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
Yes, the muslims do indeed have a saying and it should throw a cold chill down the back of every believing Christian. It goes like this: "First the Saturday people and then the Sunday people." What they are saying is that first they are to eliminate all the Jews and then eliminate all the Christians. Just like Adolph Hitler, and his Nazi party, so is the so called religion of peace, the religion of Islam, Muslims. First eliminate the Jews then eliminate the Christians.
Now, why should that worry us? Why should it give us any concern at all? For after all, for those of us who are truly Born Again Washed in the Blood of the Lamb Christians, death is not the end, but the beginning of life eternal with the Lord God of Creation, the Eternal One, the God of the Universe, Christ Jesus.
But, are you truly Saved? Are you a Born Again Washed in the Blood of the Lamb Christian? Some will say, "Only God knows." Others will say, "Sure I am." But are you really sure? And what about all your friends and kin who are not true Born Again Washed in the Blood of the Lamb Christians?
Let me paraphrase John 3:1-3 for you. There was a man of the Pharisees, named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews: 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." Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except you become born again, you will go to hell, you will be cast into the lake of fire knowing nothing but pain , torment, darkness, and despair for all eternity, along with total and emphatic separation from God and all things good for all eternity.
But, let's get back to knowing you are or are not Saved. How does one know? Well, one of the ways to know is by your hunger for God's word. Before we go to Hebrews, I want you to look at just a few verses that deal with hunger for God's word.
Then was Jesus led up of the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted of the devil. And when He had fasted forty days and forty nights, He was afterward an hungred. And when the tempter came to Him, he said, If Thou be the Son of God, command that these stones be made bread. But Jesus answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God. (Matthew 4:1-4 ACP/KJV)
And in telling us what to expect in the end times, God has said: Behold, the days come, saith the Lord GOD, that I will send a famine in the land, not a famine of bread, nor a thirst for water, but of hearing the words of the LORD: And they shall wander from sea to sea, and from the north even to the east, they shall run to and fro to seek the word of the LORD, and shall not find it. In that day shall the fair virgins and young men faint for thirst. (Amos 8:11-13 ACP/KJV)
Do you hunger for the Word of God? Are you an avid Bible reader and student? Do you cry out to God asking Him for help and understanding in the reading of your Bible or do you take the easy way out and just read commentaries? Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled. (Matthew 5:6 ACP/KJV) Where will you find out what God's righteousness is except in the Book He authored just for you, your Bible?
Now let us go to Hebrews and see where you stand in the scheme of things, are you Saved? And if so, are you still a baby Christian or are you more mature?
Of whom we have many things to say, and hard words to be uttered, seeing ye are dull of hearing.
For when for the time ye ought to be teachers, ye have need that one teach you again which be the first principles of the oracles of God (elementary basics of the words, commands and dictates of God); and you are become such as have need of milk, and not of strong meat. For every one that useth milk is unskillful in the word of righteousness: for he or she, is a babe.
But strong meat (the word of God) belongeth to them that are of full age (growing, mature Christians), even those who by reason of use have their senses exercised (sharpened) to discern both good and evil. Therefore leaving the principles (the basics) of the doctrine of Christ, let us go on unto perfection; not laying again the foundation of repentance from dead works, and of faith toward God, of the doctrine of baptisms, and of laying on of hands, and of resurrection of the dead, and of eternal judgment. For these things are all the very bare boned basics of Christianity and should be well understood by even the most immature of true Born Again Washed in the Blood of the Lamb Christians.
And this will we do, if God permit. For it is impossible for those who were once enlightened, and have tasted of the heavenly gift, and were made partakers of the Holy Ghost, And have tasted the good word of God, and the powers of the world to come, If they shall fall away, to renew them again unto repentance; seeing they crucify to themselves the Son of God afresh, and put Him to an open shame. For those who are truly Born Again Washed in the Blood of the Lamb cannot stay on milk, but will hunger and thirst for more of God's word going beyond just the basics.
For the earth which drinketh in the rain that cometh oft upon it, and bringeth forth herbs meet for them by whom it is dressed, receiveth blessing from God: But that which beareth thorns and briers is rejected, and is nigh unto cursing; whose end is to be burned.
But, beloved, we are persuaded better things of you, and things that accompany salvation, though we thus speak. For God is not unrighteous to forget your work and labour of love, which ye have shewed toward His name, in that ye have ministered to the saints, and do minister. And we desire that every one of you do shew the same diligence to the full assurance of hope unto the end: That ye be not slothful, but followers of them who through faith and patience inherit the promises. (Hebrews 5:11 thru 6:12 ACP/KJV 1st draft)
So, are you Saved? Did you notice how the writer of Hebrews makes it very clear that if you are truly a Born Again Washed in the Blood of the Lamb Christian, you will not only hunger for and demand God's word, the Holy Bible, you will also do good works.
Now, before I continue, let me say this to you, in my opinion, if you are still reading the commentaries that read like a book and take little or no thought, you are still a baby Christian drinking warm milk. If you are not doing works to further the kingdom of God, to further His news of salvation being spread, you are probably not saved.
Let me close with a word to the wise and one last bit of Scripture emphasizing the necessity of good works, not good works to work your way into heaven, but good works to show your gratitude for what the Lord did on the cross for you.
First a word to the wise. If you do not have a strong desire to read your Bible and a strong desire to attend a solid Christian Church and a strong desire to be part of a solid Christian fellowship, you are probably not saved. Notice it is not an/or between each, it is an and.
Now in the words of James, the half brother of the Lord God of Creation, Christ Jesus:
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.
1 My brethren, have you not the faith of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Lord of glory, with respect of persons? 2 For if there come unto your assembly a man with a gold ring, in goodly apparel, and there come in also a poor man in vile raiment; 3 and ye have respect to him that weareth the gay clothing, and say unto him, "Sit thou here in a good place"; and say to the poor, "Stand thou there, or sit here under my footstool": 4 Are ye not then partial in yourselves, and are become judges of evil thoughts?
5 Hearken, my beloved brethren, Hath not God chosen the poor of this world rich in faith, and heirs of the kingdom which He hath promised to them that love Him? 6 But ye have despised the poor.
Do not rich men oppress you, and draw you before the judgment seats? 7 Do not they blaspheme that Worthy Name by the which ye are called?
8 If ye fulfil the royal law according to the scripture, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself, ye do well: 9 But if ye have respect to persons, ye commit sin, and are convicted of the law as transgressors. 10 For whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all. 11 For He that said, Do not commit adultery, said also, Do not kill. Now if thou commit no adultery, yet if thou kill, thou art become a transgressor of the law. 12 So speak ye, and so do, as they that shall be judged by the law of liberty. 13 For He shall have judgment without mercy, that hath shewed no mercy; and mercy rejoiceth against judgment.
14 What doth it profit, my brethren, though a man say he hath faith, and have not works? can faith save him?
15 If a brother or sister be naked, and destitute of daily food, 16 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? 17 Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone.
18 Yea, a man may say, "Thou hast faith, and I have works: shew me thy faith without thy works, and I will shew thee my faith by my works." 19 Thou believest that there is One God; thou doest well: the devils also believe, and tremble. 20 But wilt thou know, O vain man, that faith without works is dead?
21 Was not Abraham our father justified by works, when he had offered Isaac his son upon the altar? 22 Seest thou how faith wrought with his works, and by works was faith made perfect? 23 And the scripture was fulfilled which saith, ABRAHAM BELIEVED GOD, AND IT WAS IMPUTED UNTO HIM FOR RIGHTEOUSNESS: AND HE WAS CALLED THE FRIEND OF GOD.
24 Ye see then how that by works a man is justified, and not by faith only. 25 Likewise also was not Rahab the harlot justified by works, when she had received the messengers, and had sent them out another way? 26 For just as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also. (James 1:19 trough James 2:26 ACP/KJV)
When and where will the Muslims start to strike Christians? They already have, you just don't read about it or hear about it in the news. When and where will they strike here in the USA? My guess would be that they will start by striking soft targets like schools and churches, shopping malls and busses, restaurants and non professional sporting events. When will they start? Again just a guess, but I would think that as soon as either the democrats take power back on the national level or more rinos are elected of the Olympia Snowe, Susan Collins Lincoln Chaffee ilk so that the Christ haters can override a presidential veto.
But no later than the next democrat in the White House. Just a note to my fellow Pastors. IF you are prohibiting your members from coming to church armed, you are making your soft target even softer. Don't be as foolish as those who run the public schools. Give those who come to your church and are unsaved a fighting chance to get Saved in the event that your church is attacked. For remember, Hebrews 9:27. If a muslim attacks your church and kills those who are there searching and those who have not yet become true Born Again Washed in the Blood of the Lamb Christians, there is but one outcome for them. For let us go back and reread my paraphrase of the response of Jesus to Nicodemus in John 3:3 Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except you become born again, you will go to hell, you will be cast into the lake of fire knowing nothing but pain , torment, darkness, and despair for all eternity, along with total and emphatic separation from God and all things good for all eternity. Put your silly politically correct nonsense away and remember, Peter and one other Apostle were armed when they walked with Jesus. Read Luke 22:36, 27, & 38.
Sha'al shalowm Yruwshalaim.
Never ever forget this: There aint no purgatory!
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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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