The Sword Of The Lord ~ Dr. Shelton Smith, Editor ~ October 5, 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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If Revival Comes!

If true, biblical, Heaven-sent revival comes, it will not be wildfire, but real fire!  It will not be a laughing revival, people barking uncontrollably as dogs, gibberish utterances and other such nonsense.

It will not be empty professions and shallow emotionalism!

If revival comes, Jesus will be promoted and exalted.  Since the Holy Spirit always magnifies Jesus (not Himself), human instruments will not be the main focus; Jesus will.

If revival comes, the Bible will be center stage.  Full attention will be accorded to every word on every page.  Doctrine will be important because no biblical truth will be sacrificed to appease human opinion.

If revival comes, the local church will be at the center of it (Matt. 16:18; Eph. 3:21).  The church is the Lord’s.  He will use His vehicle to do His will and pleasure.

If revival comes, Christians will be soul winners!  The mandate of Christ to every believer is to get sinners saved.  While revival tarries, little attention is given to salvation and soul winning.

Revival will get God’s people working, serving and doing the real business of the Gospel!

If revival comes, right and righteousness will be highly valued and devotedly practiced.  Carnalities will be shelved.  Real spiritual values will be in vogue.  Worldly, wicked behavior will be abandoned.

If revival comes, prayer will be natural and without hindrances,  We will ask and receive.

If revival comes, going to church will become more than a habit.  You’ll be there and you’ll love it.

If revival comes, the song in your heart will bubble like a fountain.  You’ll sing the Lord’s song (not the world’s music).  Joy will be abundant!  Rejoicing will fill your heart to overflowing.

If revival comes, preaching will be a priority!  Bold, dynamic, aggressive Bible preaching will be the hunger of the soul.  You’ll want it as much as your body craves food.

If revival comes, strong Christians will emerge.  The flash-in-the-pan will not be pawned off as genuine.  Converts will grow, mature and give testimony.

Oh, dear ones, we so need the breath of God to blow upon us with the sweet refreshings of revival!  We need it and I do believe many of us want it.

Let’s not content ourselves with worldly husks when we could have a heavenly feast.  Let’s not give in to the pressure of a world gone mad!  Let’s not acquiesce to superficial, silly, second-rate religious counterfeiting.  Let’s not be fooled by noisemakers with self-serving agendas!

Let’s do trust God for what we need.  Let’s pray and ask Him to give it.  Let’s walk by faith and in full obedience every step.  Amen!

-Dr. Shelton Smith

 

Amen Corner

Doing leads more surely to talking than talking to doing.  -Vance Havner

An act that is inherently evil does not become moral simply because there’s a majority consensus.  -Walter Williams

It ought to be said of every preacher, every Sunday school teacher, every soul winner, as it was said of John the Baptist, “There was a man sent from God, whose name was ____.”   -John R. Rice

His integrity was most pure, his justice the most inflexible I have ever known, no motives of interest or consanguinity, of friendship or hatred, being able to bias his decision.  He was, indeed, in every sense of the words, a wise, a good and a great man.

Perhaps the strongest feature in his character was prudence, never acting until every circumstance, every consideration, was maturely weighed; refraining if he saw a doubt but when once decided, going through with his purpose whatever obstacles opposed.  -Thomas Jefferson (speaking of George Washington)

We can sing high praises to ourselves when all is joyful, but we cannot sing praise to any save our God when circumstances are unfavorable and providence appears adverse.  -Charles Spurgeon

The world has no room for cowards.  We must all be ready somehow to toil, to suffer, to die.  And yours is not the less noble because no drum beats before you when you go out into your daily battlefields and no crowds shout about your coming when you return from your daily victory or defeat.  -Robert Louis Stevenson

The Lordship of Jesus Christ is not quite forgotten among Christians, but it has been relegated to the hymnal where all responsibility toward it may be comfortably discharged in a glow of religious emotion.  Or if it is taught as a theory in the classroom, it is rarely applied to practical living.  The idea that the Man Christ Jesus has absolute final authority over the whole church and over its members in every detail of their lives is simply not now accepted as true by the rank and file of evangelical Christians.  -A. W. Tozer

The principle of free speech is no new doctrine born of the Constitution of the United States.  It is a heritage of English-speaking peoples, which has been won by incalculable sacrifice, and which they must preserve so long as they hope to live as free men.  -Robert Lafollette, Sr.

Never raise your voice when your heart is dry.  -Christmas Evans (to a young preacher)

It is seldom that liberty of any kind is lost all at once.  -David Hume

Educate children without religion and you make a race of clever devils.  -Duke of Wellington

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The Sword Of The Lord ~ Dr. Shelton Smith, Editor ~ September 21, 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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What to Do With False Teachers

God’s Commandments Concerning the Believer’s Attitude Toward False Teachers

1. Beware of them; they are ravenous wolves.  “Beware of false prophets.”  -Matt. 7:15

2. Watch out for them; they despise sound doctrine.  “For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine….But watch thou.”  -I Tim. 4:3,5.

3. Test them; they have the spirit of anti-Christ.  “Try the spirits…because many false prophets are gone out into the world….and this is that spirit of antichrist.”  -I John 4:1.3.

4. Avoid them; they are deceivers of the weak.  “Avoid them.  For they that are such serve not our Lord Jesus Christ…and by good words and fair speeches deceive the hearts of the simple.”  -Rom. 16:17,18.  “False prophets shall rise, and…seduce, if it were possible, even the elect.” -Mark 13:22.

5. Do not receive them; lest you be a partaker of their evil deeds.  “If there come any unto you, and bring not this doctrine, receive him not into your house, neither bid him God speed: For he that biddeth him God speed [who encourages him] is partaker of his evil deeds.”  -II John 10,11.

6. Rebuke them; by their works they deny God.  “For there are many…deceivers…teaching things which they ought not….Wherefore rebuke them sharply….They profess that they know God but in works they deny Him.”  -Titus 1:10,11,13,16.

7. Withdraw from them; they are devoid of the truth.  “Perverse disputings of men of corrupt minds, and destitute of the truth…from such withdraw thyself.”  -I Tim. 6:5.

8. Have nothing to do with them; they propagate damnable heresies.  “A man that is an heretick…reject.”  -Titus 3:10.  Reject him from your fellowship and have nothing more to do with him.  “There shall be false teachers among you, who privily shall bring in damnable heresies.”  -II Pet. 2:1.

9. Prophesy against them; they may turn you into moral cowards like themselves.  “And the word of the Lord came unto me , saying, Son of man, prophesy against the prophets….Ye have not gone up into the gaps…to stand in the battle in the day of the Lord.”  -Ezek. 13:1,2,5.

10. Separate utterly from them; they are the forces of darkness and infidelity.  “What communion hath light with darkness?  And what concord hath Christ with Belial?  or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel?…  Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord.”  -II Cor. 6:14,15,17.

-Eugene M. Harrison

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Amen Corner

Whenever a man is about to stab religion, he usually professes very great reverence for it.  Let me beware of sleek-faced hypocrisy which is armorbearer to heresy and infidelity.  -Charles Spurgeon

I cared not where or how I lived, or what hardships I went through, so that I could but gain souls for Christ.  I continued in this frame all evening and night.  While I was asleep, I dreamed of these things; and when I waked, the first thing I thought of was this great work of pleading for God against Satan (July 21, 1744).  -David Brainerd

When I was pastor of a country church, a farmer didn’t like the sermons I preached on Hell.  He said, “Preach about the meek and lowly Jesus.”  I said, “That’s where I got my information about Hell.”  -Vance Havner

One of the standing complaints that the sinner and the backslider have against our modern churches is that when they attend, no one seems to care, no one shakes their hand, no one seems glad to see them.  -John R. Rice

The idolatrous heart assumes that God is other than He is – in itself a monstrous sin – and substitutes for the true God one made after its own likeness.  Always this god will conform to the image of the one who created it and will be base or pure, cruel or kind, according to the moral state of the mind from which it emerges.  -A. W. Tozer

Reason and experience both forbid us to expect that national morality can prevail in exclusion of religious principle.  -George Washington

God’s mercies are new every morning (Lam. 3:22,23).  Yesterday’s mercies are no good for today’s need.  -David Sumner

The liquor traffic would destroy the church if it could, and the church could destroy the liquor traffic if it would.  -Sam Morris

From the starting post to the goal of the Christian course, it is all by faith.  -C. H. McIntosh

Death is a joyous Home-going to be announced with song and trumpet.  -A. T. Pierson

Who should read the Word?  The young, to know how to live; the old, to know how to die; the ignorant, for wisdom; the learned, for humility; the rich, for warning; the poor, for enrichment.  It is the Book for all sorts and conditions of men.

Strength for today is all that we need, As there never will be a tomorrow; For tomorrow will prove but an other today, With its measure of joy and sorrow.

The Sword Of The Lord ~ Dr. Shelton Smith, Editor ~ September 7, 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 Word of God, in order to be blessed to the hearer, must be preached from the heart!  Jeremiah said, “His word was in mine heart as a burning fire shut up in my bones.”  It is heart preaching that has power, not head preaching.  -John R. Rice

It is never right to preach under a wrong sponsorship.  It is perfectly all right to preach to Roman Catholics and others who deny salvation by grace through faith, but it would be wrong to go under their sponsorship.

We invite everyone to attend our meetings and to hear the Gospel; and we preach to everyone in attendance, whether he be an unbeliever, a Roman Catholic or whatever.  The issue is not preaching to Roman Catholics or others; the issue is going under the wrong sponsorship.  -Curtis Hutson

I’m tired of hearing about temperance instead of abstinence in order to please the cocktail crowd in church congregations.  -Vance Havner

If the power of the Gospel is not felt through the length and breadth of the land, anarchy and misrule, degradation and misery, corruption and darkness will reign without mitigation or end.  -Daniel Webster

Sin in thoughts is more simply sin: outward acts are but the sprouts; the sap and juice lie in the wicked imagination or contrivance, which has the strength in it to produce a thousand fruits as poisonous.  -Stephen Charnock

The flesh, smiling and confident, preaches and sings about the cross.  Before that cross it bows, and toward the cross it points with carefully staged histrionics- but upon that cross it will not die, and the reproach of that cross it stubbornly refuses to bear.  -A. W. Tozer

There is a true glory and a true honor: the glory of duty done, the honor of the integrity of principle.  -Robert E. Lee

There is no sin that shall condemn the man who believes, and nothing can save the man who will not believe.  -Charles Spurgeon

The holy work of delivering souls demands constant renewal through fellowship  with God.  -Andrew Murray

I set apart this day for fasting and prayer to prepare me for the ministry….In the forenoon, I felt a power of intercession, for immortal souls….In the afternoon…God enabled me so to agonize in prayer that I was quite wet with sweat, though in the shade and the cool wind.  My soul was drawn out very much for the world; I gasped for multitudes of souls.  I think I had more enlargement for sinners than for the children of God, though I felt as if I could spend my life in cries for both (April 19, 1742).  -David Brainerd

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Noteworthy News  (NN)

U.S. Couple Trumpets Global Goodness on Bike Trek; ISIS Kills Them

Jay Austin and Lauren Geoghegan, both 29, quit their Washington, D.C., jobs a little over a year ago and embarked on a bicycle trip around the world.  By April, their journey well underway, Austin wrote in the couple’s blog…that they were embracing something beyond a mere great adventure.

“You watch the news and you read the papers and you’re led to believe that the world is a big, scary place,” he wrote.  “People, the narrative goes, are not to be trusted.  People are bad.  People are evil.  People are axe murderers and monsters and worse.” …

“I don’t buy it.  Evil is a make-believe concept we’ve invented to deal with the complexities of fellow humans holding values and beliefs and perspectives different than our own – it’s easier to dismiss an opinion as abhorrent than strive to understand it.  Badness exists, sure, but even that’s quite rare.  By and large, humans are kind – self-interested sometimes, myopic sometimes, but kind.  Generous and wonderful and kind.  No greater revelation has come from our journey than this.” …

Austin and Geoghegan were killed July 29 – just a few days into the second year of their journey – in what CBS News said was an ISIS-inspired attack as they rode through Tajikistan, which is predominantly Muslim and borders Afghanistan.

A car rammed into the couple and other bicycle tourists, after which five men exited the vehicle and attacked the group with knives, the network reported.  Two other bicyclists – one from the Netherlands and one from Switzerland – also were killed.

The Islamic State initially claimed responsibility and then released a video showing the five purported attackers pledging allegiance to Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, CBS News added.  In the clip they sat before the ISIS flag and vowed to kill “disbelievers,” the New York Times said.  -Dave Urbanski, theblaze.com

EDITOR”S COMMENTS:  This unregenerate world is a dangerous place in which “the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour” (I Peter 5:8).  Naïve idealism is neither a solution to evil nor protection from it.  Intellectual denial is no shield against the harm the Devil and his crowd can bring you.

The death of this couple was brutal and senseless.  Sad, indeed, very sad!

 

 

 

The Sword Of The Lord ~ Dr. Shelton Smith, Editor ~ August 24, 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

All of us would be better off spiritually if we simply said, “Yes, Lord!”  to His gold-leaf invitations found on the pages of the Bible.  If a child of God just obeyed five Bible verses on Bible reading (Ps. 63:1), prayer (Luke 18:1), church attendance (Heb. 10:25), soul winning (Prov. 11:30), and Holy Spirit fulness (Eph. 5:18), we’d have to build larger fundamental churches to hold the crowds that would come this Sunday!  -John Hamblin

It is utterly false to suppose that the Word of the Lord preached by a cold-hearted, unanointed preacher who preaches in human wisdom and for selfish purposes will bring its proper fruit the same as if preached by one whose heart is set aflame by the Holy Spirit.  It takes the power of God to preach the Word of God.  The Word of God is not a sword of man; it is the Sword of the Spirit.  -John R. Rice

A good many are kept out of the service of Christ, deprived of the luxury of working for God, because they are trying to do some great thing.  Let us be willing to do little things.  And let us remember that nothing is small in which God is the source.  -D. L. Moody

Some people are like wheelbarrows: useful only when pushed and very easily upset.  The time to stop talking is when the other person nods his head affirmatively but says nothing.  -Vance Havner

Liberty cannot be preserved without a general knowledge among the people, who have a right, from the frame of their nature, to knowledge, as their great Creator, who does nothing in vain, has given them understandings and a desire to know; but besides this, they have a right, an indisputable, unalienable, indefeasible, divine right to that most dreaded and envied kind of knowledge, I mean, of the characters and conduct of their rulers.  -John Adams

Keep all earthly treasures out of your heart and let Christ be your treasure and let Him have your heart.  -Charles Spurgeon

The difficulty we modern Christians face is not misunderstanding the Bible but persuading our untamed hearts to accept its plain instructions.  Our problem is to get the consent of our world-loving minds to make Jesus Lord in fact as well as in word.  -A. W. Tozer

The path of man is too dark, the cross of Christ is too glorious, and the heart of God is too grieved for me to quit now.  -Lester Roloff

The sword of Muhammad and the Qur’an are the most fatal enemies of civilization, liberty and truth which the world has yet known.  -Sir William Muir (1819-1905)

Great souls live so grandly, fight so bravely, endure so patiently, suffer so uncomplainingly, work so faithfully, and shine so constantly that wherever they are, they are polestars by which the multitudes may steer their barks.  Fortunate indeed is that community that is rich in great souls.

The Sword Of The Lord ~ Dr. Shelton Smith, Editor ~ August 10, 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

How often a good sister or brother rises to testify: “I want to live such a godly life that sinners will see my daily walk and be saved!”  Living a godly life is important, vitally important; but the first condition of soul winning is this: Get up and go after sinners!  -John R. Rice

Oh, to burn out for God!  All, all for Him!  Jesus only!  Souls!  Souls!  I am determined to be a winner of souls.  God help me.  -James Caughey

Saying one is “really saved” is like going to a funeral home, pointing to a casket and saying, “The person in that casket is dead,” and then pointing to another casket and saying, “The one in the casket is really dead!”  There is no such thing as being dead, deader and deadest.  One is either dead or alive, saved or lost, guilty or justified.  There is no in between.  -Curtis Hutson

The eagle-eyed world observes everything we do, and sharp critics are upon us.  Let us live the life of Christ in public.  Let us take care that we exhibit our Master and not ourselves, so that we can say, “It is no longer I that live, but Christ that lives in me.”  -Charles Spurgeon

The age which is most reckless of law and most vicious in practice is the age that has the loosest conception of penalty and is the most inimical to the doctrine of endless retribution.  -William G. T. Shedd

Our nation was built by men who took risks – pioneers who were not afraid of the wilderness, brave men who were not afraid of failure, scientists who were not afraid of truth, thinkers who were not afraid of progress, dreamers who were not afraid of action.  -Brooks Atkinson

A dog is at home in this world because this is the only world a dog will ever live in.  We are not at home in this world because we are made for a better one.  -Vance Havner

The only way to build a church, if you are to have a Bible church, is to preach out of the Bible, teach the Bible and read the Bible.  -Lester Roloff

The Bible is a supernatural book and can be understood only by supernatural aid.  -A. W. Tozer

Perhaps the strangest factor of life is found in the circumstance that those who receive the greatest favors from God often show the least appreciation.  The Old Testament is largely made up of the records of God’s favor and mercy towards Israel, but those records are blotted and blotched by the constant rehearsal of Israel’s ingratitude.  -W. B. Riley

Usually, the road to success runs uphill, so don’t expect to break any speed records in pursuit of it.

Is our spiritual temperature at zero?

‌ ‌ ‌Three geographic points represent the cultural centers of dominance in American life: New York as the business capital of the world, Los Angeles as the world’s entertainment center, and Washington, DC, as the nation’s political hub.

The spiritual temperature in these three cultural spheres of influence hovers just around zero. Their present-day secularists’ dominance is the fallout of 100 years of Christian torpidity in the public square. What was recorded for our instruction – “You have not because you ask not …” (James 4:2) – shows the inevitable outcome of faith not exercised.

“Discernment is God’s call to intercession, never to fault finding,” noted Scottish evangelist Oswald Chambers [1874-1917] in his devotional My Utmost for His Highest.

Our last two op-eds involved exposition of the spiritual fortitude of Congress and the nation in 1787 in passing the Northwest Ordinance, declaring “Religion, morality, and knowledge, being necessary to good government and the happiness of mankind, schools and the means of education shall forever be encouraged.” Five years earlier, then 76-year-old Benjamin Franklin had produced a pamphlet with the purpose of apprising Europeans considering coming to America. As an additional picture of the spiritual climate of late 18 th-century, normal American life, the pamphlet reads:

“… bad examples to youth are more rare in America, which must be a comfortable consideration to parents. To this may be truly added that serious religion, under its various denominations, is not only tolerated, but respected and practiced. Atheism is unknown there; infidelity rare and secret; so that persons may live to a great age in that country without having their piety shocked by meeting with either an atheist or an infidel. And the Divine Being seems to have manifested his approbation of the mutual forbearance and kindness with which the different sects treat each other, by the remarkable prosperity with which He has been pleased to favour the whole country.” [ http://www.leaderu.com/orgs/cdf/onug/franklin.html%5D

President Ronald Reagan famously observed that “Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn’t pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same.” That same principle applies with regard to spiritual fortitude. “The serpent’s final defeat under Messiah’s heel is delayed to effect God’s program of redemption through the promised offspring. In the interim, God leaves Satan to test the fidelity of each succeeding generation of the covenant people and to teach them to ‘fight’ against untruth.” [1]

In 1857, as the spiritual fires diminished in New York City, lay missionary Jeremiah Lanphier began inviting people to the 88-year-old Old Dutch North Church at Fulton and Williams streets in the heart of lower New York City for lunchtime prayer meetings. Six men showed up. When three weeks later, nationwide financial panic broke out, with banks closing and men out of work, Lanphier’s attendance jumped to 40. Within six months 10,000 businessmen (out of a population of 800,000) were gathering daily in New York City for prayer. A modest beginning with six men showing up led to the Third Great Awakening in American history. [ http://www.cslewisinstitute.org/webfm_send/577%5D

A real spiritual struggle is taking place in today’s America. Christians face an array of invisible offensive powers, showing that “We wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.” [2] Unsurprisingly, Satan and those who serve him therefore will go all out in order to gain power over America’s various cultural mountains of influence.

To paraphrase A.W. Tozer, if Christianity in America were to be filled with new life and vitality, it will have to be done by other means than any of those now used. If Evangelical and Pro-Life Catholic Christians are to recover from the harm suffered over the last 75 years, a new type of Christian must arise. The go-along-to-get-along type won’t do. Ministry leaders can’t any longer dip into politics with an election sermon to almost in the same breath allow the culture to deteriorate for the rest of the year. There is no sense in running a bus across the state the week before an election when 50% of the vote is already in from early voting.

Another type of leader must emerge. Christians and their families came within a hair’s breadth of losing their freedom with a Hillary Clinton presidential win in 2016. Evangelicals must come to comprehend the scope and scale of what’s at stake in the November 6, 2018 and November 3, 2020 elections.

New York City, Los Angeles, and Washington, DC, need spiritual leaders; leaders who have seen visions of God and have heard a voice from the Throne. More than one will be needed. When they come, “they will stand in flat contradiction to everything our smirking, smooth civilization holds dear. They will contradict, denounce and protest in the name of God and will earn the hatred and opposition of a large segment of Christendom.” [3]

This is our kairos moment, the appointed time in the purpose of God. With Christians being active in the public square, “Satan’s work is held in check; but let them – the Holy Spirit and the Church – be removed, let the salt be taken away and the One who gives it pungency, and the restraining and preserving influences are gone, and then nothing remains to stay corruption or hinder the outworking of Satan’s plans.” [4]

Thanks be to God there is good news. Gideons and Rahabs are beginning to stand.

David Lane
American Renewal Project

[1] Bruce K. Waltke, Genesis Commentary, the 2002 Christian Book of the Year
[2] Ephesians 6:12
[3] A.W. Tozer, http://www.cmalliance.org/devotions/tozer?id=969
[4] A.W. Pink, Gleanings in Genesis

The Sword Of The Lord ~ Dr. Shelton Smith, Editor ~ July 27, 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

If they had a social gospel in the days of the Prodigal Son, somebody would have given him a bed and a sandwich, and he never would have gone home.  -Vance Havner

The apostle Paul was the greatest of all the apostles, and his greatness lay most of all in that he was “in labours more abundant” (II Corinthians 11:23).  -John R. Rice

If I saw you at the very gates of Hell trembling – so long as you had not actually crossed the threshold – and you asked me, “Can Jesus Christ save me now?”  I would reply, “Yes, my brother.  Look unto Him, and He will take you from the gates of Hell to the gates of Heaven in a single moment.”  -Charles Spurgeon

I tell you a man always prays straight to the mark when he has a cyclone above him, an ocean beneath him and eternity close to him.  -T. DeWitt Talmage

There are grapes of incomparable blessings; there are giants of immense opposition.  We are attracted by the grapes but discouraged by the giants.  -Curtis Hutson

No nation is better than its sacred book.  In that book are expressed its highest ideals of life, and no nation rises above those ideals.  No nation has a sacred book to be compared with ours.  This American nation from its first settlement at Jamestown to the present hour is based upon and permeated by the principles of the Bible.  The more this Bible enters into our national life, the grander and purer and better will that life become.  -David J. Brewer

Some prayers are like a fire escape, used only in times of critical emergency – never very enjoyable but used as a way of terrified escape from disaster.  They do not represent the regular life of the one who offers them; rather, they are the unusual and uncommon acts of the spiritual amateur.  -A. W. Tozer

The flesh seeks to enter every sphere of life.  It has its worship as well as its lust.  The worship which the flesh prompts is an abomination to God.  Not all earnest and honest worship is in the Spirit.  A man may be very honest and very earnest in his worship and still not have submitted himself to the guidance of the Holy Spirit in the matter, and so his worship is in the flesh.  Even when there is great loyalty to the letter of the Word, worship may not be  “in the Spirit,” i.e. inspired and directed by Him.  To worship aright we must “have no confidence in the flesh.”  -R. A. Torrey

Oh, how many a glorious record had the angels kept of me, had I done, instead of doubted; had I walked, instead of crept!

In these days, switches control everything in the home – except the children.

If we don’t have the things we want, let’s want the things we have.

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.

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.