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 By Preachers

The ministry of many a man today is lifeless and dead because the Lord has departed from him, though he, like Samson, may not know it.  And the Gospel we preach too often has a barren womb; sons and daughters are not brought forth into the kingdom of God, and the starving saints are not fed!  Oh, for fire from heaven!  -John R. Rice

If you do not know how to stand fast against the world, you will find the world will stand fast against you.  -C.H. Spurgeon

Elijah was not on Carmel to demonstrate what he could do but what God could do.  -Vance Havner

I can safely say, on the authority of all that is revealed in the Word of God, that any man or woman on this earth who is bored and turned off by worship is not ready for heaven.  -A.W. Tozer

You might as well try to hear without ears or breathe without lungs as try to live a Christian life without the Spirit of God in your heart.  -D.L. Moody

When gratitude dies on the altar of a man’s heart, that man is well-nigh hopeless.  Bob Jones, Sr.

That which we do for ourselves is forgotten; that which we do for Christ is immortal.  -T. DeWitt Talmage

Success in marriage consists not only in having the right mate but also in being the right mate.  Keep the eyes wide open before marriage and half shut afterward.  -Benjamin Franklin

The Gospel is the good news of how Jesus came to this earth, how He died on a cross in our place for our sins, how He was buried and rose again the third day.  -Curtis Hutson

Quotations By Vance Havner And Matthew Henry

When the persecuted become the popular, they are powerless.  The church prospers in persecution but pines in prosperity.  ~  Vance Havner

Such a dilemma are the church’s watchmen in: men will curse them if they be faithful, and God will curse them if they be false.  But it is a needful office.  ~  Matthew Henry

 

Quotable Quotations

“It is impossible to do nothing about Jesus Christ.  Not to decide for Him is to decide against Him, but decide we must.”  -Vance Havner

“Evil is powerless if the good are unafraid.”  -Ronald Reagan

“What we think about when we are free to think about what we will- that is what we are or will soon become.”  -A.W. Tozer

“God sometimes puts His children to bed in the dark.”  -D.L. Moody

“Those who deny freedom to others deserve it not for themselves and under a just God cannot long retain it.”  -Abraham Lincoln

“Prayer does not need proof; it needs practice.”

Jonathan Edwards, when a boy, wrote in his journal: “resolved to live with all my might while I do live.”

More Profound Quotations From Vance Havner

You always enter God’s hospital as a charity patient. You can’t pay your way.

We build expensive churches and sometimes it is like erecting million-dollar launching pads to send up firecrackers.

The Christian’s view of the future is not a spectacular dreamed up by science or the brainstorm of secular historians. He gets it from an old, old book written by a solitary exile on a lonely rock in a restless sea. The Apocalypse is laughed at by this world and discredited even by some churchmen but it is precious to all strangers in modern Babylon who are looking for the City that’s soon coming down. Its strange, mysterious characters make more sense every day as the seven-sealed book opens the meaning of God’s history within history and the stage is set for the last chapters in the drama of this age. He does not argue with the wise-acres of this world, for that would be casting pearls before swine. Blind eyes cannot see this vision nor can dead men understand Scripture until they are born again. God goes His quiet way and lets the panels discuss and symposiums debate current events in all their learned ignorance. Headlines mean something entirely different to Him and newscasts tell another story to His ears. Blessed is the man whose vantage point is Patmos!

There are many brands of treason in the Christian camp. Men who deny the historicity and authenticity of God’s Word; worldlings who hobnob with the enemy; indifferent church members who come not to the help of the Lord against the mighty – all these are traitors. It sounds good to talk about forgetting all our differences and closing ranks to face the foe without, but we may lose to the foe within. Paul recognized two threats to the church – wolves from without and false leaders within (Acts 20:29, 30).

Someone has suggested that a good text for an Easter sermon can be found in a phrase out of Acts 12:4: “Intending After Easter…” Everybody goes to church on Easter Sunday but most of them do not intend to keep it up. It is not a religious show on a big day but faithfulness to God every day that counts. Putting in an appearance on a special occasion and then being conspicuous for absence on most occasions is the bane of our church life today. Isaiah thundered against the hollow and meaningless observance of new moons and Sabbaths and ‘the solemn meeting.” Christmas and Easter Christians, the holly-and-lilies crowd, make poor soldiers of the cross and followers of the Lamb. The real test of our piety is what we intend to do “after Easter.”

Devotion of the Day

DOCTRINE, DYNAMIC, DISCIPLINE

Take heed unto thyself, and unto the doctrine.
I Timothy 4:16

Stir up the gift of God which is in thee.
II Timothy 1:6

Thou therefore endure hardness, as a good soldier of Jesus Christ.
II Timothy 2:3

Doctrine, Dynamic, Discipline – Paul would have young Timothy qualified in all three. For lack of any or all, our Timothys do not fare so well today. Some know not what they believe or else turn from truth to fable. Some lack fire from heaven, vainly “compassing themselves about with sparks.” And real discipleship has given way to a modern version without a cross.

How the church suffers for lack of all three! How many members can give a reason for their hope? How much of our religious activity is the work of the Spirit? And while we have professed believers aplenty, how many disciples do we have?

We need a fresh course in the Three D’s!

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Vance Havner Quotations

Quote of the Day

We cannot of ourselves produce any of the experiences of the Christian life. We cannot regenerate ourselves, for we are born again not of the will of the flesh but of God (John 1:13). We cannot confess Jesus as Lord but by the Holy Spirit (I Corinthians 12:3). We cannot understand the Bible but by the Holy Spirit (John 14:26; I John 2:27). We cannot live the Christian life – Christ lives in us (Philippians 1:21; Galatians 2:20). The natural man cannot receive the things of the Spirit of God (I Corinthians 2:14). We can consent and cooperate, but this is a supernatural work of God from start to finish.

Quote of the Day

The Great Commission bids us teach the disciples to observe all things commanded. Our word “observe” has two meanings today. It may mean to behold, to look on, to view the scene. It may also mean to adhere to, keep the rules, abide by the terms, obey the laws of an organization or society. Most Christians belong to the first category; they are balcony Christians, spectators, onlookers, nonparticipants. We hire a church staff to do church work, and on Sunday we sit and watch them do it. Too many are in the grandstand, too few are playing the game.

Quote of the Day

We have come all the way from burning hearts to itching ears, from “Amen” to “So what?”

 

Quote of the Day

Paul was often in chains, a minister in manacles, a prophet in prison. The only stocks and bonds he knew were stocks for his feet and bonds for his wrists. But…Stone walls do not a prison make, Nor iron bars a cage…Though often chained in prisons dark, he was in heart and conscience free. He was an ambassador in bonds not of his own making. Alas! we languish today in fetters of our own forging.

Quote of the Day

We cannot be part-time Christians. We are all in full-time Christian service, or we should be. A man who is faithful to his wife most of the time is not faithful at all. A man who is a Christian and something else is not a Christian. The friend of the world is the enemy of God. Billy Sunday used to say, “There is no such thing as a worldly Christian. You might as well talk about a heavenly devil.”

Quote of the Day

If you are what you’ve always been, you are not a Christian. A Christian is a new creation.

Quote of the Day

“…and he [Herod] was eaten of worms, and gave up the ghost. But the word of God grew and multiplied” (Acts 12:23, 24). If you are not for the Word, you are for the worms! Here is a dramatic illustration of the failure of the designs of evil and the success of the purpose of God.

 

Vance Havner Offers Advice To Preachers

Quote of the Day

I want my message to be intelligible to the ordinary man. I’m feeding sheep, not ministering to a few intellectual giraffes.

Good Counsel Indeed!  J. Vernon McGee said in a similar light:  “He liked to leave the cookies on the bottom shelf so the children could reach them.”  In Christ,  Pastor Steve

Finishing Strong

Quote of the Day

It was said of the great racehorse Man o’ War: “Some horses led him at the first turn, some led him at the backstretch, a few led him at the far turn, but no horse ever led him in the homestretch.” Some Christians run nobly at the start of the race, some do well halfway, but blessed is the man who makes a good finish. Paul’s batting average was good to the end of the reason: “I have finished my course” (II Timothy 4:7).

Reasons Why Believers Suffer Loss

God sometimes snuffs out our brightest candle that we may look up to His eternal stars.         ~ Vance Havner

Do you have friends and long time acquaintances who do well in life but never give a thought for the Lord?  They often have never suffered extreme setbacks, hence they lack the realization of their need for God.  The Christian, however, may have been pruned back so they would have a better understanding of the Lord and their need for Him.  Humility is the gateway to a close relationship with the Lord.  Thank Him for your trials and losses.  Wise men seek Him in their hour of need.    Blessings, Pastor Steve

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2 Timothy 3:12  King James Version (KJV)

12 Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution.

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Hebrews 12:6-11  King James Version (KJV)

For whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth.

If ye endure chastening, God dealeth with you as with sons; for what son is he whom the father chasteneth not?

But if ye be without chastisement, whereof all are partakers, then are ye bastards, and not sons.

Furthermore we have had fathers of our flesh which corrected us, and we gave them reverence: shall we not much rather be in subjection unto the Father of spirits, and live?

10 For they verily for a few days chastened us after their own pleasure; but he for our profit, that we might be partakers of his holiness.

11 Now no chastening for the present seemeth to be joyous, but grievous: nevertheless afterward it yieldeth the peaceable fruit of righteousness unto them which are exercised thereby.