JREnsey blog August 2022

The Word for today

“Godliness makes a nation great, but sin is a disgrace to any people” (Proverbs 14:34 NLT).


Did Jesus and His disciples eat raw corn on the Sabbath?

“At that time Jesus went on the sabbath day through the corn; and his disciples were an hungred, and began to pluck the ears of corn and to eat” (Matthew 12:1 KJV).

The answer calls for a little research and thought. It is likely that the early English Bible translators had never tasted the grain that we today in America call “corn” (Gr: stachys – heads of grain). Back then virtually all edible grains were called corn. Even early 20th century English dictionaries defined corn as “any edible grain, such as wheat, barley, rye and oats.” Certainly Jesus and His disciples never actually saw a cob of corn like you may have gnawed during your after-church meal last Sunday.

Early English Bibles called what Jesus’ disciples ate corne (1611 KJV), but given the context, it was most likely barley that was intended here, since the corn with which we are familiar today was unknown in the Middle Eastern world at that time. Corn
seems to have originated somewhere in what is called Latin America today, perhaps in Mexico.

The Native Americans and Caribbean peoples adapted it to their diet before European settlers came over to what is today the U.S. and Canada. From his initial forays in the Caribbean area, Columbus took multi-colored “Indian corn” back to the European nations.

A “corn of wheat” in John 12:24 references what we call a “kernel,” a plantable seed.

My question is—did they eat the barley raw after removing it from
the stalk? The Bible does say they took time to “rub it in their hands,” removing the husks prior to consuming it. However, raw
grains consumed before the “kill stage,” usually achieved by boiling, can be harmful. Since it was common for people to stop at a convenient place and build a fire to prepare food, as Jesus did before serving up bread and fish (which can be eaten raw) for the disciples (John 21:9-13), it seems probable that they stopped after walking through the field to do just that.



Rebranding your church? Here are some names you might want to avoid

From The Door:

Mitchell Chapel Church of the Fire Baptized Holiness Church of God of the Americas

Catholic Church of South Africa King George Win the War

Other suggestions from Cole-Slaw.blogspot.com:

Greater Second Baptist Church of Chattanooga, TN (stands in contrast, I guess, to the not so great second Baptist church around the corner)

Little Hope Baptist Church (sounds a tad better than another church called No Hope United Methodist Church. Kind of makes you sad just saying it.)

Original Church of God, Number 2. (I really can’t think of anything to add that could possibly be funnier than the name itself…except for perhaps number 3.)

First United Separate Baptist Church (This church in Indiana needs to make up its mind—is it united or separate?)

Half Way Baptist Church, Raleigh, NC (They just take you so far)

Accident Baptist Church, Accident, MD (obviously not Calvinist)

Waterproof Baptist Church (in Louisiana; does baptism count if you are water repellent?)

The New Aggressive Church of Deliverance, Durham, NC (no catchers allowed?)

St. Martini Lutheran Church of Milwaukee, WI; (lemon twists in the baptistery?)


Blue laws (Sabbath No-Nos)

When we moved to Greensboro, NC in 1961 to plant a new church in that city, we learned that most North Carolina cities/counties still had some of the blue laws in force. Laws limiting what one could or could not do, including buying or selling, on Sunday were called Blue laws. Other states had them and some still do. They were originally a nod to the positive influence of Christianity in our country, which is no longer given to any great degree anywhere. Many of the laws seem strange or even funny to us today and are no longer enforced. Some think Pentecostals today are too strict, but note that these rules went for everyone in town—sinners as well as saints.

No citizen was allowed to dress up in any red-colored garment on the Sabbath and then attend a church service in Leecreek, AR.

All citizens in Bagdad, FL are outlawed from dipping snuff while on the grounds of any local church; neither are they allowed to smoke a pipe or a cigar on the Sabbath.

In Leona, KS no female wearing a nightgown, sheer or otherwise, can be rescued by a fireman on the Sabbath; she must be fully dressed before she can be legally assisted by a fireman during a Sunday fire.

In Honey Creek, IA only policemen were allowed to bring a slingshot to church on the Sabbath.

Garysburg, NC disallowed the shooting of fish from an airplane while church is in progress on the Sabbath.

In Idanha, OR Christians were not allowed to eat watermelons on the Sabbath.

Lingerie could not be hung on an outdoor clothesline in Toomsboro, GA on Sunday unless they were hidden by a fence or screen.

In Opal, WY a woman weighing over 200 pounds could not ride a horse on Sunday in public. (Are all stout women in Opal in constant possession of a scale?)

The prosecutors who enforced such laws in those times had better be prayed up.


Great news!

A lawsuit on the behalf of health care workers who resisted the mandatory Covid vaccine on religious grounds has been settled in their favor.

Liberty Counsel settled the nation’s first classwide lawsuit for health care workers for more than $10.3 million. The class action settlement against NorthShore University HealthSystem in Illinois is on behalf of more than 500 current and former health care workers who were unlawfully discriminated against and denied religious exemptions from the COVID vaccine mandate. The agreed upon settlement was filed July 29th in the federal Northern District Court of Illinois.

As a result of the settlement, NorthShore will pay $10,337,500 to compensate these health care employees who were victims of religious discrimination, and who were punished for their religious beliefs against taking an injection associated with aborted fetal cells. You can read the full story here:


Thank you, Liberty Counsel and the workers who stood up against a bullying system whose mandatory shots have been proven to be largely ineffective in either preventing the virus or passing it to others, besides containing fetal cells of aborted babies. May it be educational to both the government and many institutions that tried to enforce the mandate. When we stand up and stand together, the Davids of our time can still defeat the Goliaths who would love to force themselves and their illegal and immoral systems on us and our children.


The dangers of psych drugs

Before you read what I have to say on this topic, please listen to the following brief excerpt from Tucker Carlson, featured commentator on FoxNews, regarding the current epidemic of dangerous prescription drugs that are harming people you know:


A more recent and dynamic revelation about the psych drug industry by Carlson has been removed from youtube. I wonder why?

I dedicated more than a decade of my life to training Apostolics who were interested in Christian counseling in order to help others cope with life’s stressful problems and struggling people. Our course called Christian Counseling From Scripture, plus other requirements certified many who recognized the failure of psychology and the pharmaceutical industry to solve the mental and emotional problems that were plaguing millions of Americans. Counselors wanted a result that included a spiritual benefit. I wrote the book The Couch and the Cross1 to expose what big pharma was trying to get everyone to ignore—that their psychotropic drugs failed to “cure” anyone, plus that they were more harmful than helpful. A more recent example of a similar situation might be the mandatory Covid-19 vaccines that didn’t keep recipients from getting the virus (including Dr. Fauci and President Biden himself) and actually caused many young people to suffer heart problems and other diseases that we are just now learning about.2

The pharmaceutical industry had so much money to spend on ads and lobbyists that people were overwhelmed with false claims. They were able to pay for and evoke testimonies for corroboration. Millions have fallen for their half-truths and misinformation who today struggle with the aftermath of consuming SSRIs and similar drugs for years. I am old enough to remember when the tobacco industry paid doctors to help promote their particular brand of cigarette. They hid the facts in order to deceive and reap a financial windfall of billions. Finally the truth was revealed and it can no longer be hidden. Now everyone knows that smoking and using tobacco in other forms has caused fatal cancer and other diseases in millions of Americans.3

Gradually the truth is being learned about SSRIs and other mind-altering drugs as the tragic results have begun to be published. Already some are beginning to see that few have benefitted from such treatment and that many have been harmed. I am told that some of our Apostolic youth have died from volunteering to serve as guinea pigs in trials for certain new drugs. Virtually all of the mass shootings that have shocked our society have been committed by those on mind-altering drugs prescribed to keep them from doing exactly what they did. For attestation, take time to view the above referenced Fox News report.

Has anyone reading this ever read the warnings on a Zoloft or similar SSRI label like Paxil, Sarafem, Luvox, Prozac, Zoloft? The psych industry pays doctors to prescribe this stuff so it shuts their mouths. According to Carlson, over 224,000,000 million prescriptions were written last year for psych drugs, most for SSRIs to “combat depression and anxiety complaints.”

Has anyone followed up on these bizarre murders, parent-child killings, and wackos that are committing these crazy crimes? Usually in trials and seldom before does it surface that the perps were on psych drugs. When someone twists their brain with strong chemicals, they do not know what they are liable to do. When the brain becomes a drug receptacle the chemicals take over. Fentanyl kills tens of thousands of Americans every year. Why does that number not impress members of Congress? A few gun deaths and they are mounting a crusade against them. Regarding drug use deaths they simply turn their heads. Who cares?

WE do!


1 To order the eBook version, go to advanceministries.org or call 936-537-0250. Only $9.95.

2 Please read “Studies Link Incurable Prion Disease With Covid-19 Vaccines” by Marina Zhang in the July 2022 edition of Epoch Times Bulletin. One can only speculate that this is one of the reasons Pfizer requested that the data regarding their vaccine not become available to the public for 75 years. The media tries to hide or deny such stories since Pfizer is one of their primary sources of advertising revenue.

3 See: https://www.cdc.gov/tobacco/data_statistics/fact_sheets/health_effects/tobacco_related_mortality/index.htm

Don’t just take my word for it. Please inform yourself! Read on:

For collusion of drug companies and psych industry:


How drugs incite violence:


More on how drugs incite suicide and violence:


Medicated to Death: Drugs and mass killings:


Why SSRI Drugs are Dangerous:


The Marketing of Madness: The Truth About Psychotropic Drugs



Have you noticed…?

…that the screamers about overpopulation of America are strangely quiet about the steady stream of immigrants—millions since Biden became President—crossing our southern border?

…that none of the biological men who identify as women have been seen in the labor rooms of maternity hospitals?

…the prognostications of power blackouts this summer and beyond? Where will all those EVs plug in to power up?

…that the president never gets brain freeze from quickly eating all that ice cream?

…that some Christians prefer to feed on fiction from social media rather than facts from God’s Word?…that politicians pay attention to deaths by guns and ignore death by illegal drugs crossing the border?

…that President Biden wanted you fired from your job and the soldiers kicked out of the military for not getting vaxxed once. He got jabbed four times and still got Covid. When does he get fired? – Liz Wheeler

…that women are upset about trans “women” leaving the toilet seat up in public restrooms?

…that other countries think Americans have lost their minds about human sexuality. They mock us when they see pictures like the one on the right.

…that all the closings of Starbucks stores due to high crime rates are only in blue states?

…like Frederick Douglas, that the life of the nation is secure only when its leaders are honest, truthful and virtuous?

…that some are taking a stand. Christine Anderson, EU parliament member of Germany, has attacked the vaccine coercion campaign with this claim:“This vaccine campaign will go down as the biggest scandal in medical history and, moreover, it will be known as the biggest crime ever committed on humanity.” Months ago she called Canada’s Justin Trudeau a disgrace to democracy. Anyone following the police state he erected during Covid would agree.


More on the day pigs will fly

The day truth means more than fiction to Oprah, Stephen Colbert, and Dr. Fauci.

The day real men begin delivering those babies they claim to be carrying within their protruding abdomens.

The day the current mayor of Chicago admits that 90% of all the deaths in that city each weekend occur within one section of that metropolis, that most involve drug deals, and that she intends to remove guns from those in that neighborhood formerly arrested for felony charges.

The day Newsom, Gascon & Company reject Soros money and promise government integrity with accountability from now on.

The day wind and solar alone will meet the energy needs of a growing America.

The day America is returned to economic vitality, a better educational system, and to First/Second Amendment rights by a liberal female President.

The day God says He was just kidding about the seriousness of sins like murdering babies, and telling lies. He says we can also ignore the biblical command to repent and be baptized because that and all those passages about the Holy Spirit baptism were only for the folks in the first century.

The day you see a new fast food restaurant named Hot Pig Wings.

So if you happen to see a herd of winged pig flying over, run for the nearest cover first, then reach for Uncle Clyde’s ol’ double barrel and bring home the bacon!


Studies show Covid can lower one’s IQ

Anyone want to testify? What will his latest bout with Covid do to our President?

The cognitive problems caused by severe Covid-19 are equal to losing 10 points of your IQ, or your brain aging from 50 to 70. Scientists from the University of Cambridge and the Imperial College of London published their findings in the eClinical Medicine Journal. Doctors from Mayo Clinic say that the long term effects of the virus have yet to be fully determined, but “it looks like more and more symptoms can be associated [with Covid].” In others words, the virus can be mentally crippling as well as physically debilitating, and “can include everything from muscle pain and fatigue to digestive disorders.”

Do you think this virus was loosed on the world from China knowing what the harmful effects would and could be?


Advertise what you are…

…or are not:

Oops! Sorry, no abortion for you, buster! Have you shared the news with Jill yet?

Below is one of the LGBTQ+ flash cards used to teach pre-school kids in North Carolina about colors:


Ignorance continues to prevail

Liberal politicians don’t like God or the Bible because both oppose lying, the shedding of innocent blood, and demand godly behavior. The church gets the spillover of that hatred.

The blatant ignorance, hypocrisy, and nonsense that is coming from our political leaders today is creating a situation that will likely invite increasing violence and perhaps even civil war.

The idea that no one can know what determines one’s gender is but the tip of the iceberg. This is a bow to the LGBTQ+ crowd and the transgender concepts that are being pushed onto our children in schools and colleges.

Do we need to remind the decision-makers in Washington and the professors in the classrooms that God had to harshly judge a multi-city region in the lowest geographical place on earth with a fiery destruction because of their choices along this line? They were abusing their bodies and celebrating it in mockery to God.

Christians love everyone regardless of the sin in which they may be involved. While we cannot condone sins of any type, we are cognizant that some sins potentially do greater damage and harm than others and thus may receive the greater judgment or condemnation, both in this life and the one to come. The following information may solidify that truth in our minds.





  • All this hullabaloo about abortion…and just think how easy it is to avoid unwanted pregnancies.
  • “History is not everything, but it is a starting point. History is a clock that people use to tell their political and cultural time of day. It
    is a compass they use to find themselves on the map of human geography. It tells them where they are but, more importantly, what they must be.” -John Henrik Clarke, writer and historian
  • “Against the insidious wiles of foreign influence, (I conjure you to believe me, fellow citizens) the jealousy of a free people ought to be constantly awake; since history and experience prove that foreign influence is one of the most baneful foes of Republican Government.”  – George Washington (1796)
  • Save on home utility expenses during the hot month of August by staying in church as much as possible.



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