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ACP, The Church for the American Christian who is a Patriot
Pro-Christ, Pro-Life, Pro-Constitution.
Pastor Robert M. Celeste MCAC
Monday August 2th, 2004
Well, today is August second, the first Monday of August, and it is time to get back to work. First I would, if you'll indulge me, tell you all a bit about this year's trip. I'm not going to go in chronological order, cause that would be too much work, but instead, I'll just throw things in as I think of them.
Because of fuel prices, and Cecily and I having decided to buy me a lap top computer, we had to make the trip much shorter this year than years past, so we didn't get to see some folks that we really look forward to seeing each year. We also didn't get to see a young mother and her daughter in Illinois, even though we passed through southern Illinois. So, Steve and Janice, we will do two blizzards next year. And Molly, tell your mom we are sorry, but God willing fuel prices will be better next year, we will have more time and the two of you can join Mrs. Celeste and I and start a whole new Blizzard tradition. And Don and Terry, well, we live close enough, only about 350 miles apart, that maybe the two of you, the kids and we will be able to get together before next summer, God willing. And of course Mac, way out there in New Mexico, time and money restraints added to scheduling conflicts kept us from reminiscing, but God knows I do miss that Irish twinkle in your eyes.
This year's trip took us through 14 states getting to New Mexico and 14 coming home to Maine. We saw a lot of things, noticed even more and while some put a smile on our faces, some caused us to wince and others to out and out weep. The one thing that caused us to both wince and smile was the picture below. It was taken on ole Route 66 outside of Tucumcari, New Mexico. Over the next month or so, I will be referring to it often and telling you more about it, its history and the man responsible for it being on the side of ole Route 66.
If you don't train 'em, don't blame 'em.
On the left half of the painting is a dad teaching his son to work cattle, teaching his son to be self reliant and to work. On the right half of the picture is a mom teaching her daughter to pray and that same dad teaching his son to pray, while leading his family in worship and to the Lord.
Think about that for a minute, no, ponder it for a day, "If you don't train 'em, don't blame 'em." For those of us whose children are grown and out of the house, we can think back to the missed opportunities to teach them right from wrong, to be more dedicated to the Lord, just whole bunches of things, but for those of you who are raising your families now, this sign "If you don't train 'em, don't blame 'em," should be a constant reminder of what you as a parent's most important job is. And for those of you who are just starting a family or have not yet started, let this picture burn itself into your mind and memory.
As you think about that painting, "If you don't train 'em, don't blame 'em," I want to tell you few things I saw and learned while on our trip. I saw young men loafing around in the middle of the day, young men who have defaced their bodies with tattoos and piercings, young men looking for drugs and trouble, young men not at all like the young man in the painting. I saw young girls wearing the newest fashion, light colored kind of loose fitting slacks with no underwear. I saw lesbians driving their Subaru out trolling for girls. Did you know that the Subaru is the car of choice for lesbians and that lesbians make up the single largest demographic group buying Subarus? And then in a church in Albuquerque, New Mexico we saw boys and girls with their dads and moms singing, praising and worshiping God together. And some of those kids had tattoos and some had piercings, so, it is never too late. Remember, "If you don't train 'em, don't blame 'em."
Throughout August, since it is still summer, the thoughts are going to be shorter than normal, they are going to deal with much that centers around things in the news and things I saw on our trip and most of all they are going to center around "If you don't train 'em, don't blame 'em."
And Isaac was forty years old when he took Rebekah to wife, the daughter of Bethuel the Syrian of Padanaram, the sister to Laban the Syrian. And Isaac intreated the LORD for his wife, because she was barren:
And the LORD was intreated of him, and Rebekah his wife conceived. And the children struggled together within her; and she said, If it be so, why am I thus?
And she went to enquire of the LORD. And the LORD said unto her, Two nations are in thy womb, and two manner of people shall be separated from thy bowels; and the one people shall be stronger than the other people; and the elder shall serve the younger.
And when her days to be delivered were fulfilled, behold, there were twins in her womb. (Genesis 25:20-24 ACP/KJV)
In the painting, "If you don't train 'em, don't blame 'em," the young man is being trained by his dad to go to the Lord. Do you think that perhaps Abraham taught Isaac how to go to the Lord in time of need? The young lady is being taught by her mom and he dad to go to the Lord. Do you think that perhaps Rebekah's mom Bethuel taught Rebekah how to go to the Lord in times of need? Let me let you in on a secret, the boys loafing around and the girls with no underwear are what happens when dads and moms leave the training of their children to others and the televison. Do you think a son or daughter will or even could grow up to be pro-abortion if they read and understood "And the LORD was intreated of him, and Rebekah his wife conceived. And the children struggled together within her; and she said, If it be so, why am I thus?
And she went to enquire of the LORD. And the LORD said unto her, Two nations are in thy womb, ..."
Lord God Creator of al the universe, help us to raise (Y)our children as Abraham raise Isaac and as Bethuel raised Rebekah. Amen.
May the Lord 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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