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Have you checked the latest HERESCOPE?

Posted May 14, 2016

NUDGE NOT LEST YE BE NUDGED
The Word of God is Clear... Until it's Not

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Commentary by Pastor Jim Jenkins

I love Fridays. There are predictable events. They will offer clam chowder at your favorite restaurant. Perhaps it is pizza night. School’s out for the weekend and… The mullahs are whipping up the obligatory “Death to America” chants at Friday prayers. Oh, and the federal government will announce its most odious dictates just in time to catch everyone distracted. 

President Obama, who is ostensibly responsible for protecting the United States (while Russian and Chinese fighters are buzzing our naval ships unchallenged) ‘ordered’ (another report used the word ‘decreed’) public schools (those that receive federal funds) to immediately make the necessary adjustments to see to it that the bathrooms are accessible to any student who self-identifies as the opposite sex. 

There was an immediate, albeit tepid response from someone claiming to be a spokesman for evangelicals that, “We haven’t given the process enough time.” He went on, “Why, we took longer to decide on what should be included in the Food Pyramid.” Note, he didn’t say this is wrong. Merely that he and others like him weren’t quite ready for the inevitable blowback. 

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Posted May 11, 2016

SLACKERLY SLOTHS

“Concerning whom we have many things to speak,
and difficult to be explained,
seeing
you are become slothful in hearing

[or dull of hearing]”

(Hebrews 5:11)[1]
 

Sloth

sloth (n.) 

late 12c., "indolence, sluggishness," formed from Middle English slou, slowe (see slow (adj.)) + abstract formative -th (2). Replaced Old English slæwð "sloth, indolence." Sense of "slowness, tardiness" is from mid-14c.

The slow-moving mammal first so called 1610s, a translation of Portuguese preguiça "slowness, slothfulness," from Latin pigritia "laziness"....[2]

The opposite of the biblical diligence is the idea of sloth.  The sloth mammal was aptly named because its habits so matched the biblical description! 

They are named after the capital sin of sloth because they seem slow and lazy at first glance; however, their usual idleness is due to metabolic adaptations for conserving energy.[3]

These cute smiling creatures have some very curious characteristics. It is an interesting fact that sloths accumulate many odd things on their fur that can weigh them down:

Sloths make good habitats for other organisms, and a single sloth may be home to moths, beetles, cockroaches, fungi, ciliates, and algae....  [T]he fur hosts two species of symbiotic algae, which provide camouflage. Because of the algae, sloth fur is a small ecosystem of its own, hosting many species of non-parasitic insects.[4]

A sloth's metabolism is unusually slow:

As much as two-thirds of a well-fed sloth's body weight consists of the contents of its stomach, and the digestive process can take a month or more to complete.... [T]hey have very low metabolic rates (less than half of that expected for a mammal of their size), and maintain low body temperatures....[5]

The habits of sloths are very unusual:

Some sloths stay in the same tree for years. Their huge hooked claws and long arms allow them to spend most of their time hanging upside-down from trees. Since they have a slow metabolism, they need very little food.... Sloths also sleep upside-down for up to 18 hours at a time.[6]

Becoming slothful seems to be the opposite of exercising discernment! “Therefore let us not sleep, as do others; but let us watch and be sober.” (1 Thess. 5:6)

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March/April/May 2016

In this newsletter:

AZUSA OR PENTECOST?
NOW, THEN OR LATER?

By Pastor Gary Osborne

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Also Available!

NEW EVANGELICALISM: The New World Order

By Paul Smith

Like Cascading Dominoes the intentional departure from believing the Bible is inerrant has plunged the church of the 21st century down the treacherous slippery slope of accommodation and compromise.

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Contentiously Contending!

By Anton Bosch

Back in 2007 this blog ran a series of messages by Pastor Anton Bosch on the topic of "contentiously contending." We are pleased to announce that these messages have been published in a booklet.

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Herescope readers who loved the series will be happy to know that they can now order this in a printed booklet format - for only $3.00 per copy! Order your copies at the Discernment Products Page (Books) HERE, or by phoning 903-567-6423.

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