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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
Wednesday November 30th, in the Year of Our Lord, 2,005 6,416 years or so after the fall of man
First I have to tell you a story. Monday's thought dealt with why we, as true Born Again Washed in the Blood of the Lamb Christians, must forgive. And why the heathens should thank God that He has reined us in by requiring us, not to clean their clocks at the least provocation, but pray for them.
Well, last night at around two AM, my wife woke me up. She said: "I heard something." I said "What?" She said, "It sounded like a person stepping on and crushing a plastic drink bottle." I said: "Where?" She said, "I'm not sure, but in the house."
That was good enough for me, I got up, put on my glasses, got a .38 loaded with six hydra shocks, left a loaded 12 gauge pump in the bedroom with my wife, and went about very carefully and methodically searching my house. Searching my house does not take long, it is ranch, and it is only 40X24. The livingroom, dinning room and kitchen are one big open space. So a careful search doesn't take very long.
Now, why am I telling you about last night, especially in light of Monday's thought on the command to forgive?
I'm telling you this to clear up any misconceptions about Monday's thought. There are times when you don't turn the other cheek, there are times when you have to put yourself between extreme danger and another. There are times when you have to be prepared to send another human to final judgement.
There are a few things you should come to realize by what I said, first: A .38 loaded with Hydra shocks is not a toy, those six rounds are designed to kill, period. Second, putting on my glasses at 2:AM has to make you understand that I was in no mood to argue, I was in the mood to find and eliminate the threat, the mood to protect my wife, regardless of the cost. And that is today's subject.
Protecting your wife regardless of the cost.
We are going to look at Scripture, for who cares what I have to say, it is what God has to say that counts. It is not me that Hebrews 9:27 warns you about, it is The Lord God of Creation, Christ Jesus.
Let us go back to the beginning, day six of Creation:
And the LORD God said, It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him an help meet for him. And out of the ground the LORD God formed every beast of the field, and every fowl of the air; and brought them unto Adam to see what he would call them: and whatsoever Adam called every living creature, that was the name thereof. And Adam gave names to all cattle, and to the fowl of the air, and to every beast of the field; but for Adam there was not found an help meet for him. And the LORD God caused a deep sleep to fall upon Adam, and he slept: and He (God) took one of his (Adams) ribs, and closed up the flesh instead thereof; And the rib, which the LORD God had taken from man, made He a woman, and brought her unto the man.
And Adam said, "This is now bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh: she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man."
Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh. And they were both naked, the man and his wife, and were not ashamed. (Genesis 2:18-25 ACP/KJV)
Now notice: "Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife:" Many will contend that Adam said this, I am not so sure, I'm inclined to believe God declared it. Why? Let's look at what God said while He was walking the face of earth as man named Jesus some 1,972 years ago:
And Jesus arose from thence, and cometh into the coasts of Judaea by the farther side of Jordan: and the people resort unto Him again; and, as He was wont(accustomed), He taught them again.
And the Pharisees came to Him, and asked Him, "Is it lawful for a man to put away his wife?" tempting Him. And He answered and said unto them, What did Moses command you? And they said, "Moses suffered to write a bill of divorcement, and to put her away."(Deuteronomy 34:1-4) And Jesus answered and said unto them, For the hardness of your heart he wrote you this precept. But from the beginning of the creation God made them male and female.(Genesis 1:27) For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and cleave to his wife;(Genesis 2:24) 8 And they twain shall be one flesh: so then they are no more twain, but one flesh. What therefore God hath joined together, let not man put asunder.
And in the house His disciples asked Him again of the same matter. And He saith unto them, Whosoever shall put away his wife, and marry another, committeth adultery against her.(Matthew 5:32) And if a woman shall put away her husband, and be married to another, she committeth adultery. (Mark 10:1-12 ACP/KJV)
So, here we have Jesus saying, "For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and cleave to his wife;(Genesis 2:24) And they twain shall be one flesh: so then they are no more twain, but one flesh. What therefore God hath joined together, let not man put asunder."
Now how important is all of that? And what does it have to do with why I was up and carry a .38 with Hydra Shocks at 2:AM?
One more piece of Scripture and then I'll, hopefully, tie it all together for you.
Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave Himself for it; That He might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word, that He might present it to Himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish.
So ought men to love their wives as their own bodies. He that loveth his wife loveth himself. For no man ever yet hated his own flesh; but nourisheth and cherisheth it, even as the Lord the church: For we are members of His body, of His flesh, and of His bones.
For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and shall be joined unto his wife, and they two shall be one flesh. (Ephesians 5:25-31 ACP/KJV)
OK, let's connect the Scripture and make my point. Back 6,416 years ago, the first husband had to make a decision, he had to decided whether to stand with his wife or stay with his Father. He, because God had declared it, chose to stay with his wife.
When Eve ate of the tree of knowledge of good and evil, she offered the fruit to Adam. Adam had a choice to make, he could reject Eve and stay with his Father or he could say, "Sorry Father, I must go with and protect my wife." Adam did as a man should, he left the home of his Father and stayed with, to protect, cherish and love, his wife. A man, not the Man, but a man for sure from Monday October 10th, 2005
Last night at 2:Am I was faced with a dilemma, a potential intruder in my house. Now, I live in rural Maine on a dirt road off the beaten path, people just don't walk into locked homes in the middle of the night in Maine. If there was an intruder in my house, he or she was there to do harm. No other reason. a look from the outside tells you we are not rich, the very appearance of our house screams: "aint nuthin inside worth stealin." And for anyone that really knows me, it screams: "aint nuthin inside worth stealin, nothin worth dyin over." Which caused me to know that it was not someone I knew in the house.
Just as Adam had to make a choice back 6,416 years ago, last night at 2:AM I had a choice to make as well. Was I going to talk, rationalize and maybe have to forgive someone for raping my wife, or was I going to do what ever it took to keep her safe. My answer was "What ever it takes, no one is going to harm my wife." I could have chosen a 9mm semi auto with ball ammo, I chose the.38 with Hydra Shocks, I made the choice, I knew what I was doing, I had decided this intruder was about to find the truth of Hebrews 9:27.
Yes, we are commanded to turn the other cheek, yes we are commanded to pray for our enemies, but we are also commanded to do for our wife what Jesus did for us. Look at what Jesus says will happen to those who harm one of us, one of His little ones:
But whoso shall offend one of these little ones which believe in Me, it were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and that he were drowned in the depth of the sea. (Matthew 18:6 ACP/KJV)
Ya, when the guy that hurts my wife stands before Jesus, he will find that it were better for him to have never been conceived, but, as I see it, it is my job, Scripturally, to send that guy to bend the knee before the Lord before he gets to hurt my wife.
Thank You Lord for once again letting it be a false alarm. And thank You Lord for the lesson that cleared it up for me. Amen.
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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.
PLease pray for Danny Calhoun, Danny 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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