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ACP, The Church for the American Christian who is a Patriot
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Pastor Robert M. Celeste MCAC
Today's Christian thought: Wednesday June 2nd, 2004

Lord, who is greater, me or ...?

Do you ever do that? Do you ever ask the Lord who is greater, who is the better Christian, you or some other guy? Well, if you have, don't feel bad, for so did the favorite apostle of the Lord God Creator of all things as He walked the earth in His earthly form of Jesus. Is it so bad? Is it so bad wanting to be the Lord's favorite? Wanting to be the one who does the greatest things for the Lord? Is it so bad, being competitive in the field of those working for the Lord, striving to be number one? Oh to God I pray that there were more out there in the competition. For while it is better to be a horse fly in the stables of Christ Jesus than it is to be the CEO of hell, it is better yet to be a prince in His heavenly court than a horse fly in His stables.

A few years back, I decided that I wanted to write a book or two, but, being one of those with few if any new and exciting thoughts, one of those dumb preachers who just is not smart enough to know what God really meant to say in His book the Holy Bible. I decided to take the easy way out and plagiarize the Holy Bible. After all, the KJV was never copyrighted so, whose to sue me? The first of these plagiarized, word of God, books is almost done, it should be in the hands of some printer by the end of July. That is if I can find a printer that really doesn't care as much about profit as he does about hurting my feelings.

The first of the books is nothing more than the words spoken by Jesus in the four Gospels. Oh, a little background text to set the stage so that the unschooled will have an idea of the set of circumstances in which the Lord spoke, and to what set of circumstances He was speaking or addressing. But, other than that it is a first class job of out and out plagiarizism. Over the last five months you, who have been coming to Christianpatriot.com on a regular basis and reading the three a week thoughts, have seen the second book in the making. For it is nothing more than a book to give you ideas on how to study God's word , the Holy Bible. It of course relies heavily on plagiarized material taken right out of the Holy Bible, the Authorized 1611 King James Version. This second book will really be a series of four books, each about one hundred pages and selling for either $4.95 or $150.00, depending on whether I am thinking like a businessman that day or a politician.

If I'm thinking like a businessman the day the book is released for sale, I will make it under five bucks so that everyone that wants one will be able to buy one or two or even three copies. But, if on that day, I am thinking like a politician, I will make them a hundred and fifty bucks a copy and ask my two US Senators, comrades Snowe and Collins, to pass a law requiring the IRS to require every tax payer to own fifteen copies under the penalty of torture, humiliation and other nasty penalties, such as having to spend an hour in a locked room with one or both of them.

Now of course, for many of you, all you'll have to do is access the previous thoughts for 2004, download the thoughts and print them out and you'll have a free copy. So, without further ado or babbling, let us get to chapter nine of book three "How to study the word of God to get to Know the Word better."

Luke Chapter Nine

1 Then Jesus called His twelve disciples together, and gave them power and authority over all devils, and to cure diseases. 2 And He sent them to preach the kingdom of God, and to heal the sick.

3 And He said unto them, Take nothing for your journey, neither staves, nor scrip, neither bread, neither money; neither have two coats apiece. 4 And whatsoever house ye enter into, there abide, and thence depart. 5 And whosoever will not receive you, when ye go out of that city, shake off the very dust from your feet for a testimony against them. One of the worst things that anyone can do is go off half cocked, or in the case of a Bible Student, preacher, or evangelist, go off with only half the word of God under their hats. Imagine what would happen if today we read only verses 1-5 of Luke nine and ignored Luke twenty two 35 and 36, and set out to evangelize.

6 And they departed, and went through the towns, preaching the gospel, and healing every where. 7 Now Herod the tetrarch heard of all that was done by Him: and he was perplexed, because that it was said of some, that John was risen from the dead; 8 And of some, that Elias had appeared; and of others, that one of the old prophets was risen again. 9 And Herod said, "John have I beheaded: but who is this, of whom I hear such things?" And he desired to see Him.

10 And the apostles, when they were returned, told Him all that they had done. And He took them, and went aside privately into a desert place belonging to the city called Bethsaida. 11 And the people, when they knew it, followed Him: and He received them, and spake unto them of the kingdom of God, and healed them that had need of healing. Yes, there are times when we want and need to be alone with the Lord. But, if we are to be His servant, His follower, than we must be ready, at all times, even when we are tired and just want to be alone with the Lord, to do His work, to preach His word, to evangelize, to feed His sheep.

12 And when the day began to wear away, then came the twelve, and said unto Him, Send the multitude away, that they may go into the towns and country round about, and lodge, and get victuals: for we are here in a desert place. 13 But He said unto them, Give ye them to eat. And they said, "We have no more but five loaves and two fishes; except we should go and buy meat for all this people." 14 For they were about five thousand men. And He said to His disciples, Make them sit down by fifties in a company. 15 And they did so, and made them all sit down. Many of those thirty or so thousand people came not to hear and believe, but to see miracles. Kind of like entertainment. watching some great magician. But, a few came to hear the words spoken by the Word, to hear, to learn, and to be Saved. Jesus feed them all. To some that means that all are Saved, all will go to heaven, but for those who read more than a verse, read the whole of the Scriptures, it is clear that only a small minority of mankind will ever see the inside of heaven. All will be give the chance, but few will follow the course.

16 Then He took the five loaves and the two fishes, and looking up to heaven, He blessed them, and brake, and gave to the disciples to set before the multitude. 17 And they did eat, and were all filled: and there was taken up of fragments that remained to them twelve baskets. Notice, there is more than enough food to feed even more than the thirty plus thousand that are there, and so it is with Salvation. There is more than enough of Salvation through the Blood of the Lord Jesus, the Christ to go around and have plenty left over for more to come. But, how are they to come if you don't invite them? And how are you to invite them, if you are not well versed in Christ and Salvation through Him?

18 And it came to pass, as He was alone praying, His disciples were with Him: and He asked them, saying, Whom say the people that I am? 19 They answering said, "John the Baptist; but some say, Elias; and others say, that one of the old prophets is risen again." 20 He said unto them, But whom say ye that I am? Peter answering said, "The Christ of God." And just who do you consider Jesus to be? Well, that is what the first book tries to get you to answer, it is a book designed to let you read what Jesus said so that you can see for yourself just who He is. Have you ever really sat down and thought about your relationship with Jesus? Do you treat Him with as much respect as you treat the guy dressed in black at traffic court? Do you give the Lord as much respect and attention as you do the guy with the gun who stopped you for a broken tail light?

21 And He straitly charged them, and commanded them to tell no man that thing; 22 Saying, The Son of man must suffer many things, and be rejected of the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be slain, and be raised the third day. 23,24,25&26 And He said to them all, If any man will come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow Me. For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: but whosoever will lose his life for My sake, the same shall save it. For what is a man advantaged, if he gain the whole world, and lose himself, or be cast away? For whosoever shall be ashamed of Me and of My words, of him shall the Son of Man be ashamed, when He shall come in His own glory, and in His Father's, and of the holy angels. 27 But I tell you of a truth, there be some standing here, which shall not taste of death, till they see the kingdom of God. So, why do you think Jesus was always telling folks not to tell anyone who He was back then? If you knew and really thought about His entry into Jerusalem and what happened when Pilate was trying to turn the Lord loose, you would know why.

28 And it came to pass about an eight days after these sayings, He took Peter and John and James, and went up into a mountain to pray. 29 And as He prayed, the fashion of His countenance was altered, and His raiment was white and glistering. 30 And, behold, there talked with Him two men, which were Moses and Elias: 31 Who appeared in glory, and spake of His decease which He should accomplish at Jerusalem.

32 But Peter and they that were with Him were heavy with sleep: and when they were awake, they saw His glory, and the two men that stood with Him. 33 And it came to pass, as they departed from Him, Peter said unto 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:" not knowing what he said. 34 While he thus spake, there came a cloud, and overshadowed them: and they feared as they entered into the cloud. 35 And there came a voice out of the cloud, saying, This is My beloved Son: hear Him! 36 And when the voice was past, Jesus was found alone. And they kept it close, and told no man in those days any of those things which they had seen. Take a minute to read verses 28 thru 33 again. Now as you ponder those verses, think about this, no one ever painted a picture, took a snapshot or shot a video or DVD of Moses, yet, Peter knew who he was. Does that not tell you that, for those of us destined for heaven through Salvation by the Blood of the Lord Jesus, there will be no strangers in heaven?

Oh, ya, and do you see those words in purple in verse 35? Well, you might just want to give some serious thought to obeying them. One more good reason to go read the words spoken by the Lord and ponder who He is. And your relationship with Him.

37 And it came to pass, that on the next day, when they were come down from the hill, much people met Him. 38 And, behold, a man of the company cried out, saying, "Master, I beseech Thee, look upon my son: for he is mine only child. 39 And, lo, a spirit taketh him, and he suddenly crieth out; and it teareth him that he foameth again, and bruising him hardly departeth from him. 40 And I besought Thy disciples to cast him out; and they could not." 41 And Jesus answering said, O faithless and perverse generation, how long shall I be with you, and suffer you? Bring thy son hither. 42 And as he was yet a coming, the devil threw him down, and tare him. And Jesus rebuked the unclean spirit, and healed the child, and delivered him again to his father. I like that dad. Yup, my guess is that the writer of "Finding Nemo" was influenced greatly by this dad, as he developed the character of Nemo's dad Marlin.

43 And they were all amazed at the mighty power of God. But while they wondered every one at all things which Jesus did, He said unto His disciples; 44 Let these sayings sink down into your ears: for the Son of Man shall be delivered into the hands of men. 45 But they understood not this saying, and it was hid from them, that they perceived it not: and they feared to ask Him of that saying. What was Jesus telling His disciples that they didn't understand at the time? He was telling them to remember everything they had seen and heard Him say and do, for there was coming a time, when He would be disgraced in the eyes of the world and He would not be with them, as a walking man. With us, it is just the opposite, for with us, we want to know all there is to know about the Lord before we either take our last breath or are raptured and are with Him.

46 Then there arose a reasoning among them, which of them should be greatest. 47 And Jesus, perceiving the thought of their heart, took a child, and set him by Him, 48 and said unto them, Whosoever shall receive this child in My name receiveth Me: and whosoever shall receive Me receiveth Him that sent Me: for he that is least among you all, the same shall be great. Who are the little children today? Well, they are those seeking, those who are recently Born Again, those who are backsliding, they are all those who are babies in the Lord. That can include those who profess to have been Christians for thirty or more years, yet have never studied the word of God or lifted a finger to further His kingdom. They include those of the church of Laodicea and babies in the Church of Philadelphia.

49 And John answered and said, "Master, we saw one casting out devils in Thy name; and we forbad him, because he followeth not with us." 50 And Jesus said unto him, Forbid him not: for he that is not against us is for us. As you judge others, remember what Jesus said here.

51 And it came to pass, when the time was come that He should be received up, He stedfastly set His face to go to Jerusalem. 52 And sent messengers before His face: and they went, and entered into a village of the Samaritans, to make ready for Him. 53 And they did not receive Him, because His face was as though He would go to Jerusalem. 54 And when His disciples James and John saw this, they said, "Lord, wilt Thou that we command fire to come down from heaven, and consume them, even as Elias did?" 55 But He turned, and rebuked them, and said, Ye know not what manner of spirit ye are of. 56 For the Son of man is not come to destroy men's lives, but to save them. And they went to another village. One time as a baby Christian, I brushed off the dust of my shoes against a company here in Maine. That company started going down hill that same day. They went from being a dynamo in the ski industry to a non entity. As I look at them from afar, I often time feel sorry for what I did, but what is done is done. Keep that in mind before you call down fire from heaven upon anyone or anything. Remember, it is better to pray for your enemies than to turn them into toast. I would have no guilt if I had prayed for that company and they had turned to the Lord.

57 And it came to pass, that, as they went in the way, a certain man said unto Him, Lord, I will follow Thee whithersoever Thou goest. 58 And Jesus said unto him, Foxes have holes, and birds of the air have nests; but the Son of Man hath not where to lay His head. 59 And He said unto another, Follow Me. But he said, "Lord, suffer me first to go and bury my father." 60 Jesus said unto him, Let the dead bury their dead: but go thou and preach the kingdom of God.

61 And another also said, "Lord, I will follow Thee; but let me first go bid them farewell, which are at home at my house." 62 And Jesus said unto him, No man, having put his hand to the plough, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God. (Luke 9:1-62 ACP/KJV)

In verses 57 thru 62 we see the procrastinators of the world, those who say "Lord, I will follow You, but first let me tell You my rules. Let us negotiate my benefit package. Let us first talk about paid vacations and my expense account." I may have gone off half cocked in destroying a company by brushing off the dust of my shoes against them, but at least I did not procrastinate when the Lord said "FOLLOW ME!" I followed. What about you? Are you getting up in the morning and saying "Good morning Lord, private (your name) reporting for duty." or are you saying, "Lord, wait a minute.... Just a minute Lord..."

Lord, I thank You for all You have done, I thank you for the air we breathe and the water we drink, I thank You for those who come to these pages and pray Your blessings and protection upon them and theirs. And I ask Your patience for those who procrastinate, I pray You to be as forgiving of them as You are of me. Amen.

May the Lord be with and bless you and may you find the time to thank both God and those fighting to protect us in this, Word War Three. 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.


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 the daughters of Will, for Will, and his mom. Pray that the Lord will put the girls back under the control of Steve.

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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