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

How Much More!       November 15, 2017

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

Pastor Steve

 

Our Daily Bread

How Much More!
November 15, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Sword Of The Lord Newspaper / Dr. Shelton Smith, Editor / March 24, 2017

Amen Corner

We cannot always trace God’s hand, But we can always trust God’s heart.    -Charles Spurgeon

It is not mine to amend or adapt the Gospel.  What!  Shall we attempt to improve upon what God has revealed?  The Infinitely Wise-is He to be corrected by creatures of a day?  Is the infallible revelation of the infallible Jehovah to be shaped, moderated and toned down to the fashions and fancies of the hour?  God forgive us if we have ever altered His Word unwittingly; wittingly we have not done so, nor will we.   -Charles Spurgeon

There is a world of difference between…getting things off your chest and pouring out your heart.  -Vance Havner 

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

It takes less time to do a thing right than to explain why you did it wrong.  -Henry W. Longfellow

“What Thou wilt, when Thou wilt, how Thou wilt”-I had rather speak these three phrases from my heart in my mother tongue than be master of all the languages in Europe.  -John Newton

Esau wept because he had lost the blessing, not because he had sold his birthright.  Men mourn for the evil that sin brings, not for the sin which brings the evil.  -D.L. Moody

The best medals are pinned on those who go beyond the call of duty.  -Robert E. Lee

Temptation is the Devil looking through the keyhole.  Yielding is opening the door and inviting him in.  -Billy Sunday

There was a man , though some did count him mad, The more he cast away, the more he had.  -John Bunyan

Sin is the greatest of all detectives; be sure it will find you out. 

Dangerous Trends 2017

NFL Now Has a Homosexual Ad

The ad “Fans of love/Love Has No Labels” relies on the kiss cam at the January 29 Pro Bowl to show various couples kissing each other or hugging, including two homosexual men and two lesbian women.  The ad also posts screen graphics informing people that “love has no gender,” among other slogans.  -WND.com

Editor’s Comments:  Since the flap over refusing to salute the American flag by Colin Kaepernick and the NFL’s positioning itself as an advocate of the homosexual lobby, viewership has dropped eight percent nationwide.  I know a lot of people seem pretty “crazy” about football, but I’m confident many fans are not going to support this “crazy” stuff.

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Church:

A man who hadn’t lived the best kind of life passed away.  At the funeral, the preacher gave a flowery description of the man, telling what a good husband and father he had been.  Finally, the wife leaned over to her little boy and whispered, “Go up and see if that’s your daddy in that coffin.”

A homiletics student asked his professor if a good beginning and a good ending were the markings of a good sermon.  The professor replied, “Yes, if they come close enough together!”

The sermon had gone on a long, long time.  A visitor leaned over to the person next to him and whispered, “How long has he been preaching?”  The reply, “Almost thirty years.”  “Oh,” said the stranger, “I guess I’ll stay.  He ought to be through soon.”

 

Profound Insight And Quotations From The Sword Of The Lord – January 27, 2017 And February 10, 2017

INSIGHT:

When the Lord Jesus Christ hung upon the cross, cosmic events accompanied by signs and wonders occurred between heaven and earth. A supernatural darkness came over the earth midday. Many theologians believe that for the first time in eternity past the fellowship between the triune God—Father, Son, and Holy Spirit—was interrupted. As Christ took our sins upon Himself on the cross, His Father could not stay in fellowship with Him. An earthquake opened the tombs of some Old Testament believers, who were brought back to life. So dramatic were these events that even a Gentile, such as the Roman centurion who oversaw Jesus’s crucifixion, made a declaration of faith.

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The world will not be Christianized, but it should be evangelized.  -Vance Havner

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; but the first condition of soul winning is this: Get up and go after sinners! -John R. Rice

Christ’s last act was winning a soul.  His last command was to win a soul.  His last prayer was forgiveness to a soul.

The Lord has given you much light from the Word and will hold you responsible for its use.  If you obey Him and walk in the light, you will have more.  If not, the light will be withdrawn.  -George Muller

I don’t know any more about theology than a jackrabbit does about Ping-Pong, but I’m on my way to Glory!  -Billy Sunday

A good character is the best tombstone.  Those who loved you and were helped you will remember you when forget-me-nots are withered.  Carve your name on hearts and not on marble.  -Charles Spurgeon

There is no gathering a rose without a thorn until we get to Beulah land.  -D.L. Moody

Our greatest trouble is, as I see it, that we have Christianity without Christ; forgiveness without repentance; salvation without regeneration; politics without God; and Heaven without Hell.  -Oscar Lowry

Do not in the darkest night what you’d shun in broad daylight.

The chief danger of the church today is that it is trying to get on the same side as the world instead of turning the world upside down.  Our Master expects us to accomplish results, even if they bring opposition and conflict.  Anything is better than compromise, apathy, and paralysis.  God, give us an intense cry for the old-time power of the Gospel and the Holy Ghost!  -A.B. Simpson

I’m more impressed with what a preacher gets thrown out of than with what he gets invited to.  -Tom Malone

In some circles, God has been abridged, reduced, modified, edited, changed, and amended until He is no longer the God whom Isaiah saw, high and lifted up.  -A.W. Tozer

I hope I shall always possess firmness and virtue enough to maintain what I consider the most enviable of all titles, the character of an “honest man.”  -George Washington

Youth today is asking, “Who am I?”  But few are willing to face what they really are-sinners separated from God.  -Vance Havner

Many people will not kill a mouse without publicizing it.  Samson killed a lion and said nothing about it.  Say much of what the Lord has done for you.  Say little of what you have done for the Lord.  Do not speak a self-glorifying sentence.  -Charles Spurgeon

Men will wrangle for religion, write for it, fight for it, die for it-anything but live for it.  -D.L. Moody

If we abide by the principles taught in the Bible, our country will go on to prosper; but if we and our posterity neglect its instructions and counsel, there is no telling how great a catastrophe shall come upon us and bury our glory in profound obscurity.  -Daniel Webster

You may be deeply religious and still be lost.  It is sad but true that many will be in Hell not because of lack of religion, but because of their religion.  -Curtis Hutson

The religion that makes a man look sick certainly won’t cure the world.  -Phillips Brooks

 

 

Sword Of The Lord Newspaper / Dr. Shelton Smith, Editor / April 7, 2017

Dangerous Trends 2017

Disney Now Has Cartoon Showing Homosexuals Kissing

The popular children’s entertainment company Disney aired its first-ever same-sex kissing scene on [February 28] during a broadcast of its television cartoon Star vs. the Forces of Evil, raising concerns from Christian and family groups who are calling upon parents to kiss Disney goodbye….

Homosexual advocacy groups cheered the inclusion, stating, “We’re getting there, one kiss at a time.”

…However, others expressed concern, stating that Disney should not be pushing the homosexual agenda on children.

“This is the last place parents would expect their children to be confronted with content regarding sexual orientation,” One Million Moms wrote on their website….

-Christiannews.net

Editor’s Comments:  Again Disney is promoting an agenda that is antifamily.  Parents should think twice about allowing their children to watch anything currently coming from them.

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UK, Australia Won’t Fund Free Abortions After Trump Defunds International Planned Parenthood

The United Kingdom and Australia did not give money to a new global abortion fund [early March], despite intense pressure from abortion activists worldwide.

The new “She decides” abortion fund comes in reaction to U.S. President Donald Trump’s executive order prohibiting American taxpayer funding to groups that promote or perform abortions overseas.

USA Today reports representatives from more than 45 countries attended a meeting about the new abortion fund on [March 2] in Brussels, Belgium.  About a dozen countries and several private donors pledged money totaling 181 million euros (about $190 million), according to the report.

While the UK and Australia sent representatives to the meeting, neither country promised money.

-LifeNews.com

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“Straight Pride” Fliers Removed From School

“Straight Pride” fliers were removed [March 3] by an Indiana high school before the students arrived [at] school.  The 16-year-old….student who created and hung “Straight Pride” fliers in an Indiana high school has spoken out since officials took them down….and fellow students hosted a pro-acceptance gathering over the weekend in response to the incident.

The fliers ….read, “Celebrate being straight at JHS by not annoying the heck out of everyone about your sexual orientation!”  along with “We are taking back the rainbow” and “Brought to you by all the students that are sick of hearing about your LGBT Pride.”  -theblaze.com

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“Millennials”

Sixty percent of “millennials” are living with their parents or other relatives or are sharing living quarters with a roommate (USA Today, 3/21/17.  Source, Trulia Analysis of Census data).

“Millennials” they call them.  They’re between the ages of 18 and 35.

We will admit that certain circumstances in anybody’s family could create the necessity for staying at home.  That could be true at almost any age, but 60 percent is three out of five.  That’s a perplexing statistic.

Why aren’t these birds leaving the nest?  Is it because they have not learned to fly?  Have we failed to get them ready to make it on their own?

Financial issues will account for some of this; but knowing the way our society is being shaped, it is pretty clear that the bigger issue is young people who are unready to be adults.

Christian families need to be alert to how they are raising their offspring.

This article is another reason I believe this could be the terminal generation.  Absolutely any people with convictions about anything whatsoever, will be able to supersede this clueless and feckless generation who lack personal values, integrity, and cannot even pull their own weight.   Pastor Steve

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Amen Corner

An enemy said of Spurgeon, “Here is a man who has not moved an inch forward in all his ministry.  At the close of the nineteenth century he is teaching the theology of the first century and is proclaiming doctrine current in Nazareth and Jerusalem in the first century!”  Spurgeon considered it his greatest compliment.

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?  -Former Senator Bill Armstrong

A brave man is a man who dares to look the Devil in the face and tell him he is a devil.  -James A. Garfield

I will blaze the trail, though my grave be only a steppingstone that younger men may follow and make Christ known where He is unknown.  -C. T. Studd

Much of our difficulty as seeking Christians stems from our unwillingness to take God as He is and adjust our lives accordingly.  We insist upon trying to modify Him and to bring Him nearer to our own image.  A.W. Tozer

Perhaps you have never been stalked by a bloodthirsty beast of prey.  Nevertheless, there is a wild beast on your trail.  Swift and pitiless, retribution trails you.  “Be sure your sin will find you out”  (Numbers 32:23).

I don’t want anybody falling over me into Hell, saying, “Brother Curtis preached it but didn’t practice it.”   -Curtis Hutson

Remember, you are your own doctor when it comes to curing cold feet.

The Cross of Christ – Charles Spurgeon Quotes ~ Holy Week 6

My favorite all time quotation of Charles Haddon Spurgeon:


A quote from Charles Spurgeon on the unmatched-supremacy of the gospel of Jesus Christ:

Oh! down, down, down, with everything else, but up, up, up, with the cross of Christ! Down with your baptism, and your masses, and your sacraments! Down with your priestcraft, and your rituals, and your liturgies! Down with your fine music, and your pomp, and your robes, and your garments, and all your ceremonials. But up, up, up, with the doctrine of the naked cross, and the expiring Saviour. Let the voice ring throughout the whole world, “Look unto Me and live!” There is life in a look at the Crucified One!

~Charles Spurgeon (Christ, The Glory Of His People 826.464)

Sword Of The Lord Newspaper / Dr. Shelton Smith, Editor / March 10, 2017

Small Mississippi Town Fights Back After Mayor Forced to Remove Christian Flag

Hundreds of residents in a small Mississippi town took part in a demonstration on February 4 to fight back after the town’s mayor was forced to remove a Christian flag flying over a local park.

According to WREG-TV, Mayor Walter Williams of Rienzi, Mississippi, was forced to remove the Christian flag flying over the town’s Veterans Memorial Park after the Freedom From Religion Foundation threatened the town with a $500,000 lawsuit.

Since the town has just several hundred residents, Williams said his hands were tied….

The predominantly Christian town was not happy with the situation, so they decided to organize a demonstration where they would rehoist the Christian flag.

“There just comes a point in time when you’ve got to be politically incorrect and take a stand,” event organizer Kevin Nelms told WREG.

“We’re not gonna let other people, or a foundation, or anybody else up in Wisconsin tell us that we can’t fly our flag!”  he added.  “You’re gonna take one down, we’re gonna put a hundred back up.”  So that’s what the residents did.  -Chris Enloe, theblaze.com

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The Amen Corner

Do what the Lord bids you, when He bids you, where He bids you, as He bids you, as long as He bids you; and do it at once.  -Charles Spurgeon

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”  (20:9).  It is heart preaching that has power, not head preaching.  -John R. Rice

Peace is not made at the council tables or by treaties but in the hearts of men.  -Herbert Hoover

We cannot rest in God until we nest in God.  -Vance Havner

It is one of the Devil’s oldest tricks to discourage Christian believers by causing them to look back at what they once were.  It is indeed the enemy of our souls who makes us forget that we are never at the end of God’s love.  No one will make progress with God until the eyes are lifted to the faithfulness of God and we stop looking at ourselves!  -A.W. Tozer

In the years of your Christian life there are many promotions in spiritual growth, but no graduation.  -T.J. Bach

Is it not blessed to think that God is always so quick in the rescue of His children?  Swifter than a thrush’s wing, swifter than a swallow’s wing, swifter than an eagle’s wing are the wings of the Almighty.  -T. DeWitt Talmage

Our faith must be tested.  God builds no ships but what He sends to sea.  -D.L. Moody

Pray hardest when it is hardest to pray.  -Charles H. Brent

The Lord may lead you around, but He will lead you aright.  -Exchange

Charles Haddon Spurgeon ~ Morning And Evening Devotional ~ December 24

 

December 24

Morning Verse

“For your sakes he became poor.” 2 Corinthians 8:9

The Lord Jesus Christ was eternally rich, glorious, and exalted; but “though He was rich, yet for your sakes He became poor.” As the rich saint cannot be true in his communion with his poor brethren unless of his substance he ministers to their necessities, so (the same rule holding with the head as between the members), it is impossible that our Divine Lord could have had fellowship with us unless He had imparted to us of His own abounding wealth, and had become poor to make us rich. Had He remained upon His throne of glory, and had we continued in the ruins of the fall without receiving His salvation, communion would have been impossible on both sides. Our position by the fall, apart from the covenant of grace, made it as impossible for fallen man to communicate with God as it is for Belial to be in concord with Christ. In order, therefore, that communion might be compassed, it was necessary that the rich kinsman should bestow his estate upon his poor relatives, that the righteous Saviour should give to His sinning brethren of His own perfection, and that we, the poor and guilty, should receive of His fulness grace for grace; that thus in giving and receiving, the One might descend from the heights, and the other ascend from the depths, and so be able to embrace each other in true and hearty fellowship. Poverty must be enriched by Him in whom are infinite treasures before it can venture to commune; and guilt must lose itself in imputed and imparted righteousness ere the soul can walk in fellowship with purity. Jesus must clothe His people in His own garments, or He cannot admit them into His palace of glory; and He must wash them in His own blood, or else they will be too defiled for the embrace of His fellowship.

O believer, herein is love! For your sake the Lord Jesus “became poor” that He might lift you up into communion with Himself.

 

Evening Verse

“The glory of the Lord shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together.” Isaiah 40:5

We anticipate the happy day when the whole world shall be converted to Christ; when the gods of the heathen shall be cast to the moles and the bats; when Romanism shall be exploded, and the crescent of Mohammed shall wane, never again to cast its baleful rays upon the nations; when kings shall bow down before the Prince of Peace, and all nations shall call their Redeemer blessed. Some despair of this. They look upon the world as a vessel breaking up and going to pieces, never to float again. We know that the world and all that is therein is one day to be burnt up, and afterwards we look for new heavens and for a new earth; but we cannot read our Bibles without the conviction that—

 

“Jesus shall reign where’er the sun

Does his successive journeys run.”

 

We are not discouraged by the length of His delays; we are not disheartened by the long period which He allots to the church in which to struggle with little success and much defeat. We believe that God will never suffer this world, which has once seen Christ’s blood shed upon it, to be always the devil’s stronghold. Christ came hither to deliver this world from the detested sway of the powers of darkness. What a shout shall that be when men and angels shall unite to cry “Hallelujah, hallelujah, for the Lord God Omnipotent reigneth!” What a satisfaction will it be in that day to have had a share in the fight, to have helped to break the arrows of the bow, and to have aided in winning the victory for our Lord! Happy are they who trust themselves with this conquering Lord, and who fight side by side with Him, doing their little in His name and by His strength! How unhappy are those on the side of evil! It is a losing side, and it is a matter wherein to lose is to lose and to be lost for ever. On whose side are you?

—Morning and Evening

 

The Lord Delivers The Faithful From Every Trial And Temptation

Do you want your faith to grow?  Then expect trials.  King David encountered more trials than most of us could even imagine.  He totally relied on his Lord, and earned the title “…a man after God’s own heart.”  He wrote one half of the Psalms through experience.  He slew the giant Goliath as a lad, and the Lord enabled him to slay more giants throughout his life.  Blessings, Pastor Steve

From Charles Spurgeon’s “Faith’s Checkbook”

Whom, When, How to Deliver
July 12
The Lord knoweth how to deliver the godly out of temptations, and to reserve the unjust unto the day of judgment to be punished. (2 Peter 2:9)The godly are tempted and tried. That is not true faith which is never put to the test. But the godly are delivered out of their trials, and that not by chance, nor by secondary agencies, but by the Lord Himself. He personally undertakes the office of delivering those who trust Him. God loves the godly or godlike, and He makes a point of knowing where they are and how they fare.
Sometimes their way seems to be a labyrinth, and they cannot imagine how they are to escape from threatening danger. What they do not know, their Lord knows. He knows whom to deliver, and when to deliver, and how to deliver. He delivers in the way which is most beneficial to the godly, most crushing to the tempter, and most glorifying to Himself. We may leave the “how” with the Lord and be content to rejoice in the fact that He will, in some way or other, bring His own people through all the dangers, trials, and temptations for this mortal life to His own right hand in glory.
This day it is not for me to pry into my Lord’s secrets but patiently to wait His time, knowing this, that though I know nothing, my heavenly Father knows.From the Faith’s Checkbook Mobile Devotional Android app – http://www.LookingUpwardApps.com/fcb

C.H. Spurgeon On The Importance Of Sharing Our Faith

“If sinners be damned, at least let them leap to Hell over our dead bodies.  And if they perish, let them perish with our arms wrapped around their knees, imploring them to stay.  If Hell must be filled, let it be filled in the teeth of our exertions, and let not one go unwarned and unprayed for.”