A daily Christian thought from:
ACP, The Church for the American Christian who is a Patriot
Pro-Christ, Pro-Life, Pro-Constitution.
34 Duck Pond Road
Harrison, Maine, USA
Pastor Rev. Robert Celeste ACP/MCAC
Associate Pastor Mr. Steve Burzlaff, Elizebeth, Kentucky
Special Guest Pastor Rev. Jim Marstaller, Pastor of The CornerStone Gospel Church in Naples, Maine
Important Note: Starting Wednesday March 29th, 2006, the thoughts will be posted at 7PM.. This is to assure that all thoughts are proof read before posting.
Rev. Bob Celeste
Thanks to ACP's Steve Burzlaff, we now have the Evanglical handout, "What If" in PDF format.
For the "What If" evangelical handout in PDF format, click here.
Thank God for Steve,
Monday January 1st, 2007
As we start the new year, is there anything I can do for you? If so, please let me know via the form mail: Christian-news-in-maine.com/form.htm .
For today's thought, let us consider this as a guide for us for the next year and, God willing, the years after as well.
For Thou, Lord Jesus, are our judge, You LORD are our lawgiver, You LORD are our king; for and only You Lord Jesus can offer us and grant us salvation.
And as such, we will obey Thy command: thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind!
So, we pray; Holy, holy, holy, Lord God Almighty, which was, and is, and is to come. For Lord; Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honor and power: for Thou hast created all things, and for Thy pleasure they and we are and were created.
Men, I do not want to take a lot of your time today, for are there not football games to watch, cheerleaders to ogle, and beers to drink? So, I will be brief and try desperately to get right to the point.
Has not God said to us men; the head of every man is Christ; and the head of the woman is the man; and the head of Christ is God. Has He not also said; For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church.
God has made man the head of the family. As the head of the household we have certain responsibilities. Let me explain. Years ago I said to a young lieutenant of intelligence in Maine State Militia "Find out what Chitwood and Dion are up to." By telling him to do that, I was telling him to do whatever he had to do, use whatever resources he had to use, but bring me back a report on what this Chitwood and his underling Dion were up to. He knew that I was going to hold him responsible for what was in the report.
Not long after, the officer in charge of several hundred men in north central Maine was ordered to hold cold weather exercises. He knew that if any of his men got shot, had an accident or God forbid died of the cold, he would be held responsible.
I have often wondered how it is that men of Maine State Militia could understand that with the authority of command came the responsibility of being held accountable, yet Christian men for some reason fail to understand that God will hold them responsible for the way they handle the authority of being head of their family.
I am not going to get into the overpowering expectation that the Lord puts on us of having to do for our families what Christ did for the church, but I am going to tell you this. God has made you the spiritual leader of your family. You are not your childrens' best friend, you are their earthly father.
He that spareth his rod hateth his son: but he that loveth him chasteneth him in a timely manner while the offence is still fresh in his mind. ... Chasten thy son while there is hope, and let not thy soul spare for his crying.
Let me let you in on a secret, when you die, you are not going to be held responsible for the sins of your sons, your daughters, or your wife. But you will be held responsible for how you exercised your authority as head of the household. And much of how your children and wife turn out will be directly attributable to how you exercised your authority as head of the household.
If when you son first opens his mouth and uses foul language, you laugh, he will probably turn out to have a very filthy mouth as he gets older, but if the first time he utters profanity you both wash his mouth out with soap and give him a sound spanking, while telling him how his language is an insult to you and to God, the chances are real good that he will not grow up to have a filthy mouth.
If the first time your daughter displays immodest behaviour, you laugh and say "Isn't that cute", the chances are very good that she will be sexually active by the time she is 13. However, if at the first sign of immodest behaviour you take her aside and let her know with no uncertain terms that this behaviour is not acceptable. If you tell her that God did not create her to flash her body around for every man to see, but for one special man in whom God had created just for her and then, if necessary, reinforce that lecture with a spanking, the chances are that she will be a virgin the night she gets married.
If you have followed God's word in finding a wife, the chances are excellent that you will never need to raise your hand to her. But if you have married according to the advice of Dr. Phil, Dr. Laura, and/or Oprah instead of God's word, you are going to have an uphill fight on your hands all the days of your life. And what will your excuse to God be? "Well Lord, I ignored what You said about finding a solid Born Again Washed in the Blood of You, the Lamb, Christian and married that little honey that made me so happy in bed all those years we lived together and she was aborting every accident we had, because that's what Dr. Phil and Dr. Laura and good ole Oprah said I should do. The next thing I know, she is fighting me tooth and nail every time I put my foot down with the kids." Is that what you'll say when God demands an accounting of you for the way you managed your family?
Remember Hebrews 9:27? Well, just whose rules do you think He uses to judge by? Oprah's? Dr. Laura's? Dr. Phil's? Or His?
Do yourself a favor. Stop and make a New Year's resolution to henceforth live your life as if the next breath you take will be your last and a micro second later you will be going through this door into this chamber:
Try to imagine, if you would, a large room, a very large room, say one that is five football fields long, three football fields wide, and one football field high. There are three doors in the room, one that everyone being tried walks through. Yes, being tried, for the room is a court room. But not just any court room, this is the last court, it is a court with no appeal. It is a court with no prosecuting attorney and no defense attorneys. Each defendant stands on his own to be judged. That door is at the very east end of the room, close to the North East corner of the room.
There are two other doors, both of them are exits. One is a rather small unimposing door, kind of a sickly grey in color, but upon closer examination it is quite apparent that it is a door of considerable substance, more like the type of door you would find inside a maximum security prison, the door that is used to protect those waiting for the death sentence to be carried out from the rest of humanity.
The other door is on the South side of the room directly behind two huge throne type chairs. Thrones fit for the most grand of all kings. Thrones that seem to be made of a gold so pure that it almost looks like crystal, throne chairs that have what appears to be a rainbow emanating from them and surrounding them at the same time. That door looks as if it is made out of freshly picked flowers, orchids and things of unbelievable beauty and tenderness, not a door to keep people in or out by any imagination, just a door separating the large judgement room from whatever is on the other side of the beautiful door between the two magnificent thrones.
Sitting on these two magnificent throne chairs is God the Father and His one and only Son, the Lord Jesus, the Christ. As each person is brought in from the little door on the east wall, they come and bow down before God the Father. Then, looking at Jesus, they either smile or have a look of shocked amazement on their face as they utter the words, "You're real." As each bows with his or her head towards the ground, God the Father looks at God the Son and says this simple word. Son? At which time Jesus says one of two things, "He denied Me before men." or "Welcome My good and faithful servant."
For behind the thrones high above, about 80 yards up on the wall, is written this saying:
Whosoever therefore shall confess Me before men, him will I confess also before My Father which is in heaven.
whosoever shall deny Me before men, him will I also deny before My Father which is in heaven.
Each time the Lord says: "Welcome My good and faithful servant," the Rainbow gets brighter, sounds of trumpets, harps, and every other conceivable instrument play a loud, cheerful welcoming song and as that sound plays, the white door between the Judgement thrones opens and laughter and music can be heard coming from behind it and light can be seen coming from behind it and beautiful scents too pleasant to even imagine come forth from behind this most beautiful door. And those souls who hear those welcome words "Welcome My good and faithful servant," depart from the room of judgement into everlasting paradise, not as visitors, but as adopted sons and daughters of God.
But those who hear these words; "He denied Me before men," hear no such sounds, see no such sights and feel the iron grasp of two mighty angels. The two mighty angels are taking that soul over to that thick, grey, steel door and opening it, and as they prepare to cast that soul to his or her eternal reward, horrible screams of pain are heard. No light emanates from it, horrors and stenches of undescribable decadence, filth and rot, try to enter the throne room but are blocked by the soul being cast into the eternal lake of fire. A lake of fire, fire that never ends. A fire that burns with intense heat but with no light, causing a darkness impossible to imagine for it has never been on earth.
The picture I painted for you with words is not fiction. It isn't a story out of the latest and scariest horror novel. It is prophecy that will come true. It is called the white throne judgement and it is prophesied in the Book of Revelation.
You see, if you are a professing Christian and slip and fall, which all of us do, me more so than others, you must repent. If you don't repent, you still may not be in a lot of trouble. But, if while you are slipping and falling, you deny the Lord Jesus and don't seriously repent, you are going to find that hard, steel, grey door. Do not, even for a moment, think that denying only means denying with the voice or in print, it doesn't. To deny the Lord is to deny Him in your dress, your behavior, your associations, and anything else that denies the presence of the Living God dwelling within you. Confused? Want to be unconfused? Read your Bible, study God's manual for you, for that is what the Bible is. It is God's owner's manual for you to run your life by, authored by the original manufacturer of you, me, your kids, my kids, and everything else in the earth, on the earth and throughout all the heavens, God.
In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. (Genesis 1:1 ACP/KJV) ...and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The Same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by Him; and without Him was not any thing made that was made. (John 1:..1-3 ACP/KJV)
The Lord be with you all and may none of you ever hear those horrible words, "He denied Me before men." Amen.
Pray for your sons, your daughters, your wife, me, your Pastor, your family, Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity and Michael Savage. While the Lord does not need the platforms and audiences that Rush, Sean and Michael have, they, Rush, Sean, Michael and their audiences need the Lord.
The Lord God of the Universe, Messiah Y'shua be with you all, amen.
The Lord be with and bless you all and may you all keep this very important point in mind. It is better to be a horsefly in the stables of the Lord Jesus than the CEO of hell, but work to challenge me for one of those two special seats on either side of the Lord Jesus.
And don't forget, As we start the new year, is there anything I can do for you? Please let me know via the form mail: Christian-news-in-maine.com/form.htm .
Sha'al shalowm Yruwshalaim.
Never ever forget this: There aint no purgatory!
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The difference between a true preacher and a false preacher comes down to this. The true preacher uses God's word to convict of sin, the false preacher twist God's word to justify sin. The Lord our God, Christ Jesus be with you always, amen.
The Lord our God, Christ Jesus, be with you all and please keep your pastor and me in your prayers. Amen. My prayer daily is "Lord please bless those tenfold who bless me."
Pray for the President, pray for Attorney General John Ashcroft, pray for me, pray for all those who open their mouths or take pen in hand in an effort to sway public opinion.
The Lord God of the Universe, Messiah Y'shua be with you all, amen.
It is better to be a horse fly in the stables of the Lord Jesus than the CEO of hell.
All Scripture quoted, in both sermons and daily thoughts, except when done by a guest, is from the ACP/authorized 1611 King James Version. The words in red are those quotes of God the Son, the Lord Jesus and the words in purple are those qoutes spoken directly by God the Father and the words in this sickly greenish color are of satan. But all of the Bible is spoken by God and should be viewed as God's handbook for us to run our lives by 2 Timothy 3:16.
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