To Hunger and Thirst: theunfetteredpreacher

In life, we must make choices. We choose to follow the way of the Lord, (Salvation, Peace, and Love), or we follow the path of bondage.

Where we will serve the enemies of Righteousness and be in hunger and thirst, naked and in want, yoked in iron and eventually be destroyed. (Deuteronomy 28:48)

The other path promises bread from heaven to feed us and water from a rock for our thirst, and that we will possess the promised land, in freedom, Peace, Love, and Joy. (Nehemiah 9:15)

The Lord promises that ‘IF’ we hunger and thirst for righteousness, we shall be filled. (Matthew 5:6). Jesus is the bread of life, he promises that if we come to and believe in Him, will never hunger or thirst. (John 6:35)

Does He mean this, in this world today?

Do you realize Moses spent 40 days and nights, twice with neither food not drink? Impossible right? No, he was with God, (Jesus) and was fed Spiritually and was filled.

The same thing happened with feeding the 4,000, they were there 3 days with nothing to eat till he multiplied the loaves and fishes. He had fed them Spiritually until then.

We, as Christians should learn to Hunger and Thirst for Righteousness. ‘But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.‘ (Matthew 6:33)

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A Sign of our Times: theunfetteredpreacher

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The Power of Touch: 2 theunfetteredpreacher

In the ‘Power of Touching’, I recognized how wonderful it is to be touched by God, and how much better it was to learn to touch Him.

We should learn to touch the elderly, the homeless, the abused, the human touch is almost as important as the touch from the Lord.

It comforts, it conveys that we care and are there for them. I wish I had hugged and touch my folks more than I did, and I am glad we touch and hug our daughter.

Jesus healed by touch, the leper, (Matthew 8:3), Peters mother, (Matthew 8:15), the blind, (Matthew 9:29; 20:34).

At the Mount of Transfiguration, Peter, James, and John fell down in fear at the appearance of Moses, Elijah, and the shining Glory of Jesus, He touched them and said, ‘Fear Not’. (Matthew 17:7)

It is also interesting that Jesus implied that having knowledge is touching. (Matthew 22:31). Not knowing the scriptures and denying the Power of God. (Matthew 22:29)

We must have the Faith to Believe to be granted a touch from God. In Jesus’s home town, He could do no mighty miracles, because of their unbelief. (Matthew 15:38)

In Matthew once again is the story of the woman with the issue of blood. She had spent all she had on the doctors of her day. (Many of us, are poor because of health care).

She reasoned in herself that if she could touch His garment, she would be healed. (Matthew 9:20-21). She had to work her way in between the crowd that surrounded Him to finally reach and touch Him.

Today if we desire to touch Him, we must work our way through all the requests that are constantly heard by God.

We must learn to Worship, Praise, humble ourselves, Ask according to His will, not for our desires. (James 4:3). It might entail fasting as well as prayer.

We should pray for BIG THINGS, THINGS THAT ONLY GOD CAN DO. Not just for finances we need, but also for the ability to help others financially.

Not just a lessoning of pain for ourselves and others, but for the complete healing, for the peace and joy of the Holy Ghost.

Our prayers that Jesus would be lifted up, and all men, would be saved.

We should learn to touch Him. As many who touch Him will be made whole. (Matthew 14:36)

The Lord also has promised, if two of us can but agree here on earth as touching anything we ask, it shall be done by the Father. (Matthew 18:19)

What does it mean to touch anything? Simply to agree with each other, and more importantly, agreeing with the Word of God.

That is what guarantees an answer from the Lord. We must know His Will and Desire and agree with IT in prayer.

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The Power of Touching: theunfetteredpreacher

As babies we long to be held, and touched by Mom and Dad, it comforts us and causes us to feel safe and protected.

As we grow, a pat on the shoulder or back gives us encouragement, pushes us to do a better job, to excel.

We touch one another to convey love, (good), and sometimes lust, (not good).

We change when Salvation, gives us a New Heart, a Renewed Mind, and a set of standards that call us to Holiness, to be Set Apart, to be Witnesses of His Love and Grace.

As Christians we love the song, ‘He Touched Me’, for good reason. When we are touched by God, we can be healed, set free, delivered from bondage. It is a Powerful time and a change in our hearts.

In Touching, Miracles can be Conveyed. In Luke, we have 12 examples of touching, Jesus to man, and man to Jesus. Something wonderful occurs each time. It is Wonderful to be touched by Jesus.

The leper said to Jesus, ‘If you will, you can heal me.’. (Like 5). He realized Jesus was able to heal, just not sure He was worthy to be healed. Jesus answered, ‘I will: be thou clean.’, and he immediately was cleaned.

Jesus, raised the dead in, (Luke 7:14), and healed the ear of one who arrested Him. (Like 22:51). When children were brought to Him, He touches them all. (Like 18:15)

All-Powerful stuff, but, there is a better way. How much more Power is there when we learn to touch Him?

Luke 6:19

“And the whole multitude sought to touch him: for there went virtue out of him, and healed them all.”

The woman with the issue of blood, she had spent all and decided if she could touch Him, she could be healed.

Luke 8:44

“Came behind him, and touched the border of his garment: and immediately her issue of blood stanched.”

He was surrounded by a crowd, she had to work to gain access. He recognized her effort.

Luke 8:45-47

“And Jesus said, Who touched me? When all denied, Peter and they that were with him said, Master, the multitude throng thee and press thee, and sayest thou, Who touched me?
And Jesus said, Somebody hath touched me: for I perceive that virtue is gone out of me.

And when the woman saw that she was not hid, she came trembling, and falling down before him, she declared unto him before all the people for what cause she had touched him, and how she was healed immediately.”

Lord, help us to push through the crowds and learn to touch You

In both Matthew 14:36 and Mark 6:56. We find ‘All that touched Jesus, we’re made whole’.

There is Power in our hands. Will we learn to control it?

Matthew 18:19-20

“Again, assuredly I tell you, that if two of you will agree on earth concerning anything that they will ask, it will be done for them by my Father who is in heaven. For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there I am in the midst of them.”

We must learn to touch Jesus. To do that today, we probably need to fast and pray. Push through the mass of prayers and help Him to recognize yours.

We must set ourselves apart from the world, with renewed minds, bodies that are holy and acceptable, our reasonable service. (Romans 12:1-3)

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The Best Car I Ever Owned: theunfetteredpreacher

When I was about 12, my Dad ended up with a Metropolitan, a junker, I think it was a convertible. My friends and I drove that car all over my Dad’s Fix-it Shop yard.

Teaching one friend to drive, he nicked the door of a customer’s car, a Corvette. That was not a pleasant time, for Dad, the customer, or us.

One other time, my brother-in-law, at that time, lived on the 3rd floor of the apartment house next door. He dropped down to us kids, a stack of older Playboy magazines.

A glimpse of heaven for horny young guys, and also a slice of Hell. (Young people do not need access to this stuff).

I also remember, (someone, me? I don’t know), running into the corner of that building.

I don’t remember what happened to that car. It was one of many I drove around the garage yard.

A few years later, a few of us were at a fast food place, in Fitchburg, I think. We had drivers licenses then, and when we walked out of the store, there was a Metropolitan.

I boldly walked up to the lady who was in it, and told her if she ever wanted to sell it? I wanted it. I gave her my number and promptly forgot it.

Some months later I received a call, and an offer to buy the car for One Dollar. I jumped on it. What a wonderful lady she was.

I really loved that little car. It was perfect for me. Unusual, strange, and silly. It was great. Bringing it home the first time, we had borrowed one of Dad’s used cars with a repair plate, and a second repair plate for the Metropolitan.

We were stopped on Rt 2, (I think?), for driving too slow, and ‘were we going to get these cars repaired?’ Thank God we answered yes.

We were told to speed up or get off the highway.

Unfortunately, when I broke this car, by turning onto a sidewalk and pulling the steering box from the frame. It was a problem that couldn’t be repaired.

I have very fond memories of that car and the special girl who rode in it with me. I believe my life would have been very different if I could have kept that car on the road.

I wish I could get another deal like that.

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Am I truly my Fathers Son? theunfetteredpreacher

As I think back to my youth, I realize both Dad and David could and would fix about anything. I remember so many toys, bicycles, machines, cars, and even carpentry or electrical problems they solved.

The fix usually wasn’t pretty, but it worked and held strong. I wasn’t cognizant of the skill and talent involved in their work and play.

Even when they weren’t working, they were productive and worked to make their and others’ lives better.

When Celeste’s toys broke, I tried to fix them, but was never able to pull off the job. So disappointed in myself. Just the other day, our old car, a 98 Civic started overheating.

I looked to remove the thermostat from the topwater hose. No thermostat, it ended up being near the bottom of the engine.

I found two bolts that connected the radiator hose to the motor. The bolts were tight, I had to break them loose to remove them.

I could not get the hose and holder off. I checked and couldn’t find any other bolt so I took a two by four and a hammer to it.

You guessed it. The piece broke off on the engine side. Time for a new car. Disappointment, recrimination, self-flagellation.

That’s life. I should be used to it. It is times like these that I miss my family most. Not just their ability to repair things, but the love that was behind their efforts.

I wish I was more like them.

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