JREnsey blog November 2021

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The First Word

“The wicked will go down to the grave. This is the fate of all the nations who ignore God” (Psalm 9:17 NLT).


What about those Aramaic and Hebrew words in the NT?

Aramaic, the language of some parts of the Old Testament (portions of Daniel and Ezra), is a sister language of Hebrew. It was the ordinary language of Judea and Galilee in the first century, and it is sometimes called “Hebrew” in the New Testament. Jesus probably could speak some Greek, as there were Greek-speaking cities in Galilee, and He conversed with a Greek-speaking Syrophoenician woman (Mark 7:24-30). Since Jesus mainly taught the common people, though, Aramaic was His language and that of many of the earliest Christians.

Abba……………………………………. Father
akeldama……………………………… “field of blood,” perhaps a proper     name (Acts 1:19)
EIoi, Eloi, lama sabachthani……….“My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” (Mark 15:34, after Ps. 22:1)
ephphatha……………………………. “Be opened” (Mark 7:34)
korbanas……………………………….. The temple treasury (Matt. 27:6)
mammonas……………….…………… “Mammon,” “riches” (Matt. 6:24)
rnaranatha …………………….……… “Our Lord has come” or “Our Lord, come!” (I Cor. 16:22)
talitha koumi ……………………..….. “Little girl, arise!” (Mark 5:41)
rabbi …………………..……………….. “My Master” or “My great one” (rabboni in John 20:16)
raca ……………………………………… “You fool” (Matt. 5:22)

Other words are actually Hebrew, though transmitted through Aramaic:

Alleluia …………….… “Praise Yahweh”
amen ……………….… “Truly, reliably”
korban ……………….  “Dedicated offering” (Mark 7:11)
pascha …………….…   Passover
geenna ……………….  Gehenna, from gei hinnom, or Valley of Hinnom, the Jerusalem city dump
manna ………………..  Manna, literally, “What is it?”
sabaoth ……………..  From Hebrew meaning “hosts, armies” (Rom. 9:29; James 5:4)
sabbaton ……………  Sabbath
satanas ………………. Satan, or “the adversary”

Source: T. J. McTavish, A Theological Miscellany


Heresies are a good thing?

Some things that appear negative on the surface can actually be positive. I remember a quote by an elder in another denomination who was lamenting their loss of holiness-based living. “Once,” he said, “our negative preaching produced positive results, now our positive preaching is producing negative results.” A minister once told me personally that he didn’t preach against anything. His reason: “There are so many things that I am preaching for that I have no time to preach against things.” A look at his church revealed the fruit of that that approach.

Paul said, “For there must be also heresies among you, that they which are approved may be made manifest among you” (I Corinthians 11:19). The ESV renders the verse: “For there must be factions among you in order that those who are genuine among you may be recognized.”

It seems strange that heresy in a church could be a positive development. To achieve that outcome, a pastor would have to handle the situation with wisdom and grace. Paul explains that they can reveal the lovers of truth and the genuine believers. Throughout church history we can see that certain heretics have forced pastors and church leaders to more definitely state their founding principles. Many great theological works were produced by men who would possibly have never done so without the surfacing of false teachers, persons with new “revelations,” and blatant heretics who challenged biblical orthodoxy. A goodly portion of the Epistles was written in response to the rise of heresies. Would we have had those positive teaching otherwise?

While no pastor yearns for a doctrinal division to arise, there will be times when it reveals the truth a little more clearly.


Trinitarians still confused about God

According to LifeWay Research, “almost all evangelicals say they believe in the Trinity (96%) and that Jesus is fully human and fully divine (88%).

“But nearly a quarter (22%) said God the Father is more divine than Jesus, and 9 percent weren’t sure. Further, 16 percent say Jesus was the first creature created by God, while 11 percent were unsure.

“No doubt, phrases like “only begotten Son” (John 3:16) and “firstborn of all creation” (Colossians 1:15) have led others in history to hold these views, too. In the fourth century, a priest from Libya named Arius (c. 250–336) announced, ‘If the Father begat the Son, then he who was begotten had a beginning. …There was a time when the Son was not.’ The idea, known as Arianism, gained wide appeal, even among clergy. But it did not go unopposed. Theologians Alexander and Athanasius of Alexandria, Egypt, argued that Arius denied Christ’s true divinity. Christ is not of similar substance to God, they explained, but of the same substance.

“Believing the debate could split the Roman Empire, Emperor Constantine convened the first ecumenical church council in Nicea in A.D. 325. The council, comprising over 300 bishops, rejected Arianism as heresy and maintained that Jesus shares the same eternal substance with the Father. Orthodoxy struggled to gain popular approval, however, and several heresies revolving around Jesus continued to spread. At the second ecumenical council in Constantinople in 381, church leaders reiterated their condemnation of Arianism and enlarged the Nicene Creed to describe Jesus as ‘the only-begotten Son of God, begotten of the Father before all worlds, Light of Light, very God of very God, begotten, not made, being of one substance with the Father, by whom all things were made.’ In other words, the Son is not a created being, nor can he be less divine than the Father.” [end of report]

All of this confusion is resolved in the Apostolic Pentecostal doctrine of the Oneness of God. God is Spirit (John 4:24), and is one in number (Deuteronomy 6:4; Ephesians 4:4-6, et al). The Son existed in God’s plan until He was conceived in the womb of Mary and He became a living reality. He was called the Son of God because He was sired by God (Matthew 1:20,23) and not man. He was never called God the Son or the eternal Son of God. Trinitarians are still puzzled about the identity of the Holy Spirit who is merely God Himself at work in and among His people.

Rejoice, Apostolic readers, that you know and love the truth about God!


Can’t forgive yourself?

We often speak with people who are struggling with forgiving themselves. Many counselors and pastors regularly hear people groan about the inability to “forgive themselves” for failures in their past. If one feels the necessity to do that, it is unlikely he will ever be able to succeed in doing so. They recognize the need to eliminate guilt for certain mistakes and get on with their life, but still beat themselves up daily for their past failures. What should they do about forgiving themselves?

Stop trying.

The problem with this concept is that it is not up to us to generate our own forgiveness. Psychologists who make a living working with people who have adopted the view that they must somehow forgive themselves will rail against this approach as too “simplistic.” The problems people have today are too “complex” for simplistic answers, they say. The main reason people have so many complex problems is that they have ignored the simple answers too long!

Forgiveness is something only someone else can give you. If people forgave themselves, would they feel as motivated to seek forgiveness from God or others? You can no more forgive yourself than you can give something to yourself. We will never stop feeling guilty if we are looking to ourselves for freedom from guilt. In the Christian worldview, the ultimate source of our forgiveness is God Himself. Our faith must grasp the fact that we have truly been forgiven by the One whose death we caused, in part, by our sin.

The solution for guilt is not self-forgiveness but divine forgiveness. If we continue to harbor guilt after we have repented of our sins and been baptized in His name, receiving forgiveness in the process, that is a faith problem—evidence that we have not truly believed God has forgiven us. Once God forgives and we have accepted His forgiveness, the conscience will be quieted. If we have intentionally wronged others, we must seek forgiveness from them, accepting it just as we did God’s forgiveness. If they refuse, that is their problem, not the offender’s. Faith is at work in the process of forgiveness.

At ease. Be free…”thy faith hath made thee whole” (Luke 17:19).


Bible trivia

The most common Bible name is David, which occurs over a thousand times. The longest name in the Bible is that of Isaiah’s son Mahershalalhashbaz. Imagine his mother calling him from play to eat. Supper would get cold in the process.

It is strange that China, the world’s most populous nation, opposes Bible teaching yet it prints more Bibles than any other country.

The Geneva Bible was the first Bible to use numbered verses. It was the Bible used by Shakespeare and other famous authors of the sixteenth and seventeenth century.

The word “girl” or “girls” each occurs only once in the entire KJV. “Boy” or “boys” are mentioned five times, all in the Old Testament.

Over 100 million Bibles are sold each year.

The full Bible has been translated into 532 languages and parts of it into 2,883 languages.

The world’s smallest Bible will fit on the tip of a pen. Scientists etched 1.2 million letters on a tiny silicone disk. It is called the Nano Bible.


Questions you might address in your next Bible lesson

If God loves the world (John 3:16), why can’t we be friends with it (James 4:4)?

If God loves the world, why does the Bible say He hates “all workers of iniquity” (Psalm 5:5)?

Does the Bible approve of assassinations (Judges 3:15-21)?

What did Jesus mean when He said believers are to “eat His flesh” and “drink His blood” (John 6:53,54)?

Can angels reproduce with humans? Would their offspring be part angel? Would all of them be giants? (Genesis 6:1,2)

Should Christians celebrate Halloween? The most popular Halloween costume this year was a witch. What is a witch, really?

How should this scripture be applied: “[T]hose who make plans without consulting me, who form alliances without consulting my Spirit, and thereby compound their sin” (Isaiah 30:1 NET).


Do we need an “indigenous peoples” day?

When a culture decides to cancel truth and publish lies they are on their way to a new dark age. The idiocy that wants to cancel Columbus in favor of honoring the indigenous people of the Americas is a fungus among us.

Doug Kutilek shared the following in a recent edition of his online newsletter As I See It:

“So Columbus is now ‘the bad guy’ and the ‘indigenous peoples’ of the islands of the Caribbean were the ‘good guys’? Just what kind of people did Columbus find there in 1492?  According to Encyclopedia Britannica, 1992 printing of the 15th edition, volume 2, p. 866, column 2:

‘The Island Carib, who were warlike (and allegedly cannibalistic) were immigrants from the mainland who, after driving the Arawak from the lesser Antilles [emphasis added] were expanding when the Spanish arrived…. Raids upon other peoples provided women who were kept as slave-wives; the male captives were tortured and killed.’

“Nice folks those Caribs—cannibals and invaders who displaced the previous ‘indigenous’ island inhabitants, kidnapped and enslaved for sexual gratification women from other peoples, and after torturing the captive men, murdered them. Excellent role models, people to be lionized and celebrated. Let’s give them their own day, shall we?” [end quotation]

Here’s more history that the woke folk are missing:

Confederate General Robert E. Lee, although the leader of the army that was beaten in the Civil War, he became a voice for national reconciliation following the war. “It is pleasant to know that mostly through General Lee’s influence, the fires of sectional hatred that burned so fiercely during the [American Civil] War and more fiercely, if possible, during Reconstruction years, have almost entirely died out.” – Quoted from Lexington in Old Virginia by Henry Boley (1936), p. 124.


Putin watches collapse of American values

The Russian president rails against the concept of “gender fluidity” and Western culture in general. He labels transgenderism as a “crime against humanity.”


Newsers: “The leader of Russia, where same-sex marriage was banned earlier this year, said the idea of children being ‘taught that a boy can become a girl and vice versa’ is ‘monstrous’ and ‘verges on crimes against humanity under the banner of progress,’ per the Moscow Times. He also suggested that supporters of transgender rights were calling for an end to ‘basic things such as mother, father, family or gender differences,’ per the Post. ‘People who dare to say that men and women still exist as a biological fact are almost ostracized,’ he added—perhaps in reference to Dave Chappelle’s recent controversy.

“Tatiana Stanovaya, an expert in Russian politics, said the speech was meant to appeal to ‘hardcore conservatives and supporters of traditional values,’ per the Post. ‘This ideological spin, which is becoming more and more official and concrete, is the main aid to repressions, much stronger than any election.’ Putin said ‘opposing racism is a necessary and noble thing,’ but “the struggle for equality and against discrimination turns into aggressive dogmatism verging on absurdity’ in the West. ‘Here in Russia the absolute majority of our citizens don’t care what color a person’s skin is.'”

Russia’s prophecy that communists”won’t have to fire a shot” appears to be coming to pass.



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The way it is


Last Word

Thanks for being a reader and sharing the blog with family and friends you think may find it informative and helpful.

Before you sign off, note that below we have added a section regarding the latest findings about the pandemic, the vaccines, and the resultant political fallout. This is an extremely important matter for our nation and our church. If you are interested, please take a few minutes and check out the info and links below. Folks should make up their own mind about vaccinations but should not fail to inform themselves before doing so.

Your comments are welcome and appreciated. You may send them to  jrensey1@gmail.com

Blessings…enjoy the gorgeous foliage of the wonderful month of November!



You may want to read this before you are vaccinated:


More dying in Taiwan after receiving vaccine than from Covid:





Full meeting. Kirsch’s 3:40 min talk goes from 4:20:12 to 4:23:55.

Vaccines and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee – 9/17/2021 – YouTube

Kirsch’s 3:40 min talk isolated on Rumble:


New evidence showing harmfulness of Corona vaccinations presented to International Criminal Court:

An independent Dutch Parliamentary Commission of Inquiry set up in 2020, has new evidence it presented to the International Criminal Court in The Hague about the harmfulness of the Corona vaccinations.

Read more


Latest official figures from VAERS on problems, including deaths, from vaccinations:

818,042 Adverse Events

127,641 Doctor Visits

83,412 Hospitalizations

92,017 Urgent Care

26,199 Disabled

10,179 Bell’s Palsy

10,304 Myocarditis

8,408 Heart Attacks

2,631 Miscarriages

17,128 Deaths

Safe and effective?



Medical tyranny on display

Hospital executives caught on tape colluding to deny Covid patients their rights and the care that they need. It is more about the money than your health. This is what we can expect with single payer government health care.



No stopping place

The CDC Director Rochelle Walensky has said that the definition of “fully vaccinated” may have to be updated as more “boosters” come along. The power this process has given the pinkos in our government is so inebriating that they do not intend to give it up. If previously vaccinated folks do not get the booster shot, they will be counted as “not fully vaccinated.”  https://news.yahoo.com/cdc-director-may-definition-fully-160647231.html

What if pastors established a similar system to say that one must pray through daily or at least weekly to be counted as “fully filled” with the Holy Spirit? Think that would fly?


More dying in Taiwan after receiving vaccine than from Covid.




Your kids are now the guinea pigs

FDA panel backs Pfizer’s shots for kids: “We’re never going to learn how safe this vaccine is unless we start giving it.”



Why you can’t believe everything your government or the press tells you

UNITED NATIONS (AP) _ “A senior U.N. environmental official says entire nations could be wiped off the face of the Earth by rising sea levels if the global warming trend is not reversed by the year 2000.

Coastal flooding and crop failures would create an exodus of ‘eco-refugees,’ threatening political chaos, said Noel Brown, director of the New York office of the U.N. Environment Program, or UNEP.

He said governments have a 10-year window of opportunity to solve the greenhouse effect before it goes beyond human control.”

Did this 1989 prophecy come to pass? Noooooo…..but accuracy and scientific truth were not the object of the report. It was to scare politicians into voting for left-wing policies that are now destroying this nation! The ones spouting this stupidity don’t believe it either. Both Barack Obama and Al Gore, globalist leaders of “the sky is falling” movement, recently bought big houses on the east coast and west coast beaches. It’s not about science, but about bringing America to her knees and being in total control of every person’s life.

Earth Day prophecies are dime a dozen about the demise of civilization via pollution from America’s industries. It is all said to encourage nationalization of those industries like the communist countries have done.

Last year, AOC predicted that we now have a 12-year window in which to solve the global climate crisis or it will end the world. Whoever believes that deserves her as their representative in Congress.


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