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The Sword Of The Lord ~ Dr. Shelton Smith, Editor ~ August 10, 2018

Judges 7:20 King James Version (KJV)
And the three companies blew the trumpets, and brake the pitchers, and held the lamps in their left hands, and the trumpets in their right hands to blow withal: and they cried, The sword of the Lord, and of Gideon.

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Amen Corner

How often a good sister or brother rises to testify: “I want to live such a godly life that sinners will see my daily walk and be saved!”  Living a godly life is important, vitally important; but the first condition of soul winning is this: Get up and go after sinners!  -John R. Rice

Oh, to burn out for God!  All, all for Him!  Jesus only!  Souls!  Souls!  I am determined to be a winner of souls.  God help me.  -James Caughey

Saying one is “really saved” is like going to a funeral home, pointing to a casket and saying, “The person in that casket is dead,” and then pointing to another casket and saying, “The one in the casket is really dead!”  There is no such thing as being dead, deader and deadest.  One is either dead or alive, saved or lost, guilty or justified.  There is no in between.  -Curtis Hutson

The eagle-eyed world observes everything we do, and sharp critics are upon us.  Let us live the life of Christ in public.  Let us take care that we exhibit our Master and not ourselves, so that we can say, “It is no longer I that live, but Christ that lives in me.”  -Charles Spurgeon

The age which is most reckless of law and most vicious in practice is the age that has the loosest conception of penalty and is the most inimical to the doctrine of endless retribution.  -William G. T. Shedd

Our nation was built by men who took risks – pioneers who were not afraid of the wilderness, brave men who were not afraid of failure, scientists who were not afraid of truth, thinkers who were not afraid of progress, dreamers who were not afraid of action.  -Brooks Atkinson

A dog is at home in this world because this is the only world a dog will ever live in.  We are not at home in this world because we are made for a better one.  -Vance Havner

The only way to build a church, if you are to have a Bible church, is to preach out of the Bible, teach the Bible and read the Bible.  -Lester Roloff

The Bible is a supernatural book and can be understood only by supernatural aid.  -A. W. Tozer

Perhaps the strangest factor of life is found in the circumstance that those who receive the greatest favors from God often show the least appreciation.  The Old Testament is largely made up of the records of God’s favor and mercy towards Israel, but those records are blotted and blotched by the constant rehearsal of Israel’s ingratitude.  -W. B. Riley

Usually, the road to success runs uphill, so don’t expect to break any speed records in pursuit of it.

Quotable Quotation / Thought for the day…

Thomas Jefferson said it best, “When people fear the government, there is tyranny, but when government fears the people, there is freedom.”
We the people have a responsibility, given these rights by God, to defend our Constitution. Where there is absolute power, there is always absolute corruption. Communism, fascism, socialism, it is all a part of the New World Order. The end goal is to create a One World Government.  The World Government is not only coming, but it’s here!

Is our spiritual temperature at zero?

‌ ‌ ‌Three geographic points represent the cultural centers of dominance in American life: New York as the business capital of the world, Los Angeles as the world’s entertainment center, and Washington, DC, as the nation’s political hub.

The spiritual temperature in these three cultural spheres of influence hovers just around zero. Their present-day secularists’ dominance is the fallout of 100 years of Christian torpidity in the public square. What was recorded for our instruction – “You have not because you ask not …” (James 4:2) – shows the inevitable outcome of faith not exercised.

“Discernment is God’s call to intercession, never to fault finding,” noted Scottish evangelist Oswald Chambers [1874-1917] in his devotional My Utmost for His Highest.

Our last two op-eds involved exposition of the spiritual fortitude of Congress and the nation in 1787 in passing the Northwest Ordinance, declaring “Religion, morality, and knowledge, being necessary to good government and the happiness of mankind, schools and the means of education shall forever be encouraged.” Five years earlier, then 76-year-old Benjamin Franklin had produced a pamphlet with the purpose of apprising Europeans considering coming to America. As an additional picture of the spiritual climate of late 18 th-century, normal American life, the pamphlet reads:

“… bad examples to youth are more rare in America, which must be a comfortable consideration to parents. To this may be truly added that serious religion, under its various denominations, is not only tolerated, but respected and practiced. Atheism is unknown there; infidelity rare and secret; so that persons may live to a great age in that country without having their piety shocked by meeting with either an atheist or an infidel. And the Divine Being seems to have manifested his approbation of the mutual forbearance and kindness with which the different sects treat each other, by the remarkable prosperity with which He has been pleased to favour the whole country.” [ http://www.leaderu.com/orgs/cdf/onug/franklin.html%5D

President Ronald Reagan famously observed that “Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn’t pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same.” That same principle applies with regard to spiritual fortitude. “The serpent’s final defeat under Messiah’s heel is delayed to effect God’s program of redemption through the promised offspring. In the interim, God leaves Satan to test the fidelity of each succeeding generation of the covenant people and to teach them to ‘fight’ against untruth.” [1]

In 1857, as the spiritual fires diminished in New York City, lay missionary Jeremiah Lanphier began inviting people to the 88-year-old Old Dutch North Church at Fulton and Williams streets in the heart of lower New York City for lunchtime prayer meetings. Six men showed up. When three weeks later, nationwide financial panic broke out, with banks closing and men out of work, Lanphier’s attendance jumped to 40. Within six months 10,000 businessmen (out of a population of 800,000) were gathering daily in New York City for prayer. A modest beginning with six men showing up led to the Third Great Awakening in American history. [ http://www.cslewisinstitute.org/webfm_send/577%5D

A real spiritual struggle is taking place in today’s America. Christians face an array of invisible offensive powers, showing that “We wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.” [2] Unsurprisingly, Satan and those who serve him therefore will go all out in order to gain power over America’s various cultural mountains of influence.

To paraphrase A.W. Tozer, if Christianity in America were to be filled with new life and vitality, it will have to be done by other means than any of those now used. If Evangelical and Pro-Life Catholic Christians are to recover from the harm suffered over the last 75 years, a new type of Christian must arise. The go-along-to-get-along type won’t do. Ministry leaders can’t any longer dip into politics with an election sermon to almost in the same breath allow the culture to deteriorate for the rest of the year. There is no sense in running a bus across the state the week before an election when 50% of the vote is already in from early voting.

Another type of leader must emerge. Christians and their families came within a hair’s breadth of losing their freedom with a Hillary Clinton presidential win in 2016. Evangelicals must come to comprehend the scope and scale of what’s at stake in the November 6, 2018 and November 3, 2020 elections.

New York City, Los Angeles, and Washington, DC, need spiritual leaders; leaders who have seen visions of God and have heard a voice from the Throne. More than one will be needed. When they come, “they will stand in flat contradiction to everything our smirking, smooth civilization holds dear. They will contradict, denounce and protest in the name of God and will earn the hatred and opposition of a large segment of Christendom.” [3]

This is our kairos moment, the appointed time in the purpose of God. With Christians being active in the public square, “Satan’s work is held in check; but let them – the Holy Spirit and the Church – be removed, let the salt be taken away and the One who gives it pungency, and the restraining and preserving influences are gone, and then nothing remains to stay corruption or hinder the outworking of Satan’s plans.” [4]

Thanks be to God there is good news. Gideons and Rahabs are beginning to stand.

David Lane
American Renewal Project

[1] Bruce K. Waltke, Genesis Commentary, the 2002 Christian Book of the Year
[2] Ephesians 6:12
[3] A.W. Tozer, http://www.cmalliance.org/devotions/tozer?id=969
[4] A.W. Pink, Gleanings in Genesis

Quotable Quotations ~ John Calvin

We are saved by grace through faith in Jesus Christ alone. But, as theologian John Calvin reminded us, “We are saved by faith alone, but the faith that saves is never alone” (see Ephesians 2:10; Titus 2:14; 3:8, 14).

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James 2:26

“For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also.”

King James Version (KJV)

The Sword Of The Lord ~ Dr. Shelton Smith, Editor ~ July 27, 2018

Judges 7:20 King James Version (KJV)
And the three companies blew the trumpets, and brake the pitchers, and held the lamps in their left hands, and the trumpets in their right hands to blow withal: and they cried, The sword of the Lord, and of Gideon.

An Independent Christian Publication, Standing for the Verbal Inspiration of the Bible, the Deity of Christ, His Blood Atonement, Salvation by Faith, New Testament Soul Winning and the Premillennial Return of Christ; Opposing Modernism (Liberalism), Worldliness and Formalism.

Amen Corner

If they had a social gospel in the days of the Prodigal Son, somebody would have given him a bed and a sandwich, and he never would have gone home.  -Vance Havner

The apostle Paul was the greatest of all the apostles, and his greatness lay most of all in that he was “in labours more abundant” (II Corinthians 11:23).  -John R. Rice

If I saw you at the very gates of Hell trembling – so long as you had not actually crossed the threshold – and you asked me, “Can Jesus Christ save me now?”  I would reply, “Yes, my brother.  Look unto Him, and He will take you from the gates of Hell to the gates of Heaven in a single moment.”  -Charles Spurgeon

I tell you a man always prays straight to the mark when he has a cyclone above him, an ocean beneath him and eternity close to him.  -T. DeWitt Talmage

There are grapes of incomparable blessings; there are giants of immense opposition.  We are attracted by the grapes but discouraged by the giants.  -Curtis Hutson

No nation is better than its sacred book.  In that book are expressed its highest ideals of life, and no nation rises above those ideals.  No nation has a sacred book to be compared with ours.  This American nation from its first settlement at Jamestown to the present hour is based upon and permeated by the principles of the Bible.  The more this Bible enters into our national life, the grander and purer and better will that life become.  -David J. Brewer

Some prayers are like a fire escape, used only in times of critical emergency – never very enjoyable but used as a way of terrified escape from disaster.  They do not represent the regular life of the one who offers them; rather, they are the unusual and uncommon acts of the spiritual amateur.  -A. W. Tozer

The flesh seeks to enter every sphere of life.  It has its worship as well as its lust.  The worship which the flesh prompts is an abomination to God.  Not all earnest and honest worship is in the Spirit.  A man may be very honest and very earnest in his worship and still not have submitted himself to the guidance of the Holy Spirit in the matter, and so his worship is in the flesh.  Even when there is great loyalty to the letter of the Word, worship may not be  “in the Spirit,” i.e. inspired and directed by Him.  To worship aright we must “have no confidence in the flesh.”  -R. A. Torrey

Oh, how many a glorious record had the angels kept of me, had I done, instead of doubted; had I walked, instead of crept!

In these days, switches control everything in the home – except the children.

If we don’t have the things we want, let’s want the things we have.

Unfrozen ~ August 26, 2018

Our Daily Bread

Unfrozen

Unfrozen
August 26, 2018

Read: Galatians 2:11–16 | Bible in a Year: Psalm 119:89–176; 1 Corinthians 8

When Cephas came to Antioch, I opposed him to his face. Galatians 2:11
At a roundtable discussion about reconciliation, one participant wisely said, “Don’t freeze people in time.” He observed how we tend to remember mistakes people make and never grant them the opportunity to change.
There are so many moments in Peter’s life when God could have “frozen” him in time. But He never did. Peter—the impulsive disciple—“corrected” Jesus, earning a sharp rebuke from the Lord (Matthew 16:21–23). He famously denied Christ (John 18:15–27), only to be restored later (21:15–19). And he once contributed to racial divisions within the church.
The issue arose when Peter (also called Cephas) had separated himself from the Gentiles (Galatians 2:11–12). Only recently he associated freely with them. But some Jews arrived who insisted that circumcision was required for believers in Christ, so Peter began avoiding the uncircumcised Gentiles. This marked a dangerous return to the law of Moses. Paul called Peter’s behavior “hypocrisy” (v. 13). Because of Paul’s bold confrontation, the issue was resolved. Peter went on to serve God in the beautiful spirit of unity He intends for us.
No one needs to remain frozen in their worst moments. In God’s grace we can embrace each other, learn from each other, confront each other when it’s necessary, and grow together in His love.
Lord, draw us close to You today, so that we may also be closer to each other. Protect Your church’s unity. Give us understanding where there is distrust. Heal us where we are divided.
If we confront someone, we should have one goal in mind: restoration, not embarrassment. Chuck Swindoll
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INSIGHT
Galatians 2 offers a compelling example of necessary confrontation. First, Paul’s confrontation of Peter was rooted on the foundation of the truth of the gospel. Paul chose to confront not because of personal dislike but out of love for the gospel. Paul recognized that Peter’s behavior—refusing to fellowship with those who were not obeying Old Testament ceremonial law—denied the good news that Christ’s victory, not ceremonial law, is the foundation for the believer’s new life in the Spirit (v. 21). Peter’s behavior denied the good news that in Christ there is equality among all believers. So Paul confronted, not to shame Peter but to restore the integrity of the faith community.
When bad behavior threatens the integrity of the Christian community’s witness to the good news, we too must confront—but always with a spirit of love that hopes for full restoration of fellowship.
Is there someone you need to confront in the spirit of love?
Monica Brands