The Sword Of The Lord ~ Dr. Shelton Smith, Editor ~ May 4, 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

When Jeremiah decided not to make mention anymore of the Lord nor to speak in His name, he found a seething volcano within him, a fire shut up in his bones!  When he ceased to testify for the Lord, it was like a stream damned up within him that must burst forth.  Jeremiah was not only in the ministry; the ministry was in him!  He was like that man who had the billy goat by the horns and was crying out, “Someone come and help me turn this animal loose!”  -John R. Rice

It is better to be a good housewife or nurse or domestic servant than to be a powerless preacher or a graceless leader.  -Charles Spurgeon

You had better not pray to be conformed to the image of God’s Son unless you mean business!  It may be anything but the delightful experience you had in mind.  God uses strange ways to make us more like Jesus.  -Vance Havner

From the day of the Declaration [of Independence]…[t]hey [the American people] were bound by the laws of God, which they all, and by the laws of the Gospel, which they nearly all, acknowledge as the rule of their conduct.  -John Quincy Adams

It is one thing to trust Jesus Christ as Saviour and quite another to surrender one’s life to the Lord.  There is such a thing as the dedicated Christian life.  And there are carnal Christians (I Cor. 3) who have never yielded their lives to Christ.  The yielding of one’s life or making Jesus Lord of one’s life is not a requirement for salvation.  That is Lordship salvation and a perversion of the Gospel.  -Curtis Hutson

It appears that too many Christians want to enjoy the thrill of feeling right but are not willing to endure the inconvenience of being right.  -A.W. Tozer

It is not the possession of extraordinary gifts that makes extraordinary usefulness but the dedication of what we have to the service of God.  -Frederick William Robertson

May you who are already saved meditate upon [Hell] in its practical, personal bearings until your heart is so burdened by the awful peril of the wicked that you will rush out to spend the last dollar, if need be, and the last ounce of strength in saving those imperiled men from the certain, awful Hell of conscious agony and shame to which they are fast hurrying.

People don’t miss church because they live too far from the building but because they live too far from God.

One way in which a Christian shows what he is, is by what he does with what he has.

 

 

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Quotable Quotation ~ Lindsey Graham (Republican) South Carolina Senator

Lindsey Graham Stated On Fox News, Wednesday, June 13, 2018, About President Donald J. Trump And His Summit In North Korea…

“They (North Korea) wouldn’t be talking to Trump unless they believed he was serious about using military force.  President Trump has done more in five hundred days to deal with North Korea than every president in the last thirty years.”

Sword Of The Lord ~ Dr. Shelton Smith, Editor ~ April 20, 2018

Judges 7:20 King James Version (KJV)
20 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

Those who win souls go when it is convenient and when it is not convenient.  “Blessed are ye that sow beside all waters” (Isa. 32:20) is just another way of saying, “Blessed is the soul winner who tries to reach every sinner.”  -John R. Rice

The highest type of heroism is not the courage and nerve of the warrior facing the foe but the courage to face the daily issues of life, opposing wrong, and upholding right.  -Roswell Long

Pastors must all contend with the urge to get away from where they are to the next pasture where the grass looks greener.  This is a day of two-year preachers who cannot stay anywhere long enough to build an enduring edifice.  The work is too hard, the wife is unhappy, the weather is bad, so whether the reason be the church, the companion or the climate, away they go!  -Vance Havner

It must be felt that there is no national security but in the nation’s humble, acknowledged dependence upon God and His overruling providence.  -Franklin Pierce

A man had better be shut up with a bear robbed of her whelps than live with an accusing conscience.  No racks or fires can equal the misery of being consciously guilty and seeing no way of escape from the sin.  -Charles Spurgeon

Being humble involves the willingness to be reckoned a failure in everyone’s sight but God’s.  -Roy Pearson

Modernists and false religions have perverted the Word as to remove the fact of Hell.  Many sinners scoff at the preaching of Hell.  They turn aside any warning of judgment.  They think the idea of Hell has passed away with the last generation.  Sixty seconds after death, they shall find out the truth of the Word, there is fire in Hell.  -Harold Sightler

Liberty must at all hazards be supported.  We have a right to it derived from our Maker.  But if we had not, our fathers have earned and bought it for us at the expense of their ease, their estates, their pleasure, and their blood.  -John Adams

I wonder how so many present-day Christians can consider an hour of worship Sunday morning as adequate adoration of the holy God who created them and then redeemed them back to Himself.  -A. W. Tozer

We should not separate from a Christian brother over an isolated incident or some mistake he has made.  It is wise to wait until one is able to identify a trend or a pattern that is unscriptural.  However, when it becomes apparent that a Christian brother has taken an unwise and unscriptural position and has no intention of changing, then we are justified in separating from him.  -Curtis Hutson

The Sword Of The Lord ~ Dr. Shelton Smith, Editor ~ April 6, 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

A cruel book will produce cruelty.  An unclean book will produce uncleanness.  Out of all Christendom and out of all the ages, fetch me a victim whose heart has been hardened to cruelty or whose life has been made impure by the Bible.  Show me one.  -T. DeWitt Talmage

Those who teach Lordship salvation say that it is not enough to trust Jesus Christ; you must also make Him Lord of your life in order to be saved.  This kind of teaching frustrates the grace of God and is called in the Bible “another gospel” (Gal. 1:6).  -Curtis Hutson

I suppose, indeed, that in public life a man whose political principles have any decided character and who has energy enough to give them effect must always expect to encounter political hostility from those of adverse principles.  -Thomas Jefferson

It is the profound conviction that we are wholly unworthy of future blessedness, that we are indeed by nature fitted only for destruction, that leads to true repentance.  The man who inwardly believes that he is too good to perish will certainly perish unless he experiences a radical change of heart about himself.  -A.W. Tozer

Our Lord lost many a prospect because He would not mark down the price of utter devotion.  -Vance Havner

I was one day walking along a street in Springfield holding the hands of my two boys who were crying lustily.  “What’s the matter with the boys, Abe?”  asked a neighbor.

I replied, “The matter with them is the matter with the world: one has a nut, and the other one wants it.”  -Abraham Lincoln

I am sometimes startled at the power of a feeble prayer to win a speedy answer.  -Charles Spurgeon

I certainly stand in awe and marvel when it comes to the matter of Hell.  It is such an awful fact.  I pray it may dawn upon you that there is a Hell to which sinners go.

I am not merely concerned with impressing the fact of Hell upon the hearts and minds of the unsaved; but Christians need to be constantly reminded that Hell is no myth, no fable.  Hell is an awful reality, as taught in the entire Word of God.  -Tom Malone

If God loved you as much as you love Him, where would you be?

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Quotable Quotation ~ Donald Grey Barnhouse On Satan’s Counterfeit Trinity

Taken from “The End” by  Mark Hitchcock, Tyndale House Publishers, 2012, page 270:

As Donald Grey Barnhouse says, “The devil is making his last and greatest effort, a furious effort, to gain power and establish his kingdom upon the earth.  He knows nothing better than to imitate God.  Since God has succeeded by means of an incarnation and then by means of the work of the Holy Spirit, the devil will work by means of an incarnation in Antichrist and by the unholy spirit.”  In hell’s trinity, Satan is a counterfeit Father (anti-Father), the Antichrist is a counterfeit Son (anti-Christ), and the false prophet is a counterfeit of the Holy Spirit (anti-Spirit).  This is the infernal trinity.

Is America A Christian Nation?

Is America a Christian Nation?
May 26 2018
Written by: Prophecy in the News

Many of our political leaders over the years, not only believed that America was founded on Christian values, but were also devout Christians.
In 1787, twelve of the original 13 States sent delegates to meet together at the Philadelphia Convention, where they drafted the U.S. Constitution (Rhode Island boycotted the Convention.)
The 55 delegates who wrote the U.S. Constitution belonged to the following denominations:
-26 Episcopalian
-11 Presbyterian
-7 Congregationalist
-2 Lutheran
-2 Dutch Reformed
-2 Methodist
-2 Quaker
-2 Roman Catholic
Benjamin Franklin, who called for prayer at the Constitutional Convention on June 28, 1787, stated:
“In the beginning of the contest with Great Britain, when we were sensible of danger, we had daily prayer in this room for the divine protection.
Our prayers, Sir, were heard and they were graciously answered.
All of us who were engaged in the struggle must have observed frequent instances of a superintending providence in our favor. ..”
Franklin continued:
“I have lived, Sir, a long time, and the longer I live, the more convincing proofs I see of this truth — that God Governs in the affairs of men.
And if a sparrow cannot fall to the ground without His notice, is it probable that an empire can rise without His aid? …”

New Hampshire Governor John Langdon called for a Day of Fasting, February 21, 1786, to pray for the new government:
“That He would be pleased to bless the great Council of the United States of America and direct their deliberations …that he would rain down righteousness upon the earth, revive religion, and spread abroad the knowledge of the true God, the Savior of man.”
New Hampshire’s annual Fasting Day, a date fixed by the Governor, was observed April 10, 1788:
“to be observed and kept as a day of fasting of humiliation and prayer.”

Our 2nd U.S. President, John Adams once said, “Without religion, this world would be something not fit to be mentioned in polite company — I mean hell.”

Our 6th U.S President, John Quincy Adams, chastised “the liberal class who consider religion as merely a system of morals.” He celebrated the Bible because “when duly read and meditated on, it is of all books in the world, that which contributes most to making men good, wise, and happy.”

Abraham Lincoln, our 16th President, was raised in his parents’ Baptist faith. The toll of the Civil War led Lincoln to undergo a profound spiritual journey; before the war, Lincoln had imagined Providence, the power sustaining and guiding human destiny, as a remote and mechanistic force. When he was president, however, Providence began to emerge in his mind as an active and more personal God, a mysterious presence whose purpose eluded human understanding. Lincoln received the casualty lists and toured military hospitals. In February 1862, his son Willie died of typhoid fever.
In September 1862, one of the darkest moments of the conflict, Lincoln committed his thoughts about God on a small piece of paper that his secretary later titled “Meditation on the Divine Will”:
“The will of God prevails. In great contests, each party claims to act in accordance with the will of God. Both may be, and one must be wrong. God cannot be for and against the same thing at the same time. … I am almost ready to say this is probably true — that God wills this contest, and wills that it shall not end yet — By his mere quiet power, on the minds of the now contestants, He could have either saved or destroyed the Union without a human contest — Yet the contest began — And having begun He could give the final victory to either side any day — Yet the contest proceeds.”

The 20th president, James Garfield, was known as the “preacher president.” He converted to Christianity at a camp meeting in 1850. The next day he was baptized in the Disciples of Christ Church. “Today I was buried with Christ in baptism and arose to walk in the newness of life,” he wrote.

The son of a Presbyterian minister, Stephen Grover Cleveland, our 22nd and 24th president, attended Sunday school and multiple services in his father’s church each Sunday. He would remain a member of the Presbyterian Church his entire life.
In a letter accepting his nomination to run for president in 1884, Cleveland promised to rely “upon the favor and support of the Supreme Being Who, I believe, will always bless honest human endeavor in the conscientious discharge of public duty.” He became more visibly religious while in the White House and attended the First Presbyterian Church in Washington, D.C., throughout his time as president.

Harry S. Truman, our 33rd president, was a member of the First Baptist Church in Grandview, Mo. As president, Truman made frequent references to religion and Christianity in his public speeches. On April 16, 1945, in a statement before a joint session of Congress, Truman asked God for guidance, saying, “I ask only to be a good and faithful servant of my Lord and my people.” Truman repeatedly referred to America as a “Christian nation” and declared that it “was established by men who believed in God. You will see that our Founding Fathers believed that God created this nation. And I believe it, too.”

Our 35th president, John F. Kennedy, wrote to Brazil’s President, Janio da Silva Quadros, on January 31, 1961:
“Once in every 20 years presidential inaugurations in your country and mine occur within days of each other. This year of 1961 is signalized by the happy coincidence… To each of us is entrusted the heavy responsibility of guiding the affairs of a democratic nation founded on Christian ideals.”
On October 28, 1961, Kennedy proclaimed the National Thanksgiving Day these words, “It is a good thing to give thanks unto the Lord.”
Let us go forth to lead this land that we love, joining in the prayer of General George Washington in 1783:
‘that God would have you in His holy protection, that He would incline the hearts of the citizens…to entertain a brotherly love and affection one for another…
And finally that He would most graciously be pleased to dispose us all to do justice, to love mercy, and to demean ourselves with…the characteristics of the Divine Author of our blessed religion, without an humble imitation of whose example we can never hope to be a happy nation.”

Ronald Reagan, our 40th president, was raised and baptized in the Disciples of Christ Church, Reagan did not shy away from encouraging Christianity as president. Early in his presidency, he wrote a letter saying: “My daily prayer is that God will help me to use this position so as to serve Him. Teddy Roosevelt once called the presidency a bully pulpit. I intend to use it to the best of my ability to serve the Lord.”

Sources:
William “Bill” Federer/American Minute
PBS.org/God in the White House

Quotable Quotation ~ President Donald Trump On Former Federal Bureau Of Investigation Director James Comey

“How is he going to explain to his grandchildren all of the lies and deceit; all of the problems he has caused for this country.  I think the thing that I’ve done for this country, the firing of James Comey is going to go down as a very good thing.  The F.B.I. is great, I know so many people in the F.B.I.  The F.B.I. is a fantastic institution, but some of the people at the top were rotten apples, and James Comey was one of them.  I have done a great service for this country by getting rid of him and firing him.”

Donald Trump interviewed by Brian Kilmeade of Fox News, on Wednesday, May 23, 2018.

As a former employee of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) for twenty years, I could not agree more with our president’s assessment and firing of this former F.B.I. director.  Rank and file F.B.I. employees are both embarrassed and ashamed of Comey’s lies, politicism, favoritism and deceit.  James Comey’s actions of writing books, grandstanding, and his seeking of attention since his firing, goes directly against the protocol of F.B.I. employees.  He truly exhibits prominent traits of narcissism, and his removal is the first step in restoring integrity to this great organization.  Blessings, Pastor Steve  <><

The Sword Of The Lord ~ Dr. Shelton Smith, Editor ~ March 23, 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

Nothing will take the place of tears.  Tears touch the heart of God.  He said to Hezekiah, “I have heard thy prayer, I have seen thy tears; behold, I will add unto thy days fifteen years”  (Isaiah 38:5).  If tears touch the heart of God, they somehow make a way into the hardest hearts.

A stoning, a shipwreck, a life-and-death fight with lions in the Colosseum, a Philippian jail at midnight, a bleeding back, and shackled feet could not quench Paul’s tears for lost men or distract his compassionate heart until they were saved.  -John R. Rice

The tragedy of the times is that we are not getting to the bottom of our troubles.  We dust off sin with a feather and spread cold cream on cancer.  We calm ourselves chemically with tranquilizers.  False prophets do not know what time it is, and reformers treat symptoms instead of the disease.  -Vance Havner

Associate yourself with men of good quality if you esteem your own reputation, for ’tis better to be alone than in bad company.  -George Washington

God grants liberty only to those who love it and are always ready to guard and defend it.  -Daniel Webster

God has been very merciful to some of us in never letting money come rolling in upon us, for most men are carried off their legs if they meet with a great wave of fortune.  Many of us would have been bigger sinners had we been  trusted with larger purses.   -Charles Spurgeon

We must pray for one another….Instead of minimizing one another’s virtues and magnifying one another’s faults, we must pray for one another’s faults and praise one another’s virtues.  -Hyman Appelman

Parents wonder why the streams are bitter, when they themselves have poisoned the fountain.  -John Locke

There is no difference between being saved and being “really saved.”  There is no such thing as degrees of salvation.  No one is more saved than another.  Those who are trusting Jesus Christ are saved, and they have everlasting life.  And those who are not trusting Him are not saved, but the wrath of God abideth on them (John 3:36).  -Curtis Hutson

Quotable Quotation ~ MIKE HUCKABEE: Schools ‘Become A Place Of Carnage’ Because ‘We Have Systematically Removed God’

MIKE HUCKABEE: Schools ‘Become A Place Of Carnage’ Because ‘We Have Systematically Removed God’

Brett LoGiurato
Dec. 14, 2012, 5:51 PM

Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee suggested Friday that the absence of God from the nation’s public schools may have contributed, in part, to the deadly school shooting in Newtown, Conn., that killed 26 people, including 20 children.
Appearing on Fox News, Huckabee, an ordained Southern Baptist minister, was asked by host Neil Cavuto how “God could let this happen.” Here’s his response:
It’s an interesting thing. We ask why there’s violence in our schools, but we have systematically removed God from our schools. Should we be so surprised that schools would become a place of carnage? Because we’ve made it a place where we don’t want to talk about eternity, life, what responsibility means, accountability — that we’re not just going to have be accountable to the police if they catch us, but one day we stand before a holy God in judgment. If we don’t believe that, then we don’t fear that. And so I sometimes, when people say, ‘Why did God let it happen?’ You know, God wasn’t armed. He didn’t go to the school. But God will be there in the form of a lot people with hugs and with therapy and a whole lot of ways in which he will be involved in the aftermath. Maybe we ought to let him in on the front end, and we wouldn’t have to call him to show up it’s all said and done at the back end.

The Sword Of The Lord ~ Dr. Shelton Smith, Editor ~ March 9, 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

Some of us mean well, but a false discretion overtakes us.  We are like that soldier who was always discovered, in the shock of battle, betaking himself, without orders, to safe places.  The captain at last accused him of having a cowardly heart.  “Oh,” said the soldier, “my heart is as brave as can be; but I have a cowardly pair of legs that run off with the brave heart.”  Many of us are like that.  Our convictions are right when confession is not needed, but in the shock of battle we fail.  -John McNeill

If a school required no study of its pupils and passed the students regardless of performance, it would soon be held in contempt.  A church that holds no standards of doctrine and experiences no discipline soon loses the respect of even the ungodly.  -Vance Havner

I’ve noticed that everybody who is for abortion has already been born.  -Ronald Reagan

I do not believe there is any false religion in the world that men are not proud of.  The only religion in the world which I have ever heard of that men were ashamed of is the religion of Jesus Christ….  How many, many times I have found men ashamed of the religion of Jesus Christ, the only religion that gives men the power over their affections and lusts and sins!  -D.L. Moody

Any saint who does not love and seek sinners is without excuse.  He is untrue to his Saviour, ungrateful for his own salvation and disobedient to the Great Commission.  -John R. Rice

There is no time in life when books do not influence a man.  -Walter Bezant

The most critical need of the church at this moment is men, bold men, free men.  The church must seek, in prayer and much humility, the coming again of men made of the stuff of which prophets and martyrs are made.  -A.W. Tozer

Lordship salvation confuses believers and makes them doubt their salvation.  The Bible is very plain: the only way to be saved is by trusting Jesus Christ.  Jesus divides the whole world into two groups:  “He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God”  (John 3:18).  -Curtis Hutson

To be popular at home is a great achievement.  The man who is loved by the house cat, the dog, the neighbor’s children, and by his own wife is a great man even if he never had his name in Who’s Who.  -Thomas Dreier

Man’s pride may carry him far if he is a great fool; but let him not suffer his pride to carry him into Hell, for it certainly will never carry him out again.  -Charles Spurgeon

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