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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
Mr. Steve Burzlaff, Elizebeth, Kentucky
Special Guest Pastor Rev. Jim Marstaller, Pastor of The CornerStone Gospel Church in Naples, Maine
Today we are going to talk about three deadly side effects.
Did you know that the reason Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon was so very sick? Why he almost died, why he had a stroke? Side effects, side effects from the medicine the nice smiling guys dressed in white coats with funny looking listening devices hanging around their neck gave him.
Do you know why Vice President Dick Cheney was rushed to the hospital a few days ago? Side effects, side effects from the medicine the nice smiling guys dressed in white coats with funny looking listening devices hanging around their neck gave him.
The first two side effects we are covering today are the two above. Two of the most powerful men on earth were brought to their knees, not by homicidal idiot muslim bombers with nothing better to do with their lives than kill themselves. But by Side effects, side effects from the medicine the nice smiling guys dressed in white coats with funny looking listening devices hanging around their neck gave him.
Let that sink in guys, let it sink in. Now before we get to the third and most deadly side effect, I want you to think about the warning labels and warnings in the advertising of drugs. We in the USA are pretty aggressive with our advertising. Why we get so carried away telling about the wonders of our products that the government has had to pass laws protecting us from overzealous advertisers. You might note they exempted themselves.
Now let's look at the ads for cars, notice all the nice things they tell you about the car. How pretty it looks, notice what sharp looking the models they use. Now, what about drugs, notice all the warnings they give, what a way to sell a product, "Warning, taking this pill can cause you to go blind, cause you to have bleeding ulcers and in rare cases can cause death and total paralysis."
How long do you think you would remain as vice president in charge of advertising for say GM, if your ads went like this: "Warning, this car is liable to blow up if hit from the back, this car has a high probability of rolling over if you take a corner to fast, killing all aboard and seriously squashing anyone it lands on... oh ya and while the EPA estimate is 30 miles to the gallon it really only gets 8."
So, why do you suppose drug companies say such horrible things about their product. How about those are not the horrible things, they are the selling features. Think about it, what do you put in an ad, the worst things or the best? Let me go a step further, if they, the drug companies, had a double blind study proving both safety and effectiveness, don't you think they would include it in their ads? Now think here guys, so why do you suppose they don't include it in their ads? Right, they don't have a double blind study that proves their product does what it says and is safe to use.
Hey, dogs will eat anything right? Try getting your dog to eat margarine. Turn a dog loose in a stable and it will go gobble up horse manure, but not margarine. Just as my cat is smarter than any heathen out there, some of you have dogs that are smarter, when it comes to what they will put in their bellies, than you are.
Now, let's get to the third and most deadly side effect.
Today we are going to cover the absolute minimum requirements to be saved, to be a Born Again Washed in the Blood of the Lamb Christian. Because, being unsaved means a side effect that is eternal damnation in the eternal lake of fire, eternal pain and suffering beyond the ability of the human mind to comprehend.
There is only one man in the entire Bible that the Lord God of Creation, Christ Jesus, told directly: "Verily, verily I say unto thee, To day shalt thou be with Me in paradise."
It would serve us well to look and see what the Bible tells us about that man and what he did to get the Lord God of the Universe to say to him: "To day shalt thou be with Me in paradise." So, let's do it, let's see what this guy did.
And there were also two others, malefactors, led with Him to be put to death. And when they were come to the place, which is called Calvary, there they crucified Him and the malefactors. One on the right hand, and the other on the left.
Then said Jesus, Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do. And they parted His raiment, and cast lots.
And the people stood beholding. And the rulers also with them derided Him, saying, "He saved others; let Him save Himself, if He be Christ, the chosen of God." And the soldiers also mocked Him, coming to Him, and offering Him vinegar, and saying, "If thou be the king of the Jews, save Thyself." And a superscription also was written over Him in letters of Greek, and Latin, and Hebrew, "THIS IS THE KING OF THE JEWS."
And one of the malefactors which were hanged railed on Him, saying, "If Thou be Christ, save Thyself and us."
But the other answering rebuked him, saying, "Dost not thou fear God, seeing thou art in the same condemnation? And we indeed justly; for we receive the due reward of our deeds: but this Man hath done nothing amiss." And he said unto Jesus, "Lord, remember me when Thou comest into Thy kingdom."
And Jesus said unto him, Verily, verily I say unto thee, To day shalt thou be with Me in paradise.
And it was about the sixth hour(noon), and there was a darkness over all the earth until the ninth hour(3PM). And the sun was darkened, and the veil of the temple was rent in the midst (ripped down the middle). And when Jesus had cried with a loud voice, He said, Father, into Thy hands I commend My spirit: and having said thus, *He gave up the Ghost. *see Luke 4:1 and Matthew 3:13-17 (Luke 23:27-46 ACP/KJV)
So. We have a thief hanging on a cross in excruciating pain and God turns to him and says: "Verily, verily I say unto thee, To day shalt thou be with Me in paradise.". Let's look and see what this thief said that warranted such a response form God Himself.
And one of the malefactors which were hanged railed on Him, saying, "If Thou be Christ, save Thyself and us." I will guarantee you that he thought better of what he had said just a few hours later. My guess is he got dragged to that solid grey door. (see http://www.christianpatriot.com/06_22_2005.htm for details on the solid grey door)
But the other answering rebuked him, saying,
"Dost not thou fear God, seeing thou art in the same condemnation? And we indeed justly; for we receive the due reward of our deeds: but this Man hath done nothing amiss." First, he confessed that Jesus is God. Then he confessed that he was a sinner worthy of the pain and suffering that he was now in. Then he professed that Jesus was sinless.
And he said unto Jesus, "Lord, remember me when Thou comest into Thy kingdom." And lastly he asked Jesus to remember him, not directly asking for his sins to be forgiven, but just to be remembered.
And what does Jesus say? Does He say, "well dude, I sure would like to let you into my heaven, but man, you haven't been baptized, hey I haven't even seen your tithing record, why dude, how can you expect to get in, you don't even babble in tongues."
No, Jesus added no such conditions, what He said was, in essence, "Thank you, you have done what you need to do to be an adopted son of God the Father an adopted brother of Mine, so: "Verily, verily I say unto thee, To day shalt thou be with Me in paradise."
Look, you have probably already stuck yourself and your family with the first two deadly side effect causing things, I know I have. But, don't be foolish enough to ignore what you have to do to avoid the third. I wish I could tell you how to reach your kids, your brothers and sisters, your family members, but I can't. No one has been a bigger failure at evangelizing immediate family than me. But that should not stop you from trying. Don't put road blocks in their way, just try to get them to understand that all they have to do is what the thief on the cross did.
Lord God, Creator of the Universe, help us reach our kids, our friends and relatives, please. Amen.
Special long term daily Prayer Request
God has blessed me with four mentor pastors, one of which is Rev. Don Demars. Don has a wonderful wife, Theresa, and ten of the greatest Christ loving kids in the world. Don's three oldest Dusty, Allie and Casey off to the mission field. Casey is in Romania, Dusty is on his way to India and Allie will be off to Panama this coming Thursday.
They are dong exactly what Jesus instructs all Born Again Washed in the Blood of the Lamb Christians to do, they are complying with:
Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.
All power is given unto Me in heaven and in earth. Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.
Please keep the three of them in your prayers and remember to pray for Don and Theresa too, imagine having three of your babies out in the world.
Thanks and the Lord bless you all ten fold,
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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The Lord be with and bless you all and please keep me, Jim, Steve, Channing and Cecily in your prayers. They are the working backbone of Christianpatriot.com. Amen.
Never ever forget this: There aint no purgatory!
Lord Jesus, please give women a love for their babies, from the moment of conception on, let them love them I pray Thee. Amen.
The Lord bless you all and may He heal Mel's eyes and Myra's ears. May You be with Colby as he is now out of boot camp and into Fleet Marine Corps, A Christian babe amongst many a wolf.
And Lord I ask You to bless those who bless me and mine tenfold for the blessing they are to me.
Pray for Jim, he is in Iraq disarming roadside bombs as an S-6 in the US Army.
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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, 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.
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