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

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

The Amen Corner

Sword Of The Lord   ~   February 24, 2017

The best remedy for a sick church is to put it on a soul-winning diet.   -T.J. Bach

It is utterly false to suppose that the Word of the Lord, preached by a coldhearted, unanointed preacher who preaches in human wisdom and for selfish purposes, will bring in proper fruit the same as if preached by one whose heart is set aflame by the Holy Spirit.  It takes the power of God to preach the Word of God.  The Word of God is not a sword of man; it is the Sword of the Spirit.  -John R. Rice

The foolish and wicked practice of profane cursing and swearing is a vice so mean and low that every person of sense and character detests and despises it.    -George Washington

Samson with the Holy Spirit upon him could take the jawbone of an ass and lay dead a thousand Philistines.  Samson without the Holy Spirit was as weak as a newborn babe.  And so it is with the church.  Without the Holy Spirit, you are as sounding brass and tinkling cymbals, simply four walls and a roof, a pipe organ and a preacher to do a little stunt on Sunday morning and evening.  -Billy Sunday

There is one thing worse than not coming to church, and that is to come and do nothing about the message one hears.  James tells us that hearing without doing means self-deception. (1:22)  -Vance Havner

I am very profitably engaged in reading the Bible.  Take all of this Book on reason that you can and the balance by faith, and you will live and die a better man.  -Abraham Lincoln

He who is God’s enemy should not be your friend.

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.”

 

Quotable Quotation

Two weeks before the 2016 election I had dinner with Lance Wallnau. He told me he believed he had heard the Lord say that Donald Trump would win the presidency-and that “Trump is a wrecking ball to the spirit of political correctness in America.”

David Lane   ~   American Renewal Conference

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Ironically, many of our nation’s leaders tell us that Political Correctness (PC) will lead to the downfall of our nation.  I have heard this statement from six or eight speakers at conferences that I have attended over the last several years.  I would not trust any man or woman from either side of the aisle (Republican or Democrat), to lead us away from the PC mentality.  Donald Trump is his own man and the man for the hour, who will circumnavigate the liberals who desire to destroy this country.  There is really no one else who I see, who could emulate him as he is.  I believe the Lord placed him in office as an answer to our prayers.    Pastor Steve

Matt Maher ~ Because He Lives

Jesus Christ is the ground of all hope, and the Author of salvation.  With Him, there is an endless hope, without Him there is a hopeless end.  Amen and amen.  “If you meet me and forget me, you have lost nothing.  But if you meet Messiah Jesus and forget Him, you have lost everything.”

 

 

Following is a powerful and miraculous testimony of one who Christ saved.  He listened to this song and then wrote this under comments:

“For 40 years I ran away from God, I hated him, I hated Christians. Because of that, I turned into a bitter, hateful man, drove my wife away, hurt my family, involved in cheating, lying and loathed and hated myself and even started contemplating suicide, again. 5 days ago, God drew me back into his waiting arms and I asked God to forgive me, and Jesus to come into my heart. In one second, 40 years worth of all that pain went away. Thank you God for being you and forgiving me. A true miracle. To those who are like I was, all I can say is that God loves you, and I know how you feel.”

If I Were The Devil By Paul Harvey

Sometimes God Sends Us A Prophet With Tremendous Insight About The Age In Which We Live.  This Was Originally Read 52 Years Ago, Yet Sounds Just Like Our World Today.  Listen To Paul Harvey For The Rest Of The Story…

 

If I were the devil . . .

I would gain control of the most powerful nation in the world;
I would delude their minds into thinking that they had come from man’s effort, instead of God’s blessings;
I would promote an attitude of loving things and using people, instead of the other way around;
I would dupe entire states into relying on gambling for their state revenue;
I would convince people that character is not an issue when it comes to leadership;
I would make it legal to take the life of unborn babies;
I would make it socially acceptable to take one’s own life, and invent machines to make it convenient;
I would cheapen human life as much as possible so that the life of animals are valued more than human beings;
I would take God out of the schools, where even the mention of His name was grounds for a lawsuit;
I would come up with drugs that sedate the mind and target the young, and I would get sports heroes to advertise them;
I would get control of the media, so that every night I could pollute the mind of every family member for my agenda;
I would attack the family, the backbone of any nation.
I would make divorce acceptable and easy, even fashionable. If the family crumbles, so does the nation;
I would compel people to express their most depraved fantasies on canvas and movie screens, and I would call it art;
I would convince the world that people are born homosexuals, and that their lifestyles should be accepted and marveled;
I would convince the people that right and wrong are determined by a few who call themselves authorities and refer to their agenda as politically correct;
I would persuade people that the church is irrelevant and out of date, and the Bible is for the naive;
I would dull the minds of Christians, and make them believe that prayer is not important, and that faithfulness and obedience are optional;
I guess I would leave things pretty much the way they are.

This is Paul Harvey signing off.  Good day.

Quotable Quotations

Taken From the Website of FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH Of BOCA GRANDE:

 Drops of Ink:

 Has Christ taken over in your heart? Perhaps He resides there, but does He preside?  Vance Havner

The scriptures were not given to increase our knowledge but to change our lives.   A. W. Tozer

You cannot escape the responsibility of tomorrow by evading today. Abraham Lincoln

They went to their rest with the furrowed brow and the wasted features, but they wake up in beauty and glory.  Charles Spurgeon

 

I am an old fashioned preacher of the old time religion which has helped warm this cold world’s heart for two thousand years.  Billy Sunday

Without God the world would be a maze without a clue. Woodrow Wilson

The world has a lot of problems and all of them caused by man. We get perplexed when we are confronted with them. Our knees knock and our head swims. O me! What are we to do? Leave all the world stuff to the lord and leave the word of God in every mans heart you meet. Pastor Gary Beatty

Satan trembles when he sees the weakest saint upon his knees. William Cowper

Few men have virtue to withstand the highest bidder. George Washington

There are no years so important for impression as the first ten. Then and there is the impression made for virtue or vice, for truth or falsity, for bravery or cowardice, for religion or septicism. DeWitt Talmadge

There are two elements if adhered to  that will destroy our great America, liberal theology and liberal politics.  Pastor Beatty

Quotable Quotation ~ Dr. Sebastian Gorka, Deputy Assistant To The President

“The latest Harvard poll says that more than 70% of Americans do not trust the media.  Why?  Because of the false, fake news, and propaganda products like Russian collusion.  This has gone on for six months with Russia, Russia, Russia.”

CNN = Fake News Station, Propaganda and Lies.