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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
Associate Pastor Mr. Steve Burzlaff, Elizebeth, Kentucky
Special Guest Pastor Rev. Jim Marstaller, Pastor of The CornerStone Gospel Church in Naples, Maine
Important Note: Starting Wednesday March 29th, 2006, the thoughts will be posted at 7PM.. This is to assure that all thoughts are proof read before posting.
Rev. Bob Celeste
Thanks to ACP's Steve Burzlaff, we now have the Evanglical handout, "What If" in PDF format.
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Thank God for Steve,
Ever wonder what a godly man looks like? How a godly man behaves? Just what a godly man is? Look no further than at the very man God Himself chose to be His earthy father when He left heaven and came to earth as a baby in the womb of a young virgin Jewish girl named Mary.
Before we go on, I need to ask you all a few questions.
1. Do you realize that in the Old Testament is the outline for what it means to be a perfect, in God's eye, husband and wife?
2. Do you understand that the Old Testament contains the rules for how a God fearing man raises his children and treats his wife?
3. Do you understand that in the old Testament is the outline for how a God fearing woman raises her children and treats her husband?
4. Now, while I can ask any number of more questions, I think you get the point, so I'll ask just this last one. Why in the word would anyone think that God Himself would choose for Himself, as earthly father and mother, ones who were anything other than the ideal example of what He Himself outlined in His very own book, the Holy Bible? In other words, why would Jesus choose for His own earthly father a man who was not the perfect example of how He has defined father in the Old Testament? Or for that matter why would He have for His earthly mother a woman who did not exemplify what a godly mother/wife was?
Now, in previous thoughts I have covered both what men and women are supposed to be in God's eyes, so this will be but a brief recap of what God says a husband is to be like and therefore is the perfect picture of what Joseph, the husband of Mary, the mother of our Lord Jesus was like.
Now, let me prove to you that Joseph was a man of God and one who obeyed God and therefore strove to be the father and husband that God outlines in His Old Testament. This is done simply and logically by looking at the little that is written.
But first let me paint you a word picture of the time and place. The time was months before the birth of Jesus, and the place, a village in Israel. A village called Bethlehem, a village with a devout orthodox Jewish congregation. In this congregation were two people, one a man named Joseph, probably in his early to mid thirties, who had built his own home, and had a successful carpentry business. There was also a young devout Jewish virgin maiden probably 13 to 15 years old named Mary. This virgin Mary and businessman Joseph were engaged to be married. The announcement had been made in the synagogue and the entire congregation knew both Mary and Joseph. Then one day, Joseph found out that Mary was pregnant. Now in those days, for this to happen, meant at best a divorce, and at worst, Mary would be stoned.
Joseph knew that if he didn't get rid of Mary he would be the laughing stock of Bethlehem. He further knew the names this child in Mary's womb would be called. He knew that if it were a girl, she would be at best an old maid and in all probability would be outcast. He knew that few would do business with him and that he would never get any work from the synagogue.
Got the picture? Understand that Joseph's reputation, standing in the synagogue, and business were on the line? Do you realize that everyone was looking at him to see what he would decide? Imagine the advice he was being given by friends and clergy.
Before we continue, take a moment to ponder Mary. Here was one very scared little girl. Thank God there was no planned parenthood mill in town. Anyhow back to Joseph.
Now the birth of Jesus Christ was on this wise: When as His mother Mary was espoused to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child of the Holy Ghost. Then Joseph her husband, being a just man, and not willing to make her a public example, was minded to put her away(divorce her) privately.
But while Joseph pondered these things, behold, the angel of the Lord appeared unto him in a dream, saying, "Joseph, thou son of David, fear not to take unto thee Mary thy wife: for that which is conceived in her womb is of the Holy Ghost. Mary shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call His name JESUS: for He shall save His people from their sins."
Then Joseph being raised from sleep did as the angel of the Lord had bidden him, and took unto him his wife: And Joseph *knew not Mary till she had brought forth her firstborn son: and he called His name JESUS.
Joseph obeyed the representative of God who came to him in a dream. How many of us would have woken up the next morning and simply shook our heads and muttered, "Whew, what a dream, but it was only a dream," and then gone out and filed for divorce? But Joseph didn't, he got up and immediately went over to Mary's father's house and informed them that he wanted to go through with the marriage. It may have been in the middle of the night. Joseph had to be overjoyed at what the angel of God had told him. Notice, that while Mary had questioned the angel, Joseph said nothing, he just got up, went over and announced to Mary and her family that the wedding was on. If it was the middle of the night, he probably announced it in a loud enough voice to penetrate the walls and therefore for everyone to hear. The whole village of Bethlehem probably heard Joseph that night.
Imagine the laughing stock Joseph and Mary and their families must have been. First Mary turns up pregnant and when questioned, she says that God got her pregnant. Now in that day, every young Jewish girl not only knew of the prophecy of Isaiah, but prayed God she would be the one, but still, for this young girl Mary to say, "Hey, I'm the one, God has chosen me to have His Son the Messiah." must have sounded a bit strange, and now we have Joseph running around telling folks that an angel came to him in a dream and confirmed what Mary had said. Well, the heads had to be shaking and the rumors must have been flying. Are you starting to see the character of Joseph, this man God chose to be His very own "father" on earth?
But there is more, "And Joseph *knew not Mary till she had brought forth her firstborn son: and he called His name JESUS." As we know from our studies of Leviticus 18 and 20, there is a lot more to the term "Knew her" than just sex for reproduction. Yet, Joseph, who was now married to Mary, "And Joseph *knew not Mary till she had brought forth her firstborn son: and he called His name JESUS." Joseph never touched Mary, sexually, until after Jesus was born and for eight weeks after that. Joseph was not just a man of Character, not just a man who trusted God, but a man who had self restraint and unbounded respect for the comfort of his wife.
But there is more to tell about Joseph. Joseph was not just obedient to God, he was also the protector of his family.
Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judaea in the days of Herod the king, behold, there came wise men from the east to Jerusalem, Saying, "Where is He that is born King of the Jews? for we have seen His star in the east, and are come to worship Him."
When Herod the king had heard these things, he was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him. And when he had gathered all the chief priests and scribes of the people together, he demanded of them where Christ should be born. And they said unto him, "In Bethlehem of Judaea: for thus it is written by the prophet, 'AND THOU BETHLEHEM, IN THE LAND OF JUDAH, ART NOT THE LEAST AMONG THE PRINCES OF JUDA: FOR OUT OF THEE SHALL COME A GOVERNOR, THAT SHALL RULE MY PEOPLE ISRAEL(Micah 5:2).'"
Then Herod, when he had privily called the wise men, enquired of them diligently what time the star appeared. And he sent them to Bethlehem, and said, "Go and search diligently for the young child; and when ye have found Him, bring me word again, that I may come and worship Him also." When they had heard the king, they departed; and, lo, the star, which they saw in the east, went before them, till it came and stood over where the young child was.
When they saw the star, they rejoiced with exceeding great joy. And when they were come into the house, they saw the young child with Mary His mother, and fell down, and worshipped Him: and when they had opened their treasures, they presented unto Him gifts; gold, and frankincense, and myrrh.
And being warned of God in a dream that they should not return to Herod, they departed into their own country another way. And when they were departed, behold, the angel of the Lord appeareth to Joseph in a dream, saying, "Arise, and take the young child and His mother, and flee into Egypt, and be thou there until I bring thee word: for Herod will seek the young child to destroy Him." OUT OF EGYPT HAVE I CALLED MY SON (Hosea 11:1).
Then Herod, when he saw that he was mocked of the wise men, was exceeding wroth, and sent forth, and slew all the children that were in Bethlehem, and in all the coasts thereof, from two years old and under, according to the time which he had diligently enquired of the wise men. Then was fulfilled that which was spoken by Jeremy the prophet, saying, IN RAMA WAS THERE A VOICE HEARD, LAMENTATION, AND WEEPING, AND GREAT MOURNING, RACHEL WEEPING FOR HER CHILDREN, AND WOULD NOT BE COMFORTED, BECAUSE THEY ARE NOT (Jeremiah 31:15).
But when Herod was dead, behold, an angel of the Lord appeareth in a dream to Joseph in Egypt, Saying, "Arise, and take the young child and His mother, and go into the land of Israel: for they are dead which sought the young child's life." And he arose, and took the young child and His mother, and came into the land of Israel. But when Joseph heard that Archelaus did reign in Judaea in the room of his father Herod, he was afraid to go thither: notwithstanding, being warned of God in a dream, he turned aside into the parts of Galilee: And he came and dwelt in a city called Nazareth: that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophets, HE SHALL BE CALLED A NAZARENE (paraphrase fromJudges 13:5). (Matthew chapter two ACP/KJV)
Jesus didn't need for Joseph to say a lot in the Bible. He didn't need to tell a lot about Joseph in the Gospels, for by the little that is written about Joseph, we know that he was a man dedicated to God, A God fearing and just man, a man of integrity, a man of character and a man who protected and provided for his family.
Want to know more about Joseph? Read about and focus on the finest qualities of Noah, Abraham, Moses, David and all of the men of God in the Old Testament, for it is in them, at their finest hour, that you see Joseph, the man raised up and picked by God to be His earthly father.
Men, if you are a Joseph, then your daughters will grow up to be Marys, and your sons will grow up to be like Joseph and Mary's sons', Jude and James.
Joseph did for his family exactly what Christ tells us, that we as men, are to do for our own families. Joseph was prepared to do for Jesus, Mary and his and Mary's other children, exactly what Christ did on the cross for us.
From this little study of Joseph comes this year's ChristianPatriot.com CHRISTmas picture:
Lord, help us to put aside our ideas of manhood as defined by man and strive to be men of character and honor like Your earthly dad, Joseph. Amen.
Gentlemen, I want you to not just think about this next statement, I want you to ponder it.
"Christian girls can learn more about their sexual obligations to their husbands from porno sites than they do at home or from the pulpit."
Am I suggesting that we let our daughters and wife watch porno films to learn their sexual obligations? NO!!!! What I'm suggesting is that we as husbands need to be more forthcoming and honest with both our wife and children about sex, especially the desires of men, not just for procreation, but for fun as well.
God has said much about sexual relations within marriage, have you covered anything other than sex for procreation with your wife and children?I was going to do a thought on this subject, but, because of the sensitive nature of it and the ease in which it could be misinterpreted, I have chosen to let this notice suffice.
Sha'al shalowm Yruwshalaim.
Never ever forget this: There aint no purgatory!
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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 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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