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
Associate Pastor Mr. Steve Burzlaff, Elizebeth, Kentucky
Rev. Jim Marstaller Special Monthly Guest Pastor, Pastor of CornerStone Gospel Church in Naples, Maine
And the list goes on, and on, and on. Too often we seem to think that God is limited to only bestowing certain gifts, the gifts of the Spirit, everything else, well they just happened. Guess what, that is horse dung. Any and all gifts and any and all skills that your have, have come from God, every last one. He bestows those gifts and skills and then what you do with them is up to you, but rest assured my dear hoggish one, you will answer to Him for the way you used the gifts He has entrusted to you.
How do I know that? God says so that's how.
14 For the kingdom of heaven is as a Man travelling into a far country, who called His own servants (all who profess to be Christians), and delivered unto them His goods (gifts)( read 1 Corinthians 12). 15 And unto one He gave five talents, to another two, and to another one; to every man according to his several ability; and straightway took His journey.
16 Then he that had received the five talents went and traded with the same(used those gifts with other men), and made them other five talents. 17 And likewise he that had received two, he also gained other two. 18 But he that had received one went and digged in the earth, and hid his Lord's money.
19 After a long time the Lord of those servants cometh, and reckoneth with them. 20 And so he that had received five talents came and brought other five talents, saying, "Lord, thou deliveredst unto me five talents: behold, I have gained beside them five talents more." 21 His Lord said unto him, "Well done, thou good and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy Lord."
22 He also that had received two talents came and said, "Lord, Thou deliveredst unto me two talents: behold, I have gained two other talents beside them." 23 His Lord said unto him, "Well done, good and faithful servant; thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord."
24 Then he which had received the one talent came and said, "Lord, I knew Thee that Thou art an hard man, reaping where Thou hast not sown, and gathering where Thou hast not strawed: 25 And I was afraid, and went and hid Thy talent in the earth: lo, there Thou hast that is Thine." 26 His Lord answered and said unto him, "Thou wicked and slothful servant, thou knewest that I reap where I sowed not, and gather where I have not strawed: 27 Thou oughtest therefore to have put My money to the exchangers, and then at My coming I should have received Mine own with usury." 28 "Take therefore the talent from him, and give it unto him which hath ten talents. 29 For unto every one that hath shall be given, and he shall have abundance: but from him that hath not shall be taken away even that which he hath. 30 And cast ye the unprofitable servant into outer darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth." (To further understand the talents read Mark 4:)
31 When the Son of man shall come in His glory, and all the holy angels with Him, then shall He sit upon the throne of His glory: 32 And before Him shall be gathered all nations: and He shall separate them one from another, as a shepherd divideth his sheep from the goats:
33 And He shall set the sheep(Saved) on His right hand, but the goats(unsaved) on the left. 34 Then shall the King say unto them on His right hand, "Come, ye blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world: 35 For I was an hungred, and ye gave Me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave Me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took Me in: 36 Naked, and ye clothed Me: I was sick, and ye visited Me: I was in prison, and ye came unto Me."
37 Then shall the righteous answer Him, saying, "Lord, when saw we Thee an hungred, and fed Thee? or thirsty, and gave Thee drink? 38 When saw we Thee a stranger, and took Thee in? or naked, and clothed Thee? 39 Or when saw we Thee sick, or in prison, and came unto Thee?"
40 And the King shall answer and say unto them, "Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these My brethren(Born Again Washed in the Blood of the Lamb Christians, for they are the brothers and sisters of the Lord Jesus), ye have done it unto Me."
41 Then shall He say also unto them on the left hand, "Depart from Me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels: 42 For I was an hungred, and ye gave Me no meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave Me no drink: 43 I was a stranger, and ye took Me not in: naked, and ye clothed Me not: sick, and in prison, and ye visited Me not."
44 Then shall they also answer Him, saying, "Lord, when saw we Thee an hungred, or athirst, or a stranger, or naked, or sick, or in prison, and did not minister unto Thee?"
45 Then shall He answer them, saying, "Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye did it not to one of the least of these, ye did it not to Me." 46 And these shall go away into everlasting punishment: but the righteous into life eternal. (Matthew 25:14-46 ACP/KJV as of 11 March 2004)
So you see, one day you will get to kneel before the Lord and if you are Saved, you will get an opportunity to give and accounting of how you have used the gifts the Lord has entrusted to you.
Now, I'm not going to lecture you about your gifts, what I am going to do is tell you about some men and women who are using the gifts God has bestowed upon them for His glory by doing His work, and while to a Christian they all complain about not doing enough, on the day of judgement, many of you will wish you were in their shoes.
Nancy is a hair stylist. She cuts hair, dyes hair and does all those things to hair that girls so like and men so enjoy looking at. Nancy does Pastors hair and wives of pastors hair for either free or next to free. You can not sit in her shop and not hear about Jesus and all He has done for her. She, reaches into her pocket each year and insist that I take 25 or 30 dollars for "gas" on our summer evangelical trip.
Ovide, how many times have I told you about Ovide? Now I'll tell you a bit more. Ovide use to be a drunk, never finished high school and drank a good part of his life away. Then Ovide accepted the invitation of Jesus, but better yet, Jesus accepted Ovide. Ovide's shop is on busy Route 302 in Bridgton, Maine, he has a huge sigh out front, well maybe not huge, but as big as the communist who run the governments of Maine will allow. On that sigh in small letters it tells you that he sells and repairs cars and that he has new and used parts. In big letters the sign says: "Jesus Is Lord". How did Ovide find the Lord? How did his life become so changed? Well, Ovide has a solid Bible reading wife named Nancy, and one day, one day not to far away, Nancy is going to hear Jesus say, "Oh Nancy thank you so very much for never giving up on My servant Ovide, come here and sit with Me."
The other day I went in and saw Ovide, I told him that we were starting a politically incorrect Bible believing Christian alternative to the Boy Scouts of America, and that I needed his help. That I needed him to teach the boys how to change oil, filters, and other simple but important maintenance stuff on cars. He said: "When do you want to start?"
Ovide keeps my trucks running, he takes care of every Christian who walks through the door, he never let's a pastor in the area have a car that is will not get up and start at three in the morning on the coldest night in winter. You go into his shop and you will hear about Jesus, and may God help you if you blaspheme the name of the Lord within ear shot of him. Yet, he never feels as if he is doing enough. So how can Ovide do these things? Simple he has a solid Born Again Washed in the Blood of the Lamb Christian wife. , so instead of badgering him, she encourages him.
Then there is my old and dear friend Mac Maguire, Mac who has terminal cancer, yet up until this last few months, never missed a day of proof reading for me.
And there is Doctor Allen Bean, I call Allen on Sunday and say to him, "Allen, there is a man named Mel, Mel has no insurance and his wife is asking for prayer because he has been very sick." Allen has never said to me, "Well, who is going to pay my bill?" No instead Allen says "Can he call me or should I go over to his house?" Allen isn't some old retired doctor with time on his hands. No he is more than ten years younger than me with a wife and family to support, yet, he is also willing to take a Saturday afternoon and teach the boys real first aid. How can Allen get away with that? Simple he has a solid Born Again Washed in the Blood of the Lamb Christian wife. , so instead of badgering him, she encourages him.
Then there is the ChristianPatriot.com team, look at the time Pastor Steve devotes to doing the thought every Friday. Do you think Steve is old with nothing better to do? No, Steve has a home schooling wife, and a houseful of kids, he also has his elderly mother-in-law and father-in-law to care for, yet, Steve never says, "Nope, can't help ya" instead it's can I do more? How can he find the time to help me? Simple he has a solid Born Again Washed in the Blood of the Lamb Christian wife. , so instead of badgering him, she encourages him.
And then there is my pastor, Rev. Jim Marstaller, Cornerstone Gospel church in Naples, Maine. Jim is not one of these pastors that leads a man to Christ and then turns him loose. No, I have watched Jim with young Eric, Eric is a brand new baby Christian and Jim is never very far from him. You would think Eric had become a part of Jim's body. Over the last few weeks we have had a bit of snow around here. Jim has taken Eric everywhere with him, they fixed Eric's heater together, they shovel snow together, they, now get this, Jim is 51 years old, not a spring chicken, they slide off roofs together into snow banks. And Jim still finds time to write for Christian-news-in-maine.com and do a monthly thought for ChristianPatriot.com. Jim has a home schooling wife and family to take care of, but still he never says no, how can he do these things? Simple he has a solid Born Again Washed in the Blood of the Lamb Christian wife, so instead of badgering him, she encourages him.
Are they the only ones? No, what about Larry Austin, Danny Calhoun, Bob Semple, Rev. Fuestel, Rev. Kringle, and the list goes on and on, way to lengthy for me to possible name one and all, but for the most part, the reason they can and do is two fold. One they love the Lord Jesus and can not do enough to thank Him for what He did for them on the cross. And the second reason is: Simple they each have a solid Born Again Washed in the Blood fo the Lamb Christian wife, so instead of badgering him, she encourages him.
So the message today is two fold, one is the question of what are you doing with the gifts the Lord Jesus has entrusted to you and the second point is to show you how important it is to have a solid Born Again Washed in the Blood of the Lamb Christian wife. Men, are you raising your daughter(s) to be a solid Born Again Washed in the Blood of the Lamb Christian wife. Are you teaching your son to understand the importance of having a solid Born Again Washed in the Blood of the Lamb Christian wife, so instead of badgering him, she encourages him?
Let me close with one more name, my wife Cecily. ChristianPatriot.com never ask for money any more, we haven't for some three years now. Why? How can I keep this ministry going without outside money? Without coming to you guys and asking you to dig deep? Simple, I am married to a solid Born Again Washed in the Blood of the Lamb Christian wife. She is not only my rib, she gets up each morning and goes into the world, as a public school teacher, pray for her, so that I can minister to you. And God has given her that love of teaching, He has given her that desire to serve me and be my rib, always encouraging and always telling me she wants to do more.
Like Nancy, Myra, Janice and Billie, one day in the not to distant future, Cecily is gong to see the Lord Jesus and hear Him say, "Come here little sister, and thank you for never letting my servant, your husband down."
Lord God Creator of the Universe, I thank You for those men and women whose eyes you have opened, the men and women who have put You first and know that the gifts You have given them are not for them to hog but for them to share. For them to use to further Your work, and thank you Lord for giving so many of us ribs who are not just wives, but real and true helpmates, wives who are solid Born Again Washed in Your Blood Christians. Amen.
Now if I didn't mention you, don't get upset, I know who you are, but more important Christ knows who you are.
The Lord bless you all and may He heal Mel's eyes and Myra's ears. May He be with Colby as he has now arrived at Paris Island and strted boot camp, A Christian babe amongst many a wolf. Amen.
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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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