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 M., Bob, Celeste ACP/MCAC
Associate Pastor Mr. Steve Burzlaff
Cory is a youngster that attends Pastor Jim Marstaller's Cornerstone Gospel Church in Naples, Maine. He is a young boy, actually I guess I'd best say, young man, who is currently at Marine Corps Recruit Depot Paris Island. Cory has gotten in with a pretty good crowd of Boots, they spend a few minutes each evening in prayer together and in the discussion of things to do with Christ. So, I have decided to write him a letter, and to share that letter with you guys on ChristianPatriot.com. So, let me start again.
How ya doing lad? I guess I should let you know that this letter to you, is well, not to very private, for you see it was been posted on ChristianPatriot.com as a daily thought on February 7th, 2005. By the time you read it, it will have been read by maybe 47,000 others. Maybe one or two of them will commit to praying for you.
Well anyhow, as I was sitting here thinking about you, I could not help but do a little reminiscing, thinking back to the summer of 1962 when I was in platoon 232 of that very same, but with many more sand fleas, boot camp of Paris Island. At the same time, I was dwelling on something Pastor Jim had mentioned, something about you guys getting together at night and ending your day with prayer and a discussion on Scripture. That got me thinking to what I would say to you guys if I were sitting in your midst one night. What Scripture or thought would I present to you?
As I listened to you guys, what and where would I open my bible to? What would I think was the most important thing for you guys to focus on and get down pat? What would I figure and what would I know that Jesus would want a handful of, soon to be brand new Marines, to know, understand, and have down pat?
And because I know what Marines do, where they go and what they do when they arrive, thank God for the Navy cause someone has to row the boats, this is what I would try to get you guys to understand. Get you to understand so well that it became second nature to you. That you got to know it so well that when you are holding a wounded fellow Marine, that it comes to mind and out of your mouth with no conscience thought.
In Acts chapter ten, the Centurion, one very tough Roman Legionnaire, said to Peter; What must I do to be Saved? In Acts chapter 16 the prison warden, a very tough man in charge of torturing prisoners, said to Paul, What must I do to be Saved.
One day very soon, God willing, you and your friends are going to find yourself out of Boot camp, out of advanced training and in the Fleet Marine Corps, very easily you may find yourselves in a place where you will be holding a wounded fellow Marine who looks up to you and says either with words or a look: What must I do to be Saved? I don't want to go to hell! I'm not going to ask you if you know what you would say at that moment, instead I'm going to tell you what to say at that moment.
He says: What must I do to be Saved? You say:
You say: Hear me carefully Marine, Jesus, the Son of God, came to earth to give you the one and only way out of eternal damnation and into eternal glory. Jesus has told us that no man who is not Born Again will get into heaven, understand this, there is no purgatory, there is only eternal paradise in heaven with Jesus for those who are Born Again and eternal damnation in the never ending fires of hell with satan for those who reject what Jesus has done for us.
Jesus said this:
Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.
Whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have eternal life. For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him (Jesus) should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not His Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through Him might be saved. He that believeth on Him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.
And this is the condemnation, that Light (Jesus) is come into the world, and men loved darkness (satan) rather than Light, because their deeds were evil. For every one that doeth evil hateth the Light, neither cometh to the Light, lest his deeds should be reproved. But he that doeth truth cometh to the Light, that his deeds may be made manifest, that they are wrought in God.
Continue by saying;
Now Marine, hear me well, this is all you have to do to be assure of eternity with Jesus in heaven, you must be Born again, that means you must do these three things and you must do them right now.
First, you must go to the Lord Jesus in prayer, as I speak you can do this, go to Jesus in prayer right now and tell Him that you know in your heart and believe that He is the Son of God, that He came to earth to be crucified on the cross to pay for your sins.
Then confess to Him that you know you are a sinner, you know that you have done many things that have made Him cry that much of what you have done in your life has been wrong in His eyes, don't try to make excuses about these things, just admit to Jesus that you have done most things wrong. Then simply and honestly ask Him to forgive you and to take control of your life and your future.
Than just say out loud, "Lord Jesus, I know that You are God, please forgive me and let me into Your family, take my life Lord and do with it as You would, for You are God You are the Creator. Amen.
Cory with that little bit, you have covered the entire plan of Salivation. So it is time for you to shut up and pray, pray like you have never prayed before, pray asking Jesus to finish what you have started, ask Him to send the Holy Spirit into this young Marine to help him understand and accept the truth of salvation.
Remember this, from the time he gets wounded, it will only be a short time before the Corpsman arrives, so your time is very limited, and you can not assume that the Corpsman will be a Christian or that he will let you stay and continue talking, you will not have much time, make the most of it.
That's it Cory, you don't need to say any more than that, now you young recruits have many a night of Scripture to look through so that you'll know what to say to that Marine in the event that the Lord not only heals his heart and soul, but his body as well, for as a baby Christian, even though he may easily outrank you, he is going to need a more mature Christian to guide him as he heals and grows in the Lord, remember, satan is going to want him back, but that is meat for another day.
When you get home, you can and should sit down with Pastor Jim and discuss the long plan of Salvation that you would use if asked by one not wounded or on the verge of death. For you may find that as others get to know that you are a true Washed in the Blood of the Lamb Christian, that they may seek you out for council on the away to a combat zone.
The Lord God of Creation, Christ Jesus, be with you Cory and may He bless and protect you as you have been a blessing to me and are now on the verge of committing your life to protecting me and all of us here in the US of A. And may He bless those that bless you and deal with those who seek to harm you,
Rev. Bob Celeste pastor ChristianPatriot.com
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May the Lord understand the importance of Mac, Cecily, Steve, and Rev. Jim Marstaller to this ministry. Lord I need them both healthy and able to continue to hold up their ends. Lord this cancer of Mac's is starting to get in the way, this ministry needs him whole, just a thought Lord, is all it will take, just a thought on Your part.
There is a young man, a veteran who suffers from some kind of chemical weapon exposure, in a Veterans hospital in Colorado, he is young, and he is Saved, yet his wife just abandoned him. Please pray for him, Lord, help him and deal with her and those who hurt him, we ask this of the Father in Your name Lord Jesus, amen.
The Lord our God, Christ Jesus, be with and bless you all, amen.
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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