Welcome to the July blog! Grab a glass of iced tea and take a few minutes to cool your heels while you read.
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—
21 may he equip you with all you need for doing his will. May he produce in you, through the power of Jesus Christ, every good thing that is pleasing to him. All glory to him forever and ever! Amen” (Hebrews 13:20,21 NLT).
Why do good people endure tragedy?
We often seek unknowable answers to hypothetical questions, particularly when tragedy strikes. Someone who found comfort in the following verses from Isaiah 57:1,2 shared them with me.
“The righteous perish, and no one takes it to heart; the devout are taken away, and no one understands that the righteous are taken away to be spared from evil.
2 Those who walk uprightly enter into peace; they find rest as they lie in death.”
We have buried more than 104,000 Americans in cemeteries in France, Belgium, the Netherlands, who never made it back from the wars we fought to save those countries from Nazi aggression. In liberating them, we asked for no reward, took no land, nor did we confiscate the spoils. We only asked for space to bury our dead, and afterward poured money from hard-working Americans into their coffers to help them rebuild their countries. It is perplexing how free they are with their criticism of our generosity.
On Memorial Day did you stop and think about the sacrifice of hundreds of thousands of our sons and daughters who did not come back? May we never forget. Others have; we cannot.
Insurance against divorce
A new study has found that women with between zero and one sexual partner are the least likely to divorce later on, with women who had 10 or more partners emerging as the most likely to see their marriages end, according to the Institute for Family Studies.
Using data from the National Survey of Family Growth that was collected in 2002, 2006-2010 and 2011-2013, researchers observed these trends, with the potential ties emerging between the total number of sexual partners and matrimonial dissolutions.
“Earlier research found that having multiple sex partners prior to marriage could lead to less happy marriages, and often increased the odds of divorce,” according to Professor Nicholas Wolfinger wrote in a blog post that announced the analysis. “But sexual attitudes and behaviors continue to change in America, and some of the strongest predictors of divorce in years gone by no longer matter as much as they once did.”
Celibacy until marriage is still God’s plan and some slow learners are just now finding out—the hard way.
More reasons to believe the Bible
Archaeology has confirmed the existence of at least fifty people mentioned in the Bible. When skeptics argue that the Bible is merely a book of mythological figures, you can point to this list. If you are not a subscriber to Biblical Archaeology Review and its sister online publication, Bible History Daily, I urge you to check them out. Interesting, factual, and inspiring are adjectives that come to mind.
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How do you settle a presidential election when the vote is too close to call?
With an ice fishing contest, of course!
After the first round of votes were counted, Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump were deadlocked.
Instead of going through a recount, the two agreed to a week-long ice fishing contest to settle the election. Whoever caught the most fish at the end of the week would be the President.
The candidates decided a remote frozen lake in northern Wisconsin would be the ideal place. No observers on the fishing grounds, but both candidates would need to have their catches verified and counted each night at 5pm.
After Day 1, Trump returned with a total of 10 fish, Hillary came back with nothing.
Day 2 finished, and Trump caught another 20 fish, but Hillary once again came back with nothing!
That night, Hillary and her cronies got together and accused Trump of being a “low-life, cheatin’ trickster.” Instead of fishing on Day 3, they were just going to follow Trump to spy on him and figure out how he was cheating.
Day 3 finished up and Trump had an incredible day, adding 50 fish to his total!
That night, Hillary and her democrat buddies got together for the full report on how Donald was cheating. Hillary stood up to give her report and said, “You are not going to believe this, he’s cutting holes in the ice!”
And that, my friends, tells you about all you need to know.
– Anonymous, of course.
Someone sent this question…
If I shoot a buck, but I only have a doe tag, can I claim that the buck wasn’t really a buck? I mean…maybe he’d always wanted to be a doe, but with no choice of his own, he was born with the physical attributes of a male.
And yet…on the inside he’d always known he was truly a female.
I’m just wondering if the game warden will buy it, because the White House and the courts have.
Education or “re-education”?
The Philadelphia School District will add two Muslim holidays to its calendar and the city will create a task force to study doing the same for the city’s calendar, officials announced Tuesday.
Then this: High school says no to honor student. From the university level on down, students are being taught that mediocre is OK. If you excel, keep quiet about it. Everybody is a winner…right?! And not only that, those on the left (the media, school officials, and politicians) want people to have “pride” in all sorts of bizarre behaviors, but we are not allowed to recognize accomplishment. Some high schools have decided that students won’t be recognized at graduation for being in the National Honor Society.
Wayne State University has dropped math as a requirement and installed a class on Diversity, evidently feeling that gender identity issues were much more relevant and essential for our time.
Have our educators gone completely berzerk? Is falling in line with the government’s social engineering agenda turning our schools into re-education camps?
Burning for Bernie
Socialism sounds great. It has always sounded great. And it will probably always continue to sound great. It is only when you go beyond rhetoric, and start looking at hard facts, that socialism turns out to be a big disappointment, if not a disaster.
While throngs of young people are cheering loudly for avowed socialist Bernie Sanders, socialism has turned oil-rich Venezuela into a place where there are shortages of everything from toilet paper to beer, where electricity keeps shutting down, and where there are long lines of people hoping to get food, people complaining that they cannot feed their families. (The Houston Chronicle reported riots in Venezuela (6/20) with citizens cleaning out grocery stores because of hunger.)
With national income going down, and prices going up under triple-digit inflation in Venezuela, these complaints are by no means frivolous. But it is doubtful if the young people cheering for Bernie Sanders have even heard of such things, whether in Venezuela or in other countries around the world that have turned their economies over to politicians and bureaucrats to run.
When you hear code words like “income inequality” you know they are pushing for socialism. In most socialistic countries, income inequality is magnified with only the very rich and the very poor.
Facts are seldom allowed to contaminate the beautiful vision of the left. What matters to the true believers are the ringing slogans, endlessly repeated. The masses of immigrants and many millennials have no clue about what made America great and strong. They are patsies for the Bernie Sanders of the world. Will Hillary and Bernie types in Washington we are apt to flush away 300 years of progress and return to subsistence farming (in our backyards) to survive.
Can’t win for losing
I exercised my tummy fat away—it’s behind me now.
Don’t marry a tennis player. Love means nothing to them.
Since it’s the early worm that gets eaten by the bird, sleep late. Remember: the second mouse gets the cheese.
If you lend someone $20 and never see that person again, it was probably worth it.
Always read a book that will make you look good if you die in the middle of it.
A woman boarded a plane to Chicago. She was in the economy class, but after takeoff, she saw an empty seat in first class and moved up there. An attendant saw her and said, “Excuse me, ma’am. but you have a ticket for economy class, not first. You cannot stay here.” The blonde replied “I can and I will.” The attendant told the copilot, who came and talked to the woman. “Ma’am we really can’t have you staying in this seat, your ticket is for economy class.” “You can’t make me move.” The copilot told the captain, who tried to talk her out of the seat, but it still didn’t work. Finally, a man who had heard what had been going on told the attendant to let him have a go at getting the woman out of the seat because he was married to a blonde, so he knew how to deal with her. After a quick chat with her, she moved. The shocked attendant asked him how he did it. The man replied, “I told her first class was going to Detroit.”
A little balance:
Bubba and Ray were standing by a ﬂagpole, looking up. A woman walked by and asked what they were doing. “We’re supposed to ﬁnd the height of the ﬂagpole,” said Bubba, “but we don’t have a ladder.”
The woman took a wrench from her purse, loosened a few bolts, and laid the pole down. Then she took a tape measure from her pocket, took a measurement, announced “eighteen feet, six inches,” and walked away.
Ray shook his head and laughed.
“Ain’t that just like a woman? We ask for the height, and she gives us the
Forgive me my folly.
Searching the Scriptures: Merging Truth, Texts and Translations
By J. R. Ensey
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A number of years ago, I embarked on a journey to learn more about the actual text of the Bible. I wanted to know how it came to us in the present form. The research took me to libraries (both here and abroad), the Internet, discussions with textual scholars, and the reading of many books (a weariness of the flesh), and earnest prayer. I wanted to know the truth.
The shallow claim of those who insist that only one 400-year old English translation—done with pre-set biased rules, few resources, by men who did not know the New Testament was written in Koine rather than classical Greek—should be viewed as “the Bible” demands a response. The attempt to find truth behind the manuscripts, the texts and translations seemed a worthy objective. Searching the Scriptures: Merging Truth, Texts and Translations is the result of that effort. It puts the early English Bibles, including the KJV, in perspective where they can be evaluated with contemporary translations by the sciences of papyrology, textual analysis, and linguistics. No doctrines are lost in the process and none are created in Searching the Scriptures.
If you have questions about the ancient manuscripts, the Greek texts, the differences in the Textus Receptus, the Majority Text, the Critical Text, or in the translations available today, you will probably find some help here. What about the words or phrases in some translations that are not there in the medieval versions or vice versa? You will find some answers in this book.
Includes charts, comparisons of Bible translations, and other addenda that is helpful in the study of the Scriptures.
Apostolics, of all people, have no need to fear truth. To do so casts a shadow of doubt on the Holy Scriptures. The more one learns about the Bible, the more he respects it and trusts it.
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Don’t forget your Bible studies this month!
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The Last Shots
Whoever said, “When guns are outlawed, only outlaws will have guns,” must have seen into the future. Those states and cities that have the strictest laws and regulations are keeping the funeral homes in business. Is it that the “progressives” and the bleeding heart liberals can’t see this or do they have another agenda for America?
Oh, you might have missed this: Obama plans to spend $25 million on a border wall. Only one problem: It’s not for our border.
It was quietly announced in March that an official with the U.S. diplomatic mission in Tunisia would begin disbursing the first installments of a $24.9 million project to strengthen the border between Tunisia and the failed state of Libya, which has become a haven for radical Islamic terrorists following the bloody deposing of former strongman Moammar Gadhafi.
The project aims to strengthen the border between the two countries by installing state-of-the-art electronic surveillance systems at regular intervals along the nearly 125-mile stretch of barriers securing the frontier. – The Conservative Tribune