Welcome to the NOVEMBER 2015 JREnsey blog!
The Word for today (warning: graphic language)
2 ”But now bring charges 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.
3 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)
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 particular 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.
This is what most Americans want
Someone sent this to me. Do you agree that “this is what most Americans want”?
- Hillary: in Prison
- Invite “GOD” back in America!
- Borders: Closed!
- Congress: On the same retirement and health care plans as everybody else.
- Congress: Obey its own laws NOW!
- Language: English only!
- Culture: Constitution, and the Bill of Rights!
- Drug Free: Mandatory Drug Screening before and during Welfare!
- NO freebies to Non-Citizens!
- Balance the budget.
- Stop giving away our money to foreign countries! Charge them for our help! We need it here.
- Fix the TAX CODE!
And most of all…
- “RESPECT OUR MILITARY AND OUR FLAG!!”
We the people are coming!
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.
Latin Vulgate 1455
Erasmus 1516 (Greek/Latin)
Coverdale Bible 1535
Great Bible 1539
Geneva Bible 1560
Bishops Bible 1568
King James Bible 1611
Algonquin-Eliot 1663 First Bible printed in America
Aitken 1782 First KJV printed in America
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” (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.
The 44-second silence
Benjamin Netanyahu recently spoke before the United Nations.
“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.
Where did the saying, “You will eat your words” come from?
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.
Who’s calling, please?
Book review of Jesus Calling by Sarah Young
Reviewed by Bob DeWaay
In 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.
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 of 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.]
Where did all the “overpopulation” folks from a couple of decades ago run off to?
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 1980s 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.”
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.
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.
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.
- Where there’s a will, I want to be in it.
- The last thing I want to do is hurt you. But it’s still on my list.
- Since light travels faster than sound, some people appear bright until you hear them speak.
- If I agreed with you, we’d both be wrong.
- We never really grow up, we only learn how to act in public.
- War does not determine who is right—only who is left.
- Knowledge is knowing a tomato is a fruit; wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad.
- To steal ideas from one person is plagiarism. To steal from many is research.
- I didn’t say it was your fault, I said I was blaming you.
- In filling out an application, where it says, ‘In case of emergency, Notify:’ I put ‘DOCTOR.’
- You do not need a parachute to skydive. You only need a parachute to skydive twice.
- I used to be indecisive. Now I’m not so sure.
- To be sure of hitting the target, shoot first and call whatever you hit the target.
- I’m supposed to respect my elders, but its getting harder and harder for me to find one now.
- You’re never too old to learn something stupid. (See next entry.)
He wasn’t camera shy
A 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.
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?
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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