Sword Of The Lord ~ Dr. Shelton Smith, Editor ~ August 11, 2017

Amen Corner

Nothing sets a man out of the devil’s reach as humility.        -Jonathan Edwards

When you teach people their rights, you have a revolution.  When you teach people their responsibilities, you have a revival.  -Bill Gothard

Sin is never at a stay: if we do not retreat from it, we shall advance in it; and the further on we go, the more we have to come back.  -Isaac Barrow

We major nowadays on relevance and minor on reverence.  -Vance Havner

An aged woman once said that if the Lord Jesus Christ really did save her, He should never hear the last of it.  Join with her in that resolve.  -Charles H. Spurgeon

None live so easily, so pleasantly, as those that live by faith.  -Matthew Henry

Of all the created comforts, God is the lender; you are the borrower, not the owner.  -Samuel Rutherford

“I must do something” will always solve more problems than “something must be done.”

 

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Salvation Comes Solely Through One Name ~ Our Daily Bread Devotional

One Name

One Name
January 7, 2018

Read: Philippians 2:5–11 | Bible in a Year: Genesis 18–19; Matthew 6:1–18

At the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth. Philippians 2:10
Cleopatra, Galileo, Shakespeare, Elvis, Pelé. They are all so well known that they need only one name to be recognized. They have remained prominent in history because of who they were and what they did. But there is another name that stands far above these or any other name!
Before the Son of God was born into this world, the angel told Mary and Joseph to name Him Jesus because “he will save his people from their sins” (Matthew 1:21), and “he . . . will be called the Son of the Most High” (Luke 1:32). Jesus didn’t come as a celebrity but as a servant who humbled Himself and died on the cross so that anyone who receives Him can be forgiven and freed from the power of sin.
Jesus Christ is not valued at all until He is valued above all. Augustine
The apostle Paul wrote, “God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father” (Philippians 2:9–11).
In our times of greatest joy and our deepest need, the name we cling to is Jesus. He will never leave us, and His love will not fail.

Jesus, You are the name above all names, our Savior and Lord. We lift our praise to You as we celebrate Your presence and power in our lives today.

Jesus Christ is not valued at all until He is valued above all. Augustine

By David C. McCasland | See Other Authors

INSIGHT
God, who exists eternally in three Persons—the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit—has a variety of names that describe His attributes, including Good Shepherd, Lion of Judah, Lamb of God, Prince of Peace, Almighty God, Strong Tower, and Comforter. Yet here in Philippians 2 Jesus is called the “name that is above every name” (v. 9). Paul, the author of Philippians, goes on to say that at the sound of His name “every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth” (v. 10). Why this enthusiastic praise for the name of Jesus? It’s because of who He is, what He left behind, and what He accomplished. Jesus, the Son of God, left the magnificence of heaven and the presence of His Father and humbled Himself by taking on “human likeness” and “becoming obedient to death” (vv. 7–8). Thus humbled, Jesus was “exalted . . . to the highest place” and given the name above all names (v. 9). He died and rose again because of His love for us and is deserving of our praise and the overflowing joy it expresses.

Whom can you tell about Jesus?
Alyson Kieda

 

Winston Churchill – The British Bulldog ~ “Darkest Hour”…..

…..AN EXCELLANT MOVIE

The Nazis were running roughshod over Europe, and the swastika was flying over Poland, Austria, Belgium, Czechoslovakia, and as the movie commenced, the Huns were taking over France.  England was next, as Adolf Hitler was planning on attacking Great Britain via Operation Sea Lion.  The feckless and anemic Neville Chamberlain was Prime Minister in England, and recently made a peace treaty with Adolf Hitler.  Bizarre circumstances catapulted Winston Churchill into the position as Prime Minister of England, replacing Neville Chamberlain.

Neville Chamberlain and Lord Halifax (Lord Halifax tried to negotiate peace with the Nazis-  Lord Halifax, Britain’s Foreign Secretary at the outbreak of the Second World War, secretly met with an Old Etonian who tried to broker a peace deal with the Nazis, according to newly-declassified security files) immediately attempted to wrest the position of Prime Minister away from Churchill and back into their own hands.  They nearly succeeded, and if the good Lord did not have His hand upon Churchill, they would have pulled it off.  Churchill had no help from the United States of America, as he called Franklin Delano Roosevelt, and he said his hands were tied, as the U.S.A. was not about to enter the war at that time.  (May, 1940)  The British Parliament did not support Churchill’s aggressive stance, as England had absolutely no military power to stack up against the Nazis.  The movie progresses, revealing Churchill’s lonely position.  He slept very little and fretted over the fate of England.  He ended up on the British underground subway one day and jawed with about half a dozen Brits, and they were unanimous to “NOT GIVE IN TO HITLER AND THE NAZIS.”  He wrote their names on the inside cover of a book of matches and read their names and opinions when he spoke to the British Parliament.  They changed their tune immediately and realized that there are some causes that are greater than life itself.  They did not see the swastika flying over Westminster as an option they could live with.  Winston Churchill was responsible for saving thousands of British troops from becoming surrounded and slaughtered in France, as every civilian sea going vessel available, went to Dunkirk and brought them home from France to England.  God raises great men in the darkest hours.  Abraham Lincoln rescued America in our darkest hour, and the Lord took him home immediately after the Civil War.  Winston Churchill saved England, and galvanized the allies in Europe’s darkest hour, and at the close of World War II, he was immediately ousted from office.   Blessings, Pastor Steve <>< 

Winston Churchill quotes - a pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty

The following is the end of a speech from the BBC, given June 18, 1940:

…What General Weygand called the Battle of France is over. I expect that the Battle of Britain is about to begin. Upon this battle depends the survival of Christian civilization. Upon it depends our own British life, and the long continuity of our institutions and our Empire. The whole fury and might of the enemy must very soon be turned on us. Hitler knows that he will have to break us in this Island or lose the war. If we can stand up to him, all Europe may be free and the life of the world may move forward into broad, sunlit uplands. But if we fail, then the whole world, including the United States, including all that we have known and cared for, will sink into the abyss of a new Dark Age made more sinister, and perhaps more protracted, by the lights of perverted science. Let us therefore brace ourselves to our duties, and so bear ourselves that, if the British Empire and its Commonwealth last for a thousand years, men will still say, “This was their finest hour.”

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Key The Following Link For Great Quotations From This Giant Of A Man:

https://www.brainyquote.com/authors/winston_churchill

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We shall defend our island, whatever the cost may be, we shall fight on the beaches, we shall fight on the landing grounds, we shall fight in the fields and in the streets, we shall fight in the hills; we shall never surrender. Winston Churchill

An appeaser is one who feeds a crocodile, hoping it will eat him last. Winston Churchill

I’m just preparing my impromptu remarks. Winston Churchill

Continuous effort – not strength or intelligence – is the key to unlocking our potential. Winston Churchill

If you are going through hell, keep going.  Winston Churchill

Never, never, never give up.  Winston Churchill

You have enemies? Good. That means you’ve stood up for something, sometime in your life. Winston Churchill

Kites rise highest against the wind – not with it.  Winston Churchill

My most brilliant achievement was my ability to be able to persuade my wife to marry me. Winston Churchill

Sword Of The Lord Newspaper ~ Dr. Shelton Smith, Editor ~ July 28, 2017

Ten Commandments Monument in Arkansas Toppled by Driver

Capitol police arrested a man after Arkansas’ new Ten Commandments monument was smashed to pieces when someone rammed a vehicle into it [June 28], less than 24 hours after the six-foot …granite statue was placed on state Capitol grounds….

The driver is identified…as Michael Tate Reed of Van Buren, Arkansas….

Arkansas’ monument fell from its plinth and broke into multiple pieces as it hit the ground…. 

Nearly three years ago, a Ten Commandments monument at Oklahoma’s Capitol met a similar fate, when a driver crashed his car into the statue, shattering it.  The driver was identified as Michael Tate Reed of Van Buren, Arkansas.  He was admitted the next day to a hospital for mental treatment and formal charges were never filed.  -gopusa.com 

 

Amen Corner

There is no having influence over the great men or the little men of this age except by being firm in your principles and decided in what you do.  If you yield an inch, you are beaten; but if you will not yield – no, not the splitting of a hair – they will respect you.  Charles H. Spurgeon

The vilest wretch and the most tender, gentle child stand equal before God.  -John R. Rice

History tells us that appeasement does not lead to peace.  It invites an aggressor to test the will of a nation unprepared to meet the test.  And…those who seemingly want peace the most, our young people, pay the heaviest price for our failure to maintain our strength.  -Ronald Reagan

The most critical need of this hour may well be that the church should be brought back from her long Babylonian captivity and the name of God be glorified in her again as of old.  -A.W. Tozer 

A committee is a group appointed by the unwilling to do the unnecessary.  -Vance Havner

True religion is the foundation of society.  When that is once shaken by contempt, the whole fabric cannot be stable nor lasting.  -Edmund Burks

On the wall in our home is a piece of needlework which reads, “Friends are like jewels, precious and rare; but acquaintances are like leaves, scattered everywhere.”  -Curtis Hutson

He whose head is in Heaven need not fear to put his feet into the grave.  -Matthew Henry

There was no secret about it; he simply believed God’s Word with all of his heart and preached it with all of his might!  -President James A. Garfield (on the secret of Spurgeon’s power)

The first point of wisdom is to discern that which is false; the second, to know that which is true.  -Lucius Lactantius 

God never made a tyrant nor a slave.  -William Lloyd Garrison

It would be wonderful if it were as easy to arose enthusiasm as it is suspicion.  They say people will believe anything if you whisper it.

Practice courtesy.  You never know when it might become popular again.

Sword Of The Lord ~ Dr. Shelton Smith, Editor ~ December 15, 2017

News That Will Make You Smile

Atheist Convention Titled “Reason to Hope” Is Canceled:  “Lack of Interest”

The third Global Atheist Convention, titled “Reason to Hope,” has been canceled due to “lack of interest.”  The event had been scheduled for next February in Melbourne, Australia….the Sydney Morning Herald reports….

Indeed, the convention’s website said, “Ticket sales have been substantially below expectations and below the levels for previous conventions, so unfortunately, the convention cannot proceed.”

-Dave Urbanski, theblaze.com

God gives atheists very little press in His precious Word, succinctly summing them up in the following scripture:

Psalm 14:1a King James Version (KJV)
“The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God….”

Pastor Steve

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Amen Corner

A mark of deep spiritual maturity is to be able to enjoy the journey when God puts you on a detour.  -Vance Havner

I do not believe the pastor is loved best who always flatters and brags on his people.  David cried out to his great shepherd, “Thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.”  -John R. Rice

The further a man goes in lust and iniquity, the more dead he becomes to purity and holiness; he loses the power to appreciate the beauties of virtue or to be disgusted with the abominations of vice.  -Charles H. Spurgeon

I will simply state that God, dozens of times in the plainest, most unmistakable, stupendous and overwhelming way, declares that there is a Hell.  It is burning now.  It has been burning a long while.  Yes, I will go further and say that there is a possibility that some reader of these words may spend eternity in the lost world.

Nothing but the hand of an outraged, defied, insulted, long-suffering, indignant, omnipotent God keeps any of us this moment from sliding into it….I believe there is a Hell.  If I had not been afraid of Hell, I do not think I would have started for Heaven.  -T. DeWitt Talmage

Now, as always, God discloses Himself to “babes” and hides Himself in thick darkness from the wise and the prudent.  A.W. Tozer

Happiness is the flag that flies from the window of the heart when the King is in residence.  -Curtis Hutson

Sincerity is to speak as we think, to do as we pretend and profess, to perform and make good what we promise, and really to be what we would seem and appear to be.  -John Tillotson

Nothing is easier than faultfinding.  No talent, no self-denial, no brains, no character are required to set up in the grumbling business.  -Robert West

He left His Father’s throne above (So free, so infinite His grace!), Emptied Himself of all but love And bled for Adam’s helpless race.  -Charles Wesley

 

Merry Christmas!

 

 

Quotable Quotations ~ President Donald Trump ~ December 18, 2017

Given During A Speech On Our Strategy For National Security:

“With this confidence, we are bringing back clarity to our thinking.  We are reasserting these fundamental truths.  A nation without borders is not a nation.  A nation that does not protect prosperity at home, cannot protect its interests abroad.  A nation that is not prepared to win a war, is a nation not capable of preventing a war.  A nation that is not proud of its history cannot be confident in its future.  A nation that is not certain of its values, cannot summon the will to defend them.  Today, grounded in these truths, we are presenting to the world our new national security strategy……”

Later in the speech, President Trump reiterated former President Ronald Reagan’s assertion of “Peace through strength.” 

Amen and amen…   Pastor Steve  <><

[God] has . . . set eternity in the human heart. Ecclesiastes 3:11

This is why man always continues on futile searches until if/when he finds the Lord.  We are spiritual beings, made in the image of God.  Men are thrill seekers (look at the tragic story of Roy Halladay a couple of weeks ago on this blog site), drug users, alcoholics, power hungry, hoarders, abusers of illicit sexual encounters, seekers of worldly fame, etc., etc., etc.  None of these will fill man’s spiritual void – only the ONE Triune God of the universe can do this, as this devotional so aptly puts it!  In Christ, Pastor Steve  <><

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Our Daily Bread

The Heart’s True Home

 

Read: Ecclesiastes 3:10–11 | Bible in a Year: Ezekiel 22–23; 1 Peter 1

[God] has . . . set eternity in the human heart. Ecclesiastes 3:11
We had a West Highland Terrier for a number of years. “Westies” are tough little dogs, bred to tunnel into badger holes and engage the “enemy” in its lair. Our Westie was many generations removed from her origins, but she still retained that instinct, put into her through years of breeding. On one occasion she became obsessed by some “critter” under a rock in our backyard. Nothing could dissuade her. She dug and dug until she tunneled several feet under the rock.
Now consider this question: Why do we as humans pursue, pursue, pursue? Why must we climb unclimbed mountains, ski near-vertical slopes? Run the most difficult and dangerous rapids, challenge the forces of nature? Part of it is a desire for adventure and enjoyment, but it’s much more. It’s an instinct for God that has been implanted in us. We cannot not want to find God.
Beneath all our longings is a deep desire for God.
We don’t know that, of course. We only know that we long for something. “You don’t know what it is you want,” Mark Twain said, “but you want it so much you could almost die.”
God is our heart’s true home. As church father Augustine said in that most famous quotation: “You have made us for Yourself, O Lord, and our hearts are restless until they rest in You.”
And what is the heart? A deep void within us that only God can fill.
Help me, Lord, to recognize my deep longing for You. Then fill me with the knowledge of You. Draw me near.
Beneath all our longings is a deep desire for God.

By David H. Roper | See Other Authors

INSIGHT
Ecclesiastes was written by one who calls himself “the Teacher” and identifies himself as the “son of David, king in Jerusalem” (1:1). In this book, Solomon shows that a life not centered on God is without meaning and purpose (1:14; 2:11). He also shows how and why God must be a part of our lives. In chapter 3, he paints a picture of a life trapped between birth and death, experiencing the mundane repetition of life’s recurring seasons and cyclical activities (vv. 1–8). Such a life is both frustrating and burdensome (v. 10). But Solomon hints that life is not supposed to be like this. We were made for far grander things—God created us for Himself “in his own image” (Gen. 1:27). And God has “set eternity in the human heart” (Eccl. 3:11). We were created for fellowship with the eternal God. C. S. Lewis, in his book Mere Christianity, put it this way: “If I find in myself a desire which no experience in this world can satisfy, the most probable explanation is that I was made for another world.” Without God, life will be purposeless and meaningless.
What are some ways that our culture offers false fulfillment.

Sim Kay Tee

Sword Of The Lord ~ Juy 14, 2017

Dr. Shelton Smith, Editor

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Amen Corner

“The idea that this world is a playground instead of a battleground has now been accepted by the vast majority of Christians….  The “worship” growing out of such a view of life is as far off center as the view itself – a sort of sanctified nightclub without the champagne and the…drunks.”  -A.W. Tozer

“Instead of moral absolutes, the Left holds legal absolutes.  “Legal” for the Left is what “moral” is for the Right.  The religious have a belief in God-based moral law, and the Left believes in man-made law as the moral law.”  -Dennis Prager  (This is a profound and very truthful quotation).

“We have been inoculated with such a mild form [of Christianity] that we are immunized against the real thing.”  -Vance Havner

“Good words are worth much and cost little.”  -George Herbert

“I’m not about to change my method or my message.  We have only one Gospel to preach, and it has never failed – not to this day, nor will it ever.”  -Harold Sightier

“The church members who loved me best were those with whom I had faithfully and tenderly dealt on the matter of their faults and sins.”   -John R. Rice

“Upon these two foundations – the law of nature [Creation] and the law of revelation (the Bible) – depend all human laws.  -William Blackstone

“Nobody is exceedingly wicked all at once; the Devil is too cunning to startle men.”  -Thomas Wilson

“If you know these two things – yourself a sinner and Christ a Saviour – you are scholar enough to go to heaven.”  -Charles H. Spurgeon

“Don’t fix the blame; fix the problem.”  -Keith S. Pennington

“Don’t feel that you must make all the mistakes yourself.  Learn something from the mistakes of others.”  -Curtis Hutson

Ivanka Trump on Moore: ‘There’s a Special Place in Hell for People Who Prey on Children’

In this dull gray amoral world that continually overlooks transgressions, it is good to see people who still have starch in their collar and are not afraid to stand up for righteousness.  Ivanka Trump made a bold statement about those who harm children.  It seems to me, that Jesus Christ made a very similar statement in  Luke 17:2  King James Version (KJV):
“It were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and he cast into the sea, than that he should offend one of these little ones.”  People who desire to win popularity contests with men, never make bold statements because of their fear of offending.  People with a zeal for truth just cast it out because it is truth, and leave the results to the Lord.             Pastor Steve  <><

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When asked Wednesday about the allegations of sexual misconduct against Alabama Senate nominee Roy Moore, Ivanka Trump told the AP: “There’s a special place in hell for people who prey on children.” Moore has been accused of initiating sexual contact with teenaged girls when he was in his 30s—with the most recent allegation including attempted rape. “I’ve yet to see a valid explanation [from Moore] and I have no reason to doubt the victims’ accounts,” Trump additionally said. She did not call for Moore to step out of the race, however; and her father, the president, has yet to publicly comment on Moore outside of remarks issued via White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders.

One Hundred Years Ago Today, Oswald Chambers Died From A Ruptured Appendix

How Much More!       November 15, 2017

Oswald Chambers was a product of latter Victorian England, and a contemporary of Charles Haddon Spurgeon, during Spurgeon’s twilight.  Chambers lived incredibly close to the Lord, and is best known for his profound devotionals and inspirational writings, as well as his service to British soldiers in Egypt during World War I.  I love his writings.  He died one hundred years ago, on November 15, 1917.

Pastor Steve

 

Our Daily Bread

How Much More!
November 15, 2017

Read: Luke 11:5–13
Bible in a Year: Ezekiel 1–2; Hebrews 11:1–19

If you then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!—Luke 11:13
In October 1915, during World War I, Oswald Chambers arrived at Zeitoun Camp, a military training center near Cairo, Egypt, to serve as a YMCA chaplain to British Commonwealth soldiers. When he announced a weeknight religious service, 400 men packed the large YMCA hut to hear Chambers’s talk titled, “What Is the Good of Prayer?” Later, when he spoke individually with men who were trying to find God in the midst of war, Oswald often quoted Luke 11:13, “If you then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!”
The free gift of God through His Son, Jesus, is forgiveness, hope, and His living presence in our lives through the Holy Spirit. “For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened” (v. 10).
On November 15, 1917, Oswald Chambers died unexpectedly from a ruptured appendix. To honor him, a soldier led to faith in Christ by Oswald purchased a marble carving of a Bible with the message of Luke 11:13 on its open page and placed it beside his grave: “How much more will your Father in heaven give the Holy Spirit to those who ask Him!” This amazing gift from God is available to each of us today. —David C. McCasland

Father, You are the giver of all good gifts. We thank You for the great gift of the Holy Spirit who lives in us and guides us in Your truth today.

Learn more about the legacy of Oswald Chambers at utmost.org.
God’s gift of the Holy Spirit in our lives is available to each of us today.

INSIGHT: Would you want a God who gave you everything you asked for? Or would that be a bit frightening? While Jesus was teaching His disciples how to pray (Luke 11:1-4), He described God as being like a loving Father who would not give them a scorpion if they asked for an egg.
Was He just assuring us that God is good? Or was He gently suggesting something about us? Was He hinting that sometimes we don’t know how to pray for our own good? (Rom 8:26). Maybe that’s why He promised that His Father would share His Spirit with those who trusted Him for what is best (Luke 11:13). Mart DeHaan

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“Shut out every other consideration and keep yourself before God for this one thing only—My Utmost for His Highest. I am determined to be absolutely and entirely for Him and for Him alone.”
OSWALD CHAMBERS