Do we “BELIEVE”?  theunfetteredpreacher

Genesis 15:6

And he believed in the Lord; and he counted it to him for righteousness.”

The first time “Believe” in the Bible.  Abram, who walked with and sacrificed to the Lord many years, desired a son, was childless, until.

“The Lord came unto Abram in a vision, saying, Fear not, Abram: I am thy shield, and thy exceeding great reward.”

Abram asked who shall be my heir?  The answer, Saria will have a son.

And he believed in the Lord; and he counted it to him for righteousness.”

Believe, the imposible.  That is what Abram did.  He knew the Lord, and believed His word.

He had a son at 99.years old, his wife at 90.

Jesus told many:  “Fear not, only believe.”   They saw the dead raised, the sick healed, the blind to see, the lame to walk.

Do we “BELIEVE?”    I don’t think so, if we did Jesus said:  “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.

And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son.
If ye shall ask any thing in my name, I will do it.

The only conditions “BELIEVE,” and, “ If ye love me, keep my commandments.

Love the Lord with all your heart, soul, mind and strength, and love your neighbour as yourself.

Since we do not, do the things Jesus did and more, our error lies in one of these two areas.

Belief and or love”  What say you?  What do we do?   What can we do?

For years I have thought if I could only conquer the sin that so easily besets me, … and “only then,” would I be a useable vessel of Gods power and love.

WRONG!!!

“Belief and love”

Lord, help my unbelief….  Help me to love…  Amen



Is Exceptionalism for Christians?  theunfetteredpreacher

Christian Exceptionalism.  What is that?   

We have all heard our President say, Americans are no more exceptional than the Germans, French, or anyone else, that there never was anything, called Amercan Exceptionalism.

He claims, everyone, every country, thinks they are exceptional.  He is mistaken.

This country was  exceptional, for 200 of our 240 year existence.

Science, math, the military, the space program, in education, in manufacturing, in every area of life, we were on top.

What happened?

We allowed God to be moved from center stage in our lives, schools, government, and entertainment, 

Instead of the majority of movies, music, TV and even church, being family friendly, we began incouraging specialized entertainment.  

Childrens, young adults, teens, young married, married, retired…  

We all watch seperate shows, listen to seperate music, even have seperate church services….

Next thing you know,   there is no unity of thought, action or expectations.

We started a backward slide.  We are no longer number 1… 

What is worse,    WE DON’T CARE.

It would be good, to make America great again.

This is not about politics…  I want to talk about CHRISTIAN EXCEPTIONALISM.

The first century Christians were exceptional, why?

Some say it was because they actually knew Jesus, or someone who had seen, heard, or touched the Lord.

They love the Apostle Paul, they accept, that he healed the sick, raised the dead, had signs and wonders following.

They forget he never knew the man Jesus before, He was resurrected.  

He met, knew, relied on, trusted in, and obeyed the same Lord as we do.

How was it that  Paul, who had never seen, heard or touched the man Jesus, was able to do, that which Jesus promised?

He was zealous in serving God.  First as a Jew, persecuting Christians, then more so, after he met the King.

Are we zealous?  I won’t speak for you, but for me, not nearly as zealous as I should be.

Oh, I pray… but not always effectual, fervent prayers, sometimes, weak, self serving, powerless, pointless, profitless prayers.

Oh, I study… but only to find a way to get the Lord to agree with me.  After all, if He would do things my way…  (His work would be done.   lol, what a fool I am).

Oh, I evangelize…  but not always where or to who He directs.

We seperate our children from adult church, after all we don’t want to bore them.

Isn’t it funny, whole families came to hear Jesus, stayed to listen for three days, had no food, but were not bored.

They were fed by the power and word of God.  We need to learn how to preach and teach Gods word in His power, not our own.

We need to become, EXCEPTIONAL CHRISTIANS.

We need to believe He is, and that He is a rewarder of them who diligently seek Him.  We need to become zealous in our faith.

To Know the Word, Live the Word, Pray the Word. 

 Expect signs and wonders.  He promised they would follow those who believe.

Do we believe?  The Lord could make, even this boat float.  How much more could he do with us?

Fear not, ONLY BELIEVE…   Amen

Do we know who we are? 1  theunfetteredpreacher

We have been studying the Old Testament, for quite a while on Wednesday nights.

I thought for a change we could look up who and what we are in and or through Christ.

Please comment, let me know what you think.

Thanks,

Bill

Please fill in the blancs.

Romans 8:37

Nay, in all these things we are _________ __________  through him that loved us.
Jude 1:1

Jude, the servant of Jesus Christ, and brother of James, to them that ___________  by God the Father, and ___________ Jesus Christ, and called:

Philemon 1:6

That the communication of thy faith may become _________ by the acknowledging of ______________ which is in you in Christ Jesus.

2 Timothy 3:12

Yea, and all that will _________ in Christ Jesus shall _______________.

2 Timothy 1:9

Who hath saved us, and called us with an ____ _______, not according to ________, but according to his own purpose and grace, which was given us in Christ Jesus before the world began,

Colossians 1:28

Whom we preach, _______ every man, and ________ every man in all wisdom; that we may _______ every man perfect in Christ Jesus:

Ephesians 2:10

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

Ephesians 1:3

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with ___ __________________ in heavenly places in Christ:

Galatians 3:26

For ye are all the _____________ by faith in Christ Jesus.

Philippians 2:5

Let this ______________, which was also in Christ Jesus:

Romans 6:11

Likewise reckon ye also yourselves to _______ indeed unto sin, but _________God through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Romans 6:23

For the wages of ____________; but the gift of God is ____________ through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Romans 7:25

I thank God through Jesus Christ our Lord. So then _____________I myself serve the law of God; but ______________ the law of sin.

Galatians 3:14

That the blessing of Abraham might come on the Gentiles through Jesus Christ; that we might receive the _____________________  through faith.

Hebrews 13:21

Make you _______  in every good work to do his will, working in you that which is wellpleasing in his sight, through Jesus Christ; to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.

Thoughts?   ________________________

______________________________________________________________________________________________________

Do we “BELIEVE”?  theunfetteredpreacher

Genesis 15:6

And he believed in the Lord; and he counted it to him for righteousness.”

The first time “Believe” in the Bible.  Abram, who walked with and sacrificed to the Lord many years, desired a son, was childless, until.

“The Lord came unto Abram in a vision, saying, Fear not, Abram: I am thy shield, and thy exceeding great reward.”

Abram asked who shall be my heir?  The answer, Saria will have a son.

And he believed in the Lord; and he counted it to him for righteousness.”

Believe, the imposible.  That is what Abram did.  He knew the Lord, and believed His word.

He had a son at 99.years old, his wife at 90.

Jesus told many:  “Fear not, only believe.”   They saw the dead raised, the sick healed, the blind to see, the lame to walk.

Do we “BELIEVE?”    I don’t think so, if we did Jesus said:  “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.

And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son.
If ye shall ask any thing in my name, I will do it.
The only conditions “BELIEVE,” and, “ If ye love me, keep my commandments.

Love the Lord with all your heart, soul, mind and strength, and love your neighbour as yourself.

Since we do not, do the things Jesus did and more, our error lies in one of these two areas.

Belief and or love”  What say you?  What do we do?   What can we do?

For years I have thought if I could only conquer the sin that so easily besets me, … and “only then,” would I be a useable vessel of Gods power and love.

WRONG!!!

“Belief and love”

Lord, help my unbelief….  Help me to love…  Amen



Tales from my Father 7:  theunfetteredpreacher

Photos compliments of Janice Packard Roy and, “You know your from Ashburnham if…”

My Dads state of the art advertising…  Thanks Janice.  

I thought and he probably thought also, his name and business would live long after he was gone.

It hasn’t,  I visit the web site, and realize, his years of hard work, and not his alone, are gone, there are only a few, if any, that have a lasting legacy.

Well, a few memories:

The brim of Dads baseball cap, would move around to the side, when he got frustrated, during the day.   Watch out, he was about to explode.

He would give directions, by telling you to take a left at St. Denise, or at the Methodist, or Community Church… those were his land marks.

My brother-in-law Ken, would tell him to use bars if he wanted him to find the mark.

He was an acomplished carpenter, his Dad a cabinet maker.  He did his own electric wiring, loved his printing press and could not sit still.

He was quite the handyman…  he could fix most anything.

After his heart attack, and move to Fla. he only wanted to use his printing press and play golf as he was able.

Do not ask him car questions, or how to fix something, he seemed to lose any desire to even think about that stuff.

It is sad to think that I am what is left.  No talent for repairing much besides pianos.  

No interest in cars, wood working, electrical, any of the things he was good at.

Truly a black sheep, music, the sharing of the Gospel, reading, movies…  those are my interests.

Am I my Fathers son, is my daughter.my legacy?

We are like a wind that passes away, and never comes back again.  

May the sign of my passing be changed lives for the Lord.   Amen

Prayer Requested – UPDATE

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This is my sister Martha, while visiting our home town in MA.  I have just heard she is in the hospital with a stroke.

Please lift her up, for a full recovery.  Will update as needed.

Thanks,

Thank you so much for your prayers and support, Martha, met her maker a little after noon today.