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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
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,
"What's the use" A study of Matthew 10:16-42
Thursday, January 25, 2007
Not many years ago, probably no more than 50, the streets had many an Evangelist. But sadly today, the street Evangelist, the abortion mill protestor, and even the guy holding the sign with the simple statement "REPENT" written on it are all but gone.
Why? Why do you think those who took the work of the Lord and the word of the Lord to heart, have all but abandoned the works of street Evangelism, abortion mill protesting and even the holding up of a simple sign? Jesus said: "Whosoever will come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me." So, what happened, where did all the Street Evangelist, abortion mill protestors, and sign holders go? What about all the fine men and women who use to hand out tracts? Where did they all go?
Let me tell you a story, a true story, and then perhaps you might start to understand why they, the men and women who use to take the Lord's work and protest to the streets, have gone home.
It was on a very cold Saturday at the end of 2005, the place was Water Street in Augusta, Maine. There was a store on water Street called SpellBound, it was a store that used nearly nude male and female models to sell their pornographic junk. I had been invited by Mike Hein to come and hold a sign for an hour or so, I got there around noon and stayed till about 4:PM. During that time, I saw and heard so called Christians yell "My Christ is a loving Christ, He wouldn't ..." Others shouted other insults at us, all in the name of Their Christ. Not one local Pastor, not one local Christian church was represented. Not one local church or Christian stopped and offered us coffee, hot chocolate, or even a cold cup of water. Yet, those holding signs in favor of the pornographic shop were brought hot coffee, adult beverages, and pizza.
At four o'clock I left Mike and started the long drive back to Harrison, I remember thinking, "What's the use Lord, what's the use?"
Over the past 20 years or so, I have published newspapers and for the last ten years Christianpatriot.com on the net. The insults from so called Christians have run in the neighborhood of 100 to the 1 who offered me the cup of cold water. Many, many a day I look up to heaven and say "What's the use Lord, what's the use? Is anyone listening?, does anyone care?"
16 Behold, I send you forth as sheep in the midst of wolves: be ye therefore wise as serpents, and harmless as doves. 17 But beware of men: for they will deliver you up to the councils, and they will scourge you in their synagogues; 18 And ye shall be brought before governors and kings for My sake, for a testimony against them and the Gentiles. 19 But when they deliver you up, take no thought how or what ye shall speak: for it shall be given you in that same hour what ye shall speak. 20 For it is not ye that speak, but the Spirit of your Father which speaketh in you.
21 And the brother shall deliver up the brother to death, and the father the child: and the children shall rise up against their parents, and cause them to be put to death. 22 And ye shall be hated of all men for My name's sake: but he that endureth to the end shall be saved. 23 But when they persecute you in this city, flee ye into another: for verily I say unto you, Ye shall not have gone over the cities of Israel, till the Son of Man be come.
24 The disciple is not above his Master, nor the servant above his Lord. 25 It is enough for the disciple that he be as his Master, and the servant as his Lord. If they have called the Master of the house Beelzebub, how much more shall they call them of His household?
26 Fear them not therefore: for there is nothing covered, that shall not be revealed; and hid, that shall not be known. 27 What I tell you in darkness, that speak ye in light: and what ye hear in the ear, that preach ye upon the housetops. 28 And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear Him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.
29 Are not two sparrows sold for a farthing? and one of them shall not fall on the ground without your Father. 30 But the very hairs of your head are all numbered. 31 Fear ye not therefore, ye are of more value than many sparrows. 32 Whosoever therefore shall confess Me before men, him will I confess also before My Father which is in heaven. 33 But whosoever shall deny Me before men, him will I also deny before My Father which is in heaven.
34 Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I came not to send peace, but a sword. 35 For I am come to set a man at variance against his father, and the daughter against her mother, and the daughter in law against her mother in law. 36 And a man's foes shall be they of his own household. 37 He that loveth father or mother more than Me is not worthy of Me: and he that loveth son or daughter more than Me is not worthy of Me. 38 And he that taketh not his cross, and followeth after Me, is not worthy of Me.
39 He that findeth his life shall lose it: and he that loseth his life for My sake shall find it. 40 He that receiveth you receiveth Me, and he that receiveth Me receiveth Him (God the Father) that sent Me. 41 He that receiveth a prophet in the name of a prophet shall receive a prophet's reward; and he that receiveth a righteous man in the name of a righteous man shall receive a righteous man's reward.
42 And whosoever shall give to drink unto one of these little ones a cup of cold water only in the name of a disciple, verily I say unto you, he shall in no wise lose his reward. (Matthew 10:16-42 ACP/KJV)
When was the last time you offered a cup of cold water instead of shaking your head or joining in with the Paul Barrieau's and Henry Clays of the world in thier hatred and attacks? David said it best: "Mine eye is consumed because of grief; it waxeth old because of all mine enemies. ... Deliver me not over unto the will of mine enemies: for false witnesses are risen up against me, and such as breathe out cruelty. ... I was a reproach among all mine enemies, but especially among my neighbors, and a fear to mine acquaintance: they that did see me outside fled from me. "
Oh Lord, how bad we, not just I Lord, but we, need a cup of cold water, You have given me to few Burzlaff's and LMD's and, it would seem, to many Alexander the coppersmiths. Lord, how I miss Warren, Jim, Dallas and Frank. Lord how I miss the men of the Oxford Hills Evangelical Pastors Assoc. Lord I know you suffered much, much, much more than Me, but Lord, I am not You, I am but a weak tired crybaby. Amen.
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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