JREnsey blog June 2017

Welcome to the JREnsey blog for June, 2017.


 The Word for Today

 “Make sacred garments for Aaron that are glorious and beautiful. Instruct all the skilled craftsmen whom I have filled with the spirit of wisdom. Have them make garments for Aaron that will distinguish him as a priest set apart for my service” (Exodus 28:2-3). Is there a lesson in this passage for us today? (See the article later in this blog.)


What’s a Christian to do?

In this era of activist anti-Christian culture, what should Christians be doing?

The same thing they were doing in the activist, anti-Christian culture of the first century. Believers were side-stepping Jewish extremists like Saul whenever possible but willingly accepted their fate when arrested. They were also enduring persecution from Rome for not paying homage to the emperor as a god. They were meeting in private homes, in catacombs, and secret places to keep the fire burning that fell at Pentecost. They never gave up!

They copied portions of Scripture and passed them around until they wore them out or had to hide or destroy them when a raid was imminent. They treasured the Word. They encouraged each other. They found places to pray. They witnessed to their faith at every opportunity, even if it was their last living act. To walk in the path they marked for us doubtless merits the attention and grace of God.


It’s about time

The Trump administration has announced guidelines that will strip billions of dollars in aid from international groups that perform or promote abortion.

Originally a ban covering roughly $600 million in family planning money, the Trump policy now applies to all international health care aid doled out by the U.S. government—nearly $9 billion.

The administration said the same amount of money will be paid out but will go only to groups that pledge not to perform or promote abortion as part of their family planning activities.

Right on, DT! Why should we pay for abortions for unbelievers in Latvia and Cambodia—or wherever?


Did you know…

The moon moves about two inches away from the earth each year.

Glass takes one million years to decompose, which means it never wears out and can be recycled an infinite number of times!

Gold is the only metal that doesn’t rust, even if it’s buried in the ground for thousands of years.

Your tongue is the only muscle in your body that is attached at only one end.

Zero is the only number that cannot be represented by Roman numerals.

Peanut oil is used for cooking in submarines because it doesn’t smoke unless it’s heated above 450F.

The roar that we hear when we place a seashell next to our ear is not the ocean, but rather the sound of blood surging through the veins in the ear.

Nine out of every 10 living things live in the ocean.

The banana cannot reproduce itself. It can be propagated only by the hand of man.

The tooth is the only part of the human body that cannot heal itself.

In ancient Greece, tossing an apple to a girl was a traditional proposal of marriage. Catching it meant she accepted.

Intelligent people have more zinc and copper in their hair.

The military salute is a motion that evolved from medieval times, when knights in armor raised their visors to reveal their identity.

Strawberries and cashews are the only fruits whose seeds grow on the outside.

The earth gets 100 tons heavier every day due to falling cosmic dust.

Due to earth’s gravity it is impossible for mountains to be higher than 15,000 meters.

Soldiers do not march in step when going across bridges because they could set up a vibration which could be sufficient to knock the bridge down.

Auld Lang Syne, the song we sing in Scottish dialect at New Year’s gatherings, means “times gone by.”

There ought to be something in the above list that you can work into a Bible lesson. Source: unknown


Jacobs’ fast

I am familiar with Daniel’s fast, but had not heard of the Jacobs’ fast until recently.

In the 1780s, a Welch teenage name Sarah Jacobs became famous for her ability to fast for months on end. He parents put her on exhibit, claiming she’d gone more than two years without eating anything.

Concerned that the exhibit was a fraud, Welch officials decided to test the claims by putting young Sarah in the care of a professional nurse, who would verify whether she was eating or not. When she died from starvation nine days later, her parents were arrested and went to prison for fraud.

The moral of this story is to follow the Daniel’s fast rather than Jacobs’.


Childbirth at 75

The story is told that a 75-year-old lady was able to give birth. When she was discharged from the hospital and went home, a friend went to visit.

“May I see the new baby?” the friend asked.

“Not yet,” the mother said. “I’ll make coffee and we can visit for a while first.”

Thirty minutes had passed, and the friend asked, “May I see the new baby now?”

“No, not yet,” the mother said said.
After another few minutes had elapsed, she asked again, “May I see the baby now?”

“No, not yet,” the mother again replied.

Growing very impatient, the friend asked, “Well, when can I see the baby?”

“WHEN HE CRIES!” she retorted.

“When he cries?? Why do I have to wait until he CRIES?”


This is another reason God ordained that younger folks have the children.


The Rock-Hewn Churches of Lalibela, Ethiopia

While many spectacular churches have been constructed in Ethiopia, perhaps the country’s most famous churches are the ones carved out of stone. Located 150 miles south of Aksum, Lalibela is the best example of Ethiopia’s hypogean (rock-hewn) architectural tradition. With 11 rock-hewn churches, Lalibela is understandably a place of pilgrimage for those in the Ethiopian Orthodox Church. The Lalibela site was originally called Roha, but it eventually took the name of King Lalibela, who ruled around 1200 C.E. as part of the Zagwe dynasty. King Lalibela is traditionally cited as the builder of all the churches at the site.

Lalibela’s 11 churches are carved out of a hillside, which is made of soft reddish volcanic rock. The churches can be divided into two complexes—a northern and a southeastern complex—that are connected through a series of carved passageways and naturally occurring wadis. Six churches are featured in the northern complex and four in the southeastern complex. The 11th church—Beta Giyorgis (Church of St. George, above)—stands alone and is not part of the interconnecting complex.

Megan Sauter, reporter

These churches put a new spin on the popular name—The Rock Church.


His Master’s Crib

“The ox knoweth his owner; and the ass his masters crib: but Israel doth not know, my people doth not consider” (Isaiah 1:3).

What an indictment this is—not only against the people of Israel, but against men and women everywhere. All were created and made in the image of God (Genesis 1:26-27) for fellowship with Him, but even His own chosen people rejected Him, and most people everywhere all but ignore Him in their daily lives. “Crib” is the same as “manger,” and when God became man, His human parents “laid him in a manger” (Luke 2:7), as there was no room for Him anywhere else. The animals knew Him, and so did the angels, but His people were unconcerned. “He was in the world, and the world was made by him, and the world knew him not” (John 1:10).

When He came into Jerusalem offering Himself as King of Israel, He rode on an unbroken colt, “whereon yet never man sat,” and the little “foal of an ass” (Luke 19:30; Zechariah 9:9) willingly submitted, knowing his divine Master and Maker. But the people of Jerusalem as a whole joined in clamoring for His crucifixion just a few days later. The indictment against Israel could be lodged with even greater justification against America today. “Hear, O heavens, and give ear, O earth: . . . I have nourished and brought up children, and they have rebelled against me” (Isaiah 1 :2). The morals of our people seem to have been turned upside down, and God would say to us also: “Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness” (Isaiah 5:20).

Yet—in modern America, as well as in ancient Israel—“as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name” (John 1:12). – Henry M. Morris, Days of Praise


Is there a lesson in Exodus 28:2-3 for us?

God evidently prefers for his “priests” who are “set apart for my service” and are in the process of ministering, to be properly attired for their task. To mount the speaker’s platform and stand at the sacred desk without appropriate clothing is offensive to God makes me wonder about those who are plugged into the casual culture. When Jesus returns will He be clad in tennis shoes, jeans bought with the knees already threadbare, and a T-shirt hanging out that looks like it came from the army surplus? I doubt it. I would not feel comfortable going to Wal-Mart or mowing the lawn with the attire that some preachers are wearing in the pulpit. Paul or Peter wouldn’t turn up to preach in your church looking like a refugee from the Haight-Ashbury district. Such attire says, “I am not really serious about this church thing. Preachers need to adopt the lowest cultural standard of the world—making people feel good about themselves rather than honoring and representing God.”

I doubt that Hell awaits those who fail to wear a suit and tie in the pulpit, so I am not condemning those who want to appear comfortable and relaxed. But aren’t there times and places for that type of attire? When we are in the pulpit we are representing God as a minister. The OT priest would not wear the same attire to minister in the Temple that he wore while gathering firewood or mucking out a stable. We might better re-think some things before we lead our people into casual worship, casual commitment, and casual Christianity.

You could not condemn Lot for spending the night in Jericho or En Gedi. But these were stops on the way to Sodom. It was obvious he was heading somewhere. Casualness about spiritual activity is often a signpost on the way to somewhere. The record shows that it is usually a stop-over on the way to a destination that looks a whole lot like the Emergent church/Charismatic movement.


A new spate of bumper stickers

Vegetarian: Native American word for “Lousy Hunter”

I are illeterate…and I vote!

Consciousness: That annoying time between naps

There’s no such thing as a dumb blonde. (Placed upside down on the bumper)

I drive way too fast to worry about cholesterol.

I may be slow, but I am ahead of you.


I wonder why…

…in 1879, while on his honeymoon, Robert Louis Stevenson wrote Travels With A Donkey.

…gorillas can’t swim.

…per capita, Alaskans eat twice as much ice cream as the rest of the nation.

…sixty percent of atheists and agnostics say they own at least one Bible.

…everything weighs one percent less at the equator.

…when a person dies, hearing is the last sense to go. The first sense lost is sight.

…when they have Puerto Rican Day in NY City they have to have a former terrorist to lead it. Oscar Lopez Rivera was the head of the FALN (Armed Forces of National Liberation) group that bombed government buildings, restaurants, banks and stores, more than a hundred in all, for which he was imprisoned. After 34 years in prison, President Obama commuted his sentence just before leaving the White House, without an apology or contrition from Rivera. Surprised? It is said that he is being hailed by “New York Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito, a millionaire slumlord who rarely met a Marxist thug she didn’t like.” Mayor Bill de Blasio is planning to proudly join the parade.


Proverbs from afar

A full stomach likes to preach about fasting. – Russia

No medicine cures stupidity. – Japan

He who is free of faults will never die. – Zaire

There is no phrase without a double meaning. – Kenya

If you want your dinner, don’t offend the cook. – China

Patience is an ointment for every sore. – Wales

What is play to the cat is death to the mouse. – Denmark



Books on Closeout sale

Historical Drift: Must My Church Die?Historical Drift

by Arnold L. Cook

Boats drift. Cultures drift. But so do churches—both local assemblies and entire denominations. If you are concerned about slippage, you are not alone. Pastors and leaders at every level are seeing the Christian gradually, no, rapidly moving toward compromise and lethargy. The graying of the church in America is a result of putting soulwinning on the back burner. The author makes a gallant appeal to stop the drift and return to the solid foundation on which the church was built. He offers solutions you can use. The money and time spent on this book is well worth it. For several years this has been required reading for ministerial applicants in the Texas District. 346 pages. Retail price is 19.99 but we have only three of these left. We will let them go at only $12.99. First come, first served. Call for your copy today! 936-537-0250.

The Unbound Scriptures

Unbound Scripturesby Rick Norris

This book is for serious readers only. Based on years of research and study, the author has provided us with more usable information about the Bible—its history, its manuscripts, and it soundness—than we’ve ever seen between the covers of one book. Crammed into 544 pages is an objective look at issues about the Scriptures facing our churches today. You don’t have to be a Greek scholar to glean personal help and inspiration from this book. You will be equipped to “always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear” (I Peter 3:15). Retail: 19.99 Only $12.99. We have only four remaining. Call for your copy today! 936-537-0250.

The End Times Controversy

Thomas Ice/Tim LaHaye editors

I recommend this book for those who want to teach Bible prophecy without getting out in left field. Takes a sound hermeneutical approach to endtime signs, the Olivet Discourse, the 70 Weeks of Daniel, the Book of Revelation in perspective, and drives a stake in the heart of Preterism. You will get your money’s worth from this book!  461 pages. Only 2 left (used) at only 6.95 each.

How Do We know The Bible Is True?

How Do We Know the Bible Is True? is based on the absolute authority of God’s Word, not man-centered explanations. Clearly presented, it will help bring clarity in a world filled with increasingly vague notions of truth. This concise collection of apologetic truth contains over 20 relevant issues including: Is the Bible inerrant and reliable? Did the resurrection really happen? Are there contradictions in the Bible? What is the purpose and meaning of life? Did miracles really happen? Was Genesis derived from ancient myths? How should we interpret the Bible; should Genesis be literal? Within these pages you will find responses to those honest questions of faith, helping to build a confidence in God’s Word. These powerful biblical insights are soundly presented by more than a dozen respected defenders of the faith, including Ken Ham, John MacArthur, Terry Mortenson, Jason Lisle, Brian Edwards, Tommy Mitchell, Jobe Martin, Georgia Purdom, Bodie Hodge, and Roger Patterson. Only three left at only 6.95 each.

How To Prepare For Hard Times

Official government documents say that evangelical Christians are potential terrorists, and some Christian groups are even called hate groups. Christian doctors and nurses are being forced to perform abortions, and a Christian baker has been threatened with prison for not baking a wedding cake for a homosexual couple. Christians in Colorado, New York, and Kentucky are being forced to go through sensitivity training in order to rehabilitate from their religious beliefs and resulting moral convictions. When Communists did such things to American soldiers, we called it brainwashing. American Christians are in the early stages of persecution, and it is increasing. Unfortunately, many will be blindsided by it because few pastors and church leaders are warning about it or preparing believers for it. The first part of How to Prepare for Hard Times and Persecution is based on years of research into current events from a biblical perspective. It discloses what is happening, how we got there, and where we are heading. The second part gives encouragement from Scripture and biblical principles for dealing with the challenges of the perilous times in which we live. As Christians, we cannot afford to compromise our faith. We need to believe and obey the inspired Word of God. We need to be prepared to respond to persecution biblically instead of reacting to it carnally. Only 10 left only 6.95 each.

Into His Marvelous Light Bible Study

IHMLCoverNo other one-hour Bible study has enjoyed the consistent soul-winning results of IHML over the years. Often copied but never duplicated. It is attractive, well written, and doctrinally sound. It will convince any open-minded person (and some whose minds are not so open) that the new birth is absolutely essential and that Acts 2:38 constitutes that experience. It’s possible that more souls have been won with this Bible Study than with any other single teaching tool in the past 20 years. Discover how easy it is to share the plan of salvation with others. Available in English, Spanish and Italian. English is available in both KJV and NIV84.

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Guide For LivingIHML_GFL_Revised

A follow-up study for the new believers. This little booklet can be given to the new members to go through alone and then come back to you with any questions they may have. It can also be taught as a text in a class. It covers the new birth—what has happened to them experientially, and goes through what their responsibilities as believers are now.

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Order books and Bible studies from advanceministries.org or call 936-537-0250.

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Grin and bear it

College life today



Somebody is monkeying with the truth!


The last word

“God is glad when the craftsman at his bench, the maid at the sink, the farmer at the plough, the dresser at the vines, and the mother at the cradle break forth in hymns of prayer, praise, and instruction.” – Katharina Schultz Zell

Bonus #1:

The hardest job young people face today is learning good manners without seeing any. – Anonymous

Bonus #2:

Worry does not empty tomorrow of its sorrow, it empties today of its strength. – Corrie ten Boom


Have a great day!


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  1. A stellar job as usual. Your writing is a distinct blessing to me; factual, biblical, eclectic, and entertaining. Thank you, Brother Ensey.

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