April 2021 JREnsey Blog

 

Welcome!

The First Words

“I sank beneath the waves,
    and the waters closed over me.
    Seaweed wrapped itself around my head.
I sank down to the very roots of the mountains.
    I was imprisoned in the earth,
    whose gates lock shut forever.
But you, O Lord my God,
    snatched me from the jaws of death!
As my life was slipping away,
    I remembered the Lord.
And my earnest prayer went out to you
    in your holy Temple.
Those who worship false gods
    turn their backs on all God’s mercies.
But I will offer sacrifices to you with songs of praise,
    and I will fulfill all my vows.
    For my salvation comes from the Lord alone” (Jonah 2:5-9 NLT)

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Does God smoke?

The Bible is a serious book inspired by a serious God for serious people. But there are some curious lines in it. Some ways it is translated in places gives encouragement to skeptics, especially if nudged out of context.

  • It is interesting that at Psalm 80:4 the 1611 KJV says, “How long wilt thou be angry?” and the margin has “Hebr. “[How long]wilt thou smoke?”
  • Curses can really get serious. “From there Elisha went up to Bethel. As he was walking along the road, some boys came out of the town and jeered at him. “Get out of here, baldy!” they said. “Get out of here, baldy!” He turned around, looked at them and called down a curse on them” (II Kings 2:23,24 NIV). A couple of momma bears fulfilled the curse.
  • The apostle Paul appeared upset when writing to the Galatians about the Judaizers in 5:12: “I wish those agitators would go so far as to castrate themselves!!(NET)
  • Love can cause strange things to happen. “My beloved put in his hand by the hole of the door, and my bowels were moved for him (Song of Solomon 5:4 KJV).
  • Job felt treated rather unfairly by the Lord: “Hast thou not poured me out like milk and curdled me like cheese? (Job 10:10 KJV).

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The age of the earth

Biblical creationists and evolutionists use very different methods when calculating the age of the earth. Does radiometric dating prove that most of the earth’s rock layers and fossils are much older than what Scripture teaches? Are dates obtained by radiometric dating reliable and are they more trustworthy than God’s Word?

Radiometric dating measures the rate of decay that an isotope undergoes over time. That rate is known as the isotope’s half-life, which is the amount of time required for half of the unstable atoms to become stable atoms.

The problem with radiometric dating is that it can prove unreliable, showing very old ages for rocks of known age. For example, rocks formed as a result of the Mt. St. Helens explosion in 1986 incorrectly date as 300,000-400,000 years old.

This is because radiometric dating relies on three assumptions: 1) the daughter atoms all come from parent atoms that were present when the rock formed, 2) the decay rate has always been the same as today’s rate, and 3) the sample has not been contaminated by parent and daughter atoms being added or removed since the rock formed. If any of those assumptions are wrong, then the resulting date is wrong.

The most reliable dating method is that of an eyewitness. The Bible provides God’s eyewitness testimony of how and when He created the earth. God has always existed, knows all things, and cannot lie. Therefore, His written Word is the infallible source of information regarding the age of the earth. – Answers March 2021

I am rather burned out on the evolutionists’ “fake news“ that the earth is over 4 billion years old. That cannot reasonably or sensibly be calculated, but they have to put forth some figure to disclaim the biblical record.

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Some good news…finally!

The Sixth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals has decided in favor of a professor at Shawnee State University (Meriwether vs Hartop) who refused to call a student by the student’s preferred pronoun. The student had complained and the university had ruled that the professor must comply with the policy of “non discrimination“ of transgenders or suffer the consequences. The professor was accused of creating “a hostile environment“ for the person in question. However, the court ruled that the professor’s right of free speech had been violated, among other findings, and stated that he is not required to affirm ideas and concepts as true that are not true. (Wow!) In documents referring to the student (Doe), the term used by the university was “them self“ instead of “himself.“ That seems to be a corruption of language, science, history, biology and common sense rolled up into two words.

Such is the cultural climate at most universities today. Can anyone understand why we plead for wisdom in the careful selection of educational choices for our children and grandchildren?

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The Anti-Biblical Archaeology Review

From its inception in 1975, I have been a reader/subscriber to the magazine dubbed the Biblical Archaeology Review (BAR). My fascination with archaeology has led me to personal involvement in the work directly through the University of Haifa in Israel. Dr. Adam Zertal was the director of the archaeology department which sponsored a dig focusing on the altar of Joshua on Mt. Ebal (Joshua 8:30).

The BAR was a magazine I looked forward to each month. The founding Jewish editor was Hershel Shanks. Although his Jewish background did not allow him to be overly excited about New Testament finds that strengthened the Greek text and the Christian perspective, he seemed to give due honor to many of their discoveries. Doubtless he knew many, perhaps most, of his readers were Christians. I have to appreciate what we have all benefitted from archaeological reports that were presented in an unbiased way.

Shanks retired about three years ago and put the magazine into the hands of  a new editor. From that time it has seemed to drift steadily leftward, seemingly oriented toward a skeptical culture and anxious to cast doubt on the biblical record. It is obvious that he has little confidence that the Bible is a true record. That is his right, but his conviction bleeds through in virtually every issue of the magazine with Biblical still in its name.

I recently cancelled my subscription, telling the editor exactly why I was doing it. According to the letters to the editor section, others were doing the same thing. He evidently views himself as an iconoclast with a mission to dash every belief, both Jewish and Christian, on the rocks of skepticism.

I was annoyed when the magazine seemed all too happy to publish an article by a free-thinking archaeologist that the altar of Joshua on Mt. Ebal was probably not an altar at all but merely an outpost of some kind. I don’t believe the author had even visited the site. Having participated in the dig personally, helping to uncover artifacts that corroborated the biblical account, I am fully persuaded that it and its location fit the scriptural record exactly. But skeptics disdain validating scriptural truth.

The latest affront to Jewish history is BAR’s promotion of a book by Jodi Magness titled Masada: From Jewish Revolt To Modern Myth. I have been to Masada three times and have viewed the work of Yigael Yadin, the master archaeologist of the site, with great interest. He confirmed the record of Josephus who left a detailed history of Masada and last stand of the Jewish rebels against Rome’s legions. Ms. Magness, following in the steps of Kathleen Kenyon, who changed the narrative of the fall of Jericho by denying John Garstang’s earlier work that documented the biblical account, now thinks Josephus and the historical record of Masada that stood for nearly twenty centuries was mostly mythical. It is as if the BAR has become the CNN of archaeology, featuring alternative narratives for the sake of unbelievers.

Enough already. My letter to the editor earned no response. Cancelling subscriptions may be the only way one’s voice is heard.

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Multiculturalism’s legacy

What makes the United States exceptional is the concept of “E Pluribus Unum,” meaning “out of many, one.” This simply suggests that America was made up of diverse nationalities united behind a common set of values/virtues surrounding self-government.

But now, African-American columnist Star Parker confirms that multiculturalism increasingly tells people they don’t have to share any core American values or assimilate in any way. Multiculturalism, she says, has “morphed now into Marxism where the totalitarian state is replacing religion, our Judeo-Christian heritage where people learn to self-govern.” (Epoch News, 11/27/19)

Multicultural pluralism is not an antidote for either real or perceived racism. It is a prescription for the collapse of the American experiment. The more pluralism is imposed on the culture, the more divided we are, and the closer we are to becoming just another name on a placard at the UN. Although America is not a theocracy, we should never be moved from the certitude that God was somehow involved in the planting of this nation, notwithstanding its shortcomings. It has been the primary benefactor of missionary endeavors around the world fanning the flames of global endtime revival.

Worldwide, it has literally lifted billions of people from the throes of poverty and despair. It has beaten back forces of tyranny from our own shores to those of Tripoli and the beaches of Normandy to the sands of Iraq. And every beaten foe has been given a hand to rebuild and stand proud with new economic life. What other nation does that?

The concept of adding more stand alone cultures rather than assimilating immigrants into the American system may well speed the demise of the nation as we have known it. Diversity in the sense expressed by many college professors and millennials is nothing short of part of the overall plan to collapse the American system. Christian educators make no apology for urging families to think twice before enrolling their students in state-run institutions. Seek out private educational opportunities. And if there are young children in the home, parents are urged to seriously consider homeschooling. Christian-based schools may also be an option. Radicalization of our students in public school, when and if they reopen, is a present reality. Do not be in denial.

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Well said

“I have never let my schooling interfere with my education.” – Mark Twain

“If you are waiting for permission from the chief executive to celebrate Independence Day, you clearly don’t grasp the concept of Independence Day.” – Rep. Thomas Massie

“This falsehood of the tongue leads to that of the heart, and in time depraves all its good disposition.” – Thomas Jefferson (1785)

Supreme Court Justice William O. Douglas warned some 70 years ago, “Restriction of free thought and free speech is the most dangerous of all subversions. It is the one un-American act that could most easily defeat us.”

“The best manner of avenging ourselves is by not resembling him who has injured us.” – Jane Porter (1776-1850)

Treating symptoms of depression with psych drugs is like a person with an itch—he ultimately gets diagnosed with an addiction to scratching and is treated for “scratchitis.” – Anonymous

“The truth is fascism, Nazism, socialism, and communism are all variations on a leftist theme of control and power. Don’t let them tell you that your rejection of that totalitarianism makes you the fascist when reality is quite the opposite.” – Nate Jackson

“There should be no discussion of amnesty while more than 18 million American citizens are jobless.” – Patriot Post

“A baby is God’s opinion that the world should go on.” – Carl Sandberg

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What would you do if…

…you were in D.C. and a space alien landed by you and said, “Take me to your leader”?

…you loved Tater Tots but Mr. and Mrs. Potato Head were no longer male and female?

…you were B. Obama and craved a Coke but had to be less white to buy one?

…the new cultural police visited your church with a warrant claiming that you were disseminating misinformation about the kinds of sinners active in your community?

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Questions about the Bible your friends may have wanted to ask you.

  • What is the difference between Byzantine and Alexandrian text-types?
  • Who were the translators of the KJV?
  • Are modern versions removing words or verses from the Bible?
  • In which Bible version(s) is the deity of Christ clearest?
  • What is the Textus Receptus and how was it compiled?
  • Does I John 5:7b-8a belong in the Bible?
  • How is the Virgin Birth handled in contemporary versions?
  • Were Westcott and Hort spiritual scoundrels who denied the deity of Jesus?
  • Is the celebration of Easter mentioned in the Bible?
  • Is the Bible trustworthy?

These and many more questions are answered in my book Searching the Scriptures: Merging Truth, Texts and Translations. 480 pages with almost 1000 references. Order a printed copy at Amazon.com or get the searchable eBook at advanceministries.org/store  or call 936-537-0250.

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Artistic truth

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Question:

Can you find some dictum in the Bible opposing scruffy beards, blue jeans with pre-torn holes, and mechanics’ T-shirts adorning pastors in the pulpits of our Apostolic Pentecostal churches?

No, but one might look for it wrapped in common sense, and in the understanding of spiritual leadership operated by sincere humility rather than in accommodation to a fallen culture.

A left turn culturally or doctrinally is usually downhill and easy going. Returning back to the right is uphill and a hard pull. Most don’t have the gut strength to make the climb. So we should all be careful of the direction of our turns.

Thanks for visiting. Have a blessed month!

JREnsey

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JREnsey March 2021 blog

Welcome…nice to have you on board!

 

Let’s start with a prayer…

Now may the God of peace—who brought up from the dead our Lord Jesus, the great Shepherd of the sheep, and ratified an eternal covenant with his blood—may he equip you with all you need for doing his will. May he produce in you, through the power of Jesus Christ, every good thing that is pleasing to him. All glory to him forever and ever! Amen.

(Hebrews 13:20-21 NLT)

…and this Word

“We destroy arguments and every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God, and take every thought captive to obey Christ” (II Corinthians 10:5 ESV).

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Things we learned in February

  • It is difficult to choose between gas and electricity when it is 9º and snowing. One fusses when the lights go out, the computer shuts down, and the furnace fan quits. But one still has to stay warm (in the kitchen) and be able to fix something to eat. Thanks, fossils, that we still have kitchen stovetop gas. No thanks to AOC’s Green New Deal.
  • By using more fossil fuel than usual this month we have cut into the time civilization has left by several weeks at least. Nine years, two months and counting down. We bought our grave plots this month to be ready, but if we hang in, who will be around to bury us?
  • Speaking of fossil fuel, one saves a little when you can’t get your car out of the driveway.
  • That neighbors will still help one another when there is a real need, like “that week” in Texas. (See more below.)
  • If you can’t get out to go to the store, you don’t have to put on your mask. That’s a nice trade-off.
  • You can get cabin fever even if you don’t live in a “cabin.”
  • According to Dr. Fauci, two or three masks would be better than one for straining out “droplets” of breath or sneezes. Who would’ve ever known?
  • It is evidently a lot easier to open a 400-mile long border wall than a 20×40 school room.
  • We now know that this administration believes that walls do work. They put a strong one with razor wire around our capitol building in D.C.

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Neighbors helping neighbors

A “Texas neighbor,” one among many, wrote the following:

Pretty much a massive disaster hit TX and OK. Not going to lie, it wasn’t easy for a lot of folks. Our infrastructure and government response was not as ready as it should have been. Our power grid had vulnerabilities.

However, while fake news will make people believe that Texans were helpless, this old Texan saw a totally different narrative. I saw people helping one another, I saw generators being worked on or new ones provided, fuel, firewood being deployed by residents—not government. We saw people opening homes and businesses as shelters, pets and all. We saw an army of four wheel drive vehicles pulling folks out of ditches, delivering meals, etc. I could go on.

You know what I didn’t see? Mass looting.

Criticize and laugh all you want, but never doubt the resolve, generosity, and the preparedness of the Texas people.  We overcome.

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Let truth prevail

Gnostic Gospels have recently become popular among those who would like to instill doubt about the authenticity and authority of the Scriptures. For example, some promote the Gospel of Thomas as “a fifth Gospel,” which has Jesus saying. “Where there are three gods, they are divine. Where there are two or one, I am with that one” (logion 30). Who in their right mind could conceive of Jesus, who was God Himself manifested in the flesh, making such a stupid statement? However, it is not atypical for Gnostic writings. Other sayings in Thomas clearly betray themselves as originating in a Gnostic noggin (logion 12), including these words from logion l: “These are the secret words which the living Jesus spoke and Didymus Judas Thomas wrote. And He (Jesus) said, ‘Whoever reads the explanation of these words will not taste death.’” (Prologue to Thomas, logion 1).

Gnostic writers seemed to enjoy rewriting history to make heroes out of villains—praising Cain, Esau, Korah, and the men of Sodom, even extolling the traitor Judas as an accomplice of Jesus in the plan of redemption (Gospel of Judas). We should be grateful for the careful steps taken by conservative scholars to determine the distinctions between authoritative writings and those of imaginative scribes.

[Logion: A saying attributed to Jesus Christ, especially one not recorded in the canonical Gospels.]

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Words fitly spoken

“The finest opportunity that was ever given to the world was thrown away because the passion for equality made vain the hope for freedom.” – Lord Acton in The History of Freedom in Christianity

“The whole of society will have become a single office and a single factory with equality of work and equality of pay.” – Nikolai Lenin, 1917

“In a country where the sole employer is the state, opposition means death by slow starvation. The old principle: who does not work shall not eat, has been replaced by a new one—who does not obey shall not eat.” – Leon Trotsky, 1927

“When authority presents itself in the guise of organization, it develops charms fascinating enough to convert communities of free people into totalitarian states.” – The Times (London)

“We were the first to assert that the more complicated the forms assumed by civilization, the more restricted the freedoms of the individual must become. – Benito Mussolini, Grand Council Fascist Report, 1929

“What has always made the state a hell on earth is precisely that man has tried to make it his heaven.” – Johann Holderlin

“It’s easier to fool people than to convince them they have been fooled.” – Mark Twain

“The propitious smiles of heaven cannot be expected on a nation that disregards the eternal rules of order and right that heaven itself has ordained.” – George Washington, 4/30/1789

“If women are in charge, we are in trouble.” – John MacArthur (He is a Bible-geek—a conservative among liberals in many ways. Why do you think he would say such an outlandish thing? (Hint: See the PostScript below.)

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Truth slipping by unnoticed

The media lied about the death of the policeman at the capitol. It was never true that the cop was “bludgeoned” to death with a fire extinguisher by the Capitol demonstrators. But the lie was told long enough to accomplish the purposes of those in power. Someone said, if you repeat a lie often enough it becomes journalism.

The President has signed on for Americans to fund abortions worldwide. President Biden signed an executive order early in February reversing the Mexico City policy, permitting U.S. aid money once again to fund groups that provide or promote abortion around the globe. How long before pregnancies are rationed in every nation, including ours?

The policy was first put in place by President Ronald Reagan in an effort to ensure that taxpayers were not required to indirectly fund abortion procedures performed in other countries. The policy has been undone via executive order by every subsequent Democratic administration and reinstated by each Republican one. Is there no end to presidential decrees so we can return to government of the people, for the people, and by the people? I suppose that is one more reason the woke folk feel the Lincoln Memorial must go.

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The day pigs will fly

The day wind and solar alone will meet the energy needs of a growing America.

The day America is returned to economic vitality, a better educational system, and to First/Second Amendment rights by a leftist female President.

The day religious organizations and TV channels are shifted toward more commonsense, biblical standards by televangelists.

The day the mainstream media faces the music and admits their agenda has been to usher left-leaning politicians into national office.

The day God speaks from Heaven with a word denying the veracity of the Scriptures, saying He was just kidding, that there really is no Hell to worry about.

 

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Vox populi vox Dei

True in some instances, but not always. Will the kings and the kingmakers ever allow us to hear the true voice of the people in the future? It may only be mouthed in moans, as heard in Sudan, N. Korea, Malaysia, China or Iran. But are the servants to be favored above the Master? Jesus willingly wore the thorns. A purple robe covered His riven back. His mother stood beneath the cross with tear-stained cheeks. Others moved to steady her, but it was a burden she alone could bear. Yes, pain and tears all around, and still we are not through with pain and tears. We proud Americans have insisted on the vision of stuffed pockets and full bellies or else we assume God has forsaken us. I wish nothing less for you and me, but perhaps another visit to Calvary might remind us that we, the current sons and daughters of God, may be called on to endure something akin to His destiny.

Hast thou no scar?
No hidden scar on foot, or side, or hand?
I hear thee sung as mighty in the land;
I hear them hail thy bright, ascendant star.
Hast thou no scar?

No wound? No scar?
Yet, as the Master shall the servant be,
And piercèd are the feet that follow Me.
But thine are whole; can he have followed far
Who hast no wound or scar?

– Amy Carmichael

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This is one of the most interesting articles I have read this month. Please check it out. Timely.

“When Rebellion Is Godly” by Debi and Michael Pearl

Click here to read

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Is foolishness sin?

In the biblical sense, foolishness involves more than a practical joke, light jesting, or pranking. It assumes the connotation of sinful activities, unwise moral or ethical judg­ments, and a general perverseness: “The foolishness of man perverteth his way: and his heart fretteth against the Lord” (Proverbs 19:3). “The thought of foolishness is sin,” we are told in Proverbs 24:9. Solomon sought to know “the wickedness of fol­ly, even of foolishness and madness” (Ecclesiastes 7:25) and it just about wrecked his life.

Fool­ishness runs with some very bad company. Foolish talking was placed in the context with fornication, uncleanness, covetous­ness, and filthiness in Ephesians 5:3-5. Jesus put it in a category with “thefts, covetousness, wickedness, deceit, lasciviousness, an evil eye, blasphemy, pride” (Mark 7:22). Foolishness manifests itself in shallow worship, insincere commitments, hypocritical actions, unrighteous judgment of others, and worldly attitudes. “Fools make a mock of sin” (Proverbs 14:9).

Foolishness can even lead one to blatant atheism: “The fool hath said in his heart, there is no God” (Psalms 14:1). One kind of foolishness leads to another. Paul said that the preaching of the cross of Christ is “foolishness” to unbelievers (I Corinthians 1:18).

Paul noted foolishness among the Galatians: “O foolish Gala­tians, who hath bewitched you, that ye should not obey the truth…Are ye so foolish? having begun in the Spirit, are ye now made perfect by the flesh?” (Galatians 3:1,3). Foolishness paves the road to Hell.

Take a fresh look at the foolishness around you. Run from it.

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A better way to say it 

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Jealousy

A pox that is as cruel as the grave (S of S 8:6), jealousy can make life miserable—both for the one who embraces it and the one who is its target. Jealousy has brought down empires, nations, governments, businesses, families, marriages, individuals, and entities beyond the scope of that list. And, yes, even churches. Its pain is unrelenting, its belly never satisfied. Like pride, it is insidious. It hides behind more obvious faults. It disguises itself as self-preservation and a predisposition toward equality. Most people cannot identify it within them, like the cancer that cannot be felt but is revealed in full view of the scanner.

Things I’ve read about jealousy:

  • “Jealousy is a form of hatred built upon insecurity.”
  • “People who are intimidated by you talk bad about you with hopes that others won’t find you so appealing.”
  • “Don’t ruin other people’s happiness just because you can’t find your own.”
  • “Don’t compare your insides with other people’s outsides.”

Envy is the brother of jealousy, and both are works of the flesh. Never be jealous or envious when others have what you don’t. God might punish you by giving it to you.

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Have the best March ever! Find a little niche of happiness among the miseries of the moment.

JREnsey

PS: “Why do the heathen rage and the people imagine a vain thing?…My people! Their oppressors treat them violently, And women rule over them. My people! Those who guide you lead you astray and confuse the direction of your paths” (Psalm 2:1; Isaiah 3:12).

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February 2021 Blog

Let’s start this month with a prayer:

Thanks, Lord, for getting us past 2020. It was a tough one. But it looks like this year has started off to be even tougher. May the church be able to rise above the chaos and evil flowing like hot lava out of our nation’s Capital. We know lava will eventually cool and harden. It will stop and die. Life will go on. The church will survive and be victorious. We know You will have a bride who proudly wears Your name. May every reader of this blog be Word, Water and Spirit baptized when you return for her. In the name of Jesus. Let it be so.

The First Word

“Nevertheless the foundation of God standeth sure, having this seal, the Lord knoweth them that are his. And let everyone that nameth the name of Christ depart from iniquity” (II Timothy 2:19).

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I wonder why…

…this beginning of Charles Dickens’ famous novel kept coming to my mind after the events of the first week of January:

“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of light, it was the season of darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair.”  ― A Tale of Two Cities

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Is Lucifer the “daystar”?

Angry accusations of blasphemy are hurled at contemporary Bible versions that accurately interpret the Hebrew helel in Isaiah 14:12 as “daystar” rather than Lucifer (“light-bringer/bearer”). But the name “Lucifer” does not actually appear in any Hebrew manuscripts. Apparently, it was never intended to be considered as a proper name. Some adamantly claim a conspiracy to try to make Jesus and Lucifer (whom they say is Satan) appear as one and the same (Revelation 22:16). The 1611 translators explained in the margin (all marginalia has since been removed) the literal meaning or alternative translation for “Lucifer” as daystarre. My 1950 edition Dickson Bible has Lucifer followed by daystar in brackets. Daystar is old English for the actual morning star, which is Venus. We should remember that there might be other beings also that can be described as “morning

The Wycliffe Bible, translated from the Latin Vulgate, was the first English Bible to introduce the Latin word “Lucifer” (which he left untranslated) into English editions. These accusations would never have been made if the medieval English Bibles

had not borrowed this Latin term to translate the Hebrew helel. The major modern versions do not use Lucifer, usually choosing the more accurate “shining one…star of the morning…daystar.”

Dr. Bert Thompson supplies this bit of information: “The word ‘Lucifer’ is used in the 1611 version only once, in Isaiah 14:12: ‘How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations!’ The Hebrew word translated ‘Lucifer’ is helel (or heylel), from the root, hâlâl, meaning ‘to shine’ or ‘to bear light.’ Keil and Delitzsch noted that ‘[I]t derives its name in other ancient languages also from its striking brilliancy, and is here called ben-shachar (son of the dawn)… (1982, 7:311).’” However, the 1611 translators did not translate helel as Lucifer because of something inherent in the Hebrew term itself. Instead, they borrowed the name from Jerome’s Latin translation of the Bible (c. A.D. 383-405) known as the Latin Vulgate. Jerome, likely believing that the term was describing the planet Venus, employed the Latin term ‘Lucifer’ (light-bearing) to designate “the morning star” (Venus). Only later did the suggestion originate that Isaiah 14:12ff was speaking of the devil. Eventually, the name Lucifer came to be synonymous with Satan. But is Satan ‘Lucifer’? Evidently not. However, the full backstory is more involved than we have space for here.

[For a more thorough explanation of the use of Lucifer in Scripture and how it came to be inserted at Isaiah 14:12, see Norris, Rick, The Unbound Scriptures (Unbound Scriptures Publications: Fayetteville, N.C., 2003), p. Norris, pp. 354-356. See also White, James R., The King James Only Controversy (Minneapolis: Bethany House, 2009), pp. 138,139. See also “Lucifer” at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lucifer.%5D

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Norman Rockwell no longer defines us

The America that Norman Rockwell knew and depicted so elegantly is history.

I grew up looking forward each month to another magazine cover drawn by Rockwell. IMO, he could put life onto a canvas like no other before or since. If you think this is only sentimental nostalgia at work, you are at least partly right. But I am also a realist with a couple of generations under my belt. We will never see the American people again as he saw them, unless there is a Rockwell painting I haven’t seen depicting the grief and pain of the Grapes of Wrath era.

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Changing the changers

The progressives and their publishers in the Christian faith recently made our Bibles to reflect the cultural mores of the time, with many Bibles changed to say “Brothers and sisters” where only “Brethren/Brothers” appeared in the Greek. That alone is not earth-shaking. But now Congress wants to lead the way to more changes in the way we refer to one another in our culture. Leaders in the House of Representatives announced on Friday a rules package for the 117th Congress that includes a proposal to use “gender-inclusive language” and eliminate gender-specific terms such as “‘father, mother, son, daughter,” and more. To see the story, click here:  READ IN BROWSER

Again, there is no stopping place once the political correctness ball begins to roll. Until, that is, when we begin to change the changers and remove the removers. Congress is overjoyed with the prospects being afforded to the cancel culture. Perhaps the cancelers will be cancelled in the next election.

Should similar proposals or resolutions trending in that direction ever come up in Apostolic conferences, I pray we have the common sense and intestinal fortitude to reject them.

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We knew it

The nation envisioned by the founders could not survive these three things:

1) the dismissal of the Bible, God and prayer from public education

2) the spilling of innocent blood by abortions in any stage

3) Same sex marriage and the extensions therefrom

No nation with a constitution like ours can survive when they embrace these values. A revival of return or judgment? Which will it be?

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More religious smoke and mirrors

Rev. Emanuel Cleaver (D-MO) opened Congress last month with prayer, closing it with “We ask [these things] in the name of the monotheistic god, Brahma, and god known by many names by many different faiths.” He was giving a nod to his party, evidently, which has come to acknowledge of the equality of all faiths, and the equality of all theistic names given to a deity anywhere. Who was he really praying to? This awkward equality expression finally ended his prayer: “Amen and Awoman.”

Let’s see…how next can the Judeo-Christian faiths be denigrated in “the temple of democracy”?

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Where do we go from here?

Claire Chretien

The best course of action for freedom-loving pro-lifers, I believe, is simply this:

a) Pray for America and strive for sanctity and sanity in our daily lives.

b) Love your family, and love your neighbors.

c) Speak truth to power, no matter the cost, gathering inspiration from people like Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn and Bishop Athanasius Schneider.

d) Prepare for darkness and more persecution knowing, however, that in the end Christ will be victorious.

e) Continue to condemn senseless political violence (and acknowledge it is far from concentrated, normal, or prevalent on the American “right,” no matter what mainstream media tell us), voter fraud, and tyranny in all of its many forms.

Chretien is a journalist for LifeSiteNews.

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Memes worth repeating

Do other countries send us money in their stimulus packages? Asking for a friend.

Instead of sending Pakistan $10 million for gender programs, why not send them a million leftists with gender studies and diversity degrees?

If a male can identify as a female, can a mom and pop gift store operate as a Wal-Mart?

Many Texans are wishing Governor Greg Abbott would issue a permanent stay-at-home order…for all left-wing California residents.

The news is not news anymore. It’s about protecting some people, destroying others, and shoving a globalist agenda down the collective throats of Americans.

“Twitter stands for freedom of expression. We stand for speaking truth to power. And we stand for empowering dialogue.” – Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey, Oct. 5, 2015. Hmmmm…

Our congressman took an IQ test and the results were negative.

The FBI solved the Nashville bombing within 3 days, but give them Hunter Biden’s laptop, Hillary Clinton’s emails, Jeffrey Epstein’s Black Book, and proof of play for pay in Ukraine, and years later they don’t even know they have them.

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I still believe

Before the New Testament period, scribes and historians of that age engraved stones or clay tablets that have verified many of the historical facts revealed in Scripture. The monarchy of David described in the Old Testament has been affirmed by the record of such stones, as well as the historical record of the New Testament writers. Modern doubters assumed that the Bible writers were making up names and events until archaeologists unearthed the actual evidence that confirmed the biblical account.

For example, when Paul wrote, “Gaius, who is host to me and to the whole church, greets you. Erastus, the city treasurer, and our brother Quartus, greet you” (Romans 16:23), these were actual individuals. A stone set in the street in Corinth was unearthed with the name of Erastus on it, verifying that one by that name in Corinth had either ordered the street to be paved, paid for the work to be done, or that the street was named after him.

Unearthed clay cylinders have verified the names and records of kings and rulers both in Judaism and in the Gentile world. Seals belonging to the accusers of Jeremiah were found in the excavations in the ancient City of David in Jerusalem. Many other stones, seals, and engravings underscore the accuracy of the biblical record. Doubters may find it much easier to believe the scriptural record after the Rapture. Don’t be one of them.

I put my faith in the Word of God before I could spell archaeology. It is not dependent on discoveries of artifacts. Faith is a choice we make before other factors enter the picture. Jesus is real and He lives in true obedient believers. However, empirical evidence does serve to undergird our faith.

– JRE,  Searching the Scriptures: Merging Truth, Texts and Translations

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The Last Word

To our more liberal friends:

Please don’t be offended when folks want to continue to do what made America great in the first place. Give the nation credit for discontinuing some things that were negative and replacing them with those that were positive. Stop and think of what it was that made the young nation quickly climb to the pinnacle of the nations. The revival of the Christian faith was a primary factor. It instilled a sense of social justice as it evoked religious fervor. Take down Christianity and the nation falls. Where do YOU want the nation to be four years from now?

JREnsey

 

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JREnsey Blog January 2021

Thanks for joining us today. If it is cold where you are, grab a cuppa and let’s spend a few minutes together online.

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The First Word

“This includes you who were once far away from God. You were his enemies, separated from him by your evil thoughts and actions. Yet now he has reconciled you to himself through the death of Christ in his physical body. As a result, he has brought you into his own presence, and you are holy and blameless as you stand before him without a single fault. But you must continue to believe this truth and stand firmly in it. Don’t drift away from the assurance you received when you heard the Good News. The Good News has been preached all over the world, and I, Paul, have been appointed as God’s servant to proclaim it” (Colossians 1:21-24 NLT).

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Were the readers of Proverbs 30:4 expected to know God’s name and also His Son’s name?

The passage reads in the KJV: “Who hath ascended up into heaven, or descended? who hath gathered the wind in his fists? who hath bound the waters in a garment? Who hath established all the ends of the earth? What is his name, and what is his son’s name, if thou canst tell?”

We have seen this verse quoted in the context of discussions of Oneness or God’s name and His Son’s name. Actually, this scripture is not asking about God or His Son’s name, but it is asking a rhetorical question in making a comparison between God and mere men. Is there a man among mortals who can do these mighty feats or has access to the heavenly realm as does the Creator? The unstated but obvious answer is…of course not. Agur, the writer of the proverb, is simply speaking of how much higher are God’s ways than men’s. The question is not concerning God’s name or His Son’s name, but a man’s name—if there be such a one that can do these things.

Reading from the NLT, or most any modern version, the idea of discerning God’s name or that of His Son disappears: “Who but God goes up to heaven and comes back down? Who holds the wind in his fists? Who wraps up the oceans in his cloak? Who has created the whole wide world? What is his name—and his son’s name? Tell me if you know!”

Anyone know a man who can fill that bill? I trow not.

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Cancel culture in Bible times

The cancel culture is nothing new. King Jeroboam decided that the worship of Yahweh was outdated needed replacing, or at least placed among the other gods to be worshiped. In adding idols set for veneration, he embarked on a culture cancelling effort. In the process, he “made Israel to sin” (I Kings 14:16), an accusation repeated in the Scriptures nine times. “No need to go to Jerusalem to the Temple to worship,” he said. “You can save time and steps by worshiping right here in the north. We have some great images here that you can worship: “He made other gods and molten images” for them. Rehoboam in Judah acted similarly: “They also built them high places, and images, and groves, on every high hill, and under every green tree. And there were also sodomites in the land: and they did according to all the abominations of the nations” (I Kings 14:23,24).

We should not forget the possibility that a cancel culture can go the other way too. During the reign of young Josiah, the word of the Lord was recovered and read. As a result, “[H]e put down the idolatrous priests, whom the kings of Judah had ordained to burn incense in the high places in the cities of Judah, and in the places round about Jerusalem; them also that burned incense unto Baal, to the sun, and to the moon, and to the planets, and to all the host of heaven.  And he brought out the grove from the house of the Lord, without Jerusalem, unto the brook Kidron, and burned it at the brook Kidron, and stamped it small to powder, and cast the powder thereof upon the graves of the children of the people.  And he brake down the houses of the sodomites, that were by the house of the Lord, where the women wove hangings for the grove.  And he brought all the priests out of the cities of Judah, and defiled the high places where the priests had burned incense, from Geba to Beersheba, and brake down the high places of the gates that were in the entering in of the gate of Joshua the governor of the city, which were on a man’s left hand at the gate of the city” (II Kings 23:5-8). So those who cancel a culture should remember that theirs can also be cancelled when God’s cup get full.

For every Jeroboam or Rehoboam, there is a Josiah somewhere. May God raise him up.

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Let’s think about other stuff for awhile. How about this stuff:

♦ I read that 653,237 people got married last year. Not to cause any trouble but shouldn’t that be an even number?

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

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

♦ My therapist says I have a preoccupation with vengeance. We’ll see about that.

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

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

♦ My therapist said that my narcissism causes me to misread social situations. I’m pretty sure she was hitting on me.

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

♦ Denny’s has a slogan, “If it’s your birthday, the meal is on us.” If you’re in Denny’s and it’s your birthday, your life stinks!

♦ The pharmacist asked me my birth date again today. I’m pretty sure she’s going to get me something.

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

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

Now, go have a nice day!

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I’ve learned…

Another anonymous person with a few years on him or her, and who knew how to say a lot in just a few words, wrote the following:

I’ve learned…that the best classroom in the world is at the feet of an elderly person.

I’ve learned…that when you’re in love, it shows.

I’ve learned…that just one person saying to me, ‘You’ve made my day!’ makes my day.

I’ve learned…that having a child fall asleep in your arms is one of the most peaceful feelings in the world.

I’ve learned…that being kind is more important than being right.

I’ve learned…that you should never say no to a gift from a child.

I’ve learned…that I can always pray for someone when I don’t have the strength to help him in some other way.

I’ve learned…that no matter how serious your life requires you to be, everyone needs a friend to act goofy with.

I’ve learned…that sometimes all a person needs is a hand to hold and a heart to understand.

I’ve learned…that simple walks with my father around the block on summer nights when I was a child did wonders for me as an adult.

I’ve learned…that life is like a roll of toilet paper. The closer it gets to the end, the faster it goes.

I’ve learned…that we should be glad God doesn’t give us everything we ask for.

I’ve learned…that money doesn’t buy class.

I’ve learned…that under everyone’s hard shell is someone who wants to be appreciated and loved.

I’ve learned…that to ignore the facts does not change the facts.

I’ve learned…that when you plan to get even with someone, you are only letting that person continue to hurt you.

I’ve learned…that love, not time, heals all wounds.

I’ve learned…that only smart people learn. 

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The way we were

To all of you who survived the 1930’s, 40’s, 50’s, 60’s or 70’s as kids!!

First, we survived being born to mothers who took aspirin, ate blue cheese dressing and tuna from a can—all while pregnant—and didn’t get tested for diabetes.

Then after that trauma, we were put to sleep on our tummies in baby cribs covered with brightly colored lead-based paints.

We had no childproof lids on medicine bottles, doors or cabinets and when we rode our bikes, we had no helmets, not to mention, the risks we took hitchhiking.

As infants & children, we would ride in cars with no car seats, booster seats, seat belts or air bags.

Riding in the back of a pick up on a warm day was always a  special treat.  Sometimes if Dad was driving slowly on a seldom traveled back road, we’d even sit on the sides of the bed of the truck!

We drank water from the garden hose and NOT from a bottle.

We shared one soft drink with four friends, from one bottle and NO ONE actually died from this.

We ate cupcakes, white bread and real butter and drank Kool-aid made with sugar, but we weren’t overweight because, we were always outside playing!

We would leave home in the morning and play all day, as long as we were back when the streetlights came on.

No one was able to reach us all day. And we were O.K.

We would spend hours building our go-carts out of scraps and then ride down the hill, only to find out we forgot the brakes. After running into the bushes a few times, we learned to solve the problem.

We did not have Playstations, Nintendos, X-boxes, no video games at all, no 150 channels on cable, no video movies or DVD’s, no surround-sound or CD’s, no cell phones, no personal computers, no Internet at all…….

WE HAD FRIENDS and we went outside and found them!

We fell out of trees, got cut, broke bones and teeth, and there were no lawsuits from these accidents.

Playgrounds were for playing and learning how to get along—not for forming gangs and bullying and pushing kids around.

We ate worms and mud pies made from dirt, and the worms did not live in us forever.

We were given BB guns for our 10th birthdays, made up games with sticks and tennis balls and, although we were told it would happen, we did not put out any eyes.

We rode bikes or walked to a friend’s house and knocked on the door or rang the bell, or just walked in and talked to them!

Little League had tryouts and not everyone made the team. Those who didn’t had to learn to deal with disappointment. Imagine that!!

The idea of a parent taking up for us if we broke the law was unheard of. They actually sided with the law and we paid for it with some heinie skin!

These generations have produced some of the best risk-takers, problem solvers and inventors ever!

The past 50 years have been an explosion of innovation and new ideas. We had freedom, failure, success and responsibility, and we learned HOW TO DEAL WITH IT ALL!

If YOU are one of them, CONGRATULATIONS!

Kind of makes you want to run through the house with scissors, doesn’t it?!

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Book review

Great Lives, Great Deeds

80 brief biographies of outstanding men and women in history. Maybe the best book buy on the Net.

Published by Reader’s Digest Ass’n, 1964; 576 pages

Here’s a book that should be in every home. If I was marooned on an island and could have only five books, this would probably be one of them. I have given them as gifts. Since they are out of print, you can only find them used on the Net, most under $8. They are worth whatever the price. The stories are of the men and women who dared and did, who fought and won, with the kind of grit and grace which impacted the world and made a difference. In these pages is an education—history, geography, philosophy, science, music, language, civics, common sense—all this and more. You may cry a little, laugh a little, and for sure you will be inspired.

It was written before the cancel culture came along to deny our youth the opportunity to know about these great men and women. it’s not a religious tome, but there are a few included who were people of faith. It showcases the indomitable human spirit, desire that cannot be denied, and determination that can overcome any obstacle to achieve that which is worthy. I wish every teen had this book, although if their teacher or dean discovers that they have it, they might confiscate and burn it.

Get it. Read it to your young children. Require your teens to read it. Keep it on your nightstand and read it along with your BIble for motivation and inspiration.  –  JRE

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The most impacting book on my life

Someone asked me once what book, other than the Bible, has had the greatest impact on my life. The decision was difficult to make until I remembered a book that came into my hands in January 1965. Written by Gene Edwards, it was called How to Have A Soul Winning Church. It was timely for me. It had the “how to” for personal evangelism of that period, along with the inspiration to help individuals and churches follow through with effective programs. In other words, its burning pages were afire with both the mechanics and the dynamics of personal evangelism. I read most of it on my knees with tears in my eyes. I knew this was what God wanted from His church right then. I was never the same. Truth had grabbed me and wouldn’t let me go. I made it my business to help those who cared to become the soulwinners they wanted to be.

What book stirred your soul to action? What book opened your eyes, shook your spirit, and wouldn’t turn you loose until you had surrendered to its message? Share it with me and I will share it with our readers in a future blog.

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Words from our babies

“All I got for Christmas….”

 

“Long enough to figure that Covid-19 should be renamed the Common Core Virus because none of the math is adding up.” “Right, and something else…you know those fact-checkers didn’t exist until the truth starting gettin’ out!”

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The Last Word

“Give me a sense of humor, Lord,

Give me grace to see a joke;

To get some happiness from life

And pass it on to other folk.”

          -The Treasure Chest

Be true. Do the right thing. Stay free. Be saved.

Happy New Year!

JREnsey

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JREnsey blog Mid-December 2020

The First Word

Dear friends, let us continue to love one another, for love comes from God. Anyone who loves is a child of God and knows God. But anyone who does not love does not know God, for God is love. God showed how much he loved us by sending his one and only Son into the world so that we might have eternal life through him. This is real love—not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as a sacrifice to take away our sins. Dear friends, since God loved us that much, we surely ought to love each other” (I John 4:7-11 NLT)

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Puberty blockers for your children

A popular transgender activist recently called for all children to be put on puberty blockers until they are able to decide which gender they want to be.

Lauren McNamara, known by followers as “Zinnia Jones,” argued earlier this month that children should be legally able to consent to the administration of puberty blockers since they already de facto consent to the “permanent and irreversible changes” that come naturally through puberty.

“If children can’t consent to puberty blockers which pause any permanent changes even with the relevant professional evaluation, how can they consent to the permanent and irreversible changes that come with their own puberty with no professional evaluation whatsoever?” she wrote on Twitter. – Blaze

Seems that God had a couple of ways to let one know his/her gender: first, by sight, then by the natural, uninterrupted flow of hormones that prepares them for what is ahead. Interrupting that natural process by abuse, by disinformation, or medically will result in confusion for the child and judgment for the perpetrator.

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Did Native Americans own what is the USA and Canada today?

No record shows that. They themselves were once “foreign settlers”? From virtually all accounts, humans evidently came here from Asia through Alaska, moved down through Canada, and then into what is today the U.S.A. They were tribal clans who had survived the constant battles for survival back home and decided to move in this direction, purportedly by crossing the Bering Strait. They survived here by consuming the bountiful flora and fauna of these warmer  lands. Others followed that threatened their habitation and they continued to move south and east. As they multiplied and divided into tribes under strong leaders, they fought each other for access to certain territories or privileges. some clans were exterminated altogether.

There were no common laws In the early stages of their settlement. It was kill or be killed—clan against clan, tribe against tribe. At times they smoked a peace-pipe and tried to get along with their pressing enemies. Most were nomadic, following the game around the country. A few tried to remain in one area indefinitely, or until they were displaced by another tribe. For instance, according to historians, the relatively large Lakota Sioux tribe spent some time located in what is now Minnesota. In the 19th century, they decided to move into what is South Dakota around the Black Hills, displacing and killing many of other tribes, including the Cheyenne, Crow, Pawnee and Kiowa who had lived for a time in the area. Now, after it is developed and life sustenance is not threatened daily by weather or other marauding tribes, they want to claim sole ownership of the prosperous area. They took it by force from others without paying anything to those displaced tribes but threats if they tried to retaliate. They ultimately secured an alliance with the Northern Cheyenne and Northern Arapaho by the 1820s as intertribal warfare on the plains increased among the tribes for access to the dwindling population of buffalo. The alliance fought the Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara tribes for control of the Missouri River in North Dakota. Treaties with the U.S. government awarded them reservation lands covering much of South Dakota, with others in four other states plus two provinces of Canada. The Lakota Sioux tribe’s Rosebud reservation alone is much larger than the state of Rhode Island and it is only one of several Sioux reservations (not the largest).

I recognize this is but a few words in a brief blog, with shelves of books having been written about all the details that involve the making and breaking of treaties. However, it behooves us all to learn as much as we can so that fairness, rather than the current all-are-guilty narrative, can guide our thoughts and actions.

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OPEN OUR SCHOOLS!

According to the CDC, A total of 522 children between the ages of 5-14 have died of suicide in 2017 (last year of record), and suicides are up across the board. Only 42 children in that same age group have died of the Covid-19 this year. Plus, children with failing at an astronomical rate never seen before in distance learning. Adults may handle that approach but not kids.

Teachers’ unions must share the blame. They are some of the biggest contributors to politicians. They want to keep the schools shut down…children be d—-d. Online schools for children are a flop educationally. Children need one another, too. Open our schools!

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An article you will appreciate

Cashing in on the Diversity Racket

By Douglas Andrews

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NYC has freed over 3,000 charged with gun violence

https://nypost.com/2020/12/12/nyc-has-freed-more-than-3k-gun-suspects-in-2020-as-shootings-rise/

The new DA in Los Angeles certainly seems to be planning to make lots of room in his jails for somebody.

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Good advice

“Give up money, give up fame, give up science, give the earth itself and all it contains rather than do an immoral act. And never suppose that in any possible situation, or under any circumstances, it is best for you to do a dishonorable thing, however slightly so it may appear to you.” —Thomas Jefferson (1785)

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“The Green Thing”

In the line at the store, the cashier told an older woman that she should bring her own grocery bags because plastic bags weren’t good for the environment.

The woman apologized to her and explained,  We didn’t have the green thing back in my day.”

The clerk responded, “That’s our problem today. Your generation did not care enough to save our environment.”

She was partly right—in a way.

Back then, we returned milk bottles, soda bottles and beer bottles to the store. The store sent them back to the plant to be washed and sterilized and refilled, so it could use the same bottles over and over. So they really were recycled.

But we didn’t have the green thing back in our day.

We walked up stairs, because we didn’t have an escalator in every store and office building. We walked to the grocery store and didn’t climb into a 300-horsepower machine every time we had to go two blocks.

But she was right. We didn’t have the green thing in our day.

Back then, we washed the baby’s diapers because we didn’t have the throw-away kind. We dried clothes on a line, not in an energy gobbling machine burning up 220 volts—wind and solar power really did dry the clothes. Kids got hand-me-down clothes from their brothers or sisters, not always brand-new clothing.

But that lady is right; we didn’t have the green thing back in our day.

Back then, we had one radio in the house—not a TV in every room. When TV came it had a small screen the size of a handkerchief (remember them?), not a screen the size of the state of Montana.

In the kitchen, we blended and stirred by hand because we didn’t have electric machines to do everything for us.

When we packaged a fragile item to send in the mail, we used a wadded up old newspaper to cushion it, not Styrofoam or plastic bubble wrap.

We exercised by working so we didn’t need to go to a health club to run on treadmills that operate on electricity.

But she’s right; we didn’t have the green thing back then.

We drank from a fountain when we were thirsty instead of using a cup or a plastic bottle every time we had a drink of water.

We refilled writing pens with ink instead of buying a new pen, and we replaced the razor blades in a razor instead of throwing away the whole razor just because the blade got dull.

But we didn’t have the green thing back then.

Back then, people took the streetcar or a bus and kids rode their bikes to school or walked instead of turning their moms into a 24-hour taxi service.

We had one electrical outlet in a room, not an entire bank of sockets to power a dozen appliances. And we didn’t need a computerized gadget to receive a signal beamed from satellites 2,000 miles out in space in order to find the nearest pizza joint.

But isn’t it sad the current generation laments how wasteful we old folks were just because we didn’t have “the green thing” back then?

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The Last Word

Have a wonderful Christmas and holiday season—in spite of the devil and all the hypocrites who don’t want you to have one!

JREnsey

Published in: on December 16, 2020 at 11:52 AM  Leave a Comment  

JREnsey December 2020 Blog

 

 

Welcome to the JREnsey December 2020 blog. Grab a hot drink, sit and share a few minutes with a thousand+ other readers.

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The Word for Today

“Stand firm against [the devil], and be strong in your faith. Remember that your family of believers all over the world is going through the same kind of suffering you are. 10 In his kindness God called you to share in his eternal glory by means of Christ Jesus. So after you have suffered a little while, he will restore, support, and strengthen you, and he will place you on a firm foundation” (I Peter 5:9,10).

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Did you miss the November blog?

Actually, everyone did. We decided to wait until after the election to post the November blog with the election news and the feedback. However, the outcome is yet undecided since there has been no certification of the vote count, or the final word from the electors. At this point, since there seems to be little hope of changing state vote counts in sufficient numbers to overturn the election, we will assume that Joe Biden has won the presidency.

What follows will be some comment from me and others, with a hint of a return to biblical and theological themes.

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Another view

By Daniel Lattier

The Myth of the Pagan Origins of Christmas

Professor William Tighe argues that, actually, the pagans co-opted it from the Christians.

It’s generally accepted that early Christians adopted December 25th as the day of Christ’s birth to co-opt the pagan celebration of the winter solstice. Some believe this fact undermines Christianity.

But according to Professor William Tighe, this “fact” may actually be a myth.

Based on his extensive research, Tighe argues that the December 25th date “arose entirely from the efforts of early Latin Christians to determine the historical date of Christ’s death.” He also goes so far as to claim that the December 25th pagan feast of the “‘Birth of the Unconquered Sun’… was almost certainly an attempt to create a pagan alternative to a date that was already of some significance of Roman Christians.”

Tighe explains…

In the Jewish tradition at the time of Christ, there was a belief in what they called the “integral age”—that the prophets had died on the same days of their conception or birth. Early Christians spent much energy on determining the exact date of Christ’s death. Using historical sources, Christians in the first or second century settled on March 25th as the date of his crucifixion. Soon after, March 25th became the accepted date of Christ’s conception, as well.

Add nine months—the standard term of a pregnancy—to March 25th, and Christians came up with December 25th as the date of Christ’s birth.

It is unknown exactly when Christians began formally celebrating December 25th as a feast. What is known, however, is that the date of December 25th “had no religious significance in the Roman pagan festal calendar before Aurelian’s time (Roman emperor from 270-275), nor did the cult of the sun play a prominent role in Rome before him.” According to Tighe, Aurelian intended the new feast “to be a symbol of the hoped-for ‘rebirth,’ or perpetual rejuvenation, of the Roman Empire…. [and] if it co-opted the Christian celebration, so much the better.”

As Tighe points out, the now-popular idea that Christians co-opted the pagan feast originates with Paul Ernst Jablonski (1693-1757), who opposed various supposed “paganizations” of Christianity.

Of course, to Christians, it really doesn’t matter that much whether or not they co-opted December 25th from the pagans, or vice versa. The Christian faith doesn’t stand or fall on that detail. But it’s nevertheless valuable for all of us to give closer scrutiny to shibboleths—such as that of the pagan origins of Christmas—which are continually repeated without being examined.  ​

https://www.intellectualtakeout.org/blog/myth-pagan-origins-christmas

Just celebrate Christ’s birthday in the traditional way and forget about the details of the date. It makes no difference.

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Book review

The Path

By Harlan Morgan

Family and Faith Ministries, 2020; $7 plus shipping; 10 or more $5 ea.

A book is just a book, black ink on white pages, unless the breath of life is breathed into it. Only that which is alive conveys life. This book lives and breathes. You can almost feel the heartbeat. You are motivated to take deep breaths as the life of the author seems to issue from its pages. This book will be CPR for many readers. That is not an overstatement.

         The author walks us down some paths that are familiar to all committed Christians, plus a few he has walked along without a lot of company. He identifies the path, shows us how to find it and stay on it. Some aspects of “the path” may not be familiar to all believers, but reading his perspective will open the reader’s mind to some important truths.

         Who could write such a book? Only one who has walked the path himself. Only he who has tasted the succulent sweetness of early honor, yet later drunk from the bitter cup of disappointment. Only he who has experienced life’s highs and lows, and encountered the plusses and minuses of Christian ministry in the 21st century. Harlan Morgan has been there. He has paid his dues.

         The Path is a perfect sequel to his first book titled A Walk in the Morning. These salient observations of life on the Christian path have been brewing in the author’s mind since that first tome was published a few years ago.

         Now and then each of us must take account of himself. Have we determined a destination? Where are we going? Why are we making that choice? By what path will we arrive? Answers to these and other important questions are addressed herein—not presented in the fabric of mere fact and theory, nor in fiction and folly. Those dead texts do not exude life. Truth is presented as something positive offered to us, not something negative forced upon us. It is as if the author personally beckons you to take his hand and walk with him on the path.

         What shall we do with this book? Glance through it? Shelve it and forget it? Better to read it twice carefully and then share it. Seasoned believers will be uplifted, and new Christians will find helpful inspiration and guidance in its pages. There are several ways this book can be used. Read it for comfort and encouragement. Use it as a small group discussion guide. As fresh inspiration, walk through it with new converts. Use it for the basis for a sermon series.

         You will appreciate the insights from this fine author. Get this book! – JRE

-Order from:  RevHMorgan@gmail.com or phone 337-532-7653.

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Was/is Jesus an egalitarian?

Strict egalitarians take Paul and Peter to task about what they wrote to the churches concerning men and women and their roles in human society and in Christian service (Ephesians 5:22-24; I Peter 3:1-6; Titus 2:5; I Timothy 2:11-12; I Corinthians 14:34-35, etc.). They claim the church and the Bible are out of step with the culture. Those two apostles are virtually dismissed by secular activists, liberal theologians, and left-leaning Christians because of their statements regarding male and female gender roles, and husband and wife relationships.

         First, whoever said the church and the culture should be in lockstep? The church is not obligated to honor and submit to the dictates of culture.  Ministers are called to confront and challenge the culture, not submit to it.

         The only way to successfully find a place in the current media realm, in academia, or in politics is to confess your allegiance to a liberal, leftist agenda, which includes a view of equality that dismisses all scriptural principles relating to the topic. Egalitarianism has become a password to thrust women into many professions for which they were not designed. The overflow of this theory into Christianity is compromising the churches at many levels. Simple observance and minuscule research provides plenty of proof.

         For example, only in my lifetime have women been voted into the U.S. Senate—Margaret Chase Smith of Maine in 1949 being the first. Today they comprise almost one third of the full Senate. During the period of the Suffragettes in the early 20th century, Jeannette Rankin of Montana became the first woman to serve in the House of Representatives. Today over 100 members are women, almost one in four. Nine women currently serve as state governors. Many are mayors of some of America’s largest cities. Under pressure from feminist activists, female candidates gradually became more “progressive” and liberal, giving way to the extremely partisan scenes we have observed at the last few State of the Union presidential speeches. Led by coalitions and a “Squad” of leftist women, the governing bodies of our nation have moved steadily toward liberalism, socialism, and cultural division.

         Am I saying that women don’t belong in government? I am just saying that, by nature, they will tend toward a more liberal position. Can they actually perform well in such positions? Some can. But can is not always tantamount to should. As a group, leadership is not where they shine. The farther women get from the biblical model, the more stress they lay on themselves and on their families. Weaken the family and you weaken the culture and the nation.

         Female political leaders (mayors, governors, members of Congress) are pressing us to “re-imagine” American life—from homemaking to policing to religious life and liberty. They are leading the way in turning the culture upside down. Behaviors in morals and ethics that were condemned a generation ago are now re-imagined to be acceptable, and religious leaders who try to hold the line are labeled as out of touch, stupid, or worse. The resultant gender confusion and emasculation of our young men is a national disgrace.

         Would Jesus be considered an egalitarian if He were walking among us today? Probably not, since He was the One who actually inspired the admonitions and commandments of Scripture (I Corinthians 14:37). Jesus did give due honor to women, treating them with respect, perhaps above most of His peers—but befriending them, allowing them to minister to Him, and permitting them to be the first to discover His empty tomb, did not erase long-established family standards or ethical codes. He never urged them into positions or activities that would oppose the principles of Scripture or alter the creation order. He underscored those positions by motivating Paul and Peter to write the marital and familial guidelines that are still in effect today.

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Just be honest

• “Show me a man that gets rich by being a politician and I will show you a crook.” – President Harry S. Truman, one of the better Democrats of the past 100 years.

• After reading the following, do you think she is sold out to the socialists/communists or what?

https://twitter.com/kamalaharris/status/1322963321994289154?lang=en

• Someone said, “I can’t believe a senile old man who couldn’t get a dozen people to his rally somehow got more votes than Obama did in 2008.” Stay tuned to CNN and you will find out how he did it, if indeed he did.

• Here’s some honesty:

After people spending the better part of the year:

Cleaning and sanitizing EVERYTHING.

Workers constantly wearing gloves and masks.

Stores mandating masks and cleaning everything.

People wearing masks outside while alone.

People wearing masks everywhere.

People staying six feet apart while wearing masks.

Lockdowns.

Schools never opening up.

Running restaurants at 40-60-80% capacity.

People having to wait their turns to go inside of places.

Nothing has changed.

Nothing has stopped the virus.

There’s no evidence that masks prevent contraction or spread of the virus outside of a commercial washing machine used at hospitals.

People are still getting it.

People are still dying.

It has a 99% recovery rate.

The flu season is not a thing for some reason.

Doctors have constantly contradicted each other over this thing.

Politicians use it as a means to control people and rig elections.

It’s time to be done with this.

We tried.

We complied.

We did our part.

We cared.

We prayed.

We stayed home.

Elderly people died with no one allowed to be with them.

Elderly people were trapped in a nursing home prison for months on end…husband and wives separated for over 100+ days.

Can anyone honestly say there’s a light at the end of the tunnel?

– Jared Pettit on Wordshare

The line I liked best: “It’s time to be done with this.”

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Have a merry Christmas and a happy and blessed holiday season!

JREnsey

 

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October Mid-Month Blog Update

 

This is an update on the mid-month October 2020 edition. All new. We won’t publish the November blog until after the election.

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The Word for Today

“I urge you, first of all, to pray for all people. Ask God to help them; intercede on their behalf, and give thanks for them. Pray this way for kings and all who are in authority so that we can live peaceful and quiet lives marked by godliness and dignity. This is good and pleases God our Savior”

 (I Timothy 2:1-4 NLT).

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Green New Deal is a hoax

The real reason the leftists are pushing environmentalism and blaming everything from cyclones to hangnails on climate change has little to do with the climate. They see it as a way to destroy the American economy. It is similar to the Black Lives Matter folks—it’s not the lives of black-skinned folks in general that they are fighting for, but for governmental change in this nation. They have proved that fact over and over as they focus on certain ones that fit their leftist/Marxist narrative. The leaders of that group are proud Marxists with an agenda clearly stated.

Imbeciles like Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (AOC) and the Squad declare that going green with energy will save civilization from sure disaster. Failure to curtail fossil fuels will doom the world within ten to twelve years, they opine. How utterly foolish. Abolish cars as we know them and revert to alternate means of transportation, AOC suggests. Does she not know that electric vehicles (EVs) carry a battery that weighs between 500 and 1000 pounds each? Electric cars call for twice as much copper as conventional cars. To manufacture such batteries, how much more mining will have to be done to produce the copper and nickel that go into such batteries? Global demand for nickel and other earth elements will skyrocket, estimated to be up to an 8000% increase. What energy sources does she think will supply the recharging stations the power to run those cars? Where will the batteries go when the cars are worn out or wrecked? Disposal could be a disaster for the environment. Perhaps she would offer her back yard (if she had one) to bury them in.

         The U.S. is 100% dependent on imports from other nations for 17 key minerals for the batteries and other equipment for going green, and over half our needs for another 28 minerals. Guess who owns about 90% of the rare earth minerals of the world. You guessed it—China. They have quietly gained control of more than 90% of the battery industry’s cobalt refining, without which the raw ore is useless. Russia is a massive nickel producer. American sources for battery components are few. We would become dependent on other nations for much of our energy.  

         I would like to see the batteries for our tanks and other military vehicles. They might be bigger than the tank. And there are recharging stations all over every battlefield, right? And what would a battery look like for a D-9 Caterpillar to push the earth around at a mining site?

         Does she and Joe Biden think Saudi Arabia, Iran, Russia, Indonesia, et al, will cut out fossil fuels because we do? Never. They will then be in control of the primary energy source of the world. We would lose our place as an energy-independent nation. Also, our natural gas burns much cleaner than theirs. Our CO2 emissions have dropped over the last few years, but they don’t mention that.     

Get a grip, folks. It is all about double-timing America down the road to socialism and dependency on other nations who could then control us.

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The eye gate helps us get it!

 

Joe Biden needs to meet some new people.

With Joe Biden in the White House. What could go wrong?

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The Last Word

We have prayed. We have spoken. We have voted. We trust we will have a clear winner either way the election turns out. We can do no more.

JREnsey

Published in: on October 19, 2020 at 10:53 PM  Leave a Comment  

JREnsey blog October 2020

Thanks for joining us for the October 2020 edition.

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The Word for Today

But God’s truth stands firm like a foundation stone with this inscription: “The Lord knows those who are his,” and “All who belong to the Lord must turn away from evil” (II Timothy 2:19 NLT).

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Mexico’s president thanks Donald Trump

Not only did the president of Mexico, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, vow to pay the U.S. for its water debt, but he thanked President Trump for respecting Mexico and treating it like a sovereign nation.

https://link.theepochtimes.com/mkt_app/mexican-president-vows-to-pay-us-water-debt-thanks-trump_3504259.html You probably won’t see this in the primetime mainstream news outlets.

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YOUR children are at risk

Why are parents asked to sign a pledge not to look at their child’s lessons sent to him/her on their school’s computer or Ipad? What are they hiding from you? Leaked documents reveal exactly how the Left is turning our children’s schools into massive brainwashing centers for radical Marxism.

Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos speaks to parents frustrated with public school and unions that care more about pushing progressive agendas than educating America’s children. (https://www.edweek.org/ew/articles)

DeVos is now advocating that we should fund students rather than a “system,” allowing them to exercise school choice. Give that some thought. Listen to her here: https://www.foxnews.com/politics/betsy-devos-big-idea-funding-students-not-systems-for-school-choice

Suggestion: Remove funding from schools that feature anti-American, pro-revolutionary Marxism in their curriculum. Why pay for your own poison?

Here’s how BLM is hijacking our schools:

https://www.glennbeck.com/theblaze-tv/full-episode-brainwashed–here-are-the-leaked-documents-detailing-how-blm-hijacked-our-schools

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What lockdowns are really about

Australian police arrested a pregnant woman in front of her children for promoting an anti-lockdown event on Facebook. Police told Zoe Buhler, 28, that she was under arrest for “incitement” and that they would be seizing all computers and mobile devices on the property, whether or not they belonged to her.

Buhler, who uses the name “Zoe Lee” on Facebook, had used the social media platform to advertise an event called “Freedom Day” this coming Saturday, September 5 in Ballarat, a city to the northwest of Melbourne in the state of Victoria. Here’s the story:

https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/pregnant-australian-woman-arrested-at-home-for-promoting-anti-lockdown-protest-on-facebook

Last month Victoria police chief commissioner Shane Patton was unapologetic as he explained that police had in some instances been smashing car windows due to people inside the cars not cooperating with police, or if they don’t seem to be following the newly imposed health guidelines.

Victoria Police Assistant Commissioner Luke Cornelius recently described anti-lockdown protestors as “selfish,” “boofheads,” and “bats***t crazy.” Mainstream Australian media celebrated Cornelius’ comments, describing them as a “stunning take-down of the ‘tinfoil hat brigade.’”

Victorian police have now introduced an online system to encourage people to report on “suspected COVID-19 breaches” committed by their fellow Australians.

Does anyone still think the current mandates relating to the virus and the lockdown is just about health?

An Ohio woman seated with family and was properly social distancing from others at her son’s outdoor football game was tased and arrested for not having a mask. She had asthma, causing her to not wear a mask. No matter. Police arrested her, handcuffed her and took her away. Welcome to Amerika. Dr. Fauci did the same thing and the police and the press politely turned their heads. “Nothing to see here,” they apparently said.

Authorities will continue to commit this kind of abuse until we fire them or vote them out of office. America was formed to be a country run by the people and for the people, not a bunch of hoodlums in the DC swamp.

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Never forget

The U.S. Constitution was not written by or for cowards, and cowards will not preserve it.

“Even in an emergency, the authority of government is not unfettered.” – U.S. District Judge William Stickman IV

“Freedom is a fragile thing and is never more than one generation away from extinction.” – Ronald Reagan

When asked if God was on the side of the North or the South in the Civil War, President Lincoln replied, “Sir, my concern Is not whether God is on our side; my greatest concern is to be on God’s side, for God is always right.”

“During the course of administration, and in order to disturb it, the artillery of the press has been levelled against us, charged with whatsoever its licentiousness could devise or dare. These abuses of an institution so important to freedom and science are deeply to be regretted, inasmuch as they tend to lessen its usefulness and to sap its safety.” —Thomas Jefferson (1805) [Hey, what goes around comes around. Nothing new under the sun.]

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On the lite side

Bumper snickers…

If you have a bit more bumper space, and want to buck the trend of putting sensible stickers on your car, here are a few suggestions:

“Forget about World Peace….Visualize Using Your Turn Signal!”

“Change is inevitable, except from a vending machine.”

“I love cats…they taste just like chicken.”

“Cover me. I’m changing lanes.”

“Warning: Dates in the calendar are closer than they appear.”

“I souport publik edekasion.”

“Be nice to your kids. They’ll choose your nursing home.”

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Sad sources of theology

Books keep showing up that question the validity of the Holy Scriptures. You don’t have to wonder why. The reasons are before us in the streets and in the media—both social and mainline. But some folks who are opposing Christianity foolishly try to glean their reasons from fiction books like Dan Brown’s Da Vinci Code, or a similar fiction novel by Baigend, Leigh, and Lincoln, Holy Blood, Holy Grail. Such books seek to fictionalize Christ Himself as either totally mythological or at least a mere man and not deity. They suggest that the emperor Constantine was the instigator of Christ’s deity. A lie, of course, but it offers some comfort to unbelievers like the authors.

A lie? How do I know? Having done considerable research in the field of biblical manuscripts and texts, it is abundantly clear that the Bibles we use today are accurate in their depiction of Christ as God manifested in the flesh. Constantine did not create a deity out of the Man from Galilee, as some authors and talking heads in the press like to suggest. (News anchors love to quote fiction authors and leftist politicians who are on the same level with their facts.)

Noted textual critic and Greek grammarian, Dr. Daniel Wallace, gets it right when he says, “The evidence, in fact, that the deity of Christ is to be found in the original New Testament is overwhelming. A look at some of the early papyri shows this. In passage after passage, the deity of Christ shines through the pages of the New Testament—and in manuscripts that significantly predate Constantine. For example, P66, a papyrus from the late second century, says what every other manuscript in John 1:1 says—“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” It predates the Council of Nicea (AD 325), which these skeptics claim is the time when Constantine invented Christ’s divinity, by about 150 years! P46, a papyrus dated to c. AD 200, plainly speaks of Christ’s divinity in Hebrews 1:8. The list could go on and on. Altogether, we have more than fifty Greek New Testament manuscripts that are prior to Constantine’s reign. Not one of them denies the deity of Christ.

Trust your Bible, not fiction writers. “The Lord God of the holy prophets sent his angel to shew unto his servants the things which much shortly be done…I, Jesus, have sent mine angel to testify unto you these things…” (Revelation 22:6,16). Jesus is still who He said He was—“the Lord God of the holy prophets”!

1 Daniel Wallace, “Five More Myths About Bible Translations and the Transmission of the Text,” Blog: The Center for the Study of New Testament Manuscripts; Dec. 2012.

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The Last Word

On September 26, tens of thousands of Christians gathered on the Mall in Washington to repent of America’s cultural sins, primarily our tacit approval of abortion. Over 60 million unborn children in our nation have been murdered since abortion has been legalized. They also spoke freely of our country’s embrace of the LGBTQ agenda and asked forgiveness for that departure from morality and decency. They were there to give a message to America that we collectively repent for our slide into gross unrighteousness so strongly condemned in the Bible. They knelt to pray and many were seen to weep and repent before God in the their own way. All of this was done in the shadow of the Washington Monument, the tallest structure in the Capital, with its cone rising 555 feet above them with the words Laus Deo, Latin for Praise Be To God! This is one of the monuments the Leftists want to take down or at least rename. Most of them have no idea that God is praised at its peak. May the monument and its praise forever stand!

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JREnsey

PS: [Tongue-in-cheek] Brett Kavanaugh’s accuser: “Now I remember. The other person at the orgy was Amy Coney Barrett.”

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JREnsey Mid-month September 2020 blog

Thanks for joining us for an abbreviated September 2020 mid-month edition.

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The Word for Today

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

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Signs of revival

We all want to see revival and ingathering of souls into the kingdom of God. There could be various signs of its emergence in your congregation and community, but the most usual and positive indicators are changes in both corporate and individual behaviors.

In the 1904-05 Welsh revival, some definite signs became obvious that positive changes were taking place in the mining region of Wales. It is interesting that even the mules that worked in the mines to pull out the carts loaded with coal were affected. They had been trained to respond to the voices of the skinners who traditionally used profanity in their commands. When the miners were converted and stopped using profanity, they had to change out the mules and train new ones.

The hours the miners normally worked were 8-5, but after their conversion they wanted to be in every revival service possible. The mine operators had to switch the hours from 6-3 to allow them to get home, wash off the coal dust, rest a little while, get dressed and go to church. Some miners quit their jobs so they could attend the day services as well as those at night.

Brothels and saloons by the score were closed for lack of customers. One report from that time included this: “Here are a pugilist giving up his ‘profession,’ a postman getting leave of absence to attend meetings, a policeman remarking that people are going mad over the revival, and then after attending one meeting joining the ‘mad people’ at whom he jeered, a racing man burning his racing clothes, a notorious ‘rough’ asking prayers for his ‘pals,’ a girl throwing her arms about another girl whom she had refused to speak to for a year, a school at which prayer meetings have temporarily replaced some of the study, and colliers working in the pits kneeling in prayer beside their trams.”

As one observer recalled: “Here and there a half audible voice is mumbling inarticulate prayer. Deeper yet grows the silence and more impressive. Wrinkled faces are upturned, and unseeing eyes look upward.  Heads are bowed in folded hands. Shoulders are convulsed with emotion, and lips are moving from which no sound comes.
Still the preacher gives no sign. …And this is a scene of the revival which so respected a paper as the Lancet, evidently without investigating it except through the reports of the sensational, over-reacting papers and its own prejudice, calls ‘a debauch of emotionalism…a hysterical outburst…marked with scenes of disorder.’” Sounds like a Pentecostal revival breaking out to me.

Travelers going from England to Wales would see signs warning them about the revival and its possible influence on them during their visit to Wales. Such signs might have been merited on each end of Bonnie Brae Street in Los Angeles in learly 1906: “Look out! The Holy Ghost might fall on you as you pass the house at 214.”

What signs of revival are you witnessing today?

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Bookburning picks up steam

Chastened enough that they felt the need for a mea culpa, individual libraries have been hard at work compiling book lists to assuage their guilt. But fear of the pendulum swinging too far in the other direction has led critics to question the sincerity and goals of the American Library Association. At the same time, schools are rushing to re-educate their staff about this new paradigm.

Where libraries go, however, so do schools. Many students returning this fall will be tasked with reading one or more of these approved tomes, with discussions likely being led in a similar manner to these guidelines put out by, of all groups, the National Park Service. Its handy guide to the “‘How to Be an Antiracist’ Book Club” shows that “woke” people in government have way too much time on their hands. But it also shows how dead serious are those who believe that skin color supersedes the content of one’s character and how committed they are to installing this view as our nation’s predominant belief system.

It’s no accident that these authors are targeting our young people with their latest appeal. And unfortunately, given the relatively recent indoctrination of their moms and dads since 2001, it won’t take a lot of convincing—even if this initiative is all about righting the wrongs none of us were around to commit.

PatriotPost

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They keep going lower

Another reason the UPCI justifiably inveighed against movies, television, and anti-Christian social media outlets that oppose our stance on holiness:

https://www.theblaze.com/news/netflix-apology-sexualizing-11-year-olds

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Reading worth your time:

American Mind

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How did things get so upside down?

  • Democrats have gone from being opposed to foreign interference in our elections to wanting non-citizens to vote in our elections.
  • Women are upset at Trump’s naughty words he used in the past, but they bought 80 million copies of Fifty Shades of Gray. Hypocrisy gone to seed.
  • More troops and armament were sent to arrest Roger Stone at his house than were sent to protect our embassy being attacked in Benghazi.
  • In sixty years, Venezuela has gone from near the top on the world economic freedom index to near the bottom and their citizens are dying of starvation. Do you think democratic socialism had anything to do with that?
  • President Trump invited victims of illegal aliens to the State of the Union speech Nancy, but Nancy Pelosi invited illegal aliens to attend.
  • Alexandria Ocasio Cortez thinks socialism works, so she wants to ban cars and planes, work toward universal income, provide free health care and college tuition. She calls Donald Trump a mental case. With AOC, the light is on but nobody’s home. Those like her have no idea how money is generated for Washington’s coffers. It seems they think there is an unlimited bankfull of money up there just waiting to be given away to their favorite constituents.
  • Bill Clinton paid $850,000 to Paula Jones to get her to shut up about his sexual abuse of her. The FBI raided the offices of a diocesan priest regarding sexual abuse, but I don’t remember the FBI raiding Clinton’s or his lawyer’s office.
  • CA Representative Maxine Waters opposes voter ID laws, believing they are racist, but you need to have a photo ID to get into her town hall meetings.

– Gleaned from various sources

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The vaccine cometh

Are the concerns about the coming virus vaccines justified? Competing doctors, competing websites—it can be quite confusing. Who really knows what will be in it or what it does? Right now I wouldn’t want one. Which doctors or government officials are to be trusted in this matter? I am hearing all sides of this question from “experts” who say they know. They can’t all be right. Does anyone have the inside truth? Or has our culture fallen so far that truth is almost imperceptible anymore?

One understanding I am personally comfortable with is that true Christians don’t have to worry about taking the mark of the Beast. He will arise and offer his mark after the church has been removed from earth in the Rapture. That is not an invitation to a prophecy argument, it is merely a statement of how clearly that fact seems to be presented in the Scriptures. Only unbelievers and backsliders need fear the Beast for it is they who will deal with him.

I am looking for Christ to come…not the Antichrist.

One more thing. I have come to revere the honesty and integrity of the CDC and the WHO on the same level with that of pro basketball players. They are in the Dems pocket. If you trust them with accuracy regarding Covid-19, I have some oceanfront property in Nebraska for sale that you might be interested in. Just review this link: https://blog.nomorefakenews.com/2020/09/17/to-trump-aides-you-have-no-idea-how-deep-the-cdc-scandals-go/

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Coincidental, I’m sure

Someone has pointed out that a 2016 children’s show called “Hedgehogs” featured a respiratory virus, a tracking device, masks, and a saving vaccine. Go figure.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=3&v=HC2LXakm_XQ&feature=emb_logo

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Meaningful memesHave we tried throwing a politician into a volcano to appease the virus god yet? Just saying.

If your Democrat governor killed your small business, and you still support that same governor because you hate Donald Trump, you’re not a redneck because rednecks ain’t that stupid.

Congrats to Joe Biden—the non-essential employee of the month every month for 48 years.

Just because abortion is legal doesn’t make it right. Remember slavery.

The Left is pro-choice, unless the choice is about healthcare, education, or firearms.

COVID information: The virus cannot travel beyond 6’ and can live on all surfaces except for anything from Amazon. It does not live in Walmart, Home Depot, Lowe’s, or any grocery store. It is only deadly in small businesses, churches, restaurants and Trump rallies, but it can’t harm you if you’re protesting, rioting or looting. Any questions?

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Book review

The Diversity Delusion

By Heather MacDonald

NYC: St. Martin’s Publishing Group; 2018; 12.99 from Amazon

The two most basic factors that make a non-fiction book worth reading: it contains nothing but objective, relevant truth, and it is well-written. Heather MacDonald’s book exceeds in these standards. In it she exposes the roots of the “diversity and inclusion” movement operating without hindrance in the soft underbelly of our nation—its colleges and universities. Truth flies from every page, you know it both instinctively and by its documentation, and it is conveyed in a language style that tells you the author knows what she is writing about.

Where are the roots of the current insurrection/revolution? Who is fomenting this current wildness in the streets of America? It is not merely some overly sensitive minority group out protesting perceived mistreatment by authorities—it is the college students and millennials who seem to have nothing better to do than earn tuition money from the George Soros types getting their jollies by traveling around from city to city stirring the populace to violence with lies and innuendoes. The universities of our nation are seething pots of rebellion and are turning out rebels by the thousands. They come out brainwashed with a chip on their shoulder and an eye toward unearned political power. Most do not realize if their movement succeeds, they would not be in power but the elitists who are funding them. They would ultimately find themselves in the same position as the citizens of Venezuela, North Korea, China, or perhaps medieval Europe. They would not be the barons—they would become the serfs.

MacDonald recognizes this and turns the spotlight on the university “administrators” who are forcing this pablum of diversity/inclusion down the throats of students, making them pass courses that are nothing more than anti-Christian, anti-capitalism, pro-feminist, pro-Marxism tirades designed to undermine the American government. Curricula condemning “systemic racism…unconscious racism…microagression…assumed misogyny…homophobia…transphobia…xenophobia”…and the list seems endless, is being handed to teachers in our public schools. As the college students have graduated and moved into major corporations and industries such as the technology sector, they are convincing big business to bankroll these anti-American movements. Don’t be fooled—this movement is not just about race or equality. It is about the overthrow of the American system.

The universities can’t get enough of the sugar stick of diversity. Multi-million dollar budgets make it the power structure on campus. It has almost totally displaced meritocracy since that gets in the way of diversity. It can’t be said too often—there is no stopping place on the diversity path. The offended crowds of snowflakes and cupcakes coming behind, who feel “unsafe” in America as long as a conservative is on a campus or in government, keep pushing us along. The more we accommodate this invasion of our culture, the more Lady Liberty should be the one feeling unsafe.

Highly recommended for pastors and for parents of students. This may be some of the wisest money you have ever spent for a book. Get it! – JRE

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Here’s who to vote for

Lady Liberty

She still stands (so far) in NY Harbor to light the way for those who truly want to come to America to both contribute to her nationhood, share in her prosperity, and secure her future as the leading nation in the world. Let’s vote that she remains as a welcoming agent for all legal immigrants to our country.

Abraham Lincoln

Revolutionaries want to remove his statue because he was a white male and therefore a racist, even though he freed what slaves were left on the labor poor farms and plantations of the South. Importation of slaves had been illegal since 1807 when laws forbidding it were passed after our independence from Great Britain. Our vote should reflect our desire that his image remains on the Mall in Washington, DC.

George Washington

Vote for his monument to stay. Revolutionaries want to remove it primarily because he was a white male, and that there are disproportionately more monuments featuring that gender than those of women and minorities in our nation’s capital.

These historical persons or their monuments may not be on the ballot on November 3, but I am sure you know how to cast a vote for them.

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Couldn’t pass these up

Perhaps if trees wore masks they would escape wildfires

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The Last Word

Who is offering the best “free stuff” in this election? One presidential candidate wants to give away stuff like free college tuition, free health care, free universal child care, and free food stamps to anyone who can jump the fence or swim the river into the U.S. Another candidate is also offering free stuff: free markets, free speech, free streets, freedom to keep and bear arms, freedom of religion.

Take your pick.

Thanks for visiting!

JREnsey

Published in: on September 16, 2020 at 6:32 PM  Comments (2)  

JREnsey blog for September 2020

Thanks for joining us for the September 2020 edition.

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The Word for Today

Preach the word of God. Be prepared, whether the time is favorable or not. Patiently correct, rebuke, and encourage your people with good teaching. For a time is coming when people will no longer listen to sound and wholesome teaching. They will follow their own desires and will look for teachers who will tell them whatever their itching ears want to hear. They will reject the truth and chase after myths“ (2 Timothy 4:2-4 NLT).

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What can pastors say during the election season?

What can preachers say to their congregations during a heated political race? Without recommending a particular candidate or party, ministers can legally discuss the issues that bear on the freedom of speech and religion. These may or may not be specified in platforms of political parties. Individual candidates’ positions will greatly impact the future of Christianity in America and thus around the world. Ministers may encourage church members to vote as an exercise of their rights as citizens. They should, however, refrain from endorsing a specific candidate or using funds to support a candidate or a political party. To address the moral and spiritual issues that may be affected by a candidate’s position is not prohibited. Pastors can address them from a biblical perspective and let the people decide who best could manage the country while retaining the influence of religious morality and freedom in his administration. A minister can certainly can and should express his personal opinions on moral and spiritual matters to his congressman. Much of what is happening today falls into those categories. Bottom line: Use wisdom, but don’t be intimidated. You didn’t give up your constitutional rights when you became a pastor.

Are you familiar with the “church and state separation clause” in the U.S. Constitution?

Please take 3 minutes to hear about it. Thank you. Click below:

https://www.facebook.com/clarke.beasley/videos/10157051248723822/

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Billionaire Oprah suggests all white people are racists

https://www.theblaze.com/news/video-oprah-whites-admit-racism?utm_source=theblaze-dailyAM&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Daily-Newsletter__AM%202020-08-05&utm_term=TheBlaze%20Daily%20AM%20-%20last%20270%20days

Why do liberals say things like this? Because we allow them to do so with total impunity.

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In the News

NYC Councilman says hydroxychloroquine saved his life

https://www.theblaze.com/news/councilman-hydroxychloroquine-saved-life-coronavirus?utm_source=theblaze-dailyAM&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Daily-Newsletter__AM%202020-08-09&utm_term=TheBlaze%20Daily%20AM%20-%20last%20270%20days

Some doctors say Hydroxycloroquine safer than Tylenol

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c6syuKUY9p4

[Note: I am not a doctor and am making no personal recommendations here. Just reporting.]

The CDC recently released a statement saying that only 6% of Covid-19 deaths were from Covid alone.

https://www.theblaze.com/news/covid-deaths-percent-coronavirus-cdc?utm_source=theblaze-dailyAM&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Daily-Newsletter__AM%202020-08-31&utm_term=TheBlaze%20Daily%20AM%20-%20last%20270%20days

Debunking the gender myths being floated by liberal leftists

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eDmed3rDRMA&feature=youtu.be

Vaccines for certain races

A federal committee is considering pushing Blacks, Hispanics and Native Americans to the front of the line for COVID-19 vaccines, ahead of Whites. A COVID-19 vaccine could be ready by year’s end but not in sufficient quantity to vaccinate over 300 million Americans. (GOPUSA)

Does this mean racism is fine as long as it is practiced by people of color? The answer is obvious. The ACLU recently said regarding Yale University’s admission policy, “Once again the Trump Administration is attacking affirmative action. Calling for an end to the consideration of race in college admissions threatens the future of college diversity.” [There’s that word again!]

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Is anyone listening?

“First we overlook evil. They we permit evil. Then we legalize evil. Then we promote evil. Then we celebrate evil. Then we persecute those who still call it evil.” – Dwight Longenecker

“At the core of liberalism is the spoiled child—miserable, as all spoiled children are, unsatisfied, demanding, ill-disciplined, despotic and useless. Liberalism is a philosophy of sniveling brats.” – P.J. O’Rourke

“Churches don’t need a CEO; they don’t need an entertainer; they don’t need a life-coach. They need a shepherd.” – Antonio Mansinho

“If you can’t trust your government to correctly count Covid-19 deaths, how can you trust them to correctly count mail-in votes?” – PatriotPost

“When a society rebels against God, absurdity rules.” – Tim Wildmon

We repeat: “When your government lets you go out for groceries and hardware but demands a mail-in vote, you can be certain they are not really concerned about keeping you safe from a virus.” – PatriotPost

“I declare to you from the bottom of my heart, that no Socialist system can be established without a political police. . . They would have to fall back on some form of Gestapo, no doubt very humanely directed in the first instance. And this would nip opinion in the bud; it would stop criticism as it reared its head, and it would gather all the power to the supreme party and the party leaders, rising like stately pinnacles above their vast bureaucracies of civil servants, no longer servants and no longer civil.” – Quoted from William Manchester and Paul Reid, The Last Lion, vol. 3, p. 941 [That is exactly what will happen if America continues to turn left politically.]

Just so you don’t think we are just trying to scare you with that last quote, take a look at this from Australia where a version of a police state is being established under the pretext of Covid-19: Melbourne won’t allow free travel past 5 kilometers, has Soviet style checkpoints. Further, note this power grab: 25A—Removal of children
(1) Without derogating from section 25, an authorised officer may, for the purpose of ensuring compliance with any direction under that section, remove a child from any premises, place, vehicle or vessel to a place of residence of the child or to a hospital or quarantine facility, as the
authorised officer thinks fit (and may, in doing so, use such force as is reasonably necessary). – South Australia Covid Response 2020, page 33. Noticed and submitted by Anthony Peccon.

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On the lighter side: Truths, half-truths, and outrageous questions

  1. Women like silent men—they think they’re listening.
  2. One nice thing about egotists: They don’t talk about other people.
  3. Never underestimate the power of stupid people in large groups.
  4. Age is a very high price to pay for maturity.
  5. Don’t sweat the petty things, and don’t pet the sweaty things.
  6. Men are from earth. Women are from earth. Deal with it.
  7. Give a man a fish and he will eat for a day. Teach him how to fish, and he will sit in a boat and eat snacks all day.
  8. A fool and his money are soon partying.
  9. Before they invented drawing boards, what did they go back to?
  10. If all the world is a stage, where is the audience sitting?
  11. If the #2 pencil is the most popular, why is it still #2?
  12. If you’re born again, do you have two bellybuttons?
  13. If you try to fail, and succeed, which have you done?                 – Source: Anonymous, of course

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Is CO2 killing the forests of the world?

You have probably heard that from Chicken Little and other climate alarmists. What is the truth?

Increased Atmospheric Carbon Dioxide—a Stimulus to Plant Growth

“The concentration of carbon dioxide in the earth’s atmosphere above the forest canopy is approximately 0.03 percent by volume—300 parts per million. Within the forest, concentrations are commonly higher. The availability of CO2 can commonly be a limiting factor in photosynthesis. . . .This is most likely the case in tight canopies of tree crowns or agricultural crops during the day when there is active photosynthesis removing CO2 from the air and very little atmospheric mixing because of stagnant air. As CO2 concentration around a leaf decreases, a minimal level is reached, called the CO2 compensation concentration, below which positive rates of net photosynthesis are not recorded [i.e., growth stops due to lack of available CO2].

Carbon dioxide is heavier than air and tends to sink to the forest floor when turbulence is low.  Consequently, seedlings and plants with foliage near the ground probably have an ecological advantage since they are usually exposed to above-average CO2 concentrations. This is a reasonable assumption since there are many reports in the literature describing enhanced rates of photosynthesis in CO2-enriched atmospheres. In general, short-term rates of photosynthesis can be increased by CO2 concentrations up to 10 times normal, and growth can be increased 20 to 50 percent. When white-pine seedlings were exposed to short-term increases in CO2 concentration up to three times normal each day for a period of 4 months, height and diameter growth were doubled and no toxic effects were noted.” [all emphasis added].

– Theodore W. Daniel, John A. Helms and Frederick S. Baker, Principles of Silviculture, second edition, McGraw-Hill, 1979;  pp. 77, 79

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Can the Bible serve as a reliable history source?

It not only can, but does the job very well. Take a look:

https://www.biblicalarchaeology.org/exhibits-events/virtual-museum-tours/?mqsc=E4117854&dk=ZE0480ZF0&utm_source=WhatCountsEmail&utm_medium=BHDWeek%20in%20Review%20Newsletter&utm_campaign=8-1-2020_Week_in_Review

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Division of families being taught in public schools

Programs ostensibly fighting “white privilege” are taking center stage in a pair of Pennsylvania school districts, and board members and parents are pushing back hard against them. The curriculum teaches kids not only to defy parents but to hate themselves under cover of “cultural proficiency.”

Gladwyne School in the Lower Merion School District—reportedly one of the richest in the nation—will require fourth and fifth graders to read “Not My Idea: A Book About Whiteness,” which suggests that white people who relate to police officers or don’t watch the news are guilty of racism, and kindergartners and first graders will be assigned “A Kid’s Book About Racism,” the Washington Free Beacon reported.

In response, Elana Yaron Fishbein—a mother of two boys and a doctor of social work—wrote to the district’s superintendent, board members, and the school’s principal demanding the school remove its “cultural proficiency” curriculum, the paper said.

“The book teaches kids not only to defy parents but to hate themselves,” Fishbein told the Free Beacon. “To hate their parents also because they are white. By default, [the kids] are white, and they’re privileged, and they’re bad. [The school] is teaching this to little kids.” This further divides families and creates tension in homes—just what George Soros and BLM want.

Have you checked with your local schools to see what they are teaching your kids and the kids in your church?

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Are mom and dad homes passé?

Is it not sad that two-parent homes are now considered racist and a sign of white supremacy?

The nuclear family is now a no-no to the BLM folks and the commie types monopolizing the news. A family’s “whiteness” is showing if there is a mother and father in the home. And Oprah has suggested that actually all white people are racists. Just admit it is the suggestion. Denial is considered an admission of guilt. Attempting to satisfy the demands of the truly racist snobs and mobs is an exercise in futility.

How will this affect society? In a culture run by current radicals, nuclear families will be at the end of the soup lines. Consideration regarding benefits from a government run by radicals goes first to their genre.

Again, there is no place to stop once you start submitting to the demands of the radicals. More demands are on the way. Pretty soon we may be dealing with the Society for the Prevention of White Males, formed to encourage abortion of all white male babies.

According to longtime race-baiting author Judith H. Katz, “whiteness” includes language and education including “politeness, hard work, self-reliance, delayed gratification, and justice.” Speaking proper English is “talking white.” If you hold doors for ladies, respect your elders, or save sex for marriage, those are all “whiteness” factors. Food has also entered the context of racism. Food without certain seasoning is only for “white people.”

If you think some of these things are far-fetched, wait until the real racists get in power. Ostracism, officially sanctioned discrimination, and cultural suppression will be the order of the day. Your kids will be taught to hate you, report you, and perhaps even abuse you for some imagined degree of racism or inequality.

The cover has been peeled back. We now see the full agenda that we only caught a peek of in the last administration. The Bible position is not even on the table. When you submit to their terms, you are on the “progressives’” turf. Their foot is on your neck.

Our church movement/fellowship/organization is multi-racial. Our churches are multi-racial. If there is a pastor/church somewhere that actually does unwisely discriminate on the basis of ethnicity or skin color (I don’t personally know of any), they are in a tiny, miniscule minority. Why even refer to them? Why introduce a topic that is moot? Why use extremes in the effort to pacify accusers who will never be pacified. Love and respect will never be evoked from the radicals. So why knock yourself out to appease them? You are only drawing attention to yourself. Enough has been said. Be what you should be and leave it alone. If there is a racist pastor somewhere, go to him personally and reason with him. If his racism is blatant and against all organizational and societal norms, file charges. But don’t discriminate in the process of eliminating discrimination. Pastors of every skin tone should come under the same scrutiny.

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From the artist’s perspective

 

The Soros legacy

Then and now

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The Last Word

I will be so happy when I can get back to more biblical/spiritual topics in this blog. Please bear with us. And pray for us as we pray for all of you! Stay safe, but also stay informed.

Thanks for visiting!

JREnsey

 

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