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   <><

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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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Noteworthy News Headlines

Every Nonprofit Benefits From FEMA Aid- Except Churches

Police Reveal What Muslim Man Said After Beheading Coworker in Oklahoma:  Alton Nolen told police that he beheaded a coworker because he felt oppressed as a Muslim.  When the police asked him if he regretted his actions, he responded, “I don’t feel regret, because you know what I’ve done….”

Michigan Permits Faith-Based Adoption Agencies; the ACLU Sues

Methodist, Catholic, Presbyterian, and United Church of Christ Groups Tell Senate to Fund Planned Parenthood

U.S. Doctors Take Official Stance Against Euthanasia

Tax Money Funding Terrorism!

Boko Haram Refugees, Horror Reports

President Trump Ends ObamaCare Abortion and Contraceptive Mandate

Muslim Fulani Herdsmen Massacre Twenty Christians

Most Church of England Members Never Read the Bible

Arkansas Law Agitates Atheists – Displaying motto “In God we trust.”

Boy Scouts Now Open to Girls

Thirty-Seven Percent of Americans Can’t Name Any of the Rights Guaranteed by First Amendment

Undercover Agent Foils Plot to “Create Next 9/11” – coordinated shootings and bombings in New York City

Forty-Five-Foot Nude Woman Statue on National Mall Sparks Opposition

Elementary School Forced to Remove Cafeteria Plaque That Thanks God for the Food

Atheist Says “Hallelujah Chorus” at Elementary School Is “Proselytizing”

Iowa State University Employees Must Pledge to Promote “Diversity and Inclusion”

Terrorist Shoots Up a Nashville Church- Kills One, Wounds Six

Leonardo DiCaprio Says Only People Who Believe in Science Should Hold Public Office

Pastor Charged With Failure to Report Child Abuse

Anti-Christian Bigotry on the Increase

Tennessee Lawmaker Won’t Attend During NFL Protest

 

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.”

Donald Trump / Color Him Pugilistic ~ Quotable Quotation

The Wall Street Journal

“Mr. Trump is combative not for political reasons but because he’s been combative all his life.  In the Washington Swamp he has found the ultimate Trumpian arena.  The Swamp is his sparring partner.  Don’t let the raging tweets fool you.  He loves it.”

Daniel Henninger     Today

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I agree.  Trump loves striving against the Deep State / Shadow Government, and His Tweeting drives them up the wall.  The corrupt establishment cannot handle him because he publically connects well with traditional conservative Americans on a daily basis.  Trump continually exposes the cesspool in Washington, D.C.

Pastor Steve <><

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

 

 

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

 

The Mainstream Media Is Nothing Short Of A Pack Of Lies

According to Sean Hannity of Fox News, “Journalism is dead.”  I could not agree more.  Listen to the four following current news stories that were not only distorted, but they reported the EXACT OPPOSITE of the facts of the matter.  It has never been more important for Americans who desire the truth and want to be correctly informed, to be sure of their news source(s).  For instance, the large majority of Americans are against abortion and the sixty million babies who have been murdered since Roe verses Wade.  You would never know this, however, from the mainstream media.  Very few objectively report the truth, as can be seen in the following videos.  The second video reveals how former President Barack Obama, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and the Department of Justice were in collusion to oppose Donald Trump’s running for the presidency.  The Trump dossier and unconstitutional political espionage used by the previous administration, makes Watergate look like child’s play in comparison.  The so called Donald Trump Russian Collusion was simply a massive smokescreen to cover up the real agenda of the left wing Deep State in our nation:

There comes a moment in every nation, where the people decide WHAT their country will be… WHO will write their legacy… and WHICH direction they will turn… towards or away from freedom. In our nation, it IS that Tipping Point. It is OUR time to accept the responsibility given to us by our forefathers, and turn America towards liberty… or lose it forever.
About Liz: Liz Wheeler is a 26 year old, young conservative hailing from the heart of the Midwest. During college, Liz served on the Board of Zoning Appeals for her hometown in Ohio (and was the youngest person in the city’s history to hold that position). At the same time, Liz co-authored a book with 13 other young Americans about being a millennial generation conservative. The book, titled, “Young, Conservative, and Why it’s Smart to be like Us” reached #2 on Amazon’s Kindle bestseller list in the “civics” category. Liz has spoken to conservative groups and at GOP events about the role of government in our society and how to win the youth vote, and has been interviewed on several radio shows nationwide. In the past, Liz worked with military veterans seeking employment after their service. Liz also ran her own independent consulting business focused on digital advertising and social marketing. Liz is a graduate of Penn State University, with a bachelor’s degree in Political Science and a minor in Homeland Security.

Pray for the truth to prevail in our government.  Pray for the nefarious element who desire to hijack America to be exposed and prosecuted.

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.

 

Pray For Revival In America!

 

Sword Of The Lord ~ September 8, 2017 ~ Dr. Shelton Smith, Editor

Amen Corner

To be right with God has often meant to be in trouble with men.  This is such a common truth that one hesitates to mention it, yet it appears to have been overlooked by the majority of Christians today.  -A.W. Tozer

If you will crucify, mortify and put to public shame that fellow inside and come out-and-out for Jesus, you will not be tempted to sin nor to deny Christ as Peter did.  It was Peter’s halfway religion that got him into trouble.  -John R. Rice

The best moment of a Christian’s life is his last one, because it is the one which is nearest Heaven; and then it is that he begins to strike the keynote of the song which he shall sing through all eternity.  Oh, what a song that will be!  -Charles H. Spurgeon

Two visions of the world remain locked in dispute:  The first believes all men are created equal by a loving God who has blessed us with freedom.  The second vision believes that religion is opium for the masses.  It believes that eternal principles like truth, liberty and democracy have no meaning beyond the whim of the state.  -Ronald Reagan

Prayer may not get us what we want, but it will teach us to want what we need.  -Vance Havner

It is astounding how soon the whole conscience begins to unravel if a single stitch is dropped.  One little sin indulged makes a hole you could put your head through.  -Charles Buxton

America is not gospel hardened; it is gospel ignorant.  -Curtis Hutson

Never yet did there exist a full faith in the Divine Word which did not expand the intellect while it purified the heart.  -Samuel Coleridge

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Noteworthy News Notes Headlines

ACLU “Stands With” Anti-Israel Sharia Advocate

SBC University Forfeits Funds Over Student Gay-Straight Alliance

New Study Names the Ten Most Post-Christian Cities in the United States

Portland, Maine

Boston, Massachusetts

Albany, New York

Providence, Rhode Island

Burlington, Vermont

Hartford, Connecticut

New York, New York

Buffalo, New York

Seattle, Washington

San Francisco, California

Vote Fraud:  Hundreds of Voters Withdraw in Colorado

Adopted 54-Year-Old Man Finds His Brother Has Been Living One Mile Away for Fifty Years

American Catholic Cardinal Believes “Infallibility of Pope” Is Idolatry

Police Say Man Held Three People Captive in Virginia Home for Two Years

Atheists Angry That White House Staff Conduct Regular Bible Studies

California Voted to Go Easy on Criminals, Dramatically Increasing Violent Crime

Euthanasia and Assisted Suicide Accounted for Five Percent of All Deaths in Netherlands in 2016

Facebook Declares Jihad on Anti-Jihad Content

Eleven California Counties Had More Registered Voters Than Eligible Voters in 2016

L. A. County Hands $1.3 Billion to Illegals for Welfare

Planned Parenthood Will Spend $3 Million Trying To Elect Pro-Abortion Candidate as Virginia’s Governor

Foundation Offers to Help Schools Resist Atheist Attack

Teacher Resigns After Death Threat for Opposing Homosexuality

College Creates Department to Promote Feminist and Social Justice Theories

Harvard Proposes Total Ban on Clubs in Order to Be More Inclusive

Archaeologists Discover Treasure Trove of 2,600-Year-Old Artifacts in Jerusalem

Study Reveals Many Americans Have Tried Marijuana

President Trump Says No “Transgenders” in the Military

Michigan Professor Claims Preschools Should Teach Homosexuality

44% of liberal Democrats believe that churches in the United States have a negative impact on society

A satanic monument is being installed on public property-a veteran’s memorial park in Belle Plaine, Minnesota- for the first time in U.S. history

 

 

Sword Of The Lord ~ Dr. Shelton Smith, Editor ~ August 25, 2017

Noteworthy News:

Class President Ignores Officials, Reads His Own Speech at Graduation. Diploma Withheld

Senior class president Marvin Wright decided to ignore officials at North Carolina’s Southwest Edgecombe High School…and read his own speech instead of the one they told him to read.  But when he went to pick up his diploma…

…On graduation day, school administrators told Wright he’d have to read a speech they prepared for him rather than his own, WRAL-TV reported….

…Wright’s mother…told WRAL, “He put God first.  He spoke about parents, his classmates, and spoke about his mom.”

The Times said that after graduation students picked up packets containing their diplomas, transcripts and report cards….

“My folder wasn’t in the stack,” he told the Times.  He was told [Principal Craig] Harris had removed it….

…”[He said] “Mom, they took my diploma; they won’t give it to me,” Jokita Wright told the station….

…The superintendent admitted to the Times that the “diploma never should have been taken from the student” and that he’s “communicated with the family to apologize on behalf of the school.”

-Dave Urbanski, theblaze.com

Headlines-

Supreme Court Takes the Cake Case

Muslims Are Boycotting Starbucks Over the Company’s Pro-LGBT Stance

United Nations Declares Biblical Site “Palestinian World Heritage Site”

Oregon Governor to Sign Bill Providing Free Abortions to All

Wisconsin Company to Implant Microchips in Its Employees

Leader of Islamic Center in California Calls for Elimination of Jews

Professor:  Euthanize “Doomed” Newborn Babies Since We Do the Same to Our “Dogs and Cats”

AP Tells Reporters Never to Use the Term “Pro-Life”

American Muslim Leader Calls for Jihad Against President

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Amen Corner

I would like to get a pitchfork and go up and down this land and make people get on one side of the fence or the other; be for God or for the devil.  -John R. Rice

Never give up on anybody; miracles happen every day.  Curtis Hutson

If you always live with those who are lame, you will yourself learn to limp.  -Latin Proverb

A man is not a sinner because he is a skeptic; he is a skeptic because he is a sinner.  -Vance Havner

If you ever allow yourself to be pleased by those who speak well of you, to that extent will you be capable of being grieved by those who speak ill of you.  -Charles H. Spurgeon

Keep one thing forever in view- the truth; and if you do this, though it may seem to lead you away from the opinion of men, it will assuredly conduct you to the throne of God.  -Horace Mann

The world is perishing for lack of the knowledge of God, and the church is famishing for want of His Presence.  -A. W. Tozer

Humility is the first lesson we learn from reflection, and self-distrust the first proof we give of having obtained a knowledge of ourselves.  -J. G. Zimmerman

Pray for a poor memory when people seem unkind.

 

 

Sword Of The Lord ~ Dr. Shelton Smith, Editor ~ August 11, 2017

Amen Corner

Nothing sets a man out of the devil’s reach as humility.        -Jonathan Edwards

When you teach people their rights, you have a revolution.  When you teach people their responsibilities, you have a revival.  -Bill Gothard

Sin is never at a stay: if we do not retreat from it, we shall advance in it; and the further on we go, the more we have to come back.  -Isaac Barrow

We major nowadays on relevance and minor on reverence.  -Vance Havner

An aged woman once said that if the Lord Jesus Christ really did save her, He should never hear the last of it.  Join with her in that resolve.  -Charles H. Spurgeon

None live so easily, so pleasantly, as those that live by faith.  -Matthew Henry

Of all the created comforts, God is the lender; you are the borrower, not the owner.  -Samuel Rutherford

“I must do something” will always solve more problems than “something must be done.”