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
If a bird walks along with a waddle, spends most of it's time in the water, quacks while in the water, in the air, and on land, looks like a duck, and taste like a duck when plucked and cooked, it is a duck. Makes no difference that it claims to be an elephant, a chicken, a giraffe or a hippo, it is a duck.
Susan Collins, Olympia Snowe, the infamous Maine State Senator from Fryeburg, Maine, David R. Hastings the 3rd, claim to be Republicans, but, what they claim and what they are is just as stark in contrast as to the duck claiming to be an elephant. And just as the duck is not an elephant, neither are Collins, Snowe and Hastings Republicans. But, so what? Who cares? Snowe, Collins and Hastings are part of the world, they are daughters and son of the prince of this world and we should not expect them to follow nor emulate any other than the prince of this world.
But, what about Christians? What about those who profess to belong to the Lord God Creator of all things, Christ Jesus? Shouldn't they be honest? Should not one who claims to belong to the Christ, actually belong to the Christ? For you see, it is The Christ, not Jesus Christ, not just Christ, it is either Christ Jesus or Jesus the Christ or the Christ. For you see Christ is a title, it is the title which means Messiah or King of kings, Lord of lords, it is not a last name. But, I digress.
I want you to first take a look at, and read, James chapter one, and then I will return to make my point about those who claim to be Christians, but are not. For regardless of what they claim to be they are in fact, just as much the children of and followers of the prince of this world as are Susan Collins, Olympia Snowe, and the infamous Maine State Senator from Fryeburg, Maine, David R. Hastings the 3rd. For, as you will see, you can deceive yourself, but, you can not deceive God.
James, Chapter One
1 James, a servant of God and of the Lord Christ Jesus, to the twelve tribes which are scattered abroad, greeting,
2 My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations; 3 Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience. 4 But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing.
5 If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of our God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him. 6 But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed. 7 For let not that man think that he shall receive any thing of the Lord. 8 A double minded man is unstable in all his ways.
9 Let the brother of low degree rejoice in that he is exalted: 10 But the rich, in that he is made low: because as the flower of the grass he shall pass away. 11 For the sun is no sooner risen with a burning heat, but it withereth the grass, and the flower thereof falleth, and the grace of the fashion of it perisheth: so also shall the rich man fade away in his ways.
12 Blessed is the man that endureth temptation: for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life, which the Lord hath promised to them that love Him.
13 Let no man say when he is tempted, "I am tempted by God": for God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempteth He any man: 14 But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away by his own lust, and enticed. 15 Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death.
16 Do not err, my beloved brethren. 17 Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning. 18 Of His own will begat He us with the word of truth, that we should be a kind of firstfruits of His creatures. 19 Wherefore, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath: 20 For the wrath of man worketh not the righteousness of God.
21 Wherefore lay apart all filthiness and superfluity of naughtiness, and receive with meekness the engrafted word, which is able to save your souls. 22 But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves. 23 For if any be a hearer of the word, and not a doer, he is like unto a man beholding his natural face in a glass: 24 For he beholdeth himself, and goeth his way, and straightway forgetteth what manner of man he was.
25 But whoso looketh into the perfect law of liberty, and continueth therein, he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his deed. 26 If any man among you seem to be religious, and bridleth not his tongue, but deceiveth his own heart, this man's religion is vain. 27 Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this: To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world. (James 1:1-27 ACP/KJV)
Just as Susan Collins, Olympia Snowe, the infamous Maine State Senator from Fryeburg, Maine, David R. Hastings the 3rd, deceive themselves and many of their constituent, so do many who call themselves Christians deceive themselves and many of their followers.
Once upon a time if a person referred to themself as a Republican you could pretty much figure out who he was and where he stood on pretty much all of the issues. Not so today. Today there are those who claim to be Republicans because that's what it takes to get elected or to get the money, or just because they know that to refer to ones self as a Democrat means that your true identify and beliefs would be known. Would Susan Collins, Olympia Snowe, or the infamous Maine State Senator from Fryeburg, Maine, David R. Hastings the 3rd, want to have a D after their name? Would they want to be associated with the party of death, the party of homosexual activist, the party of abortion and haters of the Republic? Of course not, but their votes betray them, their votes, just like the quacking of the duck, the taste of the roasted duck, betray them. Just as do the sermons and positions of the once proud Christian main stream religions.
Once upon a time if you walked into a Methodist church, a Presbyterian church, or a Congregational church, you heard the truth and the Truth preached. You heard The Christ proclaimed as God and His word proclaimed as the truth and only truth. Not so today. Today you are very likely to find a woman or a homosexual preaching from their pulpits. You will hear pretty Christian hymns sung but the sermon will lead you to believe that there is more than one way to heaven, that there are good people all over the world that will be in heaven, that God would never condone hell or suffering and that Jesus died so that all could go to heaven, not by having to become born again, but only by being members in their church or simply by being born and 'living a good life'.
Just as the half brother of the Lord Christ Jesus warned so many years ago, men and women today deceive themselves, they look in distorted mirrors, they behold that which is a lie and see it as the truth.
As we wander the roads of this corrupt and deceiving generation, we must stay true to the course. Jesus is going to allow us to be tempted, He is going to allow the deceiver to try his best to deceive us, but, we, thank God, have this Book we call the Holy Bible to help us find and know the Truth and the truth. Our Lord Jesus is not going to tempt us, but He is going to allow satan and his ilk, his minions and his slaves to try their best to tempt us. Why? Well that is simple, Jesus knows that those who really care about Him, those who really want to both serve Him and be His, are willing to patiently search the Scriptures for the truth.
Be patient, put your faith in the Christ, put your sights on eternity, judge all that anyone says against what Jesus says in His book, the Holy Bible. Every word of it, every chapter of it, every dot, or tittle of it, is there for your edification, yours to use to separate truth from fiction. For it is only in the Bible that you will find the means to judge truth from lie, Messiah from satan.
It never ceases to amaze me how a guy will pour over the publications, put out by a car company, to find just the right settings for his car, yet will second guess the Creator of all things when it comes to his salvation.
Just as a duck can not be an elephant, Snowe, Collins and Hastings are not Republicans. And neither can you or anyone else be saved and be assured of eternal bliss, peace and happiness via any way other than the Lord Christ Jesus!
"Unless a man is born again, he will not see the kingdom of God", Jesus John 3:3 "Anyone who denies Me before men, I will deny before My Father" Jesus Matthew 10:33
Now go back and read James 1:21 and 22 again.
Lord Jesus, please give women a love for their babies, from the moment of conception on, let them love them I pray Thee. Amen.
Never ever forget this: There aint no purgatory!
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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