September Blog 2011

WELCOME to our September visit. Find a cool spot, grab a glass of iced tea and browse awhile. Come back. Order a book. Write a comment.

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We knew it

It is said that President Obama announced from Martha’s Vineyard that the earthquake that recently shook Washington and the entire Northeast was situated on a fault line that has not had earthquake activity on it before. It is called Bush’s Fault. Yes, we have heard much about that fault recently. One wonders how long the fault is and will it never end? And doesn’t Bush have a cousin named Irene? There’s probably a connection.

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The Godhead for English teachers

Jesus made the shortest complete sentence in history: “I Am!”

English teachers tell us that when we speak of ourselves, it is in the first person. When we address a person with “you,” it is in the second person. When we speak of “he, she, they or them” it is in the third person. Some say God is a trinity and want to make three separate, distinct persons out of God. OK, let’s do it this way:

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

We speak to Him in the second person: “And Thomas answered and said unto him, [You are] My Lord and my God” (John 20:28).

We speak of Him in the third person: “The Lord is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer; my God, my strength, in whom I will trust; my buckler, and the horn of my salvation, and my high tower” (Psalm 18:1-3).

Come on, trinitarians, admit it. We can speak of Jesus in the first, second or third person, but they all say the same thing—He is God in flesh!

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Better parents make better kids

“Kids need to pay attention, respect authority, “ said John Rosemond on American Family Radio a few days ago. And I can just hear someone out there saying, “And pigs will fly, too!” But let’s don’t give up hope too soon.

It’s not uncommon to hear older generations reminisce about the “good ol’ days.” But when it comes to child rearing, America’s most widely-read parenting expert says those days saw better parents and better children.

“By the time a child is three years old, he ought to be paying more attention to his parents than his parents are paying to him. That’s, today, a radical idea,” says John Rosemond.

The well-known columnist says it would have not have been radical to someone who heard this 50 years ago because people up until the modern age understood this principle.

“The modern age is the age of ‘psyco-babble’ and parenting. Up until this age of ‘psyco-babble,’ people understood that you cannot effectively teach a child what you need to teach him, you cannot effectively disciple a child unless the child is in a position of being the student—and that requires that the child be paying attention to you,” the expert says.

Rosemond says the problem in most American families today is that most parents are paying so much attention to their children, that their children never get the message that it is their job to pay attention to their parents.

“So what you have by the time most children of three years old is children with a very pronounced attention deficit disorder that they take with them to school and simply never learn to pay attention to adult authority figures—and as a consequence, have never learned to do what they’re told,” he adds.

The parenting authority adds that raising children should not be stressful, and if parents put their primary focus on their marriage, parenting will flow naturally and it will not be a stressful situation.

Rosemond made his comments during the latter part of August on American Family Radio’s The Matt Friedeman Show.

You are right, John. Better parents will likely produce better children. That is not rocket science, just plain common sense.

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Standard fare from CNN/Yale Divinity school

Jonathan Dudley, a young man fresh from seminary, has written a book to set the evangelical community straight on abortion, homosexuality, environmentalism, and evolution. On June 21, 2011 he wrote a promotional blurb for CNN to tell his story of growing up in an evangelical home (my bet would be a charismatic religious environment) but finally learning the truth at college.

Dudley was taught that abortion is murder, homosexuality sin, evolution nonsense, and environmentalism a farce. One reviewer said, “Yet, when he began studying biology at the evangelical Calvin College and theology at Yale Divinity School, Dudley’s views started to change. He soon realized that what he had been told about the Bible—and those four big issues involving scripture and biology—may have been misconstrued and that what so many Christians believe about key social and political issues may be wrong.”

“Since graduating from seminary, I no longer identify with the evangelical community of my youth,” he says. Not many do, son, after sitting at the feet of fools (Psalm 14:1) in Yale for years. He freely quotes Augustine, Jovinian, Thomas Aquinas, and his seminary professors, but casts doubts on the preachments of Paul concerning homosexuality.

In his book, Broken Words: The Abuse of Science and Faith in American Politics, Dudley lays the groundwork for a new generation of post-Religious Right evangelical political activists, who believe in evolution, rally behind the environmental movement, are moderate on abortion, and support gay marriage—and who are more faithful to orthodox Christianity than their counterparts.” Hmmmm…

Like one good morsel in the city dump, he calls out his former colleagues in the evangelical community for standing against homosexuality as presented in Romans and ignoring Paul’s instructions about hair in the next book. He says, “In short, Paul objects to two things as unnatural: one is male-male sex and the other is long hair on men and short hair on women. The community opposed to gay marriage takes one condemnation as timeless and universal and the other as culturally relative.” (Applause!) Something is still stuck to him from his upbringing!

He is just regurgitating what the professors have told him. The Bible is not a practical book in the eyes of secular college/seminary professors. Did you ever wonder why such unbelievers are part of seminary faculties? It looks like they, of all people, would be teaching the authority of Scripture. But such institutions have largely been reduced to agents of change within denominations. I prophesy that within five years, he will be teaching in some college or seminary.

With college professors like him, America is doomed.

Source: http://religion.blogs.cnn.com/2011/06/21/my-take-bible-condemns-a-lot-so-why-focus-on-homosexuality/

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How many ways and in how many situations could you apply the principles expressed in the following quote?

“Wrong ways of thinking often sound persuasive. Error is often believed with confidence. For example, many cultists and false teachers are very confident and certain about their views. An argument for the need of certainty is often used to keep people loyal to the error. Promotion of error often depends on a mentality that says “trust us and we will give you absolute certainty.” A one-sided presentation of a claim may result in a feeling of certainty, but it may be far from the truth. A feeling of certainty is not identical with the truth. It is not certainty that makes people free. “Ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free” (John 8:32).

– Rick Norris, The Unbound Scriptures (Fayetteville, NC: Unbound Scriptures Publications, 2003), pp. 4,5.

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“First Lesbian”?

Houston politics has long been left of center, and last year they elected an openly lesbian mayor. The mayor has begun calling her “partner” the “First Lady of Houston.” This is “in your face” political correctness and moral incorrectness. I am sure the many UPCI and Apostolic ministers of other fellowships will stand together and oppose such debauchery that will trickle down through the school system and the general populace.

Dr. Steve Riggle, chairman of the Houston Area Pastor’s Council, has announced that a seminar with Alliance Defense Fund, a network of 2,000 attorneys throughout the country committed to defending our religious freedom, including your right as pastors to speak out on any issue or candidate publicly from the pulpit. The seminar is scheduled on Wednesday, September 14 at Grace Community Church (South Campus) at I-45 at Dixie Farm Rd, beginning at 900 a.m. Lunch provided. It is time to stand up and be heard!

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A verse difficult to misunderstand

God’s basic plan of salvation is so clear in Acts 2:38 that “wayfaring men, though fools, shall not err therein” (Isaiah 35:8). And it matters not which version one reads from, they will all point the finger of truth in his face.

“Then Peter said unto them, “Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost” (KJV).

“And Peter answered them, Repent (change your views and purpose to accept the will of God in your inner selves instead of rejecting it) and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of and release from your sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.” (AMP).

“And Peter said unto them, Repent ye, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ unto the remission of your sins; and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.” (ASV)

“Peter said, “Turn back to God! Be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ, so that your sins will be forgiven. Then you will be given the Holy Spirit.” (CEV)

“And Peter said to them, Repent, and be baptised, each one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ, for remission of sins, and ye will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.” (Darby)

“And Peter said to them, “Repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.” (ESV)

“Peter said to them, “Repent, and each of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins; and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.” (NASB)

“Peter replied, “Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.” (NIV)

“Peter replied, “Each of you must repent of your sins and turn to God, and be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. Then you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.” (NLT)

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Can you spot at least three differences in Sarah Palin’s bus and Obama’s?
Never listen to mainstream news without a barf bag.

Put it as a text message. Juveniles can’t read cursive!

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When Harry Reid buys a car

Sen. Reid goes to a local GM dealer in Washington , D.C. with the intention of buying a brand new vehicle. Harry looks around and finds one he likes.
After going back and forth with the salesman, Harry settles on a price of $45,000. Harry and the salesman go back to the office to complete the paperwork. Harry works out a 4-year payment plan, and signs on the bottom line.
The salesman shakes Harry’s hand and says, “Thanks Senator Reid, the car will be ready for pickup in 4 years.” Harry says, “What are you talking about? Where are the keys to my new car?”
The salesman replies, “No, you don’t understand, Senator. You make payments for 4 years, THEN we give you the car. You know, just like your health plan.”

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Time out for comfort

Wash your eyes and ears out with this picture and accompanying scripture. I have no idea who caught this shot, but one thing for sure they were at the right place at the right time. One is reminded of Psalm 91:4—“He shall cover thee with his feathers, and under his wings shalt thou trust.”

Are YOU the one this was for?

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Mark your calendar

The Apostolic Theological Forum is coming to Albany, GA January 19-20, 2012. All who enjoy theological papers delivered followed by a lively discussion, are invited to attend. Host church is New Life of Albany, 1200 Cordele Rd. 300. Host pastor is Steve Waldron.

The 2012 Apostolic Ministers Conference on February 28-March 1 at the Embassy Suites Conference Center in Murfreesboro, TN. Fabulous hotel and conference facilities, full, cooked to order breakfast, and every room a suite. Great preaching, fellowship, perfect for the minister’s family to enjoy. Don’t miss it!

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The Third Option

That we are seeing a revival of Darwinian evolution is a commonly known fact. However, the Roman Catholic Church and some Protestant movements are progressing toward “spiritual evolution,” giving rise to the “third option.” The coming combination of one world government and religion will likely feature this option.

Are churches now accepting evolution? Many have lost their faith in the Bible and are embracing a theory that all things either happened by accident or that God used evolution to bring mankind where he is today. Either way, it is evolution. The next step is spiritual evolution, that we are all evolving upward, no one is going to Hell, and good and evil will merge, providing a better “third option.”

This was prophesied by Tielhard de Chardin, a Catholic theologian: “The fate of all mankind, as well as of religion, depends upon the emergence of a new faith in the future.” That new faith is now taking shape before our very eyes. There is a merging of segments of Christianity, Judaism, Islam, and the pagan religions of the East into a new spirituality.

The basis for such a new world order will be the total rejection of the authority of the Word of God. Man’s opinions and spiritual experiences will supersede the Bible. It will become a hated document, something standing in the way of humanity’s progress upward. The foundation for such displacement of Scripture was laid by the Roman Catholic Church long ago: “We confess that whatever new thing the Pope ordains, rather it be in Scriptures or not in Scripture, and whatever he commands is true, divine and salvific; and therefore ought to be held by lay people in greater esteem than the precepts of living God.”[1]

This is only one reason we are urging all ministers to re-focus on Genesis 1:1 and renew our commitment to creationism as taught in the Scriptures. Our young people have heard so little teaching from this section of the Bible that their faith is weak. When they get in high school and college they are bombarded with atheism, agnosticism and evolution, and many drop out of the faith simply because they cannot defend it. Brethren, this is a super serious matter. Let’s strengthen the faith of our youth in the authority of the Bible. Check out the helpful books below that will give you some ammunition to deal with this crisis. The next generation of Apostolics are depending on you…now!

“For the word of the Lord is right; and all his works are done in truth” (Psalm 33:4).

1. Roman Catholic Confessions for Protestants Oath, Article IV, (Confessio Romano-Catholica in Hungaria Evangelicis publice praescripta te proposita, editi a Streitwolf), as recorded in Congressional Record of the U.S.A., House Bill 1523, Contested election case of Eugene C. Bonniwell, against Thos. S. Butler, Feb. 15, 1913.

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Into His Marvelous Light

Into His Marvelous Light Bible studies are now available in both KJV and NIV in English. The follow-up Bible study is Guide For Living—great for new converts and new members. We are the distributors of this enormously effective Bible study. This is where to buy them for less. If your people want to win souls, this is perhaps the simplest method. Order a supply today!

Prices for IHML and Guide For Living: $1.75 each to 49; 1.50 50-99; only $1.25 each 100-up. Let’s go soul winning!

Go to onehourbiblestudy.com or advanceministries.org to place your order.

Biblical Creationism by Dr. Henry Morris

This unique book discusses every passage in the Bible that deals with Creation and the Flood. Dr. Morris shows that Creation is taught not just in Genesis, but throughout the whole Bible. Easy-to-understand and invaluable for pastors, teachers, and all who are serious about studying the Bible.  Am Price 12.99

Many Infallible Proofs by Dr. Henry Morris

Many have said that this book is the most comprehensive—yet warm and evangelistic—presentation of the practical evidences of the infallibility of the Bible and the truth of Christianity available anywhere. Widely used as a textbook and reference work, yet especially suitable for inspirational reading.   AM Price 13.99

Already Gone by Ken Ham

In this powerful book, popular author Ken Ham and consumer behavior research/analyst C. Britt Beemer combine to reveal trends that must be dealt with now . . . before we lose another generation! The authors tell us how and why we are losing so many of our youth…and what we can do about it.     AM Price 12.99

Already Compromised by Ken Ham

Already Compromised is an incredibly valuable resource for parents with children nearing or in their high-school years. It receives a four-star rating from the Biblical Bookshelf.   AM price $13.95

Creation vs. Evolution by Dr. Arlo Moehlenpah

Every pastor, Sunday school teacher, and parent must equip themselves to meet the challenges of the pseudo scientists, college professors, and media types that are doing their best to wring the faith out of our youth. Arm yourself!  AM Price 13.99

Five Reasons to Believe in Recent Creation by Dr. Henry Morris III

“Dr. Henry Morris III offers five fundamental reasons why belief in a recent creation is not only feasible, but vital to a true understanding of God’s Word.” Preachable!  AM Price 5.99

The Way of the Shepherd by Kevin Leaman

The Way of the Shepherd will teach you how to lead the people God has placed around you so they will view their work as a calling rather than merely a job, a place to belong rather than a place to work. It shows you how to infuse work with meaning and how to engage and energize your workforce. Biblical principles of leadership at all levels.  AM Price 14.99

If you see a book advertised here but can’t find it on the web site, email us at roffie@advanceministries.org or call us at 936-856-3419. We usually ship the same day or the next day unless we are out of town. Thanks for purchasing your books and Bibles from Advance Ministries.

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Parting shot

“The Bible looks on sin, not as a disease, but as red-handed rebellion against the domination of the Creator. The essence of sin is – ‘I won’t allow anybody to ‘boss’ me saving myself’, and it may manifest itself in a morally good man as well as in a morally bad man. Sin has not to do with morality or immorality, it has to do with my claim to my right to myself, a deliberate and emphatic independence of God, though I veneer it over with Christian phraseology.”  Oswald Chambers

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September is one of the best months of the year. Usually not too hot, certainly not too cold, kids are in school, good time to catch fish, gear up for hunting season, plan a fall festival or evangelistic crusade, plant greens in the garden, and generally get caught up on things you got behind on during the summer. A little rain in Texas surely would help those greens come on up.

JREnsey


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  1. We are losing many of our apostolic youth because they are being counseled to go off to college and learn the way of the heathens. They are counseled that it is acceptable to learn things that are contrary to the word of God as long as they do a “memory dump” afterwards. We are admonished by scriptures not to learn the way of the heathens. To counsel them to learn the way of the heathens is to tell them it is acceptable and even desirable to transgress the word of God if it is necessary to obtain your goals in life. How many times have our young people been told by “counselors” that a college degree is necessary if they are to get a good job? College undermines the young person’s faith a little at a time but in time it will totally corrupt their faith and the young person backslides and walks away from God. And the church is left wondering “what happened?” God knows what happened and holds those “counselors” responsible.

  2. Another work of excellence by JREnsey!


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