Sword Of The Lord Newspaper / June 16, 2017 / Dr. Shelton Smith, Editor

Amen Corner

We have come to a time when we are continually on the defensive.  We dig our little spiritual foxholes and pile up our sandbags with our little spiritual peashooters and try to keep the Devil from getting us, when we ought to be marching out like an army and having the Devil run from us.  -Curtis Hutson

The basic trouble with the church today is her unworthy concept of God….Our religion is weak because our [view of] God is weak….Christianity at any given time is strong or weak depending on her concept of God.  -A.W. Tozer

We are always trying to “find ourselves” when that is exactly what we need to lose.  -Vance Havner

No person was ever honored for what he received.  Honor has been the reward for what he gave.  -Calvin Coolidge

If called to be a missionary, don’t stoop to be a king.  -Charles H. Spurgeon

Many a man aims at nothing and hits it with remarkable precision.

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Headlines Across The Nation

Twenty-One Abortion Clinics Have Closed in 2017; Planned Parenthood Has Shut Down Twenty Since 2010

School to Teacher: Don’t Pray for Your Colleagues

Methodist, Presbyterian, Episcopalian, and Baptist Pastors Lead Rally for Abortion

Cuban Pastor Gets One Year in Prison for Homeschooling His Children

Liberal North Carolina Pastors Dedicate Former Church Building to Islam

Planned Parenthood is Ditching the Failed “Pro-Choice” Label

Gloria Steinem Backs Abortion Because “Forced Childbirth Is The Single Biggest Cause of Global Warming”

Jakarta’s Christian Governor Imprisoned for Blasphemy

Washington Pastor Says He Doesn’t Care What the Bible Says About Homosexuality

American Deaths From Drug Overdoses in 2015 Equal Number of American Deaths in Vietnam War

Professor Tells Students to Stop Reading Bible

Dad Asks School Board:  When “Did You Decide That It Was Okay to Teach My Children About Islam?”

Middle School Teaches Students That Historic Islam Was Tolerant of Other Religions

New York Library Presents “Drag Queen Story Hour” to Kids

Minneapolis Mayor Speaks at Mosque to Reassure Muslims She Stands With Them

CBS Poll Claims Support for Marijuana Legalization Is at an All-Time High

Pennsylvania City Council Removes Bench With Quote From William Penn

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Read The Bible

Read the Bible, and it brings you into the association of the best people that ever lived.  You stand beside Moses and learn his meekness; beside Job and learn his patience; beside Abraham and learn his faith; beside Daniel and learn his courage to do right; beside Isaiah and learn his fiery indignation toward evildoing; beside Paul and catch something of his enthusiasm; beside Christ and feel His love.  -Charles H. Spurgeon

 

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Sword Of The Lord ~ May 19, 2017 ~ Dr. Shelton Smith, Editor

What in the World is Happening to Marriage?

More Americans 50 years and older are copying younger generations and eschewing marriage, opting instead to live with their partners, according to new research.

In 2016 about 18 million Americans were cohabiting, defined as living with an unmarried partner; and nearly a quarter of them were people over 50, an increase of 75 percent since 2007, data released on April 6, 2017, from Pew Research Center showed….

Fewer marriages, changing social norms and women’s greater economic independence are other explanations for the rise, Stepler added….

Pew found that 27 percent of people 50 years and older who are cohabiting have never married, while more than half are divorced and 13 percent are widowed.   -Yahoo.com

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Amen Corner

To see what is right and not do it is cowardice.  It is never a question of who is right but what is right.  -John Buchan

The foundations of our society and our government rest so much on the teaching of the Bible that it would be difficult to support them if faith in these teachings would cease to be practically universal in our country.  -Calvin Coolidge

We would have more peace of mind if we gave away fewer pieces of our minds.         -Vance Havner

Some people’s religion is so spiritual that they cannot endure to hear of money and they faint at the sound of a collection.        -Charles Spurgeon

The Christian faith has not been tried and found wanting.  It has been found difficult and left untried.  -G. K. Chesterton

We talk about Heaven’s being so far away.  No, it is within speaking distance to those who belong there.  -D.L. Moody

 

The Day The NFL Died

Like many people, I have enjoyed professional football for decades and since childhood.  No longer folks.  I will pour my heart into the Lord’s work on the Lord’s day even more so.  For players to receive ridiculous salaries in the millions and for owners to rake in their billions, and refuse to stand for the National Anthem prior to a game is despicable.  In the Dallas franchise, every player and the owner, took a knee during the National Anthem.  If this is America’s team, we ought to cry.  Police officers and war veterans died defending this nation, and one quarterback, Colin Kaepernick, recently wore socks depicting the police as pigs.  This is a national disgrace.  Is the implosion in the NFL a microcosm of America?  These athletes who throw the National Anthem under the bus are extremely negative role models for our young people.  The National Football League (NFL) has fallen right into the playbook of Saul Alinsky’s Rules For Radicals, promoting class warfare.  Marxism, communism and socialism all promote their ideologies in order to neutralize a nation under the power of elitists.

It is realized that there are many injustices in the United States of America as in all nations.  But for players to wear clothing condemning all police officers because of the minority of “bad apples,” is polarizing, dividing, disrespecting, and hateful.  To sit out the National Anthem because you feel wronged somewhere in your life, further divides this nation in the one arena where we should be united.  The National Anthem is one of the last bastions of glue that holds us together, and the left desires to destroy it as well.  I do, however, thank the lame, stand for nothing, compromising NFL for making my decision to forever ignore them an easy one.  I applaud their former supporters who have already burned their memorophilia, including expensive jerseys and innumerable other items.

“The NFL (No Fans Left?) has turned into an anti American political propaganda tool for the left.”   -Rush Limbaugh

The good news is perhaps this will be a priority check and a wake up call for the things that matter most.  Instead of “fans” (“fans” is short for fanatic) filling the stadiums on Sunday, perhaps they can rediscover the church and once again worship the Lord on the Lord’s Day.

Blessings, Pastor Steve

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The Day the NFL Died

February 3, 1959 is the “day the music died.” That’s the day Buddy Holly, Richie Valens, and the Big Bopper were killed when their plane crashed and burned in an Iowa cornfield, a day immortalized in Don McLean’s “Bye, Bye, Miss American Pie.”
September 24, 2017 will go down in history as the day the NFL died. It died because its pampered, babied, overgrown millionaires showed an utter lack of respect for their country and their flag and insulted every working American who buys tickets to watch them play a game.
It died because players, coaches, and owners alike insulted a country that gave them the opportunity to make an obscene amount of money that almost everyone in the stands can only dream of. They insulted a supposedly racist country in which African-American athletes make millions of dollars playing in a league in which 68% of the players are black. Their lack of gratitude is staggering, grotesque, and utterly offensive.
To make matters worse, these players chose National Gold Star Mother’s and Family’s Day to diss America, a day set aside by Congress to remember the families of those who paid the last full measure of devotion for our security, our safety, and our freedom.
Easily the defining moment of the day came in London, where the Baltimore Ravens and the Jacksonville Jaguars played the NFL’s annual game in the United Kingdom. The players – along with the Muslim owner of the Jaguars – locked arms and refused to honor America’s national anthem but stood as one in respectful attention while the national anthem of the UK was being played. They would not honor the “Star-Spangled Banner” but stood in honor of “God Save the Queen.” That moment, that moment right there, is the moment the NFL died.

It should be noted that the 17 Ravens and Jaguar players who defied their country’s flag on foreign soil make a combined $448,373,425, an amount greater than the gross domestic product of a number of the world’s nations.
In America, three teams (the Pittsburgh Steelers, the Seattle Seahawks, and the Tennessee Titans) stayed in the locker rooms for the playing of the national anthem, despite the fact that NFL policy requires them to be fined for doing so. (An NFL official told ESPN the feeble and weak-kneed head office has no interest in imposing any fines at all.) But the truth is if the NFL can fine entire teams for disrespecting the flag, they can certainly fine individual players for doing the same thing.

Only one player for the Steelers, former Army Ranger Alejandro Villanueva, a veteran of three tours in Afghanistan, came out of the locker room and stood at attention for the national anthem. The rest of the Steelers hid like surly cowards in the bowels of the stadium while the rest of the stadium honored America. By the count of the Associated Press, across the league over 200 players dissed their nation and their flag yesterday.
Thirty-two Denver Broncos took a knee, and LeSean McCoy of the Buffalo Bills nonchalantly did his stretching exercises during the anthem. Black Power salutes are now common not only on the sidelines but during the game in celebration of sacks, interceptions, and touchdowns. If the NFL does not get a handle on this right now, it’s going to get ugly as new forms of angry protest are devised.
In Detroit, anthem singer Rico LaVelle dropped to one knee and raised the black power salute at the end of the song. Another national anthem artist did much the same thing.
In most stadiums, boos descended from the stands in response to these disgraceful protests. The NFL, in other words, is committing hari-kiri in front of the whole world.
Meanwhile, NASCAR owners made it clear that if a driver pulled a stunt like this in the NASCAR world he’d get fired so fast he’d get a nosebleed.
Federal law is quite clear on the proper protocol for the response to the national anthem in 36 U.S. Code, Section 301. After directions are given to individuals in uniform and to military veterans, the law says (emphasis mine) “all other persons present should face the flag and stand at attention with their right hand over the heart, and men not in uniform, if applicable, should remove their headdress with their right hand and hold it at the left shoulder, the hand being over the heart.”
It’s worth noting that if NFL players are linking arms, they cannot place their “right hand over the heart.” While there is no penalty specified for breaking this law, the law nevertheless is straightforward and unambiguous. NFL players who refuse to show respect for the anthem and the flag are not just flouting American ideals, they are breaking the law. The NFL can and should fine them for doing so.
The NFL’s players need to learn one lesson: when it’s time to pray, you go to your knees. When it’s time to honor your country, you rise to your feet. Period.
The media mocked Tim Tebow for taking a knee on the sideline to honor God. Now they glorify overpaid athletes for taking a knee on the sideline to dishonor America.
Saints quarterback Drew Brees correctly observed that those who are looking for a display of unity in America are missing a glorious opportunity.
I will always feel that, if you are an American, that the national anthem is the opportunity for us all to stand up together, to be unified, and to show respect for our country. To show respect for what it stands for, the birth of our nation…I feel like that is a unifying thing. The national anthem and standing for the national anthem, and looking at the flag with a hand over the heart is a unifying thing that should bring us all together. And say, ‘You know what? We know things are not where they should be, but we’re going to work and strive to make things better.’ To bring equality to all people — men, women, no matter your race, creed, religion, it doesn’t matter. Equality for all. But if you’re an American, then I will always believe that we should be standing, showing respect for our flag, with our hand over our heart.
The bottom line: with yesterday’s reprehensible shenanigans, the NFL has become the nation’s largest and most powerful hate group. And it is America that they hate. May the NFL rest in peace.
And let’s hope that NFL players and fans alike do not forget that there is a day coming when taking a knee will be the right thing to do. It will, in fact, be the only thing anyone will be able to do. Everyone in the universe will take a knee, not in protest but in submission. “At the name of Jesus every knee will bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father” (Philippians 2:10-11). Maybe that’s the day we all should make sure we are ready for.
(Unless otherwise noted, the opinions expressed are the author’s and do not necessarily reflect the views of the American Family Association or American Family Radio.)

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You Almost Always Stand In Silence When The National Anthem Is Played In Person

Strongly/Somewhat Agree    85%

Strongly/Somewhat Disagree    11%

(REUTERS/IPSOS   September 25, 26 AMONG 1,622 VOTERS)

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Note:  It is an official NFL rule and regulation for their players to stand and respect the flag during the National Anthem.  The NFL chose to ignore their own rule in the case of Colin Kaepernick last year, and now it has gone viral.  What a compromising and insipid organization.

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Pray For Revival In America!

Quotable Quotations – The Anemic Christian Church In America

“It is truly amazing to witness the age division within today’s Christian Church in America.  Our most committed members are all over sixty years of age.  I have seen this phenomenon personally during our last twenty years of Christian service.  Just yesterday (9/24/17), a crazed gunman shot up a church near Nashville, Tennessee, and nearly all of the victims were over sixty years of age because they were the nucleus of the parishioners.  The younger attenders in church today, usually do only that – attend occasionally with zero commitment or ministry.  I call this mindset “touch base Christianity.”  Praise the Lord for the exceptions, as there are many, especially in larger churches.  We should not be surprised at the advance of Islam, if this trend holds and creates a spiritual vacuum.  Here is a point to ponder –  Are Muslims more committed to a lie than Christians are to the truth?  Food for thought.”

Blessings, Pastor Steve  <>< 

Quotable Quotation

“When we are His, He is ours, forever.  You have made us for yourself, Lord.  Our hearts are restless until they can find rest in You.”   -Augustine Of Hippo

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Isaiah 26:3-4  King James Version (KJV)
3 Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee.
4 Trust ye in the Lord for ever: for in the Lord Jehovah is everlasting strength:

Quotable Quotations

Seeing God

Author and pastor Erwin Lutzer recounts a story about television show host Art Linkletter and a little boy who was drawing a picture of God.  Amused, Linkletter said, “You can’t do that because nobody knows what God looks like.”

“They will when I get through!” the boy declared.

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“The clearer we see God, the clearer we see ourselves.”  Erwin Lutzer

Taken from “Our Daily Bread” devotional, Saturday, September 9, 2017

The Cross Has The Final Word ~ The Newsboys

Featuring Peter Furler And Michael Tait On The Same Song.  Excellent Video:

Saturday, October 22, 2011
Quote of the Day #176 – Charles Spurgeon

A quote from Charles Spurgeon on the unmatched-supremacy of the gospel of Jesus Christ:
“Oh! down, down, down, with everything else, but up, up, up, with the cross of Christ! Down with your baptism, and your masses, and your sacraments! Down with your priestcraft, and your rituals, and your liturgies! Down with your fine music, and your pomp, and your robes, and your garments, and all your ceremonials. But up, up, up, with the doctrine of the naked cross, and the expiring Saviour. Let the voice ring throughout the whole world, “Look unto Me and live!” There is life in a look at the Crucified One!”
~Charles Spurgeon (Christ, The Glory Of His People 826.464)

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The Offense Of The Cross

Galatians 5:11  King James Version (KJV)
11 And I, brethren, if I yet preach circumcision, why do I yet suffer persecution? then is the offence of the cross ceased.

Billy Graham has a message called “the offense of the cross.”  The Greek word for offense is “skandalon,” from which we received the word scandal.  The cross is a scandal because it condemns the world, because blood was shed there, it sets up an imperative for an ideal life and one of self denial, and finally it is an offense because it claims to be the power and salvation of God.

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.

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