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: Monday June 7th, 2004
You will, if you have not already, hear Peter Jennings tell us how he admired the President and his administration. You will hear john Kerry and his flunky Ted Kennedy tell how they worked night and day in a non trying effort to push through President Reagan's tax cuts and building up of the military. You will hear leftist members of both parties at all levels and branches and members of the press tell you how they supported the President. They are lying sacks of dung! Had it not been for the hatred filled rhetoric of the Jennings in the media and the Kennedy's Kerry's and the communist supporters in both houses of Congress, the cold war would have ended years earlier. Had it not been for the hated, for the people of our Republic, by the extreme leftist in the pro-abortion and pro-homosexual movements, the economic boom under president Reagan would have been faster, sooner, and bigger.
Jesus had a lot to say about hypocrites, He used as examples the religious leaders and politicians of 30AD, how better to understand the references to hypocrites in Luke Eleven than to use as examples, the media and politicians of our time?
Only four more days: 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 seven 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 here embedded in the thoughts. The email address is firstname.lastname@example.org
Alright, let us proceed with our study of: Luke Chapter Eleven
1 And it came to pass, that, as Jesus was praying in a certain place, when He ceased, one of His disciples said unto Him, "Lord, teach us to pray, as John also taught his disciples." 2,3,&4 And He said unto them, When ye pray, say,
Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be Thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done, as in heaven, so in earth. Give us day by day our daily bread. And forgive us our sins; for we also forgive every one that is indebted to us. And lead us not into temptation; but deliver us from evil. Father in heaven, Hallowed, Holy and Sacred is Thy name.
Father, we beseech Thee, that Thy will be done here on earth, just as it is in heaven.
Oh Lord God Creator of the Universe, give unto us this day our daily bread, not just the bread that puts fat on our hips Lord, but that bread that is truly important, Thy Bread of Life, Thy Holy Word and Thy Holy word.
Father, we are a sinful people, I more so than all others, but, I come to Thee as an errant son, asking for Thy forgiveness for all I have said, done, thought and even dreamt that are offensive unto Thee, for that, that offends Thee is sin. And I need Thy to forgive me.
Father, help me to forgive those who have harmed me, for Lord I am but human.
And Lord as I go through this day, protect me and mine from the evil one, his minions, his ilk, and those who serve him knowingly and unknowingly. Amen.
5 And Jesus said unto them; Which of you shall have a friend, and shall go unto him at midnight, and say unto him, 'Friend, lend me three loaves; 6 For a friend of mine in his journey is come to me, and I have nothing to set before him.' 7 And he from within shall answer and say, 'Trouble me not: the door is now shut, and my children are with me in bed; I cannot rise and give thee.' 8 I say unto you, Though he will not rise and give him because he is his friend, yet because of his importunity(persistence) he will rise and give him as many as he needeth. Man is your friend only during business hours or waking hours, but if you want help in the middle of the night, you had best be prepared to pay dearly for that help. You need to be prepared to beg, plead, pay and be very persistent, BUT,
9 And I say unto you, Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you. 10 For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened. But, going to the Lord is different, He is open for and to you twenty four/seven. FOR,
11 If a son shall ask bread of any of you that is a father, will he give him a stone? or if he ask a fish, will he for a fish give him a serpent? 12 Or if he shall ask an egg, will he offer him a scorpion? 13 If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children: how much more shall your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to them that ask Him? For, once you give your life to Christ and He accepts you, you are no more a stranger, but a loved son, a son loved many times more than you could ever love even your own son. So, imagine how much the Lord will give to you at anytime, day or night.
You give your children, whom you love, gifts of food and clothes, games and trips. God the father gives us, His sons and daughters, the gift of Salvation through His own Blood and the gift of Himself as the Holy Spirit, dwelling within us.
Now we start the lesson of hypocrisy, as you read the following verses, keep in mind the things you hear spoken of President Reagan now that he is dead. By those whose hatred for him, while he was yet alive, was so thick that it was both venomous and dripping from their fangs each time they mentioned his name.
14 And Jesus was casting out a devil, and it was dumb(the devil was not dumb, but the one possessed by it). And it came to pass, when the devil was gone out, the dumb spake; and the people wondered. 15 But some of them said, "He casteth out devils through Beelzebub the chief of the devils."
16 And others, tempting Him, sought of Him a sign from heaven. 17 But He, knowing their thoughts, said unto them, Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation; and a house divided against a house falleth. 18 If Satan also be divided against himself, how shall his kingdom stand? Because ye say that I cast out devils through Beelzebub. 19 And if I by Beelzebub cast out devils, by whom do your sons cast them out? Therefore shall they be your judges. 20 But if I with the finger of God cast out devils, no doubt the kingdom of God is come upon you. The logic of what Jesus said in verses 18-19 is inescapable to anyone with half a brain, unless, that person is so blinded by hatred that he or she can not see or understand the truth. Think about the muslims that hate so much that they will kill themselves just to maybe kill some of those they hate. Think about that. Can you imagine hating someone or some group so much that you would be willing to use yourself or one of your children as a human suicidal homicidal bomb? That is the type of blind hatred these religious and political leaders of Jesus time had for Him and is the type of hatred we see today demonstrated by muslims. Think of how blinded by hate those in the body politic, some churches and the Peter Jennings of the media must be, to support those muslims over Christ, the government and military of the USA.
21 When a strong man armed keepeth his palace, his goods are in peace: 22 But when a stronger than he shall come upon him, and overcome him, he taketh from him all his armour wherein he trusted, and divideth his spoils. 23 He that is not with Me is against Me: and he that gathereth not with Me scattereth. Those who are not with Jesus and demonstrate that "with" by their actions, words and obedience to His words and commands, are against Him.
24 When the unclean spirit is gone out of a man, he walketh through dry places, seeking rest; and finding none, he saith, "I will return unto my house whence I came out." 25 And when he cometh, he findeth it swept and garnished. 26 Then goeth he, and taketh to him seven other spirits more wicked than himself; and they enter in, and dwell there: and the last state of that man is worse than the first. Do verses 24-26 confuse you? Think about the topic, hypocrisy and blind hatred. When a man or woman claims to be saved, but isn't, for a bit of time they have a clean body and soul, but, when they start to revert to their old unsaved self, they are even worse than they were earlier.
Look at Senators Kerry, Snowe, Collins, Kennedy and Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor. Each was horrible when they were younger, but then they seemed to clean up their act, yet now they are many times worse than they were just eight, ten or twenty years ago. Peter Jennings was a true Israel hater while he was having an affair with a girl in the PLO, yet after she dumped him, he seemed to get a bit more even handed. But, now his hatred for the jews has extended to Christians and Christ. What Jennings does, one of his so called reports on Christ or Christianity, the venom and hatred for the Lord and us is so apparent that it is sickening, it is like looking into the mouth of an asp.
27 And it came to pass, as He spake these things, a certain woman of the company lifted up her voice, and said unto him, "Blessed is the womb that bare thee, and the paps which Thou hast sucked." 28 But He said, Yea rather, blessed are they that hear the word of God, and keep it. Yes, blessed is the womb that held Jesus and the breast on which He feed, but even more blessed are those who are truly, Born Again Washed in the Blood of the Lamb Christians and are obediant to His words.
29 And when the people were gathered thick together, He began to say, This is an evil generation: they seek a sign; and there shall no sign be given it, but the sign of Jonas the prophet. 30 For as Jonas was a sign unto the Ninevites, so shall also the Son of man be to this generation. 31 The queen of the south shall rise up in the judgment with the men of this generation, and condemn them: for she came from the utmost parts of the earth to hear the wisdom of Solomon; and, behold, a greater than Solomon is here. 32 The men of Nineve shall rise up in the judgment with this generation, and shall condemn it: for they repented at the preaching of Jonas; and, behold, a greater than Jonas is here.
33 No man, when he hath lighted a candle, putteth it in a secret place, neither under a bushel, but on a candlestick, that they which come in may see the light. 34 The light of the body is the eye: therefore when thine eye is single, thy whole body also is full of light; but when thine eye is evil, thy body also is full of darkness. 35 Take heed therefore that the light which is in thee be not darkness. (for) 36 If thy whole body therefore be full of light, having no part dark, the whole shall be full of light, as when the bright shining of a candle doth give thee light. No man or woman, who is truly a Born Again Washed in the Blood of the Lamb Christian, hides his or her Christianity! I am going to remind you of what Jesus said in Matthew 10:33, anyone who denies Jesus to men, Jesus will deny that man or woman before God on judgement day. It goes like this, all come into the Judgement room God, God looks over at Jesus and says, "Son?" Jesus says "he is Mine" or "he isn't Mine". If Jesus claims you, you go to heaven for all eternity, BUT, if Jesus denies you, you go into the lake of fire for all eternity. There aint no purgatory kids, there aint no purgatory! You follow the lies of those who teach that there is a purgatory and you'll join them in the lake of fire.
37 And as He spake, a certain Pharisee besought Him to dine with him: and He went in, and sat down to meat. 38 And when the Pharisee saw it, he marveled that Jesus had not first washed before dinner. 39 And the Lord said unto him, Now do ye Pharisees make clean the outside of the cup and the platter; but your inward part is full of ravening and wickedness.
40 Ye fools, did not He(God) that made that which is without make that which is within also? 41 But rather give alms of such things as ye have; and, behold, all things are clean unto you. 42 But woe unto you, Pharisees! for ye tithe mint and rue and all manner of herbs, and pass over judgment and the love of God: these ought ye to have done, and not to leave the other undone. Don't forget to tithe, but, don't put tithing ahead of following the commands of Jesus, for to think that tithing can cover even one sin, is to make Jesus and salvation up for sale. And that is deadly, for it denies Jesus.
43 Woe unto you, Pharisees! for ye love the uppermost seats in the synagogues, and greetings in the markets. 44 Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye are as graves which appear not, and the men that walk over them are not aware of them.
45 Then answered one of the lawyers, and said unto Him, "Master, thus saying Thou reproachest us also." 46 And He said, Woe unto you also, ye lawyers! for ye lade men with burdens grievous to be borne, and ye yourselves touch not the burdens with one of your fingers. 47 Woe unto you! for ye build the sepulchers of the prophets, and your fathers killed them. 48 Truly ye bear witness that ye allow the deeds of your fathers: for they indeed killed them, and ye build their sepulchers. 49 Therefore also said the wisdom of God, I will send them prophets and apostles, and some of them they shall slay and persecute: 50 That the blood of all the prophets, which was shed from the foundation of the world, may be required of this generation; 51 From the blood of Abel unto the blood of Zacharias, which perished between the altar and the temple: verily I say unto you, It shall be required of this generation. Did you know that many of the laws passed by government make government(s) exempt from those laws?
52 Woe unto you, lawyers! for ye have taken away the key of knowledge: ye entered not in yourselves, and them that were entering in ye hindered.
53 And as He said these things unto them, the scribes and the Pharisees began to urge (egg Him on) Him vehemently(viciously), and to provoke Him to speak of many things: 54 Laying wait for him, and seeking to catch something out of His mouth, that they might accuse him. (Luke 11:1-54 ACP/KJV)
Ladies and gentleman, I am not comparing President Ronald Reagan to the Lord God Creator of all things, Christ Jesus. What I am doing is trying to get you to understand how the things that Jesus used as examples are just as real and prevalent today as they were then. Back in 33 AD, it was the politicians and the religious leaders, today it is the religious leaders, the politicians and the media. Back then it was the sadducees and the pharisees, today it is the Roman Catholics, the Episcopalians, the liberal Jews and the muslims. Over the next few days, watch what Clinton, Kennedy, Kerry and the Peter Jennings of the press have to say about President Ronald Reagan, then take the time to either think back, or do a internet search looking for what they said about him, when he was alive.
For you are getting a glimpse of the future, for their lies about how they loved President Reagan and how much they admired and hoped for his success, foretells the conversation they will try on God on that day of judgement. "Lord, Lord, did we not....."
May the Lord help President Reagan' family through this time of grief and may He understand the importance of Mac and Cecily to this ministry. Lord I need them both healthy and able to continue to hold up their ends. Lord this cancer of Mac's is starting to get in the way, this ministry needs him whole, just a thought Lord, is all it will take, just a thought on Your part.
There is a young man, a veteran who suffers from some kind of chemical weapon exposure, in a Veterans hospital in Colorado, he is young, and he is saved, yet his wife just abandoned him. Please pray for him, Lord, help him and deal with her and those who hurt him, we ask this of the Father in Your name Lord Jesus, amen.
The Lord our God, Christ Jesus, be with and bless you all, 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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