Today's Christian thought: Monday November 10th, 2003
We have now finished our sixth year of American Christian Patriot, first for one year as a newspaper and then one year as both a newspaper and on the net, then these last four years exclusively on the net. Over these last six years, ACP has grown, but the theology has not changed one iota. My knowledge of the Bible has become a little better but the basic theology has always been to use the Bible as literally as possible, to preach in the shadows of the Puritans.
As I mature I pray my thoughts and preaching mature as well, not become more socially acceptable, just more mature in the eyes of He whom I serve, He whom I not only work for, but have given my life to as well, the Lord Jesus who is the Christ. But anyone could make that claim, it is up to you and the Lord to judge the truth of my words, my works, my heart so below is a thought first put on the web on January 24th, 2000. No changes have made to the substance of the thought, but some html changes have been made to make it easier to read and understand.
You're not His friend, you're his bond servant! Daily thought Monday January 24th, 2000
Oh how often we sing the song, "What a friend I have in Jesus." But, can we call ourselves the friend of the Lord? Can we say, "Jesus is my friend"? Do we have any right to consider ourselves His friends?
Afraid not my friends, Jesus is not your friend. If you are really lucky, you are His bond servant, His slave. Oh, yes, He tells us that when we are born again, we become the adopted brothers and the adopted sisters of the Lord Jesus, God the Son. And yes, we are likewise told that we, once we are truly Saved, become the adopted sons and adopted daughters of God the Father, and that is the truth. Jesus can indeed call us His friend, His brother, His sister, but we have no such standing, we can only consider ourselves His slaves, His Creations, His bond servants.
But pastor you say, "The pastor down the street, in that big church with the steeples and the thousand people with new cars, the pastor with the fancy robes, he has told us that we should all look forward to the day when the Lord will say, "'Well done thou good and faithful friend.'"
I know, I too have heard the same things preached, but guess what, that isn't what the verse says, the verse reads:
His lord said unto him, Well done, thou good and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord.
He also that had received two talents came and said, Lord, thou deliveredst unto me two talents: behold, I have gained two other talents beside them. His lord said unto him, Well done, good and faithful servant; thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord. (Matthew 25:21-23)
Notice Jesus says " Well done, thou good and faithful servant" Servant not friend. But, you say, oh pastor you're nitpicking. Am I? How would you like it if your son or daughter cam home from school and referred to you by your first name, how about treating you like just another friend?
Jesus had two half brothers who became pillars of the early church, James and Jude. How did James and Jude introduce themselves? Did they say, "Hi, my name is James, I am the half brother of the Lord Jesus Christ?" Did Jude jump up and say, "I am the brother of Jesus?"
No, this is how they introduced themselves:
James, a servant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ, to the twelve tribes which are scattered
abroad, greeting. (James 1:1)
Jude, the servant of Jesus Christ, and brother of James, to them that are sanctified by God the Father, and preserved in Jesus Christ, and called: (Jude 1:1)
No my friend, you're not here on earth to be the friend of the Creator, you're here to serve Him, and the question today is, what did you do yesterday to serve Him? Did you witness to even one person? Did you tell even one person that Jesus went up on the cross for them? Did you at least thank Him for your family, shelter and food?
Will you try to serve Him a bit better today? He doesn't ask you too much you know, simply as in:
And Jesus said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.
You don't have to go to the ends of the earth, how about the guy you play golf with? The lady you
shop with, your kids.
He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned. It would be a shame for the guy you golf with or the lady you shop with or one of your kids to spend eternity in hell, because you chose not to serve God today. (Mark 16:15-16)
The Lord Jesus be with you all, and don't just preach the Word, live it. Plan on voting, not for the lesser of the two evils, but for a candidate whom you would leave your wife or kids with alone and over night. It doesn't make a bit of difference what the pundits say, why should you even listen to peter jennings, his minions and his ilk in what they, the legends in their own minds, consider the main stream media, say. It is not them you serve, vote for one man that best serves God.
For, as Paul said:
Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness? And what concord hath Christ with Belial? or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel?
And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people.
Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you, And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty. (2 Corinthians 6:14-18)
Look at what the Word of God says, look at the promise in verses 17 and 18. Do you think that promise from God is achieved by voting for the lesser of the two evils because peter jennings told you that Alan Keyes, Gary Bauer or Pat Buchanan can't win?
Read verses 14-17 again, serve God, not ABC and the other worldly media. Serve Him as His servant, serve Him as if your very salvation depends on it. For it does!
End of 1-24-2000 thought.
I would like to let you in on one of my innermost secret prayers. I want to serve the Lord no matter what, but the thing I would most like to do for Him and with His instruction is to plant a Puritan church in either the Stoneham/Albany, Maine area or in the Nancy, Kentucky area. A church were the service starts as nine in the morning, runs till noon, breaks for lunch and continues for another two or three hours. A service where the sermon is not rushed, where the congregation joins in as participants with comments and questions. A service filled with rejoicing, praise, prayer and singing. A service where the pastor need not look at his clock, a service where communion is limited to those who profess Christ not only with voice but with deeds and actions, dress and behavior.
Whether the Lord will ever let me plant that church or not, I don't know, He knows, but I don't. But how I would love to spend my last years preaching in a church family like that in a church building situated in the midst of a Christian family campground.
But, as a bond slave to the Lord my God, Christ Jesus, I will do what He tells me to do, go where He tells me to go and praise Him for finding me worthy of whatever He entrusts me with.
Thank You Lord, Master and God. Amen.
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.
The Lord God of the Universe, Messiah Y'shua be with you all, amen.
The Lord be with and bless you all and may you all keep this very important point in mind. It is better to be a horse fly in the stables of the Lord Jesus than the CEO of hell.
Lord I would also ask You to be with my friend Mac, and for the salvation of Michael Savage and Rush Limbaugh. Amen.
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.