JREnsey June blog

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Think before you speak

A drunk man who smelled like beer sat down on a subway next to a priest. The man’s tie was stained, his face was plastered with red lipstick, and a half-empty bottle of gin was sticking out of his torn coat pocket.

He opened his newspaper and began reading.

After a few minutes the man turned to the priest and asked, “Say Father, what causes arthritis?”

The priest, seeing his opening, replied, “My Son, it’s caused by loose living, being with cheap, wicked women, too much alcohol, contempt for your fellow man, sleeping around with prostitutes and lack of a bath.”

The drunk muttered in response, “Well, I’ll be,” then returned to his paper. The priest, thinking about what he had said, nudged the man and apologized. “I’m very sorry. I didn’t mean to come on so strong. How long have you had arthritis?”

The drunk answered, “I don’t have it, Father. I was just reading here that the Pope does.”

MORAL: Make sure you understand the question before offering an answer!

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Another short sermon from my mother-in-law

When Paul said, “Gird up the loins of your mind,” he was referring to the reproductive system. If you are not careful, you might give birth to something you don’t want to raise.”

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 Sullivan’s Law

Any person or organization that is not actively conservative—promoting conservative thought and action—will become liberal.

When I heard that statement on the radio described as “Sullivan’s Law,” spoken by someone in the media not connected with Christianity, I immediately saw the application in the Christian context. Passive believers tend to become less Christian over time. They consistently moderate until they neither think, act or speak like a conservative.

Perhaps we need to remind ourselves that conservative Christian principles will not survive on lip service alone.

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USA Today reports drugs in our drinking water are killing fish

Drugs are poisoning the fish, biologists say. Do you know how the drugs are getting into the water? Right, you guessed it. You are actually drinking a lot of “second-hand water.”

If enough drugs are being flushed into the waters to poison the fish, what are they doing to the pill poppers themselves?

http://www.usatoday.com/news/nation/2008-03-10-drugs-tap-water_N.htm

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The costliest war

In terms of actual deaths:

Revolutionary War             25, 324

Civil War                              498,332

World War I                         116,708

World War II                       407,316

Korean War                            54,246

Vietnam War                         58,655

War on the unborn—legalized abortions since 1973—49,000,000+ and counting.

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The blind leading the blind

Rick Warren doesn’t know the difference between Allah and Jehovah.

Joel Osteen can’t bring himself to say the word “sin” in a sermon.

T. D. Jakes can’t muster the courage to explain the Oneness of God.

Andy Stanley can’t make up his mind whether sexual relationships between same sex partners constitute fornication.

Why in the world should any minister who professes to believe the Apostolic message want to sit at their feet and learn their ways? Yet many young pastors strive to emulate them.

In a sermon, Atlanta area pastor Andy Stanley discussed one of his church families that blew up when a husband left his wife for another man. The wife was uncomfortable with the man/man couple attending the same church with her, so they left to connect with another of Stanley’s church campuses near Atlanta. They were given positions there. When Stanley learned of their being used, he called them on the fact that the former husband was still married.

“That is adultery,” he declared.

“Well, he is almost divorced,” the boyfriend countered.

Stanley wouldn’t accept “almost,” so he insisted they split up until his divorce is final. But what then?

Silence. He refused to answer queries about the situation. It is amazing that he would condemn heterosexual misbehavior but not homosexual conduct.

That speaks volumes about the pressure every pastor and every institution is feeling today from the culture that is increasingly dominated by homosexuals and social liberals. Their “man” in the White House is backing them, so who has a chance of stopping this juggernaut?

Source:  http://www.christianitytoday.com/?utm_source=ctweekly-html

This is one of the problems with giving a megachurch pastor a national bullhorn. Everything he says goes viral, especially if it casts a shadow over traditional values and makes Christians look hypocritical or goofy.

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Watch out for those videos

It is imperative that we keep in mind that someone in every service has their phone ready to record any controversial thing that is done or said. One clip that is going viral on the Net was taken in Greensburg, IN at a church of the Apostolic brand. A little 5 year-old boy is captured while singing a song containing the line, “Ain’t no homos goin’ to heaven.” The congregation loudly voiced their agreement. You would have thought it was a revival service. How to give your church and fellowship a bad name, and at the same time draw a target on it for extremists in the gay community! We must be careful, for we are our brother’s keeper. What we do can affect lots of other people in this age of instant communication. God give us wisdom!

We should understand what the Bible says about homosexuality, and we are obligated to preach the Word, but to put such a line in the mouths of small children who can’t have an understanding of what they are singing about borders on….well, you name it. I pray that somehow the clip can be removed from the Net very soon.

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Many Advance Ministries books now available as e-books

Many of our books are now available for downloading directly to your computer, I-pad, I-phone or whatever data cruncher you prefer. Take a look below at the array of materials now ready to be downloaded. Even more will be available soon. The price is reasonable, and they are in a format that you can print, read on the screen, do word searches, and even copy and paste.

Check ’em out!

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Is Barack Hussein Obama more Muslim than Christian? Listen and decide for yourself

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tCAffMSWSzY&feature=fvwrel

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Obama’s IRS refunds ‘Illegals’ $4.2 billion for kids…in Mexico

Is there any wonder that we are sliding into national bankruptcy? It looks like that is the intentional plan. The government could not be doing a better job of sending America into the international poorhouse. While many schools and educational programs suffer in the U.S., billions are sent for kids in Mexico. Reckon how much is actually required to buy one Hispanic vote?

See the entire story at http://tammybruce.com/2012/05/obama-irs-refunds-‘illegals’

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How psychologists promote homosexuality

See “Why psychologists group (American Psychological Association) embraces same sex marriage,” by David Kupelian in Feb 2010 Whistleblower magazine. [WorldNetDaily.com] This is one of the most chilling aspects of the cultural/sexual revolution. If you cannot find this article to read online, contact me.

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Another lesbian “on the journey”

It looks like everyone is beginning to use the cliché, “I am on a spiritual journey,” to justify apostasy, compromise, and even homosexuality. Yes, many are “on a journey,” but to where?.

Christian singer Jennifer Knapp came out of the closet as a lesbian several years ago, but today is making the rounds as a “Christian celebrity,” reportedly appearing on TV shows, giving news interviews, and doing concerts. Unlike some, she doesn’t twist Bible verses to try to justify her lifestyle. She merely parrots the well-worn cliché, “I am just a human being going through the journey.” Are you as tired of hearing that hackneyed phrase as I am?

Apostolic pastors and parents are wise to learn who is performing at the “Christian” concerts attended by their young people. It is easy for them to come away saying, “Hey, how can it be so wrong if nice persons, with God-given talents like hers, are gay? Maybe our pastor is wrong about this issue.”

Ah, the tyranny of clichés.

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Patriotism: Supporting your Country ALL THE TIME; and, your government when it deserves it. – Mark Twain

IF YOU DON’T STAND BEHIND OUR TROOPS, PLEASE FEEL FREE TO STAND IN FRONT OF THEM!!!

People willing to trade their freedom for temporary security deserve neither and will lose both. – Benjamin Franklin

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Islam and America’s story

President Barack Hussein Obama, during his Cairo speech, said: “I know, too, that Islam has always been a part of America’s story.”

Really? The following online letter takes another view of the Islamic story in America.

Dear Mr. Obama:
Were any Muslims on the Mayflower? Nope. Were those Muslims that were in America when the Pilgrims first landed? Funny, I thought they were Native American Indians.

Were those Muslims that celebrated the first Thanksgiving day? Sorry again, those were Pilgrims and Native American Indians.

Can you show me one Muslim signature on the United States Constitution? Declaration of Independence? Bill of Rights? Didn’t think so.

Did Muslims fight for this country’s freedom from England? No.

Did Muslims fight during the Civil War to free the slaves in America? No, they did not. In fact, Muslims to this day are still the largest traffickers in human slavery. Your own ‘half brother,’ a devout Muslim, still advocates slavery himself, even though Muslims of Arabic descent have referred to black Muslims as “pug-nosed slaves.”

Says a lot of what the Muslim world really thinks of your family’s “rich Islamic heritage,” doesn’t it Mr. Obama?

Who did the American Marines fight against that inspired the line in their song, “…to the shores of Tripoli, we will fight our country’s battles…”? Muslim pirates who were attacking American ships!

Where were Muslims during the Civil Rights era of this country? Not present. Where are the pictures or media accounts of Muslims walking side by side with Martin Luther King Jr. in the civil rights marches?

Where were Muslims during this country’s Woman’s Suffrage era? Again, not present. In fact, devout Muslims demand that women are subservient to men in the Islamic culture. So much so that often they are beaten for not wearing the ‘hajib’ or for talking to a man that is not a direct family member or their husband. Yep, the Muslims are all for women’s rights, aren’t they?

Where were Muslims during World War II? Most were aligned with Adolf Hitler against America and the Jews. The Muslim grand mufti himself met with Adolf Hitler, reviewed the troops and accepted support from the Nazi’s in killing Jews. [Check out why Persia is called Iran since the 1930s.]
Finally, Obama, where were Muslims on Sept. 11th, 2001? If they weren’t flying planes into the World Trade Center, the Pentagon, or a field in Pennsylvania killing nearly 3,000 people on our own soil, they were rejoicing and dancing in the streets in the Middle East. No one can dispute the pictures shown from all parts of the Muslim world celebrating on CNN, Fox News, MSNBC and other news networks that day. Strangely, the very “moderate” Muslims you bowed to in Cairo, Egypt on June 4th were stone cold silent post 9-11. To many Americans, their silence has meant approval for the acts of that day.

And now we can add November 5, 2009, the slaughter of American soldiers at Fort Hood by a Muslim major who is a doctor and a psychiatrist who was supposed to be counseling soldiers returning from battle in Iraq and Afghanistan. There have been many other attempts on the lives of Americans since then that were thwarted, such as the underwear airline bomber. And who is it that is constantly threatening America with Jihad, Mr. President?

And THAT, Mr. Obama, is the major “part of America’s story” Muslims have contributed!

Source: Adapted from

http://dancingczars.wordpress.com/2010/01/17/obama-in-his-cairo

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Oil Pipeline Threatens Ancient Babylon

An Iraqi Oil Ministry plan to extend an oil pipeline through ancient Babylon presents a major threat to the cultural heritage of one of the ancient world’s most important cities. Babylon, the world’s largest city during portions of the second and first millennia B.C.E., features prominently in Biblical narratives and played a major role in the cultural development of the ancient Near East. The site has been harangued by constant threats in recent decades, including the construction of a palace for Saddam Hussein, the digging and leveling of terrain near the Ishtar Gate for the construction of a US military base and the extension of earlier pipelines in the 1970s and 80s. Iraq has fought hard to preserve the cultural heritage of Babylon by trying to add it to the UNESCO World Heritage list, but the frequent damages have threatened the bid. The location of one of the Seven Wonders of the World, Babylon was partially excavated in several stages during the 20th century, but given its massive size and millennia-long occupation, further archaeological investigation is necessary. The General Authority for Antiquities and Heritage in Iraq has filed a lawsuit against the Oil Projects Committee in an attempt to prevent the construction of the pipeline, which would pass through the wall of the 1,400 year old castle known as the Babil Fortress.

Source: Noah Weiner at http://www.biblicalarchaeology.org/daily/news/oil-pipeline

I participated in an archaeological dig uncovering Joshua’s altar on Mt. Ebal, but to get to dig in the ruins of Babylon would be a dream come true. -jre

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Someone you love may be in grave danger

Children placed in microwaves, intentionally drowned, beaten to death, starved to death…such headlines should make us stop and ask, Why? What is going on? Virtually every case such as these involve psychiatric drugs.

When we read of record numbers of military personnel overseas are committing suicide, should we be concerned?

“Today, close to 10 percent of men and women in America are now taking drugs to combat depression. How did a once rare condition become so common?” (Scientific American; 2/08)

“For the first time in history, a sizable and growing number of U.S. combat troops are taking daily doses of antidepressants to calm nerves strained by repeated and lengthy tours in Iraq and Afghanistan. …According
to an anonymous survey of U.S. troops taken last fall, about 12 percent of combat troops in Iraq and 17 percent of those in Afghanistan are taking prescription antidepressants or sleeping pills [like Ambien] to help them cope.” (Time cover story, “America’s Medicated Army,” 2008) In 2011, an average of 18 soldiers committed suicide every day. (jafrianews.com/2011/…/18-ussoldiers) About half of them are on antidepressant drugs. Is there a connection? Not everyone on such medications is a homicidal maniac, but enough are that we should be aware of the risks.

This information and other documented facts you should know are contained in an article by David Kupelian (worldnetdaily.com) in The Whistleblower magazine, 2/10).

If someone you know and love is being pushed into taking psychoactive drugs, please inform them of the grave dangers associated with those drugs, even though a doctor may prescribe them.

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Parting shots

For Micah Hall (d. 1804), attorney, at Castleton, Eng., these words were chosen for his tombstone:

“What I was you know not—

What I am you know not—

Whither I am gone you know not—

Go about your business.”

“Seest thou a man wise in his own conceit? There is more hope of a fool than of him” (Proverbs 26:12). The philosopher Cicero observed this: “Frivolity is inborn; conceit is acquired by education.”

Don’t put a question mark where God puts a period.

It’s not over; remember, Moses started out as a basket case.

God doesn’t call the qualified; He qualifies the called.

A lot of folks want to serve God, but only as advisers.

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To re-elect Obama would be like backing up the Titanic and then ramming the iceberg again. – Anonymous

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Have a great summer!

JREnsey

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2 CommentsLeave a comment

  1. As usual AWESOME! Thanks for taking time to do this

  2. WOW, a lot of good info here. Thanks much for the time and effort you put into this.

    Buddy Casto
    Baytown,TX


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