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 Monday May 22nd, 2006, the thoughts will be posted Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Fridays at 7PM. I have cut the newspaper way back so that I can do the thoughts on a daily basis.
Rev. Bob Celeste
Do you know that there are so many stars that all they can do is estimate the number? That it would be literally impossible to count them all? Why for that matter, we can't even see them all, not even with the Hubble telescope.
According to NASA's Laura Whitlock , when asked how many stars there are, she said: "Very good question! There are too many stars for scientists to actually count one-by-one, so other methods of estimating the total number of stars are used. We believe that there are on the order of10 to the 21st, power stars in our Universe. If you write that number out, it looks like this: 1,000,000,000,000,000,000,000. This is a lot of stars!"
Now I have no idea what you call a number like that, but, I do know that there are about 6 billion people on earth and when you divide 1,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 stars by 6,000,000,000 people on earth, you get about 167 billion stars for every man, woman, and child on earth. Now that is a lot of stars per person.
Now, let's go to the Bible for a moment. In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. (Genesis 1:1 ACP/KJV)
So, in the beginning, God created all the stars. You know something, since God created all the stars, He owns them and He can do anything with Him that He wants to. He can keep them or He can destroy them or He can give them away.
Now, back to the Bible: In Paul's letter to the Romans in chapter 8, verses 16 and 17 we read: The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God: And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together.
So, we are the children of God and as such, joint heirs with Christ. But, not all 6 billion I'm afraid, for if we go back to verses 1-15 of chapter 8 of Paul's letter to the Roman's we read:
There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death.
For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending His own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh: That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.
For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit. For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace. Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be.
So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God. But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you.
Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of His. And if Christ be in you, the body is dead because of sin; but the Spirit is life because of righteousness. But if the Spirit of Him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, He that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by His Spirit that dwelleth in you.
Therefore, brethren, we are debtors, not to the flesh, to live after the flesh. For if ye live after the flesh, ye shall die: but if ye through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, ye shall live.
For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God. For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father.
So, you see, not all six billion people on earth are going to get to share in those 1,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 stars. Only those who are adopted sons and daughters of God, those who are adopted brothers and sisters of the Lord Christ Jesus. Only those who are Born Again Christians.
For Jesus has said:
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 a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.
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?" 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. That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. ... For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him (Jesus) should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not His Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through Him might be saved. He that believeth on Him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.
And this is the condemnation, that Light (Jesus) is come into the world, and men loved darkness (satan) rather than Light, because their deeds were evil. For every one that doeth evil hateth the Light, neither cometh to the Light, lest his deeds should be reproved. But he that doeth truth cometh to the Light, that his deeds may be made manifest, that they are wrought in God. (From John 3:ACP/KJV)
So, you see, not everyone is going to get 167 billion stars each. No, only those who have given their lives to Christ and as having done such have become both Born Again Washed in the Blood of the Lamb Christians and as such adopted little brothers and sisters of The Christ.
My guess would be that less than 1% off all those on earth are truly Born Again Washed in the Blood of the Lamb Christians, and I'm am pleased to say, my wife Cecily and I are two of those. So, by my figuring, when I retire from this earthly chore of preaching, my retirement package will include title to about 1.67 trillion stars.
Pretty good retirement package.
Lord Jesus, I thank you for this earth, my life, my health and all You have done for me. Lord, I thank You for my wife and our children, but Lord, I sure would like it if it were more like 20 percent. All those on my prayer list for salvation would put a little dent in that number Lord. How do I get them to understand? Can I just go shout to them "Hear all ye people, the Lord our God is one Lord, and you are to love the Lord with all your heart, all your soul, and all your might"? But, what good would it do if You don't first soften their hearts and open their eyes and ears? Thank You Jesus, amen.
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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