WELCOME to our November chat. Leaves are falling and the grass is withering, turning an ugly shade of brown. But the crisp air, the hope of rain, and the welcome relief from the oppressive heat help us see the beauty in all things and in all seasons.
“To err is human, but to really foul things up requires a computer.” – Farmers’ Almanac, 1978. How much misery could a Commodore 64 give you in 1978 compared to the monsters we use today? The hackers and wikileak types are proving they can really mess up the whole world.
Pushed by an angel
You know I am not one to repeat a lot of angel stories, but indulge me this one. Sister Ilene Dewar, our assistant in the ministry of ISC, sent it to me a few days ago. May it be an inspiration to you.
A young man who works at the hospital as an operating room technician at the Indiana University Health Care—Bloomington is an Apostolic. As the operating team of which he was a part was wheeling a patient, also was Apostolic, into the operating room for surgery for a blocked colon, Brother Rob felt a hand on his back. Thinking it was a nurse who wanted him to move closer to the patient to give her room to pass by, he moved and looked over his shoulder. When he did, he saw an angel who was as tall as the ceiling. The power of God hit Rob and he burst out speaking in other tongues. The doctor and nurses were giving him looks so he quenched it. Then, it hit him again and he again burst out in other tongues and this time laid his hand on the patient. Then the doctor told him to stop and he did.
When the doctor opened the patient up, he said to the nurses, “Please check this man’s records, we must have the wrong patient.” The nurses assured him that it was the correct patient. Then, he said, “Maybe the patient of the same name was scheduled for surgery.” So, again they checked and reported that this was the correct patient. Then the doctor said, “Call my office and have his records faxed over here.” They did and everything checked out, even the measurements of his last procedure. The doctor then said, “Something is wrong—we have the wrong patient.” They closed up the incision.
After the doctor left the operating room, he reprimanded Rob. Rob tried to explain that he was Apostolic and that when we worship the Lord we sometimes speak in tongues. He tried to tell the doctor about Jesus and the plan of salvation, but the doctor would have none of it. However, the family and Bro. Rob knew the patient had been healed and they were rejoicing.
A few days went by and Bro. Rob had not seen this particular surgeon until one day, near the elevator, he said to Rob, “Come here, I want to talk to you.” Rob was sure he was going to be reprimanded again. The surgeon said, “When have you been to my village and when did you learn to speak my dialect.” Bro. Rob said, “I don’t know your language and I have never been to your village.” The doctor was incensed at this answer and all but called Rob a liar. Again the doctor, who is from India, demanded that Rob tell him when he learned to speak his language and his dialect. Rob said, “I do not know your language.” The doctor said, “Then why did you speak to me in my language.” “Sir,” Rob said, “What did I say to you?” The doctor said, “The first time you said, ‘It is done,’ and the second time, you said, ‘I said, it is done.’”
So, this time, Rob was able to tell this doctor more about Jesus and the plan of salvation. The doctor said, “I want you to come to my home and teach my entire family about this. I have been having dreams that I and my whole family were cast into hell. Many dreams, many nights.” Rob told him that it must be very upsetting to the doctor to have those dreams. The doctor insisted that Rob come to his home and teach his family, his entire family, saying, “My entire family will be there.”
So, Bro. Rob is now privately teaching the doctor and his family a Bible study. Also, the doctor told Bro. Rob that he had studied much about what happened to the patient, why there was no sign of a blockage when it clearly showed up on x-rays. He said there is no scientific reason, no medical reason and just no reason at all, but that blockage is gone.
P.S. I don’t know the doctor’s name, but please pray for him and his entire family, that the Spirit of God will lead Bro. Rob as he teaches them a home Bible study. Also, I want to tell you that I have been so inspired by your book, Faith in the Furnace, which I began reading yesterday. I am sure that God has good things in store for all of us. – Ilene Dewer
Occupy Wall Street’s new ally: el Papa
On Monday, the Vatican called for a shared body of rules to manage the global financial market. The statement came as thousands of protesters have camped out in cities around the world to protest the excesses of Wall Street. Father Thomas Reese says the Occupy Wall Street activists might have an unlikely ally, the pope.
THOMAS REESE: This will surprise those Americans who think the pope is a Republican because he opposes abortion and gay marriage. But when it comes to economic justice, Pope Benedict is to the left of President Obama. He is even to the left of Nancy Pelosi. Those who read the pope’s 2009 encyclical “Caritas in Veritate,” which is Latin for “charity in truth,” will not be surprised by this new document. In that encyclical, the pope decried the corruption and illegality among economic and political elites in both rich and poor countries. He wants a radical rethinking of economics so that it is guided not simply by profits but by an ethic, which is people-centered.
Benedict noted that economic inequalities are on the increase across the globe. He does not accept the trickle-down theory, which says that all boats will rise with the economic tide. Benedict condemned the scandal of glaring inequalities and sees a role for government in the redistribution of wealth. Yes, you heard that right. The pope favors the redistribution of wealth. When was the last time you heard even a liberal Democrat use those words? The pope also disagrees with those who believe that the economy should be free of government regulation.
An unregulated economy has led man to abuse the economic process in a thoroughly destructive way, he wrote. Critics have complained that the Occupy Wall Street movement has no program. The people in the movement could do a lot worse than to study what the pope has said about the economy. Sadly, not even many Catholics know about the church’s teaching on economic justice, which has been called the church’s best-kept secret. The pope does not have a magic plan to bring about economic prosperity, but he does focus on the values that a political and economic system must support.
The priority, he says, has got to be access to steady employment for everyone, and that means not just here in the United States but also in the developing world. So if you’re having a tea party, don’t bother inviting the pope; he won’t come. But if you see a white, solar-powered car heading towards Wall Street, it might just be the popemobile.
Source: National Public Radio®.
Looks like everyone is trying to get a ticket on the social justice train.- jre
The Radical Homosexuals…
Indoctrinate an entire generation of American children with pro-homosexual propaganda and eliminate traditional values from American society.
Their ultimate dream is to create a new America based on sexual promiscuity in which the values you and I cherish are long forgotten.
I hate to admit it, but if they pass the deceptively named “Student Non-Discrimination Act,” (H.R. 998 & S. 555) that’s exactly what they’ll do.
Better named the “Homosexual Classrooms Act,” its chief advocate in Congress is Rep. Jared Polis, himself an open homosexual and radical activist.
And it’s dangerously close to becoming the law of the land.
H.R. 998 already has 147 co-sponsors in the House!
And S. 555 already has 34 co-sponsors in the Senate!
It is time to contact your congressman!
Brother Daniel Orr II submits this recommendation for profitable reading:
I recently ran across the well written book titled The Book of Man, written by William J. Bennett, former Education Secretary under former President George Bush, Sr. For a brief summary of this highly praised book please refer to the following website found on the Fox News website dated 10/14/2011:
This book comes highly recommended for those of you, or someone you know, who may be struggling with the cornucopia of issues connected to raising a boy in today’s world, or to those stuck with an adult man in your life—husband, brother, father or son—who is a modern Peter Pan Man without a clue of who he is or where he is going. Please read the article on Fox News and get the book. It makes sense in light of the perilous times in which we live.
Apostolic Theological Forum
Make plans to join us in Albany, GA for the eleventh annual meeting of the Apostolic Theological Forum on January 19-20. The host church is New Life of Albany, 1200 Cordele Rd. 300. The host pastor is Steve Waldron. All who enjoy theological presentations and discussions are welcome.
Presenters include Wade Bass, Peter Connell, William Davis, Philip Harrelson, G. Jorge Medina, Roger Perkins, Steve Waldon (not pictured), Ben Weeks, and J. R. Ensey.
Who’s that knocking at the door?
I have been part of the ministerial seminar team in the Texas District for the past 32 years. I presently serve as the Ministerial Advancement Program chairman. That committee, along with others, provides training for incoming ministers and those seeking higher levels of ministerial credentials. So I am encouraged when we have applicants for license. We desperately need more ministers who can help us impact our world and extend the reach of the gospel.
That being said, I am aware of the need to carefully screen those who are knocking at the door for entrance into the UPCI. It was pointed out at the recent conference that there is a “graying” of the ministerial constituency. The current push for younger ministers that was made at the conference is commendable, and I am behind it 100%. However, the encouragement must be balanced by district boards being careful not to lower the bar because of this present need to reduce the average age of our ministerial body.
What is of greater concern than a graying ministerial constituency is one that is diluted by those who do not fully understand the essentials of the message of salvation or the holiness lifestyle as stipulated in the UPCI Manual. We need to pray earnestly for every district superintendent and district board member that they will know what every applicant believes and that it is in line with the Bible and our Manual before licensing is approved. That takes more intestinal fortitude than it once did. It sometimes means more than merely taking the sponsoring pastor’s recommendation.
Before we say, “Come in,” let’s be sure who is knocking at the door.
We will all understand someday
The young police officer asked the elderly lady he had stopped, “Do you know you were speeding?”
The 83 year-old woman talked herself out of a ticked by stating, “Yes, but I had to get there before I forgot where I was going.”
“Holy yoga,” anyone?
Are you as concerned as I am about the entrance of contemplative spirituality teaching and practices creeping into the Apostolic movement? I haven’t heard of our churches offering yoga yet, but other practices of the category are becoming more common. Where will we be with this stuff ten years from now if we don’t identify it and curb it now?
Check out these websites for the new spirituality information:
After being deceived into Christian Mysticism, Christine Pack warns us of the dangers in Mysticism: A Counterfeit Holy Spirit.
Here is an excerpt: “Christian proponents of mysticism, however, are making the assertion that Scripture is not enough of a revelation from God. No, according to them, we’ve got to power down, get still and silent, and “hear” from God.
However, speaking as a former mystic/gnostic/hindu/buddhist/pagan, I can attest that the “powering down” thing that mystics do is not biblical.
Pack also gives an interview warning us of the Dangers of Mystic Meditation Practices.
This interview really takes the lid off of why many Protestant Christian leaders involved in Roman Catholic monastic meditation tend to stop being Christian and turn into pantheists and panentheists who abandon the Word of God and the cross in favor of their next counterfeit spiritual fix.
Multiple Personality Deception
The Wall Street Journal of 10/29/11 featured the review of a book by Carol Tavris. The book was Sybil Exposed by Debbie Nathan. How refreshing it is to see almost a full page given to the denunciation of this psychiatric deception called “multiple personality syndrome.” I exposed it in my book The Couch and the Cross several years ago when it was popular even in our own ranks. Every pastor would do well to take the time to read the review. It can be found at:
I trust you are also keeping up with the “pill mills” scandals that are popping up across America. Doctors are being paid to push prescriptions for particular name brand pharmaceuticals. Several Houston doctors made the news because of their involvement and at least one has already been tried and sentenced for indiscriminate pill pushing. Wake up, Apostolics! Brains and bodies and souls are being wasted through careless trusting of doctors without the patients doing their own independent fact-finding and research.
“I have been a child psychiatrist for nearly five decades and have seen diagnostic fads come and go. But I have never witnessed anything like the tidal wave of unwarranted enthusiasm for the diagnosis of bipolar disorder in children that now engulfs the public and the profession. Before 1995, bipolar disorder, once known as manic-depressive illness, was rarely diagnosed in children; today nearly one third of all children and adolescents discharged from child psychiatric hospitals are diagnosed with the disorder and medicated accordingly. The rise of outpatient office visits for children and adolescents with bipolar disorder increased 40-fold from 20,000 in 1994-95 to 800,000 in 2002-03. A Harvard child psychiatry group led by Dr. Joseph Biederman, a prominent supporter of the diagnosis, recently insisted, ‘Juvenile bipolar disorder is a serious illness that is estimated to affect approximately 1 percent to 4 percent of children.’
“I believe, to the contrary, that there is no scientific evidence to support the belief that bipolar disorder surfaces in childhood. In fact, the opposite seems to be the case: the evidence against the existence of pediatric bipolar disorder is so strong that it’s difficult to imagine how it has gained the endorsement of anyone in the scientific community. And the effect of this trendy thinking can have devastating consequences. Such children are regularly prescribed medications that are not effective in kids and have unwelcome side effects.” (excerpted from Newsweek, June 27, 2011, p. 54).
Are you listening, Apostolics? And why do you think they are making so many bi-polar diagnoses? MONEY! It is pouring into the coffers of big pharma and the overflow is falling into the doctor’s pockets!
For those who care to know…
Here is a website that clearly reveals what happens when we elect gays and lesbians to public office. Houston’s activist lesbian mayor is guiding the population into total acceptance of that lifestyle. She is changing laws and changing the entire landscape of our city’s culture. Here is what your grandchildren and great grandchildren will be facing.
This got my attention and made me realize how many times I’m asked for ID. I never thought about it before. Now that I have, I can’t for the life of me see why anyone should get upset at having to show an ID.
I’m a legal American citizen and I must show my ID when:
1. Pulled over by the police for virtually any reason.
2. Making certain purchases on my credit card.
3. When I show up for a doctor’s appointment.
4. When filling out a credit card or loan application.
5. When applying for or renewing a driver’s license or passport.
6. When applying for any kind of insurance.
7. When filling out college applications.
8. When donating blood.
9. When making some debit purchases, especially if I’m out of state.
10. When collecting a boarding pass for airline travel.
I’m sure there are more instances, but the point is that we citizens of the USA are required to prove who we are nearly every day!
Why should people who are in this country illegally be exempt? Why shouldn’t we guard our borders as closely as every other country in the world does? What message is being sent to terrorists by open borders?
…in Florida, an atheist created a case against Christianity’s Easter and Passover Holy days. He hired an attorney to bring a discrimination case against Christians and Jews and observances of their holy days. The argument was that it was unfair that atheists had no such recognized days.
The case was brought before a judge. After listening to the passionate presentation by the lawyer, the judge banged his gavel declaring, “Case dismissed!”
The lawyer immediately stood objecting to the ruling saying, “Your honor, How can you possibly dismiss this case? The Christians have Christmas, Easter and others. The Jews have Passover, Yom Kippur and Hanukkah, yet my client and all other atheists have no such holidays.”
The judge leaned forward in his chair saying, “But you do. Your client, counsel, is woefully ignorant.”
The lawyer said, “Your Honor, we are unaware of any special observance or holiday for atheists.”
The judge said, “The calendar says April 1st is April Fools Day. Psalm 14:1 states, ‘The fool says in his heart, there is no God.’ Thus, it is the opinion of this court, that, if your client says there is no God, then he is a fool. Therefore, April 1st is his day. Court is adjourned.”
You gotta love a judge that knows his Scripture!
Finally, the Apostolic Ministerial Studies course is complete! Years in the making, the two levels, Basic and Advanced, are available in two binders. There are twelve lessons in each level prepared for use by a pastor to train the ministers in his local assembly. Outlines for the ministers are also included. Written and compiled by J. R. Ensey, the studies are very practical and easy to teach. Here are the lesson topics:
The Word Handlers I
Conquering the Enemies of the Ministry
From Moses to King James
Managing Ministerial Finances
Taking the Pressure Off Your Marriage
Life in the Fishbowl
Leadership in the Local Church I
God’s Ministry Gifts
Making Full Proof of Your Ministry
Standards of Christian Conduct
The Ministry and Morality
The Word Handlers II
Shutting the Backdoor of the Church
The Christian Counselor
A Page From Paul’s Ministers’ Manual
Requirements For the Priesthood
Maturing In the Ministry
Feeding the Flock
Leadership in the Local Church II
Pursuing the Will Of God
Shoulders For A Prophet’s Mantle
The Gifts of the Spirit
The 21st century Apostolic preacher faces challenges every day that past generations of preachers could have never imagined. We need all the resources and tools possible to equip us for this time. Ever since Brother Ensey told me he was working on a new study course for preachers a few years ago, I have been anxiously waiting to see the finished product. After having a chance to review the course I have not been disappointed. The experience from decades of hands-on ministry and years of training ministers have been distilled into a very user friendly manual. This is a must for every young minister and for ministers that are involved in training others for service. Thank you, Brother Ensey, for another great resource to strengthen the ministry. -Pastor Gary Howard
AM Price $119.00 (includes both levels)
Backsliding: The Bitter Bite of Beelzebub
Shirley Buxton writes with rare skill, say her readers. With artistic flair, she etches graphic views so that a deep understanding is taken from any subject she tackles. This eagerly awaited book is born out of a deep passion for the plight of those who have strayed from God. With loving words, she points to God’s eagerness to receive the prodigal. Drawing from the account of her son, Michael, who strayed for more than 25 years, she shows the way to full restoration.
Shirley Buxton recognizes this 21st century society as being degenerate, and that satan is fiercely attacking both young people and mature adults. From a sound scriptural basis coupled with intelligent pragmatism she urges the believer toward a way devoid of backsliding.
This book is for you if…
…you who wail in the night for your lost loved one.
…you who have strayed, but are ready to return home.
…you who want to secure your place in Christ, avoiding the terror of backsliding.
AM price $14.99
God gave each of us two ears. Perhaps that means when we are counseling we should hear both sides of the matter. Tom Hopkins made this observation: “The human body has two ears and one mouth. To be good at persuasion, we must learn to use those natural devices in proportion. Listen twice as much as you talk and you’ll succeed in persuading others nearly every time.”
HAVE A BLESSED NOVEMBER…and don’t forget to be thankful that your table will be probably be covered with wonderful food on Thanksgiving Day!