JREnsey blog November 2017

Welcome to the JREnsey blog for November, 2017.

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The Word for today

I Corinthians 2:4-8 – “And my message and my preaching were very plain. Rather than using clever and persuasive speeches, I relied only on the power of the Holy Spirit. I did this so you would trust not in human wisdom but in the power of God. Yet when I am among mature believers, I do speak with words of wisdom, but not the kind of wisdom that belongs to this world or to the rulers of this world, who are soon forgotten. No, the wisdom we speak of is the mystery of God—his plan that was previously hidden, even though he made it for our ultimate glory before the world began. But the rulers of this world have not understood it; if they had, they would not have crucified our glorious Lord.”

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Why you can trust the Bible

The Accuracy and Harmony of the New Testament Manuscripts

Various methods have been used by noted Greek scholars in estimating the percentage of accuracy in over 6,000 Greek NT manuscripts. Textual analysts have estimated that only about one-sixtieth of the known variants rise above “trivialities” and can be called “substantial variations.” That would make the NT 98.33 percent pure of any substantial variation. Ezra Abbott (1819-1884) said about 95 percent of the readings are “various” rather than “rival” readings, and about 95 percent of the rest make no appreciable difference in the sense of the passage. Thus the text would be “99.75 percent pure from rival readings that make a difference in the meaning of the text.”

A. T. Robertson said the real concern is with about a “thousandth part of the entire text.” So, the reconstructed text of the New Testament 99.9 percent free from real concern. Philip Schaff added that of the 150,000 variations known in his day, only 400 affected the sense; and of those only 50 were of real significance; and even the worst manuscript does not pervert or set aside one article of faith or moral precept.” By his estimation, this means that the NT is 100% free from any errors in essential doctrines of the Christian faith.

Abbot added this observation: “No Christian doctrine rests on those portions of the text which are affected by differences in the MSS; still less is anything essential in Christianity touched by the various readings.” In other words, no important truth stands or falls based on a variant. That is a confirmation that God has indeed preserved His Word.

The words of textual critic Sir Frederic Kenyon are still weighty today: “The interval between the dates of original composition and the earliest extant evidence becomes so small as to be in fact negligible, and the last foundation for any doubt that the Scriptures have come down substantially as they were written has now been removed. Both the authenticity and the general integrity of the books of the New Testament may be regarded as finally established.” You can trust the Bible!

– Excerpted from Searching the Scriptures: Merging Truth, Texts and Translations (Available from advanceministries.org)

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The state of education in the U.S.

Angry Parents: Teacher Holds “Gender Reveal” in Kindergarten

Parents of kindergarteners at a California charter school are upset after a teacher held a transgender “gender reveal” without their prior knowledge. TheFederalist.com reports that a teacher at Rocklin Academy read her kindergarten class books about transgenderism before holding the gender reveal event for a biologically male student who wanted to be a girl.

“The kindergartners came home very confused about whether or not you can pick your gender, whether or not they really were a boy or a girl,” said Karen England of the Capitol Resource Institute. Many parents were upset the teacher had held this transgender discussion without their knowledge. One parent even said, “My daughter came home crying and shaking, so afraid she could turn into a boy.”

Many parents took their concerns to a recent school board meeting, arguing that kindergarteners are too young to be involved in a discussion of gender identity. The board told parents that, unlike sex education discussions, teachers are not required to notify them regarding transgender discussions.

Colleges for sale

How do these professorial morons get into the school and college systems? According to Fox News, money from foreign governments is pouring into our colleges from foreign governments (I assume that probably includes communist nations and Middle Eastern countries) to establish professorships and chairs dedicated to leftist, liberal causes. They can’t overcome us militarily but they are in effect buying our educational system so they can poison the minds of our children who will grow up with an anti-Christian, anti-American mindset. The cash-hungry colleges are snapping the money up at the expense of America’s future.

Right on, UofW

In a document called “Commitment to Academic Freedom and Freedom of Expression,” the University of Wisconsin Board of Regents passed a policy Friday (see page 4 of this document) aimed at punishing students for disruptive protests at speaking events, which have become more common on campuses over the past year.

Specifically, students at colleges across the nation have protested speakers, usually conservative in viewpoint, by “shouting them down” and making it impossible for attendees to hear what is being said. The policy refers to this as “violent or other disorderly misconduct that materially and substantially disrupts the free expression of others.”

This policy would mean that students could be suspended for their second disruption of free expression, and expelled for their third offense.

This is good news because UW has traditionally been one of the country’s most liberal, left-leaning institutions

This is what you get

At the Michelle Obama Neighborhood Library in Long Beach, CA they are celebrating LGBTQ History Month. Who put that on the calendar? Regardless, the kids were treated to a five-horned, demon-like drag queen to read to them about the many positives of that community. That reading shouldn’t have taken long, but I’m sure the drag queen filled the time with plenty of entertainment.

Give them an open door and they will take over the whole building.

When we buy into the politically correct agenda and hire educators and teachers who have been brainwashed in the liberal university classrooms of modern America, this is what you are apt to get. We can expect more of the same in the future.

Watch those pronouns

The California State Senate has passed a bill that would make it a criminal offense to address a transgender person by the wrong pronoun. The bill now goes to the State Assembly. If passed and signed by the governor, the bill could enforce criminal penalties, including jail time.

The bill passed the Senate in a vote of 26-12. According to The Daily Caller, “The law is currently limited in its effects to nursing homes and intermediate-care facilities, but if passed, those who ‘willfully and repeatedly’ refuse ‘to use a transgender resident’s preferred name or pronouns’ could be slapped with a $1,000 fine and up to one year in prison.”

Reason #499 to homeschool your kids

A Georgia mom said her sixth-grade daughter recently came home with a health class assignment asking students to name sexual identity terms—such as gay, lesbian and transgender—based on their definitions. And she’s not happy with Lithonia Middle School.

What were some statements on the ‘Identity Definitions’ assignment?

  • A woman who is attracted to women [answer: lesbian]
  • A man who is attracted to men [answer: gay]
  • A person who is attracted to men and women [answer: bisexual]
  • When the person’s gender identity doesn’t match the sex (male or female) the doctor said they were when they were born [answer: transgender]

This simply gets them accustomed to using these terms and definitions. This mom did the right thing in removing her daughter from this class. Our public schools should be responsive to the parents of the children and not to the media and the bought-and-paid-for-politicians who are sold out to politically correct liberal causes.

The advantages of homeschooling personified

Elijah, pictured here with his parents, was adopted as an infant by Ron and Kristin Whitworth, members of Living Way Church in Conroe, TX. They have nine other adopted children, eight of them still at home. At 15, Elijah had completed his high school work. He took a college entrance exam was graded as college ready. He enrolled at nearby Lone Star College. Since he is too young to drive to college or even be on campus without a guardian, his mother is on campus with him.

Elijah has been a champion Bible quizzer since he was four years old. The Bible quiz program at LWC was basically how he learned to read. He has gone to quiz nationals for all but three years since then. He has trophied at nationals on two levels, and has been runner-up national quizzer of the year twice. He is an outstanding, self-motivated young man both spiritually and academically, a prayer warrior, and a willing worker. The future is bright for young men like Elijah.

He is a product of homeschooling. Are your kids achieving at the level you would desire? Have you considered homeschooling your children?

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Oddities within Christianity

Cain, the first murderer, is hardly an admirable character, yet there was once a group calling itself the Cainites. Active around the year 200, the group said that God was evil, and that rebels against Him (such as Cain) were the real heroes. The group even made a hero of Judas Iscariot and circulated a “Gospel of Judas.”

In the 1800s in England, many noted ministers, along with several members of Parliament, set up the Albury Conferences. Their aim was to examine biblical prophecies to determine when the coming of the Lord might occur. Some of the participants felt that the bloodbath during French Revolution, which began in 1789 and continued for almost a decade, marked the beginning of the “vials of wrath” described in the Book of Revelation. Like all the current professional  prognosticators who reach over into the Book of Revelation past Chapter 4 to pick out events that they think might have happened in the past or are happening now, they were wrong.

John, the first cousin of Jesus, was one of the most unique and colorful Bible characters. He baptized repentant Jews in the Jordan River, and famously baptized Jesus there also. In the 1850s some American Protestant churches felt strongly that the word “baptize” in the Bible should have been translated as “immerse.” Some opted for “washing.” They were right, of course. We are immersed in order to be wholly cleansed, with our sins being washed away. However, they wanted John to be called “John the Immerser” instead of “John the Baptist.” Bibles with that rendering didn’t make the best seller list.

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The Bible on abortion

Some say that the Bible is silent on abortion. Not so. The Bible declares that punishment is due if a pregnant woman is injured when two men fight and the woman miscarries (Exodus 21:22-25).

One stipulation is “life for life.” That tells us that a fetus is considered by God as a “life.” God is serious about sparing the life of a pre-born infant. The Bible also notes that God knows us even before we leave our mother’s womb (Psalm 139:13-16; Jeremiah 1:5). The Didache, an early Christian work clearly condemns abortion, which was fairly common in the immoral climate of the pagan Roman Empire. The whole world should know that real Christians are pro-life. And you know God is.

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IN THE NEWS

What a crazy, mixed-up world

The Boy Scouts of America organization on Wednesday announced that young girls will be permitted to enter the organization. They added that girls will be able to become Cub Scouts and can earn the rank of Eagle Scout, just the same as young boys. Why was that decision made? Why add to the gender confusion in our culture?

Michael Surbaugh, chief executive of the Boy Scouts, in a statement explained the organization’s decision to allow girls into the male-only scouts. “We believe it is critical to evolve our programs to meet the needs of families interested in positive and lifelong experiences for their children,” Surbaugh, said. [How many families are clamoring for this removal of tradition with the Scouts? What needs are pressing that drives this decision?]

The organization’s board of directors voted unanimously to allow girls into the Boy Scouts. Starting in 2018, girls will be allowed to join Cub Scout dens, and it will be up to local chapters to determine what type of den they want. “Existing packs may choose to establish a new girl pack, establish a pack that consists of girl dens and boy dens or remains an all-boy pack. Cub Scout dens will be single-gender—all boys or all girls,” the organization said in a statement. [But watch those pronouns! How long before they allow entrance regardless of gender identity?]

Wait…wouldn’t girls forcing their way into the Boy Scouts and then establishing an all-girls pack be injecting a measure of discrimination? And when are the Girl Scouts going to begin enlisting boys? [Guys, the line forms to the left—way left.]

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Rollback of the birth control mandate

The Trump administration announced in October that it would expand exemptions to an Obamacare mandate requiring employers to cover birth control in their health insurance plans without a co-pay.

The so-called “HHS mandate” had narrow exemptions for churches and houses of worship. The Little Sisters of the Poor, an order of Catholic nuns who care for the elderly poor, among other religious organizations, sued the Obama administration seeking an exemption from the mandate. Catholic Church teaching forbids the use of artificial contraception.

According to The Hill, under the new rule, any employer or insurer can be exempt from the mandate on both moral and religious grounds. It takes effect immediately.

What a difference a president makes!

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How much do you know about Islam?

Take the test here:

https://info.thomasnelson.com/muslim/#quiz

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Books we recommend:

The English Hexapla

Published by Samuel Bagster and Sons, London

My edition of this helpful publication is quite large (8”x11”x3”), containing six translations of the New Testament plus the Greek NT above the six columns of Scripture. Included are the Wycliffe Bible, the Tyndale Bible, the Cranmer Bible, the Geneva Bible, the Douay-Rheims Version, and the King James Version. I have had this book for years and much use has made it old before its time. It has been helpful so many times in so many ways that its value is inestimable, showing where many of the variants in English translations first appeared. Available on Amazon.com.

James I

by Otto Scott; 472 pages; Mason/Charter Publishers, NY, 1976.

This is considered one of the best historical biographies of King James I who was king of England when the KJV was published and when the Pilgrims fled to America. Scott seems to be objective in his presentation of James, careful to be fair yet accurate with the facts whether positive or negative. If you want to know who James really was and how he governed, this is a good place to begin. Available new and used from Amazon.com and other sources.

Searching the Scriptures: Merging Truth, Texts and Translations

by J. R. Ensey

A sequel to The Book We Call the Bible, this book provides a historical background of the Bible and information on textual variants that represents years of research. Why do contemporary Bibles read differently from the earlier English versions, including the KJV? Is there doctrinal compromise in the works? Which is correct? Is the King James perfect without any mistranslations, interpolations, and shortcomings of any kind? Answers questions that you may have asked but couldn’t find much objectivity in your searching. Were the KJV translators inspired? Were Westcott and Hort unbelieving apostates? Which Greek text is most reliable and why? What is textual criticism? Can we still trust the Bible? This book tackles the difficult questions you always wanted answers for. Contains 431 pages with approximately 800 endnote references. Available from advanceministries.org/store or PPH. Only 19.95.

 Order at advanceministries.org/store or call 936-537-0250.

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A follow-up study for the new convert. This little booklet may be given to the new convert to go through alone, filling in the blanks, and then bring back to you any questions they may have. It covers the new birth—what has happened to them experientially—and walks them through what their responsibilities as new believers are now.

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Think you’re having a bad day?

 

Only in Texas

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Have you noticed…?

Trump hasn’t made the lame to walk, but he sure has made the dumb to talk.

Those who are calling Trump Hitler are wanting all guns to be registered and/confiscated, but they don’t realize that is exactly what Hitler did—under the guise of “public safety,” of course.

The polar ice caps are still with us, Mr. Gore. Also, we notice that you have recently bought a home in California right on the beach. Does that mean you are pulling back your predictions of worldwide coastal flooding due to ice melting in Antarctica? Get a job, Al.

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Even with all the goofy stuff going on today, every one of us has much to be thankful for as we approach the Thanksgiving season. “In all things, give thanks.”

JREnsey

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JREnsey Blog October 2017

Welcome to the JREnsey blog for October, 2017.

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The Word for Today

Romans 12:1-2:

“I appeal to you therefore, brethren, and beg of you in view of [all] the mercies of God, to make a decisive dedication of your bodies [presenting all your members and faculties] as a living sacrifice, holy (devoted, consecrated) and well pleasing to God, which is your  reasonable (rational, intelligent) service and spiritual worship. Do not be conformed to this world (this age), [fashioned after and adapted to its external, superficial customs], but be transformed (changed) by the [entire] renewal of your mind [by its new ideals and its new attitude], so that you may prove [for yourselves] what is the good and acceptable and perfect will of God, even the thing which is good and acceptable and perfect [in His sight for you].” (AMPC).

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Look who’s praising God 

The streets of Kiev were filled with songs of praise and thanks as 500,000 evangelical Ukrainian Christians gathered to celebrate the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation.

“Many traveled from all four provinces there just to be a part of that celebration, to thank God for the freedom to worship, to thank God for the freedom to preach the Gospel in their country, and to celebrate God’s faithfulness,” Sergey Rakhuba with Mission Eurasia told Mission Network News.

The gathering came after Ukrainian president Petro Poroshenko signed an order recognizing the anniversary of the Reformation.

Source: Worthy News [ (Read More…) ]

If you are glad to see the Ukrainians rejoicing for their freedom of religion, remember who it was that helped beat the Germans who devastated their country in 1942, and who stood with them against the heavy hand of Russia in the next few decades. Perhaps our football players and entertainers would do well to look at some pre-WWII cultures and compare them to post-war after liberation by the West, particularly America.

How many could America prod into the streets today to celebrate religious liberty in this country?

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Protesting the protesters 

Acknowledgement is given to those who wish to protest some obvious miscarriage of justice or wrongdoing of politicians. But for millionaire football players to express their grievances by ignoring the national anthem in front of their fans is despicable. To besmirch the nation, the hard-won freedoms it provides, and the lifestyle it enables is beyond the pale. My firm belief is that it is more than “police brutality” or some perceived injustice that is behind this action. Listen to the narrative of those who are pushing these protests and you can easily pick up anti-American, pro-socialist, anti-police sentiment. An entire segment of our population is being used by those who wish to dispose of our constitutional form of government.

Suggestion: While virtually all my readers avoid attendance at such sporting events, if there are any who go—stop! Protest the protesters! Why pour money into the pockets of those who want to change America into something that it was never intended to be—something that limits freedom, that depreciates the service of millions of solders who died for our liberty, and diminishes the values that made America the leader of the free nations of the world?!?

Take a knee—in prayer for the future of the USA and for all freedom lovers the world over!

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Simple answers to our difficult problems

On August 9, an unusual op-ed piece in the Philadelphia Enquirer by Amy Wax and Larry Alexander was published. These two law professors—not preachers—were courageous enough to say what needs to be said to our present culture.

The title of their article was “PAYING THE PRICE FOR BREAKDOWN OF THE COUNTRY’S BOURGEOIS CULTURE.”

They pin-pointed some of the major problems plaguing America in the 21st century. Among them:

– Widespread opioid abuse

– Inner-city violence

– Almost half of all children are born out of wedlock

– Education in America ranks below two dozen other countries.

But beyond stating the problems, they provide some solutions:  Get married before you have children, strive to stay married, get educated, work hard, be a patriot, be neighborly, civic-minded, and charitable, go the extra mile for your employer, avoid substance abuse and crime. Sounds like something that a pastor might work into his Sunday sermon. Common sense stuff.

After you read the well-written article, you could guess what is happening to them and to anyone who does not roll over and play dead for the fifth column operating within this nation.

Please read the entire article HERE…

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 No “USA”

School district officials at a high school in Folsom, California, have advised students against chanting “USA!” in school and during school-related events.

This is why: District officials said that students’ chants of “USA!” could be construed as “offensive” or “intolerant,” and have requested the students refrain from doing so, warning them that the chant could send an “unintended message.” [Note: “could”]

Children all over America are terrified and tearful about their futures, the National Education Association head declared—and she said the sad situation all points to Republican President Donald Trump.

Why is it that such claptrap is being tolerated in our schools? Teachers’ union leaders like Lily Eskelsen Garcia—president of the largest U.S. labor union—said she knows of teachers [both of them?] who’ve literally had to soothe and comfort crying students  over Trump’s policies as they relate to Muslims, Mexicans and transgenders, the Salt Lake Tribune reported.

Why is it that tiny minorities are allowed to run this country? Two or three liberal students stating their unhappiness about situations in educational institutions can turn the system on its head. That’s political correctness run amuk.

I have relatives who teach school where this is not the case. It is no indictment of all teachers and schools. Many of them are fed up with what they are told to teach. Support them and their schools wherever they are. Let them know you are behind them. Get elected to local school boards where your voice can count.

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Is traditional Christianity dying in America?

Please skip this segment if you are satisfied with the way Christianity is regressing in our country. How are traditional churches committing suicide? What is the Apostolic alternative?

DEAR CHURCHES: You’re killing yourselves, and this is how

Matt Walsh

A certain sermon I heard a little while ago has stuck with me.

It began with a reference to “Toy Story.” Yes, “Toy Story.” The cartoon with talking toys.

The Pixar film, as the pastor explained, contained many examples of friendship. Friendship is important, you see. It’s good to have friends. In case anyone thought friendship was bad, he was standing up to boldly declare otherwise. Remember that Randy Newman song called “You’ve Gotta Friend In Me” from the movie? He did. He quoted it at length. Then he handed out juice boxes and graham crackers and we had nap time on the alphabet rug.

I have no problem with a sermon that draws on art or literature outside of Scripture to illustrate a theme contained in it. But of all the poems, novels, songs, films, paintings, sculptures that may reveal some divine truth, he went with “Toy Story”? Oh, but “Toy Story” is relatable, you say. Really? Relatable to whom? Kindergartners? Well, are we in a Kindergarten class or a church? It certainly is hard to tell anymore. Just add a few boxes of crayons and a couple of glue sticks and some of these churches would be indistinguishable.

Of course, this dissertation on the theological significance of Buzz Lightyear was pretty standard fare. The message preached from most pulpits in America is just like this: superficial, childish, empty, and seemingly designed to insult the intelligence of anyone who hears it. Christianity is dull and lifeless in this country because that’s what the church and its leaders have done to it. They’ve made it into something so bland, generic and inoffensive that it no longer bears any resemblance to the faith of our Christian ancestors. Even the church buildings themselves reflect this trend. Most of them look like shopping malls or government buildings. Sleek, gray, ugly, secular. But inoffensive. Inoffensive in the same way that the DMV is inoffensive.

Indeed, the primary goal of the modern church is to avoid offense, at whatever cost. And this is precisely why they’re dying. The problem is…..[To continue reading this plain-talk, hard-hitting article, CLICK HERE]

After reading the above referenced article, give some thought to how Apostolic churches, which are not dying, can demonstrate a positive difference—then share your thoughts with us.

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More of Al’s global warming nonsense

A TV host claims climate change (aka “global warming”) is causing hurricanes like Harvey and Irma…until a real scientist and meteorologist sets the record straight. See http://www.theblaze.com/news/2017/09/10/bill-nye-blames-powerful-hurricanes-on-climate-change-then-a-real-scientist-shuts-him-down/

But how about this:

The day the ocean disappeared! http://www.theblaze.com/news/2017/09/10/video-hurricane-irma-is-so-strong-that-it-literally-made-the-ocean-around-this-island-disappear)/

Then we read in the Bible: “Then at your command, O Lord, at the blast of your breath, the bottom of the sea could be seen, and the foundations of the earth were laid bare (Psalm 18:15).

God hasn’t gone anywhere. He is still in ultimate control of the universe.

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Corrupted manuscripts?

Frequently we hear the claim that certain manuscripts or text-types have been corrupted. Which ones? And what exactly amounts to “corruption.”

In brief, every hand-written manuscript of all text-types has some measure of “corruption”—places where copyists have erred, either intentionally or unintentionally, corrections were made, scribal emendations inserted—but is basically orthodox concerning the doctrines of Christianity. We have far too many manuscript witnesses to allow a few variants to keep us from trusting God’s Word as it appears in the major translations available to us today.

Geisler and Nix agree: “Although not many modern scholars seriously defend the superiority of the received text (Textus Receptus), it should be noted that there is no substantial difference between it and the critical text. What differences there are between these two textual traditions are merely technical rather than doctrinal, for the variants are doctrinally inconsequential.”[1]

The more research that is done in this field of study, the more I am convinced that we have the “sure word of prophecy” (II Peter 1:19) in our hands. Yet, hard-core extremists insist that since there are fewer Greek manuscripts in the Alexandrian family than in the Byzantine family, the former group cannot be trusted. “They don’t match up with each other,” is a common claim, hoping the reader will interpret the statement as suggesting that the Byzantine manuscripts match up word for word. Of course they do not. “The Byzantine manuscripts show amazing agreement” with each other, they often say.[2] How much agreement amounts to “amazing”? Such a statement borders on pure deception. All manuscripts show “amazing agreement,” regardless of their textual family. No two hand-copied Greek manuscripts match perfectly regardless of which family they represent. Most have simple “corrections,” and sometimes a gloss, which KJV defenders like to call “corruptions” in the Alexandrian manuscripts but will ignore them in the Byzantine group.

Some advocates insist on putting all manuscripts in only two families, as though all fall into only two groups—the “pure” ones from the Byzantine Empire (from which the Textus Receptus was put together) and the “corrupt” ones from Alexandria or the West. That position ignores the facts. It is true that there are more Greek manuscripts from the Byzantine region than from the West. The reason is obvious: In the West, Latin was dominant after the fourth century, so they only copied biblical manuscripts in Latin, while in the Byzantine empire they continued to hand copy them in Greek until the fifteenth century.

Lists of Alexandrian text-type manuscripts are available to the researcher as well as the Byzantine.[3] Modern technology has permitted us to see the actual manuscripts on our computer screens. It is astounding that all the manuscripts, Byzantine and Alexandrian, say virtually the same thing. God has indeed preserved His Word. But it should not be made to sound as if the later Byzantine texts/Textus Receptus/KJV represent one Bible and the Alexandrian texts/Critical Text/modern versions represent a totally different Bible. There is one Bible with minor variant readings arising from different manuscripts. The same fundamental truths are in all major Bibles with the source texts reading very close to the same. It is said that no more than 40 lines in the NT are challengeable. The variants are mostly due to word order, spelling, and punctuation/grammar issues.[4]

            Trust His Word!

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 BooksBooksBooksBooksBooks

Before You Say “I Do”Before-You-Say'I-Do'-cover

by JREnsey

No one in your church should get married before asking themselves these twenty-five very important questions. This book has helped countless couples circumvent troublesome areas in their courtship and marriage. A wedding planner and other extras are included in the book. Also available as an eBook.

AM Price $4.95

A Hill To Die On

A-Hill-to-die-on-frontJR Ensey
Is truth worth dying for? We all know the time is coming when we must take a stand. This book suggests that there are some things worth risking our reputations, our resources, and even our lives for. Six months ago we would never have thought we would be where we are today as a nation. The Christian faith is rapidly being dismembered and deconstructed to make way for Islam. The rush of endtime prophecy fulfillment should stiffen the backbone of every Christian and make us realize there will be a price to pay for our faith. The nine chapters of the book include:

– A Hill To Die On
– Truth in an Age of Deception
– Unity in an Age of Division
– Righteousness in an Age of Hedonism
– The Church in an Age of Spirituality
– Absolutes in an Age of Relativism
– God and Government
– Is American Christianity Returning to the Social Gospel?
– Our Finest Hour

Also available as an eBook.

AM Price $12.95

Order from advanceministries.org/store or phone 936-537-0250.

IHMLCoverInto His Marvelous Light one-hour Bible study

Only $1.75 each up to 49 copies, 1.50 each from 50-99 copies, and only 1.25 for orders IHML_GFL_Revisedof 100 or more. Follow-up study Guide For Living is same price.

Still the best soulwinning tool you can use!

Order online at www.advanceministries.org/ or phone 936-537-0250.

Don’t forget your Bible studies this month!

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More reasons women live longer than men

“Those guys must have mushrooms for brains!”

 

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Passing thoughts

I didn’t see the Emmy awards in Hollywood recently, but read and heard about them. Evidently, they were all about anti-America and anti-Trump propaganda. That is reason #962 we don’t patronize the movies or give ear to the actors’/actresses’ ill-informed rants. Or watch them express their stupidity on TV or social media.

 How about Straight Pride marches for a change? Reckon anyone would be interested in that? It’s natural, it’s worked since the beginning of humanity—and you can make babies. Children need to be raised in a two gender (mother and father) environment so they can develop an appreciation of God’s workmanship.

The 2017 General Conference of the UPCI in Kansas City closed Friday night, September 29. Most left with a positive feeling about where we are and where we are headed. We heard a “certain sound” and a clarion call to biblical doctrine and lifestyle standards. The first conference (Acts 15) was about doctrine and lifestyle practices also. We are safe when we clearly reiterate our message for every incoming generation.

Have a great October! See you next month.

JREnsey

Footnotes

1 Norman L. Geisler, William E. Nix, From God To Us: How we got our Bible (Chicago: Moody Press, 1974), p. 162. Paul D. Wegner adds: “Once again it should be noted that all but a small minority of scholars now reject the superiority of the Textus Receptus.” Wegner, The Journey from Texts to Translations (Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 1999), pp. 153-160.

2 KJV loyalists love to excoriate all modern scholars regardless of how orthodox they might be. The 1611 KJV translators are touted as virtually infallible. Extremists’ “facts” about the KJV are laced with conjecture, misleading statements, hyperbole, and in some cases, outright deception. Two publications serve as cases in point: Gail Riplinger’s New Age Bible Versions and David W. Daniels’ Answers To Your Bible Version Questions, (Ontario, CA: Chick Publications, 2003).

3 See Metzger, The Text of …, pp.247-256; Philip W. Comfort, Early Manuscripts…., pp. 31-73. Check this and similar websites: http://www.bible-researcher.com/isbetext02.html.

4 For more exhaustive information on biblical texts and translations, please see Searching the Scriptures: Merging Truth, Texts and Translations by J. R. Ensey (Willis, TX: Advance Ministries, 2017). Available at advanceministries.org/store or at Pentecostal Publishing House.

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JREnsey blog August 2017

Welcome to the JREnsey blog for August, 2017.

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The Word for Today

“Therefore, since God in his mercy has given us this new way, we never give up. We reject all shameful deeds and underhanded methods. We don’t try to trick anyone or distort the word of God. We tell the truth before God, and all who are honest know this. If the Good News we preach is hidden behind a veil, it is hidden only from people who are perishing. Satan, who is the god of this world, has blinded the minds of those who don’t believe. They are unable to see the glorious light of the Good News. They don’t understand this message about the glory of Christ, who is the exact likeness of God” (II Corinthians 4:1-4 NLT).

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Media blown away by laying on of hands

President Trump had a meeting of Christian leaders in the Oval Office recently where they offered prayer for him. In the process, some laid their hands on him as they prayed. Some in the mainstream media seemed to have no idea what that was all about and classed it as weird.

Erin Burnett of CNN appeared to be unaware of the significance or even the existence of the practice: “Pretty stunning image, I mean, I’ll give you a quick peek at it….The president bowing his head in prayer in the Oval Office and all these people sort of touching him, it’s very strange.”

What is stunning is how far left America, and particularly the media, have drifted in the last 50 years. By denying prayer or even a glimpse of the Bible in schools, we have come to a place of mass ignorance of Christian practice. Where to from here? Weep for your children.

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Is I Thessalonians 5:22 mistranslated in modern versions?

I recently heard someone suggest that I Thessalonians 5:22 has been mistranslated in the New King James Version—“abstain from every form of evil.” Is this true?

Apparently this is being said because the KJV renders the text: “abstain from all appearance of evil.” The quotation is from someone who feels that any other rendering besides that in the KJV is inaccurate.

The truth is, most other translations render the Greek eidos as “kind” or “form,” which Greek dictionaries list as the first or basic understanding of the word. Therefore, the ESV/CJB/DLNT/NASB/NET/NRSV/NIV, etc. will say “every form of evil.” The NLT/NIV/HCSB say, “every kind of evil.” Mounce’s Interlinear Greek NT reads, “every kind of evil,” with which Vincent’s Word Studies in the Greek NT agrees: “The word signifies form or kind.”

Strong’s, which often yields to or includes KJV renderings in its definitions, basically defines the word as “visible form, shape, appearance, kind.” Thayer’s Greek Lexicon states, however, that “in I Thessalonians 5:22 ‘form’ or ‘kind’ is indicated.” And Vincent points out: “It is impossible to abstain from everything that looks like evil.” (Italics mine.) To make eidos here mean “appearance” (KJV) alone, to the exclusion of other renderings, is overly narrow.

Vine’s Expository Dictionary notes that “It has a somewhat different significance [from appearance] in I Thessalonians 5:22, in the exhortation ‘Abstain from every form of evil,’ i.e., every sort or kind of evil (not ‘appearance,’ AV).”

“Appearance” is acceptable to me. I know of no one who really has an issue with that rendering. There are bigger fish to fry. The point is that major new versions are accused of weakening the Word simply because they read differently from the KJV. The abstention called for in the verse is just as strong in the versions cited as in the KJV—and evidently more accurate. Moreover, there is no mistranslation at I Thessalonians 5:22 when “form” or “kind” is used. Truth and accuracy trumps familiarity any day. One may like “appearance” because it reads that way in a familiar version, but don’t accuse others of mistranslating the Word when it may be the KJV that is on the edge of accuracy.

Claims like this are typical of those who want to condemn all contemporary versions out of hand. Please don’t be deceived by those who claim that the KJV is absolutely accurate at every word and verse to the exclusion of all others. It was put together by a group of Anglican churchmen in the early 1600s—not handed to King James by Jesus or the Apostles. No English translation should claim sole right to being the Bible. The Bible is the original Greek text, not the work of biased translators 1600 years later working from a text that was cobbled together by a Catholic monk using only a handful of manuscripts. It is fine to use the KJV only if one chooses, but don’t deceive our people by making claims about it that are not verifiable.

Want info about the history of the Bible that will affirm your faith in the God’s Word? Scroll down to BooksBooks and order Searching the Scriptures: Merging Truth, Texts and Translations from advanceministries.org/store. Or from PPH if you desire.

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You may not even be a Christian

According to Ray Pritchard at Keep Believing Ministries, Apostolic believers are not even Christian. In an online article titled God in Three Persons: A Doctrine We Barely Understand, he writes:

“All Christians believe the doctrine of the Trinity. If you do not believe this—that is, if you have come to a settled conclusion that the doctrine of the Trinity is not true—you are not a Christian at all. You are in fact a heretic. Those words may sound harsh, but they represent the judgment of the Christian church across the centuries. Christians in every land unite in proclaiming that our God eternally exists as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Those who deny that truth place themselves outside the pale of Christian orthodoxy.

“Having said that, I admit that no one fully understands it. It is a mystery and a paradox. Yet I believe it is true. I can think of at least three reasons for believing in the Trinity:

1) “The Bible teaches this doctrine.

2) “Christians everywhere have always believed it.”

3) “No other explanation makes sense.”  [End of quote by Pritchard]

One wonders where Mr. Pritchard was educated, if at all. Some are educated beyond the level of their intelligence. His three reasons are poorly formulated and none are true, sounding as if written by a hooded monk in the basement of a monastery during the Dark Ages. Let’s evaluate them.

1) “The Bible teaches this doctrine.” In this he is not following the position of many, perhaps most, of the outstanding scholars of Christendom. They freely admit that the Trinity created by emperor-led church councils in the fourth century is not expressed in the Holy Scripture. Some suggest “hints” of it in the Bible, but they know that to prove it from Scripture is a losing battle. That is why they draw a sum line and call it “a mystery and a paradox” that one must accept by faith—meaning, in reality, faith in the wisdom and knowledge of the priesthood of state-run churches. Trust the church, they say. From the seventeenth century to today, scholars have known that the primary proof-text for the doctrine (I John 5:7b-8a) was not in the original Scriptures. They are left to depend on one verse—Matthew 28:19. It is interesting, however, that researchers have yet to find one extant Greek manuscript with the ending “of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost” before Nicea in the fourth century. Perhaps they will, but it may well have been tacked onto some manuscript from liturgical use after Nicea.

2) “Christians everywhere have always believed it.” They have not, of course. The Apostolic era Christians did not believe it. They did not put it in their writings because Jesus did not teach it. The philosophy-laden writers of the second and third century in the Roman Empire prepared the foundation for its hardened construction at the Councils of Nicea (325), Constantinople (381), and Chalcedon (451). This, in spite of the fact that history affirms that many Christians throughout the Middle Ages (c. 500-1400) did not embrace a Trinitarian view of God. The state church (Roman Catholic) forced citizens of Western European nations to give homage to the doctrine or die. It is likely that during this time not one of those who gave compulsory lip reverence to the doctrine could explain it. One may bow a knee to a theory, but a feigned or coerced conversion does not create a true Christian.

3) “No other explanation makes sense.” To Pritchard, that is, since he is working from a presupposition that Trinitarianism is right. He as much as admits that the Trinity cannot be understood—i.e., that it doesn’t make sense. That which makes sense can be understood by someone with sense (Romans 1:20). The Oneness position is the only position expressed in the Old Testament. Monotheism made good sense to the Hebrews. The New Testament revealed Christ as a manifestation of the one God (I Timothy 3:16)—a human man without an earthly father—brought forth from a virgin so He could qualify as our kinsman redeemer and be the substitute sacrifice for our sin. The man Christ Jesus was not another God, or another person in the Godhead, but a fully human individual—God manifested in the flesh, the apostle Paul said. He was God’s Son, in whom was God’s fullness (Colossians 2:9), who, as our mediator (I Timothy 2:5) could bleed and die (I Corinthians 15:3). As the incarnation of God, He was sufficiently human to be seen, touched, and subjected to temptation (I John 1:1; Hebrews 5:7; James 5:17; Hebrews 4:15). That understanding of Jesus Christ is simple, scriptural, and unburdened by pagan philosophy.

Pritchard’s final bit of wisdom: “Someone has said it this way: If you try to explain the Trinity, you will lose your mind. But if you deny it, you will lose your soul.” So, it was not set forth in Scripture, it was not believed or preached by the church in the Apostolic or post-Apostolic era, but some bishops, beholden to a fourth century Roman emperor, got together and declared it to be orthodox; hence, anyone who denies the Trinity doctrine is not a Christian and is therefore lost. Does that make sense?

Sorry, Mr. Pritchard, Apostolic Christians have lost neither their minds nor their souls. You, however, may have scrambled your own brain in the effort to embrace the inexplicable. Simplify your faith with the truth of the mighty God in Christ and His saving name administered in baptism. That’s easy to find in Scripture. Then look for an Apostolic person (they are fairly easy to spot) and he or she will be happy to explain the Godhead and the Bible’s plain path to eternal salvation.

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What’s good for the goose…

A devout Arab Muslim got into a cab in London and asked the driver to turn off the radio. When the driver asked why, the passenger replied that there was no recorded music, especially Western music, in the time of the Holy Prophet.

The cab driver switched off the radio, stopped the cab and opened the door for the passenger to get out. When the passenger asked what he was doing, the cab driver said, “In the time of the Holy Prophet, there were no taxis, no bombs, no plane hijacks, no West-invented loud speakers in Mosques that woke up the newly born, the elderly and the sick at unearthly hours, no suicide attacks, no RDX [explosives], no AK-47s, only peace everywhere. So shut up, get out and wait for a camel.”

– Source: unknown

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No stopping place

The Church of England’s General Synod has passed a motion on welcoming transgender people that includes supporting a call for the House of Bishops to consider preparing liturgical materials to “mark a person’s gender transition,” the church reported Sunday. In other words, celebrate his/her identity of choice, one of dozens now listed on the Internet. The church announced in May it would be voting on the matter over the summer.

“I hope that we can make a powerful statement to say that we believe that trans people are cherished and loved by God, who created them, and is present through all the twists and turns of their lives,” the Rev. Christopher Newlands said, opening debate on the issue.

Bishop of Worcester John Inge said during the discussion that “our response needs to be loving and open and welcoming and the passing of this motion would be a very important factor in that.”

I didn’t know God specifically created them. Genesis has no record of it. God did create the first two humans as male and female. The rest of us came from them and match up with one or the other. Along the way, some have become confused about their gender, a consequence of a wayward culture. Even a cursory reading of Scripture can help clear up the confusion, which is not caused by God (I Corinthians 14:33). I know a guy with just one leg who was made that way by surgery. Did God create one-legged humans? Can biped men simply “identify” as one-legged in order to get disability benefits?

There is no stopping place.

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Look who is trying to turn your child into a sexual deviant

Magazines, movies, and every form of media, plus our public schools, are inviting your children into the lifestyles of this degenerate culture. Matt Walsh urges you not to let them. If you are a parent and have the stomach to know what is happening, read his article:

http://www.theblaze.com/contributions/matt-walsh-the-left-wants-to-turn-your-child-into-a-sexual-deviant-dont-let-them/

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The Day the Music Died

The world’s most tolerant people are inviting the world’s most intolerant people into their nation and their cities. The Swedes believe it’s a noble experiment…but it is an experiment doomed to fail. A stunning—and stunningly disturbing—event took place this past weekend. But unless you were scouring the news very carefully, chances are you didn’t even hear of it.

The annual Bravalla Festival, one of the most popular summer music concerts in Sweden, was abruptly canceled. There will be no festival next year. Or ever.

Given that tens of thousands of tickets were sold, the problem was not attendance. Nor was there any difficulty booking big-name rap and rock stars. No, this festival was canceled because of something far more ominous—Bravalla has become synonymous with rape and sexual assault.

Festival officials, as they announced the end of Bravalla, complained that “certain men” don’t know how to behave. You might wonder if those “certain men” are strapping blonde Swedes with names like Erik, Viktor, and Gustav. But in fact, the assailants are allegedly immigrants from the Middle East, North Africa, and other predominantly Muslim areas of the world.

One year ago the Bravalla Festival gained a measure of infamy when police reported five rapes and a dozen cases of molestation. The story got minor coverage in some media outlets, including the New York Times, which described the assailants as “foreigners” and “refugees.” Predictably, the Times also warned of a “far-right” backlash.

This year the situation was even more sickening, with four reported rapes and 23 instances of sexual assault. And the Times? The “paper of record” chose to run a brief Associated Press dispatch noting that the festival has been shut down. Nowhere was there any mention that Muslim immigrants were the likely perps.

Source: Bill O’Reilly.com

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Book review

A New History of Early Christianity

Charles Freeman; London: Yale University Press, 2009; 377 pages; 14.95 from B/N

Last month I reviewed a book on the Christological debates and events in post-Apostolic Christendom, particularly during the third and fourth centuries. The quality of scholarship left something to be desired, along with the physical aspects of the book. This month I am offering another review of a similar tome.

Freeman’s thoughts on pre- and post-Nicea are far more coherent and well-organized. The portion of the book that will most interest Apostolics contains historical information between the Nicean Council and the Constantinople Council of 371. They were trying to come up with a doctrinal position on the nature of God and Christ that would appease the Christians and not offend the pagans. We have long known that the formulation of the Trinity doctrine was birthed from philosophical and pagan input. Freeman confirms that fact, although his personal beliefs about the doctrine are rather vague.

The author walks us through the spread of Christianity in the first and second centuries. Afterward, he focuses on the heated Christological debates that rent the faith in the post-Apostolic era. His insights regarding the role of the Roman emperors in those deliberations are quite informative. Confusion reigned throughout the Christian world about the term homoousios (of the “same” substance), the locution that divided the bishops at Nicea. They could not decide between a Christ who was of the same substance as God, or one who was of a substance “like” that of God (homoiousios). Most of my readers will be familiar to some extent with the debates surrounding these terms.

Let me share a few quotes from the book that I found interesting:

“Nicea was a muddled formula adopted in the heat of the moment to achieve the political purpose of isolating Arius and this was recognized, not least by Constantine, as soon as the dust had settled.” (p. 238)

“It was hard enough to make a philosophically coherent case for the pre-existence of Christ but even more difficult to say with authority when this pre-existence might have begun.” (p. 238)

“The theologians of the early church were all subordinationists, in that they believed Jesus to be, in some way, subordinate to the Father. Subordinationism was strong because it had a mass of support from Scriptures. …It also fitted well with Platonism, which now provided the philosophical backbone to Christian theology. Arius’ conception of the Trinity, in which the Holy Spirit was subordinate to the Son, who was, in his turn, subordinate to the Father, echoed Plato’s hierarchy of the Forms.” (p. 239)

“Those who still supported the Nicene Creed of 325 faced a formidable theological challenge as they could hardly renounce the term homoousios and ‘begotten’ without rejecting the creed altogether, yet these two terms seemed to clash with each other. How could an entity of one substance beget another of the same substance without diminishing itself, or if not, proclaiming its superiority to the one begotten.” (p. 239)

Constantius, a subordinationist who became sole emperor in 351, wished to unite the divided empire around a single Christian creed. “He called on a group of bishops [who] drew up the Dated Creed, so called because the date, 22 May 359 was inscribed on it. …Jesus was described as ‘the Son of God’, distinct from Him but ‘begotten before all ages.’ …The difficulties of having to explain how a Father and his begotten Son could exist eternally…were thus avoided. …There is a short statement of belief in the Holy Spirit but the Spirit is not included with the Father in the Trinity.” (p. 241)

“Athanasius…was not an intellectual and distrusted those who brought pagan philosophy into theology; their speculations were no more than ‘fancies of human invention.’ …He made one important advance on Nicea. He recognized that the status of the Holy Spirit had been left unacknowledged in the Nicene and he insisted that it must be given some form of higher status alongside Father and Son.” (p. 243)

The sides in the Christological debates during the third and fourth centuries were neither all wrong nor all right. Their minds were clouded with pagan vernacular and ideology. Arius had concluded that Jesus was not divine, while Athanasius held that He was indeed an emanation of God, and therefore an eternal Son and Deity. The Arians rejected the eternality of a “begotten” son since such a position flew in the face of all reason. The early third century Sabellians were closest to a scriptural Christology but the Trinitarians led by Tertullian quickly extinguished his flame.

Reading the history of those times makes us know that our erstwhile mini-squabbles at conferences would have been considered child’s play in comparison to those of the fourth-century leaders trying to hammer out the details of the Trinity. “The historian Socrates suggested the Nicene debates were ‘like a battle fought at night, for neither party appeared to understand distinctly the grounds on which they calumniated one another.’” (p. 239) All of that infighting served to make a royal mess of Christology!

The book has sufficient value as a historical resource to justify its modest cost. Get one.

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Liberals think the rest of us are ignorant clods

This was the scene of real inspiration—34,000 Apostolic youth worshiping and lifting up Jesus at the historic NAYC 2017!

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Say what?

“Hey, church is over! Lets go find some Bluebell!”

“I could have quoted that scripture, but did they ask me…Nooooo!”

“The U.S. Senate is in my future, for sure!”

“I have just about got this lady trained!”

“Another bath and its not even Saturday.”

“I’ve got a crush on that cute guy in the next picture!”

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Personal

I received an email with an old Burma Shave road sign that read:

Drove too long,

Driver snoozing,

What happened next

Is not amusing. Burma Shave

I suppose the sender was trying to remind me to stay alert when I am driving. In January, I totaled my car on the way home from church (and a restaurant) on a drowsy, sunny Sunday afternoon. My car veered off of a narrow country lane and tried to climb some pine saplings. The saplings won the battle and flipped the car over on its top. Fortunately, I was not seriously injured. Mostly my pride. I thank the Burma Shave sender for reminding me to keep my soul (and my Kia Soul) upright.

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Just for the anglers among us:

To go fishing is the chance to wash one’s soul with pure air, with the rush of the brook, or with the shimmer of the sun on blue water. It brings meekness and inspiration from the decency of nature, charity toward tackle-makers, patience toward fish, a mockery of profits and egos, a quieting of hate, a rejoicing that you do not have to decide anything until next week. And it is discipline in the equality of men­—for all men are equal before fish. – Herbert Hoover

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Enjoy the dog days of summer!

JREnsey

 

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JREnsey blog July 2017

Welcome to the JREnsey blog for JULY, 2017.

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The Word for Today

Revelation 2:22-27:

“Therefore, I will throw her on a bed of suffering, and those who commit adultery with her will suffer greatly unless they repent and turn away from her evil deeds. 23I will strike her children dead. Then all the churches will know that I am the one who searches out the thoughts and intentions of every person. And Iwill give to each of you whatever you deserve. 24 “But I also have a message for the rest of you in Thyatira who have not followed this false teaching (‘deeper truths,’ as they call them—depths of Satan, actually). I will ask nothing more of you 25 except that you hold tightly to what you have until I come. 26 To all who are victorious, who obey me to the very end, to them I will give authority over all the nations.”

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Eternal Spring

We recently spent some time living in the mountains of Boquete, Panama. The climate there is called Eternal Spring because there are no distinct seasons. The temperature remains virtually the same all year long. The seasons are simply defined as dry or rainy.

Though a few trees and plants do not survive the dry season in Panama, most return to their beautiful greens in the rainy season. Others, having deep roots, never change and give forth blooms of every color imaginable all year long.

So it is in our spiritual lives. Dry times may come—times when we do not feel the love and closeness of the Lord. But our faith is strengthened when we are deeply rooted in Scripture and prayer. We can rest in the hope that the dry times will be followed soon by seasons of God’s overflowing abundance. “Weeping may endure for a night, but joy comes in the morning” (Psalm 30:5).  –  Susana M. Allen (URM)

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Herod’s ritual cleansing pools

Many of my readers will be familiar with the fortress-palace King Herod built on Masada, located on the western shores of the Dead Sea. I have been there three times and would love to go again. However, Herod also had a special “get away” fortress on the eastern shore of the Dead Sea. It is known as Machaerus, as the crow flies only 28 southeast miles from Jerusalem.

Herod’s retreat became famous as the site where Salome danced for him and requested John the Baptist’s head. Aside from such excitement and gore, Machaerus was equipped with a special mikve, or immersion pool for ritual purification. It apparently was used by the king and his family to purify themselves in accordance with Jewish religious law (halakhah). Archaeologists have reported finding three other mikva’ot on the site. Some say these ritual pools were symbolic of future Christian baptism.

Herod was assigned the kingship of Judea by the Roman senate in 37 B.C. Although not Jewish by birth, some say he was a practicing Jew, perhaps partly because he wanted to keep the Jewish leadership pacified. I wonder if he took a dip in the mikve after ordering the death of John.

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More public school confusion

A school’s failure to use a transgender student’s preferred name or pronoun is considered gender-based harassment and can lead to an investigation by the Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights.

In a June 6 memo obtained by the Washington Post, Candice Jackson—acting assistant secretary for civil rights—also noted that the agency may open investigations if schools fail to properly assess whether such instances of gender-based harassment created a “hostile environment.”

What next, O twisted world? Maybe this, which could be coming to a school near you:

Dr. Richard Carranza, current Houston ISD Superintendent, who was once superintendent of schools in San Francisco, wanted to do here what he did in SF—install a school curriculum that highlighted the contributions of the LGBTQ community to society. In other words, how magnanimous it would be to let our kids know how they have rewritten American history. However, Houston pastors stood up and solidly opposed that move, saying, “This is Houston, Dr. Carranza, not San Francisco.” As you know, Houston’s former mayor, a lesbian, attempted in other ways to turn this fourth largest city in America into another San Francisco. Not here; not among our kids; not on our turf. Thanks for standing up, Houston pastors!

Wash your ears out with this: By a 7-2 vote, the Supreme Court ruled that states cannot refuse grants based on religious beliefs. They stated that churches have the same right as other charitable groups to seek state money for new playground surfaces and other non-religious needs. – Source: Associated Press

If we keep putting folks in those Washington offices who have some sand in their craw, perhaps we will see more conservative judges on the Supreme Court. If we don’t, we could see the following story repeated in America.

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Private school in London may close—why?

An all girls Jewish Orthodox school in London may close due to its curriculum not including classes about homosexuality, and gender reassignment surgery.

According to Heat Street, a report by the Office for Standards in Education, Children’s Services and Schools (Ofsted) says that the Vishnitz Girls School does not teach its 212 attending children—aged three through eight—“a full understanding of fundamental British values.”

The report explained that the girls “are not taught explicitly about issues such as sexual orientation. This restricts pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development and does not promote equality of opportunity in ways that take account of differing lifestyles.”

Usually what is over there comes over  here—unless our leaders have the guts to stand up and do the right thing. One thing is sure: while we don’t advocate any bullying or violence toward anyone, we are not morally obligated to promote the offbeat, sinful practices of a minority as “fundamental American values.” Love is owed to everyone, but that does not mean that everyone’s lifestyle is to be advocated or approved. (Photo: Getty Images)

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Cynical philosopher  

♦ I read that 4,153,237 people got married last year. Not to cause any trouble, but shouldn’t that be an even number?

♦ I find it ironic that the colors red, white, and blue stand for freedom until they are flashing behind you.

♦ America is a country that produces citizens who will cross the ocean to fight for democracy but won’t cross the street to vote.

♦ You know that tingly little feeling you get when you like someone? That’s your common sense leaving your body.

♦ Did you know that dolphins are so smart that within a few weeks of captivity, they can train people to stand on the very edge of the pool and throw them fish?

♦ Money talks …but all mine ever says is good-bye.

♦ You’re not fat, you’re just…easier to see.

♦ If you think nobody cares whether you’re even alive, try missing a couple of payments.

♦ The location of your mailbox shows you how far away from your house you can be in a robe before you start looking like a mental patient.

♦ I think it’s pretty cool how Chinese people made a language entirely out of tattoos.

♦ Money can’t buy happiness, but it keeps the kids in touch!

♦ My 60-year kindergarten reunion is coming up soon and I’m worried about the 175 pounds I’ve gained since then.

Now, go have a nice day!

Cynical Philosopher@ebaum’sworld.com

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LGBTQs want crosswalks honoring them

LGBTQ activists in cities across the country are calling for city officials to create “rainbow crosswalks” to “honor the LGBTQ community.”

“Rainbow crosswalks” are public crosswalks that have been repainted in rainbow colors, which have been adopted by the LGBTQ community as a symbol of greater acceptance and rights for LGBTQ causes and beliefs.

Activists are urging local lawmakers to create the crosswalks through the use of petitions. Currently, one of the cities targeted is Chicago. A petition is now circulating there that has garnered more than 4,000 signatures. According to the petition’s text, “Some cities, like San Francisco, have made LGBTQ people feel more at home by creating permanent rainbow crosswalks to honor the LGBTQ community. …This is one small thing that could be done to signal to one of the most marginalized communities in the country that we are here for them, we see them, and we support them.” (Marginalized? Seems to me that they are having laws passed in their favor and Pride Marches in all the major cities. Should there be Straight Marches?)

Washington, D.C., already installed temporary rainbow crosswalks honoring transgender persons earlier this year, and Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed announced that the city will make its rainbow crosswalks permanent following the circulation of a petition that amassed more than 22,000 signatures. Reed said the crosswalks would be featured year-round in part to honor those who lost their lives in the 2016 Pulse Nightclub shooting in Orlando.

Accommodate them and there will be no end to their demands.

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Trump’s tax returns found

Following a recent public speech, a heckler from the audience hollered, “Hey Trump, where are you hiding your tax returns?”

The Donald politely responded, “I’ve found a very secure place that I’m certain they won’t be found.”

The insistent heckler, then shouted, “And just where is that, dummy?”

The Donald smiled and said, “They are underneath Obama’s college records, his passport application, his immigration status as a student, his funding sources to pay for college, his college records, and his Selective Service registration. What’s your next question?”

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Book Review

Decoding Nicea

by Paul Pavao, Publisher: The Greatest Stories Ever Told; 462 pages; 12.95

Throughout sixty years of ministry, I have been drawn to any credible article or book on the Council of Nicea. It was the first major convocation after the supposed conversion of the emperor Constantine. That latter event in 312 and the council that followed in 325 did indeed change the course of Christianity. Roman persecution of Christians halted and the attempt was made to pull together the warring factions of the Empire. After the emperor’s conversion, it was the “in” thing to become a Christian. Mostly without complete Bibles under one cover, bishops scrambling for power in the new structure, and the influx of multitudes who were unconverted in heart, the situation was ripe for the approval of heresy, if not apostasy.

The author begins with a presupposition that what was decided at Nicea was merely a general stamp of approval on what was already being taught as orthodoxy throughout Christendom. That seems to be the book’s bottom line—to affirm the deity of Jesus but within the framework of the Trinity doctrine. While Sabellianism (a form of Oneness belief) is mentioned as a strong element in the church at one point, it is set aside as heresy. Arianism is discussed at length as a doctrine that was here today, gone tomorrow, and set to re-emerge next week. The book is filled with quotes from the “Church Fathers” of the post-Apostolic era. One has to be discerning when reading excerpts from the Fathers since their writings may express variant views at different times of their lives.

The author tarries long at concepts of the Logos, the meaning of homoosios, gnosticism and Proverbs 8:22-30 while providing little information that was new. Although history is always interesting, there is not much “meat” here to justify 462 pages put together in a piecemeal sort of way that flows rather awkwardly. Probably worth the dozen bucks, but don’t expect flashes of lightning and peals of thunder.

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Storylines

Happiness comes of the capacity to feel deeply, to enjoy simply, to think freely, to risk life, to be needed. – Storm Jameson

We like people in proportion to the good we do them and not to the good they do us. – Laurence Sterne

Prayer is neither black magic nor is it a form of demand note. Prayer is a relationship. The act of praying is more analogous to clearing away the underbrush which shuts out a view than it is to begging in the street. There are many different kinds of prayer. Yet all prayer has one basic purpose. We pray not to get something, but to open up a two-way street between us and God, so that we and others may inwardly become something. – John Heuss

I am not a teacher, but an awakener. – Robert Frost

He has the right to criticize who has the heart to help. – Abraham Lincoln

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Babies say it so well

“And I want those reports out today, Brother Jones!”

“Aww…not creamed spinach again! I’m calling Domino’s!”

“I hear that cute babysitter is coming over tonight!”

“Pampers, of course. What do you wear?”

“Pastor just told me I was too young to go to NAYC!”

“Sorry, Mom. When ya gotta go, ya gotta go!”

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The last word

“When we buy the lie that our identity is nothing more than the sum total of our inclinations, there is no limit to the lengths we will go to normalize our sin!”  – President Everette Piper, Oklahoma Wesleyan University

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Thanks for stopping by! And don’t forget to fly your flag on July 4!

JREnsey

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JREnsey blog June 2017

Welcome to the JREnsey blog for June, 2017.

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 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.)

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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.

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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?

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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

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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’.

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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?”

“BECAUSE I FORGOT WHERE I PUT HIM, OK?”

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

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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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Grin and bear it

College life today

 

 

Somebody is monkeying with the truth!

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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

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Have a great day!

JREnsey

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JREnsey blog for May 2017

Welcome to the JREnsey blog for May, 2017.

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The Word for Today

“Go up to this land that flows with milk and honey. But I will not travel among you, for you are a stubborn and rebellious people. If I did, I would surely destroy you along the way.” When the people heard these stern words, they went into mourning and stopped wearing their jewelry and fine clothes. For the Lord had told Moses to tell them, “You are a stubborn and rebellious people. If I were to travel with you for even a moment, I would destroy you. Remove your jewelry and fine clothes while I decide what to do with you.” So from the time they left Mount Sinai, the Israelites wore no more jewelry or fine clothes (Exodus 33:3-6).

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I have friends…

I have many friends who have been loyal through the years. They don’t change with the weather. Their words of encouragement have meant much in difficult times through the years. Yet they have not spared me, scolding me at times when I was wrong and needed correction. They have offered me solace when I was hurting, and they guided me through many dark valleys. Such friends you want to keep around. You will need them again and again along the way.

…in high places

Some of my special friends are truly in high places. In fact, some of my most treasured friends are honored by being in lofty positions. When I reach a hand up, I know they will be there to meet it. Close friendships must be nurtured and protected.

…and low places

Even my friends in low places are there when I need a favor. They don’t run away when challenges arise. They are there for me when I am down (on my knees) looking for a word, or just seeking some inspiration.

Yes, it’s true—some of my dearest friends are the books in my library.

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Another reason to avoid state universities

As if we needed another one.

A Northern Arizona University student was recently received a lower grade on an essay because her English professor didn’t like that she used the word “mankind.” Instead, the professor told the student to use “gender-neutral” language.

According to Campus Reform: Cailin Jeffers, an English major at NAU said she received an email from one of her professors, Dr. Anne Scott, informing her that she had been docked one point out of a possible 50 on a recent paper for “problems with diction (word choice)” related to her use of the word “mankind” as a synonym for “humanity.”

Will the craziness in our colleges never end?

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God is not the author of confusion

Some who are confused about their gender keep digging into the Scriptures to try to find a justification for their feelings. Why? Virtually all of them have rejected the Bible as authoritative. They appear to want everyone, particularly Christians, to abort both faith and common sense and affirm the weirdness of the current culture.

According to reports, gay performer Peterson Toscano, just made a movie called “Transfigurations,” based on a book he wrote a few years ago. It depicts several male and female Bible characters in nontraditional ways in order to project their “gender fluidity.”

He is taking his conclusions to the universities to try to convince everyone else, particularly the vulnerable Millennials, that God is into transgenderism and the Bible proves it.

His film will be coming to a theater near you. This is reason number 345 to avoid theaters and reason number 4,273 to stay out of liberal college classrooms where such claptrap is taught.

Taking the other side of the coin, Andrew Walker, author of a new book called God and the Transgender Debate, says, “We’re actually at the absolute foundation of the anthropological crisis because the assumption that men and women are objectively distinct categories—that’s now suspect in broader culture,” he said. “So all these other questions about race, abortion, sexuality—these all flow downstream from this larger question of, ‘What does it mean to be either a man or a woman?’”

And if society can’t reach a universal understanding of the essence of man and woman, Walker warned, “we’re undercutting the very essence of human nature. Left to ourselves and our own devices, we’ll create endless pathways of self-destruction,” he said. “And, ultimately, the attempt by progressives to affirm anything as normative and good is inconsistent and unstable and ultimately leads to human unhappiness.”

Amen.

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An article worth reading

http://www.theblaze.com/contributions/matt-walsh-dear-christians-theres-nothing-compassionate-about-helping-people-get-to-hell/

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Bob sez

1. I changed my car horn to gunshot sounds. People move out of the way much faster now.

2. I didn’t make it to the gym today. That make five years in a row.

3. I stopped calling the bathroom the John and renamed it the Jim. I feel so much better saying I went to the Jim this morning.

4. Last year I joined a support group for procrastinators. We haven’t met yet.

5. When I was a child I thought nap time was a punishment. Now it feels like a mini-vacation.

6. If God had wanted me to touch my toes He would have put them on my knees.

7. The kids text me “plz” which is shorter than please. I text back “no” which is shorter than yes.

8. I’m going to retire and live off my savings. I don’t know what I will do the second week.

9. Even duct tape can’t fix stupid, but it can muffle the sound.

10. Why do I have to press one for English when you’re just gonna transfer me to someone I can’t understand anyway?

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A “resister” speaks out

I’m an Apostolic pastor. I’m concerned. I’m troubled. I’ve decided to resist modernism and secular ideas of “enlightenment.” I’ve decided to resist spurious, choreographed worship that reeks of carnality and sensualism (I Corinthians 14:40). I resist the blatant deconstruction of holiness, the doctrine of separation and the disparagement of the holiness lifestyle. I resist theatrical services and sermons devoid of the Spirit, devoid of discernment. I resist the democratizing or privatization of doctrine (John 18:20). This is not the time to put our beliefs up for debate. This is not a time to tell our congregations, “Whatever works for you!” This is the time to defend steadfastly the Apostles doctrine as never before. We cannot afford to break down spiritual authority—if we do, we lose the concept of right and wrong altogether. – Paul Mooney, Assistant General Superintendent of the UPCI in Perspectives

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Understanding is on its way

School administrators at a small Florida college suspended a Christian student last week after he confronted a Muslim professor who told students that the crucifixion of Jesus Christ was a hoax and that Jesus’ disciples didn’t believe that he was God.

Marshall Polston, a 20-year-old sophomore at Rollins College, alleges that he recently confronted his Muslim humanities professor, Areeje Zufari, for her outlandish claims that aren’t supported by factual history.

“It was very off-putting and flat out odd,” he told the Central Florida Post, adding that he’s traveled the world and studied in Muslim countries. “Honestly, it reminded me of some of the more radical groups I researched when abroad.”

But after he confronted Zufari, Polston said she gave him a failing grade on a major essay—a 52—and refused to explain the poor grade.

“I was upset, understandably,” Polston told the Post. “I’ve never gotten anything less than straight A’s, so I was really interested in figuring out how to possibly improve or at least understand the grade.”

Marshall, trust me. You will understand it better in the future as Middle Easterners continue to multiply here in America.

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Fascism defined

I keep seeing protesters toting signs denouncing fascism here in America, particularly as it is purportedly displayed in the Donald Trump administration. Is the President really a fascist? Just what is fascism? There are several definitions given on the ’Net, all offering a shade of difference.

Oxford prof Roger Griffin describes fascism as “a genus of political ideology whose mythic core in its various permutations is a palingenetic form of populist ultranationalism.” Let’s see…unpack that for us, Roger.

September 1937: Italian fascist dictator Benito Mussolini (1883 – 1945) and Adolf Hitler (1889 – 1945).

Meanwhile, Gary over at the Urban Dictionary states: “The only official definition of Fascism comes from Benito Mussolini, the founder of fascism, in which he outlines three principles of a fascist philosophy.
1. “Everything in the state.” The Government is supreme and the country is all-encompassing, and all within it must conform to the ruling body, often a dictator.
2. “Nothing outside the state.” The country must grow and the implied goal of any fascist nation is to rule the world, and have every human submit to the government.
3. “Nothing against the state.” Any type of questioning the government is not to be tolerated. If you do not see things our way, you are wrong. If you do not agree with the government, you cannot be allowed to live and taint the minds of the rest of the good citizens.
The use of militarism was implied only as a means to accomplish one of the three above principles, mainly to keep the people and rest of the world in line. Fascist countries are known for their harmony and lack of internal strife. There are no conflicting parties or free elections in purely fascist countries.

Nazi Germany was an example of extreme Fascism, better examples of fascist countries were Mussolini’s Italy, Iraq, Iran, and many middle eastern countries.

If Gary is right, how can Trump’s agenda stack up as fascist?

According to the Business Dictionary, fascism is a “political ideology that imposes strict social and economical measures as a method of empowering the government and stripping citizens of rights. This authoritative system of government is usually headed by an absolute dictator who keeps citizens suppressed via acts of violence and strict laws that govern the people. The most noted form of Fascism was implemented under Benito Mussolini and Adolf Hitler, who both stripped citizens of their rights and maintained strict regimes that resulted in the deaths of thousands of humans. Some of the defining characteristics of fascism are: (1) racism, (2) militarism, (3) dictatorship, and (4) destructive nationalistic policies.

Last time I checked, many were saying the Obama administration was heading in this direction (except maybe the militarism thing), but Trump seems to be backing the government out of people’s lives and emphasizing individual rights. Am I wrong?

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Oops

“Do you believe in life after death?” the boss asked one of his employees. “Yes, sir.” the new recruit replied. “Well, then, that makes everything just fine,” the boss went on. “After you left early yesterday to go to your grandmother’s funeral, she stopped in to see you.”

Colossians 3:9 would apply here.

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Mirror, mirror on the wall

The world is a looking glass,                                                                         

And gives back to every man

The reflection of his own face.

Frown at it, and it in turn

Will look sourly at you;

Laugh at it, and with it,

And it is a jolly, kind companion.

– William Thackeray

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Imagine that—prayer in the White House

President Trump, his two eldest sons, Vice President Pence and wife Karen, Reince Priebus, and Justice Scalia’s widow Maureen and son Fr. Paul Scalia, among others, praying with Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch and his wife Marie Louise in the White House.

The time taken to publicly pray for the Senate confirmation and future career of man who may become one of America’s top decision-makers for decades to come is a momentous occasion for Christians who considered Trump’s Supreme Court pick to be a primary reason for voting for him.

As the Supreme Court, and lower circuit courts, have increasingly pulled America away from biblical principles, it is refreshing to see a presidential administration’s focus turned back toward God in helping lead our country.

It’s an event that the Left might consider outrageous (on federal property), but it is gratifying to see.

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I suppose

I suppose…if Egyptian Christians had bombed Islamic mosques in Cairo, the mainstream media in the U.S. would be all over it, but since it was the other way around, they largely ignored it. Should we also suppose that Christians in America can expect the same treatment when it begins to happen here?

I suppose…it is OK to ask God questions, one elder has said—just don’t tell him what to do. He followed with the fact that Job asked God 181 questions. God asked Job 184 questions.

I suppose…it could be taken either way when the church business meeting minutes stated, “Mr. Bradford was elected as Head Deacon. We could not find a better man for the job.”

I suppose…everyone makes a typo now and then. On the minister’s wedding service sheet: “At this point the bridegroom takes the bride’s hind in his.” To top it off, the announcement in the next Sunday bulletin stated that “the accompanying photograph shows Mr. and Mrs. Smith leaping the Hurlingham Church Hall yesterday after the marriage ceremony.” (The Smiths must have been in a hurry to get out of there.)

I suppose…the printer’s face was red when he noticed he had printed the Bible, of all things, with a serious typo. At Exodus 20:14 in a 1631 edition of the King James Bible, the word “not” was left out. This changed the 7th commandment to read: “Thou shalt commit adultery.” Most of the copies were recalled immediately and destroyed on the orders of King Charles I. But there are 11 copies still remaining. It is known as the “Wicked Bible.” (The Bible Museum in Branson, MO has one on display.) The printer was fined the equivalent of $400, about $33,000 in today’s money. (I just finished Bill O’Reilly’s latest book Old School and noted two glaring typos in it. I feel better already.)

I suppose…doctrinal challenges are like the poor—they will always be with us or be us. The Light Doctrine has surfaced again to make us have to respond with a clear affirmation of the Apostles’ doctrine. Perhaps that is not all bad.

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Laugh to keep from crying

Redneck fire alarm

No laughing matter:

Show your teeth, please!

The Bible class teacher asked for an explanation of the phrase “the quick and the dead.” One elderly gentleman offered this: “The quick is the man who got out of the way.”

Jesus cured Peter’s mother-in-law when she was sick of a fever. Peter swore and went out and wept bitterly. (Hmmmm…I don’t think those Bible stories go together.)

According to I Timothy 3:2, Christian leaders are allowed only one wife, and this is known as monotony…er, monogamy.

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Last shot

I notice that Jesus, who said “I am the truth,” didn’t come to His people speaking Urdu or Swahili or Amharic. He spoke the language of the people to whom He ministered. Doubtless He was heard to speak in Hebrew, Greek, and Aramaic as the need arose. His hearers could understand what was said in one or all of those languages. The NT was written in Greek but quotes Jesus the Hebrew as speaking in Aramaic at times. The point is that Jesus spoke in a language in which the meaning would be clear to His hearers. I believe He still feels that all nations and cultures should have God’s Word in their native tongue.

Jesus knew Greek and He quoted often from the Septuagint as well as from the Hebrew text, even though they differed slightly in some places. Scholars say that Jesus quoted from 22 of the 39 books of the OT.

The gospel is designed for “all men everywhere.” Would that mean that He would appreciate our making His Word available to them in their own vernacular? I think so.

JREnsey

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The JREnsey blog April, 2017

Welcome to the JREnsey blog for April, 2017.

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The Word for Today

“In time, Joseph and all of his brothers died, ending that entire generation. But their descendants, the Israelites, had many children and grandchildren. In fact, they multiplied so greatly that they became extremely powerful and filled the land. Eventually, a new king came to power in Egypt who knew nothing about Joseph or what he had done. He said to his people, “Look, the people of Israel now outnumber us and are stronger than we are. We must make a plan to keep them from growing even more. If we don’t, and if war breaks out, they will join our enemies and fight against us” (Exodus 1:6-10 NLT).

Is there a message for America in those verses?

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Planning a Disney vacation?

There is really no telling what you might see there. The folks who gave us Mickey Mouse and Goofy have decided it’s time for your children to enjoy same-sex romance while they slurp down their Fruit Loops.

Disney just broadcast their very first gay cartoon kiss. Anyone can see it here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BKuwIaJwPPc

Another reason we should monitor carefully what games and “innocent” videos our kids have access to. And why not consider other venue choices that are not pushing left wing ideals and social engineering?

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More mysteries for inquiring minds

How important does a person have to be before they are considered assassinated instead of just murdered?

Why do you have to “put your two cents in”…but it’s only a “penny for your thoughts”? Where’s that extra penny going? Taxes?

What disease did cured ham actually have?

How is it that we put man on the moon before we figured out it would be a good idea to put wheels on luggage?

Why is it that people say they “slept like a baby” when most babies wake up like every two hours?

If a deaf person has to go to court, is it still called a hearing?

Why do people pay to go up on tall buildings and then put money in binoculars to look at things on the ground?

Can a hearse carrying a corpse drive in the carpool lane?

If corn oil is made from corn, and vegetable oil is made from vegetables, what is baby oil made from?

If electricity comes from electrons, does morality come from morons?

Why does a dog get mad at you when you blow in his face, but when you take him for a car ride, he sticks his head out the window?

Why should I eat more “natural” foods since most people die of natural causes?

If universal healthcare is a right, shouldn’t it apply to unborn babies, too?

Chuck Norris: “I was once a male trapped in a woman’s body….then I was born.” Mystery solved.

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“Adulting” school opens in Oregon

We are told that a school in Oregon is now offering classes to teach Millennials basic skills required to function as adults. A psychotherapist and a school teacher teamed up to form an “adulting school” in Portland. The first classes were held last November. No reports yet on whether they have been successful. They have a lot of catching up to do for sure.

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Witches’ spells and President Trump

Witches gathered last month to cast a spell on President Donald Trump and his supporters with the hopes of “binding” him and ejecting him from office.

According to the spell’s Facebook event page—yes, it has a Facebook page—the purpose was to create “a mass binding ritual to be performed at midnight on every waning crescent moon until Donald Trump is removed from office.” There is even a twitter hashtag for it that plays off the “resistance” movement against Trump, going by #magicresistance.

The “private magical order” that began the movement to cast this spell “wishes to remain anonymous,” according to an explanatory post connected to the Facebook page.

The desired effect of the “spell” was to stop Trump “from doing harm.”

The report continued: “Binding spells, or defixiones, are some of the oldest in the historical record, and are nearly universal in the world’s magical systems. In this document, binding, which seeks to restrain someone from doing harm, is differentiated from cursing or hexing, which is meant to inflict harm on the target(s). It is understood, in this context, that binding does not generate the potential negative blowback from cursing/hexing/crossing, nor does it harm the caster’s karma.”

As of this writing, the spell-resistant President was still in the Oval Office composing harmful tweets.

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Did Jacob lean on his staff or the “bed’s head”?

Is there a contradiction in the record of Jacob given in Genesis 47:31 and Hebrews 11:21 (both KJV)? Did he lean on the head of the bed or on his staff?

Let’s let Bible scholar and commentator Gleason Archer in the NIEBD respond:

“Actually the Hebrew text says ‘al hammittah’ or on the head of the bed, which perhaps might mean that he leaned his forehead on the headboard of his bed. But this is rather unlikely in view of what he had just been doing, conversing with Joseph, and asking him to place his hand under his thigh as he promised to bury Jacob in Canaan rather than in Egypt. Jacob would have been far more likely to sit on the side of his bed, leaning perhaps on his staff.

“Now it so happens that the word for ‘bed’ and the word for ‘staff’ are consonants; only the vowel points (first invented about the eighth century A.D. or a little before) differentiate between the two. But the Septuagint, translated back in the third century B.C., reads m-t-h as mattah (‘staff’); it was the medieval Jewish Masoretes of the ninth century A.D. who decided it was mittah (‘bed’). Hebrews 11:21 follows the earlier vocalization and comes out with the far more likely rendering ‘on the head of the staff’—like the Septuagint and the Syriac Peshitta. In all probability this was the correct reading, and the Masoretic pointing ought to be changed accordingly.”

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Educational opportunities in the local church

Online and in-home courses are proliferating for those who want to stretch their minds and learn outside traditional college classrooms. Texas Bible College has a track for those who want to know more about the Bible and their Christian path while earning college credits at the same time. The courses are taught right in the local church by staff members or others in the local assembly who might be qualified.

It’s called Extension Centers for Learning on Location (ExCeLL). The local church becomes an extension site for TBC. You can check out the possibilities to see if they would fit the needs in your congregation by contacting Bro. or Sis. Danny Lewis, ExCeLL Director, at (409) 423-6754.

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Pertinent Proverbs

Six feet of earth makes all men equal.

Books are the children of the brain.

Conceit is God’s gift to little men.

That man is best dressed whose dress no one notices.

Man’s mind stretched by a new idea, never goes back to its original dimension.

He does not believe who does not live according to his belief.

Creditors have better memories than debtors.

Atheism is rather in the lip than in the heart of man. – Bacon

Amusement is the happiness of those who cannot think. – Pope

The old forget; the young don’t know.

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Just in case you didn’t know

On July 7, 1942, the Vatican allowed bare-legged women to enter St. Peter’s Church in Rome for the first time.

All popes have been right handed. When a pope dies, the papal chamberlain calls out his baptismal name three times and taps his head with a silver hammer before he is officially declared dead. Twenty-six popes have been assassinated.

If you are into navel contemplation, consider that psychologists in Germany have determined that those with a vertical navel, running up and down the stomach, signifies generosity, self-confidence, and emotional stability. Their life expectancy is 75 years. A horizontal navel means that one is highly emotional and will not live as long. A protruding navel, or “outie,” indicates optimism, enthusiasm, and 72 years of life. The concave navel owner will be gentle, loving, cautious, delicate, sensitive and prone to worrying, which leads to a shorter life span. They found that the best navel to have is evenly shaped and circular. This means modesty, an even temper with a retiring personality and eighty-one years of life. German psychologists must have a lot of time on their hands.

Mary, Queen of Scots, is said to have tested her food for poison with something that was supposed to be a piece of unicorn’s horn. That would have been a rare horn indeed. When she was beheaded at Fotheringay Castle in 1587, it took the executioner three blows of the ax (two blows and one small cut) to sever the head completely. She left an embroidered bedcover to her son, King James I.

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For your funny bone

Another reason women live longer than men

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The last shot

We could put heavy Bible lessons and nothing but serious religious content on this blog. However, I have chosen to lighten it with a little political punage and a dash of interesting tidbits for those who are not necessarily looking for the next horseradish Bible lesson. I do occasionally insert a study, even in this month’s edition, but preachers and sincerely committed laymen sometimes need something a little lighter.

Also, I have requested WordPress not to accompany the blog with ads. When I occasionally see someone’s blog or posting, I notice alongside are inappropriate ads that surely they would not have approved. I didn’t want to deal with that. So if one wants convenient advertisements, they can visit other sites. But hang with us here—there will probably be something along the way that will touch your preacher bone and perhaps someone else’s funny bone. And if you have some suggestions or comments, please pass them along.

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JREnsey Blog March 2017

Welcome to the JREnsey blog for March, 2017.

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The Word for Today

“You know, brothers and sisters, that our visit to you was not without results. We had bible_in_handspreviously suffered and been treated outrageously in Philippi, as you know, but with the help of our God we dared to tell you his gospel in the face of strong opposition. For the appeal we make does not spring from error or impure motives, nor are we trying to trick you. On the contrary, we speak as those approved by God to be entrusted with the gospel. We are not trying to please people but God, who tests our hearts. You know we never used flattery, nor did we put on a mask to cover up greed—God is our witness. We were not looking for praise from people, not from you or anyone else, even though as apostles of Christ we could have asserted our authority” (I Thessalonians 2:1-6 NIV).

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Ciao, Boy Scouts

The Boy Scouts of America have sunk farther into the oblivion of political correctness. Not only are girls now permitted to join, “transgender boys,” once known as girimg_1898ls, are now allowed into the ranks. Surely a name change is in the offing. What—The Boyish Scouts? The Girly Scouts? It takes guts to stand up to the PC police and the forces of social elitism. Guess your leaders didn’t have any, so they got swept along with the tide of amorality. Wasn’t part of the purpose of the Scouts to turn boys into men?

By the way, that’s Randy saluting when he was in the BOY Scouts.

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These babies are human

In her personal womb, Beyoncé’s babies are human, even “starring” in the Grammy Awards last month. Strange. Why are her twins “human” in the womb and every other woman’s unborn babies are merely “products of conception” to be discarded at will? 636225366464194131-1733322399_grammyAccording to reports, she was dressed like a stripper, preening like a golden goddess while the music moaned and other female dancers celebrated her “motherhood.” Glowing words of praise gushed from the lips of adoring idolators pretending to be Hollywood critics.

Look up hypocrite in the dictionary. Or “blasphemy.” Or “sacrilege.” You might find a grouping of Hollywood stars pictured nearby. Beyoncé should be there as a shining example.

“God is not mocked, for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap” (I Corinthians 6:7).

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Speaking of boycotts

Middle Americans would do themselves and their families a favor by boycotting Hollywood. Who needs their hypocritical amorality spewed into our homes via television and into our neighborhoods via movie theaters. Dedicated Christians won’t be found in the line to buy movie tickets (Psalm 1). Think what they will about Apostolics and television, we are far better off today than if we had capitulated in 1955 to the invitation boycottto have it in our homes. Wise pastors still guide their people away from that pipeline of filth into the home. I am well aware of wholesome documentaries and a handful of other acceptable offerings on TV, but even those are built around ads that convey visual offense and subliminal social engineering.

Truth be known, the Hollywood stars and elitists hate the guts of committed Christians. Why should we fall down and worship at their filthy feet? They don’t want our approval and we don’t need theirs. So it is time for all the “irredeemable deplorables” who supported a change in the direction of our government to boycott Hollywood completely.

We are still waiting for those starlets who said they were moving out of the country if Trump was elected to do so.

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More Christian persecution

A 50-year-old Christian convert in a remote town in India died last month after he and his wife were reportedly forced to stand in a freezing pond for 17 hours because of their faith.

Residents of the tribal village of Kubuaa were upset when Bartu Urawn and his family abandoned the native religion—Sarna Dharam—and became Christians, according to  ci36jg3ucaaadwkGlobal Christian News. Sarna adherents worship particular trees and set up religious “groves” (left) like some did in Old Testament times.

As punishment for the family’s unwillingness to denounce Jesus Christ, villagers forced Bartu Urawn and his wife into the freezing pond for more than half a day. Bartu Urawn’s son, Beneswar, told the outlet that his parents were immersed in the water from around 5 p.m. until 10 a.m. the following day.

After suffering two paralytic attacks that caused major nerve damage, Bartu Urawn died Jan. 20. “All throughout the night, they were in the cold water shivering and I, along with 15 to 20 villagers, were witness to the brutality,” Beneswar Urawn said. “The villagers kept asking my father if he is ready to forsake Christ and return to the Sarna fold. He reiterated every time, ‘I will not deny Christ. …I will continue to believe until my last breath.’”

Other families who had also converted to [nominal] Christianity ultimately renounced their faith and rejoined the tribal religion, according to the Christian Post.

I wonder why the American press avoids the negatives of virtually all religions except Christianity. Any Christian, committed or otherwise, who does something wrong seems to attract headline news in USA Today or CNN.

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Everyone needs a little help now and then

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Truth in street clothes

Many folks want to serve God, but only as advisers.

People are funny; they want the front of the bus, middle of the road, and back of the church.

Forbidden fruits create many jams.

God doesn’t call the qualified, He qualifies the called.

Opportunity may knock once, but temptation bangs on the front door forever.

Quit griping about your church; if it was perfect, you couldn’t belong.

Coincidence is when God chooses to remain anonymous.

Just because you are offended doesn’t mean you are right.

Recent studies confirm that 1 out of every 3 liberals is just as stupid as the other 2.

 “The power of accurate observation is frequently called cynicism by those who don’t have it.” – George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950)

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Colleges move students to the left

Everyone instinctively knows that colleges tend to take students to the left in the political/social system. This recent Pew Research Center report substantiates the claim.

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The Futility of Gender-Neutral Parenting

By Debra W. Suh

LA Times Op-ed article

In steadfast pursuit of gender equality and to promote nonconformity, it’s become maxresdefaultpopular in some social circles to start early, very early, by raising young children in a gender-neutral way: not revealing the baby’s sex at birth, dressing them and their bedroom in various shades of oatmeal, encouraging them to play with gender-neutral toys. There’s also pressure on corporations to help; parental complaints led Target to stop sex-segregating its toys, for instance.

Offering kids the opportunity to pursue what they’d like, freed from societal expectations, is an….[click here to continue reading this important and relevant article]

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What would YOU call it?

Once, all the villagers decided to pray for rain. On the day of prayer, all the people gathered, but only one boy came with an umbrella. That’s FAITH.

When you throw babies in the air, they laugh because they know you will catch them. That’s TRUST.

Every night we go to bed without any assurance of being alive the next morning, but still we set the alarms to wake up. That’s HOPE.

We plan big things for tomorrow in spite of zero knowledge of the future. That’s CONFIDENCE.

We see the world suffering, but still we get married and have children. That’s LOVE.

On an old man’s shirt was written a sentence “l am not 80 years old; l am sweet 16 with 64 years of experience.” That’s ATTITUDE.

In another vein, if you rob a bank in a sanctuary city, is it really an illegal act or is it merely an “undocumented withdrawal”?

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A Brief History of Criticisms of Bible Translations

A clear perspective on the history of Bible translations reveals that those with a sensitive personality should avoid becoming involved in this activity. Only the very courageous individual or the overly self-assured scholar should try his hand at Bible translating—and be ready to be criticized. Let’s take a brief look at the record of Bible translations and howbibles-on-shelf they were received at the time of their publication.

The Old Testament contains the writings of Moses, David, the Hebrew prophets, and Solomon along with his wise colleagues. A few unknown scribes and priests could probably be added to that number. All were inspired and anointed by God’s Spirit to write with unerring accuracy (II Peter 1:21). The earliest Old Testament books, the Pentateuch, go back to the time of Moses when writing was still done in the pictographic style we find on inscriptions from that era. The latest OT book was likely composed…. (to continue reading this article, click here.)
http://www.advanceministries.org/articles/articlepages/translationshistory.htm

What was the first Bible translation? Who did it and how was it received? (See the answers and much more in the article.)

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Luther had a lot to say about marriage

“There is no more lovely, friendly and charming relationship, communion or company than a good marriage.”

“Let the wife make the husband glad to come home, and let him make her sorry to see him leave.”

“Good God …What a lot of trouble there is in marriage! Adam has made a mess of our martin-luthernature. Think of all the squabbles Adam and Eve must have had in the course of their nine hundred years. Eve would say ‘You ate the apple!’ and Adam would retort ‘You gave it to me!’” – Martin Luther, quoted by Roland Bainton in Here I Stand

And about other things…

“You are not only responsible for what you say, but also for what you do not say.”

“Blood alone moves the wheels of history.”

“Peace if possible, truth at all costs.”

“I have held many things in my hands, and I have lost them all; but whatever I have placed in God’s hands, that I still possess.”

And he might have said this before Arnold Schwarzeneggar did if it had been an issue back then:

“I think that gay marriage should be between a man and a woman.”

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Book Review

Confronting Jezebel

By Steve Sampson

Published by Chosen (a division of Baker Publishing); 191 pages

Reviewed by Roffie Ensey

Confronting Jezebel is a book that is well written and easy to understand. It gives insight into discerning and defeating the spirit of control so many spiritual leaders face. This book points out the evils of the Jezebel spirit—past, present and future.

Jezebel is more than a wicked queen that lived and ruled during a time of spiritual 794750decline in the history of God’s chosen people. Jezebel’s footprints appear many times in Scripture and in history. This book is a clear and concise exposé on how this demonic spirit operates and how to neutralize its power.

In order to combat this antagonist, we must first be aware of Jezebel’s existence, her approach, and her intent. This book will help you be aware of how this spirit operates in a body of believers and how this spirit of control functions even through those in leadership.

The Apostle Paul warned us that “we are not fighting against flesh-and-blood enemies, but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powers in this dark world, and against evil spirits” Ephesians 6:12 (NLT). These spirits combat the church today through the attitudes of those who are not submitted to spiritual authority.

Confronting Jezebel will provide insights for when you face this spirit and help to know how to deal with it. Steve Sampson exposes the signs of a Jezebel spirit, its strategies of destruction, and how you can bring it under the control of the Holy Ghost. It is available at Amazon and other book outlets.

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Two new books by Apostolic authors

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Getting Your Voice to Shake

by Kelly Nix, a new book on intercultural communication

Have you ever wondered why some people just can’t seem to be on time? Or maybe you’re  the one who is always being teased for being late, and you’ve wondered what is the big deal about time, anyway?

It may not be that your clock is messed up…in fact, there’s a good chance the source of conflict can be traced to culture, not a timepiece. Our culture affects much of who we are, influencing our relationships with other people, our perception of time, and even the way we perceive authority.

If you’ve ever tried to communicate with someone from another culture and have been frustrated by the lack of connection (even if you are both fluent in the same language!), Getting Your Voice to Shake will be an eye-opening resource that will introduce you to ways to bridge – and, more importantly, to understand – the culture gap and become a much more effective communicator for today’s global society.

Here’s what some readers had to say:  “I literally couldn’t put this book down. Dr. Nix’s research, insight, life experience, and upbeat presentation make the book an indispensable read for those of us who work interculturally.” – Shane M.

“I read this in one sitting and was left wanting more. This was an eye-opener for me. I bought several to give to others. Hoping he writes more on this subject!” – Peter C.

Link to purchase: https://www.amazon.com/Getting-Your-Voice-Shake-Intercultural/dp/1541002660

On the Sanctity of Human Life

by Peter Connell

Here’s a new book for pastors, Christian healthcare workers, and just about everybodyconnell_front_300dpi else in our churches. On the Sanctity of Human Life is a straightforward book detailing a biblical perspective of the sanctity of human life; but more than that, it delves into how we as Christians need to view life when we are faced with decisions such as having a family, dealing with sickness and death, and maintaining a proper perspective of the uniqueness and value of every human life from the moment of conception. Each of us will face the issues of life and death at some point on our earthly journey.

Sadly, much of America is profoundly influenced by a culture that devalues human life, and this has infiltrated the healthcare industry. Believers who work in the medical community are alerted to the humanistic influences often operating behind the scenes in medical institutions across America.

Pastors should read these pages with interest and use this book as a stepping stone to become vitally informed about the issues that face every family. In doing so, it will better equip them to wisely counsel families and individuals in their congregations—and teach them these principles before their times of need.
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Recently discovered: Vincent Van Gogh’s family tree

His dizzy aunt—Verti Gogh
The brother who worked at a convenience store—Stop N Goghself-portrait-in-front-of-the-easel
The grandfather from Yugoslavia—U Gogh
His magician uncle—Where-diddy Gogh
His Mexican cousin—A Mee Gogh
The Mexican cousin’s American half-brother—Gring Gogh
The nephew who drove a stage coach—Wells-far Gogh
The ballroom dancing aunt—Tang Gogh
The bird lover uncle—Flamin Gogh
The fruit-loving cousin—Man Gogh
An aunt who taught positive thinking—Way-to-Gogh
The little bouncy nephew—Poe Gogh
A sister who loved disco—Go Gogh
And his niece who travels in an RV—Winnie Bay Gogh

I saw you smiling . . . there ya Gogh!

Source: Anonymous

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More mental exercise for lexophiles

The report said I had type-A blood, but it was a typo.

I changed my iPod’s name to Titanic. It’s syncing now.

England has no kidney bank, but it does have a Liverpool.

A cartoonist was found dead in his home. Details are sketchy.

How does Moses make tea? Hebrews it.

We are happy to report that the guy who fell into the upholstery machine is fully recovered.

Those who get too big for their britches will be exposed in the end.

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Everybody also needs a little love…

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And a little company at times…

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The last shot

Prior to the State of the Union address on February 28, I had written this:

Every time President Donald Trump speaks, a thousand preachers and public speakers ache inside, wishing they could help him say some things a little better, a little smoother, and a little more kindly with less grit. KellyAnne, could you threaten him in some way to huge.16.82049stick with what is on the teleprompter? He is like a lot of us preachers—we are often our own worst enemy. Like us, he tends to overwork his hyperboles, he hikes down rabbit trails, and usually leaves his audience groaning, “That is the umpteenth time we have heard that line this month!”

After the speech: KellyAnne must have been reading over my shoulder. He got on message, stayed there, never bobbled, stuck with the teleprompter, and knocked it out of the ballpark! Even CNN and MSNBC had to actually admit it was a great speech. Not many redundant phrases, no rabbit trails, and although the Democrats generally stayed quiet and seated, it was obvious that they were shocked and surprised at the new (hopefully) Donald Trump. The “snowflakes” were starting to melt. C’mon, folks! It is springtime in America!

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Until next month, may the road rise up to meet you, may the wind always be at your back, may the sun shine warm upon your face, and rains fall soft upon your fields.

JREnsey

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JREnsey blog February 2017

Welcome to the JREnsey blog for February, 2017.

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The Word for today

“For I am jealous for you with the jealousy of God himself. I promised you as a pure bride to one husband—Christ. But I fear that somehow your pure and undivided devotion to fyyt0bwuqd-6luy1nvbdcjp1wrkxrwpqxmgzk6oyttlovsvepib66zhfsczq8z-mivntw170Christ will be corrupted, just as Eve was deceived by the cunning ways of the serpent. You happily put up with whatever anyone tells you, even if they preach a different Jesus than the one we preach, or a different kind of Spirit than the one you received, or a different kind of gospel than the one you believed. But I don’t consider myself inferior in any way to these ‘super apostles’ who teach such things” (II Corinthians 11:2-6 NLT).

What losers we would be if we disappointed both the Lord and the apostle Paul by compromising a single iota of truth just before the return of Christ!

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Finally

I had begun to wonder if the presidential campaign would ever end. When it did, it seems like the transi0f2988ec308987e59142f2e6c1cfbcc7tion period lasted six months rather than two. I am now wondering how long the Trump presidency will seem to last. I trust it fulfills all of your hopes and dreams.

We desperately need the One who turned chaos into order in the beginning to step onto the present scene. Even so, come, Lord Jesus!

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Why the swamp needs draining

A lanky cowboy named Bud stood with his boot on the bottom strand of barbed wire fence overseeing his herd in a remote pasture in Wyoming when suddenly a brand-new BMW advanced toward him out of a cloud of dust.
The driver, a young man in a Brioni® suit, wearing Gucci® shoes, sporting RayBan® sunglasses and a YSL® tie, leaned out the window and asked the cowboy, “If I tell you exactly how many cows and calves you have in your herd, will you give me a calf?”
Bud looks at the man, who obviously was an easterner, then looks at his large peacefully rockjackjpg-b5508436491a13e4grazing herd and calmly answers, “Sure, why not?”
The man parks his car, whips out his laptop computer, connects it with Bluetooth® to his IPhone®, and surfs to a NASA page on the Internet, where he calls up a GPS satellite to get an exact fix on his location which he then feeds to another NASA satellite that scans the area in an ultra-high-resolution photo.
The young man then opens the digital photo in Adobe Photoshop® and exports it to an image processing facility in Hamburg, Germany.
Within seconds, he receives an email on his I-pad that the image has been processed and the data stored. He then accesses an MS-SQL® database through an ODBC connected Excel® spreadsheet with email on his laptop and momentarily receives a response.
Finally, he prints out a full-color, 15-page report on his hi-tech, portable HP LaserJet® printer, turns to the cowboy and says, “You have exactly 1,586 cows and calves in this pasture.”
“That’s right. Well, I guess you can take one of my calves,” says Bud.
He watches the young man select one of the animals and looks on with amusement as the young man stuffs it into the trunk of his car.
Then Bud says to the man, “Hey, if I can tell you exactly what your business is, will you give me back my calf?”
maxresdefaultThe easterner thinks about it for a second and then says, “Okay, why not?”
“You’re a junior Congressman in the U.S. Government,” says Bud.
“Wow! That’s correct,” says the yuppie, “but how did you guess that?”
“No guessing required.” answered the rancher. “You showed up here even though nobody called you. You want to get paid for an answer I already knew, to a question I never asked. You used millions of dollars worth of equipment trying to show me how much smarter than me you are. And you don’t know a thing about how working people make a living—or about cows, for that matter. This is a flock of sheep.
“Now give me back my dog.”

Perhaps that is one reason why Trump is trying to drain the swamp back in D.C.

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Potpourri

 A word to the wise

A verse for President Trump: The ancient wisdom of Proverbs 26:4 warns, “Do not answer a fool according to his folly, or you yourself will be just like him.”

Hide and watch

Isn’t it amazing that only two days into his presidency the press was wondering why potpourriPresident Trump hadn’t fulfilled every campaign promise made during the last 18 months.

Ugh. Speeches made with forked tongue.

Officials of Planned Parenthood made speeches across the country promoting the prenatal care offered by that organization. But when callers contacted their local Planned Parenthood offices for appointments for prenatal care, they were told that PP does not offer prenatal care, only abortions. (http://www.theblaze.com)

Blessing that which is cursed

More than 20 local faith leaders, mostly female “theologians,” showed up to bless Planned Parenthood’s newest facility in Washington, D.C., in a ceremony recently organized by the Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice, DCist reported. They gushed about the “sacred work” that they are doing. Should we bless that which God hates—hands that shed innocent blood (Proverbs 6:17)?

Makes sense

“If your sex life is none of my business, stop demanding that I finance it.” – Matt Walsh

It’s just perspective

When I was a child, I thought nap time was punishment. Now it’s like a mini-vacation.

Cultural cleansing

palmyra-theater-01-800ISIS is destroying many ancient historical monuments in Iraq and Syria, currently dismantling the Roman theater in Palmyra. One wonders just which of our national monuments or Christian churches would be the first to be reduced to rubble under Islam’s cultural cleansing mandate.

Beware the liberal fact checkers

http://dailysignal.com/2016/12/15/facebooks-reliance-on-liberal-fact-checkers-means-your-news-is-about-to-be-censored/

Alternate facts

“Fake news” was anticipated by the Founders: Here is what they did about it:

http://www.cnsnews.com/commentary/jarrett-stepman/fake-news-was-anticipated-founders-heres-what-they-did-about-it

And the winner is…

In the race to see which news agency can embarrass and discredit Donald Trump the most, one outlet claimed on his first day in office that he had removed the bust of MLK, Jr. from the Oval Office. The news went international before it was exposed as a lie by the new administration. As you know, a lie is around the world before truth can get its britches on. A wise man with disappointment in his eyes once said, “Believe nothing you hear and only half of what you see.” Regarding the current news media, that is probably sound advice. Trump 1; Media 0.

Timely reading

http://www.theblaze.com/contributions/matt-walsh-dads-we-cant-expect-our-sons-to-become-real-men-if-we-dont-teach-them-how/

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A maximalist or minimalist?

The following statements by John Piper in a post on Theosophical Ruminations caught my attention. I thought they were worth reposting.

“[T]here are two kinds of approaches to questionable practices in life. One I would call a plus-and-minusminimalist approach to holiness and godliness. The other maximalist.

“In the first case, your typical question is, “Well, what is wrong with it?” It would apply to movies and music, and kids often ask their parents, “What is wrong with it?” And the other approach is not to ask, “What is wrong with it?” mainly, but, “Will it make me more Christ like? Will it make me more devoted to Jesus? Will it make me more bold in witness or weaken me? Will it help me be spiritually discerning of the ways of Satan in the world and will it help me lay up treasures in heaven?…

“You can see that there are these two kinds of approaches to life. I want to maximize my godliness and my holiness by drawing nearer and nearer to God, and the other one is just trying to do as many things as you can do without being tripped up explicitly by sin.” [end]

After reading the Book of Acts and the Epistles, would we call the first century Christians minimalists or maximalists? What would you call yourself?

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Sensationalism has been with us always

“What lies there are about relics! One claims to have a feather from the wing of the angel jerry-springer-sho_1008116cGabriel, the Bishop of Mainz has a flame from Moses’ burning bush. And how does it happen that eighteen apostles are buried in Germany when Christ only had twelve?” – Martin Luther on Relics

Someone asked: What is the difference between the sensational and the supernatural? The supernatural is real and comes down from God in heaven; the sensational is fake and is conjured up by men on earth.

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Putin on “Christian Values”

In a speech before the Russian Valdai-Forum on September 19, 2013, President Vladimir Putin made some statements that were somewhat out of character for a Russian leader. He reportedly said:

“Many Euro-Atlantic countries have moved away from their roots, including Christian values. Policies are being pursued that place on the same level a multi-child family and a putinsame-sex partnership, a faith in God and a belief in Satan. This is the path to degradation.”

Putin seemed to be chiding Christians for departing from the faith. Mr. Putin also portrayed Russia as a staunch defender of “traditional values” against what he depicted as the morally bankrupt West. He suggested that social and religious conservatism “is the only way to prevent the world from slipping into chaotic darkness.” As part of this defense of “Christian values,” Russia has adopted a law banning “homosexual propaganda” and another that makes it a criminal offense to “insult the religious sensibilities of believers.”

Source: http://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=Putin+speech+on+%22Christian%22+values&view=detail&mid=995C738F2C789AA661A5995C738F2C789AA661A5&FORM=VIRE

It is truly a day of strange things. “For with…another tongue will I speak to this people” (Isaiah 28:11). Does this mean that Putin is now an Evangelical and has had a change of heart since his KGB days? Likely not. I’m just saying….

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The American College of Pediatricians speaks out against National Geographic’s depiction of transgenders

In the January blog, we reported on the National Geographic magazine’s tasteless depiction of transgender children. The magazine, which has been in publication for 128 years, made headlines when it decided to highlight on its cover what it called “the gender revolution” in its January 2017 issue. The issue displayed pictures and a story of a 9-year-old boy named Avery, whose parents say he identifies as a girl.

headshot-mcAmerican College of Pediatricians president Michelle Cretella (left) said that National Geographic is “promoting a political agenda over science and the wellbeing of innocent children” by displaying the young child as the face for their first ever transgender cover.

“Affirming so called transgender children means sterilizing them as young as 11-years-old,” Dr Cretella told Lifesite News. “Puberty blockers plus cross-sex hormones causes permanent sterility. And biological girls who ‘transition’ to male by taking testosterone may have a double mastectomy at age 16. The life time use of cross-sex hormones also puts these children at risk for stroke, heart disease, diabetes, cancers and more.”

Cretella says that enabling a young child to become a transgender is harmful and based on illogical reasoning. “When a child under the age of 12 thinks they are the opposite sex and is allowed to naturally pass through puberty, 75%-95% of the time that child will accept his or her biological sex by the late teen years.”

She also added that the American College of Pediatrician’s position is that  “When academic, medical and other public institutions propagate the lifetime use of toxic hormones and the surgical removal of healthy body parts as healthcare for children, they are engaged in institutionalized child abuse,” Cretella said.

Who should we listen to—real pediatricians or nutcases from Hollywood, San Francisco and Washington, D.C.?

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More from KSM

Khalid Sheik Mohammed was the mastermind behind the 9/11 attacks, as well as the knife-wielder who beheaded Daniel Pearl, journalist for the Wall Street Journal. After his capture, he was waterboarded and then began to reveal the Al Qaeda mindset. When being interrogated by the CIA, he explained that large-scale attacks such as 9/11 were “nice, but not necessary” and that a series of “low-tech attacks could bring down Americaksm the same way ‘enough disease-infected fleas can fell an elephant.’” KSM said “jihadi-minded brothers would immigrate into the United States” and “wrap themselves in America’s rights and laws” until they were strong enough to rise up and attack us. The brothers will relentlessly continue their attacks and the American people would eventually become so tired, so frightened, and so weary of war that they will just want it to end. Eventually America will expose her neck for us to slaughter.”

Our president for the past eight years knew exactly what KSM had said. And the terrorist was right. Our leaders have told us that we should quit worrying about the Muslims and allow them to immigrate freely into the U.S. and be “integrated.” They use that word rather than “assimilated.” The war Obama actually declared was on U.S. citizens and we have been defeating ourselves—just as KSM predicted.

America should not expect peace, KSM told James Mitchell, the CIA interrogator. He bqvfklvimaax4sx-viexplained that “it does not matter that we do not want to fight them,” Mitchell writes, adding that KSM explained that “America may not be in a religious war with him, but he and other true Muslims are in a religious war with America” and “he and his brothers will not stop until the entire world lives under Sharia law.”

Merely hours before he was formally the “former president,” the outgoing president gave millions of our tax dollars to the Palestinians and other groups that oppose America and our values. But evidently the press didn’t notice because they were preoccupied with pushing the news about the number of Trump protesters.

Source: http://insider.foxnews.com/2014/12/15/exclusive-james-mitchell-man-who-interrogated-khalid-sheikh-mohammed-speaks-out-kelly; and other sites.

It helps to know what our nation is up against. Cover the new administration, as imperfect as it may be, with your prayers.

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“By” or “with” the skin of his teeth?

The Hebrew phrase used by Job in 19:20—“I am escaped with the skin of my teeth” (KJV)—has teased translators for generations. They are divided as to whether the Hebrew has Job saying “with” the skin of his teeth or “by” the skin of his teeth? Is he saying that all he has left in his mouth is the skin that once hugged his teeth? Had Job skin-of-your-teethbeen reduced to a “gummer”? Had he lost all his teeth? Some commentators say that may well be what was meant here.

Some translations render the verse using “with” and others “by.” Whichever was meant by the Hebrew author, we have to acknowledge that teeth themselves have no skin. Therefore, we may assume that the writer was employing a Hebrew idiom or proverb here, perhaps meaning that Job had escaped or been spared death only “by the skin of his teeth”—suggesting the narrowest of margins.

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How well do you know your Bible?

Pop quiz. Answers at the end of the blog. Don’t peek!

  1. Where did Cain go after he killed Able?quiz
  2. Who was Cain’s firstborn?
  3. What price did Jesus put on two sparrows?
  4. Who offered Delilah silver to disclose the secret of Samson’s strength?
  5. How old was Uzziah when he began to reign in Judah?
  6. How long did it take Solomon to build the Temple?
  7. How many chariots did Pharaoh send after Moses and the Israelites?
  8. Who bought Joseph from the Midianite traders?
  9. Who refused to appear before her husband, the king, at his command?
  10. What verse in the New Testament tells us how to be born again?

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More Bible trivia

shakespeare-bibleThe 46th word of the 46th Psalm in the KJV is “shake,” and the 46th word from the end of that Psalm is “spear.” William Shakespeare was 46 years old and a prominent English bard when the KJV was being translated. Some say this “coincidence” was a birthday gift to Shakespeare from the translators.

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Why….?

J. R. Ensey

Some younger men have called for reasons that specific holiness standards appear in thewhy-cover UPCI Manual. They were not around when the issues were debated and passed in conferences. It is easier in today’s cultural climate to give up the fight than to take the time to find out why Pentecostals believe what we do. Here are 224 pages of some common sense, Word-based answers for our apostolic positions.
Chapters:
• Why do Apostolics embrace the Bible is the Word of God?
• Why do Apostolics teach monotheism?
• Why do Apostolics receive the Holy Spirit and speak in tongues?
• Why do Apostolics disengage from a worldly lifestyle?
• Why do Apostolics abandon or avoid harmful personal practices?
• Why do Apostolics choose modest apparel and shun ornamental
jewelry?
• Why do Apostolic ladies refrain from cutting their hair and wearing
cosmetics?
• Why do Apostolics live with a blessed hope?
“Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect, keeping a clear conscience, so that those who speak maliciously against your good behavior in Christ may be ashamed of their slander” (I Peter 3:15,16).

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A Hill To Die On

by J. R. Ensey

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Is truth worth dying for? This book suggests that there are some things worth risking our reputations, our resources, and perhaps our lives for. A few years ago we would never have thought we would be where we are today as a nation. The Christian faith is rapidly being dismembered and deconstructed to make way for Islam. The rush of endtime prophecy fulfillment should stiffen the backbone of every Christian and make us realize there will be a price to pay for our faith. The nine chapters of this new book include:
– A Hill To Die On
– Truth in an Age of Deception
– Unity in an Age of Division
– Righteousness in an Age of Hedonism
– The Church in an Age of Spirituality
– Absolutes in an Age of Relativism
– God and Government
– Is American Christianity Returning to the Social Gospel?
– Our Finest Hour

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Oh, for those days again!

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“I get tired or running with same ol’ crowd all the time.” “Yeah, me too.”

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“Where do I sign up for WIC?”

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“Now that we’ve caught it, what do we do with it? With no more meat than this, it was hardly worth the race. Let’s wait a few months and chase it again.”

Git ’er done

pulling-teethA woman and her husband interrupted their vacation to go see a dentist. “I want a tooth pulled, and I don’t want any pain killers because I’m in a big hurry,” the woman said. “Just extract the tooth as quickly as possible, and we’ll be on our way.” The dentist was quite impressed. “You’re certainly a courageous woman,” he said. “Which tooth is it?” The woman turned to her husband and said, “Show him your tooth, dear.”

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Truisms

“When a man who is honestly mistaken hears the truth, he must cease being mistaken or politifact-ohio-truecease being honest.” – John Thomas

You can make a life without knowing many things, but you can’t make a Christian life without knowing God’s Word.

It is better to be slapped by the truth than kissed by a lie. – Russian proverb

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Answers to the Bible quiz:

  1. The land of Nod
  2. Enoch
  3. One farthing
  4. Lords of the Philistines
  5. Seven years old
  6. Seven years
  7. All he had.
  8. Potiphar
  9. Vashti
  10. Acts 2:38

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Thanks for visiting. Have a great day!

JREnsey

 

 

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JR Ensey January Blog

Happy New Year! And welcome to the JREnsey blog for January, 2017. As I write, the temperature is dropping drastically across much of the nation, Al Gore notwithstanding. Get a cuppa java and let’s visit.

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The Word for today

“So dear brothers and sisters, work hard to prove that you really areking_james_bible7 among those God has called and chosen, Do these things, and you will never fall away. Then God will give you a grand entrance into the eternal Kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ” (2 Peter 1:10-11 NLT).

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Whence wisdom?

Obtaining spiritual wisdom isn’t a once-a-week hobby, it is the daily discipline of a lifetime. But in this age of microwave ovens, fast foods, digests, and numerous “made easy” books, many people are out of the habit of daily investing time and energy in digging deep into Scripture and learning wisdom from the Lord. Thanks to television, their attention shutterstock_237801016-700x467span is brief. Thanks to religious entertainment that passes for worship, their spiritual appetite is feeble and spiritual knowledge isn’t “pleasant to [their] soul” (Prov. 2:10). It’s no wonder fewer and fewer people “take time to be holy” and more and more people fall prey to the enemies that lurk along the way. – Warren Wiersbe in Be Skillful

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Words of wisdom

“Above all else, guard your heart, for it is the wellspring of life” (Proverbs 4:23 NIV). If we pollute that wellspring, the infection will spread; before long, hidden appetites will become open sins and public shame. – Anonymous

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100 years ago this month (January 1917) 

1 – America has just ended its most prosperous year in history. Steel and iron soared to record levels. Foreign trade reaches the $8 billion mark.

The world war in Europe continues to take thousands daily from both originalsides.

9 – British push Turks from Sinai peninsula, capture 1600, and prepare to move on Palestine.

10 – Buffalo Bill Cody dies at age 71.

16 – Germany proposes an alliance with Mexico to make war on U.S. if America remains neutral, promising the return of Texas, Arizona, and New Mexico to Mexico as part of Germany’s victorious peace terms.

17 – Denmark sells West Indies to U.S. for $25 Million; considered important to security of the Panama Canal.

27 – President calls for “peace without victory” in Europe during WWI.

31 – Germany declares unlimited sub warfare on all neutral ships in war zone.

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Lame duck quacks again

The current president is in the final throes of his term in office. He is now freeing prisoners that in his judgment should be back on the streets. He is releasing some of the most violent terrorists from Guantanamo back to freedom, even though many of those previously released have nov4_14cartoons_lameduckpresidentreturned to terrorism. Doubtless he will be in a pardoning mood before he leaves office and will probably pardon all his friends and political hacks who have accusations or indictments hanging over their heads. If you despised America as much as he does, you probably would do the same.

The president and Secretary of State have handed the Muslim nations of the world a long-desired gift on Christmas eve—the U.N. condemnation of Israel that seriously undercuts that nation’s security, something he was been wanting to do for eight years. Treachery, bold and brassy. Now we truly know whose side he is on.

We still have twenty days of this anti-American presidency. Daily the administration is passing new regulations, making sweeping foreign policy changes, and generally showing us where the president’s heart really is. What fools we be to have thought the hope and change we wanted in 2008 would turn out to be the very hope and change our international enemies wanted.

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I wonder…

A Phoenix printing business that designs wedding invitations has been fined $2500 and its owners are facing possible jail time for refusing to print invitations for a same-sex wedding. I wonder if Muslim-owned businesses are treated that way when Jews attempt to buy silk-screenedi_wonder_quips_02 T-shirts imprinted with the Star of David or a “Death To Iran” slogan.

I wonder…should we patronize businesses that refuse service to our policemen because they carry weapons? The Cheesecake Factory in the Tacoma, Washington mall denied service to six policemen because they were carrying their weapons. That would make me feel safer, not less safe. More PC nonsense will only give comfort to terrorists. I may think twice before visiting the Cheesecake Factory again.

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Good advice

Some anonymous but knowing person wrote:

I would be true for there are those who trust me.

I would be pure for there are those who care.

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I would be brave for there is much to dare.

I would be friend of all—the poor and the friendless.

I would be giving and forget the gift.

I would be humble for I know my weakness.

I would look up, and laugh, and love, and lift.

– Source: unknown

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Think about it

There is no royal road to anything. One thing at a time, all things in succession. That which grows fast withers as rapidly; that which grows i-wonder-smallslowly endures. – Josiah G. Holland

If you aren’t going all the way, why go at all? – Joe Namath

Don’t aspire to lead, aspire to attain the traits that give one the right to lead. Aspire to integrity, to determination, to sincerity, to perseverance, to courage, to fearlessness, and to godly character. Too many are protective of their reputation, but if you take care of your character, your reputation will take care of itself. Too many love their position more than they love their people.

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From the UPCI Manual:

We wholeheartedly disapprove of our people indulging in any activities which are not conducive to good Christianity and godly living, such as theaters, dances, mixed bathing or swimming, women cutting their hair, make-up, any apparel that immodestly exposes the body, all worldly sports and amusements, and unwholesome radio programs and music.

Furthermore, because of the display of all these evils on television, we disapprove of any of our people having television sets in their homes. We admonish all of our people to refrain from any of these practices in the interest of spiritual progress and the soon coming of the Lord for His church.

In a later position paper on the subject of Holiness, the General Board made these observations:

“There are many who do not understand this great truth of holiness or the separated life unto God. The result of this misunderstanding is a very shallow walk with Christ. The holiness of the church body is greatly strengthened by the beautiful consecration of the individual members of the body of Christ. To these practices of holiness we must adhere in order to preserve the continuing sweet presence of the Holy Spirit in our worship and spiritual functions.”

It seems wise to occasional remind ourselves of what is in our Manual relative to the Apostolic lifestyle.

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Fake News

We are fed up with “fake news” and intentional misinformation. Some said it played a role in this election, but it was around long before this year. Here’s some examples:

“If you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor.” – Barack Obama (2012)

fake-news-facebook-feel-well-informed-actual-reading“The Benghazi attack was sparked by an internet video and a demonstration to denounce it.” – Hillary Clinton (2010)

“There will be thousands of shovel-ready jobs waiting on applicants.” – Barack Obama (2008)

Then this year: “There will be some wonderful news awaiting us tonight.” – Nancy Pelosi (during the day on election day, November 8, 2016).

Well, some of these were just plain lies or inaccurate prognostications. However, Nancy was partly right. There was some good news that night.

Seriously, what’s with all these totally false accounts of people dying or doing strange, unthinkable things? Is it just to get you to click on the story so you will be forced to first see an ad? Probably. Ignore!

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Other short-sighted predictions from the literati

In 2009 Al Gore quoted statistics suggesting that the arctic could have no ice by 2014 (or as little as five to seven years). Did he lie to manipulate legislatures to take action against industries, or did he mount-kilimanjaro-zebraignorantly fall for someone else’s fake news? Or is New York, Miami, Galveston and Seattle under water right now? Such predictions assault truth but serve to shut down or seriously regulate U.S. industries and damage the American economy. He also said ten years ago that Mt. Kilimanjaro would have no snowcap today. Go to Google earth and take a look during the snowy season next June/July. It is now summer in Tanzania, but there’s even quite a bit of snow when I checked recently.

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He/She being stricken from university language

Gender-specific pronouns like “he” and “she” are being stricken from usage in major universities. Favoring gender-neutral pronouns like “ze” or “xe,” Oxford and Cambridge universities are bowing to the politically correct activists. Even the University of Tennessee has joined the number of those leaning toward abandoning the traditional pronouns.

A sign in the University of Kansas reads, “Because gender is, itself, fluid and up to the individual,” fullsizerender-1024x768the sign says, according to the Lawrence Journal-World. “Each person has the right to identify their own pronouns, and we encourage you to ask before assuming someone’s gender. Pronouns matter! Misgendering someone can have lasting consequences, and using the incorrect pronoun can be hurtful, disrespectful, and invalidate someone’s identity.” Buttons similar to those at left were being passed out. Fortunately, the student senate nixed the idea, manifesting more common sense than their professors and administrators.

What gross confusion. “God is not the author of confusion.” I read that in an old black-backed Book.

Maryland schools are considering banning “Christmas” because any reference to it is offending Muslims. The Christian majority should be outraged at that strangeness, but are our conservative Christians in Maryland raising a voice in behalf of our traditions that go back to our founding era?

The overly sensitive college students and millennials have not been able to cope with the loss of Hillary Clinton’s bid for the presidency. The universities have provided “safe places” for them to go and “suck their thumbs,” providing puppies, kittens, coloring books, hot chocolate and play doh asmillennials “comfort.” The “greatest generation” (their grandfathers and great grandfathers) are twisting in their graves right now. God help us if America is ever again attacked militarily. What will our PC soldiers look like to the enemy? I am sure the pink booties, backward ball caps and pop-guns will scare the daylights of the enemy.

“Come ye out from among them and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you” (II Corinthians 6:17). The state universities are not safe places for our Apostolic youth!

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There must be better alternatives

I personally have no hesitancy to encourage our Pentecostal youth to avoid the state universities. They have become little more than brain-washing sites for the socialist and leftist agendas. Our students must be made aware of the grave risks they take by exposing themselves to the influential pressure of the professors and other foreign and PC convinced (“snowflake”) students.

I can hear a few voices out there taking exception to that advice. One must never criticize the “god of humanistic education” lest he run the valleyaerialrisk of being called an ignoramus or some kind of anti-education idiot. I have been involved with education at several levels for many years. I know what it is and what it isn’t. Too many have made it a god and worship at its pagan altars. Its professorial priests are not to be pilloried but praised. Its halls of ivy must be kept sacrosanct. Nay, I say it is our youth and young adults that must remain “unspotted from the world” (James 1:27).

“But I attended the university and made it through with my faith.” Sure, there are exceptions. Some of our soldiers have made it through minefields while others were blown to bits. Should he call to others to follow him because he made it through? Call out the men with the Geiger counters and clear out the mines, then go. Excise the liberal professors and the politically correct curriculum and get back to basic education in our colleges, then go. Until then, choose nearby community colleges, Christian colleges, and known conservative institutions.

We have no Apostolic youth—none!—we can afford to lose.

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Save the Snowflakes

In order to help “save the snowflakes,” the MRC created a video that informed viewers of the struggles these college students face in everyday life, such as hearing opinions they don’t agree with. (See it here.) They say that due to the recent presidential election, the fact that President-elect Donald Trump is going to assume office has sent “snowflakes” scampering into safe spaces provided to them by the Universities they attend.

“The University of Pennsylvania offered puppies and kittens to cuddle,” explained one presenter.

20151114_crybully-1024x746The University of Michigan Law School scheduled a post-election self-care workshop where snowflakes could color and blow bubbles,” said another.

The MRC even went so far as to create the site “savethesnowflakes.org” with a donation button. The site explains the plight of the snowflakes, and how you can help.

Our nation’s snowflakes are being cared for by colleges and universities across the country. These schools are financially supporting cry-ins, hot chocolate, bubbles, kittens, puppies and ponies, crayons, and Play-Doh to comfort these wounded snowflakes. Some schools even canceled exams and classes to7162344915f151be9e581935ec721312 ensure that America’s youth are treated with extra care and understanding during these difficult times.

But clearly, it’s not enough. State budgets cannot be expected to bear this burden alone. It’s going to take a far more sustainable funding source to ensure special snowflakes have the emotional support they need. In response, we here at the Media Research Center have launched the Save the Snowflakes project to respond to this emergency and bring crucial attention to this devastating human crisis. (tic)

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National Geographic magazine goes bonkers

We have noted the slide to the left for years now, but NatGeo has crossed the Rubicon and there is no going back. The magazine has pitched its tent with the transgender movement. They promise to add to the gendergender-revolution-ngm-covers-transparent-adapt-1900-1 confusion of our American youth.

The January 2017 cover features a pubescent boy who has decided he is a girl. The entire issue is devoted to this “transgender revolution.”

This is a cultural movement separate and apart from biology. Matt Walsh suggests that we begin calling them “biology deniers.”

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A few lines for our writers and lexophiles

When a clock is hungry, it goes back four seconds.

He had a photographic memory which was never developed.

Show me a piano falling down a mineshaft and I’ll show you A-flat miner.

A boiled egg is hard to beat.

Police were called to a day care center where a three-year old was resisting a rest.

A bicycle can’t stand alone; it is two tired.

Did you hear about the fellow whose whole left side was cut off? He’s all right now.

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Why do we seldom hear of violence in Switzerland?

All citizens in that country are required to possess guns. There is not much crime there, in fact it has the lowest homicide rate in the world. A country that bans private ownership of guns—Honduras—has the highest homicide rate. Because the Swiss have guns does not make them a dangerous nation. Actually, less dangerous. Gun violence in Switzerland is almost non-existent. In switzerlanda book I am reading right now, the author tells of family members living in Switzerland who have a machine gun mounted just inside the front door, ready for use.

Now I am not urging anyone here to mount a machine gun in your foyer. However, it is necessary to point out that law-abiding citizens having guns in their homes makes this nation safer and less apt to experience a take-over by enemies without or within.

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Check out these Apostolic commentaries to assist you in sermon and lesson-building in 2017.

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by E. L. Holley

Here are the late E. L. Holley’s own teaching notes on the Book of Hebrews. His unique insight will provide a perspective that will shed new light on difficult passages. The material is clear, candid, and convincing. It has been winnowed so that the reader receives only the whole kernel, the heart of the matter and the real meaning that the author wanted to convey. The power of brevity is at work in these lines.
E. L. Holley was respected for his communication skills, his grasp of the Scriptures, and his insight into human nature that few have possessed. You will enjoy sitting at his feet and learning as he opens up the mysteries of Hebrews.  AM price $6.95

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The inimitable E. L. Holley presents a verse-by-verse commentary on the General Epistles as he taught them in the classrooms at Texas Bible College.  AM Price $9.95

Letters From A Roman Jail

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Some of the most beautiful and truly meaningful words that flowed from the pen of Paul are found in his letters written while incarcerated in Rome. They graphically display the triumph of the pen over the sword. Nero’s sword took Paul’s head, but Paul’s pen took Nero’s empire! Topical format permits not just word study and exposition, but teaching ideas and application. This is a good book for new converts who enjoy studying the Word. Also good for Bible classes in Christian schools. AM price $12.95

Pastoral Epistles

Pastoral-Epistlesby J. R. Ensey

The apostle Paul wrote three letters to two younger ministers whom he affectionately called his “sons.” The epistles became part of the canon of Scripture and have served since then as the best instruction available for those in ministry and church leadership. Doctrine, practical church discipline, lifestyle and much more is all here. The verse-by-verse commentary is accompanied by a complete outline for ease of study and teaching. AM price $13.95

Letters to Pastors and Other Saints

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“The pastors of seven churches of Asia, assemblies specifically named in the second and third chapters of Revelation, were selected as recipients of these “love letters” from Christ. Only one of them came out virtually unscathed. The others felt the Lord’s hot breath of correction. What did it all mean? How does it all relate to us?
Enter Peter Connell. He took up the challenge to dig into the background of each church and city to give us fresh insight into the relevance of these letters. I discovered information I had never read. Views that enhanced the parameters of their problems and what they were to do overcome them were laid out clearly. Letters to Pastors and Other Saints is an appeal to every leader and layman to live up to our first, high calling.” – J. R. Ensey

“Peter Connell has delivered a succinct, informative and insightful look into the letters to the seven churches of Asia. Ministers and lay members alike will glean much from this stirring and soul searching study.It has obviously been inspired by the Christ of the Candlesticks to help challenge and even awaken the church of today.It is a must read for anyone desiring to understand just how interested the Lord Jesus Christ is in the performance of His church assemblies and their overseers.” – Jonathan Alvear

“This timely book brings clarity and fresh new insights into the letters written to the pastors and saints of the seven churches of Asia. No matter how serious the issues, we can overcome, if we have ears to hear what the Spirit is saying to the churches.” – Nathan Dudley

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For every pastor and/or counselor

This free study about same sex parenting is a must read for all who are in Christian leadership. See it here:

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Smile awhile and give your face a rest

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The Last Shot

“We are blind until we see

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Nothing is worth the making

If it does not make the man.

Why build these glorious cities

If man unbuilded goes?

In vain we build the world

Unless the builder grows.”

– Edwin Markham

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Most of our comments on the blog come directly to my email rather than posted on the WordPress site. I would like to express our gratitude for your kind words and well-wishes. Roffie and I pray that all of our readers and subscribers enjoy the happiest New Year ever! Thanks for visiting with us today!

Our prayer for you:

“May God grant you always…

A sunbeam to warm you,

A moonbeam to charm you,

A sheltering Angel, so nothing can harm you,

Laughter to cheer you; Faithful friends near you.

And whenever you pray, Heaven to hear you.”

JREnsey

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