Pastor Robert M. Celeste MCAC
Picture this if you would. Weekend of March 8th & 9th, 2003
I would like you to take a moment and think about this. Let's say that you are sitting in your chair at work, suddenly, there is a member of the local police bomb squad standing beside you. As you look up and start to rise from your chair, he says, "No, don't get up, we have a problem." He goes on to say "We received a call that a bomb was placed directly under your chair. It is set to go off at the first change in weight. It appears that when you sat down, you armed it, and if you get up, it will detonate." So, you stop trying to raise and instead sink back into your chair.
Scared? My guess would be that scared might be an understatement.
As you sit back another member of the bomb squad comes in, and he too has got about two tons of heavy material on. They each have a thick face mask and helmet on, and they each have two inch thick gloves on and as they bend down and look under your seat, you hear them let out a gasp and then a "wow, this thing is huge."
Feeling better? I didn't think so.
As the two members of the bomb squad stand up, they look at you and tell you that you're sitting on about ten pounds of molded C-4, just about enough to put you or better yet pieces of you, on the moon. But they say, we can dismantle it, for we have a book.
Now, choose which of the two following scenarios you would prefer to hear:
"The book is written by forty or so guys. We think one or two of them might have built one of these things, but don't worry because the others have all got some experience in electronics and stuff. But, just in case, we are bringing in more protective gear. While we can't do much to cover you, we need to do as much as we can to protect ourselves and everyone else, so we are evacuating all one hundred stories of this building and every building on the street."
"The book is written by three men who took direct dictation from the man who invented and first built one of these bombs. After taking the dictation, all three got together with the builder/inventor and went over what they had written, and in every case where there was any disagreement on even the smallest detail, the builder/ inventor of this bomb went over it again with them until all three had it exactly right. We have dismantled hundreds of these bombs, we are so sure that we can do this we are taking off our protective clothing and allowing every one else to come back in and go back to work. This is a piece of cake, we can be done in about five minutes, then we'll all go have a cup of coffee."
My guess would be that you would feel a lot more comfortable if you heard the second rather than the first.
Now, let's look at your life. You are sitting on a ticking bomb, and one day your life is going to end, and one day you are going to take your last breath. Unlike the bomb above, there is no chance you are not going to at sometime die. There are two books on how to life your live. One of these books, is rewritten by a bunch of egotists who can't seem to agree on much of anything, and keep changing and re-changing, defining and redefining their advice and instructions. They are called evolutionists.
Then there is another book, it has 66 chapters written over 1600 years, by about 40 men. It is in total agreement throughout, and none of the writers claim to be doing anything other than taking dictation from the original builder/inventor of all things including us. In this book are simple straightforward instructions on how to live your life to assure an eternity of bliss. It tells you absolute truths like this:
And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment: (Hebrews 9:27)
It warns you not to read and put your faith in the other books, but to put your faith in the Author of this one book:
No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon. (Matthew 6:24)
This book tells you that the Author loves you so much that He Himself has offered up Himself to be an atonement for your sins so that you can eternal peace and bliss:
For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. (John 3:16)
But this book doesn't stop there, it goes into great detail in exactly what must be done to assure eternal salvation and bliss.
It tells us that we must repent, that we must ask for forgiveness and that we must ask the Author to come dwell within us and be our Father, to give us direction and protection.
Let me close by just showing you what two of the scribes had to say in their direct dictation from the Author:
All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: so, that the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works. (2 Timothy 3:16&17)
We have also a more sure word of prophecy; whereunto ye do well that ye take heed, as unto a light that shineth in a dark place, until the day dawn, and the day star arise in your hearts: Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation. For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost. (2 Peter 1:19,20&21)
Which book are you more comfortable with? Which book would you rather have your life depend on?
May the Lord our God, Messiah Yeshua be with and bless you, may He take the scales from your eyes, the hardness form your hearts and the wax from your ears, may He give you understanding of His word when you ask Him in prayer to do so.
Lord God Creator of all things, we, the people of the USA, give Thee thanks for giving us the second chance we do not deserve. We thank Thee Lord for our brave troops who are at this very instant freeing and liberating people through out the kingdom of satan. Amen. And Lord we beseech Thee that Thou would send to our men a Paul, to preach Your word to them before they go to free those held captive by the forces of evil left by Saul. Touch the Presidents heart Lord, lead him in a direction to send evangelist to our troops, give him the strength Lord to serve You, to use his office, that You have entrusted him with, as Commander in Chief to authorize and send solid evangelical Born Again Washed in the Blood of the Lamb Christian evangelist preachers to bring the Word of God to our troops, giving them both reason to fight and the Lord's plan of salvation.
Lord Jesus, it is in Thy Sacred and Holy Name I pray, Amen.
All Scripture is 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.
God blessed America when she feared Him, now it appears, she may face His wrath.
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