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  If not, the light will be withdrawn.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.

 

Sword Of The Lord ~ December 16, 2016 ~ Dr. Shelton Smith, Editor

Amen Corner

The preacher with fire in his bones does not only await an opportunity; he make one.  He must preach!  -John R. Rice

The prophet is a troubleshooter, not a troublemaker.  -Vance Havner

I would that I had a thousand bodies that I might devote them all to no other employment than preaching the Gospel to those who have never heard the joyful sound!  -A missionary

Through the blessed Holy Spirit, we may have strength for every duty, wisdom for every problem, comfort in every sorrow, and joy overflowing in His service.

A faithful servant of the Lord once said, “In coming to the Word of God, we do well to remember that we should add nothing to it (Rev. 22:18), take nothing from it (vs. 19), change nothing in it (Prov. 30:5).

A believer may feel the stroke of death, but he shall never feel the sting of death.  -D. L. Moody

Faith is the hand by which my soul touches God.  -Billy Sunday

Nothing is politically right which is morally wrong.  -Abraham Lincoln

Crooked men get into office because honest men fail to do their duty.

It is better to shun the bait than to struggle on the hook.

There is no point in aiming at a target with no arrow in your bow.

Nothing is so convincing to ungodly men as to see Christians very calm in time of danger, very resigned in the hour of affliction, and very patient under provocation.  -Charles Spurgeon

I think most Christians would be better pleased if the Lord did not inquire into their personal affairs too closely.  -A. W. Tozer

 

 

 

 

Sword Of The Lord ~ Quotable Quotations

Succinct And Simple Theology

A Hard Nut To Crack

If there is no Hell, then there is no Devil, for Hell was made for the Devil and his angels  (Matt. 25:41).

If there is no Devil, then there is no such thing as sin, for the devil was the originator of sin  (Rev. 12:7-9).

If there is no sin, then there is no need of a Saviour, for the mission of Jesus was to save from sin  (Matt. 1:21).

If there is no Saviour, then there is no truth, for the Bible is a record of this truth  (II Timothy 3:15-16).

If there is no truth, then all is darkness and confusion.  If there is no truth, then we know not who we are, where we came from, or whither bound.

Summary

If no Hell, no Devil.

If no Devil, no sin.

If no sin, no Saviour.

If no Saviour, no truth.

If no truth, nothing left.

-Leewin Williams

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The Bible is a storehouse of whose contents no one can afford to be ignorant.  It repays reading and study whether it be approached merely because of its literary value or its ethical teachings or its practical bearing on everyday life.

-Dwight L. Moody

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Some of us are so afraid that we shall get out on a limb that we never get up the tree!  -Vance Havner

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God wants the whole person, and will not rest till He gets us in entirety.  No part of the man will do.  -A.W. Tozer

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A man cannot be at peace with himself while he lives in disobedience to known truth.  -Benjamin Whichcote

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Abraham Lincoln was once asked to give his definition of diplomacy.  “Well,” he mused, “I guess you might say that it’s the knack of letting the other fellow have your way.”

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It is a tragedy when a man has no invisible means of support.

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When you teach salvation by grace through faith, that one is saved simply by trusting Jesus Christ, some call that “easy believism.”  But you will not find that expression in the Bible.  That is a man-made expression.

It is not easy to get one to trust Jesus Christ, Him alone, and nothing else for salvation.  As a matter of fact, that may be the hardest thing in the world to do.

-Curtis Hutson

 

 

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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