Welcome to the JREnsey blog for March, 2017.
The Word for Today
“You know, brothers and sisters, that our visit to you was not without results. 2 We had previously suffered and been treated outrageously in Philippi, as you know, but with the help of our God we dared to tell you his gospel in the face of strong opposition. 3 For the appeal we make does not spring from error or impure motives, nor are we trying to trick you. 4 On the contrary, we speak as those approved by God to be entrusted with the gospel. We are not trying to please people but God, who tests our hearts. 5 You know we never used flattery, nor did we put on a mask to cover up greed—God is our witness. 6 We were not looking for praise from people, not from you or anyone else, even though as apostles of Christ we could have asserted our authority” (I Thessalonians 2:1-6 NIV).
Ciao, Boy Scouts
The Boy Scouts of America have sunk farther into the oblivion of political correctness. Not only are girls now permitted to join, “transgender boys,” once known as girls, are now allowed into the ranks. Surely a name change is in the offing. What—The Boyish Scouts? The Girly Scouts? It takes guts to stand up to the PC police and the forces of social elitism. Guess your leaders didn’t have any, so they got swept along with the tide of amorality. Wasn’t part of the purpose of the Scouts to turn boys into men?
By the way, that’s Randy saluting when he was in the BOY Scouts.
These babies are human
In her personal womb, Beyoncé’s babies are human, even “starring” in the Grammy Awards last month. Strange. Why are her twins “human” in the womb and every other woman’s unborn babies are merely “products of conception” to be discarded at will? According to reports, she was dressed like a stripper, preening like a golden goddess while the music moaned and other female dancers celebrated her “motherhood.” Glowing words of praise gushed from the lips of adoring idolators pretending to be Hollywood critics.
Look up hypocrite in the dictionary. Or “blasphemy.” Or “sacrilege.” You might find a grouping of Hollywood stars pictured nearby. Beyoncé should be there as a shining example.
“God is not mocked, for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap” (I Corinthians 6:7).
Speaking of boycotts
Middle Americans would do themselves and their families a favor by boycotting Hollywood. Who needs their hypocritical amorality spewed into our homes via television and into our neighborhoods via movie theaters. Dedicated Christians won’t be found in the line to buy movie tickets (Psalm 1). Think what they will about Apostolics and television, we are far better off today than if we had capitulated in 1955 to the invitation to have it in our homes. Wise pastors still guide their people away from that pipeline of filth into the home. I am well aware of wholesome documentaries and a handful of other acceptable offerings on TV, but even those are built around ads that convey visual offense and subliminal social engineering.
Truth be known, the Hollywood stars and elitists hate the guts of committed Christians. Why should we fall down and worship at their filthy feet? They don’t want our approval and we don’t need theirs. So it is time for all the “irredeemable deplorables” who supported a change in the direction of our government to boycott Hollywood completely.
We are still waiting for those starlets who said they were moving out of the country if Trump was elected to do so.
More Christian persecution
A 50-year-old Christian convert in a remote town in India died last month after he and his wife were reportedly forced to stand in a freezing pond for 17 hours because of their faith.
Residents of the tribal village of Kubuaa were upset when Bartu Urawn and his family abandoned the native religion—Sarna Dharam—and became Christians, according to Global Christian News. Sarna adherents worship particular trees and set up religious “groves” (left) like some did in Old Testament times.
As punishment for the family’s unwillingness to denounce Jesus Christ, villagers forced Bartu Urawn and his wife into the freezing pond for more than half a day. Bartu Urawn’s son, Beneswar, told the outlet that his parents were immersed in the water from around 5 p.m. until 10 a.m. the following day.
After suffering two paralytic attacks that caused major nerve damage, Bartu Urawn died Jan. 20. “All throughout the night, they were in the cold water shivering and I, along with 15 to 20 villagers, were witness to the brutality,” Beneswar Urawn said. “The villagers kept asking my father if he is ready to forsake Christ and return to the Sarna fold. He reiterated every time, ‘I will not deny Christ. …I will continue to believe until my last breath.’”
Other families who had also converted to [nominal] Christianity ultimately renounced their faith and rejoined the tribal religion, according to the Christian Post.
I wonder why the American press avoids the negatives of virtually all religions except Christianity. Any Christian, committed or otherwise, who does something wrong seems to attract headline news in USA Today or CNN.
Everyone needs a little help now and then
Truth in street clothes
Many folks want to serve God, but only as advisers.
People are funny; they want the front of the bus, middle of the road, and back of the church.
Forbidden fruits create many jams.
God doesn’t call the qualified, He qualifies the called.
Opportunity may knock once, but temptation bangs on the front door forever.
Quit griping about your church; if it was perfect, you couldn’t belong.
Coincidence is when God chooses to remain anonymous.
Just because you are offended doesn’t mean you are right.
Recent studies confirm that 1 out of every 3 liberals is just as stupid as the other 2.
“The power of accurate observation is frequently called cynicism by those who don’t have it.” – George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950)
Colleges move students to the left
Everyone instinctively knows that colleges tend to take students to the left in the political/social system. This recent Pew Research Center report substantiates the claim.
The Futility of Gender-Neutral Parenting
By Debra W. Suh
LA Times Op-ed article
In steadfast pursuit of gender equality and to promote nonconformity, it’s become popular in some social circles to start early, very early, by raising young children in a gender-neutral way: not revealing the baby’s sex at birth, dressing them and their bedroom in various shades of oatmeal, encouraging them to play with gender-neutral toys. There’s also pressure on corporations to help; parental complaints led Target to stop sex-segregating its toys, for instance.
Offering kids the opportunity to pursue what they’d like, freed from societal expectations, is an….[click here to continue reading this important and relevant article]
What would YOU call it?
Once, all the villagers decided to pray for rain. On the day of prayer, all the people gathered, but only one boy came with an umbrella. That’s FAITH.
When you throw babies in the air, they laugh because they know you will catch them. That’s TRUST.
Every night we go to bed without any assurance of being alive the next morning, but still we set the alarms to wake up. That’s HOPE.
We plan big things for tomorrow in spite of zero knowledge of the future. That’s CONFIDENCE.
We see the world suffering, but still we get married and have children. That’s LOVE.
On an old man’s shirt was written a sentence “l am not 80 years old; l am sweet 16 with 64 years of experience.” That’s ATTITUDE.
In another vein, if you rob a bank in a sanctuary city, is it really an illegal act or is it merely an “undocumented withdrawal”?
A Brief History of Criticisms of Bible Translations
A clear perspective on the history of Bible translations reveals that those with a sensitive personality should avoid becoming involved in this activity. Only the very courageous individual or the overly self-assured scholar should try his hand at Bible translating—and be ready to be criticized. Let’s take a brief look at the record of Bible translations and how they were received at the time of their publication.
The Old Testament contains the writings of Moses, David, the Hebrew prophets, and Solomon along with his wise colleagues. A few unknown scribes and priests could probably be added to that number. All were inspired and anointed by God’s Spirit to write with unerring accuracy (II Peter 1:21). The earliest Old Testament books, the Pentateuch, go back to the time of Moses when writing was still done in the pictographic style we find on inscriptions from that era. The latest OT book was likely composed…. (to continue reading this article, click here.)
What was the first Bible translation? Who did it and how was it received? (See the answers and much more in the article.)
Luther had a lot to say about marriage
“There is no more lovely, friendly and charming relationship, communion or company than a good marriage.”
“Let the wife make the husband glad to come home, and let him make her sorry to see him leave.”
“Good God …What a lot of trouble there is in marriage! Adam has made a mess of our nature. Think of all the squabbles Adam and Eve must have had in the course of their nine hundred years. Eve would say ‘You ate the apple!’ and Adam would retort ‘You gave it to me!’” – Martin Luther, quoted by Roland Bainton in Here I Stand
And about other things…
“You are not only responsible for what you say, but also for what you do not say.”
“Blood alone moves the wheels of history.”
“Peace if possible, truth at all costs.”
“I have held many things in my hands, and I have lost them all; but whatever I have placed in God’s hands, that I still possess.”
And he might have said this before Arnold Schwarzeneggar did if it had been an issue back then:
“I think that gay marriage should be between a man and a woman.”
By Steve Sampson
Published by Chosen (a division of Baker Publishing); 191 pages
Reviewed by Roffie Ensey
Confronting Jezebel is a book that is well written and easy to understand. It gives insight into discerning and defeating the spirit of control so many spiritual leaders face. This book points out the evils of the Jezebel spirit—past, present and future.
Jezebel is more than a wicked queen that lived and ruled during a time of spiritual decline in the history of God’s chosen people. Jezebel’s footprints appear many times in Scripture and in history. This book is a clear and concise exposé on how this demonic spirit operates and how to neutralize its power.
In order to combat this antagonist, we must first be aware of Jezebel’s existence, her approach, and her intent. This book will help you be aware of how this spirit operates in a body of believers and how this spirit of control functions even through those in leadership.
The Apostle Paul warned us that “we are not fighting against flesh-and-blood enemies, but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powers in this dark world, and against evil spirits” Ephesians 6:12 (NLT). These spirits combat the church today through the attitudes of those who are not submitted to spiritual authority.
Confronting Jezebel will provide insights for when you face this spirit and help to know how to deal with it. Steve Sampson exposes the signs of a Jezebel spirit, its strategies of destruction, and how you can bring it under the control of the Holy Ghost. It is available at Amazon and other book outlets.
Two new books by Apostolic authors
Getting Your Voice to Shake
by Kelly Nix, a new book on intercultural communication
Have you ever wondered why some people just can’t seem to be on time? Or maybe you’re the one who is always being teased for being late, and you’ve wondered what is the big deal about time, anyway?
It may not be that your clock is messed up…in fact, there’s a good chance the source of conflict can be traced to culture, not a timepiece. Our culture affects much of who we are, influencing our relationships with other people, our perception of time, and even the way we perceive authority.
If you’ve ever tried to communicate with someone from another culture and have been frustrated by the lack of connection (even if you are both fluent in the same language!), Getting Your Voice to Shake will be an eye-opening resource that will introduce you to ways to bridge – and, more importantly, to understand – the culture gap and become a much more effective communicator for today’s global society.
Here’s what some readers had to say: “I literally couldn’t put this book down. Dr. Nix’s research, insight, life experience, and upbeat presentation make the book an indispensable read for those of us who work interculturally.” – Shane M.
On the Sanctity of Human Life
by Peter Connell
Here’s a new book for pastors, Christian healthcare workers, and just about everybody else in our churches. On the Sanctity of Human Life is a straightforward book detailing a biblical perspective of the sanctity of human life; but more than that, it delves into how we as Christians need to view life when we are faced with decisions such as having a family, dealing with sickness and death, and maintaining a proper perspective of the uniqueness and value of every human life from the moment of conception. Each of us will face the issues of life and death at some point on our earthly journey.
Sadly, much of America is profoundly influenced by a culture that devalues human life, and this has infiltrated the healthcare industry. Believers who work in the medical community are alerted to the humanistic influences often operating behind the scenes in medical institutions across America.
Pastors should read these pages with interest and use this book as a stepping stone to become vitally informed about the issues that face every family. In doing so, it will better equip them to wisely counsel families and individuals in their congregations—and teach them these principles before their times of need.
Order from: at https://www.createspace.com/6908395 or at Amazon.com or at: http://www.cornerstonepentecostal.org/online_store.php?categoryID=930
IHML makes it easy to win souls
Into His Marvelous Light
Available in English, Spanish, German & Italian
No other evangelistic Bible study has enjoyed the consistent results of IHML over the years. Often copied but never fully duplicated. It is attractive, well written, and doctrinally sound. Those who are seeking for truth will see that the new birth is absolutely essential and that Acts 2:38 constitutes that experience. Over 2 million copies sold.
Guide For Living
A follow-up Study for the new convert. This little booklet can be given to the new convert to go through alone and then come back to you with any questions they may have. It covers what has happened to them through the new birth and ably presents what their responsibilities are now as a Christian.
Available in English & Spanish
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Recently discovered: Vincent Van Gogh’s family tree
His dizzy aunt—Verti Gogh
The brother who worked at a convenience store—Stop N Gogh
The grandfather from Yugoslavia—U Gogh
His magician uncle—Where-diddy Gogh
His Mexican cousin—A Mee Gogh
The Mexican cousin’s American half-brother—Gring Gogh
The nephew who drove a stage coach—Wells-far Gogh
The ballroom dancing aunt—Tang Gogh
The bird lover uncle—Flamin Gogh
The fruit-loving cousin—Man Gogh
An aunt who taught positive thinking—Way-to-Gogh
The little bouncy nephew—Poe Gogh
A sister who loved disco—Go Gogh
And his niece who travels in an RV—Winnie Bay Gogh
I saw you smiling . . . there ya Gogh!
More mental exercise for lexophiles
The report said I had type-A blood, but it was a typo.
I changed my iPod’s name to Titanic. It’s syncing now.
England has no kidney bank, but it does have a Liverpool.
A cartoonist was found dead in his home. Details are sketchy.
How does Moses make tea? Hebrews it.
We are happy to report that the guy who fell into the upholstery machine is fully recovered.
Those who get too big for their britches will be exposed in the end.
Everybody also needs a little love…
And a little company at times…
The last shot
Prior to the State of the Union address on February 28, I had written this:
Every time President Donald Trump speaks, a thousand preachers and public speakers ache inside, wishing they could help him say some things a little better, a little smoother, and a little more kindly with less grit. KellyAnne, could you threaten him in some way to stick with what is on the teleprompter? He is like a lot of us preachers—we are often our own worst enemy. Like us, he tends to overwork his hyperboles, he hikes down rabbit trails, and usually leaves his audience groaning, “That is the umpteenth time we have heard that line this month!”
After the speech: KellyAnne must have been reading over my shoulder. He got on message, stayed there, never bobbled, stuck with the teleprompter, and knocked it out of the ballpark! Even CNN and MSNBC had to actually admit it was a great speech. Not many redundant phrases, no rabbit trails, and although the Democrats generally stayed quiet and seated, it was obvious that they were shocked and surprised at the new (hopefully) Donald Trump. The “snowflakes” were starting to melt. C’mon, folks! It is springtime in America!