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 Celeste ACP/MCAC
Mr. Steve Burzlaff, Elizabethtown, Kentucky
Special Guest Pastor Rev. Jim Marstaller, Pastor of The CornerStone Gospel Church in Naples, Maine
First, let's do a little housekeeping of questions.
Question: Pastor Bob, now that you have been eating healthy and doing alternative health, what works?
Answer: What works? OK, here goes. First throw everything out that has corn syrup, refined(white bleached) flour and/ or refined(white) sugar in the ingredients. Next throw out any white sugar you have. If it says refined, dump it. Same with the flour, those things will kill you. Start eating fresh fruit, not the poison in a can stuff, but the fresh off the shelf stuff in your local supermarket or health food grocery store. Then, you need to clean yourself out. You can do this in a day or two by mixing the juice from 4 organic lemons, a quart of grade b or c maple syrup in a gallon jug, fill with spring water and then add as much cayenne pepper as you can stand. Drink a gallon a day of that stuff for two or three days, eat nothing else, drink only pure water in addition to it, no coffee, no soda, no pop, no cocacola. After that, eat we;; and use a product called Heavenly Greens. Cecily and I started eating healthy last October. We started using Heavenly Greens two months ago, and I have had no, get this, no pain in my left wrist for over two weeks now. That wrist is loaded with arthritis.
Question: Pastor, when are you going to be putting up more of the ACP/KJV Bible?
Answer: You know, I have pretty much the whole New Testament done, I just haven't had time to html code it and put it up, But, either during the April vacation or this summer, a lot more will go up, God willing the rest of the New Testament.
Question: Pastor, with this new threat from Iran offering to pay homicidal nuts in the USA big money for blowing themselves up in churches, schools, post offices and other soft targets, should we start going to church armed?
Answer: YES! And it is time tor replace the wad cutters with hydra-shocks.
OK, let's get to today's thought. Last week we looked at the qualifications of being ordained, and how if we would get back to the requirements outlined by Paul to Timothy, many, if not all, of the problems in today's liberal church of Laodicea would go away. Today we will follow up and study the requirements to be an elder in a Christ fearing, Christ loving, Christ centered church.
8 Likewise must the deacons be grave, not doubletongued, not given to much wine, not greedy of filthy lucre; 9 Holding the mystery of the faith in a pure conscience. 10 And let these also first be proved; then let them use the office of a deacon, being found blameless. 11 Even so must their wives be grave, not slanderers, sober, faithful in all things.
12 Let the deacons be the husbands of one wife, ruling their children and their own houses well. 13 For they that have used the office of a deacon well purchase to themselves a good degree, and great boldness in the faith which is in Christ Jesus. (1 Timothy 3:8-12 ACP/KJV)
For the most part, Deacons/Elders, are the ones who run the day to day business affairs of the church, they pay the bills, fix and clean the church and are on the forefront of praying with, counseling with and even replacing a Pastor:
Then the twelve called the multitude of the disciples unto them, and said, It is not reason that we should leave the word of God, and serve tables. Wherefore, brethren, look ye out among you seven men of honest report, full of the Holy Ghost and wisdom, whom we may appoint over this business. But we will give ourselves continually to prayer, and to the ministry of the Word. (Acts 6:2-4 ACP/KJV)
The office of Deacon, Elder, Board of Governors, Trustees, Treasurer, or what ever you choose to call them, is not an office based upon friendships or the such. It is a serious position ordained by God with certain serious responsibilities. Steve Burzlaff is the most well known of the men who stand behind and make ChristianPatriot.com work. I didn't just pull Steve's name out of a hat, I didn't throw darts at a wall full of names, and I didn't select Steve because he and I are friends. Before I asked Steve, I prayed, prayed and prayed some more. When I first asked Steve, he did not say yes, instead he and Janice prayed. Then, after much praying and consultation with his wife and family, Steve gravely accepted the position of Associate Pastor of ChristianPatriot.com. Then he asked me to remove the title from before his name because he felt he was not worthy. I disagreed, but abided by his wishes.
As you go through the list below, you can check yes off beside each one for not only Steve, but for Jim and every other man associated with ChristianPatriot.com in a leadership roll. No woman has a leadership roll in ACP.
Jesus through the pen of Paul tells us that a Associate Pastor, Deacon, Elder etc, must be:
Grave, (semnos) honorable:--grave, honest.
Not doubletongued, (dilogos) equivocal, i.e. telling a different story:--double-tongued.
Not given to much wine, Just as the Pastor must never even give the appearance of being a drunkard, so must also the leadership of the church.
Not greedy of filthy lucre (aischrokerdes), sordid:--given to (greedy of) filthy lucre.; Need a guideline for this? OK, use ACP as an example and guideline. No one gets paid even one red cent to be part of ChristianPatriot.com or Christian-news-in-maine.com. As a matter of fact, I would dare say that it cost all of us money to bring ACP to you.
Holding the mystery of the faith (pistis; persuasion, i.e. credence; moral conviction (of religious truth, or the truthfulness of God or a religious teacher), especially reliance upon Christ for salvation; abstractly, constancy in such profession; by extension, the system of religious (Gospel) truth itself:--assurance, belief, believe, faith, fidelity.) in a pure conscience. In other words, He must be not only well grounded in the word of God, but, able to articulate it as it is written, not taken to adding anything to the Bible or making up answers when he doesn't know the answer.
Being found blameless (anegkletos) unaccused, i.e. (by implication) irreproachable:--blameless. In this day and age of false accusations, slander and out and out lies, I would be hesitant to remove anyone from a leadership position of CP based upon an allegation, especially an allegation or accusation coming from outside of the solid Born Again Washed in the Blood of the Lamb Christian family.
Their wives (gune, a woman; specially, a wife:--wife, woman) must be grave (semnos, honorable:--grave, honest), not slanderers (diabolos, a traducer; like Satan:--false accuser, devil, slanderer), sober (nephaleos, circumspect:--sober), faithful (pistos, objectively trustworthy; subjectively trustful:--believing Christian believer, faithful to Christ, and her husband, sure, true) in all things.
The Deacons, Associate Pastors, Elders and others in the church leadership must be the husbands of one wife, ruling their children and their own houses well.
Are you starting to see how, if only we would get back to the Word of God and His word, the Holy Bible, in picking the leadership for our local churches, we could end many a problem within the church family? But guys, you can not and will not have a say in the inner politics of yur local church unless you are an active, participating, tithe paying member of that church. All others are in the wilderness, and Pastor Jim Marstaller will be covering more about the wilderness a week from this coming Wednesday.
You know something, I would add one thing to the list Jesus gave to Paul, and that would be that the elders should carry concealed weapons, just like the Apostle Peter did.
Guys, a young lady by the name of Nancy Lord is going to be operated on tomorrow. Please take a moment to pray for her, her doctors, and her family. This is a pretty serious operation and she has a young son who is in need of constant care. I would ask you to also pray for the salvation of a woman named Julie. And as always, please keep all of us here at ACP in your prayers.
My Lord, my God, Christ Jesus, please Lord, be with and bless all ten fold for the blessing those You have sent have been to me, my family and ACP over this last ten years. Lord, You have brought them here, please never let me let them down or mislead them in any way. Amen.
Special long term daily Prayer Request
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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