Remember

US Holocaust Museum, Washington, D.C., photo taken by Mandy Sweigart-Quinn.

Last weekend, Nathan and I went to the Holocaust Museum in D.C. for my birthday. While I have heard the above quote numerous times, the way life is going, this resonates with me even more.

From Genesis to Revelation God calls His people to remember. They are to remember who He is and what He has done. God calls His people to remember who they are in Christ.

God’s people today, especially in the West are being destroyed and swept away by a lack of knowledge, a lack of discernment and a lack of courage.

Now more than ever do believers in Christ need discernment and courage to speak and stand for Christ. Now more than ever Christians need boldness and courage to do what they know is right. Now more than ever do Christians need to come together, rather than divide over secondary and tertiary issues.

It is heavy on my heart how often the persecuted church is missing in our prayers. It also pains me how often we do not pray for unsaved people groups. It pains me that antisemitism is on the rise.

I want to speak and stand for Christ more than I want to be aligned with a political party. Y’all do not need me to tell you that EVERYTHING has become political, regardless of where one lives. We need to speak for Christ even if it is costly.

I pray that we will remember our Triune God. I pray that we will speak and stand for Him, so that when we see the Lord Jesus Christ face-to-face, we will hear, “well done, good and faithful servant.”

Lord God, help us to remember You! Lord, stir our hearts to stand for You, to speak for You, to be Your Hands and Feet in a dark and changing world. Lord God, give us minds to discern error, and courage to speak truth. Help us to be remember You by reading and meditating on Your Word. Help us to be agents of reconciliation, rather than agents of discord. Lord, I ask that You help us to separate from this world system; prepare us to suffer for You. Help us to remember that our affliction will be momentary in light of eternity with You. Lord God, thank You for this reader. Cause this reader to reflect on You today. In Jesus’s Name I pray. Amen.

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My name is Mandy Sweigart-Quinn, I live in Lancaster, PA and I am a “Blue Collar Theologian.” I love Jesus! I am passionate about His Word (The Holy Bible)! I come alive when I can encourage others in their walk with Jesus (whether by writing or speaking). As a “Blue Collar Theologian” it is my aim to live/practice/work out my Christian hope with sincerity, authenticity and genuineness. As a “Blue Collar Theologian,” I strive to meet people right where they are (“Incarnational Theology”). I graduated in May 2019 from Capital Seminary and Graduate School with a Master's in Biblical Studies. I am a passionate, excited and enthusiastic person! I love flowers, sports and sunsets. Since January 2, 2018 I have had the privilege of being married to Nathan.

100 thoughts on “Remember”

  1. I have met people who are more interested in the Mid terms than getting out the Gospel. They think that the Republicans are gonna save the world, or at least America. There’s even a false teaching called “Dominion Theology” that basically says that the government is gonna turn to Christ, and that we are gonna have this Billy Graham-esque type of revival. I’m not saying we shouldn’t speak out against the evils of this country ad world, but more so, we should be preaching the Gospel, because we know that Jesus is the only hope. ESPECIALLY in the days we live in!

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  2. I went to the Holocaust Museum many years ago, in my days BC. Powerfully moving experience.

    And I agree—there’s enough (fomented) division in society as it is, so Christians should not quibble or fight over non-essentials. I understand the Great Commission to be twofold: the first part is the preaching of the Gospel message, the second is teaching in order to make true disciples who will not be swept here and there by faulty doctrines.

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  3. I have not been there but would love to someday.

    This is it:

    “Now more than ever do believers in Christ need discernment and courage to speak and stand for Christ. Now more than ever Christians need boldness and courage to do what they know is right. Now more than ever do Christians need to come together, rather than divide over secondary and tertiary issues.”

    May God grant us the power of the Holy Spirit to speak out in boldness.

    Shalom!

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  4. Mandy, you are so right on in this post and we are all guilty to one degree or another. God has been stirring my heart toward repentance lately, and this is another aspect that I need to repent of and for. I see that one of your commenters has said we need to be preaching the gospel and I agree. I believe we need a balance in that preaching the gospel is necessary, but our words mean nothing without discernment, and repentance, and pure hearts. Thank you so much for posting this, it has stirred my heart in so many ways. Love you sweet sister. I appreciate you!

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  5. Your heartfelt cry and prayer echoed in my own heart, Mandy. I keep telling myself I need to stay away from the news, that the demonic activity around is too overwhelming, too prone to causing despair. But I can’t. Because more and more the point of the demonic destruction is being turned towards children, aimed at CHILDREN, and we need to pray against the powers of hell that target them and pray for their and their families’ protection, for their salvation, and BE BOLD as you say to speak out against evil and to proclaim the gospel to every man, woman, and child we are led to. It’s not the time to shrink back, is it? Thank you for this inspired encouragement to do so. The church, the Body of Christ, is the most persecuted group on earth now, and has been for many years. It’s only going to get worse. We need to stay awake and pray until Christ returns.

    Love your heart for Jesus, precious friend. What an encouragement you are to me! (And happy belated birthday! ❤️ Dora

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    1. I agree with what you are saying here, Dora! It is staggering how blind and deceived people are. This is NOT political! Jesus tells the little children to come to Him and we are making it harder than ever for children to know Christ. We give them a watered down Jesus or we affirm their truth as truth even when it is no truth at all. Woe to us for calling evil good and good evil. Thank you Dora for your heart for Truth and for your authenticity! You are so precious to me and I love and appreciate you SO much!!!!

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  6. I have recently added prayers for the suffering Church to my daily prayers. This involves so many groups – the discriminated against, those who have lost jobs because of the gospel, those who have lost homes and property, those who have lost loved ones, those whose families have rejected them, believers who are being interrogated, believers who are imprisoned (in actual prisons or in their own homes), those in solitary confinement who feel they no longer have a ministry, those imprisoned with other believers, Christians imprisoned with unbelievers who want to harm them, prisoners not getting enough to eat, ones who are cold or who are in sweltering heat, and believers who are making the ultimate sacrifice (martyrdom).
    I think you’ve given me an idea for my next post, a prayer we can all pray together… Thanks, Mandy.

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  7. I like how you said doing right by Jesus is more important than following any political party platform.

    By the same token, it’s wrong to say Jesus, if He was here in the flesh again, would align Himself with a certain political party.

    The words “Christian” and “Nationalism” should not be put together. The Kingdom of God is above and beyond any earthly power or authority.

    Great post! God Bless.

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    1. Amen to Jesus transcends politics! In His band of 12 Jesus didn’t align with just one kind of person. The disciples had to put aside their differences in order to follow Jesus and do His Work, believers today need to do the same thing. Thank you for reading and commenting! I always appreciate your thoughts!!!! Many blessings to you and your wife!!!!

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      1. 🤦‍♀️ Thank you, we’ll be praying too. 🙏
        Your folks are in St. Petersburg right?

        We got a severe weather tropical storm alert this morning. We live in Clermont which is in the outskirts of Orlando. Keeping an eye on things here to see how this progresses.

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  8. Much to pray for this day and age; I do pray from time to time for the miniority group that a big country is literally having concentration camps right now…can’t believe it sometimes those who politically are suppose to be for human rights and “compassion” think its ok to give a pass for that country…

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  9. Mandy, I rarely say this but I love what you wrote!! You described what I perceived of (and seen in the blogs). We will all pray that the Triune GOD will divert our focus/love towards Him alone and follow what He said, to love Him and our neighbors in this world that is getting darker (just like our skies right now as we anticipate a Super Typhoon).

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    1. My earlier response was cut with a pizza delivery. Yes, just like the Typhoons that have affected Metro Manila in the past, we have pizza and other food ready as we embrace for a brownout and probably no water. There was no internet the laat time. Blessings to you, Nathan, and your parents!

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  10. Mandy, I agree with all you have said. Your words and prayer is heartfelt. Although I do not live there, and Christianity is not exactly politicised here as much as there, we did get to see a dislike by a large group of people for our previous leader for his faith. And that reveals a lot of where people stand. And I agree with you that sharing Jesus and living for him is more important than aligning with a certain party. It seems like their security is more in the party than in Christ himself.
    Bless you sister for all you share and the reminder to keep persecuted Christians at the forefront of our prayers.

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    1. “It seems like their security is more in the party than in Christ himself.” I agree with this 100%!!!! I heard about your previous leader being harassed for his faith and I was like, “this is truly happening everywhere in some degree or another.” I am so thankful for your heart for Jesus!!!! How is your Bible study?! I am so thankful for you!!!! 🤗🤗🧡🧡🙏🙏

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      1. Bible study is going good. We are in a short break for a couple of weeks. These breaks do help me rest and refuel when we start again. Happy belated birthday dear sister and I hope that all your classes and assignments are going ok. What subjects are you having at the moment.

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      2. Praising God for your break!!! That is so wise!!!! I am taking Greek 3 and Intro to Systematic Theology. This is my last Greek class and while I’ve take Intro to Systematic Theology at my last school, I appreciate the differences between the two!!!! Will you be starting a new series or is this a continuation of what you were studying prior?! You are such a blessing, Manu!!!

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      3. Sounds interesting and complicated Mandy. The break is so necessary. We are studying Jeremiah at the moment in my Bible study. We will be doing that till the end of the year and then we take a long break for Christmas.

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      4. Thank you Mandy, its funny you say that because just earlier I was thinking that I would love to be able to just sit with you and chat about scripture and pray. We will one day sister in eternity, be able to do so.

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  11. “God’s people today, especially in the West are being destroyed and swept away by a lack of knowledge, a lack of discernment and a lack of courage.
    Now more than ever do believers in Christ need discernment and courage to speak and stand for Christ. Now more than ever Christians need boldness and courage to do what they know is right. Now more than ever do Christians need to come together, rather than divide over secondary and tertiary issues.”

    Forgive me for quoting you so much in a comment…but absolutely yes!!!!!!!

    The church, in general, has become so afraid of not fitting in that we seem to have forgotten that we already have somewhere we fit perfectly – heaven!!

    Andy B

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  12. “I want to speak and stand for Christ more than I want to be aligned with a political party.” Yes to this and your whole post!
    Its ok to have strong opinions and express them as long as we understand that our fleshly opinions have no power from God. ALL political parties will fall under the domain of the antichrist, so we must keep them on the periphery of our lives.
    We must recognize the age in which we live – I believe its well into apostasy. So yes, sister, we must unite in all ways possible with the Body of Christ and seek Christ’s burden for His suffering brethren.
    Thank you Mandy for your godly posts and heart for Jesus! ❤⚘❤⚘❤

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    1. Thank you, Lisa!!!! I appreciate you and your encouragement!!! Seeing how everything has become political gives us insight into how people will accept the coming beast system. Fascinating yet terrifying times for sure. Praise Jesus that we have life and hope in Him!

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  13. A convicting, energizing, inspiring post, Mandy! Years ago in her book, His Imprint, My Expression (1993), Kay Arthur wrote this: “You have heard that prayer can change things. But have you ever realized that God could use your earnest prayers to change the course of our nation’s history, to stay God’s hand of judgment, AND make you into the child of God you long to be in the process? For you cannot spend time in prayer, even intercessory prayer, and not have it impact you personally.” I keep a copy of this wisdom with my prayer cards as a reminder of the power God has invested in prayer, that I might pray with more conviction and urgency–needed all the more now than ever!

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  14. Mandy thank you for including that quote, such an eye opener.
    I’ve been praying for missionaries around the world and that the unreached would come to know the Lord but this encourages me to not forget those who are being persecuted. May we as Christians build one another up and seek opportunities to turn hearts toward Christ, young and old.

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      1. Glad to hear you are subbing, totally understand about being thankful for the weekend. It seems that my classes want to make sure we get the ABSOLUTE most for our money and there is no end to the work in sight!!!! You are such a blessing to me, Alicia!!!

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  15. Wow. This post gave me goosebumps! This is so spot on and timely. It is shocking how rapidly our society is changing, and it is easy to see apathy among churches. May God ignite the courage you spoke of in our hearts. May He give us an undivided attention on Him and obedience to Him, regardless of the cost.

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  16. I have Warfield’s “PLan of Salvation.” I enjoyed it but its much more Systematic Theology and its good in that way but not exegetically driven. Are you reading Warfield’s view on Inspiration for Seminary?

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    1. I actually enjoy this. I appreciate how he emphasizes that the Christian faith is a supernatural revelation. I think in Reformed circles we can forget that truth. Now I’m not suggesting crazy charismania or anything like that, but How God indwells His people is a supernatural mystery. I also appreciate Warfield’s biblical theology.

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