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
Mr. Steve Burzlaff, Elizebethtown, Kentucky
Special Guest Pastor Rev. Jim Marstaller, Pastor of The CornerStone Gospel Church in Naples, Maine
There are times when I become so confused by those who claim to be Christians. While they say they are Christians, they do the things of this world, ignoring both Jesus and His unsurpassed love for them.
Over the last thirty days I have seen some pretty bizarre behavior by some who claim to belong to the Lord God of Creation, Christ Jesus.
Let me remind you of two things, first:
Revelation Chapter Four
1 After this I looked, and, behold, a door was opened in heaven: and the first voice which I heard was as it were of a trumpet talking with me; which said, Come up hither, and I will shew thee things which must be hereafter.
2 And immediately I was in the spirit: and, behold, a throne was set in heaven, and One sat on the throne. 3 And He that sat was to look upon like a jasper and a sardine stone: and there was a rainbow round about the throne, in sight like unto an emerald. 4 And round about the throne were four and twenty seats: and upon the seats I saw four and twenty elders sitting, clothed in white raiment; and they had on their heads crowns of gold. 5 And out of the throne proceeded lightnings and thunderings and voices: and there were *seven lamps of fire burning before the throne, which are the seven Spirits of God.
6 And before the throne there was a sea of glass like unto crystal: and in the midst of the throne, and round about the throne, were four beasts full of eyes before(in front) and behind. 7 And the first beast was like a lion, and the second beast like a calf, and the third beast had a face as a man, and the fourth beast was like a flying eagle. 8 And the four beasts had each of them six wings about him; and they were full of eyes within: and they rest not day and night, saying, "Holy, Holy, Holy, Lord God Almighty, which was, and is, and is to come."
9 And when those beasts give glory and honour and thanks to Him that sat on the throne, who liveth for ever and ever, 10 the four and twenty elders fall down before Him that sat on the throne, and worship Him that liveth for ever and ever, and cast their crowns before the throne, saying, 11 Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for Thou hast created all things, and for Thy pleasure they are and were created. (Revelation 4:1-11 ACP/KJV)
In heaven they know that what John had said in John One to be true:
John Chapter One
1 In the beginning was the Word (Jesus), and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 The same (Jesus) was in the beginning with God. 3 All things were made by Him (Jesus); and without Him was not any thing made that was made. (John 1:1-3 ACP/KJV)
So, while on earth, the Apostle John tells us that the world and everything that was ever created were created by God, the Father, Son and Holy Ghost. In heaven the four and twenty elders fall down before Him, worship Him, and cast their crowns before the throne, saying, "Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honor and power: for Thou hast created all things, and for Thy pleasure they are and were created."
This account is supported by the very words of God Himself:
And God said, Let us make man in Our image, after Our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth. So God created man in His own image, in the image of God created He him; male and female created he them. And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth. (Genesis 1:27,28 &29 ACP/KJV)
So, what do we have so far? We have absolute proof that Jesus created all things, that He so loves us that He gave dominion over all the earth to us, and that He created man and woman.
Now, how did this man and woman that Jesus made, come to be made in His own image?
And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.... And the LORD God took the man, and put him into the garden of Eden to dress it and to keep it. ... And the LORD God said, It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him an help meet for him. ... And the LORD God caused a deep sleep to fall upon Adam, and he slept: and He took one of his ribs, and closed up the flesh instead thereof; And the rib, which the LORD God had taken from man, made He a woman, and brought her unto the man.
And Adam said, "This is now bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh: she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man."
Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh. And they were both naked, the man and his wife, and were not ashamed. (Genesis 2:7,15,18, & 21-25 ACP/KJV)
I'm going to wrap up the major Scriptural part of today's thought with this:
1st: For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him 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. (John 3:16-18 ACP/KJV)
OK, point One, Jesus not only created us, He really loves us, as does The Trinity of God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Ghost.
OK, point two, God made man and woman to be man and wife, He made marriage to be between man and woman, not man and man not woman and woman, not cat and dog, cat and man, dog and woman or any other combination, just man and woman.
Today, we in the USA and throughout the world are fighting with the problem of redefining marriage. There are way too many (one would be too many, but unfortunately the number is in the billions) who want to redefine marriage as being between man and man, woman and woman and God only knows what else. Yet, God says marriage is between one naturally created man and one naturally created woman.
Let us look at a few who claim to belong to the Lord God of Creation, Christ Jesus, who wish to spit in His face and redefine how He defined marriage.
The UCC started ordaining homosexuals, mostly lesbians, in 1955. The Roman Catholics started openly recruiting and ordaining homosexuals in 1962. The Episcopalians have ordained an openly practicing homosexual as a bishop. The Methodists, Presbyterians, and the list goes on, but the list is not important. What is important is that there is even one who claims to be belong to Christ that supports openly or clandestinely, the marriage between anything other than what God ordained as marriage, one naturally born male to one naturally born female.
Sadder yet is the number of true members of the body of Christ that are sitting on the sidelines, not getting involved, not caring enough to get out there and fight for the One who not only created you, but left heaven, came to earth as a baby in the womb, and allowed Himself to be captured, spit upon, whipped, beat, crucified and stabbed for you.
I have closed with this many times in the past, but so many of you seem to think it is only words:
And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear Him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.
Are not two sparrows sold for a farthing? and one of them shall not fall on the ground without your Father. But the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear ye not therefore, ye are of more value than many sparrows. Whosoever therefore shall confess Me before men, him will I confess also before My Father which is in heaven. But whosoever shall deny Me before men, him will I also deny before My Father which is in heaven.
Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I came not to send peace, but a sword. For I am come to set a man at variance against his father, and the daughter against her mother, and the daughter in law against her mother in law. And a man's foes shall be they of his own household. He that loveth father or mother more than Me is not worthy of Me: and he that loveth son or daughter more than Me is not worthy of Me. And he that taketh not his cross, and followeth after Me, is not worthy of Me.
He that findeth his life shall lose it: and he that loseth his life for My sake shall find it. He that receiveth you receiveth Me, and he that receiveth Me receiveth Him (God the Father) that sent Me. He that receiveth a prophet in the name of a prophet shall receive a prophet's reward; and he that receiveth a righteous man in the name of a righteous man shall receive a righteous man's reward.
And whosoever shall give to drink unto one of these little ones a cup of cold water only in the name of a disciple, verily I say unto you, he shall in no wise lose his reward. (Matthew 10:28-42 ACP/KJV)
We as Christians are in a battle, and with so many of you sitting on the sidelines, we are losing this battle. We are losing to the evolutionists because you look at and try to make the Bible be justified by the so called science of man. We are losing the fight to preserve marriage as God ordained it because we have not the resources to continue the fight it. We are losing the battle of evangelism because we have neither enough missionaries nor money to support them.
Imagine if this week you said to your wife, "Don't buy steak, buy beans instead and we will send the savings to Good News Missions in Indianapolis." Imagine the money we would have if those of you thinking about marking your body up with either a piecing or tattoo, instead saved that money and sent half of it to be used to fight the Baldacci/Hastings radical homosexual crowd here in Maine.
Get off your duffs and join the fight, or stay seated, it is your choice. Remember, not only is your salvation your responsibility, but the number of crowns you will have in heaven are determined by how well you serve the Lord Jesus, the CHRIST, here on earth.
Let me do a little shaming if I may. My wife Cecily contributes 100% of her paycheck to ACP, 100%. She uses better than 60% of her vacation time helping me with ACP even to the extent of picking up and leaving with me, kind of like Sarah did when Abram said: "Pack, we are outa here..."
What about you? What have you done for the Lord today? Fight or not fight, your choice, but, if you believed in Jesus if you really believed that the Holy Bible is the word of God, you would join the fight, not sit on the sidelines.
For is He not capable of raising His from the dead? Jesus said, Take ye away the stone. Martha, the sister of him that was dead, saith unto Him, "Lord, by this time he stinketh: for he hath been dead four days." Jesus saith unto her, Said I not unto thee, that, if thou wouldest believe, thou shouldest see the glory of God? Then they took away the stone from the place where the dead was laid. And Jesus lifted up His eyes, and said, Father, I thank Thee that Thou hast heard Me. And I knew that Thou hearest Me always: but because of the people which stand by I said it, that they may believe that Thou hast sent Me. And when He thus had spoken, He cried with a loud voice, Lazarus, come forth! And he that was dead came forth, bound hand and foot with graveclothes: and his face was bound about with a napkin. Jesus saith unto them, Loose him, and let him go. (John 11:39-44 ACP/KJV)
Is not Jesus capable of feeding an army without the need of a mess tent, cooks, and the like?
But Jesus said unto them, They need not depart; give ye them to eat. And they say unto Him, "We have here but five loaves, and two fishes." He said, Bring them hither to Me. And He commanded the multitude to sit down on the grass, and took the five loaves, and the two fishes, and looking up to heaven, He blessed, and brake, and gave the loaves to His disciples, and the disciples to the multitude. And they did all eat, and were filled: and they took up of the fragments that remained twelve baskets full. And they that had eaten were about five thousand men, beside (not counting) women and children. (Matthew14:16-21 ACP/KJV)
So, if you actually believed that Jesus is God, if you actually believed that the Bible is the word of God and that He said exactly what He wanted to say in it exactly as He meant to say it, you would not be sitting on the side lines, you would be leading the charge. Are you not even the least bit ashamed that a 59 year old woman is so far out in front of you in the battle? I am so proud of my wife that I could burst. I'm that proud of Steve, Jim, Max and many more of you, but alas not all of you, not all of you by a long shot.
You know what one of my very private prayers to Jesus is? It is this: "Lord, let ACP be the internet church for five million, for Lord with five million we could then fund all the missions needed, we would be able to recruit and fund missionaries for every city in the country, missions like the Good News Mission in Indiana,... Oh that Thou would bless me indeed, and enlarge my ministry, and that Your hand might be with me, and that You would keep me from evil, that none may grieve me, my wife and all those that serve You through ACP! ... "
Want to know what I'm referring to when I refer to the Good News Mission? Check out: Christian-news-in-maine.com/july16-2005.htm .
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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