O ye simple, understand wisdom:  theunfetteredpreacher

A revisit

O ye simple, understand wisdom: theunfetteredpreacher

“O ye simple, understand wisdom: and, ye fools, be ye of an understanding heart.” Proverbs 8:5

How often have we heard, “It’s not that simple.”

Usually from people trying to make a decision, one way is hard, but right. The other is easy, but sleazy.

Or, “It’s complicated.” When it really isn’t.

We put up straw men, (: a weak or imaginary argument or opponent that is set up to be easily defeated), when it is something we know we should do, “but don’t wanna.“

That’s not really the point. He is talking to all of us, who would rather stand on tradition, Church Doctrine, or our own understanding, then the Word of God.

“O ye simple, understand wisdom: and, ye fools, be ye of an understanding heart.“

The first mention of Wisdom in the Bible, tells us Godly Wisdom is a Spirit.

Exodus 28:3
“And thou shalt speak unto all that are wise hearted, whom I have filled with the spirit of wisdom, that they may make Aaron’s garments to consecrate him, that he may minister unto me in the priest’s office.”

Godly Wisdom is given for a specific task. In this case, to make the sanctified, (set apart for God’s service), garments for the High Priest. Only to be used, while ministering to the Lord.

Individuals also received the Spirit of Wisdom for the building of the Lords Tabernacle or Home, in the desert.

We see in the New Testament the Spiritual Gifts include a Word of Wisdom and a Word of Knowledge.

Both are things we could not know or understand in our Natural Man. They are given to us for the building of His Church, His Body for the work of the Gospel.

The Word of Knowledge is best shown in the life of Jesus.

He saw Phillip under the fig tree, (before being introduced), He saw the Desciples, in the midst of a storm in the sea, (before walking on water out to them).

Or with Rahab the harlet, when she told the spies to return another way. She knew if they didn’t, they would be captured.

A Word of Wisdom, tells us how to accomplish a certain task. Like building Gods Church. Or a certain path or way to proceed to avoid difficulty.

“O ye simple, understand wisdom: and, ye fools, be ye of an understanding heart.”

Our problems arise when we use the Wisdom of our Natual Man.

We use Man’s wisdom all the time.

Webster says Wisdom is:

“: knowledge that is gained by having many experiences in life
: the natural ability to understand things that most other people cannot understand

: knowledge of what is proper or reasonable : good sense or judgement.“

That is Man’s wisdom, we need it, and we should seek it, but do not expect it to line up with the Wisdom of God, or use it for the Work of the Gospel.

Isaiah 55:8
“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the Lord.”

James 1:17
“Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.”

We need to seek out “Godly Wisdom. ”

A fair amount of our Churches are barely hanging on, attendance, tithes and giving are barely making expenses.

Our Natural Man tries Special Services, Home Coming, a movie and a meal, all to no avail.

To increase attendance, we must have a wonderful, engaging speaker, (that’s probably not you or I). Or the Spirit of God. We need the Spirit of God to grow His Church.

The Spirit of God, cannot be found in our Rituals, Traditions or Church Doctrines. The Bible is clear.

John 4:23
“But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him.”

John 4:24
“God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.”

What does this mean? We need to learn to sit at His feet. To learn to hear Him. To enter His gates with thanksgiving in our hearts and His courts with Praise.

Sounds like an old song, doesn’t it? It is and it is the Word of God. (Psalm 100).

Our Sunday Services are so structured there is no room for the Holy Spirit to appear. We invite, then deny Him entrance.

We don’t wait on the Lord, we expect a microwave experience. Set for 30 seconds then enjoy.

Like a woman, the Holy Spirit needs to be romanced. We must learn true Praise. Not just the Doxology, but a lifting of our voices, our hearts, a clearing of our minds of all but expecting an in counter with God.

That in turn needs to morph into Worship. A bowing down of our will to Him. Allowing Him to truly reign in our hearts.

James 1:5

“If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.”

If we would allow Him, He would teach us the way to the Holy of Holies. We can and must learn how to enter boldly, to find the grace and mercy we need.

1 Corinthians 2:5

“That your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God.”

The Church needs the POWER OF GOD. If it wants to be the place where the Lord resides and the multitudes gather to learn His ways.

Open our eyes and hearts to welcome Your Spirit into our Services. Amen

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A Simple Truth: theunfetteredpreacher

A Simple Biblical Truth
Romans 10:9-10
“That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.”

A Simple Truth:
Believe and Confess/Confess and Believe. They go together like a horse and carriage, or love and marriage.

Which comes first?

Today it is anyones guess,… but historically; The horse pulled the carriage, Love led to marriage and believing leads to confession.

As Christians, belief and confession is the only, acceptable road to Salvation. I know of no other path to the Father except through the Son.

Taking this as truth, we should live this:

Mark 16:
“these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues; They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover.” Jesus to believers.

Why do we see so few signs:
(: something (such as an action or event) which shows that something else exists, is true, or will happen). Websters definition.

We see very few wonders:
(: a feeling caused by seeing something that is very surprising, beautiful, amazing, etc.
: something that is surprising or hard to believe). Webster again.


For well over 35 years, I have been telling myself, these things are not happening because:
➤ “I cannot be trusted”:
1. To give Him the Glory.
2. To remain faithful and true.
3. To humble myself to His will.

➤ “I am not Spititual enough to be used”:
I am not walking in the light, life and in the power of His Yoke. I am not at rest in Him. I am not in tune with His will.

This all may be true, for me, but, what is your excuse?


Jesus, did not give any conditions, or experation dates… THE ONLY CONDITION… IS BELIEVE.

As we must confess Jesus as Lord and Savior, to be Saved, we must confess His will and Word to see results.

Signs and Wonders, should be and must be the natural result of our belief. If we do not see them we have a problem with our belief.

The problem is if? If it is Your will? Really, did you not understant what He said?


That should be you and me.

We will see signs and wonders following, when we learn the simple truth. Believe and Confess.

Yes, that simple.. “Be healed in the Name of Jesus.” Be thou removed in the Name of Jesus.”

It is the Name of Jesus, that holds the power of resurection, healing, deliverance, recovery of sight, hearing, a sound mind.

We confess Salvation, because we believe.

We need to confess and believe to see…

Does it make sense? Not really, then again Salvation is a fact, and, still a mystery.

Start to stand on Gods Word, Believe Gods Word, ACT ON GODS WORD.

Saints, the Devil is in our (unspoken), Doctrine. Speak, Believe and See the Salvation of God.

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A Simple Truth #2: theunfetteredpreacher

An older truth, revisited

A Simple Truth #2: theunfetteredpreacher
In my post A Simple Truth #1, I explained why learning to truly Praise the Lord, is how we come to know Him better.

Psalm 76
King James Version (KJV)
“In Judah is God known: his name is great in Israel. In Salem also is his tabernacle, and his dwelling place in Zion. There brake he the arrows of the bow, the shield, and the sword, and the battle. Selah.”

A Simple Truth #1:

“In Judah is God known:” Judah simply means Praise.

By Praising God, we Magnify, Glorify, Exult His Majesty. We make Him first in our lives and lead others to recognize His presence. So let us look at:

A Simple Truth #2:
~”In Salem also is his tabernacle,”
Salem, simply means peace.

“Salem. complete or perfect peace”

Peace is where He Resides.

Isaiah 26:3
King James Version (KJV)
“Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee.”

We are His Tabernacle, His home, as we learn of Him, to trust in Him, to rely on and expect Him to bless us.

As we walk in His truth. PRAISE AND PEACE.

“There brake he the arrows of the bow, the shield, and the sword, and the battle.”

That is where we find protection from our enimies and the tools we must use to defeat them.

Find His peace, by singing, praying, meditation, repeating His Word. It is through knowing and believing His Word we have the victory.

Saints, I cannot emphasize enough, how important it is to know Gods Word.

His promises, providence and His principles for a Godly life.

2 Simple Truths, that will allow whosoever to stand fast and quit ye like men.

When we refuse these Simple Truths our religion becomes more important than our relationship.

Our rituals more important than His presence.

Our Worship Service a form of Godliness, that denies the Power of God.

Please acknowledge, accept and practice these Simple Truths. Allow the Lord access to your heart.

In Praise is God known. He resides in Peace.
He keeps us in perfect peace, when our mind is on Him, when we trust in Him.

Psalm 76
King James Version (KJV)
“In Judah is God known: his name is great in Israel. In Salem also is his tabernacle, and his dwelling place in Zion. There brake he the arrows of the bow, the shield, and the sword, and the battle. Selah.”

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Neither was the word revealed. theunfetteredpreacher

Have you experienced times, when the Word is closed to you? Some days, I can open the Word anywhere, and receive a Word from the Lord for me.

It is personal, a revealation, a blessing beyond imagination.

Then, there are times like now, it is dead, empty, meaningless. As it must be for unbelievers.

Why does this happen? My best guess is, I have ignored, or missed the mark, of the high calling of God on my life.


I have not followed the last revealation of the Lord. Probably something that seemed insignificant to my natural man, but was extremely important in the Spiritual.

Or it could just be a test, to see if I will continue to Seek His Face, even when He is not easily found?

It could be that I am deaf and blind to the Lord’s desires.

Most probably the later…. lol

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Lost? Or Running? theunfetteredpreacher

In my post about Fritz running away, a freind mentioned the Shepard who leaves the 99, to find the one who is lost.

The conundrum is Fritz wasn’t lost, he was running.

We were in the wrong, going after him. The difference between the lost sheep and the Prodigal son, is the key.

A lost sheep wonders away, he is not paying attention to the Shepard. There is no malice, no thought of rebellion, no desire to separate himself.

He just realizes he is not where he belongs.

The Shepard, understands, and seeks him, to bring him back to the flock.

The Prodigal, deliberately leaves the household, the Father, does not go after him, but watches for his return. He understands the need of the son to find his place in the world.

When the son realizes his mistake, he comes back to the Father and repents of his sin.

The Father receives with open arms, as He did the lost sheep. The difference is in the one who is either lost, or in hiding.

Fritz was hiding, looking for his own place in the world, we should not have chased him, but waited for his return. He did not wonder away, but ran.

He was not ready to come home, so he needed to be caught, not welcomed into the car.

Lord I pray, when I stray, I am just not paying attention, that I not be hiding, or running from You.

Lord, keep me close. I need You. Amen

Running away: theunfetteredpreacher

My wife and I have had three dogs, during our 34 years of marriage. All of them have been runners. Why?

They are fed daily, loved on, (petted, spoken to, praised), Multiple times a day.

Yet, leave an opening, and they are gone.

Now, Fritz, our current dog, has always jumped in the car, when we chased him down, Not this last time…

He kept going, ignored us, and explored more of the neighborhood.

I finally found him, (behind a neighbors house), picked him up, (only 20 pounds), and started back to the car. I fell. I did not lose the dog though.

I hung on for dear life. The problem, it turns out, was I could not stand up, without letting Fritz go.

I laid there, hoping my wife or someone would come by. I attempted to stand several times. No Joy.

Finally, a man came out of his home, I asked for help. He kept Fritz where he was, while I found my feet, he opened the door of my car, I brought the dog home.

Bette, brought the dog in, (I was useless). She told me to clean the blood off. What blood?

Blood from cuts on my face, from my fall.

I will never understand why, a dog we love and only want the best for, runs.

I also will never understand, those who know the Lord’s love, and understand, He wants the best for us, why, we continue to run from, instead of to Him.

Why, do we think Freedom from God, is better than Freedom In God.

We lack understanding, of the Spiritual. We cling to the Natural.

Lord, draw me close to You. Amen

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Close your stores for three hours or more.

When all it should take; is a quick 4 words or less.



A simple truth #1: theunfetteredpreacher

A simple truth #1:
A simple truth. A truth so real to me, that it pains me when unbelievers, do not accept it.

~Jesus loves us.
~Jesus is the only way to the Father.
~Jesus gives true peace and joy.

Simple truths, not believed, laughed at, ridiculed, rejected.

Then there are the believers who refuse to believe these simple truths.

~The Baptism of the Holy Spirit is real and a special Gift, imparted to whosoever will believe.
~The Gifts of the Holy Spirit are given to us today to build His Church. From the 5 fold ministry to the Gifts in 1st Corinthians 12-14.
~There is no expiration date on the gifts and calling of God, they are forever, for whosoever will, receive, (accept), them.

Simple truths, not believed, laughed at, ridiculed,

It truly pains me when these simple truths are rejected by mankind, but there are other simple truths we need to recognize also.

The simple truths we find Psalm 76 for example.

Psalm 76:1-3
King James Version (KJV)
“In Judah is God known: his name is great in Israel. In Salem also is his tabernacle, and his dwelling place in Zion. There brake he the arrows of the bow, the shield, and the sword, and the battle. Selah.”

Simple truth #1:
~In Judah is God known:

The word Judah simply means praise. It was first revealed in the story of Jacob and Leah, the unloved wife.

She was the first to bear children for Jacob. They were named for the Lords reaction to her prayers. (Please check out the entire story).

Genesis 29:31-35 (selected parts)
King James Version (KJV)
“And when the Lord saw that Leah was hated, he opened her womb: but Rachel was barren.”

“And Leah conceived, a son, and she called him Reuben: for, Surely the Lord hath looked upon my affliction;” Reuben, means, looked or saw.

“And she bare a son; and said, Because the Lord heard I was hated, she called his name Simeon.” Simeon, means heard or listened.

“And she bare a son; Now this time will my husband be joined unto me, his name is called Levi.” Levi, means joined. (Our job as Gods Levites today is to join men to Him).

“And she bare a son: and she said, Now will I praise the Lord: she called his name Judah;”
Judah simply means PRAISE.

Simple truth #1
~In Praise is God known.
A Simple truth, not believed, laughed at, ridiculed, rejected by the quiet, reverent churchs.

They complain about the 7\11 choruses, not understanding, the Power of repetition for memorizing and meditation of the Word. It seems to be ok to memorize the multiplication tables, but not the Word of God.

Singing and repeating Gods truths, builds us up in Him, makes us strong, gives us the Word in our hearts in our time of need.

To know God is to sing, tell, yell and play His PRAISE. SHOUT UNTO GOD WITH A VOICE OF TRIUMPH.

Let the world know of His love of us and our love of Him. We gain knowledge and power in PRAISE.

Psalm 22:3
King James Version (KJV)
“But thou art holy, O thou that inhabitest the praises of Israel.”

We are Gods chosen people today.

He inhabits our Praise.

If we would learn to Praise as a church, we could see, people comming to Salvation, our families finding peace and joy, maybe even those in need healed.

Praise shows Gods Name great. We Magnify, Glorify, Exult, Worship, lift high….as we humble ourselves and recognize His Majesty.

A Simple Truth #1:
~Please learn to let go and let God lead you into true praise.

As you sing and repeat Gods word, you can lose yourself in the joy and majesty, love and peace of God.

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Are we Full Of Faith? Or Excuses?: theunfetteredpreacher

Are we Full Of Faith? Or Excuses?:

Is our life full of Faith and Power? Do we really trust and obey?

Or do we live a life of excuses, explaining why the Lord doesn’t answer our prayers?

Sometimes the answers seem far away, through a dark place, it’s scary and we try to comfort.

We attempt to explain the workings of God.

We give Excuses for Gods, seemingly non-action. He didn’t answer my prayer, there must be a reason.

“If I’m not healed today, I know that when I shut my eyes in death, I will be healed in heaven”.

“If it be Thy will, Oh Lord.”

“I know I will be healed in Gods time.”

Jesus gave two answers, when His Diciples asked:
“Why could not we cast him (the evil spirit), out?”

Jesus answered:
“Because of your unbelief:”
“This kind can come forth by nothing, but by prayer and fasting.”

Lack of Faith, and fasting and prayer.

We are all given a measure of Faith.

1 Samuel 2:35a
“And I will raise me up a faithful priest, that shall do according to that which is in mine heart and in my mind:”

To become that Faithful priest, we must build our Faith, by praying in the Holy Spirit. (Jude 1:20). By reading, memorizing, meditating, speaking and hearing the Word of God. (Romans 10:17)

Fasting and Prayer also builds our Faith, by drawing us closer to God. He sees our desire to have more of Him, He understands we are serious. He rewards those who diligently seek Him. (Hebrews 11:6)

Our unbelief is the major reson for un-answered prayer.

“He did not many mighty works there because of their unbelief.”

“He marvelled because of their unbelief.”

“He appeared unto the eleven as they sat at meat, and upbraided them with their unbelief and hardness of heart,”

He said of Abraham:

“being not weak in faith, he considered not his own body now dead,”

“being fully persuaded that, what he had promised, he was able also to perform.”
(Romans 4)

Are we fully persuaded?

Abraham believed God and it was counted to him, as righteousness. (Romans 4:3)

We must avoid the “evil heart of unbelief.”

Hebrews 3:12
“Take heed, brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief,”

“They do alway err in their heart; and they have not known my ways.” (Hebrews 3)

“Take heed, brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief, in departing from the living God.”

“So we see that they could not enter in (to His rest), because of unbelief.”

We must believe.

Jesus healed all that were afflicted, when they came to Him. Not later, it didn’t take time, He did it NOW, TODAY. He said we would do this and more.

Both the Faith of one praying, and the one needing prayer can be a reason for healing, or lack thereof.

Acts 14:8-10
King James Version (KJV)
“And there sat a certain man at Lystra, impotent in his feet, being a cripple from his mother’s womb, who never had walked:

The same heard Paul speak: who stedfastly beholding him, and perceiving that he had faith to be healed, Said with a loud voice, Stand upright on thy feet. And he leaped and walked.”

The one seeking healing must have Faith and the one praying must be bold, full of Faith and able to speak and pray an effectual fervent prayer.
(James 5:16)

This is complicated by the fact that God, although always there, sometimes tests us. We cannot always sense His Presence.

Song of Solomon 5:6
King James Version (KJV)
“I opened to my beloved; but my beloved had withdrawn himself, and was gone: my soul failed when he spake: I sought him, but I could not find him; I called him, but he gave me no answer.”

Lamentations 3:8
King James Version (KJV)
“Also when I cry and shout, he shutteth out my prayer.”

Lamentations 3:44
King James Version (KJV)
“Thou hast covered thyself with a cloud, that our prayer should not pass through.”

He is testing us. We must continue to seek His face. How badly do we need and want Him.

Lamentations 3:26
King James Version (KJV)
“The Lord is good unto them that wait for him, to the soul that seeketh him. It is good that a man should both hope and quietly wait for the salvation of the Lord.”

Lamentations 3:40-41
King James Version (KJV)
“Let us search and try our ways, and turn again to the Lord. Let us lift up our heart with our hands unto God in the heavens.”

We also need to realize that God can and does what He pleases. Godly people can be sick for Gods reasons.

Philippians 2:13
King James Version (KJV)
“For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure.”

Philippians 2:27
King James Version (KJV)
“For indeed he was sick nigh unto death: but God had mercy on him; and not on him only, but on me also, lest I should have sorrow upon sorrow.” (Speaking of Timothy)

We must learn, in everything to give thanks.

Do not give excuses for Gods lack of action, they are not Biblical.

If you do not see the answer you would like, continue to lift it to the Lord, in thanksgiving and prayer.

Our job is to believe and act on that belief. It is up to God to comfort those we pray for.

We should not try to explain. We have no idea what He is doing in their lives.


It is between them and God, teach them to seek His face.

He may be doing a more important work, within them. Trust and Obey.

Lord help us please, to have Faith in You. Amen

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The Cry of my Heart: theunfetteredpreacher

For years, I led Praise and Worship, Taught and Preached in Full Gospel settings. My concern was to bring people who knew the Lord, to a deeper Walk with the Lord, and to see the lost, come to the knowledge of Christ’s Salvation.

Dissapointment and Dispair, turned me away from giving a thought of the people and God. I knew Him, loved Him, and acknowledged Him, even as I ignored His desires for me.

I refused many offers to play piano in Denominational Churches, until, I was asked to substitute in a little UMC.

The first time I sat at their piano, I sensed the Presence of God, the Anointing, that had been missing in my life, for years.

Something wasn’t right though. In the past, I would sing a simple Scripture song, and before I had repeated it twice, the congregation was Praising with me. Not so here.

It was so drastic a change, I asked if it was a born again Church. Assured that it was I kept plugging along. They heard the same Scriptures, over and over.

Ho Hum…. So what, who cares…. Nothing… They had never heard of the Full Gospel, they had it all.

They would sing of Beaula Land, or the Old Country Church.

I decided to teach Old Testament, to keep out of trouble with the Holy Spirit.

People, who have known the Lord for 50 plus years, had no clue of it’s contents. We worked our way through the first five books, verse by verse, bringing Jesus and the Gifts of the Holy Spirit in, where appropriate. (3 or 4 years of Wednesday Bible Studies).

I heard often, ‘I never knew that.’ So I finally began teaching the New Testament. Soon it became apparent they did not know the New Testament any better than the Old.

Year after year, they had heard variations of the messages of Christs birth, His Suffering and Death, and little from the Book of Acts and beyond. (Lectionary teachings).

Never a word beyond this. No wonder they were dead.

Do not get me wrong, they were Saved and loved the Lord, but had not been taught beyond that. They couldn’t even use a Concordance.

I asked the Pastor, why in the 7 plus years I had been there, I never heard the Adult versions of the Miracles, of either Testament?

Even fewer people go to Sunday School or Bible Studies tha Sunday morning Service.

The answer: ‘We Teach that in Sunday School or Bible Study, and the next Sunday morning, he told of the one, (maybe), Miracle he had witnessed.


No one cares. Sad.

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After him was none like him: 3 Hezekiah: theunfetteredpreacher

The third recorded prayer of Hezekiah, that the Lord answered,is a more personal prayer.

The first prayer was for the people who had not yet consecrated hemselved to the Lord, that He would bless and accept their offerings, as Judahreturned to the Lord.

2 Chronicles 31: 20-21

“And thus did Hezekiah throughout all Judah, and wrought that which was good and right and truth before the LORD his God.

And in every work that he began in the service of the house of God, and in the law, and in the commandments, to seek his God, he did it with all his heart, and prospered.”

The second prayer, was for victoryover the Assyrians, who had spoken against God and Hezekiah. That they would be defeated.

2 Chronicles 32: 21-23

And the LORD sent an angel, which cut off all the mighty men of valour, and the leaders and captains in the camp of the king of Assyria. So he returned with shame of face to his own land. And when he was come into the house of his god, they that came forth of his own bowels slew him there with the sw19d.

Thus the LORD saved Hezekiah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem from the hand of Sennacherib the king of Assyria, and from the hand of all other, and guided them on every side.

And many brought gifts unto the LORD to Jerusalem, and presents to Hezekiah king of Judah: so that he was magnified in the sight of all nations from thenceforth.”

It was verse 23, that really caused Hezekiahs third prayer. He became prideful. When the leaders of Babylon came to pay him homage, he showedthem all the riches tha Lord had supplied.

Isaiah 38: 1.

In those days was Hezekiah sick unto death. And Isaiah the prophet the son of Amoz came unto him, and said unto him, Thus saith the LORD, Set thine house in order: for thou shalt die, and not live.

Then Hezekiah turned his face toward the wall, and prayed unto the LORD,

And said, Remember now, O LORD, I beseech thee, how I have walked before thee in truth and with a perfect heart, and have done that which is good in thy sight. And Hezekiah wept sore.

Then came the word of the LORD to Isaiah, saying,

Go, and say to Hezekiah, Thus saith the LORD, the God of David thy father, I have heard thy prayer, I have seen thy tears: behold, I will add unto thy days fifteen years.

And I will deliver thee and this city out of the hand of the king of Assyria: and I will defend this city.

And this shall be a sign unto thee from the LORD, that the LORD will do this thing that he hath spoken;

Behold, I will bring again the shadow of the degrees, which is gone down in the sun dial of Ahaz, ten degrees backward. So the sun returned ten degrees, by which degrees it was gone down.”

The Lord gave him a sign and fifteen more years of life and peace. He was happy with his, even though Jusdah would go back into captivity at that time.

2 Kings 20: 19

Then said Hezekiah unto Isaiah, Good is the word of the LORD which thou hast spoken. And he said, Is it not good, if peace and truth be in my days?”

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The Holy Spirit and Salvation: theunfetteredpreacher

Believers, all together.

Acts 2: 1-8

And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place.

And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting.

And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them.

And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.

And there were dwelling at Jerusalem Jews, devout men, out of every nation under heaven.

Now when this was noised abroad, the multitude came together, and were confounded, because that every man heard them speak in his own language.

And they were all amazed and marvelled, saying one to another, Behold, are not all these which speak Galilaeans?

And how hear we every man in our own tongue, wherein we were born?”

Acts 2:38-39

Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.

For the promise is unto you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as the Lord our God shall call.”

Acts 2:41-43

Then they that gladly received his word were baptized: and the same day there were added unto them about three thousand souls.

And they continued stedfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in prayers.

And fear came upon every soul: and many wonders and signs were done by the apostles.”

After healing the man at the gate beautiful, they were forbidden to preach Jesus. Acts 3 & 4

Acts 4: 29-33

And now, Lord, behold their threatenings: and grant unto thy servants, that with all boldness they may speak thy word,

By stretching forth thine hand to heal; and that signs and wonders may be done by the name of thy holy child Jesus.

And when they had prayed, the place was shaken where they were assembled together; and they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and they spake the word of God with boldness.

And the multitude of them that believed were of one heart and of one soul: neither said any of them that ought of the things which he possessed was his own; but they had all things common.

And with great power gave the apostles witness of the resurrection of the Lord Jesus: and great grace was upon them all.”

Phillip, Peter and John, praying for believers. Simon saw the effects of the Baptism of the Holy Spirit. (Tongues, Joy, Power). And wanted the Power to give the Holy Spirit.

Acts 8: 14-19

Now when the apostles which were at Jerusalem heard that Samaria had received the word of God, they sent unto them Peter and John:

Who, when they were come down, prayed for them, that they might receive the Holy Ghost:

(For as yet he was fallen upon none of them: only they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus.)

Then laid they their hands on them, and they received the Holy Ghost.

And when Simon saw that through laying on of the apostles’ hands the Holy Ghost was given, he offered them money,

Saying, Give me also this power, that on whomsoever I lay hands, he may receive the Holy Ghost.”

Paul, serving God with Zeal, but persecuting Christians. It took a touch from God to set him straight.

Acts 9: 9-10

And he was three days without sight, and neither did eat nor drink.

And there was a certain disciple at Damascus, named Ananias; and to him said the Lord in a vision, Ananias. And he said, Behold, I am here, Lord.”

Acts 9: 15-18

But the Lord said unto him, Go thy way: for he is a chosen vessel unto me, to bear my name before the Gentiles, and kings, and the children of Israel:

For I will shew him how great things he must suffer for my name’s sake.

And Ananias went his way, and entered into the house; and putting his hands on him said, Brother Saul, the Lord, even Jesus, that appeared unto thee in the way as thou camest, hath sent me, that thou mightest receive thy sight, and be filled with the Holy Ghost.

And immediately there fell from his eyes as it had been scales: and he received sight forthwith, and arose, and was baptized.”

Peter and Paul both saw the Holy Spirit fall on believers.

Acts 10: 37-38

That word, I say, ye know, which was published throughout all Judaea, and began from Galilee, after the baptism which John preached;

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 10:44-48

“While Peter yet spake these words, the Holy Ghost fell on all them which heard the word.

And they of the circumcision which believed were astonished, as many as came with Peter, because that on the Gentiles also was poured out the gift of the Holy Ghost.

For they heard them speak with tongues, and magnify God. Then answered Peter,

Can any man forbid water, that these should not be baptized, which have received the Holy Ghost as well as we?

And he commanded them to be baptized in the name of the Lord. Then prayed they him to tarry certain days.”

Some say you cannot be saved unless you have the Holy Spirit. The Bible asks, ‘Have ye received the Holy Ghost since ye believed?’

Acts 19:1-7
And it came to pass, that, while Apollos was at Corinth, Paul having passed through the upper coasts came to Ephesus: and finding certain disciples,

He said unto them, Have ye received the Holy Ghost since ye believed? And they said unto him, We have not so much as heard whether there be any Holy Ghost.

And he said unto them, Unto what then were ye baptized? And they said, Unto John’s baptism.

Then said Paul, John verily baptized with the baptism of repentance, saying unto the people, that they should believe on him which should come after him, that is, on Christ Jesus.

When they heard this, they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus.

And when Paul had laid his hands upon them, the Holy Ghost came on them; and they spake with tongues, and prophesied.

And all the men were about twelve.”

There are many who are Saved and believe, who have not received the Baptism of the Holy Spirit. John the Baptist, Baptized with the Baptism of Repentance.

As Christians, we should be Baptized in the Baptism of, obedience, to show the death of our old man, and the acceptance of the Holy Spirit in our lives.

Pauls writings on the Gifts of the Spirit:

1 Corinthians 12: 1.

“Now concerning spiritual gifts, brethren, I would not have you ignorant.”

Apparently, seeking answers, some go to man, when we should search the Word. The giving of the Gifts of the Spirit. Notice: On the Day of Penticost, Tongues and Interpretation ere the first Gifts given. Why, they are the easiest or us to receive, and we use the Gift of Tongues as our Prayer Language.

1 Corinthians 12:8-11

“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.”

1 Corinthians 12:27-31

Now ye are the body of Christ, and members in particular.

And God hath set some in the church, first apostles, secondarily prophets, thirdly teachers, after that miracles, then gifts of healings, helps, governments, diversities of tongues.

Are all apostles? are all prophets? are all teachers? are all workers of miracles?

Have all the gifts of healing? do all speak with tongues? do all interpret?

But covet earnestly the best gifts: and yet shew I unto you a more excellent way.”

The Gift of Tongues should not be used in public Worship unless all recognize and are believers.

That is why the Love chapter is next. We must always be aware of who is around us, and be ready to explain, His Word.

1 Corinthians 14

1 Corinthians 14: 1-2

Follow after charity, and desire spiritual gifts, but rather that ye may prophesy.

For he that speaketh in an unknown tongue speaketh not unto men, but unto God: for no man understandeth him; howbeit in the spirit he speaketh mysteries.”

1 Corinthians 4:4-6

He that speaketh in an unknown tongue edifieth himself; but he that prophesieth edifieth the church.

I would that ye all spake with tongues, but rather that ye prophesied: for greater is he that prophesieth than he that speaketh with tongues, except he interpret, that the church may receive edifying.

Now, brethren, if I come unto you speaking with tongues, what shall I profit you, except I shall speak to you either by revelation, or by knowledge, or by prophesying, or by doctrine?”

1 Corinthians 14:12-24

“Even so ye, forasmuch as ye are zealous of spiritual gifts, seek that ye may excel to the edifying of the church.

Wherefore let him that speaketh in an unknown tongue pray that he may interpret.

For if I pray in an unknown tongue, my spirit prayeth, but my understanding is unfruitful.

What is it then? I will pray with the spirit, and I will pray with the understanding also: I will sing with the spirit, and I will sing with the understanding also.

Else when thou shalt bless with the spirit, how shall he that occupieth the room of the unlearned say Amen at thy giving of thanks, seeing he understandeth not what thou sayest?

For thou verily givest thanks well, but the other is not edified.

I thank my God, I speak with tongues more than ye all:

Yet in the church I had rather speak five words with my understanding, that by my voice I might teach others also, than ten thousand words in an unknown tongue.

Brethren, be not children in understanding: howbeit in malice be ye children, but in understanding be men.

In the law it is written, With men of other tongues and other lips will I speak unto this people; and yet for all that will they not hear me, saith the Lord.

Wherefore tongues are for a sign, not to them that believe, but to them that believe not: but prophesying serveth not for them that believe not, but for them which believe.

If therefore the whole church be come together into one place, and all speak with tongues, and there come in those that are unlearned, or unbelievers, will they not say that ye are mad?

But if all prophesy, and there come in one that believeth not, or one unlearned, he is convinced of all, he is judged of all:”

1 Corinthians 14:27-29

If any man speak in an unknown tongue, let it be by two, or at the most by three, and that by course; and let one interpret.

But if there be no interpreter, let him keep silence in the church; and let him speak to himself, and to God.

Let the prophets speak two or three, and let the other judge.”

1 Corinthians 14:32-33

And the spirits of the prophets are subject to the prophets.

For God is not the author of confusion, but of peace, as in all churches of the saints.”

1 Corinthians 14:37-

“If any man think himself to be a prophet, or spiritual, let him acknowledge that the things that I write unto you are the commandments of the Lord.

But if any man be ignorant, let him be ignorant.

Wherefore, brethren, covet to prophesy, and forbid not to speak with tongues.

Let all things be done decently and in order.”

If any man be ignorant, let him be ignorant. theunfetteredpreacher

1 Corinthians 14: 38.

But if any man be ignorant, let him be ignorant.”

I heard the most ignorant Pentecost Sunday Sermon, yesterday. According to this ‘Man of God’.and he is, (a Man that loves God).

He loves the Lord and was only speaking what he understood. Unfortunately you cannot understand the Spiritual, without the Spirit.

The one hundred and twenty. Did Not Speak in Tongues, the people just heard their own language.

God didn’t need us to speak in Tongues, He already knows all languages.

1 Corinthians 2:14
But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.”

Many are saved, yet do not understand the Spiritual, because they have not received the Spirit.

I was prepared to list once again all the Scriptures that prove we should be enjoying the Gifts and the Power, of the Spirit.

Unfortunately, as the Scriptures point out, even if I send my son, they will not believe. It is sadthey deny others that belief also.

Luke 11:52

Woe unto you, lawyers! for ye have taken away the key of knowledge: ye entered not in yourselves, and them that were entering in ye hindered.”

Those who reject the blessings and knowledge of the living God, are just sad.

“If any man be ignorant, let him be ignorant.”

I pray for their enlightenment. Amen

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‘You can have the relationship you want with God. My desire is a more intimate one.’

I believed not the words: theunfetteredpreacher

I believed not the words: An older post revisited:

~ Curiosity:

The queen of Sheba heard of Solomons fame, because he was blessed of the Lord, and she came to see for herself, if it be true.
(1 Kings: 10:1)

She heard and came to see. So many of us today, hear of the great things of the Lord, but never, ever, venture close enough to see.

There is revival down the road. A church in town is growing like mad.

The Outpouring of the Spirit of God, has multitudes gathering, seeking a touch from the Lord.

Our answer:

I wish revival would happen at our church, why isn’t the Lord adding to our church? How come, Lord?

We don’t go to see… It isn’t happening in a UMC, or Baptist Church, it’s happening in that non-denominational church.

I’ll tell you what it is.

It’s all show, they cannot be preaching the true gospel, (like we are), after all we have the truth.

It’s just the excitment of the music, skits, signs and wonders… people just want to be entertained.

Really, have you gone to see why?

No, of coarse not, those people are strange, they believe the Word of God was written for today.

Do we go and question their theology to see if it’s true?

No, of coarse not, those people aren’t of our denomination. How could their doctrine be truth?

Pastors afraid of losing their flock, they talk down the growing churches…


Pastor, have someone preach for you Sunday, go visit this growing church, hear the Word preached, study the Word see if it be true.

Get to know who they are Question them. Study to show thyself approved. Are they preaching the TRUE GOSPEL?

Learn from them and teach it to your flock. Ask the Lord for His direction, walk in it. Then you will see growth.

~ Curiosity Satisfied:

1 Kings: 10. 7.
“Howbeit I believed not the words, until I came, and mine eyes had seen it: and, behold, the half was not told me: thy wisdom and prosperity exceedeth the fame which I heard.”

Pastor, the Lord is working through those, who allow Him to work through them.

Are you a WHOSOEVER, do you allow Him to lead, direct and guide His people to a closer walk with Him?

Is that you?

There is a reason the Lord is working elsewhere and not in your church.


1 Kings: 10. 24.
“And all the earth sought to Solomon, to hear his wisdom, which God had put in his heart.”

Multitudes flock to the Lords presence. To hear and learn of His Wisdom, not ours. It only comes to us as we walk in obedience to Him.

I know you are preaching the truth you know. If your church is not growing, maybe you need to learn more truth.

Lord, help us to let your presence flow through us. Amen

“N” Scale Model Train:  theunfetteredpreacher 

This is the train set, I had in my piano, 20+ years ago.

I took it apart, bought more stuff, no time or energy to do a new layout. 

Old Love for sale:  n scale model train, ect
paper models, track and road bed, all used.
foliage, trees grass, rocks, e-z water, some people, animals and cemetery never opened.
3 transformers
train.  2 dummy engines one dead.
6 misc cars, some just good for parts
4 brand new Amtrak cars, with one new engine.
6 Pennsylvania passenger cars one new engine.
3 Bachman plus passenger, Pennsylvania cars, one new engine.
1 new, misc. engine
box of misc. parts and small pieces of track, small box of used tress, ect.
As you can probably guess, I had bigger plans than available space, time and energy.
No clue on price…  if interested please reply Im  with phone or e-mail.  Or call, 252-726-7905

Sin is like Gorilla Glue

Is sin a problem in you life?


Have you ever used Gorilla Glue?   It is wonderful stuff, I have used it for many projects and been extremely satisfied with the results.

My smart phone holster was falling apart so Gorilla Glue to the rescue.    While at a job I knew I would be on for 3 or more hours.  I decided to glue up my holster.   Took my phone out applied glue. Set it aside to dry.

It was finished:  The job was done.  Collected my tools, put them in tool case.  Checked out holster…..looking good, seemed dry.  Put on hip, placed phone inside, went out to my car.

Phone vibrated; once.

I’ve had this phone almost 2 years…it is a good phone, I know how to use this phone.  This phone has my life on it.

The only problem with this phone is the screen cracks really easily.  (When dropped).

I had replaced screen twice. (Ouch). …

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Israel served the Lord all the days of Joshua:

Joshua 24:31
King James Version (KJV)
“And Israel served the Lord all the days of Joshua, and all the days of the elders that overlived Joshua, and which had known all the works of the Lord, that he had done for Israel.

This verse of Scripture is really quite incredible. …Israel served the Lord all the days of Joshua and the days of the elders that out lived him.  What a testimony,  Moses didn’t have this testimony.   Has anyone else? Not once did the congregation rebell or resist doing what the Lord commanded through Joshua.

Can we say that about any other leaders flock?   I don’t think so.  Is this an accurate statement?

What set Joshua apart from other leaders:

  ■  He was Moses trusted second in command
He knew how to follow, he was faithful in whatever he was asked to do.

  ■  He was Moses General in battle.  (Lord is my banner)
He won the battle as long as Moses hands were lifted to the Lord.   He  trusted   in Lord for victory.

Exodus 17:13-16
King James Version (KJV)
And Joshua discomfited Amalek and his people with the edge of the sword.
And the Lord said unto Moses, Write this for a memorial in a book, and rehearse it in the ears of Joshua: for I will utterly put out the remembrance of Amalek from under heaven.  And Moses built an altar, and called the name of it Jehovahnissi:  For he said, Because the Lord hath sworn that the Lord will have war with Amalek from generation to generation.

  ■  Recipient of Gods word through Moses.
Received and accepted the word of the Lord, as given by Moses.  Did not have personal relationship with God yet. Was worried for Moses when another received a word from the Lord.

  ■  With Moses when the ten comments were given.  (40 day fast?).
Did he fast also?

Exodus 24:12-13
King James Version (KJV)
“And the Lord said unto Moses, Come up to me into the mount, and be there: and I will give thee tables of stone, and a law, and commandments which I have written; that thou mayest teach them.  And Moses rose up, and his minister Joshua: and Moses went up into the mount of God.”

Exodus 24:16-18
King James Version (KJV)
“And the glory of the Lord abode upon mount Sinai, and the cloud covered it six days: and the seventh day he called unto Moses out of the midst of the cloud.
And the sight of the glory of the Lord was like devouring fire on the top of the mount in the eyes of the children of Israel.  And Moses went into the midst of the cloud, and gat him up into the mount: and Moses was in the mount forty days and forty nights.”

  ■  Stood with Moses and sons of Levi.  (golden calf over 2000 died).

  ■  Joshua stayed in the presence of the Lord.
Exodus 33:11
King James Version (KJV)
“And the Lord spake unto Moses face to face, as a man speaketh unto his friend. And he turned again into the camp: but his servant Joshua, the son of Nun, a young man, departed not out of the tabernacle.”

  ■  Sent to search promiced land.  One of two that gave a good report.

  ■  Chosen and annointed by the Lord to lead the people.

Numbers 27:18
King James Version (KJV)
“And the Lord said unto Moses, Take thee Joshua the son of Nun, a man in whom is the spirit, and lay thine hand upon him;”

Deuteronomy 34:9
King James Version ( KJV )
“Joshua the son of Nun was full of the spirit of wisdom; for Moses had laid his hands upon him: and the children of Israel hearkened unto him, and did as the Lord commanded Moses.”

  ■  Lord spake unto Joshua the son of Nun.

  ■  Led Hebrews into promised land

  ■  Only suffered one defeat in war.

His reaction to defeat was to realize there was sin in the camp.  He called the people together to do the following:

      ●  Confess

      ●  Consecrate themselves

      ●  Be sanctified

      ●  Stoned the sinner

Sounds like the sinners prayer to me.  Right up to the death of the old man.

“Joshua; left nothing undone of all that the Lord commanded Moses.”

Joshua led quite a life

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