JREnsey April 2020 blog

Thanks for taking a few minutes to visit about some important matters pertaining to both our secular society and God’s kingdom.

The Word for today:

So be truly glad. There is wonderful joy ahead, even though you must endure many trials for a little while. These trials will show that your faith is genuine. It is being tested as fire tests and purifies gold—though your faith is far more precious than mere gold. So when your faith remains strong through many trials, it will bring you much praise and glory and honor on the day when Jesus Christ is revealed to the whole world” (1 Peter 1:6,7 NLT).

Timely alternate word: “Cleanse your hands, ye sinners” (James 4:8 KJV).

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Oddities

We preachers always wanted a great library. Czech out the gorgeous Klementium Library in Prague, Czechoslovakia. Be still my heart.

Below is the library inside the Waldsassen Abbey in Bavaria, which holds thousands of volumes bound in white pigskin. These settings and their contents might be expensive to reproduce today. Isn’t it amazing that in this technological age we could carry all or most of these libraries in our briefcase?

If you think your 1987 Mercury Marquis is ancient, or that you yourself are getting old, remember that age is relative. The “Methuselah” bristlecone pine tree in California is said to be over 4,850 years old.

17-year old Juliane Koepcke was sucked out of an airplane in 1971 after it broke up over the Amazon rain forest, having been struck by a bolt of lightning. She fell two miles to the ground, strapped to her seat and survived, then endured more than 10 days in the Amazon jungle before being found. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Juliane_Koepcke

Carbonized bread from Pompeii, baked in AD 79, still bearing the baker’s stamp.

Pentecostals and covid-19

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Di•vers•ity

Definition:  An increasingly popular term representing differences within any entity. Differences can be good or bad, positive or negative, progressive or regressive, helpful or hindering. It all depends on the definition we have in mind when we employ the term.

The church should be diverse. The church should not be diverse. Both of those statements are correct. To use the term in such a general way can evoke confusion and misunderstanding. It all depends on one’s definition of diversity and the context in which it is used. Some use the term to undergird their particular vision of what the church should be.

If we are discussing race and ethnicity, or color of skin or national origin, then, ideally, the church will probably reflect the community it serves. If we are talking about pluralistic cultural diversity, that is another matter. Different elements of society, outside of those mentioned, have varying values, ethics, morals and divergent agendas that may run counter to the purposes of the church. In that case, the church should not reflect the community it is reaching out to influence. At some point the church has to identify and live out what “be ye separate” (II Corinthians 6:17) means.

The church is not designed to be a melting pot of values, ethics, morals, and beliefs. Some Christian denominations have decided that they must reflect their culture in every way in order to be effective in it. How is that working out for them? “A little leaven….”

Blandness has left the European Christian community as a tasteless concoction, impotent and fading. America may be following only a short distance behind. The suggestion of Jesus was that His people should affect the world in which it exists, make a difference, be a light, add a spice (Mark 16:15,16; Matthew 5:13,17).

The church has to be different in order to make a difference.

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O, the scourge of global warming!

Take a look: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JTyoT0agyg4&feature=youtu.be

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“The Squad” strikes again

Led by the socialist squad of four women, 174 House of Representatives Democrats recently voted against an anti-terrorist and sexual predator amendment regarding employment by the TSA, the folks that screen air travelers. They mustn’t be unfair to the Harvey Weinsteins or the Muslim terrorists of the world when it comes to doling out taxpayer’s money. Right? This Marxist-leaning coalition is in the news daily leading the charge to turn America into a socialist state.

Where, oh where, have women like Phyllis Schlafly gone? If we must elect women to Congress, then elect some who love this country, who want to preserve personal and religious freedom, who want the Constitution upheld, and the rule of law to be honored.

We get what we elect, folks.

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Book review:

Seven things wimps won’t say

Hell? Yes!

By Robert Jeffress

Colorado Springs: Waterbrook Press, 1995; 23.95 (available at Amazon)

The author of this book is the pastor of First Baptist Church of Dallas, one of the largest in the nation, whose facilities cover several city blocks of downtown Dallas. Pastor Jeffress is an outspoken advocate of conservative political values as well as a proponent of biblical veracity. You have likely seen his face and heard his voice on social media. He is unapologetic about his traditionalist views on the Scriptures.

This book has seven chapters, the titles being seven things spiritual wimps likely won’t ever say. The chapters are:

  • Every Other Religion Is Wrong
  • God Is Ultimately Responsible for Suffering
  • God Sends Good People to Hell
  • Homosexuality Is a Perversion
  • Husbands Are to Be the Leaders of Their Families
  • Evolution Is a Myth
  • America Is a Christian Nation

How is that for a list that will wring cries of dismay from liberal preachers and left-wing media talking heads? Jeffress, however, is fearless. I recently attended a meeting where he was the speaker. He leaves no question in your mind as to where he stands. He quotes Scripture like barristers quote Blackstone. He is as pro-life as one can be. He has more to lose by standing strong on social isses than most pastors but is unfazed by media moguls or liberal professors. He appears to be a selfless individual. That is not judging the author’s standing with God, or judging him at all. The salvation gospel is what it is and always has been. This is just saying that the book is worth reading. It won’t waste your time.

A cautionary note: It is not a book for spiritual wimps.

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Important articles worth your time to read:

Why we are a Republic, not a Democracy

By Walter Williams

https://www.intellectualtakeout.org/article/why-we-are-republic-not-democracy

Our culture degrades women by trying to make them men

By Annie Holmquist

https://www.intellectualtakeout.org/blog/our-culture-degrades-women-trying-make-them-men

Other interesting articles by Annie Holmquist:

Camille Paglia: Neo feminism teaching women to live in ‘a permanently juvenile condition’

https://www.intellectualtakeout.org/blog/camille-paglia-neo-feminism-teaching-women-live-permanently-juvenile-condition

Boys are Growing Frustrated by Living in a Feminized Society… and That’s Showing Up in Their Friendships

https://www.intellectualtakeout.org/article/boys-are-growing-frustrated-living-feminized-society-and-thats-showing-their-friendship

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A story of selfless heroism

“I spit in the doctor’s face!”

Would it ever be right to spit in a doctor’s face? It happened…and it saved a man’s life! Sometimes you just have to do what you have to do.

One of our Texas heroes who earned the Congressional Medal of Honor was a man of physical and moral strength. His courage and selflessness deserved the honor bestowed upon him by the US President Ronald Reagan.

In the steamy jungles of South Vietnam was where it all happened. The inspiring story of Staff Sergeant Roy Benavidez is worth your time!

You can read the incredible story HERE, or watch a brief video HERE: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0B2w0abQazg  His heroic actions save the lives of at least eight men. His heroism saved others, but his spit saved his own life!

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Why?

If unvaccinated American kids aren’t allowed in public schools, why would we import millions of unvaccinated migrants?

Representative Maxine Waters wants open borders and the privilege to vote in U.S. elections for anyone who can get across the border. Yet she requires those attending her town hall meetings to show photo ID. How hypocritical is that? When she and Nancy Pelosi remove the locks from their gates and doors, then we should consider open borders.

A transgender activist who still has male genitalia is reportedly ‘shocked,’ ‘confused,’ and ‘hurt’ after being turned away by a gynecologist who told him, “You’re playing make believe. Real doctors don’t have time for that foolishness.” He had been to a salon seeking a bikini wax and they also turned him down.  Blaze, 12/3  Is there no end to this nonsense? (No pun intended.)

Leftists think injecting hormones into cattle is evil, but injecting kids with hormones to change their gender is just fine. Patriot Post

Why is it that the only two genders that have reportedly had covid-19 are male and female? Does that mean that the other 57 genders are immune?

Fact: 66.6% of presidents who have been impeached by the House were guilty of humiliating Hillary Clinton. – Mark Alexander

Eight sex offenders—three of which were convicted of raping children—have been released from a jail in New York as a part of Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s statewide initiative to decrease prison populations over fear of spreading the coronavirus. Were these prisoners the safest ones he could have turned loose on the public? Where has common sense gone?

Barack Obama has reportedly announced that he is no longer taking credit for the economy.

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It Happened In A House

A young African-American minister, William Seymour was attending a Christian training mission in Houston in 1905. In those meetings, he met Neely Terry, a young woman who was part of a group that founded a black church in Los Angeles affiliated with the Church of the Nazarene. The group had been expelled from the Baptist church when they began teaching holiness and sanctification. She was impressed with Seymour’s sincerity and convinced her church leaders to invite him come to LA and minister in their church. He considered the invitation to be a call from God and arrived in California in February of 1906.

He was subsequently asked to preach in the church, which was led by Julia Hutchins. As yet he had not personally received the Holy Spirit and spoken with tongues, but was convinced that it was scriptural. When Seymour took the pulpit, he chose Acts 2:4 for his text. In the message he conveyed his conviction that “anyone who has not spoken in tongues does not have the Holy Spirit.” This did not set well with the more starchy Nazarene types, so they gave him the boot and actually padlocked the door of the church against his return. The more open-minded individuals in the congregation offered their homes to him for house meetings. One of these was the Asberry (or Asbury) family, living at 214 Bonnie Brae Street. That little house became the focal point of the Pentecostal outpouring, tagged by many as the initial thunderstorm of the biblical “latter rain.” Since the church was on “lockdown,” God moved the revival to a house!

It was in the house on Bonnie Brae St. that Seymour and others received the Holy Spirit. The prayer meetings held there were powerful. Soon hundreds were attracted to the meetings, filling the home and overflowing onto the porch and the yard. The porch actually collapsed under the weight of the crowd trying to participate in the prayer services. Police had to actually cordon off the street where the house was because of the crowds on foot, horseback and in carriages (traffic, if you will) trying to get to the house where God was moving. Even Julia Hutchins, the Nazarene leader who locked Seymour out of her church, received the Holy Spirit and ultimately became a missionary to Liberia.

The original Pentecostal outpouring occurred in an upper room in a house in Jerusalem: “It filled all the house were they sitting.” In America it also began in a humble house, not a church! When the house could no longer hold the crowds, another meeting place was sought. In April of 1906, they found an old warehouse at 312 Azusa Street in LA that had once been used as a stable and for a while as an AME church. There the Spirit fell in torrents during the next few years. People from many denominations came to the Azusa St. location and received the Holy Spirit and took the message of Acts 2 back to their communities. Missionaries from foreign lands came to see what was happening there, received their Pentecostal experience and returned to their fields with the power of the Spirit. Doubters and unbelievers said Pentecostal revival “will soon blow over.” It did…all over the world!

What can God do in our houses during the current quarantine? The Bible tells us to not forsake the assembling of ourselves together (Hebrews 10:25), but while our churches are on temporary lockdown, God may have in mind another mighty Pentecostal revival in somebody’s house. Let it happen!

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As they say… 

So we should let the millennials install that system here?

A pox on the virus!

Common sense has a terminal virus:

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The last word

…and sane!

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