Denominational Differences : – The Fix-it Shop-Filling Station

As I searched for Christ in the late 70’s, I prayed to find a God of Power and Might, I didn’t care for more hot air.  ..Growing up in the Catholic Church I knew the Bible stories, thought I was a Christian because I was Catholic.

I knew God was real, didn’t understand anything about a personal relationship.

Then I  met the Lord.   I was led to Him by a wonderful,  loving young woman and her mother, as I  was hitch hiking a ride to this place called Christian Retreat, in Bradenton Fla.

I fell in love with Jesus,
Anne Marie, her family and Christian Retreat.   I lived there, worked there, went to Bible School and Pastoral Training School there.

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I was there 3+ years.   I left on fire.  If you didn’t believe exactly like me….you must be headed to hell.  (I was never taught this, just my stupidity ).

My zeal about destroyed any chance for a meaningful ministry and within a few years, the bottom rose up to greet me again.

20 years, nursing my wounds, still in love with the Lord, I  was  asked to help by playing piano at a little UMC. 

From leading Praise and Worship,  full of joy and expectations of the Holy Spirits presence to playing dry old hymns for a choir that would not learn to sing in parts.

Rituals, form, ceremony. ….to me death, destruction, hot air….once again.

This time the Lord let me know…..He had placed me there!!!!    Sit down, shut up and listen.

That was 5 years ago.  They now at least Don’t run away from the things of the Spirit but they Won’t  Accept them for Themselves.

I teach an Old Testament Bible study. …we read it together line by line and I try to connect all the pieces then to now.

I realize they love the Lord as much as I  do.  The Lord loves them as much as He loves me.

Whosoever will…..is my guide now.  I teach the truth as I know it, (that can change as wisdom is aquired).  Praying to lead none astray.

Always with the hope that folks will be motivated to seek out the truth for themselves.

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Please Lord, lead those around me to a closer walk with You.  May a be a vessel of Your love and Grace and yes Your Power and Might.

Thank You, Jesus.

Thanks for visiting, come back soon.
bill theunfetteredpreacher cote
know you are loved

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