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
Today is my birthday. 56 years ago yesterday my dad drove my mom to Wheatland General Hospital and at 1:04 AM on May 5, 1950, I arrived on the scene. Just the words Wheatland General Hospital bring back memories. The hospital was owned and operated by the only physician in town, Dr James G. Allison. He operated it until the county built a hospital in 1956. I remember the closing of the hospital and tearing it down for a new Safeway grocery store. It seemed like part of me went with those old bricks.
God gave me the best two parents possible. They were not Bible thumping Christians, but rather very conservative and laid back believers. My grandparents were Lutheran, my parents were Lutheran and that was the denomination I was raised in. I won't say I have fond memories of my early church life, as I did not. I tolerated going to confirmation class one afternoon a week for two years in order to be "confirmed" on my 12th birthday. Looking back on those days now, I am glad I had the opportunity to experience them. I do not agree with denominational teachings and beliefs now, and therefore attend a interdenominational church.
As soon as I was confirmed and could participate in the services, I became an usher. I could "ush" with the best of them, looking solemn as I would hand out hymnals with bulletins in them as the worshipers filed in to Trinity Lutheran Church and then dismissing them pew by pew with a slight nod of my head at the end of the service.
My mom and dad were Republicans and being from Wyoming, that was just what we were expected to be. I only remember one person who would publicly say his parents voted for JFK, and they were always a little on the strange side. I won't say that I am a "dyed in the wool" Republican, but am a staunch conservative instead. Right now at almost all levels it is awfully hard to tell a Republican from a Democrat, except on some issues.
I can lay claim to making two great decisions in my life. The most important one came about slowly through a maturation process that I think is still a work in progress and will continue to be one until I go to be with CHRIST. That is my personal decision to accept CHRIST in to my heart as my personal Savior. I am still in awe of God and the wonderful things He does daily in my life and the lives of others that show His true love for each and every one of us; no matter how much we really do not deserve that love. The second most important decision in my life was marrying my wife of almost 34 years, Janice. I am so proud of her and her commitment to God and our family.
Our nearly 34 years have been simply the best. Our marriage has yielded five children. Beth, Rick, Mary, Ruth and Charlotte. I would not be a good father if I did not brag about them: Beth has been married for 6 years (she and her husband Joe share June 4th as an anniversary with us). I ask for prayer for them as they have struggled unsuccessfully for a baby for those six long years. But in God's time they will bear fruit. Rick is next in line. He is still single, but has been doing what for him is some serious courting recently. We will have to wait and see if this is what God has in store for him. Rick is a Department Manager at the local Lowe's store. You can imagine where I do my shopping. Mary is our oldest home school graduate. She is getting ready to receive her MA in Art History this June. It looks like she might return to her undergraduate roots at Georgetown College (NOT University) as the director for their art museum. At least until some young man comes along and sweeps her off of her feet. Ruth is 18 and getting ready to graduate from high school in two weeks. She is a picture of what a home school student should be. Smart, articulate and with a personality to go with those traits. There is a young man in Arizona who I hear is trying to ask me for permission to write to her. I owe him a letter right now and prayerfully he will then follow up to her. Charlotte is bringing up the rear of the family. Unlike most young teens, she tries her best to please mom and dad, although her propensity for reading sometimes gets in the way.
So much for family. Now a little personal philosophy:
I am a born again Christian. What does this mean? It means that I literally believe what CHRIST said when he answered Nicodemus:
John 3:1-5 (KJV)
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.
As I said earlier, I am a staunch conservative, although a registered Republican. I believe that all abortion is murder (period, end of conversation). I do not believe in calling someone gay unless they are happy, they are a homosexual and homosexuality is wrong.
Romans 1:26-28; (KJV)
26: For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature:
27: And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet.
28: And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient;
Leviticus 18:22; (KJV)
22: Thou shalt not lie with mankind, as with womankind: it is abomination.
Leviticus 20:13 (KJV)
13: If a man also lie with mankind, as he lieth with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination: they shall surely be put to death; their blood shall be upon them
1 Corinthians 6:9 (KJV)
9: Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind,
1 Timothy 1:10 (KJV)
10: For whoremongers, for them that defile themselves with mankind, for menstealers, for liars, for perjured persons, and if there be any other thing that is contrary to sound doctrine;
I am a strict constitutionalist. Both the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence were written by some of the greatest Christian men since CHRIST Himself walked the earth. The efforts now of both the republican and democrat parties to undercut these documents is a direct attack on the very things we should hold near to our hearts first as Christians and next as United States citizens.
I fear we will never see leaders among our military like General Thomas J. "Stonewall" Jackson or Robert E. Lee. These were men of greater principle than those that are coming forward out of the safety of retirement to criticize American policy. I might not agree wholeheartedly with all policy, but I do not hide behind the cloak of retirement while having an axe to grind and criticize the leaders of the country in a time of war.
I am afraid the pulpit of modern America is turning into a stand for nothing. I hate to see men of God cowering before the liberal press afraid to take and stand for Scripture. The majority have sold God out to political correctness.
So much for my philosophical side, now for the personal:
I would almost rather hunt pheasants than eat. Hardly anything is finer than a flushing bird, a well placed shot and the joy of seeing a dog make that great retrieve. Sadly these are now memories from the past as I live in Kentucky the land of no pheasants. I am starting to enjoy gardening once again. We had to take a vacation from our garden to care for Janice's parents the past seven or eight years, but now we are once again gardening. The cold frame is put away, the potatoes have been hilled twice and our tomatoes and peppers are well underway. My dad was my mentor on working around the house. He once told Janice that "there isn't anything a fellar can't do if he puts his mind to it." Pretty big shoes for me to fill.
There you have it. My personal life. You might notice I left off any comments about my employment. That was done on purpose. My job is not my life, it is what God uses to allow me to provide for my family. I simply do the very best that I can. It does not matter if I am a ditch digger or a computer programmer, to Him be all the glory for providing the skills needed.
Sha'al shalowm Yruwshalaim.
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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