Billy Graham Passes On From Our Presence

Psalm 116:15 King James Version (KJV)Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his saints.

Back in the 1930’s, a group of farmers in North Carolina prayed for the Lord to raise a vessel to take the Gospel around the world.  Among the farmers were the parents of Billy Franklin Graham, and little did they realize that the Lord would answer their prayer through their son.  At that time, Billy was a gangly youth, more interested in girls and becoming a professional baseball player like Babe Ruth.  While Billy was sowing his wild oats, he became saved at a tent revival with Mordecai Ham preaching.  He surrendered to the ministry while attending Wheaton College.  In his early years, he went into the woods and preached to the trees and to the wildlife around him.  He was called the human windmill because his arms were continually flailing in all directions while he spoke.  Billy started as a hellfire and brimstone preacher, warning people about the wrath of God.  Since then, Billy has preached the Gospel to more people than anyone else in history.  Two hundred million people have heard him preach, and he has spoken in one hundred and fifty countries.  He has counseled every president from Harry Truman to Barack Obama.

Like countless Christians, I have been to the Cove Training Center, and to the Billy Graham School of Evangelism.  Billy himself showed up one evening at his school for evangelism straight from Moscow!  I have also seen him preach at the Washington D. C. Convention Center in the early 1980’s.  He had a special anointing.  He said the three reasons his ministry was successful were prayer, prayer and prayer.  He was thrust into the public eye and into American conscience during his 1949 Tent Revival in Los Angeles, California.  The Los Angeles Times encouraged newspapers all over the country to “Puff Billy.”  The rest is history…  Two things happened prior to this watershed tent crusade.  1)Billy ran into Henrietta Mears, who straightened out his theology.  Billy was already influenced by the “all inclusive” message that said Jesus was only one of many ways.  Henrietta taught him how to trust the Word of God and all that it said.  2)Along with his famous mission/crusade team with George Beverly Shea and Cliff Barrows, they adopted what has been called the “Modesto Manifesto.”  They agreed that while on the road, they would never dine with a woman alone, they would walk circumspectly with a Christian decorum, and that they would handle their finances with integrity.  (Billy received a salary equivalent to that of a pastor of a Baptist Church in a large city).  Another thing Billy is noted for, is breaking down racial barriers in the 1950’s and 1960’s, as he had ropes removed from buildings where his crusades were held.

Billy’s theology stumbled in his latter days, as he made appearances on the Larry King show and Larry baited him, trying to remove him from the belief that Christ alone saves.  I wrote the Billy Graham Evangelic Association (BGEA) about this and much to my amazement, one of their public relations (PR) personnel responded to me.  He said I was right, and that Parkinson’s Disease was affecting his thinking, and that Billy did not really believe all that he said.  To this day I believe his response.  I responded that his family and friends should keep him away from those who desire for him to water down his message of the Gospel.

Billy’s effectiveness was due to his living an exemplary life of Jesus Christ, and his unbelievable humility.  99% of preachers/pastors could not handle the ministry that Billy had without falling into the sin of pride, lust and coveting.  Praise the Lord that his son Franklin sounds just like his dad, and every time I hear Franklin, I hear his father also.  Billy left this planet at daybreak, Wednesday, February 21, 2018.  He is now at the place that he always preached about.  The first thing Billy said he would ask God is:  “Why did you pick me to preach to so many people all around the globe?”  May I close with Billy’s signature words that he shared with everyone:  “God loves you.”  Amen and amen.  I am happy for Billy’s legacy, his faithfulness, and the continuation of his ministry.  Yet I miss his presence already.  Earth’s loss is heaven’s gain.  Billy faithfully preached the message of “salvation through faith in Jesus Christ” and is a prophet without tarnish.  Now Billy is hearing the Words:  “Well done, good and faithful servant.”    All Because Of Him, Pastor Steve  <><

Billy Franklin Graham 1918-2018

Pray For Revival In America!

 

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Billy Graham, Influential Evangelist and Friend to U.S. Presidents, Dies at 99
February 21 2018

The Rev. Billy Graham, one of the most influential religious figures in U.S. history and a trusted adviser to decades of U.S. presidents, has died, according to the Associated Press. He was 99.
Graham was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease since 1992.
For decades starting with Harry Truman, Graham would be seen at the side of U.S. presidents as he served as a valued counselor, during both their brightest days and their sleepless nights. “People in power have spiritual and personal needs like everyone else, and often they have no one to talk to,” the evangelist said in 2011.
As a religious figure, Graham extended his influence beyond the Southern Baptist community to become a respected figure around the world. “Billy Graham stood in the glare of public scrutiny with U.S. presidents and other heads of state more than any other Christian leader,” wrote Stephen Rankin of the “Confessor-in-Chief” in 2014.
Noting that technology had made it possible for an evangelist to preach to everyone and anyone, he said, “It has literally become possible to proclaim the Gospel to the entire world.” And, that the evangelist did: On his website, it was claimed that Graham had “preached the Gospel message to more than 215 million people in over 185 countries.”
William Franklin Graham was born in Charlotte, North Carolina, on Nov. 7, 1918. As a youth, he dreamed of playing baseball, but after studying at Bob Jones University, the Florida Bible Institute and Wheaton College, he began his career as a pastor in the Chicago suburbs. He was soon preaching about Christ to eager servicemen returning from the carnage of World War II.
In July 1945, he became a preacher for Youth for Christ International, a crusade that combined traditional values, patriotism and some modern razzle-dazzle.
Emphatically patriotic and disdainful of communism and other “isms,” Graham proved to be the right person for an unsettled age, drawing large crowds. In 1949, he drew national attention with an eight-week crusade in Los Angeles.
“Billy Graham seemed fated to reign as the unifying figure behind evangelical Christianity,” wrote Barbara Cady in “Icons of the 20th Century.” “No one was more energetic and wholesome, no one more staggeringly handsome and charismatic.”

For Graham, the Bible was universal truth, and Christ represented the path to salvation. “Choose this day the road to travel into eternity,” he preached. “Don’t think there are three choices — yes, no and wait — for you may never have another opportunity.”
The idea that a high-tech modern world could undermine these truths was repellent to him. “The great all-prevailing Truth stands for time and eternity,” he preached.
Even if there was nothing particularly new about his message, it resonated with many.
“What Billy Graham may have revived in modern times, above all,” wrote Paul A. Carter in 1974’s “Encyclopedia of American Biography,” “is revivalism itself.”
“When he appeared on the national scene at the end of World War II,” Carter continued, ‘Graham’s style of evangelism — fervent, vivid, Biblical — was widely believed to be a quaint survival of folk religion soon destined to disappear. Graham has quite clearly shown otherwise.”
Television expanded his reach, as did the more than 30 books he wrote. His preaching would take him around the globe, even behind the Iron Curtain amid the Cold War. He visited American troops during wartime. And his evangelism would take him to Washington, where Graham was a counselor to American leaders.
“Graham’s meetings with every President since Harry Truman were no accident: Both the preacher and the presidents had their reasons — sometimes spiritual, sometimes political, usually both — for getting together,” wrote Nancy Gibbs and Michael Duffy in Time magazine in 2010, after President Barack Obama paid a visit to Graham.
In 1952, Graham became the first to hold formal religious service on the Capitol steps. That was part of a five-week crusade in Washington and a heady time for Graham and other modern evangelists.
“If I could run for president of the United States today, on a platform of calling the people back to God, back to Christ, back to the Bible, I’d be elected,” he said, according to William Martin in “With God On Our Side: The Rise of the Religious Right in America.” “There is a hunger for God today.”
Though Truman was the first to welcome Graham to the Oval Office, Eisenhower was the first president to get close to him, seeking Graham’s help with an inaugural prayer. In turn, Graham helped persuade Eisenhower of the merits of holding a National Prayer Breakfast, which began in 1953. Graham would counsel Eisenhower after a heart attack and, years later, as he was dying.
Different presidents had different reasons for connecting with Graham. Ronald Reagan, for instance, was a friend, dating back years before he became president.
“My father has never sought really to be the friend of presidents,” the Rev. Franklin Graham, his son and successor, said in 2004. “It has just happened to come his direction.”
Graham offered guidance during tough times. President Gerald Ford discussed his plans to pardon Richard M. Nixon, President George H.W. Bush invited him to the White House at the start of the first Gulf War, and President Bill Clinton sought Graham’s counsel during the Monica Lewinsky scandal.
Perhaps most dramatically, Graham counseled President Lyndon Johnson soon after the assassination of President John Kennedy. “In their first visit, scheduled for 15 minutes but stretched to five hours, the two farm boys who had ridden their talent, ambition and energy to the pinnacle of their respective professions found they had more to offer each other than either had ever imagined,” according to “With God On Our Side.”
Graham frequently visited Johnson at the White House and his ranch in Texas. “Johnson struggled with doubts about his salvation,” Rankin wrote. “On one of many car rides around the ranch, he parked the car and asked Graham to share the gospel with him once again. ”
In 1965, Johnson asked Graham to go to Selma, Alabama, to help calm racial tensions there. Graham would officiate at LBJ’s funeral in 1973.
President George W. Bush credited Graham’s guidance for leading him to faith in Christ, and Graham would serve as a witness to his character. “I believe in the integrity of this man,” Graham said late in the 2000 campaign. “I’ve known him as a boy. I’ve known him as a young man. And we’re very proud of him.”
In 2010, Obama visited Graham at his home in Montreat, North Carolina. Obama later recalled the visit: “91 years old at the time, facing various health challenges, he welcomed me as he would welcome a family member or a close friend. This man who had prayed great prayers that inspired a nation, this man who seemed larger than life, greeted me and was as kind and as gentle as could be.”
Because of his reputation, Graham was someone who connected the dots in Washington. When GOP presidential nominee Nixon wanted to convey a message to President Johnson in 1968, it was Graham who did so. When a newly elected Georgia governor went to Washington, it was Graham who introduced Jimmy Carter to President Nixon.
Carter had met the evangelist when he was working in 1955 as a Graham volunteer on behalf of integration in Georgia. Early in his public life, Graham had become a supporter of civil rights, holding integrated crusades in otherwise segregated places.
“In 1953, after the sponsoring committee of his Chattanooga crusade balked at his demand that seating be open to all, he went to the crusade tabernacle and personally removed the ropes marking the section section removed for blacks,” according to “With God On Our Side.”
In 1957, Graham encouraged Eisenhower to send troops to Arkansas to compel the admission of black students to Little Rock Central High School. Graham also preached with the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., though Graham’s abhorrence for the disorder of public protest would keep him from attending events such as the March on Washington.
Graham consistently professed neutrality in political matters, though there were times that didn’t seem to hold true.
In 1960, for instance, Graham was clearly supportive of Nixon, his longtime friend. He was troubled by Kennedy’s liberalism and wary of having a Catholic president.
Nixon lost, but Graham remained close to him and after Nixon was elected in 1968, Graham was a strong presence in Nixon’s presidency. The two frequently discussed political and theological matters, and Graham clearly backed Nixon during his 1972 reelection campaign. “You know how I love you,” Graham told the president in a 1973 phone call after a Nixon speech.
Watergate tainted Graham’s legacy a bit. For one thing, Graham was overheard making anti-Semitic remarks on one of Nixon’s Oval Office tapes. (Graham apologized when the tape surfaced.) For another, he remained a steadfast supporter of Nixon deep into the scandal. “When the worst came out, it was nearly unbearable for me,” he later said of Nixon’s deceptions.
Graham did have his critics. Some progressives objected to his conservatism on social issues and found his viewpoint tainted by his relentless anti-communism. He would also find himself criticized by fundamentalists who thought his outlook too generous to those of other faiths. “To this day,” wrote Bruce Bawer in the 1997 book “Stealing Jesus: How Fundamentalism Betrays Christianity,” “fundamentalists despise Graham as a sellout because he affirms the value of Catholic and Jewish faith.”
Regardless, there was no doubt that he had done much to shape spiritual life in America. His many honors included a Presidential Medal of Freedom awarded in 1983 by Reagan. Time magazine named him one of the 100 most influential people of the 20th century.
In 1955, Graham placed in the top 10 of the Gallup Poll’s most admired men in America. In 2017, he was still on the list, tied for fourth with Sen. John McCain and Elon Musk. It was Graham’s 61st time on the list, by far the most ever.
“He has reached out to all people — black or white, American or foreign, man or woman — for opportunities to serve God,” Jimmy Carter said in 2007. “My testimony is that I am just one of tens of millions of people whose spiritual lives have been shaped by Billy Graham.”
The evangelist’s wife, Ruth Bell Graham, died in June 2007.
“As I look back,” Graham wrote in 2012, “I see how God’s hand guided me. I sense His Spirit with me today, and most comforting is the knowledge that He will not forsake me during this last stretch as I am nearing home. If that doesn’t give me a sense of hope, nothing else will.”
Reported by: David Cohen – Politico
By Prophecy in the News| February 21st, 2018|Tags: Christian News, Dies at 99, Evangelist, Friend to U.S. Presidents, Prophecy News, Rev. Billy Graham

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Quotable Quotations ~ Norman Vincent Peale And The Apostle Paul

Norman Vincent Peale is known best for his book “The Power Of Positive Thinking.”  It is too bad he could not have given an autographed copy to Job.  Norman Vincent Peale was the initiator of an unbiblical and man centered psycobabble religion.  Peale mentored Robert Schuller and Robert Schuller taught Rick Warren.  They are all best known for their deviations from solid Biblical theology.  Each of these men built on the man made philosophies of their respective predecessor.

The Apostle Paul was the giant of the New Testament, responsible for writing thirteen epistles, converting a jailor, planting churches all around the Mediterranean Sea, and turning the world upside down.  He is indeed the quintessential Apostle.

As we compare these men who are polar opposites, we find that:  “Norman Vincent Peale was very appalling, whereas the Apostle Paul was appealing.”  Enough said.

Proverbs 17:22a King James Version (KJV)
A merry heart doeth good like a medicine:

Yours In Christ, Pastor Steve   <><

Sword Of The Lord ~ Dr. Shelton Smith, Editor ~ November 3, 2017

Amen Corner

When the Holy Spirit is in full control of our lives, He will expect our obedience to the written Word of God.  But it is part of our human problem that we would like to be full of the Spirit and yet go on and do as we please!  -A. W. Tozer

A minister without boldness is like a smooth file, a knife without an edge, a sentinel afraid to let off his gun.  If men will be bold in sin, ministers must be bold to reprove.  -William Gurnall

The only alternative to soul winning is disobedience to Christ.  -Curtis Hutson

The Bulwark of religious training is vital if the line is to be held against the forces of corruption, crime and disloyalty.  I believe that men imbued with spiritual values do not betray their country.  I believe that children reared in homes in which morality is taught and lived rarely become delinquents.  -J. Edgar Hoover

Some sing, “I’ll go where You want me to go, dear Lord”; but they are not willing to stay where He wants them to stay.  -Vance Havner

Brethren, if you cannot pray down fire fom Heaven, it is time you took down your sign.  -John R. Rice

Science!  Thou hast tracked the lightning, traced the path of the tornado, uncurtained the distant planet, foretold the coming of the comet and the return of the eclipse.  But thou hast never been able to gauge the depth of man’s soul or to answer the question  “What must I do to be saved?”  -J.A. Macduff

Your name, your deeds, will be as legible on the hearts you leave behind as the stars on the brow of evening.  -Thomas Chalmers

I have never known a man who habitually and on principle absented himself from the public worship of God who did not sooner or later bring sorrow upon himself or his family.  -Henry Whitney Bellows

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The Worst Place For Any Human Being Is To Refuse God’s Grace And Mercy, With No Hope Of Salvation

Proverbs 29:1 King James Version (KJV)
He, that being often reproved hardeneth his neck, shall suddenly be destroyed, and that without remedy.

I well remember a mother telling me that the tragic words of her teenage son, “Mum, if you talk to me any more about Jesus or being saved, I’ll leave home and you’ll never see me again.”  She replied, “I won’t mention it again, but I won’t stop praying for you son.”  Sadly, a few weeks later he was killed in a tragic car accident and went into eternity, and as far as I know without Christ.  How important to “Prepare to meet thy God” (Amos 4:12).  “Behold, now is the day of salvation” (II Corinthians 6:2).  Come to the Lord Jesus, today!   -Jim Comte

Almost persuaded now to believe; almost persuaded Christ to receive; Seems now some soul to say, “Go Spirit, go Thy way; Some more convenient day on Thee I’ll call.   -Philip P. Bliss

“Those who plan on eleventh hour conversions, often die at ten thirty.”

In my own experiences, I recall a wonderful deacon in our church who had a burden for a lost soul in the community over thirty years ago.  He and I went to his home more than once and pleaded for him to come to church and give his heart to Christ.  The soul knew it was the right thing to do, but never acted upon the invitation.  One day the deacon made a final plea, and the soul promised that he would come to church on the following Sunday.  The man went fishing and boating on the Rappahannock River near Fredericksburg, Virginia and drowned on Saturday, the day before he was to come to church.  To this day, I believe the man was insincere with another of his many promises, and had he lived, would probably not have come to church.  Don’t gamble with your soul, and act on His invitation today.  You and I are not promised any tomorrows.   Yours In Christ, Pastor Steve

“Salvation, Don’t Leave Earth Without it.”

Championship Winning Football Players And Coaches Give Glory To God For Their Success

What a breath of fresh air after a season involving NFL players who refused to stand and salute the flag for the National Anthem.  Players and coaches on both the Collegiate Champion Alabama Crimson Tide, and the NFL Superbowl Champion Philadelphia Eagles, gave thanks to their Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, giving all glory to God.  That was truly encouraging news as well as a great witness!  Blessings, Pastor Steve

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Super Bowl Winners: Philadelphia Eagles Give Glory to God
February 05 2018

As President Donald Trump tweeted…”Congratulations to the Super Bowl Winners: Philadelphia Eagles Give Glory to God
February 05 2018  Philadelphia Eagles on a great Super Bowl victory!”
Stand-Up Team: No Philadelphia Eagles Players Knelt For National Anthem in 2017
Not a single Eagles player sat or knelt during the national anthem, one of just seven teams with perfect non-kneeling records, in a season that saw 684 such incidents, according to a study released Thursday by Sports Pundit.

Franklin Graham posted on Facebook:
Congratulations to the Philadelphia Eagles on their #SuperBowl 2018 win last night! After the game, it was great to hear so many Christians on the team publicly thanking God. Tight End Zach Ertz said, “Glory to God first and foremost. We wouldn’t be here without Him.” Quarterback and MVP Nick Foles gave glory to God, and Head Coach Doug Pederson said, “I can only give the praise to my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ for giving me this opportunity…” This is sure good to hear in the media.
We may not be playing a championship game today, but the Bible tells us, “…whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.”
By Prophecy in the News| February 5th, 2018|Tags: Christian News, Eagles Win Super Bowl, Glory to God, National Anthem, Philadelphia Eagles, Prophecy News, Super Bowl

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All the Glory Belongs to God’: The Faith of the Super Bowl-Winning Philadelphia Eagles
02-04-2018
Mark Martin,
Benjamin Gill

Photo Credit: philadelphiaeagles via Instagram
Do faith and football go together? For players on the Philadelphia Eagles, the answer is a resounding “yes.”
The Eagles won their first Super Bowl 41-33 over the New England Patriots in a hard-fought game Sunday night in Minneapolis.
“All glory to God,” MVP Quarterback Nick Foles said right after the win.

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“I felt calm. We have such a great group of guys, such a great coaching staff,” Foles said. “We’re very blessed.”
Just nine years ago, Eagles head coach Doug Pederson was coaching high school. Now he’s a Super Bowl champion.
“I can only give the praise to my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ for giving me this opportunity,” Pederson said Sunday night.
Touchdown-scoring Wide Receiver Zach Ertz echoed the same sentiment.
“Glory to God first and foremost,” Ertz said.
And despite being sidelined by a season-ending injury, Eagles franchise QB Carson Wentz threw all his support to Foles, and all the glory to God.

NFC Conference Champions
On January 21st, the Eagles clinched the NFC Conference Championship, earning the right to face the New England Patriots in Super Bowl LII.
“First and foremost, all glory belongs to God. I wouldn’t be here without Him and this is just very humbling and unbelievable,” QB Nick Foles said immediately after that Eagles’ win over the Minnesota Vikings. “I’m blessed to have amazing teammates, amazing coaches.”
Foles, who has turned in a multiple amazing performances to lead the Eagles to victory, is bold about professing his born-again faith, describing himself on Twitter as a: “Believer in Jesus Christ, husband, father, son, brother.”
A number of his teammates share that faith in Christ, and you can bet many on the team were as “prayed up” for the Super Bowl as they were throughout the season.
At the start of the season, Foles and teammates Zach Ertz, Trey Burton, Carson Wentz, and Chris Maragos released a Bible study on humility and surrender through the YouVersion Bible app.

And back in November, the Eagles team released a video on its Facebook page entitled, “The Locker Room’s Binding Force.” It’s a look at the Christian faith of three players and how Christianity is a big part of the team’s unity.

Starting quarterback Carson Wentz, wide receiver Torrey Smith, and safety/special teams player Chris Maragos shared their testimonies in the video.
“I was kind of on this downward spiral because the things I was trying to place in my life to give me satisfaction would last for a little bit and then they’d fade away,” Maragos said in the video. “And that was my sophomore year in high school.”
“I was really at a crossroads at that point and had to make a decision on where I was going,” he continued. “And that’s when I gave my life to Christ, and really he supplied that satisfaction and that joy for me.”
Players have the opportunity to attend chapel among other things.
“On every Monday night, we have a couple’s Bible study. We have a Thursday night team Bible study,” Wentz explained in the video. “And then Saturday nights, we actually get together the night before the game and just kind of pray; talk through the Word; what guy’s have been reading, what they’re struggling with, and just kind of keep it real with each other.”
“To have that here in an NFL facility like this, it’s really special,” he added.
“As men, you tend to be very sheltered. If I’m going through some things, I may not express that to the next man,” Smith shared. “Only you can kind of expose your weaknesses and things you want to work on, whether it’s in your relationship or your marriage or your family, whatever it may be.”
“When you’re able to talk about it amongst your brothers, amongst your family, it helps you grow,” he continued. “And when you realize that you can apply Biblical principles to it, it helps us all grow.”
“I think the biggest thing that we’re always challenging each other with is just to not lose sight of the bigger picture,” Wentz said. “I think wins, losses, highs, lows, everything that comes with this game, it’s so easy to take your mind and your eyes off of the ultimate prize, and that’s living for the Lord.”
“And we want to be united,” Maragos said. “We want to support each other; we want to support each other in our lives through the difficulties off the field as well as on the field.”
“And so I think it’s really kind of something to where we’re all just kind of binding together to kind of keep each other sharpened and keep pushing forward,” he continued.
That unity helped propel them to the NFC Championship game and now a 41-33 win over the Patriots in the Super Bowl.

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Alabama QB After Championship Game: ‘I’d Just Like to Thank My Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ’

By Michael Morris | January 9, 2018 | 8:54 AM EST

Alabama true freshman quarterback Tua Tagovailoa gives all the glory to God in CFP National Championship post-game interview.  (Screenshot)


Upon winning the College Football Playoff (CFP) National Championship 26-23 over SEC rival Georgia in overtime last night, Alabama true freshman quarterback Tua Tagovailoa took a page out of former NFL quarterback and college Heisman trophy winner Tim Tebow’s book in his post-game interview, thanking his “Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ,” and saying: “All glory goes to God.”

“Excuse me,” Tua Tagovailoa said as he was interviewed by ESPN. “First and foremost, I’d just like to thank my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. With him, all things are possible. That’s what happened tonight.”

“All glory goes to God,” Tagovailoa said later in the interview. “I can’t describe what He’s done for me and my family. Who would have ever thought I would have been here, right now in this moment. So, you know, thank God for that, and I’d just like to thank my teammates and coach Saban for giving me the opportunity.”

Tua Tagovailoa’s comments came after he led the Crimson Tide to victory upon entering the game to start the second half in place of a struggling Jalen Hurts.

 Tagovailoa threw three touchdown passes on his way to leading a come-from-behind win over the third-ranked Georgia Bulldogs, giving the Alabama Crimson Tide their fifth national championship under coach Nick Saban.

According to ESPN, Tagovailoa threw for 166 yards, completing 14 of 24 passes (58.3%) and averaging 6.9 yards through the air, while only throwing one interception on the night. He finished with a QBR of 71.3, the highest of the three quarterbacks who saw action in last night’s CFP National Championship game.

What Jesus Said About Hell

People who are Biblically illiterate, almost always say:  “Sin, hell, judgment and condemnation are found in the Old Testament, and grace, love and mercy are found in the New Testament.”  THAT is a lie out of the pit of Hell and it smells like smoke.  Jesus spent more time preaching on Hell than He did on Heaven.  He referred to parables on that awful place of torment, and compared the Lord’s judgment to “…treading the winepress.”  The truth of the matter is that we can find all of the aforementioned doctrine in both the Old and New Testaments.  Remember, Jesus did not come to do away with the law, He came to fulfill it.  Matthew 5:17 and Luke 24:44.

What will Hell be like?

Luke 13:28  King James Version (KJV)
28 There shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth, when ye shall see Abraham, and Isaac, and Jacob, and all the prophets, in the kingdom of God, and you yourselves thrust out.

Mark 9:43-48  King James Version (KJV)
43 And if thy hand offend thee, cut it off: it is better for thee to enter into life maimed, than having two hands to go into hell, into the fire that never shall be quenched:
44 Where their worm dieth not, and the fire is not quenched.
45 And if thy foot offend thee, cut it off: it is better for thee to enter halt into life, than having two feet to be cast into hell, into the fire that never shall be quenched:
46 Where their worm dieth not, and the fire is not quenched.
47 And if thine eye offend thee, pluck it out: it is better for thee to enter into the kingdom of God with one eye, than having two eyes to be cast into hell fire:
48 Where their worm dieth not, and the fire is not quenched.

 Blessings, Pastor Steve   <><

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What Jesus Said about Hell
by Henry M. Morris, Ph.D. | Jan. 15, 2018
“And if thy right eye offend thee, pluck it out, and cast it from thee: for it is profitable for thee that one of thy members should perish, and not that thy whole body should be cast into hell.” (Matthew 5:29)
People do not like to think about hell—especially those who are headed there! But that doesn’t mean it isn’t real.
We need to know that the Lord Jesus Himself often warned about the reality of hell. Today’s verse is in His Sermon on the Mount, a message often quoted because of its wonderful promises. Hell is also mentioned in the same sermon in Matthew 5:22 and 5:30. Jesus also stressed in that sermon that “broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat” (Matthew 7:13). He later warned that we should “fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell” (Matthew 10:28).
The religious leaders of the day were not exempt. To them, speaking of their religious hypocrisy, He said, “Ye serpents, ye generation of vipers, how can ye escape the damnation of hell?” (Matthew 23:33).
Hell is also a place of fire or possibly of some fearful environment that could only be described adequately under the metaphor of fire. “Depart from me,” He will say to the lost souls at His coming judgment, “into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels” (Matthew 25:41). Hell is called a “lake of fire” by Christ in John’s vision of Him on His great white throne, where He will have to say, “But the fearful, and unbelieving, . . . and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death” (Revelation 21:8).
Hell will indeed be very real—eternally real! Since Christ is both our Creator and our Savior, who died for our sins and defeated death by His resurrection, it is foolish for anyone to reject His revelation about hell. HMM

Sword Of The Lord ~ October 6 & 20, 2017

Amen Corner

On any important truth, the Devil tries to get you either to stop too short or go too far.  -Curtis Hutson

In times of physical weakness, discouragement or exhaustion, it is more difficult to resist Satan.  This is the time you must watch and pray.  -John R. Rice

Surely it ill becomes us to waste a penny, an hour or an opportunity.  Let us be severely economical for the Lord our God.  -Charles H. Spurgeon

We must face the fact that many today are notoriously careless in their living.  This attitude finds its way into the church.  We have liberty; we have money; and we live in comparative luxury.  As a result, discipline practically has disappeared.  What would a violin solo sound like if the strings on the musician’s instrument were all hanging loose, not stretched tight, not “disciplined”?  -A. W. Tozer

Faith either removes mountains or tunnels through them.

If tomorrow does not bring forth death, it will bring forth a less favorable opportunity of getting right with God.  Hearts become hardened through the deceitfulness of sin.  Character crystallizes while you linger.  This is the poorest chance you have ever had, but it is the best chance you will ever have again.  -C. A. Cooper

What is needed desperately today is prophetic insight.  Scholars can interpret the past; it takes prophets to interpret the present.  -A. W. Tozer

Some of you are spiritually dead as far as any power is concerned.  The salt has lost its savor.  -John R. Rice

Christ is an amply sufficient Way.  All may get to Heaven by the same Way, and none need be excluded.  On it there is room, and plenty of room, for all that will.  -John Cumming

There is but one straight course, and that is to seek truth and pursue it steadily.  -George Washington

I would sooner be a cat on hot bricks or a toad under a harrow than let my own children be my masters.  -Charles H. Spurgeon

The measure of a man’s real character is what he would do if he knew he would never be found out.  -Thomas Macaulay

The best evidence of the Bible’s being the Word of God is found between its covers.  -Charles Hodges

I think we have more machinery of government than is necessary, too many parasites living on the labor of the industrious.  -Thomas Jefferson

God can’t build a great church with spare time and pocket change.  -Curtis Hutson

Some say, “If only I could have lived in Jesus’ time.”  But plenty of people did live then, and they crucified Him.  Physical proximity and visibility did not help.  -Vance Havner

We do not admire a man of timid peace.  -Theodore Roosevelt

Works without faith are like a fish without water; it wants the element it should live in.  -Owen Feltham

It is not geographical location, but rather spiritual qualification, that makes missionaries effective.

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Headlines Across The Nation

Late Pastor’s Widow Found Murdered In Kentucky Church

ACLU To Challenge Trump’s Military Transgender Ban

New Zealand University Votes To Ban Pro-Life Club, Says Pro-Life Students Are “An Embarrassment”

Kindergarten Teacher Celebrates Transgender “Change” Of Five-Year-Old In Class

First Grader Sent To The Principal’s Office For “Misgendering”

Teacher Says To Parents: Tell Your Kids To Stop Talking About God

Planned Parenthood Abortion Biz Has Closed 338 Clinics in Twenty Years – Here’s Its Desperate Next Move

Stunning Government Jobs Report: One In Fifteen Americans Has A Government Job

Coach Prays, Ninth Circuit Says No – Blame Supreme Court Conservatives

Planned Parenthood Protests Ceremony Honoring Iowa’s First Female Governor Just Because She’s Pro-Life

Michigan Court Finds Public Officials Can Pray In Public Meetings

Growth Of “No Religion” Among Brits Ominous For U.S.

Activists Want Climate Change Skeptics Charged With Crime

College Republican Threatened After Asking Muslims To Decry Terrorism

Newsletter At University In Colorado Says Veterans Are Not Fit For A Four-Year University

Pennsylvania School District Surrenders To Transgenders

Poem Blasting God As A “Lie” Given To Middle Schoolers

“Satanist Group” Fizzles In Tacoma School

Attacks On Religious Liberty Increased In 2016

Evolutionary Scientist Admits Theory’s Major Flaws

Mother In Coma Heard Everything, Including How Doctors Shut Off Her Life Support And Said She’d Die

Climate Alarmists Admit They’ve Got It Wrong On Global Warming

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Dangerous Trends 2017

More Americans Say Polygamy Is Morally Acceptable

Pastors Told They Cannot Refuse To Marry Same-Sex Couples (Sweden)

Judge Rejects Churches On Abortion Coverage (Churches Forced To Accept Abortions On Their Health Insurance Plans)

Motel 6 Says It Will Be A “Sanctuary” Motel (They Will Not Leave The Light On For Me  ~  Pastor Steve)

A “Transwoman” Hired By Syracuse University’s Library To Promote Diversity

 

 

Share Your Faith Daily

Acts 14:6-7 King James Version (KJV)
6 They were ware of it, and fled unto Lystra and Derbe, cities of Lycaonia, and unto the region that lieth round about:
7 And there they preached the gospel.

The real mission field is just outside our front door.  It isn’t always overseas or on the other side of the equator.  We have neighbors, friends, colleagues, even family members, who need the Saviour and need Him now.  I pray that I will find the courage today to speak to one of them; to humbly remind them that they need to be saved, that they can be saved, and how to obtain God’s salvation through repentance and faith.   -Rick Morse

When He has found you, tell others the story; That my loving Saviour is your Saviour too.  -S. O’Malley Clough

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Acts 16:30-31 King James Version (KJV)
30 And brought them out, and said, Sirs, what must I do to be saved?
31 And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house.

 

Pray For Revival In America!

Teaching Stones

Days of Praise

Teaching Stones
by Henry M. Morris, Ph.D. | Jan. 18, 2018

“Woe unto him that saith to the wood, Awake; to the dumb stone, Arise, it shall teach! Behold, it is laid over with gold and silver, and there is no breath at all in the midst of it.” (Habakkuk 2:19)
How foolish are those who worship idols—objects of wood and stone with no life in them, not even when they are adorned in silver and gold. Can inanimate objects come to life and even become teachers? A child knows better.
But not college professors! All over the land, these proud purveyors of “science falsely so called” are indoctrinating young minds with the absurd belief that inorganic substances can somehow first become simple living substances and then eventually organize themselves all the way up to being people. They would not, of course, suggest that sticks and stones could suddenly become human (neither did the ancient idolaters, for that matter). They just believe that time—lots of it—can magically develop people out of much simpler substances than even these ancient philosophers ever imagined. “In the beginning, hydrogen” is their arrogant notion.
But God will not be mocked in this way forever. Life can only come from life—ultimately from the living God! The wooden idol of the pagan is every bit as scientific as the evolutionary models of the modern intellectual; neither one can create life. “Their idols are silver and gold, the work of men’s hands. They have mouths, but they speak not: eyes have they, but they see not: . . . They that make them are like unto them; so is every one that trusteth in them” (Psalm 115:4-5, 8).
Only God can create life, and He can even cause stones to teach. “Speak to the earth, and it shall teach thee: . . . Who knoweth not in all these that the hand of the LORD hath wrought this?” (Job 12:8-9). HMM

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The foolishness of evolution and idol worship knows no bounds.  It takes a stubborn, strong willed, Antichrist spirit to believe that no one plus nothing, and a whole lot of time made everything.  Likewise, the folly of idol worship is also off the charts.  Since the fall in the garden, man has taken to worshipping the creation rather than the Creator.  I cannot help but remember the rebellious Israelites in the wilderness, when Moses climbed Mount Horeb.

Exodus 32:24  King James Version (KJV)
24 And I said unto them, Whosoever hath any gold, let them break it off. So they gave it me: then I cast it into the fire, and there came out this calf.

We would laugh at the last five highlighted words from this scriptural text if they were not so sad.

In His Service, Pastor Steve  <><

Sword Of The Lord ~ Dr. Shelton Smith, Editor ~ September 22, 2017

Amen Corner

I would not have a converted person wait a week before trying to do something for Jesus.  Run as soon as you find your feet.  -Charles H. Spurgeon

We preachers are in the business of handling, preaching, teaching, defending, expounding, and obeying the Word of God.  God said, “It shall accomplish that which I please” (Isaiah 55:11).  -Harold Sightier

The inside of the vessel, not the outside, determines its usefulness.  -Curtis Hutson

God’s darkest threatening is always accompanied with a revelation of the way of escape.  The ark is always along with the flood.  Zoar is pointed out when God foretells Sodom’s ruin.  The brazen serpent is ever reared where the venomous snakes bite and burn.  -Alexander Maclaren

A wise and frugal government, which shall restrain men from injuring one another, shall leave them otherwise free to regulate their own pursuits of industry and improvement and shall not take from the mouth of labor the bread it has earned.  This is the sum of good government.  -Thomas Jefferson (first inaugural address)

Some missionaries bound for Africa were laughed at by the boat captain.  “You’ll only die over there,” he said.  But a missionary replied, “Captain, we died before we started.”  -Vance Havner

Sin may open bright as the morning, but it will end dark as night.  -T. DeWitt Talmage

Life’s evening, we may rest assured, will take its character from the day which has preceded it.  -Phillip Shuttleworth

Researches into the springs of natural bodies and their motions should awaken us to admiration at the wonfrous wisdom of our Creator.  -Isaac Watt

Give not thy tongue too great a liberty, lest it take thee prisoner.  -Frances Quarles