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
And whosoever shall give to drink unto one of these little ones a cup of cold water only in the name of a disciple, verily I say unto you, he shall in no wise lose his reward. (Matt. 10:42 KJV)
"The care of human life and happiness and not their destruction is the first and only legitimate object of good government."... Thomas Jefferson
I am starting to suspect Americans are becoming more and more like frogs. I am sure you have heard the story of the biology teacher who placed a frog into a beaker of water and put a thermometer in the beaker and then put it on a Bunsen burner that could be turned up one degree at a time. He took the temperature and noted it and then each hour he turned up the heat one degree. At first the frog did not notice the subtle increases, but soon he did and by that time it was too late to get out of the beaker and you know the rest.
We are becoming just like the frog in the beaker. We see or hear things going on around us and ignore them and pretty soon, just like the frog we are in hot water from which there is no returning.
Terri Schiavo's court battles are one of the many frogs in the beaker. As I write this her family is now mourning her death today by starvation and dehydration.
If a brother or sister be naked, and destitute of daily food, And one of you say unto them, Depart in peace, be ye warmed and filled; notwithstanding ye give them not those things which are needful to the body; what doth it profit? James 2: 15-16 (KJV)
The trash now seen on TV started in this manner and has become another frog in the beaker. Remember the good times on TV with Red Skelton closing each show with the "and may God bless" admonition? Remember seeing bedroom scenes with husband in one twin bed and wife in another? We have progressed from programming like that to Janice Jackson baring her breast for all to see, and beyond. How did we get to this point? By slowly and steadily relaxing our standards until we have now reached the low standards we now see.
The recent rash of child abductions have us wringing our hands and wondering what to do. Law enforcement seems to be trying, but have they made any progress? What would have happened 100 years ago to someone who stole into a house, took a 10 year old girl, sexually abused her and then murdered her?
Let me say that while I do not condone vigilante justice, the rapist/murderer would have been brought to trial within a few days of being arrested and if he was convicted he would have been executed within a day or two, usually by hanging in a public location. Would that not deter a crime? Come on down and watch what happens to old Joe who got caught. Maybe, just maybe someone would say to themselves, "hmmm, maybe I do not want to do what old Joe did, not only is it immoral and illegal, but the ending old Joe had was sure not what old Joe thought it would be."
I would like to propose a short scripture reading plan. Today is the first of the month. Set down tonight with your family and read the first book of Proverbs together and then read Psalm 1, 31, 61, 91 and 121. Tomorrow night read Proverbs 2 and Psalm 2, 32, 62, 92 and 122. Continue this pattern for the remainder of the month and then on May 1st, start over. When you have a month with 31 days, select some of your favorite verses to read, we especially like to switch to one of the gospels for this extra day. February simply gets shorted a few verses. Do this for a few months and it becomes a habit that is hard to get away from. I am not going to tell you this will make anyone a great Bible scholar, but it sure helps to plant that little seed into the hearts of us and then all we have to do is let God take over and help us grow.
May the Lord God of Creation bless us all,
Steve Burzlaff, Associate Pastor ChristianPatriot.com
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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