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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, Elizebeth, Kentucky
Special Guest Pastor Rev. Jim Marstaller, Pastor of The CornerStone Gospel Church in Naples, Maine
For the last few months I have been saying "We are in a war... do something." I would have to be a believer in evolution, living in a cave in Tora Bora to not know that those words have fallen in deaf ears. I would have to be eligible to be a darwin award recipient to think you have heard and heeded my call to arms. So let me see if I can't find a way to wake you up for the war is raging and we need reinforcements. Yet you ignore the cry, and go about your business. Today I'm going to show you some Scripture that should get you out of the ranks of the complacent and into the front lines.
1 And Jesus, being full of the Holy Ghost, returned from Jordan, and was led by the Spirit into the wilderness, 2 being forty days tempted of(by) the devil. And in those (40) days He did eat nothing: and when they were ended, He afterward hungered.
3 And the devil said unto Him, "If Thou be the Son of God, command this stone that it be made bread." 4 And Jesus answered him, saying, It is written, That man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word of God.
5 And the devil, taking Him up into an high mountain, shewed unto Him all the kingdoms of the world in a moment of time. 6&7 And the devil said unto Him, "All this power will I give Thee, and the glory of them: for that is delivered unto me; and to whomsoever I will I give it. If Thou therefore wilt worship me, all shall be Thine." 8 And Jesus answered and said unto him, Get thee behind Me, satan: for it is written, thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and Him only shalt thou serve.
9 And he brought Him to Jerusalem, and set Him on a pinnacle of the temple, and said unto Him, "If Thou be the Son of God, cast Thyself down from hence: 10 For it is written, He shall give His angels charge over Thee, to keep Thee: 11 And in their hands they shall bear Thee up, lest at any time Thou dash Thy foot against a stone." 12 And Jesus answering said unto him, it is said, thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God. (Luke 4:1-12 ACP/KJV)
Now, I know that the most common understanding of "it is said, thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God. " is that Jesus , in answer to the devil's challenge to jump off the temple, is saying not to tempt God by doing stupid things. Stupid, self destructive things like drinking poison on purpose, picking up poisonous snakes on purpose, playing russian roulette, and jumping off of buildings.
This understanding is most often tied into other Scripture that correctly supports that understanding. Let me show you what I mean. In Mark chapter 16, Jesus says: Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature. He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned. And these signs shall follow them that believe; In My name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues; They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover.
There is a cult or two out there that suggest, and yes even require, that in order for one to prove he or she is saved, he must pick up poisonous snakes, and drink poisonous fluids. They say that the saved shall live while the unsaved shall die. They, those cult leaders and followers, undoubtably believe in evolution, for only one who believes that all life came from nothing billions and billions of years ago could possibly be dumb enough to pick up a six foot rattlesnake while drinking a glass of arsenic. For the example in God's word, the Holy Bible, concerning this, is proof that it must happen either accidentally or to the believer without the believer's knowledge.
And when Paul had gathered a bundle of sticks, and laid them on the fire, there came a viper out of the heat, and fastened on his hand. And when the barbarians saw the venomous beast hang on his hand, they said among themselves, No doubt this man is a murderer, whom, though he hath escaped the sea, yet vengeance suffereth not to live.
And he shook off the beast into the fire, and felt no harm.
Howbeit they looked when he should have swollen, or fallen down dead suddenly: but after they had looked a great while, and saw no harm come to him, they changed their minds, and said that he was a god. (Acts 28:3-6 ACP/KJV)
So in Luke 4 we see Jesus saying: "it is said, thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God. " In Mark we see the Lord telling us that: "And these signs shall follow them that believe; In My name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues; They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover." And in Acts 28 we see the practical application that for a believer to be protected, the snake bite, poisonous drink, whatever, must be without the believer doing it intentionally. It must be accidental or without his or her knowledge.
Now, we are going to look at another application of: Luke 4:9-12. And he brought Him to Jerusalem, and set Him on a pinnacle of the temple, and said unto Him, "If Thou be the Son of God, cast Thyself down from hence: 10 For it is written, He shall give His angels charge over Thee, to keep Thee: 11 And in their hands they shall bear Thee up, lest at any time Thou dash Thy foot against a stone." 12 And Jesus answering said unto him, it is said, thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God. (Luke 4:9-12 ACP/KJV) And it is my hope and prayer that it will get you off the sidelines and into the war.
Remember back at the beginning of the thought we reminisced back to when your dad looked down at you and gave you the intense warning: "(insert your first and middle name here) , don't tempt me!" Remember how this warning usually preceded a very serious spanking if the warning were not immediately heeded? Well, think the same thing about what Jesus said to satan: "it is said, thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God. " Think of it like this, satan is way out of line, Jesus has had a hard 40 days and 40 nights, He is tired, hungry and not in a mood to be trifled with. The devil has already crossed the line with his first challenge, he has riled Jesus up with the second and now Jesus has had it with satan and his bull. So Jesus says to satan, "Do not tempt Me satan!" The devil knows that Jesus is God, he knows that Jesus can destroy him, or worse yet cast him into the burning fiery lake of fire that very instant. So what does satan do? The smart thing, he heeds the warning and leaves Jesus alone and the angels come and minister unto the Lord Jesus.
Guys, you should heed the same warning: Through Scripture Jesus has told you over and over again that He expects you to pick up your cross and follow Him, that you are to serve Him. Yet, what are you doing? You are sitting there on the sidelines waiting for an e-mail from the Lord with your draft notice in it. And even then you would, in all probability, delete it as spam.
Let me give you some of the battle fields:
Look if you can't do anything more, make a sign for your front lawn that reads: ChristianPatriot.com If you're not going to fight, at least let others know there is a war going on and where to get info about it. So take a piece of wood, paint it white, and after it dries, just paint, in 3 inch or bigger letters, "ChristianPatriot.com"
Men, my wife and I, as you could guess, attend a very active church. Cornerstone Gospel church in Naples, Maine. Yet even in our church, with a superb and active Pastor, Rev. Jim Marstaller, we only have about a dozen and a half coming to the pro-Creation seminars on Friday nights. We have yet to get more than two dozen really active in the war.
I expect more from you guys! Do you realize that if everyone who came to ChristianPatriot.com were to get involved, politicians would notice, police would notice, public education would notice and satan would shudder. Our numbers are still way down. They are climbing back up, but we have a long way to go to reach and surpass our one day high of 57,400 plus unique hits. Imagine what 57,000 men could do to change our society and put the homosexuals back in the closet, the abortionist behind bars or in the grave by making murder punishable with death, and Our Lord and Saviour Christ Jesus back in the schools. Biblical Creation taught as fact instead of "billions and billions of years ago in a galaxy far, far away there was nothing, absolutely nothing and then suddenly, over millions and millions of years, that nothing became something...".
Over the past year and a half we have lost a lot of fat, we are down to a solid fighting weight, let us build the force back up with men of like mind, men dedicated to the Lord God of Creation, Christ Jesus. Let us come to realize that we can win if we will only fight. For the Lord we serve, Christ Jesus, is a zillion times to the zillionth power more powerful than the god served by the abortionist, the homosexual, the evolutionist, the corrupt politician, cop, jailer, media, etc.
I want you to think about something for a bit. Jesus heals. He feeds thousands with a little bread and a few dried up fish. He raises the dead, offered Himself up for us, gives sight to the blind and more.
Satan sends his minions off to blow themselves up. The devil convinces boys and girls that are his to mark themselves up, cut themselves up, and abuse their bodies with drugs, promiscuous sex and self defiling behaviors of all sorts. Other than Messianic Jews, all other jews are not the Lord's but satan's. Look at the way satan treated his people the jews at the hands of his people the evolution believing nazis.
What are you afraid of? Why are you hesitant? Why have you not joined the fray?
Lord Jesus, would you be so kind as to order Your troops out of bed? For Lord, I rattle their bunks, scream in their ears, and shake them violently, but they snore right on. So, Lord, how about You reaching out, and whispering in their ears "wake up My child, your time to stand up and be counted has come, do not make Me come down there."
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The Lord be with and bless you all and please keep me, Jim, Steve, Channing and Cecily in your prayers. They are the working backbone of Christianpatriot.com. Amen.
If you live in the Naples, Maine area, keep in mind that starting Friday October 6th and for the next five Friday nights after tha,t at 6:30 PM we will be doing a Genesis 1-11 series and seminar at the Cornerstone Gospel Church in Naples. You can call me or use the form to e-mail me for further information. There will be child care and there will be snacks. I am not going to try to convince you to leave your church and attend ours, and there will be no request for money. Nor will I tolerate any disruption. Discussion yes. Disruption, NO!
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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