A Sign of the Times: theunfetteredpreacher

Thanks for visiting,
Know You Are Loved

We all have the relationship we want with God. My desire is a more intimate one.
bill theunfetteredpreacher cote

Giants in our lives: theunfetteredpreacher

Are there Giants in your life?

Before I accepted Jesus as Lord and Savior, I was constantly fighting the Giants that had me enslaved.

Loneliness, alcoholism, fear, depression, ineptitude, lust, pride, nicotine, rejection and probably many I can’t name.

“There were giants in the earth in those days;”

Everywhere I looked, walked or worked. Everything I heard, read or spoke. I was nothing, then the best. I was brilliant then a dunce. I was around people but always alone.

I lived in “the land of giants.”

There was no escape, no relief, no hope.

Then I was introduced to Jesus. Oh happy day, the Giants have gone away!!!

I wish….

I had accepted Jesus as my Lord…I experienced the Peace that passes understanding, the Joy unspeakable and full of Glory, the Comfort and Love of the Holy Spirit.

Life was great!!! Until it wasn’t.

The Giants were creeping back. Those Christians that I prayed for and loved, rejected me….. Nothing I did satisfied. I was unsettled, indecisive, confused.

How could this be?

Depression, Rejection, Loneliness…. Worse than ever.
Why Lord?

Does any of this seem familiar? Could it be your story? Are you enslaved by Giants?

Do you know Jesus as your Savior?

I know many Christians, who claim Jesus as Savior, even call Him Lord. When He is not.

Are they really saved? I think so, they believe and confess Jesus as Lord.

Will they be joyful, victorious conquerors, peaceful, effective witnesses? Not a chance.

How about you? Is He your Lord? Are you walking with Him or hiding because of sin?

David the man after Gods heart, long after defeating Goliath, (the Giant), after becoming the legitimate King of Israel. Found himself fighting and losing the battle to the Giants of pride, sexual sin and murder.

He had wondered from Gods side. He was the king, his word was law, he had everything he wanted, needed or desired.

He had a visit from Nathan the Prophet. He was shown the condition of his heart. He recognized his sin.

Now we see why he was a man after Gods heart. He immediately repented, turned around, asked forgiveness. A man who Loves his Lord. A man who knew forgiveness.

As a Christian for over 30 years I am sometimes convinced I’ve destroyed the Giants in my life.

Then when I’m fat, dumb, happy and satisfied: I am visited again. “The last giant, He had a bed made of iron; it was over thirteen feet long and six feet wide!”

This Giant is bigger than the others because I’ve been hiding and feeding him. Allowing this sin to be my real Lord. The part of me I wouldn’t and couldn’t submit to my loving, forgiving Savior.

I repent, I confess, I turn from my wicked ways. I pray Lord thank you for helping me to defeat yet again this Giant.

With Your help he becomes just a giant….With fastings and prayers, as I submit to Your will, I become strong in Your might. I defeat the giant.

I walk in victory with My Lord, Jesus Christ. I become the joyful, victorious conqueror, peaceful, effective witness that my Lord calls all of us to be.

Have you destroyed the Giants in your life? Jesus will show and strengthen you.

“Jesus is the way, the truth and the life.”

Let Him Lord and Savior today.

Thanks for visiting. Know you are loved.

We all have the relationship we want with God. My desire is closer relationship.

bill theunfetteredpreacher.com cote

The Land of Giants: theunfetteredpreacher

We live in the Land of Giants.

Not Goliath, (1 Samual 17), who David slew with a sling. Or Og, whose bed was over 13.5 feet long and 6 feet wide. (Deuteronomy 3)

Or even Andre the Giant, 7 foot 4 inches tall.

The Giants we fight today, are more dangerous and deadly.

When Joshua led the Hebrews into the Promised land, they were commanded to slay the Giants and inhabit the land.

When we are saved, we need to slay the Giants in our lives and inherit the promised land.

What are our Giants?

Loneliness, alcoholism, fear, depression, lust, pride, nicotine, rejection, drugs.

On a National scale, the belief that there are more than 2 genders.

The promotion, legalization, and normalization of Gay Marriage. We have LGBTQ people portrayed on every TV show, (They must be a Huge Minority to get that much coverage), They aren’t, and of course man-caused Climate Change.

Then there is the specter of Socialism.

I do not hate any of the folks, that believe these things or fight these addictions or delusions. It just grieves my spirit.

The problem stems from both what our public schools and colleges teach, and the lack of sound Biblical Teaching, in our Churches.

It seems that most Christians are happy to be taught the Gospel, and not search the Word themselves. Like in the time of Moses, tell us what God wants, and we’ll do it.

It was a problem then and still is today.

Walking with God is a very personal experience. There are many Scriptures, that point out it is our responsibility to study and live the Word. (2 Timothy 2:15; Romans 12)

The Word, like manna, needs to be gathered daily, to receive our nutritional needs, to grow in our faith.

We need to long for a closer relationship with Him, to seek Him, to know Him and serve Him.

Thanks for visiting,
Know You Are Loved

We all have the relationship we want with God. My desire is a more intimate one.
bill theunfetteredpreacher cote

A Sign of the Times: theunfetteredpreacher

Thanks for visiting,
Know You Are Loved

We all have the relationship we want with God. My desire is a more intimate one.
bill theunfetteredpreacher cote

The Lighthouse : theunfetteredpreacher

Homecoming, Franklin Memorial Church Choir: 5/19/19

Shot by Payton Ashton

Thanks for visiting,
Know You Are Loved

We all have the relationship we want with God. My desire is a more intimate one.
bill theunfetteredpreacher cote

https://www.dropbox.com/s/ebl2edznb25obxd/20190519_112635.mp4?dl=0

He Touched Me:The Lewis Family: theunfetteredpreacher

https://www.dropbox.com/sh/faxjyvh076ioa0m/AADwfwM4CWbmIdaENDEhqRlwa?dl=0

Homecoming Franklin Memorial United Methodist Church

5/19/19

He Touched Me, sung by the Lewis family. Lenster, Rebecca and Delphia.

Shot by Payton Ashton

Thanks for visiting,
Know You Are Loved

We all have the relationship we want with God. My desire is a more intimate one.
bill theunfetteredpreacher cote

God’s Corrections : Dr. Arnie Smith

The Lord Jesus loves us too much to let us go our own way without disciplining us. Proverbs tells us to not despise God’s correction. As the song says, we often go astray, even if only a little. We get so busy or preoccupied we forget to stay in fellowship with Him or read the Bible or pray. It often takes an unpleasant event or experience to make us realize where we are.
God’s ways to correct us are not to punish us, but to cause us to change our behavior. When we’re experiencing trouble, we need to consider it may be due to something we’re doing, or not doing.
Years ago, I remember not being able to make sales as a salesman. I HAD been doing well, previously, but it had been quite awhile, and things were getting tough.
I HAD been considering a move, and FINALLY realized that the Lord was letting me know that it was His will As soon as I got the message, we made the move, got a new job, and things worked out!
That was a very important move, leading to the start of a new church. New Wine Fellowship came into being due to my being obedient to the Lord.Attendance grew to around 200 in a few months. What a reward for a couple of months of discomfort. PTL!!!

DR. ARNIE SMITH

One of my teachers while in Bible School. I learned how to study the Word, because of his teachings.

Thanks for visiting,
Know You Are Loved

We all have the relationship we want with God. My desire is a more intimate one.
bill theunfetteredpreacher cote