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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 Celeste ACP/MCAC
Mr. Steve Burzlaff, Elizabethtown, Kentucky
Special Guest Pastor Rev. Jim Marstaller, Pastor of The CornerStone Gospel Church in Naples, Maine
Ok, it's night time, you've spent a hard day at work, you've just had a great dinner and now you and your wife are sitting down watching Wheel of Fortune. Pat is his usual dry humorous self, Vanna is radiant in blue, green or purple, as Vanna does whatever it is that Vanna does. Not to digress, but Vanna must belong to one strong union. Can you imagine paying someone good money to do whatever it is that Vanna does?
Well anyhow, there you are sitting on the couch, wife curled up beside you, and the excitement is building. With only one space left to fill, the guy has $6,500 all cash, looks over at Pat and says, "I'm gonna spin one more time Pat." And with that he spins, and as the wheel slows it is coming to that space that has $10,000, the one in-between two bankrupts. And just then the phone rings, the caller Id says "Warning Telemarketer!!!"
What do you do? Let it ring? Answer it, yell at the caller, and hang up? Or thank God for the call, turn off the TV and answer the phone.
Now for the answers from Family Feud:
Let it ring? Survey says: 35.
Answer it, yell at the caller, and hang up? Survey says: 51.
Thank God for the call, turn off the TV and answer the phone. Survey says: 1.
That one answering "Thank God for the call, turn off the TV and answer the phone" would be me. Now stop shaking your head, no I haven't gone over the top, no I'm not crazy and no I don't dislike Wheel of Fortune. Some of their ads are more than a bit distasteful, but I really do like the show and I'm glad Vanna White belongs to a strong union.
But, think about this, what if you were to answer the phone, and the voice on the other ends says, "Mr. Whencuihjhdghrmaangeng, (they always mispronounce your name) sir, you have been selected...." Don't interrupt him, but the first chance you get say this; "Look, I'll let you talk for four minutes if you will let me talk for four minutes first."
Now, one of two things will happen here, he will either say, "OK", highly likely, or "No thank you" and hang up, very unlikely.
So now you have four minutes to talk, this is what I do and say.
"I've been doing a bit of Bible study and I'd like to get your opinion on something.
About 1,975 years ago there was a man of the Pharisees, named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews, one of the high mucky mucks, a member of what they called the Sanhedrin. This Nicodemus came to Jesus late one night, and said unto Him, "Rabbi, we know that Thou art a teacher come from God: for no man can do these miracles that Thou doest, except God be with him." Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God. Verily, verily means listen carefully this is really important, it is a matter of life and death.
Nicodemus saith unto Him, "How can a man be born when he is old? can he enter the second time into his mother's womb, and be born?" Jesus answered saying, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.
Look Nicodemus, Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again. The wind blows where it will, and you hear the sound of it, but you can not tell where it comes from, and where it's going: so is every one that is born of the Spirit.
Nicodemus answered and said unto Him, "How can these things be?" Jesus answered and said unto him, Art thou a master of Israel, and knowest not these things? Verily, verily, I say unto thee, We speak the things we know of, and testify of things we have seen; and you don't understand or believe us. If I have told you earthly things, and ye believe not, how shall ye believe, if I tell you of heavenly things?
Nicodemus, No man has gone up to heaven, except He that came down from heaven, the Son of man which is in heaven. Nic, just as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of man be lifted up: That whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have eternal life.
Listen carefully Nic, God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, so that whosoever believeth in Him (that would be 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 believes on Jesus 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.
Now Nicodemus, This is the condemnation, 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.
OK, now you get four minutes, use them wisely, ask me questions about what I just said if you would like to."
Now it is his turn, he will either ask you questions, hang up on you or go into his spiel. Most often the caller will either ask you questions or simply thank you and hang up. I have never had one go back into his sales pitch. IF they ask questions, are you ready to answer them? What if they say this; "If I understand what you just said, Jesus says that no one who is not Born Again will get into heaven. Is that right? And if it is, what do I have to do to be Born again?"
Now that would be a dream come true answer, but if it were asked of you, could you answer it? Are you prepared to explain the plan of salvation to a man or woman you have never met?
Print this one out guys, keep it close to you phone, and pray the Lord of the harvest will trust you with a telemarketer. And don't worry, the reruns start in another few months, you can find out what happened on Wheel, then.
These are the last words Jesus spoke before being taken out of their sight and into heaven:
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 always, even unto the end of the world. Amen.
Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature. He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned. And these signs shall follow them that believe; In My name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues; They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover.
So then after the Lord had spoken unto them, He was received up into heaven, and sat on the right hand of God.
How well does God know you? Do you think He knows you well enough to know that you're just not going to go out and preach the gospel? Not even to chipmunks, pigeons and squirrels in a park, for fear that some man, woman or child might hear you? Maybe that's why He had that telemarketer call you.
Lord give us the strength to take our candle from under the basket and put it on a lampstand. 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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