We the Sheeple: theunfetteredpreacher

For the safety of the public:

My business is closed.

My church is closed.

The restaurants are closed.

I stay at home.

The only places making money are:

The grocery store.

The hardware store.

The chain restaurants with a drive-through built-in.

Smaller restaurants that changed to take out and delivery.

We have traded Liberty for Security.

It seems to me Ben Franklin warned us about this.

He said: ‘We deserve neither.’

Saints, we will have the fight of our lives, to regain our Freedom. I pray we have enough Patriots to win it back.

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Our Advantage, The Word! theunfetteredpreacher

Paul wrote the Jews have an advantage over all other people because they had the Word of the Lord. The Promise of God:

After these things the word of the Lord came unto Abram in a vision, saying, ‘Fear not, Abram: I am thy shield, and thy exceeding great reward.‘” (Genesis 15:1)

That is our Word also, the Lord is our help and our shield, our sun, and shield, he gives us grace and glory, no good thing will He withhold, from them who walk uprightly. (Ps 84)

As Christians, the Word of God is our secret weapon. So secret most Christians don’t know it or how to use it.

It amazes me that we know we must believe and confess to be saved, yet fail to believe and confess for healing, for fear, uncertainty, financial and other people’s problems.

The Word is quick, powerful, and sharper than a double-edged sword. (Hebrews 4:12). It can discern our thoughts and intents.

When we pray, do we believe and pray the promises in the Word? Psalms 23, 84, 115, 91. All have promises we can and should pray.

One I pray for myself is Psalm 51, Create in me a clean heart, renew a right spirit within me. The Lord can and will answer the prayers of His saints.

If we pray according to His will. Not prayers for selfish, prideful reasons, but instead, for His will to be done, His glory to be revealed.

We have access to His blessings, power, grace, and love by knowing His Word and will.

Do we believe it?

Romans 3:1-4

‘Then what advantage does the Jew have? Or what is the profit of circumcision? Much in every way! Because first of all, they were entrusted with the oracles of God.

For what if some were without faith? Will their lack of faith nullify the faithfulness of God? May it never be! Yes, let God be found true, but every man a liar. As it is written,

“That you might be justified in your words, and might prevail when you come into judgment.”‘

Do we have faith, will our words prevail, will we be justified?

We have been entrusted with His Word, to share, to teach, to fight and be victorious over our enemies. Are we conversant in the Word of Faith? The good news of the Gospel?

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The Writing Bug: theunfetteredpreacher

I have always loved to read, and have had a desire to write. The biggest hurdles to achieving this goal were threefold.

1. I could not spell

2. I could not read my own handwriting and the most important reason:

3. I had nothing to say

After I was saved, I had the Preaching bug. I was sure I was the ‘new’ Jimmy Swaggart. I wasn’t, I turned around and no one was following.

In 2014, things changed. I bought my first Tablet. I still couldn’t spell, but the other problems were behind me. Plus I had my calendar and a camera with me at all times.

I started to write: A bold look at the Trinity in the Old Testament. Where / Who, was Jesus. I found someone to edit my writing, she suggested I start a blog. (My writing, did not impress).

I had never read a blog or had any interest in writing on the internet, I was a book guy. After much prayer, I felt the Lord was leading me in that direction.

My fleece? The name I desired be available. ‘the unfettered preacher’. It was, I began. In the 9 months left in 2014, I had 1500 visits to my blog… Wow, I was sure I found my calling.

Since then, my best year was 2016, 3980 visitors 13 thousand views with 8600 likes. I was impressed.

Then the numbers decreased. I wondered, did anyone actually read these posts? Was my writing doing any good at all? Was anyone brought closer to Christ?

After all, that was why I wrote, with the hope that lives would be given to the Lord.

I am still wondering. What say you?

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Peppermint Chapsticks: December 14, 2015 theunfetteredpreacher

As you can see this post was first written in 2015. My sweet wife and her Peppermint Chap Sticks.

Well, today (4/2/2020), I found her stash of Dove chocolates.

Dove chocolates. I love them too. (Good work Sweetheart)!

“Seek and ye shall find.”

My wife apparently loves Peppermint Chapsticks, she discovered them a few years ago.

Unbeknownst to me, this year, she remembered she couldn’t find them last year.
(She thought). Soooo…

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A few weeks ago, she saw some and bought 3, 3 packs. (9 total), and happily brought her treasure home.

Only to find she had 18 already in her favorite hiding place. (Why hide them, I hate Chapsticks).

Valuables out in the open, chapsticks.

Aren’t we all a little bit like this? We parade around in our nice clothing and jewelry and we hide the truly valuable.

Christ within, the hope of glory.”

A lot of things can be stolen from us but: “Who can separate us, from the love of Christ?”

He is the pearl of great price; We should wear Him with pride. Strut your stuff, let all behold God’s love, mercy, and grace. Let your life, lift up Christ.

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Let the light of His life, shine through.

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Powerful Biblical Prayers: Davids Prayer theunfetteredpreacher

As King David had fought and won peace for the people Israel. There was rest throughout the kingdom. David asked Nathan the Prophet if he should build a house for the Lord?

Nathan said yes, build a house for the Lord, it is a good thing.

That night, Nathan received a word from the Lord.

Shalt thou build me an house for me to dwell in?

Whereas I have not dwelt in any house since the time that I brought up the children of Israel out of Egypt, even to this day, but have walked in a tent and in a tabernacle.

In all the places wherein I have walked with all the children of Israel spake I a word with any of the tribes of Israel, whom I commanded to feed my people Israel, saying, Why build ye not me an house of cedar?
(2 Samuel 7:5-7)

Nathan was reminded, the Lord to that time, had never asked for a permanent house be built for Him. He was satisfied with the Tabernacle made of tents and a moveable alter.

His concern was the people be fed. (Peter, feed my sheep).

The Lord said David a man of war, could not build His house, but the Lord would raise up a son, worthy of this honor.

Solomon was the original son, anointed, to build the house of the Lord, but not the permanent house, that Son of David is Jesus.

Jesus is the cornerstone of the Lord’s Church. It isn’t a Church of cedar or stone, but a Spiritual Church born of the Power of God.

Davids prayer:

2 Samuel 7:18-29

“Then went king David in, and sat before the LORD, and he said, Who am I, O Lord GOD? and what is my house, that thou hast brought me hitherto?

And this was yet a small thing in thy sight, O Lord GOD; but thou hast spoken also of thy servant’s house for a great while to come. And is this the manner of man, O Lord GOD?

And what can David say more unto thee? for thou, Lord GOD, knowest thy servant.

For thy word’s sake, and according to thine own heart, hast thou done all these great things, to make thy servant know them.

Wherefore thou art great, O LORD God: for there is none like thee, neither is there any God beside thee, according to all that we have heard with our ears.

And what one nation in the earth is like thy people, even like Israel, whom God went to redeem for a people to himself, and to make him a name, and to do for you great things and terrible, for thy land, before thy people, which thou redeemedst to thee from Egypt, from the nations and their gods?

For thou hast confirmed to thyself thy people Israel to be a people unto thee for ever: and thou, LORD, art become their God.

And now, O LORD God, the word that thou hast spoken concerning thy servant, and concerning his house, establish it for ever, and do as thou hast said.

And let thy name be magnified for ever, saying, The LORD of hosts is the God over Israel: and let the house of thy servant David be established before thee.

For thou, O LORD of hosts, God of Israel, hast revealed to thy servant, saying, I will build thee an house: therefore hath thy servant found in his heart to pray this prayer unto thee.

And now, O Lord GOD, thou art that God, and thy words be true, and thou hast promised this goodness unto thy servant:

Therefore now let it please thee to bless the house of thy servant, that it may continue for ever before thee: for thou, O Lord GOD, hast spoken it: and with thy blessing let the house of thy servant be blessed for ever.”

His prayer, like the prayer of Moses, asks who am I? Why would you use me? I am not worthy, why have you chosen my family for this honor.

We should also compare this prayer with the Prayer taught to the Disciples. We have called it the Lord’s prayer, we recite it without hearing or understanding it’s power.

The Lord is Praised, thanked, recognized as God. His will is done, not ours, His provision and power is recognized.

He again is blessed His Word recognized as true, His blessings proclaimed.

We should pray as David did and as the Lord taught the Disciples. We would find our prayers powerful, meaningful and profitable.

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The Good, the Bad and the Ugly? Or The Called, the Chosen, the Faithful: theunfetteredpreacher

The best rendition of the title tune from The Good, the Bad and the Ugly I’ve heard was from the ‘Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain’. Watch and listen here; (https://youtu.be/pLgJ7pk0X-s)

This post isn’t about those three, I direct your attention to ‘The Called, and Chosen and Faithful’.

“These shall make war with the Lamb, and the Lamb shall overcome them: for he is Lord of lords, and King of kings: and they that are with him are called, and chosen, and faithful.” (Revelation 17:14)

I am convinced that Matthew 25 is giving as a lesson of being called, chosen and faithful.

The Called:

Matthew 25:1-13 The Parable of the wise and foolish Virgins.

The 10 Virgins were called to the wedding of the Master. The wise brought extra oil for their lamps while the foolish did not. As the Master delayed His return they all slept.

When the Master arrived the foolish realized they did not have enough oil to enter the wedding supper. They attempted to get oil from the wise but had to leave to find oil.

The Wise (those who were ready), entered with the Master and when the foolish returned, they were denied entrance. They were not prepared for His Coming.

The Chosen:

The Parable of the Talents: Matthew 25:14-30

The Master, before he left for a far country, brought his servants together and gave them Talents according to their abilities. To one he gave 5, to one 2, and to one, 1. When he returned he asked what was done with the Talents.

The one with 5 had increased them to 10, the one with 2, to 4, the one with 1, had hidden the 1, and only had that to return.

No excuses were accepted, the two that had increased their Talents were praised and given more responsibilities. The one who hid the Talent was banished to outer darkness.

The Faithful:

Matthew 25:31-46 The Parable of the Sheep and Goats.

The end of time, all are gathered to the judgment, the Sheep are those who did the will of the Lord.

“For I was an hungred, and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me in: Naked, and ye clothed me: I was sick, and ye visited me: I was in prison, and ye came unto me.” (Matthew 25:35-36)

These are the Sheep, who were welcomed into the Kingdom, the Goats had done none of the above and were condemned to everlasting fire.

This chapter of Matthew has been taught many times, about being ready, being wise with money, and obedience. I would like to direct your thoughts to the Spiritual.

The oil is the Anointing of the Holy Spirit, we must spend time with Him being continually filled with His Spirit. (Ephesians 5:18). The called.

Walking with Him, in His Yoke, and enter the feast.

The Talents, the Reformation Bible Study says of talents:

The English word “talent” meaning a natural endowment or special ability is derived from this parable.

Let us look beyond money, Jesus did not leave us money to build His Church, but the Gifts of the Spirit. (1 Corinthians 12-14; Romans 12:6-9; and Ephesians 4:12-16)

The one talent I believe is the Gift of our prayer language.

1 Corinthians 14:2

“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.”

It is both the simplest Gift to acquire and the Gift most rejected. People will not give their mind and mouth to the Lord. (Very sad).

People do not understand the difference between our prayer language, where we talk in private to God and tongues and interpretation, which is a public Gift.

I believe all would accept any or all of the other Gifts, but when they reject the first given, it may hinder the acceptance of the rest.

Please do not bury the Talent, the Lord would have you to increase, ask for all the Lord would give you to increase the Kingdom. The chosen.

The Sheep and Goats. The easiest way to compare is the Sheep follow, while Goats always BUTT.

The Sheep accept all the Lord says and gives. While the Goats question whether these things be possible?

Luke 18:27

“And he said, The things which are impossible with men are possible with God.

Saints we need to act on the impossible, trust the Lord, Walk with Him and Build the Church of God.

“With signs and wonders, by the power of the Holy Spirit, Preach the Full Gospel of God.” (Romans 15:19)

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The Ghost of Our Faith: theunfetteredpreacher

The Holy Ghost, or Holy Spirit, for the first century Church, was an Awesome, Powerful and Necessary participant of their lives.

Jesus said He would send the Spirit, to guide, direct and protect us, to empower us for His service, to heal the sick, cause the lame walk and the blind to see. To comfort the brokenhearted, and raise the dead.

The Holy Spirit fulfilled that promise for many years until He didn’t. What happened?

Man’s Wisdom versus the Wisdom of God. Man’s Plan, versus God’s Desire. Man’s Fear versus Faith.

Why are ye so fearful? how is it that ye have no faith?” (Mark 4:40)

It is a time of great anxiety, a Pandemic, a deadly virus, what must we do?

We as a Church have come to man’s wisdom. That is OK, it is where we live, it is the level of Faith and Trust we have in God.

I include myself in this mix. The Power of God today seems outdated and somehow a sweet dream. He doesn’t do that anymore. (If He ever really did?)

When the disciples of John the Baptist came and asked Jesus, are You the One? He answered:

Go your way, and tell John what things ye have seen and heard; how that the blind see, the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, to the poor the gospel is preached.“. (John 7:22)

If someone came to the door of our Churches today, what would they see or find?

An empty building, full of empty suits, speaking empty words of Faith that is no longer believed.

I know we love and desire to serve the Lord. My heart breaks every time I miss the mark of the high calling of God. Yet, I continually miss the mark.

We must take a lesson from Abraham: ‘He believed God and it was counted as righteousness.’ (Romans 4:3). (The Birth of Isaac)

You see that Abraham’s faith and what he did worked together. His faith was shown to be genuine by what he did.‘ (James 2:22 NOG). (The Sacrifice of Isaac)

The lesson of Enoch:

By faith, Enoch was translated that he should not see death; and was not found, because God had translated him: for before his translation he had this testimony, that he pleased God.

But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him. (Hebrews 11:5-6)

WE MUST BELIEVE THAT HE IS, AND THAT HE IS A REWARDER OF THEM THAT DILIGENTLY SEEK HIM.

He rewards us with health, deliverance, protection from plagues and the arrows of our enemies. As we walk through the valley of the shadow of death He is with us, our cup runneth over. (Psalms 23; 91)

Faith is mentioned 336 times in the Bible. It is the Rock of our Salvation If we could only believe?

“All things are possible to him that believes.” (Mark 9:23)

Unfortunately, we no longer rely on the Holy Ghost, we are living with The Ghost of Our Faith.

I pray the Church will return to its first love and regain the Power of the Holy Spirit in our lives.

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