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In the first chapter of John, we find the beginning of the Ministry of Jesus. John the Baptist is calling on people to Repent and be Baptized. The priests, Levite, and Pharisees asked ‘Who art Thou?’ He told them, he was not the Christ, but the Christ was among them and would Baptize them in the Holy Spirit.

He was asked, Why do you preach, if you are not Him? ‘He said, I am the voice of one crying in the wilderness, Make straight the way of the Lord, as said the prophet Esaias.

‘Why do you Baptize?’ ‘I baptize with water: but there standeth one among you, whom ye know not; He who is coming after I is preferred before me, whose shoe’s latchet I am not worthy to unloose.’

The next day John saw Jesus: ‘Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world. This is he of whom I said After me cometh a man which is preferred before me: for he was before me.’

‘He that sent me to baptize with water, the same said unto me, Upon whom thou shalt see the Spirit descending, and remaining on him, the same is he which baptizeth with the Holy Ghost. And I saw, and bare record that this is the Son of God.’

Andrew was one who heard John the Baptist proclaim Jesus as the Messiah, the anointed one. Andrew heard, saw, considered and believed, and brought his brother Simon to Jesus. Jesus changed Simons name, to Cephas, a stone.

Jesus, the next day went to Galilee and found Phillip, Phillip brought Nathaniel, who asked, ‘Can any good come out of Nazareth?’

Jesus had both a Word of Wisdom about Phillip, that he would accept and follow Jesus. With Nathanael, both a Word of Wisdom and a Word of Knowledge. He saw him under the fig tree and knew he would follow Him.

He told Nathanial, he would see the angels of God ascending and descending, from heaven, on the Son of Man, Jesus. (John 1:1-51)

Jesus picked these to follow Him, because He had the knowledge and wisdom from God, that they would be true believers.

The word preached did not profit them: theunfetteredpreacher

Hebrews 4: 2.

For unto us was the gospel preached, as well as unto them: but the word preached did not profit them, not being mixed with faith in them that heard it.”

The word preached did not profit them

If it was the same Gospel that was preached to us, why did it not profit them? Why was it not mixed with Faith? ‘Faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.‘ (Romans 10:17)

Could they not hear, or is there another reason?

Are we really Preaching the Full Gospel?

Paul stated in Romans 15:19, that in his travels he had ‘FULLY PREACHED THE GOSPEL, through mighty signs and wonders, by the power of the Spirit of God;’

The Evangelical Church has the first half of the Gospel down pat. All have sinned. (Romans 3:23) The wages on is death. (Romans 6:23) We must Confess and Believe. (Romans 10:9-10) This is a great start, but not the full story.

Jesus gave us His example:

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. (Acts 10:38)

Matthew 4:23
And He went about all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues and preaching the good news (Gospel) of the kingdom, and healing every disease and every weakness and infirmity among the people.

Jesus taught, preached and healed wherever He was. He sent out His disciples to do the same. (Luke 9:2,6)

And he sent them to preach the kingdom of God, and to heal the sick. And they departed, and went through the towns, preaching the gospel, and healing everywhere.”

Mark 6:12-13

And they went out and preached that men should repent. And they cast out many devils, and anointed with oil many that were sick, and healed them.”

Do we have Faith today? It is easy for people to Preach, Teach, and Proclaim the need for Repentance and Salvation, and we do this with varying results.

What we cannot do is have the signs, wonders, and miracles, as the Lord, commanded, by our own power. The Gospel was not mixed with Faith, so it did not Profit Them.

We must be Spiritually connected and obedient to His Word and Will, we must see, know, consider, and understand that our God is Mighty and able to do that He has commanded. (Isaiah 40:20)

May we must seek wisdom, knowledge, and faith. John the Baptist sent his disciples to Jesus to ask, “Are you the one?” (Matthew 11:3)

The answer Jesus gave them tells us how to remain full of Faith.

Go and shew John again those things which ye do hear and see: The blind receive their sight, and the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, and the deaf hear the dead are raised up, and the poor have the gospel preached to them.”. (Matthew 11:4-5)

We need to Fast, Pray, Repent and ask the Lord to return His Mighty Power to the Church, (us). We need to see His signs, wonders and miracles following.9

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My Heavenly Harp: theunfetteredpreacher

I am pleased to have acquired this harp from an old, no name, baby grand.

If you recall I once had the shell of a different baby grand as a lawn planter. (It was not repairable).

It finally fell too far apart, and cost too much to keep it filled with plants. (Exit piano.)

I now have this new, (old), harp, and have finally placed it where it belongs. (My sweet wife will come to love it. lol).

Soon the Confederate Jasmine should begin to weave itself through the strings and cast iron.

It smells and looks so good, when in bloom.

I am a Happy Man.

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The thing displeased Samuel: theunfetteredpreacher

“The thing displeased Samuel:” (1 Samuel 8: 6)

Samuel was displeased because the people wanted to be like the everyone else, and have a King, instead of the Lord. (Is it any different today?) Are Christians just a subset of the population of the world or are we truly different?

Are we Holy, Sanctified, and Crucified? Or Justified, Self Satisfied, and Perfect, in our minds. Are we Followers and Believers in Christ? Or in our church doctrine?

Sadly, people seem to be loyal to their church, and their personal Bibles, (we all have them, the verses we accept and live by, and verses that are no longer applicable.) We then are dismissive of the Word today.

The Lord told Samuel, that ‘the people were not rejecting him, but Me, from reigning over them.’ (1 Samuel 8:7)

I am displeased, troubled, and saddened. These people who I am convinced love the Lord, WILL NOT, ACCEPT OR DISCUSS THE WORD OF GOD, that they had not been made aware of before.

They will not look at, believe, or accept that there may be more to Christianity then they acknowledge.

Lord, is it time to shake the dust off my feet and move on, or am I where I belong?

This is a snapshot of how Fritz sleeps if he sneaks in the bed when we vacate it. It is also how I view the folks who refuse to accept God’s Word as the be all and end all. The lost was once my burden, now that I have experienced a Church that Loves the Lord, but rejects His Power and Life, my burden is with those who believe but reject the best the Lord has for us.

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The Archangel;  Gabriel:   theunfetteredpreacher

The Archangel; Gabriel: theunfetteredpreacher

We have looked at Satan, thought to be an Archangel, in charge of Praise and Worship. His Pride, caused the Lord to send him from heaven, to be the God of this world.

We also looked at Micheal, the Archangel. The Lords Warrior. Who fights Spiritual Battles in answer to our prayers.

Now it’s time for Gabriel, the Archangel, who delivers and explains the Lord’s plans. We first see Gabriel in Daniel chapter 8.

Daniel 8:16
And I heard a man’s voice between the banks of Ulai, which called, and said, Gabriel, make this man to understand the vision.

Daniel 9:21-22
Yea, whiles I was speaking in prayer, even the man Gabriel, whom I had seen in the vision at the beginning, being caused to fly swiftly, touched me about the time of the evening oblation. And he informed me, and talked with me, and said, O Daniel, I am now come forth to give thee skill and understanding.

Gabriel, the Archangel that helps man to understand Gods will and ways. It was Gabriel who informed Daniel of the 21 day fight to answer Daniels prayer.

He had visions from chapter 7 and onward. Gabriel, as sent to make Danil to understand. (Daniel 8:15-16).

His prayer and answer. (Daniel 9:1-23). (Daniel 10). Gabriel fought and Micheal came to his aid.

It was Gabriel who announced the Christ and John the Baptist’s birth.

Luke 1:19
And the angel answering said unto him, I am Gabriel, that stand in the presence of God; and am sent to speak unto thee, and to shew thee these glad tidings.

Luke 1:26
And in the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God unto a city of Galilee, named Nazareth,

Matthew 1: 18. Now the birth of Jesus Christ was on this wise: When as his mother Mary was espoused to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child of the Holy Ghost. 19. Then Joseph her husband, being a just man, and not willing to make her a publick example, was minded to put her away privily. 20. But while he thought on these things, behold, the angel of the Lord appeared unto him in a dream, saying, Joseph, thou son of David, fear not to take unto thee Mary thy wife: for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Ghost.

Matthew 1: 24. Then Joseph being raised from sleep did as the angel of the Lord had bidden him, and took unto him his wife: 25. And knew her not till she had brought forth her firstborn son: and he called his name JESUS.

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. 12. And being warned of God in a dream that they should not return to Herod, they departed into their own country another way. 13. And when they were departed, behold, the angel of the Lord appeareth to Joseph in a dream, saying, Arise, and take the young child and his mother, and flee into Egypt, and be thou there until I bring thee word: for Herod will seek the young child to destroy him. 14. When he arose, he took the young child and his mother by night, and departed into Egypt: 15. And was there until the death of Herod: that it might be fulfilled which was spoken of the Lord by the prophet, saying, Out of Egypt have I called my son. 19. But when Herod was dead, behold, an angel of the Lord appeareth in a dream to Joseph in Egypt, 20. Saying, Arise, and take the young child and his mother, and go into the land of Israel: for they are dead which sought the young child’s life. 21. And he arose, and took the young child and his mother, and came into the land of Israel.

Matthew 2: 21. And he arose, and took the young child and his mother, and came into the land of Israel. 22. But when he heard that Archelaus did reign in Judaea in the room of his father Herod, he was afraid to go thither: notwithstanding, being warned of God in a dream, he turned aside into the parts of Galilee: 23. And he came and dwelt in a city called Nazareth: that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophets, He shall be called a Nazarene.

Gabriel, the chief messenger of the Lord.

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