Sword Of The Lord Newspaper / Dr. Shelton Smith, Editor / April 7, 2017

Dangerous Trends 2017

Disney Now Has Cartoon Showing Homosexuals Kissing

The popular children’s entertainment company Disney aired its first-ever same-sex kissing scene on [February 28] during a broadcast of its television cartoon Star vs. the Forces of Evil, raising concerns from Christian and family groups who are calling upon parents to kiss Disney goodbye….

Homosexual advocacy groups cheered the inclusion, stating, “We’re getting there, one kiss at a time.”

…However, others expressed concern, stating that Disney should not be pushing the homosexual agenda on children.

“This is the last place parents would expect their children to be confronted with content regarding sexual orientation,” One Million Moms wrote on their website….

-Christiannews.net

Editor’s Comments:  Again Disney is promoting an agenda that is antifamily.  Parents should think twice about allowing their children to watch anything currently coming from them.

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UK, Australia Won’t Fund Free Abortions After Trump Defunds International Planned Parenthood

The United Kingdom and Australia did not give money to a new global abortion fund [early March], despite intense pressure from abortion activists worldwide.

The new “She decides” abortion fund comes in reaction to U.S. President Donald Trump’s executive order prohibiting American taxpayer funding to groups that promote or perform abortions overseas.

USA Today reports representatives from more than 45 countries attended a meeting about the new abortion fund on [March 2] in Brussels, Belgium.  About a dozen countries and several private donors pledged money totaling 181 million euros (about $190 million), according to the report.

While the UK and Australia sent representatives to the meeting, neither country promised money.

-LifeNews.com

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“Straight Pride” Fliers Removed From School

“Straight Pride” fliers were removed [March 3] by an Indiana high school before the students arrived [at] school.  The 16-year-old….student who created and hung “Straight Pride” fliers in an Indiana high school has spoken out since officials took them down….and fellow students hosted a pro-acceptance gathering over the weekend in response to the incident.

The fliers ….read, “Celebrate being straight at JHS by not annoying the heck out of everyone about your sexual orientation!”  along with “We are taking back the rainbow” and “Brought to you by all the students that are sick of hearing about your LGBT Pride.”  -theblaze.com

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“Millennials”

Sixty percent of “millennials” are living with their parents or other relatives or are sharing living quarters with a roommate (USA Today, 3/21/17.  Source, Trulia Analysis of Census data).

“Millennials” they call them.  They’re between the ages of 18 and 35.

We will admit that certain circumstances in anybody’s family could create the necessity for staying at home.  That could be true at almost any age, but 60 percent is three out of five.  That’s a perplexing statistic.

Why aren’t these birds leaving the nest?  Is it because they have not learned to fly?  Have we failed to get them ready to make it on their own?

Financial issues will account for some of this; but knowing the way our society is being shaped, it is pretty clear that the bigger issue is young people who are unready to be adults.

Christian families need to be alert to how they are raising their offspring.

This article is another reason I believe this could be the terminal generation.  Absolutely any people with convictions about anything whatsoever, will be able to supersede this clueless and feckless generation who lack personal values, integrity, and cannot even pull their own weight.   Pastor Steve

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Amen Corner

An enemy said of Spurgeon, “Here is a man who has not moved an inch forward in all his ministry.  At the close of the nineteenth century he is teaching the theology of the first century and is proclaiming doctrine current in Nazareth and Jerusalem in the first century!”  Spurgeon considered it his greatest compliment.

What is the profit to America by having endless economic prosperity, computers and a hundred channels of television in every home…if our families are shattered and our children corrupted?  -Former Senator Bill Armstrong

A brave man is a man who dares to look the Devil in the face and tell him he is a devil.  -James A. Garfield

I will blaze the trail, though my grave be only a steppingstone that younger men may follow and make Christ known where He is unknown.  -C. T. Studd

Much of our difficulty as seeking Christians stems from our unwillingness to take God as He is and adjust our lives accordingly.  We insist upon trying to modify Him and to bring Him nearer to our own image.  A.W. Tozer

Perhaps you have never been stalked by a bloodthirsty beast of prey.  Nevertheless, there is a wild beast on your trail.  Swift and pitiless, retribution trails you.  “Be sure your sin will find you out”  (Numbers 32:23).

I don’t want anybody falling over me into Hell, saying, “Brother Curtis preached it but didn’t practice it.”   -Curtis Hutson

Remember, you are your own doctor when it comes to curing cold feet.

The Washington Post ~ Quotable Quotation

“The traditionalists are in the saddle.  U.S. policy has been normalized.  The world is on notice:  Eight years of sleepwalking is over.  America is back.”

“…the very swiftness of the response carried a message to the wider world.  Obama is gone.  No more elaborate forensic investigations.  No agonized presidential handwringing over the moral dilemmas of a fallen world.  It took Obama 10 months to decide what to do in Afghanistan.  It took Trump 63 hours to make Assad pay for his chemical-weapons duplicity.  America demonstrated its capacity for swift, decisive action.”

“Populist isolationism is not a governing foreign policy for U.S.”

“It is not so much that there is a new sheriff in town.  There IS a sheriff in town.”

Charles Krauthammer  ~  April 13

The Cross of Christ – Charles Spurgeon Quotes ~ Holy Week 6

My favorite all time quotation of Charles Haddon 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)

Sword Of The Lord Newspaper / Dr. Shelton Smith, Editor / March 10, 2017

Small Mississippi Town Fights Back After Mayor Forced to Remove Christian Flag

Hundreds of residents in a small Mississippi town took part in a demonstration on February 4 to fight back after the town’s mayor was forced to remove a Christian flag flying over a local park.

According to WREG-TV, Mayor Walter Williams of Rienzi, Mississippi, was forced to remove the Christian flag flying over the town’s Veterans Memorial Park after the Freedom From Religion Foundation threatened the town with a $500,000 lawsuit.

Since the town has just several hundred residents, Williams said his hands were tied….

The predominantly Christian town was not happy with the situation, so they decided to organize a demonstration where they would rehoist the Christian flag.

“There just comes a point in time when you’ve got to be politically incorrect and take a stand,” event organizer Kevin Nelms told WREG.

“We’re not gonna let other people, or a foundation, or anybody else up in Wisconsin tell us that we can’t fly our flag!”  he added.  “You’re gonna take one down, we’re gonna put a hundred back up.”  So that’s what the residents did.  -Chris Enloe, theblaze.com

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The Amen Corner

Do what the Lord bids you, when He bids you, where He bids you, as He bids you, as long as He bids you; and do it at once.  -Charles Spurgeon

The Word of God, in order to be blessed to the hearer, must be preached from the heart!  Jeremiah said, “His word was in mine heart as a burning fire shut up in my bones”  (20:9).  It is heart preaching that has power, not head preaching.  -John R. Rice

Peace is not made at the council tables or by treaties but in the hearts of men.  -Herbert Hoover

We cannot rest in God until we nest in God.  -Vance Havner

It is one of the Devil’s oldest tricks to discourage Christian believers by causing them to look back at what they once were.  It is indeed the enemy of our souls who makes us forget that we are never at the end of God’s love.  No one will make progress with God until the eyes are lifted to the faithfulness of God and we stop looking at ourselves!  -A.W. Tozer

In the years of your Christian life there are many promotions in spiritual growth, but no graduation.  -T.J. Bach

Is it not blessed to think that God is always so quick in the rescue of His children?  Swifter than a thrush’s wing, swifter than a swallow’s wing, swifter than an eagle’s wing are the wings of the Almighty.  -T. DeWitt Talmage

Our faith must be tested.  God builds no ships but what He sends to sea.  -D.L. Moody

Pray hardest when it is hardest to pray.  -Charles H. Brent

The Lord may lead you around, but He will lead you aright.  -Exchange

Quotable Quotations

Newt Gingrich Former Speaker Of The House On President Donald Trump:

“Donald Trump is a unique person.  There are very few people who could carry the system the way he does.  He campaigned with six or seven speeches a day in different states, and has boundless energy.  You must think of him as one third Andrew Jackson for disruption, one third Theodore Roosevelt for just sheer human energy, and one third P. T. Barnum for selling all the time.  When you put that together, you have a guy that knows where he wants to go, he doesn’t know how he is going to get there, and every day he pushes the system and pushes the system.  By June or July his impact will be very profound on moving the system.  His day starts at 6 AM, and he Twitters nonstop.

Trump is like this flat table top.  One leg is anti left, one leg is anti stupidity, one leg is anti political correctness, and one leg is passionately deep pro American, and he can go anywhere on the table top any minute within those four boundaries, and he is not sure where he is going to go this afternoon at five P. M.

He has got great courage and is willing to take huge responsibility.  He gets things done.  He thinks big.  He is not afraid to think big.”

Quotable Quotations

Here is Moscow’s response to President Obama’s attempts to box in President Elect Trump, and our relationship with Russia:

Moscow (Vladimir Putin) calls Obama’s team a “bunch of geopolitical losers” engaged in a last-ditch effort to inflict the maximum possible damage to U.S.-Russia ties to make it more difficult for Trump to mend the rift.

In a clear effort to avoid risking a rapprochement with Trump, Putin showed remarkable restraint when the U.S. expelled 35 Russian diplomats over accusations of meddling in the U.S. election campaign. Instead of a usual tit-for-tat response, Putin invited U.S. diplomats’ children to a New Year’s party at the Kremlin.

Trump’s national security adviser, Michael Flynn, and Russia’s ambassador to the U.S. were in frequent contact in recent weeks, including on Dec. 29, the day Obama hit Moscow with sanctions in retaliation for election-related hacking, according to a senior U.S. official.

Moscow similarly refrained from retaliation when the White House last week added five Russians, including the chief of Russia’s top state investigative agency, to the U.S. sanctions list.

Suffering / Part 1

This is the first entry of a series with the theme of suffering.  Today’s posting features three different devotionals on this topic, that I have read in the last couple of days!  That indicates how relevant this subject is.  The Bible is an oxymoron to the world, never making sense to the lost because “His ways are not our ways.”  The Bible tells us (the Apostle Paul) that “…when I am weak, then I am strong.”  The Bible tells us that “the Lord uses the foolish things of the world to confound the wise.”  The Bible also contains the theme throughout, that God blesses and works through suffering – Jesus’ death on the cross being the greatest example.  I have found that this fascinating subject is readily received by born again Christians, yet eschewed by nominal Christians and worldlings.  The fact is, they have absolutely no comprehension of this topic.  Speaking for myself, my greatest growth has come under the crucible of testing, trials and tribulations.  In order to make us into His image, the Lord must break us from our sinful fallen nature and fleshly desires.  This is a lifelong process that never ends.  Suffering is the hallmark of the mature saint – there are no shortcuts to heaven.

Blessings, Pastor Steve

 

Work Together

Work Together

We know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. Romans 8:28

My wife makes an amazing pot roast dinner. She takes raw meat, along with raw sliced white and sweet potatoes, celery, mushrooms, carrots, and onions and throws them into the slow cooker. Six or seven hours later the aroma fills the house, and the first taste is a delight. It is always to my advantage to wait until the ingredients in the slow cooker work together to achieve something they could not achieve individually.

When Paul used the phrase “work together” in the context of suffering, he used the word from which we get our word synergy. He wrote, “We know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose” (Rom. 8:28). He wanted the Romans to know that God, who didn’t cause their suffering, would cause all their circumstances to cooperate with His divine plan—for their ultimate good. The good to which Paul referred was not the temporal blessings of health, wealth, admiration, or success, but being “conformed to the image of [God’s] Son” (v. 29).

May we wait patiently and confidently because our heavenly Father is taking all the suffering, all the distress, all the evil, and causing them to work together for His glory and our spiritual good. He wants to make us like Jesus.

Read 2 Corinthians 12:9, Philippians 1:6, and 1 Peter 5:10. What encouragement did you find for tough times?

The growth we gain from waiting on God is often greater than the answer or result we desire.

INSIGHT:“All things” (Rom. 8:28) is a phrase that treats the seemingly good and bad events of life as a whole. The idea is that there is a dynamic interaction between the good and bad to bring a desired outcome, though this positive outcome may not yet be visible. If we consider a young man nailed to a cross dying in agony, we might wonder if anything good could be found there. But if we understand that this is Jesus Christ atoning for the sins of those who love Him, we can see how even this terrible event worked together for good. God works for “the good” of those who are true believers in Jesus Christ. They demonstrate the authenticity of their faith because they respond back with love to the One who first loved them (1 John 4:19).

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Hast thou considered my servant Job?       Job 1:8

Obviously God had considered Job.  He said that there was none like him on earth, perfect and upright, one who feared God and shunned evil.  Well might we wonder what God says when He considers us.  Nevertheless Job suffered to the extent that now he is seen as an example of suffering.  What was the end of the matter?  It is that we should consider God who is eternal, all-knowing, all-powerful, and pure.  “Stand still, and consider the wondrous works of God.”  (Job 37:14)  -D. Pickup

I see the stars, I hear the rolling thunder, Thy pow’r throughout the universe displayed, Then sings my soul, my Saviour God to Thee; How great thou art, how great Thou art!  -Carl Boberg

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Open Windows   A Guide For Personal Devotions    Winter 2016-2017    LifeWay

A Sign Of Hope

Exodus 12:13 King James Version (KJV)

13 And the blood shall be to you for a token upon the houses where ye are: and when I see the blood, I will pass over you, and the plague shall not be upon you to destroy you, when I smite the land of Egypt.

Do you ever wonder why God does not protect His own from the calamities of life?  As Christians, we are covered with the blood of the Lamb of God – death no longer holds power over those who belong to Him.  Yet, the waves of trial and sorrow hit the lives of Christians just as catastrophically as they crash into the lives of unbelievers.  Why does suffering not “pass over” those marked by the blood of Jesus?

Consider the horrors left in the aftermath of the plagues.  Death and decay all around – men, women, children, and livestock all struck dead where they stood.  The faithful were protected from death, but they were left with a world filled with festering, disease-breeding corpses and mourning.

Regardless of how difficult the circumstances they faced, their victory was not to be found in earthly condition but in the hope only God could provide.  They could celebrate His goodness in the face of devastation.

When trouble strikes, may we remember that hope in God will see us through.

Father, when trouble comes, help us to hold on to the hope found only in You.  Remind us that our victory in Christ is secure, no matter what life brings our way.

 

 

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