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
How come I need to go to church?
In Acts chapter two we read:
And they continued steadfastly in the apostles' doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in prayers. What did these new believers do? They stayed close to both the Apostles and the Gospel taught by the Apostles.
And fear came upon every soul: and many wonders and signs were done by the apostles. And all that believed were together, and had all things common; And sold their possessions and goods, and parted them to all men, as every man had need. And they, continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, did eat their meat with gladness and singleness of heart, praising God, and having favor with all the people. Now, I want you to keep this, "And all that believed were together, and had all things common", for we are going to see hard confirmation of it in a minute.
And the Lord added to the church daily such as should be saved. Obviously, since the Lord added to the church daily, what was done above is putting a smile on the Face of the Lord, Christ Jesus. (Acts 2:42-47 ACP/KJV)
Remember that part? "And all that believed were together, and had all things common"? Let us reinforce it with:
Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers (Any and all who are not true Born Again Washed in the Blood of the Lamb Christians): for what fellowship hath Righteousness (the Christ and those who belong to Jesus, truly Born Again Washed in the Blood of the Lamb Christians) with unrighteousness (Those who belong to the devil, any and all who are not true Born Again Washed in the Blood of the Lamb Christians)? And what communion hath Light(The Lord, Christ Jesus) with darkness (the devil, satan)?
And what concord hath Christ with belial? Or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel?
And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be My people. Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you, and will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be My sons and daughters. saith the Lord Almighty. (Notice God said He would dwell in, not just with, but in and He would walk in, not just with, but in you) (2 Corinthians 6:14-18 ACP/KJV)
So, what have we so far? We have Luke telling us new Christians stayed true to the Gospel of Christ as preached by the Apostles by staying close to the body of Christians and the Apostles through fellowship. Than we have the Apostle Paul telling us that we should separate ourselves from non believers and associate only with other Christians, Paul rationalizes this by asking simple questions like, what do you have in common with satan worshipers? But, he makes his point even more dramatically by quoting God the Father who tell us that " I will dwell in them, and walk in them;" That He would dwell in, not just with, but in and He would walk in, not just with, but in those who are His.
Need more? OK, for God's word is not silent on the subject of why you need to belong to a solid Christ preaching church..
Be ye therefore followers of God, as dear children; walking in love, as Christ also hath loved us, and hath given Himself for us as an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweet smelling savior. So my brothers and sisters, do not the small children of a family always play together? Are not we who are Saved, but small children in the eyes of God? Does not Jesus Himself refer to us as His children?
But fornication, and all uncleanness, or covetousness, let it not be once named among you, as becometh saints; neither filthiness, nor foolish talking, nor jesting, which are not convenient: but rather giving of thanks. For this ye know, that no whoremonger, nor unclean person, nor covetous man, who is an idolater, hath any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God. Now, tell me, how do you avoid those things if, you hang around with people who support homosexuality, abortion, idolatry and serve satan? Let me ask you a question, let us say you have two invitations one night, you have an invitation to have dinner in the Blaine house with Governor John E. Baldacci, his favorite Republican lap dog, State Senator David R. Hastings 3rd, along with Senator Susan Collins and the queen of infanticide Senator Olympia Snowe. They are going to have prime rib and lobster and all the fixings. And then you get this invitation from me, about three minutes before your wife is done getting ready to leave for the Blaine house: "Hey, how about throwing on some hot dogs and hamburgers and having Cec and I over for fellowship, prayer and dinner?" which invitation would you jump at?
Let no man deceive you with vain words: for because of these things cometh the wrath of God upon the children of disobedience. Be not ye therefore partakers with them. Do not fall for vain words. Can I give you and example of vain words? Good cause I'm going to. How often I hear this: "The church is full of hypocrites." Where did you get that? Did you make it up yourself? No, you heard it from vain men on television and radio, men like Peter Jennings and Dan Rather. You read it in places like Time and News-Week magazines, the Portland Press Herald, New York Times and the infamous Boston Globe.
And why did you believe what you read and heard? For ye were sometimes darkness, but now are ye light in the Lord: walk as children of Light: (For the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness and righteousness and truth;) proving what is acceptable unto the Lord.
So, how do you avoid falling into the trap satan has laid for you? The trap of not being a member of and faithfully attending and taking part in a solid Bible Preaching Born Again Washed in the Blood of the Lamb Christian church? And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them. For it is a shame even to speak of those things which are done of them in secret.
But all things that are reproved are made manifest by the Light: for whatsoever doth make manifest is Light. Wherefore He saith, Awake thou that sleepest, and arise from the dead, and Christ shall give thee light.
See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise, redeeming the time, because the days are evil. Wherefore be ye not unwise, but understanding what the will of the Lord is. And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit; Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord; Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ;
Submitting yourselves one to another in the fear of God. (Ephesians 5:1-21 ACP/KJV)
Now in Ephesians we can add more reasons not to fellowship with heathens, satan worshipers, folks destined, by choice, to spend eternity serving satan in the lake of fire.
I thank my God upon every remembrance of you, Always in every prayer of mine for you all making request with joy, for your fellowship in the gospel from the first day until now; being confident of this very thing, that He (Jesus) which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Christ Jesus (Rapture): (Philippians 1:1-5 ACP/KJV)
So, what have we to this point? We have a choice, we can either live in a cave all alone in the middle of nowhere, seeing and associating with no one, we can burn our tv, stamp on our radios and sever our internet connections, for up till this point, God has made it abundantly clear that you are not to associate with any non-Christians. Or we can put aside the rhetoric of the satan worshipers who lead us to believe that we should avoid the fellowship of other Christians because they tell us that "all the churches are full of hypocrites".
So, what is one to do? Oh dilemma of dilemmas what oh what are we to do? Well how about for starters getting your head out of the secular Christ denying press, your ears and eyes out of the secular radio and televison and getting them into the word of God, for God Himself has told us what to do, and He didn't play around, He sent the answer to us via His favorite Apostle, His best friend on earth, John.
This then is the message which we have heard of Him, and declare unto you, that God is light, and in Him is no darkness at all.
If we say that we have fellowship with Him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth:
But if we walk in the light, as He is in the Light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Christ Jesus His Son cleanseth us from all sin. (1 John 1:5-7 ACP/KJV)
See it? " we have fellowship one with another" Fellowship one with another, not with Peter Jennings, not with the worshipers of satan, but with one another. And what happens if we have fellowship one with another? "the blood of Christ Jesus His Son cleanseth us from all sin."
I'm going to give you another reason why you must not only go to a solid Born Again Washed in the Blood of the Lamb Christian church, you must be a member of it as well. Jesus had a bunch of half brothers, one of them, after he became a Born Again Washed in the Blood of the Lamb Christian around 33 Ad or so, became the head of the church at that time, so much for the bull about Peter being the first pope. But anyhow, look at what the Lord God of Creation, Christ Jesus tells us through His half brother James.
Is any sick among you? Let him call for the elders of the church; and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord: And the prayer of faith shall save the sick, and the Lord shall raise him up; and if he have committed sins, they shall be forgiven him. (James 5: 14&15 ACP/KJV)
Now I am going to let you in on one huge not very well kept secret. First let me start by saying, I am not an elder of Cornerstone Gospel Church in Naples, Maine, I am a member, but I am not one of the elders. So, I am not speaking for Cornerstone, I will let Rev. Jim Marstaller do that if he so chooses.
But, I am the Pastor of ChristianPatriot.com and as such I can speak for it. And everyone out there needs to know this. I will not come, nor will I send and associate or guest pastor or any of ACP's designated elders, to pray for a persons health who is not a member of record with ACP! Salvation? YES. Health or healing? NO! That, praying for healing and health, according to Jesus via James is reserved for the church in which one is a member.
Let me remind you of one last verse in Scripture for those of you who think Jesus is only making suggestions in His book, who think Jesus is joking or said things only to fill space.
Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap. For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting. (Galatians 6:7&8 ACP/KJV)
Now, I want to tell you another reason for belonging to a solid Christ preaching Born Again Washed in the Blood of the Lamb Christian Church. My wife and I belong to a couple of such churches, one is Cornerstone Gospel in Naples, Maine. The pastor there is my friend, peer and brother, Jim Marstaller. Jim's wife is Myra. I love Jim, Myra and their kids as only one who is truly saved can love another. When Myra was telling Cec and I about something wonderful that happened between her and her daughter yesterday, I was on the verge of tears for joy.
Because of that love, last night, Myra found it necessary to correct me, using scripture. That is what family is all about, that is what belonging to the body of Christ and having fellowship with that body of believers is all about. How can you, as a professing Christian, live without it.
How my heart bleeds for those who profess to belong to the Lord, yet mock Him by ignoring His words and instead obey the words of the servants of evil. The hypocrites are not in the church, they are outside of it.
Lord help Yours who are outside of true Christian fellowship, find a church family like mine, please. Amen.
PLease pray for Danny Calhoun, Danny and Theresa Gilpatrick, Seth Winslow, George Robert and this ministry and all involved with it.
Never ever forget this: There aint no purgatory!
Lord Jesus, please give women a love for their babies, from the moment of conception on, let them love them I pray Thee. Amen.
The Lord bless you all and may He heal Mel's eyes and Myra's ears. May You be with Colby as he is now out of boot camp and into Fleet Marine Corps, A Christian babe amongst many a wolf.
And Lord I ask You to bless those who bless me and mine tenfold for the blessing they are to me.
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May the Lord understand the importance of Mac, Cecily, Steve, and Rev. Jim Marstaller 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.
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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