A daily Christian thought from:
ACP, The Church for the American Christian who is a Patriot
Pro-Christ, Pro-Life, Pro-Constitution.

Pastor Robert M. Celeste MCAC
Today's Christian thought: Friday February 6th, 2004

Be not afraid

There are a number of ways of studying God's word the Holy Scriptures. You will find methods at the front of every Bible. There are the one year plans and the two years plans. The five year and the seven year plans. But, having read the Bible many, many times now, the best way I have found to study the Bible is to read it and put it in paragraph form. Identifying who each pronoun is referring to and then starting each pronoun that refers to God the Father, God the Son or God the Holy Ghost with a capital letter. Back four years ago I started doing just that. We have come to know it and identify it as the ACP/KJV.

This daily thought/study series using a chapter of the New Testament each day or every other day, has caused me to go through it again, and guess what, I am finding mistakes. Finding these mistakes is proving to me the importance of studying and studying and studying the word of God. For with each reading I find new things that God is saying. At night, my wife and I are studying the Old Treatment Scriptures, we have just finished Jeremiah and are now done with Lamentations chapters one and two, tonight we will be doing chapters three, four and five. I am amazed at the many instances where Israel, Judah, and Jerusalem and the United States are literary interchangeable. For the sins that caused God's wrath on Israel, Judah, and Jerusalem in the mid 500 BC's, are now every day occurrences in the USA. The sins foisted on the people of Israel, Judah, and Jerusalem by there princes, kings and women are now common every day sins forced upon the people of the USA by the courts, women and members of the political elite with the help of their allies in the press.

Today, as we study Matthew fourteen, let us focus not on the garbage of today's society, the rude and obnoxious ads, the slutty behavior of to days teen idols, and the filth emanating from the courts and the halls of public politic, but instead, let us focus on God's words "Be of good cheer; it is I; be not afraid."

Matthew Chapter Fourteen

1 At that time Herod the tetrarch heard of the fame of Jesus, 2 And said unto his servants, "This is John the Baptist; he is risen from the dead; and therefore mighty works do shew forth themselves in him." 3 For Herod had laid hold on John, and bound him, and put him in prison for Herodias' sake, his brother Philip's wife. 4 For John said unto him, "It is not lawful for thee to have her." 5 And when he (Herod) would have put him (John) to death, he feared the multitude, because they counted him as a prophet.

6 But when Herod's birthday was kept, the daughter of Herodias danced before them, and pleased Herod. 7 Whereupon he promised with an oath to give her whatsoever she would ask. 8 And she, being before instructed of her mother, said, "Give me here John Baptist's head in a charger." 9 And the king was sorry: nevertheless for the oath's sake, and them which sat with him at meat, he commanded it to be given her. 10 And he sent, and beheaded John in the prison. 11 And his head was brought in a charger, and given to the damsel: and she brought it to her mother. 12 And his disciples came, and took up the body, and buried it, and went and told Jesus.

13 When Jesus heard of it, He departed thence by ship into a desert place apart: and when the people had heard thereof, they followed Him on foot out of the cities. 14 And Jesus went forth, and saw a great multitude, and was moved with compassion toward them, and He healed their sick. 15 And when it was evening, His disciples came to Him, saying, "This is a desert place, and the time is now past; send the multitude away, that they may go into the villages, and buy themselves victuals."

16 But Jesus said unto them, They need not depart; give ye them to eat. 17 And they say unto Him, "We have here but five loaves, and two fishes." 18 He said, Bring them hither to Me.

19 And He commanded the multitude to sit down on the grass, and took the five loaves, and the two fishes, and looking up to heaven, He blessed, and brake, and gave the loaves to His disciples, and the disciples to the multitude. 20 And they did all eat, and were filled: and they took up of the fragments that remained twelve baskets full. 21 And they that had eaten were about five thousand men, beside women and children.

22 And straightway Jesus constrained His disciples to get into a ship, and to go before Him unto the other side, while He sent the multitudes away. 23 And when He had sent the multitudes away, He went up into a mountain apart to pray: and when the evening was come, He was there alone. 24 But the ship was now in the midst of the sea, tossed with waves: for the wind was contrary. 25 And in the fourth watch of the night Jesus went unto them, walking on the sea. 26 And when the disciples saw Him walking on the sea, they were troubled, saying, "It is a spirit; and they cried out for fear."

27 But straightway Jesus spake unto them, saying, Be of good cheer; it is I; be not afraid. 28 And Peter answered Him and said, "Lord, if it be Thou, bid me come unto Thee on the water."

29 And He said, Come.

And when Peter was come down out of the ship, he walked on the water, to go to Jesus. 30 But when he saw the wind boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink, he cried, saying, "Lord, save me." 31 And immediately Jesus stretched forth His hand, and caught him, and said unto him, O thou of little faith, wherefore didst thou doubt?

32 And when they were come into the ship, the wind ceased. 33 Then they that were in the ship came and worshipped Him, saying, "Of a truth Thou art the Son of God." 34 And when they were gone over, they came into the land of Gennesaret. 35 And when the men of that place had knowledge of Him, they sent out into all that country round about, and brought unto Him all that were diseased; 36 And besought Him that they might only touch the hem of His garment:

and as many as touched were made perfectly whole. (Matthew 14:1-36 ACP/KJV)

When you start to sink, when you start to feel as though you are awash in the murk and mire of today's society, turn to the Lord, call out to Him and be not afraid, but simply hold out your hand knowing that He, if you are truly saved, will immediately reach out and hold you up.

The Lord God of Creation, Christ Jesus be with and bless you all, amen.

Pray for the daughters of Will, for Will, and his mom. Pray that the Lord will put the girls back under the control of Steve.

Pray for my friend Mac, pray for Rush and Michael Savage. While the Lord does not need the platforms and audiences that Rush and Michael have, they, Rush, Michael and their audiences need the Lord.

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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