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.

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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.

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