ACP Pastor Robert M. Celeste MCAC
Maybe 130, maybe 150. Weekend of April 12th & 13th, 2003
We are not sure how many men and women died in the war to repay the Saddam regime and free the Iraqi people, but the number was no where near the 8,000 or 9,000 plus prophesied by the press, their pundits and those who opposed the US and British actions.
But, there are some things we do know. We know that nowhere in history is there an account of a modern nation overthrowing a horrible, sadistic, fascist, communist regime like Saddam's in twenty one days. We know beyond any doubt that the Saddam regime had chemical and biological weapons and was on the very verge of having small nuclear weapons. We know that he was one of the most sadistic of all the dictators, right up there with the other two anti-Christ wannabes, Hitler and Stalin. We know that he had devices used for torture that would shock anyone with any sense of humanity. He used a large shredder designed to shred plastic, and in it he would put live men, women and children feet first so that he could 'enjoy' their screams longer. He forced those who were going to be fed into the shredders to watch in horror from balconies overlooking the shredder. He used rape as a torture, and when he and his minions got through torturing a prisoner, the prisoner was not able to be identified by even his or her mother. He dug holes in the ground with entrances just large enough for a small child to climb in, put a cast iron grate across the top, and fed the child so that the child grew and became too big to ever escape, and he did this in places where the child's parents could come and see and hear their child's screams.
And yet, France, Germany, Russia, China, the major media here in the USA and throughout the world, and many within the very halls of government here in the USA supported Hussein and opposed our war to remove him. Even today, you do not find the leaders of the Democrat party, the pundits in the media, the anchors for the networks news shows, the leaders of foreign nations and the UN congratulating President Bush, the Department of Defense, General Franks and the troops. Instead, they are more interested in focusing on trivial problems such as broken infrastructure and the one or two Iraqis who are not happy to be freed. They focus on the few non combatants who were injured or killed by our battles to free Iraq rather than the tens of thousands tortured to death by Saddam, his minions and his ilk. Yet, they cannot plead innocence to not knowing the truth, for their own reporters are embedded with the front line troops and have reported it, but are almost ignored when it comes to the commentary of the talking heads and their retired, never saw the plans, experts.
And there is another thing we know, we know that more members of the US Military serving in the Iraq theater of operations have come to a saving knowledge of the Lord Jesus, the Christ, at this time than at any other time in history. Men and women who, even though they are part of the rolls of the died in action, are alive this day with the Lord, because they heeded these words:
John Chapter Three
1 There was a man of the Pharisees, named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews: 2 The same came to Jesus by 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." 3 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.
4 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?" 5 Jesus answered, 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. 6 That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.
7 Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again. 8 The wind bloweth where it listeth, and thou hearest the sound thereof, but canst not tell whence it cometh, and whither it goeth: so is every one that is born of the Spirit.
9 Nicodemus answered and said unto Him, "How can these things be?" 10 Jesus answered and said unto him, Art thou a master of Israel, and knowest not these things? 11 Verily, verily, I say unto thee, We speak that we do know, and testify that we have seen; and ye receive not our witness. 12 If I have told you earthly things, and ye believe not, how shall ye believe, if I tell you of heavenly things?
13 And no man hath ascended up to heaven, but He that came down from heaven, even the Son of man which is in heaven. 14 And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of man be lifted up: 15 That whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have eternal life.
16 For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him (Jesus) should not perish, but have everlasting life. 17 For God sent not His Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through Him might be saved. 18 He that believeth on Him 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.
19 And this is the condemnation, that Light (Jesus) is come into the world, and men loved darkness (satan) rather than Light, because their deeds were evil. 20 For every one that doeth evil hateth the Light, neither cometh to the Light, lest his deeds should be reproved. 21 But he that doeth truth cometh to the Light, that his deeds may be made manifest, that they are wrought in God. (John 3:1-21)
Yes, we have lost a lot of men and women, maybe as many as 150, but, many of those understood what Jesus said in John three and more important, they acted on it by giving their lives to Christ. Choosing to serve Christ rather than satan. Choosing to spend eternity with the Lord God Creator of all things rather than satan, saddam, hitler, stalin and sadly so many in the press, the un, the leadership of france, germany, russia, china, and the body of liberal, leftist politic in the USA.
Over the next two days, somewhere in the neighborhood of 9,000 to 12,000 of our guys and gals in uniform in the Iraqi theater of operations will read this thought, there are two things I would like to say to them, actually three. First, you guys did good! Second, if you haven't already, please choose Christ today. And third, now that you have helped free and liberate the people of Iraq with massive fire power, give some thought to moving to Maine and freeing the people of Maine with massive votes for freedom.
And may our Lord Jesus, He who shed His Blood, He who put His life on the line for you, He who took your place on the cross, give you peace and understanding. May He help you find the missing troops, may he bless you and help you make the choice of Life through Him.
And for you parents of those who gave their lives, let me say this: I and my wife grieve with you, we buried our youngest son when he was 18, we know what you are going through and what you will be going through in the days to come. So does God the Father, "For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him (Jesus) should not perish, but have everlasting life." The only peace my wife and I found after Andrew's death came with and from the Lord God Creator of all things, not booze, not drugs, not counseling from those who deny the very existence of the One and only Living God, but from that only Living and understanding God. The God who allowed His Son to die so that we, His creations, could have a way to live.
May our Lord Jesus be with and comfort you and yours, as He comforted my wife and I.
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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