Sword Of The Lord Newspaper ~ Dr. Shelton Smith, Editor ~ May 5, 2017

Lutheran, Episcopal and United Church of Christ Clergy:  “We Stand With Planned Parenthood” Abortion Biz

A group of female clergy from Iowa wrote a letter…to state their support of the abortion chain Planned Parenthood publicly.

The letter, published in the Des Moines Register on [March 15], included signatures from seven women pastors from the United Church of Christ, United Methodist Church, Evangelical Lutheran Church of America, Episcopal Church, Unitarian Universalist Association, Christian Church (Disciple of Christ), and Unity Church….

The pastors praised Planned Parenthood’s work and blasted a state bill that would defund the abortion group and redirect tax dollars to community health centers that don’t provide abortions….

In February, the Iowa Senate passed Senate File 2 to defund Planned Parenthood and other abortion groups in the state.  The legislation would direct taxpayer funding to federally qualified health centers that provide more comprehensive healthcare but not abortions.  The bill currently is being considered in the state house.

In their letter, the pastors described the bill as “dangerous” and “extreme” legislation that “threatens access to basic healthcare for low-income women.”

Dangerous Trends 2017

College Students Believe Muslims Should Have Religious Freedom Rights – but Not Christians

Editor’s Comments:  Liberal indoctrination produces such warped views.

Two Mothers Go on the Offensive Because Islam Being Taught to Seventh Graders

Homosexual Santa Claus Book Coming Out This Coming Season

Students Don’t Want Chick-fil-A on Their Campus

Imam’s Invocation Condemned on Delaware Senate Floor

Planned Parenthood Will Give Pro-Abortion Hillary Clinton “Champion of the Century” Award

Maryland Public Libraries Offering Sex-Ed Classes to Minors Taught by Lesbian

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Amen Corner

We take our faith for granted; and what we take for granted, we never take seriously.     -Vance Havner

Make honesty a part of your character.  Fight never to yield to the temptation to be dishonest.  Sometimes the truth hurts; but in the long run, it never hurts as badly as being dishonest.  -Curtis Hutson

No matter what a man’s past may have been, his future is spotless.  -John R. Rice

Far better it is to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs even though checkered by failure, than to rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy much nor suffer much because they live in the grey twilight that knows neither victory nor defeat.  -Theodore Roosevelt

This court seems incapable of admitting that some matters- any matters- are none of its business.  -Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia

Even the feeblest knock on Heaven’s door is heard.

May our eyes be no keener when we look upon the faults of others than when we survey our own.

The Amazing Apostle Paul Of Tarsus

 

Paul’s Missionary Journey
by Henry M. Morris, Ph.D. | Aug. 3, 2017
“Unto me, who am less than the least of all saints, is this grace given, that I should preach among the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ.” (Ephesians 3:8)
The apostle Paul was undoubtedly the greatest missionary of all time. It is well to take note of his missionary strategy, for it was designed to reach the greatest number with the highest efficiency. In the first place, although he by no means neglected his Jewish countrymen, his calling was to all peoples of the world.
As much as possible, he tried to “preach the gospel in the regions beyond” where it had never gone before (2 Corinthians 10:16), “not where Christ was named, lest I should build upon another man’s foundation” (Romans 15:20).
He especially concentrated on great cities, particularly the major seaports. He had come from the large city of Tarsus himself, and he preached in the great capital, Rome, and in Athens, the world’s cultural center. Philippi was the “chief city” of Macedonia (Acts 16:12), as was Corinth in Achaia and Ephesus in Asia Minor. Antioch, Troas, Thessalonica—all were great seaport cities. Establishing solid churches in such cities would provide centers for carrying the gospel throughout the world.
In considerable measure, his ministry in these cities seemed to reach people of special ability or opportunity to teach and influence others, such as the philosophers at Athens, the proconsul Sergius Paulus at Paphos, the honorable women of Berea, the school of Tyrannus at Ephesus, and others of like significance.
Most important of all were his writings. Paul wrote half the epistles of the New Testament. He traveled at least 15,000 miles and preached to many thousands of people, but his written words have been read by countless millions over 1,900 years. HMM

ONE WAY

Acts 4:12  King James Version (KJV)
12 Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.

Apostle Simon Peter   33 A.D.

The Cure
Unspoken
We’re all related, brothers and strangers
The king and the beggar bleed the same
We’ve all got a sickness, a terminal condition
We medicate it but the pain won’t go away
See the eyes of a million faces
Looking for it in a million places
Only one can save us, Jesus
You are the cure
Everybody’s searching for it
Everybody’s reaching out
Trying to grab a hold of something real
You are the cure
Only you can satisfy us
Fill up the void inside us
Never been a heart you couldn’t heal
You are the cure
You are the doctor, healer and father
To the orphan without a home
We fell into darkness, lost till you found us
You are the remedy we’re looking for
You are the cure
Everybody’s searching for it
Everybody’s reaching out
Trying to grab a hold of something real
You are…

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John 14:6  King James Version (KJV)
6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.

Jesus Christ of Nazareth    32 A.D.

2015 Second Orlando Prophecy Summit, Part 62

Dr. Gary Frazier  ~  Interview / Hagmann & Hagmann

Dr. Gary Frazier wrote “Hell Is For Real,” and “It Could Happen Tomorrow.”  Gary has been to Israel over 180 times.  Gary filmed a six and one half hour DVD throughout Israel for people who will never be able to go there.  Gary has met several Prime Ministers of Israel, and they all realize that evangelical Christians are the best friends that Israel has.  Many Israelites are also becoming more aware of their role in the fulfillment of Bible prophecy, and the Abrahamic Covenant.

Doug Hagmann asked Gary Frazier:  “If this was the last time you knew you would be on camera, what would you say?”  Gary’s response:  “That God so loved the world that He gave His son, and the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ is a reality for those who care to indulge in the facts of the matter.  The truth is that Jesus gave Himself for every single person, and if this was his last opportunity to say anything he would say eternity is too long to be wrong.  Use today to make a commitment to Jesus Christ.  He loves who you are and where you are in life.  When you surrender to Him, He will change you and in this process He will make you into His image.  He takes us and makes us more like Him, He forgives us for our sins, and gives us a passion for other people.  We were on our way to hell but by the Providence of God, He has forever changed our lives, and we have purpose in our lives and we are not just drifting aimlessly.  We have free will.  We can be forgiven of our sins and stand clean before God, restored and having a confidence in God, and then knowing that I am a sinner who has been saved by the miraculous grace of God, and my sins have been washed away by the shed blood of the Lamb of God.  Pray to receive Christ and He will come into your heart.”

When you become saved, Satan and the demons of hell will attempt to get you to doubt your conversion.  We must believe what the Word of God tells us:  “That we are declared victorious and we are conquerors in Christ, and that neither death nor life nor powers nor principalities nor angels neither height nor depth nor any other thing can separate us from Christ Jesus.”  Do not think about yourself as you were, do not think about yourself as someone who says what you are, understand who you are in Christ Jesus.  You are saved, you are born again, you are on the narrow road that goes to heaven.  You are not perfect but you are forgiven.  Like Paul, we all suffer for doing the things we should not do, and not doing the things we should.  Remember, we lose some fights and win other fights, but the ultimate war has already been won.  I John 1:9 is the Christians’ bar of soap:  “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”  We continually become convicted over our sins, and this is followed by our confession and repentance.  What we want to do is to continually get back on track.  In order to become a child of God, one must be born again.  Continually confess your sins, hear God’s Word and obey Him.

Why Gary wrote “Hell Is For Real” – Less than one half of one percent of people believe they are going to hell.  Satan has done a masterful job at taking the fear away of standing in judgment before God.  God attempts to draw lost sinners to Himself, but there is a time when God will stop calling you.  The unpardonable sin, is when God continually calls us and we say no.  We may not even realize that we crossed the line and no longer have any chance of salvation.

 

Brokenness Is The Key To Salvation And Spiritual Growth

“If one does not understand brokenness, then they do not understand the Bible, salvation, or Christian growth and discipleship.”    Pastor Steve

A Few Biblical Examples Of Brokenness:

1)The Apostle Paul

2)The Life Of Our Lord And Savior Jesus Christ, Especially His Experience From Gethsemane To Golgotha, Leading To Our Opportunity For Salvation

3)Old Testament Joseph

4)Moses

5)The Prodigal Son Verses His Elder Brother

6)The Contrast Of The Publican And The Pharisee Praying In The Temple

7)Job’s Amazing Suffering

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1 Peter 4:12-19  King James Version (KJV)

12 Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened unto you:
13 But rejoice, inasmuch as ye are partakers of Christ’s sufferings; that, when his glory shall be revealed, ye may be glad also with exceeding joy.
14 If ye be reproached for the name of Christ, happy are ye; for the spirit of glory and of God resteth upon you: on their part he is evil spoken of, but on your part he is glorified.
15 But let none of you suffer as a murderer, or as a thief, or as an evildoer, or as a busybody in other men’s matters.
16 Yet if any man suffer as a Christian, let him not be ashamed; but let him glorify God on this behalf.
17 For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God: and if it first begin at us, what shall the end be of them that obey not the gospel of God?
18 And if the righteous scarcely be saved, where shall the ungodly and the sinner appear?
19 Wherefore let them that suffer according to the will of God commit the keeping of their souls to him in well doing, as unto a faithful Creator.

King James Version (KJV)
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Life Principles Bible Notes

Other Biblical Reasons For A Pre Tribulation Rapture

The following is written by Daniel Thompson, and is a portion of his paper on The Pre Tribulation Rapture of the Church, for a course in End Times Prophecy / Eschatology, taken at the Southwest Florida Bible Institute during the summer of 2017:

….  “I explained that different people in the Church today believe that the Rapture will take place at different possible times, or maybe not at all.  I also have explained what the Rapture of the Church is, and now I will tell you my own opinion of when the Rapture will happen.  Based on what I have studied in God’s Word, I believe the Rapture will take place before the Tribulation Period.  I am a Pre-Tribulation Rapture person due to the strong evidence of God’s Word.  By understanding Daniel’s 70 Weeks prophecy, and knowing that the 70th week is Jewish time, not Gentile time.  When the Church is Raptured, the 70th week will then begin what is known as the time of Jacob’s Trouble or the Seven Year Tribulation.

The other reason I believe that the Rapture will happen before the Tribulation, is that God sent His only begotten Son Jesus to come to this earth to pay a price for all the sin in the world.  Since Jesus paid the price in full for each and everyone of us, why would we, the church, have to go through the Tribulation Period?  Some scriptures such as Revelation 3:10, I Thessalonians 1:10, and I Thessalonians 5:9 all refer to the Church not being subject to wrath, and they will be kept from the hour of testing which we call the time of Jacob’s Trouble.  

Also, would a natural father have his child go through a great time of tribulation?  I don’t think so.  If not, why would our Heavenly Father who loves us, put us through a time of Great Tribulation?”

William Booth ~ Quotable Quotation

William Booth, founder of the Salvation Army, made the following famous and prophetical quote about the twentieth century:

“The chief danger of the 20th century will be religion without the Holy Spirit, Christianity without Christ, forgiveness without repentance, salvation without regeneration, politics without God, and heaven without hell.”

Was William Booth a prophet or what?  This is one of my favorite all time quotations, and found on this blog site more than once.

Blessings, Pastor Steve

Jeremy Camp – A Ministry Built On Personal Loss, Brokenness, And Ultimate Strength From The Lord

Jeremy Camp’s life was filled with suffering, prior to the ministry that has placed him in the public eye across the globe.  His wife Melissa died on February 5, 2001.  That was the springboard for his music ever since.  Now one can sense pain and suffering as a theme in all of his music, yet he finds his strength in the Lord.  His music is an autobiography.  His mere presence on videos, pictures, appearances and songs connotes one who is like his Savior – “a Man of sorrows.”   …or like Jeremiah, the weeping prophet.  Underlying his melancholy exterior, however, is a total inner peace and trust in his Lord.  He is a marvelous reflection of our suffering Savior and the Lamb of God.  Key the following link for his story:

http://www.cbn.com/cbnmusic/interviews/700club_jeremycamp02122008.aspx

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Jeremy Camp: Melissa’s Dying Wish

Melissa Camp’s Tribute Page
Interview: I Still Believe
Audra Smith Haney – 700 Club Producer

Award-winning musician, Jeremy Camp leads worship all over the world every year. Jeremy says his success was born out of a life filled with personal suffering. It began with his marriage to Melissa, a marriage Jeremy entered into knowing that the woman he loved was dying.
Jeremy remembers the day he met Melissa. He was leading worship for a church group in San Diego.
“I was singing and I looked up, and there was Melissa with her hands raised up so high. You could tell she was really worshipping Jesus,” remembers Jeremy. “I kind of joke around [now] and say, ‘I hit the wrong chords and sang a little flat.’ ”
After only a few months of dating, Jeremy was in love.
“I said, Melissa, I need to tell you something, ‘I love you.’ But she said, ‘I don’t feel the same way.’ ”
However a few months later, Jeremy received a call from Melissa, who gave him some devastating news. She had been diagnosed with ovarian cancer.”
“I remember walking into the hospital, and she had just found out she had cancer, and she was smiling. I was like, ‘Why is she smiling?’ ”
“She [Melissa] said, ‘I am doing okay, because I have been thinking, if I were to die from this cancer, if one person were to accept Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior, it would all be worth it.’ ”
“I was driving home that night, and I was crying, and all these emotions were coming up again. I said, ‘Lord, if she tells me she loves me, I will marry her.’ I don’t even know why I said it. It was just God preparing my heart.”
Jeremy remembers, “So, about two weeks later, I got a phone call. She [Melissa] said, ‘I need to talk to you.’ She said, ‘I know now why God wanted it to be just me and Him because He wanted to prepare me for this. But I have been praying for you for a long time, and I wanted to let you know, ‘I love you.’ ”
“It was like, we both just knew. We just knew,” says Jeremy.
Five months later, Jeremy and Melissa wed. However, during their honeymoon, Melissa started having serious stomach pains.
“So, we got back to the doctor when the honeymoon was over and the doctors pulled me aside. They had done some tests on her. They said, ‘The cancer is back.’ So I was like, ‘What can we do?’ There is nothing else we can do. It is all over her body. The doctor told Melissa she had months, maybe weeks, to live.”
“I remember her [Melissa] saying, ‘Jeremy I just want to worship the Lord right now.’ So, of course, I would pull the guitar out. It’s those moments, and we had more of those moments, where it’s not about our circumstances when we worship the Lord. He is worthy to be praised no matter what we are going through.”
On February 5, 2001, at 21-years-old, Melissa died.
“I was on my knees and I remember her sister saying, ‘She is with Jesus now.’ A grief fell over me that I can’t describe. The weight of her suffering is over, but the grief is she’s gone. We always had worship music playing in the background. I remember the Lord speaking into my heart and saying, ‘Jeremy, I want you to stand up and worship me.’ I remember standing up and raising my hands.”
“That was such a good act of obedience for me, just saying, ‘Lord, I don’t want to do this, but I know this is why I am here.’ ”
“I remember not wanting to ask God, ‘Why,’ but I finally did, and God always spoke to me. He said, ‘Jeremy, I don’t always want you to know why, because I want you to have a testimony of walking by faith.’ And I had written that song previously on our honeymoon, Walk By Faith.”
“And I look at these songs that come from it, Walk by Faith and I Still Believe. I wrote two weeks after she went to be with the Lord,” says Jeremy. “I have seen story after story of God using this whole thing to show His faithfulness to encourage people. That blows my mind realizing that Melissa made that statement, that if even one person accepts Christ. I hear thousands and thousands of stories. I remember being on my face after that realization and God said, ‘Jeremy, ‘Remember.’ ”
“When I get distracted, when I lose sight of what is going on, God will say, ‘Look at how many thousands!’ ”
Today, Jeremy is re-married and his thriving ministry is shared with his new wife, recording artist Adrienne Camp.
“From that, you have the ministry of God bringing us together — Adrienne and I, and what we have together to minister to people. And from that, two beautiful girls, who have changed my life radically. My encouragement… .do not lose heart, because our affliction is just momentary and what He is preparing for us, what He has in store for us, it will blow us away.”
“Imagine no more tears, no more sorrow, no more pain… and one day we will forever be with Jesus,” he says.

…his songs to follow-

 

 

Sword Of The Lord Newspaper ~ April 21, 2017 ~ Dr. Shelton Smith Editor

Noteworthy News

China Aborts Over 63,000 Unborn Babies Every Single Day

Ask the average person on the street how many abortions take place in America each year, and it is likely that few…will know the answer.

The average annual number of abortions in America currently is just under one million – a number that tends to surprise and shock people.  But abortion numbers in the U.S. are small compared to those in China.

Every year more unborn babies are killed in abortions in China…than anywhere else in the world.  Breitbart News reports that according to Chinese government data, more than 63,000 unborn babies are killed in abortions every single day in China.  -LifeNews.com 

Nike Making Islamic Clothing Line

After a year in the making, sports clothing company Nike is rolling out its new fashion line – Islamic friendly women’s wear that will cover customers from head to toe.

According to a report from the Independent, the fabric was made with “Middle Eastern temperatures in mind…”  (townhall.com).

Companies are willing to go many miles in the wrong direction to pick up customers – as this story reveals.

What ever happened to good ethics and decency in the business world?   -RETURN AMERICA, Dr. Ron Baity

Amen Corner

We can will to believe; and when we do, God enables us to exercise faith; and even as little as a grain of mustard seed exercised will move a mountain.  -Vance Havner

Men and women of worldly anxieties, take this message with you.  How long has God taken care of you?  quarter of the journey of life?  half of the journey of life?  Can you not trust Him the rest of the way?  -T. Dewitt Talmage

It is certainly true that a popular government cannot flourish without virtue in the people.  -Richard Henry Lee

I judge all things only by the price they shall gain in eternity.  -John Wesley

How humiliating to find that I am pained when I learn that N_ or M_ does not like my preaching yet am so calmed when all the alphabet for years rejected my Master’s message.  -J.W. Alexander

Truth alone can stand the guns of criticism.  -Herbert Hoover

Organizations without the Holy Spirit are like mills without power.  Even a church that is thoroughly orthodox and accepts Biblical standards is as useless as are clouds without rain until endued with power from on high.   -Charles Spurgeon

 

Exodus 2:11-15, Moses’ School – The University Of Hard Knocks ~ Part 3 Of 3

Course #4 – Intermediate Loneliness   In a period of twenty four hours, Moses found himself isolated from every relationship that he ever enjoyed.  One day he was a leader in the Pharaoh’s palace, the next day he led scorpions in the desert.  God led Moses into the desert to teach him to lead.  A leader is not a leader until he has learned to follow.  God would not use Moses until Moses had learned to submit to God and to submit to His timetable.  So Moses was alone.  God, in His wisdom, at times will separate us from our normal network of family and friends.  Isolation is an opportunity to get to know Him better.

Conclusion   Moses felt like an absolute failure.  He lost his career, status, reputation, family, friends and future.  But he was not a failure.  God took him aside to take some courses.  These courses have to do with character development.  God was not trying to ruin Moses.  He was rebuilding him so that he could be used strategically.  …And the people God loves to use most are those who have learned to depend completely upon Him.  For many of us self-sufficient, confident types, that does not come easily.  Our society is intoxicated with worldly success.  But if you know Christ, you know that FAILURE IS THE BACKDOOR OF SUCCESS.  God uses our failure to equip us for future success.  Has God enrolled you in a Masters of Character Acquisition (M.C.A.) program?  That is good company my friend.  God does not enroll anyone, only those with a special work.  When you graduate, there will be no ceremony, sheepskin diploma, class ring, and a cap and gown.  But you will have the approval and certification of the Master Himself.  …And God does not make any junk!

Failure is the backdoor of God turning you into a success, and fully equipping you for the Master’s use.

In Christ, Pastor Steve