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A full Gospel, Non Denominational, Fundamental Christian Church Sermon for the week of September 2nd thru 8th, 2000

What must I do to be Saved???

Well, today marks the beginning of the last official week end of summer 2000, and for this weekend I had planned to do a sermon on Why bad things happen to "good" people. But, as so often happens, my plans are not God's plans and God lets me know that He would have me do a different topic.

As I was driving through Saco, Maine yesterday afternoon, I saw a sign offering an oil change, complete with filter, lubrication and a washing of the car for only $9.95. Too good a deal for me to pass up. And I guess to good a deal for many others as well, for it was a 90 minute wait. And that wait tipped me off to the fact that God had something for me to do. Biding my time, a conversation between a young 26 year old man and I began, now, it is not this man I thought God had sent me there to talk to, I really thought it was the young woman waiting for her car watching cartoons on television, but alas when she left, I was still sitting there and no opportunity had opened to discuss the gospel of God with her. But as time went on, this young man I and started talking and it turns out that he had just gotten out of the hospital. This brought up the subject of life and death and of course salvation. And in this weekends sermon we will take a closer look at John 3:1-21 and pray that the Lord will help you, me and the young man to understand, if God leads him to read this sermon.

John 3:1-21
1. There was a man of the Pharisees, named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews: The same came to Jesus by night, and said unto Him, Rabbi, we know that thou art a teacher come from God: for no man can do these miracles that thou doest, except God be with him.

3. Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.

4. Nicodemus saith unto Him, How can a man be born when he is old? can he enter the second time into his mother's womb, and be born?

5. Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.

7. Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again. The wind bloweth where it listeth, and thou hearest the sound thereof, but canst not tell whence it cometh, and whither it goeth: so is every one that is born of the Spirit.

9. Nicodemus answered and said unto Him, How can these things be?

10. Jesus answered and said unto him, Art thou a master of Israel, and knowest not these things? Verily, verily, I say unto thee, We speak that we do know, and testify that we have seen; and ye receive not our witness. If I have told you earthly things, and ye believe not, how shall ye believe, if I tell you of heavenly things? And no man hath ascended up to heaven, but He that came down from heaven, even the Son of man which is in heaven. And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of man be lifted up:
15. That whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have eternal life. For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not His Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through Him might be saved. He that believeth on Him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.
19. And this is the condemnation, that Light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than Light, because their deeds were evil. For every one that doeth evil hateth the Light, neither cometh to the Light, lest his deeds should be reproved. But he that doeth truth cometh to the Light, that his deeds may be made manifest, that they are wrought in God.

Now, without changing any meaning what so ever, let us look at those 21 verses of John 3 again. We are simply going to put names and some commentary within the lines for clarity.

1&2. There was a man of the Pharisees, named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews: The same came to Jesus by night, and said unto Him, Rabbi, we know that thou art a teacher come from God: for no man can do these miracles that thou doest, except God be with him.

3. Jesus answered and said unto Nicodemus, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.
(When you see the words Verily Verily together, it is the way in which the Lord is telling us this is very grave and very very important. Like saying Listen Listen. So What Jesus is saying here is Nicodemus, listen carefully, for what I am about to tell you is of the utmost importance, Unless a man is born again, he can not even see the inside of heaven. Well, if a man can not even see the inside of heaven, how could that man ever expect to spend eternity in heaven? He can't. You might bear in mind that when the Lord says man, He is referring to both men and women, for it takes both to make up mankind.)

4. Nicodemus saith unto Him, How can a man be born when he is old? can he enter the second time into his mother's womb, and be born?
(Here Nicodemus is sounds a bit confused and asking what is really a logical question, for Jesus has just told him that in order to get into heaven, a man must be born again, "Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God." and this must have confused Nicodemus to no end, so he asked the Lord, how? How can a man be born again? Can a grown man climb back into his mother's womb? He is showing the Lord, respectfully I might add, that what Jesus had just said sounds impossible.)

5. Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.
( Ah, notice the Verily verily again? Once again the Lord says, Nicodemus, listen carefully and I will explain it to you for this is very important. How important is it? Well, remember, "Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God."
Unless you're Born Again, you cannot get into heaven and if you're not spending eternity in heaven, there is only one other place to go, and that place is hell, so Jesus is telling Nicodemus and us that this explanation is of the utmost importance so listen and read carefully.

"Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit."
(Born of water and the Spirt, well water is the earthly birth, can not very well be a man till after you are a baby and you can not be a baby till you are born and when you are born, it is in a sack of water, that is the earthly birth of water, then comes the rebirth, the birth of the Spirit and that is the Born Again birth, the birth the Lord will get into more detail about in the following verses.)

7. Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again. The wind bloweth where it listeth, and thou hearest the sound thereof, but canst not tell whence it cometh, and whither it goeth: so is every one that is born of the Spirit.
Here Jesus is telling Nicodemus and us, not to worry if we don't totally understand, for we hear the wind, yet we don't totally understand where it comes from or how it get's started or where it will go next exactly., the important thing is that we know it is wind. And that is the way it is with those who are Born Again of the Spirit, they may not be able to absolutely explain or totally understand it, but the know it has happened to them.

9&10. Nicodemus answered and said unto Him, How can these things be? Jesus answered and said unto him, Art thou a master of Israel, and knowest not these things?

Now here, Jesus is a bit surprised it seems that Nicodemus has become so filled with the writings of religion and so ignorant of the Word of God, that he doesn't have any understanding of what the Lord is telling him and that is still the truth today, many so called religious leaders have so filled themselves with what the books written by man that they have totally lost focus on what God Himself tells us clearly and plainly in His book.
Verily, verily, I say unto thee, We speak that we do know, and testify that we have seen; and ye receive not our witness.
Look, Nicodemus. I and my Apostles and those who have been with me have told you clearly of what they have seen, heard and learned, we have witnessed to you, yet you turn a deaf ear. The Lord is not just referring to Nicodemus here, but all of the Jews who were witness to Him on earth, yet for one reason or another rationalized and ignored the obvious truth that Jesus was in fact God in the form of man on earth, that He did indeed fulfill the prophecies of what the Messiah had to do.
If I have told you earthly things, and ye believe not, how shall ye believe, if I tell you of heavenly things?
Look, Nicodemus, if you won't believe the things that we and others have told you about the miracles that I have done on earth, how are you ever going to believe the things I would tell you about heaven?
And no man hath ascended up to heaven, but He that came down from heaven, even the Son of man which is in heaven.
Now look carefully at what Jesus is telling us here - no man hath ascended up to heaven, but He that came down from heaven, even the Son of man which is in heaven.
No man has gone up to heaven except that man who came down from heaven, Jesus, who while here on earth is also in heaven at the same time, Jesus is very clearly telling us that He is God, He and God the Father are one, while He, Jesus is here on earth, He is also in heaven as God the Father. Jesus often refers to Himself as the some of man, that is because He was born by a woman called Mary.
And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of man be lifted up:
Jesus is telling Nicodemus that He, Jesus, will be hung on a cross, just as Moses hung. the image of a snake on a cross and that as all who looked up at the snake on the cross were healed in the desert, so will all those who put their faith in the Man on the cross, Jesus, be healed of all their sins.

15-18. That whosoever believeth in Him, should not perish, but have eternal life. For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not His Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through Him might be saved. He that believeth on Him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.
Whoever believes in Jesus will not go to hell, but to heaven, for God so loved the world and man that He sent Himself to earth to be hung on a cross to be the perfect blood sacrifice for our sins, so that any and all who trust in Him and give themselves to Him will not go to hell, but to heaven. God gave us free will and the ability to use it, He came to earth in the form of a man to fulfill all the things that he thorough His prophets of old times told us would have to be done by the one called the Christ. He has now left it up to us, we either choose Him or we go to hell. We must all make that choice for the default is hell. Look,
He that believeth on Him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.
He that believes on Jesus shall not be condemned, but any that reject the Lord, by not believing on Him are condemned, because the have not believed on and trusted in the only begotten son of God, JESUS!

19. And this is the condemnation, that Light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than Light, because their deeds were evil. For every one that doeth evil hateth the Light, neither cometh to the Light, lest his deeds should be reproved. But he that doeth truth cometh to the Light, that his deeds may be made manifest, that they are wrought in God.
The Light is Jesus, And this is the condemnation, that Jesus, God in the form of a man, has come into the world, but men loved darkness, satan , evil, war, adultery, lying, drugs, cheating, etc, instead of God, because mens deeds are evil. For every one that does evil hates the Light, and rejects the Light, for fear of having of having to realize that his sins are evil and offensive to God.
But he that doeth truth cometh to the Light, that his deeds may be made manifest, that they are wrought in God.
But, he that seeks God will come to the Lord by praying and telling the Lord that he understands that he is a sinner, and that he is sorry for his sins and his life and ask the Lord to forgive him and take control of his life. How exactly must you do it, well, I'll not go into more detail, I will tell you who will though, God the Son, through His Holy Spirit. How do you reach Him? Find a quiet place, a place where you will not be disturbed, close the door, kneel down and truthfully search your heart, are you ready to ask your Creator to fix you? To repair your soul? To take control of the mess you call your life? If you are, just close your eyes, and respectfully and honestly ask the Lord to show you the way, tell Him that you know you have sinned, and that you know you need help and ask Him if He will forgive you and help you, the rest. If you are serious, will come through the Holy Spirit.

The Lord Jesus be with you all this week end and on Monday, labor day, the question, can a Christian be an anti-Semite? Will be answered.
God bless you and yours, Amen.

For the week beginning Sunday March 12th, in the year of our Lord 2000.

One dreams another interprets.

Something falls out of the sky and starts a fire in Arkansas, and nobody seems to know what it was or where it came from. Tornadoes now rage all year long in these United States, the weather service seems just about as confused about this as those in the path. Two nights ago, March 9th, 2000, right here in Maine, we had one of the fiercest thunder and lighting storm I have ever seen. This is Maine, this is winter, we don't have thunder and lightning storm in the winter in Maine, yet we did. And no one seems to know why.

So, what's going on?

I don't know, but one thing I do know is this, if these things are warnings from God Almighty, you can bet He made his intentions clear to someone some where in a dream. For God Almighty, creator of heaven and earth, always warns before He strikes, we just sometimes miss the dream and the interpretation. For one dreams and another interprets.

Genesis 41:1-32

And it came to pass at the end of two full years, that Pharaoh dreamed: and, behold, he stood by the river. And, behold, there came up out of the river seven well favoured kine and fatfleshed; and they fed in a meadow. And, behold, seven other kine came up after them out of the river, ill favoured and leanfleshed; and stood by the other kine upon the brink of the river. And the ill favoured and leanfleshed kine did eat up the seven well favoured and fat kine. So Pharaoh awoke.

And pharoah slept and dreamed the second time: and, behold, seven ears of corn came up upon one stalk, rank and good. And, behold, seven thin ears and blasted with the east wind sprung up after them. And the seven thin ears devoured the seven rank and full ears. And Pharaoh awoke, and, behold, it was a dream.

And it came to pass in the morning that his spirit was troubled; and he sent and called for all the magicians of Egypt, and all the wise men thereof: and Pharaoh told them his dream; but there was none that could interpret them unto Pharaoh. Then spake the chief butler unto Pharaoh, saying, I do remember my faults this day: Pharaoh was wroth with his servants, and put me in ward in the captain of the guard's house, both me and the chief baker: And we dreamed a dream in one night, I and he; we dreamed each man according to the interpretation of his dream. And there was there with us a young man, an Hebrew, servant to the captain of the guard; and we told him, and he interpreted to us our dreams; to each man according to his dream he did interpret. And it came to pass, as he interpreted to us, so it was; me he restored unto mine office, and him he hanged.

Then Pharaoh sent and called Joseph, and they brought him hastily out of the dungeon: and he shaved himself, and changed his raiment, and came in unto Pharaoh. And Pharaoh said unto Joseph, I have dreamed a dream, and there is none that can interpret it: and I have heard say of thee, that thou canst understand a dream to interpret it. And Joseph answered Pharaoh, saying, It is not in me: God shall give Pharaoh an answer of peace.

And Pharaoh said unto Joseph, In my dream, behold, I stood upon the bank of the river: And, behold, there came up out of the river seven kine, fatfleshed and well favoured; and they fed in a meadow: And, behold, seven other kine came up after them, poor and very ill favoured and leanfleshed, such as I never saw in all the land of Egypt for badness: And the lean and the ill favoured kine did eat up the first seven fat kine: And when they had eaten them up, it could not be known that they had eaten them; but they were still ill favoured, as at the beginning. So I awoke. And I saw in my dream, and, behold, seven ears came up in one stalk, full and good: And, behold, seven ears, withered, thin, and blasted with the east wind, sprung up after them: And the thin ears devoured the seven good ears: and I told this unto the magicians; but there was none that could declare it to me.

And Joseph said unto Pharaoh, The dream of Pharaoh is one: God hath shewed Pharaoh what he is about to do. The seven good kine are seven years; and the seven good ears are seven years: the dream is one. And the seven thin and ill favoured kine that came up after them are seven years; and the seven empty ears blasted with the east wind shall be seven years of famine. This is the thing which I have spoken unto Pharaoh: What God is about to do he sheweth unto Pharaoh. Behold, there come seven years of great plenty throughout all the land of Egypt: And there shall arise after them seven years of famine; and all the plenty shall be forgotten in the land of Egypt; and the famine shall consume the land; And the plenty shall not be known in the land by reason of that famine following; for it shall be very grievous. And for that the dream was doubled unto Pharaoh twice; it is because the thing is established by God, and God will shortly bring it to pass.

So, with the things going on today, where is he who dreamed and where is he with the interpretation from God above? I don't know, but this I do know, we had best get our act together for thunderstorms in Maine in the winter should be a warning to all.

Now stop for a minute and go here and read the some of the news from around the world and then come back by hitting your back button.

Now, let's look at one more dream, ask God to help you with this and you'll see that we are approaching the time of clay and iron feet if we are not already there. For clay and iron do not mix, they work with each other as the UN and the US work together, as Russia and the European Union do. While they work together, they want to pull apart, a time of government upheaval, unrest and distrust.

Daniel 2:1-46

And in the second year of the reign of Nebuchadnezzar Nebuchadnezzar dreamed dreams, wherewith his spirit was troubled, and his sleep brake from him. Then the king commanded to call the magicians, and the astrologers, and the sorcerers, and the Chaldeans, for to shew the king his dreams. So they came and stood before the king. And the king said unto them, I have dreamed a dream, and my spirit was troubled to know the dream. Then spake the Chaldeans to the king in Syriack, O king, live for ever: tell thy servants the dream, and we will shew the interpretation. The king answered and said to the Chaldeans, The thing is gone from me: if ye will not make known unto me the dream, with the interpretation thereof, ye shall be cut in pieces, and your houses shall be made a dunghill. But if ye shew the dream, and the interpretation thereof, ye shall receive of me gifts and rewards and great honour: therefore shew me the dream, and the interpretation thereof. Oh, that God would cause Bill Clinton to have a dream and that Clinton would give the same option to the astrologers of today.

They answered again and said, Let the king tell his servants the dream, and we will shew the interpretation of it. The king answered and said, I know of certainty that ye would gain the time, because ye see the thing is gone from me. But if ye will not make known unto me the dream, there is but one decree for you: for ye have prepared lying and corrupt words to speak before me, till the time be changed: therefore tell me the dream, and I shall know that ye can shew me the interpretation thereof.

The Chaldeans answered before the king, and said, There is not a man upon the earth that can shew the king's matter: therefore there is no king, lord, nor ruler, that asked such things at any magician, or astrologer, or Chaldean. And it is a rare thing that the king requireth, and there is none other that can shew it before the king, except the gods, whose dwelling is not with flesh.

For this cause the king was angry and very furious, and commanded to destroy all the wise men of Babylon. And the decree went forth that the wise men should be slain; and they sought Daniel and his fellows to be slain.

Then Daniel answered with counsel and wisdom to Arioch the captain of the king's guard, which was gone forth to slay the wise men of Babylon: He answered and said to Arioch the king's captain, Why is the decree so hasty from the king? Then Arioch made the thing known to Daniel. Then Daniel went in, and desired of the king that he would give him time, and that he would shew the king the interpretation.

Then Daniel went to his house, and made the thing known to Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah, his companions: That they would desire mercies of the God of heaven concerning this secret; that Daniel and his fellows should not perish with the rest of the wise men of Babylon. Now we know that when your back is to the wall and you have exhausted all other means, you can do some very serious praying, I like to call it praying in desperation. You can bet that that is exactly what Daniel and his friends were doing, praying in abject desperation. First they had been taken captive and brought to Babylon in chains, then they were castrated and now their about to loose their heads.

Then was the secret revealed unto Daniel in a night vision. Then Daniel blessed the God of heaven. Daniel answered and said, Blessed be the name of God for ever and ever: for wisdom and might are His: And He changeth the times and the seasons: He removeth kings, and setteth up kings: He giveth wisdom unto the wise, and knowledge to them that know understanding: He revealeth the deep and secret things: He knoweth what is in the darkness, and the light dwelleth with Him. I thank Thee, and praise Thee, O thou God of my fathers, who hast given me wisdom and might, and hast made known unto me now what we desired of thee: for thou hast now made known unto us the king's matter. One man, one dream. Another man, one interpretation. And a whole bunch of desperation prayer. And then deep thanks and praise to God the Almighty.

Therefore Daniel went in unto Arioch, whom the king had ordained to destroy the wise men of Babylon: he went and said thus unto him; Destroy not the wise men of Babylon: bring me in before the king, and I will shew unto the king the interpretation. Then Arioch brought in Daniel before the king in haste, and said thus unto him, I have found a man of the captives of Judah, that will make known unto the king the interpretation. The king answered and said to Daniel, whose name was Belteshazzar, Art thou able to make known unto me the dream which I have seen, and the interpretation thereof? Daniel answered in the presence of the king, and said, The secret which the king hath demanded cannot the wise men, the astrologers, the magicians, the soothsayers, shew unto the king; But there is a God in heaven that revealeth secrets, and maketh known to the king Nebuchadnezzar what shall be in the latter days. Thy dream, and the visions of thy head upon thy bed, are these;

As for thee, O king, thy thoughts came into thy mind upon thy bed, what should come to pass hereafter: and he that revealeth secrets maketh known to thee what shall come to pass. But as for me, this secret is not revealed to me for any wisdom that I have more than any living, but for their sakes that shall make known the interpretation to the king, and that thou mightest know the thoughts of thy heart.

Thou, O king, sawest, and behold a great image. This great image, whose brightness was excellent, stood before thee; and the form thereof was terrible. This image's head was of fine gold, his breast and his arms of silver, his belly and his thighs of brass, His legs of iron, his feet part of iron and part of clay. Thou sawest till that a stone was cut out without hands, which smote the image upon his feet that were of iron and clay, and brake them to pieces. Then was the iron, the clay, the brass, the silver, and the gold, broken to pieces together, and became like the chaff of the summer threshingfloors; and the wind carried them away, that no place was found for them: and the stone that smote the image became a great mountain, and filled the whole earth. This is the dream; and we will tell the interpretation thereof before the king.

Thou, O king, art a king of kings: for the God of heaven hath given thee a kingdom, power, and strength, and glory. And wheresoever the children of men dwell, the beasts of the field and the fowls of the heaven hath he given into thine hand, and hath made thee ruler over them all. Thou art this head of gold. And after thee shall arise another kingdom inferior to thee, and another third kingdom of brass, which shall bear rule over all the earth. And the fourth kingdom shall be strong as iron: forasmuch as iron breaketh in pieces and subdueth all things: and as iron that breaketh all these, shall it break in pieces and bruise. And whereas thou sawest the feet and toes, part of potters' clay, and part of iron, the kingdom shall be divided; but there shall be in it of the strength of the iron, forasmuch as thou sawest the iron mixed with miry clay. And as the toes of the feet were part of iron, and part of clay, so the kingdom shall be partly strong, and partly broken.

And whereas thou sawest iron mixed with miry clay, they shall mingle themselves with the seed of men: but they shall not cleave one to another, even as iron is not mixed with clay. And in the days of these kings shall the God of heaven set up a kingdom, which shall never be destroyed: and the kingdom shall not be left to other people, but it shall break in pieces and consume all these kingdoms, and it shall stand for ever. Forasmuch as thou sawest that the stone was cut out of the mountain without hands, and that it brake in pieces the iron, the brass, the clay, the silver, and the gold; the great God hath made known to the king what shall come to pass hereafter: and the dream is certain, and the interpretation thereof sure. The stone cut from the mountain is the Messiah, the second coming of the Lord Jesus.

Then the king Nebuchadnezzar fell upon his face, and worshipped Daniel, and commanded that they should offer an oblation and sweet odours unto him.

Get right with God my friends, if you're not Born Again, get that way. For, while I do not know what's going on now, and I don't know for sure who is having the dreams and who it is that can interpret them, I do know that it does not thunder and lightning in Maine in the winter! The Lord Jesus, the Christ, the Messiah, God Himself be with you.
Amen

The Lord be with you and for those who doubt, sorry you can't see this, but if you wish to, just read John 3:1-18 till you understand and comply and then you too will see that thunderstorms do not happen in Maine in winter.

And may the one true God, Yahweh/ Bless you and yours in the name of His son, our Messiah Yeshua
amen

For the week starting Sunday March 5th, 2000

Once Saved, always Saved?

I don't think so, oh how often I hear folks saying "once saved always saved". And I wonder to myself where they get that idea. For there is no indication in the Word of God, the Holy Bible that that is the case. For it is Once truly Saved, always Saved.

When Jesus, accepted someone's repentance and forgave them, He didn't say, "Thy sins are forgiven go and do as you want, the Messiah said:

John 8:11

She said, No man, Lord. And Jesus said unto her, Neither do I condemn thee: go, and sin no more.

Look, salvation is by grace, no man can work his way into heaven, but salvation is only for those who have accepted Jesus as Lord and Saviour, those who have fallen down on their knees, broken and begging for the Lord to take over their lives, to come and dwell within them, those who have placed their ear against the door frame, waiting for the Lord, their Master, to come and put His awl through their ear, those who have given themselves to the Lord, not as friends, but as bond servants, as slaves, as creations willing to do whatever it is that He would have them do. Folks who by their very works you know to be Born Again. Not those who simply claim to be Born Again, but those who do all they can to emulate the Lord, while understanding that they are but human creation a million miles yet only a fraction of an inch from being perfect.

Turn with me to:

2 Corinthians 11:1-16

Would to God ye could bear with me a little in my folly: and indeed bear with me. For I am jealous over you with godly jealousy: for I have espoused you to one husband, that I may present you as a chaste virgin to Christ. But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtlety, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ. For if he that cometh preacheth another Jesus, whom we have not preached, or if ye receive another spirit, which ye have not received, or another gospel, which ye have not accepted, ye might well bear with him.

For I suppose I was not a whit behind the very chiefest apostles. But though I be rude in speech, yet not in knowledge; but we have been throughly made manifest among you in all things. Have I committed an offence in abasing myself that ye might be exalted, because I have preached to you the gospel of God freely? I robbed other churches, taking wages of them, to do you service.

And when I was present with you, and wanted, I was chargeable to no man: for that which was lacking to me the brethren which came from Macedonia supplied: and in all things I have kept myself from being burdensome unto you, and so will I keep myself. As the truth of Christ is in me, no man shall stop me of this boasting in the regions of Achaia. Wherefore? because I love you not? God knoweth.

But what I do, that I will do, that I may cut off occasion from them which desire occasion; that wherein they glory, they may be found even as we. For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ. And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light. Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness; whose end shall be according to their works.

I say again, Let no man think me a fool; if otherwise, yet as a fool receive me, that I may boast myself a little. Paul is warning the Corinthians about false prophets, teachers and preachers, in verse 15 he tells us that they will be rewarded, sent to hell, for their works. Before that Paul tells us what to look for in those who preach false doctrines. Why does he do that? He does it so that we will be able to judge men by their works, for as Jesus tells us;

Matthew 7:17-21

Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit. A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit. Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire. Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them. Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.

Fruits are works.

Ephesians 2:10

For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.

We are the creation of Jesus, He created us to do good, not bad for God has ordained that we should walk in the steps of Jesus. Look at what the Lord says:

Matthew 12:50

For whosoever shall do the will of my Father which is in heaven, the same is my brother, and sister, and mother. If one does not do the work of the Father, whose work is he doing? Judge men by the works that they do, are they doing the work of the Father or of satan? How about you, whose work are you doing?

Ephesians 5:9-11

(For the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness and righteousness and truth;) Proving what is acceptable unto the Lord. And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them.

Colossians 1:20-23

And, having made peace through the blood of his cross, by Him to reconcile all things unto Himself; by Him, I say, whether they be things in earth, or things in heaven. And you, that were sometime alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet now hath He reconciled In the body of his flesh through death, to present you holy and unblameable and unreproveable in his sight: If ye continue in the faith grounded and settled, and be not moved away from the hope of the gospel, which ye have heard, and which was preached to every creature which is under heaven; whereof I Paul am made a minister;

Paul is telling us that before being Saved by and through Jesus, we did bad works, afterwards, we will no longer do bad works.

1 Timothy 2:9-13

In like manner also, that women adorn themselves in modest apparel, with shamefacedness and sobriety; not with broided hair, or gold, or pearls, or costly array; But (which becometh women professing godliness) with good works. Let the woman learn in silence with all subjection. But I suffer not a woman to teach, nor to usurp authority over the man, but to be in silence. For Adam was first formed, then Eve. Here Paul is telling Timothy to teach women that they are to lead husbands, family and friends to Christ not by preaching or by being the most attractive woman on the block, but by her good works.

1 Timothy 6:17-19

Charge them that are rich in this world, that they be not highminded, nor trust in uncertain riches, but in the living God, who giveth us richly all things to enjoy; That they do good, that they be rich in good works, ready to distribute, willing to communicate; Laying up in store for themselves a good foundation against the time to come, that they may lay hold on eternal life.

Here Paul is reminding and teaching Timothy that the good works one does here on earth will mount up to treasures in heaven, but remember, those good works must be for the glory of God, not oneself.

Titus 1:16

They profess that they know God; but in works they deny him, being abominable, and disobedient, and unto every good work reprobate.

Titus 2:7

In all things shewing thyself a pattern of good works: in doctrine shewing uncorruptness, gravity, sincerity,

Titus 3:5-8

Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost; Which he shed on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Saviour; That being justified by his grace, we should be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life. This is a faithful saying, and these things I will that thou affirm constantly, that they which have believed in God might be careful to maintain good works. These things are good. Titus is one of the clearest of Paul's writings on the subject of works, for here Paul is very clearly stating that there are those that claim to be saved, but by looking at their works, you can tell that they are not. The Scribes, Pharisees, Sadducees and jews thought they were holy, they thought they were saved, but were they? They by there works, crucified Jesus. Not good works!

Hebrews 10:23-25

Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering; (for he is faithful that promised;)

And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works: Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.

James 2:14-17

What doth it profit, my brethren, though a man say he hath faith, and have not works? can faith save him? If a brother or sister be naked, and destitute of daily food, And one of you say unto them, Depart in peace, be ye warmed and filled; notwithstanding ye give them not those things which are needful to the body; what doth it profit? Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone.

James 2:18-22

Yea, a man may say, Thou hast faith, and I have works: shew me thy faith without thy works, and I will shew thee my faith by my works. Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe, and tremble. But wilt thou know, O vain man, that faith without works is dead? Was not Abraham our father justified by works, when he had offered Isaac his son upon the altar? Seest thou how faith wrought with his works, and by works was faith made perfect? Keep in mind, James is the half brother of Jesus. And he very clearly tells us that if we are Saved, we will do good works. Look at what James is saying in verses 18-22. So, you think that just by claiming to believe in Jesus is enough, so do the devils and they are not going to heaven, claimed faith without works to back it up are dead.

1 Peter 2:12

Having your conversation honest among the Gentiles: that, whereas they speak against you as evildoers, they may by your good works, which they shall behold, glorify God in the day of visitation. Now, look at this, as spoken by Peter. For there will be times within your Christian walk when you will be witnessing to another or preaching perhaps when a liberal will start watering down the gospels, they will accuse you of all kinds of things, but as Peter tells us, because of your good works that glorify not yourself, but God, men will know you are of God and are Saved, for it is by your works that they can tell you from the followers of satan.

Friends and brothers, if your works do not prove your salvation, you are not truly Saved and if not truly Saved, you are on your way to hell! Don't buy the garbage about once saved always saved, there is no Scripture to prove that. Many claim to be saved, but are not, those who are, you and the Lord Jesus knows them by their works. A doctor who is Saved will not do abortions or research using the bodies of little innocent babies that were slaughtered and harvested out of their mothers wombs.

Liken a Saved person to two men eating fish. One man picks through the fish looking for bones, the other eats with relish while savoring the deliciousness of the fish and if he comes across a bone, he sets it aside to use for some purpose when he understands the purpose it can be used for.

The unsaved one is the man looking for bones, for he will not read the word of God to be filled, but to rationalize his own sin by his own private interpretation, he is the man who sits and listens to the pastor only to find fault. While the second man reads to be filled by the Spirit of God when he understands not, he asks the help of the Lord his God and waits for the Lord's timing to reveal that verse's meaning to him, he listens to the Pastor for the word of God, not looking to nitpick, but to be feed, knowing that the Pastor is human and is libel to say something that may be misunderstood by him

Remember, salvation is not by works, but by what Jesus did on the cross, there is no salvation without the Lord, but you will know who is and who isn't Saved, by their works.

The Lord Jesus be with you all, may He help you to understand and abide by His Word.

Let no man deceive you, test every word by that which is written in the Holy Word of God, the Bible, for all men are human and not infallible, Only God is infallible, trust God not man.

May the Blood of the Holy Son of God, Jesus, cleanse you, may you so wish to be His and to serve Him that all men will know you by your behavior, your speech and your works. May the Messiah bless you and keep you may he be with you and keep you safe from evil, the evil one, his minions and his ilk.

God's blessings upon all.

Proclaim to all the world that JESUS is the Messiah, the Saviour, the Christ, the one and only way to eternal salvation.

For the week starting Sunday February 27th, 2000

When God comes into your life, do you wag your tail?

Mac and I were talking one day, we were talking about how when you see a dog waiting in a car or truck for his master or mistress, you can tell when they're coming by the way the dog goes spastic with joy as his master approaches. That got us to thinking and I asked him to write a thought about it, after a bit of hemming and hawing, I simply said, "Mac write the thought". At times, it is nice having members of your team who had spent the lions share of their lives in the Army, and below is a thought that should cause you to wonder about your own relationship with the Father above.

"Many of you do not really know me and that is the way I really wish it could remain. The fact is that I've been Pastor Bob's editor and proofreader since he began his cyber ministry. He has often referred to me as a "member of the pastoral team." My pastor has asked me to write a Christian Thought for the day. I protested long and loud that I am a lay person and not qualified to write such things.

I am not in the word as Pastor Bob is and I cannot quote scripture as he does. Despite his protestations that I read more scripture on a daily and weekly basis, as his proof reader, than most duly ordained people.

The first time that this came to me was when a long standing friend of mine was failing in health. This friend had been with me for many years in sickness and health in good times and in bad but unfailingly gave of his all. His love and devotion was unfailing right to the last.

This friend, was a dog, a dog I went to the pound and rescued off of "Death Row" I named him Auburn, Auburn was a Cocker Spaniel. And he came into my life and totally took it over. Oh, yes, he was not housebroken and I had to clean up after his messes but that too ceased with time.

He came into my life at the time I had just retired from twenty six years in the military and just gone through a bitter divorce which resulted in the loss of my children to my former wife. I will not belabor my reader with more right now.

I first became Born again about a year and a half ago and the change in my life has been profound. One day I see myself as Doubting Thomas and the next as Peter of the sword.. The thought that I gave to my pastor was The comparison of a relationship between a man and his dog as somewhat close to the relationship between God and one of his children.

The dog gives totally to his master as those who are born again in the Blood of Christ give to their master. The relationship is based on love, trust, and faith. This is where the relationship becomes almost blasphemous please bear with me. Is the bond between a man and his pet any different from that of a Born again Christian and his God?

The Born Again renew their commitment to the God that created them and nurtures them. They pass the term of their lives in this world and God calls them home. The bond between a man and his dog is somewhat the same. Auburn and I lived our lives together and we were happy in our lives.

About a month ago I saw that he was having difficulty just getting to his food and more just going out to "do his business" I spoke to the Vet and he encouraged me to bring Auburn in to be seen. The diagnosis was that he had terminal cancer and was in a lot of pain. There were drugs could make the pain go away but, the end would still be the same. He encouraged me to let him "put him down" to bring an end to the pain.

Being a hard head, I chose to take Auburn on a walk over his favorite path in the mountains and helped him to painlessly pass over. After he was over, I buried him there on the mountain where he had been free to roam as a puppy.

For any person who has brought an animal into their lives, the role of a caring God cannot but be clear. I AM NOT EQUATING MYSELF TO MY GOD.

This morning I read something on the net that brought all of this into sharp focus for me. A Vet was writing about having to "Put Down" a very much loved pet. After the pet had been put down, as parents, they were discussing why it was that God accorded a shorter life span to animals than to humans. As in the Bible a child showed them the way.

The youngster said "I understand" God brings people into the world to learn to love others and bring them happiness and to love God. Animals are born doing that and don't have to stay on this earth as long.

This is being done through tears and I'll leave it to pastor Bob to add the word. Yours in the Lord."

God the Father has commanded us to think about Him day and night, to be ready and waiting for Him at all times:

Deuteronomy 11:19
And ye shall teach them your children, speaking of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, when thou liest down, and when thou risest up.

God the Son, Jesus, the Messiah, has told us to be always thinking of Him and waiting for Him, to not push Him to the back of our minds nor put other thoughts or actions ahead of Him:

Matthew 24:36-42
But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only. But as the days of Noe were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be. For as in the days that were before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark, And knew not until the flood came, and took them all away; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.

Then shall two be in the field; the one shall be taken, and the other left. Two women shall be grinding at the mill; the one shall be taken, and the other left. Watch therefore: for ye know not what hour your Lord doth come.

Paul warns us to be constantly right with the Lord:

1 Thessalonians 5:2-3
For yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so cometh as a thief in the night. For when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape.

Peter put it this way:

2 Peter 3:9-10
The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance. But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up.

Bottom line? Be like that puppy in the car, waiting for his master to return, always be waiting for the Lord, your Master, your Creator and always be excited about His coming and your going to be with Him.

So, are you and Auburn? Are you a puppy waiting for your master to return?

I thank you my friend for this thought and I ask God's blessings upon all those who read it. I thank You Lord for letting me post these thought here daily. May the Lord thy God bless you all. You and yours, may He keep you safe from the evil one, his minions. His ilk and those who serve him knowingly and unknowingly. May He help you to understand His word by putting the Holy Spirit within you.
Amen.

The Lord JESUS, the Messiah, the Christ be with you and within you, amen.

For the week starting Sunday February 20th, 2000

How do we know the earth is only six thousand three hundred and eighteen years old? or, So you always wanted to know what the begats were for.

God tells us so! That's how! When anyone tells you that the earth is a billion years old, a million years old or ten thousand years old, what they are doing is not only lying, they are calling God a liar. And the person who accuses God of lying is a person you want to be a long way from. So, dig out your calculator and take a walk with me through the Bible.

But, first let us pray. Oh Lord God above, Creator of all things in heaven above and on and in the earth, please forgive us, forgive us for those things we have said, done and thought that have been sin. Help us Father to do what is right in Your eyes, help us to understand Your word in Your book the Holy Bible. Be with us as we read and study Your word and let the Holy Spirit be our guide and our teacher. Oh Father in heaven, thank You for all You have done for us, thank You for being patient with us and coming to earth in the form of Jesus to be the sacrifice necessary for us to find redemption and forgiveness and for giving us the ability and the way to join You and spend eternity with You in heaven for all eternity.
We pray Father that you will bless us and ours this week, that You will keep us safe, deliver us from evil and give us our daily bread, both the bread of our food and the Bread of Thy Word.
Amen.

Turn to Genesis Chapter Five:

Genesis 5:1-32 1 This is the book of the generations of Adam. In the day that God created man, in the likeness of God made he him;
2 Male and female created he them; and blessed them, and called their name Adam, in the day when they were created.
3 And Adam lived an hundred and thirty years, and begat a son in his own likeness, after his image; and called his name Seth:
4 And the days of Adam after he had begotten Seth were eight hundred years: and he begat sons and daughters:
5 And all the days that Adam lived were nine hundred and thirty years: and he died.
6 And Seth lived an hundred and five years, and begat Enos:
7 And Seth lived after he begat Enos eight hundred and seven years, and begat sons and daughters:
8 And all the days of Seth were nine hundred and twelve years: and he died.
9 And Enos lived ninety years, and begat Cainan:
10 And Enos lived after he begat Cainan eight hundred and fifteen years, and begat sons and daughters:
11 And all the days of Enos were nine hundred and five years: and he died. 12 And Cainan lived seventy years, and begat Mahalaleel:
13 And Cainan lived after he begat Mahalaleel eight hundred and forty years, and begat sons and daughters:
14 And all the days of Cainan were nine hundred and ten years: and he died.
15 And Mahalaleel lived sixty and five years, and begat Jared:
16 And Mahalaleel lived after he begat Jared eight hundred and thirty years, and begat sons and daughters:
17 And all the days of Mahalaleel were eight hundred ninety and five years: and he died.
18 And Jared lived an hundred sixty and two years, and he begat Enoch:
19 And Jared lived after he begat Enoch eight hundred years, and begat sons and daughters:
20 And all the days of Jared were nine hundred sixty and two years: and he died.
21 And Enoch lived sixty and five years, and begat Methuselah:
22 And Enoch walked with God after he begat Methuselah three hundred years, and begat sons and daughters:
23 And all the days of Enoch were three hundred sixty and five years:
24 And Enoch walked with God: and he was not; for God took him.
25 And Methuselah lived an hundred eighty and seven years, and begat Lamech:
26 And Methuselah lived after he begat Lamech seven hundred eighty and two years, and begat sons and daughters:
27 And all the days of Methuselah were nine hundred sixty and nine years: and he died.
28 And Lamech lived an hundred eighty and two years, and begat a son:
29 And he called his name Noah, saying, This same shall comfort us concerning our work and toil of our hands, because of the ground which the LORD hath cursed.
30 And Lamech lived after he begat Noah five hundred ninety and five years, and begat sons and daughters:
31 And all the days of Lamech were seven hundred seventy and seven years: and he died.
32 And Noah was five hundred years old: and Noah begat Shem, Ham, and Japheth.

As you read chapter five, you'll find that, according to God's Word, the Holy Bible, that all the years between Adam's creation and the birth of Noah's son Shem there were 1561 years.

Now turn to chapter 11.

Genesis 11:10-27 10 These are the generations of Shem: Shem was an hundred years old, and begat Arphaxad two years after the flood:

11 And Shem lived after he begat Arphaxad five hundred years, and begat sons and daughters.
12 And Arphaxad lived five and thirty years, and begat Salah:
13 And Arphaxad lived after he begat Salah four hundred and three years, and begat sons and daughters.
14 And Salah lived thirty years, and begat Eber:
15 And Salah lived after he begat Eber four hundred and three years, and begat sons and daughters.
16 And Eber lived four and thirty years, and begat Peleg:
17 And Eber lived after he begat Peleg four hundred and thirty years, and begat sons and daughters.
18 And Peleg lived thirty years, and begat Reu:
19 And Peleg lived after he begat Reu two hundred and nine years, and begat sons and daughters.
20 And Reu lived two and thirty years, and begat Serug:
21 And Reu lived after he begat Serug two hundred and seven years, and begat sons and daughters.
22 And Serug lived thirty years, and begat Nahor:
23 And Serug lived after he begat Nahor two hundred years, and begat sons and daughters.
24 And Nahor lived nine and twenty years, and begat Terah:
25 And Nahor lived after he begat Terah an hundred and nineteen years, and begat sons and daughters.
26 And Terah lived seventy years, and begat Abram, Nahor, and Haran.
27 Now these are the generations of Terah: Terah begat Abram, Nahor, and Haran; and Haran begat Lot.

Now as you add the years between births of sons here, you come to find that from the time of Shem's birth to the birth of Abram, who was to become Abraham was 390 years, bringing Abrams birth to what I refer to as 1951 AC or 1951 years after creation. Or to be more accurate, 1951 years and six days after the day the Lord God above started creating the heavens and the earth and all that are in them and on them.

Genesis 21:1-5

1 And the LORD visited Sarah as he had said, and the LORD did unto Sarah as he had spoken.
2 For Sarah conceived, and bare Abraham a son in his old age, at the set time of which God had spoken to him.
3 And Abraham called the name of his son that was born unto him, whom Sarah bare to him, Isaac.
4 And Abraham circumcised his son Isaac being eight days old, as God had commanded him.
5 And Abraham was an hundred years old, when his son Isaac was born unto him.

So, Isaac was born in 2051AC.

Genesis 25:19-26 19 And these are the generations of Isaac, Abraham's son: Abraham begat Isaac:
20 And Isaac was forty years old when he took Rebekah to wife, the daughter of Bethuel the Syrian of Padan-aram, the sister to Laban the Syrian.
21 And Isaac intreated the LORD for his wife, because she was barren: and the LORD was intreated of him, and Rebekah his wife conceived.
22 And the children struggled together within her; and she said, If it be so, why am I thus? And she went to inquire of the LORD.
23 And the LORD said unto her, Two nations are in thy womb, and two manner of people shall be separated from thy bowels; and the one people shall be stronger than the other people; and the elder shall serve the younger.
24 And when her days to be delivered were fulfilled, behold, there were twins in her womb.
25 And the first came out red, all over like an hairy garment; and they called his name Esau.
26 And after that came his brother out, and his hand took hold on Esau's heel; and his name was called Jacob: and Isaac was threescore years old when she bare them.

So, Isaac was 60 years old when Esua and Jacob were born, that would make the year 2111AC.

Genesis 47:1-9 1 Then Joseph came and told Pharaoh, and said, My father and my brethren, and their flocks, and their herds, and all that they have, are come out of the land of Canaan; and, behold, they are in the land of Goshen.
2 And he took some of his brethren, even five men, and presented them unto Pharaoh.
3 And Pharaoh said unto his brethren, What is your occupation? And they said unto Pharaoh, Thy servants are shepherds, both we, and also our fathers.
4 They said moreover unto Pharaoh, For to sojourn in the land are we come; for thy servants have no pasture for their flocks; for the famine is sore in the land of Canaan: now therefore, we pray thee, let thy servants dwell in the land of Goshen.
5 And Pharaoh spake unto Joseph, saying, Thy father and thy brethren are come unto thee:
6 The land of Egypt is before thee; in the best of the land make thy father and brethren to dwell; in the land of Goshen let them dwell: and if thou knowest any men of activity among them, then make them rulers over my cattle.
7 And Joseph brought in Jacob his father, and set him before Pharaoh: and Jacob blessed Pharaoh.
8 And Pharaoh said unto Jacob, How old art thou?
9 And Jacob said unto Pharaoh, The days of the years of my pilgrimage are an hundred and thirty years: few and evil have the days of the years of my life been, and have not attained unto the days of the years of the life of my father's in the days of their pilgrimage.

Now, when Jacob, who is also called Israel, was 130 years old, he and all his went to live in Egypt. And the year was 2241 AC!

Are you starting to see why, we who believe that the Bible is the word of God, are so confident that the earth is but six thousand years old?

Exodus 12:40-43

40 Now the sojourning of the children of Israel, who dwelt in Egypt, was four hundred and thirty years.
41 And it came to pass at the end of the four hundred and thirty years, even the selfsame day it came to pass, that all the hosts of the LORD went out from the land of Egypt.
42 It is a night to be much observed unto the LORD for bringing them out from the land of Egypt: this is that night of the LORD to be observed of all the children of Israel in their generations.
43 And the LORD said unto Moses and Aaron, This is the ordinance of the passover: There shall no stranger eat thereof:

Ah, the first Passover. The year, 2671AC.

I Kings 6:1-14 1 And it came to pass in the four hundred and eightieth year after the children of Israel were come out of the land of Egypt, in the fourth year of Solomon's reign over Israel, in the month Zif, which is the second month, that he began to build the house of the LORD.
2 And the house which king Solomon built for the LORD, the length thereof was threescore cubits, and the breadth thereof twenty cubits, and the height thereof thirty cubits.
3 And the porch before the temple of the house, twenty cubits was the length thereof, according to the breadth of the house; and ten cubits was the breadth thereof before the house.
4 And for the house he made windows of narrow lights.
5 And against the wall of the house he built chambers round about, against the walls of the house round about, both of the temple and of the oracle: and he made chambers round about:
6 The nethermost chamber was five cubits broad, and the middle was six cubits broad, and the third was seven cubits broad: for without in the wall of the house he made narrowed rests round about, that the beams should not be fastened in the walls of the house.
7 And the house, when it was in building, was built of stone made ready before it was brought thither: so that there was neither hammer nor axe nor any tool of iron heard in the house, while it was in building.
8 The door for the middle chamber was in the right side of the house: and they went up with winding stairs into the middle chamber, and out of the middle into the third.
9 So he built the house, and finished it; and covered the house with beams and boards of cedar.
10 And then he built chambers against all the house, five cubits high: and they rested on the house with timber of cedar.
11 And the word of the LORD came to Solomon, saying,
12 Concerning this house which thou art in building, if thou wilt walk in my statutes, and execute my judgments, and keep all my commandments to walk in them; then will I perform my word with thee, which I spake unto David thy father:
13 And I will dwell among the children of Israel, and will not forsake my people Israel.
14 So Solomon built the house, and finished it.

Verse one tells us that Solomon built what was to be the first Temple built, 480 years after the exodus from Egypt. That would make the year no later than, 3331 AC. The date of the building of this temple is also set in secular history as being the year 967 BC. Meaning that Jesus was born in what would be the year 4318 AC, add two thousand years onto that any you have six thousand three hundred and eighteen years, so the earth is in the year 6318AC.

Just about every answer you need is in the handbook that God has given us the book we call the Bible. Jesus has told us that we can not serve two masters,

Matthew 6:24 24 No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.

You can believe what God says in His book or you can believe what the evolutionists say, you can not believe both nor can you worship God while calling Him a liar and if you accept anything that contradicts the word of God as the truth, you are calling God a liar!

God's book tells us that the earth is no older than 6318 years old, accept it or reject it, your choice, but do not call yourself a follower of Christ while at the same time denying the truth of His word in His book the Holy Bible.

The Lord be with you all, may He bless you and help you to find the time to study His word each day, may He protect you and yours from those who would twist his word and lead you astray, may He bless those that bless you and may He curse those who curse you, In Jesus name I pray. Amen

For the week starting Sunday February 13th, 2000

Don't pray if you're not serious.

How often we hear people singing songs like "I'll surrender all" or praying to God above for a return to the morals and beliefs of yesterday. But do they mean it? When you look up to heaven ans sing or say "I'll surrender all", do you mean it? What if God replied fine, "If thou wilt be perfect, go and sell that thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come and follow me." Matthew 19:21

Would you sell everything you own, take the money and donate it to the poor? Not for a tax donation, but just to obey Jesus? What if God heard your prayer when you cried out to Him to end abortion, corruption, pornography, homosexuality and the rest of the sins of our day? What if He took you on your word and destroyed the things that cause modern idiolatry like computers, cars, fancy homes and cable tv? He could do that you know, He could do it with a drought of world wide proportions, an oil crisis of global proportions or just raise up a world leader in the ilk of clinton and blair.

Are you sure you want to lie to God in your prayers? For when you tell Him you'll surrender all, when what you really mean is less than 100%, that is a lie and the one you are lying to is not the people around you that hear your cry to heaven, it is to He who sits in heaven, God.

When you cry out asking for a more moral time, yet, support pro abortion candidates, watch and buy the things advertised by corrupt companies using sexually explicit ads, while you continue to support companies that are openly hostile to Christ through their policies, products, advertisements and causes that they support, companies like Levis, ATT&T, Quaker Oats, Gateway, Hewlet Packard, Ford and the list goes on and on. Are you not once again lying to God. For on the one hand you are asking Him to rescue you from the things of the world yet you go shell out 30 bucks for a pair of Levi's knowing that they support the murder of the baby in the womb and are openly supportive of homosexuality and other things that fly in the face of God and His teachings.

When we write laws here on earth, we word them so that certain individuals or groups can find loop holes, such as the laws dealing with lying here in the USA, we call it perjury, yet to the president, it isn't perjury or lying unless, you can first find some agreement with him on the definition of ‘is'. To the congress of the USA perjury isn't a big thing. Now why doesn't that surprise anyone.

But, God doesn't make rules like that , God is very clear and leaves no room for corrupt interpretation by corrupt evil humans looking for a loophole. God says:

Exodus 20:13-17

13 Thou shalt not kill!
14 Thou shalt not commit adultery!
15 Thou shalt not steal!
16 Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbour!
17 Thou shalt not covet thy neighbour's house, thou shalt not covet thy neighbour's wife, nor his manservant, nor his maidservant, nor his ox, nor his ass, nor any thing that is thy neighbour's!

No ambiguities, no loop holes, no two sets of rules, one for the rulers and one for the ruled, one set fits all.

And you should be very clear and very honest in your prayers, it is better to say, Lord help me to prepare myself to surrender all, than to imply that you are willing before you are. For what if He were to call you to serve in Africa, amongst the Sundanese Christians that are being persecuted with rape, torture and death? What would you then say to Him? "No no no, I won't go?" Remember what happened to Jonah who, when tried said that.

First we must pray that God will prepare us to do His will and serve Him and then we can pray that He will change this nation and this world, that he will rescue us from the corruption of the UN and restore to us a leader who will do what is right in the sight of the Lord.

For if you lie to God in your prayers concerning the above, how will He know you're weren't lying when you called out to Him in repentance to accept Him as Lord and Saviour?

My the Lord, thy God, Jesus be with you all, amen.

How serious is our relationship with the Lord? I received this email as a forward this very morning, Now, I should tell you, I don't read or even open emails that have Forward in the subject line. The reason is simple, I get on average, over fifty emails a day, I just do not have time to read the Forwards. But this one came as a Forward and for some reason I opened it and read it. It illustrates the power of prayer and God's hand covering you.

"THE HAND

My daughter, Kathleen, was 15... too young to seriously date but she had a boyfriend. One evening, when I was leaving to pick up my son, Paul, from baseball practice, she asked if she could just go with her boyfriend to pick up his little brother at a friend's house. She said they would come right back. I said, "All right, just make sure you wear your seat belt, and come right home."

It was my father's birthday and my youngest daughter, Theresa, was already at my father's house waiting for us to come over with the cake I had yet to pick up at the store. I left to pick Paul up at school, but decided to take the highway, rather than the shortcut along the back road. After leaving the school, Paul and I ran in the store for the cake and some last minute goodies. As we were getting into the car, we heard and saw paramedics, fire trucks, three ambulances and of course a multitude of police cars.

I got a sick feeling in my stomach and said to Paul, "Somebody needs our prayers, quick." I wondered if there was a fire or a bad car accident. At one of the intersections I had to stop to let more emergency vehicles through, and prayed,"Lord, those people need you right now, go to them and place your protective hand over them."

We stopped at my parent's to drop off the food, before going home to pick up Kathleen, but my father met me at the car and told us to postpone the party because Theresa had fallen asleep. "Which way did you go to the school?" he asked, "Because there was a bad accident on the back road, I heard someone was killed.

It happened just about the time you had to pick up Paul at the school and I know you always go that way. I was so happy to see you pull in, I had a gut feeling it was you." As Paul and I drove the short distance home, I could see our house was dark and when Kathleen is home alone, she always burned every light. As turned off the ignition, tears fell, "It was Kathleen," I told Paul, "I know it."

I ran in the house and checked our answering machine, no one had called. I breathed a sigh of relief, thinking that someone would have called by now. "Paranoid," that's what Kathleen always called me, and that's what I was telling myself, "You're just paranoid!" Then, the phone rang. It was her friend's mother, who worked in the emergency room of our local hospital. She only told me that the three of them were in an accident and were being transported to the hospital. I didn't call my husband at work, nor my parents.

Paul and I just left for the hospital.

As I pulled into the parking lot, one of the paramedics, someone we have known for years, met us at our car. "I'm sorry, I'm so sorry," he said with tears streaming down his face.

The next thing I remember after was talking to the doctor in the hallway of the ER. He asked me if I believed in God, and with that my knees gave way. "No," he said, "you don't understand, do you believe in divine intervention?" I stammered, a weak, "Yes." Not having a clue what he was talking about.

He smiled at me and asked, "Do you know what shirt your daughter is wearing, tonight?" Nodding no, he told me to go down the hall and look. "Your daughter is blessed with angels and so are you. From what the emergency personnel told me, there is no way that your daughter should be alive, let alone only have a few scratches."

Kathleen was laying on a cart, waiting for more x-rays. When I got to her, we both sobbed. As I was hugging her I had the urge to check her shirt unzipping her jacket. I read the words, "Jesus Saves." I knew then, what the doctor had meant. All three were treated and released.

On the way home that night, Kathleen told this story: "It was really weird, about a quarter of a mile before the accident, I said, 'Wait, we forgot to put our seat belts on, my Mother will kill me.' Then a car was coming towards us in our lane, he swerved, and I knew we got hit on the passenger side of the car, where I was sitting. We got hit a total of three times because the car kept spinning in a circle. I felt his little brother's hand on my shoulder, holding me tightly in place. "But Mom, after it was all over, I could still feel the hand on my shoulder. I looked and his little brother had flown out the back window of the car, as we later found out, on the first spin.

"It was an angel, Mom, I know it!" I knew it too, especially when we went the next day to look at the car, it had been split in half, right underneath my daughter's seat. The driver of the other car, witnesses said, was traveling 90-95 miles per hour and the point of impact at that speed was directly at Kathleen's door.

The police report stated that the car door was found fifty feet away from the accident scene, with the seat belt attached. So when the door broke loose, "the hand" was the only thing that saved my daughter's life.

The Lord, knew, long before I did that my child was in trouble, and I will always praise Him for saving her life and restoring mine. I have been meaning to write this story for the past couple years. Kathleen just turned 21. While I was writing this I smiled and cried, but it's all true.

Father, I ask you to bless my friends reading this right now! Lord, show them a new revelation of Your love and power. Holy Spirit, I ask You to minister to their spirit at this very moment. Where there is pain, give them Your peace & mercy. Where there is self-doubting, release a renewed confidence in Your ability to work through them. Where there is tiredness, or exhaustion, I ask You to give them understanding, patience, & strength as they learn submission to Your leading.

Where there is spiritual stagnation, I ask You to renew them by revealing Your nearness, and by drawing them into greater intimacy with You. Where there is fear, reveal Your love, and give to them Your courage.

Where there is a sin blocking them, reveal it, and release its hold over my friend's life. Bless their finances, give them greater vision, and raise up leaders, and friends to support, and encourage them. Give each of them discernment to recognize the demonic forces around them, and reveal to them the power they have in You to defeat it. I ask You to do these things in Jesus' name! Amen"

I would like to thank Sgt. Jim Bennet US Army for sending this to me. God bless you my boy.

For the week starting Sunday February 6th, 2000

Let your faith and dependence on Jesus grow.

After you have received Jesus as your personal Lord and Saviour, after you have prayed the sinners prayer and been Born Again, you need to let you faith and dependence on the Lord grow and grow and grow. To do that you need to do three things more than anything else and at least once a day for each.

Read your Bible, pray and know that Jesus is Lord and that while you may not always understand, Jesus is always in control.

To know that all things are done only by and with the consent of the Lord, reading just a few verses will give you all the proof you'll ever need..

Genesis 1:1
1 In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.

God created the heavens and the earth and He did it in 144 hours or less. My friends have you ever watched the guys with the big machines preparing a house lot? They use bulldozers and chain saws and front end loaders and back hoes, dump trucks and excavators and it still takes the more than six days. And that's just for one little house Lot. God built the entire earth, the heavens everything in and on them both in under a week, and just for good measure, He throw us in to take care of the place for Him. All in under 144 hours.

Even satan must go to God and get permission to do his evil thing;

Job 1:6-12
6 Now there was a day when the sons of God came to present themselves before the LORD, and satan came also among them.
7 And the LORD said unto satan, Whence comest thou? Then satan answered the LORD, and said, From going to and fro in the earth, and from walking up and down in it.
8 And the LORD said unto satan, Hast thou considered my servant Job, that there is none like him in the earth, a perfect and an upright man, one that feareth God, and escheweth evil?
9 Then satan answered the LORD, and said, Doth Job fear God for nought?
10 Hast not thou made an hedge about him, and about his house, and about all that he hath on every side? thou hast blessed the work of his hands, and his substance is increased in the land.
11 But put forth thine hand now, and touch all that he hath, and he will curse thee to thy face.
12 And the LORD said unto satan, Behold, all that he hath is in thy power; only upon himself put not forth thine hand. So satan went forth from the presence of the LORD.

And as you read further in Job, you'll find that satan, while doing so horrible things, never overstepped what the Lord thy God had allowed Him to do. Satan didn't try to play games with God by using technicalities in the language, he simply stayed within the guidelines that Jesus had given him.

So it is important for you to always keep in mind that Jesus is in control of the world, there will not be a world destroying nuclear war, until and unless He allows satan to start one.

How important is prayer? How important is it for you to spend deep serious time with God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit in prayer?

Prayer is so important that the entire book of Psalms is one prayer after another. Jesus, interrupted His sermon on the Mount, the Beatitudes to teach His disciples how to pray, at their request.

Luke 11:1
1 And it came to pass, that, as Jesus was praying in a certain place, when He ceased, one of His disciples said unto Him, Lord, teach us to pray, as John also taught his disciples.

What was Jesus doing? Praying! What did this disciple ask Him to teach them how to do? Pray!

Matthew 5:43-48
43 Ye have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy neighbour, and hate thine enemy.
44 But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you;

45 That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust.
46 For if ye love them which love you, what reward have ye? do not even the publicans the same?
47 And if ye salute your brethren only, what do ye more than others? do not even the publicans so?

48 Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect.

What does JESUS tell us we are to do when faced with enemies? Pray! Read psalm 109, read the book of Psalms, the Psalmist prayed for everything, water, snow, crops, vengeance, health, everything.

Matthew 6:5-10
5 And when thou prayest, thou shalt not be as the hypocrites are: for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and in the corners of the streets, that they may be seen of men. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward.
6 But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly.
7 But when ye pray, use not vain repetitions, as the heathen do: for they think that they shall be heard for their much speaking.
8 Be not ye therefore like unto them: for your Father knoweth what things ye have need of, before ye ask Him.
9 After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name.
10 Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven. ...

What are we to do to avoid trouble? Pray! While describing the end times, Jesus tells them to pray.

Matthew 24:19-21
19 And woe unto them that are with child, and to them that give suck in those days!
20 But pray ye that your flight be not in the winter, neither on the sabbath day:
21 For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be.

The Lord didn't tell us to hope, He didn't tell us to cross our fingers and carry a rabbit's foot, He said Pray!

What about Jesus, what did He do while He was on earth when He found Himself troubled?

Luke 22:37-44
37 For I say unto you, that this that is written must yet be accomplished in me, And he was reckoned among the transgressors: for the things concerning me have an end.
38 And they said, Lord, behold, here are two swords. And Jesus said unto them, It is enough.
39 And He came out, and went, as He was wont, to the mount of Olives; and His disciples also followed Him.
40 And when He was at the place, He said unto them, Pray that ye enter not into temptation.
41 And Jesus was withdrawn from them about a stone's cast, and kneeled down, and prayed,
42 Saying, Father, if thou be willing, remove this cup from me: nevertheless not my will, but thine, be done.
43 And there appeared an angel unto Him from heaven, strengthening Him.
44 And being in an agony Jesus prayed more earnestly: and His sweat was as it were great drops of blood falling down to the ground.

Great drops of blood! Jesus prayed so diligently and so intensely that He was sweating great drops of blood.

Yes, to overcome enemies, sickness, stress, hunger, and the rest of the problems of the world, just pray and pray and pray. Pray for your family, pray for your friends, pray for your pastor and yes, pray for your enemies.

How do you learn to pray? Where can you see examples of prayer? Read your Bible. For in your Bible is the Bread of Life.

Matthew 4:1-4
1 Then was Jesus led up of the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted of the devil.
2 And when He had fasted forty days and forty nights, He was afterward an hungred.

3 And when the tempter came to Him, he said, If thou be the Son of God, command that these stones be made bread.
4 But Jesus answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.

As you move forward in your Christian life, satan will try to discourage you, he will do this by twisting Scripture or by trying to shake your faith in the exactness of God's Word. Satan will try to make you think that the Bible is not to be believed and that it is not to be taken literally. Notice the way the serpent tried to twist Scripture with Jesus. Notice how the Lord came back with the correct Scripture for the moment. That is why you must read your Bible on a daily basis. It is so that satan, his minions, his ilk and those who serve him knowingly and unknowingly can not pull the ‘phony scripture wool' over your eyes.

2 Timothy 4:1-6
1 I charge thee therefore before God, and the Lord Jesus Christ, who shall judge the quick and the dead at His appearing and His kingdom;
2 Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine.
3 For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears;
4 And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.
5 But watch thou in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, make full proof of thy ministry.
6 For I am now ready to be offered, and the time of my departure is at hand.

Paul's warning to Timothy is just as valid today as it was then, maybe even more so today. When someone claims to justify their sin, by telling you that parts of the Bible are only nice stories or that all of the old testament law is put to rest with the first coming of the Lord, run from them, for they are evil and are doing to you what satan did to Eve and tried to do to Jesus.

So, trust in the Lord, for all is in His control, pray daily and read your Bible daily.

2 Timothy 3:16-17
16 All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: the Bible isn't a collection of nice stories that you can pick and choose from, the bible is God's open letter to you, it is His handbook for you to operate by as His creation. And He dictated it so;
17 That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works. Man of God, that is you, the Born Again Christian. And let no man deceive you, if you are not Born Again, you are not a Christian and if you are not a Born Again Christian, you will not go to heaven you will go to and spend eternity in hell! And if you believe anything else, you are calling God the Creator a liar!

Read your Bible, pray and know that Jesus is Lord and that while you may not always understand, Jesus is always in control.

Fear no man, fear God.

May the Lord be with you all as we end one week and start another, may He bless you and yours, may He protect you and yours and may He let the Holy Spirit both dwell within you and help you to understand His words in His book.

God be with you all, amen.

All Scripture is quoted, in both sermons and daily thoughts, is from the authorized 1611 King James Version. The words in red are those of the God the Son, the Lord Jesus and the words in purple are those spoken directly by God the Father.

For the week starting Sunday January 30th, 2000

PRAISE THE LORD

And Jesus Said in Matthew 24:9 "Then shall they deliver you up to be afflicted, and shall kill you: and ye shall be hated of all nations for my name's sake." (KJV)

No, RICK, JIM, AND TODD. YOU DON'T HAVE TO PAINT THE CHURCH!

Not too very long ago a friend and I were talking about some of the more famous and liberal televangelists. During our conversation, it became apparent to both Mac and I that many Born Again Christians still think there is more to being Saved than simply believing on the Lord Jesus Christ. They in turn probably scare more potential converts to Christ away then do those who set out to destroy Christianity with their twisting of Scripture on purpose. Let's look at Scripture and see what GOD has to say about being Born Again and Saved.

First let us pray: Oh Lord Jesus above, please forgive us for those things we have done, said and thought that have offended Thee, forgive us Lord and help us to forgive those who have offended us. For we know Lord that to be forgiven, we must forgive. Lord help us to understand just what Your death did for us.

Lord help us to understand that You and the Father so love us that You came to earth to die for us and that through Your death, we are Saved. Oh Lord Jesus, thank you. Thank you for so loving us that You did this for us. And please Lord, raise up leaders for us who will lead us to You and will do what is right in your sight. Lord God above, please rescue us from those who are now leading us and this great nation of our towards damnation. Amen

Ok, Rick, Jim, and Todd, let's look at scripture. First get your copy of the King James Version of the Bible. Now turn to Romans 16:24 and read with me. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen.

Now, change the words ‘you all' to ‘us', so we pray "The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with us. Amen." Lord Jesus, please help us to understand the words and scripture we are to read. Amen

Let'. start. You ask, what must I do to be Saved? Turn to the book of Acts.

Acts 16:30-31
30 And brought them out, and said, Sirs, what must I do to be saved? 31 And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house.
Verse 30, ...what must I do to be Saved? Verse 31 ...Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ!
That's it, that's all you have to do. Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ. You don't have to paint the church, you don't have to tithe, although your sending a dollar a week to this ministry would go a long way and be greatly appreciated, you don't even have to go to church. The only requirement to be Saved, is to believe on the Lord Jesus Christ. The other things come as a result of your desire to fellowship with other Christians and to thank Jesus for what He did on the cross for you.

Church buildings are like fellowship halls, where a pastor or teacher is located. But even then, you do not have to attend to be Saved and once you are Saved, that's it, you are Saved. The only way you can lose your salvation is by blaspheming God. How do I know that? Simply, Jesus Christ, the Son of God the Father said so!

Turn to:

Mark 3:29 But he that shall blaspheme against the Holy Ghost hath never forgiveness, but is in danger of eternal damnation: (KJV)

But you say, that's too easy.

Well, maybe, but look at it like this, if salvation took anything more than simply believing on the Lord Jesus Christ, how would the Vietnam vet that got his spine blown away in 65, be able to get Saved? This guy can't even wiggle his fingers, never mind paint the church. And he's in a VA hospital, not exactly a place where the doctors and nurses are going to suggest he take a portion of his disability check and tithe with it. Oh they might dole out some of it to the PX for cigarettes, but not for tithing. So, how would this guy get into heaven? How about the kid born mentally lacking?
How would he or she get into heaven?
No, Jesus had to be the perfect way into heaven and through His death the way had to be simple enough for all - the body builder, the genius, the house painter, the paraplegic, the mentally disabled, everyone. But it had to be something that was cut and dry also. Something absolute and not ambiguous. And that, Rick, Jim, and Todd, is exactly what it is. Follow along with me.

First let's go to

John 3:1-3
1 There was a man of the Pharisees, named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews: 2 The same came to Jesus by night, and said unto Jesus, Rabbi, we know that thou art a teacher come from God: for no man can do these miracles that thou doest, except God be with Him.
3 Jesus answered and said to Nicodemus, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God. (KJV)

Jesus says that a man must be Born Again. What does that mean? Ok, read a bit further,

John 3:4-6 4 Nicodemus saith unto him, How can a man be born when he is old? can he enter the second time into his mother's womb, and be born?
5 Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.
6 That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. (KJV)

Now, what is the Lord talking about when He says born of water and born of Spirit? Ok, born of water, born of the flesh, born a human, born of a woman. When you are born, you are delivered out of a sack of water. That is born of water. Pretty simple, right? Right, but what about that born of the Spirit? Well, in the word of God, you will notice that the terms Holy Spirit and Holy Ghost are interchangeable. Both the Holy Spirit and the Holy Ghost are one in the same. They are one of God's three persons, God the Father, God the Son (Jesus) and God the Holy Ghost or Spirit. Ok, let's get back to born of the Sprit.

Turn to:

Acts 2:4 And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance. (KJV)
Do you see the Holy Ghost and the Spirit being used as one and the same? Look, "And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost" and then " and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance." Look at it like this, let's say a sentence went like this, And their stepfather gave them each 25 cents, and Joe told them not to buy candy with it. Do you see where stepfather and Joe are one and the same? Well, so is Holy Ghost and Spirit in Acts 2:4.
So, what we have is that Jesus has told Nicodemus that to get into heaven, to see God, he must be Born Again, Born of the Spirit. Now how does one become Born Again and Born of the Spirit? Let's go back to Acts.

Ok, now this is going to be quite a bit of scripture for you to read, but you must read it all to get the exact content of the point of Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and you will be saved and that no, guys, you do not have to paint the church or anything else. Ready?
Ok, turn to
Acts 10:1-48

ACTS CHAPTER 10
1 There was a certain man in Caesarea called Cornelius, a centurion of the band called the Italian band,

2 A devout man, and one that feared God with all his house, which gave much alms to the people, and prayed to God always.
3 He saw in a vision evidently about the ninth hour of the day an angel of God coming in to him, and saying unto him, Cornelius.
4 And when he looked on him, he was afraid, and said, What is it, Lord? And he said unto him, Thy prayers and thine alms are come up for a memorial before God.
5 And now send men to Joppa, and call for one Simon, whose surname is Peter:
6 He lodgeth with one Simon a tanner, whose house is by the sea side: he shall tell thee what thou oughtest to do.
7 And when the angel which spake unto Cornelius was departed, he called two of his household servants, and a devout soldier of them that waited on him continually;
8 And when he had declared all these things unto them, he sent them to Joppa.
9 On the morrow, as they went on their journey, and drew nigh unto the city, Peter went up upon the housetop to pray about the sixth hour:
10 And he became very hungry, and would have eaten: but while they made ready, he fell into a trance,
11 And saw heaven opened, and a certain vessel descending unto him, as it had been a great sheet knit at the four corners, and let down to the earth:
12 Wherein were all manner of four-footed beasts of the earth, and wild beasts, and creeping things, and fowls of the air.
13 And there came a voice to him, Rise, Peter; kill, and eat.
14 But Peter said, Not so, Lord; for I have never eaten any thing that is common or unclean.
15 And the voice spake unto him again the second time, What God hath cleansed, that call not thou common.
16 This was done thrice: and the vessel was received up again into heaven.
17 Now while Peter doubted in himself what this vision which he had seen should mean, behold, the men which were sent from Cornelius had made inquiry for Simon's house, and stood before the gate,
18 And called, and asked whether Simon, which was surnamed Peter, were lodged there.
19 While Peter thought on the vision, the Spirit said unto him, Behold, three men seek thee.
20 Arise therefore, and get thee down, and go with them, doubting nothing: for I have sent them.
21 Then Peter went down to the men which were sent unto him from Cornelius; and said, Behold, I am he whom ye seek: what is the cause wherefore ye are come?
22 And they said, Cornelius the centurion, a just man, and one that feareth God, and of good report among all the nation of the Jews, was warned from God by an holy angel to send for thee into his house, and to hear words of thee.
23 Then called he them in, and lodged them. And on the morrow Peter went away with them, and certain brethren from Joppa accompanied him.
24 And the morrow after they entered into Caesarea. And Cornelius waited for them, and had called together his kinsmen and near friends.
25 And as Peter was coming in, Cornelius met him, and fell down at his feet, and worshipped him.
26 But Peter took him up, saying, Stand up; I myself also am a man.
27 And as he talked with him, he went in, and found many that were come together.
28 And he said unto them, Ye know how that it is an unlawful thing for a man that is a Jew to keep company, or come unto one of another nation; but God hath shewed me that I should not call any man common or unclean.
29 Therefore came I unto you without gainsaying, as soon as I was sent for: I ask therefore for what intent ye have sent for me?
30 And Cornelius said, Four days ago I was fasting until this hour; and at the ninth hour I prayed in my house, and, behold, a man stood before me in bright clothing,
31 And said, Cornelius, thy prayer is heard, and thine alms are had in remembrance in the sight of God.
32 Send therefore to Joppa, and call hither Simon, whose surname is Peter; he is lodged in the house of one Simon a tanner by the sea side: who, when he cometh, shall speak unto thee.
33 Immediately therefore I sent to thee; and thou hast well done that thou art come. Now therefore are we all here present before God, to hear all things that are commanded thee of God.
34 Then Peter opened his mouth, and said, Of a truth I perceive that God is no respecter of persons:
35 But in every nation he that feareth him, and worketh righteousness, is accepted with him.
36 The word which God sent unto the children of Israel, preaching peace by Jesus Christ: (he is Lord of all:)
37 That word, I say, ye know, which was published throughout all Judaea, and began from Galilee, after the baptism which John preached;
38 How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power: who went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed of the devil; for God was with him.
39 And we are witnesses of all things which he did both in the land of the Jews, and in Jerusalem; whom they slew and hanged on a tree:
40 Him God raised up the third day, and shewed him openly;
41 Not to all the people, but unto witnesses chosen before of God, even to us, who did eat and drink with him after he rose from the dead.
42 And he commanded us to preach unto the people, and to testify that it is he which was ordained of God to be the Judge of quick and dead.
43 To him give all the prophets witness, that through his name whosoever believeth in him shall receive remission of sins.
44 While Peter yet spake these words, the Holy Ghost fell on all them which heard the word.
45 And they of the circumcision which believed were astonished, as many as came with Peter, because that on the Gentiles also was poured out the gift of the Holy Ghost.
46 For they heard them speak with tongues, and magnify God. Then answered Peter,
47 Can any man forbid water, that these should not be baptized, which have received the Holy Ghost as well as we?
48 And he commanded them to be baptized in the name of the Lord. Then prayed they him to tarry certain days.(KJV)

Ok, let's see what we have. Peter, who is the Apostle Peter, was called to preach to a Roman Centurion named Cornelius and Cornelius wants to be Saved. Now look again at verses 43 and 44. Do you see in verse 43, "that through his name whosoever believeth in him shall receive remission of sins." Well, remission of sins is forgiveness of sins. Now look at verse 44, do you see "While Peter yet spake these words, the Holy Ghost fell on all them which heard the word." The Holy Ghost (Spirit) came upon them. They were now born of the Spirit.

Do you see any other thing they did?
Do you see anything about painting the church, tithing, attendance? Anything?
Let's go back to Acts 31. "And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house."(KJV) Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ that's it, that's all there is to it, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ!

But hold on, we have to understand just what, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, means. What is the difference between ‘Believe in the Lord Jesus Christ' and ‘Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ'?
Ok, believing in the Lord Jesus Christ is something everyone does, how can you not believe in Jesus Christ, he is in every history book, regardless of how secular it is. But believing in, is not trusting in. Now, believing on, that's a different story.
Here is the difference.
When you were a little kid, oh say two years old or so and your mom or dad or favorite uncle or aunt stood you on a table and held out their arms, and told you to walk to them, you didn't hesitate, you marched right off that table into their arms, knowing that they would catch you. That David is believing ON!
Today if someone placed you on a table four feet off the ground and told you to walk off, you would walk to the edge, look down and ask for reassurance that that person, no matter how near and dear to you, was going to catch you. After being absolutely guaranteed beyond any shadow of a doubt that they were indeed going to catch you, you would hesitantly walk off into their arms. That is believing IN!

To be Born Again, to be Saved, you must believe not only in Jesus Christ, but you must believe ON the Lord Jesus Christ.

So Rick, Jim, and Todd, do you see how easy it is?
Let's take a minute to realize how important it is, for in making it easy, God also made it absolutely mandatory. Remember the words of the Lord?
John 3:3 Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God. (KJV)

The bottom line my friends is this, accept Jesus Christ as the Son of God, trust in Him, put your absolute faith in Him, ask Him to forgive you and you go to heaven. Do anything less and you go to hell! For the default is hell, not heaven. God has made salvation so easy that anyone can get it, regardless of mental or physical abilities, but He has made it absolutely mandatory, there is no other way.

Read this:
John 14:6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me. (KJV)

Guys, believe ON the Lord Jesus Christ, and when you die, you go to heaven. Refuse to believe and I don't care how good a life you think you have led, I don't care how many churches you paint, lives you save, or dollars you contribute, you're on your way to hell!

Believe nothing that any preacher, priest, or rabbi tells you without always being preapared and able to test it against the Word of God.

Test every word they speak against that written in the word of God, the KJV!

Look at the other versions for help in understanding perhaps, but rely upon the 1611 authorized (before political correctness) version. For your salvation is dependent upon it. In reading the KJV, you are literally forced to ask the Lord for help in understanding it. Well, that is precisely what God wants.

He wants you to read and talk to Him, and what father doesn't want his children to ask his help? Do you think that God the Father, He who created you wants your love any less, do you think He wants your reliance any less?
Don't you think He is just waiting for you to ask Him what He means by a verse or lesson? Don't you think He loves to hear you say "Father, I'm not sure I understand, will You please help me?" What father out there doesn't love to hear his kids ask for his help and or guidance. Don't you realize that He who created you, He who came to earth as a man, Jesus Christ, and died for you, wants your love and dependence even more?

Let us pray:

Oh heavenly Father thank you, thank you for giving me this earth, the air to breathe and the water to drink, thank you for the beauty you have supplied me with, the flowers, the birds and friends and family. Oh please Father, forgive me my sins, let me serve. You help me Father to accept, if not understand the Trinity. Help me, Lord, to come to you for help, protection and guidance. Help me, Lord, to understand that I am but a visitor on this planet. Help me Lord to understand that those who hated You and crucified You will hate me as well, but be with me, strengthen me and help me to be half as strong as the little girl who died for you in Littleton, Colorado. Help me Lord to serve You and to be found faithful and acceptable in Your sight. Oh Lord let me hear You say "welcome good and faithful servant" when my time on earth has ended. I pray this to the God the Father in the name of God the Son and through the God the Holy Spirit. Amen

Please note, reading and relying upon the King James Version of the Bible can result in your being accused of being a right wing fundamentalist Christian by the Clinton administration, the media and the majority of congressman and senators. That in itself is an excellent reason to both read and rely on the KJV!

For remember what Jesus said:

Luke 16:13 No servant can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon. (KJV)

Todd, you Rick and Jim can serve the Lord Jesus Christ or you can serve satan and his slaves in government. You can not serve both. Rick, Jim, and Todd, must either pledge your loyalty to Christ and deny Clinton, satan and this government or you must deny the Lord and join with those who kill babies while they sleep in the supposed safety of their mothers' wombs. But remember this, Jesus also said this:

Matthew 10:33 But whosoever shall deny me before men, him will I also deny before my Father which is in heaven. (KJV)

Jesus went on and said:

John 12:44-50
44 Jesus cried and said, He that believeth on me, believeth not on me, but on him that sent me.
45 And he that seeth me seeth Him that sent me.
46 I am come a light into the world, that whosoever believeth on me should not abide in darkness.
47 And if any man hear my words, and believe not, I judge him not: for I came not to judge the world, but to save the world. Do you see where Jesus is telling us that He is not judging us, that is because we judge ourselves.
48 He that rejecteth me, and receiveth not my words, hath one that judgeth him: the word that I have spoken, the same shall judge him in the last day. You judge yourself by your either accepting Jesus or by your rejuecting Him, accept send yourself to heaven, reject or do nothing, judge yourself guilty and send yourself to hell!
49 For I have not spoken of myself; but the Father which sent me, he gave me a commandment, what I should say, and what I should speak.
50 And I know that his commandment is life everlasting: whatsoever I speak therefore, even as the Father said unto me, so I speak.(KJV)

Todd, Jim, and Rick, all you need to do is pray this little prayer.
Say, Lord Jesus, I am a sinner! Please forgive me for those things that I have done, said and thought that have offended you. Oh Lord in heaven I am so sorry for the way I have treated You and the way I have abused this life that You gave me. Please forgive me Lord and come into my life. Please Jesus take control of my life. Help me to be the father to my children that You would have me be and the husband to my wife that you would have me be. And Lord, you know me better than I know me, you know my weaknesses and vices, please Lord forgive me, heal me and help me to fight the temptation to sin. Hear my prayer Lord I beg Thee, Amen.

Jesus died not so that only a few might be Saved, but that all might be Saved. Don't let His death be in vain when it comes to your salvation. Satan and his minions, like Clinton, Olympia Snowe, Albright, the UN and Bill Cohen send people off to die horrible deaths to satisfy their egos, blood lust and desires to feel important. Jesus willingly went and died for you!

Rick, Todd, and Jimmy, I pray the Lord will be with you and all those who read these words throughout the week. God bless you my friends.

In closing let me just add this: Remember, there are only two types of people in the world, the Saved and the unsaved. For those of us that are Saved, this time on earth is the closest we will ever come to hell! But for those who are unsaved, this time on earth is the closest they will ever come to heaven!

For we who are Saved will spend eternity in heaven with the Lord, where there will be no suffering, pain, sorrow or illness. We will bask in the Light of the Lord Jesus Christ, the Father and the Holy Spirit. But, those who are unsaved will spend eternity in hell with satan, in outer darkness, with no light and with the constant roaring of the burning pit and the cries of the other tortured souls that are there and the pain of constant fire that will never ever end!

for the week starting Sunday January 23rd, 2000

Sifting through the preachers

Way too often it seems, folks get the idea that some really weird things are permissible within the Body of Christ.

Just how does one decide if his or her preacher is preaching the truth? How about the guy on the radio or television?

The guy on the Internet is pretty easy to check, after all, his are in writing, you can take and easily cross check in your own bible. But the guy on the pulpit, the guy on the radio or the guy on tv may be a bit more difficult to double check, since some go mighty fast. And I have to at times include myself in that mighty fast group.

So how does one know? Well, first of all you need to understand this, you and only you are responsible for your soul and salvation. I'm not, your pastor is not, nor is the guy down the street. Jesus did all the work, all you have to do is comply with what is written in the New Testament and you'll easily find your way to salvation and an eternity in peace in heaven with the Lord. That said, let's look at what Paul tells us about sifting through the preachers.

Titus 1:1-4
1 Paul, a servant of God and an apostle of Jesus Christ for the faith of God's elect and the knowledge of the truth that leads to godliness--
2 a faith and knowledge resting on the hope of eternal life, which God, who does not lie, promised before the beginning of time,
3 and at his appointed season he brought his word to light through the preaching entrusted to me by the command of God our Savior,
4 To Titus, my true son in our common faith: Grace and peace from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Savior. (NIV)

Titus 1:6-2:15

6 If any be blameless, the husband of one wife, having faithful children not accused of riot or unruly. He should have only one wife, children that are good kids, not hoodlums, drug users or sleeping around.

7 For a bishop must be blameless, as the steward of God; not selfwilled, not soon angry, not given to wine, no striker, not given to filthy lucre; the preacher should be not guilty of criminal behavior, not in it for his own glory, not one to loose his temper easily, nor one who has a couple of drinks a night. He shouldn't be one to beat his wife nor overly harsh with his children, but remember, it is the duty of a parent to spank his children, do not judge by man's rules, but God's. He should not be one who needs a lot of money, new cars, the best computers or in it for the money.

8 But a lover of hospitality, a lover of good men, sober, just, holy, temperate; Your preacher should love to make hospital and house calls, he should love visiting the sick and holding the little ones in the congregation up to the Lord. He should be a man who associates with solid Christian men, he should be sober, just and fair. He should be a man who not only preaches Christ, but does all he can to emulate Him. And he should be temperate (patient), a man not prone to judge quickly nor harshly without first and foremost going to the Word of God and then to the Lord on his knees. For Christianity should not just be a religion with him, it should be his and his families life style.

9 Holding fast the faithful word as he hath been taught, that he may be able by sound doctrine both to exhort and to convince the gainsayers. He should preach from the word of God, not the words of petey jennings, bill clinton and planned parenthood.

Till this point Paul has told you what to look for in a preacher, notice something, he has never said "she". In addition to all above, your preacher must be a man of God, a man. If your pastor is a woman, you need to be extra careful, do not judge by personality, judge by the Word of God. Now, Paul warns about false preachers, politically correct preachers, men and women trying to take you to hell with them, some unknowingly serving satan, but serving satan just the same. In His prophecy, the Book of Revelation, Jesus refers to them as the synagogue of satan and the church of Laodicea.

10 For there are many unruly and vain talkers and deceivers, specially they of the circumcision: unruly, vain talkers, deceivers they are those who tell you what God really meant, they twist scripture to be politically correct. Those of the circumcision, these are the men and women who tell you or lead you to believe that you must work your way into heave, to preach that is to deny the very essence of the Lord Jesus who is GOD, it is to accuse the Gospels of lying.

11 Whose mouths must be stopped, who subvert whole houses, teaching things which they ought not, for filthy lucre's sake. These false preachers are in it for the money and the glory, they give council and preach not to glorify God, but themselves and to fatten their wallets, "Put ten bucks in the collection plate and God will forgive..." If your preacher preaches tithing more than he does hells fires, your preacher is in it for the money and not your salvation.

12 One of themselves, even a prophet of their own, said, The Cretians are always liars, evil beasts, slow bellies.
13 This witness is true. Wherefore rebuke them sharply, that they may be sound in the faith; even they themselves tell you they are false, by their very words, for if you check their words against the words of God in your Bible, you will find them to be false. Therefore rebuke them, stand up to them, ask them in the church during or after the sermon, to explain their position using Scripture. Challenge them before they take some of your friends to hell with them and in hopes that they may, in trying to justify their positions, have their eyes opened and come to the Lord.

14 Not giving heed to Jewish fables, and commandments of men, that turn from the truth. Forget the garbage men preach and the works they claim are needed to be Saved, for they have turned from the truth.

15 Unto the pure all things are pure: but unto them that are defiled and unbelieving is nothing pure; but even their mind and conscience is defiled. Think about what Paul is saying here, he isn't telling us that a preacher can preach the truth one day and a lie the next, he's telling us that a defiled preacher is always defiled for even their thinking process is defiled. Now, notice that while telling you what a preacher should be, Paul always used "he", but here, he is using ‘their", implying men and women and those who can not decide which they are (homosexuals and lesbians).

16 They profess that they know God; but in works they deny him, being abominable, and disobedient, and unto every good work reprobate. They claim to now God, they claim to be Christians, but they deny Him by their preaching by not preaching His word, but by being disobedient to His word and as such they are an abomination and are just the opposite of what a preacher should be.

CHAPTER 2

1 But speak thou the things which become sound doctrine: Preach the Gospel.

2 That the aged men be sober, grave, temperate, sound in faith, in charity, in patience. Paul is telling preachers to preach that men should be sober, serious, solid as a rock in the faith and believe in Jesus as Lord and Saviour, love the brothers and sister, and to do all patiently regardless of the responses they receive.

3 The aged women likewise, that they be in behaviour as becometh holiness, not false accusers, not given to much wine, teachers of good things; preachers should preach that women should not be gossips, that women should teach good things to other women, not how o be equal to men, but to be the best mother and homemaker they can be.

4 That they may teach the young women to be sober, to love their husbands, to love their children, that women should teach their daughters to be sober, to teach them obey and be faithful to their husbands, to care for and love their children both in and out of the womb.
5 To be discreet, chaste, keepers at home, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the word of God be not blasphemed. Preachers should from the pulpit, preach to mothers the importance of instilling in their daughters, to be dressed modestly, to be virgins, how to keep a clean home, to iron and do housework, to cook meals from scratch, to be obedient to their husbands, for to do otherwise is to call God's word a lie.

6 Young men likewise exhort to be sober minded. Godly preachers will preach from the pulpit that young men, not try and seduce young women, that they are to be clean minded and concentrate on what God would have them to do and think.

7 In all things shewing thyself a pattern of good works: in doctrine shewing uncorruptness, gravity, sincerity, your preacher should be an example, not a do as I say, not as I do person. He must live his life as a Christian should and must.

8 Sound speech, that cannot be condemned; that he that is of the contrary part may be ashamed, having no evil thing to say of you. If your preacher passes along gossip, if he tells you things either in person or from the pulpit about any man, other than to elicit prayer, he is crossing the word of God. Let me give you an example. If your pastor comes to you and says, "Look, I need your prayer help for Joe Smith, he has a real problem and has asked for prayer, the Lord knows what it is and I would like you to join with me and a few others in praying that the Lord would help Joe this very same hour." That's fine, but if he comes to you and says. :You know Joe Smith, well he is addicted to pornography and has spent more time masturbating than with his wife, how about praying for him if you get a chance." Well, that's what Paul is warning about.

9 Exhort servants to be obedient unto their own masters, and to please them well in all things; not answering again; your pastor should be preaching that you should be happy with the lot the Lord has given you, that you are to do your best at all times so as to be a good witness to the power of the Holy Spirit within you.

10 Not purloining, but shewing all good fidelity; that they may adorn the doctrine of God our Saviour in all things. Preaching that you are not to steal or pilfer, but being honest at all times so that others can see the works of the Lord in you. Look, if your walking down the street and you see ten grand laying on the ground, turn it in. If your at work, leave the pens and paper clips there, don't take twenty minutes for that fifteen minute coffee break, he should be preaching that you are to be like Christ at work, not like one of the gang.

11 For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men, he should be preaching that by your witness as a disciple of Christ others will find and come to the Lord as well.

12 Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world; is your preacher preaching that you are to deny worldly, ungodly lust, has he preached how if you see a young girl bend over in a micro mini skirt that you are immediately to avert your eyes and ask His forgiveness and for His strength so as not to look back again? Is he preaching that you are to be sober, not just a suggestion, but a command? Is he preaching that you are to act like Christ while you sojourn on earth?

13 Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ; is he preaching that you are to always be looking forward to the day the Lord either comes back for you or the day that you go to Him? Is he preaching that God the Father and Jesus are one?

14 Who gave Himself for us, that He might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto Himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works. Is he preaching that Jesus is the God that gave His own blood on the cross so as to give you a way to Him? Is he preaching that you are to do good things, not to repay Christ, but to show your thanks to Him?

15 These things speak, and exhort, and rebuke with all authority. Let no man despise thee. If your preacher doesn't stand up to what Paul is saying and warning about, you need to do two things, one face him and two find another church if that preacher doesn't start preaching and acting the life outlined above. Keep in mind, your salvation is your responsibility. No man will bring you to heaven and no man will bring you to hell, you will either go to heaven or hell by your own actions. You accept Jesus you go to heaven, you ignore or deny Jesus and you go to hell.

Lord Jesus in heaven, Creator of all things, I pray that you will forgive me and mine for those things we have said, done and thought that have offended Thee, Lord i ask that You forgive us and help us to forgive those who have sinned against us. Oh Lord please give unto thy servants this day our daily bread, not just that bread for our bellies Lord but the bread of Thy Word as well. Please Jesus keep us save from all evil and guide us in our every day walk with You. To the Father we pray in the name of His precious Son, our Lord and our Saviour Jesus. Amen.

for the week starting Sunday January 16th, 2000

Adultery and Fornication.

Exodus 20:14
14 Thou shalt not commit adultery.

We know that both fornication and adultery are bad, but just what are adultery and fornication.

Adultery is having anything what so ever to do with anyone other than your husband or wife that might even possibly lead to anything sexual. And yes, contrary to what president clinton has said, oral sex with other than your husband or wife is adultery in God's eyes!

Fornication, plain and simple is when a man or a woman have sexual relations and they are not married, but who gets the blunt edge of these two swords?

Genesis 4:19
19 And Lamech took unto him two wives: the name of the one was Adah, and the name of the other Zillah.

Lamech had two wives.

Genesis 16:3-4
3 And Sarai Abram's wife took Hagar her maid the Egyptian, after Abram had dwelt ten years in the land of Canaan, and gave her to her husband Abram to be his wife.
4 And Abram went in into Hagar, and she conceived: and when she saw that she had conceived, her mistress was despised in her eyes.

Sarai and Abram, why are they not Abraham and Sarah? Abraham had two wives.

Genesis 30:25-26
25 And it came to pass, when Rachel had born Joseph, that Jacob said unto Laban, Send me away, that I may go unto mine own place, and to my country.
26 Give me my wives and my children, for whom I have served thee, and let me go: for thou knowest my service which I have done thee.

Jacob, the son of Isaac, the son of Abraham, not only had two wives, they were sisters.

Jacob slept with a harlot, Moses had two wives, David had wives and concubines. Solomon had hundreds of wives and hundreds of concubines.

So, it is quite obvious that before the coming of the Lord, the strict laws dealing with fornication and adultery were mostly prohibitions against women, for when a man desired another woman, he simply married her or took her as a concubine. Now it is important to note that God has never given permission for men to have more than one wife, men simply twisted God's law a bit in order to have extra wives and concubines and therefore not technically in their minds be committing either adultery and or fornication. But, when God came to earth in the form of a man, He straightened out the record. While in no way watering down the laws concerning adultery and fornication, Jesus made equally responsible for being faithful to just one wife or just one husband. Not long after the Lord started His ministry on earth HE said:

Matthew 5:27-28
27 Ye have heard that it was said by them of old time, Thou shalt not commit adultery:
28 But I say unto you, That whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her already in his heart.

Before we go further, look at what Paul said:

1 Corinthians 7:2-4
2 Nevertheless, to avoid fornication, let every man have his own wife, and let every woman have her own husband.
3 Let the husband render unto the wife due benevolence: and likewise also the wife unto the husband.
4 The wife hath not power of her own body, but the husband: and likewise also the husband hath not power of his own body, but the wife.

The Lord Jesus the Christ made men and women equal in marriage. Read again what Paul said. That my friends is equality in the bedroom, it is also making it absolutely clear that marriage is between one man and one woman.

But, let's go back to when Jesus was here on earth two thousand years ago, contrary to some opinion, while the Lord was here on earth, nothing but nothing happened involving the Messiah that was not orchestrated by Him, in other words, nothing happened by random chance.

When Jesus heard and judged the one case HE heard as a Rabbi, it was not by accident that it happened to be a women caught in the very act of adultery, that was not a random chance, Jesus wanted to hear that case and He wanted to use it to stop the practice of men having more than one wife and having concubines, making and absolutely defining marriage as a union between one man and one woman. While this made women equal in most things within the marriage. This did not over rule what He had already said to Eve in the Garden of Eden;

Genesis 3:16
16 Unto the woman he said, I will greatly multiply thy sorrow and thy conception; in sorrow thou shalt bring forth children; and thy desire shall be to thy husband, and he shall rule over thee.

Nor did it lift the prohibition on women preaching;

1 Corinthians 14:34-35
34 Let your women keep silence in the churches: for it is not permitted unto them to speak; but they are commanded to be under obedience, as also saith the law.
35 And if they will learn any thing, let them ask their husbands at home: for it is a shame for women to speak in the church.

But, as for women having to give their husbands to other women to sleep with, for wives to have to share their husbands, for men to be able to have wives and concubines, well all water under the bridge. From the point of the Lord's hearing of the women caught in adultery on, husbands and wives were made equal. Neither are to play around and neither are to have any sexual relationships before or outside of marriage. And within the marriage wives are still to be submissive to their husbands and husbands must still be prepared to be tortured and die for and if necessary defend with deadly force their wives and children both in and out of the womb.

Matthew 5:31-32
31 It hath been said, Whosoever shall put away his wife, let him give her a writing of divorcement:
32 But I say unto you, That whosoever shall put away his wife, saving for the cause of fornication, causeth her to commit adultery: and whosoever shall marry her that is divorced committeth adultery.

Notice here that the Lord has made all illegal sex fornication. Adultery has become part of the fornication family so to speak. Jesus went on to tell us that if a man divorces his wife or a wife divorces her husband for any reason other than adultery and either are remarried they are committing adultery and causing the divorced party to commit adultery;

Mark 10:11-12
11 And Jesus saith unto them, Whosoever shall put away his wife, and marry another, committeth adultery against her.
12 And if a woman shall put away her husband, and be married to another, she committeth adultery.

Let's look at some examples;

Just what is married mean to God?

Genesis 24:67
67 And Isaac brought her into his mother Sarah's tent, and took Rebekah, and she became his wife; and he loved her: and Isaac was comforted after his mother's death.

This hasn't changed, it doesn't take a preacher, rabbi, or judge saying you are now man and wife, it is when a man and a woman "know each other" when he enters her, that is when they are married!

What has changed is that Jesus stopped the practice of men taking advantage of the curse that He had placed upon all women for Eve's transgression in the Garden of Eden God caused women to be submissive to their husbands, this hasn't changed, what Jesus did was to tell men that they too were to have only one spouse. Additionally, Jesus gave men and women both a way to be forgiven for their transgressions.

Yes adultery is still wrong, yes fornication is still wrong, but once a man or women is Born Again, they are exactly that. Born Again, everything before is in the past. Divorce, adultery, fornication, all water under the bridge, all forgiven. But once a man or women is born again, the thing to remember is, Jesus tole the women caught in the very act of adultery, "Go and sin no more!"

John 8:3-11 3 And the scribes and Pharisees brought unto the Messiah a woman taken in adultery; and when they had set her in the midst,
4 They say unto Him, Master, this woman was taken in adultery, in the very act.
5 Now Moses in the law commanded us, that such should be stoned: but what sayest thou?
6 This they said, tempting Him, that they might have to accuse Him. But Jesus stooped down, and with his finger wrote on the ground, as though He heard them not.
7 So when they continued asking the Lord, He lifted up Himself, and said unto them, He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her.
8 And again Jesus stooped down, and wrote on the ground.
9 And they which heard it, being convicted by their own conscience, went out one by one, beginning at the eldest, even unto the last: and Jesus was left alone, and the woman standing in the midst.
10 When Jesus had lifted up Himself, and saw none but the woman, He said unto her, Woman, where are those thine accusers? hath no man condemned thee?
11 She said, No man, Lord. And Jesus said unto her, Neither do I condemn thee: go, and sin no more.

Matthew 5:17-20
17 Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil.
18 For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled.
19 Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven: but whosoever shall do and teach them, the same shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven.
20 For I say unto you, That except your righteousness shall exceed the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, ye shall in no case enter into the kingdom of heaven.

So, once you are Born Again, you are bound by the very word and dot of the law. You may not commit adultery, nor can you fornicate, nor can you divorce your spouse for other than adultery. But, if you do, are you damned?

No, you are still a Born Again Christian and you are still on your way to heaven, for while the Lord, God, Messiah Jesus evened out the playing field for men and women, He has left us still human. While still human, we do have the God the Holy Sprit within us and that does make it a bit easier to "go, and sin no more." But, we are still human and we will still sin.

If a Born Again believer divorces his wife for other then adultery, and if he remarries, he is committing adultery. If she remarries, he has caused her to commit adultery still. The only grounds for divorce remains adultery and there are still no exceptions to the rules prohibiting adultery.

But, do people go to hell for committing either adultery or fornication? No, same as no one goes to hell for murder or rape. You go to hell for one reason and one reason only. And that reason is denying the Lord Jesus the Christ!

John 3:16-18
16 For God so loved the world, that he gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
17 For God sent not His Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through Him might be saved.
18 He that believeth on Jesus is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.

God blessed the brethren, He has both blessed us, forgiven us and adopted us and for that reason we are His and for that reason we should do everything in our power to serve Him and try and make Him happy, not to repay Him for our salvation and His blood, but to thank Him and to acknowledge Him as our Lord, our Saviour, our God and our Creator.

May He continue to bless all for you who are Saved and may He remove the scales from the eyes of those who are unsaved.

for the week starting Sunday January 9th, 2000

So, you're a parent, well...
God has given into your care, children. Now, as God's day care provider, what are you expected to do? Well the first thing any good day care provider should do is stay in touch with the child's parents. So, first and foremost, pray. Pray, Pray and Pray.

If you're Born Again, you pray to the Father in the name of the Son and through the Holy Spirit. If you're not Born Again, well, I guess you pick a tree or a rock or some other such nonsense to pray to. And since I don't know anything at all about praying to trees, rocks and the such, I'll keep my comments to those who are Born Again Washed in the Blood of the Lamb Christians.

Why pray? If you are old enough to be a parent, you undoubtably know people who are Born Again but are married to non believing heathens. Do you want your son or daughter to grow up and marry a non believer? No, then pray. Pray not just for your own children but for the child the Lord has chosen to marry your child.

want your child to grow up fearing, loving and walking with the Lord? Then pray and follow God's rules for raising your sons and daughters. Look here:

1 Samuel 1:1-5
1 Now there was a certain man of Ramatha'im-zophim, of mount Ephraim, and his name was Elkanah, the son of Jeroham, the son of Elihu, the son of Tohu, the son of Zuph, an Ephrathite: 2 And he had two wives; the name of the one was Hannah, and the name of the other Peninnah: and Peninnah had children, but Hannah had no children. (Keep your eye on Hannah)
3 And Elkanah went up out of his city yearly to worship and to sacrifice unto the LORD of hosts in Shiloh. And the two sons of Eli, Hophni and Phinehas, the priests of the LORD, were there. (Now also keep in mind Eli and his two sons Hophni and Phineas.)
4 And when the time was that Elkanah offered, he gave to Peninnah his wife, and to all her sons and her daughters, portions: (So, the wive who had given Elkanah children, Elkanah gave enough food for them to eat)
5 But unto Hannah he gave a worthy portion; for he loved Hannah: but the LORD had shut up her womb. (Who shut up her womb? The Lord, so who gives children? The Lord.)

Now it is important to follow Eli, his sons and Hannah here.

1 Samuel 1:11
11 And Hannah vowed a vow, and said, "O LORD of hosts, if thou wilt indeed look on the affliction of thine handmaid, and remember me, and not forget thine handmaid, but wilt give unto thine handmaid a man child, then I will give him unto the LORD all the days of his life, and there shall no razor come upon his head." (Hannah, in her prayer to the Lord has promised God that if He will let her have a man child, she will dedicate him to the Lord and that he will serve the Lord all of his life.)

1 Samuel 1:19-20
19 And Elkanah and his rose up in the morning early, and worshipped before the LORD, and returned, and came to their house to Ramah: and Elkanah knew Hannah his wife; and the LORD remembered her. 20 Wherefore it came to pass, when the time was come about after Hannah had conceived, that she bare a son, and called his name Samuel, saying, Because I have asked him of the LORD. (God gave to Hannah a son and she called him Samuel.)

1 Samuel 1:24-28
24 And when Hannah had weaned Samuel, she took him up with her, with three bullocks, and one ephah of flour, and a bottle of wine, and brought him unto the house of the LORD in Shiloh: and the child was young. (The house of the Lord in Shiloh, that is where Eli is.)
25 And they slew a bullock, and brought the child to Eli.
26 And she said, Oh my lord (Eli), as thy soul liveth, my lord (Eli), I am the woman that stood by thee here, praying unto the LORD (God).
27 For this child I prayed; and the LORD hath given me my petition which I asked of Him:
28 Therefore also I have lent him to the LORD; as long as he liveth he shall be lent to the LORD. And he worshipped the LORD there. (Hannah has turned her son over to Eli to be a servant of the Lord for as long as he lives.)

Now remember, Eli has two sons, he now has Samuel in his care as well, keep in mind, Samuel is here because Hannah went to the Lord on her knees asking for a son and promised the Lord that if He would let her have a son, she would give him back to Him as His servant.

1 Samuel 2:11-12
11 And Elkanah (Samuel's father) went to Ramah to his house. And the child (Samuel) did minister unto the LORD before Eli the priest.
12 Now the sons of Eli were sons of Belial; they knew not the LORD. (Remember Eli's two sons, Hophni and Phinehas? While they are not serving the Lord, Samuel, the boy whose mother prayed for him, is.)

1 Samuel 2:18-21
18 But Samuel ministered before the LORD, being a child, girded with a linen ephod.
19 Moreover his mother made him a little coat, and brought it to him from year to year, when she came up with her husband to offer the yearly sacrifice.
20 And Eli blessed Elkanah and his wife, and said, The LORD give thee seed of this woman for the loan which is lent to the LORD. And they went unto their own home.
21 And the LORD visited Hannah, so that she conceived, and bare three sons and two daughters. And the child Samuel grew before the LORD.

But, what about Eli's own sons?

1 Samuel 2:22-25 22 Now Eli was very old, and heard all that his sons did unto all Israel; and how they lay with the women that assembled at the door of the tabernacle of the congregation.
23 And he said unto them, Why do ye such things? for I hear of your evil dealings by all this people.
24 Nay, my sons; for it is no good report that I hear: ye make the LORD's people to transgress.
25 If one man sin against another, the judge shall judge him: but if a man sin against the LORD, who shall intreat for him? Notwithstanding they hearkened not unto the voice of their father, because the LORD would slay them.

Eli loved his sons and had made them priests, but he knew they were bad and they knew they were in trouble as well, but what about the boy Samuel, the boy whose mom prayed for him?

1 Samuel 2:26-31
26 And the child Samuel grew on, and was in favour both with the LORD, and also with men.
27 And there came a man of God unto Eli, and said unto him, Thus saith the LORD, Did I plainly appear unto the house of thy father, when they were in Egypt in Pharaoh's house?

28 And did I choose him out of all the tribes of Israel to be my priest, to offer upon mine altar, to burn incense, to wear an ephod before me? and did I give unto the house of thy father all the offerings made by fire of the children of Israel?
29 Wherefore kick ye at my sacrifice and at mine offering, which I have commanded in my habitation; and honourest thy sons above me, to make yourselves fat with the chiefest of all the offerings of Israel my people?
30 Wherefore the LORD God of Israel saith, I said indeed that thy house, and the house of thy father, should walk before me for ever: but now the LORD saith, Be it far from me; for them that honour me I will honour, and they that despise me shall be lightly esteemed.
31 Behold, the days come, that I will cut off thine arm, and the arm of thy father's house, that there shall not be an old man in thine house.

So, as you can see, Samuel, whose mom prayed and prayed and begged God for, is blessed. But, Eli the prophet's two sons have turned into workers of the devil. Let's go on.

1 Samuel 3:1-9
1 And the child Samuel ministered unto the LORD before Eli. And the word of the LORD was precious in those days; there was no open vision.
2 And it came to pass at that time, when Eli was laid down in his place, and his eyes began to wax dim, that he could not see; (Eli was getting old and his sight was getting weaker.)
3 And ere the lamp of God went out in the temple of the LORD, where the ark of God was, and Samuel was laid down to sleep; (Eli was also getting a bit careless, for the lamp was never suppose to go out.)
4 That the LORD called Samuel: and he answered, Here am I.
5 And he ran unto Eli, and said, Here am I; for thou calledst me. And he said, I called not; lie down again. And he went and lay down.
6 And the LORD called yet again, Samuel. And Samuel arose and went to Eli, and said, Here am I; for thou didst call me. And he answered, I called not, my son; lie down again.
7 Now Samuel did not yet know the LORD, neither was the word of the LORD yet revealed unto him.
8 And the LORD called Samuel again the third time. And he arose and went to Eli, and said, Here am I; for thou didst call me. And Eli perceived that the LORD had called the child.
9 Therefore Eli said unto Samuel, Go, lie down: and it shall be, if he call thee, that thou shalt say, Speak, LORD; for thy servant heareth. So Samuel went and lay down in his place. (God is calling Samuel, Samuel mom prayed for Samuel and God is calling Samuel.)

Now parents, read these next verses very carefully.

1 Samuel 3:10-14
10 And the LORD came, and stood, and called as at other times, Samuel, Samuel. Then Samuel answered, Speak; for thy servant heareth.
11 And the LORD said to Samuel, Behold, I will do a thing in Israel, at which both the ears of every one that heareth it shall tingle.
12 In that day I will perform against Eli all things which I have spoken concerning his house: when I begin, I will also make an end.
13 For I have told him that I will judge his house for ever for the iniquity which he knoweth; because his sons made themselves vile, and he restrained them not.
14 And therefore I have sworn unto the house of Eli, that the iniquity of Eli's house shall not be purged with sacrifice nor offering for ever. ( do you see what God has said? He has told Samuel that HE is going to destroy the seed of Eli. Why, because Eli did not discipline his sons, he let his sons run rough shod. God has blessed Samuel because Samuel's mom prayed and He is destroying Eli's sons because Eli was a negligent father in his disciplining of his sons.)

1 Samuel 3:16-19
16 Then Eli called Samuel, and said, Samuel, my son. And he answered, Here am I.
17 And Eli said, What is the thing that the LORD hath said unto thee? I pray thee hide it not from me: God do so to thee, and more also, if thou hide any thing from me of all the things that he said unto thee.
18 And Samuel told him every whit, and hid nothing from him. And he said, It is the LORD: let him do what seemeth him good. (And there is a key, "It is the Lord, let Him do what seems good to Him. We are the creations, God's creations, God does as it pleases God, He is not here to serve us, we are here to serve and obey Him.)
19 And Samuel grew, and the LORD was with him, and did let none of his words fall to the ground.

How powerful a man of God did Samuel become? How was he at praying?

1 Samuel 7:4-10
4 Then the children of Israel did put away Baalim and Ashtaroth, and served the LORD only.
5 And Samuel said, Gather all Israel to Mizpeh, and I will pray for you unto the LORD.
6 And they gathered together to Mizpeh, and drew water, and poured it out before the LORD, and fasted on that day, and said there, We have sinned against the LORD. And Samuel judged the children of Israel in Mizpeh.
7 And when the Philistines heard that the children of Israel were gathered together to Mizpeh, the lords of the Philistines went up against Israel. And when the children of Israel heard it, they were afraid of the Philistines.
8 And the children of Israel said to Samuel, Cease not to cry unto the LORD our God for us, that He will save us out of the hand of the Philistines.
9 And Samuel took a sucking lamb, and offered it for a burnt offering wholly unto the LORD: and Samuel cried unto the LORD for Israel; and the LORD heard him.
10 And as Samuel was offering up the burnt offering, the Philistines drew near to battle against Israel: but the LORD thundered with a great thunder on that day upon the Philistines, and discomfited them; and they were smitten before Israel.

So, do you want your kids to be like Samuel or Hophni and Phinehas? Are you going to be like Hannah or are you going to be your kids best friend and be like Eli? God will hold you responsible.

Pray for your children my friends pray for your children. Look around you, look at television, at politics, at the cop on the beat. Look at the books in stores and the movies they show in schools. Study the agenda of the teacher's union and ask yourself this question, "Can I do it without God?" If you want your sons and daughters to grow up like Hophni and Phinehas, ignore God. If you want them to be like Samuel, get on your knees and ask for God's help and His protection for them.

The Lord Jesus who is the CHRIST, be with you and yours. May He bless you and hear your prayers, may He never turn His face from you or yours and grant you the wisdom to always start each day with thanks to Him and end each day asking Him for His forgiveness for all the evil you have done, thought and said that day.

Amen.

for the week starting Sunday January 2nd, 2000

In the name of the Lord, the Messiah Yeshua / Jesus I pray that each of you will have a safe and blessed 2000.

Oh heavenly Father how we thank you, we thank you for watching over your people and letting no evil befall them at the turn of the year and we pray and ask Thy blessing and care for us over this next year. Amen.

Well, it is that time of the year to make New Year Resolutions. Resolutions are like vows as you know. And vows should not be made lightly, at least not by God's children. Oh, I know the heathens will make em and break em within a month or two, but, we who are the Children of God, the Born Again Christians of the world must be a bit more careful. Let us look at just how serious we must take the vows we as Christians make before God. For God hears all of your words and He takes your resolutions to be serious.

Judges 11:1-40

1 Now Jephthah the Gileadite was a mighty man of valour, and he was the son of a harlot: and Gilead begat Jephthah. (Notice here that Jephthah is illigitimate, he is the son of Gilead and the local harlot.)

2 And Gilead's wife bear him sons; and his wife's sons grew up, and they thrust out Jephthah, and said unto him, Thou shalt not inherit in our father's house; for thou art the son of a strange woman. (Now it seems that Gilead also found some time for his wife as well, for she bore him sons and daughters, legitimate children. And these legitimate children did not want the illegitimate Jephthah having any part in their inheritance, so they sent him away.)

3 Then Jephthah fled from his brethren, and dwelt in the land of Tob: and there were gathered vain men to Jephthah, and went out with him. (Notice here that, like David who comes much later, Jephthah raises an army of misfits, scoundrels and unwanted men. And was forced to flee from his home land.)

4 And it came to pass in process of time, that the children of Ammon made war against Israel.

5 And it was so, that when the children of Ammon made war against Israel, the elders of Gilead went to fetch Jephthah out of the land of Tob:

6 And they said unto Jephthah, Come, and be our captain, that we may fight with the children of Ammon. (Jephthah may have been a bastard, but when it came time to need a mighty man to lead them in war, his brothers were ready to forgive and forget to save their hides and fortunes.)

7 And Jephthah said to the elders of Gilead, Did not ye hate me, and expel me out of my father's house? and why are ye come unto me now when ye are in distress? (So, the elders ask him to lead them actually to bail them out and he says, what? I thought you guys hated me? Didn't want me around? What do you want from me now?)

8 And the elders of Gilead said unto Jephthah, Therefore we turn again to thee now, that thou mayest go with us, and fight against the children of Ammon, and be our head over all the inhabitants of Gilead.
9 And Jephthah said unto the elders of Gilead, If ye bring me home again to fight against the children of Ammon, and the LORD deliver them before me, shall I be your head? ( So, Jephthah says, "If I come and fight for you, do I get to be the big Cohuna?)

10 And the elders of Gilead said unto Jephthah, The LORD be witness between us, if we do not so according to thy words. (And the elders said "You've got it. And let the Lord be our witness.) (Note, this is a vow, a resolution if you will. The elders have made a vow, a resolution that if Jephthah will come and fight for them, they will make him the boss.)

11 Then Jephthah went with the elders of Gilead, and the people made him head and captain over them: and Jephthah uttered all his words before the LORD in Mizpeh.

12 And Jephthah sent messengers unto the king of the children of Ammon, saying, What hast thou to do with me, that thou art come against me to fight in my land? (So, Jephthah went back to Israel from Tob and lead the army. The first thing he did was contact the king of the Ammons and ask him why he wanted to fight?)

13 And the king of the children of Ammon answered unto the messengers of Jephthah, Because Israel took away my land, when they came up out of Egypt, from Arnon even unto Jabbok, and unto Jordan: now therefore restore those lands again peaceably. (Now, you may want to turn back to Joshua 13:9, but like the Syria, Jordan, Egypt and the rest of the Arabs today, the king of Ammon had it all wrong to, he wanted to blame the Israelites for what God had done.)

14 And Jephthah sent messengers again unto the king of the children of Ammon:
15 And said unto him, Thus saith Jephthah, Israel took not away the land of Moab, nor the land of the children of Ammon:
16 But when Israel came up from Egypt, and walked through the wilderness unto the Red sea, and came to Kadesh;
17 Then Israel sent messengers unto the king of Edom, saying, Let me, I pray thee, pass through thy land: but the king of Edom would not hearken thereto. And in like manner they sent unto the king of Moab: but he would not consent: and Israel abode in Kadesh.
18 Then they went along through the wilderness, and compassed the land of Edom, and the land of Moab, and came by the east side of the land of Moab, and pitched on the other side of Arnon, but came not within the border of Moab: for Arnon was the border of Moab.
19 And Israel sent messengers unto Sihon king of the Amorites, the king of Heshbon; and Israel said unto him, Let us pass, we pray thee, through thy land into my place.
20 But Sihon trusted not Israel to pass through his coast: but Sihon gathered all his people together, and pitched in Jahaz, and fought against Israel.(Now, here Jephthah is trying to reason with the king of Ammon and remind him of the truth of what really happened.)

But, this heathen king would not listen, so, Jephthah went on to say;

21 And the LORD God of Israel delivered Sihon and all his people into the hand of Israel, and they smote them: so Israel possessed all the land of the Amorites, the inhabitants of that country.
22 And they possessed all the coasts of the Amorites, from Arnon even unto Jabbok, and from the wilderness even unto Jordan.
23 So now the LORD God of Israel hath dispossessed the Amorites from before his people Israel, and shouldest thou possess it?
24 Wilt not thou possess that which Chemosh thy god giveth thee to possess? So whomsoever the LORD our God shall drive out from before us, them will we possess. Japhathah has told the king of Ammon that God gave the Israelites the land.
25 And now art thou any thing better than Balak the son of Zippor, king of Moab? did he ever strive against Israel, or did he ever fight against them,
26 While Israel dwelt in Heshbon and her towns, and in Aroer and her towns, and in all the cities that be along by the coasts of Arnon, three hundred years? why therefore did ye not recover them within that time?
27 Wherefore I have not sinned against thee, but thou doest me wrong to war against me: the LORD the Judge be judge this day between the children of Israel and the children of Ammon. ( now to this point, Jephthah has tried everything to avoid war, kind of like Israel today, perhaps what Israel today needs is a bastard instead of royalty to get them out of trouble for at the rate they're go ing there won't be any land left for the jews.)

28 Howbeit the king of the children of Ammon hearkened not unto the words of Jephthah which he sent him.

29 Then the Spirit of the LORD came upon Jephthah, and he passed over Gilead, and Manasseh, and passed over Mizpeh of Gilead, and from Mizpeh of Gilead he passed over unto the children of Ammon. (Now Jephthah is going to war.)

30 And Jephthah vowed a vow unto the LORD, and said, If thou shalt without fail deliver the children of Ammon into mine hands, (See it, see the vow that Jephthah made to God, well that was Jephthah's resolution to God.)

31 Then it shall be, that whatsoever cometh forth of the doors of my house to meet me, when I return in peace from the children of Ammon, shall surely be the LORD's, and I will offer it up for a burnt offering. (Jephthah has made a resolution to God that if God will let him beat the Ammonites, he, Jephthah will offer up to God what ever first comes out of his door to greet him when he gets home.)

32 So Jephthah passed over unto the children of Ammon to fight against them; and the LORD delivered them into his hands.
33 And he smote them from Aroer, even till thou come to Minnith, even twenty cities, and unto the plain of the vineyards, with a very great slaughter. Thus the children of Ammon were subdued before the children of Israel. (Now, keep in mind the resolution that Jephthah made to God, that if God were to give him the victory, he would offer up, as a burnt offering the first thing that came out of his house to greet him upon his return. For this is how serious your vows or resolutions should be if you are Born again.)

34 And Jephthah came to Mizpeh unto his house, and, behold, his daughter came out to meet him with timbrels and with dances: and she was his only child; beside her he had neither son nor daughter. (His daughter was the first one to greet him, not the family dog as he had perhaps thought, but his only child, his daughter.)

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And it came to pass, when he saw her, that he rent his clothes, and said, Alas, my daughter! thou hast brought me very low, and thou art one of them that trouble me: for I have opened my mouth unto the LORD, and I cannot go back. (....and I cannot go back. He has told his daughter of his vow and told her that he can not back out of it, that he must abide by his vow.)

36 And she said unto him, My father, if thou hast opened thy mouth unto the LORD, do to me according to that which hath proceeded out of thy mouth; forasmuch as the LORD hath taken vengeance for thee of thine enemies, even of the children of Ammon. (Look how serious a vow must have been, for does she beg him to put it aside and save her? No, she says, you made the vow, you must keep the vow, for God held up His end, so you must hold up your end.)

37 And she said unto her father, Let this thing be done for me: let me alone two months, that I may go up and down upon the mountains, and bewail my virginity, I and my fellows.
38 And he said, Go. And he sent her away for two months: and she went with her companions, and bewailed her virginity upon the mountains. (She asked for a two month reprieve so that she could go and enjoy the little time she has left to be free.)

39 And it came to pass at the end of two months, that she returned unto her father, who did with her according to his vow which he had vowed: and she knew no man. And it was a custom in Israel, (She didn't run and not come back, she knew the seriousness of a vow, so she returned and her father did as he had vowed.)

40 That the daughters of Israel went yearly to lament the daughter of Jephthah the Gileadite four days in a year.

Jephthah went on to be a ruler over Israel for years after that, why? Because the elders had made a vow. Jephthah went on to never have grandchildren, why? Because he had made a vow.

Are you willing to make a vow to God as your new year's resolution?

Are you willing to say to God, "Father I will do this for you". Even if it means sacrificing your only child? Well, if you want God to do for you, then you must be willing to do for God!

Oh father in heaven, help us to understand the importance of being truthful and honest when we come to you with a prayer or a request. Help us to understand that You can not and will not lie to us, but neither will You allow us to lie to you with impunity. Help us Lord to make the resolution this year that You would have us make and help us Lord to follow it through. Help us Lord by protecting us from evil, the evil one, his minions and his ilk. Help us Father by not letting satan lead us into temptation. Deliver us Lord from all evil and temptation, protect us and guard us help us to do Thy will and Thy work, help us Lord to do as You would have us do thorough this new year and thank You lord for what You did on the cross for me and mine.

for the week starting Sunday December 26th, 1999

Even a Rolex will stop ticking some time.

Well Christmas is over or at least the state authorized and paid holiday part of it is. Most dads are still burping from diner and Mom is planning left overs till some time into the 21st century.

Some of the gifts have broken and others have run till the little energizer rabbit is screaming uncle, but there is one gift, from one giver that hasn't even begun to get tired and that's your gifts from God.

Let's take a minute to look at some of the gifts He has given us that we just take for granted, and after all, are not those gifts that are so important that we couldn't live without them, yet take for granted, the most important gifts of all?

Genesis 1:1

1 In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.
Hmm, Earth, not a bad gift.

Genesis 1:4-5

4 And God saw the light, that it was good: and God divided the light from the darkness.

5 And God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And the evening and the morning were the first day.
Hmm, day and night, hmm, not a bad gift.

Genesis 1:9-10

9 And God said, Let the waters under the heaven be gathered together unto one place, and let the dry land appear: and it was so.

10 And God called the dry land Earth; and the gathering together of the waters called He Seas: and God saw that it was good.
Land and water, good gift.

Genesis 1:12

12 And the earth brought forth grass, and herb yielding seed after his kind, and the tree yielding fruit, whose seed was in itself, after his kind: and God saw that it was good.
Apples, pears, bananas. Figs, grapes, oats, wheat, rice, lettuce, tomatoes, beans, good gifts, yup, very good gifts indeed.

Genesis 1:16

16 And God made two great lights; the greater light to rule the day, and the lesser light to rule the night: He made the stars also.
The sun and the moon, now they are some really neat gifts and where would we be without them, what would life be without a good old fashioned suntan.

Genesis 1:20-21

20 And God said, Let the waters bring forth abundantly the moving creature that hath life, and fowl that may fly above the earth in the open firmament of heaven.

21 And God created great whales, and every living creature that moveth, which the waters brought forth abundantly, after their kind, and every winged fowl after his kind: and God saw that it was good.
Ah, bass, tuna, swordfish, ducks and geese, chickens and pheasants, yummy good gift Lord.

Genesis 1:24-25

24 And God said, Let the earth bring forth the living creature after his kind, cattle, and creeping thing, and beast of the earth after his kind: and it was so.

25 And God made the beast of the earth after his kind, and cattle after their kind, and every thing that creepeth upon the earth after his kind: and God saw that it was good.
Venison, elk, beef, lamb chops and pork roast, wow, good gift Lord.

Genesis 1:26-28

26 And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.

27 So God created man in His own image, in the image of God created He him; male and female created He them.

28 And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth.
Wow, in His own image! God created us and then He gave us dominion over everything He had created, wow, talk about a great gift, thank you Jesus!

He has given us the air we breathe, the water we drink, every thing we eat along with our families and friends. God has given us the gift to build homes and computers, make bridges and space ships, God has delivered us from evil and protected us from damnation and these are just gifts we take for granted.

Have you thanked God this week? Have you taken the time to wish Him a happy birthday? Did you boycott the businesses that refuse to call Him by His name and instead refer to this holy season as Xmas? Think how God must feel as He looks down at His creation and sees His creations not only ignoring His Son that HE sent to earth to Die so that His creations, you and I, could be with Him and His Son Jesus in heaven throughout all eternity; And sees some refusing to use His son's name while making money from the use of His Son's name and birthday.

Imagine how He must feel as His Son Jesus is barred from even coming to His own parties. Don't be like them. Greet the Lord with thanks when you get up in the morning, thank Him when you look at your children, thank Him for the air you breathe and the water you drink. For those are the gifts that are in fact the gifts of life and no one but no one can give them to you but God the creator, Jesus who is the messiah, the Christ.

No man can create a tree, never mind an earth. Only God can create and all was created for your enjoyment for that was and is His pleasure. As you delight in seeing your children enjoy the gifts you give them, so does God enjoy seeing you enjoy and play with the gifts He has created for you. Thank Him and may He bless you and yours this year and throughout all time. Amen

Remember, your salvation is in your hands, you and only you can exercise your God given freewill to accept His greatest gift of all, salvation.

John 3:16-18

16 For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

17 For God sent not His Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through Him might be saved.

18 He that believeth on Him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.

The peace and knowledge of the Lord Jesus be with you,

Amen.

for the week starting Sunday December 19th, 1999

Do not judge a Christian by his cover.

Not all that appear to be followers of the Lord Jesus are, and not all that appear to be pagans are either. For it is not that which is the outwardly does the Lord see, but that which is within.

Too often we accept the fact that a person is saved by his our her church affiliation of we are convinced that they can not possibly be again by their church affiliation. Let me give you an example. Joe is a member of the First Baptist church down the street, you know the church to be dedicated to the Lord and that the preacher preaches the word of God every Sunday. Is Joe in your mind saved? Probably. Now, how about his brother Jim, Jim goes to that big Roman Catholic church across town, he's a member of the Knights of Colombus and he never misses a Friday night down at the Knights hall. Why he even calls the bingo numbers at the KofC weekly bingo and raffle party. Is Jim saved? Confused? Their younger sister Jill, married a liberal democratic politician, she, he and their son attend, on occasion, the local united church of Christ, the pastor there is a Ms. Debbie and she has never used more than one half verse of scripture in any of her sermons. She has never condemned abortion and has even hinted that clinton was just a victim of his circumstances and that we should keep him for a third term.

So, my friends, which would you judge to be the Christian(s) and which the pagan(s)? Unlike MS Debbie, let us turn to the word of God and see about judging based upon appearances and affiliations when it comes to Christianity and Saved.

Luke 7:2-9

2 And a certain centurion's servant, who was dear unto him, was sick, and ready to die.
3 And when the Centurion heard of Jesus, he sent unto Him the elders of the Jews, beseeching Jesus that He would come and heal his servant. ( Notice, the faith the Centurion is starting to demonstrate)

4 And when the elders of the jews came to Jesus, they besought the Lord, saying, That the centurion was worthy for whom He should do this: (Quite a build up the elders are giving the Lord, but, what are they basing it on?)
5 For he loveth our nation, and he hath built us a synagogue.

6 Then Jesus went with them. And when Jesus was now not far from the house, the centurion sent friends to Him, saying unto Him, Lord, trouble not Thyself: for I am not worthy that Thou shouldest enter under my roof:
7 Wherefore neither thought I myself worthy to come unto Thee: but say in a word, and my servant shall be healed.
8 For I also am a man set under authority, having under me soldiers, and I say unto one, Go, and he goeth; and to another, Come, and he cometh; and to my servant, Do this, and he doeth it.

9 When Jesus heard these things, He marveled within Himself and turned Himself about, and said unto the people that followed Him, I say unto you, I have not found so great faith, no, not in Israel.

Would you have guessed a centurion to be a Christian back before the crucifixion? Would you not have thought of the elders in verse 3 to be righteous and holy men? But, look in verse 5, look at the criteria they have established and judged this centurion by, not his devotion, but that he built them a building.

But then, look at the faith of the centurion in verses 6-8 and what the Lord has to say about one that He knows to be one of His own in verse 9, for the centurion was and is a Christian. Notice how the Lord has recognized and smiled upon the Centurion, but, what is his attitude towards the elders of the jews? Do you see anything to indicate that He gave them a pat on the back? Think about the preacher and the priest and our little Ms Debbie in the opening paragraph, think about Joe and Jim and Jill, the priest and MS Debbie may be like the elders, but maybe Joe and or Jill might just be a centurion. The centurions faith was not in the elders, he sent them because he felt unworthy to go himself and he made the mistake that so many make today in thinking that priest and rabbis and preachers are closer to God and that they are just to unworthy to even approach the Lord themselves.

But, look again at verse 6-8, look at the faith this centurion has in the Lord and look again at verse 9: as Jesus says to all around Him, regarding this centurion; " I say unto you, I have not found so great faith, no, not in Israel."

And what was this centurion's reward, other than salvation?

Luke 7:10

10 And they that were sent, returning to the house, found the servant whole that had been sick. (Healed, Jesus healed the servant, based on the faith of the centurion, the Lord healed the servant.)

One of the most abused verses of scripture is:
Matthew 7:1Judge not, that ye be not judged.

It is so misused, because some would have you believe that you are never to judge, but what the Lord goes on to say in Matthew seven is:
Matthew 7:2 For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged: and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again.

So, how do you judge whether or not a person is a Christian or not and why should you worry in the first place well, let's take those in the reverse order, why should you worry about whether a person is a Christian in the first place? Paul tells us the reason in;

2 Corinthians 6:14-18

14 Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness?
15 And what concord hath Christ with Belial? or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel?
16 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.
17 Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you,
18 And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty.

You want to judge, so that you and your family are surrounding yourselves with believers and not heathens, so that the children your children come in contact with are Christians and not pagans, for do you want your daughter hanging around with and learning from virgins or sluts? Do you want your son playing ball with Christians or cheaters and liars? Do you want your wife going off shopping with Christians or shop lifters and check bouncers?

That is why you judge. And by what standard do you judge? As you are in the midst of the month we celebrate the birth of the Lord, are you a clinton? Are you an elder? Or are you a Centurion. Are you committed to job, house, boss, country, family and god; or any mix other than Jesus, family, country. For if your allegiance is to anything other than the Lord first, your family next and your country third, then you are either a clinton or an elder, not a Christian and I don't care what church you attend or what you were born or even whether you claim and even think you would die for Him.

Remember what Jesus tells us in
Matthew 7:2 For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged: and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again.

Jesus is telling us to use the same standard we want to be judged by others with to judge them and Paul and James tell us what to look for, judge not by skin color or church affiliation, although church affiliation is a good place to start your evaluation, but judge a man by his works. Is his life that of a Christian? Does he reflect Christ in his life?

So, is Joe Saved, how about Jim and Jill? Well any, all, or none is the answer, but the Holy Spirit is where the word of God is being preached and the works of Jim's would cause me a bit of concern and the lack of Gospel messages that Jill and her family are listening to would cause me to think twice about having them over for dinner. But JESUS does tell us to look more closely than that, so while I would be more open to Joe, I would pray that I would not be hasty in my judgement concerning Jim and Jill.

May the Lord Jesus be with you all this special time of the year and may you all take the opportunity to use this special time to tell friends and family about he who we serve, He whose birth we celebrate, the Lord and Savior, God Himself, Jesus, who is the Christ.

for the week starting Sunday December 12th, 1999

What is Dr. Luke telling us in Verse 11 of Chapter two of the book of Acts?

Let us pray,

Oh Lord Jesus in heaven, help us this day to understand Your word, forgive us Lord for the things we have done, said and thought that have offended you and are sin. Please Lord give unto us and ours your Daily Bread, not just the bread of our substance, but the Bread of Your Word.

Oh Lord God in heaven protect us from the evil one, his minions, his ilk and those who serve him here on earth both knowingly and unknowingly. Oh Lord Jesus be with us, protect us, guide us and teach us to be the ones You would have us be.

In Your Holy Name, Jesus, we pray, amen.

Luke 2:9-14

9 And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid.

10 And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.

11 For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.

12 And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.

13 And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying,

14 Glory to God in the highest, and on earth good will toward men.

After the chief priest and his cronies, the scribes, sadducees and the pharisees had crucified Jesus, the Son of God, did they just wash their hands of the whole matter and go away? Did they crawl back under the rocks from which they and their father, the father of all liars, satan, had crawled out from under?

Acts 2:1-13

1 And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place.

Leviticus 23:15-22
15 And ye shall count unto you from the morrow after the sabbath, from the day that ye brought the sheaf of the wave offering; seven sabbaths shall be complete:
16 Even unto the morrow after the seventh sabbath shall ye number fifty days; and ye shall offer a new meat offering unto the LORD.
17 Ye shall bring out of your habitations two wave loaves of two tenth deals: they shall be of fine flour; they shall be baken with leaven; they are the first fruits unto the LORD.
18 And ye shall offer with the bread seven lambs without blemish of the first year, and one young bullock, and two rams: they shall be for a burnt offering unto the LORD, with their meat offering, and their drink offerings, even an offering made by fire, of sweet savour unto the LORD.
19 Then ye shall sacrifice one kid of the goats for a sin offering, and two lambs of the first year for a sacrifice of peace offerings.
20 And the priest shall wave them with the bread of the first fruits for a wave offering before the LORD, with the two lambs: they shall be holy to the LORD for the priest.
21 And ye shall proclaim on the selfsame day, that it may be an holy convocation unto you: ye shall do no servile work therein: it shall be a statute for ever in all your dwellings throughout your generations.
22 And when ye reap the harvest of your land, thou shalt not make clean riddance of the corners of thy field when thou reapest, neither shalt thou gather any gleaning of thy harvest: thou shalt leave them unto the poor, and to the stranger: I am the LORD your God.

Now, back to Acts Chapter Two:

2 And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting. (House here means temple, like synagogue.)

3 And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and It sat upon each of them.

4 And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.

5 And there were dwelling at Jerusalem Jews, devout men, out of every nation under heaven.

6 Now when this was noised abroad, the multitude came together, and were confounded, because that every man heard them speak in his own language.

7 And they were all amazed and marvelled, saying one to another, Behold, are not all these which speak Galilaean?

8 And how hear we every man in our own tongue, wherein we were born?

Turn to Genesis 11 and read verses 1-7, for in the above 3 verses, God has done just the opposite of what He did in Genesis 11:1-7. When God wants you to understand, He will take the scales from your eyes, the wax from your ears and the hardness from your heart. In His time and in His way.

Genesis 11:1-7
1 And the whole earth was of one language, and of one speech.
2 And it came to pass, as they journeyed from the east, that they found a plain in the land of Shinar; and they dwelt there.
3 And they said one to another, Go to, let us make brick, and burn them throughly. And they had brick for stone, and slime had they for morter.
4 And they said, Go to, let us build us a city and a tower, whose top may reach unto heaven; and let us make us a name, lest we be scattered abroad upon the face of the whole earth.
5 And the LORD came down to see the city and the tower, which the children of men builded.
6 And the LORD said, Behold, the people is one, and they have all one language; and this they begin to do: and now nothing will be restrained from them, which they have imagined to do.
7 Go to, let us go down, and there confound their language, that they may not understand one another's speech.

And let us return to Acts the second chapter:

9 Parthians, and Medes, and Elamites, and the dwellers in Mesopotamia, and in Judaea, and Cappadocia, in Pontus, and Asia,

10 Phrygia, and Pamphylia, in Egypt, and in the parts of Libya about Cyrene, and strangers of Rome, Jews and proselytes,

11 Cretes and Arabians, we do hear them speak in our tongues the wonderful works of God.

12 And they were all amazed, and were in doubt, saying one to another, What meaneth this?

13 Others mocking said, These men are full of new wine. (There they are, the chief priest and his ilk are back, throwing cold water in the faces of baby believers, trying to discourage new believers, beware my friends, for the chief priest, his minions and his ilk lurk here today as well.)

Acts 2:14-18

14 But Peter, standing up with the eleven, lifted up his voice, and said unto them, Ye men of Judaea, and all ye that dwell at Jerusalem, be this known unto you, and hearken to my words:

15 For these are not drunken, as ye suppose, seeing it is but the third hour of the day.

16 But this is that which was spoken by the prophet Joel;

17 AND IT SHALL COME TO PASS IN THE LAST DAYS, SAITH GOD, I WILL POUR OUT OF MY SPIRIT UPON ALL FLESH: AND YOUR SONS AND YOUR DAUGHTERS SHALL PROPHESY, AND YOUR YOUNG MEN SHALL SEE VISIONS, AND YOUR OLD MEN SHALL DREAM DREAMS:

18 AND ON MY SERVANTS AND ON MY HANDMAIDENS I WILL POUR OUT IN THOSE DAYS OF MY SPIRIT; AND THEY SHALL PROPHESY:

19 AND I WILL SHEW WONDERS IN HEAVEN ABOVE, AND SIGNS IN THE EARTH BENEATH; BLOOD, AND FIRE, AND VAPOUR OF SMOKE:

20 THE SUN SHALL BE TURNED INTO DARKNESS, AND THE MOON INTO BLOOD, BEFORE THAT GREAT AND NOTABLE DAY OF THE LORD COME:
Now, here comes the important part for those who are unsaved.
21 AND IT SHALL COME TO PASS, THAT WHOSOEVER SHALL CALL ON THE NAME OF THE LORD SHALL BE SAVED. (God tells us that who shall ever call on the name of Jesus shall be saved. What better Christmas gift can you receive than the gift of salvation, and all you have to do, is give to Jesus the Christmas gift of your free will.)

And in Acts 2:22-24 we read,

22 Ye men of Israel, hear these words; Jesus of Nazareth, a man approved of God among you by miracles and wonders and signs, which God did by Him in the midst of you, as ye yourselves also know:

23 Him, being delivered by the determinate counsel and foreknowledge of God, ye have taken, and by wicked hands have crucified and slain: (In Job Chapter One we see that satan must get God's permission to do his evil. This government is allowed by God to do evil, just as He allows women to bring their babies to those high priest of baal called abortionist. But, as God allowed Jesus to be slaughtered by the council and their cohorts, so does God allow the clinton administration to visit evil upon us.)

24 Whom God hath raised up, having loosed the pains of death: because it was not possible that He should be holden of it. And as God would not leave Jesus in death, nor will HE leave those who are saved, but, for the unsaved, well they might just want to read John 3:17 and 18.

So, what has all this to do with Luke 2:11?

Luke 2:11 For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.

Let me give you a hint by changing just the punctuation in the verse.

For unto you, a new Born Again Believer

is born this day, on the day you are Born Again, within you is born the Lord.

in the city of David, that my brother and sister is your heart, the Holy City or Holy Place, your heart.

a Saviour, not just a man or a ghost, but He,

which is Christ the Lord! See it?

The Lord Jesus, the Son of God, whose birthday we celebrate this month be with all who are believers and may He have compassion on the heathen that reads these words and let the holy Spirit take the scales from their eyes, the wax from their ears and the hardness from their hearts.

And may the blessing of the Lord be on and with all of you and yours throughout this coming week and for ever more.


God bless.

And keep in mind this, For those of us who are Saved, this time on earth is the closes we ever come to hell. But, for those who are unsaved, this time on earth is the closes they will ever come to heaven!
Sad, but true!

for the week starting Sunday December 5th, 1999

Why Clinton, why now?

Why Clinton is president

Do you sometimes wonder why Bill Clinton is president of these United States of America? Do you ask yourself how the likes of Barbara Boxer, Ted Kennedy, Susan Collins and Olympia Snowe could ever become members of the US Senate? Aren't you curious as to how the US House of Representatives became a hangout for the likes of Barney Frank, John Baldacci, John Conyers and Maxine Waters? I believe we will find the answers to these questions and many more in the word of God, the Bible.

Let us look at a couple of verses if we may, first, Matthew 6:9-10

"This, then, is how you should pray: " 'Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.' "

In these two verses we see that first the One teaching us to pray is the Lord Himself, next we see Him telling us to always pray to God asking Him to let His will be done, not ours, but His. We sometimes lose sight of the fact that everything that happens here on earth happens because God the Father allows it to happen. He doesn't always cause it to happen, but He does allow it to happen. How do we know this? Look at Job 1:6-12

6 One day the angels came to present themselves before the LORD, and Satan also came with them.

7 The LORD said to Satan, "Where have you come from?" Satan answered the LORD, "From roaming through the earth and going back and forth in it."

8 Then the LORD said to Satan, "Have you considered my servant Job? There is no one on earth like him; he is blameless and upright, a man who fears God and shuns evil."

9 "Does Job fear God for nothing?" Satan replied.

10 "Have you not put a hedge around him and his household and everything he has? You have blessed the work of his hands, so that his flocks and herds are spread throughout the land.

11 But stretch out your hand and strike everything he has, and he will surely curse you to your face."

12 The LORD said to Satan, "Very well, then, everything he has is in your hands, but on the man himself do not lay a finger." Then Satan went out from the presence of the LORD. (NIV)

Here we see that even satan (a god that many in Washington seem to worship, if not openly, at least by their actions; open homosexuality and lesbianism, abortion, lying, cheating, stealing, adultery, coveting others' goods and money, treason, etc.) must get God's permission to act. All these are traits of devil worship and they appear to be rampant in our capital city. But, notice even satan had to appear before God, verse 6. Even satan had to report to God, verse 7. Even satan had to answer God's question, verse 8. And even satan has to ask God's permission to do anything, verses 9,10,&11. But look at verse 12, for there we see that satan can only do what God has given him permission to do.

Now you may be asking, so what does this have to do with Clinton, his minions, his ilk and his worshipers being in Washington and being in control of our nation and our government? OK, I'm getting to that. Let's look at Matthew 24. Now you should read the entire chapter yourself to really get the drift of this, but for now let us look at verses, :11-12

. 11 and many false prophets will appear and deceive many people.

12 Because of the increase of wickedness, the love of most will grow cold, (NIV)

These two verses are telling us that in a times called ‘Sorrows', false prophets will appear and wickedness will increase and good will decrease.

. Now back to why Clinton and his crowd are in control, nowhere in the Bible is the United States of America mentioned! Not in one place. Oh, granted you will hear some preachers tell you that we are the next Babylon, perhaps they are reading something that I don't see, and others will tell you that the US is really the anti-Christ, but they are few and far between since they cannot support their conclusion using any scripture. So, let us for a minute assume the correctness of my statement, that nowhere in the word of God does the US appear. But, in the prophecies of Revelation, Daniel, Isaiah, Jeremiah and elsewhere, there is a description of a war in the end times. This is the war that ends the world, and it starts at the moment of rapture with the beginning of a time we call tribulation and ends with the battle of Armageddon, Rev 16:16

Then they gathered the kings together to the place that in Hebrew is called Armageddon. (NIV)

Now, this battle takes place in Israel. Before this, in the beginning of tribulation, we find that Israel has signed a peace pact with the anti-Christ, not the US, but the anti-Christ. Does it not make sense to you that if the US were still a power, not just a super power, but any kind of a power at all, that Israel would be turning to us? But, since there is absolutely no mention of the US in the Bible, especially during the end times or the times of tribulation, does it not make you think that we are, at that time, reduced to less than a third world county? Perhaps a country so involved in self sexual gratification through homosexuality, drugs, lesbianism, and the worshiping of such things as money, cars, possessions, a country with no moral backbone and therefore a country that no other country fears, respects or wishes to be aligned with?

Is that not where Clinton, Barbara Boxer, Ted Kennedy, Susan Collins and Olympia Snowe in the US Senate, Barney Frank, John Baldacci, John Conyers and Maxine Waters of the House and their associates of both parties are taking us and this country? My friends, if we have, as I suspect, entered into the time Jesus calls a time of sorrows, then those in Washington are fulfilling end times prophesies as you read this today.

May God be with you and may He protect His from the coming wrath, for I will close with just one more bit of Matthew 24, verse 9

"Then you will be handed over to be persecuted and put to death, and you will be hated by all nations because of me. (NIV)

The ‘you' the Lord is talking about here, are those who are His followers, those who are Born Again Christians, so pray that He will indeed let us not carry a cross any more difficult than we can bear in those times, or should I say these times.

God bless and be with each and every one of you who are saved,

a thought about being saved;

Not long ago, a bunch of us attended a Promise Keepers meeting in Augusta, Maine. While we were there many a fine word was spoken and I am sure that each and every speaker sought to touch the hearts of all the men that were there. I'm just as sure that each prayed and asked the Lord to bless the words that they spoke and I am sure that the Lord not only heard those prayers, but answered them as well.

One speaker spoke on the difference between those that are saved and those who are unsaved. I wish I could remember his name and quote him verbatim, but this is the essence of what he said.

For those of us that are saved through the blood of Jesus, born again Christians, this time on earth is the closest we will ever come to hell!

But for those who are unsaved, all of those who are not born again Christians, this time on earth is their heaven!

That's scary, but true. Read John 3:3.

for the week starting Sunday November 28th, 1999

Roosevelt to Clinton, one communist traitor after another.

Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets. Matthew 22:37-40

Oft times we hear that this, the United States, is not a Christian country; and going back, at least as far as president Franklin D. Roosevelt, I would have to agree. For to be a Christian, means you are not only a follower of but also a believer of and on the Lord Jesus the Christ. And to be a Christian means being committed to all that He said and did, that would of course include Matthew 22:37-40.

Oh what a wonderful nation we would have if only every man holding the office of the president were to be a committed believer of these few words. "Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets."

Would one committed to those words, commit adultery? Lie? Steal? Commit treason? Rape? Murder? Sell out our allies? Attack other nations? Appoint communists and fascists to positions such as Justices of the Supreme Court and Attorneys General? God blessed America when she feared Him, now, it appears, she may face His wrath.

But that would just be the beginning of having public servants who would be committed to Our Lord, what else would we want from them? Well, we would want men who passed and enforced laws that did not conflict with the word of God.

Acts 4:19

19 But Peter and John answered and said unto them, Whether it be right in the sight of God to hearken unto you more than unto God, judge ye.

When men pass laws protecting, abortion, homosexuality and adultery, when they make exceptions to the prohibition against murder, pass legislation legalizing bribery, cheating, perjury and treason, these are not men of God, and they are certainly not Christians, but what is worse, is that so many wearing badges and officiating in courts and district attorneys offices that go to church on Sundays and call themselves Christians, enforce these laws. But, they aren't! How can a man say he is a follower of Christ while doing what is right in the eyes of satan and turning his back on the Laws of God? Has not Jesus told us that we can not serve two masters.

Matthew 6:24

24 No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.

You can not be Pro Life and vote for a pro abortion candidate! You can not be a Christian wearing a badge and arrest men for trying to stop an abortion! You can not be a Christian judge and find guilty a man who blocks the driveway of a planned parenthood center or turns an abortion mill into a dung hill. You can not stand up for the laws of God on Sunday and protect satan's organizations, deeds and doers of those deeds the other six days a week!

You are either a follower of the Lord Jesus who and make no mistake about this, He is the Christ, He is God! He isn't your friend, He isn't your daddy, He isn't your little dough boy, He is your Master, your Creator, your Owner and you are nothing but the first that He made and reformed. You keep thinking God is to kind to send anyone to hell, and you'll end up there. You accept the fact that some half-witted lawyer who bribed a governor can sit on judgement of you here on earth and fine you money or put you in jail. Yet you refuse to accept the fact that God almighty, He who created you and the half-witted buffoon sitting on the bench, appropriately wearing black, can't judge you?

Well, if you're right, then the bible is wrong, for the bible very clearly tells us that we have one life to live and then comes the judgement.

Hebrews 9:27

27 And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment:

Think for a minute, think about what our Declaration of independence and written Constitution guarantee us. Unlike every other country in the world, we are a Constitutional Republic, not a democracy, not with a king, not with elected public leaders, but the only Constitutional Republic, a form of government making us the masters and those in office our public servants. We don't have leaders in government, we have servants.

This government can not pass and enforce laws allowing, condoning and protecting the practice of homosexuality, legalized infanticide called abortion, pornography, treason and perjury, without our express permission. And the permission we have given, for it is we who hire those who serve as our servants on the national, state and local level. And it is us God will judge for kicking Him out of the public schools. It is us He will judge and hold responsible for every one of the babies He sent us and we allowed to be slaughtered, cut up and sold for profit. I say this to you in all honesty, it will be better for Sodom and Gomorrah on the day of judgement then it will be for this Constitutional Republic we call the United States and if you don't think so, then you just keep following Clinton, his minions and his ilk straight into hell.

How much longer America? How much longer are you going to turn from the Lord your God and follow the leadership of satan, his minions and his ilk, his followers in high public office and his high priest the abortionist? How much longer are you going to supply him with the sacrifices his high priest, the abortionist, offers to him? How much longer America? How much longer?

Let us pray, Oh Lord God in heaven, help us Lord to understand that it is You we must follow, help us Lord to hear through all the noise, help us Lord to see through all the smog, help us Lord to be lead by Your Spirit, the Holy Ghost in understanding your words, precepts and rules. Help us lord to do what is right in your sight, help us Lord to be the people you would have us to be. Oh Lord Jesus in heaven forgive us, forgive us for the things we have said done and thought that have offended you, the Father and the holy Spirit. Help us lord to put our ears to the door post, help us Lord to be acceptable in Your sight, help us Lord to find the courage and the honestly and the morality to end the corruption and the child slaughter, help us to burn down the high places and return to the nation of our forefathers,

This we pray to the Father in the name of the Son, Amen.

for the week starting Sunday November 21st, 1999

Wheat and chaff?

"... gather His wheat into the garner; but He will burn up the chaff with unquenchable fire."

Matthew 3:11-13

11 I indeed baptize you with water unto repentance: but He that cometh after me is mightier than I, whose shoes I am not worthy to bear: He shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost, and with fire:

12 Whose fan is in His hand, and He will throughly purge His floor, and gather His wheat into the garner; but He will burn up the chaff with unquenchable fire.

13 Then cometh Jesus from Galilee to Jordan unto John, to be baptized of him.

Luke 3:16-17

16 John answered, saying unto them all, I indeed baptize you with water; but one mightier than I cometh, the latchet of whose shoes I am not worthy to unloose: He shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost and with fire:

17 Whose fan is in His hand, and He will throughly purge His floor, and will gather the wheat into His garner; but the chaff He will burn with fire unquenchable.

So, who are these Wheat and chaff?

As we approach the end times, and while the end may not be tomorrow or the next day, next week, next month or even within the next millennium, we are closer to it now than we were just a second ago. But as we approach this time of ultimate judgement, the Lord is separating the wheat from the chaff. Now just who are the wheat and who are the chaff?

Wheat is easy to define, for the verse says, "...will gather the wheat into His garner" therefore, we know that the Wheat is us, the Born Again Christian community. But who is the chaff?

Let's look at chaff, first we know that this chaff is going to hell. Not a guess, absolute certainty, for what happens to the chaff? "... but the chaff He will burn with fire unquenchable." that's pretty definitive, the chaff goes into the fire, where is the fire of eternity? Hell, that's where!.

So, who is this chaff? The chaff is those who are not saved, not Born Again. And it includes every last one of them, there are no exceptions, for the Word of God has not made any exceptions and therefore neither can nor will we.

Let's look at three of these groups and the strange relationship they have with one another. Homosexuals, abortionists and anti gunners. As we look at them, we will start to understand their strange and unholy relationship.

Homosexuals, no where in the bible does God even hint at the acceptance of this degenerate and sick behavior, this is the practice of sodomy and women turning to one another, disregarding God's command that they be ruled by their husbands.

Abortionists, the high priests of molech and baal. For nowhere in Gods word does the murder of children come up, except when He is furious and condemning the practice of sacrificing children to satan thru satan's own phony abominations molech and baal.

Anti gun left wing radicals, in not one instance does the Lord thy God tell you to turn the other cheek when your family is in danger, as a matter of fact, quite the opposite, for in the book of Nehemiah, we see that clearly, family is to be protected, even to the point of telling men to remember and fight for their families.

Nehemiah 4:14-16

14 And I looked, and rose up, and said unto the nobles, and to the rulers, and to the rest of the people, Be not ye afraid of them: remember the Lord, which is great and terrible, and fight for your brethren, your sons, and your daughters, your wives, and your houses.

15 And it came to pass, when our enemies heard that it was known unto us, and God had brought their counsel to nought, that we returned all of us to the wall, every one unto his work.

16 And it came to pass from that time forth, that the half of my servants wrought in the work, and the other half of them held both the spears, the shields, and the bows, and the habergeons; and the rulers were behind all the house of Judah.

So, why have these three banded together? Simple even though it goes against all logic, look at the homosexual, why would he or she want to be unarmed? It makes no sense, but why would he want you to be unarmed?

About ten years ago, a homosexual in the north western part of the country attacked and raped two young boys, their dad got his gun hunted down the rapist and shot and killed him. The dad then went and turned himself in, told the truth in court, acted as his own attorney and the court, the jury of his peers, turned him loose.

Homosexuals do sick and perverted things to other men, they need to be able to recruit young boys to their sick behavior, yet they know that most, not all, but most dads will take a very dim outlook of having their sons sodomized, and an armed dad or mother is not one a homosexual wants to argue with.

Abortionists, while just about every butcher doing abortions is carrying a gun, they want desperately to disarm everyone else, why? Same as the homosexual, they know that the time will come and that time may be sooner than most think, when men will realize that this corrupt degenerate pro homosexual, pro abortion, government will do nothing to stop this slaughter. And at that time, men will realize that to save the life of the baby in the womb, the practice of slaughtering them will have to be stopped using the same methods that ended slavery. Do you doubt that? Think to yourself, in 1940 Christian men said enough is enough and they went to war to stop the killing of millions of people who were unable to fight for themselves.

Eighty years earlier Christian men went to war to end the practice of slavery, they went and killed and died to protect those slaves, who could have fought to free themselves. How much longer do you think it will be before Christian men realize that if they don't fight for the baby in the womb, no one else will, for unlike the slave in 1860 and the Europeans, Jews, Gypsies and others during world war two, the baby in the Womb CAN NOT FIGHT BACK!

And that is the common thread, the abortionist, the homosexual and the anti gunner have become three parts of the chaff, not out of love or respect for one another, bu because they all fear the armed Christian man.

Who makes up more of the chaff, Jesus tells us in the book He dictated to John, the book of Revelation, the church of Laodicea, the liberal Christian church. And the synagogue of satan, all those who reject Christ formerly, Jews, Muslims, Hindus, Unitarians, Humanist, Wiccians, and witches, pagans, and the list goes on and on.

Why is there so much chaff?

Matthew 7:13-14

13 Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat:

14 Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.

Notice the Lord has told us that the road to heaven is narrow and the road to hell is broad, why do you figure that is? Because there are a ton of folks on their way to hell, they need a super highway, yet because very few are willing to follow and abide by the words of the Lord, the road to heaven need only be a little path. He further amplifies this in Revelation three:

Revelation 3:7-8

7 And to the angel of the church in Philadelphia write; These things saith He that is holy, He that is true, He that hath the key of David, He that openeth, and no man shutteth; and shutteth, and no man openeth;

8 I know thy works: behold, I have set before thee an open door, and no man can shut it: for thou hast a little strength, and hast kept my word, and hast not denied my name.

Do you see in verse eight where it says "... for thou hast a little strength ..." well what that means, little strength is low in numbers, not a lot of us, not many real Christian people.

Don't fall for the politically correct child murdering, sodomites line of garbage my friend, don't listen to this little anti Christ wannabe president of these United States, keep your guns, keep them by your side, clean and loaded, watch your sons and daughters, keep them safe from the lesbian and the homosexual. And talk to God.

Now, there is a way for Christian men to not have to worry as much about these bits of chaff. Teach your sons and daughters the word of the Living God, make them understand the importance of being true to His Word, and your sons will not even consider accepting homosexuals, nor will they get a girl pregnant before they are married, your daughters will shun lesbians and keep their virginity till marriage, and none of your children will ever even consider abortion.

Let the heathen kill their unborn children, let the heathen offer up their sons to the sodomites and their daughters to the lesbians. Keep your children way from McDonalds, shun Disney and Disney world like the plague it is. Lead your wife and your children to the glory of the Lord and away from the slime of satan and those who serve him.

Let your voice be heard at the ballot box and through your purchasing power. Ask all you do business with were they stand, if they are child murder supporters, do business with others, under no circumstances should you use a doctor or a hospital that does abortions or uses medication made from aborted babies. There are herbs you can use and there are doctors who abhor the murder of babies in the womb. For herbs, listen to short wave radio or on the net go to www.healthherb.com for a doctor, look for an association called Doctors against abortion or Doctors for life. When in doubt talk to the Holy Spirit.

Now, for those of you who are serious students of prophesy and end times, throw out the conventional wisdom and read, study and let the Spirit be your guide.

May the Lord our God and Master be with you as the time draws closer, may He help you to understand how as this time approaches, things will get not better, but worse, stay close to Him for He and only He can help us and rescue us from the corruption that has taken over our government, our schools, the media and the liberal churches.

And may the Lord bless each of you and yours, as you and yours have been a blessing to me, I ask you to pray to God that He will stay with me and lead me in all I say and do. And I would ask you all to pray for your own families and the families of all Born again Christians world wide.

All Scripture is quoted from the authorized 1611 King James Version. The words in red are those of the God the Son, the Lord Jesus and the words in purple are those spoken directly by God the Father.

Hospitals and abortion mills in the United States and Canada are selling aborted babies body parts to organizations in the USA and here is the proof. This document is three pages long, scrool down through all three pages. The final two pages are the price list. This document requires Acrobat Reader.

Click here for baby body parts list: caution this is sickening!

It is time to go pray.

Oh Lord Jesus please stop this slaughter of our children. Do to them who are pro-abortion, what the abortionist does to Your babies, please dear Lord. Amen

for the week starting Sunday November 14th, 1999

Was John Mark the young boy?

May the Lord be with all of you today, let me ask you all to get comfortable and just relax and either read if on the net or listen if here in church.

Two days before the feast of the passover, and of unleavened bread: in the year 29 AD the chief priests and the scribes sought how they might take the Lord Jesus, by deception and lies , and have Him put to death. But they said, we had better wait till after on the feast day, otherwise there will be an uproar of the people.

And while the Lord Jesus was in Bethany in the house of Simon the leper, and as Jesus sat having dinner, there came a woman named Mary, not the Mary who was His mother, nor the Mary that had been the harlot. But, the Mary whose sister was Martha and whose brother was Lazarus. And this Mary, having an alabaster box of the ointment of spikenard a very precious, costly and rare ointment; broke the box, and poured all of this precious ointment on and over the head of the Messiah Jesus.

Now there were some there, led by Judas Iscariot, that had indignation within themselves, and said, Why was this ointment wasted? For it might have been sold for more than three hundred pence, and we could have given to the poor. And Judas Iscariot and some others murmured against her and the Lord.

But, Jesus said to them, Let her alone; why trouble ye her? She hath wrought a good work on me. For ye have the poor with you always, and whensoever ye will ye may do them good: but me ye have not always. She hath done what she could: she is come beforehand to anoint my body for the burying. Verily I say unto you, Wheresoever this gospel shall be preached throughout the whole world, this also, that she hath done shall be spoken of for a memorial of her.

So, Judas Iscariot, one of Jesus' twelve original apostles, went to the chief priests, to betray Jesus and help them capture the Lord Jesus. And when they heard that Judas had joined them, they were happy and glad, and promised to give him money. And Judas, anxious to please his new masters, asked these disciples of satan how he might best serve them and betray the Lord.

Now, on the first day of the feast of unleavened bread, when they killed the passover lamb, The Lord Jesus' disciples asked Him, where He would like them to go and prepare the feast so that He and they might go and eat the passover? And Jesus sent two of His disciples, and saith unto them;

Go ye into the city, and there shall meet you a man bearing a pitcher of water: follow him. And wheresoever he shall go in, say ye to the goodman of the house, The Master saith, Where is the guest chamber, where I shall eat the passover with my disciples? And he will shew you a large upper room furnished and prepared: there make ready for us.

So, His disciples went and came into the city, and found a man carrying water, just as the Lord Jesus had told them: and they followed him home, and told the owner of the house that the Messiah and His disciples needed a place to eat the passover, and Just as the Lord had told them, this man brought them upstairs to a large upper room, complete with table, chairs and amenities. And there, they made ready the passover. And then they returned to the Lord.

Now, later that evening Jesus came with the twelve. And as they sat and ate, and Jesus said, Verily I say unto you, One of you which eateth with me shall betray me!

And they began to cry and be sorrowful, and tearfully asked Him, "Is it I?" And one after another they asked, "Lord, Is it I?"

And Jesus answered and said unto them, It is the one of the twelve, that dippeth with me in the dish. The Son of man indeed goeth, as it is written of him: but woe to that man by whom the Son of man is betrayed! good were it for that man if he had never been born.

And as they ate, Jesus took the unleavened bread, and He blessed it and then He broke it, and gave a piece to each of them, and said, Take, eat: this is my body.

And Jesus took the cup, and after He had given thanks to God for it, He gave it to them: and they all drank of it. And the Lord said to them, This is my blood of the new testament, which is shed for many. Verily I say unto you, I will drink no more of the fruit of the vine, until that day that I drink it new in the kingdom of God.

For as the Lord had told them before,

"Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except ye eat the flesh of the Son of man, and drink His blood, ye have no life in you. Whoso eateth My flesh, and drinketh My blood, hath eternal life; and I will raise him up at the last day. For My flesh is meat indeed, and My blood is drink indeed. He that eateth My flesh, and drinketh My blood, dwelleth in Me, and I in him.

As the living Father hath sent Me, and I live by the Father: so he that eateth Me, even he shall live by Me. This is that bread which came down from heaven: not as your fathers did eat manna, and are dead: he that eateth of This bread shall live for ever." John 6:53-58

And after they had sung a hymn, they went out to the mount of Olives. And Jesus said to them, All ye shall be offended because of me this night: for it is written, I will smite the shepherd, and the sheep shall be scattered. But after that I am risen, I will go before you into Galilee.

But Peter said to Him, "Although all shall be offended, yet will not I." And then Jesus said to Peter, Verily I say unto thee, That this day, even in this night, before the cock crow twice, thou shalt deny me thrice.

But Peter almost yelling and very forcefully said, "If I should die with thee, I will not deny thee in any wise". And all the others agreed, telling the Lord, that they would fight and die for Him, that they would never turn from him.

And Jesus looked on with a knowing smile, for He, being God, knew all things that were, are and will be.

Now when they had came to a place named Gethsemane: Jesus said to His disciples, Sit ye here, while I shall pray. And He, taking Peter and James and John with Him, became quiet and a bit sorrowful and as Peter, James and John sat at His feet, the Lord said; My soul is exceeding sorrowful unto death: tarry ye here, and watch. And as they thought about what Jesus had said, the Lord went a little further into the garden fell down onto the ground, and prayed. He prayed that, if it were possible, that the hour might pass from Him. For in prayer to the Father above He said, Abba, Father, all things are possible unto thee; take away this cup from me: nevertheless not what I will, but what thou wilt.

After a little while the Lord came back and found them sleeping, and said to Peter Simon, sleepest thou? couldest not thou watch one hour? Watch ye and pray, lest ye enter into temptation. The spirit truly is ready, but the flesh is weak.

And again Jesus, who is the Messiah, went away, and prayed, saying again, Abba, Father, all things are possible unto thee; take away this cup from me: nevertheless not what I will, but what thou wilt. And again, when he returned, He found them asleep again, (for their eyes were heavy,) and they had no idea how to answer Him, for they, while not understanding the prayer, knew something was up, they had spent the last three years with the Lord, they had gotten to know Him very well indeed, yet they had never seen Him this intense, they had never seen Him praying so intensely that he was literally sweating tears, and they were afraid..

So, when Jesus came the third time, He knew He was going to have to go through with the crucifixion and He said to them, Sleep on now, and take your rest: it is enough, the hour is come; behold, the Son of man is betrayed into the hands of sinners. Rise up, let us go; lo, he that betrayeth me is at hand.

And immediately, while He was yet speaking, the traitor Judas Iscariot, with eight hundred Roman Legionnaires and troops from the chief priests and the scribes and the elders, all heavily armed came. And Judas, the one that betrayed Jesus gave them a sign by kissing the Lord, for he had told them "Whomsoever I shall kiss, that same is He; take him."

And as soon as Judas the traitor and his army had come, he went directly to the Lord and said "Master, master"; and kissed him. Then they laid their hands on Him, and took Him.

And Peter drew his sword, and cut off the ear of the captain of the guard of the high priest. And Jesus said to them, Are ye come out, as against a thief, with swords and with staves to take me? I was daily with you in the temple teaching, and ye took me not: but the scriptures must be fulfilled.

And Jesus turning to Peter said to him: Put up again thy sword into his place: for all they that take the sword shall perish with the sword. Thinkest thou that I cannot now pray to my Father, and he shall presently give me more than twelve legions of angels? But how then shall the scriptures be fulfilled, that thus it must be? Matthew 26:52-54 For Jesus to be the Messiah, He had to fulfill all of the scriptures, even the ones pertaining to the way He had to die.

And then they all forsook him, and fled.

And there followed Jesus, a certain young man, who was wearing only a linen cloth cast about his naked body; and the troops grabbed at him: And he was very scared, being young , so his terror at what was happening to the Lord, combined with the troops reaching out to grab him, he ran as soon as one of them grabbed his clothing and fled from them naked.

As they led Jesus away to the high priest: and the elders and the scribes. Peter followed in the distance, right up to the palace of the high priest: and as Peter sat with the servants, he warmed himself at the fire.

And the chief priests and all the council sought witness against Jesus looking to put Him to death; for the law of the jews required two witnesses whose testimony was identical before being able to convict anyone of any crime. But they found none. For while many responded to the offer of money and many bare false witness against the Lord, none of these false and paid for witnesses had testimony that agreed when it came to the details. Liars then had the same trouble liars have today, they can't seem to be consistent. Just look at Washington. But anyhow, there arose many, and they bare false witness against Him, saying, We heard him say, "I will destroy this temple that is made with hands, and within three days I will build another made without hands." But lo and behold, the liars couldn't agree on so many of the details that the elders and the priest and the council were getting a bit frustrated, they were also starting to look like fools with little or no case. For none of their witness agree together.

So, the high priest stood up in the midst of them in utter frustration , and asked Jesus, saying, will you not answer? Don't you hear all the things you are accused of? Are you not going to say anything? But, the Lord, knowing all things, simply held His peace, and said nothing. And again the high priest asked Him, saying to Him, "Art thou the Christ, the Son of the Blessed?"

And Jesus said, I am: and ye shall see the Son of man sitting on the right hand of power, and coming in the clouds of heaven.

Then the high priest ripped his clothes, and said, "What need we any further witnesses? Ye have heard the blasphemy: what think ye?" And the cronies of the high priest all said guilty and then, some began to spit on the Lord, and they put a cover over His face, and began to beat Him with their fist and staffs, while screaming insults and to saying to Him, "Prophesy, tell us who stiketh thee": and these foolish cowards, continued to strike him with the palms of their hands, to swear at Him and to insult Him. Thinking perhaps, that if they covered His face, God wouldn't know who did what. Perhaps they should have studied Jonah a bit more carefully.

And while Peter was outside, warming himself by the fire, one of the women servants of the high priest looked upon him, and said, you were with Jesus of Nazareth. But he denied, saying, I don't know what your taking about. And he went out into the porch; and the cock crowed the first time.

And another servant girl saw him, and while pointing her finger at Peter, said to all of the men standing with him, he is one of them that followed Jesus. And again Peter denied that he knew the Lord. And a little after, they that stood by him, said again to Peter, Surely thou art one of them: for you are a Galilaean, and your accent and gentle way of speaking betrays you. So, he began to curse and to swear, saying, "I know not this man of whom ye speak".

And the cock crowed the second time. And Peter called to mind the word that Jesus said unto him, Before the cock crow twice, thou shalt deny me thrice. And when he realized what he had done, he ran away and wept, begging and asking God's forgiveness.

The Gospel of John Mark chapter 14.

Don't deny the Lord my friends, accept Jesus as your Lord and Savior before it's too late, don't make jokes, make the right choice. For Jesus has told us that the only way into heaven is through Him.

May the Lord bless you all,

And this demonstrates why the Church for the American Christian Patriot is not a 501(c) 3 church.

for the week starting Sunday November 6th, 1999

The point of no return.

We have reached a critical point in the life of these United States. We have reached the point of no return, so to speak. When a plane takes off and is headed across the ocean, at a certain point, most likely mid way, it reaches the point where it is best to continue on instead of returning from whence it came, in the event of an emergency. That point is called the point of no return.

When an individual turns and rebukes and rejects the Lord's callings over and over again, that person finally reaches the point of no return, it is the time in which that person makes an open and knowing decision to serve satan instead of the Lord. It is the time in which that person ejects and evicts the remnant of the Holy Spirit from his or her life and openly and voluntarily gives his life to satan, inviting him into his life and surrendering to him his free will.

Countries and peoples too reach a point of no return. In the case of these United States, I believe we are at that point now. I am convinced that if we do not turn back now, we will be unable to, as a country, turn back any later. That is not to say that there will still not be some individuals that will accept the Lord Jesus and be Saved, it is simply saying that the country as a whole will have gone beyond the point of ever becoming a God fearing, God loving, Christian nation again.

What are the signs that lead me to that conclusion? Abortion. Before I continue, I want you to look at a bit of Scripture;

Leviticus 18:21

21 And thou shalt not let any of thy seed (children) pass through the fire to Molech, neither shalt thou profane the name of thy God: I am the LORD.

Simply stated, You shall not sacrifice any of your children, for when you do, you are worshiping the false god, molech, satan. Neither shall you profane, speak evilly against the Lord thy God. When you abort a child, you are offering it up to satan as a sacrifice from you to him through his priest, the abortionist. And that is an insult to God the creator. We as a nation now offer up to satan over one third of the babies conceived in this country.

Leviticus 20:2-5

2 Again, thou shalt say to the children of Israel, Whosoever he be of the children of Israel, or of the strangers that sojourn in Israel, that giveth any of his seed unto Molech; he shall surely be put to death: the people of the land shall stone him with stones.

In this verse, the Lord thy God is very simply stating that anyone who offers his or her child up to false gods as a sacrifice are to be themselves killed. Now it is important to remember something here. God is not talking to individuals, He is instructing the nation on what types of laws they are to have. And, that in a nation dedicated to Him, the punishment for abortion is death.

3 And I will set my face against that man, and will cut him off from among his people; because he hath given of his seed unto Molech, to defile my sanctuary, and to profane my holy name.

This is something that every woman contemplating an abortion and every abortionist and every man urging or even suggesting that a woman get an abortion read and understand. In this verse, God is telling us that He will turn His face against anyone having, doing or associated with abortion. He is going to cut them off from His people. Guys, there are only two types of people, those Saved and going to heaven for all eternity, His. And those unsaved who will spend all eternity in hell. When God tells us that He is going to cut a person off from His people, guess where that person goes. Hell! When God says that, there are no appeals, no second opinions, no nothing, that person goes to hell. For He closes the verse by saying that the act of abortion has defiled His earth and profaned His holy name. Forget what clinton, snowe, collins, kennedy and the rest of the satan worshiping child murdering heathens tell you, God is telling us that abortion is a sin you do not even want to contemplate, but we as nation more and more turn to them who offer up children than He who warns against it.

4 And if the people of the land do any ways hide their eyes from the man, when he giveth of his seed unto Molech, and kill him not:

5 Then I will set my face against that man, and against his family, and will cut him off, and all that go a whoring after him, to commit whoredom with Molech, from among their people.

Now, verses 4 and 5 deal with us as a nation. Here God is very clearly telling us that those people and lands that do not punish abortion with the death penalty. He will turn His face from them. Not only will He turn against the abortionist, the priest of molech, and those who supply him with the babies to sacrifice, but the nation and people that turn their backs and let it happen as well. And that dear brothers and sisters is us, the people of these United States!

How many more babies are going to be sacrificed to molech before the Lord your God, your Creator, says enough is enough? And then what happens? Well, as for the number, your guess is as good as mine. Why, we don't even know how many babies are actually sacrificed, since every administration since carter has prohibited the IRS from auditing abortionists and abortion clinics. By refusing to let the IRS audit abortionists and their slaughter houses' record books, these administrations and their lackeys in the congress, the senate and the IRS have literally told the abortionists to pocket the cash payments and not report them. The only one who knows the real total number of babies offered up to satan through his priest in the abortion industry is God Himself, for He hears every scream, every moan, and sees every tear of those little ones offered up by the priest of hell in the abortion industry.

But, as for what will happen to these United States if we don't turn back now, while we still can... Well, the prophet Jeremiah tells us and by using the simplest of changes, we can see that He was not only talking about Israel then but the USA today.

Jeremiah 32:35-36

35 And they built the high places of Baal, which are in the valley of the son of Hinnom, to cause their sons and their daughters to pass through the fire unto Molech; which I commanded them not, neither came it into my mind, that they should do this abomination, to cause Judah to sin.

And they built abortion clinics and staffed them with the priests and priestesses of satan in every city and town throughout the entire United States of America, so that they could easily bring their babies to be offered up to their god satan. They did this thing even though I had commanded them not to and even worse, the thought of offering up children never even entered into My mind.)

36 And now therefore thus saith the LORD, the God of Israel, concerning this city, whereof ye say, It shall be delivered into the hand of the king of Babylon by the sword, and by the famine, and by the pestilence.

Therefore, says the Lord thy God, thy Creator, regarding these :

United States of America, I am going to cause you to be at war and your going to lose that war and you're no longer going to be free to choose, for you are going to be under the hand of a truly vicious and cruel government, a country that will do to you as adults what you have done to those babies.

Now, there will be some of you who will disagree with this, but, what do you base your disagreement on? Do you base it on your hope that it is wrong? Do you base it on the reports of peter jennings and the clinton administration? Do you base it upon the words of the local abortionists and their cronies?

to often we focus on the funny little bracelets that say "What would Jesus Do?" Kiddies, forget what would HE do, that's foolish, it is a way to get you to try and place yourself in His stead and determine what you think He would do. Instead, read His words, read His book, read His prophets, read His prophecy in the Book of Revelation so that you will know What Will JESUS Do, not asking a silly question but knowing the answer for He is a gentle, honest and kind God who has not only warned us, but has told us what will happen if we disregard His rules. Keep this in mind:

Matthew 5:17-18

17 Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil. Don't think that I came to eliminate the rules and laws of God, I didn't, I came to fulfill all those prophecies that dealt with the first coming of the Messiah.

18 For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled. For, until every last detail of prophecy is fulfilled, not one rule, law or for that matter, not one comma or period is changed or deleted.

Now, in closing let me say this to you, and you had better read and study this carefully, it is better for a man to use every bit of force he can muster to prevent his child's being aborted than to sit on the sidelines and let it happen. Before you get her pregnant, before you unzip your zipper, you had better think this, "am I willing to kill to let this baby live?". If you're not and there is any chance that your action could result in a woman bring that baby to the alter of satan, you had better keep that zipper up and run for your very life. For it is your eternal life you are in danger of losing.

I am not at all convinced that an abortionist can be saved, I am not at all convinced that an abortionist can or will be forgiven of their sin. And I base that upon this:

Mark 3:28-29

28 Verily I say unto you, All sins shall be forgiven unto the sons of men, and blasphemies wherewith soever they shall blaspheme:

29 But he that shall blaspheme against the Holy Ghost hath never forgiveness, but is in danger of eternal damnation:

and this. Now read this carefully.

1 Corinthians 3:16-17

16 Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you?

17 If any man defile the temple of God, him shall God destroy; for the temple of God is holy, which temple ye are.

Stay with me, God created that baby in the womb, He created that baby as not only a baby, but as one who has not yet sinned, forget what some churches teach, this baby in the womb, is God's creation and it is without sin. Since it is a baby, and since it is without sin, it is, like a Born Again Christian at the very moment of acceptance of the Lord and that very moment when all pervious sins are washed with the Blood of the Lamb. Therefore that baby is the temple of God, wherein the Holy Spirit, God resides. Now look again at verse 17.

When an abortionist kills that baby, cuts him or her up, packages and sells the little baby's body parts for money, do you not think that fulfills "If any man defile the temple of God,"? Do you not think God is serious when He says that, He will destroy that abortionist that defiled His temple, that baby? For He tells us, that temple, the babies body, is holy, because God dwells in it.

Pray my brothers and sisters, pray that God will send us a Gideon, a David or even a Saul to rescue us and help us turn around, before it is too late and we as a nation have passed the point of no return. Pray that God will deal with those in that industry and those who supply them and support them. Pray that God will do to them what they do to His little temples in the womb.

May the Lord our God bless you all, may He bless you and yours and may He protect you and yours from the evil that has taken over our government, may He turn not His face from us, but instead raise up one to lead us to do what is right in His sight.

May He keep us all within and under His wings, amen.

for the week starting Sunday October 31st, 1999

Your worst nightmare.

Oh Lord in heaven how holy is thy name, Lord God above, forgive us for those things we have said, done and thought that have offended thee, help us Lord to do and to understand thy word, help us Lord to serve you and to do as you would have us do, help us Lord to be found favorable in thy sight. Amen.

Let me start by saying, I have never read a Stephen King novel, I have never even had the desire to read the trash he puts into print, but I have read the reviews published by the pornography dealers at various book retail outlets and in the New York Times. As a result, I can assume that Mr. King is considered the king of horror.

Hogwash!

While I have not read Mr. King's trash, I have read the Book of Revelation and that my friend is the book of horrors if you are not Saved! We often hear liberal theologians and their kindred tell us how if Jesus were to come back today, he would embrace the sinner, He would lovingly reason with the cowardly abortionist and those that slaughter, rip apart, sell and use those beautiful innocent little babies for research, candles and animal fodder.

Hogwash!

Let me tell you something, if you're here on earth during the seven year period between the time the Lord calls His bride, the Church of Philadelphia and when He comes on the Last day and throws Satan into hell, you're in for a time that on it's best day will make the worst night in a Stephen King novel seem like a day in the park. Jesus is not coming back to cuddle the sinner, He isn't coming back to reason with the abortionist, He isn't coming back to feed the hungry and heal the sick, no friends as matter of fact, just the opposite. During that seven years, He is going to cause starvation that you can't even begin to fathom, He is going to cause an illness that is so bad that men beg to die, but He will not let them. Do you know what that means? Men are going to be so sick and in such pain that they are going to beg God to let them die, they are going to throw themselves in front of trains, jump off cliffs, shoot themselves anything to kill themselves to end the pain. Guess what, God doesn't let them die!

Oh I can hear some of you now, "Oh. Pastor, there you go again, preaching hate"

Hogwash!

This isn't hate it is fact and if you keep looking at the Lord like He's the Pillsbury dough boy, your going to find yourself on the wrong side of the gulf see Luke 16:26. Let's look at the sixth chapter of the Book of Revelation.

Revelation 6:1-17

1 And I (John) saw when the Lamb (Jesus) open one of the seals, and I heard, as it were the noise of thunder, one of the four beasts saying, Come and see.

2 And I (John) saw, and behold a white horse: and he that sat on him had a bow; and a crown was given unto him: and he went forth conquering, and to conquer. ( War, big time war)
3 And when He (Jesus) had opened the second seal, I heard the second beast say, Come and see.
4 And there went out another horse that was red: and power was given to him that sat thereon to take peace from the earth, and that they should kill one another: and there was given unto him a great sword. (War and more war.)
5 And when He (Jesus) had opened the third seal, I heard the third beast say, Come and see. And I beheld, and lo a black horse; and he that sat on him had a pair of balances in his hand.
6 And I heard a voice in the midst of the four beasts say, "A measure of wheat for a penny, and three measures of barley for a penny; and see thou hurt not the oil and the wine." (Famine, big time, a loaf of bread for a day's wages, two loves of barley bread for a days wages and wine and oil too expensive to even bother with.)

7 And when He (Jesus) had opened the fourth seal, I heard the voice of the fourth beast say, Come and see.
8 And I looked, and behold a pale horse: and his name that sat on him was Death, and Hell followed with him. And power was given unto them over the fourth part of the earth, to kill with sword, and with hunger, and with death, and with the beasts of the earth.

Pestilence, disease, war, famine, and more. So, where is the horse with the rider that celebrates diversity? Anyone see the horse with the rider saying "to all is forgiven, God is sorry He bothered you, accept His apologies and go on with your abortions and homosexuality and adulteries and lying and cheating? No? Well guess what, you can't find it because there is no such horse and rider in the Word of God, only in the words of those who preach lies and deceit!

9 And when He (Jesus) had opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of them that were slain for the word of God ( the martyred Christians), and (killed) for the testimony which they held:
10 And they cried with a loud voice, saying, "How long, O Lord, holy and true, dost Thou not judge and avenge our blood on them that dwell on the earth?"
11 And white robes were given unto every one of them; and it was said unto them, that they should rest yet for a little season, until their fellow servants also and their brethren, that should be killed as they were, should be fulfilled.

Notice the loving kindness the Lord shows His martyred, He hears them, He answers them and He clothes them. In His answer He tells them to be patient just a bit, linger for they still have brothers, fellow Christians, that are to join them and they must wait for these fellow saints,.that would be the tribulation of the saints.

12 And I beheld when He (Jesus) had opened the sixth seal, and, lo, there was a great earthquake; and the sun became black as sackcloth of hair, and the moon became as blood;

This earthquake is so bad and kicks so much dust and dirt up into the air, that the sun is hidden from view. Guess what, better hope that doesn't happen in the winter, no sun, no heat, no heat, frostbite, frostbite big time.

13 And the stars of heaven fell unto the earth, even as a fig tree casteth her untimely figs, when she is shaken of a mighty wind. (Ever seen a fruit tree with ripe fruit on it in a wind storm? Remember how the fruit just rained down? Well, not fruit, but stars.)
14 And the heaven departed as a scroll when it is rolled together; and every mountain and island were moved out of their places.

Sounds like some kind of earthquake doesn't it? Notice, that it is world wide. And visualize if you will a scroll, a long piece of paper, being rolled out and smoothed out and rolled up again.

15 And the kings of the earth, and the great men, and the rich men, and the chief captains, and the mighty men, and every bondman, and every free man, hid themselves in the dens and in the rocks of the mountains;
16 And said to the mountains and rocks, Fall on us, and hide us from the face of Him that sitteth on the throne (God the Father), and from the wrath of the Lamb (God the Son, Jesus):
17 For the great day of His (God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit) wrath is come; and who shall be able to stand?

Hey, notice God doesn't even take the time to answer these heathens in the closing verses, contrast that to His loving answers to the saints in verses 10 and 11.

Look, we all have just two choices to make in life, forget all the others, they by comparison pale in importance to the choice you make of the two that decide where you will spend eternity. The choices are real simple, accept or reject Jesus, the Son of God.

If you do nothing, you have rejected Jesus, for the default in this multiple choice game is rejection and hell. You see, you must make a concise and determined decision to accept Jesus as your Lord and Saviour, otherwise you have rejected Him and you go to hell! While that rhymes and sounds cute, it is no laughing matter, it is gospel fact. If you do not accept Jesus as your Christ, you go to hell! Look:

John 8:24
24 I said therefore unto you, that ye shall die in your sins: for if ye believe not that I am He, ye shall die in your sins.

John 3:17-18
17 For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.
18 He that believeth on Him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.

How much plainer can it be? How much easier could the Lord have made it for you to understand? He that believes on Jesus, is not condemned! But he that does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God, Jesus, the Messiah. How much plainer could it be? The default is hell, by doing nothing you go to hell. Don't be a fool, don't go to hell, don't be stuck here for the seven years, don't be one begging for the mountains to fall on you. Accept Jesus!

Oh Lord Jesus, thank you for what you have done for us, thank you Lord for the food you have provided for us, the water we drink, the air we breath and the fellowship of others who to have given themselves to thee. But thank you most of all for what you did on the cross for me, thank you Lord for shedding your precious blood so that I live, thank you Lord. And Lord I pray that you will bless this ministry and all that come to it. And thank you Lord for bringing Seth home safe and sound. Amen

Rev. Robert M. Celeste MCAC Pastor

A full Gospel, Non Denominational, Fundamental Christian Church

for the week starting Sunday October 17th, 1999

Faith and action.

We need to have the faith of a blind man and take the actions of a leper. We need to follow Jesus. We need to stop worrying about Clinton, the boss at work or even what our families and friends think. We need to declare that Jesus is King. Jesus is Lord of lords, King of kings and that it is Him and only Him we serve.

John 9:1-41
1 And as Jesus passed by, he saw a man which was blind from his birth.
2 And his disciples asked him, saying, Master, who did sin, this man, or his parents, that he was born blind?
3 Jesus answered, Neither hath this man sinned, nor his parents: but that the works of God should be made manifest in him.

Look at the faith these men had in God, they didn't ask the Lord what kind of illness this blind man had or what kind of accident he may have had when he was younger, no they asked the Lord, ‘Who sinned Lord, him or his parents that God blinded him?'

And look in verse four at the Lord's answer, He doesn't treat them as if that was a stupid question, no, He in turn tells them that he, the blind man, is not blind because of any ones sin, he is blind so that, He, Jesus, might do a miracle in front of them and the jews.

4 I must work the works of him that sent me, while it is day: the night cometh, when no man can work.
5 As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world.

Now do you see that in verse five, the Lord says, that He is the light of the world and that light will not always be here. Well look at:

II Thessalonians 2:7-8
7 For the mystery of iniquity doth already work: only He who now letteth will let, until He be taken out of the way.
8 And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of His mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming:

Verse 7: could read like this: for evil is already at work, only God, who now lets it happen will continue to let it happen until He, God leaves earth and goes back to heaven. (We call it Rapture or the Gathering)
8: And when that happens the devil will be revealed and God will come back and destroy him. Look at Revelation 19:

Revelation 19:11-21
11 And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and He that sat upon him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness He doth judge and make war.(That's Jesus.)
12 His eyes were as a flame of fire, and on His head were many crowns; and He had a name written, that no man knew, but He Himself.
13 And He was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and His name is called The Word of God. (Read John 1 verses 1-8)
14 And the armies which were in heaven followed Him upon white horses, clothed in fine linen, white and clean.
15 And out of His mouth goeth a sharp sword, that with it He should smite the nations: and He shall rule them with a rod of iron: and He treadeth the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God.
16 And He hath on His vesture and on His thigh a name written, KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS.
17 And I saw an angel standing in the sun; and he cried with a loud voice, saying to all the fowls that fly in the midst of heaven, Come and gather yourselves together unto the supper of the great God;
18 That ye may eat the flesh of kings, and the flesh of captains, and the flesh of mighty men, and the flesh of horses, and of them that sit on them, and the flesh of all men, both free and bond, both small and great.
19 And I saw the beast, and the kings of the earth, and their armies, gathered together to make war against him that sat on the horse, and against his army.
20 And the beast was taken, and with him the false prophet that wrought miracles before him, with which he deceived them that had received the mark of the beast, and them that worshipped his image. These both were cast alive into a lake of fire burning with brimstone.
21 And the remnant were slain with the sword of Him that sat upon the horse, which sword proceeded out of His mouth: and all the fowls were filled with their flesh.

OK, back to John 9:
6 When Jesus had thus spoken, He spat on the ground, and made clay of the spittle, and He anointed the eyes of the blind man with the clay,
7 And said unto him, Go, wash in the pool of Siloam, (which is by interpretation, Sent.) He went his way therefore, and washed, and came seeing.
Now notice in verse 7, the man had to go to the pool and wash; but look also at: II Kings 5:9-10 & 14
9 So Naaman came with his horses and with his chariot, and stood at the door of the house of Elisha.
10 And Elisha sent a messenger unto him, saying, Go and wash in Jordan seven times, and thy flesh shall come again to thee, and thou shalt be clean.
14 Then went he down, and dipped himself seven times in Jordan, according to the saying of the man of God: and his flesh came again like unto the flesh of a little child, and he was clean.

See, faith and action are needed.

8 The neighbours therefore, and they which before had seen him that he was blind, said, Is not this he that sat and begged?
9 Some said, This is he: others said, He is like him: but, he who had been blind said, I am he.
10 Therefore said they unto him, How were thine eyes opened?
11 He answered and said, A man that is called Jesus made clay, and anointed mine eyes, and said unto me, Go to the pool of Siloam, and wash: and I went and washed, and I received sight.

See, the blind man had faith and he took actions and he recieved his sight, Naaman, went down to the river, dipped seven times and was clean of the leprosy. Faith and action.

12 Then said they unto him, Where is He? He said, I know not.
13 They brought to the Pharisees him that aforetime was blind.

14 And it was the sabbath day when Jesus made the clay, and opened his eyes. (Oops, the Lord did again, He did a good miracle on the sabbath day, boy are those big shots in the temple going to be mad at Him.)

15 Then again the Pharisees also asked him how he had received his sight. He said unto them, He put clay upon mine eyes, and I washed, and do see.
16 Therefore said some of the Pharisees, This man is not of God, because He keepeth not the sabbath day. Others said, How can a man that is a sinner do such miracles? And there was a division among them. (Notice, they are talking about Jesus here.)

17 They say unto the blind man again, What sayest thou of Jesus, that He hath opened thine eyes? He said, He is a prophet.
18 But the Jews did not believe concerning him, that he had been blind, and received his sight, until they called the parents of him that had received his sight.
19 And they asked them, saying, Is this your son, who ye say was born blind? How then doth he now see?
20 His parents answered them and said, We know that this is our son, and that he was born blind:
21 But by what means he now seeth, we know not; or who hath opened his eyes, we know not: he is of age; ask him: he shall speak for himself.
22 These words spake his parents, because they feared the Jews: for the Jews had agreed already, that if any man did confess that Jesus was Christ, he should be put out of the synagogue.
23 Therefore said his parents, He is of age; ask him.

24 Then again called they the man that was blind, and said unto him, Give God the praise: we know that this man, Jesus, is a sinner.
25 He answered and said, Whether He be a sinner or no, I know not: one thing I know, that, whereas I was blind, now I see.
26 Then said they to him again, What did He to thee? how opened He thine eyes?
27 He answered them, I have told you already, and ye did not hear: wherefore would ye hear it again? will ye also be His disciples?
28 Then they reviled him, and said, Thou art His disciple; but we are Moses' disciples.
29 We know that God spake unto Moses: as for this fellow, we know not from whence He is.
30 The man answered and said unto them, Why herein is a marvellous thing, that ye know not from whence He is, and yet He hath opened mine eyes.
31 Now we know that God heareth not sinners: but if any man be a worshipper of God, and doeth his will, him he heareth.
32 Since the world began was it not heard that any man opened the eyes of one that was born blind.
33 If this man were not of God, He could do nothing.

34 They answered and said unto him, Thou wast altogether born in sins, and dost thou teach us? And they cast him out.

35 Jesus heard that they had cast him out; and when He had found him, He said unto him, Dost thou believe on the Son of God?
36 He answered and said, Who is He, Lord, that I might believe on Him?
37 And Jesus said unto him, Thou hast both seen Him, and it is He that talketh with thee.

38 And he said, Lord, I believe. And he worshipped Him.

39 And Jesus said, For judgment I am come into this world, that they which see not might see; and that they which see might be made blind.

40 And some of the Pharisees which were with Jesus heard these words, and said unto Him, Are we blind also?
41 Jesus said unto them, If ye were blind, ye should have no sin: but now ye say, We see; therefore your sin remaineth. (Jesus said to them, if you were blind, if you hadn't read the law and the prophets, if you didn't claim to know so much, you might be saved, but because you claim to know so much that you have rejected me, your sin remains.

Friends, have faith, believe on the Lord Jesus. And take action, cleanse your sins by washing yourself in His blood. How? Get on your knees and ask the Lord to forgive you, acknowledge that you are unworthy, we all are you know. Tell Him you want to thank Him for what He did on the cross for you, if you were the only person on earth, He would have still gone to the cross, just for you. And then tell Him how much of mess you have made of your own life and ask Him to take over your life and invite Him into your heart. Do that seriously and you'll now your Saved, because the Lord will tell you what to do after that.

for the week starting Sunday October 10th, 1999

Can a man earn his way into hell? Are there any that deserve hell? Are there any that the Lord didn't die for?

Tough questions, but ones we need answers to. Those who abort babies, those who cut those babies up and sell their little parts. Those who buy and use those parts for purposes only satan could approve of. Do they deserve hell? Have they earned their way into everlasting damnation? "Where their worm dieth not, and the fire is not quenched." Jesus in Mark 9:44.

Like Jonah, I too wish the answer to that question were yes, but alas, I'm afraid that is not necessarily so. Look with me at the Book of Jonah.

Jonah 1:1-3

1 Now the word of the LORD came unto Jonah the son of Amittai, saying,

2 Arise, go to Nineveh, that great city, and cry against it; for their wickedness is come up before me.

3 But Jonah rose up to flee unto Tarshish from the presence of the LORD, and went down to Joppa; and he found a ship going to Tarshish: so he paid the fare thereof, and went down into it, to go with them unto Tarshish from the presence of the LORD.

Now I have to tell you, I understand Jonah here. For if the Lord were to come to me and say "Bob, go to that wicked city of Washington, where the stench of their sin has reached up to me and preach repentance to them", I would pack my van and head for Canada. For as Jonah honestly felt that Nineveh deserved the wrath of God, so do I feel about Washington, abortionist and Maine's Congressional delegation.

Ok, back to Jonah;

Jonah 1:4-6

4 But the LORD sent out a great wind into the sea, and there was a mighty tempest in the sea, so that the ship was like to be broken.

5 Then the mariners were afraid, and cried every man unto his god, and cast forth the wares that were in the ship into the sea, to lighten it of them. But Jonah was gone down into the sides of the ship; and he lay, and was fast asleep.

6 So the shipmaster came to him, and said unto him, What meanest thou, O sleeper? arise, call upon thy God, if so be that God will think upon us, that we perish not.

Oops, guess Jonah didn't hide very well.

Jonah 1:15-17

15 So they took up Jonah, and cast him forth into the sea: and the sea ceased from her raging.

16 Then the men feared the LORD exceedingly, and offered a sacrifice unto the LORD, and made vows.

17 Now the LORD had prepared a great fish to swallow up Jonah. And Jonah was in the belly of the fish three days and three nights.

Hmm, maybe I wouldn't head for Canada after all. Might not be many big fish between here and there, but who knows what kind of bear or moose the Lord could bring out of the Maine woods.

Jonah 2:1-10

1 Then Jonah prayed unto the LORD his God out of the fish's belly,

2 And said, I cried by reason of mine affliction unto the LORD, and he heard me; out of the belly of hell cried I, and thou heardest my voice.

3 For thou hadst cast me into the deep, in the midst of the seas; and the floods compassed me about: all thy billows and thy waves passed over me.

4 Then I said, I am cast out of thy sight; yet I will look again toward thy holy temple.

5 The waters compassed me about, even to the soul: the depth closed me round about, the weeds were wrapped about my head.

6 I went down to the bottoms of the mountains; the earth with her bars was about me for ever: yet hast thou brought up my life from corruption, O LORD my God.

7 When my soul fainted within me I remembered the LORD: and my prayer came in unto thee, into thine holy temple.

8 They that observe lying vanities forsake their own mercy.

9 But I will sacrifice unto thee with the voice of thanksgiving; I will pay that that I have vowed. Salvation is of the LORD.

What we have here is Jonah repenting and asking for another chance, I think he is willing to go to Nineveh this time.

So, the Lord looked at the fish;

10 And the LORD spake unto the fish, and it vomited out Jonah upon the dry land.

Jonah 3:4

4 And Jonah began to enter into the city a day's journey, and he cried, and said, Yet forty days, and Nineveh shall be overthrown.

Now, history teaches a few things about the Ninevehites, they were mean, vicious, pagans who killed and tortured. They suppressed and enslaved the people of God. And while Jonah was calling out to them to repent, he really was hoping they wouldn't, he really wanted to see God clean their clocks.

But;

Jonah 3:5-9

5 So the people of Nineveh believed God, and proclaimed a fast, and put on sackcloth, from the greatest of them even to the least of them.

6 For word came unto the king of Nineveh, and he arose from his throne, and he laid his robe from him, and covered him with sackcloth, and sat in ashes.

7 And he caused it to be proclaimed and published through Nineveh by the decree of the king and his nobles, saying, Let neither man nor beast, herd nor flock, taste any thing: let them not feed, nor drink water:

8 But let man and beast be covered with sackcloth, and cry mightily unto God: yea, let them turn every one from his evil way, and from the violence that is in their hands.

9 Who can tell if God will turn and repent, and turn away from his fierce anger, that we perish not?

Do you think the abortionist would repent today? Do you think clinton, his minions and his ilk would repent today? Do you think Maine's congressman and senators would ask for forgiveness for their life styes and votes? Are they any better than those in Nineveh? And even if they did repent, do you think God would listen to them?

Jonah 3:10

10 And God saw their works, that they turned from their evil way; and God repented of the evil, that He had said that He would do unto them; and He did it not.

But of course only God knew that He had changed His mind about cleaning Nineveh's clock, while Jonah knew they had repented, like many of us, when we see a abortionist, even a former one, we really don't want to let them off of God's hook. We don't want to share heaven with them. We are kind of like, well, Jonah.

But, Jonah, knowing God, knows there is a really good chance that the Lord will forgive them, so, he;

Jonah 4:1-3

1 But it displeased Jonah exceedingly, and he was very angry.

2 And he prayed unto the LORD, and said, I pray thee, O LORD, was not this my saying, when I was yet in my country? Therefore I fled before unto Tarshish: for I knew that thou art a gracious God, and merciful, slow to anger, and of great kindness, and repentest thee of the evil.

3 Therefore now, O LORD, take, I beseech thee, my life from me; for it is better for me to die than to live.

Jonah is throwing a temper tantrum, kind of like when your child comes to you and says "you love her more than me, if you loved me, you would spank her." Only a bit more serious, he is saying, kill me oh Lord, don't make me share your love with them abortionist and politicians, I mean Ninevehites.

So, God just like a loving Father;

Jonah 4:4

4 Then said the LORD, Doest thou well to be angry?

Kind of like, "well Jonah, do you feel better now, have you got it all out of your system?"

But, not us, oops, I mean our Jonah,

Jonah 4:5-6

5 So Jonah went out of the city, and sat on the east side of the city, and there made him a booth, and sat under it in the shadow, till he might see what would become of the city.

6 And the LORD God prepared a gourd, and made it to come up over Jonah, that it might be a shadow over his head, to deliver him from his grief. So Jonah was exceeding glad of the gourd.

See that, Jonah goes and sits down where he can watch the show, just incase God decides to listen to him and clean Nineveh's clock. And God, wanting Jonah to be comfortable, so God caused a plant to grow with big leaves to shade him from God's hot sun.

And then;

Jonah 4:7-8

7 But God prepared a worm when the morning rose the next day, and it smote the gourd that it withered.

8 And it came to pass, when the sun did arise, that God prepared a vehement east wind; and the sun beat upon the head of Jonah, that he fainted, and wished in himself to die, and said, It is better for me to die than to live.

Oh, here it comes again, Jonah complaining. But God has an important message here for Jonah as He does for us today,

Jonah 4:9-11

9 And God said to Jonah, Doest thou well to be angry for the gourd? And Jonah said, I do well to be angry, even unto death.

10 Then said the LORD, Thou hast had pity on the gourd, for the which thou hast not laboured, neither madest it grow; which came up in a night, and perished in a night:

11 And should not I spare Nineveh, that great city, wherein are more than sixscore thousand persons that cannot discern between their right hand and their left hand; and also much cattle?

God asked Jonah why are you so angry about the gourd, you didn't plant it, you didn't water it, you didn't trim it, you did nothing for it, so why are you so angry? Then God goes on saying to Jonah, shouldn't I care about those 120 thousand people I made? How about the cattle and sheep, dogs and cats, mice and fleas, that I made, aren't they worth as much concern by me as the gourd is to you?

But, a hundred and forty years later, God did clean the clock of Nineveh, so given time, just like Nineveh, the politicians, the Christian haters, the abortionist, the homosexuals, the pornographers and those who cut up and sell those precious little gifts from the Father above, will finally refuse the Lord enough times, to where He will clean their clocks.

Do they deserve hell? Have they earned hell? Like Jonah, I think so, but the word of God teaches us that only God knows when He will say, enough is enough and send them to everlasting damnation? "Where their worm dieth not, and the fire is not quenched." Jesus in Mark 9:44.

But you can be rest assured, that if they do not repent and accept the Lord Jesus as their own personal Lord and Saviour, if they don't accept His invitation and let Him take control of their lifes and let the Holy Spirit dwell within them, they will condemn themselves! But, that goes for each and everyone else as well, if Jonah hadn't repented, do you think God would have made that fish give up it's meal? No, He wouldn't have, for God can raise prophets and servants out of stones. For, is it not written;

Genesis 2:7

7 And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.

And Jesus tells us in Matthew 3:9 And think not to say within yourselves, We have Abraham to our father: for I say unto you, that God is able of these stones to raise up children unto Abraham.

But He has also told us that for those who turn from Him, everlasting damnation is the result.

John 3:16-21

16 For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

17 For God sent not His Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through His Son might be saved.

18 He that believeth on Him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.

19 And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil.

20 For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved.

21 But he that doeth truth cometh to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest, that they are wrought in God.

Don't miss out, come to the Light, accept the gift of salvation the Lord has and is offering you. And if you are already saved, pray and ask God to clean up our Nineveh. Ask Him to end abortion. Ask Him to rescue us and ours from the evil that has become government. But most, pray for your wife and children ask God to bless and protect them pray for those the Lord has selected to be your sons wives and your daughters husbands. Ask the Lord to bless those who bless you and yours ten fold. And carefully ask Him to weigh and judge those who curse you, asking him to decide to either let it pass or to bring that curse down upon them and theirs tenfold. Love your families men, they are the only possession you have that you can bring into heaven with you.

for the week starting Sunday October 3rd, 1999

Husband and Wife and Marriage bed.

Pastors receive many questions and are often times called upon to help in counseling within families and even at times within the church family itself. But I think most pastors would agree that one of the most problems that arise the most is the problem of sex within the marriage. Too often when talking to the wandering husband or wife, the reason for the wandering is the misconception of what is allowed, sexually, within the marriage.

So, today, let us deal with sex and the Christian couple. This is not so mature that the children can not hear or read it, for God created sex not as torment nor punishment, but for the married couple to enjoy.

Does God condone premarital sex or sex outside of the vows of marriage between a husband and a wife? NO! Half of chapter 20 of the Book of Leviticus could be summed up as, Man shall sleep with only his wife!

But, within the marriage, now that is a different story. Look at virginity. What is it, why is it? Well, we all know what it is, but have you ever thought why it is?

God gave to girls virginity, not as something for them to hand out to whoever they wanted to, when ever they wanted to. No, He gave it to the young lady as a special wedding gift for her and her husband to share. He gave it as a special gift that no one else could duplicate. You may get three toasters and five blenders, but you'll only get one virginity. God has given this gift as a special binding glue for the marriage. For God created sex, not man, not satan. And only God can give that special gift.

But what about after that, is are there any rules regarding the actions of the husband and wife in the bedroom? Oh yes there is, there most certainly is, ONE! God the Father, God the Creator has only placed one restriction of what a husband and wife can do in the bedroom.

Leviticus 20:18

18 And if a man shall lie with a woman having her sickness, and shall uncover her nakedness; he hath discovered her fountain, and she hath uncovered the fountain of her blood: and both of them shall be cut off from among their people. (KJV)

That's it, that is the only thing that God tells you that you and your wife cannot do. That's it! How do we know? Well a bit back in Leviticus in Leviticus 20:13 we read this:

13 If a man also lie with mankind, as he lieth with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination: they shall surely be put to death; their blood shall be upon them. (KJV)

Now hold on, I can see the confusion, your looking at me as if I can't read and don't understand that this deals with the prohibiting of homosexuality. I understand that, but look at what is says. "If a man also lie with mankind, as he lieth with a woman" if man lies with a man as he would with a woman. You could also read it like this, it is ok for man to do with his wife what man can do with another man. For, the one thing that man can only do with his wife, can not be done with another man. Do you understand? God the Father has put no restrictions on the marriage bed, other than Leviticus 20:18.

Look at what the Lord says about marriage.

Matthew 19:3-6

3 The Pharisees also came unto him, tempting him, and saying unto him, Is it lawful for a man to put away his wife for every cause?

4 And he answered and said unto them, Have ye not read, that he which made them at the beginning made them male and female,

5 And said, For this cause shall a man leave father and mother, and shall cleave to his wife: and they twain shall be one flesh?

6 Wherefore they are no more twain, but one flesh. What therefore God hath joined together, let not man put asunder. (KJV)

Has Jesus put any limitations here? Has He said, "let no man put asunder using pictures only"? Has He said "let no man put asunder using rules and laws only"? NO, He is telling us that no man is to come between a husband and a wife. No man, no rules, no nothing! When husbands wander, get caught and both the husband and the wife come to the pastor for counseling, when the pastor ask the husband why, why he wandered, the answer more often than not is "well, I wanted to try such and such a thing." Or, "I asked my wife to do this, and she told me that Christian woman can't do that." The bottom line is this, to often, pastors are embarrassed to preach a sermon on what a married couple can do in bed, so, by their silence on the subject, people get the idea that only sex for procreation is allowable. And natural sexual desires end up being put on a back burner causing both husband and wife to be irritable and argumentative. And looking where they shouldn't be looking. And guess whose plan that fits in with. Not Gods my friend, for He is not the God of discontent. He isn't the one that wants to see husbands and wives fighting, Satan is!

Looking further at Scriptures we see even further evidence of Gods desire that both husband and wife bend over backwards to satisfy their spouses. Look:

1 Corinthians 7:2-6

2 Nevertheless, to avoid fornication, let every man have his own wife, and let every woman have her own husband. Paul is confirming natural sexual desires and is saying that to satisfy them without sinning, each man should have his own wife and each woman should have her own husband.

3 Let the husband render unto the wife due benevolence: and likewise also the wife unto the husband.

4 The wife hath not power of her own body, but the husband: and likewise also the husband hath not power of his own body, but the wife. Here in 3 and 4, Paul is telling us that we need to put our spouses needs ahead of our own feelings at times, so as not to cause the problems that sexual depravation brings. Keep in mind here. Paul is talking to fellow believers.

5 Defraud ye not one the other, except it be with consent for a time, that ye may give yourselves to fasting and prayer; and come together again, that Satan tempt you not for your incontinency. Defraud doesn't mean cheat here, it means don't hold back from one another, except when the two of you have agreed to refrain from sex as part of fasting and praying unto the Lord.

6 But I speak this by permission, and not of commandment. This is interesting, here we have an example of where Paul went to the Lord in prayer and asked if he could handle a question that had come up in this way, and the Lord had told him he could.

1 Corinthians 7:1

1 Now concerning the things whereof ye wrote unto me: It is good for a man not to touch a woman. What they were asking Paul was wether it was OK for a man to have a wife or should all men be like him, having no wife. They probably went on in their letter telling him of how they were being driven nuts by mini skirts and televison ads for skimpy underwear.

So, you can see where God created man and woman to be one. He created virginity as a special wedding gift for a young lady and he who God has chosen for her. And that once they are married, He has put literary no restraint on them, but instead has used them as an example of what men should not do, in Leviticus 20:13. God wants husbands and wives to have children and for that very reason He made the act that creates children and the acts that husbands and wives do together so enjoyable. Look at the ones who twist His word attempting to get you forsake family, children and faithfulness to husbands and wives. Who do they serve? Do they serve the God who created men and women in the first place? No. So, why listen to them, follow the writing of the Lord your God and the love He has placed inside of you for the one you are married to.

That is why it is so important that ye be not unequally yoked.

2 Corinthians 6:14-16

14 Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness?

15 And what concord hath Christ with Belial? or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel?

16 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.

Look, if both a husband and wife are both Born Again believers, they won't defile the marriage bed by bringing others and other things into it. With two believers, there is no limitations other than

Leviticus 20:18

18 And if a man shall lie with a woman having her sickness, and shall uncover her nakedness; he hath discovered her fountain, and she hath uncovered the fountain of her blood: and both of them shall be cut off from among their people.

Is that so hard to live with/ But, when only one si Saved and the other is a heathen, it does make it much more difficult. For heathens by the very god they serve, will want to do things that involve others and other things than just the man and wife.

The Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Let Him into your heart and your marriage. Let Him resolve your problems and your frustrations. Read His word and seek His answers. Don't focus on what the heathen says, focus on what He who created you says. For never ever forget this.

John 3:16-18

16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

17 For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.

18 He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.

For as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so was the Lord Jesus lifted up: so that whosoever believes on the Lord will not perish, but have eternal life.

God bless you and your marriage and for those of you who are not yet married, wait, wait for the one the Lord has chosen for you. Be ye not unequally yoked. For nothing could be worse than for a Christian to be yoked to a heathen. Look at the troubled marriages around you, what do they lack? Christ!

Children, believe Paul, wait for the one the Lord has chosen for you, don't rush, don't hurry, simply pray and ask Him to send to you His one chosen for you. But wait, for He has given only one wedding gift of virginity per virgin. What a waste of the most perfect of wedding gifts to be shared with the wrong spouse.

Lord Jesus help us to pray, help children to pray for their futures and their parents. Help parents to pray for their children and grand children. And help us all dear Lord to make amends for the things we have done wrong. Forgive us Lord for the things we have said, done and thought that have caused you and the Father pain. Oh help us to be what You want us to be, help us to serve Thee, accept us and refine us, please dear Saviour and Lord thank You for what You did on the cross, enabling us, who have repented and given ourselves to You, to spend eternity with You and the Father and the holy Spirit. Amen.

Let me just close with this final thought for you to consider. God really isn't big on rules for His people you know. Look at what He told Adam.

Genesis 2:15-17

15 And the LORD God took the man, and put him into the garden of Eden to dress it and to keep it.

16 And the LORD God commanded the man, saying, Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat:

17 But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die.

And to husband and wives He is saying you can do anything you want together in your marriage bed, except, to have her when she is having her period.

Don't make the same mistake Adam and Eve made, abide by the Lords one rule.

for the week starting Sunday September 26th, 1999

Are preachers masochist? Do they enjoy being beat up on by heathens?

I was watching Bill Gates and his wife on television the other night. Mr. Gates has decided to give a billion dollars to poor kids for education. Well, compared to Mr. Gate's two kids, every kid is poor, for after all, his children's dad is one of the richest men in the world. Earthly riches that is. And I started thinking, when you see these rich and famous men and women on televison or read about them in the papers, do you ever see them Thanking God?

Oh, they thank their parents and teachers, friends and relatives, former bosses and boy scout leaders. You hear them telling about how this one or that one influenced them, but do you ever hear them praising and thanking He who gave them all they have?

They thank other creations for giving them insight, whatever that is, compassion and understanding. But do you ever hear them thanking He who gave them understanding, breath, life, gravity, earth, trees, the very marrow in their bones and the cells of their brains?

No? Neither do I, but it wasn't always that way.

Second Samuel 22:50
Therefore I will give thanks unto thee, O LORD, among the heathen, and I will sing praises unto thy name. First Chronicles 16:8-14
8 Give thanks unto the LORD, call upon his name, make known his deeds among the people.
9 Sing unto him, sing psalms unto him, talk ye of all his wondrous works.
10 Glory ye in his holy name: let the heart of them rejoice that seek the LORD.
11 Seek the LORD and his strength, seek his face continually.
12 Remember his marvelous works that he hath done, his wonders, and the judgments of his mouth;
13 O ye seed of Israel his servant, ye children of Jacob, his chosen ones.
14 He is the LORD our God; his judgments are in all the earth.

First Chronicles 16:34-36
34 O give thanks unto the LORD; for he is good; for his mercy endureth for ever.
35 And say ye, Save us, O God of our salvation, and gather us together, and deliver us from the heathen, that we may give thanks to thy holy name, and glory in thy praise.
36 Blessed be the LORD God of Israel for ever and ever. And all the people said, Amen, and praised the LORD.

Psalm 18:49
49 Therefore will I give thanks unto thee, O LORD, among the heathen, and sing praises unto thy name.

Psalm 30:4
Sing unto the LORD, O ye saints of his, and give thanks at the remembrance of his holiness.

Psalm 30:12
12 To the end that my glory may sing praise to thee, and not be silent. O LORD my God, I will give thanks unto thee for ever.

Psalm 75:1
Unto thee, O God, do we give thanks, unto thee do we give thanks: for that thy name is near thy wondrous works declare.

Psalm 92:1-2
1 It is a good thing to give thanks unto the LORD, and to sing praises unto thy name, O most High:
2 To shew forth thy loving kindness in the morning, and thy faithfulness every night,

Palms 97:12
12 Rejoice in the LORD, ye righteous; and give thanks at the remembrance of his holiness.

Psalm 105:1-5
1 O give thanks unto the LORD; call upon his name: make known his deeds among the people.
2 Sing unto him, sing psalms unto him: talk ye of all his wondrous works.
3 Glory ye in his holy name: let the heart of them rejoice that seek the LORD.
4 Seek the LORD, and his strength: seek his face evermore.
5 Remember his marvelous works that he hath done; his wonders, and the judgments of his mouth;

Psalm 106:1
Praise ye the LORD. O give thanks unto the LORD; for he is good: for his mercy endureth for ever.

Psalm106:47-48
47 Save us, O LORD our God, and gather us from among the heathen, to give thanks unto thy holy name, and to triumph in thy praise.
48 Blessed be the LORD God of Israel from everlasting to everlasting: and let all the people say, Amen. Praise ye the LORD.

Psalm 107:1-2
1 O give thanks unto the LORD, for he is good: for his mercy endureth for ever.
2 Let the redeemed of the LORD say so, whom he hath redeemed from the hand of the enemy;

Psalm 118:1
Give thanks unto the LORD; for he is good: because his mercy endureth for ever.

Psalm 118:29
O give thanks unto the LORD; for he is good: for his mercy endureth for ever.

Psalm119:62
At midnight I will rise to give thanks unto thee because of thy righteous judgments.

Psalm 136:1-9
1 O give thanks unto the LORD; for he is good: for his mercy endureth for ever.
2 O give thanks unto the God of gods: for his mercy endureth for ever.
3 O give thanks to the Lord of lords: for his mercy endureth for ever.
4 To him who alone doeth great wonders: for his mercy endureth for ever.
5 To him that by wisdom made the heavens: for his mercy endureth for ever.
6 To him that stretched out the earth above the waters: for his mercy endureth for ever.
7 To him that made great lights: for his mercy endureth for ever:
8 The sun to rule by day: for his mercy endureth for ever:
9 The moon and stars to rule by night: for his mercy endureth for ever.

Ephesians 1:16-23
16 Cease not to give thanks for you, making mention of you in my prayers;
17 That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him:
18 The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of his calling, and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints,
19 And what is the exceeding greatness of his power to us-ward who believe, according to the working of his mighty power,
20 Which he wrought in Christ, when he raised him from the dead, and set him at his own right hand in the heavenly places,
21 Far above all principality, and power, and might, and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this world, but also in that which is to come:
22 And hath put all things under his feet, and gave him to be the head over all things to the church,
23 Which is his body, the fulness of him that filleth all in all.

Colossians 1:2-3
2 To the saints and faithful brethren in Christ which are at Colossians: Grace be unto you, and peace, from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
3 We give thanks to God and the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, praying always for you,

First Thessalonians 1:1-3
1 Paul, and Silvanus, and Timotheus, unto the church of the Thessalonians which is in God the Father and in the Lord Jesus Christ: Grace be unto you, and peace, from God our Father, and the Lord Jesus Christ.
2 We give thanks to God always for you all, making mention of you in our prayers;
3 Remembering without ceasing your work of faith, and labour of love, and patience of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ, in the sight of God and our Father;

First Thessalonians 5:16-19
16 Rejoice evermore.
17 Pray without ceasing.
18 In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.
19 Quench not the Spirit.

Second Thessalonians 2:13-14
13 But we are bound to give thanks always to God for you, brethren beloved of the Lord, because God hath from the beginning chosen you to salvation through sanctification of the Spirit and belief of the truth:
14 Whereunto he called you by our gospel, to the obtaining of the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Give thanks my friends, give thanks to God for everything has been provided by God. Look at.

John 1:1-3
1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
2 The same was in the beginning with God.
3 All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made.

Genesis 1:1
In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.

Look outside, can you think of nothing to give thanks for? Look at your family, is there nothing you can give thanks for? Look at your hand, is there nothing there you can give thanks for? If you're blind and cannot see, if this is being read to you, have a drink of water, give thanks for it, for He who created you created it too.

We all have much to give thanks for. Oh, we may not have the earthly possessions of the Gates family, but, don't you have something much better? Don't you have the love of God? Don't you have that little feeling that lets you know that while you may not have Mr. Gate's wealth here on earth, you are storing up riches in heaven. Read what the Lord says;

Matthew 6:19-21
19 Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal:
20 But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal:
21 For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.

When Bill Gates and others that I refer to as "Oh What Kooks" ignore the Lord, fail to praise him, thank Him or work to further His name and works, do you think He will not forget?

James, the brother of the Lord Jesus, said this:

James 5:1-3
1 Go to now, ye rich men, weep and howl for your miseries that shall come upon you.
2 Your riches are corrupted, and your garments are moth eaten.
3 Your gold and silver is cankered; and the rust of them shall be a witness against you, and shall eat your flesh as it were fire. Ye have heaped treasure together for the last days.

Take a minute, take a day and thank God. Thank Him for being patient with us, His errant creations. I know there are times when you find it hard to make ends meet. I know there are times when you just want to fall down and cry. I know there are times when you're not even sure you are Saved. Relax, for the Lord thought that would happen, so He said this to you;

Matthew 6:34
Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.

What does this mean. Simple, the Lord is telling you not to worry about tomorrow, you have enough on your plate to worry about, let tomorrow take care of tomorrow. Now, He isn't telling you not to wash the clothes and cook dinner. Guys, the Lord isn't telling you to quit your jobs. He is telling you not to let the worries of today eat you up. Go to Him tonight and let Him help you with tomorrow. Why? Because He tells us to:

Matthew 11:28-30
28 Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.

You know when you think about it, while Ted Turner and Bill Gates and other multi billionaires forget to thank God, preachers are always thanking God, or at least ones who preach His word do. Why you ask? I've often wondered that same thing, after all, we certainly don't get paid very much, but two things preaching the word of God will get you, prayers and blessings from the believers and persecution from those who refer to us by saying "Oh What Kooks". And oh how wonderful it is to be beat up on for His name and for preaching His word. For Jesus Himself has told us:

Matthew 5:10-12
10 Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness' sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
11 Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake.
12 Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you.

And in

John 15:18-21
18 If the world hate you, ye know that it hated me before it hated you.
19 If ye were of the world, the world would love his own: but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you.
20 Remember the word that I said unto you, The servant is not greater than his lord. If they have persecuted me, they will also persecute you; if they have kept my saying, they will keep yours also.
21 But all these things will they do unto you for my name's sake, because they know not him that sent me.

So, no, preachers aren't masochist, we simply knew from the day He selected us to preach His word that the world would hate us and beat up on us, for why would they who are the sons of he who caused the Lord to be crucified treat us, His devout and better?

Oh thank you Lord for the "Oh What Kooks" of the world and the persecution they bring to your faithful.

But Lord I thank You even more for that small remnant you call the Church of Philadelphia. And thank you most of all Lord for letting me be part of that church You call the Church of Philadelphia. Amen

All Scripture is quoted from the authorized 1611 version of the King James Bible.

Hang in there guys, love your wives and kids, and thank God, for even those things that seem bad could have been oh so much worse. Thank God for public school teachers that teach God's word and ways. Thank God for home school parents and Christian schools. Thank God for everything, for everything is His.

May the Lord our God bless you and be with you this week and for those of you who have not accepted the Lord Jesus as your own personal Savior, I want to ask you why. Why haven't you? What are you waiting for? I'm going to give you the push you need to get Saved. Read the Book of Revelation. Those who are Saved miss it, we are gathered by the Lord before it happens. Read and see if you want to be here for that. Worse, what if you die before then without having accepted Jesus?

Let me just close by saying this one more thing. If you are not a Born again washed in the Blood of the Lamb Christian, just do this, ask God if Jesus is His Son. Ask quietly and listen silently.

God bless all of you who are Saved and join with me in praying daily for those who aren't, The Lord Jesus who is the Messiah, the Christ be with you throughout the week, Amen.

The Church for the American Christian Patriot

Rev. Robert M. Celeste MCAC Pastor A full Gospel, Non Denominational, Fundamental Christian Church for the week starting Sunday September 19th, 1999

Can a Born Again, Washed in the Blood of the Lamb Christian, use deadly force and if so when?

Once again Christians have died at the hands of one who serves Satan. This is becoming an all too real and all too oft repeated fulfilling of the words spoken by our Lord and Savior Jesus. Two thousand years ago, around 30 AD or so, the disciples of the Lord asked Him this question:

Matthew 24:3 And as Jesus sat upon the mount of Olives, the disciples came unto Him privately, saying, Tell us, when shall these things be? and what shall be the sign of thy coming, and of the end of the world? (KJV)

And Jesus said to them:

Matthew 24:4-9

4 And Jesus answered and said unto them, Take heed that no man deceive you.

5 For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many.

6 And ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet.

7 For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places.

8 All these are the beginning of sorrows.

9 Then shall they deliver you up to be afflicted, and shall kill you: and ye shall be hated of all nations for my name's sake.

Mark 13:9

9 But take heed to yourselves: for they shall deliver you up to councils; and in the synagogues ye shall be beaten: and ye shall be brought before rulers and kings for my sake, for a testimony against them.

Luke 21:11-12

11 And great earthquakes shall be in divers places, and famines, and pestilences; and fearful sights and great signs shall there be from heaven.

12 But before all these, they shall lay their hands on you, and persecute you, delivering you up to the synagogues, and into prisons, being brought before kings and rulers for my name's sake. (KJV)

Jesus warned us that this, the things we are seeing today would come. I guess most of us were just praying that it wouldn't come in our lifetimes. Oh how much simpler life was before 1973. But, today it is, and the killing of Christians is now happening. Not just in the USA, but throughout the world as well.

Christians in China are rounded up, put in prison, shot in the head and their kidneys and other body parts harvested and sold all over the world. Not for having committed any crime, but only because they are Washed in the Blood of the Lamb Christians.

Christians in the Sudan are routinely rounded up and sold into slavery to Muslim owners under the official and ruling Muslim government. Christians in Egypt have been crucified, there only crime being, that they have given their lives to the Lord.

Christian areas of Iraq have been devastated by American and British bombers, not because they live on military bases, they don't, no just because they are Born Again Christians, a thorn in the side of both Iraq and the US/British governments.

Christians in the USA have been attacked by government agents like the IRS and murdered by police agents and assassins of the BATF, FBI and US Army. Waco, Oklahoma City, Ruby Ridge, and a host of other smaller, less reported incidents. Killers who have dedicated their lives to Satan have singled out and murdered young Christians in schools throughout the country. On Wednesday September 16th, 1999 the killings moved into the Church, with the slaughter of 9 Christians while they prayed. Killed by a deranged gunman while he screamed satanistic anti Christian blasphemous rhetoric.

So, where does that leave us as Born Again Christians? Can we use deadly force to protect one another? Can we use deadly force to protect others? Can we who preach, use deadly force to protect those we preach to? The answer to every one of the questions above is YES, BUT.

Yes, you can use deadly force, for you will not loose your salvation by taking a life in defense of yourself, your family, your congregation or even a stranger in your midst.

BUT. Before you go out and buy yourself a .50 cal sniper rifle, there are a few things you should keep in mind before pulling the trigger or even unholstering a gun.

In order to demonstrate these things, I'm going to put to you, a few cases for your consideration.

What if you were to be coming home and you notice a commotion inside your house. You look in and your wife, son and daughter are on their knees praying to the Lord while a BATF agent is holding an uzi at their heads, screaming at them to renounce Christ or die. Do you shoot this deranged, but for the BATF normal, federal agent?

How about this, you're walking up to your brother's house and you see your nephew doing drugs and having a homosexual relationship. Suddenly it turns nasty and his homosexual partner pulls out a knife and lunges at your nephew. Do you intervene and shoot the attacker to save your nephew?

And one for Pastors. It's Wednesday night, you have twenty of the true faithful in your church or home praying and studying the Word of God, when suddenly a person comes in shooting and yelling. Do you take him out?

In each case the answer is the same, yes you can shoot and kill. But, should you? Each has to answer that question for themselves. Let's look a little closer at the results of the action of shooting or not shooting.

A BATF agent is going to shoot your family if they don't renounce the Lord. Two things to keep in mind here. One, you kids and wife are on their knees praying to the Lord, they are Saved. If the BATF agent kills them they go straight into the hands and arms of the Lord. If you shoot the agent, that agent goes straight to hell!

Let's look at the second case. Your nephew is undoubtably not Saved, he is doing drugs and having a homosexual relationship. But then again the attacker isn't Saved either. If you shoot the attacker you send him to hell! If he kills your nephew, he sends your nephew to hell. Should you pray for Gods guidance and forgiveness and pull the trigger?

But, pastors, what about question three? I know what I would do, or at least I think I do. But what you should or shouldn't do, I can not say. But I will say this, if in that prayer meeting you have one or two that have not accepted the Lord yet and been Born Again or if you have a few you're not sure about, you might want to consider doing something. For if they are killed before accepting the Lord, then Satan gets their souls for all eternity.

The bottom line is this. When you pull the trigger, you are not only killing that person, you are probably sending them straight to hell. For the chances of a Born Again Christian doing the attacking is almost non existent.

But, keep in mind this, your pulling the trigger is not a salvation issue for your soul. For the Lord Himself has told us:

Mark 3:28-29

28 Verily I say unto you, All sins shall be forgiven unto the sons of men, and blasphemies wherewith soever they shall blaspheme:

29 But he that shall blaspheme against the Holy Ghost hath never forgiveness, but is in danger of eternal damnation: (KJV)

in May of 1993 my wife and I lost our 18 year old son in an automobile accident. We really thought the world had ended for us. What got us though that terrible time was the prayers of thousands of Christians and Patriots throughout Maine and New England that held us up for prayer on Sunday mornings and throughout the week. A friend who did the Christian page for Article Ten, the patriot paper, prayed daily on his knees and while driving his truck.

Pray for those who were left behind in these tragedies my friends, pray hard and often and pray for God's guidance and help if you are ever faced with the dilemma of pulling the trigger and condemning a man or woman to an eternity in hell.

Oh Lord Jesus in heaven, only begotten Son of the Father, holder of the seven lamp stands, the Alpha and the Omega, please come and rescue us, Your Church. Lord don't leave us here to be faced with the decisions of using deadly force or not. Please Jesus rescue us and take us home. Don't let Satan lead us into temptation, please deliver us from evil, the evil one, his minions and his ilk. Oh Lord hear our prayer and forgive us for those things we have said done and thought that have offended Thee and been sin to Thee. Oh Lord God in heaven hear our prayer. Save us from the turmoil that we know to be only this time of sorrows, Lord rescue us and shield us as a mother hen would her chicks. Oh Lord we are not sinful Jerusalem nor are we the errant stiff-necked peoples of the past, we Lord are Yours, we are those who have placed our ear against the door post and await your awl. We are those who have offered You our free will freely and willingly. We are those who are Your bride, Your Church and we cry out to Thee Lord Jesus for rescue.

We cry out to Thee for comfort, and love and guidance for those who are this day who are burying their kin, their children and their loved ones. We cry out to Thee for those being sold into slavery, those being executed for their body parts, those being crucified and bombed in their homes and those poor innocents who are being led to slaughter by their mothers and those being slaughtered while they sleep peacefully within the supposed safety of their mother's wombs.

Oh Lord Jesus how much more must we endure, how much longer will you make us wait, how many more will be killed and tortured and slaughtered for your name's sake before You will return and gather us together and bring your vengeance upon those of the synagogue of Satan.

But Lord while I pray for your return and your rescue, Let it be as You will. Let it be by Your time frame, not mine. For until the last soul is Saved, until the last man, woman or child comes to you, all things are worth putting up with and all time is worth waiting. May we have Your blessings on us and ours this week and may You shower on those who bless us and ours tenfold those blessings that they ask of you for us. And may you give to those who curse us tenfold the curses that they would have on us and ours. Let those curses be on the heads of them and theirs.

And Lord, I pray that You will use this time of trouble for Eileen to bring her to You. Let the Spirit open her and her families eyes Lord.

In Jesus name we pray, amen.

Sunday September 12th, 1999

The power of Love and Prayer:

Christ said love your enemies, and multiplied the fishes to feed the people. Clinton multiplied our enemies and fed people to the fish. Jesus went to the cross and gave His life so that we could be forgiven of our sins. Clinton sends our young men and women to sacrifice their lives and take others lives to keep his sins off the front pages.

If there is going to be an end to the slaughter, to the immorality, and end to our sons and daughters being taught that same sex sex is just an acceptable alternative life stye, then that end will have to come by the hands, prayers and love of fathers!

If the slaughter of babies in the womb is to end, it won't be by government. No, there is to much money in killing babies and selling the bodies of aborted babies for research and cosmetics for the government to end it. By some estimates, the politicians end of the money derived from the slaughter and sale of babies in the womb comes to over 30 million a year, that's about ten dollars for each baby murdered in these United States. That is too much money for the average democrat or republican to turn their noses away from. No, my friends if abortion is to end, it will be at the hands, prayers and love of the fathers.

The people making movies, videos and CD's contribute to much money for them too need worry about government intervention. For to the politician, your daughters and sons are but pawns and toys. If your children are going to have a chance, it won't come from government, it will come by fathers getting on their knees and praying.

Men, if you love your wives, they won't kill your unborn children. Men, if you love your girlfriend enough to help her keep her virginity, she won't get pregnant and she won't kill you baby while it's sleeping in the supposed safety of her womb. Men if you love your sons and daughters, pray for them. For it wasn't clinton who went to the cross for them. Clinton didn't send Chelsea to die for them.

John 3:16-18

16 For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

17 For God sent not His Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through Him might be saved.

18 He that believeth on Him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. (KJV)

Does anyone remember reading about Chelsea being sent to Bosnia?, Somalia? Anywhere?

Fathers, Why do I put the burden on you?

Because God has put the burden upon you. Let me tell you a secret, the woman out whoring around and making money for her boyfriend or husband is in better shape at judgement day than that woman's boyfriend, husband or father! Why? Simple, because God has made woman subservient to men that's why! Look!

Genesis 3:12

12 And the man said, The woman whom thou gavest to be with me, she gave me of the tree, and I did eat.(KJV)

God gave who to who? God gave the woman to Adam, not Adam to the woman! But read further,

Genesis 3:16

16 Unto the woman God said, I will greatly multiply thy sorrow and thy conception; in sorrow thou shalt bring forth children; and thy desire shall be to thy husband, and he shall rule over thee.

Who rules over who? God has commanded that woman shall and will be subservient to men! He didn't make it an option as the feminist would have you think, He, God, commanded woman to follow and obey men. So you see, it wasn't just the Apostles Paul and Peter telling wives to be submissive, it was God the Father commanding them to be submissive.

So, at the moment of judgement, who do you think God is going to come down harder on, the woman who sins or the man who caused her to sin? Your wife brings your baby that she is carrying in her womb to the abortionist, at your instructions or even your hint, do you think, even for one moment that God doesn't know? You had better fall on your knees and beg the Lord Jesus for forgiveness big time, because I'll tell you this, He is not going to hold you harmless. As a matter of fact, since she, by act of God and instructions of God is ordered and commanded to do your bidding, to follow your orders, to be under your rule, you better believe He is going to hold you responsible. The Captain tells the Corporal to do something, who does the General hold responsible? The guy following the orders or the guy giving the orders? If it was an unlawful order, he holds both responsible, but the Captain goes to jail for a lot longer and loses a lot more pay. Well, my friend, you are the Captain and your wife is that Corporal. But in God's court, jail is hell and it is for eternity!

So, how do we prevent ourselves from being abusive, our wives from having abortions, our sons from dying their hair green and turning into bums, hoods, and worse and our daughters from behaving and looking like the woman down at the bar? Easy. First love your wife, as Jesus loves the church!

Ephesians 5:25 Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it; (KJV)

How do you do that? Simple, pray!

You think I'm kidding don't you. Well try this for thirty days and see if you don't see a major difference in your wife and kids. A change for the better. Pray for them every night. First, in order to pray and be heard, you must be a Born Again Christian. Jesus Himself has told us these three things.

John 3:3

3 Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God. (KJV)

and:

John 6:47

47 Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me hath everlasting life.

(KJV)

and in John 14:6

6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by Me. (KJV)

No man cometh unto the Father, but by Me. Humm.

Ever have your son answer the phone for you after telling him that you don't want to be disturbed unless it's Uncle Joe or Aunt Millie or some other very close relative? So, the guy from the IRS calls and your son tells him you can't be disturbed and to call back later! Because, you, his father, gave him instructions to let no one disturb him but family. And close family at that. Well men, that's pretty much what God the Father has told the Son, Jesus. Something like this.

God the Father: "Jesus, I am going to be pretty busy for a while, don't let anyone other than your immediate family in to see me!"

And Jesus answered: "Yes Father!"

How do you become part of the family? Get Born Again! Why? Because otherwise God will not hear your prayers! How do we know? Jesus told us!

Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.

I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by Me.

Ok, you want your wife and your children to follow you to heaven. You want your daughter to be a virgin the day she gets married and you want your son to be likewise and to marry a virgin as well. You want your wife to worship the ground you walk on and to love you unconditionally, even when you're not 100% right. Pray! Why? Because in John 15:16 Jesus tells us "Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that ye should go and bring forth fruit, and that your fruit should remain: that whatsoever ye shall ask of the Father in my name, He may give it you." (KJV)

Do this for a month, after all have gone to bed and are asleep, roll over, put your hand on your wive's head or shoulder and thank God for her. Thank Him and ask Him to bless and protect her. Then pray for your kids, each one by name, thank God for them and ask Him to bless them. Ask Him also to not just bless them, but those He has chosen for them to marry. You can get up and do that at their doors or better yet standing over them while they sleep.

Now, if you have gone to the kids' rooms and prayed for them, before you get back into bed and go to sleep, kneel down and pray. Ask the Lord to forgive you and yours for anything you or they may have done, said, thought of even dreamt that may have offended Him that day. Ask Him to help you and yours to forgive those who have harmed or sinned against you and them. Ask Him to give to you and yours that day, daily bread, not just the bread for their stomachs, but the bread of His word and wisdom as well. Ask Him to correct the mistakes that you made dealing with them, admit that you're just a sinful creation, but that you want to be better. Ask Him to protect your family, to guard them, to keep temptation and the tempter away from them. Ask the Lord to be with you and them in all they do that day. Ask the Lord to bless those who bless you and yours and to deal with those who would harm you and yours directly or indirectly.

Matthew 6:6-13

6 But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly.

7 But when ye pray, use not vain repetitions, as the heathen do: for they think that they shall be heard for their much speaking.

8 Be not ye therefore like unto them: for your Father knoweth what things ye have need of, before ye ask Him.

9 After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name.

10 Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.

11 Give us this day our daily bread.

12 And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.

13 And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen.

(KJV) Notice in verse 11, Give us, see the us? After seeing the us's, why would anyone think that they can only pray for themselves? You can and should pray for you and your family.

And then, after you're through with your prayers, ask the Lord Jesus to take your prayer to the Father as a petition, knowing that whatever Jesus asks of the Father, the Father will give Him.

Start now guys, don't procrastinate. Look at the garbage your kids are being exposed to. Look at the filth coming out of every state capital and the capital of the country. .

Don't just love your wife and children as you would your own bodies, love them more. You must love your family as much and in the same manner that Jesus loved the church.

Ephesians 5:25

25 Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it; (KJV)

Think what Jesus went through for His church. He was betrayed, slapped, spit on, beat with hands, fist, and clubs. He was nailed to a cross and speared in the side. For what? For His and the Father's love for you, your wife and your kids. That's for what!

John 3:16-17

16 For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

17 For God sent not His Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through Him might be saved. (KJV)

Sure, there is a chance your kids may grow up ok, a chance you may never lose your temper and slap or yell at your wife or kids in anger. But why play with chances, when there is a guaranteed way. Can you show me even one instance where a father prayed nightly for his kids and they turned out to be bums? Can you show me even one case where a married couple, both Born Again Christians were ever faced with the choice of abortion due to the risk of the mother's life? Can you show me even one case of a father who is a Born Again Christian beating his wife or abusing his kids? No, no you can't. Why not? Because there are not any! Why, because Jesus loves us and answers our prayers that's why. Does that mean that after you accept the Lord and become a Born Again believer all is going to be a bed of roses? Not out side the house, but your relationships with your wife and kids is going to go straight up! Oh your boss may not rave about you and the guys down at the squad bay or office might think you're a bit strange, but your kids are going to want to spend time with you and your wife is going to absolutely love you. Not just by praying and not just by becoming Born Again, but by being a Born Again Christian and praying! You have to do both. Sound silly? Let me show you one more little bit of Scripture;

II Kings 5:1-14

1 Now Naaman, captain of the host of the king of Syria, was a great man with his master, and honourable, because by him the LORD had given deliverance unto Syria: he was also a mighty man in valour, but he was a leper.

This guy, Naaman, is the chairman of the joint chiefs for the king of Syria, and he is a really brave and good warrior, but he's a leper.

2 And the Syrians had gone out by companies, and had brought away captive out of the land of Israel a little maid; and she waited on Naaman's wife.

3 And she said unto her mistress, Would God my lord were with the prophet that is in Samaria! for he would recover him of his leprosy.

Now this little maid, Naaman's wive's handmaiden, knows about Elisha the prophet and tells her mistress that if her husband, Naaman, her lord, knew Elisha, Elisha would heal his leprosy.

4 And one went in, and told his lord, saying, Thus and thus said the maid that is of the land of Israel.

So, someone goes over to the king's tent and tells him about Elisha. And what Naaman's wive's maid had said about curing Naaman's leprosy.

5 And the king of Syria said, Go to, go, and I will send a letter unto the king of Israel. And he departed, and took with him ten talents of silver, and six thousand pieces of gold, and ten changes of raiment.

So the king tells Naaman to go to Israel and get cured and that he, the king, would write a letter of instructions and introduction to the king of Israel.

6 And he brought the letter to the king of Israel, saying, Now when this letter is come unto thee, behold, I have therewith sent Naaman my servant to thee, that thou mayest recover him of his leprosy.

7 And it came to pass, when the king of Israel had read the letter, that he rent his clothes, and said, Am I God, to kill and to make alive, that this man doth send unto me to recover a man of his leprosy? wherefore consider, I pray you, and see how he seeketh a quarrel against me.

Look at that, the king of Israel has less faith than the little girl working as Naaman's wive's handmaiden.

8 And it was so, when Elisha the man of God had heard that the king of Israel had rent his clothes, that he sent to the king, saying, Wherefore hast thou rent thy clothes? let him come now to me, and he shall know that there is a prophet in Israel.

So, Elisha calls the king and says, relax you big lug, send this Naaman to me and I'll fix him right up.

9 So Naaman came with his horses and with his chariot, and stood at the door of the house of Elisha.

10 And Elisha sent a messenger unto him, saying, Go and wash in Jordan seven times, and thy flesh shall come again to thee, and thou shalt be clean.

Get this, while the king of Israel is quaking in his boots over this Syrian Chief of Staff, Elisha doesn't even bother seeing the guy in person, he just sends a servant to him with instructions on how to get rid of his leprosy.

11 But Naaman was wroth, and went away, and said, Behold, I thought, He will surely come out to me, and stand, and call on the name of the LORD his God, and strike his hand over the place, and recover the leper.

12 Are not Abana and Pharpar, rivers of Damascus, better than all the waters of Israel? may I not wash in them, and be clean? So he turned and went away in a rage.

Naaman is a bit upset here. I guess he is used to being treated better than this. He says" Hey what's the story here, isn't this guy going to come, out burn stuff, rant and rave, make noise and call upon his God to cure me? I'm outta here, pack the camels let's go home. We have better rivers than this at home. Look at this muddy little stream, I'll wash in Damascus."

13 And his servants came near, and spake unto him, and said, My father, if the prophet had bid thee do some great thing, wouldest thou not have done it? how much rather then, when he saith to thee, Wash, and be clean?

But, fortunately for Naaman, he had a couple of Colonels that had level heads and they asked him " Hey General, if Elisha had asked you to do something really hard like climb Mount Washington in the dead of January with nothing on but a summer suit, wouldn't you do it? So, why not humor the guy and jump in the river and dunk under seven times". Boy I would have loved to been there for that. Wow that must have been funny. Picture it in your mind. Well anyhow,

14 Then went he down, and dipped himself seven times in Jordan, according to the saying of the man of God: and his flesh came again like unto the flesh of a little child, and he was clean. (KJV)

Wow, Naaman did something really simple and he got cured of leprosy. So, guys, what do you say? To save your family and your marriage, would you climb Mount Washington in January in a snow storm dressed in only a summer suit? Would you go and dip yourself in a river seven times?

Pray, pray for yourself, your wife, your children and for those the Lord has chosen to marry your kids. And please pray for me and mine while your at it.

May our Lord and Saviour Jesus the Christ be with you through all that you do, may He guide you and give you the strength to do what is right in His sight. May He continually find you worthy and faithful and may He shower blessings upon you and yours. God bless you all.

Sunday August 29th, 1999

Are we really becoming a better more loving society?

So, whose right?

The US Government, the press, the United Nations, Britains infamous Tony Blair and a host of other secular 'experts' who tell us that we as a society are approaching a time when we will all love one another, there will be no wars, hatred or racial indignation.

Yet, the Word of God, the Holy Bible tells us just the opposite. God's Word tells us that our society will continue to become more and more violent, hateful, degenerate, and uncontrollable as time goes on. Culminating with His rapturing His church and ushering in the most horrible time the earth has ever or will ever face, the time called tribulation, a time when rape and murder are commonplace. A time when there is absolutely no rules and might rules. A time that makes living in a Stephen King novel seem like a week end in paradise. Seven years of absolute hell on earth, a time when men will beg God to let them die, but He won't.

So who do we believe, Bill and Tony and the pundits at the UN? Or God?

Oh Lord God in heaven above hear our prayer, Lord as we come to the understanding of what must come to pass, help us to stay strong in Thy Word. Help us Lord to accept You will with joy, if not with understanding. Oh, Heavenly Father please rescue our unsaved kin and friends from that which would cause them to not be raptured. Oh Lord God in heaven I for Thy guidance, help, blessings and protections for me and mine in this coming week.

To the Father Almighty I pray in and through the name and person of His most Sacred and holy Son, my Lord and my Saviour Jesus who is the Christ.

Amen

During this last week abortion was a major topic on the Internet news sites. While NBC, ABC, CBS, CNN and the rest of the so called mainstream media ignored it, the internet was ablaze with abortion horror stories..

In Arizona a fourteen year old ward of the state became pregnant. The state department of child services went to court to get an order allowing them to abort this baby's baby. Praise God, the judge that heard the case denied the state's request, but of course a court order never stops a baby hater so they appealed to a higher secular court. This judge allowed them to have her baby aborted, but in Arizona it is against the law to have a late term abortion and the girl is now in her 26th week, so this judge, may God deal with him, gave the Arizona department of child service permission to take this 14 year old minor across state line to the infamous abortion mill of the notorious George Tiller, reputed to be the foremost partial birth abortionist in the country, whose abotion mill is in Wichita, Kansas.

The second story dealt with information released on http://www.lifesite.net where they have published the price list for body parts of aborted babies being sold to researchers and others. The link to that site with the list follows the sermon.

Think about it for a moment, the state of Arizona goes to court to have the right to cause a 14 year old girl to have the 26 week old baby in her womb murdered. First this agency of the state of Arizona will pay, using federal and state tax dollars, George Tiller to kill the baby and then Tiller will sell the baby's body parts, not the whole body mind you but parts, for even more money. And the police arrest those who protest Tiller's abortion mill?

My how times have changed, they have changed exactly as the Bible has so accurately predicted. Oh, yes, Bill Clinton, his minions and his ilk will tell you we are living in a time of love and peace, but I ask you what kind of love is it when we in America have just passed the 65 million mark for babies killed in the womb.

My how things have changed. Today fathers drive their wives to the abortionist and hold their hands while their baby is sucked apart. Mothers take their daughters to the abortionist and read Family Circle in the waiting room, while just down the hall her grandchild is being burnt to death slowly with a strong salt solution.

Oh how times have changed.

Let's go back a bit.

Luke 1:26-32

26 And in the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God unto a city of Galilee, named Nazareth,

27 To a virgin espoused to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David; and the virgin's name was Mary.

28 And the angel came in unto her, and said, Hail, thou that art highly favored, the Lord is with thee: blessed art thou among women.

29 And when she saw him, she was troubled at his saying, and cast in her mind what manner of salutation this should be.

30 And the angel said unto her, Fear not, Mary: for thou hast found favour with God.

31 And, behold, thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and bring forth a Son, and shalt call His name JESUS.

32 He shall be great, and He shall be called the Son of the Highest: and the Lord God shall give unto Him the throne of His father David: (KJV)

So, here we have a young lady in her early teens, engaged to a man a bit her senior who finds herself pregnant, but not by the man she is engaged to marry. Does she contemplate an abortion? Not hardly, but before we read what Mary had to say about her being with child, let us see what Mary's Aunt Elisabeth, who was pregnant with John the Baptist, has to say about Mary's being with child.

Luke 1:41-45

41 And it came to pass, that, when Elisabeth heard the salutation of Mary, the babe leaped in her womb; and Elisabeth was filled with the Holy Ghost:

42 And she spake out with a loud voice, and said, Blessed art thou among women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb.

43 And whence is this to me, that the mother of my Lord should come to me?

44 For, lo, as soon as the voice of thy salutation sounded in mine ears, the babe leaped in my womb for joy.

45 And blessed is she that believed: for there shall be a performance of those things which were told her from the Lord. (KJV)

Now let's see what our young Mary has to say to her aunt Elisabeth about her pregnancy.

Luke 1:46-55

46 And Mary said, "My soul doth magnify the Lord,

47 And my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Savior.

48 For He hath regarded the low estate of His handmaiden: for, behold, from henceforth all generations shall call me blessed.

49 For the God that is mighty hath done to me great things; and Holy is His name.

50 And His mercy is on them that fear Him from generation to generation.

51 He hath shewed strength with His arm; He hath scattered the proud in the imagination of their hearts.

52 He hath put down the mighty from their seats, and exalted them of low degree.

53 He hath filled the hungry with good things; and the rich He hath sent empty away.

54 He hath helped his servant Israel, in remembrance of His mercy;

55 As He spake to our fathers, to Abraham, and to His seed for ever." (KJV)

Now this sounds like one young lady that is not only delighted to be with child, but is looking forward to motherhood. It sounds like a young lady who considers motherhood a blessing. It sounds like a young lady who loves this little bundle of joy within her womb and can't wait to feed it, bless it, care for it and love it. This sounds like a young lady!

OK, so she and her aunt are delighted, but is that any reason to think that families were anymore tight knit then than today? YES!

And it is because of this pride in family that we know that Jesus is the Christ, the Messiah, for Jewish secular law demands that the Messiah be able to demonstrate through His family tree that He can trace His family heritage back at least to David the king.

Luke 3:23-38

23 And Jesus Himself began to be about thirty years of age, being (as was supposed) the son of Joseph, which was the son of Heli,

24 Which was the son of Matthat, which was the son of Levi, which was the son of Melchi, which was the son of Janna, which was the son of Joseph,

25 Which was the son of Mattathias, which was the son of Amos, which was the son of Naum, which was the son of Esli, which was the son of Nagge,

26 Which was the son of Maath, which was the son of Mattathias, which was the son of Semei, which was the son of Joseph, which was the son of Juda,

27 Which was the son of Joanna, which was the son of Rhesa, which was the son of Zorobabel, which was the son of Salathiel, which was the son of Neri,

28 Which was the son of Melchi, which was the son of Addi, which was the son of Cosam, which was the son of Elmodam, which was the son of Er,

29 Which was the son of Jose, which was the son of Eliezer, which was the son of Jorim, which was the son of Matthat, which was the son of Levi,

30 Which was the son of Simeon, which was the son of Juda, which was the son of Joseph, which was the son of Jonan, which was the son of Eliakim,

31 Which was the son of Melea, which was the son of Menan, which was the son of Mattatha, which was the son of Nathan, which was the son of David,

32 Which was the son of Jesse, which was the son of Obed, which was the son of Booz, which was the son of Salmon, which was the son of Naasson,

33 Which was the son of Aminadab, which was the son of Aram, which was the son of Esrom, which was the son of Phares, which was the son of Juda,

34 Which was the son of Jacob, which was the son of Isaac, which was the son of Abraham, which was the son of Thara, which was the son of Nachor,

35 Which was the son of Saruch, which was the son of Ragau, which was the son of Phalec, which was the son of Heber, which was the son of Sala,

36 Which was the son of Cainan, which was the son of Arphaxad, which was the son of Sem, which was the son of Noe, which was the son of Lamech,

37 Which was the son of Mathusala, which was the son of Enoch, which was the son of Jared, which was the son of Maleleel, which was the son of Cainan,

38 Which was the son of Enos, which was the son of Seth, which was the son of Adam, which was the son of God. (KJV)

The Lord Jesus could trace His family back four thousand years, is their anyone out there who can trace their family back four hundred years? To be able to trace a family tree takes pride in that family, it also takes love of family, which includes the children both in and out of the womb. People who love their families and their family tree don't kill off their posterity.

But why do I say that this deterioration of the family and society are unraveling just as prophesied in the Bible. Turn with me to the prophesy of the Lord Jesus in the Book of Revelation. Try to keep in mind that the Book of Revelation is not some deep dark secret. As a matter of act, God so wants you to read, study and live by the words of this book, that it is the only book in the Bible where the Lord Jesus has promised you a special blessing for reading it, hearing it and living it.

Revelations 1:3

Blessed is he that readeth, and they that hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written therein: for the time is at hand. (KJV)

So who is the writer of this book? Who is it that is so bold as to give a blessing? The Lord Jesus who is the Christ, that's who. How do we know? Well let's look at how the author of this Revelation describes Himself in verses 8, 11, 17 &18.

Rev 1:8 I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty. (KJV)

Rev 1:11 Saying, I am Alpha and Omega, the first and the last: and, What thou seest, write in a book, and send it unto the seven churches which are in Asia; unto Ephesus, and unto Smyrna, and unto Pergamos, and unto Thyatira, and unto Sardis, and unto Philadelphia, and unto Laodicea. (KJV)

Revelation 1:17-18

17 Fear not; I am the first and the last:

18 I am He that liveth, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive for evermore, Amen; and have the keys of hell and of death. (KJV)

Write to the seven churches the Lord says. Are these just churches of olden times? Yes and no, they are both, churches of olden times and the seven church ages: Ephesus, Smyrna, Pergamos, Thyatira, Sardis, Philadelphia, Laodicea.

Ephesus, the church of the first century AD, the name Ephesus means 'the desirable one' the church of the Apostles.

Revelation 2:2 I know thy works, and thy labour, and thy patience, and how thou canst not bear them which are evil: and thou hast tried them which say they are apostles, and are not, and hast found them liars:(KJV)

Smyrna, the second and third centuries AD, a time of persecution of Christians by Rome and others. Christians were burnt at the stake, fed to lions, and used as living burning candles by Nero.

Revelation 2:9-10

9 I know thy works, and tribulation, and poverty, (but thou art rich) and I know the blasphemy of them which say they are Jews, and are not, but are the synagogue of Satan. Do you see that term synagogue of satan, well that is religion that deny Jesus.

10 Fear none of those things which thou shalt suffer: behold, the devil shall cast some of you into prison, that ye may be tried; and ye shall have tribulation ten days: be thou faithful unto death, and I will give thee a crown of life. (KJV)

Pergamos, the church of Roman Catholicism's origin, the official church of Rome, the church where the head of government Constantine the great, also became the first 'pope'. This church age lasted through about 500 Ad.

Revelation 2:13-16

13 I know thy works, and where thou dwellest, even where Satan's seat is: and thou holdest fast My name, and hast not denied My faith, even in those days wherein Antipas was My faithful martyr, who was slain among you, where Satan dwelleth. Notice where the Lord says I know where you dwell, where Satan's seat is. Constantine lived and ruled from Rome.

14 But I have a few things against thee, because thou hast there them that hold the doctrine of Balaam, who taught Balac to cast a stumbling block before the children of Israel, to eat things sacrificed unto idols, and to commit fornication.

15 So hast thou also them that hold the doctrine of the Nicolaitans, which thing I hate. Nicolaitans are men who made themselves official leaders and extra special leaders of the church. Kind of like bishops and popes and cardinals and men with fancy robes who stand in front of the congregation and tell you what God really meant.

16 Repent; or else I will come unto thee quickly, and will fight against them with the sword of my mouth. (KJV)

Are you starting to see history unfolding? Keep in mind, the Lord dictated this to John in 90 AD or so.

Thyatira, This is the church of the middle ages, the time historians refer to as the 'dark ages' A time when the church started to become corrupt and started selling salvation by works and contributions and not by Grace through the Blood and sacrifice of the Lord Jesus.

Revelation 2:18-27

18 And unto the angel of the church in Thyatira write; These things saith the Son of God, who hath his eyes like unto a flame of fire, and his feet are like fine brass; notice that here the Lord has reminded the reader of His divinity, by referring to Himself as "the Son of God".

19 I know thy works, and charity, and service, and faith, and thy patience, and thy works; and the last to be more than the first. Notice here the double use of the word 'works'. Jesus is telling them that He knows they are putting more emphasis on works than Charity, Service and Faith.

20 Notwithstanding I have a few things against thee, because thou sufferest that woman Jezebel, which calleth herself a prophetess, to teach and to seduce my servants to commit fornication, and to eat things sacrificed unto idols.

21 And I gave her space to repent of her fornication; and she repented not.

22 Behold, I will cast her into a bed, and them that commit adultery with her into great tribulation, except they repent of their deeds.

23 And I will kill her children with death; and all the churches shall know that I am he which searcheth the reins and hearts: and I will give unto every one of you according to your works. In verses 20-23 we see the Lord telling this church just what it is doing wrong and promising "I will give unto every one of you according to your works." to remember and to punish for those deeds.

24 But unto you I say, and unto the rest in Thyatira, as many as have not this doctrine, and which have not known the depths of Satan, as they speak; I will put upon you none other burden. Whew, here Jesus is telling the few believers who have not polluted themselves not to worry, for He knows who they are and them He will reward, read on.

25 But that which ye have already hold fast till I come.

26 And he that overcometh, and keepeth my works unto the end, to him will I give power over the nations:

27 And he shall rule them with a rod of iron; as the vessels of a potter shall they be broken to shivers: even as I received of my Father. So, those who keep His word are not burdened nor punished at the time of judgement, thank God! (KJV) This by the way is the first of the seven churches that last through into the tribulation.22 Behold, I will cast her into a bed, and them that commit adultery with her into great tribulation,

Sardis, The Reformation Church, thank you Jesus. In the sixteenth century, we see the gloom of the dark ages beginning to lift, Luther, Calvin, and others not only got back to preaching the truth of the Bible and Salvation by Grace and not of works, but the invention of the printing press made it possible for the Bible to be widely distributed.

Revelation 3:1-5

1 And unto the angel of the church in Sardis write; These things saith He that hath the seven Spirits of God, and the seven stars; I know thy works, that thou hast a name that thou livest, and art dead.

2 Be watchful, and strengthen the things which remain, that are ready to die: for I have not found thy works perfect before God.

3 Remember therefore how thou hast received and heard, and hold fast, and repent. If therefore thou shalt not watch, I will come on thee as a thief, and thou shalt not know what hour I will come upon thee.

4 Thou hast a few names even in Sardis which have not defiled their garments; and they shall walk with Me in white: for they are worthy.

5 He that overcometh, the same shall be clothed in white raiment; and I will not blot out his name out of the book of life, but I will confess his name before my Father, and before his angels.(KJV)

Here we have a new glimmer of light, the Lord is telling us that there is still some bad, but for the most part we are on the right path, but that we must repent and that those who do His will and repent will be clothed in White and walk with him, for He will not blot their names out of the book of life and He will confess them to God before God's angels.

Philadelphia, The church of Philadelphia, one of three choices that we living today have. And the only choice acceptable to God! This is the church that began about the time of the real settling of America, the mid 1600's or so, the time and church of the great revival, the time when men put their trust and faith in the Lord and worshiped and gave thanks to Him in all that they did. The time of Newton, Columbus, and Washington through the times of the great preachers of the 1850's.

Revelation 3:7-13

7 And to the angel of the church in Philadelphia write; These things saith He that is Holy, He that is true, He that hath the key of David, He that openeth, and no man shutteth; and shutteth, and no man openeth; look at the way the Lord is describing Himself here, He that is Holy, True, has the key of David, and the One that will hold open the door for us against all who would try to close it. That door is the door of Salvation and the door of the opportunity to witness and preach His word.

8 I know thy works: behold, I have set before thee an open door, and no man can shut it: for thou hast a little strength, and hast kept My word, and hast not denied My name. Notice the Lord telling us that He knows we are weak and small in numbers, but that He will hold the door open for us who have kept His word and not denied His name.

9 Behold, I will make them of the synagogue of Satan, which say they are Jews, and are not, but do lie; behold, I will make them to come and worship before thy feet, and to know that I have loved thee. I don't think an abortionist would care for this statement, Jesus is not only talking to jews, but to those small c Christians of the liberal churches. He is reiterating that He knows who is His and who isn't.

10 Because thou hast kept the word of My patience, I also will keep thee from the hour of temptation, which shall come upon all the world, to try them that dwell upon the earth. Hey, see this, Jesus has just told us that we, those who are Born Again, are out of here before tribulation. See it, 10 Because thou hast kept the word of My patience Born Again Christians, I also will keep thee from the hour of temptation rapture, which shall come upon all the world tribulation, to try them that dwell upon the earth those who are not raptured, but are left behind.

11 Behold, I come quickly: hold that fast which thou hast, that no man take thy crown. Literally, hang in there, I'm coming!

12 Him that overcometh will I make a pillar in the temple of My God, and he shall go no more out: and I will write upon him the name of My God, and the name of the city of My God, which is new Jerusalem, which cometh down out of heaven from My God: and I will write upon him My new name. Jesus's promise to us that if we hang in and keep our faith and do His work, we will rule with Him, the Father and the Holy Ghost in heaven.

13 He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches. (KJV)

Laodicea, the literal Blood of Christ denying churches of the current times. Now in the next verses what you will read is the Lord telling the church of Laodicea that He knows its heart and that if it will only repent, He will forgive and accept them, but if they don't.

Revelation 3:14-22

14 And unto the angel of the church of the Laodiceans write; These things saith the Amen, the Faithful and True Witness, the Beginning of the Creation of God;

15 I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot.

16 So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of My mouth.

17 Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked:

18 I counsel thee to buy of Me gold tried in the fire, that thou mayest be rich; and white raiment, that thou mayest be clothed, and that the shame of thy nakedness do not appear; and anoint thine eyes with eyesalve, that thou mayest see.

19 As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent.

20 Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear My voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with Me.

21 To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with Me in My throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with My Father in His throne.

22 He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches. (KJV)

You can almost hear the Lord begging those in the Church of Laodicea to repent. It is almost as if He is saying, "You are trying to be good and earn your way into heaven and that won't work, turn to Me, for it only through Me that you can see the kingdom of My Father."

The three choices today are simple, will you belong to the synagogue of Satan in Revelation 2:9, those who absolutely deny the deity of Christ Jesus, Jews and Muslims, Hindus and Buddhist to name a few?

Or the church of the Laodiceans who are neither hot nor cold and are spit out of the mouth of the Lord? Would you choose to be the Lords spittle. If you are now a member of one of these liberal churches that have denied the Blood of Christ, think that you can earn your way into heaven, look at the following verses:

18 I counsel thee to buy of Me gold tried in the fire, that thou mayest be rich; and white raiment, that thou mayest be clothed, and that the shame of thy nakedness do not appear; and anoint thine eyes with eyesalve, that thou mayest see.

19 As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent.

20 Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear My voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with Me.

21 To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with Me in My throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with My Father in His throne.

Just repent, accept Jesus as your Lord and Savior and your Saved. Look at the reward,

21 To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with Me in My throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with My Father in His throne.

Or do you, like me, know for a certain that you are part of the Church of Philadelphia. If you died right this instant, are you sure you would spend eternity with the Lord in heaven? If the Lord raptured His church right this instant, would you go or would you be left behind?

You see, when you think about the question/statement at the beginning of the sermon;

Are we really becoming a better more loving society?

So, whose right?

The US Government, the press, the United Nations, Britains infamous Tony Blair and a host of other secular 'experts' who tell us that we as a society are approaching a time when we will all love one another, there will be no wars, hatred or racial indignation.

Yet, the Word of God, the Holy Bible tells us just the opposite. God's Word tells us that our society will continue to become more and more violent, hateful, degenerate, and uncontrollable as time goes on. Culminating with His rapturing His church and ushering in the most horrible time the earth has ever or will ever face, the time called tribulation, a time when rape and murder are commonplace. A time when there is absolutely no rules and might rules. A time that makes living in a Stephen King novel seem like a week end in paradise. Seven years of absolute hell on earth, a time when men will beg God to let them die, but He won't.

So who do we believe, Bill and Tony and the pundits at the UN? Or God?

There is but one correct answer, so be sure, find a quiet place, kneel down and ask the Lord Jesus to come into your heart.

And may the Lord be with you and yours through out this week, may He bless you for taking the time to read and study His word. Amen

Who can be Saved?

The Church for the American Christian Patriot

Rev. Robert M. Celeste MCAC Pastor

A full Gospel, Non Denominational, Fundamental Christian Church

Sunday August 29th, 1999

Oh Lord God in heaven above be with us as we pray and worship the Father through Your name. Forgive us Lord for those things we have said, done, thought and dreamt that have offended Thee Lord. In Jesus name we pray, amen.

Question: Can anyone and everyone be Saved, forgiven and cleansed of all sins through the Blood of the Lord Jesus who is the Christ?

Can a woman who makes her living by selling her body to any and all for whatever purposes she is paid to do be Saved? What if this woman not only sold her own body but killed her children before and after they were born, so as to not interfere with her occupation and to not have to worry about their feeding and care, can she still be Saved? Can and will the Blood of the Lord Jesus who is the Christ cleanse her?

How about a man who makes his living by killing innocent men, women and children; can he be Saved? How about if he not only kills them but steals all of their valuables and rapes and sells them as slaves as well? Can the Blood the Lord Jesus shed on the cross cleanse this man for the blood he has shed?

Can these two be Saved? Can they be cleansed in the Blood of the Lord Jesus who is the Christ? Can they have their names written in the Book of Life? Can they spend eternity in heaven with the Father, the Son, the Holy Ghost and me?

Let's look at two such people and see.

Luke Chapter 7 verses 1-50

1 Now when Jesus had finished speaking to the people, he went into Capernaum.

2 And a certain centurion's servant, who was dear unto him, was sick, and ready to die.

3 And when he heard of Jesus, he sent unto the Lord the elders of the Jews, beseeching Him that He would come and heal his servant.

4 And when elders came to Jesus, they besought Him, telling the Lord that the centurion a worthy man for whom He should do this:

5 For they claimed, this centurion "loves our nation, for he has built us a synagogue". (Keep this in mind, for a centurion was the commander of only one hundred troops, yet he had so much money that he could build the Jews a synagogue.)

6 Then Jesus went with them. And when He was not far from the house, the centurion sent friends to Him, saying unto him, " Lord, trouble not thyself: for I am not worthy that thou shouldest enter under my roof:

7 Wherefore neither thought I myself worthy to come unto Thee: but say in a word, and my servant shall be healed.

8 For I also am a man set under authority, having under me soldiers, and I say unto one, Go, and he goeth; and to another, Come, and he cometh; and to my servant, Do this, and he doeth it."

9 hen Jesus heard these things, He marvelled at him, and turned about, and said to the people that followed Him, "I say unto you, I have not found so great faith, no, not in Israel."

10 And the friends the centurion sent, returned to his house and found the servant who that had been sick, completely healed.

11 And it came to pass the day after, that Jesus went into a city called Nain; and many of His disciples went with Him, along with many other people.

12 Now when Jesus came close to the gate of the city, behold, there was a dead man being carried out, he was the only son of his mother, and she was a widow: and much people of the city was with her.

13 And when Jesus saw her, He had compassion on her, and said to her, "Weep not".

14 And the Lord came and touched the casket: and they that carried the casket stood still. And Jesus said, "Young man, I say unto thee, Arise".

15 And he that was dead sat up, and began to speak. And Jesus gave him back to his mother.

16 And there came a fear on all: and they glorified God, saying, That a great prophet is risen up among us; and, That God has visited his people.

17 And the report of what Jesus had done went forth throughout all Judaea, and throughout all the region round about.

18 And the disciples of John the Baptist told John of all the things Jesus was doing.

19 And John calling two of his disciples and sent them to Jesus, saying, "Art thou he that should come? or look we for another?"

20 When these two of John's disciples came to Jesus, they said to the Lord, "John Baptist hath sent us unto Thee, saying, Art thou He that should come? or look we for another?"

21 And in that same hour Jesus cured many of their infirmities and plagues, and of evil spirits; and unto many that were blind He gave sight.

22 Then Jesus answering said unto them, "Go your way, and tell John what things ye have seen and heard; how that the blind see, the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, to the poor the gospel is preached.

(This was fulfilling the Prophesy of Isa 35:4-5

4 Say to them that are of a fearful heart, Be strong, fear not: behold, your God will come with vengeance, even God with a recompense; he will come and save you.

5 Then the eyes of the blind shall be opened, and the ears of the deaf shall be unstopped. (KJV))

23 And blessed is he, whosoever shall not be offended in me."

24 And when the messengers of John departed, Jesus began to speak to the people concerning John, "What went ye out into the wilderness for to see? A reed shaken with the wind?

25 But what went ye out for to see? A man clothed in soft raiment? Behold, they which are gorgeously apparelled, and live delicately, are in kings' courts.

26 But what went ye out for to see? A prophet? Yea, I say unto you, and much more than a prophet.

27 This is he, of whom it is written, Behold, I send my messenger before thy face, which shall prepare thy way before thee.

( Isaiah 40:3 The voice of him that crieth in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the LORD, make straight in the desert a highway for our God. (KJV)

and Malachi 3:1. Behold, I will send my messenger, and he shall prepare the way before me: and the Lord, whom ye seek, shall suddenly come to his temple, even the messenger of the covenant, whom ye delight in: behold, he shall come, saith the LORD of hosts. (KJV))

28 For I say unto you, Among those that are born of women there is not a greater prophet than John the Baptist: but he that is least in the kingdom of God is greater than he."

29 And all the people that heard Jesus, along the publicans, justified God, they having been baptized by John, by being submerged in water.

30 But the Pharisees and lawyers rejected the counsel of God against themselves, for they not been baptized by John the Baptist.

31 And then the Lord Jesus said, "Whereunto then shall I liken the men of this generation? and to what are they like?

32 They are like unto children sitting in the marketplace, and calling one to another, and saying, We have piped unto you, and ye have not danced; we have mourned to you, and ye have not wept.

33 For John the Baptist came neither eating bread nor drinking wine; and ye say, He hath a devil.

34 The Son of man is come eating and drinking; and ye say, Behold a gluttonous man, and a winebibber, a friend of publicans and sinners!

35 But wisdom is justified of all her children."

36 And one of the Pharisees asked Jesus to have dinner at his house. So, the Lord went to the Pharisee's house, and sat down to have dinner.

37 And, behold, a woman in the city, which was a prostitute, when she knew that Jesus was in the Pharisee's house having dinner, brought an alabaster box of ointment,

38 And stood at the Lord's feet behind Him repenting and asking forgiveness, and began to wash His feet with her tears, and did wipe His feet with the hair on her head, and kissed His feet, and anointed His feet with the ointment.

39 Now when the Pharisee whose house it was saw this, he said to himself, "This man, if he were a prophet, would have known who and what manner of woman this is that toucheth him: for she is a sinner."

40 And Jesus, knowing what the Pharisee thought, said to him, "Simon, I have somewhat to say unto thee." And he saith, Master, say on.

41 "There was a certain creditor which had two debtors: the one owed five hundred pence, and the other fifty.

42 And when they had nothing to pay, he frankly forgave them both. Tell me therefore, which of them will love him most?"

43 Simon, the Pharisee, answered and said, I suppose that he, to whom he forgave most. And Jesus said to him, "Thou hast rightly judged".

44 And Jesus turned to the woman, and said to Simon, "Seest thou this woman? I entered into thine house, thou gavest me no water for my feet: but she hath washed my feet with tears, and wiped them with the hairs of her head.

45 Thou gavest me no kiss: but this woman since the time I came in hath not ceased to kiss my feet.

46 My head with oil thou didst not anoint: but this woman hath anointed my feet with ointment.

47 Wherefore I say unto thee, Her sins, which are many, are forgiven; for she loved much: but to whom little is forgiven, the same loveth little."

48 And Jesus said to her, this woman who had been a whore, this woman who had repented and asked the Lord for forgiveness of her sins, "Thy sins are forgiven".

49 And many those that were at the dinner with Him began to say within themselves, "Who is this that forgiveth sins also?"

50 And Jesus said to this woman, "Thy faith hath saved thee; go in peace".

(KJV)

So can the whore who aborts her babies, who kills them as infants, who sells them or gives them up for adoption or simply abandons them be forgiven? Yes, for the Lord Jesus has been forgiving them for two thousand years now; all she would need do is truly repent and ask for His forgiveness and be Born Again.

But, what about that guy that rapes, pillages and kills. Think for a moment about who you would think of as being the lowest of the low lives. If you were to put a name to that person, would it not be the President of the United States, William Jefferson Blythe Clinton?

A man, who it seems, is incapable of telling the truth, even when it comes to his own name. A man we know to be a rapist, murderer, drug user, a man who through his actions has not only committed treason, but has put the very existence of the United States at risk. Well, other than the treason part, a Roman Centurion was just as bad, certainly not worse, but close to being as bad. Remember:

Luke 7:5 For they claimed, this centurion "loves our nation, for he has built us a synagogue". (Keep this in mind, for a centurion was the commander of only one hundred troops, yet he had so much money that he could build the Jews a synagogue.)

Where did this centurion get the wealth to build a synagogue? He stole it! A Roman soldier was compensated not only with his pay; he was allowed to keep a percentage of all that he stole from those he defeated. The split was something like this, the emperor got like fifty percent, the centurion fifteen percent and his troops ten percent of what they captured. The other twenty five percent or so was split up between the various layers between the emperor and the centurion. This booty included the proceeds from the sale of slaves, who were just about everyone they defeated. They also got to rape and kill! Pretty nasty guys. Can people like that be Saved?

The answer is in Acts chapter 10, you should read the whole chapter, but for now let us look at just these verses:

Acts 10:44-48

44 While Peter yet spake these words, the Holy Ghost fell on all them which heard the word.

45 And they of the circumcision which believed were astonished, as many as came with Peter, because that on the Gentiles also was poured out the gift of the Holy Ghost.

46 For they heard them speak with tongues, and magnify God. Then answered Peter,

47 Can any man forbid water, that these should not be baptized, which have received the Holy Ghost as well as we?

48 And he commanded them to be baptized in the name of the Lord... (KJV)

This happened in the home of one Cornelius, a Roman centurion, who had gotten down on his knees and prayed to the Lord Jesus a prayer of repentance and asking for forgiveness.

So, can our rapist killer be forgiven? Can he too enter into the kingdom of God? Jesus has been forgiving centurions for the last 2000 years as He has been forgiving all other sinners. All they have to do is be Born Again by simply falling onto their knees, admitting to themselves, and the Lord, that Jesus is the Christ, confessing to Him that they are both sinners and unworthy of His forgiveness, accepting Him as their Lord, Savior and Creator by inviting Him into their hearts and asking Him to forgive them. And that's pretty much it.

If president Clinton did that, not with a made for television speech, but in private and in honesty, well, if the Lord raptured His church right after Clinton did it, I would turn around and see a new Bill Clinton. Would I also see you?

You see, the Blood of the Lord Jesus, the Son of God, is so pure, so perfect, so righteous that anyone who is cleansed by it is cleansed regardless of what they have ever done. You can neither earn your way into heaven by your good deeds, nor can you earn your way into hell by your evil deeds. You can only get into heaven by being Born Again.

To do nothing is to go to hell by default. And if you think that is cruel and unfair than you need to read your Bible, for God doesn't consult you or me about His rules, He simply lays them down and we follow them or burn for all eternity

What you need to remember is this; God created the heavens, earth and all that are in the heavens and in and on the earth including us in six days., one hundred and forty four hours. And you want to judge His rules? You want to select which of His rules you will abide by?

If you're that arrogant, that callous, that stiff-necked, that foolish, than you need to become a jew, a liberal christian, a muslim, buddhist, hindu or some other Christ denying front for Satan. For Jesus Himself has told us this:

John 3:3

"Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God!" (KJV) Therefore, it is that simple, be Born Again and go to heaven for all eternity or go to hell for all eternity!

God bless you and open your eyes and, if you have not already become Born Again, what are you waiting for?

Oh Lord God in heaven above, hear the cry of thy people, help all to understand that it is only through Your Son Jesus that any can receive forgiveness and eternal salvation. Help them to understand that Jesus died on the cross not just for me, but for them also. Help them to understand that had they been the only person on earth, He would have gone to the cross just for them, so that they would have the chance to receive absolute forgiveness and salvation through His death.

Lord Jesus, I pray to Thee that if Thy servant has found favor in Thy sight that Thou would hear Thy servants prayer for the salvation of all of Thy servants children, both known to Thy servant and unknown to him. Oh Lord in Heaven above please upon thy ears and be unto Thy servants children the father that Thy servant wasn't. Please Lord forgive me my sins, forgive me for those things I have said, done and thought that have offended Thee and bless and protect Thy servant.

Lord Jesus Thou art the Christ and through Thou all things are possible. I pray to Thee that Thou would take Thy servants prayer as a petition before the Father beseeching Him to grant unto Thy servant those things that Thy servant ask.

I pray to Thee Lord that Thou would send the Holy Spirit to open the eyes of those who are seeking the truth through Your word. Oh Lord Jesus please strengthen those involved in this ministry and bless those who are supporting it with their dollars, their time, their experdese and their prayers. I ask thee Lord to bless those that bless us and to help those who are uncertain to see Your truth. Help those who I have no answer for to find the answers they seek in Your word.

Oh Lord Jesus help all to understand that their salvation is in their hands, not mine or any other preachers. That it is only through their actions and Your Blood that they can be Saved.

In the name of the Lord Jesus who is the Messiah I pray these things to the Father and Creator of all, Amen.

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Rev.  Robert M. Celeste Pastor
A full gospel, non denominational and fundamental Christian church

Sunday 22 August, in the year of our Lord 19 hundred and 99

The words in red are those of the Lord Jesus, the Son of God.

The words in purple are those of God the Father.

Oh Lord God above, help us in our time of need.

Article One of the Bill of Rights :

Lord how often we forget to thank You for all that You have provided us. We look at the glass our sons break and complain, we look at the mess our daughters make of their rooms and we complain, we complain about the rain, the snow and the heat of the sun. Instead of thanking you for a son that can play ball, a daughter that makes us laugh, rain, snow and sun that grow the food that keeps us chubby and looking for diets. Oh Lord how much we owe you, but most of all we thank You for what You did on the cross for us. Thank You Lord!

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

THE DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE

In Congress, July 4, 1776.

The UNANIMOUS DECLARATION of the THIRTEEN UNITED STATES OF AMERICA,

When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bonds which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.

That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed.

That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government. "Nothing can well be imagined more directly contrary to common sense than to suppose that millions of people should be subjected to the arbitrary, precarious pleasures of a single man, who has naturally no superiority over them in point of authority, so that their estates and everything is valuable in life also, shall be absolutely at his disposal, if he wants to be wanton and capricious enough to demand them."

Was this written by a man with Bill Clinton, George Bush and Jimmy Carter in mind? Could have been, after all, it was written not by a speech writer, not by an English teacher, nor by one of the legends in their own minds that fill the space in our newspapers or the screens on our televisions. No, this bit of wisdom that seems to tell us to overthrow the likes of Clinton, Bush and Carter was written by a country preacher by the name of Jonathan Mayhew.

Could Reverend Mayhew have been talking about Roosevelt, Carter, Bush and Clinton? Well if he was, it certainly wasn't hindsight because Reverend Mayhew preached these words from the pulpit of his church in 1751.

My friends, we are the only nation on the face of the Earth with a Constitution that guarantees our free access to the Lord God above. Unlike most countries that have official religions these United States have a law guaranteeing us freedom from government intervention in our relationship with the Lord Jesus who is the Christ!

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble,

So just what does this mean? Congress is prohibited by the Constitution, which is the Supreme Law of the Land (Article Six), from even hinting at telling us how we should have our relationship with the Lord Jesus.

Understand, congress, the senate and even the corrupt degenerate in the oval office cannot interfere with our relationship with the Lord Jesus, they can't pass laws telling us when we can pray, how we can pray, were we can pray or were we can't pray.

Those in public office did not drive the Lord Jesus out of the courts, out of the schools or out of the public square, for if they had, we the people would have recourse against them.

We could, if we felt that a congressman or senator were infringing on our God given right to worship the Lord Jesus Christ, get rid of them. We could very easily fire them the next time they came up for election. We could do the same with the president, after all, didn't we fire George Bush and Jimmy Carter.

No, my friends, the politicians didn't chase the Lord out of public life, we did. We as a people ran God out of the government. We ran Him out of the medical facilities and the court house in 1963 and within ten years Satan had filled the vacuum in both.

Forty years ago policemen arrested abortionist, Distirct Attorneys and Attorney Generals brought the abortionist to trial and Judges put them in prison. Most doctors wouldn't even say the word abortion. But in 1973 judges made abortion legal and 26 years later, not only can doctors spell abortion, they drive fancy cars with 'abortionist' for license plates, name their yachts after their gods, Baal and Molech, and as a result, we as a nation have taken the lives of 65 million babies. Do you realize that these child butchering murders are so highly respected by the politicians that not one abortionist or abortion clinic has been investigated by the Internal Revenue Service in the last twenty years. Think about it, in the last year over one hundred Christian churches had their books audited, yet not one abortion clinic got the call from the IRS.

The United States of America was founded by Christian missionaries. .It was a land of plenty, a land that the Lord had blessed beyond any land known before in the 5400 years history of Earth. As we became a nation, the Lord continued to bless the nation. But, when the Lord gives, He always expects something in return. What is that something?

Genesis 17:7-10 and God said to Abraham:

7 And I will establish My covenant between Me and thee and thy seed after thee in their generations for an everlasting covenant, to be a God unto thee, and to thy seed after thee.

8 And I will give unto thee, and to thy seed after thee, the land wherein thou art a stranger, all the land of Canaan, for an everlasting possession; and I will be their God.

9 And God said unto Abraham, Thou shalt keep my covenant therefore, thou, and thy seed after thee in their generations.

10 This is My covenant, which ye shall keep, between Me and you and thy seed after thee; Every man child among you shall be circumcised. (KJV)

So, here we have God telling Abraham that He will give Abraham and his descendants some land and in exchange for that land, Abraham and his descendants must both worship Him and be circumcised. OUCH!.

Ezekiel 37:25-27

25 And they shall dwell in the land that I have given unto Jacob my servant, wherein your fathers have dwelt; and they shall dwell therein, even they, and their children, and their children's children for ever: and my servant David shall be their prince for ever.

26 Moreover I will make a covenant of peace with them; it shall be an everlasting covenant with them: and I will place them, and multiply them, and will set My sanctuary in the midst of them for evermore.

27 My tabernacle also shall be with them: yea, I will be their God, and they shall be My people. (KJV)

Once again, we see God willing to help His people in exchange for their love and worship.

But, what happens when God's people turn their backs to Him? Go a whoring after the gods of abortion, of money, of easy government, and subsides paid for by the sweat of their fellow American's labor? What happens when God's people turn their backs on Him and start to worship Clinton and Bush, Carter and Roosevelt and their gods?

Leviticus 20:3-5

3 And I will set my face against that man, and will cut him off from among his people; because he hath given of his seed unto Molech, to defile My sanctuary, and to profane My holy name.

4 And if the people of the land do any ways hide their eyes from the man, when he giveth of his seed unto Molech, and kill him not:

5 Then I will set my face against that man, and against his family, and will cut him off, and all that go a whoring after him, to commit whoredom with Molech, from among their people. (KJV)

It isn't just the culprit that God seeks vengeance against, it is all who do not take action to stop the culprit. When government and cops protect abortionist, they become as guilty in God's eyes as the abortionist!

When we let the Supreme Court of our land and the political scum in Washington and the state capitals kick the Lord Jesus out of the schools, God looks at us the same as He looked at those Judges and politicians who ordered His removal and the cops who followed the orders and ripped the pictures of the Lord, the Ten Commandments and the Biblical quotes physically off the walls.

I want you to read one more bit of Scripture before I say anything else.

Matthew 11:23-24

23 And thou, Capernaum, which art exalted unto heaven, shalt be brought down to hell: for if the mighty works, which have been done in thee, had been done in Sodom, it would have remained until this day.

24 But I say unto you, That it shall be more tolerable for the land of Sodom in the day of judgment, than for thee. (KJV)

Maybe it will be easier to understand like this.And thou, United States of America, who has been so blessed, who have been the people that I have blessed from sea to shining sea, which art exalted unto heaven, shalt be brought down to hell:

You see, in some countries like China and England and France and even Canada the people can stand before the Lord on Judgement day and say,

"Lord I wanted to worship you, but I couldn't get a Bible, I couldn't go to a Bible preaching church, I wanted to believe on You Lord, but the government censored what I could hear and read and they control everything, for I was but a subject, for I had no law protecting my right to worship, for I was not born in the United States.

In every other country of the world the people are subjects to the government. Here in the United States, the government is subject to the people. In every other country of the world the people have the government to blame, here in the USA, we have no one to blame but ourselves, for we are the government, those who work in government are our servants.

Look at the weather since Clinton has taken office; we have had droughts, flooding in the mid west that almost washed it away, hurricanes, tornadoes, fires and earthquakes. The weather has been so bad the news doesn't even carry it anymore.

We have had more kids killed in schools in the last few years than in the military. While the government, us, disarm law abiding teachers, kids with shotguns and bombs roam the halls killing all they choose.

While we, the government, disarm law abiding citizens, Satan worshiping punks roam the streets, highways, byways, Post Offices and office buildings of the country raping and killing and we shake our heads, lock the doors and turn on the televison to see if our new gods and idols in Washington are going to make sure our food stamps and Social security checks will arrive on time.

Is there hope for us? Can we reverse this trend? Can we get back into God's Graces? Yes we can, we can for three very good reasons and I'm going to list them in their reverse order of importance.

The third point is; That we have, Article One of the Bill of Rights

"Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances."

This little bit of genius inspired by God and written by our founding fathers, our Abraham so to speak, guarantees us that we can worship the Lord Jesus, that we can fall down on our knees and repent.

Point two answers the question: Can the tyrant in the oval office, his minions, ilk and followers in congress, the senate and the secret police forces stop us?

NO, because, those same founding fathers, taking their lead from the Lord and His Holy Word have guaranteed us : "That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed. That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, ....................." The Declaration of Independence

And point one is, that when we get on our knees and ask for God's forgiveness, we have assurance that He will hear us and that He will give us another chance. Chronicles 7:14-15

14 If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.

15 Now mine eyes shall be open, and mine ears attend unto the prayer that is made in this place. (KJV)

But, will God hear just any prayer?

Will He hear and abide by the prayers of those who don't believe on His Son Jesus Will He hear the prayers of those who pray to statues of saints and through repetitious prayers of beads? Will He harken unto those who try to reach Him by chanting to the woman whom He chose to bear and nurse His Son Jesus? I'm afraid not, look here; as far as status of saints:

Exodus 20:4-5 and God said to Moses,

4 Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth:

5 Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the LORD thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me; (KJV)

Well, how about Mary? Can Catholics and Episcopalians, Greek and Russian Orthodox's pray to God through her? Not if they want to have their prayers heard, for Jesus has told us:

John 14:12-14

12 Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father.

13 And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son.

14 If ye shall ask any thing in my name, I will do it. (KJV)

Let's put this garbage about praying to and through anyone other than the Lord Jesus to rest once and for all.

For we are at a point in our country where you my turn on your television, radio or computer and hear that all out revolution has broken out. It's time to get right with the Lord. It's time to decide where your going to spend eternity, with the Lord in heaven or with satan in hell. Time may be getting short my friends and patriots.

We have an Attorney General in Maine that ruled that three cops can charge into a woman's home and shoot her to death while she sleeps and he claim it's justifiable. On the other side of the country the Attorney General of California has decided to confiscate all so called Assault Weapons in that state, by force if necessary.

We, as a country need prayer! We as a country need prayer that is heard by the Lord Jesus Christ, for we are a Christian Country, not some ridiculous infantile mumbo jumbo concept of a melting pot.

John 14:6

6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me. (KJV)

And how do we know there will be people around to pray to the Lord in the coming years? Numbers my friends don't lie. When you look around, what you find is that those who hate God and kill their children are not just killing their children, they are killing off those that they would influence in the voting booth, that's why homosexuals want so desperately to get their agenda into the schools and into the Boy Scouts of America. That's why the abortionist and their friends in politics like Clinton, Gore, Olympia Snowe and Barney Frank want so desperately to have their child murdering behavior taught in schools and why they want all mention of God kept out of the schools. But, they are losing, for the ones they are influencing are aborting their children. But, when you go into a fundamental church, you see tons of kids, check out the size of the average family that is home schooling, it is not unusual to see six, seven and even eight and nine kids in a home school family. Those kids grow up to vote! These are kids that are being taught to love, fear and respect the Lord. They are kids that are being brought up to be pro life and anti infanticide. And they are kids that will son be able and old enough to vote. And it is only by the Grace of the Almighty and His Son that we who live in these United States and have been given not only a second chance, but the means to rescue ourselves and get this second chance. Praise God!

I'm going to ask you, as Born Again Christians to help this process along. I'm going to ask you to pray. To ask the Lord Jesus Christ to protect and bless the children of this nation. To ask Him to bring into the lives of those children who are not saved someone who is Saved, someone to help steer that child in the direction of the Lord Jesus. I'm going to ask you to not only pray three times a day for your own children, but to pray also for the child the Lord has picked out to be your childs husband or wive. I'm asking you to pray to the Lord in the morning, at noontime and at evening. Pray that He will give us the time to take our nation back through the ballot box. That He will give us the time for our pro life children to grow in the Lord and become old enough to throw the rascals out with their vote.

Do we have time? I don't know. Between what appears to be the fulfilling of the time called sorrows in the Bible and the destruction of our culture and our military by the likes of the last five presidents, I don't know. But I do know this: If Clinton kills me today, I go to be with the Lord! If we are invaded by a foreign power and loose because our military is too busy being politically correct and our pentagon is to busy covering the tail of the CIC, or because the Chinese close the Panama Canal to our Naval forces. Well so be it, for we have brought it on ourselves.

If push comes to shove and the men of this nation decide enough is enough and choose to abolish this government and reinstitute the one that is suppose to be here, a government dedicated to the principals within the Constitution , one that is a Constitutional Republic and not a socialist, tyrannical, democracy. Well so be it, for we have the right and perhaps the obligation to do that.

Let us pray;

Lord Jesus in heaven, Lord, forgive us; forgive us for the things we have done, thought, said and dreamed. Oh Lord Jesus in heaven help us to see the course that You would have us take. Thank You Lord for giving us founding fathers that were well versed in and loved Your Word. Oh Lord God in heaven help us to what is right in Your sight. Help us to lead our families and our firneds into a deeper and more personal relationship with You, the Father and the Holy Ghost. Help us Lord to show our friends who have chosen to try to earn their way into heaven the error of their ways.

Lord Jesus, I pray to you for those lost members of my family, my cousins, my aunts, my uncles, my brother, my sister and their families. Help them Lord to see that their praying to statues, their relying on a man they call father, their dependence on ritual and good works and their monotonous, repetitious chanting while keeping time with rosary beads will not get them into heaven, it will only make the church that started out as the church of Pergamos and became the church of Thyatira and is now the church of Laodicea richer, bigger and more perverted. Lord help them to read and understand:

Exodus 20:4

Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth:

(KJV)

Help them Lord to understand:

Matthew 23:8-9

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But be not ye called Rabbi: for one is your Master, even Christ; and all ye are brethren.

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And call no man your father upon the earth: for one is your Father, which is in heaven.

(KJV)

Lord help them to read and understand your Bible. Help them to rely on You and not other of Your creations. Thank you Lord Jesus, I pray this to the Father in the name of my Lord Jesus, who is the Son of the Most High God, the God of all Creation, the Messiah, The Christ.

Amen

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CHURCH FOR AMERICAN CHRISTIANS AND PATRIOTS

A Full Gospel, Nondenominational, Fundamental Orthodox Christian Church
Pastored by: Rev. Robert M. Celeste
Minister of Christ Assembly of Churches

Sunday August 15th in the year of our Lord 1999

The words of our Lord and Saviour Jesus who is the Christ, are in red.


What does Matthew 5:19 and 20 mean?

First let us ask the Lord God above for help. Oh Lord God above, God of all creation how we desire and pray for Thy help.  Oh Lord Jesus we pray that You will have the Holy Spirit be with us as I preach this sermon and as others of Yours read it.  Oh Lord how we thank You, we thank You Lord for the things You have given us such as life, Your word, the air we breathe and the gravity that holds us to this planet that You created.  But most Lord Jesus we thank You for so loving us that You came to earth as a babe, grew into a man and voluntarily went up to the cross to die so that we could be forgiven of our sins and have eternal salvation and life with you, the Father and the holy Ghost.
Oh Lord Jesus we pray that You will hear the cries of those billions of babies world wide that have been destroyed while they slept peacefully within the supposed safety of their mothers' wombs by abortionists and those who support them.  We pray to Thee Lord Jesus to open our eyes and put our faith in You, the Father and the Holy Spirit and not in this sin ridden, satan worshiping government.  Oh Jesus how we pray that you will rescue us from those in government who do what is evil, and raise up good and God loving and fearing men to lead us back as a nation to that which made us great.  Oh Lord how we long for a government that seeks justice and liberty, freedom and honesty rather than that which we now have that seeks domination over Your people, wishing to enslave them, making them dependent upon them, their ilk, their minions and the god in which they serve.
Oh Lord Jesus please hear Thy servants' cry, hear our plea for Your help and Your rescue.  Oh Lord Jesus how we beg Thee for Your intervention.  Please Jesus do unto them as your Father did unto Herod.  For they do to our unborn what Herod tried to do unto Thee. For Lord, You have told us through Your servant Solomon, in 2 Chronicles chapter 7 verse 14, that If Your people, which are called by Your name,  humble themselves, and pray, and seek Your face, and turn from their wicked ways; then You will hear them and their prayer from Your home in heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.  Oh Lord, we do pray and we do humble ourselves and we do ask for Your forgiveness, for their is no other way for us to be Born Again other than to do those things.  And we as Your Born again brothers and sisters do seek Your ways and do pray to follow in Thy statutes and commandments and do pray that you, the Lord God of all, will rescue us and render Your vengeance on those who have led Your people astray and have caused us to sin by their rules and laws and undermining of Your Word.  For it is not us they attack only Lord, it is You they despise and attack.
Lord if You would give us permission, we would fight.  But you have made it very clear, that unless we or ours are attacked, we must leave it in Your hands.  Please Lord Jesus, as an older brother will rescue his little brothers and sisters from bullies, we pray that you will come to the rescue of Your little brothers and sisters worldwide and rescue us from the likes of those who support abortion.
This we ask Thee Lord Jesus to bring to the Father, for we pray to Him through your Sacred name.  Amen.

So, why do we pray to the Father through the Lord Jesus and not through saints and Mary and others?  Because that is what the Bible teaches.  In John 14:6
Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.  Now, if that is not clear enough for you, let us read 1 Timothy 2:5 For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus;
And that my friends is why we pray to the Father through the Lord Jesus, who is the Christ.  For Christ is not the last name of Jesus as some would have it, it is a descriptive Greek word, meaning Messiah.  So, it is Jesus who is the Messiah or Christ, not Jesus Messiah, like a name, like yours or my first and last name .

Now, let us look at this week's topic, for we are here to study the Word of God,
 

Matthew 5:2-16
2 And Jesus taught the people, saying,
3 Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven!
4 Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted!
5 Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth!
6 Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled!
7 Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy!
8 Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God!
9 Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God!
10 Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness' sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven!
11 Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake!

And then Jesus said to the people;

12 Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you.  For,
13 Ye are the salt of the earth:
14 Ye are the light of the world. So,
16 Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.

The Lord Jesus goes on to tell us that we, His believers, who are the salt of the earth, a light for the world, in: Mark 16:15-16 to "Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature."  For, "He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned."
But, notice the Lord has told us not to go forward throughout the world and preach what we think is right, what we think He said, but to instead  "Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature."  The gospel, the gospel of Jesus, the Word of God. And how can you do that if you are studying tradition and the writings of men who are trying to tell you what God really meant?  You can't, the only way you can go forward and preach the gospel is to study the gospel!

How serious is the Lord about all who are Born Again preaching His Word to the whole world?  Look at Matthew 5:19-20 where Jesus tells us this " Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven: but whosoever shall do and teach them, the same shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven.
 For I say unto you, That except your righteousness shall exceed the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, ye shall in no case enter into the kingdom of heaven."
Now some would have you believe that these two verses are directed at only those of us who preach.  Not true my friends, do you see anything in those words to lead you to believe that it is only preachers whom the Lord is talking to here?  Of course not.  The Lord is addressing each and every Born Again believer!  So far what the Lord has told us is that we are to be to be poor in Spirit, to mourn, to be meek, to hunger and thirst for His Words, statutes and commandments, to be merciful, to be pure in heart, be peacemakers and to expect to be persecuted for being the above and preaching His Word.  But if we are those things we will be blessed.  The Lord goes on to tell us that we are the lights of the world, that we are the salt of the earth, but He has also told us in Matthew 5:13-16 that "if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be salted? it is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men.
Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid.
Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house.
Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven."
You see, the Lord is telling us that if we lose our salt, we are good for nothing but to be trod under foot by men, for like salt that has lost its flavor and is thrown out, so are those who accept the Lord, but do nothing about it.  Jesus goes on telling us that as the lights of the world we are not to hide our Christianity, but are to shine before men, bringing His Word to all men.  He goes on telling us that when we do these things, we bring glory to God the Father, our Creator, our Master, our Owner.  He, who through the blood of His own Son, has adopted us.

Now, you have all heard the saying "Once Saved always Saved."  And I am not going to dispute that, but are all Saved that say they are Saved?  For in Titus 3:8 Paul tells us "This is a faithful saying, and these things I will that thou affirm constantly, that they which have believed in God might be careful to maintain good works. These things are good and profitable unto men."
Paul is telling us that we who are believers should do good works, what are good works in the sight of the Lord?  Well, how about doing that in which He has ordered us to do.   "Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature."  In Titus 3:14 Paul tells us that it is necessary for us to not be unfruitful, that we are to be fruitful.  And what does it mean to be fruitful? How about doing what you are told to do?  And what has Jesus told us to do?  Did He not command us to;    Paul's exact words are "And let ours also learn to maintain good works for necessary uses, that they be not unfruitful."

For how else are others to know we are Christians if not by our actions, speech, dress and witnessing? Are these things important?
Well, read what the Lord has to say: now read this carefully, for here the Lord is telling us how He treats those who are faithful servants, those who are really Saved and unfaithful servants, those who hide their faith and disobey the Lords command to    "Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature."
 

Matthew 25:14-46
14 For the kingdom of heaven is as a man travelling into a far country, who called his own servants, and delivered unto them his goods.
15 And unto one he gave five talents, to another two, and to another one; to every man according to his several ability; and straightway took his journey.
16 Then he that had received the five talents went and traded with the same, and made them other five talents.
17 And likewise he that had received two, he also gained other two.
18 But he that had received one went and digged in the earth, and hid his lord's money.
19 After a long time the lord of those servants cometh, and reckoneth with them.
20 And so he that had received five talents came and brought other five talents, saying, Lord, thou deliveredst unto me five talents: behold, I have gained beside them five talents more.
21 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.
22 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.
23 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.
24 Then he which had received the one talent came and said, Lord, I knew thee that thou art an hard man, reaping where thou hast not sown, and gathering where thou hast not strawed:
25 And I was afraid, and went and hid thy talent in the earth: lo, there thou hast that is thine.
26 His lord answered and said unto him, Thou wicked and slothful servant, thou knewest that I reap where I sowed not, and gather where I have not strawed:
27 Thou oughtest therefore to have put my money to the exchangers, and then at my coming I should have received mine own with usury.
28 Take therefore the talent from him, and give it unto him which hath ten talents.
29 For unto every one that hath shall be given, and he shall have abundance: but from him that hath not shall be taken away even that which he hath.
30 And cast ye the unprofitable servant into outer darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.
31 When the Son of man shall come in his glory, and all the holy angels with him, then shall he sit upon the throne of his glory:
32 And before him shall be gathered all nations: and he shall separate them one from another, as a shepherd divideth his sheep from the goats:
33 And he shall set the sheep on his right hand, but the goats on the left.
34 Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world:
35 For I was an hungred, and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me in:
36 Naked, and ye clothed me: I was sick, and ye visited me: I was in prison, and ye came unto me.
37 Then shall the righteous answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, and fed thee? or thirsty, and gave thee drink?
38 When saw we thee a stranger, and took thee in? or naked, and clothed thee?
39 Or when saw we thee sick, or in prison, and came unto thee?
40 And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.
41 Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels:
42 For I was an hungred, and ye gave me no meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me no drink:
43 I was a stranger, and ye took me not in: naked, and ye clothed me not: sick, and in prison, and ye visited me not.
44 Then shall they also answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, or athirst, or a stranger, or naked, or sick, or in prison, and did not minister unto thee?
45 Then shall he answer them, saying, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye did it not to one of the least of these, ye did it not to me.
46 And these shall go away into everlasting punishment: but the righteous into life eternal.
(KJV)
Now let's go back to Matthew 5:19-20 where Jesus tells us this " Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven: but whosoever shall do and teach them, the same shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven.
 For I say unto you, That except your righteousness shall exceed the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, ye shall in no case enter into the kingdom of heaven."

Here my friends the Lord is telling us that if you are a police officer you are to not only arrest people under the law, you are to witness to them, you are to preach the gospel to them.  If you are a prison guard or a jailer, you are not to simply keep locked away those whom society has placed in your hands, you are to do everything in your power to bring them to and introduce them to the Lord.  If you are person walking down the street and you see a couple of young boys picking on another youngster, it is not enough for you to simply break up the fight, you must also point out that they are offending God and teach them the gospel.  And not just those examples above, but all of us in all walks of life.  And if we are persecuted for spreading the Word of God, well so be it, for did He not also tell us in Matthew 5: 10 and 11 Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness' sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven!
Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake!

Let me tell you a story, 36 years ago, while I was a young Marine, I drew cross country chaser duty while waiting for a transfer to come through.  Now before leaving, I was given a bit of training, part of this training dealt with  two things, one part was the telling of a little lie by my instructor, he told me that if I lost my prisoner, I would serve his sentence till he was recaptured.  That turned out to be a lie, but, not knowing it at the time kept me on my toes and my prisoner locked tight.  The other thing I was told was this; "Some of the prisoners that you will be returning or delivering to prison have been found guilty and some will even have been sentenced to death.  When the court sentences a man to death, the means of his death, the form of execution will be ordered by the court.  As an example, the judge may sentence him to be hung or shot, and that is the way he is to die.  If you as a chaser have a prisoner with a heart problem, you are to take care that he does not have a heart attack.  If your prisoner attempts to commit suicide, you are to prevent it.  If your prisoner has a bad ulcer, you are not to give him foods that will cause that ulcer to act up.  You are to care for that prisoner.  You are not his executioner, nor are you to add to his sentence by your behavior.  That part of the training was absolutely correct.
My wife and I just returned from Kentucky, where we have a prison ministry.  We go for a couple of weeks a year and visit a man convicted of murder and serving a life sentence.  This man is a juvenile diabetic.  That means that he requires a special diet and insulin.  Now while the warden is willing to let him have insulin, he refuses to let this prisoner have a special low sugar diet.  This prisoner is a Born Again Christian.
Now read Matthew 5:19 & 20 again.  Do you see where this warden and his staff have disobeyed the Word of the Lord?   When a man or woman is put in your care, you must treat them as Christians.  You as a Christian must abide by the words of the Lord.  You must witness to and treat fairly all who you come in contact with and whom you have authority over.

May the Lord our God be with you and yours through out the week.  May He care for you and help you to understand His will and His ways.  May He have the Spirit lead you and comfort you through difficult time.  In the love of our Lord I ask for blessing upon you and yours, May God bless you, protect you and keep you. Amen
 

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Sunday July 11th thru August 1st, 1999

The words spoken directly by God the Father are in purple.

The words spoken directly by God the Son, the Lord Jesus Christ are in red.

Clinton/Agag UN/Amon so what's the difference? or, Where is Samuel when you need him?

Oh Lord help us to understand Thy will and Thy ways. Teach us Lord to accept Your ways with joy and happiness. Lord in heaven teach us to do the things that You want us to do and help us to appreciate the things You have given us. We thank You Lord for the air we breathe and the water we drink. We thank Thee Lord for all that You have given us and how You so loved us that You gave Yourself so that we could be free from sin and damnation. Please Lord protect us from the evil one, his minions and his ilk and from those who serve him knowingly and unknowingly. We pray this to the Father in the name of the Son.
Oh Lord in heaven I pray that you will help Dave with his seizures and Eileen with her rehab and geoff and his heart problems. Please Lord help them to understand that it only through You that they can be assured both rest and cure. Lord I pray for John and Jimmy and their families. Lord please rescue our nation from the grips of the evil worshipers who have delighted in doing that which is evil in Your sight. Help us Lord to rid ourselves of the abortionist and the sodomite help us Lord to once again become the nation that You would have us be.
Lord thank you for our health and the home you have provided us with.
Amen.

The Sermon on the mount, so just what is the Lord talking about and who is He talking about?

Matthew Chapter 5

1 And seeing the multitudes, Jesus went up into a mountain: and when He was set, His disciples came unto Him:
2 And Jesus opened His mouth, and taught them, saying,
3 Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
4 Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted.
5 Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth.
6 Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled.
7 Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy.
8 Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God.
9 Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God.
10 Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness' sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
11 Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake.
12 Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you.
Blessed are the poor in spirit, those who mourn, those who are meek and hunger and thirst after righteousness. Blessed are the merciful, the pure in heart, the peacemakers and those who are persecuted for believing on the Lord Jesus Christ. Friends, the Lord is talking about those who are Born Again. Think for a moment, if you are Born Again, isn't your spirit broken, do you not mourn for the aborted babies, for the wrongs committed in the name of justice and for the things that happen in our schools and to our kids? Do you not hunger to know God? Are you not merciful towards those who have done you harm? Do you not seek to keep your thoughts, your mind and your heart pure and free from evil thoughts? Do you not pray for your enemies? And are you not persecuted, laughed at and discriminated against because of your devotion to the Lord Jesus who is the Christ? Yes my brothers and sisters, it is us who are saved that the Lord is describing and it is us He is talking to.

13 Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be salted? it is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men.
14 Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid.
15 Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house.
16 Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.
You, we who are saved, are the light of the world, we are the salt of the earth, we are not to hide our light or let our saltiness get watered down. We are to show people by our actions that we are the lords. We are to show the world by our faith, our character, our values and our virtues that we are the property of Jesus who is the Christ, the Son of the living God. We are not to be like everyone else. We are not to read the stuff the read, watch the trash that they watch on television and in the movies. We are not to worship the scum in politics that they worship. We are not to dress ourselves or our families in the revealing sluttish clothing that they wear. We are to be the light of the world, not just one more hunk of slime.

17 Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil.
18 For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled.
Here Jesus is very clearly telling us that we are still bound to all of the law except for those parts He fulfilled in His coming. So, while we need not do the sacrifices, we are still bound to the moral laws laid down in the first five books of the bible!

19 Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven: but whosoever shall do and teach them, the same shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven.
Most of us think that verse 19 only applies to preachers. Surprise surprise surprise, it applies to any and all that are charged with the teaching of anyone. Parents, politicians, grandparents, cops, everyone. For we are all charged with helping people do what is right in the sight of the Lord and when we don't, we are crossing Him and sinning against God.

20 For I say unto you, That except your righteousness shall exceed the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, ye shall in no case enter into the kingdom of heaven.
The scribes and the pharisees where the learned and scholarly men of the day. They were suppose to be the experts on the dos and don'ts of correct living in the sight of the Lord, but they had become hollow, do as I say not as I do, men who had high esteem for themselves and little or no character or honesty or holder of values and virtues, kind of like the Maine delegation to the Congress and Senate of these United States and he whom they worship and at whose feet they grovel in the oval office. They had become more interested in their own position than practicing what was written in the scriptures. They were men who forced the letter of the law on others, but ignored it completely in their on lives, kind of like Bill Clinton.

21 Ye have heard that it was said by them of old time, Thou shalt not kill; and whosoever shall kill shall be in danger of the judgment:
22 But I say unto you, That whosoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of the judgment: and whosoever shall say to his brother, Raca, shall be in danger of the council: but whosoever shall say, Thou fool, shall be in danger of hell fire.
This is important guys, notice that the Lord is telling you that you are not to even be mad at your fellow believers. Not only is it wrong to murder, it is wrong to be mad at or call a fellow believer names. There are some who would have you believe that God uses other Christians to persecute His Christians. Nothing could be further from the truth. For it to be true that God would use one Christian to hurt another Christian would be to make Jesus out to be a liar and that is just not possible. So when someone tells you that they have been persecuted by another Christian at the direction of God , or if they suggest that your persecutions come from fellow believers at the direction of God, rest assured that they are lying. For Jesus Himself has told us that we are not to hold anything against one another! If we can not even be mad at one another or call one another names, how could we ever persecute or intentionally harm one another?

23 Therefore if thou bring thy gift to the altar, and there remember that thy brother hath ought against thee;
24 Leave there thy gift before the altar, and go thy way; first be reconciled to thy brother, and then come and offer thy gift.
If you know of anything a fellow believer has against you, drop everything and go and make amends. Apologize and ask for his or her forgiveness. Asking for forgiveness is even more important than tithing. Bet you never heard that in any liberal churches. But Jesus tells us to leave our gifts at the alter and go make amends with those we have offended, and then come and make thy offer.

25 Agree with thine adversary quickly, whiles thou art in the way with him; lest at any time the adversary deliver thee to the judge, and the judge deliver thee to the officer, and thou be cast into prison.
26 Verily I say unto thee, Thou shalt by no means come out thence, till thou hast paid the uttermost farthing.
Adversary is not the same as brother. Adversary mostly referrs to those who are un believers or non Christians, so settle things even with non believers as quickly as you can. Try not to go to court, for in court you are at a disadvantage. For the unbeliever has no scruples that prevent him or her from lying in court and fabricating evidence. But you must be honest and your being honest in court will almost certaily result in your being found guilty. Think of the news stories of how the FBI fabricated evidence in their labs to convict those they arrested, guilt or innocense is not important to our judical system. What is important is conviction ratios. Think how this congress and this senate would not remove a corrupt president from office because he was such a good liar. And they are obviously impressed by his ability to constantly lie and decieve.

27 Ye have heard that it was said by them of old time, Thou shalt not commit adultery:
28 But I say unto you, That whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her already in his heart.

29 And if thy right eye offend thee, pluck it out, and cast it from thee: for it is profitable for thee that one of thy members should perish, and not that thy whole body should be cast into hell.
30 And if thy right hand offend thee, cut it off, and cast it from thee: for it is profitable for thee that one of thy members should perish, and not that thy whole body should be cast into hell.
While liberal theologians will tell you that it does not mean literally to pluck out your eye or cut of your arm, think about this for a moment. Jesus Christ created the world, He created man and everything in the heavens and on earth. He created us and our brains. Do you not think Him smart enough to say exactly what He means and mean exactly what He says in His own book? Ask the liberal what he has created today before you take his word over that of the Lord.
Look, if you are finding impossible to stop spying and selling secrets to China, it is better to pluck out your eyes than be guilty of helping China to destroy millions. It is better for you to cut of your arm than to continue as a FBI sniper killing innocent women and children. For it is better that you have only one arm than to kill a mother while she nurses her 11 month old baby. If you have a corrupt child within your family or a corrupt preacher in your church, it is better to get rid of them than allow them to take the entire family or congregation to hell with them.

31 It hath been said, Whosoever shall put away his wife, let him give her a writing of divorcement:
32 But I say unto you, That whosoever shall put away his wife, saving for the cause of fornication, causeth her to commit adultery: and whosoever shall marry her that is divorced committeth adultery.

33 Again, ye have heard that it hath been said by them of old time, Thou shalt not forswear thyself, but shalt perform unto the Lord thine oaths:
34 But I say unto you, Swear not at all; neither by heaven; for it is God's throne:
35 Nor by the earth; for it is his footstool: neither by Jerusalem; for it is the city of the great King.
36 Neither shalt thou swear by thy head, because thou canst not make one hair white or black.
37 But let your communication be, Yea, yea; Nay, nay: for whatsoever is more than these cometh of evil.
In other words, you need not say anything other than yes or no, you should not have to say anything other than yes I will do something or no I will not do something. To do anymore than that is to be like the heathens that need to say more for their word is worth nothing.

38 Ye have heard that it hath been said, An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth:
39 But I say unto you, That ye resist not evil: but whosoever shall smite thee on thy right cheek, turn to him the other also.
40 And if any man will sue thee at the law, and take away thy coat, let him have thy cloke also.
41 And whosoever shall compel thee to go a mile, go with him twain.
42 Give to him that asketh thee, and from him that would borrow of thee turn not thou away.

43 Ye have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy neighbour, and hate thine enemy.
44 But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you;
45 That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust.
46 For if ye love them which love you, what reward have ye? do not even the publicans the same?
47 And if ye salute your brethren only, what do ye more than others? do not even the publicans so?
It is easy to love your friends and hate your enemies, it is hard to love both and to pray for both. But what better way to turn your enemies into friends than to pray for them? For if they, your enemies, are converted and become born again Christians, they will no longer be your enemies, but will instead be your brothers. Is it not much better to have a world full of brothers than a world full of enemies. Would our country not be much better off if we exported missionaries and Christianity rather than abortion and nukes?

48 Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect.

Matthew Chapter 6

1 Take heed that ye do not your alms before men, to be seen of them: otherwise ye have no reward of your Father which is in heaven.
2 Therefore when thou doest thine alms, do not sound a trumpet before thee, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may have glory of men. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward.
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4 That thine alms may be in secret: and thy Father which seeth in secret himself shall reward thee openly.
In to days world we would say, don't tithe by check, looking for a statement of thanks for your generosity, but instead fold up your tithes and place cash in the basket. So that none now the giver nor the amount, except your Father in heaven who sees what you do in private and rewards you openly. Openly you ask? Yes openly. Think of the times the Lord has intervened on your behalf, perhaps an auto accident that could have been worse or a near miss that left not even a dent or scratch. How about the illness that could have been worse or for that matter, never even took place. Do you take your good health for granted? Yes, God the Father does reward openly, so openly that most of us don't even realize that he has rewarded us.

5 And when thou prayest, thou shalt not be as the hypocrites are: for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and in the corners of the streets, that they may be seen of men. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward.
6 But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly.

7 But when ye pray, use not vain repetitions, as the heathen do: for they think that they shall be heard for their much speaking.
hummmmm, vain repetitions, look, when you have to repeat the same thing over and over, don't you start to wonder about the persons intelligence that has to have the same thing repeated over and over? When your dealing with someone really sharp, how many times do you have to repeat yourself to be understood by them? So, why would you want to pray in a repetitious manner? Do you think God needs to be told over and over before He will understand what it is your praying for? When you repeat the same canned prayer over and over what you are doing is insulting God, the creator of you and all things.

8 Be not ye therefore like unto them: for your Father knoweth what things ye have need of, before ye ask Him.
Don't be like the heathens, just come to the Father in prayer through the Son and thank Him and ask Him to forgive you and ask Him for those things you need to pray to Him about.

9 After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name.
10 Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.
11 Give us this day our daily bread.
12 And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.
13 And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen.
14 For if ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you:
15 But if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.
Do you see verse 11, "Give us this day our daily bread." Daily bread, that is not just the bread like food, it is mainly the bread of life, God's word. Look here:
Matthew 4:3-4 3 And when the satan came to Jesus, satan said, If thou be the Son of God, command that these stones be made bread.
4 But Jesus answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.
So, when your praying, ask not only for food for the body, but for food for the soul and spirit as well.

16 Moreover when ye fast, be not, as the hypocrites, of a sad countenance: for they disfigure their faces, that they may appear unto men to fast. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward.
17 But thou, when thou fastest, anoint thine head, and wash thy face;
18 That thou appear not unto men to fast, but unto thy Father which is in secret: and thy Father, which seeth in secret, shall reward thee openly.

19 Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal:
20 But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal:
21 For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.

22 The light of the body is the eye: if therefore thine eye be single, thy whole body shall be full of light.
23 But if thine eye be evil, thy whole body shall be full of darkness. If therefore the light that is in thee be darkness, how great is that darkness!

24 No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.
You can not serve both this government and it's evil desires and the Lord Jesus Christ! For this government calls upon you to sacrifice yourself and your family to cover up it's sins, while the Lord Jesus Christ sacrificed Himself to cover and pay for your sins. This government and the Lord Jesus Christ are as far apart as that in which they represent, evil and good. Serve Jesus! Look,
Luke 12:4-5 4 And I say unto you my friends, Be not afraid of them that kill the body, and after that have no more that they can do.
5 But I will forewarn you of whom ye shall fear: Fear Him, which after He hath killed hath power to cast you into hell; yea, I say unto you, Fear Him.
Don't fear this hollow, cowardly and corrupt infanticidal government, for what can Bill Clinton and his minions do to you but kill your body? But fear and love God. For God can kill the body and then toss it into hells fires for all eternity. Serve God, despise mammon!

25 Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on. Is not the life more than meat, and the body than raiment?
26 Behold the fowls of the air: for they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feedeth them. Are ye not much better than they?
27 Which of you by taking thought can add one cubit unto his stature?
28 And why take ye thought for raiment? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they toil not, neither do they spin:
29 And yet I say unto you, That even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.
30 Wherefore, if God so clothe the grass of the field, which to day is, and to morrow is cast into the oven, shall he not much more clothe you, O ye of little faith?
31 Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed?
32 (For after all these things do the Gentiles seek:) for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things.
33 But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.
Verse 33 sums it up nicely, serve God and God will take care of you.

34 Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.
Don't worry about tomorrow, there are enough things to worry about today. Tomorrow will take care of itself. If you take care of to days problems today, to morrows problems won't be any where near as bad as they will be if you spend today worrying about tomorrow and as a result ignoring the fixing of to days problems

Matthew Chapter Seven

1 Judge not, that ye be not judged.
2 For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged: and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again.
This is one of the most misquoted verses in the entire Bible. You will commonly hear liberals telling you that "you should judge not lest you be judged." Garbage, what the lord is telling us is to judge not the exterior of the man, but to judge ones heart and deeds. Do you think for even a moment that the Lord wants you to hang around with rapist and druggies? Do you think He wants you to let your 14 year old daughter go out with a 45 year old pimp? Do you think He would want you to send your teen son to work for Congressmen Baldacci or Frank? Do you think He would want you sending your daughter or wife to spend a week end with the likes of Senators Susan Collins or Olympia Snowe or Bill Clinton? Of course not, the Lord wants you to judge, but He wants you to judge a man or woman by their deeds and actions, not their looks. He wants you to check on the OBGYN before sending your wife to that doctor when she is pregnant. The Lord doesn't want you entrusting your wife or your baby into the hands of a butcher who performs abortions. You are to judge, you are simply to judge others the same way that you would want them to judge you.

3 And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother's eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye?
4 Or how wilt thou say to thy brother, Let me pull out the mote out of thine eye; and, behold, a beam is in thine own eye?
5 Thou hypocrite, first cast out the beam out of thine own eye; and then shalt thou see clearly to cast out the mote out of thy brother's eye.
Here the Lord is saying the same thing, don't judge your brothers minor faults while you are running around with major sin in your own heart. Don't beat up on the guy who smokes a few butts and has a bottle a beer at night while your a hundred pounds overweight from eating donuts and twinkies. Don't be so critical of the guy who misses an occasional Sunday to go bass fishing while your investment portfolio includes insurance companies that fund abortion and your still using AT&T, MCI or Sprint for your long distance calls. First loose the hundred pounds, clean up your investment portfolio, get Life Line or one of the other Christian long distance carriers and then talk to your brother about his smoking and cold beers.

6 Give not that which is holy unto the dogs, neither cast ye your pearls before swine, lest they trample them under their feet, and turn again and rend you.
Now what the Lord is telling us here is not to cast what is Holy before swines. What is Holy is you, the Born Again Christian, swines are the secular world. What the Lord is saying is don't degrade yourself by becoming like the secular world, don't hang around in their bars, don't wear their immodest clothing, don't feed your children the garbage of their books like Goose Bumps and Steven King. Don't watch the trash on tv and the pornography of Madison Ave ads. In other words, separate yourself from the world as much as you possibly can. Remember, this is not your home, you are simply visiting here. Your home is in heaven with God! For if you take your Holy self and hang around in secular places, the secular world will rip you apart and destroy that which is Holy within you.

7 Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you:
8 For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.
If you go to the Father through the Son and ask for forgiveness and acceptance, the Father is sure to both forgive and accept. All you have to do to get into heaven is believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, invite Him into your heart, give yourself to Him and ask Him to forgive your sins by first admitting that you are both unworthy and a sinner.

9 Or what man is there of you, whom if his son ask bread, will he give him a stone?
10 Or if he ask a fish, will he give him a serpent?
11 If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children, how much more shall your Father which is in heaven give good things to them that ask him?
Look, here the Lord is proving to you what He said in verses 7&8, He is telling us that if we as sinning, imperfect human fathers can and will do good things for our sons, how much more good things will our perfect and heavenly Father in heaven give us. If we the humble creations can give our kids good things and delight in helping them, how much more will the Creator give to those whom He loves and who have accepted His offer of salvation.

12 Therefore all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them: for this is the law and the prophets.
Therefore, do unto others as you would have them do unto you. Or more accurately,
Leviticus 19:17-18
17 Thou shalt not hate thy brother in thine heart: thou shalt in any wise rebuke thy neighbour, and not suffer sin upon him.
18 Thou shalt not avenge, nor bear any grudge against the children of thy people, but thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself: I am the LORD.

13 Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat:
14 Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.
The road to heaven is narrow, the road to hell is broad and paved with good intentions.

15 Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.
16 Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles?
17 Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit.
18 A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit.
19 Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire.
20 Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them.
21 Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.
22 Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works?
23 And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.
You don't need me to elaborate on this, you know exactly what the Lord is saying here. If the preacher is telling you it's all right to abort your babies, he is a false teacher and a liar! If he tells you it is all right to have a homosexual or lesbian relationship, he is a liar and if you do it your going to hell, for God tells us what He thinks of sodomites.

24 Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock:
25 And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell not: for it was founded upon a rock.
26 And every one that heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them not, shall be likened unto a foolish man, which built his house upon the sand:
Got it? Abide by the Words of Jesus and you are a wise man living in a stone house with a foundation built into the core of the earth, that is literally unshakable and indestructible. Live by the words of Clinton, Gore and the rest of the satan worshiping child killing murderous adulterers that call themselves main stream America and our leaders and your spiritual home is one built of sand with no foundation just waiting for a good rain storm.
27 And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell: and great was the fall of it.

28 And it came to pass, when Jesus had ended these sayings, the people were astonished at his doctrine:
29 For he taught them as one having authority, and not as the scribes.
The people knew that Jesus wasn't just the average preacher or rabbi, for He taught them as one who had written the book, not as one who was just reading it and trying to understand it. Yet they did not accept Him. What a shame for them, don't let the same thing happen to you. Accept Jesus as Lord and Saviour and spend eternity in Heaven with Him and the Father and me! Reject Him or do nothing and you spend eternity in hell with satan, his minions his ilk and those who serve him knowingly and unknowingly. For if you reject the offer of salvation offered to you by God the Father through the death of His Son Jesus, God the Son, than you become one of those who serves satan knowingly if you are one who just does nothing, neither accepts nor rejects, just goes about your merry bussiness as though all was well, you become one who unknowingly serves satan. For the default is hell!

Don't be a fool, serve Him who died for you, not him who would have you die for him. Look, we are all going to spend eternity somewhere, either in heaven or in hell, as for my wife and I we are going to heaven, where are you and your wife going? I want to tell you something. Do you think Stephen King writes scary books and tells scary tales? Well, compared to what happens during the seven years of tribulation, Kings stories are like nursery rhymes! And let me add just this one more thing, those of you who are unsaved, and end up in hell, well even if I know you really well and spend tons of time praying for you, if you don't accept Jesus as your personal Lord and Saviour and as a result you end up in hell, it will not cost me a nights sleep or even one tear. Do you know why? I'll tell you. Better yet, I'll let you read it for yourself.
The Book of Revelation 21:3-8
3 And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and He will dwell with them, and they shall be His people, and God Himself shall be with them, and be their God.
4 And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.
5 And He that sat upon the throne said, Behold, I make all things new. And He said unto me, Write: for these words are true and faithful.
6 And He said unto me, It is done. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end. I will give unto him that is athirst of the fountain of the water of life freely.
7 He that overcometh shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be My son.
8 But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.

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Got it? God will wipe away all of my tears and I will have no sorrow, that among other things means that I will have no memory of all of you here on earth who are unsaved and end up in hell. Like Wayne the guy who runs the porno book store on Route 26 in Oxford, Maine where I held a two month prayer vigil. Well, if Wayne decides to continue to follow satan and ignore and reject the Lord, he goes to hell. Now I spent a lot of time praying for Wayne, but if he doesn't make it, I will have no memory of him whatsoever. But for all those who do make it to heaven, well them I will know immediately. But look again at verse 8. Do you see what happens to those who are not saved? Jesus Christ, God, says that He is going to toss them into an eternal hell, a lake of burning fire.

Don't be a fool, ignore Clinton and the UN. Follow the Lord Jesus Christ. Do you think for even one minute there is two hoots worth of difference between Clinton and Agag? Do you think there is any difference between the politics and believes of the UN and the Amalekites? If God sent Samuel back right now, do you think Samuel would treat Clinton any different than he treated Agag? The only difference might be that Samuel might use a more modern sword, one made from the finest surgical steel of West Germany. But then again, he might just use the same one he used on Agag.
Praise God!

In closing let me just add this:

Remember, there are only two types of people in the world, the Saved and the unsaved. For those of us that are Saved, this time on earth is the closest we will ever come to hell! But for those who are unsaved, this time on earth is the closest they will ever come to heaven!

For we who are Saved will spend eternity in heaven with the Lord, where there will be no suffering, pain, sorrow or illness. We will bask in the Light of the Lord Jesus Christ, the Father and the Holy Spirit. But, those who are unsaved will spend eternity in hell with satan, in outer darkness, with no light and with the constant roaring of the burning pit and the cries of the other tortured souls that are there and the pain of constant fire that will never ever end!

God be with you! Amen

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CHURCH FOR AMERICAN CHRISTIANS AND PATRIOTS

A Full Gospel, Nondenominational, Fundamental Christian Church
Rev. Robert M. Celeste
Minister of Christ Assembly of Churches

Please note: All of the words in Red are those spoken by our Lord Jesus Christ.

This week's sermon:

All words in Red are words spoken by our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.

Father's Day sermon

Sunday June 20th thru June 26th, 1999

A MAN IN GOD'S EYES

Today, on Father's Day 1999 we men have a choice. We can be men in God's eyes or we can be men in the eyes of Clinton, his minions and his ilk. We cannot do both, for what constitutes a man in the Eyes of the God who created you and was willing died for you is one thing.

To be a man in the eyes of an adulterous, lying rascal is quite another.

Today, being Father's Day would be a good time to decide just which you will choose to follow, obey and worship .................... God or Mammon.

Oh Father in heaven, hear our prayer, Father help us to understand that it is You we wish to follow and You whom we wish to learn from, for it is through You and Your teachings that we can rescue our families and our nations from those things that have been brought about by those who have rejected You from their lives and ejected You from the public arena.

Oh God, Father in heaven above, we pray that You will forgive us for those things we have said, done and thought that have so offended You and that You will forgive us as we forgive those who have sinned against us. That You will teach us and help us to be the men that You would want us to be. That You oh Creator of all things in heaven and here on Earth will protect us and ours from evil, the evil one, his minions and his ilk.

We pray to Thee on this day that honors Earthly fathers, so that we may honor Thee, the Father of all things. Amen.

Men, this is a sermon for you to preach to your families. If you have chosen to follow God instead of Mammon, then you must be willing to lead your family to the Lord and to salvation.

You must lead them from evil and to God. So, here goes, get your bible, if you do not have a King James version of the bible, send me your name and address and I'll send you one.
If you live near a Wal Mart, you can by one for under ten dollars. If you want me to send you one, just send me your name and address and I'll send you one.

Now let us open our King James Versions of the Bible to Matthew Chapter Two.

Before you get started reading, let us ask for God's help in understanding what you are about to read.

Oh, Father in heaven we pray that You will help us to understand what we are about to read, we pray to Thee Father for Your help and guidance and that You will remove the scales from our eyes, the wax from our ears, the hardness from our hearts and the chains of Satan that bind us and that You will teach us all that You want us to know. Amen

Start by reading read all of Chapters Two, Three and Four.

Now begin to read Chapter Five. As you start to read, bear in mind that what you are reading are the words that our Lord Jesus who is the Christ, the Messiah, said almost two thousand years ago. Read till you get to the end of Verse 11 and stop.

At the end of Verse11 and before you start Verse 12, think about this, and look at the characteristics of the person Jesus is describing that is blessed..

Blessed is he who is poor, who mourns, is meek, who hungers after righteousness, who is merciful, pure of heart, a peacemaker and is persecuted simply for being devoted to Him.

Who is the Lord talking about there?

Think, think about you as a Born again Christian what do you hunger after, the things of this world or the things of heaven? Do you not pray for peace, for and end to violence by this government, and in the schools, do not strive to be pure of heart, to focus on the things of God and not the things of this world, are you not being merciful when you pray for those who are friends and family who are unsaved?

Think my friend, what the Lord is describing is you, the born again Christian. Are you not persecuted for His name and your believing in Him? No ? Go into the supermarket, look at the junk your eyes are subjected to while you wait in line. Can your kid praise God in school? Can you bring your toddler into the local video rental place without subjecting him or her to the horrors of violence and pornography?

If you as a Christian complain about a TV stations' programming are you not called a special interest group? Don't they say something snide like, we can't bend down to the interest of every special interest group that comes along?

Do you not think you are being tortured for His name's sake when society trashes the things you teach your sons and daughters and tells them to ignore you and follow their baser instincts?

How about the crucifying of Christians in Egypt, or the selling of boys and girls into slavery in the Sudan, how about the Christian girls that are sold into slavery and brutally circumcised and made into prostitutes or concubines by their Muslim masters in nearly every Muslim country in Africa? You don't think that is tortured for His name.? My friends, you the Born Again Christian are what the Lord is blessing in the Beatitudes!

Ok, back to reading, Verses 12 thru 20. Then read carefully verses 21 and 22. STOP Read carefully! The Lord is telling us that in the old days, it was written that you should not kill, but as of His coming those who believe on Him, Born Again Christians, not only can not kill one another, but that we as Christians cannot even harbor a grudge against one another. This is important, because there are cults out there that try and teach that Christians are Crucifying one another and that this crucifixion of Christians is ordered by God.

One of these cult leaders has even gone so far as to write a book and that book, "Crucified by Christians," by cult leader Gene Edwards, is even being handed out as a supplement to the bible by some liberal churches and some liberal preachers who have infiltrated and are trying to subvert some of the true churches of Christianity.

We are warned of this, and you as the spiritual head of the family must be aware of it and on guard for it. Men, God has placed this responsibility on you! You can not just blindly follow the words of your neighborhood preacher, you must always check all that goes into your families minds against the Word of God.

Back to Matthew. Continue reading from Verse 23 and go to the end of Chapter Five. Now say Amen.

But, it is Fathers Day you know and God has given us a special passage as fathers.

For He has given our wives some orders on just how they are to treat us. Turn to Ephesians the Fifth Chapter and read verses 22, 23 and 24.

OK, guys you can smirk for a bit. But before you smirk to much, remember something, whenever the Lord gives, He asks something in return.

Remember when He was telling the children of Israel about the promised land how He said, I will give you a land flowing with milk and honey, all you have to do is worship Me and Me only. Well, He has given you a wife that worships and submits to you.

But, as God told the children of Israel that if they didn't worship Him only, He would clean their clocks, He also has a few words for us.

Read Verse 25, what is the Lord saying? He is telling us that in return for our wives' submission to us in all things, we must be prepared to die for them. Go to and read Verse 28.

Men we are to love our wives every bit as much as we love ourselves, we are to love them as much as we love life itself. Now turn to First Peter and go to the third chapter and read Verses 1 to 6.

There it is again, wives submit to your husbands. In verse 6 they are told not only to submit, but to treat us as lords, as Sarah did Abraham. So, while society calls it frigidity, God calls it sin. When society calls it being a feminist or independent, God calls it sin. But, remember, when He gives, He demands something in return, read verse seven slowly.

1 Peter 3:7
7 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.(KJV)

Husbands, dwell with your wife knowing that you must honor her as the weaker of the two of you and that she like you is an heir of God. That she like you is an adopted child of the Lord God above.

"A sister to Jesus Christ as you are His brother." "that your prayers be not hindered" means this. If you do not treat her like the weaker of the two of you, if you do not honor her as a fellow child of God, if you are not willing to chop of your arm to save her or to give up your life in her defense, God may just turn a deaf ear to your prayers. Think about that! If God turns a deaf ear to your prayers, "Try to imagine such separation from our Holy Father, He who loves you more than we can understand. To risk being ostracized by God in such a way, to have your prayers fall on deaf ears, however reluctantly on His part, is clearly something you guys do not want." end remarks in qoutes by RightOnline from Free Republic.

So, on this Fathers Day, let us as fathers and as men take back the leadership of our families, let us rededicate ourselves to being men of God. Men who will follow God wherever He leads us, men who are willing fight and die for our wives and families, not men who send our wives and daughters off to fight wars for us.

For men, the possessions we have that we can take to heaven with us are our wives and children. Forget polishing the car this Fathers Day, take your wife and kids out for a picnic, you don't need to help her make the sandwiches, but you do need to take care of the kids. For they are your responsibility, not too, but your responsibility. For remember, we are not called the children of Jacobs wives and women servants, we are called the children of Israel.

Genesis 32:28
28 And he said, Thy name shall be called no more Jacob, but Israel: for as a prince hast thou power with God and with men, and hast prevailed. (KJV)

Congratulations, you just preached your first sermon. Look at the way your wife and kids are looking at you. Kinda makes you glad your a Christian doesn't it.
What do you think, shall we do one next week asking God to bless your children?

See ya next week and in the mean time, may our Lord and saviour Jesus Christ be with you in all that you do, may He blesss you and your family and may He protect you and yours from evil, the evil one, his minions, his ilk and those who serve him knowingly and unknowingly. Amen

Oh Lord help us to understand, help us to love and serve you. Amen

CHURCH FOR AMERICAN CHRISTIANS AND PATRIOTS

A Full Gospel, Nondenominational, Fundamental Christian Church
Rev. Robert M. Celeste
Minister of Christ Assembly of Churches

No Mr. President the problem isn't guns, it's you and he that you serve!

Let us pray:
Oh Lord God above, help us to remember that You only chastise those whom You love. Help us to keep this in mind as we see Thy powerful hand bring harsh and bitter weather and occurrences on those areas of our country that we call the Bible belt. Help us Lord God above to realize that those areas such as New York and Washington and Los Angeles, Detroit and San Francisco that have escaped your harsh weather and occurrences are not blessed, but cursed, for, You have told us that: it is only those whom You love that you correct.
As a father punishes his son so have You punished only those whom You love, to correct us who are Yours, to make us more perfect and bring us more closer to You, The Son and The Holy Spirit.

Deuteronomy 8:5 Thou shalt also consider in thine heart, that, as a man chasteneth his son, so the LORD thy God chasteneth thee.

Proverbs 13:24 He that spareth his rod hateth his son: but he that loveth him chasteneth him betimes.

Hebrews 12:6-9
6 For whom the Lord loveth He chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom He receiveth.
7 If ye endure chastening, God dealeth with you as with sons; for what son is he whom the Father chasteneth not?
8 But if ye be without chastisement, whereof all are partakers, then are ye bastards, and not sons.
9 Furthermore we have had fathers of our flesh which corrected us, and we gave them reverence: shall we not much rather be in subjection unto the Father of spirits, and live?

Praise God if you live in an area being scourged and chastised, beg God for forgiveness if you live in one of the mighty cities who have been left uncorrected and outside of God's love. And if you live in one like unto San Francisco or Washington DC, move, for do you think He will not deal with them as He dealt with Sodom and Gomorrah if the stench from them gets to bad and it reaches heaven?

Genesis 18:20-21
20 And the LORD said, Because the cry (sin) of Sodom and Gomorrah is great, and because their sin is very grievous;
21 I will go down now, and see whether they have done altogether according to the cry of it, which is come unto Me; and if not, I will know.

Genesis 19:24-25
24 Then the LORD rained upon Sodom and upon Gomorrah brimstone and fire from the LORD out of heaven;
25 And He overthrew those cities, and all the plain, and all the inhabitants of the cities, and that which grew upon the ground.
Amen

Now,
The problem isn't guns, it is the satanic worship of death, that has been so embraced by our public servants at all levels of federal, state and local governments. With those who worship and embrace the satanic believes of death through abortion and euthanasia, seeming to be the most qualified for holding high office both elected and appointed, in this country. Is it any wonder that those in government at all levels blame guns instead of individual actions for the murders and violence in the government run public school system around the country.

As long as we have public servants at the highest levels, encouraging girls and women to kill there babies while the babies sleep peacefully and in the supposed safety of their wombs, and encourage children to kill their parents under the guise of mercy. As long as they teach and encourage our young to accept and try homosexuality, sodomy and lesbianism, tell us and our children that it is better to follow the teachings of pantheism, atheism, Hinduism, socialism, clintonism and other ism's than the teachings of God and His Son Jesus Christ, we can expect and indeed should understand and know for a fact, that things will only get worse. For Jesus has told us in:

Matthew 6:24
24 No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.

In Luke this same thought reads;
Luke 16:13
13 No servant can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.

What Jesus is telling us here is very simple, we, as a nation, a world, a city, a state or as individuals, will either worship God, by accepting His Son Jesus who is the Christ, as our own personal Lord and Saviour and believing on Him or; we as a nation, a world, a city, a state or as individuals, will worship satan. If we choose to accept the Lord Jesus Christ as our own personal Lord and Saviour, than we are in the light and seek life. But on the other hand those who reject Jesus, are accepting satan and those things that satan represents, and that is what our government has done at all levels.
In 1962 this corrupt satan worshiping government rejected and ejected the Lord Jesus Christ from the public arena and the government run schools. By rejecting and ejecting the Lord, they left a vacancy, a vacuum so to speak. Now any one knows that something will fill a vacuum almost the second it is created and that is exactly what happened. The United States government through it's appointed lackeys on the supreme court ejected the Lord allowing and encouraging their god satan to march right in and fill the void.

As a result, we have become a country that worships the music of maryln manson, send homosexuals to the congress and lesbians to the senate, a nation that condones, encourages and pays for girls murdering their babies before they are born and children killing their elderly parents. We have become a nation that in order to keep the misdeeds, rapes, treasons and other sins of the congress, senate and administration off the front pages, starts and wages war killing thousands of innocent civilians. And then gloats about it on television and claims victory.
What victory, the victory of wrong over right? We have become a nation where children are punished for carrying a Bible to school, but fires a teacher who disciplines a fourth grader for having a full length pull out magazine centerfold full frontal naked photos of men. We have become a nation where policemen rape other men in their custody, shoot sleeping women in locked cars for having a gun, run murder incorporated in some cities, beat women stopped for traffic violations senseless on videos and the president congratulates them and tells us that they and only they should have guns.

Yes, our governments at all levels seems to have made their choice as to who to follow and that choice is obviously satan and we as a nation are reaping the fruits of that choice. The cold blooded murders of thirteen teens at Columbine High, public government run and controlled, School in Littleton, Colorado by two heavily armed satan worshiping hitler following, sick, deranged homosexuals; while the police waited outside for the more reinforcements and the national and local press to arrive , giving these killers three more hours to ply their deadly trade.

But sometimes, things don't work out quite the way satan, his minions, his ilk and those who serve him in government would like! I would like you all to read the email below that I received recently.

"News from Littleton, Colorado:

By Dr. Ed Tropp
Associate Pastor of Circle Drive Baptist Church, Colorado Springs, CO

More about the Christian kids, who gave their life for Christ at Columbine High School in Littleton, Colorado.

What the news is not reporting is the revival that's begun. There were 2 other back slidden Christian kids in that library while people were getting killed, who watched as bold Christian classmates stepped up and gave their lives. They have now come out and vowed never to compromise their faith again as long as they live.

Christian kids that were in public schools in the whole area that had been embarrassed because they wanted to be cool, didn't want to stand up for Christ, have all opened their mouths this week and there are hundreds of teenagers turning to Christ. They don't want to hear about peer counseling and psychology, they're falling on their knees and crying out to Jesus Christ.

In this group that gathered with the soccer team to pray, a little girl stood up to preach the gospel and all of these kids got on their knees and accepted Jesus Christ.

Churches have been filled every night, all week. For the first time, all the youth pastors in the area are meeting together on Monday; all the senior pastors are meeting on Tuesday, what you are hearing about is there is a revival.

One after another young Christians stood and came forward and said "I believe in Jesus" and what that has done in the hearts of the people in this community is unbelievable. What the news isn't reporting, is what they don't understand, a revival has begun.

Lord, give me the courage of a 17 year old, not to die for Jesus, but to live for Jesus. Joshua 23:14

Please, think seriously about passing this on to your whole e-mail address list, as the fame of revival in Littleton, could become the flame of revival in other communities as well"

And this second email:

Darrel Scott, the father of two of the children at Columbine High;
Craig ( who watched two of his friends murdered at Columbine High School) and
Rachel Joy Scott (who was murdered in same school after professing her faith in the Lord Jesus Christ as the Son of God).
Spoke before the Subcommittee on Crime House Judiciary Committee, United States House of Representatives, on Thursday, May 27, 1999, at 2:00 p.m., at 2141 Rayburn House Office Building. The following is the speech he gave:

"Since the dawn of creation there has been both good and evil in the heart of men and of women. We all contain the seeds of kindness or the seeds of violence. The death of my wonderful daughter Rachel Joy Scott, and the deaths of that heroic teacher and the other children who died must not be in vain. Their blood cries out for answers.

The first recorded act of violence was when Cain slew his brother Abel out in the field. The villain was not the club he used. Neither was it the NCA, the National Club Association. The true killer was Cain and the reason for the murder could only be found in Cain's heart. In the days that followed the Columbine tragedy, I was amazed at how quickly fingers began to be pointed at groups such as the NRA. I am not a member of the NRA. I am not a hunter. I do not even own a gun. I am not here to represent or defend the NRA - because I don't believe that they are responsible for my daughters death. Therefore I do not believe that they need to be defended. If I believed they had anything to do with Rachel's murder I would be their strongest opponent. I am here today to declare that Columbine was not just a tragedy - it was a spiritual event that should be forcing us to look at where the real blame lies! Much of that blame lies here in this room. Much of that blame lies behind the pointing fingers of the accusers themselves..

I wrote a poem just four nights ago that express my feelings best. This was written way before I knew l would be speaking here today.

Your laws ignore our deepest needs
Your words are empty air.
You've stripped away our heritage.
You've outlawed simple prayer.
Now gunshots fill our classrooms.
And precious children die.
You seek for answers everywhere.
And ask the question "WHY"?
You regulate restrictive laws.
Through legislative creed.
And yet you fail to understand.
That God is what we need!

Men and women are three part beings. We all consist of body, soul, and spirit. When we refuse to acknowledge a third part of our makeup, we create a void that allows evil, prejudice, and hatred to rush in and wreak havoc. Spiritual influences were present within our educational Systems for most of our nation's history. Many of our major colleges began as theological seminaries. This is a historic fact. What has happened to us as a nation? We have refused to honor God and in doing so, we open the doors to hatred and violence. And when something as terrible as Columbine's tragedy occurs - politicians immediately look for a scapegoat such as the NRA. They immediately seek to pass more restrictive laws that continue to erode away our personal and private liberties.

We do not need more restrictive laws. Eric and Dylan would not have been stopped by metal detectors. No amount of gun laws can stop someone who spends months planning this type of massacre. The real villain lies within our OWN hearts. Political posturing and restrictive legislation is not the answers. The young people of our nation hold the key. There is a spiritual awakening taking place that will not be squelched! We do not need more religion. We do not need more gaudy television evangelists spewing out verbal religious garbage. We do not need more million dollar church buildings built while people with basic needs are being ignored.

We do need a change of heart and a humble acknowledgment that this nation was founded on the principle of simple trust in God. As my son Craig lay under that table in the school library and saw his two friends murdered before his very eyes. He did not hesitate to pray in school. I defy any law or politician to deny him that right!

I challenge every young person in America and around the world to realize that on April 20, 1999 at Columbine High School - - prayer was brought back to our schools.

Do not let the many prayers offered by those students be in vain. Dare to move into the new millennium with a sacred disregard for legislation that violates your conscience and denies your God-given right to communicate with Him. To those of you who would point your finger at the NRA - I give to you this sincere challenge. Dare to examine your own heart before you cast the first stone! My daughter's death will not be in vain. The young people of this country will not allow that to happen."

Bottom line, maybe satan, his minions and his ilk along with his worshipers in that school and in our government won round one as the police watched outside and waited till the little killers to run out of ammunition and the make up crews and television cameras arrive. But, in the end, satan got two souls and the Lord got thirteen. Satan has lost a bunch of kids and the Lord has gotten them, because these young men and women have done what is politically incorrect, they have accepted Jesus Christ as their Lord and Saviour and have rejected the teachings of this government.

For Jesus has told us, He didn't share these things with us, He told us:

Matthew 5:15-16
15 Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house.
16 Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.

What about you, are you hiding your Christianity under a basket? Are you still standing on the sidelines? Are you still denying the Lord?

Jesus also told us this:

Matthew 10:32-33
32 Whosoever therefore shall confess Me before men, him will I confess also before My Father which is in heaven.
33 But whosoever shall deny Me before men, him will I also deny before My Father which is in heaven.

I tell you this, Jesus Christ is my Lord! He is my Saviour! He is my creator! He is my master and I am but His lowly bond servant, His creation, His slave!
What are you?
Whose are you?

Friends, if you believe the above scripture, and haven't come to Christ, what are you waiting for? For by your not having accepted the Lord as your Lord and Saviour, you have placed yourself in the same position as the killers, the abortionist, and those in government that worship and serve satan. For Jesus has made two things very very clear.

John 3:3
3 Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.

And in John 14:6
6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by Me.

In closing, you have your salvation in your hands, you will spend eternity somewhere, either in heaven or in hell, but you will spend it somewhere. Decide where, neither I nor any other preacher can make that decision for you, you and only you can and will make that decision. For by doing nothing, you reject the Lord Jesus and accept satan!

Ephesians 5:6
6 Let no man deceive you with vain words: for because of these things cometh the wrath of God upon the children of disobedience.

2 Timothy 4:1-5
1 I charge thee therefore before God, and the Lord Jesus Christ, who shall judge the quick and the dead at His appearing and His kingdom;
2 Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine.
3 For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears;
4 And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.
5 But watch thou in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, make full proof of thy ministry.

All scripture is from the King James Authorized version of 1611.

Trust what no preacher tells you, not even me, unless you can verify each and every thing he preaches or writes with independent study through the Word of God, the Holy Bible. Your salvation is your responsibility and concern and only your responsibility and concern. Rely on no man, rely upon the Word of God, His Son and the holy Spirit.

Oh Lord God above, heavenly Father, help us to abide by and do Thy will. Help us Lord to serve you and to understand that we are Yours, for You created us from nothing and it is nothing that we will be without You and nothing we will return to if we turn from and do not accept and acknowledge and serve You. In Jesus name we pray, Amen

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Sunday May 30th thru June 5th,1999

Dave, you don't have to paint the church!

A couple of days ago a friend and I were talking about some of the more famous and liberal televangelists.

During our conversation, it became apparent that many Born Again Christians still think there is more to being Saved then simply believing on the Lord Jesus Christ. This week's sermon is on what it takes to be Saved.

First let us pray: Oh Lord Jesus above, please forgive us for those things we have done, said and thought that have offended Thee, forgive us Lord and help us to forgive those who have offended us. For we know Lord that to be forgiven, we must forgive. Lord help us to understand just what Your death did for us.

Lord help us to understand that You and the Father so love us that You came to earth to die for us and that through Your death, we are Saved. Oh Lord Jesus, thank you. Thank you for so loving us that You did this for us. And please Lord, raise up leaders for us that will lead us to You and will do what is right in your sight. Lord God above, please rescue us from those who are now leading us and this great nation of our towards damnation.
Amen

Ok Dave, let us look at scripture. First get your copy of the King James Version of the Bible. Now turn to:
Romans 16:24 and read with me: The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen. (KJV)
Now, change the words ‘you all' to ‘us', so we pray "The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with us. Amen." Lord Jesus, please help us to understand the words and scripture we are to read. Amen

Alright, let us start. You ask, what must I do to be Saved? Turn to the book of Acts, Acts 16:30-31
30 And brought them out, and said, Sirs, what must I do to be saved?
31 And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house. (KJV)

Verse 30, what must I do to be Saved?
Verse 31 Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ!

That's it, that's all you have to do. Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ. You don't have to paint the church, you don't have to tithe, you don't even have to go to church. The only requirement to be Saved, is to believe on the Lord Jesus Christ. The other things come as a result of your desire to fellowship with other Christians. Church buildings are like fellowship halls, where a pastor or teacher is located. But even then, you do not have to attend to be Saved and once you are Saved, that's it, you are Saved. The only way you can lose your salvation is by blaspheming God. How do I know that? Simply, Jesus Christ, the Son of God the Father said so!

Turn to: Mark 3:29 But he that shall blaspheme against the Holy Ghost hath never forgiveness, but is in danger of eternal damnation: (KJV)

But you say, that is too easy.
Well, maybe, but look at it like this, if salvation took anymore than simply believing on the Lord Jesus Christ, how would the Vietnam vet that got his spine blown away in 65, be able to get Saved?
This guy can't even wiggle his fingers, never mind paint the church. And he's in a VA hospital, not exactly a place where the doctors and nurses are going to suggest he take a portion of his disability check and tithe with it. Oh they might dole out some of it to the PX for cigarettes, but not for tithing. So, how would this guy get into heaven? How about the kid born mentally lacking?
How would he or she get into heaven?
No, Jesus had to be the perfect way into heaven and through His death the way had to be simple enough for all - the body builder, the genius, the house painter, the paraplegic, the mentally disabled, everyone. But it had to be something that was cut and dry also. Something absolute and not ambiguous. And that, Dave, is exactly what it is, follow me.

Go to
John 3:1-3
1 There was a man of the Pharisees, named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews:
2 The same came to Jesus by night, and said unto him, Rabbi, we know that thou art a teacher come from God: for no man can do these miracles that thou doest, except God be with him.
3 Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God. (KJV)

Jesus says a man must be Born Again. So what does that mean? Ok, read a bit further,

John 3:4-6
4 Nicodemus saith unto him, How can a man be born when he is old? can he enter the second time into his mother's womb, and be born?
5 Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.
6 That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. (KJV)

Now, what is the Lord talking about when He says born of water and born of Spirit? Ok, born of water, born of the flesh, born a human, born of a woman. When you are born, you are delivered out of a sack of water. That is born of water. Pretty simple, right? Right, but what about that born of the Spirit? Well, in the word of God, you will notice that the terms Holy Spirit and Holy Ghost are interchangeable. Both the Holy Spirit and the Holy Ghost are one in the same. They are one of God's three persons, God the Father, God the Son (Jesus) and God the Holy Ghost or Spirit. Ok, let's get back to born of the Sprit. Turn to:
Acts 2:4 And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance. (KJV)
See the Holy Ghost and the Spirit being used as one and the same? Look, "And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost" and then " and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance." Look at it like this, let's say a sentence went like this, And their stepfather gave them each 25 cents, and Joe told them not to buy candy with it. Do you see where stepfather and Joe are one and the same? Well, so is Holy Ghost and Spirit in Acts 2:4.

So, what we have is that Jesus has told Nicodemus that to get into heaven, to see God, he must be Born Again, Born of the Spirit. Now how does one be Born Again and Born of the Spirit? Let's go back to Acts.

Ok, now this is going to be a bit of scripture for you to read, but you must read it all to get the exact content of the point of Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and you will be saved and that no, Dave, you do not have to paint the church or anything else. Ready? Ok, turn to
Acts 10:1-48

ACTS CHAPTER 10

1 There was a certain man in Caesarea called Cornelius, a centurion of the band called the Italian band,
2 A devout man, and one that feared God with all his house, which gave much alms to the people, and prayed to God always.
3 He saw in a vision evidently about the ninth hour of the day an angel of God coming in to him, and saying unto him, Cornelius.
4 And when he looked on him, he was afraid, and said, What is it, Lord? And he said unto him, Thy prayers and thine alms are come up for a memorial before God.
5 And now send men to Joppa, and call for one Simon, whose surname is Peter:
6 He lodgeth with one Simon a tanner, whose house is by the sea side: he shall tell thee what thou oughtest to do.
7 And when the angel which spake unto Cornelius was departed, he called two of his household servants, and a devout soldier of them that waited on him continually;
8 And when he had declared all these things unto them, he sent them to Joppa.
9 On the morrow, as they went on their journey, and drew nigh unto the city, Peter went up upon the housetop to pray about the sixth hour:
10 And he became very hungry, and would have eaten: but while they made ready, he fell into a trance,
11 And saw heaven opened, and a certain vessel descending unto him, as it had been a great sheet knit at the four corners, and let down to the earth:
12 Wherein were all manner of four-footed beasts of the earth, and wild beasts, and creeping things, and fowls of the air.
13 And there came a voice to him, Rise, Peter; kill, and eat.
14 But Peter said, Not so, Lord; for I have never eaten any thing that is common or unclean.
15 And the voice spake unto him again the second time, What God hath cleansed, that call not thou common.
16 This was done thrice: and the vessel was received up again into heaven.
17 Now while Peter doubted in himself what this vision which he had seen should mean, behold, the men which were sent from Cornelius had made inquiry for Simon's house, and stood before the gate,
18 And called, and asked whether Simon, which was surnamed Peter, were lodged there.
19 While Peter thought on the vision, the Spirit said unto him, Behold, three men seek thee.
20 Arise therefore, and get thee down, and go with them, doubting nothing: for I have sent them.
21 Then Peter went down to the men which were sent unto him from Cornelius; and said, Behold, I am he whom ye seek: what is the cause wherefore ye are come?
22 And they said, Cornelius the centurion, a just man, and one that feareth God, and of good report among all the nation of the Jews, was warned from God by an holy angel to send for thee into his house, and to hear words of thee.
23 Then called he them in, and lodged them. And on the morrow Peter went away with them, and certain brethren from Joppa accompanied him.
24 And the morrow after they entered into Caesarea. And Cornelius waited for them, and had called together his kinsmen and near friends.
25 And as Peter was coming in, Cornelius met him, and fell down at his feet, and worshipped him.
26 But Peter took him up, saying, Stand up; I myself also am a man.
27 And as he talked with him, he went in, and found many that were come together.
28 And he said unto them, Ye know how that it is an unlawful thing for a man that is a Jew to keep company, or come unto one of another nation; but God hath shewed me that I should not call any man common or unclean.
29 Therefore came I unto you without gainsaying, as soon as I was sent for: I ask therefore for what intent ye have sent for me?
30 And Cornelius said, Four days ago I was fasting until this hour; and at the ninth hour I prayed in my house, and, behold, a man stood before me in bright clothing,
31 And said, Cornelius, thy prayer is heard, and thine alms are had in remembrance in the sight of God.
32 Send therefore to Joppa, and call hither Simon, whose surname is Peter; he is lodged in the house of one Simon a tanner by the sea side: who, when he cometh, shall speak unto thee.
33 Immediately therefore I sent to thee; and thou hast well done that thou art come. Now therefore are we all here present before God, to hear all things that are commanded thee of God.
34 Then Peter opened his mouth, and said, Of a truth I perceive that God is no respecter of persons:
35 But in every nation he that feareth him, and worketh righteousness, is accepted with him.
36 The word which God sent unto the children of Israel, preaching peace by Jesus Christ: (he is Lord of all:)
37 That word, I say, ye know, which was published throughout all Judaea, and began from Galilee, after the baptism which John preached;
38 How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power: who went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed of the devil; for God was with him.
39 And we are witnesses of all things which he did both in the land of the Jews, and in Jerusalem; whom they slew and hanged on a tree:
40 Him God raised up the third day, and shewed him openly;
41 Not to all the people, but unto witnesses chosen before of God, even to us, who did eat and drink with him after he rose from the dead.
42 And he commanded us to preach unto the people, and to testify that it is he which was ordained of God to be the Judge of quick and dead.
43 To him give all the prophets witness, that through his name whosoever believeth in him shall receive remission of sins.
44 While Peter yet spake these words, the Holy Ghost fell on all them which heard the word.
45 And they of the circumcision which believed were astonished, as many as came with Peter, because that on the Gentiles also was poured out the gift of the Holy Ghost.
46 For they heard them speak with tongues, and magnify God. Then answered Peter,
47 Can any man forbid water, that these should not be baptized, which have received the Holy Ghost as well as we?
48 And he commanded them to be baptized in the name of the Lord. Then prayed they him to tarry certain days.(KJV)

Ok, let's see what we have. Peter, that is the Apostle Peter, was called to preach to a Roman Centurion named Cornelius and Cornelius wants to be Saved. Now look again at verses 43 and 44.

Do you see in verse 43, "that through his name whosoever believeth in him shall receive remission of sins." Well, remission of sins is forgiveness of sins. Now look at verse 44, do you see "While Peter yet spake these words, the Holy Ghost fell on all them which heard the word." The Holy Ghost (Spirit) came upon them. They were now born of the Spirit.

Do you see any other thing they did? Do you see anything about painting the church, tithing, attendance? Anything? Let's go back to Acts 31.
"And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house."(KJV)
Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ that's it, that's all there is to it, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ!

But hold on, we have to understand just what, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, means. What is the difference between ‘Believe in the Lord Jesus Christ' and ‘Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ'? Ok, believing in the Lord Jesus Christ is something everyone does, how can you not believe in Jesus Christ, he is in every history book, regardless of how secular it is. But believing in, is not trusting in. Now, believing on, that's a different story. Here is the difference. When you were a little kid, oh say two years old or so and your mom or dad or favorite uncle or aunt stood you on a table and held out their arms, and told you to walk to them, you didn't hesitate, you marched right off that table into their arms, knowing that they would catch you. That David is believing ON! Today if someone placed you on a table four feet off the ground and told you to walk off, you would walk to the edge, look down and ask for reassurance that that person, no matter how near and dear to you, was going to catch you. After being absolutely guaranteed beyond any shadow of a doubt that they were indeed going to catch you, you would hesitantly walk off into their arms. That is believing IN!

To be Born Again, to be Saved, you must believe not only in Jesus Christ, but you must believe ON the Lord Jesus Christ.

So Dave, do you see how easy it is? Let's take a minute to realize how important it is, for in making it easy, God also made it absolutely mandatory. Remember the words of the Lord?
John 3:3 Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God. (KJV)

The bottom line my friend is this, accept Jesus Christ as the Son of God, trust in Him, put your absolute faith in Him, ask Him to forgive you and you go to heaven. Do anything less and you go to hell! For the default is hell, not heaven. God has made salvation so easy that anyone can get it, regardless of mental or physical abilities, but He has made it absolutely mandatory, there is no other way.

Read this:
John 14:6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me. (KJV)

David, believe ON the Lord Jesus Christ, and when you die, you go to heaven. Refuse to believe and I don't care how good a life you think you have led, I don't care how many churches you paint, lives you save, or dollars you contribute, you're on your way to hell!

Believe nothing that any preacher, priest, or rabbi tells you. Test every word they speak against that written in the word of God, the KJV! Look at the other versions for help in understanding perhaps, but rely upon the 1611 authorized (before political correctness) version. For your salvation is dependent upon it. In reading the KJV, you are literally forced to ask the Lord for help in understanding it.

Well, that is precisely what God wants. He wants you to read and talk to Him, and what father doesn't want his children to ask his help? Do you think that God the Father, He who created you wants your love any less, do you think He wants your reliance any less? Don't you think He is just waiting for you to ask Him what He means by a verse or lesson? Don't you think He loves to hear you say "Father, I'm not sure I understand, will You please help me?" What father out there doesn't love to hear his kids ask for his help and or guidance. Don't you realize that He who created you, He who came to earth as a man, Jesus Christ, and died for you, wants your love and dependence even more?

Let us pray;
Oh heavenly Father thank you, thank you for giving me this earth, the air to breathe and the water to drink, thank you for the beauty you have supplied me with, the flowers, the birds and friends and family. Oh please Father, forgive me my sins, let me serve. You help me Father to accept, if not understand the Trinity. Help me, Lord, to come to you for help, protection and guidance. Help me, Lord, to understand that I am but a visitor on this planet. Help me Lord to understand that those who hated You and crucified You will hate me as well, but be with me, strengthen me and help me to be half as strong as the little girl who died for you in Littleton, Colorado. Help me Lord to serve You and to be found faithful and acceptable in Your sight. Oh Lord let me hear You say "welcome good and faithful servant" when my time on earth has ended.
I pray this to the God the Father in the name of God the Son and through the God the Holy Spirit. Amen

Please note, Dave, reading and relying upon the King James Version of the Bible can result in your being accused of being a right wing fundamentalist Christian by the Clinton administration, the media and the majority of congressman and senators. That in itself is an excellent reason to both read and rely on the KJV! For remember what Jesus said:

Luke 16:13
No servant can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon. (KJV)

David, you can serve the Lord Jesus Christ or you can serve satan and his slaves in government. You can not serve both. Dave, you must either pledge your loyalty to Christ and deny Clinton, satan and this government or you must deny the Lord and join with those who kill babies while they sleep in the supposed safety of their mothers' wombs. But remember this, Jesus also said this:

Matthew 10:33 But whosoever shall deny me before men, him will I also deny before my Father which is in heaven. (KJV)

Jesus also said this:

John 12:44-50

44 Jesus cried and said, He that believeth on me, believeth not on me, but on him that sent me.
45 And he that seeth me seeth him that sent me.
46 I am come a light into the world, that whosoever believeth on me should not abide in darkness.
47 And if any man hear my words, and believe not, I judge him not: for I came not to judge the world, but to save the world.
48 He that rejecteth me, and receiveth not my words, hath one that judgeth him: the word that I have spoken, the same shall judge him in the last day.
49 For I have not spoken of myself; but the Father which sent me, he gave me a commandment, what I should say, and what I should speak.
50 And I know that his commandment is life everlasting: whatsoever I speak therefore, even as the Father said unto me, so I speak.(KJV)

Dave, all you need to do is pray this little prayer. Say, Lord Jesus, I am a sinner! Please forgive me for those things that I have done, said and thought that have offended you. Oh Lord in heaven I am so sorry for the way I have treated You and the way I have abused this life that You gave me. Please forgive me Lord and come into my life. Please Jesus take control of my life. Help me to be the father to my children that You would have me be and the husband to my wife that you would have me be. And Lord, you know me better than I know me, you know my weaknesses and vices, please Lord forgive me, heal me and help me to fight the temptation to sin. Hear my prayer Lord I beg Thee, Amen.

Jesus died not so that only a few might be Saved, but that all might be Saved. Don't let His death be in vain when it comes to your salvation.
Satan and his minions, like Clinton, Olympia Snowe, Albright, the UN and Bill Cohen send people off to die horrible deaths to satisfy their egos, blood lust and desires to feel important.
Jesus willingly went and died for you!

Next week perhaps we will discuss, Jews, Gentiles and signs.

David, I pray the Lord will be with you and all those who read this sermon throughout the week. God bless you my friend.

In closing let me just add this:

Remember, there are only two types of people in the world, the Saved and the unsaved. For those of us that are Saved, this time on earth is the closest we will ever come to hell! But for those who are unsaved, this time on earth is the closest they will ever come to heaven!

For we who are Saved will spend eternity in heaven with the Lord, where there will be no suffering, pain, sorrow or illness. We will bask in the Light of the Lord Jesus Christ, the Father and the Holy Spirit. But, those who are unsaved will spend eternity in hell with satan, in outer darkness, with no light and with the constant roaring of the burning pit and the cries of the other tortured souls that are there and the pain of constant fire that will never ever end!

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CHURCH FOR AMERICAN CHRISTIANS AND PATRIOTS

A Full Gospel, Nondenominational, Fundamental Christian Church
Rev. Robert M. Celeste
Minister of Christ Assembly of Churches

Sunday May 16th - 22nd, 1999

Pornography will make your sons bisexuals, daughters whores and your grandchildren bastards!

On Route 26 in Oxford, Maine is a store that sells and promotes pornography. On the first day of our prayer vigil across the street from this den of iniquity, the manager of the store came across the street to talk to me. He came to not only complain and threaten, but to ask what we were doing as well. When informed that we were simply praying to the Lord for His help in eliminating this business from our community, he, the store manager, said. "Oh, you would be surprised at how many ‘church goers' and members come to my shop and buy from me."

You know something, after spending just two days there, he is wrong, I would not be surprised. For this place is too busy to be supported by just the heathen community. This got me to thinking, do you know that even the major Christian sites like Focus on the Family get less hits per day than the minor pornographic sites on the web do. Do you know that more government employees, while at work and on taxpayer time, visit more pornographic sites in an hour than Christian sites in a week.

We ask ourselves how we could have a president like Bill Clinton. We ask how this country became so pro infanticide and how people like Olympia Snowe and Susan Collins could ever become US Senators.

The answer is simple, we have become a nation of not only sexual immorality, but out and out sexual perverse sin as well. When some, who call themselves Christians, put self gratification ahead of family by supporting pornography, then we have to expect the nation to echo those sentiments. And this results in our having a man as president that seems incapable of telling the truth, and has absolutely no character, morals, virtues or values.
It results in a society where abortion is necessary because virginity, virtues, values, honesty, integrity, and marital fidelity are things of the past. We get in congress homosexuals and in the senate lesbians, because that is the type of people that will give us the type of laws that allow us to live our sinful lives with no form of legal recourse.
We end up with women like Senators Snowe and Collins in the Senate, because they have even less morality than we do. Not only will they vote to keep infanticide legal, but will give us the laws we need to have an abortion clinic on every corner and in every school paid for with tax dollars, allowing us to wallow in the degradation that our president so well exemplifies. These so called leaders have given us laws that cause us to raise our daughters to be whores and sluts while giving us impunity from the law and judgement of man. Even allowing us to brag of our righteousness in the sight of Clinton and his gang as law abiding citizens.

We need to pray, we need to pray for strength, not just strength to get through the day, but the strength to not support stores and politicians who support everything that God opposes. We as a nation are on the very edge. We are either going to return to the Lord or we are going to go even further into the camp of the enemy. Open your eyes and look at what we as nation have become in just that last 30 years.

At the end of World War Two, we as a nation insisted on the death penalty for any Nazi war criminal that was found guilty of causing a woman to abort. Less than 25 years later we as a nation made abortion legal.

In 1962 high school students in Massachusetts went to houses of worship or religious training on Wednesday afternoons, the next year not only was this stopped, but God and the Ten Commandments were made illegal by the same Supreme court that would later make legal the current practice of infanticide which has resulted in the deaths of over 50 million unborn and absolutely innocent babies in this country. No one knows for sure how many babies have been killed, since abortionist are free from IRS audits, they are, as people with no morals already, literally encouraged by this government to not report and keep tax free their blood money from the barbaric act.

In 1962 I and many other young hunters carried our rifles and shotguns into school after a morning of hunting and in anticipation of an afternoon of hunting. We locked them in our lockers along with our boots and ammunition. In 1968, congress, lead by communist sympathizers from the Massachusetts delegations to the House and Senate passed the same law that started the Revolution and caused the disarming of the Jews in Germany by Hitler, the bill law that King George tried to ram down our forefathers throats under the guise of "in order to guarantee the peace and tranquility of the colonies and their inhabitants, it is necessary to confiscate all rifle, shot and powder."

We now have a country where, in most states it is illegal to execute a rapist, but is lawful and tax payer funded to massacre the innocent unborn. We live in a nation where children in our public schools are disciplined for evangelizing yet are allowed to raise the nazi flag and proclaim satan as lord. We live in a nation that puts Peter Jennings, Bill Clinton, Olympia Snowe and Barney Frank on pedestals while banning the Word of God from our public arenas.

Ladies and gentlemen, we must do something and that something is to pray. For we have become a nation so politically correct and cowardly that we no longer have either the morals nor the courage to free ourselves from this tyranny by the use of force and fighting, so therefore must do that we is left to us, pray. Pray in the morning, pray at mid day and pray at night. Pray and ask the Lord to give us strength, courage and morality. Pray and ask Him to help us to understand His will and His laws. Pray that He will intervene on our behalf and give us another chance. Pray to God Almighty through the holy Ghost and in the name of His Son Our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. Pray now, before it is to late.

Jesus said:
Matthew 5:17-19
17 Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil.
18 For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled.
19 Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven: but whosoever shall do and teach them, the same shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven.

What the Lord is saying is simply this, He did not come to end the Old Testament, He came to fulfill the prophecies that prophesied the first coming of the Messiah, Him. But as for the laws such as those dealing with sexual immorality in Leviticus, those He tells us will remain in effect with no changes whatsoever until all prophecy is fulfilled, which isn't until the end of the 1000 year reign of the Lord on earth after the time called tribulation.

What do you think happens to America if we continue on this path? Where once we exported good, made in America products, known and respected around the world, now we export pornography and abortion.
Where once we were the nation that ended wars, now we are the bully on the block that starts them where once we were the nation that imported raw materials to manufacture excellent goods and products, today our chief import is drugs and homosexual filth from countries that have become even more degenerate than ourselves, like England, which can no longer be called Great Britain. Where once we had a school system that was the envy of the world, today we have a schools system where very possibly next years class of incoming students will be wearing designer bullet proof vest and part of the graduation requirements for incoming teachers will be to prove oneself proficient in self defense and battlefield emergency first aid.

Where once we were a country that supported freedom and the overthrow of atheist communism around the world, we have instead become the leading socialist country on earth with the most pro communist leaning chief executive in the world as our president.

Face it my friends, we have made a mess of our country, our lives and our society. We have slide so far down that slippery slope towards out and out damnation that no man on earth can rescue us. Even if we had the moral standing and the manly courage to fight to restore and regain our rights, we have gone so far to the left that none of us could straighten out the mess anyhow. We need Devine intervention and that my fellow believers is from God and only from God and it only happens through prayer and His grace. For we certainly don't deserve His Grace nor His forgiveness, nor have we earned it. But through our prayers and His long suffering and patience, we will if we pray diligently, once agin be rescued by He who created us. But if we continue to turn our backs on Him and somehow manage to give Him only ten minutes a week of our time, well, don't be surprised when He cleans our clocks.

Jesus did not put a date on the beginning of tribulation for a reason, and that reason is that it is up to us. When we as a society become in His words, as bad as society was at the time of Noah, then He will wash His hands of His creation and tribulation begins. But as in times previous all we need to do is pray, repent and beg His forgiveness to put this ultimate ending on hold.

For the Lord has said:
Matthew 24:37 But as the days of Noe (Noah) were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.

And again and even more clearly in:
Luke 17:26-30
26 And as it was in the days of Noe, so shall it be also in the days of the Son of man.
27 They did eat, they drank, they married wives, they were given in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark, and the flood came, and destroyed them all.
28 Likewise also as it was in the days of Lot; they did eat, they drank, they bought, they sold, they planted, they builded;
29 But the same day that Lot went out of Sodom it rained fire and brimstone from heaven, and destroyed them all.
30 Even thus shall it be in the day when the Son of man is revealed.

Just what are these signs the Lord is talking about? Well for one, see the part about eating, drinking and giving in marriage in Luke 24:27? Well that marriage part deals with promiscuities. Follow me here. Way back in Genesis, we see God's definition of marriage.

Genesis 24:67 And Isaac brought her into his mother Sarah's tent, and took Rebekah, and she became his wife; and he loved her: and Isaac was comforted after his mother's death. See where it says Isaac took Rebekah into his mothers tent and he knew her and she became is his wife? Well, in God's eyes, when a man takes a woman they are married. It's not after the justice of the peace says I now pronounce you man and wife or whatever. It is when a man enters a woman. Now back in the days of Noah, this sleeping around was evidently very common, as it is today.

Ok, let's go back to Luke, see the part about Sodom in verse 29, well that deals with homosexuality. Let's look,
Genesis 13:13 But the men of Sodom were wicked and sinners before the LORD exceedingly. And just what was this wickedness that they in Sodom did? Look,

Gen 19:1-11
1 And there came two angels to Sodom at even; and Lot sat in the gate of Sodom: and Lot seeing them rose up to meet them; and he bowed himself with his face toward the ground;
2 And he said, Behold now, my lords, turn in, I pray you, into your servant's house, and tarry all night, and wash your feet, and ye shall rise up early, and go on your ways. And they said, Nay; but we will abide in the street all night.
3 And he pressed upon them greatly; and they turned in unto him, and entered into his house; and he made them a feast, and did bake unleavened bread, and they did eat.
4 But before they lay down, the men of the city, even the men of Sodom, compassed the house round, both old and young, all the people from every quarter:
5 And they called unto Lot, and said unto him, Where are the men which came in to thee this night? bring them out unto us, that we may know them.
6 And Lot went out at the door unto them, and shut the door after him,
7 And said, I pray you, brethren, do not so wickedly.
8 Behold now, I have two daughters which have not known man; let me, I pray you, bring them out unto you, and do ye to them as is good in your eyes: only unto these men do nothing; for therefore came they under the shadow of my roof.
9 And they said, Stand back. And they said again, This one fellow came in to sojourn, and he will needs be a judge: now will we deal worse with thee, than with them. And they pressed sore upon the man, even Lot, and came near to break the door.
10 But the men put forth their hand, and pulled Lot into the house to them, and shut to the door.
11 And they smote the men that were at the door of the house with blindness, both small and great: so that they wearied themselves to find the door.

And how about us today? Well in England the age of consent for homosexual and lesbian relationships has been reduced to 14. In the United States our House of Representatives is over run with homosexuals and our Senate has become a sanctuary for lesbians. Homosexuals are protected in the workplace and their life style is taught and condoned in our schools. AT&T, Sprint, MCI and Quaker Oats supports and pays for homosexual outings that include a homosexual and lesbian day at Disney World.

Pray my friends, pray day and night and pray most of all for your unsaved friends and kin. For if God does no intervene, than we who are saved are in great shape, but those who are unsaved are in for a very rough seven years and one hell of a time, no pun intended, for eternity.

Pray that this liar and cheater in the oval office will become a man and assume responsibility for his actions before he gets us into a nuclear war. For like most cowardly bullies, eventually he is going to pick on someone who will fight back. Like president Bush, president Clinton has been lucky, he has only started wars with nations unable, unwilling or incapable of fighting back. But as with all who hide behind women's dresses, while calling names and throwing rocks, eventually someone is going to have enough of his cowardly bulling and then my friends we are going to have to fight to stay alive, so pray that God will deal with this little coward and get us out from under his thumb before it is to late.

Pray to the Lord my friends, pray and ask Him to bless our wives and children ask Him to come into our marriages and to heal them. Pray and ask the Lord to destroy the pornography business in the country, ask Him to help us and teach us to be satisfied with our wives.

Pray to the Lord for wisdom and knowledge in raising your sons and daughters. Pray that He will help us, and our children to understand that virginity is a gift from God, not a gift for the girl who bears it to give to whom ever she chooses. But a gift from God to he whom He has chosen to be her husband. A special wedding gift from God to both of them to be opened on their wedding night. Pray that God will restore morality to this country, that we may become a nation of ladies getting married in white once again. Pray that the Lord will watch over and protect your sons and daughters from those that continually try and corrupt them

Pray and ask God to forgive us for the things we have done to offend Him and the thing we have as a nation become. Ask the Lord to come back to our nation and deliver us from evil, to protect us from ourselves, our degenerate desires to satisfy our fleshly lust and from this infant murdering government. Pray and ask the Lord if we can have one more chance. Amen.

Men, if we don't work to stop pornography and the decline of virtues, values and morals in this country, than we will have no one to blame but ourselves when our daughters become whores and our grandchildren are bastards. If we don't stop this decline than it will be our faults when our sons are sleeping with men and our daughters with women. Pornography, homosexuality, lesbianism, and a degenerate Senate, House and Administration are our just rewards for sleeping at the helm and letting God get kicked out the public arena. We are getting precisely what we deserve for not stopping this garbage when it first reared it's ugly head out of the slime in which the evolutionist teach our children that they came from. But, through God's grace, we can be forgiven and given another chance. Don't procrastinate, don't wait, ask Jesus to forgive you and to come into your heart. Ask him, no beg Him to take control of your life and help you to live a life pleasing to Him.

Just pray this little prayer, say, Lord Jesus, I am a sinner! Please forgive me for those things that I have done, said and thought that have offended you. Oh Lord in heaven I am so sorry for the way I have treated You and the way I have abused this life that You gave me. Please forgive me Lord and come into my life. Please Jesus take control of my life. Help me to be the father to my children that You would have me be and the husband to my wife that you would have me be. And Lord, you know me better than I know me, you know my weaknesses and vices, please Lord forgive me, heal me and help me to fight the temptation to sin. Hear my prayer Lord I beg Thee, amen.

Guys, that little prayer is all it takes, you say that and mean it and your on your way to being Born Again and Saved. Once you are Born Again and Saved, the Lord hears your every prayer. Now please join with us and pray for the end of pornography. Thank you and God bless you.

Get involved, pray and get involved.

God bless and help us all, amen!

CHURCH FOR AMERICAN CHRISTIANS AND PATRIOTS

A Full Gospel, Nondenominational, Fundamental Christian Church
Rev. Robert M. Celeste
Minister of Christ Assembly of Churches

Week of 9 May to 16 May, 1999

Mothers Day, happy Cecily day

Sunday, May 9th, 1999 is the day, this year, that we have set aside to honor and remember mothers.

Genesis 1:26-28
26 And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.
27 So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.
28 And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth.

And just who did God entrust with the carrying, bearing and primary care of His image, His likeness, His creation, man? Mothers, that's who!

Let us pray; Oh heavenly Father, we thank You for the ones You gave us to carry and bear us. We thank You Lord God above for making mothers different from fathers, for the kindness and gentleness that you have placed within them. We thank Thee Lord for causing them to bear with dignity and grace the pain and discomfit of child carrying, bearing and rearing. We thank You Lord for those mothers that raised their sons and daughters according to the rules that You set forward in Your Word. Oh please Father, bless those that have delivered us and help them to continue walking in Your path. Lead them not into temptation and deliver them from evil, the evil one, his minions, his ilk, his demons and those on earth that serve him knowingly and unknowingly.

Help us Lord to understand the importance of mothers and help those who are to become mothers to understand the responsibility and honor that you have bestowed upon them, by allowing them to conceive, carry and give birth to that which is Your greatest current gift to us. In Jesus name we pray, Amen.

Mothers;
Just what does God think about these decedents of Eve that He has charged with continuing the human race? Does He place them on a level with Jesus Christ as some false religions would have us believe, claiming that Mary the mother of Jesus is equal to Jesus? Are they irrelevant baby machines as some pagan radical left wing feminist groups claim? Heaven forbid, and Praise God that, no neither of these definitions are even in the ballpark, when matched to the Word of God, the creator of all things.

Let us look at what God says about mothers, and we will see that mothers are indeed not equals of Jesus Christ, nor are they irrelevant baby machines. But are instead very special and blessed in the eyes of God the Creator of all things, for do you think for even one moment that He would have entrusted, even for one moment, the most precious possession God the Father has, His Son Jesus Christ, to anything less than one very special and beloved and trusted in His sight?

Look:
Luke 1:26-33
26 And in the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God unto a city of Galilee, named Nazareth,
27 To a virgin espoused to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David; and the virgin's name was Mary.
28 And the angel came in unto her, and said, Hail, thou that art highly favoured, the Lord is with thee: blessed art thou among women.
29 And when she saw him, she was troubled at his saying, and cast in her mind what manner of salutation this should be.
30 And the angel said unto her, Fear not, Mary: for thou hast found favour with God.
31 And, behold, thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and bring forth a son, and shalt call his name JESUS.
32 He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Highest: and the Lord God shall give unto him the throne of his father David:
33 And he shall reign over the house of Jacob for ever; and of his kingdom there shall be no end.

God sent one of His angels, Gabriel, to tell Mary that God Himself would impregnate her and that she would be the mother of His Son, Jesus, the Messiah, the Christ. His Son ladies, think about it, how could anything be more important than to be the mother of the Son of God, the perfect sacrifice to atone for all of the sins of the world. God created the entire world, the heavens and everything in both. He could have caused Jesus to have been created as a full grown man with no need for a mother. He could of had Him come to earth in great fanfare surrounded by ten thousand legions of angels with flaming swords for His protection. Instead He chose to entrust His Son into the belly of a woman for nine months and then entrust this woman with His Son's feeding, care and health. This woman was His mother. That's a glimpse of how important mothers are to God.

But let's look further at Gods Word about mothers:

Genesis 3:20 And Adam called his wife's name Eve; because she was the mother of all living.

Genesis 17:15-16
15 And God said unto Abraham, As for Sarai thy wife, thou shalt not call her name Sarai, but Sarah shall her name be.
16 And I will bless her, and give thee a son also of her: yea, I will bless her, and she shall be a mother of nations; kings of people shall be of her.

Exodus 20, the Ten Commandments :12 Honour thy father and thy mother: that thy days may be long upon the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee.

Exodus 21:15 And he that smiteth his father, or his mother, shall be surely put to death.

Exodus 21:17 And he that curseth his father, or his mother, shall surely be put to death.

Leviticus 19:3 Ye shall fear every man his mother, and his father, and keep my sabbaths: I am the LORD your God.

Leviticus 20:9 For every one that curseth his father or his mother shall be surely put to death: he hath cursed his father or his mother; his blood shall be upon him.

Deuteronomy 5:16 Honour thy father and thy mother, as the LORD thy God hath commanded thee; that thy days may be prolonged, and that it may go well with thee, in the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee.

Are you starting to see the point? Are you starting to see the importance that God the Father puts on mothers? Look at the love He must have for them, for look at the penalties He has placed on those who abuse or curse or hurt or kill their mothers. But there is more, much more.

Are mothers only for conceiving, carrying and nursing? Not hardly, look

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Proverbs 1:8 My son, hear the instruction of thy father, and forsake not the law of thy mother:

Proverbs 6:20 My son, keep thy father's commandment, and forsake not the law of thy mother:

Proverbs 31:1-31
1 The words of king Lemuel, the prophecy that his mother taught him.
2 What, my son? and what, the son of my womb? and what, the son of my vows?
3 Give not thy strength unto women, nor thy ways to that which destroyeth kings.
4 It is not for kings, O Lemuel, it is not for kings to drink wine; nor for princes strong drink:
5 Lest they drink, and forget the law, and pervert the judgment of any of the afflicted.
6 Give strong drink unto him that is ready to perish, and wine unto those that be of heavy hearts.
7 Let him drink, and forget his poverty, and remember his misery no more.
8 Open thy mouth for the dumb in the cause of all such as are appointed to destruction.
9 Open thy mouth, judge righteously, and plead the cause of the poor and needy.
10 Who can find a virtuous woman? for her price is far above rubies.
11 The heart of her husband doth safely trust in her, so that he shall have no need of spoil.
12 She will do him good and not evil all the days of her life.
13 She seeketh wool, and flax, and worketh willingly with her hands.
14 She is like the merchants' ships; she bringeth her food from afar.
15 She riseth also while it is yet night, and giveth meat to her household, and a portion to her maidens.
16 She considereth a field, and buyeth it: with the fruit of her hands she planteth a vineyard.
17 She girdeth her loins with strength, and strengtheneth her arms.
18 She perceiveth that her merchandise is good: her candle goeth not out by night.
19 She layeth her hands to the spindle, and her hands hold the distaff.
20 She stretcheth out her hand to the poor; yea, she reacheth forth her hands to the needy.
21 She is not afraid of the snow for her household: for all her household are clothed with scarlet.
22 She maketh herself coverings of tapestry; her clothing is silk and purple.
23 Her husband is known in the gates, when he sitteth among the elders of the land.
24 She maketh fine linen, and selleth it; and delivereth girdles unto the merchant.
25 Strength and honour are her clothing; and she shall rejoice in time to come.
26 She openeth her mouth with wisdom; and in her tongue is the law of kindness.
27 She looketh well to the ways of her household, and eateth not the bread of idleness.
28 Her children arise up, and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praiseth her.
29 Many daughters have done virtuously, but thou excellest them all.
30 Favour is deceitful, and beauty is vain: but a woman that feareth the LORD, she shall be praised.
31 Give her of the fruit of her hands; and let her own works praise her in the gates.

Who taught the king?
Was it not his mother?
And look at the way she describes the woman he should take to wife.
Mothers instruct your sons on the importance of choosing the right wife, teach your daughters to be chaste till marriage. Teach your children that virginity is a gift from God, not a gift for the girl who bears it to give to whom ever she chooses. But a gift from God to he whom He has chosen to be her husband. A special wedding gift from God to both of them to be opened on their wedding night.

Matthew 2:11 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.

These are just a few of the hundreds of verses dealing with the special significance of mothers, but even in death, Jesus had such compassion for His mother Mary that He said to His first cousin, His favorite disciple, the Apostle John;
John 19:26-27
26 When Jesus therefore saw his mother, and the disciple standing by, whom he loved, he saith unto his mother, Woman, behold thy son!
27 Then saith he to the disciple, Behold thy mother! And from that hour that disciple took her unto his own home.

In the eyes of some, mothers are the least important of women, they would claim that a career is more important than the raising of sons and daughters. Some like Hillary Clinton would claim that staying home and baking cockies, with those little gifts from God, is second to being a lawyer, doctor or political activist, they would have you believe that a woman's place is in the office and that Gods gifts should be flushed down the drain or used as animal feed after an abortion. But they are saying that God is lying when He places motherhood on a pedestal. And we know from Gods Word that he who calls God a lair is one who serves the father of all liars.

John 8:44 Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it.

In John 8:44 Jesus is telling us that satan is the father of all liars. That he is the father of liars and abortionist and that those who call Gods Word a lie are liars. They do not worship the Living God, His Son or the Holy Spirit, they worship satan, the father of all lies, liars and abortionist!

So mothers, on this mothers day, be blessed and be grateful for the Lord our God has chosen you amongst women to bear His fruit and our gifts from Him. He has given you the special privilege of conceiving, carrying, nursing and caring for those made in His image. For unlike those who chose to discard His gift through abortion, you have been touched by the Lord and chosen to bear His fruit and His gift.
Children, especially those of you born since 1973, thank your moms, thank them for choosing life for you and not death. Thank the Lord your God above for blessing your mom and your dad with both the love of you and the wisdom of the Lord above to want you and let you be born.
We thank Thee Lord for mothers, for without whom we would have no children of our own and you, our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ would not have been born.
God we praise Thee and thank Thee for our mothers and ask Thy blessing upon them Amen

Let us pray; Oh thank you Lord for causing these women we call mothers to put Your Word and Your gift ahead of the selfish lies and deceit put forth by the extreme left wing atheist of the pagan cults, those who serve satan the father of all lies, liars and abortionist. Thank You Lord for these women we call mothers who have blessed the world with the giving of birth to those special and wonderful gifts that You have bestowed upon us and created in Your own image. We thank You Lord for our mothers and our wives who are the mothers of our children. We pray to Thee Father for Thy wisdom and blessings on those who help deliver our children and make our mothers lives a bit easier. We thank and praise Thee Lord God above for our mothers and ask Thy blessing upon them and I ask Thee to guide my daughter in laws into being mothers like their mother in law. Amen

To all of you mothers out there I say thank you and may God's blessings be upon you and yours.

Just a closing thought for men:
Currently we are holding a prayer vigil across the street from what some like to call an adult book store. While we saw a few women going into this smut shop, for the most part their customer base seems to be men. Now guys, look at your mothers, wives and daughters. How do you picture them? Do you think of your mother and wife as one depicted in the books and movies sold in those places? Do you want your daughter growing up to be or treated like one of those women in those books and movies? With people in office like Republicans Olympia Snowe and Susan Collins in the US Senate and Democrats Barney Frank, John E. Baldacci and Maxine Waters in the Congress and the king of smut himself Bill Clinton in the oval office, we can not expect government to clean this mess up. But you as their customer base can.

There are three things you can do. First, if you are buying this stuff, and in that I am including such trash as Penthouse, Playboy and Clinton's ambassador to Sodom Larry Flynt's, Hustler magazine, stop buying it. The second thing you can do is start a prayer vigil in your church and across the street from these places that sell this junk. And third, boycott places that sell this stuff, including the mom and pop stores that sell it, ice cream, groceries, pizza and gas. And fourth, vote to replace the pond scum that has taken over our government. Stop thinking in terms of Democrat and Republican and start thinking like a Christian.

Remember, there are only two types of people in the world, the Saved and the unsaved. For those of us that are Saved, this time on earth is the closest we will ever come to hell! But for those who are unsaved, this time on earth is the closest they will ever come to heaven!
For we who are Saved will spend eternity in heaven with the Lord, where there will be no suffering, pain, sorrow or illness. We will bask in the Light of the Lord Jesus Christ, the Father and the Holy Spirit. But, those who are unsaved will spend eternity in hell with satan, in outer darkness, with no light and with the constant roaring of the burning pit and the cries of the other tortured souls that are there and the pain of constant fire that will never ever end!

Your choice my friends. On this mothers day, choose life, not abortion, choose Jesus, not satan.

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Week of 2 May to 8 May, 1999

Is your preacher armed?

Note: All Scripture is from the King James Version.

A couple of weeks ago, three young Born Again Christians were among the 13 young students killed in cold blood by two Hitler worshiping, evil homosexual students in Littleton Colorado.

While we know that these three were saved, we do not know about the other 10 killed that day. But these three, Rachael Scott, 17, a Born Again believer who was active in and attended Christian Fellowship Church, John Tomlin, 16, had spent the summer with his family on a missionary trip to Mexico and Cassie Bernall, 17, who accepted Christ just two years ago, was active in her church and bible study group and took a bullet for Jesus Christ.

Let us pray; Oh Lord in heaven help us. Help us Lord to do Your will, help us to serve You with joy and to put the temptations of the world away from us. Lord we pray that You will forgive the things we have done, said and thought that have offended You. Lord forgive us our sins and help us to forgive those who have sinned against us and those we love. Jesus be with us in this time of tribulation and help us to pray for revival. For it is only by Your Grace that we are saved and only with Your help and blessings that we will be able to turn our country around.
This we pray to the Father through and in the name of His Son our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.
Amen.

Simon, who is called Peter, was not a coward, for, we read in
Matthew 26:51 And, behold, one of them which were with Jesus stretched out his hand, and drew his sword, and struck a servant of the high priest's, and smote off his ear.

That was Peter, now think for a moment, this servant of the high priest whose ear Peter cut off, wasn't there alone, Peter had stood between the Lord and heaven only knows how many guards of the high priest and Roman legionaries. Yet Peter drew his sword to defend the Lord. Yet, Peter denied the Lord three times:

First in Matthew 26:58 But Peter followed him afar off unto the high priest's palace, and went in, and sat with the servants, to see the end.

Peter didn't march in with the Lord, he slunk along behind Him, hiding and mingling with the servants, where he could see and hear a bit, but felt that he was in no danger. Remember, Peter is not a coward, just think about his defense of the Lord. Yet in:

Matthew 26:69-74
69 Now Peter sat without in the palace: and a damsel came unto him, saying, Thou also wast with Jesus of Galilee.
70 But he denied before them all, saying, I know not what thou sayest.
71 And when he was gone out into the porch, another maid saw him, and said unto them that were there, This fellow was also with Jesus of Nazareth.
72 And again he denied with an oath, I do not know the man.
73 And after a while came unto him they that stood by, and said to Peter, Surely thou also art one of them; for thy speech betrayeth thee.
74 Then began he to curse and to swear, saying, I know not the man. And immediately the cock crew.

Peter turned his back on the Lord and denied Him three times.

Two weeks ago, two evil Hitler worshiping homosexuals came into the library of Columbine high school in Littleton, Colorado. They were wearing trench coats, sprouting Nazi, homosexual and satanic gibberish and shouted this question. "Are there any Christians in here?"

One little girl, 17 year old Cassie Bernall, stood up and told them that she was a Christian. Remember, they shouted the question to everyone in general, they had not addressed the question to Cassie alone, Cassie could have remained seated, much as many of us do in church when we are asked to raise our hands for the Lord or give a praise report of testimony for Him. Or even to hold up our hand when asked if we believe in the Trinity.

Cassie didn't sit still, she got up and announced that she was a Born Again Christian. This evil little Hitler worshiper than asked her, and here the accounts differ, but he asked her either whether she believed in God or whether she believed in Jesus Christ.
As he asked her this question, he aimed his gun at her head. She could have denied the Lord and perhaps lived. But she didn't, this little girl, knowing full well, that the second she replied; that yes, she believed in Jesus Christ, she would die, said.
"Yes, I believe in Jesus Christ."
The evil one said why? And pulled the trigger, sending little Cassie directly into the arms of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.

What would you have done?
How did this happen?
How did our country ever get to this point?
Oh, some of you will say, it's the Clinton politics, or it's video games, computers, music, television, etc and to a degree you would be right, for each and every one of those is a contributing factor to be sure. But what's the real problem with America, what really caused this moral decline.

It's us, the clergy! We in the pulpit have put our desire to be liked ahead of our calling to preach the word of God. Did we really think we could sit on the sidelines and stay uninvolved as God was thrown out of the public arena? Did we really think we could continue to preach love thy neighbor as the courts removed the Lord from the schools, from government buildings, organizations and the courts?

No, we didn't think we could but we did. Why, because we like to be liked just like everyone else. If we stood up here Sunday after Sunday and told you to join the protest lines, get signatures, picket abortion clinics and political offices of office holding public servants that support abortion, evolution and secular humanism, we knew that two things would happen, first some of you wouldn't come, and that would effect revenues. And second, people wouldn't like us very much.

But, if we had taken a stand in the beginning and continued to fight perhaps, just perhaps, we wouldn't have these murders in schools, a president that is impeached, judges that rule in favor of abortionists, a military that suspends bombing Muslims during their high holiday of Ramadan, but doesn't even slow the bombing down to give pilots a chance to go to church on the highest of all holidays, Resurrection day, Easter.

Oh, we knew that when God was kicked out of the public arena the void would not remain for long and we knew that void would be filled with Satan and his influence, yet we wanted to be liked.

I am no different, I too want to be liked, I don't want people to shun or dislike me, but the time has come to take a stand. The time has come to stand firm and if not be as brave as Cassie, at least be as strong a Peter.

We too, like Peter must carry a sword and be prepared to defend the Lord and our brethren.

For the persecution of Christians for no reason other than their love of and submission to the Lord Jesus Christ has come to the USA. Last year as Christian children rallied around and prayed at a school flag pole, a satan worshiper came and killed them.

This time it's Hitler worshiping anti Christian homosexuals, killing children who stood up for the Lord. Yet, our government instead of focusing on the evils that caused this tragedy to happen, wants more gun control laws.

These two young thugs broke no fewer than 60 gun laws in the commission of these murders. More gun laws wouldn't have helped, what will help is bringing God back into our private and public lives. How many of you can honestly say that your friends, neighbors and co-workers know that you are a Christian, by your works, your words and your deeds?

Yet,

Matthew 5:16-20
16 Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.
17 Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil.
18 For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled.
19 Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven: but whosoever shall do and teach them, the same shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven.
20 For I say unto you, That except your righteousness shall exceed the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, ye shall in no case enter into the kingdom of heaven.

Titus 1:16 They profess that they know God; but in works they deny him, being abominable, and disobedient, and unto every good work reprobate.

Titus 3:8 This is a faithful saying, and these things I will that thou affirm constantly, that they which have believed in God might be careful to maintain good works. These things are good and profitable unto men.

Am I disputing Salvation by Grace and urging you to do good works to be saved? No, and heaven forbid you should think such a thing, but we must stop hiding our Christianity.
We must stop trying to get along with the world, we must stop selling out the Word of God for a few coins of the realm.

We must both pray in private and work in public to bring the love and fear of the Lord back into the public arena. John Baldacci, Olympia Snowe, and Bill Clinton are in office because we, the Christian community put them there! There are no pro life candidates, because we are silent on the issue! These politicians and their support of abortion, evolution and so called mercy killings have made life cheap in this country and we in the pulpit have let it happen and you in the pews have not demanded that we preach the truth.

How often do you hear preachers quoting Jesus by saying those who live by the sword will die by the sword? How often do you hear the verse ‘beat your swords into plowshares'?

Let's look at what the Word of God says.

First, the famous ‘those who live by the sword will die by the sword', it really is an accurate quote, but look at the context.

Jesus has just been surrounded by those lead by Judas who came to arrest Him, Peter, takes out his sword, note here, Peter was with the Lord and Peter had on him a sword.

Read:

Matthew 26:51-52
51 And, behold, one of them which were with Jesus stretched out his hand, and drew his sword, and struck a servant of the high priest's, and smote off his ear.
52 Then said Jesus unto him, Put up again thy sword into his place: for all they that take the sword shall perish with the sword.
Peter was armed, Peter was with the Lord Jesus Christ and Peter was armed!

Next look at the old beat the swords into plowshares verses, there are two mentions of this verse in the Word of God and we are going to look at both, so that we understand just what God is talking about and when He is talking about changing swords and spears into agriculture equiptment.
First Isaiah:
Isaiah 2:1-4
1 The word that Isaiah the son of Amoz saw concerning Judah and Jerusalem.
2 And it shall come to pass in the last days, that the mountain of the LORD's house shall be established in the top of the mountains, and shall be exalted above the hills; and all nations shall flow unto it.
3 And many people shall go and say, Come ye, and let us go up to the mountain of the LORD, to the house of the God of Jacob; and he will teach us of his ways, and we will walk in his paths: for out of Zion shall go forth the law, and the word of the LORD from Jerusalem.
4 And he shall judge among the nations, and shall rebuke many people: and they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruninghooks: nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more.

Isaiah is talking about the end times, after the tribulation, the time of the Lords Millennial kingdom. ,

Next

Micah 4:1-4
1 But in the last days it shall come to pass, that the mountain of the house of the LORD shall be established in the top of the mountains, and it shall be exalted above the hills; and people shall flow unto it.
2 And many nations shall come, and say, Come, and let us go up to the mountain of the LORD, and to the house of the God of Jacob; and he will teach us of his ways, and we will walk in his paths: for the law shall go forth of Zion, and the word of the LORD from Jerusalem.
3 And he shall judge among many people, and rebuke strong nations afar off; and they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruning hooks: nation shall not lift up a sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more.
4 But they shall sit every man under his vine and under his fig tree; and none shall make them afraid: for the mouth of the LORD of hosts hath spoken it.
Again, these verses are dealing with the time after the seven years of tribulation, they are talking about the 1000 year rule of Jesus Christ on earth.

Both Isaiah and Micah are talking about the last days, the days after tribulation, the days of the thousand year reign of Jesus. Neither of these verses suggest even for a moment that we as Christians should stand on the sidelines with our plow shares and watch the murders of Christians by satan worshipers.

But what does the Lord tell us about swords?

In Luke the 22nd chapter, the Lord is at the last Supper with His apostles. He is getting ready to send them out preaching again. But this time He tells them this:

Luke 22:35-36
35 And he said unto them, When I sent you without purse, and scrip, and shoes, lacked ye any thing? And they said, Nothing.
36 Then said he unto them, But now, he that hath a purse, let him take it, and likewise his scrip: and he that hath no sword, let him sell his garment, and buy one.

Who is Jesus talking to and who is He telling to get a sword? Those who He sent out to preach, that's who. And, does He mean just those preaching from the pulpit? Sorry, I'm afraid not, He is talking to all of us, for He tells us that we are all to preach His word. Don't we learn that we are to preach the gospel to every creature?

Mark 16:15 And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.

Are we not told that we must confess the lord Jesus Christ with our mouths once we are saved?

Romans 10:9-11
9 That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.

10 For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.

11 For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed.

Ladies and gentlemen, I know this isn't what you want to hear, I know these words hurt, but it is time to put God back into our schools and our government. Unless you want to see and read about more Littleton, Colorado's. For the problem isn't guns, it is evil influence and that evil influence is of satan! If we don't get satan out of our government, if we don't stop thinking like democrats and republicans and start thinking like Christians, than there are going to be a lot more Cassies and a lot more Littleton, Colorado. And you know it.

Do you know that lots of teens have come to Christ because of Cassie's actions, how many people have come to Christ because of your actions?

Let us pray:

Oh Lord my God help us, help me Lord to see Your will and Your plan for me. Help us Lord to pray for the Christian children and adults left behind after the massacre in Littleton. Oh Jesus, Lord and Saviour creator of us and all things that were created, help us. Lord do not turn Thy face from Thy children now.

Oh my God what are we to do? Are we as pastors and clergy to lead a fight against the evils of this government and the evil men and woman who lead it through alter or abolish. Or are we to simply sit by. Jesus you tell us as preachers that if we lead those whom You have put in our care astray, that we are in for damnation and suffering. Yet Lord how are we to know what is right and what is wrong if You do not show us the way? Jesus those who lead us have so changed the language and the rules that many of us have been raised during a time when the laws of man, that are considered good by government, so oppose Thy Word that to do Thy word means almost certain imprisonment and or death.

Jesus help us, if it is Your will for us to take back the freedoms that Thou has bestowed upon us, help us to know that. Give us the strength and faith of Peter and Cassie Lord. For we are a stiff-necked and weak people. Oh Jesus be with us as we start our prayer vigil against the shop of pornography in Oxford, Maine. Give us the strength to pray and the courage to remain.

Lord Jesus please protect those children going back to school in Littleton,. Lord let Thy angels with flaming swords protect and guard them and theirs from the evil and the evil one that has filled the void that was created when we as a nation threw You out of our public lives. Please Jesus forgive us for what we as a nation did to Thee.

Jesus help us to return to Thy ways. Lord raise up leaders for us as You did for Israel in the past. Give unto us oh Lord leaders and pastors that will do what is right in Thy sight and will throw down the evil laws, those who impose them, those who enforce them and those who adjudicate them as right.

I pray Lord Jesus that You will take this prayer to the Father and petition Him to grant these prayers and to hold evil and the evil one at bay. That Thou oh my God will rescue us from this evil government and hear and grant this prayer. For Lord, while I do not fear death, I fear for the future of this nation.

To the Father All Mighty above do I pray this prayer, in the name of His most sacred and holy Son, my Lord and my Master, Jesus who is the Christ, the Messiah, the Son of the Almighty I Am.

And Lord please be with the children this evil one has sent to kill others of Your children around the world. Could You Lord not simply do unto him as You did unto Herod.
In Jesus name.
Amen.

Remember, for those of us who are saved, this time on earth is the closest we will ever come to hell. But, for those who are unsaved, this time on earth is their heaven!

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A Full Gospel, Nondenominational, Fundamental Christian Church
Rev. Robert M. Celeste
Minister of Christ Assembly of Churches

Week of 26 April to 1 May, 1999

The default is hell!

Note: All Scripture is from the King James Version. Italics, within Scripture, are my comments.

How many of you absolutely believe in the Trinity? By that I mean how many of you are absolutely convinced that God the Father, Jesus and the Holy Ghost are one and the same?

This is a short and serious sermon, designed to make you think, more than answer questions.
Let us look at just a few short verses of Scripture, in John 3:3 Jesus says, "Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God."

Bottom line, if you're not Saved, you go to hell.
How do you get saved?
In Acts 16:30 the warden of the prison asks Paul and Silas how he can be Saved: "And brought them out, and said, Sirs, what must I do to be saved?"
In verse 31, Paul answers by telling the Warden "Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, ....."

The default is hell!
The picture was first downloaded from MSNBC and was colored by Ivan Wilson, aged 10 who attends Legion Park Elementary School in Las Vegas, New Mexico. The art is by "Bizzaro". Ivan has the innocence of youth and he seems to know very definitely what Hell is.

This week, give a bit of thought to these if you would. First, May 6th is the National Day of Prayer. On this day we will be kicking off our prayer vigil on Route 26 in Oxford, Maine, asking the lord to cloos the towns premire poro shop, please pray for our success. If ever our country needed prayer, it is now.

After listening to the media, I am convinced that regardless of what happens in Serbia, we will not need a draft, for according to the president and the media, so many people support this war of his, that just their kids will be more than ample to fight it. So, let those who support it send their kids to die and leave the children of those who oppose it alone.

And finally, with all of the turmoil around us and the truth of the cartoon above to remind us, isn't it time you accepted Jesus and guarantee your place in His Book of Life?
Remember, for those of us who are saved, this time on earth is the closest we will ever come to hell. But, for those who are unsaved, this time on earth is their heaven!

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Rev. Robert M. Celeste Minister of Christ Assembly of Churches
Week of 18-25 April 1999

So, is it love the sinner and hate the sin? Or love the sin and the sinner? or what?

Note: All Scripture is from the King James Version. Italics, within Scripture, are my comments.

How many of you absolutely believe in the Trinity? By that I mean how many of you are absolutely convinced that God the Father, Jesus and the Holy Ghost are one in the same?

Look at: Genesis 1:26

First let us pray. Oh Lord in heaven forgive us for those things we have said, done and thought that have offended Thee. Please Lord forgive us our sins and help us to forgive those who have sinned against us. And Lord we pray that You would open our eyes, our ears and our hearts to Your word and that You would help us to understand that which You have written, as You have written it. Amen

Genesis 1:26

And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every thing that creepeth upon the earth.

How many of you are absolutely convinced that the us and our in that verse refers to the Father, the Son and the Holy Ghost?

In John 10:30 Jesus said "I and my Father are one."

In John 17:22 He said "And the glory which thou gavest me I have given them; that they may be one, even as we are one:"


In John 17 Jesus is praying to the Father just before He was brutally murdered by crucifiction.

In First John 5:7 we are told "For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one." Just who or what is John referring to when he says the "Word"?

Look at the first twelve verses of the gospel of John,

John 1:1-12

1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.

2 The same was in the beginning with God.

3 All things were made by Him; and without Him was not any thing made that was made.

4 In Him was life; and the Life was the light of men.

5 And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not.

6 There was a man sent from God, whose name was John.
This is John the Baptist. Not the apostle John.

7 The same came for a witness, to bear witness of the Light, that all men through Him might believe.
To bear witness to the Light, John the Baptist bore witness to Jesus Christ, so here the Light and Jesus are the same.

8 He was not that Light, but was sent to bear witness of that Light.
John the Baptist was not the Christ, he was bearing witness to the Christ.

9 That was the true Light, which lighteth every man that cometh into the world.

10 He was in the world, and the world was made by Him, and the world knew Him not.

Now look back at verses 1-3. Do you see where John has stated the Word was God in verse 1 and then in verse 3 that all things were made by Him? Now in verse 10 John is restating that "the world was made by Him", The Word is Jesus.

11 He came unto His own, and His own received Him not.
He, Jesus, came unto His own, the Jews, and the Jews rejected Him.

12 But as many as received him, to them gave He power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name:
But for those who did accept Him, He gave them the ability to become sons of God.

Now the above should be enough to support your belief in the Trinity. So, let's move on.

Matthew 5:17 Jesus tells us not to be deluded by those who twist the word of God and attempt to convince us that the Old Testament is null and void. For He very clearly tells us to "Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil."

He goes on in Matthew 5:18 to tell us just us "For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled."

What the Lord has told us in these two verses is that, first He did not come to destroy the earth, as happened in the time of Noah and was prophesied in Daniel and other prophets, nor did He come to destroy or end the Law, He tells us that He came to fulfil those prophecies pointing to the coming Messiah such as Passover and sacrifices for human sin. We then see in verse 18, that the Lord is telling us that until heaven and earth pass away and every bit of scripture is fulfilled, not one word or bit of punctuation in the Law, the first five books of the Old Testament will be changed.

When does that happen, you ask?
Just when are the Scriptures totally fulfilled?
When does Earth pass away?

Not until the end of the one thousand year reign of Christ and the casting of Satan into hell with His followers and the final throne judgement in which everyone whose name is not found in His Book of Life is cast into hell with Satan. And that, my friends, doesn't happen until 1000 years after the battle of Armageddon.

How do we know? Look again at Matthew 5:18
"For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled."

When are heaven and earth to pass away? When is all fulfilled? Read this:

Revelation 20:7-21:6

7 And when the thousand years are expired, Satan shall be loosed out of his prison.
This is refers to the end of the one thousand year reign of Jesus Christ on earth.

8 And shall go out to deceive the nations which are in the four quarters of the earth, Gog and Magog, to gather them together to battle: the number of whom is as the sand of the sea.

9 And they went up on the breadth of the earth, and compassed the camp of the saints about, and the beloved city: this is Israel and Jerusalem and fire came down from God out of heaven, and devoured them.

10 And the devil that deceived them was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet are, and shall be tormented day and night for ever and ever.
We call it hell!

11 And I saw a great white throne, and Him that sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away; and there was found no place for them.
This is the great white throne of judgment.

12 And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works.
What God is looking for in the book of life, is your name. Your name will only appear if you are saved, remember John 3:3!

13 And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works.
Judged by your works doesn't mean how good you behaved on earth or how many good things you did while you were alive, it means whether or not you accepted Jesus as Lord and Savior and are therefore in His book of life.

14 And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death.

15 And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire. Do you see that? Who ever's name is not in the book of life is cast into hell!

CHAPTER 21

1 And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea.

2 And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.

3 And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and He will dwell with them, and they shall be His people, and God Himself shall be with them, and be their God.

4 And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.
Take note There will be no tears, sorrow, suffering, in heaven. Those who tell us that God would never be so mean as to leave nice people behind, like our family and friends, because He knows we would miss them and be unhappy in heaven. Guess what, they are wrong, God simply erases all memory of those who are unsaved from our minds, remember, He created our minds, He can erase thoughts from it. Let me get a bit more personal, I love my earthly brother and my sister very very much, but neither are saved. If they get saved, I'll see and remember them in heaven. If they continue on their current course, they won't be in heaven with me and I'll have no memory of either them or their families.

5 And He that sat upon the throne said, Behold, I make all things new. And He said unto me, Write: for these words are true and faithful.

6 And He said unto me, It is done. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end. I will give unto him that is athirst of the fountain of the water of life freely.
Here it is, "I am Alpha and Omega," that is Jesus Christ, who is God! And "It is done".

That, my friends is when Scripture and the Law are totally fulfilled and then and only then is when we are no longer bound to the Law and the Old Testament.

Bear with me here. How many of you now understand and totally accept Jesus as being one and the same as God? We have seen that Jesus, the Holy Ghost and God are one in the same, therefore, those things in red in the New Testament, and attributed to Jesus could just as easily be attributed to either God the Father of God the Holy Spirit.

Therefore, those things in the old Testament that are attributed to God could just as easily be attributed to Jesus or the Holy Ghost because all three are one and the same.

Leviticus 20:1-2

1 And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying,

2 Again, thou shalt say to the children of Israel, Whosoever he be of the children of Israel, or of the strangers that sojourn in Israel, that giveth any of his seed unto Molech; he shall surely be put to death: the people of the land shall stone him with stones.
This is also abortion!

And

Leviticus 18:1-30

1 And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying,

2 Speak unto the children of Israel, and say unto them, I am the LORD your God.

3 After the doings of the land of Egypt, wherein ye dwelt, shall ye not do: and after the doings of the land of Canaan, whither I bring you, shall ye not do: neither shall ye walk in their ordinances.

4 Ye shall do My judgments, and keep Mine ordinances, to walk therein: I am the LORD your God.

5 Ye shall therefore keep My statutes, and My judgments: which if a man do, he shall live in them: I am the LORD.

Very simple here, do what God commands, not what government tells you to when they are contradictory.

6 None of you shall approach to any that is near of kin to him, to uncover their nakedness: I am the LORD.

7 The nakedness of thy father, or the nakedness of thy mother, shalt thou not uncover: she is thy mother; thou shalt not uncover her nakedness.

8 The nakedness of thy father's wife shalt thou not uncover: it is thy father's nakedness.

9 The nakedness of thy sister, the daughter of thy father, or daughter of thy mother, whether she be born at home, or born abroad, even their nakedness thou shalt not uncover.

10 The nakedness of thy son's daughter, or of thy daughter's daughter, even their nakedness thou shalt not uncover: for theirs is thine own nakedness.

11 The nakedness of thy father's wife's daughter, begotten of thy father, she is thy sister, thou shalt not uncover her nakedness.

12 Thou shalt not uncover the nakedness of thy father's sister: she is thy father's near kinswoman.

13 Thou shalt not uncover the nakedness of thy mother's sister: for she is thy mother's near kinswoman.

14 Thou shalt not uncover the nakedness of thy father's brother, thou shalt not approach to his wife: she is thine aunt.

15 Thou shalt not uncover the nakedness of thy daughter in law: she is thy son's wife; thou shalt not uncover her nakedness.

16 Thou shalt not uncover the nakedness of thy brother's wife: it is thy brother's nakedness.

17 Thou shalt not uncover the nakedness of a woman and her daughter, neither shalt thou take her son's daughter, or her daughter's daughter, to uncover her nakedness; for they are her near kinswomen: it is wickedness.

18 Neither shalt thou take a wife to her sister, to vex her, to uncover her nakedness, beside the other in her life time.

Verses 6-18 deal with incest. And Jesus says it is wrong.

19 Also thou shalt not approach unto a woman to uncover her nakedness, as long as she is put apart for her uncleanness.

While it may be politically correct, the only thing Jesus ever tells us a man and wife must not do is to be husband and wife during her period.

20 Moreover thou shalt not lie carnally with thy neighbour's wife, to defile thyself with her. adultery.

21 And thou shalt not let any of thy seed pass through the fire to Molech, neither shalt thou profane the name of thy God: I am the LORD.
This is abortion and satanic child sacrifices along with child pornography.

22 Thou shalt not lie with mankind, as with womankind: it is abomination. Homosexuality.

23 Neither shalt thou lie with any beast to defile thyself therewith: neither shall any woman stand before a beast to lie down thereto: it is confusion.
Bestiality.

24 Defile not ye yourselves in any of these things: for in all these the nations are defiled which I cast out before you:

25 And the land is defiled: therefore I do visit the iniquity thereof upon it, and the land itself vomiteth out her inhabitants.

26 Ye shall therefore keep My statutes and My judgments, and shall not commit any of these abominations; neither any of your own nation, nor any stranger that sojourneth among you:

27 For all these abominations have the men of the land done, which were before you, and the land is defiled.

28 That the land spue not you out also, when ye defile it, as it spued out the nations that were before you.
We as a nation should take verses 24-28 to heart. For as the American Indian worshiped totem poles, animals, the sun and the moon, so have we become a people that worships computers and money, cars and homes. Things created, instead of the Creator.

29 For whosoever shall commit any of these abominations, even the souls that commit them shall be cut off from among their people.

30 Therefore shall ye keep mine ordinance, that ye commit not any one of these abominable customs, which were committed before you, and that ye defile not yourselves therein: I am the LORD your God.

And

Leviticus 19:29-32

29 Do not prostitute thy daughter, to cause her to be a whore; lest the land fall to whoredom, and the land become full of wickedness.
Prostitution, incest, pornography.

30 Ye shall keep my Sabbaths, and reverence my sanctuary: I am the LORD. Do no work on the Sabbath and when in church be careful of your behavior and demeanor. For you are in the house of the Lord. Wear a jacket and tie, women leave the mini skirt at home, dress and wash the kids, for heaven sake, you are in the house of the Lord, act it!

31 Regard not them that have familiar spirits, neither seek after wizards, to be defiled by them: I am the LORD your God.
Stay away from fortune tellers, witches, weegi boards, etc.

32 Thou shalt rise up before the hoary head, and honour the face of the old man, and fear thy God: I am the LORD.
Hoary head means old and wrinkled. Honor the elderly, don't send them for euthanasia.

And

Leviticus 20:9-17

9 For every one that curseth his father or his mother shall be surely put to death: he hath cursed his father or his mother; his blood shall be upon him.
Note that God doesn't say scold or spank, He says put to death!

10 And the man that committeth adultery with another man's wife, even he that committeth adultery with his neighbour's wife, the adulterer and the adulteress shall surely be put to death.
Wow, are you starting to see why Bill Clinton and the rest of the left so disdain the word of God. Just about everything they do and encourage others to do, God forbids.

11 And the man that lieth with his father's wife hath uncovered his father's nakedness: both of them shall surely be put to death; their blood shall be upon them.
Here we go, the punishment for incest isn't two weeks of therapy, it is death!

12 And if a man lie with his daughter in law, both of them shall surely be put to death: they have wrought confusion; their blood shall be upon them.

13 If a man also lie with mankind, as he lieth with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination: they shall surely be put to death; their blood shall be upon them.
Homosexuality is punished by what?

14 And if a man take a wife and her mother, it is wickedness: they shall be burnt with fire, both he and they; that there be no wickedness among you.

15 And if a man lie with a beast, he shall surely be put to death: and ye shall slay the beast.

16 And if a woman approach unto any beast, and lie down thereto, thou shalt kill the woman, and the beast: they shall surely be put to death; their blood shall be upon them.

17 And if a man shall take his sister, his father's daughter, or his mother's daughter, and see her nakedness, and she see his nakedness; it is a wicked thing; and they shall be cut off in the sight of their people: he hath uncovered his sister's nakedness; he shall bear his iniquity.

So, where did the liberal priests, ministers and rabbis ever come up with the concept of ‘love the sinner and hate the sin'?

For it seems to me that the Lord has told us to keep His statutes and commandments until the fulfillment of all Scripture, not until political correctness and Bill Clinton, the Supreme Court and the cop on the beat, tell us otherwise.
When God, who is Jesus, who is the Holy Ghost says punish them with death, it sounds to me as though God means He hates the sinner as well as the sin.
For look here; Revelation 2:6 But this thou hast, that thou hatest the deeds of the Nicolaitans, which I also hate.

When churches like the Catholic Church can't decide whether or not to take a stand against homosexuality based upon the misconception that the Old Testament doesn't count any more and they rely on the biblically unsound theory of Love the Sinner and Hate the Sin, they are saying that Jesus is not the Son of God and that the Trinity is not made up of the Father, the Son and the Holy Ghost. When you discount the Law, you reject the words of the Lord, when He tells us in Matthew 5:18 that "For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled."
They and all those that echo these fictitious statements and claims are ignoring the words of the Lord Jesus Christ and violating this most important part of Scripture: and just how dangerous is that risk?

Revelation 22:19
And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book.
You mess with God's word and you go to hell! Not my words, Gods!

In conclusion, keep this in mind.

Second Peter 1:21 For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost.

And

Second Timothy 3:16-17

16 All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:

17 That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works.

What do these last two bits of Scripture mean? They mean simply this. All of Scripture was written exactly as God wanted it written and what was written is exactly what God wanted written.

When we listen to men who second guess the words of God, by telling us what God really meant to say, or what God really meant when He wrote something, we had best be careful. For what these fools are telling us is that they are smarter than God and that God, who created all things, including us and our brains and our languages, wasn't smart enough to say what He wanted to say in His own book.

One last thing and I'm done. I am not suggesting that you go out and stone homosexuals. I'm not suggesting that the congregation of an evangelical church in Washington, D.C. go get and hang the president for committing adultery. I am not telling you to kill those who commit incest and bestiality.

What I am saying is that we must turn back to the word of God with the understanding that He has told us how to live and if we want to be free and choose our own leaders, than we must choose leaders who will bring us back to God and His rules or be prepared to suffer the consequences. Leaders who will pass laws that agree with God's Laws, not oppose them. Leaders who will make these sins payable with punishments compliant with the word of God.

The consequences with God are never just a slap on the wrist. If we in this nation continue to turn our backs on God by allowing abortion, homosexuality, pornography, incest, rape, adultery, perjury and to many other crimes to list to continue, we had best expect the wrath of God.

To understand that wrath, I suggest you read what God tells us He will do after we have pushed Him a bit to far. And if you think He is only talking about ancient Israel, well, wake up my friend, He is talking to us too!

Leviticus 26:14-46

14 But if ye will not hearken unto Me, and will not do all these commandments;

15 And if ye shall despise My statutes, or if your soul abhor My judgments, so that ye will not do all My commandments, but that ye break My covenant:

16 I also will do this unto you; I will even appoint over you terror, consumption, and the burning ague, that shall consume the eyes, and cause sorrow of heart: and ye shall sow your seed in vain, for your enemies shall eat it.

17 And I will set my face against you, and ye shall be slain before your enemies: they that hate you shall reign over you; and ye shall flee when none pursueth you.

18 And if ye will not yet for all this hearken unto Me, then I will punish you seven times more for your sins.

19 And I will break the pride of your power; and I will make your heaven as iron, and your earth as brass:

20 And your strength shall be spent in vain: for your land shall not yield her increase, neither shall the trees of the land yield their fruits.

21 And if ye walk contrary unto Me, and will not hearken unto Me; I will bring seven times more plagues upon you according to your sins.

22 I will also send wild beasts among you, which shall rob you of your children, and destroy your cattle, and make you few in number; and your highways shall be desolate.

23 And if ye will not be reformed by Me by these things, but will walk contrary unto Me;

24 Then will I also walk contrary unto you, and will punish you yet seven times for your sins.

25 And I will bring a sword upon you, that shall avenge the quarrel of my covenant: and when ye are gathered together within your cities, I will send the pestilence among you; and ye shall be delivered into the hand of the enemy.

26 And when I have broken the staff of your bread, ten women shall bake your bread in one oven, and they shall deliver you your bread again by weight: and ye shall eat, and not be satisfied.

27 And if ye will not for all this hearken unto Me, but walk contrary unto Me;

28 Then I will walk contrary unto you also in fury; and I, even I, will chastise you seven times for your sins.

29 And ye shall eat the flesh of your sons, and the flesh of your daughters shall ye eat.

30 And I will destroy your high places, and cut down your images, and cast your carcases upon the carcases of your idols, and my soul shall abhor you.

31 And I will make your cities waste, and bring your sanctuaries unto desolation, and I will not smell the savor of your sweet odours.

32 And I will bring the land into desolation: and your enemies which dwell therein shall be astonished at it.

33 And I will scatter you among the heathen, and will draw out a sword after you: and your land shall be desolate, and your cities waste.

34 Then shall the land enjoy her Sabbaths, as long as it lieth desolate, and ye be in your enemies' land; even then shall the land rest, and enjoy her Sabbaths.

35 As long as it lieth desolate it shall rest; because it did not rest in your Sabbaths, when ye dwelt upon it.

36 And upon them that are left alive of you I will send a faintness into their hearts in the lands of their enemies; and the sound of a shaken leaf shall chase them; and they shall flee, as fleeing from a sword; and they shall fall when none pursueth.

37 And they shall fall one upon another, as it were before a sword, when none pursueth: and ye shall have no power to stand before your enemies.

38 And ye shall perish among the heathen, and the land of your enemies shall eat you up.

39 And they that are left of you shall pine away in their iniquity in your enemies' lands; and also in the iniquities of their fathers shall they pine away with them.

But, we can get blessed, not instead, but after. And we can cut the days of suffering short, by following those words written by Him next!

40 If they shall confess their iniquity, and the iniquity of their fathers, with their trespass which they trespassed against Me, and that also they have walked contrary unto Me;

41 And that I also have walked contrary unto them, and have brought them into the land of their enemies; if then their uncircumcised hearts be humbled, and they then accept of the punishment of their iniquity: see the part about repentance and excepting punishment?

42 Then will I remember My covenant with Jacob, and also My covenant with Isaac, and also My covenant with Abraham will I remember; and I will remember the land.

43 The land also shall be left of them, and shall enjoy her Sabbaths, while she lieth desolate without them: and they shall accept of the punishment of their iniquity: because, even because they despised my judgments, and because their soul abhorred my statutes.

44 And yet for all that, when they be in the land of their enemies, I will not cast them away, neither will I abhor them, to destroy them utterly, and to break my covenant with them: for I am the LORD their God.

45 But I will for their sakes remember the covenant of their ancestors, whom I brought forth out of the land of Egypt in the sight of the heathen, that I might be their God: I am the LORD.

46 These are the statutes and judgments and laws, which the LORD made between him and the children of Israel in mount Sinai by the hand of Moses.

So, if we keep on our way with Billy the kid and his gang of sodomites, adulterers and liars we can expect verses 14-39. Or we can get on our knees, beg for forgiveness and vote for Born Again Christians and pray for God to give them the strength to do what is right in the sight of the Lord and getting us the blessings of verses 40-46. As usual, the Lord has given us free will and we will make the decision individually and nationally.
The curses have already started, look at the forest fires, the droughts, the floods, the tornadoes, look at the wars and rumors of wars, look at aids and the diseases that eat the flesh. Open your eyes and look, or do you need to see cannibalism of your own children first?

May God be with us and guide us in our choice and may He choose to rescue us from the evil that has taken over our nation.

What's the bottom line? God says HE dictated every word written in the Bible. In other words, God tells us He wrote the bible. Therefore anyone that says otherwise is calling God a liar.

Your choice, who are you going to follow, God or join those who accuse Him of lying?

Let us pray.
Lord in heaven, please help us to see your signs and understand Your will. Help us Lord to do what is right in your sight and give us leaders who will do what is right in your sight. We pray this to the Father through and in the name of the Son.
Amen.

Forgive?

Always? Sometimes? Unconditionally?

Church for American Christian and Patriots

A full gospel nondenominational Christian church

Reverend Robert M. Celeste
Christ Assembly of Churches

April, 11th thru the 17th, 1999

May our Lord be with you, may He shine His light upon you, may He find you worthy to be His and may He never turn His back on you. Oh dear Lord in heaven, we pray to Thee for help and guidance. We pray that You will cause the Holy Spirit to be with us and to guide us in all our ways so that our ways are Your ways and we do those things that find favor in your sight.

Oh please gracious Lord bless us and care for us, keep us safe from evil and the evil one. Help us to understand that we are to fear You and You alone, not other creations that can but kill and harm our flesh. Oh sacred Father above, Creator of all things in heaven and earth, please be with us as we search to do Thy will. Help us to accept Your will with joy and please forgive us for doing, saying and thinking those things that have offended You. Please Lord help us and our families to come to You, help us to serve Thee and be with Thee throughout eternity.

Lord we pray for the safety of those who have been sent off to fight this war and those who are caught in the middle. We pray Lord that You will deal with those who caused this war and that you will turn Your wrath and vengeance upon them. I pray Lord for Allen and his safety and the safety of all of our young men and women who have been put in harm's way. Oh Lord in heaven I pray that Thou would raise up one honest and brave soul to come forward and tell us the truth about this war.

In Jesus name, Amen.

Let us talk about Forgiveness, a word misused on more pulpits than we can count. Many tell us that we are to forgive and forgive and forgive. And to a certain degree, they are somewhat right. But let's look not at man's words, but God's. For while the preachers and the pundits preach forgiveness, what are their credentials? Have they gone up and been crucified to forgive us? No? But Jesus has, so let us look to Him as the final authority.

I King 8:49-50
49 Then hear thou their prayer and their supplication in heaven thy dwelling place, and maintain their cause,
50 And forgive thy people that have sinned against thee, and all their transgressions wherein they have transgressed against thee, and give them compassion before them who carried them captive, that they may have compassion on them: (KJV)
Question, isn't God being asked to forgive?

Joshua 24:19-20
19 And Joshua said unto the people, Ye cannot serve the LORD: for he is an holy God; he is a jealous God; he will not forgive your transgressions nor your sins.
20 If ye forsake the LORD, and serve strange gods, then he will turn and do you hurt, and consume you, after that he hath done you good. (KJV)
Question, isn't Joshua saying that unless they serve God, He will not forgive them?

Psalm 25:18 Look upon mine affliction and my pain; and forgive all my sins. (KJV)
Question, isn't David asking God for forgiveness?

Jeremiah 31:33-35
33 But this shall be the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel; After those days, saith the LORD, I will put my law in their inward parts, and write it in their hearts; and will be their God, and they shall be my people.
34 And they shall teach no more every man his neighbour, and every man his brother, saying, Know the LORD: for they shall all know me, from the least of them unto the greatest of them, saith the LORD: for I will forgive their iniquity, and I will remember their sin no more.
35 Thus saith the LORD, which giveth the sun for a light by day, and the ordinances of the moon and of the stars for a light by night, which divideth the sea when the waves thereof roar; The LORD of hosts is his name: (KJV)
Question, isn't God laying down a condition for His forgiveness? Isn't He requiring that He and only He be worshipped?

Jeremiah 36:3 It may be that the house of Judah will hear all the evil which I purpose to do unto them; that they may return every man from his evil way; that I may forgive their iniquity and their sin. (KJV)
Question, isn't God saying that if, and that word if is key, they turn from their evil ways He will forgive?

Matthew 6:12 And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. (KJV)

Matthew 6:14-15
14 For if ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you:
15 But if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses. (KJV)
Question, isn't the Lord telling us that God will forgive us just like we forgive others? In other words, if we don't, He won't?

Luke 6:37
37 Judge not, and ye shall not be judged: condemn not, and ye shall not be condemned: forgive, and ye shall be forgiven: (KJV)
Question, when Jesus says "forgive, and ye shall be forgiven:" are you starting to see the drift here?

And in I John 1:9 we read "If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness."(KJV)
Are you starting to see that to be forgiven, you must not only ask to be forgiven, but you must also forgive others?

Good, but let's go deeper into scripture. Let's look at the question of just whom do we have to forgive to be forgiven ourselves.

Luke 17:3-4
3 Take heed to yourselves: If thy brother trespass against thee, rebuke him; and if he repent, forgive him.
4 And if he trespass against thee seven times in a day, and seven times in a day turn again to thee, saying, I repent; thou shalt forgive him. (KJV)
"If thy brother trespass against thee, rebuke him; and if he repent, forgive him. And And if he trespass against thee seven times in a day, and seven times in a day turn again to thee, saying, I repent; thou shalt forgive him".
See the condition? See where you are to forgive if he repents? What does it mean to repent? Doesn't repent mean to say your sorry and ask for forgivenenss, so, doesn't that mean that you must forgive only those who ask for forgiveness? But look at the word brother, that word brother means other born again Christians, not just anyone.
But, let's look even further to be sure.

Matthew 18:23-35
23 Therefore is the kingdom of heaven likened unto a certain king, which would take account of his servants.
24 And when he had begun to reckon, one was brought unto him, which owed him ten thousand talents. 25 But forasmuch as he had not to pay, his lord commanded him to be sold, and his wife, and children, and all that he had, and payment to be made.
26 The servant therefore fell down, and worshipped him, saying, Lord, have patience with me, and I will pay thee all.
27 Then the lord of that servant was moved with compassion, and loosed him, and forgave him the debt.
28 But the same servant went out, and found one of his fellowservants, which owed him an hundred pence: and he laid hands on him, and took him by the throat, saying, Pay me that thou owest.
29 And his fellowservant fell down at his feet, and besought him, saying, Have patience with me, and I will pay thee all.
30 And he would not: but went and cast him into prison, till he should pay the debt.
31 So when his fellow servants saw what was done, they were very sorry, and came and told unto their lord all that was done.
32 Then his lord, after that he had called him, said unto him, O thou wicked servant, I forgave thee all that debt, because thou desiredst me:
33 Shouldest not thou also have had compassion on thy fellowservant, even as I had pity on thee?
34 And his lord was wroth, and delivered him to the tormentors, till he should pay all that was due unto him.
35 So likewise shall my heavenly Father do also unto you, if ye from your hearts forgive not every one his brother their trespasses.
(KJV)

Here Jesus has told us that when you are asked to forgive, regardless of the amount or the injustice, and the request is real and from the heart, not simply based upon greed or selfishness, we MUST forgive to be forgiven! But, is that the only time we must forgive? Are we only to forgive when we are sincerely asked to forgive? Perhaps, but it is probably safer to forgive even when we are not asked, if the injustice has been done to us. But what if it is done to one we love? Are we commanded to forgive those who rape our daughters and wives? Are we to forgive those who kill and maim our children? Are we to forgive those who hurt our friends and family?

The answer to those questions is the subject of another sermon, but the quick answer is NO! Not unless they ask forgiveness of not only you, but the one they injured and have accepted the punishment for the injury. Asking for forgiveness is never in lieu of paying the consequences. And always remember this, scripture is crystal clear on this, we must ask to be guaranteed forgiveness and we must ask it sincerely and with no hidden agendas!

May God be with you and guide you and may He help us to forgive and forget.

Why, do you ask is forgiveness so important? Why a whole sermon on forgiving?

Read:
Mark chapter 13 verses 1-37
1 And as He went out of the temple, one of His disciples saith unto Him, Master, see what manner of stones and what buildings are here!
2 And Jesus answering said unto him, Seest thou these great buildings? there shall not be left one stone upon another, that shall not be thrown down.
3 And as He sat upon the mount of Olives over against the temple, Peter and James and John and Andrew asked him privately,
4 Tell us, when shall these things be? and what shall be the sign when all these things shall be fulfilled?
5 And Jesus answering them began to say, Take heed lest any man deceive you:
6 For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many.
7 And when ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars, be ye not troubled: for such things must needs be; but the end shall not be yet.
8 For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be earthquakes in divers places, and there shall be famines and troubles: these are the beginnings of sorrows.
9 But take heed to yourselves: for they shall deliver you up to councils; and in the synagogues ye shall be beaten: and ye shall be brought before rulers and kings for my sake, for a testimony against them.
10 And the gospel must first be published among all nations.
11 But when they shall lead you, and deliver you up, take no thought beforehand what ye shall speak, neither do ye premeditate: but whatsoever shall be given you in that hour, that speak ye: for it is not ye that speak, but the Holy Ghost.
12 Now the brother shall betray the brother to death, and the father the son; and children shall rise up against their parents, and shall cause them to be put to death.
13 And ye shall be hated of all men for my name's sake: but he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved.
14 But when ye shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, standing where it ought not, (let him that readeth understand,) then let them that be in Judaea flee to the mountains:
15 And let him that is on the housetop not go down into the house, neither enter therein, to take any thing out of his house:
16 And let him that is in the field not turn back again for to take up his garment.
17 But woe to them that are with child, and to them that give suck in those days!
18 And pray ye that your flight be not in the winter.
19 For in those days shall be affliction, such as was not from the beginning of the creation which God created unto this time, neither shall be.
20 And except that the Lord had shortened those days, no flesh should be saved: but for the elect's sake, whom he hath chosen, he hath shortened the days.
21 And then if any man shall say to you, Lo, here is Christ; or, lo, he is there; believe him not:
22 For false Christs and false prophets shall rise, and shall shew signs and wonders, to seduce, if it were possible, even the elect.
23 But take ye heed: behold, I have foretold you all things.
24 But in those days, after that tribulation, the sun shall be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light,
25 And the stars of heaven shall fall, and the powers that are in heaven shall be shaken.
26 And then shall they see the Son of man coming in the clouds with great power and glory.
27 And then shall he send his angels, and shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from the uttermost part of the earth to the uttermost part of heaven.
28 Now learn a parable of the fig tree; When her branch is yet tender, and putteth forth leaves, ye know that summer is near:
29 So ye in like manner, when ye shall see these things come to pass, know that it is nigh, even at the doors.
30 Verily I say unto you, that this generation shall not pass, till all these things be done.
31 Heaven and earth shall pass away: but my words shall not pass away.
32 But of that day and that hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels which are in heaven, neither the Son, but the Father.
33 Take ye heed, watch and pray: for ye know not when the time is.
34 For the Son of man is as a man taking a far journey, who left his house, and gave authority to his servants, and to every man his work, and commanded the porter to watch.
35 Watch ye therefore: for ye know not when the master of the house cometh, at even, or at midnight, or at the cockcrowing, or in the morning:
36 Lest coming suddenly he find you sleeping.
37 And what I say unto you I say unto all, Watch.
(KJV)

Forgiveneness is key to being forgiven, being forgiven is key to being saved, whether we are in the end times or not, we are in the end times of our own lives. And as we are told,

Hebrews 9:27 And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment: (KJV)
2 Corinthians 5:10 For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad.(KJV)

So, if the world isn't about to enter the end times, you are! Think about it, where is the guarantee that you will live even long enough to finish this sentence? There is no such guarantee!
The guarantee is this, you will either spend eternity in heaven with the Lord, or in hell with the devil! That my friends is the guarantee. The other guarantee is that you and only you can and will make that choice. For the Lord has not made it difficult to go to heaven, but He has made it even easier to go to hell! For if you do nothing, you go to hell!
But to go to heaven, you need only do one thing, and that one thing is be born again.

John 3:3 Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God. (KJV)

Be Born Again! That's it! You don't have to paint the church, you don't have to do anything other than be Born Again. And how do you do that?
Easy, simply get on your knees and pray to the Lord, confessing that you are a sinner, unworthy and that you know He is the Son of God and that you are asking Him to forgive you your sins and that you are asking Him to come into your life and that you are giving yourself to Him.
The prayer can be this simple:
Lord Jesus, please forgive me Lord, forgive me for all those things I have said, done and thought that have offended Thee and have been sins against Thee and Thy people. Oh Lord in heaven, I know I am unworthy, I know that I have sinned and that I can do nothing on my own to ever earn eternity in heaven with You and the Father, but Jesus I do believe that you died for me and that You and only You can forgive and cleanse me. Lord please forgive me and accept me, for while I am weak, I wish to be Yours. Please Lord come into my heart and cleanse and forgive me and make me Yours.
Thank you Jesus, Amen.

If you prayed that honestly and sincerely, you are now saved. If you joke around with it, you're on your way to hell.
Your salvation, your choice. If you have read this far, you probably have a tear in your eye now and that my friend is a pretty good indication that you have accepted the Lord into your heart and He has accepted you into His family.

My friends there is a war going on, in that war men and women are going to die, that is a fact of both live and war. If you die without Jesus, you go to hell. Don't let it happens, accept the Lord today, He doesn't always give you the time that He gave the man in the story below! God bless and be with you all, Amen.

In closing, let me let you read part of an e-mail letter I received this week:

In 1967 while taking a class in photography at the University of Cincinnati, I became acquainted with a young man named Charles Murray who also was a student at the school and training for the summer Olympics of 1968 as a high diver. Charles was very patient with me as I would speak to him for hours about Jesus Christ and how He had saved me. Charles was not raised in a home that attended any kind of church, so all that I had to tell him was a fascination to him. He even began to ask questions about forgiveness of sin. Finally the day came that I put a question to him. I asked if he realized his own need of a Redeemer and if he was ready to trust Christ as his own Savior. I saw his countenance fall and the guilt in his face. But his reply was a strong "no." In the days that followed he was quiet and often I felt that he was avoiding me, until I got a phone call and it was Charles. He wanted to know where to look in the New Testament for some verses that I had given him about salvation. I gave him the reference to several passages and asked if I could meet with him. He declined my offer and thanked me for the scripture. I could tell that he was greatly troubled, but I did not know where he was or how to help him. Because he was training for the Olympic games, Charles had special privileges at the University pool facilities. Some time between 10:30 and 11:00 that evening he decided to go swim and practice a few dives. It was a clear night in October and the moon was big and bright. The University pool was housed under a ceiling of glass panes so the moon shone bright across the top of the wall in the pool area. Charles climbed to the highest platform to take his first dive. At that moment the Spirit of God began to convict him of his sins. All the scripture he had read, all the occasions of witnessing to him about Christ flooded his mind. He stood on the platform backwards to make his dive, spread his arms to gather his balance, looked up to the wall and saw his own shadow caused by the light of the moon. It was the shape of across. He could bear the burden of his sin no longer. His heart broke and he sat down on the platform and asked God to forgive him and save him. He trusted Jesus Christ twenty some feet in the air. Suddenly, the lights in the pool area came on. The attendant had come in to check the pool. As Charles looked down from his platform he saw an empty pool which had been drained for repairs. He had almost plummeted to his death, but the cross had stopped him from disaster.

WHY CLINTON CAN SAY @#$%#@ TO EASTER AND PASSOVER

Church for American Christians and Patriots

A full gospel nondenominational Christian church

Reverend Robert M. Celeste
Christ Assembly of Churches

April, 4th thru the 11th, 1999

About three weeks ago I, like so many of you, saw a very thought provoking question posed within a post on Free Republic. The essence of the question was, why was it wrong to bomb Muslims on Ramadan, but acceptable to bomb Christians during Lent?

While I forget the name of the person who posted this question originally it got me to thinking. Three weeks later we saw the question being discussed on the Rush Limbaugh show and throughout the media, even to having Dan Rather asking President Clinton about bombing on Easter and Passover.

President Clinton told Rather that the bombing would continue even on Easter day and throughout Passover. In essence, Clinton said Easter and Passover be @#$%^&!

I asked myself, how did this happen?
The answer is not all that difficult to understand. Once again, the truth is to be found in the pulpit. Christians and Jews have become a joke to the secular world for the most part. When one tells someone to act more Christian towards his neighbors, the answer more often than not is "like the Christians in Northern Ireland?" or "sure, like that so called Christian church in xyz city treats it's pastor?".

Jews, even those who claim to be Orthodox ignore not only the Ten Commandments, but the entire Torah. A Jew contends and bases his hopes for salvation on living a righteous live and abiding by the Law! Yet his Law is the entire first five books of the old Testament. They don't even have a temple in Jerusalem, so how can they possibly abide by the Law?

How many Jews accept homosexuality as a way of life, claiming it to be an individual's own business or an individuals free and accepted life style choice, but look at what the "LAW" says:

Leviticus 18:22 Thou shalt not lie with mankind, as with womankind: it is abomination. (KJV)

not clear enough for you? So look a bit further:

Leviticus 20:13 If a man also lie with mankind, as he lieth with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination: they shall surely be put to death; their blood shall be upon them. (KJV)

What about abortion, the Torah makes it absolutley clear that life starts at the moment of conception for God knew us before the foundations of the earth.
And what about the slaughter of animals as required throughout the Books of the Torah?

Have you ever listened to the Choir and congregation of a Christian church sing "I surrender all"?
Talk about hypocrisy The name of this hymn should be changed to "I surrender all I don't need, the government doesn't want, and no one else will take off my hands".

Ask a public school teacher who has had a Muslim child, Hindu child or a child from one of the cults that teaches the false Christ denying doctrines of salvation through good works in his or her room, they will tell you how well behaved these children are.

Why is it that Christians and Jews have become the laughing stock of the secular world? Who is to blame for this? Who has caused this hatred and belittling of Christians and orthodox Messianic Jews?

The clergy, that's who!!!!

The clergy of both liberal mainstream Christian churches and Jewish synagogues have become politically correct. They do not even address or preach what Easter is all about. Jewish Rabbis are afraid that if they preach Passover the way it really was that many of their congregation will read the Bible for themselves and therefore realize that Jesus was and is the Christ, the Messiah. So they water the message down to keep the congregation locked into stupidity and blindness, much like the Catholic church with it's doctrines of relying not upon the word of God, but the answers of the Pope and the parish priest.

Preachers are afraid of losing members, fund$ and tax exempt status. So, the truth of Easter and Passover is not taught from the pulpit. Therefore mainstream Christians and Jews have no real idea of the significance of either Easter of Passover. Christians think Easter is the time of the easter bunny and heaven only knows what to days jews think of Passover.

Clinton, his ilk, his minions, and those who grovel at his feet and serve his every degenerate desire such as Senators like Olympia Snowe and Susan Collins of Maine, can say Easter and Passover be #$%^&! And not a whimper of protest is heard.

Even stalwarts of the conservative community miss the point. Rush Limbaugh asked about bombing on Easter and Passover, but missed completely the point that this bombing began during Lent!

This week's sermon will deal with Easter, what it is and what happened to make it the most holy day of the year and the absolute turning point in history!

But first let us pray:

Forgive us Father for following leaders like those in the mainstream pulpit, the press and those who lead us astray and desecrate Your holy day, the day of Your Sons resurrection.

Rescue us Lord from the evil that has so corrupted Your creations. Help us to look to You, the Creator of all things, instead of to other creations for our answers and necessities. Oh Father in heaven we pray and ask You to forgive us our sins and to help us to forgive those who have sinned against us and have asked for our forgiveness. Help us to understand that we must forgive those who have asked us for forgiveness with honesty and in a spirit of righteousness, not those who ignore the injustice they have done to us and ask for our forgiveness out of hollow and selfish reasons. Please Lord as we approach the most sacred of all days, Easter, please give us hope and peace. Hope and peace based upon You and Your Word, not hollow and empty words from those who have no claim to truth nor any understanding of it. In Jesus name we pray.
Amen.

Easter, the Resurrection Day of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ!

Easter is from the Greek word Pascha, Passover. For it truly fulfills the meaning of Passover.

Let us briefly look back a few days before the resurrection of our Lord. Jesus had ridden into Jerusalem on the back of a donkey to the cheers of all the people, the people laid palm fronds in His path and proclaimed Him king of the Jews, the elders of the Jews, the Sadducees, the Scribes and the Pharisees were very annoyed to say the least and plotted to have the Lord killed. Even back then denominational garbage blinded the eyes of many who preferred to follow man's laws and ignore the teachings of God. When the Lord arrived in Jerusalem, they convinced Judas, one of the Lord's disciples to betray Jesus for thirty pieces of silver.

Luke 22:1-6

1 Now the feast of unleavened bread drew nigh, which is called the Passover.

2 And the chief priests and scribes sought how they might kill him; for they feared the people.

3 Then entered Satan into Judas surnamed Iscariot, being of the number of the twelve.

4 And he went his way, and communed with the chief priests and captains, how he might betray him unto them.

5 And they were glad, and covenanted to give him money.

6 And he promised, and sought opportunity to betray him unto them in the absence of the multitude. (KJV)

Matthew 26:14-16

14 Then one of the twelve, called Judas Iscariot, went unto the chief priests,

15 And said unto them, What will ye give me, and I will deliver him unto you? And they covenanted with him for thirty pieces of silver.

16 And from that time he sought opportunity to betray him. (KJV)

Just as it was prophesied in:

Zechariah 11:12 And I said unto them, If ye think good, give me my price; and if not, forbear. So they weighed for my price thirty pieces of silver. (KJV)

And so, when the Lord went with His disciples to pray in the garden of Gethsemane, Judas, the chief priest and his group came and captured the Lord, then they took Him to His trial. They in turn brought Him to Pilate. Who, wanting to appease the Jews, ordered Jesus to be beat, whipped, tortured and crucified, just as it was prophesied in:

Isaiah 53:1-12

1 Who has believed our message and to whom has the arm of the LORD been revealed?

2 He grew up before him like a tender shoot, and like a root out of dry ground. He had no beauty or majesty to attract us to him, nothing in his appearance that we should desire him.

3 He was despised and rejected by men, a man of sorrows, and familiar with suffering. Like one from whom men hide their faces he was despised, and we esteemed him not.

4 Surely he took up our infirmities and carried our sorrows, yet we considered him stricken by God, smitten by him, and afflicted.

5 But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was upon him, and by his wounds we are healed.

6 We all, like sheep, have gone astray, each of us has turned to his own way; and the LORD has laid on him the iniquity of us all.

7 He was oppressed and afflicted, yet he did not open his mouth; he was led like a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is silent, so he did not open his mouth.

8 By oppression and judgment he was taken away. And who can speak of his descendants? For he was cut off from the land of the living; for the transgression of my people he was stricken.

9 He was assigned a grave with the wicked, and with the rich in his death, though he had done no violence, nor was any deceit in his mouth.

10 Yet it was the LORD's will to crush him and cause him to suffer, and though the LORD makes his life a guilt offering, he will see his offspring and prolong his days, and the will of the LORD will prosper in his hand.

11 After the suffering of his soul, he will see the light and be satisfied; by his knowledge my righteous servant will justify many, and he will bear their iniquities.

12 Therefore I will give him a portion among the great, and he will divide the spoils with the strong, because he poured out his life unto death, and was numbered with the transgressors. For he bore the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors. (NIV)

Now read it in the King James Bible, as it was originally translated from the original Hebrew documents.

Isaiah 53:1-12

1 Who hath believed our report? and to whom is the arm of the LORD revealed?

2 For he shall grow up before him as a tender plant, and as a root out of a dry ground: he hath no form nor comeliness; and when we shall see him, there is no beauty that we should desire him.

3 He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not.

4 Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted.

5 But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.

6 All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the LORD hath laid on him the iniquity of us all.

7 He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth: he is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so he openeth not his mouth.

8 He was taken from prison and from judgment: and who shall declare his generation? for he was cut off out of the land of the living: for the transgression of my people was he stricken.

9 And he made his grave with the wicked, and with the rich in his death; because he had done no violence, neither was any deceit in his mouth.

10 Yet it pleased the LORD to bruise him; he hath put him to grief: when thou shalt make his soul an offering for sin, he shall see his seed, he shall prolong his days, and the pleasure of the LORD shall prosper in his hand.

11 He shall see of the travail of his soul, and shall be satisfied: by his knowledge shall my righteous servant justify many; for he shall bear their iniquities.

12 Therefore will I divide him a portion with the great, and he shall divide the spoil with the strong; because he hath poured out his soul unto death: and he was numbered with the transgressors; and he bare the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors. (KJV)

Jesus went through this just it was prophesied in the Old Testament. But then what happened, what happened after He was crucified?

Read this slowly to understand the importance of what you are about to read. Read it two or three times, for this is the absolute proof that Jesus is the Son of God, that He is the Christ, for while others had raised men from the dead, no one before or since has ever raised themselves from the dead!

No one, not Mohammed, not any of the so called religious leaders, not Darwin not anybody! Only the Lord Jesus Christ has ever predicted His resurrection from the dead and done it! This is what makes Jesus so much more than anyone else.

John chapters 19&20

30 When Jesus therefore had received the vinegar, he said, It is finished: and he bowed his head, and gave up the ghost.

31 The Jews therefore, because it was the preparation, that the bodies should not remain upon the cross on the Sabbath day, (for that Sabbath day was an high day,) besought Pilate that their legs might be broken, and that they might be taken away.

32 Then came the soldiers, and brake the legs of the first, and of the other which was crucified with him.

33 But when they came to Jesus, and saw that he was dead already, they brake not his legs:

34 But one of the soldiers with a spear pierced his side, and forthwith came there out blood and water.

35 And he that saw it bare record, and his record is true: and he knoweth that he saith true, that ye might believe.

36 For these things were done, that the scripture should be fulfilled, A bone of him shall not be broken.
Exodus 12:20, Numbers 9:12 and Psalm 34:20

37 And again another scripture saith, They shall look on him whom they pierced.
Psalm 22:16&17, Zechariah 12:10 and Revelation 1:7

38 And after this Joseph of Arimathaea, being a disciple of Jesus, but secretly for fear of the Jews, besought Pilate that he might take away the body of Jesus: and Pilate gave him leave. He came therefore, and took the body of Jesus.

39 And there came also Nicodemus, which at the first came to Jesus by night, and brought a mixture of myrrh and aloes, about an hundred pound weight.

40 Then took they the body of Jesus, and wound it in linen clothes with the spices, as the manner of the Jews is to bury.

41 Now in the place where he was crucified there was a garden; and in the garden a new sepulcher, wherein was never man yet laid.

42 There laid they Jesus therefore because of the Jews' preparation day; for the sepulcher was nigh at hand.

CHAPTER 20

1 The first day of the week cometh Mary Magdalene early, when it was yet dark, unto the sepulcher, and seeth the stone taken away from the sepulcher.

2 Then she runneth, and cometh to Simon Peter, and to the other disciple, whom Jesus loved, and saith unto them, They have taken away the Lord out of the sepulcher, and we know not where they have laid him.

3 Peter therefore went forth, and that other disciple, and came to the sepulcher.

4 So they ran both together: and the other disciple did outrun Peter, and came first to the sepulcher.

5 And he stooping down, and looking in, saw the linen clothes lying; yet went he not in.

6 Then cometh Simon Peter following him, and went into the sepulcher, and seeth the linen clothes lie,

7 And the napkin, that was about his head, not lying with the linen clothes, but wrapped together in a place by itself.

8 Then went in also that other disciple, which came first to the sepulcher, and he saw, and believed.

9 For as yet they knew not the scripture, that he must rise again from the dead.

10 Then the disciples went away again unto their own home.

11 But Mary stood without at the sepulcher weeping: and as she wept, she stooped down, and looked into the sepulcher,

12 And seeth two angels in white sitting, the one at the head, and the other at the feet, where the body of Jesus had lain.

13 And they say unto her, Woman, why weepest thou? She saith unto them, Because they have taken away my Lord, and I know not where they have laid him.

14 And when she had thus said, she turned herself back, and saw Jesus standing, and knew not that it was Jesus.

15 Jesus saith unto her, Woman, why weepest thou? whom seekest thou? She, supposing him to be the gardener, saith unto him, Sir, if thou have borne him hence, tell me where thou hast laid him, and I will take him away.

16 Jesus saith unto her, Mary. She turned herself, and saith unto him, Rabboni; which is to say, Master.

17 Jesus saith unto her, Touch me not; for I am not yet ascended to my Father: but go to my brethren, and say unto them, I ascend unto my Father, and your Father; and to my God, and your God.

18 Mary Magdalene came and told the disciples that she had seen the Lord, and that he had spoken these things unto her.

19 Then the same day at evening, being the first day of the week, when the doors were shut where the disciples were assembled for fear of the Jews, came Jesus and stood in the midst, and saith unto them, Peace be unto you.

20 And when he had so said, he shewed unto them his hands and his side. Then were the disciples glad, when they saw the Lord.

21 Then said Jesus to them again, Peace be unto you: as my Father hath sent me, even so send I you.

22 And when he had said this, he breathed on them, and saith unto them, Receive ye the Holy Ghost:

23 Whose soever sins ye remit, they are remitted unto them; and whose soever sins ye retain, they are retained.

24 But Thomas, one of the twelve, called Didymus, was not with them when Jesus came.

25 The other disciples therefore said unto him, We have seen the Lord. But he said unto them, Except I shall see in his hands the print of the nails, and put my finger into the print of the nails, and thrust my hand into his side, I will not believe.

26 And after eight days again his disciples were within, and Thomas with them: then came Jesus, the doors being shut, and stood in the midst, and said, Peace be unto you.

27 Then saith he to Thomas, Reach hither thy finger, and behold my hands; and reach hither thy hand, and thrust it into my side: and be not faithless, but believing.

28 And Thomas answered and said unto him, My Lord and my God.

29 Jesus saith unto him, Thomas, because thou hast seen me, thou hast believed: blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have believed.

30 And many other signs truly did Jesus in the presence of his disciples, which are not written in this book:

31 But these are written, that ye might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing ye might have life through his name. (KJV)

There is nothing else that I or any other man can add! Jesus Christ is the Messiah. The day that proves that beyond any shadow of a doubt is Easter. Because the preachers and Rabbis of this world care more about their own bellies and the pats on the back from the politicians. Because they are more interested in getting along and not losing their tax exempt status, because they fear more the loss of revenue than they do salvation, the word of God has been so watered down that the likes of Clinton can say Easter and Passover be #%$@^%&! To $%#%& with the Christians, drop the bombs!

And for that I say to my fellow members of the clergy, shame on you, shame, shame, for you have let those souls that were placed in your care first accept, then condone and even have abortions and you have taught them to turn a deaf ear to the cries of the Lord as He was crucified.
You have left them with so little teaching on His miraculous resurrection, that the president of this once great country, defiles Easter with the dropping of bombs. Shame on you, Shame, Shame, Shame!

Let us pray.

Oh Lord in heaven above help us. Help us Lord to do what is right in Your sight, help us to do those things that make you happy and cause you to delight in our presence and behavior. Lord help us to please you as we wish for our children to please us. Lord we thank You for all that You went through for us, knowing that You choose to suffer so that we could be saved from sin and eternal damnation. Jesus, we thank You for the water You have given us to drink, the air You provided us to breathe, the sky, the flowers, the birds and all things You created for our enjoyment. Help us Lord to understand that You created us for Your pleasure and to serve You, not each other.

Oh Lord in heaven protect us from evil and the evil one, help us to understand that only by accepting You as our Lord and Saviour will we ever see the inside of heaven, help us to understand that heaven and hell are very real and that there are no other choices but those two. Help us to understand that all will one day die and at that time all of us will either go to heaven or hell and that by doing nothing, regardless of how good a life we have lead, that unless we worship You, we will go to hell. That only through being Born Again can we see the kingdom of heaven.

Oh Lord we pray for the safety of the troops who have been sent into battle, we pray that those who command them at all levels will first come to You and ask Your help and guidance and that they will put the safety of the young men and women in their command ahead of their own selfish reasons for having this war.

Please Lord stop this before it gets any worse, for Lord it seems we are incapable of controlling ourselves, Jesus, please intervene and help us. But Lord let it be done according to thy will, not mine and help us Lord to accept Your will with joy, if not with understanding.

Help us Lord to understand that nothing happens on this earth that You have not allowed to happen. Help us Lord to understand that it is only through prayer and repentance that we will see revival in this country. Help us Lord to understand that as you inflicted Ahab and Jezebel on a corrupt people 3,000 years ago and Herod and Herodias on them 2,000 years ago, you are now punishing us with William and Hillary for being corrupt and evil. As corrupt and evil as any people in history.

Lord God in heaven, we thank you for our families, friends and country and ask You to protect and keep them safe.

Lord help us to understand that those of us who have accepted You as Lord and Saviour and have been Born Again, we will spend eternity with You in heaven.

But those who reject your word and are not Born Again, the fiery furnace of hell is were they will spend all eternity. Help us Lord to see that none of us can be good enough in Your eyes to warrant heaven, that only through the cleansing blood of the Lord Jesus Christ can we be cleansed of our sins and allowed to enter into heaven.
For Jesus has told us in John 3:3 ......... "I tell you the truth, no one can see the kingdom of God unless he is born again."

In Jesus name we pray these things to the Father above,
Amen

For those who think that President Clinton is a hero for his sending our troops to bomb and kill in Serbia, let me tell you about a:

A True American HERO

Bob Butler lost his legs in a 1965 land mine explosion in Vietnam. He returned home a war hero. Twenty years later, he proved once again that heroism comes from the heart. Butler was working in his garage in a small town in Arizona on a hot summer day when he heard a woman's screams coming from a nearby house.

He began rolling his wheelchair toward the house but the dense shrubbery wouldn't allow him access to the back door. So he got out of his chair and started to crawl through the dirt and bushes. "I had to get there," he says. It didn't matter how much it hurt. When Butler arrived at the pool there was a three-year-old girl named Stephanie Hanes lying at the bottom. She had been born without arms and had fallen in the water and couldn't swim. Her mother stood over her baby screaming frantically. Butler dove to the bottom of the pool and brought little Stephanie up to the deck.

Her face was blue, she had no pulse and was not breathing. Butler immediately went to work performing CPR to revive her while Stephanie's mother telephoned the fire department. She was told the paramedics were already out on a call. Helplessly, she sobbed and hugged Butler's shoulder.

As Butler continued with his CPR, he calmly reassured her."Don't worry," he said. "I was her arms to get out of the pool. It'll be okay. I am now her lungs. Together we can make it." Seconds later the little girl coughed, regained consciousness, and began to cry. As they hugged and rejoiced together; the mother asked Butler how he knew it would be okay. "The truth is, I didn't know," he told her. "But when my legs were blown off in the war, I was all alone in a field. No one was there to help except a little Vietnamese girl. As she struggled to drag me in to her village, she whispered in broken English, 'It okay. You can live. I be your legs. Together we make it.' Her kind words brought hope to my soul and I wanted to do the same for Stephanie."

There are simply those times when we cannot stand alone. There are those times when we need someone to be our legs, our arms, our friend.

Let me just close by saying this:
Bob Butler is a hero because the president of these United States sent Bob off to fight a war that Bill Clinton said he was to good for and I say he was to cowardly to go fight.
Today Bill Clinton is president and he is sending other young men off to fight a war. Some of those men may become heroes also.
2,000 years ago, the King of kings, Lord of lords, President of presidents, Jesus Christ was also involved in a war. The diferrence betweem Jesus and the other kings and lords and presidents is that instead of sending others off to fight for Him, Jesus went for us!
And that my friends is why Clinton and his ilk hate the Lord Jesus Christ so much.

While they send men and girls off to fight wars to save them from danger and embarrasment, the Lord Jesus told His enemies " I have told you that I am he: if therefore ye seek me, let these go their way: John 18:8.
In other words, Jesus said leave the troops alone and take me! Now that my friends is a hero! And a King that I will follow. Amen!

Friends and brethren help with the humanitarian effort, do all you can to alleviate the bombing and killing. And pray daily for our young men and women who have been put in harms way and may be called upon to kill.
Take a minute or two this week and visit a VA hospital or speak to a Vietnam veteran.

And pray that somehow 220 congressman will somehow find the courage to impreach this president for treason. And that 67 senators will put the future of this country and the lives of our troops ahead of their own cowidice and vote to remove this purely evil man before he kills, lies and rapes anymore!

May God bless and rescue our nation and may He give us leadership we can believe.

Praise The Lord web site

WHAT THE LORD DID FOR US

Church for American Christians and Patriots

A full gospel nondenominational fundamental Christian church

Reverend Robert M. Celeste

Minister of Christ Assembly of Churches

March 28th - April 3rd, 1999 The week leading up to Easter

Well, here we are in the week leading up to Easter, the high holiday of Christianity. The day we celebrate the resurrection of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Normally this is a time of year when Christians throughout the world are preparing for a joyous celebration, a time that fulfils the prophecies of the old testament with the actions by our Lord that had, since the time of the Exodus from Egypt, been practiced by the Israelites the; Passover Feast.

Exodus 12:1-28

1 And the LORD spake unto Moses and Aaron in the land of Egypt, saying,
2 This month shall be unto you the beginning of months: it shall be the first month of the year to you.
3 Speak ye unto all the congregation of Israel, saying, In the tenth day of this month they shall take to them every man a lamb, according to the house of their fathers, a lamb for an house:
4 And if the household be too little for the lamb, let him and his neighbor next unto his house take it according to the number of the souls; every man according to his eating shall make your count for the lamb.
5 Your lamb shall be without blemish, a male of the first year: ye shall take it out from the sheep, or from the goats:
6 And ye shall keep it up until the fourteenth day of the same month: and the whole assembly of the congregation of Israel shall kill it in the evening.
7 And they shall take of the blood, and strike it on the two side posts and on the upper door post of the houses, wherein they shall eat it.
8 And they shall eat the flesh in that night, roast with fire, and unleavened bread; and with bitter herbs they shall eat it.
9 Eat not of it raw, nor sodden at all with water, but roast with fire; his head with his legs, and with the purtenance thereof.
10 And ye shall let nothing of it remain until the morning; and that which remaineth of it until the morning ye shall burn with fire.
11 And thus shall ye eat it; with your loins girded, your shoes on your feet, and your staff in your hand; and ye shall eat it in haste: it is the LORD's Passover.
12 For I will pass through the land of Egypt this night, and will smite all the firstborn in the land of Egypt, both man and beast; and against all the gods of Egypt I will execute judgment: I am the LORD.
13 And the blood shall be to you for a token upon the houses where ye are: and when I see the blood, I will pass over you, and the plague shall not be upon you to destroy you, when I smite the land of Egypt.
14 And this day shall be unto you for a memorial; and ye shall keep it a feast to the LORD throughout your generations; ye shall keep it a feast by an ordinance for ever.
15 Seven days shall ye eat unleavened bread; even the first day ye shall put away leaven out of your houses: for whosoever eateth leavened bread from the first day until the seventh day, that soul shall be cut off from Israel.
16 And in the first day there shall be an holy convocation, and in the seventh day there shall be an holy convocation to you; no manner of work shall be done in them, save that which every man must eat, that only may be done of you.
17 And ye shall observe the feast of unleavened bread; for in this selfsame day have I brought your armies out of the land of Egypt: therefore shall ye observe this day in your generations by an ordinance for ever.
18 In the first month, on the fourteenth day of the month at even, ye shall eat unleavened bread, until the one and twentieth day of the month at even.
19 Seven days shall there be no leaven found in your houses: for whosoever eateth that which is leavened, even that soul shall be cut off from the congregation of Israel, whether he be a stranger, or born in the land.
20 Ye shall eat nothing leavened; in all your habitations shall ye eat unleavened bread.
21 Then Moses called for all the elders of Israel, and said unto them, Draw out and take you a lamb according to your families, and kill the Passover.
22 And ye shall take a bunch of hyssop, and dip it in the blood that is in the basin, and strike the lintel and the two side posts with the blood that is in the basin; and none of you shall go out at the door of his house until the morning.
23 For the LORD will pass through to smite the Egyptians; and when he seeth the blood upon the lintel, and on the two side posts, the LORD will pass over the door, and will not suffer the destroyer to come in unto your houses to smite you.
24 And ye shall observe this thing for an ordinance to thee and to thy sons for ever.
25 And it shall come to pass, when ye be come to the land which the LORD will give you, according as he hath promised, that ye shall keep this service.
26 And it shall come to pass, when your children shall say unto you, What mean ye by this service?
27 That ye shall say, It is the sacrifice of the LORD's Passover, who passed over the houses of the children of Israel in Egypt, when he smote the Egyptians, and delivered our houses. And the people bowed the head and worshiped.
28 And the children of Israel went away, and did as the LORD had commanded Moses and Aaron, so did they. (KJV)

This symbolized what was to come, that our Lord Jesus Christ is the Perfect Lamb without blemish, having no sin.

Let us pray:

Oh great and gracious Lord above, please hear our prayer. We pray to thee, Lord, thanking You for what you went through on the cross and before for us, Your errant creations. Oh Lord, please forgive us, forgive us for those things we have said, done and thought Lord that have so offended You. Forgive us as individuals, as families and as a nation Lord. Forgive us for using this time, a time commemorating Your sacrifice and death on the cross for us, to start a war.

Oh Lord in heaven we pray that you will protect the men and women involved in the fighting and that you will hold responsible those who have so callously disregarded Your High Holiday and ordered this slaughter to begin. Lord please hold not responsible those who are fighting but those who have ordered it. Hold responsible those who have ordered man to kill man, not those who are only following the orders of those corrupt and evil men and women who have brought this war down upon us. Lord we pray for your guidance, Your help and Your forgiveness for us and our families and ask You Lord to rescue all your creations on earth from the evil that has sized the governments of the earth. We pray this prayer to the Father in heaven through and in the name of His Son, our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

Amen.

Now I am sure that most of you have some understanding of just how important Easter is. I pray that with the recipe below and the help of your children, you and they will have a much better understanding and grasp of what the Lord went through for you and me. Fathers, think about this for a moment; you have heard it said that you can't take it with you. Meaning that when you die, you can not take your earthly possessions with you to heaven if you are saved or hell if you are unsaved.

That is for the most part true, but there are two possessions you can take with you, yes. You have been given two possessions you can take with you. You can take your wife and your children with you. You can lead your wife and children to heaven through your prayers and your life or you can take them to hell with you by doing nothing. How you lead your family will dictate where you will be leading them, so please don't just turn this over to your wife to do with the kids, you read it and take the lead in having it done, let your wife help the kids, but you take the lead and role as master of your home and chief chef of your kitchen.

EASTER STORY COOKIES

You'll need: 1 cup whole pecans, 1 teaspoon vinegar, 3 egg whites, pinch salt, 1 cup sugar, zip top plastic bag wooden spoon, a mixing bowl, electric mixer, tape and your Bible. Preheat the oven to 300 degrees F.

Place the pecans in the zip top plastic bag and let children beat them with the wooden spoon to break into very small pieces. Leave the nuts in the bag, do not put them into the mixing bowl.

Explain to your family that after Jesus was arrested he was beaten by the Roman soldiers.

John 19:1-3

1 Then Pilate took Jesus, and ordered his soldiers to whip him, till He bleed and near death.

2 After the soldiers whipped and beat Jesus, the soldiers wove a crown of thorns, and forced it onto His head, causing the thorns to cut deeply into Jesus' head, and they put on him a purple robe,

3 And laughed at Him while screaming insults and sarcastically saying to Him," Hail, King of the Jews!" and they continued to beat him with their hands and fists.

Let each child smell and taste the vinegar. Put 1 teaspoon of vinegar into a large mixing bowl. Explain that when Jesus was thirsty on the cross he was given vinegar to drink.

Read:

John 19:28-30

28 After this, Jesus knowing that everything that had been prophesied throughout the Old Testament had been accomplished, that the scripture might be fulfilled that proved that He was the Son of God, that He was the Christ, the Messiah. Said, I thirst.

29 Now there was a bowl full of vinegar: and the guards soaked a sponge with vinegar, and put it upon a hyssop branch, and put it up to His mouth.

30 When Jesus tasted the vinegar, he said, It is finished: and he bowed his head, and gave up the ghost, meaning He died.

Add egg whites to vinegar. And explain that eggs represent life. Explain that Jesus gave His life to give us the opportunity to be saved and have eternal life with Him and the Father in heaven.

Read:

John 10:10-11

10 The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.

11 I am the good shepherd: the good shepherd giveth his life for the sheep. (KJV)

Sprinkle a little salt into each child's hand. Let them taste it and brush the rest into the bowl. Explain that this represents the salty tears shed by Jesus' followers, and the bitterness of our own sins.

Read:

Luke 23:27 And there followed him a great crowd of men, women and children, a crowd that cried and begged His forgiveness.

So far the ingredients are not very appetizing.

Now, add 1 cup of sugar. Explain to your family that the sweetest part of the story is that Jesus died because He loves us. He wants us to know that He loves us so much that He went though all that pain and suffering two thousand years ago, because He loves us that much and He wants us to belong to Him and spend eternity with Him and the Father in heaven.

Read:

Psalm 34:8-11

8 Taste and see that the LORD is good; blessed is the man who takes cover and shelter in him.
9 Fear and Love the LORD, you his saints, for those who fear and love him lack nothing.
10 The lions may grow weak and hungry, but those who seek the LORD lack no good thing.
11 Come, my children, listen to me; I will teach you the fear and love of the LORD.

Explain to your family that fear doesn't mean fear like that of fearing a bad person, but the fear they feel when they have done wrong because they know that they must ultimately face punishment So, while they love you, they fear your getting mad, so they try to be good and avoid your anger.

now read to them John 3:16 "For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life." (KJV)

Do not put the nuts in yet, beat everything, but the nuts, in the mixing bowl with an electric mixer on high speed for 12 to 15 minutes until stiff peaks are formed. It will look like the topping on a lemon meringue pie.

Explain to the kids that the color white represents purity in God's eyes and the purity of those who accept Jesus as Lord and Savior and have had their sins erased by Jesus.

Read:

Isaiah 1:18-20

18 "Come now, let us reason together," says the LORD. "Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red as crimson, they shall be like wool.
19 If you are willing and obedient, you will eat the best from the land;
20 but if you resist and rebel, you will be devoured by the sword." For the mouth of the LORD has spoken. (NIV)
and

John 3:1-6

1 There was a Pharisee, named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews:

2 He came to see Jesus at night, and said to him, Rabbi, we know that you are a teacher that came from God: for no man can do the miracles that you do, unless God is with him.

3 In reply Jesus SAID, "I tell you the truth, no one can see the kingdom of God unless he is born again."

4 "How can a man be born when he is old?" Nicodemus asked. "Surely he cannot enter a second time into his mother's womb to be born!"

5 Jesus answered, "I tell you the truth, no one can enter the kingdom of God unless he is born of water and the Spirit."

6 " For flesh gives birth to flesh, but the Spirit gives birth to spirit". (NIV)

Now mix in the broken nuts, don't use the mixer, just stir them in with the wooden spoon the kids broke them with. Now cover a cookie sheet or two with waxed paper and place teaspoons of the mixture on the waxed paper covered cookie sheets, don't smooth them out, just put teaspoon size drops or globs on the sheets..

Tell your wife and kids that each mound represents the rocky tomb where Jesus' body was laid in.

Read

Matthew 27:57-60

57 When night came, a rich man of Arimathaea, named Joseph, who also was one of Jesus' disciples:

58 He went to Pilate, and begged for the body of Jesus. Then Pilate commanded that the Lord's body to be given to Joseph of Arimathaea.

59 And when Joseph had taken the body of the Lord, he wrapped it in a clean linen cloth,

60 And laid it in his own new tomb, which he had dug out off solid rock: and he rolled a great stone in front of it, to be the door of the tomb of the Lord, and left.

Put the cookie sheet(s) in the oven; close the door and turn the oven OFF. Give each child a piece of tape and completely seal the oven door.

Explain that Jesus' tomb was sealed with that huge rock that Joseph of Arimathaea had placed at the entrance to Jesus' tomb.

Read

Matthew 27:62-66

62 The next day, the chief priests and the Pharisees went to Pilate.

63 "Sir," they said, "we remember that while he was still alive Jesus said, `After three days I will rise again.'

64 So give the order for the tomb to be made secure until the third day. Otherwise, his disciples may come and steal the body and tell the people that he has been raised from the dead."

65 "Take a guard," Pilate answered. "Go, make the tomb as secure as you know how."

66 So they went and made the tomb secure by putting a seal on the stone and posting the guard.

As you tuck the kids into bed; explain to them that they may feel sad to leave the cookies in the oven over night. Just as Jesus' followers were sad when the tomb was sealed.

Read

John 16:20 & 22. 20 I tell you the truth, you will weep and mourn while the world rejoices. You will grieve, but your grief will turn to joy.

22 So with you: Now is your time of grief, but I will see you again and you will rejoice, and no one will take away your joy. (NIV)

On Easter morning, open the oven and give everyone a cookie. Notice the cracked surface and take a bite. The cookies are hollow! On the first Easter, Jesus' followers were amazed to find the tomb open and empty.

Read

Matthew 28:1-9

1 After the Sabbath, at dawn on the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to look at the tomb.

2 There was a violent earthquake, for an angel of the Lord came down from heaven and, going to the tomb, rolled back the stone and sat on it.

3 His appearance was like lightning, and his clothes were white as snow.

4 The guards were so afraid of him that they shook and became like dead men.

5 The angel said to the women, "Do not be afraid, for I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified.

6 He is not here; he has risen, just as he said. Come and see the place where he lay.

7 Then go quickly and tell his disciples: `He has risen from the dead and is going ahead of you into Galilee. There you will see him.' Now I have told you."

8 So the women hurried away from the tomb, afraid yet filled with joy, and ran to tell his disciples.

9 Suddenly Jesus met them. "Greetings," he said. They came to him, clasped his feet and worshiped him. (NIV)

HE HAS RISEN!

Let us pray:

Oh gracious and Holy Lord, thank you for all you have done for us, thank You for the birds we hear singing, the air You have given us to breathe, the water you have supplied for us to drink, thank You Lord for giving us a freedom of will, so that we can decide for ourselves whom we will follow, You and the Father or man and his government. Lord as we approach this time of war and strife throughout the world we pray for your guidance. We pray not for those who have caused this war Lord, but those who have been ordered to fight it. We pray not for those who are making profit off this war Lord, but those whose incomes will be attached and taxed to pay for it. We pray not for those who will order the deaths of our children Lord, but those parents and kin who will be left behind to bury those who die and care for those whose bodies have been scared and torn apart by this unholy war.

Oh Gracious and merciful Lord, we pray to Thee for Thine indulgence with our folly and Your wrath upon those who have lead us astray. We pray to Thee lord for Your love and mercy for those who have been mislead by current events and blinded by the forces of the evil one, those that have taken control of our politics and media, we pray not for those who have mislead us and lied to us and corrupted Your Word for their own political and personal gain.

We pray to Thee Lord that Thou in Thy mercy and righteousness will cause those who have brought evil to your people to be cut off from life, that their homes will be a dung heap, that their wives will be widows and their children made barren and orphans.

We pray to Thee oh Lord our creator to rescue us and give us another chance to take and shelter us as hen does her chicks and that You will raise up for us leaders who will do that which is right in Thy sight and eliminate from the face of the earth those who have done evil in Your holy and righteous sight and to Your people.

Lord we pray for Thy protection for us, our families and our nation. We pray to Our Father in heaven these things through and in the name of our sacred Lord in heaven, the only begotten son of the Father, our Lord and Saviour Jesus who is the Christ, the Messiah.

Lord we pray for the saftey of the pilots shot down and the Marines charged with getting them out.

Amen

Numbers 6:24-26
24 The LORD bless thee, and keep thee:
25 The LORD make his face shine upon thee, and be gracious unto thee:
26 The LORD lift up his countenance upon thee, and give thee peace. (KJV)

Please note, in much of this weeks sermon I have used the NIV, the New International Version. If you have any questions or if you suspect that your wife or children might ask a question that you're not sure you can answer, email me at:

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Will China attack the USA with nuclear missiles ?

Church for American Christians and Patriots

A full gospel nondenominational fundamental Christian church

Reverend Robert M. Celeste

Minister of Christ Assembly of Churches

Week of 21-27 March, 1999

And his disciples came to him and asked what shall be the sign of thy coming, and of the end of the world?

Over the last couple of weeks it has been reported that the Communist Chinese stole US nuclear secrets in the eighties, allowing them to manufacture small, multiple warhead nuclear missiles. This in itself was bad news. But added to this bit of treachery on the part of the Chinese came the news that the Clinton administration has sold them, for political donations, the technology that allows them to hit targets right here in the United States. Then came the devastating news that China has indeed targeted US cities.

Now we see and hear Tim Russet screaming on television, at his audience, "This is real, this is real!" The Internet political sites have been predicting the distinct possibility of a nuclear war and Congress has passed emergency legislation authorizing the immediate construction of an anti- missile system to protect the USA (shades of starwars.)

But, do we really need to be concerned about the beginning of world war three? Do we need to worry about the beginning of a war that could destroy huge percentages of the population of earth? Do we need to worry about a new war to end all wars?

Not if you know that the Bible is the Word of God and that God cannot lie. Let us look at just what the Lord has told us about that.

But first let us pray:

Oh Lord in heaven, how we love and honor Thee. How we thank Thee for all that You went through to give us the assurance of everlasting peace and life with You, the Father and the Holy Spirit. Oh Lord, how can we ever thank you enough for what You did for us on that cross on Calvary. How can we ever sufficiently thank the Father for sending You Lord Jesus, His only begotten Son to die in our place. O Jesus, please forgive us our sins. Forgive us for those things we have said, done and thought, Lord, that separate us from You. Help us, Lord, to be better fathers, mothers and children. Help us, Lord, to forgive those who have harmed those we love. Help us, Father, to give and seek forgiveness from our Christian brothers and sisters. Oh Jesus, I pray that You will intervene for Molly's sake, that You will deal with those who are tearing her apart, and not allow that little girl to be further harmed by those who would never knowingly and intentionally hurt her. Lord we pray that You will see Christian through this surgery and that You will take away his pain and guide his doctors. Please, Lord Jesus, hear this prayer, for Lord You have told me that the Father will grant all prayers that I bring to Him through You. I beg Thee Lord Jesus to petition the Father for these things I pray for, and I pray these prayers to the Father through Your name, Lord Jesus, Amen.

For You have told us:
John 15:16 Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that ye should go and bring forth fruit, and that your fruit should remain: that whatsoever ye shall ask of the Father in my name, he may give it you. (KJV)

Now, let us look to the Lord for answers on this potential nightmare that through thefts by Chinese spies working at the Los Alamos Weapons Center in New Mexico during the eighties and the treasonous sales of technology to China by the Clinton administration during the past six years, has placed us in what some are calling mortal danger.

Matthew 24:4-8

4 And Jesus answered and said unto them, Take heed that no man deceive you.

5 For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many.

6 And ye shall hear of wars and rumors of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet.

7 For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilence, and earthquakes, in divers places.

8 All these are the beginning of sorrows. (KJV)

"Wars and rumors of wars: see that ye be not troubled", so that doesn't sound so very bad, or does it? Look at:

Revelation 19:19-21

19 And I saw the beast, and the kings of the earth, and their armies, gathered together to make war against him that sat on the horse, and against his army.

20 And the beast was taken, and with him the false prophet that wrought miracles before him, with which he deceived them that had received the mark of the beast, and them that worshiped his image. These both were cast alive into a lake of fire burning with brimstone.

21 And the remnant were slain with the sword of him that sat upon the horse, which sword proceeded out of his mouth: and all the fowls were filled with their flesh. (KJV)

What's that all about, you might ask. It is known as the Battle of Armageddon

Rev 16:16 And he gathered them together into a place called in the Hebrew tongue Armageddon. (KJV)

Here is the part that tells us that the Chinese are not going to start a war with us now, but will have to wait until the end times to use their nuclear weapons.

Revelation 9:16 And the number of the army of the horsemen were two hundred thousand thousand: and I heard the number of them. (KJV)

That's two hundred million men. A two hundred million man army. And where does this two hundred million man army at the battle of Armageddon come from?

For that we have to look at Daniel 11:44 But tidings out of the east and out of the north shall trouble him: therefore he shall go forth with great fury to destroy, and utterly to make away many. (KJV)

So out of the north shall trouble come, directly north of Jerusalem are Russia, Iraq and a few other dyed in the wool haters of Israel. But, before it says north, it says east. That my friends is China. So, how does China get a two hundred million man army to Israel? By truck and by foot. Wait you say, but it would take forever to take that many men across the bridges over the Euphrates river. God thought of that:

Revelation 16:12 And the sixth angel poured out his vial upon the great river Euphrates; and the water thereof was dried up, that the way of the kings of the east might be prepared. (KJV)

The final battle is the battle to end all battles, it involves every nation left on earth. After they fight each other, they in turn fight the Lord and that is the end. Revelation 19:21 "And the remnant were slain with the sword of him that sat upon the horse, which sword proceeded out of his mouth: and all the fowls were filled with their flesh." (KJV)

Now comes the good news. We who are Born Again Christians will not be here to see it. For those who reject the Lord, our leaving will be a sure sign to them that they have but seven years until the end. And the things that happen to them during that seven years are recorded for one and all to read in the Book of Revelation, the last book of the Bible.

But, as for us, look here:

First Thessalonians 4:13-17

13 But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope.

14 For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him.

15 For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep.

16 For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first:

17 Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord. (KJV)

Look at it again, as it is written in the NIV:

First Thessalonians 4:13-17

13 Brothers, we do not want you to be ignorant about those who fall asleep, or to grieve like the rest of men, who have no hope.

14 We believe that Jesus died and rose again and so we believe that God will bring with Jesus those who have fallen asleep in him.

15 According to the Lord's own word, we tell you that we who are still alive, who are left till the coming of the Lord, will certainly not precede those who have fallen asleep.

16 For the Lord himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first.

17 After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the Lord forever. (NIV)

Let's look, more carefully, at verse 13. BROTHERS: Throughout the New Testament when you see the word brother, the meaning is not your earthly brother born of your mother, but instead others who are Born Again Christians. So if your blood brother born of the same woman that you were born is not a Born Again Christian and you are, he is not your Christian brother. Fall asleep, those are people who have died. Since they are waiting to be resurrected as Jesus was, they are referred to as being only asleep.

So, what we have here is a promise that those who have died before us as Born Again Christians will go first and then we Born Again Christians who are left when the Lord shouts will be swept up in an instant and taken into glory with the Lord. This will result in open and empty graves and piles of clothing left where people once stood. And then the final seven years called tribulation begins.

So, while we must be concerned with this theft by China, the treason committed by Clinton and his crowd, the failure of this Congress and Senate to rescue us from him and the threat the Chinese pose, we who are Saved need not worry ourselves into an ulcer. For we know that we are not here to see the world war that destroys all that is left of all mankind. Praise God!

What happens to us is commonly referred to as the Rapture:

But I know that there are those of you out there reading this sermon who are not Born Again Christians. China is now a nuclear threat and they do have a two hundred plus man army. However, with China's policy of forced abortion, they will not have that size army twenty or thirty years from now, unless of course they stop aborting their future generations, which does not seem likely. With all of the signs pointing towards the end times, why would you not want to guarantee your salvation? If you want to know how to get saved, click the previous sermons link below and read last week's sermon and e-mail me. If you have questions, e-mail me and perhaps I can answer your questions. If you are a Jew in search of answers, go to the Links for Jews for Jesus and For Whom the Prophets Spoke and the link that tells Herschel and Eileen to click here, or e-mail me. But don't do nothing, for the default is hell. Remember, the Lord has promised that we who are Born Again will be gone before this horrible time called Tribulation begins and seven years before the Battle Of Armageddon. He does not tell us the time or date, only the signs that come before it. And you would have to be blind not to see those signs today.

Does that mean the end will be tomorrow or next week or even next year? No, but to think it could not come next year, next week or even tomorrow is pure folly.

For Jesus has told us that He will come like a thief in the night, at a time we least expect. He warns us to be on our toes and expect Him at any time, day or night, summer, winter, spring or fall.

Let us pray:

Lord, help us to put our pride and our hatred of abortionists and politicians aside.
Help us Lord to focus not on the evil of this world brought about by satan, his minions, his ilk, and those who serve him as lord and god.
Lord, help us instead to focus on Your words, on the promise of forgiveness and salvation guaranteed us by Your words, and Your death insuring all who accept You as Lord and Savior salvation and life everlasting with You, the Father and the Holy Spirit.
Oh Jesus come into our hearts, protect us from evil and help us to reject the teachings of false prophets. Help us Lord to understand and do Your will. Help us Lord to forgive those who have harmed us and those we love.
Help us Lord to pray diligently for our unsaved friends and kin. Help us Lord to be what You want us to be and to serve You with joy in our hearts. Oh Jesus how I thank You for finding me worthy to be in the company of those who are persecuted for Your name.

I thank Thee, Lord, and I pray Lord for the salvation of all of my children. I pray Lord that you will touch those whom I had influenced incorrectly and that you will bring them to You as well.
I pray for Mac's sons Howard and Michael and John and Jimmy. I pray, Lord, for Rick and his family and Jean and hers. Oh Lord hear my prayer, I beseech Thee, for Lord, while no man knoweth the time or the hour, I feel in my heart that the time is nearer. I pray this in Your name Lord Jesus, Amen.

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