JREnsey Blog February 2016

Welcome to the FEBRUARY 2016 blog!

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 The Word for today

“Since you have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit in sincere love of the 1410457313370_wps_1_EMBARGOED_TO_0001_FRIDAY_brethren, love one another fervently with a pure heart, having been born again, not of corruptible seed but incorruptible, through the word of God which lives and abides forever, because ‘All flesh is as grass, and all the glory of man as the flower of the grass. The grass withers, and its flower falls away, but the word of the Lord endures forever.’ Now this is the word which by the gospel was preached to you” (II Peter 1:22-25 NKJV).

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Quotes worth re-quoting

Quotation-MarksFrom Warren Wiersbe in Be Myself : “We rejoice that some of the stalwart publishers are still bringing out books with solid Christian theological content, but the proliferation of superficial ‘me-centered’ books is very disturbing. If anybody’s a friend to Christian publishing and to the Christian bookseller, I am; and I’ve proved it many times. But I become grieved when I see all the ‘Jesus junk’ that’s being peddled, the ‘Christian celebrities’ that are being endorsed, and the books without theological substance that are being advertised. . . . The real problem is that too many Christians have an appetite for this kind of rubbish and don’t realize that they’re living on substitutes. As long as the church provides a market for that kind of product, somebody will make them available.” (p. 302).

Quoting British Baptist pastor F. B. Meyer: “I do hope my Father will let the river of my life go flowing fully till the finish. I don’t want it to end in a swamp.” (p. 323). Amen!

Quoting Thomas a Kempis: “Of a surety, at the Day of Judgment, it will be demanded of us, not what we have read, but what we have done; not how well we have spoken, but how holily we have lived.” (p. 324).

Quoting Benjamin Franklin in The Printer and the Preacher: “From a child I was fond of reading, and all the little money that came into my hands was ever laid out in books.” (p. 27).

Source: Doug Kutilek in As I See It Newsletter. Volume 18, Number 8, October-December 2015

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Should the word “baptized” be in Acts 2:38?

“Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ…” (Acts 2:38 KJV).

When the Bibles of Wycliffe, Tyndale and subsequent English Bibles of the late Middle Ages transliterated the Greek and Latin terms of baptizein/bapto/baptizo and baptizare as “baptize” BaptemeFotosearchsmall(1)(or tense thereof) rather than “immerse,” they did so to keep from undermining the practice of christening babies by sprinkling or pouring water on their heads. Had they translated it rather than merely changing the Greek letters into English ones, they would have rendered the Greek term as “immersion.” The Anabaptists and other Dissenters during the Reformation recognized this, but the state churches (Roman Catholic, Church of England, etc.) would have none of it. They wanted parents to believe that in christening their babies, the infant belonged to that religious entity and would be obligated to it forever.

The word itself meant to immerse, dip, sink, completely place under water. This was the common method used by the church in the Book of Acts and the Apostolic Age. In time, under the influence of Catholicism and because of the lack of available water, particularly in colder climates, the practice was reduced to partial baptism where the candidate stood in ankle deep water as the priest poured water on his head. In fact, most reference books seem to hold that immersion, or at least partial immersion, prevailed until the twelfth century. They built large baptisteries in cities like Pisa, Florence, Milan, Nice and Poitiers. However, baptisteries gradually grew smaller until the water was held in a font or a pitcher and simply poured or sprinkled on the candidate. Most stand-alone baptistery buildings are now museums.

llm460551The Greek word translated “baptize” in our Bibles is the word “baptizo.” “Baptizo” is defined in Thayer’s Greek-English Lexicon as, “1) to dip, to immerse, submerge (of vessels sunk); 2) to cleanse by dipping or submerging, to wash, to make clean with water; 3) to overwhelm.” Vine’s Expository Dictionary of New Testament Words defines “baptisma” (translated “baptism”) as “consisting of the process of immersion, submersion, and emergence.”

Sadly, the words “baptize/baptism” have been in our English Bibles so long that most consider them to be English words. There have only been a few Bible versions that have employed “immerse” when baptize was translated. Among them: The Analytical-Literal Translation (early edition), Rotherham’s Emphasized Bible, 1842 Bernard’s Bible, the 1850 American Bible Union Version (in various editions), and 1961 Wuest’s Expanded Translation. Missionaries Adoniram Judson’s Burmese Translation and William Carey’s Bengali Translation used “immerse” in their Bibles.

I have baptized people in lakes, ponds, rivers, concrete tanks, metal tanks, swimming pools, bathtubs, and in warm water heated in luxurious baptisteries. The Ethiopian eunuch said, “Here is water, what doth hinder?” Wherever the gospel is preached and received in faith, may there be water available in which to immerse the believing candidate in the name of Jesus.

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Epitaphs

On a dentist’s monument: “Stranger! Approach this spot with gravity; John Brown is filling hishiram and nancy eaton tombstones last cavity.”

“Here lies John Yeast; Pardon me for not rising.”

“Here lies the body of Jane Smith, wife of Thomas Smith, a marble cutter. This monument, erected as a tribute to her memory, may be duplicated for $250.”

From a gravestone in Ft. Wallace, KS: “He tried to make two jacks beat a pair of aces.”

“He did not reach seventy going like 60.”

From the tombstone of a hypochondriac: “I told you I was sick.”

“Once I wasn’t, then I was, Now I ain’t again, again.”

A teacher’s tombstone: “School is out. Teacher has gone home.”

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Female pornography

“Romance novels are the most popular literary genre in America, capturing 55% of book sales, 128790and they appear in 90 languages other than English. These novels were written to be titillating, and I really don’t think there’s a huge difference between this and porn. It’s “soft porn,” and many women find themselves far more aroused by reading something like this than they would be watching porn on a computer. So women who devour novel after novel like that aren’t that much different from men who watch porn all night” (“Romance Novels: Dangerous, Harmless, or Just Fun?” Jan. 16, 2012, tolovehonorandvacuum.com).

Dr. Julia Slattery warns that there are similarities between what happens to a man when he views pornography and what happens to a woman when she reads a romance novel. “There is a neurochemical element with men and visual porn, but an emotional element with women and these novels” (‘Romance novels can become addictive,’ May 30, 2011, KSL.com). She is seeing more and more women ‘who are clinically addicted to romantic books.”’

In 2011, the Journal of Family Planning and Reproductive Health in Britain reported that A2219980218215206romance novels “are a cause of marital breakdown, adulterous affairs and unwanted pregnancies.” Best-selling author Shaunti Feldhahn notes, “[S]ome marriage therapists caution that women can become as dangerously unbalanced by these books’ entrancing but distorted messages as men can be by the distorted messages of pornography.”

– Excerpted from David Cloud, “Fantasy Dangers,” Way of Life Literature, Inc., 1l/24/15, http://www.wayoflife.org.

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Top selling translations

The Evangelical Christian Publishers Association has just published its list of bestselling Bibles for 2015. Here they are:

  1. New International Version
  2. King James Version
  3. English Standard Version
  4. New Living Translation
  5. New King James Version
  6. Holman Christian Standard Bible
  7. New International Reader’s Version
  8. Reina Valera
  9. International Children’s Bible
  10. The Message

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Pope: All religions have same God

Pope Francis very clearly expressed his belief recently that all of the major religions are merelyReligious leaders at the Vatican different paths to the same God.

He says that while people from various global faiths may be “seeking God or meeting God in different ways” that it is important to keep in mind that “we are all children of God.” This  shows that the Pope has completely abandoned any notion that a relationship with God is available only through Jesus Christ. As he has done throughout his papacy, he continues to lay the groundwork for the coming one world religion, and yet hardly anyone seems upset by this.

The following comes from an article that was published by the Catholic News Agency:

The Pope’s first-ever video message on his monthly prayer intentions was released Tuesday, highlighting the importance of interreligious dialogue and the beliefs that different faith traditions hold in common, such as the figure of God and love.

Many think differently, feel differently, seeking God or meeting God in different ways. In this crowd, in this range of religions, there is only one certainty that we have for all: we are all children of God,” Pope Francis said in his message, released Jan. 6, the feast of the Epiphany.

pope-francisBut it isn’t just Pope Francis taking that line. In the meeting, leaders from various global religions expressed faith in their respective deities. Christian News Network reports these comments:

I have confidence in Buddha,” a female lama announces.

I believe in God,” a rabbi affirms.

I believe in Jesus Christ,” a priest states.

I believe in Allah,” an Islamic leader declares.

The Pope closes the meeting with an appeal for people from every religion to talk with one another and to work with one another. Here is more from Catholic News Agency:

Later on, after the Pope affirms that all, regardless of their religious profession, are children of God, the faith leaders state their common belief in love. [Of course!]

Pope Francis closed the meeting by expressing his hope that viewers “will spread my prayer request this month: that sincere dialogue among men and women of different faiths may produce fruits of peace and justice. I have confidence in your prayers.”

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The February “I Don’t Get It!” Award

On January 21, Secretary of State, John Kerry commented on the $150 Billion in sanction relief that will be going to Iran. SinceYellow Ribbon Award isolated on white background that nation is a primary sponsor of international terrorism, he was asked if any of that money might go to terrorist organizations. He acknowledged the likelihood of that and stated there was “nothing we can do about it.” Said one of the highest leaders of the world’s most powerful nation. How about not signing the nuke deal? How about doling it out over time by requisition to see that it does not reach terror groups? How about holding on to all of it until they quit that terror nonsense? Mr. Secretary, ye with the Ivy League sheepskin, everyone in San Augustine, Texas gets it. Why can’t you?

Runners-up: New York City’s city council is set to dilute a host of criminal laws including laws against public urination and excessive noise because council members believe too many members of minorities are getting arrested for those violations. Pure racism showing up in the NYPD, that’s what it is! (Question: just what does a “minority” person in NYC look like?)

Second Runner-up: President Obama, for freeing Tariq Mahmoud Ahmed al-Sawah, an admitted terrorist belonging to the al-Qaida jihadist organization. He was identified by U.S. intelligence as a terrorist known for his development of explosives, according to the Free Beacon. The bombs were created to carry out attacks against the U.S. military and civilians. But hey, he probably voted for the president…early and often.

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Sometimes I don’t get it!

A Maryland school tries to indoctrinate students in the Islamic faith, and threatens family of student who refuses. I don’t get it! How can this be the role of our American schools? Check out the story here: http://www.gopusa.com/?p=4841?omhide=true.

As we see our president visiting a mosque, our schools installing the principles of Islam in their curricula, and promotions everywhere of Islam as a “religion of peace,” I wonder if we will survive as a nation made up largely of Christians. We can, but only if we reject this trend and stand up for the future of our children. Speak up about these issues in the schools in your area. If we don’t speak, others will.

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Yesterday on the silver screen

My mother worked in the ticket sales booth at several movie theaters in our hometown during my pre-teen years. I remember sitting for many hours a week in those theaters watching movies since I could get in free. Tickets were only a dime. How tame the productions were back then compared to today. Cowboys kissed their horses, not the cowgirls!

movie-theater-sign-3732590I recently ran across a list of voluntary rules of ethics, called the Hays Code, adopted during the heyday of the Hollywood industry that governed what they put on the “silver screen.” It was shocking. Here were some of them:

  • “The sanctity of the institution of marriage and the home shall be upheld. Pictures shall not infer that low forms of sex relationship are the accepted or common thing.”
  • “Illegal drug traffic must never be presented.”
  • “Theft, robbery, safe-cracking, and dynamiting of trains, mines, buildings, etc. should not be detailed in method; arson must be subject to the same safeguards; the use of firearms should be restricted to essentials; methods of smuggling should not be presented.”
  • “The technique of murder must be presented in a way that will not inspire imitation; brutal killings are not to be presented in detail; revenge in modern times shall not be justified.”
  • roy-rogers“Adultery, sometimes necessary plot material, must not be explicitly treated or justified, or presented attractively.”
  • “Scenes of passion should not be introduced when not essential to the plot. In general, passion should be so treated that these scenes do not stimulate the lower and baser element.”
  • “Seduction or rape should never be more than suggested, and only when essential for the plot, and even then never shown by explicit method; they are never the proper subject for comedy.”
  • “Sex perversion or inference of it is forbidden.”
  • “The treatment of low, disgusting, though not necessarily evil subjects, should be subject to the dictates of good taste and regard for the sensibilities of the audience.”
  • “Obscenity in words, gesture, reference, song, joke, or by suggestion is forbidden.”
  • “Pointed vulgarity or vulgar expressions, however used, are forbidden.”
  • “Complete nudity is never permitted. This includes nudity in fact, or in silhouette, or any lecherous or licentious notice thereof by other characters in the picture.”
  • ”No film or episode may throw ridicule on any religious faith.”
  • “Ministers of religion, in their character as such, should not be used as comic characters or as villains.”

Source: William Bennett, Index of Leading Cultural Indicators (New York: Simon and Schuster, 1994), pp. 142-144.

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Who will get to “keep and bear arms”?

If Obama gets his way, who will be able to buy guns?

Not those who criticize the government.

Not those who are on or have taken psychotropic medications for “mental 1443742959397illness.”

Not those who are in the process of adopting children.

Not foster parents.

Not former servicemen diagnosed with PTSD.

Not those who are on the “no fly” list.

Not those who have unpaid parking fines or traffic tickets.

Not those who are failing to pay child support.

Not those who have been tagged with anger problems, had altercations with another person, or accused of abuse of any kind.

Any other excuse they can think of.

Who will get to “keep and bear arms”?

Temporarily, those who have registered them, received training for their use, have them in a gun safe with individual locks on each gun, and those who demonstrate a “genuine need” for a firearm—especially the third stipulation.

Permanently, after confiscation, only government agents and criminals who flaunt the law will have them.

I feel safer already, don’t you?

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It’s true

Gun control is like trying to reduce drunk driving by making it tougher for sober people to own cars.

Man does not judge the laws of God; rather, the laws of God judge men. – Anthony Mangun

You gotta have heart. The brain cannot function when the heart has stopped.

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The FBI investigation into Hillary Clinton's private emails is certainly making her Presidential campaign look bad.

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Obama decides to take on ISIS!

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The Last Shot

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JREnsey Blog January, 2016

Welcome to the JANUARY 2016 JREnsey blog! Happy New Year!

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The Word for today

“O God, you are my God, earnestly I seek you; my soul thirsts for you, my body longs for you, in a dryBible and weary land where there is no water. I have seen you in the sanctuary and beheld your power and your glory. Because your love is better than life, my lips will glorify you. I will praise you as long as I live, and in your name I will lift up my hands” (Psalm 63:1-4 NIV84).

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Yet another verification of the scriptural record

It was announced last week that another King Hezekiah bulla has been found (initially discovered in 2009). This is a small clay seal (13×12 millimeters) used by Hezekiah to seal and authenticate a document. It was molded around the strings that tied the document shut. In fact, we can still see the impression from the fibers on this bulla.

BullaWe already had eight other bullae bearing King Hezekiah’s name, but they were unprovenanced. This new bulla was uncovered during an official excavation at the Temple Mount in Jerusalem by Dr. Eliat Mazar. It reads, “Belonging to Hezekiah, (son of) Ahaz, king of Judah.”

There’s a nice video on the find here.

The discovery of this bulla should remind us again that the Bible is not a book of fairy tales. It is written as history, and archaeological finds such as this prove that it is based on real historical people and real historical events.

Source: https://theosophical.wordpress.com/author/jasondulle/

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As the world turns…

A California professor who openly expresses his conservative social views says a recent study on “homophobia” is an example of the “garbage” emanating from the field of social psychology.

Dr. Robert Oscar Lopez is an associate professor of English at California State University-Northridge. The tenured educator was raised by his mother and her lesbian partner, but opposes homosexual “marriage” and adoption of children by homosexuals.

OneNewsNow spoke with Lopez about a recent study out of Italy that suggests people who psychologyoppose homosexuality have a high rate of mental disorders. Discussing the study, lead researcher Dr. Emmanuele A. Jannini is quoted as saying: “After discussing for centuries if homosexuality is to be considered a disease, for the first time we demonstrated that the real disease to be cured is homophobia, associated with potentially severe psychopathologies.”

According to Lopez, the study was done mostly by homosexuals and their supporters in the social psychology field—a field where he says one must look long and hard to find social conservatives.

“It’s almost impossible for the research teams to critique their own methodologies or to improve or to see their own biases,” he explains.”… I think this study is just part of that whole way of social psychology research that is complete garbage at this point.”

Lopez contends a dissenting voice must be heard in that field of study.

Source: http://www.onenewsnow.com/education/2015/11/18/study-labels-homophobia-as-a-disease/

I can only add: Amen! This is one more reason to avoid all college courses that have psychology in their name or course description. If you think you must send your son or daughter to a secular college, avoid state owned schools. Choose a local private or technical school, or a community college. Online classes might be an option. Cease thinking that to earn a living one must have an Ivy League education. But even “a living” comes after “a life.” The preservation of their walk with God and the salvation of their souls must be the first priority.

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…and keeps on turning

The Freedom From Religious Foundation (FFRF) has convinced an Illinois university to remove Gideon Bibles from its hotel rooms after complaining that their concealed presence constituted Ban Bibleunlawful “proselytization.”

Source: http://www.onenewsnow.com/culture/2015/11/15/ffrf-moves-to-ban-bibles-from-hotel-rooms/

Colleges have to surrender to whatever the administration wants because they depend on government money. If they don’t, they lose their funding, veteran’s benefits, student loan guarantees, etc. This administration wants all colleges to soon be tuition free. The government will pick up the tab (sounds good, huh?). But in that way the government fully controls the learning environment to ensure that the institution is deeply involved in social engineering and becoming a faith-free zone.

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The I Don’t Get It Award for January

The award this month goes to Bernie Sanders, socialist Democrat senator from Vermont. Last week heYellow Ribbon Award isolated on white background tweeted this: “You have families out there paying 6, 8, 10 percent on student debt but you can refinance your homes at 3 percent. What sense is that?”

Uh, Bernie….it makes perfect sense. Quickly, return tweets were rolling in to inform him of the “sense.” Some of the nicer ones pointed out that “a ‘home’ is collateral which the bank can take possession of in case of default. There’s this thing called collateral—until banks can seize human brains in the event of a default. It’s so weird that someone whose platform is all about economics doesn’t understand secured debt and collateral. You probably think we should just print some money & pass it around too.” Heeeerrrreeeesss your award, Bernie.

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A 54-year old woman…

…had a heart attack and was taken to the hospital. She had a near death experience on the operating table. Seeing God, she asked, “Is my time up?” God said, “No, you have another 43 years, 2 months and 8 days to live.”

Upon recovery, the woman decided to stay in the hospital and have a face-lift, liposuction, implants and a tummy tuck. She even had someone come in and change her hair color and brighten her teeth. Since she had plenty of time left, she wanted to make the most of it. After her last operation, she was released from the hospital. While crossing the street to her car, she was struck by an ambulance and killed.

Arriving in front of God, she demanded, “I thought you said I had another 43 years. Why didn’t you pull me out of the path of the ambulance?” God replied, “I didn’t recognize you.”

Sorry, I couldn’t resist.

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What are your kids learning at school?

Math teacher: “I use math class to teach young kids about homosexuality so I can ‘hide’ it from parents.”

TORONTO, April 24, 2015 (LifeSiteNews.com) — A lesbian teacher ‘married’ to another woman revealed at a pro-gay teachers’ conference earlier this month how she teaches grade 4-5 students to accept homosexuality through what she called “social justice” math.

Alicia Gunn, an elementary public school teacher in Mississauga, Ontario, told attendees at the AprilSocialEngineering 10 conference in Toronto’s City Hall that injecting LGBTQ issues into the classroom, especially in math, helps students as young as nine “disrupt the single story that many of our kids have about LGBTQ families.”

“Social justice math happens when students are solving problems using real, engaging, and meaningful numbers. Social justice issues happening in their school, community, or even globally become the context for the math that the students are doing,” she said.

The conference, hosted by the homosexual activist organization Jer’s Vision—now called the Canadian Centre for Gender and Sexual Diversity—focused on the implementation of Bill 13 in Ontario classrooms. Bill 13, called by critics the homosexual bill of rights, passed in June 2012, giving students the right to form pro-gay clubs in their school, including Catholic ones, using the name Gay-Straight Alliance.

It is unwise to send your children off to school with no idea of what they are learning or who is teaching it.

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Screen time and your kids’ health

Don’t miss this article about one of the most relevant topics facing Christians today.

https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/mental-wealth/201508/screentime-is-making-kids-moody-crazy-and-lazy

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Another voice

Diversity

Diversity is not a value. Diversity just is. We don’t value diversity for diversity’s sake, but for what that diversity provides us. For example, we value diversity in food because we enjoy eating different kinds of food. We value diversity of clothing styles because we like to express ourselves in different ways, and we think it would be wrong to make everyone wear the same kind of clothes or eat the exact same food. But there are some examples of diversity that should not be valued or “celebrated.”

Diversity-gWe should not celebrate diversity in moral views, particularly when some of those moral views entail gross immorality. The British did not celebrate the diversity of Indians when they burned their widows on the funeral pyre. They forcibly ended that barbarism. We should not celebrate diversity in how women’s genitalia is treated—celebrating those who mutilate women’s genitalia alongside those who do not. We should not celebrate the diversity of killing one’s own daughter after she is raped to preserve the honor of the family. [Muslims in several countries still practice these things.]

Not all ideas are of equal value. We celebrate the diversity of people, but not the diversity of ideas. Bad ideas should be fought against—first by persuasion, but if that fails, in some cases we must fight those ideas by force.

Source: Jason Dulle @ https://theosophical.wordpress.com/author/jasondulle/

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The Mullahs are coming

It is said that the vast majority of Muslims are not among the terrorists. Probably true. But as their population here quietly explodes, and their political clout increases, the Mullahs will be the ones calling the shots, not the veiled women in the hajibs pleading for relief. Not the smiling, moderate-sounding CAIR spokespeople. Not the guy down the block selling you bottled water and newspapers Mullahat the convenience store.

The terrorists will be the ones who weren’t last week, but are today, who weren’t sufficiently radical yesterday (or brave enough), but crossed the line last night after hearing his Mullah call for jihad. He is the one doing today whatever he was told last night to do in order to earn a swift trip to paradise.

Calm is being called for, but when the sword of Democles is swinging above our heads, coming ever closer, calmness is not the expected emotion. Calmness may be achievable once it is shown that those with whom the terrorists are associated begin to love America as much as we do. Who’s holding their breath?

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New poll shows confusion about Trinity

A survey released recently by LifeWay Research for Ligonier Ministries “reveals a significant level of theological confusion,” said Stephen Nichols, Ligonier’s chief academic officer. Many evangelicals do not have orthodox views about either God or humans, especially on questions of salvation and the Holy Spirit, he said. [Imagine that.]

Evangelicals did score high on several points. Nearly all believe that Jesus Christ rose from the dead (96%), and that salvation is found through Jesus alone (92%). Strong majorities said that God is sovereign over all people (89%) and that the Bible is the Word of God (88%).

Trinity 1And in some cases the problem seems to be uncertainty rather than heresy. For example, only 6 percent of evangelicals think the Book of Mormon is a revelation from God, but an additional 18 percent aren’t sure and think it might be.

Jesus, Almost as Good as His Father?

Almost all evangelicals say they believe in the Trinity (96%) and that Jesus is fully human and fully divine (88%).

But nearly a quarter (22%) said God the Father is more divine than Jesus, and 9 percent weren’t sure. Further, 16 percent say Jesus was the first creature created by God, while 11 percent were unsure.

No doubt, phrases like “only begotten Son” (John 3:16) and “firstborn of all creation” (Col. 1:15) have led others in history to hold these views, too. In the fourth century, a priest from Libya named Arius (c. 250–336) announced, “If the Father begat the Son, then he who was begotten had a beginning. …There was a time when the Son was not.” The idea, known as Arianism, gained wide appeal, even among clergy. But it did not go unopposed. Theologians Alexander and Athanasius of Alexandria, Egypt, argued that Arius denied Christ’s true divinity. Christ is not of similar substance to God, they explained, but of the same substance.

Believing the debate could split the Roman Empire, Emperor Constantine convened the first ecumenical church council in Nicaea in A.D. 325. The council, comprising over 300 bishops, rejected Arianism as heresy and maintained that Jesus shares the same eternal substance with the Father. Orthodoxy struggled to gain popular approval, however, and several heresies revolving around Jesus continued to spread. At the second ecumenical council in Constantinople in 381, church leaders reiterated their condemnation of Arianism and enlarged the Nicene Creed to describe Jesus as “the only-begotten Son  of God, begotten of the Father before all worlds, Light of Light, very God of very 17409489-Abstract-word-cloud-for-Trinitarian-formula-with-related-tags-and-terms-Stock-PhotoGod, begotten, not made, being of one substance with the Father, by whom all things were made.” In other words, the Son is not a created being, nor can he be less divine than the Father. [I have always wondered: since begotten of (by) has to mean He came from the Father and therefore is not co-eternal, how can they continue to propagate a co-equal, co-eternal, co-existent Trinitarian Godhead? The second person in the Godhead is apparently misnamed if He did not come from, or originate out of, the Father. How does one become a “son”? How did the title of “Son” become attached to Him? In the piece of art above, please note the white-haired Father and the younger-looking Jesus. Hmmmmm…..]

The Holy Spirit: May the Force Be with You?

But if evangelicals sometime misunderstand doctrines about Jesus, the third member of the Trinity has it much worse. More than half (51%) said the Holy Spirit is a force, not a personal being. Seven percent weren’t sure, while only 42 percent affirmed that the Spirit is a person. [Note the revelation, most Evangelicals don’t believe the full doctrine of the Trinity!] And 9 percent said the Holy Spirit is less divine than God the Father and Jesus. The same percentage answered “not sure.”

Like Arianism, confusion over the nature and identity of the Spirit dates to the early church. During the latter half of the fourth century, sects like Semi-Arians and Pneumatomachi (Greek for “Spirit Trinity 4fighters”) believed “in the Holy Spirit”—as the First Council of Nicaea (A.D. 325) taught—but said the Spirit was of a different essence from the Father and the Son. Some said the Spirit was a creature, and others understood the Spirit to be a force or power, not a person of the Trinity. [A split within Roman Catholicism over this issue is what created the Eastern Orthodox Church.]

At Constantinople, 150 bishops assembled to discuss these heresies, among other issues, and affirmed that “the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit have a single Godhead and power and substance, a dignity deserving the same honor and a co-eternal sovereignty, in three most perfect hypostases, or three perfect persons.” Affirming the full divinity and personhood of the Holy Spirit, the church ruled out Semi-Arianism and Pneumatomachianism. [In other words, the Trinity doctrine was really formed to oppose another false doctrine. Is that why it took 300+ years to find words to express it…or have they found them yet? Nay!]

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  • If a gun ban would stop shootings, wouldn’t a terrorism ban stop terrorism?
  • A recent study shows that women who carry a little extra weight live longer than men who mention it.

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JREnsey Blog December 2015

Welcome to the DECEMBER blog!

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The Word for today

“And it came to pass in those days that a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that Bible_1all the world should be registered. This census first took place while Quirinius was governing Syria. So all went to be registered, everyone to his own city. Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judea, to the city of David, which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and lineage of David, to be registered with Mary, his betrothed wife, who was with child. So it was, that while they were there, the days were completed for her to be delivered. And she brought forth her firstborn Son, and wrapped Him in swaddling cloths, and laid Him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn” (Luke 2:1-7 NKJV).

I wonder…were Joseph and Mary aware that a birth in Bethlehem would fulfill the prophecy of Micah 5:2?

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Should Christians observe holidays?

HolidaysEvery year about this time the topic of the observance of holidays arises among Christian churches and ministers. Pastors are often confronted with questions about participating in these holidays. We have placed a series of articles under the title “Holidays and Christians” on our web site. Please CLICK HERE to go directly to them. They are published to simply provide information on this topic, not to state the position of this blogger.

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Why does the Bible commend the Magi for following the star, when it condemns astrology?

The Bible does indeed condemn astrology (Leviticus 19:26; Deuteronomy 18:10; Isaiah 8:19), yet God blessed the wise men (Magi) for using a star to indicate the birth of Christ.

First, we need to ask what astrology is. Astrology is a belief that the study of the arrangement and movements of the stars can enable one to foretell events—whether they portend good or evil.

Second, the star used in the biblical account was to announce the birth of Christ, not magi2to foretell the event. God gave the star to the Magi as a sign to proclaim to them that the child had already been born. We know the child was already born, because in Matthew 2:16, Herod gives a command to kill all the boys in Bethlehem and vicinity that are two years old or younger in accordance with “the time which he had ascertained from the Magi” (NASB).

Third, there are other cases in the Bible in which the stars and planets are used by God to reveal His desires. Psalm 19: 1-6 affirms that the heavens declare God’s glory, and Romans 1:18-20 teaches that creation reveals God’s existence. Christ refers to what will happen to the sun, moon, and stars in connection with His second coming (Matthew 24:29,30), as did the prophet Joel (2:31,32). The star guiding the Magi was not used to predict, but to proclaim the birth of Christ.

Adapted from Norman Geisler and Thomas Howe, The Big Book of Bible Difficulties.

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Happening now

Who is breaking what down?

Barack Obama announced he would “ban the box” of criminal history questions on some government job applications, praising former inmates who had reintegrated with society and saying “it’s not too late” to break the cycles of the American justice Newssystem. Now no one will have to admit they have a criminal record to work for the government. Doesn’t that give you the warm fuzzies?

Canada moves toward more anti-Christian socialism

A Christian group has been denied a permit to hold its annual music festival in a downtown square by the City of Toronto, which declares that singing the name of Jesus in a public venue constitutes proselytizing. How is their “no proselytizing” ordinance different from similar laws in Russia and other socialistic/communist countries?

Hijacked sites

The UN Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) passed a resolution that declared the Tomb of the Patriarchs in Hebron & Rachel’s Tomb in Bethlehem as Islamic sites. This is an obvious attempt by the Arab Nations to change history and delegitimize Israel’s holy sites.

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Are you tolerating the Jezebel spirit?

How can you tell if a Jezebel spirit is anywhere around?Lipstick

http://dianarasmussen.com/2013/06/10/the-jezebel-spirit-discerning-the-spirit-of-control/

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What is the “Majority Text” of the Bible?

I recently read a packet of brochures advertised in a ministerial magazine that stated: “The King James Bible is the only Bible that uses the ‘Majority Text.’” (The Majority Text is abbreviated herein as MT.) The statement seemed to suggest that Erasmus textthe KJV translators used the MT to translate that version. Since there was no MT, as such, in 1611, they could not have used it.

What is the MT? It is nineteenth and twentieth century compilations of the form of the Greek text found in the majority of extant Greek manuscripts. That the Textus Receptus (TR, pictured at right), which was the basic Greek textual source employed by the KJV translators, resembles the MT is not accidental. Erasmus simply referenced about a half dozen late Byzantine manuscripts that were available to him and the Latin Vulgate in compiling the TR. The TR/Byzantine manuscripts would later be used in producing the MT. In developing the MT, some scholars went through most of the Greek manuscripts and picked out words, phrases, and verses that appeared in a majority of the extant TR readings available at the time. Early proponents of the project were convinced that such a compilation would produce the reading closest to the original. At least four volumes have been printed proposing to be the MT. Each takes a slightly different approach to textual criticism. Some used manuscripts that were not available to others.

Tyndale BibleThe collation revealed that the KJV reads differently from the MT in many places where the translators changed words, added words, and omitted words from the Greek text. Those holding to the Byzantine-based Majority Text must be willing to give up certain verses that are not in the majority of Greek manuscripts, such as Acts 8:37 and I John 5:7b-8a (the Trinitarian Johannine Comma). They would also have to give up all or parts of Matthew 27:35; Mark 15:3; Luke 7:31; 9:1; 17:36; 20:19, Acts 7:37; 9:5,6; Acts 10:6b; 10:21; 15:34; Romans 13:9; Revelation 1:11; 14:5, and many others. There would be no “raise the dead” in Matthew 10:8. They would also have to add back parts of other verses to match the MT. Perhaps that is why no Bibles are being published containing only the MT.

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Birth order surprise

Many readers are familiar with certain birth order proponents, like Kevin Leman, et al. It provides conversation fodder and may be an interesting topic, but is it scientific? A study was recently completed that may be of interest those with siblings.

“Birth order has no meaningful effect on personality or IQ, massive study rebirth-orderports. For those who believe that birth order influences traits like personality and intelligence, a study of 377,000 high school students offers some good news: Yes, the study found, first-borns do have higher IQs and consistently different personality traits than those born later in the family chronology. However, researchers say, the differences between first-borns and ‘later-borns’ are so small  that they have no practical relevance to people’s lives. The analysis is reported in the Journal of Research in Personality. “‘This is a conspicuously large sample size,’ said University of Illinois psychology professor Brent Roberts, who led the analysis with postdoctoral researcher Rodica Damian (now a professor of psychology at the University of Houston). ‘It’s the biggest in history looking at birth order and personality.’ “The analysis found—as a previous large-scale study did—that first-borns enjoy a one-IQ-point advantage over later-borns, Damian said. The difference is statistically significant but meaningless, she said.

Birth order 2“The analysis also revealed consistent differences in personality traits between first-borns and later-borns—first-borns tended to be more extroverted, agreeable and conscientious, and had less anxiety than later-borns, for example—but those differences were ‘infinitesimally small, amounting to a correlation of 0.02, Roberts said, “The message of this study is that birth order probably should not influence your parenting, because it’s not meaningfully related to your kid’s personality or IQ,” Damian said.

Source: http://medicalxpress.com/news/2015-07-birth-meaningful-effect-personality-iq.htm

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Another reason not to look to celebrities for political guidance

UFC champion Ronda Rousey has made an endorsement in the 2016 presidential race: Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders.

In a magazine interview, Rousey said she admired the Democratic socialist’s approach to fundraising.

“I’m voting for Bernie Sanders, because he doesn’t take any corporate money,” she Celebrities and polsaid. “I don’t think politicians should be allowed to take money for their campaigns from outside interests.”

The martial arts star suggested she would not vote for Hillary Clinton if Sanders doesn’t win the Democratic nomination.

“If he doesn’t win against Hillary, then I’ll probably vote for a third party again,” she told Maxim. “To be honest, in 2012 I was against both candidates and so I just picked any third party because I thought if more people voted for third parties then they’d have to take third parties seriously.”

“If he doesn’t win against Hillary, then I’ll probably vote for a third party again…I voted for Roseanne [Barr] last time,” she said.

What terrific insight.

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Gay marriage hurts no one, right?

The line that it affects no one but the couple, and injures no one else is being parroted by some ministers. What could approval of same sex marriage damage?

The economy—at least the economy of particular businesses. Businesses that cater weddings are being forced to provide those services for gay weddings that are against their religious beliefs. If they refuse, they are fined and some are closing in Gay marriage-GTY-466847455order not to have to provide those services. Companies are being forced to pay for “diversity and inclusivism” training. Hiring practices have to be adjusted, making it more difficult to find and train good help.

It hurts families. A strain is put on traditional husband-wife families, which represent about 95% of American families. Brothers, sisters, parents, aunts, uncles, and others have to adjust and tolerate the weirdness of it. Then there is the fact that no child will be born to them for continuance of the family name and heritage.

It ultimately takes certain freedoms away from the vast majority of citizens to allow tiny minorities to force their views on all others. Churches are being pressured to change their long-held, Scripture-based convictions in order to appease a few who insist of having their way regardless of who it may inconvenience.

The gay marriage issue and current “bathroom ordinances” in some cities are high on the LGBTQ agenda.

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Sexual predator claiming to be “transgender” is jailed after assault on women in shelter

TORONTO, March 4, 2014 (LifeSiteNews.com) – A biological man claiming to be ‘transgender’ so as to gain access to and prey on women at two Toronto shelters was Transgender-Predatorjailed “indefinitely” last week after being declared by a judge a “dangerous offender.”

Pro-family leaders are pointing out that this is exactly the type of incident they warned of as the Ontario government passed its “gender identity” bill, dubbed the “bathroom bill,” in 2012.

Christopher Hambrook, 37, leaned on the ever expanding legal “rights” offered to people who “identify” with the sex opposite their biology. Under the name “Jessica,” he was able to get into the women’s shelters, where he sexually assaulted several women in 2012, the Toronto Sun reported. Hambrook was a former stripper and escort from Quebec before moving to Toronto in 2009 and posing as a woman. While in Montreal he served four years in jail for a 2002 sexual assault of a five-year-old girl who was a family friend and for raping a mentally challenged 27-year-old woman while on bail for the first crime.

Now Dallas city council has passed a bill allowing transgender men in women’s restrooms. The ordinance makes any public restroom open to anyone’s “perceived gender identity as male, female, both, or neither.” It would apply to any facility of “public accommodation.” It lists those places but omitted churches. And what does “neither” mean? Must we lose our liberties in order for a minute few to exercise theirs? The ordinance would include restrooms encompassing showers and locker rooms.

CFHLogoLadies, it is your turn to speak up on these issues. This weirdness needs to stop. Houston rejected a similar ordinance and Dallas should do the same. You know it won’t stop there. Churches will be on the list in time, and those that refuse to acquiesce to this ordinance will lose tax exemption. So how many genders are there?

Obama told us plainly that his administration would radically change America. He was right…but the voters who put him in were wrong. All this political correctness is coming down from Washington, particularly from the White House.

Dallas area pastors are encouraged to unite in opposition to this egregious ordinance. Let’s cover Dallas with prayer and every legitimate effort to repeal this ordinance.

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I dislike publishing these stories…

…but they will eventually affect our churches and our congregations, so get ready. Matt Walsh sez:

“Transgenders” are [usually] men who struggle with mental illness and sexual perversion. Of all the men to permit in a girl’s locker room, one might argue that “transgenders” ought to be last on the list. Remember Lila Perry, the male “transgender” Missouri high school student who demanded, and was granted, the lilaright to change and use the restroom with girls? A look at his own social media postings reveal that he is attracted to females (and males), and enjoys posting crude, explicit pictures of himself. What sort of parent wouldn’t be concerned about a vulgar, hypersexual boy like that using the locker room with their daughter? What sort of government claims that a boy like that has a civil right to infringe on the privacy and security of girls?

It’s really a remarkable thing. Liberalism is the prominent ideology in America, yet it is ultimately dominated by the most quantitatively insignificant group on the planet. Homosexuals are already a relatively rare breed, and “transgenders” are even more scarce. There are a handful of gender-confused people in this country, but their demands and desires trump everyone’s, including even the desires of the feminists who used to rule the liberal roost.

Source: Matt Walsh at http://www.theblaze.com/contributions/with-the-transgender-movement-liberalism-has-finally-descended-into-total-madness/?utm_source=Sailthru&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Firewire%20Morning%20Edition%20Recurring%20v2%202015-11-06&utm_term=Firewire_Morning_Test

Parents beware:

A southern Wisconsin elementary school in Mt. Horeb cancelled a planned reading of a children’s book about a transgender girl after a group threatened to sue. The school district released a statement Wednesday saying it will not proceed with its planned reading of the book “I am Jazz,” the Capital Times reported. Parents and pastors: take note…take action. Check your children’s textbooks.

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Boldness

By E. L. Holley

They marveled! A closer observation revealed a lack of the long robes of learning. Such boldness!document What was the answer? In the final analysis, the critical clerics found the source of the apostolic boldness: “They had been with Jesus” (Acts 4:13).

The mark of men who have been with Jesus is boldness! And, in this day of doubt, it is still marvelous to see men who are bold in the Spirit! They do not indulge in weak ambiguities. Their words are decisive and their declarations plain. With a love that shines through their expression, such men use plainness of speech. No stammering of fearful uncertainty, but the clarity of “Thus saith the Lord” is their mark.

Such a boldness is not suggestive of a wild-eyed frenzy in which fear is the object. It isn’t threats or coercion. No, a thousand times, no! Abrasive speech is not indicative of boldness; rather, the very opposite.

Bold men are uninhibited by the paralyzing effects of fear. A visit with Jesus in prayer will enable a disciple to cast out all fear; indeed, perfect love affects this in the heart of a child of God. Presence of mind and freedom of speech and action are true marks of a holy boldness. To saturate the soul with God’s awesome presence is to create this condition. Witnessing is easy in such a state.

And what is the prerequisite for this frame of mind? The answer lies in being “with Jesus.” A spiritual aggressiveness is becoming more evident. A readiness to step out on the promises of God is obvious. It is a very contiguous condition!

God is the same yesterday, today, and forever! To spend time in His presence is to stoke the fires of fervency and faith. He wants us to stand up for Him in a world gone astray. He will embolden you.

First, however, you must get in His presence!

From The Best of E. L. Holley

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Jesus after the resurrection

12351-Jesus_Hands_Resurrected.1200w.tnIf Jesus had the same physical body after His resurrection, why did His disciples not recognize Him? (Luke 24:31b)

The two disciples walked with Jesus, talked with Him, and ate with Him and still did not recognize Him. Other disciples had the same experience (See verses below). If He rose in the same physical body (cf. Luke 24:39; John 20:27), then why didn’t they recognize Him?

Jesus did rise in the numerically same body of flesh and bones in which He died. There were many reasons why He was not immediately recognized by His disciples.

  1. Dullness – Luke 24:25,26
  2. Disbelief – John 20:24,25
  3. Disappointment – John 20:11-15
  4. Dread – Luke 24:36,37
  5. Dimness – John 20:1,14,15
  6. Distance – John 21:4
  7. Different clothes – John 19:23,24; cf. 20:6-8

Notice, however, two important things: the problem was only temporary, and before the appearance was over they were absolutely convinced that it was the same Jesus in the same physical body of flesh, bones, and scars that he had before the resurrection. And they went out of His presence to turn the world upside down, fearlessly facing death, because they had not the slightest doubt that He had conquered death in the same physical body in which He had experienced it.

Source: Norman Geisler and Thomas Howe in The Big Book of Bible Difficulties.

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In transition?

Many churches are in the throes of leadership transition or soon will be. In some cases, there is not an outright resignation of a pastor, but the matter of bringing in abaton-pass minister with another title, and/or creating a new title for the current leader to move up, has become common. There are definite opportunities for successful leadership transitions but there are some pitfalls also. If you would like the results of a survey we have done on pastoral leadership transitions, call 936-537-0250 or email to jnz@kingwoodcable.net.

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This month’s “I Don’t Get It” Award

It goes to President Obama, hands down. He declared on Nov. 24 that the current climate change summit in ParisYellow Ribbon Award isolated on white background would be a “powerful rebuke” to terrorists. Speaking alongside French President Francois Hollande at a joint news conference, he said: “Next week, I will be joining President Hollande and world leaders in Paris for the global climate conference. What a powerful rebuke to the terrorists it will be, when the world stands as one and shows that we will not be deterred from building a better future for our children.”

The real terrorists in the eyes of this administration are the job-producing industries, factories and workplaces where employment provides a higher standard of living than they wish for Americans. Restricting them or closing them down will give those Islamic terrorists a real rebuking. Biff! Bam! Pow! Take that, you ISIL jihadis!

zimg_005_5To further nail down the award, the president spoke of Republicans who were concerned about Islamic terrorists slipping into the country among the Syrian refugees: “Apparently they are scared of widows and orphans coming into the United States of America,” Obama said of Republicans. “At first, they were too scared of the press being too tough on them in the debates. Now they are scared of three-year old orphans. That doesn’t seem so tough to me.” As you can see in the photo, more widows and orphans are on their way. (Oops…no orphans or widows visible in the photo!)

But the clincher was when he added what we already knew: “What I’m not interested in doing is posing or pursuing some notion of ‘American leadership’ or ‘America winning.’” *

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Health for the bones

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Observed

eyes noticingMany churchgoers are like a hitchhiker’s thumb: “You buy the car, pay for repairs and insurance, fill it with gas, & I’ll ride with you. But if things don’t suit me, I’ll bail out. And if you have an accident, I’ll probably sue. This thumb is always out for a better ride.”

You don’t have to go to church to be a Christian. You don’t have to go home to be married either. But your relationship surely works better!

Seen on a Bible cover: “WARNING: Prolonged use of Holy Scripture may result in maturity, wisdom, character, holiness, and eternal life.”

“Some people are very much like old wheelbarrows—half full of dirt, useful only when pushed, and very easily upset.” – Vance Havner

One man said his wife didn’t have much a sense of humor. She told him, “I am going to try to please one person every day. Today is not your day, and it doesn’t look too promising for tomorrow.” Ouch!

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The Last Shot

If Islam is a religion of peace, shouldn’t Islamic extremists be extremely peaceful? – Patriot Post

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Thanks for visiting. Stop by next month. In the meantime, pray for our nation. And have a merry Christmas…and may it not be the last merry one we have if Jesus tarries.

JREnsey

 

* We love all of our leaders, including the President. We pray for them. We wish the best for them. Disagreement with statements or policies does not qualify as hate or hate speech.

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JREnsey blog November 2015

Welcome to the NOVEMBER 2015 JREnsey blog!

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The Word for today (warning: graphic language)

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

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 God’s advice still good

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

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

The man in the story above proved it.

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 This is what most Americans want

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

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

And most of all…

  1. “RESPECT OUR MILITARY AND OUR FLAG!!”

We the people are coming!

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Old Bibles

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

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Erasmus 1516 (Greek/Latin)

 

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Coverdale Bible 1535

 

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King James Bible 1611

 

 

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Algonquin-Eliot 1663 First Bible printed in America

 

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Aitken 1782 First KJV printed in America

 

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Speaking truth does not equal hate

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

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

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 The 44-second silence

 Benjamin Netanyahu recently spoke before the United Nations.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Who’s calling, please?

Book review of Jesus Calling by Sarah Young

Reviewed by Bob DeWaay

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

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

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

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Doesn’t this make you feel safe?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 Oldest draft of KJV

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Know your rights

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

Paraprosdokians

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

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

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He wasn’t camera shy

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

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

You can’t fix stupid.

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Care for anything else?

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

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

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These two recent publications contain Bible lessons that deal with issues facing Christians today. In Life Is Too Short, the topics of anger, bringing excess baggage into the Christian journey, unwarranted guilt, doubt, apathy, spiritual deception, drugs, depression, poor choices, and sins of the spirit. Relevant, timely and down to earth. Life is just too short to live with these negatives.

In People in Proverbs nineteen people mentioned in the Book of Proverbs are placed under the microscope. These include The Man of Understanding, The Generous Man, The Fantasy Chasing Man, The Powerful Man, The Conceited Man, The Virtuous Woman, The Contentious Woman, The Indiscreet Woman, The Disciplined Man, The Prudent Man, The Deceitful Man, The Happy Man, The Proud Man, The Safe Man, The Stupid Man, The Lazy Man, The Offended Man, and The Risen Man. Filled with truth in street clothes, those who teach will find practical insights and illustrations to make your lesson come alive.

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Freedom from fear

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

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Thanks for taking time to visit. Have a great Thanksgiving! See you next month.

JREnsey

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JREnsey blog October 2015

Welcome to the OCTOBER 2015 JREnsey blog!

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 The Word for today

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

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

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

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

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 Ain’t love grand?

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

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

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

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

http://www.thepublicdiscourse.com/2015/09/15171/

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“At night we could hear them screaming…”

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

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

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

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

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

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

Source: The Blaze, 9/21/15

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

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Rainbow Doritos

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

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

Source: Jason Dulle @Theo-sophical Ruminations

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

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Progressing backward

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

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

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

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Chillin’ out with 1970 Earth Day Predictions

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

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

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

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

Read the remaining seven dire predictions by clicking here…

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A time for truth

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

http://www.theguardian.com/science/2015/sep/16/seroxat-study-harmful-effects-young-people

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/09/17/health/antidepressant-paxil-is-unsafe-for-teenagers-new-analysis-says.html?_r=1

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

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They said it

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

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 Bible Interpretation Must NOT Be Subjected to Cultural Accommodation

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

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

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Meditation

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

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

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

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

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

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

– Dr. Henry M. Morris

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

In his monthly newsletter, Doug Kutilek wrote:

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

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

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

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

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

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Is the pope the new world leader?

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

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

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

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

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

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

Even so, come, Lord Jesus.

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Leftists swallow pope’s line

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Churchill on Islam—In 1899!

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

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

The River War (1899)

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I Was An Atheist: But God…

By David Whitaker

145 pp; paper

Reviewed by JREnsey

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

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

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

I encourage you to buy and read this book for two reasons. First, it will inspire your faith that no one lives beyond the reach of God’s love. Second, you will catch a glimpse of how a confessed atheist thinks, and what it might take to bring him to faith. You will enjoy the book, plus it might be a witnessing tool if you know any professing atheists.

Order here: https://www.createspace.com/5710603

Every parent and pastor should read the following review!

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

by William J. Bennett and David Wilezol

Nashville: Thomas Nelson, 2013.

278 pp., hardback.

Reviewed by Doug Kutilek

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

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

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

Available at a local bookstore or online.

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Order online at www.advanceministries.org/ or phone 936-537-0250.

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Laugh a little, cry a lot

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

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

 

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Thanks for visiting. See you next month.

JREnsey

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JREnsey blog September 2015

Welcome to the September 2015 JREnsey blog!

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The Word for today

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

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

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

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

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

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From John Wesley’s Journal

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

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It’s about time

Southern Baptists finally drop ban of speaking in tongues

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Saul Alinsky is president

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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What are churches and pastors allowed to do politically?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Erasmus on “Preaching”

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

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No flags at school

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Islamic Immigration in Europe

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

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

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

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

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

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Should American Christians be concerned about immigration?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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They said it

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

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

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

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

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

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On Jewish monotheism

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

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

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

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

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

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Speaking of one and only…

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Grab a quick smile before continuing

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

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

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

Medical report blunders:

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

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

The shoulder dislocation was relocated in the emergency room.

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

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

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

The patient had no recollection of memory loss.

Source: Seniorific News

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

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BooksBooksBooksBooksBooks

The Unbound Scriptures

by Rick Norris

41gliDc2j6L._SL500_SX319_BO1,204,203,200_This 540+ page book is based on over a dozen years of intensive study and research. It provides one of the most complete bibliographies of books relating to the topic of Bible translation. It includes important information about the history of our English Bibles and about the view of Bible translation in the 16th and 17th centuries.

Some of the topics discussed in the book include KJV-only view variations, Bible copyright, archaic words, claim of translators’ superiority, character of King James, rules for the translators, revision, marginal notes, italics, genetic fallacy, ad hominem arguments, post hoc fallacy, argument from experience, results, tradition, or antiquity, doctrines of inerrancy and inspiration, claim of advanced revelation, line of “good Bibles,” claim concerning inspired words, uniformity vs. variety of translation, the name of God & Christ in the Scriptures, and a myriad of other topics. You won’t believe how much helpful information is packed between these covers.

AM Price $ 17.99  To order call 936-537-0250.

How to Prepare for Hard Times and Persecution

by Maria KneasHard Times

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

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

The first part of How to Prepare for Hard Times and Persecution is based on years of research into current events looked at from a biblical perspective. It discloses what is happening, how we got there, and where we are heading. The second part gives encouragement from Scripture and biblical principles for dealing with the challenges of the perilous times in which we live.

As Christians, we cannot afford to compromise our faith. We need to believe and obey the inspired Word of God. We need to be prepared to respond to persecution biblically instead of reacting to it carnally.

AM Price $ 13.95   To order call 936-537-0250.

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For your not-so-funny bone

Flag offensive

Abortion

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HILLARY LIES

Hillarys server

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Fox new and Obama

Immigration or invasion

Iran deal dooms Israel

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Parting Shots

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

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

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On a personal note:

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

G'Pa's Birthday gift 2015

Emery Elise Ensey

Proud parents: Jonathan and Molly Ensey

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

JREnsey

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JREnsey blog August 2015

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

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The Word for todayMatt Bible

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

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Diary of an Azusa St. convert

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Story Of My Rifle

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

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

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

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

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

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Millions for baby parts

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

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

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More political correctness to harass Christian colleges

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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I wonder…

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Where do desks really come from?

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

‘Ms. Cothren, where are our desks?’

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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FACT CHECK: BIBLE TRANSLATIONS

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

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

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

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

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

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

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You may want to check our these stories

gun-controlThe IRS to do “gun control” on Social Security recipients

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2015/07/20/obama-looks-to-ban-social-security-recipients-from-owning-guns/

Coming to a school near you

Gender diversity taught to kindergarten kids

https://www.facebook.com/truthandedutainment/videos/1587865388143854/?fref=nf

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Pope’s Apology tour?

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

In June he apologized to Waldensians and Albigensians.

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

http://www.christianitytoday.com/gleanings/2015/july/pope-apologizes-to-first-evangelicals-for-persecution.html?utm_source=ctweekly-html&utm_medium=Newsletter&utm_term=11268130&utm_content=367743822&utm_campaign=2013

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An encouraging word

Russell Moore writes:

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

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

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

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

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

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BooksBooksBooksBooksBooksBooks

 The Unbound Scriptures

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

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

Gods At War

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

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For your funny bone

 

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radical Islam

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Iran nuke deal

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

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Parting Shot

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

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

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

JREnsey

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JREnsey Blog July 2015

Welcome to the July 2015 JREnsey blog!

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

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Words to remember

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

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

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

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

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

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Wrong again

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

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

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Sleep tight1006

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

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

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One nation under [which] God?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

http://www.worldviewweekend.com/news/article/ignoring-terrorism-celebrating-gay-pride

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You knew it was coming

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

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

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

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

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Taking the blood out of the Bible?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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King James and His Translators

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

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

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

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Will he be called “the Antichrist”?

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

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/jun/15/pope-francis-destruction-ecosystem-leaked-encyclical

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

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Worth reading

http://www.redeemer.com/redeemer-report/article/the_bible_and_same_sex_relationships_a_review_article

http://www.christianitytoday.com/ct/2015/march/andy-crouch-gospel-in-age-of-public-shame.html

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

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The $50.00 Lesson

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

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

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

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

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

“What do you mean?” she asked.

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

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

I said, “Welcome to the Republican Party.”

Her parents aren’t speaking to me anymore.

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Jailed for wearing slacks

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

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

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

Source: LA Times archives, 1938

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

 Fox new and Obama

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

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

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Terrible mistake

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

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Parting Shot

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

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

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JREnsey Blog June 2015

Welcome to the June 2015 JREnsey blog!

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The Word for today

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

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THE CHOICE IS YOURS


From Rain On Me by Holley Gerth

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

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

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

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

THE CHOICE IS YOURS!

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Speaking of Rain

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

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

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Jewish and Christian history remains intact

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

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

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

Are you interested in the history and meaning of the Dead Sea Scrolls? In the free eBook Dead Sea Scrolls, you can learn what the Dead Sea Scrolls are and why are they important. Find out what they tell us about the Bible, Christianity and Judaism.

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

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

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

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

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

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Burn the Jews!

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

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

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

Are we seeing that trend of hatred here in America?

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Somebody is praying for us

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

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

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

Here is the prayer Australian Warwick Marsh prayed for America:

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

Source: Breaking Christian News

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

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Smart man

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

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Homespun wisdom from a pundit

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

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

12.Never squat with your spurs on.

Will Rogers on GROWING OLDER…

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

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

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A comparison

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Even these are stronger than the weakest:

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

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

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

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

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Should Christians do yoga?

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

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

Yoga Is Hindu Worship

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Do you have an abusive husband?

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

http://www.todayschristianwoman.com/articles/2009/january/myabusivechristianmarriage.html?start=1

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

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Four tremblers

Proverbs 30:21-23 (NLT):Preaching

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

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

I am trembling already!

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Book Review

Letters to Pastors and Other Saints

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Reviewed by JREnsey

The New Testament church was blessed to have letters, which we call Epistles, from various apostles that could be passed around from congregation to congregation. Those letters taught, they admonished, and they inspired their readers because they themselves were inspired. But the actual letters of our Lord to particular pastors of particular churches were especially direct and challenging. They probed deeply in “come to Jesus” moments of confrontation, then promised eternal benefits to those who would overcome the superstition and secular influences around them.

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

Enter Peter Connell. He took up the challenge to dig into the background of each church and city to give us fresh insight into the relevance of these letters. I discovered information I had never read. Views that enhanced the parameters of their problems and how overcome them were laid out clearly. Letters to Pastors and Other Saints is an appeal to every leader and layman to live up to our first, high calling.

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

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Send the women!?

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

Can I pick ’em? *

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The other stuff

Border security

Hillarys people

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I couldn’t resist these:

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Old texting

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Parting Shots

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

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

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

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

JREnsey

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

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JREnsey blog May, 2015

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

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The Word for today

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

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

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The saga of Jesus’ wife

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

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

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

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What a strange twist of history

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

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

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

Is America still a nation of the cross?

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

Coming soon to a neighborhood near you!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Source: Anonymous

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More reasons to trust the Bible

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

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

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

Will the skeptics never catch on?

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Is “shacking up” a good idea?

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

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

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They asked for it

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

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

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

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

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

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What’s going on here?

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

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

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

America is asleep at the wheel.

http://www.timesofisrael.com/sales-of-books-on-islam-skyrocket-after-france-attacks/

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Dinnertime for families

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

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

Worth a look!

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How to destroy both country and church

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

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

http://www.advanceministries.org/articles/articlepages/destroy.htm

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The computer swallowed grandma

Yes, honestly it’s true.

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

And disappeared from view.

It devoured her completely,

The thought just makes me squirm.

She must have caught a virus

Or been eaten by a worm.

I’ve searched through the recycle bin

And files of every kind:

I’ve even used the Internet,

But nothing did I find.

In desperation, I asked Jeeves my searches to refine.

The reply from him was negative,

Not a thing was found “online.”

So, if inside your “Inbox,”

My Grandma you should see,

Please “Copy,” “Scan” and “Paste” her

And send her back to me!

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How did they get into college?

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

http://safeshare.tv/w/oHbxeOtsOP

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

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

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

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Move over God, Hillary is coming to change our beliefs

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

http://www.theblaze.com/contributions/hillary-clintons-plan-to-change-your-deep-seated

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

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College OKs club to fund ISIS

http://www.gopusa.com/freshink/2015/04/02/video-sting-fl-school-gives-thumbs-up-to-pro-isis-club/?subscriber=1

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

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

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I need answers

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Guide For LivingIHML_GFL_Revised

A follow-up study for the new believers. This little booklet can be given to the new members to go through alone and then come back to you with any questions they may have. It can also be taught as a text in a class. 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

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Now for that laughing part:

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Grandparents 2

Old texting

 

Grandparents

Maxine 4

Terrible mistake

Hillary

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Iran cheats

Clinton scandals

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Parting Shots

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

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

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

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

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

JREnsey

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