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 Wednesday March 29th, 2006, the thoughts will be posted at 7PM.. This is to assure that all thoughts are proof read before posting.
Rev. Bob Celeste
For the last two days I have been wanting to do a thought based upon the excellent sermon I heard last Sunday at East Gate Church in Albuquerque, NM. The sermon was on Peter and I loved it. But, every time I sit down to do the thought, the Lord seems to say, "... do this instead.".
Yesterday was the fifth anniversary of the infamous 911 attack on the US. It would seem that every news organization in the country, every radio talk show in the country and every pollster in the world has one question and only one question on the tip of their collective tongues: "Are we safer today than we were before 911?" They all seem to expect either a yes or no answer or one answered in under 25 words. Idiots! Forgive me Lord, but there seems no more appropriate and descriptive verb than idiot when referring to them and their question.
No, we are not safer. We are less free, we are not safer. Oh sure we haven't been attacked again and the many tries have resulted in failure due to any number of reasons, but safer, no I'm afraid not.
Jesus said: No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.
In these United States, money is god. Men serve money and earthly possessions way above God. Go on line, see how easy it is to buy a twelve place plane. A twelve place plane will easily carry 3,600 pounds. The plane doesn't know if that 3,600 pounds is people or explosives, all the plane cares about is that the weight is distributed properly.
Let me let you in on a secret that every person who has ever flown a plane knows. Flying is easy, it is the landing and navigation in the dark and in bad weather that is tricky. I haven't flown a plane in over 15 years, and then it was only small four place single engine fixed gear planes like Piper Warriors, Cessna 172's and the like. Yet, given the planes manual and a few hours, I could put any single engine plane in the sky and fly it to its destination. Landing might be tricky, but I could fly it.
Any pilot from any air force in the world could fly any 12 place plane. So, are we safer? No! Are we less free? Yes. Are we less free and less safe because of our greed for money and earthly things? YES!
Do a google search for used airplanes, contact the seller and tell him you have come into some money and are interested in flying again. Tell him all you have is a private pilot single engine license without an instrument rating. Then ask him if you and he can come to an agreement on the price, and will he help you get a current medical and get you checked out in the plane. Guess what, if you can convince him you have the money, he will move heaven and earth to get your money in his pocket and you into his plane.
Did you know that your everyday driver's license will let you buy and drive any truck that is not a fifth wheel. Did you know that your regular drivers license will allow you to drive a motor home of any size. Did you know that the largest truck you can drive and the largest motor home you can drive on your regular license will carry in excess of five tons worth of high explosives.
Do you know that if you go to buy a large truck or a large motor home noone is going to ask you any questions about what are you going to do with it. All the seller is interested in is separating you from your money. Tell him you aren't sure you could drive such a large rig and he will offer to teach you, after reassuring you that anyone can drive one.
Why are we less safe today then we were before 911? It is because we know the dangers, yet put money ahead of safety, security, and doing what is right in the sight of the Lord.
How do we become more safe and regain our freedom at the same time? Well Jesus answered that for us too: Which of you by taking thought can add one cubit unto his stature? And why take ye thought for raiment? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they toil not, neither do they spin: And yet I say unto you, That even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. Wherefore, if God so clothe the grass of the field, which to day is, and to morrow is cast into the oven, shall He not much more clothe you?
O ye of little faith. Take no thought, saying, "What shall we eat?" or, "What shall we drink?" or, "Wherewithal shall we be clothed?" (For after all these things do the Gentiles seek:) for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things.
But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and His righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.
And as for giving the government the power to remove more of your rights, while they claim they are only protecting you, when the President, the congress, and the judges are more interested in securing the borders of Afghanistan and Iraq than they are the borders of these United States, well do not trouble yourselves, for the Lord has told us who to fear and it isn't the President, the Congress, the IRS, the Courts, the Police, or the muslims, it is GOD!
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 knowing it. 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 heave!
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 that sent Me.
So what do we do? Well first forget safety. Second stop being a coward dependent upon a government that can't even secure its own borders. Stop putting your faith in a government made up of Ted Kennedy, John Kerry, Barney Frank, Olympia Snowe, Susan Collins, Hillary Clinton, Joe Biden, Harry Reid, Nancy Pelosi, their minions and their ilk.
How can you look out at the things God has created and fail to put your faith and trust in Him? Why do you fear a bunch of satan serving fanatics in the press, the body politic, the courts, the police and mosque throughout the world when all they can do is kill your body at most.
Before you put your trust in anything other than the Lord God of creation, Christ Jesus, you might want to review some of the questions He asks you, for these questions are not just for Job, they are for all of you who trust more in money, government, jobs, family, or anything else above God.
Where wast thou when I laid the foundations of the earth?
Whereupon are the foundations thereof fastened? or who laid the corner stone thereof;
Where were you when I made the cloud the garment thereof, and thick darkness a swaddling band for it, And brake up for it my decreed place, and set bars and doors, And said, Hitherto shalt thou come, but no further: and here shall thy proud waves be stayed?
Hast thou commanded the morning since thy days; and caused the dayspring to know his place;
Hast thou entered into the springs of the sea? or hast thou walked in the search of the depth? Have the gates of death been opened unto thee? or hast thou seen the doors of the shadow of death?
Hast thou perceived the breadth of the earth? declare if thou knowest it all. Where is the way where light dwelleth? and as for darkness, where is the place thereof?
Hast thou entered into the treasures of the snow? or hast thou seen the treasures of the hail, which I have reserved against the time of trouble, against the day of battle and war?
By what way is the light parted, which scattereth the east wind upon the earth?
Who hath divided a watercourse for the overflowing of waters, or a way for the lightning of thunder; To cause it to rain on the earth, where no man is; on the wilderness, wherein there is no man; To satisfy the desolate and waste ground; and to cause the bud of the tender herb to spring forth?
Hath the rain a father? or who hath begotten the drops of dew? Out of whose womb came the ice? and the hoary frost of heaven, who hath gendered it?
Canst thou bind the sweet influences of Pleiades, or loose the bands of Orion? Canst thou bring forth Mazzaroth in his season? or canst thou guide Arcturus with his sons?
Knowest thou the ordinances of heaven? canst thou set the dominion thereof in the earth? Canst thou lift up thy voice to the clouds, that abundance of waters may cover thee? Canst thou send lightnings, that they may go, and say unto thee, Here we are?
Who hath put wisdom in the inward parts? or who hath given understanding to the heart?
Who can number the clouds in wisdom? or who can stay the bottles of heaven, when the dust groweth into hardness, and the clods cleave fast together?
Wilt thou hunt the prey for the lion? or fill the appetite of the young lions, when they couch in their dens, and abide in the covert to lie in wait?
Who provideth for the raven his food? when his young ones cry unto God, they wander for lack of meat.
Knowest thou the time when the wild goats of the rock bring forth? or canst thou mark when the hinds do calve? Canst thou number the months that they fulfil? or knowest thou the time when they bring forth?
Who hath sent out the wild ass free? or who hath loosed the bands of the wild ass?
Will the unicorn be willing to serve thee, or abide by thy crib? Canst thou bind the unicorn with his band in the furrow? or will he harrow the valleys after thee? Wilt thou trust him, because his strength is great? or wilt thou leave thy labour to him? Wilt thou believe him, that he will bring home thy seed, and gather it into thy barn?
Gavest thou the goodly wings unto the peacocks? or wings and feathers unto the ostrich?
Hast thou given the horse strength? hast thou clothed his neck with thunder? Canst thou make him afraid as a grasshopper?
Doth the hawk fly by thy wisdom, and stretch her wings toward the south? Doth the eagle mount up at thy command, and make her nest on high?
Who did those things? Was it the government? Was it the muslims? The courts? The police? No, it was God, it was the Lord Christ Jesus. So why fear ye any other? We will never regain our freedom if we put our faith and trust in any other than Christ.
Let me close with this: If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed.
Only faith and trust in Jesus can get you free, give you a heart of strength, and set your heart and love in the right direction and place.
May the Lord God of Creation, He who created the universe in under 144 consecutive 60 minute hours bless you and give you the strength necessary to put your faith, trust and fear in Him. 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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