JREnsey blog for August 2021

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The First Word

Don’t you realize that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit, who lives in you and was given to you by God? You do not belong to yourself, 20 for God bought you with a high price. So you must honor God with your body” (I Corinthians 6:29,20 NLT).

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Some good stuff

Good thought: Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery and today is a gift—that is why they call it “present.”

Good observation: It is easier to preach ten sermons than it is to live one.

Good thing to remember: Forbidden fruits create many jams.

Good source of credibility: We are giving extreme credibility to some solely because they sat at the feet of fools for three or four years and got a piece of paper confirming that they did so. We are bowing before the wrong entity. Rather than worshipping at the altar of humanism, shouldn’t we be honoring God with worship and obeisance at the altar of absolute truth? Education including that perspective provides true credibility.

Good fact to keep in mind: He who angers you, controls you!

Good insight: God doesn’t always call the qualified; He qualifies the called.

Good Word: “In the past God spoke to our forefathers through the prophets at many times and in various ways, but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed heir of all things, and through whom he made the universe. The Son is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of his being, sustaining all things by his powerful word. After he had provided purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty in heaven. So he became as much superior to the angels as the name he has inherited is superior to theirs” (Hebrews 1:1-4).

Good suggestion:  “If you love wealth more than liberty, the tranquility of servitude better than the animating contest of freedom, depart from us in peace. We ask not your counsel nor your arms. Crouch down and lick the hand that feeds you. May your chains rest lightly upon you and may posterity forget that you were our countrymen.” – Samuel Adams (1722-1803)

Good news: God hasn’t gone anywhere. He is still on the throne observing all that is going on. He hasn’t forgotten any of us. His people are the apple of His eye and are engraved on the palm of His hand (Isaiah 49:15,16).

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Things I don’t understand

That list could get a little long for this blog! I will start by joining with Agur when he wrote:

“There be three things which are too wonderful for me, yea, four which I know not: The way of an eagle in the air; the way of a serpent upon a rock; the way of a ship in the midst of the sea; and the way of a man with a maid” (Proverbs 30:18,19 KJV).

• Why brilliant thinkers who become theologians cannot see the Oneness of God when it is so clear in the Scriptures.

• When it is even less difficult to see baptism in the name of Jesus, why do the most revered Bible commentators in Christianity insist on using a trinitarian-sounding formula that even many of them believe may have been a later insertion into the Gospel of Matthew (28:19)?

• Why do some intelligent-seeming men will forsake the clear pronouncements on holiness in the NT epistles, while claiming to be committed Christians? What in the apostles’ writings is dispensable and immaterial?

• Why do some very smart people dismiss the clear Bible teaching about the roles of men and women relative to functional authority in the home and church when the fruit of such a position is on constant display in religion and culture?

• Why we forget so quickly. The “Gipper” knew: “One of the traditional methods of imposing statism, or socialism, on a people has been by way of medicine. It’s very easy to disguise a medical program as a humanitarian project.” – Ronald Reagan

• These seem to be on a par with the mystery of why the President, in response to the gun violence in the cities like Chicago, Baltimore, NYC, etc., wants to remove the long guns from the homes of law-abiding citizens in Wyoming and Tennessee instead of going after the criminal elements using handguns for killing each in the inner cities.

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Are you into cisheteropatriarchialism?

Did you know that you might be guilty of cisheteropatriarchialism? The National Teachers Association (NEA) thinks so. And if so, your children will be taught that you are a bad person. What else might your kids hear you called this fall?

The NEA has released their plans to right all of America’s wrongs, beginning this fall, by indoctrinating your children with a mandatory K-12, race-based curriculum that assumes “white supremacy, anti-Blackness, racism, patriarchy, cisheteropatriarchy, capitalism, ableism, and anthropocentrism” are embedded in every aspect of American society.” All this, they say, “is reasonable and appropriate for kids.” Math, Language, Science, History, Geography and Technology be d—-d. If they do teach any course with one of those titles it will be laced with critical race theory and similar hogwash.

Cisheteropatriarchy is a system of male, heterosexual (straight), conforming-to-assigned sex system of power. Its primary expression is a husband’s authority over women and children in the family. In feminist theory, it is “a socio-political system where (primarily) cisgender males (males conforming to birth gender) and heterosexuals have authority over cisgender females and over other sexual orientations and gender identities. It is a term that emphasizes that discrimination of women and LGBTQ people has the same sexist social principle.”

Ableism is a set of beliefs or practices that devalue and discriminate against people with physical, intellectual, or psychiatric disabilities and often rests on the assumption that disabled people need to be ‘fixed’ in one form or the other,” writes Leah Smith in her blog for the Center for Disability Rights. For instance, schools must have elevators installed for those who use walkers or wheelchairs. Who would deny the equitableness of that? But notice “intellectual or psychiatric disabilities.” How will those people be “fixed”? You guessed it—indoctrination, re-education and re-orientation, you know, like the wonderful programs the communists set up in each of the countries they take over. Either get re-worked or go to the labor camps or the wall.

Anthropocentrism refers to a human-centered, or “anthropocentric,” point of view. This term can refer to the point of view that humans are the only, or primary, holders of moral standing, allowing animals, plants, mineral resources, etc., to be justifiably exploited—hunted, eaten, or utilized in other ways like tree-harvesting, plowing with animals, and burning oil to stay warm. Such utilization falls into their definition of “violence.”

Another word they are throwing around is “indigeneity.” What does it mean? It refers to various peoples who have moral claims on nation-states and on international society, often because of inhumane, unequal, and exclusionary treatment. For example, the Indians of North America. California teachers’ union casts the U.S. as “a parasitic system based on the invasion of white settlers.” A convenient historical twist to fit their narrative.

Speaking of a “parasitic system,” just take a stroll down the street past a Walgreen’s or a TJMaxx store while a bold, daylight shoplift is going on and watch them fill bags full of whatever they want and calmly walk out the door with it. No one stops them. That is what we are seeing today. Big city prosecutors and justice officials are in the pocket of BLM, so the perps know they will not be prosecuted. What a new world we live in.

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His commitment was “in the bag”

When the regular weekly Bible study teacher was unavailable for the study being conducted at the Shepherd AFB near Wichita Falls, TX in 1979, as pastor of the First UPC (now the Life Church), I substituted. Several airmen attended the study, one of whom was Willie Thornton. It was his first Bible study. He took it all in. He was back the next week and soon started attending our church on Sundays. One Sunday evening, I was preaching and kind of got excited so I jumped up on the altar bench as I preached. Things were moooooving in that service! Suddenly, Willie got up and walked slowly up the aisle to the end of the altar on which I was standing. What was he doing? He had a large bag in his hand which he placed on the end of altar and stood there. I continued preaching while also trying to figure out what Willie was doing down there. What was in that cloth bag? Was it drug paraphernalia? Some other symbol of his repentance? I came to a place in my preaching where I stopped and shouted: “Willie, what’s in the bag?”

In his slow southern drawl, he answered, “It’s my clothes, Brother Ensey. I want to be baptized in Jesus’ name!” After our little jubilee shout-down during which several were filled with the Spirit, I baptized Willie. Willie worshipped with us while at Shepherd AFB, acknowledging his call to ministry. He and his wife, who also prayed through, assisted Bro. Allan Abbey in California for several years. He then moved to Pine Bluff, AR to plant a much needed church in that city, where he still pastors the Calvary Evangelism Center. What a great team they have made for the Lord. Willie was among 23 others at SAFB who were converted that year. He and three others became ministers.

A few months ago, I visited them to personally honor Pastor Willie Thornton and his wife for the great work they have done and are doing in Pine Bluff and for his military service to our country. May God give us many more soldiers of the cross like them.

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None of your business?

“It is nobody’s business if a person chooses to take mind-bending drugs, or if there are countless drug users in our schools and on our streets. What they ingest is no one else’s business.”

Really? Wait until one of them steals your wife’s purse or car to pay for their habit. Or steals your daughter’s virginity then pleads before the judge: “I was under the influence of —— and didn’t know what I was doing. I’m sure sorry,” and soon walks free. Then say it was none of your business what drug addicts do to their own bodies. It is absolutely our business that drugs are readily available in our schools and streets. It is why your auto insurance is so high, and why the danger for women being out alone has increased exponentially.

This is why it is also our business what is going on at our southern border. The flow of immigrants is allowing a free flow of drugs into our country. The government is not stopping either of them.

The seeming aim of today’s liberals and socialists is to lead our youth and millennials into immorality, homelessness, theft, drug addiction, crimes of all categories, and other activities that are negative within our culture. Most police actions are the results of drugs or alcohol. The movie stars, sports icons, and celebrities of every stripe seem to be users, and by example are pushers. Big pharma, coupled with porous borders, are rapidly erasing the American dream. We must maintain the will to support the minority of leaders who uphold the laws of our society.

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Apostolic diversity

Multicultural pluralism, painted by liberals as “diversity,” is not an antidote for either real or perceived racism. It is a prescription for the collapse of the American experiment. The more pluralism is imposed on the culture, the closer we are to reverting to just another third world country.

Diversity of immigrants has always been part and parcel of the American experiment. That is how America climbed to the top of the world’s nations during the industrial revolution. Those coming here from many nations to participate in our freedoms, to adopt our work ethic and form of government, were vetted and welcomed.

Although America is not a theocracy, we should never be moved from the certitude that God was somehow involved in the planting of this nation, notwithstanding its shortcoming of some of its citizen/leaders. It has been the primary benefactor of missionary endeavors fanning the flames of worldwide endtime revival. The concept of adding more stand alone cultures rather than assimilating immigrants into the American system may well speed the demise of the nation and thus its evangelistic and missionary activities.

The NT mentions men and women of various nations who found salvation through Christ and the Apostolic gospel. But I find no example of any congregation in Scripture counting heads, shades of skin colors, or shapes of eyes in their audience with the objective, “We must find a balance here.” No NT olive-skinned Jew is on record saying, “We need more Asians, Africans, or white Europeans in our congregations.” All were welcomed without those considerations. Evangelism was practiced without such a divisive, discriminating approach. Salvation was presented with a “whosoever will” appeal.

A prophecy: Conceptual diversity approved at higher levels of authority is apt to become expanded and distorted as it is applied at lower levels. Pressures at the point of activation will virtually guarantee that. Consider this scenario: “Pastor, your approach to biblical interpretation/holiness/community involvement/politics do not align with our cultural feelings. You should be more sensitive to our way of thinking. Let us practice Christian living as we view it.” I doubt any committed pastor would say, “Oh, sure, y’all do it any way that is comfortable for you. No problem. We will work on our cultural sensitivity with some classes on how to accommodate your feelings. Please forgive us while we grovel in humility and repentance.” That’s the approach being taken by our secular culture and some major elements of Christianity.

Diversity in the sense expressed by some Christian leaders, college professors and millennials is NOT our strength. It is a short-sighted approach that undercuts what the founders of this republic had in mind and is helping to obliterate the American blessing of individual freedoms.

PS: Just so you know—although we are not bean counters, there is just about every eye shape and skin shade, as well as those of several national origins, in our local congregation.

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“…and perils among college professors…”

Consider the perils facing college students:

67% of college professors approve of homosexuality;
84% of professors approve of abortion;
65% embrace socialist and communist ideals;
88% of students from “Christian” homes depart from the teaching of their faith before they graduate from college (Pentecostals about 78-80%);
91% of students from evangelical churches do not believe in absolute moral truth.

We must teach our constituents biblical discernment and critical thinking. Instead of accepting the postulates of a godless society without examination, they should be able to analyze such ideas from a biblical worldview mindset.

The Apostle Paul advised: “And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God” (Romans 12:2).

– Source: Those stats were published several years ago by Worldview Weekend; submitted by G. Jorge Medina. What would the percentages be today?

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Slavery in America

Why is it that research seems to show that slavery exists only in countries having a majority of people of color, particularly Islamic nations? The Muslim immigrants of Minneapolis who now run the city and the state’s Department of Justice, including the Attorney General, should attack slavery where it actually exists. Where is it active among any nation that is predominantly white? What is the skin color and the condoning religions of those nations where it still openly exists? They should consider this before assuming every white person in America is a white supremacist and equal to a slave owner. Or is the plan to eventually make every white person a slave to some degree?

Slavery in the “new world,” including America, was a British (or other colonizing nations active here) practice. As a colonial extension of the British Empire, some large landowners in America’s southern region used slaves which had been captured in Africa by their own tribal leaders and sold to traders and ship owners who brought them here. The British saw the handwriting on the wall and in 1772 banished slavery from the homeland. We finally freed ourselves from the British in 1783 (Treaty of Paris).

Subsequently, American leaders began systematic campaigns to eliminate the practice, renouncing it in most states soon thereafter. For the sake of national unity and to avoid endless wars plaguing most European nations, the original Constitution made no immediate room for sweeping laws to stop the practice. Most present at the Constitutional Convention believed slavery was on its way to extinction in the country. However, the invention of the cotton gin in 1794 revolutionized farming in the south that slowed the process. However, in 1808 the nation disallowed the importation of slaves to the U.S. Slaveholding was repudiated and abolished entirely in 1863 under President Lincoln. Those who continue to clamor about slavery in America are beating a dead horse. We put an end to it in all sections of the country 158 years ago and gradually gave full rights and benefits to all whose forebears had been slaves. No one in America would favor a return to the practice. So back off. The poorest or most uneducated among descendants of former slaves has the same voting right and voice in elections as the wealthiest and most powerful persons in America.

Even the sordid elements within America that force or pay people to come here to be used as “sexual slaves” (human trafficking) seem to be people of color (48% are Hispanic) or non-citizens. Why aren’t they being condemned by the radical left? U.S. government agents and police have traditionally fought human trafficking with gusto. Our Constitution states that all people are created equal and all citizens enjoy equal justice under the law. However, that does not guarantee that all men are equal in morals, equal in ability, equal in motivation, equal in vision, or equal in any personal measure, regardless of skin color. To bring that closer to reality, America built a society that encourages people of all backgrounds to be educated, informed, and motivated to become unswerving advocates of both corporate and personal freedom. That society should not be dismantled lest all Americans become slaves to a government fueled by oligarchs.

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Why not?

Over a decade ago, the Episcopal Diocese of Los Angeles joined seven other dioceses in passing a resolution advocating lesbians as well as homosexual men as bishops. That was the agenda all along among the activists. The “big umbrella” just kept getting bigger. Do this and then it will be simple to demand this. When we then get that, we will be in position to take an even bigger prize. One step at a time. Apostolics must remember there are no easy exits on the freeway to compromise.

Archbishop John Chrysostom (c. 347-407) of Constantinople is often referred to by feminists as an advocate for women in Christian leadership because of his use of them as deaconesses. But when the matter of leadership arose, he wrote, “When one is required to preside over the Church, and be entrusted with the care of so many souls, the whole female sex must retire before the magnitude of the task, and the majority of men also.” – Quoted by Alice C. Linsley, a former Episcopal priest, at https://virtueonline.org/ten-objections-women-priests in her article “Ten Objections to Women Priests.”

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Why…?

by J. R. Ensey

Some younger men have called for reasons that specific holiness standards appear in the 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 as 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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Evidential Tongues

by J. R. Ensey
Here is some vital research on a doctrine and practice we hold as foundational—speaking in tongues when one receives the Holy Spirit.

The fact that many in the classical Pentecostal movement have ceased to stress this aspect of the new birth experience  disturbes us. It behooves us to occasionally take a harder look at our fundamental doctrines—not to try to disprove them but to make sure that the girders of truth are still bearing the load of centuries of attacks. To shore up our principal doctrines for each new generation is imperative.

The book walks through the Acts of the Apostles to verify the consistency of the doctrine in the early church. But what happened to it after the first century? Research was done to highlight glossolalia (speaking in tongues) throughout the Dark Ages, into the Reformation period, during the development of various Protestant denominations, and on to Topeka and Azusa St. How it became a tenet of faith in the burgeoning Pentecostal movement is covered. Current views climax the study.

This is a historical odyssey that will strengthen your faith.

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Canst thou believe…?

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The Last Word (for pastors’ wives only):

“Jesus wept” (John 11:35) is the shortest verse in the Bible.

The story is told that Jesus made a quick return to earth for a visit. He came upon a lame man, had compassion on him and healed his leg. Further down the road, Our Lord came upon a blind man, had compassion on him, and healed him.

A little further, Jesus came upon a woman sitting on the curb sobbing her heart out. Jesus asked her what was wrong. The woman cried out in tearful agony, “I’m a pastor’s wife!”

Jesus sat down beside her, put His arm around her…and wept with her.

-Anonymous

Have the best growth in your church ever…in August! And send the link to this blog to a friend.

JREnsey

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JREnsey blog May 2021

Welcome to the May blog. Close Facebook and CNN, but open your mind and spend a few minutes here.

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The First Word

The wicked conceive evil;
    they are pregnant with trouble
    and give birth to lies.
15 They dig a deep pit to trap others,
    then fall into it themselves.
16 The trouble they make for others backfires on them.
    The violence they plan falls on their own heads” (Psalm 7:14-16 NLT).

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Sudden disappearance

Report on the CNN website: “There is no way to determine gender of a person at birth.” What has been known for thousands of years has suddenly disappeared from human knowledge. Amazing. Where did that knowledge go?

Of the very first child born to the human family, it was said by the mother who knew immediately: “And Adam knew Eve his wife; and she conceived, and bare Cain, and said, I have gotten a man from the Lord” (Genesis 4:1). Such knowledge has seemingly escaped from current science and biology. Strangely, they can still determine and assign gender to your children’s toys and dolls.

A U.S. Senator from Louisiana was interviewed to provide some possible clues: “Boys have a penis; girls have a vagina,” he boldly proclaimed, to the astonishment of the woke educational community and all the CNN anchors.

Have doctors and nurses and mothers suddenly truly lost all historical and biological knowledge?

The Senator continued: “Girls have ovaries that produce ova; boys have testicles that produce sperm.” Hello, as some preachers would say.

Are we a nation that has suddenly begun to function totally under the auspices of the union of college professors and the media? Are they in complete control of the nation’s politics? What was the woke medical community’s response? Nary a word that I saw.

Next some unsuspecting couple might say, “We not know why baby come. Partner gradually get big and bigger. Then baby come! Big surprise.”

All previous knowledge of the human race seems to be evaporating. History only began a few years ago, maybe in 1972 with Roe v. Wade. Here’s today’s set of historical facts from the media: “Ummm…[sound of papers shuffling]…Well, there really doesn’t seem to be any facts today…Back to you, Chris.”

Is the utter stupidity of TV/Internet/movie/media personalities regressing us into an imaginary cultural jungle inhabited by creatures muttering “Oooga, Oooga” and scratching their underarms with knuckles worn from dragging on the ground?

As someone observed, once history and biology have been cancelled, all we will have left is what the leaders spoonfeed us via the media.

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The real reason United Methodists split the blanket

They were too divided to serve under the name “United” any longer.

America’s third-largest Christian denomination—the United Methodist Church (UMC)—is splitting as conservative pastors aim to create a new denomination that will adhere to traditional biblical teachings.

That was the official word, but what is the real reason? It must be over the deity of Christ. Nope. The Trinity doctrine? Nay. The mode of baptism? Nyet. The reality of heaven and hell? Wrong again. The new denomination, to be called the Global Methodist Church (GMC), filed for formal separation over the UMC’s “growing acceptance of modern teachings on sexuality and gender.”

We saw it happening. It became obvious decades ago with the assertion of spiritual and denominational female leadership. The agenda: capture leadership for liberal feminists in certain prominent churches and denominational positions. Use language borrowed from the old N.O.W. and other feminist organizations. Twist word meanings and Scriptures to make it all sound authoritative and “compassionate.” Quote modern feminist authors. Cast traditional religious and societal understandings of authority as misguided and narrow. Set up straw targets like “patriarchalism.” Make biblical mandates and practice sound outdated. And finally, where were they? Embracing the LGBTQ agenda and evoking a denominational split.

There are lots of words and phrases like “equity” and “transformational leadership in the church” being tossed about with accommodating definitions. The current cultural climate is making women feel left out if they are not doing everything men have traditionally done, filling the same roles, serving in identical positions. It is homes that are being left out, husbands that are being socially emasculated, and children being ignored and left for others to raise. Can anyone truthfully say that following the cultural trends has moved Christianity in America closer to God’s plan for church and home and family?

Religious organizations must recognize the subtlety of our enemy. He won’t begin deception with the overturning of major doctrinal issues, but will feed them bite-size bits of feminist fantasies as though they were long misunderstood biblical mandates. We already see where it has taken science, education, girls sports, advertising, woke corporations, and politics in particular. Three lesbian women changed American politics last summer, vowing to make our citizens Marxists like them, and destroying the nuclear family in the process. They are now writing the curriculum for your child’s school, and churches are not out of their plans. Where are the conservatives that will stand up help lead America and our churches back to the Bible and God’s agenda for the home and church before other major denominations see themselves heading toward splitsville?

“Remember Lot’s wife,” Jesus warned. Perhaps she even encouraged Lot in his choices, but don’t forget—it was Lot who took her there. He should have known they were on the road to the lowest place on earth—Sodom. If you don’t want to go to Sodom, don’t pitch your tent in that direction.

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More questions about the Bible that can be found in Searching the Scriptures:

  • Did Erasmus change words and move them around as he created the Greek Textus Receptus? (pp. 85-100)
  • What manuscripts did Erasmus use in developing the Textus Receptus? (pp. 89-90)
  • Are modern versions trying to remove salvation by the blood of Christ from the Bible? (pp. 232-235)
  • Why did some of the early English translations not have “obeys not the Son” in John 3:36? (pp. 277, 427)
  • Why are there fewer word counts in some Bible versions? (Answers are throughout)
  • Why are at least two publishers printing dictionaries to help with understanding of many words in the early English versions? (p. 327-330)
  • Why did Theodore Beza replace the phrase “O holy one” in Revelation 16:5 and replace it with “and shalt be” in the 1598 Textus Receptus and later in the KJV? (p. 70)
  • Was King James I the great moral and gracious king some today suggest? (pp. 151-163)
  • Why do the words “baptize/baptism” appear in the KJV rather than “immerse/immersion”? (pp. 134,135)

These and a host of other questions are answered in my book Searching the Scriptures: Merging Truth, Texts and Translations. 480 pages with almost 1000 references.

Order a printed copy at amazon.com or get the searchable eBook at advanceministries.org.

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More biblical accuracy

Confirmed by other historical records and accounts, the siege and destruction of Lachish as we read in the Bible (“After this did Sennacherib king of Assyria send his servants to Jerusalem, but he himself laid siege against Lachish, and all his power with him…” 2 Chronicles 32:9) was that king’s preliminary battle before besieging Jerusalem. Remnants of the siege ramp by which Sennacherib’s army entered the city, are still visible today. As the Bible records, he intended to also conquer Jerusalem but lost most of his army to a death angel in the night. He decided to return to Nineveh with what he had left. Stone reliefs in Sennacherib’s palace in Nineveh have provided the king’s history in startling detail.

Recently, an inscription found on a pottery sherd at the Lachish site has the earliest alphabetic writing discovered in the southern Levant. The fragmentary inscription features a mere handful of letters inscribed on a tiny pottery sherd, measuring just 4 by 3.5 cm. The sherd is dated by radiocarbon to the 15th century B.C.E., or the first part of the Late Bronze Age.

Alphabetic writing was formerly thought not to have appeared in the southern Levant until the end of the Late Bronze Age, around the 13th century B.C.E. By contrast, the earliest alphabetic inscriptions from the Near East—the Proto-Sinaitic texts discovered in the ancient Egyptian turquoise mines of Serabit el-Khadem in Sinai—are generally dated to the 19th century B.C.E., more than half a millennium earlier. The new inscription from Lachish helps fill in this chronological gap, providing a critical “missing link” in our understanding of how the alphabet evolved and spread out from Egypt to other parts of the ancient world.

The inscription was discovered amid charred remains found on the floor of a monumental Late Bronze Age building at Tel Lachish. Image credit: Austrian Archaeological Institute/Austrian Academy of Sciences.

The Lachish inscription, first published in the journal Antiquity, was discovered in 2018 by a team of Austrian and Israeli archaeologists excavating at the famous biblical site. More info on the inscription can be found at the site below.

This report adapted from sites including: http://www.sci-news.com/archaeology/tel-lachish-inscription-09571.html

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Home Schooling—as Old as the Reformation

“Population growth it seems, also has an impact on rates of literacy. It was not church schools nor the new secular foundations that carried the burden [in the 15th and 16th centuries, A. D.], of mass education. Numerically, their influence was slight. In the dales and downs of the countryside, and in the villages, it was mothers of families who passed on literacy to their children. Reading and writing were family skills.” – John F. H. New, The Renaissance and Reformation (1969), p. 139

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Stand alone truth

“Your sports league may be a little too woke if it will freely do business with Communists in China and Cuba, but boycotts a US state that wants people to show an ID to vote.” – Senator Rand Paul

A stat you didn’t hear from your leftist congressman/woman: “Two thirds (67%) of all gun deaths in the U.S. are from suicide.” (Tucker Carlson) Ask your representative where over 90% of robberies/murders by guns are taking place. Why not focus on gun control in those areas instead of among NRA members in Podunkville who aren’t robbing or killing anyone?

Maxine Waters said publicly, with Nancy Pelosi’s approval, what President Donald Trump was falsely impeached for.

The duration of a mass shooting often depends on the arrival of a second gun. – Patriot Post

Assault rifle – n. – a political term used by morons to describe a small arms rifle (usually black in color) with certain cosmetic features that scare wussies. – Patriot Post

Heaven has a wall, a gate, and strict immigration policies. Hell has open borders. – Anonymous

Gun “buybacks” – When the government uses money it took from us under threat of force to “buy back” something it didn’t sell us in the first place. – Patriot Post

Remember: Those who told us we don’t need guns or walls have surrounded themselves with guns and walls. – Patriot Post

“Your children will go to public school…and they will be trained for somewhere around 15,000 hours in ungodly secular thought. And then they’ll go to Sunday school and they’ll color a picture of Noah’s ark. And you think that’s going to stand against the lies that they are being told?” – Paul Washer

In the eyes of the world, justice was rendered in the Minneapolis trial, yet the President still calls our citizens racists.

Teach a man to fish and he’ll eat for life. Give a man someone else’s fish and he’ll vote for you. – Patriot Post

“Science,” as the media and political class now practice it, has become little more than a means of generating apprehension and fear about progress. – David Harsanyi

“Socialism is the philosophy of failure, the creed of ignorance, and the gospel of envy.” – Winston Churchill

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A little T-I-C

  • This just in: Preparations are proceeding for passage of the Infrastructure Bill: “Equity Builders, Inc. are already busy constructing bridge pilings from Styrofoam. The mud bricks with straw for the paving are being installed by BLM Contractors, Inc. and should last through the summer before needing replacement, if Mr. Buttigieg will keep the trucks off of them. But not to worry, Antifa has saved the government tons of money by confiscating right-of-ways from small businesses and individual property owners. MLB players serving as pilots for United and Delta are flying in cartons of Gorilla glue from China for the cracks in our bridges, tunnels and highways, adding quality to our road construction projects. The government has allocated $63.49 in the ‘infrastructure’ bill for the update to our nation’s roads, bridges, and airports as part of their Build Back Better program. That should cover the entire cost of the necessary Gorilla glue. The remaining two trillion dollars are to purchase supporters (uh…that’s not as in ‘bridge supporters’).” – Observations of a Tennessee farmer
  • How to fight assumed racism and white supremacy: loot and burn a Foot Locker store.
  • Never interfere in a teenager’s knife fight. According to the media and authorities, it is their right to fight and kill each other if they so desire.

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Things that will never happen

  • Finding a verse in the Bible that informs us that the twelve apostles, the household of Cornelius, and the J-B disciples in Ephesus were rebaptized later in the titles Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
  • A I Thessalonians 4:17 Rapture of the church that will include people of all religious persuasions.
  • A genuine religious awakening that will be led by female politicians.
  • The discovery of aliens living on Mars (or anywhere else, except maybe Los Angeles, Portland and Seattle).
  • The publication of crisp, unfuzzy UFO photos with clear reference points.
  • The discovery of an ancient first or second century biblical manuscript that ends with “Aww…just kidding.”
  • A popular televangelist moving to a modest home on your block.
  • What are your suggestions for our Things That Will Never Happen list? Share them with us for publication next month.

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Padlocks, politicians, pastors and Texas Rangers

Grace Life Church in Alberta was fenced off and padlocked, and the pastor jailed—all because they were having in-person services.

Is that experience coming to a neighborhood near you? For sure, if we collectively let them do it. One pastor can’t stop this. It is going to take pastors standing together, joined by all Christian believers, plus freedom lovers of every stripe. Rolling over and playing dead may result in our being rolled over while not playing dead.

Come on, conservative politicians. Lead the way. Governor Abbot, do the right thing. Put a stop to what is going on at our border, even if it means challenging the Feds with Texas Rangers. It might take three or four Rangers to clean up the mess down there.

Pastors must make up their minds. Standing still and saying nothing may be pointing only to jail time. Cells are being emptied of radicals, rapists, murderers, and thieves—making room for Christians who want to continuing going to church and worshiping God.

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The last words

• Two female U.S. Senators are calling for no white men to be appointed to government positions, or hired to work in government agencies. And just last year the call was going out for government personnel to “look more like America.” Hmmmm. Perhaps it is those who are crossing the border or making noise in our streets and burning businesses that they want appointed and hired.

• For a current education, be sure your children attend a “woke” college in order to learn that America has only a dark history, is filled with supremacists of one color or another, and now must become genderless, gunless, and gutless.

• Georgia on my mind. Just wanted to tell you folks over there that it looks like most of the country is with you on the voting law. Let the woke corporations rant and go political. Long live Pepsi! Long live sandlot baseball! Long live pickup basketball at the local park! Let freedom ring!

• Seen on a sign: “Due to Covid 19, rioters are asked to work at home and destroy their own stuff.”

JRE

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February 2021 Blog

Let’s start this month with a prayer:

Thanks, Lord, for getting us past 2020. It was a tough one. But it looks like this year has started off to be even tougher. May the church be able to rise above the chaos and evil flowing like hot lava out of our nation’s Capital. We know lava will eventually cool and harden. It will stop and die. Life will go on. The church will survive and be victorious. We know You will have a bride who proudly wears Your name. May every reader of this blog be Word, Water and Spirit baptized when you return for her. In the name of Jesus. Let it be so.

The First Word

“Nevertheless the foundation of God standeth sure, having this seal, the Lord knoweth them that are his. And let everyone that nameth the name of Christ depart from iniquity” (II Timothy 2:19).

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I wonder why…

…this beginning of Charles Dickens’ famous novel kept coming to my mind after the events of the first week of January:

“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of light, it was the season of darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair.”  ― A Tale of Two Cities

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Is Lucifer the “daystar”?

Angry accusations of blasphemy are hurled at contemporary Bible versions that accurately interpret the Hebrew helel in Isaiah 14:12 as “daystar” rather than Lucifer (“light-bringer/bearer”). But the name “Lucifer” does not actually appear in any Hebrew manuscripts. Apparently, it was never intended to be considered as a proper name. Some adamantly claim a conspiracy to try to make Jesus and Lucifer (whom they say is Satan) appear as one and the same (Revelation 22:16). The 1611 translators explained in the margin (all marginalia has since been removed) the literal meaning or alternative translation for “Lucifer” as daystarre. My 1950 edition Dickson Bible has Lucifer followed by daystar in brackets. Daystar is old English for the actual morning star, which is Venus. We should remember that there might be other beings also that can be described as “morning

The Wycliffe Bible, translated from the Latin Vulgate, was the first English Bible to introduce the Latin word “Lucifer” (which he left untranslated) into English editions. These accusations would never have been made if the medieval English Bibles

had not borrowed this Latin term to translate the Hebrew helel. The major modern versions do not use Lucifer, usually choosing the more accurate “shining one…star of the morning…daystar.”

Dr. Bert Thompson supplies this bit of information: “The word ‘Lucifer’ is used in the 1611 version only once, in Isaiah 14:12: ‘How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations!’ The Hebrew word translated ‘Lucifer’ is helel (or heylel), from the root, hâlâl, meaning ‘to shine’ or ‘to bear light.’ Keil and Delitzsch noted that ‘[I]t derives its name in other ancient languages also from its striking brilliancy, and is here called ben-shachar (son of the dawn)… (1982, 7:311).’” However, the 1611 translators did not translate helel as Lucifer because of something inherent in the Hebrew term itself. Instead, they borrowed the name from Jerome’s Latin translation of the Bible (c. A.D. 383-405) known as the Latin Vulgate. Jerome, likely believing that the term was describing the planet Venus, employed the Latin term ‘Lucifer’ (light-bearing) to designate “the morning star” (Venus). Only later did the suggestion originate that Isaiah 14:12ff was speaking of the devil. Eventually, the name Lucifer came to be synonymous with Satan. But is Satan ‘Lucifer’? Evidently not. However, the full backstory is more involved than we have space for here.

[For a more thorough explanation of the use of Lucifer in Scripture and how it came to be inserted at Isaiah 14:12, see Norris, Rick, The Unbound Scriptures (Unbound Scriptures Publications: Fayetteville, N.C., 2003), p. Norris, pp. 354-356. See also White, James R., The King James Only Controversy (Minneapolis: Bethany House, 2009), pp. 138,139. See also “Lucifer” at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lucifer.%5D

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Norman Rockwell no longer defines us

The America that Norman Rockwell knew and depicted so elegantly is history.

I grew up looking forward each month to another magazine cover drawn by Rockwell. IMO, he could put life onto a canvas like no other before or since. If you think this is only sentimental nostalgia at work, you are at least partly right. But I am also a realist with a couple of generations under my belt. We will never see the American people again as he saw them, unless there is a Rockwell painting I haven’t seen depicting the grief and pain of the Grapes of Wrath era.

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Changing the changers

The progressives and their publishers in the Christian faith recently made our Bibles to reflect the cultural mores of the time, with many Bibles changed to say “Brothers and sisters” where only “Brethren/Brothers” appeared in the Greek. That alone is not earth-shaking. But now Congress wants to lead the way to more changes in the way we refer to one another in our culture. Leaders in the House of Representatives announced on Friday a rules package for the 117th Congress that includes a proposal to use “gender-inclusive language” and eliminate gender-specific terms such as “‘father, mother, son, daughter,” and more. To see the story, click here:  READ IN BROWSER

Again, there is no stopping place once the political correctness ball begins to roll. Until, that is, when we begin to change the changers and remove the removers. Congress is overjoyed with the prospects being afforded to the cancel culture. Perhaps the cancelers will be cancelled in the next election.

Should similar proposals or resolutions trending in that direction ever come up in Apostolic conferences, I pray we have the common sense and intestinal fortitude to reject them.

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We knew it

The nation envisioned by the founders could not survive these three things:

1) the dismissal of the Bible, God and prayer from public education

2) the spilling of innocent blood by abortions in any stage

3) Same sex marriage and the extensions therefrom

No nation with a constitution like ours can survive when they embrace these values. A revival of return or judgment? Which will it be?

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More religious smoke and mirrors

Rev. Emanuel Cleaver (D-MO) opened Congress last month with prayer, closing it with “We ask [these things] in the name of the monotheistic god, Brahma, and god known by many names by many different faiths.” He was giving a nod to his party, evidently, which has come to acknowledge of the equality of all faiths, and the equality of all theistic names given to a deity anywhere. Who was he really praying to? This awkward equality expression finally ended his prayer: “Amen and Awoman.”

Let’s see…how next can the Judeo-Christian faiths be denigrated in “the temple of democracy”?

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Where do we go from here?

Claire Chretien

The best course of action for freedom-loving pro-lifers, I believe, is simply this:

a) Pray for America and strive for sanctity and sanity in our daily lives.

b) Love your family, and love your neighbors.

c) Speak truth to power, no matter the cost, gathering inspiration from people like Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn and Bishop Athanasius Schneider.

d) Prepare for darkness and more persecution knowing, however, that in the end Christ will be victorious.

e) Continue to condemn senseless political violence (and acknowledge it is far from concentrated, normal, or prevalent on the American “right,” no matter what mainstream media tell us), voter fraud, and tyranny in all of its many forms.

Chretien is a journalist for LifeSiteNews.

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Memes worth repeating

Do other countries send us money in their stimulus packages? Asking for a friend.

Instead of sending Pakistan $10 million for gender programs, why not send them a million leftists with gender studies and diversity degrees?

If a male can identify as a female, can a mom and pop gift store operate as a Wal-Mart?

Many Texans are wishing Governor Greg Abbott would issue a permanent stay-at-home order…for all left-wing California residents.

The news is not news anymore. It’s about protecting some people, destroying others, and shoving a globalist agenda down the collective throats of Americans.

“Twitter stands for freedom of expression. We stand for speaking truth to power. And we stand for empowering dialogue.” – Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey, Oct. 5, 2015. Hmmmm…

Our congressman took an IQ test and the results were negative.

The FBI solved the Nashville bombing within 3 days, but give them Hunter Biden’s laptop, Hillary Clinton’s emails, Jeffrey Epstein’s Black Book, and proof of play for pay in Ukraine, and years later they don’t even know they have them.

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I still believe

Before the New Testament period, scribes and historians of that age engraved stones or clay tablets that have verified many of the historical facts revealed in Scripture. The monarchy of David described in the Old Testament has been affirmed by the record of such stones, as well as the historical record of the New Testament writers. Modern doubters assumed that the Bible writers were making up names and events until archaeologists unearthed the actual evidence that confirmed the biblical account.

For example, when Paul wrote, “Gaius, who is host to me and to the whole church, greets you. Erastus, the city treasurer, and our brother Quartus, greet you” (Romans 16:23), these were actual individuals. A stone set in the street in Corinth was unearthed with the name of Erastus on it, verifying that one by that name in Corinth had either ordered the street to be paved, paid for the work to be done, or that the street was named after him.

Unearthed clay cylinders have verified the names and records of kings and rulers both in Judaism and in the Gentile world. Seals belonging to the accusers of Jeremiah were found in the excavations in the ancient City of David in Jerusalem. Many other stones, seals, and engravings underscore the accuracy of the biblical record. Doubters may find it much easier to believe the scriptural record after the Rapture. Don’t be one of them.

I put my faith in the Word of God before I could spell archaeology. It is not dependent on discoveries of artifacts. Faith is a choice we make before other factors enter the picture. Jesus is real and He lives in true obedient believers. However, empirical evidence does serve to undergird our faith.

– JRE,  Searching the Scriptures: Merging Truth, Texts and Translations

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The Last Word

To our more liberal friends:

Please don’t be offended when folks want to continue to do what made America great in the first place. Give the nation credit for discontinuing some things that were negative and replacing them with those that were positive. Stop and think of what it was that made the young nation quickly climb to the pinnacle of the nations. The revival of the Christian faith was a primary factor. It instilled a sense of social justice as it evoked religious fervor. Take down Christianity and the nation falls. Where do YOU want the nation to be four years from now?

JREnsey

 

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JREnsey blog Mid-December 2020

The First Word

Dear friends, let us continue to love one another, for love comes from God. Anyone who loves is a child of God and knows God. But anyone who does not love does not know God, for God is love. God showed how much he loved us by sending his one and only Son into the world so that we might have eternal life through him. This is real love—not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as a sacrifice to take away our sins. Dear friends, since God loved us that much, we surely ought to love each other” (I John 4:7-11 NLT)

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Puberty blockers for your children

A popular transgender activist recently called for all children to be put on puberty blockers until they are able to decide which gender they want to be.

Lauren McNamara, known by followers as “Zinnia Jones,” argued earlier this month that children should be legally able to consent to the administration of puberty blockers since they already de facto consent to the “permanent and irreversible changes” that come naturally through puberty.

“If children can’t consent to puberty blockers which pause any permanent changes even with the relevant professional evaluation, how can they consent to the permanent and irreversible changes that come with their own puberty with no professional evaluation whatsoever?” she wrote on Twitter. – Blaze

Seems that God had a couple of ways to let one know his/her gender: first, by sight, then by the natural, uninterrupted flow of hormones that prepares them for what is ahead. Interrupting that natural process by abuse, by disinformation, or medically will result in confusion for the child and judgment for the perpetrator.

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Did Native Americans own what is the USA and Canada today?

No record shows that. They themselves were once “foreign settlers”? From virtually all accounts, humans evidently came here from Asia through Alaska, moved down through Canada, and then into what is today the U.S.A. They were tribal clans who had survived the constant battles for survival back home and decided to move in this direction, purportedly by crossing the Bering Strait. They survived here by consuming the bountiful flora and fauna of these warmer  lands. Others followed that threatened their habitation and they continued to move south and east. As they multiplied and divided into tribes under strong leaders, they fought each other for access to certain territories or privileges. some clans were exterminated altogether.

There were no common laws In the early stages of their settlement. It was kill or be killed—clan against clan, tribe against tribe. At times they smoked a peace-pipe and tried to get along with their pressing enemies. Most were nomadic, following the game around the country. A few tried to remain in one area indefinitely, or until they were displaced by another tribe. For instance, according to historians, the relatively large Lakota Sioux tribe spent some time located in what is now Minnesota. In the 19th century, they decided to move into what is South Dakota around the Black Hills, displacing and killing many of other tribes, including the Cheyenne, Crow, Pawnee and Kiowa who had lived for a time in the area. Now, after it is developed and life sustenance is not threatened daily by weather or other marauding tribes, they want to claim sole ownership of the prosperous area. They took it by force from others without paying anything to those displaced tribes but threats if they tried to retaliate. They ultimately secured an alliance with the Northern Cheyenne and Northern Arapaho by the 1820s as intertribal warfare on the plains increased among the tribes for access to the dwindling population of buffalo. The alliance fought the Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara tribes for control of the Missouri River in North Dakota. Treaties with the U.S. government awarded them reservation lands covering much of South Dakota, with others in four other states plus two provinces of Canada. The Lakota Sioux tribe’s Rosebud reservation alone is much larger than the state of Rhode Island and it is only one of several Sioux reservations (not the largest).

I recognize this is but a few words in a brief blog, with shelves of books having been written about all the details that involve the making and breaking of treaties. However, it behooves us all to learn as much as we can so that fairness, rather than the current all-are-guilty narrative, can guide our thoughts and actions.

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OPEN OUR SCHOOLS!

According to the CDC, A total of 522 children between the ages of 5-14 have died of suicide in 2017 (last year of record), and suicides are up across the board. Only 42 children in that same age group have died of the Covid-19 this year. Plus, children with failing at an astronomical rate never seen before in distance learning. Adults may handle that approach but not kids.

Teachers’ unions must share the blame. They are some of the biggest contributors to politicians. They want to keep the schools shut down…children be d—-d. Online schools for children are a flop educationally. Children need one another, too. Open our schools!

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An article you will appreciate

Cashing in on the Diversity Racket

By Douglas Andrews

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NYC has freed over 3,000 charged with gun violence

https://nypost.com/2020/12/12/nyc-has-freed-more-than-3k-gun-suspects-in-2020-as-shootings-rise/

The new DA in Los Angeles certainly seems to be planning to make lots of room in his jails for somebody.

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Good advice

“Give up money, give up fame, give up science, give the earth itself and all it contains rather than do an immoral act. And never suppose that in any possible situation, or under any circumstances, it is best for you to do a dishonorable thing, however slightly so it may appear to you.” —Thomas Jefferson (1785)

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“The Green Thing”

In the line at the store, the cashier told an older woman that she should bring her own grocery bags because plastic bags weren’t good for the environment.

The woman apologized to her and explained,  We didn’t have the green thing back in my day.”

The clerk responded, “That’s our problem today. Your generation did not care enough to save our environment.”

She was partly right—in a way.

Back then, we returned milk bottles, soda bottles and beer bottles to the store. The store sent them back to the plant to be washed and sterilized and refilled, so it could use the same bottles over and over. So they really were recycled.

But we didn’t have the green thing back in our day.

We walked up stairs, because we didn’t have an escalator in every store and office building. We walked to the grocery store and didn’t climb into a 300-horsepower machine every time we had to go two blocks.

But she was right. We didn’t have the green thing in our day.

Back then, we washed the baby’s diapers because we didn’t have the throw-away kind. We dried clothes on a line, not in an energy gobbling machine burning up 220 volts—wind and solar power really did dry the clothes. Kids got hand-me-down clothes from their brothers or sisters, not always brand-new clothing.

But that lady is right; we didn’t have the green thing back in our day.

Back then, we had one radio in the house—not a TV in every room. When TV came it had a small screen the size of a handkerchief (remember them?), not a screen the size of the state of Montana.

In the kitchen, we blended and stirred by hand because we didn’t have electric machines to do everything for us.

When we packaged a fragile item to send in the mail, we used a wadded up old newspaper to cushion it, not Styrofoam or plastic bubble wrap.

We exercised by working so we didn’t need to go to a health club to run on treadmills that operate on electricity.

But she’s right; we didn’t have the green thing back then.

We drank from a fountain when we were thirsty instead of using a cup or a plastic bottle every time we had a drink of water.

We refilled writing pens with ink instead of buying a new pen, and we replaced the razor blades in a razor instead of throwing away the whole razor just because the blade got dull.

But we didn’t have the green thing back then.

Back then, people took the streetcar or a bus and kids rode their bikes to school or walked instead of turning their moms into a 24-hour taxi service.

We had one electrical outlet in a room, not an entire bank of sockets to power a dozen appliances. And we didn’t need a computerized gadget to receive a signal beamed from satellites 2,000 miles out in space in order to find the nearest pizza joint.

But isn’t it sad the current generation laments how wasteful we old folks were just because we didn’t have “the green thing” back then?

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The Last Word

Have a wonderful Christmas and holiday season—in spite of the devil and all the hypocrites who don’t want you to have one!

JREnsey

Published in: on December 16, 2020 at 11:52 AM  Leave a Comment  

JREnsey December 2020 Blog

 

 

Welcome to the JREnsey December 2020 blog. Grab a hot drink, sit and share a few minutes with a thousand+ other readers.

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The Word for Today

“Stand firm against [the devil], and be strong in your faith. Remember that your family of believers all over the world is going through the same kind of suffering you are. 10 In his kindness God called you to share in his eternal glory by means of Christ Jesus. So after you have suffered a little while, he will restore, support, and strengthen you, and he will place you on a firm foundation” (I Peter 5:9,10).

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Did you miss the November blog?

Actually, everyone did. We decided to wait until after the election to post the November blog with the election news and the feedback. However, the outcome is yet undecided since there has been no certification of the vote count, or the final word from the electors. At this point, since there seems to be little hope of changing state vote counts in sufficient numbers to overturn the election, we will assume that Joe Biden has won the presidency.

What follows will be some comment from me and others, with a hint of a return to biblical and theological themes.

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Another view

By Daniel Lattier

The Myth of the Pagan Origins of Christmas

Professor William Tighe argues that, actually, the pagans co-opted it from the Christians.

It’s generally accepted that early Christians adopted December 25th as the day of Christ’s birth to co-opt the pagan celebration of the winter solstice. Some believe this fact undermines Christianity.

But according to Professor William Tighe, this “fact” may actually be a myth.

Based on his extensive research, Tighe argues that the December 25th date “arose entirely from the efforts of early Latin Christians to determine the historical date of Christ’s death.” He also goes so far as to claim that the December 25th pagan feast of the “‘Birth of the Unconquered Sun’… was almost certainly an attempt to create a pagan alternative to a date that was already of some significance of Roman Christians.”

Tighe explains…

In the Jewish tradition at the time of Christ, there was a belief in what they called the “integral age”—that the prophets had died on the same days of their conception or birth. Early Christians spent much energy on determining the exact date of Christ’s death. Using historical sources, Christians in the first or second century settled on March 25th as the date of his crucifixion. Soon after, March 25th became the accepted date of Christ’s conception, as well.

Add nine months—the standard term of a pregnancy—to March 25th, and Christians came up with December 25th as the date of Christ’s birth.

It is unknown exactly when Christians began formally celebrating December 25th as a feast. What is known, however, is that the date of December 25th “had no religious significance in the Roman pagan festal calendar before Aurelian’s time (Roman emperor from 270-275), nor did the cult of the sun play a prominent role in Rome before him.” According to Tighe, Aurelian intended the new feast “to be a symbol of the hoped-for ‘rebirth,’ or perpetual rejuvenation, of the Roman Empire…. [and] if it co-opted the Christian celebration, so much the better.”

As Tighe points out, the now-popular idea that Christians co-opted the pagan feast originates with Paul Ernst Jablonski (1693-1757), who opposed various supposed “paganizations” of Christianity.

Of course, to Christians, it really doesn’t matter that much whether or not they co-opted December 25th from the pagans, or vice versa. The Christian faith doesn’t stand or fall on that detail. But it’s nevertheless valuable for all of us to give closer scrutiny to shibboleths—such as that of the pagan origins of Christmas—which are continually repeated without being examined.  ​

https://www.intellectualtakeout.org/blog/myth-pagan-origins-christmas

Just celebrate Christ’s birthday in the traditional way and forget about the details of the date. It makes no difference.

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Book review

The Path

By Harlan Morgan

Family and Faith Ministries, 2020; $7 plus shipping; 10 or more $5 ea.

A book is just a book, black ink on white pages, unless the breath of life is breathed into it. Only that which is alive conveys life. This book lives and breathes. You can almost feel the heartbeat. You are motivated to take deep breaths as the life of the author seems to issue from its pages. This book will be CPR for many readers. That is not an overstatement.

         The author walks us down some paths that are familiar to all committed Christians, plus a few he has walked along without a lot of company. He identifies the path, shows us how to find it and stay on it. Some aspects of “the path” may not be familiar to all believers, but reading his perspective will open the reader’s mind to some important truths.

         Who could write such a book? Only one who has walked the path himself. Only he who has tasted the succulent sweetness of early honor, yet later drunk from the bitter cup of disappointment. Only he who has experienced life’s highs and lows, and encountered the plusses and minuses of Christian ministry in the 21st century. Harlan Morgan has been there. He has paid his dues.

         The Path is a perfect sequel to his first book titled A Walk in the Morning. These salient observations of life on the Christian path have been brewing in the author’s mind since that first tome was published a few years ago.

         Now and then each of us must take account of himself. Have we determined a destination? Where are we going? Why are we making that choice? By what path will we arrive? Answers to these and other important questions are addressed herein—not presented in the fabric of mere fact and theory, nor in fiction and folly. Those dead texts do not exude life. Truth is presented as something positive offered to us, not something negative forced upon us. It is as if the author personally beckons you to take his hand and walk with him on the path.

         What shall we do with this book? Glance through it? Shelve it and forget it? Better to read it twice carefully and then share it. Seasoned believers will be uplifted, and new Christians will find helpful inspiration and guidance in its pages. There are several ways this book can be used. Read it for comfort and encouragement. Use it as a small group discussion guide. As fresh inspiration, walk through it with new converts. Use it for the basis for a sermon series.

         You will appreciate the insights from this fine author. Get this book! – JRE

-Order from:  RevHMorgan@gmail.com or phone 337-532-7653.

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Was/is Jesus an egalitarian?

Strict egalitarians take Paul and Peter to task about what they wrote to the churches concerning men and women and their roles in human society and in Christian service (Ephesians 5:22-24; I Peter 3:1-6; Titus 2:5; I Timothy 2:11-12; I Corinthians 14:34-35, etc.). They claim the church and the Bible are out of step with the culture. Those two apostles are virtually dismissed by secular activists, liberal theologians, and left-leaning Christians because of their statements regarding male and female gender roles, and husband and wife relationships.

         First, whoever said the church and the culture should be in lockstep? The church is not obligated to honor and submit to the dictates of culture.  Ministers are called to confront and challenge the culture, not submit to it.

         The only way to successfully find a place in the current media realm, in academia, or in politics is to confess your allegiance to a liberal, leftist agenda, which includes a view of equality that dismisses all scriptural principles relating to the topic. Egalitarianism has become a password to thrust women into many professions for which they were not designed. The overflow of this theory into Christianity is compromising the churches at many levels. Simple observance and minuscule research provides plenty of proof.

         For example, only in my lifetime have women been voted into the U.S. Senate—Margaret Chase Smith of Maine in 1949 being the first. Today they comprise almost one third of the full Senate. During the period of the Suffragettes in the early 20th century, Jeannette Rankin of Montana became the first woman to serve in the House of Representatives. Today over 100 members are women, almost one in four. Nine women currently serve as state governors. Many are mayors of some of America’s largest cities. Under pressure from feminist activists, female candidates gradually became more “progressive” and liberal, giving way to the extremely partisan scenes we have observed at the last few State of the Union presidential speeches. Led by coalitions and a “Squad” of leftist women, the governing bodies of our nation have moved steadily toward liberalism, socialism, and cultural division.

         Am I saying that women don’t belong in government? I am just saying that, by nature, they will tend toward a more liberal position. Can they actually perform well in such positions? Some can. But can is not always tantamount to should. As a group, leadership is not where they shine. The farther women get from the biblical model, the more stress they lay on themselves and on their families. Weaken the family and you weaken the culture and the nation.

         Female political leaders (mayors, governors, members of Congress) are pressing us to “re-imagine” American life—from homemaking to policing to religious life and liberty. They are leading the way in turning the culture upside down. Behaviors in morals and ethics that were condemned a generation ago are now re-imagined to be acceptable, and religious leaders who try to hold the line are labeled as out of touch, stupid, or worse. The resultant gender confusion and emasculation of our young men is a national disgrace.

         Would Jesus be considered an egalitarian if He were walking among us today? Probably not, since He was the One who actually inspired the admonitions and commandments of Scripture (I Corinthians 14:37). Jesus did give due honor to women, treating them with respect, perhaps above most of His peers—but befriending them, allowing them to minister to Him, and permitting them to be the first to discover His empty tomb, did not erase long-established family standards or ethical codes. He never urged them into positions or activities that would oppose the principles of Scripture or alter the creation order. He underscored those positions by motivating Paul and Peter to write the marital and familial guidelines that are still in effect today.

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Just be honest

• “Show me a man that gets rich by being a politician and I will show you a crook.” – President Harry S. Truman, one of the better Democrats of the past 100 years.

• After reading the following, do you think she is sold out to the socialists/communists or what?

https://twitter.com/kamalaharris/status/1322963321994289154?lang=en

• Someone said, “I can’t believe a senile old man who couldn’t get a dozen people to his rally somehow got more votes than Obama did in 2008.” Stay tuned to CNN and you will find out how he did it, if indeed he did.

• Here’s some honesty:

After people spending the better part of the year:

Cleaning and sanitizing EVERYTHING.

Workers constantly wearing gloves and masks.

Stores mandating masks and cleaning everything.

People wearing masks outside while alone.

People wearing masks everywhere.

People staying six feet apart while wearing masks.

Lockdowns.

Schools never opening up.

Running restaurants at 40-60-80% capacity.

People having to wait their turns to go inside of places.

Nothing has changed.

Nothing has stopped the virus.

There’s no evidence that masks prevent contraction or spread of the virus outside of a commercial washing machine used at hospitals.

People are still getting it.

People are still dying.

It has a 99% recovery rate.

The flu season is not a thing for some reason.

Doctors have constantly contradicted each other over this thing.

Politicians use it as a means to control people and rig elections.

It’s time to be done with this.

We tried.

We complied.

We did our part.

We cared.

We prayed.

We stayed home.

Elderly people died with no one allowed to be with them.

Elderly people were trapped in a nursing home prison for months on end…husband and wives separated for over 100+ days.

Can anyone honestly say there’s a light at the end of the tunnel?

– Jared Pettit on Wordshare

The line I liked best: “It’s time to be done with this.”

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Have a merry Christmas and a happy and blessed holiday season!

JREnsey

 

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October Mid-Month Blog Update

 

This is an update on the mid-month October 2020 edition. All new. We won’t publish the November blog until after the election.

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The Word for Today

“I urge you, first of all, to pray for all people. Ask God to help them; intercede on their behalf, and give thanks for them. Pray this way for kings and all who are in authority so that we can live peaceful and quiet lives marked by godliness and dignity. This is good and pleases God our Savior”

 (I Timothy 2:1-4 NLT).

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Green New Deal is a hoax

The real reason the leftists are pushing environmentalism and blaming everything from cyclones to hangnails on climate change has little to do with the climate. They see it as a way to destroy the American economy. It is similar to the Black Lives Matter folks—it’s not the lives of black-skinned folks in general that they are fighting for, but for governmental change in this nation. They have proved that fact over and over as they focus on certain ones that fit their leftist/Marxist narrative. The leaders of that group are proud Marxists with an agenda clearly stated.

Imbeciles like Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (AOC) and the Squad declare that going green with energy will save civilization from sure disaster. Failure to curtail fossil fuels will doom the world within ten to twelve years, they opine. How utterly foolish. Abolish cars as we know them and revert to alternate means of transportation, AOC suggests. Does she not know that electric vehicles (EVs) carry a battery that weighs between 500 and 1000 pounds each? Electric cars call for twice as much copper as conventional cars. To manufacture such batteries, how much more mining will have to be done to produce the copper and nickel that go into such batteries? Global demand for nickel and other earth elements will skyrocket, estimated to be up to an 8000% increase. What energy sources does she think will supply the recharging stations the power to run those cars? Where will the batteries go when the cars are worn out or wrecked? Disposal could be a disaster for the environment. Perhaps she would offer her back yard (if she had one) to bury them in.

         The U.S. is 100% dependent on imports from other nations for 17 key minerals for the batteries and other equipment for going green, and over half our needs for another 28 minerals. Guess who owns about 90% of the rare earth minerals of the world. You guessed it—China. They have quietly gained control of more than 90% of the battery industry’s cobalt refining, without which the raw ore is useless. Russia is a massive nickel producer. American sources for battery components are few. We would become dependent on other nations for much of our energy.  

         I would like to see the batteries for our tanks and other military vehicles. They might be bigger than the tank. And there are recharging stations all over every battlefield, right? And what would a battery look like for a D-9 Caterpillar to push the earth around at a mining site?

         Does she and Joe Biden think Saudi Arabia, Iran, Russia, Indonesia, et al, will cut out fossil fuels because we do? Never. They will then be in control of the primary energy source of the world. We would lose our place as an energy-independent nation. Also, our natural gas burns much cleaner than theirs. Our CO2 emissions have dropped over the last few years, but they don’t mention that.     

Get a grip, folks. It is all about double-timing America down the road to socialism and dependency on other nations who could then control us.

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The eye gate helps us get it!

 

Joe Biden needs to meet some new people.

With Joe Biden in the White House. What could go wrong?

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The Last Word

We have prayed. We have spoken. We have voted. We trust we will have a clear winner either way the election turns out. We can do no more.

JREnsey

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JREnsey blog October 2020

Thanks for joining us for the October 2020 edition.

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The Word for Today

But God’s truth stands firm like a foundation stone with this inscription: “The Lord knows those who are his,” and “All who belong to the Lord must turn away from evil” (II Timothy 2:19 NLT).

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Mexico’s president thanks Donald Trump

Not only did the president of Mexico, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, vow to pay the U.S. for its water debt, but he thanked President Trump for respecting Mexico and treating it like a sovereign nation.

https://link.theepochtimes.com/mkt_app/mexican-president-vows-to-pay-us-water-debt-thanks-trump_3504259.html You probably won’t see this in the primetime mainstream news outlets.

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YOUR children are at risk

Why are parents asked to sign a pledge not to look at their child’s lessons sent to him/her on their school’s computer or Ipad? What are they hiding from you? Leaked documents reveal exactly how the Left is turning our children’s schools into massive brainwashing centers for radical Marxism.

Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos speaks to parents frustrated with public school and unions that care more about pushing progressive agendas than educating America’s children. (https://www.edweek.org/ew/articles)

DeVos is now advocating that we should fund students rather than a “system,” allowing them to exercise school choice. Give that some thought. Listen to her here: https://www.foxnews.com/politics/betsy-devos-big-idea-funding-students-not-systems-for-school-choice

Suggestion: Remove funding from schools that feature anti-American, pro-revolutionary Marxism in their curriculum. Why pay for your own poison?

Here’s how BLM is hijacking our schools:

https://www.glennbeck.com/theblaze-tv/full-episode-brainwashed–here-are-the-leaked-documents-detailing-how-blm-hijacked-our-schools

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What lockdowns are really about

Australian police arrested a pregnant woman in front of her children for promoting an anti-lockdown event on Facebook. Police told Zoe Buhler, 28, that she was under arrest for “incitement” and that they would be seizing all computers and mobile devices on the property, whether or not they belonged to her.

Buhler, who uses the name “Zoe Lee” on Facebook, had used the social media platform to advertise an event called “Freedom Day” this coming Saturday, September 5 in Ballarat, a city to the northwest of Melbourne in the state of Victoria. Here’s the story:

https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/pregnant-australian-woman-arrested-at-home-for-promoting-anti-lockdown-protest-on-facebook

Last month Victoria police chief commissioner Shane Patton was unapologetic as he explained that police had in some instances been smashing car windows due to people inside the cars not cooperating with police, or if they don’t seem to be following the newly imposed health guidelines.

Victoria Police Assistant Commissioner Luke Cornelius recently described anti-lockdown protestors as “selfish,” “boofheads,” and “bats***t crazy.” Mainstream Australian media celebrated Cornelius’ comments, describing them as a “stunning take-down of the ‘tinfoil hat brigade.’”

Victorian police have now introduced an online system to encourage people to report on “suspected COVID-19 breaches” committed by their fellow Australians.

Does anyone still think the current mandates relating to the virus and the lockdown is just about health?

An Ohio woman seated with family and was properly social distancing from others at her son’s outdoor football game was tased and arrested for not having a mask. She had asthma, causing her to not wear a mask. No matter. Police arrested her, handcuffed her and took her away. Welcome to Amerika. Dr. Fauci did the same thing and the police and the press politely turned their heads. “Nothing to see here,” they apparently said.

Authorities will continue to commit this kind of abuse until we fire them or vote them out of office. America was formed to be a country run by the people and for the people, not a bunch of hoodlums in the DC swamp.

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Never forget

The U.S. Constitution was not written by or for cowards, and cowards will not preserve it.

“Even in an emergency, the authority of government is not unfettered.” – U.S. District Judge William Stickman IV

“Freedom is a fragile thing and is never more than one generation away from extinction.” – Ronald Reagan

When asked if God was on the side of the North or the South in the Civil War, President Lincoln replied, “Sir, my concern Is not whether God is on our side; my greatest concern is to be on God’s side, for God is always right.”

“During the course of administration, and in order to disturb it, the artillery of the press has been levelled against us, charged with whatsoever its licentiousness could devise or dare. These abuses of an institution so important to freedom and science are deeply to be regretted, inasmuch as they tend to lessen its usefulness and to sap its safety.” —Thomas Jefferson (1805) [Hey, what goes around comes around. Nothing new under the sun.]

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On the lite side

Bumper snickers…

If you have a bit more bumper space, and want to buck the trend of putting sensible stickers on your car, here are a few suggestions:

“Forget about World Peace….Visualize Using Your Turn Signal!”

“Change is inevitable, except from a vending machine.”

“I love cats…they taste just like chicken.”

“Cover me. I’m changing lanes.”

“Warning: Dates in the calendar are closer than they appear.”

“I souport publik edekasion.”

“Be nice to your kids. They’ll choose your nursing home.”

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Sad sources of theology

Books keep showing up that question the validity of the Holy Scriptures. You don’t have to wonder why. The reasons are before us in the streets and in the media—both social and mainline. But some folks who are opposing Christianity foolishly try to glean their reasons from fiction books like Dan Brown’s Da Vinci Code, or a similar fiction novel by Baigend, Leigh, and Lincoln, Holy Blood, Holy Grail. Such books seek to fictionalize Christ Himself as either totally mythological or at least a mere man and not deity. They suggest that the emperor Constantine was the instigator of Christ’s deity. A lie, of course, but it offers some comfort to unbelievers like the authors.

A lie? How do I know? Having done considerable research in the field of biblical manuscripts and texts, it is abundantly clear that the Bibles we use today are accurate in their depiction of Christ as God manifested in the flesh. Constantine did not create a deity out of the Man from Galilee, as some authors and talking heads in the press like to suggest. (News anchors love to quote fiction authors and leftist politicians who are on the same level with their facts.)

Noted textual critic and Greek grammarian, Dr. Daniel Wallace, gets it right when he says, “The evidence, in fact, that the deity of Christ is to be found in the original New Testament is overwhelming. A look at some of the early papyri shows this. In passage after passage, the deity of Christ shines through the pages of the New Testament—and in manuscripts that significantly predate Constantine. For example, P66, a papyrus from the late second century, says what every other manuscript in John 1:1 says—“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” It predates the Council of Nicea (AD 325), which these skeptics claim is the time when Constantine invented Christ’s divinity, by about 150 years! P46, a papyrus dated to c. AD 200, plainly speaks of Christ’s divinity in Hebrews 1:8. The list could go on and on. Altogether, we have more than fifty Greek New Testament manuscripts that are prior to Constantine’s reign. Not one of them denies the deity of Christ.

Trust your Bible, not fiction writers. “The Lord God of the holy prophets sent his angel to shew unto his servants the things which much shortly be done…I, Jesus, have sent mine angel to testify unto you these things…” (Revelation 22:6,16). Jesus is still who He said He was—“the Lord God of the holy prophets”!

1 Daniel Wallace, “Five More Myths About Bible Translations and the Transmission of the Text,” Blog: The Center for the Study of New Testament Manuscripts; Dec. 2012.

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The Last Word

On September 26, tens of thousands of Christians gathered on the Mall in Washington to repent of America’s cultural sins, primarily our tacit approval of abortion. Over 60 million unborn children in our nation have been murdered since abortion has been legalized. They also spoke freely of our country’s embrace of the LGBTQ agenda and asked forgiveness for that departure from morality and decency. They were there to give a message to America that we collectively repent for our slide into gross unrighteousness so strongly condemned in the Bible. They knelt to pray and many were seen to weep and repent before God in the their own way. All of this was done in the shadow of the Washington Monument, the tallest structure in the Capital, with its cone rising 555 feet above them with the words Laus Deo, Latin for Praise Be To God! This is one of the monuments the Leftists want to take down or at least rename. Most of them have no idea that God is praised at its peak. May the monument and its praise forever stand!

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JREnsey

PS: [Tongue-in-cheek] Brett Kavanaugh’s accuser: “Now I remember. The other person at the orgy was Amy Coney Barrett.”

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JREnsey Mid-month September 2020 blog

Thanks for joining us for an abbreviated September 2020 mid-month edition.

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The Word for Today

Now may the God of peace—
    who brought up from the dead our Lord Jesus,
the great Shepherd of the sheep,
    and ratified an eternal covenant with his blood— may he equip you with all you need
    for doing his will.
May he produce in you,
    through the power of Jesus Christ,
every good thing that is pleasing to him.
    All glory to him forever and ever! Amen” (Hebrews 13:20,21 NLT).

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Signs of revival

We all want to see revival and ingathering of souls into the kingdom of God. There could be various signs of its emergence in your congregation and community, but the most usual and positive indicators are changes in both corporate and individual behaviors.

In the 1904-05 Welsh revival, some definite signs became obvious that positive changes were taking place in the mining region of Wales. It is interesting that even the mules that worked in the mines to pull out the carts loaded with coal were affected. They had been trained to respond to the voices of the skinners who traditionally used profanity in their commands. When the miners were converted and stopped using profanity, they had to change out the mules and train new ones.

The hours the miners normally worked were 8-5, but after their conversion they wanted to be in every revival service possible. The mine operators had to switch the hours from 6-3 to allow them to get home, wash off the coal dust, rest a little while, get dressed and go to church. Some miners quit their jobs so they could attend the day services as well as those at night.

Brothels and saloons by the score were closed for lack of customers. One report from that time included this: “Here are a pugilist giving up his ‘profession,’ a postman getting leave of absence to attend meetings, a policeman remarking that people are going mad over the revival, and then after attending one meeting joining the ‘mad people’ at whom he jeered, a racing man burning his racing clothes, a notorious ‘rough’ asking prayers for his ‘pals,’ a girl throwing her arms about another girl whom she had refused to speak to for a year, a school at which prayer meetings have temporarily replaced some of the study, and colliers working in the pits kneeling in prayer beside their trams.”

As one observer recalled: “Here and there a half audible voice is mumbling inarticulate prayer. Deeper yet grows the silence and more impressive. Wrinkled faces are upturned, and unseeing eyes look upward.  Heads are bowed in folded hands. Shoulders are convulsed with emotion, and lips are moving from which no sound comes.
Still the preacher gives no sign. …And this is a scene of the revival which so respected a paper as the Lancet, evidently without investigating it except through the reports of the sensational, over-reacting papers and its own prejudice, calls ‘a debauch of emotionalism…a hysterical outburst…marked with scenes of disorder.’” Sounds like a Pentecostal revival breaking out to me.

Travelers going from England to Wales would see signs warning them about the revival and its possible influence on them during their visit to Wales. Such signs might have been merited on each end of Bonnie Brae Street in Los Angeles in learly 1906: “Look out! The Holy Ghost might fall on you as you pass the house at 214.”

What signs of revival are you witnessing today?

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Bookburning picks up steam

Chastened enough that they felt the need for a mea culpa, individual libraries have been hard at work compiling book lists to assuage their guilt. But fear of the pendulum swinging too far in the other direction has led critics to question the sincerity and goals of the American Library Association. At the same time, schools are rushing to re-educate their staff about this new paradigm.

Where libraries go, however, so do schools. Many students returning this fall will be tasked with reading one or more of these approved tomes, with discussions likely being led in a similar manner to these guidelines put out by, of all groups, the National Park Service. Its handy guide to the “‘How to Be an Antiracist’ Book Club” shows that “woke” people in government have way too much time on their hands. But it also shows how dead serious are those who believe that skin color supersedes the content of one’s character and how committed they are to installing this view as our nation’s predominant belief system.

It’s no accident that these authors are targeting our young people with their latest appeal. And unfortunately, given the relatively recent indoctrination of their moms and dads since 2001, it won’t take a lot of convincing—even if this initiative is all about righting the wrongs none of us were around to commit.

PatriotPost

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They keep going lower

Another reason the UPCI justifiably inveighed against movies, television, and anti-Christian social media outlets that oppose our stance on holiness:

https://www.theblaze.com/news/netflix-apology-sexualizing-11-year-olds

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Reading worth your time:

American Mind

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How did things get so upside down?

  • Democrats have gone from being opposed to foreign interference in our elections to wanting non-citizens to vote in our elections.
  • Women are upset at Trump’s naughty words he used in the past, but they bought 80 million copies of Fifty Shades of Gray. Hypocrisy gone to seed.
  • More troops and armament were sent to arrest Roger Stone at his house than were sent to protect our embassy being attacked in Benghazi.
  • In sixty years, Venezuela has gone from near the top on the world economic freedom index to near the bottom and their citizens are dying of starvation. Do you think democratic socialism had anything to do with that?
  • President Trump invited victims of illegal aliens to the State of the Union speech Nancy, but Nancy Pelosi invited illegal aliens to attend.
  • Alexandria Ocasio Cortez thinks socialism works, so she wants to ban cars and planes, work toward universal income, provide free health care and college tuition. She calls Donald Trump a mental case. With AOC, the light is on but nobody’s home. Those like her have no idea how money is generated for Washington’s coffers. It seems they think there is an unlimited bankfull of money up there just waiting to be given away to their favorite constituents.
  • Bill Clinton paid $850,000 to Paula Jones to get her to shut up about his sexual abuse of her. The FBI raided the offices of a diocesan priest regarding sexual abuse, but I don’t remember the FBI raiding Clinton’s or his lawyer’s office.
  • CA Representative Maxine Waters opposes voter ID laws, believing they are racist, but you need to have a photo ID to get into her town hall meetings.

– Gleaned from various sources

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The vaccine cometh

Are the concerns about the coming virus vaccines justified? Competing doctors, competing websites—it can be quite confusing. Who really knows what will be in it or what it does? Right now I wouldn’t want one. Which doctors or government officials are to be trusted in this matter? I am hearing all sides of this question from “experts” who say they know. They can’t all be right. Does anyone have the inside truth? Or has our culture fallen so far that truth is almost imperceptible anymore?

One understanding I am personally comfortable with is that true Christians don’t have to worry about taking the mark of the Beast. He will arise and offer his mark after the church has been removed from earth in the Rapture. That is not an invitation to a prophecy argument, it is merely a statement of how clearly that fact seems to be presented in the Scriptures. Only unbelievers and backsliders need fear the Beast for it is they who will deal with him.

I am looking for Christ to come…not the Antichrist.

One more thing. I have come to revere the honesty and integrity of the CDC and the WHO on the same level with that of pro basketball players. They are in the Dems pocket. If you trust them with accuracy regarding Covid-19, I have some oceanfront property in Nebraska for sale that you might be interested in. Just review this link: https://blog.nomorefakenews.com/2020/09/17/to-trump-aides-you-have-no-idea-how-deep-the-cdc-scandals-go/

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Coincidental, I’m sure

Someone has pointed out that a 2016 children’s show called “Hedgehogs” featured a respiratory virus, a tracking device, masks, and a saving vaccine. Go figure.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=3&v=HC2LXakm_XQ&feature=emb_logo

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Meaningful memesHave we tried throwing a politician into a volcano to appease the virus god yet? Just saying.

If your Democrat governor killed your small business, and you still support that same governor because you hate Donald Trump, you’re not a redneck because rednecks ain’t that stupid.

Congrats to Joe Biden—the non-essential employee of the month every month for 48 years.

Just because abortion is legal doesn’t make it right. Remember slavery.

The Left is pro-choice, unless the choice is about healthcare, education, or firearms.

COVID information: The virus cannot travel beyond 6’ and can live on all surfaces except for anything from Amazon. It does not live in Walmart, Home Depot, Lowe’s, or any grocery store. It is only deadly in small businesses, churches, restaurants and Trump rallies, but it can’t harm you if you’re protesting, rioting or looting. Any questions?

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Book review

The Diversity Delusion

By Heather MacDonald

NYC: St. Martin’s Publishing Group; 2018; 12.99 from Amazon

The two most basic factors that make a non-fiction book worth reading: it contains nothing but objective, relevant truth, and it is well-written. Heather MacDonald’s book exceeds in these standards. In it she exposes the roots of the “diversity and inclusion” movement operating without hindrance in the soft underbelly of our nation—its colleges and universities. Truth flies from every page, you know it both instinctively and by its documentation, and it is conveyed in a language style that tells you the author knows what she is writing about.

Where are the roots of the current insurrection/revolution? Who is fomenting this current wildness in the streets of America? It is not merely some overly sensitive minority group out protesting perceived mistreatment by authorities—it is the college students and millennials who seem to have nothing better to do than earn tuition money from the George Soros types getting their jollies by traveling around from city to city stirring the populace to violence with lies and innuendoes. The universities of our nation are seething pots of rebellion and are turning out rebels by the thousands. They come out brainwashed with a chip on their shoulder and an eye toward unearned political power. Most do not realize if their movement succeeds, they would not be in power but the elitists who are funding them. They would ultimately find themselves in the same position as the citizens of Venezuela, North Korea, China, or perhaps medieval Europe. They would not be the barons—they would become the serfs.

MacDonald recognizes this and turns the spotlight on the university “administrators” who are forcing this pablum of diversity/inclusion down the throats of students, making them pass courses that are nothing more than anti-Christian, anti-capitalism, pro-feminist, pro-Marxism tirades designed to undermine the American government. Curricula condemning “systemic racism…unconscious racism…microagression…assumed misogyny…homophobia…transphobia…xenophobia”…and the list seems endless, is being handed to teachers in our public schools. As the college students have graduated and moved into major corporations and industries such as the technology sector, they are convincing big business to bankroll these anti-American movements. Don’t be fooled—this movement is not just about race or equality. It is about the overthrow of the American system.

The universities can’t get enough of the sugar stick of diversity. Multi-million dollar budgets make it the power structure on campus. It has almost totally displaced meritocracy since that gets in the way of diversity. It can’t be said too often—there is no stopping place on the diversity path. The offended crowds of snowflakes and cupcakes coming behind, who feel “unsafe” in America as long as a conservative is on a campus or in government, keep pushing us along. The more we accommodate this invasion of our culture, the more Lady Liberty should be the one feeling unsafe.

Highly recommended for pastors and for parents of students. This may be some of the wisest money you have ever spent for a book. Get it! – JRE

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Here’s who to vote for

Lady Liberty

She still stands (so far) in NY Harbor to light the way for those who truly want to come to America to both contribute to her nationhood, share in her prosperity, and secure her future as the leading nation in the world. Let’s vote that she remains as a welcoming agent for all legal immigrants to our country.

Abraham Lincoln

Revolutionaries want to remove his statue because he was a white male and therefore a racist, even though he freed what slaves were left on the labor poor farms and plantations of the South. Importation of slaves had been illegal since 1807 when laws forbidding it were passed after our independence from Great Britain. Our vote should reflect our desire that his image remains on the Mall in Washington, DC.

George Washington

Vote for his monument to stay. Revolutionaries want to remove it primarily because he was a white male, and that there are disproportionately more monuments featuring that gender than those of women and minorities in our nation’s capital.

These historical persons or their monuments may not be on the ballot on November 3, but I am sure you know how to cast a vote for them.

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Couldn’t pass these up

Perhaps if trees wore masks they would escape wildfires

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The Last Word

Who is offering the best “free stuff” in this election? One presidential candidate wants to give away stuff like free college tuition, free health care, free universal child care, and free food stamps to anyone who can jump the fence or swim the river into the U.S. Another candidate is also offering free stuff: free markets, free speech, free streets, freedom to keep and bear arms, freedom of religion.

Take your pick.

Thanks for visiting!

JREnsey

Published in: on September 16, 2020 at 6:32 PM  Comments (2)  

JREnsey blog for September 2020

Thanks for joining us for the September 2020 edition.

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The Word for Today

Preach the word of God. Be prepared, whether the time is favorable or not. Patiently correct, rebuke, and encourage your people with good teaching. For a time is coming when people will no longer listen to sound and wholesome teaching. They will follow their own desires and will look for teachers who will tell them whatever their itching ears want to hear. They will reject the truth and chase after myths“ (2 Timothy 4:2-4 NLT).

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What can pastors say during the election season?

What can preachers say to their congregations during a heated political race? Without recommending a particular candidate or party, ministers can legally discuss the issues that bear on the freedom of speech and religion. These may or may not be specified in platforms of political parties. Individual candidates’ positions will greatly impact the future of Christianity in America and thus around the world. Ministers may encourage church members to vote as an exercise of their rights as citizens. They should, however, refrain from endorsing a specific candidate or using funds to support a candidate or a political party. To address the moral and spiritual issues that may be affected by a candidate’s position is not prohibited. Pastors can address them from a biblical perspective and let the people decide who best could manage the country while retaining the influence of religious morality and freedom in his administration. A minister can certainly can and should express his personal opinions on moral and spiritual matters to his congressman. Much of what is happening today falls into those categories. Bottom line: Use wisdom, but don’t be intimidated. You didn’t give up your constitutional rights when you became a pastor.

Are you familiar with the “church and state separation clause” in the U.S. Constitution?

Please take 3 minutes to hear about it. Thank you. Click below:

https://www.facebook.com/clarke.beasley/videos/10157051248723822/

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Billionaire Oprah suggests all white people are racists

https://www.theblaze.com/news/video-oprah-whites-admit-racism?utm_source=theblaze-dailyAM&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Daily-Newsletter__AM%202020-08-05&utm_term=TheBlaze%20Daily%20AM%20-%20last%20270%20days

Why do liberals say things like this? Because we allow them to do so with total impunity.

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In the News

NYC Councilman says hydroxychloroquine saved his life

https://www.theblaze.com/news/councilman-hydroxychloroquine-saved-life-coronavirus?utm_source=theblaze-dailyAM&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Daily-Newsletter__AM%202020-08-09&utm_term=TheBlaze%20Daily%20AM%20-%20last%20270%20days

Some doctors say Hydroxycloroquine safer than Tylenol

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c6syuKUY9p4

[Note: I am not a doctor and am making no personal recommendations here. Just reporting.]

The CDC recently released a statement saying that only 6% of Covid-19 deaths were from Covid alone.

https://www.theblaze.com/news/covid-deaths-percent-coronavirus-cdc?utm_source=theblaze-dailyAM&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Daily-Newsletter__AM%202020-08-31&utm_term=TheBlaze%20Daily%20AM%20-%20last%20270%20days

Debunking the gender myths being floated by liberal leftists

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eDmed3rDRMA&feature=youtu.be

Vaccines for certain races

A federal committee is considering pushing Blacks, Hispanics and Native Americans to the front of the line for COVID-19 vaccines, ahead of Whites. A COVID-19 vaccine could be ready by year’s end but not in sufficient quantity to vaccinate over 300 million Americans. (GOPUSA)

Does this mean racism is fine as long as it is practiced by people of color? The answer is obvious. The ACLU recently said regarding Yale University’s admission policy, “Once again the Trump Administration is attacking affirmative action. Calling for an end to the consideration of race in college admissions threatens the future of college diversity.” [There’s that word again!]

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Is anyone listening?

“First we overlook evil. They we permit evil. Then we legalize evil. Then we promote evil. Then we celebrate evil. Then we persecute those who still call it evil.” – Dwight Longenecker

“At the core of liberalism is the spoiled child—miserable, as all spoiled children are, unsatisfied, demanding, ill-disciplined, despotic and useless. Liberalism is a philosophy of sniveling brats.” – P.J. O’Rourke

“Churches don’t need a CEO; they don’t need an entertainer; they don’t need a life-coach. They need a shepherd.” – Antonio Mansinho

“If you can’t trust your government to correctly count Covid-19 deaths, how can you trust them to correctly count mail-in votes?” – PatriotPost

“When a society rebels against God, absurdity rules.” – Tim Wildmon

We repeat: “When your government lets you go out for groceries and hardware but demands a mail-in vote, you can be certain they are not really concerned about keeping you safe from a virus.” – PatriotPost

“I declare to you from the bottom of my heart, that no Socialist system can be established without a political police. . . They would have to fall back on some form of Gestapo, no doubt very humanely directed in the first instance. And this would nip opinion in the bud; it would stop criticism as it reared its head, and it would gather all the power to the supreme party and the party leaders, rising like stately pinnacles above their vast bureaucracies of civil servants, no longer servants and no longer civil.” – Quoted from William Manchester and Paul Reid, The Last Lion, vol. 3, p. 941 [That is exactly what will happen if America continues to turn left politically.]

Just so you don’t think we are just trying to scare you with that last quote, take a look at this from Australia where a version of a police state is being established under the pretext of Covid-19: Melbourne won’t allow free travel past 5 kilometers, has Soviet style checkpoints. Further, note this power grab: 25A—Removal of children
(1) Without derogating from section 25, an authorised officer may, for the purpose of ensuring compliance with any direction under that section, remove a child from any premises, place, vehicle or vessel to a place of residence of the child or to a hospital or quarantine facility, as the
authorised officer thinks fit (and may, in doing so, use such force as is reasonably necessary). – South Australia Covid Response 2020, page 33. Noticed and submitted by Anthony Peccon.

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On the lighter side: Truths, half-truths, and outrageous questions

  1. Women like silent men—they think they’re listening.
  2. One nice thing about egotists: They don’t talk about other people.
  3. Never underestimate the power of stupid people in large groups.
  4. Age is a very high price to pay for maturity.
  5. Don’t sweat the petty things, and don’t pet the sweaty things.
  6. Men are from earth. Women are from earth. Deal with it.
  7. Give a man a fish and he will eat for a day. Teach him how to fish, and he will sit in a boat and eat snacks all day.
  8. A fool and his money are soon partying.
  9. Before they invented drawing boards, what did they go back to?
  10. If all the world is a stage, where is the audience sitting?
  11. If the #2 pencil is the most popular, why is it still #2?
  12. If you’re born again, do you have two bellybuttons?
  13. If you try to fail, and succeed, which have you done?                 – Source: Anonymous, of course

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Is CO2 killing the forests of the world?

You have probably heard that from Chicken Little and other climate alarmists. What is the truth?

Increased Atmospheric Carbon Dioxide—a Stimulus to Plant Growth

“The concentration of carbon dioxide in the earth’s atmosphere above the forest canopy is approximately 0.03 percent by volume—300 parts per million. Within the forest, concentrations are commonly higher. The availability of CO2 can commonly be a limiting factor in photosynthesis. . . .This is most likely the case in tight canopies of tree crowns or agricultural crops during the day when there is active photosynthesis removing CO2 from the air and very little atmospheric mixing because of stagnant air. As CO2 concentration around a leaf decreases, a minimal level is reached, called the CO2 compensation concentration, below which positive rates of net photosynthesis are not recorded [i.e., growth stops due to lack of available CO2].

Carbon dioxide is heavier than air and tends to sink to the forest floor when turbulence is low.  Consequently, seedlings and plants with foliage near the ground probably have an ecological advantage since they are usually exposed to above-average CO2 concentrations. This is a reasonable assumption since there are many reports in the literature describing enhanced rates of photosynthesis in CO2-enriched atmospheres. In general, short-term rates of photosynthesis can be increased by CO2 concentrations up to 10 times normal, and growth can be increased 20 to 50 percent. When white-pine seedlings were exposed to short-term increases in CO2 concentration up to three times normal each day for a period of 4 months, height and diameter growth were doubled and no toxic effects were noted.” [all emphasis added].

– Theodore W. Daniel, John A. Helms and Frederick S. Baker, Principles of Silviculture, second edition, McGraw-Hill, 1979;  pp. 77, 79

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Can the Bible serve as a reliable history source?

It not only can, but does the job very well. Take a look:

https://www.biblicalarchaeology.org/exhibits-events/virtual-museum-tours/?mqsc=E4117854&dk=ZE0480ZF0&utm_source=WhatCountsEmail&utm_medium=BHDWeek%20in%20Review%20Newsletter&utm_campaign=8-1-2020_Week_in_Review

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Division of families being taught in public schools

Programs ostensibly fighting “white privilege” are taking center stage in a pair of Pennsylvania school districts, and board members and parents are pushing back hard against them. The curriculum teaches kids not only to defy parents but to hate themselves under cover of “cultural proficiency.”

Gladwyne School in the Lower Merion School District—reportedly one of the richest in the nation—will require fourth and fifth graders to read “Not My Idea: A Book About Whiteness,” which suggests that white people who relate to police officers or don’t watch the news are guilty of racism, and kindergartners and first graders will be assigned “A Kid’s Book About Racism,” the Washington Free Beacon reported.

In response, Elana Yaron Fishbein—a mother of two boys and a doctor of social work—wrote to the district’s superintendent, board members, and the school’s principal demanding the school remove its “cultural proficiency” curriculum, the paper said.

“The book teaches kids not only to defy parents but to hate themselves,” Fishbein told the Free Beacon. “To hate their parents also because they are white. By default, [the kids] are white, and they’re privileged, and they’re bad. [The school] is teaching this to little kids.” This further divides families and creates tension in homes—just what George Soros and BLM want.

Have you checked with your local schools to see what they are teaching your kids and the kids in your church?

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Are mom and dad homes passé?

Is it not sad that two-parent homes are now considered racist and a sign of white supremacy?

The nuclear family is now a no-no to the BLM folks and the commie types monopolizing the news. A family’s “whiteness” is showing if there is a mother and father in the home. And Oprah has suggested that actually all white people are racists. Just admit it is the suggestion. Denial is considered an admission of guilt. Attempting to satisfy the demands of the truly racist snobs and mobs is an exercise in futility.

How will this affect society? In a culture run by current radicals, nuclear families will be at the end of the soup lines. Consideration regarding benefits from a government run by radicals goes first to their genre.

Again, there is no place to stop once you start submitting to the demands of the radicals. More demands are on the way. Pretty soon we may be dealing with the Society for the Prevention of White Males, formed to encourage abortion of all white male babies.

According to longtime race-baiting author Judith H. Katz, “whiteness” includes language and education including “politeness, hard work, self-reliance, delayed gratification, and justice.” Speaking proper English is “talking white.” If you hold doors for ladies, respect your elders, or save sex for marriage, those are all “whiteness” factors. Food has also entered the context of racism. Food without certain seasoning is only for “white people.”

If you think some of these things are far-fetched, wait until the real racists get in power. Ostracism, officially sanctioned discrimination, and cultural suppression will be the order of the day. Your kids will be taught to hate you, report you, and perhaps even abuse you for some imagined degree of racism or inequality.

The cover has been peeled back. We now see the full agenda that we only caught a peek of in the last administration. The Bible position is not even on the table. When you submit to their terms, you are on the “progressives’” turf. Their foot is on your neck.

Our church movement/fellowship/organization is multi-racial. Our churches are multi-racial. If there is a pastor/church somewhere that actually does unwisely discriminate on the basis of ethnicity or skin color (I don’t personally know of any), they are in a tiny, miniscule minority. Why even refer to them? Why introduce a topic that is moot? Why use extremes in the effort to pacify accusers who will never be pacified. Love and respect will never be evoked from the radicals. So why knock yourself out to appease them? You are only drawing attention to yourself. Enough has been said. Be what you should be and leave it alone. If there is a racist pastor somewhere, go to him personally and reason with him. If his racism is blatant and against all organizational and societal norms, file charges. But don’t discriminate in the process of eliminating discrimination. Pastors of every skin tone should come under the same scrutiny.

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From the artist’s perspective

 

The Soros legacy

Then and now

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The Last Word

I will be so happy when I can get back to more biblical/spiritual topics in this blog. Please bear with us. And pray for us as we pray for all of you! Stay safe, but also stay informed.

Thanks for visiting!

JREnsey

 

Published in: on September 1, 2020 at 2:05 AM  Comments (2)  

JREnsey August 2020 blog

Thanks for joining us for the August edition!

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The Word for Today

When everything was ready, the Lord said to Noah, ‘Go into the boat with all your family, for among all the people of the earth, I can see that you alone are righteous. Take with you seven pairs—male and female—of each animal I have approved for eating and for sacrifice, and take one pair of each of the others.’” (Genesis 7:1-2 NLT). “Haven’t you read the Scriptures?” Jesus replied. “They record that from the beginning ‘God made them male and female’” (Matthew 19:4 NLT).

[Oops…Evidently, no one had informed the Lord or Noah that other genders and polyamorous groups had apparently developed since creation, and that they were being omitted from among the flood survivors. I guess they all perished in that judgment. Among the human survivors there only were four couples of men and wives, males and females, saved. In the seventeen biblical references where genders are mentioned, only two are listed—male and female. President Lincoln once put a question to some politicians: If you called a dog’s tail a leg, how many legs would he have? No, not five. Only four. Just because you call a dog’s tail a leg didn’t make it one. Just because someone calls themselves something they actually are not doesn’t make it true.]

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Bookburning in the digital age

“Since the death of George Floyd, it has become apparent that we must censor any form of media that could be considered ‘offensive’ to anyone, anywhere. Rest in Power, George Floyd.”1 The Cancel Culture is targeting the printed page.

National Public Radio (NPR) is a liberal-guided, government sponsored broadcast heard across our nation and received in many nations around the world. A program which aired on June 6, and was followed by an article titled Your Bookshelf May Be Part of the Problem, has evoked memories of the bookburnings of the past.

The heart of the story was the suggestion that “white people need to examine their bookshelves and see if they are only reading authors who look like them.” That would be a racist comment if the person made the same suggestion to people of color regarding black authors. The story then suggests people expand their reading lists to include more diverse authors and viewpoints. “Reading broadly and with intention is how we counter dehumanization and demand visibility, effectively bridging the gap between what we read and how we might live in a more just and equitable society,” they said.

My, what a word picture into which to frame one’s own racism. Denials all around, however, would be forthcoming should they hear such an opinion. It is widely known that NPR is fairly consistent in its slanted news and support for socialist causes. They can see racism everywhere except in their own reports. Don’t you just feel warm and fuzzy that millions of your tax dollars fund NPR to broadcast leftist ideals? Defund the NPR.

What revolutionary forces in America are into is bookburning in the digital age. They are coming after the conservative book publishers. Blocking their sale sites on the Internet is on the agenda. The “cancel culture” wants to shut down your access to all news outlets that do not propagate the revolutionary narrative. That is the fascist way, the totalitarian way, the communist way. Revolutions are usually begun with the brainwashing of students in public schools and universities, closing their minds and motivating them to censor all opposing views. It was the students who led the bookburnings in Nazi Germany in 1933.

Wikipedia lists 198 incidences of bookburning over the centuries, most by the author’s political opponents. In the process, some very important biblical manuscripts have been among the works that were burned.

China’s first emperor, Qin Shihuangdi (259-210 B.C.) completely altered the nation’s history by demanding the destruction of all literature with Confucian philosophy. Anecdotes—without definitive proof—also link Qin to the live burial genocide of scholars he deemed culturally threatening. (Likely no protesters showed up carrying signs reading, “I Can’t Breathe.”) Modern communists in China seem to have bookburnings on the calendar during every decade.

The Nalanda University and its library in India allegedly took months to fully burn to the ground when ransacked by Muslim invaders in 1197. In the fifth century, this most resplendent educational institution of its time launched many common higher-ed standards still in use today, such as entrance exams and student housing. Eventually, it came to host the then-largest collection of important Buddhist and Hindu texts. Muslims prefer all literature that opposes Islam to be burned.

On December 20, 1409 Pope Alexander V issued a papal bull that empowered the illiterate Prague Archbishop Házmburka to proceed against Wycliffism in that city. All copies of Wycliffe’s writings were to be surrendered, his doctrines repudiated, and free preaching discontinued. The Wycliffe books and valuable manuscripts were burned in the court of the Archbishop’s palace.

Girolamo Savonarola of Florence, before his excommunication as a Dominican cleric, tried to cleanse Italian society of all things he deemed too decadent or pagan. In 1497, more than just books ended up in his massive bonfires, including art, mirrors, makeup, music, clothing types, games, and other aesthetic or luxury goods. It has since been known as the Bonfire of the Vanities.

Today’s historians are fortunate to know anything about the Mayan civilization at all since the Mexican Catholic Bishop of Yucatan Diego de Landa’s purging of its productions on July 12, 1561.

Beginning on May 10, 1933, Nazi-dominated student groups carried out public burnings of books they claimed were “un-German.” The burnings took place in 34 university towns and cities. Works of prominent Jewish or anti-Nazi writers ended up in the bonfires. The bookburnings stood as a powerful symbol of Nazi intolerance and censorship. The Nazi regime raided book stores, libraries, and publishers’ warehouses to confiscate and burn materials it deemed dangerous or “un-German.”

Could it happen here? Not only could but probably will.

Sources include:

https://encyclopedia.ushmm.org/content/en/article/book-burning

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/brief-history-book-burning-printing-press-internet-archives-180964697/

https://www.bachelorsdegreeonline.com/blog/2012/the-10-biggest-book-burnings-in-literary-history/

1 https://www.bitchute.com/video/ZQhSxXvTraM/

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Is your church sufficiently “diverse”?

Continued fervent advocacy of “diversity,” ordinarily a good word and a great concept, will not likely have a positive outcome, either in religious or political contexts. The reason: there is no place for it to stop, certainly not with race and nationality. It plays into the hands of those pushing “identity politics.” Always remember: its cup is never full.

On a wet, snowy day, start a snowball rolling down from the top of a long hill. Theoretically, by the time it has reached the bottom, it might be the size of a building, destroying everything in its path. “Ah, it is just a harmless snowball. And snowballs are good things, often marking fun times.” That is the way virtually every social engineering movement begins. Now it is just a nice little political theory, or a nifty idea to make a small group of people more visible, but later it may be ravaging whole communities and even nations.

Diversity has taken on many hues and dimensions in recent years, but let us focus on one. Diversity of nationalities and skin colors in a Christian congregation is no problem—a good thing. However, overemphasis on that aspect can invite compromise in order to achieve it when pressured to establish it as a goal. “Whosoever will” is still the gospel’s objective, and should not be discarded in the attempt to “represent our community in appearance” at all costs. The church that draws racial lines is itself out of line, but there is no scriptural mandate that every congregation have people in it to “represent” those of a particular background or skin tone who may reside in their county. The gospel is provided for “all men everywhere” (Acts 17:30). The church should never pass up anyone because of skin color or ethnicity.

Is it just congregations that are all or mostly Caucasian that are being urged toward diversity, or are the African-American churches, the Native American churches, the Indian churches, and the Hispanic churches being urged to evangelize among Caucasians in order to have a “representation” of them in their congregations? Is it a one-way street?

When the church I attend was smaller, a visiting minister from a large city with a sizeable congregation chided us because at that time he didn’t see enough people of a certain racial identity in our small group. Perhaps we should have mentioned the large population of Jews in his city and asked how many he had in his church. My guess would be not many, if even one. People that live in glass houses….

[In the current climate, almost everyone who addresses cultural issues is labeled a racist. In my case, it would be a lie, but such accusations and lies are a dime a dozen today. And the rule of thumb now is if you deny it, it is an admission of guilt. I have been in ministry, pastoring and teaching in visible situations for 65 years. In none of those positions, including the present one, has anyone been excluded based on race, skin color or ethnicity.]

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CNN host Don Lemon touts “imperfect” Jesus

“Jesus Christ, if that’s who you believe in, Jesus Christ, admittedly was not perfect when he was here on this earth,” Lemon shrugged. “So why are we deifying the founders of this country, many of whom owned slaves?”

Who responded to that stupid statement? Not a preacher but a coach! Tony Dungy, former coach of an NFL football team, responded with this: “If you don’t agree with the fact that Jesus was sinless on earth then you can throw out the whole Bible because that’s the premise Christianity stands on.” Right on, Tony. We are with you and Pilate: “[We] find in Him no fault at all” (John 18:38).

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Some are saying:

• Communism is for the masses, not the communists. [gopusa]

• Wonder how long it will be until people are sent to the Gulag for leaving their mask at home. Heil…! – Leonidas

• We have seen a little of what real communism would be like. In CHAZ they took one man’s computer and other things and told him that a “disadvantaged person” there needed them more than he did. He was to think of it as an “unplanned donation.” That is the communist way of enforcing “equality.”

• If those on the right were really wrong about the BLM, Antifa, and the commies, they wouldn’t have to employ censorship.

• With so many things coming back in style, I can’t wait until morals, respect, and intelligence become a trend again. – Denzel Washington

• Yale epidemiology professor, Dr. Harvey Risch, said Tuesday on Fox News that he believes the President Trump-touted drug, hydroxychloroquine, could save up to 100,000 lives if used properly to treat the coronavirus. But it doesn’t fit the narrative in this propaganda war.

• When unwanted pregnancy occurs, some women kill the baby in the womb. This is called abortion, and women influenced by the feminist movement claim the right on the basis of “It’s my body and I should have total control over it.” How will this “right” be exercised when mandatory vaccinations are in place? We may then see how much control one can exhibit over his or her body.

• The farther a society drifts from the truth, the more they will hate those who speak it. – George Orwell

• Politicians and diapers must be changed often, and for the same reason. – Mark Twain

• Nothing is so permanent as a temporary government program. – Milton Friedman

• If you think voting by mail because of the caronavirus is a great idea, think again. Read this: https://hotair.com/archives/jazz-shaw/2020/07/13/wisconsins-vote-mail-looked-bad-actually-worse/

• It is worth your time to read this resignation letter by a journalist at the NY Times:  https://www.bariweiss.com/resignation-letter

• Good idea: Subscribe to the PatriotPost, where it is right to be right. Do it here: https://patriotpost.us/subscription/new

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Glaring hypocrisy

CNN’s headquarters in Atlanta, where social liberals champion communist causes, witnessed first-hand the destruction that violent riots can cause. After rioters had broken out the glass doors of the building’s entrance, they had to have police and their own security guards keep them from entering the facility. Why didn’t they let them in to plunder the studios of the talking heads who were promoting their own version of kristalnacht? And where was all that security when the mom and pop store down the street was broken into and the elderly proprietors beaten with boards? CNN and similar media need to understand that mob rule will ultimately play no favorites. All white- and right-run corporations are in the crosshairs of the anarchists.

The cable news network, justifiably, wants to keep unwanted intruders from entering their facility. After the riots, they decided that installing a wall is the best method to achieve that purpose. Social media observers were quick to point out the hypocrisy of CNN building reinforced fencing to protect its headquarters. Rep. Paul Gosar (R-Ariz.) lampooned the network by saying, “Walls Don’t Work,” the mantra CNN repeats regarding a wall at our Southern border.

Why doesn’t CNN tell us what purpose their wall expresses that is different from Trump’s wall? And why does any politician opposing a southern wall have a wall around their house or even a fence? Of course, we know why—to keep unauthorized folks out. Should they not have walls, unauthorized persons might keep trespassing on their property, knocking on their door, and looking in their windows, setting up a tent compound on the lawn, and bringing trash onto the premises. When threatened with those possibilities, what do they do? Build a wall! If you have ever been to almost any country south of the border, outside of the barrios you will see lots of walls around a property’s perimeter—with glass shards embedded in the top course of concrete. Even CHAZ/CHOP in Seattle had set up walls. Why? To keep others out (in that case, particularly the police). How did that hopey changey experiment work out for Seattle?]

So, build the wall and let’s move on.

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More hypocrisy

Muslim Rep. Ilhan Omar of Minnesota has called for the dismantling of not just our nation’s economy, but the entire political system. Add to that her support of “defunding the police” and the “Breathe Act” she is sponsoring along with the rest of the radical Marxist “Squad” members, and you get an idea of their vision for America. Far-left “Squad” members Reps. Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) and Ayanna Pressley (D-MA) partnered with the coalition Movement for Black Lives in promoting a bill filled with radical proposals.

The two lawmakers reportedly announced the “BREATHE Act” recently in a virtual meeting. It is a bill that includes defunding the police, abolishing ICE, eliminating state gang databases, de-criminalizing prostitution, reducing the Department of Defense budget, establishing a commission to design reparations, de-criminalizes illegal border entry, and develops curricula that “examine the political, economic,  and social impacts of colonialism, genocide against indigenous people, and slavery.” It would also “make recommendations to dramatically reduce the Department of Defense budget. Tlaib described the measure as ushering in a “new vision for public safety.” No police and an impotent military. Wow, what a wonderful program for the American future.

Omar railed against the American economy system as being a “system of oppression” and scolded Americans that we cannot allow people to “prioritize profit without considering who is profiting.” She evidently missed a day in world history class. If being misinformed is skin deep, willful ignorance is to the bone. Why did she scam the immigration system to get to America if it is such an oppressive country?

Speaking of profiting, just ask Omar’s husband Tim Mynett. Mynett runs a consulting company that Omar recently paid over one million $$ for “consulting” and emails and such. Media and Pelosi’s House Ethics Committee: “Nothing to see here.”

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Smart saved kids or brainwashed unsaved kids?

Our nation’s children and young adults are being brainwashed about socialist and communist aims which are buried deeply in our government’s public school and college system. Don’t forget that you have the right and the responsibility to teach your children the truth at home and contradict the professors that are dedicated to turning them into mindless robots. Parents should be reminded that in a socialist state everyone is poor and stripped of personal freedom except those in positions of power where corruption is the order of the day.

How can you resist that movement?

First, by homeschooling your children. Early homeschooling not only creates smarter kids but gives them a far better chance of being saved. It is a better choice whenever it can be arranged. For higher education, check out alternative choices—local community colleges, Christian colleges, and private universities that may still be providing real education with a common-sense approach. Vocational and trade schools are out there also. In that vein, remember people with ordinary jobs are generally happier and more apt to be faithful Christians over the long haul than those with “careers” that inhibit Christian service.

Consider online courses that can be done at home that you have scrutinized and determined to be safe and educationally sound. Studying at home has some decided advantages, including remaining in one’s home church.

Second, by removing pride from motivation for degrees. So you graduated from college and want your son or daughter to follow in your footsteps. You must know that it is a different college today than the one you attended when you were 19. Virtually all colleges have been hi-jacked by social movements that oppose free speech, and by liberal professors that are filling their minds with anti-American, and anti-Christian propaganda. The colleges are simply not what they were in your day. Real education is secondary. Brainwashing and social engineering now plays a role in virtually every segment of the curriculum. Be honest with yourself. Put the soul of your son or daughter first before the pride of watching them receive a sheepskin to hang on the wall.

Third, if you are wanting your child to be educated to ensure a good paying career in order to become wealthy, be sure that it is not your retirement that you are really thinking about. Be a parent/grandparent who would rather have saved kids than potentially wealthier kids who are not saved. While there is certainly no absolute guarantee they will be either rich or saved, the effort must be to see that they have every advantage toward being the Christian you always prayed they would be. Don’t urge them into positions where it will be extremely difficult for them to maintain their faith. Why must we keep losing seven or eight of every ten of our kids as they go through the educational experience?

And, really, isn’t every saved kid smarter than any who are unsaved? How smart is someone who would not prefer salvation and heaven over eternity separated from God.

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Biden appeals to Muslims to help him defeat Trump

Democrat Joe Biden urged Muslim Americans to join him in the fight to defeat President Donald Trump. “I want to earn your vote not just because he’s not worthy of being president,” the presumptive presidential nominee told participants. “I want to work in partnership with you,
make sure your voices are included in the decision-making process as we work to rebuild our nation.” Biden also reiterated a pledge to overturn a Trump administration ban on travelers from several predominantly Muslim countries, calling it “vile.” (gopusa Eagle)

One wonders to what extent Biden will be obligated to them should he win in November?

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“Teach these things…” (I Timothy 4:11; 6:2)

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Expressions by impressions

Dr. Fauci says, “Do as I say, not as I do.”

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The Last Words

The current pandemic was anticipated at least ten years ago by the liberal Rockefeller Foundation. Here is the report:  https://rwer.wordpress.com/2020/05/28/lock-step-how-the-rockefeller-foundation-wants-to-implement-its-autocratic-pandemic-scenario/

The hardline requirements regarding Covid-19 may be history on Nov. 4 if Joe Biden is elected. In fact, a vaccine may be one of the first announcements made by him.

Isn’t it great that so few are getting the flu this year?

Thanks for visiting! Please be safe, but also be informed. All who are sick with Covid have our concern and prayers.

JREnsey

[Again, be aware that the above opinions and expressions are mine and do not necessarily represent any entity with which I may be associated.]

 

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