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
Special Guest Pastor Rev. Jim Marstaller, Pastor of The CornerStone Gospel Church in Naples, Maine
Important Note: Starting Wednesday March 29th, 2006, the thoughts will be posted at 7PM.. This is to assure that all thoughts are proof read before posting.
Rev. Bob Celeste
While I will never compromise on the Word of God or His word, I will never acccept a woman as pastor, elder or in any other position in the church where she would be over the lowest of men. At times it is nice to hear what a woman who has been Born Again since the fall of 1946 has to say. Such a thing happened at our church Sunday morning.
Norma has been absent from the church fellowship for a couple of months, she had been very sick. Yesterday she told how hard it was to get back into the habit of getting up, getting ready and coming to church after languishing in bed for so many Sunday mornings while she was ill and even after she started feeling better, lazy but better.
I started thinking about what Norma said and had to agree. While I never wish to avoid doing the thought, as a matter of fact, I at times resent having the newspaper since it takes my Tuesday and Thursday and Saturday mornings and I don't get to do the thought those days. I liked it better when all I had to do was the thought and I got to do it every morning six days a week. God willing the Lord will bring someone along to take over the paper and let me get back to doing just the thoughts. Steve would still do Friday's but, I would have Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday.
But back to the point. While I never want to avoid doing the thought, it is awfully easy for me to avoid my morning prayer time, especially on days I'm not doing the thought and during the summer when Cec is home and/or we are on the road.
Bad habits are very easy to get into. Staying home on Sunday, missing Wednesday night prayer meeting, and my favorite, falling asleep before I read as many chapters of the Bible at night as I know you should. Those are a few, not all, but a few. They would not be called back sliding, no, they would be called drifting.
How do we avoid drifting? How do we get out of drifting? I'm not sure. I think drifting is three parts of laziness and one part habit. When you don't feel good, you just naturally want to stay in bed. When it's 25 below zero outside or 105 above zero, we just naturally want to stay home and not go anywhere. But, if we find the strength on those days to get out to go to work, to go to a party, or go to a sporting event, why is it so hard for us to get up and go to church, Bible study, or prayer meeting?
Jesus said: For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also. Have you ever noticed how it is always the same people that show up for everything at a church? Many times both husband and wife, along with the kids will come to church, but only the husband or the wife will show up for some of the other things. Our church is blessed with many young men and women, yet the most faithful are the older folks.
There is an older couple in our church, Bob and Joan, and both are older than me. Joan just went through cancer treatments, she works about 30 hours a week and they both help take care of their twin grand boys who are about 18 months old. Yet, they are at everything the church has. They are there on Sunday morning, Joan plays the piano, they are there on Sunday nights, Wednesday night prayer meeting, Friday night Creation seminar, and Bob is the one we relay upon to make sure everything in the church is working right. While Pastor Jim is gone over the next two weeks Bob will fill in for him for a Wednesday night and a Sunday night. And with all this on their plate, they don't drift.
So why is it that so many others of us do? The Lord God of Creation, Christ Jesus has told us through the pen of His hand chosen Apostle Paul: Know ye not that they which run in a race run all, but one receiveth the prize? So run, that ye may obtain. (1 Corinthians 9:24 ACP/KJV)
Through the pen of the unknown writer of Hebrews, the Lord has instructed us to: Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us. Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God. (Hebrews 12:1&2 ACP/KJV)
As we look at these verses we see that Jesus is telling us something. He is telling us that while all run in a race there is but one winner. He goes on in Hebrews to compare the rest of the pack in the race to Himself. But in comparing us to Him He tells us to run our race to win, to put aside the temptations of this world to drift or God forbid backslide. He tells us to focus on the joy of the prize of heaven and put one foot in front of the other, to catch our second wind and run to win.
For those of you who have older brothers, you know how hard you used to run to try and beat him? You knew you couldn't, not when you were six and he twelve, but that didn't stop you from trying, that didn't stop you from running your little heart out, running till you thought you were going to pass out. And that is exactly what Jesus is telling us to do.
You see, unlike your big brother here on earth, who said, "Let's go, I'll race you to that big tree on the other side of the field," Jesus instead says, "Come on little brother, let's race, you run to that little tree a hundred yards down the field, and I'll run to that big tree a hundred miles down the road."
Let me give you a good reason to get out of your drifting, and back into the race.
Then came to Jesus the mother of Zebedee's children with her sons, worshipping Him, and desiring a certain thing of Him. And He said unto her, What wilt thou? She saith unto him, "Grant that these my two sons may sit, the one on Thy right hand, and the other on the left, in Thy kingdom."
But Jesus answered and said, Ye know not what ye ask. Are ye able to drink of the cup that I shall drink of, and to be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with? They say unto Him, "We are able." And He saith unto them, Ye shall drink indeed of My cup, and be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with: but to sit on My right hand, and on My left, is not Mine to give, but it shall be given to them for whom it is prepared of My Father. (Matthew 20:20-23 ACP/KJV)
You see, The mother of John the favorite Apostle of Jesus, and John's brother James, came to Jesus asking Him to let her sons John and James sit next to Him in paradise, one on His Right and one on His left. Jesus ended His answer to her by saying, "No, I can't grant that, for it shall be given to them for whom it is prepared of My Father."
So why should you stop drifting? Well, those seats on the right hand of Jesus may till be open. God may still be waiting to see who runs the best race that He has given them to run to fill those seats on the right hand of Jesus.
Now that I think of it, I want one of those seats on the right hand of Jesus, so when I start to get lazy, when the temperature drops to minus 25 or climbs to 105 in the shade, I'll get up and go to church. When we are on vacation I'll find the time. I'll make the time for daily prayer. I may not be able to beat Jesus to that tree five miles down the road, but I can sure try my best to get to that tree 100 yards into the field before He gets to His tree five miles down the road. And as for you other guys in the race, look behind you, I'm gaining speed, I have gotten my second wind, I want that seat on the right hand of the Lord God of Creation, Christ Jesus!
Know ye not that they which run in a race run all, but one receiveth the prize? I want that prize, I want that seat right next to God. I'll not cheat, I'll not push or shove, but be sure of this, I want that seat at the right hand of Jesus. And so should you.
Lord Give us strength, make the race good Lord, give us all trees to run to and the strength to make it to that tree through rain, snow, heat, cold, trial, tribulation, temptation or whatever. Amen.
Never ever forget this: There aint no purgatory!
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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 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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