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ACP, The Church for the American Christian who is a Patriot
Pro-Christ, Pro-Life, Pro-Constitution.
Pastor Rev. Robert M., Bob, Celeste ACP
Associate Pastor Mr. Steve Burzlaff ACP
Friday November 19th,
On Wednesday evenings our local congregation has been studying the feasts of the Old Testament. If Bob is willing I would like to author some thoughts later on with this material. We have found it fascinating to say the least.
Before I get started on Luke 19 let me editorialize a little. What do you all think of the latest news out of Washington concerning Colin Powell leaving his position as Secretary of State? He had said early on that one term was all he would serve and he was a man of his word and is stepping down. I did not agree with all he did as Secretary of State, but I did agree with much of what he did. It looks like we now have Secretary of State Rice. Will this be a launching pad for a bid to the Republican nomination for President in 2008? Remember, she admits to being pro-choice.
It sounds like pro-abortionist Senator Specter is still having problems convincing his fellow Republicans that he deserves chairing the powerful Senate Judiciary Committee. I ask that we keep this in prayer and if one of your senators is on this committee I ask that you call them and voice your concerns over the comments that Senator Specter made concerning the use of litmus tests in approving judicial nominations from President Bush.
I ask you to be patient with me as we look at portions of Luke 19.
1: And Jesus entered and passed through Jericho.
2: And, behold, there was a man named Zacchaeus, which was the chief among the publicans, and he was rich.
3: And he sought to see Jesus who he was; and could not for the press, because he was little of stature.
4: And he ran before, and climbed up into a sycomore tree to see him: for he was to pass that way.
5: And when Jesus came to the place, he looked up, and saw him, and said unto him, Zacchaeus, make haste, and come down; for to day I must abide at thy house.
6: And he made haste, and came down, and received him joyfully.
7: And when they saw it, they all murmured, saying, That he was gone to be guest with a man that is a sinner.
8: And Zacchaeus stood, and said unto the Lord; Behold, Lord, the half of my goods I give to the poor; and if I have taken any thing from any man by false accusation, I restore him fourfold.
9: And Jesus said unto him, This day is salvation come to this house, forsomuch as he also is a son of Abraham.
10: For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost.
Why would Jesus decide to go home with the hated Zacchaeus? The Jews thought him the scum of the earth, today he would be ranking right up there with John Kerry or Bill Clinton as a liar and turncoat. But for all this, Christ let his love shine through and in His way of leading by example showed how we must love the most hated. Now that is a hard pill for me to swallow and I am certain it will be for many of you, but that is what we are called to do, like it or not. We don't have to like them, but we have to show them love.
What were the results of Christ showing his love to Zacchaeus? Zacchaeus realized his life was heading down the wrong path and decided he better change it. He started giving half of all his goods to the poor and to those he had deceived he returned to them four times what he had stolen.
A little food for thought - If we were to show our love for those around up who are in unfavorable positions what would the results be? How would their lives or our own lives be changed by a simple attitude of love?
11: And as they heard these things, he added and spake a parable, because he was nigh to Jerusalem,
and because they thought that the kingdom of God should immediately appear.
12: He said therefore, A certain nobleman went into a far country to receive for himself a kingdom, and to return.
13: And he called his ten servants, and delivered them ten pounds, and said unto them, Occupy till I come.
14: But his citizens hated him, and sent a message after him, saying, We will not have this man to reign over us.
15: And it came to pass, that when he was returned, having received the kingdom, then he commanded these servants to be called unto him, to whom he had given the money, that he might know how much every man had gained by trading.
16: Then came the first, saying, Lord, thy pound hath gained ten pounds.
17: And he said unto him, Well, thou good servant: because thou hast been faithful in a very little, have thou authority over ten cities.
18: And the second came, saying, Lord, thy pound hath gained five pounds.
19: And he said likewise to him, Be thou also over five cities.
20: And another came, saying, Lord, behold, here is thy pound, which I have kept laid up in a napkin:
21: For I feared thee, because thou art an austere man: thou takest up that thou layedst not down, and reapest that thou didst not sow.
22: And he saith unto him, Out of thine own mouth will I judge thee, thou wicked servant. Thou knewest that I was an austere man, taking up that I laid not down, and reaping that I did not sow:
23: Wherefore then gavest not thou my money into the bank, that at my coming I might have required mine own with usury?
24: And he said unto them that stood by, Take from him the pound, and give it to him that hath ten pounds.
25: (And they said unto him, Lord, he hath ten pounds.)
26: For I say unto you, That unto every one which hath shall be given; and from him that hath not, even that he hath shall be taken away from him.
27: But those mine enemies, which would not that I should reign over them, bring hither, and slay them before me.
Notice the resemblance of this passage to Matthew 25? These parables are pretty straight and to the point. God has given each of us gifts to use. They are not for us to hoard, they are for us to use in furthering his kingdom. Ask yourself a few questions: Do you want to see the Kingdom of the Lord expand? Are you genuinely concerned for the welfare of others? Last, what gifts do you have and are you willing to use what He gave you and maybe go out on a limb a little? If so, then what are you waiting for? Let's spread the Word.
28: And when he had thus spoken, he went before, ascending up to Jerusalem.
29: And it came to pass, when he was come nigh to Bethphage and Bethany, at the mount called the mount of Olives, he sent two of his disciples,
30: Saying, Go ye into the village over against you; in the which at your entering ye shall find a colt tied, whereon yet never man sat: loose him, and bring him hither.
31: And if any man ask you, Why do ye loose him? thus shall ye say unto him, Because the Lord hath need of him.
Wouldn't it be wonderful in today's world to see an attitude such as this? Christ was so well known throughout all the land that all the disciples had to do was say the Lord needed a colt, which was a very valuable asset, and they had it. The majority of people today are too stingy to give something as precious as this colt was to the owner.
32: And they that were sent went their way, and found even as he had said unto them.
33: And as they were loosing the colt, the owners thereof said unto them, Why loose ye the colt?
34: And they said, The Lord hath need of him.
Sure enough, the owners of the colt asked them what they were doing, but were satisfied with the answer they received from the disciples.
35: And they brought him to Jesus: and they cast their garments upon the colt, and they set Jesus
36: And as he went, they spread their clothes in the way.
37: And when he was come nigh, even now at the descent of the mount of Olives, the whole multitude of the disciples began to rejoice and praise God with a loud voice for all the mighty works that they had seen;
38: Saying, Blessed be the King that cometh in the name of the Lord: peace in heaven, and glory in the highest.
What an entry. Coming in like the king He is. Ever since Sunday school lessons many years ago I have loved this story and the images it has left with me. Close your eyes for a minute and just visualize Christ in all His splendor and glory as he enters Jerusalem
39: And some of the Pharisees from among the multitude said unto him, Master, rebuke thy
40: And he answered and said unto them, I tell you that, if these should hold their peace, the stones would immediately cry out.
41: And when he was come near, he beheld the city, and wept over it,
42: Saying, If thou hadst known, even thou, at least in this thy day, the things which belong unto thy peace! but now they are hid from thine eyes.
43: For the days shall come upon thee, that thine enemies shall cast a trench about thee, and compass thee round, and keep thee in on every side,
44: And shall lay thee even with the ground, and thy children within thee; and they shall not leave in thee one stone upon another; because thou knewest not the time of thy visitation.
45: And he went into the temple, and began to cast out them that sold therein, and them that bought;
46: Saying unto them, It is written, My house is the house of prayer: but ye have made it a den of thieves.
47: And he taught daily in the temple. But the chief priests and the scribes and the chief of the people sought to destroy him,
48: And could not find what they might do: for all the people were very attentive to hear him.
We see Jesus actually crying over the city where he was to loose his life, we must see god in the born again believer with the goodness and compassion they have. But we must remember that although Jesus wept as he looked over Jerusalem what was promised to those who turn from salvation. Jesus knew the guilt carried by all and how much of a burden it is, but he willingly cleans that guilt from our hearts and lifts the burden from us, we have only to ask.
Now, I must ask you to pray. Husbands, pray for your wife and children. Pray for their salvation, pray for the spouses of your children, that they will be godly and pure. It doesn't matter if you have children or not, pray for them. Prayer is the one of the most wonderful and powerful gifts God has given to us and it is the one gift that is used the least. So get on your knees beside the bed tonight and lift your hands to the Lord and pray for your wife. Here are some ideas or "bullets" to use in this time of prayer.
Pray that God will bless your future together.
Pray that you will be the kind of person God wants you to be so you
can be the best husband possible for your wife.
Pray that your wife will walk with Christ, and that she is always filled with
the Holy Spirit.
Pray that God will continue to strengthen your marriage no matter how strong you already feel it is.
Pray that your wife has the wisdom she needs to discern how she should set her priorities, and the grace to spend her time accordingly.
May God continue to bless each and every one of you and I hope to see you next time around.
I would ask you to mention Mac, his friend Bob Buttersly, a young man named Eddy, Kevin and family, Nancy and her family, Allen, Danny, Sean and Kelly. Diana, Theresa, Jim, Race, and the guy in Sears tat I witnessed to yesterday. Pastors who preach what Jesus said, not what they know He meant to say and their families and the men and women keeping us safe from the terrorist.
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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