The Chinese Believers Pray For American Christians To Suffer Persecution So We Can Understand The Suffering Of Jesus, And The Way That The Chinese Believers Have Suffered For The Cause Of Christ. The Following Devotional Is Eye Opening. In His Service, Pastor Steve

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Love Without Borders

November 18, 2016

 

Read: Luke 22:39–46
Bible in a Year: Ezekiel 8–10; Hebrews 13

Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.—John 15:13

During the Boxer Rebellion in China in 1900, missionaries trapped in a home in T’ai Yüan Fu decided their only hope for survival rested on running through the crowd that was calling for their deaths. Aided by weapons they held, they escaped the immediate threat. However, Edith Coombs, noticing that two of her injured Chinese students had not escaped, raced back into danger. She rescued one, but stumbled on her return trip for the second student and was killed.

Meanwhile, missionaries in Hsin Chou district had escaped and were hiding in the countryside, accompanied by their Chinese friend Ho Tsuen Kwei. But he was captured while scouting an escape route for his friends in hiding and was martyred for refusing to reveal their location.

In the lives of Edith Coombs and Tsuen Kwei we see a love that rises above cultural or national character. Their sacrifice reminds us of the greater grace and love of our Savior.

As Jesus awaited His arrest and subsequent execution, He prayed earnestly, “Father, if you are willing, take this cup from me.” But He concluded that request with this resolute example of courage, love, and sacrifice: “Yet not my will, but yours be done” (Luke 22:42). His death and resurrection made our eternal lives possible. —Randy Kilgore

Lord, may the world see our love for each other—and the deeds that come from it—as a great testimony to the bond of unity we have in You. May they want to know You too.

Only the light of Christ’s love can eliminate the darkness of hatred.
INSIGHT: The Bible speaks of God’s love for us in terms of a generous sacrifice. The apostle John writes of a God who “so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son” (John 3:16). To prove that God truly loves us, John directs us to Jesus’s sacrificial death: “This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us” (1 John 3:16). Alluding to His own sacrificial love just hours before He went to the cross, Jesus said, “Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends” (John 15:13). Sim Kay Tee

Sword Of The Lord ~ December 16, 2016 ~ Dr. Shelton Smith, Editor

Amen Corner

The preacher with fire in his bones does not only await an opportunity; he make one.  He must preach!  -John R. Rice

The prophet is a troubleshooter, not a troublemaker.  -Vance Havner

I would that I had a thousand bodies that I might devote them all to no other employment than preaching the Gospel to those who have never heard the joyful sound!  -A missionary

Through the blessed Holy Spirit, we may have strength for every duty, wisdom for every problem, comfort in every sorrow, and joy overflowing in His service.

A faithful servant of the Lord once said, “In coming to the Word of God, we do well to remember that we should add nothing to it (Rev. 22:18), take nothing from it (vs. 19), change nothing in it (Prov. 30:5).

A believer may feel the stroke of death, but he shall never feel the sting of death.  -D. L. Moody

Faith is the hand by which my soul touches God.  -Billy Sunday

Nothing is politically right which is morally wrong.  -Abraham Lincoln

Crooked men get into office because honest men fail to do their duty.

It is better to shun the bait than to struggle on the hook.

There is no point in aiming at a target with no arrow in your bow.

Nothing is so convincing to ungodly men as to see Christians very calm in time of danger, very resigned in the hour of affliction, and very patient under provocation.  -Charles Spurgeon

I think most Christians would be better pleased if the Lord did not inquire into their personal affairs too closely.  -A. W. Tozer

 

 

 

 

Hawk Nelson: Words

Colossians 4:6  King James Version (KJV)

Let your speech be always with grace, seasoned with salt, that ye may know how ye ought to answer every man.

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James 3  King James Version (KJV)

My brethren, be not many masters, knowing that we shall receive the greater condemnation.

For in many things we offend all. If any man offend not in word, the same is a perfect man, and able also to bridle the whole body.

Behold, we put bits in the horses’ mouths, that they may obey us; and we turn about their whole body.

Behold also the ships, which though they be so great, and are driven of fierce winds, yet are they turned about with a very small helm, whithersoever the governor listeth.

Even so the tongue is a little member, and boasteth great things. Behold, how great a matter a little fire kindleth!

And the tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity: so is the tongue among our members, that it defileth the whole body, and setteth on fire the course of nature; and it is set on fire of hell.

For every kind of beasts, and of birds, and of serpents, and of things in the sea, is tamed, and hath been tamed of mankind:

But the tongue can no man tame; it is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison.

Therewith bless we God, even the Father; and therewith curse we men, which are made after the similitude of God.

10 Out of the same mouth proceedeth blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not so to be.

11 Doth a fountain send forth at the same place sweet water and bitter?

12 Can the fig tree, my brethren, bear olive berries? either a vine, figs? so can no fountain both yield salt water and fresh.

13 Who is a wise man and endued with knowledge among you? let him shew out of a good conversation his works with meekness of wisdom.

14 But if ye have bitter envying and strife in your hearts, glory not, and lie not against the truth.

15 This wisdom descendeth not from above, but is earthly, sensual, devilish.

16 For where envying and strife is, there is confusion and every evil work.

17 But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, and easy to be intreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy.

18 And the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace of them that make peace.

King James Version (KJV)Public Domain

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May our speech glorify the Lord, and exhort and edify one another.  May our words ring with truth and uplift the downcast.  May our speech bring conviction to the backslider and bring honor to God’s truth.  Let us not mince words and carefully choose them.  Let us avoid slander, lies, jealousy, spreading idle gossip, rumor and innuendo, cursings, whining and complaining, disparaging others who are not present, and backbiting.  Let our words speak life. Let our words be true.

Pastor Steve

 

 

 

Lyrics

Let my words be life
Let my words be truth
I don’t wanna say a word
Unless it points the world back to You…

They’ve made me feel like a prisoner
They’ve made me feel set free
They’ve made me feel like a criminal
Made me feel like a king

They’ve lifted my heart
To places I’d never been
And they’ve dragged me down
Back to where I began

Words can build you up
Words can break you down
Start a fire in your heart or
Put it out

Let my words be life
Let my words be truth
I don’t wanna say a word
Unless it points the world back to You

You can heal the heartache
Speak over the fear
(Speak over the fear)
God, Your voice is the only thing
We need to hear
(We need to hear)

Words can build us up
Words can break us down
Start a fire in our hearts or
Put it out

Let my words be life
Let my words be truth
I don’t wanna say a word
Unless it points the world back to You
(Back to You)

Let the words I say
(Let the words I say)
Be the sound of Your grace
(Sound like Your grace)
I don’t wanna say a word
Unless it points the world back to You

I wanna speak Your love
Not just another noise
Oh, I wanna be Your light
I wanna be Your voice

Let my words be life
Let my words be truth
I don’t wanna say a word
Unless it points the world back to You
(Back to You)

Let the words I say
(Let the words I say)
Be the sound of Your grace
(Sound like Your grace)
I don’t wanna say a word
Unless it points the world back to You
(Back to You)

Words can build us up
Words can break us down
Start a fire in our hearts
Or put it out

I don’t wanna say a word
Unless it points the world back to You

Songwriters: Jon Steingard / Matt Hammitt / Seth Mosley

Words lyrics © Capitol Christian Music Group

Released: 2013

Genre: Christian/gospel

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Magnify Jesus Christ, And Hide Behind The Cross As You Do So.  Seek Not Titles Next To Your Name, Nor The Shallow Accolades From Fickle Man.  Leave The “Legacies” To The Worldlings, Not To The Child Born From Above.  Live For Jesus Christ And Others.  Trust And Obey The Lord Jesus Christ.  Seek, Find, And Perform His Will For Your Life, And You Will Find Peace And Perfect Fulfillment.  Here Is The Path To Joy:

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Romans 12:1 King James Version (KJV)

12 I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.

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Fame and Humility

November 23, 2016

Read: Philippians 2:1–11
Bible in a Year: Ezekiel 20–21; James 5

He humbled himself by becoming obedient to death—even death on a cross!—Philippians 2:8

Many of us are obsessed with fame—either with being famous ourselves or with following every detail of famous people’s lives. International book or film tours. Late-night show appearances. Millions of followers on Twitter.

In a recent study in the US, researchers ranked the names of famous individuals using a specially developed algorithm that scoured the Internet. Jesus topped the list as the most famous person in history.

Yet Jesus was never concerned about obtaining celebrity status. When He was here on earth, He never sought fame (Matt. 9:30; John 6:15)—although fame found Him all the same as news about Him quickly traveled throughout the region of Galilee (Mark 1:28; Luke 4:37).

Wherever Jesus went, crowds soon gathered. The miracles He performed drew people to Him. But when they tried to make Him a king by force, He slipped away by Himself (John 6:15). United in purpose with His Father, He repeatedly deferred to the Father’s will and timing (4:34; 8:29; 12:23). “He humbled himself by becoming obedient to death—even death on a cross” (Phil. 2:8).

Fame was never Jesus’s goal. His purpose was simple. As the Son of God, He humbly, obediently, and voluntarily offered Himself as the sacrifice for our sins. —Cindy Hess Kasper

You are to be celebrated, Lord, above all others. You have been highly exalted and given a name that is above every name. One day every knee will bow and every tongue confess that You are Lord.

Jesus came not to be famous, but to humbly offer Himself as the sacrifice for our sins.

INSIGHT: In today’s reading, we see Paul’s eloquent treatment of how God became human. Jesus Christ had the attributes of God yet took on human flesh to become a servant. This self-sacrificial mission found its ultimate expression in Jesus’s death on the cross to provide salvation for all who believe in Him as Savior and Lord. C. S. Lewis wrote, “The Son of God became man so that men might become sons of God.” Dennis Fisher

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Sword Of The Lord ~ Quotable Quotations

Succinct And Simple Theology

A Hard Nut To Crack

If there is no Hell, then there is no Devil, for Hell was made for the Devil and his angels  (Matt. 25:41).

If there is no Devil, then there is no such thing as sin, for the devil was the originator of sin  (Rev. 12:7-9).

If there is no sin, then there is no need of a Saviour, for the mission of Jesus was to save from sin  (Matt. 1:21).

If there is no Saviour, then there is no truth, for the Bible is a record of this truth  (II Timothy 3:15-16).

If there is no truth, then all is darkness and confusion.  If there is no truth, then we know not who we are, where we came from, or whither bound.

Summary

If no Hell, no Devil.

If no Devil, no sin.

If no sin, no Saviour.

If no Saviour, no truth.

If no truth, nothing left.

-Leewin Williams

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The Bible is a storehouse of whose contents no one can afford to be ignorant.  It repays reading and study whether it be approached merely because of its literary value or its ethical teachings or its practical bearing on everyday life.

-Dwight L. Moody

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Some of us are so afraid that we shall get out on a limb that we never get up the tree!  -Vance Havner

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God wants the whole person, and will not rest till He gets us in entirety.  No part of the man will do.  -A.W. Tozer

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A man cannot be at peace with himself while he lives in disobedience to known truth.  -Benjamin Whichcote

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Abraham Lincoln was once asked to give his definition of diplomacy.  “Well,” he mused, “I guess you might say that it’s the knack of letting the other fellow have your way.”

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It is a tragedy when a man has no invisible means of support.

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When you teach salvation by grace through faith, that one is saved simply by trusting Jesus Christ, some call that “easy believism.”  But you will not find that expression in the Bible.  That is a man-made expression.

It is not easy to get one to trust Jesus Christ, Him alone, and nothing else for salvation.  As a matter of fact, that may be the hardest thing in the world to do.

-Curtis Hutson

 

 

Born Again 3

“Ye must be born again.”  John 3:7

“Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.”   John 1:13

The new birth does not come through human descent (“not of blood”), nor does it come through human desire (“the will of the flesh”), nor does it come through human determination (“nor of the will of man”).  The issue is, have you put your faith in Christ?  Have you been born of God: have you been born from above?  Apart from this you will never enter the kingdom of God (John 3:3).  Believe on Christ now, tomorrow may be too late.   -W. Ross Rainey

Children of men, attend to the word, so solemnly uttered by Jesus the Lord; And let not this message to you be in vain, “Ye must be born again.”  -William T. Sleeper

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Let us contrast the beautiful aforementioned summary of true salvation with that of Rick Warren, founder of Saddleback Church in California.  The following quotation is taken from page 220 of the Purpose Driven Church:  “Anybody can be won to Christ if you discover the key to his or her heart.”

Sorry Rick, as it states prior to your man centered apostate statement, salvation does NOT come through human desire or determination.  It comes from ABOVE, and you and I are not big enough to find keys to anyone’s heart.  Do not be deceived- Salvation has everything to do with becoming born from above.  It has NOTHING to do with finding keys to people’s hearts.

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Are you a Berean or a Laodicean?  Do you believe the Bible or Rick Warren?  Rick Warren is a litmus test and a referendum of Biblical illiteracy.  Unfortunately he is plum out of line with how one becomes saved – the most important issue that anyone will ever face this side of eternity.  In the following video, John MacArthur succinctly and thoroughly exegetes the scriptures, comparing the impotence of Rick Warren’s “Gospel,” with the true and Biblical Gospel that saves.  Warren totally ignores the doctrine of repentance, without which one cannot be saved.  [Luke 13:3,5 “I tell you, Nay: but, except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish.”]  In a mere three minutes, the following video beautifully summarizes what true salvation is, and what it is not:

 

Born Again 1

Have you ever wondered what the phrase “born again” means?  The Bible records that Jesus used the phrase in a conversation with a man named Nicodemus.  Nicodemus approached Jesus at night.  He was curious about Jesus and the kingdom of God.

Jesus told him: “Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God” (John 3:3).  Nicodemus responded, “How can a man be born when he is old?” (John 3:4).

Nicodemus was a highly moral man who obeyed God’s law.  He was a respected leader of the Jewish community.  No doubt he was a fine man.  Yet something was lacking.  Like Nicodemus, many people today confuse religion with new birth in Christ.  Phrases like “I pray regularly” or  “I believe there is a God” often are confused with a real new-birth experience.

New birth begins with the Holy Spirit convicting a person that a person is a sinner.  Because of sin, we are spiritually dead.  For this reason, spiritual birth, as Jesus described it, is necessary.  God loves us and gives us spiritual birth when we ask Him for it.

The Bible says all persons are sinners (see Romans 3:23).  Jesus died on a cross and was raised from the dead to save sinners.  To be born again means that a person admits to God that he or she is a sinner, repents of sin, believes in or trusts Christ, and confesses faith in Christ as Savior and Lord.  Jesus told Nicodemus that everyone who believes in (places faith in) Christ would not perish (see John 3:16).  Jesus is the only One who can save us (see John 14:6).

To believe in Jesus is to be born again.  Confess your sins and ask Jesus right now to save you.  “And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved”  (Acts 2:21).  After you have received Jesus Christ into your life, share your decision with another person, and following Christ’s example, ask for baptism by immersion in your local church as a public expression of your faith  (see Romans 6:4; Colossians 2:6).

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Suffering / Part 8 Of 8

Why Christians Suffer

continued from Part 7…

9)Suffering Teaches Us To Pray

You have heard the saying  “There are no atheists in foxholes.”  Due to our sinful human natures, sometimes the only time we pray is when our backs are to the wall, and there is no one else to turn to.  Pray is our last resort.

10)Suffering Brings Rewards

There is a special reward for those who suffer patiently for Him.  Paul tells us in II Timothy 2:12  “If we suffer, we shall also reign with Him.”  We are made perfect through suffering.  Steel is iron plus fire.  Soil is rock plus crushing.  The Christian life is faith plus suffering.  It is God’s way of doing things.  It is God’s own way of making us what we ought to be.  God’s way is through fire, and through the fire He will perfect us.

Christianity does not promise us an easy walk.  We will always encounter many trials and tribulations, but if we look to Jesus in faith, He will carry our load.  Christianity promises us  1)all the grace of God we need, 2)a peace of mind beyond understanding that only a Christian has, and 3)we know we are heaven bound once we are “born again.”  What more can we ask for?  Are you suffering?  Then thank the Lord for it because it shows you are growing in Christ. 

Continued from Part 7…  This entire eight part series on suffering is all listed under the category entitled Devotionals/Inspirationals.

 

 

 

Photographs From The Ministry Of Billy Graham

The following pictures represent a ministry that lasted for eight decades and reached more people than any other ministry in the history of the Christian Church.  Billy Franklin Graham was a fiery preacher during his younger years.  Enjoy this walk down memory lane:

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The Ultimate Sacrifice

Romans 12:1  King James Version (KJV)

12 I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.

King James Version (KJV)Public Domain

In 1965, Jim Elliot was one of five godly men who died at the end of Auca lances in Ecuador.  In his diary he had written, “Lord, I pray Thee, light these idle sticks of my life, that I may burn for thee.  I seek not a long life, but a full one, like you, Lord Jesus.”  The Lord granted Jim Elliot’s request, and today the five, then ignited, still burns in the hearts and lives of redeemed Aucas.  What is our passion?  -Arnot P. McIntee.

Breathe on me, breath of God, Till I am wholly Thine, Until the earthly part of me Glows with Thy fire divine.  -E. Hatch