Welcome to the JREnsey blog for April, 2017.
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?
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?
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.
“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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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
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.