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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 M., Bob, Celeste ACP/MCAC
Associate Pastor Mr. Steve Burzlaff
Today we are going to write to Cory again, this time we are going to cover, what to do next, if the Lord has decided to leave that wounded man in your care for a few moments more. Where do you go next, what do you say? Why don't all of you look on as I cover that in this, today's letter to Cory.
It must seem strange to you to be referred to as "Dear Cory" for I am sure your Drill Instructors call you many a thing, but none that even come close to either 'dear' or 'Cory'. I believe, if memory serves me correctly, that the names they use for Recruits are words that are more designed to make the average human blush rather than want to acknowledge as referring to them. I remember once when my senior DI, one Staff Sargent Robert J. Fought, referred to me as "Boot". I was so unaccustomed to having him call me anything close to anything even worn by a human that it took me a minute to realize that it was indeed me he was calling. His favorite name for us was a synonym for whale droppings at the bottom of the sea.
Well anyhow my dear little, although, you are certainly not little, Brother in the Lord, I have a few more things to say to you, so, as in the words of my third grade teacher, way back in the dark ages of the early nineteen fifties, who taught us to start all personal letters like this:
My Dear Cory,
I take pen in hand to write to you this day..... Pretty cool huh, think about it, when I learned how to write a letter, the word computer had not been even included in the Webster Dictionary, never mind such things as spell check. Spell check back then was what you did when you took a dictionary off a shelf and looked up a word. Was kind of strange, because you had to know how to spell the word in order to look it up to see if you had it spelled right. Oh well, that was back then, today I just look for the words, of which there are many I might add, that have red lines under them and by golly the computer fixes them.
Well anyhow Cory, this is what I want to talk to you about today. Now Monday last, we talked about the Marine who was in your arms dying, the guy who knew you were a Christian and he knew that very shortly he would be standing before God answering this question: "Why should I let you into My heaven?" Today we are going to look at the Scripture you should have memorized, just incase the Lord God of Creation, Christ Jesus, let's that man live a bit longer, leaving him in your care for a few more minutes, after you have given him the minimum plan of Salvation.
Ready? Now if you are not using the King James Verison, some of the language here may seem archaic to you, don't feel bad, it was archaic even in 1611. But, I love it so I use it, but feel free to grab a New KJV for yourself.
First, a paraphrase from First Corinthians chapter 15:
Jesus rose again the third day according to the Scriptures: And He was seen by Cephas, we call him Peter, then of the twelve: After that, Jesus was seen by more than five hundred brethren at once; of whom the greater part remain unto the time Paul wrote this in 40 AD or so, but some had died.
After that, Jesus was seen by His half brother James; then by all the apostles. And last of all He was seen by me, Paul, also, as of one born out of due time. For I am the least of the apostles, I am not worthy to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the church of God. But by the grace of God I am what I am: and His grace which was bestowed upon me was not in vain; for I labored more abundantly than they all: yet not I, but the grace of God which was with me.
Therefore whether it were I or they, so we preach, and so ye believed. Now if Christ be preached that He rose from the dead, how say some among you that there is no resurrection of the dead?
You than say to him: "You know what that means Marine? It means that because God raised Jesus from the dead, that He will raise all who are true Born Again Christians from the dead after they die also, not to go to hell, but to be in heaven with Him."
Keep this in mind Cory, nothing works like Scripture to open the eyes of the unsaved. You can debate the principals of Christianity all day long in the barracks, but when a Marine is dying, you had best bring it straight to God via Scripture.
Then, if the Lord has still leaving this dying Marine in your care, go to Acts chapter ten and recite it verbatim for Acts chapter ten is where we are given the example that even the worst Marine can be and will be forgiven by Jesus, if only he will believe on the Lord. For no Marine in history has ever come close to doing the things that Roman Centurions and their legionnaires did, this Cornelius in Acts chapter ten, is thought by some, including me, to be the same Centurion who was a the foot of the cross when Jesus was crucified, meaning he was the commander of the platoon that beat, whipped, tortured, crucified, and speared Jesus. Yet, as God tells us thru Luke in Acts Ten, Cornelius and his were forgiven.
Recite it as God caused it to be written and let the Holy Spirit do His job. A reminder, Jesus's words are in red, God the Father and/or God the Holy Spirit/Ghost are in purple.
Acts Chapter Ten
1 There was a certain man in Caesarea called Cornelius, a centurion of the band called the Italian band, 2 a devout man, and one that feared God with all his house, which gave much alms to the people, and prayed to God always. 3 He saw in a vision, evidently about the ninth hour of the day, an angel of God coming in to him, and saying unto him, "Cornelius". 4 And when he looked on him, he was afraid, and said, "What is it, lord?" And he said unto him, "Thy prayers and thine alms are come up for a memorial before God. 5 And now send men to Joppa, and call for one Simon, whose surname is Peter: 6 He lodgeth with one Simon a tanner, whose house is by the sea side: he shall tell thee what thou oughtest to do."
7 And when the angel which spake unto Cornelius was departed, he called two of his household servants, and a devout soldier of them that waited on him continually; 8 And when he had declared all these things unto them, he sent them to Joppa.
9 On the morrow, as they went on their journey, and drew nigh unto the city, Peter went up upon the housetop to pray about the sixth hour: 10 And he became very hungry, and would have eaten: but while they made ready, he fell into a trance, 11 And saw heaven opened, and a certain vessel descending unto him, as it had been a great sheet knit at the four corners, and let down to the earth: 12 Wherein were all manner of four footed beasts of the earth, and wild beasts, and creeping things, and fowls of the air.
13 And there came a voice to him, Rise, Peter; kill, and eat. 14 But Peter said, "Not so, Lord; for I have never eaten any thing that is common or unclean."
15 And the voice spake unto him again the second time, What God hath cleansed, that call not thou common. 16 This was done thrice: and the vessel was received up again into heaven. 17 Now while Peter doubted in himself what this vision which he had seen should mean, behold, the men which were sent from Cornelius had made enquiry for Simon's house, and stood before the gate, 18 and called, and asked whether Simon, which was surnamed Peter, were lodged there.
19 While Peter thought on the vision, the Spirit said unto him, Behold, three men seek thee. 20 Arise therefore, and get thee down, and go with them, doubting nothing: for I have sent them.
21 Then Peter went down to the men which were sent unto him from Cornelius; and said, "Behold, I am he whom ye seek: what is the cause wherefore ye are come?" 22 And they said, "Cornelius the centurion, a just man, and one that feareth God, and of good report among all the nation of the Jews, was warned from God by an holy angel to send for thee into his house, and to hear words of thee."
23 Then called he them in, and lodged them. And on the morrow Peter went away with them, and certain brethren from Joppa accompanied him. 24 And the morrow after they entered into Caesarea. And Cornelius waited for them, and had called together his kinsmen and near friends. 25 And as Peter was coming in, Cornelius met him, and fell down at his feet, and worshiped him. 26 But Peter took him up, saying, "Stand up; I myself also am a man."
27 And as he talked with him, he went in, and found many that were come together. 28 And he said unto them, "Ye know how that it is an unlawful thing for a man that is a Jew to keep company, or come unto one of another nation; but God hath shewed me that I should not call any man common or unclean. 29 Therefore came I unto you without gainsaying, as soon as I was sent for: I ask therefore for what intent ye have sent for me?"
30 And Cornelius said, "Four days ago I was fasting until this hour; and at the ninth hour I prayed in my house, and, behold, a man stood before me in bright clothing, 31 And said, 'Cornelius, thy prayer is heard, and thine alms are had in remembrance in the sight of God. 32 Send therefore to Joppa, and call hither Simon, whose surname is Peter; he is lodged in the house of one Simon a tanner by the sea side: who, when he cometh, shall speak unto thee.' 33 Immediately therefore I sent to thee; and thou hast well done that thou art come. Now therefore are we all here present before God, to hear all things that are commanded thee of God."
34 Then Peter opened his mouth, and said, "Of a truth I perceive that God is no respecter of persons: 35 But in every nation he that feareth Him, and worketh righteousness, is accepted with Him. 36 The word which God sent unto the children of Israel, preaching peace by Jesus Christ: (He is Lord of all:) 37 That word, I say, ye know, which was published throughout all Judaea, and began from Galilee, after the baptism which John preached; 38 How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power: who went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed of the devil; for God was with Him.
39 And we are witnesses of all things which He did both in the land of the Jews, and in Jerusalem; whom they slew and hanged on a tree: 40 Him God raised up the third day, and shewed Him openly; 41 Not to all the people, but unto witnesses chosen before of God, even to us, who did eat and drink with Him after He rose from the dead.
42 And He commanded us to preach unto the people, and to testify that it is He which was ordained of God to be the Judge of quick and dead. 43 To him give all the prophets witness, that through His name whosoever believeth in Him shall receive remission of sins."
44 While Peter yet spake these words, the Holy Ghost fell on all them which heard the word. 45 And they of the circumcision which believed were astonished, as many as came with Peter, because that on the Gentiles also was poured out the gift of the Holy Ghost. 46 For they heard them speak with tongues, and magnify God. Then answered Peter, 47 "Can any man forbid water, that these should not be baptized, which have received the Holy Ghost as well as we?"
48 And he commanded them to be baptized in the name of the Lord. Then prayed they him to tarry certain days. (Acts 10: ACP/KJV)
The Lord be with you my young 'Boot', and may He bless you and keep you safe,
PS oh ya and may He help your DI's to work you hard, make you tough, and prepare you to be a proud member of the US Marine Corps.
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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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