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: Friday June 4th, 2004
Now before we proceed, there are a couple of things I need say to those of you who visit Christianpatriot.com not for everyone, just you who come here regularly. Cec and I will be leaving in ten days for about a month. This year, thanks to her, I have a laptop to take with me, so I will, God willing be putting up thoughts and news. Over the years, Christianpatriot.com has become a very popular site, not only for Christians and those looking for fundamental preaching, but also hackers, porno operators, and those who sell e-mail addresses to spammers.
So, until further notice, starting on Friday June 11th, the email boxes for any and all addresses that end with Christianpatriot.com will be shut down, I am going to give you an email address to use, but it is only for those of you who come to Christianpatriot.com thoughts, it is going to appear no where but in these thoughts. Not as an announcement, but her embedded in the thoughts. The email address is firstname.lastname@example.org
Ok, now let us get back to word of God. As I mentioned in the last thought, I am plagiarizing the Holy Bible to write a few books. These books are designed with two purposes in mind, one to evangelize and two as formats on how to study the Bible. Today, I want to explain to you why I use current events, in so many of the thoughts, as examples of Scripture.
You remember back a thought or two ago when Jesus said: They are like unto children sitting in the marketplace, and calling one to another, and saying, We have piped unto you, and ye have not danced; we have mourned to you, and ye have not wept. Now, that didn't make a lot of sense to many of you today, but, to those who heard it back 1970 years ago, it was perfectly clear. Why? Because Jesus was using examples, in His speech, that were understood by all. You see, piping was a game kids played, the kids sang or hummed a tune and other kids danced to it. Just as we tell scary stories today round camp fires, back then the kids played a game where they acted out the part of mourners and all who were paying were suppose to stand around and fake mourning with sad faces.
And just as you will see at any park in the summer time, where kids are playing, there are always some who stand on the side lines, invited, but not playing. As a Born Again Washed in the Blood of the Lamb Christian, I follow the Lord, not only in word and action, but also in teaching style. So, as the Lord used things of the first century AD as examples in His teaching, I try to do the same using things common in language and custom to us today.
Now, without further ado, let us get into the word of God and see if we can't figure out what "Man does not live by bread alone" has to do with Luke Chapter Ten. Which should remind you of Luke Chapter Nine.
Luke Chapter Ten
1 After these things the Lord appointed other seventy also, and sent them two and two before His face into every city and place, whither He Himself would come. 2 Therefore said He unto them, The harvest truly is great, but the laborers are few: pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that He would send forth laborers into His harvest. 3 Go your ways: behold, I send you forth as lambs among wolves. 4 Carry neither purse, nor scrip, nor shoes: and salute no man by the way. The harvest is all those souls who are waiting to hear the Gospel, the labors are those who bring the Gospel to those waiting, the Lord of the harvest is the Lord God Creator of all things, the Trinity.
5 And into whatsoever house ye enter, first say, Peace be to this house. 6 And if the son of peace be there, your peace shall rest upon it: if not, it shall turn to you again. 7 And in the same house remain, eating and drinking such things as they give: for the laborer is worthy of his hire. Go not from house to house. 8 And into whatsoever city ye enter, and they receive you, eat such things as are set before you: 9 And heal the sick that are therein, and say unto them, The kingdom of God is come nigh unto you. So often verse 7 is sued as an excuse for some to keep riches for themselves. How often I see preachers trying to negotiate salaries of 50, 60 or even more thousand dollars per year, under the guise of: "the laborer is worthy of his hire." There are many more verses dealing with sell all and give to the poor than there are half verses twisted to sound as if the lord is saying use what you have for yourself and your own comfort and the poor be 6,5&9. Notice the example of a preacher today and not a pharisee of 1,970 years ago. Look back at the beginning of Matthew six and you will see that Jesus sued the religious leaders of the day as examples of hypocrites, but if I sued them as an example, how many of you would be able to really relate to the riches of then, verses how you know some preacher's life today?
10 But into whatsoever city ye enter, and they receive you not, go your ways out into the streets of the same, and say; 11 'Even the very dust of your city, which cleaveth on us, we do wipe off against you: notwithstanding be ye sure of this, that the kingdom of God is come nigh unto you.' 12 But I say unto you, that it shall be more tolerable in that day for Sodom, than for that city.
13 Woe unto thee, Chorazin! woe unto thee, Bethsaida! for if the mighty works had been done in Tyre and Sidon, which have been done in you, they had a great while ago repented, sitting in sackcloth and ashes. 14 But it shall be more tolerable for Tyre and Sidon at the judgment, than for you. 15 And thou, Capernaum, which art exalted to heaven, shalt be thrust down to hell. I guess I said enough about verses 10-15 in the thought around Luke Nine.
16 He that heareth you heareth Me; and he that despiseth you despiseth Me; and he that despiseth Me despiseth Him that sent Me. Those of you who hear the word of God from an evangelist hear Jesus, those who despise an evangelist despise not the evangelist, but Christ, and those who despise Christ, despise the Father, the Son and the Holy Ghost for all Three are One God.
17 And the seventy returned again with joy, saying, "Lord, even the devils are subject unto us through Thy name." 18 And He said unto them, I beheld Satan as lightning fall from heaven. 19 Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you. 20 Notwithstanding in this rejoice not, that the spirits are subject unto you; but rather rejoice, because your names are written in heaven. If Jesus came to you by night, and gave to you the powers given to the seventy, what would you do with them? And who would you give the glory to? What about the profits? What would you do with all the money you would get for healing the incurable, giving sight to the blind, driving devils out of those that the medical profession calls insane? Would you buy a new Cadillac and 44 foot RV to travel around in or would you buy a beat up pickup truck and a sleeping bag? Would you sue those powers to render justice unto the abortionists, the Kerrys and Snowes of the world as you deem justice to be? Or would you use your new found God given powers to cure Al Gore of his devil infestation and then preach Christ to him?
21 In that hour Jesus rejoiced in spirit, and said, I thank Thee, O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that Thou hast hid these things from the wise and prudent, and hast revealed them unto babes: even so, Father; for so it seemed good in Thy sight. 22 All things are delivered to Me of My Father: and no man knoweth who the Son is, but the Father; and who the Father is, but the Son, and he to whom the Son will reveal Him.
23 And He turned Him unto His disciples, and said privately, Blessed are the eyes which see the things that ye see: 24 For I tell you, that many prophets and kings have desired to see those things which ye see, and have not seen them; and to hear those things which ye hear, and have not heard them. Does Jesus rejoice over your actions? Are you a babe? Or are you a man wise in the ways of the world?
25 And, behold, a certain lawyer stood up, and tempted Him, saying, "Master, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?' 26 He said unto him, What is written in the law? how readest thou? 27 And he answering said, "Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy strength, and with all thy mind; and thy neighbor as thyself. 28 And He said unto him, Thou hast answered right: this do, and thou shalt live. Remember the question above about what would you do if God gave you powers? Look here at what Jesus did. Here we have a lawyer trying to trip Jesus up, Jesus knows his intentions of course. The Lord could have caused the guy to go blind, lost his voice or even instantly and totally destroyed him, but instead He lead the man into a bible lesson of the times. Even then, the lawyer still had to try and get the last word of dig in, and this lead the Lord to, using the examples of the day, and this belligerent lawyer give us a lesson of compassion and preaching to all, and not just our chosen few.
29 But he, willing to justify himself, said unto Jesus, "And who is my neighbor?" 30 And Jesus answering said, A certain man went down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and fell among thieves, which stripped him of his raiment, and wounded him, and departed, leaving him half dead. 31 And by chance there came down a certain priest that way: and when he saw him, he passed by on the other side. 32 And likewise a Levite, when he was at the place, came and looked on him, and passed by on the other side. 33 But a certain Samaritan, as he journeyed, came where he was: and when he saw him, he had compassion on him.
34 And went to him, and bound up his wounds, pouring in oil and wine, and set him on his own beast, and brought him to an inn, and took care of him. 35 And on the morrow when he departed, he took out two pence, and gave them to the host, and said unto him, Take care of him; and whatsoever thou spendest more, when I come again, I will repay thee. 36 Which now of these three, thinkest thou, was neighbour unto him that fell among the thieves? 37 And he said, "He that shewed mercy on him." Then said Jesus unto him, Go, and do thou likewise. Change lawyer to Staunch Right Wing Republican, and Samaritan to Liberal left wing Democrat, and you get a sense of the shock this lawyer and the Lord's audience got.
38 Now it came to pass, as they went, that He entered into a certain village: and a certain woman named Martha received Him into her house. 39 And she had a sister called Mary, which also sat at Jesus' feet, and heard His word. 40 But Martha was cumbered about much serving, and came to Him, and said, "Lord, dost Thou not care that my sister hath left me to serve alone? bid her therefore that she help me." 41 And Jesus answered and said unto her, Martha, Martha, thou art careful and troubled about many things: 42 But one thing is needful: and Mary hath chosen that good part, which shall not be taken away from her. (Luke 10 1-42 ACP/KJV)
Martha, Martha, you are to concerned with the concern for food and things of the world, while Mary is getting the true Bread of Life, God's word and His Word. For Man does not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.
The Lord be with you my brothers and sisters, and may I ask you to keep in prayer my old friend and proof reader Mac. Mac, grouchy as he is, is an integral part of bringing Christianpatriot.com to you, and he is a lot sicker than he is telling me. So, please pray for him and continue to pray for the salvation of three men who reach millions each day. Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity and Michael Savage. 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 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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