The JREnsey blog April, 2017

Welcome to the JREnsey blog for April, 2017.


The Word for Today

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

Is there a message for America in those verses?


Planning a Disney vacation?

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

Disney just broadcast their very first gay cartoon kiss. Anyone can see it here:

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


More mysteries for inquiring minds

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

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

What disease did cured ham actually have?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


“Adulting” school opens in Oregon

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


Witches’ spells and President Trump

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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


Educational opportunities in the local church

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

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


Pertinent Proverbs

Six feet of earth makes all men equal.

Books are the children of the brain.

Conceit is God’s gift to little men.

That man is best dressed whose dress no one notices.

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

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

Creditors have better memories than debtors.

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

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

The old forget; the young don’t know.


Just in case you didn’t know

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

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

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

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


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For your funny bone

Another reason women live longer than men


The last shot

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

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


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JREnsey Blog March 2017

Welcome to the JREnsey blog for March, 2017.


The Word for Today

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


Ciao, Boy Scouts

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

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


These babies are human

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

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

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


Speaking of boycotts

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

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

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


More Christian persecution

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

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

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

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

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

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


Everyone needs a little help now and then








Truth in street clothes

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

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

Forbidden fruits create many jams.

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

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

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

Coincidence is when God chooses to remain anonymous.

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

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

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


Colleges move students to the left

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



The Futility of Gender-Neutral Parenting

By Debra W. Suh

LA Times Op-ed article

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

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


What would YOU call it?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


A Brief History of Criticisms of Bible Translations

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

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

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


Luther had a lot to say about marriage

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

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

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

And about other things…

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

“Blood alone moves the wheels of history.”

“Peace if possible, truth at all costs.”

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

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

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


Book Review

Confronting Jezebel

By Steve Sampson

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

Reviewed by Roffie Ensey

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

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

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

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

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



Two new books by Apostolic authors


Getting Your Voice to Shake

by Kelly Nix, a new book on intercultural communication

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

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

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

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

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

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On the Sanctity of Human Life

by Peter Connell

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

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

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

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

I saw you smiling . . . there ya Gogh!

Source: Anonymous


More mental exercise for lexophiles

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

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

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

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

How does Moses make tea? Hebrews it.

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

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


Everybody also needs a little love…




And a little company at times…





The last shot

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

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

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


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


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JREnsey blog February 2017

Welcome to the JREnsey blog for February, 2017.


The Word for today

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

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



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

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


Why the swamp needs draining

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

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



 A word to the wise

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

Hide and watch

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

Ugh. Speeches made with forked tongue.

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

Blessing that which is cursed

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

Makes sense

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

It’s just perspective

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

Cultural cleansing

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

Beware the liberal fact checkers

Alternate facts

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

And the winner is…

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

Timely reading


A maximalist or minimalist?

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

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

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

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

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


Sensationalism has been with us always

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

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


Putin on “Christian Values”

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

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

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


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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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


More from KSM

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

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

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

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

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


“By” or “with” the skin of his teeth?

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

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


How well do you know your Bible?

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

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


More Bible trivia

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


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• Why do Apostolics live with a blessed hope?
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Norman Rockwell (1894-1978), "Freedom of Speech," 1943. Oil on canvas, 45 3/4" x 35 1/2". Story illustration for "The Saturday Evening Post," February 20, 1943. Norman Rockwell Museum Collections. ©SEPS: Curtis Publishing, Indianapolis, IN.

Oh, for those days again!


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


“Where do I sign up for WIC?”


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

Git ’er done

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



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

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

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


Answers to the Bible quiz:

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


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JR Ensey January Blog

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


The Word for today

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


Whence wisdom?

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


Words of wisdom

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


100 years ago this month (January 1917) 

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

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

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

10 – Buffalo Bill Cody dies at age 71.

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

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

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

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


Lame duck quacks again

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

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

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


I wonder…

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

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


Good advice

Some anonymous but knowing person wrote:

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

I would be pure for there are those who care.

wordstoliveby-webI would be strong for there is much to suffer.

I would be brave for there is much to dare.

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

I would be giving and forget the gift.

I would be humble for I know my weakness.

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

– Source: unknown


Think about it

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

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

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


From the UPCI Manual:

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

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

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

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

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


Fake News

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Other short-sighted predictions from the literati

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


He/She being stricken from university language

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

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

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

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

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

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


There must be better alternatives

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

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

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

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


Save the Snowflakes

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

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

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

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

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

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


National Geographic magazine goes bonkers

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

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

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


A few lines for our writers and lexophiles

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

He had a photographic memory which was never developed.

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

A boiled egg is hard to beat.

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

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

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


Why do we seldom hear of violence in Switzerland?

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

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



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The Last Shot

“We are blind until we see

That in the human planhuge.16.82049

Nothing is worth the making

If it does not make the man.

Why build these glorious cities

If man unbuilded goes?

In vain we build the world

Unless the builder grows.”

– Edwin Markham



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JREnsey Blog December 2016

Welcome to the JREnsey blog for December, 2016. Grab a cup of hot coffee, tea or chocolate and relax for a few minutes while you read.


The Word for today

Of God David wrote:

“All he does is just and good,king_james_bible7
and all his commandments are trustworthy.
They are forever true,
to be obeyed faithfully and with integrity.
He has paid a full ransom for his people.
He has guaranteed his covenant with them forever.
What a holy, awe-inspiring name he has!
10 Fear of the Lord is the foundation of true wisdom.
All who obey his commandments will grow in wisdom.

Praise him forever!” (Psalm 111:7-10 NLT).


The safest place

  • Do not ride in automobiles: they cause 20% of all fatal accidents.
  • Do not stay home: 17% of all accidents occur in the home.
  • Do not walk on the streets or sidewalks: 14% of all accidents happen to pedestrians.
  • Do not travel by air, rail, or water: 16% of all accidents happen on these.
  • Only .001% of all deaths occur in worship services in the church, and these are related to previous physical disorders.
  • Therefore, the safest place for you to be at any given time is church. Bible study is safer yet, and the very safest is prayer meeting. Virtually no one dies there.


Sentence sermons

Stop, Drop, and Roll won’t work in Hell.802e22e20252099f5e8c8d812efdd880

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

God promises a safe landing, not a calm passage.

If God is your Co-pilot, swap seats!

Give Satan an inch and he will become a ruler.


Far-sighted insight

“Unlike other resources, time cannot be bought or sold, borrowed or stolen, stocked up or saved, manufactured, reproduced, or modified. All we can do is make use of it. And whether we use it or not, it nevertheless slips away.” – Jean-Louis Servan-Schreiber.

insight-clipart-29181119-insight-red-square-grungy-stamp-isolated-on-white-background-stock-photoYou can tell how big a person is by what it takes to discourage him.

It is said that 35% of the Pastoral Epistles is taken up with correcting an errant lifestyle or false doctrine/teachers. But today such writing would be deemed as “negative” by liberals and the PC progressives.

“Beware the atmosphere of the classics. True, we ought to know them, but only as chemists handle poisons—to discover their qualities, not to infect their blood with them.” – Robert Murray M’Cheyne, speaking of secular books to a friend in college


The Jehoash Inscription

An outstanding discovery made by archaeologists was a stone tablet describing in ancient Hebrew script the renovation work done on the first Temple (Solomon’s) by King Jehoash nearly 3000 years ago. William F. Albright fb201a095bb279ccba879be38e6bd5cdhas dated his reign to 837–800 BC, while E. R. Thiele offers the dates 835–796 BC.

Jehoash, also known as Joash in the KJV was a king of Judah, and the sole surviving son of Ahaziah after the massacre of the royal family ordered by his grandmother, Athaliah. He was also the first Judahite king to be descended from both the House of David and the House of Omri through his paternal grandmother and predecessor, Athaliah. His mother was Zibah of Beersheba. Jehoash was 7 years old when his reign began, and he reigned for 40 years (II Kings 12:1; II Chronicles 24:1). He was succeeded by his son, Amaziah of Judah.

If the Bible says a certain event happened, take it to the bank. Sooner or later, scientific affirmation will likely be discovered. No discovery to date has disproved any portion of Scripture.

magdala-stone1Another interesting find was the Stone of Magdala, a stone in which are carvings of items that were once in the Temple at Jerusalem. It has been dated to the first century. The stone was found in the community of Magdala near the shores of the Sea of Galilee. Why would a Jew made such stone carvings if not to remind himself of the glory of the Temple?

After the dispora of AD 70, when Jews were not allowed to return to Jerusalem, they evidently wanted something to daily remind them to pray and worship toward Jerusalem. “Lest we forget” must have been the thought as they carved the symbols into the stone. One of the prominent items is the Menorah, the stand bearing seven lamps that lighted the Holy Place.


Reason #63 to reject Calvinism

Acts 13:48: “As many as were ordained to eternal life believed.”

In the account of Paul’s preaching and its results at Antioch in Pisidia, it is clear from the context that Luke is not suddenly changing in this verse from a narration of Paul’s activities to a deep theological statement of God’s activity, to wit, a statement of God’s alleged (and irresistible) “calling out the elect.” Rather, Luke is contrasting the Jews’ rejection of the Gospel with the Gentiles’ inclination to accept it.

Henry Alford (1810-1871), in his meritorious The Greek Testament (4 vols.) cogently explains this verse:  tetagmenoi [“ordained”]. The meaning of this word must be determined by context. The Jews had judged themselves unworthy of eternal life: the Gentiles, as many as were disposed to eternal life, believed. By whom so disposed, is not here declared; nor need the word be in this place further particularized.  We p1280161know, that it is GOD who worketh in us the will to believe, and that the preparation of the heart is of Him: but to find in this text pre-ordination to life asserted, is to force both the word and the context to a meaning which they do not contain. The key to the word here is the comparison of reference 1 Cor. 16:15, eis diakonian tois hagios etaxan heautous [for the service of the saints they appointed themselves], with reference Romans 13:1, hai ousai (exousiai) hupo tou theou tetagmenai eisin [‘the existing authorities have been appointed by God’]. In both of which places the agents are expressed, whereas here the word is absolute. See also Acts 20:13.”

The verb in question, tetagmenoi, though commonly identified as a passive participle could just as easily be identified as a “middle voice,” that is, the individuals acting with reference to themselves. I take the passage to mean, “those Greeks who were inclined or disposed to embrace eternal life subsequently (or, therefore) believed.”

Adam Clarke, 18th/19th century Methodist scholar and commentator:  “The verb tatto or tasso signifies to place, set, order, appoint, dispose; hence it has been considered here as implying the disposition or readiness of mind of several persons in the congregation, such as the religious proselytes mentioned in ver. 43, who possessed the reverse of the disposition of those Jews who spake against those things, contradictions and blaspheming, ver. 45.” –  Doug Kutilek in AISI

Some commentators and textual critics point out that it was a Calvinist, Miles Smith, the final editor of the KJV, who may have insisted on the language of this and other verses, like Hebrews 6:6.


Say what?

Someone made the following insightful observation:

In promulgating your esoteric cogitation or articulating your superficial sentimentalities and amicable, philosophical or psychological observations, beware of platitudinous ponderosity.

vocabularyLet your conversational communications possess a compacted conciseness, a clarified comprehensibility, a coalescent cogency, and a concatenated consistency. Let your extemporaneous descanting and unpremeditated expatiation have intelligibility and voracious vivacity without rodomontade or thrasonical bombast.

Sedulously avoid all polysyllabic profundity, pompous prolificacy, and vain, vapid verbosity.

In other words: Be brief and don’t use big words!


Al Qaeda: We will conquer the U.S. through immigration

In an explosive new book, CIA contractor James Mitchell talks of his time as an interrogator of Al Qaeda leaders and alleges that their plan was not to destroy the U.S. militarily but to use lax immigration laws, weak politicians and procreation to take the nation down from the inside.

The Washington Post published excerpts from Mitchell’s “Enhanced Interrogation,” including:

Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the major Al Qaeda operative who helped plan the 9/11 attacks in NYC, said the terror illegal-immigration-crossing-the-rio-grandeattacks were good, but the “practical” way to defeat America was through immigration and by outbreeding non-Muslims. He said jihadi-minded brothers would immigrate into the United States, taking advantage of the welfare system to support themselves while they spread their jihadi message. They will wrap themselves in America’s rights and laws for protection, ratchet up acceptance of Sharia law, and then, only when they were strong enough, rise up and violently impose Sharia from within. He said the brothers would relentlessly continue their attacks and the American people eventually would become so tired, so frightened, and so weary of war that they would just want it to end.

“Eventually,” KSM said, “America will expose her neck to us for slaughter.”

Source: the Blaze

Certainly President Obama has been party to this effort by promoting the immigration of displaced families from the Middle East, and by intentionally ignoring overstayed visas. At this writing, the “immigrants” are pouring across the southern border in advance of Obama’s departure and the inauguration of Donald Trump.


More jewels from great thinkers in the past

Some notable quotes from Ecce Venit—“Behold, He Cometh” by Dr. A. J. Gordon:

“The concession of church historians, led by such masters as Neander and Harnack, is that pre-millennialism was the orthodox and accepted faith of the Church in the primitive and purest ages.” p. vi.

thalesThere can be no reasonable doubt that that age in which the Church was most completely separated from the world was the age in which Christianity was most victorious in the world.” pp. 89, 90, 91

“The mystery of godliness [I Tim. 3:16] is God humbling Himself to become man; the mystery of iniquity [2 Thess. 2:7] is man exalting himself to become God.” p. 116

“The seduction of the Church from its primitive simplicity was accomplished mainly by these two influences: pagan philosophy corrupting her doctrine, and pagan ceremonies corrupting her worship.” p. 167

Note: For the non-linguistically inclined, the title “ecce venit” is Latin for “Behold (or, look) he is coming!” taken from the Latin Vulgate version of Revelation 1:7. (Reviewer: Doug Kutilek in AISI)


Are Apostolics more dangerous than Islamic terrorists?

A humanist scholar has declared Christian fundamentalism—a “malignant form of Christianity”—more dangerous than Islamic terrorism, the Chicago Maroon reported.

Catherine M. Wallace, an author and faculty member at Northwestern’s Feinberg School of Medicine, told an audience last week near the University of Chicago that a Christian fundamentalist “in control of nuclear codes was a much, much greater threat” than Islamic terrorists who “need to put bombs on their own children and send young bn-om060_isis_j_20160614102013men in to kill themselves” in order to “blow up a concert,” the paper said.

Wallace — a historian and “Christian humanist,” the Maroon said — noted that Christian fundamentalism has roots in the American South: “The religious right in its most contemporary form has an origin in Southern opposition to desegregation and to the Civil Rights Movement … a transparently racist appeal.”

She added that radicalism comes from a literal interpretation of the Bible. “Nobody in the ancient world would have read the Bible literally,” she said, adding that a literal reading of Scripture is a modern construct.

Christian fundamentalism is a malignant form of Christianity,” Wallace said, according to the paper, noting that such a point of view stirs hatred and conflict with the rest of humanity. [End of report]

The liberal mindset seems unmoved by the facts of history or a realistic vision of the future.

Question: Why is it that women ministers and administrators in denominational churches as a whole tend to be far more liberal than their male counterparts?


Some interesting Anabaptist history

Within the inspirationist wing of the Protestant Reformation, of which Anabaptists were a part, it was not unusual for charismatic manifestations to appear, such as dancing, falling under the power of the Holy Spirit, “prophetic processions” (at Zurich in 1525, at Munster in 1534 and at Amsterdam in 1535),[39] and speaking in tongues.[40] In Germany some Anabaptists, “excited by mass hysteria, experienced healings, glossolalia, contortions and other manifestations of a camp-meeting revival.”[41] The Anabaptist congregations that later developed into the 8fb98ad5-6005-4b9d-8daf-015d405f67c7Mennonite and Hutterite churches tended not to promote these manifestations, but did not totally reject the miraculous. Pilgram Marpeck, for example, wrote against the exclusion of miracles: “Nor does Scripture assert this exclusion… God has a free hand even in these last days.” Referring to some who had been raised from the dead, he wrote: “Many of them have remained constant, enduring tortures inflicted by sword, rope, fire and water and suffering terrible, tyrannical, unheard-of deaths and martyrdoms, all of which they could easily have avoided by recantation. Moreover one also marvels when he sees how the faithful God (Who, after all, overflows with goodness) raises from the dead several such brothers and sisters of Christ after they were hanged, drowned, or killed in other ways. Even today, they are found alive and we can hear their own testimony… Cannot everyone who sees, even the blind, say with a good conscience that such things are a powerful, unusual, and miraculous act of God? Those who would deny it must be hardened men.”[42] The Hutterite Chronicle and The Martyrs Mirror record several accounts of miraculous events, such as when a man named Martin prophesied while being led across a bridge to his execution in 1531: “…this once yet the pious are led over this bridge, but no more hereafter.” Just “a short time afterwards such a violent storm and flood came that the bridge was demolished.”[43]

Source: I left links and references in this copy for your convenience if you desired more information.

Isn’t it humorous how some modern writers, in the effort to downplay the significance of experiential Christianity, use phrases like “mass hysteria” to define it?


Someone handed me this story copied from FaceBook:

A prominent Apostolic pastor [I have omitted the well-known name] tells this story. His brother was in church, used in the spiritual gifts, but somehow a spirit of rebellion entered his heart. He didn’t want anyone to tell him what he could or could not wear, where he could or could not go, or whether he could or could not date a certain person.

He started dating a girl that his pastor told him not to date. He started going to skating parties his pastor said not to man-in-prisongo to. His new girlfriend introduced him to marijuana and that drug was the beginning of others.

His addiction led him and a friend to rob a store and there he would commit murder and be sentenced to life in prison.

He asked his pastor to tell his story everywhere he goes, to warn young people that it didn’t start with the drugs, but it started with disobedience to his pastor. “No one is going to tell me what I can and cannot do.” It started when his pastor told him not to date out of church.

Now, daily, he is told what to wear, when to go to bed and when to get up. Now he is told where he can and cannot go.
“Obey them which have the rule over you, and submit yourselves: for they watch for your souls” (Hebrews 13:17).


Near the top of the list for morons of the year

An Illinois man, pretending to have a gun, kidnapped a motorist and forced him to drive to two ATM machines where the kidnapper proceeded to withdraw money from his own bank accounts.

A California man was arrested for trying to hold up a Bank of America branch without a weapon. He used a thumb and forefinger to simulate a gun, but unfortunately, he failed to keep his hand in his pocket. (Helloooo!)

caution_moron_alertA man walked in to a Kansas Kwik Stop and asked for all the money in the cash drawer. Apparently the take was too small, so he tied up the store clerk and worked the counter himself for three hours until police showed up and grabbed him.

Police in Los Angeles had good luck with a robbery suspect who just couldn’t control himself during a lineup. When detectives asked each man in the police lineup to repeat the words, “Give me all your money or I’ll shoot!” the man (who had not yet been identified as the robber) shouted, “That’s not what I said!” Ooops.

A few years ago John Walter was asked to give up his position as President of AT&T for lack of intellectual leadership. He received almost $26 million in a severance pay package. In this case, who was it that lacked intelligence?


What about “Ye…thee…thou…thine, etc” in the KJV?

Those who wish to continue exclusive use of the KJV are free to do so. No problem. Just don’t conjure up erroneous claims about it to cast users who prefer other versions as embracers of “false Bibles.”

Those who are prone to say that the KJV translators must have been linguistic geniuses for incorporating obsolete English terms like “ye…thee…thou…thine, etc.” should take another look at the literature of the times. One claim is that these terms had been discontinued in the 1400s and were not commonly used in England at the time of the KJV translation in 1611 when the translators brought them back into use. That is not true. Extremists claim that the translators reintroduced them for the sake of specificity. Virtually any English major knows that the terms were still in popular use in 1611. It was the common style in the literature of the period. Every English Bible prior to the KJV used these terms, so they were not “resurrected” by the 1611 translators for use in their Bible. Sources confirming this fact are widely available in libraries and on the Internet. They were common terms used in literature and on the 399px-1631_kjv_new_testament_titlepage_2street. A decline in the usage of these terms did occur in the seventeenth century, except in very formal settings, with continued declension over the next 200 years, until their usage became extremely rare.

KJV defenders say the use of “ye, thee, thine” instead of “you, your,” allows the reader to know whether a pronoun is singular or plural. For example, ye is said to be plural while you may indicate either singular or plural, depending on the context. If specificity was their goal, the KJV translators were inconsistent when applying this grammar style in their usage of these terms. For example, Genesis 17:11 states, “And ye shall circumcise the flesh of your foreskin, and it shall be a token of the covenant betwixt you and me.” Or John 3:12: “If I have told you earthly things, and ye believe not, how shall ye believe, if I tell you of heavenly things?” Note also Leviticus 27:27. Did the subjects change in those verses? The Greek of Acts 2:38 does not suggest a difference in who the “you” and the “ye” indicate. The same group is addressed using second person plural terms.

Traditionalists evidently fail to notice that the 1611 KJV has “ye” in places where the modern KJVs have “you”—e.g., Numbers 32:24, Deuteronomy 1:40, Joshua 4:5, Isaiah 1:16, Zechariah 6:7; 9:12. Are these mistakes? Is anyone confused by these renderings? F. H. A. Scrivener observed that later KJV editors, especially those of 1762 and 1769, had altered nominative plural “you” into “ye” at 364 places. There were also many differences in plural and singular readings in the 1611 Version and modern ones. This affirms that the translators did not have in mind what the KJV advocates claim. They simply used terms common in their day. Yet some advocates of the KJV who disdain research tend to condemn any translation with even one word different from their preferred version.

kjv_text_caligraphyModern readers do not seem to miss the seventeenth century terminology when determining the plurality or singularity of personal pronouns. They are understood by the context. In sixty years of ministry, I have never encountered anyone who was confused by modern pronouns. Archaic terms are not necessarily a positive for modern readers. The claim is made simply because advocates feel pressed to uphold the 1611 translators/translation as “perfect” in every way at every word.

The English language was in a state of flux in the decades between 1575 and 1625, with the “I” or “H” in some cases, soon to become “J.” The KJV still spelled Jerusalem beginning with an “H,” and Joshua, Jesus and Jews began with an “I.” An internal “s” looks like an “f” in my 1607 Geneva Bible. The 1611 KJV spelled Colossians in one place as “Colofsians” and “Coloffians” in another—on the same page! Thessalonians appears as “Theffalonians,” and Isaiah is “Ifaiah.” Some harsher critics considered the KJV English sixty or seventy years out of date when it was published, citing that its English was in a form no one had ever spoken. Hugh Broughton, perhaps England’s leading Hebrew scholar, lambasted the translation for its errors and its slavish following of the old Bishops’ Bible.

Probably the first English translation of the Bible to dispense with “ye, thou, thee, thine, etc.,” was a translation of the Gospels by Andrewes Norton published in 1855. His work was published in two volumes—one containing the four Gospels, the other containing Norton’s notes on how he did the actual work of translation. It took a long time for most English Bible readers to be comfortable with “you” instead of “thou or thee.” These terms remained so long in American Bibles because they gave the text a “foreign” or ancient sound—even a sacred tone. “Bible English” some called it.

The KJV—use it but don’t abuse it by repeating unsubstantiated claims without doing personal research.

[Is the KJV Only movement divisive? See:]


I John 5:7 and the Latin Vulgate

When Jerome was putting the finishing touches on the Roman Catholic Latin Vulgate Bible in c. A.D. 390-400, he did not include I John 5:7b,8a, which appears in the KJV (“in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: fkpwbbmg8e3b-63yefslw12_73uqubml7qcvjkuev4ah0mckdzh9jod6jczxvhiu47ah900and these three are one. And there are three that bear witness in earth:”), knowing it was spurious. However, it began to show up in Latin Bibles around the eighth century. The ensuing centuries uncovered the lack of this Trinitarian emendation in the Greek NT. Catholic prelates convinced Erasmus to include it in his third edition of the Textus Receptus and thus found its way into the KJV. Today the phrase is omitted from the current Latin Vulgate edition (the online version) or marked in color as spurious ( If anyone on earth had reason to retain that phrase if it was original, it would be the Roman Catholics.


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“If we couldn’t laugh we would all go insane.” – Robert Frost


Whoa! Stop the presses! Newsweek had to recall tens of thousands of copies of their magazine. The editors got a little too anxious, misread the American people, and allowed their objectivity train to derail.


Now we’re back on track!









The Last Shot

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She was asked why such a long password. “Duh! It had to be at least 8 characters and include a capital.” (Guess the color of her hair.)


Roffie and I wish all of our readers and subscribers the merriest Christmas ever! Let’s visit again on January 1.


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JREnsey blog #2 for November, 2016

Welcome to blog #2 for November, 2016


The Word for today

“I warned the proud, ‘Stop your boasting!’Bible
I told the wicked, ‘Don’t raise your fists!
Don’t raise your fists in defiance at the heavens
or speak with such arrogance.’”
For no one on earth—from east or west,
or even from the wilderness—
should raise a defiant fist.[a]
It is God alone who judges;
he decides who will rise and who will fall” (Psalm 75:4-7 NLT).


Had enough of the Hillary and Donald show?

I have. It is now time to govern, not campaign. Therefore, after the following comments, we will lessen the political input in the blog from this point forward. I make no specific promises of absolutely none, but will refrain as much as possible and focus on issues that are relevant to Christians in general, and Apostolics in particular.


He did it!

Against all odds, Donald J. Trump has been elected president of the USA! A few months ago, who would have given him a snowball’s chance in the Sahara? Not me. Someone who had never held public office, an outsider, whose only notoriety was to be a billionaire builder, has 483208412-real-estate-tycoon-donald-trump-flashes-the-thumbs-up-jpg-crop-promo-xlarge2ascended to the highest office in America. I am not sure yet whether we Evangelicals who obviously put him over the top should be proud. Time will tell. But I trust he recognizes that fact.

As Pilate said, “What I have written, I have written.” No changing; no going back. The vote is in, the ballots were marked, and the die is cast. America chose Trump by 306 to 232 electoral votes. Some are saying it was God; others that it was the devil. Let’s just say it was the voters in the swing states.

Hillary’s and Sanders’ millennials can’t accept it, so they are rioting in the streets, emboldened by the likes of Harry Reid and the liberal media. Their numbers are swelled by the bused-in radicals, lousy looters, socialists and communists. They spout Marxist slogans, and carry signs that belie their true sentiments, which are not with America. Get over it, protesters, and let’s get on with the business of restoring America to the Republic our nation’s founders envisioned.


Dear Liberal Progressives:

I’m noticing that a lot of you aren’t graciously accepting the fact that your candidate lost. In fact you seem to be posting even more hateful things about those of us who voted for Trump.
Some of you are apparently “triggered.” Because you are posting how “sick” you feel about the results.
How did this happen you ask?
You created “us” when you attacked our freedom of speech.0319newyorkcitydonaldtrumprally02
You created “us” when you attacked our right to bear arms.
You created “us” when you attacked our Christian beliefs.
You created “us” when you constantly referred to us as racists.
You created “us” when you constantly called us xenophobic.
You created “us” when you told us to get on board or get out of the way.
You created “us” when you forced us to buy health care and then financially penalized us for not participating.
You created “us” when you allowed our jobs to continue to leave our country.
You created “us” when you attacked our flag.
You created “us” when you confused women’s rights with feminism.
You created “us” when you began to emasculate men.
You created “us” when you decided to make our children soft.
You created “us” when you decided to vote for progressive ideals.
You created “us” when you attacked our way of life.
You created “us” when you decided to let our government get out of control.
“You” created “us” the silent majority.
And we became fed up and we pushed back and spoke up.
And we did it with ballots, not bullets.

Posted by Debbie Ferguson. Well spoken.


Powerful words

Time always tells the truth.

“An unholy Church! It is of no use to the world, and of no esteem among men. Oh, it is an abomination, hell’s laughter, heaven’s abhorrence. And the larger the Church, the more influential, the worst nuisance does it become, when it becomes dead and unholy. The worst evils which have ever come upon the world, have been brought upon her by an unholy Church.” – Charles H. Spurgeon

persuasive-landing-pages-words-have-power“He is no fool who gives away what he cannot keep, to gain what he cannot lose.” – Jim Eliot, missionary to Peru (Something very similar was stated by Matthew Henry in his commentaries.)

“The foundations of our national policy will be laid in the pure and immutable principles of private morality, and the preeminence of free government be exemplified by all the attributes which can win the affections of its citizens, and command the respect of the world.” –George Washington (1789)

“The American dream is not that every man must be level with every other man. The American dream is that every man must be free to become whatever God intends he should become.” – Ronald Reagan

Liberals and Hollywood elites must be Latinophobes. Ever notice liberals say they’re moving to Canada if Trump gets elected? Why don’t they move to Mexico or Guatamala? – Various sources


 The following was given to my wife, Roffie, by Sis. Mollie Thompson, missionary to Colombia, South America

Jesus—What A Name!

I have….

Sung it in worship,

Yelled it in revival,

Screamed it in danger,

Shouted it in victory,

Whispered it to the sinner, the sick and the dying,philippians-2-9-the-name-that-is-above-all-names-red-copy-2

Crooned it to my children,

Gasped it in pain,

Groaned it in travail,

Murmured it in despair,

Breathed it in panic,

Sobbed it in terror,

Moaned it in sorrow,

Muttered it in failure,

Whimpered it in self-loathing,

Whined it in failure,

Wailed it in real and imaginary affronts,

Wept it in repentance,

Laughed it in forgiveness,

Stammered it in astonishment,

Thought it when speech was prohibited and scoffing was the order of the day!

And in every language and tone of voice known to man, IT WORKS!!!



 Conformed to His image?

I know the Bible says, “For God knew his people in advance, and he chose them to become like his Son, so that his Son would be the firstborn among many brothers and sisters” (Romans 8:29 NLT). But sometimes we don’t feel like our lives resemble His very closely.

How did Jesus work His way through this earthly life so pristinely? Someone said He did it potierthis way:

  • He was subject to certain people, even Joseph and His mother Mary. He was Lord of all, yet He humbled Himself to be obedient. Each of us needs someone in our lives to whom we are subject.
  • He was wed to a purpose: “Let us go into the next towns, that I may preach there also: for therefore came I forth” (Mark 1:38). His face was set like a flint toward Calvary and the redemption of mankind.
  • He loved people who were unlovable—the Gadarene madman, the self-righteous man, the women who had been gross sinners.
  • He suffered execution when He did not deserve it. How many of us are willing to die to self and pride when we have not been at fault?
  • He performed 37 marvelous miracles of all kinds—yet, He gave glory to His Father. If we had done all that, who would have received the glory?

Oh, to be conformed to His image!

(Found on sticky notes deep in my Bible. Source uncertain.)


Are you a “country bumpkin”?

“If it is not [declared] unlawful for any persons to make some definite proclamation in regard to the truth of Scripture, there will arise countless errors. For every one will maltreat the Sacred Writings at his own sweet will. Country bumpkins!” – Huldrych Zwingli, quoting his opponents



 New Spanish language booklet:versiculos_cover_web
Versículos para Consejería y Evangelismo: Una guía de referencia rápida.

Todo ministro cristiano necesita estar preparado para responder a las preguntas de personas interesadas en el evangelio o en necesidad de consejería. Este librito le da las herramientas necesarias para hacer precisamente eso con temas tan diversos como el aborto, la homosexualidad, drogas, divorcio, autoestima, bautismo, infierno y mucho más. Mantenga este librito junto a su Biblia en todo momento y nunca estará despreparado para ser usado por Dios.

Adapted and edited by George Medina, who says, “We printed a limited amount, therefore the cost was a little high. We are selling them for $5.00 through our online bookstore at:

Libro: Versículos para Consejería y Evangelismo

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 Job’s Wife

“Job has lost his children, but his wife he has retained, for he needed not to be tried by losing her: he was proved [tested] sufficiently by having her. . . .Why, asks Chrysostom, did the devil leave him his wife? Because he thought her a good scourge, by which to plague him more acutely than by any other means.” – Franz Delitzsch, Commentary on the Old Testament: Job, pp. 71-72.

I am sure second opinions might be in order on this observation by Chrysostom, who remained a life-long bachelor.


Bittersweet memories:



2016-11-07-6c67ad9b_largeDid Someone hear?


chicago-protests-empty-streetcroocked-clintonsTruth always “trumps” lies!

hillary-day-of-infamyWhen the voters handed Hillary her pink slip.


Give us a sense of humor, Lord,
Give us the grace to see a joke,
To get some humor out of life,
And pass it on to other folk.

Have a wonderful November—what’s left of it. Slice some turkey, not just the politicians.


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JREnsey blog October 2016

Welcome to the October 2016 blog. Thanks for visiting.


The Word for today

 “We think you ought to know, dear brothers and sisters, about the trouble we went throughbible460 in the province of Asia. We were crushed and overwhelmed beyond our ability to endure, and we thought we would never live through it. In fact, we expected to die. But as a result, we stopped relying on ourselves and learned to rely only on God, who raises the dead. 10 And he did rescue us from mortal danger, and he will rescue us again. We have placed our confidence in him, and he will continue to rescue us” (II Corinthians 1:8-10).

May the Word give hope to some reader today!


Did Someone Find the Doctrine of the Trinity In the Name of God? Why is God’s Name “Elohim” Plural in Genesis 1:1?

By Rabbi Tovia Singer

Question: Yesterday, a Christian business associate made a point that in the very first verse of Genesis G-d is referred to as “Elohim,” which is plural. She also said that it is a plural form of three (something I have never heard before). That, she concludes, is proof of the Trinity! Why is G-d’s name plural in this verse?


The claim advanced by your business associate is one of the more well-known arguments used by missionaries to defend the doctrine of the Trinity, the most guarded and untenable creed of the Church. It would be difficult to imagine a doctrine more hostile to the uncompromising monotheism preached in the Jewish Scriptures than the Christian claim that there is a plurality within the divine nature of God. Yet, armed with little knowledge of the Hebrew language, many Trinitarians brazenly argue that the name of God, as it appears in the first verse in the Bible, “proves” there are three distinct Persons in the godhead.

trinity_lgMore specifically, missionaries point to the plural form of the Hebrew name of God אֶלהִים, (Elohim), which appears frequently in the Torah, to bolster their claim that there is a complex unity in the godhead. They argue that the use of the Hebrew letters “ ים” (yud and mem, pronounced “im”), which is a plural suffix at the end of the word Elohim, provides ample evidence from Tanach that there is a plurality within the nature of God. Your business associate went out on an even more bizarre limb when she declared that this Hebrew syntax is somehow indicative of the “plural form of three.”

You can rest assured that the Hebrew tongue is a foreign language to your business associate, and that both of her contentions are erroneous. While her first assertion can be easily explained away by her lack of familiarity with the biblical language, her second point cannot. Her latter comment that the plural suffix in Elohim is indicative of “a plural form of three” is particularly preposterous, and….(Read the remainder of this very interesting article at

Disclaimer: I know nothing about the author of the above article other than what I see and read on the Internet. The sharing of this article should not be construed as an endorsement of him or his theological positions. He is a Jew and does not believe Jesus is the Messiah. However, his explanation of the plural Elohim in Genesis 1:1 in this article strengthens the position of God’s Oneness.


 Ghost writers in the sky*

In a Family Circus cartoon, 5-year old Dolly brings a Bible to her mother and asks, “Did God write the Bible Himself? Or did He have some Holy Ghost writers?”

Dolly, that was a very insightful question. Indeed, God has done some writing Himself when He inscribed the Ten Commandments on tablets of stone. However, He conscripted cncf6vruyaanx1lsome “holy men of God” (II Peter 1:21) to write the record of creation, the Law, the history of His people, poetry that teaches, and prophecies of things to come. He also inspired writers to provide the history of the ministry of Christ and the apostles, along with their letters of instructions to believers in the first century. The truths were from God; men provided the means to convey and preserve them.

So, yes, in a sense God did have some “ghost writers.” God is the Author of the Book but He used men to write the words. We have found that every record is factual and every promise is trustworthy.


 Darwin was right

 By Tony Pearce

Darwin was right when he wrote: “To suppose that the eye could have been formed by natural selection (evolution) seems absurd in the highest possible degree.”

Oxford biologist and atheist Richard Dawkins, who believes that Darwin’s theory of evolution has the answer to all natures complexities, is not daunted by this admission of his mentor. In his book, Climbing Mount Improbable, Dawkins agrees with Darwin that there are difficulties in believing in the evolution of the eye: An eye is made up of a large number of parts arranged in a very special way. The number of possible ways in which those parts could have been arranged comes to a stupefying large number. Moreover, of all the trillions of possible arrangements of the parts of an eye, only a tiny minority would see.

eye-anatomy To answer this possible objection to the theory of evolution, Dawkins argues that it is not difficult for rudimentary lens-like objects to come into existence spontaneously. Any old lump of halfway transparent jelly need only assume a curved shape (there are all sorts of reasons why it might), and it will immediately confer at least a slight improvement on a simple cup or pinhole. Lenses might have evolved in the first place from a vitreous mass that filled the whole eye. According to calculations made by Swedish biologists, he says it would only take about 364,000 generations to evolve a good fish eye with a lens.

Even if you accept this unlikely scenario, it does not tell us how long it would take to evolve a good human eye or how these blind or half-blind creatures managed to stumble around for millions of years while they evolved their eyes [or how they escaped predators during that time. – JRE]. Nor does it tell us how something as wonderful and complex as the eye could have come together by chance, when all the evidence of the natural world is that left to themselves things become more random and disorganized, not more complex and developed (the Second Law of Thermodynamics).

“The hearing ear, and the seeing eye, the Lord hath made even both of them” (Proverbs 20:12).

Source: The Evolution Conspiracy: The Impact of Darwinism on the World and the Church


Man deported five times keeps returning to assault women

Police arrested Nicodemo Coria-Gonzales in Austin for setting a woman on fire and sexually assaulting several others over a period of months.

He was here illegally and had been deported five times, only to walk back across the border again and again. Obama and Hillary say we have border security. What a joke, you say? It is ice-raid_3535094bnot a joke to those he abused and tried to kill. The “Border Patrol Agents” (a misnomer?) have their hands tied in such cases. It is like fishing in special places: catch and release. Our officials in Washington say the immigration system is “broken” and needs fixing.

The first thing it needs is enforcing by a president with guts and a congress that is not sold out. There will be no border security without a physical restraint and someone in Washington with the courage to say, “Want to come here? Welcome, but you must come legally. Like other sovereign nations, we have immigration laws and they will be enforced.” Reckon there will ever be such a person in the White House?

Obama has authorized thousands of Syrian refugees to come to America where there is no real vetting process in place. Hillary Clinton has said she wants to allow several times that many to come. I also heard that over 858 illegals (later upped to over 1800) who were set to be deported because of involvement in immigration fraud and suspicion of national security concerns, were granted U.S. citizenship “by mistake.” Right. One of them was already hired into law enforcement, two others were given security clearance, and they were now able to sponsor other immigrants who want to come into the country. Are we totally nuts, or is it all part of the final months of the Obama administration’s secret acts?


Wake up, America!


Staying at home on November 8?

The other day a man told me that for the first time ever he was going to vote for a third party candidate. He liked neither of the two main candidates running for president. Is “liking” someone a prerequisite to vote in a presidential election? He should know that a non-votervote for a third party will likely be a vote for Hillary Clinton. Everyone—even those who stay home—votes for somebody! Others say they just can’t bring themselves to vote for anyone this time. That is rather illogical. If we wait until someone comes along who believes exactly like we do about the military, the economy, the culture, our particular preferences about everything, we will probably be waiting a long time. The apostle Paul is not on the ballot this year.

Also, consider this:
Justice Scalia’s seat is vacant.
Justice Ginsberg is 82 years old
Justice Kennedy is 79 years old
Justice Breyer is 77 years old
Justice Thomas is 67 years old

The average age of a Supreme Court retirement or death occurs after 75. These are five vacancies that will likely come up over the next 4-8 years. The next president will have the power to potentially create a 7-2 Supreme Court skewed with his ideology. Think about a 7-2 liberal court. If the next President appoints five young justices, it will guarantee control of the Supreme Court for an entire generation. And 7-2 decisions will hold up much more over time than 5-4 decisions which are viewed as lacking in mandate.

Hillary has made it clear she will use the Supreme Court to go after the 2nd Amendment. She has literally said that the Supreme Court was wrong in its Heller decision stating that the Court should overturn and remove the individual right to keep and bear arms. Period. If Hillary Clinton wins and gets to make these appointments, you likely will never see another conservative victory at the Supreme Court level for the rest of your life. Ever.
Remember Romney? Three million conservatives who had voted for McCain did not cast a vote for Romney (for whatever reason) and the result was four additional years of Obama. Thanks, all you stay-at-homers!

AND ONE FINAL THOUGHT, Hillary’s already on the record as saying that Obama “would make a great Supreme Court Justice.” (USA Today) Now that is scary!

Source: Anonymous


Let’s all say “diversity”!

We keep hearing about diversity. Everyone seemingly wants to play the game of who can be the most broadminded as though it is the ultimate virtue.

In our government’s insistence on diversity, the president has nominated Abid Riaz Qureshi, a Muslim, to serve as Federal Judge in the District of Columbia. Does anyone realize how impacting that decision could be on the future of our nation? These are “for life” appointments. We are already seeing the effect of Obama’s judicial appointees in the support of his social and political agendas. What the president wants, he gets by activist judges.

Is diversity on the federal bench bad? No, and yes. It matters not what color a person’s skin is. Who cares? What values does he embrace? What decisions might he be expected to hand down in the future? To whom might he be obligated? What is his vision for America? Those are the important questions, not what race or gender might be involved. Diversity will usually happen to some extent rather automatically. It did in the early church. Diversity is fine but it must not outstrip unity in the things that matter. Slogans notwithstanding, diversity is NOT our strength. The Bible teaches unitythat our strength is in unity.

The real problem: diversity does not know where to stop. It roars past gender and skin tone and ethnicity. It gets into ideology and into theology. It morphs into multiculturalism and then into full-blown pluralism, all undergirded by political correctness. Any value—or no values—becomes equal to all others. In that crazy system no one is truly right because everything is relative. Globalization is in; nationalism is out. Sounds good to those who think George Soros ought to be president.

Eighty-eight former generals have raised their voices against the diversity presently being foisted on the military. Traditional American values have been thrown out the window of the Pentagon. The “America first” generals are being replaced with homosexuals and transgenders and those who think America needs to be taken to the whipping post. One general has described our military as “in shambles.” Iran takes our billions while harrassing our ships and planes, threatening to shoot them down. Response: virtual silence. Weak, feckless leadership is no threat to them. We have supplied them with the means to buy weapons that can take out our planes and ships, as well as backing off from keeping their country nuclear free.

On the surface, diversity sounds charitable and Christian-like, as only college professors can laud it. But where is it headed? The call for diversity in the culture bleeds over into the church. Diversity is welcome in the church when the Scriptures are not violated, when unity is not threatened, but diversity for diversity’s sake—for appearances—is extremely shortsighted and dangerous. When we make it open-ended, where might we be ten or twenty years down the road? To be in lock-step with cultural trends is no virtue in our times, and certainly is no justification for ignoring scriptural mandates.
What would Paul say? What did he say?


Politician ignores biblical context

Vice President candidate Tim Kaine was praising “marriage equality,” a code-phrase for same-sex marriage, in his effort to position God on his side. “My church teaches me about a Creator, in the first chapter of Genesis, who surveys the entire world, including mankind, and said, ‘It is very good. It is very good.’ Pope Francis famously said, ‘Who am I to judge?’ And to that I want to add, who am I to challenge God for the beautiful diversity of the human family? I think we’re supposed to celebrate it, not challenge it.”

contextIt is “very good”? He wasn’t talking about Adam’s sin, Mr. Kaine. In fact, he kicked Adam out of the Garden because he ate fruit from a forbidden tree. Do we think anyone gets by with sin because God is a great big Jolly Old Elf sitting somewhere in the heavens ignoring the grossest of sins? Sorry, but that is not the message of Genesis 1. You need to get your Bible and read that again. And it is certainly not the message of Calvary, Mr. Kaine. Better take another look at the cross.

And we should be “celebrating” what God condemns rather than challenging it??? I guess you never read I Corinthians 6:9,10: “Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived; neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor homosexuals, nor thieves, nor the covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers, will inherit the kingdom of God” (NASB). Or I John 2:15-17. Or…oh, well. I don’t suppose Mr. Kaine will be reading this, but perhaps someone else will for whom the Word will makes sense. “Let him that readeth understand…” (Mark 13:14).


Hip surgery

Two patients limp into two different doctors’ offices with the same complaint:

Both have trouble walking and may require hip surgery.

Patient #One.

Is examined within the hour, is X-rayed the same day, and has a time booked for surgery the following week.

Patient #Two.

Sees his family doctor after waiting 3 weeks for an appointment, then waits 8 weeks to see a specialist, then gets an  x-ray, which isn’t reviewed for another week, and finally has his surgery scheduled for 6 months from then, pending the review board’s decision on his age and remaining value to society.

Why the diffeobamacarethisisgoingtohurtrent treatment for the two patients?

Patient #One is a golden retriever taken to a vet.

Patient #Two is a senior citizen on Obamacare.

If there is no change in government in November…we’ll all need to find a good vet before long.



More timely quotes:

Margaret Thatcher: “Socialists cry ‘Power to the People!’ and raise the clenched fist as they say it. We all know what they really mean—power over the people, power to the state!”

Fred Thompson: “This country has shed more blood for the freedom of other people quotesthan all the other nations in the history of the world combined, and I’m tired of people feeling like they’ve got to apologize for America!”

Walter Williams: “Prior to capitalism, the way people amassed great wealth was by looting, plundering and enslaving their fellow man. Capitalism made it possible to become wealthy by serving your fellow man.”

Mike Rowe: “Of the three million available jobs today, less than 20% require a 4-year degree. We are lending money we don’t have to kids who can pay it back to train them for jobs that no longer exist. That’s nuts!”


 Generational overlap

 Adam was still alive when Methusaleh and his son Lamech (Noah’s father) were born. Do you reckon they conversed? Perhaps he told Methusaleh, “Yeah, we had a nice place once, but my wife ate us out of house and home.”

Noah’s son Shem was still alive when Abraham was born. Abraham could have learned much of the history of the world from him. “Abe, let me tell you about a storm that came up one day.”

aging-longevity-biblical-life-spans-adam-to-jacobBoth Queen Esther and the prophet Daniel were in the Babylonian exile, although Daniel’s experience was decades before her time. Doubtless his story was an inspiration to her.

Daniel and the Chinese philosopher Confucius were contemporaries. What would their conversation have sounded like?

Solomon and the Greek poet Homer lived in the same century. Both were prolific writers. They would have had much to discuss.

Who are your contemporaries that you should meet and share stories with?



 Book Review:

How To Teach Holiness From the Inside Outhow-to-teach-holiness-front-cover

 by David A. Huston

RoshPinnah Publications, 2016; 24.95

This huge (8½” X 11″) 325-page book is billed as “An Apostolic Guide on the Progression from Holy Ghost to Holy Life.” It definitely lives up to its billing. Those of us who teach can always simply use the Bible for our material, but so many specific issues we deal with today are unnamed in the Bible, except in the context of principles. That is where this book shines. Pastor David Huston in Carlisle, PA has pulled the fundamental principles from the Bible and life itself to shape the way we can bring ourselves into compliance with God’s will.

He rightly begins with the heart. Our inner man must be humbled to believe and obey. Otherwise, holiness is nothing more than a disciplining of the flesh. The author aids the teacher by showing the importance of leadership in guiding a group into a life of holiness. He boldly walks through the Meaning, the Purpose, the Pursuit, the Cost, and the Motivation for holiness. The principles of Identity, Love, Authority, Modesty, and Integrity are gleaned for wisdom in conveying the beauty of holiness.

The author adds a helpful section of questions and answers dealing with specific issues that brings the principles into practical application. He skillfully meshes external appearances with internal qualities.

The author also published a companion volume of 250 pages for the laity. The big book is jesus-bought-a-house-front-coverdistilled for the common man in the pews to have as the lessons are taught. It is called Jesus Bought A House: A Believers’ Guide to the Principles of Holiness. The price is 14.95. Both books can be purchased for $30.

You won’t be without solid teaching material on holiness for a long time. This is an investment that will pay dividends in the form of souls eternally saved.

Order from David Huston by email ( or call 717-580-0819. Both books for only $30.


 SEARCHING THE SCRIPTURES: Merging Truth, Texts and    Translations

By J. R. Ensey

Searching the Scriptures Front CoverA number of years ago, I embarked on a journey to learn more about the actual text of the Bible. I wanted to know how it came to us in its present form. The research took me to libraries (both here and abroad), the Internet, discussions with textual scholars, and the reading of many books (a weariness of the flesh), and earnest prayer. I wanted to know the truth.

The shallow claim of those who insist that only one 400-year old English translation—done with pre-set biased rules, few resources, by men who did not know the New Testament was written in Koine rather than classical Greek—should be viewed as “the only true Bible” demands a response. The attempt to find truth behind the manuscripts, the texts and translations seemed a worthy objective. Searching the Scriptures: Merging Truth, Texts and Translations is the result of that effort. It puts the early English Bibles, including the KJV, in perspective where they can be evaluated with contemporary translations by the sciences of papyrology, textual analysis, and linguistics. No doctrines are lost and none are created in the process of textual criticism.

If you have questions about the ancient manuscripts, the Greek texts, the differences in the Textus Receptus, the Majority Text, the Critical Text, or in the translations available today, you will probably find some help here. What about the words or phrases in some translations that are not there in the medieval versions or vice versa? There are some answers in this book.

Includes charts, comparisons of Bible translations, and other addenda that will prove helpful in the study of the Scriptures.

Apostolics, of all people, have no need to fear truth. To do so casts a shadow of doubt on the Holy Scriptures. The more one learns about the Bible, the more he respects it and trusts it. – JRE

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Hillary Clinton recently tried to explain her email affair by saying, "So I may have short-circuited it and for that, I will, you know, try to clarify." We've come a long way from the integrity of President George Washington.

Hillary Clinton recently tried to explain her email affair by saying, “So I may have short-circuited it and for that, I will, you know, try to clarify.” We’ve come a long way from the integrity of President George Washington.




Hillary’s too!





 The Last Shots

The billions in cash clandestinely flown last month to Iran finally lets us know where Obama stands on terrorism: Don’t fight it, fund it.



Sorry, but I don’t listen to anti-gun lectures from people who think it’s OK to kill a baby.

It takes a special kind of lunatic to think importing welfare recipients who want to kill us is a good idea.

6’5″ 250-pound guy wearing lipstick and a bow in his long blonde hair to girl’s high school  basketball coach: “The ACC doesn’t mind me using your locker room, but for some reason they don’t want me playing on your team.”  (See: ACC pulls games out of North Carolina over transgender bathroom bill.)



*Please forgive the pun. Only those over 50 will remember the song, “Ghost Riders in the Sky.”

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JREnsey blog September 2016

Welcome to the blog for September, 2016—the ninth month named for the number seven.


The Word for today

O God, you are my God; I earnestly search for you.Bible
My soul thirsts for you; my whole body longs for you
in this parched and weary land where there is no water.
I have seen you in your sanctuary and gazed upon your power and glory.
Your unfailing love is better than life itself; how I praise you!
I will praise you as long as I live, lifting up my hands to you in prayer.
You satisfy me more than the richest feast.
I will praise you with songs of joy.

Psalm 63:1-5


Why is the ninth month of the year named for the number seven?

For all you detail addicts, here is a fix: September (from Latin septem, “seven”) was originally the seventh of ten months on 0001the oldest known Roman calendar, with March (Latin Martius) the first month of the year until perhaps as late as 153 BC. After the calendar reform that added January and February to the beginning of the year, September became the ninth month, but retained its name. It had 29 days until the Julian reform, which added a day. (Wiki)

Got that?


For Labor Day

Labor or Service?

“Six days thou shalt labour and do all thy work” (Deuteronomy 5:13). The term “labor” to many seems to connote drudgery or routine, repetitive, demeaning toil. As used here in the fourth of God’s Ten Commandments, however, the Hebrew word abad means rather to “serve” and is so translated 214 times in the King James. Only one other time is it translated “labor,” and that is in the first rendering of the commandments (Exodus 20:9). Thus, the command could well be read: “Six days shalt thou serve. . . .” Futhermore, the word for “work” (Hebrew melakah) does not denote servile labor but “deputyship” or “stewardship.”

The one whom we are to serve or act as deputy for, of course, is God Himself when we do our work. In the ultimate and very labor-day3real sense, the Lord is our employer, and we serve Him, not man. Therefore, “whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men” (Colossians 3:23). Every honest occupation, if carried out for the Lord’s sake and to His glory, is “divine service,” and every Christian who holds this perspective on his or her work (be it preaching, or bookkeeping, or homemaking, or whatever) is in the Christian ministry—for “ministry” simply means “service.”

Note also that God has ordained not a four-day or five-day workweek: “Six days thou shalt labor, and do all thy Work,” He says, thus commemorating the six days in which He worked in the beginning, “for in six days the LORD made heaven and earth” (Exodus 31:17).

One day, Lord willing, we shall hear Him say, “Well done, thou good and faithful servant: . . . enter thou into the joy of thy Lord” (Matthew 25:21). Then, throughout the ages to come, “his servants shall serve him” (Revelation 22:3) with everlasting joy.

Source: Henry Morris in Days of Praise


I’ve been thinking…

thinker01-crSome folks get bent out of shape because they don’t “get their healing” every time they feel a pain or their blood pressure rises. They usually blame a lack of faith, and some indict God for lacking compassion. Still others blame whomever they had asked to pray. If we were healed every time at the first sign of a problem, we would probably mistreat our bodies and selfishly violate this earthly temple in which we live. Why not?

Think about the situation this way. If Jesus fed the people all the time with loaves and fishes, they wouldn’t have to build boats, make nets or rods and go fishing, or pound grain to make flour and bread. No more cooking and setting food out for the family…just follow Me. If He daily kept us from the heat of the sun and sheltered us from the rain, we wouldn’t have to strive to provide those protections. If He freely handed us all the clothing we needed without our effort, and every other need was bountifully supplied without our involvement, what kind of persons would we become?

God is so wise!

(Note: the accompanying photo is not me. I don’t have that much hair.)


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While visiting the Creation Evidence Museum near Glen Rose, Texas, I saw this stone, which once was mud, containing the Cretaceous footprint of a man overlaid with that of a dinosaur. This strongly suggests (I refrain from saying “proves”) that the two co-existed. You may have seen this photo reproduced elsewhere, but in case you don’t have it, here it is. I just hope the man wasn’t being chased by the dinosaur. If so, he was ahead at this point. I trust he was able to get away.


Guess who’s dropping by for dinner

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Lion and man in tent

More reasons women outlive men:

More reasons women live longer

Why women live longer


Multiculturalism: Fact or Threat?

By Dinesh D’Souza

Research Fellow, Hoover Institution

The following is an abridged version of Mr. D’Souza’s speech at a Hillsdale College seminar in Boise, Idaho.

moses_multiculturalism_1573955There has been a remarkable demographic shift that has changed the complexion of American society over the last 40 years. One reason for this change is the fact that most immigrants today come from Asia, Africa, and Latin America, rather than from Europe. A second contributing factor is birthrates: those of non-white minorities are substantially higher than that of whites. Taken together, these have led to what some have called the “browning of America.” In this sense, we can speak of multiculturalism as a fact. But it is important to distinguish this fact from the ideology that goes by the same name. The ideology of multiculturalism demands the transformation of America’s educational and political institutions in response to the new demographic reality. This ideology of multiculturalism, unlike the fact of multiculturalism, poses a threat to….(please continue reading this important article, click here)

Also read Governor Richard Lamm on this topic at


Keeping our educational institutions on track

As educational institutions go, so goes the owning denominations. Every thinking person knows that.

Bobby Killmon, Dean of Theology at IBC, in his reference to Robert Bork’s classic work, Slouching Towards Gomorrah, 20090205classroompointed out in a recent article in Perspectives magazine that if you want to change a movement’s core beliefs, you must start “the long march through the institutions.”

Truer words were never spoken. History confirms the fact. This is why we must assure our fellowship that every instructor in our endorsed colleges and seminary are proven to be—not merely assumed to be—totally dedicated to the apostolic message, both the Bible part and the living part. If we do not pay attention to who is assigned to stand before our students in the classroom, depending only on a sheepskin on a wall, letters behind a name, or who they might be kin to, we could find that our youth and aspiring ministers are slowly being moved away from the absoluteness of our core beliefs.


Judeo-Christian evidence still in Washington

As you walk up the steps of the Supreme Court building, you see on its façade a carving of Moses holding the Ten Commandments. As you enter the Supreme Court courtroom, the two huge oak doors have the Ten Commandments engraved on them. Right above where the judges sit is a display of the Ten Commandments. There are Bible verses etched in stone all over the federal buildings and monuments in Washington.

imagesJames Madison, the fourth president and known as The Father of our Constitution” made the following statement: “We have staked the whole of our political institutions upon the capacity of mankind for self-government, upon the capacity of each and all of us to govern ourselves, to control ourselves, to sustain ourselves according to the Ten Commandments of God.” The first Supreme Court Justice, John Jay, said, “Americans should select and prefer Christians as their rulers.”

The patriot and a founding father, Patrick Henry said, “It cannot be emphasized too strongly or too often that this great nation was founded not by religionists but by Christians, not on religions but on the gospel of Jesus Christ.” Fifty-two of the founders of the Constitution were members of the established orthodox churches in the colonies.

Since 1777, every session of Congress has begun with prayer by a paid minister. An engraving of Moses graces the chamber of the U.S. House of Representatives. Our coins have “In God we trust” engraved on them. Our Pledge of Allegiance has “under God” in it.

How, then, have we reached a point where everything we have done for 240 years is suddenly wrong and unconstitutional? And how long will those evidences last under the next president?


Every entity must have a capable leader

So much depends on leadership:

What ship ever sailed without a helmsman? Somebody must steer!leader5

Where would Israel have been without Moses?

Or the impassioned warriors in Saul’s kingdom without David?

Or the apostles without Christ?

Or the cause of missionary evangelism without Paul?

Or the American colonists without Washington?

Or the Bolshevlks without Lenin?

Or the Cubans without Castro?

There must be a catalyst—someone who senses the need, who knows where he is going, who sees what others do not see. Anyone can see an axe head sinking, but only the Elishas can “see” it floating. Anyone can see the enemy surrounding us, but we need someone who can see the invisible fiery chariots on our side.

Success or failure of businesses, organizations, and churches often depend on the attitudes and abilities of one person who knows how to make things happen. Are YOU that person?




In case you didn’t know

The combined weight of all ants on the earth is about the same as the combined weight of all humans.

The possible moves in a chess game are virtually infinite.

One day’s breathing in Mumbai, India is equivalent to smoking two and one half packs of cigarettes.

The entire population of earth could fit inside Texas, and it would still be less crowded than New York City.

Maudie Hopkins was the last known widow of a Civil War veteran. She died in 2008.

Before there were clocks, there were candle clocks that burned a set amount of hours. If you wanted a reminder or alarm, you pushed a nail at the desired time length in the candle and when it melted to that point, the nail would fall and clank on the metal holder, alerting you.


Great men are not always wise

**FILE**Former President Jimmy Carter takes a question during a conference at The Carter Center in Atlanta, Tuesday, June 7, 2005. An independent panel Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2005 reversed a Pentagon recommendation that the New London submarine base in Connecticut, base be closed. One of the panel members even said a letter from Carter _ the only president to ever serve as a submariner _ pleading the panel to keep the base open was one of the reasons he voted against closure. (AP Photo/Ric Feld, File)You can read this title in Job 32:9, but you can also see it played out in the strange statements of elder statesmen like ex-president Jimmy Carter. Last year he made the following statement quoted by 7/18/15: “I think Jesus would encourage any love affair if it was honest and sincere and was not damaging to anyone else, and I don’t see that gay marriage damages anyone else. I believe Jesus would approve gay marriage. That’s just my own personal opinion.”


Beware: the medicine man cometh

Before you get strung out on some pill a doctor suggested might be “right for you,” or invest your hard earned money in Dr.-Krohn-Medicine-Wagon-72dpivitamins and supplements, read the September issue of Consumer Reports on medication and supplements. They are generally trusted and evidently objective. Their articles on prescription drugs and over-the-counter supplements are quite eye opening. Your health is on the line as well as your bank account.


Did God do that?

When someone has special talents and abilities, it is not uncommon for others to say of them, “God gave them that talent so they could use it as they are doing. Otherwise they wouldn’t have it.” Really?

Is it true that God gives unsaved godless persons special abilities to do what they do? Did God give extraordinary leadership skills to Hannibal, Alexander, and Napoleon? Did God specifically give inventive skills to Leonardo da Vinci, Benjamin Franklin, Alexander G. Bell, and Thomas Edison? Did God specifically give astronomical and mathematical genius to Isaac shutterstock_129854075Newton, Albert Einstein, and Stephen Hawking? Did He specifically choose Dr. Denton Cooley, Dr. Michael DeBakey, and James H. “Red” Duke to have exceptional skills as heart surgeons? Were Demosthenes, Cicero, Adolph Hitler, and Winston Churchill given gifts of oratory by God to be used by them as they were?

Are we humans mere dancing dolls on a string operated from above? I think not. Can God use certain skills and abilities for His glory? Of course. Did He ever give certain gifts to be used for His glory? Likely. But perhaps Solomon was an anomaly. Ordinarily, however, men continue to apply particular naturally occurring skills to tasks that bring attention to themselves. We are not obligated to either credit or blame God for men doing what occurs instinctively and spontaneously. To do so could open us up to deception through human reasoning.

People have varying personalities and levels of ambition. Opportunity and timing play a role. Henry Hartman once said, “Success comes when preparation meets opportunity.” May I add—when vision and motivation encounter need, exploits occur. Rather than wait to try to figure out what God specifically gave you to work with, do what your hands find to do. That was Solomon’s advice: “Whatever you find to do with your hands, do it with all your might, because there is neither work nor planning nor knowledge nor wisdom in the grave, the place where you will eventually go” (Ecclesiastes 9:10).


The basics of textual criticism

Still puzzled about New Testament Greek, biblical manuscripts, and Bible versions? Still wondering why some Bibles read a little differently from others? I highly recommend that you take a little time to listen to someone who is probably more Uncial_076_(Gregory-Aland)knowledgeable about these matters than anyone living today, Dr. Daniel Wallace. You will not regret taking the time to listen to a series of brief discussions about the Bible manuscripts. You can find them here

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by Peter Connell

Having worked intimately with Jerry Ensey over several years providing detailed edits on various versions of the manuscript of this book, I feel qualified to offer comment on this latest of his many quality books, Searching the Scriptures. The author has given us a treasure of research and valuable information in this remarkable volume. Any honest student of the Scriptures is interested in truth—and this work paints the clear picture that the Bible we hold in our hands is the veritable Word of God.

In English-speaking countries we hold translations of the Scriptures that are so breathtakingly true to the original writings of Moses, the prophets, the Apostles and those close contemporaries such as Luke and Mark who penned the holy Writ—that we can place our trust in that wonderful Book of books we call the Bible. This latest volume from the author brings this salient fact out vividly—and every student of the Word should be thankful.

I should warn that this book is not a “casual read!” It will challenge you to think, and to look at the large assemblage of factual evidence presented in its pages. While he deals with what has been a controversial subject within the Apostolic movement—that of the acerbic debate of… (Continue reading this review…click here).

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Reagan to Russia: “Tear down this wall!” Obama to Target:

Obama Tear down this stall


Clinton foundation

Hurt feelings


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The last shots

  • There is little need in bowing the knee when we do not humble the heart.
  • Most marriage problems are not marriage problems but two single problems.
  • Quickly—use these words before they become obsolete: redemption, cross, virtue, judgment, truth, Hell, integrity, personal responsibility.
  • Obama wants Catholic institutions to provide condoms and abortions. Does this mean he will force Muslims to serve huge.16.82049bacon and alcohol?
  • Imagine the outcry if Christians beheaded 21 Muslims.
  • Bernie and Hillary’s economy: Buy one burger for the price of two and receive a second burger absolutely free!
  • There have been over 800 killings in Chicago with guns this year. How many were done by NRA members? Right…zip! Liberals think conservatives are violent because they own guns. When was the last time you saw conservatives block a freeway, turn over cop cars, riot, loot, throw Molotov cocktails and burn buildings?
  • In 1986 while Reagan was president, Libya killed some Americans. He bombed their leader’s house, and they were silent for 25 years. Then someone apologized.

Have a blessed September!


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JREnsey blog August 2016

Welcome to the blog for August, 2016—the month honoring Caesar Augustus, who tried to kill Jesus. The heat this month is trying to kill me too.


The Word for today Bible

“Help, Lord, for the godly man ceases to be, for the faithful disappear from among the sons of men. They speak falsehood to one another; with flattering lips and with a double heart they speak. May the Lord cut off all flattering lips, the tongue that speaks great things, who have said, “With our tongue we will prevail; our lips are our own; who is lord over us?” (Psalm 12:1-4 NASB).

This passage seemed appropriate to coincide with the political conventions.


Is election to church leadership a mandate for social change?

The Presbyterian Church (USA) has elected a co-moderator, making the top leadership of the denomination totally female, for its 222nd General Assembly who believes members of the denomination are just as evil as Orlando shooter Omar Mateen who pledged his allegiance to the Islamic State terror group.

Pres women 2In a blog written within hours of the Orlando nightclub shooting in which Mateen killed 49 people, the Rev. Denise Anderson—a pastor from National Capital Presbytery who is serving alongside the Rev. Jan Edmiston, a presbytery executive from Chicago as a co-moderator for the PCUSA’s annual assembly—argues that “many in our own ranks aren’t too idealistically different from this gunman.”

“Much of this [homelessness, human trafficking, crime, drug use and suicide among LGBTQ youth] can be attributed to religious teaching,” Anderson claims. “A pastor who counseled parents to turn their backs on their gay son, or submit their lesbian daughter to conversion therapy. Flippant comments about ‘sissies’ thrown carelessly about from the pulpit.

“Relegation of gay men to the choir loft (entertain us!), but kept from the trustee board. Scapegoating same-sex couples as the purveyors of moral erosion. That’s our doing. That’s our assault weapon.”

Anderson further asserted the American Church “is in the same business” as the terrorist Mateen, but is “simply not as efficient as he was.”

As part of the opening day of PCUSA’s 222nd General Assembly held recently in Portland, Oregon, delegates overwhelmingly elected Anderson and Edmiston as co-moderators.

The United Methodist Church has followed suit and elected Karen Oliveto as the Western Jurisdiction bishop. You guessed it—she is a professed lesbian. She is also pastor of the Glide Memorial United Methodist Church of San Francisco.

What’s that twisting sound in John Wesley’s grave?


Turn off A/Cs and refrigerators!

According to Sec’y of State John Kerry, climate change and global warming may be more dangerous than ISIS and international terrorism.

“It’s hard for some people to grasp it, but what you are doing here right now is of equal noairimportance, because it has the ability literally to save life on this planet,” Kerry recently told the conference of parties to the 1987 Montreal Protocol, a global treaty to end the use of many chlorofluorocarbons from aerosols and refrigerants that deplete the ozone layer.

Are we to assume that all Democrats and other nations are now in the process of turning off their A/Cs and cooling their milk and perishables in a nearby creek or well, as we did when I was a child?

This sounds exactly like the shrill warnings on the first Earth Day in 1970. (Read those failed and foolish predictions here:

One Twitter response suggested that Kerry took waaaaay too much LSD in the 70s and his brain may be fried.


A prophecy

Christianity adherents, particularly those who are not in step with the leftist agenda, are about to be blamed with virtually everything negative that is happening in America.

You may have noticed the many websites laying the Orlando shooting squarely on the doorstep of conservative Christians that do not approve of the LGBTQ lifestyle, as though outspoken Christians have prompted ISIS and other Muslim groups to commit such Pointing-Fingeratrocities.

The coming persecution of Christians will feature blame placed on Christians from everything from climate change, tornadoes, floods, dope rings, murders in Chicago, the collapse of the stock market, and perhaps even 9/11 and the Hindenberg disaster.

The same was true in the Apostolic Age. Christians were blamed with the downfall of paganism and the disuse of their temples, or physical disasters in many cities—Carthage, Alexandria, and others—and were accused by the emperor of setting the fire that burned Rome in July of AD 64.

Get ready…you will be cited as the cause of almost all negative situations in America. What goes around comes around.


VP for Muslims?

Former Governor Time Kaine of Virginia has been chosen as Hillary Clinton’s vice president. reports that while governor he appointed a Muslim Brotherhood front leader to head the state’s commission on immigration and integration. In tim-kaine-bio-photoa court filing, federal prosecutors said the Muslim American Society “was founded as the overt arm of the Muslim Brotherhood in America.” Kaine called opposition to this appointment “bigotry.” Kaine also spoke at a dinner honoring a Muslim Brotherhood terror suspect, as well as receiving  campaign donations from Islamist groups and individual Muslims.

As U.S. Senator from Virginia, he serves on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. What are we to expect should he become the vice president? Is it a valid assumption that Muslims will adopt American values and laws if we freely open our borders to them? Will they fall in love with American liberty and opportunity and be loyal U.S. citizens? Or will this be viewed as a weakness to be exploited as they have done in Europe?

You might be interested in the Judicial Watch special report titled U.S. Government Purges of Law Enforcement Training Material Deemed “Offensive” To Muslims. What else is going on behind the scenes that we know nothing about?


What is “the truth”?

I have heard thousands of Apostolics testify about their experience with “the truth”—“I found the truth…I came into the truth…I obeyed the truth…I have been in the truth 20 years…etc.” What do they mean by “the truth”?

No one breaks into their testimony to explain the details. Doubtless, it leaves some hearers a little mystified.

I will venture to say that what is meant is that they have come to the assurance that God exists, that He is eternally one single Spirit, that He is the creator of all things, that He manifested Himself as our Savior, Jesus Christ, that Jesus experienced death at Calvary in our place, that we appropriate His salvation by repenting of our sins and being baptized in His namTruth-2e, that the baptism of the Holy Spirit completes the new birth, that a lifestyle separated from the world pleases God, and that our hope is eternal life with the Lord in Heaven.

While that limited list does not include all Bible truths, it may serve to explain to others what Apostolic Pentecostals generally mean when they speak of “the truth.”


Moral: Don’t steal a car you are not familiar with!

The proud owner of a magnificently restored 1956 Chevrolet convertible, wrote to say he had returned the car to perfection over the last few years, posted this story.

On a very warm summer afternoon he decided to take his car to town. It needed gas, as the gauge was practically on empty, but he wanted ice cream, so he headed first to his favorite ice cream shop.

He had trouble finding a parking space and had to park the car down a side street. He noticedthief-stealing-a-car a group of young guys standing around smoking cigarettes and eyeing his car rather covetously. He was a bit uneasy leaving it there, but people often take interest in such an old and well-preserved car, so he went off to enjoy his ice cream.

The line at the ice cream shop was long and it took him quite a while to return to his car. When he did, his worst fears were realized… his car was gone.

He called the police and reported the theft and then went back and bought a quart of pistachio ice cream. About ten minutes later the police called him to say they had found the car abandoned near a gas station a few miles out of town.

It was unharmed and he was relieved. It seems just before he called, the police had received a call from a young woman who was an employee at a self-service gas station. She told them that three youn1956 Gas tankg men had driven in with this beautiful old convertible. One of them came to the window and prepaid for 20 dollars worth of gas.

Then all three of them walked around the car, looking at it carefully, and then just walked away without filling the tank.

The question is, why would anybody steal a car, pay for gas that they never pumped, and then abandon the car later and walk away?

They couldn’t find where to put the gas!

’56 Chevy owners love this story. The real moral: Don’t steal cars. Get a job, earn money and buy your own.


Pope: Church should apologize

“I think the church must not only apologize…to a gay person it offended, but we must apologize to the poor, to women who have been exploited, to children forced intoPope-Francis labor, apologize for having blessed so many weapons” and for having failed to assist families who faced divorces or experienced other problems.

Do you agree? What will the pope apologize for next? His latest statement: “We should not identify Islam with terror.” Let’s see…Baptists? Mormons? Catholics? Buddhists? Which religion does he feel is connected to these terror massacres?


For gay Catholics only

The Philadelphia Archbishop says gay Catholics should abstain from sex to receive communion. The Philly mayor blasted the decree as “not Christian.” Let’s see…what would be the mayor’s concept of “Christian” behavior?

Gay CatholicsThe new guidelines reiterate Catholic teaching that those in relationships outside the sacrament of marriage—including those in same-sex relationships, the divorced, civilly remarried and unmarried couples living together—should abstain from sex in order to receive communion. The Catholic Church has long held that only those living according to church teaching are eligible to receive the sacraments, including the Eucharist.

“This is a hard teaching for many, but anything less misleads people about the nature of the Eucharist and the Church,” the guidelines state.

Just thought you’d like to know.


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The “thought police” are on duty!

During an end-of-the-year class party at a New Jersey elementary school, a 9-year-old boy said something about brownies and was subsequently questioned by a police officer who was called by the school to investigate an incident of racism. It was another student that accused tthought-policehe boy of saying something “racist,” but the boy’s mother said he was talking about “snacks, not skin color,” according to “He said they were talking about brownies. Who exactly did he offend?” the mother, Stacy dos Santos, asked incredulously.

Can’t nine-year old boys say they like brownies? Knock it off, TP!

How can we ever thank the present administration for taking us toward the abyss of a police state where suspicion, hate and division rule.



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For Seniors Only

I am a Seenager (senior teenager). I have everything I wanted as a teenager, only 60  years later. I don’t have to go to school or work. I get an allowance every month. I have my own pad. I don’t have a curfew. I have a driver’s license and my own car. The folks I hang around with are not promiscuous and don’t smoke dope. And I don’t have acne. LIFE IS GREAT!

However, I don’t  understand how I can remember every word of a song from 1964, but I can’t remember why I just walked into the kitchen. And why are other people my age so much older than me?

Source: Unknown


Mysteries of the Codex Bezae

One of the notable uncial manuscripts of the New Testament containing the Gospels and Acts is the Codex Bezae Cantabrigiensis, so named since it once resided in the hands of Theodore Beza, successor to John Calvin in Geneva. In 1581CodexBezae Beza gifted it to Cambridge University where it is on display today. Almost everyone who writes about biblical texts or textual criticism is familiar to some extent with the fifth major uncial in the line of New Testament manuscripts. Its official designation on the list of manuscripts is Dea or 05. (The superscripted e and a signify that the manuscript contains the Gospels, Acts and some portion of the General Epistles.)

It is notable because it is old, dated by most scholars to the fifth or sixth century. It is also important due to its text-type, being the primary representative of the Western family of text-types. Bezae is also the oldest extant bi-lingual manuscript of the Bible, with the Greek text on the left hand page and Latin on the facing page. The mysteries of this codex surround the (continue reading this article, click here)…


Not really a laughing matter

Bill and Hillary

Clinton justiceClintons laws don't apply

Dont take my flag

Don’t burn my flag! (Amen. You go, girl!)

Hillary for Hillary VP

Hillary hot button

Hillary lying

Martha vs. Hillary

Hillary not guilty


Target Stores haven’t learned their lesson

A transgender man was arrested in a Target store dressing room taking pictures of a woman changing clothes. Dear Target: You can’t say you were not warned.

A transgender Idaho Falls woman was arrested on one count of felony voyeurism for a report that she took pictures of another woman changing clothes in a dressing room in a Target Targetstore in Ammon, Idaho.

Sheriff’s deputies responded to the store after a woman reported that someone was taking pictures of her while she was trying on clothes inside a dressing room. The victim noticed the suspect reaching over the wall with a cellphone taking pictures and confronted her, prompting the suspect to flee the store on foot.


I saw one report that Target shares have dropped 20%+ since deciding to have transgender restrooms. Over 1,300,000 have signed a petition to boycott Target as long as this situation exists.


The Last Shot

Questions you might address in your next Bible lesson:

If God loves the world (John 3:16), why can’t we be friends with it (James 4:4)?huge.16.82049

If God loves the world, why does the Bible say He hates “all workers of iniquity” (Psalm 5:5; 11:5)?

Does the Bible approve of assassinations (Judges 3:15-23)?

Please share your notes with me. 🙂


As I celebrate birthday #78 on August 28, I thank God for at least 8 years beyond the biblical 70! I also wish all of you with August birthdays a happy one. Be blessed and thank God for one more year!


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JREnsey July 2016 Blog

Welcome to the July blog! Grab a glass of iced tea and take a few minutes to cool your heels while you read.


The Word for today

“Now may the God of peace—who brought up from the dead our Lord Jesus,Bible-dust-read-me
the great Shepherd of the sheep, and ratified an eternal covenant with his blood—
21 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).


Why do good people endure tragedy?

imagesWe often seek unknowable answers to hypothetical questions, particularly when tragedy strikes. Someone who found comfort in the following verses from Isaiah 57:1,2 shared them with me.

“The righteous perish, and no one takes it to heart; the devout are taken away, and no one understands that the righteous are taken away to be spared from evil.
Those who walk uprightly enter into peace; they find rest as they lie in death.”


Never forget

We have buried more than 104,000 Americans in cemeteries in France, Belgium, the 5804653933_f6be235ccb_o-1024x768Netherlands, who never made it back from the wars we fought to save those countries from Nazi aggression. In liberating them, we asked for no reward, took no land, nor did we confiscate the spoils. We only asked for space to bury our dead, and afterward poured money from hard-working Americans into their coffers to help normandythem rebuild their countries. It is perplexing how free they are with their criticism of our generosity.
On Memorial Day did you stop and think about the sacrifice of hundreds of thousands of our sons and daughters who did not come back? May we never forget. Others have; we cannot.


Insurance against divorce

A new study has found that women with between zero and one sexual partner are the least likely to divorce later on, with women who had 10 or more partners emerging as the most likely to see their marriages end, according to the Institute for Family Studies.

Using data from the National Survey of Family Growth that was collected in 2002, 7d34bac6bde0b42287c4bfc58b7db9a12006-2010 and 2011-2013, researchers observed these trends, with the potential ties emerging between the total number of sexual partners and matrimonial dissolutions.

“Earlier research found that having multiple sex partners prior to marriage could lead to less happy marriages, and often increased the odds of divorce,” according to Professor Nicholas Wolfinger wrote in a blog post that announced the analysis. “But sexual attitudes and behaviors continue to change in America, and some of the strongest predictors of divorce in years gone by no longer matter as much as they once did.”

Celibacy until marriage is still God’s plan and some slow learners are just now finding out—the hard way.


More reasons to believe the Bible

Archaeology has confirmed the existence of at least fifty people mentioned in the Bible. When skeptics argue that the Bible is merely a book of mythological figures, David steleyou can point to this list. If you are not a subscriber to Biblical Archaeology Review and its sister online publication, Bible History Daily, I urge you to check them out. Interesting, factual, and inspiring are adjectives that come to mind.

If you want to see archaeological confirmation of fifty biblical figures, click on:


How do you settle a presidential election when the vote is too close to call?

With an ice fishing contest, of course!

After the first round of votes were counted, Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump were deadlocked.

Instead of going through a recount, the two agreed to a week-long ice fishing contest to settle the election. Whoever caught the most fish at the end of the week would be the President.

The candidates decided a remote frozen lake in northern Wisconsin would be the ABCEideal place. No observers on the fishing grounds, but both candidates would need to have their catches verified and counted each night at 5pm.

After Day 1, Trump returned with a total of 10 fish, Hillary came back with nothing.

Day 2 finished, and Trump caught another 20 fish, but Hillary once again came back with nothing!

That night, Hillary and her cronies got together and accused Trump of being a “low-life, cheatin’ trickster.” Instead of fishing on Day 3, they were just going to follow Trump to spy on him and figure out how he was cheating.

Day 3 finished up and Trump had an incredible day, adding 50 fish to his total!

That night, Hillary and her democrat buddies got together for the full report on how Donald was cheating. Hillary stood up to give her report and said, “You are not going to believe this, he’s cutting holes in the ice!”

And that, my friends, tells you about all you need to know.

– Anonymous, of course.


Someone sent this question…

If I shoot a buck, but I only have a doe tag, can I claim that the buck wasn’t really a 1234buck? I mean…maybe he’d always wanted to be a doe, but with no choice of his own, he was born with the physical attributes of a male.
And yet…on the inside he’d always known he was truly a female.
I’m just wondering if the game warden will buy it, because the White House and the courts have.



Education or “re-education”?

The Philadelphia School District will add two Muslim holidays to its calendar and the city will create a task force to study doing the same for the city’s calendar, officials announced Tuesday.

Then this: High school says no to honor student. From the university level on down, re-education-campstudents are being taught that mediocre is OK. If you excel, keep quiet about it. Everybody is a winner…right?! And not only that, those on the left (the media, school officials, and politicians) want people to have “pride” in all sorts of bizarre behaviors, but we are not allowed to recognize accomplishment. Some high schools have decided that students won’t be recognized at graduation for being in the National Honor Society.

Wayne State University has dropped math as a requirement and installed a class on Diversity, evidently feeling that gender identity issues were much more relevant and essential for our time.

Have our educators gone completely berzerk? Is falling in line with the government’s social engineering agenda turning our schools into re-education camps?


Burning for Bernie

Socialism sounds great. It has always sounded great. And it will probably always continue to sound great. It is only when you go beyond rhetoric, and start looking at hard facts, that socialism turns out to be a big disappointment, if not a disaster.

While throngs of young people are cheering loudly for avowed socialist Bernie Sanders, socialism has turned oil-rich Venezuela into a place where there are shortages of everything from toilet paper to beer, where electricity keeps shutting socialismdown, and where there are long lines of people hoping to get food, people complaining that they cannot feed their families. (The Houston Chronicle reported riots in Venezuela (6/20) with citizens cleaning out grocery stores because of hunger.)

With national income going down, and prices going up under triple-digit inflation in Venezuela, these complaints are by no means frivolous. But it is doubtful if the young people cheering for Bernie Sanders have even heard of such things, whether in Venezuela or in other countries around the world that have turned their economies over to politicians and bureaucrats to run.

When you hear code words like “income inequality” you know they are pushing for socialism. In most socialistic countries, income inequality is magnified with only the very rich and the very poor.

Facts are seldom allowed to contaminate the beautiful vision of the left. What matters to the true believers are the ringing slogans, endlessly repeated. The masses of immigrants and many millennials have no clue about what made America great and strong. They are patsies for the Bernie Sanders of the world. Will Hillary and Bernie types in Washington we are apt to flush away 300 years of progress and return to subsistence farming (in our backyards) to survive.


Can’t win for losing

I exercised my tummy fat away—it’s behind me now.

Don’t marry a tennis player. Love means nothing to them.

Since it’s the early worm that gets eaten by the bird, sleep late. Remember: the second mouse gets the cheese.

If you lend someone $20 and never see that person again, it was probably worth it.

Always read a book that will make you look good if you die in the middle of it.

A woman boarded a plane to Chicago. She was in the economy class, but after 16215395-Emoticon-making-the-loser-sign-Stock-Vector-smiley-face-cartoontakeoff, she saw an empty seat in first class and moved up there. An attendant saw her and said, “Excuse me, ma’am. but you have a ticket for economy class, not first. You cannot stay here.” The blonde replied “I can and I will.” The attendant told the copilot, who came and talked to the woman. “Ma’am we really can’t have you staying in this seat, your ticket is for economy class.” “You can’t make me move.” The copilot told the captain, who tried to talk her out of the seat, but it still didn’t work. Finally, a man who had heard what had been going on told the attendant to let him have a go at getting the woman out of the seat because he was married to a blonde, so he knew how to deal with her. After a quick chat with her, she moved. The shocked attendant asked him how he did it. The man replied, “I told her first class was going to Detroit.”

A little balance:

Bubba and Ray were standing by a flagpole, looking up. A woman walked by and asked what they were doing. “We’re supposed to find the height of the flagpole,” said Bubba, “but we don’t have a ladder.”

The woman took a wrench from her purse, loosened a few bolts, and laid the pole down. Then she took a tape measure from her pocket, took a measurement, announced “eighteen feet, six inches,” and walked away.

Ray shook his head and laughed.

“Ain’t that just like a woman? We ask for the height, and she gives us the


Forgive me my folly.


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The shallow claim of those who insist that only one 400-year old English translation—done with pre-set biased rules, few resources, by men who did not know the New Testament was written in Koine rather than classical Greek—should be viewed as “the Bible” demands a response. The attempt to find truth behind the manuscripts, the texts and translations seemed a worthy objective. Searching the Scriptures: Merging Truth, Texts and Translations is the result of that effort. It puts the early English Bibles, including the KJV, in perspective where they can be evaluated with contemporary translations by the sciences of papyrology, textual analysis, and linguistics. No doctrines are lost in the process and none are created in Searching the Scriptures.

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Worth a thousand words


President Obama inherited the War on Terror from President Bush. After Obama withdrew U.S. troops from Iraq, ISIS was born. Now, ISIS will be left for the next President to fight.


Gun ban

Clinton foundation

Hillary Clinton warned the nation about Donald Trump’s foreign policy experience. Meanwhile…

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The Last Shots

Whoever said, “When guns are outlawed, only outlaws will have guns,” must have seen into the future. Those states and cities that have the strictest laws and regulations are keeping the funeral homes in business. Is it that the “progressives” and the bleeding heart liberals can’t see this or do they have another agenda for huge.16.82049America?

Oh, you might have missed this: Obama plans to spend $25 million on a border wall. Only one problem: It’s not for our border.

It was quietly announced in March that an official with the U.S. diplomatic mission in Tunisia would begin disbursing the first installments of a $24.9 million project to strengthen the border between Tunisia and the failed state of Libya, which has become a haven for radical Islamic terrorists following the bloody deposing of former strongman Moammar Gadhafi.

The project aims to strengthen the border between the two countries by installing state-of-the-art electronic surveillance systems at regular intervals along the nearly 125-mile stretch of barriers securing the frontier.  – The Conservative Tribune


Enjoy July…it only comes around once a year.


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