the Scriptures are not violated, when unity is not threatened, but diversity for diversity’s sake—for appearances—is extremely shortsighted and dangerous. When we make it open-ended, where might we be ten or twenty years down the road? To be in lock-step with cultural trends is no virtue in our times, and certainly is no justification for ignoring scriptural mandates.
What would Paul say? What did he say?

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Politician ignores biblical context

Vice President candidate Tim Kaine was praising “marriage equality,” a code-phrase for same-sex marriage, in his effort to position God on his side. “My church teaches me about a Creator, in the first chapter of Genesis, who surveys the entire world, including mankind, and said, ‘It is very good. It is very good.’ Pope Francis famously said, ‘Who am I to judge?’ And to that I want to add, who am I to challenge God for the beautiful diversity of the human family? I think we’re supposed to celebrate it, not challenge it.”

contextIt is “very good”? He wasn’t talking about Adam’s sin, Mr. Kaine. In fact, he kicked Adam out of the Garden because he ate fruit from a forbidden tree. Do we think anyone gets by with sin because God is a great big Jolly Old Elf sitting somewhere in the heavens ignoring the grossest of sins? Sorry, but that is not the message of Genesis 1. You need to get your Bible and read that again. And it is certainly not the message of Calvary, Mr. Kaine. Better take another look at the cross.

And we should be “celebrating” what God condemns rather than challenging it??? I guess you never read I Corinthians 6:9,10: “Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived; neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor homosexuals, nor thieves, nor the covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers, will inherit the kingdom of God” (NASB). Or I John 2:15-17. Or…oh, well. I don’t suppose Mr. Kaine will be reading this, but perhaps someone else will for whom the Word will makes sense. “Let him that readeth understand…” (Mark 13:14).

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Hip surgery

Two patients limp into two different doctors’ offices with the same complaint:

Both have trouble walking and may require hip surgery.

Patient #One.

Is examined within the hour, is X-rayed the same day, and has a time booked for surgery the following week.

Patient #Two.

Sees his family doctor after waiting 3 weeks for an appointment, then waits 8 weeks to see a specialist, then gets an  x-ray, which isn’t reviewed for another week, and finally has his surgery scheduled for 6 months from then, pending the review board’s decision on his age and remaining value to society.

Why the diffeobamacarethisisgoingtohurtrent treatment for the two patients?

Patient #One is a golden retriever taken to a vet.

Patient #Two is a senior citizen on Obamacare.

If there is no change in government in November…we’ll all need to find a good vet before long.

Anonymous

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More timely quotes:

Margaret Thatcher: “Socialists cry ‘Power to the People!’ and raise the clenched fist as they say it. We all know what they really mean—power over the people, power to the state!”

Fred Thompson: “This country has shed more blood for the freedom of other people quotesthan all the other nations in the history of the world combined, and I’m tired of people feeling like they’ve got to apologize for America!”

Walter Williams: “Prior to capitalism, the way people amassed great wealth was by looting, plundering and enslaving their fellow man. Capitalism made it possible to become wealthy by serving your fellow man.”

Mike Rowe: “Of the three million available jobs today, less than 20% require a 4-year degree. We are lending money we don’t have to kids who can pay it back to train them for jobs that no longer exist. That’s nuts!”

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 Generational overlap

 Adam was still alive when Methusaleh and his son Lamech (Noah’s father) were born. Do you reckon they conversed? Perhaps he told Methusaleh, “Yeah, we had a nice place once, but my wife ate us out of house and home.”

Noah’s son Shem was still alive when Abraham was born. Abraham could have learned much of the history of the world from him. “Abe, let me tell you about a storm that came up one day.”

aging-longevity-biblical-life-spans-adam-to-jacobBoth Queen Esther and the prophet Daniel were in the Babylonian exile, although Daniel’s experience was decades before her time. Doubtless his story was an inspiration to her.

Daniel and the Chinese philosopher Confucius were contemporaries. What would their conversation have sounded like?

Solomon and the Greek poet Homer lived in the same century. Both were prolific writers. They would have had much to discuss.

Who are your contemporaries that you should meet and share stories with?

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 Book Review:

How To Teach Holiness From the Inside Outhow-to-teach-holiness-front-cover

 by David A. Huston

RoshPinnah Publications, 2016; 24.95

This huge (8½” X 11″) 325-page book is billed as “An Apostolic Guide on the Progression from Holy Ghost to Holy Life.” It definitely lives up to its billing. Those of us who teach can always simply use the Bible for our material, but so many specific issues we deal with today are unnamed in the Bible, except in the context of principles. That is where this book shines. Pastor David Huston in Carlisle, PA has pulled the fundamental principles from the Bible and life itself to shape the way we can bring ourselves into compliance with God’s will.

He rightly begins with the heart. Our inner man must be humbled to believe and obey. Otherwise, holiness is nothing more than a disciplining of the flesh. The author aids the teacher by showing the importance of leadership in guiding a group into a life of holiness. He boldly walks through the Meaning, the Purpose, the Pursuit, the Cost, and the Motivation for holiness. The principles of Identity, Love, Authority, Modesty, and Integrity are gleaned for wisdom in conveying the beauty of holiness.

The author adds a helpful section of questions and answers dealing with specific issues that brings the principles into practical application. He skillfully meshes external appearances with internal qualities.

The author also published a companion volume of 250 pages for the laity. The big book is jesus-bought-a-house-front-coverdistilled for the common man in the pews to have as the lessons are taught. It is called Jesus Bought A House: A Believers’ Guide to the Principles of Holiness. The price is 14.95. Both books can be purchased for $30.

You won’t be without solid teaching material on holiness for a long time. This is an investment that will pay dividends in the form of souls eternally saved.

Order from David Huston by email (DAHuston@aol.com) or call 717-580-0819. Both books for only $30.

 

 SEARCHING THE SCRIPTURES: Merging Truth, Texts and    Translations

By J. R. Ensey

Searching the Scriptures Front CoverA number of years ago, I embarked on a journey to learn more about the actual text of the Bible. I wanted to know how it came to us in its present form. The research took me to libraries (both here and abroad), the Internet, discussions with textual scholars, and the reading of many books (a weariness of the flesh), and earnest prayer. I wanted to know the truth.

The shallow claim of those who insist that only one 400-year old English translation—done with pre-set biased rules, few resources, by men who did not know the New Testament was written in Koine rather than classical Greek—should be viewed as “the only true Bible” demands a response. The attempt to find truth behind the manuscripts, the texts and translations seemed a worthy objective. Searching the Scriptures: Merging Truth, Texts and Translations is the result of that effort. It puts the early English Bibles, including the KJV, in perspective where they can be evaluated with contemporary translations by the sciences of papyrology, textual analysis, and linguistics. No doctrines are lost and none are created in the process of textual criticism.

If you have questions about the ancient manuscripts, the Greek texts, the differences in the Textus Receptus, the Majority Text, the Critical Text, or in the translations available today, you will probably find some help here. What about the words or phrases in some translations that are not there in the medieval versions or vice versa? There are some answers in this book.

Includes charts, comparisons of Bible translations, and other addenda that will prove helpful in the study of the Scriptures.

Apostolics, of all people, have no need to fear truth. To do so casts a shadow of doubt on the Holy Scriptures. The more one learns about the Bible, the more he respects it and trusts it. – JRE

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 Well-tuned toons

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Hillary Clinton recently tried to explain her email affair by saying, "So I may have short-circuited it and for that, I will, you know, try to clarify." We've come a long way from the integrity of President George Washington.

Hillary Clinton recently tried to explain her email affair by saying, “So I may have short-circuited it and for that, I will, you know, try to clarify.” We’ve come a long way from the integrity of President George Washington.

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Hillary’s too!

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 The Last Shots

The billions in cash clandestinely flown last month to Iran finally lets us know where Obama stands on terrorism: Don’t fight it, fund it.

Overheard:

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Sorry, but I don’t listen to anti-gun lectures from people who think it’s OK to kill a baby.

It takes a special kind of lunatic to think importing welfare recipients who want to kill us is a good idea.

6’5″ 250-pound guy wearing lipstick and a bow in his long blonde hair to girl’s high school  basketball coach: “The ACC doesn’t mind me using your locker room, but for some reason they don’t want me playing on your team.”  (See: ACC pulls games out of North Carolina over transgender bathroom bill.)

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*Please forgive the pun. Only those over 50 will remember the song, “Ghost Riders in the Sky.”

Don’t miss next month’s blog! It will focus on the historic November 8 election of a U.S. President.

JREnsey

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