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ACP, The Church for the American Christian who is a Patriot
Pro-Christ, Pro-Life, Pro-Constitution.
Pastor Robert M., Bob, Celeste ACP
Friday September 24th, 2004
Luke Chapter Nine
1 Then Jesus called His twelve disciples together, and gave them power and authority over all devils, and to cure diseases.
2 And He sent them to preach the kingdom of God, and to heal the sick.
3 And He said unto them, Take nothing for your journey, neither staves, nor scrip, neither bread, neither money; neither have two coats apiece.
4 And whatsoever house ye enter into, there abide, and thence depart.
5 And whosoever will not receive you, when ye go out of that city, shake off the very dust from your feet for a testimony against them.
6 And they departed, and went through the towns, preaching the gospel, and healing every where.
7 Now Herod, the tetrarch (governor), heard of all that was done by Him: and he was perplexed, because that it was said of some, that John was risen from the dead;
8 And of some, that Elias had appeared; and of others, that one of the old prophets was risen again. 9 And Herod said, "John have I beheaded: but who is this, of whom I hear such things?" And he desired to see Him.
10 And the apostles, when they were returned, told Him all that they had done. And He took them, and went aside privately into a desert place belonging to the city called Bethsaida.
11 And the people, when they knew it, followed Him: and He received them, and spake unto them of the kingdom of God, and healed them that had need of healing.
12 And when the day began to wear away, then came the twelve, and said unto Him, "Send the multitude away, that they may go into the towns and country round about, and lodge, and get victuals: for we are here in a desert place."
13 But He said unto them, Give ye them to eat.
And they said, "We have no more but five loaves and two fishes; except we should go and buy meat for all this people."
14 For they were about five thousand men. And He said to His disciples, Make them sit down by fifties in a company.
15 And they did so, and made them all sit down.
16 Then He took the five loaves and the two fishes, and looking up to heaven, He blessed them, and brake, and gave to the disciples to set before the multitude.
17 And they did eat, and were all filled: and there was taken up of fragments that remained to them twelve baskets.
18 And it came to pass, as He was alone praying, His disciples were with Him: and He asked them, saying, Whom say the people that I am?
19 They answering said, "John the Baptist; but some say, Elias; and others say, that one of the old prophets is risen again."
20 He said unto them, But whom say ye that I am? Peter answering said, "The Christ of God."
21 And He straitly charged (instructed) them, and commanded them to tell no man that thing;
22 Saying, The Son of man must suffer many things, and be rejected of the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be slain, and be raised the third day.
23 And He said to them all, If any man will come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow Me.
24 For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: but whosoever will lose his life for My sake, the same shall save it.
25 For what is a man advantaged, if he gain the whole world, and lose himself, or be cast away? 26 For whosoever shall be ashamed of Me and of My words, of him shall the Son of Man be ashamed, when He shall come in His own glory, and in His Father's, and of the holy angels.
27 But I tell you of a truth, there be some standing here, which shall not taste of death, till they see the kingdom of God.
28 And it came to pass about an eight days after these sayings, He took Peter and John and James, and went up into a mountain to pray.
29 And as He prayed, the fashion of His countenance was altered, and His raiment was white and glistering.
30 And, behold, there talked with Him two men, which were Moses and Elias: 31 Who appeared in glory, and spake of His decease which He should accomplish at Jerusalem.
32 But Peter and they that were with him were heavy with sleep: and when they were awake, they saw His glory, and the two men that stood with Him.
33 And it came to pass, as they departed from Him, Peter said unto Jesus, "Master, it is good for us to be here: and let us make three tabernacles; one for Thee, and one for Moses, and one for Elias": not knowing what he said.
34 While he (Peter) thus spake, there came a cloud, and overshadowed them: and they feared as they entered into the cloud.
35 And there came a voice out of the cloud, saying, This is My beloved Son: hear Him!
36 And when the voice was past, Jesus was found alone. And they kept it close, and told no man in those days any of those things which they had seen.
37 And it came to pass, that on the next day, when they were come down from the hill, much people met him.
38 And, behold, a man of the company cried out, saying, "Master, I beseech Thee, look upon my son: for he is mine only child.
39 And, lo, a spirit taketh him, and he suddenly crieth out; and it teareth him that he foameth again, and bruising him hardly departeth from him.
40 And I besought Thy disciples to cast him out; and they could not."
41 And Jesus answering said, O faithless and perverse generation, how long shall I be with you, and suffer you? Bring thy son hither.
42 And as he (the child) was yet a coming, the devil threw him down, and tare him. And Jesus rebuked the unclean spirit, and healed the child, and delivered him again to his father.
43 And they were all amazed at the mighty power of God. But while they wondered every one at all things which Jesus did, He said unto His disciples:
44 Let these sayings sink down into your ears: for the Son of man shall be delivered into the hands of men.
45 But they understood not this saying, and it was hid from them, that they perceived it not: and they feared to ask Him of that saying.
46 Then there arose a reasoning among them, which of them should be greatest.
47 And Jesus, perceiving the thought of their heart, took a child, and set him by Him. 48 And said unto them, Whosoever shall receive this child in My name receiveth Me: and whosoever shall receive Me receiveth Him that sent Me: for he that is least among you all, the same shall be great.
49 And John answered and said, "Master, we saw one casting out devils in Thy name; and we forbad him, because he followeth not with us."
50 And Jesus said unto him, Forbid him not: for he that is not against Us (the Trinity) is for Us.
51 And it came to pass, when the time was come that He should be received up, He steadfastly set His face to go to Jerusalem,
52 and sent messengers before His face: and they went, and entered into a village of the Samaritans, to make ready for Him.
53 And they did not receive Him, because His face was as though He would go to Jerusalem.
54 And when His disciples James and John saw this, they said, "Lord, wilt Thou that we command fire to come down from heaven, and consume them, even as Elias did?"
55 But He turned, and rebuked them, and said, Ye know not what manner of spirit ye are of.
56 For the Son of man is not come to destroy men's lives, but to save them. And they went to another village.
57 And it came to pass, that, as they went in the way, a certain man said unto Him, "Lord, I will follow Thee whithersoever Thou goest."
58 And Jesus said unto him, Foxes have holes, and birds of the air have nests; but the Son of Man hath not where to lay His head.
59 And He said unto another, Follow Me. But he said, "Lord, suffer me first to go and bury my father."
60 Jesus said unto him, Let the dead bury their dead: but go thou and preach the kingdom of God.
61 And another also said, "Lord, I will follow Thee; but let me first go bid them farewell, which are at home at my house."
62 And Jesus said unto him, No man, having put his hand to the plough, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God. (Luke 9:1-62 ACP/KJV)
The very first thing I would like you to notice is how the Lord starts chapter nine and how He ends chapter nine.
"Then Jesus called His twelve disciples together, and gave them power and authority over all devils, and to cure diseases. And He sent them to preach the kingdom of God, and to heal the sick. And He said unto them, Take nothing for your journey, neither staves, nor scrip, neither bread, neither money; neither have two coats apiece.
And He said unto another, Follow Me. But he said, "Lord, suffer me first to go and bury my father." Jesus said unto him, Let the dead bury their dead: but go thou and preach the kingdom of God. 1 And another also said, "Lord, I will follow Thee; but let me first go bid them farewell, which are at home at my house." And Jesus said unto him, No man, having put his hand to the plough, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God."
Jesus starts Luke nine by sending His out to preach. He ends by telling those who want to follow Him, to put everything else aside and go and preach. The thing to notice is that those who were truly the Lord's went and did as He told them to, yet, those who did not truly belong to the Lord, always had something else to do first.
"Then there arose a reasoning among them, which of them should be greatest. And Jesus, perceiving the thought of their heart, took a child, and set him by Him. And said unto them, Whosoever shall receive this child in My name receiveth Me: and whosoever shall receive Me receiveth Him that sent Me: for he that is least among you all, the same shall be great. "
As Jesus walked along with His disciples, the disciples were talking amongst themselves, they were discussing which of them would be the greatest in heaven. Look how Jesus answered them. He took a young boy, placed him in the middle of the disciples and said: "Whosoever shall receive this child in My name receiveth Me: and whosoever shall receive Me receiveth Him that sent Me: for he that is least among you all, the same shall be great. "
Jesus didn't say, he amongst you that tithes the most will be greatest amongst you. He didn't say he amongst you that achieves the largest ministry amongst you shall be the greatest. He didn't say, he amongst you that holds the highest office, owns the biggest house, the fastest car or the most homes shall be the greatest amongst you.
No, He said, who so ever shall preach the Word of God to this little child shall be the greatest amongst you.
Does that mean that everyone one out there should quit their jobs and start preaching? No, not necessary, but it dies mean that everyone of you out there has a responsibility to preach Christ every opportunity you get, even if that means losing your job for doing it. It means you can not put the preaching of God and salvation through the Lord Jesus behind anything, not your job, not your family, not even burying your dead family members. It means that your first and foremost job is to preach salvation through the Blood of the Lord Jesus first and foremost. Everything else you do is just a means to reach people to preach Christ to them.
For the rest of the thought, get your Bible and read Proverbs 16:1,34&5 and then Ephesians 3:17-21.
And in closing read Numbers 6:2425&26.
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.
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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