JREnsey Blog February 2015

Happy New Year! Welcome to the February 2015 blog!

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The Word for today

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

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

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Kudos for Louisiana

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

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

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

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Excuse us, Abraham and Moses

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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A difficulty should not equal a doubt

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

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

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

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

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Messages for wives

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

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

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

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

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

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

– Posthumously anonymous, of course.

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How he really feels

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

By Samuel Kee

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

To display Jesus is to be the church.    

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

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

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Gordon’s golden words

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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More words that make sense

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

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

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

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

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

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Back to earth

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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A TEXAS GOODBYE

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

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

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

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

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

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They are coming, Mr. President, for you

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

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

See what your kids’ textbooks are saying about Islam:

http://www.worldviewweekend.com/tv/video/islamic-lies-about-bible-quran

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It also works for Jews

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

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

How is your stock of Bible studies? Replenish today! Call 936-537-0250.

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

by J. R. Ensey

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

AM Price $4.95

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

by J. R. Ensey

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

AM Price  $4.95

Perils of Pluralism

Perils-of-Pluralism

by J. R. Ensey

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

AM Price $3.95

Backsliding-&-RenewalBacksliding and Renewal

by Kelsey Griffin

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

AM Price  $3.25

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

You might find what you have been looking for!

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The more things change…

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

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Parting shot

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

 

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

JREnsey

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JREnsey January 2015 Blog

Happy New Year! Welcome to the January 2015 blog!

Happy new year

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For the record

Last year we had a total of 17,000+ visitors to the blog.

On one particular day, we had the most hits of any blog hosted by wordpress.com.

Visitors from 139 countries tapped in last year.

Thanks for taking the time to share a few moments with us each month!

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The Word for today

“The lips of the righteous know what is acceptable: But the mouth of the wicked speaketh frowardness” (Proverbs 10:32 KJV)

“The lips of the righteous know what is fitting, but the mouth of the wicked only what is perverse” (NIV84).

“The lips of the righteous know what is acceptable,
but the mouth of the wicked, what is perverse” (ESV).

“The lips of the righteous bring forth what is acceptable, but the mouth of the wicked what is perverted” (NASB).

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Words to remember

forgetFaith sees the invisible, believes the incredible and receives the impossible.- Anonymous

One of my favorite authors, Elbert Hubbard, once said, “A friend is one who knows you and loves you just the same.” And writer Robert Hall explained the true meaning of a friend: “A friend should be one in whose understanding and virtue we can equally confide, and whose opinion we can value at once for its justness and its sincerity.”

Do you have that kind of friend? Are YOU that kind of friend to someone?

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Who inspired David to take a census—God or Satan?

Over the years we have been presented with the question above. II Samuel 24:1 suggests that God made David take the census. I Chronicles 21:1 says that it was Satan.
Which one is it? Is this a contradiction in the Bible?

A composite solution from Doug Kutilek and others: there is no contradiction between GOD-AND-DEVILthese passages, only a difference of perspective.

Satan was the immediate source of the temptation—the direct cause. It was Satan’s design to tempt David to sin and bring judgment on the nation. The Chronicler describes the event from this perspective.

On the other hand, since God’s providence rules over all, and Satan can do nothing except what God permits him to do (see Job 1 & 2), God may be viewed as the indirect “cause” of the temptation, since He allowed Satan to do it. David’s undergoing this temptation was within God’s permissive will for him, though of course it was NOT God’s perfect will for David to yield to the temptation and sin. This is the viewpoint from which the author of II Samuel describes the event.

This incident should be compared to Satan’s tempting of Job, with and within God’s permissive will, and also Satan’s temptation of Jesus (Matthew 4; Luke 4). We are told that Jesus was “led up by the Spirit into the desert in order to be tempted by the devil,” (Matthew 4:1). In perfect submission and obedience to the will of God the Father, Jesus was deliberately exposed to the devil’s temptations. From one perspective, God caused the temptation to happen by deliberately leading Jesus into that situation. From another perspective, it was the devil who caused the temptation as he deliberately and directly sought to trip Jesus up and lead Him to sin. No contradiction, just different perspectives.

On the general subject of apparent “Bible contradictions,” let me recommend that you acquire a book by reputable author[s] that addresses many of these questions. They will usually provide very well-reasoned and well-stated explanations. I have four or five of them that I consult when a question arises. “Where no counsel is, the people fall: but in the multitude of counsellors there is safety…Without counsel purposes are disappointed: but in the multitude of counsellors they are established” (Proverbs 11:14; 15:22).

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What’s with all these extraterrestrials and their interstellar flying machines?

18dcafc5ac08Evidently a recent TV show, perhaps on the History Channel, featured a couple of weird college professor types hyping the probability that earth and mankind have been visited by aliens from space arriving on interstellar flying machines. We could easily toss it in the garbage if it were not that some strict Evangelicals have begun to parrot their theories.

What?!

Do folks not know that sensationalism is conjured up to sell books, and that TV programs are created to fill time slots and sell advertising, not to elicit truth from historical facts? Are people believing everything they see on TV? Yet another reason to leave the TVs at Best Buy and Costco.

These pseudo scientists/historians are trying to connect what is drawn on walls and pillars of the Mayan ruins in Mexico with yet unexplained mysteries found worldwide. These eggheads say that “millions believe” that extraterrestrials wearing astronaut suits visited the earth in times past—as though we should be impressed by the numbers they toss about. These PhDs might believe it, along with some witch doctors in the bush, but I doubt that “millions” of sound-minded others do. Even if millions did wonder pal012-portabout it and speculate that it might have happened, does that make it more likely to be true? Their only hope to keep from being called nutcases is to force opponents to prove that it did not happen. Proving a negative is not always a simple matter.

“Who were they? Why did they come? Where did they go? And will they come back?” These questions posed by the shows hosts, assume their reality and tend to lead viewers to give the story some credibility. “Have earthlings been contacted by these aliens? According to theorists, the answer is YES!”

They focus on lines scratched on rocks, and sculpture of strange objects. “That means we were visited by ‘them.’…Ssky-people-59649296718ome of their statues look like people, like us. Perhaps we were even created by them in their image.” Oh, puhhh-leeeeze!

I put the images here for your perusal, in the event you have time to waste looking at them. Pakal, the Mayan astronaut, is the one featured in the center of the Palenque Slab in Mexico (top). Anyone can tell that he is firmly seated in a spacecraft, with his nose connected to an oxygen source. Right? Just think of all the money NASA has wasted over the years on high-tech space suits and airtight crafts with heat shields that allow them to enter earth’s atmosphere without burning up. Bare-legged Mayans wearing linen nightshirts and topped with feathered hats is all we really needed. For shame!

The Mayans just up and left one day, abandoning all their sculptures and temples. I would love to have witnessed the liftoff. (See below)

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My 10 New Year’s resolutions

Brag on my mother-in-law more.

Build somethingnew-years-resolutions.

Pray for my mother-in-law.

Exercise more; lose weight.

Let Roffie go see her mother more often.

Overcome at least two bad habits.

Attend every family reunion.

Be sweet to my mother-in-law.

Eat more vegetables.

Read the Book of Ezekiel until I totally understand it.

- Compiled by my mother-in-law*

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How to stop gender confusion

The farther we get from God’s ideal, the more problems we invite to ourselves.

Dumping the Bible and God from our schools and national consciousness is proving that statement to be true. The farther we remove ourselves from the biblical standards of spiritual wisdom and common sense, they more we are apt to embrace the strange views gender-confusion-and-moral-rebellionof the modern culture.

In early December, a fifth-grade boy began using the girls’ restroom at his school. A grandfather of one of schoolgirls objected that it made his granddaughter “uncomfortable.” The sensibilities of ordinary folk are to be ignored in favor of the abnormal. So the boy’s parents sued, and it went to court. (Don’t courts have other matters that need attention?)

According to the court ruling, administrators “can’t refuse to allow access by transgender students to school restrooms that are consistent with their gender identity” and ordered the school to pay the boy’s family $75,000 in damages.

To keep schools from having to pay damages, have the art department provide the principal with pics: “If your genitalia looks like this, you go here. If it looks like that, you go there. Got it?” Nah…that’s too sensible. Not PC.

Silence gives consent. Pastors teach the Word at church; parents teach it at home. Maintain marital relationships so children have a father and a mother for models. If we don’t speak out in our churches on the issues affecting our kids, our schools, our community, we will lose the privilege of speaking out. We can impart biblical principles gently but with a mixture of passion and understanding. We can encourage our families to wholeheartedly embrace the biblical view of human sexuality. If we refuse, the battle is lost.

Source: http://uspastorcouncil.org/updates/maine-issue-school-bathrooms/

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Worth checking out

I don’t necessarily endorse every line of every one of the following articles, but they have enough good stuff for church leaders to make them worthwhile reading.

http://www.churchleaders.com/pastors/pastor-articles/176477-ron-edmondson-dangerous-distractions

http://www.churchleaders.com/pastors/pastor-articles/163612-nicole-cottrell-6-deadly-lies

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The old homeplace?

The foundations of a well-preserved farmhouse dating to the eighth century B.C.E. have been uncovered during archaeological work in Rosh Ha-‘Ayin in Israel, near Aphek (I Farmhouse 2Samuel 4:1) in central Israel and not far from Tel Aviv. The farmhouse continued to be used during the Persian period (sixth century B.C.E.) as well as the Hellenistic period (beginning around the last quarter of the fourth century B.C.E.), when the Persian empire fell to Alexander the Great. Under one of the floors of the farmhouse, a rare silver coin bearing a depiction of Zeus and inscribed with the legend ALEXANDROU (“[coin] of Alexander”) on one side and the head of Heracles on the other was discovered. This was a strong suggestion of a Greek presence in the region.

Wine presses were discovered in the vicinity, as was a large grain silo, suggesting that the Farmhouse coinresidents were likely cereal lovers.

Source: Biblical Archaeological Review, Israel Antiquities Authority.

Comments: I love archaeology because it consistently strengthens the foundations of faith in the Word of God. Once you have been involved in it, a whole new appreciation for its current value is developed. Regarding this ol’ house, I suppose the primary advantage to home construction from rocks was the availability of building materials. But hanging pictures on the wall might have been a problem. Bathrooms and closet space were at a premium in those days.

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Did someone in the Genesis record know this man?

penn-skeleton-urThis skeleton was unearthed in Ur (Abraham’s old ’hood)  by archaeologist Leonard Woolley in 1930. Ur was the location of some of the earliest settlements of mankind on the earth. Those who date ancient finds like this have said they guy is 6,500 years old. The skeleton has been stored in the basement of the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology. For 85 years, the skeleton has been lying in a wooden box in the Penn Museum’s labyrinthine basement; any associated documentation that may have once been attached to the skeleton or storage box has long been missing. Who was he? Who did he know? Where did he work? Was he married? How did he die? Hmmmm…is he missing a rib?

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If you are under 50, skip to the next item. If you are not, you can probably relate to the following, which some thoughtful, sensitive elder sent my way.

Thoughts about senior citizens

The book titled The Greatest Generation was written by Tom Brokaw, the son of a WWII veteran. The folks who lived and worked and fought during this period of American life were some of its finest heroes and patriots. Our hat is off to them.

Senior citizens are constantly being criticized for every conceivable deficiency of the modern world, real or imaginary. We will take responsibility for all we have done without blaming others.

HOWEVER, upon reflection, we would like to point out that it was NOT senior citizens who took:

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The pride out of appearance,

The courtesy out of driving,

The romance out of love,

The commitment out of marriage,

The responsibility out of parenthood,

The learning out of education

The service out of patriotism,

The nativity scene out of cities,

The civility out of behavior,

The refinement out of language,old-hybrids-500x312

The dedication out of employment,

The prudence out of spending,

The ambition out of achievement, or

God out of government and school.

And we certainly are NOT the ones who eliminated patience and tolerance from personal relationships and interactions with others!!

And, we DO understand the meaning of patriotism, and remember those who have fought and died for our country. Just look at the Seniors with tears in their eyes and pride in their hearts, as they stand at attention with their hand over their hearts, as the American Flag passes by in a parade!

YES, I’M A SENIOR CITIZEN!  I’m the life of the party—even if it lasts until 8 p.m.image001

I’m very good at opening childproof caps…..With a hammer.

I’m awake many hours before my body allows me to get up.

I’m smiling all the time, because I can’t hear a thing you’re saying.

I’m sure everything I can’t find is in a safe secure place, somewhere.

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Bible review: Not suitable for family devotions

By Gary DeMar

The editors of The Queen James Bible [a Bible translation for gays published in 2012 to prevent misinterpretation of Bible passages referring to homosexuality as sin] refer to the Book of Leviticus as being “outdated as a moral code.” Even so, they state that it’s their “most important book to address” their “edits, as most anti-LGBT religious activists cite Leviticus 18:22 and 20:13 as proof-positive that homosexuality is a sin, even worse, a sin punishable by death.”

If Leviticus is an “outdated moral code,” then why did Jesus, Paul, and James quote from it (Matt 19:19; Mark 12:31; Luke 10:27; Romans 13:9; Gal 5:14; James 2:8)?: “You shall not take vengeance, nor bear any grudge against the sons of your people, but you shall love your neighbor as yourself; I am the Lord.” Leviticus passages are quoted from 15 times in the New Testament.

homo-bible-589x3251Here’s how the QJB renders the two Leviticus passages that deal with homosexuality. The words the editors added are bold faced and italicized:

Leviticus 18:22: Thou shalt not lie with mankind as with womankind in the temple of Molech: it is an abomination. (QJV)

Leviticus 20:13: If a man also lie[s] with mankind in the temple of Molech, as he lieth with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination: they shall surely be put to death; their blood shall be upon them. (QJV)

These two passages are the clearest expression that same-sex sex is prohibited in the Bible if the words “in the temple of Moloch” are not added. I can make the Bible say anything if I get to add words.

The rest of their translation work is similarly corrupt. In reality, there is no need for a single verse condemning same-sex sexual relations. The standard was set forth when God created Adam and Eve (Genesis 2:20-25). Jesus repeats what was established at creation (Matthew 19:5,6)—“Haven’t you read that He who created them in the beginning made them male and female. . . . For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two will become one flesh? So they are no longer two, but one flesh. Therefore, what God has joined together, man must not separate.”

Then there’s the issue of biology. There is no match of sexual equipment. This is why Paul could describe same-sex sex as “unnatural.”

“For this reason God gave them over to degrading passions; for their women exchanged the natural function for that which is unnatural, and in the same way also the men abandoned the natural function of the woman and burned in their desire toward one another, men with men committing indecent acts and receiving in their own persons the due penalty of their error” (Romans 1:26,27).

Source: http://americanvision.org/10842/newspaper-editor-fired-criticizing-queen-james-bible/

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The TeacherPreacher

A mediocre teacher tells;

A good teacher explains;

A superior teacher demonstrates;

A great teacher inspires.

– William Ward

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One of your New Year’s resolutions should be to read a book. How about one of these:

People in ProverbsProverbs Book

by J. R. Ensey

Solomon and others share their wisdom about nineteen different people in the Book of Proverbs. From the Man of Understanding to the Stupid Man, from the Busy Woman to the Contentious Woman, from the Generous Man to the Offended Man and thirteen others, we deal with their traits, both good and bad. These lessons serve as sermons, Bible lessons or just personal devotional reading.

AM Price $12.95

Life is Too Short to Spend With A Kicking Cow

by J. R. Ensey

Kicking CowKicking cows deserve to be taken to the slaughterhouse! Life is too short even when we are not being kicked, but when our time here is harassed by anger, drugs, unwarranted guilt, apathy, doubt, and other hangers-on, we need to get rid of them quickly. Our spiritual life suffers when the sins of the spirit are not dealt with properly. Here are a dozen chapters that deal with some of life’s “kicking cows.” Is there one in your life?

AM Price $12.95

The Keeperthe Keeper

by MarthaLee Lyman

Are you desperate to “keep” your home, family and relationships? Are you a woman of God who knows there’s more for you to do in these last days? If so, you’ve picked the book that will forever change you. This tool will equip you with fresh ideas and practical principles to be the “keeper” you’ve been called to be.

“I have personally witnessed the power of this author’s life; a praying mother who was willing to stand on the battlefield and fight to “keep” me. The powerful truths on the pages of this book have been lived before me in everyday life. It’s message has proven effective through life’s fiery trials, and I’m so thankful my Mom answered the call to share it with you.” –   Rebecca Ensey

AM Price $13.95

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A time to laugh

MAYAN+RELIEF+IMAMGEPhoto of recently discovered sculpture of Director of Chiapas Mission Control. Now we understand the story above. He seems to be saying, “3 -2 – 1 – Liftoff; we have liftoff! Uh…hold it. Palenque, we have a problem!

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Parting shots

“How can Obama be so surprised so often? It’s as if he wandered into the white House and discovered he’s president.” – Charles Krauthammer

“If Barack Obama ever gets around to writing his own presidential memoir, I assume it will deal with the 18 toughest rounds of golf he played during his time in office.” – Burt Prelutsky

“The national Aquarium in Washington is going to close. But don’t worry. If you’re in D.C. and you still want to smell something fishy, stop by the White House. They’ve gone from ‘Change you can believe in’ to ‘Changing the story until you believe it.’” – Jay Leno

“Patriotism is supporting your country all the time, and your government when it deserves it.” – Mark Twain

Have a wonderful New Year! May it be a year of ingathering and harvest for your church. See you next month!

JREnsey

AstoriskSounds like her, doesn’t it? You should see mine for her! All kidding aside, she really, really, really is…well, let’s go with just one “really.” Oops…we are out of time here.

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JREnsey Blog December 2014

Christmas Greetings! Welcome to the DECEMBER 2014 blog! Christmas bells

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The focus at Christmas

There is no Santa with a big bag of toys atop a sleigh pulled by eight tiny reindeer. Christians should never mislead their children to believe in myths. There are Grinchplenty of ways to enjoy Christmas without injecting a mythical jolly old elf into the picture.

That being said, assuming the role of Grinch is not the best alternative. It is a time for reading the story of the first Christmas from the Bible, sharing gifts and hugs with children, renewing appreciation of loved ones, and enjoying a happy meal together.

Have a good time, but don’t forget Jesus. After all, it is His birthday we are celebrating.

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Ten signs that you lead or attend a great church

Greg Stier on churchleaders.com recently posted an article listing ten signs that you are attending a great church.

  1. It is lead by a team of godly leaders not a Lone Ranger pastor who gathers Tonto-type church-membership-OFFICIALleaders around him to say “Yes, Kemo Sabe” to his each and every idea (Titus 1:5-9).
  2. The Gospel is central to every sermon, program and meeting (1 Corinthians 15:3,4) and the advancement of it both locally and globally drive strategic initiatives (Acts 1:8).
  3. People are using their spiritual gifts not just watching the “stage team” exercise theirs (1 Corinthians 12:12-31), resulting in disciples being made and multiplied (2 Timothy 2:2).
  4. It, like the early church, is integrated, fully representing the demographic of the community in which it resides (Ephesians 2:11-21). By the way, my buddy Derwin Gray has got a lot of great material (blogs, sermons, etc.) on this particular point.
  5. Love, demonstrating itself in friendliness, generosity, internal/external care programs and community involvement, dominates the atmosphere (1 Corinthians 13:1-8).
  6. Most likely there is a thriving small group program where members truly can have great biblical conversations, share struggles and pray with/for each other (James 5:16).
  7. The people are being inspired and equipped to share their faith relationally, resulting in more and more new believers being added to the church (Acts 2:47).
  8. The teaching/preaching is biblical, theological and immensely practical (2UsherGreeter1_0 Timothy 3:16-17; 4:1-4).
  9. Ministry to children and teenagers are top priorities, not afterthoughts (Titus 2:1-8; Deuteronomy 6:4-9).
  10. Intercessory prayer fuels everything. It’s the engine, not the caboose, of how the church rolls from top to bottom (1 Timothy 2:1-8).

I invite my readers to suggest their own ten signs that are indicative of a great church.

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Will miracles never cease?

Remember all those “missing” emails from former IRS official Lois Lerner the IRS said it was Lerner emailsunable to retrieve? According to the IRS inspector general in a Friday afternoon news dump, they’ve now magically reappeared. Via the Washington Examiner: “Up to 30,000 missing emails sent by former Internal Revenue Service official Lois Lerner have been recovered by the IRS inspector general, five months after they were deemed lost forever. The U.S. Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) informed congressional staffers from several committees on Friday that the emails were found among hundreds of ‘disaster recovery tapes’ that were used to back up the IRS email system.” They are now in the process of being “decoded” (edited?).

That reminds me of the missing Whitewater documents that Hillary Clinton “lost” after they had been subpoenaed during her husband’s administration. After months of searching, they were magically found in the White House bedroom in plain sight.

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Caliphate to advance on Jerusalem?

The Islamic State (IS) has announced that the Sinai Peninsula is now a caliphate, an Islamic state led by a supreme religious and political leader known as a caliph—i.e., a “successor” to Mohammed. Reports around the Arab world are claiming that the establishment of a caliphate in the Sinai is the first step towards its “advance on Jerusalem.” Tip for IS: Better think twice about that.

ISIS soldiersEgypt’s most active and notorious terror group, Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis, has sworn allegiance to ISIS in Sinai. “After trusting in Allah, we have decided to swear allegiance to the Emir (leader) of the faithful, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi (leader of ISIS), Caliph of the Muslims in Syria and Iraq and in other countries,” the group said in a statement cited by Reuters.

ISIS has in turn called on the Egyptian jihadists to “destroy police checkpoints, fire RPG rockets at their rallying points and to show the world that Allah’s rule must be enforced.”

Read the whole story:

http://www.israeltoday.co.il/NewsItem/tabid/178/nid/25500/Default.aspx?utm_source=news&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=No-sidebar-news-1&utm_content=1439

We are seeing a national extortion—“If you don’t do as we say, we will blow you up, or behead you, or harm your children.” That may not be said outright, but that is the message folks are getting. It is the old mobster protection racket resurrected. Daily we see this scenario played out as school boards, city councils and legislators bow to their demands to remove all semblance of Christianity in America. The recent massacre in a Jewish synagogue in Jerusalem proves they will stop at nothing, especially when they know there is a wimp in the White House. Let’s continue to pray for our leaders that they will stand strong against the enemies of Israel and the anti-American forces within our own borders.

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Thought provokers

In a review of a book by Howard Sugden and Warren Wiersbe called Answers to Pastors; FAQs, Doug Kutilek pulled out several quotes that were deemed worthy of mention:

“When you are called [by God into the ministry], you have an inner conviction that will not permit you to invest your life in any other vocation.” (p. 11)

“Church members sometimes feel that pastors tamper with the church constitution only because they want more power to ‘run the church’ their way. Sometimes this is true [sadly, yes it is—ed.], but it should not be true of your ministry.” (p. 37)

thinking-about-it“J. Hudson Taylor was right: When God’s work is done in God’s way, for God’s glory, it never lacks God’s supply. God is not obligated to pay for our selfish schemes. He is obligated to support His ministry.” (p. 50)

“Gilbert K. Chesterton said, ‘Never take down a fence until you know why it was put up.’” (p. 51)

“We improve the preaching by improving the preacher.” (p. 55)

“The Bible is full of spiritual riches, and if a man preached or taught forty times a week instead of four, he could not exhaust it. (He might exhaust himself.)” (p. 86)

“There are people whose only mark of identity is that they live with the same perpetual problem, but if you helped them solve that problem, they’d lose their identity. They probably don’t want the problem solved.”

“The church is so much like the world that we don’t seem to have much influence on the world, and only the Holy Spirit can change this. We’ve substituted promotion for prayer and entertainment for worship and preaching, and we fear that much of our so-called ‘success’ may be shallow and temporary. What was once a sanctuary is today more like a theater, and the glory has departed.” (p. 183)

“Campbell Morgan said, ‘The church did the most for world when the church was the least like the world.’ “ (p. 184)

“We don’t believe that ‘traditional’ and ‘contemporary’ services are biblical or even necessary. The church is a family, and no matter what our ages we must learn to worship together. But the service must be balanced—‘psalms, hymns and spiritual songs’ (Eph. 5:19; Col. 3:16). The separated services not only segregate the generations that ought to minister to each other, but they also divide families when children and parents ought to be worshiping together.” (p. 186)

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The House of David verified

An extraordinary inscription from Israel referencing the Davidic dynasty is currently on display in New York. Written around 830 B.C.E.—about 150 years after King David would have reigned—the inscription references Ahaziahu, king of “the House of David”—or Judah. (Words in white.) That the nation of Judah David dynasty steleis referred to as the “House of David” is significant because it is the only archaeological evidence of a historical David—a belief that had been hotly debated prior to this discovery—thus substantiating part of the biblical narrative.

All you doubters in academia, Hollywood, and the media—get a life. The Bible is accurate. It is your stupid theories that are getting banged around by the facts. Archaeology is solidly on the side of the biblical record. Deal with it.

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Words to remember

“Islam isn’t in America to be equal to any other faith, but to become dominant. The Qu’ran should be the highest authority in America and Islam the only accepted religion on earth.” – Omar Ahmad, the chairman of CAIR (Council on American/Islamic Relations).

“[T]o preserve the republican form and principles of our Constitution and cleave to the salutary distribution of powers which that [the Constitution] has established…are the two sheet anchors of our Union. If driven from either, we shall be in danger of foundering.” —Thomas Jefferson, letter to Judge William Johnson, 1823

The purpose of the United States Constitution is to limit the power of the federal government, not the American people. – The Patriot Post

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Robin Williams and drugs

Popular actor/comedian Robin Williams’ death made news headlines for weeks after his death by suicide. Prophets, pundits, and pontificators from all walks of life had much to say about his Robin-Williams-robin-williams-32089775-2798-2798decision to take his life. Why would such a successful man loved by millions do that?

First toxicology reports suggested that no drugs were found in his system at the time of his death. Wrong. They were speaking only of illegal drugs. The medical examiner’s report states that an antidepressant drug was in Williams’ system at the time of his death. The particular antidepressant, Mirtazapine, (also known as Remeron) carries 10 international drug regulatory warnings on causing suicidal ideation. It carries the FDA “Black Box” warning for suicidality. A container of Seroquel, an antipsychotic drug, was also found at the scene and appears to have been taken by Williams. The prescription filled just seven days before had 8 pills missing. Side effects associated with Seroquel include psychosis, paranoid reactions, delusions, depersonalization and suicide attempt.

Source: http://www.cchrint.org/2014/11/10/robin-williams-was-on-drugs

You may wonder why similar reports find their way into this blog. Few others are speaking out on this issue, so someone needs to. 90,000 emergency room visits are attributed to psychiatric drugs each year in the U.S. 23,755 suicides are attributed to psychiatric drugs each year in the U.S. alone. Apostolics are not totally absent from those numbers. But we seem to treat the problem as though silence about it will cause it to go away. As spiritual leaders, the laity often seek our counsel concerning psychotic treatment. Please get the facts on these dangerous drugs many doctors are paid to prescribe before offering advice—either pro or con.

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Review of CT article on Pentecostalism

The PhDs still haven’t figured us out. Why do Pentecostals continue to multiply? They keep taking Pentecostal growthsurveys, asking philosophical questions, scratching their heads and doing the theological ballet—toe-dancing around clear biblical revelations.

They are losing members right and left and cry, “The sky is falling!” on Christianity, while we keep planting churches and praying folks through to a biblical experience with God. When you de-emphasize what the Bible emphasizes, you lose. You lose authenticity. You lose reality. You lose passion. You lose legitimacy. Read the article at this site:

http://www.christianitytoday.com/edstetzer/2014/november/why-are-pentecostals-growing.html

The folks in Latin America have us in focus, even if the mainline Protestants and Roman Catholics don’t. They get it.

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The birth of Gruberisms

Jonathan Gruber was a highly paid architect (almost six million $ of your tax dollars) of the so-called Affordable Care Act, a misnomer if there ever was one. It is better known as Obamacare. He is a Harvard trained PhD professor at Massachusetts Institute of Technology—with tenure. A gruber-e1406140316614dangerous combination, indeed. A brilliant man, no doubt. Highly educated. Smart. But his humility and common sense you could hide in a flea’s navel. As Vice President under Nixon, Spiro Agnew, might say, “He is among an effete corps of elitist, impudent snobs who characterize themselves as intellectuals.”

He has even given the current American vocabulary a new series of words: “Gruber, Grubering, Grubered, Gruberism.”

With at least six videos surfacing within the last month with him describing how they developed and passed Obamacare by subterfuge, he has become a national media celebrity of sorts. This swellhead calls the American people stupid, so with the sleight of hand tactics of a card shark he and others in the White House, including the President (he visited the White House 19 times working on O’care), figured out a way to deceive the public about the real nature of Obamacare in order to get it passed. The only ones really fooled were the Democrats in Congress who passed it. No Republican voted for it. The average American voter knew there were some lies and deception involved, perhaps outright fraud.

As you suggested that we would, Nancy, after you passed the bill we are finding out exactly what is in the bill—higher taxes, income redistribution, inferior care, higher deductibles, and more expensive premiums. All was kept hidden from the public by a plethora of falsehoods, including those told by the President.

Now Gruber’s videos and other recently surfacing facts are revealing that what millions knew already in their hearts—Obamacare’s real goal was to create chaos in the health industry that would to collapse into a single-payer system (read: VA system), which would be the means of ultimate population control. After the first video was shown on the news, he tried to walk it back and claim it was merely an off-the-cuff statement that he regretted making. However, five more self-deceptionvideos have now shown him making similar disparaging remarks about the misinformed, stupid, and racist Americans. He admits that in order to get it passed, there had to be deception and a lack of transparency.

He simply got caught telling the real truth about his elitist view of ignorant America. “Gruberisms” are thus created when someone “accidentally” and unintentionally reveals the truth about the falsehoods they have perpetrated.

A Sir Walter Scott wrote so long ago: “Oh, what a tangled web we weave when first we practice to deceive.”

PS: Gruber suggests O’care passed thanks to voter stupidity. Here are the votes: Democrats – 219; Republicans – 0. I tend to agree with those who say that we have a government of the Grubers, by the Grubers, and for the Grubers in Washington.

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Who would know?

A school teacher in a church I know of told a friend, “I am the most educated person in the church.” The friend told her husband that the lady should have let someone else brag on her brilliance. He replied, “Well, I guess she would be the one to say it, because no one else in the church knows it.”

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Muslims discovered America in 1178?

During the closing session of the First Summit of Latin American Muslim Religious Leaders in Istanbul, Turkey on 11/15/14, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Muslims discovered the Americas in the 12th century, nearly three centuries before Christopher Columbus set foot there.

Muslims discover America“Contacts between Latin America and Islam date back to the 12th century,” the president said Saturday during an Istanbul summit of Latin American Muslim leaders. “Muslims discovered America in 1178, not Christopher Columbus.”

Erdogan added that “Columbus mentioned the existence of a mosque on a hill on the Cuban coast.”

Scholars acknowledge that no pre-Columbian Muslim ruins have ever been found in the Americas. The entry in Columbus’ diary is widely understood to have been a reference to the shape of the landscape.

Source: Drudge Report

Give it up, Erdogan…camels could not have swum that far.

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Reach for the reachable

I was reading Ecclesiastes 4:6 the other morning: “Better one handful with tranquility than two handfuls with toil and chasing after the wind.” My focus fell on the beginning of the verse and the ending: “Better one handful…[than] chasing after the wind.” Solomon seems to suggest that one handful is reachable and attainable, but one is not likely to catch the wind. Go after something that High goalsyou can catch appears to be the message.

I wondered—would it be better to succeed in a series of smaller challenges than to fail in a huge one and fall into a depressed funk, as I have seen men do many times as a result of trying to accomplish too much? Don’t set the bar too low, but make it reachable.

I remember when Brother Pugh and I were promoting personal evangelism from the Home Missions Division, we did not try to arouse churches to “go out and win the world.” Rather, go out and reach one or two persons this week. Each one win one. That is not an expression of doubt or negativism but one of realism. The big-sounding ideas that involve “changing the world” overnight are unlikely to be realized.

Seeing some daredevil rock climber reaching the top of Matterhorn is supposed to motivate us to get out to Academy or Sears and get our own climbing gear. Unlikely. That doesn’t mean that history is devoid of one lone person impacting the world by some invention or particular act such as Gutenberg or Edison or the Wright Brothers. Must we all be forced to compare ourselves to Alexander the Great, Madam Curie, Joan of Arc, or Edmund Hillary? Must multitudes be consigned to frustration and fear and embarrassment if they are not operating in that category?

Reach one step at timeOften when goals are being discussed they are usually exemplified by a photo of some lone person leaping across a mountain chasm eight feet across and a mile deep? Or words against a city skyline with the challenge to “Take the city!” What would they do with it? Few, if any, have truly accomplished that. How about “take your neighbor[hood]”? Or “Teach IHML this week to a friend.”

That does not suggest to avoid setting some long range objectives, but let them be realistic goals that serve as insurance against frustration and discouragement. “Chasing the wind” is a futile endeavor, and catching it is an unattainable objective. Let’s still challenge each other to do that which perhaps hasn’t been done before but can be done by looking beyond our own feet. “Lift up your eyes,” Jesus said, “and look on the fields.” Something or someone is reachable.

Do it.

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Ever wonder why…?

Why will a plastic bag not open from the end on your first try?

Why is it that no matter what color bubble bath you use, the bubbles are always white? Why?

Why is there never a day when mattresses are not on sale?

Why will someone quickly believe you when you say there are four billion stars, but will check for themselves when you tell them the paint is wet.

Why do they use sterilized needles for death by lethal injection?

In winter why do we try to keep the house as warm as it was in summer when we complained about the heat?

Why do people constantly return to the refrigerator with hopes that something new to eat will have materialized?

Why do people keep running over a string a dozen times with their vacuum cleaner, then reach down, pick it up, examine it, then put it down to give the vacuum cleaner one more chance?

Why is it that whenever you attempt to catch something that’s falling off the table, you always manage to knock something else over?

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Hermeneutics

“A man’s gift maketh room for him, and bringeth him before great men” (Proverbs 18:16 KJV). Most of the time when this verse is quoted the last part is omitted. It is used to focus on an individuals skills, spiritual acumen, and positive traits. Those attributes can open doors for him to minister and be of service. Probably all of us have employed this verse at times to make that point. Although true in a sense, this verse may not be the best one for a proof text for that theory. The thrust here seems to involve giving a gift, not possessing one.

dv785018The latter part of the verse lets us know that it is likely that the “gift” spoken of in the first part is a literal one—an actual gift to someone in a position to reward the giver. The Complete Jewish Bible renders the verse this way: “A person’s gift clears his way and gives him access to the great.” Almost all translations clearly reflect this understanding.

In other words, a gift gives him leverage. It gets him in where others who do not have the ability to give significant gifts are left out. This is not something the Bible is indiscriminately advocating, but something that occurs in the real world. It can have positive connotations. Eliezer’s gifts made room for him in Rebekah’s family. (Genesis 24:30-33). Jacob’s gifts made room for him in Esau’s heart (Genesis 33:1-11). Ehud’s gifts made room for his errand (Judges 3:17,18). Gifts were common in Bible times as a tribute of respect (I Samuel 9:7). Wisdom and discernment must accompany proper motives in this activity lest we cross a line that involves corrupting influences (Proverbs 17:23).

The Bible makes other observations of activities that are not necessarily promoted, merely acknowledged as occurring, or perceived to be occurring. Consider Proverbs 19:6; 29:26; 30:14. The Book of Ecclesiastes contains many such observations.

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Someone who calls himself Razor posted this observation: “[Obama] is the first president ever to hear voters that didn’t vote, then take action the very next week to respond to them.”

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Have the merriest Christmas in the history of your family!

JREnsey

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November Addendum 2014

Welcome to the NOVEMBER 2014 abbreviated blog ADDENDUM!

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The election

So, there you have it. The people have spoken. The real voice of the majority of American people—not the shrill cry of the street people, the 90-day wonders, the newly-crossed over, the dopeheads, and the liberal classroom professors who care for nothing but their tenure. Those constituencies will probably regroup for the next presidential campaign, but they had little to vote for in this election. I personally thank them for staying home for this one.

The Senate has again gone to the Republicans who now may get to act on some of the stack of nearly 400 bills sent to it by the House of Representatives in recent years. We shall see how their collective voice will be heard amid the clamor of the Obama administration’s rush to appease all the anti-American elements operating with impunity within our borders. (Oops…I forgot—we have no borders.)

Perhaps the runaway locomotive known as the Obomination will have to take a siding and cool its boilers. But maybe not. The President will likely take to his pen and phone and see how many executive orders it will take to finish his promised “transformation” of America. Obama did not come across as conciliatory in his post-election press conference. It was still my way or the highway. “I’ll see what the Republicans want,” he said, as if he had no idea. If he doesn’t, he hasn’t been keeping up with the news. (I guess it comes on around tee time.)

Where is our country going? If Obama has his way, we will become an extension of Mexico/Central America, with borders open to all people from anywhere, many coming from all over the world just to ensure the downfall of our Republic and the American system of government. If he cared about what Americans think or want, he would not do what he is doing. But, like someone we read about in the Bible, he knows his time is short and he must do what he set out to do quickly. Two years in politics is an eternity. How much closer will we be to a second-rate complete socialist state when he leaves office? It will be difficult to undo everything he has done.

What can we do in the meantime?

We can pray. Do what the Book says—pray for our leaders, officials, and those who run our government. God can still make some things happen and surprise those who oppose Him.

We can speak publicly and privately. Just because we are Christians does not mean we have to sit in silence and let things happen.

Write. There is room for our voices on the Internet. If we let the terrorists, the communists, the anti-American elements in the country dominate the Internet and social media, they will gladly do it—and will aggressively push their agenda in our faces. Fight fire with fire.

Encourage our constituents and friends and neighbors to also speak up, lest we all lose the privilege to do so.

With a voice of reason and love challenge the socialists, the feminists, the anti-gun activists, groups that support amnesty for all illegal aliens, and those who despise Christianity. Hate never wins. The only way we will win the war on terror is to win the ideological battles we fight weekly. We must project and present to our fellow Americans a better way—a worldview that makes sense and reflects sound principles. Say to the haters, the terrorists, and the socialist liberals, “You can’t have my country! You can’t have my church! You can’t have my children!”

Pray that someone with American values will arise who is electable in 2016. We have had it with progressives, socialists, feminists, atheists, political kooks and lackeys. If you think all this slouching toward Gomorrah is merely God’s unfolding will and nothing we do will or should change our national course, fine. Forget voting. You might oppose God’s will. However, I don’t know that it is God’s time yet for the termination of the age. If not, I have grandchildren and great grandchildren that I want to see have a chance at a decent and safe national environment. That is why I appreciate the outcome of this election—it may give us a little breathing room, and perhaps a ray of hope for the next one.

Let’s live like Jesus is coming today but work (and vote) like He isn’t coming for a thousand years.

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Note to those with “stars” in their eyes

Our elders taught us: As your churches grow, keep your eyes on Jesus and your hands in the harvest. It was good advice.

When “cool” pastors blossom virtually overnight with megachurches, young pastors tend to salivate. They read every word Mr. Cool writes and are tempted to copy every “look” he and his church project.

But houses—or congregations—built on sand are short lived. Most celebrity pastors are sand. Hip personalities are sand. Smart-aleck attitudes are sand. Shallow, crossless Christianity is sand. The position that says, “I’ll show you that God doesn’t care about all those tired old standards and staid doctrines Evangelicals and Apostolics have featured for years,” is really just sand.

Another house has fallen. Mark Driscoll’s Mar’s Hill in Seattle—the house built in a day without a foundation, has crumbled. “And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell: and great was the fall of it.” Driscoll was washed up, booted out, and the church is dissolving.

Will we never learn not to hitch our wagon to a “star” but to the “Son”?

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Articles worth reading

Pope comes out for evolution

http://www.theblaze.com/stories/2014/10/30/pope-francis-comments-about-evolution-the-big-bang-and-god-not-being-a-magician-with-a-magic-wand-spark-big-response/

In schools: Jesus, no; Islam, yes

http://www.foxnews.com/us/2014/10/31/marine-dad-upset-with-assignment-on-islam-banned-from-daughters-high-school/

How important is it to choose officials with values?

http://www.afa.net/the-stand/government/choosing-godly-officials/

Are you a terrorist?

http://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2014/10/21/christian-extremists-threat-muslims-homegrown-cliven-bundy-column/17679789/

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Thanks for your time.

 

JREnsey

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JREnsey blog November 2014

Welcome to the NOVEMBER 2014 blog!

 

The Word for today

the-bible“Do not fret because of evil men or be envious of those who do wrong; for like the grass they will soon wither” (Psalm 37:1)

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Words to remember on Election Day

“Make no mistake, [my] policies are on the ballot, every single one of them.” – Barack Hussein Obama, suggesting that a vote for any Democrat in 2014 is a vote for his policies.

If we don’t vote, we will deserve exactly what we get.

How important are ethical leaders? Proverbs 29:12 tells us: “If a ruler listens to lies, all his officials become wicked” (NIV84).

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We will provide an addendum to the blog a few days after the election to share our thoughts…should anyone be interested.

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Life in the 21st century

I had a power outage at my house this morning and my PC, laptop, TV, DVD, iPad and my new surround sound music system were all shut down.

imagesThen I discovered that my iPhone battery was flat and to top it off, it was raining outside so I couldn’t go for a walk, bike or run. The garage door opener needs electricity so I couldn’t go anywhere in the car.

I went into the kitchen to make coffee and then I remembered that this also needed power, so I sat and talked with my family for a few hours. They seem like nice people.

—Anonymous, could be almost anybody

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Ashamed of His words

In an old Bible, I found the following words I had written some time ago. They were near Mark 8:31-38. I honestly don’t remember if they represent a thought I had while reading the passage or something someone pointed out that I thought was significant at the time.

Ashamed of His Words, I wrote in the margin. Peter had just rebuked Jesus for saying that He would suffer and be killed. Peter could not tolerate the thought of Jesus dying. He was among Christ’s disciples—should anyone try to take Him they would fight. They would protect Him. Peter was offended at the thought of His death. The whole idea shamed him. Jesus wasgolden-bible Messiah. Jesus would restore Israel and kick out the Romans. But that was not the purpose of His coming—dying was. The cross represented shame and reproach—something Peter had no stomach for. When it came to the point of fulfillment, Peter was ashamed of Jesus and denied that he even knew Him.

Why do some men today compromise and deny the Apostolic message? One of the reasons may be that they are ashamed of Jesus’ words—words such as “I am the way.” Many “Christians” cannot bring themselves to affirm belief that Jesus is the only way. That seems to cut out one’s unbelieving friends. Those words often divide families, churches, and even communities.

Others are ashamed of Jesus’ words when He said, “narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it” (Matthew 7:14). They want to broaden the way to appear “loving” and “inclusive.” Popularity and a numerical following are more important than the presentation of truth.

Still others find it difficult to preach these words of Christ: “Whosoever will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.” The mental image of the cross is ugly and crude. It represents self-denial. The world is looking for affirmation and the accommodation of self rather than self-denial. To bear the signs of the cross in one’s life embarrasses them. The appearance of a dedicated Christian is shunned by many. They are willing to look and act like the world rather than be thought of as one in denial of carnal indulgence and self-aggrandizement.

After Jesus rebuked Peter for his attitude, which represented the voice of “Satan” and “the things of men” (v. 33), saying, “Whosoever therefore shall be ashamed of me and of my words in this adulterous and sinful generation; of him also shall the Son of man be ashamed, when he cometh in the glory of his Father with the holy angels” (v. 38). What a warning!

Based in part on that prospect, Paul made this commitment: “According to my earnest expectation and my hope, that in nothing I shall be ashamed, but that with all boldness, as always, so now also Christ shall be magnified in my body, whether it be by life, or by death” (Philippians 1:20). May our commitment match that of Paul’s.

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The last bastion of privacy

Gender-neutral-bathroom-signA legal group that advocates for the right of people to freely live out their faith has sent letters to school districts in three states telling them to reject policies that would allow students to use restrooms reserved for the opposite sex. If our schools and our local governments continue to push for this kind of “freedom” for transgenders and homosexuals who “feel like someone else inside,” we must stand together against it. If we don’t, our children are at serious risk. Speak up! The time for silence is past. We oppose no one’s constitutional rights or freedoms, but those who have men’s bodies should use the men’s room, and those with women’s bodies should use the ladies’ room, regardless of their mental state. That is not rocket science, folks.

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More reasons to mis-trust your government

Our government agencies gorge themselves on political pork—money consigned to projects that are basically personal favors for donors or particular entities in their constituency.

The Popular Romance Project has received nearly $1 million from the National Endowment of the Humanities (NEH) since 2010 to “explore the fascinating, often contradictory origins and influences of popular romance as told in novels, films, comics, advice books, songs, and internet fan fiction, taking a global perspective—while looking back across time as far as the ancient Greeks.” Surely that is worth a million.

As the U.S. war effort in the Middle East winds to a close, the military has destroyed more pork_barrelthan 170 million pounds worth of useable vehicles and other military equipment. The military has decided that it will simply destroy more than $7 billion worth of equipment rather than sell it or ship it back home.

The government is spending $325, 525 to find out why wives should calm down. Now there is a worthwhile project if I ever saw one. If your wife is angry with you and you don’t want her to stay that way, you might want to check out the findings of this government study.

The Fort Hood shooter continues to collect his government pay. While the families of the survivors and victims were fighting to receive military benefits, Major Nadal Hasan is cashing his paycheck. Since the shooting, Hasan has received over $278,000 in military benefits because the Military Code of Justice doesn’t allow a soldier to be suspended until they are found guilty.

A grant of $150,000 from NSF went to a company in North Carolina to develop a math pork-barrel-316learning game based on the zombie apocalypse.

Since NASA is no longer conducting space flights, they have plenty of time and money to fund a YouTube TV show and cartoon series called “Green Ninja” in which a man dressed in a Green Ninja costume teaches children about global warming. The tab: $390,000.

Many other stupid expenditures could be listed. The pork barrel runneth over. Doesn’t that give you a good feeling every April 15?

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Will their territorial/ideological expansion never cease?

In the sixth and seventh centuries, Islam soon swept over Persia, Syria, and much of North Africa. Within 100 years the Islamic Empire stretched from Spain to central Asia. Much of the Byzantine Empire was overrun by Islam and the East was cut off from the West. The Islamic tide was finally stopped by the Franks under Charles Martel at the Battle of Tours in 732. Constantinople successfully repulsed it in 672-678 and also in 717-718. That is history.surrender-to-islam

One wonders if history is still being written a hundred years from now whether it show that there arose another Charles Martel who resisted the mass murderers and motivated a young nation to stand its ground? Or will they write about a once-nice country, now flying the black flag of IS, whose president couldn’t make up his mind which side to take in a war marked by terror?

Should the White House be repainted…in soft yellow?

How long, O Lord?

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New name for Ebola

Someone suggested that in case Ebola returns to America with those sent to W. Africa to help curb the spread of the disease, the CDC should designate the strain, “O’bola.” Why send thousands of our troops over there without a clear plan to bring them back without the risk of spreading it here?

Oh, you think that may have been the plan all along…to bring a new crisis to America to overshadow the one that popped up last week, which is drawing attention from the one before it, which was arranged to distract us from the previous one, which they hope will take our minds off the election? Nawwww….

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Duke University study reveals how churches change

The October 27 edition of the Houston Chronicle quoted a study about the changing religious scene in America. Almost half of all churches now use drums in their worship. One fourth of all churches feature those who speak in tongues. Churches have a growing diversity in their membership and their worship is less structured. Catholics were the most formal.

Eleven percent of churches consist of all Anglos. Seven out of ten churches that are predominantly Caucasian also have African-American members. More than six out of ten had Hispanic members. Almost a fourth of the churches are independents with no organizational ties.

A big change was seen in the level of acceptance of homosexuals. Some churches give full membershipOdysseynetworks-GabrielSalgueroOnHowHispanicChurchesAreChangingAmerica436 to “all who are willing to confess Jesus as their Lord.” Many ministers in the Duke study feel that Jesus “is all about love,” and what is important is how Christ “showed up and interceded into the affairs of humanity [bringing] the disenfranchised into the faith.” Evidently, if someone demonstrates love in some way, they should be perceived as “saved.”

The times they are ’a-changing, but is the church obligated to conform to the culture? Or is it supposed to be the other way around?

(I often wonder…if it is becoming OK for gays and lesbians to be considered part of the church, is it now OK for heterosexuals to live together outside of marriage? Should fornication be removed from the English language?)

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Will these scenes come to America?

An 80-year-old Iraqi Christian woman who remained in her village after most inhabitants fled an Islamic State onslaught recounted the moment the jihadists threatened to kill her for her faith.

The woman, identified by her first name only, Victoria, said that she realized the Islamic State group had taken over her town of Caramles when she went to church one morning as she does every day, but found it locked.

“Prayer sustained us,” Victoria said of the first four days after the Islamic State takeover when she and one of the other dozen Christians who stayed behind locked themselves in their home. When supplies ran low, the two neighbors, both elderly Christian women, went out in search of food.

Obama-muslim2-1“Inevitably they ran into IS [Islamic State] forces. Explaining their situation, they asked for help and to their surprise IS gave them water even after they refused a request to abandon their faith,” the Catholic Herald reported.

A short time later, the militants went searching for them in their homes and gathered them at St. Barbara’s shrine. “You must convert,” Victoria recalled the men telling the dozen Christians left in town. “Our faith can promise you Paradise.” Victoria and her neighbor Gazella said they would not convert.

“If you want to kill us for our faith then we are prepared to die here and now,” Victoria replied to the militants, as she later told the Catholic Herald.

Miraculously, the jihadists let the group—which included other elderly and ailing Christians—go free.

They are now sleeping on mattresses in temporary housing arranged by a church near the city of Irbil, the capital of the Kurdish region of northern Iraq.

Will such scenarios come to America? Surely they will.

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A harbinger?

Following the beheading of a Christian woman by an Oklahoma Muslim, President Obama sent a special emissary from the Department of Homeland Security to hand deliver a personal message which read: “Your service is a powerful example of the powerful roots of the Abrahamic faiths and how our communities can come together with shared peace with dignity and a sense of justice.”

The message made no appeal to urge Muslims to cry out against this violence. Last week, a man who claims to have attended the mosque said the “mosque will not promote terrorism or any kind of radical acts, but when they’re among friends and congregants only, they will promote the true teachings of Islam, which include the offer to non-Muslims—the choice rather that you must convert, live under Islamic rule, or be fought against. Jihad, for the sake of Allah.”

The man, who asked to remain anonymous, also alleged that he was taught at the Islamic 14075174371961_700-636x385Society of Greater Oklahoma City that suicide bombings against Israel are justified because it’s “the only weapon the Palestinians have, but do not mention this to the media because they would not understand.”

Source: http://www.theblaze.com/stories/2014/10/06/read-the-message-obama-had-hand-delivered

It is reported that children are being shot in the head if they will not deny Jesus. Some children have been beheaded and their heads placed on pikes and put in the public parks. (http://gnli.christianpost.com/video/isis-systematically-beheading-children-in-iraq-32988)

This reminds me of an inside joke…wink, wink. Muslims are instructed in the Qu’ran that it is fine to lie to non-Muslims in order to deceive the infidels when the end will favor Allah and assist Islam. In other words, say one thing and make everyone think we are really peace-loving folks so they will give us a pass that will allow us to continue to undermine the American system. Remember: the passages in the Qu’ran about peace were earlier statements that have been replaced by later “revelations” that are about violence, jihad and terror. We love all Muslims, regardless of their commitments. However, we also love Jesus and the American way of life.

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

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Grin and bear it

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Parting Shotscannon_shot

“It’s funny how President Obama is always talking about ‘I’ and ‘me’ whenever it makes him look good, but suddenly it’s ‘they’ and ‘we’ when mistakes are made. - Jonah Goldberg

The church can flush a degree of error and unchristian practices out of its system and keep moving along. But when it is invaded by enough heretical parasites, it will become sickly and lose its vitality. Leaders at every level must have the fortitude and foresight to deal with the issues while they are manageable, or else they can become so prominent as to hinder real progress, stifle evangelism, and alter our direction. The alternative is to stick our collective heads in the sand so we can deny that we see any problems or issues that need to be addressed. – JRE

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This election will in part determine how the next two years will impact the future of America. Please vote!

JREnsey

 

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JREnsey October 2014 Blog

Welcome to the OCTOBER 2014 blog!

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The Word for today

bible“Now concerning the times and the seasons, brothers, you have no need to have anything written to you. For you yourselves are fully aware that the day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night. While people are saying, “There is peace and security,” then sudden destruction will come upon them as labor pains come upon a pregnant woman, and they will not escape. But you are not in darkness, brothers, for that day to surprise you like a thief” (I Thessalonians 5:1-4 ESV).

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Words to remember

“A funny thing about tolerant people—they’re really only tolerant when you agree Red bow on fingerwith them.” – Greg Gutfeld

“The only people who don’t want to disclose the truth are people with something to hide.” – Barack Hussein Obama, address to the nation, 2010.

“According to II Timothy 3:16–17, ‘All Scripture is … profitable’ in four ways: for doctrine—that’s what’s right; for repoof—that’s what’s not right; for correction—that’s how to get right; and for instruction in righteousness—that’s how to stay right.” – Warren Wiersbe, Be Skillful

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What is it with “leaders”?

Yet another Presbyterian congregation has opted to leave the Presbyterian Church USA (PCUSA), being willing to pay millions in order to officially depart from the group to join a more conservative organization. Citing “an increasingly liberal theology,” the Highland Park Presbyterian Church in Dallas has had enough. Specifically, the church expressed concern that many Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) leaders do not believe in the deity of Jesus, nor do they embrace salvation through Christ. They hold that these are central tenets of most mainstream Christian churches, leading to a difficult ideological splintering.

A similar Presbyterian church in Menlo Park, CA also bolted from the overseeing church body noting that the church’s “evangelical identity around who Jesus is and our understanding of the authority of scripture are increasingly out of alignment with the denomination as a whole.”

contact_jandevriesThe Rev. Janet DeVries was named to the post of “general presbyter” of PCUSA in 2010, exercising authority over the Texas Presbyterian churches. She stated that she was thankful for the $7.8 million settlement the church must pay to leave. There was no shift in her position. It was like something was wrong in local congregations that want to hold to biblical tenets of the faith. What’s wrong with wanting to maintain a biblical perspective of major doctrines? Is there a clause somewhere that states that part of the job description of organizational leaders is to seek changes in the church’s doctrinal or lifestyle positions? Why must movements continue to drift left because their leaders do? Is there no vetting process involved in choosing leaders? A “whatever, whoever” attitude of the constituency invites problems.

manager-leaderThis is why the UPCI and every Apostolic fellowship must forever and always choose proven leaders who are known to be committed to the fundamentals of our faith—then pray for them regularly that they will remain strong and steady.

Source: http://www.christianpost.com

After reading stories like the above, we can put them in perspective better with a maxim from the pen of Frank J. Fleming: “The problem for a modern day military is figuring out how to destroy an evil enemy without hurting their feelings.” Has such a strategy invaded the ranks of the Evangelical movement, allowing political correctness to trump truth? Yea, the prevailing attitude seems to be: Don’t stir up the devil—placate him. If we do that, he will greet us enthusiastically at the door of his eternal abode.

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T. D. Jakes and the “other sheep” doctrine

In John 10:16 Jesus was discussing His being the Shepherd of the sheep—His people who were followers of His leadership. Here He spoke of “other sheep I have, which are not of this fold: them also I must bring, and they shall hear my voice.” Some would like to use this verse to affirm that pagan unbelievers may also be on the path to salvation.

TD-Jakes-Intl-Pastors-Leadership-ConferenceThis is a passage that T. D. Jakes used when a caller to his program asked if Christians were the only ones saved. He responded that the President had asked him to serve on an Interfaith Commission that included Muslims, Jews, Christians, Mormons, Hindus, Catholics, etc…and they were working closely together on matters that can only be classified as the social gospel. This was to say that he was not going to promote anything that would be divisive to the objectives of the Commission.

The caller asked if he believed they would go to Heaven. Jakes would only say that Jesus spoke of “other sheep not of this fold,” so he was not going to say who they might be, leaving the question open to the opinion of the caller. The Bishop should not have let his friends and associations steal the truth and shut his mouth. [Why don’t they ever ask the Muslims if Christians are going to go to Paradise? You can wager that the Muslims on the Commission would not say the infidel Christians were going to be saved. But, of course, that’s OK.]

Jesus was speaking prophetically about Gentiles who would become a part of the jesus_shepherdbody of Christ—specifically, Gentiles (Acts 10:9-28)—as though they were already a part of His fold. He will “bring” them in due time.

There are two groups that God continues to deal with and work through—the Hebrew nation and Christians. A Jewish remnant will surface after the Rapture and play an important role in the Tribulation after the true Christians have been removed from the earth.

John 10:16 in no way suggests that those in religions that worship and serve other gods have the promise of eternal life.

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Tired of keeping records on computer?

Here’s an idea from the fourth century B.C. Idumea, an area south of Jerusalem.

Today’s businesses increasingly relying on sophisticated computer software to document transactions and track fiscal performance. But in fourth-century B.C. Idumea, about 40 miles southwest of Jerusalem, business records were kept by writing in black ink on ostraca (broken pieces of pottery).

aramaic-ostracon-260x183As archaeologist Ada Yardeni explains, “These inscribed ostraca provide us with a window into the agricultural, economic and social life in the Hebron hills.”

While the Aramaic ostraca mainly record the delivery of wheat, barley and straw, they also document the delivery of everything from olive oil to workers and even to mice. Yes, ladies, there was an order on the “books” for 30 mice! (Check out that next pot of gumbo before diving in!) Found on the ostraca were 600 personal names—one hundred were Edomite and a large group were Arabic. In the fourth century, the population of the Hebron hills was indeed diverse, with many engaged in agricultural practices.

Next time your bookkeeper complains about the work load, especially the filing system, suggest that you go back to the ostraca system.

Source: 9/8 Bible History Daily

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Psychiatric Drugs Send 90,000 to Emergency Rooms Each Year

With the release of a recent JAMA (Journal of the American Medical Association) emergency-room-signpsychiatry study showing that psychiatric drugs send nearly 90,000 Americans to emergency rooms annually, CCHR, the leading mental health watchdog, says there is a need for consumers to search its Psychiatric Drug Side Effects Database to learn the documented risks of these drugs.

The JAMA study reinforces the need for full disclosure and, with 79 million Americans taking at least one psychiatric drug, the study’s limited data at least provides an honest appraisal of the growing problem of adverse events associated with psychiatric drugs.

Click here to read the rest of this article.

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ISIS/ISIL is not Islamic

So said the president in his ISIS speech.

Oh? Are they Methodists? Presbyterians? Pentecostals? They don’t seem to be Hindus or Sikhs or Wiccans. I wonder….who could they possibly be?

75635188_isisnewSince they call themselves “Islamic,” Mr. President, it would seem only right to use that term. They are actually jihadists who have declared themselves to be an Islamic State, carved out of Syria and Iraq.

In Arabic, the group is known as Al-Dawla Al-Islamiya fi al-Iraq wa al-Sham, or the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham. The term “al-Sham” refers to a region stretching from southern Turkey through Syria to Egypt (also including Lebanon, Israel, the Palestinian territories and Jordan). The group’s stated goal is to restore an Islamic state, or caliphate, in this entire area—minus an Israel.

The standard English term for this territory is “the Levant,” which is broadly why Mr. Obama uses the acronym “ISIL.” Technically, ISIS stands for The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria. ISIL stands for The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant. Our president prefers to use the latter. [Someone has suggested that the reason he is willing to fight ISIL is that he thought they wanted to control the “Persian Golf.” Fore, please, Abdul, and give your camel caddy a mint—his breath is wilting my A61F4724-0BA7-4BCD-8FC8-2BE53475C21A_mw1024_s_npoppy.]

Regardless of its moniker, the leaders are Islamists who want to establish a “caliphate,” or Islamic state with laws and policies based on the Qu’ran and Shariah. They want it to be called “Islamic State (IS).” I guess they will be joining the U.N. very soon.

So, Mister President, I suppose you are really advocating the bombing of the Islamic State. That may pain you to say it, but it is what it is.

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The President’s real message?

Glenn Beck (not my fave) said it like this: “So by the President saying ‘this is ISIL,’ he is sending the message: I know who you are. I know what lands you are planning to take,” he concluded. “The President knows who these guys are. [But] he’s not telling you who they are. He’s trying to downplay that they are putting together a caliphate from Egypt to Iran. It does not include Israel. Maybe we should have a real frank conversation about what’s really going on.”

Good luck with that, Glenn.

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History does repeat itself

Wasn’t it the Assyrians and the Babylonians (Iraqis) who troubled Israel and Judah 6248in Bible times, destroying the Temple and enslaving the people? Didn’t they change their names, deny them the privilege of prayer, and put them in fiery furnaces? Isn’t that something like what they want to do to Israelis and Westerners, particularly Americans, today?

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Parents and pastors—here is how our educational system is poisoning our children

Brigitte Gabriel, founder of ACT!! For America, explains:

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Common Meds May Raise Risk of Alzheimer’s in Seniors

Seniors dealing with insomnia or anxiety might want to take it easy on commonly prescribed drugs such as Ativan, Xanax, Valium, and Klonopin, a new study in the British Medical Journal suggests. Researchers in Canada found what looks to be a photo_landing_supportstrong link between Alzheimer’s and this class of drugs, called benzodiazepines, reports the CBC. Specifically, those who took the drugs for longer than 3 months were 51% more likely to develop the disease. The study compared 1,800 people age 65 and older recently diagnosed with about 7,100 seniors who did not have Alzheimer’s.

The findings don’t establish definitive proof that long-term use of benzodiazepines causes Alzheimer’s, “but it does strengthen such suspicions,” observes the Los Angeles Times. Scientists already knew that benzodiazepines take a toll on memory and mental sharpness, and the study authors write that their findings make it crucial for doctors “to carefully balance the risks and benefits when initiating or renewing a treatment with benzodiazepines and related products in older patients.” The American Geriatrics Society already considers the drugs a bad choice for seniors, writes Alice Walton at Forbes.

Source: http://www.newser.com/story/193712/common-meds-may-raise-risk

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After the election will come the fiats…

Obama promised the Russian president that he would have more latitude or flexibility to make decisions and offer concessions after the Presidential election of 2012. He is keeping his promise.

One of the things he is promising illegals in the U.S. is that he will single-handedly “fix” the broken immigration system if necessary. The U.S. immigration laws have obamadvrsignsrickwilkingrtrsbeen in place for many years. Rather than being “broken” they are being abused and by-passed by the administration in responding to the multitudes of foreigners who want to come to America to escape poverty but do not want to go through the system that our forefathers were obliged to do. They want open borders and freedom for everyone to come and go as they please. Our president seems bent on providing them unfettered access to America. They come with the promise of free health care, free food stamps, and ultimately voters’ rights, regardless of whether they have full citizenship papers or even a valid ID. The message being received south of the border: “Come one, come all. Welcome!”

He is promising that after the congressional elections next month he will sign executive orders circumventing the congress, the Constitution, or anything standing in his way to “help the folks,” whatever that means in his strange view of what America should be.

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Spray the burglar

You gotta read this:

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I wonder…are they proposing this idiocy in preparation for confiscating citizen’s guns? I can just hear the hawker: “Turn in your guns here and get a free can of wasp spray!” The line forms to the left.

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It’s all in perspective

“When you are the leader sometimes you don’t know if you are being followed or chased.”

“After spending time with the saints, you know why Jesus spent so much time with sinners.” — Pastor Lee Ingram

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Leading by example

As you know, I have never used this blog to tout our church, its members or its leadership. However, the historic record offering given this year to Sheaves For Christ by Living Way Church, pastored by my son Randy, prompted the following unsolicited Facebook post by LeSann Oglethorpe, one of the early members of the church, and I felt it appropriate to pass the well-written piece along to our readers.

“And some may say, well, it’s just because of Michael Ensey, the General Youth Division President of the UPCI. This is his home church..and I will say, yes , in a way it is. You would have had to be here in the past 18 years as we have to understand, but maybe I can help you a little.

Randy and MichaelBefore Michael ever knew his life path would lead him to being even the Texas Youth President, Michael was leading by example. He had led a disciplined youth of Bible quizzing—a sacrifice of time, attention and study, building a relationship with God that was humbling, and we saw it in his tender heart. Then into ministry he preached with conviction and tears. He disciplined himself to train for marathons and ran to benefit missionaries around the world. His first marathon run, I will never forget, set our church on a course of sacrificial giving that forever changed us. He ran early that Sunday morning and collapsed at the finish. Those driving with him scooped him up off the road side and drove him to the ER. He had trained well and been diligent in care but the best preparation sometimes is not enough for this human body. He brought himself near death for this burden for spreading the gospel. That Sunday as our service started, when most would have taken advantage of the situation to go home and rest, his passion insisted that he be in church. As they brought him in and he sat in a back corner of the sanctuary, a powerful spirit and burden swept over that congregation. As we wept, one after another began to offer their offering of sacrifice to God and for the cause of Sheaves for Christ. Many had financially supported Michael’s marathon run for SFC but how could we ignore his burden and physical sacrifice? As he sat limp and weak, the church melted with a burden to sacrifice in prayer and giving for the world to be reached with the gospel.

Michael recovered from that experience and continued his daily dedication to training and getting sponsors year after year so he could give all to God’s cause. That was before Texas District Youth President, before Gen.Youth Division President, before anyone knew the path God would take him. He led with passion and exampled true love and sacrifice and humility. He forever pierced the heart of Living Way Church with a love for sacrifice in giving. Many in LWC today were not even here when Michael was here, but the spirit that engulfs this church embraces everyone who comes. To God be the glory for the opportunity to be a part of a cause that is greater than us all, and for the experiences and example that so moved us and crushed our hearts to be tender towards the Kingdom of God. We love and appreciate you, Michael Ensey, and how you affected each of us at LWC.”

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BooksBooksBooksBooksBooks

 The Antidepressant Fact Book

by Dr. Peter Breggin

Antidepressant BookKnown as “the Ralph Nader of psychiatry,” Dr. Peter Breggin has been the medical expert in countless court cases involving the use or misuse of psychoactive medications. This unusual position has given him unprecedented access to private pharmaceutical research and correspondence files, information from which informs this straight-talking guide to the most prescribed and controversial category of American drugs: antidepressants. From how these drugs work in the brain to how they treat (or don’t treat) depression and obsessive-compulsive, panic, and other disorders; from the documented side and withdrawal effects to what every parent needs to know about antidepressants and teenagers, The Anti-Depressant Fact Book is up-to-the minute and easy-to-access. Hard-hitting and enlightening, every current, former, and prospective antidepressant-user will want to read this book.

We have 8 copies in stock. First come, first served. AM Price $14.99

Your Drug May Be Your Problem

by Dr. Peter BregginYour-Drug-May-Be

Whether the drug is a sleeping pill, tranquilizer, stimulant, antidepressant, mood stabilizer, or antipsychotic, Your Drug May Be Your Problem reveals its documented withdrawal symptoms, demonstrating what many doctors don’t know, understand, or even consider: withdrawal symptoms often mimic the symptoms for which a person has been medicated in the first place, a fact that frequently prompts doctors to mistakenly re-medicate their patients at even higher doses. Armed with this essential background information, readers will better know how to make wise choices for their mental health in the future.

Groundbreaking and empowering, Your Drug May Be Your Problem offers readers what they have long sought—a medically and psychologically sound program for freeing themselves from psychiatric drugs, emphasizing throughout the importance for patients to keep control over the withdrawal process.  AM Price $15.99

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Smile awhile

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Parting Shots

“Being a leader is a lot like being a lady—if you have to go around telling people you are one, you aren’t.”– Margaret Thatcher

“You are free to choose, but you are not free from the consequences of your choices. Unless, of course, you fall into one of those ‘victim voter categories,’ in which case taxpayers will have their income redistributed to compensate you for your choices.” – The Patriot Post

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There are lots of people and situations to pray about. If you run out of things to pray for, pray for me, then re-read this blog.

JREnsey

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JREnsey September 2014 Blog

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The Word for today

“Teach me thy way, O Lord; I will walk in thy truth: unite my heart to fear thy name” (Proverbs 3:21-23).

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Words to remember

quotation-marks“The church did the most for the world when the church was the least like the world. Today, many churches have the idea they must imitate the world in order to reach the world. And they are wrong!” – G. Campbell Morgan, quoted by Warren Wiersbe in Be Available.

“The only people who don’t want to disclose the truth are people with something to hide.” – Barack Hussein Obama, who promised the most transparent administration ever, in an address to the nation, 2010.

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I AM WHAT I AM (I Corinthians 15:10)

Headline shocker: Johns Hopkins Psychiatrist: Transgender is ‘Mental Disorder;’ Sex Change ‘Biologically Impossible’

(CNSNews.com) —  Dr. Paul R. McHugh, the former psychiatrist-in-chief for John Hopkins Hospital and its current Distinguished Service Professor of Psychiatry, said that transgenderism is a “mental disorder” that merits treatment, that sex change is “biologically impossible,” and that people who promote sexual reassignment surgery are collaborating with and promoting a mental disorder. He explained that transgender surgery is not the solution for people who suffer a “disorder of ‘assumption’”—the notion Time-Magazine-Transgender-Tipping-Point-Laverne-Coxthat their maleness or femaleness is different than what nature assigned to them biologically.

Dr. McHugh also pointed out that the suicide rate among transgendered people who had reassignment surgery is 20 times higher than the suicide rate among non-transgender people. Dr. McHugh further noted studies from Vanderbilt University and London’s Portman Clinic of children who had expressed transgender feelings but for whom, over time, 70%-80% “spontaneously lost those feelings.”

While the Obama administration, Hollywood, and major media such as Time magazine promote transgenderism as normal, said Dr. McHugh, these “policy makers and the media are doing no favors either to the public or the transgendered by treating their confusions as a right in need of defending rather than as a mental disorder that deserves understanding, treatment and prevention.” Time magazine had titled a recent cover story, The Transgender Tipping Point: America’s Next Civil Rights Frontier. (Photo: AP)

Dr. McHugh continued, “This intensely felt sense of being transgendered constitutes a mental disorder in two respects. The first is that the idea of sex misalignment is simply mistaken – it does not correspond with physical reality. The second is that it can lead to grim psychological outcomes.”

“‘Sex change’ is biologically impossible,” said McHugh. “People who undergo sex-reassignment surgery do not change from men to women or vice versa. Rather, they become feminized men or masculinized women. Claiming that this is civil-rights matter and encouraging surgical intervention is in reality to collaborate with and promote a mental disorder.”

Please read the entire article CLICK HERE.

Your children may be exposed to transgenderism already in their school by “diversity counselors.”

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Mar’s Hill pastor gets the boot

Mark Driscoll, the flamboyant pastor of Seattle’s Mar’s Hill church, has been asked to step down as charges of abuse, misusing of church funds, and creating a culture of fear were hurled in his direction. Mark-Driscoll-beard-FacebookHe was known for his shocking, some say “foul,” language in the pulpit.

Mar’s Hill church had 15 campuses in five western states, and had become a beacon for many young pastors who wanted to emulate his phenomenal growth. This should be just one more signal to any Apostolics to stop looking to hotshot preachers like him, Rob Bell, and other Emergent types as patterns to follow. It is like encouraging our kids to make role models of NBA stars. The Mark Driscolls of Christianity are not role models to emulate but examples of how pride, lust and greed can get involved in our “vision” if we are not careful. Non-learners from history invariably repeat it.

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Regrets keep piling up

Irresponsible voting leads to regret.

Voters are now telling pollsters that if they had another chance to vote today, they’d pick Mitt Romney, not Barack imagesObama. Media outlets no less than the Washington Post are reporting that Democratic pols, keenly tuned to the zeitgeist, are showing little interest in being seen with their president, while Republicans are eager to be seen with the 2012 also-ran Mitt Romney. There is a very important vote coming in November. Will many Christians skip voting as they did then?

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Foot in mouth disease spreads

Democratic National Committee Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz zinged her boss without even trying. Foot-in-mouth-Ruthi-PostowWhy? She says Obama is “doing his job less often and at a rate that is lower than any president since Grover Cleveland.” We knew that, of course! With friends like these…

Hot Air’s Noah Rothman observes, “[W]hat she is likely saying here is that Obama has issued fewer executive orders than did most of his predecessors. If that is an accurate interpretation, it is worth noting that Wasserman Schultz disturbingly equated the president issuing executive edicts with ‘doing his job.’” The president’s job isn’t “taking executive actions to help people,” as Obama sometimes suggests. If fewer in number, the orders he has issued are far more impacting than those of previous presidents.

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Lectionary

This is a booklet or pamphlet, similar to a church bulletin, containing scriptural passages to be read in liturgical worship and private devotions. They are used extensively in Roman Catholic, Episcopal, and some other churches, although seen less and less in public worship. The word is taken from the Latin legere, “to read.”

The practice may have been adopted from the Jewish synagogues (Luke 4:16; Acts 13:15). Often, there lectionarywas commentary provided along with the Scripture verses. During the Reformation period, many ministers discontinued the use of lectionaries.

Sometimes these lectionaries quoted biblical passages that included additional wording used in liturgical worship. Future scribes researching and copying manuscripts would assume that the wording belonged in the Holy Scriptures. This is probably how these words at the end of the doxology of the Lord’s Prayer got into three Greek manuscripts: “For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory of God the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Ghost. Amen.”

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Only the Best for Hillary Clinton When She Speaks

Many people are already familiar with Hillary Clinton’s exorbitant speaking fees—she earns more than three times the annual income of an average American for one evening speaking into a microphone. But when Hillary takes the stage, she isn’t just asking for $300,000. Her transportation and housing demands equals the exorbitant sticker price. The Las Vegas Review-Journal snagged a copy of the Hilarycontract between Clinton and the University of Nevada when she spoke at an Oct. 13 fundraiser, which shows nothing less than a 16-passenger Gulfstream G450 would do for Hillary’s transportation. The university also agreed to book four rooms in a hotel, block the press from speaking to Hillary, and to hire a stenographer that would transcribe the interview for Clinton’s private use. These demands from the politician angling for a 2016 run, who must reach out to the poor and middle-class voters, once again hurt her image of an upper-middle class plebeian with the good of the commoners firmly in her mind. Even Justin Bieber, when he performs, only requests Swedish Fish candy, soda and a private bathroom. If she wins the presidency, some are saying that it will amount to a third term for Obama. If so, America might well deserve whatever results.

Stats source: CLICK HERE

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Two questions

What if you were told that since 1990 terrorists had killed over 3,000 Americans, but abortionists have killed 4,000 Americans since yesterday? Does it matter to you?

Q: How is the U.S. Constitution like the Bible?

A: A lot of idiots who have obviously never read it insist on telling you what it really says.

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Kristallnacht in Iraq?

Kristallnacht, literally, “Night of Crystal,” is often referred to as the “Night of Broken Glass.” The name refers to the wave of violent anti-Jewish pogroms that took place on November 9 and 10, 1938, throughout Germany. Kristallnacht owes its name to the shards of shattered glass that lined German 73909-700xstreets in the wake of the pogrom—broken glass from the windows of synagogues, homes, and Jewish-owned businesses plundered and destroyed during the violence. Then Jews were systematically rounded up and shipped to labor camps, where millions died.

Last month the ISIS Muslim hoards invaded the churches of Iraq, some of which had stood for almost a millennium and a half, destroying everything, and burning what they could. Then they issued an ultimatum to all Christians: Leave if you can; if you stay you must convert to Islam or die. Christianity in Iraq and Syria has an uncertain future. Strict Muslim states can abide neither the Christian God, the Christian Bible, nor Christians themselves. The night before I wrote this, an ISIS commando beheaded an American journalist and threatened to kill another unless Western leaders ceased all military opposition to their plans to create a Muslim caliphate.

Can Americans not see that if they gained control here, that is exactly what would happen in our own country? It is time to pray and speak up lest the privilege to do so is lost.

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A word fitly spoken

“Nations don’t decay and collapse simply because of the people who peddle pornography or narcotics, Applesbut because of Christians who are no longer salt and light. God expects sinners to act like sinners, though He disapproves of what they do; but He doesn’t expect saints to act like sinners. Compromising Christians not only hurt themselves and their families and churches, but also contribute to the decay of the whole nation.” – Warren Wiersbe, Be Available.

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The Pope and the Pentecostals

Pope Francis salutes as he leaves after meeting on Monday Evangelical Christian pastor Giovanni Pope Francis visits Pentecostals, reunites with longtime friendTraettino, left, during a private visit in the Evangelical church of Reconciliation in Caserta, Southern Italy, Monday, July 28, 2014. Pope Francis met Traettino when he was Archbishop of Buenos Aires, during a meeting of the Renewed Communion of Evangelicals and Catholics in the Spirit. (AP Photo/Francesco Pecoraro)

The pope apologized for persecution in the past and asked for forgiveness for those who were guilty, saying they did not understand and were tempted by the devil.” The Catholic Church had always referred to us as a “sect” or “cult.” Now the pope is calling us “brothers and sisters,” and speaks of diversity in the church. (Their church, that is.)

How nicey, nicey. While we appreciate not being drawn and quartered, we know what the first Jesuit pope is up to in meeting with Protestants all around the world. “Daughters, come home to Mama!” Those who embrace the doctrine of the Trinity are claimed by the Roman Catholic Church. The identity of God and His name will be where the lines are drawn.

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Another leap toward socialism/communism

A net posting of an article by Worldviewweekend.com suggests that there is movement to the left by the new pope.

An advocate of Marxist-oriented “liberation theology” and recipient of a Lenin Peace Prize has returned to his duties as a priest in the Roman Catholic Church, after a 29-year suspension.

Miguel D’Escoto, who served as President of the U.N. General Assembly from September 2008 until September 2009, had been suspended from his priestly functions by the anti-communist Pope John Paul II in 1985.

D’Escoto had joined the communist Sandinista regime in Nicaragua as foreign minister, after which theMiguel-D´Escoto Soviets recognized his service by giving him the International Lenin Peace Prize.

His reinstatement is another sign of the leftward drift of the papacy of Pope Francis, a worldwide media favorite, who recently said, “I can only say that the communists have stolen our flag,” because the Marxists claim to be concerned about the poor.

In a “Dear Brother President Barack Obama” letter, dated August 25, 2013, D’Escoto declared that U.S. foreign policy was being guided by Satan and constituted “terrorist, murderous and genocidal U.S. imperialism.” He urged Obama to have “the courage to acknowledge also that capitalism is, in fact, the most un-Christian doctrine and practice ever devised by man to keep us separate and unequal in a kind of global apartheid.”

An August 1 statement on his complete reintegration into the Roman Catholic Church said, “The Holy Father has given His benevolent assent that Father Miguel D’Escoto Brockmann be absolved from the canonical censure inflicted upon him, and entrusts him to the Superior General of the Institute [Maryknoll] for the purpose of accompanying him in the process of reintegration into the Ministerial Priesthood.”

Source: Worldviewweekend.com

How timely. We are slowly being surrounded by the enemies of the cross. Is anyone noticing? Soulwinning efforts must be put forth now or it will soon be too late.

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The Roman road to salvation

There are probably millions of little tracts published containing the “Roman Road” theory of salvation. Several denominations subscribe to the idea that four verses in Romans precisely present the way of salvation.

They begin with Romans 3:23: “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God.” One first recognizes his sinfulness.

roman-road-copyThe second brick on the Roman road is Romans 6:23: “For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” The lost person should understand the consequences of sin.

The third brick is Romans 5:8: “But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” Jesus Christ paid the debt for our sins and the resurrection proves that God accepted Jesus’ death as that payment. Notice the use of “we.” Paul included himself with the readers of his epistle.

The final brick on the Roman road is Romans 10:9: “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.” All one has to do is believe in Him, they say, trusting His death as payment for sins.

Pretty simple, huh? Scholars estimate that Romans was probably written by Paul between A.D. 55 and 60. For nearly 30 years the church did not have the Book of Romans. These steps as laid out in this epistle could not have been involved in evangelistic ministry. The church in the Apostolic Age did not use the Roman road to teach salvation. How were folks saved before Paul wrote Romans? Romans was written to believers who were already saved, not as an evangelistic plan to follow for salvation.

I prefer the Jerusalem Journey described in the Book of Acts: “And, being assembled together with them, commanded them that they should not depart from Jerusalem, but wait for the promise of the Father, which, saith he, ye have heard of me. For John truly baptized with water; but ye shall be baptized with the Holy Ghost not many days hence… And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting. And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance” (Acts 1:4,5; 2:1-4).

Or perhaps we might call it the Pentecostal Path: “Now when they heard this, they were pricked in their Pentecosal pathheart, and said unto Peter and to the rest of the apostles, Men and brethren, what shall we do? 38 Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. 39 For the promise is unto you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as the Lord our God shall call. 40 And with many other words did he testify and exhort, saying, Save yourselves from this untoward generation. 41 Then they that gladly received his word were baptized: and the same day there were added unto them about three thousand souls. 42 And they continued stedfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship” (Acts 2:37-42).

These steps introduced in Jerusalem on the Day of Pentecost a few days after Christ’s ascension were followed by the apostles’ preaching the same salvation message in Samaria (Acts 8:12-17), and in the household of Cornelius (Acts 10:43-48), and at Ephesus (Acts 19:1-6).

Why should the Jerusalem church wait thirty years for “the Roman road” to appear in a written document? Believe, exercise faith and obedience now. Repent of all sins, be baptized in the name of Jesus and receive the gift of the Holy Spirit now. That was the first message the Apostolic Age church heard. Then you will be ready to put your feet on the Roman road.

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Understanding trumps religious tradition

For years I have appealed for understanding about the Bible and its English translations. Those who say there is only one translation that should be considered “the Bible” since it has been the one most used by English-speaking people over the last 400 years, should re-think a position that is based on tradition and misinformation. We are allowing this issue to divide us and that should not happen. One can appreciate a zeal for the Word of God, but connecting knowledge with that zeal must be the goal.

Bible 3It is claimed that there are more words in the KJV than other translations, therefore those translations must be leaving out words. Such a claim is ludicrous. There are sections of the Bible where other translations have more words than the KJV. Does that mean that the KJV left out words in that passage or section?

It is absolutely true that some words and phrases, even a few verses that are in the KJV, do not appear in contemporary versions. Every wonder why? (For a more comprehensive answer, CLICK HERE.)

For example, portions of Acts 9:5,6 in the KJV—“it is hard for thee to kick against the pricks. And he trembling and astonished said, Lord, what wilt thou have me to do?”—are not in most contemporary versions. That’s not because some unbelieving modernist decided to remove them because they didn’t fit his theory. It’s because they do not appear in any Greek manuscript of the Bible before the Catholic monk, Desiderius Erasmus, decided to insert them in 1516 when he created what would become known as the Textus Receptus. It is from that textual family that the KJV was translated. Erasmus added the words in Acts in his Greek text because they had been inserted—obviously by conflation with Acts 26:14,15—into the Roman Catholic Latin Vulgate. Other words, phrases and verses have also been inserted because of their presence in the Vulgate, and others were added for one reason or another by various scribes and copyists. Technology has allowed everyone to view many of the ancient manuscripts online, so it is not difficult to see how differences in the documents occurred. There are thousands of Greek manuscripts but no two of them are exactly alike.

Why are we afraid to say that? Truth never destroys faith, but half-truths, innuendoes, and unsubstantiated claims can and will ultimately be detrimental to one’s faith. The textual differences are so slight and inconsequential overall that there is no justification for the division they elicit.

All this rhetoric about one 400-year old, “perfect” English translation, warning that all others should be totally bible-stackavoided, is unscholarly and detrimental to our understanding of the Scriptures. Some even claim that unless a KJV is used in soulwinning, no one will be saved. Tradition is a good thing until it fails the test of truth.

Before the one-version advocates send me to the wall, please note three things:

1) I am not an inveterate KJV basher. If someone sees that translation as the ultimate and prefers to use it exclusively, fine. I have no problem with that. If it is all we ever had or would ever have, we can find the salvation message in it. Just don’t misrepresent it as a “perfect” translation in every word and line. It is a medieval rendering based on a specific group of Greek texts, using mostly the words of prior English translations, and done by uninspired Anglican clergymen. It is not “the Bible” itself and alone, to which only the autographs can lay claim. The autographs were “God-breathed” (II Timothy 3:16), but translations depend on the scholarship of grammarians and linguists. We should neither repeat the falsehoods that extremists have put forth about its absolute perfection, nor denigrate other translations on an unscholarly and presuppositional basis. One should use what he prefers, but to condemn someone to Hell or consider them compromisers for preferring another version is over the top.

2) I do not endorse any particular translation as absolutely accurate in all ways at every place. Translations are only inspired and authoritative as long as they faithfully project the reading and meaning of the autographs. Since the autographs are not extant, textual criticism must be employed to determine as near as possible what they said. If someone requires absolute perfection in their English Bible, removed nearly a millennium and a half from the composition of the New Testament, then they will have to go back to the actual autographs—when they are found—and render them word-for-word. There are no autographs and there are presently no true word-for-word translations of the manuscripts we possess. Some original words, particularly in the Hebrew, are untranslatable and have to be left up to scholarship, grammarians, and experts in papyrology and paleography. When several manuscripts have a different word at one place, someone has to decide which is more likely to be correct. Erasmus and the KJV translators also struggled with early forms of textual criticism.

3) As far as most scholars and theologians can ascertain, every doctrine taught in the Apostolic Age church is intact in all major contemporary translations, only clearer—and in many places more forcefully presented. Most of the manuscript variants are inconsequential, such as spelling differences, or the rendering of “Jesus Christ” instead of “the Christ” or “Jesus, the Messiah” (Matthew 1:18). Others might say “the Lord” in place of “God” or vice versa.

Before we publish more articles that have the potential of misleading sincere Bible readers, let’s sit down at a table together and take a closer look at these issues in a calm and objective atmosphere. I appeal to leaders in all Apostolic groups to give this proposal due consideration.

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When we see the way, it is easier to walk in it

Here’s what David said about the importance of understanding the Word and walking in its clear path:

“Make me to understand the way of thy precepts… I am thy servant; give me understanding, that I may know thy testimonies” (Psalm 119:27,125 KJV).

Bible 2“Teach me proper discernment and understanding! For I consider your commands to be reliable” (Psalm 119:66 NET).

“Open my eyes that I may see wonderful things in your law” (Psalm 119:18 NIV84).

“Teach me, O Lord, the lifestyle prescribed by your statutes,
so that I might observe it continually” (Psalm 119:33 NET).

“How can a young person maintain a pure life? By guarding it according to your instructions!” (Psalm 119:9 NET).

“I have stored up your word in my heart, that I might not sin against you” (Psalm 119:11 ESV).

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Lies about their circumstances: I just can’t take any more.
She sheds light on how we can be delivered from bondage and set free to walk in God’s grace, forgiveness, and abundant life. Lies Women Believe offers the most effective weapon to counter and overcome Satan’s deceptions—God’s truth. This book contains many teachable lessons that will help guide your ladies to a deeper faith.

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Cry a little, laugh a lot

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Dubious sermon notes:

Fruit of the womb: babies

Fruit of the tomb: resurrection saints

Fruit of the loom: diapers for the babies, robes  for the resurrection saints, and underwear for current disciples (not to be seen above the beltline of teens in the ’hood).

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I can’t remember…was the jingle “O, what a relief it is” part of an ad for Alka Seltzer, or the theme song of mothers across the land as school reconvenes?

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Thanks for visiting. Lets meet together in the Rapture….

JREnsey

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JREnsey Blog August 2014

 Welcome to the AUGUST 2014 blog!

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The Word for today

“My son, let not them depart from thine eyes: keep sound wisdom and discretion: So shall they be life unto thy soul, and grace to thy neck. Then shalt thou walk in thy way safely, and thy foot shall not stumble” (Proverbs 3:21-23).

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Let him run

Abraham Lincoln said, “When you have got an Elephant by the hind leg, and he is trying to run away, it’s Elephant+Chainedbest to let him run.”

Now, there must be a dozen scenarios in life where that principle could and should be applied. Here is what Leroy Brownlow in Thoughts of Gold had to say:

“In other words, use a little judgment. The reason some people get trampled and dragged through life is they don’t know when to turn loose. And the reason some others never get anywhere is they don’t know when to take hold.

“Judgment, call it what you will, is but common sense. And how frightening for one to be learned without it. With more education and less judgment, he is prepared to excel in only plain, undraped madness.

“Use judgment. Take a feather and throw it in the air and see which way the wind is blowing.

“Think. Pray. Sleep on a matter and then make the decision.”

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George Washington and David’s Palace

Hershel Shanks, editor of the Biblical Archaeology Review, recently commented on the origins of the United States and the United Monarchy of Israel under David:

Ij-61 george washington's childhood homen commemoration of America’s Independence Day on July 4th, Shanks related the discovery of George Washington’s boyhood home to the field of Biblical archaeology.

Archaeologists reported a few years ago that they had discovered the location of Washington’s boyhood home in Virginia. For Shanks, the contrast between the media’s reception of this discovery and the search for King David’s palace is stark

Several years ago, Eilat Mazar excavated a monumental building in the City of David. While the date of the building is not completely secure, she contends that she has found the remains of King David’s palace. Though Mazar is a prominent and well-regarded archaeologist, her critics have “treated her in the same breath as I-found-Noah’s-Ark crazies, as if she were making some off-the-wall argument,” Shanks wrote.

Why the difference in reaction between the search for Washington’s boyhood home and the search for davids-palaceKing David’s palace? According to Shanks, critics of the field of biblical archaeology believe “there is something apparently ‘unscientific,’ not sophisticated, about an interest in the Bible.”

Mr. Shanks, you should know by now that the American media has adopted an approach of discounting anything and anyone who would give credibility to the Bible. Christians today have to sit by and watch as the Bible is mythologized and interest in spiritual things erode. But Apostolics still believe this old black-backed Book—and that Mazar has indeed stumbled upon David’s palace. The evidence is convincing.

To read the full article referenced here, click here.

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The Great Commission in Luke

The Gospel of Luke was written by someone who was not in the group to whom Jesus spoke when giving the Great Commission—the last instructions of Jesus before His ascension—but he heard it from those who were, and who had been “eyewitnesses” of Jesus’ ministry (Luke 1:2). Writing what he was told by these credible (inspired, in this case) sources, “And [Jesus] said unto them, Thus it is written, and thus it InMyName_SM4behooved Christ to suffer, and to rise from the dead the third day: and that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in his name among all nations, beginning at Jerusalem” (24:46,47; italics mine).

Luke reiterated the essence of it as he began the Book of Acts (1:4-8). If he had been told that Jesus had clearly said to use the titles rather than the name in baptism he could not have recorded Acts 2:38, 8:16, 10:48, or Acts 19:5. Neither Luke nor any of the Gospel writers had ever heard the phrase “Father, Son, and Holy Ghost” spoken in reference to God. It did not come from the lips of any disciple of which there is record. The Matthean phrase stands alone in the Scriptures. It is found nowhere else. (Scholarship, based on its absence in Greek manuscripts before the sixteenth century, is virtually unanimous that I John 5:7, which is closest to Matthew 28:19, is an interpolation.) Each of those titles used independently elsewhere referred to an operation which God Himself would fulfill.

Like Luke, Mark has “in my name” involved in the work the Apostles were to perform (Mark 16:14-18). But Matthew has these words added: (to continue reading click here)

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More respect for minorities

Maxine sez…

Minorities—we need to show more respect for these people. They travel miles in the heat.Maxine-200x300

They risk their lives crossing the border.

They do jobs that others won’t do or are afraid to do.

They live in crowded conditions among a people who speak a different language.

They rarely see their families, and they face adversity all day—every day.

I’m not talking about illegal Mexicans. I am talking about our troops, a vital minority.

Doesn’t it seem strange that so many are willing to lavish all kinds of social benefits on illegals, but don’t support our troops? Wouldn’t it be great if we took the $3.6 billion we spend on illegals every year and spent it on our troops?

(Was Maxine a WAC once?)

PS: Maxine figured out where those lost emails of Lois Lerner’s were stored. On 8-track tapes.

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Ten pastors I am concerned about

Scott Postma recently posted an article titled 10 Pastors I’m Concerned About” on his website. It was easy to agree with him on most of them, and I will share those with you without either his or my personal reasons for our choices.

  1. I’m concerned about the pastor who is better at managing church programs than he is at making disciples of Jesus.
  1. I’m concerned about the pastor who attracts people with fancy self-help sermons instead of teaching people to be students of the Bible and theology.
  1. I’m concerned about the pastor who makes growing the church the goal instead of glorifying God the goal.
  1. I’m concerned about the pastor who builds his ministry with people instead of building people by his ministry.
  1. I’m concerned about the pastor who sees the church as a stepping stone instead of seeing it as a custodian of Christ’s kingdom.

Let me add some to make ten:

  1. I’m concerned about the pastor who reads and teaches the Bible literarily instead of literally. (Postma reversed these.)
  1. I’m concerned about the pastor who wants his church to be “culture-driven” rather than “doctrine-driven.”
  1. I’m concerned about the pastor who leads from behind and has trouble catching up to where his people already are.
  1. I’m concerned about the pastor who consistently gets out of balance, not recognizing that his personal life, as well as the church life, must be in kept in balance.

10. I’m concerned about the pastor who knows more about the technology of social media than about the Word of God.

For Postma’s list: Click Here:

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To tattoo or not to tattoo?

Recently I read the testimony of someone who tattooed his body in order to “reach those that the world considers unworthy.” He wanted his body to be a canvas proclaiming the gospel. As a result, he felt that some were “judging” his approach. First, no one is “unworthy” of being a candidate for the gospel.

LOve-Tattoos-Images-For-True-Lover-3Second, we don’t “judge” anyone, in the strict sense of common usage of the term. Eternal judgment will be in God’s hands alone. But we are told to “beware of false prophets…beware of the leaven of the Pharisees…beware of the scribes…beware of covetousness…beware of dogs, evil workers, of the concision…beware lest any many spoil you…beware lest ye also, being led away with the error of the wicked…” (Matthew 7:15; Mark 8:15; Mark 12:38; Luke 12:15; Philippians 3:2; Colossians 2:8; II Peter 3:17). How can we follow those directions without exercising some judgment and discernment? Fruit identifies what kind of tree one is looking at.

As Christian leaders we are instructed to guide our people around problems, helping them to avoid the appearance of evil, and teaching them to be submissive to the principles of godliness expressed in the Word. Sorry, but judgment is involved in those procedures. Prophets and apostles warned believers and preachers on numerous occasions to refrain from idolatrous practices of unbelievers, and tattooing the body has been linked for millennia with idolatry.

A question we might be asked: Would you let someone into your house of worship with tattoos? Absolutely! Furthermore, I know of no pastor who feels differently. Sinners and unbelievers will do what sinners and unbelievers do. Some things cannot be undone, even after one comes to faith and salvation. I have never seen anyone in any of the over one thousand churches that I have ministered in standing at the door telling a visitor, “You can’t come in here because you don’t look like us.” Nor have I ever heard of it being done. How utterly ridiculous. Such a statement is only a straw man to be knocked down by a shrewd individual with an agenda that has to be propped up by misrepresentations and falsehoods. That being said, rebellion against the pastor’s advice is a sin that calls for repentance and possibly discipline.

We simply teach our members and young people that marking our bodies is not something that God is pleased with and an activity to be avoided. God did not want His people imitating the pagan practices of cutting or marking themselves (Leviticus 19:28; “tattoo marks” NIV). No one should be ridiculed for upholding the Lord’s commandments, or drawing a line for believers against such practices.

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Obama preparing pardons for terrorists?

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Elton John—spokesman for Jesus?

When asked if the church—presumably the Church of England, although not explicitly stated—should 5819-elton-john allow same-sex clergy to marry, rocker Elton John who recently married his male friend, replied, “Of course.” Then he added, “And I don’t see why Catholic priests have to be celibate. It’s crazy. These are old and stupid things…times have changed.”

“If Jesus Christ were alive today, I cannot see him, as the Christian person that he was and the great person that he was, saying this could not happen,” John added. “He was all about love and compassion and forgiveness and trying to bring people together and that is what the church should be about.”

Source: The Blaze

Sorry, Elton, that is not “all” Christ was about. Better check out that Bible one more time.

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Don’t forget to laugh

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Cartoonist Gary Varvel: Obamacare, Democrats and jobs

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The Parting Shots

The problem isn’t where Obama was born, it’s where he lives now. – Patriot Post

Man’s mind, once stretched by a new idea, never regains its original dimensions. – Oliver Wendell Holmes

The great thing in this world is not so much where you stand, as in what direction you are moving. – Oliver Wendell Holmes

French Algerian author Albert Camus (1913-1960): “The welfare of the people in particular has always been the alibi of tyrants, and it provides the further advantage of giving the servants of tyranny a good conscience.”

Be open to change, but don’t let go of your values and convictions. Those who are guided by principle can change—or molt like our fowl friends, shedding that which holds them back from maturity—but we don’t evolve from one “kind” to another. Change doesn’t mean becoming something other than what God made us through conversion. Change should always be evaluated on the basis of will this make me/my church better Christians? Will it eventually take us toward a place where we do not want to go? –  JRE

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Have an august August! Pray for our nation and for the peace of Jerusalem.

JREnsey

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JREnsey Blog July, 2014

Welcome to the JULY 2014 blog!

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The Word for today

“I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty” (Revelation 1:8 KJV).

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No discrepancy

I continue to get questions about the seeming discrepancy in the Book of Acts concerning the1-st-paul-conversion-granger conversion of Saul. In Luke’s account of Paul’s conversion (Acts 9:7), those who were with him “heard the voice,” but in Paul’s own testimony in Acts 22:9, “they heard not the voice of him that spake to me” (Acts 22:9). We will rely upon linguists who assure us the verb “to hear” when followed by the accusative case may be taken to mean “to understand.” In Acts 9, “with the genitive case they heard the sound of the voice, but in Acts 22, with the accusative case, we are informed that they did not understand the voice.”– John Montgomery, “Is the Bible Only Reliable Spiritually?” (Moody Monthly, March 1986). At any rate, the men with Saul (Paul) did not understand what Jesus said to him personally, so there is no discrepancy in the biblical record.

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How can a good God allow so much evil, pain, and suffering—or does he just not care?”

imagesThis question was posed in Mark Mittleberg’s book, The Questions Christians Hope No One Will Ask. A brief summary of his answer:

• Many times when people ask this question, they are in the midst of great suffering. At that moment they are not looking for a theological treatise; instead, they are asking for empathy, concern, and tangible expressions of love and care. If this seems to be the case, we should hold off with our attempts to answer and simply come alongside to help them through their difficulties.

• It is important to help our friends see that Jesus Himself warned us we would all face trials and suffering. This illustrates that Christianity is a real-world faith that tells the truth about the world we live in.

• As Christians, we believe in three seemingly incompatible truths—God is good, God is great, and evil is real. Because these three truths don’t seem to go together, many have attempted to solve this problem by denying God’s existence (and with it, denying evil), by making evil part of God, or by denying God’s goodness or his greatness. But these “solutions” fly in the face of the evidence and of the truth of God’s Word.

• Much of the suffering people face in this world has been caused by humans hurting their fellow humans. Sin also affects nature. “Natural” catastrophes occur because we live in a fallen world that is not the way God intended it to be.

• People desire a place without suffering—and God has promised that! One day He will judge all evil and create a new world. In the meantime, He is patient so that many who do not yet know Him—including our family and friends—could come to know and follow Him.

• God knows about suffering: Jesus suffered in unimaginable ways. He therefore understands what we feel. He desires that we come to Him to find grace and mercy to help us in our time of need.

• In many cases, people’s questions are not really questions, but cries for help. Pray for wisdom and discernment—but lean toward the side of listening and serving before discussing the issucrossroad signes related to suffering and evil. The message of James 1:19 is appropriate in these situations—“Understand this, my dear brothers and sisters: You must all be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to get angry.” Also, it doesn’t hurt to simply admit that you just don’t know the answer when they ask or explanations related to what they’re going through.

• Don’t be dismayed and try not to overreact if your friends blurt out some strong feelings about God or their faith while in the midst of suffering. People in pain often say things that go beyond what they really know or will want to stand by later. Give gentle encouragement as God leads, but when people are struggling, it is generally best to be sparing with your feedback and admonitions.

• It is better to admit you don’t know what to say—or to say nothing—than to talk off the top of your head to someone who is suffering. Far too often Christians repeat clichés that might not even be true, hoping they’ll somehow make the person feel better. Usually the effect is the opposite. Don’t tell people that loved ones died because “God must have needed them in heaven” or “This must have been God’s will.” We live in a truly fallen world where evil and calamity touch lives in ways that are not fair and that will never seem right. Yes, God allowed it (in that He didn’t intervene to stop it), but that doesn’t mean He intended it or that He likes it any better than the person who is grieving. counseling_help

• It’s rarely appropriate to quote Romans 8:28 to people in pain. Yes, if they are followers of Christ, then it’s true that “God causes everything to work together for the good”—but they’re probably not in the position to see, feel, or appreciate that truth at this point. And even when they do see the good that God brings, they might not like it enough to consider it a fair exchange for what they had to go through.

• Don’t underestimate the encouragement and influence you can have on people’s lives by simply being there to love and serve them (and to talk, as appropriate) during their time of pain or crisis.

Source: The Questions Christians Hope No One Will Ask (Carol Stream, IL: Tyndale Pub., 2010), pp. 154-157).

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“The fact that Bowe Bergdahl was an unpatriotic deserter probably makes him the only soldieropinions Barack Hussein Obama can relate to and empathize with.” – John Hawkins

I think you should pay for your own mortgage, birth control, college loans, food and cell phones. This isn’t because I’m Conservative. It’s because I’m an adult. – Patriot post

Lois Lerner’s emails didn’t disappear, they are in the shredder along with the U.S. Constitution. – Patriot Post

All the liberals who want to ban guns should only be allowed to arm their bodyguards with cell phones so they can call the police to come process the crime scene. – Patriot post

If the government can’t run the IRS or the NSA, the VA, or even a website, why are we trusting them to run our health care system? -JRE

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Ooops!

SlipEnvironment and Public Works Subcommittee hearing when Senator Jeff Sessions (R-AL) asked four former EPA officials—point blank—whether they agree with President Obama’s sensational global warming claims… and no one did.

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Strange bedfellows: Chaplain and LGBT pride

Gordon J. KlingenschmittThe U.S. Air Force chief of chaplains recently delivered the opening prayer at the Pentagon’s observance of “LGBT Pride Month”—an annual proclamation from the Obama White House. At last week’s ceremony, Major General Howard Stendahl asked God to “open our minds” and “help us set aside limitations of prejudice of any kind.”

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Our changing language

18uch-spanThe flood of illegals coming across our borders were once “illegal aliens.” Then they were “undocumented workers,” then “immigrants,” and now they are being called “refugees” by the current administration in the effort to gain public acceptance. Well, we were promised “Hope and Change.” We have seen plenty of change. Perhaps the hope will come in November.

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Methodist divorce approaching?

“Irreconcilable” disagreement over same-sex unions is once again prompting debate over friends-dividedsplitting the United Methodist Church (UMC), one of America’s largest denominations. “If we are one church, we cannot act as if we are two. If, in reality, we are two churches, it may not be wise to pretend any longer that we are one,” concludes a statement last month from 80 traditionalists from across the UMC, which has 7.7 million U.S. members. (An additional 4.4 million members are overseas.) The statement says the UMC is facing a crisis in four areas because:

• Pastors have violated or said they are willing to violate the Book of Discipline ban on same-sex marriages. (The Book of Discipline is the church’s most authoritative guide.)

• Pastors and other leaders realize that there are no “meaningful consequences” for violating the Book of Discipline by officiating at a same-sex union. (In one instance, two clergy were given a “24-hour suspension without pay” for marrying gay couples.)

• More church leaders believe “significant parts of the Scriptures do not provide an accurate understanding of God’s heart and mind and may be discarded as uninspired and in error.”

• Among top leaders, “there are dramatic differences in how personal and social holiness is lived out and taught.” “We can no longer talk about schism as something that might happen in the future. Schism has already taken place in our connection,” said Maxie Dunnam, chancellor of Asbury Seminary and leader in the Good News movement for evangelical Methodists, in comments to Good News magazine. Source: Timothy Morgan HERE.

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A time to depart

Is there ever a time to leave a denomination? The Presbyterians, the Episcopalians, the Methodists, and a few other mainline denominations are facing the loss of a sizeable portion of their membership. What is image_2happening? Some of the denominational leaders, college professors, and prominent pastors are pushing for accommodation of the cultural agendas that oppose the biblical position on human sexuality. Even the mighty Southern Baptist Convention is being shaken. Dr. Michael Brown, an author and biblical scholar writing on OneNewsNow.com recently said, “If you are a Jesus-loving, Bible-based member of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)—unless God has called you to stand as a prophetic voice of rebuke to the denomination or unless your ministry commitments to individuals make it impossible for you to leave—now is the time to make your exit. The PCUSA has made its rejection of the word of God official.”

That was written in response to an action taken on June 19 when the Presbyterian Church (USA) approved a recommendation from its Civil Union and Marriage Issues Committee allowing for pastoral discretion to perform “any such marriage they believe the Holy Spirit calls then to perform,” where legal by state law. Could it ever happen to us? Possibly. What positions taken could cause a major division in OUR movement? Consider the following:

• If our leaders and prominent individuals in the organization decide that our doctrines and holiness message are too stringent for effective global evangelism…

• If our colleges or seminary were to give indication that the Scriptures are irrelevant regarding the cultural issues pressing the church today…

• If a continuation of major changes occur in the Constitution and/or the Articles of Faith suggests we have been wrong on the fundamental issues of doctrine and/or the Christian lifestyle…

• If a climate of change in the organization proved to be in opposition to our traditional stands on doctrine and lifestyle…

• If leaders refuse to enforce the Manual as the UMC officials have done…

• If our leaders should announce that they “feel led by the Spirit” to adopt a position of inclusivism and to depart from the plain teaching of the Scriptures on the matters of marriage, abortion, and human sexuality…

• If a majority of our brethren should choose to “follow their conscience” rather than the Word of God…

What would you do?

Are such circumstances imminent? No. But in these times of sea change in American culture,think-hard-before-you-walk-away-quotes each of us has to remind himself that our allegiance is first to the Word of God, that organizational officials are not spiritual authorities by virtue of their office, and that subjective “leadings” are to be judged by the Word and not the other way around. Many SBC pastors, or even PCUSA pastors, of thirty years ago or beyond would never have dreamed their movement would be challenged as it is today. But when the dominoes start to fall, there is no stopping place. Sometimes a church leaves its people rather than the people leaving the church. As has been stated many times before, our hat is off to those who decide that the UPCI is wrong on the major issues of doctrine and lifestyle and choose to leave rather than stay and attempt to effect broad changes to suit their ideas or “leadings.”

Just because someone was raised in this faith and then decides that it does not suit his theology, he or she is not obligated to remain and attempt to move it away from its traditional moorings. They should move on and do their own thing elsewhere. Salvation is inextricably tied to the biblical message, not the UPCI or any organization. To try to “stretch the tent” to include everybody, regardless of their commitment to Apostolic doctrine and lifestyle, as the other denominations mentioned above have done, is to invite heresy and schism.

Read the entire article by Brown HERE

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What to do with worn-out Bibles?

When a Bible becomes unbound, or worn beyond practical use, what should be done with it? Almost any option seems repulsive. Being a minister with kids, grandkids, and great elvis presleys biblegrands, I usually have someone waiting to have one of my old Bibles with my notes written in it. If that is not an option for you, how do you dispose of old Bibles? Alan Rudnick has written a column titled, “How To Throw Away A Bible.” He has some good thoughts. You can access his article HERE.

Your ideas about this would be appreciated.

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Second largest religion in your state

Christianity is largest in every state, but who is next? That depends on where you live. But you might be surprised to learn that it isn’t only the Abrahamic faiths that capture the top spots in select U.S. states. In some Western states—13 to be exact—Buddhism is the second largest. And Hinduism ranks second in both Arizona and Delaware. Then there’s South Carolina, where Baha’i (a monotheistic religion that is sometimes listed christian religion population by state percentage mapamong the Abrahamic faiths) is the second most prevalent faith system, according to PolicyMic.

As for those who wonder which percentage of religious devotees are actual church attendees versus nominal believers, the Association of Statisticians of American Religious Bodies found that more than half of the population in 28 states attends religious services, the Washington Post reported. For additional maps showing the most prevalent denominations and county-level breakdowns go HERE.

As for the U.S. as a whole, Judaism is the second largest faith cohort, representing just under 2 percent of the population; 16 percent of the nation considers itself “unaffiliated” with a faith, but only 1.6 percent considers itself “atheist” according to the Pew Research Center. Consider that in 20 U.S. states predominately in the South and Midwest Islam is the second most prevalent non-Christian faith system. Judaism, in contrast, is the second biggest religion in 14 U.S. States and Washington D.C., essentially dominating the Northeast, as PolicyMic noted.

Source: Ass’n of Statisticians of American Religious Bodies

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Scientific community finally admits what CCHR has said for decades: No medical tests exist for mental disorders

By Kelly Patricia O’Meara

Call it an awakening. Slowly, ever so slowly, the scientific community finally is acknowledging what CCHR has been exposing since 1969—that psychiatric disorders are not verifiable medical conditions, that the diagnosis is based solely on a checklist of behaviors, and that the drug “treatments” have serious, life-threatening effects. Click here to read the full article online.

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People are not born gay, affirms Royal College of Psychiatrists

are-people-born-gay-360x239The Royal College of Psychiatrists in London has said people are not born gay. A statement by the Royal College of Psychiatrists that people are not born gay has been welcomed as “a major admission” by a Christian charity that helps men and women change unwanted same-sex feelings. Core Issues Trust (CIT), which is campaigning against a ban on therapy being offered to people who want to move away from a homosexual lifestyle, says the latest statement by the Royal College admits what it previously denied. “They now say that the causes of homosexuality are a combination of ‘biological and postnatal environment factors.’ So, if a child does not encounter such postnatal life experiences, he or she will grow up heterosexual,” says the director of CIT, Mike Davidson. Davidson says he is incredulous that despite its admission that being gay is not fixed at birth, the college continues to support the ban on change therapy. “The Royal College has also modified its view on whether sexual orientation can change, saying, ‘It is not the case that sexual orientation is immutable or might not vary to some extent in a person’s life,’” he says. “So how can that be consistent with a ban on people voluntarily seeking professional counseling to change unwanted same-sex feelings?” Source: Christian Concern

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Another bottomless money pit

The Detroit Blight Removal Task Force presented their recommendations for cleaning up theDetroit-after-60-years-of-Progressives1_24002ccd70b487147e1ef774ae48b70d-1 once-thriving but now bankrupt city, and if the Obama administration agrees, taxpayers could be doling out nearly $2 billion on blight removal. According to The New York Times, the city would need “$850 million to quickly tear down about 40,000 dilapidated buildings, demolish or restore tens of thousands more, and clear thousands of trash-packed lots. [The task force] also said that the hulking remains of factories that dot Detroit, crumbling reminders of the city’s manufacturing prowess, must be salvaged or demolished, which could cost as much as $1 billion more.” Worse still, Detroit is already spending about half a billion dollars on cleanup efforts. Sadly, it’s taxpayers who are now being punished for decades of Democrat malfeasance. Read MORE…if you care to know…

How do you think the money would be spent? Reckon any find its way into the Muslim population of the area? Why not invite those who are responsible for the mess to clean up the city?

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Nancy’s mouth, again

nancy-pelosi-on-botoxNancy Pelosi says she has only one regret about ObamaCare: “I wanted a single-payer [system], and I wanted a public option.” News flash—the VA is a single-payer system. Look how well that’s worked. A single-payer system is the ultimate government weapon to use against the American people. When Nancy opens her mouth, be sure to close your ears.

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New US Stamp to honor perverse predator

The United States Postal Service recently put on sale the Harvey Milk postage stamp. The American Family Ass’n says the Harvey Milk stamp was a result of seven years of lobbying by a self-described drag queen (a biological man with implanted breasts) and former transsexual prostitute, Nicole Murray Ramirez of San Diego. Honoring predator Harvey Milk on a U.S. postage stamp is disturbing to say the least. Harveyarticle-stamp-0404 Milk was a very disreputable man and used his charm and power to prey on young boys with emotional problems and drug addiction. He is the last person we should be featuring on a stamp. Note the hypocrisy of the postal service’s “Citizens’ Stamp Advisory Committee,” which claims it “commemorates positive contributions to American life, history, and culture,” but specifically states stamps “shall not be issued to honor religious institutions or individuals whose principal achievements are associated with religious undertakings or beliefs.”

Randy Shilts, a homosexual San Francisco Chronicle reporter, wrote a favorable and sordid biography of Milk in “The Mayor of Castro Street: The Life and Times of Harvey Milk.” According to Shilts, Milk repeatedly engaged in adult-child sex and advocated for multiple homosexual relationships at the same time. Unfortunately, the deed is done. The United States Postal Service honored a child predator at the whim of a drag queen. Read AFA’s press release here. Furthermore, the radical homosexual lobby will undoubtedly encourage businesses to use these stamps—all in the name of inclusiveness, political correctness and diversity. This is not diversity; this is perversity. Source: American Family Association

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AFA labeled a “hate group”

To the glee of all LGBT folks, the Southern Poverty Law Center has labeled the American Family Association as a “hate group” for their stand for the traditional marriage concept. Does afathat mean that virtually all Americans up until a few years ago were “haters” because almost 100% of officials, politicians, news anchors, and schoolteachers felt the same way until the sexual revolution in the 1960s and 1970s. Everyone who does not approve of their lifestyle and agenda are pronounced as “haters.” And just read some of their rhetoric…the gay community has the worst offenders. They can spew their disdain for anyone who has another view, but that’s acceptable. Wow! What an upside down world we live in today. The AFA label is coming to a church near you.

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Bathhouses and gay bars as national monuments

The National Park Service is launching an initiative to make places and people of significance to the history of lesbian, gay, transgender and bisexual Americans part of the national narrative. Interior Secretary Sally Jewell plans to announce the initiative on Friday at Newstonewall_inn254c256e-e65b-4253-8974-ce88a5e7f70e York’s Stonewall Inn, which was made a national historic landmark in 2000. Stonewall is widely regarded as the birthplace of the modern gay rights movement. In 1969, a series of riots took place outside when police raided the Greenwich Village bar and arrested patrons and employees, citing morals charges.

So, apparently we should be on the lookout for gay hangouts that might be made into national monuments.

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Quotes (with unconfirmed authorship)

• Knowledge is knowing a tomato is a fruit. Wisdom is not using it in a fruit salad. – Anonymous

• Be careful about reading health books. You may die of a misprint. – Mark Twain quotation-marks

• By all means, marry. If you get a good wife, you’ll become happy; if you get a bad one, you’ll become a philosopher.  – Socrates

• My luck is so bad that if I bought a cemetery, people would stop dying. – Rodney Dangerfield

• Until I was thirteen, I thought my name was SHUT UP. – Joe Namath

• We could certainly slow the aging process down if it had to work its way through Congress. – Will Rogers

• Don’t worry about avoiding temptation. As you grow older, it will avoid you. – Winston Churchill

• Maybe it’s true that life begins at fifty, but everything else starts to wear out, fall out, or spread out. – Phyllis Diller

• By the time a man is wise enough to watch his step, he’s too old to go anywhere. – Billy Crystal

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works-of-the-holy-ghostThe Works of the Holy Ghost

Few could follow the leading of the Holy Ghost better than Verbal Bean. In these lessons, he show us how to be a yielded vessel in the hand of God and thus be used to invoke the anointing of the Lord on our worship and soulwinning. If you hunger for the old-fashioned  power of Pentecost, get into these principles that he communicates here.  AM Price $12.95

Prayer

As an evangelist in the 1950s and 1960s, Verbal Bean led churches into revival verbal-bean-prayerthrough prayer and child-like faith in God. He knew the meaning of true intercessory prayer. In these lessons, taken directly from his taped messages and teaching on this subject, you will find inspiration to seek the face of God. That is still the pathway to revival. AM Price $10.95

See other books at advanceministries.org. Order online or call 936-537-0250.

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Time to smile

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow once said, “Into each life some rain must fall.” OK, Henry, but sometimes it floods, as the following pictures reveal.

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Parting Shotcannon_shot

 

From my cardiologist’s diet: “If it tastes good spit it out.”

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May your troubles be less, may your blessings be more,

And may nothing but happiness come through your door.

You can contact me at jnz@kingwoodcable.net

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JREnsey blog June 2014

Welcome to the JUNE 2014 blog!

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The Word for today

“I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty” (Revelation 1:8).

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Powerful Words

“Then God said, ‘Let there be light’; and there was light” (Genesis 1:3).let-there-be-light

In the beginning God spoke and it was. His words created something out of nothing. While our words are not as powerful as God’s, Proverbs declares that “Death and life are in the power of the tongue” (18:21a). Once we accept the power of our words, we must decide on their purpose.

Words can be as useful as a strong horse ploughing a field or a spark used to start a warm fire on a winter night. They can also rage uncontrollably, destroying what lies in their path. Caring words of support create a safe and intimate friendship. Truthful words spoken in love can offer a friend the opportunity to grow, but spiteful words destroy friendships, and vindictive truth discourages the hearer instead of inspiring them to grow.

Within seconds thoughts become words that slip off our tongue and into the world. Pausing before we speak may seem cumbersome, but it allows us to decide: Is this helpful? Does this need to be said now? What is the best way to say this?

Our words reveal what we care about and they influence others. Is there someone you can encourage today? – David Jeremiah

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Indoctrination of high school students

Cass Sunstein, Obama’s former regulatory czar, called by some “the most dangerous man in America, writes in a recent column for Bloomberg View about the success of the Chinese education system that imagesseemingly proves curriculums can be “explicitly designed to transform students’ political views.” In his column entitled, “Open Brain, Insert Ideology,” Sunstein questions whether such reforms could be effective in the United States. Given who he is and what he believes, you know that is what he wants to see happen. Read his full article HERE.

What is so unusual about all of this? Not much, since the indoctrination of our primary and middle school students has already plied them with socialism and anti-American “education” for a decade, particularly in the big city schools.

Another reason to get our kids out of government schools and into home schools or Apostolic church schools.

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Democrat congressman explains that “communism works”

You really don’t have to wonder where some of our politicians are going. They are taking off their e6a0f391456259ac5a56a4d9d4b312b4masks and extolling the virtues of socialism and even communism, especially to constituencies that are mostly immigrants from socialistic countries.

Listen to Joe Garcia (D-FL) HERE explain the virtues of “everyone having a government job.” In communist countries everyone basically works for the government. Goodbye, America, we hardly knew ye.

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By Michael Paterniti

Leonid_stadnyk,0Leonid S. is eight and a half feet tall, and he is still growing. He is 34 years old, weighs 480 pounds, and he is still growing. He can’t fit in a car, wears size 26 EEEEE shoes, can pick apples eleven feet off the ground standing flat-footed, and yes, he is still growing. Michael Paterniti journeyed 9,000 miles to a tiny village in the Ukraine to learn from the world’s tallest man.

The story was of the variety that appears from time to time, offering a brief snapshot of the oldest/smallest/fattest person on earth, a genre in which I take a keen interest. But there was something else about this one. The giant was reported to be 33 years old, residing in a small village with no plumbing in a very poor region of the Ukraine. He lived with his mother and sister, who happened to be tiny. How he’d gotten so huge wasn’t entirely known, because the giant wasn’t interested in seeing doctors anymore. Something inside of him had been broken or left open, like a faucet, pulsing out hormones as if his body presumed that it still belonged to that of a proliferating pubescent boy. This apparently was the result of an operation he’d had as a child. Under the knife that LeonidStadnyk8feet5inches2saved him from a blood clot in his brain, his pituitary gland had been nicked.

Now he was over eight feet tall—and still growing.

In the article, the giant was pictured sitting at his small dining-room table, reaching up to change a lightbulb at a height that a normal-size person couldn’t have reached standing. Another picture captured the giant in an unguarded moment, staring in astonishment at his hand, as if he’d just picked an exotic, oversize starfish from a coral reef. He said that his happiest hours were spent in his garden because only the apples and beets don’t care what size you are.

-From Mark Galli newsletter; photographs by Oliviero Toscani

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Do as I say…

Obama has spent a staggering $456 million flying Air Force One while in office— mostly to political Air_Force_One_photo_op_incident-_altered_by_DoDfundraisers and vacation junkets. He has racked up more flight hours for his time in office than any previous president. In fact, his recent trip to New York marked his 1,000th flight on Air Force One. Obama’s lavish ways are incredibly hypocritical after his incessant condemnation of business executives for using corporate jets. Do as he says, not as he does. https://patriotpost.us/posts/25785

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Keep talking, Bill

Bill Clinton came to his wife’s defense after being asked about the seriousness of Hillary Clinton’s concussion in 2012. He told an audience at the Peter G. Peterson Foundation, “They went to all this Bill-Clinton-with-a-Huge-Mouth--41114trouble to say she had staged what was a terrible concussion that required six months of very serious work to get over. It’s something she never low-balled with the American people, never tried to pretend it didn’t happen.” So the fact that it took six months to recover is supposed to assure us? But he continued: “Now they’re trying to say she has brain damage. If she does, I must be in really tough shape because she’s still quicker than I am.”

Is he really helping?

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Toddlers on ADHD Drugs?

While the recent New York Times article, “Thousands of Toddlers Are Medicated for A.D.H.D., medsReport Finds, Raising Worries,” seems shocking, the actual numbers of infants and toddlers being prescribed psychiatric drugs dwarfs the 10,000 2-3 year olds being prescribed ADHD drugs. The mental health watchdog Citizens Commission on Human Rights says according to IMS health, more than 274,000 0-1 year olds are being prescribed psychiatric drugs and a staggering 370,000 toddlers…. Read the full article on PR Web here

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Great material—free!

Teaching on creationism is of ultimate importance today. Our youth are in desperate need of undergirding in their faith in the historicity of Genesis chapters 1-11. Some of the very best is provided by the Institute For Creation Research, an organization founded by Henry M. Morris, a pioneer in modern research that validates the biblical thesis. They publish an amazing, full-color magazine called Acts and Facts—and they will send it to you without subscription cost! Can’t beat the price. You can subscribe at www.icr.org. Do it!

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It’s a tsunami stone

Last month we posted this photo to see if anyone knew what it was. No one guessed correctly.

Tsunami stoneIt is a tsunami stone in the Japanese countryside delineating the high water mark of former tsunamis. It was placed there on a hillside by former generations to let people know that anyone living below this marker is in grave danger in case of another tsunami.

What a great illustration when teaching on the Christian lifestyle. Living anywhere below the marker established by the Scriptures—and your current pastor—puts you in grave danger. Those who flout the warning will likely wind up a casualty because another tsunami of judgment is coming!

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Was Christ God the Father’s grandson?

Trinitarians say that there are three persons within one God. I realize that does not make sense, but when they say they are co-equal, co-existent, and co-eternal it goes over the line. They posit a Father, His Son, and another deity called the Holy Spirit as comprising God, evidently all sporting long, effeminate-looking hair.

In the Incarnation, Mary was said to be with child “by the Holy Ghost,” the third person of the Trinity. 460px-Fridolin_Leiber_-_Holy_TrinityThat would make Him the true father of Christ. But wait, the Holy Spirit is not the Father of the Son Spirit, and God the Father is said to be the Father by virtue of the Son being an eternal divine Son. He is referred to in many places as Christ’s Father. Yet Trinitarians say it was God the Son who actually was incarnated as the earthly Redeemer and Savior, Christ. That would seem to make Him the real Father of the earthly Christ. Therefore, in Trinitarian theory, Christ would be the Grandson of God the Father—the Son of His Son. Or is He the Grandson of the Holy Spirit? Was the heavenly Son the only begotten Son of God the Father, or was the earthly Son the only begotten of the Father? Whose Son was it who was the sacrifice for our sins? Is this confusion why the biggest names in Trinitarian Christianity say the doctrine cannot be understood and must be accepted by faith?

How much simpler to acknowledge one God (Spirit – John 4:24), who manifested Himself in human form, born of Mary by His “overshadowing,” and therefore becoming a “Son” to serve as our Redeemer (I Timothy 3:16). He subsequently sends His Spirit to indwell believers during this dispensation. Let’s don’t complicate God any more than necessary by relating the Incarnation to anyone other than the one God of Deuteronomy 6:4 and Isaiah 43:10-11 who was manifested in the flesh (I Timothy 3:16).

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Wash your brain out with this

God’s Antidote for Sinning

Your word I have hidden in my heart, that I might not sin against You.
Psalm 119:1-11

“When I find myself assailed by temptation,” Martin Luther wrote in his Table Talk, “I forthwith lay hold of some text of the Bible, which Jesus extends to me.”

holy_bibleLuther knew, as we do, that the Bible is our greatest weapon in fighting temptation, for every temptation comes to us via our thoughts. When we lay hold of the texts of the Bible, we’re arming our minds for battle. The best way to fight the temptation of lust is memorizing verses about purity. The finest way to combat greed is by learning verses about stewardship. The strongest antidote to a hot temper is memorizing verses about anger and about patience. The best way to combat depression is learning some of the joy texts of Scripture.

Dwight L. Moody said, “The Bible will keep you from sin, or sin will keep you from the Bible.” Don’t let sin keep you from the Word of God. If you’re under siege today, spend some time with an open Bible, list a handful of verses to help you, and begin committing them to memory. Hide God’s Word in your heart.

All the great temptations appear first in the region of the mind and can be fought and conquered there. – David Jeremiah

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Quotes

“We aren’t simply relational creatures looking for love in all the wrong places. We are relational quotation-markscreatures who since the Fall have insisted on relationships apart from God. We look for relationships apart from Christ because, in sin, we want relationship on our own terms in ways that satisfy our personal wants and fears.”

“We are sinners. We are all inexorably prone to idolatry, to the very substitutions that need-based psychology suggests, but not because we are simply ignorant or mistreated, but because we are born desiring to substitute almost anything in place of God.”

– Both of the above quotes are from On Relationships by Winston Smith

“If a young man learns to preach before he is a soul winner, he will always look for a pulpit rather than a soul.”  –  Billy Cole

“Revival will come when prayer is no longer used as a substitute for obedience.” – A. W. Tozer

“Has our culture devolved to the point that the private statements of an NBA owner draws more outrage than the lies and deceit of the President of the United States?” – Lt. Col. Allen B. West

Humorist Frank J. Fleming: “Climate change must be a much bigger issue in the Star Wars universe where all the planets are used to just one climate.”

“I just caught a terrorist!” said no TSA agent ever.

Lest we forget: “There is not a single instance in history in which civil liberty was lost, and religious liberty preserved entire. If therefore we yield up our temporal property, we at the same time deliver the conscience into bondage.” –John Witherspoon, The Dominion of Providence Over the Passions of Men, 1776

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Craziest government on earth

The U.S. government must be the laughingstock of the world. Why are people coming here illegally by the hundreds of thousands? To enjoy a higher level of freedom (soon to be a joke) and to get money, of course. I am sure some have crossed the border to join those building up a stockpile of explosives and arms to harm American infidels, but most merely see us as a huge money tree.

images-1If you dare, you can learn how illegals are siphoning off billions of dollars in fraudulent IRS funds. The IRS knows they are doing it but chooses to let it happen.

Not to worry, however. Our president states unequivocally that there is “not a smidgen of corruption at the IRS.”

Click HERE to see how it is being done.

If you want a preview of how Obamacare will work out, take a look at the VA medical system. We will all be in the VA system, or one like it, as soon as the Affordable Care Act gets into full swing.

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Required reading

Here are three articles worth one’s time to peruse.

http://worldviewweekend.com/news/article/banning-free-speech-world-wide-web

http://worldviewweekend.com/news/article/brain-dead-or-arch-deceiver-glenn-beck-visits-liberty-university

http://worldviewweekend.com/news/article/unexpected-suggestions-constitutional-changes

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Bishop to divorce his husband

NEW YORK (AP) — The first openly gay Episcopal bishop, who became a symbol for gay rights far BishopGeneRobinsonDivorcebeyond the church while deeply dividing the world’s Anglicans, announced plans in May to divorce his husband.

Bishop Gene Robinson announced the end of his marriage to Mark Andrew in an email sent to the Diocese of New Hampshire, where he served for nine years before retiring in 2012.

Robinson would not disclose details about the end of their 25-year relationship but wrote Sunday in The Daily Beast he owed a debt to Andrew “for standing by me through the challenges of the last decade.”

- Curated by Dave Urbanski

Have you ever noticed that it is almost always women who are performing the wedding ceremonies for the gays? Is that of any significance?

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Seals of Jeremiah’s captors

The atheists and other naysayers who love to debunk the Scriptures stupidly say there is no proof that many of the Bible characters really existed. One by one the archaeologists have unearthed confirmation that they were indeed living individuals. Let me share yet another example.

Jehucal_-Gedaliah-bullae_Gabi-Laron_Institute-of-Archaeology_Hebrew-University_courtesy-DrEilatMazarThe Bible tells us that Jeremiah urged Judea’s King Zedekiah to surrender to the Babylonian armies so that they would live and the city would not be put to the torch. Some berated Jeremiah as seditious and unpatriotic.

In the Book of Jeremiah, his story includes the accusations of two court officials who demanded Jeremiah’s punishment and imprisonment. Fortunately, the Bible gives us their names—Gedaliah, son of Pashur, and Jucal, the son of Shelemiah. Recently, while digging in the City of David area, archaeologists unearthed proof that the Bible is extremely accurate. When the seals of these two men containing their names were found in the rubble of the king’s palace, we cannot but proclaim again that the Bible can be trusted—even in its history!

Above left are the seals. The full story can be found HERE.

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O-p-i-n-i-o-n-s

In a recent letter, a minister shared his thoughts:

“Dear Elder, do we have to dance to wild loud music every time we go to church? I have some younger minister friends that think that folks must dance and ‘get down’ in every church service. I like lively Apostolic worship but I believe that it must be ‘in spirit and in truth.’ They teach that we should—in our flesh—just get up and start dancing even if there was no motivating unction to do so. They feel that unless we all tear the house down in every service then we did not have church.

A physical/medical condition does not permit me to worship physically as do some others. Because of33photo this, the younger ministers criticize my wife and I for not joining in.

Where in the NT Scriptures do we have an example of dancing to loud music or teaching that that is a must? I raise my hands and worship God. I stand and pray. I sing and shout out praises to God. Sometimes I sit and cry before God. I clap my hands. But according to some younger folks that just will not get it.

I worry about folks that believe we must crank up loud music and dance in every service or we don’t have anything. What is your opinion?”

My response: A blog-length article will not do this topic justice, but here goes. There is no example in the New Testament of cranked up loud music and dancing. If the attitude you mention is shared by your entire assembly, you are attending a church that is atypical of Apostolic congregations. However, Pentecostals have always been free with their worship—with their whole being. That does not violate the spirit of the NT. And we were not the first to manifest that in our services. A number of mainline denominations, such as the Presbyterians and Methodists, have “dancing in the Spirit” or other bodily movements in their history, although few, if any, still allow it in their services. Spontaneous joy in worship, sometimes expressed by “dancing in the Spirit” should not be disdained, but dancing about just because certain music is being played, or “practiced dancing” as some groups are encouraging today, is not a sign of true spirituality, nor is it God-glorifying.

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NC bans Sharia law

Sharia law is an Islamic code of laws based upon the Qur’an (or Koran whichever you prefer). It allows such things as honor killing and polygamy, female genital mutilation, adolescent marriage and the physical abuse of wives.

Sharia-law-in-the-USA-EE5GEE5-x-largeAs such, Islamic Sharia law is incompatible with United States law and the US Constitution. But some Islamic communities around the country are attempting through political pressure to have Sharia law recognized and practiced in US courts. It is important to recognize that Islam is not merely a religion, but a culture with its own legal system. It is a form of religious, austere, and all-encompassing government.

North Carolina has just become the seventh state to pass a law that prohibits state judges from considering Sharia law, or any foreign laws, in family cases in state court, according to Deseret News. North Carolina joins Arizona, Kansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, South Dakota and Tennessee, according to Religion News Service, in banning Islamic Sharia law. Twenty states have either enacted laws regarding Islam or have it under consideration.

“No one has a problem with Muslims or anyone else living peaceably in America,” the Rev. Mark Creech said in an article published on the Christian Action League website. “But on U.S. soil, we must all embrace the freedoms and responsibilities assigned us via the Constitution, and not demand Sharia-Execution-2enforcement of rules and regulations left behind in other cultures.”

Many Americans tend to view Sharia law as intolerant, with overly harsh, cruel and unusual punishments. As such, most Americans don’t want to see Sharia law being practiced or considered in American courts, since it is incompatible with American law.

The message that many Americans have for those that wish to live under Sharia law is simple and clear. We do not recognize or practice Sharia law in America, so if one insists on living under it, move to a country that already recognizes and implements it.

I wonder: If we moved to Saudi Arabia or Pakistan and attempted to install American constitutional law in their courts, what would happen to us?

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BooksBooksBooksBooksBooks

IHML_25

 

IHMLCoverNo other one-hour Bible study has enjoyed the consistent results of IHML over the years. Often copied but never duplicated. It is attractive, well written, and doctrinally sound. It will convince any open-minded person (and some whose minds are not so open) that the new birth is absolutely essential and that Acts 2:38 constitutes that experience. It’s possible that more souls have been won with this Bible Study than with any other single teaching tool in the past 20 years. Discover how easy it is to share the plan of salvation with others. Available in both English and Spanish. English is available in both KJV and NIV.

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Guide For LivingIHML_GFL_Revised

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 the new birth—what has happened to them experientially, and goes through what their responsibilities as believers are now.

AM Price 1-49 $1.75 each  50-99 $1.50 each 100 or more $1.25 each

 Order at advanceministries.org/store or call 936-537-0250.

 

New Cyclopedia Theological Dictionary

Theological-Dict.-with-CDThe only Theological Dictionary that is written from a Apostolic standpoint. Over 1,000 entries, nearly 500 pages. Brief definitions and/or articles on every entry.

By J. R. Ensey. This tremendous addition to your library can be purchased as a book, on CD, or as an eBook.

AM Price $16.99

CD – $18.99

Book & CD ordered together  $25.99

eBook  $12.99

FAQ: Is shipping charges added to the order of e-books? Answer: No. The form will automatically add the shipping cost to the total, but your card will not be charged shipping at all. Thanks for the question.

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Grin and bear it

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ATT926001Lucy listens to CNN; Charlie listens to FoxNews

Fix-a-Flat Louisiana styleAiring up a flat tire Louisiana style

Chainsaw MassacreA Washington, DC politician tries his hand at woodsmanship

Wallenda on highwireOne of our pastors during a particularly stressful weekend

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Parting Shotcannon_shot

If it is racist to ask a voter to show his ID, is it also racist to require an ID when a young-looking person is buying a carton of cigarettes? Or checking out a library book? Or boarding a plane?

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Nix the “June swoon.” Launch at least five new Bible study starts this month using Into His Marvelous Light or with the follow-up study called Guide For Living. Order at advanceministries.org or call 936-537-0250.

JREnsey

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