JREnsey blog for May 2023

Welcome to our May blog! Grab a cup of coffee and let’s visit. Your input and feedback are appreciated. 


The Word for today

“So do not act like the people in Egypt, where you used to live, or like the people of Canaan, where I am taking you. You must not imitate their way of life” (Leviticus 18:3 NLT).


Oh, I see

• Leadership is the ability to show average people how to do the work of superior people. – Dr. Alan Zimmerman

• Leadership is an action, not a position. – Donald McGannon

• It’s just as difficult to reach a destination you don’t have as it is to come back from a place you have never been. – Zig Ziglar

• If a man knows not what harbor he seeks, any wind is the right wind! – Seneca

• Censorship is the tool used when the lie loses its power. – Greenmedinfo.com

• Nothing gets a mass shooter out of the news quicker than finding out it’s a Democrat or a member of one of their subsidiary factions. – Anon.

• Why should a theology of angels be based on what one excited girl said when she answered the knock on the door of a room where a prayer meeting was taking place? Ans: Because it gives sensationalists a handle.

• The beliefs of the trans activists are a reflection of the secular relativists at large. They believe that there is no God. They believe that morality is a social construct, and because it is a construct, they feel entitled to remake their own morality according to their own whims and desires. They believe that the sexual binary is also a social construct that prevents people from being their “authentic selves” and therefore “happy.” It truly all boils down to self-worship at the expense of everyone and everything else. – Emily Griffin

• What we are seeing in America and in other places in the West is “matriarchal Marxism.” Blaze News commentary continued to speak of Tucker Carlson’s departure from Fox News this way: “The matriarchy can fly the ‘mission accomplished’ flag across America. …The fall of Tucker Carlson at Fox News symbolizes the matriarchy’s prioritizing of message over merit. Performance could not shield Carlson from the consequence of America’s adoption of a feminized culture that levels the playing field by castrating men, reimagining traditional standards, and embracing a false reality.”

• “The idea that there are more than two genders is based on the lie that you need an identity that isn’t male or female to live free of all ‘norms’ associated with your biological sex. Teaching kids this lie is psychological abuse which will lead to self-loathing and self-harm.” – Outspoken_Sam


Austrian researchers find ancient manuscript of Matthew

I was elated with the news that an ancient Syriac manuscript containing a portion of the Gospel of Matthew had been found. It appears to be older than any other MS of Matthew. It contains portions of two chapters only (11 and 12) and not the entire Gospel. I was disappointed inasmuch as we were anticipating a discovery of the last portion of Matthew 28. The only MSS we have of that complete chapter before A.D. 325 are missing verse 19, due mostly to damage. Is that coincidental? Perhaps, and perhaps not. Let’s keep watching for a clue as to when verse 19 first included the words “of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost” in manuscript copies. Is the phrase original or was it added subsequent to Matthew’s composition as many scholars now believe?

Source: https://www2.cbn.com/news/world/researcher-discovers-fragment-1750-year-old-translation-gospel-matthew


Book Review

Letter To the American Church

By Eric Metaxas

Regnery Publishing, 2022; hardcover, 139 pages; $22.95; available for $13.79 from Mardel Christian & Education

A book is merely paper and ink unless it speaks to you personally, inspires you, convicts you, or makes you think thoughts you never dreamed you would. This book has done all four for me.

Metaxas has also authored a biography of Dietrich Bonhoeffer, the German theologian who didn’t survive the Nazi reign in the Germany of the 1930s and 40s. Bonhoffer had attempted to help the German Lutheran Church and its 18,000 pastors see what Hitler and his Nazis were up to, although with little success. The German Protestants, particularly, were rocked to sleep by a popular nationalism driven by Nazi ideology and somehow could not grasp the courage to speak up even when it became clear what was really going on. The great majority of the pastors and lay leaders never found their voice, their silence greasing the slide of that nation into genocide, dooming them to an eternal shame.

The author’s biting truths will invoke conviction upon any believer’s soul who dares follow the path of the German Church. He reminds us that American pastors in the eighteenth century spoke boldly against the tyrannical King George, calling him by name, thus contributing to our winning freedom from that colonial empire. Today, many or most American pastors are too frightened by what they see as a potential backlash should they speak out against the snowballing changes rolling out of Washington. It looks like Germany of the 1930s  all over again.

The author points out that no specific laws hinder our speaking out against injustice, political corruption, or blatant unscientific folly being poured into the minds of our children in schools. But such action would be an intrusion of the political realm, some say. So? Condemn Nathan, Daniel, Obadiah, Jesus, John the Baptist, the apostles Peter and Paul. Condemn William Wilberforce, and M. L. King if we will. And Rosa Parks, Lech Walesa, and Ronald Reagan while we are at it. They spoke and acted even when there were laws preventing such speech and when there were none.
They spoke truth to power. The German church was not forced to look the other way when evil assumed power. They voluntarily turned up the volume of organ music when trains passed to override the cries of the Jewish prisoners on their way to the death camps. We must not intrude into the political realm, they opined. Their respectability among the ruling class was a higher priority.

That is what current evildoers want us to do—look the other way. Bonhoffer knew the pastors and churches must stand against the evil and let their voices be heard. The future of families, children, churches, the nation itself depended on it. The large majority of pastors, however, opted for silence. That silence doomed the nation to virtual destruction. Hundreds, perhaps thousands, of churches ended up as rubble, millions dead, families scattered, women violated by the Russian victors, the stench of burning flesh from the Auschwitz ovens forever in their memory. With tongue and pen, Bonhoffer had pleaded for their eyes to be opened before it was too late. Few were willing to listen. “We must not be political,” was the mantra.

We now find ourselves in a similar situation. Must we be forced to give homage to an unscientific science, a wink at an unbroken string of lies, and a bow to a hypocrisy matching  that of the Pharisees? Shall we fall in behind the Andy Stanleys and Tim Kellers, pretending that the culture war is farcical and what is needed is just to support our politicians with prayer? Or with others who piously say, “Don’t worry. God is in control. He will see that everything turns out right.” Pray, certainly; but none I have named in paragraph four above stopped at that. Pray but don’t act is the easy way, the comfortable way, the broad way. Poland would still be under the grinding heel of Marxism if it were not for a Walesa. Please don’t call Rosa Parks a loser for refusing to go to the back of the bus. She multiplied herself a thousand times over when she acted. The Berlin wall might still be standing unless a Ronald Reagan had loosed a forceful challenge at the Brandenburg Gate, “Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall!” Would slavery still be in the West were it not for a William Wilberforce who breathed hope to millions of slaves: “Surely the principles of Christianity lead to action as well as meditation,” he said.

Most of the blame for Germany’s ills were laid at the feet of the Jews. Hitler demonized them as “enemies” of the state, internal terrorists, justifying the “final solution” of genocide and the Holocaust. Has not the same seedling been planted in America? Tagged as “haters,” Christians are being blamed for many of the social ills of our own nation. Male “patriarchal” Christians are particularly at fault. Feminists will save us, one former president opines. Give women the reins of leadership. They will expunge the patriarchy from the church and conservative voices from the state. As soon as enough people are convinced of these modernist/secularist concepts, watch what happens. Will we, as the German church did, fail to connect the dots in time?

No one is expecting some idyllic, optimal situation in the present world. But God’s people have always challenged leaders when they pushed an anti-God, anti-biblical agenda. Metaxas has given us a Bonhoffer-like wake-up call. Our families and their futures are at stake. The time to speak truth to power is now, not after the die has been permanently cast and there is no turning back. May America’s Christians of any and all stripes find their collective voice to help right this old ship of state called a Democratic Republic.

Toward the end of the book, the author will pique your conscience with a view of ethics that may shock your traditional mind. Warning: Please don’t read this timely book unless you are willing to be stirred, challenged, and motivated. Read at your own risk.


Quotes from Letter To the American Church:

“We must declare what we know to be true. And part of what we must declare is that the secular leftists in America—and leftists in the church—have become radically political and are cynically pretending that those who disagree with them are the ones being political.”

“So what exactly did the German church fail to see? In a word: the future. …They did not connect the dots.”

“As a devoted Lutheran Christian, he knew that the fiery church of Luther had long since disappeared. It had been replaced by pro forma ‘religion.’ It was Christianity without Christ.”

“Adolph Hitler…was nonetheless deeply dedicated to fundamentally changing Germany.” [From whom have we heard those words?]

“Either we help evil or we fight evil.”

“Are we already heading for the caves, believing nothing we do can matter, and that judgment is falling and all we can do is save ourselves?”


Other views:

Is this how to make America great again?


Last Words

Hooray for Kansas! It has become the first state to define gender as one’s biological sex at birth. Read this and pray for your state government to adopt something similar. https://www.theepochtimes.com/c-kansas-state-news

Just so you know…I am a trans activist. Trans-formation is what I believe occurs in one’s conversion from a trans-gressor. It happens when we make a trans-action involving the name, the blood, and Spirit of Christ. I believe Jesus was trans-figured, Bible trans-lations are helpful, and the trans-cendence of God is a reality. I am looking forward to being trans-lated from earth to Heaven in the Rapture. Join me in my trans-journey.

Here’s a shout out to all the 2023 graduates! Congratulations!

God bless!


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JREnsey blog for April 2023

Welcome to April, the month when life is showing up everywhere. Enjoy!

The Word for today

“Better to be criticized by a wise person than to be praised by a fool” (Ecclesiastes 7:5 NLT).


The tree that wouldn’t give up

I was enjoying being outdoors with my grandson on a recent sunny day when we came upon a tree lying prone upon the ground, but the visible half was in full array. As we came closer to it, we could tell that it had been some time—months, perhaps even years—since a storm had shoved it to the ground. Most of its limbs had been broken away as it fell, and its trunk was partially buried in the soft earth. Although torn away at ground level as it fell, some parts of its inner strength held on. Enough of it stayed together to feed the sizeable trunk and remaining limbs.

The tree had taken a hard blow, but didn’t give up. The root kept pushing up sap and the branches and leaves kept receiving it. With only part of the trunk attached to the root system, it has clung to life lying flat on its back. Its two remaining branches were still full of life, aimed at the sky. The leaves, touching each other in the wind, seemed to whisper this message: “I may be down but I am not out. It will take more than a storm to finish me.”

Even if we are firmly planted, some strong wind may tear off a limb or even push us over. But if our grip on life is as firm as that tree, we may still be surviving when the angel puts the Rapture trumpet to his lips.

Sometimes we can see farther when we are on our backs than when we are standing up—all the way to heaven where Jesus lives, which is our destination.

Job encouraged us: “For there is hope of a tree, if it be cut down, that it will sprout again, and that the tender branch thereof will not cease” (Job 14:7). Winds may blow, storms may beat upon us, but some are only tests to try the mettle of our character and the dimension of our commitment. Like that tree, if you are on your back reading this, keep your spiritual arms lifted toward Him and your leaves will be in full array for others to see and draw inspiration from. They will testify of your faith and determination in spite of the storm.



  • …did Eusebius (c. A.D. 260-339), prominent bishop at Nicea in A.D. 325, stop quoting Matthew 28:19 as “in my name” and begin using the longer Trinitarian phrase after that? Following the Council, we are told he received Constantine’s request to have 50 new handwritten Bibles made and distributed to the major churches of the Empire. All of the extant manuscripts done after 325 had the longer baptismal formula to reflect the post-Apostolic era Trinitarian doctrine.
  • …have hundreds of Bible scholars, textual critics, theologians of every stripe, and Bible translations, expressed doubt that the words “of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost” came from the mouth of Jesus?
  • …have many refused to consider or study the history of the Bible? Is it fear of finding an inconvenient truth or of losing faith in the pure word of God? Never fear truth; it is what makes us free. The more one learns about the history of the Bible the greater will be his faith in its inspiration!
  • …didn’t world peace happen when we changed the packaging on pancake syrup and switched the names of certain sports teams? Have we learned anything from those decisions?
  • …would kids buy porn when they can get it free in their own school libraries and drag queen shows in class?
  • …send billions to Ukraine and nothing to the citizens of E. Palestine, Ohio?
  • …send millions to Ukraine for their citizens’ pensions even when they have paid no U.S. social security, do not present drag queen shows in their schools, and (horrors) have no transgender generals or admirals in their military? https://www.verifythis.com/article/news/verify/world-


Has Einstein’s prophecy come to pass?

“I fear the day that technology will surpass our human interaction. The world will have a generation of idiots.” – Albert Einstein

Tech toys, smart phones and other mobile gadgets have not put people together—they are creating a tremendous disconnect. Husbands and wives converse less. Parents and children communicate rarely. “God created man upright, but he hath sought out many inventions” (Ecclesiastes 7:29). It is sad that we seem virtually enslaved to them, but those inventions have indeed made idiots out of lots of folks.

Now we are talking to inhuman forces such as someone or something known as AI—Artificial Intelligence. He hears, he answers questions, he issues directives. I decided to ask ol’ Art if he plans to be the Antichrist himself. He/it refused to answer that question. Made me wonder.


The new unforgivable sin

New forms of racism that have invaded our nation will be America’s undoing if we continue embracing the concept. Virtually every university and large corporation has capitulated to the woke agenda, hiring extremists to enforce diversity, equity and inclusion rules on campus and in corporate HR departments. According to this view, if you are White and a part of a nation, some of whose early leaders did not live up to the standards of today’s woke culture, then you are stained with their sin, which cannot be undone or forgiven. “Whiteness” has become a sin worse than murder or theft or rape. It is worse because it is unforgivable since one cannot change his skin, or truly repent for it, or be baptized to wash away what it may represent to others.

Woke ideology holds that since the founders of our country were mostly white (Hey, they were from England, you know!) and some coming later would have slaves, common to the times, all white people today are guilty of their sins and must somehow be punished. That is inherently wrong and is an extreme racist theory. Weak denominational church leaders have caved to the demands of the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion crowd, backed by BLM and LGBTQ+ organizations. Every religious group in the West, and particularly in America, is being pressured to embrace their agenda or be ostrasized…or worse.

On a related topic, Blacks in Africa and elsewhere had slaves and were the prime captors and sellers of slaves. Native Americans had slaves. Some Muslim nations still tolerate slavery. Some free Black people in this country had bought and sold other black people as slaves since 1654, and continued to do so right through the Civil War. (https://www.theroot.com/did-black-people-own-slaves-1790895436) Where is the condemnation of those practices? There must be a deeper goal at the root of this societal upheaval than skin color. Is it a bloodless coup? A revolution? Many Americans have slept through most of these changes as though they were merely a passing fad.

Calvin Robinson, a British clergyman, was recently denied ordination in the Anglican church because of his conservative views along these lines. You might find his comments interesting and helpful as you are trying to process what is happening to Christianity in the West. He explains why we should not affirm homosexual marriage, transgenderism, and similar divisive societal movements here:



God, if we ever needed Your help and direction, we need it now!


Said by those who notice

  • The problem with political jokes is they get elected. – Henry Cate, VII
  • We hang the petty thieves and appoint the great ones to public office. – Aesop
  •  When I was a boy I was told that anybody could become President; I’m beginning to believe it. – Clarence Darrow
  • Politicians are people who, when they see light at the end of the tunnel, they go out and buy some more tunnel. – John Quinton
  • If God wanted us to vote, he would have given us candidates. – Jay Leno
  • Politics is the gentle art of getting votes from the poor and campaign funds from the rich, by promising to protect each from the other. – Oscar Ameringer
  • I offer my opponents a bargain: if they will stop telling lies about us, I will stop telling the truth about them. – Adlai Stevenson
  • A politician is a fellow who will lay down your life for his country. – Tex Guinan
  • Instead of giving a politician the keys to the city, it might be better to change the locks. – Doug Larson
  • My favorite is from President Harry Truman: If you want a real friend that you can trust in Washington, go buy a dog!


Covid hangover

Fauci helped create the virus. His money (NIH & NIAID funds) went FIRST to US labs at the University of North Carolina and the University of Texas. Soon after, his grant money went to the new Wuhan lab along with “the bat lady” Shi Zhengli, who left UNC for Wuhan as did the dollars.

Fauci even said early in 2017 that Trump would very likely face a major pandemic during his presidency. There’s a reason Elon Musk said “prosecute Fauci!” Check it out:

Just keep watching…more to come.

Covid Scandal: Fauci Commissioned Report To ‘Disprove’ Wuhan Lab Leak Theory — Then Pretended Not To Know Author (msn.com)


Signs of a poorly educated person

  • Speaks first, thinks later
  • Doesn’t form his own opinions
  • Self-centered
  • Easily influenced by others
  • Makes no effort to be better
  • Won’t admit the obvious
  • Doesn’t learn from mistakes
  • Talks more than listens
  • Cannot focus or concentrate
  • Oblivious to others’ feelings
  • Blames others for personal challenges
  • Expects different results from doing the same thing
  • Views learning as a job
  • Ignores history
  • Intellectual development came from an IPhone
  • For next month: Input from our readers on the topic: “Signs of a Highly Educated Person.” I will publish (anonymously) ten of the ones most mentioned. Contribute as many suggestions as you would like, not necessary in a particular order. Send to jrensey1@gmail.com. Thanks!


 Another way of putting it…


Last Words

• As millions of others, we are saddened by the killing of both children and adults at Nashville’s Covenant Christian School. The hatred and division driven by extremists and false science must cease. Our prayers go out for the families involved and for those who are now in the throes of decision-making about the future of education in America.

• Also, a hearty shout out to all those over 50 who can still remember the license plate number of their first car but can’t remember the password they created last month. Here’s a fist bump.

• Leave some tracks. Others are coming behind you, seeking the way.

God bless!


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JREnsey blog for March 2023

Welcome to the JREnsey blog for March 2023!

The Word for today

Proverbs 28:9: – “He that turneth away his ear from hearing the law, even his prayer shall be abomination” (KJV).


How carnal people get the wrong answers to their prayers

A woman once came to Bro. E. L. Holley with this word: “I prayed about cutting my hair and the Lord told me that it was OK and not a sin.”  Bro. Holley acknowledged that the Lord may indeed have allowed that answer to come to her. He read her the following account:

“Then some of the leaders of Israel visited me, and while they were sitting with me, this message came to me from the Lord: “Son of man, these leaders have set up idols in their hearts. They have embraced things that will make them fall into sin. Why should I listen to their requests? Tell them, ‘This is what the Sovereign Lord says: The people of Israel have set up idols in their hearts and fallen into sin, and then they go to a prophet asking for a message. So I, the Lord, will give them the kind of answer their great idolatry deserves” (Ezekiel 14:1-4 NLT).

If we have allowed idols to take up residence in our heart, our prayers might be answered through the filter of those idols. Tear down the little gods of pride, rebellion and self-justification, then clarity and truth will come through, untainted by the idols of the carnal heart. The presence of idols caused the prophet Jeremiah to say, “The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?” (Jeremiah 17:9). Is it wicked by nature only, or has wickedness been augmented by some idols we have set up there?

But if one feels no conviction of conscience, would that be a clear sign that whatever he is doing is okay with God? Can’t we trust our conscience? Let the apostle Paul answer those questions: “Now it is required that those who have been given a trust must prove faithful. I care very little if I am judged by you or by any human court; indeed, I do not even judge myself. My conscience is clear, but that does not make me innocent. It is the Lord who judges me” (I Corinthians 4:2-5 NIV 84). Oops…there goes that excuse.

Down with the idols!


Bible question:

Do angels gather and carry our prayers to God in a golden vial?

The concept is derived from Daniel 10:12-13 which seems to suggest that an angel came to get Daniel’s prayer words to deliver them to God. Is this one of the ministries of angels…to take prayer words to heaven and deliver them to the Lord?

This is the way the KJV reads: And he said unto me, O Daniel, a man greatly beloved, understand the words that I speak unto thee, and stand upright: for unto thee am I now sent. And when he had spoken this word unto me, I stood trembling. 12 Then said he unto me, Fear not, Daniel: for from the first day that thou didst set thine heart to understand, and to chasten thyself before thy God, thy words were heard, and I am come for thy words.”

         “Come for thy words….” That is the way it might be said if we meant that the angel had arrived to collect Daniel’s words and deliver them to God. This is an unfortunate rendering of the Hebrew since it can easily evoke a misinterpretation…and has indeed. I read it in a book just a few days ago. But it is highly unlikely that the team of KJV translators were attempting to convey that angels possessed that ministry.

The word “for” is substituted for the phrase “in response to” or “because of,” which is the real meaning of the Hebrew. They knew what they were saying but they had no idea that it would be interpreted in some other way in 2023. The Hebrew is biḏ•ḇā•rê•ḵā, rendered “because of your words” in the Orthodox Jewish Bible and by the Bible Hub Hebrew lexicon. BibleGateway.com has about sixty different Bible translations. Only two or three use “for” here, all in the KJV genre. Almost all of the other 58 or so translations have either “because of” or “in response to” as a rendering of the Hebrew. A poor translation of a word or phrase is not a sure foundation on which to build a doctrine.

The attachment of Revelation 5:8 as a supporting text for this angel ministry is weak since there is no mention of angels in that verse, only a metaphorical reference to “golden vials full of odours which are the prayers of the saints.” A similar figure of speech is used in Psalm 56:8 where it speaks of tears preserved “in a bottle.”


C. S. Lewis on modern Bible translations

In the Introduction to J. B. Phillips’ 1953 translation of the NT Epistles, the widely-read and respected C. S. Lewis wrote the following words:

“It is possible that the reader who opens this volume on the counter of a bookshop may ask himself why we need a new translation of any part of the Bible, and, if of any, why of the Epistles? “Do we not already possess,” it may be said, “in the Authorized Version the most beautiful rendering which any language can boast?” Some people whom I have met go even further and feel that a modem translation is not only unnecessary but even offensive. They cannot bear to see the time­ honored words altered; it seems to them irreverent.

There are several answers to such people. In the first place the kind of objection which they feel to a new translation is very like the objection which was once felt to any English translation at all. Dozens of sincerely pious people in the sixteenth century shuddered at the No one ever achieved freedom by appealing to the moral sense of their oppressors idea of turning the time-honored Latin of the Vulgate into our common and (as they thought) “barbarous” English. A sacred truth seemed to them to have lost its sanctity when it was stripped of the polysyllabic Latin, long heard at Mass and at Hours, and put into “language such as men do use”—language steeped in all the commonplace associations of the nursery, the inn, the stable, and the street. The answer then was the same as the answer now. The only kind of sanctity which Scripture can lose (or, at least, New Testament Scripture) by being modernized is an accidental kind which it never had for its writers or its earliest readers. The New Testament in the original Greek is not a work of literary art: it is not written in a solemn, ecclesiastical language, it is written in the sort of Greek which was spoken over the Eastern Mediterranean after Greek had become an international language and therefore lost its real beauty and subtlety. In it we see Greek used by people who have no real feeling for Greek words because Greek words are not the words they spoke when they were children. It is a sort of “basic” Greek; a language without roots in the soil, a utilitarian, commercial and administrative language. Does this shock us?

It ought not to, except as the Incarnation itself ought to shock by ravishing hopes and adorations. Does the word “scourged” really come home to us like “flogged”? Does “mocked him” sting like “jeered at him”?

We ought therefore to welcome all new translations (when they are made by sound scholars) and most certainly those who are approaching the Bible for the first time will be wise not to begin with the Authorized Version—except perhaps for the historical books of the Old Testament where…to continue reading this brief, informative article, click here.


More points to ponder

  • Faith isn’t faith until it is all you are holding onto.
  • Everyone thinks about forgiveness until they have something to forgive. – C. S. Lewis
  • Never doubt in the dark what God told you in the light. – V. Raymond Edman
  • “The kingdom of God is God’s people, in God’s place, under God’s rule, receiving God’s blessing.” – Graham Goldsworthy in Gospel and Kingdom
  • No one ever achieved freedom by appealing to the moral sense of their oppressors. – Anon.
  • Wearing face masks made little or no difference in the spread of Covid, study shows:  https://news.yahoo.com/face-masks-made-little-no-001748577.html
  • If everyone followed through on their resolutions, the consequences wold be dire: The fast food industry would collapse, the gym could become unbearably crowded, and lifestyle magazines would have noting left to say. – Amanda Foreman


“My Father’s Business” (Jesus, Luke 2:49)

What it was: To reveal to earth’s inhabitants the living blood sacrifice—God’s only begotten Son—being offered for redemption of mankind (John 1:29 KJV; 3:16 KJV; 10:10 NCV; 3:36 NLT).

What it is: To tell the world how to apply the blood of Christ to remove our sins and have a right standing with God in the present age (Acts 2:38; Luke 24:47).

What it shall be: To remove all redeemed believers from the earth before the terrible judgments of the Day of the Lord (I Thessalonians 4:15-17 NCV; II Thessalonians 2:2-3 GNV; Titus 2:13 NLT; II Peter 3:10), to establish His earthly millennial reign prior to unpacking the “new heavens and new earth”—our eternal home (Revelation 20:1-22:4).

What a privilege to be employed in “our Father’s business.”


“Broiding” women’s hair

I see that questions still perplex Christian women, particularly Apostolic ladies, regarding “broided” hair (KJV rendering). Almost ten years ago, I posted a response to these questions. For those who are interested, they can find that post on the October 2013 edition of this blog. To go there, click here: https://jrenseyblog.wordpress.com/?s=Broided


Putin: “Look what they are doing to their own people…a spiritual disaster.”

In his annual message to the Russian people on Feb. 21, President Vladimir Putin covered numerous topics, none more revealing that what he said about America and the West:

Look what they are doing to their own people. It is all about the destruction of the family, of cultural and national identity, perversion and abuse of children, including pedophilia, all of which are declared normal in their life. They are forcing their clergy and priests to bless same-sex marriages. Bless their hearts, let them do as they please. Here is what I would like to say in this regard: Adult people can do as they please. We in Russia have always seen it that way and always will: no one is going to intrude into other people’s private lives, and we are not going to do it, either.

But here is what I would like to tell them: look at the holy scripture and the main books of other world religions. They say it all, including that family is the union of a man and a woman, but these sacred texts are now being questioned. Reportedly, the Anglican Church is planning, just planning, to explore the idea of a gender-neutral god. What is there to say? Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.

Millions of people in the West realize that they are being led to a spiritual disaster. Frankly, the elite appear to have gone crazy, and it looks like there is no cure for that. But like I said, these are their problems, while we must protect our children, which we will do. We will protect our children from degradation and degeneration.” [End of quote. http://en.kremlin.ru/events/president/news/70565.]

I’m not a Putin pusher, but he nailed it right there! My guess is that his quote will never see the light of day in America’s mainstream media.


Books  <<SALE>> See below! We just discovered some extra printed copies of these titles. While the last…

A Hill To Die On

by J. R. Ensey
Is truth worth dying for? If so, which truth? Which doctrine? This book suggests that there are some things worth risking our reputations, our resources, and perhaps our lives for. Two years ago we would never have thought we would be where we are today as a nation. The Christian faith is rapidly being dismembered and deconstructed to make way for Islam and anti-Christian atheists. The rush of endtime prophecy fulfillment should stiffen the backbone of every Christian and make us realize there will be a price to pay for our faith. The nine chapters include:

– A Hill To Die On

– Truth in an Age of Deception

– Unity in an Age of Division

– Righteousness in an Age of Hedonism

– The Church in an Age of Spirituality

– Absolutes in an Age of Relativism

– God and Government

– Is American Christianity Returning to the Social Gospel?

– Our Finest Hour



by J. R. Ensey

Some younger men have called for reasons that specific doctrines and 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.

• 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

• Why do Apostolic ladies refrain from cutting their hair and wearing

• 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). SALE PRICE $9.95

Faith In The Furnace

by J. R. Ensey
When pain racks the body, and when death is staring you in the face, you need answers, not just questions. Here are some down-to-earth, no-nonsense approaches to life when you are in the furnace of affliction. No hype, just biblical truth focusing on divine healing. Easy to read, thousands sold.  SALE PRICE $7.95



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The way we are

He’s not checking the shave. He is looking for an Adam’s apple. Otherwise…well, one never knows.

More reasons why women live longer than men:

…And now you know.

Smile…and give your face a lift!


The Last Word

The last recorded words of Jesus were, “Behold, I come quickly.” The one who heard Him say those words replied, “Amen! Even so, Come Lord Jesus.”

That is our “blessed hope” (Titus 2:13). With John, we say, “Come, Lord Jesus!” Let’s be ready to great Him together.

Until He comes, be blessed!



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JREnsey blog February 2023

Welcome to the JREnsey blog for February 2023!


The Word for today

Neheniah 8:8 – “They read from the Book of the Law of God and clearly explained the meaning of what was being read, helping the people understand each passage” (NLT).


Points to ponder

More potential strongholds (2 Corinthians 10:4):

“I would be a better person if….”

“I would tithe if….”

“I would have a great life if…”

“I could be faithful to church if….”

Lesson #1 from Prodigal Son: “No change will take place until we say, “I don’t want it this way any more!”

Call me old fashioned, but I’m glad my mother was a woman.

Since we’re restricting international travel because of a “new variant,” shouldn’t we close the southern border too?

Those folks who want to take your guns are planning to keep theirs.

Unless you’ve just won the Powerball, it’s probably wise to go ahead and cancel the Easter egg hunt.

Strange times are these in which we live when old and young are taught falsehoods in school. And the person that dares to tell the truth is called at once a lunatic and fool. – Plato; or George F. Train


Duly noted:

  • In glory Paul will be applauded by the same people he martyred.
  • How to backslide: Stop praying, stop reading the Word, stop giving. Then start missing church, start criticizing, start finding fault with others in church. Has anyone begun these steps but grace and mercy pulled you back?
  • During a testimony time in church, it seemed that everyone testified how difficult living for God was, what troubles they had, how bad their life was. A lady visiting for the first time became concerned and stood to say, “I’m so sorry to hear these things. If there is anything I can do for any of you, let me know.”
  • The person who takes counsel with his fears will never move forward.
  • Too often our healing theology collides with reality. A veteran who had his legs blown off by a mine, said, “Don’t get into a charismatic church. First, you are a ‘project’ for them, but if you don’t grow legs, they don’t know what to do with you.”
  • Everyone is becoming so sensitive. Soon I won’t be able to make fun of myself without someone being offended. – Julia Wright
  • Those who trust the professors should note that in 1893 professor Orlando Ferguson listed 400 Bible passages that he said proved that the earth was flat.
  • Deception is often more evolutionary than revolutionary.
  • Hitler’s Propaganda Minister, Joseph Goebbels, affirmed “the principle that when one lies, one should lie big, and stick to it. …It is the absolute right of the state to supervise the formation of public opinion.” [Goebbels must have survived with other Nazis to ultimately become advisors for the current administration.]
  • You don’t have to preach to backsliders, just love them.
  • When we speak of “protecting our pulpits,” perhaps we should not only think of not allowing false teachers and sensationalists to fill them, but also not allowing ourselves to be silenced by situations existing in our audience. The concept that “I can’t preach that fact/topic/belief anymore because there are folks in the congregation who don’t embrace that belief. They might think I was targeting them.” We can silence our own voice by fear of rejection. When Paul was rehearsing the basics of the Christian life and church leadership principles, “Timothy,” he said, “These things command and teach…and exhort” (I Timothy 4:11; 6:2)
  • “The ruling political party is made up of weak men and unhappy women.” – Tucker Carlson
  • “I have learned over the years that when one’s mind is made up, this diminishes fear.” – Rosa Parks
  • “He who has no money is poor; he who has nothing but money is the poorest of all.” – Billy Sunday


A Constitution for a moral and religious people

One of the foremost constitutional theorists of the founding generation, John Adams, observed, “Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.” He wasn’t the only Founding Father to hold this view. Indeed, James Madison wrote that our Constitution requires “sufficient virtue among men for self-government,” otherwise, “nothing less than the chains of despotism can restrain them from destroying and devouring one another.”

Many of our Founders were men of faith or were influenced strongly by the Judeo-Christian tradition. They accepted the premise of mankind’s imperfect nature. They had experienced first-hand the oppressive dictates of Parliament and the Crown that led to the American Revolution. And they were rightly suspicious of the accumulation of governmental power by one person or a small body — “the very definition of tyranny” according to Madison.

Consistent with these experiences and beliefs, the Founders imbued liberty-preserving principles into the very structure of the new government. They divided power between federal and state governments, apportioned federal power among three branches of government, and limited the power of the federal government to certain delegated functions. But the Founders also knew that these devices alone were inadequate to preserve and sustain our new nation.

[Source: Regent University post]


The impact of anti-Christian, anti-American education

In 1960, 65% of Americans believed the Bible to be the literal Word of God. By 1992 only 32% believed that.

Today 65% believe there are no absolutes. Many churches have become bastions of the world’s way, denying truth, denying the Bible, and they have lost their way. Like ancient Israel who had a Lord, but denied Him, had a law but broke it, and had a land but defiled it. How could they do that, you ask. You are seeing the answer lived out before your eyes. The major denominations have lost their way and merged with the culture. Apostolic Pentecostals have the best chance ever of salvaging what is left of Christianity in America. While others are running away from the Word, we must keep running to it!


Bible questions

Q: Are we saved by faith (Ephesians 2:8,9) or by hope (Romans 8:24)?

A: By neither, entirely. First, it is unwise to try to pick and choose words from the Epistles to cobble together a plan of how to get into the kingdom of God. Those folks to whom the apostles are writing are already saved from their past sins. Go back to where there are unsaved folks coming to God in the Book of Acts and determine what translated them from the kingdom of darkness into the kingdom of light! Start here: Acts 2:1-4, 37,38; 8:16; 10:45-47; 19:1-6; 22:16). Add John 3:5,36 NLT). Faith in Jesus was the beginning of their Christian experience and it leads one into obedience. The outcome of faith joined with obedience is the hope of life everlasting (John 3:16; 10:10) that keeps us motivated to walk righteously in this present life to inherit eternal life in the future.

Q: Ezekiel 16:49 seems to express the sins of Sodom as selfishness and pride rather than homosexuality. Which is correct?

A: Both are correct. The Sodomites were arrogant and selfish, not wishing to share their material prosperity with the poor and needy among them as the Ezekiel verse clearly states. But it is also true that there was gross sexual perversion prevalent among them (Genesis19:8; Jude 7). A combination of all of these evidently contributed to God’s decision to destroy the city.

Q: Since not all of Joel’s prophecy came to pass on the Day of Pentecost, was Peter mistaken when he quoted Joel in Acts 2:16-21?

A: Peter’s quotation of Joel 2:28-32 on Pentecost was accurate, but only as a partial or initial fulfillment of Joel’s prophecy. It seems to indicate that Peter viewed the events of Pentecost as inaugurating the “last days.” The particular signs and wonders mentioned would take place in the future “before the day of the Lord” (v. 20), perhaps just prior to and during the seven years preceding the calm of the millennial age.

Q: Why was Paul forbidden to preach in Asia (Acts 16:6)? How did this fit with Jesus’ Great Commission?

A: The denial for Paul and Timothy to go there was not a permanent command to “stand down.” God had other plans for them at the present time. Later the gospel would be preached in Asia both by Paul (Acts 19:10,22,26; 20:4,16,18; I Corinthians 16:19) and through those Paul had converted and mentored (I Thessalonians 1:6-8).

Q: Peter says believers are sanctified by the Spirit, but Jesus said we are sanctified by the truth. Is this a contradiction?

A: The Bible does not contradict itself when accurately translated and properly interpreted. It does say that we are sanctified by the Spirit of God (I Peter 1:2), but also by “thy truth” (John 17:17). Additionally, we are sanctified “in the name of Jesus” (I Corinthians 6:11). Ephesians 5:26 suggests a sanctification that comes by the “washing of water of the word.” Hebrews 13:12 involves the “blood of Christ” in our sanctification. All of these elements—the Spirit, the truth, His name, the Word, and the blood—play a role in placing us in a righteous position and separated for God’s service and purpose. One verse is not usually comprehensive on any particular doctrine. Every reference does not usually give full details of every story, event, or doctrine. Some verses provide a particular fact and another verse may augment that story or that doctrine with another fact. Examples abound. All are true.

Q: Is there a sin which cannot be forgiven by God?

A: Yes, one at least—the one that remains hidden, unacknowledged and unconfessed.


OLIGARCHS  who control America’s economy 

Elon Musk – untold billions; Twitter, Space X, Tesla

Jeff Bezos – 185 Billion; Amazon.com

Bernard Arnault – 155 Billion; business empire, 70 brands

Bill Gates – 122 Billion; Microsoft

Mark Zukerberg 100 Billion; Facebook

Zhong Shanshan – 94 Billion; Chinese pharmaceuticals

Larry Ellison – 89 Billion; software

Warren Buffet – 88 Billion; Investments

Larry Page – 77-79 Billion; co-founder of Google

Sergey Brin – 77-79 Billion; co-founder of Google

Steve Ballmer – 73 Billion; Microsoft

(Actual net worths may vary from day to day.)


More athletes go down after vaccination

Uche Nwaneri, recently retired from the NFL, has passed away. Damar Hamlin, another NFL player, fell during a game this month with cardiac arrest.

How many young athletes and others in good health have to go down before America wakes up? The Covid vaccination mandate has taken many young lives across the world. The press plays down the vaccination angle, but it cannot be denied. And you know, anything they play down should be considered newsworthy, and anything they consider newsworthy should be considered suspect as something to divert our attention from the real stories.

Pregnant mothers are at risk, and children of all ages.

Elon Musk has promised to disclose the files on Dr. Fauci and the Covid scam. I am sure that the mainline press will tag it as “Russian propaganda.”

Here’s a Twitter video someone sent me that shows athletes going down after the clot-shot.

(2) American Cat Mom 🇺🇸 on Twitter: “https://t.co/l59zSa9I67” / Twitter


Dr. Peter McCullough on the Covid vaccine

Dr. McCullough has been on top of the Covid vaccine issue since the start. His findings:

To break this down: 1,598 athletes suffered cardiac arrest since the vaccine came out. But between the years 1966-2004, a total of 1,101 athletes had cardiac arrest. That’s 1,101 over a 38-year time-span vs nearly 1600 in about two years. That’s a massive increase, and there is NOTHING wrong with wanting this horrific new “phenomenon” investigated.

(2) The Vigilant Fox 🦊 on Twitter: “Dr. McCullough: The C19 Shots Sets Up Heart Inflammation and Adrenaline Triggers Injury and Death “The vaccines set up the heart inflammation … and then it’s the big surge of adrenaline … during a basketball game — during sports, that’s triggering these deaths.” https://t.co/FotBSQyZx9″ / Twitter

(2) Peter A. McCullough, MD, MPH™ on Twitter: “This recent paper from Dr. Polykretis and myself gets the sharp rise in athlete deaths into PUBMED. Since vaccination, “1598 athletes suffered cardiac arrest, 1101 of which with deadly outcome. Over a prior 38-years (1966-2004), 1101 athletes &lt; age of 35 died (~29/yr). https://t.co/SCieZTsoNZ” / Twitter

JRE: A perfectly healthy teenage young man, having a distant connection to our church, got vaxxed recently and died within days. Silence about this matter doesn’t seem to be a wise option. There is not enough space here to describe the many cases that are coming to light. Please use wisdom in making important health choices.

Disclaimer: I am not a doctor and have no personal way of knowing the absolute truth and details of every report that crosses my desk. My advice has been to do one’s own research and make up their own mind about the benefits vs. the risks. This information is shared as a suggested part of that research.



The satirical Babylon Bee stings again

Experts Say They Don’t Know What Thing Is Causing Everyone To Suddenly Collapse, But It’s Definitely Not That One Thing | Babylon Bee

“It’s too early to say what could be causing this, but it’s never too early to say what isn’t causing this,” said local expert, Dr. Scott Rufflinger. “This could be caused by anything. But the one thing we know for certain is that it’s definitely not what we’re all thinking that’s behind this—if you know what I mean. We can go ahead and rule that thing out right now because Science just called us on the phone and told us not to discuss it. We always follow Science.”

According to sources, experts have been working tirelessly around the clock to try and get to the bottom of why so many seemingly perfectly healthy, athletic people are falling over suddenly. “I wish I could point to something in the past year or two that large groups of people were exposed to, or forced into, but nothing comes to mind,” added Dr. Rufflinger. “If only there was one thing all these patients had in common.”

At publishing time, experts said they had narrowed down the list of what most likely was causing these sudden health issues down to: climate change, racism, Christian Nationalism, standing up too quickly, standing up too slowly, and not eating enough bugs.


There was no gender prejudice expressed by 16th century European prelates. They burned women who would not recant their Protestant convictions as well as men.

Washington is ruled by unhappy women who disdain and hate America!

It was Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin’s first stop on the moon.


Last Words

Abortion: A fetus is not a “would-be life,” but a living human baby inside a woman. She is feeding it prior to birth and is naturally programmed to continue the feeding from her body after birth.

Like gun control: Let’s reduce driving by making it harder for safe drivers to own cars.

God bless! Keep the faith!


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JREnsey blog for January 2023

Welcome to the JREnsey blog for January 2023! We welcome the new year; the passing one is easy to wave goodbye to!

The Word for today

“Let all that I am praise the Lord; with my whole heart, I will praise his holy name. Let all that I am praise the Lord; may I never forget the good things he does for me” (Psalm 103:1,2 NLT).


Enough of Christian doxologies

Doxology – A liturgical formula of praise to God, usually at the end of a reading or at the close of a service.

In teaching recently on the Lord’s Prayer, I could not circumvent pointing out that the doxology at the end of the prayer is almost certainly an emendation, an add-on inserted by some scribe in a dark, candlelit room as he was copying a manuscript. While I don’t always point those out when teaching laity, it is difficult not to on this one. It was likely pulled over from liturgical endings that had been adapted from service settings in the assembly where the scribe was active. Only one Greek manuscript before A.D. 700 has the phrase “for thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory for ever. Amen.” It found its way into the stream of late Byzantine manuscripts and from there into the early English Bibles.

Almost assuredly the first copyist who wrote the doxology for Christian usage lifted it from the OT passage in I Chronicles 29:11: “Thine, O Lord is the greatness, and the power, and the glory, and the victory, and the majesty: for all that is in the heaven and in the earth is thine; thine is the kingdom, O Lord, and thou art exalted as head above all.” While it is true and a great line as all agree, it is unlikely to be divinely inspired as part of Matthew’s Gospel. When the English Bibles were being produced in the sixteenth century, Queen Elizabeth I expressed her attachment to those stirring words and wanted them included in any English Bible translation. So the Bishops’ Bible put them in its first edition in 1568. When the KJV translation was being put together by King James’ translators, he ordered them to follow the Bishops’ Bible as much as possible.

When Jerome merged the Old Latin MSS to create the Latin Vulgate (c. A.D. 400) that would become the biblical authority in Roman Catholicism for a thousand years, it was not there. Scribes who were copying the Gospel of Matthew were aware of its apparent primary target audience—the Jews. This fact may have encouraged the inclusion of a common Hebrew doxology. Many scholars and reference works call it “a later addition,” and inform us that the use of the doxology in English dates from at least 1549 with the First Prayer Book of Edward VI, which was influenced by William Tyndale’s New Testament translation in 1526. Later scholarship demonstrated that inclusion of the doxology in New Testament manuscripts was actually a later addition drawn in part from Eastern liturgical tradition. Because a statement is true does not automatically qualify it for inclusion in the inspired Word of God. It should be noted that no usage of the trinitarian formula in water baptism is recorded in the Book of Acts or anywhere else in Scripture or history during the first century. It is not the language of the Apostolic Age.

Matthew’s Gospel, as we read it today in most English Bibles, includes another doxology at the end of the Great Commission of 28:19. Added there was the phrase “of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost.” After the Council of Nicea in A.D. 325, that language came into popular usage as a “formula” for water baptism. There is no extant Greek MS containing that phrase with a date earlier than Emperor Constantine’s influence on the text at the Council of Nicea. After the Council, he ordered fifty new Bibles to be hand copied and distributed to the major churches in the Empire. Earlier Greek MSS reveal physical damage at Matthew 28, removing v. 19 from all known MSS prior to 325. The new copies would certainly express Constantine’s feelings that the trinitarian doxology fit well at the end of Matthew 28:19 since the Council established a form of binitarianism for sure and made decided moves toward absolute trinitarianism as dogma, which would be solidified at the next two general councils.

A further trinitarian addition to the Lord’s Prayer doxology was attempted again in later manuscript copies of Matthew. Three Greek minuscules dating from the twelfth to the fourteenth centuries add these words: “[the glory]…of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost.” Scholars and early textual critics knew immediately they were emendations and dropped those MSS from further use as exemplars to be copied.

Although I agree with Queen Elizabeth that the words “thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever” are true and fit well with the context, I must say as a truth lover of real NT words of actual Scripture, they should probably be left to liturgical usage and song lyrics.


Keep in mind…

  • God may wreck your plans when He sees that your plans are going to wreck you.
  • If the authorities are not going to enforce our laws at our borders, we basically have no country. If officials/boards are not going to enforce what is in the Manual regarding doctrine and holiness, we only have a loosely knit club of some kind—come and go, do as you please.
  • Quickly! Use these words before they become totally obsolete or outlawed: man, woman, boy, girl, father, mother, truth, redemption, virtue, individualism, Hell, Heaven, judgment, personal responsibility, integrity.
  • Deuteronomy 22:5 doesn’t say what to wear but what not to wear. In other words, don’t cross over into the customs of the opposite gender.
  • Everyone loves to see a rainbow, but we must remember it takes both rain and sunshine to make one.
  • What you do with the Bible depends on what you do with the first verse of the Bible: “In the beginning, God created the heaven and the earth.” If you believe that, you can believe everything else that follows. If you reject that statement, the rest of the Bible becomes suspect. If you can believe God is the creator of all things, you can believe anything else the Bible has to say. “The word of the Lord is right” (Psalm 33:4).


100 YEARS AGO: Our changing world

What was America like 100 years ago? In 1923 major news events included the opening of King Tuts burial chamber, insulin was introduced for treatment of diabetes, Mount Etna erupted, the first baseball game was played in Yankee Stadium. Other notable events:

  • First issue of Time Magazine
  • Most homes did not have indoor toilet facilities, so chemical toilets were introduced for homes. Price: less than $6.
  • Adolf Hitler leads the Nazi Party in a failed coup attempt in Germany.
  • The Republic of Turkey was established.
  • The Great Kanto earthquake strikes Japan, killing up to 140,000 people.
  • Oklahoma passed legislation outlawing Darwinian evolution in the state’s school textbooks.
  • Walt Disney Company was founded.
  • Large hailstones kill 23 people in Rostov, Soviet Union.

What and who was popular in 1923?

  • Babe Ruth was the most famous person in America.
  • Most popular movie was The Ten Commandments.

In those techy twenties, hearing aids were introduced, the first domestic refrigerators were sold in Sweden, and the first portable radios were produced in the U.S. But the prices of goods and food were quite different from today, and even then they varied in different parts of the country:

Chevy Roadster (below right) – $570

Studebaker Touring car – $995

Neckties  – .75¢

Beef roast – .19¢ lb.

Lettuce – .10¢ head

Bread – .10¢ loaf

Milk – .25¢ gal.

Refrigerator – $49.50

Listerine – .79¢ bottle

Bath soap – $1.39 12 cakes

Washington Hotel – $5 per week


YOKOHAMA, Japan after the 1923 Kanto earthquake:

America was still mostly rural in 1923, but cities were growing fast

1923 saw the tomb of King Tut discovered and opened by Howard Carter.

I would not want to go back to the 1920s, but I wish we had brought some things with us from that simpler life.


Just for writers

It was recently pointed out in a newsy handout how strange our English language is. All writers have to endure its oddities, but I suppose all languages and dialects have certain idiosyncrasies.

In English, there is no egg in eggplant or ham in hamburgers; neither apples nor pine in pineapples. English muffins were not invented in England or French fries in France. Sweetmeats are candies, while sweetbreads which aren’t sweet are meat.

We take English for granted. But if we explore its paradoxes, we find that quicksand can work slowly, boxing rings are square, and a guinea pig is neither a pig nor a guinea. If teachers taught, why don’t we say that preachers praught? If a vegetarian eats vegetables, what does a humanitarian eat?

In what language do people recite at a play, and play at a recital? We ship by truck and send cargo by ship. We have noses that run and feet that smell. We park on driveways and drive on parkways.

How can a slim chance and a fat chance be the same, while a wise man and a wise guy are opposites? Your guess is as good as mine. Thankfully, writers reserve judgment of other writers in these times when language is undergoing many not-so-subtle changes. Scores of words that once clearly meant one thing 50 years ago now mean something entirely different. If I had enough hair to pull out, I just might do it.


Couldn’t pass these up


Last Words

As we move into a new year, let us renew our commitment to Christ, His Word, and His ways. Otherwise, we will be pulled along in the tidal wave of the world. May spiritual gravity pull us closer to biblical truth rather than the attractions of the present age. God is looking for men—real men—who are fearless, prayerful, humble, weak enough to trust and strong enough to stand. Let’s make 2023 a year of spiritual harvest!

God bless! Happy New Year everybody!


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