JREnsey blog August 2016

Welcome to the blog for August, 2016—the month honoring Caesar Augustus, who tried to kill Jesus. The heat this month is trying to kill me too.

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The Word for today Bible

“Help, Lord, for the godly man ceases to be, for the faithful disappear from among the sons of men. They speak falsehood to one another; with flattering lips and with a double heart they speak. May the Lord cut off all flattering lips, the tongue that speaks great things, who have said, “With our tongue we will prevail; our lips are our own; who is lord over us?” (Psalm 12:1-4 NASB).

This passage seemed appropriate to coincide with the political conventions.

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Is election to church leadership a mandate for social change?

The Presbyterian Church (USA) has elected a co-moderator, making the top leadership of the denomination totally female, for its 222nd General Assembly who believes members of the denomination are just as evil as Orlando shooter Omar Mateen who pledged his allegiance to the Islamic State terror group.

Pres women 2In a blog written within hours of the Orlando nightclub shooting in which Mateen killed 49 people, the Rev. Denise Anderson—a pastor from National Capital Presbytery who is serving alongside the Rev. Jan Edmiston, a presbytery executive from Chicago as a co-moderator for the PCUSA’s annual assembly—argues that “many in our own ranks aren’t too idealistically different from this gunman.”

“Much of this [homelessness, human trafficking, crime, drug use and suicide among LGBTQ youth] can be attributed to religious teaching,” Anderson claims. “A pastor who counseled parents to turn their backs on their gay son, or submit their lesbian daughter to conversion therapy. Flippant comments about ‘sissies’ thrown carelessly about from the pulpit.

“Relegation of gay men to the choir loft (entertain us!), but kept from the trustee board. Scapegoating same-sex couples as the purveyors of moral erosion. That’s our doing. That’s our assault weapon.”

Anderson further asserted the American Church “is in the same business” as the terrorist Mateen, but is “simply not as efficient as he was.”

As part of the opening day of PCUSA’s 222nd General Assembly held recently in Portland, Oregon, delegates overwhelmingly elected Anderson and Edmiston as co-moderators.

The United Methodist Church has followed suit and elected Karen Oliveto as the Western Jurisdiction bishop. You guessed it—she is a professed lesbian. She is also pastor of the Glide Memorial United Methodist Church of San Francisco.

What’s that twisting sound in John Wesley’s grave?

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Turn off A/Cs and refrigerators!

According to Sec’y of State John Kerry, climate change and global warming may be more dangerous than ISIS and international terrorism.

“It’s hard for some people to grasp it, but what you are doing here right now is of equal noairimportance, because it has the ability literally to save life on this planet,” Kerry recently told the conference of parties to the 1987 Montreal Protocol, a global treaty to end the use of many chlorofluorocarbons from aerosols and refrigerants that deplete the ozone layer.

Are we to assume that all Democrats and other nations are now in the process of turning off their A/Cs and cooling their milk and perishables in a nearby creek or well, as we did when I was a child?

This sounds exactly like the shrill warnings on the first Earth Day in 1970. (Read those failed and foolish predictions here: http://www.freedomworks.org/content/13-worst-predictions-made-earth-day-1970).

One Twitter response suggested that Kerry took waaaaay too much LSD in the 70s and his brain may be fried.

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A prophecy

Christianity adherents, particularly those who are not in step with the leftist agenda, are about to be blamed with virtually everything negative that is happening in America.

You may have noticed the many websites laying the Orlando shooting squarely on the doorstep of conservative Christians that do not approve of the LGBTQ lifestyle, as though outspoken Christians have prompted ISIS and other Muslim groups to commit such Pointing-Fingeratrocities.

The coming persecution of Christians will feature blame placed on Christians from everything from climate change, tornadoes, floods, dope rings, murders in Chicago, the collapse of the stock market, and perhaps even 9/11 and the Hindenberg disaster.

The same was true in the Apostolic Age. Christians were blamed with the downfall of paganism and the disuse of their temples, or physical disasters in many cities—Carthage, Alexandria, and others—and were accused by the emperor of setting the fire that burned Rome in July of AD 64.

Get ready…you will be cited as the cause of almost all negative situations in America. What goes around comes around.

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VP for Muslims?

Former Governor Time Kaine of Virginia has been chosen as Hillary Clinton’s vice president. Brieitbart.com reports that while governor he appointed a Muslim Brotherhood front leader to head the state’s commission on immigration and integration. In tim-kaine-bio-photoa court filing, federal prosecutors said the Muslim American Society “was founded as the overt arm of the Muslim Brotherhood in America.” Kaine called opposition to this appointment “bigotry.” Kaine also spoke at a dinner honoring a Muslim Brotherhood terror suspect, as well as receiving  campaign donations from Islamist groups and individual Muslims.

As U.S. Senator from Virginia, he serves on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. What are we to expect should he become the vice president? Is it a valid assumption that Muslims will adopt American values and laws if we freely open our borders to them? Will they fall in love with American liberty and opportunity and be loyal U.S. citizens? Or will this be viewed as a weakness to be exploited as they have done in Europe?

You might be interested in the Judicial Watch special report titled U.S. Government Purges of Law Enforcement Training Material Deemed “Offensive” To Muslims. What else is going on behind the scenes that we know nothing about?

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What is “the truth”?

I have heard thousands of Apostolics testify about their experience with “the truth”—“I found the truth…I came into the truth…I obeyed the truth…I have been in the truth 20 years…etc.” What do they mean by “the truth”?

No one breaks into their testimony to explain the details. Doubtless, it leaves some hearers a little mystified.

I will venture to say that what is meant is that they have come to the assurance that God exists, that He is eternally one single Spirit, that He is the creator of all things, that He manifested Himself as our Savior, Jesus Christ, that Jesus experienced death at Calvary in our place, that we appropriate His salvation by repenting of our sins and being baptized in His namTruth-2e, that the baptism of the Holy Spirit completes the new birth, that a lifestyle separated from the world pleases God, and that our hope is eternal life with the Lord in Heaven.

While that limited list does not include all Bible truths, it may serve to explain to others what Apostolic Pentecostals generally mean when they speak of “the truth.”

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Moral: Don’t steal a car you are not familiar with!

The proud owner of a magnificently restored 1956 Chevrolet convertible, wrote to say he had returned the car to perfection over the last few years, posted this story.

On a very warm summer afternoon he decided to take his car to town. It needed gas, as the gauge was practically on empty, but he wanted ice cream, so he headed first to his favorite ice cream shop.

He had trouble finding a parking space and had to park the car down a side street. He noticedthief-stealing-a-car a group of young guys standing around smoking cigarettes and eyeing his car rather covetously. He was a bit uneasy leaving it there, but people often take interest in such an old and well-preserved car, so he went off to enjoy his ice cream.

The line at the ice cream shop was long and it took him quite a while to return to his car. When he did, his worst fears were realized… his car was gone.

He called the police and reported the theft and then went back and bought a quart of pistachio ice cream. About ten minutes later the police called him to say they had found the car abandoned near a gas station a few miles out of town.

It was unharmed and he was relieved. It seems just before he called, the police had received a call from a young woman who was an employee at a self-service gas station. She told them that three youn1956 Gas tankg men had driven in with this beautiful old convertible. One of them came to the window and prepaid for 20 dollars worth of gas.

Then all three of them walked around the car, looking at it carefully, and then just walked away without filling the tank.

The question is, why would anybody steal a car, pay for gas that they never pumped, and then abandon the car later and walk away?

They couldn’t find where to put the gas!

’56 Chevy owners love this story. The real moral: Don’t steal cars. Get a job, earn money and buy your own.

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Pope: Church should apologize

“I think the church must not only apologize…to a gay person it offended, but we must apologize to the poor, to women who have been exploited, to children forced intoPope-Francis labor, apologize for having blessed so many weapons” and for having failed to assist families who faced divorces or experienced other problems.

Do you agree? What will the pope apologize for next? His latest statement: “We should not identify Islam with terror.” Let’s see…Baptists? Mormons? Catholics? Buddhists? Which religion does he feel is connected to these terror massacres?

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For gay Catholics only

The Philadelphia Archbishop says gay Catholics should abstain from sex to receive communion. The Philly mayor blasted the decree as “not Christian.” Let’s see…what would be the mayor’s concept of “Christian” behavior?

Gay CatholicsThe new guidelines reiterate Catholic teaching that those in relationships outside the sacrament of marriage—including those in same-sex relationships, the divorced, civilly remarried and unmarried couples living together—should abstain from sex in order to receive communion. The Catholic Church has long held that only those living according to church teaching are eligible to receive the sacraments, including the Eucharist.

“This is a hard teaching for many, but anything less misleads people about the nature of the Eucharist and the Church,” the guidelines state.

Just thought you’d like to know.

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The “thought police” are on duty!

During an end-of-the-year class party at a New Jersey elementary school, a 9-year-old boy said something about brownies and was subsequently questioned by a police officer who was called by the school to investigate an incident of racism. It was another student that accused tthought-policehe boy of saying something “racist,” but the boy’s mother said he was talking about “snacks, not skin color,” according to Philly.com. “He said they were talking about brownies. Who exactly did he offend?” the mother, Stacy dos Santos, asked incredulously.

Can’t nine-year old boys say they like brownies? Knock it off, TP!

How can we ever thank the present administration for taking us toward the abyss of a police state where suspicion, hate and division rule.

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

by JREnsey

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

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A Hill To Die On

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Is truth worth dying for? We all know the time is coming when we must take a stand. This book suggests that there are some things worth risking our reputations, our resources, and even our lives for. Six months ago we would never have thought we would be where we are today as a nation. The Christian faith is rapidly being dismembered and deconstructed to make way for Islam. The rush of endtime prophecy fulfillment should stiffen the backbone of every Christian and make us realize there will be a price to pay for our faith. The nine chapters of the book include:

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

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For Seniors Only

I am a Seenager (senior teenager). I have everything I wanted as a teenager, only 60  years later. I don’t have to go to school or work. I get an allowance every month. I have my own pad. I don’t have a curfew. I have a driver’s license and my own car. The folks I hang around with are not promiscuous and don’t smoke dope. And I don’t have acne. LIFE IS GREAT!

However, I don’t  understand how I can remember every word of a song from 1964, but I can’t remember why I just walked into the kitchen. And why are other people my age so much older than me?

Source: Unknown

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Mysteries of the Codex Bezae

One of the notable uncial manuscripts of the New Testament containing the Gospels and Acts is the Codex Bezae Cantabrigiensis, so named since it once resided in the hands of Theodore Beza, successor to John Calvin in Geneva. In 1581CodexBezae Beza gifted it to Cambridge University where it is on display today. Almost everyone who writes about biblical texts or textual criticism is familiar to some extent with the fifth major uncial in the line of New Testament manuscripts. Its official designation on the list of manuscripts is Dea or 05. (The superscripted e and a signify that the manuscript contains the Gospels, Acts and some portion of the General Epistles.)

It is notable because it is old, dated by most scholars to the fifth or sixth century. It is also important due to its text-type, being the primary representative of the Western family of text-types. Bezae is also the oldest extant bi-lingual manuscript of the Bible, with the Greek text on the left hand page and Latin on the facing page. The mysteries of this codex surround the (continue reading this article, click here)…

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Not really a laughing matter

Bill and Hillary

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Dont take my flag

Don’t burn my flag! (Amen. You go, girl!)

Hillary for Hillary VP

Hillary hot button

Hillary lying

Martha vs. Hillary

Hillary not guilty

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Target Stores haven’t learned their lesson

A transgender man was arrested in a Target store dressing room taking pictures of a woman changing clothes. Dear Target: You can’t say you were not warned.

A transgender Idaho Falls woman was arrested on one count of felony voyeurism for a report that she took pictures of another woman changing clothes in a dressing room in a Target Targetstore in Ammon, Idaho.

Sheriff’s deputies responded to the store after a woman reported that someone was taking pictures of her while she was trying on clothes inside a dressing room. The victim noticed the suspect reaching over the wall with a cellphone taking pictures and confronted her, prompting the suspect to flee the store on foot.

Source: http://wgntv.com/2016/07/13/transgender-woman-accused-of-videotaping-18-year-old-in-target-fitting-room/

I saw one report that Target shares have dropped 20%+ since deciding to have transgender restrooms. Over 1,300,000 have signed a petition to boycott Target https://www.afa.net/action-alerts/sign-the-boycott-target-pledge/ as long as this situation exists.

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The Last Shot

Questions you might address in your next Bible lesson:

If God loves the world (John 3:16), why can’t we be friends with it (James 4:4)?huge.16.82049

If God loves the world, why does the Bible say He hates “all workers of iniquity” (Psalm 5:5; 11:5)?

Does the Bible approve of assassinations (Judges 3:15-23)?

Please share your notes with me.🙂

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As I celebrate birthday #78 on August 28, I thank God for at least 8 years beyond the biblical 70! I also wish all of you with August birthdays a happy one. Be blessed and thank God for one more year!

JREnsey

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JREnsey July 2016 Blog

Welcome to the July blog! Grab a glass of iced tea and take a few minutes to cool your heels while you read.

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The Word for today

“Now may the God of peace—who brought up from the dead our Lord Jesus,Bible-dust-read-me
the great Shepherd of the sheep, and ratified an eternal covenant with his blood—
21 may he equip you with all you need for doing his will. May he produce in you, through the power of Jesus Christ, every good thing that is pleasing to him. All glory to him forever and ever! Amen” (Hebrews 13:20,21 NLT).

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Why do good people endure tragedy?

imagesWe often seek unknowable answers to hypothetical questions, particularly when tragedy strikes. Someone who found comfort in the following verses from Isaiah 57:1,2 shared them with me.

“The righteous perish, and no one takes it to heart; the devout are taken away, and no one understands that the righteous are taken away to be spared from evil.
Those who walk uprightly enter into peace; they find rest as they lie in death.”

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Never forget

We have buried more than 104,000 Americans in cemeteries in France, Belgium, the 5804653933_f6be235ccb_o-1024x768Netherlands, who never made it back from the wars we fought to save those countries from Nazi aggression. In liberating them, we asked for no reward, took no land, nor did we confiscate the spoils. We only asked for space to bury our dead, and afterward poured money from hard-working Americans into their coffers to help normandythem rebuild their countries. It is perplexing how free they are with their criticism of our generosity.
On Memorial Day did you stop and think about the sacrifice of hundreds of thousands of our sons and daughters who did not come back? May we never forget. Others have; we cannot.

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Insurance against divorce

A new study has found that women with between zero and one sexual partner are the least likely to divorce later on, with women who had 10 or more partners emerging as the most likely to see their marriages end, according to the Institute for Family Studies.

Using data from the National Survey of Family Growth that was collected in 2002, 7d34bac6bde0b42287c4bfc58b7db9a12006-2010 and 2011-2013, researchers observed these trends, with the potential ties emerging between the total number of sexual partners and matrimonial dissolutions.

“Earlier research found that having multiple sex partners prior to marriage could lead to less happy marriages, and often increased the odds of divorce,” according to Professor Nicholas Wolfinger wrote in a blog post that announced the analysis. “But sexual attitudes and behaviors continue to change in America, and some of the strongest predictors of divorce in years gone by no longer matter as much as they once did.”

Celibacy until marriage is still God’s plan and some slow learners are just now finding out—the hard way.

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More reasons to believe the Bible

Archaeology has confirmed the existence of at least fifty people mentioned in the Bible. When skeptics argue that the Bible is merely a book of mythological figures, David steleyou can point to this list. If you are not a subscriber to Biblical Archaeology Review and its sister online publication, Bible History Daily, I urge you to check them out. Interesting, factual, and inspiring are adjectives that come to mind.

If you want to see archaeological confirmation of fifty biblical figures, click on:

http://www.biblicalarchaeology.org/daily/people-cultures-in-the-bible/people-in-the-bible/50-people-in-the-bible-confirmed-archaeologically/

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How do you settle a presidential election when the vote is too close to call?

With an ice fishing contest, of course!

After the first round of votes were counted, Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump were deadlocked.

Instead of going through a recount, the two agreed to a week-long ice fishing contest to settle the election. Whoever caught the most fish at the end of the week would be the President.

The candidates decided a remote frozen lake in northern Wisconsin would be the ABCEideal place. No observers on the fishing grounds, but both candidates would need to have their catches verified and counted each night at 5pm.

After Day 1, Trump returned with a total of 10 fish, Hillary came back with nothing.

Day 2 finished, and Trump caught another 20 fish, but Hillary once again came back with nothing!

That night, Hillary and her cronies got together and accused Trump of being a “low-life, cheatin’ trickster.” Instead of fishing on Day 3, they were just going to follow Trump to spy on him and figure out how he was cheating.

Day 3 finished up and Trump had an incredible day, adding 50 fish to his total!

That night, Hillary and her democrat buddies got together for the full report on how Donald was cheating. Hillary stood up to give her report and said, “You are not going to believe this, he’s cutting holes in the ice!”

And that, my friends, tells you about all you need to know.

– Anonymous, of course.

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Someone sent this question…

If I shoot a buck, but I only have a doe tag, can I claim that the buck wasn’t really a 1234buck? I mean…maybe he’d always wanted to be a doe, but with no choice of his own, he was born with the physical attributes of a male.
And yet…on the inside he’d always known he was truly a female.
I’m just wondering if the game warden will buy it, because the White House and the courts have.

 

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Education or “re-education”?

The Philadelphia School District will add two Muslim holidays to its calendar and the city will create a task force to study doing the same for the city’s calendar, officials announced Tuesday.

Then this: High school says no to honor student. From the university level on down, re-education-campstudents are being taught that mediocre is OK. If you excel, keep quiet about it. Everybody is a winner…right?! And not only that, those on the left (the media, school officials, and politicians) want people to have “pride” in all sorts of bizarre behaviors, but we are not allowed to recognize accomplishment. Some high schools have decided that students won’t be recognized at graduation for being in the National Honor Society.

Wayne State University has dropped math as a requirement and installed a class on Diversity, evidently feeling that gender identity issues were much more relevant and essential for our time.

Have our educators gone completely berzerk? Is falling in line with the government’s social engineering agenda turning our schools into re-education camps?

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Burning for Bernie

Socialism sounds great. It has always sounded great. And it will probably always continue to sound great. It is only when you go beyond rhetoric, and start looking at hard facts, that socialism turns out to be a big disappointment, if not a disaster.

While throngs of young people are cheering loudly for avowed socialist Bernie Sanders, socialism has turned oil-rich Venezuela into a place where there are shortages of everything from toilet paper to beer, where electricity keeps shutting socialismdown, and where there are long lines of people hoping to get food, people complaining that they cannot feed their families. (The Houston Chronicle reported riots in Venezuela (6/20) with citizens cleaning out grocery stores because of hunger.)

With national income going down, and prices going up under triple-digit inflation in Venezuela, these complaints are by no means frivolous. But it is doubtful if the young people cheering for Bernie Sanders have even heard of such things, whether in Venezuela or in other countries around the world that have turned their economies over to politicians and bureaucrats to run.

When you hear code words like “income inequality” you know they are pushing for socialism. In most socialistic countries, income inequality is magnified with only the very rich and the very poor.

Facts are seldom allowed to contaminate the beautiful vision of the left. What matters to the true believers are the ringing slogans, endlessly repeated. The masses of immigrants and many millennials have no clue about what made America great and strong. They are patsies for the Bernie Sanders of the world. Will Hillary and Bernie types in Washington we are apt to flush away 300 years of progress and return to subsistence farming (in our backyards) to survive.

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Can’t win for losing

I exercised my tummy fat away—it’s behind me now.

Don’t marry a tennis player. Love means nothing to them.

Since it’s the early worm that gets eaten by the bird, sleep late. Remember: the second mouse gets the cheese.

If you lend someone $20 and never see that person again, it was probably worth it.

Always read a book that will make you look good if you die in the middle of it.

A woman boarded a plane to Chicago. She was in the economy class, but after 16215395-Emoticon-making-the-loser-sign-Stock-Vector-smiley-face-cartoontakeoff, she saw an empty seat in first class and moved up there. An attendant saw her and said, “Excuse me, ma’am. but you have a ticket for economy class, not first. You cannot stay here.” The blonde replied “I can and I will.” The attendant told the copilot, who came and talked to the woman. “Ma’am we really can’t have you staying in this seat, your ticket is for economy class.” “You can’t make me move.” The copilot told the captain, who tried to talk her out of the seat, but it still didn’t work. Finally, a man who had heard what had been going on told the attendant to let him have a go at getting the woman out of the seat because he was married to a blonde, so he knew how to deal with her. After a quick chat with her, she moved. The shocked attendant asked him how he did it. The man replied, “I told her first class was going to Detroit.”

A little balance:

Bubba and Ray were standing by a flagpole, looking up. A woman walked by and asked what they were doing. “We’re supposed to find the height of the flagpole,” said Bubba, “but we don’t have a ladder.”

The woman took a wrench from her purse, loosened a few bolts, and laid the pole down. Then she took a tape measure from her pocket, took a measurement, announced “eighteen feet, six inches,” and walked away.

Ray shook his head and laughed.

“Ain’t that just like a woman? We ask for the height, and she gives us the

length!”

Forgive me my folly.

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New Book

Searching the Scriptures: Merging Truth, Texts and Translations

By J. R. Ensey

440 pages; paper; 19.95 + p/hSearching the Scriptures Front Cover

A 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 the 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 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 in the process and none are created in Searching the Scriptures.

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? You will find some answers in this book.

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

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Worth a thousand words

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President Obama inherited the War on Terror from President Bush. After Obama withdrew U.S. troops from Iraq, ISIS was born. Now, ISIS will be left for the next President to fight.

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Hillary Clinton warned the nation about Donald Trump’s foreign policy experience. Meanwhile…

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The Last Shots

Whoever said, “When guns are outlawed, only outlaws will have guns,” must have seen into the future. Those states and cities that have the strictest laws and regulations are keeping the funeral homes in business. Is it that the “progressives” and the bleeding heart liberals can’t see this or do they have another agenda for huge.16.82049America?

Oh, you might have missed this: Obama plans to spend $25 million on a border wall. Only one problem: It’s not for our border.

It was quietly announced in March that an official with the U.S. diplomatic mission in Tunisia would begin disbursing the first installments of a $24.9 million project to strengthen the border between Tunisia and the failed state of Libya, which has become a haven for radical Islamic terrorists following the bloody deposing of former strongman Moammar Gadhafi.

The project aims to strengthen the border between the two countries by installing state-of-the-art electronic surveillance systems at regular intervals along the nearly 125-mile stretch of barriers securing the frontier.  – The Conservative Tribune

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Enjoy July…it only comes around once a year.

JREnsey

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JREnsey June 2016 Blog

Welcome to the June 2016 blog!

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The Word for today be0007_725

“God has now revealed to us his mysterious will regarding Christ—which is to fulfill his own good plan. 10 And this is the plan: At the right time he will bring everything together under the authority of Christ—everything in heaven and on earth. 11 Furthermore, because we are united with Christ, we have received an inheritance from God, for he chose us in advance, and he makes everything work out according to his plans” (Ephesians 1:9-11).

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Survey evokes concern

A recent survey about the beliefs regarding endtime events was conducted among deadly-daysBaptists, Pentecostals, Methodists, Lutherans, Presbyterians, and so-called Evangelicals. The survey discovered that 84% of Pentecostals embrace the Pre-Tribulation Rapture view. Only 75% of Baptists believe that, and only 1% of Lutherans. 60% of Lutherans, 48% of Methodists, and 49% of Presbyterians felt that the concept of the rapture is not to be taken literally.

But a disturbing fact that was reported was that “mainline Protestants have a more modernist theology. So, for instance, they would read the Bible, not as the inerrant word of God, but as a historical document, which has God’s word in it and a lot of very important truths, but that needs to be interpreted in every age by individuals of that introstatslogocroppedtime and that place.”

If they don’t believe the Word of God, then church is little more than a social club. That is why their membership is drying up and those in Evangelical and Pentecostal movements are still growing. The early church turned the world upside down; today the world is turning the church upside down.

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Transgender appointed by Obama to Faith Based Council

The Obama administration has appointed a transgender individual to the President’s Advisory Council on Faith-based Neighborhood Partnerships, selecting Barbara Satin for a post along with two representatives of minority faiths.

H6CsgrHeSatin, who was born a man but identifies as a woman, is an Air Force veteran, a member of the United Church of Christ and currently works with the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, according to CBN News.

“Given the current political climate, I believe it’s important that a voice of faith representing the transgender and gender non-conforming community—as well as a person of my years, nearly 82—be present and heard in these vital conversations,” Satin said.

President Barack Obama announced the appointments of Satin along with Sikh leader Manjit Singh and Baha’i leader Naseem Kourosh to the faith council on May 12. The press release, which was published on the White House website, includes details about Satin’s past and present history of working with LGBTQ groups.

Source: https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2016/05/12/president-obama-announces-more-key-administration-posts

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Pediatricians decry gender ideology pushed by liberals

The American College of Pediatricians recently issued a temporary position statement on so-called gender identity disorder, or gender dysphoria. A full statement will be issued this summer. The temporary statement is prefaced with the following: The 63135643American College of Pediatricians urges educators and legislators to reject all policies that condition children to accept as normal a life of chemical and surgical impersonation of the opposite sex. Facts—not ideology—determine reality.

Source: By Lori

http://www.glennbeck.com/2016/05/16/american-college-of-pediatricians-on-gender-dysphoria-abusive-to-promote-this-ideology/?utm_source=Sailthru&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=20160525GlennBeckDailyV1&utm_term=Smart%20List%20-%20Responsive%20Group%20A%20v2?utm_source=glennbeck&utm_medium=contentcopy_link

To encourage a child to view himself as something he can never truly or fully be is child abuse!!

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Pastor’s affairs “not enough to send him to Hell”

Sunday Adelaja, a Nigerian pastor who leads the charismatic Embassy of the Blessed Kingdom of God for All Nations Church in the Ukrainian capital of Kiev, has admitted to having affairs with parishioners. The confession came one month after he posted a video on his blog titled “Sexual Sin Is Not Enough to Take You to Hell.” Hmmmmmm…..

imageSeveral of those close to him have accused him of thwarting attempts to help or discipline. A mentor, Ulysses Tuff, has said: “I am not a professional psychiatrist, nor profess to be one, but you never addressed the sins you committed against those innocent women, many of which are married,” wrote Ulysses Tuff, founder and pastor at The Way, The Truth, and The Life Christian Center in Georgia, to Adelaja in a letter obtained by CT. He has been Adelaja’s mentor since 1995.

“If I had to use words to describe and give a very general perspective about you, I would choose such words as hallucination of grandeur, narcissistic, or sociopathic behavior,” Tuff continued.

“Yet, you said that according to 1 Cor. 2:2-10, everything you are going through is connected to your Apostleship,” he wrote. “Not Paul, nor any of the apostles in preparation for apostleship were found to have defiled 20, 30, or more women (this number of women was what you said on my first night meeting with you, you also said there could be more, you don’t remember). It is damaging to the integrity and laws of scriptural interpretation, how you have twisted the scripture to paint a picture of your sainthood….”

Adelaja and all other ministers who have had a lapse of morality have our prayers. He has decided to take a six-month sabbatical in Nigeria to let the matter cool down. What needs to cool down is…….

Someone observed that men have two basic motivations: hunger and hanky panky, and they can’t tell them apart. If you see a gleam in his eyes, make him a sandwich.

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Why do some verses in the Book of Acts read differently in the KJV?

Acts 16:7 – Virtually all contemporary versions say, “the Spirit of Jesus.” The KJV says, “the Spirit….” Why the difference? According to textual scholars and manuscript analysts, this rendering (“of Jesus”) appears in the major early MSS: p74 Aleph A B C2 D E 33 69 81 326 467 vg syrp,b copbo armmss, et al., but was omitted when the Byzantine text-type was in its early development, probably in the time of Athanasius (c. 298-373), who likely chose the short reading. Athanasius was aware that there were two MSS that manuscript2contained different readings here. Chrysostom (c. 407), who had a definite impact on the Byzantine readings, also omitted “of Jesus.” Thus the vast majority of the Byzantine copies omitted the phrase. The KJV translators did not have the oldest manuscripts to consult but used the editions of the TR which collated only a handful of late Byz MSS. Therefore, following the Textus Receptus, the phrase “of Jesus” did not make it into the KJV.

Acts 8:37 appears in the KJV but not in contemporary versions. Noted textual critic Dr. Bruce Metzger explains: “Verse 37 is a Western edition, not found in [early MSS such as] p45,74 a A B C 33 81 614 vg syrp,h copsa,bo, etc., but read, with many minor variations, by E, many minuscules, itgig,h etc. There is no reason why scribes should have omitted the material, if it had originally stood in the text. …The formula was doubtless used by the early church in baptismal ceremonies. …Its insertion into the text seems to have been due to the feeling that Philip could not have baptized the Ethiopian without securing a confession of faith. …Although the earliest known manuscript which contains the words dates from the sixth century (ms E, codex Bezae, which contains a number of inauthentic readings), the tradition of the Ethiopian’s confession of faith in Christ was current as early as the latter part of the second century for Irenaeus quotes part of it. Although the passage does not appear in the late medieval manuscripts on which Erasmus chiefly depended for his edition (ms 2), it stands in the margin of another (ms 4), from which he inserted it into his text because he ‘judged that it had been omitted by the carelessness of scribes.’” Neither the inclusion nor exclusion of this verse changes any doctrine in the Bible. Sure, it contains a doctrinal point (faith is necessary for baptism to be effectual) but many other verses address that issue. It is not included in most Bibles because someone disagreed with it and wanted it out, but because it does not have early manuscript support. It has all the signs of a gloss—wording of liturgy put in manuscript margins by scribes, then later pulled into the text as part of the scripture.

Acts 8:37 was not in Erasmus’ first edition of the Textus Receptus, but he was persuaded to include it in his second edition. Stephanus’ 1550 TR edition has it because it was based off of Erasmus’ second edition. Stephanus 1550 and Beza 1598 were the TR editions most used by the KJV translators.

How did parts of Acts 9:5,6 get into the KJV? The words “it is hard for thee to kick against the pricks. And he trembling and astonished said, “Lord, what wilt thou have me to do? And the Lord said unto him” are obviously not original here. No Greek manuscript has these words here. They were likely inserted because they were found Lutherbibelthere in the Catholic Latin Vulgate, being assimilated from Acts 26:14 and 22:10. Bruce Metzger comments: “The spurious passage came into the Textus Receptus when Erasmus translated it from the Latin Vulgate into Greek and inserted it in his first edition (1516) of his Greek New Testament.” Harmonization of certain passages by scribes, including Erasmus, is not uncommon. Nothing is lost from the biblical record since uncontested and well-supported parallel sources containing these words are elsewhere in Acts. Certain scribes and modern KJV advocates felt that the statements should be here because this is Luke’s original record of the occurrence. But are we authorized to move words and verses around just because we think they should be here or there? We are safest in following the Greek manuscripts.

Why does Acts 19:37 read “robbers of churches” in the KJV when there were no churches to rob at that time? Every known Greek manuscript, including the Textus Receptus, has hierosulous—“temple plunderers.” There were thousands of temples in the Middle East and Asia Minor at that time—but no churches. Christians were meeting in synagogues, in private homes, or congregating in public places outdoors. Perhaps “churches” sounded better to translators in Christian Europe in 1611 where there were now thousands of churches.

Why does Acts 3:13,26 say “Servant” in the contemporary version and “Son” in the KJV? Some strong KJV advocates say using “Servant” here amounts to a “demotion of Jesus” in newer versions. However, the Greek term used is Παῖδα (paida -servant), not ὑιὸν (huios – Son). In the Septuagint and in the KJV, Jesus is referred to in Isaiah 42:1 as the pais Kuriou—the “Lord’s Servant,” or “the Servant of the Lord.” The Hebrewbible_manuscripts_deadseascroll_lg clearly quotes God as saying: “Behold my servant…” (KJV). Messiah is also called God’s Servant in Isaiah 52:13 (KJV). They also complain about Acts 4:27 where Jesus is called “Servant” in modern versions (and the Greek Textus Receptus) as opposed to “child” in the KJV. The truth is that again the Greek term paida (TRStephanus 1550) is “servant.” The KJV just copied what the Latin Vulgate said here rather than translate the Greek. So why do the contemporary versions render the terms as “servant”? Because that is what the Bible writers actually penned by inspiration. Note: The same word is used in Matthew 12:18 of Jesus where the KJV also translates pais as “servant.” Is the KJV demoting Jesus by using “servant”?

Why is “Jesus” inserted in Acts 7:45, when the context clearly indicates that the one referred to is “Joshua”? “Jesus” (Ἰησοῦ) is the Greek form of the Hebrew “Joshua.” In recognition of the context the translators should have translated the Greek into the Hebrew name as it appears in the Old Testament. The context (vs. 44-46) shows without question that Joshua was meant. The person we know as Jesus did not lead the ancestors of the Jerusalem Jews into battle to conquer the inhabitants of Canaan. It was Joshua. Check the Interlinear Bibles. Virtually all scholars agree with the Cambridge Bible for Schools and Colleges which states: “It is better here and in Hebrews 4:8 to let the Greek orthography give place to the form of the word used in the Old Testament.” French and German Bibles have Joshua. Advocates of the TR/KJV, in the attempt to maintain a perception of absolute flawless and perfect translation for that version, speculate that perhaps the translators used the name Jesus to convey a lesson about types and anti-types. Not many readers—or scholars—see the reasoning behind that speculation.

Please note: I am not on an anti-KJV crusade. If the whole church chooses to use the KJV, that is fine with me. I have no problem with that. But as long as misinformation is flowing across our fellowship about it and about other versions, creating division and confusion, the author’s circular arguments should be rebutted.

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But hasn’t God blessed the KJV for 400 years?

Someone asked, “Why use any other version since God has ‘blessed’ the KJV for over 400 years?” If length of service or popular use corroborates every word of a particular translation and signals God’s blessing, consider how God ‘blessed’ the Latin Vulgate, the primary Bible used by most professing Christians for over a thousand years. But it King-James-Biblewas revised significantly by Erasmus in 1516 who knew how corrupted it was. Was Erasmus wrong to do that? The translation of Erasmus’ Greek compilation by William Tyndale in 1526 was ‘blessed’ for eighty-five years before it was radically changed by the KJV translators in 1611. Were they in the wrong for interrupting its length of service? The Geneva Bible was “mightily used of God” by the Pilgrims and Puritans before the KJV was printed and was even more popular than the KJV for decades after 1611.

The point is—evaluation of a certain translation on the basis of length of popular use and what happened during that period is quite subjective. Every scrap of God’s Word on papyrus, parchment or paper from the first century until now has blessed and benefitted God’s people. So, yes, He has blessed the KJV but others as well.

When the KJV is established as the standard, all other translations are compared to it. If they don’t match up, they are wrong. Here’s the logic: The Bible is the Word of God; the Word of God is always right; the KJV is the Bible; the KJV is always right. If the KJV circular-reasoning1is the Bible, all others are not the Bible. If they read differently from the KJV, they are not the Word of God; if they are not the Word of God, they should be rejected. The words of God are pure and flawless; the KJV contains the exact words of God; therefore, the KJV is pure and flawless. The Word (law) of the Lord is perfect; the KJV is the Word of the Lord; therefore the KJV is perfect. The Word of the Lord is inspired; the KJV is the Word of the Lord; therefore the KJV is inspired.

It is this kind of circular logic and argumentation used by the KJV extremists that is fomenting division and confusion.

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For those who might be interested…

Here is a great site for historical texts and Bibles: Bibles-online.net. Check it out.

http://www.bibles-online.net

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Need some inspiration? Enjoy these testimonies:

• “Today, I interviewed my grandmother for part of a research paper I’m working on for my Psychology class.  When I asked her to define success in her own words, she said, ‘Success is when you look back at your life and the memories make you smile.’”
• “Today, I asked my mentor—a very successful business man in his 70’s—what his top 3 tips are for success.  He smiled and said, ‘Read something no one else is reading, think something no one else is thinking, and do something no one else is doing.’”
• “Today at 7AM, I woke up feeling ill, but decided I needed the money, so I went into work.  At 3 PM I got laid off.  On my drive home I got a flat tire. When I went into the trunk for the spare, it was flat too.  A man in a BMW pulled over, gave me a ride, we chatted, and then he offered me a job.  I start tomorrow.”

Fallen in the streets

The Portland Public Schools Board of Portland, Oregon, unanimously passed a resolution Tuesday to remove from classrooms any materials that “cast doubt” on whether climate change is occurring, according to the Portland Tribune. The resolution Truthrequires that textbooks and other classroom materials present climate change as fact. Facts do not matter…truth is only what they say it is.

Someone has said, “Truth is the new hate speech.” George Orwell, author of 1984, famously declared, “During times of universal deceit, the truth becomes a revolutionary act.”

Isaiah prophesied of such a time: “And judgment is turned away backward, and justice standeth afar off: for truth is fallen in the street, and equity cannot enter.”

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God’s plan for seniors

Most seniors never get enough exercise. In His wisdom God decreed that seniors become forgetful so they would have to search for their glasses, keys and other things, thus doing more walking.

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Then God saw there was another need. In His wisdom He made seniors lose coordination so they would drop things requiring them to bend, reach and stretch.

And God looked down and saw that it was good.

Then God considered the function of bladders and decided seniors would have additional calls of nature requiring more trips to the bathroom, thus providing more exercise.

God looked down and saw that it was good.

So if you find as you age, you are getting up and down more, remember it’s God’s will. It is all in your best interest even though you mutter and complain under your brea3RulesOlder.jpgth.

One elder noticed these subtle facts:

Good health is merely the slowest possible rate at which one can die.

Health nuts are going to feel stupid someday, lying in the hospital, dying of nothing.

Life is like a jar of jalapeno peppers. What you do today may become a burning issue tomorrow.

– Anonymous

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The wisdom of Thomas Jefferson

I predict future happiness for Americans if they can prevent the government from wasting the labors of the people under the pretense of taking care of them.

My reading of history convinces me that most bad government results from too much Jeffersongovernment.

No free man shall ever be debarred the use of arms.

The strongest reason for the people to retain the right to keep and bear arms is, as a last resort, to protect themselves against tyranny in government.

To compel a man to subsidize with his taxes the propagation of ideas which he disbelieves and abhors is sinful and tyrannical.

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Worth a 1000 words

Target restrooms

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Airport lines

Baby enough pics

Back off. I am not ready for marriage. This gown is just for show.

Bonnie and Clyde

Clinton and Bruce Jenner

Kill the kid

Geometry test

Some math tests are easier than others.

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The Last Shot

US immigration authorities’ (ICE) said on May 24 that the plan to open a new detentioGrunge rubber stamp with word Insanity,vector illustrationn facility with a specialized unit for transgender people is being condemned by advocates who argue that the vulnerable population should not be detained. What could go wrong with those plans? There are approximately 267,000 undocumented [illegal] LGBT immigrants in the US, according to a March 2013 report from UCLA’s Williams Institute. It is unclear how many of those are transgender, and ICE would not disclose how many transgender people were currently in its custody.

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Love God, love His Word, love someone who doesn’t love you. Love always wins.

JREnsey

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JREnsey *Special* Mid-May blog

We decided to publish a mid-month edition to focus on the cultural challenge that we are facing right now.

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The Word for today

“Righteousness exalteth a nation: but sin is a reproach to any people” (Proverbs 14:34).

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Whole Foods win lawsuit filed by gay pastor

A food store chain has been declared innocent of putting the word “F-G” on a cake ordered by a gay pastor in Austin, TX. He had claimed discrimination by the store. Information came out later that he was being pressed to pay off student loans of several thousand dollars. He allegedly concocted the story to extort money from the store. He has since confessed his lie and apologized to the store and the employee he wrongfully accused.

Source: https://www.rawstory.com/2016/05/busted-pastor-admits-he-was-lying-about-whole-foods-cake-with-anti-gay-slur/.

Anyone shocked at the outcome?

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Mixed reaction on school mandate

Parents and teachers now have to concentrate on safety in school restrooms. Perhaps they will ultimately have to have police protection in each one to maintain order and decorum. I went through many years of school attendance and we never had to have security for those places. Sure, boys occasionally tried to drill holes in the locker room wall, which seemed like a good idea at the time to some of them. But what we are seeing today has no precedent.

A Houston area psychotherapist, who has a transgender child, says schools “should have plans in place to deal with bullying, to deal with any nonsense in the bathroom, to keep those places safe.” If we want no bullying there, no nonsense, and their safety assured, why not leave them as they have been for hundreds of years? Why spend tax dollars providing security for a situation that was created by nonsensical government edicts?

The president of the Parent Teacher Association in the Houston area says that forcing students to use a bathroom they do not identify with creates more problems than allowing everyone to use the bathroom they feel comfortable with. What planet….? Will we have to provide a sandbox restroom for those kids who self-identify as a cat? Where will this end? They teach children to adopt the attitude, ‘This is my friend. He’s a boy. He got the wrong body when he was born.” Some say, “Let’s normalize the issue.” Right. Let’s make straights abnormal. When God made man and woman, He said it is good. What does He think about this current situation that Obama has dreamed up? I believe God clearly expressed His feelings in Genesis 19.

Has no one in government read “The Rise and Fall of the Roman Empire”?

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Let George say it

Princeton University McCormick Professor of Jurisprudence, Robert P. George, was called “this country’s most influential conservative Christian thinker” by the NY Times. He has spoken out on the transgender/bathroom issue. Finally, a professor who makes sense—a rare bird, indeed. He tweeted:

“There are few superstitious beliefs as absurd as the idea that a woman can be trapped in a man’s body. …With Obama’s bathroom edict, the right of parents to direct the upbringing and education of children is in graver peril than ever. Vouchers!”

I thought it was interesting that one of the responses he got read: “Superstitious beliefs? How about transubstantiation? Or the Trinity? All pretty whacked.” An insightful response.

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School Superintendent tosses Obama letter

“I don’t recognize President Obama. Nothing he does has any shred of leadership. When I get that letter I’ll throw it away,” Port Neches/Groves ISD Superintendent Dr. Rodney Cavness tells Beaumont’s (TX) KFDM News in response to a report the Obama administration was sending a letter to all school districts across the nation Friday, directing them to allow transgender students to use the bathrooms that match their gender identity.

The report came down and suggests that if a school does not comply, they could lose federal funding. They could lose accreditation approval, and other complications passed on by the Department of Education. In other words, they could make life miserable for school administrators as well as students.

Cavness said, “This is one of those deals where it’s total overreach of the federal government. The left has made this a big deal. It doesn’t have to be a big deal. We can make accommodations for those kids. We don’t want them bullied or mistreated. I’m going to look at the wants and needs and values of 99.9 percent of our parents and kids. Right is right and wrong is wrong, and our President is wrong. I’m going to do what’s right.

“Our community has spoken loudly. I’ve got 2,500 little girls and young ladies in our school district. I’m going to protect them and the 2,500 boys in our district. What Obama is doing isn’t leadership. He’s not a leader. I’m going to provide leadership. I’ll fight for those kids until I don’t have a breath left in my body. When I get that letter I’ll throw it away. I’ve been advised by our attorneys there are common sense accommodations for these kids. I don’t recognize President Obama. I expect a President to be a strong, fearless leader. Nothing he does has any shred of leadership. It’s ridiculous. In the great state of Texas it’s sad we’re even having to talk about this foolishness. I know most Texans support what I think. Take a look around. Look at Detroit. Look at Chicago. Look at various places around the country that have had 20 or 30 or 40 years of zero leadership or left-leaning leadership. Look at their condition and their state. The government doesn’t fix anything. They only create problems. The only way to do that is personal responsibility. If people choose to live like that, you have the freedom to do what you want in this country. But at the same time, it’s getting forced down people’s throats and it’s not the way to do things. People might be more receptive if it wasn’t crammed down our throat every time we turn the television on.”

Source: KFDM INTERNET—Beaumont, TX

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We already have laws to cover misbehavior in restrooms

This is what bleeding heart liberals are trying to push parents to accept and believe that these laws will keep kids safe. There are laws against sexual assaults and certain acts performed in restrooms, even voyeurism. So we don’t need more laws about restroom use, such as the NC law just adopted, they say. What a stupid position to take.

Outdated laws that have been on the books for decades will dissolve in today’s courtrooms under the pressures coming from the Justice Department. I doubt that any man or woman would be prosecuted for standing around in a woman’s restroom (what perve would want to?) to observe the proceedings.

How do I know? Take the case that occurred the week of this writing (May 12). A man goes into a Target store ladies’ room and leans against the wall. Just stands there. When women complained to Target’s management that a “creepy” man was in the women’s room, the manager replied, “There’s nothing we can do about it.” (Reported on the Blaze)

Yes, there is, Mr. Manager! You can quit working for such a creepy store as Target! The other employees can turn in their red aprons too. I am sure there are other stores that would hire folks that have the moral courage to stand up against cultural tyranny. At least you could sleep at night knowing you did the right thing.

“Oh, but laws will keep anything from happening.” What imbecile believes that? Are there any laws on the books in Chicago by which murderers could be indicted? That stopped them, right? C’mon, America. It is time to return to common sense government.

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Girl choked by man in women’s restroom

On May 7, 2016—yes, this month—A West Town [Chicago suburb] man was ordered held without bail after being accused of choking an 8-year-old girl until she passed out inside a bathroom of a Jason’s Deli restaurant.

The girl went into the restaurant’s restroom. At some point, Reese M. Hartstirn, 33, came into the restroom, saw her and started choking the girl with his hands, causing her to become unconscious, according to a news release from the Chicago Police Department.

He then allegedly picked up the unconscious girl and carried her into a bathroom stall, closing the door, according to the release. Hartstirn also pushed the girl’s mother when she came into the stall to rescue her daughter, police said.

—c)2016 the Chicago Tribune; Story appears at http://www.gopusa.com/man-arrested-for-choking-8-yr-old-in-store-restroom/?omhide=true

BUT… pro-trans rights people say that there are laws on the books to prosecute such people. So, little girls like this are “safe and protected.” Laws in musty books on an attorney’s shelf protect NOBODY and dissuade few. The “protection” we have had for hundreds of years—separate facilities, common sense laws, Christian morality—is being taken away. We have created a situation where the perves will be protected by the law rather than the victims.

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Doctor opens up about transgenders

How about a breath of fresh air?

http://www.allenbwest.com/michele/johns-hopkins-psychiatrist-drops-truth-bomb-about-transgenders-liberals-furious

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What can we do?

First, we can pray. Ask God to give the American church the wisdom and understanding of what is happening to this country. Pray for our President, the Congress, government officials to have the will to retract these regulations that will ultimately force our citizens to choose between two extremes—mass disobedience or surrender to cultural tyranny.

Second, we can wield the power of the purse. We can empty the parking lots of Target stores and other businesses that are meekly following these restroom directives that put our children in jeopardy. Millions of men have warped their minds with pornography and pose a danger to others given the opportunity and the protection of the law.

Third, we can ask for God’s direction as to where we should draw the line in the sand that we will not cross, even under threat of legal action. Our commitment must be deep in order to withstand the coming attacks against the church.

Fourth, we can remove our children from public schools that are being forced to provide co-ed restrooms and locker rooms. PS curricula is warping their minds with cultural engineering. Put them in private schools or homeschool them.

Last, reject hate. Those who are perpetrating this confusion want to label any thought or action that appears to support traditional values as being motivated by “hate.” Not so. True Christians may feel hate coming back toward us, as a policy of intolerance is generated, but we must continue to love those who mistreat us. Not easy—granted. In the end, however, love conquers all. Hate hurts only the one who harbors it. Disagreement and disapproval, however, is not to be equated with hate.

It is not time yet to march through Target holding a Bible aloft and shouting at customers to leave as one mother of 12 has chosen to do. Such tactics now will yield little but criticism. We will know what to do when we enter the voting booths in November. Until then, shop somewhere that still uses the proper signs on the restroom doors. If they all disappear, shop online as much as possible. May God help us to elect someone to the office of President who wants to be the leader of ALL Americans, not just a smattering of special interest groups.

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Last shot:

If socialist professors really believed their own propaganda, wouldn’t they teach for free? – PH

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God help us to keep our heads when it seems all those around us are losing theirs.

JREnsey

Published in: on May 19, 2016 at 10:14 am  Leave a Comment  

JREnsey May 2016 blog

Welcome to the MAY 2016 blog!

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The Word for today

“And the side chambers were three, one over another, and thirty in order; and Bible-Survives-Flames-in-Nigeriathey entered into the wall which was of the house for the side chambers round about, that they might have hold, but they had not hold in the wall of the house. And there was an enlarging, and a winding about still upward to the side chambers: for the winding about of the house went still upward round about the house: therefore the breadth of the house was still upward, and so increased from the lowest chamber to the highest by the midst” (Ezekiel 41:6,7 KJV).

“My beloved put in his hand by the hole of the door, and my bowels were moved for him” (Song of Solomon 5:4 KJV).

“So and more also do God unto the enemies of David, if I leave of all that pertain to him by the morning light any that pisseth against the wall” (I Samuel 25:22 KJV).

I will also make it a possession for the bittern, and pools of water: and I will sweep it with the besom of destruction, saith the Lord of hosts” (Isaiah 14:23 KJV).

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Restrooms are discriminatory?

Yes, praise God! Hundreds, perhaps thousands of common sense situations in human life are discriminatory—all for our own safety and well-being. After God made man and woman as male and female (Genesis 1:27), He backed off and took a look and said, “It is very good” (v. 31). Now our culture is declaring that it is bad.

Target stores have chosen their side in the restroom wars. They say, “Inclusivity is a core belief at Target. It’s something we celebrate. We stand for equality and equity, and strive to make our guests and team members feel Target storesaccepted, respected and welcomed in our stores and workplaces every day. We believe that everyone—every team member, every guest, and every community—deserves to be protected from discrimination, and treated equally. Consistent with this belief, Target supports the federal Equality Act, which provides protections to LGBT individuals, and opposes action that enables discrimination.”

Source: https://corporate.target.com/article/2016/04/target-stands-inclusivity

One website reported that at last count over 700,000 persons had signed up to boycott Target stores. Who would want their wife or daughter exposed to the potential danger such action invites. “But no one has been harmed by transgenders thus far,” they say, “so what is the problem?” There are certain national  parks where no one has been attacked by bears or mountain lion, but they have signs up anyway that say, “Don’t feed the animals.” Preventive measures seem wiser than waiting to act until something tragic occurs. ‘

Now this: A candidate for sheriff of Denton County, TX made this clear statement recently: “This whole bathroom thing is craziness I have never seen,” he posted on Friday. “All I can say is this. If my little girl is in a public women’s restroom and a man, regardless of how he may identify goes into that bathroom. He will then identify as a John Doe until he wakes up in what ever hospital he may be taken to. Your identity does not trump my little girls safety.”

He added: “I identify as a over protective father that loves his kids and would do anything to protect them.”

Once word got out about Murphree’s post, those in the LGBTQ community and their supporters shot back at the candidate to make it appear that he was advocating violence for local transgender folks (both of ’em). What is next—the outlawing of separate dorm room assignments for men and women? The removal of all locks on single stall public restroom doors?

Tim Wildmon added this comment to the Target action: “If Target thinks men should be able to ‘self-identify’ as women and enter a women’s restroom, then why can’t I ‘self-identify’ as a Target employee and get a discount?”

restroom_warsI wonder if God has good insurance? It looks like He is going to be sued before this nonsense comes to an end. No one should (and none do that I know of) advocate violence toward anyone merely because of their gender. But gender has traditionally been determined biologically, not mentally. Hey, this is a pretty simple thing. Get a grip!

Read this if you dare: http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2016/04/22/real-reason-why-north-carolina-bathroom-bill-debate-is-center-stage.html

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Learn or burn

Would you like to know more about Islam from a federal prosecutor who blind-sheiktried the case of the Blind Sheikh? You know, the Muslim cleric who inspired the first bombing of the World Trade Center. This is an article worth your time to read.

You might be surprised.

http://imprimis.hillsdale.edu/islam-facts-or-dreams/

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“Other sheep have I…”

“And other sheep I have, which are not of this fold: them also I must bring, and they shall hear my voice; and there shall be one fold, and one shepherd” (John 10:16).

This verse seems to be applied in several ways in today’s Christian culture. Some want to excise it from its context and make it apply to Christianity in general, as though there are saved people in other religions. Some make a more narrow application to force it to mean that within Christianity there are many “folds” that belong to Jesus and believers shouldn’t be narrow minded to the point of thinking that only one belief system is acceptable or that only one church or group of people are saved.

These applications seem to provide some measure of comfort to those in other faiths or who have friends and relatives in other faiths. But are either of these views what Jesus had in mind?

sheep-foldJesus had been speaking to the Pharisees about the sheep that would recognize the Shepherd’s voice (vv. 9:40-10:15). He spoke of the sheepfold that would envelop His true sheep who would hear and respond to His voice. He posited himself as the door of the sheepfold—corresponding to His declaration of being “the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me” (John 14:6).” No one gets into the Lord’s fold but by the saving ministry of Jesus Christ.

He then spoke prophetically that other sheep presently not in the Jewish fold would respond to His voice when those of His own would not—“them also I must bring.” He was speaking to the Jews who would not hear His voice and referring to the Gentiles who would. As Ellicott elaborates: “These scattered sheep shall hear His voice, for the conscience which knows the voice of God is the heritage of all men; they shall hear it, as the words seem to imply, while the sheep now in the fold refuse to follow it.”

Paul finally sees the truth of this prophetic word from the mouth of Jesus while ministering in Corinth. Frustrated at the reticence of the Jews to believe, he “shook his raiment, and said unto them, Your blood be upon your own heads; I am clean; from henceforth I will go unto the Gentiles” (Acts 18:5-10). That was the right thing to do. The Gentile sheep, which Peter had already discovered, were more open to the gospel (Acts 10). Paul himself had tasted some positive results in Macedonia and Athens, noting that there was a spiritual hunger among them. The conference in Jerusalem chaired by James had called on the church at large to accept what God had promised to do among the Gentiles (Acts 15:12-21).

To stretch this verse to suggest more than that would be twisting it. To suggest that it could mean that people outside the body of Christ—another sheepfold—are also saved without the Apostolic gospel (John 3:5; Acts 2:38)—is outside the scope of the Scriptures. “One Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all” (Ephesians 4:4-6).

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The IRS cometh

Following is an excerpt from a recent article in the Washington Times that affects every church and pastor.

“The public has a right to know about any new IRS guidelines for investigating the practice of our basic First Amendment freedoms.” The Obama IRS first ignored an atheist organization’s request that churches show proof that they are in compliance, but “is now stonewalling in federal court,” Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton said in a press release. The IRS could irs-logonot be reached for comment by press time.

In its 2014 lawsuit the atheist group demanded that the IRS enforce the Johnson Amendment, which prohibits tax-exempt organizations from making political endorsements for elected office. It authorizes the IRS to regulate sermons and other speech to ensure churches comply with the provisions of their designations.

Legal scholars have speculated that the tax-exempt status of churches and other religious groups may be vulnerable in light of the Supreme Court ruling in Obergefell v. Hodges, which struck down state laws banning same-sex marriage.

During oral arguments, Associate Justice Samuel Anthony Alito Jr. asked Solicitor General Donald B. Verrilli Jr. whether religious entities that subscribe to the traditional view of marriage would be at risk of losing their tax-exempt status should the laws banning same-sex marriage be struck down.

“It’s certainly going to be an issue,” Mr. Verrilli said. “I don’t deny that.”

Given the IRS’ alleged targeting of conservative and tea party groups, some members of Congress have expressed concern about the church investigation procedures.

The full article may be found at: http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2016/apr/10/irs-sued-for-refusing-to-release-secret-church-inv/

We had better elect a president who respects our constitution, who will not loose the government’s minions on the churches of America.

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I liked the old paths, when
Moms were at home.
Dads were at work.
Brothers went on to college.
And sisters got married BEFORE having children!

Crime did not pay;
Hard work did;
And people knew the difference.

Moms could and would cook;
Dads went to work;
Children would behave.

Husbands were loving;
Wives were supportive;
And children were polite.

Women wore a dress;
And men wore the pants.
Women looked like ladies;
Men looked like gentlemen;
And children looked decent.

People loved the truth,
And hated a lie;
They came to church to get IN,
Not to get OUT!

Hymns sounded godly;
Sermons sounded helpful;
Rejoicing sounded normal;
And crying sounded sincere.

Cursing was wicked;
Drugs were for illness;
And divorce was unthinkable.

The flag was honored;
America was beautiful;
And God was welcome!

We read the Bible in public;
Prayed in school;
And preached from house to house;
To be called an American was worth dying for;
To be called a Christian was worth living for;
To be called a traitor was a shame!

Preachers preached because they had a message;
And Christians rejoiced because they had the victory!
Preachers preached from the Bible;
Singers sang from the heart;
And sinners turned to the Lord to be saved!

A new birth meant a new life;
Salvation meant a changed life;
Following Christ led to eternal life.

Being a preacher meant you proclaimed the word of God;
Being a deacon meant you would serve the Lord;
Being a Christian meant you would live for Jesus;
And being a sinner meant someone was praying for you!

Laws were based on the Bible;
Families read the Bible;
And churches taught and lived the Bible.

Church was where you found Christians
On the Lord’s day, rather than in the garden,1_Signonly
On the creek bank, on the golf course,
Or being entertained somewhere else.
I wish the old paths were before us instead of behind us.

– Anonymous

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Truth in street clothes

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

The good Lord didn’t create anything without a purpose, but mosquitoes Grocery cart womancome close.

When you get to your wit’s end, you’ll find God lives there.

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

Some minds are like concrete—thoroughly mixed up and permanently set.

Don’t wait for 6 strong men to take you to church.

Forbidden fruits create many jams.

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

God promises a safe landing, not a calm passage.

He who angers you, controls you!

We don’t change the message, the message changes us.

You can tell how big a person is by what it takes to discourage him.

The best mathematical equation I have ever seen: 1 cross + 3 nails = 4 given.

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I have concluded…

…that dryer lint is the cremated remains of all my missing socks.

…that holding on to anger is like grasping a hot coal with the intent of throwing it at someone else. You are the one who gets burned. –Buddha?

I was just thinking…that the most memorable people in life will be the friends who loved you even when you weren’t very lovable. – lovereels.com

…that as soon as we discover life on another planet, Washington will be wanting to send them money.

…that whatever has fallen apart in our culture, we had been duly warned by our president that it would happen.

…that some people are quietly standing by watching us dispense with our freedoms, our laws, and our rights, just waiting for they day when they themselves are sufficiently numerous to install their own laws.

…that the end of diversity is perversity. Let’s do the right thing but shut up about diversity. There are too many nutcases out there who want to push it to some extreme, unscriptural, and ungodly degree. Don’t believe it? Just look around.

…that James Madison (1788) was right regarding guns: “Besides the advantage of being armed, which the Americans possess over the people of almost every other nation, the existence of subordinate governments, to which the people are attached, and by which the militia officers are appointed, forms a barrier against the enterprises of ambition, more insurmountable than any which a simple government of any form can admit of. Notwithstanding the military establishments in the several kingdoms of Europe, which are carried as far as the public resources will bear, the governments are afraid to trust the people with arms.”

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Birds and bees at four?

A four-year-old student was kicked out of a Colorado preschool after her parents questioned the administration’s controversial curriculum that openly birds-bees-992920promotes homosexual behavior and transgenderism in the classroom.

Wanting the opportunity to opt her daughter out of the classroom discussions focusing on sexuality, same-sex relations and gender issues at Montview Community Preschool and Kindergarten (MCPK) in Denver, Colorado, R.B. Sinclair made it clear that she believes her four-year-old is too young to participate in sex education at school.

“I think at this age, they don’t know what bias is,” Sinclair told the Denver Post. “They could have kids from Mars and they would still play together.”

She maintained that it is her parental right to judge when, where and how her daughter is exposed to such sensitive issues. “It’s not that she isn’t exposed to diversity, because it is the world we live in, but how are they having these conversations?” Sinclair asked.

Source: http://www.gopusa.com/?p=8177?omhide=true

C’mon, Apostolic moms and dads! Our voices need to be heard where they count—before school boards and city councils and people who can help effect change.

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Whoever

The fight over restrooms continues. While in the recent past this has resulted in the addition of a third bathroom option (gender-neutral) or requiring people to allow anyone to use the bathroom of their choice, Cooper Union in New York has removed signs from bathrooms that designate them as male or female. Now, everyone can use the bathroom of their choice. Co-ed bathrooms. Ironically, the dorms are still gender segregated.

Bill Mea, president of the college, “When people see someone who they think doesn’t belong there [in their gendered bathroom], it can create stress for everyone. So we thought, let’s just take that away.” Right. Once again, let’s do Restroom war1away with the reality of biology so that we don’t hurt anyone’s feelings. I could agree to a law that says someone who has undergone a sex-change operation should be able to use the bathroom of their “new sex,” but just allowing anyone to use whatever bathroom they want because of how they feel about their gender is a recipe for disaster. Why isn’t Bill Mea concerned about the feelings, well-being, and safety of the women in those bathrooms? Why isn’t he considering how they feel when a man enters the facilities they are using? Why are we ignoring the concerns and feelings of the majority to accommodate the feelings of a tiny minority of individuals who are confused about their gender? Such is liberalism. It’s about feelings, not thought.

Source: Jason Dulle @ Theo-sophical Ruminations

I suppose restroom signs in the future will merely read: Whoever.

You may also want to read Matt Walsh on this topic at http://www.theblaze.com/contributions/regardless-of-the-law-i-cant-allow-a-man-to-enter-a-bathroom-with-my-wife-or-daughter/

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by Peter Connell

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.

Reviews:

“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.” – J. A., Georgia

“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.” – N. D., Kansas

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The will of God

The will of God will never take you where the grace of God cannot keep you, where the arms of God cannot support you, where the riches of God cannot supply your needs, where the power of God cannot endow you.

The will of God will never take you where the Spirit of God cannot work through you, where the wisdom of God cannot teach you, where the army of 0000288_600God cannot protect you, where the hands of God cannot mold you.

The will of God will never take you where the love of God cannot enfold you, where the mercies of God cannot calm you, where the peace of God cannot allay your fears, where the authority of God cannot overrule you.

The will of God will never take you where the comfort of God cannot dry your tears, where the Word of God cannot feed you, where the miracles of God cannot reach you, where the omnipresence of God cannot find you.

– Rebekah Nolt

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double meaning

That should keep you out of jail!

denying climate change

Border wall

Gun and Bible ban

NRA

Immigrants

Trump

Kill the kid

Clintons baggage

Hillarys memory

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Hillary Clinton told CBS News' Scott Pelley that she always TRIES to tell the truth when asked if she's always told the truth. He responded by saying, "Some people are going to call that 'wiggle room' that you just gave yourself."

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The Last Shot

Carl Sandburg once went to sleep during a play he was attending. He washuge.16.82049

there to critique the presentation for a young playwright. Awakened, he responded: “Sleep is an opinion.” Let’s see…how could that be applied to us preachers?

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May your May be your best May ever! Thanks for taking time to visit. Be blessed!

JREnsey

 

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JREnsey Blog April 2016

Welcome to the “no fooling” APRIL 2016 blog!

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The Word for today

“When I wrote to you before, I told you not to associate with people who indulge in sexual sin. 10 But I wasn’t talking biblesabout unbelievers who indulge in sexual sin, or are greedy, or cheat people, or worship idols. You would have to leave this world to avoid people like that. 11 I meant that you are not to associate with anyone who claims to be a believer yet indulges in sexual sin, or is greedy, or worships idols, or is abusive, or is a drunkard, or cheats people. Don’t even eat with such people. 12 It isn’t my responsibility to judge outsiders, but it certainly is your responsibility to judge those inside the church who are sinning. 13 God will judge those on the outside; but as the Scriptures say, “You must remove the evil person from among you” (I Corinthians 5:9-13 NLT).

Would the PC police call that judgmentalism?

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More on the “religion of peace”

We were not over the shock of the Brussels bombing when the Muslims wiped out more than 70 Christians in Pakistan and wounding hundreds more on Easter weekend. I don’t think we can stand much more “peace.”

The Belgium newspaper Derniere Heure reported recently that a guard at a nuclear plant was found dead after being shot several times and having his security credentials stolen. The paper called the murder an event “completely ignored” by the media.

doel02According to the report, the guard was found dead in the bathroom of his home Thursday. The man’s stolen security credentials were deactivated soon after the discovery. Earlier, in a Washington Post story in 2012, two other employees from the plant had left for Syria to fight with ISIS. Should we be concerned?

From 2009 to 2012, a man named Ilyass Boughalab worked for contractor AIB-Vincotte and had security clearances to inspect welds in sensitive areas of the Doel 4 nuclear reactor. Then he left for Syria, was convicted in absentia for being part of a group called Sharia4Belgium and died fighting in Syria in 2014.

According a Washington Post report, Boughalab’s family said he was radicalized after he had security clearances, but in 2014 someone else committed an act of sabotage at the plant by opening a valve, draining lubricant from a turbine and causing it to burn out. The plant was never in danger but had to shut down for four months, and the damage cost between $100 million and $200 million. The motive for the sabotage remains a mystery. [Ah, yes, a definite mystery.]

Should we worry since Muslims belong to a religion of peace?

How secure are our nuclear power plants in this country? You really don’t want to know.

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Transgenderism of Children is Child Abuse, American College of Pediatrics Rules

The American College of Pediatricians urges educators and legislators to reject all policies that condition children to970553.0 accept as normal a life of chemical and surgical impersonation of the opposite sex. Facts—not ideology—determine reality. Read the full story here:

http://www.acpeds.org/the-college-speaks/position-statements/gender-ideology-harms-children

Why does the ACP have to put out such rulings? Shouldn’t our legislators and public officials have enough common sense to know this? I believe most parents do, but they are being bullied and intimidated by the 90-day wonders fresh from the university where they received degrees in social engineering. Schools and colleges that spew this PC garbage should be defunded and any teacher advocating such nonsense fired. Parents, do you know what your children are being taught in the schools and colleges in your communities?

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“Who’s calling, please?”

Book reviews:  God Calling by A. J. Russell

Jesus Calling by Sarah Young

Some Evangelical churches—particularly ladies’ groups—have opted to use one or both of these books in their studies and devotions. Without sufficient discernment and background knowledge, some leaders have assumed that they are harmless books relating how other women are actually hearing from God. Who doesn’t want to hear from God? But are these really legitimate Christian devotional books or merely masquerading as such?

41GkI-V+D7L._SX334_BO1,204,203,200_God Calling, edited by A. J. Russell, has been out since the 1930s. It is one of the best-selling devotional books for women still available today. A similar spin-off is Jesus Calling by Sarah Young.

These are not Bible-based devotionals. Just because they talk about prayer and quote some verses of Scripture does not make them worthy of Apostolic interest. They are more occultic and New Age than Christian. I invite our ladies and any others who are tempted to use them to consider the following reviews.

http://www.womenofgrace.com/blog/?p=75

http://www.lighthousetrailsresearch.com/blog/?p=3764

http://www.iclnet.org/pub/resources/text/cri/cri-jrnl/web/crj0021a.html

http://steakandabible.com/2012/07/04/is-deception-calling-a-review-of-jesus-calling-by-sarah-young/

Group leaders who promote either of these books should know beforehand what they teach and encourage. The pastor should be invited to review books before a church group uses them. Popular books are promoted by publishers who stand to make megabucks from their sales. They select and publish one-sided reviews in that effort. It might be good to re-read II Timothy 3:13-17.

Tim Timmons, author of Chains of the Spirit, states: “The book is full of good thoughts, but careful examination will show that many of the concepts sound as though they originated from the angel of light (II Corinthians 11:14), rather than the Living Christ. This whole experience is inconsistent with God’s Word, which is our only reliable guide to examining this kind of activity.” (p. 30).

Edmund C. Gruss in The Discerner notes these statements attributed to Christ that do not borrow from Scripture:

– “I need you more than you need me” (p. 60).

– “I await the commands of my children” (p. 63).

– “Looking to Me all your thoughts are God-inspired. Act on them and you will be led on” (p. 104).

– “See Me in the dull, the uninteresting, the sinful, the critical, the miserable” (p. 111).

– “I do not delay My second coming. My followers delay it” (p. 177).

– “Remember this beautiful Earth on which you are was once only a thought of Divine Mind” (p. 201).

– “Wherever the soul is, I am. Man has rarely understood this. I am actually at the center of every man’s being, but, 51MDhg8HALL._SX384_BO1,204,203,200_distracted with the things of the sense-life, he finds Me not” (p. 55).

– “Love is God. Give them love, and you give them God” (p. 72).

– “How often mortals rush to earthly friends who can serve them in so limited a way, when the friends who are freed from the limitations of humanity [i.e., the dead] can serve them so much better, understand better, protect better, plan better, and even plead better their cause with Me” (p. 145).

– “Yes! But remember the first hail must be that of the Magi in the Bethlehem stable” (p. 204).

“Christ” slips up on that last one. Matthew 2:9-11 indicates that the Magi arrived at Bethlehem a considerable time after Jesus was born. Note that verse 11 mentions their being at the “house.” The Magi never did visit Jesus at the stable, but the shepherds did (Luke 2:15-20).

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The ending of the Lord’s Prayer

People often ask, “Why is there a confusing difference in the Lord’s Prayer in Matthew and the one in Luke, especially at the end?”

The two versions of the sample prayer are given in Matthew 6:9-13 and Luke 11:2-4. It is not surprising that Matthew has the long ending of the prayer—“for thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen”—rather than Luke. Matthew seems to be targeting the Jews in his Gospel, and they are known for a bent to add doxologies—ascriptions of praise to God, usually at liturgical endings—to prayers. Examples might be Numbers 6:25-27 and I Chronicles 29:10-13. However, the doxology is in neither of the Gospels in the earliest Greek manuscripts. Only one Greek manuscript before AD 700 has it—Codex Washingtonianus. The verse ends “from the evil [one]” in Aleph B D Z 0170 f1 205 547, many Latin translations, and numerous church Fathers.

tshirt_design_our_fatherTracing the insertion and expansion of the doxology through the manuscripts is not difficult. As Bruce Metzger explains: “The ascription at the close of the Lord’s prayer occurs in several forms. In [manuscripts] K L W D Q P f13 al it is the familiar triple strophic form [whereas others lack one part of it]…the old Latin manuscript k reads simply ‘for thine is the power for ever and ever.’ Some Greek manuscripts expand ‘for ever’ into for ever and ever,’ and most of them add ‘Amen.’ [Three] late minuscules (157 225 418 [MSS from 12th to 14th centuries] append it further with a Trinitarian ascription, ‘for thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit forever. Amen.’ The same expansion occurs also at the close of the Lord’s Prayer in the liturgy that is traditionally ascribed to St. John Chrysostom (347-407).” Perhaps some of the early Trinitarians wanted another reference for their doctrine when they added the Matthew 28:19-like suffix. The late manuscripts containing the doxology offer seven different variations, usually a sure sign of emendations and glosses.

Metzger further elucidates: “The absence of any ascription in early and important representatives of the Alexandrian (Aleph B), the Western (D and most of the Old Latin), and the pre-Caesarean (f1) types of text, as well as early patristic commentaries on the Lord’s Prayer ascription, usually in a threefold form, was composed (perhaps on the basis of I Chronicles 29:11-13) in order to adapt the Prayer for liturgical use in the early church.” Fortunately, those textual critics helping the KJV translators with the text could see that the Trinitarian tag was a gloss. They should have also noted that the addition of the entire doxology was a conflation to harmonize with early versions. The currently most-widespread English-language version of the Lord’s Prayer became popular in the reign of Elizabeth I of England (who fervently embraced it) around AD 1580.

Some form of the Lord’s Prayer doxology is found in a few of the ancient versions—the Syriac, Gothic, Armenian and Ethiopic—but it is not found in the oldest and best Greek manuscripts nor in the Latin Vulgate. This suggests that it had become a part of church liturgy then worked its way into Greek copies through scribal emendations and glosses. Textual maxresdefaultcritic Kurt Aland agrees: “The reason for the addition is quite clear. Whether the Lord’s Prayer is used in public worship or for private devotions, the text needs an ending.” Some suggest that Elizabeth I wanted it in the Bible because it would set the Protestant Bibles apart from the Catholic versions, none of which ever included the doxology.

It is curious that the doxology was absent in Tyndale’s original 1526 version of the New Testament, yet it was in his last edition in 1534. He had made more than 5000 changes in the 1534 edition. KJV apologists praise the late fourth or early fifth century Codex Washingtonianus for having the doxology, but it also has other spurious long endings and subscriptions, and does not have other passages that the TR/KJV have, such as the story of the woman taken in adultery, or the angel troubling the waters in John 5:4. It also has extra material at Mark 16:14 about Jesus, Satan, and restoration. Again, this is why the science of textual criticism is vitally important.

Personally, I like the Matthean doxology. But I am not sure that is sufficient reason to justify its inclusion in the Scriptures.

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Readers are asking for more information about the Bible. Let me recommend some books that I have found to be helpful to anyone wanting to know how we got the Bible, why we can trust it, and how to think about ancient manuscripts and textual criticism. Here are some I have and recommend.

The Text of the New Testament: From Manuscript to Modern Edition

by J. Harold Greenlee, professor of 51Azpd295pL._SX322_BO1,204,203,200_New Testament Greek, former missionary, and international translation consultant for Wycliffe Bible Translators.

This inexpensive little book (only 130 pages) is filled with basic, easy to understand information about the Bible. It traces the history of the copying and transmission of the New Testament text down to the present day and introduces the basic principles of textual criticism.

Buy this excellent book for as little as $4.07 new from Bargainbookstores, or other sellers under “More buying choices” at Amazon.com.

The Journey from Texts to Translations: The Origin and Development of the Bible

by Paul D. Wegner, professor of the Old Testament at Phoenix Seminary in Arizona.51UBpokQK3L._SX348_BO1,204,203,200_

This larger book, over 460 pages, is more comprehensive than the one mentioned above, but still easy to read with objective information every minister can use. Contains many charts, photos and lists that provide excellent information about the Word of God we all love and live by.

You can buy this book for $33.78 new from Amazon or from their “More buying choices” section for as little as 19.96. A terrific investment!

The Text of the New Testament: Its Transmission, Corruption, and Restoration (Second edition)

by Bruce M. Metzger.

The late author was one of the most notable textual 51kn-5X8aFL._SX334_BO1,204,203,200_experts in the field, respected by virtually all of his peers. Apostolic pastor Marvin Treece studied under him and recommended his work highly.

As professor of New Testament at Princeton, Metzger spent virtually all of his adult life in the study of biblical manuscripts. He published many books on the topic and was known as an unprejudiced textual analyst who could be relied upon to provide objective information on the history and text of the Bible. He includes a list of the papyri and many details about specific manuscripts. Has 284 pages.

You can buy a hardcover at Amazon for $26.44 or 23.84 under “More buying choices.”

A General Introduction to the Bible: From Ancient Tablets to Modern Translations

by David Ewert, professor emeritus and retired president of Mennonite Brethren Bible College.517QZYgnVlL._SX327_BO1,204,203,200_

A good book for entry level readers wanting to know more about biblical texts, their history, and the canonization of the Bible. The author describes the text—it materials, the translations, and the key men involved. Contains maps, charts, and photos of some ancient manuscripts and pages of various Bibles. 284 pages.

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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). Only $15.99. Very expensive from Amazon. We have six remaining. Call for your copy today! 936-537-0250.

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It’s getting crazier…as Obama goes to Cuba

Limp-wristed leadership

 Defeat terrorism

…So let’s ask the kids what they think.

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“Uhhhhnnnnnnnnhhhhaaahhhhh! That’s what I think of Obamacare!”

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“If Twump gets ewected, I’m gonna comb my hair just like his!”

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“I want Hillary for president…but Bernie and the FBI won’t let her have it!”

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“I’m an undercover agent. Those terrorists won’t know I’m spying on them until it’s too late.”

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“I can’t wait until I’m fifteen. I’ll be checking out the girls at youth camp in Lufkin.”

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“Yeah, but you will have to beat my time, slowpoke!”

funny+scraps+orkut+funny+baby+faces+big+specs“I don’t have time for the girls; my Master’s thesis is almost due!”

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“I want one of those cushy jobs up at Headquarters in St. Louis. Maybe Michael E’s position. I hear he’s getting too old. I may have a shot at youth prez!”

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“I was born in Louisiana but I got to Texas just as soon as I could.”

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“I have a few dates still open if any pastors want a children’s revival.”

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“God calls for and blesses the type of courage that only a righteous man can possess. A righteous man will avoid both wrong extremes of foolhardiness and cowardice. A combination of inner confidence and balanced caution is found in such a man. Finding the power of God to walk uprightly and humbly at the same time—that’s courage!” – E. L. Holley, in The Best of E. L. Holley

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Don’t be an April fool…

“The fool says in his heart, “There is no God.” They are corrupt, they do abominable deeds, there is none who does good” (Psalm 14:1 ESV).

JREnsey

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JREnsey Blog March 2016

Welcome to the March 2016 blog! I can only hope that March features weather as nice as February has been in Texas—sunny, balmy, flowering trees blooming. If only the p0litical climate was as nice as the weather!

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The Word for today

“And they continued stedfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in prayers. 43 And coverdal1535fear came upon every soul: and many wonders and signs were done by the apostles. 44 And all that believed were together, and had all things common; 45 And sold their possessions and goods, and parted them to all men, as every man had need. 46 And they, continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, did eat their meat with gladness and singleness of heart, 47 Praising God, and having favour with all the people. And the Lord added to the church daily such as should be saved” (Acts 2:42-47 KJV).

What fellowship! What an example!

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Think about it

Cute-Baby-making-Funny-Faces-WallpaperLet us not seek the Republican answer, or the Democratic answer, but the right answer. Let us not seek to fix the blame for the past. Let us accept our own responsibility for the future. – John F. Kennedy

Men divide horizontally—high class, middle class, and low class, but God divides perpendicularly—right or wrong, sheep or goats, heaven or hell, saved or lost, did or didn’t! – Johnny James

“I feel like I did when I was 20.” You forgot what 20 felt like. – Johnny James

Someone tried to encourage Hillary after her poor showing in the early primaries by reminding her that Nelson Mandela was not elected President until he had served 27 years in prison.

It is said that Jesus fulfilled at least 48 Old Testament prophecies. What are the probabilities of that happening? Cover the state of Texas with 100 million billion silver dollars and the pile would be two feet high. Mark one of the silver dollars and toss it into the pile. Blindfold a friend and give him one chance to pick up the marked silver dollar. The odds of your friend selecting the one marked silver dollar are the same as one person fulfilling only eight of the numerous prophecies. Mathematicians calculate the probability of fulfilling forty-eight prophecies as the number one followed by 157 zeros. – Everything Bible Book

In the ancient world, no one read to himself; this is a modern phenomenon. People listened as small children, and then they read out loud until they learned to “read in their heads.” Every written document in the ancient world was read out loud—even a personal letter from a wife to a husband. The biblical books were no different. Rhetoric, the art of persuasive speaking, was one of the most important and valued areas of learning. – Everything Bible Book

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How did the Roman Catholic Church begin?

I am sometimes asked about the origin of certain churches and denominations, particularly the Roman Catholic Church. That church has had a prominent role in Christianity for nearly 1700 years. Pope Francis seems to be bent on it continuing to have a leading role. I thought about writing on this but I noted that someone else had done so with some CatholicismLogoexcellent research, so I will point you that are interested to that site (below).

We are told that the word “Catholic” was first coined by Ignatius of Antioch in c. AD 107. Polycarp picked it up in AD 155 with the meaning of “the whole church throughout the world.” It was again used in the Nicean documents in 325. An imperial decree in 388 was included in the Codex Justinianus that believers be called “Catholic Christians.” Since Rome was the seat of the Empire, with the conversion of Constantine the church leaders located there became prominent. The Bishop of Rome would ultimately become the pope and the term “Roman” was added to “Catholic” in common usage—perhaps to emphasize where its “seat” was—thus the Roman Catholic Church. After the Great Schism of 1054, “Roman” identified it as separate from the Eastern Orthodox Church. So it appears that Roman Catholicism, along with its name, evolved rather than “began.” The following article contains some very interesting information.

Go to: http://www.gotquestions.org/origin-Catholic-church.html

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Death of the Trinity

The recent spate of articles and books attempting to prop up the multi-person theory of God underscores the fact that the Trinity is dying. The authors know it. Efforts are underway to shore it up by restating the theory in a post-modern theological hermeneutic. Within major denominations there is a sense of staleness and a lack of vitality about the doctrine. The miasma of death is upon it.

Why, after 1600 years of propagation and enforcement by the most powerful and influential entity on earth, would it come to this? Let me count the ways.

It is unintelligible.

Dr. Charles Ryrie affirms that theology must be intelligible: “The word ‘theology,’ from ‘theos’ meaning God, and ‘logos’ meaning rational expression, 51HDSDXPK7L._SX315_BO1,204,203,200_means the rational interpretation of religious faith. Christian theology thus means the rational interpretation of the Christian faith. Theology is intelligible. It can be comprehended by the human mind in an orderly, rational manner.” Agreed.

To explain the concept of a co-existent, co-eternal Father and Son is not possible. Eternal sonship is incomprehensible. Not that Christians are incapable of grasping the miraculous, but Trinitarianism goes beyond the miraculous to incredulity. Three hundred years after Christ at the Council of Nicea, some of Christianity’s most astute minds were already challenging the rising theory. When the dust settled and a report was published, it read: “We believe in one God, the Father Almighty, Maker of all things visible and invisible. And in one Lord Jesus Christ , the Son of God, begotten of the Father [the only-begotten; that is, of the essence of the Father, God of God], Light of Light, very God of very God, begotten, not made, being of one substance (homoousion) with the Father; by whom all things were made [both in heaven and on earth]; who for us 513dXZC1IeL._SX310_BO1,204,203,200_men, and for our salvation, came down and was incarnate and was made man; he suffered, and the third day he rose again, ascended into heaven; from thence he shall come to judge the quick and the dead. And in the Holy Ghost.” That is the abrupt end of the description of the Trinity.

“And in the Holy Ghost.” They were comfortable with the Father and Son concept, since those terms were in Scripture, but they didn’t know what to make of the Holy Ghost. Who was He/It? Another person in the God family? A spiritual force? The action arm of the Godhead? In other words, they were still trying to figure out just where the Holy Spirit fits in the Deity. Fifty-six years later, at Constantinople in AD 381, they hammered out this statement: “And in the Holy Ghost, the Lord and Giver of life, who proceeds from the Father, who with the Father and the Son together is Is-God-a-Trinity_0worshiped and glorified, who spoke by the prophets. In one holy catholic and apostolic Church; we acknowledge one baptism for the remission of sins; we look for the resurrection of the dead, and the life of the world to come. Amen.”

So 350 years after Christ, theologians now proclaimed there was a three-person God. The hypothesis: The Eternal Three were not revealed in the Old Testament but were hinted at in the New. For humanity’s redemption, the First Person of the Trinity assigned the Second Person, His eternal Son, to manifest Himself in the flesh to die for humanity’s sins. Afterward, the Third Person, the Holy Spirit, who is said to “proceed” from the Father and the Son, is sent into the lives of believers. Who can explain a co-equal, co-eternal God, comprised of a Father and a Son, joined by another Spirit who is also God but proceeds from those two, yet none existed before the other? Little wonder that Christians are asked to accept it by faith—likely meaning faith in the institution which developed it—without understanding it.

The concept of an eternal family of Gods is unintelligible.

It was concocted by men, not introduced in Scripture.

LRQw8d7lcrACThe Word has life and power (Hebrews 4:12). If the doctrine had been clearly stated in the Scriptures, it would not be on its last legs. But it was not. Neither the Old Testament nor the New Testament presents a tripartite being as God. God would have surely shared His identity with Moses or Abraham, or perhaps David or Isaiah. If not, He would have revealed the Godhead to John or Peter or Paul. None of them seem to know of a triune deity. As the Christological doctrines began to be debated in the second, third and fourth centuries, apologists and writers of the times tried to put the Godhead in terms not found in Scripture. The Christian faith began to be awash with philosophies and pagan ideas that were prominent in that era.

As Union Theological Seminary professor Dr. Cyril C. Richardson, a confessed Trinitarian with a touch of doubt, observed: “I cannot but think that the doctrine of the Trinity, far from being established, is open to serious criticism…. [to continue reading this article CLICK HERE]

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Our Bible

Here are two very interesting articles concerning Bible translation and transmission by Dr. Daniel B. Wallace, Director of the Center fortumblr_inline_nb57p6ZabV1szxb0t the Study of New Testament Manuscripts in Dallas. They are worth your time to read.

Five More Myths about Bible Translations and the Transmission of the Text

See at: http://danielbwallace.com/2012/12/28/five-more-myths-about-bible-translations-and-the-transmission-of-the-text/

The Number of Textual Variants: An Evangelical Miscalculation

See at: http://danielbwallace.com/2013/09/09/the-number-of-textual-variants-an-evangelical-miscalculation/

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BooksBooksBooksBooksBooks

Kicking CowProverbs BookBy J. R. Ensey

These two recent publications contain Bible lessons that deal with issues facing Christians today. In Life Is Too Short, the topics of anger, bringing excess baggage into the Christian journey, unwarranted guilt, doubt, apathy, spiritual deception, drugs, depression, poor choices, and sins of the spirit. Relevant, timely and down to earth. Life is just too short to live with these negatives.

In People in Proverbs nineteen people mentioned in the Book of Proverbs are placed under the microscope. These include The Man of Understanding, The Generous Man, The Fantasy Chasing Man, The Powerful Man, The Conceited Man, The Virtuous Woman, The Contentious Woman, The Indiscreet Woman, The Disciplined Man, The Prudent Man, The Deceitful Man, The Happy Man, The Proud Man, The Safe Man, The Stupid Man, The Lazy Man, The Offended Man, and The Risen Man. Filled with truth in street clothes, those who teach will find practical insights and illustrations to make your lesson come alive.

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It’s getting crazy!

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“If you don’t read the newspaper you are uninformed; if you do read the newspaper you are misinformed.” – Mark Twain (Mark, if you would have read your Bible, you would have been well informed!)

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Thanks for stopping by. Be blessed!

JREnsey

 

 

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JREnsey Blog February 2016

Welcome to the FEBRUARY 2016 blog!

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 The Word for today

“Since you have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit in sincere love of the 1410457313370_wps_1_EMBARGOED_TO_0001_FRIDAY_brethren, love one another fervently with a pure heart, having been born again, not of corruptible seed but incorruptible, through the word of God which lives and abides forever, because ‘All flesh is as grass, and all the glory of man as the flower of the grass. The grass withers, and its flower falls away, but the word of the Lord endures forever.’ Now this is the word which by the gospel was preached to you” (II Peter 1:22-25 NKJV).

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Quotes worth re-quoting

Quotation-MarksFrom Warren Wiersbe in Be Myself : “We rejoice that some of the stalwart publishers are still bringing out books with solid Christian theological content, but the proliferation of superficial ‘me-centered’ books is very disturbing. If anybody’s a friend to Christian publishing and to the Christian bookseller, I am; and I’ve proved it many times. But I become grieved when I see all the ‘Jesus junk’ that’s being peddled, the ‘Christian celebrities’ that are being endorsed, and the books without theological substance that are being advertised. . . . The real problem is that too many Christians have an appetite for this kind of rubbish and don’t realize that they’re living on substitutes. As long as the church provides a market for that kind of product, somebody will make them available.” (p. 302).

Quoting British Baptist pastor F. B. Meyer: “I do hope my Father will let the river of my life go flowing fully till the finish. I don’t want it to end in a swamp.” (p. 323). Amen!

Quoting Thomas a Kempis: “Of a surety, at the Day of Judgment, it will be demanded of us, not what we have read, but what we have done; not how well we have spoken, but how holily we have lived.” (p. 324).

Quoting Benjamin Franklin in The Printer and the Preacher: “From a child I was fond of reading, and all the little money that came into my hands was ever laid out in books.” (p. 27).

Source: Doug Kutilek in As I See It Newsletter. Volume 18, Number 8, October-December 2015

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Should the word “baptized” be in Acts 2:38?

“Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ…” (Acts 2:38 KJV).

When the Bibles of Wycliffe, Tyndale and subsequent English Bibles of the late Middle Ages transliterated the Greek and Latin terms of baptizein/bapto/baptizo and baptizare as “baptize” BaptemeFotosearchsmall(1)(or tense thereof) rather than “immerse,” they did so to keep from undermining the practice of christening babies by sprinkling or pouring water on their heads. Had they translated it rather than merely changing the Greek letters into English ones, they would have rendered the Greek term as “immersion.” The Anabaptists and other Dissenters during the Reformation recognized this, but the state churches (Roman Catholic, Church of England, etc.) would have none of it. They wanted parents to believe that in christening their babies, the infant belonged to that religious entity and would be obligated to it forever.

The word itself meant to immerse, dip, sink, completely place under water. This was the common method used by the church in the Book of Acts and the Apostolic Age. In time, under the influence of Catholicism and because of the lack of available water, particularly in colder climates, the practice was reduced to partial baptism where the candidate stood in ankle deep water as the priest poured water on his head. In fact, most reference books seem to hold that immersion, or at least partial immersion, prevailed until the twelfth century. They built large baptisteries in cities like Pisa, Florence, Milan, Nice and Poitiers. However, baptisteries gradually grew smaller until the water was held in a font or a pitcher and simply poured or sprinkled on the candidate. Most stand-alone baptistery buildings are now museums.

llm460551The Greek word translated “baptize” in our Bibles is the word “baptizo.” “Baptizo” is defined in Thayer’s Greek-English Lexicon as, “1) to dip, to immerse, submerge (of vessels sunk); 2) to cleanse by dipping or submerging, to wash, to make clean with water; 3) to overwhelm.” Vine’s Expository Dictionary of New Testament Words defines “baptisma” (translated “baptism”) as “consisting of the process of immersion, submersion, and emergence.”

Sadly, the words “baptize/baptism” have been in our English Bibles so long that most consider them to be English words. There have only been a few Bible versions that have employed “immerse” when baptize was translated. Among them: The Analytical-Literal Translation (early edition), Rotherham’s Emphasized Bible, 1842 Bernard’s Bible, the 1850 American Bible Union Version (in various editions), and 1961 Wuest’s Expanded Translation. Missionaries Adoniram Judson’s Burmese Translation and William Carey’s Bengali Translation used “immerse” in their Bibles.

I have baptized people in lakes, ponds, rivers, concrete tanks, metal tanks, swimming pools, bathtubs, and in warm water heated in luxurious baptisteries. The Ethiopian eunuch said, “Here is water, what doth hinder?” Wherever the gospel is preached and received in faith, may there be water available in which to immerse the believing candidate in the name of Jesus.

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Epitaphs

On a dentist’s monument: “Stranger! Approach this spot with gravity; John Brown is filling hishiram and nancy eaton tombstones last cavity.”

“Here lies John Yeast; Pardon me for not rising.”

“Here lies the body of Jane Smith, wife of Thomas Smith, a marble cutter. This monument, erected as a tribute to her memory, may be duplicated for $250.”

From a gravestone in Ft. Wallace, KS: “He tried to make two jacks beat a pair of aces.”

“He did not reach seventy going like 60.”

From the tombstone of a hypochondriac: “I told you I was sick.”

“Once I wasn’t, then I was, Now I ain’t again, again.”

A teacher’s tombstone: “School is out. Teacher has gone home.”

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Female pornography

“Romance novels are the most popular literary genre in America, capturing 55% of book sales, 128790and they appear in 90 languages other than English. These novels were written to be titillating, and I really don’t think there’s a huge difference between this and porn. It’s “soft porn,” and many women find themselves far more aroused by reading something like this than they would be watching porn on a computer. So women who devour novel after novel like that aren’t that much different from men who watch porn all night” (“Romance Novels: Dangerous, Harmless, or Just Fun?” Jan. 16, 2012, tolovehonorandvacuum.com).

Dr. Julia Slattery warns that there are similarities between what happens to a man when he views pornography and what happens to a woman when she reads a romance novel. “There is a neurochemical element with men and visual porn, but an emotional element with women and these novels” (‘Romance novels can become addictive,’ May 30, 2011, KSL.com). She is seeing more and more women ‘who are clinically addicted to romantic books.”’

In 2011, the Journal of Family Planning and Reproductive Health in Britain reported that A2219980218215206romance novels “are a cause of marital breakdown, adulterous affairs and unwanted pregnancies.” Best-selling author Shaunti Feldhahn notes, “[S]ome marriage therapists caution that women can become as dangerously unbalanced by these books’ entrancing but distorted messages as men can be by the distorted messages of pornography.”

– Excerpted from David Cloud, “Fantasy Dangers,” Way of Life Literature, Inc., 1l/24/15, http://www.wayoflife.org.

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Top selling translations

The Evangelical Christian Publishers Association has just published its list of bestselling Bibles for 2015. Here they are:

  1. New International Version
  2. King James Version
  3. English Standard Version
  4. New Living Translation
  5. New King James Version
  6. Holman Christian Standard Bible
  7. New International Reader’s Version
  8. Reina Valera
  9. International Children’s Bible
  10. The Message

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Pope: All religions have same God

Pope Francis very clearly expressed his belief recently that all of the major religions are merelyReligious leaders at the Vatican different paths to the same God.

He says that while people from various global faiths may be “seeking God or meeting God in different ways” that it is important to keep in mind that “we are all children of God.” This  shows that the Pope has completely abandoned any notion that a relationship with God is available only through Jesus Christ. As he has done throughout his papacy, he continues to lay the groundwork for the coming one world religion, and yet hardly anyone seems upset by this.

The following comes from an article that was published by the Catholic News Agency:

The Pope’s first-ever video message on his monthly prayer intentions was released Tuesday, highlighting the importance of interreligious dialogue and the beliefs that different faith traditions hold in common, such as the figure of God and love.

Many think differently, feel differently, seeking God or meeting God in different ways. In this crowd, in this range of religions, there is only one certainty that we have for all: we are all children of God,” Pope Francis said in his message, released Jan. 6, the feast of the Epiphany.

pope-francisBut it isn’t just Pope Francis taking that line. In the meeting, leaders from various global religions expressed faith in their respective deities. Christian News Network reports these comments:

I have confidence in Buddha,” a female lama announces.

I believe in God,” a rabbi affirms.

I believe in Jesus Christ,” a priest states.

I believe in Allah,” an Islamic leader declares.

The Pope closes the meeting with an appeal for people from every religion to talk with one another and to work with one another. Here is more from Catholic News Agency:

Later on, after the Pope affirms that all, regardless of their religious profession, are children of God, the faith leaders state their common belief in love. [Of course!]

Pope Francis closed the meeting by expressing his hope that viewers “will spread my prayer request this month: that sincere dialogue among men and women of different faiths may produce fruits of peace and justice. I have confidence in your prayers.”

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The February “I Don’t Get It!” Award

On January 21, Secretary of State, John Kerry commented on the $150 Billion in sanction relief that will be going to Iran. SinceYellow Ribbon Award isolated on white background that nation is a primary sponsor of international terrorism, he was asked if any of that money might go to terrorist organizations. He acknowledged the likelihood of that and stated there was “nothing we can do about it.” Said one of the highest leaders of the world’s most powerful nation. How about not signing the nuke deal? How about doling it out over time by requisition to see that it does not reach terror groups? How about holding on to all of it until they quit that terror nonsense? Mr. Secretary, ye with the Ivy League sheepskin, everyone in San Augustine, Texas gets it. Why can’t you?

Runners-up: New York City’s city council is set to dilute a host of criminal laws including laws against public urination and excessive noise because council members believe too many members of minorities are getting arrested for those violations. Pure racism showing up in the NYPD, that’s what it is! (Question: just what does a “minority” person in NYC look like?)

Second Runner-up: President Obama, for freeing Tariq Mahmoud Ahmed al-Sawah, an admitted terrorist belonging to the al-Qaida jihadist organization. He was identified by U.S. intelligence as a terrorist known for his development of explosives, according to the Free Beacon. The bombs were created to carry out attacks against the U.S. military and civilians. But hey, he probably voted for the president…early and often.

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Sometimes I don’t get it!

A Maryland school tries to indoctrinate students in the Islamic faith, and threatens family of student who refuses. I don’t get it! How can this be the role of our American schools? Check out the story here: http://www.gopusa.com/?p=4841?omhide=true.

As we see our president visiting a mosque, our schools installing the principles of Islam in their curricula, and promotions everywhere of Islam as a “religion of peace,” I wonder if we will survive as a nation made up largely of Christians. We can, but only if we reject this trend and stand up for the future of our children. Speak up about these issues in the schools in your area. If we don’t speak, others will.

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Yesterday on the silver screen

My mother worked in the ticket sales booth at several movie theaters in our hometown during my pre-teen years. I remember sitting for many hours a week in those theaters watching movies since I could get in free. Tickets were only a dime. How tame the productions were back then compared to today. Cowboys kissed their horses, not the cowgirls!

movie-theater-sign-3732590I recently ran across a list of voluntary rules of ethics, called the Hays Code, adopted during the heyday of the Hollywood industry that governed what they put on the “silver screen.” It was shocking. Here were some of them:

  • “The sanctity of the institution of marriage and the home shall be upheld. Pictures shall not infer that low forms of sex relationship are the accepted or common thing.”
  • “Illegal drug traffic must never be presented.”
  • “Theft, robbery, safe-cracking, and dynamiting of trains, mines, buildings, etc. should not be detailed in method; arson must be subject to the same safeguards; the use of firearms should be restricted to essentials; methods of smuggling should not be presented.”
  • “The technique of murder must be presented in a way that will not inspire imitation; brutal killings are not to be presented in detail; revenge in modern times shall not be justified.”
  • roy-rogers“Adultery, sometimes necessary plot material, must not be explicitly treated or justified, or presented attractively.”
  • “Scenes of passion should not be introduced when not essential to the plot. In general, passion should be so treated that these scenes do not stimulate the lower and baser element.”
  • “Seduction or rape should never be more than suggested, and only when essential for the plot, and even then never shown by explicit method; they are never the proper subject for comedy.”
  • “Sex perversion or inference of it is forbidden.”
  • “The treatment of low, disgusting, though not necessarily evil subjects, should be subject to the dictates of good taste and regard for the sensibilities of the audience.”
  • “Obscenity in words, gesture, reference, song, joke, or by suggestion is forbidden.”
  • “Pointed vulgarity or vulgar expressions, however used, are forbidden.”
  • “Complete nudity is never permitted. This includes nudity in fact, or in silhouette, or any lecherous or licentious notice thereof by other characters in the picture.”
  • ”No film or episode may throw ridicule on any religious faith.”
  • “Ministers of religion, in their character as such, should not be used as comic characters or as villains.”

Source: William Bennett, Index of Leading Cultural Indicators (New York: Simon and Schuster, 1994), pp. 142-144.

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Who will get to “keep and bear arms”?

If Obama gets his way, who will be able to buy guns?

Not those who criticize the government.

Not those who are on or have taken psychotropic medications for “mental 1443742959397illness.”

Not those who are in the process of adopting children.

Not foster parents.

Not former servicemen diagnosed with PTSD.

Not those who are on the “no fly” list.

Not those who have unpaid parking fines or traffic tickets.

Not those who are failing to pay child support.

Not those who have been tagged with anger problems, had altercations with another person, or accused of abuse of any kind.

Any other excuse they can think of.

Who will get to “keep and bear arms”?

Temporarily, those who have registered them, received training for their use, have them in a gun safe with individual locks on each gun, and those who demonstrate a “genuine need” for a firearm—especially the third stipulation.

Permanently, after confiscation, only government agents and criminals who flaunt the law will have them.

I feel safer already, don’t you?

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It’s true

Gun control is like trying to reduce drunk driving by making it tougher for sober people to own cars.

Man does not judge the laws of God; rather, the laws of God judge men. – Anthony Mangun

You gotta have heart. The brain cannot function when the heart has stopped.

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JREnsey Blog January, 2016

Welcome to the JANUARY 2016 JREnsey blog! Happy New Year!

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The Word for today

“O God, you are my God, earnestly I seek you; my soul thirsts for you, my body longs for you, in a dryBible and weary land where there is no water. I have seen you in the sanctuary and beheld your power and your glory. Because your love is better than life, my lips will glorify you. I will praise you as long as I live, and in your name I will lift up my hands” (Psalm 63:1-4 NIV84).

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Yet another verification of the scriptural record

It was announced last week that another King Hezekiah bulla has been found (initially discovered in 2009). This is a small clay seal (13×12 millimeters) used by Hezekiah to seal and authenticate a document. It was molded around the strings that tied the document shut. In fact, we can still see the impression from the fibers on this bulla.

BullaWe already had eight other bullae bearing King Hezekiah’s name, but they were unprovenanced. This new bulla was uncovered during an official excavation at the Temple Mount in Jerusalem by Dr. Eliat Mazar. It reads, “Belonging to Hezekiah, (son of) Ahaz, king of Judah.”

There’s a nice video on the find here.

The discovery of this bulla should remind us again that the Bible is not a book of fairy tales. It is written as history, and archaeological finds such as this prove that it is based on real historical people and real historical events.

Source: https://theosophical.wordpress.com/author/jasondulle/

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As the world turns…

A California professor who openly expresses his conservative social views says a recent study on “homophobia” is an example of the “garbage” emanating from the field of social psychology.

Dr. Robert Oscar Lopez is an associate professor of English at California State University-Northridge. The tenured educator was raised by his mother and her lesbian partner, but opposes homosexual “marriage” and adoption of children by homosexuals.

OneNewsNow spoke with Lopez about a recent study out of Italy that suggests people who psychologyoppose homosexuality have a high rate of mental disorders. Discussing the study, lead researcher Dr. Emmanuele A. Jannini is quoted as saying: “After discussing for centuries if homosexuality is to be considered a disease, for the first time we demonstrated that the real disease to be cured is homophobia, associated with potentially severe psychopathologies.”

According to Lopez, the study was done mostly by homosexuals and their supporters in the social psychology field—a field where he says one must look long and hard to find social conservatives.

“It’s almost impossible for the research teams to critique their own methodologies or to improve or to see their own biases,” he explains.”… I think this study is just part of that whole way of social psychology research that is complete garbage at this point.”

Lopez contends a dissenting voice must be heard in that field of study.

Source: http://www.onenewsnow.com/education/2015/11/18/study-labels-homophobia-as-a-disease/

I can only add: Amen! This is one more reason to avoid all college courses that have psychology in their name or course description. If you think you must send your son or daughter to a secular college, avoid state owned schools. Choose a local private or technical school, or a community college. Online classes might be an option. Cease thinking that to earn a living one must have an Ivy League education. But even “a living” comes after “a life.” The preservation of their walk with God and the salvation of their souls must be the first priority.

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…and keeps on turning

The Freedom From Religious Foundation (FFRF) has convinced an Illinois university to remove Gideon Bibles from its hotel rooms after complaining that their concealed presence constituted Ban Bibleunlawful “proselytization.”

Source: http://www.onenewsnow.com/culture/2015/11/15/ffrf-moves-to-ban-bibles-from-hotel-rooms/

Colleges have to surrender to whatever the administration wants because they depend on government money. If they don’t, they lose their funding, veteran’s benefits, student loan guarantees, etc. This administration wants all colleges to soon be tuition free. The government will pick up the tab (sounds good, huh?). But in that way the government fully controls the learning environment to ensure that the institution is deeply involved in social engineering and becoming a faith-free zone.

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The I Don’t Get It Award for January

The award this month goes to Bernie Sanders, socialist Democrat senator from Vermont. Last week heYellow Ribbon Award isolated on white background tweeted this: “You have families out there paying 6, 8, 10 percent on student debt but you can refinance your homes at 3 percent. What sense is that?”

Uh, Bernie….it makes perfect sense. Quickly, return tweets were rolling in to inform him of the “sense.” Some of the nicer ones pointed out that “a ‘home’ is collateral which the bank can take possession of in case of default. There’s this thing called collateral—until banks can seize human brains in the event of a default. It’s so weird that someone whose platform is all about economics doesn’t understand secured debt and collateral. You probably think we should just print some money & pass it around too.” Heeeerrrreeeesss your award, Bernie.

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A 54-year old woman…

…had a heart attack and was taken to the hospital. She had a near death experience on the operating table. Seeing God, she asked, “Is my time up?” God said, “No, you have another 43 years, 2 months and 8 days to live.”

Upon recovery, the woman decided to stay in the hospital and have a face-lift, liposuction, implants and a tummy tuck. She even had someone come in and change her hair color and brighten her teeth. Since she had plenty of time left, she wanted to make the most of it. After her last operation, she was released from the hospital. While crossing the street to her car, she was struck by an ambulance and killed.

Arriving in front of God, she demanded, “I thought you said I had another 43 years. Why didn’t you pull me out of the path of the ambulance?” God replied, “I didn’t recognize you.”

Sorry, I couldn’t resist.

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What are your kids learning at school?

Math teacher: “I use math class to teach young kids about homosexuality so I can ‘hide’ it from parents.”

TORONTO, April 24, 2015 (LifeSiteNews.com) — A lesbian teacher ‘married’ to another woman revealed at a pro-gay teachers’ conference earlier this month how she teaches grade 4-5 students to accept homosexuality through what she called “social justice” math.

Alicia Gunn, an elementary public school teacher in Mississauga, Ontario, told attendees at the AprilSocialEngineering 10 conference in Toronto’s City Hall that injecting LGBTQ issues into the classroom, especially in math, helps students as young as nine “disrupt the single story that many of our kids have about LGBTQ families.”

“Social justice math happens when students are solving problems using real, engaging, and meaningful numbers. Social justice issues happening in their school, community, or even globally become the context for the math that the students are doing,” she said.

The conference, hosted by the homosexual activist organization Jer’s Vision—now called the Canadian Centre for Gender and Sexual Diversity—focused on the implementation of Bill 13 in Ontario classrooms. Bill 13, called by critics the homosexual bill of rights, passed in June 2012, giving students the right to form pro-gay clubs in their school, including Catholic ones, using the name Gay-Straight Alliance.

It is unwise to send your children off to school with no idea of what they are learning or who is teaching it.

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Screen time and your kids’ health

Don’t miss this article about one of the most relevant topics facing Christians today.

https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/mental-wealth/201508/screentime-is-making-kids-moody-crazy-and-lazy

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Another voice

Diversity

Diversity is not a value. Diversity just is. We don’t value diversity for diversity’s sake, but for what that diversity provides us. For example, we value diversity in food because we enjoy eating different kinds of food. We value diversity of clothing styles because we like to express ourselves in different ways, and we think it would be wrong to make everyone wear the same kind of clothes or eat the exact same food. But there are some examples of diversity that should not be valued or “celebrated.”

Diversity-gWe should not celebrate diversity in moral views, particularly when some of those moral views entail gross immorality. The British did not celebrate the diversity of Indians when they burned their widows on the funeral pyre. They forcibly ended that barbarism. We should not celebrate diversity in how women’s genitalia is treated—celebrating those who mutilate women’s genitalia alongside those who do not. We should not celebrate the diversity of killing one’s own daughter after she is raped to preserve the honor of the family. [Muslims in several countries still practice these things.]

Not all ideas are of equal value. We celebrate the diversity of people, but not the diversity of ideas. Bad ideas should be fought against—first by persuasion, but if that fails, in some cases we must fight those ideas by force.

Source: Jason Dulle @ https://theosophical.wordpress.com/author/jasondulle/

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The Mullahs are coming

It is said that the vast majority of Muslims are not among the terrorists. Probably true. But as their population here quietly explodes, and their political clout increases, the Mullahs will be the ones calling the shots, not the veiled women in the hajibs pleading for relief. Not the smiling, moderate-sounding CAIR spokespeople. Not the guy down the block selling you bottled water and newspapers Mullahat the convenience store.

The terrorists will be the ones who weren’t last week, but are today, who weren’t sufficiently radical yesterday (or brave enough), but crossed the line last night after hearing his Mullah call for jihad. He is the one doing today whatever he was told last night to do in order to earn a swift trip to paradise.

Calm is being called for, but when the sword of Democles is swinging above our heads, coming ever closer, calmness is not the expected emotion. Calmness may be achievable once it is shown that those with whom the terrorists are associated begin to love America as much as we do. Who’s holding their breath?

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New poll shows confusion about Trinity

A survey released recently by LifeWay Research for Ligonier Ministries “reveals a significant level of theological confusion,” said Stephen Nichols, Ligonier’s chief academic officer. Many evangelicals do not have orthodox views about either God or humans, especially on questions of salvation and the Holy Spirit, he said. [Imagine that.]

Evangelicals did score high on several points. Nearly all believe that Jesus Christ rose from the dead (96%), and that salvation is found through Jesus alone (92%). Strong majorities said that God is sovereign over all people (89%) and that the Bible is the Word of God (88%).

Trinity 1And in some cases the problem seems to be uncertainty rather than heresy. For example, only 6 percent of evangelicals think the Book of Mormon is a revelation from God, but an additional 18 percent aren’t sure and think it might be.

Jesus, Almost as Good as His Father?

Almost all evangelicals say they believe in the Trinity (96%) and that Jesus is fully human and fully divine (88%).

But nearly a quarter (22%) said God the Father is more divine than Jesus, and 9 percent weren’t sure. Further, 16 percent say Jesus was the first creature created by God, while 11 percent were unsure.

No doubt, phrases like “only begotten Son” (John 3:16) and “firstborn of all creation” (Col. 1:15) have led others in history to hold these views, too. In the fourth century, a priest from Libya named Arius (c. 250–336) announced, “If the Father begat the Son, then he who was begotten had a beginning. …There was a time when the Son was not.” The idea, known as Arianism, gained wide appeal, even among clergy. But it did not go unopposed. Theologians Alexander and Athanasius of Alexandria, Egypt, argued that Arius denied Christ’s true divinity. Christ is not of similar substance to God, they explained, but of the same substance.

Believing the debate could split the Roman Empire, Emperor Constantine convened the first ecumenical church council in Nicaea in A.D. 325. The council, comprising over 300 bishops, rejected Arianism as heresy and maintained that Jesus shares the same eternal substance with the Father. Orthodoxy struggled to gain popular approval, however, and several heresies revolving around Jesus continued to spread. At the second ecumenical council in Constantinople in 381, church leaders reiterated their condemnation of Arianism and enlarged the Nicene Creed to describe Jesus as “the only-begotten Son  of God, begotten of the Father before all worlds, Light of Light, very God of very 17409489-Abstract-word-cloud-for-Trinitarian-formula-with-related-tags-and-terms-Stock-PhotoGod, begotten, not made, being of one substance with the Father, by whom all things were made.” In other words, the Son is not a created being, nor can he be less divine than the Father. [I have always wondered: since begotten of (by) has to mean He came from the Father and therefore is not co-eternal, how can they continue to propagate a co-equal, co-eternal, co-existent Trinitarian Godhead? The second person in the Godhead is apparently misnamed if He did not come from, or originate out of, the Father. How does one become a “son”? How did the title of “Son” become attached to Him? In the piece of art above, please note the white-haired Father and the younger-looking Jesus. Hmmmmm…..]

The Holy Spirit: May the Force Be with You?

But if evangelicals sometime misunderstand doctrines about Jesus, the third member of the Trinity has it much worse. More than half (51%) said the Holy Spirit is a force, not a personal being. Seven percent weren’t sure, while only 42 percent affirmed that the Spirit is a person. [Note the revelation, most Evangelicals don’t believe the full doctrine of the Trinity!] And 9 percent said the Holy Spirit is less divine than God the Father and Jesus. The same percentage answered “not sure.”

Like Arianism, confusion over the nature and identity of the Spirit dates to the early church. During the latter half of the fourth century, sects like Semi-Arians and Pneumatomachi (Greek for “Spirit Trinity 4fighters”) believed “in the Holy Spirit”—as the First Council of Nicaea (A.D. 325) taught—but said the Spirit was of a different essence from the Father and the Son. Some said the Spirit was a creature, and others understood the Spirit to be a force or power, not a person of the Trinity. [A split within Roman Catholicism over this issue is what created the Eastern Orthodox Church.]

At Constantinople, 150 bishops assembled to discuss these heresies, among other issues, and affirmed that “the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit have a single Godhead and power and substance, a dignity deserving the same honor and a co-eternal sovereignty, in three most perfect hypostases, or three perfect persons.” Affirming the full divinity and personhood of the Holy Spirit, the church ruled out Semi-Arianism and Pneumatomachianism. [In other words, the Trinity doctrine was really formed to oppose another false doctrine. Is that why it took 300+ years to find words to express it…or have they found them yet? Nay!]

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  • If a gun ban would stop shootings, wouldn’t a terrorism ban stop terrorism?
  • A recent study shows that women who carry a little extra weight live longer than men who mention it.

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Thanks for visiting. Happy New Year!

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JREnsey Blog December 2015

Welcome to the DECEMBER blog!

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The Word for today

“And it came to pass in those days that a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that Bible_1all the world should be registered. This census first took place while Quirinius was governing Syria. So all went to be registered, everyone to his own city. Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judea, to the city of David, which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and lineage of David, to be registered with Mary, his betrothed wife, who was with child. So it was, that while they were there, the days were completed for her to be delivered. And she brought forth her firstborn Son, and wrapped Him in swaddling cloths, and laid Him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn” (Luke 2:1-7 NKJV).

I wonder…were Joseph and Mary aware that a birth in Bethlehem would fulfill the prophecy of Micah 5:2?

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Should Christians observe holidays?

HolidaysEvery year about this time the topic of the observance of holidays arises among Christian churches and ministers. Pastors are often confronted with questions about participating in these holidays. We have placed a series of articles under the title “Holidays and Christians” on our web site. Please CLICK HERE to go directly to them. They are published to simply provide information on this topic, not to state the position of this blogger.

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Why does the Bible commend the Magi for following the star, when it condemns astrology?

The Bible does indeed condemn astrology (Leviticus 19:26; Deuteronomy 18:10; Isaiah 8:19), yet God blessed the wise men (Magi) for using a star to indicate the birth of Christ.

First, we need to ask what astrology is. Astrology is a belief that the study of the arrangement and movements of the stars can enable one to foretell events—whether they portend good or evil.

Second, the star used in the biblical account was to announce the birth of Christ, not magi2to foretell the event. God gave the star to the Magi as a sign to proclaim to them that the child had already been born. We know the child was already born, because in Matthew 2:16, Herod gives a command to kill all the boys in Bethlehem and vicinity that are two years old or younger in accordance with “the time which he had ascertained from the Magi” (NASB).

Third, there are other cases in the Bible in which the stars and planets are used by God to reveal His desires. Psalm 19: 1-6 affirms that the heavens declare God’s glory, and Romans 1:18-20 teaches that creation reveals God’s existence. Christ refers to what will happen to the sun, moon, and stars in connection with His second coming (Matthew 24:29,30), as did the prophet Joel (2:31,32). The star guiding the Magi was not used to predict, but to proclaim the birth of Christ.

Adapted from Norman Geisler and Thomas Howe, The Big Book of Bible Difficulties.

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Happening now

Who is breaking what down?

Barack Obama announced he would “ban the box” of criminal history questions on some government job applications, praising former inmates who had reintegrated with society and saying “it’s not too late” to break the cycles of the American justice Newssystem. Now no one will have to admit they have a criminal record to work for the government. Doesn’t that give you the warm fuzzies?

Canada moves toward more anti-Christian socialism

A Christian group has been denied a permit to hold its annual music festival in a downtown square by the City of Toronto, which declares that singing the name of Jesus in a public venue constitutes proselytizing. How is their “no proselytizing” ordinance different from similar laws in Russia and other socialistic/communist countries?

Hijacked sites

The UN Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) passed a resolution that declared the Tomb of the Patriarchs in Hebron & Rachel’s Tomb in Bethlehem as Islamic sites. This is an obvious attempt by the Arab Nations to change history and delegitimize Israel’s holy sites.

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Are you tolerating the Jezebel spirit?

How can you tell if a Jezebel spirit is anywhere around?Lipstick

http://dianarasmussen.com/2013/06/10/the-jezebel-spirit-discerning-the-spirit-of-control/

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What is the “Majority Text” of the Bible?

I recently read a packet of brochures advertised in a ministerial magazine that stated: “The King James Bible is the only Bible that uses the ‘Majority Text.’” (The Majority Text is abbreviated herein as MT.) The statement seemed to suggest that Erasmus textthe KJV translators used the MT to translate that version. Since there was no MT, as such, in 1611, they could not have used it.

What is the MT? It is nineteenth and twentieth century compilations of the form of the Greek text found in the majority of extant Greek manuscripts. That the Textus Receptus (TR, pictured at right), which was the basic Greek textual source employed by the KJV translators, resembles the MT is not accidental. Erasmus simply referenced about a half dozen late Byzantine manuscripts that were available to him and the Latin Vulgate in compiling the TR. The TR/Byzantine manuscripts would later be used in producing the MT. In developing the MT, some scholars went through most of the Greek manuscripts and picked out words, phrases, and verses that appeared in a majority of the extant TR readings available at the time. Early proponents of the project were convinced that such a compilation would produce the reading closest to the original. At least four volumes have been printed proposing to be the MT. Each takes a slightly different approach to textual criticism. Some used manuscripts that were not available to others.

Tyndale BibleThe collation revealed that the KJV reads differently from the MT in many places where the translators changed words, added words, and omitted words from the Greek text. Those holding to the Byzantine-based Majority Text must be willing to give up certain verses that are not in the majority of Greek manuscripts, such as Acts 8:37 and I John 5:7b-8a (the Trinitarian Johannine Comma). They would also have to give up all or parts of Matthew 27:35; Mark 15:3; Luke 7:31; 9:1; 17:36; 20:19, Acts 7:37; 9:5,6; Acts 10:6b; 10:21; 15:34; Romans 13:9; Revelation 1:11; 14:5, and many others. There would be no “raise the dead” in Matthew 10:8. They would also have to add back parts of other verses to match the MT. Perhaps that is why no Bibles are being published containing only the MT.

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Birth order surprise

Many readers are familiar with certain birth order proponents, like Kevin Leman, et al. It provides conversation fodder and may be an interesting topic, but is it scientific? A study was recently completed that may be of interest those with siblings.

“Birth order has no meaningful effect on personality or IQ, massive study rebirth-orderports. For those who believe that birth order influences traits like personality and intelligence, a study of 377,000 high school students offers some good news: Yes, the study found, first-borns do have higher IQs and consistently different personality traits than those born later in the family chronology. However, researchers say, the differences between first-borns and ‘later-borns’ are so small  that they have no practical relevance to people’s lives. The analysis is reported in the Journal of Research in Personality. “‘This is a conspicuously large sample size,’ said University of Illinois psychology professor Brent Roberts, who led the analysis with postdoctoral researcher Rodica Damian (now a professor of psychology at the University of Houston). ‘It’s the biggest in history looking at birth order and personality.’ “The analysis found—as a previous large-scale study did—that first-borns enjoy a one-IQ-point advantage over later-borns, Damian said. The difference is statistically significant but meaningless, she said.

Birth order 2“The analysis also revealed consistent differences in personality traits between first-borns and later-borns—first-borns tended to be more extroverted, agreeable and conscientious, and had less anxiety than later-borns, for example—but those differences were ‘infinitesimally small, amounting to a correlation of 0.02, Roberts said, “The message of this study is that birth order probably should not influence your parenting, because it’s not meaningfully related to your kid’s personality or IQ,” Damian said.

Source: http://medicalxpress.com/news/2015-07-birth-meaningful-effect-personality-iq.htm

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Another reason not to look to celebrities for political guidance

UFC champion Ronda Rousey has made an endorsement in the 2016 presidential race: Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders.

In a magazine interview, Rousey said she admired the Democratic socialist’s approach to fundraising.

“I’m voting for Bernie Sanders, because he doesn’t take any corporate money,” she Celebrities and polsaid. “I don’t think politicians should be allowed to take money for their campaigns from outside interests.”

The martial arts star suggested she would not vote for Hillary Clinton if Sanders doesn’t win the Democratic nomination.

“If he doesn’t win against Hillary, then I’ll probably vote for a third party again,” she told Maxim. “To be honest, in 2012 I was against both candidates and so I just picked any third party because I thought if more people voted for third parties then they’d have to take third parties seriously.”

“If he doesn’t win against Hillary, then I’ll probably vote for a third party again…I voted for Roseanne [Barr] last time,” she said.

What terrific insight.

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Gay marriage hurts no one, right?

The line that it affects no one but the couple, and injures no one else is being parroted by some ministers. What could approval of same sex marriage damage?

The economy—at least the economy of particular businesses. Businesses that cater weddings are being forced to provide those services for gay weddings that are against their religious beliefs. If they refuse, they are fined and some are closing in Gay marriage-GTY-466847455order not to have to provide those services. Companies are being forced to pay for “diversity and inclusivism” training. Hiring practices have to be adjusted, making it more difficult to find and train good help.

It hurts families. A strain is put on traditional husband-wife families, which represent about 95% of American families. Brothers, sisters, parents, aunts, uncles, and others have to adjust and tolerate the weirdness of it. Then there is the fact that no child will be born to them for continuance of the family name and heritage.

It ultimately takes certain freedoms away from the vast majority of citizens to allow tiny minorities to force their views on all others. Churches are being pressured to change their long-held, Scripture-based convictions in order to appease a few who insist of having their way regardless of who it may inconvenience.

The gay marriage issue and current “bathroom ordinances” in some cities are high on the LGBTQ agenda.

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Sexual predator claiming to be “transgender” is jailed after assault on women in shelter

TORONTO, March 4, 2014 (LifeSiteNews.com) – A biological man claiming to be ‘transgender’ so as to gain access to and prey on women at two Toronto shelters was Transgender-Predatorjailed “indefinitely” last week after being declared by a judge a “dangerous offender.”

Pro-family leaders are pointing out that this is exactly the type of incident they warned of as the Ontario government passed its “gender identity” bill, dubbed the “bathroom bill,” in 2012.

Christopher Hambrook, 37, leaned on the ever expanding legal “rights” offered to people who “identify” with the sex opposite their biology. Under the name “Jessica,” he was able to get into the women’s shelters, where he sexually assaulted several women in 2012, the Toronto Sun reported. Hambrook was a former stripper and escort from Quebec before moving to Toronto in 2009 and posing as a woman. While in Montreal he served four years in jail for a 2002 sexual assault of a five-year-old girl who was a family friend and for raping a mentally challenged 27-year-old woman while on bail for the first crime.

Now Dallas city council has passed a bill allowing transgender men in women’s restrooms. The ordinance makes any public restroom open to anyone’s “perceived gender identity as male, female, both, or neither.” It would apply to any facility of “public accommodation.” It lists those places but omitted churches. And what does “neither” mean? Must we lose our liberties in order for a minute few to exercise theirs? The ordinance would include restrooms encompassing showers and locker rooms.

CFHLogoLadies, it is your turn to speak up on these issues. This weirdness needs to stop. Houston rejected a similar ordinance and Dallas should do the same. You know it won’t stop there. Churches will be on the list in time, and those that refuse to acquiesce to this ordinance will lose tax exemption. So how many genders are there?

Obama told us plainly that his administration would radically change America. He was right…but the voters who put him in were wrong. All this political correctness is coming down from Washington, particularly from the White House.

Dallas area pastors are encouraged to unite in opposition to this egregious ordinance. Let’s cover Dallas with prayer and every legitimate effort to repeal this ordinance.

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I dislike publishing these stories…

…but they will eventually affect our churches and our congregations, so get ready. Matt Walsh sez:

“Transgenders” are [usually] men who struggle with mental illness and sexual perversion. Of all the men to permit in a girl’s locker room, one might argue that “transgenders” ought to be last on the list. Remember Lila Perry, the male “transgender” Missouri high school student who demanded, and was granted, the lilaright to change and use the restroom with girls? A look at his own social media postings reveal that he is attracted to females (and males), and enjoys posting crude, explicit pictures of himself. What sort of parent wouldn’t be concerned about a vulgar, hypersexual boy like that using the locker room with their daughter? What sort of government claims that a boy like that has a civil right to infringe on the privacy and security of girls?

It’s really a remarkable thing. Liberalism is the prominent ideology in America, yet it is ultimately dominated by the most quantitatively insignificant group on the planet. Homosexuals are already a relatively rare breed, and “transgenders” are even more scarce. There are a handful of gender-confused people in this country, but their demands and desires trump everyone’s, including even the desires of the feminists who used to rule the liberal roost.

Source: Matt Walsh at http://www.theblaze.com/contributions/with-the-transgender-movement-liberalism-has-finally-descended-into-total-madness/?utm_source=Sailthru&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Firewire%20Morning%20Edition%20Recurring%20v2%202015-11-06&utm_term=Firewire_Morning_Test

Parents beware:

A southern Wisconsin elementary school in Mt. Horeb cancelled a planned reading of a children’s book about a transgender girl after a group threatened to sue. The school district released a statement Wednesday saying it will not proceed with its planned reading of the book “I am Jazz,” the Capital Times reported. Parents and pastors: take note…take action. Check your children’s textbooks.

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Boldness

By E. L. Holley

They marveled! A closer observation revealed a lack of the long robes of learning. Such boldness!document What was the answer? In the final analysis, the critical clerics found the source of the apostolic boldness: “They had been with Jesus” (Acts 4:13).

The mark of men who have been with Jesus is boldness! And, in this day of doubt, it is still marvelous to see men who are bold in the Spirit! They do not indulge in weak ambiguities. Their words are decisive and their declarations plain. With a love that shines through their expression, such men use plainness of speech. No stammering of fearful uncertainty, but the clarity of “Thus saith the Lord” is their mark.

Such a boldness is not suggestive of a wild-eyed frenzy in which fear is the object. It isn’t threats or coercion. No, a thousand times, no! Abrasive speech is not indicative of boldness; rather, the very opposite.

Bold men are uninhibited by the paralyzing effects of fear. A visit with Jesus in prayer will enable a disciple to cast out all fear; indeed, perfect love affects this in the heart of a child of God. Presence of mind and freedom of speech and action are true marks of a holy boldness. To saturate the soul with God’s awesome presence is to create this condition. Witnessing is easy in such a state.

And what is the prerequisite for this frame of mind? The answer lies in being “with Jesus.” A spiritual aggressiveness is becoming more evident. A readiness to step out on the promises of God is obvious. It is a very contiguous condition!

God is the same yesterday, today, and forever! To spend time in His presence is to stoke the fires of fervency and faith. He wants us to stand up for Him in a world gone astray. He will embolden you.

First, however, you must get in His presence!

From The Best of E. L. Holley

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Jesus after the resurrection

12351-Jesus_Hands_Resurrected.1200w.tnIf Jesus had the same physical body after His resurrection, why did His disciples not recognize Him? (Luke 24:31b)

The two disciples walked with Jesus, talked with Him, and ate with Him and still did not recognize Him. Other disciples had the same experience (See verses below). If He rose in the same physical body (cf. Luke 24:39; John 20:27), then why didn’t they recognize Him?

Jesus did rise in the numerically same body of flesh and bones in which He died. There were many reasons why He was not immediately recognized by His disciples.

  1. Dullness – Luke 24:25,26
  2. Disbelief – John 20:24,25
  3. Disappointment – John 20:11-15
  4. Dread – Luke 24:36,37
  5. Dimness – John 20:1,14,15
  6. Distance – John 21:4
  7. Different clothes – John 19:23,24; cf. 20:6-8

Notice, however, two important things: the problem was only temporary, and before the appearance was over they were absolutely convinced that it was the same Jesus in the same physical body of flesh, bones, and scars that he had before the resurrection. And they went out of His presence to turn the world upside down, fearlessly facing death, because they had not the slightest doubt that He had conquered death in the same physical body in which He had experienced it.

Source: Norman Geisler and Thomas Howe in The Big Book of Bible Difficulties.

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In transition?

Many churches are in the throes of leadership transition or soon will be. In some cases, there is not an outright resignation of a pastor, but the matter of bringing in abaton-pass minister with another title, and/or creating a new title for the current leader to move up, has become common. There are definite opportunities for successful leadership transitions but there are some pitfalls also. If you would like the results of a survey we have done on pastoral leadership transitions, call 936-537-0250 or email to jnz@kingwoodcable.net.

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This month’s “I Don’t Get It” Award

It goes to President Obama, hands down. He declared on Nov. 24 that the current climate change summit in ParisYellow Ribbon Award isolated on white background would be a “powerful rebuke” to terrorists. Speaking alongside French President Francois Hollande at a joint news conference, he said: “Next week, I will be joining President Hollande and world leaders in Paris for the global climate conference. What a powerful rebuke to the terrorists it will be, when the world stands as one and shows that we will not be deterred from building a better future for our children.”

The real terrorists in the eyes of this administration are the job-producing industries, factories and workplaces where employment provides a higher standard of living than they wish for Americans. Restricting them or closing them down will give those Islamic terrorists a real rebuking. Biff! Bam! Pow! Take that, you ISIL jihadis!

zimg_005_5To further nail down the award, the president spoke of Republicans who were concerned about Islamic terrorists slipping into the country among the Syrian refugees: “Apparently they are scared of widows and orphans coming into the United States of America,” Obama said of Republicans. “At first, they were too scared of the press being too tough on them in the debates. Now they are scared of three-year old orphans. That doesn’t seem so tough to me.” As you can see in the photo, more widows and orphans are on their way. (Oops…no orphans or widows visible in the photo!)

But the clincher was when he added what we already knew: “What I’m not interested in doing is posing or pursuing some notion of ‘American leadership’ or ‘America winning.’” *

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Health for the bones

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Observed

eyes noticingMany churchgoers are like a hitchhiker’s thumb: “You buy the car, pay for repairs and insurance, fill it with gas, & I’ll ride with you. But if things don’t suit me, I’ll bail out. And if you have an accident, I’ll probably sue. This thumb is always out for a better ride.”

You don’t have to go to church to be a Christian. You don’t have to go home to be married either. But your relationship surely works better!

Seen on a Bible cover: “WARNING: Prolonged use of Holy Scripture may result in maturity, wisdom, character, holiness, and eternal life.”

“Some people are very much like old wheelbarrows—half full of dirt, useful only when pushed, and very easily upset.” – Vance Havner

One man said his wife didn’t have much a sense of humor. She told him, “I am going to try to please one person every day. Today is not your day, and it doesn’t look too promising for tomorrow.” Ouch!

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The Last Shot

If Islam is a religion of peace, shouldn’t Islamic extremists be extremely peaceful? – Patriot Post

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Thanks for visiting. Stop by next month. In the meantime, pray for our nation. And have a merry Christmas…and may it not be the last merry one we have if Jesus tarries.

JREnsey

 

* We love all of our leaders, including the President. We pray for them. We wish the best for them. Disagreement with statements or policies does not qualify as hate or hate speech.

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