A daily Christian thought from:
ACP, The Church for the American Christian who is a Patriot
Pro-Christ, Pro-Life, Pro-Constitution.
Pastor Robert M. Celeste MCAC
Today's Christian thought: Wednesday April 14th, 2004
Last night as I watched President Bush on televison, I could not help but notice how hostile every last member of the press corps, that he called on, was to him. Reminded me of how hostile the leaders of the Jews and the their Roman masters were to Jesus. I watched as the press said things that were designed to insult and belittle not only the President, but the troops under his command. And as I watched, I saw the President defend these troops putting the leftist US hating press in their places. You know they never asked Clinton questions about the many places he sent troops. They never asked Clinton or Reno about the dead at Waco, or the bombings in the former Yugoslavia. They never belittled Clinton by quoting Bob Dole. Yet, last night they were treating President Bush just as they would like to treat Jesus and every Christian man, woman and child in the nation. With undisguised and brutal hostility.
I was proud of the President, for he defended his troops just as Jesus defended His disciples in verses 14&16 of today's Scripture. For just as the Lord snapped at the scribes, "What question ye with them?" President Bush last night snapped back answers at the press that both defended and showed his support for our troops. And at the same time let the press know that he knew just who it is that they support. Last nights press conference left absolutely no doubt in my mind of just who and what the so called main stream press in the USA supports, not Christ, not Christians, not the President, and certainly not our troops.
And now let us go to: Mark Chapter Nine
1 And He said unto them, Verily I say unto you, That there be some of them that stand here, which shall not taste of death, till they have seen the kingdom of God come with power. After Jesus arose from the grave, He appeared to around 500 Christians at various times over the next forty days. 60 years or so later in 90 AD, He also called John to heaven to see Him and to receive the Revelation of Christ Jesus, called the Book of Revelation.
2 And after six days Jesus taketh with Him Peter, and James, and John, and leadeth them up into an high mountain apart by themselves: and He was transfigured(changed into God the Son as He appears in heaven) before them. 3 And His raiment became shining, exceeding white as snow; so as no fuller on earth can white them. 4 And there appeared unto them Elias with Moses: and they were talking with Jesus. 5 And Peter answered and said to Jesus, "Master, it is good for us to be here: and let us make three tabernacles; one for Thee, and one for Moses, and one for Elias." 6 For he wist(knew) not what to say; for they were sore afraid. 7 And there was a cloud that overshadowed them: and a voice came out of the cloud, saying, This is My beloved Son: hear Him. You will see this same description of God the Son when we get to the Book of Revelation. Look back to verse five for a moment, do you notice how Peter knew the two men that were with Jesus. Now back in 30 AD, there were no photographs, videos or DVD's Peter had never seen a picture of Moses and Elijah, yet he knew who they were. That tells us that the micro second we get into heaven, we will know everyone there. And God the Father said "This is My beloved Son: hear Him." Good advice for Peter, James and John, it is good advice for us today.
8 And suddenly, when they had looked round about, they saw no man any more, save Jesus only with themselves. 9 And as they came down from the mountain, He charged them that they should tell no man what things they had seen, till the Son of man were risen from the dead. 10 And they kept that saying with themselves, questioning one with another what the rising from the dead should mean. Don't laugh at verse 10, Peter, John and James had Jesus with them, but they did not have the Bible as you and I do today. They had no where to look up what it was that Jesus was telling them.
11 And they asked Him, saying, "Why say the scribes that Elias must first come?"(see Malachi 4:5) 12 And He answered and told them, Elias verily cometh first, and restoreth all things; and how it is written of the Son of man, that He must suffer many things, and be set at nought. 13 But I say unto you, That Elias is indeed come, and they have done unto him whatsoever they listed, as it is written of him. (This reference to Elias, Elijah, is John the Baptist, also see Matthew 17:12).
14 And when He came to His disciples, He saw a great multitude about them, and the scribes questioning with them. 15 And straightway all the people, when they beheld Him, were greatly amazed, and running to Him saluted him. 16 And He asked the scribes, What question ye with them? Now this is one of those verses where you get a glimpse at how Jesus guarded His disciples, we have the Lord away and the scribes trying to question His disciples, a multitude of people are around, probably enjoying the discomfit of the disciples, when along comes Jesus. Immediately the people try to cover their behavior by running up to the Lord and greeting Him, but the Lord's attention is on the scribes. "What question ye with them?" No matter how you try, there is no way you can picture that question being asked that leaves you with any other impression than that of the Lord coming up, with a very determined look on His face, going right up to the leader of the Scribes, putting His face right into the leader of the Scribes face and saying to him, "get away from them, if you have a question ask Me!"
17 And one of the multitude answered and said, "Master, I have brought unto Thee my son, which hath a dumb spirit; 18 And wheresoever he(the demon) taketh him(the son), he (the demon) teareth him(the son): and he (the son & demon) foameth, and gnasheth with his (the son & demon) teeth, and pineth away: and I spake to Thy disciples that they should cast him out; and they could not." 19 He answereth him, and saith, O faithless generation, how long shall I be with you? how long shall I suffer you? bring him unto Me. 20 And they brought him unto Him: and when he(the son & demon) saw Him, straightway the spirit tare him; and he fell on the ground, and wallowed foaming. 21 And He asked his father, How long is it ago since this came unto him? And he said, "Of a child. 22 And ofttimes it hath cast him into the fire, and into the waters, to destroy him: but if Thou canst do any thing, have compassion on us, and help us." 23 Jesus said unto him, If thou canst believe, all things are possible to him that believeth. 24 And straightway the father of the child cried out, and said with tears, "Lord, I believe; help Thou mine unbelief." 25 When Jesus saw that the people came running together, He rebuked the foul spirit, saying unto him, Thou dumb and deaf spirit, I charge thee, come out of him, and enter no more into him. 26 And the spirit cried, and rent him sore, and came out of him: and he was as one dead; insomuch that many said, "he is dead." 27 But Jesus took him by the hand, and lifted him up; and he arose. A couple of quick points here. First, do not underestimate the powers of demons, second, notice the father of the boy asking the Lord to help him overcome his doubts, and third notice how the demon knew he was in trouble the second Jesus got involved.
28 And when He was come into the house, His disciples asked Him privately, "Why could not we cast him out?" 29 And He said unto them, This kind can come forth by nothing, but by prayer and fasting. Look be careful when dealing with evil demons, always go to the Lord before going after any demons. You will never come out on top using commentary to fight demons, only the word of God and His Word can overcome satans minions.
30 And they departed thence, and passed through Galilee; and He would not that any man should know it. 31 For He taught His disciples, and said unto them, The Son of man is delivered into the hands of men, and they shall kill Him; and after that He is killed, He shall rise the third day. 32 But they understood not that saying, and were afraid to ask Him. Remember back in verse ten?
33 And He came to Capernaum: and being in the house He asked them, What was it that ye disputed among yourselves by the way? 34 But they held their peace: for by the way they had disputed among themselves, who should be the greatest. 35 And He sat down, and called the twelve, and saith unto them, If any man desire to be first, the same shall be last of all, and servant of all. This would be a good time for you to jump ahead and read John13:5
36 And He took a child, and set him in the midst of them: and when He had taken him in His arms, He said unto them, 37 Whosoever shall receive one of such children in My name, receiveth Me: and whosoever shall receive Me, receiveth not Me, but Him that sent Me. Some will tell you that this is referring to evangelizing the unsaved, I disagree. Take it literally and the child becomes another Born Again Believer in need.
38 And John answered Him, saying, "Master, we saw one casting out devils in Thy name, and he followeth not us: and we forbad him, because he followeth not us." 39 But Jesus said, Forbid him not: for there is no man which shall do a miracle in My name, that can lightly speak evil of Me. 40 For he that is not against us is on our part. Blam Jesus just shot down denominational, you got to be one of us to get into heaven, garbage. There are going to be Christians from every denomination in heaven.
41 For whosoever shall give you a cup of water to drink in My name, because ye belong to Christ, verily I say unto you, he shall not lose his reward. 42 And whosoever shall offend one of these little ones that believe in Me, it is better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and he were cast into the sea. Any Christian who helps another Christian in need, will receive a reward in heaven. But those who persecute Christians will wish they had never been born in the day of judgement.
43 And if thy hand offend thee, cut it off: it is better for thee to enter into life maimed, than having two hands to go into hell, into the fire that never shall be quenched: 44 Where their worm dieth not, and the fire is not quenched.
45 And if thy foot offend thee, cut it off: it is better for thee to enter halt into life, than having two feet to be cast into hell, into the fire that never shall be quenched: 46 Where their worm dieth not, and the fire is not quenched.
47 And if thine eye offend thee, pluck it out: It is better to cut off the hand that is about to harm a Christian, the foot that is about to kick a Christian or pluck out the eye that is about to spy on a Christian than it is to allow that part of the body to harm or cause harm to a Christian.
it is better for thee to enter into the kingdom of God with one eye, than having two eyes to be cast into hell fire: 48 Where their worm dieth not, and the fire is not quenched. 49 For every one shall be salted with fire, and every sacrifice shall be salted with salt. 50 Salt is good: but if the salt have lost his saltness, wherewith will ye season it? Have salt in yourselves, and have peace one with another. Everyone is tested, that test comes before salvation, it is a test that all who are Saved passed, it is a test that all who are damned failed. (Mark 9:1-50 ACP/KJV)
In the very first paragraph of today's thought I said: "I think I'll let you all in on two little secrets this morning. First did you know that most of the Bible is written as a warning to preachers, a warning against twisting God's word? No? You didn't know that? Well now you do, for it is a fact, most of the Bible is written so as to let preachers know that if they twist God's word, they are toast."
Now let me let you in on the second part of the secret. Every man. Woman and child on earth who is a Born Again Washed in the Blood of the Lamb Christian is ordained to preach God. So, my dear brothers and sisters, most of the Bible is written as instructions and warnings for you and your preaching. Don't preach looking for a profit. Don't twist God's words to soften the impact of another's sins. Don't twist God's word to make yourself feel better. Preach it as it is written and when you don't know, well just say "I don't know."
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.
I would also like to thank the Lord that Dorothy has a large print Bible, while I am not to happy about the way she got it, I am pleased that she has it. And now my prayer is that she will read it and the Lord will let the Holy Spirit guide her to understanding it. Amen.
The Lord be with you all and please keep me in your prayers. I have some very important decision to make over the next few weeks or months, I need your prayers. 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 my friend Mac, pray for Rush and Michael Savage. While the Lord does not need the platforms and audiences that Rush and Michael have, they, Rush, Michael and their audiences need the Lord.
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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