I have my moments….. a very few….moments: theunfetteredpreacher

We all have memories, just moments in our lives, that revealed who we really are.

A few moments, of doing the right thing, at the right time, and making a difference.

That leave Joy in our Hearts.

You would think, after meeting and accepting Jesus as Lord and Saviour, those moments would grow and dominate our lives.

Instead I find more moments, that have shown me a darker, meaner, weaker, man. These leave me, miserable, vulnerable, hopeless.

My Natural man, is stronger than my Spiritual man.

I can do all things, through Chirst, who strengthens me.”

This is a Biblical Truth. Another Biblical True is:

Sin lieth at the door.

Sin always lies at the door.

This morning for instance. I had the excitement of writing this post. Lately, I’ve been an empty vessel. Nothing to share.

Today, clarity of thought, inspiration struck. I started to write.

So, Fritz, our dog:

Would not stop barking and crying. I checked outside several times, could see no reason for this foolishness.

Tried to get back to work….

No Joy, just noise. My sweet wife Bette said, “Our neighbors dog Angel was loose. You need to go catch her.”

(My wife, Bette and Daughter Celeste. Sorry, never took a picture of Angel).

Angel is a beautiful white Husky, a young dog who has gone blind. I had to get her home.

Out I went, I saw her immediately, called her she came close. Opened our neighbors back gate, invited her in…. she’s, gone, gone gone, ohoooo.

I started to search. No Joy. Finally went home. Bette had reached our neighbor, who claimed,

“Angel was in the house, please go Check.”

I retrieved their secret extra key, and entered the home. Went to the back room, opened the door….. and, Angel was right where she belonged.

I had been following her doppelganger.

I returned home… The message was gone. Stolen, Lost Forever…. lol

The Devil comes to kill, steal and destroy. He walks about like a roaring lion seeing who he can devour.

We do not always recognize that which distracts us from seeking Jesus, as sin, or the work of the Devil.

But, it is.

Proverbs 7:15

Therefore came I forth to meet thee, diligently to seek thy face, and I have found thee.

Oh, if, only this were me, Diligently Seeking the Face, the Will, and the Ways of God. Desiring only, to Love and Serve Him.

(Gosh, I would be someone, then. lol).

“Diligently I seek thy face.”

Sadly, it is not I, in this Proverb, this quote is from the harlot, seeking to call man to sin.

He falls. Sin, The Devil, lieth at the door.


Go and shew, what ye hear and see: theunfetteredpreacher

Matthew 11:2-5

Now when John had heard in the prison the works of Christ, he sent two of his disciples,

And said unto him, Art thou he that should come, or do we look for another?

Jesus answered and said unto them, 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.”

The problem with the Gospel we preach?

There is nothing to see, and little to hear.

Oh, we do preach the Gospel to the poor. (Or do we?)

When speaking of John the Baptist, Jesus asked; “What went ye out for to see? A prophet? yea, I say unto you, and more than a prophet.?”

John preached with conviction and power. People, multitudes gathered to hear a message from the Lord.

Billy Graham, had a message from God. Do we?

Are we challenging the lost, to seek Salvation? Are we teaching those who are found, to be strong, effective Witnesses, of His Love and Grace?

Isaiah 43:10

Ye are my witnesses, saith the Lord, and my servant whom I have chosen: that ye may know and believe me, and understand that I am he: before me there was no God formed, neither shall there be after me.”

Do we Know, Believe, and Understand, that He is the Great I AM?

Really? What have we seen and heard? Truly? Not much.

As Servants of the Lord, we must be like Mary, and do that which is important.

Sit at the feet of Jesus.

If we are to Preach, Teach and Reach those in need of Him, We must learn to take up His Yoke, and Walk With Him.

Doing and Carrying His Burden, Learning to be Meek, Lowly, and to Rest in Him.

We labour hard, and carry a burden, That Is Not Ours to Carry.

Stop, Sit at His Feet.

He will guide, direct and protect us, He will, Cause us to be effective, and fervent in our prayers and Ministry.

We will then, availeth much.

Until then? It is continue to Work, WHEN HE HAS CALLED US TO REST.

The word preached, has not profited us, not being mixed with faith in we that have heard. (Hebrews 4)

People must see and hear God’s Power, in the Gospel we Preach. Or they just do not come. Amen

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.

How much of the Word have we heard preached, that hasn’t profited us?

For many of us, the measure of Faith we received, has brought us Salvation, and not much else.

We desire to believe God’s love transforms us, supplies our needs, heals and makes us whole. That He makes us better people.

Is that what the world sees? Better People?

Are we really different? Do we show God’s love? Do they see Jesus, in our lives?

In Matthew 25, we have the parables of the Talents. When He left, the Master gave so many Talents, to each man, to make profitable transactions.

To those who made a prophet He gave more. The man who buried the one Talent, was cast into outer darkness.

We have a Master that has gone to a far country. He has left us, His Church Talents, and He expects us to make profitable transactions for Him.

Have we done that? Is He expecting financial profit? I don’t think so. He wants us to build His Church.

The Church, is not built with money, but by His Spirit. The Talents He left the Church is the Holy Spirit.

The Holy Spirit has given us the Ministry Gifts;

Ephesians 4:11-13

And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers;

For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ:

Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ:

Romans 12:5-9

So we, being many, are one body in Christ, and every one members one of another.

Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us, whether prophecy, let us prophesy according to the proportion of faith;

Or ministry, let us wait on our ministering: or he that teacheth, on teaching;

Or he that exhorteth, on exhortation: he that giveth, let him do it with simplicity; he that ruleth, with diligence; he that sheweth mercy, with cheerfulness.

Let love be without dissimulation. Abhor that which is evil; cleave to that which is good.

These Gifts are for building His Church, and we have many Pastors, Teachers, Evangelists, Apostles, Exhortors, Givers, Rulers, even a few Prophets, and as a Church, we Love and at times Show Mercy.

All of these Gifts, can be done to greater or lesser extent, by our Natural Man. That is why so many Churches, do not seem to grow.

We are given the people we are able to train, and are responsible for their growth.

The Holy Spirit gives more Gifts, to Whoso-ever will, receive and invest them.

1 Corinthians 12:4-11

Now there are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit.

And there are differences of administrations, but the same Lord.

And there are diversities of operations, but it is the same God which worketh all in all.

But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to every man to profit withal.

For to one is given by the Spirit the word of wisdom; to another the word of knowledge by the same Spirit;

To another faith by the same Spirit; to another the gifts of healing by the same Spirit;

To another the working of miracles; to another prophecy; to another discerning of spirits; to another divers kinds of tongues; to another the interpretation of tongues:

But all these worketh that one and the selfsame Spirit, dividing to every man severally as he will.

The Spirit divides to everyman as He will.

Some claim, He hasn’t Given them any of these Gifts. Please reread the book of Acts, and explain to me the meaning of the Word ALL.

Do not confuse the Gift of Tongues and Intepretation with the Prayer Language given to those who came later and had not heard of the Holy spirit. We may not Speak or Interpret in Church, but the Prayer language is available to all. Just Ask.

Rightly Devide the Word of Truth. In Acts and 1 Corinthians 12-14.

Believe the Word, OVER CHURCH DOCTRINE AND TEACHINGS. There are many Unbelieving, Believers.

Study for yourself.

If I can be of assistance, Please Ask. I receive nothing from this, except to see a Church that is alive and growing. Amen

Stand Still and See: theunfetteredpreacher

Exodus 14:13

And Moses said unto the people, Fear ye not, stand still, and see the salvation of the Lord, which he will shew to you to day: for the Egyptians whom ye have seen to day, ye shall see them again no more for ever.

This scripture is as important to us today as it was to the Hebrews, in captivity.

They had been slaves, of the Egyptians, four hundred years.

The Lord was now setting them free.

They left their homes and possessions, with only what they could carry, the shoes on their feet and the clothes on their backs.

Now, facing the Red Sea before them, and the Egyptian Army behind.

They were at an impasse.

Moses told them to stand fast, and see the Salvation of the Lord. They would soon be, forever free, of those who would keep them in bondage.

They needed a miracle. The Lord would provide one. They crossed the Red Sea on dry ground.

The Egyptian Army perished in the midst of the Sea, after them.

For two years, the Lord, met their every want and need. He brought them to a new land, a new life.

They were promised, they would defeat any enimies in this new land. Whether Giants, or Powerful Peoples.

They entered not. Evil Hearts of Unbelief, kept a whole generation from entering His Promise.

They wandered the desert for an additional 38 years, it was their children who entered.

Today, we are at an impass.

The Promises of God are before us, with our ‘Evil Hearts of Unbelief,’ blocking our path forward, and our carnel selves calling us back to slavery.

If we know His Promises? We do not believe He meant them for us. We are not worthy to be healed, or to be used by Him to heal others.

We are satisfied to know we are saved.

We believe, He is silent, uncaring, has given up, He has decided we are on our own.

Saints, the promises of God are Yes and amen, for yesterday today and tomorrow.

We need to:

Seek His Face.

Know His Will.

Walk in His Truth.

Instead, we believe Man’s Doctrine, over the Truth of the Word.

We, you, me, Us, WE, are responsible for what we know and believe.

Do not blame your Pastor, Teacher, Prophet or Priest, if you do not know or believe His Word.


As it stands; our God is too small.

Because we know not the TRUTH.

His Word is TRUTH.

If what you believe, does not line up with what the Word says?



Is alive and available today, for those who believe. We know Him, by knowing and walking in His Word.

My prayer is, He will draw us close, and cause us to love Him, Trust Him, and Believe Him. Amen

Tears: theunfetteredpreacher

Tears, 2/21/18, when I heard the news.

Tears, as they noted, how many lives he had touched.

Tears, as it was revealed, he planned his own funeral.

Tears, when I learned he would lie in state in the Capital.

Tears, tears and more tears. Why?

I never knew him, and only heard short clips, of his messages. Really his only message, Jesus died for us.

He shared God’s love, from his personal experience. He was The Evangelist, a True Servant of God.

It moved me to Tears. Why?

He had put on the Yoke of Christ, … and Walked in that Anointing for many years.

He knew where the Holy of Holies was, … and lived therein.

The Lord used him Mightily.

His faithfulness touched my heart.

I desire to be faithful. …. I fail.

I long to enter the Holy of Holies, … and lose my way.

I drop His Yoke, … and tangle the lines.

My Prayer; Philippians 3:10

That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death;

May I be made into His image, able to do His will, in His way, by His Power.

Oh Lord, hear my prayer. Amen

Open my eyes, Oh Lord: 1. theunfetteredpreacher

Psalm 119:18

Open thou mine eyes, that I may behold wondrous things out of thy law.

The Psalmist crying out for Understanding,Wisdom, Knowledge, Comfort, Peace and Joy.

He realized how blind he was. There is an Old Proverb, “Seeing is Believing .”

(I suppose stemming from the story of Doubting Thomas. Who needed to see, to believe.)

As we remember our lives before Christ, we were blind, unknowing, uncaring, we had no understanding of Gods Love, Mercy, and Grace.

It is only by the Power of the Holy Spirit, who draws us, and awakens us, that our Jesus journey, starts,with opened eyes.

In Genesis 12, we find the story of Abram.

It says, “Now the Lord had said unto Abram, Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father’s house, unto a land that I will shew thee:

To me, (Informed by personal experience.) ‘had said,’ means the Lord, more than once, had nudged Abram, before he entered the land, the Lord, would show him.

Moses, saw the burning bush, Pharoah, with hardened heart, saw the plagues, so he would know the Lord was God.

At the Red Sea, Moses said to the Hebrews; “Fear ye not, stand still, and see the salvation of the Lord, which he will shew to you to day:

Stand still and See, He will Show us.

It seems the Lord believes Seeing is Believing. He wants us to See.

Isaiah 41:20 we find the Lord promising to meet the needs of His people, and to do Miracles. Why?
That they may see, and know, and consider, and understand together, that the hand of the Lord hath done this, and the Holy One of Israel hath created it.”

The Lord has always used the Miraculous to open the eyes of unbelievers. Why isn’t He Today?

We have allowed an evil spirit of unbelief, to rob the Church of the Power, the Lord Jesus, left for us,

The Holy Spirit, was sent to give us Power.

We do not allow Him to, because of our unbelief.

We put His gifts on the shelf, we either think we do not need them, or we do not deserve them, or the best used by date is past.


We just won’t, don’t and can’t…

Totally our decision. We do not Fast, Pray, and Touch the Master. If we ever knew how? We have forgotten.

Search the Word. He wants to build His Church. He sent the Holy Spirit to empower us to do it.

We deny His Teaching, Leading, Wisdom and Knowledge, and have a bake sale instead.

Open thou mine eyes, that I may behold wondrous things out of thy law.

I beg you Lord. Amen

Goodbye Old Friend: theunfetteredpreacher/cote’s piano

A few years ago, in the course of my Piano Tuning business, I acquired this Piano.

It really had been abused, (not tuned or adjusted for years), it was not repairable.

At first I was going to put my ‘n’ scale Train set inside.

My health started to fail, and I had no energy to build the lay out.

I then decided it would make a nice planter.

It was fun, but expensive to keep in flowers. It was interesting to watch it dissintegrate before our eyes.

I added the old boat motor, for laughs. I was the only one who thought I was funny. (As usual).

Finally it just wasn’t fun anymore.

I had put it there with the occasional help of a friend. Moving it after several years, we needed 2 women and a man.

That is as far as it has gone. The dolly will not roll in the soft grass. Instead of weighing 100 lbs dry, it must weigh 300 lbs wet.

Help is on the way, and it will make it to the dump.

Goodbye Old Friend…. you were fun for awhile.

God, bringeth thee into a good land: theunfetteredpreacher

Deuteronomy 8: 7

For the LORD thy God bringeth thee into a good land;”

The Hebrews were ready to enter the Promised Land, after 40 years in the desert.

They had wondered, never reaching their goal, because of what the writer of Hebrews called, ‘An Evil Heart of UNBELIEF.’

That being so, their clothing wasn’t worn out, they were fed daily, their feet didn’t swell. Their needs were met.

They were brought to total reliance on God. They were the Children of God.

This is where we find the Church today.

We are at the border of the Promised Land, and, ‘An Evil Heart of Unbelief,’ is keeping us from entering in.

Yes, we are Saved, we are the New Children of God, but our UNBELIEF, has kept us from the Promise.

The good land, Deuteronomy 8: 9.

A land wherein thou shalt eat bread without scarceness, thou shalt not lack any thing in it;

We are here, yet some hunger, some are lacking, some never enter into the Promise.

Why? ‘Evil hearts of unbelief.’

Our Carnal Minds, do not accept the Truth Jesus spoke. We have a Believers Baptism, rather then the Baptism of Repentance and the Baptism of the Holy Spirit. As Jesus did.

We want to believe God can do anything! But, He doesn’t do that anymore. We are not taught to believe, we are taught to accept a Powerless, Uncaring, Vengeful Father God.

When God would have all be saved, healed, forgiven, and to prosper as we grow closer to Him.

I am not talking money, although it is certainly a segment of the blessings of God.

No, I mean, Peace, Joy, the Comfort of the Holy Ghost. Words of Wisdom and Knowledge, given to us only by God.

The Gifts of Healing, Working of Miracles, the Gift of Faith, to believe.

He wants us to enter into His Promise. Sadly, we are not taught how or what that is.

Search the Scriptures, see if this is True. The enimies of the Lord have made our Religions, an empty shell, devoid of the Truth.

We must, as individuals, Study to show ourselves approved, workmen, not ashamed, rightly deviding the Word of Truth.

Our Pastors should guide us, not confuse us with bad Doctrine. The Book overrules all else.

The Lord wants us in a place that lacks nothing. This is only found in His Arms.


The Easy Solution: theunfetteredpreacher

Many people are looking for an easy solution, to the gun violence, that continues to maim and kill inocent people, in this Country.

Their answer every time a Mass Shooting takes place, is to ban guns, or even better, remove the right of the people to keep and bear arms.

This is the easy for them, because:

– They do not like or own guns.

– The Government will be the ones dealing with the confiscation or regulating of said guns. (The rich will pay, by taxation, not them).

– They honestly believe, good People will be safer if guns are outlawed.

– It will cost them no Personal Liberty, that they hold dear.

– They believe that those who realize, and know, why the Founding Fathers, wrote the 2nd Amendment, will willingly agree to give them up. (Unfortunately all that will be given, is lead).

They prefer this easy, for them method of reducing gun violence.

This way would only lead to revolution.

Which is the very reason the 2nd Amendment is there. ‘To protect us from Government overreach.’

No, there is only one way to reduce the violence, and still we will have some people, doing violent things, and killing the inocent. (In much, much smaller numbers).

We need our leadership, to turn back to God.

Ha, ha, ha, I know, you do not believe this.

Just because you do not believe, does not make the Truth a lie.

We as a people, and our children, need to see Adults that pray in public. (Especially in our Schools).

We as a people, and our children, need to see a Powerful, Holy, Loving God, in our Homes and Churches.

We as a people, and our children, need to see Adults, respecting our Flag, and teaching our History. (Warts and all).

Yes, Slavery was legal, horrible and the cause for the eventual Cival War.

Black people have been misused and abused, and kept from successful living in many ways.

Not so today… I am sure, there are some who are racist, and will try to stop folks.

Most of us, will give a helping hand to industrious, hard working people, Black and White.

This Country was Founded on Freedom of Religion. We now demand, FREEDOM FROM RELIGION.

We no longer believe in God or His Word.

Unfortunately, many who have been given a measure of Faith to believe, refuse to give up their Freewill and wicked ways, to believe.

There will always be Cains, who will kill Able, the Righteous of the world.

2 Chronicles 7:14

If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.

To the UNBELIEVING, utter nonsense. To those of us who BELIEVE, the Power of God.

It is not easy, it will cost those who love Him, blood, sweat and tears, but our Country can be saved.

Will you be part of the Easy or the Real Solution?

Great Faith: theunfetteredpreacher

The story of the Centurion’s great faith.

Just say the word Lord, and my servant will be healed.

Jesus marvelled at his great faith. We stand in awe, wishing our faith was as strong.

That story, will, and does preach.

I want to look at the beginning of the tale.

The first thing the Centurion did was come to Jesus, beseeching Him.

To beseech; It means to beg; urge to, ask.

We find it in Exodus 3, the Lord telling Moses, how to speak to the King of Egypt. As He was hardening his heart to deny, the request.

The next time we see beseech is in Exodus 33,34, Moses asking to see the Lord’s glory.

A Good read. Moses, receiving the Ten Commandments, and finding Grace, in God’s sight, saw God’s backside.

People could not look upon Moses. He had spoken to God, face to face, as a friend. The Glory of God, shone apon him.

Moses, like the Centurion, found grace, (God’s unwarranted Mercy, Love, and Forgiveness, and Favor).

Jesus said: “I will come and heal him.

If we find Grace, our prayers will be answered. Where do we find this Grace?

We first need to learn how to come to God.

Moses, saw the burning bush, decided to investigate, was told to, ‘Take off your shoes, you are on Holy Ground.

We must approach the Lord, with a clean heart and conscience, knowing we are forgiven, blameless in His sight.

This takes True Repentance, a realization of how unworthy we are to approach Him.

Romans 12:1-3

“I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.

And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.

For I say, through the grace given unto me, to every man that is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think; but to think soberly, according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith.”

Are we Living Sacrifices? Are we Holy and acceptable to God?

Are we delivering our Reasonable Service to God?

Are our minds being Transformed, so we know God’s good, acceptable and perfect will?

To know God we must know His Word, His Will, His Mind. The Author is present in His Word. We Must Know Him.

We Must learn to touch Him, Spiritually, in prayer, supplication and thanksgiving.

Then the Power of God will be with us.

Matthew 8: 5-10

And when Jesus was entered into Capernaum, there came unto him a centurion, beseeching him,

And saying, Lord, my servant lieth at home sick of the palsy, grievously tormented.

And Jesus saith unto him, I will come and heal him.

The centurion answered and said, Lord, I am not worthy that thou shouldest come under my roof: but speak the word only, and my servant shall be healed.

For I am a man under authority, having soldiers under me: and I say to this man, Go, and he goeth; and to another, Come, and he cometh; and to my servant, Do this, and he doeth it.

When Jesus heard it, he marvelled, and said to them that followed, Verily I say unto you, I have not found so great faith, no, not in Israel.

Why our children kill: theunfetteredpreacher

Many are blaming the availability of guns. Rifles, Pistols, semi automatics…. as being the problem.

Horse feathers…

The problem started in the 60’s, drugs became acceptable in some circles, Abortion, became legal.

Suddenly our little brothers or sisters are killed in the womb, so…. what is my life worth?

It got worse, prayer, and the pledge of allegiance, were no longer modeled daily, in our home rooms, at school.

Parents said, “I do not force my children to go to church. When they grow up, they can choose for themselves.”

When we no longer, teach our youth, about morals, charactor, right and wrong, and we confuse them, by telling them they can be a girl, if born a boy, or vice versa.

Can you not see, where this path leads?

Our movies and video games do not help either. Violence and sex. As a young teen, I saw “The Graduate,” at the drive in.

Fooling around with married women was a perfectly acceptable.

My life was a mess. Booze, Drugs, Sex, Rock and Roll….

If you wish to stop this train wreck of killings, we must turn back to God.

I know, many scoff, there is no God, prayer is pointless. Unbelievers cannot believe, because, God is Spiritually Discerned.

The unbelievers will continue in their downward spiral.

It is up to those of us, who believe.

2 Chronicles 7:14

If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.

We need to learn to fast and pray. Too many believers, can not, or do not, know how to pray effectual, fervent prayers.

Prayers that receive the attention of God.

Are we willing to sacrifice our time and effort?

The Fire Plug: theunfetteredpreacher

hydrant: : a discharge pipe with a valve and spout at which water may be drawn from a water main (as for fighting fires) —called also fireplug. (Webster)

When we bought our house, I was pleased that there was a fireplug, at the end of our driveway.

Many times over the years, I have come home to find the Fire Department had been by and made sure Water came out with force. (They periodically check them).

(Did you see the Super Bowl commercial, with the Old guy, being tossed around by the Force of the water through the Fire hose?) lol

That is what we want and expect, if the fireplug is needed. It could and does save lives, and homes.

(I remember an unfunny joke, about cellar hole savers). Sad when so many risk all in the pursuit of saving lives, and property.

We find fireplugs, placed strategically in our towns and cities. (They seem to block the best parking places… lol)

The day before I was to go for my Drivers License, (at 16), I had been driving a Corvair, around my Dad’s garage lot.

I had spun around, (fish tailed, such fun), when the back end struck a snow bank.

The throttle stuck, revving fast.

Of course, that was the day Dad, let me drive home, … illegally.

I got to the first corner, from Main to Center street. Popped the clutch, went around the corner, … too far; .. and hit the fireplug.

Thankfully, no damage, (except to my ego).

Dad just said: “Put it in reverse, and get out of here. Go, go, …”


My best friends Mom was on her porch across the street, saw and reported it all to her son.

Fifty years later, I still have a red face.

Fireplugs, a wonderful invention.

As Christians, we are connected to a fireplug of sorts. He is called the Holy Spirit.

In Him, we find Power to Heal, and Comfort, to Teach, to Guide, Direct and Protect not just us, but those we encounter.

Unfortunately, we are connected, yet fail to understand how (to turn on), to allow the Holy Spirit to flow through us.

Our Speech, our Touch, our Prayers, so much of the time, is dead, at birth.

Our experience, in no way mirrors the lives and times of the first century Christians. Why is this?

We come to Jesus, because we realize, we need something. We need….

We live our lives, blessed by God fulfilling Our Needs. This really is wonderful; yet there is a better way.

Psalms 37, tells us “The Lord gives us the desires of our hearts.”

He gives us the desire to know and serve Him, not the desire for petty, personal, wealth or things.

I have changed my prayer, from Lord, I want to do such and such to serve You.

To: “Lord, may my life fulfil the desires of Your heart, may I Walk in Your Way and achieve Your results.”

Will this help me to rediscover the Power of the Holy Spirit flowing through my life?

Only time will tell. Amen

If ye keep in memory: theunfetteredpreacher

Do memories, ever come to mind? Do you understand how inaccurate they may be?

My daughter was convinced, that, when she was little, I had a pink truck, (it was burgundy), until she saw a picture of herself in the truck bed.

Equally as frustrating, I was sure a boat, (that was beached), was split open at the bow, with a huge bush, growing on or in it.

Until she showed me the picture. Then I knew, and now I remember, Small boat, small split at the bow, small shrub.

This is the picture…. lol. (Really, not what I recall… lol)

Once again, a picture proves even a memory from just a few years ago, Wrong. (How embarrassing is that? lol)

It is a treat, to remember the good things.

It is not always productive. We either remember ourselves as heroes, or victims.

The Saviors, or the Wronged, Mis-used, or Maligned. Are any of them accurate?

A few of my early memories.

– As a real little guy, (3 or 4?), running and falling by the dining room table.

Mom said, I was running with a pencil, stitches in my left eye lid.

– My brothers Magic trick. (About the same age).

Rags our dog had lost a leg, after being hit by a car. He was in the tub, two legs showing… I covered my eyes, suddenly only one leg. Wow… lol

– The Factory fire.

Sitting on the roof of our porch with my sister, watching a factory burn down in the middle of the night.

Did these things happen? I do have the scar on my eye lid, the others, ??? I remember them…. true, false, or dreams?

The point is, our minds are wonderful things.

I remember falling, not the fear, pain, and screaming that must have accompanied it.

I have memories of actions and attitudes from my teens and early 20’s, that cause me great shame, and even more, concerns, of the times I blacked out, and don’t remember.

One memory that is sure and true. The day I asked Jesus to Forgive me and to Save me from myself,

The filthiness of my life, was washed by the blood of the Lamb. The burden of Sin and Shame was lifted.

It is Indescribable, the peace and joy that filled my soul. This is the memory I cling to.

Fortunately, I still know how to repent and seek Forgiveness, when I miss the Mark today. (It still happens).

1 Corinthians 15:1-3 (KJV)

Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand;

By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain.

For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures;

This is the Memory we must rely on. I pray you have this memory also. Amen

Do we need shear pins? theunfetteredpreacher

What are Shear Pins? Do we need them?

A Shear Pin: an easily replaceable pin inserted at a critical point in a machine and designed to break when stressed to excess.

As a youngster, (ages 8 to 12?), my Dad bought a speed boat. At least that’s what I thought it was.

It really wasn’t powerful or fast. It pulled one adult or two kids on skies.

It was wonderful.

One of the first things we all learned, was to bring extra, and know how to replace, shear pins. (We needed to learn the water hazards).

When the Shear Pin brakes, you are dead in the water.

It seems the lakes in Massachusetts, grew submerged rocks and trees, just to mess up your day. (I am sure this is no longer true).

After the first few times on a lake, we would figure out what to avoid.

I do not recall how many years we had it, but here are some embarrassing moments.

First outing, the start of our learning curve.

– We changed several pins.

– Dad would take us, (skiers), around the lake and back to the dock at full speed, to dismount. (We soon learned, not to do that).

– Dad, hand cranked the boat back on the trailer. Never again, he drove it on after that.

As I got older, I was allowed to Captain the boat, when we went on camping trips.

I surely loved the freedom, the speed, the excitement… (Could I find my way back?)

I would wonder and fish all day. Never caught much. Just enjoyed being on my own.

Boats, need Shear Pins, too often you cannot see the hidden obstacles. They keep you from ruining your outboards.

How about in everyday life?

My Wife is a great Shear Pin. She has stopped me in my tracks many times.

I do not know about you, but I sometimes come up with hairbrained ideas. If Bette, somehow learns of them, I am dead in the water.

She has kept me from many embarrassing situations.

Is she my only Shear Pin?

No, there is One, who Guides, Directs and Protects. He would do the same for you.

If you ask.

I pray, you have, or you will. Find true joy unspeakable and full of glory. Enjoy the peace that passes understanding.

Who do you Turn to? theunfetteredpreacher

My favourite source of news and information is radio. As a Christian Conservative, I listen to National Public Radio, news and information.

Also the Main Stream, Media News Outlets, ABC, CBS, NBC, and PBS…

I also listen to Conservative and Christian, Talk Radio.

To hear the most details of any story, you need to listen to the last two.

The reason Liberal People, think the way they do, can only be accreaded to the source, of their information.

Or more accurately, their lack of information, involved in most News Stories.

The News need not be Fake, to be misleading. Just incomplete.

More importantly, when I want the facts about the Father, Son and Holy Ghost. I have many places to search.

Jewish writings, Catholic, Lutheran, Episcopalian, Weslyn, or Penticostal Doctrine.

Or the Bible.

To know the Truth of the Trinity, my source must be the Bible. All these religions have a piece of Truth.

None have it all.

You should not go to the Penticostals to understand Jewish beliefs. Or Catholics to understand the Gifts of the Spirit.

It is great to hear all sides, but to know the Truth, you must go to the Source of all Truth.

Seek the Lord. Seek Revelation Knowledge. Always find the two or three Scriptures that confirm what is Revealed.

There is always more than one Scripture that leads to Truth.

The Lord gave us Freewill, and Intelligence, Reason and Understanding.

Seek the Word Yourselves and find the Truth. Man may be in error.

2 Timothy 3:16-17 (KJV)

All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:

That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works.

Search the Scriptures. Find the Truth. Amen