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

Amen Corner

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

 

 

I Am Sick And Tired Of All The Talk On Legacy. The Following Devotional Is A Great Priority Check For Glory Seekers.

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

JOY-

Jesus

Others

Yourself

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Romans 12:1 King James Version (KJV)

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

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Fame and Humility

November 23, 2016

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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2015 Second Orlando Prophecy Summit, Part 49

Donald Perkins    ~    Interview/Hagmann & Hagmann

Evangelist Donald Perkins has been speaking on prophecy for thirty four years.  He is the founder of According Two Prophecy.org.  Donald Perkins has a new DVD “Rejoicing Through The Book Of Revelation.”  The end of Revelation is eternal bliss for the redeemed.  The believer is promised a blessing for reading, hearing and studying the book.  Revelation is a book of blessing.  We are in the end times.  Jesus gave us indicators that would mark His return.  Wars, rumors of wars, famines, pestilence, earthquakes, fearful signs from the heavens.  As we near the end times, the world will look bleak, it will look worse, BUT the only answer for the world is Jesus Christ.  Israel is the time piece in God’s prophetic time clock.  Jesus:  “When these things begin to take place then look up because your redemption is drawing nigh.”  Christians should see the negative news in a positive light.  It is a motivator to reach a dying world.  The American church has lost its influence in our culture.  The church is too comfortable.  Africa is much more hungry for the Gospel.

Donald Perkins believes the rapture is at hand, and the next prophetic event to happen.  Heaven will have no sickness, sorrow or death.  We need to pray for peace in Jerusalem.  The only way for that to be answered is for Christ to come back.  America has turned its back on God, even though we were founded on Godly principles.  Our relationship with Israel is awful.  This should concern all Christians.  If we do not treat Israel right, we will be judged.  (Genesis 12:3).  We have killed 55 million babies and we have redefined marriage.  Now we have poor leaders without common sense who cannot make the right decisions.  Donald Perkins believes that America is under judgment.  Pastors need to expound on Bible prophecy.  It creates a hunger in the church for people to go out and evangelize.  It makes you a soul winner and helps the church to grow.  Jesus is the only way to salvation.  John 14:6.  Acts 4:12.  Buddha is not the way.  Mohammed is not the way.

Donald Perkins is working on a new book- “Prophecy and God’s Order Of Events.”  It is a simple overview for the common man to understand.

Born Again 3

“Ye must be born again.”  John 3:7

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Born Again 2 ~ The Newsboys

John 3:1-3 King James Version (KJV)

1There was a man of the Pharisees, named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews:

The same came to Jesus by night, and said unto him, Rabbi, we know that thou art a teacher come from God: for no man can do these miracles that thou doest, except God be with him.

Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.

 

“Born Again”

I found myself looking into the mirror
Knew I wasn’t who I wanted to be
I was living life the way that I wanted
But my eyes reminded me I’m not free
Believed a lie so everything that I know
Says I gotta go, tired of going solo
But I’m never gonna go there againThis is what it is, this is who I am
This is where I finally take my stand
I didn’t wanna fall but I don’t have to crawl
I met the one with two scarred hands Giving Him the best of
Everything that’s left of
The life inside this man
I’ve been born againI see ya walking like you’re living in fear
Having trouble even looking at me
Wishing they would give you more than words
Sick of people telling how it should be What’d ya download? Where’d ya get your info?
You saw that I’m sure, now you’re in the in though
Gonna tell you what I believe This is what it is, this is who I am
This is where I finally take my stand
I didn’t wanna fall but I don’t have to crawl
I met the one with two scarred hands Giving Him the best of
Everything that’s left of
The life inside this man
I’ve been born again We are the ones they call by name
I’m never gonna look back
Let go, let go, the guilt, the shame
Said, I’m never gonna look back
This is who I am This is what it is, this is who I am

This is where I finally take my stand
I didn’t wanna fall but I don’t have to crawl
I met the one with two scarred hands Giving Him the best of
Everything that’s left of
The life inside this man
I’ve been born againThis is who I am
I didn’t wanna fall but I don’t have to crawl
I met the one with two scarred hands Giving Him the best of
Everything that’s left of
The life inside this man
I’ve been born again
I’ve been born again

Do The Old Testament Levitical Feasts Forecast The Time Of Christ’s Return?

 We will show the movie The Coming Convergence at our church at 6 PM, Sunday, May 7, 2017.  It relates to believer and unbeliever alike, how the fulfillment of ancient prophecies is lining up.  It also features (see in the You Tube below), how Christ’s famous words:  “No man knows the day or the hour,” are related to the Feasts of Trumpets and may have a deeper meaning than has been surmised in the past.  Live in the light of His soon return, and pray for revival in America.

Maranatha, Pastor Steve 

 
 
 
 
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  Prophecy Update: April 28, 2017.  
 
 
New discovery proves when Jesus returns? Theologians reconsider what was meant by “no one knows the day or hour”.
 
You might have heard it said that “no one can know the day or the hour” for the return of Jesus, and as a result, millions are ignoring the prophetic warnings that surround us in these last days; however, through a shocking discovery within the biblical timeline, this phrase, that so many use as an excuse to ignore the coming Tribulation, may actually have been taken entirely out of context.

No matter your view of the tribulation period or the second coming, you MUST watch this new video from PNW. This shocking insight was exposed by a new film called, The Coming Convergence, that presents evidence to finally prove to non-believers that Bible prophecy is real!

In fact, the message is so powerful, that many are calling for churches of all denominations across America to show it to their congregations! Make no mistake, The Coming Convergence is not what you would expect from your typical prophecy film, but is so life-changing, retailers are having trouble keeping it in stock as the word continues to spread!

This film will not only excite and strengthen your personal faith, but can be an invaluable tool to share with those that don’t believe the Bible.

 

The Coming Convergence  ~  Additional Information

Is it possible to know the day of our demise? Jesus chastised religious leaders in ancient Jerusalem for not knowing the time of His first arrival. Will the prophesied final generation today make the same mistake? The Bible foretells that the end of days would be preceded by a sequence of global events that has never before occurred, but can this be proven? Through newly exposed geological and statistical evidence, a convergence of events has now been discovered that many believe finally prove the Tribulation is about to begin! This whistleblower film breaks the mold of what a documentary can be by pulling you deeper into the reality of the approaching apocalypse as you follow the story of a young girl (Erin Hawkins) that is living through the end of days. Her cinematic interruptions throughout the documentary act as a warning to the genuine reality humankind will soon face. The conclusion of The Coming Convergence leaves such an impact that attendees during the film’s theatrical premiere in California were driven to tears and shock. Features Jack Hibbs, Ray Bentley, Douglas Hamp, Brent Miller Sr, Tom Hughes and Kade Hawkins. Written and directed by award winning filmmaker, Brent Miller Jr.

 

 

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Run Time: 100 minutes
Format: Available on DVD, Blu-ray and Digital
Aspect: 16:9 Widescreen
Region: Region Free
Director: Brent Miller Jr
Studio: Ingenuity Films
Actors and Interviews: Jack Hibbs, Tom Hughes, Kade Hawkins, Ray Bentley, Douglas Hamp, Brent Miller Sr, Erin Hawkins, Jenna Sage, Allen Farmer.

 

Born Again 1

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Suffering / Part 8 Of 8

Why Christians Suffer

continued from Part 7…

9)Suffering Teaches Us To Pray

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

10)Suffering Brings Rewards

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

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

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

 

 

 

This Passover ~ Holy Week 7

And he said unto them, With desire I have desired to eat this Passover with you before I suffer.   Luke 22:15

Not “the” Passover but “this” Passover-the last Passover before the cross.  The Lord fully knew what awaited Him after the supper; “before I suffer”.  He knew all about the arrest, the unrighteous trial, the mockery, scourging, thorns, cross and death that loomed before Him.  Yet there would be resurrection and joy too.  But before all of that, He earnestly desired this last supper with His own.  What about us?  Our Lord is alive and today may we say to Him, “Lord, with desire have I desired to eat this supper, to remember you, thank you, and worship you.  -Carl Knott

Break ye the bread and pour the wine, as ye have seen your Master do; This body and this blood of Mine, is broken and shed for you.  -John Pierpont

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Because of God’s love, we are never truly alone.

INSIGHT: The circumstances that took place on the night of Jesus’s betrayal seemed to be confused, chaotic, and out of control. But our Lord’s measured words in facing His betrayer showed His understanding of the big picture of God’s sovereign plan. Without the cross we could not be redeemed.     Dennis Fisher