A daily Christian thought from:
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
Once upon a time in a nation far, far away, a nation called the Untied States of America, right after saying only "11 days till CHRISTmas", it would have been followed by "only 9 more shopping days till CHRISTMAS." But not any more, now with 11 days left till we celebrate the Lord's birth, there are saying "only12 shopping days to the holiday", for some stores don't even shut down for CHRISTmas day itself.
How sad. How very sad. I wonder how the great Presidents, George Washington and Teddy Roosevelt would have felt about the current presidents happy holiday card. They probably would have said: " George, George, what is the matter with you? Don't you know that it was the Lord Jesus who went up on that cross not some dude named holiday"?
But you know what, while some have a tendency to be to political correct, some of us have a tendency to be just the opposite. Even to the point of cutting off our noses to spite our faces. And I suppose I would fall into that category. Each year I return things just because they came with a wrapper that said "Happy Holidays" instead of Merry CHRISTmas. But this year, seems even I may have gone to far.
Now why am I telling you this? I'm going to tell you what happened so that you think twice about doing the same thing. Although I must tell you, that while I was right, I did something unpardonable, I hurt my wife and a close and dear friend and worst of all I caused the Lord to cry.
About ten days ago as I was rummaging thru the catalogues, looking for ones to toss away, I came across the LL Bean Catalogue. And stamped across the front in great big bold letters, so as to rub the insult in my face or so I would suppose, it said: "Happy Holidays". The more I thought about it the madder I got, so I called their eight hundred number. Now I gotta tell ya, the gal on the other end of the phone was much more Christianlike than me, she was pleasant, courteous and to be honest made me feel a bit ashamed of my behavior.
Anyhow, I proceeded to tell her that I was not a happy camper, I was, as a matter of fact, down right mad and insulated that they would worship and honor some idiot named holiday instead of the Lord God of Creation. I talked as I walked down the cellar, and as I opened the door to the wood stove, I said: Now listen this is what I 'm doing with your catalogue, the sound you hear is my wood stove door opening, now what you hear is your blasphemous anti Christ catalogue being tossed in, and now the door is closing shut. I went on to tell her that I would not give her my name, not because I was ashamed of what I was doing, I was too mad for that, but because I know those catalogues cost a lot of money and as long as they sent them I'd burn them. Costing them good money.
And now the other half of the story. Later that day, when Cecily got home, she called a very close friend, one I would never intentionally hurt, and told her, she works for LL Bean, that she found something in the LL Bean catalogue she wanted to get me for CHRISTmas. But she didn't want it mailed because I usually got to the mail before she did. So, she wanted to know if Joan could just pick it up and bring it to church with her and Ce c would pay her then. And then she added, but first I have to find the catalogue, I thought I left it in the bathroom but I can't find it.
Joan said: "I don't think that's a good idea. Bob called a while ago and was real mad at LL Bean for sending out happy Holiday catalogues. He burnt it and said that no one in his family would be spending any money with LL Bean as long as they worshiped holiday instead of CHRIST."
Cec said: "Are you sure, it was Bob?" Joan said: "Yes, the call was taped for training purposes, we have all heard it, and I recognized his voice."
Hey did you guys know they really do tape calls for training purposes? I always thought that was just to keep employees on their toes. Guess I was wrong, wouldn't have changed anything, cause I was really mad at the time I did it.
Anyhow, with one little catalogue burning incident, I hurt my wife, I hurt Joan, I hurt the gal who took the call and as a result, I hurt the Lord. Kinda dumb in hindsight.
So, what is it that I now want for CHRISTmas? Forgiveness.
Forgiveness from Joan, forgiveness from Cecily, forgiveness from that gal stuck on the other end of the phone line, and most of all forgiveness from the Lord.
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)
Likewise, ye husbands, dwell with them according to knowledge, giving honour unto the wife, as unto the weaker vessel, and as being heirs together of the grace of life; that your prayers be not hindered. (1 Peter 3:7 ACP/KJV)
The single worst part of hurting my wife is that I am hurting a little sister of the Lord God of Creation. Now as all of you who have younger brothers and sisters know, we men have a tendency to be much more protective of our little sisters than we are our little brothers. While protecting our little sisters, we have a tendency to beat up on our little brothers. For did not Jacobs sons sell their younger brother Joseph into slavery? But what did they do to avenge the hurt of their little sister Dinah?
And Dinah the daughter of Leah, which she bare unto Jacob, went out to see the daughters of the land. And when Shechem the son of Hamor the Hivite, prince of the country, saw her, he took her, and lay with her, and defiled her. ... And the sons of Jacob came out of the field when they heard it: and the men were grieved, and they were very wroth, because he had wrought folly in Israel in lying with Jacob's daughter; which thing ought not to be done. ... And it came to pass on the third day, when they were sore, that two of the sons of Jacob, Simeon and Levi, Dinah's brethren, took each man his sword, and came upon the city boldly, and slew all the males. And they slew Hamor and Shechem his son with the edge of the sword, and took Dinah out of Shechem's house, and went out. The sons of Jacob came upon the slain, and spoiled the city, because they had defiled their sister. (Genesis34: 1,2,7,25,26&27 ACP/KJV)
So, by hurting my wife, I hurt the Lord and by hurting the Lord and my wife, I may very easily have gotten the Lord to turn His back on me and ignore my prayers. But only till I ask both to forgive me. Which I have done.
So, now the Lord will forgive me and hear my prayers and who knows, maybe Cecily will even buy me a gift. Maybe Joan will get her another catalogue and maybe I'll still get what ever it was that she saw in the catalogue that so excited her for me. And if Joan does and Cecily does than I promise to not return it, not toss it in the wood stove. And from here on out, think before acting, if I think of it that is.
Worse than catalogues that say happy holidays and season greetings instead of Merry CHRISTmas is vaccines. Please do not let anyone give you or your children any kind of vaccine till you have asked for, be given and read the warnings and the results of the double blind study on the effectiveness and safety of the vaccine. You as a Christian have the right to opt out of any and all 'mandatary' vaccines for yourself and your kids by asking for the religious exception form. Every year over 50% off all SIDS deaths in the country are within weeks of babies being given the DPT vaccine. A study of 28,000 Amish children who had not been given any vaccines and only eat organic food, found no cases of any of the childhood neurological problems so prevalent in the rest of society.
So, what is the "... " in "All I want for CHRISTmas is my"? It is forgiveness from the Lord, Cecily, Joan and that poor gal on the other end of the phone line at LL Bean, and your promise to protect your kids from men and women with needles.
Lord Jesus, do You ever look over at the Father and say, about me "We should have given Bob more patience and made him a bit less reactionary, one of these days he's going to really hurt someone."?
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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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.
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.
Pray for Jim, he is in Iraq disarming roadside bombs as an S-6 in the US Army.
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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, 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.
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