Welcome to the JREnsey December blog!
Coming in January: Apostolic Theological Forum
The seventh annual Apostolic Theological Forum is scheduled for January 15,16—Thursday night, Friday and Friday night—at the Radisson Hotel South in historic Ft. Worth, TX. Participating will be some of the foremost Apostolic theological thinkers and researchers of our time, coming from all around the country.
Everyone is welcome. Registration is free but a syllabus will be available for purchase. Each speaker will take questions after his paper is read. Papers will be presented on Christology, the historical significance of certain doctrines and religious movements, and other issues that are currently relevant to Apostolic theology. Your mind will be expanded and stimulated—guaranteed! Sneak peek: One paper will be titled “What is the Real Name of God?”
Make plans now to attend. The beautiful, recently renovated Radisson Hotel has extended a rate of $89 (mention Apostolic Theological Forum). See you in Ft. Worth!
Others May…But You Cannot
If God has called you to be really like Jesus, He will draw you into a life of crucifixion and humility, and put upon you such demands of obedience, that you will not be able to follow other people, or measure yourself by other Christians, and in many ways He will seem to let other good people do things which He will not let you do.
Other Christians and ministers who seem very religious and useful, may push themselves, pull strings, and work schemes to carry out their plans, but you cannot do it; and if you attempt it, you will meet with such failure and rebuke from the Lord as to make you sorely penitent.
Others may boast of themselves, of their work, of their success, of their writings, but the Holy Spirit will not allow you to do any such thing, and if you begin it, He will lead you into some deep mortification that will make you despise yourself and all your good works.
Others may be allowed to succeed in making money, or may have a legacy left to them, but it is likely God will keep you poor, because He wants you to have something far better than gold, namely a helpless dependence on Him, that He may have the privilege of supplying your needs day by day out of an unseen treasury.
The Lord may let others be honored and put forward, and keep you hidden in obscurity, because He wants you to produce some choice, fragrant fruit for His coming glory, which can only be produced in the shade. He may let others be great, but keep you small.
He may let others do a work for Him and get the credit for it, but He will make you work and toil on without knowing how much you are doing; and then to make your work still more precious, He may let others get credit for the work you have done, and thus make your reward ten times greater when Jesus comes.
The Holy Spirit will put a strict watch over you, with a jealous love, and will rebuke you for little words and feelings, or wasting your time, which other Christians never seem to get distressed over. So make up your mind that God is an infinite Sovereign, and has a right to do as He pleases with His own.
He may not explain to you a thousand things that puzzle your reason in His dealings with you, but if you absolutely sell yourself to be His love slave, He will wrap you in a jealous love, and bestow upon you many blessings that come only to those who are in the inner circle.
Settle it forever, then, that you are to deal directly with the Holy Spirit, and that He is to have the privilege of tying your tongue, or chaining your hand, or closing your eyes, in ways that He does not seem to use with others. Now when you are so possessed with the living God that you are, in your secret heart, pleased and delighted over this peculiar, personal, private, jealous guardianship and management of the Holy Spirit over your life, you will have found the vestibule of heaven.
– G. D. Watson in Living Words
Suggestion: Re-read the above article and let it speak directly to you. The greatest gift you could receive this Christmas season would be the gift of understanding.
Some good stuff
Good thought: Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery and today is a gift—that is why they call it “present.”
Good observation: It is easier to preach ten sermons than it is to live one.
Good advice: Don’t let your worries get the best of you; remember Moses started out as a basket case.
Good thing to remember: Forbidden fruits create many jams.
Good source of credibility: We are giving extreme credibility to some solely because they sat at the feet of fools for three or four years and got a piece of paper saying they did so. We are bowing before the wrong entity. Rather than worshipping at the altar of humanism, shouldn’t we be honoring God with worship and obeisence at the altar of absolute truth?
Good fact to keep in mind: He who angers you, controls you!
Good insight: God doesn’t call the qualified; He qualifies the called.
Good Word: “In the past God spoke to our forefathers through the prophets at many times and in various ways, but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed heir of all things, and through whom he made the universe. The Son is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of his being, sustaining all things by his powerful word. After he had provided purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty in heaven. So he became as much superior to the angels as the name he has inherited is superior to theirs” (Hebrews 1:1-4).
Good news: God hasn’t gone anywhere. He is still on the throne overseeing all that is going on. He hasn’t forgotten any of us. His people are the apple of His eye and are engraved on the palm of His hand (Isaiah 49:15,16).
Good theme for Christmas sermon: In history, there were many men who wanted to be God, but only one God who wanted to be man.
I had not intended to publish anything political in this blog, but just today (Sunday, November 30) an article appeared in the Houston Chronicle, authored by Lauren Hicks, a staff writer for the Athens, Texas, Review, that combined both truth and good news. It had to be shared.
Prediction of America’s demise is off base
Igor Panarin, a Russian political analyst, has added his voice to the chorus predicting the destruction of America.
His theory has one unique aspect. Panarin said in an interview with “Izvestia”—a Russian newspaper—that the U.S. will divide into six distinct countries.
“He predicted the U.S. will break up into six parts—the Pacific coast, with its growing Chinese population; the South, with its Hispanics; Texas, where independence movements are on the rise; the Atlantic coast, with its distinct and separate mentality; five of the poorer central states, with their large Native American populations; and the northern states, where the influence from Canada is strong.”
Panarin argues that for decades “multicultural” indoctrination has been taking place in our public schools and immigrants have not been encouraged to assimilate. Multiculturalism teaches all cultures are equal—except America’s, which is always wrong.
I disagree with Panarin, because unlike the former Soviet Union, we have one unifying ideal.
All Americans, liberal or conservative, Yankee or Texan, have an intense appreciation for freedom. America has fought wars against domestic and foreign enemies to protect that freedom.
This country is not held together by fear or oppression. Americans are free to succeed or fail, rise or fall, based on our own initiative.
(Panarin was correct about the impact of multiculturalism on our society. For my take on how multiculturalism and pluralism is affecting our country and our church, order the booklet The Perils of Pluralism from our web site. AM price 3.95. -jre)
From Amish to Apostolic
Good news is getting more difficult every day to find. Here is a book that will break the spell of the negative stuff spewing from the media and your computer screen. While we are largely preoccupied with external forces in church and government, God is revealing to us that He is still at work saving the lost. There is a revival among the Old Order Amish and the Mennonites—modern versions of the seventeenth century Anabaptists. You may have noticed a family or two at recent General Conferences that reminded you of your visit in the Amish/Mennonite communities of Indiana, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Virginia. One was the David King family from Abingdon, VA. They are helping to lead others to God who are still bound by religious tradition. The book generally centers around their conversion and the price they paid for submitting to the truth.
The author has brought us exciting news of this revival with testimonies that will thrill your soul. The book provides a brief and interesting history of the movements but brings it into sharp focus with the personal testimonies of those who have recently made the journey from Amish to Apostolic. You will want to share this book and these stories with your congregation.
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We wish you the greatest holiday season ever. Be safe, be prayerful, be ready.