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

 

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.

Sword Of The Lord Newspaper ~ April 21, 2017 ~ Dr. Shelton Smith Editor

Noteworthy News

China Aborts Over 63,000 Unborn Babies Every Single Day

Ask the average person on the street how many abortions take place in America each year, and it is likely that few…will know the answer.

The average annual number of abortions in America currently is just under one million – a number that tends to surprise and shock people.  But abortion numbers in the U.S. are small compared to those in China.

Every year more unborn babies are killed in abortions in China…than anywhere else in the world.  Breitbart News reports that according to Chinese government data, more than 63,000 unborn babies are killed in abortions every single day in China.  -LifeNews.com 

Nike Making Islamic Clothing Line

After a year in the making, sports clothing company Nike is rolling out its new fashion line – Islamic friendly women’s wear that will cover customers from head to toe.

According to a report from the Independent, the fabric was made with “Middle Eastern temperatures in mind…”  (townhall.com).

Companies are willing to go many miles in the wrong direction to pick up customers – as this story reveals.

What ever happened to good ethics and decency in the business world?   -RETURN AMERICA, Dr. Ron Baity

Amen Corner

We can will to believe; and when we do, God enables us to exercise faith; and even as little as a grain of mustard seed exercised will move a mountain.  -Vance Havner

Men and women of worldly anxieties, take this message with you.  How long has God taken care of you?  quarter of the journey of life?  half of the journey of life?  Can you not trust Him the rest of the way?  -T. Dewitt Talmage

It is certainly true that a popular government cannot flourish without virtue in the people.  -Richard Henry Lee

I judge all things only by the price they shall gain in eternity.  -John Wesley

How humiliating to find that I am pained when I learn that N_ or M_ does not like my preaching yet am so calmed when all the alphabet for years rejected my Master’s message.  -J.W. Alexander

Truth alone can stand the guns of criticism.  -Herbert Hoover

Organizations without the Holy Spirit are like mills without power.  Even a church that is thoroughly orthodox and accepts Biblical standards is as useless as are clouds without rain until endued with power from on high.   -Charles Spurgeon

 

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 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

Profound Insight And Quotations From The Sword Of The Lord – January 27, 2017 And February 10, 2017

INSIGHT:

When the Lord Jesus Christ hung upon the cross, cosmic events accompanied by signs and wonders occurred between heaven and earth. A supernatural darkness came over the earth midday. Many theologians believe that for the first time in eternity past the fellowship between the triune God—Father, Son, and Holy Spirit—was interrupted. As Christ took our sins upon Himself on the cross, His Father could not stay in fellowship with Him. An earthquake opened the tombs of some Old Testament believers, who were brought back to life. So dramatic were these events that even a Gentile, such as the Roman centurion who oversaw Jesus’s crucifixion, made a declaration of faith.

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The world will not be Christianized, but it should be evangelized.  -Vance Havner

How often a good sister or brother rises to testify, “I want to live such a godly life that sinners will see my daily walk and be saved!”  Living a godly life is important; but the first condition of soul winning is this: Get up and go after sinners! -John R. Rice

Christ’s last act was winning a soul.  His last command was to win a soul.  His last prayer was forgiveness to a soul.

The Lord has given you much light from the Word and will hold you responsible for its use.  If you obey Him and walk in the light, you will have more.  If not, the light will be withdrawn.  -George Muller

I don’t know any more about theology than a jackrabbit does about Ping-Pong, but I’m on my way to Glory!  -Billy Sunday

A good character is the best tombstone.  Those who loved you and were helped you will remember you when forget-me-nots are withered.  Carve your name on hearts and not on marble.  -Charles Spurgeon

There is no gathering a rose without a thorn until we get to Beulah land.  -D.L. Moody

Our greatest trouble is, as I see it, that we have Christianity without Christ; forgiveness without repentance; salvation without regeneration; politics without God; and Heaven without Hell.  -Oscar Lowry

Do not in the darkest night what you’d shun in broad daylight.

The chief danger of the church today is that it is trying to get on the same side as the world instead of turning the world upside down.  Our Master expects us to accomplish results, even if they bring opposition and conflict.  Anything is better than compromise, apathy, and paralysis.  God, give us an intense cry for the old-time power of the Gospel and the Holy Ghost!  -A.B. Simpson

I’m more impressed with what a preacher gets thrown out of than with what he gets invited to.  -Tom Malone

In some circles, God has been abridged, reduced, modified, edited, changed, and amended until He is no longer the God whom Isaiah saw, high and lifted up.  -A.W. Tozer

I hope I shall always possess firmness and virtue enough to maintain what I consider the most enviable of all titles, the character of an “honest man.”  -George Washington

Youth today is asking, “Who am I?”  But few are willing to face what they really are-sinners separated from God.  -Vance Havner

Many people will not kill a mouse without publicizing it.  Samson killed a lion and said nothing about it.  Say much of what the Lord has done for you.  Say little of what you have done for the Lord.  Do not speak a self-glorifying sentence.  -Charles Spurgeon

Men will wrangle for religion, write for it, fight for it, die for it-anything but live for it.  -D.L. Moody

If we abide by the principles taught in the Bible, our country will go on to prosper; but if we and our posterity neglect its instructions and counsel, there is no telling how great a catastrophe shall come upon us and bury our glory in profound obscurity.  -Daniel Webster

You may be deeply religious and still be lost.  It is sad but true that many will be in Hell not because of lack of religion, but because of their religion.  -Curtis Hutson

The religion that makes a man look sick certainly won’t cure the world.  -Phillips Brooks

 

 

Sword Of The Lord Newspaper, Dr. Shelton Smith, Editor / January 13, 2017

Amen Corner

There must come with decision for truth a corresponding protest against error.  -Charles Spurgeon

So, preacher, you are discouraged and depressed and want to quit! Don’t feel alone; I want to quit every week.  You had a split, and half your members left you.  Some deacon went home and climbed up Miff Tree and held the greenbacks, trying to starve you out.  Man, don’t let them know you are hungry!  Eat grass and wild onions and drink branch water.  Get up on Sunday smiling and say, “Boy, I’m on such a good diet!”  But don’t eat wild persimmons.  Don’t let the Devil know you are hungry.  Curtis Hutson

Christ has not promised His people a smooth passage, but only a safe landing.  In embarking on the Christian life, we are not guaranteed a sunlit sea, but rather are advised of a storm-tossed ocean; and it is far better to be in a storm with Him than in a calm without Him.  -W. Graham Scroggle

The apostle Paul was the greatest of all the apostles, and his greatness lay most of all in that he was “in labours more abundant” (II Corinthians 11:23).  -John R. Rice

People do not miss church services because they live too far from the building; they miss church because they live too far from God.

You say, “I’ll be a Christian and go to Heaven without a church.”  Yes, and you can go to Europe without getting on board a ship or airplane.  The swimming is good, but the sharks are waiting for those who take that route.  If a man is saved, he should look for a good Bible-believing church right away!  -Billy Sunday

His promises are checks to be cashed, not mere mottoes to hang on the wall!  -Vance Havner

Let reverence for the laws be breathed by every American mother to the lisping babe who prattles on her lap; let it be taught in the school, in seminaries and in colleges; let it be written in almanacs.  -Abraham Lincoln

A great many people want to bring their faith, their works, and their good deeds to Him for salvation.  Bring your sins, and He will bear them away into the wilderness of forgetfulness, and you will never see them again.  -D. L. Moody

You can never get ahead of anyone as long as you are to get even with him.

He who pelts every barking dog must pick up many stones.

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Rapper Says “Planned Parenthood Is Modern-Day Eugenics” For Black Americans

Rapper Nick Cannon is doubling down on his comments that Planned Parenthood is bad news for black Americans.

Cannon said the abortion industry is perpetuating a genocide against black people because [it] targets black communities with abortion clinics.  Asked to elaborate on those comments, Cannon doubled down and said that Planned Parenthood is modern-day eugenics for the black community.

Previously Cannon called Planned Parenthood “real genocide.”

-LifeNews.com

 

There Are 76 Percent Fewer Abortion Clinics Open Now Than In 1991

Sword Of The Lord Newspaper, Dr. Shelton Smith, Editor / December 30, 2016

Amen Corner

If we are going to be successful, we have to take our stand for God and let the world and everyone know we are on the Lord’s side.

I have great respect for the woman who started out with a poker during the war.  She heard the enemy was coming, and she went out to resist them.  When someone asked her what she could do with the poker, she said she would at least let them know what side she was on.  And that is what we want.

-D. L. Moody

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No man has a right to do as he pleases unless he pleases to do right.

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It is a burning, irrefutable fact that the glowing, growing churches are the going churches which believe in and practice evangelism.

-Hyman Appelman

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If Christopher Columbus had turned back, no one would have blamed him – but no one would have remembered him, either.

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When people play fast and loose with the eternal principles of righteousness and forget God, then the nation, the church, the family, and the individual go the way of defeat and death.

-George W. Truett

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A sermon’s length is not its strength.  It may be very much its weakness.  It is a pity to weary the head when we should win the heart.  Some are long in their sermons because they are short in their studies.

The condition upon which God hath given liberty to man is eternal vigilance.

-John Philpot Curran

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Drink no wine, and you’ll not drink too much.

Do not let not being able to do something better keep you from doing what you can.

-Vance Havner

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He is safe who is where God puts him.

God never hurries.  There are no deadlines against which He must work.  Only to know this is to quiet our spirits and relax our nerves.

-A. W. Tozer

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He who wants to move mountains starts by carrying away small stones.

Groanings that cannot be uttered are often prayers which cannot be refused.

-Charles Spurgeon

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Don’t put on so much coal as to put out the fire.  You can lay so many books on the brain as to bury it, and teach children so much that they learn nothing, and preach so long that the people forget all that was said.