JREnsey blog November 2015

Welcome to the NOVEMBER 2015 JREnsey blog!


The Word for today (warning: graphic language)

”But now bring the-biblecharges against Israel—your mother—for she is no longer my wife, and I am no longer her husband.
Tell her to remove the prostitute’s makeup from her face and the clothing that exposes her breasts.
Otherwise, I will strip her as naked as she was on the day she was born. I will leave her to die of thirst, as in a dry and barren wilderness.” – Hosea 2:2,3 (NLT)


 God’s advice still good

 A man bought an old Bible at a second-hand bookstore in the 1960s for a few shillings then discovered it to be worth tens of thousands of dollars. The “old Bible” just happened to be a very rare copy of William Tyndale’s 1526 Bible, the first Bible to be printed in English. This 3500particular copy was printed in 1537, one year after Tyndale was burned at the stake for publishing the Bible ten years earlier. The owner fetched $93,400 for the Bible at auction—quite a profit on his tiny investment.

Through Isaiah, God asked the Israelites:Wherefore do ye spend money for that which is not bread?” (Isaiah 55:2). Buy Bibles and books—they are bread for the soul and still a good investment.

The man in the story above proved it.


 This is what most Americans want

 Someone sent this to me. Do you agree that “this is what most Americans want”?

  1. Hillary: in Prison
  2. Invite “GOD” back in America!
  3. Borders: Closed!
  4. Congress: On the same retirement and health care plans as everybody else.bucket-list-pic
  5. Congress: Obey its own laws NOW!
  6. Language: English only!
  7. Culture: Constitution, and the Bill of Rights!
  8. Drug Free: Mandatory Drug Screening before and during Welfare!
  9. NO freebies to Non-Citizens!
  10. Balance the budget.
  11. Stop giving away our money to foreign countries! Charge them for our help! We need it here.
  12. Fix the TAX CODE!

And most of all…


We the people are coming!


Old Bibles

Old Bibles and what is written in them has been my pursuit and my “hobby” for almost 60 years. I thought you might like to see these new pics of some old Bibles.

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Wycliffe 1380








Latin Vulgate 1455








Erasmus 1516 (Greek/Latin)







Coverdale Bible 1535


Matthew1537Matthew’s Bible 1537







Great Bible 1539







Geneva Bible 1560









Bishops Bible 1568







King James Bible 1611



wickedbible1631The KJV Wicked Bible 1631


KJV with Geneva notes1649KJV with Geneva Notes 1649









Algonquin-Eliot 1663 First Bible printed in America







Aitken 1782 First KJV printed in America



Speaking truth does not equal hate

The current wave of political correctness seems to be attempting to cast all who speak biblical truth into the mold of haters. Jesus came speaking the truth, actually being truth personified—“I am the truth” (John 14:6)—and they crucified Him. If we speak the truth, are we to expect less? “Verily, verily, I say unto you, The servant is not greater than his lord; neither he that is sent greater than he that sent him” stop_the_hate_logo_480(John 13:16). Jesus hated no one (John 3:16), but those whom His life and words convicted hated Him. Christ’s true followers hate no one. We are obligated, however, to tell the truth.

The LGBT crowd and the other progressives claim anyone who disagrees with them hates them. Why doesn’t the media accuse them of hating Christians because they disagree with us? Don’t hold your breath until that happens.


 The 44-second silence

 Benjamin Netanyahu recently spoke before the United Nations.

netanyahu“Seventy years after the murder of 6 million Jews, Iran’s rulers promised to destroy my country, murder my people; and the response from this body—the response from nearly every one of the governments represented here—has been absolutely nothing,” a defiant Netanyahu said. “Utter silence. Deafening silence.”

This was followed by a 44 second silent stare at the U.N. General Assembly, which I am sure caused some considerable discomfort.


Where did the saying, “You will eat your words” come from?

My best guess is that Proverbs 18:21 is the source of the idiom: “Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat-your-wordseat its fruit” (NASB).

It means if you overwork your tongue, the time will come when you will have to publicly “eat your words”—admit that you were wrong.

I have said many times that single persons or couples yet childless who criticize others’ children should carry a bottle of ketchup in their pocket or purse for when they have to eat their words later.


Who’s calling, please?

Book review of Jesus Calling by Sarah Young

Reviewed by Bob DeWaay

jesus-callingIn the Bible, the term “devotion” is used for the early church’s attention to and time spent on the means of grace. This included the apostles’ teaching, which is our New Testament. Devotional books today are often devoted to private mysticism. Sarah Young’s book is a good example. Devotion, in this case, has become a devotion to metaphysical impressions, not God’s Word.

Furthermore, Young’s daily devotional is written in words as though they were spoken directly by Jesus Christ Himself. This genre of devotional is not new. When I was a new Christian, Francis Roberts published such a book entitled Come Away My Beloved, which was based on the allegorization of the Song of Solomon. The book and sequels were quite popular. The first was written as if God Himself were speaking to the reader (using King James English), thus constituting new words from God beyond Scripture. At the time I thought that to be wrong and refused to read the book, though I read enough to be aware of its contents.

Similarly, Jesus Calling promotes mystical devotion to God and is based on words from Jesus beyond Scripture. As we shall see, Young puts New Age, panentheistic ideas into the mouth of Jesus Christ Himself. Like many such works, including the one by Roberts, Jesus Calling presents a romantic, ….to continue reading this review, click here.


Doesn’t this make you feel safe?

In a move best described as unconscionable, the administration recently granted asylum in the U.S. to 1,519 previously inadmissible foreigners involved in terrorism—because their crimes were ostensibly committed “while under duress.”

Even worse, the administration had to “tweak” the law to do so. In February 2014, an “Exercise of Authority” enacted by the Department zimg_004_4of Homeland Security (DHS) and the State Department amended the parts of the Immigration and Nationality Act that had taken a zero-tolerance approach towards asylum seekers involved in any material support for terrorism. DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson and Secretary of State John Kerry provided exemptions for “an alien who provided limited material support” to terrorist entities.

All of these applicants were determined to be “under duress” when they supported terror, along with an additional 189 processed simply for being under duress with no other criteria mentioned. And finally, another 628 were processed because their activities or affiliations with specific groups were simply “approved for consideration of an exemption” by the secretary of homeland security, in consultation with the secretary of state and the attorney general.

Thousands of others are being imported from the Middle East by the Obama Administration and being dispersed throughout the nation without being vetted. [What could possible go wrong?]

Evidently, the Rule of Law applies only when it aligns with Obama administration agendas. The president recently announced America would absorb an additional 10,000 Syrian “refugees” next year, with a target of accepting 100,000 worldwide refugees per year by 2017, according to John Kerry, who declared last month, “This step … is in keeping with the best tradition of America as a land of second chances and a beacon of hope.” [Hmmm….now I feel better.]

Source: http://patriotpost.us/articles/38032.

Where did all the “overpopulation” folks from a couple of decades ago run off to?


 Oldest draft of KJV

 An American professor was searching last year for a letter relating to Samuel Ward, one of the translators of the King James Bible, in the archives of Sidney Sussex College in Cambridge.

“I thought that would be my great discovery,” Jeffrey Alan Miller of Montclair State University tells the New York Times. Instead, that honor has ended up going to something else he found: a paperback-sized notebook once belonging to Ward that had been cataloged in the Draft of KJV1980s as including “verse-by-verse biblical commentary.” As Miller flipped through it, “there was a kind of thunderstruck, leap-out-of-bathtub moment,” he says.

It looked to be an early draft of the King James Bible, containing a book from the often-omitted section, the Apocrypha, and pieces of the Wisdom of Solomon.

King James commissioned the new Bible translation in 1604, and Miller says the 70-page draft dates from 1604 to 1608. If validated, the find will become the earliest known draft of the King James Bible, one of only four manuscripts of the text ever found, and the only one definitively written by a translator.

It would also offer insights into how the book—which gave us phrases like “fight the good fight” and “the skin of my teeth”—came to be. The Telegraph reports scholars worked to prepare it in teams or “companies” at the University of Oxford, University of Cambridge, and Westminster.

But Miller says Ward’s notebook suggests he worked alone, at least in the early stages. “It clearly shows him … working out the translation for himself as he went along, making mistakes and changing his mind,” Miller writes in the Times Literary Supplement, raising the possibility that the Bible “may be far more a patchwork of individual translations…than has ever been properly recognized.”

Source: http://www.newser.com/story/214481/american-finds-oldest-draft-of-king-jamesbible.html?utm_source=part&utm_medium=foxnews&utm_campaign=rss_science_syn

Miller fails to adequately explain that even though the translators did work independently at first, probably from 2004 to 2007, they later submitted their work to a larger group for approval and final editing.


Know your rights

There are numerous medical and non-harmful alternatives to psychiatric diagnoses and psychiatric drugs, including standard medical care that does not require a subjective psychiatric label or mind-altering psychiatric drugs. The issue of informed consent is practically non-existent in the field of mental health, as patients are not accurately informed of the documented risks of psychiatric drugs which carry 286 drug regulatory warnings, 278 studies, and over 400,000 adverse reaction reports filed with the U.S. FDA. You have the right to “informed consent”! For more information, click here.


It is said Winston Churchill loved these figures of speech in which the latter part of a sentence or phrase is surprising or unexpected and frequently humorous.

  1. Where there’s a will, I want to be in it.
  2. The last thing I want to do is hurt you. But it’s still on my list.
  3. Since light travels faster drama1than sound, some people appear bright until you hear them speak.
  4. If I agreed with you, we’d both be wrong.
  5.  We never really grow up, we only learn how to act in public.
  6. War does not determine who is right—only who is left.
  7. Knowledge is knowing a tomato is a fruit; wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad.
  8. To steal ideas from one person is plagiarism. To steal from many is research.
  9. I didn’t say it was your fault, I said I was blaming you.
  10. In filling out an application, where it says, ‘In case of emergency, Notify:’ I put  ‘DOCTOR.’
  11. You do not need a parachute to skydive. You only need a parachute to skydive twice.
  12. I used to be indecisive. Now I’m not so sure.
  13. To be sure of hitting the target, shoot first and call whatever you hit the target.
  14. I’m supposed to respect my elders, but its getting harder and harder for me to find one now.
  15. You’re never too old to learn something stupid. (See next entry.)


He wasn’t camera shy

Red-light-camera-springfield-ohioA man was driving when he saw the flash of a traffic camera. He figured that his picture had been taken for exceeding the limit, even though he knew that he was not speeding. Just to be sure, he went around the block and passed the same spot, driving even more slowly, but again the camera flashed.

Now he began to think that this was quite funny, so he drove even slower as he passed the area again, but the traffic camera again flashed. He tried a fourth time with the same result. He did this a fifth time and was now laughing when the camera flashed as he rolled past, this time at a snail’s pace. Two weeks later, he got five tickets in the mail for driving without a seat belt.

You can’t fix stupid.


Care for anything else?

Is anyone else tired of politicians using our tax dollars to buy votes? In the Democrat debate, they promised in-state tuition for illegals, Obamacare for illegals, paid family leave, free healthcare for kids, free public college, childhood education, higher minimum wages, expanded social security, expanded Medicare for all Americans (that usually means all who are living within our borders), and prescription drugs.

Inching ever closer to the total socialist state, known in Russia, China and Czechoslovakia as communism. When we get to where our current administration is taking us, where are we going to be?



Kicking CowProverbs BookBy J. R. Ensey

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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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Freedom from fear

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Liberty must at all hazards be supported. We have a right to it, derived from our Maker. But if we had not, our fathers have earned and bought it for us, at the expense of their ease, their estates, their pleasure, and their blood.” —John Adams, 1765


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JREnsey blog October 2015

Welcome to the OCTOBER 2015 JREnsey blog!


 The Word for today

“And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another great-white-throne-judgementbook was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works.

13 And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works.

14 And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death.

15 And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire” (Revelation 20:12-15).


 Ain’t love grand?

Gay Marriage advocates cheer during a rally moments before hearing the news of the Proposition 8 over-ruling outside the Ninth Circuit Courthouse in San Francisco, California, in this February 7, 2012, file photo. Supporters of the right to marry for same-sex couples say the ballots show public opinion moving further in their favor. Where public opinion leads, the Supreme Court will follow, they say. To match Analysis USA-COURT/GAYMARRIAGE REUTERS/Beck Diefenbach/Files (UNITED STATES - Tags: SOCIETY POLITICS)

We have been bombarded with catchy clichés like “It’s OK to marry the person you love, whomever it may be.” Apparently, love trumps all, even God’s Word and common sense.

You instinctively knew where this philosophy would lead. There would be no end to the possibilities of who or what people would “fall in love” with. Now the news has broken that an 18-year old girl has decided she and her father have fallen in love and plan to marry. She is at the age of consent, she says, so plans for the wedding proceed. When “right and wrong” have been dispensed with, who can stand in their way and declare it wrong?

The link below is worthy of your reading. Timothy Hsiao has written an article called “The Limits of Consent.” Very interesting.



“At night we could hear them screaming…”

Before he was fatally shot in 2012, Lance Cpl. Gregory Buckley Jr. told his father that at night he could hear Afghan officers sexually abusing young boys, but there was nothing he could do about it.

“At night we can hear them screaming, but we’re not allowed to do anything about it,” Gregory imagesBuckley Sr., the Marine’s father, told the New York Times his son told him. “My son said that his officers told him to look the other way because it’s their culture.”

According to the Times, rampant sexual abuse of children by Afghan officers—otherwise known as “bacha bazi” or “boy play”—isn’t new. While some U.S. soldiers and Marines have specifically been told not to intervene, they have chosen to do so anyway in the face of potential disciplinary action.

Sgt. First Class Charles Martland, a Green Beret, is set to be involuntarily discharged Nov. 1 because he attacked an Afghan Local Police commander in 2011 who allegedly raped a boy and then beat his mother for telling the U.S. military. The Special Ops sergeant said he body slammed the Afghan man multiple times, kicked him in the ribs, and put his foot on his neck, then tossed him out of the camp.

Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-Calif.) defended Martland in an August letter to Defense Secretary Ash Carter and said that Martland had a “moral decision” to intervene.

child-abuse“[The Afgan man] confessed to the crime and laughed about it, and said it wasn’t a big deal,” Daniel Quinn, a leader at the post, told Fox News of the Afghan police commander’s actions. “Even when we patiently explained how serious the charge was, he kept laughing. As a man, as a father of a young boy myself at the time, I felt obliged to step in to prevent further repeat occurrences.”

Source: The Blaze, 9/21/15

No wonder some of our veterans come home with emotional problems. And we are spending blood and treasure to protect and support such a culture! And I believe I heard our vice president say that the U.S. would take about 300,000 Islamic immigrants from the Middle East during the next three years. Just what we need to make this a better nation.


Rainbow Doritos

Tongue-in-cheek, of course, but c’mon! What’s next? Polygamous Doritos that contain three flavors doritos-rainbowin a single bag? I can see the ad: “They’re Doritogomous!” Or perhaps Bisexual Doritos (Bi-ritos), where each chip contains two flavors?

It’s just amazing to me how brands like Oreos and Doritos are bending over backwards to promote the moral acceptance of homosexuality. Enough already. Let me eat my Doritos in peace. They are “food,” not propaganda.

Source: Jason Dulle @Theo-sophical Ruminations

All that would be funny if it was nothing but a laughable joke. Expect more companies to follow suit.


Progressing backward

“If termites could talk, they would call what they do ‘progress.’”

“Scratch a liberal [insert: socialist] and just below the surface you would find Karl Marx.”Marx-Mask-590-CI

How did socialism work out for the Cubans? For the Hungarians? For the Bulgarians? For the North Koreans? Yet the Democrats are touting the likes of a confessed socialist for president. Thanks to television, the “news” media, and the movies, we are being loosed from our moorings and heading toward the rocky shoals of communism. Who would have believed such a thing only a few years ago?


Chillin’ out with 1970 Earth Day Predictions

In 1970, the first Earth Day was celebrated, giving print and visual media space and time to promote environmentalism and the “Green Movement.” The events (organized in part by then hippie and now convicted murderer Ira Einhorn) predicted death, destruction and disease unless we did exactly as progressives commanded. Were they right? Should we still believe their prognostications?

ice_age_london_bearIs manmade global warming an alarming fact? Here is what ecologist Kenneth Watt said during the Earth Day discussions: “The world has been chilling sharply for about twenty years. If present trends continue, the world will be about four degrees colder for the global mean temperature in 1990, but eleven degrees colder in the year 2000. This is about twice what it would take to put us into an ice age.”

I wish these pseudo scientists would make up their minds. Of course, this was before the anti-industry, anti-capitalism sentiment really got to rolling and they discovered it was easier to predict global warming via carbon emissions than a coming ice age. Behold the approaching apocalypse as predicted on and around Earth Day, 1970.

  1. “Civilization will end within 15 or 30 years unless immediate action is taken against problems facing mankind.”  — Harvard biologist George Wald
  2. “We are in an environmental crisis which threatens the survival of this nation, and of the world as a suitable place of human habitation.” — Washington University biologist Barry Commoner
  3. “Man must stop pollution and conserve his resources, not merely to enhance existence but tofamine save the race from intolerable deterioration and possible extinction.”New York Times editorial
  4. “Population will inevitably and completely outstrip whatever small increases in food supplies we make. The death rate will increase until at least 100-200 million people per year will be starving to death during the next ten years.” — Stanford University biologist Paul Ehrlich
  5. “Most of the people who are going to die in the greatest cataclysm in the history of man have already been born… [By 1975] some experts feel that food shortages will have escalated the present level of world hunger and starvation into famines of unbelievable proportions. Other experts, more optimistic, think the ultimate food-population collision will not occur until the decade of the 1980s.” — Paul Ehrlich
  6. “It is already too late to avoid mass starvation,” — Denis Hayes, Chief organizer for Earth Day
  7. “Demographers agree almost unanimously on the following grim timetable: by 1975 widespread famines will begin in India; these will spread by 1990 to include all of India, Pak_1311270839istan, China and the Near East, Africa. By the year 2000, or conceivably sooner, South and Central America will exist under famine conditions…. By the year 2000, thirty years from now, the entire world, with the exception of Western Europe, North America, and Australia, will be in famine.” — North Texas State University professor Peter Gunter
  8. “In a decade, urban dwellers will have to wear gas masks to survive air pollution… by 1985 air pollution will have reduced the amount of sunlight reaching earth by one half.” — Life magazine

Read the remaining seven dire predictions by clicking here…


A time for truth

Scientists and psychologists say the harmful effects of Seroxat (Paxil and similar SSI drugs) were under-reported in an earlier report. Experts who re-analyzed data say the study is still referred to in medical literature and needs to be retracted.

An influential study which claimed that an antidepressant drug was safe for children and adolescents failed to report the true numbers of young people who thought of killing themselves  while on it, re-analysis of the trial has found.

Study 329, into the effects of GlaxoSmithKline’s drug paroxetine on unSSRIs_1436456299961_21101933_ver1.0_640_480der-18s, was published in 2001 and later found to be flawed. In 2003, the UK drug regulator instructed doctors not to prescribe paroxetine—sold as Seroxat in the UK and Paxil in the US—to adolescents.

But experts who have obtained the original data say the study is still referred to in the medical literature and needs to be retracted.

In their re-analysis of the trial, published in the British Medical Journal, they say the beneficial effects of paroxetine on young people were far less and the harmful effects far greater than the study suggested.

Out of 275 children and adolescents in the trial, 11 taking the drug and one in the group given a placebo developed suicidal or self-harming behavior. The original publication of the study reported five on the drug and one on placebo. There were no reports of suicidality on a second drug, imipramine, which was also tested in study 329.

For the full story, click on either of the sites below…



images-1For years we have warned parents and pastors about harmful psych drugs being waved about as “safe.” Many of our Apostolic members, particularly our youth, have fallen prey to them when psychologists /psychiatrists tout them as beneficial. Please read this brief intro and the two reports listed below. Then check out the “related coverage” sites on the sidebar. We are not only warping the minds of our youth and adults with these drugs like Paxil, but also watching many of them commit suicide or kill others. Wake up, folks.


They said it

  • “Anything the pope touches becomes blessed. I think so and no one is eTMddAeEcgoing to change my mind.” – U.S. Representative Bob Brady (D-Pa), after he stole the glass the pope drank from while speaking before Congress. He took it to his office, drank from it and passed it to others who also took a swallow of the remaining water.
  • Obama on the Constitution: “I think it is an imperfect document and I think it is a document that reflects some deep flaws in American culture, the colonial culture, at that time. It also reflected the fundamental flaw of this country that continues to this day. There was a tendency to lose track of the political and community organizing and activities on the ground that are able to put together the coalitions of power through which you bring about change.” – Spoken on Chicago Public Radio, September 2001
  • “Marriage equality is the law of the land. Officials should be held to their duty to uphold the law—end of story.” – Hillary Clinton  [Hmmmm…]
  • ”For years, the defenders of television have argued that the networks are only giving the people what they want. But so are the drug cartels.” – Pete Hamill
  • “Al-Aqsa is ours, and so is the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. [The Israelis] have no right to desecrate them with their filthy feet. We won’t allow them to do so, and we will do whatever we can to defend Jerusalem. There will be no Palestinian state without Jerusalem. Each drop of blood that was spilled in Jerusalem is pure blood as long as its for the sake of Allah. Every shahid (martyr) will be in heaven and every wounded person will be rewarded, by Allah’s will.” – Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas
  • “Consensus, as important as it is at times, cannot be the final rule of faith. The Bible is. … We understand the temptation to talk about the Bible mostly in terms of ‘what it means to me’ and its ‘practical application to daily life.’ But when this hermeneutic dominates—as it does today—Christianity becomes little more than self-help therapy. And it leaves people ignorant of Scripture’s deeper meaning, and therefore unable to spot false teaching.” – Mark Galli, in Christianity Today, 9/24/15


 Bible Interpretation Must NOT Be Subjected to Cultural Accommodation

1313“Even after we make as many allowances as possible for different interpretations of the one set of texts, it is very difficult to avoid an embarrassing conclusion: very often current practices and interpretations of the Bible depend rather more on faddish cultural stances quietly but effectively domesticating the Scriptures, than on close and reverent study of the Scriptures themselves.” – Don Carson

It is time we stopped interpreting Scripture through the lens of current culture. Trying the keep the Bible in step with the ideology of the world is exactly what the enemies of the cross want. Some people you know personally have bought into the idea that the church must be relevant to the culture and conform to what media, the college professors, and the Washington elitists are the saying. “Be not conformed to this world, but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind…” (Romans 12:2). “All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness” (II Timothy 3:16). Without a high view of Scripture we will lose our way. Let’s pay more attention to what Paul, Peter, James and John are saying and less to what the unbelievers of this world are peddling. “The word of the Lord is right, and all his works are done in truth” (Psalm 33:4).



“This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success “ (Joshua 1:8).

This well-known verse contains the first use of the Hebrew verb for “meditate” (hagah) in the Bible and, significantly, it is a command to meditate on the Scriptures. Such meditation is not mere quietness or daydreaming, but is thoughtfulness with a purpose—to obey “all that is written therein.”

Meditation for its own sake, without being centered on God’s Word, is often useless or even hearing-Gods-voice-Bibleharmful. Witness the Western proliferation of Eastern “meditation cults” (T.M., etc.) in recent years, which lead their devotees into pantheism and occultism. Isaiah 8:19 warns against “wizards that peep, and that mutter [same word as ‘meditate’].” “Why do . . .the people imagine [same word] a vain thing?” (Psalm 2:1).

The blessed man is the one whose “delight is in the law of the LORD; and in his law doth he meditate day and night” (Psalm 1:2). That is, only if we are continually guided by the Holy Scriptures will we be happy and successful.

In the New Testament, the Greek word for “meditate” (melatao) is used only twice. Once, it is translated “imagine” (Acts 4:25) and is in a quotation of Psalm 2: 1, as above. The last time it is used, however, its emphasis reverts back to the context of its first usage, as in our text above. Paul commands us: “Give attendance to reading, to exhortation, to doctrine. . . . Meditate upon these things; give thyself wholly to them; that thy profiting may appear to all” (1 Timothy 4: 13, 15).

Modern meditationists say that the goal of meditation is to clear our minds of “things,” but God wants us to meditate on “these things”—the life-giving, life-directing doctrines of His Word.

– Dr. Henry M. Morris


Do Christians have the right to bear arms in protection of their family and property?

In his monthly newsletter, Doug Kutilek wrote:

stock-vector-black-silhouette-of-a-stylish-black-pistol-which-is-blowing-a-red-bubble-heart-instead-of-shooting-157246847Recently in preparing a particular lesson, my attention was drawn to Luke 11:21–

When a strong man, fully armed, guards his estate, his possessions are secure” (HCSB).

Though I have read Luke’s Gospel many times, this particular verse never caught my attention before—and I had studied the subject of the Christian’s right of self-defense for a lesson as recently as 5 months ago. Somehow I missed this passage.

Though largely incidental to the topic Jesus was then discussing (the power or means by which He cast out demons, whether the power of God or the power of Satan), Jesus’ words in this verse, taken at their plain face value, are a common sense recognition that a man has the right of armed self-defense of his person, family and his property (all would be included under the term “estate”). There is no word of criticism from Jesus for undertaking armed self-defense. There is no exhortation to be passive in the face of an aggressive external threat. Rather, such advanced preparation is acknowledged as a wise course of action to secure one’s property.

Those who seek to find Christian pacifism in Scripture must find a way around this perfectly plain statement by Jesus.


Is the pope the new world leader?

papl2So popular is the new pope Francis, the first Jesuit to fill that office, that a political cartoon appeared in the newspaper touting him for president of the U.S. A cartoon, admittedly, but if the election were held today and he was favorable toward letting his name stand, he would likely be elected hands down. What an amazing turn of events. Will he be the one to bring America to its knees in reclaiming the “Protestant daughters” who split off in the 16th-18th centuries?149-pope-un-940

Could he be the one to ride the Book of Revelation prophecies to fulfillment?

Time was that Catholics were not welcome in colonial America. The Puritans and the Protestants were largely in control of things over here and they had had enough of the rack and the stake when Europe was under the heel of Rome. But the Catholics came anyway, and carved out pieces of America. Early on they stayed mostly to themselves in enclaves. Even the Church of England adherents were frowned upon as looking and acting too much like Roman Catholics. Some legislatures from Massachusetts to Georgia enacted stringent measures opposing them—like special taxes on their crops and goods, and the denial of the right to vote.

Sir George Calvert, whose title was Lord Baltimore, was a Roman Catholic English nobleman. Finding the laws against the Roman Catholics in England severe, he resolved to emigrate to Virginia in the hope of enjoying a liberty of conscience which was not permitted in England under the reign of King James I. But he was disappointed, as the Virginians proved nearly as intolerant as those he had left; and he felt compelled to seek another asylum. He was given a grant of land in 1632 by King Charles I in the Chesapeake Bay area, which would become known as the province of Maryland—so named in honor of Henrietta Maria, King James’ daughter-in-law—the wife of his son, King Charles I. This paved the way for Catholicism to be introduced by two Jesuit priests who came disguised as “gentlemen adventurers.” 20150924-Pope-Congress-Moses_0They ultimately established schools, which, after the rack and the stake failed to return the Protestants to Catholicism, became their new core strategy for strengthening their flock and blunting the Reformation. Massachusetts was strongly anti-Catholic until the mid-1800s when the Great Potato Famine struck and millions of Ireland’s citizens migrated to America. Many of them were Catholic and they were slowly integrated into the fabric of American culture. Today there are 166 Roman Catholic members of Congress.

I remember the struggle experienced by John F. Kennedy in 1960 to win the presidency. How would he, a Catholic, govern being beholden to his faith led by a potentate in another country—the pope in the Vatican? American Protestant leaders were skeptical. His win marked the demise of anti-Catholic sentiment in this country. Today a large part of our media, entertainment and educational institutions are ruled by either Jews or Catholics. Mainline Protestant denominations are reeling, with losses mounting up every year. Does this bode well for America’s future?

It is interesting to consider the role to be played by the papacy and the Imams and Ayatollahs of Islam as the endtime draws to a close. Will one produce the Antichrist? Who will exercise the most power and fulfill the prophecies of Revelation? Will they align their forces and resources together or will they be protagonists? Who is it riding on the horses of Revelation 6 and on the beast of Revelation 18? We all have our theories but it is comforting to know that born-again Christians will observe these developments from the safety of Heaven’s balconies—if at all.

Even so, come, Lord Jesus.


Leftists swallow pope’s line

Did Francis get us lined out so we can quit using fossil fuels? He purports to be primarily concernedpope-new-york-scre_3453385b with the poor and needy of the world, but he is neither a scientist nor an engineer. Rid us of fossil fuels and it puts us back into farming more cotton and flax to make our clothes since 63% of fibers come from fossil fuels. Even the cotton, etc., would demand synthetic fertilizers and pesticides derived from fossil fuels. Cropland would have to be increased by 150%—equal to the combined land areas of South America and Europe—in order to meet food demands. Democrats and liberals popemobileWashington, DC, New York and California shouted their approval without realizing the dire consequences and reversals we would experience if we killed the oil industry, not to mention the number of churches that would have to close in areas where their members work in oil-related industries.

His “woolly sentiments,” says George Will, one of the nation’s leading common sense columnists, “that have the intellectual tone of fortune cookies would devastate the poor on whose behalf he T-IHPF__76667_zoom__57219__44555.1422982330.1280.1280purports to speak.” The pope’s claim that the world is becoming “an immense pile of filth,” reminds one of the Earth Day predictions of 1970 presented elsewhere in this blog. The pope casts air conditioning among the “harmful habits” of wealthier nations and implores us to do battle with climate change brought on by man’s sins of compulsive consumption.

While the “nation” over which he presides is covered by stone and concrete and gold, He praises subsistence farming. I have personally viewed that lifestyle in some of the poorest nations of the world and he would not want any part of it. He would have America revert to an 1820s existence so we would not be above the “have nots” of the world. His “redistributionism” (another word for socialism) learned under the rancid political culture of Peronist populism took Argentina from being the worlds 14 highest per capita GDP in 1900 to 63rd today. Let’s go backward, he pleads in his sanctimonious verbiage while pointing forward. I suppose he wants us to go all the way back to the Middle Ages when the populace was largely ignorant and had the pope’s foot on their necks.

As Will explains, Francis’ flamboyant, fact-poor speeches might make him popular with a segment of our population, they will certainly do little toward remedying the plight of the disadvantaged. The real target is free enterprise, capitalism and a “work your way up” methodology that brought this young nation to the top of the heap. The “you have it and we want it” folks are usually more laced with greed than those who have worked and earned it by the sweat of their brow.

He wants us to ignore our borders and welcome all immigrants. Just try getting into the Vatican with a full backpack and see how that works out.

Go home, pope Francis—back to Argentina—and lift those people out of the 19th century. Clean up your own back yard in Rome. Then come tell us how to run this country…and the world. Until then, arrivederci.


Churchill on Islam—In 1899!

“How dreadful are the curses which Mohammedanism lays on its votaries! Besides the fanatical WinstonChurchillfrenzy, which is as dangerous in a man as hydrophobia in a dog, there is this fearful fatalist apathy. Improvident habits, slovenly systems of agriculture, sluggish methods of commerce, and insecurity of property exist wherever the followers of the Prophet rule or live. A degraded sensualism deprives this life of its grace and refinement; the next of its dignity and sanity. The fact that in Mohammedan law every woman must belong to some man as his absolute property—either as a child, a wife or a concubine—must delay the final extinction of slavery until the faith of Islam has ceased to be a great power among men.

“Individual Moslems may show splendid qualities. Thousands become the brave and loyal soldiers of the Queen: all know how to die. But the influence of the religion paralyses the social development of those who follow it. No stronger retrograde force exists in the world. Far from being moribund, Mohammedanism is a militant and proselytizing faith. It has already spread throughout Central Africa, raising fearless warriors at every step; and were it not that Christianity is sheltered in the strong arms of science—science against which it has vainly struggled—the civilization of modern Europe might fall, as fell the civilization of ancient Rome.”

The River War (1899)




I Was An Atheist: But God…

By David Whitaker

145 pp; paper

Reviewed by JREnsey

I first met David Whitaker when he enrolled in an ExCeLL TBC course I was teaching at our church in Conroe. He, his wife and his dad had become members of Apostolic Tabernacle in neighboring Magnolia, pastored by Steve Wehrle. He told me that he had been an atheist before his conversion, but that did not seem so unusual. Many people were atheists to some degree before coming to God.

However, David was an absolute atheist. He not only stated his unbelief but lived it out. In this gripping story of his life without God, David bears his soul in describing his alcoholism and other sordid sins. He thought nothing of his lifestyle, figuring there was no penalty for living that way since there was no God to face in judgment. Not only was his life in shambles and wretchedness, his marriage was also falling apart.

How did he and his family go from that low point of life to enrolling in Bible college courses to learn the Scriptures? This riveting book tells the tale of how God works on the heart of an atheist. What big and meaningful words are these: “but God….”!

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Is College Worth It?517RFFTq8eL._SX301_BO1,204,203,200_

by William J. Bennett and David Wilezol

Nashville: Thomas Nelson, 2013.

278 pp., hardback.

Reviewed by Doug Kutilek

William (Bill) Bennett was Secretary of Education under Ronald Reagan and apparently is now a talk-show host.

Current accumulated American college tuition loan debt exceeds one trillion dollars, and continues to grow. More than half of all students are in debt from college, with an average—average—debt of $23,000, and horror stories of graduates—or non-graduates—with $50,000, $100,000, even $200,000 of debt and no employment prospects in the field of study are quite common, with very limited hope of paying off that debt in 10, 20 or even 30 years. And this debt cannot be disposed of by bankruptcy. The situation for those who seek or secure graduate degrees is even worse.

Part of this massive avalanche of indebtedness is due to aggressive and less-than-fully-disclosing college recruiting (in both private and public not-for-profit, as well as for-profit schools) that encourages and enables students to secure easy-to-get government loans. A second cause is the fact that the government is the primary lender (creating money to loan out of thin air), rather than banks and other lending institutions, as it was in the past. Banks have a…. [to continue reading this important review, click here.]

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A gust of wind blows the mantle of Pope Francis as he stands next to Sri Lanka's newly elected president Mithripala Sirisena (not seen) at the Colombo airport January 13, 2015. Pope Francis said on Tuesday Sri Lanka needed to find out the truth of what happened during its long civil war in order to consolidate peace and heal scars between religious communities. REUTERS/Stefano Rellandini ( SRI LANKA - Tags: RELIGION POLITICS TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)

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“Rebellion to tyrants is obedience to God.” – Thomas Jefferson’s life motto



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JREnsey blog September 2015

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The Word for today

“And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is thesi6va04hermanoleonweb

book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works.

13 And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works.

14 And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death.

15 And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire” (Revelation 20:12-15).


From John Wesley’s Journal

“My horse [affectionally named Timothy] was very lame, and my head did ache exceedingly. Now what occurred I here avow is truth—let each man account for it as he will. Suddenly I thought, ‘Can not God heal man or beast as He will?’ Immediately my weariness and headache ceased, and my horse was no longer lame.”


It’s about time

Southern Baptists finally drop ban of speaking in tongues

For more than a decade, the Southern Baptist Convention’s International Mission Board (IMB) disqualified candidates who spoke in tongues or who had been baptized in churches that disagreed with the convention’s view of baptism. Similar rules barred divorced people or those with teenagers from being missionaries.

That changed Wednesday, when the IMB’s trustees, at the prompting of their new president David Platt, approved a new, simplified set of rules for the agency’s more than 4,800 missionaries.

Missionary candidates must affirm the doctrines found in the Baptist Faith and Message statement of beliefs, be baptized by glosolaliaimmersion, be a member of a SBC church, and demonstrate an “intimate, growing relationship with Christ.”

Previous rules required would-be missionaries to have been baptized in an SBC church, or in a church that held SBC-like beliefs about baptism. Candidates baptized in a church that did not believe in eternal security—the idea that true Christians can’t lose their salvation even if they sin—or a church that views baptism is a sacrament were rejected. The new rules allows those who were baptized by immersion and who are members of an SBC church to be candidates.

The changes also address the question of charismatic worship and prayer practices, which have been controversial for Southern Baptists. Under the previous rules, candidates who spoke in tongues or had a “private prayer language” were barred. Under the new rules, speaking in tongues does not disqualify missionary candidates. Too much emphasis on charismatic gifts, like speaking in tongues, could still lead to discipline.

“IMB may still end employment for any missionary who places ‘persistent emphasis’ on any specific gift of the Spirit as normative for all or to the extent such emphasis becomes disruptive to Southern Baptist missions work,” according to a FAQ about the new rules posted by IMB.

Source: Bob Smietana, Christianity Today; May 14, 2015


Saul Alinsky is president

Saul Alinsky (1909-1972) authored the books Rules For Radicals and Reveille For Radicals. It caught the eye of one Wellesley radical named Hillary Clinton who did her college thesis on his theories of developing a socialistic government. Another Harvard student named Barack Hussein Obama also attached himself to Alinsky’s agenda on how to create a socialist state via community organizing. “Obama learned his lesson well. I am proud to see that my father’s model for organizing is being applied successfully beyond local community organizing to affect the Democratic campaign in 2008. It is a fine tribute to Saul Alinsky as we approach his 100th birthday.” —Letter from L. David Alinsky, son of Neo-Marxist Saul Alinsky.

If the dozen or so “rules” Alinsky propagated were distilled, updated and applied to the current American scene, they would probably look something like this:

1) Healthcare – Control this and you basically control the people.

2) Poverty – Increase the poverty level as high as possible; poor people are easier to control and will not fight back if you are providing everything for them to live.

3) Debt – Increase the national debt to an unsustainable level where taxes must be increased, thereby creating more poverty.

4) Gun control – Remove the ability of citizens to defend themselves against terrorists or the government, creating a police state.

5) Welfare – Assume control of food production and distribution, housing, and income levels.

last6) Education – Control what children learn in school. Insure that teachers and professors are guided by socialistic principles.

7) Religion – Remove the belief in God from the government and schools.

8) Class Warfare – Weaken and erode the middle class. Divide the people into wealthy and the poor. This will make it simpler to tax the wealthy for the support of the poor.

9) The Family – Redefine the family so that children are screened from traditional values. Diminish parental control.

10) Control the Media – The masses will believe what they are told if it is repeated often enough. Promote political correctness through television, the Internet, and the newspapers.

Are we being governed now and potentially in the future by Saul Alinsky? It seems so. Silence gives consent.


What are churches and pastors allowed to do politically?

Mat Staver, founder of Liberty Counsel, a conservative legal firm connected with Liberty University, recently told an audience of pastors that he wants to “dispel the myths” about what churches can and can’t do when it comes to politics.

“If we look at churches, churches are unique entities — churches are different than any other non-profit organization,” he said. “You don’t have anything to fear about speaking out.”

Staver’s comments on politics and the pulpit come a year after the Freedom From Religion Foundation, an atheist activist group, waged a battle against the IRS, claiming that the tax authority has not been holding churches accountable to rules restricting politics from the pulpit.

When it comes to lobbying, Staver told the pastors that churches are not precluded from commenting for or against specific legislation. “No church in the history of America has ever lost its God-and-Politics-websitetax exempt status for lobbying,” he said.

That said, Staver noted that churches are limited under IRS rules when it comes to political endorsements.

“You can’t say, ‘This particular church by name supports or endorses this particular candidate,’” he said, noting again, though, that “no church in history” has lost its tax-exempt status.

Staver said that, despite not being able to endorse specific candidates, pastors can preach from the pulpit on any topic that is found in the Bible—and that’s not all; houses of worship can also offer valuable voter information about candidates and incumbents, including inviting those individuals to speak to congregations about their personal faith and experiences.

“You can explain their positions,” he said. “You can [hold] a candidate forum. It doesn’t matter whether they all come, you just invite them all.”

Staver said that churches can even “register people to vote,” as it is not considered a “political act.”

“Dispel the myth that you’re going to lose your tax exempt status,” he said.


Erasmus on “Preaching”

“We see not a few mortals who, striving to emulate this divine virtue with more zeal than success, fall into a feeble and disjointed loquacity, obscuring the subject and burdening the wretched ears of their hearers with a vacant mass of words and sentences crowded together beyond all possibility of enjoyment. And writers who have tried to lay down the principles of this art have gained no other result than to display their own poverty while expounding abundance.” – Quoted by Elbert Hubbard in Little Journeys to the Homes of the Great.


No flags at school

A Dickson County, Tennessee school district has banned students from bringing American flags to campus because they could be seen as offensive by some.

Anti-Christian-American-Distress-FlagIf students violate the flag ban, they’ll be kicked out of school, students told WHBQ-TV.

The American flag just outside the entrance to the district’s schools will stay [I wonder how long?], but students who wish to express themselves more personally won’t be able to. How long before patriotism gets a student expelled? How long before the teachers and professors have our own kids stomping on Old Glory right on the steps of the schoolhouse?

Islamic studies are in; American history is out. American flags are out; immigrant students’ flags are in. Patriotism is out; multiculturalism is in.

We sign a deal with Iran, give them billions of dollars to build their nuclear arsenal, allow them to inspect and monitor themselves—all the while as they chant “Death to America.”

What a great country we had. We spill the blood of our sons and daughters on foreign soil to save a dozen nations. Then we pour billions into rebuilding those nations and their economies. What do we get in return? Too often it is a kick in the head. Haters of the American way of life, our faith, and our historical heritage should not come here with intent to reduce it to a third world nation, but to strive with us to make it stronger and better.


Islamic Immigration in Europe

The number of Islamic immigrants in Europe is mushrooming. With their birth rate much higher than Europeans, they will soonyoutube-muslim-650_0 be the majority in many countries. Awash in “progressive” multiculturalism experiments, European nations have opened themselves up to pressures they never dreamed of 25 years ago.

Some are belatedly trying to stem the tide. With all votes counted, a block of center-right parties led by former Prime Minister Lokke Rasmussen ousted Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt’s center-left coalition. The anti-immigration Danish People’s Party became the second-largest party in parliament. The election results reflect voters’ growing frustration with multiculturalism, Danish asylum and refugee policies and runaway immigration from Muslim countries. New statistics released by the Danish Immigration Service showed that 90% of all asylum applications have been approved so far in 2015. This is in stark contrast to 2004, when only 10% of such applications were approved.

protest1In Copenhagen, the Islamic Society in Denmark began accepting donations for the construction of a third megamosque in the capital. The project is expected to cost 80 million kroner ($11.7 million) and construction could begin in 2017.

In France, former president Nicolas Sarkozy’s opposition party—recently rebranded as “The Republicans”—held a meeting on the question of “Islam in France or Islam of France” as part of a roundtable discussion on the “crisis of values” in France. Sarkozy said: “The question is not to know what the Republic can do for Islam, but what Islam can do to become the Islam of France.”

(Source: Soeren Kern at http://www.gatestoneinstitute.org)


Should American Christians be concerned about immigration?

“If you talk about immigration, you are a xenophobe. If you talk about security, you are a fascist. If you talk about Islam, you are an Islamophobe.” – French MP Henri Guaino. [Such a concept should be roundly rejected. Only by free speech in a free society IslamWillDominateBobbycan truth find a niche in contemporary culture.]

“If European countries accept a wave of migrants, there will be terrorists among them. …By accepting the migrants, we strongly facilitate the Islamic State’s expansion to Europe.” – Czech President Miloš Zeman.

“We cannot lose this war because it is fundamentally a war of civilization. It is our society, our civilization that we are defending.” – French Prime Minister Manuel Valls.

It was recently stated on Fox radio news that the U.S. would be accepting 32,000 new immigrants from Syria and other Islamic states where ISIS fighting is displacing many citizens. It was acknowledged that there will be no way to screen them as to their loyalties or backgrounds.

The number of mosques in the US since 9/11 has doubled to accommodate the influx of Muslims.

Who is speaking out on this issue beside Donald Trump? Our government is selling our future to the immigrants, whoever they might be. I am so tired of hearing about Islamophobes, xenophobes, homophobes, ad infinitum. Know what the left-wingers and media elitists are? Truthophobes! Those self-ordained supermen hailing socialism as a worthy goal for America treat truth as though it were kryptonite.


They said it

“The White Man goes into his church and talks about Jesus. The Indian goes into his tipi and talks with Jesus.” – Quanah Parker, the last great Comanche chief

Public-Speaker-300x300“I think the big problem this country has is being politically correct.” –Donald Trump [Probably most independent thinkers agree with him. Trump often says things in an abrasive manner, and few of us like the way he says it. At least he’s being boldly honest about the world as it is instead of the world as we would like it to be—and a lot of folks find that attractive. Where did common sense jump off of this American train?]

“The word Jew itself is dirty. If I were in Israel, frankly, I would do to the Jews what they do with the Palestinians —slaughter each and every one of them.” – Muhammad N. (Police officer in Brussels, Belgium)

“A liberal’s paradise would be a place where everybody has guaranteed employment, free comprehensive healthcare, free education, free food, free housing, free clothing, free utilities, and only law enforcement has guns. And believe it or not, such a place does indeed already exist: It’s called Prison.” – Sheriff Joe Arpaio [I am not ready for my orange jumpsuit, are you?]

When asked if she wiped her server clean, Hillary Clinton responded: “What? With a cloth or something?” Knock, knock. Hello….hello. Hmmmm…the light is on but nobody’s home.


On Jewish monotheism

Resting on my shelves for years has been the Torah Commentary. For several reasons it has not been the first book I look into for an insight into some Old Testament verse from the Pentateuch. This week I pulled it to check out Deuteronomy 6:4. Here’s a one godcomment from Rabbi L. Jacobs:

“Modern Jewish monotheistic belief has been so thoroughly explored in the previous centuries that a consensus has emerged among believers as to what it implies and what it rejects. Judaism stands or falls on the rejection of polytheism as it is compatible with dualism or trinitarianism. …Moderns will be skeptical, to say the least, regarding the kabbalistic systems and will regard Chasidic pantheism as logically obscure. The believing Jew still recites the Shema as plying the pur monotheistic doctrine on which Judaism as a religion is based.”

Maimonides, the great 12th century Jewish scholar, was also quoted:

“I believe with perfect faith that the Creator, blessed by His name, is One only and that there is no unity in any manner like His, and that He alone is our God, who was, is, and will be.”

We are one with the Jews on the concept of monotheism. Trinitarianism has never been palatable to those who hunger for truth about the one and only God.


Speaking of one and only…

Extremists that claim the KJV is the only translation we should use complain that the rendering of the Greek monogenes as “one and only son” (NIV) rather than “only begotten son” (KJV) in John 3:16 turns the verse into a lie. Translating the word without using “begotten,” they say, reveals a liberal attempt to play down the true nature of the Incarnation and the deity of Christ. Does it really? They say that God has other “sons”—Adam is called “son” in Luke 3:38, and Paul referred to Christians as “sons of God” in Philippians 2:15 (technically “children.” See Strong’s). Therefore Jesus is not God’s “one and only son.” Has anyone heard 1Corinthians.14.23_lgof Bible readers getting confused by “one and only” rather than “only begotten”? Ever read where liberal scholars or unbelievers were using that phrase in contemporary versions to deny some aspect of the sonship of Christ? Who is confused, other than the extremists insisting on the exclusive use of the “one and only” Bible version?

The truth is that the KJV translators rendered the same word as “only son” in Luke 7:12, as “only daughter” in Luke 8:42, and as “only child” in Luke 9:38. Why not rail at the KJV translators about those verses? The problem so often is that comparisons are made strictly on the basis of how the English is rendered in the KJV vs. contemporary versions, completely disregarding the Greek. Shouldn’t we compare each with the original languages? If it is not said as the 1611 KJV rendered it, extremists declare it must not be the Word of God. That position is indefensible.

Jack Lewis, writing in The English Bible: From KJV to NIV, points out: “Monogenes occurs ten times in the NT. In view of its use to describe such figures as Jairus’ daughter, the widow’s son, and the epileptic child (as well as Jesus), the claim that ‘only begotten’ in a unique way expresses Jesus’ sonship better than ‘only’ does is without validity. Monogenes derives from genos (‘sort’ or ‘kind’) rather than from gennao (‘to beget’). While the Old Latin Version used unicus (‘only’) for monogenes, Jerome [in the Latin Vulgate] inconsistently introduced unigenitus (‘only begotten’) as the rendering for some of the occurrences of monogenes. Although Tyndale had used ‘only son,’ the KJV (as well as other English Bibles, beginning with the Great Bible) seems erroneously to have followed Jerome’s lead in rendering ‘only begotten.’ A considerable number of current evangelical scholars believe that [the NIV] is not at fault in its rendering as ‘one and only son,’ with ‘only begotten’ as a footnote.”1

Could Trinitarian extremists tell us just when the Son was “begotten,” and who were His literal parents at that time? Was He a born son, or a created son? Neither the phrase “eternal Son” nor the concept is in the Bible. That term never passed the lips of an apostle. Hierarchical authorities in the Middle Ages murdered those who would not use the term.

For a “Fact Check” concerning English renderings in Bible versions, go to advanceministries.org/articles and click on “Fact Check—Bible Translations.” Please remember, I am not promoting or defending any particular version, merely emphasizing a defensible position for our “The Bible says…” declarations. If truth is not worth standing up for, what is?

1 Jack Lewis, The English Bible: From KJV to NIV [Grand Rapids: Baker Book House, 1991], p. 113.


Grab a quick smile before continuing

The older you get, the tougher it is to lose weight, because by then your body and your fat have gotten to be really good friends.

The easiest way to find something around the house is to buy a replacement.

The sole purpose for a child’s middle name is so he can tell when he is really in trouble.Smiley-Face-7

Medical report blunders:

The patient was side-swiped by a car riding a motorcycle.

Three bullets were removed from the patient; one from each leg.

The shoulder dislocation was relocated in the emergency room.

I have authorized two more trips to the chiropractor to help finish him off.

The patient states that diarrhea tends to run in her family.

While in the Emergency Room she was examined, X-rated and sent home.

The patient had no recollection of memory loss.

Source: Seniorific News

Isn’t it comforting to know that preachers are not the only ones who make rhetorical gaffes?



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How to Prepare for Hard Times and Persecution

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

American Christians are in the early stages of persecution, and it is increasing. Unfortunately, many will be blindsided by it because few pastors and church leaders are warning about it or preparing believers for it.

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Iran deal dooms Israel


Parting Shots

“I like to see a man proud of the place in which he lives. I like to see a man live so that his place will be proud of him.” – Abraham Lincoln

Boston mayor Martin Walsh praised his city’s gun buyback program (bait: $100 – $200 gift cards) that has netted one gun so far this year: “The one gun that we took off the street this year through the gun buyback program—you never know what that gun would have been used for. Getting one gun off the street is effective.” That depends on one’s definition of “effective.” –  Source: The Patriot Post [Mr. Mayor, reckon why folks are not turning in their guns? Do you have a clue? And who will still have guns when all the honest, law-abiding citizens have turned their’s in?]


On a personal note:

I recently received a very special gift for my birthday…and here she is!

G'Pa's Birthday gift 2015

Emery Elise Ensey

Proud parents: Jonathan and Molly Ensey


Take time to pray for your country and those who are in leadership. It will make a difference.


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JREnsey blog August 2015

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


The Word for todayMatt Bible

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


Diary of an Azusa St. convert

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

The Story Of My Rifle

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

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

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

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

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


Millions for baby parts

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

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


More political correctness to harass Christian colleges

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


I wonder…

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Where do desks really come from?

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

‘Ms. Cothren, where are our desks?’

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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

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

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

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

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

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


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Coming to a school near you

Gender diversity taught to kindergarten kids



Pope’s Apology tour?

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

In June he apologized to Waldensians and Albigensians.

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



An encouraging word

Russell Moore writes:

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

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

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

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

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



 The Unbound Scriptures

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

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

Gods At War

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


For your funny bone




radical Islam

flags for servicemen 

Iran nuke deal

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

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Parting Shot

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

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


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


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JREnsey Blog July 2015

Welcome to the July 2015 JREnsey blog!


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


Words to remember

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

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

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

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

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


Wrong again

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

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


Sleep tight1006

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

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


One nation under [which] God?

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



You knew it was coming

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

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

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

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


Taking the blood out of the Bible?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


King James and His Translators

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

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

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

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Will he be called “the Antichrist”?

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


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


Worth reading



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


The $50.00 Lesson

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

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

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

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

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

“What do you mean?” she asked.

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

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

I said, “Welcome to the Republican Party.”

Her parents aren’t speaking to me anymore.


Jailed for wearing slacks

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

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

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

Source: LA Times archives, 1938



How to Prepare for Hard Times and Persecution

by Maria Kneas

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

 Fox new and Obama




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

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

mime-attachmentUsed before but worth another look. This is why women live longer than men.




Terrible mistake

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

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Parting Shot

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


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


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JREnsey Blog June 2015

Welcome to the June 2015 JREnsey blog!


The Word for today

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



From Rain On Me by Holley Gerth

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

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

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

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



Speaking of Rain

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

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


Jewish and Christian history remains intact

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Burn the Jews!

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

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

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

Are we seeing that trend of hatred here in America?


Somebody is praying for us

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

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

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

Here is the prayer Australian Warwick Marsh prayed for America:


Source: Breaking Christian News

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


Smart man

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


Homespun wisdom from a pundit

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

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

12.Never squat with your spurs on.

Will Rogers on GROWING OLDER…

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

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


A comparison

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Even these are stronger than the weakest:

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

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

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

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


Should Christians do yoga?

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

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

Yoga Is Hindu Worship

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

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

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

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

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

Good question. [end]

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

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

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


Do you have an abusive husband?

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


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


Four tremblers

Proverbs 30:21-23 (NLT):Preaching

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

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

I am trembling already!


Book Review

Letters to Pastors and Other Saints

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

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

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All done via computer. Modern technology is not all bad! If you would like to put an interactive copy of Into His Marvelous Light Bible study on your website, email:  publisher@intohismarvelouslight.com for information.


Send the women!?

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

Can I pick ’em? *


The other stuff

Border security

Hillarys people



I couldn’t resist these:




school lunch


Old texting


Parting Shots

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

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

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


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


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

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JREnsey blog May, 2015

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


The Word for today

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

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


The saga of Jesus’ wife

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

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

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


What a strange twist of history

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

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

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

Is America still a nation of the cross?

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

Coming soon to a neighborhood near you!


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Source: Anonymous


More reasons to trust the Bible

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

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

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

Will the skeptics never catch on?


Is “shacking up” a good idea?

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

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


They asked for it

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

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

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

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

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


What’s going on here?

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

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

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

America is asleep at the wheel.



Dinnertime for families

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

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

Worth a look!


How to destroy both country and church

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

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



The computer swallowed grandma

Yes, honestly it’s true.

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

And disappeared from view.

It devoured her completely,

The thought just makes me squirm.

She must have caught a virus

Or been eaten by a worm.

I’ve searched through the recycle bin

And files of every kind:

I’ve even used the Internet,

But nothing did I find.

In desperation, I asked Jeeves my searches to refine.

The reply from him was negative,

Not a thing was found “online.”

So, if inside your “Inbox,”

My Grandma you should see,

Please “Copy,” “Scan” and “Paste” her

And send her back to me!


How did they get into college?

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


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

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

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


Move over God, Hillary is coming to change our beliefs

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


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


College OKs club to fund ISIS


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

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


I need answers

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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Now for that laughing part:

Grandparents 3

Grandparents 2

Old texting



Maxine 4

Terrible mistake



Iran cheats

Clinton scandals



Parting Shots

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

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

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

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


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


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JREnsey Blog April 2015

Welcome to the April 2015 blog!


The Word for today

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


Easter in the New Testament

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Voices from the past

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

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


Interesting old pics

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

San Fran quakeMarket St. San Francisco after the 1906 quake

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

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

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

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

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

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

oi7U53lFast food to go. A vintage baked potato cart.

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


Are Muslims exempt from the insurance mandate in Obamacare?

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

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

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

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

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

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


Pickin’s from the grapevine

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Things to be trusted more than members of this administration:

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



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


34 Muslim training camps here in the U.S.

You are invited to watch the following:th-2


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



A/G Navy chaplain to get heave-ho

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

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

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

Source: Todd Starnes, FoxNews

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


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

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

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

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


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



Improving the plight of black Americans

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Poor Ben

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

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

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

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


Dress code draws cries of “sexist”

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

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

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

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

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

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


Maskil Psalms

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

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

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

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


An appeal to Apostolic songwriters

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


A way with words

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

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

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




A Hair Short of Glory

by Penny Watkins

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

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What A Difference A Line Can Make

by Larry BookerWhat-A-Difference

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

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Wholly Holy

by Daren Bowler

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

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Meds in print

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

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

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

Hillary emails

Roadside sign

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

Progressive ideas

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Obama on ISIL





Parting shots

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

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

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

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

Enjoy April showers that bring May flowers.


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JREnsey Blog March 2015

Welcome to the March 2015 blog!


The Word for today

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

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


The world’s affirmation

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

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

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


Judge not?

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

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

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

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

Well spoken, Mr. Chapman.


Jellyfish Christianity

Posted by Tim Challies 2/8/13

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


If I were the Devil

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



Obama meets privately with Muslims

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

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

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

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

Infosource: The Blaze


The biggest picture ever taken

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




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

Here goes…

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

And the cream of the twisted crop:

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

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


Have you been chipped?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



A forgotten executive order

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

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

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

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



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

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

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

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

Last but not least:

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

Am I the only one missing something?


Why writers and editors have short lifespans

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

Sewing machine for sale…

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

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

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

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

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


It’s all in perspective

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

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

Old age is coming at a really bad time.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Oops! Did I roll my eyes out loud?

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


Irena bypassed for Obama

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

In 2007 Irena was up for the Nobel Peace Prize.

She was not selected.

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

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

How pathetic and superficial our world has become.



Through The Storm God is Faithful

Roffie Ensey

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

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

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

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Parting shots

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

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

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

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

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



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JREnsey Blog February 2015

Happy New Year! Welcome to the February 2015 blog!


The Word for today

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

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


Kudos for Louisiana

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

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

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


Excuse us, Abraham and Moses

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


A difficulty should not equal a doubt

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

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

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

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


Messages for wives

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

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

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

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

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

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

– Posthumously anonymous, of course.


How he really feels

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

By Samuel Kee

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

To display Jesus is to be the church.    

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

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


Gordon’s golden words

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


More words that make sense

“Fathom the hypocrisy of a government that requires every citizen to prove they are insured…but not everyone must prove they are a citizen. And now, any of those who refuse, or are unable, to prove they are citizens will receive free insurance paid for by those who are forced to buy insurance because they are citizens.” – Ben Stein

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

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

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

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


Back to earth

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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

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

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

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

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


They are coming, Mr. President, for you

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

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

See what your kids’ textbooks are saying about Islam:



It also works for Jews

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

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

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

by J. R. Ensey

This is actually two booklets in one (flip book), presenting a Christian perspective of I Corinthians 11 and Deuteronomy 22:5. Perhaps no passages of biblical literature have been so attacked by modern change agents as these two. There must be a reason why! Inexpensive enough to give a copy to every woman in your congregation.

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

by J. R. Ensey

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

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Perils of Pluralism


by J. R. Ensey

The pluralistic trends changing the landscape of Christianity can also involve us. This book explores the parallels of pluralism in the world and in the church. The Oneness Pentecostal movement is being pressured toward ecumenism. Here are the positions that will help us overcome the temptation to surrender to that spirit.

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Backsliding-&-RenewalBacksliding and Renewal

by Kelsey Griffin

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

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

You might find what you have been looking for!


The more things change…

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









Cuba and Obama



Parting shot

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


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


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