The Sword Of The Lord ~ Dr. Shelton Smith, Editor ~ July 13, 2018

Judges 7:20 King James Version (KJV)
And the three companies blew the trumpets, and brake the pitchers, and held the lamps in their left hands, and the trumpets in their right hands to blow withal: and they cried, The sword of the Lord, and of Gideon.

An Independent Christian Publication, Standing for the Verbal Inspiration of the Bible, the Deity of Christ, His Blood Atonement, Salvation by Faith, New Testament Soul Winning and the Premillennial Return of Christ; Opposing Modernism (Liberalism), Worldliness and Formalism.

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Amen Corner

Too many of our sermons are like a supper of leftovers – they have been too long away from the fire!  God forgive the preacher who expects results from a ministry that has not been touched by the fire of God for weeks or even years!  -John R. Rice

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

It’s about time we quit playing church in these services that start at eleven o’clock sharp and end at twelve o’clock dull.  -Vance Havner

It takes more grace than I can tell to play the second fiddle well.  -Charles Spurgeon

It is the duty of all men in society, publicly and at stated seasons, to worship the Supreme Being, the great  Creator and Preserver of the universe.  And no subject shall be hurt, molested or restrained in his person, liberty or estate for worshipping God in the manner most agreeable to the dictates of his own conscience, or for his religious profession or sentiments, provided he doth not disturb the public peace or obstruct others in their religious worship.  -John Adams

If you are not as close to God as you once were, you needn’t guess who it was that moved.  -M. R. DeHaan

When God goes to build a battleship, He doesn’t go looking in a flower garden.  -Mordecai Ham

One of the greatest calamities that sin has brought upon us is the debasement of our normal emotions.  We laugh at things that are not funny, we find pleasure in acts that are beneath our human dignity, and we rejoice in objects that should have no place in our affections.  The objection to “sinful pleasures” that has always been characteristic of the true saint is at bottom simply a protest against the degradation of our human emotions.  -A. W. Tozer

Before we can effectively serve others, we must first of all receive full provision from the Lord for our own spiritual needs.  He has given us the blessed Holy Spirit to empower us and to lead us.  We are sent by the Lord, we are safe in Him, and He provides for our needs.  -Perry Rockwood

Nothing makes people go into debt like trying to keep up with people who already are.

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The Sword Of The Lord ~ Dr. Shelton Smith, Editor ~ June 29, 2018

Judges 7:20 King James Version (KJV)
And the three companies blew the trumpets, and brake the pitchers, and held the lamps in their left hands, and the trumpets in their right hands to blow withal: and they cried, The sword of the Lord, and of Gideon.

An Independent Christian Publication, Standing for the Verbal Inspiration of the Bible, the Deity of Christ, His Blood Atonement, Salvation by Faith, New Testament Soul Winning and the Premillennial Return of Christ; Opposing Modernism (Liberalism), Worldliness and Formalism.

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NN   Noteworthy News

The Baker “Takes the Cake” Case (SCOTUS Rules 7-2)

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled 7-2 [June 4] in Masterpiece Cakeshop vs. Colorado Civil Rights Commission, a historic case that protects the right to free exercise of religion against the LGBT “sexual orientation” law that was being used to force a Christian baker to violate his conscience.  The Court ruled that the Colorado Civil Rights Commission violated the neutrality required by the First Amendment by making disparaging comments against Jack Phillips’ religious beliefs regarding same-sex “marriage.”  Jack Phillips, the owner of Masterpiece Cakeshop, refused to use his artistic talents and expression to promote a same-sex ceremony.

  … Though the Court focused on the explicit hostility exhibited by the Colorado Civil Rights Commission in this specific instance, this significant decision will have a wide impact regarding the clash between free speech and the LGBT agenda, including laws that add “sexual orientation” and “gender identity.”…

“This is a huge victory for the religious rights [of] private citizens,” said Mat Staver, founder and chairman of Liberty Counsel.  “People should not be forced to speak a message that violates their conscience.  Just as any person or business should have the right to refuse to promote a KKK event, in the same way no one should be forced to promote a same-sex ceremony that violates [his] sincerely held religious beliefs.  A painter can refuse to paint hate, nudity or the Nazi symbol.  A photographer or moviemaker can refuse to be used as a mouthpiece for an objectionable message.  Today’s ruling protects that inalienable right to conscience,” said Staver.

-LIBERTY COUNSEL

 

UMC Megachurch Hosts Ramadan Dinner With Muslims

The largest United Methodist Church congregation in the United States hosted a dinner with the local Muslim community as part of the Islamic season of Ramadan.

Church of the Resurrection of Leawood, Kansas,…hosted the iftar dinner, the meal which Muslims eat after sunset during Ramadan, on May 22.

In an interview with the Christian Post on Wednesday, [Pastor] Hamilton explained that his church wanted to “dissipate fear” and “demonstrate the love of Christ” by holding the event.

We’ve been trying to look for ways to build bridges with the Muslim community in Kansas City and to demonstrate the love of Christ to them,” said Hamilton….

About 320 people attended the event,…including about 40 Muslims.  In addition to dinner the event featured opening remarks by Hamilton and a Muslim representative of the interfaith group the Dialogue Institute of Kansas City….

Some have expressed concern over churches, especially mainline Protestant denominations, holding events for the Islamic community out of concern that they are either compromising the Gospel or are oblivious to extremism.  -Michael Gryboski, christianpost.com

Editor’s Comments:  Some people seem to think that if we just “all get together” and “make nice” toward one another, the problems will go away.  In our world today “the wolf and the lamb” cannot feast together.  The wolf may try to get in close, but the lamb should not be fooled.  The wolf is a wolf.

Let me add a final note.  If I were a member of a United Methodist Church (UMC), this foolhardy act would be a prelude to my immediate and permanent departure.  For Christians to allow Muslims to celebrate Ramadan in their church, is interpreted by Islam as a sign of weakness and capitulation of their own professed faith!  Islam, which means SUBMISSION, will levy sharia law on these naïve hosts, as soon as their perceived majority comes into play.  Never, but never compromise your faith!  [Do not forget that this is the denomination that condones abortion, sodomy, gay marriage, LGBT, even ordaining pastors who are homosexuals].  Pastor Steve <><

Amen Corner

Statesmen, my dear sir, may plan and speculate for liberty; but it is religion and morality alone which can establish the principles upon which freedom can securely stand….The only foundation of a free constitution is pure virtue; and if this cannot be inspired into our people in a greater measure than they have it now, they may change their rulers and the forms of government; but they will not obtain a lasting liberty.

-John Adams, June 21, 1776

God never blesses what we don’t do.  If you have a garden, you’ve got to plow, plant, water, and weed if you expect to reap a harvest.  -Jeff Fugate

The church is so subnormal that if it ever got back to the New Testament normal it would seem to people to be abnormal.  -Vance Havner

The flames kindled on the Fourth of July, 1776, have spread over too much of the globe to be extinguished by the feeble engines of despotism; on the contrary, they will consume these engines and all who work them.

-Thomas Jefferson

We have depended on culture and learning, but schools and literature do not make prophets like Jeremiah!  We have depended on organizations and institutions , but they do not bring the power that came at Pentecost and converted three thousand in a day.  Our colleges and seminaries send out preachers but do the same signs and wonders attend them as were shown in the ministry of Barnabas and Saul, who went out “being sent fourth by the Holy Ghost” with miracle-working power (Acts 13:4)?  -John R. Rice

When fathers are tongue-tied religiously, need they wonder if their children’s hearts remain sin-tied?

-Charles Spurgeon

Wherever we carry it, the American flag will stand not only for our power, but for freedom.  Our nation’s cause has always been larger than our nation’s defense.  We fight, as we always fight, for a just peace – a peace that favors human liberty.  We will defend the peace against threats from terrorists and tyrants.  We will preserve the peace by building good relations among the great powers.  And we will extend the peace by encouraging free and open societies on every continent.  -George W. Bush

O God, I have tasted Thy goodness, and it has both satisfied me and made me thirsty for more.  I am painfully conscious of my need for further grace.  I am ashamed of my lack of desire.  O God, the Triune God, I want to want Thee; I long to be filled with longing; I thirst to be made more thirsty still.  Show me Thy glory, I pray Thee, so that I may know Thee indeed.  Begin in mercy a new work of love within me.  Say to my soul, “Rise up, my love, my fair one, and come away.”  Then give me grace to rise and follow Thee up from this misty lowland where I have wandered so long.  -A. W. Tozer

 

“I never say no to the Lord.”

-William Booth (when asked the secret of his happiness)

 

The Sword Of The Lord ~ Dr. Shelton Smith, Editor ~ June 15, 2018

Judges 7:20 King James Version (KJV)
And the three companies blew the trumpets, and brake the pitchers, and held the lamps in their left hands, and the trumpets in their right hands to blow withal: and they cried, The sword of the Lord, and of Gideon.

An Independent Christian Publication, Standing for the Verbal Inspiration of the Bible, the Deity of Christ, His Blood Atonement, Salvation by Faith, New Testament Soul Winning and the Premillennial Return of Christ; Opposing Modernism (Liberalism), Worldliness and Formalism.

Amen Corner

The greatest problem of the churches is the preacher problem:  “Like priest, like people.”  Preachers are usually good men, often learned men, sincere men; but many lack the divine fire, the Christlike passion, the John the Baptist boldness, the Pauline urgency, the Holy Spirit enduement of power that will fire the churches of God.  They lack the supernatural evidences that accompanied New Testament preachers.  The miraculous, the supernatural is missing in the average preacher’s life and message and results.  -John R. Rice

It is one of the ironies of the ministry that the very man who works in God’s name is often the hardest put to find time for God.  The parents of Jesus lost Him at church, and they were not the last ones to lose Him there.  -Vance Havner

What is the profit to America by having endless economic prosperity, computers and a hundred channels of television in every home…if our families are shattered and our children corrupted?  -Senator Bill Armstrong

No man should desire to be happy who is not at the same time holy.  He should spend his efforts in seeking to know and do the will of God, leaving to Christ the matter of how happy he should be.  -A. W. Tozer

Never try to save out of God’s cause; such money will canker the rest.  Giving to God is not loss; it is putting your substance in the best bank.  Giving is truly having, as the old gravestone said of the dead man:  “What I spent I had; what I saved I lost; what I gave I have.”  -Charles Spurgeon

The advice you give that has not been solicited is in reality another form of criticism.  -Curtis Hutson

When Mr. Moody died, Dr. Dixon, speaking of the man and his mission, said,  “When I left Moody, I always felt not like praising him but praising God.”

Who of us but understood the sentiment after leaving his presence?  Did you ever stop to analyze that sentiment?  Its explanation is in the solitary fact that when Moody preached, Jesus was present, and God’s praise was the natural result.  -W. B. Riley

Don’t try to hold God’s hand; let Him do the holding and you do the trusting.  -H. W. Webb-Peploe

Four things come not back – the spoken word, the sped arrow, the past life, and the neglected opportunity.  -Survey Bulletin

The first to apologize is the bravest.  The first to forgive is the strongest.  And the first to forget is the happiest.

The Sword Of The Lord ~ Dr. Shelton Smith, Editor ~ June 1, 2018

Judges 7:20 King James Version (KJV)
And the three companies blew the trumpets, and brake the pitchers, and held the lamps in their left hands, and the trumpets in their right hands to blow withal: and they cried, The sword of the Lord, and of Gideon.

An Independent Christian Publication, Standing for the Verbal Inspiration of the Bible, the Deity of Christ, His Blood Atonement, Salvation by Faith, New Testament Soul Winning and the Premillennial Return of Christ; Opposing Modernism (Liberalism), Worldliness and Formalism.

Amen Corner

The best friends you have in the world are the ones who tell you what you need to hear and not what you want to hear, those who want to teach you what you are not seeing and to be a help to you.  -Dr. Jerry Ross

It may be that not all who are called to preach can preach to large and enthusiastic audiences with the acclaim of men, but there are enough dying men to hear the message of every preacher who will tell the story of Christ and redemption.  -John R. Rice

Neither the wisest constitution nor the wisest laws will secure the liberty and happiness of a people whose manners are universally corrupt.  -Samuel Adams

Men who have been used of God in any generation from Calvary down to this hour have not invented and preached new truths.  They have simply had the anointed vision to discover truths that had been obscured by the overemphasis of certain other truths.  -A. W. Tozer

The Bible has a lot to say about our mouths, our lips and our tongues, for our speech betrays us.  What is down in the well will come up in the bucket.  -Vance Havner

The whole idea of separation is to please God and to create a climate in which He can bless and use us.  -Curtis Hutson

Wisdom in government is not a one-way street that always runs downhill.  More often, the higher up the ladder of government you go, the less common sense you find.  -Ronald Reagan

Faith in the living God is not an unreasonable attitude of the mind; it is the highest act to which reason can attain.  Every reasonable person will acknowledge his need of faith in God.  Faith makes the unseen real and what lies in the future as if it were present.  Faith gives substance to the invisible things of God; it becomes the eyes of our souls.  -Bill McSpadden

The men who have moved the world have been men whom the world could not move.

We cannot break the promises of God by leaning on them.

The Sword Of The Lord ~ Dr. Shelton Smith, Editor ~ May 18, 2018

Judges 7:20 King James Version (KJV)
And the three companies blew the trumpets, and brake the pitchers, and held the lamps in their left hands, and the trumpets in their right hands to blow withal: and they cried, The sword of the Lord, and of Gideon.

An Independent Christian Publication, Standing for the Verbal Inspiration of the Bible, the Deity of Christ, His Blood Atonement, Salvation by Faith, New Testament Soul Winning and the Premillennial Return of Christ; Opposing Modernism (Liberalism), Worldliness and Formalism.

The Amen Corner

Sometimes preachers are ashamed to weep; more often our hearts are too cold to weep over sinners.  Not so with Paul, who said,  “I ceased not to warn every one night and day with tears”  (Acts 20:31).  He put the “go” in soul winning; but best of all, he went with tears.  -John R. Rice

Something about us religious humans makes us want to add to the Gospel.  We want to help God with our salvation.  If we can’t help Him save us, we want to help keep ourselves saved.   -Curtis Hutson

I saw beside a copy of Who’s Who a new volume :Who Was Who!  How quickly we pass from hero to zero!  “For all flesh is as grass, and all the glory of man as the flower of grass”  (I Peter 1:24).  -Vance Havner

There is a rank due to the United States among nations which will be withheld, if not absolutely lost, by the reputation of weakness.  If we desire to avoid insult, we must be able to repel it; if we desire to secure peace, one of the most powerful instruments of our rising prosperity, it must be known that we are at all times ready for war.   -George Washington

It is far better to prepare for what lies before us than to congratulate ourselves upon that which is already accomplished.  Great as have been the blessings with which Almighty God has favored us, we are longing and looking for larger displays of His goodness.   -Charles Spurgeon

It is scarcely possible in most places to get anyone to attend a meeting where the only attraction is God.  A. W. Tozer

All of us will die.  I don’t relish the idea, but I cannot reverse the fact.  But when I die and by body is planted in the City of the Dead, I have assurance that one day I will come forth out of that grave.  -Harold Sightler

Few people need voice lessons to sing their own praise.  -E. C. McKenzie

In the days of Christ, men learned first to believe in His Person and then in His Word; [now] we learn first to believe in His Word and then in His Person.  -Alfred Eldersheim

An atheist is a man who looks through a telescope and tries to explain what he can’t see.  -O. A. Battista

“I’d give the world to be as happy as you are,” said one to a Christian.  The reply:  “That’s what it cost me.”

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Sunshine for Seniors

Love Is (From the Children’s Perspective)

When my grandmother got arthritis, she couldn’t bend over and paint her toenails anymore, so my grandfather does it for her all the time, even when his hands got arthritis too.  That’s love.  -Rebecca, age eight

Love is when you go out to eat and give somebody most of your French fries without making them give you any of theirs.  -Chrissy, age six

Love is when my mommy makes coffee for my daddy and she takes a sip before giving it to him to make sure the taste is okay.  -Danny, age seven

If you want to learn to love better, you should start with a friend whom you hate.  -Nikka, age six

When you tell someone something bad about yourself and you’re scared they won’t love you anymore but then you get surprised because not only do they still love you, but they love you even more.  -Matthew, age seven

There are two kinds of love: our love [and] God’s love.  But God makes both kinds of them.  -Jenny, age four

During my piano recital I was on a stage and scared.  I looked at all the people watching me and saw my daddy waving and smiling.  He was the only one doing that.  I wasn’t scared anymore.  -Cindy, age eight

Love is when Mommy gives Daddy the best piece of chicken.  -Elaine, age five

I know my older sister loves me because she gives me all her old clothes and has to go out and buy new ones.        -Lauren

I let my big sister pick on me because my mom says she only picks on me because she loves me.  So I pick on my baby sister because I love her.  -Bethany, age four

You really shouldn’t say “I love you” unless you mean it.  But if you mean it, you should say it a lot.  People forget.  -Jessica, age eight

Editor’s Comments:  These kids had to learn this good stuff somewhere.  Oh, that’s right; they have parents and grandparents who “love” them.  Amen!

 

The Sword Of The Lord ~ Dr. Shelton Smith, Editor ~ May 4, 2018

Judges 7:20 King James Version (KJV)
And the three companies blew the trumpets, and brake the pitchers, and held the lamps in their left hands, and the trumpets in their right hands to blow withal: and they cried, The sword of the Lord, and of Gideon.

An Independent Christian Publication, Standing for the Verbal Inspiration of the Bible, the Deity of Christ, His Blood Atonement, Salvation by Faith, New Testament Soul Winning and the Premillennial Return of Christ; Opposing Modernism (Liberalism), Worldliness and Formalism.

Amen Corner

When Jeremiah decided not to make mention anymore of the Lord nor to speak in His name, he found a seething volcano within him, a fire shut up in his bones!  When he ceased to testify for the Lord, it was like a stream damned up within him that must burst forth.  Jeremiah was not only in the ministry; the ministry was in him!  He was like that man who had the billy goat by the horns and was crying out, “Someone come and help me turn this animal loose!”  -John R. Rice

It is better to be a good housewife or nurse or domestic servant than to be a powerless preacher or a graceless leader.  -Charles Spurgeon

You had better not pray to be conformed to the image of God’s Son unless you mean business!  It may be anything but the delightful experience you had in mind.  God uses strange ways to make us more like Jesus.  -Vance Havner

From the day of the Declaration [of Independence]…[t]hey [the American people] were bound by the laws of God, which they all, and by the laws of the Gospel, which they nearly all, acknowledge as the rule of their conduct.  -John Quincy Adams

It is one thing to trust Jesus Christ as Saviour and quite another to surrender one’s life to the Lord.  There is such a thing as the dedicated Christian life.  And there are carnal Christians (I Cor. 3) who have never yielded their lives to Christ.  The yielding of one’s life or making Jesus Lord of one’s life is not a requirement for salvation.  That is Lordship salvation and a perversion of the Gospel.  -Curtis Hutson

It appears that too many Christians want to enjoy the thrill of feeling right but are not willing to endure the inconvenience of being right.  -A.W. Tozer

It is not the possession of extraordinary gifts that makes extraordinary usefulness but the dedication of what we have to the service of God.  -Frederick William Robertson

May you who are already saved meditate upon [Hell] in its practical, personal bearings until your heart is so burdened by the awful peril of the wicked that you will rush out to spend the last dollar, if need be, and the last ounce of strength in saving those imperiled men from the certain, awful Hell of conscious agony and shame to which they are fast hurrying.

People don’t miss church because they live too far from the building but because they live too far from God.

One way in which a Christian shows what he is, is by what he does with what he has.

 

 

Sword Of The Lord ~ Dr. Shelton Smith, Editor ~ April 20, 2018

Judges 7:20 King James Version (KJV)
20 And the three companies blew the trumpets, and brake the pitchers, and held the lamps in their left hands, and the trumpets in their right hands to blow withal: and they cried, The sword of the Lord, and of Gideon.

An Independent Christian Publication, Standing for the Verbal Inspiration of the Bible, the Deity of Christ, His Blood Atonement, Salvation by Faith, New Testament Soul Winning and the Premillennial Return of Christ; Opposing Modernism (Liberalism), Worldliness and Formalism.

Amen Corner

Those who win souls go when it is convenient and when it is not convenient.  “Blessed are ye that sow beside all waters” (Isa. 32:20) is just another way of saying, “Blessed is the soul winner who tries to reach every sinner.”  -John R. Rice

The highest type of heroism is not the courage and nerve of the warrior facing the foe but the courage to face the daily issues of life, opposing wrong, and upholding right.  -Roswell Long

Pastors must all contend with the urge to get away from where they are to the next pasture where the grass looks greener.  This is a day of two-year preachers who cannot stay anywhere long enough to build an enduring edifice.  The work is too hard, the wife is unhappy, the weather is bad, so whether the reason be the church, the companion or the climate, away they go!  -Vance Havner

It must be felt that there is no national security but in the nation’s humble, acknowledged dependence upon God and His overruling providence.  -Franklin Pierce

A man had better be shut up with a bear robbed of her whelps than live with an accusing conscience.  No racks or fires can equal the misery of being consciously guilty and seeing no way of escape from the sin.  -Charles Spurgeon

Being humble involves the willingness to be reckoned a failure in everyone’s sight but God’s.  -Roy Pearson

Modernists and false religions have perverted the Word as to remove the fact of Hell.  Many sinners scoff at the preaching of Hell.  They turn aside any warning of judgment.  They think the idea of Hell has passed away with the last generation.  Sixty seconds after death, they shall find out the truth of the Word, there is fire in Hell.  -Harold Sightler

Liberty must at all hazards be supported.  We have a right to it derived from our Maker.  But if we had not, our fathers have earned and bought it for us at the expense of their ease, their estates, their pleasure, and their blood.  -John Adams

I wonder how so many present-day Christians can consider an hour of worship Sunday morning as adequate adoration of the holy God who created them and then redeemed them back to Himself.  -A. W. Tozer

We should not separate from a Christian brother over an isolated incident or some mistake he has made.  It is wise to wait until one is able to identify a trend or a pattern that is unscriptural.  However, when it becomes apparent that a Christian brother has taken an unwise and unscriptural position and has no intention of changing, then we are justified in separating from him.  -Curtis Hutson

The Sword Of The Lord ~ Dr. Shelton Smith, Editor ~ April 6, 2018

Judges 7:20 King James Version (KJV)
And the three companies blew the trumpets, and brake the pitchers, and held the lamps in their left hands, and the trumpets in their right hands to blow withal: and they cried, The sword of the Lord, and of Gideon.

An Independent Christian Publication, Standing for the Verbal Inspiration of the Bible, the Deity of Christ, His Blood Atonement, Salvation by Faith, New Testament Soul Winning and the Premillennial Return of Christ; Opposing Modernism (Liberalism), Worldliness and Formalism.

Amen Corner

A cruel book will produce cruelty.  An unclean book will produce uncleanness.  Out of all Christendom and out of all the ages, fetch me a victim whose heart has been hardened to cruelty or whose life has been made impure by the Bible.  Show me one.  -T. DeWitt Talmage

Those who teach Lordship salvation say that it is not enough to trust Jesus Christ; you must also make Him Lord of your life in order to be saved.  This kind of teaching frustrates the grace of God and is called in the Bible “another gospel” (Gal. 1:6).  -Curtis Hutson

I suppose, indeed, that in public life a man whose political principles have any decided character and who has energy enough to give them effect must always expect to encounter political hostility from those of adverse principles.  -Thomas Jefferson

It is the profound conviction that we are wholly unworthy of future blessedness, that we are indeed by nature fitted only for destruction, that leads to true repentance.  The man who inwardly believes that he is too good to perish will certainly perish unless he experiences a radical change of heart about himself.  -A.W. Tozer

Our Lord lost many a prospect because He would not mark down the price of utter devotion.  -Vance Havner

I was one day walking along a street in Springfield holding the hands of my two boys who were crying lustily.  “What’s the matter with the boys, Abe?”  asked a neighbor.

I replied, “The matter with them is the matter with the world: one has a nut, and the other one wants it.”  -Abraham Lincoln

I am sometimes startled at the power of a feeble prayer to win a speedy answer.  -Charles Spurgeon

I certainly stand in awe and marvel when it comes to the matter of Hell.  It is such an awful fact.  I pray it may dawn upon you that there is a Hell to which sinners go.

I am not merely concerned with impressing the fact of Hell upon the hearts and minds of the unsaved; but Christians need to be constantly reminded that Hell is no myth, no fable.  Hell is an awful reality, as taught in the entire Word of God.  -Tom Malone

If God loved you as much as you love Him, where would you be?

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The Sword Of The Lord ~ Dr. Shelton Smith, Editor ~ March 9, 2018

Judges 7:20 King James Version (KJV)
And the three companies blew the trumpets, and brake the pitchers, and held the lamps in their left hands, and the trumpets in their right hands to blow withal: and they cried, The sword of the Lord, and of Gideon.

An Independent Christian Publication, Standing for the Verbal Inspiration of the Bible, the Deity of Christ, His Blood Atonement, Salvation by Faith, New Testament Soul Winning and the Premillennial Return of Christ; Opposing Modernism (Liberalism), Worldliness and Formalism.

Amen Corner

Some of us mean well, but a false discretion overtakes us.  We are like that soldier who was always discovered, in the shock of battle, betaking himself, without orders, to safe places.  The captain at last accused him of having a cowardly heart.  “Oh,” said the soldier, “my heart is as brave as can be; but I have a cowardly pair of legs that run off with the brave heart.”  Many of us are like that.  Our convictions are right when confession is not needed, but in the shock of battle we fail.  -John McNeill

If a school required no study of its pupils and passed the students regardless of performance, it would soon be held in contempt.  A church that holds no standards of doctrine and experiences no discipline soon loses the respect of even the ungodly.  -Vance Havner

I’ve noticed that everybody who is for abortion has already been born.  -Ronald Reagan

I do not believe there is any false religion in the world that men are not proud of.  The only religion in the world which I have ever heard of that men were ashamed of is the religion of Jesus Christ….  How many, many times I have found men ashamed of the religion of Jesus Christ, the only religion that gives men the power over their affections and lusts and sins!  -D.L. Moody

Any saint who does not love and seek sinners is without excuse.  He is untrue to his Saviour, ungrateful for his own salvation and disobedient to the Great Commission.  -John R. Rice

There is no time in life when books do not influence a man.  -Walter Bezant

The most critical need of the church at this moment is men, bold men, free men.  The church must seek, in prayer and much humility, the coming again of men made of the stuff of which prophets and martyrs are made.  -A.W. Tozer

Lordship salvation confuses believers and makes them doubt their salvation.  The Bible is very plain: the only way to be saved is by trusting Jesus Christ.  Jesus divides the whole world into two groups:  “He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God”  (John 3:18).  -Curtis Hutson

To be popular at home is a great achievement.  The man who is loved by the house cat, the dog, the neighbor’s children, and by his own wife is a great man even if he never had his name in Who’s Who.  -Thomas Dreier

Man’s pride may carry him far if he is a great fool; but let him not suffer his pride to carry him into Hell, for it certainly will never carry him out again.  -Charles Spurgeon

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Noteworthy News Headlines

President Proclaims Religious Freedom Day

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California Heads to Supreme Court to Force One Hundred Pregnancy Centers to Promote Tax-Funded Abortions

NFL Rejects Super Bowl Ad Asking People to Stand for Anthem

PETA Wants Tax on Meat Because Animals Are Killed

Scientists Clone Two Monkeys As a First Step to Cloning Human Beings

Hazardous Conditions Are Common in Nursing Homes

Palestinian Kids’ TV Makes Hero of Murderous Jihadist

Prayer by Public Employee Is Ruled Illegal If Others See It?

Illiterates, No-Shows, All Seniors Graduate at D.C. High

Planned Parenthood Infiltrates Over Three Hundred Colleges and Universities With New Pro-Abortion Student Groups

University Ordered to Readmit Campus Christian Group

Court Sides With Fireman Fired for His Faith

 

The Sword Of The Lord ~ Dr. Shelton Smith, Editor ~ February 23, 2018

Judges 7:20 King James Version (KJV)
And the three companies blew the trumpets, and brake the pitchers, and held the lamps in their left hands, and the trumpets in their right hands to blow withal: and they cried, The sword of the Lord, and of Gideon.

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Amen Corner

Dr. John R. Rice often said, “The best way to get rid of snakes is to stop feeding them.”  And the best way to get rid of liberals and modernists is to stop supporting them.  -Curtis Hutson

God has never had on His side a majority of men and women.  He does not need a majority to work wonders in history, but He does need a minority fully committed to Him.  In the world today, Christian stewardship is a necessity.  -Ernest Tittle

A profession of skepticism is often nothing more than the whistling of the boy as he goes through the churchyard and is afraid of ghosts and therefore “whistles hard to keep his courage up.”  They try to get rid of the thought of God because of that ghost of conscience which makes cowards of them all.  -Charles Spurgeon

A soul winner needs a broken heart.  The cold and callous sinner may be able to answer all your arguments and withstand all your pleas, but he has no argument against tears.  Tears are a magnet that must tug at the heart of the coldest and hardest of unbelievers.  -John R. Rice

A pastor met one of his delinquent members on the street.  “I haven’t seen you at church lately,” he reminded him.

“No,” was the reply, “we’ve had sickness, and then the weather has been so bad.  You know, it has rained and rained and rained.”

“But it’s always dry at church.”

“Yes,” came the answer, “and that’s another reason why I’ve not been coming!”

No church service should be dry, dull and lifeless.  Church was never meant to be entertaining, but it should be alive and vivid with the presence of God.             -Vance Havner

I’m always in haste but never in a hurry.  -John Wesley

Yet for all God’s good will toward us, He is unable to grant us our heart’s desires till all our desires have been reduced to one.  When we have dealt with our carnal ambitions; when we have trodden upon the lion and adder of the flesh, have trampled the dragon of self-love under our feet, and have truly reckoned ourselves to have died unto sin, then and only then can God raise us to newness of life and fill us with His blessed Holy Spirit.  -A.W. Tozer

Search thy friend for his virtues, thyself for thy faults.  -William Gurnall

I have had more trouble with myself than with any other man.  -D.L. Moody

All along the Christian course, there must be set up altars to God on which you sacrifice yourself; or you will never advance a step.  -Alexander Maclaren

When you sing your own praise, you always pitch the tune too high.

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Education Secretary DeVas Decries Public Education Failure

Does the University of Iowa Support Persecution of Christians?

Georgetown University Sets New Agenda on Gender and Sex Exploration

Netherlands Physicians Support Measure Allowing Doctors to Euthanize Children

Bolivia:  Christians Fear New Law May Land Them in Jail

Do-It-Yourself Faith on the Rise Via the Web, Study Finds

Sixty-Three Percent of U.S. Dads Say They Don’t Spend Enough Time With Their Kids